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December 08, 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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Black Bear Film Festival call for volunteers

MILFORD, PA — With the 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival approaching, volunteers are being sought to participate in the festival. Volunteer activities are not limited to the festival, and include several pre-game events. The first will be the debut of the Artful Bear Sculptures on August 10 at the Milford Community Building.  Read more

Everything old is new again

I’m no hoarder, but I’m not keen on throwing things away either. As a result, I am completely on board with recycling, reusing and (my new personal favorite) repurposing. Wiktionary.org defines repurpose as “to reuse for a different purpose on a long-term basis,” which includes altering the original, e.g. “the church was repurposed as a nightclub by removing the pews.” Repurposing is big here in the Upper Delaware River Valley and I often stop to admire the clever projects that my friends and neighbors have produced.  Read more

A habitat snapshot; The 2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

HANCOCK, NY — From noon on June 28 to noon on June 29, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on a 63.5 acre tract, the “Gales Property” just downstream of the Delaware River West Branch confluence in Wayne County, PA. This property is owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and executive director Karen Outlaw, explained that this was the first bioblitz ever held in Wayne County or anywhere else in the Upper Delaware Region.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 3

On Sunday, the Cochecton Youth Group had its car wash and bake sale. The kids worked very hard washing cars and selling baked goods. It was a very profitable day, and we have to thank Gasko and Meyers for letting us use their driveway and water. We would not have been able to pull it off without the bakers who donated the yummy baked goods, and Ed Grund, who is the liaison to the youth group from the town board. He did all the schlepping and setting up for us and also made the big chunks of ice, so we had ice-cold water to drink.  Read more

Why do I do it?

Why do I do it? I asked myself this question many times during the last few months while rehearsing a new play for a decidedly short run in Milford, PA. The play, “Four Score and Seven,” was written by a theatre buddy of mine, John Klemeyer. We once played opposite each other as the murderous brother/sister, husband/wife team in Ira Levin’s thriller “Veronica’s Room” on another way-off-Broadway stage in the Catskills. So that was one reason in favor of the dozens of car trips between Narrowsburg, NY and Milford and New York City to rehearsals and finally, performances.  Read more

Lunch at the lake

It was an early June day, one of those perfect sunny days with temperatures in the high 70s; I decided I could no longer sit at the computer and work on whatever report I happened to be working on, so I took a break in the form of a late morning walk. I walked to a nearby lakeshore and thought in hindsight that I should have packed a lunch. When I arrived at the lake, I observed that I wasn’t the only hungry one there.  Read more

Our ‘Frenchman’s Pond’

Have you read any of the books written by John Voelker? This gentleman was once a Supreme Court Justice of the State of Michigan. If not his book, perhaps you are familiar with his short essay, “Testament of Fisherman.” In all of his writings, he used the pen name Robert Traver. He burst onto the national scene when in 1958 he wrote the novel “Anatomy of a Murder.” The book attracted the attention of Hollywood. It was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick. The financial success of the book allowed Judge Voelker, late in life, to devote himself to writing and fly fishing.  Read more

The shoot

I’m in the middle of a field surrounded by a dozen or so drunk extras in Day of the Dead face paint. The sun is setting fast. I’ve stood by my choice to have a dolly shot to open the party scene of the music video I’m directing, and we are taking the time to get it. But it means we will get far fewer other shots. Now I’m second guessing myself.

The set is beautiful with a makeshift altar stretching 20 feet up in the air. The band will place a coffin at the foot of it and the lead singer will emerge at a strange party and perform the end of the song.  Read more

Handwriting at Bethel School

BEACH LAKE, PA — Bethel School’s summer open houses resume on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a special presentation at 2 p.m. by the Master Penman, Thomas M. Wasylyk. Wasylyk is a nationally recognized authority on handwriting and the author of numerous books and articles about handwriting. He will demonstrate the art and technique of beautiful penmanship and explain its importance in learning.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography, and artisans with crafts on display.  Read more

‘Greatest show on dirt’

CALLICOON, NY — “The Little Farm Show” will be at Callicoon Farmers Market on June 30. Created by Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, with original text and story by Jane Wells, “The Little Farm Show” celebrates sustainable small farming to delight the entire family.

Using shadow puppet dinosaurs, a clothesline, flamboyant hats, hip-hop beats, banners, songs and instruments including guitar, kazoo, accordion and spoons, Kowalchuk and Keyser present a brief history of the universe and farming, or “the greatest show on dirt.”

Comic Pinter play at Liberty Free Theatre

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in collaboration with the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present a reading of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s rarely performed comic play, “A Slight Ache,” kicking off a fundraising campaign to create a new state-of-the-art theatre. Featured performers are Paul Austin and Karen Young.  Read more

A musical and a live concert at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, June 29, Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill features folk, rock and pop award-winning songwriter Chris Ayer, followed on Sunday by a performance of “Violet,” a musical about a disfigured young women’s search for healing, performed by the youth of French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts.  Read more

‘Bug Music,’ a book reading and musical 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. The event will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Rothenberg has spent the last few years studying and playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles. Now, in “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise,” he explores the rhythm and noise of insects and their influence on human music, rhythm and dance.  Read more

‘Jazz on the Deck’

HAWLEY, PA—“Jazz on the Deck,” an every Wednesday feature during July and August at The Settler’s Inn, kicks off the summer series on July 3 with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet. There is no cover charge. The music begins at 6 p.m.

The Settler’s Inn is located on Hawley’s Main Avenue, and thanks to a covered deck the performances can be held rain or shine. The “Jazz on the Deck” line-up also includes Robert Kopec Quartet on July 10 and Thos Shipley Trio on July 17 and many more.  Read more

Life celebration concert for Jack Hardy and Maris Hearn

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn present the seventh annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert, a Jack Hardy Song Night, at The Delaware Youth Center, 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. An open mic hosted by Little Sparrow takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. featuring David Massengill, who once performed as The Folk Brothers with Jack Hardy, Honor Finnegan, Angela Elizabeth Holup and Stuart Kabak.  Read more

‘Vetstock’ to be a star-spangled event

MILFORD, PA — Vetstock, a two-day long celebration on the Fourth of July weekend that will help raise funds to build a home for a severely disabled American veteran, comes to Milford’s Malibu Dude Ranch on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Additional events will be held at Milford’s American Legion Post 139.  Read more

Country music at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Karen Collins and The Backroads Band are coming to Honesdale on Friday, June 28 as part of the “Concerts in the Coop” series at The Cooperage.

Collins has one of those country voices that is often compared to that of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Her band features guitarist Ira Gitlin. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donations collected at the door. BYOB.  Read more

Painting exhibit at Domesticities benefits Doctors Without Borders

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new exhibit of paintings by Dr. Russell Asnes has arrived at Domesticities. The works range from domestic still life to portrait to political.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera summer course and performances

LOCH SHELDRAKE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and the New York Opera Studio will launch an intensive two-week summer course for singers and collaborative pianists to be held at SUNY Sullivan in Lock Sheldrake from July 7 through 22. The program, called Opera Advantage, will help singers explore the musical language, verbal language and body language of opera. For application information and cost of tuition, visit www.newyorkoperastudio.org.  Read more