PORT JERVIS, NY — The 40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade will take place on Sunday, December 11. The parade will line up on Canal Street at 1:00 p.m. and begin at 2:00 p.m. The route travels Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge, down Pennsylvania Avenue to Seventh Street and ends in the Matamoras Fire House Hall at Airport Park. At the firehouse there will be donuts, hot chocolate, the trophy ceremony and Santa. The event is sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Big Sky Productions and the Sullivan County Historical Society will present “Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum at 265 Main St. Admission costs $10, and benefits the historical society. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, December 10, the 17th annual Children’s Ornament Hunt will be held in Honesdale’s Central Park at 10 a.m. Children will have the opportunity to hunt for ornaments for a chance to win prizes donated by Honesdale businesses. There will be three age groups: K and younger; first and second grades; and third and fourth grades. The event is presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership and co-sponsored by Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon and Connections Magazine.
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce presents its Holiday Networking Event and Party on Tuesday, December 13 at UpFront Exhibition Space from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. Members of the chamber pay $5 and non-members $10. All proceeds will be donated to local food pantries. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at Books n Stuff 2, as he makes his annual visit to the Old Lumberyard Shops in Milford, on Saturday, December 10 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. There will be holiday singing, free goodies and pictures with Santa. Books n Stuff 2 is also holding a raffle. With every $25 purchase or more, you get a free ticket for the Cookie Jar Raffle. The winner will get a Jolly Holiday Cookie Jar, which holds secret surprises and a gift bag full of goodies. Call 570/409-6882.
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will be hosting a holiday event on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Columns Museum, shown here, located at 608 Broad St. There will be sweets and savories, mulled cider and a visit from some carolers. Admission to the museum and party are free.
BETHEL, NY — RiverFolk Concerts and Catskill Distilling Company will present Patrick Fitzsimmons on Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. in the tasting room at the distilling company on Route 17B. Brent Hallenbeck of The Burlington Free Press wrote, “I’ve been reacquainting myself of late with Patrick Fitzsimmons’ live show (I caught him at First Night Burlington as well) and especially the amazing drumming the former percussionist for From Good Homes does on his guitar, often while strumming in between beats. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s First Prebyterian Church, located at 201 Tenth St., will present “A Night in Bethlehem” on Saturday, December 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your family and friends to the little town of Bethlehem and step back into the time of Jesus’ birth. There will be crafts, shops, snacks and fun.
HONESDALE, PA — Sally Talaga, executive director of the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS), will give a gallery talk on the art and career of Honesdale native Jennie Brownscombe (1850-1936) on Saturday, December 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the museum at 810 Main St. She will also lead a tour of the current WCHS Brownscombe exhibit, which will close at the end of December. Talaga was guest curator of a recent exhibit of Brownscombe’s works at the University of Scranton. The event is free to members, with a $5 fee to non-members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570/253-3240.
HONESDALE, PA — The Hanson Gallery & Decorium at 1037 Main St. will hold an “Artist & Santa Reception” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 for its “Vignette Series – Winter Collection.” Refreshments will be served, and you will have an opportunity to meet Santa and pick an ornament from Hanson’s second annual Christmas art tree. The reception will be preceded by an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY —Port Jervis residents and businesses are invited to enter the annual Port Jervis Holiday Lighting Contest. Categories are Traditional Lights (white) and Festive Lights (multi-colored), with separate judging for homes and businesses. You must apply by December 14, and judging will be on December 18, on which date your lights should be on by 5 p.m. Call 845/858-4017 to register.
MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will present New York Polyphony in a holiday concert at the Milford Theatre on December 10 at 7 p.m. Dubbed “the Fab Four of early music,” the male quartet will perform a program that ranges from Lionel Power (1375-1445) to Andrew Smith (b. 1970), a composer with deep roots in Gregorian chant and other forms of early vocal music. The group will sing English medieval carols and other religious songs of the season. Read more
Way back in August 2007, members of the The River Reporter editorial staff asked me to write a sustainability column. I felt woefully unqualified. What did I know about environmental issues? But I plunged in, viewing it as an opportunity.
I have learned a great deal, and gradually made lifestyle changes, none of which have caused hardship or sacrifice. In fact, simplifying my life seems to have enhanced it. Read more
Writing here in 2006, I suggested this possible definition of “civilization:” “...we can be said to be more or less ‘civilized’ as a society, culture, or species to the extent that intentional acts of violence are unnecessary.”
Dr. Steven Pinker, I suspect, would not only agree with that definition, he would say that as a species, we have made significant progress towards its fulfillment. Pinker, a cognitive neuroscientist and Harvard professor, recently published (to near-universal praise, by the way) a book entitled “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined.” Read more
Every year at this time, I read statistics regarding how folks from all walks of life fall prey to depression and sadness during the holidays, and I felt as if I was about to join the ranks this week. Being constantly bombarded by the commercialism of the season doesn’t help, since I know in my heart that the celebrations of different faiths really have little to do with money and that millions of people around the globe are rejoicing from a spiritual point of view. Read more
REGION — Elementary, middle and high schools in the region are gearing up for the holidays and sharing the gift of music with fellow students, parents and visitors alike as a variety of seasonal concerts are scheduled across the area. These musical presentations are designed to appeal and present a perfect opportunity for both children and adults to gather, celebrate and ring in the holidays, with programs that will inspire and entertain...Catskills-style.
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Fall always brings some feathered visitors to the region that are not full time residents here. From golden eagles and loons to snow buntings, they all provide a great variety of wildlife viewing during migration season. One species that is commonly seen around starting in October is interesting in that it has to dive for its dinner. Read more
Before I drove to Pittsburgh, PA to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, I thought about all of the songs that have been written on the subject and selected my CDs for the ride with that in mind. Nostalgic to a fault, I prepared myself for the eight-hour drive by choosing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Road Trippin’” to begin my journey, and headed out in the pouring rain—which stayed with me throughout the 400 miles, door to door. Read more