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Stamford & Hotels Showcased March 16

Delhi — The Delaware County Historical Association presents Stamford & its Hotels: Presentation & Chat at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Another in a series of informative DCHA programs on local history, this will be an illustrated talk by local author, historian, and archivist of the Stamford Village Library history room, Karen Cuccinello.

Cuccinello’s talk will concern Stamford and the era of its hotels. During the late 19th century and early 20th century Stamford was known as the “Queen of the Catskills,” and was a nationally-renowned tourist mecca. Located on the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, Stamford’s population swelled during the summer months as urban visitors flocked to its hotels and other recreation amenities.

Admission to the program at 46549 State Hwy. 10, in Delhi, is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 607.746.3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net

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Hobart Showcases Student Art

Stamford — MURAL, the Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League will host the 2019 MURAL Student Art Show in Hobart. The exhibition will be on view at the MURAL on Main Gallery, located at 631 Main Street there from Saturday, March 30 through Saturday, April 20. In addition, MURAL will host an Opening Reception for this exhibit on Saturday, March 30, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

MURAL has been hosting student art shows in the Stamford region for more than 30 years. The 2019 MURAL Student Art Show will showcase the talent of artists from four local schools: Stamford, Jefferson, Gilboa-Conesville, and South Kortright. Art teachers from these schools select students in grades 9 through 12 to present work in a variety of media. Awards for art in this exhibition will be given based on judging by area art teachers Jill Karen Accordino and Lee Sperling. At the opening reception, ribbons will be hung and many of the students and art teachers will be available to share insights on the artworks. This event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

New for the 2019 Student Art Show, MURAL introduces a ‘People’s Choice Award.’ All gallery visitors may submit a vote for their favorite artwork in the 2019 MURAL Student Art Show. Voter ballots will be available at the Opening Reception on March 30 and during gallery hours through April 14. On April 15, votes will be counted and ‘People’s Choice Award’ winners will be announced. Visit the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, during special events as listed on our website, or by appointment- 607.538.3002 or muralonmain@gmail.com.

MURAL welcomes community participation at all openings and other events. For more information about MURAL, our exhibitions, volunteer opportunities, and more, please visit our website: www.muralartgallery.org, email the gallery at muralonmain@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page: @ MURALonMainGallery.

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Honest Brook Hosts Tesla Quartet

Stamford — The Honest Brook Music Festival will close its winter concert series with a performance by the Tesla Quartet on Saturday, March 23 in Stamford. The quartet, featuring Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola) and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello) was formed in 2008 at The Juilliard School and very quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning second prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition.

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand,” the Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The Quartet has garnered top prizes at numerous international competitions including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, second prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and third prize at the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, as well as third prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition.

The Quartet performs regularly across the US as well as making appearances in Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission. The group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, libraries, soup kitchens, retirement communities and schools. The Quartet currently holds a community residency in Hickory, NC that includes performances and workshops at local schools and colleges. They have also provided community enrichment programs in Aspen, Craig and Steamboat Springs, CO.

The concert gets underway at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Stamford United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered by calling 607.746.3770 or sending an email to hbmf@aol.com. Children under 18 are always admitted free.

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Gibson Bros. Show is PHCC Benefit

Pine Hill —  The Pine Hill Community Center (PHCC) will host an evening of bluegrass, roots and Americana music when The Gibson Brothers take the stage in a benefit concert to support the work of the community non-profit present bluegrass royalty, The Gibson Brothers. All proceeds of the concert, scheduled for June 15 at the Main Street, Pine Hill Center will help continue and grow the PHCC outreach and activities.

Deemed “…bluegrass royalty” by the New York Times, back-to-back International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year as well as Song of the Year winners, The Gibson Brothers are rooted in classic country and bluegrass; they are a vital roots music group playing timeless Americana music. The concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Eric and Leigh Gibson who grew up in upstate New York and still call it home today.

Presented through the generosity of Andrew Messinger and the Messinger Family Fund this will be an evening of good time, foot tapping, gotta-get-up-and-dance Bluegrass music. “Music, especially acoustic music, was made a staple of the PHCC starting with the center’s first director, James Kruger,” said Andrew Messinger of his family’s work with the group. “We’re so pleased that one of the country’s finest bluegrass bands and native New Yorkers, The Gibson Brothers, will be doing this benefit concert for the Center.”

Award winning entertainers with deep roots

The Gibson Brother’s brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony; they are the premiere brother duo in the Bluegrass/ Americana genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as The Everly Brothers, The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse and the Osborne Brothers. Their first ever album of entirely original songs, In The Ground, sees The Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm.

Twice named International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, the brothers dig deep into their commitment to family and their history. Their themes come from the farm, their childhood and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory.

The Pine Hill Community Center (PHCC) is dedicated to enriching the lives of the people in the area by providing community-building activities that nurture creativity and lifelong growth.

PHCC provides a vibrant, welcoming and comfortable space for all. It is our goal to help strengthen the economic vitality of our region, cultivate appreciation for our unique history and natural assets, and to provide excellence in programming in order to best meet the needs of our diverse communities. The June 15 concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Pine Hill. More information on the event is available by calling Chris Hensley at 201.679.9390 or emailing chrishensley@m3.com. More information on the community center is available by visiting Pinehillcommunitycenter.org

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‘Smoketown’ Plays in Walton

Walton — Smoketown, a talented duet with a unique take on Irish, folk and American root music, will take the stage at Coffeehouse at the Walton Theatre on Sunday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m.

Music on the Delaware presents the duo, composed of two brothers, Dennis and Jim Thompson, who present their own take on Irish, folk and American roots music. Dennis has sung and played guitar for many years at various sessions, festivals, and pubs both in Ireland and the U.S. Jim has played drums and percussion since he was a teen, everything from folk to rock and jazz. He has also been playing bodhran in local Irish Trad sessions since 2004. The brothers’ lives and music were greatly influenced by their Irish mother, Johanna O’Connor, who immigrated from Ireland in 1946.

Coffeehouse events are held on the third Sunday of each month and are free to the public with donations gratefully accepted and coffee/tea and homemade desserts available. The concerts are held on the second floor of the Walton Theatre. For more information see waltontheatre.org or call 607.865.6625.

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Comedy Show in Phoenicia March 16

Phoenicia — A new stand-up comedy series will light up Phoenicia on Saturday, March 16, when Joe DeVito headlines a night at the Phoenicia Playhouse. DeVito will take the stage with Max Cohen and Vicky Kuperman, a husband and wife comedy team and frequent visitors to the area.

DeVito, a veteran of more than 150 TV appearances is currently preparing a one-hour special which he will film with Dry Bar Comedy. His dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top clubs in New York City and across the country.

Kuperman and Cohen are starting a whole series of standup comedy nights in Phoenicia having noticed that the genre is largely unrepresented in the region.

“We saw Mamma Mia when we visited in July,” says Cohen. “Vicky and I sat down in the great theater and we were immediately taken aback by the community’s enthusiasm for the arts,” Cohen added. “The theater was packed and the energy was palpable. We knew stand-up comedy would be a hit in Phoenicia.”

In November, the two created the first comedy show to hit Phoenicia in many years. with performer Sherry Davey. Kuperman told the News “We had a fabulous premiere of the new Comedy Night series at the Phoenicia Playhouse! We spent almost as much time off stage chatting with thrilled audience members as we did on stage making them laugh! And it doesn’t hurt that Belleayre Ski Center is literally down the road. Laugh and ski all in the same weekend.”

The night was a huge success. Audience members left saying what a great night they had, and asking when there would be another show. Managing Director George Muller and the board of the Playhouse invited them back for quarterly shows. After skiing, hiking, or any of the other exciting outdoor activities Phoenicia and the surrounding areas have to offer, a night of laughter will be a perfect way to end the day. Cohen and Kuperman are looking to bring the best talent of New York City and upstate New York to Ulster County.

Russian-born Kuperman has performed nationwide for over a decade. Her comedy albums “When I Could Feel” and “All Good!” are in regular rotation on SiriusXM, and her book “How to Spy on Your Neighbor” was top 10 in political-humor on Amazon. In the summer of 2018, Kuperman released her third album for Audible’s Comedy Label “Rooftop Comedy,” a collaboration with comics Joe DeVito and Kyle Ocasio. She is also a regular panelist on John Fugelsang’s Sirius XM show Tell Me Everything and named one of Huffington Post’s 12 New Comedians To Watch.

Cohen was a semifinalist in The Great Long Island Laugh Off and published in “Urbasm” magazine. He is also a regular panelist on John Fugelsang’s show Tell me Everything. He was a finalist for a show on the hit comedy app Laugh Exchange. He currently hosts the popular podcast, “Shut It Down! The Bar Rescue Recap Show,” and will appear on an upcoming episode of “Bar Rescue,” on Paramount Network. His debut comedy album, “Operation: Pastrami Sandwich,” is played often on SiriusXM and is available everywhere.

The show is recommended for ages 18+. Tickets for the March 16th show are available for purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ comedy-night-in-phoeniciatickets 55163962898.

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Arm of the Sea Show at Phoenicia

Phoenicia — The Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library and Phoenicia Elementary School are teaming up to present a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater of the latest new production of “City That Drinks the Mountain Sky, Part Two.” The 55-minute, free performance will be held at Phoenicia Elementary School, School Lane, Phoenicia at 2 pm on Saturday April 6.

More information about the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection can be found at www.catskillanglingcollection.org

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‘Pieces’ Show Opening at RAG

Roxbury — Two artists, working in two different media, will be shown together in a new exhibit at the Roxbury Arts Center. Pieces: Works by Amy Cannon and Victoria van der Laan opens with an Artist Reception on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center.

Amy Cannon, an artist living and working in Fly Creek, NY, is a collage artist who unconventionally paints with paper. Cannon uses colorful, visually textural magazine ‘rippings’ from artists’ work that inspires her. She employs the Surrealist process of automation and her experience of making collagraph plates and prints. Cannon’s works juxtapose these ‘rippings’, allowing for subliminal shapes, colors and symbols to emerge that allude to something somewhat recognizable yet kindles the imagination.

Victoria van der Laan is a self-taught textile artist currently making minimalist quilts and textile pieces in downtown Albany, NY. Rooted in tradition while reaching toward innovation, van der Laan makes quilts and textile art pieces exploring color, form, and scale. A quilt is an object evocative of hearth and home, of comfort and warmth. Her work carries this convention forward, elevating and evolving the idea of domesticity and pushing the boundaries of what a quilt can be.

Victoria van der Laan is a self-taught textile artist who takes a minimal approach to her work. Her work will be on display alongside Cannon's on March 16 at the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center.

Victoria van der Laan is a self-taught textile artist who takes a minimal approach to her work. Her work will be on display alongside Cannon’s on March 16 at the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center.

“While the works from these two extremely talented artists differ from each other” says Jenny Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the Roxbury Arts Group, “there is a playful conversation that takes place – one of structure, color and form – and we are thrilled to share this conversation with our community and to see how they respond.”

The event is free and open to the public in the gallery located at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pieces will be on view through April 20, 2019. For more information about Pieces or other events offered by the Roxbury Arts Group, visit roxburyartsgroup.org or call 607.326.7908.

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NEW Events Calendar

Saturday, March 16

Heart of the Catskills Humane Society is hosting their annual Rummage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the United Ministry Church Basement at Delhi’s Court House Square. There will be housewares, dishes, books, videos, collectibles, flea market and much more. For more information for donations or other call 607.746.3080 or visit www.heartofthecatskills.org.

Sunday, March 17

Quest for the Antarctic Circle with Dan and Linda Palm who will be sharing Travelogue Series and sharing photos of their 12-day voyage to the bottom of the earth at 2:00 p.m. at Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center. For more information call 1.800.724.0309.

Tuesday, March 19

Hoola-Hoop Cardio Plus Madness from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Catskill Recreation Center. Come and join in for the 45 minutes hoola hoop exercise funfest with special weighted hoops. For more information call 845.586.6250 Ext. 651.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24

Autism Support Weekend: Provide families opportunities for friendship, support and networking, as well as the potential to relax, play and forget the pressures of daily life. Activities encourage guests to experience new adventures including sports and games, arts and crafts, climbing, hiking, canoeing and exploring the Catskill Mountains. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. For more information call 845.985.2291 Ext. 450 or visit www.frostvalley.org.

Saturday, March 23

Honest Brook Music Festival Winter Concert Series has Tesla String Quartet playing from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Stamford United Methodist Church. To purchase tickets email hbmf@aol.com or call 607.746.3770, or mail to Honest Brook Music Festival PO Box 309, Delhi, NY 13753.

The Ninth Annual Delhi St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place at noon on Main Street in Delhi. The parade will follow a route from SUNY Delhi to Bridge Street, and is expected to last about an hour. So much will be in the parade and you won’t want to miss. For more information call 607.746.8595 or visit www.facebook.com/delhiparade.

Lost Lighthouse of the Hudson River: Sarah Wassberg Johnson will share her research and that of many Hudson River Maritime Museum volunteers on these often unknown lights, their keepers and what ultimately happened to the structures themselves at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. For more information call 845.338.5004 or visit www.hrmm.org.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Catskill Mountain Christian Center 629 Main Street, Margaretville to benefit The Family Table Community Assistance Program. The menu includes: 5 types of pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy and more. For more information call 845.586.4848 or visit www.cmcconline.org.

Sunday, March 24

Author Chuck d’Imperio will discuss his new book “Upstate Uncovered,” Travelogue story which focuses on overlooked and must-see New York State destinations at 2:00p.m. at Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center. For more information call 800.724.0309.

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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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