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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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Live stand-up comedy

LIBERTY, NY — The Laugh Tour will be at Cracolici’s On The Green on Friday, August 16 at 9 pm. The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson headlines with host Rich Kiamco and Rich Carucci.
Tickets cost $15 online and $20 at the door.

Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432989. There is no drink minimum. Cocktails and house wine cost $4, Bud Light drafts cost $2.

Dinner costs $13.95 with the choice of eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken francese, served with salad and bread.

Equifunk: the all inclusive music festival

EQUINUNK, PA — Equifunk is a three-day funk music festival held lakeside at camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania from August 16 to 18. Guests enjoy lodging or camping, three meals per day, unlimited beer, outdoor pool and waterslide, sports facilities and an array of live entertainment.  Read more

CAS launches film club for kids

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present two independent movies for children as part of its new program, the CAS Film Club for Kids. The films will be shown in the newly renovated, air-conditioned galleries at the CAS Arts Center on several dates in August.  Read more

Barbara Yeaman: legacy of a lifetime

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An icon of conservation leadership, whose life will positively affect the future of the Upper Delaware Region for perpetuity, is greeting the next stretch of her journey with grace and her characteristic determination to continue making a difference.  Read more

Stop. Look. Listen.

As the summer wanes and kids begin to tremble at the thought of back to school, the Upper Delaware Valley thrums with activity in an attempt to squeeze every last drop of entertainment, amusement and culture out of August. Traversing the countryside with the wonder dog in tow, we often hear the comment, “Why does everything seem to happen all in one weekend?” That, of course, isn’t the case, yet we still are forced to make choices as to where and when our leisure time is best spent.  Read more

Weigh in on PA Water

The Upper Delaware Region is currently blessed with abundant high quality water resources. Protecting them is critical to future life forms, both human and non-human.  Read more

The new town square

Anyone driving through the village of Hancock, NY (my home town), has undoubtedly noticed the fresh, green grass of the new town square. You’ll see the new bandstand and a new pavilion, too, and as of last week, the newly planted trees and a wrought iron archway, which proclaims “Town Square Hancock New York, Gateway to the Upper Delaware.”  Read more

Survival adaptations in nature

August is upon us, and nature’s clock is letting us know in the form of nightly katydid serenades and blooming cardinal flowers along streams and wetlands. If you have seen cardinal flowers in the wild, you may also have seen many hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies near the brilliant red blooms of the cardinal flower. This striking trait of the cardinal flower is an adaptation of the plant to help attract pollinating fauna; the birds and insects, in turn, exhibit behavioral adaptation when they are attracted by brightly colored plant inflorescence when gathering nectar or pollen.  Read more

Double trouble

There I was, sitting in my wading raft a bit below the bridge at Hale Eddy on the West Branch of the Delaware River. There were several trout rising sporadically within 30 feet of my raft. At this point they had disdained the fly that I had been showing them. I had been about to make another cast when I found myself sliding off the raft seat into the river. I went into the water as smoothly as an otter, causing nary a ripple. To my dismay, I found myself sitting on the bottom of the stream in water up to my waist.  Read more

Offline

The plan was to leave Friday night to meet my mom up at Granddad Stuart and Elaine’s house in Vermont to celebrate my mom’s birthday.

I love traveling by train, and the thought of hurtling smoothly through the Vermont countryside seemed like a good one. I’d take a nice long train ride up from New York City and get some work done along the way. As it sometimes does, however, real life intervened, and it didn’t really make sense—only one train, leaves too early, arrives too late. I would have to rent a car.

“A walk-in?” The Hertz-Rent-A-Car clerk said with an eyebrow raised.  Read more

Roses and Revolutions to perform at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The piano and guitar duo of Roses and Revolutions will perform for Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Alyssa Rose Coco and Matt Merritt on guitar have shared the stage with the likes of headliners Ingrid Michaelson, O.A.R., Sheryl Crow and Ryan Star.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door. Visit www.silkmillharmony.com, or email jill@silkmillharmony.com, or call 570/588-8077.

New show at The ARTery Gallery in Milford

MILFORD, PA— An artists’ reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. follows Friday’s opening day of a month-long, two-artist show at The Artery Gallery, located at 210 Broad St. The show is called “Thoughts and visions of the natural world.”  Read more

Free ice cream social, mansion tours at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA – Free admission and a re-creation of Gifford Pinchot’s community ice cream social will be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free visitor films will be shown throughout the day, including the film showing President John F. Kennedy’s September 24, 1963, dedication of Grey Towers. From 2 to 4 p.m., a free ice cream social, sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association, will be held on the grounds. In lieu of a fee, the GTHA requests the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.  Read more

Neversink ‘Afternoon of History’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Town of Neversink and the Time and the Valleys Museum will host the Neversink “Afternoon of History” on Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink will be shared, and local residents are encouraged to bring special history items to share. The Methodist Church is loaning some of its early church records for the afternoon. Call 845/985-2452.

Artful Bears to debut at picnic

MILFORD, PA — Bear sculptures will be revealed at the 14th Black Bear Film Festival’s Artful Bears Debut Picnic to be held rain or shine on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sculptures will be on display at the festival from October 18 to 20.

The picnic will be held on the lawn of the Pike County Community House. The 13 bears, each created by a local artist, will be distributed to various storefronts of businesses sponsoring them. The event will offer “bear maps” showing the locations of the bears after the festivities.  Read more

Birthday celebration for Liberty Museum and Arts Center

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum and Arts Center on Main Street will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. The evening will include an art and collectibles auction, food and entertainment. In addition to hosting shows and exhibits, the museum is currently partnering with the Liberty Free Theater to make the Liberty Museum home of a fully operational theater in 2014. Email LibertyNYMuseum@yahoo.com, call 845/292-2394, or visit www.libertymuseum.com.

Photo exhibit features exotic underwater life

MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photographic Guild (HPG) will present an exhibit of underwater photography by Allen Levine, whose images of marine life from the Asian-Pacific waters showcase creatures of beauty and wonder rarely seen in the western hemisphere. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art after Dark.

The show will continue through September 8.  Read more

Biscuit And Smudge’ make their debut

MILFORD, PA — There will be a book-signing party to introduce “Biscuit, Smudge, and the Fisherman,” a children’s story written by Kevin Maloney and illustrated by Joann Wells Greenbaum, at Bluestone Studio on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tale is based on the true story of two abandoned kittens and their challenges of finding a new home. Refreshments will be served. Call 570/409-4500.

Brother Sun at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Brother Sun on The Cooperage stage on Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with light fare offered by Willow River Café. BYOB.  Read more

Everything happens for a reason?

That’s what they say, whoever “they” are. Depending on my mood, there are times when even I think it’s true. The past week has been rife with coincidence and synchronicity, yet I can’t for the life of me figure out what it all means. I’d be forcing the issue to call seeing “Grease,” now playing in Forestburgh (www.FBplayhouse.org), a coincidence per se (I was in the national tour a hundred years ago), but seeing it at the playhouse brought back a flood of memories.  Read more