Saturday, August 26th, may seem a long time away; however, mark your calendars now for an exciting day at the Mountain Top Historical Society campus on Rt. 23A in Haines Falls. The MTHS Annual Open House is adding a new feature: Rip's Country Bazaar with antiques, crafts, and a flea market.
With Lisbeth Firmin & Richard Kathmann
Sponsored by Golden Artist Colors & Williamsburg Paints
Students ages 13 and up will benefit from the considerable skills of two well-known artists who live and paint in these hills. Participants of all levels (no prior painting experience necessary) will work outside, painting the vistas and the structures around The West Kortright Centre and The Centre itself.
Chris Layman maintains an apiary in partnership with the Catskill Center at Thorn Preserve at the base of Overlook Mountain in Woodstock. These 60 acres of native meadow and riparian zone are protected habitat for pollinators and provide lush sanctuary to our honeybee rescues. All equipment, fencing and labor was donated by Fox Farm Apiary, our gift to the bees and to the community.
As the title suggests, Mr. Kudish will talk about recent developments concerning the ecology of the hemlocks in the Catskills. He will use his own illustrations for documentation and easy understanding.
On Saturday night September 2nd, we invite everyone to find a place with a view of your favorite fire tower on the horizon for our 4th annual Lighting of the Fire Towers Event! This event is meant to showcase the history of the five Catskill fire towers and some of our other friends around the state. Find an area in your neighborhood where you have a view of one of the fire towers.
Led by Bob Gildersleeve and Moe Lemire. Details to follow. Register by calling MTHS at (518) 589-6657 (leave name/phone number/# in party) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for an exploration of the Catskill Center's Thorn Preserve on Saturday September 16th at 10am. At this family event we’ll be walking the grounds as we learn about different habitats.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ the U&D Train Station in Haines Falls. Food will be available. The MTHS will also be selling ephemera from its attic in a special sale. A $3.00 entry fee will be charged at the door.
7 pm @ U&D Train Station. A unique look at the role of women and the struggle for women’s sufferage from the Colonial period through the 19<sup>th</sup> century through the lives of Congressman Zadock Pratt Jr.’s five wives, Esther Dickerman, Beda Dickerman, Abigail Watson, Mary Watson and Susie Grimm. This is also the theme of the Zadock Pratt Museum’s 2017 exhibit, which will contain quilts, period clothing & jewelry, kitchen and cleaning items, magazines, books, paintings, etc. Reception following talk. ($3.00 donation requested)
Exciting things are happening since we explored the Rail Trail and Falls last year. Plans for our contribution to the Lark in the Park will develop and be announced as the highly anticipated changes come in to clearer view. Register by calling MTHS at (518) 589-6657 (leave name/phone number/# in party) or by email at email@example.com
John Thompson, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, updates us on how Catskill forests have changed since John Burroughs tramped through these woods. Forests are now threatened by the introduction of species that would be unfamiliar to Burroughs.
Stamford) On Sunday, August 20, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the fifth concert of its 31st season: the New Asia Chamber Music Society, performing works by Mozart and Brahms, along with Chinese and Taiwanese folk songs. This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group, Inc., and by a generous grant from the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation.
Learn about where ginseng grows 1st hand & how it can be preserved. BE PREPARED TO HIKE OFF-TRAIL & UP-HILL. Members free; $20/non-members.
We've planned a hike in the area of Platte Clove's early 20th Century resort known as the Grand Canyon House to replace the previously scheduled Thacher Park Hike. Although the actual site of the Grand Canyon House is now on private property there are some nearby areas of beauty and interest including some (to us at least) recently discovered ruins on the south side of Platte Clove Road.
Fifty young emerging artists of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment from around the world will gather under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed cellist Yehuda Hanani and his renowned colleagues.
The 2017 Catskill Center Summer Gathering will be held at the Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room on Saturday, July 15th from 11am to 2pm.
Considered by many to be one of the Catskills premier restaurants, the Peekamoose will be preparing a delicious, locally-sourced luncheon just for us!
At the Gathering we will be honoring New York State Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Kathy Moser, Catskill Center Past-President Claude Shostal and retiring Red Hill Fire Tower Project Chair Doug Hamilton.
Executive Director Jeff Senterman will be presenting the 2016 Annual Report and will be speaking of the Center's work for the rest of 2017 and into the future.
Seating is limited and tickets are required for each guest at this event.
MEREDITH) Erik Schoonebeek grew up in Delhi, NY and counts his experiences at the West Kortright Centre as being formative to becoming an artist and an adult. The WKC is now pleased to feature Schoonebeek as its next exhibiting artist. His solo show opens on Friday, July 14th, with a reception from 5-7PM. This event is free and open to the public, with food and drink generously provided by caterer Rod Sauquillo and Brewery Ommegang. The exhibit runs through August 26th, viewable during West Kortright Centre events or by appointment.
Join Will Patterson and his beekeeper friends at Blue Deer Center to learn about the workings of a honey bee hive. Participants will gain a better understanding of the crucial relationship between Human Beings and our environment. Learn why bees are vital beyond the production of honey.
The whole family will have fun with a program like this!
We will end with a Q&A period.
Fresh honey will also be for sale!
Learn more about the early summer flora of the Thorn Preserve with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the preserve during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the Catskills. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required.
The workshop will begin with a brief walk- through of the exhibition currently on view at the Erpf Gallery (works by 2016 artists in residence at the Platte Clove Cabin) and discussion of the different interpretations of nature and setting. Then a walk outside the Catskill Center and, weather permitting, time sketching outside. Jen will provide tips on drawing, composition and watercolor painting, along with some artist’s secrets on how to draw trees and flowers. Everyone will have a piece of art to take home, and a new perspective on how to interpret the beauty all around us through their own personal art forms.
A workshop lead by Catskill Mountain Artist and former Catskill Center Artist in Residence Laura Leigh. Join us for a hands-on demonstration. Laura will walk through her own method of creating oil and watercolor paint from stone. This process includes crushing, sifting, and then applying pigment to painting medium. Laura will also discuss basic Catskill geology, safety procedures, areas of the Catskills where she collects her stones, benefits of creating your own artist materials, and applying these unique pigments to your painting process. Each student will create a small amount of their own stone pigment to bring home.
Enjoy a Fun Filled Day of Hands On Activities with Your Children and the Children you Care for.
Swing Dance Party & BBQ: Saturday, June 24 before camp (details).
Open to Western+Swing Week campers who need an extra night of fun and to folks who aren’t joining us for the whole week. You can add tickets when registering for camp or purchase à la carte dance and BBQ tickets if you’re not coming to Western+Swing Week.
Please join us on the Great lawn of the Comeau for a Morning of Mindfulness. We will begin with gentle qigong movement exercises, designed to align and attune our bodies, minds, and spirits with nature and the potent beauty of summer in Woodstock.These movements are simple, profound, and can be done by people of all fitness levels. This part of the morning will last approximately 1/2 hour and will be followed by a guided mindfulness walk, in silence, through the tranquil woods and along the dramatic Sawkill Creek.
The public is invited to Catskill Rivers and Trails, an exhibition of photographs from the book “Land of Little Rivers” by Austin McK. Francis, accompanied by detailed maps of nearby Catskill public trails - an exciting combination for anyone who enjoys natural beauty and outdoor experiences in the Catskills. Hosted by Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY.
Learn to ID a few plants in your backyard for edibility & medicinal use with Amy Metnick. Members free; $10/non-members.
Join John Thompson and Jamie Deppen for an evening bird walk at the Thorn Preserve. The walk will explore the diverse habitats of the Thorn Preserve from upland meadows to streamside woods. We will have the opportunity to see and hear grassland birds, forest birds, and birds of a riparian corridor, during the heart of the birds’ breeding season.
Demonstration on how to create better wildlife habitat in the forest. Members free; $10/non-members.
The 33rd annual Senior Council Pork Roast and Pie Auction will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 according to Pork Roast/Pie Auction committee chair, Bob Henault.
Presentation by author/publisher Nick Lyons -- Reminiscing about the Laurel House, fishing in South Lake and Lake Creek and fly-fishing in the Catskills
“Adventures En Plein Air Event” is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association (BAAA) and includes an art exhibit, a presentation on the environment, and complimentary refreshments. The work of local artists is being exhibited alongside prints of such classical plein air artists as Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt and Oscar Claude Monet.
Sign in 9:15 am Shot Gun start 10:00 am