HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m., the gypsy jazz band Rhythm Future Quartet will perform in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years, they have individually performed alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Master drummer and musician Bernard Woma will perform a world premiere entitled, “Tome Na” at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre on St. John Street on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. “Tome Na” is translated as “our work, our profession.” It says that if it is our work or profession to be farmers, teachers, or musicians, we should be sure to do it well. Woma will be joined by the Saakumu Dance Troupe along with over 90 local Nesin Cultural Arts students as they perform songs and dances from Africa. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The holiday season is always festive at Woodloch Resort, an award-winning family resort in the Pocono Mountains. To its holiday traditions including yule log hunts and carriage rides, the team at Woodloch Pines has added a new one: The 12 Days of Giving. “The goal of the 12 Days of Giving effort is to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with the hopes that others will catch the spirit and choose to participate alongside us or create their own ‘giving’ efforts to spread the spirit,” said John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO of Woodloch Pines. Read more
“That Wonder in My Youth,” by Veronica Bassil (Kindle edition at Amazon.com). The Catskill Art Society will present local author Veronica Bassil for a reading of her new book “That Wonder in My Youth” and a talk on self-publishing at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. In addition to the reading, Bassil will answer questions, and discuss the merits and challenges of self-publishing in the e-book format. Read more
“The Hollow Ground,” by Natalie Harnett (Thomas Dunne Books; $24.99). Harnett lives in Hawley, PA, and her novel is inspired by the real-life deadly coal mine fires in now-infamous Centralia, PA. It is 1961, and the ground is burning beneath 11-year-old Brigid Howley’s feet. The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced Brigid and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the Black Lung-stricken Gramp. Read more
“Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley,” photographs and text by Francesco Mastalia (powerHouse Books, available on Amazon.com). The Depuy Canal House in High Falls, NY, will host an exhibition of photographs from this book, which features commentary and portraits of some of the many people who are part of the Hudson Valley/Catskills local and sustainable food movement starting on Sunday, December 7. One of the farmers covered is Narrowsburg’s John Gorzynski of Gorzynski’s Ornery Farm. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its holiday artist’s reception on Saturday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards, along with complimentary food and refreshments. The show will run through December 28.
UpFront currently has over 40 artists of all mediums in this exhibit. Among them are Sean Addy, Todd Anderson, Adrienne Butvinik, Tamara D’Antoni, Debbie Gioello, Gordon Graff, Teresa Idelowitz and Wendell M. Upchurch. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Celebrate Christmas 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, this December 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last seating will be taken at 2:30 pm.
There will be a classic English-styled tea, including scones and clotted cream, brie and chutney, cucumber sandwiches and biscotti. Vintage tea sets provide hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with fresh cream and sugar, while calming Christmas music creates the magical atmosphere that belongs exclusively to this season. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library’s HUB will present four classes to help you make holiday creations with your own hands and imagination – and have fun doing it. You decide to whom you will give the creation that you take home. Once you learn how to create these easy to make gifts, you may decide to make more and even keep a couple for yourself. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will host a holiday open house on Saturday, December 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy refreshments and view a wide assortment of original works of art made by local area artists, including paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, prints and note cards. Read more
Boy, is it ever! In the blink of an eye, the weather turned frosty, snow is on the ground and festive lights abound throughout the Upper Delaware River region. I’m just beginning the arduous task of unpacking after the most grueling move I’ve ever endured, but I’m home for the holidays, and thrilled to be here. I managed to unearth my mother’s menorah, and with Hanukkah beginning on the 16th, just in the nick of time. This year, the last night of the “Festival of Lights” is on Christmas Eve, and I always like it when the two holidays coincide. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Chamber Ensemble will perform selections from its recital repertoire as well as some additional holiday selections at the Sullivan County Govwernment Center on Wednesday, December 10 at 12 noon. On Wednesday, December 17 at 12 noon, one of the Monticello High School Resident String Quartets will perform classical and traditional holiday repertoire at the government center. The public is welcome to the free performances.
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School music department will hold its annual winter concert at the Arnold Hughs Auditorium (high school) on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm. The concert band, string orchestra and choral programs will perform selections from their repertoire. In addition, the string orchestra will perform a Gyil concerto with the world-famous musician and professor of music from SUNY Fredonia, Bernard Woma. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit www.monticelloschools.net/music.
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum’s Shop will be open for the holiday season sale on Saturday, December 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be sales throughout the store. The Museum Shop has a wide variety of books on local history, geology, environment, folklore and Native Americans, handmade gift items made by local artisans, historical toys, stationery and candy. All purchases support the museum and its many educational activities. The museum will wrap and ship your purchase with a holiday card, directly to a gift recipient. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library in Narrowsburg will host the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) on Friday, December 5 for a poetry reading on the theme: “Snuggle up to Winter.” An open mic will precede the reading. Doors open at 7 p.m.; open mic will begin at 7:30, followed by the UDWC presentation. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site will offer guided holiday tours of all three floors of the decorated mansion from Monday, December 8 through Saturday, December 20, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The 1886 mansion, formerly the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, will once again be decorated by members of the Milford Garden Club. Each floor is decorated with a different theme or era. These special holiday tours bring visitors to all three floors of the mansion; the upper floors usually are not open to the public for tours. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The annual Holiday Market returns to Bethel Woods on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The free event will include a wide selection of holiday gift options created by regional artists, crafters and specialty food vendors, as well as music from local performers, children’s activities, and a drop box benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation. Read more
MILFORD, PA — In the final lap of its “Common Thread: 25K Miles of Music” series, the WindSync quintet will present its interpretation of holiday classics on Saturday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre. WindSync has been praised for its energetic performances and charismatic stage presence. For this concert, the self-styled “rebel woodwind quintet” will play Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and other holiday tunes plus less obvious choices by Copland, Prokofiev and Respighi. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The 20th annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade held in Jeffersonville on November 28 was bigger and brighter this year than ever before. Although it was a chilly night, the community came out to see the many floats, fire trucks, ambulances and Santa parade down Main Street. For more about the parade, see Jonathan Fox’s column on page 21.
HONESDALE, PA — On Small Business Saturday, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Hannah Marin of Honesdale), left, Santa Claus (Bill McAllister of Honesdale) and Frosty the Snowman (Corinne Casazza of Honesdale) strolled along the sidewalks to help ring in the holiday season as the borough celebrated its annual Honesdale for the Holidays weekend. The annual event, which includes local and regional vendors, live music and more is organized by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.