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REGION — A parlor game called “Exquisite Corpse” is coming to the Catskills, brought to you by Ellie and Akira Ohiso, the couple behind Green Door Magazine. The Ohisos have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) and are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware counties in New York, Wayne and Pike counties in PA) to participate in this game, turned exhibit. The finished works will be displayed in “Exquisite Corpse of The Catskills” at CAS beginning June 5.

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from...

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Near the end of February, I had a call from Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) out of Milanvile, PA. It seems that during a sunny day when the temperatures...

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Pausing as I step out of the front door, looking up through the barren trees, the cerulean blue of the morning sky peeks at me. The word “cerulean” is derived from the Latin caelum, meaning heaven...

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An egg is quiet perfection. Elegant in form, its smooth shell breaks open to offer the yin-yang of golden yolk and airy white. That yolk serves to thicken and enrich, while the white, when whipped...

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“When it rains, it pours,” I wheezed at the dog as we headed out the door last Saturday night, in search of entertainment. I had three musical notes on my list to check out in Callicoon, NY, along...

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Information is being sought on several matters concerning white-tailed deer in the Upper Delaware River region. In the first, researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Penn State...

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Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, December 14 The Cooperage Project will host its third annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a juried event, i.e., there is a selection committee whose members carefully evaluate the quality, character and style of each applicant’s work. In addition to being handmade, materials are sourced locally and recycled when possible.  Read more

‘How to Survive Life (and Death) A Guide to Happiness in This World and Beyond’

“How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide to Happiness in This World and Beyond,” by Robert Kopecky (Conari Press/Weiser Books). This book is based on Kopecky’s three compelling, and distinctively different, near death experiences, and what he learned about how to live from each of them. The emphasis is not on the scenarios of the afterlife, but the nature and meaning of each of the three experiences, and how those lessons apply to leading happy, fulfilling lives.  Read more

‘Around Neversink: From the Rondout Reservoir to the Neversink Reservoir’

“Around Neversink: From the Rondout Reservoir to the Neversink Reservoir,” by Carol Gridley Smith. (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99). Carol Gridley Smith is the historian for the Town of Neversink, NY. She turned 81 just as “Around Neversink” was released. She grew up in the Town of Neversink and attended a one-room school there. She attended high school in Ellenville, NY and earned a degree in sociology at SUNY New Paltz. This pictorial history, a treasure trove of images dating back to the 19th century, is ideal for the history-lovers on your gift list.  Read more

C’mon, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Lately, I’ve been yearning for a sleigh of my own, since it seems that what has been considered an outmoded form of transportation is in again. My dictionary defines outmoded as “old-fashioned, unstylish, and out of date” along with “passé, untrendy and uncool.” I’ve been called a lot of things, but “trendy” and “cool” have never been on the list, so it would seem I’m a perfect candidate for bringing back the “ring-ting-tingle-ing too.”  Read more

Jazz virtuosos play Winterfest weekend

HAWLEY, PA — Peter and Will Anderson will perform at the Silk Mill on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. during Hawley Winterfest weekend. The New York Times has called them “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone.” Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, said, “As young as 15 they toured the United Kingdom, playing traditional jazz, swing, and bebop. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, they were mentored by Texas-native saxophonist Paul Carr, before attending Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside.  Read more

Community chorus presents winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will perform its 38th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present “If It Ain’t Baroque” with music written by composers Antonio Vivaldi, Salomone Rossi, George Frideric Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach. There will be Hannukah songs as well as choruses and chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio performed with a chamber orchestra.  Read more

Concert at St. John

HONESDALE, PA — The St. John the Evangelist Church Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at St. John the Evangelist Church, 150 Terrace St., on Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. This year the choir offers a special program of favorite carols and songs selected from Christmas concerts spanning more than 25 years under the direction of John Propeack.  Read more

Candlelight vigil to memorialize the homeless

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH) will hold a candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to homelessness and to pray about the issue of homelessness in Pike County on Sunday, December 21. PCHOH hopes to raise awareness of the reality of homeless in our communities with this event, which will begin at the steps of the Pike County Courthouse at 6 p.m. on the longest night of the year. The program, lasting from 6 to 7 p.m., will include testimonials, prayer and a call to action for the community on behalf of individuals and families affected by homelessness.  Read more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at SCDW

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop continues its 2014 season with a family-friendly production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” which runs during the holiday season from December 12 to 14, at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum), 265 Main St. in Hurleyville.  Read more

Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The 43rd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Sunday, December 14. The line-up on Canal Street begins at 1 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m., continuing on Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge down Pennsylvania Avenue and ends at the Matamoras Firehouse in Airport Park. After the parade, Santa will visit, there will be a trophy ceremony, and hot chocolate and donuts for everyone.  Read more

Santa to visit Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Santa Claus and his elves are coming to town to visit with area children in the lobby of Jeff Bank’s flagship branch in Jeffersonville on Saturday, December 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Children can have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy cookies (donated by Peck’s Market), hot chocolate and Christmas activities. A donation of $4 is suggested but not required. The proceeds will be given to the local food pantry. This event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) and Jeff Bank. Photos will be taken by Daphne Muzuruk, a Sullivan West senior.  Read more

String ensemble in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The NY-NJ-PA tri-state community welcomes back the the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble for a winter concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 (snow date December 14) at the historic Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St.

Traditional and all-time favorite seasonal music will be performed in this holiday-decorated church. A reception of homemade cookies, coffee and tea will follow. This concert is sponsored by Port Jervis Council for the Arts.  Read more

ARTery hosts PCAC show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will host the 64th annual Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) Exhibit from December 11 to February 8, with a reception on Saturday, December 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Holiday shopper will find handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood craft, cards, prints and lots of original paintings and photography.  Read more

Buggy rides at the farmers’ market

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Farmers’ Market this Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include some special holiday features. There will be horse and buggy rides, a local artisan holiday craft market and a jazz brunch with the Kazzrie Jaxen Jazz Quartet. As always, there will be plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as heirloom botanicals, local dairy products and farm-fresh meats, baked goods and jams, local wines and more.

Christmas cookie walk in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas cookie walk on Saturday, December 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. (snow date December 14). The church is located at 31 Erie Ave. Hand-crafted, homemade Christmas cookies will be displayed on tables inside the church parish hall where you can walk around and place your choices in a container. Cookies are available by the pound, so you can mix them up to your liking, or you can select an already gift-wrapped assortment ready to go. Proceeds will go toward the work of St. Paul’s at home and around the world.  Read more

“We Have Our Savior” in Damascus

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus United Methodist Charge Cantata Choir will present two performances of “We Have Our Savior” at the Damascus United Methodist Church, located on Route 371 next to the Damascus school. The first performance will be on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. with a snow date of Sunday, January 4 at 3 p.m. A free-will offering will be received in memory of Kristina and Cindy Adams and presented to Victims’ Intervention Program. The second will be a Christmas Eve performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Sharing the feast

NARROWSBURG, NY – At 11:50 a.m., the crowd gathering in the cold rain outside St. Paul’s Church parish hall is talkative, upbeat, and hungry. The doors to Katie’s Café, a free community meal program, open at 12 noon, but the wet weather and the guests’ unbridled enthusiasm guarantee early admission. In they come, trying to guess the menu from the aromas that greet them.  Read more

Wish list

Christmas is a time for connecting with what we truly value, made tangible in our gatherings with family and friends, our nostalgia for holidays past and the renewal of hope for the future. As we enjoy this brief vacation from everyday cynicism, I confess that I am shamelessly susceptible to classic holiday movies, those sentimental cultural touchstones with their timeless themes of family, community, faith and doubt, usually framed in the emotional journeys of beloved characters who desperately need to change their lives.  Read more

Feeder season

On Thanksgiving Day, while most of us in the Upper Delaware River Valley enjoyed feasting in warm homes with family and friends, regional wildlife were suddenly faced with greater challenges than usual in finding adequate food. Thanks to an impressive amount of dense snow that quickly covered much of the available natural food sources, our avian neighbors resorted to pecking their way along the edges of cleared roadways, gathering up bits of seed, gravel and sips of melted snow.  Read more

Wedding Update Part 3: The Blur

It’s four a.m. on the Monday before the wedding and it’s still dark out. We leave the house bound for Mexico with five huge suitcases packed to the brim and a wedding dress in a white garment bag so large it could have housed a body. There are a few members of the wedding party traveling with Emily and me and we are all equally bleary eyed.  Read more

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