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Nov 1 | St. Peter’s annual pork and sauerkraut dinner | 6PM
is November 1st at 6:00pm. There will be family style seating and all you can eat. We will be serving pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce, rye bread, pumpkin bread, apple crisp and vegetables. All produce is locally grown. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to13, age 5 & younger eat free. We also do take out: $15. Please contact Carol at (845) 651-4729 for tickets or email her
Nov | Veteran's Memorial Celebration | 11:00AM
At American Legion, Greenwood Lake; 845-477-9212
Nov 6 | The Energize Warwick/NYSERDA workshop | 6:30-7:45PM
How to take advantage of the NY State incentives on Home Energy Efficiency (including Solar!) will be presented at the Albert Wisner Library. Meridith Nierenberg, Bill Makofske, Michael Helme and a representative from Hudson Solar will be covering topics such as NYSERDA subsidies, NYS and Federal tax credits and financing for both efficiency and solar, as well as an overview of how efficiency and solar technologies can be applied to homes.
COME if your home isn’t as tight/energy efficient as it could be — and you want to take advantage of the great NY State incentives available. COME if you’ve already gone through the Energize program and “bear witness” for others. And COME with a friend/neighbor who might be interested.

Nov | Veteran's Day Service | 11AM
At Memorial Park, Warwick, NY. Warwick Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4662. Assembly at American Legion on Forester Ave., 10:30, then procession to Memorial Park at 11AM. Call 845-986-1290 for more info!

Nov | Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6PM
Holiday Tree Lighting – The Warwick Valley Gardeners annual tree lighting at the Railroad Green Park, Railroad Ave., Warwick, NY 10990. Join us to kick off the holiday season. For more Information go to

November 11 (Veteran's Day) | Reflecting Upon Our First Veterans | 7PM
On Veterans' Day, it is appropriate to reflect on the place of the Fishkill Supply Depot in the Revolutionary War, and especially upon the hundreds of brave men who died and were buried in the soldiers' cemetery on the Depot property.

This important part of our National identity has become a casualty of time and progress, even after being recognized and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970's.

Recent archaeological investigations in anticipation of commercial development have unearthed hard evidence in the ground that establishes where the graveyard lies, as well as the foundations of part of the military city. Subsequent painstakingly detailed research into the muster rolls from the Revolutionary War has confirmed the names of 100 rank-and-file soldiers, officers and medical personnel who are buried there.

Lance Ashworth, president of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot, and other trustees will explain what has been discovered and the extraordinary efforts underway to permanently preserve the Depot and Burial Ground.

Please honor all of our veterans by attending an event that reflects upon our first veterans and their revolutionary sacrifice. Join us at the A.W. Buckbee Center at 7:00 pm, cost $10.00 per person with refreshments. Reservations preferred by calling 845-986-3236 or email but walk-ins are welcome.

Nov 12 | Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6-9PM
Pine Island Town Park, Kay Road, Pine Island NY. Refreshments and music! Place: Pine Island Park Butterfly Garden
Join friends and neighbors at the Pine Island Park Butterfly Garden for an annual community tree lighting event hosted by the Pine Island Chamber and with help from our friends and fellow volunteers of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Pulaski Fire Company, the Warwick Valley Middle School Caroling Choir and our local Girl Scouts. Enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and treats as the garden evergreen is lit for the winter season.
Nov | An Evening of Thanksgiving | 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Hosted By The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick. Please join us as we thank our members for their many contributions over the years

A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990. Wine and Hor d'oeuvres. RSVP Lisa 845-986-3236. Event sponsored by: Warwick Valley Financial Advisors.

Nov & Dec | Wreath Fineries
Wine Trail Event. Visit 11 wineries; receive a grapevine wreath & holiday ornament. Sample food & wine. Fee. Reservations: Call 845-988-9292.
Nov | Home for the Holidays Open House | Noon-5PM
Downtown Warwick; music, food, & drink. Strolling carolers; horse & buggy rides; special sales. Warwick Merchants Guild. 845-987-7600.
Nov | Warwick Merchant’s Guild presents “Home for the Holidays”| Noon-5PM
Open House –stores have specials, music, refreshments, decorations for the season, etc
Nov 20-21-22 | The Cedar Chest will be celebrating its 10th Annual Open House | from 9:30AM-4:30PM.
25% off all coats, boots, jewelry, and Housewares, and an incredible 50% off EVERYTHING ELSE! Complimentary sandwiches, dessert, hot cider, coffee. Customers also will receive a free gift at checkout!
November 26 | Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service| 7:30pm
All are invited to Thanksgiving Eve Service to celebrate our blessings with a service of worship, music and message. Sponsored by the Warwick Valley Ecumenical Council. Join us at the Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Avenue. Rev. Jack Arlotta of St Stephen’s will offer the message. Refreshments to follow. For more information, email
Nov 27 | Chanukah Begins at Sunset (until December 5) |
Chanukah (also spelled Chanuka, Hanuka, Hanukka, Hannukah or Hanukkah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights, the Feast of Consecration, or the Feast of the Maccabees. The story of Chanukah begins in 167 B.C. while Jerusalem was ruled by the Greek Empire. King Antiochus the 4th forced the Jews to reject their religion and to worship the Greek gods instead. As a result, the Jews began a revolt, Judas Macabeus being the leader. Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem, after 3 years of fighting against the Greeks (Chanukah in Hebrew means "dedication").
Jewish resistance began in the village of Modiin, near Jerusalem. Greek soldiers forcibly gathered the Jewish villages and told them to bow down to an idol, then eat the flesh of a pig – both practices that are forbidden to Jews. A Greek officer ordered Mattathias, a High Priest, to acquiesce to their demands, but Mattathias refused. When another villager stepped forward and offered to cooperate on Mattathias' behalf, the High Priest became outraged. He drew his sword and killed the villager, then turned on the Greek officer and killed him too. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked the remaining soldiers, killing all of them.

Mattathias and his family went into hiding in the mountains, where other Jews wishing to fight against the Greeks joined them. Eventually they succeeded in retaking their land from the Greeks. These rebels became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.

Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time it had been spiritually defiled by being used for the worship of foreign gods and also by practices such as sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days. But to their dismay, they discovered that there was only one day's worth of oil left in the Temple. They lit the menorah anyway and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days.

This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit. You can learn more about the hanukkiyah in the article: What Is a Hanukkiyah?

Nov | Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6PM
Holiday Tree Lighting – The Warwick Valley Gardeners annual tree lighting at the Old School Baptist Church Warwick, NY 10990.

Nov | Hunting Season Opens in NY
Call 866-426-3778 for reporting info. Regulations available here>
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