Computer Skills Workshops at the LM Library

Consider stepping up your computer skills at the library!

The Livingston Manor Library will host Photoshop Basics, Social Media for Businesses and Introduction to Online Advertising for business people and others wishing to learn the basics of working with digital images, social media and online promotional tools. Each class is limited in size, so register early. Photoshop Basics is a free class. There is a $35.00 fee for each of the other two classes.

1. Photoshop Basics, Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 8:30, no cost: Learn to create posters and manipulate photos using Adobe Photoshop CS6 or a similar application. Use your own laptop or one of ours. Optional: Bring photos (portraits, action shots, nature scenes) or an unfinished project on a flash drive. Instructor: Claire Coleman, The Plunk Shop.
2. Social Media for Businesses, Thursday, March 28, 6:30 to 8:30, $35.00 fee: An introduction to the major social media sites. Learn about what they do, how to use them and whether they’re worth the effort for your business. Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, YouTube, MeetUp and MySpace will all be discussed. Laptops will be provided. Instructor: Julia Reischel, Watershed Post.
3. Introduction to Online Advertising, Monday, April 1, 6:30 to 8:30, $35.00 fee: Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, LinkedIn and more: Online advertising is a billion-dollar-a-year business. But most people are mystified by how online ads work. Here’s the beginner’s guide to setting up an ad on three different sites and making sure you don’t pay too much. Laptops will be provided. Instructor: Julia Reischel, Watershed Post.
Please call 439-5440 to register and information on payment. The library is located at 92 Main Street, Livingston Manor, across from the firehouse.

Trout Season Ahead: Celebrity Cast for First Cast


LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Join a cast:  Joan Wulff; Trustee Don Trump Jr and son; actors Rip Torn and Olek Krupa; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and hosts the CFFCM Phelan family for a season opener for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

The 2013 Trout Season Opener will be held on the heralded Willowemoc Creek of historic Catskill river charmed circle, just upstream from the CFFCM bridge at 9:30 a.m.

Following the ceremony, everyone will then return to the Museum for a hot cup of Agnes Van Put’s famous soups and socialize in the museum and view the fresh exhibits for 2013.  This year’s new exhibits will include Canada as the featured international country, NW Pacific Steelhead and their impact on the Great Lakes Fisheries, and Vest Accessories over the years. 

At 11 a.m. the first tours of the new Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop will commence until 12:30 PM.  At the same time Bamboo Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Crew will host a bamboo rod casting clinic and opportunity to cast out the winter cobwebs.

At 1 p.m. an intimate Fundraising Luncheon will be held in the new building with the morning’s Season Opener Casting Crew.  Reservations are required.

  • Due to scheduling, don’t be surprised to see some additional members of our casting crew on April 6.

For more information contact:  The CFFCM 845-439-4810 and via email:

New Director Named for CAS

Bradley Diuguid Named Executive Director of Catskill Art Society

Bradley Diuguid
Bradley Diuguid

Livingston Manor, NY – The Board of Directors of Catskill Art Society (CAS) has appointed Bradley Diuguid as Executive Director, effective February 15, 2013. Originally from Monticello, NY, Diuguid is currently the Operations and Audience Services Manager for Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA, where he leads administration and business management for the arts education and presenting organization.

Diuguid earned an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY New Paltz, where he earned double bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Arts and English.
He went on to work in arts administration and advancement at
award-winning organizations and schools, including Waterwell, The
Juilliard School, the American Repertory Theater, and Roundabout
Theatre Company. As an educator, Diuguid taught classes, directed and
devised work with companies like the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and
Long Wharf Theatre, among others.

“CAS’s Board conducted an extensive search to fill the position of
Executive Director and had the opportunity to interview several
qualified candidates based here in the Catskills and from a variety of
other locations around the country,” said Charlie Irace, President,
Catskill Art Society, Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have
found Bradley. His professional experience, interests in the
performing arts and education and understanding and appreciation of
this area will be extremely helpful to managing the current facility
and as we begin to explore ways to expand the CAS Arts Center into the
second floor space.”

Diuguid will replace Ann Manby, who became Executive Director in 2012
after serving as a Director on CAS’s Board for several years, and
following Kathryn Tufano’s departure to join MASS MoCA. Manby is
stepping down to focus on her work as the owner of Brookside
Farmhouse, a Roscoe vacation rental property; Red Fern Interactive, a
marketing and public relations service provider; and Sugar Blossom
Flowers, which offers fresh flowers for events, holidays and special
occasions, and a Summer Flower Share program featuring locally-grown
flowers from multiple growers each year.

About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts
center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates
creative and professional development for established and emerging
artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the renovated 4,500+ square foot
facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large
multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a
digital arts lab. For more information, please visit

LM, Get Your Visioning On

Livingston Manor Visioning Flyer (click link to download)

All are welcome.
Interested in the future of Livingston Manor? Want to make a difference in the community?
Consider coming to two interactive Community Visioning Workshops on January 24th and 31st, and we’ll make something happen together. Workshops co-sponsored by Livingston Manor Renaissance and Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce; two small yet mighty volunteer-driven groups. Helen Budrock, an experienced facilitator and planner at Sullivan County Renaissance, will facilitate the workshops.
There’s never been a better time to pull together and harness collective strength. Let us know if you think you’ll come so we plan for chairs and refreshments!

Terrariums at the Library, Register by January 11

10-terrarium1The Livingston Manor Library will host a terrarium-building workshop by Master Gardener Mia Koerner on Saturday, February 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a terrarium as “a transparent enclosure for keeping or raising small plants … indoors.” You will learn to care for your terrarium and watch the plants grow, creating a beautiful, enclosed forest of foliage. The terrarium can be built in a large plastic pretzel container, a large glass fish bowl, a small aquarium tank or any other transparent container large enough to hold at least 3 small plants. Consider building a terrarium as a Valentines gift!

A fee of $20 is required to cover the cost of the plants, soil, charcoal, gravel and moss. Please register in the library by January 11 so the plants can be ordered on time. Payment may also be mailed to Livingston Manor Library, 92 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY 12758. For more information, call 845-439-5440.

Open Call for 2014 Exhibition Season at CAS

Livingston Manor, NY – Catskill Art Society seeks artist and
curatorial proposals for the 2014 Exhibition Season at the CAS Arts Center in Livingston Manor. Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2012 and February 1, 2013. This is a postmark deadline.
Please note that artists who will present their work as part of the
2013 Season will not be eligible to re-apply until 2015.

All proposals must include: an application (downloadable via or available at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main
Street, Livingston Manor, NY); a cover letter with 2014 availability;
a resume; a short bio (no more than 3 sentences); an artist/curatorial
statement regarding the proposed work; and a minimum of ten proposed
images on a CD in high-resolution JPEG format at 300dpi, approximately
1,000 pixels wide. Curatorial proposals must include images from each
of the participating artists. Please also include a list of work
samples with media, title, date and dimensions of each piece.  No
slides please.

Proposals may be sent any time from December 1, 2012 to February 1,
2013 to CAS, c/o 2014 Exhibition Season, PO Box 991, Livingston Manor,
NY  12758.  All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of
independent curators that changes each year.  CAS will notify all
applicants before the end of April 2013.  Please note that artists who
will present their work as part of the 2013 Season will not be
eligible to re-apply until 2015.  Please email or call 845-436-4227 with questions.

About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment
of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary
art practices and facilitates creative and professional development
for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, NY,
the renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine
arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a
painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please

Carolyn Bivins Named ‘Heart of the Manor’ 2012

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY, Sept. 30. 2012 — Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the “Heart of the Manor”  award will be presented to Carolyn Bivins at the “Hoe Down for Our Town” on October 27, 2012, at Lanza’s Country Inn in Shandelee.

Local entrepreneur and founder of QuikType and Canvas Art, Carolyn Bivins has been active in the Town of Rockland since 1976. She started a local newspaper called The Towne Crier, published the first Town of Rockland Visitors Guide and continues to work with the Chamber of Commerce to advance Livingston Manor’s visibility.

Known widely for her impeccable skills as a graphic designer as well as for her generosity of spirit, there are few businesses, organizations and individuals that have not been aided by Ms. Bivins talents as well as her caring nature. Most recently, Carolyn has been instrumental in working on Manor Ink, a newspaper published by the young people of the community through the Livingston Manor Free Library.

The Community of Livingston Manor would like to extend to Carolyn Bivins our very best wishes.

Livingston Manor Alive with Birds of Prey

Chiavaro and female Peregrine Falcon

Livingston Manor, NY  – Excitement is building for Livingston Manor’s first Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, September 29 at the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS). The event is hosted by Peter Chiavaro, a general falconer and resident of Livingston Manor. Dozens of bird of prey are expected to be on hand for the event, including falcons, hawks and owls.

Map and Special Offers, click to enlarge.

“Bird of Prey Day could be a once in a life time opportunity for people to experience the world of raptors first hand. Licensed falconers will be on hand to answer questions and introduce the public to their birds”, said Bird of Prey Day host Chiavaro.

The public is invited to get close to these wild and powerful birds of prey throughout the day. A Birds of Prey Tent will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Demonstrations will be held in the LMCS gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There is also a not to be missed flying event scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the field.

A variety of craft and food vendors will be on the grounds at LMCS. Many businesses on and around Main Street will also be offering special events and offers for Bird of Prey Day including the CAS Arts Center, Flour Power Bakery & Café, the Livingston Manor Library, Madison’s Main Street Stand, Main Street Farm, Morgan Outdoors, The Plunk Shop, Rolling River Café and Gallery, Wildlife Gift Shop and Willow and Brown.

Sponsors include Jeff Bank of Livingston Manor, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, the Livingston Manor Community Center, Willow and Brown and All American Event Rentals.

Admission to the event is $3.00 per person. Funds raised will benefit low income families of the Livingston Manor School District.

For more information, please go to to download a parking map and find more details regarding special “Bird of Prey Day” events and offers in Livingston Manor.

Manor Ink’s Sept. 29 Benefit Will Also Help Flood Fund

The staff at Manor Ink, Livingston Manor’s library-based, youth-led newspaper has voted to give 75% of the proceeds from this Saturday’s I-Ching fundraiser to the Rockland Relief Fund, aka The Flood Fund. The benefit happens from 5 to 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

Students of the I-Ching will be giving personal readings from the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, the I-Ching which gives some pretty great advice about life. Donations of any size will be welcome and coffee, tea and homemade cookies (and fudge) will be served! Of the donations, 75% will now go to the flood fund; 25% will go toward Manor Ink’s printing and equipment expenses.

Copies of the latest issue will be available as a bonus to all participants. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, just up the block from Catskill Art Society.

For more information, contact Lisa Lyons, your host at Morgan Outdoors, at 845-439-5507, or Barbara Gref, a Manor Ink mentor, at 845-482-3458.