Hamlet Happenings: March

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.