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August 27, 2016
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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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Photo guild hosts exhibition

MILFORD, PA — The public is invited to an opening reception of Frank Zimmermann’s “Tri-State Photos, Dingmans to New York City,” on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highlands Photographic Guild at 224 Broad St. in the Wells Fargo Bank Building.

Zimmermann, a noted New York City architectural photographer, will showcase his latest body of work, some of the well-known landmarks and other images shot closer to home in northwestern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 4.

Visit www.highlandsphotoguild.com, or call 570/296-2440.

Moonlight paddles on the lake

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary. There will be two paddles: Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. These programs are free to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Only sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem.

Call Lacawac Sanctuary to reserve your spot, 570/689-9494, or email joann@lacawac.org.

Kayak paddle for military and veterans

GREENTOWN, PA — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the PA Bureau of State Parks and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have partnered to present a beginner’s kayaking program at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All active duty, retired, prior service members and their families are invited to join the park’s naturalist on a paddle throughout Promised Land Lake.  Read more

845 Local Hip Hop Night

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions presents its first hip hop showcase on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell.

The show features Made Memberz of Monticello, Ice and Guelz B from BSPG of North Branch, Cats-Kill of Monticello, Rio Grand of Brooklyn, NY/Damascus, PA, Reflex Space Deck of Purchase, and R.l. Traviss of Callicoon. Closing the night will be DJ Noah Barker spinning old and new music and chilled out electronic R&B-infused dance music.

Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

Wayne County antiques show

HONESDALE, PA — Fifty dealers from all over the east coast bring all kinds of antiques and collectibles to the Women’s Club of Honesdale’s 51st annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.  Read more

Blues singer at popular pizza place

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Blues guitarist Eli Cook will perform at Benji and Jakes on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m.

The musician’s live performance includes both original tunes and vintage blues from all his albums. Cook covers classics like Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die” and Skip James’ “Catfish Blues.”

He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Read more

Young opera singers take the stage

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two shows this weekend. Both are held at the Sullivan County Community College Seelig Theatre and are under the direction of music director Violetta Zabbi.  Read more

Family fun planned for Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 9th annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure.  Read more

Creating Community

Two new local projects illustrate the extraordinary dedication and creativity of my fellow citizens.  Read more

River rescuers: Making the Delaware a safer place

UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC AND RECREATIONAL RIVER — After only one year into her job, Katherine Szupillo of the National Park Service was on patrol at the Shohola rapids. The spot is one that is hidden from the road and has very few houses nearby; if one were to need help on the river, very few people would be able to see. Luckily for one boater, Szupillo was on hand to witness his boat capsizing in the rapids and come to the rescue.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s ‘9 to 5, the Musical' What a way to make a living!

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not a huge fan of musical adaptations to begin with. While there are exceptions to every rule, (think “La Cage Aux Folles” or “The Producers”) there is an endless lists of Broadway shows with a hit song attached (think “Fame” or “Footloose”) that struggle. Each year, the management at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) asks the audience to suggest what shows they would like to see in the future and “9 to 5” received an overwhelming response. In an effort to please (give the people what they want) “9 to 5” is now playing.  Read more

Independence Day events

Events for the 4th of July holiday

Surveying PA’s amphibians and reptiles

All of the reptiles and amphibians identified last weekend during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz (www.UpperDelawareBioBlitz.com) will have the double honor of being counted twice, first as residents of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation’s property in Starlight, PA, and also in the recently launched Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).  Read more

‘Eagles of the Upper Delaware’ star in 4th of July show

BETHEL, NY — Just in time to celebrate our national birthday, “Eagles of the Upper Delaware – and Other Birds of Prey” an exhibit of photographs by Jerry Cohen and woodcarvings by guest artist Paul Stark, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Thursday, July 4, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through July 17.

Cohen, an artist in residence at the gallery, writes of his work: “Whether it is the majestic nature of an eagle in flight or the haunting secrets held within an abandoned structure, there is beauty and intrigue everywhere I look.”  Read more

Children’s book creator at Artwalk Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Lindsay Barrett George, children’s picture book author and illustrator, will be the featured guest at the Livingston Manor Library during Artwalk Chalkwalk, the annual street celebration of art in Livingston Manor, taking place on Saturday, July 6 on Main Street.

Children of all ages are welcome to story time with George from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Many people will recall George’s books including “Beaver at Long Pond” (1988). Her newest picture books include “Alfred Digs,” “Maggie’s Ball” and “That Pup.” Visit www.lindsaybarrettgeorge.com.  Read more

Honesdale “500” Sidewalk Sales Pinewood Derby competition

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership and Cub Scout Pack 105 will hold a Pinewood Derby on Saturday, July 20 at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall.

The competition will consist of three age groups; eight to nine year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, and moms and dads. A maximum of eight competitors will be accommodated in each age group.  Read more

Trees in New York City at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and photography showing from “New York City of Trees,” the new book by New York-based author and artist Benjamin Swett at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, July 5 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Harbison work to premier during summer music festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Celebrated American composer John Harbison has been named Composer in Residence for Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) 20th Anniversary Summer Festival, “Transformations.” The festival will run from July 14 through 27 with concerts presented in various venues in Jeffersonville, Bethel, Callicoon and North Branch.  Read more

Dramatic workshop presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Alice in Wonderland,” a musical that features children ages four through 18 acting, dancing and singing. Performances will be Friday, July 19 and Saturday 20 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at the Rivoli Theater. Tickets cost $7. A special matinee is on July 17 at 12:30 p.m.  Read more