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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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Worlds end

“Why do the birds go on singing?
Why do the stars glow above?
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love.”
– Sylvia Dee, “End of the World”

Worlds end all the time, you know.  Read more

Games children play

Most of the games children play seem to be “chase” games. Tag, of course, and capture the flag are standards. But then there are all kinds of animal-themed chase games like the self explanatory “bear,” or a game in which one kid pretends to be the shark from “Jaws” attacking “swimmers” on the lawn. “Spy zombie brain hunter” sounds more like a popular video game than the classic playground girl vs. boy runaround that it really is. They are all variations on the same timeless theme of “chase” and “catch.”  Read more

Planting with wildlife in mind

Two helpful tools from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) are now available to guide landowners and gardeners in developing “backyard habitats” beneficial to wildlife.  Read more

Scenes of Sullivan at CineArt

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Sean Durkin, left, Zac Stuart-Pontier and Jody Lee Lipes, the director, editor and director of photography of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” chat on the set of a farm on Beaverkill Road in Livingston Manor in the summer of 2010, when the film was being shot. The movie is the CineArt feature at the Callicoon Theatre in Callicoon, NY starting on Friday, January 6. Stuart-Pontier will lead a Q&A session at the Saturday, January 7 screening.  Read more

Martha at the Callicoon Theater

The first time I remember going to the Callicoon Theater was to see a print of “A River Runs Through It” that the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) was showing. I was probably 12. Since then, I’ve been back a half a dozen times. I’ve always liked it. I had my mind blown by “Being John Malkovich” and snapped a photo of Richard Castellano adjusting the marquee for “Analyze This.” The idea that a movie I am closely involved in would show there is a dream.  Read more

Sign-up to be held for beauty pageant

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County International Pageant (SCIP) will hold two contestant sign-up events, with a dress exchange on Sundays, January 15 and 29, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Liberty Fitness Center.  Read more

Award-winning filmmaker screens film at PCHS

MILFORD, PA — On Sunday January 29, at 3 p.m., the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), 608 Broad St., will present a look into the world of Leland Faulkner. Recipient of Kennedy Center accolades for directing “Shadowplay,” and multiple awards for his original films, Leland also consulted on the popular film “The Polar Express.” Faulkner will perform some of his illusions and show his Big Apple Award-winning short film, “The King O’ Cats” in the society’s Foundation Room.  Read more

Woodsongs Coffeehouse

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Carol Smith and the Little Sparrow band will be at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, January 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be for sale. The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will be repeated on the first Saturday in February and March. There is a suggested donation of $5. Visit www.sullivancoutyhistory.org.

Institute offers year-long group meditation

HONESDALE, PA —Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual leader of the world-wide Himalayan Institute, has spent years studying and living with diverse spiritual masters from the East. He is fluent in both Vedic and classical Sanskit and has two doctorates, one in Sanskit from the University of Allahabad and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of 14 books, he has practiced yoga and tantra for more than 30 years. We recently interviewed him about the year-long meditation planned by the Himalayan Institute for 2012.  Read more

Happy Winter?

Count me among the odd for (at least) two reasons. First, I like winter. I like the cold and the snow and the way the trees sparkle with ice like stars in the night sky. I like the briskness and the brilliance of it.

Second, I like reading books that would send shivers down other people’s spines. Not horror stories, but nonfiction that delineates with excruciating details all the ways in which our planet is doomed. Books so upsetting that I can sometimes read only a few pages of agonizing truths before I have to run for cover in more pleasant pursuits like poetry or a walk in the woods.  Read more

A stellar meteor display

REGION — The Quadrantid meteor shower, an annual event that is highly variable in quality, promises to be especially good this year. Peak activity is expected to occur at about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The meteor shower is less well known than some of the others because viewing is made difficult by the fact that its peak is very brief, and it is only visible in early morning.  Read more

Kindergarteners recreate Whoville

LIBERTY, NY —Whoville has sprung off the pages of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and taken form as a model village at Liberty Elementary School (LES).

Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic was recreated by LES Kindergarteners, with each student turned into a “Who.” Even the Grinch can be found hiding out in Mount Crumpit.  Read more

White Sulphur Springs School holds concert

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY —The White Sulphur Springs School at Sullivan BOCES held its annual winter concert on December 20. Solo performances at the event were given by Jonathan Male, Zachariah Jahn and Shelby Cooper. Participants even had the pleasure of a visit from Santa Claus when he flew in to sing “Winter Wonderland” with Dana Brown, a high school student at the Rubin Pollack Education Center. An elmentary school art show also accompanied the concert.

New Year’s service

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will welcome in the new year with a service of shared readings and brunch on Sunday, January 1, 2012. The gathering will be held at the Berlin Township Community Center at 11 a.m. Bring your favorite reading about new beginnings and a dish to share to welcome in the new year and a new start to an intentional year of spiritual exploration and growth. Visit www.uduuf.org or call 845/252-6626.

Locally shot film to be screened for CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance CineArt feature for January is “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R), a movie about a cult that was filmed and edited in Sullivan County in the summer of 2010. Screenings will be held at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main Street, from Friday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 10. Screenings are at 7:30 daily with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Garden club announces holiday decorating contest winners

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe-Rockland Garden Club has announced the winners of its Holiday Decorating Contest, who hale from Shandelee, Deckertown, Morsston, Johnston Flat and downtown Livingston Manor.

The first prize in the commercial category went to Lanza’s Country Inn, with the second prize in that category going to the Wildlife Gift Shop.  Read more

Birds, stand up and be counted!

Along with the winter holiday season comes a time for birdwatchers to take to the field and survey the species and numbers of birds they see. Any bird gets counted; if it has feathers and not in a cage, it gets tallied. This is the time for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  Read more

Peace

Peace whimpers at wars
She uproars at bullies
Peace can’t bear the toxicants of pollution
She hears the sounds from tiring guns and sees the flashes
in horror.
Peace is knowledgeable and is as wise as an old owl
She is the symbol of all things great and peaceful
Peace shares bliss with all who love nature as much as her
Peace is everywhere and is in everyone
Give peace a chance and she will leave her mark on your
heart.

[Kayla Medina is a fifth-grader from the G. L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello, NY.]

Future forward

Christmas is over. The welcome gifts are already in use—earrings, a museum membership, electric teakettle. A bag of paper awaits recycling. Books are piled high awaiting free time and curious minds. The tree lights still twinkle. There is no snow.  Read more

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to."  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance