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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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TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts

ROSCOE, NY — Fisherwomen and fishermen headed to Roscoe last weekend to partake in many activities at the 2nd annual TroutoberFest. Sponsored by The Beaverkill Angler, Hardy, Orvis, Umpqua, Cortland, Patagonia and others, the event was an opportunity for anglers from as far away as Florida and Maine to gather and learn about new techniques, try out equipment, engage in a sanctioned fishing tournament and learn to fly fish.  Read more

A devil’s response to Paul Harvey

MEMO

FROM: Screwdisk, Executive Vice-Demon for Sales,

HellCorp North America

TO: Regional Field Agent Scumbucket, Tempter Second Class

RE: “If I Were the Devil,” by Paul Harvey

My dearest nephew,  Read more

Crown Imperial

I came home from work this morning to find a package left on my doorstep. The box, left by the mail carrier, was stamped with these red lettered instructions: “open immediately.” So, with curiosity, I did—to find three heirloom crown imperial bulbs nestled in the classified section of an Ann Arbor newspaper.  Read more

PA trees at risk

At a recent meeting of the Wayne Conservation District, board members and staff received a sobering update on two factors negatively affecting Pennsylvania’s forests.

John Maza, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources service forester for Wayne and Lackawanna counties noted that the emerald ash borer (EAB), a brilliant green beetle that has decimated ash tree populations in multiple states since first being identified in Michigan in 2002, has now been identified in Luzerne County.  Read more

White Mills historic buildings open

WHITE MILLS, PA — Fall foliage, antiques and local history come together on Columbus Day weekend as White Mills opens the doors to several of the village’s historic attractions along the White Mills Community Trail. The Dorflinger Factory Cutting Shop hosts the 27th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show and Sale from Friday through Sunday.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents Verdi’s La Traviata

REGION — Join the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) in celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday with performances of his beloved opera “La Traviata” on October 14 at 8 p.m. at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave. #1600, NYC, and October 20 at 3 p.m. with Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at Rhinebeck High School Theater.

Under the stage direction of Carol Castel and diction coaching of Nico Castel, the cast includes Julie-Anne Hamula as Violetta, John Kaneklides as Alfredo, Wayne Line as Germont, Meredith Hudack as Flora and Annina, and Georgios Papadimitriou as Dottore Grenvil.  Read more

‘A River Runs through It’ Riverscapes and piscine portraits

BETHEL, NY — Rivers and their piscine inhabitants—especially in the Upper Delaware region—form the theme of the Stray Cat Gallery’s show “A River Runs through It,” opening on Friday, October 11, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Liberty Museum to host tribute to Walter Keller

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will host the fifth annual Liberty Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the museum.

The festival was founded and organized annually by Walter Keller, long-time village store owner and the Village of Liberty’s Poet Laureate, who died this past year.

In honor of Keller, volunteers will read a cross-section of his poems interspersed with stories about Keller and reminiscences of his decades-long very public presence in Sullivan County.  Read more

Evan Mack’s ‘My Other Journey Home’

BETHEL, NY — Evan Mack returns to the community for his first concert in Sullivan County since 2007. “My Other Journey Home” is a concert of music composed by Mack, with works for solo piano, opera, violin and choir on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts. The performance will include mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell, violinist Joshua Rodriguez, and the Port Jervis High School Choir under the baton of Ruth Ann Gordon. The choir will sing Evan Mack’s “Langston Hughes’s Dream of Freedom.”  Read more

Pittman reads her latest at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local author and artist Helena Clare Pittman for a book signing and memoir experience introducing her newest book “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” at the CAS Arts Center, at 48 Main St. on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

Pittman will talk about her experience of writing from her memories of childhood, and the process of putting them together for this episodic novel that crosses over from children’s to adult reading. Books will be available for sale.  Read more

Special weekends at Cunningham Family Farms

SWAN LAKE, NY — To say thank you to first responders, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement, and support staff, Cunningham Family Farms will offer $1 off admission for any emergency services personnel and their families the weekend of October 12 to 14.

“Our first responders do so much to keep us safe and we’d like to give back and show our appreciation,” said Chris Cunningham. “We hope they enjoy their experience here on the farm.”  Read more

Call for artists: ‘Art in Sixes’ group show at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works show that will be held from November 23 to December 22. This is a juried exhibition.

Each artist can submit up to four works. All media will be considered. All artwork must be original and no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame). Must be professionally finished and ready to hang (pedestals are available) and must be for sale. All artwork will be judged from actual artwork.  Read more

Paintings of Caroline Harrow on display

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of October, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the paintings of Caroline Harrow in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Livingston Manor artist Harrow enjoys painting old barns and nature scenes in her realistic watercolor paintings. Her limited palette and muted colors have often been compared to Wyeth.

“I tried other mediums but found that my true love is in watercolors. I grew up on a farm in High Falls, NY and attended one of the last one-room schools in the state.  Read more

Grey Towers dramatic reading pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will become available to the public on October 1.

“Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. An 8 p.m. performance will be added when the 6 p.m. show sells out.  Read more

ARTery featured artists

MILFORD, PA — The opening reception for the ARTery October featured artists Randall Fitzgerald and Marie Liu will be held during Milford’s “Art After Dark” celebration on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from October 11 to November 4.  Read more

Grants for cultural programs

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is offering three grants to assist organizations and municipalities with cultural programming, and one grant for an artist-generated community project.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival kicks off October 18th

MILFORD, PA — The 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival, taking place October 18-20, begins a weekend-long celebration of independent filmmaking with its signature event, the Opening Night Gala. This year’s gala will be held October 18, 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Patrick’s event venue on 111 E. High St.  Read more

‘Best of Philly’ in Hawley, PA

HAWLEY, PA — Suzie Brown will be joined by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scot Sax, playing guitar and foot stomp, at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. This Harvard-educated cardiologist turned singer-songwriter has been named “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine and shared the stage with Lyle Lovett.  Read more

Storytelling dinner depicts life on the canal

HAWLEY, PA —The Wayne County Historical Society will hold its annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, which includes traditional storytelling, harvest season dinner and artfully carved pumpkins. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wayne County Historical Society’s restoration of Delaware & Hudson Lock 31 Canal Park.  Read more

‘Collage from your Heart’

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will present the workshop “Collage from your Heart” by mixed-media artist Alyta Adams at the Milford Borough Hall on Wednesdays, October 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adams’ workshop is a simple, immediate, and creative collage process, easy for anyone to learn. If you can look through magazines and catalogs, cut out images, and paste them down, you can find a new way to express yourself by learning to create a collage.  Read more