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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 August 22

Have you ever been to a pig roast? In the last two weeks, I have been to two. The Knights of Columbus held one at Holy Cross Church on Sunday the 11. My brother is the Grand Knight, and he asked me to stop by and help him. He did not need me; the wives of the knights did a great job setting up and supplying the food. When I got there, I went over to him and he asked me to carry some pig down to the oven. I said, “OK,” and he gave me a metal tray with the head in it. Gross, gross, gross.  Read more

Mid-summer dragonfly watch

Along the shore of any given body of water, whether it’s a lake, river or stream, insects are usually very obvious. There may be some flies hatching out, butterflies and moths, and even some pesky mosquitoes or other biting bugs. The pesky biters are in jeopardy themselves from another group of insects that are on the prowl—the odonata family, or dragonflies and damselflies.  Read more

The last green drake

Boyd Corners Reservoir is the uppermost New York City reservoir on what was once the West Branch of the Croton River. Its outlet flows for barely a half mile before it empties into West Branch Reservoir.

Barbara and I spent many happy hours learning how to fish with a fly on this short stretch of water. There, in 1950, I caught my first trout on a fly. That fish took a Brown Bivisible, which was the only dry fly I was capable of tying.  Read more

An engaging column

I was nervous as Emily and I left our apartment and headed to the Union Square subway stop to catch the Q train up to the Paris Theater. We were headed to the theater under the guise of a test screening for the crime documentary I’ve been editing forever. I had a DVD in my backpack—along with an engagement ring.

The DVD did not have the crime documentary on it but instead had a cute little movie I made about my trip to get said engagement ring. Save for Emily and me, the theater would be empty, and when the seven-minute movie was over I was going to propose.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Ragtag Rutabagas and The Cooperage Project will hold a special, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall” contra dance at The Cooperage on Saturday, August 24 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Before the dancing begins, around 6:30 p.m. there will be time to socialize with friends and fellow dancers and the contra dance team and refreshments.  Read more

Ceramic artists open show in Youngsville

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — “Containing the Abundance of Summer,” a new show featuring the works of ceramic artists Kathy Jeffers and Chris Parrow, opens at Domesticities at 4055 State Route 52 on Saturday, August 24 with an artists’ reception at 3 p.m.

In her Woodbourne studio, Jeffers uses lace and plants to create lush textures in her hand-built pieces. Her coiled and gathered work adds emphasis to richly colored glazes.  Read more

Rare tour of Wallenpaupack dam offered

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) will conduct free tours of the dam at Lake Wallenpaupack, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will include access to the dam itself for a rare view of the lake and the dry riverbed where the Wallenpaupack Creek once flowed, and of the hydroelectric plant on the Lackawaxen River at Kimbles. Hear about the history of how the dam was built, and learn about the increase in energy demand since the power plant began operating in the 1920s.  Read more

Harmonica lesson at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica on Saturday, August 24 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Port Jervis Library in the basement Community Room. This is a beginner’s class; no musical talent is required. The teacher is master harmonicist Patti Gessner. Students will learn how to play a piece of music by the end of the program, and afterward will take their new harmonicas home.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of bluegrass and folk

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and Bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Dueling wizards in the age of Internet

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard,” starring Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Pig Mountain draws chefs from NYC to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Pig Mountain will be held on Saturday, August 24 on Main Street of Narrowsburg from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be 14 chefs cooking 14 pigs 14 different ways. Each chef will also prepare a vegetarian option. Wine will be sold by Narrowsburg Fine Wines and Spirits and The Heron will be selling beer.

The $30 admission price gets you 10 tickets each of which can be redeemed for a dish from 10 chefs or all from one chef or any way you like.  Read more

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Just when I thought I had seen (and heard) it all, along comes the Zac Brown Band (ZBB). I know a little bit about a lot of things, but ZBB was not on my radar, save for the knowledge that the band is wildly popular and that their one-night-only appearance at Bethel Woods sold out very quickly.  Read more

The Spirit Of Woodstock Lives On

BETHEL, NY — Forty-four years after the last chords echoed in the air, the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair still lingers over Sullivan County. The original festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, where 32 acts performed outdoors for more than 400,000 hippies and is “widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.” (www.wikipedia.com) Rolling Stone magazine listed the event as one of the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”  Read more

The book slayer

People find many ways to pass time on the train. One of the most common is reading. I am a printer by trade; naturally I love the look and feel of ink on paper. I can read the New York Post on my iPad, but I still buy the paper from the guy on the street in front of Penn Station every night. I can’t say I deplore the new digital reading devices, but I find them cold and unfriendly, so it always warms my heart to see people reading books. One of the frequent flyers of my morning commute is a strange duck to say the least.  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 1)

One of the things I appreciate about social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is that they expose me to many things that I might otherwise miss. Usually, these items are posted by the people and organizations I follow, but every once in a great while I actually see a relevant and interesting advertisement. The other day, for example, my eye was caught by an ad on Facebook.

“Click ‘Like’ if you are tired of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.” it said.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 15

The family of Pete and Anita Toscano are having an estate sale. If you never sold your parent’s life, it is the hardest thing ever. I knew I had to stop by and get a little something so I could always have a bit of them in my life. My husband is now the owner of the original Pete’s Pub sign: “The Working Man’s Country Club.” When I was at the sale, I ran into some of the workers who used to work in Pete’s. Great memories....  Read more

Drawings on display at Willow River Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Drawings by Elizabeth Major Stark are now on display at the Willow River Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until September 28. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment. Call 570/253-3013.

Music in the Park season ends with a bang

MILFORD, PA — The Music in the Park season ends on Sunday, August 18 at 1 p.m. in Ann Street Memorial park with performances by the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Milford Praise Team, Walt Edwards and Marc Von Em.

The final summer concert of the Milford in the Park music season has something for everyone, whether it’s the inspirational sounds of the FPC of Milford Praise Team, the entertaining performances Walt Edwards or the energizing songs from Marc Von Em.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic.

‘Cirque Du Soirée’ – A party of circus and cabaret

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents and Ledges Hotel will present “Cirque Du Soirée,” a circus and cabaret performance, on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, the organization that produced talent such as Natalie Portman, Maroon 5 and Cirque Du Soleil performers, will gather at Ledges Hotel with acrobatics, fire dancers, jugglers and actors.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.silkmillharmony.com for $20 and the bar at Ledges Hotel will be open. Audiences may also add dinner to their ticket upon online checkout. Call 570/588-8077.

Songs + Stories

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Singers and story tellers gather together at the Old North Branch Inn on the first and third Sundays of the month. This Sunday, August 18, will be singer Carol Smith and story teller Jonathan Fox, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Karen Hudson.

There will be beer, wine and light fare available. Visit www.theoldnorthbranchinn.com or call 845/482-5925.