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August 26, 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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Go fly a kite

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host its annual Kite Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the campus courtyard. The free festival is sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association, WSUL/WVOS Radio, Thunder 102, SUNY Sullivan and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. The event will be held rain or shine.  Read more

‘Baited’ sculpture installation opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Baited,” a sculpture installation by Barbara Fiore (www.barbarafiore.com), opens with a reception on Friday, May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through May 28.
Bear baiting is a method of hunting where doughnuts and other high caloric delights are dumped in the same spot over a long period of time for bears to find. The bears return again and again looking for the sweet treats. The hunters return, too. At present, bear baiting is legal in 11 states.  Read more

Spring Fling at Mullaly’s

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Mullally’s Pub at 4919 State Rte. 52 will be the party site of the Jeffersonville JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan) Spring Fling on Saturday, May 14, from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight.  Read more

Cinco de Mamacita fest

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Honeybee Festival Committee will host a Cinco de Mamacita all-ages dance party with a Latin food court on Saturday, May 7 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Narrowsburg Union, formerly the Narrowsburg School. The suggested donation is $10 per person; free for children under 12. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Read more

The boys (and girls) of summer are back in Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — Forget about the birds and the buds: when the mitts and the bats come out, you know that summer can’t be too far behind. They emerged in Glen Spey a couple of weekends ago in the first Little League game of the season, and Glen Spey resident and photographer John Cassidy captured these priceless moments for us.

Away again

I love to travel. Is that right? Well, not exactly. I don’t love airports, no matter how overstuffed with shopping opportunities they may be. It takes too long to get to them and the parking lots are confusing. How long-term is long-term parking? It took me a while to understand the meaning of the cell-phone lot.  Read more

Spring emergence

People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other good things from vegetable plots are showing themselves, offering promises of tasty culinary delights a little later in the season.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?*

If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With Passover in full swing (April 22 to 30), I made sure to have the necessary ingredients in the house while checking my list of events that I intended to sprinkle in during the week.  Read more

‘Last Waltz’ concert

BETHEL, NY — The Rev Tor Band announce a special live performance of the Band’s classic 1978 concert film, “The Last Waltz,” on Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The concert features renditions of all the hits by the Band featured in the film, such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more.  Read more

LuxRd.: ‘Welcome to My Haus’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County duo LuxRd. will present the world premiere of its theatrical song cycle “Welcome to My Haus” on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. In keeping with the name of the project (taken from two different Lux Roads: one in Cochecton, the other in Callicoon), the band is collaborating with local artists to create a multi-media journey through musical idioms, experiences and eras.  Read more

Ministers of Sound play the blues

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Alexis P Suter and the Ministers of Sound on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, said, “Blues Music Award nominee Alexis P Suter is a bass/baritone vocalist with the ability to go to ‘that other place’ where singers go when they are lost in the music. It is no wonder the late B.B. King and the late Levon Helm were big fans. The Ministers of Sound deliver unforgettable gospel, blues and time-honored American music.”  Read more

‘Founding Mothers’

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market Community Center will host an exhibit titled “Founding Mothers” in the month of May. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., which will include a Q&A session.

The exhibit includes portraits and some interesting tidbits about the hands that rocked the cradles of our Founding Fathers. For example, Mary Ball Washington: we need to thank her twice, once for giving birth to George, and a second time for talking him into accepting the presidency after he was elected.  Read more

Tabletop game day at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will participate in the fourth annual International TableTop Day on Sunday, May 1. The fun will kick off at 11 a.m. and will run to 8 p.m. The event is a worldwide celebration of board games that takes place at locations across the globe.  Read more

‘Elektra’ at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series will conclude on Saturday, April 30 at 12:55 p.m. with the presentation of “Elektra,” Strauss’s fiery tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge.  Read more

Caggiano at Lords Valley Gallery

LORDS VALLEY, PA — From May 1 to June 26, the Gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley will showcase paintings by artist Mike Caggiano. Caggiano has studied at the Art Students League, the Omega Institute and at the University of Scranton.

He works in oil, acrylic and lately has been concentrating more on water mediums with particular interest in Chinese watercolor techniques. A prolific painter, Caggiano is always open to new ideas. He says, “There is so much art to love, I love to experiment and discover.”  Read more

Trailer Choir headlines ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102 (102.1 FM), Monticello Casino and Raceway, The Sullivan County Visitors Association and the Sullivan County Partnership will hold the 11th annual ThunderBash at the Monticello Casino and Raceway on Saturday, May 7. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Best emerging band’ returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Addi and Jacq for a return performance on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The duo recently was crowned “best emerging band in NYC” when they won 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs.

Addi McDaniel has been called “a dynamo with a brass plated voice” by the Los Angeles Times, and Jacqueline Kerrod an “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive harpist” by Classical Source. Addi and Jacq’s musical influences include everyone from Mozart to Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright to Paul Simon.  Read more

They wave, I wave back: What drives a community activist?

If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.  Read more

On ramps

The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked directly from the forests and fields. This goes a long way to explain the near hysteria that erupts every year when ramps emerge from the earth. Suddenly, no foodie’s Instagram feed is complete without several shots of these highly seasonal native plants.  Read more

Puppy power

Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the weekend adventures, and with the current turkey-mating season in full swing, some of the stories are quite funny—especially to dog people. We were raising two Corgis who just love to herd these big birds, or squirrels, or just about anything that moves. Our dogs have plenty of area to run on our 10 acres and have been trained over the years not to wander too far from home.  Read more