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The quaint village is three miles north of downtown Honesdale on Route 670.

  • Annual Christmas in the Village: This free event, held on December 1st, features holiday open houses from 2 to 4 p.m. at E.Kellogg Bed & Breakfast and James Manning House. The Honesdale High School Chamber Choir will sing seasonal carols at the James Manning House. Other surprises are in store as well as seasonal treats and goodies at both locations.

In addition, starting at 2 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library, Mrs. Claus will visit from the North Pole to help children write letters to Santa.  Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  Tours of the library and historical society are from 2 to 4 p.m.

Plus, enjoy “A Keepsake Christmas for Families” at the Bethany United Methodist Church, a tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. at the Bethany Village Senior Living Center and a tricky tray with drawings at 4 p.m.

“A Journey through Bethlehem” Bethany Presbyterian Church’s Living Nativity is from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday.

  • On Christmas Eve, luminaries will be lit along Bethany’s streets.

For more information about Christmas in the Village, call Janet at the James Manning House (570) 253-5573.

T here is plenty to do throughout December for people of all ages from holiday open houses to train rides.  Shop till you drop and then head to these businesses for festive fun.

  • The 27th Annual Holiday Open House at Highlights for Children: December 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., complete with treats, entertainment, storytelling, an art show, craft room, puppetry, and more.
  • 23rd Annual Ornament Hunt: December 8th at 10 a.m in Central Park. Children can “hunt” for ornaments for a chance to win prizes.



  • HonesdaleCSpic18Holiday Craft Fair: December 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ladore Lodge, Ladore Pavilion and Carousel & Staff Lounge Building in Waymart. Enjoy handmade items, baked goods, maple products, homemade soaps, jewelry, refreshments, and more.
  • Holiday Artisans Market: On December 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooperage, showcasing the work of many talented artisans of the Upper Delaware Region. You’ll find a selection of unique handcrafted gifts for friends & family.
  • Annual Chorus and Band Holiday Concert: On December 18th at 7 p.m., the Honesdale High School Chorus and Band will perform holiday favorites in the high school auditorium on Terrace Street.
  • Luminaries on Main: On Christmas Eve, enjoy 300 luminaries lining historic Main Street.
  • Throughout the month, Santa Express train rides on the Stourbridge Line will be available. Kids will receive a present from Santa and candy cane. Call (570) 470-2697.

For more information about these and more December events,  visit


MilfordpicStroll along the streets and alleys and step into antique stores, unique restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, a historic theater, and specialty shops.  There are also historic architectural structures including Grey Towers, the former home of America’s first forester Gifford Pinchot; and The Columns Museum, where the Pike County Historical Society is with historical artifacts and memorabilia including the famous “Lincoln Flag.”  Both buildings are open to the public.

Other than its historical claims, Milford is considered a destination based on its shopping and dining alone with eateries satisfying every palette from authentic Vietnamese to gourmet French dishes.

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Milford resembles something out of a picture book as the entire downtown twinkles with lights and the big star on the cliff glows from a distance. The free event is held December 1st at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Community House at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets. In addition to the tree lighting, people can enjoy a visit from Santa, cookies, and cocoa.
  • Craft Store Holiday Open House: On December 7th, the Pike County Developmental Center hosts an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Find hand-crafted gifts for all occasions.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments.  The center is at 107 West Ann Street.  For more details, call (570) 296-6319.
  • Girls’ Night Out: December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m., Milford Presents hosts another event with downtown businesses open featuring sales, refreshments, and fun. For more information, visit
  • Holiday Tours at Grey Towers National Historic Site: Beginning December 3rd through the 16th. Guided tours of all three floors with each room beautifully decorated for the holidays are available at 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale at Grey Towers: In addition to the tours, enjoy plein air paintings and a juried show of photographs, all depicting Grey Towers and the surrounding landscape. For more information on Grey Towers, visit
  • Winter Lights Festival/Celebrating the Arts: This 11th annual event takes place Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, the 20th 2019. The festival celebrates the beauty of winter, as well as the opening of the ice rink in Ann Street Park for the season.  Plus, the much anticipated Mac-n-Cheese and Chili contest which will be bigger and better this year.  For additional information and updates, “like” the festival on Facebook.


WinterfestpicDec18I n just a few days, Hawley will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hawley Winterfest. The celebration will take place starting Friday, December 7th and running through Sunday, December 9th. Winterfest kicks off on Friday night with a celebration of music featuring the internationally acclaimed organist and conductor Kyler Brown and the melodic talents of his Virgin Concort.

Saturday, visitors will be treated to a variety of activities including a horse and carriage ride, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at B. Madigan’s, special sales at our downtown shops, and local authors at the Hawley Library. Be sure to stop by the library for a fresh cup of homemade soup contributed by the Library board of directors. And while you’re strolling down Main Street, be sure to stop in at our Festival of Lights.

The historic town of Hawley is nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains lake region and is home to vibrant local shops, lodgings, restaurants, and entertainment.

Sunday will feature the delights of children’s theatre at the Ritz Playhouse and a special presentation by Bob Eckstein on his newly revised book, The History of the Snowman, at the Hawley Library.

No Winterfest would be complete without taking part in our House Tour. This year is extra special and will feature homes from a different era and all representing the rich history of our area. In addition, you can enjoy ice carvings, a beer tour, a cookie walk, exhibits, contests, demonstrations, giveaways, and much more for the entire family.

“I am so proud to be co-chairing this event with Jeanne Genzlinger. We have an amazing committee of talented and committed volunteers working hard to bring this event to life,” says Kate Hayes.

Hawley Winterfest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and is made possible by the efforts and generous contributions of our sponsors and donors. All levels of sponsorship are welcome and appreciated. Proceeds from this event are used to support ongoing community projects.

Please visit for more information on events and how you can support this event. You are welcome to join our Facebook page for updates:



Shoppers flock to the area for holiday browsing in these historic towns.  The sidewalks shine brightly, welcoming residents and visitors to explore and experience all they have to offer.  There are many unique boutiques and novelty shops along luminescent corners specializing in the perfect gift.
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‘Tis the season for…cranberries!  The tangy scarlet fruit is used in many ways during the holiday season, from decorating to drinking.  Cranberries can be enjoyed all year long, of course, but we traditionally start seeing the fruit around the holidays…
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Each year around Christmas time, the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary invites the public to honor or remember loved ones with lights hung on several trees at Wayne Memorial Hospital. At night, the lights glow and twinkle and remind all passersby that love lives.
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Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course, you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.
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WORDS FROM THE TEAMAnd now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.

–Rainer Maria Rilke

it’s a new year! Let’s kick it off with CM’s January Issue, packed full of the Good Stuff you want!  Healthy Eating.  A Night at the Oscars.  Aging.  Soup.  Big Game.  Winter Lights.  Eagles.  Cancer Risk.  Hydrilla.  Mrs. DoGood.  Prison Reflections. Bathing in the Forest. Pet Hotel Stays.  Must do events!

In 2019, CM is planning to launch a bigger, better, more expansive, user friendly website that is loaded with Good Stuff for you and our advertisers.  Make sure to watch future issues or visit our website for the launch date.

From all of us at CM… we wish you a happy, healthy & prosperous new year!

CM Team



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Do you have the oil changed in your car, tires rotated, and brakes checked?  Sure, you say.  Cars are expensive and I want it reliable and safe.  Makes sense.  Cars are the second most expensive item most of us will ever buy.  Then what about ensuring the safety of our most expensive investment?
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Smoke detectors save lives!  Here are tips to make sure yours will do their job.
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Although we are currently enjoying the beautiful fall foliage here in the Delaware River valley, winter is fast approaching.  With the water temperatures quickly dropping, the National Park Service would like to increase awareness of both the wonderful cold-weather recreational opportunities this area has to offer, as well as the steps you can take to stay safe while on rivers, lakes, and streams this winter.
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The Settlers Hospitality Group is pleased to present a night of complimentary lodging on November 12th at The Settlers Inn, Silver Birches or Ledges Hotel. Reservations are required. There will also be a fire side chat with wine and cheese at The Settlers Inn from 4-6pm featuring speaker Earl Granville starting at 4:15pm.
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–By Anya Shaunessy

Although we are currently enjoying the beautiful fall foliage here in the Delaware River valley, winter is fast approaching.  With the water temperatures quickly dropping, the National Park Service would like to increase awareness of both the wonderful cold-weather recreational opportunities this area has to offer, as well as the steps you can take to stay safe while on rivers, lakes, and streams this winter.

We are surrounded by rivers, streams, and lakes that are excellent for fishing in the fall, winter, and spring.  Ice fishing, eagle watching, and cold-weather kayaking are some of the best recreational activities in the area.  However, there are some extra steps  you should take to make sure you stay safe this winter!

Being on the water in winter months is fun, but it can be dangerous.  Being submerged in cold water poses serious and life-threatening risks due to hypothermia.  Hypothermia is your body’s response to your core temperature falling below its normal range of 95° F to 98.6° F. Falling into cold water, even in water that is as mild as 70° F, can lead to hypothermia.  This is because the human body is cooled 25% faster in water than in air.  Water temperature, air temperature, currents, and wind, as well as gender, body size, and body fat percentage all play a role in how fast one’s body temperature drops once in the water.  Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to hypothermia, as well as people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The risk of fatality from hypothermia and drowning greatly increases as the winter months approach.  According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, cold water incidents represent only 8% of the boating-related accidents; however, they result in 24% of the fatalities. The good news is that wearing a properly fitted life jacket can help save your life if you fall into cold water.  In fact, wearing your life jacket is mandatory from November 1 to April 30.  This means that everyone in a canoe or kayak, or in a boat measuring 16 feet or less, must wear a Coastguard certified life jacket.  This law was adopted in November of 2012 because of how effective life jackets are in keeping people safe while recreating on bodies of water in cold weather.  If you fall into cold water, wearing a life jacket will allow you to float without expending unnecessary energy, in addition to partially insulating your body.

Before you go out on the water, you should always make sure your life jacket is properly fitted and is in serviceable condition.  There is a simple way to ensure that your life jacket is properly fitted:  when you have put your life jacket on, stand with your arms straight up in the air, and have a friend tug upward on the shoulders.  If your life jacket is properly fitted, it should be snug and should not slide up past your chin.  Checking to make sure your life jacket is properly fitted ensures you will not slip out of it once in the water.  A snuggly fitted life jacket has the added benefit of acting as a layer of insulation between your body and the cold water.  Additionally, the life jacket should be in good, working condition.  This means that all buckles and zippers should be functional, and the life jacket should be free from rips, tears, or excessive wear.

Even if you are experienced on the river, accidents can still happen, and the best protection against hypothermia and drowning is knowing the conditions in which hypothermia is likely to occur, being able to identify and treat the symptoms of hypothermia, and making sure to observe the mandatory life jacket wear between November 1 and April 30.

Anya Shaunessy is the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador for Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  She is one of 70 young people chosen to work in National Parks around the country to help the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary.  The National Park Service is committed to the safety of all visitors and to the preservation of natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.  Contact the author at: or at 570-685-4871 ext. 6610. Don’t forget to visit our website,, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!


Falling into cold water, even in water that is as mild as 70° F, can lead to hypothermia. 

This is because the human body is cooled 25% faster in water than in air.