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Arts & Culture Music Series in the Hancock Town Square. (June 2022 – September 2022)

The annual Summer Nights Live outdoor concert series is hosted in the Hancock Town Square each year. The Town Square will also be the host of the 2022 programming season.  We are now celebrating our fifth season of the Summer Nights Live program, which proudly provides free cultural arts performances and live music each month. The events traditionally run from May to August, however, this year we are starting in June, and extending our season to September. This is being done to ensure more regional tourists and locals can enjoy the showcase and have more flexibility with their families. The 2022 season will be a mix of unique and exciting artists. 

We are proud to curate from a number of culturally diverse arts programming options, which include dance, art, and musical performances. Thoughtful consideration is given to creating an immersive and memorable encounter with artists during each presentation. We want the tourists to remember what town/region that they are in, and to come back to Delaware County and Hancock more often. This season we are adding a festival onto the last two performance weekends to create an exciting experience, which can cater to different shopping desires of regional tourists. Crowds will want to be outdoors and shopping this year more than ever, and we want to be ready to service their needs and have vendors ready with products and services that meet the level of demand. We have partnered with the Hancock Area Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway to create unique tourist driven experiences, with funding provided by the Mee Foundation, Delaware County Tourism & Promotion Grants, sponsors and local donors who make these events possible.

As always, the intent is to give preference to artists who can enhance the community’s global knowledge, with different styles of music and performances that speak to a broader audience of tourists. In previous years we featured asian national dance, Mongolian throat singing, Native American tribal dance. This year we hope to feature a new category to this listing, with a focus on unique and international cuisine. Food motivates people to try new experiences, flavors and cultures. It’s often used as a crowd pleaser to cultivate and educate crowds with tastes and smells that delight and intrigue tourists. Each music style will be paired with traditional dishes most culturally relevant to each genre. For example: a masterclass in southern creole cooking and southern comfort foods served by vendors in conjunction with the Jazz performance by the Wayne Tucker Band in July, followed by British classic foods such as: fish & chips for the British Invasion festival in August. Regional food trucks will also be invited to join the festivities. Hancock Partners would like to include an exciting youth program, inspired by the hit program Chopped where the children can learn some of these cooking lessons, and compete against one another in a safe and fun environment, to win fun prizes at the festival. We hope to develop this new summer program with the Hancock Community Education Foundation and roll it out this year at the Rock Block Party in September.

We continue to cultivate and promote the production of original interactive works and hope this year to feature augmented reality technology onsite during the performance events, to better engage with tourists in new and exciting ways. The Hancock Art Alliance is looking at new ways to engage the community for their Color Your World Grant from Delaware County. The intent of these events is to both expose the local community to new cultural and artistic experiences, as well as increase and extend the current tourism season during the summer and fall months in Delaware County and specifically here in Hancock, NY. Rain dates will be announced as needed.

JUNE 18th 5-7PM Opus Black String Trio – Contemporary String Trio/ String Quartet. Alternative music. Established in 2016

JULY 16th 5-7PM Wayne Tucker & The Bad Motha’s – NYC Jazz Band & Food Festival

AUG 20th 5-7 PM Dave Novak’s Fab Cats – British Invasion Band Cover Band & Food Festival

SEPT 16th 5-7PM ROCK BLOCK PARTY – Pearly Baker’s Best – Grateful Dead Cover Band & Food Festival

FUDR: One Bug 2022 a Rousing Success!

One Bug 2022 a Rousing Success!

The 14th annual FUDR One Bug event was held onApril 30 and May 1 and the weather, water, fish, and bugs provided our participating guides and anglers with a delightful two days of early season fishing.

Many One Bug veterans are fully aware of how challenging the river can be this time of year. However, air temperatures in the 60’s, some mixed sun and clouds, and healthy numbers of wild rainbow and brown trout poking their noses up made for an enjoyable and successful weekend for our participants.The One Bug plays a critically important role in supporting the work of FUDR. It has become a highly anticipated event that kicks off the spring fishing season. It is also a fun two days of friendly fly fishing competition that reunites old river comrades and generates new and lasting friendships.

We extend our sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to everybody who spent the weekend with us. One Bug anglers, and the guides who care for them on the river, are emblematic of how the love of a river and a passion for the sport of fly fishing can generate a powerful conservation and stewardship ethic.  The Upper Delaware River will need that to remain clean and healthy for future generations of anglers and everybody else who has the river close to their hearts.There are many moving parts to the One Bug and plenty of expressions of gratitude to share. I’ll start with FUDR’s captain of the One Bug Team, Sherri Resti Thomas. The 2022 event was Sherri’s 12th One Bug. She’s learned a thing or two along the way and nobody does it better. Sherri manages a committee of One Bug advisors and by the time you read this note, she will have already convened the group to begin planning the 2023 event. Sherri sees all the nooks and crannies, anticipates the unanticipated, and gives everybody her unique style of personal attention. Thanks Sherri and great work!Sherri had some help from FUDR’s other two staff members, Shell Dufton and Molly Oliver who lent a helping hand on the dozens of details that require attention to ensure a successful One Bug. Thanks Shell and Molly!Thanks to the leadership of FUDR Board Chairman Craig Bouslough, and Dan Plummer before him, the FUDR Board of Directors has evolved into a highly cohesive group that greatly enhances the work of the organization and the staff. Several current and former board members participated in the One Bug including Craig Bouslough, Steve Taggart, Maury Cartine, Christine Larocca, Kim McCormack, Jim Asselstine, Peter Moskovitz, Joe Anscher, Alex Smith-Constantine, Travis Conley, Dan Plummer, Pete Grimbilas, Lee Hartman, Jim Costolnick, and JC Clark.As in years past, we are very grateful to our corporate supporters – Orvis, Patagonia, and Simms/Costa – who help the One Bug through team entry and product donations.  A special thanks to Orvis for providing all our guides and contestants with a beautiful Orvis Pro Vest, an Orvis tote bag, and a sweet Orvis Helios 3 blackout rod for the winning team.One of the important elements of the One Bug is its partnerships with local businesses in the region that rely on the tourism economy generated by the river. This year we worked with several nearby restaurants, lodging establishments, local businesses, and landowners who helped us pull off a seamless event. They include:Pheasant Tail Tavern in Deposit – What a beautiful facility in Deposit to kick-off the One Bug on Friday night! Thanks to Leonard Solomon and his great staff for their graciousness and hospitality.West Branch Angler – Thank you to Matt Batschelet and his staff at the River Run restaurant for providing a delicious meal at our Sunday night awards dinner and giving us permission to use the WBA boat launch.Circle E Diner – The Circle E knows the One Bug well and their friendly staff did a great job with our breakfasts and lunches. Thanks to Stacy, Ray, Martine, and the rest of the Circle E crew!Hancock House Hotel – Another veteran of the One Bug, the Hancock House Hotel provided a great buffet breakfast for us and comfortable and convenient lodging for many of our participants. Thanks to Kim and the Bass family for the warm accommodations!The Camptons – Jim, Laura, and Bob have become close friends with FUDR over the years as our across-the-street neighbors and never turn down an opportunity to help FUDR. Thanks to the Camptons for our Sunday lunches!Little Italy – A buffet of delicious Italian style food hit the spot for our hungry One Buggers after a long day on the river Saturday. Thanks to Little Italy owner Andrew Grigoli who had everything ready to go when we got there!One Bug Shuttle Drivers – Thank you to Bill Gross and Gene Cramer for making sure everybody’s vehicles and trailers made it downriver to their assigned take-out ramps. Great job guys!  Landowners – Thank you to Andy Stone, Denis Luebke, and Ray Turner for giving us permission to launch some of our One Bug boats on their property. Much appreciated guys!One of the most special elements of the 2022 One Bug is the inclusion of a team from the FUDR/Bill Canfield summer fly fishing camp for kids. Our camp committee lead by Pete Grimbilas, Steve Taggart, and Kim McCormack has done exemplary work in providing kids aged 12-17 with a fly fishing and river conservation experience that will last a lifetime. This year our kids team included Michael O’Neill (2-time camper) and his sister Joliana O’Neill (2021), Jacob Oathout (2021), and Gabriel Dubois (2021). Thanks to guide Matt Ertzinger for keeping the kids safe on the river and on fish!FUDR is proud to create an event that blends just the right amount of fun, camaraderie, and friendly competition. While the awards we give out are something everybody looks forward to, it’s really the good spirit behind the event that carries the weekend. Thanks again to all our guides and anglers for their willingness to help our organization and the work we do to protect the fishery and river!Here is a link to the 2022 One Bug award winners:
For the River,

Jeff Skelding

Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) works to protect and restore the UDR watershed for the benefit of local economies, communities, people, and the environment. FUDR engages communities and people to protect the river and the world class wild trout fishery, revitalize local economies, and build strong coalitions at the local, regional, and national level.In collaboration with our many valued partners, FUDR has brought over $4 million dollars into the UDR Watershed for stream restoration projects.

FILM COMMISSION SEEKS: Caterer / Craft Services Person and Production Assistant wanted

Razor Wire Alchemy LLC is looking for catering/craft services. Breakfast (6am) and a late lunch (2pm).

Also looking for a “Jack or Jill of all trades” Production Assistant. Duties can (and probably will) include everything from running for coffee/drinks to working with the camera and sound people, helping the MUA person, and other tasks, as needed.

September 16-25th.

This is non-union work.

Contact to apply.

Celebrate SHAD HISTORY at the Erie Depot!

Celebrate SHAD HISTORY at the Erie Depot!
Cochecton Preservation Society, Inc.
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00AM -4:00PM

8537 Route 97, Cochecton, NY
Poster Contest for K-12 Students
“Shad Celebration Theme” * 11” x 17” poster
Please call 845-932-8104 or email to register

Registration Form must be submitted By May 16 th , 2022
Artwork Must be Received by May 18 th –
Call or email to arrange for pickup
Photos of the Artwork will also be displayed on
Judges Award Prizes to Winners at Noon

Food, Beverages, Raffles, Shad History!
Family Fun – Educational – Rewarding!


On May 14th at 7:30 P.M. Presentarts will be doing a fundraiser for the Louise A. Read Memorial Library in Hancock. There will be two performers doing “I AM War” with John Montgomery and “Pagliacci” with Tony Villecco from Judith Present’s play “Time and Space,” along with a mystery guest. Tickets are $10 and reservations are a must because of limited seating. Please call the library at 607-637-2519. The show starts at 7:30

The Louise A. Read Memorial Library currently offers many things to Hancock residents: a writer’s group, a book club, a knitting group, a chess group, a puzzle group, public access computers and many wonderful things for young people. Because of these activities the possibility for enlarging the library has become a focus for the town. 

In the 35 years since the last update, what the community demands of its library has enlarged beyond basic book collections, computers and Wi-Fi. Demand for varied and innovative programs continues to increase. Unfortunately, the library has no dedicated program space. Programs take place openly in the main library which is not optimal for the programs or for other library visitors. It also limits the number of participants and the types of programs the library can offer. The library is in the planning process of adding a multipurpose room and completing a redesign of the current space that will allow for additional and more varied program offerings such as yoga, cooking classes, STEM activities and much more. The library would also like to increase access to our local history archives through digital displays and the addition of an elevator to the 2nd floor museum. Also being considered are tutoring rooms, telecommuting rooms and other high tech facilities such as video production and podcasting.  

In “I Am War,” War tells you all about himself and where he will be assigned next. And in “Pagliacci” a young understudy finally gets his chance to sing. Actor John Montgomery has done many performances on the Hancock Opera House stage as well as the Phelps’s Mansion and the Cider Mill Playhouse. Singer Tony Villecco has recently been seen on PBS WSKG “Expressions” from a performance recorded at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton. And well, the mystery guest will remain a mystery guest. So please join us for an evening of drama and song as we bring in money for the expansion of our library. 

Boot Cancer Campaign – Sign Up Today!

The Chamber has teamed up with members Bold Gold Media Group, The Hancock Herald, and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital to “BOOT” childhood cancer. 

Our Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Boot Card campaign launches soon and you and your staff can help support the life-saving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by agreeing to be a Boot Card location. As a card site, your responsibility is pretty simple: we ask that you sell the provided boot cards for a minimum $1 donation and then display them at your location.

As an added incentive, for every $100 in donations that you collect, you will get one entry into a drawing to win a free advertising package from Bold Gold Media Group NY worth $1,000. 

For more information or to receive Boot Cards and a poster please contact the Chamber team at and Money and Boot Cards will be picked up by one of our Boot Card Team’s volunteers the week of May 10, 2022.