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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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Milford Music in the Park concert series begins

Milford, PA — Milford’s Music in the Park summer concert series begins with performances by the Mike Lawlor Banned from 1 to 2 p.m. and MiZ from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 in the Ann Street Park at Anne and Catherine streets. The event is free.  Read more

Let freedom ring

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Bog walk

For an otherworldly experience within a manageable drive of the Upper Delaware region, a visit to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA is in order. Designated a National Natural Landmark because it is the southernmost low-altitude boreal bog on the eastern seaboard, this bog resembles those found at much higher elevations such as New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Read more

Remember

On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

Taxidermy and reclaimed wood art

BARRYVILLE, NY — Artwork incorporating taxidermy and reclaimed wood will be on exhibit in an unusual art show titled “Mounted: Wood Meets Fur” which opens with an artist’s reception on Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The River Market, State Rte. 97. Assemblage artist Gordon Graff, owner of the UpFront Gallery in Port Jervis, NY, will show his works at the Barryville Gallery through September 9.

‘Mist & Mystery’ in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture.  Read more

WCM begins 20th anniversary with Music at the Mill

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill.  Read more

Singer-songwriter Matt Simons at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Matt Simon performs with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. He is signed with Sony Music and his songwriting has gained attention jumping into the top 10 charts abroad.

Often compared to Jamie Cullum, John Mayer and Adam Levine, Simons also infuses his piano-based pop-rock with hints of jazz and R&B.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Sullivan

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour returns on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. at a new venue, Henning’s Local, a new restaurant at 1040 State Rte. 55 in The Eldred Preserve. Comic Moody McCarthey, who has appeared on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, headlines. Dinner is available starting at 5 p.m. and during the show. Also appearing is Rich Carucci, Mr. Langham. Rich Kiamco serves as host and MC.

Tickets cost $20 online, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383605, or $25 at the door. Future shows include Jessica Kirson on July 6 and Dan Soder of September 1.

GLBT Center presents ‘Girl Talk’

MILFORD, PA — Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold the performance “Girl Talk” on Saturday, May 25 at the historic Milford Theatre at 9 p.m. The evening will be accentuated by a pre-show and auction for everyone at 8:15 p.m., with an after party at the Patisserie for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission (adult 18 yrs+ only), and VIP tickets cost $60 and have a limited availability (VIP ticket includes reserved seating and after party). Visit www.wigsticks.org or www.udglbt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cunningham Family Farms reopens for the summer

SWAN LAKE, NY — The 2013 opening of Cunningham Farms, Hurd Park Rd., is Saturday, May 25. The farm will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 4. General admission includes all activities except gem mining, among which are hayride, hay bale maze, rope maze, labyrinth, barnyard play area and hay bale pyramid.  Read more

Beer tasting event, silent auction for Catskill Art Society

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold the Tri-State Beer Tasting Showcase on Sunday, May 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring craft beers from breweries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is a fundraising event for CAS and will be held at the art center at 48 Main St. The event also offers food, music, and art presented by Sullivan County-based purveyors as well as a last chance to bid on artwork in the SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit. The auction closes at 7 p.m.  Read more

Planning ahead; Lazy, hazy and crazy!

Ahhh. The good old summertime is almost here and (IMHO) none too soon. Personally, I love all of the seasons we in the Upper Delaware Valley have to celebrate, and each has its own merits, but with Memorial Day upon us, all thoughts lead to summer.  Read more

‘struck’ at the NACL; This time, it’s personal

The 2013 season at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) theatre in Highland Lake, NY will open this weekend with a very personal story. The company’s cofounder and artistic director, Tannis Kowalchuk, describes the new play, “struck,” as a multi-media journey into the mind, soul and altered dimensions of a woman’s brain. It shares Kowalchuk’s own experience of suffering a stroke.

Kowalchuk has created and performed in over 16 NACL productions and has toured to Canada, England, Italy and Balkan Europe, but the story of “struck” began right here in her own backyard.  Read more

Lake Huntington New May 23

I was down in Queens last weekend and went out to Long Island to my mother’s grave. It used to be my father’s grave; I have to remember he is still in there. She is on the back of my father’s stone military style, and we had a saying put on her side of the stone—“Open doors, open arms and open heart.” That was how my parents lived their lives and raised us. I truly was blessed with great parents. I also visited Marie Smith, who is Jean Kerrigan’s sister. She says hello to all; she is doing well.  Read more

Hey, that’s my seat!

We are all creatures of habit. My morning routine, in order to make the train at the crack of dawn, depends on a number of things happening. One, my clothing must be laid out the night before (if my tie is going to match); two, my lunch must be packed and in the fridge; and three, the pups have to come in after being let out for their morning romp. (Dexter and Toby, please don’t chase the deer today.). Finally, the car must be gassed up and ready to go, and I need to leave 10 minutes early in case there are any problems driving through Hawk’s Nest.  Read more

Toad Tunes

It’s been a couple of weeks now that I have heard a lot of trilling from nearby lakes and wetlands. The first thought from someone not familiar with the local habitat may be that there is a swarm of crickets or other insects that frequent waterways during spring. This is not the case however; the trilling is the courtship call of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus). This is a recent scientific name change as the old genus name was “Bufo”. Calling toads can be heard here: http://www.twcwc.com/toadsong.html.  Read more