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August 24, 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, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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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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Concert fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park

MILFORD, PA — A fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park will be held on Friday, February 21 at the Waterwheel Café. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and goes until around 10:30 p.m. Help set the tone for the 2014 Music in the Park Summer Concert series. Organizers won’t know until after the fundraiser who will be performing this year.  Read more

GLBT center to hold Valentine’s dance

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold the third annual “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s Dance and Food Drive on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, located at 120 Route 6 and 209.  Read more

Lyle Divinsky plays original songs at Harmony Presents

HAWELY, PA — On Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host Lyle Divinsky, favorably called the Sasquatch of Soul by fans and first-time listeners alike, at the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. Divinsky’s original works feel like instant classics, capturing a sound that could easily have had a life on 45s and crackly AM radio. He plays a mix of soul, funk and groove.  Read more

Recent works by Helena Clare Pittman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Say Tomato and I Say Sfumato: Quotations,” an exhibit of recent works by Helena Clare Pittman, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., preceded by an Artist’s Talk at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through March 15.  Read more

The sun will come out tomorrow

Well, I wouldn’t bet my bottom dollar on it just yet. The snowfall has been epic this winter and at times, it’s been difficult to get out. As usual, the assortment of events scheduled around the Upper Delaware valley has been inviting, but without an actual sleigh, hard to get to. Each week I fill in my calendar with plans, but hesitate to get attached, since very often cancellations cascade in a domino effect, leaving me stranded on the mountain, eyeing the growing pile of laundry with disdain.  Read more

Taking the plunge in icy waters; Hardy dippers support dive teams

HAWLEY, PA — As the snow fell again on Saturday, a day when most reasonable people chose to stay home, 180 people made the trek to the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Lake Wallenpaupack for the third annual Paupack Plunge. But these were not your average, reasonable people. They came donning nothing more than a pair of shorts, sneakers, or shell bikini, along with really thick skin and a brave sense of purpose. In a series of groups, these adventurous polar plungers waded headlong into a pool-sized hole sawed out of the 16-inch thick ice at the edge of the lake and into the 32-degree water.  Read more

The system functions as designed

The System functions as designed
Does just what it’s supposed to do
So you shouldn’t be surprised
From the point of view of those on top
Everything is working fine—
The System functions as designed
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My inevitable winter column

There comes a point in the winter when the winter is all it seems there is to talk about—or write about. It’s easy to say that more than half of winter is over except for this daily nitty-gritty contest with snow and ice. John, my husband, puts it bluntly, “When spring comes this year, people are going to go nuts.”  Read more

Ice advice

Ice is interesting and beautiful, as Scott Rando showed us in last week’s River Talk column. Ice can also be deadly, if not approached with respect.  Read more

Optical illusion demonstration at art society

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present John B. Johnston for “Light and Reflection,” an optical illusion demonstration at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Dinner theatre with sweets

MONTICELLO, NY — The United Methodist Church (UMC) of Monticello is cooking up something special for a Valentine’s fundraiser on Saturday, February 15 at 6 p.m.  Read more

Washington birthday celebration

ELDRED, NY — Come toast George Washington on his birthday with his favorite beverage: beer. The birthday bash runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 at Henning’s Local restaurant (formerly The Eldred Preserve).  Read more

‘Dairy Delights Contest’ to be held

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Dairy Princess Court will hold a “Dairy Delights” snack and dessert contest on Monday, February 17 in conjunction with the Wayne-Sullivan Dairy Ag Day at Honesdale High School.  Read more

Randy Lee Hulcy

I walk by Randy Lee Hulcy every day, because he lives on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, and it’s on my way to work. Randy is easy to spot by his big bushy gray beard, and he is often strangely (albeit fashionably) dressed with colorful scarves, dress pants and dirty high-top sneakers. I’d guess that he’s 65 years old, but it’s hard to tell.  Read more

Can’t buy me love

In an age of electronic fame and instant notoriety, the array of media darlings has become dizzying. Reality shows and online channels (www.youtube.com) have enabled anyone with a computer to market themselves and strut their stuff for all the world to see—good, bad or indifferent. Gone are the days of real-deal superstars, and in their place, we have pop-up pop stars, wannabes and an endless parade of (IMHO) people with no discernible talent, but access to a platform which may (or may not) propel them into the spotlight.  Read more

Horse-drawn carriage rides for Valentine’s Day

NARROWSBURG, NY — Valentine’s horse-drawn carriage rides will loop the town of Narrowsburg on Saturday, February 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. Rides cost $5 per person and start at the Old School Bus Garage, 226 Bridge St., in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Storytelling group presents memoir readings

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for the debut of their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m.  Read more

The mousse that roared

What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Although the origins of their association are rather muddled (aphrodisiac properties and Cadbury commercialism are the most commonly floated theories), since Victorian times never have the twain been parted. To this day, nothing says love like a Whitman Sampler. The cacao bean at the root of it all has a much deeper history, of course, having been an important part of Mesoamerican culture going back more than 4,000 years.  Read more

Hearts and minds needed

We humans seem to be attracted to either/or choices, what formal logic calls a dichotomy. This can lead to silly questions like “are you a cat person or a dog person?” Actually, that example is a false dichotomy, because the two things contrasted are not mutually exclusive: it is perfectly possible to love both cats and dogs.  Read more

Nature’s ice sculptures

The ongoing cold snap of the last month or so has been great for skiers and ice fishermen, but not so great for homeowners fighting high heating bills, or people who have had to travel in the many “nuisance storms” during the course of the winter. Municipalities along the river have been keeping a close eye out for ice jams and the resulting flooding that can occur during very cold weather. Not all the frozen water has been bad, though.  Read more