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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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Holiday craft beer show, topped off with Somerville

BETHEL, NY — You can hoist a few for the holidays at a holiday craft beer show and spirits sale at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, December 7, and then finish the day off at the Dancing Cat Saloon next door with an acoustic performance by the Somerville Brothers.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays’ in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The United Methodist Church of Monticello (UMC) will present Big Sky Productions in “Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.

Performers from Big Sky Productions will read short stories about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. The stories will be interspersed with music and songs featuring UMC’s Jeremy Mills as accompanist.  Read more

CAS opens submissions for 2015 exhibition season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is currently accepting artist proposals for its 2015 exhibition season. All artists can submit proposals from now through the deadline of February 1, 2014.

All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of independent curators that changes each year. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at the recommendation of the jury. CAS will notify all applicants before the end of April 2014. More information and an official application form can be found online at  Read more

Affordable Works Show

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will host its Affordable Works Show for the holiday season, featuring unique gifts by local artists. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The show runs from December 6 through 22.  Read more

Holiday mansion tours and art show planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Students from the Delaware Valley School District will perform on Saturday, December 7, at 3:30 p.m., and students from Dingman Delaware Middle School will perform on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Both performances will be held outdoors in the Grey Towers Visitor Pavilion.  Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like nap time

Yes, I’m tired… and it’s only just begun. Before anyone accuses me of being a Grinch, let it be said I’m big a fan of the holidays, but a little bit goes a long way for me, and the older I get, the less I need. There was a time (long ago and far away) when it seemed as if I couldn’t get enough and wanted the festivities to go on forever, but as anyone over 40 knows, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’… and last I looked, it was the Fourth of July.  Read more

Gathering Time harmonizes with energy

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents Gathering Time on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. This harmony trio was called “among the top performers in the New York metropolitan area” by WFUV’s John Platt and was voted one of “Long Island’s Best” in a Long Island Press readers’ poll.  Read more

Women’s and children’s choirs offer seasonal performances

HAWLEY, PA — Black Bear Conservatory of Music (BBCM) will hold several holiday performances by its women’s choir and children’s community choir. The two groups will perform a shared concert, “Sounds of the Holidays,” during Hawley Winterfest on Saturday, December 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 405 Church St. In addition, on December 12, the women’s choir will perform at the Hawley Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. and at the Hamlin Senior Center at 12:30 p.m., with performances followed by holiday sing-alongs. For information, call 570/226-7606, ext.  Read more

Holiday show coming to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Once Upon A Time: The Best Holiday Show Ever – Even If You’ve Seen Them All!” is a new holiday variety show by DJM Productions, Inc., in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, that will be presented on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (two shows only), at The Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St.  Read more

Let it be Christmas

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — It’s December, and holiday music is filling the air throughout Wayne County, thanks to a number of church and community-based musical groups who spend months rehearsing for this time of year.  Read more

The need to want

I am writing from the early hours of Cyber-Monday after what the New York Times refers to as a “gloomy Black Friday.” I have a confession to make. I didn’t shop on Thanksgiving (I would never!), nor on Black Friday. I didn’t even shop on Small Business Saturday (although I meant to). On Sunday, I browsed the catalogs that managed to find us, even after two moves in one year. I almost clicked on a pair of moto-boots in black leather that were drool-worthy and on sale, but instead I closed my iPad and rested my eyes before going to sleep.  Read more

Give thanks for turkeys

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, most of us are thinking about turkey, whether wild or on the dinner table. Wild turkey is common in our region today, and it’s hard to travel in most woodland habitats without at least seeing sign of wild turkeys, but it wasn’t always like that.  Read more

Small art, big show

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people turned out for the opening reception of “Art in Sixes,” the new exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg. The show features 301 works of art that are no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frames). The artworks are created by 113 local artists. The pieces range from watercolor to photography to three-dimensional. The exhibit will be on display until December 22 and all works of art are for sale.

Reggae night at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Bethel Reggae Consortium will present “Strictly Rockers,” old school reggae, on Saturday, November 30 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell. The concert will feature dub, rocksteady, lovers rock, rockers and dancehall, featuring Selector Starkey from WJFF’s “Old Skool Sessions,” Mista Rhee, DJ Josey Wales and Brother O. Powered by The Super Soul Sound System, the show has free admission and is for 21 and over only. For more information, visit

Festive ballet performance

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 in Milford on Saturday, November 30 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information, contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

The Nat Osborn Band plays Harmony Presents

HALWEY, PA — Dave Matthews Band opener and funk and soul band the Nat Osborn Band will play Harmony Presents on Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. After wowing the New York music scene and a several month-long tour in Europe, The Nat Osborn Band will visit Northeast Pennsylvania to stir up grooves.

Cocoon caters wine, beer and snacks prior the show and during intermission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $16 at or at the door for $20. For more information, call 570/588-8077.

‘Honesdale for the holidays’

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale offers up holiday hospitality during its annual “Honesdale for the Holidays” event on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. Gift shops, stores and businesses, the Wayne County Historical Society Museum and more will host open houses. Carolers will stroll the streets, and holiday music will ring out at the Fred Miller Pavilion at Seventh and Main streets with D.J. Tom Emanski.  Read more

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

“Use your head,” my mother used to warn. “You need to think about what you’re doing.” Regardless of Mom’s attempts to drill this into my thick skull, I’ve always been a little late to the party when it comes to planning and more often than not suffer the consequences. No surprise then that with only a few pages left on this year’s calendar, I’m falling behind schedule as the holidays begin in earnest. Pondering what the next year will bring reminded me that I’d been presented with the rare opportunity to observe a calendar-in-the-making photo shoot happening in Shohola, PA.  Read more

Remembering glory days in the Catskills; A new cookbook celebrates the Vegetarian Hotel

THE CATSKILLS — In the heyday of Catskills resorts, Woodridge, NY was a thriving village in the Town of Fallsburg, where nearly a dozen hotels attracted summer clientele and weekenders from the big city. One of those resorts was the Vegetarian Hotel, catering to health-minded, mostly Jewish guests, who were seeking something more unassuming than the glitz and glamour and the non-stop pace of activities at places like The Concord and Kutschers.  Read more

Home for the holiday

This is the time of year when college students make their way home for the holiday break. The train was crowded when we pulled out of Secaucus Station, and I was comfortably seated by the window of a three-seater, sharing it with a guy from Middletown, NY. (We commuters see each other every day, and we rarely know each other’s names, just where we disembark.)  Read more

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