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June 28, 2022

Paula Campbell
Posted 6/28/22

Writer, book author and musician Mike Edison is spending some special time this summer to get himself and us “back to the garden “as Joni Mitchell sang sweetly in her song Woodstock so …

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June 28, 2022


Writer, book author and musician Mike Edison is spending some special time this summer to get himself and us “back to the garden “as Joni Mitchell sang sweetly in her song Woodstock so many years ago. But for Mike in this context, it does not mean playing his “Rocket train-Gospel from the Garage” medley of songs.

No - this beautiful, lovingly restored garden is in fact at the site of the Barryville Farmers Market on route 97 and is the location for a new and eclectic series of free cultural, meditative, and educational events for adults and children which Mike will be curating and will take place in the garden area of the Market.

The innovative programs start off in the best way possible with a not to be missed inaugural presentation “The Upper Delaware in The Colonial Era by John Conway of the Delaware Company Organization” on July 2, starting at 11 a.m. For those who may not know John Conway lives in Barryville and is the Sullivan County Historian. John and the Delaware Company have recently begun to oversee the programs and operations at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg.

I have attended several of John Conway’s very popular historical walks and lectures and he brings our local history to life with detailed tales of well-known events, heroes, villains and usually a historical murder mystery or two thrown into the mix. It makes for a very informative and entertaining presentation of our local history to be sure. And if you have not visited Fort Delaware, put it on your “to-do list” as it is especially a good trip for any summer guests you may have visiting the area.

The Other Garden events which will occur during July are “The Secret History of Art Colonies in the Catskills,” “Sun Prints for Summer”-a Cyanotype Workshop for Kids, “A Mini-Book Fair featuring Special Guests” and Laurie Stuart the publisher of the River Reporter Newspaper will be discussing the “Importance of Small Town Papers.” The August Garden events calendar will be posted soon, and Mike has plans to install a Little Free Library filled to the brim with interesting cookbooks and popular food books. The Barryville Farmers Market is open every Saturday May through October from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and is located at 3405 NY Route 97. For more information go to www.BarryvilleFarmersMarket.org.

Also coming up on Saturday, August 13, is the Sunshine Hall Free Library’s Town’s Treasures and Trinkets Sale. The Sale will be held in the Town Hall from 10-5pm. Why the reminder-well it is a wonderful opportunity to clean out your attic, closets, and basement to give the Sale special items you do not use or want any longer but still are of use.

They accept camping gear, artwork, tools, working appliances, bikes and sports equipment, small pieces of furniture and other household and gardening items. Last year I donated several cartons of things and was glad to clear out some of my unused stuff and have it benefit the library-and I have every intention of donating again this year as well.

Last year’s Sale was extremely successful and the Board of the Library was able to use the funds to upgrade and maintain the library, so the Board is hoping to have comparable results this year. For more information or if you have any questions contact Kari Margolis by emailing her at Kari@margolismethod.org.


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