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December 08, 2016
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PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.

This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

Having expectations is natural, I suppose, but sometimes lead to heartache. As with most things, there are “two sides to every coin,” and while expectations are a good thing when setting goals, it...

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The 2016 fishing season is all but over. The huge issue facing America has not yet been fully settled or resolved. I am speaking, of course of whether fly fishing trumps all other fishing methods...

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Photo caption: If you are concerned about the impacts of monofilament debris on wildlife, volunteer to maintain a recycling bin at your favorite fishing spot, marina or dock. Visit...

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Well, I was hoping by the Friday after the election, things would return to normal in the third car of the 5:07 a.m. out of Port Jervis; silly me. It had been a slow boil to Tuesday’s election and...

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So here’s the thing about writing a “personal” column—it’s personal. On one hand, that makes my job easier, since I am recounting my own experience here in the Upper Delaware River region and...

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Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City)...

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Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — “Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the 12th annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. This free event offers a variety of activities that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives.  Read more

Poet Hada reads at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) presents a reading and book signing with poet Ken Hada on Saturday, August 6 at 4 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St., second floor. The event is free and will be followed by a wine reception.

Hada’s straightforward, lyrical voice draws substance from the natural world as he meditates on subjects such as work, aging, stillness, fishing and spirituality. The river is a central feature of Hada’s work, and one of the books on sale will be “The River White,” with color illustrations by the poet’s brother, Duane Hada.  Read more

Wayne County Fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair, Northeast PA’s iconic old-fashioned country fair, will return this year from August 5 to 13. As usual, there will be rides, fairways, races (everything from horses and pigs to cars and lawnmowers), tractor pulls, cotton candy and funnel cakes, musical entertainment, a demolition derby on the concluding Saturday, and of course all kinds of 4-H animals and displays. The 4-H exhibits and judging will take place starting on Friday, August 5 through Friday, August 12, with the livestock auction occurring on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m.  Read more

Noh theatre at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Theatre Nohgaku, based in Tokyo, Japan and Bloomsburg, PA will present “Blue Moon Over Memphis” at NACL Theatre on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The play is a Noh theatre performance about one of the first global celebrity casualties: Elvis Presley. It is also an indictment of the cult of celebrity.  Read more

Spirit Quest Expo

CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Spirit Quest Expo will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd. At the expo, spiritual seekers can find and work with talented energy healers, intuitive readers and vendors of spiritual tools. Among the offerings to be found at this year’s expo are Akashic readings, medium readings, sound healing with Tibetan bowls, aura photography, crystal oracle readings, Reiki, a wide selection of stones and crystals, fairy-themed items, aromatherapy blends for people and pets and more.  Read more

Caleb Hawley at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 6 at 8 p.m.

“Growing up in an a cappella church, we weren’t allowed to use instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang old hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” He has been influenced by artists like Prince, Randy Newman and Ray Charles.  Read more

Al fresco a cappella in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — Internationally acclaimed quartet Gimme Four joins forces with special guests For The Times for an a cappella extravaganza at the Hancock Town Square on Friday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m.

In this fifth performance of Hancock’s highly successful inaugural Summer Nights LIVE on The Square series, eight talented young men take the stage to put a fresh new twist on classic barbershop, combining traditional tunes with popular music from Sinatra to Adele.  Read more

Antique Show & Sale

HAWLEY, PA — The 47th annual Antique Show & Sale, hosted by the tri-county dealers association of Wayne, Pike (PA) & Sullivan County (NY) will be held on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School on Route 6 overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Quality dealers from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will display a variety of merchandise from furniture, art pottery, painting and prints to vintage linens, clothing and jewelry.  Read more

‘Objects’ and ‘Smile Awhile’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Objects,” an exhibit of sculpture by Richard Gubernick, opens with a reception on Friday, August 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. Also opening on Friday, upstairs in the Loft Gallery, is an exhibition of drawings by Gino Garlanda, “Smile Awhile.” Both exhibits will be on view through August 27.

The work in the Gubernick exhibit involves the use of transparent plastic that was originally used as packaging material. The shapes in each piece of plastic are used as a starting point for composing.  Read more

Classical music all over town: Milford’s first Outdoor Classical Music Celebration

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s first-ever Outdoor Classical Music Celebration will take place on Saturday, August 6 starting at 12 noon. Various musicians and ensembles will perform on sidewalks, in the park, in a landmarked church and in the Milford Theatre, all at no charge. What’s more, the public will get to judge them in the Upper Delaware Valley’s answer to “American Idol.”  Read more

Happy birthday, NPS, from the Artists’ Market; Photographic tribute to our nation’s parks

SHOHOLA, PA — The National Park Service (NPS) is getting a present from the Barryville Area Arts Association for its 100th birthday: a photographic tribute on exhibit throughout the month of August. There will be an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center. A representative of the National Park Service will make a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m.  Read more

Connecting body and mind: Yoga festival comes to Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — A place for women to gather to practice the arts of yoga, Pilates and dance under the instruction of specialized teachers is taking place in the woods of Forestburgh from August 25 to 28. The movement festival is called Taru, and it will be a spiritual event that connects participants to body and nature.  Read more

Babes in the woods

While working in the yard earlier this year, I became aware of an unusual and repetitive call emanating from the forested hillside behind our home. Uncertain whether the sound was coming from a bird or animal, I grabbed my camera and went to investigate. Drawing closer to the source, I discovered it was emanating from a football-sized opening in the upper reaches of a very tall oak tree. Soon, a petite furry face emerged, followed by a second masked creature. Baby raccoons!  Read more

‘Faces of India’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – The Catskill Art Society presents “Faces of India,” an exhibition of photographs by Doug Hilson, at the Laundry King, an alternative exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The show runs through August 27.  Read more

‘The Incredible Judy Garland’ in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — “The Incredible Judy Garland” will be at The Two Sister’s Emporium at 170 East Front St. on August 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Show tickets cost $12, and a cold picnic buffet costs an additional $16.95  Read more

Rescued splendor and a secret garden in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts’ Historical Port Jervis House and Garden Tour will be on Saturday, August 6 from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Featured homes are the Rauner residence, 222 West Main St., the Jiang residence, 20 Ferguson Ave., the Copa-Riviere residence, 19 Ferguson Ave.; and the Fried-Patterson residence, 249 N. Orange St. In addition to the grounds and gardens that accompany these houses, you can visit the Washburn-Stephens garden at 15 Elmendorf Street.  Read more

Icehouse Arts film camp

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Icehouse Arts its offering its 13th season of youth filmmaking classes with Ron Littke. The one-week Kid Flix (ages 8-12) and Teen Flix (12 and up) classes will be held Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 12 noon respectively, and will cost $50 per week. Classes will take place from August 8 through 12 in Eldred at the Sunshine Library and from August 22 through 26 at the library in Narrowsburg. Students will gain experience in scriptwriting, directing, acting for film, camera work and editing as they make an original movie.  Read more

Courage trumps cowardice

Fun and games aside, I have had a ridiculously busy week. While Mom was fond of saying, “You can rest when you’re dead,” I don’t think she believed that I should actually stop and drop while working, so I see a day off in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, I was out and about with the Wonder Dog in tow every single day since the last issue of The River Reporter hit the stands and (go ahead, call me a crybaby) I’m tired.  Read more

WCM finale weekend: CAS, The Union, The Cooperage

REGION — The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will conclude its annual festival with three days of events. On Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. there will be a free open workshop for WCM fellows and artists, with Ensemble Accroche Note of France at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) in Livingston Manor, NY. Also at CAS, on Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m., there will be a gala concert and reception catered by The Arnold House. Dinner costs $25 and the concert $20.  Read more

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration

BETHEL, NY — The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring Warren Haynes, will be making a stop at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 6 at 8 p.m. in the Pavillion. The special collaboration will include The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, guitarist Warren Haynes and Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Jacklyn LaBranch. Haynes is one of the leading interpreters of Garcia’s music through his work with Phil Lesh & Friends of The Dead.  Read more