Coming Up: Labor Day Festival

labor_day_festival_posterEnjoy some good old-fashioned family fun during the Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival on Sunday, September 6.

Pre-festival activities include a 5K run at 10:00 a.m. and fun runs for kids at 11:00 a.m., both starting on Main Street.

Festival activities will open in Renaissance Park (near the traffic light on Main Street) at 1:00 a.m. starting with music by Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers who will be followed by guitarist Cat Wilson and a talent show highlighting the abilities of local youth. The talent show will be opened by the gifted singer Tessa Nettleton, 8th grader and last year’s talent show winner. For children, there will be country-fair-style games, face painting and crafts. Library volunteers will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers from Snowdance Farm, and Thai food will be available from Sweet Basil. Visitors will find vendors with child-friendly products including handmade toys and dolls; view vintage cars from local car clubs and browse the colossal book sale.

Three beautiful handmade quilts will be raffled off to benefit the library; the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) 8th grade class will hold a bake sale; and the LMCS teachers will have free iced coffee for festival-goers.

This event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Library and the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce with support from Global Natural Foods, Livingston Manor Rotary Club, Jeff Bank and M&M Auto Group. Proceeds benefit the children’s programs of the Livingston Manor Library.

For more information call 845-439-5440. To register for the 5K run, go to for a printable registration form or to register online.

Grand Prize $25,000 “Golden Feather” Awarded to Livingston Manor


Renaissance Honors Community’s Hard Work and Pride Toward a More Beautiful Town

[LOCH SHELDRAKE] – Hundreds of people attended the 100-minute Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 12, as over $100,000 in grants and scholarships were awarded to winning communities throughout Sullivan County.  For the second consecutive year, the ceremony was held at the Seelig Theater of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.


Livingston Manor Renaissance received the Golden Feather, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  It was given to one of four large community projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy.  The Callicoon Business Association received the second place Silver Feather Award of $10,000.  Callicoon also got a $2500 award for the community’s planning efforts, while the Rock Hill Business and Community Association was given a special $2500 award in recognition of its environmental efforts.


The winner of the new $10,000 Community Mitzvah Award went to Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for best maintaining and beautifying its facility.  This new contest included five camps and bungalow colonies in Sullivan County.  The three judges from outside the county were: Rabbi Moshe Frank of Ellenville, Mary Lewis of Cornwall and Country Yossi Toiv of Brooklyn.


Flower awards went to eight communities this year.  Narrowsburg Beautification Group was recognized with the “Best Overall Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000.  Judges were impressed by the overall number of gardens, planters and displays; an abundance of color, texture, unique combinations and liberal use of Sullivan Renaissance 2013 collection; a creative use of plant material that complimented the color palette of the numerous benches and storefronts; a repetition of colors and textures that entice the visitor to explore the community; innovative designs, including vertical plantings, that soften the stark backgrounds of buildings and walls; the cohesive use of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees; and gardens and planters that are meticulously maintained.


Other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards for flowers included: Sullivan County Visitors Association for the “Best Established Small Garden;” Monticello United Methodist Church for the “Best New Garden in an Urban Setting;” Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce for “Best Business/Municipal Display” and Callicoon Business Association for the “Best New Display of Annuals.”


A special “Best Showing of Flowers Award – Maintenance” of $5000 was given to Our Lady of the Assumption Church for its Meditation Garden – for “wowing the judges.”  Judging criteria was based on an abundance and variety of colorful flowers, number of gardens, complexity of design and the variety of plants used.  A $2500 Judges’ Choice Awards also went to Neversink Renaissance for its beautiful multiple gardens and the complexity of the projects.  A $1000 Judges’ Choice Award was given to Lumberland Parks & Recreation for the “wow gardens” of Circle Park.


Grants – ranging from $1000 to $25,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A, B and C.  Some projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history and youth engagement.  All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.



Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.

First place ($3000)

·         Friends of Liberty Library – Building Landscaping

Second place ($2000)

·         Smallwood Mongaup Valley Fire Department – 911 Memorial Park (Phase II)

Third place ($1000)

·         Sullivan County Childcare Council – Rebuild Forgotten Gardens


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop – Garden Enhancements



Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.


First place ($10,000) :

·         Seed of Hope (Monticello Rotary – Memorial Garden at Town of Thompson Park

Second place ($7000) :

·         Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners – Herb Garden Extraordinaire

Third place ($5000) :

·         Kenoza Lake Fire Department – Firehouse and Church Beautification


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by The River Reporter

Historic Preservation ($1000)

·         Town of Fremont – Veteran’s Park and Landscaping

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce – Riverside Park Improvements



Category C projects are at multiple locations that incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community wide strategy.  Awards in the category were presented by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.


Golden Feather ($25,000 grant)

·         Livingston Manor Renaissance

Silver Feather ($10,000)

·         Callicoon Business Association

Planning Award ($2500)

·         Callicoon Business Association


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Kristt Company

Environmental ($2500)

·         Rock Hill Business & Community Association

Historic Preservation ($1000)

·         Livingston Manor Renaissance

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Hurleyville-Sullivan First


Livingston Manor will be on display during a “Golden Feather Celebration” on Saturday, August 24 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Contact Sullivan Renaissance for more details.


Sullivan Renaissance core projects were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.  The team of eleven judges from outside Sullivan County included: Nicole Franzese, Donna Harrison, Michael Newhard, Linda Onofry, Peter Patel, Odette Sabourin-Dumais, Claudette Savaria, Karen Schneller-McDonald, Ann Smith, Deborah Sweeton and Michael Sweeton.


Memorial tributes were held for two long-time judges who died during the previous year: Ted Blowes and Tim Stoddard.


Before introducing the communities in the Maintenance Support Program, horticultural coordinator Diana Weiner introduced members of the design panel that reviewed gardens during the application process.  This year’s panelists were: Cindy Barber, Marietta Beanland, Helene Chappell, Maureen Charde, Caroline DeWilde, Susan Dollard, Kathy Fielding, Janet Gula, Susie Hull, Laurie McFadden, Danuta Skorulska, AnnaLise Vogel and Robin Wagner.


Diana Weiner also recognized the garden centers and nurseries that sold the Renaissance Collection of plants.  They were: Butterfly Botanicals in Bloomingburg, Catskill Harvest Market in Liberty, Delaware Valley Farm Home & Garden in Callicoon, Everlasting Springs in Liberty, Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty, Liberty Home Garden & Pet, L & M Greenhouses in Bethel, Monticello Farm Home & Garden, Monticello Greenhouses, Inc., The Cutting Garden in Youngsville, The General’s Garden in Warwick and Vita’s Farm & Garden in Jeffersonville.



The Maintenance Support Program provided financial support and technical assistance to established groups with a history of Sullivan Renaissance projects.  Participants received up to $1000, a Merchant Discount Card, $250 in Flower Dollars, assistance in organizing a volunteer work day, additional funding for infrastructure improvements, and other technical and gardening help.

The fifteen participants were: the Bethel Business Association; Our Lady of the Assumption Church; Town of Mamakating Park in Bloomingburg; Lumberland Parks & Recreation/Circle Park in Glen Spey; Jeffersonville JEMS; Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Lake Huntington; Livingston Manor Rotary Park; Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello; Neversink Renaissance; Phillipsport Community Center; Swan Lake Renaissance; Woodbourne Action Committee; Woodridge Housing Authority; Kiwanis Club of Woodridge and Wurtsboro Renaissance.



The Sullivan County Community College Foundation awarded two full time scholarships of $1000 to volunteers involved in Sullivan Renaissance projects who are attending SUNY Sullivan.

·         Billie Joe Gardner, Jr. of Hurleyville – SUNY Sullivan

·         Kaitlin Slater of Kenoza Lake – SUNY Sullivan



The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties awarded eight Sullivan Renaissance scholarships to volunteers who made a significant contribution to a Sullivan Renaissance project.  These scholarships to the college of one’s choice are of various amounts up to $2000.

·         Luis Arango of Spring Glen – Phillipsport – New York University

·         Mathew Bisland of Glen Spey – Circle Park – SUNY Orange

·         Jesse Corcoran of Glen Spey – Circle Park – Johnson & Wales

·         Jordan Fredell of Wurtsboro – Mamakating – Keuka College

·         Olivia Grady of Narrowsburg – Narrowsburg – Northeastern University

·         Virginia O’Rourke of Wurtsboro – Mamakating – Salisbury University

·         Ethan Porter of Swan Lake – Swan Lake – SUNY Orange

·         Kane Sauchuk of Swan Lake  – Swan Lake – Binghamton University



Volunteer coordinator Cara Kowalski talked about the new Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps and introduced its members: Michelle Albrecht, Rachelle Carmack, Melinda Cormier, Marjorie Evans, Michelle Guidera, Mary Mancuso, Daniel McCormack, Meaghan McCormack, Diane Moss, Margaret Rubin and Eric Schramm.



The 2013 interns are: Luis Arango, Celina Castellano, Andrew David, Jordan Fredell, Brittany Fuller, Olivia Grady, Lauren Hazen, Dylan Jones, Jenna Lambrigger, Joshua Mace, Madison McCormack, Desmond Oxford McDaniel, Ethan Porter, John Schmidt, Nina Seehausen and Kyle Wallach.



In her opening welcome, SUNY Sullivan President Dr. Karin Hilgersom praised the work of Sullivan Renaissance and the volunteers.  The ceremony then began with the playing of “With a Little Help from My Friends”by the Hurleyville Ukulele Orchestra.  Sandra Gerry recognized dignitaries and thanked participants for the work they are doing.

Project recipients received framed certificates of excellence from Sullivan Renaissance, as well as individual certificates from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, NYS Senator John Bonacic, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, NYS Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and the Sullivan County Legislature.  As groups accepted their certificates, photographs of each project were displayed in a power point presentation created in part by Jennifer Avila of Monticello, a summer youth assistant with Sullivan Renaissance.

Before the ceremony, attendees viewed displays of the projects.  Refreshments included desserts supplied by Erin Lipsky and staff at Granite Associates.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or

CAS Film Club for Kids! Debuts Independent Films in Livingston Manor

From “The Painting”
From "A Cat in Paris"
From “A Cat in Paris”






Livingston Manor, NY – The Catskill Art Society will present two independent movies for children as part of its new program, the CAS Film Club for Kids!, this month as a part of its expanded performance and film programming. Two animated films, “A Cat In Paris” and “The Painting,” will be shown in the newly renovated, air-conditioned galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY at 11am and 3pm on Fridays and Sundays over two weeks this August. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5.

  • 11am and 3pm, Friday, August 16 and Sunday, August 18: “A Cat In Paris”

The Academy Award® nominated “A Cat In Paris” from directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris.

Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico – a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. Rife with film references (from Reservoir Dogs to Goodfellas to The Night of the Hunter) A CAT IN PARIS is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir and American gangster films, with jazz soundtrack featuring Billie Holiday.

Featuring the voices of Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), Academy Award® winner Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket). The film is rated PG for mild action and violence, and some thematic material.


Animated, 70 minutes, Rated PG.

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  • 11am and 3pm, Friday, August 23 and Sunday, August 25: “The Painting”

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.

“Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!” raves Variety!

Animated, 78 minutes, not rated.


These films are presented by CAS by arrangement with GKIDS. GKIDS (Guerrilla Kids International Distribution Syndicate) is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in titles that cross over between art-house and family audiences. Recent theatrical releases Tomm Moore’s animated Oscar® nominated “The Secret of Kells.” GKIDS is also longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Frances McDormand, Uma Thurman, John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, James Schamus, and Matthew Modine. The GKIDS.TV website is a place where children, teens, and adults can watch, rate, review, buy and share award-winning film and animation from around the world.

About the Catskill Art Society

The 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

Funding for CAS is provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Meet Children’s Book Creator at Library July 6


It’s All Part of Artwalk Chalkwalk on Saturday

Lindsay Barrett George, children’s picture book author and illustrator, will be the featured guest at the Livingston Manor Library during Artwalk Chalkwalk, the annual street celebration of art in Livingston Manor, taking place on Saturday, July 6 on Livingston Manor’s Main Street.
Children of all ages are welcome to storytime with Lindsay Barrett George from 12:30 to 1:00. Many people will recall Lindsay’s books including Beaver at Long Pond (1988). Her newest picture books include Alfred Digs, Maggie’s Ball and That Pup. To learn more about Lindsay Barrett George, go to
The library is located at 92 Main Street across from the firehouse. For more information call 439-5440.

Learn Old School Skills: Read Maps, Use a Compass

Old School Skills Are Focus of Saturday Session

Livingston Manor, NY   — Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 AM   Reconnect with a
skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a
90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults. Learn how to
interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and
use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten
skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often
overlooked in busy lives.

Register at Morgan Outdoors by calling Lisa at. 845 439 5507. The course
fee is $12 for 90 minutes of indoor and outdoor fun!  Class size limited
to 10. First come, first served.
Morgan Outdoors is at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY

Manor Gearing Up for Tenth Annual Trout Parade

Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.
Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.

 June 8 Parade Will Be Dedicated to Barry Foster

Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more! The 10th annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 in Livingston Manor, NY, rain or shine. The Catskill Art Society invites you to “Boogie Down” and take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair.

Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. Your presentation can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

The 10th Annual Trout Parade is dedicated to the memory of Barry Foster, who as emcee for eight years infused the parade with all the energy and humor to keep it going on its wiggling way.  Barry passed away this year on April 19, but his spirit is such to keep the Trout Parade going for a long time to come.

The 2013 Trout Parade will step-off promptly at 1:00 p.m., led by the honorary “Sturgeon General” and featuring a wide variety of music, entertainment and floats representing local businesses, organizations and performance groups from this area and beyond. Look for pre-parade entertainment to include stilt-walkers from the NaCl Theatre, performers from Catskill Puppet Theatre, face painting by Miss Sunshine, and much more. Throughout the festivities, Wilkes and Bernard Photography will provide professional instant portraits of you and your family at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, with proceeds to benefit CAS.

We hope you’ll join in the fun. There is no cost to participate and hundreds come to see the Trout Parade each year. It’s also in support of a good cause. Don’t let this parade pass you by!

Catskill Art Society is producing this year’s Trout Parade in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, and with support from businesses and individuals from around the community. Proceeds from the parade will benefit the Arts and Music programs at the Livingston Manor Central School, and the Catskill Art Society.

To celebrate the milestone of the Trout Parade’s 10th Anniversary, the CAS Arts Center is assembling a special exhibit to showcase the event’s history and celebrate the joy of fishing. CAS is seeking artwork and artifacts featuring fish to represent this central part of our community’s identity. This exhibit will be on display for one week through this year’s Trout Parade, and participants are welcome to “borrow” their work to use in the Parade!

All original artwork, photographs, historical artifacts, and unique fishing paraphernalia is welcome for submission.There is no fee to submit work. All pieces should be delivered ready to hang or display by Tuesday, May 28. Please include a brief note outlining the work’s origin and description, as well as its title and artist’s name if known.

For more information and details on how to participate in the 2013 Trout Parade or become a sponsor, please contact the Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227 or You can also find the Trout Parade on Facebook at


CAS Seeks Art and Art Enthusiasts for SHHH! Silent Auction Benefit

“No Wider Than Earth and Sky,” ceramic bowl by Carol Grocki Lewis
“No Wider Than Earth and Sky,” ceramic bowl by Carol Grocki Lewis

The Catskill Art Society proudly presents SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit, an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor.  This exhibition will feature works by local artists that visitors can bid on, win, and take home the day the exhibition closes.  Participating artists and donors at press time, who generously contributed their work, include: Andrea Brown, Suzanne BeVier, Ilene Ferber, Gordon Gilbert, Ramona Jan, Bruce Janklow, Kath Lambert, Carol Grocki Lewis, Valerie Mansi, Judith Meyerowitz, Nick Roes, Ginger Smith, Val Taggart, Naomi Teppich, Ted Waddell, Rosanne Wellmaker, and Nancy Wells.

Gallery hours for this exhibition are Thursday – Saturday from 11am–6pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.  The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.

The Catskill Art Society welcomes additional contributions of original art from artists and collectors in the community. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the CAS Arts Center in its proposed renovation and expansion into a second floor performance and meeting space. All artwork should be delivered to CAS at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor by Sunday, May 5. For more information, please contact Bradley Diuguid, Executive Director at

May 11, 2013 4-6pm – Opening Reception

The Catskill Art Society will be hosting a free opening reception for its new exhibition, SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

May 26, 2013 4-7pm – Closing Event: Tri-State Beer Tasting Showcase

The Catskill Art Society will be hosting the Tri-State Beer Tasting Showcase, a special closing event for its new exhibition, SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit.  Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and beverages for visitors age 21 and over.  Proceeds benefit the CAS Arts Center.

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