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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Open electric jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA —The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street will hold an open electric jam on Wednesday, July 31 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Ron Milke. Bring your instruments and perform on stage. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. Farm-fresh food will be available for purchase from The Market Café. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Rescheduled: Bug Music book reading and music performance

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, July 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org.

Along came a spider

I’m one of those guys who makes lists. Even with a calendar on my computer, a day runner, and a “Carnet De Journaliste” (reporter’s notebook—no clue why it’s in French on the cover), my house is littered with scraps of paper. Being an arachnophobe (fear of spiders), I try to keep the paper down to a minimum (where the creepy-crawlies tend to lurk), instead using Post-its® stuck to the mirror (one place I am guaranteed to look). With all that, one would think I’d know where I’m going, but there are always twists, turns and unexpected road blocks along the way.  Read more

23rd annual RiverFest on Main Street of Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment are the primary themes of Narrowsburg’s 23rd annual RiverFest, held this year on Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the edge of the Delaware River on Main Street. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, RiverFest embodies the spirit of the river valley and highlights the artists who live and work here.  Read more

Good-bye and thank you to a commuter’s friend

It is said, “A good man is hard to find”—especially if he is a car mechanic. It is with a heavy heart I viewed the sign at Wayne’s Midas in Port Jervis, NY that said they were closing because they lost their lease. Wayne is not only a good mechanic but a good man as well.

Located a short walk from the train station in Port Jervis, it was always a great convenience for this commuter to be able to drop off my truck in the morning and still make the 5:05 a.m. train. I would faithfully get a call around 2:30 p.m. that my truck was ready and the key was locked inside.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre with Jonathan Fox: Legendary Holy Grail (of comedy) unearthed at the Forestburgh Playhouse!

It’s true. The Holy Grail has been found. With considerable help from the dark and twisted minds of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Python alum Eric Idle (book and lyrics) created a “lovingly ripped-off” musical version of their film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” turned it upside down and teamed up with John Du Prez (additional music) to create “Monty Python's Spamalot,” now playing in Forestburgh.  Read more

Tackling illegal dumping in PA

An Illegal Dumpsite Survey (IDS) of Pennsylvania has been completed, and the results aren’t pretty. From 2005 to 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) performed the county-based survey of the Commonwealth, identifying 6,487 illegal dumpsites containing an estimated 18,516.83 tons of trash.

The results only capture sites that are visible from the public right-of-way and do not include farm dumps or dumps on private lands. For this reason, KPB notes, “It can be presumed that there are significant numbers of illegal dumpsites out of sight on private property.”  Read more

Word of the day: ephemeral

Words. Can’t get enough of them. My ongoing love affair with language continues to flourish as I constantly strive to find new ways with which to describe my adventures here in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although today’s word is no stranger to me, it cropped up repeatedly over the last week, and so I decided to flip through the dictionary, lest I be using it improperly.

Ephemeral—(adjective): Lasting for a very short time. Fashions are ephemeral… Having a very short life cycle (chiefly of plants).  Read more

Do something about the weather

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — As the region swelters this week in the summer sun, Mark Twain’s famous line comes to mind: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” As it turns out, however, a lot of local people and organizations are about to do something by getting involved in a year-long, multi-faceted community arts, science and history venture called The Weather Project (TWP).  Read more

One-man art show set for Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Painter and poet Clyde Washington will present “The Inspirational Art Show: The War with God” at the Days Inn on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Washington presents a combination of surrealistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry that enhance the message of each painting.

There will be a performance by blues singer and songwriter Debbie Fisher at 3 p.m. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

Tickets cost $15 and there will be an assortment of food available at a nominal cost. Call 845/ 292-1226.

Coal Town Rounders at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A “Concert in the Coop” at The Cooperage will be held on Friday, July 26 with the Coal Town Rounders, a hard-driving traditional bluegrass band that draws inspiration from all types of old-time string music. They have opened for the Lumineers, Emmy Lou Harris and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Live comedy with Marion Grodin at the Sullivan

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel welcomes a night of comedy featuring Marion Grodin on Saturday, July 27 at 9 p.m. at the hotel.

Grodin’s credits include appearances on “The View” and “Conan,” as well as performances with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Roseanne Barr,

The evening will also host comedians J.F. Harris of The Del Close Marathon and The Great Canadian Laugh Off, and Rich Kiamco, who has been seen on “The Howard Stern Show” and “Bravo.”

Tickets can be purchased online (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/414036) for $20 or at the door for $25.  Read more

Ardent hiker publishes guide to Catskills peaks

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Alan Via will present a program based on his book, “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500,” on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors in the Catskill Park Room. He is only one of a small handful of hikers to have hiked all the Adirondack and Catskill 100 highest peaks, the latter with his dog Bookah.  Read more

New exhibits at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three new exhibits opened at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 12. Two of the exhibits are still on display and will be until August 3. The exhibit “Art in Bloom” was a group exhibition and featured floral arrangements that complemented works of art. It ran for one weekend only (see page 24).  Read more

Twenty artists present ‘Farm Art’

CALLICOON, NY — Twenty area artisans and the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association will present an art exhibit titled “Farm Art: A Celebration of Local Foods” to be held at the Jennifer Reeves Gallery, 21 Lower Main St., on July 19, 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A free cocktail reception and silent auction will be held July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds go to support the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets. Refreshments will be provided by supporters of the farmers’ markets.

Graff on ‘bypassing parenting’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present author Laurie Graff reading her essay from the new anthology “No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood” at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. After the reading, CAS will also host a discussion of the essay’s ideas in light of its current exhibition “Out of Place,” exploring themes of parenthood, humor and anxiety.  Read more

Flamenco Trio to perform in PA

MILFORD AND HAWLEY, PA — The New York-based flamenco trio Segue will present “Ritmo, Color, y Pasion” on Saturday, July 27, at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at the Hawley Silk Mill at 2 p.m.

Segue offers flamenco music with a twist: in addition to having a guitarist (Jared Newman) and dancer (Eva Conti Algeria), this trio features a violinist, Sarah E. Geller.  Read more

Forgotten hero to be discussed

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will host guest speaker Linus Myers, who will present a talk about a local forgotten hero, Jeremiah Gunn of Honesdale, and his involvement in the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. Gunn, who died in 1889, is buried in the Glen Dyberry Cemetery in Honesdale.

WCHS welcomes the public to a talk every Sunday this summer throughout July and August at its museum, located at 810 Main St. Visit www.waynehistorypa.org or call 570/253-3940 for a schedule of speakers.  Read more

Studio Monday to hold art exhibit at Grahamsville library

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — There will be an opening reception for a Studio Monday art exhibit in the lower level gallery and community room of the new Daniel Pierce Library on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs through August 25. The exhibit will include acrylics, watercolors and oil paintings by various artists including artworks by founder Evelyn Porter.

Studio Monday represents a group of local area artists who meet regularly to support and encourage each others' different art forms. For more information, call 845/985-7233.

‘Earth Tones’ features Emmart, Lieberman, Teppich

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for “Earth Tones,” an exhibit featuring the works of Dale Emmart, Glenn Lieberman and Naomi Teppich, on Saturday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  Read more