In Japan, mochi is comfort food: sticky balls of rice with a satisfyingly chewy texture, topped with a variety of sweet or savory toppings. It’s also said to bring good fortune, so it’s traditional to serve it at holiday meals. The New Year is an extra-special time when it comes to mochi: Not only are you supposed to eat it, but you’re also supposed to get involved in making it. Pounding the rice, or mochi-suki, is a raucous group ritual meant to purge yourself of all the things that you want to put behind you in the old year.
125 get a good meal and great company.
The need for more youth outreach and people-friendly space were some ideas shared by focus groups for the Woodstock Public Library’s three-year plan of service.
The Great Christmas Light Fight choose a family from Houston over the Sussins of Saugerties, which some local views felt was unjust. But the Sussins harbor no ill will. ”Entering the show wasn’t about winning or losing,” says son Zach. “I got to show my display to the whole world.”
The fourth annual family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, holiday story and crafts hour, magic and a free community dinner.
Families began to line up outside the doors at about 11 Monday night, waiting in the cold for the doors to open the next morning at 9, where they could be ushered in from the cold to do their holiday “shopping” for their kids. This was not Black Friday and these weren’t the doors to the mall. Families were lined up and huddled in anticipation outside of People’s Place Food Pantry and Thrift Store on St. James Street in Kingston.
For the 98th year, members of the C.A. Lynch Hose Company will take time out their own Christmas morning celebrations to deliver candy to the children of Saugerties.
“Naming his hometown post office after Maurice will be an enduring recognition of his lifetime of service to the people of Saugerties and Ulster County.”
Thanks to events like these, “kids who might not ordinarily get very many presents and in some cases no presents can wake up Christmas morning and find toys under the tree.”
Jewish community is steeped in tradition, but at least in New Paltz the community is neither insular nor exclusively religious in character. When asked about their personal associations with Chanukah, many of those present included “community” as one of their descriptors, waxing on about the importance of connecting with other families and individuals.