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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It’s autumn again in the Upper Delaware River valley—a time of falling leaves, wood smoke and pumpkins. It is the perfect season for exploring the countryside—temperatures have lowered and the bugs have mostly retired for the season. This edition of Upper Delaware Magazine invites you out of doors to take the National Park Service challenge of completing its “Take a Hike” six hikes tour. The hikes vary in difficulty and terrain and upon completion of all six, the hiker receives a patch from the park service. If driving is more your thing, we offer a road trip showcasing nine Upper Delaware River bridges, most of which can be viewed from the Scenic Byway (Route 97) and just off it, between Pond Eddy, NY and Long Eddy, NY. And for the history buffs and shoppers, we invite you down to the picturesque and historic town of Milford, PA for some great browsing, eating, strolling and shopping. No doubt all this activity (or thought of it, anyway) is working up an appetite, and so we also introduce you to the young entrepreneurs behind Wayne County, PA’s Calkins Creamery, which produces artisan cheeses—and continues the success of a five-generation dairy farm. And with Halloween on the horizon, it’s time to get acquainted with the candy shops in the area, and to learn about new trends in candy making and consumption. We also point you to events in the area as well as some of our favorite things to do in the Upper Delaware River valley as beautiful fall spreads its foliage over the hills. Get out, get moving and enjoy.
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“Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” - Humbert Wolfe
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N-E-S-T-L-E-S… Are you singing the jingle? If so, you’re old enough to recall reaching up to drop your small change on the counter of the general store to buy penny candies like BitO-Honeys, Mary Janes, Necco Wafers, candy buttons, wax soda bottles filled with flavored syrups and so on. Candies from a bygone era, or retro or vintage candies as they are called, are now a candy trend. Their brightly colored wrappers, beckoning from old-school candy bins or antique oak display cases, have become big business. Fans of the sweet and gooey, the crispy and the crunchy scour the world looking for just the right combinations of taste and texture, and manufacturers are re-introducing discontinued brands like Charleston Chew, Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, Black Jack Gum, Chiclets and Juicy Fruit. In my family, the sweet art of confectionery dominated every holiday. There were candy corn and mini chocolate bars in our trick-or-treat bags at Halloween, candy-decorated gingerbread houses and peppermint candy canes at Christmas, “conversation” candy hearts on Valentine’s Day, and at Easter time all the dipped-in-chocolate delights, jelly beans, sugar-dusted marshmallow peeps and, of course, the giant edible effigy left in our Easter baskets by Sir Rabbit, himself. Chocolates are the hard currency of candy. Once the ancient Mesoamericans discovered the palate-pleasing qualities of the cacao tree’s fermented, roasted and ground beans, chocolate became a precious commodity that was ceremonially served during religious rituals, quaffed by royalty and traded for other valuable goods. Much later, the Europeans added refined sugar and milk, developed the emulsification process and learned how to press the cocoa butter from the
beans. Mechanical processes developed during the Industrial Revolution made candy available to the masses. These days, the art of the chocolatier extends far beyond the borders of fondant and flavor. Chocolate massages aside, chocolate chess pieces vie with chocolate stilettos for top prize in the strange-uses-for-chocolate category. In 2005, a 227-pound, life size chocolate figure of Elton John that took a thousand hours to create was added to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. In 2012, Qzina Specialty Foods set the world record for the largest chocolate sculpture with an 18,000-pound replica of a Mayan pyramid. The chocolate “Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza” is on display at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate and Pastry in Irvine, CA. It is slated for destruction on December 21, 2012, the final day of the Mayan calendar. Not just for birthday parties anymore, candy has recently been in the news as a theme for weddings, graduations, baby showers, fund raisers and more. Candy-themed parties set a fun and festive tone, interweaving the magics of bright colors, swirling shapes and fabulous flavors to form a most memorable occasion, from invitation to leave-taking. Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City, planned her own candy-themed wedding complete with candy cocktails, candy tiara and a bridal bouquet of pink and yellow sugar flowers. It seems there is no limit to the varieties of flavors, shapes and objects to “candify” that can be coaxed from the sweet and sometimes eccentric imaginations of confectioners. It is clearly evident that candy makers are making every effort to disprove the adage, “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
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Take a Hike – or Six! Text/Laura King All exercise has health advantages, but hiking may be one of the best activities on the long list of options that move us because of its benefits to body, mind and soul. Is there really anything better to do on a perfect fall afternoon than to enjoy a simple sojourn with friends or family into our local wetlands, uplands and forests? With only a water bottle, good walking shoes and a little “oomph” we can be off – and few backyards in the nation are so resplendent. We are rich beyond words with a treasury of plants, birds and wildlife that never fails to be both awe-inspiring and entertaining.
Inspired by ‘Let’s Move!’ To encourage us to engage with nature up close and personal, our local offices of the National Park Service (NPS) recently released a popular brochure for the Upper Delaware titled, “Take A Hike!” The guide, which can be picked up at NPS information centers and kiosks, or downloaded on a home computer (easiest on the www.delawareriverhighlands.com site), was created to tantalize local hikers of all ages to “get outdoors” and enjoy
a few of the exceptional scenic, educational and recreational opportunities that can be found just a comfortable walking distance away from the couch. The “Take a Hike!” project supports the well-known “Let’s Move!” campaign that was launched by Michelle Obama as a national initiative to get children, adults and families outdoors and exercising. “Let’s Move” promotes daily physical activity as a means to counter a national trend toward obesity and as a lifelong habit for maintaining good health. “Hiking in the Upper Delaware is a great way to get exercise and enjoy this unique natural resource at the same time,” said NPS biologist Jamie Myers. “The Department of the Interior, which oversees NPS, is a supporter and sponsor of this campaign, so it was a natural fit.” (Visit www.letsmove.gov for more information about the initiative.) The Upper Delaware River Valley “Take a Hike!” brochure features brief descriptions of six trails fit for a range of interests and abilities. It also includes clear directions for finding the trails, and safety tips for hiking. Continued on page 9
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Take a Hike – or Six! Continued from page 7
The hikes The northern-most of the six is the Bouchoux Trail, accessed from Bouchoux Road in Lordsville, NY. This is a two-mile-long out-and-back hike that leads to an amazing panoramic view of the river valley from Jensen’s Ledges. Impressive bluestone piles are evidence that quarrying was a significant industry at one time in the area. The hike is categorized by the NPS as “difficult” due to its steep inclines and uneven footing. It takes an unhurried hiker about 90 minutes to complete the trail, not including the time you’ll want to dedicate to a picnic lunch and lots of photographs. Further south following the river, the Damascus Forest Trail in Beach Lake, PA is an “easy” two-mile loop that wanders through a varied landscape, including wetlands, rolling hills and a large stand of old growth hemlocks that imbue visitors with a nostalgic sense of the majestic virgin forests that once towered over this area. This hike takes just 45 minutes to complete from the parking lot on MacCubbins Road. The Cobey Pond Trail in PA Game Lands 316, Masthope, PA is labeled to be of “medium” difficulty, mainly for its length of three miles. A leisurely stroll on this loop around the large, vibrant pond on a leaf-padded trail offers quiet hikers many opportunities to observe water-
A map of the Upper Delaware River Valley region shows the locations of the trails.
The view from the top of Jensen’s Ledges features the dramatic rock ledges that characterize this hike as well as the Delaware River.
fowl and wildlife in their pristine natural habitat. Plan that it will take about an hour or longer to meander. You may want to pack insect repellent for this excursion. The Tusten Mountain Trail between Narrowsburg, NY and Barryville, NY is a very popular hike in our region, maintained in a partnership between the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the NPS. This “moderately difficult” three-mile trail leads hikers on a loop through historic remains of the settlements of Reeves Mill (1757 to 1763) and Tusten (1770s to early 1900s) along the Ten Mile River. A climb to the summit provides a glorious view of the Upper Delaware River valley. This trek will elevate your heart rate and inspire you to linger and explore along the way, so plan one to three hours, and savor the experience. The Minisink Battleground Park Trails system across from the Roebling Bridge in Barryville is an easy, smooth-surfaced network of pathways that allows hikers to travel back in time and wander the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Here a band of 50 American militia were brutally slaughtered, cornered while in pursuit of Iroquois and Tory settlement raiders led by the infamous Joseph Brant, a Mohawk warrior commissioned as a colonel in the British Army. The battle is detailed with a comprehensive park brochure, trail markers and three significant sites: Sentinel Rock, Hospital Rock and Minisink Monument. Allow at least 30 minutes to an hour to walk the wooded trails and engage your imagination; then refresh at covered picnic tables near the lovely woods. This site is operated and maintained by the Sullivan County Division of Public Works. The southern-most trail of the “Take A Hike!” series is the Mongaup River Trail in the town of Deerpark, NY, off Route 97. This is a two-mile-wide out-and-back trail adjacent to the fast-moving Mon-
gaup River, near where it enters the Delaware. Towering hemlocks shade the steep ravine. Hikers cross paths with an occasional trout fisherman or kayaker. This trail presents many opportunities to enjoy picturesque rushing waters, and to view eagles and an active beaver stand. At the turn-back point of the trail is a small, walled family cemetery dating back to the early 1800s, attesting to hardships that faced rural families at that time. Allow an hour for this easy hike. And don’t miss reading the bulletin board by the trailhead that details the building of Hawks Nest pass, the famous winding stretch of road just a few miles south.
Upper Delaware Hikes patch Taking a hike… or six… is a great way to relish the crisp temperatures and beautiful foliage that fall brings our region. And if the description of these trail adventures isn’t enticement enough, NPS will award a free embroidered Upper Delaware Hikes patch to anyone who completes the six trails. This is a wonderful way to get young kids out on the trail, providing a challenge and a concrete reward at the end. Since many grownups like patches too, why not make it a family affair, beginning now and continuing your hikes in the spring and summer of next year. Deliver your checklist in person to the Narrowsburg NPS Information Center, the Zane Grey Museum, or Beach Lake NPS Headquarters. Alternately you can mail your dated and signed checklist to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, 274 River Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405. Anyone who completes all six hikes is awarded an Upper Delaware Hikes patch by the National Park Service.
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A strategically placed wheel of “Cowtipper,” one of Calkins Creamery’s first cheeses, shows off Highland Farm in the background.
Text/Laura King According to author Jonathan Swift, the fare of a bachelor is “bread, cheese and kisses.” But the sound of that is delicious to just about everyone, and not in small quantities. The proof? In 2011, the average American consumed 30 pounds of cheese, an amount that has been steadily increasing since the 1990s. Our affection for artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption. Presently it accounts for 10 percent of all cheese purchased in the United States—and given its exquisite fresh local tastes and exciting textures, dare we say a much higher percentage of total cheese enjoyment? When searching for mouth-watering artisan cheese in the Upper Delaware River valley, Calkins Creamery in Wayne County, PA is a notable rising star. Under the inspired guidance of Emily Mont-
gomery and husband Jay, this evolving venture has, for the last six years, been handcrafting creative small batch cheeses as a companion business conceived to help prosper the Bryant family dairy farm. And prospering it is. Calkins Creamery cheeses can be found in more than 100 locations across New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, DC, where the brand is garnering affection from loyal customers and acclaim within the industry.
California dreamin’ The couple first developed an interest in using raw milk to produce artisan/ farmstead cheeses while living on the West Coast. Emily, who had worked at the Penn State University Creamery as a food science undergraduate, took a cheese-making course at Cal-Poly University, and Jay gained experience at an
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their heartfelt longing to help sustain and grow the family farm.
Happy cows According to Jay and Emily’s first business plan, “Calkins Creamery will specialize in fine, artisan cheeses, using only the freshest milk possible from our very own herd of registered Holstein cattle.” Cows have been wandering the grassy pastures of Highland Farm since 1841. These days, Emily’s father, Bill, and her brother, Zack, care for a herd of 160 head of registered Holstein cattle, in addition to 18 whey-fed pigs. Naturally, what the animals eat affects the taste of pork, beef and milk. Much effort is put into cultivating healthy pastureland as the foundation for delectable farm products. “Our cows are well cared for and comfortable,” Emily says. “Cow comfort reduces stress and results in an increase of milk production and butterfat.” “The creamery complements the farm and vice versa,” Jay adds. Integrated, sustainable agriculture and land conservation projects that have been initiated by Bill and Zack result in vibrant pastures, very healthy livestock and ultra-tasty meats and cheeses.
Artistry Jay is quick to give credit to Emily for the success of Calkins Creamery. “Emily is really the brains behind the cheese operation,” he says. “Her background in food sciences has been very helpful. It is a tall task to go from never making
cheese to running a creamery.” Because the base ingredient of these farmstead cheeses is raw milk, food safety expertise and continual oversight are paramount. But certainly true artistry comes into the success equation too. Emily is continually experimenting and developing new varieties of farmstead cheese that gain the loyalty of a growing base of customers, evidenced by over 1000 Facebook “likes” to date. The creamery began to hone its cheese wizardry with three basic recipes—harvarti, cheddar and gouda—then developed flavor variations on each, christening them imaginatively with names such as “Four Dog Dill,” “Cowtipper” and “Vampire Slayer.” Later a tomme, produced from skim milk, was introduced, and most recently a soft, ripened cheese named “Noble Road” that is gaining widespread recognition for its superb texture and taste. “Artisan cheese is an affordable luxury item,” Jay says. “It costs a little bit more, but it’s an extravagance that most people can manage. Coupled with a bottle of wine, you have a real treat.”
Fulfilling the vision It is clear in getting acquainted with the Bryant/Montgomery family that the diverse backgrounds and experiences of members contribute significantly to the growth potential of the farm and creamery. Everyone’s talents are put to use. Jay holds the responsibility these days for marketing the Calkins Creamery enter-
This brie-style cheese, named “Noble Road,” is a relative newcomer to the Calkins Creamery collection of artisan cheeses.
prise. From one point of view, demand exceeds production, so sales are not a problem. “Everything we make,” says Jay, “is already sold.” Still, growing the enterprise to fulfill the vision that has developed over recent year is no small job. In addition to producing quality cheeses, meats and honey, Jay and Emily hope Highland Farm customers will come to feel intimately connected to the place where the foods they enjoy are raised and manufactured. “Today, many people take food sources for granted, and we want to show them where it all begins,” Emily explains.
For those interested to see the place firsthand, Highland Farm is open for visits and shopping Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., or by appointment. While Calkins Creamery cheeses are available in many locations, the full selection is only found at the Highland Farm store. Check the website or Facebook page for information on occasional public tours of the creamery. For more information visit www. calkinscreamery.com, email happycow@ calkinscreamery.com or call 570/7298103.
Cheese and wine pairings Wine merchant Jeff Hock, owner of Barryville Bottle in Barryville, NY, offers these wine suggestions for your picnic or party featuring Calkins Creamery cheeses: Vampire Slayer + Dr. Frank Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes) or Fritsch’s Gruner Veltliner (Austria) This mild cheddar plus garlic, ginger, onion and paprika will pare perfectly with an off-dry.
Udderly Hot + El Coto Rioja (Spain) or Cline Zinfandel (Spain)
Choo se a wine that will match the spice of this havarti double-dosed with chili peppers.
“Fluff” is a member of the well-cared for herd of 160 grass-fed Holsteins at Highland Farm.
gouda with a dry red.
Cowtipper + Milbrandt Merlot (Washington State ) or Hardys Merlot (Australia)
This porter-soaked gouda with slight tones of chocolate is a perfect match for a merlot.
Four Dog Dill + Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc (South Africa)
Lida Gold + Nero D’Avola (Italy) or Castello Monaci Primitivo (Italy)
Pair this havarti that is loaded with dill with a lovely crisp white.
Pair this slightly fruity Montasio-style cheese with a musical Italian wine.
Smoke Signal + Astica’s Malbec Red (Argentina) or any Cahor Red (France)
Noble Road + Hanging Vine Pinot Noir (California) or Potel Aviron’s Julienas Gamay (France)
Marry this applewood-smoked baby
This Brie-style cheese is earthy with butter and pepper notes that call for a pinot noir or Gamay grape.
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On the Road to Milford: History, elegance Text/Photographs by Jane E. Castelli
Milford, PA is a magical place. Sitting on a ridge above the banks of the Delaware River, very near a spot where New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey intersect, it is blessed with scenery, history, tasteful shopping and dining. It is the perfect place to explore on a crisp fall day.
The approach Come from the northeast on Route 84 and you will find yourself descending a mountain with spectacular views of the river valley below. When the Route 209 storm repair project is complete, you should be able to approach Milford from the south on Route 209 as well, traveling alongside the broad lush Delaware River plain on your right and the scenic forested Pocono hillsides on your left. A few beautiful very old farm homesteads are on that road. Along the way you can stop and view the sparkling Raymondskill Falls just two and a half miles south of Milford. It is the tallest waterfall in Pennslyvania. If Route 209 is still closed when you visit, the falls can be reached by taking Milford Road (SR2001) to Raymondskill Road, or by taking the Raymondskill Falls sign turnoff from Route 6 just northwest of the borough. Near the borough of Milford itself, you will find Milford Beach Park on the Delaware. One of the Cliff Park Inn hiking trails in Milford will take you to the hilltop at Milford Knob. “The Knob” has a view of all the area below. Interestingly, the Knob trail was the site of many old movies including the Tom Mix cowboy series. Another area of interest is Grey Towers National Historic Site (570/296-9630, www.greytowers.org), which features the Gifford Pinchot Mansion and extensive
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grounds, continuing the Pinchot legacy of responsible forestry and environmentalism.
The borough But the real wonder is the borough itself. While enjoying a leisurely stroll around Milford, you will find yourself in the past, present and future all at the same time. Architectural treasures from the 19th century, and “artsy” shops and galleries with a 21st-century mindset, along with fine dining in restored hotels, will bring you into Milford present—a bustling and charming town with a Victorian flavor.
History If you like to explore the past and imagine how people lived in another century, take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful residential section of town that lies tucked north and west of the main thoroughfares, Harford and Broad. The borough was actually a planned community long before that became the in-thing in late 20th-century America. Community developer and Philadelphia circuit court Judge John Biddis bought and developed that section of town in 1796. He divided the property into plots and laid out the street map, naming the east-west streets after his children and the short alleys after fruits and berries. He then promoted the settlement on his trips to Philadelphia, seeking out support from the wealthy there. The result is a community of charming old homes on large lots, some colonial and some Victorian, which all seem to be well cared for. It has the flavor of a New England village. Take
an autumn walk along Ann or Catharine streets and you will see large old trees, gardens, flowers and picket fences. The commercial section of town is built around Harford (Route 6/209) and Broad streets, and quaint alleys and little gardens are hidden behind many buildings there. Here Milford has the flavor of both the past and the present. Imposing old buildings have been restored and house the government offices of the current county seat. Several old hotels, which were built in the early- and mid-19th century for the summer resort customers from New York City and Philly, have been restored. They are always bustling, and Milford continues to please vacationers from those regions.
Dining The Department of the Interior has placed the Historic District of Milford on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the buildings on the historic list is the Dimmick Inn (101 East Harford Street, 570/296-4021, www. dimmickinn.com), now owned by the Jorgenson family. Architecturally it reflects the early American republic. It is a Greek revival building typical of that time. Built in 1828 by Samuel Dimmick and rebuilt in 1856 after a fire, it stayed in the Dimmick family into the 20th century. It is a substantial three-story brick building with charming double white wrap-around porches. In days past, the stagecoach and early motor coach stop was at its door. Tradition carries on, with the New York City bus stopping there. Inside are several cozy dining rooms, and a wood-paneled bar area. If you are lucky, you can sit near a beautiful stone
e and charm fireplace with a roaring fire on a chilly day—providing old fashioned ambience along with a casual American fare menu. A very different but equally charming place is the restored Hotel Fauchere (401 Broad Street, 570/409-1212, www. hotelfauchere.com). It has a 19th-century European flare. Styled in Italian villa manner, the three-story wood frame building was established as a hotel by Louis Fauchere in the mid-19th century. He was a French speaking Swiss-born chef who had made a name for himself as a Master Chef at the original Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City. The Hotel Fauchere became the “in” place then, and was popular over many years with the rich and famous from politics and the early film industry. Fauchere’s family ran the hotel until 1976. In 2006, the charming old building was saved from ruin and lovingly restored by Sean Strub and Robert L. Snyder. The restoration is simple and elegant. The exterior is true to its period, even to its rocking chair porch. Inside the atmosphere is restrained simple elegance and the guest rooms are filled with luxury bedding. It is a special place to stay, or to stop in for dinner at the high end Delmonico Room, or the more casual downstairs Bar Louis. Both menus focus on unusual regional dishes using local fare, lovingly prepared and presented. It is a sophisticated treat in the country.
Shopping and browsing Just off Route 6 near the 6th Street intersection, Mill Street peels off to the west. It runs down a block or so to the edge of the Sawkill Creek at Water Street. Here sat the
19th-century Gordon Grist Mill, which served the community grinding corn and flour well into the mid-20th century. Present-day investors have made the Upper Mill complex a perfect blend of a museum and quaint shopping experience, even retaining the working waterwheel as part of the WaterWheel Café (150 Water Street, 570/296-2383, www.waterwheelcafe.com). The cafe is a busy, trendy spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live music “Blues Jams” on Thursday nights. In addition, the Upper Mill Mercantile (150 Water Street, 570/409-4444, on Facebook), a charming new gift store and craft gallery, is right next door. From the Upper Mill, you can explore the antique shops at the Old Lumberyard across the street. Over on Harford and Broad, and on the little alleys that run off and behind them, shoppers can take home treasures like pottery, candles and baskets, or clothing, dishware and jewelry, or explore old books and prints at Books & Prints at Pear Alley (220 Broad Street, 570/296-4777, on Facebook). For “foodies” who love Italian food, don’t miss Fretta’s Italian Food Specialty shop (223 Broad Street, (570/2967863, www.frettas.com.) for an authentic taste of Little Italy home cooking and specialty ingredients.
Art galleries Milford is also home to many fine art and craft galleries, including the Artery Fine Art and Fine Craft (210 Broad Street, 570/409-1234,) a cooperative gallery of local artists with a dynamic gallery presence. Others to put on your list are the Golden Fish Gallery (307 Broad St.,
570/296-0413, www.goldenfishgallery.com), and Blue Stone Studio (206 Broad St. Forest Hall Building, www. bluestonegallerymilford.com), where you can watch the artist potter at work. The gallery/studio is located in the Forest Hall Building, notable in itself as the original home of the Yale School of Forestry endowed by the Pinchot family. For more information about Milford and its surrounds, visit milfordpa.us.
Key to photos 1. The ARTery, one of many Milford galleries, is collectively owned and run. 2. The Forest Hall Building was the original home of the Yale School of Forestry. 3. The Dimmick Inn has been operating since the early 1800s. 4. Hotel Fauchere houses the elegant Delmonico Room and trendy Bar Louis. 5. The thoroughfares and side streets of Milford are filled with shops and galleries. 6. This home, in Milford’s historic district, sits on a generous lot with old shade trees.
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8. Listening to WJFF public radio at 90.5 FM. 1. Watching for eagles at the Big Eddy deck in Narrowsburg, NY. 2. Shopping at Mill Market, Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley, PA. 3. Buying fresh bread at Flour Power Bakery in Livingston Manor, NY. 4. First Fridays poetry readings at the Tusten Cochecton library in Narrowsburg, NY.
17. Visiting the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY. 9. Enjoying locally made wine from Eminence Winery, Long Eddy, NY. 10. Catching a show at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA. 11. Having a fall harvest brunch at The Settlers Inn in Hawley, PA.
18. Taking a hike along one of the NPS “Six Hikes” designated trails. 19. Taking in the night life at Kaunenonga Lake’s many eateries and bars. 20. Checking out open mic night at Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, NY.
12. Antiquing along the Upper Delaware River valley antique trail.
21. Enjoying a cuppa at Coffee Creations in Narrowsburg, NY.
5. Pastries from Brandenburg Bakery in Jeffersonville, NY.
13. Taking a fall foliage drive on the Scenic Byway (Route 97).
6. Touring the cheese cave at Calkins Creamery in Honesdale, PA.
14. Attending an opening at BrookHouse Gallery, Barryville, NY.
7. Visiting the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
16. Visiting the Museum of the ‘60s at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
15. Having a glass of wine overlooking the falls at Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley, PA.
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A Bridge with a View The Upper Delaware’s historic bridges Text | S. Z. Hecht
The 300-mile-long Delaware River begins as a series of tiny streams in Delaware County, NY and ends as a mighty expanse of river spilling into the sea at the Delaware Bay. The river is full of beauty and history, and its upper reaches have a
very special charm, set off by the historic bridges that cross the river.
Early crossings In the 21st century, we take bridges for granted and drive across them with ease
and without incident. But before the introduction of the bridge, crossing the Delaware was a challenge that could find you on the wrong side of the river and possibly in it. Crossing was generally done by ferry, and a typical trip was long, tiresome and unpredictable. In the 19th century, bridges slowly replaced the ferries and became a financial boon for their owners and operators. Travelers crossing the bridge first had to pay a fee, or toll charge. Anecdotal stories suggest that the tolls were hefty: in the 1810s, a four-horse carriage cost a dollar and a two-horse carriage 75 cents. Foot passengers and cattle were equal and cost six cents each. It wasn’t until the1920s, when the Joint Bridge Commission bought the bridges, that they became free to cross. The early 19th-century bridges often experienced damage and even destruction due to severe flooding and poor construction. A toppled bridge could cause injury and occasionally death, but as construction methods improved so did the bridges,
gradually being upgraded to the versions we travel on today Some of the bridges in this story, such as the Skinners Falls Bridge and Kellam’s Bridge, are reminiscent of earlier days with wooden trusses, one-way lanes and limited tonnage. Others, such as the bridges at Barryville and Narrowsburg, have a more modern appearance and wider lanes, and many have pedestrian walkways.
The tour Our tour begins downstream, with the Pond Eddy Bridge, a petit truss bridge between the hamlet of Pond Eddy in Lumberland, NY and Shohola Township, PA. It was built in 1903 to replace an old suspension bridge that had washed away in a flood, and it connected the bluestone quarries in Pennsylvania to New York. The bridge is at the center of a swirl of controversy now between residents who want to save it for its beauty and historic value, and others who want to demolish it for something safer and stronger. Continued on page 21
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more picturesque in the region, and it offers great opportunities for swimming, picnicking and boating. Landers Campground is on the New York side of the bridge, along with public boating and swimming access points. And don’t miss a visit to the Milanville General Store for inexpensive gas and New York-style pizza on the PA side. Further along on route 97 you’ll find the turn-off for Route 371, leading you to the Damascus-Cochecton Bridge. A wide expansive bridge and heavily trafficked between the two states, its town is long gone. History of the old town and its popularity can be found at the Damascus Community Center in Cochecton Road. However, the view of the river is spectacular, and it is possible to come upon this bridge the back way, by traveling along the meandering and curvy River Road from Milanville to Damascus. (For the intrepid among you, it is also possible to take River Road from Narrowsburg to Milanville, and on to Damascus.) Still further north on 97, approaching the hamlet of Callicoon in the Town of Delaware, you will cross a wide high bridge, but this bridge crosses Callicoon Creek. You must take the turn into town and stay right to reach the Callicoon Bridge over the Delaware. This is a small two-lane bridge with a pedestrian walkway that affords great views of the narrowing river and its many upriver islands. Callicoon is a great place to visit as well, with restaurants, art galleries, shops and a health food store. Less than five miles upriver on 97 is the Little Equinunk Bridge, which natives refer to as Kellam’s Bridge. This suspension bridge, constructed in 1890, appears to be from an earlier generation when people rode in carriages and produce was carried along in a wagon. The single sign of modernity is the now defunct railroad tracks that traverse the New York side. This one-lane, picturesque bridge has heavier traffic than one would imagine, but cars and people are polite about the short waits. Fishing access is available here, as the Delaware begins its wander into prime trout territory. The last of the bridges along this route is the LordvilleEquinunk Bridge. Accessible on the New York side from Route 97 and the PA side from 191, this crossing is loaded with charm and history. There are stories that suggest that
at Lordville a ferryman would transport passengers in a basket and— judging from the town itself, one of the region’s most colorful—such a legacy would not be surprising. On the New York side you’ll find roosters running freely among manikins on the road and in the windows of the houses. On the PA side, you’ll find the Equinunk General Store stocked to the brim with containers of molasses and flour, walnuts and candies, weighed out for daily use. The Equinunk Historical Society is also a treasure trove of old photographs and information. The road north from this spot on both sides of the river descends and ascends into some truly wild and breathtaking scenery. So gas up the car, grab your map of the Upper Delaware, and be prepared to cross a bridge or two as you get to know this magical region.
A Bridge with a View Continued from page 19
The Barryville-Shohola Bridge was completely rebuilt several years ago, and has a sleek, modern look. It is named for the two towns it connects, and it has several viewing stations along its pedestrian walkway. One of several treats near this bridge is the friendly town of Barryville, with antique and specialty shops, several restaurants and the River Market. Continue north along the Scenic Byway (Route 97) and you will arrive at one of the jewels of the Upper Delaware: The Roebling Bridge. This single-lane bridge was constructed by John A. Roebling, who 20 years later built the Brooklyn Bridge, and it was originally one of four aqueducts engineered to raise the river during the D&H Canal era. It retains its old-world charm with a wooden truss structure. In season, you can visit the Zane Gray Museum and also hike along the old D&H canal trails. Don’t miss dining at the Lackawaxen Inn, which has a great porch for gazing at the river rapids going by. Stay on 97 north a few more miles, and you’ll come upon bustling Narrowsburg, a Town of Tusten hamlet. Narrowsburg is a favorite for eagle watching and fishing and its bridge, the Narrowsburg-Darbytown Bridge, is among those that can be transversed by foot. The bridge is a favorite spot for residents and visitors in late winter who gather to “watch the ice go out,” which it does after a cold season in great sheets and iceberg piles. In addition to breathtaking views, the hamlet has some excellent restaurants, boutiques and shops, and is home to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The River Reporter newspaper. The hamlet and its bridge overlook the Big Eddy, which at 113 feet deep is the deepest stretch of the entire Delaware. Back on 97, seven miles north of Narrowsburg, you’ll come upon a sign steering you downhill and over railroad tracks to the Skinners Falls-Milanville Bridge, affectionately known as the Skinners Falls Bridge. The bridge (and the falls it commemorates, just visible from the bridge) are named for Daniel Skinner, who took the first timber raft down the river in in 1764. The bridge, built in 1902, replaced a busy ferry service run largely by Skinner’s descendants, who were a prominent family in the area. This one-lane wooden truss bridge is among the
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Narrowsburg - Callicoon - Youngsville Rock Hill - Monticello - Liberty - Livingston Manor Neversink - South Fallsburg - Middletown Ellenville - Kingston
OUT & ABOUT
Progression By Sandy Long The green rain the green breeze the green smoke of expiring trees. Ferns flee to yellow, cinnamon soon to fall; forest floor is dressed in gold acorns pearl our stroll. Faintly sweet the souring air fading blades of bleaching sun driffle and waffle the bloom-drunk monarch on its fleet journey home. Crumpled decline of the seed-heads to soil slow-wagging walk of the fragile eft lifting the onions, papered, from earth inching the garlic to rest in its bed. Into the air a wild earth-fertile odor. Into our cells, bulging nectar of apple. Into deep storage the memory of summer. Into cocoon of the self for winter.
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The River Reporter’s 17th Annual THE BEST BALLOT IS BACK!
We have added some new categories to our extensive best ballot! There are 240 categories but you do not have to ll all of them out. We ask that you simply vote for the people, places or businesses that you think are the best. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to receiving your choices. We will publish our 2012 WINNERS in our annual Reader’s Choice Awards “BEST” supplement in January 2013.
Good Luck to all! BEST PLACES FOR FOOD & DRINK Appetizers _______________________ Artisan Bakery ____________________ Bakery _________________________ Barbecue ________________________ Beer Selection _____________________ Breakfast ________________________ Brunch _________________________ Buffet/Smorgasbord _________________ Candy Shop ______________________ Cheesesteak Sandwich ________________ Chinese Restaurant __________________ Coffee House _____________________ Deli ___________________________ Desserts ________________________ Diner __________________________ Dinner _________________________ Early Bird Specials __________________ Family Restaurant __________________ French Fries ______________________ Fresh Bread ______________________ Fresh Meats ______________________ Gourmet Restaurant _________________ Grocery Store/Supermarket _____________ Hamburgers ______________________ Happy Hour ______________________ Health Food Store __________________ Home Cookin’ Restaurant ______________ Hot Dogs ________________________ Ice Cream Parlor ___________________ Italian Restaurant __________________
Kid-Friendly Restaurant _______________ Liquor Store ______________________ Lunch __________________________ Martinis_________________________ Menu __________________________ New Restaurant (non-chain) ____________ Pasta Dish _______________________ Pizza __________________________ Produce_________________________ Outdoor Dining ____________________ Overall Restaurant: in Delaware County __________________ in Orange County __________________ in Pike County ____________________ in Sullivan County __________________ in Wayne County___________________ in the Region ____________________ Ribs ___________________________ Romantic Restaurant _________________ Salad __________________________ Sandwiches ______________________ Seafood_________________________ Soups __________________________ Specialty Food Store _________________ Steakhouse ______________________ Vegetarian Food/Restaurant ____________ Wedding/Specialty Cakes ______________ Wine Selection ____________________ Wings __________________________
BEST PLACES TO SHOP Antique Store _____________________ Art Supplies Store __________________ ATVs___________________________ Auto Parts Store____________________ Baby/Kids Store ____________________ Bait & Tackle Store __________________ Boat Dealer ______________________ Bookstore _______________________ Car Dealership ____________________ Clothing Store _____________________ Collectibles Store ___________________ Convenience Store __________________ Electronics _______________________ Farm Equipment Retailer ______________ Flooring Store _____________________ Florist __________________________ Furniture Store ____________________ Garden Center_____________________ Gift Shop ________________________
Hardware Store ____________________ Hot Tub Store _____________________ Jewelry Store _____________________ Kitchen Supply Store _________________ Knit Shop________________________ Lumberyard ______________________ Mattress Store _____________________ Medical Equipment Store ______________ Motorcycle Shop ____________________ Music Store_______________________ Outdoor Recreation Store ______________ Pet Shop ________________________ Place to Buy Art ____________________ Pottery Studio _____________________ Specialty Store (not food) ______________ Sporting Goods Shop_________________ Tire Store _______________________ Vintage Shop _____________________ Wine Shop _______________________
2012 READER’S CHOICE AWARDS
BEST BUSINESSES & SERVICES Auto Service Station _________________ Bank __________________________ Beauty Parlor _____________________ Builder’s Association _________________ Cellular Service Provider ______________ Christmas Tree Farm _________________ Eye Care Center ____________________ Elder Care Facility __________________ Emergency Room ___________________ Fitness Center _____________________ Funeral Home _____________________ Green Business ____________________ Heating Fuel Company _______________ Home & Garden Store ________________ Hospital/Medical Facility ______________ Insurance Agency ___________________ Kennel _________________________ Kid’s Camp _______________________ Kitchen & Bath Store _________________ Maternity Unit _____________________ Modular Homes ____________________
Mortgage Company _________________ New Business of the Year (not food) ________ Pet Grooming _____________________ Pet Pampering ____________________ Pharmacy _______________________ Photography Studio _________________ Plumbing & Heating Supply ____________ Property Management Service ___________ Rehabilitation Services________________ Rental Center _____________________ Real Estate Office ___________________ Septic Service _____________________ Spa or Personal Pampering_____________ Storage Center ____________________ Towing Service ____________________ Trash Collection Service _______________ Tuxedo Rentals ____________________ Veterinarian Clinic __________________ Well Driller ______________________ Yoga Center ______________________
Accountant _______________________ Architect ________________________ Auto Mechanic _____________________ Bank Teller_______________________ Barber _________________________ Bartender _______________________ Builder _________________________ Butcher _________________________ Caterer _________________________ Carpenter _______________________ Car Salesman _____________________ Chef __________________________ Chiropractor ______________________ Clergy __________________________ Coach __________________________ Customer Service ___________________ Dentist _________________________ Doctor__________________________ Electrician _______________________ Event Planner _____________________ Excavator ________________________ Green Developer ___________________
Holistic Practitioner__________________ Interior Decorator __________________ Landscaper_______________________ Lawyer _________________________ Law Enforcement Officer_______________ Massage Therapist __________________ Medical Specialist ___________________ Ob-Gyn _________________________ Painter _________________________ Pediatrician ______________________ Plumber ________________________ Politician ________________________ Postmaster _______________________ Radio Personality ___________________ Real Estate Agent ___________________ Roofer _________________________ Salesperson ______________________ Teacher _________________________ Waiter/Waitress ____________________ Web Designer _____________________ Yoga Teacher _____________________
BEST OF OUR COMMUNITY Ambulance Squad __________________ Animal Shelter ____________________ Chamber of Commerce________________ Chicken BBQ (volunteer) ______________ Civic Club or Organization _____________ Community Festival or Event ____________ Fair ___________________________ Farm Market______________________ Fire Department ___________________ Historic Site ______________________ Library _________________________ Local: Artist_________________________ Author ________________________ Celebrity ______________________ Farm_________________________ Getaway ______________________ Golf Pro _______________________ Musician/Band ___________________ Photographer ___________________ Potter ________________________ Local Products: Cheese________________________
Eggs _________________________ Meats ________________________ Maple Syrup ____________________ Wine _________________________ Most Attractive Building _______________ Museum ________________________ Neighborhood _____________________ Pancake Breakfast __________________ Parade _________________________ Penny Social ______________________ Place to Play Bingo__________________ Place in the River Valley _______________ Place of Worship ___________________ Post Office _______________________ Radio Station _____________________ Secret Treasure ____________________ Scenic Drive ______________________ Shopping Area ____________________ Special Area Attraction _______________ Sullivan Renaissance Project ____________ Youth Center ______________________ Youth Program ____________________
OFFICIAL "BEST" BALLOT ENTRY FORM PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY Name __________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________
BEST PLACES Amusement/Fun Park ________________ Art Gallery _______________________ Atmosphere ______________________ Bed & Breakfast ___________________ Canoe Livery______________________ Campground______________________ Cider Mill ________________________ College _________________________ Day Trip ________________________ Golf Course ______________________ Horseback Riding ___________________ Movie Theatre _____________________
HOW TO VOTE: Print clearly or type your choices for “THE BEST” from the categories listed. Include the name and town of business, organization, place or person you are voting for. Best choices are limited to Delaware, Orange, Pike, Sullivan and Wayne counties. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Additional ballots are available at The River Reporter ofce at 93 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY—LIMIT ONE PER PERSON. Ballots MUST be complete and include full name, address and phone number of voter. All ballots must be received by December 23, 2012. Employees of The River Reporter and Stuart Communications are permitted to vote but not eligible to win prizes. HOW TO WIN PRIZES: All ballots will be included in a random drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held January 2013. No duplicate winners. Chances to win are determined by the number of entries. BEST Winners will be notied in January 2013.
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event calendar Upper Delaware Magazine presents an eclectic mix of things to do in the area. Please contact your local chamber for other events, and be sure to check out the vast array of art openings, craft fairs, penny socials, community suppers, music concerts, farmers markets and theater performances in the region.
Fri., Oct. 5 First Fridays contemporary author series Narrowsburg — Tusten-Cochecton Library, open mic sign-up 7pm, open mic 7:30pm, visiting authors 8pm, free, public welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening reception: ‘The Continuing Line’ Narrowsburg — Paintings & works on paper by Elise Freda on display at Delaware Arts Center (Alliance Gallery) through 10/27. Opening reception: 10/5, 7-9pm. 845/252-7576.
Sat., Oct. 6 Catherine Russell performs Narrowsburg — Jazz & blues vocals at Tusten Theatre, 8pm, $27. RSVP: 845/252-7272. Harvest & Heritage Days Honesdale — Craft vendors, antique dealers, artists, wing & chili taste-off, artisans & specialty food vendors on Main St., Sat. 9am6pm; Sun. 10am-4pm. Vendors wanted (by 9/14): 570/253-5492. Joel Hill Sawmill open house Lookout — Tours & sawing demonstrations at Civil War-era water-powered sawmill, 11am3pm, free. 570/224-6722. Old Stone Jail open house Honesdale — First Sat./mo., 10am-1pm. 570/253-5468. Reading with author Nina Burleigh Livingston Manor — Readings from “Under the Black Blanket” at CAS Arts Center, 4-6pm, free. 845-436-4227. Wine festival Bethel — Samplings from more than 20 wineries at Bethel Woods market sheds, 11am-4pm, $15 incl. complimentary glass; designated drivers $5. 800/745-3000.
Sun., Oct. 7 Harvest festival Bethel — Vendors, live performances, corn & hay mazes, pony rides & more at Bethel Woods, 11am-4pm, parking lots open 10:30am, free admission ($2 parking fee). Workshop: ‘A Lotta Ricotta’ Callicoon Center — Make whole milk ricotta cheese & learn ways to serve it at Apple Pond Farm, 10:30am-12:30pm, $40. RSVP: 845/482-4764.
Fri., Oct. 12 Black Bear Film Festival Milford — Support & promotion of independent films. 570/409-0909. Fall photography Dingmans Ferry — Capture fall colors w/ professional photographers John Barclay &
Kathy Peoples at PEEC, $260, $210 commuter rate. 570/828-2310. Old Time Fiddlers perform Galilee — Unity Grange Hall, doors open 7pm, music 8pm, $6. Door prizes, refreshments for sale. Benefits Unity Grange.
& book sale on the library lawn, 11am-2pm, free admission. 845/794-4660, ext. 6. John Hammond performs Narrowsburg — Blues combining guitar & harmonica at Tusten Theatre, 8pm, $30. RSVP: 845/252-7272.
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Birds of prey migration Dingmans Ferry — A day of raptor watching at Sunrise Mountain from PEEC, 9am-4pm, $20. RSVP: 570/828-2310. Black Bear Film Festival Milford — “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007” at Milford Theatre, 6pm. Q&A follows. blackbearfilmfestival.com or 570/4090909. Comedy show: ‘The Laugh Tour’ Lake Huntington — Featuring comedians from The Tonight Show, Letterman, Conan, Comedy Central & more at The Nutshell, mixer 7pm, show 8pm, $15 online, $20 door. TheLaughTour.com. Forest field day Kauneonga Lake — See how a tree is taken down & turned into lumber at Delaware Highlands Conservancy, 9am-noon. RSVP: 570/656-6672. Narrowsburg Music Day Narrowsburg — Tusten Theatre, Allen Brothers Band 2pm, Jesse Blumberg & the Voxare String Quartet performing Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Green Sneakers” 5pm, $20. RSVP: 845/252-7272. Oktoberfest Hawley — Sample German sausage paired with Stoudt Brewing Company’s Oktober Fest at Mill Market, 11am-1pm. 570/390-4440. Stage performance: ‘Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant’ Highland Lake — NACL Theatre, 7pm, sliding scale $12-25, children $5, family $20. RSVP: 845/557-0694.
Pancake breakfast Glen Spey — Full breakfast menu prepared by Lumberland seniors’ all-male master chefs at the senior center, 8am-noon, adults $7, under age 12 $3.
Sun., Oct. 14 Nature at night Dingmans Ferry — Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars & more at PEEC, 6-8pm, $5. 570/828-2310. Sunday for singles hike Dingmans Ferry — Meet new people & explore nature at PEEC, 1-3pm, free. 570/828-2310.
Fri., Oct. 19 Local history talk: ‘Plain Speaking’ Honesdale — Wayne County Historical Society, 5-6pm, free. Q&A follows. RSVP: 570/253-3240.
Sat., Oct. 20 Contra dance Galilee — Live music & callers at Unity Grange, teaching 7:15pm, dance 7:30-10pm, $5pp, $10/family. Potluck snacks at half-time. 212/254-3551. Fall foliage walk Hawley — Walk along the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail & ID trees & wildflowers at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 10am, free. pplpreserves.com Fall fun day Monticello — Scarecrow-making contest (1pm, must RSVP), story-telling, face painting
Sat., Oct. 27 Autumn edibles Hawley — Walk around PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in search of mushrooms, wildflowers & berries, 10am, free. pplpreserves.com PEEC-a-Boo Dingmans Ferry — Non-scary, family-oriented fun & educational trail at PEEC, 4-7pm, $5/child. Refreshments. Rain date: 10/28. 570/828-2310. Zombie run Matamoras — Apocalyptic 5k obstacle race running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies at Airport Park, free. Vendors, zombies & runners wanted! Facebook.com/ MatamorasApocalypse or 570/491-5159.
Mon., Oct. 29 Financial benefits of land conservation Liberty — Learn how to keep cherished lands in the family, & protect your lands & waters forever at the senior center, 7-9pm. 570/2263164.
Sat., Nov. 3 Bat talk Hawley — Learn about bats, their habits & habitats at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 7pm, free. 570/253-3042. Penny social White Lake — Dr. Cornelius Duggan Community Center, doors open 6pm, calling 7pm, $1 admission. Prizes, refreshments, 50/50, raffles. Benefits John J. Driscoll Jr. Scholarship Fund. Stage performance: ‘Maria Kizito’ Highland Lake — NACL Theatre, 4pm, sliding scale $12-25, children $5, family $20. RSVP: 845/557-0694.
Sun., Nov. 4 Performance: ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Bethel — Musical adventure for kids ages 4-94 at Bethel Woods, 2pm, free. Pre-performance art activity 2:30pm. BethelWoodsCenter.org
Sat., Nov. 10 Comedy show: ‘The Laugh Tour’ Lake Huntington — The Nutshell, mixer 7pm, show 8pm, $15 online, $20 door. TheLaughTour.com.
Sun., Nov. 11 Holiday bows & boughs Dingmans Ferry — Create your own holiday decorations using natural materials at PEEC, 1-3pm, $12. 570/828-2310.
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Fri., Nov. 16 Local history talk: ‘Plain Speaking’ Honesdale — Wayne County Historical Society, 5-6pm, free. Q&A follows. RSVP: 570/253-3240.
Sat., Nov. 17 Chinese brush painting & sumi’e Livingston Manor — No experience required; learn to make beautiful paintings at CAS Arts Center, 10am-1pm, members $45, nonmembers $55. RSVP: 845/426-4227. Contra dance Galilee — Live music & callers at Unity Grange, teaching 7:15pm, dance 7:30-10pm, $5pp, $10/family. Potluck snacks at half-time. 212/254-3551. Game dinner & PEEC’s 40th anniversary Dingmans Ferry — Featuring PA game & seasonal harvests at PEEC, reception in the Ecozone 6pm, dinner 7pm, $25/person, $40/ couple. RSVP: 570/828-2310. Nature & wildlife photography seminar Dingmans Ferry — Learn photography basics at PEEC, 9am-4pm, $95 seminar, $125 seminar & reception (7pm, incl. lodging & breakfast). 570/828-2310. Stage performance: ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ Highland Lake -- NACL Theatre, 7pm, sliding scale $12-25, children $5, family $20. RSVP: 845/557-0694.
Sun., Nov. 18 Pancake & French toast breakfast Claryville — All-you-can-eat at the firehouse, 7am-noon, adults $7, ages 5-11 $3, under 5 free. Take-out avail. 845/985-7270. Stage performance: ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ Highland Lake — NACL Theatre, 4pm, sliding scale $12-25, children $5, family $20. RSVP: 845/557-0694.
Sat., Nov. 24 Intro to astronomy Dingmans Ferry — Learn about constellations while star-gazing at PEEC, 7-9pm, $10 (adults only). RSVP: 570/828-2310.
Sat., Dec. 1 Intro to astronomy Dingmans Ferry — Learn about constellations while star-gazing at PEEC, 6-8pm, $10. RSVP: 570/828-2310. Lenape of the eastern woodlands Dingmans Ferry — Learn about day-to-day activities of the Lenape culture at PEEC, 1-3pm, $20. Ages 10+. 570/828-2310.
Fri., Dec. 7 Winterfest Hawley — Family craft project at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 6-7:30pm, free. pplpreserves.com
Sat., Dec. 8
Hike if there’s no snow. 570/828-2310. Winter survival hike Dingmans Ferry — Hike while learning survival skills at PEEC, 1-3pm, $10. 570/828-2310.
Sun., Dec. 9 Hibernation hike Dingmans Ferry — Learn how plants & animals survive the winter while hiking at PEEC, 10am-noon, free. 570/828-2310.
Sat., Dec. 15 Christmas bird count Hawley — Join the Audubon Society at Lake Wallenpaupack Preserve. Email email@example.com w/ questions or 570/253-7001. Contra dance Galilee — Live music & callers at Unity Grange, teaching 7:15pm, dance 7:30-10pm, $5pp, $10/family. Potluck snacks at half-time. 212/254-3551.
Ongoing Book discussion Narrowsburg — Library, 3rd Thurs./mo., 4pm. Chess for fun Narrowsburg — All levels welcome at the library, Fri., 6pm. 845/252-3360. Dessert with Mr. Q Jeffersonville — Book discussion & dessert at the library, 2nd Wed./mo., 6:30pm. Farmers Market Callicoon -- Delaware Community Center, Sun. Jan. 6 - Mar. 17, 11am-2pm. 845/2926180 x 115 Knitters & crocheters meet Liberty — Share patterns & tips while stitching w/ friends at the library, Tues., 10:15am. 845/292-6070. Knitwitz Jeffersonville — Knitting club meets at the library, 1st & 3rd Tues./mo., 6:30pm, free. All levels welcome. 845/292-5250. Shohola Railroad & Historical Society meeting Shohola — Municipal bldg., 1st Wed./mo., 7pm. All welcome. Story hour Liberty — Liberty Public Library, Wed., 11am. All ages welcome, perfect for ages 2.5-5. 845/292-6070. Story time Narrowsburg — Tusten-Cochecton Library through 10/26, Fri., 1-2pm. RSVP: 845/2523360. Story time Jeffersonville — Jeffersonville Library through 10/25, Thurs., 10-11am. RSVP: 845/4824350. Sunday Night Cinema Honesdale — Wayne County Arts Alliance presents movies at Cinema 6, Sun., 8:15pm, $5 suggested. Intro precedes movie & discussion follows. 570/390-4420. Writers’ workshop Callicoon — Bring a poem or 3 pages of prose to the library, every other Tues., 5:30pm.
Intro to snowshoeing Dingmans Ferry — Basics of using snow shoes at PEEC, 9-11am, $10. Equipment provided.
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NESTLED ON 55 ACRES, Sullivan County’s newest boutique hotel, The Sullivan, combines relaxed elegance, exceptional service and an inviting atmosphere for the leisure or business traveler. Just 90 miles from NYC, The Sullivan is the perfect place to gather with family or friends to enjoy all the region has to offer. Conveniently located in Rock Hill, the hotel is just minutes from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Monticello Casino & Raceway, Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park, as well as a variety of golf experiences and outdoor adventures. At The Sullivan guests will find two restaurants and a lobby bar, as well as meeting and special event space for up to 1,000 guests. Full-service catering for any occasion is also available. Each of The Sullivan’s guest rooms and suites have been beautifully renovated. 100% Egyptian cotton linens and flat screen HDTVs are among the standard amenities in each room, while suites include a Jacuzzi tub for the ultimate in relaxation.
PLANNING AN EVENT? The Sullivan offers an incredible combination of flexible event space, accommodations, amenities and proximity to the natural beauty the surrounding region has to offer. Featuring full service catering by BHR Catering — The Sullivan is located just minutes from exceptional golf experiences and Catskills excursions. Whether it’s a large conference, seminars or a small convention The Sullivan can accommodate up to 1,000, as well as provide comfortable rooms for meetings, retreats, training and more.
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