The crisp autumn air conjures up the delicious expectancy that characterized the months of November and December in my childhood. I recall my parents cooking the ritual Thanksgiving dishes, unchanged from year to year by family decree. These pleasures were followed by a flurry of activities—the Christmas tree, the food, school pageants, fruitcake baking and, of course, shopping. The extravagant department store displays made shopping an occasion that far outweighed the significance of what we bought. Read more
Two timely seasonal reminders are important to take very seriously right now. The first applies to boaters enjoying Pennsylvania’s abundant waterways. The second is pertinent to all drivers utilizing PA roadways.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) notes that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a life jacket while on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters. Read more
HONESDALE AND HAWLEY, PA — Nikolai Burlakoff, author of “The World of Russian Borsch,” invites you to visit the Hawley Public Library or the Wayne County Public Library to answer all your borsch questions. He will share his borsch odyssey from a hogweed plant-based soup to its presence in outer space on Tuesday, November 12. The author will visit the Wayne County Public Library from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Hawley Public Library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — When you dine out this fall, you can support the arts at the same time. Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and local restaurants and bakeries are partnering in “Savor the Arts—Restaurant Style,” a fundraising campaign to support cultural programs and services in the Sullivan County and Upper Delaware Valley regions. Restaurants will donate a percentage of each bill to the DVAA. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel will host the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. Featuring more than critically acclaimed blues bands, the festival will also boast a number of new additions this year, including various workshops and a tent highlighting craft beers and liquors from local businesses. Read more
For something completely different, I’ve a song stuck in my head. Although I would like to think I’m “special,” this is not an unusual occurrence and most people have experienced the same thing more than once in their lives. If you’ve ever read this column before, you know that this syndrome is not new for me. Happens all the time. Read more
MILFORD, PA — New York City-based singing string quartet, Well-Strung, will perform at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. Heralded as “the hottest things with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games,” by the New York Daily News, this modern-day boy band will perform the classics by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as pop hits by Ke$ha, Adele and others, but with their own spin. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host The Secret Someones featuring Lelia Broussard on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill. Read more
For 47 years Dennis Baker, a retired commander from the U.S. Navy who grew up in Cochecton, NY, had a story hiding inside him. Now he is telling it in a novel titled “Restless Hearts.” It is a narrative that is befitting to be told as we near Veterans Day, November 11. It asks the question: What if fallen soldiers could go home? Read more
In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather and his sister left Ireland and landed in England—he being Thomas Fox and his sister Ann Fox. Soon, Thomas came over to America, and Ann stayed in England. Thomas married and started a family here; he is my grandmother Maryanne’s father. In England, Ann had a daughter Ann, who became good, long-distance friends with my grandmother. Read more
You never know what you can do until you do it. This was reinforced for me recently on a cycling trip in southern France. My friend Kara had suggested this trip as a way to see part of Europe in an intimate way on a budget. We have been cycling since childhood, often together, but neither of us had pedaled farther than the length of Manhattan in many years. We picked a tour company that offered “easy” itineraries on relatively flat terrain. Still, it was an ambitious plan. Read more
Halloween is associated with many things; today it’s mostly trick-or-treating or costume parties. If you go back in history, however, it can be observed that there was much more of a supernatural element in people’s beliefs. Many of these supernatural beliefs had to do with nature and natural events. A lot of superstition over various creatures got started in the Middle Ages, when we didn’t understand them or their interaction with the environment. In many cases when people didn’t understand animals or their adaptations back then, they were to be feared. Read more
Emily and I are on the chairlift heading towards the Great Wall of China. It’s beautifully quiet, with nothing to hear save for the whirr of the lift and the occasional bird chirp. Eventually, the trees part and the wall appears over the horizon. It is breathtaking and stretches as far as the eye can see. Suddenly, the camera shakes and the image freezes. Rewinds. The trees part and the wall appears over the horizon again and this time the image FREEZES before the camera shakes. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — International theatre company Theater Mitu will bring “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology” to NACL Theatre on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a theatrical exploration of a place in conflict and its mythology, created from a series of interviews, experiences and research in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico over the past two years. The play is created by Theater Mitu in collaboration with citizens of Cd. Juárez/El Paso, and led by Juárez-born and raised director Rubén Polendo. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Under the auspices of a new board of directors, The Wayne County Art Alliance (WCAA) has moved to a new space at the end of Maude Alley, located at 1023 Main Street. The space will be home to an art gallery and a small office. (For more on the gallery’s grand opening, see p. 24.)
In June, WCAA seated a totally new 10-member board, and by October 1 had moved out of its previous location in the Torrey Building next to the Wayne County Historical Society. Former executive director Tamara Murray stepped down from her post. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Claudia Nygaard (www.claudianygaard.com/) will play at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Wednesday, November 6, starting at 7 p.m.
Nygaard is a strong guitarist with a powerful voice that D.J. Rich Warren of Chicago has compared to “amber honey”, and Bob Oerman of Music Row Magazine praised for its “power and resonance.”
To make a reservation for dinner before or during the show, call 845/583-3141. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.
HASBROUCK, NY — The wide range of Peter Sheehan’s art will be on display starting November 3 at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, a community-based gallery. The exhibit begins with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 3, including all the makings for a pleasant luncheon.
“It’s my love affair with the land that inspires my art,” says Sheehan, noting that his latest works all bear signs of “the fields, mist, light, trees and stone all around me.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents Dorothy Stone in “A Musical Mélange,” comprised of popular Broadway tunes and classics. A United States Cultural Ambassador, having appeared in concert, opera and recital on three continents, Stone has also served on the faculty of New York University, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is currently on the faculty of the Wiener Musikseminar in Vienna. Read more
|Fri., Mar. 14||Live music at Callicoon Brewing for St Paddy's Day|
|Fri., Mar. 14||Bill Donnelly's 'Silverstein': A theatrical reading|
|Sat., Mar. 15||Fisherman's Flea Market|
|Sun., Mar. 16||Cooking Irish at Callicoon Library|