Hamlet Happenings: November 2022

by Kathleen Sullivan
November 2022


The volunteers in Hurleyville-Sullivan First will be getting the barrels and planters ready for winter this month.

This year the group has been working with the Hurleyville Hub on events that contribute to the revitalization of the hamlet: the Hurleyville Summer Festivals and the Hurleyville Scarecrow Festival. The next event is Holiday in Hurleyville on Saturday, December 3.

The group will hold the 26th Annual “Deck the Doors” Holiday Decorating Contest on Thursday, December 15. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. All holiday-decorated doors in the hamlet, both residences and businesses, are eligible. Winners of the contest will be awarded prizes provided by Hurleyville business owners and members of Hurleyville-Sullivan First.

For more information about Hurleyville and Hurleyville-Sullivan First, please visit the group on Facebook or at www.hurleyvilleny.com.


The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church will be open on Thursday, November 10 and on Thursday, November 17 from 3 until 5 p.m.

Food for Thanksgiving will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis on November 17. Donations to the Food for Thanksgiving distribution would be greatly appreciated and should be at the food pantry by 2 p.m. on November 17.

Sunday services are held at the church at 9 a.m. Children of all ages can attend Sunday school at the church during services.

Pastor Jorge delivers sermons on the church’s page on Facebook at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

All are invited to pray with others over the phone on the church’s prayer line on Sundays from 7 – 8 p.m. The prayer line phone number is 605-472-5491 and the access code is 251678.

The Bible study group meets in the sanctuary at the church every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Youngsters are invited to participate in “Messy Church” held on the second Saturday of each month from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The next date is November 12. All children taking part in the fun activities must be accompanied by an adult.

Donations of pull-ups, sizes 5 and 6, Pampers, and paper goods are being collected at the church for Preventive Services. The county program provides support to parents to help them prevent their children from being placed in foster care. Please contact Cookie at 845-428-5871 or Goldie at 845-467-1641 for more information on the program.

Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more information on services and activities at the church. You can also get updates at the church’s page on Facebook.


The Sullivan County Historical Society will open its annual Holiday Theme Tree Exhibit at the Sullivan County Museum at the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3. The event, held in conjunction with Holiday in Hurleyville, will feature holiday-themed trees decorated by individuals and organizations. The trees can be set up between November 25 and December 2. Please call 845-434-8044 for information on setting up a tree.

The 100th Anniversary of the Hurleyville Fire Department and the 75th Anniversary of WVOS are commemorated in exhibits at the Museum along with ones featuring the Neversink-Hackledam Project and the Town of Thompson One-Room Schoolhouse Project. The Dr. Frederick Cook exhibit at the Museum will be on display until December.

Volunteers are available to help visitors explore the historical and genealogical resources at the Historical Society’s archives at the Museum. The archives are open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

The Museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations to meet the increasing cost of operating the museum are appreciated.

Guided tours of the Museum…behind the scenes and regular exhibits…are available. There is no charge for the hour-long tours but registration is required. Please call 845-434-8044 to make a reservation.

The volunteers at the Museum work on a variety of activities including research and exhibits. Anyone interested in exploring genealogy and the history of life in Sullivan County can contact the Museum for information on volunteering.

Go to www.scnyhistory.org to learn about the Sullivan County Historical Society and the Sullivan County Museum. You can also visit the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook.


The CHNA steering committee meets monthly in preparation for the next time the 535-townhouse Gan Eden Estates project on Columbia Hill appears on the agenda of the Town of Thompson Planning Board. The full build-out of the development could result in more than 3,000 residents on Columbia Hill.

The dramatic increase of rapid and questionable over-development in the area of Huschke Road is also being monitored by the members of CHNA.

Destroying the character of the community, jeopardizing the water supply, and threatening the safety of wildlife are among the many results of irresponsible and unsustainable over-development.

Homeowners who experience well-related troubles due to the well testing being done at the proposed Gan Eden Estates development project on Columbia Hill should contact the building departments in the Town of Thompson (845-794-2500, extension 321) and the Town of Fallsburg (845-434-8811).

Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org and on Facebook to learn how you can help to protect your environment and your community by demanding responsible and sustainable development.