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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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‘I shot an arrow into the air….’

The unexpected results of writing this column continue to surprise me. People sometimes approach me at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market to praise or reproach me for words I have written. Sometimes the phone will suddenly ring. Once, it was a lady who said she had been a long time friend of John McDonald, the author of the book “Quill Gordon.” She wanted to thank me about something I had written regarding McDonald. I just never know what reaction a given column will produce.  Read more

Seeking Sustainability

It’s a wonderful privilege to be invited to take up the mantle of the inimitable Marcia Nehemiah and to write about sustainability for the readers of The River Reporter. I hope to bring you useful information and to inspire you with the positive, practical and visionary work being done in Sullivan County and around the world as we address the intertwined challenges of climate change, environmental responsibility and sustainable economic development.  Read more

Back on my feet

It’s early when I leave the house. The air is crisp and the sun is shining brightly. I hit the platform right as the subway roars into the station and it feels like it’s going to be a really good day. I stop off at my favorite coffee cart, and as I wait for my order I am struck by the fact that we are coming to the end of jacket weather. Central Park in the distance promises jacket-less lunches on the grass in the near future.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival has started its search for volunteers to help with the 14th annual film festival, which will be held on October 18 through 20 this year. Available volunteer positions include a fundraiser coordinator’s assistant, a grant writer, a film salon assistant and a programming assistant.  Read more

‘Anything Goes’ at the WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — Under the theme of “Anything Goes,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present a wide range of eclectic and imaginative works of art by WAA members in April, beginning on April 6 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The alliance’s gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St. and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Liberto Trio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Liberto Trio will perform in concert on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage. Featuring a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories, the group includes Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Donations will be collected at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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

Observe a painter at work

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts announces the first “First Sunday Art Demonstration” of the season with Cynthia Harris-Pagano painting a still life in oil on Sunday, April 7 at the Milford Borough Hall at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to learn about the process and techniques of making art, and to meet Harris-Pagano. There will be refreshments.

Harris-Pagano’s North Light Studio is located in Otisville, NY. Visit www.pikecountyartsandcrafts.org.

Learn to play the fife

PORT JERVIS, NY — A series of eight music classes for beginners on “How to Play the Fife” begins on Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library. The class will be taught by Patti Gessner, a music instructor who frequently plays the fife with the Broome Street Fife and Drum Corps. The class, open to ages 12 to 80, will combine a combination of classroom instruction and a bit of field marching. Training fifes will be provided for the class. The fee is $16 for the entire course. Class dates are April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Read more

Harmony Presents Jeanne Jolly

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents country singer Jeanne Jolly at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Jolly blends Nashville roots with rock, jazz and a bit of classical and is the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Her voice shifts between belting Americana and lilting golden croons. Classically trained, Jolly demonstrates her diversity on several tracks of her new album “Angel.”  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber black tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will host a 1920s-themed black tie event, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 6 at Monticello Casino & Raceway from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Read more

Slam Allen plays the blues at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Slam Allen returns to the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B with his blend of soul and blues on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m.  Read more

MiZ solos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Mike Mizwinski from MiZ performs solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mizwinski, who gives name to the band MiZ as well as his solo work, is a rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania. Known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso, his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the PA coal-mining region and its cultural heritage.  Read more

A little birdie told me

Finally, spring is in the air. Despite the somewhat frigid temps and occasional snow showers, the undeniable signs of seasonal change are everywhere. Although I’ve yet to have a sighting, friends and neighbors have been spotting robins throughout the Upper Delaware Valley and the icicles on my roof are slowly beating a retreat. Making a mental note to ignore the groundhog next year, I attempted to brush the wonder dog, whose fur coat was out of control, and threw my hands up, frustrated over the snarls and knots that had taken her hostage over the harsh winter months.  Read more

Men in tights; Trockadero dancer Philip Martin-Nielson guest teaches at The Dance Center

PORT JERVIS, NY — It’s not often that ballet students get the opportunity to be taught by a professional dancer. On Saturday, March 23, students of all ages at The Dance Center in Port Jervis got that chance.

The dancer who came to teach is as unique as they come. He is Philip Martin-Nielson, the youngest and newest member of the company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Trockadero is an all-male comedy ballet troupe that dances both the male and female roles, requiring the men to dance en pointe.  Read more

Building Talent Together

Our region is often noted as a beautiful place to experience the outdoors, a great area to sample local chefs’ creations at a quaint eatery, attend a country fair on a warm summer day, and even a superior place to raise a family. But some of our areas most valuable assets are often overlooked—and that is our workforce. Our workforce is hailed for its work ethic and dedication. Those two attributes alone though are not enough for us to jump the next hurdle and be prepared for future endeavors—whether that is in expanding our existing industry base or growing new industries in the region.  Read more

Snow bugs

There are some insects that just don’t know when to quit, it seems. On a mild day in winter, you may spot small flying insects, spiders, or even the striking Mourning Cloak butterfly. These insects are protected by antifreeze-like substances in their bodies, and it doesn’t take too much mild weather to see them emerge for a temporary hiatus from their deep winter dormancy.  Read more

Salon Series to feature Little Sparrow

NARROWSBURG, NY — Little Sparrow is the featured band at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series of concerts on Sunday, March 24. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main Street. Admission costs $10.

Little Sparrow will offer up an acoustic mix of traditional bluegrass, ’60s rock, Americana and original tunes. Band members include Carol Smith on lead vocals and guitar; Aldo Troiani on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals; Lynn Reno on fiddle and vocals; Lester Wilson on bass; and Kurt Knuth on vocals and guitar.  Read more

Photography show pays tribute to autism

HONESDALE, PA—An open house reception for a special photographic show titled “The World Through My Eyes: A Photographic Tribute to Autism” will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Hanson Gallery. The exhibit will run from April 2 to April 15.

The exhibit is a joint project of Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery to promote the positives of autism. Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis.

Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Jazz vocalist Martha Lorin at Columns

MILFORD, PA — The last of Winter Wednesdays music series at The Columns Museum will feature jazz vocalist Martha Lorin on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Open mic night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Play an instrument? Like to sing? Come on down to The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street for Open Mic Night on Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. This acoustic-style open mic is hosted by a local group, The Crackers. It is an evening for musicians and listeners alike. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

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