UPDATED: JULY 23, 2014

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- A 7-mile stretch of the State Route 23 bypass will be undergoing extensive work. The target date for completion is July 31, subject to weather delays. The project will have an impact on traffic patterns for several months as either repairs or full repaving take place between Cairo and Catskill.

- Prattsville residents are urged to complete an online survey at SurveyMonkey.com/S/RebuildPrattsvilleSurvey or to pick up a hard copy at the Prattsville Town Hall, Beth’s Café, Jim’s Great American, Young’s Agway, or the post office.

-  Tracing Your Roots in Greene County, The First Fifty Articles from the Greenville Mountain View Pioneer, is a collection of pieces written by Sylvia Hasenkopf for this community newspaper covering northern Greene and southern Albany counties. The book is $24.99 plus $3 shipping. Checks made payable to Sylvia Hasenkopf may be mailed to her at 155 Edison Timmerman Road, Cairo NY 12413. Call (518) 821-3852 or email Sylvia@NorthRiverResearch.com to ask questions or arrange for local pick up.


Through Thursday 7/31

·      Columbia Memorial Hospital’s mobile dental unit will be at Taconic Hills elementary school through Thursday, July 31 to provide exams, digital x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and simple extractions. Services for children include sealants and fluoride treatments. There is no cost for uninsured children. If insured, your insurance will be billed. Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and many private dental insurances are accepted. Adults without dental insurance pay a fee ranging from $50-$100 for the visit depending on their income. Call (518) 697-7892 to schedule an appointment.

Through Thursday 8/7

·      The Town of Lexington summer swim program at Mine Kill State Park will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8 through August 7, from 9 am to 4 pm. Registration forms are available at the Lexington Town Clerk’s office or register on opening day. There is no charge for Lexington residents. $20 per child or $50 per family for non-residents. Call Arielle at (518) 965-3732 for more information.

Sundays Through 8/17

·      Sunday services will be held in the West Kill Methodist Church at 9 am. There will be no services at the Lexington United Methodist Church for six weeks.

Thursday-Sunday 7/24-7/27

·      The 60th Greene County Youth Fair will be held at Angelo Canna Town Park, Mountain Avenue in Cairo from Thursday through Sunday, July 24-27. Admission is free. WRIP will be broadcasting live from 3-7 pm on opening day. There will be livestock and poultry exhibits, live music, animal shows, daily magic shows, Bubble Trouble, a Brooks chicken and ribs barbecue and classic car show on Friday, Fair Idol and Project Runway on Saturday, and a pie eating contest on Sunday. More information may be found on the Greene County Youth Fair’s Facebook page or visit TheGreeneCountyYouthFair.com for a complete schedule.

Thursday 7/24

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, July 24 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at Kaaterskill Care, 161 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

·      Country group Thunder Ridge will perform at Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street on the riverfront in Catskill on Thursday, July 24 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 7/25

·      The East Jewett United Methodist Church, Route 23C in East Jewett, will hold a Christmas in July sale on Friday, July 25. There will be an ice cream social featuring a make-your-own sundae bar, a bake sale, hot dogs and chips for lunch, a puppet show at 4, and a free-will offering spaghetti supper at 5:30.

·      A Brooks chicken and ribs barbecue will be held at the Greene County Youth Fair, Mountain Avenue in Cairo on Friday, July 25 from 4-7 pm. Chicken dinners are $12, rib dinners $13, chicken halves are $10, and ribs only are $11. Eat in or take out. Please make checks payable to The Greene County Youth Fair.

·      The Palenville Library on Route 23A will show the 1944 film Gaslight, starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten, on Friday, July 25 at 6 pm. Admission and refreshments are free.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, will be held on Friday, July 25 from 1-6 pm at the Grand Gorge Fire House, State Highway 30 in Grand Gorge. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RedCross to make an appointment.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, July 25 from 1:30-6:30 pm at Margaretville Hospital, State Highway 28 in Margaretville.

·      The circus is coming to Stamford on Friday, July 25. Two shows will be held at Russ Archibald Field on Route 10 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, which allows 2 children, 14 and under, to enter for free. Tickets for additional children are $5 each. Tickets may be purchased online at WalkerInternationalEvents.com.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, July 25 from 12-6 pm at Schoharie Central School, Academy Drive in Schoharie.

Saturday 7/26

·      The Reformed Church of Prattsville will hold a chicken barbecue at the church parsonage, across the street from Jim’s Great American in Prattsville, on Saturday, July 26 starting at noon. Chicken halves are $7 each. Your choice of potato salad, coleslaw or baked beans are $3 each. Take outs only.

·      The Grand Gorge Gremlins Little League baseball team will hold a car wash and bake sale at Young’s Agway in Prattsville on Saturday, July 26 from 10 am until 4 pm. Everyone who donates will receive a 10% off coupon good on any item in the store, excluding sale and clearance items. There will also be a recycling drive. Bring in your clean, recyclable bottles and cans. All proceeds will go toward buying new equipment, trophies and rewards for the kids’ performances.

·      Masters at Play: An American in Paris, featuring works by Fauré, Ravel, Gershwin, Chaminade and Franck will be presented at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Saturday, July 26 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. For more information visit CatskillMtn.org.
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·      Students of the National Dance Institute’s summer residency program will perform at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street in Tannersville on Saturday, July 26 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information visit CatskillMtn.org or app.arts-people.com

·      The 8th annual Crazy Race Festival will be held on Main Street, Tannersville on Saturday, July 26 from 11 am to 4 pm. Races begin at 2. No motors please. Admission is free. Rain date is Sunday, July 27.

·      The 5th annual Thunder in the Mountains car show will be held, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Municipal Building, Route 42 in Lexington on Saturday, July 26 from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be food, music, a Chinese auction, and a 50-50. Trophies will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the West Kill/Lexington Community Improvement Association. Registration is $12 the day of the show. No pets please. Call (518) 989-9820 to register.

·      The Lexington Historical Society building will be open on Saturday, July 26 from 1-4 pm.

·      Oak Hill Day will be held on Saturday, July 26 when there will be yard sales throughout the hamlet.

·      On Saturday, July 26 the Michael Moss/Billy Stein Duo will explore the frontiers of jazz with sets at 7:30 and 8:30 pm at the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill. $10 cover at the door. Details at BridgeStreetTheatre.org.

·      Warrior Dash will be held at Nickerson Park Campground, 389 Stryker Road in Gilboa on Saturday, July 26. More information and registration details will be found at WarriorDash.com

·      The Hobart Horseshoe Festival will be held at the Hobart Community Park behind the firehouse, just off Main Street in Hobart, on Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be an amateur horseshoe throwing tournament ($20 horseshoe pitcher registration includes a free t-shirt), vendors and other attractions. Country bands will perform throughout the day. There will be children’s activities, food (sausage, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more) and fun for the whole family. Admission is free for spectators. While you’re in town visit the Hobart Historical Society’s open house and tour the Main Street bookstores. Presented by the Hobart Civic Association and the Hobart Rotary Club.

·      WRIP will be broadcasting live from the Stamford Fire Department’s fireworks show at Russ Archibald Field on Route 10 in Stamford on Saturday, July 26 starting at 4 pm. There will be a barbecue at 5, DJ Fast Eddie will provide the tunes, and there will be fireworks at dusk. Rain date is Saturday, August 2.

·      The Conesville United Methodist Chapel will hold a chicken barbecue at the church, 1295 State Route 990V in Conesville on Saturday, August 2. Middleburgh Lanes will be preparing the birds, which will be ready for pick up from 11 am until sold out. Preorders at $6.50 per chicken half should be sent to Cory Billings, 139 Champlin Road, Gilboa, NY 12076 by Saturday, July 26. Sides will be available at an additional charge. The price of chicken halves on August 2 will be $7.

·      A benefit poker run in memory of Aron Thomas will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, July 26. Sign up at 11 am, leave at noon from Nick’s Waterfall House, 714 State Route 990V in West Conesville. Scenic ride with four stops, barbecue to follow. $20 donation per rider/driver, $10 per passenger. All proceeds will be used to purchase savings bonds for the Thomas children. For more information email NicksWaterfallHouse@gmail.com or call (607) 588-9891.

·      The 5th annual Catskill Forest Festival, hosted by the Catskill Forest Association, will be held in Margaretville Village Park on Bridge Street in Margaretville (behind Freshtown and CVS) on Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be a logging competition (lots of noise, bring earplugs), music, arts and crafts made from forest materials, wood and pellet stoves and furnaces, maple products, hand-crafted furniture, wooden boats, recreation vendors, forestry equipment, archery demonstration, a food and beverage tent, games, horse rides, and educational presentations throughout the day. Admission is free.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company, 3096 Route 145 in Preston Hollow.

·      The opera Lucia di Lammermoor, by Gaetano Donizetti, will be performed at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.

Sunday 7/27

·      Summer services will be held at the Mitchell Hollow Chapel in Windham on Sunday, July 27 at 2 pm.

·      Flutist Eugenia Zuckerman, Helena Baillie on violin and viola, and Ryan Kamm, double bass, will perform Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie Family Concert, featuring the music of Saint-Saens and Prokofiev at the Mountain Top Arboretum, Route 23C in Tannersville on Sunday, July 27 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

·      A baby back ribs barbeque will be held at Kedemah Lodge #693 F & AM, 523 Main Street in Cairo on Sunday, July 27 from 4-7 pm. Full dinners, which include ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll, dessert and beverage, are $10. Eat in or take out.

·      The Town of Cairo Police will host their annual DARE golf tournament at Blackhead Mountain Lodge Country Club in Round Top on Sunday, July 27. Four player team scramble, shotgun start at 1 pm. $85 per person includes 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dogs on the turn, dinner and prizes. To reserve your team call the Pro Shop at (518) 622-3157 or DARE Officer Tom Plank at (518) 929-0134. $50 tee sponsorships may be sent to Cairo Police Department DARE Program, PO Box 728, Cairo, NY 12413. Call Officer Plank to have your donated prizes picked up.

Monday 7/28

·      Musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford will be Playing Beethoven’s Music on Beethoven’s Pianos in the Piano Performance Museum at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Monday, July 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students. Call (518) 263-2063 for tickets.

Monday-Friday 7/28-8/1

·      The Greenville Public Library and Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H educators will host We Do Robotics from Monday-Friday, July 28 - August 1 at 10 am. Using Legos, kids in grades 3-5 will learn how to construct and then bring their models to life using intuitive drag and drop computer software. They will develop and improve different communication, collaboration and team-building skills to create a final project illustrated by a story they compose. Call (518) 966-8205 to register.

Monday-Saturday 7/28-8/9

·      It’s bluestone season. From Monday, July 28 through Saturday, August 9, everyone is welcome to attend the free bluestone carving sessions at the Hunter Town Hall. Participants must provide their own safety gear, including ear baffles and eye goggles. No experience is necessary. Observers are always welcome. For more information call Kevin at (518) 989-6356.

Tuesday 7/29

·      The Greene County Chamber of Commerce will host a women in business meeting at Deer Mountain Inn, 790 County Route 25 in Tannersville on Tuesday, July 29 from 5-8 pm. There will be a cash bar and dinner will be served. The registration fee is $20. RSVP by calling (518) 943-4222 or email info@GreeneCountyChamber.org.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, July 29 from 1-6 pm at the First Reformed Church, 1663 Helderberg Trail in Berne.

Wednesday 7/30

·      The Mountain Top Golden Agers will travel to Saratoga for a day at the races on Wednesday, July 30. Dinner at Pegasus on the return trip. Cost is $55. Call Kathie at (518) 589-5293 for details and to sign up.

·      An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 2-7 pm at American Legion Post #291, 132 Maple Avenue in Greenville.

Thursday 7/31

·      Blue Soul 7 plays their brand of funk, soul, blues and rock group at Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street on the riverfront in Catskill on Thursday, July 31 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-Sunday 8/1-8/3

·      The 19th annual Civil War Heritage Music Gathering and Encampment will be held at the Windham Civic Center on Friday, August 1 from 5-11 pm; Saturday, August 2 from 10 am to 10 pm; and Sunday, August 3 from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be historical re-enactors portraying President Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain, a brass band memorabilia exhibit, a medical surgical demonstration and display, fife and drum music, and a program on Solomon Northup, the subject of the film Twelve Years a Slave. All encampment programs are free. Donations are appreciated.

v    Tickets for the 7 pm Friday concert, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier 1776-1976: America’s Wartime Story, are $10. Afterward the film The Road to Valhalla will be shown at 9 pm.

v    Tickets for the 7:30 pm Grand Concert on Saturday are $10. It will be preceded by a free ice cream social and presentation of the T. Patrick Meehan Community Service Awards at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the Windham Public Library and at the door.

·      Anthem Sports will hold the Tour of the Catskills cycling race throughout Greene County from Friday-Sunday, August 1-3. Visit TourOfTheCatskills.com to see tour routes and to register.

·      Amelia, a Civil War play by Alex Webb, will be performed at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street in Tannersville on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2 at 7 pm, and on Sunday, August 3 at 2 pm. The play is 90 minutes long, is performed without intermission, and is unsuitable for very young children. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

·      The 26th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held Friday-Sunday, August 1-3 at Dodds Farm, 44 County Route 7D, just off Route 22 north of Hillsdale, NY. For a list of performers, or to purchase camping and festival tickets online, visit FalconRidgeFolk.com.

Friday-Friday 8/1-8/15

·      Columbia Memorial Hospital’s mobile dental unit will be at the Greene Medical Arts Building in Catskill from Friday, August 1 through Friday, August 15 to provide exams, digital x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and simple extractions. Services for children include sealants and fluoride treatments. There is no cost for uninsured children. If insured, your insurance will be billed. Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and many private dental insurances are accepted. Adults without dental insurance pay a fee ranging from $50-$100 for the visit depending on their income. Call (518) 697-7892 to schedule an appointment.

Friday 8/1

·      The Knights of the Road will hold their annual golf tournament at the Windham Country Club on Friday, August 1 at 10 am. $90 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and golf. Sign up at the Windham Country Club Pro Shop or call (518) 734-9910 to reserve your foursome. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Top Little League.

·      Masters at Play: From Classics to Jazz, featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, Earl Wild, Milhaud and Joplin, will be presented at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm. For tickets and more information visit CatskillMtn.org.or app.arts-people.com

·      The Upper Catskill String Quartet will perform music from the theater at the Maple Museum, 221 Creamery Street in Jefferson on Friday, August 1 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

·      The Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars will perform at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.

Saturday 8/2 – Happy 100th Birthday to Madelene Sutton of Prattsville

·      The Windham-Ashland-Jewett Alumni Association will hold its annual dinner at Acra Manor Resort in Acra on Saturday, September 27. Dinner reservation forms will be sent in August. Contact WAJAlumni@mhcable.com to provide them with your name and mailing address.

·      The woodland spirits need new houses in the fairy garden at the Mountaintop Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road in Tannersville, and kids of all ages are invited to help build them on Saturday, August 2 from 10 am until noon. Meet at the arboretum’s parking lot. Admission is $5 per child. Building materials and snacks will be provided. Rain date is Sunday, August 3 from 10 am until noon.

·      A penny social will be held at the Hunter firehouse, 17 Bridge Street in Hunter on Saturday, August 2. Doors open at 11:30 am, calling starts at 1 pm. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free. This is a fundraiser for Hunter Fire Company #1.

·      Dissonance and Stability in Mozart: The Spice of Life will be presented at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street in Hunter on Saturday, August 2 at 8 pm. For tickets and more information visit CatskillMtn.org.  app.arts-people.com

·      The Dash: Courage & Honor, a 5K run/walk fundraiser in memory of Joseph Morabito who was killed in action, will be held at the bike path at Tannersville Lake on Saturday, August 2. Registration is at 10 am, runners start at 11, and walkers at 2 pm. There will also be a barbeque, bake sale, and raffle. Registration is $30 per person. Proceeds will be split evenly between Team Red, White and Blue; America’s Fund, and Snowball Express. Visit TheDash5K.com to sign up or make a donation.

·      The Lexington Historical Society building will be open on Saturday, August 2 from 1-4 pm.

·      A farmers’ market will be held at the Lexington Municipal Building’s pavilion on Route 42 on Saturday, August 2 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

·      American Legion Mohican Post 983 of Cairo will hold a chicken barbeque at Lynch’s Pot-O-Gold, Old Route 23 in Acra on Saturday, August 2 from 12-6 pm. The menu includes chicken, baked potato, corn, and watermelon. There will be a band, DJ, dancing, cash bar, and 50-50 raffle. $15 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Wounded Vets and Adaptive Sports Program at Windham. For tickets call Mike at (518) 965-2548, Morty at (518) 622-9229, or Mark at (201) 741-6534.

·      The Cairo Hose Company’s 4th annual poker run will be held on Saturday, August 2. Sign up at the Cairo Firehouse starts at 10 am, kickstands up at 11. $25 per person. Run ends at the Red Rooster Roadhouse in Cairo with food and entertainment. For more information call Ray at (518) 965-8867.

·      Dr. Robert Titus, Bob Gildersleeve and Miklos Salgo will lead a hike to Austin Glen on Saturday, August 2. Meet at the NYS Thruway Exit 21 parking lot in Catskill at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead. The hike is rated easy to moderate and will take about 2-3 hours. This geologically important area was the location of the Catskill Mountain Railroad.

·      The Bronck Museum grounds in Coxsackie, just off Route 9W, will be open at 7 pm on Saturday, August 2 for an evening of live music, stories, lantern-light tours, desserts and beverages. Admission is $7; $3.50 for Greene County Historical Society members and children. Reservations for this event are appreciated and can be made by calling (518) 731-6490.

·      Conesville will hold its annual town-wide garage sale on Saturday, August 2. Residents who want to participate should call (607) 588-9003 or (607) 588-6359. The Conesville Fire Department Auxiliary will do the advertising, map and list distribution, and signage. Refreshments will be available at the firehouse. Time to clean up and sell those treasures.

·      The Gilboa-Conesville cheerleaders will be selling breakfast and lunch in front of the Conesville firehouse on Saturday, August 2 from 8 am to 3 pm. They will have muffins, coffee cake, pastries, coffee, tea and water for breakfast, then hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch.

·      The Conesville United Methodist Chapel will hold a chicken barbecue at the church, 1295 State Route 990V in Conesville, across from the firehouse, on Saturday, August 2. Middleburgh Lanes will be preparing the birds, which will be ready for pick up from 11 am until sold out. The cost is $7 per half. Sides will also be available at an additional charge.

·      The Cookers All-Star Jazz Band will perform at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, August 2 at 8 pm. Call (845) 254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit BelleayreMusic.org to purchase tickets.

Sunday 8/3

·      An opening reception for Nancy De Flon’s photographic exhibit, Natural and Historical Landscapes, will be held at the Mountain Top Historical Society’s Visitors’ Center on Route 23A in Haines Falls on Sunday, August 3 from 2-4 pm.

Wednesday 8/6

  • The Greene County Chamber of Commerce will host a power networking luncheon at Michael’s Restaurant in Palenville on Wednesday, August 6 from 12-1:30 pm. RSVP by calling (518) 943-4222 or email info@GreeneCountyChamber.org.

Thursday-Sunday 8/7-8/10

  • The UCI Windham Mountain Bike World Cup race, presented by Shimano, returns to Windham Mountain from Thursday through Sunday, August 7-10. Windham is the eighth and only U.S. stop on the tour that also includes South Africa, Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Canada and France. All three race disciplines, Olympic cross-country, cross-country eliminator and downhill, will be held here. A block party, concert and kids’ fun race will be part of the festivities.

Friday 8/8

  • The Windham Chamber of Commerce and the World Cup Committee will sponsor the World Cup festival block party on Friday, August 8.

Saturday & Sunday 8/9 & 8/10

  • The Patchworkers will hold their annual quilt show at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in Windham on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, August 10 from 10 am until 2 pm. Admission is $3, good for both days. The show will feature quilts on display, raffles, and items for sale made by the quilters as well as other vendors. Call Pat at (518) 734-4624 for more information.

Saturday 8/9

  • A smorgasbord will be held at the Lexington United Methodist Church hall on Saturday, August 9 at 5 pm to benefit the West Kill Ladies Aid.

  • The Piecemakers of Cairo will hold their quilt show at the Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Avenue in Cairo on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $2. The show will feature quilts on display, raffles, and items for sale made by the quilters as well as other vendors. Call Debbie at (518) 622-2270 for more information.

Sunday 8/10

  • Out Windham Way, a presentation by Larry Tompkins, will be given at the Mountain Top Historical Society’s Ulster & Delaware train station in Haines Falls on Sunday, August 10 at 1 pm. There will also be an ice cream social.

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

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.

Tuesday 8/19

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

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.

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, fiddle, musical instruments, and join the party.

  • 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 Tannersville on Saturday, August 23 at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased by visiting catskillmtn.org

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.

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

Sunday 8/31

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

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.

  • Thursday, July 24  11:30AM-4:30PM at Kaaterskill Care, 161 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.
  • Friday, July 25  1-6PM at the Grand Gorge Fire House, Rt. 30 in Grand Gorge
  • Friday, July 25  1:30-6:30PM at Margaretville Hospital, Rt. 28 in Margaretville
  • Friday, July 25  12-6 pm at Schoharie Central School, Academy Drive in Schoharie
  • Saturday, July 26 7:30AM-2:30PM at the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company, 3096 Rt. 145, Preston Hollow
  • Tuesday, July 29  1-6 pm at the First Reformed Church, 1663 Helderberg Trail in Berne.
  • Wednesday, July 30  2-7 pm at American Legion Post #291, 132 Maple Avenue in Greenville.
  • Monday, August 4  2:30-7:30 pm at the Athens Fire Department, 39 Third Street in Athens.
  • Tuesday, August 12  2:30-7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 103 Mansion St., Coxsackie.
  • 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.

Golf Tournaments

Sunday 7/27

  • The Town of Cairo Police will host their annual DARE golf tournament at Blackhead Mountain Lodge Country Club in Round Top on Sunday, July 27. Four player team scramble, shotgun start at 1 pm. $85 per person includes 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dogs on the turn, dinner and prizes. To reserve your team call the Pro Shop at (518) 622-3157 or DARE Officer Tom Plank at (518) 929-0134. $50 tee sponsorships may be sent to Cairo Police Department DARE Program, PO Box 728, Cairo, NY 12413. Call Officer Plank to have your donated prizes picked up.

Friday 8/1

  • The Knights of the Road will hold their annual golf tournament at the Windham Country Club on Friday, August 1 at 10 am. $90 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and golf. Sign up at the Windham Country Club Pro Shop or call (518) 734-9910 to reserve your foursome. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Top Little League.

 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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