Bug Music Scheduled for Saturday, June 29th Postponed

Due to embugmusicergency circumstances, the book reading/musical performance of David Rothenberg’s “Bug Music” originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 29 has been postponed to a date TBD.

I understand that the vast majority of you are not able to post a correction in this short time, but I wanted to keep everyone informed to the furthest extent possible. Any help in spreading the word via you social media and blogs would be much appreciated. Please contact me with any questions.

Again, thank you very much for your attention and time.

Thank you,

Bradley Diuguid
Executive Director
Catskill Art Society
48 Main Street, PO Box 991
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
845-436-4227 | catskillartsociety.org

Livingston Manor ArtWalk / ChalkWalk July 6th


On July 6, 2013 (raindate 7/7), 10am to 4pm, Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography and this year, we’ll have artisans with crafts on display as well!

Keeping ahead of the weather, you’ll see tents from WaterWheel Junction, Pearl Street and Renaissance Park, with more art on display at the following locations:
Wildlife Gift has watercolorist Bob Lee, Plunk has Claire Coleman’s own exhibit along with the Outsider’s Studio and Catskill Art Society has its Member’s Show plus a demonstrating potter, Jesse Spaethe.

RM Farm Realty will host the work of James Karpowicz, LM Library will display illustrations by Lindsay George and the Ambulance Corps will have Ramona Jan’s puppetry at 12:30 and 1:30 PM.
Jeff Bank will have two photographers stationed outside, Stephen Davis and James Carney, and Rafael Weinstein will also be demonstrating his art alfresco, as many of our other artists will.

Foodies can enjoy our local fare and our community-sponsored barbecues and goodies along the way. And to keep visitors on track, maps will be handed out and posted in store windows alongside artwork from our participating artists.

But wait, there’s more! ChalkWalk will return for kids who want to become a
“Livingston Manor Artist for the Day” with certificates for all and selected creations to be shown in our YouTube 2013 Artwalk/ChalkWalk video.

Finish your Fourth with a real outing and join us for a fun day!


Now at the Catskill Art Society

CAS Summer Members Show
Now Through July 14

Above image: Exodus, oil on canvas by Tank-A Gabriliants, CAS member artist.
Above image: Exodus, oil on canvas by Tank-A Gabriliants, CAS member artist.

The Catskill Art Society will present its fourth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists. Celebrating the summer and its importance in our lives, themes of nature’s power, bounty, and growth shine through this year’s show. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.


Nature Calls
Inexpensive homes and country bliss

  • By TINA TRASTER, New York Post
  • Posted: 10:50 PM, June 19, 2013

Unless you stumble upon Livingston Manor in mid-June during its annual Trout Parade, it’s hard to grasp what this otherwise sleepy town in northern Sullivan County is all about. But a Main Street sign “SMALL TOWN — BIG BACKYARD” best explains why this little spot, two hours northwest of Manhattan, is a big draw for nature-loving second-home owners.

Livingston Manor, or “the Manor,” as locals call it, is the birthplace of American fly-fishing. The hamlet in the Town of Rockland, population 1,200, has two world-class fishing spots — the Beaverkill River and the Willowemoc Creek. And it’s next door to Roscoe, known as Trout Town, USA.

MIND YOUR MANOR: Livingston Manor, two hours away from NYC in Sullivan County, is where you’ll find the covered Van Tran Flat Bridge and serious trout fishing.

MIND YOUR MANOR: Livingston Manor, two hours away from NYC in Sullivan County,
is where you’ll find the covered Van Tran Flat Bridge and serious trout fishing.

MIND YOUR MANOR: Livingston Manor, two hours away from NYC in Sullivan County, is where you’ll find the covered Van Tran Flat Bridge and serious trout fishing.

A second-home seeker can net a Livingston Manor fixer-upper for less than $100,000. Ten miles north in Lew Beach, a private enclave of more than 70 homes developed by Larry Rockefeller, $1 million buys a multi-acre spread, private fishing access to the Beaverkill River and clubhouse amenities.

Jennifer Grossman, an environmentalist from the West Village, recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot, three-story, 1910 former fishing lodge with eight bedrooms for under $100,000 in Livingston Manor.

“There’s nothing like standing in the river, early in the morning, feeling the pressure of the water, listening and smelling the river, being present,” says Grossman, who fly-fishes. “And if you get that tug on the end of the line and you feel connected to that wild creature, it’s an incredible way to start the day.”

The Manor, situated at the doorstep of Catskill Park, off Route 17, is the kind of town where you can find gun ammo and bait and tackle at the Fur, Fin and Feather Sport Shop on DeBruce Road. And local, organic produce, milk, eggs, American farmstead cheese, fresh-baked goods, meadow-raised meats, fresh Beaverkill trout, and honey and maple syrup at the Main Street Farm Market & Cafe.

The story of the Manor is the story of many of Catskill towns. Early white settlers destroyed first-growth hemlock trees and polluted rivers with tanning in the 19th century. The railroad brought a crop of inns and hotels that catered to wilting urbanites in search of a big backyard. By the mid-20th century, the Borscht Belt area fell into decline. For a couple of decades, it relied on a long-gone chicken-plucking factory as its main economic engine.

Since the 1980s, artists and members of the gay and lesbian community have flocked to Livingston Manor for unbeatable real estate deals, places to work and play and a spirit of inclusion. Over the past decade, the hamlet has rallied and suffered. Some gentrification has stuck; many stores, including an independent bookstore, didn’t survive. An investor who had grandiose plans to build a luxury hotel and spa went belly up in the crash. The Manor’s Main Street retailers have been hit by epic flooding in recent years, which the town is working to mitigate, and last November, a fire claimed the historic Hoos building, which housed the popular Lazy Beagle Cafe and three other businesses.

Local broker Judy Van Put says demand for second homes is robust and prices are still 25 percent off the 2007 peak. You can buy a three-bedroom cottage with one bathroom on 1.3 acres of land for $110,000, or a four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom Ranch, near the historic Van Tran Flat Bridge, with access to good trout fishing on the Willowemoc Creek, for $199,000. The more privileged can reel in a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom, post-and-beam on 20 acres, with 6 miles of private fishing access and membership in the Beaverkill Stream and Mountain Club, for $895,000.

The Manor and surrounding small towns are devoid of chains and fast-food joints. Main Street sticks to what small towns do best: There’s the Robin Hood Diner, Pronto Pizza, Cafe 43 and Peck’s Market. Morgan Outdoors is a big lure for sportsmen. There are a smattering of mom-and-pops like Willow and Brown, Mountain Bear Crafts and other galleries and gift shops for those who appreciate local offerings. Will Hardware is a mainstay, and Manor Pharmacy is opening this summer. Big-box stores and major supermarkets can be found 15 minutes north on Route 17, in Liberty.

The Catskill Arts Society, which occupies a 4,000-square-foot building on Main Street, has a gallery, event space, a digital arts lab, and it offers classes. Every August, the Shandelee Music Festival’s Summer Sunset Concert Series draws big names in chamber music, and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is 25 minutes away.

Ramsay Adams, director of Catskill Mountainkeeper and a Lew Beach resident, is one of three developers behind the soon-to-open Catskill Brewery on Old Route 17, which will manufacture high-end craft beer and have a tasting room.

Adams says the Manor has had its ups and downs, but “the resilience of this community is deep-rooted because this is where fly-fishing began, and it’s as important to the American psyche as baseball and hot dogs.”

Audubon Craft Festival June 15th 10-4pm

Food made available from noon – 2pm by the Livingston Manor Rotary

Art Raffle to benefit both Sullivan County Audubon
and Catskill Fly Fishing Center takes place
at 3:30pm in Wulff Gallery on 6/15

Gene Weinstein – Local Bald Eagle prints
Pat Houston – Wildlife/bird cards and crafts
Debbie Fabyanski – Wildlife and fish jewelry
Linda Hare – Small watercolors and calligraphic sayings
Kathie Fitzgerald – Lampshades
Andrea Brown – Feed bag Barnyard Bibs
Teresa Bortree – Wildlife incense bottles, children’s capes, wildlife necklaces
Caroline Harrow – Watercolor prints and photos
Melaine Stracko – Teacup bird feeders
Nancie/Stephen Davis – Photo prints
Brian Harnett – Chainsaw sculptures
Mia Koerner – Terrariums/ quilts
Scott Cesar – Butterfly Creations
Gloria Wagenknecht – Photo prints, cards, small wildlife photo items
Lisa O’Gorman-Hofsommer – Natural Gourd and Ceramic Birdhouse and Feeders
Lindsay Barret George – Children’s wildlife books

Spring 2013 Passport to Main Street Livingston Manor


• You must spend $10 or more during a single visit (except CAS Arts Center – Visiting exhibiton earns sticker.)
• Passports with four or more stickers qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing
• Turn in Passport to Morgan Outdoors or Main Street Farm by Monday, May 28th at 5:00 PM to enter.
• Drawing takes place Monday, May 28th at 5:30 PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Hearts Go Out to Everyone…

As you may know, the Hoos Building, located at Pearl and Main streets in Livingston Manor was destroyed by fire on Tuesday,  November 20. It is believed that an explosion started the fire approximately 3:30 p.m. No one was in the building at the time or injured by the explosion.

The building housed four businesses: Hot Corner Sports Collectibles, The Lazy Beagle Pub & Grill, Moose-Be-Morning Coffee Co., and Willow and Brown. Firefighters from Livingston Manor, Liberty and Roscoe responded, as well as Mobilemedic and
Livingston Manor EMS. Callicoon Center, White Sulphur Springs and Youngsville
were also on standby.

It took about two hours to bring the fire under control. No other buildings or businesses were significantly damaged.

Our hearts go out to everyone with ties to the Hoos building and we are all very thankful that everyone is safe.