Catskill, New York
Business/Growth | Local culture | Local living
23 October 2017 01:30PM
Constance Lopez

The Copake Quintet comes to the Clocktower Pub in Copake. Join us for a great dinner and a fun evening of music.

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Catskill, New York
Business/Growth | Local culture | Local living
3 October 2017 12:55PM
Catskill Community Center

Catskill Love + Catskill Support = Catskill Community Center
by Donna Christensen

What a nice thing to say! And it’s true…let me add my impressions of the town and village of Catskill. Having moved here a year and a half ago seeking a “community” in which to work and live – I couldn’t have hit the mark any more surely. Never take for granted that all towns and villages have community. For me, the meaning is much broader than the proximity of the folks who reside there. I found a place that’s welcoming, easy-going, intriguing, interesting and most of all – inclusive.
Working for a human service organization was a good start for my goal; I am lucky enough to be able to walk to my job, work with and around nice people and be creative. What about those who seek the same (who wouldn’t, right?), but don’t know where to start? There are sites which post Events & Happenings and the Community Board is informative as is IMBY. Local shops on Main Street, like Magpie and HiLo, host local musicians and artists. They offer the opportunity for musicians to play to an audience as well as offering entertainment to the visitors who come in to their place. Greene County Council for the Arts brings us art shows, fashion shows and engaging parties. All over Catskill Village, doors are open, smiles are smiled, fun is had.
Yeah, parking on the street during the day is iffy, but the municipal lot near Williams Street is a great alternative to coin-drop meters. There are Live Theatre Performances down the block, The Community Movie house has a $5 Wednesday night, and just across the street is the Catskill Community Center.
There is a safe and fun place for teens and pre-teens which doesn’t cost families a cent (Thank you, Town of Catskill)! Mostly known by local neighbors as “The Rec Center” for years and years, don’t fret – it still is! The Rec Center is open to youth to drop-in and engage in neat teenage activities during the late afternoon and evening hours. Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts joined up with the Center offering no-cost dance lessons for kids as well.
Last but not least, let me share something really cool! The Catskill Community Center is starting up Clubs for like-minded adults to meet, share, create and embark on adventures and outings together. First club out of the box is the Outdoor Enthusiasts Club which will include guided hikes, paddles and more, facilitated by Jeff Vincent of Catskill Mountain Wild. The Designer Board Game Club sounds great for the chilly months. What a blast to play stimulating, new board games. Thanks to Tony Cox of Kirwans, this club gets you “playing” with new friends/other members. The Healthy Gourmet Cooking Club is going to be popular. One of Catskill Community Center’s goals is to support families and individuals with the knowledge and experience of functional nutrition. There will be off-site cooking lessons where you can learn to prepare fancy AND healthy dishes! Maybe enjoy a glass of wine, too.
Now’s the time to get involved, support your local community, get moving and join a club or two. There is an annual membership fee, (got to keep the lights on and doors open at the Center). Club members will have a closed Facebook page, a place to meet, share experiences, learn new things and plan outings all with the assistance of Center staff to help coordinate additional activities within the club.
Folks who are new to the area, can be assured that getting involved with the Community Center is a step in the right direction. Millennials and Baby Boomers – Stop in at 344 Main Street to learn more about our new Club memberships and this lovely little town. Local neighbors – thanks for being so friendly and come on down and share your gifts and talents with others.

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Catskill, New York
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24 September 2017 01:04PM
Enid Futterman-2


It’s more of an experience than a play. It begins at Cozy Cottage, Frederic and Isabel Church’s first home, well down the slope from the site of the grand house yet to be built, and takes you on an unusually guided tour through an enlivened landscape.

The year is 1865. Frederic (Sam Rebelein) and Isabel’s (Anne Undeland) two sons have just died of diphtheria, and Isabel is beyond consolation. Frederic paints instead of grieving, or tries to; his hand has started to shake.

But the year is also 2017, and a 13-year-old boy is loudly protesting his mothers’ (Alexandra Angeloch and Lia Russell-Self) attempts to infect him with the wonder of Church’s living work of art—Olana.

Eliot (Eliot Boyd Bailey) just wants to have fun, defined for him as unlimited time on his iPad. But the limitations of time bend enough for Eliot and his mothers to find themselves face to face with the Churches, and Church’s teacher and mentor, Thomas Cole (James Occhino). Isabel gloms onto Eliot, who she mistakes for one of her sons, and well, that’s the experience, for them, and for you, if you get to Olana today at 2, 4 or 6 and follow these characters on a walk through time.

“Performing Olana” was written by Pine Plains resident Darrah Cloud, and directed and produced respectively by Ancram Opera House artistic directors Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, and Amy Hufnagel, Olana’s Director of Education, who co-produced with Ricciardi) with the inestimable help of Church’s paintings, letters, journals and the landscape itself.

Three more chances to time travel today, Sunday, September 24, at 2, 4 and 6 at Olana. Route 9G, slightly north of County Route 14, and slightly south of State Route 23 on its way to the Rip Van Winkle bridge.

Online reservations have ended. Call 518 828 1872 x 105, or just go.

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Catskill, New York
Peter Bevacqua


Dear friends and neighbors,

Please join us this Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm. We are one of 6 Columbia County gardens open for the Garden Conservancy. Come get inspired, support a good cause, and even purchase some fantastic plants! Robert Anderson, of Pondside Nursery, will be on hand selling many choice plants at our garden again this year. (You may remember Robert’s brilliance at Loomis Creek nursery, which he has expanded at Pondside with the best selection of perennials around)

Visit the private gardens of Abby Adams-Westlake in Ancram, Joyce & Ken Ketay in Claverack, Richard Egan’s Hudson Hood in Hudson, Ronald Wagner & Timothy Van Dam’s Arcadia in West Taghkanic, Margaret Roach’s garden in Copake Falls, and our garden on 23B at Willmon Road here in Clverack.

We hope to see you in the garden!

Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King

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Catskill, New York
Business/Growth | Local culture | Local living
3 November 2015 12:05PM


VALATIE — The Ichabod Crane Riders boy’s varsity basketball team is doing what it can to make going to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the KSA basketball tournament at Disney World a reality.

This past July the school board granted permission for the team to take the trip on Dec. 28. To make this happen, the team must raise $23,500. The team is tentatively scheduled to play teams from Canada, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Fundraisers have been held every weekend since July to raise money. They have sold raffle tickets and held coin drops, had adult mixer beer and wine tastings along with a silent auction held at Winding Brook on Oct. 24, and held a Halloween-themed 5K race they dubbed Trick or Trot, as well as a Creepy Crawler Fun Run with an obstacle course for children under 12 years old on Halloween.

“We wanted to try to do events that the school hasn’t done before,” said Will Ferguson, head coach of the Ichabod Crane varsity basketball team.


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