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.
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.