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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of...

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You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and...

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True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of...

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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Lee at Jeff library

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

Comedy at The Arnold House

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

Genre-busting American folk

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

Santa comes to Calling All Angels

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

Tri-Valley concert schedule

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

ARTery hosts PCAC’s holiday sale show

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

Dickens on the Delaware

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

The first Christmas tree

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

Letter from Santa

The North Pole

December 2015

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

Bittersweet beauty

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

Never say never

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

Helping Hands

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

Shopping Local

‘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

Batik for the holidays

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Rolling River Café Gallery & Inn will hold a solo exhibition of works by artist Ksenia Golubkov, “Batik on Silk – A Holiday Show.” There will be batik art and scarves for sale, from December 3 through December 31. The Café is located at 25 Colley Rd.

Brother Sun at The Cooperage

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

Big Band concert in Port

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

Highlights open house

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

Holiday craft fair and luncheon

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.

Christmas tea

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

Holiday Show at WAA

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