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 (

       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

 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.


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March and April News of the Sullivan County Historical Society

There will not be a First Sunday Concert in April because the auditorium is being used for the Annual BOCES Sullivan County Schools Art Exhibit.
Look for notifications regarding the May 5 First Sunday Concert.

The BOCES Art Exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, April 9. Please take time to see the work of Sullivan County's Budding Artist.

March is Red Cross Month. The Red Cross exhibit also runs through the month of March. Betty Popovich of the Red Cross has set up a marvelous display of photographs from the past relating to the Red Cross in Sullivan County. A hand made quilt by the Livingston Manor Red Cross ca. 1919 is also on display. Handouts regarding "Be Red Cross Ready" are available at no charge.

A display has been created to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Town of Delaware.

Looking forward to seeing you at the museum in Hurleyville.

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.

OD PhotoiBluegrass 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.

Read more: Oxford Depot Bluegrass band Sun Jan 6th 1:30PM

Republican Watchman 1909 08 13 01 1SCR1873 04 17 1We 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.




Read more: Our Digitized Newspaper collection is now available to the public!



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