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December 25, 2014
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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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Jeff Bank holds reception for calendar

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The First National Bank of Jeffersonville (Jeff Bank) and the Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold a reception on Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 48 Main Street to celebrate the 2012 Jeff Bank calendar, Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes in Sullivan County. Photos for the calendar were taken by local photographers, who will be on hand. Light refreshments will be served. The calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

An old-fashioned pig roast benefits Farmhearts

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An event called “Pig Mountain” will offer up a pig roast celebrating all things local on Saturday, October 15 from 1-6 p.m. at Bridle Hill Farm (190 Hemmer Road). The event will feature four chefs roasting eight hogs provided by Hahn’s Farm, vegetarian sides, New York beer and wine and musical entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Farmhearts, a non-profit helping family farms in the Catskills.  Read more

'Wayne County Grown' set to launch

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — A new network and online hub—Wayne County Grown (WCG)—will soon become available to those interested in seeing sustainable agriculture thrive in the region. The initiative aims to integrate regional farms, markets, businesses and sustainability organizations with individuals, schools and communities in Wayne County and the Northeast region.  Read more

You say you wanna revolution

“Well you know, we all want to change the world...”

—Lennon/McCartney

Google the word “revolution.” Your first result might be the Wikipedia entry, which provides a useful place to begin exploring this wide-ranging concept. The entry opens with a definition: “A fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.”  Read more

DIY clean

A friend sent me an article regarding laundry detergents that claim to be “green” and “natural,” even though these particular products are anything but good for the environment.  Read more

Hawk migration 2011: a broad-winged bonanza

When we think of migration, we usually think of ducks, or the many geese we hear overhead during the fall, but many species of hawks migrate as well. In this region, the migration becomes very evident around mid September with large numbers of broad-winged hawks.  Read more

Hit the road with ‘Around the Bend’

HONESDALE, PA — The next Wayne County Arts Alliance’s autumn Sunday Night Cinema film will be “Around the Bend,” a 2004 production written and directed by Jordan Roberts and starring Michael Caine, Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

The film tells the story of four generations of men in a troubled American family. After the death of the family patriarch (played by Caine), his son, grandson and great grandson take off on a road trip.  Read more

Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will roll out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and scarecrows for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft vendors will dot Main Street on both days, and merchants have created scarecrows that can be visited all around town. Old-fashioned hay rides will be offered for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hay rides will depart from the corner of 7th and Main Streets and are sure to be fun for the whole family.  Read more

Campion at The Riverview

HONESDALE, PA — Kevin Campion will debut at the bar of The Riverview Restaurant at Rusty’s bar on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Riverview is dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent in-house and in the community at large, and Campion is a veteran entertainer with regular appearances throughout Wayne County. Email RiverviewBuzz@gmail.com or call 570/253-8800.

Barbershop concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 33rd annual show, titled “Barber Pop,” on Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School. It will feature songs from 1958 to 1970, including songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “Blue Velvet.” The guest professional barbershop quartet will be “Wheelhouse” (Brandon Brooks, Rich Gray, Jeff Gray and Mike Kelly-Bass), which was the 2003 Mid-Atlantic District Champion.  Read more

Exotic birds in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 20th annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Liberty Ambulance Corps building. Owners of pet can enter their own birds; the entry fee is $1 a bird. Every type of exotic bird will be judged in its own division. Every entry is checked by a veterinarian before being admitted to the show.  Read more

Something old, something new

It should come as no surprise that I have a great love of the theatre. Although a big fan of the classics, I also find that experiencing new work can be as stimulating as revisiting the tried and true, and this week turned out to be a wonderful example of both.  Read more

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

NARROWSBURG, NY — As a faithful supporter of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), I’m looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary Gala with like-minded folks on Sunday, October 9 (see sidebar). Sifting through the mounds of articles already written about the organization since it’s inception in 1976, I searched for information not readily available.  Read more

Going local

The feeling had been creeping up on me for some time, but it wasn’t until we sat down to brunch recently at a favorite local bistro in our Manhattan neighborhood that I could identify it. I was a tourist in my own home town. The hostess did not recognize us. She sat us at a table for two in the netherlands of the middle dining room.  Read more

“The Glass Menagerie” comes to Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will present three performances of Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” from September 30 to October 2 at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John Street. Performances are scheduled for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students, $15 for seniors and $20 for general admission.  Read more

Wiseman solos in ‘Actionable’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Canadian musical legend Bob Wiseman will give a solo theatre performance, “Actionable,” at NACL Theatre on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m.

Wiseman was a member of popular rock group, Blue Rodeo, and has performed in concert with Wilco, Feist, The Wallflowers, Ron Sexsmith and many others.  Read more

‘Music of Our Time’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 21st annual “Music of Our Time” concert comes to Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. It will feature the world premiere of a new work by Larry Lockwood (Neversink, NY), the “Oboe Concerto,” with Molly Raum performing the solo oboe part, accompanied by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Yaffé.  Read more

Pumpkin Party

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 26th Annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Grahamsville. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, the old-time country fair and autumn festival includes a costume parade, pony rides, a pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live music, hay rides, hay maze, a “Better” Book Sale, handmade crafts, a harvest baking contest, food and more.  Read more

Chili cookoff in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will welcome back its annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday, October 2 during the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods. The competition and tasting will begin at 12 noon and end at 2 p.m. This year’s competitors include Frost Valley YMCA, Sullivan County BOCES Culinary Program and Sullivan County SPCA paired with Dutch’s Tavern. There is a suggested tasting donation of $2 which will benefit participating organizations. The event is sponsored by Jeff Bank.  Read more

Scott Klee Clark exhibit

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of the works of Scott Klee Clark, mixed media artist, “The Weight of Temples Waiting,” will open on Saturday, October 1 at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through November 5.

Clark is a local artist living in the Delaware River Valley in a historical building. He is related to artist Paul Klee, and his life has been surrounded by art, architecture and nature. He has had exhibitions of his works in Australia, Germany, California, and New York.  Read more

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