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6 days ago · by · 0 comments

Basket weaving workshop in Delhi

Delhi — The Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) will host a workshop on basket weaving Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Delhi.

Participants will experience the satisfaction of weaving their own baskets, and enjoy a fun, creative midwinter afternoon learning a new craft or broadening an existing skill. Adults and teens alike are encouraged to register to learn the basics of basketry and no prior experience is necessary.

The Hearth Basket to be featured has been used for years to carry wood and to sit near or on a fireplace hearth. It also makes an ideal carrier or magazine basket. This is a great beginner basket and requires no experience. Participants will used smoked, natural and dyed rattan to complete the hearth basket. Approximate size is 10” wide, 16” long and 14” high. All materials and tools will be provided. A towel is optional.

This class will be taught by master basket weaver, Martha Bremer. She has been teaching and weaving baskets regionally for the past 30 years. Registration is required before February 19.

For information on fees and registration procedures, call 607.746.3849 or e-mail DCHA is located three miles northeast of Delhi on State Rt. 10.

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Artists Choose Artists at Longyear Gallery

Margaretville — Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is “Artists Choose Artists 2018,” Longyear’s ninth invitational show featuring the work of both Longyear Gallery members and some of their favorite guest artists working in different media. An Artists’ Reception will take place Saturday, February 17, from 3-6 p.m.

The works on display will include local, regional, and city artists, each chosen by a gallery artist to create a dynamic visual dialogue for exhibition. This year’s invited artists include Temma Bell, Walter Biggs, Michael Boyer, Ed Cheng, Althea Maguire Cruz, Cynthia Dantzic, Maxine Davidowitz, Robin Factor, Sandra Finkenberg, Marilyn Honigmaan, Laura Sue King, Richard LaPresti, Anthony Manzo, Amy Masters, Harry McCarthy, Jerry Novesky, Kari Pagano, Alan Powell, Miguel Martinez Riddle, Deborah Ruggerio, Ted Sheridan, Michelle Sidrane, Lynne Stone, Walter Strach, Richard Tazarra, Katy Tischler, Gaby Vargas, Marie Vicarella, Leo Warchol, and Peter Yamaoka. The work of these artists varies in style and vision, from Woodstock artist Maxine Davidowitz’s “slightly hallucinatory view of the natural world” to the abstract paintings of former Longyear member Amy Masters and ceramics by former Longyear member Peter Yamaoka.

The work of Longyear’s Gallery’s 34 current members will also appear in this exhibition, on display until March 18.

Longyear Gallery is currently located downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Fridays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays 11-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10-5 p.m., and by appointment.

For info, please call 845.586.3270 or email

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DCHA hosts illustrated poorhouse talk

Delhi — Visit the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi on Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 pm as the museum hosts a presentation by Delaware County Historian Gabrielle Pierce.

The Poorhouse, located on Arbor Hill Road in Delhi, was home to poor, homeless and indigent individuals from all over the county. It also housed the “feeble and insane,” the disabled and the sick. The Poorhouse existed from c. 1828 all the way up to 1965.

Gabrielle’s presentation on the history of the Delaware County Poorhouse will include numerous Power Point slides and intriguing facts – as well as interviews with some of the individuals who lived there. As part of the presentation, she will also bring along several artifacts, including Keepers’ Registers, vintage photographs and a gravestone from the Poorhouse cemetery which is about all that remains of the Delhi site. Come and learn of this sad and relatively unknown chapter of Delaware County history. Free and open to the public.

DCHA is located at 46549 State Hwy. 10 in Delhi. For more information call DCHA at 746-3849, e-mail, or on the web at: .

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Sweet on Main in Margaretville

Margaretville — The Business Association of Margaretville invites folks to bring their significant other to the group’s annual Sweet on Main celebration on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The holiday weekend event will feature a number of special attractions including: Home Goods of Margaretville hosting a Tree Juice Maple Syrup tasting, Margaretville Liquor Store will hold a wine tasting.

Catskill Candies will set up a Selfie station and offer chocolate tastings, the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop will have a selfie station and special sale, the Catskill Mountain Artisan’s Guild will offer an arrary of kids’ crafts and a selfie stations and there will be a Snowman Building Contest (weather permitting). More events will be announced.

For additional information, please visit: or call 845 586-4177.

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Reptile/Amphibian show Feb. 16

Oneonta – Photographer, educator and DOAS Board Member, Rod Sutton will present photographs and fascinating facts on Reptiles and Amphibians at the Delaware Otsego Audubon Society’s Public Meeting on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 PM at the Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta.

Refreshments will be available. The program is free and open to the public.

All animals serve a purpose for the natural environment. Reptiles and amphibians are often not appreciated for their contributions to a balanced environment and eco-system.

For example, frogs and salamanders thriving in a pond are indicators of a healthy environment. Their thin skin helps them drink and breathe, but also makes them susceptible to environmental pollutants. Snakes are much maligned, and are often killed on sight. Effective hunters and ambush predators, snakes use their highly developed senses of sight, taste, hearing and touch to locate, recognize and track their prey. Some snakes use powerful constriction to subdue their prey, while others inject venom, a highly modified saliva. Alligators and crocodiles were roaming the planet with dinosaurs. Their appearance today is little changed from that of the Jurassic period.

Rod Sutton enjoyed nature at an early age, dreaming of becoming a wildlife biologist with a focus on herpetology.

His life found its own path, leading to a career in advertising, commercial, and industrial photography. With 20 years of experience in the field, he accepted a position with DCMO BOCES in 1993 to start a new academic program in Visual Communications.

Blending his abilities as photographer and teacher with his appreciation for nature and wildlife, he now dedicates his time to studying and photographing animals in their natural habitats.

This program will look at the diversity of some of the various species through photographs taken over several decades. The location is Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Free refreshments.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes at RAG

Roxbury — An exhibit titled Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is on display through February 24 in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center.

Artist of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Richard Friedberg has been showing art for over a decade. His art attracts its viewers with beautiful shapes and undulations, and holds its subject matter. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is some of his greatest work to date.

Born in 1943, Friedberg is a Baltimore, MD native. He attended Antioch College and Yale University. He became a sculptor and taught Fine Arts at Hunter College in 1968.

He also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. During this time he displayed his first one-man show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City.

Friedberg lives and works in upstate, New York and will be displaying his fine pieces in Roxbury  thru February 24.

For more information visit: Roxbury Arts Group is located at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. They can be reached by phone at 607.326.7908

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Polar Vortex exhibit at Longyear

Margaretville — The aptly named “Polar Vortex” opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is a group show that promises a cheerful respite from current weather conditions! The show features the artwork of all Longyear Gallery members, a unique group of local talent with national and international reputations. An Artists’ Reception will take place Saturday, January 20 from 3-6 p.m at the gallery in the Common’s Building on Main Street.

“Polar Vortex” brings winds of change as evidenced by the bracing new work in Longyear Gallery’s initial show of 2018. Longyear Gallery artists will show watercolors, prints, monotypes, photographs, drawings, ceramics, objects, and oil paintings. As always, visitors to the gallery will find the work interesting and accessible in a way that creates an emotional bond between the work and the viewer.

A cooperative art gallery, Longyear’s 34 members include artists Robert Axelrod, Beth Caspar, Marcia Clark, Janice DeMarino, Neil Driscoll, Ann Lee Fuller, Elaine Grandy, Robin Halpern, Jennifer Jefferson, Louise Kalin, Hedi Kyle, David Leveson, Margaret Leveson, Helane Levine-Keating, Patrice Lorenz, Anna Contes Maguire, Douglas Maguire, Frank Manzo, Helene Manzo, Anthony Margiotta, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Richard Mills, Chris Moore, Wayne Morris, Tom Rapin, Victoria Scott, Marilyn Silver, Mina Teslaru, Gerda van Leeuwen, Linda Varian, Corneel Verlaan, Ros Welchman, and Ellen Wong. In this show, founding and longterm Longyear Gallery artists join new and returning member artists Beth Caspar, Marcia Clark, Anna Contes Maguire, Douglas Maguire, and Mina Teslaru in greeting the new year with recent work.

Upcoming Longyear Gallery shows include “Artists Choose Artists,” an annual invitational show in which Longyear Gallery artists and their guest artists exhibit together, from February 16 – March 18, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, February 17; a group show of Longyear members will then be on display from March 23 – April 15, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, March 24.

“Polar Vortex” will be open Friday, January 19 through Sunday, February 11. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs at the Commons, 758 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Friday, Sunday, and Holiday Mondays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 845.586.3270 or email

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Literary journal to make debut

Fleischmanns — A new literary journal, the brainchild of Shandaken native Paula Dutcher and Fleischmanns resident Dr. Bill Birns will be published late spring 2018.

The publication will feature various styles of poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, and even some digitally-formatted art, created by those who call these mountains home, or, perhaps wish they did. Theme of the premiere issue is “Home.”

“This area is deep and diverse and challenging, and so magical that Dr. Birns and I want to use our combined literary passions to help collect and deliver the myriad voices of the Catskills spiritual children,” says the journal’s editor,

Paula Dutcher, a Summa Cum Laude English-major graduate of SUNY New Paltz, now running her own, woman-owned, contracting and remodeling business.

Birns, the journal’s Publisher, is a retired Margaretville Central and Onteora High School English teacher, a local author and regional historian, who has lived in the mountains since 1971.

“Nobody knows the mountains like the people who are making our lives here,” Birns said. “The power of telling one’s story has gained nationwide attention lately. Paula and I hope that Mountain Arts Reviewoffers an opportunity and a spur for mountain folks to express stories in our own voices.”

If one has the desire to express through writing (or even art) and feels a connection to this geographic region send submissions to the email address listed below.

Mountain Arts Review, a brand new Catskill-centered literary journal, seeks submissions of poetry and short prose from locals and others who care about the Catskills and mountain life.

Please send submissions by February 1 to

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Creative Nonfiction classes planned by WIM

Pine Hill — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) has announced its spring Creative Nonfiction workshop with Anique Taylor, February 1 to May 3. The class will be held Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center, Main Street, Pine Hill.

In a college-like semester packed with excitement and growth, this extended class will offer writers possibilities for deepening their craft, group support and continuing work on long projects. With a preference for exploring memory, risk, danger, dreams, different versions of reality and deeper connection with self, the class will explore personal essay, memoir, journal work, writing for ourselves and for publication.

Class exercises will familiarize students with techniques of poetry, fiction, playwriting to provide tools to hone their work.

The topics

Classes will include freewriting, exploratory exercises, supportive feedback on students’ writing, along with discussions on short works by famous authors (nonfiction essays, stories and memoir, along with essays on craft and the writer’s life). Between classes, reading and work suggestions will be offered for those interested.

All welcome, students with long projects, short projects or those who want to take it week by week. All levels welcome.

Anique Taylor has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Rattle, Common Ground Review, Adanna, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, and e-Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory. She’s given featured NYC readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’ 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions and Under the Ice Moon was Finalist in Blue Light Press’ 2015 Competition. She holds a Poetry MFA from Drew University, a Drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a Diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught Creative Writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop.

To register, call Jean Stone at 607.326.4802, or e-mail her at To register online, visit

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Bowling alley owner rolls with major changes

By Brian Sweeney
Reprinted from Catskill Mountain News

The former Margaretville Bowl has a new owner and is undergoing an extensive transformation that will keep the retro 1960s feel of the building while adding a modern spin and amenities.

Somerville, MA native Paul W. Collyer closed on the purchase in late October and has been working steadily to transform the building constructed in 1960 as a bowling center into a multi-faceted event space — complete with a restaurant and bar, live music, movies and, of course, bowling.

Extensive work has already been undertaken, including installation of new drainage, addition of an 800-square-foot storage area and clearing of landscaping plantings in preparation of adding decks on the front and one side of the building.

Paul, assisted by an array of area contractors, has been working steadily to transform the bowling alley into a space that will be attractive to visitors on multiple levels.

New name

Renamed The Ark Bowl and BBQ (the property is technically part of Arkville), Paul’s vision includes installation of expanded kitchen and bar area, adding windows, new entryways, dining/entertainment decks, creating a small space for live music, recreating the indoor spaces for bowlers and installing all new synthetic lanes.

It’s a large-scale project, but Paul feels the changes he’s implementing are necessary to create a facility that offers a variety of reasons to visit. Most of the changes have been on the exterior so far and Paul has been able to keep the alleys open for his league bowlers, but the business won’t be open to the general public until June or July when he expects the renovations to be complete.

Having spent more than three decades promoting music and other types of events in Massachusetts, Paul said he was ready for a change and last year began exploring business opportunities. He’s been coming to the Catskills on a regular basis for about 15 years and noted that his love of the region was actually kindled during childhood after reading the classic tale My Side of the Mountain.

“Last spring, as I started to seriously consider a ‘semi-retirement’ career, I sent out notes to brokers in the Catskills to see what kind of commercial properties were available,” Paul recalled.

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties agent Esther de Jong was one of the respondents and provided him with information about her listing for the Margaretville Bowl, which had been owned for about 25 years by Michael Finberg.

Checking the choices

Intrigued by this prospect, Paul traveled here to check out the property and then began extensive research into the bowling business — a sport he had never tried. In a bit of irony, Paul found that the popularity of bowling had been in decline for decades and numerous establishments had gone out of business.

On the other hand, he discovered that many bowling center were enjoying resurgence thanks to makeovers that incorporated more entertainment offerings into the facilities. That model made sense to Paul and it’s the vision he’s pursuing for what he feels will be a good fit for the economic turnaround happening in the Catskills during the past few years.

“Bowling alleys are actually coming back with added flair, live music, refreshments and good food,” Paul commented. That’s the balance he’s looking to strike with his new venture.

Paul explained that there will be separate entrances for bowlers and patrons who are simply coming in for drinks or a meal. Naturally, customers will be welcome to participate in all the offerings, if they wish.

He added, “More people now go to bowling alleys for the social aspects – to enjoy a meal or a drink, even if they may not want to bowl.”

To ensure there a multitude of appeal, Paul is a planning a 10- foot-by 56-foot deck and awning across the front and an outdoor café off the western side of the building. As the name implies, BBQ will be a staple offering in the food department and he’s also planning many other menu choices with an eye on simple, quality meals. The new addition that’s in place will also include space for a smoker preparation of BBQ products. Paul has cooking experience, but says he’s planning to hire a chef among the 10-15 workers he’ll need when fully staffed.

60-year history

He is also planning a number of cosmetic changes to the building, including a new paint scheme and lighting to reinforce the retro appeal of the building that traces its origins back nearly 60 years when it was started by Bob and Betty Veit as Evergreen Lanes.

In addition to long days spent working on renovations to the business, Paul is in the process of purchasing a home in the area. The two projects leave the new bowling proprietor with little “spare” time. That’s OK with Paul as he puts down real life roots in the place he’s been fascinated with since reading about a fictional escape to the Catskills.

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