Major Expansion in the Works for Fly Fishing Center

Catskill Rodmakers, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum To Build Major Fly Fishing Complex

Livingston Manor, NY — In September 2011, plans began to build a two story 5,000 sf  addition to the CFFCM  Paul Dahlie Education Building.  This major addition will house the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center on the lower level and on the upper, the Wulff Gallery. A ground breaking ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center will be held on April 1, 2012, to coincide with opening of the NYS Trout Season at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther will be joined by rodmakers and fly fishermen including celebrities Olek Krupa, Mark Ruffalo, and Laurence Hobgood for the ribbon cutting of the Agnes Van Put Kitchen and a shovel in the ground ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center construction. 

The Catskill Rodmakers’ Workshop and Heritage Craft Center will be a fully operational bamboo rodmaking shop and  include an area for historical rodmaking equipment  and artifacts.  Also planned will be a  dedicated area for the ‘arts of the angler’ with weekly scheduled  programs to include:  reel making, fly tying, net making, photography, carving, painting, writers workshops, etc.  The Workshop will be a living and active component to the CFFCM campus with regular demonstrations of work in progress on and appreciation of bamboo fly rods.

The Wulff Gallery will be on the upper level of this major addition dedicated to exhibits of Lee and Joan Wulff,  featuring both  permanent and temporary exhibits.  Included in this area will be a library in a  multi purpose meeting room  for seminars, film festivals, classes, programs and lectures relating to fly fishing.

This major addition to the CFFCM campus is a joint project under the stewardship of the members of the Catskill Rodmakers Gathering and Southern Rod Gathering, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

Like no other place in the world, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is the center of the fly fishing community.  It’s all about fly fishing.

THE BEST! Trout Parade Named Top Area Parade

Livingston Manor’s Trout Parade was  voted The Best Parade by The River Reporter Readers in the newspaper’s annual write-in vote contest.

The Best of Contest is now in its 16th year and now involves more than 2000 ballots from all over Wayne, Pike, Sullivan and Orange Counties.

A special “Best Of …” supplement to the newspaper will feature the Trout Parade’s win and all the other category winners and will be on newsstands in late January.

The Trout Parade, now a Livingston Manor tradition, was launched in 2004 and features zany costumes, colorful puppets, raucous music and many supporting events — all with trout-related themes.

The Catskill Art Society produces the 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 event benefit a variety of cultural programs for children in Livingston Manor as well as Catskill Art Society.

For more information and details on how to become a sponsor or to participate in the upcoming 2012 Trout Parade, contact Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227; or go to www.troutparade.com.


Catskill Art Society Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrating 40 Years at CAS

This year Catskill Art Society, CAS, celebrated its 40th anniversary (1971 – 2011) as it welcomed a new and more stable future in the community: CAS is now in contract for the purchase of their fabulous space.  After only four years in residence at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, CAS seized a wonderful opportunity to secure its future for the next 40 years and beyond.  In its 40th Anniversary Fund Drive, CAS is asking participants, members and the community to contribute an additional $40, $400, or $4,000 to their regular gift.

Please call 845-436-4227 or email ann@catskillartsociety.org.

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.

Verderame Solo Album Debuts

Kimberly Verderame

“On My Way” Features Original Songs

Livingston Manor Singer/Songwriter Kimberly Verderame performed at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, this past summer as a means of promoting her first album. Kimberly, an 18 year old solo artist, performs original songs on the album, entitled, “On My Way.”  For more info go to www.kimvmusic.com.

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.

Harold VanAken

Town Historian Harold VanAken prepared a power point presentation about the beginnings of our town for the February 9 meeting of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce.  Those in attendance were informed of our past, From the native Americans, to our native son John R. Mott who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.  They also learned of the sun path, were treated to ancient maps and surveys of the area, as well as postcard photos and anecdotes of local people of interest.  Aileen Gunther, assemblywoman, and Linda Cellini, YMCA representative, were also speakers at the dinner, held at King’s Catering.  Roscoe Chamber of Commerce was invited and Rick Baxter and Mary Muhlig spoke of their desire to keep contact with LM to share our histories.