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Smallwood - July 12

Jul 11, 2019

By Jonathan C. Hyman - community correspondent

The Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Firehouse Open House was a big success and a good time. It was fun, as always, to see the Fighting Fires 5K Walk/Run participants float by our house. The afternoon festivities were a nice combination of neighbors, firemen, family, and friends all chatting, sharing a beer, a soda, and some ice cream and hot dogs. Kudos to those politicians who came to introduce themselves and seek votes as they attended and participated in a casual and dignified way. The firemen work hard at this day… so thank you to them.
Congratulations to the three Bethel Lions Club Scholarship winners.
Ryan Pennell from Monticello High School won the $1,000 Elmer "Shorty" Brucher Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending Finger Lakes Community College. Brooke Huebner, also from Monticello High School, won the Bethel Lions Scholarship $1,000. Brooke will be attending Orange County Community College. Katerina Plescia from Sullivan West High School was the recipient of the $1,000 Andrew LaPolt Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Le Moyne College.
You can still join the
Weekend of Chamber
Music's Annual “Barnraising” fundraiser. Set up in the hills of Jeffersonville at the idyllic Eddie Adams Barn, with a fabulous menu accompanied by wine pairings, and the promise of a varied music program including tangos, this is a great event that supports a much deserving music festival and organization. At $90, the value for the price of admission is well worth it. A person can easily spend more money on a baseball game or a day at the beach, never mind what happens at a casino. So have a look at the link below and consider joining in. You might even see a friend or classical musical lover you never knew about.
For more info, visit or call: 917-664-5185.
The reconstituted Sullivan County Bike Club continues to ride and pick up both former and new riders. It's casual and friendly. Email me for general info and/or if you are interested in this week's ride - a relatively flat ride along the Delaware River up in East Branch (Delaware County). After the ride there is plenty to do. You can easily visit Andes, Margaretville, or Delhi — three lovely little Delaware County municipalities not far away. Of course, one could instead stop in Roscoe (Sullivan County) on the way home. There are a few very nice 50th anniversary Woodstock Doves in Roscoe and a vibrant little main street. Be sure to visit the friendly and well stocked health and natural foods store, Pepacton Natural Foods. Also in Roscoe, is Northern Farmhouse Pasta, which sells its tasty organic pasta to the public. Livingston Manor has a vibrant Main Street.
Should you need outdoor gear or stylish active wear, be sure to stop in at Morgan Outdoors. Also in “The Manor” is the Catskill Art Society exhibit space, the Catskill Brewery, the Brandenburg Bakery and two more 50th anniversary doves. In between Roscoe and Livingston Manor there is a spectacular and historic covered bridge. For more info it, visit
Still not sure where to go and almost home? Jump off of Rt 17 in Liberty and grab a bite at Floyd and Bobo's Bakery and Snack Palace, or eat some fast food Indian cuisine at Dhani's Curry Melt, or see even more doves, all in Liberty, on Main Street. Plenty to do. Make a day or half-day of it.
Be sure to see the Bethel Council of the Arts members art exhibit in Kauneonga Lake, on now through July 29th. You will see wonderful art, affordable enough to take home on the spot! The Gallery space is located at 3575 State Rt. 55. While in Kauneonga, be sure to stop by Sticky Fingers for some ice cream and food. Under new management and ownership, the ice cream will still be from “Jane's” and there are now food offerings to boot. A hearty thank you to Leah Maidenbaum and her husband Ivan deBeer for their many years of good ice cream, good cheer, and good service while they owned and operated this very necessary establishment. More on the new Sticky Fingers and Smallwood's fireworks problem in my next column.

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