Jeffersonville Journal 2021

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Jeffersonville Journal 2021-2022

Contents feature articles

AUTUMN SCHANIL, Editor CINDY MONAHAN-HERBERT Art Director and Production

Welcome 2 Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market 4 Old World Craftmanship 6


Save Lake Jeff 12


Americana Music to Fill the Air in Jeffersonville 20


Q&A: Catskill Cycle Works 16

Q&A: Forthright Cyder & Mead 24 Reading and Swimming My Way Through the 2020 Pandemic 40 Exploring Nature in your own Backyard 46 The Callicoon Movie Theater 50 Fly or Hook? 56

helpful information Calendar of Events 18

Cultural Venues 21

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Map of Jeffersonville 28

COVER PHOTO: This years cover features the late Edgar Moulthrop fishing on Kenoza Lake in a flat bottom boat in the 1920s. His family first settled in Kenoza Lake in 1820 purchasing several thousand acres from the Hardenburg Patent which was used for timber and tanning and the 100 acre Kenoza Lake. Photo contribution made by Warren Brey, a descendant of the Moulthrop Family.

Western Sullivan Public Library 23 Museums 31 Business Directory 32 A Guide to Cultural Events 52 Helpful Information 54

The Jeffersonville Journal is published by the Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce • P.O. Box 463, Jeffersonville, NY 12748. No part of this publication can be reproduced without the written permission of the Chamber. The information in this publication is carefully compiled to ensure max‑ imum accuracy. The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce cannot, and does not, guarantee the correctness of all the information furnished in it or the complete absence of errors and omissions. Thus, no responsibility for these shall be assumed.

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s this magazine goes to print, we cannot help but reflect on the staggering year that just passed, one that changed so much about the way we live. It was a year that forced us apart, for our own health and safety, but also, arguably, brought us closer together as communities large and small had to work harder and more creatively to adapt and progress in the face of a harsh new reality.

Photo by Cat Scott

Sullivan County was not spared the loss of life, businesses, or jobs, but it did pull through in several positive ways that we should not overlook. Our smaller world right next to the “Big City” provided a haven for people and families looking to escape NYC when it was the covid “hotspot” of the country. Many weekenders changed their status to “full-time resident,” while other homebuyers discovered our towns for the first time, drawn by the assurance of peace, tranquility, and some fresh air to breathe. In March of 2020, there were over 2,000 homes on the market in Sullivan County. One year later, after bidding wars on nearly every property, only a bit more than 300 are still for sale. We experienced a very similar real estate boom after 9/11 for many of the same reasons. When life needs a slower pace, and when people seek salvation, they find here the beauty of our mountains, rivers, and lakes, the spacious land, open roads, fresh water, fresh air, and farm fresh foods. We are a place for recovery and discovery, where one can sit quietly with a book, or with pen and paper, a paint brush, or simply alone with their thoughts. And it is in these silences and slower moments when the creativity flows and the artists gift us with their music, their food, their drinks, and their crafts. You will read about them in the pages ahead as well as the new businesses, new residents, new ideas, and fresh energy that the past year has brought. We have much to be thankful for. Vaccines will soon be in every arm making it safer and easier for people to gather, go to dinner, take in a movie, and celebrate life. Parades will make their way down our Main Streets again. But if we learned anything from the past year, it is that we cannot take these things for granted. We must make sure we protect the natural world around us so that this vital sanctuary continues to provide not only for us, but for those who may one day need it.

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We are incredibly excited to announce that this year for the first time in over a decade, JEFFERSONVILLE will host a

SUNDAY FARMERS’ MARKET on MAIN STREET! Ryan & Ashli Watson, Wild Russet Farm

For us, the farmers’ market is our favorite place to be on a summer weekend. It is a place to share a moment with our friends and neighbors, experience the taste of something new or catch up on the latest news in town. It is a place where hard-working farmers & producers of local goods go to share their craft. It is a place to gather outside, to sit under the shade of a tree with a delicious bite, to take a moment to breathe our fresh Catskill mountain air, or perhaps try a new vegetable variety you’ve never even heard of. And most significantly, it is a place that highlights the benefits of the local community and the power of food to bring people together. In 2016, we began steadily tending to the land we now call Wild Russet Farm, “the farm up on the hill behind town” as we like to refer to it. The farm is home to nearly 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs & flowers and a young fruit orchard using only natural growing practices. We are first-generation farmers that came by way of California who now happily have found our forever home here in the Sullivan Catskills. We reside on the farm with our two cats, flock of sheep, chickens, ducks and a couple hundred thousand bees. We made our way here to lay down roots, to build upon the lessons of those who came before us and to live a selfsustaining life through farming. While we’ve spent the past few seasons working markets in neighboring towns, it always felt somehow amiss that we had to travel elsewhere to offer the fruits of our labor. And the more we spoke to our neighbors about it, the more we realized we weren’t the only ones who hoped that a market would one day return to Main Street. Fortunately,

Lauren Seikaly and the Jeffersonville Bake Shop, shared that hope and graciously fulfilled our request to host the Jeff Farmers’ Market. Our aim is for the farmers market to provide a place for locals and visitors alike to gather and celebrate the magic of where we live. No matter our differences, we all need food to survive and we all do better when we work together as a community. The strength of our local economic system is reinforced by our choice to lift up local small businesses; by making a purchase at a Farmers’ Market you are directly supporting your neighbor, who in turn uses that dollar to support the next local business, bolstering this interconnected web that keeps us afloat even in the most difficult times. And in this unprecedented year of pandemic we have certainly seen the precious value of our small town communities, how truly linked our outcomes are and how everyone benefits when we take care of each other. With the excitement of new businesses emerging in town, a newfound energy of growth and a foot firmly planted in the agriculture traditions of Sullivan County, we aim for the Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market to give us yet another reason for us to be proud of the place where we live. The Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market will begin its inaugural season in June and will take place every Sunday from 10am1pm at the Bake Shop in town. We are currently seeking local farm vendors & artisans who would be interested in participating. For more information please visit We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you this summer at the market!

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Article & Photos by Autumn Schanil

Old World Craftsmanship A Blacksmith and the Clockmaker

As technology grew and the digital evolution created a whole new host of jobs, many old-world, traditional trades seemed to be needed less and less, leaving many hands-on workers behind. Fortunately, there are still people to be found who are still passing on timeless skills, and as society is beginning to again desire locally sourced produce and items that are handmade, many seemingly lost trades are making a comeback. People are resurrecting lost arts.


t the age of 21, Jon Hadden of Livingston Manor became interested in blacksmithing after watching a Ferrier’s competition online, becoming intrigued at how quickly and seamlessly they were making a pair of tongs. “They were moving really fast,” said Hadden. “I had seen blacksmiths before but, that video just amazed me. After watching it I thought, even if I’m not that good I want to try it. It took me some time to get started but with the help of my father, we put together a forge and I found an anvil.” According to Hadden, at that time an anvil was about two to three dollars a pound, now anvils average about five to six dollars a pound. Pulling into the drive of his home in Livingston Manor, smoke billows out of the chimney from his small work‑ shop in the backyard where to the side of the door are

shelves lined with scrap steel, metal, and various old tool parts. Hadden’s father worked at Liberty Ironworks for 28 years he said, so there were always plenty of scraps of steel around. Inside, the workshop is warm from the heat of the fire. Tools line the walls and the front table that you’ve prob‑ ably never seen before and right in the center, his anvil. The floor is cool earth and the air smells like hot metal. As Hadden increases the height and heat of the flame, placing a small straight piece of steel inside the coals, a strange tickling comes to your throat making you cough. “It’s something you have to get used to,” laughed Hadden, “I guess I don’t notice that change in the air so much anymore.” Hadden now, has been blacksmithing for years and is

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even teaching workshops at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ where he studied years ago. But before he attended school for the trade, he was actually learning from his computer. To be honest, after I saw that Ferrier’s competition I started researching and learning a lot on the internet,” he said holding tongs in his hand, watching the fire, “but in early 2015 when I started there weren’t that many resources on YouTube like there are now. There’s been a bit of a resurgence of interest lately in blacksmithing and blade‑ smithing. The first season of Forge and Fire got cast the year after I started and I think that really got people interested in the trade. Everyone thought that show was amazing.” When Hadden and his father put together his forge, he said that one of the hardest things to find was a good blower for the fire. “The first blower I had was a really weak fan so the metal in the fire was only getting to be a dull red and wasn’t moving as well as it should have,” he explained while taking the piece of steel out of the fire and setting it on the anvil, “but I made a bottle opener one night after work and it just… sparked something in me,” he continued, slamming a ham‑ mer-like tool down on the piece of steel. “That was my first real project and I still have it in the house. It’s was a mess but it was functional, and it brought me so much joy. So without a doubt, I knew I wanted to keep blacksmithing.” You may have seen Hadden set up at some of the local fairs in the County before, demonstrating and selling his creations under the name of Old Blu Forge. Hadden makes anything from bottle cap openers to hooks and hinges, cup‑ board and door handles to axes and knives. ` Unfortunately there aren’t many roles for the blacksmith these days other than that of the artist,” Hadden said. “I’ve never really seen myself as much of an artist so I’m still trying to feel my way through. I really want to make things that people will use in day to day life rather than just walk‑ ing past it and admiring how it looks. I want people to touch what I create everyday, maybe like a kitchen knife, a gar‑ den tool, a coat hook, or the hinges that allow their door to move.” Hadden stopped for moment to place the piece of steel that was slowly taking form, back in the fire, watching it as it began to glow once more. He used forged tongs to put it back on the anvil and once again raised his hammer to shape it, throwing sparks with each hit. The top of the steel was flat and a bit rounded while he was shaping to the bottom to a thin point. The process continued - fire, anvil, fire, anvil. Finally you could see what he was making - a wall hook. The pointed end he smoothly and beautifully curved around another smaller round tool, giving it a perfect curl before using another tool to pop a hole out of the top flat part where the nail or screw to hang it would be placed. “I really enjoy teaching,” Hadden said holding the hook up in front of him. “I didn’t really plan for that but it’s a joy Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 7

to be able to pass on a bit of knowledge about this craft. What I really love though, is just sort of putting my head down into a project, solving problems and learning new things. I like to delve into the projects that speak to me more, that allow me to explore.” One thing he has in his mind to start exploring? Furniture. “I don’t have a really big shop. I don’t have a table to lay things out, but it’s a fun challenge because you have to figure out how to make something that is going to be pretty sizable - like a bench or a barstool - in a small shop like this,” Hadden said. “That’s a challenge that blacksmiths have faced forever - what to do and how to do it with the material they had and the space they worked in. Blacksmiths weren’t just horse shoe makers, they made a multi‑ tude of things day in and day out.” Although at times it can be hard to make it in these traditional, hands-on trades, it’s worth it, and Hadden - through teaching workshops, demonstrating at fairs and events, selling in local shops and doing private commissions - is making it his life. “Even if you’re not trying to do any‑ thing with the skill except have it as your hobby, it’s a great thing to learn and know. A lot of people work so hard for a company everyday and don’t always get to see the completion of their labors,” Hadden said putting his tools back on the rack and turning the fire down. “With blacksmithing, it’s a lot of work but you get to see your creation. You get to hold this thing that you made, which is extraordinary, and it lasts forever. It’s just really fulfilling.” If you’d like to get in touch with Hadden and see his creations you can visit his Facebook page Old Blu Forge and Workshop or email him directly at

Ticks of the Trade As a child, John Bockelmann often found himself in the basement of his home messing around at the workbench due to his interest in all the tools, parts, and the mechanics of how things functioned as a whole, never realizing all of that tinkering would someday lead him to clocks and engines. “I think it was probably in the early 70s,” John said, “one of the first clocks I ever bought, I couldn’t figure out how to repair it. So I took it to a clock repairman. He saw that I had an interest in learning what he was doing, so he eventually showed me some of the tricks of the trade.” “It was so fascinating to me,” John recalled smiling, “and through watching him I was able to start to repair some of

my own clocks. I mean, this man had so much knowledge, he was an expert. So I started bringing more clocks to him and he started having me work on them with him. There’s quite a bit to taking a clock apart and getting it back together again,” he continued. “Each clock has hundreds of pieces.” The more John worked with the clock repairman, the more he discovered that not many people really know that particular trade anymore. Most clocks as we know them now are digital, so when your clock malfunctions, it may just be the batteries. If the batteries are replaced and it’s still not

working, you simply buy a new one. “Clock makers and repairmen are few and far between these days,” explained John. “There aren’t many in Sullivan County as far as I know. Its a trade that takes a long time to learn, there are fewer and fewer people who can teach it, and there’s really not a lot of money in it.” According to John, it takes at least 10,000 hours to get good at anything, and although he’s put at least that many hours of study into clock repair he still learns something new with each clock that a client brings to him. “I’m always pleasantly surprised by how many people still have old, antique clocks. We call them antique now but digital clocks haven’t really been around for all that long either,” John chuckled. “This clock here, is a clock I haven’t seen in a very long time,” he said as he scooted his chair closer to a large clock on the other side of the work bench. “This dial down here is a calendar, so as it moves it shows you day of the month, day of the year, and the moon phase too, which is a different mechanism than the actual time of the clock.” “But in turn this lever actually interacts with the clock so that once a day it advances the calendar,” he said as he looked at me above his glasses.

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The first thing John does when someone brings him a clock to repair is to evaluate how complicated the clock actually is. He listens to its chime, if there is a tick, and he watches the time strike. The more complicated, the more parts the clock has, which means the more difficulty and time it would take to get it back together and get it operational. “There have been times that I’ve been unsure about a

clock and so I’ll sit and watch it run for hours,” John said as he held a clock gear up in front of his eyes, “watching the gears, the hands, the ticks - trying to figure out why it’s doing what it’s doing. Sometimes it comes to me at night,” he continued as he smiled. “I’ve watched it all day and all of a sudden it comes together in my head like a puzzle as I’m about to go to sleep.” A while back, John began training someone for about six months on how to repair certain clocks, but they never continued. “I think it was purely interest on his part,” John said. “I don’t believe he wanted to start repairing other people’s clocks as a business. You have to truly spend a significant amount of time learning everything there is to learn. There’s so much you have to know. The parts and pieces may look similar but each and every clock is very unique and differ‑ ent,” he explained. “Sometimes you simply have to learn as you go, and sometimes you have to take what you learned from one clock and try to apply it to another. It varies, and you have to be humble enough to understand that you’ll never know it all.” And John admitted that he can’t do everything. If a gear or some other part is broken, he often has to send those parts out to people he knows in the clock business to have new parts made. Some parts are sent to a friend in

Schenectady, NY and others to Washington state. “I’m not the best there is. There are incredible clock makers and clock repairmen out there in this world. I’m better than some and worse than others,” John said with a short laugh. “There are some people out there creating incredible clocks that are more like art than just an ordinary wall clock that chimes in the living room.” John’s interest in the mechanics of clocks eventually led him to model engines as well. He was teaching at Maritime College in the Bronx, when some of his students told him about the course in machine shop they were taking. That was all it took. “At that point I became really interested in making little engines, so I started talking to one of the guys in the tool room, George, who was a retired model maker,” John said with bright eyes. “Not a model maker that we think of now, of putting together model cars, airplanes, or things of that sort. An engine model maker.”

According to John, an engineer will give a model maker a blueprint and the model maker then makes the part. That way before the life size part or engine is built, they can see from the model how it’s going to work and what may need to be changed. “So George helped me build my first model engine. He showed me how to use the machinery, how to make fixtures, how to cut … everything,” said John. “I spent hours upon hours with him, which turned into years. I learned enough that I actually ended up leading the lectures and teaching the machine shop course for several years before I retired.” “It was all inspired from my time learning and repairing clocks and understanding their mechanisms,” he said as he delicately placed a final gear, closed the clock face, wound the hands, and smiled at the sound of the first “tick.” To get in touch with John you can email him at

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By Lauren Seikaly

Life at Lake Jeff was healthy and monastic. The greatest joy of all was swimming in the placid lake, where there might be an occasional fisherman lounging in a rowboat but no motorboats or jet skis to threaten the unwary swimmer.” –Oliver Sacks

ot all that long ago, Lake Jefferson was a bustling little hang-out spot one mile outside of the village of Jeffersonville. People gathered for swims, boat rides, fishing, and relaxing on its shores. Lake Jefferson Hotel stood on one of the banks and featured a dance hall, a barber shop, and even a bowling alley. Writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks discovered the spot in 1965 and wrote about it in his biography “On the Move.” “After I moved to New York in 1965, I took to exploring the country roads on my motorbike, looking for a suitable place to get away for occasional weekends. One Sunday, driving through the Catskills, I found a picturesque old wooden hotel perched by a lake, the Lake Jefferson Hotel. It was owned by a genial German American couple, Lou and Bertha Grupp, and we soon got to know each other. After a dozen or so weekends, I came to an agreement with the Grupps: I would rent a room in the

basement of the hotel, come and go when I wanted, and keep my things - basically a typewriter and swimming gear - there. Life at Lake Jeff was healthy and monastic. The greatest joy of all was swimming in the placid lake, where there might be an occasional fisherman lounging in a rowboat but no motorboats or jet skis to threaten the unwary swimmer.” But in 1998 the hotel closed and four years later it burned to the ground. Then in 2005, the Briscoe Dam upstream from the lake gave way in a flood. A torrent of water and silt was sent downstream and the spillway of the Lake Jeff dam was damaged. Small repairs have been made since then, but if more significant (and costly) repairs are not made soon, the dam will have to be torn down and Lake Jeff will be gone. In its place will be a swampy floodplain. Naturally, residents with homes on the lake are very eager to try to save it. In 2019, a few organized themselves and formed the Lake Jefferson Conservation Association

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(LJCA). Their task is multi-pronged. They must navigate and negotiate with various government agencies on the requirements of the dam structure to ensure safety, work in conjunction with the private owners of the dam and the private owner of the lake, and find the money necessary to pay for the project, which not only includes repairs, but also engineering studies, assessments, additional improve‑ ments, ongoing maintenance, and perhaps the purchase of the dam itself. The price tag could reach $2 million. So for those of us who don’t live on the lake, why should we care about saving it? This was a question I had to consider when Andrew Weinstein, the President of LJCA, asked me to join the board and help in their efforts. Since then, it has become quite clear to me how we all benefit from this lake and why it must be saved. As the owner of a few businesses on Main Street in Jeffersonville, I see the lake as having the potential to solidify a healthy economic future for Jeffersonville and the surrounding towns. Our area has experienced so many financial ups and downs over the past 20 years and while we are currently on an upswing and the future looks quite bright, we would be remiss if we didn’t use this opportunity to make sure that things don’t deteriorate again. Over the past few years, the opening of a variety of businesses has not only revitalized our Main Street, it has also created good jobs, kept spending money local, brought visitors, and encouraged new families to relocate to our area, adding much needed tax revenue to our county’s base economy. But we need to go further and think bigger if we want to ensure long-term viability. One of the most effective and substantial types of economic pillars for any town is a recreational spot, especially one that can be visited any day of the week and during all four seasons of the year. These spots are a draw for visitors who are looking for a place to spend the weekend and who will also support our businesses while they are here. And the entire community benefits from having a place to spend time out‑ doors, meet up with family and friends, get some exercise, and take a break from screens!

Go on a quick visual journey with me of what Lake Jeff could be: At the spot of the overlook and grassy shore right off of Route 52 where the old hotel used to stand, there is a park with tables and benches and shade trees. There is a tackle stand that rents fishing poles, chairs, and picnic blankets in the summer and skates and hot chocolate in the winter. There is a dock where row boats are rented and on one sunny afternoon you decide to take your kids, your parents, your friends, or just yourself out on the lake to explore. It’s calm. There are no motor boats or jet skis or water skiers out on the lake. Your kids take turns rowing and one of them spots a snapping turtle that looks a little like a dinosaur. Beavers and muskrats are grazing in the lake weeds. And then suddenly there is movement ahead and out in front of you soars one of the majestic bald eagles that calls Lake Jeff home.

Photo by Lauren Seikaly

It’s worth it for everyone in our area to get involved in the community effort. We will need generous donors. Grants and government funds are available but we will need people to help us secure those funds. We will need volunteers to organize and assist with fundraisers, large and small. And we will need to spread this message succinctly, effectively and powerfully. LJCA accepts donations of any size on its website, and all of its events, fundraisers, and updates are posted on their social media pages. Search @savelakejeff on both Facebook and Instagram so you can follow and share and tag your own Lake Jeff memories. If we can ensure the survival of the lake, we can ensure a very bright future for Jeffersonville and all of its neighbors. John McGee and his sister Eunice on Lake Jeff in the summer of 1934. They spent many summers on the lake and enjoyed their great adventures in the country. Photo contributed by John McGee

The photo above shows the beautiful grassy area where the Lake Jefferson Hotel once stood.

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Q&A with Jon Thorndike and Kelly Lawler, owners of

TELL US a little about yourself, why you chose Sullivan County and specifically Jeffersonville for your new business?

We have enjoyed our home in Sullivan County for the past 10 years and decided to make it our permanent residence. We chose our location in Jeffersonville because by a cyclists point of view, Jeffersonville is a great center point to start your ride, with so many different directions to choose. There was space available that worked for us, we really like Jeffersonville and felt it was on an upward swing.

Can you tell us what goods and services can be found at Catskill CycleWorks? Everything cycling related you can find at the shop which includes accessories and apparel. We also provide service, tune-ups and repairs. Given the environment we are in at this time, bike inventory has been hard to come by. We do have a decent range including care balance bikes for toddlers, small children bicycles to high performance road and mountain bikes. We also have hybrids and touring bikes with racks and occasionally the single speed. If there is a certain bike a customer would like and available with our suppliers, we can usually have

it within 1-3 business days. If you have an exact bike you are looking for, there is a longer wait time.

Jon, you’re an avid cyclist, how did you get started on this journey and what are some of your favorite routes? I love the roads, for me it’s a big playground. I started riding when I was four and I have been riding ever since. I have been training more seriously for the past four years and have increased the amount of time riding but only for my own personal goals. I do not really have aspirations to participate in competitive events, for me, I enjoy riding on my own. There are so many detours that can be taken that even changing a quarter of your ride can create a whole new experience and I love that. I really do not have a favorite route. The landscape is so beautiful in our surrounding areas it would be hard to choose. I have a handful that I really enjoy and that is somewhere between North Branch and Callicoon to Pepacton Reservoir and into Andes. Jeffersonville is the main gateway as it’s centrally located, you can start here and go in so many directions. When time allows, some routes I take can be 6 hours, but typically I do a three hour route almost daily.

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way, cyclists who would like to participate can view the ride on an app ahead of time to decide if they will be comfortable for that particular ride.

What helpful information can you share for a beginner cyclist? And what would be a good distance or duration to start riding?

For right now, the best way to keep up on the shop’s news is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @catskillcycleworks. You can also email us at or call the shop at 845-482-2431. Our shop is located at 4920 State Route 52 (Main Street).

Getting started is quite simple, all you need is a bike and a helmet. I would also recommend a water bottle for longer rides or if its very hot. After a while, if you feel cycling will become a regular in your life, then I would recommend finding a bike that you are really comfortable with. The right bike is the one that fits you physically, you will find your riding experience much more pleasant. As for a distance to start out with, it is really up to each person to decide. Small circles are best to start and from there test your limits, how long you are comfortable with a certain distance. The terrain runs a big part. A flat place would be best to start and always remember how far you cycle away from home, you do have to get back.

Is there anything else you would like to add? And the best way to stay up on news from your store? In the Future, we do plan on group rides. These will probably be based on skill, fitness level, a certain pace and elevation over the course of a ride. This Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 17

MARCH Jeffersonville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

APRIL Opening Day of Trout Season

Spring Makers Market


Fremont’s Memorial Day Parade Always on Memorial Day, 10am

SUNY Kite Festival

JUNE Trout Festival & Parade

Callicoon Center Band Concerts

Every Wednesday, 8pm. Callicoon Center

Callicoon’s Antique Tractor Parade

Tri-State NY Spartan Sprint 5K Weekend

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EVENTS For additional EVENTS & INFORMATION, visit out online calendar to help plot and plan your way around the area. From pancake breakfasts, chicken bbq’s, penny socials, car shows to 5k races, we’ll keep you busy!

JULY Founder’s Day Street Fair

The River Run 5K/10K


Callicoon Country Fair

AUGUST Around the World in Jeffersonville

Little World’s Fair

Harvest Market at Bethel Woods

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SEPTEMBER Makers Market

Rosehaven Alpaca Festival at Bethel Woods

The Catskills Fiber Festival

Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest

OCTOBER Wine Festival at Bethel Woods

Craft Beer Festival at Bethel Woods

Callicoon Artwalk

Halloween at the Woods

NOVEMBER Callicoon Tree Lighting

Jeffersonville’s Annual Holiday Parade

Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

Peace, Love & Lights at Bethel Woods

DECEMBER Jeffersonville’s Ringing of the Bells

Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

Dickens on the Delaware

FARMERS’ MARKETS Jeffersonville

Kauneonga Lake




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AMERICANA MUSIC to fill the air in

Jeffersonville The summer air in Jeffersonville, NY will be filled with Americana music the evening of Saturday, August 14, 2021 at The Backyard Park. The Park is located at 876 Swiss Hill Road North, Jeffersonville. Three international and local talents will serve up several music genres for the audience to enjoy. Amy Gallatin is a fine and appealing bluegrass vocalist who will deliver a range of songs with warmth, sincerity and an acoustic style. As a young adult, Amy helped organize horseback riding programs and was the featured entertainer at various guest ranches. The success of her album Long Way Home in 1998 catapulted her to become a staple of the bluegrass music scene. Amy has successfully toured the United States and Europe. Her performance on August 14th will be smoothly supported by Stillwaters, stalwarts of the New England bluegrass scene who will add a bit of classic country flavor. A local multi-talented favorite, Justin Sutherland of Parksville, NY will join in on this special night. Justin is accomplished on the piano, saxophone, guitar, drums and harmonica. He writes, composes, arranges and sings his own music. Among his achievements he has written, composed and arranged the entire score for the film Barn‑ burner and he’s about to release his new five song EP Star‑ gazer. He will be showcasing those songs at the concert and will be filling the air with his music about his family, his farm and growing up in the country. Slam Allen will bring his unique blend of soul and blues. Mr. Allen was a 2016 BMA Nominee for


Best New CD by a New Artist. Slam Allen’s music and enthusiasm have been shared all over the world, includ‑ ing at the local Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Allen has been lead singer and guitarist for the legendary James Cotton Band. Cotton was connected to Muddy Waters, a major influence in the blues world. Says Allen of his playing, “When I play, people who may have never heard of me leave the show with a feeling that we’re old friends or family.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Guests are reminded to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Please check out the Jeffersonville JEMS Face‑ book page periodically for specific details and updates: ticket sales, food options, etc. JEMS. We are planning for a fun and lively concert. Join us at The Backyard Park on Saturday, August 15th for a musical slice of American life. This project is made possible with funds from JEMS and the Decentralization Program, a regrant pro‑ gram of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

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Photo by Brock Lady


Weekend of Chamber Music: Kathryn Lockwood, viola.

If you love the ARTS, here are some great venues we know you will enjoy!

Weekend of Chamber Music’s Summer Festival

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

JULY 10-24

Catskill Art Society

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A festival of dreams, of active imagination for the restoration of our health, our communities, our spirits, and our aching planet, the season will feature many of the works postponed during last summer’s all-online season, as well as several new additions, including the world premiere of Whalefall, by former WCM Immersion Fellow Huijuan Ling; Andrew Waggoner’s Now the Fire, inspired by the work of James Baldwin; and the Piano Trio no. 1 in d minor of Robert Schumann. Picking up where things left off last summer will be works by young African-American and Turkish composers Shelley Washington and Füsun Köksal; string quartets of Beethoven and Schubert; and music from Composer in Residence Kurt Rohde. In the mix will be our MusicTalks series, lots of improvisation, and conversation with both audience and artists. Concert planning is still in the works as the pandemic begins to wane, but whether all in-person, online, or through some mix thereof, WCM will light up the summer! Go to for festival updates throughout the spring.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Forestburg Playhouse

NACL Theater

Narrowsburg Union Exhibits

Rivoili Theater

Shandelee Music Festival

Weekend of Chamber Music

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Q&A with

in our first apartment together in Astoria, Queens. After several attempts that were just vinegar, we created a method and recipe with consistent results.

Please tell us a little about yourself, why you chose Sullivan County, and specifically Youngsville for your new business, Forthright Cyder & Mead? Hi, we’re Japheth and Michelle, a husband and wife team, and we love it here in the Sullivan Catskills. Michelle is Queens born and raised, and Japheth is from Sussex Co, NJ. We discovered the area when Michelle’s parents moved here 5 years ago, and we made the full time move in 2018 to start our business. We opened August 2020, not the best timing but after 1.5 years on permits and paperwork, we had to get the doors open (figuratively speaking, since we were outside in a tent...). We chose Youngsville primarily for the location! We’re 5 minutes from Jeffersonville, or a little longer by bike, and this whole area is seeing a lot of exciting revitalization. And since we’re on Rt 52, we’re just a quick drive from Callicoon, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Bethel, etc.

How did you get started in this industry? Was it a passion that grew? Japheth worked at an apple orchard as a kid, where he tasted his first alcohol: apple jack. He began making cysers as a hobbyist with Michelle Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 24

To get unbiased feedback as amateurs, we began entering homebrew competitions. Then, surprisingly to us, we began winning them. This success gave us the confidence to consider going pro. Meanwhile, our careers in retail/hospi‑ tality management and communication/ marketing respectfully seemed like good preparation to create a cyder and mead business.

Can you tell us a little about your cyder & mead? The process and differences of the two? Simply put, Forthright is like a brewery or winery, except that our alcohol is made from apples (cyder) and honey (mead). Cyder is made from crushing/pressing apples and fermenting the juice. Mead is made similarly by diluting honey in water and fermenting. For both cyder and mead, we introduce specific yeast strains for fermentation, which play a big role in the sweetness, alcohol, and flavor of the final product.

Hopefully soon we can all resume to regular business procedures, can you please tell us what visitors can expect when you are fully open. Will you be open more hours? Will light fare be served? Will you have tours of the process? At the Cydery we offer limited seasonals and surprise releases, ranging from sweet to dry, still to bubbly, and varying alcohol by volume, plus alcohol-free options. We specialize in bold flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. We will be reopening our outdoor seating on March 19, 2021, and plan to open the indoor tasting room in April or May. While not a full scale kitchen, we will offer small plates to accompany your drink. We also have a bunch of exciting food popups and events planned throughout the summer and fall. They are very different substances to work with. Freshpressed apple juice has tons of nutrients to help the yeast thrive, but a limited final sugar/alcohol profile. Honey, having comparatively higher sugars, allows for a wider range of final sugar to alcohol, but its sterile nature lacks nutrients to empower the yeast.

One of your specialties is CYSER, can you please tell us more about this? Cyser is a hybrid of cyder and mead, either a cyder with honey or a mead with apples, depending on who you ask. We found cyser to be a delicious and incredibly versatile alcohol, the apples providing the nutrients for the yeast, and the honey providing the sugars for a broader final range. Plus the flavors work perfectly together and as a base for many other fruits, herbs, spices, etc! Our flagship is Bossfight, a semi-sweet, apple-forward, golden cyser. You can find bottles for sale in some of the best local shops, check out our website for an updated list. It was made for river days, mid-hike pick-me-ups, dinner with friends, and fighting the man.

Are all of your cyder and meads made at your location in Youngsville? Everything is fermented and bottled here in Youngsville. Our chief ingredients, apples and honey, are always sourced from New York state. We bring the farm-fresh back here and turn it into alcohol. The whole process takes 4-6 weeks, there is no brewing or distilling, just happy yeasts eating sugar and pooping booze and CO2.

When you visit, you’ll be helping support local charities and community organizations. Our Solidary Cyser program partners with different groups to raise funds, awareness, and local pride. In 2020-21 we were proud to work with local 4H, the Youngsville Firecrackers mitten-drive, and the Heart-a-Thon.

How can people learn more about Forthright Cyder & Mead and stay up on news from your store? Please check out and sign up for our email list. We’re also on Facebook & Instagram. Because we’re so small, our selection changes frequently, so we keep the socials up to date.

Is there anything else you would like to add? If you’re local or in the area regularly, ask about Friends of Forthright. Our 6 month CSA gets you discounted cysers and a members-only release, and it really helps us too. We’ll be forever grateful for the warm welcome and all the support we’ve received through the fall, winter and spring. Looking forward to welcoming you this season! Japheth & Michelle Forthright Cyder & Mead

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MUSEUMS & HISTORIC BRIDGES Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum 1031 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, NY 845-439-4810 • Museum and education center on 53 acres bordering the Willowemoc River dedicated to preserving America’s fly fishing heritage; teaching its future generations of fly fishers; and protecting its fly fishing environment. D&H Canal Museum at Lock 50 and Linear Park 16 Bova Road, Phillipsport, NY 845-807-0261 O&W on community life, hunting, fishing, farming, tourism and local industries. Seasonal: May – October Interpretive Center within the 45 acre linear park which includes approximately 3 1/2 miles of historic D&H Canal towpath trail. Remains of the original locks, drydock & waste weirs are visible from the towpath. Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History 6615 State Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-6660 May-Sept 845-807-0261 Oct-May Costumed interpreters discuss and demonstrate the life styles of the first European settlers in the Upper Delaware River Valley during the Revolutionary War period and their place in local and Early American history. Seasonal. Sullivan County Museum & Historical Society 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, NY 845- 434-8044 • Home to the Sullivan County Historical Society, the Cook Society and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, the museum offers permanent and changing historical exhibits and maintains archives, census records, and family histories.

Ten Mile River Scout Museum 1481 County Road 26, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-2063 • Dedicated to preserving the history and artifacts of Ten Mile River Scout Camps, the largest Boy Scout Council camp in the U.S., through an extensive memorabilia display and video collection. Liberty Museum & Arts Center 46 South Main Street, Liberty, NY 845-292-2394 • A renovated historical building housing collections and presenting art and history exhibits. The museum also hosts classes, lectures, cultural events & children’s programs. Museum at Bethel Woods Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 1-866-781-2922 • An Interpretation of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair. Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, the museum explores the unique experience of Woodstock, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation and the legacies of the 60’s, through interactive exhibits, displays, and a collection of artifacts. Time and the Valleys Museum 332 Main Street, Grahamsville, NY 845-985-7700 A living and interactive resource that preserves the past and educates the present and insures the uniqueness of the Rondout and Neversink watersheds. Roscoe O&W Railway Museum 7 Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY 607-498-4346 • Seasonal May-October The museum contains O&W artifacts and Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 31

memorabilia, other “railroadiana,”and local history displays showing the impact of the O&W on community life, hunting, fishing, farming, tourism and local industries.


Hankins Stone Arch Bridge County Road 94, Hankins, NY Built in 1892, by Wallace LaValley, it connected Hankins and Long Eddy until Route 97 was built 1942. Stone Arch Bridge Kenoza Lake 7352 State Route 52, Kenoza Lake, NY Built in 1873, to cross Callicoon Creek. Picnic area and playground. Tusten Stone Arch Bridge Located within the Ten Mile Boy Scout Reservation, Narrowsburg, NY Built in 1896, it crosses the Ten Mile River near the river’s junction with the Delaware River.


Contact information for following bridges: 845-807-0287 • Bendo Covered Bridge 68 Conklin Hill Road, Livingston Manor, NY Originally built in 1860, by John Davidson. Moved to its present location in 1913. Livingston Manor Covered Bridge Park Covered Bridge Road, Livingston Manor, NY Historic covered bridge built in 1860. Picnic tables, grills and picnic pavilion (fee). Open daily Mother’s Day - Columbus Day, 8am to dusk. Fishing available. Beaverkill Covered Bridge 3 Ragin Road, Roscoe, NY Rebuilt in 2017. Originally built in 1865, southwest of Lew Beach.

places to shop Buck Brook Alpacas Farmstore The fleece of the alpaca is super soft, hypoallergenic and luxurious, our products include yarn from our own animals, beautiful blankets, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens, felted bowls, dryer balls, socks and much more!! 12 Bestenheider Road Roscoe, NY 12776 Phone: (845) 807-3104 @buckbrookalpacas See ad inside back cover

Catskill Country Ceramics Greenware, bisque, gifts, lessons and supplies, Mia Bella Candles and jewelry making supplies. 4852 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3651 See ad page 44

Catskill Cycleworks Bicycles, Accessories, Service & Repairs 4920 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-2431 @catskillcycleworks

Domesticities & The Cutting Garden Antiques, home, garden and gift. Flowers - Cut your own flowers. 4055 State Route 52 Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-3333 FB@domesticities IG@domesticities.thecuttinggarden See ad page 49

Forthright Cyder & Mead A nano-cydery, our specialty is Cyser, a hybrid of hard cider and mead (honey-wine). 4052 State Route 52 Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 747-5057 @forthrightcyder

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Jeffersonville Bake Shop In our big pink bakery nestled in our tiny Catskill town, we create homemade bestyou’ve-ever-had baked goods with eggs from our local farmers. We use coffee beans from a variety of local roasters and create warm and delicious coffee and espresso drinks with milk from our local dairy farms. We also have a warm and inviting place to stay and enjoy them all. Browse our marketplace and you’ll find delicious homemade to-go lunches, local and organic bottled beverages including beer and wine, and a growing number of locally made gifts and snacks. We hope to be your happy place! 4906 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: 845-482-6020 @jvillebakeshop See ad page 10

Peck’s Market, Inc. Grocery Store and Deli 4897 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3800 FB@pecksmarkets See ad page 30


Limited edition prints, original art, cards, gifts & more by local pop paint by number artist Trey Speegle. Open weekends, Memorial Day through Halloween, Sat & Sun 12-5 and by appointment. (masks required. limit 3 guests at a time) 4849 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (917) 405-8551 IG@therepopshop Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 32

The Vintage House

Samba Marketplace Gourmet and specialty food shop. Bookstore with a wide selection of culinary, craft and home design books and more! 4893 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5900 FB@SambaCafe.Inn IG@sambacafeandinn See ad page 14

52 & Vine Wine & Spirits Fine wines and spirits, wide variety of international wines, craft whiskey, walk-in tastings. Let our wine expert suggest the perfect beverages for you and your guests. 4921 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-2455 @52andVine See ad page 5

The Vintage House Vintage, Antique Furniture & Home Decor 4910 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 (845) 482-6001 @vintagehousejville See ad page 27

places to stay Creekside House

Creekside House

18 Terrace Avenue House

A charming 1900s village Victorian with original woodwork and stained glass windows. 9 bedrooms, 2 baths and two comfy and cozy living rooms. Walk to restaurants and shops. 18 Terrace Avenue Jeffersonville, NY 12748

9 River Road

An eight room riverside retreat nestled on the Delaware River in the hamlet of Callicoon. 9 River Road Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 887-0042 @nineriverroad

The Arnold House

The Arnold House is a lively Catskills getaway located on Shandelee Mountain, near the quaint town of Livingston Manor. 839 Shandelee Road Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Phone: (845) 439-5070 FB@thearnoldhouseshandelee IG/TW@thearnoldhouse

Bethel Pastures Farm

Cozy Cabin Rentals nestled amongst our beautiful farmland, where you can visit and feed our chickens, sheep and collect eggs. Continental breakfast included and delivered to cabins or pick-up at farmhouse on property. 6 miles from Bethel Woods. 181 Remenschneider Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (914) 799-1275 @bethelpastures See ad page 22

Creekside House is a cozy 1930’s era bungalow situated on Callicoon Creek in the quaint village of Jeffersonville, NY. The newly restored house features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a study, a full bath, and an eat-in country kitchen. 4929 Main Street Jeffersonville, NY 12748 See ad page 43

The DeBruce

14 guest rooms are offered year round and rates include Breakfast & Dinner. 982 Debruce Road Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Phone: (845) 439-3900 @thedebruce

Jeffersonian Bed & Breakfast

Historic house built by the town doctor in 1922 with 5 guestrooms. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. 4858 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5947 See ad page 15

Jane’s Place

A charming country home rental with two bedrooms and two baths. Can sleep 6 with trundle bed in one of the bedrooms. Located between Jeffersonville and Callicoon, both towns are a 4 mile drive away. Beautiful views. Callicoon, NY 12723

Kenoza Hall

Originally a summer retreat in the early 1900s, this 55 acre property overlooks Kenoza Lake and features 22 guest rooms offering a fine dining experience and a full service spa. 5762 State Route 52 Kenoza Lake, NY 12750 Phone: (845) 482-1022 @kenozahall

Lake Jeff Cottage

A four-season lakefront home perfectly situated on a small, private 22 acres, non-motor lake. Our guests enjoy Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 33

lounging on the bluestone terraces, fishing and row boating from the private dock located on the property. Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (201) 478-3322 FB@lakejeffcottage IG@@lake.jeff.cottage

The Loft at Buck Brook

Peaceful accommodations located on the beautiful grounds of an alpaca farm. 12 Bestenheider Road Roscoe, NY 12776 Phone: (845) 807-3104 @buckbrookalpacas See ad inside back cover

North Branch Inn

14 spacious guest rooms offer a quiet respite from the world outside – escape into soft down duvet linens and enjoy the country air. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms. 869 North Branch Road North Branch, NY 12766 Phone: (845) 482-2339 FB/IG@northbranchinn TW@NBI1868

Samba Inn

Located in the center of village. Walk to shops and restaurants. Guest rooms are nicely furnished with kitchenette’s, A/C, TV and WiFi (in Cafe). 4893 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5900 FB@SambaCafe.Inn IG@sambacafeandinn See ad page 14

Stone Wall Acres Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy your stay in our large and private carriage house accommodations furnished with 19th century antiques. 142 Eagin Road Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-4930 Cell: (845) 701-2271 FB@StoneWallAcresBedBreakfast See ad page 3

places to eat The Arnold House Friendly, warm and lively service and a menu that embraces comfortable accessibility and local ingredients including trout from our world famous rivers. 839 Shandelee Road Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Phone: (845) 439-5070 FB@thearnoldonshandelee IG/TW@thearnoldhouse

BoLoon City Chinese Food: Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin and Cantonese 4908 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3312/3359 See ad page 27

The Cabin at Hessinger-Lare

4906 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: 845-482-6020 @jvillebakeshop See ad page 10

Kenoza Hall

A fine dining experience is rooted in a reemergence of Old World Continental Cuisine, enjoy beautiful views of Kenoza Lake while dining. 5762 State Route 52 Kenoza Lake, NY 12750 Phone: (845) 482-1022 @kenozahall

Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

495 Hessinger-Lare Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3802 @thecabinny

Family reataurant, home of the New York style pizza and traditional Italian dishes! Banquet room seating for up to 90 people. 4900 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 845-482-3900 FB@jeffnypizza See ad page 11

The DeBruce

North Branch Inn

Steaks, wings and pub food all fresh.

A dining experience that celebrates the offerings of our local lands and heritage. Reservations required. 982 Debruce Rd Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Phone: (845) 439-3900 @thedebruce

Jeffersonville Bake Shop In our big pink bakery, we create homemade Best-You’ve-Ever-Had baked goods made with local eggs. We use coffee beans from a variety of local roasters and create warm and delicious coffee and espresso drinks with milk from our local dairy farms. We also have a warm and inviting place to stay and enjoy them all. Our cafe fits your every mood. You can settle into one of our comfy armchairs with the newspaper, browse our bookshelves and read by the fire, share a pot of tea with your best friend, catch up with your gang in one of our large booths, or hang out at the counter and get to know our friendly baristas. We want to be your happy place.

Serves a concise menu that is consistently changing. Sourcing everything from nearby farms and purveyors. Serving dinner. Brunch on Sundays. Reservations are encouraged. 869 North Branch Road North Branch, NY 12766 Phone: (845) 482-2339 FB/IG@northbranchinn TW@NBI1868

Samba Cafe

Cuisine is ingredient-driven, farm fresh and infused with latin flavors, celebrating simple, rustic, comfort foods. Open for lunch & dinner. 4893 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5900 FB@SambaCafe.Inn IG@sambacafeandinn See ad page 14

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Tavern on Main

Classic American dishes with a creative flair! Craft Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Locally sourced ingredients, Summer patio dining. 4919 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-2380 @TavernOnMainNY See ad page 30

Ted’s Restaurant Local American dishes, to our featured and finest Turkish menu. 4896 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4242 FB@TedsRestaurantNY12748

Winkelried Biergarten

Food, Beer, Games and Good Times. Behind Tavern on Main 4919 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-2380 FB@WinkelriedNY See ad page 15

WINERY A nano-cydery, our specialty is Cyser, a hybrid of hard cider and mead (honey-wine). Offering limited seasonals and surprise releases in bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Offering small plates to accompany your drink along with exciting food pop-ups and events. 4052 State Route 52 Youngsville, NY 1279 Phone: (845) 747-5057 @forthrightcyder

farm & garden

Bethel Pastures Farm

Wild Russet Farm

Farm visits $5 per person, feed the chickens, sheep, collect eggs and photo ops with animals. Call ahead, most mornings 9-11am or by appoinment other times (ask for Mark). Fresh organic eggs for sale. We also sell our wool in skeins. Have a real farm experience by booking our cozy cabin rentals. Located 6 miles from Bethel Woods. 181 Remenschneider Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 729-0995 @bethelpastures See ad page 22

Buck Brook Alpacas Award Winning Alpaca Herd, Breeding, Boarding, Fiber Sales, Farm Store, Tours (book online), Gem Mining. 12 Bestenheider Road Roscoe, NY 12776 Phone: (845) 807-3104 @buckbrookalpacas See ad inside back cover

Brey’s Egg Farm Poultry Farm, Farm Fresh Eggs, Compost and Top Soil 607 Swiss Hill Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5464 See ad page 26

Diehl Homestead Farm Maple Syrup, Honey, Dairy, Milk, Eggs, Garlic 93 Diehl Road Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 482-5047 FB@diehlssyrup IG@diehlsmaplesyrup

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Domesticities & The Cutting Garden Antiques, home, garden and gift. Flowers - Cut your own flowers. 4055 State Route 52 Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-3333 FB@domesticities IG@domesticities.thecuttinggarden See ad page 49

Earthgirl Flowers Floral designer and grower. Arrangements and installations for your wedding, party or special event. 92 Bayer Road Callicoon Center, NY 12724 Phone: (845) 482-2046 Cell: (845) 807-3747 @earthgirlflowers

Hilly Acres Farm

Specializing in raising high quality well cared for beef, pork, lamb, poultry, turkey & eggs. Find us at Callicoon, Barryville and Narrowsburg Farmers Markets. 97 Sander Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4296 @HillyAcresFarm See ad page 22

Rosehaven Alpacas & Fiber Mill Breeding and sales. Our mill at 2027 SR 17B in Bethel, NY handles all fiber enthusiasts along with a small boutique, shop online 24/7. 540 County Route 164 Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 887-6801 Cell: 914-953-2506 Mill: (845) 583-3170 Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 35

Buck Brook Alpacas/Photo by Brodey Herbert @RosehavenAlpacas See ad page 15

Tonjes Dairy & Cheese Farm Dairy Farm & Cheeses–Mozzarella, Cultured Buttermilk, Ricotta, Fromage Blanc and Yogurt 88 Tonjes Road Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 482-5971 See ad page 30

Wild Russet Farm

A regenerative homestead farm growing a diversified variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers using only natural growing practices. Our produce can be found at Liberty, Narrowsburg, and Jeffersonville Farmers Markets. We additionally offer farm stays, event rentals, and host farm tours. 216 Eggler Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Cell: 310-699-0301 @wildrussetfarm

home improvement Contractors


Brett Erdman Contracting

Keller Glass Specialty, Inc.

Contractor, Carpentry, Concrete P.O. Box 17 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5128 See ad page 27

John Diehl Masonry Poured concrete foundations, sidewalks, floors, patios as well as stamped concrete. Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 796-8614

Just in Time Contracting New Home Construction, Remodeling Restoration, Municipal Construction, Agricultural Construction, All Phases of Construction. PO Box 343, Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 887-JUST

Landscape by Design Landscaping, Hydro-seeding, Paver Stone, Patio Walks, Walls, Trucking, Firewood, Site work Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-4521 See ad page 14

Superior Plumbing & Heating

Plumbing, Heating System Installation, Burner Service/Repair, A/C and Mini Splits Narrowsburg, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 798-0032 See ad page 43

Garbage Services Jeff Sanitation, Inc. Residential Garbage Service, Rubbish Removal, Rolloffs & Dumpsters Available. P.O. Box 387 5239 State Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-0926 See ad page 44

Glass Specialist for Home, Auto, Table Tops, Mirrors, Plexiglass, Thermopane/ Tempered, Sandblast Art and Design. 5036 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5792 See ad page 43

Hardware/Lumber/ Home Improvement Kohler Lumber Lumber & Building Material, Pressure Treated & Cedar Products, Paints, Mason, Plumbing, Electrical, Varnishes, Owens Corning & BP Roofing, Carpet, Cabinetry, Owens Corning Blown-in Insulation, Floorcovering. 5023 & 5117 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5290 FB/Kohler Lumber Incorporated See ad page 44

Home Inspections New Beginnings Home Inspection Full Service Home Inspection. ASHI Standard of Practice. Lic#16000075093. Mold Assessment Lic#MAO1805 P.O. Box 553 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 701-5096 See ad page 43

Lawn & Garden Equipment Rental Mullally’s Sales & Rentals A full service John Deere Consumer & Commercial and Light Industrial Equipment Dealer. Honda, Stihl & Scag Equipment. Long and short term rentals. 4510 State Route 52 P.O. Box 633 Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 36

Clear-Rite Pools & Spas, Inc.

Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5222 @MullallyTractor

Storage Units Jeff Self Storage

5352 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 798-1280

North Branch Self Storage

Get as much space as you need, for as long as you need it with 24-hour access, and drive-up units in a variety of sizes. 60 North Branch–Callicoon Center Road North Branch NY 12766 Phone: 845-482-2450 See ad page 22

Swimming Pools & Spas Clear-Rite Pools & Spas, Inc. Installation & Service, Residential and Commercial Pools, Custom Designed & Lap Pools, Weekly Maintenance. 214 Hemmer Road Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-4646 Fax: (845) 482-9051 FB@clearritepoolsandspas See ad page 11

services professional - business

Martin S. Miller, Esq.

10 St. John Street Monticello, NY 12701 Phone: (845) 794-4440 See ad page 44

Artists, Music & Performing Arts Mutt in Jeff Pet Grooming

Accountant Waschitz Pavloff CPA LLP 14 Sturgis Road Monticello, NY 12701 Phone: (845) 794-2200 Fax: (845) 794-2273 FB/TW@wpcpany See ad page 45

Advertising Cindy Monahan Graphic Design Studio Graphic Design, Websites, Logos, Advertising, Brochures, Postcards, etc. P.O. Box 151 Hortonville, NY 12745 Phone: (845) 887-6472

Attorneys Kenneth C. Klein 4880 Main Street (State Route 52) P.O. Box 600 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5000 Phone: (845) 482-5002 See ad page 42

Law Offices of William H. Chellis, P.C. P.O. Box 624 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3405 Fax: (845) 482-4106 See ad page 26

Anne T. Maus Stained Glass Studio Stained Glass Artisan (by appointment) 172 Villa Roma Road Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 482-5699

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Featuring curated exhibits by local artist Trey Speegle. Summer ‘21 schedule feat, “The Waldof Show”, photos & ephemera from The Waldof Astoria; “Sew What?”: Group show of fabric artworks; “Trey Speegle; 80s Polaroids & Other Photos”; check the website for dates. Sat & Sun 12-5 and by appointment. (masks required. limit 3 guests at a time) 4849 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (917) 405-8551 IG@@gallery52

The Janice Center

Instrumental Music Instruction, Ballet and Hip Hop Dance (private and group), Music Together, Stepping Tones Pre-School, Summer Camps, Private Space Rental.

5296 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3324 See ad page 45

The Eddie Adams Workshop Photo Journalist Workshop Jeff-North Branch Road P.O. Box 488 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4112 See ad page 22 Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 37

Weekend of Chamber Music, Inc.

Music Festival and Educator 330 Haven Avenue, 2N New York, N.Y. 10033 Phone: (646) 861-0378 FB@WCMconcerts

Automotives Dick’s Auto Sales, Inc. 23-1/2 Hour Towing, Used Car & Truck Sales, Full Repair & Service, NYS Inspection Station. 5065 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4460 See ad page 5

Justus Tire & Alignment 4926 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4815 See ad page 42

North East Parts Group-NAPA 4547 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5211 See ad page 44

Siggy’s Auto Body, Inc. 5013 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3080 See ad page 27

Bank Jeff Bank Jeff Bank is a community bank with 11 branches in Sullivan County, NY and 1 branch in Orange County, NY. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. 4866 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4000 FB@jeffersonvillebank See ad page 3

Dog & Cat Kennel/Pet Grooming/Pet Gift Shop

Health and Fitness

Mutt in Jeff

Dance 5296 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3324 Find us on FB! See ad page 45

A one-stop shop for all your pet care needs. Our kennels are open 365 days a year for boarding dogs and cats. Grooming services are available on site per appointment. And our Pet Gift Shop offers a variety of toys, treats, chews, novelty items and our original gift bowls. 5296 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5995 Grooming: (845) 423-8028 FB@MuttInJeffBoardingAndGrooming IG@Muttinjeff Find us on FB! See ad page 45

Funeral Services Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service 5068 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4280 or (845) 887-4900

Hair Salon & Barber Mane Street Styles Hair Salon– Family Hair Salon– Schwarzkopf Color, K-Pak waves and perms, Sulfate-free products, Rusk, Pin curls, Roller sets, as well as large variety of Iron work. By appointment. 431 Bayer Road North Branch, NY 12766 Phone: (845) 482-3042 Find us on FB!

Stunning Styles Hair Salon A family salon that provides all types of hair services, facial waxing, and spray tans. 4882 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4259 Find us on FB! See ad page 45

The Janice Center

Jefferson Pharmacy Pharmacy, Greeting Cards, Make-up 4892 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5720 See ad page 15

S.V. Shah M.D. Physician, Medical Practice 9 Terrace Avenue Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-4171 See ad page 44

Western Sullivan Wellness Massage Therapy and Reflexology 5310 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5031 See ad page 30

VIP Fitness Jeffersonville

A personal training studio, we provide awesome personal training! Open selected hours, view website for schedule. 4889 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-2514 IG@vip_fitness_jeffersonville Find us on FB!

Insurance Companies Callicoon Co-operative Insurance Company 15 Chapel Street Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5522 See ad page 10

The Briggs & Sipple Agency, Inc. 5013 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3100 See ad page 30 Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 38

Mike Preis, Inc. 4898 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5510 See ad page 22

Media Radio & Newspapers Sullivan County Democrat Newspaper and Printer 5 Lower Main Street Callicoon, NY 12723 Phone: (845) 887-5200 FB@scdemocrat See ad page 26

The River Reporter 93 Erie Avenue Narrowsburg NY 12764 Phone: (845) 252-7414 FB/IG@theriverreporter TW@trrnews See ad page 42

Nursery School/ Preschool Stepping Tones Pre-school Most popular pre-school in Western Sullivan County. September-June. Halfday, three days a week. 3 and 4 year olds. Everything a standard pre-school provides plus The Janice Center difference: art, music, dance, stretching, tumbling, yoga and more. 5296 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3324 See ad page 45

Photographer A. Danzilo Photography Sullivan County Catskills Newborn & Cake Smash Photographer 4889 State Route 52 (Main Street) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 282-9368 FB@ ADanziloPhotography IG@ a_danzilo_photography

Jill C. Smith Photography Lifestyle photographer serving the Catskills and Hudson Valley, specializing in golden hour family sessions, in home and studio lifestyle sessions. Specializing in natural light portraiture with minimal posing. On location or in studio. 4889 State Route 52 (Main Street) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 866-5924 FB@JillCSmithPhotography IG@jillcsmithphotography

Real Estate American Heritage Real Estate 4886 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5565 See ad page 26

Catskill Sales Associates, Inc. 4920 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-3200 See ad page 45

Century 21 Country Realty Beth Bernitt & Kathy McCormack Ass. Brokers Lic. in NY, PA 30 Forestburg Road Monticello, NY 12701 Phone: (845) 791-5280 Fax: (845) 791-5283 See ad page 43

Diane C. Butler Real Estate

With over 35 years of experience, Diane C. Butler Real Estate provides highquality service from the first hello to closing. She and her dedicated team successfully guide clients in an ever-changing market. We’re multi-lingual and technologically savvy with oldschool experience meaning we can bridge the gaps across diverse populations. We get deals done. 4861 State Route 52 PO Box 273 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Office Number (845) 482-2523 Cell (845) 701-5753

Sanitation Jeff Sanitation, Inc. Residential Garbage Service, Rubbish Removal, Rolloffs & Dumpsters Available. P.O. Box 387 5239 State Route 52 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-0926 See ad page 44

Wedding Vendors

Flowers, Catering, Barn Rentals, Event Space The Barn on Hubbard

Lulu’s Social Club

Lulu’s Social Club

Lulu’s Social Club, the bake shop’s second floor event space, is now available for bookings. Additionally, we will happily accommodate small gatherings in various locations on the cafe level. 4906 Main Street (State Route 52) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-6020 @jvillebakeshop See ad page 10

Veterinarians/ Animal Hospitals

Renovated barn has over 4,000 sq. ft. of space and is available for your special event. 28 Hubbard Road Callicoon, NY 12723 Cell: (845) 798-7828 @TheBarnOnHubbard

Jeffersonville Animal Hospital

Earthgirl Flowers

Youngsville Veterinary Clinic

Floral designer and grower. Arrangements and installations for your wedding, party or special event. 92 Bayer Road Callicoon Center, NY 12724 Phone: (845) 482-2046 Cell: (845) 807-3747 @earthgirlflowers Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 39

Dr. Moria L. Norris Dr. Luann M. Steele Dr. Allen F. Wachter 89 Schoolhouse Road Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: (845) 482-5500 Dr. Joseph Nebzydoski, V.M.D. 4130 State Route 52 Youngsville, NY 12791 Phone: (845) 482-3330

Reading and Swimming My Way Through the 2020 Pandemic

Crystal Lake/ Photo by Brock Lady

Story By Nancy Greene

2020. A year of the unexpected. The year of the pandemic. Staying home, away from the usual get togethers with friends and family, cultural events, and

crowds on the street. During this crazy year, I was granted time, quiet, and space. Keeping connected in new ways. Opening my mind to new experiences. In this year of the pandemic, I found new inspiration and peace of mind through reading, swimming, and nature. I was planning on winding down my work as a legal recruiter in 2020. Retiring. A scary prospect. Planning to finally spend an entire summer in my beloved house in North Branch. When the pandemic hit New York City in March, so heavily that a citywide lockdown was threatening to become a real possibility, my husband and I headed upstate along with so many others. For years I had fantasized about spending the first six months of my retirement reading. I imagined myself continuing a work-like schedule, but instead of going to my office, I would head to my living room or a library or a cafe, and read. Reading has always been a big part of my life. I have so many memories of my mother and I going to the library in Maryland where I grew up and the bookmobile stopping on my suburban corner. Seeing all the volumes of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder lined up on the shelves of the school library. Reading to my son every night from infancy through volume four of Harry Potter. No surprise that I have found the libraries in Jeffersonville and Callicoon to be quiet havens, and digital havens during the pandemic. For almost 20 years I have been in the same book club. While the monthly zoom meetings are not nearly as satisfying as meeting in our respective homes, we have tried to keep it going. Right now we are reading Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott. I had never heard of this book before, but that is one of the benefits of the book club. This year being this year, I discovered a new way to read a book. I call it the mini-book club. A one on one book club. I currently have three minis going, and each one offers me a unique reading experience. First, my Israeli husband and I decided to pick an Israeli novel that we both wanted to read. He reads it in Hebrew; I read it in English. Through my husband, I get a perspective that I would never be able to grasp on my own. We have discussions spanning socio-cultural-political realms that we would ordinarily not have. We just finished the classic, My Michael by Amos Oz, and earlier in the summer read the more recent, Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshan. One day early in the summer my neighbor in North Branch, Gordon, suggested we read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy together. What? It’s 1200 pages and... but we Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 40

decided to give it a go with the understanding that we would each read at our own pace and could read other books as we went along. Discussing the book outside as our dogs played in the field, I discovered Leo Tolstoy as one of my new joys in life. I am actually reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina now. Finally, my close friend since college, Barbara, and I decided that we needed a better understanding of American history in order to gain some perspective as we moved through the current complicated times. With that in mind we read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism. One or two chapters per week followed by an in-depth conversation, usually on the phone. We have since moved on to Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt during WWII. These discussions bring us back almost fifty years, to our time in college, and now find us at a moment we never could have imagined back then. My in-depth conversations with my husband and close friends have proven to be the most satisfying activities that I have had during this otherwise isolating pandemic year. They open the door to free wheelin discussions that begin with the book and move in unexpected directions, from the personal to the cultural and onward from there. These minis provide a safe space. To go deeper. To take chances. It makes it easier to think about reading a gigantic book like War and Peace when you have a friend to encourage you along on a no-pressure basis. In August 2019, before our daily lives changed so drastically, my sister, Meredith, passed away. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s for a number of years. I wanted to honor her somehow, and learned of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund ( when a friend made a donation in her memory. My sister and I were both lifelong passionate swimmers. So it made sense to put the spotlight on something she loved. I started a charitable fundraiser, my first ever, in Meredith’s memory on behalf of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and committed to swim 100 miles. Swimming Miles for Meredith and Alzheimer’s Research ( When the pandemic hit, my indoor pool closed with sixty-five miles to go. Luckily a friend upstate has a heated lap pool. Swimming outside in a pool brought back so many memories. Red Cross swimming lessons. Jumping into the deep end for the first time. My father cheering me on at swim meets. Then I read a new book called Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui. Unexpectedly, it knocked me off my feet. I was inspired. Inspired to try swimming in a lake. My husband and I loved to kayak at Crystal Lake in Fremont. I would dip my feet in from the kayak, run my hands through the water, but that was it. In my mind, I was not a lake swimmer. But that was soon to change. After reading the book in May, I went into the lake. Tsui talks a lot about cold water swimming, another idea I had never considered. The water was still cold and I lasted only a few minutes. The next time the water was a bit

warmer and I swam the width of the lake and back. Finally I got it into my mind; I was going to swim the length of the lake and back, about a mile. My husband would follow me in a kayak. I was surprised that I felt so apprehensive. Probably it was because it was my first time swimming a distance in a lake, with no other swimmers around, no wall to hang onto, and no bottom to stand on. I made a plan and visualized the swim. I would lie on my back to take a breather and I would change strokes periodically. I felt it was a test. Am I the swimmer that I want to be or not? And I needed to get the mileage in for my fundraiser. By the end of the summer I swam 40 miles in Crystal Lake. Every day I had some apprehension. Everyday I told my husband I hoped I could do it. Everyday the weather was slightly different. Everyday the water was slightly different, sometimes glassy, sometimes choppy. I loved it. I got stronger and stronger until there were days when I did the lake twice, two miles. At the end of every swim I tried to lie on my back and look at the sky and think of my sister, and hoped that she was watching and smiling. I was inspired by the character Prince Andrei in War and Peace. After the Prince was wounded on the battlefield, Tolstoy wrote, “There was nothing over him except the sky - the lofty quiet, calm and solemn, not at all like when I was running, shouting, and fighting...And how happy I am that I’ve finally come to know it...”Swimming distance in the open water taught me patience. To slow down my mind. To move through the water without rushing. Without counting. To just enjoy the water and the trees and the sky. The summer ended and the lake got too cold. I am back at the indoor pool, counting laps and smelling like chlorine. I completed my 100 mile swimming commitment and have re-set the count while I look for another goal. The reading continues. My husband is looking for the next great Israeli novel. Barbara and I are planning to read the Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Read next, and Gordon and I are tackling Middlemarch by George Eliot. I know that I am fortunate to be at that stage in life when my son is on his own and my work is winding down toward retirement. That left me the time for the reading, swimming, gardening and otherwise communing with nature that I never made the time to do. But by keeping my eyes and mind open during this strange year, I have found inspiration in nature and conversations with my friends that I never imagined possible. As the new year begins, vaccines are on the way and our former lives will hopefully return. I am waiting patiently to see what new experiences and inspirations come my way. In the meantime, I am grateful for all I have gained during the otherwise painful year of the 2020 pandemic. Nancy is a Community Health Champion (CHC) with Sullivan 180, which is a vehicle to foster and support community efforts to improve the health of all residents. For more information about Sullivan 180 or the CHC volunteer program, please visit or call 845.295.2680. Nancy may be reached directly at

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The Victory Market was built in Jeffersonville in 1961. It is now Pecks Market. It was 3,000 sq. ft. and the most modern market in the area with 136 parking spots. The leading engineer and architect in Sullivan County at the time, Seymour A. Seiler designed it.

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Discussions for a lake to be established in Jeffersonville for power and amusement began in 1891. It was not until 1929 that the Lake Jeff dam was completed along with the Lake Jefferson Hotel.

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ime is precious and with self-quarantine imposed on everyone in the County, I suddenly had reason to go outside every single day to work, run or walk. An impetus to reorient in the constancy of the natural world. I love being outdoors in western

Sullivan County, except in mid-winter my natural habitat is usually cozy near the woodstove and working on cerebral projects. Lost in thought some days I even forget to look out a window. That was before the world shifted so suddenly and dramatically. Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 46

I made a game of going outside by remembering a scene from the 1995 film Smoke. Harvey Keitel plays a Brooklyn cigar shop owner. Every day “rain or shine, sleet or snow” at 8:00 o’clock in the morning he fastens his 35 mm to a tripod outside his shop and snaps

The following photos were taken at Jensen’s Ledges.

the same photo, the corner of Third Street and Seventh Avenue. Same shot yet each of 4,000 images is also different. What would happen if -- for five days at 1:00 p.m. -- I step out our back door to walk the same loop across our backyard, up the hill past the gardens, into the woods, toward the mountain stream, then circle back home wide through the forest? DAY ONE Bright sun, gentle wind. In a light‑ weight down jacket, I vault with one hand on the stone wall up into the backyard and head up to the flowerbed. No pops of bright color. The bed’s railroad-tie border, stiff grass underfoot, the bark of every tree swaying ahead at the edge of the woods...all of it is a palette of brown and gray. These are the hues of dormancy and suspension except on the flank of deer that frolic and feed in the evening. *** Up the hill and across the driveway is the fenced-in vegetable garden. A jungle of weeds, dry and dead now, overcame the beds last August when we opted to frequent the Callicoon Farmers’ Market instead of growing our own vegetables. The sight floods me with child‑

hood memories of our Memorial Day planting ritual. My father with spade and mother with hoe dig trenches. My sister and I on our knees sow and fertilize seeds that transform into tomatoes and cukes, carrots and beets and always too-many zucchini. The bounty we transform again into salads, relish and pickles for the pantry. October brings the bookend ritual. Frost will come in the night warns my mother. My sister and I yank withered vines out of the soil and shuttle bushel baskets of squash and pumpkins to the back basement. In the toasty kitchen, Mom makes us Breakfast for Dinner! -- fried eggs and chocolate chip pancakes. *** Scaling a gentle slope up the hill toward the woods, light exertion, and brisk clean air expand lungs and mind. Crisp brown leaves and sun-bleached grass cuttings camou‑ flage loamy ground. Earth beneath my boots gives way. The sensation of sinking and slipping in mud is familiar. Joyful feet proclaim Spring is here! DAY TWO Beneath an ash-gray sky, I reach the grassy plateau near the top of the hill just before the loop turns into woods. An uprooted tree, Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 47

thick-trunked and as tall as two telephone poles, rests precariously on two other trees bent on a sharp angle under the weight. A ‘widowmaker’ I’ve been told this kind of woodland hazard is called. Ice, wind or both must have downed the tree. The rootball is on the neighbor’s side of the property line while the stressed trees curl and create a half canopy over our property line. Their inevitable fall raises questions of property own‑ ership. Risks and responsibilities. Cleanup costs. Who, in the end, gets the firewood. My stomach knots. If a tree falls in the woods and neither I nor our friendly neighbor notice, can’t the whole situation just be ignored? Just ahead the loop follows a mown path that narrows into deep woods. A spacious grove of bare trees makes me nostalgic for a time thousands of years ago. I imagine hunters and gatherers draped in fur and carrying bows and knives prowling among these trees. The hunt for bear or deer means everyone -- or no one -- will feast. Before agrarian society ushered in the idea of ‘ownership’ -- as a means of maintaining privilege and power -- humans had little or no framework for borders or belong‑

ings. We abided the seasons. Relied on each other. Shared. This primal longing within me…did I live such life thousands of years ago? Or is this yearning an echo of harvesting squash before the first frost then sitting down with my people for chocolate chip pancakes? DAY THREE Steel gray sky sprinkles reluctant snowflakes in the woods. The narrow ravine where water spills off the mountain year-round except during drought is the feature along the loop to morph the most day to day. A skim of ice encases rocks and leaves at the edge when yesterday this brook flowed freely. The stream cuts east then west then east again through woods about three hundred yards. Finally, it rushes through a culvert pipe that runs under 17B just outside of Callicoon and feeds a swimming hole (on private land). On a dare, high school friends and I would duck our heads and squat down in a wide-legged stance, feet tromping awkwardly on the curved steel so as to not get wet. It was terrifying. DAY FOUR Flat light again, the coldest day so far even before the wind picks up. I make a beeline up the hill into the woods to the ravine where ice has formed over part of a knee-high waterfall that feeds the mountain brook. I’m glad for my wool hat and the fuzzy glove I wear on my left hand so I can make notes with the bare hand. Three minutes outdoors and the crisp air has me feeling more alive than I have all day. Deep in the woods and out of earshot of the crackling stream, are clustered piles of downed trees from a logging project five years ago. I sensed at the time that the job could have gone better. I’m no expert but there seemed to be an unnecessary surplus of casualties, lumber that could be neither milled nor burned as firewood. “These trees and the brush will make great habitats!” I was told scanning the

wreckage. Fair point yet I also felt like I was being fed a line. The left-behind logs have softened and collapsed on each other. I picture delighted rabbits and raccoons bopping through tunnels and crevices and relax at the idea that maybe critter condominiums was an ok outcome after all. DAY FIVE Sun peaks out from behind clouds as I follow a deer pass between dense forest to the farthest point from the house. There I encoun‑ ter an in-tact stone wall, a marker from yesteryear used to delineate property lines and also boundaries for gardens and pastures within a property. According to Sullivan County Historian John Conway, many of the stone walls seen in forests were originally built in clear fields; forest grew back up around them once farmers moved on or quit cultivating the land. Since the earliest settlers needed to farm for sustenance some of the stone walls in the county date back to the 1750s and ‘60s. Most of them, like one my father helped his father build on land he grew up on, are more likely early 19th century. *** The loop is familiar now. I’m sure enough of my footing to look up. To literally change one’s perspec‑ tive is to make the familiar brand new again. This trick I usually deploy in a city setting so as not to miss out on architecture. Being mindful, of course, at each cross‑ walk. On many a hike, I’m the one who falls behind to photograph or fixate on a crazy orange mushroom or ephemeral wildflower. Traversing this loop, it’s the ‘big picture’ that captures my attention. Feet delight at the snap of a twig underfoot and the cushy give of a blanket of composting leaves. Through waist-high briars and brush piles, my steps stay confi‑ dent. I scramble over downed trees Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 48

and run my hands over cushy moss that blankets boulders my sister and I played on as kids. One colossal stone I recognize as the setting of my first kiss, the French kind. We plotted the moment for weeks. As I pop out of the woods under the willow tree and back into our yard, I realize I’m humming. Something triumphant. Aaron Copland? Or maybe a tune from Ken Burns’ Civil War. In just five days I’ve rediscovered that nature waits patiently for me to turn away from glowing screens and come out to play. The constant companion humbles and reminds me. It inspires imagination and adventure. As the cigar shop corner in Smoke puts it, “It’s my corner. Just one little part of the world...but things take place here too just like everywhere else.” Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you’ve got deep roots and woods of your own exploring our area’s pristine outdoors is a must-do. Even better invite a friend and go for the triple-win: nature, exercise, and social connection -- three in‑ gredients for long and healthy life. Backroads and backyards are great to explore - Live here or staying at an Airbnb? Look out your window and wander outside to whatever direction calls to you. Simple.

ADVENTURE AWAITS! Here are a few favorites to get you started.


| River Road - Great for biking, walking and running, this lightly-trafficked flat stretch hugs the Delaware and features non-stop river views. From Main Street in Callicoon either cross the bridge into Pennsylvania and hang a left or stay in New York and tool past the U.S. Post Office. Visiting and want to tube or canoe down the Delaware River? Stop by Lander’s in Callicoon. Or if races are your thing, the annual River Run benefitting the Delaware Valley Youth Center. The 24th Annual Run is slated for Sunday, July 18, 2021. the-river-run/


| 5K Sap Run Route - For moderate elevation gain take the scenic route just behind the main drag in Jeffersonville which doubles as a USATF Certified course for the 5K Sap Run. This event is held annually in April. From Willy Avenue near the Jeff Bank, follow Hubert Road to merge onto Swiss Hill Road. Lakeview Avenue takes you around placid Lake Jeff and back to the village’s own “Back‑ yard Park.”

Narrowsburg | Tusten Mountain Trail - Rough in

spots with river views and some elevation gain, this trail is maintained by the National Park Service and owned by Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp. Stroll five abreast along the Jeep trail beneath towering pines or veer off onto a single-track path and meander the woods. On your way back to the parking area on Tusten Road, leave time for a tranquil time-out: loll on the stone bridge over the rushing tributary that flows into the river ahead in the distance. www.trailkeeper. org/trail/tusten-mountain-trail/ For more options and maps in this area visit:

Lordville | Jensen’s Ledges - Get lungs and legs

pumping on this 2.1-mile out-and-back climb to arguably the most spectacular view of the Delaware River near Sullivan County. (Lordville, in Delaware County, is about ten miles upriver and up Route 97 from Long Eddy.) At the summit lookout for the stone “throne” and intriguing cairns. This place which was once a buzzing stone quarry is also a habitat for timber rattlesnakes that love to sun themselves on the rocks. Keep your ears and eyes open, and steer clear of cracks and crevices.‑ sen-ledges/

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The Jeffersonville Lion’s Field dedication on Sunday, June 25, 1950 with 500 attending. Mayor Frederick W.V. Schadt acted as master of ceremonies. Just before the baseball game started between Jeff Lion’s and Walton, three planes circled the field dropping baseballs to initiate the game. Jeff Lion’s lost 5-4 and one spectator lost the windshield of his car by a foul ball.

Before the school overlooking the village was built in 1938, the school was located at the Lion’s Field. The teacher in this photo is Hazel Miller Myers.

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By Athan Maroulis | Edited by Peggy Gartin

The Callicoon Movie Theater


ike Alfredo, the movie theater projectionist in the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso, movie characters have often proven themselves to be my best friends. There’s Ilsa and Rick, Rhett and Scarlett, Luke and Leia, Norma Desmond, George Bailey and Harry Lime, to name a few of my most loyal pals. Far away from their Holly‑ woodland world of swaying palm trees and bungalows lays a filmic oasis nestled in the Catskills, a time capsule called the Callicoon Theater. I was hooked the first time I laid eyes on it. Not long ago, the entire community feared what could happen when the theater hit the real estate market. But suddenly some old movie magic happened: the perfect new proprietor stepped in and saved the day. That person is Krissy Smith, a native New Yorker, with her heart, mind and experience all in the right place. I enjoyed my conver‑ sation with Krissy, which I’ll get to in a minute. First, a little background on the star of this piece.

a pre-war art deco facade. The theater, reportedly one of only 17 like it in the country, boasted more than 500 seats. Today, that stands at a more practical capacity of 380. While Starck was quite the player in area movie houses, the Harden became the main link in a chain of regional cinemas owned by Harvey D. English and his wife Eva of nearby Hancock. The H.D. English theater chain of Harden Theaters was a major operation; at the time of the 1948 grand opening of the Harden in Callicoon, the chain even sponsored their own radio program, broadcast locally over

The Callicoon Theater was originally opened as the Harden Theatre on July 8th, 1948, and has continuously operated for the last 72 years, the longest tenure of any movie theater in Sullivan County. On that July evening the marquee read Green Grass of Wyoming starring Peggy Cummins, a Technicolor oater primarily remembered today for an uncredited extra named Marilyn Monroe. Built by local businessman Fred Starck, the Harden’s unique Quonset hut design, a prefabricated steel structure used during the war, was melded to a dreamy lobby building, complete with Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 50

Interior theater and techni color photos by Jerry Cohen

WVOS. While the Harden Theatre itself was known as the crown jewel, the chain operated a number of movie houses in the area. Their Jeffersonville theater, the Maple, is long gone, but two of their former locales still stand: the Capitol in Hancock, now an eatery, and the Park, which is now the beloved Tusten Theatre, a Delaware Valley Arts Alliance performance space in Narrowsburg. Bear in mind, in the pre-television era nearly every village and town in Sullivan County had a movie theater. In fact, the town of Liberty boasted as many as three theaters within a stone’s throw of each other, and added a drive-in theater in ‘49. Liberty, the town, had an actual movie palace called the Liberty, opened in 1924 by Vaudevillian Joe Dealy. It contained 850 seats along with a number of luxurious chande‑ liers and a massive Wurtlitzer organ that was heard during intermission. Meanwhile, the Harden carried on un‑ til 1964, when it was renamed the Ar‑ den by the new owners James “Mick‑ ey” Roche and Warren Doetsch. (I have a sneaking suspicion they simply removed the ‘H’ off of Hard‑ en on the marquee.) The Arden was eventually sold in 1986 to Jim and Barbara Kayton, who lovingly operat‑ ed the theater year-round for the next 32 years (for a number of years prior, the theater was primarily a seasonal operation). The Kaytons updated the entire sound and projection system along with the wondrous new marquee that reflected the new name, the Callicoon Theater. Ironically, according to Sullivan County historian John Conway, seven decades earlier the name had come full-circle when the afore‑ mentioned Fred Starck, who really got around, had operated another Callicoon Theater around 1915 featuring silent films. Which leads us back to Krissy Smith, who bought this Callicoon Theater in 2017. Krissy, who had purchased a home in Callicoon Center in 2015, simply fell in love with the area. Originally trained as a theatrical director both here and abroad, Krissy later rose through the ranks at Brook‑ lyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse to eventually become the general manager. St. Ann’s, a performance arts haven located quite literally under the Brooklyn Bridge, kept Krissy busy with various productions for a decade until she decided she needed a change. From the get go, Krissy admired the freedom that businesses in this area

had, prompting her to wonder if she too could build a business that could work in the region. That’s about the time that the Callicoon Theater became available. Krissy reached out to trusty Joe Freda of Freda Real Estate and the rest was history. After years of juggling the numerous moving parts of a theatrical production, Krissy seems quite content with the pace of daily duties necessary for operating a movie house. When I asked Krissy if she was a movie buff she said, “yes,” while adding “everyone is a film buff,” and to that I must agree. There’s a touch of excitement is Krissy’s voice when she talks about the future which includes plans to do outdoor movies, festivals (she already did a successful one in 2019 with the “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” that showcased the best in environmental films). Yet Krissy also has her feet firmly planted on the Catskills ground and humbly states that she really wants to keep ticket prices reason‑ able, offering a place that everyone can come together with “a little bit for everyone” in a curated calendar of films. Krissy has also involved the theater in various fundraising for the local youth center, the aforemen‑ tioned DVAA, and even our indis‑ pensable NPR radio affiliate WJFF. When she first opened the theater, Krissy said she was moved by people from the community that thanked her for continuing the Callicoon Theater and what it meant to them in their lives. Krissy Smith is the right person for this job and represents the kind of proprietor that wants to bring something meaningful to the community that is traditional, yet with a fresh, modern twist. In closing, I am once again reminded of Alfredo in Cinema Paradiso who said, “Life isn’t like in the movies. Life... is much harder.” At the time of this writing, we are all amidst a terrible crisis, but the world will eventually get back to normal. Much like during wars and tragedies of the past, people will need the movies, and a time will return when we can all sit together in the dark and share in the magic of the silver screen. I’ll see you at the Callicoon Theater, hopefully sooner than later. Movies will always be “the stuff that dreams are made of,” so grab some popcorn and take your seat, the feature is about to begin.

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Cultural Guide


Delaware Valley Arts Alliance & Gallery 37 Main Street Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-7576

Arts Council that provides information and services for artists and the general public including publication of a cultural calendar, grants and Artsletter. Year-round exhibitions of works by contemporary professional artists in all media; artists talks; demonstrations; and special events. Located in the historic Arlington Hotel with two galleries, a recital hall and gift shop.

GALLERIES Delaware Arts Center Alliance Gallery & Loft Gallery See information directly above. Bethel Council of the Arts 3575 State Route 52, Kauneonga Lake, NY 917-579-7080 • ARTSPACE, a newly renovated art gallery and performance space. Featuring rotating art installations and the shop at artspace showcasing unique visual art, photographs, jewelry and crafts for sale. CAS Arts Center 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY 845-436-4227 • Year-round exhibitions of works by contemporary professional artists in all media. The gallery also hosts classes, readings, films, performances, and special events. Claryville Arts Center 1471 Denning Road, Claryville, NY 845-985-0247 • Art gallery houses the permanent collection of world famous Russian born American contemporary artist, Alexander Kaletski, including his Retrospective: “Forty Years in America.”

The Galleries at The Narrowsburg Union 7 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-3100 • The galleries offer year-round exhibitions of works by regional artists in five indoor gallery spaces as well as outdoor space. Gallery 52 4849 State Rt 52, Jeffersonville, NY The gallery is in the same space as The RePop Shop and pop paint by number artist, Trey’s Speegle studio. It will feature rotating exhibits of Speegle’s work, as well as exhibits curated by the artist. Georgia Chambers Studio & Art Gallery A. Dorrer Drive, Callicoon, NY 845-887-4886 Etchings, watercolors and paintings from the artist’s studio. The Left Bank 59 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 845-857-8208 • Featuring six decades of artwork by Ron Lusker and friends. Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery 73 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY 845-888-4440 • A non-profit community arts group Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 52

uise Brooks Painting of Lo am Thong Keokh by local artist ng o h FB/TheArtOfT

encouraging and promoting art and artists from the region. Hosting year-round exhibitions in all media of student, amateur and professional art. Zane Grey Plein Air 75 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY Plein Air events and workshops with nationally known artists in Sullivan County.

THEATRES & PERFORMING ARTS Cultural Series & Presenters; Places to see and hear the arts; Organizations that produce Music, Theatre & Opera.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 1-866-781-2922 • A not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspiring expression, creativity and innovation through the arts. Offering multiple stages featuring a diverse selection of popular artists and culturally-rich performances, an awardwinning museum, and educational and community program.

Big Sky Productions 80 M. Gilles Road, Grahamsville, NY 845-985-7783 A community-based theatre company specializing in benefits for non-profit organizations with readings, one-act and full-length plays, and murder mystery dinner theatre performances. Callicoon Center Band P.O. Box 216, Youngsville, NY 845-439-4635 The Callicoon Center Band presents free weekly concerts in their bandstand in Callicoon Center each Wednesday evening in the summer. Bring a blanket or chair for your listening enjoyment! Callicoon Theater 30 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY 845-887-4460 • Built in 1948 and is the oldest continually operating cinema in Sullivan County. Keeping it historic while providing state-ofthe-art projection and sound technology. Delaware Valley Opera 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-3136 • Non-profit professional opera company that produces and presents fully staged operas and recitals throughout the region, and offers opera workshops for adults and children. Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra P.O. Box 170, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-7576 Live performances by area musicians of work by local composers primarily in the fall at the Tusten Theatre. Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center Forestburgh Playhouse 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, NY 845-794-1194 • Professional summer theatre presenting Broadway musicals, plays, and children’s theatre, with dining, cocktails, and cabaret in the adjoining Tavern. North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) 110 Highland Lake Road Highland Lake, NY 845-557-0694 • A professional theatre company that presents its own multi-disciplinary and

original performances as well as the work of national and international contemporary theatre groups that are on the cutting edge of new theatre. Nesin Cultural Arts Eugene D. Nesin Theater 15 St. John Street, Monticello, NY 845-798-9006 • Strives to provide comprehensive lifelong learning opportunities to students and the community through intergrated arts based partnerships and programming. Rivoli Theater 5243 Main Street, South Fallsburg, NY 845-436-5336 • Hosts quality, award-winning live community theatre produced by Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and film screening throughout the year. Seelig Theatre at Sullivan County Community College

112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 845-434-5750 ext. 4377 • Campus events, exhibits, holiday & family shows, summer series, lectures, music, dance, theater, and the Metropolitan Opera live in HD.

Sullivan County Community Chorus 845-794-7869 • Open to all voice parts, the chorus presents two concerts per year, in winter and spring. Program offerings range from masterworks with orchestral accompaniment to popular and Broadway music. Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop PO Box 353, Monticello, NY 845-436-5336 • Producers of quality, award-winning live community theatre in the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg. Shandelee Music Festival J. Young Road, Livingston Manor, NY 845-439-3277 • Master classes and opportunities for students to perform in recitals and informal concerts. Sunset Concert Series presents internationally acclaimed classical artists. Tusten Theatre 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY 845-252-7272 • Hosts live jazz classical, traditional and new music concerts, theatre, opera productions, Jeffersonville Journal ‑ 53

and film. Home of Delaware Valley Opera and Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra. Weekend of Chamber Music 330 Haven Avenue, 2N New York, NY 917-664-5185 Performances of world class chamber music during the Summer Festival in Jeffersonville and environs, as well as Arts Education partnerships and projects.

CLASSES, TRAINING & RETREATS Hurleyville Arts Centre 219 Main Street, Hurleyville, NY 866-811-4111 • Event & Arts Centre where multicultural, inter-generational, and all abilities are represented through storytelling, film, dance, theater and music. Weekly movies, yoga classes, live performances and family programs. Janice Center 5286 State Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY 845-482-3324 • Classes in music, dance, arts for adults and children.

HISTORICAL Societies/Groups

Basket Historical Society Rt. 97, Long Eddy, NY 845-887-6703 Collecting and preserving historical facts and legends of the Upper Delaware Valley. Cochecton Preservation Society 377 New Turnpike Road, Cochecton, NY 845-932-8487 Maintains historic railroad station. Frederick A. Cook Society 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, NY 845-434-8044 Commemorates and advances the work of the polar explorer. Sullivan County Historical Society 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, NY 845-434-8044 • Historical and contemporary displays, exhibits and events, archives and genealogy assistance.

HELPFUL INFORMATION Children/Youth Organizations CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4186 Girl Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5394 Boy Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5136 4-H Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5729 Junior JEMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845-701-1020 Presbyterian Church Youth Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5047 Jeffersonville Lion’s - Leo Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4591

Church & Synagogue Information Kenoza Lake Assembly of God Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-9856 Church on the Rock (Pentecostal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5870 Congregation Ahavath Sholom Synagogue PO Box 183, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Grace Lutheran Church, North Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5218 Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5549 St. Francis Roman Catholic Church Youngsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4640 St. George’s Roman Catholic Church Jeffersonville . . . . . . . . .482-4640 St. Paul’s Mission United Reformed Church Youngsville . . . . . .482-5760 United Reformed Church, Youngsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4553 United Methodist Church, Jeffersonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5561 United Methodist Church, Kenoza Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5561 Word of Life Church, Youngsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-3338

Communications • NEWSPAPERS: River Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252-7414 Sullivan County Democrat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5200 Times Herald Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-295-2181 • RADIO: WJFF-FM, 90.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482-4141 • WDNB 102.1 FM Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292-7535 WJUX-FM 99.7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .888-861-6100 WPDH-FM, 101.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .471-1500 WSUL-FM, 98.3 . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-9898 WVOS-AM, 1240; WVOS-FM, 95.9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-9898 WZAD FM 97.3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .471-1500 • TELEVISION: Cable 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .692-6781 Spectrum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .866-874-2389

Education Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292-0082 Adult Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .791-4070 Alternate Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..482-4760 Vocational (VOTEC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .295-4152 Sullivan County Community College . . . . . . . . . . . . . .434-5750

Sullivan West Central School District: Administrative Office Numbers: Elementary - Jeffersonville Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4610 High School - Lake Huntington Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . .932-8401

Emergency Numbers Emergency Fire/Ambulance: All fire and ambulance calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .911 Emergency Police: Local Police, call Sheriff’s Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-7100 New York State Police (Liberty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292-6600 Garnet Health Medical Center Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-3300 Callicoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5530 Urgent Care Facility, Monticello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 845-333-6500 Crystal Run Urgent Care Rockhill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .796-5444 Other: Animal Shelter (S.C. S.P.C.A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .796-3120 Domestic Violence Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-942-6906 Safe Passage (Domestic Violence Program) . . . . . . . . . . . .292-5700 Poison Control Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-222-1222 Suicide Crisis Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .647-2443

Municipal Offices Town of Bethel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583-4350 Town of Cochecton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .932-8360 Town of Fremont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-6605 Recycling Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-4466 Sullivan County Government Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .794-3000

• Village of Jeffersonville 17 Center Street (P.O. Box 555) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: 482-4275 • Fax: 482-5298 Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-Noon & 1-4 p.m. Village Board Meeting - 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m Mayor, William Chellis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482-4275 Village Clerk/Treasurer/Fiscal Officer Colleen Freitas . . . . . .482-4275 Village Code Enforcement Officer Charles Nystrom . . . . . .482-4275 Village Historian, William Cutler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4275

• Town of Callicoon 19 Legion Street (P.O. Box 687) Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Phone: 482-5390 • Fax: 482-5030

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Town Clerk, Kim Klein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5390 Sole Assessor, Jacqueline Pilny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5390 Building/Multiple Res. Inspector & Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Zieres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5390 Planning Board Chairman Fred Fries . . . . . . . . 482-4299 (after 7 p.m.) Zoning Board of Appeals, Kris Rasmussen . . . . . . . . .482-9066 Town Board Meeting - 2nd Monday monthly, 7:30 p.m. Town Planning Board - 2nd Thursday monthly, 7:30 p.m. Zoning Board Appeals- 3rd Thursday monthly, 8:00 p.m. Justice Court - Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. Nutrition Site - Every Wednesday & Friday Lunch $2.00 per person over 60.

• Town of Delaware 104 Main Street (P.O. Box 129) Hortonville, NY 12745 Phone: 887-5250 • Fax: 887-5228 • All meetings held in the Town Hall Town Board - 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Planning Board - 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. Zoning Board - 4th Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m. Justice Court - Monday Evenings, 7:30 p.m.

Solid Waste/Recycling Centers Sullivan County Division of Solid Waste: 845-807-0290 Transfer Stations: Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292-3670 Rockland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .439-3654 Western Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 932-8845 Transfer Stations (Town Residents only): Bethel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292-4505

U.S. Post Offices and Zip Codes Bethel 12720 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583-5005 Callicoon 12723 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-4470 Callicoon Center 12724 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4287 Cochecton 12726 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .932-8319 Fremont Center 12736 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5808 Hankins 12741 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-4411 Hortonville 12745 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5329 Jeffersonville 12748 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-275-8777 Kenoza Lake 12750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..482-5234 Lake Huntington 12752 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .932-8318 Livingston Manor 12758 . . . . . . . . . . .800-275-8777 Long Eddy 12760 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-5260 North Branch 12766 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-3910 Obernburg 12767 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-5599 Roscoe 12776 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .607-498-5279 Youngsville 12791 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4295

Public Transportation • Air: Stewart International Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 845-838-8200 Sullivan County International Airport . . . . . . . . . . . .845-807-0273 • Bus: Coach USA/Shortline Bus 30 Sturgis Road, Monticello, NY 845-794-5500 • • Train: AMTRAK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-872-7245 Metro-North Commuter Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-638-7646

Senior Citizen Events:

Thrift Shops

Jeffersonville - 2nd Thursday each month, 12 noon. Town Hall, Legion Ave., Jeffersonville, 482-9953.

IOU Main Street Thrift Shop Mon., Wed., Fri., 10-3 p.m. (Bag Day on Wednesdays) Thurs., 11-2p.m.; Fri., 10-4p.m. Lower Main Street, Callicoon, NY 12723


The Ark Thrift Shop Wed. 9:30-1:30p.m.; Thurs.,12-2p.m.; Sat. 9:301:30p.m. 4907 Main Street (St. Rt. 52), Jeffersonville, NY 12748 St. Paul’s Mission Thrift Shop Wed. & Sat. 10-2p.m. 4042 St. Rt. 52, Youngsville, NY 12791

Senior Citizens meet 1st, 3rd & 4th Tuesday at 12 noon. Delaware Community Center, 570-224-6381.

Verizon Telephone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-621-9900 New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG): Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..800-572-1131

Western Sullivan Public Libraries

Saving Grace Thrift Shop Wed. 10-1p.m. & Sat. 10-2p.m. North Branch, NY 12766 • 482-3032

Organizations Community Garden Club, President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845-866-4953 3rd Tuesday of each month - New members welcome Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482-5688 JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan). . . . . .845-701-1020 Lion’s Club, President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-3330

Delaware Free Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .887-4040 Jeffersonville Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482-4350 Tusten-Cochecton Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252-3360 . For programs and events for each branch visit the library website at All area codes are (845) unless otherwise listed.

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By Autumn Schanil

The Catskills are well known as being the birth‑ place of American Fly Fishing, attracting people not just from all around the country, but often from around the globe. Some of the best fly fishing spots in the Northeast are right in our backyard, especially with plentiful bodies of water like creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs that provide NYC with much of its drinking water. And it’s all thanks to a man named Theodore Gor‑ don, otherwise known as the Father of American Dry Fly Fishing. It was Gordon who set fly fishing into motion in the 1890s, developing new fly patterns and designing flies specific to the region.

• Multiple small pull-offs along the North Branch Callicoon Creek between North Branch and 17B offer quiet refuge for fishermen who prefer the bubbling creek and surrounding woods over the faster moving river. There are plenty of spots on the Callicoon Creek as well, on the winding road of 17B/State Route 52 that runs between Callicoon and Jeffersonville. • You can spend the day at Lake Superior State Park, located in the town of Bethel, and fish the calm, quiet lake where you just might hook a Largemouth Bass or various types of Panfish.

First Cast at the beginning of April officially opens the season for new and seasoned anglers who wade out waist-high into the cold waters that are home to a variety of trout species as well as pike, bass, brookies, pickerel and more. Whether you’re fishing with a fly, or with hook and reel, some of the best spots to fish are right here in Sullivan County.

• The Beaverkill Trout Hatchery in Livingston Manor has a stocked pond in the summer months where you and the kids can bring your own gear and do some easy fishing. The Trout Hatchery has been family owned and operated since 1963, stocking trout for private clubs, landowners, as well as providing locally raised fish to restaurants all over the county and beyond.

• Roscoe is a small town with a big name - ‘Trout Town USA.’ It’s close to the East & West Branch of the Delaware River, as well as the Main Stem, but that’s not why its famous. Roscoe is home to Junction Pool, where the Willowemoc and Beaverkill Rivers come together. Anglers from far and wide come to fish the pool filled with strange currents and eddies that cause migrating trout to linger before deciding which stream to swim. Local legend has told of a “two-headed trout” caught by a fisherman who soaked some bread in scotch to lure the fish to his net.

• The Swinging Bridge Reservoir has a great habitat for Bass and Walleyes, as well as Brown Trout and Yellow Perch. Or you can spend a little time fishing at White Lake in Bethel for Lake Trout and Chain Pickerel, and afterwards head to one of the great restaurants on Kauneonga Lake.

• The Neversink River, which is the river that started it all, and the Delaware River, contain anything from Small‑ mouth Bass, Shad, and Walleye to Brown, Rainbow, and Brook Trout. Fishing spots can be found along the Upper Delaware river off of Route 97 near Narrows‑ burg, Callicoon, and Lordville as well as the West Branch near Hancock.

• Mongaup Pond is not only a place to fish for Brook Trout, Bluegill and Pumpkin seed but it’s a quiet area deep in the countryside of Sullivan County where you can camp with family or friends. Wherever you decide to cast your fly or hook, make sure you are aware of any special fishing regulations for the area by visiting the DEC website: Lastly, admire the beauty, enjoy the peace, and leave nothing behind.

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