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August 30, 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, (

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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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Artistic stirrings in Hancock

The village of Hancock, NY is abuzz with new goings-on and businesses centered on a growing cultural milieu. The village, located on the banks of the Delaware River where the East Branch and West Branch meet to form the river’s Main Stem, is the northernmost settlement on state Route 97. Long noted for trout fishing and deer hunting, the Town of Hancock’s rural and natural beauty is an inspiration to the new artists and restaurateurs who are now calling it home.  Read more

Back to Kindergarten

To riff on the immortal George Carlin: Some people think inside the box; some people think outside the box; I think we need to get rid of the box. Perhaps it’s the ethos of the political season, but lately I find myself thinking about how I think—the assumptions I bring to my thought processes, and the influences that I know have shaped my habits of thinking since childhood.  Read more

Wetland aviators

Wetlands are usually nature’s gathering point during the heat of the summer. Green frogs and bullfrogs can be seen and heard as various species of turtles ply the water or sun themselves on a log. Also present, though, are many creatures winging their way in and about the wetlands. Whether they are foraging or breeding, they provide a good air show.  Read more

More than luck

It has been written that anglers go through several stages, beginning with catching the first fish. It does not matter whether it is a big one or a small one. The trick is to repeat that catch again and again. “I got my first rainbow today!” or “I caught a small-mouth bass on the Delaware!” Maybe it will be your first brook trout on a small Royal Coachman wet fly. There are a lot of opportunities to fill out your “dance card” of firsts.  Read more

Keep on truckin’…

I want to, I really do, but it’s a ‘97 pickup, and I’m not sure how much longer I can keep on truckin’ along. Up until very recently, the vehicle has been very good to me, but as of late, there has been a steady increase in breakdowns and repairs. Ach. Compounding the issue is what to do next, since running out to buy a new car is not exactly on my to-do list, hard times being what they are.  Read more

Vintage selfies at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Picture Yourself(ie) in the 1930s” is on view at the Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55), through August.

In this innovative and immersive exhibition, visitors can touch and interact with the entire exhibit. In an un-museum-like experience, different facets of 1930s life come alive as visitors “become” part of them: barbering, laundry, barnyard, school and more, each creating a distinct experiences to delve into, explore, touch and to take and share photos of yourself(ie).  Read more

Denning and Claryville History Afternoon

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Denning will be available at Denning and Claryville History Afternoon on Sunday, August 7, at 1 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. Along with co-sponsor the Town of Neversink, the museum will share archive information on the history of the Town of Denning, Ulster County, including oral histories from town residents and binders full of information about life along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. The program is free, including free admission to the museum.  Read more

Roscoe Trout Town Parade and duck race

ROSCOE, NY — Sponsored by the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, the hamlet of Roscoe will hold its annual Trout Town Parade on Saturday, August 6 starting at 11 a.m. Line-up will be at Roscoe Central School. There will be a flea market/craft fair/Taste of Roscoe at Niforatos Field that day. Also joining in the fun will be the Roscoe Free Library, which will hold its annual duck race at Riverside Park at 3 p.m. Come watch as the ducks race one another downstream for first, second, third and last place. Ducks are available at $3 for one, $5 for two and $10 for five.  Read more

‘Interlude’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — A new group show will open at Gallery EVA at 35 Lower Main St. on Saturday, August 6, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Titled “Interlude,” the show will run through August 31.

Artists featured in the show will include Miriam Hernandez, Barry Shavrick, Walter Stevens, Evelyn Morisot, Paul Shimon, Erica Hart and Eva Drizhal. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., sometimes Monday, and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

Honey Dewdrops: ‘handcrafted sound... swarming harmonies’

HAWLEY, PA — The Honey Dewdrops bring their unique blend of folk and roots music to Hawley on Friday, August 5 for a show at Harmony Presents. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

As the Honey Dewdrops Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share stages from venues to festivals across North America. The thirst to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release “Silver Lining,” a Top-Ten record on national folk and Americana stations.  Read more

Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — “Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the 12th annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. This free event offers a variety of activities that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives.  Read more

Poet Hada reads at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) presents a reading and book signing with poet Ken Hada on Saturday, August 6 at 4 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St., second floor. The event is free and will be followed by a wine reception.

Hada’s straightforward, lyrical voice draws substance from the natural world as he meditates on subjects such as work, aging, stillness, fishing and spirituality. The river is a central feature of Hada’s work, and one of the books on sale will be “The River White,” with color illustrations by the poet’s brother, Duane Hada.  Read more

Wayne County Fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair, Northeast PA’s iconic old-fashioned country fair, will return this year from August 5 to 13. As usual, there will be rides, fairways, races (everything from horses and pigs to cars and lawnmowers), tractor pulls, cotton candy and funnel cakes, musical entertainment, a demolition derby on the concluding Saturday, and of course all kinds of 4-H animals and displays. The 4-H exhibits and judging will take place starting on Friday, August 5 through Friday, August 12, with the livestock auction occurring on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m.  Read more

Noh theatre at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Theatre Nohgaku, based in Tokyo, Japan and Bloomsburg, PA will present “Blue Moon Over Memphis” at NACL Theatre on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The play is a Noh theatre performance about one of the first global celebrity casualties: Elvis Presley. It is also an indictment of the cult of celebrity.  Read more

Spirit Quest Expo

CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Spirit Quest Expo will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd. At the expo, spiritual seekers can find and work with talented energy healers, intuitive readers and vendors of spiritual tools. Among the offerings to be found at this year’s expo are Akashic readings, medium readings, sound healing with Tibetan bowls, aura photography, crystal oracle readings, Reiki, a wide selection of stones and crystals, fairy-themed items, aromatherapy blends for people and pets and more.  Read more

Caleb Hawley at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 6 at 8 p.m.

“Growing up in an a cappella church, we weren’t allowed to use instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang old hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” He has been influenced by artists like Prince, Randy Newman and Ray Charles.  Read more

Al fresco a cappella in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — Internationally acclaimed quartet Gimme Four joins forces with special guests For The Times for an a cappella extravaganza at the Hancock Town Square on Friday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m.

In this fifth performance of Hancock’s highly successful inaugural Summer Nights LIVE on The Square series, eight talented young men take the stage to put a fresh new twist on classic barbershop, combining traditional tunes with popular music from Sinatra to Adele.  Read more

Antique Show & Sale

HAWLEY, PA — The 47th annual Antique Show & Sale, hosted by the tri-county dealers association of Wayne, Pike (PA) & Sullivan County (NY) will be held on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School on Route 6 overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Quality dealers from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will display a variety of merchandise from furniture, art pottery, painting and prints to vintage linens, clothing and jewelry.  Read more

‘Objects’ and ‘Smile Awhile’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Objects,” an exhibit of sculpture by Richard Gubernick, opens with a reception on Friday, August 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. Also opening on Friday, upstairs in the Loft Gallery, is an exhibition of drawings by Gino Garlanda, “Smile Awhile.” Both exhibits will be on view through August 27.

The work in the Gubernick exhibit involves the use of transparent plastic that was originally used as packaging material. The shapes in each piece of plastic are used as a starting point for composing.  Read more

Classical music all over town: Milford’s first Outdoor Classical Music Celebration

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s first-ever Outdoor Classical Music Celebration will take place on Saturday, August 6 starting at 12 noon. Various musicians and ensembles will perform on sidewalks, in the park, in a landmarked church and in the Milford Theatre, all at no charge. What’s more, the public will get to judge them in the Upper Delaware Valley’s answer to “American Idol.”  Read more