The Waltonian - December Newsletter

My sister and I launched the The Waltonian a year ago, with a series of advent calendar posts from December 1st through Christmas Eve. And we’ve been sharing events around Walton and other Walton news since January. I moved to NYC at the end of June, but inspired by the changes I’ve seen in Walton over the past few months and years and grateful for the support and interest I’ve seen for this newsletter, I decided to keep it up, with a newsletter going out monthly. We’re now at 250 subscribers to the newsletter! So a big thanks to everyone who subscribed! I hope this newsletter continues to inform you of the Walton area events you’d like to attend, and I hope we can expand on what we’ve started with more news, informative essays on issues facing our community, provocations for a better future, and other fun projects.

Some Things to Do This December

  • Christmas Trees - Pick out a pre-cut Christmas tree at the school bus garage and support the Walton Fire Department. Or cut your own Christmas Tree for $20 at the Elderkin Christmas Tree Farm across from More Park (open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00-3:00, saws provided). Once you’ve got your tree, here are some ideas for decorating.

  • Charitable Giving - This is a season for giving generously and receiving graciously. If you are able, consider donating to the Walton Food Pantry (monetary donations are especially helpful, you can give through the Regional Food Bank of Northeaster New York), or other local charities (if you’re willing to consider donating further afield, GiveWell evaluates the charities “that save or improve lives the most per dollar”). Short on cash? Here are some other ways to help people out by giving of your time: from the comfort of your home or around our town.

  • Shopping Local - Keep up the momentum from Spend the Day in Walton by checking out the shop local gift guides we compiled last year for gifts and gift cards (note that some details in these posts may have changed since they were written last year). Also check out the 2019 Pure Catskills Gift Guide for more ideas.

  • Goal Setting - It’s a New Year’s tradition to set goals for the upcoming year. Now is a good time to think about what you want to achieve in the coming future and start forming the habits to get you there. (By the way, we recommend this newsletter about techniques for productivity and creativity informed by neuroscience.)

  • Enjoy the Outdoors - Last year we shared a list of fun outdoor winter activities and also our guide to down-hill skiing (and snowboarding) in the Catskills. We encourage you to spend as much time outside this winter as possible for your health and sanity. It may get cold around here, but we live here and might as well make the most of it!

December Events

  • The next Village Board of Trustees regular meeting will be Monday, December 2nd at 6:00pm.

  • The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00pm. There is also a BoE meeting on December 17th.

  • The next Town Board of Trustees regular meeting will be Monday, December 9th at 6:00pm.

  • Don't miss the Delaware River Stage Company's Christmas variety show on December 6th, 7th, and 8th.

  • The United Presbyterian Church is hosting their Annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Proceeds will benefit Presbyterian Women’s mission projects.

  • The Community Band Christmas Concert is December 9th, from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

  • The Christ Church is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14th. Lunch and snacks available.

  • Don’t miss the December events at the William B. Ogden Free Library!

Plenty more happening in Walton and the surrounding region this month! Enjoy and be safe!

Other Things of Note

  • The Village of Walton now has its own Facebook page for important updates.

  • There is no parking on village streets between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am until April 1st.

  • Village sidewalks need to be free of ice and snow by 9:00am.

  • The last day to pay your water-sewer bill without penalty is December 4th (bills were mailed on October 3rd).

  • College-bound students who are a primary member of a Sidney Federal Credit Union account are eligible to apply for New York Credit Union Association scholarships. The application can be found on the SFCU website and must be received by January 10th.

  • A reminder that open enrollment for health insurance will only last until January 31st. If you need health insurance, you can check out your options via the New York State of Health website or call the customer service center at 1-855-355-5777.

Thanks again for subscribing and reading! We'll be back with another newsletter at the beginning of January; feedback and submissions always welcome! Just respond to this email.

—Christopher Ogden


The Waltonian - November Newsletter

This newsletter is a little late because I was in Tennessee celebrating my cousin’s wedding; thanks for your patience! I hope you all had a fun, safe, and spooky halloween!

Here are some of this month’s events:

Other things to check out:

  • The November newsletter from the William B. Ogden Free Library. Plenty of interesting events at the library this month.

  • The Elderkin Christmas Tree Farm, across from More Park, will be open weekends 11:00-3:00, starting the last weekend in November (also open on Black Friday) and going until December 17th.

If you enjoyed this newsletter, would you do me a favor? I want to make sure everyone who would find this newsletter useful is subscribed, so I’d appreciate it if you’d share the word with your friends, neighbors, and family:

Share The Waltonian

Thanks so much! Next month’s issue is schedule for December 1st, so if there’s any events or other news you’d like us to share, please get in touch by then.

—Chris Ogden, The Waltonian

The Waltonian - October Newsletter

Hey all! October is here, and so is the latest newsletter from The Waltonian. Enjoy!

Library Events

Lots of events at the village library this month, including: a free family music workshop with Backtrack A Cappella Vocals, Learning Together: A parent child playgroup, Chair Yoga, two essential oils workshops, a pumpkin-themed adult crafternoon, an artist reception with Studio 190, author talk with Denise Dailey, a magic workshop with Charles Cannon, and Halloween trick-or-treating. And also their regular scheduled programs: mahjong, book and film chat, meetings of the Walton Writer's Group, Teen Night, a book club, knitting and crocheting, preschool story time, and a ukelele group. (Check out the newsletter for the dates and other details.)

Homecoming Activities

The Walton Chamber of Commerce is organizing a fall festival “Leaf Peeking and Antiquing” event for Saturday, Oct 12 from 9 am till 3 pm. The event is intended to invite folks to our beautiful town to see the fall foliage, and enjoy Walton’s variety of antique shops on a wonderful hometown Homecoming Weekend.

The homecoming parade will start at the bus garage at 9 am and conclude at the school. The football game will be played at home at 1:30 pm. While you are waiting for game time, you can shop the sales in Walton’s shops. A map will be available of all the antique and thrift stores.

Vendors with antiques, or homemade crafts of goods and food are also welcome to join in at Vet’s Plaza in a juried craft event with the emphasis on fall pleasures. Spots will cost $20 for an 8x10 spot, or $10 for Walton Chamber members. If you are interested in a spot please contact me at 865-5009.

Enjoy lunch and dinner at some of Walton’s restaurants and stay to enjoy the Chamber’s Free Night of Entertainment that evening at the Walton Theatre. Come enjoy a beautiful fall weekend in Walton.

—Patty Hunter Wood, in the Good News Around Walton Facebook Group

And a free variety show:

Transition Catskills Events

Check out the latest Transition Catskills newsletter for info about a Repair Café ("A Repair Café is where you bring your beloved-but-broken items and work with a volunteer repair specialist to fix them -- for free!") to be held in Roxbury on October 26th, as well as a Sustainable Business Workshop for Catskill Farmers & Local Food Businesses to be held at Bushel Collective in Delhi later in the year.

What else?

Definitely plenty to do this month! If you’re looking for more activities, perhaps check out the new mini-golf course in Bovina that we mentioned in last month’s newsletter. Or check the Everything Walton community calendar for recently added events.

Next month’s newsletter will go out around the first of the month, so if you have anything you’d like us to include for November, please reach out by October 31st (you can just reply to this email). Thanks for reading!

The Waltonian - September Newsletter

Hello Waltonians!

The start of the school year is upon us, and fall is approaching. Here are some suggestions from The Waltonian for things to do this month:

That’s all I have this month, but if you’re looking for more to do, check out Everything Walton’s community calendar. And definitely submit your events both here and there if you’re involved with hosting anything.

The next newsletter is scheduled for October 1st. If there’s an October event or news you’d like us to share, just respond to this email prior to that date. Feedback and ideas always welcome.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

P.S.: Who’s checked out this new mini-golf course in Bovina? Looks like fun! If anyone has more information or reviews, please write back and I’ll share.

The Waltonian - August Newsletter

Hello Waltonians!

This month’s newsletter contains the usual list of events that’s happening in and around Walton. Before we get to that though, we wanted to share a list of recommendations for making the most of the rest of your summers: The Waltonian Recommends.

Hope that gave you some ideas for some end of summer activities! Here’s some of what else is happening in Walton this month:

  • The Delaware County Fair, of course! You didn’t need me to tell you that, but if you’re looking for a schedule, it’s available here on the fair website.

  • The Walton Car Fair and Vendor Show. Saturday, August 10th, from 4:00 to 8:00pm, with the cruise to take place at 6:00pm.

  • The Walton Farmers Market, every Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Don’t miss the free bike repair day on August 9th.

  • Meet and Greet with NYS Senator Jen Metzger, this Saturday, August 3rd, from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Village of Walton trustees Nate Jamieson and Eric Ball will also be present. Held at the Lucky Dog Store and Cafe in Hamden.

  • If anyone’s looking for work, check out the Greater Binghamton Job Fair on Friday, August 9th. Also, the village library is looking for a part-time library clerk (see link below).

  • Plenty of events at the library again this month, including free yoga events. More info in the library newsletter.

  • Some upcoming events at Bushel (in Delhi) that sound interesting, including DIY bookmaking.

The next newsletter is scheduled for September 1st. If there’s a September event or news you’d like us to share, just respond to this email prior to that date.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

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