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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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Riverfest: Art, people, music, dogs, food, vendors and fun

NARROWSBURG, NY — If it’s the fourth Sunday in July, it must be Riverfest in Narrowsburg. The popular music, art and environmental festival, now in its 26th year, will return to the river hamlet on July 24, celebrating the Upper Delaware River and all who inhabit the river valley, whether plant, animal, or human.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music; Celebrating music: rehearsing, performing, talking about it

The Weekend of Chamber Music, themed “We’ll Always Have Paris” this year, is back in town—or we should say, towns, as this annual mid-summer festival of world-class classical music takes place at locations all around our area, featuring not only concerts but opportunities to see musicians at work rehearsing and to hear them talk about their art.  Read more

When dialogue becomes change

BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.  Read more

Graduation 2016

My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the start of his first year of college.

It is an uneasy, transitional time for us all. We are a close-knit family, and I know I will miss him a lot while he is gone. It will take some getting used to.  Read more


In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound.org) you told us about last month—the one about “new economics”?

A: Awesome! Fantastic!

Q: Lots of people?  Read more

The power of photography

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos help to establish an important scientific record for the future of the region. But cameras also play a valuable role in fostering awareness of the beauty of our natural resources, as well as impacts or threats to them, such as littering and illegal dumping.

Photo enthusiasts have several opportunities to wield their cameras as tools for positive change—and prizes—in upcoming months.  Read more

Three plays and a concert (Sung to the tune of ‘Three Coins in a Fountain’)

Okay, fine… I won’t sing, but I can tell you that there was plenty of fine singing going on at Bethel Woods the other night. I did indeed, have three plays and a concert on my schedule, so before heading out to the Pavilion on Saturday, (www.bethelwoods.org) I drove in the opposite direction (www.fbplayhouse.org) on Thursday and caught a performance of “The Addams Family” in Forestburgh. The entire clan was creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky in the best of all possible ways. To read my full review of the show, visit www.riverreporter.com/artsandleisure.  Read more

Garbage! Junk! Trash! Art!!!

HASBROUCK, NY — People often ask, “What is art?” The answer, starting Sunday July 17 at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, is: “Who cares?” There will be an opening reception 1 to 4 p.m.
This new “art” exhibit features every terrible painting, dreadful photo and sleazy sculpture unearthed during this year’s spring cleaning.  Read more

Quartet to perform in Hancock Town Square

HANCOCK, NY — The Bernstein Bard Quartet will perform at the Hancock Town Square on Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of music that will wend its way through multiple eras and genres. Latin, swing, waltz, tango, reggae, world, pop tunes and more intermingle as the quartet adds its own imaginative interpretations and signature groove.  Read more

The assemblages of Beth Heit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “what we hold close/what we let go,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Beth Heit, in the Elevator Gallery at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from July 22 through August 28. There will be an artist’s talk and free opening reception on Friday, July 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Harpeth Rising returns to Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases Harpeth Rising, a group of classically trained musicians that fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical, on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Shadowland Stages produces ‘Miracle on South Division Street’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Shadowland Stages will present “Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick, from July 15 to August 7 at the Shadowland Stages theatre, 157 Canal St.  Read more

‘A Day in Italy’ in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeff JEMS will present the third in their summer series of events celebrating various ethnicities with “A Day in Italy” on Saturday, July 16. The festival will be celebrated at the Backyard Park, located at 876 Swiss Hill Rd. North and will include an Italian-style family picnic, an Italian accordionist, a master puppeteer who creates puppets and marionettes from found objects, a performance by the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO), demonstrations of the Italian art of pottery making and an Italian wine tasting.  Read more

Americana, folk and bluegrass

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Join the “Saturday Night Music Appreciation Society,” a concert to benefit The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation, on July 16 at 7 p.m., with an evening of Americana, folk and bluegrass music featuring Suzy Arnowitz, a singer/songwriter who has performed in the bands Big Cow, Oxford Depot and Tin Roof. The concert will be held in the Pavilion at D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209).  Read more

Pike Chamber Comedy Night

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of laughs and entertainment at the fourth annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. (doors open 8 p.m.) Featured comedians will be John Pizzi (jokes, magic and ventriloquism and “America’s Got Talent” finalist) and Buddy Fitzpatrick from HBO. There will be a cash bar.

The show costs $20. To make reservations visit www.pikechamber.com and purchase them online or call 570/296-8700.

Free swing concert in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department announces a free summer concert by the Swing Shift Orchestra on Liberty Main Street Stage on July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. The stage is located downtown on North Main Street. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information visit www.townofliberty.org or call 845/292-7690.

Life in the 1700s

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking Summer Series will present a recreation of life in the 1700s on Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m., led by the Kehagias Family.
This program is child-friendly, and includes music and costumes from the period. Listen to violins and singing and learn what life was like 250 years ago. The series is free and open to the public.
This series continues every Friday through August 26 at 5 p.m. at the main museum, 810 Main St. For more information visit www.WayneHistoryPA.org or call 570/253-3240.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Latino Alliance of Sullivan County will host the county’s first Hispanic Heritage Festival on Sunday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place outdoors at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St.

Festivities will include music, stilt walkers, face painting, dance demonstrations, children’s activities, and a vast array of vendors. Traditional Latino cuisine will be offered free at scheduled times and sourced through local businesses. The event, including free sampling of Latin food, is free of charge.  Read more

NEPA Audubon Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast PA (NEPA) Audubon Festival will take place this year on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, an indoor, air-conditioned facility on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Read more

Floral inspiration ‘Art in Bloom’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will welcome back the group exhibition “Art in Bloom” this weekend. Local flower arrangers will create live floral displays inspired by the paintings or sculptures of local artists, which will then be shown together in the Krause Recital Hall, on the second floor of the DVAA building, 37 Main St. This combination of art and flowers is on view for one weekend only due to the perishable nature of the plant life.  Read more