Coming Up: Labor Day Festival

labor_day_festival_posterEnjoy some good old-fashioned family fun during the Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival on Sunday, September 6.

Pre-festival activities include a 5K run at 10:00 a.m. and fun runs for kids at 11:00 a.m., both starting on Main Street.

Festival activities will open in Renaissance Park (near the traffic light on Main Street) at 1:00 a.m. starting with music by Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers who will be followed by guitarist Cat Wilson and a talent show highlighting the abilities of local youth. The talent show will be opened by the gifted singer Tessa Nettleton, 8th grader and last year’s talent show winner. For children, there will be country-fair-style games, face painting and crafts. Library volunteers will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers from Snowdance Farm, and Thai food will be available from Sweet Basil. Visitors will find vendors with child-friendly products including handmade toys and dolls; view vintage cars from local car clubs and browse the colossal book sale.

Three beautiful handmade quilts will be raffled off to benefit the library; the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) 8th grade class will hold a bake sale; and the LMCS teachers will have free iced coffee for festival-goers.

This event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Library and the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce with support from Global Natural Foods, Livingston Manor Rotary Club, Jeff Bank and M&M Auto Group. Proceeds benefit the children’s programs of the Livingston Manor Library.

For more information call 845-439-5440. To register for the 5K run, go to for a printable registration form or to register online.

Weekend Preview: August 7-10

Catskill Brewery Summer (2)Lots to do this weekend, especially if you enjoy art, birds, craft beer and live music!

Make sure to check out the Karen Hudson River Band at The Arnold House Friday at 9:00 p.m.

Then on Saturday, start off with a Downtown Bird Walk at 10:30 a.m. with Lance Verderame. Meet at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, for a stroll around the corner to Renaissance Park. Lance will bring a powerful spotting scope but many species should also be right within view. Bring your own binoculars and camera. Please RSVP to 845-439-5507.

Make sure to see Catskill Birds, an exhibition featuring Lance Verderame’s photographs in the Catskill Park Room at Morgan Outdoors while you’re there. Lance’s beautiful images are grouped by each bird’s habitat and keyed to a map where you can go for your own birding adventure.

Then on Saturday afternoon, the CAS Arts Center, 48Main Street, is hosting two openings, including Audobon and Friends Too, curated by Kate Hyden. The festivities begin with an Artist Talk at 2:00 p.m. and then an Opening Reception from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Aviary, curated by Elizabeth Ennis, will open in the Elevator Gallery at CAS with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Also on Saturday, The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, is hosting its first Annual Summer Celebration from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Join Mark Ruffalo and The Catskill Brewery to celebrate 100% Leadership and support The Solutions Project.

Enjoy 100% local, refreshing beer and sample great food (by Fearless Cooking) at one of the country’s greenest breweries, all while listening to good music (by Moonshine Holler) and inspiring words from The Solutions Project co-founder Mark Ruffalo and Executive Director Sarah Shanley Hope.

Admission is free, and half of all proceeds from beverage and food sales will go to the 100% Leadership Fund, a project of The Solutions Project.

Coming Up: Saturday, July 11

artwalk_chalkwalk_2015 (3)Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street from WaterWheel Junction to Brandenburg Bakery to find (40+) wonderful handcrafted treasures, fine artists at work and special exhibits inside our shops.

Pick up a free map at any one of our shops to find all participants. (The map will be available online with all participants noted by 7/4.)

Make sure to take in the Summer Members Show at the Catskill Art Society and a unique, pop-up mini show. And don’t forget to bring your budding young artists along to register (at the Catskill Art Society) for our Chalkwalk YouTube video! This year we have a special Childrens Book circle with the authors just waiting to sign that special book and our Livingston Manor Library offers Origami for kids as well. To view last year’s festivities on YouTube, search Livingston Manor Artwalk 2014 and LM Chalkwalk 2014.

Our Sullivan Renaissance Award-winning town offers a beautiful venue and lots of great places to dine, shop and relax … you can even enjoy a cold one up at The Catskill Brewery where they’ll have their own Artwalk exhibit too. Join us for this special day!


Be sure to see these In Store Displays:

John Adams paint, wood and metal (1) at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Rte 17
Claire Coleman interdisciplinary Art and James Karpowicz mixed media construction (11) at the Plunk Shop
Stephen Davis, Wildlife Photography (12) at Catskill Mountainkeeper
Robyn Almquist and Friends, varied artists (18) at The Delightful Place
Tate Billings, Selections from the FAB Museum of UnNatural History (19) at The Laundry King
Bob Gerow, framing, Lost and Forgotten Ephemera (20) at Keiser Restaurant Equipment, 67 Main
Ben Halpern, “Farm Field” photos and Origami for Kids (12-2pm) (21) at the Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main
Joanna Hartell and Elizabeth Ennis, photography and multi-media works (22) at RM Farm
Catskill Art Society Summer Member Show and Pop-up Gallery (23) also Registry for CHALKWALK
Valerie Taggart, watercolors (24) at Madison’s Restaurant
Lance Verderame, photographer “Catskill Birds” (25) at Morgan Outdoors
Andrea Brown and Ellie Ohiso audience participation exhibit “Doodle” (26) at 44 Main
Nina Zheng, watercolors and pen/ink (36) at Chinatown Kitchen
Susan Pascale, acrylic and watercolor (38) at Willow and Brown
Naomi Teppich, ceramic and wood sculpture (39) at Main Street Farm

Please Join Us

LM Community Meeting Flyer (2)Calling all Livingston Manor residents, business owners and community volunteers.

Please join us Wednesday, June 24 for this important session at the Livingston Manor Firehouse at 7:00 p.m.

Trout Parade! This Saturday

Trout ParadeThe 12th Annual Trout Parade is set to cast off in Livingston Manor this Saturday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a day of activities for all ages and see how local businesses and organizations follow this year’s “Wizard of Oz” theme as they march down Main Street!  Professional musicians, puppeteers and dancers will also add to the festivities.

The Trout Parade is a Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce sponsored event that is produced by the Catskill Art Society. Funds raised for this year’s parade will benefit the Art and Music programs at Livingston Manor Central School and the Catskill Art Society.

Business and individual donations, along with the sale of t-shirts (created by Van Morrow, Mountain Bear Crafts) and posters (designed by Elizabeth Ennis) all go to this great cause!

Trout Parade Map 2015

11 AM to 1 PM: Live entertainment, food, and fun on Main Street
1 PM: Trout Parade steps off from LMCS lot through Main Street, led by the Grand Marshal
2 PM: Concerts on the Main Street Stage keep the party rockin’
3 PM: NACL Theatre presents The Weather Project performance in Renaissance Park, free to the public
5 PM: After-party hosted at The Catskill Brewery
All Day Long: Main Street alive with shops, dining, and the CAS Art Center

This Weekend, May 29-31

BBG for BarryLots happening this weekend starting with a fundraiser on Friday to benefit the Barry Foster Memorial Fund at The Arnold House. There isn’t a set price to attend – it is pay as you can and includes live music by David Walton and friends. Hard to resist an evening of brisket, ribs, pulled pork and love in honor of a beloved man.

On Saturday, “Material Being” opens at the CAS Arts Center featuring the artwork of Ed Smith and Joni Wehrli from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Plan to stay after for Early Bird Cookery‘s Supper Club dinner at Main Street Farm. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for this three course dinner. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are $50 per person with a choice of regular or vegetarian. Reservations are required by Thursday, May 28 to attend. Click Here to purchase tickets.

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.

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


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.

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!