August 2-4: Annual Civil War Heritage Music Gathering and Encampment at the Windham Civic Centre, 5379 Main Street in Windham from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. Tickets for Saturday’s grand concert, with special appearances by Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson, are $10 and may be reserved by calling (518) 734-5655 or purchased at the door.
August 3: Catskills Art Club at the Persen House Museum, 74 John Street, Kingston. 11am-1pm. The Catskills Art Club is a fun, free way to explore the Catskills, meet new friends, and make some amazing art. We meet at a different location each month to draw, paint, sketch, or sculpt what we see around us. There are no workshops or formal lessons at Catskills Art Club meetups, just a casual get-together of people who want to create and chat. The Catskills Art Club is open to all ages, so you can bring the entire family (minors must be accompanied by an adult). People of all artistic experience and ability are welcome. There is no commitment, no fees, and no pressure to share your work--just come and have fun. Bring your favorite art supplies and get inspired. Catskills Art Club is a program of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.
August 3: Producing Woodstock: A Panel and Film with the People Who Created the Festival | 1:00 PM in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. A screening of a yet-to-be-released documentary about the creation of the Woodstock festival will be shown on the very grounds it happened, 50 years later! Mick Richards’ unreleased documentary, Creating Woodstock, incorporates home movies, non-Warner Brothers footage, and interviews conducted by Richards shortly after the festival. The film screening will be followed by a Woodstock-themed panel discussion with speakers - all of whom have appeared in the film.
August 3: Concert – Rock Academy Alumni Reunion. The Rock Academy, a school for students aged 8-18, welcomes back its All-Star Graduates for a one-night-only show. A mix of rock covers and original music will be performed, accompanied by the Rock Academy Showband. Instructors Elizabeth Mitchell and Nancy Chusid will direct the opening act, a young peoples’ presentation of selections from the songbook, Folk-songs and Other Songs for Children, edited by Jane Byrd Radcliffe-Whitehead. The concert complements the Historical Society of Woodstock’s on-going exhibit, Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times. For more information see www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org. 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m. Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street, Woodstock 12498. Tickets: $10, available at the door only.
August 3: Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival Walking Tour + Mt. Guardian/Byrdcliffe Hike on Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the three-day festival named after the Town of Woodstock, join historian Weston Blelock to visit sites frequented and made famous by musicians of the 60’s prior to and following the famous 1969 festival: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison and others. Following the 90+ minute tour and a break for lunch, there will be a hike at 1:00 p.m. to Mt. Guardian above the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, coordinated by publisher Julia Blelock and MTHS VP Adrienne Larys, featuring the history of Woodstock’s first art colony. There is a $10 fee for the walking tour. All participants will receive a copy of the book, Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Walking tour: easy. Hike: moderate: a short but steep hike along a narrow trail, elevation gain 950+ ft., total miles 2.2+, about 2.5 hours -- great views to the south, east and west. Walking Tour limited to 15 persons; advance reservations required no later than 2 p.m. on Aug 2. Car-pooling to Woodstock TBA, otherwise meet at the Free Public Parking Lot on Rock City Road at 9:45 a.m. Meeting place for the Mt. Guardian hike at 1:00 p.m. is 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road. Parking at the Byrdcliffe Theatre. For more information, contact Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-248-4379 (cell). MTHS does not require membership for hike participation however, we encourage you to join as a member or make a donation to the MTHS to support our work. We do request that you register for each hike. Participants can register on our contacts page or by calling (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and # in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available on our web site http://www.mths.org . Notification of changes, including cancellations due to weather will be made on the web site up to the day of any given hike.
August 4: Lecture - Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock, by John Murphy, PhD. Byrdcliffe Guild's Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker St., #4. Murphy is the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego and a specialist on Arts and Crafts colonies. 4-6 pm. (This program is a partnership between HSW, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Maverick Concerts, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the Woodstock Artists Association.) Check the Historical Society of Woodstock website for more information. www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org & www.facebook.com/historical Woodstock
August 7: P.L.A.Y. After Dark: The Music of 1969 | 6:00 PM in the Museum at Bethel Woods. “The only truth is music,” said 1960s icon Jack Kerouac. August PLAY After Dark celebrates the music of 1969. Come get your groove on with special performances inspired by a remix of the greatest festival of all time. Dress as your favorite musician, dance the night away, and make musical mayhem. Members of Soul Inscribed, Baba Israel (Vocals, Beatbox, and Electronics), Grace Galu (Vocals, Guitar), and Sean Nowell (Flute/Sax/FX) will remix and re-imagine classic songs from not only the historic festival, but the last year of the transformative decade of the sixties. These interpretations will be interspersed with improvised rhyme and spoken word! Festivities - including a complimentary drink - are included in the price of Museum admission!
August 10: Can You Hear Me at the Back? Bill Hanley and the Woodstock Sound presented by McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.| 2:00 PM in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host a panel discussion of the people responsible for the sound production at the 1969 Woodstock festival. Bill Hanley, who was the sound engineer for the festival will join Charlie Randall, President of McIntosh – the legendary American audio company whose amplifiers were used to power Woodstock – along with the people who worked with Hanley Sound, to tell their personal stories and have a lively discussion moderated by John Kane about creating the sound system and working the festival to deliver audio for the live audience and recordings for posterity. Plus, additional special guests as part of this panel!
August 10: WRIP 97.9 FM (97.5, 103.7 & 104.5) will celebrate its 20th anniversary on the front lawn of Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, 5411 Main Street in Windham on Saturday, August 10 from 10 AM until 5 PM with an all-day broadcast and celebration of 20 years of community radio in the Great Northern Catskills. There will be food, fun, special guests, and children’s activities. Bagels and coffee at 10 AM, the VFW will present the colors, lunch at 1 PM, community picture by Fran Driscoll at 2, cake and ice cream at 3.
August 10: "Summers of Growth: Fruits, Greens, and Sun," a nature walk with Justin Wexler 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, DuBois Fort Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz. The third in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land. Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore. Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, August 17. General Admission $20. Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10) OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total). Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Sponsored by the Thomas & Corinne Nyquist Foundation and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
August 10: Free Family Saturday & Family Concert,Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY, 10 am-4 pm. Come enjoy a field trip for families with special hands-on activities for kids. Dave Ruch will perform at 1 pm, offering a fun-filled concert featuring banjos, spoons, washboard, jaw harp, guitar, laughs, and great songs to sing and move with. Free Family Saturday also features guided tours and demonstrations of the Mills’ historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Up to two adults will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a child under 18. Children aged 13-18 will be admitted free of charge as well. Children 12 and under always receive free admission to the Museum. 607.278.5744 hanfordmills.org,
August 10-11: Cask-Making Workshop, Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY. Register now to make a cask with traditional coopers Bob Allers and Nate George. Materials will be provided and participants will have access to tools and training in order to complete a reproduction early nineteenth-century cask. Direction, guidance, and experience will be shared. The cost for the workshop is $190 for members, $225 for non-members. Price of the workshop includes the materials costs for the cask. 607.278.5744 hanfordmills.org
August 11: – Terrain & Table Golden Anniversary Dinner presented by The Farmhouse Project | 3:00 PM on the historic festival field at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Farmhouse Project and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will be paying homage to the legendary music festival that put the Catskills on the map around the world and for years to come. We are honored to partner with our friends at The Farmhouse Project for the August edition of their Terrain & Table experience that will bring past and present together on the iconic grounds of the original 1969 festival. With the harvest table set up on the famous field, only a few yards away from where the iconic stage stood, your dinner view will be the sprawling hills that once rippled with over 400,000 concert-goers swaying to the sounds of peace, love, and music. Come enjoy a sumptuous family-style seasonal spread, made from farm-fresh local ingredients and global flavors, as we toast the rich history of the area.
August 14: “It Happened in Middletown,” an original theatrical starring local thespians, written and directed by Marge Miller. A bit of mid-summer silliness, with music! 7 p.m Admission by donation. Historical Society of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville
August 16: Photo historian Larry Tompkins will present a slide show of various locations and buildings in the Town of Jewett at the Grange Hall, County Route 17 in Jewett on Friday, August 9 at 7 PM. Public discussion is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by the Town of Windham Historical Society.
August 17: "The Catskills in the Ice Age," a presentation by Robert and Johanna Titus. Saturday, August 17, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Catskills Visitor Center, Mount Tremper, New York. A talk about the new third edition of the book: The Catskills in the Ice Age, by Robert Titus.
August 17: “Ghosts on the Land: How Hardscrabble Farmers Changed History.” A two-part program by writer/researcher Jennifer Kabat. Explore remnants of an early homestead (meet at 5:30 p.m. at 1314 Bull Run Road, Margaretville; email@example.com). Followed at 7 p.m. by illustrated talk at HSM Hall on the Anti-Rent War and connections to 19th-century social upheaval worldwide. Admission by donation.
August 17: Mount Utsayantha: Presentation & Chat at the Delaware County Historical Association. Join the Delaware County Historical Association at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, August 17 for a slide show and talk by local author, historian, and archivist of the Stamford Village Library history room, Karen Cuccinello. Karen’s talk will concern the history of Stamford’s Mount Utsayantha. From Indian legends to firetowers, this mountain has literally loomed large over Stamford! Free admission. Light refreshments served. For more information, please call (607) 746-3849, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. DCHA is located at 46549 State Hwy. 10, Delhi, NY 13753.
August 18: Psychic Fair at the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center, 10am-6pm. Admission $5.00. More information at gilboafossils.org
August 18: Gene Dauner presents “Saving the U&D in the 1980s: Trolleys, Tubes and Doodlebugs.” 2pm, Empire State Railway Museum,
August 19 – August 23: Arts Immersion Program for Children. Children ages 4-8 are invited for 5 fun-filled days of P.L.A.Y: Peace.Love.Arts.You at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, inspired by our unique landscape and Museum collections. Students dip into themes of history, legacy, creativity, community and caring through imaginative, arts-based learning and exploration of our beautiful campus. Our team of talented Teaching Artists provide an immersive experience for students, imparting foundational skills in music, theater, dance, and fine art. Each day will consist of a morning ritual, arts immersion activities (games, art projects, music-making, group movement, etc.), outdoor play, a small presentation or review of the day’s work, and a closing ritual. Visits to the Bethel Woods Museum and special exhibitions will be incorporated throughout the week to deepen the impact of the experience and inspire connection to our unique legacy. Participants should bring their lunch daily, breakfast and snack will be provided.
August 21: Ice Cream Social with Esperance Band at the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center, 6-8 pm. FREE. gilboafossils.org
August 23: “The Grange Revisited,” a talk by Amy Taylor on the influential advocacy and support organization to which every farm family once belonged. Former Grangers are warmly invited to share their memories, followed by a simple supper of soup and home-made bread. Admission by donation. 5-7 pm.
August 24: Book signing, talk and music, Bill Horne, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal. Eames House, 20 Comeau Dr. 12 pm. Check the Historical Society of Woodstock website for more information. www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org & www.facebook.com/historical Woodstock
August 24: Rip’s Country Bazaar /Open House – The Mountain Top Historical Society campus will be filled with tents full of vendors: craftspeople, antique dealers, local food products, flea market items and more. Food for fun and food for lunch will be available for purchase. The Visitors’ Center will be open for browsing maps, books, brochures, or checking out the Archives. Wildflowers and grass for running around. It will be a beautiful day for chatting with friends and family, learning something new about local history, or finding treasures among the offerings of over 35 vendors. The excitement begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues all day! Come on over to the Mountain Top Historical Society’s campus on Route 23A in Haines Falls and join in the fun. Visit http://www.mths.org for more information.
August 30: Retro Cruise-in! Vintage cars, vendors, food. Rock out with The Fishercats in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock! FREE screening of ‘Demon on Wheels,’ starring Mike Ondish and his restored ’68 Mustang, 7 p.m., upstairs at The Commons. Meet Mike and his local drag racing comrades at the HSM tent and sit behind the wheel of this legendary car! Main Street, Margaretville. Historical Society of Middletown in collaboration with Business Association of Margaretville. 5-8 p.m