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August 30, 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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The Magic of Science at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Dr. Bob Friedhoffer, professional magician and educator (a.k.a. the “Madman of Science”) will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. performing magic tricks to teach children (and adults) about science.  Read more

A songwriter for Lucinda Williams fans

HAWLEY, PA — Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch fans will delight in the dark Americana and Western influenced songwriting of Caitlin Canty, who will perform at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Harmony Presents.

Having gained widespread attention from folk-lovers and story-tellers everywhere, this vocalist and songwriter will share songs from her new album “Golden Hour” as well as unreleased tunes and covers from her duo Down Like Silver. She will be accompanied by guitarist Anthony da Costa from New Country Rehab.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts hosts Brother Sun

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Brother Sun at The Cooperage on Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun features three rich voices blending on a foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele and bouzouki.  Read more

Alliance Gallery exhibitions call for submissions, 2015

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is calling for submissions for solo, group, or curated shows in 2015. The Alliance Gallery program priority is to exhibit high quality work by professional and emerging artists who live part-time or full-time in the Mid-Hudson, Catskill, or Upper Delaware River regions. All media and styles are considered, as are installations and proposals by curators. There is no submission fee.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, January 25. For submission guidelines, see artsalliancesite.org/programs/gallery.html.  Read more

A Mexican shakedown

As the lights flashed red and blue, the uniformed policìa on a motorcycle motioned to the right for us to pull over, and I had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was, luckily, not driving, and so I had a perfectly framed view of the portly mustached man riding smoothly next to us.

If it hadn’t been so dark, I imagine I would have seen a grin spread across his face. He had hooked us; a group of American tourists with pockets full of cash, out late enough to shake us down. It’s our last night in Mexico, our first and only in Cancun.  Read more

I believe the children are our future

Time flies. While shaking my head in disbelief that another year has flown by, I was simultaneously thrilled that kids from every corner of the state were once again arriving for the annual New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) conference being held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend. I attended some of the event in 2013 and was so blown away by what I had observed, that I was determined to return and make sure that my previous experience wasn’t a fluke.  Read more

New exhibition ‘Reflective Surfaces’ opens at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Reflective Surfaces,” a two-person exhibition featuring the photography of Julia Forrest and Flora Hogman at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. CAS will host an artist’s talk on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The show runs until Sunday, February 23.  Read more

Winter survival

Record-low temperatures hit our region recently, keeping many folks indoors. For some, however, getting outdoors is a way of life, and regardless of the weather they heed the call to go hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or skiing. For others, just getting to work and back is the extent of their outdoor experience. Still, a news report recently told how one man on his way home experienced vehicle problems and began to walk the final mile to get home. He was found dead from the cold less than a hundred yards from his home. Fact: cold kills.  Read more

Game changers

For me, 2013 didn’t go out with a bang; it went out with a cough and a wheeze and a snore. After a year-end barrage of long workdays, a persistent chest bug sent me to bed around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t stir till late the next morning. It was just as well; I was perfectly happy to be done with a year that had brought more than its share of challenges.  Read more

A real M*A*S*H unit

After the evening news, my kids have been watching re-runs of the old TV show M*A*S*H on channel 38 from Scranton, one of the few channels that comes in via antenna on our 12-inch set (a set bought back before the end of the Cold War).  Read more

Critter alarm systems

A walk out in the woods during winter usually doesn’t yield a lot of sounds or bird calls; certainly not as much noise as springtime when birds and frogs are in the midst of courtship and breeding. Nuthatches, pine siskins, or the occasional tapping of a woodpecker foraging on a dead tree is the norm. The other day, however, there was the raucous cacophony of a flock of at least two dozen crows calling, while perched in some nearby trees. I checked the trees and others nearby for any interlopers.  Read more

Comedy nights and complimentary workshops begin at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents and the Hawley Silk Mill kick off the first complimentary Saturday workshops in January, and Harmony Presents showcases their first comedy night.  Read more

Upper Delaware GLBT Center presents a winter classic film series

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present a classic film series to be held at the UDGLBT Center located at 201 W. Harford St., beginning on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. and then every other Wednesday, finishing on March 12. This series, hosted by John DiLeo, will feature the “Great Leading Ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age,” including Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Claudette Colbert and Katharine Hepburn. All are welcome and the series is presented free of charge.  Read more

MiZ solos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — MiZ performs solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Saturday, January 11 at 8:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Mizwinski, who gives his name to the band MiZ as well as his solo work, is a soulful rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania. Known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso, his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the Pennsylvania coal-mining region and its cultural heritage.  Read more

Folk band Miles to Dayton in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Featured in Oprah Magazine and selected as emerging artists of the year by Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Harmony Presents brings folk-rock band Miles to Dayton to the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Book reading and signing

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Library will host a reading by two local authors on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. Joe DeMono, of Port Jervis, will read from his novel,“Ciro.” "Ciro" is loosely biographical in depicting the struggles the author had to fit in, his bullying by high school classmates and his confusion about his own sexuality.  Read more

Charlie Brown comes to Monticello middle school

MONTICELLO, NY — Robert J. Kaiser Middle School will present this year’s musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at the Eugene D. Nesin Theater on St. John Street at 7 p.m. The musical is directed by Timothy Buckley; the choral and music directors are John Bernstein and Amy Phillips; and the stage director is Tricia Cahalan.  Read more

‘New Beginnings’ at The Artery

MILFORD, PA — The Artery Gallery, 210 Broad St., will present a new exhibit titled “New Beginnings” from January 10 to February 4. Visit and join them for its Art After Dark Reception on Saturday, January 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

The Big Chill

At the moment, the weather is the main topic of conversation throughout the Upper Delaware River Valley region and with good reason—it’s freakin’ cold outside! Actually, “cold” doesn’t begin to describe what we are experiencing, and both local and national news stories are doing their best to describe what we on the East Coast (and much of the country) are going through. Meteorologists have dubbed it a “polar vortex” (sounds like a sci-fi film) and “arctic blast” (isn’t that a chewing gum?) but as far as I’m concerned… there are no words.  Read more

For Pike County Hands of Hope, helping the homeless is an act of love

MILFORD, PA — On the Saturday night before Christmas, two dozen people gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the Pike County Courthouse to commemorate National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. The group was there to show their concern and support for the area’s homeless and to remember those who have died homeless. The event was organized by Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH), a local organization that is “dedicated to providing compassion and hope to homeless or near-homeless families and individuals by meeting their basic and urgent needs of food, clothing and shelter.”  Read more