CALLICOON, NY — Artist Rich Rethorn has always felt a connection to water. He and his wife lived in the Long Island Sound shoreline area of Pelham Bay Park/Orchard Beach of the Bronx. They moved to the Upper Delaware area in 2002, and now live in Long Eddy next to Basket Brook. “We’ve continued to live next to water.
One of the major art hubs of the world is the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, renowned for its row of galleries. On a Friday night, art lovers can hop from one exhibit to the next taking in what the artists have to offer.
DAMASCUS, PA — Growth. Change. Shedding your skin. Willow Wisp Organic Farm outgrew its home, and is now expanding and moving to a new location, just five miles away from its current property in Damascus. In our economically depressed rural area, this is truly a success story.
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.