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.
PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.
This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.
Every year, from Thanksgiving week through the end of the year The River Reporter runs a special section titled “Celebrations” in place of our usual “Currents” leisure section. We also typically pick a common theme for the features in those issues.
HONESDALE, PA — A screen in Yoga International’s headquarters shows a map with dots all over the world. “That’s all the people who are currently on our site,” said chief business officer Travis Head. Britain, India, Australia and the United States are among the many countries whose citizens are visiting the Yoga International website.
It’s old, it’s new, and it’s better than ever. Never one to rest on her laurels, Callicoon, NY’s entrepreneur Irene Nickolai is always working. Her newest passion, The Western Supper Club and Inn (www.westerncallicoon.com), is open for business, and Nickolai wants everyone to know.
LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.
REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Reporter’s Jonathan Fox captured these images at Narrowsburg’s Honeybee Fest on Saturday, October 8, along with Dharma the Wonder Dog—both in costume. For more on the festival, see this week's In My Humble Opinion.