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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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‘Intricate Realities’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Intricate Realities,” a group exhibition featuring artwork by Hannah Raine Brenner-Leonard, Patrick Duffy and Jayoung Yoon at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from March 19 through April 17. There will be an artist talk on March 19 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Vintage milk bottles at dairy history exhibit

HONESDALE, PA — Bruce Mackle, former long-time Wayne County Treasurer, pauses at Dairy Day 2015 with a Gammell & Kimbel milk bottle that he recently donated to the Wayne County Historical Society. Mackle donated his life-time collection of over 30 Wayne County milk bottles. These bottles and other items centered around Wayne County’s rich dairy-industry history will be featured in a new exhibit that will open on Saturday, April 16 at the Main Museum, 810 Main St.

Teddy Smith headlines at Laugh Tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Comedy Central’s Teddy Smith will headline at the Laugh Tour at the Arnold House on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Rich Kiamco and Jonathan McBride of the Stress Factory.  Read more

Going back to school means fun for the whole family!

Although exhausted from flying around dressed as Peter Pan for last Friday’s Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner (see page 12), I managed to drag myself out of bed and head out to Narrowsburg, NY last Sunday to check out what’s happening at The Narrowsburg Union (the former Narrowsburg Central School). I had heard that the Union was hosting an open house, where folks could check out the refurbished building and see what courses are being offered for the enrichment of those seeking to learn something new.  Read more

Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner knocks it out of the park!

Last Friday night, the doors of the Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY swung open once again to welcome nearly 500 guests to the eighth annual Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge. The club’s newly appointed executive director, Lori Rivenburgh, worked tirelessly with local civic leaders and organizations to put on a show that people will be talking about for months.  Read more

Out of sight, out of mind

The trend in consumer protection seems to be “what you don’t know can’t hurt you.” For example, look at Senate Bill 2609, nicknamed the DARK Act (“Denying Americans the Right to Know”), legislation that would void state laws passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that require labeling of genetically modified foods, and would even make it illegal to label products GMO-free until guidelines are developed at some unspecified future date. Last week the Senate Agricultural Committee approved the bill for a full vote.  Read more

SUNY course signups, dance, yoga at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — Instructors from SUNY Sullivan will be at the Narrowsburg Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, offering signups for the following classes: a five-week painting class that will start on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. (10 to 12 noon); a five-week songwriting class starting on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); a five-week second session of the painting class starting on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); and a one-day drawing class to be held on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more

River flight

The third Saturday in February was a sunny, mild day along the Delaware River at the Lackawaxen confluence. This is a good spot to see wintering eagles from December into March, and Eagle Institute volunteers are present during weekends with spotting scopes and binoculars to help visitors in observing these majestic birds. It has been a mild winter with little river ice, but resident and migrant eagles can still be seen there with a little patience.  Read more

Food for Thought series

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s sustainable farmers present their annual Food for Thought series Saturdays, March 5, 12 and 19 at Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main St. On March 5 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a talk about root cellaring—storing food below ground in nature’s winter, underground refrigerator—by farmers from The Anthill Farm and Nonnenmacher Acres. On March 12, former farmers’ market cook Jane Bollinger and Alicia Anderson of Lackawaxen Farm Company cook and share recipes for local vegetables that are available during this late winter season.  Read more

Anderson Fair documentary

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Salon Series will present the screening of the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair,” on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

I won’t grow up!

Well, it finally happened. I discovered a way to combine fundraising, imagination, community involvement and my love of the arts, while prancing around like a fool for the amusement of others. Yep, it’s time once again for the eighth annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge! Every year the organization ( recruits local businesses and community and civic leaders to become “Celebrity Servers” and entertain hundreds while raising much-needed dollars for the clubs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Students’ art on display at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The fifth annual Delaware Valley High School art exhibit will be held at the ARTery Gallery from March 11 through April 4. Gallery member and curator Marie Liu says, “The artists who own and operate this gallery live here in the region. We are thrilled to share our space with our young artists to give them a real life experience of the art business and encourage their artistic efforts.” The students will be present at an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Chef’s Do Dinner

MATAMORAS, PA — The Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) of Pike County has scheduled the 18th annual Chefs Do Dinner signature event on March 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing.  Read more

Honey Dewdrops ‘churn like a paddlewheel’

HAWLEY, PA — The Honey Dewdrops, comprising the duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, will bring a blend of folk and roots music to Hawley on Friday, March 4 for a show at Harmony Presents. The concert starts at 8pm.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote of the Honey Dewdrops’ music, “Handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway,” and Sing Out Magazine refers to their “Gorgeous harmonies, thrilling arrangements, and some remarkably insightful, honest writing .”  Read more

Joseph in the Well: violin duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase 2015 Sammie Music Award’s Artist of the Year and Outstanding New Artist, Joseph in the Well on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Managing director of Harmony Presents, Jill Carletti said, “Joseph in the Well is an original music project led by violinist-looper Joe Kye. This incredible duo features violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion and their unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis.”  Read more

POPS Prism Concert

LIBERTY, NY — As part of its celebration for Music in Our Schools Month, the Liberty Central School High School music department will present its annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium (snow date is March 10). The concert will feature all of high school’s performing ensembles. The program will also feature some student soloists, small ensembles and duets performing an array of popular tunes, past and present.  Read more

Female Renaissance artists

SHOHOLA, PA — At a special exhibit for Women’s History month at the Artists’ Market Community Center, you’ll learn how men often attached their names to artwork created by Renaissance and Baroque women. There will be a free reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.  Read more

A bridge and its community; Skinners Falls Bridge closure would come with a cost

MILANVILLE, PA — When asked if the closure of the Skinners Falls Bridge affects business, Vanessa DeGori of the Milanville General Store answered with a resounding “Definitely.” The beloved general store is the only business in the tiny town (or village) of Milanville on the shores of the Delaware River. The family-run store offers everything from gas and snacks to subs and pizzas, with friendly service where everyone knows your name. The historic store has been in business since 1850; the DeGori family has owned it since 1979.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more