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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 work and no play…

Word on the street (and by “street” I mean Wikipedia) is that it makes Jack (and by “Jack” I mean me) a dull boy, but what does the old proverb really mean? The Internet source informs us: “It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.” Wait… what? First off, I’m hardly a boy, so there’s that. Secondly, how can one be simultaneously both bored and boring? And I’ve been called a lot of things, but dull is not one of them, nor is it a word often applied to life here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

‘Genre-crossing, boundary-bending’ ensemble plays in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Counterclockwise Ensemble will perform its contemporary take on American chamber music at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.  Read more

AuthorFest blossoms

HAWLEY, PA — Sponsorship from Dime Bank has enabled AuthorFest to grow this year, with a dinner on Friday, June 17 and an expanded meet-and-greet event at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, June 18. The festival, now in its third year, is a celebration of one of our area’s great resources: its arts community, in this case, with a focus on literature.  Read more

‘Best NYC Emerging Artist’ and ‘Bostonian of the Year’ in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase Stolen Jars, a duo that Deli Magazine has called the “Best NYC Emerging Artists of 2016.”  Read more

Choral tribute to Lucille Horton

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus, under the direction of Kevin J. Giroux, with accompanist Keira Weyant, is preparing for its 39th annual spring concert, which will be presented on Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42.

“A Choral Fanfare! A tribute to Lucille Horton” is the concert theme chosen by conductor Giroux in memory of one of the founders and long-time accompanist of the Sullivan County Community Chorus. The performance will feature works by Mozart, George Gershwin, John Rutter, Randol Bass, and others.  Read more

Harrow exhibit at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature Livingston Manor watercolorist Caroline Harrow ( for the month of June in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. Harrow’s muted style and nostalgic paintings have earned her numerous awards and a Signature Membership in North East Watercolor Society, and are included in personal and corporate collections across the U.S. and beyond.
The Inn at Starlight Lake is located at 289 Starlight Lake Rd. For more information on the Inn call 800/248-2519 or visit

‘Picture Your Self(ie) in the 1930s’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time & the Valleys Museum’s newest exhibit for the 2016 season, “Picture Your Self(ie) in the 1930s” is a series of three-dimensional vignettes depicting life as it was back in the 1930s, designed so that visitors can easily step into the scene and snap those selfies. The vignettes will help all visitors, young and old, to appreciate the conveniences of modern day life.  Read more

Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) will open its 49th Summer Festival of Events, a series of free concerts in Honesdale’s Central Park, with perennial favorite the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13.  Read more

Go bats about Nature Fest

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Nature Fest is a celebration of nature’s treasures in Wayne County that includes hikes, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can start the night before, Friday, June 10 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with a National Park Service biologist who will lead an expedition recording the echolocation calls of bats flying overhead. Participants will be able to see the calls as they are recorded using acoustic monitoring equipment, and learn how this data contributes to our understanding of local bat populations.  Read more

‘Early Sullivan County’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The opening of an exhibit titled “Early Sullivan County” will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. Sullivan County Historian John Conway will speak on “Transitions: The Major Changes in Early Sullivan County History.” A musical presentation by “Dirty Stay Out Skifflers” performing tunes from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s will follow.

Admission is free, donations and Sullivan County Historical Society memberships are welcome. For more information visit or call 845/434-8044.

Six-foot rabbit comes to South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present its first offering for the 2016 season, “Harvey,” starting on June 10 at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Rte. 42. It is sponsored by REA Ford. The full-length, Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase—immortalized in a 1951 movie starring Jimmy Stewart—is about a polite and friendly man (Mr. Elwood P. Dowd) and his best friend, an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit.  Read more

Tractor Parade

CALLICOON, NY — The 20th annual Callicoon Tractor Parade will be held on Sunday, June 12, featuring tractors of all sizes and vintages. The parade will roll out at 12 noon. As always, there will be a breakfast that morning at the firehouse on Route 97 from 7 to 11 a.m. Following the parade, at approximately 3 p.m., the crowd is invited down to the Delaware Youth Center for chicken barbeque and roast pork provided by the Callicoon Kristal Bowl at a cost of $12 per dinner.

Van Put at Morgan Outdoors

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ed Van Put will be the special guest at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, June 11 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. to meet the public and sign copies of his newly revised and updated book, “The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People.” The date was chosen to coincide with the Trout Parade (see page 16).  Read more

Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 13th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 11. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street, including musical performances on the Main Street Stage by Kendy Gable, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and strolling entertainment by the NACL Theatre’s Stilt Corps. This year’s marching band lineup includes the Crimson Pirates; Paprika; Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill, and Dance Corps; Walker Valley Marching Band; the MountainTones; and the LMCS Middle School Band.  Read more

Castle Centennial Community Day

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA is celebrating the centennial of the Frost Valley Castle this year. On Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., families are invited to enjoy early 20th-century games and activities, in addition to tours of this historic mansion, former home to early 1900s wool baron Julius Forstmann. It features antiques, furniture and architecture from when the home was built in 1916. This event focuses on the local community, including the significance of both the Frost Valley Castle and the rich history of the Catskills region.  Read more

‘The Terrifying’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will present “The Terrifying,” by Minor Theater of New York City (, on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Local ingredients with a Southern flair; Lake House brings new life to old Mohican Inn building

GLEN SPEY, NY — There’s a new restaurant in Glen Spey on the shore of Mohican Lake, serving new-American food with a concentration on Southern cooking. The Lake House occupies the former Mohican Inn, and is owned by Shane Pearson, former Baker’s Tap Room owner, and Curtis Brown, who’s new to the area but is not new to the restaurant business.  Read more

A policy puzzle

There’s a network of renewable energy mavens at work across New York State, pouncing on each new official plan, hoping for wise energy policy and formulating thoughtful responses shared through the public comment process. Everyone sprang into action on April 19 when the New York State Public Service Commission issued “The Clean Energy Standard,” a staff white paper that outlines strategies for meeting renewable energy goals laid out in the New York State Energy Plan.  Read more

Natural wellness

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul,” asserted author, naturalist and conservationist John Muir. Although Muir died in 1914, his legacy continues to influence and inspire us today.  Read more

Let them eat cake

I like cake. Actually, if it’s sweet, I probably will like whatever it is. In point of fact, I completed yet another trip around the sun this past week, and there has been plenty of cake to go around. I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but I’m thankful to have friends who care, and upon their insistence I have blown out the candles a few times over the last several days. My birthday has always been close to Memorial Day (sometimes even simultaneous), and as a kid, I naturally thought that all of the barbeques, celebrations, parades and general hoopla were all for my benefit.  Read more