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Hands-on workshops for winter breaks

Treadwell – Bright Hill Press and Literary Center has announced workshops and a book club for kids and teens to run through winter and spring of 2019. The Center, on Church Street in Treadwell, will feature Bertha Rogers in its Winter Break-Winter I offering Icebergs: How they’re made, how they calve, how they flip for kids between 6 and 14.

An iceberg or ice mountain is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and is floating freely in open water. Participants will learn how they are formed and where they live and die, then write about icebergs. In addition to writing poetry and prose about them, the authors will then create sculptures of icebergs and the oceans where they live. The workshop will be taught from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for the five days of the February 18 – 22 winter break.

The spring break workshop scheduled for April 15 – 19 will be Cave Art: Who made it and why, also taught by Bertha Roberts. In this workshop, cave paintings are also known as “parietal art” will be studied. These are painted drawings on cave walls or ceilings, mainly of prehistoric origin, dated to some 40,000 years ago in Eurasia. In addition to study of ancient cave art, from Indonesia (the oldest) to Europe, students will make their own miniature caves with art inside, and create pictograph poems and stories. Winter II will run from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the five days of the spring break.

Pre-registration is essential for the programs. To register, visit or call 607.829.5055

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‘Tis the Season for Sending Cards

Delhi — The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) wants to wish you a Happy Holiday season and is hosting a Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cannon House at 47 Main Street in Delhi.

Attendees will be able to choose an antique Christmas card to send to a loved one and DHS will mail it for you. There will be a real Christmas tree to enjoy and create a calling card to display on it. Old greeting cards, calling cards and autograph albums will be on display. John Bramley will get the crowd in the Christmas spirit, with his old-fashioned Edison music player and holiday treats will be served.

Future programs and exhibits can be found on the DHS website, www. The Delhi Historical Society works to promote history and historical research in Delhi. Become a member by sending a check for $10 made payable to DHS to 5 Elm Street, Delhi, NY, 13753. Any donation is appreciated and helps the mission. Find DHS on Facebook stay updated on what is happening with DHS.

This marks the final event for the Delhi Historical Society for 2018. Thank you to the Cannon Free Library for allowing DHS to host Tuesday evening programs at the Library.The program committee consisting of Sue Pearson, Mary Jane Henderson, Vic Iwanow, Dave Moxley, and Jill Coleman, is working hard to plan 2019’s line up.

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The Arts Upstairs to Open Market

At least 25 members of The Arts Upstairs creative community will take new root at what was the old Phoenicia Pharmacy on Main Street this week. Margaret Owen, former director of the Arts Upstairs, is curating an art show at the Phoenicia Open Market and will open with a wine and cheese reception Saturday, Dec. 15, 4 to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Arts Upstairs is becoming something new. Watch that space! Upstairs to Downstairs!

TAU to OM!

On Saturday, visitors will see heroic scale art in a big window, hi-roof storefront. Dave Channon’s anti-gravity chariot and dashing steed, Kevin Green’s humorous totem shovelheads and Doug Maguire’s expressionist landscapes are among those featured The entire Owen clan’s oeuvre along with Judith Singer, Astrid Nordness, Bronson Eden, Jan Sosnowitz, Lynn Fliegel, Anna Contes, Christina Varga, Anique Taylor and many more will be on hand. Music? Dance? Anything’s likely to happen at the opening, from chanting OM to making history.

For more info: email dave@ ShandakenArt. com phone 845.688.2977

2 months ago · by · 0 comments

Roxbury hosts Soup & Sip

Roxbury – Roxbury is serving up a healthy dose of holiday cheer, along with homemade soups and New York State wines as part of the Roxbury Soup & Sip event on Saturday, Dec. 22 on Main Street of the historic hamlet.

More than a dozen Roxbury businesses and organizations will serve up soups and sips from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., warming ticket holders as they stroll through town, admiring the holiday decorations on Main Street. At 7:00 p.m., strollers will head over to the Roxbury Arts Group for a Dessert Reception, vote for their favorite soup, and participate in a live auction for cool prizes.

All proceeds from this event will directly support the Roxbury Beautification Fund. Tickets for Soup & Sip can be purchased at Roxbury Wines & Spirits, located at 53484 State Highway 30 in Roxbury, or online at 53059405109. This community holiday event raises funds for Roxbury beautification and other community projects, including the Roxbury Flower Fund. Join friends and neighbors in the historic hamlet of Roxbury and enjoy this opportunity to see (and taste) what Roxbury has to offer.

This winter celebration also features a Holiday Decoration Contest, with prizes for Best Traditional Decor, Best Over- The-Top Illumination, and Best in Show, with winners announced at the Dessert Reception at the Roxbury Arts Group on Soup & Sip Saturday. There’s no entry fee or form to participate, and hamlet homeowners can call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607.326.7908 for more information about the Holiday Decoration Contest.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the holiday decorations and join in the festivities at the Dessert Reception, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Group, but only ticket holders will be treated to homemade soups and tastings of New York State wines. Soup & Sip business participants include the Ate.O.Ate Food Truck, Chappie’s, Greater Roxbury Business Association, Hughson Benson Insurance, Kimchee Harvest Kitchen, Liberal Arts Roxbury, The Old Mill, Outsiders Kitchen, PDA Wood Work, Round Back Antiques, Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury General, The Roxbury Motel, Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury Wine & Spirits, Table to Farm Tours, and Wayne Bank. Strollers can pick up a map of locations at Roxbury Wine & Spirits before starting the stroll.

This community event is a collaboration between Friends of Main Street, Town of Roxbury, and The MARK Project. For more information, visit or stop in at Roxbury Wine Spirits located at 53484 State Highway 30 in Roxbury.

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Silver Sleigh Flyer Rolls at Delaware & Ulster

Arkville – The Silver Sleigh Flyer will roll along the tracks of the Delaware & Ulster (D&U) Railroad on Saturdays and Sundays through 23 taking passengers on a magical scenic winter wonderland train ride.

The special theme ride will include Santa Claus joining us on the train to visit with children of all ages as the Flyer rolls through the winter landscape. Along the way passengers will be treated to a hot chocolate (or coffee & tea) a gingerbread treat and a special souvenir to take home.

The Silver Sleigh Flyer is a developing story by Delaware & Ulster Railroad General Manager Wes Coates and Halcottsville resident Sharon Seuss, and tells how a passenger train in the Catskills helped Santa complete his rounds when a winter storm forced him to make an unscheduled landing along the tracks. The D&U will be transformed into the Flyer for this special series of rides.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at and reservations are required for all trains. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 845.586.3877 or at

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad scenic train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, please call 845.586.2929, visit: or e-mail:

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Small Works exhibit open 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.

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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NEW Events Calendar

Thursday, Dec 20

The Pine Hill Community Center hosts Kim Hawkey for an evening of live music. or call 845.254.5469 for details.

Friday, Dec 21

My So Called Band plays from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Shire Pub 123 Main St., Delhi. This band brings back the time before Creed and Hannah Montana, before George W. Bush and 9/11, before skinny jeans and more. A time of flannels and ripped denim and hyper color tees. This is a band you won’t want to miss. For more information visit or call 607.746.8758.

Blue Christmas at the Phoenicia Playhouse ends its run with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and a matinee on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The 1950s style Christmas Variety show is great for everyone in the family. 845.688.2279 or

Saturday, Dec 22

Roxbury Soup & Sip is serving up a healthy dose of holiday cheer along with homemade soups and New York States wines followed by a dessert reception and a live auction at the Roxbury Art Group as part of the Soup & Sip event on Main St. of the Historic Hamlet. Tickets can be purchased at the Roxbury Wine & Spirits or at roxbury-soup-and-sip-tickets-530.594.05109.

Breakfast with Santa at the Emerson Spa and Resort from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take selfies and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. Visit the Emerson’s North Pole in the Country Stores. Reserve tickets soon for this popular event. Call 845.688.2828 for reservations or visit more information.

DURR wraps up its Silver Sleigh Flyer runs with two runs Saturday and two runs Sunday, at Noon and 3 p.m. both days. Based at the train depot in Arkville, advanced reservations are suggested. for details.

Sunday, Dec 23

Margaretville Central School Cheerleaders host a Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Margaretville Fire Dept. Runs from 8:00 a.m. until Noon. In addition to great food, there will be a coloring contest, raffles and more.

Tuesday, Jan 1

First Night 2019 Hike/Snowshoe from 3-5 p.m. at the Catskill Interpretive Center on 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper. Join the Catskill Interpretive Center for a fun easy hike to ring in the start of the New Year. Start the hike just as the day turns to dusks, watch the light change, and finish with a campfire. Pre-registration via phone or email is requested. To contact email or call 845.688.3369.

Friday, Jan 4

Last day to register future stars for Margaretville’s Got Talent. The talent show will be staged Jan 15 at 6:00 p.m. All ages and all talents welcomed! For more information,

Sunday, Jan 6

Big Indian Oliverea Fire Co. hosts its first Pancake Breakfast of the year from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on 8 Firehouse Road Big Indian. For more information call 845.254.9962.

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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

Sluiter Agency, Inc.

P.O. Box 170, 761 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455-0170

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