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February 08, 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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Airplane scare

Emily and I stand in the Beijing airport looking for the Delta desk to check in. It’s five in the morning and we are on our way back to New York. We push a cart full of bags through the large terminal.

After traveling for 10 days, we are both pretty ready to be home and I am jokingly grumbling about the lack of freedom, news and manners. With perfect timing a guy bumps into me and says nothing. “You see what I’m talking about?”  Read more

It’s a wonderful life

My desk is cluttered more than usual this week. Flyers, cards, and scraps of paper litter my world as I attempt to unravel what I’ve accomplished over the last few daze and determine what lies ahead. As if I weren’t dizzy enough, I’m sick. Right on schedule (or so it would seem) I have a cold that has socked me with a one-two punch that has forced me to slow down a bit and take care of myself. “No rest for the weary” echoes in my addled brain, as I heave my tired old bones out of bed and review my notes.  Read more

December holiday tours at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site will offer guided holiday tours of the decorated mansion from Monday, December 10 through Saturday, December 22 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Members of the Milford Garden Club will decorate the 1886 mansion, formerly the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  Read more

Seasonal music at Janice

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Noah Barker Trio will give two concerts of seasonal music at the Janice Center, on December 8 at 4 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Pianist Barker will be joined by two fellow students from Purchase, NY: Dean Torrey on bass and Aaron Seeber on drums. Torrey, a native of Connecticut, has been studying bass since the age of 10, has studied jazz since seventh grade and views jazz as a sophisticated alternative to classical music. Seeber is a native of Washington, DC, where he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  Read more

Liberty winter concerts

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central School Music Department will present its annual Winter Concerts throughout December. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. for all concerts, which will be held in the David Panebaker Auditorium at the high school.

The middle school will hold two concerts: the first on Thursday, December 6 featuring seventh and eighth grade string orchestra, concert choir, and band, plus the middle school’s jazz ensemble; the second con Wednesday, December 12 for the woodwind ensemble, plus fifth and sixth grade orchestra, chorus and band.  Read more

Multi-media winter art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Chant Realtors annual winter art show and sale featuring Hemlock Farms artists and friends opened on Saturday, December 1 and runs until January 29.

Original paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, plus 3-D works in clay and glass, make up this holiday exhibit showcasing the talents of some 15 artists.

Associate Broker George Schmitt and all at Chant Realtors LV join with Amy Strapec, director of cultural arts at Hemlock Farms, and gallery curator Joan Polishook in welcoming the artists and their guests during the 2012 holiday season. Call 570/775-7337.

Milford Galleries hold holiday receptions

MILFORD, PA — Five art galleries will hold holiday receptions on Saturday, December 8 as part of Milford’s regularly scheduled Art after Dark events, held each month on the second Saturday. This weekend these galleries, all located on Broad Street, will welcome the public from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Christmas song selections

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — The Transformation Choir will present a Christmas cantata “Let the Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the White Sulphur Springs Methodist Church; and on Sunday, December 9 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

The music includes a several pieces that tell the story of the birth of Christ. The program will also include other seasonal music. A free-will offering at each performance will benefit local food pantries. Call 845/887-4346.

Children’s holiday event

MATAMORAS, PA — The Women in Business Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host their second annual children’s holiday event on Sunday, December 9 at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing from 2 to 4 p.m. It is free for children, who must be accompanied by an adult. Activities include making and decorating an ornament, singing holiday music, meeting and telling Santa their wish lists and having photos with Santa taken by Diane Bollen from Dragonfly Studio. Milk and cookies will be served for children and coffee for adults.  Read more

Choral concert at St. John’s

HONESDALE, PA — St. John the Evangelist Choir will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 500 Terrace St. Under the direction of John Propeack and accompanied by Theresa Gumble, the choir will perform selections composed or arranged by British composer John Rutter, and will offer many familiar titles including “I saw Three Ships,” “Joy to the World,” and “I Wonder as I Wander” featuring soprano soloist Pip Tagle. The concert is free although donations are welcome. The choir can be heard at mass each Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

A cappella group to perform for Good Shepherd

MILFORD, PA — The international touring a cappella group Ball in the House will perform its benefit Christmas concert on December 9 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist.

Delaware Valley students, coordinated by Kim Golden, will open the show.  Read more

‘The Little Town of Christmas’ at the Sullivan County Museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will hold its holiday event “The Little Town of Christmas.” Performances, including carol singing, are on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St.

A suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 845/434-0209 or 845/866-3206.  Read more

Narrowsburg tree lighting

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will light its community Christmas tree on Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the overlook deck on Main Street. Carols will be sung, led by Stuart Hirsch, and a number of shops will hold open house and offer discounts. The public is invited to walk up to Bridge Street to meet Santa’s sleigh.

Holiday gift market slated for Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg’s first annual Indie Holiday Market will be held every Saturday and Sunday from now through December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Dock. (Directions: At the bridge, follow the gravel road toward the gazebo, keep following road under the bridge and keep going.) Featured gift items include art, furniture, fashion, knits, jewelry, folk art, holiday cards, local pancake mix and honey.

Christmas story time

MILFORD, PA — The Ann Street School will host “Story Time with Mrs. Claus” on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 12noon. Children are invited to hear a special story from Mrs. Claus, make a holiday craft, eat some yummy treats and have a photo taken with Mrs. Claus. The cost is $5 per child, with an additional fee of $3 for a photo.

The Ann Street School is located in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann St. Call 570/296-6124.

‘Giving Tree’ provides Christmas gifts for children

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Giving Tree project, a traditional Christmas effort of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary for over 20 years, is now underway at Peck’s Market, Kirk Road, where a tree bearing tags that list the age and gender of a child in the area may be found. Donors are asked to chose a tag and leave it with an unwrapped gift (maximum cost $10) at Peck’s before December 15. Volunteers will sort, wrap and arrange pickup of the gifts by Christmas to make the holidays happier for these children.  Read more

A perfect place to play; Church and scouts gift New Hope Manor with new playground

By SANDY LONG

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sometimes the perfect partnerships come together like pieces of a puzzle falling neatly into place, solving a problem while uniting people in a common goal.

That’s just what happened at New Hope Manor (NHM), an all-female residential substance abuse treatment community in Barryville that is one of very few such facilities that also accommodate residents’ infants and young children, allowing mother and child to remain together.  Read more

Sandy’s Legacy

We will always remember Hurricane Sandy. Not for the mighty wrath of her destruction, but for the odd serendipity of her timing.  Read more

November nuances

As colder weather arrives, geese can be heard overhead on their southward flight and deer are in the midst of the fall rut. This is usually the month when the snow starts to fly and the ground turns from brown to white. Migratory species such as bufflehead and green-winged teal can be spotted on waterways through the fall season.  Read more

Shop local at the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold its annual Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Event Gallery. The market will feature regional artisan craft and specialty food vendors, music, children’s arts and crafts and more activities, including photos with Santa.

The Museum and The Muse Café will also be open. Shoppers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the annual holiday toy drive Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.