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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.

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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

Holiday Markets

During the holiday season, many places around the area open special artisans’ markets featuring locally-made gifts. Below is a list of markets throughout the area, organized by date. For more holiday market listings, see our Where and When events calendar either in the paper or online at www.riverreporter.com/where-when.

Bethany Public Library’s annual holiday shop around, Nov. 21  Read more

Moving day (Part two) Out with the old….

You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my beautiful new home, I have yet to get the storage space squared away and still have boxes and crates piled up by the door of the old place, waiting to be transferred to an undisclosed location, somewhere in Sullivan County (www.scva.net).  Read more

Opening reception for Cheryl Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an artist’s reception for primitive landscape artist Cheryl Korb “Home For The Holidays” on Saturday, November 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The River Gallery, 8 Main St.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. She began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Santa Express ready to depart North Pole

SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES, NY — Straight from the North Pole, Santa Express will roll into 10 towns in Sullivan and Orange counties and one in Pike County, PA on three consecutive weekends beginning with its first stop on Sunday, November 30 on Front Street in Port Jervis. Santa and his friends will greet hundreds of children and their families from the jolly old man’s 65-foot-long “sleigh” and the Snow Queen will give a special performance from the Santa Express float.  Read more

Third annual ‘Christmas with the Crackers’ benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The third annual “Christmas with the Crackers” benefit concert, supporting Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike Counties, will be held at The Cooperage from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Admission is $10, or a new unwrapped toy.  Read more

Adding the new to the old: How to build an addition on vintage houses

As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.  Read more

Gratitude and ambivalence

I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during the Depression, as mine did, it’s a good bet that you heard that line, or something like it, more than a few times during your childhood. The reasoning, I suppose, was that whether or not you particularly liked what happened to be on your plate, you should not only eat it all, but also be grateful for it, because there were other children in other parts of the world who would be thankful for anything.  Read more

Back to Cortland, NY

I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was held at the high school in Cortland, NY—the town where I went to college in the mid ‘80s.

I hadn’t been back to the college or town (which I had never realized is actually classified as a city) since graduating in 1989, choosing to cruise past on I-81 when travelling upstate.  Read more

Wheel bugs: Good for the garden, look but don’t touch

Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on the appearance of a long-legged beetle with an iridescent gold abdomen. This bug certainly fit the bill for Halloween; it had long spidery legs with even longer antennae, a long proboscis that made it look like it meant business, and to top it off, it had what looked to be part of a cog sticking out of its thorax.  Read more

Art in Sixes

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 15, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 23.  Read more

Moving day

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace of mind, I turned to the Internet for solace. Oy. Instead of finding soothing words of encouragement, I discovered these “shocking stats about moving-related stress” (www.moversnmoreservice.com): “Many studies conducted in the U.S. show that people believe that moving to a new home will be one of the most stressful events in their lives,” I read, through blurred sleepless eyes.  Read more

Life lessons I should know by now

There seems to be something about human nature that no matter how many times you may hear advice or words of wisdom, it doesn’t truly sink in until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

Over the past few months I’ve personally learned a few new ones, and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that you will find them helpful.

Know the plan (even if it’s not your problem)  Read more

Solo performance by Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage presents “Shakespeare’s Will” by Vern Thiessen, a production of NACL Theatre, performed by Tannis Kowalchuk at The Cooperage on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Call 570/253-2020 to reserve.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance