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December 28, 2014
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REGION — Just as fine food has the power to exalt any holiday celebration, so do fine alcoholic beverages (in suitable moderation). And just as we in the Upper Delaware River Valley are blessed with a variety of excellent local food sources, we also have quite a few providers of drink, from spirits to wine to beer and ale. We contacted a number of the local distilleries, breweries and wineries and asked them for their recommendations for your holiday parties. Here’s what they came up with.

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Foods of the Delaware Highlands dinner

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Celebrate the new partnership between the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute at the fifth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 28, to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction. There will also be a silent auction celebrating the bounty of our local businesses and products.  Read more

Morton headlines at RiverFolk

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will feature Lois Morton at a concert at Jeff Moore’s house, 29 Head Rd., on Saturday, April 14. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature a raffle to benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for its Savor the Arts event.  Read more

High school art show displayed at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Sullivan County BOCES, in partnership with the Catskill Art Society (CAS), will present the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from April 14 to May 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 14 at CAS, located at 48 Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan holds “Back to the Fuchsia” women’s day

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — What could be better than a day set aside where women can come together to learn, share and have a really good time? There is such a day and it’s called “Back to the Fuschia,” the 16th annual Celebration of Being a Woman conference, on Saturday, April 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Professional comedian Robin Fox will be the keynote speaker.  Read more

Harbinger of spring

I was on a hike on a trail in Shohola during mid-March when I spotted what appeared to be a butterfly flying in the distance. I waited and watched as it landed nearby. What butterfly flies around in March when it is still cold and several weeks from “greening up” time?

The answer was soon obvious as I got close enough to identify this dark-colored butterfly with a yellow fringe around its wings. I was looking at a mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiope) on a late winter jaunt. One of the nicknames for this species is “Harbinger of Spring.” It did indeed make an early appearance.  Read more

Call for storytellers

REGION — Yarnslingers is calling for storytellers for a session titled “Verbatim—Conversations we’ve either had or have overheard and where we were when we overheard them.” The word count is up to 750 words, and the place will be the Chestnut Café, Long Eddy, NY on Friday, April 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stories are due by Saturday, April 14. To participate, email yarnsling ers@yahoo.com with “verbatim” in the subject line. By partcipating, you agree to be photographed and video taped by Chestnut Cafe and Yarnslingers.  Read more

Participants sought for ‘Airing of the Quilts’

HONESDALE, PA —A Stitch In Time and the Greater Honesdale Partnership are seeking quilts for the fifth annual “Airing of the Quilts,” scheduled for Sunday, May 20, in conjunction with “Festival of the Arts” weekend, which is sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank.

If you are interested in having one or more of your handmade quilts displayed, bring it to A Stitch In Time, 114 7th St., any Tuesday through Saturday between now and May 6. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Read more

ECS digital art student receives national recognition

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Junior-Senior High School has announced that senior Vinny Carlucci has earned national recognition in the Digital Art category in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2012. Vinny has been identified by panels of professional artists as one of the most talented young artists in the nation. This year, 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted. The top 1,500 were recognized at the national level. Vinny received his national recognition in Digital Art.  Read more

The Museum at Bethel Woods: ‘A Tale of Two Posters’

There are many early signs of spring that tug at my heart strings: the first robin scrounging for worms in the warming soil, the forsythia blooming with sunshine-yellow buds, even the overturned trash cans that waking bears rummaged through during the night.  Read more

Mind, Body & Spirit Expo: A (psychic) fair to remember

MATAMORAS, PA — On Sunday, April 1, hundreds of people gathered at the Best Western/Hunts Landing in Matamoras to explore alternative forms of healing, thinking and living—but regardless of the calendar date, the fair was no joke. I was drawn to the event, sponsored by All Better Central (www.allbettercentral.com), a center “dedicated to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” by a flyer promoting “vendors, demonstrations, aura photography, psychic readers and healers.”  Read more

My section of Route 97

Driving up Doyle’s Hill on New York Route 97 my ears start to pop. I’ve heard many people remark on this common experience, which happens as a result of the climb in elevation as they drive out of the town of Hancock along this scenic, old road.  Read more

Writer’s block

I’d like to say that “it had to happen sometime” but truth be told, my (hopefully) temporary ennui has visited before. “It goes with the territory” one of my colleagues chirped over lunch. “If you’re lucky enough to write for a living, the day will come when words will literally fail you. Ironic, isn’t it?”  Read more

Name that kid (or lamb)

CALLICOON, NY — Come to the Sullivan County Farmers’ Market this Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park, Audrey Dorrer Drive, for a chance to name a kid goat or lamb in support of the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association. Note that the market will be held outside this weekend.  Read more

Polishook on display at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors will host an exhibit by Joan Polishook, “Inspirational Creations,” from Sunday, April 1 through Saturday, April 29. Meet the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. while viewing the show and enjoying refreshments.

Polishook creates in a variety of art mediums. The exhibit is an eclectic mix showcasing the artist’s interest and expertise in expressing feeling and mood primarily in the interpretation of the local landscape.

The gallery is located at 631 Rte. 739. Call 570/775-7337 or 775-6896.

‘Unearthed’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The inaugural presentation of an oral history titled “Unearthed” will be presented at the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Liberty hosts Easter egg hunt

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department and the Liberty Public Library will be hold its annual Easter egg hunt on March 31.

Starting at 11 a.m., there will be readings and Easter craft projects for the children at the library. Starting at 12 p.m., the Easter egg hunt will be held at the Liberty Elementary ball field on North Main Street. Bring children up to eight years old with a basket to search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, participate in children’s games and have a chance to win a basket full of Easter goodies.  Read more

‘Hello Dolly!’ presented at Monticello High

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School students will present “Hello Dolly!” on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with a Tony Award-winning book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, the musical tells the story of a charming widow, Dolly Levi. “What do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the opening scene. “Some people paint, some sew... I meddle,” replies Dolly.  Read more

Fashion as art

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, March 31, “Clothing for Goddesses” will open at 4 p.m. in the newly remodeled Plunk Shop Barn at 39 Main Street. This fashion-as-art exhibition will highlight regional clothing artists as well as a range of experimental clothing and accessory works from artists/crafters of all media. The artists’ reception starts at 4 p.m., with a runway show at 5 p.m.

Artists represented are Joanna Hartell, Ramona Jan, Heather Jacksy, Tannis Kowalchuk, Leslie Lacika, Elizabeth Ennis, Pat Sprott, Judy DePalma, Claire Coleman and James Karpowicz. Call 212/951-0439.

Easter Bunny hopping into Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Fireman’s Field on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. There will be games and crafts for children of all ages and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be provided and firemen will be on hand to show children the fire trucks and their gear. There will be opportunities for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

In the event of bad weather, the Easter Bunny will visit the Yulan Firehouse. Donations for the event are welcome. Call 845/557-6090.

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. Visit  Read more

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