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December 25, 2014
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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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Call to artists: CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by its member artists, on display from November 22 through December 29. Artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the show at the arts center now through Monday, November 17. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Music and art combine for ‘WaterMusic’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will present a concert called “WaterMusic” on Saturday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in the CAS Arts Center galleries to coincide with the Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) “River and Biota” exhibition. The program is part two of the collaboration that began in 2010 between WCM, CAS and the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS), and inspired by the historic Zuber & Co. wallpaper murals installed in the school’s grand staircase.  Read more

Delta blues and swampy rock-n-roll with David Jacobs-Strain

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will welcome David Jacobs-Strain, a slide guitar player and storyteller, on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. He will be accompanied by harmonica player Bob Beach.  Read more

Lysander Piano Trio to play Pike County

MILFORD, PA — The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio will appear at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pianist Liza Stepanova, violinist Itamar Zorman, and cellist Michael Katz will play a show titled “The Call of the Exotic.” The music includes “Jacob’s Dream” by Josef Haydn, “Spring” from “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, and “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” by Paul Ben-Haim.  Read more

Canaltown announces winners of Short Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival announced the winners of the 2014 Spooky Awards. The international festival, presented by Canaltown, took place on November 1 at The Cooperage in Honesdale and featured original movies by filmmakers from Honesdale, the surrounding area and the world.  Read more

The out back

My 90-something great-grandfather had one in the ‘50s—a little house behind the bare-bones cottage that lacked even running water. It looked like a Tobacco Road shack and smelled to high heaven, but it served its purpose as a no-frills answer to nature’s calls.  Read more

Sustaining our communities

It’s a bit of a bummer that the Thanksgiving season coincides each year with the formulation of our municipal budgets. While most of us are planning the menu for family gatherings, our town boards are crunching numbers and losing sleep trying to control expenses while ensuring continuity of the basic services that keep us safe.  Read more

Protecting Pike’s natural resources

If someone were to seek your advice about the top three environmental concerns in Pike County, what would your answer be? That question is currently being asked in the form of a short survey by the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD). PCCD is in the process of updating its strategic plan for the future of Pike’s natural resources by seeking input from residents, visitors and other interested parties. The survey asks responders to identify the most pressing issues and to list examples of services PCCD should provide, along with potential audiences for those services.  Read more

Fall Fun Day is fun for the family

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will sponsor Fall Fun Day at the library on Saturday, November 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come for an afternoon full of activities. Bring your own clothes and supplies and enter the scarecrow decorating contest. Listen to a story, and create a fun craft. Enjoy snacks and face painting, and browse book sale items. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scarecrows. Fall Fun Day is great for the whole family. This is a free program. Space is limited. To register, or for more information call 845/794-4660 ext. 8.

SUNY Sullivan’s Theatre presents ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its “crossroads season” opener with the play “Our Lady of 121st Street,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, with performances in the Seelig Theatre on Thursday, November 6, Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. Performers are SUNY Sullivan students, faculty and staff members.  Read more

Take a musical tour of the American West

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present musician and songwriter Marc Berger in concert at The Cooperage on Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. For reservations call 845/252-6783. Food will be provided by Jill Padua and it is BYOB. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. His song, “The Last One,” has been performed by Richie Havens in the United States and Europe. His recent album, “RIDE” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide.

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Panel explores how artists respond to our environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a panel of local artists and public figures for “Arts and the Landscape,” a discussion of how art forms interact with and respond to our natural environment. The panel discussion will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, November 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Movies in Monticello: ‘Up’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group will hold showings on the first and third Friday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Read more

Free Theatre to encore Tony Award ‘RED’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues bringing its work around the county with an encore reading performance of the Tony award-winning play “RED” by John Logan. There will be two performances on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre at Sullivan County Community College.  Read more

Americana music and birds of prey

REGION — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on two dates in November for “Little Sparrow and the Eagles”—Americana music and a birds-of-prey presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. The show will be at the Sullivan County Museum and Historical Society in Hurleyville, NY on Sunday, November 9, then on Sunday, November 16, at The Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA.  Read more

Bus trip to see ‘The Nutcracker’ in NYC

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Dance Center and CD Trips are sponsoring a bus trip to see the American Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker” at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City on Sunday, December 21. The trip is a benefit for The Dance Center. The package includes R/T on a Rolling V luxury motor coach bus, a balcony ticket to the show, and bus driver gratuity. Bring your own lunch. Early-bird tickets cost $94, and regular tickets cost $109. The bus departs from Port Jervis at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at BAM at 12:15 p.m. It departs for home at 3:15 p.m.  Read more

Dramatic fundraiser at Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Current and retired members of Sullivan West’s (SW) employees union, known as the WSUT & SRP, are joining forces with other volunteers from the extended SW community to raise funds for the union’s scholarship program. Under the direction of Bill Moloney, the WSUT & SRP is presenting “Arsenic and Old Lace” in the high school auditorium in Lake Huntington on November 7, 8 and 9. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Contemporary Native American poetry taking the stage

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present Susan Deer Cloud and Evan T. Pritchard for “Native New Yorkers,” a public reading of contemporary Native American poetry, at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Locally-based Native American poets Deer Cloud and Pritchard will present select readings of their poetry in this rare event. November is Native American Heritage Month, a perfect time to explore the legacy of contemporary Native American poetry.  Read more

The Wonder Years

Those three little words easily conjure up memories and for many, can instantly evoke a shared time period, when innocence reigned supreme—childhood. Little wonder then, that those memories cause us to wax nostalgic, sometimes wishing that they didn’t have to end. Inherent in the word nostalgia is “a longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations” (www.google.com).  Read more

Counting hawks for science and for fun

Fall is the season when flora and fauna prepare for the upcoming winter. Most trees and plants lose their leaves and go into winter dormancy; cold-blooded creatures, such as snakes and frogs, hibernate in various hiding places. For some birds, a long trip is on order. We hear large flocks of migrating geese as they fly high overhead around this time of year. The large number of eagles that overwinter here is a direct result of their migrating from their breeding territories in Canada to our region in order to find unfrozen waterways to fish.  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