As I write this, it is a week before Christmas, and as I look out the window at 8 a.m., it is 36 degrees outside and the snow cover can best be described as “scattered to broken” here in Shohola, PA. Some mild weather has arrived since our last big snowstorm, and depending where you are, you may have more or less snow on the ground at your location. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Local residents Sally and Ab Rutherford recently donated to the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) several pieces of sheet music for songs by Richard B. (Dick) Smith, a former resident of Honesdale, who wrote the words to the holiday favorite “Winter Wonderland.” The Rutherfords donated the 1934 Guy Lombardo version of that classic, to which Felix Bernard wrote the music, as well as “It Looks Like an Early Fall” (with Ozzie Nelson as featured artist) and “The Breeze (That’s Bringin’ My Honey Back to Me).” Read more
Anyone who is a fan of old Disney movies more than likely remembers that tune. Written for the 1940 animated masterpiece “Pinocchio,” the music and lyrics by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington (respectively) have stayed with me since I saw the film as a youngster. It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized that the lyrics, and story itself, were allegorical. “I’ve got no strings to hold me down,-to make me fret, or make me frown,” claims the puppet who wishes to be a real boy. “I had strings, but now I’m free—there are no strings on me!” Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — E.B. Crawford Library has a series of programs planned for winter fun in upcoming weeks. On Monday, December 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. you can learn a winter craft that will be fun for all ages. If you’re in grades seven to 12, join our Battle of the Books team. There will be an information meeting on Friday, January 2 and 16 at 5 p.m. to find out about it. And there will be a Teen Maker program on Friday, January 9 at 4 p.m. Read more
I’m on the set of “Bleed for This,” the new boxing movie I am cutting. A large ring is set up in the center of the convention center in Providence, RI. There are a thousand extras scattered around the arena in strategic places so on screen the arena will appear packed to the brim. It’s a little odd in person, but magic through the camera.
The two actors (one a real fighter) circle each other throwing punch after punch. The director huddles behind the monitor, watching the choreographed punches with indelible scrutiny. They must be captured at the perfect angle to seem real. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for its Valentine cabaret, “Love Songs and Songs of Love,” on Saturday, December 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum). The show dates will be March 13 and 14, 2015. Bring sheet music of the song you will sing. For further information, call Jim at 845/798-4971, or email SCDWemail@aol.com.
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Kiwanis Club recently held its holiday party at Blue Horizon Diner. In lieu of exchanging gifts among those in attendance, the members opted to bring an unwrapped toy or game that would be donated to United Way of Sullivan County for distribution to local children in need. The club, as well as individual Kiwanis members, also donated money to be used by the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School Builders Club for purchasing items at Wal-Mart for the United Way Project Care Program. Read more
LORDS VALLEY, PA — Chris Kroup, artist, designer/craftsman opens the 2015 gallery season with a colorful display of his recent works of art coming to the Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Rte. 739. This first solo show will feature a New Year’s wine and cheese meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, January 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. The artist from Port Jervis, NY specializes in free-flowing abstract painting on aluminum panels. Kroup will also have selected three-dimensional works on view. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare has helped to bring joy to many local children and families in need this holiday season. The staff at Crystal Run purchased and donated toys and other gift items including books, bicycles, dolls, games, teddy bears and clothing. “Angel” gifts, which were purchased by employees in Crystal Run’s Orange County offices, were donated to the Salvation Army of Middletown as part of their Angel Tree program. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei, and the Two Rivers Zen Community invite the public to the ringing of the temple bell on New Year’s Eve, at the Court Street Zendo in Honesdale. It will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 at 926 Court St. Read more
Though few would argue with the notion that the holidays can drive you to drink, there are those who make it through them without a single tipple. Pity the poor soul who has to nurse a glass of tepid seltzer while the rest of the party is quaffing frosty craft beers and champagne punch. At this time of year, when the festivities are all about fellowship, no one should feel left out, so the best hosts put some muscle into creative nonalcoholic options. This means drinks neither cloying nor insipid but refreshing, nuanced and thoughtfully presented. Read more
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. Read more
One of the nice things about riding the train is the diversity of people you meet as you travel. The Upper Delaware is a resort destination and the weekend home to many who come from the city for an escape. We are still home to many of the traditional ethnic diversities that made the Borsht Belt famous in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Over the decades, new ethnic groups have added their particular flavor and flair to our area. Read more
When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout the Upper Delaware River region, some of which wind up in this column.
Last weekend, our 11-year-old niece Joei Shaller joined us for a hike at Shohola Recreation Area, where we plied our cameras in capturing images of animal signs along the trail we explored. The snow made the process very productive, with evidence of animal life all around us. Read more
I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far as I know, Einstein, Sagan and Hawking were never known as anglers, so that makes us even, sort of.
We use expressions involving time on a regular basis. What time should we meet? What time is the hatch? How long is that drift? We had a great time, or maybe next time. You’d think time is like clockwork—however, in fishing, time warps, suspends, drags, bends and flies. Read more
I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the Upper Delaware River region at a breakneck pace in search of all things festive. Last week’s weather had me a bit out of sorts, since some events were cancelled due to slick roads. But the celebrations that the Wonder Dog and I have attended recently reinforced my ongoing love of community, breathing new life into the notion that sometimes (just sometimes!) it truly is a wonderful life. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents brings a unique mix of Gypsy-Americana, vintage bluegrass, voodoo blues and ragtime to Hawley. Winners of Floydfest’s “Under the Radar” contest, this unconventional duo, Megan Jean and the KFB, is known for its lavish showmanship, entertaining and thought-provoking ghost stories and layered cultural and historical influences. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — There’s still time to secure that one-of-a-kind gift, painted by special artists that happen to be pigs, and whose paintings are custom creations like no other. Here, Pee Wee Super Pig paints one for a fan at Tractor Supply in Honesdale during a fundraising event for Billy’s New Hope Barn in Wayne County, a non-profit organization that provides safe haven for unwanted, abused and neglected farm animals. Paintings range in price; this size was available for a donation of $10. In addition, sponsorship of an animal is available for $25. Read more
SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The family of the late Brian Ingber, for whom Fallsburg’s Ingber Park is named, gathers in the park along with other Fallsburg residents to receive a visit from the Santa Express. They are Brian’s brother Daniel Ingber, left, and wife Mona; Brian’s wife Linda and his son Noah. Linda is the administrative assistant to Town Supervisor Steve Vegliante and one of the key organizers of the event. Read more