The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead

Cornwall Life

MICHAEL FALCO Publish Date: 15 December 2017

Weather related cancellations aplenty in last Saturday’s snow fall. Better to be safe at home than sorry on the open roads. A dinner notice that was moved to this Saturday, December 16, has you enjoying the Annual Ham & Scalloped Potatoes Dinner at the Mountainville United Methodist Church. Your complete dinner is served 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. or until the ham is all gone! Your choice of Eat In – or Take Out. Buy your dinner tickets at the door. $10.00 apiece. 615 Angola Road.

Music Man Eddie Hurley, of Firthcliff, hopes to see you out & enjoying the music. Eddie’s popular Hurley Mountain Highway Band is appearing Saturday night, December 16 at the nearby Palaia Winery & Vineyards, Sweet Clover Road…just off Rte. 32. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Eddie Hurley promises “It’s gonna’ be a blast, as always!”

This Sunday, 12/17/17, is the last day to get in on the Food For Fines Program. The location is the Cornwall Public Library. Pay overdue fines with non-perishable food items. Each item donated will waive up to $1.00 in overdue fines. Donations will benefit the Orange County Veterans Food Pantry. Win – Win!

The Benny Havens Band, a vibrant component of the United States Military Academy Band, will present a concert of country music at Opry City Stage, located in Times Square in New York City on Friday, December 15 from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The Opry City Stage is located at 1604 Broadway in Manhattan. Country music has a new place to play in New York City! Join the Benny Havens Band as they bring their album, “Songs That Save Our Lives” to Nashville’s new home in Times Square, as well as performing three sets of your favorite country hits.

Cornwall families who appreciate day trips up to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and who want a practical way to help, will be interested to know – the CAS is the recipient of a generous matching grant for their work saving animals. If you donate to CAS before 12/31/17, your kindness will go twice as far, thanks to a lovely donor: $10 becomes $20, $50 becomes $100, all the way up to $200,000! The senior animals, after all, don’t have a 401k account, but with your help and this matching donation, the CAS 401-Hay appeal will ensure their safety and comfort during the cold days and dark nights of winter. Consider a Cornwall family day trip in the New Year to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY 12477. 845-336-8447. Hundreds of animals are counting on you!

When public schools are closed the last week in December contemplate interesting family visits to nearby Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, and find “A Cure for Cabin Fever” on December 27th through 30th, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the historic headquarters, seasonally decorated, and hear how the Washington’s acknowledged their holiday season during the final winter of the Revolutionary War. Explore the Museum featuring the multi award-winning exhibit, Unpacked &Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection, with over 1,300 artifacts. Finish your visit creating a take-home craft, free with Museum admission.

This Saturday evening, December 16, 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m., contemplate a family visit to Knox’s Headquarters, Forge Hill Road. Of note: In the 18th century, Christmas was a time for visiting family and friends, but it was also a time where crime surged due to the custom of employers releasing their workers to enjoy days of leisure time, spent mostly in a state of intoxication. From 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday December 16th assist the Ellison family to not only deal with the local rowdies but over 300 Continental artillerymen in search of liquid refreshment in this first-person presentation set during the winter of 1780-81 at Knox’s Headquarters. The program is outside on the grounds and inside the beautifully decorated 1754 stone Ellison house.

Your kids may love this item: Beary Merry Holiday Party. This Saturday, December 16 (Rain/Snow Date: December 17), 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring the kids to the Bear Mountain Zoo, specifically the Bear Den at 10:30 a.m. to make tasty snacks for the black bears! The holiday season celebration begins just after at 11 a.m. when the bears come out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Other family-friendly activities will be available and animal enclosures will be decorated throughout the day! You can make a day of it and take a trip to the Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink or take a hike on one of the beautiful trails!

It was my complete pleasure to stop in this past Sunday afternoon and introduce myself at the brand new Cornwall Sweet Shop. Many of us locally remember the store space as Eric’s Barber Shop, Main Street in Cornwall. The conversion of the space is complete. You would never know it had been a beloved hometown barber shop over many years. New memories can be made now. Tasty memories. There is only seating for five people and with luck you’ll snag a chair and enjoy your cup of coffee while watching the passing parade along Main Street. Mainly this is tasty treats to go. Take a look!
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