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5 days ago · by · 0 comments

Rummage sale benefits Humane Society

Delhi — The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will hold its annual “Paws for a Cause” rummage sale and bake sale on Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, at the United Ministry Church Hall on Court House Square in Delhi.

Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the church hall, in the basement, Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations should be clean and in working order; donations of clothing, TVs or computers will not be accepted.

Volunteer bakers may drop off donated baked goods on Friday, March 16th between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or on Saturday morning. All proceeds from the rummage and bake sale benefit the homeless animals of Delaware County.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Barbara Kaplan at 607.746.2515.

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RAG Films Cure Cabin Fever

Roxbury – The Roxbury Arts Group has announced a film series sure to be the cure for cases of cabin fever. The ‘Frame of Mind’ Film Series will focus local filmmakers and their works based on topics that evoke feeling and provoke discussion. The series spans day into evening on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. The films focus on topics that are extremely relevant to our times; in both our local and national communities. Topics include bullying, mental health, autism, transgender violence, opioid addiction and race in education. Each film is followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

Among the films to be chosen will be Life, Animated is an inspirational story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Roger Ross Williams, Sundance Documentary Directors Award winner and Academy Award Winning Director/Producer will host a Q&A session following the 1-hour and 30-minute film.

Another feature will be The Last Negroes at Harvard. In 1957 nineteen students entered Harvard as negroes and in 1963 they graduated as blacks. The film supplies current conversation with several of the “19” as they recall their individual thoughts and feelings of the Ivy League University pre-affirmative action.

RAG will also present CRAZY with producer and director Lise Zumwalt and co-producer Tony Breuer and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, with Academy Award nominee, director and producer David France leading post-screening discussion. SMACKED! A recently premiered local film about the opioid crisis, shot mostly in Delaware County, will be screened during the two-day RAG event, as will Candyland a tale of social pressure, bullying and change by Delhi’s Lisa Wisely.

‘Frame of Mind’ Film Series tickets can be purchased in advance at or by calling 607.326.7908. Additional film series details can be found at the Roxbury Arts Group website or by calling the Roxbury Arts Group administrative office.

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New W. Kortright Director

East Meredith – Amy Helfand will take the reins of the West Kortright Centre this month according to an announcement from the nonprofit arts and community center in East Meredith. Helfand comes to the WKC from Brooklyn, with a background in studio art, performing arts administration, and community building. In 2012, she founded the House of Love house concert series in Red Hook, and has nurtured it into a thriving venue for local, national, and international musicians.

Helfand was also deeply involved with Miles of Music Camp, serving on its Advisory Board and managing a weekend camp in Brooklyn. Her own art practice has evolved into a decade-long collaboration with weavers in Nepal, who translate her designs into handmade rugs. Amy has a BA in American Studies from Hampshire College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Helfand will replace retiring director Martha Van Burek who over the past 35 years, has developed The West Kortright Centre into a model of high quality programming and institutional stability. She will be retiring after booking the 2018 performance season.

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Outdoor Expo May 5 in Walton

Walton — Complimenting a vast array of outdoor enthusiast and sportsmen-focused vendors at the Walton Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural All-Seasons Sportsmen’s Expo to be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton, there will be a full day of free demonstrations, workshops, educational seminars and hands-on learning opportunities. Those include:

• FREE Fishing for All. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsoring a FREE day of fishing on the West Branch of the Delaware River at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. License requirements are waived and DEC staff will be on hand, with fishing tackle, to teach anglers of all ages how to fish.

• Creepy Crawlers, Stealthy Slitherers and Rascally Reptiles. SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Wildlife staff will have native reptiles and aquatic insects on display and talk about their habits and habitats as predator and prey and what their presence means to ecological health and balance.

• Casting 101. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Brian Foster of Reel Catskills will give introductory hands-on fly fishing casting lessons throughout the day.

• All Tyed Up. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Jeff Foster of Reel Catskills will give hands-on fly-tying demonstrations. Jeff will also discuss typical hatches on the Upper West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries.

Climate change effects

• Vital Signs: Climate Change and Global Warming. Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District staff will discuss cyclical climate change, trends in global warming, what that means to the health and balance of the ecosystem and how it effects outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen.

• Spanning a Lifetime. Industry experts will be on hand to talk about the lifespan of a deer and how to determine a deer’s age and health.

• Dirty Rock and Roll. Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District staff will discuss weather event impacts, restoration projects and why dredging streams is no longer preferred as a means of flood prevention. Stream health and connectivity will be discussed using the West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries as examples.

Wild critters

• Catskill Critters: Foxes and Squirrels and Bears, Oh My! Walton resident and local author Leslie Sharpe will host a book signing, reading and discussion of The Quarry Fox and other critters of the Wild Catskills, published in 2017, based upon her observations from her secluded, hilltop homestead.

• KidFit – Wild, Whimsical, Wondering and Wandering. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Lillian Browne of Catskills Unleashed will lead kids of all ages on an introductory nature hike where they will learn plant and tree identification and learn how to use their imaginations to immerse themselves in and connect with nature.

• Chasing Rainbows. Heralding from the Lake Ontario region, expert angler John Giovenco will provide a glimpse into the exciting and challenging world of steelhead trout and salmon fishing. Necessary tackle and equipment will be on display.

Admission is $5 for adults and anyone under aged 17 is admitted free. Vendor space available. Raffles and door prizes. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve vendor space visit All-Seasons Sportsmens Expo on Facebook, email or call 607.761.2670.

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Kennedys play St. Pat’s show

Walton — Music on the Delaware will welcome the duo The Kennedys on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Walton Theatre.

Pete and Maura Kennedy have been touring and entertaining audiences for more than 20 years in the U.S. and the U.K. The couple, though natives of the East Coast, first met in Austin, Texas. They joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and then set off on their own.

The Kennedy’s have written and recorded songs on many CDs, including the 2015 CD West, and solo CDs for each of the musicians. West seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades, many disparate threads from Buddy Holly style roots to the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers to the 12-string jangle of the early Byrds.

The Kennedys will present two workshops at the William B. Ogden Library on the same day at 11:00 for children, and at 1:00 for adults/families. The evening performance will feature an open jam session prior to the concert, at 6:30, in the theatre parlor.

More info on the band can be found at Music on the Delaware’s 2017- 18 concert schedule will finish with the French Canadian band, De Temps Antan on Saturday. April 7.

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Fleischmanns Maple Fest March 24-25

Fleischmanns — The 2018 maple season is well underway in the region with some producers tapping in early December of last year. The age old tradition of tapping the maple trees begins in earnest now and has experienced an incredible resurgence in the area. Whether done with old fashioned metal taps and buckets or the new plastic taps to tubing to tanks, the sap will be running and the new maple syrup once known as liquid gold will be ready.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 Fleischmanns First, its seventh annual Maple Festival to celebrate the new season’s maple syrup production with a weekend full of activities and events inspired by and celebrating the tradition of turning maple sap into maple syrup!

All maple, all the time

Everything Maple, a pop up retail store, returns with more maple items including maple cream, last year’s most requested product. Vendors wishing to participate should contact Paula DeSimone.

Maple on Main Art Exhibit, is a multi-media, multi-discipline art show of maple inspired work introduced last year. This year’s repeat will take place at 1053 Main Street on both days of the festival. Artists are invited to submit works that feature and/or celebrate the maple tree and its products.

An Artists’ Reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. on March 24 and those who wish to participate may contact Kathleen Green at for more information.

The Sap House 5K Run/Walk registration begins at 10:45 a.m. on March 25 at 1053 Main Street, however, all runners and walkers are invited to submit their registrations before March 1 and pay a reduced entrance fee. Registrants will receive lunch, event t-shirts and awards.

The route will follow Main Street to Big Red Kill past the Davis Sugar Shack and back returning via Wagner Avenue. The application and guidelines are posted at and

Calling all bakers

The Maple Bake-Off Café will pop up again this year, also at 1053 Main Street, on Sunday, March 25 from 1- 4 p.m. Bakers are encouraged to select a category: cakes, pies, cookies, muffins and noshables, in which to enter their baked goods made with maple syrup or maple sugar as an ingredient.

Judges this year include Scott Finley of Two Old Tarts, Michael Cioffi of The Phoenicia Diner, and Amelia Hegeman of Zephyr. A Blue Ribbon winner in each category will be awarded.

Baking contest guidelines and applications are available through the MARK Project, at 845.586.3500, at or on Facebook/Fleischmannsfirst

Other Maple Festival events include a Maple Pancake Breakfast, Children’s Maple Themed Crafts, a presentation on the History of Maple Sugaring, wagon rides to the Davis Farm sugar shack, on March 25, the Crowning of the Maple Court

For all the details, visit Fleischmanns First Maple Festival 2018 on Facebook.

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Phoenicia Library to host free concert

Phoenicia — Phoenicia Library presents a concert by Georgian-born singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.

He and his quartet bring hauntingly beautiful Georgian melodies interwoven with contemporary American musical elements: a mirror of living with one foot in New York City, the other in a little nation on the Black Sea.

The free concert is part of an ongoing cabin fever series sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank. After the concert, there will be a free “hang” with delicious Georgian food prepared by Manana, including vegan options.

At the age of 8, Ilusha immigrated to New York, leaving behind the Georgian Civil War – yet taking with him a rich cultural history that has remained an essential part of his own. Known today for his warm stage presence and soulful voice, Ilusha invites audiences to see through his eyes as he introduces village songs into conversation with the global city.

Since releasing his debut album Deda Ena (Mother Tongue) in 2011, Ilusha has gained a loyal following through US tours, and national fame in Georgia with festival and TV performances.

Videos are available for viewing at

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Events Calendar

Thursday, March 15

The Godforsaken String Band pays Old Time/ Appalachian music starting at 7:30 p.m. at Wayside Cidery, 55 Redden Lane, Andes. They also welcome local musicians to add folk and pop acoustic flavors to the mix. Play continues through the evening until the house closes; a great opportunity to share good times, good tunes and good rhythms. The happy, foot-stompin’ music (think: Soldiers Joy, Cripple Creek, Old Dan Tucker, Little Brown Jug) is featured the first and third Thursdays of every month!

Friday, March 16

Delaware Opportunities hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at all senior dining centers. The Margaretville Senior Dining Center will celebrate its 44th anniversary the same day with an enhanced menu. Reservations are needed by March 13. For more information call (845) 586-4767.

Saturday, March 17

The Walton Theatre presents Pete and Maura Kennedy’s “The Kennedys” at 7:30 p.m. at the Walton Theatre, 31 Gardiner, Walton, For information, call 607.865.6688 or go to the website

The Fairview Public Library on Walnut St. in Margaretville hosts a book sale from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society hosts its annual “Paws for a Cause” rummage sale and bake sale on from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the United Ministry Church Hall on Court House Square in Delhi. Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the church hall, in the basement, Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 14 and 15, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteer bakers may drop off donated baked goods on Friday, Mar. 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or on Saturday morning. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Delaware County. For additional information or to volunteer, contact Barbara Kaplan at 607.746.2515.

Frost Valley YMCA hosts open house at the sugar house from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. March 17 and 18 and March 24 and 25. Tours and samples available. For more information call 845.985.2281 or

Friday, March 23

The Margaretville Hospital hosts a blood drive to celebrate March as Red Cross Month. The drive gets underway at Mountainside Residential Care Center, 42158 State Highway 28 at 1:30 p.m. and runs to 6:30. For more information, call Eleanor Aulino, Blood Drive Chair at 845-586-4028.

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Artists Choose Artists at Longyear Gallery

Margaretville — Open now at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is “Artists Choose Artists 2018,” Longyear’s ninth invitational show featuring the work of both Longyear Gallery members and some of their favorite guest artists working in different media. The work of Longyear’s Gallery’s 34 current members will also appear in this exhibition, on display until March 18.

The works on display will include local, regional, and city artists, each chosen by a gallery artist to create a dynamic visual dialogue for exhibition. This year’s invited artists include Temma Bell, Walter Biggs, Michael Boyer, Ed Cheng, Althea Maguire Cruz, Cynthia Dantzic, Maxine Davidowitz, Robin Factor, Sandra Finkenberg, Marilyn Honigmaan, Laura Sue King, Richard LaPresti, Anthony Manzo, Amy Masters, Harry McCarthy, Jerry Novesky, Kari Pagano, Alan Powell, Miguel Martinez Riddle, Deborah Ruggerio, Ted Sheridan, Michelle Sidrane, Lynne Stone, Walter Strach, Richard Tazarra, Katy Tischler, Gaby Vargas, Marie Vicarella, Leo Warchol, and Peter Yamaoka. The work of these artists varies in style and vision, from Woodstock artist Maxine Davidowitz’s “slightly hallucinatory view of the natural world” to the abstract paintings of former Longyear member Amy Masters and ceramics by former Longyear member Peter Yamaoka.

Longyear Gallery is currently located downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Fridays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays 11-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10-5 p.m., and by appointment.

For info, please call 845.586.3270 or email

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Polar Vortex exhibit at Longyear

Margaretville — The aptly named “Polar Vortex” opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery is a group show that promises a cheerful respite from current weather conditions! The show features the artwork of all Longyear Gallery members, a unique group of local talent with national and international reputations. An Artists’ Reception will take place Saturday, January 20 from 3-6 p.m at the gallery in the Common’s Building on Main Street.

“Polar Vortex” brings winds of change as evidenced by the bracing new work in Longyear Gallery’s initial show of 2018. Longyear Gallery artists will show watercolors, prints, monotypes, photographs, drawings, ceramics, objects, and oil paintings. As always, visitors to the gallery will find the work interesting and accessible in a way that creates an emotional bond between the work and the viewer.

A cooperative art gallery, Longyear’s 34 members include artists Robert Axelrod, Beth Caspar, Marcia Clark, Janice DeMarino, Neil Driscoll, Ann Lee Fuller, Elaine Grandy, Robin Halpern, Jennifer Jefferson, Louise Kalin, Hedi Kyle, David Leveson, Margaret Leveson, Helane Levine-Keating, Patrice Lorenz, Anna Contes Maguire, Douglas Maguire, Frank Manzo, Helene Manzo, Anthony Margiotta, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Richard Mills, Chris Moore, Wayne Morris, Tom Rapin, Victoria Scott, Marilyn Silver, Mina Teslaru, Gerda van Leeuwen, Linda Varian, Corneel Verlaan, Ros Welchman, and Ellen Wong. In this show, founding and longterm Longyear Gallery artists join new and returning member artists Beth Caspar, Marcia Clark, Anna Contes Maguire, Douglas Maguire, and Mina Teslaru in greeting the new year with recent work.

Upcoming Longyear Gallery shows include “Artists Choose Artists,” an annual invitational show in which Longyear Gallery artists and their guest artists exhibit together, from February 16 – March 18, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, February 17; a group show of Longyear members will then be on display from March 23 – April 15, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, March 24.

“Polar Vortex” will be open Friday, January 19 through Sunday, February 11. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs at the Commons, 758 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Friday, Sunday, and Holiday Mondays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 845.586.3270 or email

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