CALLICOON, NY — I spent my Friday night with a bunch of swingers—swing dancers that is. Yoga instructor, actress and all-around guru Susan Mendoza teaches a free swing dance class at The Western Hotel.
Honestly, I’ve suffered from bouts of depression on and off for my entire life, so feeling a little under the weather emotionally is nothing new. “Hey, it’s normal” my friends would say.
HONESDALE, PA — Over the past four years, artists Kathy Dodge and Helena Guindon have been working on a larger-than-life mural in the Wayne Conservation District’s office. The nature mural covers three walls as it spans the length of the office.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Self-proclaimed “long-time food enthusiasts” Phil and Trish South saw a gap in the market in the upstate dining scene and an energy growing in Narrowsburg. Originally from England, they moved to the area four years ago by way of New York City.
Citizens gathered to talk about their town—what could be improved, what is already working? This kind of reflection with the intention of improvement is one we could all work on, for ourselves, for our lifestyle, for our community (something to think about especially now in the new year).
Even though I attended Sunday school religiously and had an extensive Jewish education, I’m still learning. A good example of that comes at this time of year, as we celebrate Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights.
Whether you’re out hunting for that special holiday gift, or simply window shopping, it’s always fun to see the streets of our local towns lit up and decorated for the holidays.
Suburbia may bring to mind many things, but what you might not think of is that we can thank the creation of suburbs for holiday light displays on houses. In the 1960s, tract housing came into existence.
Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric light bulb, so it only seems fitting that an associate at his company invented the Christmas light. Edison was known for unveiling his creations in extravagant ways; putting on a show to dazzle the audience. The presentation of Christmas lights was no different.
President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree on December 24, 1923 in Washington, DC. Standing at the foot of the tree, the president touched a button that lit the tree electrically, with 2,500 bulbs in red, white and green. The tree was donated by the president of Middlebury College in Vermont, Coolidge’s home state.