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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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A night of burlesque, magic and fun; ‘Return of The Slipper Room’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — It’s typically a sellout—and it’s here one night only—so you might want to visit right away to reserve your spot at the NACL Theatre’s annual performance by The Slipper Room, the Lower East Side’s celebrated club for burlesque and variety. It will take place on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

A banner day for autophiles in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — The field at the Equinunk Historical Society’s annual car show was filled to capacity on June 18, with 152 cars showing up. It was their 17th annual show. Four out of the five winners are shown here; a fifth award, one of four Special Recognition Awards went to Daniel Brey from Jeffersonville, NY, for a beautifully restored 1955 Ford pickup. A photo was unavailable.

Rape culture

I was listening to a radio show soon after the news story about the conviction and light sentencing of Stanford freshman Brock Turner. A commentator referred to the phrase “rape culture,” saying, “I don’t even know what that means.” I don’t usually feel moved to talk to my radio, but this time I did.  Read more

BioBlitz a big success

Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at properties within the watershed. Preliminary results indicate that the nine teams comprised of scientists and naturalists identified 759 species of reptiles, amphibians, birds, fungi, fish, plants, mosses, lichens, mammals, aquatic macro-invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates.  Read more

Mixed reviews

Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my young head, and although I had my mouth washed out with soap a couple of times, I still tried to lie my way out of trouble on occasion. It rarely worked. As I matured (don’t go there!) I found that both Franklin and my mother were right, of course—and as I embraced honesty, the idea of becoming a critic appealed.  Read more

DVO celebrates 30th with ‘Carmen,’ ‘Fledermaus’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two operas this summer, its 30th anniversary season: “Die Fledermaus” by Strauss and “Carmen” by Bizet, at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street.

“Die Fledermaus” is a witty, urbane comedy sung in English, on July 16 and 17 and July 23 and 24. “Carmen” is a passionate drama with gypsies and smugglers, sung in English, on August 13 and 14 and August 20 and 21. Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. and Saturdays start at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Tunneling to the Rondout’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Diane Galusha, author of the newly republished “Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System,” will speak and sign books Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. “Where the Sun Never Shines: Tunneling to the Rondout” will focus on the construction of the East Delaware Tunnel, the 25-mile tunnel that carries water from the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County to the Rondout Reservoir in Ulster County.  Read more

Jeff JEMS hold Americana Day

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville JEMS will feature its Americana Day to kick off Independence Day Weekend on Saturday, July 2. A musical tribute to our freedoms and love of country will begin on the Main Events Stage at 3 p.m. John Gain, a local country music artist, followed by Sara Hulse, known for her thought-provoking lyrics, will open the program. “Nothing New,” a twosome of Steve Fleckenstein and John Kavaller playing bluegrass, folk, blues and some older country western music and acoustic pop, will round out the program.  Read more

‘Moonlight and Magnolias’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “Moonlight and Magnolias” is coming to the Rivoli Theatre on Friday, July 8 and 15; Saturday, July 9 and 16; Sunday July 10 and 17. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m., presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW).  Read more

Jazz on the Deck opens with Gypsy Jazz

HAWLEY, PA — The Settlers Inn hosts its summer Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday during July and August, from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. There is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. You can dine on The Settlers Inn deck overlooking lush gardens, or at lawn tables with cocktail and snack service.

Jazz on the Deck begins Wednesday, July 6 with The Gypsy Jazz Quintet and continues through September 4. Other upcoming musicians are Kelley Suttenfield, July 13, and the Roberto Trio, featuring Madd Kat, on July 20.

Harmony goes local

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase a double-bill of local bands, The Dishonest Fiddlers and Jung Bergo. “For three years, Harmony Presents has showcased mostly regional acts, but we also have a lot of talent right in our own backyard.  Read more

‘Night Light’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Night Light,” an exhibit of photography by Paula Kelly, opens with a free reception on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit features nocturnal images of landscapes, celestial time exposures, and still life studies. It will be on view through July 30.

“I love shooting photographs during twilight. Colors intensify and space flattens,” says Kelly, a part-time resident of Loch Sheldrake who is based in New York City. “As night falls, elements seem to float.”  Read more

Giusti installation at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm,” an installation exhibit by artist Karin Giusti, opens with a reception on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through July 30. The work is a monumental sculpture and photographic exhibition that serves as a tribute to the life and memory of Stephen G. Schwarz (1961-2010), an active-duty New York City firefighter and first responder on September 11, 2001, who succumbed to the health effects of working at Ground Zero.  Read more

Hot Jazz in the town square

HANCOCK, NY — The streets of Hancock will resound to the cool sounds of Hot Jazz on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. when New York City’s Nick Russo and the Hot Jazz Jumpers appear for one night only at the Hancock Town Square.

Vocalists Miles Griffith and Betina Hershey and percussion virtuoso David Pleasant join the multi-talented Russo to present an eclectic mix of ‘20s/’30s and New Orleans jazz, bluegrass and standards influenced by Gullah Geechee and Calypso rhythms.  Read more

‘Capricious’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — The new exhibit at Gallery EVA, “Capricious,” will open on July 2 and run through July 31. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Artists featured in the show will include Elise Freda, Phil Jacobi, Eva Drizhal, Ellany Gable, Franco LoPinto, Evelyn Morisot, Christine Stamos, Barry Shavrick and Jane Morris. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

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

Salsa-Caribbean funk band

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase the quickly rising Columbian band, El Caribefunk, on Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. The group, which has headlined festivals with acts like BombaEstereo and Herencia de Timbiqui, was featured on NPR Music, played live on Colombian National Radio and performed on numerous national television programs including TeleAntioquia and RadioUno.  Read more

Revolution in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association will present an exhibit titled “Revolutionary Art: Art of the American and French Revolutions” in July, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. The reception celebrates the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the 227th anniversary of Bastille Day in France.  Read more

Simons’ cake sculptures on view in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The cake art of Liberty native Kim Simons is on exhibit at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center in a show running through Saturday, August 6. There will be an artist’s reception and chocolate painting demonstration Saturday, July 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. On display will be a selection of Simons’ award-winning cake sculptures, as well as a selection of her paintings.  Read more

Act Underground debuts with ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Back in the beginning of the year we received a couple of press releases notifying us that a theatrical group, Act Underground, was holding casting calls in Narrowsburg. The group had been around for a couple of years but so far had only held a few isolated readings; now, it seemed, they were getting serious about forming a community theatre. The hamlet already has a bit of a reputation as a hub for the local arts scene, and the new troupe sounded like a fascinating addition. We’ve been waiting eagerly to see what would come of it. Well, it looks like the wait is over.  Read more

Grammy® nominee jazz pianist Hersch at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Renowned jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch will appear at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on July 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. A cocktail hour will start at 7 p.m. He will donate all proceeds from this benefit solo concert to the Wayne County Pantry Program and The Cooperage Project.  Read more