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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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Harmony Presents now offering two concerts in one night

HAWLEY, PA — To accommodate the swelling population during the summer, Harmony Presents will feature two concerts showcasing the same performers in one night. The first show will begin at 7 p.m. and the second show will begin at 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., depending on the performance.  Read more

Acoustic Eidolon returns

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Acoustic Eidolon on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. They have played the area at the Tusten Theatre and a house concert, and will now perform at The Cooperage.

Consummate instrumentalists Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire have been captivating audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia for well over a decade.  Read more

Jam band plays Hawley, PA

HAWLEY, PA — Jam band Rogue Chimp will play Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Rogue Chimp combines jazz fusion, dance and world music, and consists of brothers Jacob and Zach Cole, along with Mark Woodyatt and Jon Ventre.  Read more

Pike Chamber hosts Comedy Night at The Riverview Inn

Matamoras, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host a comedy night featuring Brian Cichocki and Sandy Marks at the Riverview Inn on Friday, July 18. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and laughs begin at 9 p.m. The comedians have performed on HBO and in Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, Comix, Jester’s, Vegas, Atlantic City, Paris and Amsterdam.

Dinner and show costs $45 per person or if you just want to see the show it’s $25 per person. Reservations must be made by July 15. Call 570/296-8700.

Weather Project seeking teen and child performers

REGION — NACL Theatre is seeking children and teens for The Weather Project Community Play taking place this August 9 in the town of Yulan, NY. The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring citizens, artists and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science.

NACL is looking for children ages nine to 12 to play The Solar Munchkins in The Weather Project Play. The rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Rehearsals begin July 5.  Read more

Free Day of Yoga

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present yoga instructor Jane Mann for a “Free Day of Yoga” at the CAS Arts Center on Tuesday, June 17 with multiple sessions for beginners and intermediates between 4:45 and 7:30 p.m. This open house-style event is free and open to the public.  Read more

Summer art classes

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Laurie Kilgore will teach art classes for kids and adults this summer at the Sullivan County Museum. Children’s art classes for ages eight to 12 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 15 to August 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for four sessions is $80. Adult art classes, Drawing from Observation, are on Tuesday and Thursdays, July 15 to August 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost for four sessions is $100. Tuesday evening painting classes are from July 15 to August 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for six sessions is $200.  Read more

Trout Parade to bring festive, fishy fun to Main Street

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 11th annual Trout Parade will be held on Saturday, June 14 in Livingston Manor, rain or shine. Attendees can expect to find lots of fishy fun along Main Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including an arts-and-crafts fair, children’s activities, and specialty foods from local vendors. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street, including a musical performance by Karen Hudson, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and stilt walking by Brett Keyser and Tannis Kowalchuk of the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Before the parade passes by

Wow. June is already slipping by. It fascinates me that while the winter months seem to drag on forever, the warmer weeks fly by at a breakneck pace that is dizzying. Granted, there is more to see and do between spring and fall than at other times, but still... wow.  Read more

Downhill racers rely on gravity power; Welcome to the Port Jervis Soap Box Derby

PORT JERVIS, NY — While many from the Upper Delaware region traveled south to watch stock cars burn thousands of gallons of gasoline at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8, a smaller, yet just as passionate fan base gathered to watch a different kind of stock car barrel down Sussex Street in Port Jervis, NY—only these cars burned no fuel and were driven by children.  Read more

Capitalizing on the benefits of green

On a day’s outing to SUNY Orange last month for the presentation, “Getting to the Triple Bottom Line: Innovative Finance Strategies to Green Your Business,” I learned about some amazing New York State programs that offer incentives and creative financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy for businesses of all sizes.  Read more

Lending a hand

While traveling along a Pike County roadway, my parents, some friends and I came upon a small bird stranded in the middle of our lane. Tilted backward onto its tail feathers, with its beak open to the sky, we feared the worst for this helpless creature. As we looked for a place to pull over, several other cars passed above the bird, which appeared unable to move. Dad hopped out and gently gathered the beautiful orange and black bird into his hands. When he returned to the car, we saw that our new friend was a male Baltimore oriole that probably collided with a vehicle.  Read more

Southern Comfort

It would be inaccurate to describe myself as a country boy. Born and raised in upstate New York, I had little exposure to country music. My parents listened to Sinatra and Streisand, and my years in Hebrew school did not prepare me for the likes of Merle Haggard or Dolly Parton, so I was a little late to the tailgate party. When I began touring the United States, with nothing but an eight-track to propel me down the dusty back roads of Texas, I turned to the radio. And much to my surprise, my love of the genre was born.  Read more

Fort Delaware opens for the summer season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Costumed historical interpreters Debra and John Conway welcome guests to Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, which depicts the lives and lifestyles of the area’s first European settlers. Originally envisioned by former Sullivan County Historian James W. Burbank, the reproduction of the settlers’ Lower Fort opened on Memorial Day 1957. For information and hours of operation, visit

Community chorus concert: ‘Poetry of Music’

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The concert theme chosen by conductor Kevin Giroux is “The Poetry of Music.” The pieces performed have text written by poets, some famous and some not so famous. The signature piece will be by Benjamin Britten, “Rejoice in the Lamb” with text by Christopher Smart.

The Sullivan County Community Chorus consists of members from Sullivan County, whose ages range from 16 to over 80 years of age.  Read more

Gabriel Butterfield Band to play Life Celebration Concert

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Radio station WJFF and The Friends of Maris Hearn present the eighth annual Life Celebration Concert featuring The Gabriel Butterfield Band on Saturday, June 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival announces new headquarters

MILFORD, PA — The three-day Black Bear Film Festival of creativity, culture, art and entertainment brings together audiences and artists, tourists and residents. As it prepares for its 15th year, the film festival main office has set up shop in a new spot: the Milford Community House.

The festival will have its main office on the second floor of this landmark building located at 201 Broad St. The film festival office is open now until the weekend of the festival, October 17 to 19.  Read more

Eldred Lions Club sponsors Touch-A-Truck event

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Lions Club will host its second Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 7 across the street from the Corner ice cream shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids to see and touch firsthand some of the many construction, military, service, and utility vehicles on display. For more information or if you’d like to display a vehicle, call Lou Monteleone at 845/557-3321.

The Sea The Sea returns

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes back the duo The Sea The Sea to the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group is made up of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley who get their band’s name from an ancient Greek history, and means “A cry of joy” to this duo.

Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Sea The Sea serves as ambassadors of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut.  Read more

Father-daughter team of poets to offer reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local poet William Greenfield and his daughter Sonia Greenfield for a reading of their poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more