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August 28, 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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Empty nest syndrome

I thought that it was a thing of the past. More than 20 years ago, my little one toddled off to pre-school as I wept copiously, longing for the day when she still needed her diaper changed. It seems like only yesterday that she wouldn’t go anywhere without holding my hand, or gazing lovingly into my eyes for the approval that has never waned. That little girl is all grown up now and doesn’t need me in the way she used to, and the melancholia that swept over me during the “empty nest syndrome” has faded from memory. Until now.  Read more

Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant winners announced

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Ten Sullivan County non-profit organizations received funding support from the Sullivan County legislature under the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant program. The program is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, the Arts Council for Sullivan County. This program, which has been ongoing for several decades, was created to support and strengthen the arts and culture in Sullivan County.  Read more

Beverage tasting at Fauchère

MILFORD, PA — At 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in August, Kerry Jo Rizzo, Hotel Fauchère’s beverage director and sommelier, will host a tasting series. Attend one or the entire series. Light hors d’oeuvres are included; reservations are required.  Read more

Two Shandelee Music Festival events this week

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 21st Anniversary Season of the Shandelee Music Festival continues on Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m. with a performance by the “Young Artists of Shandelee” pianists Helen Shen and Claudia Hu.  Read more

Ritz Company Playhouse benefit slapstick performance

HAWLEY, PA — The Ritz Company Playhouse will do a benefit performance of its slapstick musical farce “Merrily We Dance and Sing” on Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds for the evening’s performance will go to support the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS).  Read more

Old photos and stories at Denning Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Denning will be available at Denning Afternoon of History on Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Rte. 55. Co-sponsored by the Town of Neversink, the museum will share archive information on the rich history of the Town of Denning, Ulster County during this free program.  Read more

Wooden Canoe Heritage group to exhibit their handcrafted creations

EQUINUNK, PA — Members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) will visit the Equinunk Historical Society on Sunday, August 10 to exhibit their handcrafted and fully operational wooden canoes. Each canoe is a carefully constructed work of art. The group has agreed to share their creations with us and will talk about the work that goes into creating these craft.  Read more

Broadway hit ‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to Sullivan County

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Guys and Dolls” at the Rivoli Theatre on August 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and August 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

“Guys And Dolls,” based on “The Idyll of Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon, features a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and an iconic score by Frank Loesser that includes such songs as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”  Read more

Intention

Chaturanga, savasana, mudra are familiar terms to me, and perhaps to you. They refer to core poses in yoga that are thought to affect our ability to connect to the spiritual world. Sitting in a yoga class after the mats are rolled out and noses are relieved of their morning stuffiness, we are asked to create an intention for the day’s practice. This is an interior moment, left unexpressed, that fills the mind with purpose. The body senses it. Intention is sealed with a prayerful hand gesture. Practice begins.  Read more

The Weather Project: Forecast calls for epic event!

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Whether the weather cooperates or not, an event of epic proportions will storm into Yulan, NY this weekend, raining down upon the Yulan Ball Field in the Town of Highland, on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. as The Weather Project Community Play premieres.  Read more

Mary Poppins entertains…in the most delightful way!

Half-way through the season, the folks at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) have a smash hit on their hands in the form of the beloved Disney classic “Mary Poppins.” The musical stage adaptation began its journey to Broadway as far back as 1993, and when it finally opened in New York City it garnered six 2007 Tony Award nominations, ultimately winning a statuette for Bob Crowley’s amazing scenic design.  Read more

Magical mushrooms

As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking from moss-covered decaying trees, sprouting under the frothy wings of ferns, lifting the old leaf litter from the forest floor, mushrooms capture our imagination with their varied shapes, colors and textures.  Read more

Shandelee Music Festival opens 21st season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — High atop a mountain in the Sullivan County Catskills, there is a musical gem that is celebrating its 21st anniversary season. This year’s Sunset Concert Series will see a total of five concerts performed at the beautiful Sunset Concert Pavilion located in Shandelee, just a few miles from Livingston Manor, and will conclude with the final sixth performance in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts.  Read more

New Hope Community artists to exhibit at Catskill Arts Society

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The art exhibit “Expressions: The Artists of New Hope Community” will have its opening reception on Thursday, August 14 at the Catskill Arts Society from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents ‘La Traviata’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Verdi’s La Traviata at various times and locations. The opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imagination of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.  Read more

Bethel Woods presents a special screening of ‘Woodstock: The Director’s Cut’

BETHEL, NY — This August marks the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which kicked off on August 15, 1969. To celebrate the anniversary, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is inviting guests to come “Back To The Field” on Friday, August 15 for a free screening of “Woodstock: The Director’s Cut.” It’s an opportunity to watch the film on the actual site where a half-million young people gathered 45 years ago for the historic festival. The field will open to guests at 7 p.m. and the film is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.  Read more

History Weekend at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — History Weekend, a free two-day event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Antique Dealers Association show marks 45 years

HAWLEY, PA — The 45th annual antique show and sale hosted by the Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association (WPSADA) will be held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Read more

I got ‘shushed’ at a Lard Dog show!

Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www.visitcallicoon.com) and surrounded by scores of kids who were shrieking with glee, I stopped taking photos for a moment to greet pal Cooper Boone (www.cooperboone.com), while dodging flying pretzels, beach balls and balloons being flung at the crowd by the Lard Dog himself. As the confetti of rolled oats rained down on the audience, I dared to speak.  Read more

Kids on parade—with umbrellas!

CALLICOON, NY — The Weather Project came to the arts and crafts program at the Delaware Youth Center on Monday to teach the kids how to stilt walk and lead them in a mini parade. The kids were excited and got really into making custom hats, noise makers and umbrellas for their walk around the Callicoon Park. Tannis Kowalchuk of the NACL Theatre, seen here on stilts, led the children in a parade. The arts and crafts program is led by Ginny Boyle and is open to children of all ages and runs until August 15.  Read more