SMALLWOOD, NY — There will be a Valentine’s Day Dessert Extravaganza on Sunday, February 13 to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center, a satellite of Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County. The event will be held at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. There is a $20 donation per person. All residents of Sullivan County are invited to attend. Call 845/583-5898.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will present a Valentine’s Day showing of “Casablanca” on Monday, February 14 at 8 p.m. at Cinema 6. In honor of the day, free flowers will be offered to the first 10 couples through the door, and there will be a drawing for free movie passes and gift certificates donated by local restaurants. Attendees are encouraged to come in World War II costume in keeping with the period of the film. The suggested donation is $8 for advance ticket purchases or $10 at the door, with proceeds going to support WCAA. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — “The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre,” an audience-participation murder mystery written by Peter DiPietro, will be presented on Saturday, February 12, at the Liberty Firehouse at 256 Sprague Avenue. The show will be performed by Big Sky Productions, and is a benefit for the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.
Reunion hosts are Huck Birchbumble (Mike Valentine of Livingston Manor), his wife Gardenia (Carol Montana of Read more
Rock on! Hard to know for sure, but I would like to think that Shakespeare would approve of me reinterpreting his (“Twelfth Night”) sentiment, considering the circumstances.
Once again, I am overwhelmed by community outreach here in the Catskills. Now in its third year, “The Great Sullivan County Food Raiser” has grown exponentially. Spearheaded by Stacy Cohen, proprietor of the Dancing Cat Saloon (845/583-3141) in Bethel, NY, last week’s food raiser was (“Measure for Measure”) a smashing success. Read more
The ink had barely dried, so to speak, on last month’s column before events offered a textbook example illustrating the power of the “preferred narratives” about which I had written. On Saturday, January 8, just a couple of days after I had submitted the column for publication, a young man walked into a crowd at a shopping center in Tucson and opened fire—shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the head, wounding many others, and killing six. Read more
The amaryllis bulb from Christmas is beginning to bloom, bringing a little brightness and green to my windowsill, but outside the snow is coming down fast. John and Sam are out shoveling and we are in the middle of a predicted three-day storm that has extended the three-day weekend from school that my kids already had to four days—and counting. Read more
Soon we will know whether to expect a longer spell of winter weather. “Punxsutawney Phil” will emerge from his hole on February 2 after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow on Groundhog Day. If he sees it, we can count on another six weeks of bad weather, while Phil retreats back underground. If the day is cloudy and shadowless, the plucky fellow takes it as a sign of spring and stays up here. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Winter Lights Festival will open on Saturday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at the Ann Street Park.
Storytelling is one of the focuses of the festival, as timeless stories of Greek mythology and myths of other lands are played out through the artistry of ice dancing, circus arts and mask and puppet theater. This year’s story will be “Persephone & the Birth of Winter,” which will be introduced by the comic antics of the Bond Street Theatre. Leading off the program will be several presentations from the Boundless Edge Dance Ensemble with music from Pops to Bach. Read more
During the second week of December, a Pennsylvania Game Commission Conservation Officer had recovered a large raptor in a field near Milford, PA. This bird was sitting on the ground and unable to fly. The officer turned the bird over the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC), where it was evaluated by Bill Streeter, co-director of the center. Read more
Man, is it ever! Hard to believe that I’m still making the adjustment from “temporary snowbird” to the casual (?) pace of my own version of “life in the fast lane” but there you have it. I hit the ground running having made the transition... and a little cold snap surely can’t stand in my way. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Friends of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation is holding its first annual soup dinner on January 29 at Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex Street. An assortment of homemade soups, along with bread, beverages and dessert, will be served from 3 to 6 p.m., with a snow date of January 30. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Mary Raum, oboe/coloratura soprano, accompanied by Stephen Faubel on piano, will present a concert of oboe and voice repertoire entitled “Le Roseau Chantant – Voices of the Oboist” at the Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church Street at 9th Street, on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Schumann. This concert is presented by the Grace Church Fine Arts Committee. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit the Grace Church Steinway “Series O” Piano Fund. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY —After a recent unit study on Africa, the third graders in Lisa Smith’s class in Sullivan West Elementary School were treated to a traditional African meal to celebrate the American holiday called Kwanzaa, which means the first fruits of harvest and honors African heritage. Their teachers, Smith, Nancy Neumann and Darleen Weyandt, treated the class to African stew over rice, corn muffins, apple bread pudding and mint tea. Read more
JANUARY: St. Martin for New Years with Emily and friends. Stranded at the airport on the way home. Vow never to fly US Airways again. Head to Sundance with “Catfish.” Film is a hit. A film making fantasy fulfilled.
FEBRUARY: Travel to Berlin for the Berlinale with “Beautiful Darling.” Pictures by the Wall. Find my family’s old bank. “Catfish” sells to Relativity with Universal set to release in September. Read more
By CINDY GIEGER
As a teenager I dreamed of the perfect place to live. After traveling this vast country, I discovered why four generations of my ancestors chose Sullivan County. My great-grandfather, proprietor of Liberty’s Shady Grove boarding house, welcomed guests to his farm for “fresh air and clean water.” I am now part of that rich farming heritage as owner of Gieger Dairy Farm—NY State Solar Dairy of Distinction and a co-founder of Sullivan County Farm Network, which works to increase farm activities and connect those who grow food with those who eat it. Read more