Holiday celebrations in the Upper Delaware Region and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community, December 2 to 8

Posted 12/1/21

Find some Christmas magic in Narrowsburg on Sunday

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Youth Commission will create Christmas wonder in Narrowsburg, with a celebration featuring a tree-lighting, …

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Holiday celebrations in the Upper Delaware Region and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community, December 2 to 8

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Find some Christmas magic in Narrowsburg on Sunday

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Youth Commission will create Christmas wonder in Narrowsburg, with a celebration featuring a tree-lighting, portraits with Santa, and a special ornament-making kit for the youth.

It all takes place on Sunday, December 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Santa is visiting, along with a photographer from Memory Lane Photography.

And you can find the horses—and carriage—from Classic Horse Drawn Carriage Rides.

Be sure you stop at the various businesses during the day. Shopping locally keeps our communities thriving. Narrowsburg also boasts plenty to eat—try out a new one or visit a long-time favorite.

The holiday market at the Narrowsburg Union will be open for business that day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you haven’t stopped by already, make the time.

For more information about the happenings in Narrowsburg, visit https://www.welcometonarrowsburg.com. To check on further events at Sunday’s Christmas celebration, visit the Tusten Youth Commission’s Facebook page at TustenYouth.

Eat lunch with a judge

MONTICELLO, NY — The Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties is holding Lunch with a Judge beginning at 12 noon on Thursday, December 9 at Albella in Monticello.

The Hon. Danielle Jose-Decker will attend.

Tickets cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to rsvp@wbaosc.org.

For more information, visit http://www.wbaosc.org/.

Milford tree-lighting on December 4

MILFORD, PA — Launch the holidays with the annual Milford Borough tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 4 at the Milford Community House.

There will be music, refreshments and an appearance from Santa Claus.

Festivities begin at 2:30 p.m.

Milford Presents, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and various other groups have been involved. York, PA-based band BrassaNova will perform, as will the Presby Players, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Afterward, Christmas carols will be sung by the Dingman-Delaware Middle School chorus.

For more information, visit https://www.MilfordPA.us.

Giveaway bag reminds us to shop locally

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The hamlet of Livingston Manor has had a banner year, writes the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. The group notes that new shops and eateries, as well as well-loved standbys, have welcomed more visitors than ever who understand that shopping locally makes our community thrive.

 To thank everyone for their support, to remind people how important it is to spend holiday dollars on Main Street, and to celebrate the season, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce has created a unique tote bag to give away.

On Sunday, December 5, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., go shopping in Livingston Manor. Once shopping (or eating) at Main Street stores and restaurants is finished, bring receipts and purchases to Sunshine Colony and get a free bag.

Shoppers must show they spent at least $75 in town on December 5.

There are 200 bags to give away on a first-come, first-served basis. One per family.

“The classic design and pocket size evoke an era of simpler times in small towns full of friendly mom and pop businesses,” writes a chamber spokeswoman. “Simple times are alive and well in Livingston Manor, thanks to our hard-working shop and eatery owners and our supportive community.”

For more information, visit the chamber’s site at https://livingstonmanorny.com/.

The bandstand, bright for the holidays in Hawley.
The bandstand, bright for the holidays in Hawley.

Vendors spent the year making wonderful things. Come see it all at the Hawley Winterfest.
Vendors spent the year making wonderful things. Come see it all at the Hawley Winterfest.

Step back in time and ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Step back in time and ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Downtown Hawley shines for the season at Winterfest.
Downtown Hawley shines for the season at Winterfest.

Celebrate the holidays in Hawley at Winterfest

HAWLEY, PA — Magical days of holiday fun await at the Hawley Winterfest this year.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, December 3, with a reception at the Dorflinger Glass Factory Museum and a Candlelight Christmas party at the Settlers Inn.

Saturday, December 4 brings a parade through town; come watch the floats and cheer on friends and neighbors. It ends at Bingham Park.

When the park festivities end, make your way back to enjoy shopping at Hawley’s bustling Main Street. Plus there will be vendors and plenty to eat.

Take a carriage ride, buy presents made by local artisans at the holiday fair at Teeters’ Furniture and stop at the library to celebrate baking, books and music.

The fun continues on Sunday, December 5. There’s a holiday craft fair at the Woodloch Pines Nightclub. Browse an assortment of handcrafted items from 40+ vendors; you can find jewelry, candles, soaps and lotions, ornaments, glassware, holiday decor, baked goods and much more.

Don’t forget the historic walking tour. Featuring the Wallenpaupack Area High School Players, the tour will introduce you to a historic character at each of six locations. Learn the history of the town through dramatic interpretation. Tours run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are available online at https://bit.ly/31csWOO.

That is just part of the first weekend—to see the full scope of the fun and check out events the following weekend, visit https://visithawleypa.com/.

Manchester Community Library closes for winter

EQUINUNK, PA — The Manchester Community Library, home of books to loan and the book sales that are its main support, will close for the winter season on Saturday, December 4 at 12 noon.

The final sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon that day. Books will be discounted and available by the bag, box, or individually in order to clear space on the shelves for winter additions. Many new(ish), lightly used, and vintage volumes are available; some are suitable for gift-giving.

Stock up on your reading material for the cold days ahead. The library is located at 3879 Hancock Hwy. in Equinunk.

Call 570/224-8500 for information.

Books make the best gifts

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The holiday book sale, sponsored by the Friends of WSPL, is back at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library.

The sale is being held during library hours, from Tuesday, December 7 through Saturday, December 11 at the library, which is located at 19 Center St.

The library is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be plenty of gently used books, DVDs and much more to choose from.

 If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s sale, stop in to sign up.

For more information, call the library at 845/482-4350.

 
Just a sample of the art available at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance's holiday sale.
Just a sample of the art available at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance's holiday sale.
 

Wurtsboro Art Alliance holiday show

WURTSBORO, NY — Come for the shopping, stay for the art.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance is holding its annual holiday show until December 19.

Event days are Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  

The show offers handcrafted items such as pottery, jewelry, scarves, coasters, cards and art prints.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance is a group of artists dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of art in the region. The gallery and show are located at 73 Sullivan St. in Wurtsboro.

Learn more at https://www.waagallery.com.

‘Gift of the Magi’ at the DV Opera

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The new Delaware Valley Opera Center will open its doors on Saturday, December 4 and usher in a new era.

The first opera in its new space, “The Gift of the Magi,” will be shown that day at 7 p.m. Drinks and food will be served as part of a reception.

Tickets cost $50.

The second showing is on Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $35.

There is no charge for kids aged 14 and under.

To purchase tickets, visit https://myrivertickets.com.

Memories of Silver Lake House

WESTERN SULLIVAN PUBLIC LIBRARIES — Virtually join author Julia Hochstadt Sweet, a former guest and employee of Silver Lake House in Tyler Hill, PA, on Tuesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of yesteryear’s life in an old-style boarding house.   

In her recent book, “Memories of Silver Lake House,” she shares an inside view of boarding-house life, advertisements of the era, menus, photos, stories and recipes.

Visit or call your library and request a copy of the book. Then visit our website at the address below and register for the discussion via our calendar to receive the Zoom link.

For more information, visit https://www.wsplonline.org.

The Young People’s Chorus performed at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery in 2018. They’ll be returning for an encore performance on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m.
The Young People’s Chorus performed at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery in 2018. They’ll be returning for an encore performance on Sunday, December …

An afternoon of choral artistry at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The Young People’s Chorus (YPC) returns to Sullivan County on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery. Its last visit was in 2018.

The performance, “An Afternoon of Choral Artistry,” is part of P.L.A.Y. the Classics (Peace, Love, Arts, You!) is a collaboration between the Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

A multi-cultural youth chorus, the YPC was founded in 1988 by Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur fellow and Musical America’s 2018 educator of the year. He—and the YPC—have won multiple awards.

Tickets for the show cost $35 for general admission, $30 for SMF members, and $10 for students 17 and under.

More information about the SMF is available at https://www.shandelee.org, or by calling 845/439-3277.

Train as a volunteer eagle watcher and share your knowledge with others.
Train as a volunteer eagle watcher and share your knowledge with others.

Eagle watch volunteer training offered

UPPER DELAWARE REGION—Learn more about bald eagles and how to protect them at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy winter Eagle Watch volunteer training days on Saturday, December 4 on Zoom and Saturday, December 11 in person.

The first session takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the conservancy’s Van Scott Nature Reserve in Beach Lake, PA.

Following that gathering, volunteers are invited to visit the Eagle Observation Areas.

If you cannot attend but are interested in volunteering, please contact the conservancy to make alternate arrangements. Volunteers should be able to withstand cold temperatures and enjoy interacting with the public.

Trained volunteers not only learn about eagles, but will be able to share the importance of the national bird with others.

For the second session, binoculars, spotting scopes, training manuals, data forms, and hand warmers are provided by the conservancy.

The main eagle-monitoring areas are the Mongaup Reservoir and the Delaware River at Minisink Falls and the Zane Grey boat launch at Lackawaxen.

Trained eagle volunteers are also needed throughout the year to help staff booths, participate in workshops, and be a part of other eagle-related conservancy events.

Advance registration for the training is required. Register online at https://www.DelawareHighlands.org/events, send an email to sara@delawarehighlands.org, or call 570/226-3164 ext. 8 or 845/583-1010 ext. 8.

For more information, visit https://www.DelawareHighlands.org.

New book showcases Dutch interiors

NARROWSBURG, NY —  It’s a celebration of Dutch homes, from canal houses to eco-friendly spaces, that have been brought into the 21st century. And still they hold the Dutch style and sensibility—something that Americans can create in their homes.

Aaron Hickland and One Grand will hold a book-signing party for Barbara de Vries’ “Coming Home, Modern Rustic: Creative Living in Dutch Interiors,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 at The Barn, 108 Main Street, across the street from Narrowsburg Feed and Grain Co. The event is open to the public.

De Vries grew up in a converted Dutch windmill—a wedding present from her father to her mother. She began her career in fashion as a model in Paris, moved to London to study and work in fashion design. In 1990 she moved to New York and worked for Calvin Klein. Later, with her husband author Alastair Gordon, she created illustrated books on design and lifestyle.

“Coming Home, Modern Rustic: Creative Living in Dutch Interiors” by Barbara de Vries, © Rizzoli New York, 2021, is available at One Grand and other retailers.

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