Bird of Prey Day – Saturday, Sept. 29th

On Saturday, September 29, a very exciting and educational event is taking place at the Livingston Manor Central School from 9 am to 3 pm. Mr. Peter Chiavaro, a resident of
Livingston Manor, together with many other members of the New York State Falconry Association will be on hand to display their raptors – including falcons, hawks, owls and possibly some eagles at this spectacular event. School grounds will be hosting these magnificent birds of prey under a large tent. The ball field will be used for the raptors’ flight demonstrations. The gym will be utilized for lectures and displays of different types of raptors. Falconers will be on hand to answer questions while demonstrations are taking place and the raptors are displayed on their gauntlets. It is the mission of the Falconry Association to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; Admission is $3.
Proceeds will be donated to the needy families of the Livingston Manor Central School District. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. Businesses will be open to support this community-wide, educational event.  For more information, contact Chamber President David Walton at or Peter Chiavaro with the Falconer’s Association at

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

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.


For Sister Fly Fishing Centers, Una Cosa Bella

Jim Krul of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, left, and Giorgio Cavatorti of the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz in Italy as the meet to make official the sister relationship between the two institutions.

Italian Center and Catskill Center Make Official Their Bond of Sport and History

Castel di Sangro, Italy  — On June 23, 2012, at the 9th annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro, Italy, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.

Over the past seven years, the CFFCM featured international fly fishing exhibits. The 2011 Italian exhibit was coordinated by Italy’s Alberto Calzolari in cooperation with SIM and the Italian Fly Fishing Museum. This outstanding exhibit included a large variety of flies by some of Italy’s finest tyers, hand crafted fly tackle and fly tying tools, and antiquities including a Roman hook verified as being over 2,000 years old. As a result, CFFCM Executive Jim Krul and Mr. Calzolari determined that both museums should develop a sister relationship to share in each other’s fly fishing cultures. Calzolari emphasized “… fly fishing and fly tying is an international language and words are not required. It is also a rich and common friendship that we all share”.

To make this partnership official, Krul and Giorgio Cavatorti, Italy’s director exchanged certificates recognizing this association and the mutual intent to foster goodwill within the international fly fishing community. Both museums will have permanent displays of one another and maintain a dialogue for the preservation and promotion of fly fishing.    This sistership is the first of its kind of  bonding between two international fly fishing museums.

The International Museum of the fly fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz, (Museo Internazionale della Pesca a Mosca Stanislao Kuckiewicz) is located in the ex Maddalena’s 15th century Convent of Castel di Sangro (Italy)  on the Sangro River. It was founded in 2000 by the Italian School of Fly Fishing (S.I.M.) with the collaboration of Castel di Sangro’s municipality, Pesca Sportivi Sangro Association and the Italian ArcheoClub.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is located on the banks of the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, NY. Founded by Elsie Darbee in 1981, it continues to grow and  is now recognized world wide as a center for fly fishing.  The CFFCM is expanding again with a 4,800 square-foot addition to the Paul Dahlie Education building to accommodate the Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Craft Center. 

Seeing the Forest, and the Trees

“Shape of the Woods” at the CAS Arts Center will
feature the work of Eric Baylin (shown at left) and Kathleen Hayek.

‘Shape of the Woods’ on Exhibit at CAS Through Aug. 26

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – Catskill Art Society is proud to present “Shape of the Woods,” a two-person exhibition July 21 – August 26, 2012, featuring the work of Eric Baylin and Kathleen Hayek at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.

Eric Baylin is a sculptor who divides his time between North Branch and Brooklyn where he teaches high school art at Packer Collegiate Institute. He has degrees in art from the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Kathleen Hayek is a painter and printmaker that divides her time between Walton and Brooklyn, where she is co-founder of the South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA), a non-profit artist network. Hayek completed her graduate work in Arts Administration at Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design.

Baylin makes sculpture using tree branches. His work for “Shape of the Woods” was inspired by fallen branches that were snagged on descent and left to dangle out of place: instant sculpture in the woods. Similarly, Baylin’s work is not permanently fastened but relies on balance and gravity to sustain its form. According to Hayek, she is humbled and awed by the power of life to destroy and create itself endlessly. The work she’s created for “Shape of the Woods” has been inspired by the trees and forests of her roots in south Louisiana, and her new home in Delaware County.

CAS Gallery hours for this exhibition are Thursday – Saturday and Monday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible and open to the public.

There is no cost to attend the following events and all are welcome:

July 21, 3 p.m. – Artist Talk
CAS will host an artist talk for “Shape of the Woods” with Eric Baylin
and Kathleen Hayek from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

July 21, 4 p.m. – 6pm – Opening Reception
CAS will host an opening reception for the exhibit, “Shape of the
Woods” on Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will
be served.

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. For more information, please go to

Dream Big Workshop at Livingston Manor Free Library

Dream Big: Write and Perform, July 28

Adults and kids — wake up your words!  Transform your own everyday words into short poems and find what dreams hide there at Dream Big: Write and Perform , a free workshop at the Livingston Manor Library on Saturday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Led by performance poet Laura Moran, participants will explore and create poetry and make a world for the poems to live in by bringing them off the page and onto the “stage.” Individuals and families, children and adults, all are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.  Everyone will leave with a new poem and a way to show others how that poem dreams!

Laura Moran has been called “one of the most beautifully lyrical poets ever to bridge the space between page and stage,” (Taylor Mali, national award winning poet, performer and educator). Ms. Moran is the Adult Programming Coordinator at the Western Sullivan Public Library where she curates and hosts First Fridays: Contemporary Writers Series at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch and formerly coordinated children’s programs.

For more information, please call the library at 439-5440. Registration is requested by Friday, July 27. The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse.

This program is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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.


Rare Casting Simulator Acquired by Fly Fishing Museum

May 10, 2012, Livingston Manor, NY — The Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of the Dave Chermanski Rod Casting Simulator on April 28, 2012.

This one of a kind machine was one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing tackle industry for nearly 35 years.  Less than 30 people, prior to 2011, had ever seen or heard of the Chermanski Casting Simulator (CCS) despite the fact it provided important data concerning graphite and fiberglass fishing rods that benefited the entire fishing industry since 1977.

The primary objective was to describe and document the mechanical features, operational capabilities and diverse testing projects of the CCS  as part of a package being donated to a fishing museum.  Dave selected the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum just three weeks prior to his untimely death on March 17, 2012.  The CCS machine now resides in the center of the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.

Based on the many testing projects and test results, composite materials and design concepts in the course of a 16 year period, the CCS provided numerous important and revealing insights to some major fishing topics.  The chronicles of this unique machine were documented and manifested into treatises on casting mechanics, flyrod performance, fishing reel drags systems, fishing rod dynamics, fish fighting techniques and fly line characteristics.  

Dave’s manuscript to the chronicles are highly technical will require extensive study before this machine is put back into use.  The CCS will remain in the center of the museum until it will be appropriately takes its permanent home in the planned  Catskill Rodmakers Workshop this fall.

For more information or photos please contact the CFFCM 845-439-4810, or .   For the latest in CFFCM news, visit face book page:

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