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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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Festive ballet performance

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 in Milford on Saturday, November 30 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information, contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

The Nat Osborn Band plays Harmony Presents

HALWEY, PA — Dave Matthews Band opener and funk and soul band the Nat Osborn Band will play Harmony Presents on Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. After wowing the New York music scene and a several month-long tour in Europe, The Nat Osborn Band will visit Northeast Pennsylvania to stir up grooves.

Cocoon caters wine, beer and snacks prior the show and during intermission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $16 at www.harmonypresents.com or at the door for $20. For more information, call 570/588-8077.

‘Honesdale for the holidays’

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale offers up holiday hospitality during its annual “Honesdale for the Holidays” event on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. Gift shops, stores and businesses, the Wayne County Historical Society Museum and more will host open houses. Carolers will stroll the streets, and holiday music will ring out at the Fred Miller Pavilion at Seventh and Main streets with D.J. Tom Emanski.  Read more

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

“Use your head,” my mother used to warn. “You need to think about what you’re doing.” Regardless of Mom’s attempts to drill this into my thick skull, I’ve always been a little late to the party when it comes to planning and more often than not suffer the consequences. No surprise then that with only a few pages left on this year’s calendar, I’m falling behind schedule as the holidays begin in earnest. Pondering what the next year will bring reminded me that I’d been presented with the rare opportunity to observe a calendar-in-the-making photo shoot happening in Shohola, PA.  Read more

Remembering glory days in the Catskills; A new cookbook celebrates the Vegetarian Hotel

THE CATSKILLS — In the heyday of Catskills resorts, Woodridge, NY was a thriving village in the Town of Fallsburg, where nearly a dozen hotels attracted summer clientele and weekenders from the big city. One of those resorts was the Vegetarian Hotel, catering to health-minded, mostly Jewish guests, who were seeking something more unassuming than the glitz and glamour and the non-stop pace of activities at places like The Concord and Kutschers.  Read more

Home for the holiday

This is the time of year when college students make their way home for the holiday break. The train was crowded when we pulled out of Secaucus Station, and I was comfortably seated by the window of a three-seater, sharing it with a guy from Middletown, NY. (We commuters see each other every day, and we rarely know each other’s names, just where we disembark.)  Read more

PA’s natural strengths

Those who seek proof that Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful states in America need look no further than photographer Michael Gadomski’s newest book, “Reserves of Strength,” which takes its title from Rachel Carson’s statement: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”  Read more

Ninth annual small works group show at local gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 23, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Perpetual crowd pleasers play Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present Roosevelt Dime on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill. This jug-band blues, New Orleans soul and neo-folk musical group was called a “perpetual crowd pleaser” by The New York Times. They play banjo, gut-bucket basses, clarinet and saxophone.  Read more

Middle school presents popular musical

MILFORD, PA — Delaware Valley Middle School will perform “HONK: A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling,” the award-winning and critically acclaimed musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The performances will be November 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and November 24 at 2 p.m. in the Delaware Valley High School auditorium.  Read more

St. Nicholas Faire set at Grace Episcopal Church

HONESDALE, PA — Come out and see St. Nicholas during the annual St. Nicholas Faire at Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church St. on Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your cameras for opportunities to take photos with St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children.  Read more

Nesin Cultural Arts to present ‘The Nutcracker Festival’

MONTICELLO, NY — Visions of sugar plums will be dancing in the heads of many during The Nesin Cultural Arts and BALAM Dance Theatre “Nutcracker Festival.” The production will take place on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. at The Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts at 22 St. John St.  Read more

CAS Winter Members Show celebrates the season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St, from November 23 through December 31. The opening reception is November 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Arabesque’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for its new show, “Arabesque,” on Saturday, November 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs from Friday, November 22 to Wednesday, December 4. The show will feature three artists who have a fascination with pattern, which they employ in their works to create diverse interpretations of nature.  Read more

Slam Allen’s ‘Day before Thanksgiving’

BETHEL, NY — Bluesman Slam Allen will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company’s “Day before Thanksgiving” show at the Distillery on Wednesday, November 27, starting at 8 p.m.  Read more

Songwriters Circle returns to the Distillery

BETHEL, NY — The Sullivan County Songwriters Circle, aka SC Squared, is resuming its Saturday sessions at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. The next session will be Saturday, November 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. SC Squared is created in the spirit of Nashville’s acclaimed Bluebird Cafe for songwriters to share their songs, craft and influences. It’s a safe place to air out new songs, favorites and works in progress. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, www.dancingcatsaloon.com or call 845/583-3141.

The ‘Gift of Dance’ for the holidays

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Dance Studio will present “The Gift of Dance” on Saturday, November 23 at the Honesdale High School auditorium; doors open at 12 noon and the curtain opens at 1 p.m. Every year for the last 10 years the Honesdale Dance Studio has held this fundraiser for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau, and has raised over $10,000 for the charity to date.  Read more

Over the river and through the woods

While I may not be going to grandmother’s house, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many have already made plans. Grateful to have options this year, I’m still vacillating, but might make a few stops on that day. Meanwhile, I’ve been traipsing through the woods, putting miles on the truck and hauling the dog from one end of Sullivan County to the other this past week. At times, I manage to cross the Delaware River and experience what Pennsylvania has to offer, but the county I call home (www.scva.net) covers nearly 1,000-square miles, so there was plenty to keep me occupied without crossing the border during the last few days.  Read more

Growing community; One email at a time

vir•tu•al (adjective):

(1) Very close to being something without actually being it

(2) Existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

[www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtual]  Read more

The madness of mobs, the wisdom of crowds and the paradoxes of democracy

The days before the recent elections were filled with interesting, heartfelt, and vociferous debates among my circles of online friends and correspondents—not about any of the candidates, mind you, or any of the particular issues involved, but rather about whether or not we should even bother to vote.  Read more