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I thought we were still in leaf-falling season—but apparently it is snow falling season. Nearly a foot of snow came down in Narrowsburg last Thursday evening. My pumpkins and mums are buried under a thick coating of ice and snow. It is early, but ready or not, the first major snowfall puts me right into the holiday spirit.
In all weather, my family spends a lot of time outdoors, taking note of the natural world and having adventures in the woods. In recent weeks, we’ve collected a bunch of freshwater clam shells from a creek that runs next to our house, spotted a grouse (or was it a pheasant?) resting near the Ten Mile River, and as always we’ve been “cleaning up the woods” of fallen branches and enjoying plenty of campfires. Now the sleds are out, too. Hunting season opened November 17, so we wear our blaze orange stocking caps when enjoying activities outdoors this time of year.
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s annual year-end group exhibition “Art in Sixes” is open to the public now at the gallery at 37 Main St. The show is candy for the eyes, with over 600 mini works of art on display, and for sale at affordable prices. DVAA is closed Thanksgiving Day, but otherwise open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the holidays.
After Thanksgiving is behind us, the Tusten Youth Commission and Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce are hosting a fun-filled day to kick off the Christmas season, Narrowsburg-style. “Christmas Magic on Main Street” will take place Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides throughout town and free holiday photos by professional photographer Memory Lane Photography. Santa will be there, and there will be free goodies for kids. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. on the Main Street observation deck. You can bet we’ll be there.
Indie Mart, a holiday pop-up shop featuring regional makers of a wide variety of products, returns to the DVAA’s second floor at 37 Main St. on two weekends: December 7 to 9 and 14 to 16. It is a great feeling to buy items directly from the maker, rather than to shop online or at a big chain store. I’ve come to rely on Indie Mart for picking up special, handmade gifts this time of year.
The snow is here. The tree is getting ready to be lit. There’s no denying it: the holiday season has officially begun!