Hamlet Happenings: July 2017

Volunteers from the community helped the members of Hurleyville-Sullivan First finish planting gardens at the Hurleyville Firemen’s Park, the Community Gateway at the entrance to the RailTrail, St. Mary’s Community Center, and the Hurleyville Fire House. They also planted the three planters at the entrances to Hurleyville and the barrels on Main Street. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the gardens, planters and barrels throughout the season. Please call 845-436-6887 if you can help with watering and weeding.

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.

Interesting events are scheduled at the Sullivan County Museum in August.

A representative sample of the thousands of Sullivan County newspapers in the museum’s collection will be featured at “Historic Newspaper Day” on Saturday, August 5. There were at least thirteen weekly newspapers in Sullivan County as late as 1964. Sullivan County newspaper owners and workers…past and present…are invited to take part in the event.

An exciting and long overdue event will take place at the museum on Saturday, August 12 at 2 p.m. 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 important accomplishments. The Town of Fallsburg will proclaim the day as “Louis ‘Label’ Wichinsky Day”. Anyone interested in sharing photos and memorabilia for the exhibit can contact Myron Gittell at the museum.

The museum will also host a Book Fair on August 12 from 12 p.m. 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 e-mail address is genealogy@scnyhistory.org.

Watch for the opening of another new exhibit at the museum. 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 Exhibit 

• 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 Gallery

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 Street 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 congregation of the Hurleyville United Methodist Church welcomed their new minister, Jackie Carter, on July 2.

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. Upcoming dates are July 14, July 28, August 4 and August 18.

A Bible study group is held at the church 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.

The third annual “What the Hill?” Friend-Raiser Festival hosted by the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance will be held at the Hurleyville Fire House on Sunday, August 27 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will feature live entertainment, fun activities for kids of all ages and local artisans and vendors.

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.