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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, (

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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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Challenger open mic

HAWLEY, PA — Little League Challenger baseball manager Alan Cooper plans to extend the “challenger” idea to an open mic night at the Hawley Silk Mill on Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We have Special Olympics, we have Challenger baseball, why not apply the same concept to the performing arts?” Cooper asked himself. The result is the first Open Mic Special, where the special needs population will have a chance to sing, recite, play an instrument, dance or engage in any other open-mic activity.  Read more

‘Float the Boat’ fundraising concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Clearwater in partnership with WJFF Radio Catskill and The Cooperage Project will present “Float The Boat” a benefit concert for the sloop Clearwater on Friday, April 8. The benefit will take place at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.  Read more

NY Jazzharmonic at St. Andrews

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s celebrates its 15th season of free concerts by welcoming New York Jazzharmonic ( on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5277 State Rte. 42. The group’s sextet—double bass, clarinet/saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, and keyboard—will perform traditional jazz, new works and ragtime centered around the works of Scott Joplin.  Read more

Hopping down the bunny trail

For something completely different, I spent the better part of the past week doing a bit of research, since I know so little about so many things. The subject at hand was Easter, and although I had a rudimentary knowledge of the holiday itself, the eggs, chocolate and bunny had me scratching my head, mildly perplexed, as usual. I discovered a website ( that delves into the origins and symbolism of Easter, which was illuminating. But it seems that over the years, something got lost in translation.  Read more

General casting call

NARROWSBURG, NY — Act Underground Theatre will hold a general open casting call at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Krause Hall, 37 Main St. on two dates and times: Saturday, April 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. This general casting call is for anyone interested in acting with Act Underground Theatre. You do not have to be an experienced actor.

This will be a fun two hours, and nothing is required for you to prepare. There will be scenes for you to read. For more information, email or call 845/252-9915.

‘Small Works at Large’ opens at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — “Small Works at Large,” a group show in a variety of media, will open at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., on April 5. There will be a reception on April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 9.

Media represented will include oil painting, printmaking, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, glass work and wood turning. Each small work begs to be examined closely as tiny details pack a large punch.  Read more

Gallery EVA opens

CALLICOON, NY — A new gallery will open at 35 Lower Main Street on Saturday, April 2, with a group show titled “Primavera.” There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Seven gallery artists will be featured in the show: Armand Agresti, Zac Chavrick, Eva Drizhal, Elise Freda, Hana Marritz, Naomi Teppich and Nancy Wells. They will be present at the reception.  Read more

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Monti High

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Performing Arts Department will present “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The production, which takes place in Monticello High School’s Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium, includes staff as well as student participants.

There will be a meet-and-greet with the cast at 2 p.m. on Sunday before the matinee. The ticket cost is $3 for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Senior citizens enjoy complimentary tickets to the event.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers will be at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Old Time Fiddlers are a family of musicians from all around the local area who share a deep and unwavering love for and commitment to traditional music and dance. Their music is influenced by Irish, Scottish, Canadian, bluegrass, Texas-swing and old-time standards. They preserve this tradition in the best way they know how—by performing for their families, friends and neighbors.
Donations will be collected at the door.

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

Judging a book by the cover

The recent terror attacks in Belgium remind us that this new world we live in is far from safe, yet we go on with our daily routines. Although the incident occurred an ocean away, we here in New York can still feel the sting of the attacks that landed here on our shores. I was across from the towers on 9/11 and saw the horror firsthand, yet I cannot blame one race or religion of people. There are good and bad in every neighborhood, and I for one cannot profile any race or religion.  Read more

Busy bird cams

The first day of spring has passed, with the vernal equinox transpiring on March 20. While it might not look like much is happening in the natural world, there is a great deal of activity underway.  Read more

Help your river: Show up on April 5th

Opening day of trout season is upon us. For many there is no day more anticipated. This year, however, there is an event coming up on April 5 that makes even opening day pale in comparison.  Read more

NPS 2016 Centennial Photo Contest begins

BEACH LAKE, PA — The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its centennial this year, and as part of its observance the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will hold a 2016 Centennial Photo Contest.  Read more

Hortonville Talent Show celebrates 30th year

HORTONVILLE, NY — It’s time to sign up now for the Hortonville Talent Show’s 30th year. This year’s show will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. If you’d like to be included in the acts, dust off your dancing shoes or get out your favorite tune and start practicing for your three minutes of fame. Space is limited, so you should call 845/887 4346 as soon as possible if you wish to perform.  Read more

Shakespeare at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The second installment of “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film” will take place at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, March 24. The film “Twelfth Night” will be shown at 7 p.m. Robert Dugan, PhD curates the series and will lead a discussion after the film.  Read more

Easter Bunny visits Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host its Spring Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at the fireman’s field on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. There will be crafts for children and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. She will be arriving to start the Egg Hunt just after 2 p.m.  Read more

Swampcandy and Goodnight Moonshine

HAWLEY, PA — This weekend, Harmony Presents will showcase two highly praised musical groups in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26: Mississippi Blues duo Swampcandy and Molly Venter of Red Molly’s new project, Goodnight Moonshine.

Swampcandy is “whiskey-drinkin’, foot- stompin’, hand-clappin’ and pig-eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Swampcandy doesn’t just play the blues, they transform the genre, taking one of American music’s oldest forms and rendering it brand new.”  Read more

And the winner is…

There’s been a lot of chatter in recent years about kids being raised in an environment that does not foster excellence, but instead encourages the notion that by simply participating, everyone is a winner. Gone are the days of gold stars on school work, and trophies are given out willy-nilly, often just for showing up.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music recital

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project and the Weekend of Chamber Music will present Weekend of Chamber Music’s spring series, titled “Upstate Equinox,” on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

The program will include Beethoven, String Trio in D Major, Op. 9; J.S. Bach, Chorale Prelude on Nun kom der heiden Heiland; Andrew Waggoner, Down/Up; and James Primosch, Oboe Quartet, Improvisations (free improvisation; centered on violin and cello, performed by Waggoner and Stinson).

The suggested donation is $15 advance, $20 at the door.  Read more