Hamlet Happenings: August 2017

Hurleyville-Sullivan First needs your help to maintain the barrels along Main Street, the planters at the entrances to Hurleyville, and the gardens at the Hurleyville Firemen’s Park, the Community Gateway at the entrance to the Milk Train Trail, St. Mary’s Community Center, and the Hurleyville Fire House. Volunteers are needed to help water and weed throughout the season. Please call 845-436-6887 if you have time to help.

Hurleyville-Sullivan First meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Hurleyville Firehouse. The meetings are open to everyone interested in the revitalization and beautification of Hurleyville.

Please visit www.hurleyvilleny.com for more information about Hurleyville and Hurleyville-Sullivan First.

Long defunct Sullivan County newspapers will return to life at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6. A representative sample of the dozens of Sullivan County newspapers published from the 1850’s to the 1990’s will be featured at “Historic Newspaper Day.” Sullivan County newspaper owners and workers…past and present…are invited to bring memorabilia and to take part in the reunion, which will include a roundtable discussion. Open to the public, the exhibit will run from noon until 4:30 p.m. on both days. Please contact Myron Gittell at the Museum for more information. Myron’s e-mail address in myrongit@yahoo.com.

You can also contact Myron if you have photos or memorabilia to share for “Louis ‘Label’ Wichinsky Day” on Saturday, August 12. The prototype of the bagel making machine invented and patented by Hurleyville inventor Label Wichinsky will be formally unveiled at the opening of an exhibit honoring Label’s life and other important accomplishments. The Town of Fallsburg will officially proclaim the day as “Louis ‘Label’ Wichinsky Day.” The exhibit will open at 2 p.m.

A Book Fair will also be held at the Museum on Saturday, August 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Authors and illustrators who were born in Sullivan County, who live in Sullivan County, or who have published books on Sullivan County will be featured at the fair. Please contact Suzanne Cecil at the Museum for information on participating in the event. Suzanne’s email address is genealogy@scnyhistory.org.

There are so many reasons to visit the Museum. If you’re interested in fashion, the Museum has acquired a collection of exquisite hats and shoes, including fashions from Paris, dating from 1800 through 1960.

Other interesting and educational exhibits at the museum include:

• Sullivan County Wildlife 


• The General Store

• The Woodstock Festival

• A History of Sullivan 

County Farms

• The Military Room

• Early Sullivan County

• The Borscht Belt

• The Frederick A. Cook 


The Sullivan County Historical Society is still accepting donations of yearbooks from Sullivan County high schools and Sullivan County Community College.

Volunteers are always needed at the Museum. Anyone interested in exploring genealogy and the history of life in Sullivan County can call Pat Burns at the Museum. The Museum’s phone number is 845-434-8044.

The Museum, located at 265 Main St. in Hurleyville, is open on Sunday from 1p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please visit www.scnyhistory.org for more information on the Sullivan County Historical Society and the Sullivan County Museum.

The Hurleyville United Methodist Church will host the Annual Chicken BBQ Dinner on Saturday, September 16. Volunteers at the church will begin serving at 4:30 p.m. The price for adults and all take-outs is $12. The price for children is $6.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church is open each Thursday (except the first Thursday of each month) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The volunteers at the food pantry also provide free clothing for families in need on the last Thursday of each month.

Volunteers at the church host the Community Lunch Program. Dates for the program will be announced on the church’s page on Facebook.

The church hosts a Youth Group on Fridays from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Young people are invited to join in a variety of activities including board games, trivia, movie nights, arts and crafts. The next date is August 18.

A Bible study group is held at the church on every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more information or if you can help with any of these activities.

Plans are underway for the third annual “What the Hill?” Friend-Raiser Festival hosted by the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance. The festival will be held at the Hurleyville Fire House on Sunday, August 27 from 11a.m. until 4 p.m.

Festival-goers will enjoy live entertainment and there will be plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. Local artisans and vendors will be on hand to share their creations.

Visitors to the festival will have an opportunity to learn about the adverse effects of irresponsible development and poor planning on our environment and our quality of life.

Vendors, environmental groups and community organizations are invited to participate in the festival. Contact Donna, 845-800-5402, or MaryAnn, 845-798-5418, for more information or to reserve a space.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be available.

Parking will be available at the fire house at 166 Main St. in Hurleyville.

CHNA volunteers are dedicated to the preservation of the unique rural community character of Thompson and Fallsburg, protection of the natural resource base and encouragement of smart growth. These goals can only be achieved when we insure our community infrastructure is balanced and sustainable.

Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org or on Facebook for more information.