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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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‘Dad Doesn’t Dance’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fresh from a run at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) in New York City, Nora Brown’s “Dad Doesn’t Dance” will be performed at the Delaware Arts Center at 27 Main St. on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. The show has been nominated for Outstanding Solo Show Production in the MITF 2011.

Brown crosses the continent from Winnipeg to Hollywood as she encounters five mysterious men and the clues they reveal. An infidelity causes her to look at her life, leading to the revelation of the existence of a biological father.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival tickets

MILFORD, PA —Tickets and passes for the 12th annual Black Bear Film Festival are now on sale. The festival will be held at the historic Milford Theatre from October 14 to 16. This year’s opening night film will be the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso,” which will be shown at 9 p.m. immediately following the Friday night red carpet Gala. Two hundred Gold Passes, which include admission to all films and the Friday night Gala, are available for $200 on a first-come, first-served basis.  Read more

An apology

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September, Barb and I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the annual Bamboo Rod Makers Gathering at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center. Rod makers from 24 states plus Japan and Canada came to the gathering. A total of 134 men and women were in attendance. Seminars ranged from a talk on “George Halstead and his rods and ferrules,” by Jed Dempsey and John Feldenzer, to Tim Abbott on bamboo fly rod tapers and how to develop them, to the advantages and disadvantages of various glues used in the making of bamboo rods by a panel of Jed Dempsey, Tim Abbott and John Zimny.  Read more

Milkweed microhabitat

Anyone who has walked in a field or a roadside has probably at one time or another picked a leaf of a milkweed plant and observed its milky sap start to flow from the plant; hence its name. Like all plants, the milkweed contains a myriad of chemical compounds that are used by the plant in various ways.  Read more

Shine on, harvest moon

I am by no means the only guy with an opinion. In fact, I’ve been told that “everyone has one.” Go figure. Of course, if we all felt the same way about any of a myriad of subjects, life would be just plain dull. Pausing to breathe once in a while, I sometimes hear snippets of conversation that apparently take place all around me, while I am not talking. Or the center of attention. Hmm.  Read more

Learning from one another: Transition Honesdale builds community through sharing skills

HONESDALE, PA — When Hurricane Irene hit the area, even though it put people in the dark for a while, it also woke up a lot of people.

What are we going to do without electricity? Without refrigeration? Without water for washing and flushing toilets? Without food from the supermarket?

These are some of the questions asked during the storm. Were any of them answered?

Answering questions like this is the concern of a local group called Transition Honesdale which is initiating a major new program called “SkillShare.”  Read more

‘Singing’ for their supper

The first few months of life present many challenges for wild creatures, not the least of which is receiving adequate sustenance to survive. Baby birds are particularly fetching as they gape with beaks open wide in anticipation of a meal. Where that meal comes from depends on circumstances.  Read more

The greatest love of all

At the risk of sounding cliché, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” These sage words (written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed) reverberated all week as I made my way through the Catskills, observing young people and sensing “all the beauty they possess inside.”  Read more

Zen Buddhist center opens in Honesdale

A wonderfully funny cartoon appeared in The New Yorker magazine a few years ago. It showed two monks fully clothed in their habits, sitting in a cross-legged position of meditation. One monk was an old man, prune-faced and annoyed, and the other was a puzzled callow youth. Under the cartoon was the following caption: “What do you mean ‘what happens next!’ This is it.”  Read more

That’s absurd

I am writing this a few days after Irene left town. Nearly twice the size of a typical hurricane on August 26, she joins nine others weather disasters so far this year that have each caused one billion dollars in damages and 589 deaths. The New York Times called Irene “one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history.”  Read more

Irene brings wild weather

As I write this column, I hear the hum of portable generators outside the window. I have power, but neighbors down the road are out and have been since Irene swept through the area on August 28. Tropical-storm-force winds blew down trees and caused widespread power outages throughout the area, and heavy rains caused flooding and washouts on roads. Several instances of residential flooding were reported, and many farm fields were flooded.  Read more

September 11, 2001: The day the earth stood still

On September 11, 2001 life as we know it changed forever. At 9:59 EST, the unthinkable occurred when Al Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two jets into the World Trade Center towers. The approaching 10th anniversary of the event has stirred up a flood of memories for millions worldwide. For many of us, it has become an opportunity to work through this experience by sharing those memories with one another. Here is mine.  Read more

Wanted: wing and chili maestros

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) along with help from Rent-E-Quip, will hold the sixth annual Wing and Chili Taste-Off during this year’s “Harvest & Heritage Days,” to be held on Sunday, October 9 on Main Street, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

Oral history project: get involved

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In the fall of 2011, the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL), with support from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant, will sponsor six free introductory courses in the art of oral history. WSPL will provide simple beginner training in approach, ethics, methods, technology, interviewing, presentation and preservation in hopes that volunteers can collect local oral histories for our new “Unearthed: Oral Histories of the Upper Delaware River” project.  Read more

PaPA holds art finale

WHITE MILLS, PA — ArtSpace at PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) will open its fall exhibition, “MAD: Music, Art and Dance,” on Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

PaPA will partner with Marsha Ismail-off and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach, FL, with the original “Pas de Trois” performance, called “Does Art Imitate Life.” Fine artist and Russian ballet master Ismailoff has cross-referenced art and dance in a unique video performance.  Read more

Harvest Festival: Airing of the Quilts

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center will partner with Calico Geese Quilters for the third annual Airing of the Quilts on Sunday, September 11 at the Harvest Festival. This year’s event will include community quilt-making activities inspired by the Boise Idaho Quilt Project, which originated with women activists of the ‘60s. The idea is to invite the community to participate in making quilts that celebrate our common threads and our diversity.  Read more

Kirson leads Laugh Tour back to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to The Nutshell with The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson on Saturday, September 10. The event will start with a mixer at 7 p.m., followed by a show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show. They are available at The Nutshell or at www.TheLaughTour.com. The Nutshell is at 6692 Route 52 in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Entries sought for classic car show

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Fall Classic Car Show in Bingham Park on Sunday, October 2, rain or shine. Auto registration is at 10 a.m. until 12 noon and costs $6 per car in advance and $10 on the day of the event.  Read more

‘Wonderful Things’ auction benefits WJFF

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — WJFF Radio Catskill will host its second annual “Wonderful Things” auction on Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall.

“Our listeners and friends have donated more than 250 items,” said Dawn Dorcas, president of WJFF’s board of trustees. “There is something for everyone in every category and at every price point starting at $2.”  Read more

African drumming at Seelig

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — African drumming master Kofi Donkor will bring his musical artistry to the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. in a performance titled “Drumming: The Heartbeat of Humanity.” It is sponsored by New Hope Community and SUNY Sullivan. The performance is free and open to the public.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance