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A conversation between writer and reader; Literary festival comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.  Read more

A new cast in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.  Read more

An award-winning filmmaker comes home; Zac Stuart-Pontier at the Big Eddy

Now in its fifth year, the Big Eddy Film Festival is coming to town, and this year, editor/producer Zac Stuart-Pontier is along for the ride. Born in Honesdale, PA, Zac spent his formative years in and around Narrowsburg, NY (and The River Reporter; he is the son of current publisher Laurie Stuart and former editor Glenn Pontier). He is excited to be returning to the region to represent his latest film, “Bleed for This,” which is being screened at major film festivals before opening nationwide in November of this year.  Read more

Brewery in Eldred celebrates one year in business

ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.  Read more

It’s alive! Western Hotel back in business

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.  Read more

You’ve got meal: Early Bird Cookery brings fresh, home-cooked food to your door

REGION — While meal delivery services are booming in metropolitan areas, the food used in those meals is grown right in our backyard. Amy Miller, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and the founder and owner of Early Bird Cookery who lives in Cochecton, realized she could utilize the proximity to local farms and create meals delivered to people who live here and in the city.  Read more

Artistic stirrings in Hancock

The village of Hancock, NY is abuzz with new goings-on and businesses centered on a growing cultural milieu. The village, located on the banks of the Delaware River where the East Branch and West Branch meet to form the river’s Main Stem, is the northernmost settlement on state Route 97. Long noted for trout fishing and deer hunting, the Town of Hancock’s rural and natural beauty is an inspiration to the new artists and restaurateurs who are now calling it home.  Read more

Connecting body and mind: Yoga festival comes to Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — A place for women to gather to practice the arts of yoga, Pilates and dance under the instruction of specialized teachers is taking place in the woods of Forestburgh from August 25 to 28. The movement festival is called Taru, and it will be a spiritual event that connects participants to body and nature.  Read more

Listening to you, I get the music: Forestburgh Playhouse nails ‘Tommy’

“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Those words, penned by Pete Townshend for inclusion in The Who’s iconic rock opera titled “Tommy” have stood the test of time and become part of the lexicon of the ‘60s generation. In the years that followed, Townshend’s lyrics have moved millions as the studio album, first released in 1969, morphed into an extensive tour, which included a live version of the double-album, a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975 and a Broadway musical in 1992.  Read more

When dialogue becomes change

BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.  Read more