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SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.

I met Charles, the shoe man, under slightly peculiar circumstances. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was going to lunch at the new restaurant around the corner from my office. After three years...

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The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place...

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I’m preoccupied lately with trying to reduce plastic in my life, beyond obvious things like avoiding single-serve containers, carrying drinking water in a glass bottle, shopping with reusable bags...

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It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (...

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My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a...

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One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Holiday activities in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — A number of special activities will take place in Honesdale over the coming week, including the Highlights for Children open house at 803 Church St. on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event includes treats, entertainment, a children’s craft room, puppetry and more. Also on Saturday, you can get winter photos of your pet, your child or both at The Cat’s Pajamas, 107 8th St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting Dessin Animal Shelter.  Read more

Caroling and tree lighting in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will kick off the season with carols and a tree and street lighting on the Main Street observation deck on Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. There will be favors for the kids and an appearance by Santa in a firetruck. This month, the SkyDog Supper Club will start the evening at the lighting event, then move on to the town hall from 6:30 to 9:00 for a potluck supper, where the future of the Narrowsburg School property will be the featured topic.

A German Christmas

HONESDALE, PA — Pastor Kenneth Buckwalter and the congregation of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7th and Church streets, will host a German Christmas service on Sunday, December 11 at 6 p.m.
The sanctuary will be filled with Christmas carols and German liturgy, candles and the Holy Spirit. Refreshments will be offered following the service, including German treats like Lebkuchen cookies.

The church building is handicapped accessible from the 7th Street entrance. Call 570/253-1444 or 253-2782.

Christmas handicrafts at the Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub, the Public Computer Center @ The Port Jervis Free Library, has created a two-part program to be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 and 13. Anna Seniw, owner of The Creative Corner, will demonstrate how to use the Internet to identify and download handicraft concepts for your holiday table and house decorations. During the second hands-on session, with the guidance of Seniw, participants will transform these concepts into handicrafts.  Read more

Award-winning trio at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will host the Volta Trio at its December 3 Holiday Artists Reception. The reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. The event will follow the Port Jervis holiday tree lighting at Graeb Point.  Read more

Shopping Local

Cornell Cooperative Extension calendar  Read more

Sounds of winter

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 35th annual winter concert, “The Scenes, Scents, Sights and Sounds of Winter,” on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The chorus, under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, with chamber orchestra and accompanists Lucille Horton and Keira Weyant, will present a program featuring works by George Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Charles Gounod, Gustav Holst, John Rutter and more.  Read more

Holiday celebrations at the library

REGION — While scouring the shelves at your local library searching for a special recipe or holiday stories for the kids, you might discover that festive events are taking place in your favorite reading rooms throughout the region—and the season. Workshops, concerts and even some shopping opportunities await those who explore the many special programs being held during the coming weeks, in book nooks scattered across the Upper Delaware River region.

Honesdale Happenings  Read more

Coping in the new economy

In this flailing economy, I have been searching for a semi-solid investment—something to see me through my semi-retirement years. I think I found it.

It has easily sourced raw materials, bio-degradable packaging and multiple applications. And so far, it’s legal.  Read more

Handmade for the Holidays

ROSCOE, NY — You can get your holiday shopping started at the scenic mountaintop location of Duke Pottery, at 855 County Rd. on the first two holiday weekends, Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all days.
The event is an exhibit of 25 artisans including pottery, jewelry, paintings, silk scarves, furniture, lampshades, vintage clothes and linens, handbags, tutus and more, all for sale. There will also be a pastry café, provided by Flour Power Bakery, wine tastings and a complimentary cup of local Java Love Coffee.  Read more

Roscoe PTA holds variety show

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe Central School PTA will hold its annual variety show, “With Holiday Flair,” on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the RCS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost for adults is $5, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children under four are admitted free.

Handel’s Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will peform Handel’s Oratorio “Messiah” in concert at 4 p.m. on December 4 at Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Drive. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Jeremy Blossey (tenor), and John-Andrew Fernandez (baritone).  Read more

CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair exhibit opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The CAS Arts Center presents the annual winter CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair running from November 26 to December 23. There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The show, on display throughout the gallery, will exhibit the work of members of the Catskill Art Society and provides a venue for local holiday shopping. In addition to the gallery’s usual hours (Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the arts center will be open Monday through Friday, December 19 through 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Read more

Thanksgiving in Northern Wayne

EQUINUNK, PA — Thanksgiving Eve has been celebrated in worship for several years by member churches of the Northern Wayne Ministerium. On Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Equinunk United Methodist Church will host this year’s service. Because the early settlers were grateful for a good harvest back in 1620, they set aside a day for thanksgiving to God for his provision and bounty. The evening will feature prayer and preaching; music by the churches’ choirs; special children’s readings and Thanksgiving skits. There will be a time of fellowship immediately following worship.  Read more

‘800 Years’

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be an exhibit of works by Stephen Patrick O’Donnell Sr. on Sunday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Port Java at 19 Front St.

O’Donnell was born in Port Jervis. His forefathers were Irish immigrants hailing from County Donegal, Ireland. Settling in Lackawaxen, PA, his ancestors worked on both the D&H Canal and the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back in Ireland, The O’Donnell’s, or O’Domhnaill’s as they are known in Gaelic, are famous for being deeply involved in the 800-year struggle for Irish independence, giving the upcoming exhibit its name, “800 Years.”  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

Good things come in small packages

While the old adage is often true, the opposite (the bigger, the better ) carries some weight as well. I spent the weekend balancing the two, while careening through the Catskills appreciating various art forms, regardless of size.  Read more

A small gesture

It can be surprising how the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.  Read more

DEC on deer management

Anyone traveling in the Upper Delaware region lately has likely noticed the rising number of animals on the move as winter closes in. Unfortunately, one outcome of this increased activity is roadway encounters with vehicles. Balancing the needs of rising human and deer populations in the region is an ongoing challenge.

Recently the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted its new five-year Deer Management Plan. The plan was revised based on public comment and is now available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html.  Read more

Small town holidays in the country

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up  Read more

Tue., Jul. 1 Handbag sale
Tue., Jul. 1 Pajama Rama Story Time
Wed., Jul. 2 Tastes of Wayne
Thu., Jul. 3 Meet and greet with Nick Troiano