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REGION — Just as fine food has the power to exalt any holiday celebration, so do fine alcoholic beverages (in suitable moderation). And just as we in the Upper Delaware River Valley are blessed with a variety of excellent local food sources, we also have quite a few providers of drink, from spirits to wine to beer and ale. We contacted a number of the local distilleries, breweries and wineries and asked them for their recommendations for your holiday parties. Here’s what they came up with.

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One of the nice things about riding the train is the diversity of people you meet as you travel. The Upper Delaware is a resort destination and the weekend home to many who come from the city for...

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Though few would argue with the notion that the holidays can drive you to drink, there are those who make it through them without a single tipple. Pity the poor soul who has to nurse a glass of...

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As I write this, it is a week before Christmas, and as I look out the window at 8 a.m., it is 36 degrees outside and the snow cover can best be described as “scattered to broken” here in Shohola,...

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One man’s legacy

At first my uncle Hal was just the one my aunt was marrying—essential, almost peripheral, enigmatic. No one could match her in beauty, so he matched her in intellect. An intellect of physics, an appreciation of ballet and opera to match her yen for Yeats and Jung. But I didn’t know any of that at five years of age, when they married. To me, he was the husband. I didn’t know why she needed him, but I got that it was important. He was awkward and mostly silent, not glib like the rest of our family. He wore thick glasses and his hair in a brush cut. I almost didn’t see him in the glare of the rest of our family—raucous and laughing, well-oiled. But by the time my step-father had disappeared, he was still there and now a father himself. His whole being seemed to swell with the creation of his family.  Read more

Green Acres is the place for me

It’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and having done so twice in the last four months (don’t ask!), I can attest to that. Finding myself unexpectedly looking (again) for a new place to settle, I was determined that this would (hopefully) be the last... and thankfully, the gods were smiling down on me as I raced against time, searching high and low for a place to rest my weary head.  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.  Read more

Entertainment briefs

Grey Towers hosts Rachel Carson film
MILFORD, PA—A free outdoor film screening of “A Sense of Wonder,” the story of biologist Rachel Carson’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it, is planned for Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpke.  Read more

1he Fiber Revolution comes to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Interpretations in Fiber,” opening on Friday, July 13 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St., showcases the breath, imagination and variety of the award-winning and nationally recognized fiber artists who are members of a group known collectively as Fiber Revolution. The group exhibition, curated by Katharina Litchman, opens with a reception on July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kevan Lunney, winner of the Surface Design Award 2012, will lead a gallery talk from 6:15 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Entdertainment briefs

Eisenberg to headline at Nutshell  Read more

‘World’s Worst Art’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck is presenting its first-ever “World’s Worst Art” show, with a grand opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. One oddball installation, in a graphic confrontation, takes the axe to pieces of genuine art. Another questions whether some creative works have really earned their premier spots—in the garbage can. Some modern masterpieces may seem suddenly ugly, and classic styles will turn oddly unpleasant.  Read more

Celebrating an icon of the American West

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the eighth annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.  Read more

ARTery focuses on two members

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit of work by two of its members, Rosalind Hodgkins and Debbie Gioello, beginning July 12. “Mythic Allegories” is the title of a new series of paintings by Hodgkins. Her painting is influenced by Greek and Roman mythology and the allegorical affect these myths have on western civilization which pervades our culture. Gioello’s art is not limited to any one style or technique, evident from her changing monthly installations at the ARTery.  Read more

Beginning again after 75 years; Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts to all comers: celebration planned for July 14

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief. “It is a way of life,” Ed explained.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.

“My work is abstract with a hint of a place,” said visual artist and writer Fran Cox of her collage work. “They look three-dimensional but are flat, insisting on the realm of the imagination. There is a tension between inside and outside not unlike the tension felt while watching someone opening an envelope.”  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

Beginning again after 75 years: Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief.

“It is a way of life,” Ed explained.

Not only is it a way of life, it’s an extended family, said Cochecton Ambulance Captain Herb Sawall.  Read more

Turkey vultures: a feathered fascination

While few would contend that the turkey vulture is attractive, most would probably admit that in flight, it is indeed beautiful and that it most definitely has some unique—and somewhat offensive—characteristics.  Read more

The Johnny Darling Frolic: a local legend lives on in Livingston Manor

The Johnny Darling Frolic, spearheaded by local historian Mia Koerner, began in 2009—the 200th anniversary of storyteller Darling’s birth. Johnny Caesar Cicero Darling’s reputation is a story in itself, rich in legend, based on fact. Famous for his “tall tales,” Darling’s love of folk stories and his passion for children and keeping the spoken word a living tradition has become a part of the landscape in these here parts, and Koerner’s commitment to keeping his spirit alive is a big part of the picture.  Read more

ArtWalk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, July 7, (rain date Sunday, July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor will host an ArtWalk with 30 artists ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography.

Ann Higgins, Elise Hornbeck, Gary Tempel, Caroline Harrow, Linda Hare, Una Evers, Kate Hyden and Scott Woods will be at WaterWheel Junction with more Art on display inside of Wildlife Gift. Jeff Bank will entertain some of the Jeff Bank calender photographers: Stephen Davis, Virginia Sanborn and James Carney.  Read more

Weekend presents ‘A Great Conversation’

SULLIVAN COUNTY — For a couple of weeks every summer, the hills of the Upper Delaware Valley ring with world-class classical music brought here by the Weekend of Chamber Music. In its 19th outing, the group will hold “The Great Conversation.” A new twist for this festival will be classical improvisation sprinkled into the concerts under the leadership of guest co-directors composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner and cellist Caroline Stinson, who have a reputation for cutting-edge performances in this genre, in which they have forged new ground with their chamber music quartet Open End.  Read more

Senior picnics with a ‘60s and ‘70s theme

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Senior Centers of Wayne County will host summer picnics during the month of July. Honesdale’s picnic will be Friday, July 13 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Hamlin Center will meet on July 20 at Lake Genero and Hawley’s event will be at the Robert J. Drake Center in Bingham Park on July 27. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, and there will be entertainment by the Polka Jets II, bingo and prizes. The theme this year will be the ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets cost $5 and are available to those 60 years of age and over.  Read more

Debra Winger hosts Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger, fracking activist and public health advocate, will host Barnfest 2012 at The Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission and drinks including beer at Barnfest are free. Local food will be available for purchase, and there will be an art auction, penny social and other fun activities for the entire family including live performances. The event will be held rain or shine. Last year, in torrential downpours, more than 500 enjoyed the event.

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