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Seldom Scene at W. Kortright

East Meredith — The West Kortright Centre presents iconic bluegrass band The Seldom Scene on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 7 p.m.

Stunning musicianship, a signature sound, a solid repertoire, and a sheer sense of fun have maintained The Seldom Scene’s vast popularity for more than forty years.

The original five members formed the band after jamming together weekly in a Bethesda, Maryland basement in 1971. They chose the name based on their once-a-week local restaurant gigs. Their legendary weekly residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, pop, rock, and even classical tunes.

The inclusion of dobro (resonator guitar) rather than a fiddle, smooth harmonies, a love of eclectic material, and colorful stage antics contributed to the group’s unique sound and influence on the progression of the bluegrass genre.

The 2007 release Scenechronized (Sugar Hill) was nominated for a Grammy. In 2014, Long Time…Seldom Scene was released on Smithsonian Folkways. The band recently signed with Rounder Records for a highly anticipated Fall 2018 release. The Seldom Scene has performed at the White House many times, and still tours year-round. When performing live, the group enjoys stretching out songs, allowing members to take extended solos that sounded closer to jazz than bluegrass.

The band’s lineup has changed numerous times throughout the years, and though some long-time fans may think of the first edition of the band when they hear the name, many of the current members have been in the group even longer than the original players ever were.

Dudley Connell, a member since 1995, plays a masterful guitar and provides powerful lead vocals. Audiences delight in his renditions of traditional songs like “Old Train,” folk ballads such as “Blue Diamond Mine,” and blues songs like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.”

Lou Reid, with the band 1986–1993 and again since 1996, plays mandolin and provides the powerful “high, lonesome” tenor that is the signature of bluegrass music. With The Scene since 1995, Ronnie Simpkins plays rock-steady bass for the group and provides the bass vocals.

Banjo player Ron Stewart joined the unit in 2016. He is one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in the genre’s history.

Fred Travers, also a member since 1995, is one of the most respected dobro players in bluegrass today and is also an accomplished vocalist.

The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport Center or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, please visit online at or call 607.278.5454.

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Landscapes are focus at RAG dual exhibit

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group invites the public to the opening of The Landscape: Cut and Carved, a two-person exhibition in the Walt Meade Gallery. New work from Nina Jordan and Patrice Lorenz, will run from September 29 through November 10, 2018, with an Artist Reception on Saturday, September 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. The Walt Meade Gallery is located at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury.

For more information, visit or call 607.326.7908.

The work of Nina Jordan and Patrice Lorenz pair well with their similar subject matter, the landscape, and use of color, though their overall aesthetics help them shine as distinct artists. Both artists deconstruct the environment and materials they are working with to rebuild and layer it into something more dynamic; Lorenz with paper and paint, and Jordan with her found wood and pigments.

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15th Cauliflower Fest Sept. 22

Margaretville — The 15th Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival will be held rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 to 4 in the Village Park, Margaretville.

This free festival, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, is focused on the agricultural heritage of the region, once known for its outstanding cauliflower. The festival is a Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway annual event and is presided over by Callie, the Cauliflower Spirit.

The tractor parade will roll out of the Margaretville Central School parking lot at 11:30 a.m., headed for the festival grounds. Tractor owners who would like to participate are asked to call Lauren Davis, 845.586.4661 or Sally Fairbairn, 845. 586.2813 to register and meet at the school at 11.

Local restaurants and organizations, like the Masons who will serve up barbecue chicken and the Fleischmanns- Pine Hill Rotary Club with their ice cream stand, will sell a variety of treats, with lots of dishes featuring cauliflower.

Seasonal produce

Vendors at the overflowing Pure Catskills tent will tempt festival-goers with seasonal produce and local products, including fresh cauliflower, offered by area farmers and makers.

Blues musician Mike Herman and folk singer Jason Starr, perennial crowd favorites, will perform alternate sets on the hour from Noon until 3:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy games like a cauliflower bean bag toss, crafts assisted by MCS art students, a petting zoo and pony rides and other fun activities.

Participants in the second annual Catskill Conquest, vintage cars traveling part of the route of the 1903 Endurance Run along the Byway, will stop at the festival to show off their vehicles.

The history of the cauliflower growing industry in the region will be featured in the History Tent.

A scavenger hunt will occupy the kids while grownups peruse a new exhibit by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, “Guns and Butter,” on the impact of World War I on local farms and foodways.

The artisan’s tent will feature pottery, jewelry, sewn goods, knit items, hand-made dolls, wood bowls, art prints and cards, outdoor driftwood furniture and more. More than 60 vendors will be on hand, including non-profit organizations and agencies like Soil & Water Conservation District whose staff will use a stream table to demonstrate how water, and human intervention, help shape the land.

The festival is supported by Adams Fairacre Farms, WIOX Radio; Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley; Directive, Inc.; the Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills. For

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Wildlife Festival will be action-packed

North Blenheim — Wildlife Festival 2018 sponsored by the NY Power Authority will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center in North Blenheim.

Admission and parking are free and the event features reptile adventures, birds of prey, petting zoo, pony rides, food vendors and a craft tent.

Other activities include face painting, caricature artist, juggler, climbing wall, bounce slide, magician, bubble artist, Elvis impersonator and photo booth. Music and live entertainment round out the day.

For more information call 800.724.0309 or visit

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Handy folks invited to Repair Cafe event

Roxbury — Do you know how to fix lamps, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances?

Transition Catskills is looking for volunteers for its next Repair Café, a community event in Roxbury on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come be a repair specialist and share your skill at fixing things. We’ll buy you lunch!

Helping hands

At a Repair Café, people bring their beloved-but-broken items and work with a repair specialist to fix them for free.

Repair Cafés help keep piles of stuff from being thrown away, things that often could be used again after a simple repair. These events bring people in the community together and promote the value of practical skills.

If you have repair know-how and would like to participate, please contact Kristina at or call her at 607. 353.9896.

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Church hosts anniversary celebration

Shandaken — Pastor Lee Stowe and the congregation of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Shandaken would like to invite everyone in the community to a complimentary luncheon and Open House to celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the Church on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The Memorial United Methodist Church of Shandaken opened its doors in 1848 and is one of the oldest, continually operating churches in the region.

The luncheon will follow the regular church service on Sunday, Sept. 23. Church service starts at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow at 12:30 p.m. The Open House will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free community luncheon to celebrate this significant milestone will include delicious grilled sliced steak, mashed potatoes, fresh corn-off-the-cob and garden salad.

The Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 7358 State Rt. 28, Shandaken.

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Logo contest part of Bovina Bicentennial

Bovina — The Town of Bovina will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2020 and in preparation is launching a Bovina Bicentennial Logo Contest.

Part of the town’s bicentennial celebration will include the creation of a logo to be used on any mailings, brochures, promotional materials or souvenirs connected with the commemoration of Bovina’s 200th birthday.

The contest is open to any individual of any age. Artists may submit up to two entries and must complete an entry form for each. The Town of Bovina Bicentennial Committee reserves the right to extend all deadlines associated with the contest to ensure that a sufficient number of entries are received.

Your logo design should include the words Bovina, NY, Bicentennial, 1820-2020. Please submit the design either in electronic form (.png, .jpg or .pdf), with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or in paper form. Paper submissions should not be larger than 8.5 by 11 inches.

Even after consideration of all entries, there may be no “winner.” Judging decisions are final and may not be appealed. The deadline for entries is October 20, 2018. Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted.

If you are interested in making a submission, contact town historian Ray LaFever at or at 607.832.4609 to get an official entry form.

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“Flora and Fauna” opens at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is Hedi Kyle’s solo exhibition, “Flora and Fauna.” Displayed in a separate space of the gallery, this exhibition will be accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists in the gallery’s three other areas and will run from Friday, September 7th through Monday, October 1st.

In her new show, “Flora and Fauna,” Hedi Kyle focuses on the book as a three-dimensional object that can be explored and reinvented beyond traditional modes of binding and display. As Kyle notes, “Because of my background as a book conservator, I have encountered many unusual books in the collections of diverse libraries, which has allowed me to draw on known and less known historical examples of the book to inform and inspire my own structures.” This experience has also taught her that, “from the repetitions of the fold, there is always the potential for new structures to emerge. In my creative practice, I experiment, divert, re-build, and alter with the intent of keeping the book alive as a mechanical object of extraordinary diversity.”

Since moving to the Catskills in 2013 and joining the Longyear Gallery, the flora and fauna of her rural environment have been a catalyst for Kyle to create new work which can be displayed on the gallery walls. For this artist, “The overwhelming beauty, aggression and weirdness of nature during the four seasons are something to behold for a former city dweller, so I try to capture my impressions by using techniques that I am familiar with from bookmaking, which include stenciling, printing, frottage and drawing. I work with brilliant, sometimes exaggerated colors and am influenced by fabulous light.”

Hedi Kyle was born in Berlin and graduated in 1959 from the Werk-Kunst-Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany, with a degree in graphic design, and shortly thereafter emigrated to the United States. In the decades since, Kyle has spent her career revolutionizing the field of book arts, teaching workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

As head conservator at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program for Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts, she trained and mentored a generation of conservators and book artists. Her one-of-a kind book constructions are in the collections of numerous institutions and individuals and have been the subject of multiple solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. An honorary member of the Guild of Book Workers, Kyle received the Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association (CBAA) and cofounded the Paper & Book Intensive, now in its thirty-third year. Kyle and her daughter, Ulla Warchol, have also coauthored The Art of the Fold, a step-by-step guide to making a broad selection of the artist’s original structures.

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

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NEW Events Calendar

Friday, Sept. 21

The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at Mountainside Residential Care Center from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. Appointments are available to save time but walk ins are also welcome. 800-RED CROSS or for appointments. 845.586.4028

The Phoenicia Rotary Club hosts it’s Fall Festival Dinner Dance at the SFDS Parish Hall in Phoenicia. Guests enjoy a pork dinner with all the trimmings, music by Larry the DJ and silent auction, 50/50 and other activities. See any Phoenicia Rotarian for tickets. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with festivities running from 6 – 9:00 P.M.

The Women’s Society of the Catskills hosts its annual Roast Pork Dinner from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Margaretville. The dinner, with roast potatoes, green beans almondine, sauerkraut, apple sauce, homemade bread, dessert and beverage is available for sit down dining or take out. Call 845.586.1175.

Saturday, Sept. 22

The Andes Hotel hosts the Stars & Stripes Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Saturday from 5 p.m. to Midnight. The halves are $5 and the dinner is $15. The dinner includes three sides, dessert and five tickets to the silent raffle. There will be a silent raffle/ lottery basket and much more. For info call 845.676.4408 or go to

The 15th Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Margaretville Park and Pavilion (behind Freshtown), celebrating farming, cooking and culture in the past, present and future of the Catskill Mountains. Fun for the entire family including: Cauliflower For Sale, Scores of Artists and Craftspeople, History Tent, Traditional Music, Rides and Petting zoo, Children’s hands-on crafts and entertainment, Tractor Parade! For more information visit

Wildlife Festival 2018 sponsored by the NY Power Authority runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center. Admission and parking are free and the event features reptile adventures, birds of prey, petting zoo, pony rides, food vendors and a craft tent. Other activities include face painting, caricature artist, juggler, climbing wall, bounce slide, magician, bubble artist. Music. Call 800.724.0309 or visit The 34th annual Delhi Harvest Festival! More than 70 vendors, from 10am to 4pm. Courthouse Square, rain or shine, plus SUNY Delhi car show, 11 am till 3pm. For more information email

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville will host rides powered by a vintage steam locomotive. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad tourist train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, please call 800 225-4132 or 845 586-2929. Events subject to change. For the most current information, visit: or e-mail:

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Frost Valley hosts Youth Summit

Claryville — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is currently accepting applications from students in grades 7-12 and teachers in the Catskill Region to attend the 2018 Catskills Youth Climate Summit. This free overnight summit will take place Tuesday- Wednesday, October 9-10 at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.

The Summit gives students an opportunity to attend presentations and workshops on climate change and sustainability. Additionally, attendees are invited to participate in group discussions and activities that are designed to challenge perceptions, brainstorm solutions, and discover new ways to live more sustainable lifestyles.

The Catskills Youth Climate Summit will include meals and an overnight stay in a Frost Valley cabin. Schools are required to provide their own transportation to and from Frost Valley. The number of participants may be limited based on funding.

For more information or to apply to attend the Youth Climate Summit, go to Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 607.865.6531 or email if you have any questions about the project.

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Catskill Conquest traces 1903 Auto Run

Mt. Tremper — The second annual Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally, which retraces th 1903 Automobile Endurance Run is set for September 22.

All vintages are welcome! If you love your car come and drive it on this route.

Follow the historic 1903 route over the Catskill Mountains to the Susquehanna River along a 75 mile course with six hosts/checkpoints, festivals and attractions. We travel from the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper to Unadilla, following one of the most beautiful drives in New York State. The start will be at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5069 State 28 Mt. Tremper.

The route follows the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway along the historic Ulster and Delaware Turnpike and then finishes along the Catskill and Susquehanna Turnpike.

The road crests four hills over 2000 feet elevation along the way. Your car should have good brakes and good power to run the Catskill Conquest.

For info, visit:, e-mail: or call 845.657.6982.

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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

Sluiter Agency, Inc.

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

(845) 586-2641

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