CALKINS, PA — Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, will host a holiday open house on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Creamery staff will treat visitors to warm chocolate chip cookies, coffee and good cheer. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the Creamery’s 14 varieties of raw milk cheeses and new pasteurized fresh cheese varieties including Moo Mozz, baby brie, and Quark cheese dips such as Georgic and Ole. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Santa will be making the rounds in Honesdale during the upcoming week. On Thursday, December 15, he will visit Art’s for Him & Her Too, 843 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, December 16, he will make a stop at Little Duck House, 623 Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Connections Magazine. On Saturday, December 17, enjoy a holiday pizza party with Santa and all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and beverage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria, 851 Main Street for $7.95 per person, free for kids under one. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — Continuing on his travels through the area, Santa will arrive at the Home Depot from 10 a.m. and stay until noon on Saturday, December 17. He will give his sleigh a rest and travel aboard the Lumberland, NY fire truck. The Home Depot associates join the festivities. There will be candy canes, balloons and fun for children of all ages.
HONESDALE, PA — At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema series closes out the year with a showing of the classic holiday movie “Christmas in Connecticut.” This 1945 comedy, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet, centers on Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck), a food writer who has lied in print about her idyllic rural family life and abilities as a gourmet cook. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA —Laurie Stuart will present a solstice service that explores the balancing of the light and the dark and our relationship within it on Sunday, December 18 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Taking off from the word “syzygy,” meaning the lining up of three celestial bodies or the combining of two of any things, either alike or opposite, the interactive one-hour service will feature stories, carols and candle lighting. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business and J-Angelo Event Planning will hold a free holiday party for children in Kindergarten to third grades on Sunday, December 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, Fountain Room, 120 Routes 6 and 209. Read more
I’m often scatterbrained and frequently perplexed—but this week, I found myself even more dazed and confused than usual. The dizzying array of holiday events, parties and fundraisers has me in a tizzy and I momentarily lost my way. Naturally, I’m looking to place blame, rather than own up to a lack of focus, so I’ll chalk it up to attending the Delaware Valley Opera’s (DVO, www.delawarevalleyopera.org) magical and enchanting production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” After all, those crazy kids are well known for getting into trouble and losing their way in the woods. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) Producing Director Norman Duttweiler has announced that the local not-for-profit performing arts organization will receive two state arts grants to support its work of bringing live theatre to both summer audiences and local high schools students. These are the first The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants the theatre company has ever been awarded. Read more
BETHANY, PA — Every year, local churches in our area find special ways to celebrate the Christmas season. Among the most interesting of such traditions is a living nativity held by the Bethany Presbyterian Church. At the annual event, members of the congregation reproduce realistic scenes from the New Testament’s story of the nativity of Jesus Christ, with actors and live animals.
Beginning in the historic church on Route 670, the scenes spill out onto the church grounds with imaginative interpretations of the traditional story, colored by modern music and even humorous themes. Read more
Scrap metal collection isn’t just the domain of teenagers looking to make an extra buck anymore. In years past, there were always kids asking to haul away your junk for free. It was like the paper route job of rural kids.
But now, as scrap metal prices continue to rise and people are feeling the pinch of a difficult economy, scrap collection is turning into a full-time job. It’s an interesting development in our local economy. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Milford author Richard Paterson has self-published a novel, “The Year the War Came Home,” that spans seven months, November 1969 to July 1970. The story weaves in historic events of the period—including the Vietnam War, Kent State shootings, first draft lottery, Apollo 13 and the My-Lai massacre. Read more
LORDS VALLEY, PA — “By the Grace of God” is Jean Potter’s story about the traumatic events of 9/11 and the extraordinary effect it had on her and her husband Dan. Jean was working in the North Tower at the time of the incident, and Dan served as a New York City firefighter and was a first responder to the scene. The book covers the impact of the event: having to cope with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder; moving because they could no longer live in a home haunted by three thousand ghosts; giving up their jobs and leaving the city they had grown to love. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society joins in the celebration of Honesdale National Bank’s 175th birthday with the release of this year’s ornament depicting the bank. The Honesdale Bank opened its doors in 1836, with Richard L. Seely as its first president, and although its name has been changed, it has provided 175 years of continuous service to the Wayne County community. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills, in association with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, will present the second annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the enclosed tennis courts of the Villa Roma resort. Two of this year’s beneficiaries are the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Narrowsburg, NY (email@example.com; 570/729-4038) and the Federation for the Homeless, 9 Monticello Street, Monticello, NY 12701-1807, 845/794-2604. Read more
WOODRIDGE, NY — Through the generosity of community members and the hard work of the Kiwanis Club of Woodridge, the club recently donated gloves, hats, underwear and socks to the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES). There is a real need for these items on the part of some of the youngsters of the Fallsburg Central School District. The clothing will be kept at the school and given to the children as the need arises throughout the winter and the balance of the school year. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Sullivan First will hold its 15th annual Deck the Doors holiday decorating contest on Thursday, December 15. Winners of the contest will be awarded prizes provided by Hurleyville business owners. The group will tour every road in Hurleyville on the night of the contest and judge doors decorated for the holidays. All holiday-decorated doors in the hamlet, including residences and businesses, are eligible. Read more
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