By Kathleen Sullivan
The members of Hurleyville-Sullivan First are getting ready for spring. Volunteers are needed to help prepare gardens, planters and barrels. Work dates will be announced soon.
The group has applied for a Sullivan Renaissance Maintenance Grant that will be used to support the projects that volunteers continue to work on:
- Renovation of St. Mary’s Church for use as a community center
- Hurleyville Firemen’s Park
- Community Gateway
- Community gardens
- Planters at entrances to Hurleyville
Hurleyville-Sullivan First meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Hurleyville Firehouse. The meetings are open to everyone who shares the group’s dedication to the revitalization and beautification of Hurleyville.
For more information about Hurleyville and Hurleyville-Sullivan First, please visit www.hurleyvilleny.com.
Sullivan County BOCES will sponsor a special art exhibit at the Sullivan County Museum. Artwork created by students from elementary schools throughout Sullivan County will be displayed. The exhibit will open with a reception on March 3. The artwork will be on display until the end of March.
The Sullivan County Historical Society is collecting yearbooks from Sullivan County high schools and Sullivan County Community College.
“Yearbooks are an excellent source of information about people from Sullivan County,“ said Suzanne Cecil, SCHS President. “All donations will be appreciated.”
Among the gaps in the collection are yearbooks from the Fallsburg High School for the years before 1947 and for the years 1951, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1983, and for the years after 1987.
Fred Fries, SCHS board member and volunteer, has created the exhibit “A History of Sullivan County Farms”. The exhibit showcases farm artifacts and photographs donated by Fred. The barn siding serving as the background for the exhibit is from a barn on Fred’s property.
Other exhibits at the museum include “The Military Room” honoring Sullivan County veterans from the Civil War through Desert Storm, “Early Sullivan County” depicting life in period settings, and “The Borscht Belt” chronicling this unique era in the Catskills. A prototype of the bagel making machine invented and patented by Hurleyville inventor Lebel Wichinsky is also on display at the museum.
The museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, is open on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
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 its annual (and delicious) Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 11.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church provides food for at least 40 families each week. The food pantry is open each Thursday (except the first Thursday of each month) from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 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. Free soup and sandwiches will be served on the following Saturdays from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM: March 4, March18 and April 1.
Young people are invited to participate in the Youth Group hosted by the church. They can participate in a variety of activities including board games, trivia, movie nights, arts and crafts while making new friends. The group will meet on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM: March 3 and March 17. More dates will be announced soon.
The church also hosts a Bible study group, which meets every Tuesday at 7:00 PM.
Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more information, or if you can help with any of these activities. You can also visit the church on Facebook.