Stroll, Shop, Give

Garden Day_RenaissanceGreen thumb or not, there will be something for everyone to enjoy along Main Street during Garden Day this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Several businesses will also be donating a portion of their sales on Saturday to Livingston Manor Renaissance, including:

Beth’s Headquarters, The Catskill Brewery, Life Repurposed, Main Street Farm, Morgan Outdoors, Mountain Bear Crafts, Sugar Blossom Flowers, and Willow and Brown.

Garden Day is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Community Center, Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Manor Renaissance volunteers and Sullivan County Audobon Society. The event is organized by Mia Koerner. Thank you Mia!

Please scroll down for more information, including a schedule of events and a detailed map of vendors.

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Garden Day: May 16

garden-day_2015Save the date for the 2nd Annual Garden Day, coming up Saturday, May 16.

Join us for a day full of fun with events and vendors along Main Street from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Look for educational materials and goods for sale to include flowering bedding plants, chair planters, vegetables, wind chimes, garden solar lights, honey, maple syrup, terrariums, bird houses, Audubon Society, art work, planters, tools, advice from master gardeners, baked goods, lemonade, organic produce and eggs, outdoor furniture and bird feeders.

There is no cost to attend. There will also be an art contest for school age artists and a raffle. The Schedule of Events includes:

10:00 a.m. Introduction & Welcome by Kitty Vetter
Lecture Series Begins at the CAS Arts Center
10:00 Greg Lotorto, Landscape Designer of Bethel Woods
11:00 John Evans, Superintendent of Roscoe Central School. Discusses Community Garden and how to introduce gardens to children.
12:00 noon Harpist Jan Hirsch plays during the lunch break
1:00 Carolyn Summers, author and lecturer of Native Planting for the Northeast
2:00 Paul Blanton, landscaper. Demonstration of practical tips of the trade and short cuts.
3:00 Live Music by Darren Steele and Moon Sauce

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Coming Up

Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills imageThere will be live music at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, again this Friday, April 17, featuring Avi Diamond from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., join Ellie and Akira Ohiso at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, for the Kickoff Party to celebrate the “Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills” project. Enjoy light refreshments and some on-the-scene Exquisite Corpse drawing. Fun for kids, too!

On Thursday, April 23 at the CAS Arts Center, New Hope Community will host a free opening reception at the Catskill Art Society for its student/teacher group show “Waxing Visions: The Artists of New Hope Community” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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Lots To Do This Weekend

Catskill Brewery 04.10.15With so much to do, it sure is starting to feel like spring around here!

Start your weekend off tonight at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, with their Live Music Fridays series featuring Karen Hudson and Chris Larson from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 11) is the long-awaited official Season Opener for the 2015 Trout Season! Make sure to catch the celebratory first cast at 9:30 a.m. on the Willowemoc Creek just upstream from the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Bridge, 1031 Old Route 17. This year’s casters are all kids! The Lake family, Rylie, Silas & Veida, and Iris and Roan Gillingham will lead an under age 16 group to cast the first flies on the frigid water of the Catskills.

Numerous activities will follow throughout the day at the CFFCM, including a sampling of Agnes Van Put’s famous soups, the 14th annual Fly Tyers Rendezvous, activities for children and a guided tour of the Museum. After lunch, there will also be free outdoor casting lessons, weather permitting, for all ages and abilities.

Later on Saturday, The Laugh Tour returns to The Arnold House, featuring Susan Prekel, Rich Kiamko and Jonathan McBride, starting at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online or at the door. We also hear The Plunk Shop, 39 Main Street, will be open again, starting this weekend!

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Time to Celebrate

welcomeSpring is definitely in the air and Main Street will soon be in full bloom again thanks to the volunteer efforts of everyone involved with Livingston Manor Renaissance.

In the meantime, there’s some celebrating to do. In preparation for your holiday gatherings this weekend, make sure to stop in Livingston Manor along the way. You can find just about everything you might need, right here!

Brandenburg Pastry Bakery, Main Street Farm and Peck’s Market can help you prepare your holiday meal from start to finish. Sugar Blossom Flowers has a variety of cut flowers and plants to decorate your table.

Perhaps, you’re dining elsewhere and need a hostess gift? Stop by Life Repurposed, Morgan Outdoors, Wildlife Gift Shop and/or Willow and Brown where you’re sure to find the perfect item.

If all this sounds great, but you’d rather dine out, The Arnold House, Madison’s and Rolling River Cafe will all be open all weekend.

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Weekend Preview

janturanThe Live Music Fridays Series continues at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, with janturan from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, The Catskill Art Society and SC BOCES are hosting a reception to open the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. This year’s exhibition features 300 works in ten media categories from high school students in all eight of the county’s districts (Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley) plus student work from SC BOCES.

Later on Saturday, stop by Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main Street, to listen to Bill Birns discuss the life of celebrated naturalist John Burroughs, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Raised on a farm in Roxbury, Burroughs rivaled Mark Twain as the most widely read and well-known writer in America in the early years of the 20th century. His books, essays and poetry drew readers toward a worldview that valued simplicity in living in harmony with nature. Bill Birns is an author, educator, and a 43-year resident of the Catskills. His column, “A Catskill Catalog,” ran from 2007-12 in the Catskill Mountain News. Birns’ first book, “A Catskill Catalog,” was published by Purple Mountain Press, and his second, “The Myth in the Mountain,” at mountainartsmedia.com. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call Morgan Outdoors at 439-5507.

Oh, and did we mention that ice cream is back at Madison’s? A sure sign of spring!

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Coming Up: This Weekend

2 SistersThis is the final weekend for the Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. “Sisters” by Summer Claybrooks is shown here, courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Art.Write.Now is a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the talented teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12, received more than 255,000 submissions during the 2014 program year.

If you’re up for some shopping, make sure to check out the Triple -S (Spring Starts Saturday) Sale at Life Repurposed, 8 Pearl Street.

Also on Saturday, stop by Willow and Brown and Sugar Blossom Flowers to enjoy light fare and refreshments from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in celebration of one year since opening in their shared space at 36A Main Street. Both shops are also donating 10% of their March sales to local nonprofits: Rosemary Farm Sanctuary and Catskill Mountainkeeper, respectively.

On Sunday, experience how maple syrup is made in the Catskills. Join Catskill Mountainkeeper and Morgan Outdoors to tour Catskill Mountain Sugar House in Grahamsville, NY from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The tour will be followed by a short hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, around the mountaintop farm.

Reservations are required before Sunday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. Please contact Lisa at 845-439-5507.

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Earth Award Celebration and More This Weekend

catskill_brewery_FFMPAD_7March15 (2)Congratulations to The Catskill Brewery, recipient of this year’s Earth Award from Sullivan Renaissance!

Everyone is invited to join the celebration this Saturday, March 7th when the Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums will be bringing a little green St. Patrick’s Day cheer to Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, at 3:00 p.m.

After you stop by  the brewery, head over to Morgan Outdoors at 4:00 p.m. Saturday for Birds of the Bashakill with Sullivan County Audobon member Lance Verderame.

The program offers a season by season account of the incredible bird life of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, located near Wurtsboro, the largest freshwater marsh in southern New York State.

Later that night, make sure to check out the special screening of the classic film Blackboard Jungle (1955) at 7:00 p.m. at the Laundry King, 65 Main Street, featuring a talk back with presenter Lawrence Budner. March is National Youth Art Month, a time to celebrate education in and through the arts – making it a perfect time to see this powerful and relevant movie.

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2015 Visitor’s Guide Available

frontcover_vg2015_webThe digital version of the 2015 Visitor’s Guide for Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Lew Beach is now Available Here.

You can now enjoy the articles and photographs in this year’s guide, and find information about area lodging and eateries and all the things there are to do here – from anywhere!

Print editions of the 2015 Visitor’s Guide are also available at many merchants, eateries and attractions located throughout Sullivan County.

The Visitor’s Guide is produced by Quik Type in collaboration with the Livingston Manor and Roscoe Chambers of Commerce each year. For more information about Roscoe, please visit RoscoeNY.com.

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Ice Fishing, Sled Dogs and More This Weekend

Kim Darst and Dog Team  Waving while Racing (2)Make a weekend of it and enjoy The Arnold House’s 1st Annual Ice Fishing Derby, February 27 – March 1.

The two-night package includes an ice fishing kit, a bonfire at the lake, Hot Toddy’s made with Prohibition Distillery Bootlegger Bourbon, and a cocktail named after the winner of the derby.

Start off with live music at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, on Friday, featuring Catbird at 6:00 p.m.

Need some time outdoors? Hit the ice at Rotary Park on Pleasant Street. The rink will be open daily, weather permitting. Check their Facebook page for updates. There are also some brand new snowshoes available for rent at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, along with free maps to nearby snowshoe hot spots for all experience levels.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Morgan Outdoors is offering a free screening of “Iditarod Race” – a behind-the-scenes look at Alaska’s 1,000-mile Dog Sled Race. Experience the beauty of Alaska and the determination of the dog teams as they make their way across Alaska in the 40th running of the race (2012). This year’s race starts March 7th in Anchorage, AK. Please call 845-439-5507 to reserve a seat. The screening is co-sponsored by the Livingston Manor Library and Morgan Outdoors.

That’s Musher Kim Darst shown above, in the 2009 Iditarod!

On Sunday, anyone interested in local trails is invited to a kick-off for the Willowemoc Trail Crew, also at Morgan Outdoors. Learn about the trails that volunteers help maintain in the SW corner of the Catskill Park and some of the things that the recently-formed Willowemoc Trail Crew does.

Meet Catskill trail caretakers and promoters Jeff Senterman and Heather Rolland of the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Ralph Bressler, volunteer Willowemoc Trail Crew leader. This relaxed gathering is sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

An Optional Snowshoe Outing to Frick Pond will follow! We hear that trail crew members have been breaking trail there to make snowshoeing much easier and inviting to beginners. Morgan Outdoors will supply free rental snowshoes for anyone who needs them. Call ahead to reserve a pair: 845-439-5507.

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