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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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Fall fun at the library in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a Fall Fun Day on the library lawn at 393 Broadway on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a thank you to the community for their support.

Activities will include a scarecrow-making contest from 1 to 2 p.m. (must pre-register), story-telling and face-painting in the children’s room and a gently used book sale on the front lawn (weather permitting). Admission is free. Scarecrows will go home with their creators once the contest is over. Cider and donuts will be served.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 21 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Fiddlers from the tri-state area will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs in the styles of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available. The fire hall is handicap accessible.  Read more

John Hammond to perform at the Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond will perform at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

With a career that spans over three decades, John Hammond is one of a handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-1960s. That revival, energized by a renewed interest in folk music around the U.S., brought about career boosts for many of the great classic blues players.

Tickets cost $30 ($28 advance sales for DVAA members). For reservations call 845/252-7272.

Halloween dance party at the youth center

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Community Center will host its 20th annual Halloween Dance with “Lucky House” on October 27 from 8 to 11 p.m. Bring your own refreshments. There will be prizes for best costumes. Partygoers must be 21 to enter. Admission is a $12 donation/$10 in costume. Call 845/887-5839.

Opening reception at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open a new art show on October 20 with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. More than three dozen artists are featured in the show that will run through November 30. There also will be live music by Walt Edwards. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Call 845/856-2727.

Lori Rubinstein remembered

MONTICELLO, NY — Nearly everyone who spoke agreed that Lori Rubenstein was ubiquitous when it came to community involvement, had unforgettable smiling eyes, had a warped sense of humor and could sometimes use language that would make a sailor blush.

Rubinstein, who was 48, passed away unexpectedly on September 21. More than 150 turned out to Monticello High School on October 11 to honor her memory.  Read more

Make me the sea

When I was a kid, in the early ‘70s, the highways were filled with people thumbing a ride. My father, who had a hippie-side all his own, often stopped for hitchhikers and occasionally brought them home for a meal, or to spend the night.

Now, for the most part, hitchhiking is a thing of the past. We are too afraid to catch a ride with strangers or pick one up. But for a time in the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as during the Depression, it was commonplace. “The roads are swarming with kids,” my father liked to say.  Read more

We’ll have to wait

A good friend sent this to me after reading my series of articles on CFLs. The filmmaker did the math, it’s quite thorough in explaining, among other things, why CFLs do NOT live up to the claims.

Disillusioned by my findings concerning the drawbacks of CFLs (documented in my last two columns), I began researching LEDs, or light emitting diodes, which are increasingly being used for residential lighting.  Read more

‘That perfect town’

Milford readies for 13th Black Bear Film Festival
MILFORD, PA — For more than a decade, Milford has proven to be an ideal place for a film festival. That’s what Jerry Beaver, founding president of the 13th annual Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) thought 12 years ago when he dubbed Milford the “perfect town.”  Read more

The nightmare before Christmas

It’s no secret that winter is on the horizon. I don’t know about city folk, but here in the Upper Delaware River valley, we see the telltale signs everywhere. There has already been frost on the pumpkins, and squirrels are madly foraging for the abundance of acorns dotting the landscape this year—a sure sign that we had all better prepare to hunker down. Knowing the answer, I still visited the “country bible” at www.farmersalmanac.com, which did not allay my fears.  Read more

Music video post

A few weeks ago I wrote about my adventures of heading up to Scranton, PA and filming a music video for a friend’s local band, The Great Party. I finished the video yesterday and so this week I wanted to take you behind the scenes on the post-production process. A warning for the faint of heart, this is about to get real nerdy and technical.  Read more

Narrowsburg Music Day: From blues band to chamber music to jazz

NARROWSBURG, NY — Saturday, October 13 is Music Day and the highlight this year is a performance of “Green Sneakers,” written for string quartet and baritone. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon of Wurtsboro and New York City will attend the concert, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg. The Voxare String Quartet performs along with baritone Jesse Blumberg.
Music Day is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the Tusten Historical Society and local businesses with additional support from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant.  Read more

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ comes to Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The classic comic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at the Milford Theater on October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and October 28 at 2 p.m.

This production is a family affair, with husband and wife Bill and Melissa Thomas of City Stage serving as director and choreographer. Local teacher and performer Noreen Hanson appears as Ronette, with daughter Naomi Hanson in the ensemble cast. Musical director/pianist Sandy Stalter is joined by husband George on the drums, and daughter Kelsey who will appear onstage as Audrey.  Read more

Children’s pumpkin party

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Master Gardener Program is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating party for children 12 years and younger on Friday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. There will be Halloween stories and games, cider and donuts and supplies to design a pumpkin for youth to take home. All must pre-register by calling 845/292-6180 or emailing cn55@cornell.edu. Cost is $5 per child. The party will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Direct any questions to smd243@cornell.edu.

Dessin Animal Shelter benefit walk

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Dessin Animal Shelter’s “Walk n’ Wag” pet hike is on Sunday, October 14 at the Varden Conservation Area. Registration begins at 11 a.m. in the teaching pavilion and the hike begins at noon. Visit www.dessinshelter.com/resources/Pet+Hike+Pledge+Form.pdf to print out a pledge form. For more information call 570/253-4037.

Sunday Night Cinema film series

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) Sunday Night Cinema series, “Sailing the Silver Screen,” continues with “Master and Commander” on October 14 at 8:15 p.m. at the Cinema 6 movie theater.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the WCAA. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

Stand-up comedy at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Standup comic Dan St. Germain, seen on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will headline “The Laugh Tour” at The Nutshell on State Rt. 52 on October 13 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Featured comedian Joe Larson, known for appearances with the “Tonight Show’s” Laugh Squad, will also appear.

Tickets are available online for $15 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278313 until noon on the day of the show, or for $20 at the door.

Red-tailed hawk: a raptor aptly named

For several weeks in late August, I had the pleasure of observing a young red-tailed hawk almost daily along Route 97 near Ten Mile River. The bird was usually perched on a wire with its back to the road as it steadily observed a meadow for potential meals—a practice known as still-hunting. One day I found it facing the road and managed to take several photos before it took flight.  Read more

Haunted house Halloween party

HASBROUCK, NY — A community Halloween party will be thrown October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the temporarily renamed Old Stone “Haunted” House of Hasbrouck at 282 Hasbrouck Rd.

Kids and their families are welcomed under the rain-or-shine pavilion and on walking (or perhaps crawling) tours through the historic building itself. There, visitors will come face to face with witches, goblins, ghouls and zombies. It’s even possible that a genuine ghost haunts the structure, since this was the site of a mysterious murder back in 1840, after which unexplained events continued to occur for decades.  Read more

Catskill Art Society new exhibition: ‘Seven Printmakers’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “Seven Printmakers,” a guest-curated show by Joan O’Connor with the work of Michael Arike, Carla Bauer, Martha Hayden, Rosalee O. Isaly, Adrienne Lederman and Emily Trueblood at CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. Running October 13 to November 18, the show begins with an artist talk on October 13 at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance