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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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It takes courage

The news comes in day after day, it seems. Mass shootings. Police brutality. Refugees denied access. War. It takes a person, or a group of people, to stand up and say, “enough is enough.” If we are living in fear, then we need the antidote to fear. Courage.  Read more


On these midsummer mornings, birdsong often wakes me a little after 4:30. I’d be absolutely furious if I were awakened by a neighbor’s car siren or chain saw at such an early hour, but somehow the happy twittering of birds in the early sunrise hour triggers for me a little interval of quiet reflection before the day begins. And occasionally, something I’ve heard or read comes back to me with fresh significance as I mull it over.  Read more

The Addams Family is a creepy, kooky, hilarious good time!

Yes, the gang’s all here: Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the clan are currently entertaining guests nightly at The Forestburgh Playhouse, and I do mean entertaining! The musical, based on the classic Charles Addams illustrations and written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, never really caught fire on Broadway, but the Playhouse is living up to its reputation as “The Miracle in the Forest” by presenting The Addams Family with pizzazz.  Read more

Some BioBlitz critters

As Sandy Long reported in last week’s River Talk, there were 759 different species counted at the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY during the last weekend of June. The BioBlitz was also held at this site during the spring of 2014, and this will present an opportunity for scientists to observe any significant changes of species counts that may have occurred during the intervening two years.  Read more

America the beautiful

Independence Day, our great Star Spangled Fourth of July tradition, is a fine time to take special notice of our blessings. Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley the beauty around us abounds throughout the year. The sights, scents and music of nature are our gifts—all we have to do is tune in and be aware.  Read more

Busman’s holiday

Seven years ago this week, I walked into the office at The River Reporter in Narrowsburg, NY, having been invited to share my humble opinion on all things Arts and Leisure for the summer months. Little did I know that 365 (counting today’s page) columns later, I would still be traversing the Upper Delaware River region in search of same. But here I am—happily typing away while doing the math. On average, I write about 800 words a week, (not counting the feature articles,) which when added up, comes to almost 275,000 words (oh, my!) over the years.  Read more

‘A Shot in the Dark’ at Gallery 150

HONESDALE, PA — Gallery 150, located at 150 Spry Rd., is hosting an exhibit titled “A Shot in the Dark” through July 30. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, July 16. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artists in the show are Shajen Aziz, Norman Campbell, Mark Lichtenstein, Richard Lichtenstein, Mark Milroy, Trix Render, Susan Roecker and Constance Steckle. For more information call 212/825-1696

‘The Inauspicious Present’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “The Inauspicious Present” and “Ascendants,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Donald Keefe and Sarah Tortora, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from July 30 through August 28. There will be an artists’ talk on Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Pride Weekend

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold Pride Weekend 2016 on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. This event to celebrate the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) community would not be possible without the warmth, acceptance and generosity of allies and supporters in the greater Milford and surrounding areas. Over 45 Rainbow Pride flags will be distributed to local business owners who are showing their support on this special weekend. A list of these businesses will be on posted on  Read more

Liz Longley plays the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Folk artist and songwriter Liz Longley plays in the underground theater at the Hawley Silk Mill July 8 at 8 p.m. “Liz Longley confides with you as though you’re sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that’s intimate and vulnerable,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith—all artists she’s supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own.”  Read more

Secret Gardenscape Tour features southern Wayne

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will present its 2016 Secret Garden Tour on Sunday, July 17 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., showcasing gardens and landscapes in Lake, Salem, Sterling and Dreher Townships in southern Wayne County. This year will feature many different types of gardens, from complex floral beds to elaborate koi ponds with waterfalls and herbal gardens with medicinal purposes. The tour will also offer expansive views of several area lakes.  Read more

Pike Chamber Comedy Night

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of laughs at the fourth annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night on Friday, July 15. Performing will be two top comedians: John Pizzi, with a combination of jokes, magic and ventriloquism; and “America’s Got Talent” finalist Buddy Fitzpatrick, from HBO.
The show will be held at the historic Milford Theater. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a cash bar and laughs beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Make reservations at, or call 570/296-8700. The deadline for reservations is July 12.

Paint Your Pet nights

HAWLEY, PA — Animal lovers are invited to take part of Paint Your Pet nights, led by Jill Carletti, art instructor and managing director of Harmony Presents, taking place on July 9 and August 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the underground theater at the Hawley Silk Mill located at 8 Silk Mill Dr. Painters of any level of experience are welcome. Every Paint Your Pet participant will receive one-on-one painting instruction and personalized guidance from the instructor throughout the class. You can paint any kind of pet.  Read more

Historic sawmill opens for the season

LOOKOUT, PA — The Civil-War-era, water-powered Joel Hill Sawmill is being readied for another season of programs for public viewing. The crews have been working for the past several months, testing and repairing equipment, and cleaning up last year’s sawdust, getting ready to power up the giant saw blade for the work ahead.

The mill, a cherished property of the Equinunk Historical Society, is run on five regular occasions each summer: the second weekend in July, the second weekend in August, and the first Saturday of October.  Read more

PCAC holds summer art show

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) will hold its summer art show at Ambience, 200 Harford St. on Saturday, July 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Local artists and craftspeople have the opportunity to show their creative endeavors to their neighbors and community, while providing the community the chance to enjoy and purchase original, one-of–a-kind items from local artists. Paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, sculpture and woodworking will be among the offerings of the artists who are expected to participate.  Read more

SNL comic heads comedy night

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Saturday Night Live’s Harris Stanton will headline comedy night at The Arnold House on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Stanton is a former major league baseball draft pick who decided on a career in comedy instead. Originally from South Carolina, now living in Brooklyn, Harris jokes about aggressive New Yorkers, scary bodegas, and working security with only a flashlight and a pencil (“what am I supposed to do, sketch a weapon?”).  Read more

Lula Wiles and The Good Seeds in the park

MILFORD, PA — Lula Wiles and The Good Seeds will play at Milford’s Music in the Park free concert on Sunday, July 10. Wiles is an acoustic trio of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Their songs combine folk traditions with a distinctly modern sensibility. Red Line Roots says the band has “a delicate balance between feverous passion and harmonious light and charm and grace. It’s organic and raw in a way that is honest and real… It’s just plain beauty incarnate.”  Read more

Crawford summer programs

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will offer a variety of programs as part of its summer themes, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” for kids and “Get in the Game: Read” for teens.

Children’s programs include story times and book clubs for kids in pre-K through fifth grade, weekly crafts and movies and a variety of special programs each week. There will also be special performances on July 12, 19 and 26 at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available one week before each performance, and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.  Read more

‘The Fourth Wall’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The New Vintage Ensemble will present two theatrical productions this season, in partnership with The Cooperage Project. The first, a performance of “The Fourth Wall” by A.R. Gurney, will be on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.  Read more

A Bach twofer from Kindred Spirits; Grey Towers and Hawley Silk Mill Concerts

MILFORD and HAWLEY, PA — Two duos will connect Bach and South America this weekend in Northeast Pennsylvania. On Saturday, July 9, mandolin masters Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall will perform an outdoor concert, “From Bach to Brazil,” at Grey Towers National Historical Site in Milford at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 10, flutist Allison Kiger and guitarist Jordan Dodson will perform a concert, “From Bach to Tango,” at a second historic site, the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley at 4:30 p.m.  Read more