Feel the Love

PrintWe hope you’ll be able to spend some time here this Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. Make a day of it or longer if you can!

Thinking of grabbing a bite to eat? The Arnold House, Madison’s Restaurant and Rolling River Café are all offering Valentine’s Day specials. You can also pick up something sweet (or savory) at Brandenburg Pastry Bakery and Main Street Farm to enjoy while you’re in town or take home.

If you’d like to do some shopping, check out the selections at Life Repurposed, Morgan Outdoors, Sugar Blossom Flowers, Willow and Brown and Wildlife Gift Shop, many of which are also offering special weekend sales.

Need some pampering? Beth’s Headquarters, Johnny’s Barber Shop and Viv’s Cuts & Creations offer a variety of services. The Spa at The Arnold also offers a Saturday morning yoga class and several different types of massages and treatments.

Make sure to stop by the CAS Arts Center while you’re in town. “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathleen Parra, runs through Sunday, February 15. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum and The Catskill Brewery are also a lot of fun to visit.

And if all this sounds good, but you need a place to stay, consider The Arnold House, the Beaverkill Valley Inn or Rolling River Inn.

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Fly Fest Saturday

flyfest2014-23The 10th Annual Fly Fest takes place at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17, this Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this annual gathering of flytyers to hear and share stories, techniques and new fly patterns. This year’s theme is the world’s most famous fly, The Hendrickson, and according to organizers, you can expect to see more variations than you can imagine during this day dedicated to flytying!

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Weekend Preview

Ice Carnival

The 56th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes place this weekend with events scheduled from Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25 including Friday’s Ice Carnival Dance, a snow sculpture contest Saturday at Rotary Park, Pleasant Street, and then snowshoeing by Morgan Outdoors, skating exhibitions, races for all ages and horse drawn sleigh rides on Sunday, weather permitting. Visit Morgan Outdoors for a complete schedule of Ice Carnival events.

YarnslingersOn Saturday, the Series Finale of Memoirs, the Yarnslingers’ year-long storytelling collaboration, takes place at The Laundry King, 65 Main Street at 7:00 p.m.

Join Jonathan Fox, Ramona Jan and the rest of the storytellers as they share new pieces of their biographies. From the surprising and awe-inspiring to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.

Presented by the Catskill Art Society.

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The 2015 Visitor’s Guide is Here

frontcover_vg2015_webThe 2015 Visitor’s Guide for Livingston Manor, Roscoe and all other parts of the Town of Rockland is just off the press!

This year’s 52-page full-color guide celebrates the spirit of reinvention that is taking hold in this part of the Catskills with features on The Arnold House, the revitalization of the Roscoe Campsites, the new face of local craft brewing and distilling and more.

Each year, the Visitor’s Guide comes out in early January so that it can be distributed during outdoor and fishing shows in New York and New Jersey. You can also pick up a guide at numerous merchants, eateries, attractions and accommodations located throughout Sullivan County.

The Guide is produced by Quik Type and Carolyn Bivins on behalf of the Livingston Manor and Roscoe Chambers of Commerce. Thank you Carolyn!

Look for the Visitor’s Guide around town, and at the following shows:
Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen Show, Garden State Expo Center, 1/8 – 11
Somerset Fly Fishing Show, Somerset, NJ, 1/23 – 25
The New York Times Travel Show, Javitz Center, NYC, 1/23 – 25
North East RV Show, Rockland County Community College, 2/13 – 16
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Rockland County Community College, 3/5 – 8
Sullivan County Sportsman & Outdoor Rec Expo – date to be announced

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So Much to Do

3 Christopher ManningThe calendar might show mid January but there is plenty to do in Livingston Manor.

The Catskill Art Society’s 2015 Exhibition Season begins this weekend with “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathleen Parra at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. Make sure to catch the Artist Talk at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 17. A reception will follow from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – there is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

According to CAS, this exhibition combines the work of these three emerging talents in a striking and often unexpected blend. Elements of the familiar, embedded in swaths of light and shadow, draw us into abstract dimensions of expression that cry out to be experienced. “Flux” runs through February 15.

More fun for the whole family! The ice rink at Rotary Park, Pleasant Street will be open all weekend: Friday, January 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and then Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The 56th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes place next weekend with events scheduled from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25. Visit the Ice Carnival’s Facebook page for the complete schedule.

If shopping is more your thing, many of our merchants are offering post-holiday sales – make sure to check out the selections at Life RepurposedMorgan Outdoors, Sugar Blossom Flowers, Wildlife Gift Shop and Willow and Brown while you’re in town.

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It’s Official

LMCC Raffle 12.23.14

The winners of our 10th Annual Sleigh of Goodies raffle were drawn late yesterday.

Congratulations to Thomas Ellison of Livingston Manor, Julie Gray of Liberty and Emma Wegener of Roscoe!

Thank you to everyone that has spent some time visiting, dining and shopping in Livingston Manor this holiday season. We hope you found some great gifts.

Trains on Main continues until the New Year, and many of our merchants and eateries will be open from Friday, December 26 on.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

POST HOLIDAY UPDATE: We asked this year’s winners to let us know what they thought about our Sleigh of Goodies raffle, and this is what they said:

“Being a lucky winner was a great experience. I think that the Sleigh of Gifts is a wonderful way to promote local shopping. The promotion enhances the friendly local atmosphere and makes it more fun to shop locally.”

“Together with “Trains on Main” it creates a unique and inviting shopping destination for those of us who live here, across the county and beyond.”

Thank you all for participating and for shopping in Livingston Manor this holiday season.

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Such A Wonderful Time of Year

John B. Johnston's Historic Sleigh (c. 1910) 12.08.14

Photo by Bradley Diuguid at the CAS Arts Center

The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be giving away another sleigh-full of gifts from local merchants this holiday season.

The 10th Annual Sleigh of Goodies is a way for all of us to thank you for shopping local. The more you shop, the better your chances are to win, and there will be THREE LUCKY WINNERS!

Here’s how it works. Stop by any participating business and make a purchase from now through Tuesday, December 23. You will receive one raffle ticket for every $10 you spend.

Three shoppers will then be randomly selected December 23 to receive a portion of the gifts – just before Christmas and the New Year.

The historic horse drawn sleigh (c. 1910) shown above is owned by John B. Johnston and currently on display at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.

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Trains on Main Starts Saturday

Holiday Trains on Main

Trains on Main will roll into town for the 7th annual year starting this Saturday, November 29.

This nostalgic trip back in time features handmade model trains on view in windows on Livingston Manor’s Main Street including the CAS Arts Center (48 Main Street), the Laundry King (65 Main Street) and Morgan Outdoors (46 Main Street).

The Catskill Art Society is hosting a special Grand Opening party from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Stop by and see the miniature trains up close, talk to the model builders, and listen to live music from Paul Lounsbury and Friends!

At 1:00 p.m., model train maker Charlie Irace and speakers from the O&W Museum will gather for a talk at the Laundry King. They will unveil a historical display of real train artifacts, gear, signage, clothing, and more. Their discussion will bring to life the evolution of train travel and its impact on Sullivan County life in its heyday.

At 2:00 p.m., look for the model trains to debut at the CAS Arts Center with free candy for kids.

At 3:00 p.m., musician Paul Lounsbury and Friends will play a special set of songs inspired by the romantic train culture, back at the Laundry King. All ages are welcome.

Trains on Main will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, the Laundry King and Morgan Outdoors through December 29.

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Celebrating the Arts and More This Saturday

CAS Winter Members

The CAS Winter Members Show featuring more than 100 pieces from member artists opens Saturday, November 22 at the CAS Arts Center, 46 Main Street, with a reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Catskill Art Society exhibition celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives. The unique natural beauty of the season, the joy of the holidays, and the various (often humorous) ways we cope with the cold are depicted in all media by CAS member artists.

Southern Exposure, 12″ x 12″ oil on wood by Elise Freda

Later Saturday, Willow and Brown and Sugar Blossom Flowers will be introducing a special showing of Elise Freda’s work at 36A Main Street from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a reception featuring local fare.

Elise’s Callicoon studio is surrounded by nature: fields, trees, plants, sky, light and weather. These things continually inspire and inform her paintings and drawings. She begins with observation but Elise’s work is process oriented–she finds her image during the making of it. Abstraction is her intuitive choice as it evokes rather than tells–leaving some mystery.

Elise received her BFA degree from The University of New Hampshire in 1981 and has been exhibiting her work since then. She’s been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications. Elise has upcoming solo shows in 2015 at Causey Contemporary Gallery in NYC, and the Catskill Art Society, here in Livingston Manor.

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Looking Forward To A Cheerful Day


Everyone knows Labor Day is coming up. Everyone should also know that for the second year the local Labor Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street in Livingston Manor. The event will be on Sunday, August 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Renaissance Park. The theme of this year’s festival is Children, Chocolate and Cheer. There will be children’s authors, vendors and games; lots of chocolate; and cheerful entertainment, including a talent show. The parade will take place on Main Street at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music, floats, animals, children, old cars, hula hoops and more. Look for free pompoms for cheering!

Activities will begin in the park at 11:00 a.m. with a colossal book sale and old-fashioned games. Children’s authors Clara Gillow Clark, Lindsay Barrett George and Helena Clare Pittman will be signing books. So if you like reading, don’t forget to stop in. This will be a great place to do a little early birthday and holiday shopping. Adults can shop while children play games of skill and chance for prizes, make crafts, and visit the face painter. Children’s and adults’ second-hand books will be available from .25 to $2.00 under the big tent. Hungry visitors can enjoy pulled pork, hot dogs, spring rolls, pad Thai noodles and sesame chicken. This event would be something to put on the calendar and spend a few hours in town enjoying the fun.

After the parade, come back to the park to see local talent compete for the $100 prize! (It’s not too late to get in on the fun; call the library if you’d like to perform in the talent show!) And don’t miss LightExpo, the amazing flaming hula hoop artists who thrilled the crowd at last year’s festival.

So bring along some cheer and your family and friends and be ready to fill up on chocolate and fun at the Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival and Parade.

by Iris Gillingham and Matthew Layumas / Manor Ink

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