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!

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.

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.