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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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Milford Galleries hold holiday receptions

MILFORD, PA — Five art galleries will hold holiday receptions on Saturday, December 8 as part of Milford’s regularly scheduled Art after Dark events, held each month on the second Saturday. This weekend these galleries, all located on Broad Street, will welcome the public from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Christmas song selections

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — The Transformation Choir will present a Christmas cantata “Let the Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the White Sulphur Springs Methodist Church; and on Sunday, December 9 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

The music includes a several pieces that tell the story of the birth of Christ. The program will also include other seasonal music. A free-will offering at each performance will benefit local food pantries. Call 845/887-4346.

Children’s holiday event

MATAMORAS, PA — The Women in Business Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host their second annual children’s holiday event on Sunday, December 9 at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing from 2 to 4 p.m. It is free for children, who must be accompanied by an adult. Activities include making and decorating an ornament, singing holiday music, meeting and telling Santa their wish lists and having photos with Santa taken by Diane Bollen from Dragonfly Studio. Milk and cookies will be served for children and coffee for adults.  Read more

Choral concert at St. John’s

HONESDALE, PA — St. John the Evangelist Choir will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 500 Terrace St. Under the direction of John Propeack and accompanied by Theresa Gumble, the choir will perform selections composed or arranged by British composer John Rutter, and will offer many familiar titles including “I saw Three Ships,” “Joy to the World,” and “I Wonder as I Wander” featuring soprano soloist Pip Tagle. The concert is free although donations are welcome. The choir can be heard at mass each Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

A cappella group to perform for Good Shepherd

MILFORD, PA — The international touring a cappella group Ball in the House will perform its benefit Christmas concert on December 9 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist.

Delaware Valley students, coordinated by Kim Golden, will open the show.  Read more

‘The Little Town of Christmas’ at the Sullivan County Museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will hold its holiday event “The Little Town of Christmas.” Performances, including carol singing, are on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St.

A suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 845/434-0209 or 845/866-3206.  Read more

Narrowsburg tree lighting

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will light its community Christmas tree on Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the overlook deck on Main Street. Carols will be sung, led by Stuart Hirsch, and a number of shops will hold open house and offer discounts. The public is invited to walk up to Bridge Street to meet Santa’s sleigh.

Holiday gift market slated for Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg’s first annual Indie Holiday Market will be held every Saturday and Sunday from now through December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Dock. (Directions: At the bridge, follow the gravel road toward the gazebo, keep following road under the bridge and keep going.) Featured gift items include art, furniture, fashion, knits, jewelry, folk art, holiday cards, local pancake mix and honey.

Christmas story time

MILFORD, PA — The Ann Street School will host “Story Time with Mrs. Claus” on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 12noon. Children are invited to hear a special story from Mrs. Claus, make a holiday craft, eat some yummy treats and have a photo taken with Mrs. Claus. The cost is $5 per child, with an additional fee of $3 for a photo.

The Ann Street School is located in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann St. Call 570/296-6124.

‘Giving Tree’ provides Christmas gifts for children

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Giving Tree project, a traditional Christmas effort of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary for over 20 years, is now underway at Peck’s Market, Kirk Road, where a tree bearing tags that list the age and gender of a child in the area may be found. Donors are asked to chose a tag and leave it with an unwrapped gift (maximum cost $10) at Peck’s before December 15. Volunteers will sort, wrap and arrange pickup of the gifts by Christmas to make the holidays happier for these children.  Read more

A perfect place to play; Church and scouts gift New Hope Manor with new playground

By SANDY LONG

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sometimes the perfect partnerships come together like pieces of a puzzle falling neatly into place, solving a problem while uniting people in a common goal.

That’s just what happened at New Hope Manor (NHM), an all-female residential substance abuse treatment community in Barryville that is one of very few such facilities that also accommodate residents’ infants and young children, allowing mother and child to remain together.  Read more

Sandy’s Legacy

We will always remember Hurricane Sandy. Not for the mighty wrath of her destruction, but for the odd serendipity of her timing.  Read more

November nuances

As colder weather arrives, geese can be heard overhead on their southward flight and deer are in the midst of the fall rut. This is usually the month when the snow starts to fly and the ground turns from brown to white. Migratory species such as bufflehead and green-winged teal can be spotted on waterways through the fall season.  Read more

Shop local at the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold its annual Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Event Gallery. The market will feature regional artisan craft and specialty food vendors, music, children’s arts and crafts and more activities, including photos with Santa.

The Museum and The Muse Café will also be open. Shoppers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the annual holiday toy drive Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ performed for the holidays

MILFORD, PA — Tri-State Actors Theater and The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) announce two performances of David Sedaris’ tale “The Santaland Diaries,” to be held on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the PCHS, 608 Harford St. The play is based on the author’s outlandish real-life experiences as a Macy’s Christmas elf. The play contains mature language and themes. Seating at the PCHS is limited.  Read more

‘Holiday Trains on Main’ displays

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Handmade model trains will be on display at the CAS Arts Center and Morgan Outdoors beginning Saturday, December 1. The CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. to introduce “Holiday Trains on Main,” complete with festive music and visits with Santa.

Wilkes and Bernard Photography will be at CAS to take instant portraits with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. Professional photographs will be taken and prints made on the spot for $10. Proceeds will benefit CAS.  Read more

‘Christmas Olde & New’ at the Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will perform a Christmas concert entitled “Christmas Olde & New” on December 2 at the Milford Theater. Returning guest artist, Diane Michaels (harp), will perform with the society in Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in its original form, featuring member solo artists Adista Wightman and Susan Rustin. A collection of old and new carols will also be performed, featuring an instrumental surprise or two along the way.  Read more

Concert to benefit local food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society will hold its 11th annual holiday concert to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the historic sanctuary of Good Shepherd Church on the corner of 5th and Catharine streets.  Read more

Local Boys to host Holiday Lighting Fund Benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The Local Boys will perform on Saturday, December 1, at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall at 7 p.m.

A free-will donation is requested at the door. George Schmitt of Classic Hits 105.3 will MC an evening filled with music, a tricky tray with lots of items and a 50/50 raffle. There will be refreshments available for purchase, thanks to the members of the church.  Read more

21st annual Highlights Holiday Open House

HONESDALE, PA — The Highlights Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church St.

The event features activities, treats, entertainment, an art show and the craft room where kids can create whatever they want with craft supplies.

The entertainment includes music, storytelling, puppetry, sing-alongs and more. There will be face painting and balloon animals. Children may choose a surprise from the giant grab bag under the Christmas tree, and everyone can register for a free drawing to win special gifts.