Woodchuck Lodge Auction Open

ROXBURY — Bidding has begun and concludes on April 30, on John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge’s fourth annual fundraising auction.
More than 30 items ranging from railbike trips, to private lessons and historical tours, to gift certificates for dining can be yours. Also, collectibles, home decor items, the most exquisite hand-knit shawl are to be had. You will find books, puzzles, and outdoor fun. Need some landscaping ideas or a pollinator garden? How about authentic wooden LL Bean® snowshoes for great decor or use? Look no farther.
See items online
Handcrafted furnishings, wearable art, antique jewelry, and other useful items are up for your review at JBWoodchuckLodge.org.
Donors include restaurants, antique shops, landscape architects, authors, publishers, videographers, knitters, woodworkers, farmers, artists, fishing and hiking guides, and generous Woodchuck Lodge trustees and members.
As the auction concludes, monthly Wild Saturday’ presentations begin, running from May 4 to October 12. These free presentations, Except for May 4, take place at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474.
All programs begin at 1 p.m. Consult our website for more details.
Saturday, May 4
Ed Renehan:
John Burroughs Biographer
1 p.m., Catskill Watershed Corporation
669 County Highway 38, Arkville, NY 12406
“John Burroughs’s Roxbury of Youth and Old Age: A Homesickness that Home Cannot Cure”
Renehan is a writer, editorial/publishing consultant and the author of JOHN BURROUGHS: AN AMERICAN NATURALIST (Black Dome Press, 1998) as well as WALT WHITMAN AND JOHN BURROUGHS, LITERARY COMRADES. He most recently wrote the Introduction for the SUNY Press reprint of John Burroughs’s IN THE CATSKILLS & MY BOYHOOD. Ed will be talking about the Roxbury of Burroughs’s youth and old age–the place where in his last decade he nostalgically dealt with what he called “a homesickness that home cannot cure.”
June 1
John Michelotti: Fungi Walk & Talk
Gather at the front porch of Woodchuck Lodge to join John Michelotti, founder of Catskill Fungi, for a mushroom walk. John has a passion to empower you with fungi through outdoor educational classes, cultivation courses, mushroom art, and mushroom health extractions. He teaches at the New York Botanical Gardens, and is president of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association. Woodchuck Lodge at 1 p.m.
July 6
Leslie Sharpe:
Animal Adaptations
Catskill wildlife–butterflies and lightning bugs, bluebirds and bats, and black bears. Leslie discusses the extraordinary adaptations these critters have developed to survive. Bring your critter stories to share.
Leslie is a naturalist and author of The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills. This title won an Independent Book Publishers award for excellence. She has taught at Columbia, NYU, and City College.Woodchuck Lodge, 1 p.m.
August 3
Ron Knapp:
Trekking Through The Rugged Catskills in Late 18th Century
Join Ron Knapp for an illustrated talk about New Englanders who trekked to through the Catskills to central NY’s “wilderness.” Knapp is the co-author of Theodore Burr and the Bridging of Early America in which the Catskills are featured. Ron is a noted expert in covered bridges. Woodchuck Lodge 1 p.m.
September 7
Annie Mardiney: Catskill Raptors
The wildly popular Annie Mardiney from Wild Mountain Birds in Ulster County shows and discusses her raptors. Join us and learn about these beautiful creatures, see them up close and personal. Learn how saving wildlife is a collaborative effort. Annie is a professionally licensed and insured wildlife rehabilitator. She is also licensed to use wild birds for education.
One of our most popular nature presenters, not to be missed by anyone with a keen interest in hawks and falcons. Woodchuck Lodge 1 p.m.
October 12
Dr. Michael Kudish: History in Bogs
Dr. Michael Kudish is a well-known speaker in and around the Catskills and New York State. Mike is a professor emeritus from the Division of Forestry at Paul Smith’s College. He obtained his PhD from SUNY of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse.
His presentation, “What can the bogs teach us about history?” highlights his research on the numerous bogs in the Catskills. 1 p.m.
Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, NY.
Hand-knit Shawl by Barbara of the 4th Binnewater.
Paolo Soleri Wind bell.
Vintage Collectable Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
Handcrafted Arts and Crafts style white oak occasional table.
LL Bean® Snowshoes