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Stone Folk Art Display At Erpf Gallery

Arkville — Bluestone walls. Bluestone benches. Bluestone sidewalks, patios, facades. Catskill Mountain Bluestone has been an important resource and export for more than a century. As a functional building resource, there’s nothing like it. As a medium for artists, it’s exquisite.

A new show opened on April 13 and continues through June 7. Rsidents and visitors will get to see the creative response of folk artists to natural resources of the Catskills and see the results in a wide variety of artistic works when Catskills Folk Connection and the Catskill Center team up to open an exhibit of two extraordinary folk carvers in stone.

New York State artists Mark Swanberry of Fulton and Richard McCormack of Schoharie, will exhibit examples of bluestone carving, including works that combine stone with other media such as copper or the artist’s own acrylic landscape paintings.

The exhibit opened in the Erpf Gallery at the Arkville based Catskill Center of Conservation and Development with an artists’ reception on April 13.

Trout in stone by R. McCormack.

Trout in stone by R. McCormack.

“Its a contemporary legend that folk artists are not sophisticated and don’t know the value of what they create,” says Catskills Folk Connection’s folklorist, Ginny Scheer. “These two artists know their bluestone resource. They know how to fabricate items that fulfill their artistic vision and they know how to market their work.” The result is an exhibit that gathers carved stone objects, large and small, where you can see them together, perhaps for the first time, and learn about the stone carving process.

After opening day, the exhibit will run through June 7. More information is available at catskillsfolkconnection. or by contacting Ginny Scheer, Folklorist, at or 607.326.4206.

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Kentucky Derby Party May 4

Arkville — The MARK Project will bring all the traditions and excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Union Grove Distillery on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in a special fundraising event that has come to be as much a rite of spring as a celebration of a major American sporting event.

Live music, auction, and they’re off!

Andy Cahill and Adam Ippolito will be on hand well into the evening with standards and light jazz and of course will lead the singing of My Old Kentucky Home. Daily Racing form stats delivered by Glen Pedersen, and a horse auction will all take place prior to the race being televised live on the big screen at Union Grove. A very special auction of VIP box seats at Saratoga, including a tour of the paddock are up for grabs by the highest bidder.

Lavish food

Event goers can count on a spread of culinary delights provided by local restaurants, area farmers, and foodies. From Maple Bacon Bourbon Meatballs, to Fried Chicken and Country Ham and Biscuits, the delights of southern cooking will be a highlight of the event.

Debry attire

Over the years the Derby has become just as much about the fashion as the racing. Yes, there’s horse racing involved, but it’s derby day fashion that everyone is talking about long after the winning horse and jockey are crowned. An overthe top, chic, or preppy hat is the key to any Derby attire and MARK will honor that tradition with a Special Prize for best hat.

Bloom Fabric on Main Street Margaretville will be hosting a hat decorating workshop before the event and Just Shop in Arkville has a spectacular collection of festive bonnets and fascinators.

All in all, this could quite possibly be the best place to watch the Derby shy of Churchill Downs, while supporting a valuable community organization. For information and tickets, call 845.586.3500.

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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 More information on the community center is available by visiting

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NEW Events Calendar

Saturday, April 20

Home Goods of Margaretville will host the Great Easter Eggstravaganza from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with Lisa Scalf. Visitors will create silk tie dyed Easter Eggs. This cool twist on egg dying is fairly easy and we have an amazing artist to lead us through it. The process takes about 30-45 minutes from start to finish. All materials are provided, but a $5 donation is requested to cover material costs. Each person will create two of their own beautiful creations to take home and make a part of their Easter Egg Hunt!  Info: 845 586-4177.


The Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville will run Easter Bunny Flyer trains at noon and 2:30 p.m. for one-hour round trips from Arkville to Halcottsville. On Easter Sunday, April 21, an Easter Brunch Train will roll at 1 p.m. The scenic train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. To learn more, please call 800 225-4132 or 845 586-2929 or e-mail: Events subject to change. For the most current information follow DURR on Facebook.


Sunday,April 21

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville will host an Easter Brunch Train at 1 p.m. The scenic train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. To learn more, please call 800 225-4132 or 845 586-2929 or e-mail: Events subject to change. For the most current information follow DURR on Facebook.


Monday, April 22

Woodchuck Lodge will celebrate Earth Day with a focus on the New York State bluebird. People will learn about birds and birding on the front porch of the lodge, take a short hike to call-in a bluebird, and more. For time & date visit:


Tuesday, April 23

The Woodchuck Lodge Earth Day Program will include planting 6 trees at 10:30 a.m. at the Catskill Recreation Center on CR 38 in honor of Earth Day. Students and others can join. For more information call 845 586-4900.


Saturday, April 27

Cruisin’ for a Cure at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Walton for Relay for Life from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. There will be vendors, games, food, music, performances, prizes and 50/50. For more information or how to join visit: or email or call 607 437-3276.


The New Kingston Valley Association will sponsor a Road Cleanup event from noon to 4:00 p.m. People will be picking up and bagging trash on County Route 6, Thompson Hollow, Winter Hollow Rd. and Harold Roberts Rd. Safety vests will be provided. Anyone who participated will be invited to an After Party starting at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to sign up please email Kathleen Conkey at or call John Exter at 845 586-4524.


John Kincheloe will read from his new book, Heroes for Hire, a Tall Tale of the Catskills, at Fleischmanns’ Skene Memorial Library at 1:00 p.m. For more information call 845 254-4581.


Tuesday, April 30

The Greater Roxbury Business Association will hold a Grant Writing Workshop with Peg Ellsworth at the Margaretville Telephone Company Community Room from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. For more information go online at:


Thursday, May 2

The Delaware County Democratic Dinner will be held at SUNY Delhi. State Sen. Jen Metzger will be the featured speaker. For more information e-mail


Saturday, May 4

The Historical Society of Middletown will host an Art of Fishing Program at 4 p.m. A beautifully illustrated talk by noted writers and fishing experts Judy and Ed VanPut on how Catskill Mountain art and angling have long intertwined. This is a free Headwaters History Days and Trout Tales event. The event takes place at HSM Hall, 778 Cemetery RD, Margaretville. For more information visit or e-mail


Catskill Wildlife: Naturalist Leslie Sharpe will discuss her award-winning book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills. Everyone, kids included, is invited to share his or her own wildlife stories at the Woodchuck Lodge at 1:00 p.m. at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Rd, Roxbury. For more information visit:


An All Seasons Sportsmen’s Expo will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Walton from 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. There will be many vendors, demonstrations, seminars, door prizes, music and much more. For more information email or call 607 761-2670.


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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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