JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Nancy Lew Lee is exhibiting drawings and paintings at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library through the month of December. Lee says, “Most of my time as an artist is devoted to making sculpture, but I also love drawing and gouache painting. When I travel, I pack a sketch pad. The drawings on display at the Jeffersonville Public Library are scenes from Utah and Bermuda. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Marla Schultz will headline an evening of comedy at The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jonathan McBride of Stress Factory and the Eastville Comedy Club.
Schultz began her standup career in New York City where Alan King hand-picked her for the inaugural Toyota Comedy Festival. She was recently inducted into The New York Friars Club, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs nominated her for a MAC Award for “Outstanding Female Comedian.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases toe-tapping, genre-busting American folk musicians, Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. “With soulful harmony and award-winning songs, the band has rocked and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in 26 states and six countries,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Santa Claus is coming to Calling All Angels Thrift Shoppe on Friday, December 11. He will have pictures taken at the thrift shop with children, parents, grandparents—whoever wants one—from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Anyone who comes will have their picture taken with the jolly old elf and have those pictures sent to them via email. We can make special arrangements for anyone without an email who wants their photos printed out. Just let Santa’s special helpers (that is, the shop staff) know in advance. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Tri-Valley music students will hold their winter concerts on December 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at the Tri-Valley Central School Bernstein Theater at 34 Moore Hill Rd. Admission is free.
The concert on December 15 will feature performances by the Tri-Valley High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and the High School Chorus. On December 16, students from the 5th through 8th grades will be on stage with a variety of holiday band and choral selections. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is hosting Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) for its 65th annual members’ exhibit and holiday sale from December 11 through February 7. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, December 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. during Milford’s Art After Dark town-wide celebration. Refreshments, music, song and fellowship will be served.
Paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, sculpture and woodworking will be among the offerings of 30 some artists who are expected to participate. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas Wonderland on Saturday, December 12 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. During the holiday celebration called Dickens on the Delaware, retailers, galleries and restaurants will highlight their holiday goods and 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
REGION — I don’t really like sentences that start with “did you know,” but, did you know that the first Christmas trees for sale originated from the Catskills? It’s true. Mark Carr transported the trees from the Catskills to New York City, where he sold them at the Washington Market, or present-day Tribeca (which, did you know, is a portmanteau from Triangle Below Canal Street), in 1851. This was the country’s first Christmas tree lot. Read more
The North Pole
My Dear Friends:
We trust that you are having the best holiday season possible, given present circumstances. A few questions have been definitely trending, as they say, in Santa’s mailbag so far this year, so all of us here at the workshop appreciate Mr. Mendler and, making this space available to us so that we can address some of these concerns. Read more
As we enter late autumn in the Upper Delaware River region, the forest palette is suddenly bereft of the colorful explosion of fall foliage that for weeks kept us enthralled. In truth, the far more subtle tones of the December landscape are also satisfying.
One plant is particularly striking at this time of year, standing out in stark contrast to the muted forest where it climbs and clings to trees, wrapping them in a vise that sometimes costs them their lives, in a showdown that is both treacherous and attractive at once. Read more
The older I get, the more these pithy little sayings prove to have validity. As a youngster, I often scoffed at the adults, who seemed to have a never-ending arsenal of finger-wagging pearls of wisdom. Normally, I’m curious enough to research the origins, but this one yielded pages of song lyrics from Justin Bieber’s playlist, which stopped me dead in my tracks. Clearly, he borrowed the expression from somewhere (does he have original thought?) so I skipped that step and just glanced at the pretty pictures, Bieber-style. Read more
Children’s Center food drive
MONTICELLO, NY — The Children’s Center at Sullivan County Family Court recently held its third annual food drive with the help of retail banking administrator Rhonda Decker of Jeff Bank. Donations of food were collected at all Jeff Bank locations and at offices in the government center. Baskets were put together by the Children’s Center staff/volunteers, then given to families in need who visit the center. Read more
‘Sleep Barn,’ reading and signing
“Sleep Barn,” by Nancy Dymond. Stockport Flats. www.stockportflats.org/barn.htm. $18.00
The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) presents a reading and book launch by Nancy Dymond, debuting her full-length poetry collection “Sleep Barn,” at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. in Narrowsburg, on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. The event is free, and a wine reception will follow the reading, along with a book sale and signing. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes Brother Sun back to The Cooperage on Saurday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. for another harmony-driven concert. Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor are Brother Sun. They celebrate the power of three-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop, and playing to standing ovations at festivals and theaters nationwide. In these days of global unrest, a Brother Sun concert will be as uplifting as imaginable. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The NY-NJ-PA tri-state community welcomes the Dan Bradley Big Band for a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11 at the Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St. The inclement weather date is Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. The church’s side entrance is handicapped accessible. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Highlights for Children will hold its 24 annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church St. The event features treats, entertainment and the always-popular craft room. Also included this year will be the display of entries in the raffle for the Highlights Hidden Pictures® Coloring Book for Grown-Up Children. Adults who enter will have a chance to win a copy of the new coloring book for grown-ups. The coloring sheet can be picked up and dropped off at the Highlights editorial offices. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville United Methodist Church will host its holiday craft fair and luncheon on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its fellowship hall. Local artists and craftsmen will be selling their jewelry, original watercolors, pottery, handmade soaps and much more. A lunch of soup, sandwiches and desserts will be available. The church is located on Route 55. For more information, call 845/985-7427 or 985-2283.
MILFORD, PA — Celebrate Christmas with an authentic Christmas tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of West Catherine Street and 5th Street, on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last seating will be taken at 2:30 p.m. The classic English-style tea will include three courses and a wide variety of teas. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will celebrate the season with its annual holiday show from December 5 through 20. All are invited to an open house on Saturday, December 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit will highlight small works of art including paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media; drawings, photographs, sculptures and ceramics, as well as jewelry, art cards and more. In addition to the normal business hours of Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., the gallery will have extended holiday hours on Saturdays in December until 7 p.m. Read more
|Fri., Jan. 15||New West Guitar Group at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill|
|Sat., Jan. 16||Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Harmony Presents|
|Tue., Jan. 19||Dharma the Wonder Dog @your library|
|Wed., Jan. 20||Country Voices Poetry group reading|