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December 07, 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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Scandinavian Craft Fair

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Bernt Balchen Lodge #3-566 will hold its annual Scandinavian Craft Fair on Saturday, September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lackawaxen Volunteer Firehouse, 774 Rte. 590.  Read more

An award-winning filmmaker comes home; Zac Stuart-Pontier at the Big Eddy

Now in its fifth year, the Big Eddy Film Festival is coming to town, and this year, editor/producer Zac Stuart-Pontier is along for the ride. Born in Honesdale, PA, Zac spent his formative years in and around Narrowsburg, NY (and The River Reporter; he is the son of current publisher Laurie Stuart and former editor Glenn Pontier). He is excited to be returning to the region to represent his latest film, “Bleed for This,” which is being screened at major film festivals before opening nationwide in November of this year.  Read more

Strength in numbers

If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about solar energy for your home, and hearing about different ways of making it work as prices for solar panels have come down and incentives have increased. But as with so many great ideas, the prospect also raises some questions, both technical and financial. Is your home or business a suitable location, with enough uninterrupted sunlight for a significant portion of the day to generate power? Will you have to cut down trees? Is your roof strong enough and oriented to take advantage of the sun? Will you see significant energy cost savings?  Read more

The color of late summer

With fall coming toward the end of this month, everyone is no doubt thinking of the brilliant colors of fall leaves—and cleaning them up afterwards. However, we still have a lot of colorful late summer foliage that can be seen without too much effort in the form of late flowering plants.  Read more

Wayne County Farm Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Farm Tour is set for Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will travel via mini-coach and visit three area farms, each unique in its management and products. You can bring a cooler; there will be meats, vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, cider donuts and pies available for purchase.  Read more

Bethel arts council debuts

BETHEL, NY — The newly formed Bethel Council of the Arts will be holding its premiere event, an art auction and cocktail party reception, at Kauneonga Cove (1 Horseshoe Lake Rd./3575 Rte. 55) on Saturday, September 3. From 4 to 7 p.m., the public can view the works of some 30 local artists working in a variety of mediums, including James Hawley, Fancesca Robledo, Laurie Schwartz, Paul Stark and TRR’s Jonathan Charles Fox. A cocktail reception, featuring light refreshments and music by local musicians including Shlomo Franklin, runs from 7 to 10 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy shorts to feature Sullivan locations, casts; Feature films include Younger’s ‘Bleed for This,’ Meyer’s ‘Little Boxes’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 in the Tusten Theatre, has already generated some buzz with the news that both its headliner, director Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes,” and Ben Younger’s boxing-comeback film “Bleed for This” will be screened at the festival long before their general releases in November.  Read more

This time, it’s personal

Here in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s easy to keep track of the seasons, whether it’s the crops being harvested, the front porches festooned with flags, or simply the sun setting on the horizon. Of course, holidays keep us on our toes as well, and Labor Day is on the horizon too. In other climates (California, for instance) it’s easy to lose track of the days, and weeks often tend to blend, making it difficult to keep track of time passing. Having lived on both coasts, I can compare and contrast.  Read more

‘Empty When Full’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Empty When Full,” an exhibition of sculpture by Matt Nolen, opens at the Loft Gallery at 37 Main St. on Friday, September 2, with an artist’s reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through September 24.

“As a painter, architect and storyteller, clay provides the means by which I can marry my loves: the painted surface, three dimensional form and narrative content. Ceramics gives me the language to communicate my stories to a world audience,” says Nolen, a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg.  Read more

‘Lightness’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — The September exhibit at Gallery EVA, titled “Lightness,” will open on Saturday, September 3 with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m., including music from Janturan, at 35 Lower Main St. Artists featured in the show will be Scott Klee Clark, Michael Roberto, Monart Renaud, Eva Drizhal, E. Morisot and Amy Goff.

Gallery 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.

‘Paintings’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Paintings,” an exhibit of oil on linen by Phillip Gabrielli, opens with a reception on Friday, September 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through September 24.

Italian-born Gabrielli will be exhibiting warmly lit and deeply shadowed trompe l’oeil still lifes portraying fruit, flowers, wooden boxes and classically-inspired mini paintings. He now lives and works in an old reconstructed hay barn in Sullivan County.  Read more

‘The Borscht Belt’ at the Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and the Livingston Manor Free Library present author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld with a reading and photo show from her book “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” at the Laundry King, an exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St., on Saturday, September 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

DENiZEN Fuses the material and digital worlds

BARRYVILLE, NY — The new studio space DENiZEN, located at 3512 Rte. 97, will host a special event from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5.  Read more

‘Adrenaline Honey’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents an exhibition curated by Robin Winters titled “Adrenaline Honey,” featuring artwork by Marianna Rothen and Mike Osterhout, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from September 3 through October 10. There will be an artists’ talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Birds at Home’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Birds at Home,” an art exhibition exploring the relationships between people and birds, will open with a reception on Saturday, September 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The group exhibition runs through October 10.

Humans often have a more direct connection with birds than other wild animals. We can hear them even when we can’t see them, watch their aerial acrobatics from a long way off and entice them to our bird feeders for closer observation.  Read more

Woody Allen’s latest at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Woody Allen’s latest film, “Café Society,” starting on Friday, September 2 and running through Monday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Read more

Narrowsburg Music Day

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Sunday September 4, the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with local businesses to present Narrowsburg Music Day. At 2 p.m., a free concert by Rare Form will be held on the Main Street deck, overlooking the Big Eddy by the Eagle Observatory, sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric. Listeners can anticipate a mix of alternative rock, funk and jams from local singer/guitarist/songwriter Jason Merrill, Gabby Borges and multi-instrumentalist Matt Reinhardt.  Read more

‘Classic comedy, period’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ACT Underground Theatre will present its second offering of the 2016 season with a staged reading of “Art” by Yasmina Reza on Friday, September 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The staged reading features Peter Turchiano, Craig Tessler and Jim Sullivan and is directed by Wendy Kaufman.  Read more

Acoustic concert at the community center

COCHECTON CENTER, NY — The Cochecton Center Community Center (CCCC) will present an acoustic concert featuring “Americana Outlaw” Kate Vargas, a singer-songwriter in New York City. Born and raised in New Mexico, southwestern culture and storytelling traditions inspire many of her lyrical themes. Vargas’s music features tales and truths weaving through a delightful blend of folk, blues and rock. New York City singer-songwriter Andrea Wittgens will join her. A $15 cash donation is requested, a portion of which will go to the paint fund to repaint the CCCC’s historic building.

An encore for The Slipper Room

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, the popular burlesque group that has attracted sell-out crowds to NACL Theatre for several years now, will return on September 3 at 8:30 p.m. The show mixes burlesque, comedy, circus, political commentary, magic, music, feathers and sequins. Hosted by James Habacker, the brilliant performer and owner of The Slipper Room venue on the Lower East Side of New York City, the touring show never fails to surprise even the most daring NACL audience members. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $10 for people under age 30, and can be purchased at www.NACL.org.  Read more