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

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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

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

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

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.

 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT PROGRAM

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.

 

SUNY SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP

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

 

SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

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

 

SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE VOLUNTEER CORPS

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.

 

SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE INTERNS

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.

 

AWARDS CEREMONY

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 www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

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

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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.

“SUBLIME! BEAUTIFULLY DRAWN! BREATHTAKING!” raves the Boston Globe!

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 www.catskillartsociety.org.

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.

 

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All Tied Up In Knots

Half-hitchesOn Saturday, August 10th, adventurers of all ages will have a chance to gain knot-tying skills when Morgan Outdoors hosts two Knots for Hiking and Camping classes. Bringing a lifeless rope to life is not only fun, it’s useful in everything from jewelry-making to rescuing people. The hour-long children’s class runs from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is geared for kids age 9 and up. They will learn several of the key knots useful in camping and hiking, from making a loop to a taut-line hitch. The class for adults runs from 10:30 – 11:45am and will cover additional knots useful in everyday life, like the trucker’s hitch that is great for cinching down loads on top of a car. Instructor Mick Wheaton is a graduate of SUNY ESF, working in forestry management, and a former counselor at DeBruce Conservation Camp in Livingston Manor. All materials are provided and pre-payment is required to reserve a place, as the class size is limited to 10. The children’s class is $8 per person and the adult class is $12.

RSVP to reserve a place by calling Lisa at 845-439-5507. Pre-registration is easy: in person with check or cash; over the phone with a credit card. This is the final Outdoor Skills class of the summer. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor (air conditioned!) www.morgan-outdoors.com

 

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Say Hi to ‘Hello Bistro’ in The TH-Record

Seven months after shutting down their venerable Flour Power Bakery, Denise and J.R. Rowley have opened a new bistro in the same Livingston Manor location.

By Leonard Sparks
Times Herald-Record
Published: 07/31/13

 

LIVINGSTON MANOR — Denise and J.R. Rowley indulged themselves with much-needed down time after they decided to close their popular Flour Power Bakery in January.

They visited family.

They rested.

Then they grew restless.

Now seven months later the couple has opened Hello Bistro, a 50-seat restaurant carved out of the same converted house on DeBruce Road where they operated the bakery for five years.

Hoping for a repeat

The bakery had been a gathering spot for local foodies, and the Rowleys are hoping for the same from the bistro. So far it appears their hopes may be realized. Friday’s opening day was booked, as was Saturday, Denise Rowley said.

“We just like to feed people,” Denise Rowley said Friday afternoon as the apron-clad couple hurried to get ready for a 5 p.m. opening. “Something about it makes us happy.”

Exhausting schedule

The Rowleys, who both have backgrounds in advertising, opened Flour Power about seven years ago, after deciding the area needed a bakery more than a restaurant.

They moved into a retrofitted white house overlooking the hills enveloping Livingston Manor five years ago. The year-round bakery, with its large porch, became a destination, and the Rowleys omnipresent at area farmers markets.

But both wearied of the challenge of surviving the county’s dead winter months and of the physical demands of running a bakery while also driving from market to market.

“It was exhausting,” Denise Rowley said. “There was a lot of rushing to get to market on time.” The decision to open a bistro meant renovating. One wall was removed to open up the dining room, and the Rowleys bought new furniture. J.R. Rowley did most of the woodwork, and the couple added new fixtures, trim and paint.

Why a bistro?

“A bistro is casual,” J.R. Rowley said. “It’s a very friendly atmosphere; people talk to each other.”

A bit of everything

Hello Bistro’s menu will feature “a little bit of everything,” J.R. Rowley said. Diners will be able to enjoy dishes ranging from American and French entrees to hamburgers.

The opening weekend menu included such fare as Asian pork tenderloin, pan-seared scallops, caramelized shallots and crème brulee. The menu will vary by season and will depend in part on what local farmers have available.

Upstairs, the Rowleys will continue to host book and poetry readings and display works by local artists. Downstairs, the rush to fill and deliver diners’ orders promises a special reward:

“The smile on their faces when they eat something really good,” Denise Rowley said.

lsparks@th-record.com

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2nd Annual ArtWalk ChalkWalk

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About the Trailkeeper Project

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Meet Children’s Book Creator at Library July 6

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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 http://www.lindsaybarrettgeorge.com/
The library is located at 92 Main Street across from the firehouse. For more information call 439-5440.

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Learn Old School Skills: Read Maps, Use a Compass

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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
www.morgan-outdoors.com.

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Bug Music Scheduled for Saturday, June 29th Postponed

Due to embugmusicergency circumstances, the book reading/musical performance of David Rothenberg’s “Bug Music” originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 29 has been postponed to a date TBD.

I understand that the vast majority of you are not able to post a correction in this short time, but I wanted to keep everyone informed to the furthest extent possible. Any help in spreading the word via you social media and blogs would be much appreciated. Please contact me with any questions.

Again, thank you very much for your attention and time.

Thank you,

Bradley Diuguid
Executive Director
Catskill Art Society
48 Main Street, PO Box 991
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
845-436-4227 | catskillartsociety.org

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Livingston Manor ArtWalk / ChalkWalk July 6th

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On July 6, 2013 (raindate 7/7), 10am to 4pm, Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography and this year, we’ll have artisans with crafts on display as well!

Keeping ahead of the weather, you’ll see tents from WaterWheel Junction, Pearl Street and Renaissance Park, with more art on display at the following locations:
Wildlife Gift has watercolorist Bob Lee, Plunk has Claire Coleman’s own exhibit along with the Outsider’s Studio and Catskill Art Society has its Member’s Show plus a demonstrating potter, Jesse Spaethe.

RM Farm Realty will host the work of James Karpowicz, LM Library will display illustrations by Lindsay George and the Ambulance Corps will have Ramona Jan’s puppetry at 12:30 and 1:30 PM.
Jeff Bank will have two photographers stationed outside, Stephen Davis and James Carney, and Rafael Weinstein will also be demonstrating his art alfresco, as many of our other artists will.

Foodies can enjoy our local fare and our community-sponsored barbecues and goodies along the way. And to keep visitors on track, maps will be handed out and posted in store windows alongside artwork from our participating artists.

But wait, there’s more! ChalkWalk will return for kids who want to become a
“Livingston Manor Artist for the Day” with certificates for all and selected creations to be shown in our YouTube 2013 Artwalk/ChalkWalk video.

Finish your Fourth with a real outing and join us for a fun day!

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