A group of 50 children and parents visited Rockin’ Mountain Honey in Monroe earlier this week in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. Apples dipped in honey are a traditional food eaten at Rosh Hashanah. The sweetness of the apples and honey symbolize the wish for a sweet new year. The families were gathered as part of a Port Jervis Free Library program that was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Coming up

• The 33rd annual Alec Wilder Concert sponsored by Friends of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) organization will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn. Featured will be Ghost Train with leader Brian Carpenter, performing their updated versions of the original Alec Wilder Octet, and the Michael Kanan Trio (piano, guitar and bass). Wilder was an American musician/composer whose jazz wasn’t jazzy enough for some and his classical compositions not high-brow enough for others. Many believe he was best known for his collaboration with singers Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. All tickets are $25 and available at the door. Wine and beer can be purchased. The event is being promoted by Jim Eigo in Warwick.

• On Sept. 20 Texas Roadhouse is hosting a Dine to Donate from 4-10 p.m. with 10 percent of the check benefitting the nonprofit ”Homes For Our Troops.” Also a rib eating challenge will be conducted at 6 p.m. with several fire departments participating: Silver Lake, City of Middletown, and Circleville.

• The 21st annual St. Christopher’s Episcopal Golf Outing will be Oct. 2 at the Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester. All proceeds will directly benefit cottage enhancement on all three campuses, said spokesperson Joan Massa at 914-693-3030, ext. 2233, who is taking reservations. The residential treatment center is said to be an innovative adolescent development center. For information, visit stchrisgolfouting@sc1881.org.

This & that

At the annual barbecue of the Goshen Republican Committee, retiring State Sen. John Bonacic was honored for his 30-plus years of dedicated service. He was presented with a hand-drawn map, circa 1922, of the Town of Goshen.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.