Hanford Mills Museum in the Catskills’ East Meredith will hold the 30th anniversary Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The popular winter event celebrates an activity that was essential before mechanical refrigeration. People would cut ice from frozen ponds and rivers and then store it in ice houses. In the warmer months, the ice would be used to keep food and agricultural products cold. “Ice was viewed as a winter crop by area farmers,” explains Hanford Mills executive director Liz Callahan.
STAMFORD, NY) On Sunday, November 18, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents The Art of Song, a collaboration between conductor and pianist Thomas Muraco and soprano Amber Evans. These two talented artists emphasize the unique relationship of poetry and music in all aspects of the vocal repertoire. Their Friends of Music performance features songs by Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, John Ireland, Frank Bridge, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, and Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
Livingston Manor, NY On Sunday, November 11th, at 3:00pm, the public is invited to a presentation by noted author Ed Van Put, together with his wife Judy, on artists who fished the Catskills and the art found in fly-fishing. The program will be held at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor.
(EAST MEREDITH) On Sunday, October 28, starting at 3PM, the West Kortright Centre closes out its 2018 season with a jazz performance by the Blake Fleming Trio, followed by a closing reception for the annual WKC gallery fundraising exhibition from 5-6pm. The exhibit features a multimedia collection of work created by local artists Charlie Bremer, Karin Bremer, Marie Cummings, Caitlyn Davey, Jehed Diamond, Cindy Dunne, Bobbi Goldman, Lanny Harrison, Annie Hayes, Alan Herman, Liz Hoheusle, John Jackson, Editha Mesina, Alex Sader, Rod Sauquillo, David Sundberg, Kamilla Talbot, David J. Turan, and Corneel Verlaan. The artwork is available for purchase by silent bidding, ending during the reception.
Sure to capture the attention of rail fans, railroad archeologists and historians alike, the final 2018 event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” series of presentations will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Rick Brooks, whose firm has surveyed many historical railroad beds in NYS and is an avid rail fan himself, gave a presentation at the Museum in 2014 on the History of the Fenwick Lumber Company which had been located on the southwest side of Hunter Mountain.
Sun. Oct. 21 at 1:00pm: Walk in the Headwaters at Mongaup State Park. The walk begins under a canopy of maple and birch and meanders to a hidden pond and shaded grotto of hemlock and white pine (raindate Sun. Oct. 28)
(EAST MEREDITH) On Sunday, October 14, starting at 3PM, the West Kortright Centre celebrates empowered female voices in Balkan Romani (gypsy) music with a concert by Eva Salina and Peter Stan. In their collaboration, Eva Salina (vocals) & Peter Stan (accordion) pick up and continue an interrupted legacy, amplifying voices of past generations of Romani women with dynamic, intimate performances in which mournful contemplation nestles among songs of riotous joy.
Sunday, Oct. 14th at 1:00 - 3:30pm "Field Trip to First Growth Forest" Hike up a nearby Catskill trail to first growth forest near the summit! Moderate difficulty uphill. 3 miles roundtrip. Leave from Morgan Outdoors at 1:00pm. Hike limited to 12 people, so register early at 845 439 5507 or by email email@example.com.
Dr. Kudish, Professor Emeritus at Paul Smith's College, is the foremost authority on the Catskill forests, and author of the recently reprinted “The Catskill Forest, A History”.
Livingston Manor, NY On October 13 and 14th, there will be two public programs, one indoors and one outdoors, focused on the Catskill forest with Dr. Michael Kudish:. Saturday, October 13th at 4:30pm, the public is invited to "First Growth Forest in Our Backyard", an introduction with Dr. Kudish, at Morgan Outdoors.
In Oleanna, playwright David Mamet locks a man and a woman alone together in an office where, depending on your point of view, an act of sexual harassment does or does not occur. Conflicts of sex, power, and political correctness are unleashed but never resolved. The audience is left to debate about what they have witnessed and to decide whether it veered into the realm of sexual harassment. Arguments are sure to follow.
(Jefferson/Gilboa/Harpersfield Area) On Sunday, September 30th, from 11AM to 4PM, the West Kortright Centre will hold its second annual Barn Tour fundraiser, showcasing a variety of agricultural architecture in Delaware and Schoharie counties.
(EAST MEREDITH) Saturday, September 29, starting at 7PM, the West Kortright Centre presents iconic bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. Stunning musicianship, a signature sound, a solid repertoire, and a sheer sense of fun have maintained The Seldom Scene’s vast popularity for more than forty years.
On Sunday, September 16, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents harpist Bridget Kibbey with the Sebastians, playing the keyboard works of J.S. Bac, re-imagined for harp and string quartet.
Livingston Manor, NY On Saturday, September 8th at 1:00pm, as part of the exhibition “Streams – art in motion” highlighting the Delaware River watershed, participating sculptor Naomi Teppich will lead two outings along Delaware River tributaries in the Livingston Manor area. There she will discuss her inspirations received from the natural beauty of these environments to create her sculptures.
[East Meredith, NY August 29, 2018] The ingenuity of the past will be showcased at the 35th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am–4 pm. The Museum grounds will be filled with the rumbles and whirs of antique tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, outboard motors, hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines
(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre presents its 13th Annual West Kortright Fair on Sunday, September 2, from noon-6PM, rain or shine.Admission to this event is pay-what-you-can. Enjoy a full afternoon of foot-stompin’ music under the big tent, a huge rummage sale and silent auction, a multitude of local artisans, a group art exhibit, and lots of family fun.
(EAST MEREDITH) On Sunday, August 19, at 7pm, the West Kortright Centre presents Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. This internationally renowned guitar virtuoso is breaking new ground for West African music with his innovative blend of Malian blues, praise song, funk, reggae, and rock. Backed by the hypnotic grooves of his trio, Touré lets loose with exceptional solos, earning him the moniker “Hendrix of the Sahara.” With 11 critically acclaimed albums in his repertoire, Vieux Farka Touré has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians. His live performances are highly energized, and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile.
Stamford, NY – On Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 3pm, the Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) is presented by Friends of Music of Stamford NY atStamford United Methodist Church (88 Main Street). On this program, Neave will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio in G minor H. XV No. 1; Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor Op. 110; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; and Debussy’s Piano Trio in in G major. Attendees are invited to stay for a post-concert reception with refreshments.
The sthird event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” summer series of presentations will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Wes Coates, Executive Director of the Catskill Revitalization Corporation and General Manager of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad. Mr Coates’s presentation will not only be on the Arkville Tourist Train’s operations but will touch upon the need for for future cooperation amongst the various museums, railroads and historical societies throughout the area.
EAST MEREDITH) Val Mindel– longtime musician, teacher, and workshop leaderis known for bringing out the best in singers, whatever their level. Her specialty is the close, “buzzy” effect that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling. On Saturday, August 11, from 2-5 PM, she will teach a three-hour workshop for all ages & level of experience at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith.
Participants will create chord-based country harmonies and the characteristic buzzy close-harmony blend that is so much a part of American roots music. The afternoon features non-stop American old-time, bluegrass, and country harmony singing, working knee-to-knee with other workshop participants. Everything is taught by ear, with word sheets. Val also provides workable harmony parts for all the songs, so you can recreate the experience with your friends and family at home.
$40/$35 (WKC Members). Pre-regitsration required. Call The WKC at (607) 278-5454 or visit westkc.org for more information.
Val has taught at numerous music camps and at classes in the U.S. and abroad, as well as regular workshops at Brooklyn’s old-time music school, Jalopy. She performs in various combinations, including with California-based Any Old Time, with her daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller, and with banjoist and songwriter Joe Newberry. Val has just finished a book on folk music, part of the “So You Want To Sing” series for Rowman & Littlefield and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She lives in Elkins, West Virginia.
(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre is offering its ninth annual East Meets West theater workshop series for teens and adults this August. Taught by actress and performance artist Lanny Harrison, the workshop will be held on four Thursdays: August 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 7–9 PM, off-site at the instructor’s East Meredith barn studio. The workshop fee is $60 ($45 for WKC members). Individual sessions are $15. For more information and directions to Lanny’s Barn, call (607) 278-5454.
Saturday, August 4th 1:00 – 3:00pm" We're having an Opening Reception for an exciting new exhibition, "Streams – Art in motion", with cool interactive features. You'll meet talented local artists (and all-around outdoorsy gals) Robyn Almquist and Naomi Teppich. Your official invitation is attached! Our thanks to the Catskill Art Society for being our fiscal sponsor.
EAST MEREDITH) On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, the West Kortright Centre will present its 31st Annual Shakespeare in the Valley weekend.These back to back performances are the culmination of The Centre’s Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops (YPTAW)— a long-standing theater program for teens that cycles through Shakespeare’s repertoire. For more three decades, these recurring workshops have played an important role throughout the formative years of many of its participants, developing self-confidence and lasting friendships among young people from a wide-range of backgrounds.
(EAST MEREDITH) Saturday, July 28, starting at 8pm, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque perform their broadly appealing and exhilarating blend of hard-driving Afro-Cuban rhythms, folkloric influences, and contemporary jazz at the West Kortright Centre.
(EAST MEREDITH) A gallery show of drawings by Lisbeth Engel opens at the West Kortright Centre on Friday, July 27nd, with a reception from 5-7PM. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided by Brewery Ommegang and The WKC. The exhibit runs through August 25th, viewable during West Kortright Centre events or by appointment during regular office hours.
EAST MEREDITH) For each of the last 29 years, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith has presented one of the world’s great dance bands outdoors on a summer’s night. This year’s Gala Dance Under the Stars will take place on Saturday, July 21, featuring Ginkgoa, a French/American “electro-swing” band. Ginkgoa’s vintage swing-infused electronic music blends influences, languages, eras, and styles to create irresistibly danceable songs.
AUNTS returns with an experiment in choreography, art, and collective living that culminates in live performance. camp2 brings together artists from assorted disciplines to work autonomously alongside each other to create an immersive dance/performance/party—a dynamic whole no more or less important than its individual parts.
Stamford) On Sunday, July 15, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble. Four of the most talented young jazz musicians in the world will celebrate tunes by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and others. The current lineup of the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble features Martin Jaffe (bass), Evan Atwell-Harris (tenor saxophone), Addison Frei (piano), and Cameron MacIntosh (drums).
The second event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” summer series of presentations will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Jonathan Palmer, the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library Archivist. Mr Palmer’s “19th Century Transportation” is sure to enlighten attendees as to the efforts it takes to ensure conservation of historical artifacts and to the importance of the railways in our region in the late 1800s.