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6 days ago · by · 0 comments

Local Legends Topic at HSM

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will hold its Annual Meeting and Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 21 at its meeting hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville.

The luncheon, catered by Anna Blish, will begin at noon. A brief business meeting and annual report will start at 1 p.m. Following the meeting, Bill Horne, author of The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal, will provide an illustrated talk, “It ain’t nice fer purty: Tales from the age of homespun.”

The talk will focus on Orson Slack of Arena and Mike Todd of Dry Brook who became close friends at Camp Woodland, a remarkable summer camp near Phoenicia that operated from 1939 to 1962. Young urban campers came to know many of their mountain neighbors through a program of collecting songs, lore and local history.

In the mid-1940s, camp director Norman Studer drove a group of campers along the East Branch of the Delaware River to meet and learn from residents who remembered the homespun era. Orson Slack welcomed them into his carpentry shop and related tales about lumber rafting on the Delaware and winters in the woods. Mike Todd captivated campers with stories about bear hunting and his woodsman’s skills and entertained with harmonica tunes accompanied by the rattle of hardwood maple bones.

 

Mike Todd

Says it all

Once, when someone complimented Mike on a tool he had forged, he said, “It ain’t nice fur purty, but it’s hell fur stout.”

Annual Folk Festivals organized by Studer and music director Herb Haufrecht were held nearly every summer of the camp’s existence, and featured storytellers, fiddlers and artists from the Catskill region. In 1948, Orson Slack told stories and recited his poems alongside folksinger Pete Seeger and many others. Mike Todd appeared at the 1954 festival, held at Simpson Ski Slope.

The Margaretville program will include audio recordings of the period. An Improbable Community will be available for purchase.

Bill Horne is an attorney who practiced in Washington, DC and Boston. He grew up in Queens and was a camper at Camp Woodland from 1950 to 1960.

For information on HSM programs and to become a member, visit www.mtownhistory.org. Reservations may be made by calling 845.586.2860.

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Two artists’ shows at Longyear

Margaretville — Margaret Leveson’s “Catskill Waterways” and Gary Mayer’s “Night’s Forgiving Light” exhibits opened at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery Saturday, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists. The exhibitions will run through Monday, October 30.

“Catskill Waterways,” local artist Leveson’s twentieth solo exhibition, includes paintings that depict the waterways near her Catskill country home in the Pakatakan Art Colony in Arkville.

“I am primarily a landscape painter,” says Leveson. “I focus on light to give life to my paintings and to set a mood. Water, the subject of this exhibit, is an important theme in my work.” For the artist, rivers such as Dry Brook and the East Branch of the Delaware River, which appear in several of her new paintings, “create pathways that lead the viewer through the landscape. The water mirrors the light; their moods vary with the sky; the rivers invite contemplation.”

The majority of Leveson’s paintings are executed directly from life, focusing on spontaneity and directness of observation where the brushwork is loose and gestural with a variety of surface textures, an impressionistic technique suited to the subject.

Mayer’s “Night’s Forgiving Light” includes large paintings, a sculpture in front of the gallery, and a sculptural installation made specifically for the space. According to Mayer, “A number of the paintings in this show are inspired by the incredible night skies I’ve witnessed up here. My approach is painterly and abstract, emphasizing the dramatic while seeking an ecstatic feeling.”

Mayer moved to the Catskills because he was “moved by the beauty of the landscapes,” and says he likes working on a large scale because of the freedom it gives him to work in a rhythmic gestural way, and his work fluctuates between abstraction and representation.

The Longyear Gallery, among the region’s premier venues for artists, is an artist-run cooperative representing professional artists from the New York metro area as well as the Catskill region. Artists must be juried in, and since its inception in 2007, Longyear has presented high-quality group and individual shows, usually changing monthly.

 

NEW SHOW — A Gary Mayer painting from “Night’s Forgiving Light,” one of two shows now on view at the Longyear Gallery.

Upcoming Longyear Gallery fall–winter shows include a retrospective of the paintings and artwork of founding member John Booth Hopkins, who passed away in March 2017, and the Longyear Gallery Holiday show. The John Booth Hopkins retrospective opens Friday, November 3 and runs through Monday, November 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Longyear Holiday Show, featuring the art of all Longyear artists, runs from Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 31, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, December 2 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are Fridays, Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

For information visit longyeargallery.org or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours, or e-mail dleveson@aol.com.

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Neil Driscoll Paintings at Longyear

MARGARETVILLE— Opening this week on Friday, Sept. 8 at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is Neil Driscoll’s solo exhibition, “The Brush on Vacation: Paintings,” accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3-6 pm in the Longyear Gallery Downstairs in the Commons.

Local artist Neil Driscoll paints the soul of his subjects in an eclectic style that is both folk inspired and impressionistic. According to Driscoll, Paul Klee suggested the artist “Let the line wander as if on vacation,” and “It’s this admonition and time of year that drives me to create, in studio, the rural images that bring me pleasure.”

His influences vary from Chagall and Matisse, American Primitives, New Yorker magazine cartoons, his granddaughters’ drawings, to the work of fellow members of the Longyear Gallery.

One never knows what subject will appear on a Driscoll canvas, as his paintings may be serious, abstract, flippant, and/or insightful.

Driscoll acquired his formal art training as a part-time student at the Memphis Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following college and the completion of a number of murals, he, along with his wife, Clare, presented over a hundred performances with their “Half-Measure Puppet Theater.” These shows were performed in venues ranging from Schoharie to Roxbury to Cooperstown in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Driscoll then returned to painting about fifteen years ago and has exhibited his paintings at The Roxbury Arts Group, “The Barn” in West Fulton and at the Longyear Gallery. Since he and his wife operate Patria Gardens in Schoharie County and he spends his Saturdays during spring, summer and fall months at the Pakatakan Farmer’s Market, which he helped found. The artist notes that only when plant and landscape work comes to a halt can he spend his time each winter painting in his studio in West Fulton.

Upcoming Longyear Gallery shows this fall will be dual solo shows of painters Margaret Leveson and Gary Mayer from October 6 through October 30 with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3-6 p.m.

Driscoll’s solo show and the Longyear Gallery member artists’ group show will be open Friday, Sept. 8 through Monday, Oct. 2. Longyear Gallery is located downstairs at the Commons, 758 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Friday – Monday 11 – 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, please call 845 586-3270, visit longyeargallery.org, or email dleveson@aol.com for appointments.

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Catskill Rec. Center opens sand volleyball court

Arkville — The Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) has announced that its sand volleyball court is ready for its first game. The inaugural serve took place at the opening event on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Throughout August, the CRC will host community volley ball games each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and all are encouraged to join. A tournament is being planned for September.

The new volleyball facility would not have been possible without generous donations from the Hubbell Companies, Wadler Bros. Inc., and the Gould Family. “Once again, area partners have expressed their generosity in helping CRC to realize the vision of serving the community through a diversity of recreation opportunities,” stated Becky Manning, executive director. “Please come and enjoy the sand, the summer, and the fellowship of friends on August 17,” she went on to say.

Please contact CRC to learn more about its facilities and programs at 586-6250 or catskillrecreationcenter.org.

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Iris Mead to Receive Hospital Citizenship Award

The Sluiter Agency, Inc. staff offers its congratulations to a longtime client, Iris Mead, who will receive Margaretville Hospital’s Keene Roadman Citizen of the Year Award at a ceremony on October 14.

The hospital’s Citizen of the Year Award will be presented at the “Sophistication in Black and White Cocktail Party and Dinner” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at Hanah Country Resort. The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center sponsor the event.

A Catskill Mountain native, Iris Mead resides in Margaretville and has long been an active supporter of the hospital and many other community-oriented organizations.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Iris,” commented Sluiter Agency, Inc. President Peter Sluiter.

“Iris and the other auxiliary volunteers perform a tremendous service. The auxiliary members work tirelessly to support the hospital and Mountainside, which are both integral assets to our local communities,” Peter added.

The dinner-dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Hanah Country Club at 576 West Hubbell Hill Road, Margaretville. Tickets are $60 each and are available by contacting Karen Kolar at 845 676-4844 or e-mailing: kkolar@catskill.net

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Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 13

A Festive Fall Fundraiser at The Open Eye Theater features a New Stagings performance of Pamela Sterling’s The Power of a Woman: The Story of Louisa May Alcott at 7 p.m. Enjoy apple appetizers and hors d’oeuvres before the show, cider during the show, and apple desserts after. A talk-back discussion with the playwright/performer and producing artistic director Amie Brockway follows at 960 Main Street in Margaretville. For reservations and information: 845.586.1660 or openeye@catskill.net.

Saturday, Oct. 14

The Shady United Methodist Church hosts a turkey dinner with homemade apple pie. Servings are at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., with takeouts available starting at 5 p.m. The church is on Route 212 five miles west of Woodstock. Reservations: 845.679.2982 or 845.679.4039.

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will host an “Autumn Splendor in the Catskills—Swinging Under the Harvest Moon” cocktail party from 6 to 10 p.m. at Hanah Country Resort. Iris Mead will receive the Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year award. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts. For information, contact Karen Kolar at 845.676.4844.

The Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features the lumberjack skills of the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club, water-power demonstrations in the historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, and exhibits by woodworkers, forestry organizations and local farmers. Music by John Meyer and Bourbon & Branch. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, BBQ, chili and pie sales. Hanford Mills is at 51 County Highway 12, East Meredith. For more information visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

The Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) hosts a free rock painting and mandala community workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workshop will be taught by Susan Togut, MFA, a public artist, educator and therapeutic facilitator, at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretative Center at 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper.

The Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) and the Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District (DCSWCD), host a tree planting event followed by a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine, along the East Branch of the Delaware River in Halcottsville. Volunteers meet just over the railroad crossing on Herrleks Rd, off Route 30 near Halcottsville. The planting location is near Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Old Town Kayaks & Canoes. Refreshments will be provided. Register ahead for free lunch by calling Catherine Skalda (DCSWCD) 607.865.5223, or email: catherine-skalda@dcswcd.org

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, will sponsor a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater of “City That Drinks the Mountain Sky, Part Two” at 1 p.m. at the Ashokan Reservoir fountains, 2389 Route 28A in Olivebridge. This 55-minute family show is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. For more information visit www.cwconline.org.

Sunday, Oct. 15

The Claryville Volunteer Fire Department hosts an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon. Offerings include eggs any style, pancakes, French toast, Man-n-moon, sausage, hash browns, spud Eggo, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The Historical Society of Middletown hosts its annual meeting and luncheon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Following the luncheon and a brief business meeting, HSM presents “It ain’t nice fer purty: Tales from the age of homespun,” by Bill Horne, author of The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal. The event will be held at HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Call 845.586.2860 for information and reservations.

Meet local author John M. Ham when he presents his tenth railroad book, Along the Old West Shore: Weehauken to Buffalo, at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia at 2 p.m. Books available at the museum. Free admission; donations welcome. For details, visit esrm.com or www.facebook.com/ESRMuseum.

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Village Spruce Up

HEAVY LIFTING — Matt Sluiter, above, hauls brush away as part of volunteer cleanup in the Village of Margaretville on April 23. Sluiter Agency, Inc. was well represented in the project, with Peter Sluiter, below, also lending helping hands with some raking duties to spruce up the village. — Photos courtesy of Diane Galusha

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