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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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Ghosties and ghoulies on the Stourbridge Line

HONESDALE, PA — The Stourbridge Line will hold its annual Halloween Ghost Train excursion on Saturday, October 29. There will be ghosts and goblins galore, costumes and music. The train will stop at the Hawley Station Pumpkin Patch where cider, pumpkins and donuts will be available for purchase.

The train departs the Wayne County Visitor Center in Honesdale at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and children age two and under are admitted free if held on the lap. Call 866/637-2457.

A parade, a party and a haunted house

BETHEL, NY — There will be a parade, party and haunted house event at Dr. Duggan Community Center at 3460 Rte. 55 on Monday, October 31. The costume parade is for infants to sixth graders. The lineup is at 5:30 p.m. The haunted house will be held inside the center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for grades two through six, and trunk-or-treat will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the town hall parking lot. There will be prizes for all youth.

Liberty Halloween Parade

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, October 29. Line-up for the parade will be at 11 a.m. at the municipal parking lots across from the Elks Club. Costume and float judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the parade will step off at 12 noon. The parade will end at the Liberty Main Street Stage on North Main St., where children can enjoy cider and donuts, paint pumpkins and receive awards for the best costume and float categories.  Read more

Trunk or Treat

BEACH LAKE, PA — Beach Lake United Methodist Church, at 7 Milanville Road across from the fire hall, will hold its second annual Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Kids can trunk or treat in the parking lot, enjoy the music of DJ GianniBoy Entertainment and come inside for refreshments, face painting and glitter tattoos. Call 570/729-7011.

Halloween breakfast

WOODRIDGE, NY — The Kiwanis Club of Woodridge and the Key Club of Fallsburg Central High School will sponsor an all-you-can-eat Halloween pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 30 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodridge Village Hall, 2 Dairyland Rd. The cost for adults is $6, $4 for children three to 12; children under age three eat for free. Guests are invited to come in costume. There will be games, face painting, door prizes, raffles and more. The Woodridge Fire Department will help children 12 and under to decorate pumpkins.  Read more

Halloween in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Halloween Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, with a lineup in front of the library. Costume judging will begin in the Jeffersonville firehouse at 7 p.m. with doughnuts and cider. The event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Lions Club, Jeffersonville Fire Company No. 1, Jeff Bank and the Sullivan West Faculty Association.

Bluegrass in Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the fall benefit concert for the Neversink Valley Museum on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.

Loeb plays guitar, bass, concertina, accordion, performing throughout the Hudson Valley, solo and as part of the band “Breakneck Annie.” Baglione is a founding member of the bluegrass bands “Tin Roof,” “Oxford Depot” and the “Jersey Mountain Boys.”  Read more

Kimberly and Evers at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Two Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the month of November. There will be an opening reception at the inn with the artists on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Wine tasting benefits ambulance

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There will be a wine tasting event to benefit the Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Summit Restaurant at Masthope Mountain, 196 Karl Hope Blvd. Sommelier Rory O’Fee will present three white and three red wines, while executive chef John Hunt will offer a pairing to complement each wine. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. There will also be a silent auction. Call 570/685-5432 or 685-2633.

Dressing up

I was Spider Man when I was growing up. My costume was made by my mother, who took a red and blue sweatshirt, cut them up and stitched them together. A few years later, I was Batman, the costume stretchy and elaborate, with a cape, cowl and belt. I was the Rocketeer, with a helmet made out of a Friday the 13th hockey mask, a bit of cardboard and an empty milk jug. I was Sherlock Holmes with an over-sized magnifying glass and two cheap hats stitched on top of each other and spray painted brown.  Read more

Jazz Trio in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Nancy & Spencer Reed Jazz Trio will perform at Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.  Read more

A wolf in Pike County

MILFORD, PA – WQXR announcer Bob Sherman, flutist Allison Kiger and Ensemble Tremblay will perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other pieces at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults; children under 12—for whom Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in the first place—are admitted free.  Read more

Preserve the harvest with lacto-fermentation

GALILEE, PA — There will be a workshop on lacto-fermentation, sponsored by the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Transition Honesdale, on Sunday, October 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Eight-week workshop on one-person shows

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Everyone has a story. You can learn how to interpret your story through a one-person show at an eight-week workshop at Victoria Lesser’s The Old North Branch Inn. The workshop started on Wednesday, October 26, but you can start at any time. It will continue on consecutive Wednesdays.  Read more

A New Orleans-style celebration at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — New Orleans party music, secular gospel, soul, R&B and roots rock will be combined into a feel-good gumbo of music at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., when Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra take the stage. As a part of the Event Gallery’s World Stage Series, BroJo is more than just a band. The group will be dressed in its finest whites, dancing parasols and throwing out tons of Mardi Gras beads.  Read more

There’s no place like home

Where on earth can one weekend encompass an art show featuring collages and lighting design, followed by an intimate evening of original music, topped off by a Brazilian adventure at a world class entertainment venue? Welcome to the Catskills!  Read more

Can public schools still be all things to all people?

By By Doug Reiser and Robert M. Dufour

Our founding fathers conceived a public education system that would teach reading and writing and some arithmetic. The goal was to provide people with the basic skills to be good citizens so they could actively participate in our electoral process. Most villages and towns did not have schools; those that did had one-room school houses. The school calendar was (and still is) dictated by the planting and harvesting schedule of agrarian America. Students attended school when they could, and often did not get more than a sixth- or eighth-grade education.  Read more

Nature’s vision: the ‘eyes’ have it

If we see a bird or some other creature, and it is close enough, there is something that usually catches our eye early in our observation: the eyes. In nature, there are many adaptations of vision. Earthworms have simple eyes (ocelli) that are able to detect light and dark, while eagles and hawks have single lens eyes with visual acuity five times greater than a human. (An eagle has five times the density of vision cells at the central focus area of the retina than humans do.)  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will again host its annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23. The event will be held at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Some of the styles to be represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The fire hall is handicapped accessible.  Read more

Dark Forest Fear Festival in Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — Dark Forest Creations returns to Burn Brae Mansion to present Fear Festival, an all-new Haunted Walking Trail and Fright House on the 20-acre grounds behind the historic mansion. It will be open on Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Tickets will be sold at the gate from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Each show costs $10, and discounted combo tickets are $17 for both shows.  Read more

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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance