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‘Patriotism & Propaganda’ show at DCHA

Delhi — A new exhibit entitled Patriotism & Propaganda: Posters of the First World War will open Friday, Nov. 9 at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA). An exhibit-opening wine and cheese reception will take place at 4 p.m.

To mark the end of World War I, 100 years ago this November, DCHA is displaying a sampling of its historic posters from the era. Come view approximately 20 posters, each of which either exhorts the young (men and women) to join the cause or asks that everyone buy bonds to ensure an allied victory.

Admission to the opening reception and to the exhibit is free. On display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until February 28. Open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call DCHA at 607.746.3849, email , or on the web at:

DCHA is located 2.5 miles north of the village of Delhi on State Hwy. 10.

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Small Works exhibit opens at RAG

Roxbury — Small Works, an art exhibit of works that are all sized 12×12 or smaller will open in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center just in time for the holiday shopping season. Artists will be present at an opening reception Saturday, November 17 from 4- 6 p.m.

While many shows are for exhibit only, the annual Small Works show allows patrons to purchase the work of local artists at prices that are all at or below $300. Those who purchase the works may take them from the exhibit the same day they buy them.

These are big gifts in small packages from more than 25 of the most talented artists in the region. They have worked tirelessly to support the Roxbury Arts Group and its programs during this past year.

Exhibiting artists include: Robert Axelrod, Jane Carr, Beth Caspar, Janice De Marino, Elaine Grandy, Roshan Houshmand, Megan Irving, Jen Jefferson, Nina Jordan, Liam Kaart, Matthias Kern, Polly Law, Helane Levine-Keating, James Litaker, Patrice Lorenz, Amy Masters, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Noah McLaurine, Martin Penrose, Robert Schneider, Richard Tazzara, Gerda van Leeuwen, Corneel Verlaan, Ros Welchman, Peter Yamaoka, and more.

Gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment, through January 5. For additional information please contact the office at 607.326.7908 or email

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Harvest Brunch & Auction planned

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater’s 14th annual Harvest Brunch and Auction, famous for its gourmet home cooking and array of local products and artistry, is set to begin at noon on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the community room of the fire hall, next to the United Methodist Church on Church Street in Margaretville.

The public is invited to this scrumptious brunch of ham, turkey, and baked salmon, sauces, eggs and made-to-order pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, sausage, salads, quiches, casseroles, breakfast breads of all sorts, pies, cakes and other dessert specialties. Live musical entertainment at the all-you-can-eat feast features Andy Cahill performing popular and jazz favorites accompanied by Adam Ippolito on keyboard.

At 1:15 sharp, master auctioneer Chuck McIntosh, and his assistant Gail Lennstrom take the stage to begin the live auction of more than 60 local specialties and one-of-a-kind artisan items including hand woven throw pillows by Tabitha Gilmore- Barnes, a hand crocheted afghan by Darlene DeMaille, a hand knit poncho by Turid Murad, Huichol beaded artwork and jewelry, a signed, framed Barbara Alyn original whimsical painting (20” x 24”), 1973 Vintage Pepsi Glasses Collection series (includes Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Bugs Bunny), Franklin Porcelain Collector Plates (1976 Country Scenes), a Vintage “Betty Boop” doll, gourmet baskets of chocolates and other local specialties, Bootlegger Bourbon, and a new, boxed Senseo POD coffee maker. There are Gift Certificates, perfect for holiday gift giving: 2019 Season Tickets to Phoenicia Playhouse, Belleayre Lift Tickets, DURR Rides, Yoga Classes, Alterations, Oil Changes, 4 Thrift Stores, more than 15 favorite local restaurants including Peekamoose and Phoenicia Diner, and more surprises.

Advance sale tickets are available through Thursday, Nov. 8, by contacting The Open Eye Theater at 845.586.1660 or openeye Tickets are available at the door for $30.

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Mary Gauthier at ESRM Nov. 10

Phoenicia – Americana star Mary Gauthier, called one of the best song writers of her generation by the Associated Press, will perform for Flying Cat Music at the Empire State Railway Museum (ESRM) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

She will be joined by special guest Jaimee Harris at the museum, located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia. Doors open at 7 and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 or $23 with reservations. For information or reservations, email or call 845.688.9453.

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Community holiday dinners planned

Margaretville — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the community Interfaith Council has announced it will not be holding a Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

Council Secretary Richard Dykstra said this week that this year’s dinner was cancelled due to a number of reasons. “We are sorry that we had to make this decision. We believe that this will be a one-year hiatus, and hope to start planning earlier next year and incorporate additional people to help.”

Dykstra did note that The Catskill Mountain Christian Center is hosting a Thanksgiving diner on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. While they are happy to welcome new guests, they are asking that anyone who has not attended the dinner in the past call ahead to reserve a seat or seats so there is enough food for all. The phone there is 845.586.4848 and the e-mail is

Additionally, Delaware Opprotunities has scheduled a Thanksgiving Dinner to be served at all senior dining centers on Friday, Nov. 16 at 11L30 a.m. Small donations are requested for the meal. Reservations a day ahead of the meal are requested. For Margaretville they can be made by calling 845.586.4767. In Grand Gorge, the number is 607.588.6166 and in Delhi, 607.746.2250.

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Dual show unveiled at Longyear Gallery

Margaretville — Two featured artists’ shows, Anthony Margiotta’s “Tangent Art” and Tom Rapin’s “Narrative Sculpture,” opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery.

Displayed in separate spaces of the gallery, these two exhibitions will be accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists in the gallery’s two other areas and will run from Friday, Nov. 2 through Monday, Nov. 26, with an Artists’ Reception held at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3-6 p.m.

“Tangent Art,” an exhibition of the art of Anthony Margiotta of Halcott Center, is the artist’s first solo show at Longyear Gallery. It includes paintings, ink drawings, sculpture, and carvings.

“Narrative Sculpture,” the new exhibition by featured artist Tom Rapin of Margaretville, consists of 19 shallow relief works and five two-dimensional pieces. s.

The artist’s attempt to create a dialogue between repurposed materials and formal artistic ideas is clearly visible in such sculptures as “The Captain and his Lover,” which entertains a provocative interpretation of the relationship between Capt. Frans B. Cocq and Lt. William van Ruytenburch, the central figures of “Nightwatch,” Rembrandt’s giant portrait showing members of a militia and “For Jake,” where Rapin juxtaposes sharp saw blades against soft pine and slats of hickory in a symmetrical arrangement that quietly conjures up mythological wings.

Tom Rapin received his MFA from the Milton Avery School, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson. Now retired from teaching art at the Margaretville Central School, Rapin has exhibited in solo and group shows in regional and state exhibits throughout the Eastern US.

Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10-5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, please see Longyear’s website,, or call 845.586.3270.

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The Landscape: Cut and Carved at RAG

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group is hosting a show by Nina Jordan and Patrice Lorenz, titled The Landscape: Cut and Carved in the Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Road. The exhibit is on display through November 10. For more information, visit or call 607.326.7908.

In conjunction with their exhibit, currently showing in the Walt Meade Gallery, Patrice Lorenz and Nina Jordan will speak on their artistic processes, expressive use of materials, and artistic influences. Given that both artists have taught in professional settings, the resulting dialogue will invoke a lot of audience participation. Lorenz and Jordan give insight into the meaning and inspiration behind their work.

“The work of Patrice Lorenz and Nina Jordan fill the space of the Walt Meade Gallery with engaging color and composition,” says Annie Schwed, Gallery Coordinator of the Roxbury Arts Group. “Listening to an explanation the reduction and addition process that each artist use in different ways offers an interesting connection and contrast.”

Nina Jordan creates colorful landscapes using only found lumber, employing the grain, scars and “defects” of the wood. Through the variations in the wood’s texture, the reduction process, and a playful use of color, she strives to attain a painterly quality within the hard line of the woodcut medium.

Patrice Lorenz paints and subsequently cuts images she’s created from observing the sunflowers she planted on the hillside outside her studio. Lorenz further paints and reassembles these pieces into the final composition. For Lorenz, the life cycle of the sunflower symbolizes that of the striving of the human spirit.

The Landscape: Cut and Carved Artist Talk event is free and open to the public and encourages audience participation through questions and comments. No reservations are necessary to attend. For more information, call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607. 326.7908.

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Durham original & collected art show opens

Roxbury — A new show by Roxbury artist Christopher Durham will feature his original and collected art at the Martin Lerner Gallery in Roxbury. An opening reception is set Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m. The show will run throughout the month of October.

Christopher has enjoyed career success on many fronts over the years, including in the field of acting, working with animals and in the realm of art.

Combining his passion of painting with his love of wildlife has resulted in animals being the subjects of many of Christopher’s paintings.

An accomplished painter, Christopher had his first gallery exhibition in SoHo in 2000. His work has been featured in the famed windows of Van Clef and Arpels in New York City as well as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Victoria and M magazines.

Christopher was born in southern Virginia and developed his three loves early in life. He successfully pursued all of these interests upon his arrival in New York City after graduating from The College of William and Mary.

From 1982-1990, Christopher was a contract player on three different soap operas: playing Matt McCandless on “Capitol,” Dakota Smith on “Ryan’s Hope” and portraying the role of Mark Harrington on “As The World Turns.”

Other roles

He has guest starred on “The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, all the “Law and Order” franchises, “Rescue Me,” “Third Watch,” “Suits” and many others.

As a television host and personality, he appeared in the highly acclaimed documentary “Wild City” with Isabella Rossellini, which focused on the diverse wildlife to be found in New York City. Christopher was also the “animal expert” guest on Hallmark’s “New Morning” show for five years.

A familiar TV host, he has also reported for HBO, The Travel Chanel and Onion News Network. He has been a caretaker at the children’s zoo in Central Park. As a result of his many years of working with animals, Christopher became a New York state licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1998. He works closely with state and local animal facilities to help injured and orphaned wildlife receive care and treatment so that they can successfully be returned back to the wild.

In the spring of 2015, he wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, ZOBO the story of a sad clown who ventures out into the world to discover the meaning of happiness.

For additional information, please visit:, or e-mail:

In addition to Christopher’s show, the gallery will also feature unique works by Martin Lerner’s wife, Yung Yung Tsuai. In keeping with his pledge to help support environmental issues, gallery owner Martin has pledged to donate half the proceeds from any of the holiday weekend gallery sales of creations by his wife to the Sierra Club.

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NEW Events Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Pine Hill Community Center Gallery is proud to announce a showing of paintings on paper by the late Tom Vos, a long-time resident of Highmount. The show will run until November 18 during regular center hours at Pine Hill Community Center 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. For more information call 845.254.5469 or email

Thursday, Nov. 8

Woodstock Chimes warehouse sale is having a fiveday sale Veterans Day Weekend November 8 through November 12, Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with up to 80% off, located at Woodstock chimes warehouse 167 DuBois Road, Shokan. For more information visit

Friday, Nov. 9

Margaretville Central School is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gym. An appreciation Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria immediately following the ceremony. Make sure to RSVP to Carol Norwick at 845.586.2647, ext.120. Retired Sergeant Major Armando Lopez will be speaking at the Roxbury Central School for a special Veterans Day Assembly at 1:30 p.m. A reception to follow for Veterans and Family. For info: 607.326.4151.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Native American Thanksgiving Celebration from 11 to 4 p.m. Spirit of the Mountain Drum, Luis Ramos, Vendors, Thanksgiving feast and more at the Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street. For more information about this event, please call 845.254.4238 or email:

An Autumn Basket Raffle at the CooksFalls Fire House from 6 to 8 p.m., drawing begins at 7 p.m. and admission tickets sold at the door. The Cooksfalls/Horton Fire Department and Auxiliary sponsor the raffle. The Fire House is located at the entrance to Cooks Falls, 116 Cooksfalls Road off Hwy 17, exit 93. For more information call 607.498.5509.

Sunday, Nov. 11

The Open Eye Theater’s 14th Annual Harvest Brunch and Auction is from noon to 3 p.m. an all you can eat brunch buffet and live auction by Chuck McIntosh. Live entertainment provided by Andy Cahill and Adam Ippolito. 845.586.1660 or email

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Andes Central School will be hosting a Veterans’ Day Luncheon at 1 p.m. for Andes Veterans to thank them for their service to our country. If you would like to attend or for more info, call 845.676.3166, ext. 103.

Sunday, Nov. 18

An all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast at the Claryville Fire Department from 7 a.m. to noon. Hunters welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Spaghetti Supper at the Claryville Fire Department; from 4 to 8 p.m. Hunters welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Shop Small Saturday in the Village of Margaretville. Free Events All Day! 11 a.m. Parade, Picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Letters to Santa, Hayrides, Kids’ Crafts, Model Trains, Cookie Decorating & Tastings, Live Nativity at Catskill Mtn. Christian Center, Tree Lighting at 4:30 p.m., Special Holiday Sales, Pop-Up Market. For additional event information, please call 845 586.4177 or visit: for updates.

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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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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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Margaretville, NY 12455-0170

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