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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Douglas City rises again

By Ruth Huggler - reporter / photographer

By: Contributed Illustration
Douglas City Days promise fun for the whole family.
LONG EDDY — In an issue of The Tri-States Union news of Port Jervis in 1879, it was noted: "There are several places in [Sullivan] county which have a surplusage of names. The most multitudinous named place is on the Delaware, and is known as Long Eddy Post Office, Basket Station, and is incorporated as Douglas City." The name Long Eddy apparently didn't seem illustrious enough to the enterprising businessmen of the late 1860s, so they made a plan to launch a newer, better Long Eddy: Douglas City, named after a revered Erie Railroad administrator.
The 150th anniversary of the founding of Douglas City, with activities planned by the Basket Historical Society (BHS) will take place in Long Eddy this weekend. Sullivan County historian John Conway has written about the history of Douglas City in a column, which is featured in a program for the event, available at various locations in Long Eddy and Callicoon.
Friday evening, July 14 kicks off the weekend with a square dance starting at 7 p.
m., with calling by Jim and Rita Greier. This takes place outdoors at the Long Eddy Hotel, which will have a chicken barbecue dinner available for purchase.
The parade takes place on Saturday at noon after a buffet breakfast that will be available for purchase at the Long Eddy Hotel from 10-11 a.m. The parade will include eight fire companies, antique cars, and Civil War reenactors who will also participate in a Veterans Salute following the parade at the Long Eddy cemetery. Music by local musicians plays throughout the day, including the Kurpil Family Fiddlers, Doug Rogers and the Nails, and others.
A literary reading by local authors in the BHS Museum is set for 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Free activities for the kids will include games, face painting, bake sale and crafts, led by members of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grover Hermann Hospital. An art exhibit of local talent will be open on Depot Street throughout the day. From 3-5 p.m., a demonstration of cooking with local edible wild plants takes place on Depot Street. Demonstrations of the bluestone and logging industries will be offered from 3-5 p.m. at the BHS Museum.
From 6-9 p.m Saturday at the Chestnut Cafe, dinner will be available for purchase with a showing of the movie “White Cargo,” which is based on the novel “Hell's Playground,” by New York socialite Vera Simonton, who spent time in Long Eddy over a period of years.
A morning hike to the Ledges starts the day on Sunday. Music continues with local artists including the Well-Bottomers, Little Sparrow, and JANTURAN. A rubber duck race fundraiser in Hoolihan Creek is on the schedule at noon, and canoe and kayak races follow at 1:30 p.m. at the boat landing. Trout Unlimited will offer casting and fly-tying demonstrations Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at the museum field.
Other activities are planned during the weekend and details are available on the Basket Historical Society's Facebook page, or its website at

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