Well, it’s finally here. If the Mayans were right, this will be my last column. Ever. I’ve been on planet Earth long enough to have seen several “end-of-the-world” dates come and go, but this one, the so-called “Mayan Prophecy,” has really taken the world by storm. While hardly an alarmist, I have been keenly interested in the subject for well over a year. In fact, I wrote about this subject last spring (www.riverreporter.com/feature/16/2012/03/20/2012-prophesies-fact-or-fantasy) exploring the issue in some detail. Read more
This is the season for lists—holiday gifts, cards and those letters to Santa, who is understood to be making a list of his own.
It can all get to be too much so that it seems that life itself has become winnowed down to a list of “to-dos” dictated by half-legible scraps of paper.
“I can take that off my list,” I hear people say, in a world-weary kind of way, whether it be, say, cleaning the fish tank or attending the kid’s holiday concert. Read more
I write this column with such a heavy heart: my friend Frances was buried last Thursday.
Then, when I came home from Queens, Tommy told me to sit down, he had to tell me something. “Pete passed,” he said.
So many things ran through my head. First one was, he did not suffer long; then, how are his kids doing?
There are a lot of very sad people in Sullivan County with Pete’s passing. I was listening to everything people were saying—what a great person he was, a real friend, a fabulous father, a true Marine, a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 37 years. Read more
Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” is widely considered a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition. Amid the ever-growing flood of Christmas advertising, it may seem especially fitting that the Hanukkah story tells of Jewish culture surviving in a non-Jewish world (www.factmonster.com) Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchère will usher in the New Year with John Curtin and his five-piece party band, The Curtones, performing at the Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchére from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the first time, the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is open to the public with no cover charge.
A cash bar will be available. The Hotel Fauchère also offers special New Year’s Eve menus in Bar Louis and the Delmonico Room. Visit www.hotelfauchere.com or call 570/409-1212.
NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31 at Gerard’s River Grill. The early seating is at 6 p.m. and includes a four-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live jazz by Bob Keller and Kevin Vertrees. The late seating is at 8:30 p.m. and includes a five-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live music by the RKQ Jazz Quintet. Hats, noisemakers and a glass of champagne are included.
Reserve seats early. Call 845/252-6562.
HAWLEY, PA — An evening of monologue, theatre and music capped off by an exciting giveaway at Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. This show features Neil Genzlinger, television critic for The New York Times and occasional monologist, award-winning actor and writer Chris Harcum, and Joanna Parson, a stage, film and television actress and singer.
CALLICOON, NY — A “Global Birth Day Party” will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Callicoon Youth Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Organizers of the day Brenda Seldin, Hana Marritz, Kazzrie Jaxen and Pat Carullo, explain their aspirations for this “Celebration of Quantum Awakening”—to co-create community for a life of harmony and happiness, to cultivate gratitude and forgiveness, to acknowledge planet earth as a living body, to shift our awareness from unconscious to conscious and to build a field of resonance, love and synchronicity. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Leslie Rutkin will sign copies of her book “Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison” at Signature Gifts at the Delaware Arts Center on Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The book is about Rutkin’s husband, a police officer, who was indicted on charges of grand larceny on the fourth day of their honeymoon and went to prison for 366 days. Based on over 650 letters, notes and cards sent between the couple, the book is the true story of their journey to stay together through seemingly impossible circumstances.
Rutkin is a part time resident of Barryville, NY. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant and a chamber ensemble, will present Mozart masterworks and holiday selections. Read more
MILFORD, PA — City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22.
City Stage is partnering with local food pantries and asks audience members to bring an unexpired, non-perishable food item to the performance. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — A benefit concert for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program will be held at The Cooperage on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. with musical performances by The Crackers, Fiddlin’ Around, Midnight Slim with Laurianne, Little Sparrow and The Uphill String Band.
All proceeds stay local and help provide toys to children in Wayne and Pike counties. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or $10 (toys for teenage boys are particularly needed).
HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a Holiday Artisans’ Market on December 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over 20 local and regional vendors will sell jewelry, toys, home decorations, pottery, paintings and prints, fragrant candles, hand-blended teas, children’s books, vintage bags, greenery, maple syrup, handmade chocolates, artisan pastries and more. Read more
CHERRY RIDGE, PA — Starting more than two years ago, a group of pilots, nurses and doctors from our region began flying missions of mercy to Haiti. You may call them angels, if you want, but they call their organization Archangel Airborne. Recently their help was needed closer to home when, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, they organized relief flights to several hard-hit communities in New Jersey and on Staten Island and Long Island. Read more
As the warm spell of the first week of December ends, there have been quite a few species of fall and winter birds spotted. Buffleheads, common and hooded mergansers, and ring-billed gulls are present on the nearby lakes, while passerines such as pine siskins partake at bird feeders. There have already been snowy owl sightings in New York State. Read more
Many readers of this column will be purchasing gifts with a fair-trade label this holiday season, and often buy fair-trade products, such as coffee and chocolate, throughout the year. Other fair-trade items include bananas, honey, oranges, cotton, fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, nuts, quinoa, rice, spices, sugar, tea, wine, jewelry, home decor items and clothing. Read more