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.

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 www.livingstonmanor.org to download a parking map and find more details regarding special “Bird of Prey Day” events and offers in Livingston Manor.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame to Induct Eight

Stu Apte, right, is among those to be inducted to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame October 6 in Livingston Manor.

Induction Ceremonies October 6 at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum

See thumbnail biographies of the inductees here

Livingston Manor, NY  — The 17th Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Saturday October 6th  at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.

The following individuals have been selected for the 2012 installation:

LIVING: Stu Apte – Saltwater Fly Fishing Pioneer, Innovator, Conservationist & Author; Thomas McGuane – An author who has loved angling always; Ed Shenk Author, Angler, Fly Tyer, Instructor; Larry Solomon – Innovator, Fly Fisher, Author, Conservationist.

DECEASED: Joe Brooks – Dean & Mentor of Outdoors’ Writing, Conservationist, and 20th Century Ambassodor to Fly Fishing Around the World; Carrie Frost – Founder of the Fly Tackle Capital of the World, Stevens Point, WI; Dr. George Parker Holden – Historian and First Mentor to Modern Angling, Rodmaking and Streamcraft; Paul Young Rodmaker, Fly Tackle & Fly Fishing Innovator.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Day Schedule  Saturday October 6:
All activities will be held in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and are open to the public.

  • pm  –  “Paul H Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” a special presentation by Historian Robert Golder; “Paul H. Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” will be held in the museum.  Paul H. Young, rodmaker Bob Summers will bring in several examples of Young rods for display.
  • pm  – Pre Induction Reception.
  • 3 pm  – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, officiated by MC Tom Woodbury. Immediately following the ceremony,  both new and past inductees will be available for photos, book signings.  All 2012 living inductees will be on hand in addition to family members and representatives of the deceased.  Past Hall of Fame inductees will include: Joan Wulff, Art Lee, Mary Dette, Al Cauuci and others.
  • 5:30 pm  – The 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner will be catered on the Catskill Fly Fishing Center property.  Reservations are required to attend the dinner; ($50 CFFCM members and guests, non-members $65; call 845-439-4810 to make a reservation.)

Ann Higgins Watercolors at Manor Library

Basking, a watercolor by artist Ann Higgins

Livingston Manor, NY — Livingston Manor Library is pleased to announce an exhibit by well-known Grahamsville watercolorist Ann Higgins. Ann Higgins has been teaching art and painting in the Catskills for many years. She exhibits regularly with the Catskill Art Society, the Orange County Watercolor Society and the five national Miniature Art Societies and has won awards in regional, national and international exhibits.

A native of Pennsylvania, Ann taught art for Liberty Central School after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design. Today, while largely retired from active education, she still sometimes teaches for the Catskill Art Society and privately. Ann has become deeply focused on watercolor and pen allowing her to be both free and precise in her work and, like many Catskill artists, she finds these beautiful mountains and valleys a strong inspiration. For links to more of Ann’s work, go to http://www.annhiggins.catskill-life.com/.

The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse. For more information call 439-5440. Ann Higgins work will be on exhibit during August and September.


Photos attached. Caption #1: Ann Higgins. Caption #2: Basking.


Covered Bridge Day in Livingston Manor, NY

Welcome to the Covered Bridge Country! On Saturday, August 4, Livingston Manor celebrates its famous Covered Bridges with a car caravan to the historic Bendo/Willowemoc Covered Bridge, the Beaverkill Bridge and the Vantran Bridge.

Meeting at WaterWheel Junction on Main Street at 10 a.m. the event is free and local historian, Fred Fries, will explain each bridge’s colorful background. Fred Fries, part of the Sullivan County Historical Society and contributor to many online articles, also is a participant in the Johnny Darling Frolic where he relates real life tales from the Manor’s historical storyteller.

The scenic beauty in the Town of Rockland is enhanced by three covered bridges. The Bendo (Willowemoc) Covered Bridge is now the location of the Covered Bridge Campsite located upstream of Old Route 17 and crossing the Willowemoc Creek. Although the bridge was rebuilt and, as a result, is not considered historical, its setting is truly picturesque.

The Beaverkill Covered Bridge built by John Davidson in 1865 is set on a slight curve in the road inviting both hiking, camping and fishing; it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1860 Mott/Vantran Bridge, also built by John Davidson, has some of the best trout fishing that can be found in the area as the bridge shades the water beneath keeping its the temperatures cooler. The plaque found near the bridge is also a credit to John Mott, Livingston Manor’s founder of the YMCA. The final stop at the Vantran Bridge is our picnic stop… bring your own or we can provide a great box lunch for $10.

For Reservations for the caravan or to order a box lunch: call Shirley Fulton at 845-439-3938.