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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Parksville Rail Trail – Saturday morning 7.12.14

Who needs a FREE pair of fabulous Merrell trail running shoes?
Stop by the Parksville Rail Trail on Saturday morning, demo a pair of Merrells . . .and they could be YOUmerrell_trail_running_demoRS!
















TJ and Stefanie of Ridgeback Sports will be there to show us how cool Catskill trail running is!

Feel free to call us with any questions @ 845 439 5507. We love this little section of rail trail. Rolling River Cafe, Gallery, Inn is the perfect place for a spot of lunch or tapas afterwards – just a block away.

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ArtWalk ChalkWalk 2014 July 5th in Livingston Manor

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in the Manor

This year on Saturday, July 5 from 10 am to 4pm, in Livingston Manor, NY the third annual Artwalk/Chalkwalk has more in-store artist displays on Main Street than ever before!

Of course we still have artists and artisans in niches and cool-de-sacs but if you want to beat the heat take a turn into the Catskill Art Society to see the latest show Artists Untamed, a Jury-Selected Group Show and watch Ann Higgins, CAS and NorthEast Watercolor Society member craft a fine watercolor.

Right next door take a lunch break at Madison’s restaurant and explore the mixed media art of Nina Zherg and be sure to stop at Morgan Outdoors to view Wendy Hollander’s famous floral artwork.   Brandenburg Bakery will give you that extra spring in your step up Main to the LM Library; grab a book, take the kids and learn some origami from 11-1pm. Also on display until 7/31 is “Seasons”, Kate Hyden’s work.   And on your way back be sure to stop at Ed Lundquist’s Studio to see his latest multimedia artwork. Don’t go by Susan Pascale at Mountain Bear and Yolanda’s Interiors or you’ll miss some beautiful acrylics. And be sure to give a round of applause to our strolling troubador Karen Hudson!

The Catskill Mountain Keeper appropriately is hosting photographer Lance Verderame’s work and with a yard full of artists and artisans Claire Coleman at Plunk has managed to produce two full rooms of a unique memorabilia installation called “Chuck” that you are sure to never forget!

Willow and Brown has the beautiful watercolors of Valerie Taggart, Main Street Farm has “Sus.Te.Nance” a group show curated by Elizabeth Ennis of the Outsider’s Studio and RM Farm hosts “Serial”, works in various media by artists Joanna Hartell, Andrea Brown, and Elizabeth Ennis.

Look for the masterful and local works of Donna Greenthal, Caroline Harrow, handmade jewelry by Beti Horvath and specialties by Deb Feld, handmade lampshades by Kathie Fitzgerald. Of course we are handing out the maps again and would we forget the kids ..NO WAY!   Look for Chalkwalk again and sign your pint-size Picasso’s work up for an Artist Certificate and our YouTube Annual video.

Art in the windows, art in shops and Main street and fingers-crossed for another beautiful day in the Manor!


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Services Auction Online and at the Trout Parade

This summer you will find a variety of auctions in our area, but you may not find another like this one. The Livingston Manor Library will hold a silent auction for services on June 14th at the Catskill Art Society, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, the day of the Trout Parade, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At this auction, participants will bid on a variety of services contributed by fellow community members. Offerings range from important everyday services such as auto care, dog-sitting and hair cutting to more unusual services such as a fashion consultation, a day of bowling and a children’s birthday party. Many instructional services will be available such as art lessons, meditation, fly-fishing, swimming and ballroom dancing. Try some finally-I’m-going-to-do-it opportunities like yoga and strength training and some outright silly opportunities like hiring your very own couch potato! And for a grand adventure, be sure you get your bid in on the guided Delaware River float trip.

For a peek at the list of services and a chance to bid early, go to guides.rcls.org/libraryauctionbetween May 31 and June 13. Bids will be recorded and the highest bids will be carried over to the actual silent auction on June 14.

Proceeds from the auction will help support the varied programs and resources available at the Livingston Manor Library.

If you have a service you would like to donate or would like more information about the auction, call the library at 845-439-5440.

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Celebrate Spring with the Garden LARCs – May 17th from 10-4


Title of Event:
Garden Day

May 17, 2014 from 10-4pm
(Rain or Shine)

Main Street,
Livingston Manor, NY

What is it:
Celebrate Spring
with LM Library,
Sullivan County Audubon,
the LM Renaissance Team and the LM Chamber
of Commerce. 

The setting is the 2013 “Golden Feather” Renaissance award winning town of Livingston Manor.  The day is filled with neighborhood  vendors tempting us with their gardening related wares and plants for sale.    Music fills the air on an outside stage with live local talent.  Audubon fills us in on the birds and bees; Master gardeners answer questions and help with your garden plans.  A series of lectures on everything from composting to the plight of the Monarch butterfly is hosted by the Catskill Art Society, while our Library contributes books for sale on everything garden and outdoor related.  Our Main street shops shake off the winter dust and bring out the sun with a community-wide venture… so join us and celebrate Spring!

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Livingston Manor Renaissance Spring Kick Off

Find out what’s happening and ways you can help Livingston Manor bloom!
Refreshments too.Renaissance-LM-Spring-Kick-Off-Meeting

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Celebrate Maple Weekend in Parksville

Parksville Rail Trail in Spring    Photo by: L.M. Lyons

Parksville Rail Trail in Spring Photo by: L.M. Lyons

Parksville, NY   Sunday, March 23rd from 1:30 – 3:30pm, the public is invited to a Maple Weekend Tour at the Justus Asthalter Sap House in Parksville, NY followed by a short hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, along the Parksville O & W Rail Trail.

Meet at the Justus Asthalter Maple Sugar Farm at 1:30pm, located at 865 Aden Road, Parksville, NY, to witness tree tapping and sap boiling at a 4th generation Sullivan County sugaring operation.

Then explore a 1.3-mile segment of the Parksville Rail Trail along the picturesque Little Beaverkill. The Parksville Rail Trail is just off Route 17, at exit 98. Parking in the new municipal lot next to the historic Parksville Church and across from the Mobil Station, at the corner of Parksville Road and Short Avenue.

At approximately 2:30pm, the hike begins one block away in front of the old Mr. Willy’s on Main Street, where the trailhead is located. There will be two groups, the jack rabbits and the tortoises, so participants can pick the pace that fits them.

Afterwards, everyone is invited to warm up at nearby Rolling River Café in a relaxing, cozy atmosphere, just a block from the trailhead. Hot and cold beverages and tapas are available. You may want to stay for supper – chef Rob Rayevsky’s entrees are superb!

Reservations are required by Sunday March 23rd at 11:00am. Call Lisa at 845/439 5507 or email info@morgan-outdoors.com. An update on trail conditions will be available too.

If trail conditions call for snowshoes, rentals for this special event are just $5. To reserve a pair or for driving directions, call Morgan Outdoors at 845 439 5507.

Sponsored by Trailkeeper.org, with experienced staff from Trailkeeper partners: Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors and Erin Burch of Catskill Mountainkeeper. TrailKeeper.org is a partnership of local organizations, businesses, and agencies to promote the public trails and natural beauty of Sullivan County, NY, including: Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and Morgan Outdoors. www.trailkeeper.org


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Livingston Manor Renaissance Booth at the Local Market and Expo at Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference Saturday, March 8th


The Livingston Manor Renaissance booth  at the Local Market & Expo at
Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference Saturday, March 8th tells the world
how proud we are of our accomplishments from 2002 to 2013.
Check out the map for details!
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Click on the link below for conference info and to sign up:

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Livingston Manor Library Opportunities

Dear Chamber Member:
Would you like assistance with enrolling in the New York State Healthcare Exchange?
Is your business suffering from lack of promotion through social media?
Would improving your ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint help you get your point across?
The Livingston Manor Library has opportunities available for you coming up this month! See the attached flyers for details or call 439-5440 for more information.Business-Computer-classes-1_2014Healthcare-enrollment

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