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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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Roses and Revolutions to perform at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The piano and guitar duo of Roses and Revolutions will perform for Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Alyssa Rose Coco and Matt Merritt on guitar have shared the stage with the likes of headliners Ingrid Michaelson, O.A.R., Sheryl Crow and Ryan Star.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door. Visit www.silkmillharmony.com, or email jill@silkmillharmony.com, or call 570/588-8077.

New show at The ARTery Gallery in Milford

MILFORD, PA— An artists’ reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. follows Friday’s opening day of a month-long, two-artist show at The Artery Gallery, located at 210 Broad St. The show is called “Thoughts and visions of the natural world.”  Read more

Free ice cream social, mansion tours at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA – Free admission and a re-creation of Gifford Pinchot’s community ice cream social will be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free visitor films will be shown throughout the day, including the film showing President John F. Kennedy’s September 24, 1963, dedication of Grey Towers. From 2 to 4 p.m., a free ice cream social, sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association, will be held on the grounds. In lieu of a fee, the GTHA requests the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.  Read more

Neversink ‘Afternoon of History’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Town of Neversink and the Time and the Valleys Museum will host the Neversink “Afternoon of History” on Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink will be shared, and local residents are encouraged to bring special history items to share. The Methodist Church is loaning some of its early church records for the afternoon. Call 845/985-2452.

Artful Bears to debut at picnic

MILFORD, PA — Bear sculptures will be revealed at the 14th Black Bear Film Festival’s Artful Bears Debut Picnic to be held rain or shine on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sculptures will be on display at the festival from October 18 to 20.

The picnic will be held on the lawn of the Pike County Community House. The 13 bears, each created by a local artist, will be distributed to various storefronts of businesses sponsoring them. The event will offer “bear maps” showing the locations of the bears after the festivities.  Read more

Birthday celebration for Liberty Museum and Arts Center

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum and Arts Center on Main Street will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. The evening will include an art and collectibles auction, food and entertainment. In addition to hosting shows and exhibits, the museum is currently partnering with the Liberty Free Theater to make the Liberty Museum home of a fully operational theater in 2014. Email LibertyNYMuseum@yahoo.com, call 845/292-2394, or visit www.libertymuseum.com.

Photo exhibit features exotic underwater life

MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photographic Guild (HPG) will present an exhibit of underwater photography by Allen Levine, whose images of marine life from the Asian-Pacific waters showcase creatures of beauty and wonder rarely seen in the western hemisphere. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art after Dark.

The show will continue through September 8.  Read more

Biscuit And Smudge’ make their debut

MILFORD, PA — There will be a book-signing party to introduce “Biscuit, Smudge, and the Fisherman,” a children’s story written by Kevin Maloney and illustrated by Joann Wells Greenbaum, at Bluestone Studio on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tale is based on the true story of two abandoned kittens and their challenges of finding a new home. Refreshments will be served. Call 570/409-4500.

Brother Sun at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Brother Sun on The Cooperage stage on Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with light fare offered by Willow River Café. BYOB.  Read more

Everything happens for a reason?

That’s what they say, whoever “they” are. Depending on my mood, there are times when even I think it’s true. The past week has been rife with coincidence and synchronicity, yet I can’t for the life of me figure out what it all means. I’d be forcing the issue to call seeing “Grease,” now playing in Forestburgh (www.FBplayhouse.org), a coincidence per se (I was in the national tour a hundred years ago), but seeing it at the playhouse brought back a flood of memories.  Read more

Two openings at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Half Hidden,” paintings and prints by Carol Radsprecher, and “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe,” paintings by E. Morisot, opens with a reception on Friday, August 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Alliance Gallery.

Radsprecher’s images, both paintings and digital prints, reference the human female body. After painting for many years, Radsprecher recently began experimenting with drawing and “painting” in Photoshop®. “I became enthralled with the seemingly infinite possibilities inherent in this digital medium,” she said.  Read more

Manor Ink: One year in the making

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — In the upstairs of the Livingston Manor library, a group of young newspaper publishers sits around a table. In front of each is a laptop. This is the weekly Monday meeting for Manor Ink, a “library-based, youth-led newspaper” in Livingston Manor.  Read more

Late bloomers and early adaptors

Years ago I came across some provocative comments by Kirk Vardenoe, the noted American art historian. I was struck by his observation that throughout the 19th century, Denmark and Sweden were considerably behind the curve in industrial development. Vardenoe’s insight was that this was actually an advantage, because the delay gave them time to observe, prepare and avoid some of the worst negative effects of industrialization.  Read more

Contests for fans of state lands

Experiencing the natural world through the eye of a camera lens is a satisfying activity that comes with plentiful rewards. For shutterbugs who enjoy spending time photographing on Pennsylvania public lands, two upcoming photo contests might be of interest.  Read more

Who am I anyway?

Even as a child it was evident that I was never going to look like Prince Charming. “Can’t skate by on your looks,” my mother would advise and, “stop making faces, or it’s going to freeze that way, and you have enough problems.” (Thanks, Mom.) Despite admonishments like this and my father’s discouraging my “artistic temperament,” I’ve always had a fairly strong sense of self.  Read more

Grey Towers hosts 9th annual Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — “Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the ninth annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. This family-friendly and free event offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives.  Read more

‘Creative Vision’ at WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — “Creative Vision,” an exhibit of original art and crafts made by artists David and Susan Pendergast, will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) hallery from August 3 though 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, August 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and refreshments will be served.  Read more

Play readings, poetry and jazz at the Beekman Pavilion

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will hold a Sullivan County tour with a series of events to be held at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café throughout August and September.  Read more

Wayne County Fair ready to roll

HONESDALE, PA — The 151st annual Wayne County Fair kicks off this Friday, August 2 at 12 noon, promising a variety of country entertainment—from traditional fair favorites like the farm tractor pull and the woodsmen’s competition to precision stunt driving by Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers, a freestyle monster truck show and a bash-‘em, crash-‘em demolition derby. The musical headliner this year is Justin Moore, who has toured with the likes of Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and more.  Read more

Sundays at the Museum August programs

HONESDALE, PA — Every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., The Wayne County Historical Society offers an hour-long presentation on a historical topic. The programs are free and open to all.  Read more