UPDATED: AUGUST 13, 2014

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Thursday-Sunday 8/14-8/17

  • The annual Greek Festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church, Route 23 in Windham from Thursday-Sunday, August 14-17. There will be plenty of food, music, and vendors.

Thursday 8/14

  • The Hunter Civic Association will hold its next dinner meeting at Scribner Hollow Lodge, located at the corner of Scribner Hollow Road and Route 23A in Hunter, on Thursday, August 14. Cocktail hour with a cash bar and hot hors d’oeuvres starts at approximately 6 pm. Entrée choices are blushing penne rigate, chicken marsala superiore, oven-roasted filet of tilapia, and grilled New York-raised skirt steak. The cost is $25 per person. Money raised through dues and the monthly dinners goes toward two scholarships for Hunter-Tannersville high school seniors. The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at various venues around the Town of Hunter. To join the group contact HunterCivicAssociation@gmail.com.

  • The Myles Mancuso Band will play rockin’ rhythm and soul at Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street on the riverfront in Catskill on Thursday, August 14 from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair; admission is free. Fireworks sponsored by Sawyer Chevrolet. In case of rain, the performance will be moved indoors to the Historic Catskill Point.

  • The International String Trio (IST) will perform at the Old School Baptist Church, 6424 County Highway 36 (Denver-Vega Road) in Denver, NY on Thursday, August 14 at 7:30 pm. IST performances encompass worldwide musical selections from Gypsy swing, jazz, Appalachian laments, traditional Irish reels, klezmer, tango, and bluegrass. Ate.O.Ate gourmet food truck will serve dinners prior to the performance. Visit AteOAteCatering.com for menu. Audience members are advised to bring a seat cushion. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $16 for students and seniors when purchased in advance, or $23 at the door. Visit RoxburyArtsGroup.org or call (607) 326-7908 for tickets.

Friday 8/15

  • The lecture Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Verdi, with author and filmmaker August Ventura, will be held in the screen two movie theater at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Friday, August 15 at 1:30 pm. The talk and film sequences capture Verdi’s political and cultural relevance, shedding light on how his operas promoted the notion of a unified Italy and helped define her national character. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. Call (518) 263-2063 for tickets.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, August 15 from 1-6 pm at the Knights of Columbus, Route 145 in East Durham. All presenting donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill all natural ice cream.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, August 15 from 12-6 pm at Sacred Heart Hall, Route 23 in Stamford. All presenting donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill all natural ice cream.

Saturday 8/16

  • A car show will be held, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Chicken Run Restaurant and on town property at the corner of State Route 23 and South Street in Windham on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am until 3 pm. Bikes welcome. $10 donation goes to the American Cancer Society’s Mountain Top Relay for Life. Music of the 50s and 60s, goodie bags, door prizes, food discount for exhibitors, dash plaques for the first 100 registrants, raffle, silent auction, and trophies. Call Rick at (518) 734-4281 for more information.

  • Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform a solo recital at the Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Windham on Saturday, August 16 at 8 pm. General admission is $25, $22 for seniors, $20 for contributors, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at Carole’s Gift Emporium, the Catskill Mountain Country Store, and the Windham Public Library.

  • A farmers’ market will be held at the Lexington Municipal Building’s pavilion on Route 42 on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am until noon. There will be organic and conventionally grown produce, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, eggs, honey, baked goods, cut flowers, potted herbs and perennials, maple syrup, wine, cheese, garlic, mushrooms, baked goods, and herbal soaps. Visit Lexington NY Farmers Market on Facebook for a list of vendors. Facebook.com/LexingtonNYFarmersMarket

  • The Mountain Top Historical Society will lead a hike to Blackhead Mountain, one of the Catskill Forest Preserve’s highest peaks, on Saturday, August 16. Meet at C. D. Lane Park in Maplecrest at 9 am. This 5.1 mile hike, with an ascent of 1,800 feet, will take about 5 hours. Some sections are very steep, with challenging areas and tricky footing. This hike is rated difficult. Bring lunch, snacks and water, and wear good boots.

  • The annual Brooks’ chicken barbecue will be held at the Jewett firehouse, 30 Church Street in Jewett on Saturday, August 16. Take outs will be available at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall at 5. The menu includes a half chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, cabbage salad, roll, dessert, coffee and tea.

  • The annual town photo will be taken on the lawn of the Lexington Historical Society building on Saturday, August 16 at 11:30 am, followed by lunch when a hot dog, chips and drink combo will be $3. Two or more combos for $2.50 each. Add 75 cents for chili on your hot dog. There will also be trivia questions to test your knowledge, plus a door prize. Rain date is Sunday, August 17 at 12:30 pm.

  • A farmers’ market will be held at the Lexington Municipal Building’s pavilion on Route 42 on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am until noon. There will be organic and conventionally grown produce, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, eggs, honey, baked goods, cut flowers, potted herbs and perennials, maple syrup, wine, cheese, garlic, mushrooms, baked goods, and herbal soaps. Visit Lexington NY Farmers Market on Facebook for a list of vendors.
    https://www.Facebook.com/LexingtonNYFarmersMarket

  • A chicken and ribs barbecue will be held at the Community Hall, Spruce­ton Road in West Kill on Saturday, August 16 from 4-7 pm. Chicken is $12 and ribs are $14.

  • The lecture Beethoven and the Dawn of Romanticism, with Yehuda Hanani, cello and Michael Chertock, piano, will be held in the Piano Performance Museum at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Saturday, August 16 at 2 pm. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. Call (518) 263-2063 for tickets.

  • An opening reception for Light Sensitive: The Personal Visions of Three Catskills Photographers, featuring the photographs of Vincent Bilotta, Dan Burkholder, and Fawn Potash, will be held at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, 7950 Main Street in Hunter on Saturday, August 16 from 2-4 pm.

  • Tannersville’s annual bongo night will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 6-8 pm. Bring your drums, harmonica, washboard, or any musical instrument and play on Main Street.

  • An auction to raise funds for the Gilboa-Conesville United Methodist Church’s roof will be held at the church on Route 990V, just off County Route 30, on Saturday, August 16 at 10 am with a preview at 9 am. A bake sale will also be held. The auction will be conducted by the Gilboa Masonic Lodge #630. There are a variety of interesting things to bid on; something for everyone. Call (607) 588-7533 for more information.

  • Mostly from the Movies, an evening of words and music from cinema classics, cinema flops and everything in between, will be performed by Tom Judson at the Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Details at BridgeStreetTheatre.org.

  • The first 2K Moe Crank run/walk will be held on Saturday, August 16 starting at 9 am. It will begin and end at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South 3rd Street in Hudson. The participation fee is $20 for adults, and $5 for kids under 18. Proceeds raised will benefit a college-bound athlete from the community.

  • Country & Western band Whiskey Cross will perform at the Maple Museum, 221 Creamery Street in Jefferson on Saturday, August 16 from 7-9 pm. Admission is free.

  • Broadway’s leading man, Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz will perform at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, August 16 at 8 pm. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.
    http://www.BelleayreMusic.org/Music-Festival-Concert.php?id=163

  • The Windham food pantry will be closed on Saturday, August 16.

Saturday & Sunday 8/16 & 8/17

Sunday 8/17

  • Join a costumed guide to explore the impact of English rule on traditional Dutch family life in the Bronck Family at Home in the English Colony of New York. The tour will be held at the Bronck House Museum in Coxsackie on Sunday, August 17 at 1, 2 and 3 pm. Adults $7, Greene County Historical Society members and children $3.50.

  • The Hearts Content Quintet will perform works by Bach, Debussy and Gounod at the Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill on Sunday, August 17 at 3 pm. Tickets are $10. Details at BridgeStreetTheatre.org/.

  • The Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude! presents The Great Italian Tour: Souvenir de Florence at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street in Tannersville on Sunday, August 17 at 2 pm. Works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Valentini, Boccherini, and Vivaldi will be performed. Advance tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, and $7 for students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 for seniors, and $7 for students. Call (518) 628-4424 or email Info@23Arts.org.
    https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cmf

Sunday & Monday 8/17 & 8/18

  • Temple Israel of Catskill, located at 220 Spring Street, will hold a huge community tag sale on Sunday and Monday, August 17 and 18 starting at 9 am both days. Donations so far include antiques, rugs, household items, artwork, books, designer handbags, children’s toys and clothing, small furniture, furnishings, sporting and fitness items, baseball cards, postcards, glassware, a few Tiffany items, lots of costume jewelry, and good 1920s-1950s vintage items. More merchandise is arriving daily. There will also be some special discounts on Monday.

Monday 8/18

  • The first Delaware County senior picnic will be held at 4-H Camp Shankitunk on Arbor Hill Road in Delhi on Wednesday, August 27 from 10 am to 3 pm. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salads, dessert and beverages. Music by Country Express. The day will include a variety of fun games and exercise activities like bingo, senior trivia, horseshoes, and line dancing. Various sponsors and informational booths will also be on site. A suggested donation of $3 per person is requested for the meal. The picnic is open to all Delaware County seniors age 60 and older, and their assistants, if needed. Reservations are required and must be made by Monday, August 18 by calling (607) 746-6333.

Monday-Thursday 8/18-8/21

  • A mask making workshop will be held under the pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building Monday-Thursday, August 18-21 from 9 am until noon. Classes are open to children from the mountaintop communities, ages 7-16. Classes are free for those from Lexington, $20 made payable to the Town of Lexington for non-residents. Call (518) 989-6006 to sign up.

Tuesday 8/19

  • The Greene County Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours meeting at Frank Guido’s Port of Call, 7 Main Street in Catskill on Tuesday, August 19 from 5-7 pm. RSVP by calling (518) 943-4222 or email info@GreeneCountyChamber.org.

  • The Kaaterskill United Methodist Church will hold a roast beef and peach shortcake dinner at the Tannersville Fire House on Tuesday, August 19. Take outs will be available at 5 pm. Sit down dinners will be served at 5:30. $12 for adults, $6 for children.

Wednesday 8/20

  • A farmers’ market will be held at the Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain every Wednesday from 4:30-6 pm. Call 1-800 486-8376 for more information.

  • The Gilboa Historical Society will take a field trip to Cowbella Farms in Jefferson on Wednesday, August 20. Meet at the Gilboa Town Hall before 6:15 pm to car pool to the farm. Cowbella is locally owned and produces their own yogurt, butter, cheese and more.

  • The Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council will host a contractors’ informational meeting in the community room at the Stamford Village Apartments, 125 Main Street in the Village of Stamford on Wednesday, August 20 from 4-6 pm. Qualified contractors working in southern Schoharie, western Greene and northern Delaware counties are encouraged to attend.

Thursday 8/21

  • A wellness clinic will be held at the Ashland Town Hall on Thursday, August 21 from 5-8 pm. Some of the services provided include massage, reiki, reflexology, yoga, meditation and more. Come discover these natural methods that will better your health and well-being. Treatments are free, but donations are welcome. Call Peg at (518) 989-6491 to schedule an appointment. These clinics will be held every third Thursday of the month through November.

  • The New York State Blues Hall of Fame Band, an all-star lineup, will play the best of the blues at Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street on the riverfront in Catskill on Thursday, August 21 from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair; admission is free. In case of rain, the performance will be moved indoors to the Historic Catskill Point.

Friday 8/22

  • The Ashland Fire Department will hold its annual golf tournament at the Windham Country Club on Friday, August 22. Shotgun start at 10 am, scramble format, putting, chipping, long drive and other contests. $85 per person includes cart, greens fees, food and beverages on the course, dinner and prizes. Each team must have at least one firefighter or EMS person. Make checks payable to the Ashland Fire Department and mail to Randy Tuttle, PO Box 553, Windham, NY 12496. Call Randy with any questions at (518) 734-5862. Proceeds will benefit the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit.

  • Mark Twain, as portrayed by Don Coons, will return to the Catskills to reminisce about the good old days in Meet Me at Onteora at the Onteora Theater in Tannersville on Friday, August 22 at 7 pm. This is a fundraiser to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mountain Top Historical Society. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling (518) 589-6657.

Friday & Saturday 8/22 & 8/23

  • The 3rd annual Prattsville MudFest will be held on Friday, August 22 from 5-9:30 pm, and on Saturday, August 23 from 10 am to 7 pm. The band Thirteen for Life will perform on Friday from 7-9 pm, followed by fireworks. On Saturday DJ Pat Del will provide music on the Town Green. There will be an artisan fair, food, music, hayrides, art, and muddy tournaments in Mudville where WRIP will be broadcasting live. Registration opens at 10 am. The muddy volleyball, tug-of-war, horseshoes, and adult obstacle course tournaments are open to everyone and all events begin at noon. If you have any questions email Darcy.Jaeger@yahoo.com or call (518) 708-4612. Visit the Prattsville MudFest page on Facebook for tournament rules, entry fees and registration forms, or contact them at PrattsvilleMudFest@gmail.com

Saturday 8/23

  • Dancing at the Crossroads, an old Irish tradition, will be held on Main Street in Tannersville on Saturday, August 23 from 4-8 pm. Bring your dancing shoes. There will be a wandering fiddler group, a DJ, food and crafts. Call (518) 858-9094 for more information.

  • Before the Deluge: Music from Versailles and Paris will be presented by the Four Nations Ensemble at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Saturday, August 23 at 8 pm. Advance tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, and $7 for students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 for seniors, and $7 for students. Visit www.CatskillMtn.org for more information. https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?performance=180442

  • From Oz to Nuremburg, a musical love letter to Judy Garland, will be performed by Mary Ellen Nelligar and Joel Flowers at the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill on Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Details at BridgeStreetTheatre.org.

  • How many different types of bugs can you catch with a net in the meadow? What’s living in the pond water besides the frogs? Have you ever eaten ants on a log? A festival of bugs will be held at the Mountaintop Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road in Tannersville on Saturday, August 23 from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. Meet at the arboretum’s parking lot. Admission is $5 per child. Rain date is Sunday, August 24 from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.

  • Saturday Night Live alumnus Colin Quinn will perform his one-man comedy show, Unconstitutional, at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, August 23 at 8 pm. This show is Rated R. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.

Sunday 8/24

  • A pancake breakfast, hosted by the Marine Corps League’s Mountain Top Detachment #1274 will be held at the VFW Post #1545, Main Street in Windham on Sunday, August 24 from 8 am to 1 pm. Free will offering. Proceeds will benefit the Adaptive Sports Program at the Stratton VA in Albany.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be performed by the Helena Baillie String Trio at All Souls Church, Route 23C in Tannersville on Sunday, August 24 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

  • Rise Up Singing: A Concert of America’s Best Loved Folk Songs from the 1950s and ‘60s will be performed by the 77th Regimental Balladeers at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown Hall, 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville on Sunday, August 24 at 1 pm. Admission is $10, $5 for kids ages 5-15. Come early and bring a picnic.

  • The Leonata String Quartet will perform Dvorak’s American Suite at the Maple Museum, 221 Creamery Street in Jefferson on Sunday, August 24 at 2 pm. Admission is free.

Monday 8/25

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, August 25 from 1-6 pm at the Jay Gould Memorial Church carriage house in Roxbury. All presenting donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill all natural ice cream.

Wednesday 8/27

  • Greene County Public Health will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the firehouse on Railroad Avenue in Cairo on Wednesday, August 27 from 6-8 pm. Call ahead for ferrets (518) 719-3600. Please bring a record of your pet’s previous vaccination to receive a 3 year certificate. Donations are highly encouraged.

  • A farmers’ market will be held at the Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain every Wednesday from 4:30-6 pm. Call 1-800 486-8376 for more information.

Thursday 8/28

  • The Hot Rods will play great rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s and 60s at Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street on the riverfront in Catskill on Thursday, August 28 from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair; admission is free. In case of rain, the performance will be moved indoors to the Historic Catskill Point.

Saturday 8/30

  • Jazz pianist Fred Hersch will perform a solo recital at the Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Windham on Saturday, August 30 at 8 pm. General admission is $25, $22 for seniors, $20 for contributors, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at Carole’s Gift Emporium, the Catskill Mountain Country Store, and the Windham Public Library.

  • A farmers’ market will be held at the Lexington Municipal Building’s pavilion on Route 42 on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am until noon. There will be organic and conventionally grown produce, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, eggs, honey, baked goods, cut flowers, potted herbs and perennials, maple syrup, wine, cheese, garlic, mushrooms, baked goods, and herbal soaps. Visit Lexington NY Farmers Market on Facebook for a list of vendors. Facebook.com/LexingtonNYFarmersMarket

  • Brooklyn @ Belleayre, featuring The Hold Steady, Big Data, Lily & The Parlour Tricks, and other bands will perform at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, August 30 at 6 pm. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.

  • Interpreting Mozart’s Piano Music on Mozart’s Pianos, a lecture and demonstration with Dr. Jeffrey Langford and Dr. Joanne Polk, will be held in the Piano Performance Museum at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Tannersville on Saturday, August 30 at 2 pm. Tickets are $8, $5 for students. Call (518) 263-2063 for tickets.

  • The Windham food pantry will be closed on Saturday, August 30.

  • The Grand Gorge United Methodist Church on Route 23 will hold its annual fair, rain or shine, on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be hot dogs, chicken, pulled pork, music, craft vendors, homemade baked goods, jewelry, Mary Kay and Avon products, quilts, aprons, dish towels, DVDs, vases, knotty-pine furniture, face painting and raffles. The thrift store will also be open.

Saturday & Sunday 8/30 & 8/31

  • A Labor Day weekend rummage sale will be held at the Little White Church, 1915 County Route 16 in Elka Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 from 11 am to 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward repairing the roof. If interested in contributing baked goods and items for the sale, please contact Ron at LRCatskill@gmail.com.

Sunday 8/31

  • Summer services will be held at the Mitchell Hollow Chapel in Windham on Sunday, August 31 at 2 pm.

  • Two to Tango with pianists Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley will be presented at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Sunday, August 31. Lecture at 7 pm, performance at 8. For tickets and more information visit CatskillMtn.org

Wednesday & Thursday 9/3 & 9/4

  • A 6 hour driver safety program will be held at the Jewett Municipal Building, Beaches Corners in Jewett on Wednesday and Thursday, September 3 and 4 from 1-4 pm each day. The cost is $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. Participants must possess a valid NYS driver’s license or a NYS learner’s permit. To register call Maureen at (518) 943-3291 or Mike at (518) 945-2122.

Thursday-Saturday 9/4-9/6

  • The 126th annual Greene County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention will be held in Hunter from Thursday, September 4 through Saturday, September 6.

Saturday 9/6

  • Oktoberfest will be held at Windham Mountain Resort on Saturday, September 6.



-   Customers experiencing a financial hardship this winter are encouraged to apply for a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant through their local Department of Social Services. Eligibility is determined by income and family size. Visit your energy provider’s website or http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ for more information.

- Greene County has two economic development loan programs that provide funding for job-creating projects. The Quantum Fund and Microenterprise Assistance Program can assist businesses of all sizes with low-interest financing and technical assistance that can make your business dream a reality. For further information call (518) 719-3290 or go to www.GreeneEconomicDevelopment.com.

- Do you own a rental property? Are you a landlord who needs a little help fixing up your investment property? Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. is accepting applications for a HOME Rental Rehabilitation grant in Harpersfield, Kortright, and Stamford (including the Villages of Hobart and Stamford) in Delaware County; Ashland and Prattsville in Greene County; and Blenheim, Broome, Conesville, Fulton, Gilboa, Jefferson, and Summit in Schoharie County. This program provides funds to address housing health, safety and accessibility issues, improve energy consumption and more. Tenant incomes in improved apartments must be 60% or below of your county’s HUD median income limits. This is an opportunity that should be considered by all landlords in the eligible towns and villages. This program provides funding to rehabilitate apartments or the common areas of an apartment building. While a landlord match is required, the grant pays for most of the work. Applications and fact sheets for these programs are available by calling (607) 652-2823. For more information visit WesternCatskills.org.

- Volunteers are needed, especially in the Windham area on Mondays and Fridays, to deliver meals and to provide transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers generally work one day a week or every other week. If you’re interested in volunteering or need more information, call Ruth Pforte at (518) 719-3555 or toll-free at (877) 794-9266, or email RPforte@DiscoverGreene.com. You can also call Pat Merwin at the Jewett municipal building at (518) 263-4392.

- Family Support Service, an organization that helps families supporting an individual with autism or a developmental disability living fulltime in their home, has expanded their services into Greene, Orange and Ulster counties. Their toll-free number (888) 750-2266 is manned 24/7 to answer questions about the program and the services they provide. Visit Occupations.org for further information.

- The Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center is providing information on the steps small businesses can follow immediately with respect to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the State of New York. Beginning on October 28, 2012, federal aid may be made available to NY businesses to supplement state and local recovery assistance in the areas affected by the storm. Contact the Mid-Hudson Region SBDC at (845) 339-0025.

- Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA is asking for donations of food to support their pet food bank. The shelter’s current need is for dry cat and dog food. Donations may be dropped off on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, or on Wednesday or Sunday from 9 AM to noon. They are also accepting gift cards and cash donations to purchase food. The address is 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534. The Food Bank is open for those in need of assistance on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM. For more information call (518) 828-6044 or email RonPerez@cghs.org.

The Catskill Watershed Corporation has extended eligibility guidelines for its septic rehabilitation and replacement program. Homeowners in the five county NYC watershed west of the Hudson River, whose homes were built prior to November 2, 1995 and whose property is within 300 feet of a watercourse, are eligible to participate in the program. This program is voluntary. Homeowners who agree to participate will be reimbursed for the cost of pumping and inspecting the septic system to determine its condition. If repairs are needed, the CWC will pay for 100% of eligible costs of repairs for permanent residences, and 60% for non-primary residences. If you feel your property may be eligible, please call toll free (877) 928-7433 or (845) 586-1400 to arrange for a staff visit.


American Red Cross Blood Drives

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org to make an appointment to donate blood. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in NY), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Identification is required at the time of donation.

  • Friday, August 15  1-6 pm at the Knights of Columbus, Route 145 in East Durham.
  • Friday, August 15  12-6 pm at Sacred Heart Hall, Route 23 in Stamford.
  • Monday, August 25 1-6 pm at the Jay Gould Memorial Church carriage house in Roxbury.

Golf Tournaments

The Ashland Fire Department will hold its annual golf tournament at the Windham Country Club on Friday, August 22. Shotgun start at 10 am, scramble format, putting, chipping, long drive and other contests. $85 per person includes cart, greens fees, food and beverages on the course, dinner and prizes. Each team must have at least one firefighter or EMS person. Make checks payable to the Ashland Fire Department and mail to Randy Tuttle, PO Box 553, Windham, NY 12496. Call Randy with any questions at (518) 734-5862. Proceeds will benefit the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit.


 Town Directory

Ashland

  • A free wellness clinic for Greene County residents, sponsored by the Windham Rotary and the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, will be held at the Ashland Town Hall, Route 23 in Ashland every third Thursday of the month from 5-8 PM. Free clinic services to be offered include acupuncture, massage, reiki, yoga, chiropractic services, mental health and nutrition counseling, and feldenkrais (gentle pain-relieving movement). Call Peg at (518) 989-6491 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be seen if scheduling is available.

  • Sunday services are held at the Ashland United Methodist Church at 9 AM.

  • A breaking habits support group meets every Friday night in the Ashland Community Hall, across from the post office, from 7-8 PM. Call Gary at (518) 819-9554 for more information.

Cairo

  • Cairo Rotary meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM for a dinner meeting at The Bavarian Manor Country Inn in Purling.

  • The women’s group for breast cancer patients and survivors meets every third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PM at the Cairo Town Hall Court Room, 512 Main Street in Cairo. For more information call (845) 339-4673.

Catskill

  • The fitness center, located in the Catskill High School, is open for public use Monday thru Friday from 5-9 PM and weekends from 7 AM to 4 PM. The cost is $1 per use. Please use the entrance located on the side of the building between the auditorium and the gym. An attendant is on duty during the times the facility is open.

  • The Community Action of Greene County’s Food Pantry at 53 South Jefferson Avenue in Catskill is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2-4 PM.

Coxsackie

  • Lighten the Load, a weight loss support group, meets every Monday at 6 PM at the Second Reformed Church, 16 Washington Avenue in Coxsackie. Wear comfortable clothing. Suggested donation is $5. Call Jeffrey at (518) 478-5414 for more information.

Durham – Durham, East Durham, Oak Hill

  • The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council #6439 meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Council Hall located on Route 145 in East Durham. New members are always welcome.

Greenville – Freehold, Greenville

  • The Freehold Church, located on County Route 67 in Freehold, is offering a free soup night on Thursdays from 4-6 PM. Free soup, bread, coffee and tea to anyone in need. All are welcome.

  • A 12-Step Workshop for individuals who want help with hurts, hang-ups, or habits they would like to break takes place at the Greenville Christian Life Center on Mondays from 7-9 PM. Sessions are free. Call (518) 966-4519 with questions.

  • The Northeast Vietnam Veterans Association meets at the Greenville Library on the first Saturday of each month at 12:30 PM.

Hunter – Elka Park, Haines Falls, Hunter, Onteora Park, Platte Clove, Tannersville, Twilight Park

  • First Friday Shabbat services and Oneg (potluck meal) will be held on the first Friday of every month at the Hunter synagogue on Main Street in Hunter at 7 PM. Skiers welcome. Bring a dish if you like. Email Mike Alpern at AlpernM@aol.com for more information.
     
  • Hunter Chamber of Commerce meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month.
     
  • A free creative writing workshop is offered at 2 PM every Saturday at the Village Square Bookstore & Literary Arts Center, 7950 Main Street in the Village of Hunter. Call (518) 263-2050 to sign up.
     
  • The Mountain Top Golden Agers meet at the Tannersville Village Hall the fourth Thursday of the month.
     
  • Earn Money - Share What You Know Do you have a skill or knowledge that you would like to share with others, while getting paid for your efforts? Become an instructor in the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District's Adult Education Program. You choose the days and times. HTC does the paperwork of advertising, registering participants, finding a location for your class, and handling fees. Contact HTC Adult Education Coordinator, Barbara at BSlutzky@HTCSD.org; (518) 589-5400, ext. 1520; or call (518) 263-4061.
     
  • Story time for children ages 3-6 is held at the Hunter Public Library Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11 AM. Call (518) 263-4655 for further information.
     
  • Bunt-Brewer American Legion Post 165 meets the first Wednesday of the month, April through January, at 7:30 PM at the legion headquarters in the Tannersville Firehouse. For information call Jim at (518) 263-5184.

  • The Kaaterskill United Methodist Church food pantry, located behind the Tannersville Village Hall, is open every Wednesday from 1-3 PM. If you have an emergency need or would like to donate non-perishable items, please call Bernice at (518) 263-4865.

Jewett – East Jewett, Jewett

  • The Jewett Senior Center, located on Route 23C just off Route 296 in Jewett, holds blood pressure clinics the second Tuesday of the month and also on the fourth Friday of the month at 11 AM. Call (518) 263-4392 for information.

  • The Jewett Ladies Auxiliary meets the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM in the upstairs meeting room in the Jewett Firehouse.

  • Sunday services are held at the Jewett Presbyterian Church at 9 AM.

  • The Jewett Food Pantry is open every Sunday from Noon until 2:30 PM at the Jewett Presbyterian Church.

Lexington – Lexington, West Kill

  • Every Wednesday morning a pre-school program will be held in the Lexington Mission food pantry meeting room from 10:30 AM to noon. There are stories, crafts, snacks and lots of fun. Call (518) 299-3227 for information.

  • A 12-step support group meets every Friday night in the Lexington Mission food pantry meeting room from 7-8 PM. Call Andy at (518) 487-8270 or Gary at (518) 819-9554 for more information.

  • The Lexington Mission Community Food Pantry will be closed for the winter. If you have an emergency need please call (518) 299-3227.

  • Sunday morning worship services are held at the Lexington Mission at 9 AM.

  • Sunday services are held at the Lexington United Methodist Church at 9:30 AM.

Prattsville

  • The Reformed Church of Prattsville holds Sunday Worship and Sunday School in the parsonage chapel, 14537 Main Street, across from Jim’s Great American, every Sunday at 11 am. All are welcome.

  • The Prattsville food pantry, in the Methodist Community Church, is open on the third Tuesday of every month from 4-6 PM.

  • Rebuild Prattsville magnetic car signs are available for $15 at the Prattsville Town Hall. All proceeds go toward that cause.

  • A community dinner is held in the Prattsville United Methodist Church hall on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 PM. Please bring a food dish to share.

  • Sunday school classes have resumed at the Prattsville United Methodist Church and are held on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 AM. Ages 3 and up are welcome and there is also an adult class that meets at the same time.

Windham – Hensonville, Maplecrest, Windham

  • VFW Post #1545 has partnered with the American Clothing Company of Glens Falls to have a clothing drop box located at the west end of the Post property on Route 23 in Windham. Area residents are encouraged to drop off any usable clothing and shoes that will go to needy persons throughout the state. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Post that also benefits those in need of assistance.

  • Volunteers are needed, especially in the Windham area on Mondays and Fridays, to deliver meals and to provide transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers generally work one day a week or every other week. If you’re interested in volunteering or need more information, call Ruth at (518) 719-3555 or toll-free at (877) 794-9266, or email RPforte@DiscoverGreene.com. You can also call Pat Merwin at the Jewett municipal building at (518) 263-4392.

  • Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties WIC Program will be assisting families the third Tuesday of every other month from 10 AM to 2 PM at St Theresa’s Church in Windham. The WIC program is a nutrition education program available to pregnant and postpartum women and their children under the age of 5. Each family member is eligible for $70-$130 worth of food vouchers per month. Participants need to be income eligible for the program. Please call the Catskill WIC office at (518) 943-9082 to see if you qualify or have questions about your current WIC benefits. The office at 82 Woodland Avenue in Catskill is open 5 days a week.

  • A self-help program for young adults will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, Route 23 in Windham every Wednesday at 7 PM. Visit alateen.org to learn more. Anonymity is the basis of this program.

  • The Community of Windham Foundation is selling streamers to commemorate all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. They are $10 each and are available at Legacy Bank, Route 296 in Windham, or by calling Chris at (518) 734-5011. Proceeds will support youth and community programs.

  • The WAJPL Golden Age Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the Windham Town Hall in Hensonville at 1 PM.

  • The Knights of Columbus Council 8533 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the church hall of St. Theresa’s Church in Windham.

  • Sgt. James F. Carty VFW Post 1545 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Dugout, lower Main Street, Windham.

  • Al Anon meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 PM at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham.

  • St. Theresa’s Women’s Guild meets the first Friday of each month at 11 AM in the church hall at St. Theresa’s Church, 5188 Route 23 in Windham. All parishioners are welcome.

  • The Windham Food Pantry at Hope Restoration Church is open every Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM. Call (518) 734-3826 for more information.

  • Sunday services are held at the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church, St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, Hope Restoration Church, and Mitchell Hollow Missions Church at 11 AM. Mitchell Hollow Missions Church holds Sunday school every Sunday at 10 AM. For more information about Mitchell Hollow Missions Church go to MitchellHollow.org.

Columbia County

  • A new breast cancer support group will meet in Hudson on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings will take place at 6 PM in the second floor conference room of the Columbia Healthcare Consortium, 325 Columbia Street. Space is limited, so please call (845) 339-4673 to reserve a spot. If you have any questions call that number or email Hope@BreastCancerOptions.org.

Delaware County

  • The Roxbury Library, located at 53742 State Highway 30 in Roxbury, directly opposite the United Methodist Church on Main Street, has new hours. The Roxbury Library, RLA Thrift Shoppe and the Irma Mae Griffin History Room will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Call (607) 326-7901 for further information.

  • CORE Values Thrift Store in Stamford is located at 112 Main Street, across from the Grand Union. CORE welcomes donations of clean, usable clothing, household items, toys, and furniture. No old computers, please. All donations are tax deductible. Money received through the sale of merchandise is distributed back to the community. Open Wednesday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The phone number is (607) 652-4772.

Greene County

Mountaintop Ecumenical monthly meetings start at 11 AM with a speaker, followed by a covered-dish luncheon. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to pass.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Windham

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the East Jewett United Methodist Church

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 (Election Day is Tuesday, November 4) at the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church in Windham

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Ashland United Methodist Community Church

Schoharie County

  • The Gilboa Historical Society meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Gilboa Town Hall on Route 990V in Gilboa. There are no meetings in January and February. There is a short business meeting prior to a guest speaker and refreshments are served.

  • The Schoharie Valley Hay Shakers Square Dance Club hold dances at the Middleburgh Central Schools on the first and third Friday of the month from September through June, except January and February. All dances run from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Contact them by email at SVHayShakers@gmail.com or call (518) 595-9213 if you have any questions.

2014 Appointments Available For Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Enrollments

Many working individuals and families experience difficulty finding affordable health insurance. If your children are uninsured, you can talk with an Enrollment Counselor about Child Health Plus, a free or low-cost health insurance program. CHP provides comprehensive health benefits for children from birth to 18 years old. Childless adults and parents without health insurance should also ask about Family Health Plus.

Enrollment counselors offer eligibility screening and application assistance for individuals and families wishing to obtain affordable health insurance through New York State-funded Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid. Assistance with annual re-certification is also available. These consultations are absolutely free of charge. Eligibility screening can be done by phone by calling (518) 822-9600.

Visit ColumbiaHealthNet.org for more information.
 Walk-in hours at the Healthcare Consortium office, 325 Columbia Street, Suite 200 in Hudson
 are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

 


 Art Exhibits

  • The exhibition Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church will be on display at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street in Catskill through Sunday, November 2. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $10, $9 for students and seniors.
     
  • Arum & Hussey, sculptures by Barbara Arum and paintings by Laura Hussey, will be on display at the MURAL on Main Gallery, 631 Main Street in Hobart through Sunday, August 24. Gallery hours are 12-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
     
  • Instrumental Desire: Strings Attached, an exhibit of musical instruments created by Ken Butler, will be on display at the Orphic Gallery at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets in Roxbury through Sunday, August 24. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12-5 pm and by appointment.
     
  • Ad Infinitum, featuring works by ten artists, and Tasha Depp’s solo show, Connected Vision, will be on exhibit at the Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street in Catskill from Saturday, July 5 through Monday, September 1. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 12-5 pm.
     
  • Nancy De Flon’s photographic exhibit, Natural and Historical Landscapes, will be on display at the Mountain Top Historical Society’s Visitors’ Center on Route 23A in Haines Falls through Monday, September 1. Call (518) 589-6679 for hours.
  • Young’s Agway in Prattsville is currently displaying a Civil War painting and a hand-sewn quilt, both of which are fundraisers for the Zadock Pratt Museum. Raffle tickets are being sold for both items, with the drawing taking place on Thursday, October 30.

  • New Works by Ten Regional Artists, featuring the paintings and watercolors of Athena Billias, Naomi Blum, Annie Borgenicht, Robert Cepale, Olive Farrell, Patti Ferrara, Francia, Karen Rhodes, Liz Smith, and Sheila Trautman, will be on display in the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, 7950 Main Street in Hunter through Sunday, July 27. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Call (518) 263-2060 for more information.

  • Artists are invited to make a painting or drawing of one of the 22 sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail for inclusion in the third annual Postcards from the Trail, a one-day exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill on Sunday, September 28. There is no fee to enter. A complimentary 5x7" canvas panel is available for pick-up at the visitor’s center. Artists interested in participating should download the guidelines posted online at ThomasCole.org/call-to-artists. Artworks, along with a completed entry form, are due at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on or before September 6.

  • The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of D. F. Hasbrouck: American Impressionist will be on exhibit at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville until Sunday, October 12. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under free. The museum is open Friday-Monday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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    2014 Greene County Council on the Arts Calendar of Events:

    The Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery is located at 398 Main Street in Catskill and is open Monday thru Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information on any of these exhibits and events call (518) 943-3400, visit their website at GreeneArts.org or email GCCA@GreeneArts.org.


    Mountain Top Historical Society Hike Schedule - 2014

    The Mountain Top Historical Society’s visitors’ center in Haines Falls will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 PM, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

    May 17 Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Laurel House Grounds. Part of our Spring Fling with additional activities at the Historical Society grounds in Haines Falls. Full details to be announced.

    June 7 (Sat.) – National Trails Day. Rip's Retreat. A morning illustrated presentation will orient participants to Rip's Retreat and, following a lunch at our historic U & D Railroad Station, prepare them to explore the site of this 1950s tourist attraction. We will find some of the few signs of the buildings that once occupied the picnic area at North Lake and follow the path of the amusement's miniature train ride now hidden in the woods just downhill along the stage road that, from the 1820s to the 1940s led to The Catskill Mountain House. An easy, family friendly hike. The route of the train ride has some overgrown areas and may be wet or muddy. Led by Bob Gildersleeve. Check back for further details and information on the Lunch.

    June 21 (Sat.)  Sam's Point Ice Caves. Hike with Catskill 4000 Club leader Paul Misko and famed Catskill Geologist Dr. Robert Titus to the Sam's Point Ice Caves in Cragsmoor. Sam's Point, a nature preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy located on the Shawangunk Ridge, was preserved for its unique ecological and geological significance. It offers magnificent views along several miles of mostly level trails. Dr. Titus will describe the extensive geological features of the rocks of the Ridge and the ice caves. Mr. Misko will share the colorful history of Sam's Point. Level: Easy to moderate, with added difficulty in the Ice Caves due to rocky and slippery spots. (Yaktraks or microspikes recommended.)
    Group size limited to 12. No dogs please. Length: 3 miles. Time: 4-5 hours. Register no later than Friday, June 20, with Paul Misko at
    woodvalleybear@gmail.com. Or with the MTHS at director@mths.org, or 518-589-6679. Directions to meeting spot will be sent upon registration. Meeting time: 9:45 a.m. There is a $10 parking fee per car. Carpooling is recommended due to the small size of the lot.

    July 5 (Sat.) Tiskilwa Park. A guided hike through private lands and trails in Chichester of the former "Tiskilwa Park." The morning will begin with a short but steep climb (800 vertical ft) to the expansive views from Crow Hill, before descending to the Ox Clove Creek, where we'll explore what's left of the road and bridge system built by former furniture factory owner William O. Schwarzwaelder.  Hike will be lead by landowner,local historian and former newspaper guy Brian Powers. Half-day, moderate, with options for less or more. The hike will be  followed by a visit to the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia.

    July 19 (Sat.) Wittenberg An all day excursion, led by Catskill 4000 Club leader Paul Misko, the ascent from Woodland Valley to the summit of Wittenberg is one of the most challenging but rewarding day hikes in the Catskills. Paul will share the history of the Woodland Valley region, especially the explorations of naturalist John Burroughs, and point out the unique characteristics of this trail. Special treat: a bushwhack to Wittenberg Cave. Length: 9 miles. Level: very difficult due to steepness and length. Some rock scrambles and bushwhacks. Meeting time: 9:30 a.m. at the Woodland Valley State Campsite day use lot. Purchase a day use parking pass at the Campsite office. Exit time: 5-6 p.m. Limited to 12 hikers. Register no later than Friday July 18, with Paul Misko at woodvalleybear@gmail.com. or with the MTHS at director@mths.org, or 518-589-6679.

    August 2 (Sat.) Plans are underway for an exploration of Austin Glen. This very special area in Catskill and Leeds was the location of the Catskill Mountain Railroad and is a fascinating and important geological area. Led by Dr. Robert Titus, Bob Gildersleeve and others to be announced.

    August 16 (Sat.) Blackhead Loop Hike over Blackhead Mountain:  Enjoy spectacular views, rushing brooks, a lean-to, scenic rock formations, and a delicious spring on four routes over one of the Catskill Forest Preserve's highest peaks, 3,940-foot Blackhead Mountain.  This is a 5.1-mile hike with an ascent of  1800 feet.  Some sections are very steep with occasional challenging areas and tricky footing; this hike is rated 'Difficult.'  Bring lunch, snacks, water, and wear good boots.  Hike duration, including all stops, up to five hours.  We will meet at the parking lot in C.D. Lane Park (formerly Batavia Kill Day Use Area) about 1.5 miles east of Maplecrest, Big Hollow Road, at 9:00.

    Sept. 13 (Sat.)South Mountain Led by Bob Gildersleeve. Edward West, said the trails on South Mountain had the best views for the least effort of any trails in the Catskills. We will explore these views along easy to moderate trails of about 4.0 miles with a possible excursion of another 2 miles. Meet at the Mountain Top Historical Society's Campus on Route 23A in Haines Falls at 9:00 am.

    All Mountain Top Historical Society hikes are free and the public is invited. Please wear proper hiking attire and boots (NO sneakers), pack a lunch, don’t forget rain gear or sunscreen, and bring plenty of water. Membership is not required for hike participation, but you must register for each hike by calling (518) 589-6657 or emailing Director@MTHS.org. Please leave your name, phone number, and the total in your party. The schedule is subject to change and notifications, including weather cancellations, will be made up to the day of any given hike. Call Bob at (518) 734-9701 or check MTHS.org for announcements.
     

    Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs
    Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Columbia and Greene Counties fall program schedule. Pre-registration is required for all programs. You can register for programs taking place at the CCE Columbia Education Center, 479 Route 66 in Hudson by calling 828-3346, extension 0. In Greene County, unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23 in Acra. Call 622-9820, extension 0 for these programs. In case of inclement weather, please call the office for updates. Complete details for all programs including times, registration deadlines and fees may be found at AgroForestryCenter.org. You can call either office and request a program listing be mailed to you as well.












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