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August 25, 2016
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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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Pledging to protect our water

Countless individuals have worked with great dedication to protect the magnificent Delaware River—and other regional waterways—from a variety of potential harms. Sometimes that has called for heroic feats of activism to fend off the impacts of power lines, pipelines and natural gas extraction. In reality, all of the individual actions we take, based upon the choices we make, impact the quality of our water, and each of us can implement meaningful and manageable steps to minimize those impacts and protect our water.  Read more

Culture & Heritage Grants available

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg. The grants assist artists and nonprofit organizations to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County. Projects must be completed by the end of 2016.  Read more

The best-laid plans…

I may not be the first in line to point out my shortcomings, because as the old standard says, “That’s what friends are for,” but I am well aware that I have some. Over the years, I’ve attempted to change, but like the leopard and its spots… well, you get where I’m going with this. Suffice it to say that now I have liver spots and yet, I still try. Admittedly, I’m not great with change. Although I change my clothes frequently enough, I rarely buy new ones. I prefer to stay in one place, yet circumstances have decreed that I move a few times over the years.  Read more

Celebrity Dinner raises money for kids

CALLICOON, NY — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill, serving northern Orange and Sullivan counties, will hold the eighth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner on Friday, March 4 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. The theme of this year’s event is “Storybook Characters on the Boardwalk.” It will once again feature Sullivan County business, community and civic leaders including honorary chairman Greg Goldstein. Funds raised via the dinner are used to support youth programs throughout the county.  Read more

Soul-grass duo at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Hank and Pattie, an Americana-Soulgrass duo on Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. “These bluegrass ambassadors have joined forces to create an original and energetic soul-grass band. The duo takes traditional bluegrass and infuses it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Remembering Phil Ochs Song Night

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present a night of music commemorating the life and music of 1960s American protest singer Phil Ochs, while also highlighting new talents making music in Phil’s spirit. The show will be hosted by Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs, and take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.  Read more

Shakespeare film series debuts at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, February 25, The Cooperage Project will present the initial session of “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film” at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The new series is curated by Robert Dugan, Ph.D. This month’s film, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Calista Flockheart, Stanley Tucci, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Klein, will begin at 7 p.m.  Read more

Big D exhibit in Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA —”Fall in Lew Beach, New York,” by Karen Ann Jones of Liberty, NY, is one of the works of art on display in the Big D Arts and Crafts League’s show at the Inn at Starlight Lake. The exhibit includes oils, watercolors and photography by league members. The Inn is located on Starlight Lake Road. For more information, contact the inn at 800/248-2519 or visit

Paint parties in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, is now hosting “Libations & Creations” paint parties in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. The next one is on Friday, February 26, when the group will be painting “Cherry Blossom Mountainside” together.  Read more

Soup-er Sunday

Bethany, PA — You can take the edge of the cold weather off with a hot bowl of soup at Bethany’s annual Soup-er Sunday, February 28. Hosted at the Bethany Public Library, this annual fundraising event starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Bethany Public Library, the restoration of the Bethany park band shell, and the Bethany Historical Society.  Read more

The force behind the Narrowsburg Union; Waking Rip van Winkle

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Weiden family has been a part of the Tusten community since 1904—that’s over 100 years ago. The family farm located five miles outside of town has been passed down through generations, and currently is a second home to married couple Brendan and Kathleen (Kathy) Weiden, who own the Narrowsburg Union.  Read more

Whey of life

There is something magical about the transformation of milk into cheese. As Clifton Fadiman once mused, “Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality.” We many not all be equipped with the necessary time, bacteria and expertise to make a sophisticated product like Parmesan, for example, but whipping up a batch of fresh cheese turns out to be quite easy and rewarding.  Read more

Miss Margret’s notes

Miss Margret sat quietly in her corner next to the window; across her lap was the work bag she was using as a desk. On the seat beside her was a collection of note cards, each grouped by subject, from what I could tell. Thank you cards on top of birthday cards on top of sympathy cards: six lots in all. She was looking out the train window from time to time taking in the scenery and contemplating the words she would write next. Dressed impeccably from head to toe, ready for the business of the day, she wore a pleated skirt of a royal blue that matched the blue frills of her white blouse.  Read more

Sailing in February

Sunday, February 7 turned out to be a decent day to be outdoors. It got pretty mild in the afternoon, with sunny skies and a high of about 50 degrees. With that in mind, I took the camera and went to see what I could see. Near the northern shore of Walker Lake in Shohola, PA, I found that a few flying insects were about, and a few stoneflies were observed. Tiny gnat-sized insects were occasionally seen, and as I went to see if I could find some that might be perched in shoreline rocks, I spotted the spider.  Read more

Oscar hopefuls ‘Big Short,’ ‘Spotlight’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — “The Big Short,” rated R and nominated for five Academy Awards, will be screened at the Callicoon Theater on Upper Main Street from Friday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 23. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, “The Big Short” relates the true story of Wall Street greed that precipitated the 2008 housing crisis and Great Recession.  Read more

Hat, gloves, coat, scarf and boots

“My life’s a musical comedy, I’m singing every day. Each evening’s a performance, each noon’s a matinee. The plot is never boring for there’s never a repeat—I play a different role for every person that I meet.” I still remember the lyrics (but not a whole lot more) from the Off Broadway revue that I sang way back (cue harp glissando) in 1974. Although my memory is a bit fuzzy, I’m fairly sure that I was brilliant. At the time, I had no doubt that the show—“I’ll Die if I Can’t Live Forever”—was going to make me a star, and we all know how that worked out.  Read more

African Drums and Rhythms

CALLICOON, NY — There will be an introduction to the African world experience through drumming and dance by Motherland Rhythms and Dance, directed by Arthur Lorde, at the Delaware Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on February 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Orator Penelope Ghartey will also present her African tradition experience. Call 845/887-4040.

Call for artists, Artists’ Studio Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) is inviting submissions for its 2016 Artists’ Studio Tour. The event will take place on August 19, 20 and 21. The postmark application deadline is March 19.  Read more

Laugh Tour at Arnold House

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Laugh Tour will bring live stand-up comedy to The Arnold House on Shandelee Road on Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Comics will be Kara Buller and Rich Kiamco.
Buller has appeared on Last Comic Standing and Lifetime Television and has been written up in Vanity Fair (“very angry, very funny”). She co-hosted “The David Angelo Show.” She’s been called “very funny” by Jim Gaffigan and Eddie Brill, David Letterman’s chief talent booker.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan hosts ‘Vagina Monologues’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host two performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to help raise funds for Sullivan County RISE (Rape Intervention Services and Education), a program housed at Catskill Regional Medical Center. The performances, scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. and Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Seelig Theatre, are part of V-Day, a global movement to generate awareness and help end violence against women and girls.  Read more