SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Farmers’ Market will have a special indoor holiday session on Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can come get local ingredients for your holiday celebrations at the Shohola Fire Department, which is just two miles from Barryville, NY at 325 Route 434, Shohola, PA. Many of the regular vendors will be attending. Visit www.barryvillefarmersmarket.com or call 570/224-8013.
DAMASCUS, PA — The PEARL Café in Abrahamsville serves a free meal every first Saturday of the month at 12 noon to the community, and belongs in the list of such providers in last week’s “Share the Feast” feature. All are welcome to share food and friendship at the PEARL Café at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Rd. Read more
HONESDALE, NY — The emergency shelter “Warmth in the Night,” which officially opened its doors for the season on December 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, will now be available even when it’s not quite as cold outside. Due to the inflow of a good number of new volunteers—whose generosity is in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season—the shelter will now be open on any night when temperatures are below freezing. Previously, the criterion for opening the shelter had been temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more
MILFORD, PA — City Stage will be at the historic Milford Theatre on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the holidays with music, song and dance. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate. The group is partnering with local food pantries to help our neighbors who might be having a tough time this year. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. Visit www.facebook.com/tcstage.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society has announced the opening of a temporary new performance space and community-curated event venue, The Laundry King, a repurposed storefront at 65 Main St. CAS will use this space for 15 months or until its renovation is completed on the second floor of its main building at 48 Main St. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — WJFF will host a free Messiah community sing on Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. at the Seelig Theatre of SUNY Sullivan. Unlike a traditional concert version of George Frideric Handel’s famed 1741 Oratorio, this production will be sung by those attending. Hudson Opera theater conductor Ron De Fesi will lead the ensemble, and the Delaware Valley Opera’s Kathy Geary (soprano), Carol Diefenbach (mezzo-soprano), Eric Barsness (bass) and Kevin Harnek (tenor) will be soloists. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The holiday season is all about family, and The Cooperage provides a great opportunity for quality family time together with its Thursday family game nights. The final game night of 2014 will take place on Thursday, December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1030 Main St. There will be all kinds of games to play—board games, card games, brain games. But if you have a favorite, you are encouraged to bring it. Donations are appreciated, and snacks are available for purchase. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — On December 21, all are welcome to gather at 5 p.m. at North School Studio’s Weigh Station on Main Street, across from Peck’s Market, to participate in a lantern walk to celebrate the longest night of the year. It is a night that evokes reflection and gratitude for endings and beginnings, sorrows and joys, a time to gather and consider our place and legacy in the universe. Read more
REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community. Read more
Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!
How about Roscoe Arbuckle?
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887-1933) was an immensely successful entertainer. A singer, comedian, silent film actor and director, he was a superstar of the early years of the 20th century. According to Wikipedia, he helped launch the careers of both Buster Keaton and Bob Hope, and he was one of the most popular and highly paid performers of his time. Read more
We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or thicket this year, I thought. No need to resort to the Boy Scout tree sale down at the gas station in Hancock. None of the contortions that are required to bungee cord a prickly spruce into the trunk of my Honda Civic.
Of all this I was certain until a few weeks ago, when a tree trimming service, the hire of the electric company, cut our tree down. Read more
It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild weather for this time of year. A few leaves were on the wet road, and all seemed normal until one of the leaves hopped. A look at the size of the hopping “leaf” and the length of the hop indicated that it could be an American toad. Read more
REGION — The Delaware Valley Opera will present a performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA; on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY; and at 2 p.m on Sunday, December 14 at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, December 14 The Cooperage Project will host its third annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a juried event, i.e., there is a selection committee whose members carefully evaluate the quality, character and style of each applicant’s work. In addition to being handmade, materials are sourced locally and recycled when possible. Read more
“How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide to Happiness in This World and Beyond,” by Robert Kopecky (Conari Press/Weiser Books). This book is based on Kopecky’s three compelling, and distinctively different, near death experiences, and what he learned about how to live from each of them. The emphasis is not on the scenarios of the afterlife, but the nature and meaning of each of the three experiences, and how those lessons apply to leading happy, fulfilling lives. Read more
“Around Neversink: From the Rondout Reservoir to the Neversink Reservoir,” by Carol Gridley Smith. (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99). Carol Gridley Smith is the historian for the Town of Neversink, NY. She turned 81 just as “Around Neversink” was released. She grew up in the Town of Neversink and attended a one-room school there. She attended high school in Ellenville, NY and earned a degree in sociology at SUNY New Paltz. This pictorial history, a treasure trove of images dating back to the 19th century, is ideal for the history-lovers on your gift list. Read more
Lately, I’ve been yearning for a sleigh of my own, since it seems that what has been considered an outmoded form of transportation is in again. My dictionary defines outmoded as “old-fashioned, unstylish, and out of date” along with “passé, untrendy and uncool.” I’ve been called a lot of things, but “trendy” and “cool” have never been on the list, so it would seem I’m a perfect candidate for bringing back the “ring-ting-tingle-ing too.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Peter and Will Anderson will perform at the Silk Mill on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. during Hawley Winterfest weekend. The New York Times has called them “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone.” Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, said, “As young as 15 they toured the United Kingdom, playing traditional jazz, swing, and bebop. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, they were mentored by Texas-native saxophonist Paul Carr, before attending Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will perform its 38th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present “If It Ain’t Baroque” with music written by composers Antonio Vivaldi, Salomone Rossi, George Frideric Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach. There will be Hannukah songs as well as choruses and chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio performed with a chamber orchestra. Read more