Foraging & Feasting

Foraging&FeastingAdditional details about Dina and Wendy:

“Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” features
beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening
recipes. Falconi and Hollender share a long commitment to connecting with
nature through food and art. Their effort weaves together Dina’s 30 years
of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging and
cooking with Wendy’s deft artistic skills honed over 15 years as a
botanical illustrator. For the past three years they have been writing,
drawing, designing and testing the recipes for this book. Dina and
Wendy launched a highly successful campaign to raise funds to publish it
on Kickstarter in March of 2013.

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with over 20 years teaching
experience in the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure. She is a
founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of
the Weston A. Price Foundation, and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson
Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina also completed the
Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. Hollender’s
illustrations have been published in The New York Times, “O,” The Oprah
Magazine, Real Simple and The Observer (UK). Her work was included in the
13th International Exhibition at Hunt Institute for Botanical
Documentation, and in exhibitions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and
the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History.
Reservations for this free event are required, as seating is limited.
Call Morgan Outdoors 845/439 5507,
46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY.
Hours: 10 – 6, Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat. and 10-4 Sunday.

Ten Hearts Tapped for Annual Award


The annual Heart of the Manor Award this year will go to the ten individuals who worked so hard on beautifying town for Sullivan Renaissance that Livingston Manor won the top award of $25,000. A dinner honoring Jan Carlson, Gail Denman, Marge Feuerstein, Diane Foster, Kathy Fries, Dina Johnson, Lisa Lyons, Linda Miller, Maryann Perella, Valerie Taggart. will be held on Nov. 2 at the Rockland House. For information, call Carolyn Bivins @ 845-439-3333.

Livingston Manor Alive with Birds of Prey

Livingston Manor, NY – Excitement is building for Livingston Manor’s second annual Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, September 21 from 10am to 3pm. The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to start your
day on Main Street. There will be free coffee and breakfast pastries at Café 43 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM, a live owl presentation across the street at 10 AM, and the opening of “Raptors Through the Lens” photography exhibit by Jerry Cohen at Morgan Outdoors from 9:30 AM on at 46 Main Street.
Then stroll over the pedestrian bridge to the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) where the fun continues. Ball fields will be used to fly raptors, the gym will be the location for lectures and raptor displays, and an outdoor Bird of Prey tent will house live raptors and their handlers. 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.
$4 Admission

Click for downloadable map showing parking in town.
Click for downloadable map showing parking in town.

Raptors Through The Lens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY    On Saturday, September 21st, Morgan Outdoors will host a photography exhibit titled Raptors Through The Lens, by local photographer Jerry Cohen, at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY. The theme of the exhibit, which runs through October 14th. is birds of prey – hawks, eagles, owls, osprey and falcons.  “I would describe my work as capturing what is obviously there, but not obviously seen”, said Cohen. “My photographs capture a moment in time, giving us an opportunity to perceive it as we can not in real time.”

Most of the photographs were taken in Sullivan County. “Raptors – hawks, eagles, owls, osprey and falcons are just about everywhere, although not always easy to find. Eagles migrate here in the winter months to escape the freezing waters of Canada. One of the largest migrations is to the Rio and Mongaup Reservoir system in and near Forestburg, where they find open water to feed all winter. Other great spots in the county include the Delaware River corridor, Basherkill, and Neversink Reservoir,” said Cohen. “I shoot with a digital SLR camera and a 400mm lens, sometimes with a 1.4 converter, increasing it to 560 mm. Growing up, I used to hunt, and that skill has enabled me track them through the lens and to get those fast moving shots. Now I can shoot them over and over: they stay alive and I get the pictures. I think it’s a fair deal all the way around, and many others get to see their beauty in their natural surroundings.”

The limited edition framed prints in Raptors Though The Lenswill be offered for sale during the exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of birds of prey.

The exhibition coincides with Livingston Manor’s second annual Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Livingston Manor Central School grounds, where the public is invited to get close to these wild and powerful birds of prey. Highlights include presentations by Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and Ellen Kalish, Raptor Rehabilitator, with a variety of eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. Master Falconer Eric Swanson will be free flying several birds of prey.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jerry Cohen is the owner of Sage Photographic. He is based out of the Stray Cat Gallery in Bethel, NY, which is a sponsor of this exhibition, and where he also has a Portrait Studio. Jerry has  shown at the Red Eft Gallery in Wurtsboro, CAS Arts Center in Livingston Manor, and has shows coming up in the Liberty Museum, The Four Visions Show at the Stray Cat Gallery and will also be included in the last show of the year in the DVAA Gallery in Narrowsburg. His work has been included in the Jeff Bank Calendar 4 years running, featured in The Green Door magazine, and many newspapers throughout Sullivan and Orange Counties.

Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor.  For more information, 845/439 5507. or  Hours:10am – 6pm , Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat. and 10-4 Sunday.

All Tied Up In Knots

Half-hitchesOn Saturday, August 10th, adventurers of all ages will have a chance to gain knot-tying skills when Morgan Outdoors hosts two Knots for Hiking and Camping classes. Bringing a lifeless rope to life is not only fun, it’s useful in everything from jewelry-making to rescuing people. The hour-long children’s class runs from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is geared for kids age 9 and up. They will learn several of the key knots useful in camping and hiking, from making a loop to a taut-line hitch. The class for adults runs from 10:30 – 11:45am and will cover additional knots useful in everyday life, like the trucker’s hitch that is great for cinching down loads on top of a car. Instructor Mick Wheaton is a graduate of SUNY ESF, working in forestry management, and a former counselor at DeBruce Conservation Camp in Livingston Manor. All materials are provided and pre-payment is required to reserve a place, as the class size is limited to 10. The children’s class is $8 per person and the adult class is $12.

RSVP to reserve a place by calling Lisa at 845-439-5507. Pre-registration is easy: in person with check or cash; over the phone with a credit card. This is the final Outdoor Skills class of the summer. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor (air conditioned!)


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