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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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Old Stone Jail tours September 7

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s historic Old Stone Jail will be open to the public for tours on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The Old Stone Jail is located between the courthouse and 10th streets.

Built in 1859, the jail was used until 1935. The squat, one-story structure is constructed almost completely of rough stone, including the interior walls and the floor. A heavy iron door will greet visitors, and inside they will see five dungeon-like cells, each measuring about 12 feet by nine or 10 feet.  Read more

The Beach Party Boys

MONTICELLO, NY — The Beach Party Boys will perform in the Monticello Casino and Raceway Lava Lounge on Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public age 18 or above, no reservations or advance tickets required.

Beach Party Boys reproduce the authentic look, vocal harmony and instrumentals of the Beach Boys themselves, in an interactive show where audience members will find themselves singing along to songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Barbara Ann,” “Fun Fun Fun” and “Good Vibrations.” Visit www.monticellocasinoandraceway.com.

Music for ministry

HONESDALE, PA — A number of area bands and musicians will perform to raise money for the work of the Honesdale Area Ministerium on Saturday, September 7 in Central Park. Music will be playing on the stage from 12 noon to 7 p.m., interrupted at 5 p.m. for an ecumenical service of Holy Communion. Pastor Rob Kazinski from Central United Methodist Church will be the guest preacher, with Leanna and JR Stanton of Damascus United Methodist leading the music and Father Ed Erb worship leader.  Read more

First Friday at the library

NARROWSBURG, NY — The First Fridays Contemporary Author Series will be held at the Narrowsburg Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library with Rachel McKibbens and Jacob Rakovan on Friday, September 6. At 7 p.m. is the open mic sign-up (10 spots only, three minutes or less); 7:30 p.m. is open mic and 8 p.m. are readings by the visiting authors.

Rakovan is an Appalachian writer in Diaspora. He is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry. His work has appeared in numerous journals. He is co-curator of the Poetry & Pie Night reading series in Rochester.  Read more

House concert slated for world-traveled musician

CALLICOON, NY — Guitarist Randall Williams, a classically trained musician who left the world of classical music to travel with his guitar, sing and play on street corners and in cafés and pubs, as well as at the Fine Arts Palace in Brussels, Belgium and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, will perform at a house concert in Callicoon on Saturday, August 31 at 7 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a potluck supper at 6 p.m.  Read more

Upchurch paintings on display

BARRYVILLE, NY — An art exhibition, “Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch,” will be on view on Saturday, August 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the River Market, 3385 Rte. 97. This event is the fourth in a series of collaborations between the market and UpFront Exhibition Space of Port Jervis, which owns the rights to much of Upchurch’s collection of paintings. Upchurch died 13 years ago.  Read more

‘Reading, Rolling & Rhythm’ coming to Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Labor Day Parade (formerly of DeBruce) will be held on Sunday, September 1, with the parade on Main Street, and entertainment and more at Renaissance Park, located at the intersection of Main and Pearl streets (at the traffic light). The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the old-fashioned country-style parade starting at 12 noon.  Read more

Star Struck

Labor Day is upon us and summer is almost gone. While in no hurry, I’m a big fan of fall and looking forward to the harvest festivals, pumpkin parties, costume parades and of course, Halloween. Not wanting to get ahead of myself, I did my best to stay in the moment during the past week, which turned out to be all music all the time. As the season winds down, so does the hoopla at Bethel Woods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) and in the past few days, I attended, met with and photographed Philip Phillips, John Mayer, Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square and Luke Bryan.  Read more

Punk pigs, cool chefs; A foodie fest in Narrowsburg

You could smell it before you could see it. The tantalizing aroma of fresh-cooked food, filled with flavor and promises of a soon-to-be feast, permeated the air. It was Pig Mountain, and it had arrived on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY to 2,500 hungry people.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 29

What a busy weekend: down to Queens and back in the same day for my sister’s 60th birthday; had a good time seeing all of the family. My mother was really missed; she was in all of our thoughts and prayers.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 22

Have you ever been to a pig roast? In the last two weeks, I have been to two. The Knights of Columbus held one at Holy Cross Church on Sunday the 11. My brother is the Grand Knight, and he asked me to stop by and help him. He did not need me; the wives of the knights did a great job setting up and supplying the food. When I got there, I went over to him and he asked me to carry some pig down to the oven. I said, “OK,” and he gave me a metal tray with the head in it. Gross, gross, gross.  Read more

Mid-summer dragonfly watch

Along the shore of any given body of water, whether it’s a lake, river or stream, insects are usually very obvious. There may be some flies hatching out, butterflies and moths, and even some pesky mosquitoes or other biting bugs. The pesky biters are in jeopardy themselves from another group of insects that are on the prowl—the odonata family, or dragonflies and damselflies.  Read more

The last green drake

Boyd Corners Reservoir is the uppermost New York City reservoir on what was once the West Branch of the Croton River. Its outlet flows for barely a half mile before it empties into West Branch Reservoir.

Barbara and I spent many happy hours learning how to fish with a fly on this short stretch of water. There, in 1950, I caught my first trout on a fly. That fish took a Brown Bivisible, which was the only dry fly I was capable of tying.  Read more

An engaging column

I was nervous as Emily and I left our apartment and headed to the Union Square subway stop to catch the Q train up to the Paris Theater. We were headed to the theater under the guise of a test screening for the crime documentary I’ve been editing forever. I had a DVD in my backpack—along with an engagement ring.

The DVD did not have the crime documentary on it but instead had a cute little movie I made about my trip to get said engagement ring. Save for Emily and me, the theater would be empty, and when the seven-minute movie was over I was going to propose.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Ragtag Rutabagas and The Cooperage Project will hold a special, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall” contra dance at The Cooperage on Saturday, August 24 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Before the dancing begins, around 6:30 p.m. there will be time to socialize with friends and fellow dancers and the contra dance team and refreshments.  Read more

Ceramic artists open show in Youngsville

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — “Containing the Abundance of Summer,” a new show featuring the works of ceramic artists Kathy Jeffers and Chris Parrow, opens at Domesticities at 4055 State Route 52 on Saturday, August 24 with an artists’ reception at 3 p.m.

In her Woodbourne studio, Jeffers uses lace and plants to create lush textures in her hand-built pieces. Her coiled and gathered work adds emphasis to richly colored glazes.  Read more

Rare tour of Wallenpaupack dam offered

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) will conduct free tours of the dam at Lake Wallenpaupack, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will include access to the dam itself for a rare view of the lake and the dry riverbed where the Wallenpaupack Creek once flowed, and of the hydroelectric plant on the Lackawaxen River at Kimbles. Hear about the history of how the dam was built, and learn about the increase in energy demand since the power plant began operating in the 1920s.  Read more

Harmonica lesson at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica on Saturday, August 24 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Port Jervis Library in the basement Community Room. This is a beginner’s class; no musical talent is required. The teacher is master harmonicist Patti Gessner. Students will learn how to play a piece of music by the end of the program, and afterward will take their new harmonicas home.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of bluegrass and folk

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and Bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Dueling wizards in the age of Internet

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard,” starring Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more