Hamlet Happenings: September 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. You can send an email…izzysaunt@verizon.net. You can call…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 next Sunday Afternoon Music and History concert series presented by the Sullivan County Historical Society will feature the powerful guitar and harmonica driven band, Yasgur. The show, hosted by Little Sparrow, will be held at the Sullivan County Museum on Sunday, September 8th at 2:00pm.
Keeping the Woodstock spirit alive, the band plays danceable Swing, Jump, and Chicago style blues. They cover tunes by Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry and many others.
Three members of the group met at a jam session up the road from the original Woodstock site and named their band after Max Yasgur. Band members include Rich Johansen, vocals and guitar; Mike Moss, drums; Dan Berger, harmonica; Steve Suresh, bass.
The program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Admission to the performance is free and donations are welcome. You can find information on upcoming performances at www.scnyhistory.org or at the Sullivan County Historical Society page on Facebook.
“Lizzie” is at the museum. “Lizzie” is the oldest vintage dress in the clothing collection at the museum. It dates to 1788-1791 and has been authenticated by the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tom Thorpe, husband of board member Sharon Thorpe, constructed a beautiful display case for the dress. “Lizzie” can be seen in the Time Line Gallery at the museum.
Send an email to info@scnyhistory.org asking to subscribe to an email notification list for upcoming events at the museum. You can also use the form at www.scnyhistory.org to send your request.

The gift shop at the museum offers an assortment of Sullivan County-related books, maps, posters, postcards and memorabilia.

The museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, is open on from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.


Construction for handicap accessibility has begun at the Hurleyville United Methodist Church.
The congregation would like to thank the community for its support of the church and the food pantry after the latest burglary at the church. The Fallsburg Lions Club, the Hurleyville Fire Department, Miranda Behan and Mary Berger have made donations that will help replace the stolen food and the installation of a security system at the church.
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 to 6:00pm. The volunteers at the food pantry serve forty families every week. They also provide free clothing for families in need on the last Thursday of each month.

“MESSY CHURCH”, a different kind of family church, is held on the 2nd 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 10:00am. A women’s group meets after the service on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

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.

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 are invited to join in a variety of fun activities at the Youth Group that meets at the church. Dates will be announced on the church’s page on Facebook. The children and teenagers in the group have also been volunteering at the food pantry and litter plucking by Morningside Park.

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


The members of Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance (CHNA) are closely following the lawsuit filed against Gan Eden Estates and the Town of Thompson by The Center for Discovery and Catskill Mountainkeeper. The lawsuit argues that the project would adversely affect both organizations. The suit also seeks to void the settlement reached between the developer of the project and the Town of Thompson on the basis that the town violated open meetings law and SEQRA regulations.

The Gan Eden Estates project on Columbia Hill is a threat to our community. The project will deplete our water supply, damage our streams and wetlands, harm our wildlife, alter our rural environment and jeopardize the safety of drivers on our roads.

Bad planning decisions, faulty water quality testing and irresponsible environmental considerations will be a recipe for disaster in our community.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has still not announced the result of Gan Eden’s permit request to withdraw millions of gallons a month from the aquifer for use as the development’s public water supply.

Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org or on Facebook to learn how you can help to protect your environment and your community.