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July 31, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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Dancing into the New Year at the Hotel Fauchère

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchère will usher in the New Year with John Curtin and his five-piece party band, The Curtones, performing at the Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchére from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the first time, the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is open to the public with no cover charge.

A cash bar will be available. The Hotel Fauchère also offers special New Year’s Eve menus in Bar Louis and the Delmonico Room. Visit www.hotelfauchere.com or call 570/409-1212.

New Year’s Eve dinner at Gerard’s

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31 at Gerard’s River Grill. The early seating is at 6 p.m. and includes a four-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live jazz by Bob Keller and Kevin Vertrees. The late seating is at 8:30 p.m. and includes a five-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live music by the RKQ Jazz Quintet. Hats, noisemakers and a glass of champagne are included.

Reserve seats early. Call 845/252-6562.

‘Friday Night Goulash’

HAWLEY, PA — An evening of monologue, theatre and music capped off by an exciting giveaway at Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. This show features Neil Genzlinger, television critic for The New York Times and occasional monologist, award-winning actor and writer Chris Harcum, and Joanna Parson, a stage, film and television actress and singer.

Celebrate a global ‘ReBirth’

CALLICOON, NY — A “Global Birth Day Party” will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Callicoon Youth Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Organizers of the day Brenda Seldin, Hana Marritz, Kazzrie Jaxen and Pat Carullo, explain their aspirations for this “Celebration of Quantum Awakening”—to co-create community for a life of harmony and happiness, to cultivate gratitude and forgiveness, to acknowledge planet earth as a living body, to shift our awareness from unconscious to conscious and to build a field of resonance, love and synchronicity.  Read more

Leslie Rutkin signs copies of her book at Signature Gifts

NARROWSBURG, NY — Leslie Rutkin will sign copies of her book “Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison” at Signature Gifts at the Delaware Arts Center on Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The book is about Rutkin’s husband, a police officer, who was indicted on charges of grand larceny on the fourth day of their honeymoon and went to prison for 366 days. Based on over 650 letters, notes and cards sent between the couple, the book is the true story of their journey to stay together through seemingly impossible circumstances.

Rutkin is a part time resident of Barryville, NY.  Read more

Sullivan County Community Chorus holiday concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant and a chamber ensemble, will present Mozart masterworks and holiday selections.  Read more

Holiday performance at Milford Theatre to benefit local food pantries

MILFORD, PA — City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22.

City Stage is partnering with local food pantries and asks audience members to bring an unexpired, non-perishable food item to the performance.  Read more

Celebrate the holidays with Safe Haven

MILFORD, PA —Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. will hold a holiday open house on Wednesday, December 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and holiday music.  Read more

Christmas with The Crackers: A ‘Toys for Tots’ benefit concert

HONESDALE, PA — A benefit concert for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program will be held at The Cooperage on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. with musical performances by The Crackers, Fiddlin’ Around, Midnight Slim with Laurianne, Little Sparrow and The Uphill String Band.

All proceeds stay local and help provide toys to children in Wayne and Pike counties. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or $10 (toys for teenage boys are particularly needed).

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org.

Holiday artisans’ market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a Holiday Artisans’ Market on December 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over 20 local and regional vendors will sell jewelry, toys, home decorations, pottery, paintings and prints, fragrant candles, hand-blended teas, children’s books, vintage bags, greenery, maple syrup, handmade chocolates, artisan pastries and more.  Read more

Local pilots, medics fly relief missions to Haiti; The gift of helping people one flight at a time

CHERRY RIDGE, PA — Starting more than two years ago, a group of pilots, nurses and doctors from our region began flying missions of mercy to Haiti. You may call them angels, if you want, but they call their organization Archangel Airborne. Recently their help was needed closer to home when, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, they organized relief flights to several hard-hit communities in New Jersey and on Staten Island and Long Island.  Read more

Counting birds for Christmas

As the warm spell of the first week of December ends, there have been quite a few species of fall and winter birds spotted. Buffleheads, common and hooded mergansers, and ring-billed gulls are present on the nearby lakes, while passerines such as pine siskins partake at bird feeders. There have already been snowy owl sightings in New York State.  Read more

‘Fair trade’ compromised

Many readers of this column will be purchasing gifts with a fair-trade label this holiday season, and often buy fair-trade products, such as coffee and chocolate, throughout the year. Other fair-trade items include bananas, honey, oranges, cotton, fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, nuts, quinoa, rice, spices, sugar, tea, wine, jewelry, home decor items and clothing.  Read more

Cashed Fools at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cashed Fools will play at The Nutshell as part of their album release tour on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 p.m. The Cashed Fools is a Boston-based Bluesadelic Funkacide group featuring drummer Neal 'FRO' Evans of Dopapod.

Opening for them is Sullivan County based band the Great Danes, featuring special fill-in bassist Eric Delaurencio.

The cost is $6 at the door. All ages are welcome. The Nutshell's classic beer and wing special is back on just for this night, a pitcher of beer and ten wings for $10.

Visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

Deadline extended for PA photo contest

PENNSYLVANIA – Many readers of The River Reporter who enjoy the River Talk column’s weekly images of nature are themselves handy with a camera. Based on some of the photos we’ve received from readers over the years, we know there are a good number of folks out there dedicated to capturing beautiful photos of the abundant wildlife and waterways in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

Airplane scare

Emily and I stand in the Beijing airport looking for the Delta desk to check in. It’s five in the morning and we are on our way back to New York. We push a cart full of bags through the large terminal.

After traveling for 10 days, we are both pretty ready to be home and I am jokingly grumbling about the lack of freedom, news and manners. With perfect timing a guy bumps into me and says nothing. “You see what I’m talking about?”  Read more

It’s a wonderful life

My desk is cluttered more than usual this week. Flyers, cards, and scraps of paper litter my world as I attempt to unravel what I’ve accomplished over the last few daze and determine what lies ahead. As if I weren’t dizzy enough, I’m sick. Right on schedule (or so it would seem) I have a cold that has socked me with a one-two punch that has forced me to slow down a bit and take care of myself. “No rest for the weary” echoes in my addled brain, as I heave my tired old bones out of bed and review my notes.  Read more

December holiday tours at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site will offer guided holiday tours of the decorated mansion from Monday, December 10 through Saturday, December 22 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Members of the Milford Garden Club will decorate the 1886 mansion, formerly the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  Read more

Seasonal music at Janice

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Noah Barker Trio will give two concerts of seasonal music at the Janice Center, on December 8 at 4 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Pianist Barker will be joined by two fellow students from Purchase, NY: Dean Torrey on bass and Aaron Seeber on drums. Torrey, a native of Connecticut, has been studying bass since the age of 10, has studied jazz since seventh grade and views jazz as a sophisticated alternative to classical music. Seeber is a native of Washington, DC, where he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  Read more

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