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February 07, 2016
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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of...

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You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and...

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True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of...

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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Lake Huntington News

This is such a busy time of the year, with the food pantry and Toys for Tots, how does Santa do it all? I guess it’s all his little elves! We are helping over 60 families with Christmas dinners and toys for their kids.  Read more

The list-driven life

This is the season for lists—holiday gifts, cards and those letters to Santa, who is understood to be making a list of his own.

It can all get to be too much so that it seems that life itself has become winnowed down to a list of “to-dos” dictated by half-legible scraps of paper.

“I can take that off my list,” I hear people say, in a world-weary kind of way, whether it be, say, cleaning the fish tank or attending the kid’s holiday concert.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I write this column with such a heavy heart: my friend Frances was buried last Thursday.

Then, when I came home from Queens, Tommy told me to sit down, he had to tell me something. “Pete passed,” he said.

So many things ran through my head. First one was, he did not suffer long; then, how are his kids doing?

There are a lot of very sad people in Sullivan County with Pete’s passing. I was listening to everything people were saying—what a great person he was, a real friend, a fabulous father, a true Marine, a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 37 years.  Read more

Happy Hanukkah — Let there be light!

Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” is widely considered a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition. Amid the ever-growing flood of Christmas advertising, it may seem especially fitting that the Hanukkah story tells of Jewish culture surviving in a non-Jewish world (www.factmonster.com)  Read more

Dancing into the New Year at the Hotel Fauchère

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchère will usher in the New Year with John Curtin and his five-piece party band, The Curtones, performing at the Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchére from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the first time, the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is open to the public with no cover charge.

A cash bar will be available. The Hotel Fauchère also offers special New Year’s Eve menus in Bar Louis and the Delmonico Room. Visit www.hotelfauchere.com or call 570/409-1212.

New Year’s Eve dinner at Gerard’s

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31 at Gerard’s River Grill. The early seating is at 6 p.m. and includes a four-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live jazz by Bob Keller and Kevin Vertrees. The late seating is at 8:30 p.m. and includes a five-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live music by the RKQ Jazz Quintet. Hats, noisemakers and a glass of champagne are included.

Reserve seats early. Call 845/252-6562.

‘Friday Night Goulash’

HAWLEY, PA — An evening of monologue, theatre and music capped off by an exciting giveaway at Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. This show features Neil Genzlinger, television critic for The New York Times and occasional monologist, award-winning actor and writer Chris Harcum, and Joanna Parson, a stage, film and television actress and singer.

Celebrate a global ‘ReBirth’

CALLICOON, NY — A “Global Birth Day Party” will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Callicoon Youth Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Organizers of the day Brenda Seldin, Hana Marritz, Kazzrie Jaxen and Pat Carullo, explain their aspirations for this “Celebration of Quantum Awakening”—to co-create community for a life of harmony and happiness, to cultivate gratitude and forgiveness, to acknowledge planet earth as a living body, to shift our awareness from unconscious to conscious and to build a field of resonance, love and synchronicity.  Read more

Leslie Rutkin signs copies of her book at Signature Gifts

NARROWSBURG, NY — Leslie Rutkin will sign copies of her book “Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison” at Signature Gifts at the Delaware Arts Center on Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The book is about Rutkin’s husband, a police officer, who was indicted on charges of grand larceny on the fourth day of their honeymoon and went to prison for 366 days. Based on over 650 letters, notes and cards sent between the couple, the book is the true story of their journey to stay together through seemingly impossible circumstances.

Rutkin is a part time resident of Barryville, NY.  Read more

Sullivan County Community Chorus holiday concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant and a chamber ensemble, will present Mozart masterworks and holiday selections.  Read more

Holiday performance at Milford Theatre to benefit local food pantries

MILFORD, PA — City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22.

City Stage is partnering with local food pantries and asks audience members to bring an unexpired, non-perishable food item to the performance.  Read more

Celebrate the holidays with Safe Haven

MILFORD, PA —Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. will hold a holiday open house on Wednesday, December 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and holiday music.  Read more

Christmas with The Crackers: A ‘Toys for Tots’ benefit concert

HONESDALE, PA — A benefit concert for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program will be held at The Cooperage on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. with musical performances by The Crackers, Fiddlin’ Around, Midnight Slim with Laurianne, Little Sparrow and The Uphill String Band.

All proceeds stay local and help provide toys to children in Wayne and Pike counties. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or $10 (toys for teenage boys are particularly needed).

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org.

Holiday artisans’ market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a Holiday Artisans’ Market on December 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over 20 local and regional vendors will sell jewelry, toys, home decorations, pottery, paintings and prints, fragrant candles, hand-blended teas, children’s books, vintage bags, greenery, maple syrup, handmade chocolates, artisan pastries and more.  Read more

Local pilots, medics fly relief missions to Haiti; The gift of helping people one flight at a time

CHERRY RIDGE, PA — Starting more than two years ago, a group of pilots, nurses and doctors from our region began flying missions of mercy to Haiti. You may call them angels, if you want, but they call their organization Archangel Airborne. Recently their help was needed closer to home when, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, they organized relief flights to several hard-hit communities in New Jersey and on Staten Island and Long Island.  Read more

Counting birds for Christmas

As the warm spell of the first week of December ends, there have been quite a few species of fall and winter birds spotted. Buffleheads, common and hooded mergansers, and ring-billed gulls are present on the nearby lakes, while passerines such as pine siskins partake at bird feeders. There have already been snowy owl sightings in New York State.  Read more

‘Fair trade’ compromised

Many readers of this column will be purchasing gifts with a fair-trade label this holiday season, and often buy fair-trade products, such as coffee and chocolate, throughout the year. Other fair-trade items include bananas, honey, oranges, cotton, fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, nuts, quinoa, rice, spices, sugar, tea, wine, jewelry, home decor items and clothing.  Read more

Cashed Fools at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cashed Fools will play at The Nutshell as part of their album release tour on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 p.m. The Cashed Fools is a Boston-based Bluesadelic Funkacide group featuring drummer Neal 'FRO' Evans of Dopapod.

Opening for them is Sullivan County based band the Great Danes, featuring special fill-in bassist Eric Delaurencio.

The cost is $6 at the door. All ages are welcome. The Nutshell's classic beer and wing special is back on just for this night, a pitcher of beer and ten wings for $10.

Visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

Deadline extended for PA photo contest

PENNSYLVANIA – Many readers of The River Reporter who enjoy the River Talk column’s weekly images of nature are themselves handy with a camera. Based on some of the photos we’ve received from readers over the years, we know there are a good number of folks out there dedicated to capturing beautiful photos of the abundant wildlife and waterways in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more