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Sullivan County Historical Society’s First Sunday Concert will feature Little Sparrow!
For nearly ten years, the Americana band Little Sparrow (Aldo Troiani and Carol Smith) have been presenting live music at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville. Their first project, the Woodsongs Coffeehouse, was an evening series of concerts that ran for eight years. Notable guests included Thurman Barker and Trinity, the Inner Urge Trio, mandolinist Joe Walsh, guitarist Grant Gordy, the Coal Town Rounders, Eastlande, MiZ (Mike Mizwinski),and Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys.
Most recently Little Sparrow has been hosting a Sunday afternoon Music and History series, showcasing the talented residents of Sullivan County in a format that includes first person history and antidotes from the resort era and the fifties and sixties. Many of their guests performed in the Catskill Hotels, including Mickey Barnett, The Allen Brothers, Larry Ravdin, and Freddie Jacobs. The Johnny Jules band performed on Woodstock weekend, and entertained folks with great sixties music, and stories of the festival itself.
On February 2nd, at 2:00PM, for the first time, Little Sparrow will be the featured performer. Their music covers multiple genres, from bluegrass to sixties rock and rhythm and blues. They are not a traditional band, but rather more of a “collective” project, having performed with more than 20 different musicians from multiple genres during their ten year run. For the February show they will be joined by Jay Brooks on bass, and Bob on congas. Jay is the art teacher at the Monticello High School, and Bob is a new resident in the County, relocated from ?
The concert is free, but we will be asking for donations to help fund our March First Sunday concert, when we bring back very special guitarist, Van Manakas. Van, who comes up from Montclair, New Jersey will be bringing his own jazz trio. The date for that show is Sunday, March 1st, at 2:00pm, so mark your calendars!
And if you enjoy live music, Aldo also hosts a radio show on Sullivan County’s community station WJFF. Saturday, February 1st at 1:PM. the bluegrass band Oxford Depot will perform at the stations new Live Music series (wjjfradio.com).
The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, New York. The event is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Call 845 434-8044 for more info, or visit the website at www.scnyhistory.org.
Save the date- Saturday March 7 2 PM Catskill Readers Theater will be presenting a Women’s History Program in conjunction with March Women’s History month. More news to follow.
ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE PROJECT IN THOMPSON. A presentation at the Grahamsville Time and the Valleys Museum will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 1 PM. Project co-chairman Gordon MacAdam and committee member Paul Lounsbury will do a PowerPoint presentation about the 20 one room schools that existed in Thompson between 1818 and 1960. Seven historic plaques were erected in 2019 and eight additional ones were just approved with six more pending. The program will run approximately one hour.
The Sullivan County Historical Society is pleased to be part of this project.
Bluegrass guitarist Roy Streever was born in the old Callicoon Hospital and grew up in Western Sullivan County listening to the folk music of the sixties. He has been performing for many years, and is currently a member of the Hudson Valley bluegrass band “Oxford Depot”. Oxford Depot plays old time traditional music on traditional bluegrass instruments. The other band members are; Leon Swyka, bass, Ed Ackerly, banjo, Carl Kubie, fiddle, and Kevin Monahan, mandolin.
As part of the Sullivan County Historical Societies “First Sunday Music and History” concerts, Oxford Depot will give a performance and talk at the Sullivan County Museum on Sunday, January 6th (snow date January 13th). Doors open at 1:30 and the music starts at 2pm.
We recently undertook the project of digitizing our collection of the Republican Watchman Newspapers from 1909 and 1910.
These are now available for viewing at the Sullivan County Museum. We also have some from the Sullivan County Record
All of these newspapers are searchable and indexed for ease of finding information and subjects that appear in them.
$1,000,000 FIRE IN MONTICELLO
BUSINESS SECTION GUTTED
Seventy-Four Places of Business and Residence Go Up in Smoke-—A Sorry Spectacle—But Monticello Will Build Again.
The larger part of the business section of Monticello is In ashes. It's glory has departed. At S:30 o’clock on Tuesday night, the power house of the Murray Electric Light & Power Co., was discovered to be on fire and was in a mass of flames before the fire bell had made the necessary strokes locating the fire section.
With surprising rapidity the flames spread and in an hour the entire village seemed to be doomed, and but for the persistent fighting of the firemen there would have been saved to no one a place to rest his weary head.
As it is, some have lost all they had, and no loss, as far as wo have been able to learn, was covered entirely by insurance.
From the power house the fire Quickly swept buck to the Palatine Casino, and in less time than it takes to chronicle it. that place of masquerade, frolic and fun was in a mass of flames. The Palatine, P. C. Murray’s fine hotel, stands directly in front of the Casino, and that was the next building to go up in smoke and flames, and a sorry sight it was indeed. It swept across the street to Strong's Block, destroying Strong & Co’s, book store, S. L. Strong’s grocery store, T.H. Dougherty’s harness store, and John .D. Lyon’s law office. The telephone central office, standing in the rear of tile Strong Block, caught on fire and with it went W. C. Oddo’s tailoring and furnishing store, Preston’s bar-J her shop, and Frank Ray’s household goods
Court Room Burned. ,
A high wind fanned the flames into a roaring, raging' wall of fire which swept down Broadway consuming everything before it
The following is an exceprt from our new Digitized collection of the Republican Watchman 1909.
To read the rest this story and see even more from of our Newspaper collection, Please visit the Sullivan County Museum.