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ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.

Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Maybe the tide is turning. Historically, the brain drain of rural areas like ours led all the bright young people with dreams to the cities, never to return. But in places like Highland Lake and...

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Here in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s easy to keep track of the seasons, whether it’s the crops being harvested, the front porches festooned with flags, or simply the sun setting on the...

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With fall coming toward the end of this month, everyone is no doubt thinking of the brilliant colors of fall leaves—and cleaning them up afterwards. However, we still have a lot of colorful late...

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Rock Hill holiday festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business & Community Association for the annual holiday festival on December 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dutch’s Tavern. There will be a holiday market, free pony rides, refreshments, Santa arriving on a fire truck, photos with Santa, Christmas and Chanukah songs and annual Christmas tree lighting.

For more information, email rhbca12775@gmail.com or call 845/807-2034.

Milford church holds annual Christmas tea

MILFORD, PA — Celebrate the season with an authentic Christmas Tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of W. Catherine Street on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last seating at 2:30 p.m.)

Enjoy a selection of breakfast, lunch and dessert options to sample—from scones and clotted cream, to brie and chutney, to cucumber sandwiches and biscotti. Vintage tea sets provide hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with fresh cream and sugar. Children may choose from a separate menu.  Read more

NACL presents the New York premiere of ‘STRUCK’

NEW YORK, NY — NACL held the New York premiere of “STRUCK,” its new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman’s walk on the razor’s-edge between life and death on December 5. “STRUCK” will be presented December 5 to 21, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. at Spring Street, enter at Dominick Street.  Read more

Botanical art to soothe the senses

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender will exhibit her artwork of edible wild plants from the just published “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The display runs through December 30.  Read more

Tri-State Chamber announces 42nd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will hold the 42nd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 8. The lineup 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 to Pennsylvania Avenue and ends at the Matamoras Firehouse in Airport Park. At the conclusion, there will be a visit from Santa for the kids, a trophy ceremony for parade participants and hot chocolate and donuts for everyone.  Read more

‘Christmas with the Crackers’ benefit for Toys for Tots

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Americana-roots band The Crackers will host its second annual “Christmas with the Crackers” benefit concert to help support Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike counties on Friday, December 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The event also will feature performances by country duo The Stantons, eclectic accordionist Doug Rogers and his band the Hoy Polloy, and rising bluegrass stars, the Coal Town Rounders.  Read more

Holiday craft beer show, topped off with Somerville

BETHEL, NY — You can hoist a few for the holidays at a holiday craft beer show and spirits sale at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, December 7, and then finish the day off at the Dancing Cat Saloon next door with an acoustic performance by the Somerville Brothers.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays’ in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The United Methodist Church of Monticello (UMC) will present Big Sky Productions in “Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.

Performers from Big Sky Productions will read short stories about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. The stories will be interspersed with music and songs featuring UMC’s Jeremy Mills as accompanist.  Read more

CAS opens submissions for 2015 exhibition season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is currently accepting artist proposals for its 2015 exhibition season. All artists can submit proposals from now through the deadline of February 1, 2014.

All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of independent curators that changes each year. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at the recommendation of the jury. CAS will notify all applicants before the end of April 2014. More information and an official application form can be found online at www.catskillartsociety.org/submissions.  Read more

Affordable Works Show

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will host its Affordable Works Show for the holiday season, featuring unique gifts by local artists. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The show runs from December 6 through 22.  Read more

Holiday mansion tours and art show planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Students from the Delaware Valley School District will perform on Saturday, December 7, at 3:30 p.m., and students from Dingman Delaware Middle School will perform on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Both performances will be held outdoors in the Grey Towers Visitor Pavilion.  Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like nap time

Yes, I’m tired… and it’s only just begun. Before anyone accuses me of being a Grinch, let it be said I’m big a fan of the holidays, but a little bit goes a long way for me, and the older I get, the less I need. There was a time (long ago and far away) when it seemed as if I couldn’t get enough and wanted the festivities to go on forever, but as anyone over 40 knows, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’… and last I looked, it was the Fourth of July.  Read more

Gathering Time harmonizes with energy

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents Gathering Time on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. This harmony trio was called “among the top performers in the New York metropolitan area” by WFUV’s John Platt and was voted one of “Long Island’s Best” in a Long Island Press readers’ poll.  Read more

Women’s and children’s choirs offer seasonal performances

HAWLEY, PA — Black Bear Conservatory of Music (BBCM) will hold several holiday performances by its women’s choir and children’s community choir. The two groups will perform a shared concert, “Sounds of the Holidays,” during Hawley Winterfest on Saturday, December 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 405 Church St. In addition, on December 12, the women’s choir will perform at the Hawley Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. and at the Hamlin Senior Center at 12:30 p.m., with performances followed by holiday sing-alongs. For information, call 570/226-7606, ext.  Read more

Holiday show coming to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Once Upon A Time: The Best Holiday Show Ever – Even If You’ve Seen Them All!” is a new holiday variety show by DJM Productions, Inc., in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, that will be presented on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (two shows only), at The Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St.  Read more

Let it be Christmas

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — It’s December, and holiday music is filling the air throughout Wayne County, thanks to a number of church and community-based musical groups who spend months rehearsing for this time of year.  Read more

The need to want

I am writing from the early hours of Cyber-Monday after what the New York Times refers to as a “gloomy Black Friday.” I have a confession to make. I didn’t shop on Thanksgiving (I would never!), nor on Black Friday. I didn’t even shop on Small Business Saturday (although I meant to). On Sunday, I browsed the catalogs that managed to find us, even after two moves in one year. I almost clicked on a pair of moto-boots in black leather that were drool-worthy and on sale, but instead I closed my iPad and rested my eyes before going to sleep.  Read more

Give thanks for turkeys

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, most of us are thinking about turkey, whether wild or on the dinner table. Wild turkey is common in our region today, and it’s hard to travel in most woodland habitats without at least seeing sign of wild turkeys, but it wasn’t always like that.  Read more

Small art, big show

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people turned out for the opening reception of “Art in Sixes,” the new exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg. The show features 301 works of art that are no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frames). The artworks are created by 113 local artists. The pieces range from watercolor to photography to three-dimensional. The exhibit will be on display until December 22 and all works of art are for sale.

Reggae night at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Bethel Reggae Consortium will present “Strictly Rockers,” old school reggae, on Saturday, November 30 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell. The concert will feature dub, rocksteady, lovers rock, rockers and dancehall, featuring Selector Starkey from WJFF’s “Old Skool Sessions,” Mista Rhee, DJ Josey Wales and Brother O. Powered by The Super Soul Sound System, the show has free admission and is for 21 and over only. For more information, visit www.supersoulsound.com/reggae.