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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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An evening of jazz at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present an evening of jazz with the Inner Urge Trio on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. It is co-sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical Society. Opening and hosting the concert will be the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

‘Los Valientes’ at SUNY for Hispanic month

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance of “Los Valientes” on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the college’s Seelig Theater and is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.  Read more

How ‘bout them apples

REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.  Read more

Closing arguments

Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually had the power to select our own leaders, that they would listen to our voices, and that they cared about our needs.

This election has, like none other in our history, exposed the extent to which our attitudes, desires and choices have been carefully, calculatedly managed and manipulated.  Read more

‘Write back soon’ (and other requests from the past)

When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the mail room located in the dorm’s basement. I could even detect with razor accuracy when an actual letter was put into my box by the sound a weighted envelope makes as it slides. I loved the mail. I still do.  Read more

A little bit of everything at Apple Pond Farm

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — In its last event of the season, Apple Pond Farm will offer a little bit of everything it does, including demos and hands-on learning from cheese making to wool spinning, renewable energy to milking goats on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other topics covered will include solar energy basics, apple cider pressing and raising chickens in your backyard. The address is 80 Hahn Rd. No reservations needed. Visit www.applepondfarm.com or call 845/482-4764.

Opportunistic wildlife viewing

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all of a sudden, a bobcat walks across a game trail in front of the blind (and too close to focus with your long birding lens). It’s always good to expect the unexpected. The time I was out trying to find a reported injured eagle and instead, found a few timber rattlesnakes (a group of gravid females basking on some rocks) was probably a good example.  Read more

I’m no Boy Scout

My father didn’t want me to join the Scouts. I’d like to say that I don’t know why, but while eavesdropping, he made it clear that he did not want me to start with the Cub Scouts because (at that time) the packs were led by women known as “den mothers,” and he felt that my own mother already had too much influence over me. Instead, I was packed off to the YMCA, which was all male. Dad was determined to “make a man out of me or die trying,” which ultimately came to fruition more than 40 years ago.  Read more

Texture on display

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Design Poetics” and “Walls of Viet Nam,” exhibitions of artwork by Tal Gluck and Melinda Wallach, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from October 15 through November 20. There will be an artists’ talk on October 15 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Documentary on PA ‘Stonehenge’

MILFORD, PA — For the weekend of Black Bear Film Festival the ARTery Gallery will show “Dancing with the Stones” a documentary film about Columcille Megalith Park in Bangor. It will be repeated throughout the two days and is free.

Inspired by the Isle of Iona, William Cohea Jr. began transforming his property along the Kittatinny mountains in 1978, building and assembling a mini “Stonehenge” here in Northeast PA. It has become a center for quiet meditation, contemplation, a celebration of creativity and nature.  Read more

Glass-blowing demonstrations

PORT JERVIS, NY — Guest glass artists will return to Gillinder Glass Factory on October 15, November 12 and 25, and December 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour at 2:30 p.m.). The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. The artists will demonstrate the time-honored craft of hand-blown glass. For more visit www.gillinderglassstore.com or call 845/856-5375.

Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival will take place from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16 at the Milford Theatre and the Pike County Library.  Read more

Piano dedication recital

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present “Preludes,” a recital, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 to dedicate its 1913 Mason & Hamlin grand piano, a recent gift from the family of the late Lea Lerner. It will take place in Krause Recital Hall on the second floor of the Delaware Arts Center, with acclaimed concert pianist and vocal coach Armen Boyajian playing a program featuring Khachaturian’s virtuosic “Spartacus” music, variations on Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio”—improvised!, and de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance.”  Read more

Genre-busting American folk

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase genre-busting American folk musicians Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. The band has performed at sold-out shows at Lincoln Center and in iconic dive bars and major festivals in 26 states and six countries.

Tickets cost $19 to $22, and can be purchased in advance at AMSkier Insurance agency located at 209 Main Ave., online at harmonypresents.com or by calling 570/588-8077. Enjoy Cocoon catered wine, beer and snacks during the show.

‘Sharing Memories of the Delaware Water System’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Sharing Memories of the Delaware Water System” will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. Hear the fascinating stories of the Delaware Water System’s reservoirs and tunnels from the men who built them. Explore the exhibit, talk with tunnel and reservoir workers, view videos and never before displayed photos, documents and artifacts. Admission to the program costs $3 for non members; free for members, which includes museum admission and light refreshments.  Read more

Pelino takes over the Elevator

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Skunk Cabbage Bog,” an exhibition of artwork by Leslie Pelino, in the Elevator Gallery at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from October 15 through November 20.  Read more

Butterfly Bike Ride

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce and Bicycle Shows U.S. will sponsor the first-ever Barryville Butterfly Bike Ride on October 15 to help support habitat restoration for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Pre-register by October 13 at www.BarryvilleNY.com/ButterflyBikeRide.

Bicyclists will strategically toss wildflower seeds along the 4.6-mile route, which starts in Lackawaxen, PA at 10:30 a.m. and proceeds to Barryville along the New York State Route 97 Upper Delaware Scenic Byway.  Read more

Haunted Theatre Tour

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a Haunted Theatre Tour at the Rivoli Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 6 to 9:45 p.m.

This is the biggest tour ever produced by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, with everything new on three floors: 20 rooms of creepy, ghastly, ghostly, spine-tingling, eerie themes created and directed by Dawn Perneszi of Hurleyville.  Read more

Call for Halloween floats

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty is gearing up for its annual Halloween Parade. In order to make this event a success, area businesses and organizations are encouraged to create floats to showcase.

The parade will take place on Saturday, October 29. Lineup will be at 11 a.m. at the municipal parking lot by the Liberty Skate Park. Floats will be judged during lineup based on workmanship/construction, appearance and overall presentation. The parade will step off at 12 noon. Events including an awards presentation and a Trunk or Treat will follow the parade.  Read more

The tempest

As I started working on this month’s column, Hurricane Matthew was gathering force in the Caribbean, and more than two million people had been ordered to evacuate coastal areas between Florida and Virginia. By Monday morning, news outlets were calculating the death toll at more than 1,000, including 20 in the U.S., most of which are related to flood waters from the torrential rains that accompanied the storm. Some reporters noted that the record levels of water rise for rivers and streams followed familiar patterns established in past storms such as Floyd in 1999.  Read more