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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

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Roscoe tree lighting

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Chamber will hold a tree lighting on Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park. Visitors can follow luminaries down the path to the lighting of the holiday tree, where there will be caroling, hot cocoa and baked goods.

Holiday craft fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville United Methodist Church will host a holiday craft fair and luncheon on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church is located on Route 55 in Grahamsville. There will be watercolors, pottery, stained glass, baked goods and more. The Christmas Café will offer soups, sandwiches and desserts for lunch. Call 985-7427 or 985-2283.

‘Hungry Hour’ supports food pantries

CALLICOON, NY — Third Premise Theater will present “The Hungry Hour: A Night of One-Act Plays and Poetry” to benefit the local food pantries of Sullivan County on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd. at 8 p.m.
The company was started as a Masters Acting Project by Jeffersonville native Tom Brennan to bring open and accessible theater to his home town. Since then, it has performed in NYC and upstate New York. The suggested donation is $15. Email thirdpremisetheater@hotmail.com.

Manor holds decorating contest

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Roscoe-Rockland Garden Club, in conjunction with Liberty Home, Garden & Pet, Inc. in Liberty, will once again hold the annual Holiday Decorating Contest in Livingston Manor. Entries will be judged on artistic merit, suitability and eye appeal. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards for both private homes and business/public buildings.  Read more

Holiday parade in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department will host its first annual Town of Liberty Holiday Parade in conjunction with the town’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. Line-up will begin at 5 p.m. at the municipal parking lots behind the Elks Lodge. The parade will proceed through Main Street and end at the Liberty Elementary School. The snow date will be December 3.  Read more

DVAA extends holiday hours

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), located at 37 Main St., will extend its hours during the holiday season while it hosts Valley Artists Holiday Sale and Art in Sixes. Gallery and store hours through Wednesday, December 21, are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read more

Lighting up Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Business Council and Milford Lions Club will host the annual tree lighting on the grounds of the Community House on Saturday, December 3. A celebration including refreshments, glow-sticks and community caroling will begin at 5 p.m. The lighting of the Christmas tree will occur at 6 p.m., when the trees lining the downtown streets and the star on the Knob will also be lit. Afterward, Santa Claus will arrive in town on top of Milford Fire Department Engine 33 with a team of reindeer.  Read more

‘Transformation and the Grinch’

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will kick off its month-long exploration of transformation with a lively musical multi-generation service called “Transformation and the Grinch.” on Sunday, December 4 at 10:15 a.m. Using spoken word and small songs, accompanied by a lap harp, service leader Laurie Stuart will “read” How the Grinch Stole Christmas and create a service that celebrates the idea that Christmas, stripped of all of its trappings, has the ability to transform.  Read more

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

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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.

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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