LIBERTY, NY — As part of the Liberty Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7 at 7 p.m. there will be a performance of the first ever Holiday for Brass. All local tuba, baritone and trombone players are invited to play. Local music instructors, their students and community members who can play a lower brass instrument will be welcomed. There will be two non-mandatory rehearsals, on November 27 and November 29 at 7 p.m. at Charlie Barbuti’s Furniture Store, 199 South Main St. Come to either rehearsal or just come to play on December 7. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845/292-4826.
BEACH LAKE, PA — There will be a holiday craft fair at the Beach Lake Firehall on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a donation of $1 per adult. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes. Sponsored by the Beach Lake Fire Company Auxiliary.
PORT JERVIS, NY — A class in paper crafts, including lessons in how to make handmade cards or gift tags for the Christmas holidays, will be offered at The Hub at the Port Jervis Free Library on Monday, November 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This hands-on program will be led by Anna Seniw, owner of The Creative Corner, and everyone will have the opportunity to create a card and Christmas tag to take away.
Pre-registration is required by visiting www.portjervislibrary.org/portjervis/thehub.asp or calling 845/772-7586.
ROCK HILL, NY — Midnight Slim/Fred Scribner, a former member of the Levon Helm Band, and The Sullivan, present the first annual Sullivan County Blues and Music Fest on November 23 and 24 at The Sullivan, featuring regional and national blues and music acts including Alexis P Suter, Chris O’Leary, Murali Coryell, Big Joe Fitz, Petey Hop, Bobby Kyle, Frank Latorre, Midnight Slim, Dan Brother, Pauly DiDio, Rob Cannillo, Ken Bowles and more special guests. Read more
“Charity begins at home,” Thomas Fuller wrote, “but should not end there.” With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s time once again to take stock and give thanks, which is easy (for me, anyhow) to lose sight of in the workaday world of bills, stress and everyday worries that sometimes seem insurmountable. Read more
The Upper Delaware Valley has been an entertainment destination for decades, and having once flirted with Hollywood, the film industry recently returned to the region in the form of “Praise and Blame,” a short film shot entirely on location in the Catskills, wrapping production here on November 7. (Just so you know: In 1912, one of the first silent movies ever made in the U.S., “A Feud in the Kentucky Hills,” was filmed in the Catskill region. D.W. Griffith brought his troupe of 40 actors to Milford, PA to utilize the local terrain. Read more
This Thanksgiving, you may be staying home with your family to enjoy a traditional meal, or you may be traveling and choosing to join a celebration at a relative’s or friend’s house. Perhaps you choose to participate in a gathering sponsored by a soup kitchen or church. Some may have even preferred to go to a restaurant that offers a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Read more
A week or so after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the northeast U.S. and our region, the sun has returned. Leaves that were left on the trees before the storm were blown down, along with a few of the trees. The trees have been cleared from the roadways and power has been restored, but many homeowners have blown-down trees or branches to contend with. Some of this blown-down debris has its own hidden hazard. Read more
Hong Kong is carved out of the side of a mountain. It’s right on the water and reminds me a bit of a futuristic Chicago. The skyline is a sea of brightly lit buildings, stretching up, big and tall into the sky. It makes New York City seem very squarely organized; Hong Kong does not follow the grid plan.
There are tons of people in the streets and many of the alleys are packed with tiny booths selling everything from food to watch parts to Halloween masks. (It’s the end of October.) Read more
If there was ever a doubt, this past week was proof positive that variety is indeed, the spice of life. As the Upper Delaware Valley began to return to normalcy, our hearts continue to be with those who are still digging out in Sandy’s wake. Thrilled to be home, I cleaned up the mess and got back to business, although I still have not found one of my missing shutters. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, November 21 stop by The Cooperage for an open mic night hosted by “The Crackers,” one of the region’s favorite Americana bands. Come out to perform or just to watch and listen. All are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open mic will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations greatly appreciated.
Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.
MILFORD, PA — Throughout November the ARTery Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, a group show called “Artist’s Choice: The Best of...” Member artists will be their own curators, choosing their favorite and best pieces for display. The exhibit runs through December 3. Hours are Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a family game night on Friday, November 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Board games, card games, brain games—they’ll have all kinds of games to play. If you have a favorite, they encourage you to bring it. So, dust off your board games, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated.
Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.
MILFORD, PA — Auditions for “The Holiday Spectacular” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19 at the Milford Theatre. Producers are seeing teen and adult singers, dancers and musicians for this holiday musical revue. Performance dates are December 21 and 22. In the spirit of the holiday season, City-Stage will partner with local food pantries for this event.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Marcia Nehemiah will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Crone Age,” on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage on Crystal Lake Road. Light refreshments will be served. “Crone Age” features profiles of eight octogenarians from the Upper Delaware River Valley: Cecily Fortescue, Grace Johansen, Christine San Jose, Carol Rocklin, Vera B. Williams, Phyllis Bilick, Barbara Yeaman and Rusty Myers. For directions to Beaverbrook Cottage, visit www.beaverbrookcottage.com. For information about the event, call 570/576-0865.
HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership is seeking talented craft vendors, antique dealers, artists and artisans, as well as specialty food vendors to participate in “Honesdale for the Holidays” to be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For a registration form or information, email email@example.com or call 570/253-5492.
MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Route 6 on Saturday, November 24 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door are $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.
HONESDALE, PA — “It’s easy to embarrass yourself, but I’m willing to fall on my face,” quipped Jason Smeltzer while describing the process of performing on an unusual and little-known instrument called the theremin. The early electronic instrument’s most characteristic feature is the fact that it is played without physical contact from the performer.
The public will have an opportunity to experience the theremin during a performance at Grace Episcopal Church on Courthouse Square in Honesdale at 7 p.m. on November 17. Read more
On Election Day after casting my ballot I took a drive down PA Route 191 to see the Larches.
It may sound like the surname of some old family friends who are up for the weekend or the long-lost name of a distant cousin (to be sure, the Larches are as contradictory as some of my most eccentric relatives) but they are friends of a different sort. Read more