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Lara Hope & the ArkTones free show

Stamford — Come on out for the always popular Concerts in the Park series on July 26 at 7 p.m. we welcome the dynamic and sassy Lara Hope & the Ark- Tones to Veterans’ Memorial Park, Main Street and Railroad Ave, Stamford.

Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, ear to ear smiles and dancin’ shoes are what you need for this energetic, fun loving, roots and rockabilly band! The Concerts in the Park series is always free!

For more information, visit or call 607.326.7908.

Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And- Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues outfit. The Ark-Tones recently released their second full-length album, “Love You to Life”, and have been on the road spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. Describing their sound, Hope explains “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written.”

They’ve built a great network of venues in the US by touring heavily, and like many American bands, they have gained supportive fans and excellent press overseas as well. This Hudson Valley band just completed their first international tour earlier this year! Hope was featured on the cover of UK Rock n’ Roll magazine in March 2015 and New York’s Ulster Magazine in 2016.

The band has shared the stage with many larger acts including Tiger Army, Gary US Bonds, Dale Watson, Big Sandy, Wayne Hancock, and America, and has performed at a variety of festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Ink n’ Iron, and The Nashville Boogie.

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Noted cellist performs in Delhi, Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — Noted cellist and music educator Nicholas “Nicky” Swett will perform two concerts in the region this coming weekend. Swett will perform “Music in Translation” on Friday, July 13 at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi and will give a free, educational, interactive classical “Emoticoncert” on Saturday, July 14 at Skene Memorial Library on Main Street in Fleischmanns.

Swett is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and serves as a Civic Engagement Fellow. He loves giving lecture-recitals and providing audiences with nontraditional program notes that range from poetry to colorful diagrams to animations.

“Music in Translation” gets underway at 4:00 p.m. at the Gideon Frisbee House on Rt. 10 in Delhi Friday. It will include works from a wide range of musical styles. Solo cello works by J.S. Bach and Alfredo Piatti are paired with works by Gyorgy Ligeti, Krystof Penderecki, Marc O’Connor, and others. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate in activities and ask questions.

The Fleischmanns “Emoticoncert” will explore how the patterns, melodies, and rhythms of the music of J.S. Bach tell a story. This animated classical concert experience uses the familiar medium of “Emojis” to bring works of J.S. Bach to life. Performers or audience members assign emoticons to small sections of the music, which correspond to the constantly shifting moods and characters of the music. It helps instrumental music tell a fun story while potentially illuminating harmonic and rhythmical patterns that can make it easier for a listener to follow. This program will begin at 1 p.m. and is intended for families and children of all ages.

Swett graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.M. in Cello Performance. He regularly plays throughout the Chicago area. Admission for both concerts is free. For more information on the Fleischmanns program, call Skene Library at 845.254.4581. For information on the Delhi program, call 607.746.3849, or email for more information.

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Concert to celebrate B’nai Israel Centennial

Fleischmanns — A special concert titled “The American Songbook 1918-2018: Featuring Jewish American composers from Irving Berlin to Billy Joel,” will be among the highlights of the 100th anniversary celebration of Congregation Bnai Israel. Andy Cahill and Loren Daniels will take the stage Sunday, July 29 for the program which will include the work of such wellknown songwriters as George & Ira Gershwin, Howard Arlen, Jules Styne, Paul Simon, Rodgers & Hart, Bacharach & Hal David as well as other popular music from that period.

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America, among Irving Berlin’s most famous pieces of music. Berlin’s family fled religious persecution in Russian in 1893 and he wrote the classic song to celebrate the country he had come to love above all others.

According to Sheryl Kaskowitz in The New York Times, (7/2/18) “the song, which rings out with special fervor each Fourth of July as a kind of unofficial national anthem, is turning 100 this year, and at a fraught moment in America’s relaxtions with would-be immigrants, it is worth remembering its origins. Berlin said he first heard the title phrase from his mother, who frequently spoke the words with an emotion he later said “was almost exaltation,” despite their poverty. His daughter Mary Ellin Barrett later wrote that Berlin meant every word: “It was the land he loved. It was his home sweet home. He, the immigrant who had made good, was saying thank you.”

Vocalist Andy Cahill currently hosts a radio show featuring the Great American Songbook on WIOX and began her career performing in the cabarets and clubs of Chicago. When she moved to New York, she attracted a loyal following and sang in many of the top nightspots in Manhattan, including The Duplex, Reno Sweeney, and The Ballroom. Pianist/composer Loren Daniels currently performs with the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet, the Bradford Hayes Quartet, One More Once Big Band, the August Riska Trio and vocalists Macy Chen, Cynthia Soriano and Deborah Thurlow. He has performed with many notable jazz practitioners, including Milt Jackson, Rufus Reid, Makanda (Ken) McIntyre, Warren Smith, Eliot Zigmund, and Jon Faddis.

Founded by Jewish farmers in 1918, Congregation Bnai Israel (http://bnai-israelfleischmanns is today a welcoming and inclusive egalitarian Conservative synagogue. It serves the spiritual needs of the central Catskills region with a full program of worship, learning and celebration in its beautiful and historic synagogue building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, please contact Congregation B’nai Israel at 845.254.9945

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Longyear Gallery Adds New Shows

Margaretville — “Diamonds and Rust” by Gerda van Leeuwen and Robin Halpern’s “Elements,” two solo shows, open this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery. The shows, displayed in separate spaces of the gallery, are accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists in a third area. The exhibitions will run from Friday, July 13 through Monday, August 6, with an Artists’ Reception held at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, July 14 from 3-6 p.m.

In her new show, “Diamonds and Rust,” Gerda van Leeuwen’s art suggests both the inner and outer landscapes of the seasons as well as their effects on us. Using different types of Japanese paper, the artist evokes both forest and stream, a chartreuse green world seen through a window, undergrowth and roots, dark reflections in water, a star-studded summer night, the decay and rust of fall. According to van Leeuwen, “My prints/paintings are deeply influenced by the old master prints I was exposed to when growing up with in The Netherlands, especially Rembrandt’s etchings of landscapes, whose nuances and play of light and dark were an inspiration.” Although these new print/paintings are not at all representational, they ask viewers to see the worlds within them that sometimes shimmer even as rust and darkness encroach.

Born in The Netherlands, Gerda van Leeuwen received her Arts Education in Painting and Printmaking at Academy Artibus in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where she studied traditional etching and litho techniques and painting. After receiving a work/travel grant from The Arts Organization Kunstliefde to study the work of artist/printmaker Piranesi in Italy and then a grant from the Dutch Cultural Counsel, she was able to buy an etching press and set up a fully equipped printing facility where she collaborated with other artists in making print portfolios and art books. After moving to New York in 1985, van Leeuwen set up a printing studio, Hudson Street Press, with master printer Peter Yamaoka in Tribeca. From 1985-2001, she participated in various exhibitions showing prints published by Hudson Street Press, and since 2006, when she moved her studio and printing facilities to Roxbury, NY, she has worked and taught art and printmaking to local and visiting students of all ages. Work by Gerda van Leeuwen is on permanent display at the Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY, and is in various collections in the USA, Mexico, The Netherlands, China, and Japan.

In “Elements,” Longyear Gallery artist Robin Halpern’s art once again asks viewers to “suspend judgment and tolerate uncertainty.” Halpern states that “through the use of color, line, shape, texture and movement, the viewer may experience a sense of energy and escape from a required interpretation. Instinctively, this will generate the essence of what may be experienced at the moment the mind’s-eye responds.” As both an artist and a psychotherapist, Halpern sees a correlation between the way we ponder “the possible emotion and meaning that the paintings may evoke and psychological exploration that may lead to discovery of one’s unconscious.” The link between her two passions is derived from her particular lens depicting the interior world of emotion and mood.

Robin Halpern earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where she studied under noted figurative painter Jerome Witkin and George McNeil, the founder of The American Abstract Artists. After becoming drawn to the interior world of the human psyche, Halpern began working as a psychotherapist for many years while also resuming life as a painter. A member of Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY, she has appeared in group and solo exhibitions throughout the New York area. Her work hangs in private collections throughout the country. She resides and paints in both NYC and the Catskills.

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, see Longyear’s website,, or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours.

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Gilboa “Paint Out” uses history, art

Gilboa — Had the illustrious artist Thomas Cole taken the Susquehanna Turnpike to Middleburgh instead of Route 23A from Catskill to Haines Falls, he would have discovered the picturesque beauty of the Schoharie Valley. And, had he traveled just a little further west, he would have come upon the growing beautiful little Village of Gilboa, surrounded, as it were, by the wild beauty of a four-million-year old landscape of gorges, streams, fields and world-class fossils of the earth’s first trees. Cole’s artistic representations would have gained a special place in history when Gilboa village joined others lost to the construction of the upstate reservoirs for the NYC Water Supply System.

On Saturday, August 18, the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center will host the First Annual “Paint Out,” a special fundraising event at its Fossil Pavilion in Gilboa, NY. The event is sponsored by the Greene County Council on the Arts, including Schoharie County, the Windham Arts Alliance, and MURAL, a gallery and arts center in Hobart, NY. The Greene County Council on the Arts supports artists from the counties of Greene, Schoharie & Columbia Counties; MURAL recognizes artists from Delaware County, and Windham Arts Alliance counts artists from all three counties among its members.

The “Paint Out” will benefit the participating artists, the tricounty arts organizations and Catskill Tri-County Historical Views, a new biannual 80 page publication featuring the Catskills’ natural and cultural history, published by the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center.

The “Paint Out” will bring in artists from the tri-county area of Delaware, Greene & Schoharie Counties to paint the scenery of Gilboa and then auction off their pieces at a festive reception at the Fossil Pavilion at the Gilboa Museum complex, 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY. The reception will be held under the pavilion from 2-5 pm and include a visit into the new Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center, open to the public until 6 pm that day. Visitors will enjoy wine and craft beer samplings from area wineries and breweries with free appetizers. The setting will be enhanced by the piano music of David Peskin as attendees preview the many views of Gilboa’s history and landscape that will auctioned that day.

The artists are encouraged to paint plein air in the area around Gilboa from now until August 8, 2018. Paintings should be delivered to the Zadock Pratt Museum at 14540 Main Street, Prattsville, NY 12468, Carriage House behind the Museum, weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Carolyn Bennett at 518.299.3171 or (cell) 201.388.5103 with any questions. Application deadline is July 13, 2018.

Artists wishing to participate in the “Paint Out” should contact Shelia Trautman, Windham Arts Alliance, at 201- 803-9854 or or to 212 Route 77 Jewett NY 12444 for an application. Completed applications should be sent to Sheila. Featured artworks will include landscapes, buildings, cemeteries, stone walls, historic churches: In fact, anything imagination will allow, including realism, impressionism, abstraction, minimalism, etc. will be featured as long as it is Gilboainspired. Canvases of paintings should be no larger than 5×7. Watercolors on paper should be no larger than 8×10. All paintings must be unframed and valued at between $150 and $300. A map of Gilboa will be sent to participating artists. Photos of Gilboa’s landscapes, cemeteries, stone walls and historic buildings will be posted to Catskill Tri-County Historical Views’ Facebook page throughout the months of June, July, and August. Participating artists will receive 50% of the auction price of their artwork.

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SpillianFest in Fleischmanns on Saturday

Fleischmanns – SpillianFest, a glorious July celebration of mountain magic, world class food, and seriously fine music, hits Spillian in Fleischmanns on Saturday, July 14. A line up of artists who catch Spillian’s magic and toss it back out to guests will headline a perfect summer party: an afternoon and evening of music, laughter, dancing, and great food, topped off with a bonfire and marshmallows for roasting in Spillian’s glorious meadow.

Now in its fourth year, SpillianFest celebrates music from the Catskills hollows with three bands forged from these mountains. Their melding of bluegrass, Americana, and roots rock and blues capture the essence of the region.

The high lonesome tenor of Delaware County’s own Bill Duke and the Hyzer Hillbillies finesse a combination of covers and original songs including the hit single “Hickster Man” on guitar, banjo, harmonica and more.

Joining the Hyzer Hillbillies will be Yard Sale. Hailing from Woodstock and Kingston, these musicians are rooted experimentalists in the tradition of the Band, Neil Young, Dr. Dog, and The Avett Brothers. Yard Sale’s fluent playing and roughhewn, uncorrected vocal virtuosity often transcends folk, approaching the sophistication of casual chamber music, but always in the service of sturdy, eccentric and emotionally stirring songs.

Driving blues guitar phenom Dylan Doyle and his band, return to SpillianFest for the fourth year, fresh off of packed houses in Midwestern and European tours. Touring nationally since age 15, Dylan became a seasoned professional, playing with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don Mclean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat).

Food features

Spillian’s take on the food of summer, will include the much praised and nearly world famous Spillian Trout Taco, with trout fresh from Beaverkill Hatchery. Other items offered will include the Spillian Veggie Taco, beer and onion grilled brats with house made sauerkraut, Catskills smoked local corn on the cob, house made vinegar slaw,

Spillian Maple Caramel Corn and marshmallows for the bonfire. A cash bar, offers local beer from Catskills Brewery, Beringer wines, and Catskills Hurricanes.

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DEP hosts Andes community hike

Shavertown — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will co-host a community hike and unveil its new boot-brush station at the Shavertown Trail near Pepacton Reservoir on July 13. The event, which is free and open to all, will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Catskill Mountain Club and DEP will lead the hike, which will take participants along a new section of the trail that was recently constructed by volunteers.

The event will begin at the trailhead on county Route 1 in Andes, just north of its intersection with Route 30. DEP this month installed a boot-brush station at the trailhead to help minimize the spread of invasive species. The station is among the first of its kind in the Catskills. It includes a mounted brush on which hikers can clean their boots, information to help identify several invasive species that are approaching the region, and a gravel pad that is intended to trap any seeds that might get brushed off.

The boot-brush station will help prevent the spread of many types of invasive species, especially invasive plants such as bittersweet and barberry. Invasive plants cannot move far on their own. Even wind-dispersed seeds generally do not blow too far.

Most new infestations are started by people who unintentionally move the seeds through recreational activities such as hiking, hunting or fishing. That’s why boot-brush stations are becoming more common throughout New York, especially in the northern and western parts of the state where outdoor recreation is popular.

DEP will unveil the new brush station by co-hosting a hike with the nonprofit Catskill Mountain Club (CMC). The hike will be just more than two miles. It will take participants along a recently finished portion of the Shavertown Tra’that was built by CMC volunteers. The new section runs about two-thirds of a mile through the woods, winding its way around the mountain to a pond that includes a beautiful view of Pepacton Reservoir. Hikers could previously reach that pond by following an old woods road that was part of the trail, but that road has been closed while DEP finishes an ongoing forestry project. The woods road and new trail will be used to create a loop hike once the forestry project is complete.

Thousands of local residents and visitors have enjoyed the Shavertown Trail since DEP and CMC partnered to open it in 2013.

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Blood Drive set July 20 at MRCC

Margaretville – The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary will host a summer blood drive on Friday, July 20, at Mountainside Residential Care Center on Rt. 28 in Margaretville.

The American Red Cross is now facing an emergency blood shortage following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood donations, with hundreds fewer blood drives than a typical week and a resulting decline in donations.

According to Red Cross officials, blood is currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. All eligible donors are urgently needed to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

Donors can make appointments ahead of time for the drive which will run from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on July 20. More information is available by calling Eleanor Aulino at 845.586.4028

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Thunder in the Valley Pow Wow July 21-22

Big Indian — The annual Thunder in the Valley Pow Wow is planned for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

The event includes a Pow Wow with Native American dancing, drumming basket workshops, drum making workshops, feather fan workshops and craft vendors. It’s a day for fun and education for the entire family.

The Big Indian Native American Cultural Center Inc. was established in the year 2000, according to one of the group’s organizers, Marylou Stapleton.

Marylou recalled that she, her husband, Frank, along with Erwin Gordon and Debra Fitchner began talking about all the stories they had heard regarding how Native Americans were treated — throughout history and into the present day.

“We decided we needed to create a space where all nations were created equal,” Marylou recalled.

The idea quickly went from a concept into a popular event held each summer at the Big Indian Park. The Pow Wow now includes talking circles, lectures, drumming and story telling with Native American artists. There’s also an annual Thanksgiving celebration with drumming and other festivities (and turkey and all the fixings) at the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill.

“We have received grants and have just performed a Tipi rising at the Shandaken Historical Museum in Pine Hill where we have gatherings and educational programs during the year,” Marylou explained.

She added, “In the near future a wigwam will be built at the museum. Our goal is to one day have a cultural center/museum in the area where we can have educational programs for everyone to enjoy.

Marylou invites everyone to stop by the Thunder in the Valley Pow Wow. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit: bigindiannativeamericanculturalcenter/facebook

Museum updates

The Shandaken Historical Museum in Pine Hill was established in 1989 and is located in a former schoolhouse dating back to 1927.

Director Kathleen Myers has many duties, including researching family and town history. She also serves as a tour guide, town historian and she also keeps the place tidy.

The museum has extensive information regarding the town’s history with a section for each hamlet. The displays include some fashions from well over 100 years ago and a military section, some baseball history and an area dedicated to Native American history.

Marylou explained that the building is in need of long overdue repairs and the organization has applied for funding to assist with this work.

“We are working with the Shandaken Town Board to achieve the necessary repairs so we can further our goal of having a non-profit status that would qualify us to apply for grants to continue improving the building and enhancing our collection,” she noted.

Upcoming events will be: an art show with works by June LaMarca and other local artists along with some Native American storytelling, a talking circle and more. The museum is now home to a Tipi that was built utilizing a grant from the O’Connor Foundation.

The museum is locate at 26 Academy Street, Pine Hill and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, please call 845.254.4460.

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“Hidden Places” revealed in CWC exhibit

Margaretville — Landscape photographs by Karin Wolf, now on display at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) in Margaretville, offer a glimpse into the lush and mysterious world of forest and stream.

The public is welcome to view “Hidden Places” at the CWC, 905 Main Street, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed holiday Mondays). The show will be up through August 31.

In these 13 photographs, Wolf captures rare moments (a merganser on a rock in Woodland Valley); new perspectives (a face in the bark of a tree); and nature’s own art (‘walking roots’ in Woodstock). Other images take the viewer to secret glens and streamside sanctuaries “where faeries play.”

“The most amazing artistry is to be found in nature,” Karin Wolf explains. “I am especially intrigued by the detail, shape, and color found in rock, water, stone, and plants.”

Wolf, who lives in Mt. Tremper, is a photographer who has worked in New York City and the Catskill Mountains for over four decades. Although much of her work focuses on people and events, her passion is nature photography. She is also a writer and educator, and taught writing at City University of New York for 21 years. Her photos have been exhibited in galleries in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Erpf Gallery hosts Mogel photo show

Arkville — Walking the Watershed, a two-year retrospective by Lize Mogel will debut at the Erpf Gallery Friday, June 29. The show will kick off with an artist reception and talk on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will run until August 11.

Lize Mogel has spent the past two years learning about the Catskill communities that provide New York City with water. Her long-term project, Walking the Watershed explores the relationship between the communities at either end of the water system. This exhibition features photographs of landscape and infrastructure, taken during her ongoing research.

Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist and counter-cartographer. Her work intersects the fields of popular education, cultural production, public policy, and mapping. She creates maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. Her work connects the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives of global economies. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles; future territorial disputes in the Arctic; and wastewater economies in New York City. She is co-editor of the book/map collection “An Atlas of Radical Cartography,” a project that significantly influenced the conversation and production around mapping and activism.

The Erpf Gallery is housed at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on Rt. 28 in Arkville. For more information, call 845.586.2611

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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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ZZ Top plays for Hospice event

Oneonta – ZZ Top takes the stage at the Upstate Food Truck Festival August 25 to benefit Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care (CAHPC). The Rage Productions event will be staged rain or shine at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Fields with doors opening at 1:00 p.m.

The Upstate Food Truck Festival is another in a rapidly growing list of creative events hosted by the regional hospice care group to raise funds for everything from care to camps for grieving kids. In addition, the classic rockers, the festival features food trucks, cooking demos, a food contest judging by Food Network celebrity chefs, live music, vendors and a tasting tent offering craft beers, wines, spirits and ciders.

CAHPC is a successful and well-respected community institution that provides family support, grief support, symptom management and pain relief for those who are terminally ill. The organization combines the efforts of a paid professional staff and committed volunteers in working with individual families. Service Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, CAHPC has three Camp Forget-Me-Not sessions scheduled between now and mid-October to help grieving children in those three counties. Many of the organization’s patient services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance but for services not covered, fundraising is an important effort.

Tickets for the ZZ Top event are already on sale at incredibly affordable rates and proceeds will help the organization continue and expand its great work in the community. For more information, call 607.432.5525 or visit

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Honest Brook announces 30th season

Delhi — Music in the barn?! No, not a foot stomping banjo or a fiddle, but an invitation to enjoy fabulous world-class musicians performing classical chamber music at the Honest Brook Festival in Meredith. This unique setting is the warm intimacy of a restored dairy barn in the beautiful western foothills of the Catskills, surrounded by open meadows and beautiful gardens. Located on Honest Brook Road between Delhi and Meredith and celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Honest Brook Music Festival ( brings four wonderful summer weekend concerts for your enjoyment.

The first concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 features violinist Yevgeny Kutik and pianist Randall Hodgkinson. Renowned pianist Do-Hyun Kim is featured at Saturday evening’s July 21 concert. The two August 4 p.m. afternoon concerts begin on August 5 with cellist Benedict Kloeckner and pianist Andrew Armstrong. On Sunday, Aug. 12 the Zora String Quartet closes the summer season. More details regarding the musicians and their programs will follow.

For more information call 607 746-3770

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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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HSM announces 2018 programs

Margaretville — The Historical Society of Middletown has a busy schedule of talks, tours and special activities planned for 2018.

The season will start with a friendly battle of wits when HSM sponsors its first Trivia Challenge Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at its hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. Teams of two and four will compete for awards. Door prizes and libations will be offered. Register your team ($25 per person) at 845-586-4689.

The Second Annual Underground History weekend for metal detectors will be held June 2-3. This ‘relic hunt’ will happen at select sites throughout Middletown. To participate (there is a fee) contact

On Saturday, June 9, a free, illustrated talk, “Trees, Skis and the Triple Cs,” will discuss the lasting contributions made by the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Catskills. The talk, by Diane Galusha, begins at 10 a.m. at the HSM hall, and will be followed by a walk through a local CCC plantation.

The 6th Living History Cemetery Tour will be held at Halcottsville Cemetery Saturday, July 7. One of HSM’s most anticipated events, the tour introduces visitors to former community residents who share their stories of life, love and loss. Reserve a tour time at 845.586.4736.

Celebrated photographer Art Kane will be the subject of a free, illustrated talk, “Marking Time,” by his son, Jonathan Kane, on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Kane, who lived in Margaretville in the 1960s and ’70s, was noted for his fashion, celebrity and editorial photographs and was considered among the most influential visual artists of the 20th century.

Autumn events include a Family History Afternoon Sept. 8 at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Sept. 22, the Annual Meeting and Luncheon Oct. 20 and, on Nov. 3, an observance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “Middletown in the Great War” will feature a slide show with photos of many local veterans, and readings of soldier letters, by members of Open Eye Theater. This program will take place at Middletown American Legion Hall 216.

For more information on these programs, and to become a member, visit, or email

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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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Events Calendar

Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14

Midsummer Madness a new comedy on Open Eye Theater Stage, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, Thursday -Saturday July 12-14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday July 15 at 3 p.m. Call 845.586.1660 for reservations or email to

Thursday-Saturday July 19-21

Midsummer Madness a new comedy on Open Eye Theater Stage, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, Thursday – Saturday July 19-21 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday July 22 at 3 p.m. Call 845.586.1660 for reservations or email to

Saturday, July 21

“Marking Time,” an illustrated talk on the life and work of celebrated photographer and former Margaretville resident Art Kane, by his son, musician/photographer Jonathan Kane will be held at 7 p.m. at Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission by donation.

Saturday, July 28

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville will host The Great Train Robbery & Barbecue by The Catskill Mountain Bushwackers. Historically accurate desperadoes of the 19th century will stage lighthearted holdups of the D&U. A BBQ luncheon is part of the fun. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad tourist train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, visit: or e-mail:

Saturday, Aug. 11

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville will host The Great Train Robbery & Barbecue by The Catskill Mountain Bushwackers. Historically accurate desperadoes of the 19th century will stage lighthearted holdups of the D&U. A BBQ luncheon is part of the fun. Train robberies are also planned on Sept. 15. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad tourist train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, visit: or e-mail:

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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

Fax: 845 586-3809