Cash for Christmas at the Bethany Public Library and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 25 to December 1

Posted 11/24/21

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 25 to December 1

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Cash for Christmas at the Bethany Public Library and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 25 to December 1


It's a roving oompah band and the Christmas Angel. That and more German-style fun at Christkindlmarkt in Port Jervis.
It's a roving oompah band and the Christmas Angel. That and more German-style fun at Christkindlmarkt in Port Jervis.

Christkindlmarkt in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — It’s a German Christmas market, right here in Port Jervis. And it comes complete with an oompah band and a “juggle boy.”  

The city’s tourism board is holding its eighth annual Christkindlmarkt on Sunday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Port Jervis.

There will be more than 80 vendors, including local retailers, both curbside and indoors at the Erie Trackside Manor. Specialty food will be on hand for purchase as well as handicrafts and entertainment. Hilby, billed as “the skinny German juggle boy,” will be there, and the Jingleheimer German Band will return. New this year at 12 noon is a musical performance called “TubaChristmas.”

The Christmas Angel will visit, bearing gifts for good little boys and girls, organizers said.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page at Christkindlmarkt Port Jervis NY.

Conte's "The Gift of the Magi" will be performed by the Delaware Valley Opera beginning on Saturday, December 4.
Conte's "The Gift of the Magi" will be performed by the Delaware Valley Opera beginning on Saturday, December 4.

Conte’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’ at the DV Opera

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will perform David Conte’s “The Gift of the Magi” beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.

It’s a chance to not only embrace the holiday season but to see the DVO’s new theater space.

The opera is based on the 1905 short story by O. Henry.

A reception with sweets and savories will follow the performance, marking the first show performed in the Delaware Valley Opera Center.

The cost is $50.

Another performance will follow on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p.m. The cost is $35.

Purchase tickets through My River Tickets,

For more information, go to the DVO  website at

On Santa Day, kids can meet Santa and the elves and spend a festive day with their families in Tafton, PA.
On Santa Day, kids can meet Santa and the elves and spend a festive day with their families in Tafton, PA.

Santa Day at the Wake Zone

TAFTON, PA — Santa’s coming to Pike County.

On Sunday, December 5, Santa and his elves will reign over Santa Day, a community event to be held at the Wake Zone in Tafton.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by Davis R. Chant Realtors.

Dancer Carly Miller, 12, will perform her award-winning Irish dances.

Each child will receive a gift, treats and a free picture with Santa. There will be a coloring contest as well; the prizes include gift certificates and copies of the children’s book “A Farm Animals’ Christmas.”

Chant Realtors will accept donations for the Green Mountain Toy Drive, gently worn coats and food for the local food pantry, and throw blankets or monetary gifts for the Meals on Wheels of NEPA holiday blanket drive.

Proceeds from the sale of “A Farm Animals Christmas” will be donated to the Dessin Animal Shelter.

For more details about Santa Day call 570/226-4518 or email

Make holiday wreaths with Susan Dollard

MONTICELLO, NY —The E.B. Crawford Public Library presents a hands-on craft just in time for the holidays. Make your own wreath on Thursday, December 2, starting at 6 p.m.

Susan Dollard will teach you what you need to know. The in-person program will be held in the library’s Robert D. Norris Community Room. Registration is required and limited; those residing within the library district will have preference.

Masking and social distancing are required. Cost is $5 for materials, cash only. 

Call 845/794-4660 ext. 2 to register. In the event of a weather cancellation, contact the library for the rescheduled date.

Walk in Honesdale’s winter wonderland

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale has so much to offer: panoramic vistas, terrific shopping, a story steeped in our country’s history and food straight from the farms next door. On November 26 and 27, enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Start on Black Friday. Instead of heading straight for the big-box stores and their deals, try the downtown shops. The storekeepers have time to talk. You’ll have time for a leisurely lunch and later, a long coffee break.

Do some holiday buying in Honesdale’s thrift shops and support local nonprofits. Want to help the hungry? Buy something from church thrift shops or at the Salvation Army. Are you an animal lover? Go to Dessin’s thrift shop.

Don’t forget to gather on Main Street for the Santa Parade at 6 p.m. Follow Santa through town and end up at Central Park. Then you can watch the lighting of the tree and star.

Shop Small Saturday means supporting your neighbors. Do your buying in their stores.

Shopping and dining locally is your way of giving back.

And meanwhile… go directly to jail. The Old Stone Jail. Free tours on Saturday are filled with history, stories, facts and fun. Tours last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., inside the jail. The prison was built in 1859 to house Wayne County’s worst criminals. Come hear all about them.

Santa will be at the Fred Miller Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to snap that beloved photo with Santa. Afterward, there will be live entertainment at the park.

At 2 p.m., at “Winter Wonderland” songwriter Richard Smith’s former home on 922 Church St., a historical marker will be unveiled. It’s the current home of Campbell Law Office. Come watch history being made.

This weekend is both your chance to enjoy everything Honesdale has to offer and to support your community in turn. For more information, visit

This quilt, made by Nancy Swingle of Bethany, is third prize in the Bethany Public Library's fundraising raffle.
This quilt, made by Nancy Swingle of Bethany, is third prize in the Bethany Public Library's fundraising raffle.

Cash for Christmas at the Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — In lieu of its annual fundraising dinner this year, the Bethany Public Library (BPL) is holding a fundraising raffle, with cash prizes and more, just in time for Christmas. Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, or from any BPL board member or library volunteers.

The drawing will take place at the Winterfest in the Village, hosted by the library, on December 11. The event, which includes live holiday music, the lighting of the borough’s Christmas tree, and other activities, takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the drawing at 5 p.m.

The first prize is $500 cash, the second prize is $250 cash and the third prize is a handmade quilt by Nancy Swingle of Bethany. It is a blue and white quilt, 72 inches by 82 inches and is in the “Round About” pattern. The fourth prize is a gift basket celebrating the wizardry of Harry Potter.

For more information call the library at 570/253-4349.

Art under $100 from the Wayne County Arts Alliance

HONESDALE, PA — Starting on Black Friday, you can buy works by member artists at the fifth annual holiday sale by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA).

All works are priced at $99 or less.

“Art Under $100” has an expanded sale this year, featuring two different shopping opportunities. ArtUnder100 online will begin the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 26 and run through December 18, allowing shopping 24/7 on the WCAA Online Shop at

ArtUnder100 in-store shopping will take place at the Dorflinger Factory Museum in White Mills, PA for eight days in conjunction with Hawley Winterfest, December 3 through 12. An evening reception is planned for December 3.

ArtUnder100 showcases artworks by Wayne County Arts Alliance’s member artists and is a benefit of membership in the organization. Different artwork will be available online and in-store.

For further information, including in-store hours, visit

Joe Jencks will perform at the Cooperage
Joe Jencks will perform at the Cooperage

Joe Jencks performs at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Joe Jencks is back, this time as a solo performer.

He’ll return to the Cooperage for a RiverVibes concert on Sunday, November 28 at 4 p.m.

He performed for RiverVibes before as a member of the award-winning trio Brother Sun, with Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway. His song “Lady of the Harbor,” performed by Brother Sun, was named Song of the Year by the North American Folk Music Chart.

Jencks is a dual U.S./Irish citizen living in the U.S., and “merges traditions from both countries in his eclectic and vibrant musical presentation,” a spokesperson for the Cooperage wrote.

“Jencks’ folk music is driven by his conscience for what is right and heart-felt emotion. He has earned wide recognition for his songs about working people, with a unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration.”

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Email to reserve a ticket.

For more information, visit the Cooperage website at

Free online children’s mental health and wellness course for parents

ONLINE — Are you a parent, looking for ways to help and understand the challenges your children face during the pandemic?

On Monday, November 29, SUNY Sullivan, through its Community Learning Program, is partnering with Sullivan 180 to present “Intro to Mental Health and Wellness for Parents,” offered free of charge on Zoom to community parents. The course begins at 12 noon and lasts for two hours.

You will learn about mental health and trauma, how to protect against and recognize mental illness in children and teens, how to discuss mental health with your child and how to care for yourself too.

The Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the date of the class. For more information, contact Jenny Sanchez, Sullivan 180’s mental health program manager at To register, go to

The craft of memoir

ONLINE — Join the “Memoir revolution” on Tuesday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

The online workshop “Memoir revolution: the craft of memoir” will be led by Jerry Waxler. It is sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library.

The workshop will help writers “make sense of the past and provide a safe place for creating, sharing and refining your story,” according to a press release.

For more information and to register, visit

White House Christmas cards through the years at the Dorflinger Glass Factory

WHITE MILLS, PA — Help kick off the Hawley Winterfest with a stop at the Dorflinger Glass Factory.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 3, the museum will host a reception with refreshments to accompany the opening of their exhibit “A White House Christmas: White House Christmas Cards Through the Years.”

You can tour the museum and visit the “Art Under $100” sale too.

For more information, email the Downtown Hawley Partnership at or call 570/226.4064.

Marketing plans for farm and food business owners

LIBERTY, NY—A business and marketing plan is the story of your business and is essential to the success of every new or existing business. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) is offering interdependent workshops on writing a business plan, beginning December 1. It’s useful for new business owners and those who need to learn more.

Charlene Finerty of Plans & Profits will explain how to write a customized business plan. Edison Guzman of Prosperity Marketing will discuss developing a marketing plan and how to properly brand your farm or food business.

Participants will also have access to the presenters to review business and marketing plans after the series is over.

Workshops are held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the extension education center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. The cost is $15 per person. Register by calling CCESC at 845/292-6180, emailing, or visiting Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit

Just one example of what a municipal grant can do for your community.
Just one example of what a municipal grant can do for your community.

The ins and outs of the community development grant program

ONLINE — Sullivan Renaissance is holding a Zoom workshop on Wednesday, December 1 at 3 p.m. The program is led by Shannon Cilento, Sullivan Renaissance community development program manager.

This seminar will present the 2022 community development grant program, specifically the Municipal Partnership Program. Municipalities and potential applicants will learn about the resources available to prepare a successful grant application.

Registration is required; go to For more information, visit

Karen Ann Quinlan Lights of Life memorial to illuminate memories

MILFORD, PA — The Lights of Life memorial tree lighting has been a staple in the tri-state area for over 30 years. Sponsored by the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, the service recognizes lost loved ones and the families left behind.

The Pike County Lights of Life event will be held Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, located on the corner of Catharine and 5th Street in Milford.

A memorial tree will be lit to commemorate the loved ones and their place in the hearts and minds of families.

The white lights and decorative stars represent donations sent to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in memory of a family member or friend.

A virtual presentation will also air on Tuesday, December 7. Donors and those receiving acknowledgments of a Lights of Life memorial gift will be sent the Zoom information to view and share.

For hospice programs, events, and more information visit or on Facebook at KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.

Got a tourism plan? Take a look at this

HONESDALE, PA — Nonprofit organizations and event planners are invited to a free event discussing 2022 tourism promotion funding.

The event takes place from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 at the Cooperage in Honesdale.

Attendees will also learn about various PMVB initiatives underway within Wayne County and throughout the entire Pocono region.

Representatives from the PMVB will review how events are marketed using digital, radio and print, as well as provide guidance on maximizing funding and collaborating to achieve greater return on investment.

There will be an explanation of how to apply for the funding.

Food and refreshments will be provided. To register, email Vicky Botjer at or calling 570/253-5970 ext. 1300.

For more information on the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau visit

The snakehead fish
The snakehead fish
Once seen, cannot be unseen. A snakehead's face.
Once seen, cannot be unseen. A snakehead's face.

‘Northern Snakehead Invasive Fish Threat’ at the UDC

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a presentation, titled “Northern Snakehead Invasive Fish Threat” by Daryl Pierce, Fisheries Biologist at the PA Fish & Boat Commission.

It will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, at the Upper Delaware Council office, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY. All are welcome.

The monthly meeting to follow will include potential status reports from the Delaware River Basin Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, National Park Service, and the UDC Executive Director; discussion of old and new business; and public comment.

All UDC meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 845/252-3022 or email

Check or UDC social media pages for any meeting updates.


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