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Delhi — Chase away the winter blahs! Visit the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Saturday afternoon, January 20 for an afternoon of sundry delectable delights.
At 2 p.m., members of the museum staff will begin reading from a variety of historic diaries and narratives – all drawn from the museum’s collections. While guests relax and listen to the readings, enjoy an array of sumptuous desserts. Tea and coffee will also be served.
Excerpts that will be presented include those from the diaries of Ebenezer Maxwell, Clara Davenport and Florence Howard. Additional journals, newspaper articles and letters will introduce audience members to the lives of A.J., John and Phoebe Miller, Walter Hoag, John Martin, Robert Smith, Irene Rider and the Nichol family.
Additionally, this year we would like to invite audience members to read excerpts from historic letters, journals or diaries in their own possession – perhaps a discovery about your own ancestors or the family that once lived in your house!
WARNING: This event is not recommended for those embarking on a New Year’s weight loss regimen! However, it is recommended for those looking to spend an afternoon having fun while learning more about our ancestors who once lived in Delaware County. Please reserve your space by January 19. Cost: $10.00 per person.
Call DCHA at 607.746.3849 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve or for more information.
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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 email@example.com
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org.
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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.
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.
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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The long awaited Catskill Thunder Gondola opened last weekend, just in time for the holiday season. The gondola took it’s maiden voyage on Saturday December 30, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.
The gondola is a major asset for Highmount and surrounding towns as it boosts tourism, creates jobs, and gives locals and tourists an incredible experience of viewing all the beauty and nature that Belleayre offers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been committed to growing New York’s tourism industry in the Catskill region since taking office. Last year, Cuomo joined by Robert De Niro, hosted the first-ever Catskill Summer Challenge to focus on attractions and activities in the Catskills with hopes of driving tourism and boosting the area’s economy.
Cuomo calls Belleayre Mountain one of New York’s “crown jewels.” He said “The opening of this gondola is an investment which will not only boost the region’s growing tourism economy, but it will also allow New Yorkers to experience some of the best views and attractions in the world year-round.”
The Catskill Thunder Gondola opened just nine months after Cuomo added it to the 2017-2018 budget.
The Catskill Thunder Gondola begins from the lower mountain’s Discovery Lodge to the summit next to Tomahawk in seven minutes. The gondola holds up to eight people per cabin and can accompany up to 2,000 people per hour at a maximum speed of 1,000 feet per minute.
The gondola required 16 lift towers to be installed to enable transportation from the resort’s base to the mountain’s summit covering, 6,272 feet horizontally and 1,354 feet vertically.
In addition to the gondola install, the resort’s entire electrical service was modernized and expanded. A new trail was cut and a skier bridge was installed to connect the west side of the mountain and the lower base Discovery Lodge. Many locals are thrilled to have upgrades to the mountain. As the coldest of temperatures have hit the region in recent weeks, the gondola gives skiers a break from the cold wind while enjoying the sights.
Tourism employs many
Tim Maxwell, general manager of Belleayre Ski Resort, said “This had been an all hands on deck project. It’s exciting to see all of this hard work come together today. We’ve taken a tremendous amount of pride in this project and this will be a tremendous asset to not only Belleayre but to the entire Catskill region.
In 2015 the total economic impact of tourist industry in the region reached $1.83 billion. This is an increase of more then 13 percent since 2010. Tourism represents more then 15 percent of the region’s employment creating over 17,000 jobs. Making it through the winter months is vital to many businesses in the area and locals are thrilled at the expansion and traffic coming into our area.
Belleayre has made history throughout its long run. It holds a prominent place in the history of New York, as it was the first lift-assisted ski resort in the Catskills, a Roebling single chair installed in 1949. Major expansions were made in the 1960s and 1970s and eventually Life 6, a Hall double chair replaced the Roebling. The 1980s saw some expansion with lifts 1 & 2 receiving side-by-side double chairs to service lower mountain beginner terrain.
In recent years Belleayre is run by the Olympic Regional Development Association (ORDA), which also operates Gore and Whiteface Mountain Ski Resorts.
Belleayre offers 55 trails (including moguls) and eight lifts open to skiers and snowboarders. With the recent renovations and innovations like the gondola, electrical modernization, new trails, and the skier bridge connecting the west side and lower base of the mountain, Belleayre continues to be one of the most innovative and loved mountains of New York State.
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Arkville — The second annual exhibit for Function or Form: Utilitarian Art will be on display at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville through January 6. It features beautiful functional items by 15 local artists. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Many of the products used every day are not only useful, but beautiful. Homemade furniture, clothing, pottery, quilts… many items used for everyday use could be on display for their beauty.
Started last year
In 2016 the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery hosted the first Utilitarian show to celebrate local people that create art with both function and beautiful form. The show was such a success that the Utilitarian Art show has become an annual event around the holidays. This year’s show will feature some returning artists and new artists.
Several of this year’s functional pieces were created by talented furniture and woodworkers including Janie Greenwald, Chair Caning, John Byer, Dan Palm, and John Virga along with woodworkers; Richard Kirgin and Franc Palaia. One talented woodworker is Joe Muehl, born and raised in Oneonta. He spent 20 years in the Boston area as a cabinet and furniture maker. In 1997 he returned to Oneonta to be closer to his family. Joe retired this year and has more time to devote to his first love, woodworking. He has designed and built pieces for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Museum Store and won the Daily Star’s 2014 Artisan of the Year award. All his work is of original design and he works primarily with woods that are native to this area.
“I love tropical woods, but for environmental reasons, I try not to use them unless I can find out that they are ecologically sourced,” Muehl aid. “I prefer to stick with native hardwoods, such as birdseye, curly maple, walnut and curly cherry.”
The Utilitarian Art show features several different fabric artists. Those artists include; Enid Cytryn for clothing, Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes for weaving, and Maureen DeKaser for handmade floor coverings. The exhibit also includes Delhi artist Annie Hayes who has been making hooked rugs for over 10 years. Many of the rugs are commissioned pieces made to reflect images that have special meaning for clients. Annie’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Early American Life, Early Homes, and others. Her rugs are found in city apartments as well as country houses. The primitive quality gives them a great deal of freedom in color, imagery and intention. They are displayed both on the wall, table or bed, as well as the traditional places like the floor.
What would a Utilitarian show be without pottery? The American Ceramic Society’s website claims, “The first use of functional pottery vessels for storing water and food is thought to be around 9000 or 10,000 BC.” Adding their own stories to this extremely long history of pottery making are local artists Solveig Commer, Rosalind Dickinson and Cheyenne Mallo. The show includes window coverings by Jessica Baker. Jessica is a mixed-media visual artist based in Woodstock, NY. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Jessica’s artwork has been featured in an interview for National Public Radio and praised by several critics, including most notably, the NY Times. Jessica originally created the coverings as part of an art installation project. She hadn’t considered the functionality of the coverings until a friend asked to purchase one to use as a window covering. This example exemplifies the premise of the show; Form or Function: Utilitarian Art.
Function or Form: Utilitarian Art, is on display through January 6, at The Erpf Gallery located at 43355 Route 28 in Arkville, NY. Hours are Mon – Fri 9 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note the Gallery will be closed on Saturdays, December 23 and 30. For more information, call 845.586.2611, or visit www.catskillcenter.org.
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Margaretville — Eleven stunning images by Chichester photographer Mark Loete are on view through January 5 at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) offices, 905 Main Street, Margaretville.
The public is welcome to visit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibition, “Re- SOURCE,” offers a visual connection between the streams of the Catskills and the city that receives the priceless gift of water which those streams provide. Photographs of tumbling creeks in Peck Hollow, Stony Clove, Woodland Valley and other locales hang beside striking images of iconic wooden water towers in New York City. Silhouetted against dramatic skies, the tower photos were taken from a rooftop in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan.
All of the photographs, matted and framed, are for sale. Prints can be ordered in different sizes.
Mark Loete is a professional fine art and corporate photographer with more than 30 years’ experience shooting a wide range of subjects, from landscapes and architecture to products and people. Clients have included Sony, IBM, Avon, Harper-Collins, and the United Nations.
In 2002, Loete moved his home, family, and photography business to the Catskill Mountains, settling in the historic hamlet of Chichester, Ulster County. An avid fly fisherman and a New York State licensed guide, he often indulges his passions for photography and angling on the fabled streams and rivers of the Catskills.
Explains Loete, “In this era of action cams, selfies, and social media, I still believe in the primacy of the still image to move human emotion.”
The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River.
For info, contact Diane Galusha, at 845.586.1400, ext. 306, e-mail: email@example.com or visit: cwconline.org
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Tradition is alive and well in Andes where the annual Senior Citizens’ Dinner was held this past Friday at Andes Central School (ACS) for over the 50th time.
Nearly 40 senior citizens, many of which are Andes residents and ACS graduates, gathered at the school for a holiday styled dinner served to them by middle school and high school volunteers. The meal, which included a main course of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and an apple crisp à la mode for dessert, was prepped by the school’s cooking club and cooked by the cafeteria staff.
“It was excellent. Delicious— I mean really good,” said one diner, Lorraine Vausse, ACS class of 1963. “It’s very nice they do this for seniors. I’ve been coming for quite a few years,” she said, adding, “My parents came here too.”
Another in attendance was Andes Supervisor, Bud Gladstone. “It’s really good to see seniors get out here. They deserve acknowledgment,” he said. Despite being eligible for the dinner “for quite a while” Gladstone said it was only his second time at the event, with the special reason this year being to bring his mother.
As dessert was winding down, and the dishes were mostly collected, Kellie Daino, the ACS Music Director led the preschool through 2nd grade chorus out for a performance of “Keep It Light” followed by a performance of “Winter Lights” by the grade 3-6 chorus.
Organized and run by Confidential Secretary and District Treasurer, Jan Stevens, and Family and Consumer Science and Business teacher, Kathy Whittaker, the event ran smoothly and had a festive atmosphere.
“The whole school loves this day. The kids love to come down and wait on our guests, it’s their way to give back,” Stevens said, adding how elementary students created favors for the diners to take home.
Peter James DePierro, a senior, was one of the student volunteers. Having volunteered for this event since the 8th grade, he said, “I do it because it’s really nice for the holidays. To have the seniors come here and socialize with each other is really good for the community.”
He talked about the hard work it takes him and his fellow students to prepare, serve, and clean for the event, but added, “It’s hard but we try to do our best.”
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Friday, Nov. 3
The Prattsville Community Church will host a Thai Food Dinner Buffet, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will support the work of Stephen and Naomi Conti who will go to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English within Hope House orphanage for the next two years.
Andes Central School will present a production of Annie with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4
The Fleischmanns Community Church will host a Turkey Dinner fundraiser at the church on Main Street in Fleischmanns. Turkey with all the trimmings along with homemade pie for dessert will be served from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. Takeouts will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Lanesville Church will celebrate its Harvest Roast Beef Supper at the church, Rt. 214 Lanesville. Takeout service is offered from 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Eat in dining is offered from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Catskill Mountain Classic Car Club hosts its annual Toys for the Children drive. Classics, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and even every day rides will be welcomed and refreshments will be available. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event, which runs from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Indian firehouse. For more information, call 845.254.4238 or 845.594.7936.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Election Day lunch will be served at the Andes Firehouse on County Route 1. Homemade soups, chili, sandwiches and homemade dessert will be served from 11:30 a.m. until gone. From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. a dinner of Chicken and Biscuits will be served with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, a drink and a choice of homemade desserts. For info call 845.676.4053.
Thursday, Nov. 9
The Andes Public Library will honor veterans with a showing of Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond Doss, the army medic who saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Veterans, friends, and family are welcome for an hour of fellowship starting at 6:00 p.m. with the movie starting at 7:00. Light refreshments will be served or bring a snack to share. Donations to the library at 242 Main St. are appreciated. For more information, call 845.676,3333 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andes Central School will host a Veterans’ Day ceremony and breakfast for all Andes veterans and their families at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will follow the ceremony to thank them for their service. There is no charge for attending but advance reservations requested at 845.676.3166 Ext. 103. Those attending should park behind the school and come into the gymnasium.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Middletown Legion Post 216 hosts the Veteran’s Day Dinner starting with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner
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Friday, Jan. 12
The Andes Hotel will host DJ Pat Del’s Black Light Party from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on 110 Main Street. Black lights will be lighting up the whole place, the light is best displayed on white or neon colors. There will also be glowing doodles to draw over friends.
Enjoy a free movie at the Phoenicia Library, featuring “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This movie comes out a decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), which brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. This sequel, on top of other things, shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Saturday, Jan. 13
Robot Club returns to the Phoenicia Library from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come to explore robotics and basic engineering. Learn to build robots and program them using Lego Mindstorms robotics kits. This event is suitable for ages 9 to 16. Please make sure your child can sustain attention without constant supervision as we work independently at times. Call the library at 845.688.7811.
The Andes Hotel will host the country band Hummel’s Jug, which is based out of upstate New York. Their sound is edgy, but fits the mold of the legends they model themselves after. The group puts its own spin on the songs they cover.
Ate O Ate will cater a four-course prix fixe full dinner event at the Union Grove Distillery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. including live music. Reservations are a must, please call 607.326.3392.
The Roxbury Fire Department will be having a chicken barbeque fundraiser from 11:00 AM until sold out. Come and support your local Fire Department!
The Colonial Inn, on 305 Main Street in Pine Hill, has a Family Style Buffet every Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Ex Files band will be on hand for the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend buffet guaranteeing good food, great music, and dancing.
Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) and Carriage House Art Studio are hosting a Chili Bowl Decorating Party inclusive for all ages. This event will take place at 11 Ford Avenue, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All bowls are donated to CANO’s Chili Bowl Cook-off Fundraiser (held Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 4), where they’re sold to raise money for our local art, music, & literature programs. Materials & snacks provided. Call Doug at 607.435.8718 for more info.
The NY State Ornithological Association’s annual statewide waterfowl count will take place this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 in Cooperstown, and Sunday, Jan. 14. and The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society covers Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River above Unadilla, the Unadilla River, the Cannonsville Reservoir and the W. Branch of the Delaware River. This event involves surveying waterways where ducks and geese can be seen to identify and count. Anyone interested in helping with the census should contact Andy Mason at 607. 652.2162 or email@example.com.
Sunday, Jan. 14
The Catskill Mountain Club will host a Big Pond to Alder Lake Hike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Catskill Mountain Club. It will be a moderate hike of 7 miles, and clock out at 4.25 hours. Make sure to bring: lunch, something to drink, good hiking shoes, foot traction device, snowshoes, micro spikes, warm clothing, hand warmers, and an optional camera. Registration is required by Friday, Jan. 12, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club hosts its 21st Annual Shandaken Primitive Biathlon from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fish and Game Club, at Little Peck Hollow Road off of County Route 47. This annual winter sporting event is a competition for four age groups. For more information or to register, contact Paul 845.246.3845, Vince 845-688-5560, or Ed 845.339.3440, or go to shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
The Huntington Memorial Library is hosting an Afterschool Explorers Club for children in Kindergarten through seventh grade. The event will be held at 62 Chestnut Street, for a reservation please call the library at 607.432.1980.