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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

It takes courage

The news comes in day after day, it seems. Mass shootings. Police brutality. Refugees denied access. War. It takes a person, or a group of people, to stand up and say, “enough is enough.” If we are living in fear, then we need the antidote to fear. Courage.  Read more

A banner day for autophiles in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — The field at the Equinunk Historical Society’s annual car show was filled to capacity on June 18, with 152 cars showing up. It was their 17th annual show. Four out of the five winners are shown here; a fifth award, one of four Special Recognition Awards went to Daniel Brey from Jeffersonville, NY, for a beautifully restored 1955 Ford pickup. A photo was unavailable.

All aboard for the Magical History Tour!

Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company ( in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (  Read more

An anniversary story

The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.  Read more