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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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Pet bird show at Liberty firehouse

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 21st annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 14 at the Liberty firehouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bird-owners are encouraged to enter their pets. There will be a separate youth division. Any child 12 or under may enter his or her pet bird in a 4-H style judging.

Bird registration begins at 8 a.m. Every bird will be checked by a veterinarian before being admitted to the show. The entry fee is $1 per bird.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12. All children entering birds will be admitted to the show for free.  Read more

Charles Mingus Quartet plays ‘Jazz by the Master’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On October 20 at 8 p.m., for the final free concert of its 11th season, Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s presents Charles Mingus Quartet playing “Jazz by the Master” at 5277 Rt. 42. Charles Mingus (1922-1979) was a virtuoso bass player and composer, who said that his abilities were the result of hard work, but that his talent for composition came from God.

Reservations are required; only two seats per person. Email pcfriedman27@gmail.com or call 845/292-8967. The concert is free and open to the public. Visit www.standrewsepiscopalmission.org.

Rarely performed comedy to play in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the area debut of “Charlie” by the celebrated poet, humorist and playwright, Slawomir Mrozek, October 18 to 21 and 25 to 28. This rarely performed subversive comedy is playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Michael Frizalone, Valerie Mansi and James Sullivan are the featured performers.  Read more

New exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Continuing Line,” an exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Elise Freda, opens with a reception on Friday, October 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through October 27.

Admission is free. Call 845/ 252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.  Read more

Fall spiders

The leaves are changing color, and many insects are easier to find; they have reached full size and some species have just completed, or are in the midst of, breeding. For many insects and other arthropods, the fall season signals the end; they die after breeding or with the first hard frost.  Read more

The Icky Mouse Club

I know, I know...they come callin’ every year when the leaves begin to turn and there’s frost on the pumpkin. Mice. With apologies to Santa, autumn is (IMHO) “the most wonderful time of the year” and I spent the last week attending events throughout the Upper Delaware Valley, basking in the explosion of fall foliage that helps define life in the Catskills and the incredible bounty that Mother Nature provides.  Read more

A secular ceremony

When you’re short on religion, as is my family, you have to make your own ceremonies for important occasions. It helps if you have good planning skills. We don’t. In spite of all our shortcomings and recent obstacles, like my aunt’s stroke, we wanted to have a family memorial for my uncle at the place he loved best, on Fire Island. His cremains had been languishing since May on a marble mantelpiece in the townhouse he shared with his wife for the last 40 years of his life.  Read more

First Zane Grey Challenge

A field trip with a future

LACKAWAXEN, PA — “Is this the Hudson River?” asked one student, gesturing at the Delaware River as it flowed past the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen. That’s exactly why Port Jervis Middle School science teacher Paddy McCarthy decided to resurrect and reconfigure an academic competition that he participated in while growing up in Narrowsburg, NY and still values highly today. “These are the kids that need to get out and be challenged and recognize what we have here,” he said.  Read more

‘Selected Works’ by Gloria Bernstein

HASBROUCK, NY — Local artist Gloria Bernstein will present “Selected Works” in an October exhibition at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck at 282 Hasbrouck Rd.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thereafter, the show is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., through October 28.

See selected works at www.gbernstein.com.

Visit www.TheOldStoneHouseOfHasbrouck.org.

Tusten Theatre fall concert series begins with Catherine Russell

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre starts its fall season by welcoming jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell with pianist Mark Shane on October 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $27.

A native New Yorker, Catherine Russell has toured the world performing and recording with Paul Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, among others.

The rest of the season includes Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra’s “Narrowsburg Music Day” on October 13 and John Hammond on October 20.

Call 845/252-7272 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.

Local bands perform at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions and The Nutshell Arts Center will host local jam funk act The Great Danes on October 5. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. The band features the rhythm brothers Murray: Joe on drums and Sean on bass, as well as the guitar duo of Rob Cahill and Miguel Gonzales.

Also playing is Dizzy Feast, rock and funk magicians comprising of vocalist/guitarist Shane Andrewski, drummer Kyle Hector and bassist Jacob Whispell.

Tickets cost $6 at the door. There will be raffles and drink specials.  Read more

Outdoor Club Geocaching/GPS Walk

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County’s new Outdoor Club, formed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) will host a Geocaching/GPS Walk on Friday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the CCE Turtle Spring Nature Trail, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.

Contact Nicole Slevin at nas96@cornell.edu or call 845/292-6180.

Pumpkin party and children’s parade

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 27th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, this old-time country fair and autumn festival has costume parades, pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “Better” Book Sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements.

Call the Daniel Pierce Library at 845/ 985-7233 or visit www.danielpiercelibrary.org.

‘Reflections on Light’ art show

YOUNGSVILLE, NY —Domesticities & The Cutting Garden will present a new exhibition of custom lamps by Kathie Fitzgerald, glass sculpture and mobiles by Joan Nicole and photography by Joan Glase beginning Saturday, October 6 with a reception at 2 p.m. at 4055 Rte 52.

View the works on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October. Call 845/482-3333 or visit www.thecuttinggarden.org

Catskill churches celebrate the harvest season

LIBERTY, NY — A concert of music, drama and dance will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. The program will include piano and organ music, instrumental and voice solos, a skit, choral pieces and audience participation (hymn-singing). Light refreshments will be served following the concert. There is no admission charge, but donations of money and non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the needy in the communities of Liberty, Ellenville and Narrowsburg. St. Paul’s is located at 24 Chestnut St.

Call 845/292-4626.

Political songwriter Roy Zimmerman to perform

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Roy Zimmerman, who has driven 25,000 miles this year to fulfill his “campaign promise” of performing his satirical songs in all 50 states, brings his live show to North Branch on Saturday, October 13. His in-house concert, “Hope, Struggle and Change,” will include songs and comic commentary on presidential politics, the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, abstinence, Creationism and same-sex marriage with a dose of Lefty rabble rousing thrown in.  Read more

City Lights Vocal Ensemble to perform

MILFORD, PA — City Lights, a five-piece vocal ensemble, will appear in concert at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m. The group features tight vocal harmonies in the style of the Manhattan Transfer and 50’s Doo-Wop groups. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door.  Read more

Honesdale annual barbershop show

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 34th annual show, “Hollywood,” on Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School. The 24-person chorus of all ages is directed by Bob Mains. The guest professional barbershop quartet will be “Up All Night.” Tickets cost $10.

The chorus is always looking for additional singers. Rehearsal is every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Chapel at 10th and Church Streets in Honesdale.

Call Richard Bionda at 570/685-1554 or email carasso@ltis.net.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant brings show to NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY —A group of theatrical performers who call themselves Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant will present the play, “Irina’s Name Day Party,” at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. For this performance, NACL’s theatre space will be transformed into a banquet hall and guests will be served food and drink.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant is devoted to the ongoing celebration of the work of Conni Convergence, the beloved (and fictional) icon of stage and screen.  Read more

Sunday Night Cinema at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —The Wayne County Arts Alliance Sunday Night Cinema series will feature a Monty-Python-styled comedy this week on Sunday, October 7 beginning at 8:15 p.m. In “Erik the Viking,” an unusually principled young Viking becomes increasingly uncomfortable with all the killing and plundering that goes with his job, and he sets out on a magical journey to bring about world peace.  Read more

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