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December 21, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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Salon De La Musique at the Delmonico Room

MILFORD, PA — Noted flute player (and former resident of Pike County) Allison Kiger will lead a trio Friday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Fauchère’s Delmonico Room, 401 Broad St. Violist Jeff Ellenberger and cellist Robert Tennen join Kiger for a light program of classical favorites, Broadway tunes and ragtime. Tickets cost $20 for the concert alone, or $35 to also attend a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to talk with the artists.

Contact the Hotel Fauchère at 570/409-1212.

Brass players sought for Christmas performance

LIBERTY, NY — As part of the Liberty Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7 at 7 p.m. there will be a performance of the first ever Holiday for Brass. All local tuba, baritone and trombone players are invited to play. Local music instructors, their students and community members who can play a lower brass instrument will be welcomed. There will be two non-mandatory rehearsals, on November 27 and November 29 at 7 p.m. at Charlie Barbuti’s Furniture Store, 199 South Main St. Come to either rehearsal or just come to play on December 7. Email barbutifurniture@verizon.net or call 845/292-4826.

Holiday craft fair

BEACH LAKE, PA — There will be a holiday craft fair at the Beach Lake Firehall on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a donation of $1 per adult. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes. Sponsored by the Beach Lake Fire Company Auxiliary.

Make your own gift tags and cards for the holidays

PORT JERVIS, NY — A class in paper crafts, including lessons in how to make handmade cards or gift tags for the Christmas holidays, will be offered at The Hub at the Port Jervis Free Library on Monday, November 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This hands-on program will be led by Anna Seniw, owner of The Creative Corner, and everyone will have the opportunity to create a card and Christmas tag to take away.

Pre-registration is required by visiting www.portjervislibrary.org/portjervis/thehub.asp or calling 845/772-7586.

First annual blues and music festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Midnight Slim/Fred Scribner, a former member of the Levon Helm Band, and The Sullivan, present the first annual Sullivan County Blues and Music Fest on November 23 and 24 at The Sullivan, featuring regional and national blues and music acts including Alexis P Suter, Chris O’Leary, Murali Coryell, Big Joe Fitz, Petey Hop, Bobby Kyle, Frank Latorre, Midnight Slim, Dan Brother, Pauly DiDio, Rob Cannillo, Ken Bowles and more special guests.  Read more

Thanks for giving!

“Charity begins at home,” Thomas Fuller wrote, “but should not end there.” With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s time once again to take stock and give thanks, which is easy (for me, anyhow) to lose sight of in the workaday world of bills, stress and everyday worries that sometimes seem insurmountable.  Read more

Lights... camera... action!; Movie crew sets up shop in the Catskills

The Upper Delaware Valley has been an entertainment destination for decades, and having once flirted with Hollywood, the film industry recently returned to the region in the form of “Praise and Blame,” a short film shot entirely on location in the Catskills, wrapping production here on November 7. (Just so you know: In 1912, one of the first silent movies ever made in the U.S., “A Feud in the Kentucky Hills,” was filmed in the Catskill region. D.W. Griffith brought his troupe of 40 actors to Milford, PA to utilize the local terrain.  Read more

A special Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you may be staying home with your family to enjoy a traditional meal, or you may be traveling and choosing to join a celebration at a relative’s or friend’s house. Perhaps you choose to participate in a gathering sponsored by a soup kitchen or church. Some may have even preferred to go to a restaurant that offers a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings.  Read more

A cautionary note about leaves

A week or so after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the northeast U.S. and our region, the sun has returned. Leaves that were left on the trees before the storm were blown down, along with a few of the trees. The trees have been cleared from the roadways and power has been restored, but many homeowners have blown-down trees or branches to contend with. Some of this blown-down debris has its own hidden hazard.  Read more

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is carved out of the side of a mountain. It’s right on the water and reminds me a bit of a futuristic Chicago. The skyline is a sea of brightly lit buildings, stretching up, big and tall into the sky. It makes New York City seem very squarely organized; Hong Kong does not follow the grid plan.

There are tons of people in the streets and many of the alleys are packed with tiny booths selling everything from food to watch parts to Halloween masks. (It’s the end of October.)  Read more

Where there’s a will...

If there was ever a doubt, this past week was proof positive that variety is indeed, the spice of life. As the Upper Delaware Valley began to return to normalcy, our hearts continue to be with those who are still digging out in Sandy’s wake. Thrilled to be home, I cleaned up the mess and got back to business, although I still have not found one of my missing shutters.  Read more

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — A step-by-step “How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with Patti Gessner will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at The Hub at the Port Jervis Library.  Read more

Open mic night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, November 21 stop by The Cooperage for an open mic night hosted by “The Crackers,” one of the region’s favorite Americana bands. Come out to perform or just to watch and listen. All are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open mic will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations greatly appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.

Artists show their best

MILFORD, PA — Throughout November the ARTery Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, a group show called “Artist’s Choice: The Best of...” Member artists will be their own curators, choosing their favorite and best pieces for display. The exhibit runs through December 3. Hours are Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family game night

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a family game night on Friday, November 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Board games, card games, brain games—they’ll have all kinds of games to play. If you have a favorite, they encourage you to bring it. So, dust off your board games, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.

Singers, dancers, musicians needed for holiday show

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for “The Holiday Spectacular” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19 at the Milford Theatre. Producers are seeing teen and adult singers, dancers and musicians for this holiday musical revue. Performance dates are December 21 and 22. In the spirit of the holiday season, City-Stage will partner with local food pantries for this event.

‘Crone Age’ book launch

NARROWSBURG, NY — Marcia Nehemiah will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Crone Age,” on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage on Crystal Lake Road. Light refreshments will be served. “Crone Age” features profiles of eight octogenarians from the Upper Delaware River Valley: Cecily Fortescue, Grace Johansen, Christine San Jose, Carol Rocklin, Vera B. Williams, Phyllis Bilick, Barbara Yeaman and Rusty Myers. For directions to Beaverbrook Cottage, visit www.beaverbrookcottage.com. For information about the event, call 570/576-0865.

Holiday craft vendors sought

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership is seeking talented craft vendors, antique dealers, artists and artisans, as well as specialty food vendors to participate in “Honesdale for the Holidays” to be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a registration form or information, email ghp@visithonesdalepa.com or call 570/253-5492.

‘The Nutcracker’ at Delaware Valley High School

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Route 6 on Saturday, November 24 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door are $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Playing with the ether; Theremin performance heading to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “It’s easy to embarrass yourself, but I’m willing to fall on my face,” quipped Jason Smeltzer while describing the process of performing on an unusual and little-known instrument called the theremin. The early electronic instrument’s most characteristic feature is the fact that it is played without physical contact from the performer.

The public will have an opportunity to experience the theremin during a performance at Grace Episcopal Church on Courthouse Square in Honesdale at 7 p.m. on November 17.  Read more

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