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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

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Honesdale for the Holidays

HONESDALE, PA — On Small Business Saturday, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Hannah Marin of Honesdale), left, Santa Claus (Bill McAllister of Honesdale) and Frosty the Snowman (Corinne Casazza of Honesdale) strolled along the sidewalks to help ring in the holiday season as the borough celebrated its annual Honesdale for the Holidays weekend. The annual event, which includes local and regional vendors, live music and more is organized by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.

Holiday festival in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Business & Community Association will hold its annual holiday festival on December 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Dutch’s Tavern This year there will be a holiday market, free pony rides, refreshments, Santa arriving on a fire truck, photos with Santa, Christmas and Hanukkah songs and the annual Christmas tree lighting.  Read more

Liberty parade and tree lighting

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty will host its fourth annual Town of Liberty Holiday Parade in conjunction with the town’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Join in the fun to celebrate the holiday spirit by entering a float, decorate a vehicle, or march with your group/organization.  Read more

Hawley Winterfest

HAWLEY, PA — Hawley presents its annual pre-holiday winter celebration each December with twinkling lights by night and merry crowds, non-stop activities, and snowflakes by day. This year’s Winterfest Weekend is set for December 12 through the 14, with 2014 marking the 16th anniversary of the beloved event.  Read more

Santa and Mrs. Claus host workshops in Eldred

ELDRED, NY — Ten children per session will have the chance to help Santa in his temporary workshop in Eldred on five different dates in December. There will be storytelling, Christmas caroling, tree decorating, and each child will have the chance to build a wooden toy with Santa. Each workshop session lasts a little more than an hour. To reserve a workshop session for a child, call 845/557-3321.  Read more

Dickens on the Delaware

CALLICOON, NY — The inaugural holiday event Dickens on the Delaware will take place on Saturday, December 13 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Retailers, galleries and restaurants will highlight their holiday goods and dazzle town visitors with their holiday spirit. Shopkeepers will be dressed in Victorian garb, with stores, restaurants and the surrounding environs decorated to create the days of yore.  Read more

Santa Express

VARIOUS TOWNS — Straight from the North Pole, Santa Express will roll into towns in Sullivan County and one in Pike County, PA. Although Santa has already stopped in a few towns, more visits are coming up. Santa Express will make the following scheduled stops: on Saturday, December 6, Eldred at the Corner Piazza, 5 p.m.; Glen Spey at Circle Park, 6 p.m.; Barryville at the Four Corners, 6:45 p.m.; Yulan at Konrads Kitchen, 7:30 p.m.; and Narrowsburg at 7 Erie Ave, 8:15 p.m.; and on Sunday, December 7, Milford, PA at 300 W.  Read more

Holiday Happenings in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Though the tree lighting has already taken place (see photo), there will be many more holiday celebrations happening in Narrowsburg on various dates. On Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m., there will be a felted ornament class at The Big Eddy Toy Co. with art teacher Linda Cross, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cheryl Korb’s Home for the Holidays ongoing art sale is at the River Gallery Home. On Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Indie Mart will be in the DVAA Recital Hall as well as The DVAA Art in Sixes Holiday Sale, at 1 p.m.  Read more

To be, or not to be

My son is looking for his life. At 27, he is already an experienced filmmaker, director, writer, cinematographer, editor. As a freelancer his income is sporadic and meager. It is increased only slightly by a teaching job at a film school. His father slips him $20s. We pay his rent and his overdue utility bills. When his shoes need repair, I take him to the cobbler and pre-pay the bill.

He knows this worries me. Our funds are not without end. We get older.  Read more

Thanksgiving Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House

HAWLEY, PA — On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, Harmony Presents will showcase two comedians at Cocoon Coffee House in Hawely at 8:30 p.m. The double headliner for this comedy night is Brett Druck and Zach McGovern.  Read more

Turkeys: eat in the fall, count in the winter

As you read this, you may be getting ready for that big Thanksgiving dinner. Most people associate the Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and turkey will be on the menus of most households across America. Some folks may even partake of wild turkey due to a successful hunt during fall turkey season. Today, whether we are looking in the poultry section of the supermarket, or in the woods in back of the house, there are usually turkeys aplenty to be seen; but it wasn’t always that way.  Read more

Thoughts at Thanksgiving

From the perspective of an angler, there is a lot to be thankful for at this time of year. To begin with, just look at how far we’ve come. In the mid-19th century, fishing was pretty primitive. It had not progressed all that much from the earliest Egyptian hieroglyphic depictions—a cord, a stick and a hook. But in the last 100 years, along came some of the greatest discoveries since fire.  Read more

A day in the Manor

More often than not, I find myself zipping from county to county in search of arts and leisure scattered throughout the Upper Delaware River region. As luck would have it, I noticed that I had four different events on my calendar, all of which were slated to occur in Livingston Manor, NY, so I only had to park once and stroll through town at my usual breakneck pace.  Read more

Honesdale for the Holidays

HONESDALE, PA — Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will present Honesdale for the Holidays, which is sponsored by Wayne Bank, on Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29. Many of Honesdale’s stores and businesses will host open houses.

The Fred Miller Pavilion on Honesdale’s historic Main Street will be alive with holiday music on both days with DJ Tom Emanski on Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holiday music is sponsored by GHP member RE/MAX WAYNE and Meagher Nationwide Insurance.  Read more

Choralaires at Christmastime

NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA — The Wayne Choralaires’ Christmas concerts, a popular tradition for over 30 years, begin their 2014 holiday season with two concerts on Sunday, November 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 11th and Church Streets, Honesdale. The concerts, under the direction of Patricia Spoor, will continue on Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale, and Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 at B.V.M. Queen of Peace Church, Church and Chestnut Streets, Hawley.  Read more

Learn to make origami stars as holiday decorations

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor will host a hands-on program, Origami Stars and other Favorites for beginners, with Joanna Hartell on Saturday, November 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is an introductory class for adults and children from age eight and up.

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding enjoyed around the world and a great creative activity for winter months. Participants will make a festive star to hang in the window or on a holiday tree as well as other favorite origami designs.  Read more

‘The Nutcracker’ ballet to be performed in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School on Rte. 6 in Milford on Saturday, November 29 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, and are available at The Dance Center, 41 Sussex St., Port Jervis, NY. Tickets at the door the day of the shows will cost $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. For more information, call The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

The aftermath

In the wake of all that feasting, it’s hard to believe stomachs will growl once again. But a new day dawns and here come the barbarian hordes, clamoring for their lunch. Leftover turkey? Bring it on! Many people actually prefer that mile-high sandwich (loaded with cranberry sauce and even a layer of stuffing) to the original Thanksgiving line-up. With any luck, no fit of weary pique caused you to discard the carcass of that big bird. There’s gold in there! A pot of turkey soup with wild rice and kale on Friday makes an ideal counterpoint to the orgy of carbs on Thursday.  Read more

Things that go bump in the night

We set the clocks back this time of year, thrusting us back into the darkness of the morning. My morning has me out of the house before 5 a.m. each day. There is a different world outside my door at that hour, an eerie world of wildlife with night vision. Sometimes, I cringe when I hear the crunch of the leaves, not knowing what creature is out there in the dark. Sometimes, at the edge of the property, it’s just a pair of glowing eyes staring at me; or there are the screeches, howls and other things going on in the dark.  Read more

Tree diseases

A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River Talk” reader, Star Hesse contacted us recently regarding the appearance of black blotches on the leaves of maple trees along Route 97 in Barryville, NY.  Read more

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