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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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All aboard for the Magical History Tour!

Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).  Read more

First Sullivan sighting of a dragonfly species

In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25, there will be many programs for the public by the various teams of scientists and volunteers that collected data and specimens, and you will be able to see flora and fauna of all types. There are even activities for children on Saturday.  Read more

Thoughtful fishing = better fishing

After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your next outing may humble you. And don’t think that having more than 60 years’ experience in your creel gives you any immunity. I sure found that out recently.  Read more

In the good old summertime

June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a concert under the stars, attended a block party and watched some belly dancers shaking their groove thing. We’ve seen a lot of friends and neighbors out and about, so I know you all are keeping an eye on our “Where and When” section in The River Reporter (see page 26), which is a great way to stay informed about everything going on in your neck of the woods.  Read more

Shadowland Stages produces ‘Red’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Shadowland Stages will present John Logan’s “Red” from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 10 at the theatre at 157 Canal St. “Red” tells the story of master abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.  Read more

Tapas, Tunes and Toasts

HONESDALE, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary on Thursday, June 30 at The Cooperage Project for the second annual Tapas, Tunes and Toasts Event from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a tapas-style menu catered by Anthill Farm Kitchen, featuring dishes made using Wayne County grown/produced products, locally produced wine and beer, and live musical entertainment. Proceeds will support Lacawac’s programs for children grades K through 12, ranging from school visits with its naturalists to group-specific field trips and after-school enrichment.  Read more

Museum debuts Borscht Belt gallery

HURLEYVILLE, NY — On Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m., the Sullivan County Historical Society will open a new gallery, “The Borscht Belt.” It has been made possible by the receipt of local donations.  Read more

Spotlight Players to rock ‘Godspell Jr.'

HAWLEY, PA — Spotlight Players will bring “Godspell Jr.” to Hawley United Methodist Church on June 24 to 26. The cast is made up of 10 students aged 15 to 18 years old, representing Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Dunmore High Schools. The adults who round out the crew are Tori Clemens, director/choreographer; Victoria Barcarola as vocal director and Becky Chaven as sound operator.

Alex Marchena of Lake Ariel will portray Jesus in Spotlight’s Production, supported by an equally talented R.J. Clemens from Lake Ariel as John the Baptist/Judas.  Read more

Choralaires summer concert

HAWLEY and HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Choralaires will celebrate hometowns, friends, and neighbors with its summer concert, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Performances will be on Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley; and on Monday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.  Read more

Book signing for ‘Hearts Unloched’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Writing under the pseudonym Claire Gem, Middletown native Frances Brown, now of Webster, MA, will present a book talk and signing of her award-winning romantic suspense novel “Hearts Unloched” at The Sullivan County Historical Society’s Museum on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Vintage bluegrass

HAWLEY, PA — Bluegrass and folk band Laney Jones and The Spirits plays Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Jones’ recent accolades include official showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival and taking home the grand prize in the 40th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout. In January 2015, Jones was featured on PBS’s Great Performance series where she gave a solo rendition of her original song “Broken Hearts.”  Read more

Book signing and jazz guitar

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., will host a local authors’ book-signing event on Saturday, June 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. As part of the Milford Music Festival, the gallery will present a jazz guitar duet, local musicians Glenn Heller and Paul Acquaro, playing from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the gallery.  Read more

BioBlitz returns to Ten Mile River

TUSTEN, NY — Families can take advantage of a free educational opportunity for all ages to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property in Tusten on June 24 and 25 at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp. In returning to the site of the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz, the teams will be looking to reconfirm some of the extraordinary findings (including 123 “first occurrences”), discover new species, and tie the event into the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Read more

Milford Music in the Park

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music in the Park series will kick off on Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. with country music star Kendall Phillips. It will be the first of four concerts in the series, all of which will be held in the Ann Street Park. The others will take place on July 10, July 24 and August 14.  Read more

Summer reading kick-off party: Kids vs. Parents

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, June 24, the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, will celebrate the start of its summer reading program with a party. The party will be a Kids vs. Parents competition. Between 4:30 and 6 p.m. sign up for summer reading, learn about the wide variety of summer programs at the library, enjoy a few snacks and play games. There will be many board games, including life-sized Connect 4, Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots, Apples to Apples, Sorry, and more. There will also be Super Smash Bros. on the big screen, and a 3D printer demonstration.  Read more

Tara Kopp and Jenna Lucente upend the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “With Amazing Scenes Like These,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Tara Kopp; and “Limited Landscapes,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Jenna Lucente, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from June 25 through July 24. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, June 25 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Milford Music Festival

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Festival takes place from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. The three-day, borough-wide celebration takes place at locations all over town, from the Milford Theatre to restaurants, galleries and even realtors and opticians. Adding to the fun on Saturday will be a strawberry festival and flea market at the United Methodist Church; a book sale on the lawn of the library; and hot dogs and cotton candy to accompany the music of Somerville at Belle Reve Senior Living at 12 noon. On Sunday, you can browse the weekly farmers’ market at the Grotto from 10 a.m.  Read more

An anniversary story

The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.  Read more

Taking sides

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those savory satellites, when properly prepared, to be worthy of a meal on their own. You will find me firmly in the second camp, lavishing my attention—as both cook and eater—on a satisfying lineup of vegetables. At a steakhouse, I’m known for skipping the rib eye in favor of the grilled asparagus, creamed spinach and sweet-potato fries.  Read more

Baby on board

When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a little one in the back seat, with the hope that they would slow down and use a little more caution when driving past the vehicle. Then somewhere, somebody complained that they were blocking the driver’s view and could cause an accident, yadda yadda yadda; they passed a law and the signs went away.  Read more