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December 2014

Kiwanis and builders donate toys

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Kiwanis Club recently held its holiday party at Blue Horizon Diner. In lieu of exchanging gifts among those in attendance, the members opted to bring an unwrapped toy or game that would be donated to United Way of Sullivan County for distribution to local children in need. The club, as well as individual Kiwanis members, also donated money to be used by the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School Builders Club for purchasing items at Wal-Mart for the United Way Project Care Program.  Read more

Port Jervis artist to show at Lords Valley Gallery

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Chris Kroup, artist, designer/craftsman opens the 2015 gallery season with a colorful display of his recent works of art coming to the Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Rte. 739. This first solo show will feature a New Year’s wine and cheese meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, January 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. The artist from Port Jervis, NY specializes in free-flowing abstract painting on aluminum panels. Kroup will also have selected three-dimensional works on view.  Read more

Crystal Run provides holiday cheer

ROCK HILL, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare has helped to bring joy to many local children and families in need this holiday season. The staff at Crystal Run purchased and donated toys and other gift items including books, bicycles, dolls, games, teddy bears and clothing. “Angel” gifts, which were purchased by employees in Crystal Run’s Orange County offices, were donated to the Salvation Army of Middletown as part of their Angel Tree program.  Read more

Oshogatsu New Year’s Eve celebration

HONESDALE, PA — Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei, and the Two Rivers Zen Community invite the public to the ringing of the temple bell on New Year’s Eve, at the Court Street Zendo in Honesdale. It will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 at 926 Court St.  Read more

A dry season: celebrating without spirits

Though few would argue with the notion that the holidays can drive you to drink, there are those who make it through them without a single tipple. Pity the poor soul who has to nurse a glass of tepid seltzer while the rest of the party is quaffing frosty craft beers and champagne punch. At this time of year, when the festivities are all about fellowship, no one should feel left out, so the best hosts put some muscle into creative nonalcoholic options. This means drinks neither cloying nor insipid but refreshing, nuanced and thoughtfully presented.  Read more

A cup of holiday cheer; Drinking local is a joy of the season

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.  Read more

UDC design handbooks available

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan Renaissance awarded a 2014 Environmental Initiatives Grant of $300 to the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) to enable the non-profit organization to print copies of its recently updated Design Handbook for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

PCHS bus trip to DC Lincoln exhibit

MILFORD, PA — The Lincoln Flag of the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), stained with the blood of President Abraham Lincoln, is headed to The Ford’s Theater Society’s museum to be part of the Ford’s Theatre Society’s hallmark museum exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination. The exhibit, which will run from March 23 to May 25, 2015, will return a priceless collection of items that were in the theatre or carried by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination to the Center for Education and Leadership,514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC.  Read more

CAS solicits proposals

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society is currently accepting artist proposals for its 2016 exhibition season, for its flagship space spanning three main galleries. Proposals will be welcomed from now through the deadline of February 1, 2015. All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of independent curators that changes each year. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at the recommendation of the jury panel. CAS will notify all applicants by the end of April.  Read more

Grey Towers volunteers honored

MILFORD, PA — Bill Dauer, acting director of Grey Towers, left, signs a memorandum of understanding with President Fred Guendel of the Grey Towers Heritage Association at an event honoring the volunteers who donate their time to the national historic site. The memorandum formalizes the relationship between the two organizations and will assist in the already strong and productive partnership. Visit or