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December 04, 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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Take a musical tour of the American West

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present musician and songwriter Marc Berger in concert at The Cooperage on Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. For reservations call 845/252-6783. Food will be provided by Jill Padua and it is BYOB. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. His song, “The Last One,” has been performed by Richie Havens in the United States and Europe. His recent album, “RIDE” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide.

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Panel explores how artists respond to our environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a panel of local artists and public figures for “Arts and the Landscape,” a discussion of how art forms interact with and respond to our natural environment. The panel discussion will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, November 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Movies in Monticello: ‘Up’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group will hold showings on the first and third Friday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Read more

Free Theatre to encore Tony Award ‘RED’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues bringing its work around the county with an encore reading performance of the Tony award-winning play “RED” by John Logan. There will be two performances on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre at Sullivan County Community College.  Read more

Americana music and birds of prey

REGION — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on two dates in November for “Little Sparrow and the Eagles”—Americana music and a birds-of-prey presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. The show will be at the Sullivan County Museum and Historical Society in Hurleyville, NY on Sunday, November 9, then on Sunday, November 16, at The Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA.  Read more

Bus trip to see ‘The Nutcracker’ in NYC

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Dance Center and CD Trips are sponsoring a bus trip to see the American Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker” at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City on Sunday, December 21. The trip is a benefit for The Dance Center. The package includes R/T on a Rolling V luxury motor coach bus, a balcony ticket to the show, and bus driver gratuity. Bring your own lunch. Early-bird tickets cost $94, and regular tickets cost $109. The bus departs from Port Jervis at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at BAM at 12:15 p.m. It departs for home at 3:15 p.m.  Read more

Dramatic fundraiser at Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Current and retired members of Sullivan West’s (SW) employees union, known as the WSUT & SRP, are joining forces with other volunteers from the extended SW community to raise funds for the union’s scholarship program. Under the direction of Bill Moloney, the WSUT & SRP is presenting “Arsenic and Old Lace” in the high school auditorium in Lake Huntington on November 7, 8 and 9. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Contemporary Native American poetry taking the stage

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present Susan Deer Cloud and Evan T. Pritchard for “Native New Yorkers,” a public reading of contemporary Native American poetry, at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Locally-based Native American poets Deer Cloud and Pritchard will present select readings of their poetry in this rare event. November is Native American Heritage Month, a perfect time to explore the legacy of contemporary Native American poetry.  Read more

The Wonder Years

Those three little words easily conjure up memories and for many, can instantly evoke a shared time period, when innocence reigned supreme—childhood. Little wonder then, that those memories cause us to wax nostalgic, sometimes wishing that they didn’t have to end. Inherent in the word nostalgia is “a longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations” (  Read more

Counting hawks for science and for fun

Fall is the season when flora and fauna prepare for the upcoming winter. Most trees and plants lose their leaves and go into winter dormancy; cold-blooded creatures, such as snakes and frogs, hibernate in various hiding places. For some birds, a long trip is on order. We hear large flocks of migrating geese as they fly high overhead around this time of year. The large number of eagles that overwinter here is a direct result of their migrating from their breeding territories in Canada to our region in order to find unfrozen waterways to fish.  Read more

A cautionary tale

Butte, Montana was once a boom town for copper mining. Massive steel head-frames still dot the landscape throughout the city. At night they are illuminated in crimson. In the last part of the 19th century, more than 100,000 people lived in Butte, from all parts of the world. It was a cosmopolitan city with theaters, grand hotels, elegant mansions and a Victorian amusement park with a wooden roller coaster and vast public gardens.  Read more

An owl gets a second chance at living free

A couple of months back during August, a concerned Pennsylvania landowner contacted the National Park Service (NPS), Upper Delaware to report that an owl was on the ground in his yard and had been there for several hours. NPS biologists Jaime Myers and Jessica Newbern went out to meet the property owner, and found a great horned owl with an apparent injury to its right foot. They captured the owl and turned it over to the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC).  Read more

It’s not about me…

…Well, maybe a little. After all, it’s my column. Even though I do share personal information in the pages of The River Reporter, it’s just an excuse to write about my observations of what all of you are doing. At the risk of sounding repetitious, I am constantly amazed by the outpouring of community support that surrounds so many fundraisers here in the Upper Delaware River region. Yes, it’s true; I get around. With four counties, 60 communities and two states to cover, I travel a lot, but at least I’m not always in the office annoying my co-workers.  Read more

The Williams Brothers to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Williams Brothers will be at The Cooperage, as part of the Concerts in The Coop series on Friday, October 31. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be the finale of the sixth season of the Concert in The Coop series. The Williams Brothers put together two shows in one—the first set is by Heavy Blonde and the second features Roy Williams and a full band.  Read more

Marc Sloan and Forever Moonlight at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host Marc Sloan and the Forever Moonlight Band, bringing an evening of hot flamenco rhythms to the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Through extensive travel and experimentation, guitarist/composer Marc Sloan was influenced by Flamenco guitar (Spain’s original blues music), jazz and rock music. Percussionist Pablo Shine is a prolific painter born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.  Read more

Wedding Update, Part 2

One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45. (Not as early as we would have liked, but I was proud of us.)  Read more

Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival of short films, created by movie-makers from Wayne County, PA, the 570 area code and beyond, will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The selected spooky shorts have not been rated but may approximate the sensibilities of an “R” rating. Children should be accompanied by an adult-aged guardian. Awards will be determined by audience vote.  Read more

Halloween in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Spend Halloween among the ghouls and goblins on Narrowsburg’s Main Street with special events starting late afternoon and going well into the evening of Friday, October 31. Businesses will have candy and treats, along with free films, a chili cook-off, Zombie cocktails, a cider tasting and, starting at dusk, the Butcher Shop of Horrors. From 8 p.m. on, The Heron Restaurant will host its third annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest.  Read more

The Little Farm Show explores where our food comes from

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project, Delaware Highlands Conservancy and NACL Theatre team up to present "The Little Farm Show,” an interactive play that explores the production of food on Sunday, November 2 at The Cooperage. Doors open for this family event at 1:30 p.m. with the performance at 2 p.m.  Read more

Pike County Arts and Crafts event

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will hold to its monthly First Sunday Art Demo on November 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columns Museum Foundation Room, 608 Broad St. This month will feature Rosemary Gatti from Milford and Charleston, SC, demonstrating the art of Gullah rag quilting. At this demonstration you will learn about the history of the Gullah people, their stories, music and food as well as watching how strips of colorful rags can be turned into a quilt. You can even try your hand at it. Gatti is a multi-media artist.  Read more