Hamlet Happenings: August 2019


Our gardens, barrels and planters need to be weeded and watered regularly.

Please let one of the members of Hurleyville-Sullivan First know if you can help. Send an email…izzysaunt@verizon.net. You can call, too…MaryAnn (845-798-5418), Denise (845-807-7797) or Kathleen (845-707-9810).

Learn more about Hurleyville-Sullivan First at www.hurleyvilleny.com or on Facebook.


The Sullivan County Historical Society will present a concert featuring Slam Allen and Mickey Barnett at the Rivoli Theater in South Fallsburg on Sunday, August 25th at 1:00pm. The concert is an extension of the society’s First Sunday Music and History series.
Mickey Barnett needs no introduction. The Bethel resident has spent a lifetime performing in legendary Catskill hotels and theaters. He is well known for performing the rockabilly tunes of Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, as well as many classic country tunes of the 60’s and 70’s.

Mickey has received awards from many music industry organizations. He recorded several exclusive demos for Elvis Presley and appeared on 15 albums while working with Pickwick International Records.
Slam Allen is a local treasure from Monticello. He plays R&B, blues and a little old time rock and roll. He has recorded multiple CD’s and worked with some of the industry’s most notable players. You can visit his website at www.slamallen.com.
Little Sparrow will host the concert and very special guest guitarist Van Manakas will join them to heat up the music!
The Rivoli Theatre opened in 1923 as a vaudeville theater and later showed silent films. It was quite successful during the high point of the resort industry and entertainment in the Catskills. The Rosenshein family owned the theater and they made numerous renovations, including additional seating and a stage for presenting other types of entertainment..
Due to the struggling local economy, the theater went dark in 1997. The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop purchased the theater in 1998 and the group has worked tirelessly to preserve the theater, while also producing plays and other events at the venue.
The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Admission to the concert is free but donations to help fund the concert and preserve the theater will be appreciated.
This program is made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
The theater is located at 5243 Main Street in South Fallsburg. Call 845 434-8044 or 845 436-5336, or visit www.scdw.net or www.scnyhistory.org for more information.
The museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, is open on from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.


The congregation at the Hurleyville United Methodist Church welcomed two new Pastors in July…Pastor Jorge Lopez and Pastor Walter Haff.

The volunteers at the church are holding their annual summer collection of school supplies for children in our community.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church is open on the 3rd Thursday and on the 4th Thursday of each month from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Volunteers working at the food pantry serve at least forty families every week. The volunteers also provide free clothing for families in need on the last Thursday of each month.

“MESSY CHURCH”, another sort of family church, is held on the 4th Saturday of each month at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to come and join your neighbors for an evening of fun activities, songs, games, crafts, stories and refreshments.

Services are held at the church each Sunday from 9:00am until 10:30am.

The church holds prayer meetings every Monday from 10:00am until noon.

A Bible study group meets at the church every Tuesday from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

A Women’s Christian study group will be held at the church on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 11:00am.

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

Young people participate in a variety of fun activities at the Youth Group that meets at the church. Activities for teenagers (7th grade and up) are planned for Wednesday, August 14th from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. The dates for children (8 years through 6th grade) are Friday, August 9th and Friday, August 23rd.

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


Columbia Hill is an ecological treasure trove that must be protected. Unsightly mass construction that will imperil our beautiful rural environment must not be allowed.

• The Environmental Impact Study for Gan Eden Estates was originally submitted to the Town of Thompson Planning Board in 2007. The submission was inadequate and incomplete. A new date was simply added to the form and it was submitted to the board again in 2016. Any new submission to the board should incorporate contemporary standards and contemporary forms.
• The failure of package sewer treatment plants has cost the Town of Thompson millions of dollars. Private water and sewer systems will eventually fail.
• There is no way to mitigate the environmental disaster that will occur when the Gan Eden package plant fails. The east branch of the Mongaup River, a Class B trout stream, will be polluted. Mongaup Road, the “flats” on Columbia Drive and the Congregation Anschei Hurleyville Cemetery will be flooded. A downstream Town of Fallsburg municipal well will also be adversely affected.
• Water testing must be done during summer months or “peak season”.
• Wells must be tested in both in Fallsburg and in Thompson.
• The extraordinary water withdrawal at Gan Eden will jeopardize private wells in the area.
• A simple counting of bedrooms does not accurately reflect the amount of water that will be used.
• People’s lives will be endangered if the entrances to Gan Eden in the middle of Columbia Hill become a reality. The proposal of year round “workforce housing” transforms a summer traffic concern into a nightmare. Cars entering in the middle of an icy Columbia Hill are a prescription for disaster.
• The third entrance to Gan Eden on Old Liberty Road is on a dangerous curve with a very limited sight range.
• The impact on noise, traffic, air quality, public utilities and community services will affect the entire neighborhood.
• Another detrimental effect of a development of this size is light pollution, the brightening of the night sky caused by excessive and misdirected street lights and other man-made sources. Light pollution disrupts the natural cycles of the ecosystem and compromises the health of humans. Light pollution lessens the beauty of our natural sky.

• Gan Eden has to share its western property line with the longstanding and very active Hurleyville-Loch Sheldrake Hunting Club. A 500 foot setback should be mandatory to ensure everyone’s safety.
Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org or on Facebook to learn how you can help to protect your environment and your community.