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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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Wood frog whereabouts

The first time I heard wood frogs “quacking” from a forested vernal pool, I thought I was hearing numerous ducklings. As I approached the tangled brush fringing the water, the sound mysteriously stopped. No matter where I looked, not a feather was to be seen. But here and there, the water rippled with the kerplunk of countless wood frogs diving into the shallow depths.  Read more

The quiz

What is that sound I hear? Can it be the “thuck” of a fastball hitting a catcher’s mitt? Is it the crack of a wooden bat hitting that round, white orb with the red stitching? Why indeed it is. A new baseball season is upon us. It is time for me to loosen up my old pitching arm. Hopefully, I will be able to send these woeful batters back to their team bench hitless, their bats silent.

So, play ball! Step up to the plate batter. Here comes my first pitch. This will be a 90-mile-an-hour fastball, just under your chin whiskers. It’s good to put a little fear into a batter’s mind.  Read more

GLBT community to hold an ‘alternative prom’ night

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT organization will host an “alternative prom” night for members of the GLBT community and its supporters. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 27 in the ballroom at Best Western Motel is open to those 14 and older. The group’s newly updated website (www.udglbt.org) says that this is an opportunity to go to the prom “with the person of your choosing… a chance for him to strut the gown he always wanted to wear or for her to show how a tuxedo should be worn.”  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts present Jay Mankita

HONESDALE, PA — Songwriter/guitarist Jay Mankita will appear at The Cooperage on Saturday, April 20 with a concert of original songs. The show is presented by RiverFolk Concerts, and is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Facets’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Facets,” an exhibit of paintings by Madelon Jones, opens with a reception on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 11.  Read more

Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart at the Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart on Saturday, April 13 in the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Their new tune “Collide with Me” was recently selected as a finalist for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition.  Read more

‘A tale as old as time’ is coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Beauty and the Beast” on April 12, 13 and 14 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Vaudeville in the Catskills,” a variety show produced by Bethel Theatre Works, will show on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center.  Read more

Hiroya Tsukamoto at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at 1030 Main St. Tsukamoto is a guitarist and a composer from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly after. Hiroya is a graduate of Berkley College of Music and a recipient of several awards including the Professional Music Achievement Award.  Read more

Photos in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — “Moments,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Ward-Blank, Kathy Lambert and Rob Tuttle will open on April 19, with a reception an artists’ talk the following day, Saturday, April 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 19. The Liberty Museum and Arts Center is located at 46 South Main St. Visit www.libertymuseum.com or contact 845/292-2394.

Pittman’s ‘Tributaries’ opens

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new show featuring recent still life paintings by Helena Clare Pittman will open at Domesticities & The Cutting Garden on April 13 at 3p.m.  Read more

Learn to brew beer at home

PORT JERVIS, NY — Former Port Jervis resident Ryan Jones, now associate director at the Culinary Institute of America and member of the Hudson Valley Home Brewers, will teach a class on how to make beer at home on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hub at Port Jervis Free Library. Jones will give a quick overview of the 7,000-year-old practice of beer making and then he will brew some beer, explaining each step so everyone can try it at home.  Read more

Art film screening continues in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature Francis Ford Coppola’s 1982 musical “One from the Heart” on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

The film stars Teri Garr and Frederic Forest as star-crossed lovers and features a soundtrack by Crystal Gayle and Tom Waits. It runs 107 minutes and is rated R.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested to support the activities of the arts alliance. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or contact 570/390-4420 for information.

Spring in the Catskills is off the hook!

Thank you, Mother Nature, for (finally) coming through. With April showers nowhere in sight, I’ve a spring in my step and have flung open the windows, hung laundry on the line and am preparing for the house cleaning that is always so good for the soul. The change of seasons awakens more than the birds, bees and darling buds of May, and this past week offered events that herald the celebration of life that we all cherish here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

‘Simon Killer’

It’s been over a year since “Simon Killer” premiered last year at Sundance. And even longer since Antonio and I finished editing the film out of his small duplex apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Read more

YEG—the little group that could

LIBERTY, NY — A group of teenagers is crowded around a table full of food, devouring everything edible with an efficiency that would shame a horde of locusts. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from talking animatedly and keeping constant check on their cell phone screens. At first glance there’s nothing remarkable in this scene—until you listen in on the conversation at hand. These young adults are talking about business and ecology and social justice. This is the weekly meeting of the Youth Economics Group (YEG), held in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.  Read more

Noblesse oblige?

It was just another sleepy spring day in sophomore English class, some 40 years ago, when I was tapped for the National Honor Society (NHS). I may still have the little pin in a box somewhere, along with a certificate bearing the NHS motto—two simple French words that at the time made no sense to me whatsoever: “Noblesse oblige.”  Read more

How does your garden grow?

Spring starts in early January at my house when my husband starts planning his Fedco seed order, reading aloud the enticing descriptions of leeks and lettuces from the catalog. By the time spring officially arrives, the seed trays on the back porch are full of tender shoots that will soon be transplanted to the 30-by-30-foot garden he has nurtured for the past 15 years.  Read more

Dressed for the occasion

Spring is here, even if it seems late for a lot of people. Many animals are getting ready for the warm weather to come. Migration and breeding activities are at the top of the list for many birds, and newly born young of various mammal species will shortly make their appearance.  Read more

A photographic tribute to Autism at The Hanson Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery will present a photography exhibit to promote the positives of autism. The open house will be held on April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. The show runs from April 2 to April 15.

Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis. These children have interests, intelligence and love to give.

For more information, visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.