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.

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.

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.

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.

Weekend Preview

3 Finn Does Not Like BowlingThank you to everyone who braved the weather and showed our merchants and eateries some love last weekend.

Sounds like more snow is headed our way, but first there should be some time to enjoy:

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, opens tomorrow, February 21 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. CAS is hosting an opening reception from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, all are welcome and light refreshments will be served. “Finn Does Not Like Bowling” by Elinor Hills, is shown above. Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Morgan Outdoors also has a special exhibit on the life and extinction of the passenger pigeon, sponsored by John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY, opening tomorrow. The exhibit was developed by the Chicago Museum of Science and will be on display through April 10.

Make sure to grab something for breakfast, lunch or dinner while you’re here. There are also some fantastic sales around town as some of your favorite shops make room for new, dare we say it, Spring merchandise!

Feel the Love

PrintWe hope you’ll be able to spend some time here this Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. Make a day of it or longer if you can!

Thinking of grabbing a bite to eat? The Arnold House, Madison’s Restaurant and Rolling River Café are all offering Valentine’s Day specials. You can also pick up something sweet (or savory) at Brandenburg Pastry Bakery and Main Street Farm to enjoy while you’re in town or take home.

If you’d like to do some shopping, check out the selections at Life Repurposed, Morgan Outdoors, Sugar Blossom Flowers, Willow and Brown and Wildlife Gift Shop, many of which are also offering special weekend sales.

Need some pampering? Beth’s Headquarters, Johnny’s Barber Shop and Viv’s Cuts & Creations offer a variety of services. The Spa at The Arnold also offers a Saturday morning yoga class and several different types of massages and treatments.

Make sure to stop by the CAS Arts Center while you’re in town. “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathleen Parra, runs through Sunday, February 15. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum and The Catskill Brewery are also a lot of fun to visit.

And if all this sounds good, but you need a place to stay, consider The Arnold House, the Beaverkill Valley Inn or Rolling River Inn.

Fly Fest Saturday

flyfest2014-23The 10th Annual Fly Fest takes place at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17, this Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this annual gathering of flytyers to hear and share stories, techniques and new fly patterns. This year’s theme is the world’s most famous fly, The Hendrickson, and according to organizers, you can expect to see more variations than you can imagine during this day dedicated to flytying!

Weekend Preview

Ice Carnival

The 56th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes place this weekend with events scheduled from Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25 including Friday’s Ice Carnival Dance, a snow sculpture contest Saturday at Rotary Park, Pleasant Street, and then snowshoeing by Morgan Outdoors, skating exhibitions, races for all ages and horse drawn sleigh rides on Sunday, weather permitting. Visit Morgan Outdoors for a complete schedule of Ice Carnival events.

YarnslingersOn Saturday, the Series Finale of Memoirs, the Yarnslingers’ year-long storytelling collaboration, takes place at The Laundry King, 65 Main Street at 7:00 p.m.

Join Jonathan Fox, Ramona Jan and the rest of the storytellers as they share new pieces of their biographies. From the surprising and awe-inspiring to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.

Presented by the Catskill Art Society.