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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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An agricultural haven: Part 1

By SONJA HEDLUND

Consumer demand for local food is strong and growing steadily. It is evident here in Sullivan County as well as in New York City. The opportunity to meet this demand brings the possibility of development in a county seeking to create a sustainable local economy.  Read more

Going organic: Roger Hill helps O’Neill’s Orchard make the transition

HONESDALE, PA — Weaning an apple orchard away from the synthetic products used to manage pests and disease is neither a fast nor an easy process. It’s more like a labor of love and a work in progress. But orchardist Roger Hill is up to the task; orchard owner Dolores O’Neill has taken the necessary leap of faith, and they’ve spent the past four years working to prove it can be done.  Read more

Concert at St. James celebrates ‘this fragile earth’

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B will present an evening of music and praise on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Kevin Vertrees, organist and musical director, has assembled a group of local musicians to present a program consisting of a series of “musical meditations” themed on a line from the Book of Common Prayer: “this fragile earth, our island home.”  Read more

Sullivan’s longest running antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 5 to show off to the public their antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. The Rock Hill firemen will provide food, there will be merchandise at a flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show will provide entertainment. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Call 845/292-3849 or 932-8923.  Read more

‘Frack’ on the Delaware, with potluck

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy will present an evening on the Delaware featuring a potluck of homemade desserts and a special screening of the movie “Frack,” with music by Marc Black, on Saturday, June 4 at the Delaware Valley Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road. Participants are invited to come early and picnic in the park and BYOB. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Frack director David Morris and others will be on hand to answer questions. Win a homemade pie in the raffle. Donations accepted at the door.

Free watercolor classes with Jack Yelle

ROSCOE, NY — Renowned artist Jack Yelle of Morning Star Creations will offer a series of free watercolor workshops this summer for adults and youth 14 years and older at the Roscoe Free Library. There will be nine classes given on Saturdays starting June 4 and ending August 20. The two-hour sessions will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and all materials will be supplied. Each class will consist of a demonstration and a hand-out on the subject, presenting the step-by-step procedure for completing the watercolor painting.  Read more

Run, walk, stroll for the arts

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There will be a 5K walk for the arts, supporting the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), around Lake Huntington on Sunday, June 5. It begins at 10 a.m. at Gasko & Meyer Distributors, 436 State Route 52.  Read more

Hikes, tours and music at Grey Towers

MILFORD PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will offer a series of weekend programs in June. On Saturday, June 11, visitors can watch as the Lost Art Lacers of North New Jersey demonstrate their craft of lacemaking on the grounds of Grey Towers. On Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m., the J’aime Trio string ensemble will perform in the tented terrace area. It is presented by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the Kindred Spirits Arts Program. Tickets are available on line at www.kindredspiritsprograms.org or at Grey Towers.  Read more

Gallery show complements Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — In anticipation of Honesdale’s annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 18, the Hanson Gallery will present a Roots & Rhythm Music Art Collection Tribute with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4. Refreshments will be served.  Read more

Celebrating the history of the iron industry

SCRANTON, PA — The second annual Arts on Fire will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the historic iron furnaces in Scranton. The event will feature an all-day iron pour, fine craft vendors, food, live music, historical displays and tours of the furnaces. Events will start at 11 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m.

Arts on Fire is free and open to the public thanks to the support of local funders, including Arts ENGAGE! Keystone Iron Works Grant, Lackawanna County, LHVA, Keystone College, General Dynamics, RJ Walker, PennStar, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, IBEW and Penn Security Bank.  Read more

Hearn celebrated with Tusten concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn will present the fifth annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert at the Tusten Theatre on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30pm.

The concert will feature Marc Black and Alana Amram & The Rough Gems in a benefit for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Community chorus goes for the Triple Crown

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its annual spring concert on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42, with a Triple Crown theme. The chorus will move from “Halter Breaking” to “Ground Exercises” and “Learning the Gaits and Responding to Commands” to a “Cool Down” and “Taking It Easy.”  Read more

Manor caboose to re-open; historical info sought

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — After sitting idle for a number of years, plans are in place to re-open the Livingston Manor information caboose on weekends from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. The caboose greets people coming off and getting on Route 17 at exit 96. Inside will be fliers, pamphlets, maps and other information to help visitors to the region find things to do and see in the area. If you have fliers for your business that you want displayed in the caboose, call 845/439-5867.  Read more

Illuminations on exhibit

TWIN LAKES, PA — This illumination will be among the works exhibited at the first Amercian show of artist Gloria Gehl, a native of Canada and resident of Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in her garden, 106 Robert Road at Twin Lakes. The works on show will be illuminations based on 11th to 17th century manuscripts. The work is painted in gouache and watercolor, with 23 K gold leaf on acid free, hot-press watercolor paper. The pieces average four square inches. There will be approximately 30 framed pieces for sale.  Read more

Plein air painters start new season

MILFORD, PA — Joan Polishook, artist and founder of Come Paint With Me©, will lead off the 14th season of her program at Grey Towers on June 2. Artists are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at the Visitors Pavilion, where they will be greeted by members of the Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association and Polishook, who will present a brief overview on the importance of journaling for a plein air artist.  Read more

‘Then There Were None’ at Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The year is 1943. Eight guests and two house servants who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon, England. One by one they begin to die in Agatha Christie’s classic, “And Then There Were None,” to be presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop from June 3 to June 12 at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

Critters in the rain

During the middle of last month, a cut-off low-pressure system drifted over our area and became stagnant. This resulted in over a week of intermittent rain, clouds, low ceiling and visibilities, and the general absence of that bright thing in the sky we call “the sun.” As we either worked in the rain or waited for the drier periods to arrive, most plants throve. River levels rose several feet and lakes and reservoirs got topped off.  Read more

An all-day party surrounds the Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The eighth annual Trout Parade will be held on Saturday, June 11. Attendees can expect to find fishy fun along Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including specialty foods from local vendors, an arts and crafts fair and children’s activities. The parade will step off at 1 p.m., led by the 2011 Grand Marshal Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Old hippies never die…

They go Phishing. Well, this old hippie did anyway. Sort of. With so much talk about the band “Phish” (that I had never heard of) coming to town, I debated with myself over how to write about it. I knew little about the group itself ( www.phish.com ), but from what I gathered, this was to be no ordinary concert at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center ( www.bethelwoodscenter.org ). It was to be more of an “event,” since the group (and their faithful followers) would be in Sullivan County for three days.  Read more