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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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

artwalk_2014Take the Fifth
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 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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