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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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Merriment at Hawley Winterfest

HAWLEY, PA — Hawley hosted a weekend full of activities for young and old alike at its annual Winterfest celebration December 6 through 8. From breakfast with Santa at the Boathouse Restaurant to caroling and lighting a Christmas tree in Bingham Park, from horse-drawn carriage rides to a living Nativity at Hawley Methodist Church in town, from soup at the library to cider and sweets at Teeters Furniture, a good time was had by all.

Lea DeLaria’s holiday comedy and music special

MILFORD, PA — The Lea DeLaria Holiday Comedy and Music Special will be held on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m. at the Historic Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catharine St. Tickets cost $30 per person.

DeLaria is featured in the new hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black” and starred on Broadway in “On The Town.” She was also the first lesbian performer to come out on live television on the “Arsenio Hall Show” in 1995. DeLaria was also the star of producer Scott Robbe’s Comedy Central special “Out There,” the first all-gay television show.  Read more

‘Schwartz and Magliano Unplugged,’ and more

BETHEL, NY — On Friday, December 13, the Dancing Cat Saloon will present Steven Schwartz and Antoine Magliano Unplugged. The two are seen weekly at the Saloon’s Thursday night Musicians’ Gatherings on elec-tric instruments, but this Friday they’ll switch to an acoustic-only performance at 8 p.m.  Read more

Holiday show brings cheer to audience

NARROWSBURG, NY — Dave McCracken and Karen Case Cook (first photo) sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in “Once Upon A Time: The Best Holiday Show Ever—Even If You’ve Seen Them All!” by DJM Productions Inc. at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, December 7. The show was like nothing you’ve seen and featured singing, acting bits and dancing (with a few audience sing-alongs thrown in). It featured performers Melanie Boland, Dale Church, Karen Case Cook, Dave McCracken and Doug Spagnola, and special guest star dancers Paige Bodnar and Drake Eshleman (second photo).  Read more

The iceman cometh

With winter breathing down our necks, Mother Nature (in her infinite wisdom) has decided to get a jump on things. Clearly, she and Jack Frost are in cahoots, since the iceman has been busy creating magical designs on windows across the Upper Delaware Valley. I suppose those with triple-insulated thermal panes have been spared, but my place (and I suspect many of yours’) could use a little extra insulation, so when the temperature dips, oh-so-pretty designs appear on my glass, courtesy of the imp with the icy paintbrush.  Read more

Local school holiday concerts on-air at WJFF

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Local radio station WJFF 90.5 will air a special holiday program of highlights from area schools holiday concerts on Sunday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again Sunday, December 29 at the same time. The program will also be available live by webstream or for later download online at www.wjffradio.org.

The holiday concert programs will feature selections from upcoming holiday concerts by the choirs and bands of schools across WJFF’s listening area, as well as interviews with some of the students and staff involved, and a few other special treats.  Read more

Artisan’s holiday show at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery at 210 Broad St. has invited top jewelers and fine crafters to show their creations during the holiday season, alongside paintings and photography by the members of the cooperative gallery. The artists’ exhibit runs from November 29 through January 5. A reception will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Holiday performance at Milford Theatre to benefit local food pantries

MILFORD, PA — Getting the holidays off to a festive start, City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10, and will be available at the door.  Read more

‘Trains on Main’ now on display throughout Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce presents “Trains on Main,” pulling into Livingston Manor for its sixth year. There will be handmade model trains on view in windows up and down Main Street. “Trains on Main” will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, Morgan Outdoors and other businesses around Livingston Manor through December 31.  Read more

‘The Night Before Christmas’

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus Community Cantata Choir and Friends will perform “The Night Before Christmas” by Joel Lindsey, Twila Labar and Daniel J. Smith on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. at the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church on Route 371 next to the Damascus School. Enjoy the choir, duets and solos as they sing the story of the real first night before Christmas. A free will offering will be received to cover expenses. A donation will also be sent to the Victims’ Intervention Program (VIP) in loving memory of Kristina Sue Adams.  Read more

Holiday craft making for kids

MILFORD, PA — Artisan Exchange, 219 Broad St., will host Holiday Crafts for Kids of all ages on Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Artist Marie Liu will show participants how to create pinwheels to decorate a tree, your house or clothing.  Read more

Milford Christmas concert with German vocal ensemble

MILFORD, PA — One of Germany’s most prominent vocal groups, Clamus, will perform at the Milford Theatre at 5:30 p.m. on December 14. Calmus will perform seasonal music from the Renaissance through modern times.  Read more

Dramatic workshop to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its new 2013 holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Sullivan County Museum on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Hugh Brodie and Little Sammy Davis honored at blues festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Two distinguished senior blues legends were honored at the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival at the Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill by owner Randy Resnick.  Read more

Harmony Presents two holiday infused concerts

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host two holiday concerts in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Starting off on Friday, December 13, world-renowned vocalist and United States Cultural Ambassador and faculty member of some of the finest performing arts schools Dorothy Stone will present “Winter’s Musical Mélange.” It will feature a mix of holiday songs from various cultures, many classic repertoire and Broadway tunes. Tickets are available in advance at $18 a ticket or $22 at the door.  Read more

Second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host its second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be on two floors with over two dozen talented regional artisans.  Read more

A chorus of all ages performs 37th annual winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — Director Kevin Giroux says it will “pep people up for the holiday season.” The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual “Winter Concert” on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42 in Woodbourne. The chorus, under the direction of Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present an exciting holiday program featuring “The Unknown Treasures of Christmas” including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” The performance will also feature pieces accompanied by brass choir and string quintet.  Read more

The season of hope

I want to share some early Christmas gifts in the form of hopeful news on the sustainability front.  Read more

Ted Parker: PA’s legendary conservationist

Twenty years ago, the world lost one of the most renowned ornithologists and one of the greatest field biologists of the 20th century. Ted Parker died at the age of 40 in a plane crash while pursuing what he loved most—the study of South America’s birds. In his honor, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) is offering a free digital download of his recordings from “Voices from the Peruvian Rainforest” (available at tinyurl.com/peruvianrainforest).  Read more

Fowl mood: Hickory’s revenge

[Editor’s note: The Turkey Bandit was first introduced in the Letters Home column in 2010. The saga continues....]

Previously, we heard the account of the Turkey Bandit’s Hickory Farms rescue. The Bandit and his partner, Jack, had outsmarted the watchdog, shut off the alarm and freed 50 birds from their upcoming slaughter; to the Bandit’s delight it had ruined poor Old Farmer Hickory’s Thanksgiving.  Read more