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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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Gypsy Moths return in numbers

People in certain parts of the region may have noticed a familiar looking caterpillar early this summer. It seems that the gypsy moth is back. An egg mass survey done last February in Pennsylvania by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) indicated that egg mass density was light (40 to 200 egg masses/acre) at most sampling points in Pike County and isolated sampling points in Wayne County (see map at centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=217).  Read more

My wading raft

In my last column I had written that I was expecting a “new toy.” This was an inflatable raft that I hoped to use while wading in a stream having a depth of two or three feet. Once the raft arrived, I eagerly opened the carton and spread the raft on the floor. It weighs 19 pounds, about eight or 10 pounds more than a float tube. The material is not flimsy vinyl. This raft is made to withstand both abrasion and bumping into river boulders. For 15 years, I have owned the full-sized raft that this company produces, and it is as good as new.  Read more

Henhouse Prowlers and Thunder at the Distillery

BETHEL, NY — Thunder 102 will be broadcasting live from 4 to 7 p.m. from the front porch of The Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, July 27, starting with coverage of that night’s Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Bethel Woods, followed by a performance by the critically acclaimed Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers at 8 p.m.  Read more

Summer apologies (rants)

I’m sorry, Jane, but my column is late again. Of course you already know that because, well, you don’t have it yet. You’ve heard the excuses, and it’s the same old thing. My procrastination is not helped by the fact that I’m constantly so busy. I really am trying, though I also understand that it probably doesn’t look like that.  Read more

Old Time Fair set for Grahamsville

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on State Route 55.

Sponsored by the Time and the Valleys Museum, the fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making demonstration and tasting, pie auction with emcee Barry Lewis, food and music, fly tying and casting demonstrations, local history exhibits and spinning, quilting and blacksmithing demonstrations.  Read more

The Weather Project workshops

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Creativity workshops and stilt-walking classes are offered at NACL Theatre every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes are free and open to all.

The NACL issues a call to artists of all disciplines to consider sharing their skill at a Monday creativity workshop. Workshops will be held in stilt-walking, writing, music, dance research, acting, design, art and singing. Call 845/557-0694.

Ephron play at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at the Rivoli Theatre on July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Readings at Maude Alley

HONESDALE, PA — Moody Road Studios will present “Writers in Conversation,” book readings at Maude Alley on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. There will be a wine and cheese welcome in the garden and a chance to meet the writers from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and a book signing after the reading.

The featured readings are by Amy Brill, author of “The Movement of Stars;” Nina Burleigh, the author of “The Fatal Gift of Beauty;” and Ethan Hauser, the author of “The Measures Between Us.”
Visit www.moodyroadstudios.com or call 917/445-0613.

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 27 there is a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage. This dance will feature music by The Ragtag Rutabagas with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Beginners are welcome. Suggested donation is $10; free for children under 15.  Read more

Still time to attend Weekend of Chamber Music’s summer festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music is holding various events for its summer festival “Transformations.” It is running from July 14 to 27. Events that are still happening include a silent auction that ends July 27 and can be viewed at www.wcmconcerts.org.

Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY will host a Weekend of Chamber Music “Music Talks!” event on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Open electric jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA —The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street will hold an open electric jam on Wednesday, July 31 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Ron Milke. Bring your instruments and perform on stage. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. Farm-fresh food will be available for purchase from The Market Café. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Rescheduled: Bug Music book reading and music performance

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, July 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org.

Along came a spider

I’m one of those guys who makes lists. Even with a calendar on my computer, a day runner, and a “Carnet De Journaliste” (reporter’s notebook—no clue why it’s in French on the cover), my house is littered with scraps of paper. Being an arachnophobe (fear of spiders), I try to keep the paper down to a minimum (where the creepy-crawlies tend to lurk), instead using Post-its® stuck to the mirror (one place I am guaranteed to look). With all that, one would think I’d know where I’m going, but there are always twists, turns and unexpected road blocks along the way.  Read more

23rd annual RiverFest on Main Street of Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment are the primary themes of Narrowsburg’s 23rd annual RiverFest, held this year on Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the edge of the Delaware River on Main Street. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, RiverFest embodies the spirit of the river valley and highlights the artists who live and work here.  Read more

Good-bye and thank you to a commuter’s friend

It is said, “A good man is hard to find”—especially if he is a car mechanic. It is with a heavy heart I viewed the sign at Wayne’s Midas in Port Jervis, NY that said they were closing because they lost their lease. Wayne is not only a good mechanic but a good man as well.

Located a short walk from the train station in Port Jervis, it was always a great convenience for this commuter to be able to drop off my truck in the morning and still make the 5:05 a.m. train. I would faithfully get a call around 2:30 p.m. that my truck was ready and the key was locked inside.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre with Jonathan Fox: Legendary Holy Grail (of comedy) unearthed at the Forestburgh Playhouse!

It’s true. The Holy Grail has been found. With considerable help from the dark and twisted minds of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Python alum Eric Idle (book and lyrics) created a “lovingly ripped-off” musical version of their film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” turned it upside down and teamed up with John Du Prez (additional music) to create “Monty Python's Spamalot,” now playing in Forestburgh.  Read more

Tackling illegal dumping in PA

An Illegal Dumpsite Survey (IDS) of Pennsylvania has been completed, and the results aren’t pretty. From 2005 to 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) performed the county-based survey of the Commonwealth, identifying 6,487 illegal dumpsites containing an estimated 18,516.83 tons of trash.

The results only capture sites that are visible from the public right-of-way and do not include farm dumps or dumps on private lands. For this reason, KPB notes, “It can be presumed that there are significant numbers of illegal dumpsites out of sight on private property.”  Read more

Word of the day: ephemeral

Words. Can’t get enough of them. My ongoing love affair with language continues to flourish as I constantly strive to find new ways with which to describe my adventures here in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although today’s word is no stranger to me, it cropped up repeatedly over the last week, and so I decided to flip through the dictionary, lest I be using it improperly.

Ephemeral—(adjective): Lasting for a very short time. Fashions are ephemeral… Having a very short life cycle (chiefly of plants).  Read more

Do something about the weather

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — As the region swelters this week in the summer sun, Mark Twain’s famous line comes to mind: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” As it turns out, however, a lot of local people and organizations are about to do something by getting involved in a year-long, multi-faceted community arts, science and history venture called The Weather Project (TWP).  Read more

One-man art show set for Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Painter and poet Clyde Washington will present “The Inspirational Art Show: The War with God” at the Days Inn on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Washington presents a combination of surrealistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry that enhance the message of each painting.

There will be a performance by blues singer and songwriter Debbie Fisher at 3 p.m. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

Tickets cost $15 and there will be an assortment of food available at a nominal cost. Call 845/ 292-1226.