Scanning through the archives of columns I’ve penned in the last year, I failed to find inspiration in a single word I’ve written. Rather than be depressed, I decided to turn to others for pithy comments and have (blind, unfounded) faith that I may say something worth remembering as 2012 unfolds. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will present the next installment in the “Aunt Marge’s Movie Lounge” series on Friday, January 13, a screening of Alfred Hitchock’s “The Birds.” The casual evening in the Columns’ Foundation Room offers a home-cooked meal, the screening of a movie that was a favorite of the museum director’s much beloved and quirky Aunt Marge, and dessert and coffee. Guests can also view a case of what are known as “Audubon’s Birds,” varied taxidermied specimens done by the leading taxidermist of the time, John Bell. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — There will be a family-oriented dance party at the Delaware Youth Center on Creamery Road, featuring live traditional Flamenco and Middle Eastern dances on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. Bring a dessert for the potluck table. The cost is $10 per adult, children under 12 admitted free. Money collected will benefit Delaware Riverkeeper. The event is alcohol free. Call 570/224-0813.
BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold “The Gathering of Spirits” on December 24 at 4 p.m. Gather in the spirit of transformation at the one-hour service at the Berlin Township Community Center. It will feature carols and the presentation of Lorenz Graham’s “Every Man Heart Lay Down,” the story of the birth of Jesus, offered in the idiom of the West African native.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow. Visit www.uduuf.org or call 845/252-6626.
When I was growing up, my parents and I went out in our yard to cut down our Christmas tree every year. This made sense because I grew up in the middle of the woods. (I have memories of trudging though the snow and it being very, very cold.)
The trees were usually of the Charlie Brown variety; thin but very pretty. We decorated them with ornaments collected over the years and colored lights while we listened to Christmas music. (Usually “The Nutcracker,” but in full disclosure I also really liked the “All-4-One Christmas Special.”) Read more
NEW YORK CITY — Students from Sullivan West participated in the 28th annual Tuba Christmas at the ice rink in Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 11. There were 502 performers this year at the event, a new record. Shown here are Cole Sensiba, left; Sabryna Keebler; Trish Ellmauer, elementary music teacher; and Gabe Pinciotti.
I’ve heard that expression bandied about for years, and being unclear as to its origins, did some research. Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) never fails me, and I learned several things pertaining to the adage, including the fact that “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us” is a book published in 1996 by First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. In it, Clinton presents her vision for the children of America. She focuses on the impact individuals and groups outside the family have, for better or worse, on a child’s well-being. Read more
With so much information available on the Internet these days, I thought it might be interesting to explore the meaning of various terms and traditions associated with Hanukkah, which started on December 20 this year. Having been raised with a Jewish education, I was surprised to discover some unknown facts and a few rare insights, as well as historical tidbits, songs and poems that enliven homes as families gather all around the world to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights.
What is Hanukkah? Read more
The Delaware River is many things to many people, in addition to sustaining the abundant variety of flora and fauna that characterizes the Upper Delaware region. Named America’s Most Endangered River in 2010 by the American Rivers Organization and Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2011, the Delaware continues to elicit the passionate devotion of thousands who cherish its generous gifts. From sportsmen, recreationists and residents, to artists, writers and visitors, the Delaware has touched the spirits of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Read more
As a young boy, I always enjoyed taking exploratory hikes into forested hills and valleys far off the beaten path. My curiosity would urge me to seek whatever mysteries lay in the valley just over the next hill. When I am on a trout stream, the current pushes me along until I discover what lies around the next bend. Sometimes this curiosity leads to difficulties. My aging legs remind me that I am no youngster. Yet my curiosity suggests that the unknown and beautiful lies only a bit further on. Read more
After the Halloween snow that coated the roads and trees, it seemed that winter was trying to get a foothold in time for November. November, however, was not ready for winter. The Halloween snow soon melted, and by the end of the month, the weather was very mild. During the weekend after Thanksgiving, temperatures were approaching 60 degrees. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Ann Street School will host Story Time with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The school is located in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann Street. Children will hear a special story from Mrs. Claus, make a holiday craft, eat yummy treats and have a chance to have a picture taken with Mrs. Claus. The cost is $5 per child. Call 570/296-6124.
CALKINS, PA — Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, will host a holiday open house on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Creamery staff will treat visitors to warm chocolate chip cookies, coffee and good cheer. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the Creamery’s 14 varieties of raw milk cheeses and new pasteurized fresh cheese varieties including Moo Mozz, baby brie, and Quark cheese dips such as Georgic and Ole. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Santa will be making the rounds in Honesdale during the upcoming week. On Thursday, December 15, he will visit Art’s for Him & Her Too, 843 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, December 16, he will make a stop at Little Duck House, 623 Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Connections Magazine. On Saturday, December 17, enjoy a holiday pizza party with Santa and all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and beverage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria, 851 Main Street for $7.95 per person, free for kids under one. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — Continuing on his travels through the area, Santa will arrive at the Home Depot from 10 a.m. and stay until noon on Saturday, December 17. He will give his sleigh a rest and travel aboard the Lumberland, NY fire truck. The Home Depot associates join the festivities. There will be candy canes, balloons and fun for children of all ages.
HONESDALE, PA — At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema series closes out the year with a showing of the classic holiday movie “Christmas in Connecticut.” This 1945 comedy, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet, centers on Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck), a food writer who has lied in print about her idyllic rural family life and abilities as a gourmet cook. Read more