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‘It’s good news for the Delaware Valley,” Brendan Weiden, co-owner of the Narrowsburg Union, said about the recent announcement that 26 college level courses were going to available in Narrowsburg beginning this week. “Bringing SUNY Sullivan to the Union was our top objective,”Weiden said.
The program is called SUNY Sullivan’s Inspireworks Art Institute, and if last fall’s art class is any indication, enrollment should be solid.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to the other side of the county,” Cindy Kashan, SUNY Sullivan’s Dean of Community Outreach, explained. “We are looking forward to the summer and fall to provide a wide range of art classes at the Union, which we are hopeful will be very well attended.
“Our Director of Special Events and Community Activities, Hillary Egeland, has worked very hard to make this program a success,” Kashan said.
Narrowsburg has long had the reputation as being a strong arts community, including the home of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Delaware Valley Opera, Tusten Theater and ever-popular RiverFest arts festival in July.
And the Weidens – Kathy and Brendan – hope to add to that reputation and build one of their own.
“We are undertaking a marketing campaign to bring in an anchor tenant,” Brendan said. “We want something which would be a good fit… a food-oriented business would be great.
“It would create jobs as well as become a tourist attraction,” he said. “And it would also support local agriculture.”
The Weidens were very close to getting an ice cream maker to sign on the dotted line recently but the deal fell through at the last minute.
“We are willing to consider all options,” he said.
The Narrowsburg Union will host its first Farmers Market from 5 to 8 p.m. outside the south entrance.
“It will run throughout the summer,” Brendan said. “And if it’s successful we will move it indoors in the winter and alternate weekends with the Callicoon Farmers Market.”
The Union is also exploring Co- Working, a concept which is already enormously popular in metropolitan areas.
“We issued a Survey Monkey and are still evaluating the possibilities,” he said. “It revolves around shared office space whereby tenants share common office space.”
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