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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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Winter gardens

The month of January saw mostly cold temperatures through to the last few days of the month, when unseasonably mild weather arrived. During the cold weeks, snow covered the ground and it got cold enough to freeze over lakes and much of the Delaware River. Much time was spent checking out bobcat and coyote tracks in the snow, or observing frozen waterfalls and seeps from rock outcrops. Not much thought was given to plant life, but that changed during one hike when I visited a few of these places where water flows.  Read more

Soul food

Living on a restricted diet is annoying. One would think that I’d be accustomed to it by now, since it’s been almost two decades of reading labels, asking the right questions and following rules, but still, I have my moments. Seeking a simpler, less stressful way of life, I moved to the Catskills. I’m unsure what effect I thought this change would have on my intestinal tract, but my gut instinct directed me toward the Upper Delaware Valley, and lo and behold, my health has improved.  Read more

Poets’ reading set in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Mary Greene, Kathy Grimaldi and Tracey Ranze will hold a poetry reading and discussion of their poems. This free event, “The Power of Our Voices: Poets at the Sanctuary,” will be held on Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial Street in the Holmes Building.

The poets seek to engage and inspire through reading their works. Books will be available for purchase.
RSVP to mayasblends@gmail.com or call 570/468-7350.

Music in the Park 2013 fundraiser set

MILFORD, PA — Music in the Park, a free summer concert series held at the Ann Street Park, will kick off the 2013 season with a fundraising event on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Water Wheel Café, 150 Water Street. A cover charge donation of $10 is requested.  Read more

New Kings rule at Valentine’s Dance

BETHEL, NY — Local favorites Peter Florance and the New Kings will provide the music for a Valentine’s Dance Party at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel on Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. A special menu by chef Jay Weinstein will be available. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Crystal Cabin Fever presents Dinosaurs in Ice

LAKEVILLE, PA — Sculpted Ice Works will host Crystal Cabin Fever from February 10 to 26, weekdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is dinosaurs—over 20 ice dinosaurs of all sizes from all prehistoric periods will be carved out of ice. On Saturday, February 9 and 23, there will be live ice carving competitions from 12 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, February 10 and 24, catch live ice carving competitions from 12 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Family Fun Day at Holiday Mountain

MONTICELLO, NY — Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park will host Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Thunder 102, which will broadcast live, and the Young Professional Taskforce (YEL) of the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members, employees and their families will enjoy a day of skiing and tubing. Lift tickets cost $35 for a family of five; skis and snowboards are available for rent. There will be special deals for group lessons and tubing.  Read more

Artists’ retrospective at gallery in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring a retrospective during the month of February titled “Reflections: Light, Motion, Time & Transition,” a collection of its members’ works executed over the course of their careers. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark, a town-wide celebration of the arts. The event will be held at the historic Forest Hall building, 210 Broad St. The exhibition will run through March 3.

Love Letters of the Upper Delaware

NARROWSBURG, NY — A special event, “Love Letters of The Upper Delaware,” created by the Tusten Historical Society and Western Sullivan Public Library, will be held at the Tusten-Cochecton library on Friday, February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.  Read more

Broadway actor stars in historical society event

MILFORD, PA — Broadway actor and costumer Billy Hipkins will star in “For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay,” an original one-man production that takes a look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. He focuses on the life of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the play “Our American Cousin,” which was being performed at Ford’s Theater the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Gourlay lived in Milford from 1888 until her death in 1926.  Read more

Chocolate: facts and fiction

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A talk on chocolate will be presented at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Tuesday, February 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Sarah and Errol Flynn from Brandenburg Bakery will lead the audience through the history, nuance, facts and fiction of the world’s most coveted delight. There will be chocolate samples. This is a presentation geared toward adults; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required; sign up at the Jeffersonville library. Call 845/482-4350.

Smurf in space; Science teacher’s lesson reaches the final frontier

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — In November 2011, East Stroudsburg Area School District teacher and Shohola, PA native Joe Fluhr was met with a chance of a lifetime—to send a personal belonging into space. Fluhr has been teaching space science to children for nearly a decade. His students learn about aerospace science and exploration and they build and fly their own model rockets. Now, they were going to be a part of the “real deal.”  Read more

Lost & Found

During a long life, one loses things. I was warned that in moving out of our long-time city residence things would be lost. I was prepared. But what about the things that are found? This, I was not prepared for.  Read more

February 4, 2013

When I am out and about in the community so many people ask me, “how is your mother doing? I follow her in your column.” She is much better; thanks for the thoughts and prayers. I told you on January 14 she had a new great-granddaughter, Catherine Jane Marie, and on January 29 another great-granddaughter, Brianna Marie. Both are doing well and my mother is very happy. As for her health, she is amazing. I called her the other day and she told me she was going to Empire City with my godmother; I call them Dipsy and Doodle. She did fine and felt great.  Read more

Who’s hungry?

I recently enjoyed observing a 9-year-old girl wake to the pleasures of bird watching. Joei Marie is the recipient of an introductory birding kit I purchased from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using the birding log and identification materials included in the kit, Joei began her “life list” by observing the birds that visited our feeders.  Read more

Freedom’s just another word...

Or is it? My dictionary defines freedom as “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” We are lucky, here in the “land of the free,” though far too often we take our rights and freedoms for granted. We have the right to freely vote to elect the candidates of our choice; we are free to take to the streets to demonstrate or protest what we do not like; we are free to bear arms (definitely a hotly debated topic of conversation throughout the Upper Delaware Valley these days).  Read more

Road trip

Trinidad, California is on the coast. A rock cliff lines the ocean view out of the window of the bed and breakfast where we are staying. We arrived at night, drove down from Portland, OR, and so I didn’t see the view until the morning. I was surprised when the sun poked through the fog and revealed the ocean.

Down below, huge rocks jut out from the water. From this distance, it’s difficult to imagine how big they are, but they look enormous. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, otherworldly.  Read more

Think “Snow” at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) Gallery will open its 2013 season with an exhibit entitled “Snow,” to run from February 9 (during Wurtsboro’s Winterfest celebration) through March 3. “Snow” will feature the work of WAA members, including Michael Piotrowski, Roberta Rosenthal, Sandy Spitzer, David Munford and others.  Read more

Opening reception for featured artist at The Gallery at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Mariana Russo is the featured artist at The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte 739. A colorful showcase of nature-inspired collage and paintings will be on exhibit and offered for sale from February 1 through 28. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open seven days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Argentinean-born artist was educated at the Argentina National School of Art and the National Technical Institute. Call 570/775-7337.

Vintage quilt show

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will host an opening reception on February 2 at 3 p.m. for quilt maker and quilt collector Mia Koerner, who will display some of her vintage quilts during the month of February.  Read more

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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance