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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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Jeff Bank Calendar reception

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and Jeff Bank will hold a public reception to debut the Jeff Bank 2017 Photo Calendar and honor this year’s selected photographers at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A contest was held earlier this year to select images for the calendar. The photographers will be on hand for the debut reception. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The new Jeff Bank calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

Art Factory invites art for student exhibition

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Art Factory of White Mills, at 736 Texas Palmyra Hwy., will offer classes during the winter months, taught by artists in a wide variety of media and styles, including stained glass, fused glass, oils, pastels, abstract, sculptures and more.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will offer a CineArt presentation of “Florence Foster Jenkins,” starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, from Friday, September 30 through Monday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress and prominent figure in the New York City art world who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.  Read more

Postcards, poets and a battle

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Postcards and Poetry: An Historical View of Tusten through Verse” will be featured at the annual local history event of Tusten Historical Society on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall, 200 Bridge St.

For the project, regional poets have written poems to accompany postcards from the historical society’s archives. The project is made possible by the 2016 Arts for Sullivan Decentralization program, funded by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.  Read more

Artists Assembly at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society will hold a series of meetings called “Artists Assembly,” a monthly gathering of area artists, with the next one coming up on Friday, September 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to rendezvous with fellow artists, share the creative process and get feedback from like-minded people in a creative social setting. Refreshments are provided, but participants are free to bring a snack or drink to share.  Read more

Boxcar Lilies at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — The Boxcar Lilies will perform their signature mix of folk, country and bluegrass-tinged Americana music at the Harmony Presents concert series at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Roscoe movie studio’s film to be screened

ROSCOE, NY — Wonder Wheel Productions, a Roscoe-based film studio, is having its new feature film “Halfway to Zen” screened at two regional locations. The world premiere will be at the Woodstock Film Festival at 132 Tinker St., Woodstock, on Friday, October 14 at 1 p.m. On Sunday, October 16, it will be screened in Rhinebeck, 6415 Montgomery St. at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Kit Jones at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Shadows and the Other Side of Color,” an exhibit of photographs by Kit Jones, opens with a reception on Saturday, October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through October 29.  Read more

Final weekend at the sawmill

LOOKOUT, PA — The Joel Hill Sawmill will hold its final demonstration and tour for the year on Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The crew of volunteers dusts off the old water-powered, Civil War-era sawmill for programs in July, August and October every year. The mill is located just off Creek Road; watch for signs on Route 191 just before the Lookout Firehouse.  Read more

‘Vibrations’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — “Vibrations,” the new exhibit at Gallery EVA, will run from October 1 through October 31. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Artists featured in the show will include Alan Wood, Nancy Wells, Rich Rethorn, Xeth Feinberg, Madelow Jones, Monard Renaud and Eva Drizhal.

Gallery EVA hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., sometimes Monday, and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will host its first Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, October 1 on Route 52, behind Dick’s Auto Sales.

Seven hot air balloons will be launched on Saturday morning between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and Saturday evening from about 5 to 6:30 p.m. You can visit with the pilots and learn about their ballooning adventures.  Read more

Readers & Writers Festival in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s first ever Readers & Writers Festival will be held on Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2. Festival headliners include writers Gloria Steinem, John Berendt and MK Asante, and many other well-known writers will be present.

“Our tagline is ‘Readers. Writers. Conversation,’” said Amy Ferris, a writer and one of the event’s organizers. “We want the festival to ignite a conversation between people who love to read books and people who write them.”  Read more

‘En Plein Air’

SHOHOLA, PA — An event titled “En Plein Air” will takes place at the Artists Market Community Center, 144 Richardson Ave., on October 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments.  Read more

These really should be ‘one of the above’; On-site grass pelletizers

HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.  Read more

The virtue of patience

A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the frustrated runners literally stopped in their tracks, passing time by running in place waiting for the train cars to pass. Several runners actually jumped over the tracks between cars of the slow-moving freight train, which could have had a terrible outcome for these inpatient runners.  Read more

Clarifying a misconception

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic response in humans. The other does not, but it is often blamed for the offense. Why?
Ragweed is responsible for the host of symptoms associated with respiratory allergies. But although we’re all familiar with its name, many of us haven’t a clue what it looks like. That’s because its unassuming appearance allows it to fade into the background of our perception, behind other more showy plants.  Read more

I oughta be in pictures

Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout the Upper Delaware region, but for the past few days, I’ve been in front of the cameras, actively participating in the events that I attended and for much of those days, the subject of social networking while others took the photos, posting them online for all the world to see.  Read more

Bethany Library hosts fall fundraiser

BETHANY, PA — Celebrating its 80th anniversary year, Bethany Public Library will host a fall farm-to-table dinner on Sunday, October 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Highlights Foundation’s conference center, known as The Barn at Boyds Mills, located at 392 Boyds Mills Rd.  Read more

Bluegrass and folk at Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown Bluegrass & Folk Concert will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. in the Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St. as a conclusion to the many festive events scheduled for that day, starting with the opening of the Hawley Fire Department Flea Market at 9 a.m.  Read more

Fall Foliage Festival

PORT JERVIS, NY — The 24th Port Jervis Fall Foliage Festival will take place on Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown area. There will be more than 130 vendors, a variety of street-fair and international foods, a classic car show and children’s activities including the Roaming Railroad ride, petting zoo and pony rides. You can partake in the fifth annual scarecrow contest, in which first-, second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded in youth, adult and business/club categories.  Read more