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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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Lake Huntington News October 24

I write my column this week with a very heavy heart. Horace “Bud” Buddenhagen passed away on Saturday October 19 in Wayne Woodland in Waymart, PA with his family by his side. His wife Emily told me it’s going to be very hard to live alone after 65 years; who is she going to argue with? I told her to call my husband. The Buddenhagen family will have a memorial for Bud sometime in November; I will keep you informed.  Read more

‘Are you talking to ME?’

It was a nice crisp October Saturday morning as the better half and I sat with our morning coffee. I had one section of the paper and she the other. “Today would be a beautiful day for a train ride through the mountains,” is what I heard. I looked over the rim of my glasses and in my best Robert DeNiro said, “Are you talking to me?”, quoting his character Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver.” Then the explanation came: in the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, there is the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which winds through the beautiful mountains, and the scenery is amazing this time of year.  Read more

Mantis on the mountain

September 8th promised to be a good day to observe migrating hawks; a cold front had just passed and there was a light to moderate wind from the northwest. Some hawks were counted at Sunrise Mountain, but there was another predator of the insect variety that caught my eye. Sitting on a bush, almost invisible as it blended in with leaves, was a mantis sitting in wait for its next meal.  Read more

A run-in with the law

I came over the hill and saw him. Staring blankly back at me. As fast as I could manage, my foot glanced the brake and I slowed. If cars had faces (as a young child I got this idea in my head and forever see their head-lighted eyes, grill noses and bumper mouths) then this cop car was glaring at me.  Read more

Liberty Free’s ‘Red’ at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will host the Liberty Free Theatre’s reading of “Red,” a Tony-winning play by John Logan about the artist Mark Rothko, on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The reading and reception will be held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

“Red” was praised by the New York Times as “intense and exciting… a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.” Roaring with an electrifying clash of ideas, “Red” lays bare a truthful portrait of a visionary artist.  Read more

Dinner theatre performance to benefit Liberty Chamber

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — A performance of “B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder,” a benefit for the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be presented as a dinner theatre production on October 26 at the White Sulphur Springs firehouse on Route 52 at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will be produced by Big Sky Productions of Grahamsville, which recently celebrated its 17th anniversary and has a lifelong practice of performing benefits for non-profit organizations. Big Sky’s artistic Carol Montana directs the play.  Read more

Unique cello/guitar duo to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, October 25, a unique duo named Mudras, featuring Julia Horrocks on cello and Rembert Mezler on guitar, will take the stage at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30.

Horrocks and Mezler’s collaboration begins with arrangements of pieces originally written for other instruments, including works intended for full bands and orchestras. Their music will delight fans of classical music, tango, pop and more.  Read more

Tannis Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Written by award-winning Canadian playwright, Vern Thiessen, the full length one-act solo performance “Shakespeare’s Will” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. The play sheds light on William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Performed by NACL Theatre’s Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Kurt Knuth, costumes by Karen Flood, and directed by NACL resident director Mimi McGurl, the play looks through the eyes and heart of a woman and mother who spent a lifetime with and without the great playwright.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts presents the ‘rootsy’ Patrick Fitzsimmons

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three-time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist, and has had his songs placed in several independent films. His last CD, “So Beautiful So Blue,” made several Best of 2008 lists and was played on radio stations all over the country.  Read more

The time machine

There’s no time like the present, according to the old adage. While it seems prudent to be in the moment, there’s something to be said for revisiting the past once in a while, and planning for the future often comes in handy. The past week provided opportunities to do all three, and I’m still basking in the glow of reconnecting with old friends, thanks to social networking. For those of you who have chosen to eschew Facebook (and I’m sure you have your reasons) I’m here to testify.  Read more

CAS presents Yarnslingers storytelling event ‘Reunions’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for an evening of true stories titled “Reunions” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

City Stage to perform ‘Godspell’

MILFORD, PA — “Godspell” will be performed at the Milford Theatre from October 24 to 27, presented by City Stage Theatre Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This rock opera was first produced on Broadway in 1971 when it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. It employs theatrical devices including pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles.  Read more

Lakeside Players to present ‘Making a Killing’ at Grace Episcopal

HONESDALE, PA — Every fall, The Lakeside Players produce a mystery/thriller, and this month, they’re back in Honesdale, presenting “Making a Killing,” by John Nassivera. The play will be performed on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 827 Church St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.  Read more

UpFront slates autumn exhibit and artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open its autumn show, featuring the works of over 30 artists, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 31 Jersey Ave. The exhibit runs through November 27.

Among the works of the many artists will be several paintings by the late Joe Splendora of Milford, PA. (UpFront plans a solo exhibition of the “Art of Joe Splendora” during the winter.)

Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Contact Gordon Graff or Debbie Raia at 845/856-2727, or visit the “UpFront Exhibition Space” on Facebook.

Historical Society to Show Zane Grey’s ‘The Vanishing American’

MILFORD, PA — On Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m., The Pike County Historical Society will host a showing of, and commentary on, “The Vanishing American” (Paramount 1925). The film was adapted from the Zane Grey novel of the same title. Located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, the film will be shown in the Foundation Room of The Columns Museum.

Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand to discuss and introduce the film. Admission is free.  Read more

Sour Bridges to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The band Sour Bridges will perform on Friday, October 18, at The Cooperage at 7:30 p.m. Sour Bridges features Honesdale boys Bill and Matt Pucci.

In just three years, Sour Bridges has become a fixture of the Austin, TX music scene. It has nailed a reputation as the region’s premiere indie-bluegrass band. It plays “browngrass”—a mildly crazed offspring of bluegrass—with mandolin, banjo and fiddle at full-throttle, high-lonesome vocal harmonies, and a feverish exuberance that Texas public radio described as “Americana gone wild.”  Read more

‘Drop Dead’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) closes its 2013 Season with “Drop Dead,” a farce by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.

This comedy portrays the final dress rehearsal and opening night of a cast of has-been actors trying to revive their careers.  Read more

Adrien Reju plays Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Adrien Reju will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Drive on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Her melodies bear a similarity to the tradition of Carole King or Carly Simon, but in practice they’re more akin to the Dixie Chicks or indie-darling Feist. Reju has also recently joined A.C.Newman in support of Canadian singer-songwriter Neko Case, a legend to much of Generation Y.  Read more

Country weekend at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon goes all country this weekend, welcoming performers who are making their mark in Nashville and around the U.S.  Read more