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REGION — When her 92-year-old husband became ill in the summer of 2014, she was able to manage well enough, driving him to multiple doctor visits, seeing to his comfort and tending to household chores like grocery shopping, cleaning, meal preparation and laundry.

There are so many established days of commemoration that between Siblings Day (April 10th), World Mosquito Day (August 20th) and National Cat Day (October 29th) it can be difficult to rouse...

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There are many reasons to visit Milford, PA. Long before being incorporated in 1874, the Native Americans and settlers who lived there enjoyed the forests, lakes and fresh waters of the Delaware...

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Tuning in to the shifting of the seasons is restorative on many levels. In the Upper Delaware River region, it’s time to shake off the shackles of the snow-laden season and wake up our winter-...

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As a young fisherman I can remember the great fishing trips to the Ramapo River just outside the town of Tuxedo. The crystal-clear waters were so clean back then we would swim there in the summer...

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I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception....

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As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone...

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Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The 43rd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Sunday, December 14. The line-up on Canal Street begins at 1 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m., continuing on Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge down Pennsylvania Avenue and ends at the Matamoras Firehouse in Airport Park. After the parade, Santa will visit, there will be a trophy ceremony, and hot chocolate and donuts for everyone.  Read more

Santa to visit Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Santa Claus and his elves are coming to town to visit with area children in the lobby of Jeff Bank’s flagship branch in Jeffersonville on Saturday, December 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Children can have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy cookies (donated by Peck’s Market), hot chocolate and Christmas activities. A donation of $4 is suggested but not required. The proceeds will be given to the local food pantry. This event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) and Jeff Bank. Photos will be taken by Daphne Muzuruk, a Sullivan West senior.  Read more

String ensemble in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The NY-NJ-PA tri-state community welcomes back the the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble for a winter concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 (snow date December 14) at the historic Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St.

Traditional and all-time favorite seasonal music will be performed in this holiday-decorated church. A reception of homemade cookies, coffee and tea will follow. This concert is sponsored by Port Jervis Council for the Arts.  Read more

ARTery hosts PCAC show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will host the 64th annual Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) Exhibit from December 11 to February 8, with a reception on Saturday, December 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Holiday shopper will find handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood craft, cards, prints and lots of original paintings and photography.  Read more

Buggy rides at the farmers’ market

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Farmers’ Market this Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include some special holiday features. There will be horse and buggy rides, a local artisan holiday craft market and a jazz brunch with the Kazzrie Jaxen Jazz Quartet. As always, there will be plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as heirloom botanicals, local dairy products and farm-fresh meats, baked goods and jams, local wines and more.

Christmas cookie walk in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas cookie walk on Saturday, December 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. (snow date December 14). The church is located at 31 Erie Ave. Hand-crafted, homemade Christmas cookies will be displayed on tables inside the church parish hall where you can walk around and place your choices in a container. Cookies are available by the pound, so you can mix them up to your liking, or you can select an already gift-wrapped assortment ready to go. Proceeds will go toward the work of St. Paul’s at home and around the world.  Read more

“We Have Our Savior” in Damascus

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus United Methodist Charge Cantata Choir will present two performances of “We Have Our Savior” at the Damascus United Methodist Church, located on Route 371 next to the Damascus school. The first performance will be on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. with a snow date of Sunday, January 4 at 3 p.m. A free-will offering will be received in memory of Kristina and Cindy Adams and presented to Victims’ Intervention Program. The second will be a Christmas Eve performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Sharing the feast

NARROWSBURG, NY – At 11:50 a.m., the crowd gathering in the cold rain outside St. Paul’s Church parish hall is talkative, upbeat, and hungry. The doors to Katie’s Café, a free community meal program, open at 12 noon, but the wet weather and the guests’ unbridled enthusiasm guarantee early admission. In they come, trying to guess the menu from the aromas that greet them.  Read more

Wish list

Christmas is a time for connecting with what we truly value, made tangible in our gatherings with family and friends, our nostalgia for holidays past and the renewal of hope for the future. As we enjoy this brief vacation from everyday cynicism, I confess that I am shamelessly susceptible to classic holiday movies, those sentimental cultural touchstones with their timeless themes of family, community, faith and doubt, usually framed in the emotional journeys of beloved characters who desperately need to change their lives.  Read more

Feeder season

On Thanksgiving Day, while most of us in the Upper Delaware River Valley enjoyed feasting in warm homes with family and friends, regional wildlife were suddenly faced with greater challenges than usual in finding adequate food. Thanks to an impressive amount of dense snow that quickly covered much of the available natural food sources, our avian neighbors resorted to pecking their way along the edges of cleared roadways, gathering up bits of seed, gravel and sips of melted snow.  Read more

Wedding Update Part 3: The Blur

It’s four a.m. on the Monday before the wedding and it’s still dark out. We leave the house bound for Mexico with five huge suitcases packed to the brim and a wedding dress in a white garment bag so large it could have housed a body. There are a few members of the wedding party traveling with Emily and me and we are all equally bleary eyed.  Read more

Rising gypsy jazz stars at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m., the gypsy jazz band Rhythm Future Quartet will perform in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years, they have individually performed alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group.  Read more

World premiere of African drumming and dance in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Master drummer and musician Bernard Woma will perform a world premiere entitled, “Tome Na” at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre on St. John Street on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. “Tome Na” is translated as “our work, our profession.” It says that if it is our work or profession to be farmers, teachers, or musicians, we should be sure to do it well. Woma will be joined by the Saakumu Dance Troupe along with over 90 local Nesin Cultural Arts students as they perform songs and dances from Africa.  Read more

Woodloch Pines and 12 Days of Giving

HAWLEY, PA — The holiday season is always festive at Woodloch Resort, an award-winning family resort in the Pocono Mountains. To its holiday traditions including yule log hunts and carriage rides, the team at Woodloch Pines has added a new one: The 12 Days of Giving. “The goal of the 12 Days of Giving effort is to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with the hopes that others will catch the spirit and choose to participate alongside us or create their own ‘giving’ efforts to spread the spirit,” said John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO of Woodloch Pines.  Read more

‘The Wonder in My Youth’

“That Wonder in My Youth,” by Veronica Bassil (Kindle edition at Amazon.com). The Catskill Art Society will present local author Veronica Bassil for a reading of her new book “That Wonder in My Youth” and a talk on self-publishing at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. In addition to the reading, Bassil will answer questions, and discuss the merits and challenges of self-publishing in the e-book format.  Read more

‘The Hollow Ground’

“The Hollow Ground,” by Natalie Harnett (Thomas Dunne Books; $24.99). Harnett lives in Hawley, PA, and her novel is inspired by the real-life deadly coal mine fires in now-infamous Centralia, PA. It is 1961, and the ground is burning beneath 11-year-old Brigid Howley’s feet. The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced Brigid and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the Black Lung-stricken Gramp.  Read more

Meet the authors; “Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley”

“Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley,” photographs and text by Francesco Mastalia (powerHouse Books, available on Amazon.com). The Depuy Canal House in High Falls, NY, will host an exhibition of photographs from this book, which features commentary and portraits of some of the many people who are part of the Hudson Valley/Catskills local and sustainable food movement starting on Sunday, December 7. One of the farmers covered is Narrowsburg’s John Gorzynski of Gorzynski’s Ornery Farm.  Read more

UpFront holds holiday reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its holiday artist’s reception on Saturday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards, along with complimentary food and refreshments. The show will run through December 28.

UpFront currently has over 40 artists of all mediums in this exhibit. Among them are Sean Addy, Todd Anderson, Adrienne Butvinik, Tamara D’Antoni, Debbie Gioello, Gordon Graff, Teresa Idelowitz and Wendell M. Upchurch.  Read more

Christmas Tea at church

MILFORD, PA — Celebrate Christmas with an authentic Christmas Tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of W. Catherine Street, this December 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last seating will be taken at 2:30 pm.

There will be a classic English-styled tea, including scones and clotted cream, brie and chutney, cucumber sandwiches and biscotti. Vintage tea sets provide hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with fresh cream and sugar, while calming Christmas music creates the magical atmosphere that belongs exclusively to this season.  Read more

Gift creation classes at the HUB

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library’s HUB will present four classes to help you make holiday creations with your own hands and imagination – and have fun doing it. You decide to whom you will give the creation that you take home. Once you learn how to create these easy to make gifts, you may decide to make more and even keep a couple for yourself.  Read more

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