Book Fair at the Catskill Interpretive Center — Mt. Tremper
Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Book Fair at the Catskill Interpretive Center — Mt. Tremper

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

The Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair is a working collaboration between the Catskill Center, Writers in the Mountain and Poetry Barn. An exhibitors’ tent will feature books from such regional publishers as Black Dome Press, Bushwhack Books, Calling All Poets, Hope Farm Press, McPherson & Co., Post Traumatic Press, Purple Mountain Press and WoodstockArts. 

There will be presentations from such authors, filmmakers, poets and songwriters as Bill Horne, David Becker, Diane Galusha, Johanna and Robert Titus, Richard Frisbie, John Langan, Vernon Benjamin, Bonnie Lykes, Dayl Wise, Lissa Kiernan, Mike Jurkovic, Elly Wininger, Dave Kearney, Dorraine Scofield and James Krueger. Included in the mix will be a number of panel discussions. They’ll include “Nature Illustration in the Catskills,” “Remembering Alf Evers” and “The Art of the Trail Guide.”In addition, Will Nixon will be offering a writer's workshop and Jill Olesker will be hosting the children’s tent. 

Along with the book fair the well-appointed Catskill Interpretive Center will be open to help you plan your next hike, water adventure or tour of the Catskills.

Come with friends, family and your picnic baskets to listen to the finest Catskill authors discuss the glories of the Hudson River Valley.

More here

Meet the 2017 Platte Clove Artists
Jun
24
3:00 pm15:00

Meet the 2017 Platte Clove Artists

  • 2504 Platte Clove Road Elka Park, NY, 12427 United States

Saturday, June 24, (from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) mix and mingle with the 11 artists who will be participating in the 2017 Platte Clove AIR program:

Jennifer Kabat
Chris Seubert
Rachel Frank
Richard Parisio
Danielle Beebe
Michelle Huang
Bob Clyatt
Jason Travers
Susan Miiller
Jessica Puglisi
Kelly Sinclair

The Catskill Center will open the Platte Clove Cabin for an opportunity to meet the 2017 Residents, visit the Cabin  and learn all about this unique artist-in-residence program.

This year's residents include writers, performance artists, painters, photographers, illustrators, and sculptors.

Catskill Center Executive Director, Jeff Senterman, will be hosting the event. Wine and light fare will be served.

The Platte Clove Cabin and Platte Clove Preserve are located at 2504 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY.

RSVP would be appreciated by emailing Katie at kpalm@catskillcenter.org or calling 845-586-2611.

Directions can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Painting courtesy of L. Nichols

Make your own oil and watercolor paint from stone
Jul
1
10:00 am10:00

Make your own oil and watercolor paint from stone

  • Catskill Center / Erpf Gallery

A workshop lead by Catskill Mountain Artist and former Catskill Center Artist in Residence Laura Leigh. Laura will walk through her own method of creating oil and watercolor paint from stone. Each student will create a small amount of their own stone pigment to bring home. $12./person

Images of the Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld
Jul
6
6:00 pm18:00

Images of the Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she presents selections from her book THE BORSCHT BELT, which contains 129 photographs, Borscht Belt ephemera and a re-photographic series of “now”, and “then” imagery composed by using found postcards and creating a mirror image of their present day depictions. Through an illustrated lecture, she will detail the history of the Borscht Belt, its rise, fall and impact of the Borscht Belt while discussing her research, field-based process, investigations and the layered meanings she sees in the photographs.

July 8 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Thorn Preserve
Jul
8
3:00 pm15:00

July 8 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Thorn Preserve

  • Thorn Preserve

Learn more about the early summer flora of the Thorn Preserve with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the preserve during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the Catskills. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required.

The Catskill Center's Annual Summer Gathering
Jul
15
11:00 am11:00

The Catskill Center's Annual Summer Gathering

  • Peekamoose Restaurant

The 2017 Catskill Center Summer Gathering will be held at the Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room on Saturday, July 15th from 11am to 2pm.

Considered by many to be one of the Catskills premier restaurants, the Peekamoose will be preparing a delicious, locally-sourced luncheon just for us!

At the Gathering we will be honoring New York State Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Kathy Moser, Catskill Center Past-President Claude Shostal and retiring Red Hill Fire Tower Project Chair Doug Hamilton.

Executive Director Jeff Senterman will be presenting the 2016 Annual Report and will be speaking of the Center's work for the rest of 2017 and into the future.

Seating is limited and tickets are required for each guest at this event. 

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Third Thursdays at the Catskill Center
Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Third Thursdays at the Catskill Center

The Catskill Center invites you to join us for our inaugural Third Thursday event- a new monthly evening of food, friends, and music at the Erpf Center Gallery in Arkville.

Third Thursday is a potluck event and all are invited to bring their favorite dish. 

Featuring Performances by:

 

Insolent Willies

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 



 

Aug
5
2:00 pm14:00

Gallery Opening

  • Erpf Gallery

Details to come. Contact Katie Palm for more information, kpalm@catskillcenter.org or 845.586.2611.

Sep
5
10:00 am10:00

CRISP Partners Meeting

  • Catskill Center

Details to come. Contact Dan Snider for more information, dsnider@catskillcenter.org or 845.586.2611.

September 7 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Catskill Interpretive Center
Sep
7
6:00 pm18:00

September 7 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Catskill Interpretive Center

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Learn more about the midsummer flora of the Catskills and Hudson Valley with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk around the Catskills Interpretive Center grounds during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $22 per person. Registration is required

Sep
16
Nov 4

Quilter's Hall of Fame Show

  • Catskill Center

Details to come. Contact Katie Palm for more information, kpalm@catskillcenter.org or 845.586.2611.

October 7 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Platte Clove
Oct
7
3:00 pm15:00

October 7 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Platte Clove

  • Platte Clove Preserve

Learn more about the fall flora of the Catskills and Hudson Valley with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the Platte Clove trails during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required.


Learn to recognize Oak Wilt + 11 other Invasive Species with CRISP
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Learn to recognize Oak Wilt + 11 other Invasive Species with CRISP

  • Catskill Center

Oak wilt, a fungus that threatens oak trees rears its ugly head this time of year. Learn to spot the signs as well as how to recognize eleven other invasive species that threaten our Catskills native flora.

John Thompson and Dan Snider of the Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership will lead the charge.

The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is raising awareness to help you to identify those species that most threaten our Catskill Mountain habitats and what you can do to help to protect the Catskills.

Prevention is the best defense against invasive species, but once invasives are introduced into our area, early detection, rapid assessment and rapid response (EDRR) is a critical second-level defense to prevent the establishment of invasive populations. EDRR increases the likelihood that localized invasive populations will be found, contained, and eradicated before they become widely established. EDRR can slow range expansion, and avoid the need for costly long-term control efforts. 

But first we need you to know what to look for!

Evening Bird Walk
Jun
21
6:30 pm18:30

Evening Bird Walk

  • Catskill Center's Thorne Preserve

Join John Thompson and Jamie Deppen for an evening bird walk at the Thorn Preserve. The walk will explore the diverse habitats of the Thorn Preserve from upland meadows to streamside woods. We will have the opportunity to see and hear grassland birds, forest birds, and birds of a riparian corridor, during the heart of the birds’ breeding season.

John Thompson joined the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development staff as Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Coordinator in 2016. John is collaborating with partners to develop prioritized invasive species management plans; coordinating invasive species eradication projects; and leading education and outreach programs on invasive species, natural history and ecological management. John is currently Secretary of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America, Vice-President of the John Burroughs Natural History Society Board of Directors and a Trustee of the John Burroughs Association Board of Directors. John earned an MS in Geology at University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.

Jamie Deppen is the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) coordinator based at Vassar College. She received a BS in Biology from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Resource Management and conservation from Antioch University, New England. She has worked in the Hudson Valley for ten years studying biodiversity and endangered species and working with local government conservation commissions. Currently, she works with scientists, land managers, and conservationists across the Hudson Valley to standardize monitoring protocols and increase environmental engagement. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and nature photography.

Third Thursdays continues with round two of their “Lively Duos series” at the Catskill Center  - June 15
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Third Thursdays continues with round two of their “Lively Duos series” at the Catskill Center - June 15

On the front porch of Arkville’s “ark”, the Catskill Center will be hosting the second Thursday of their new series, Third Thursdays: a neighborly evening of potluck, music and getting-to-know-you.

Curated by Brit Hotaling, lively folk will be played by Munster Pickle and Two for the Show- courtesy of the Flying Song Garden. 

All are invited to bring their favorite dish for sharing and picnicking. June’s gatherers supplied a full-tilt spread with offerings running the gambit from baked ziti to salads of local spring greens and birthday cake.

Linda Quinn, purveyor of the local establishment, Under the Nose, will be manning a table of homemade fudge and other wares. The Catskill Recreation Center will also be representing.

The Catskill Center invites all community members to join us for further Third Thursday events  - a new monthly evening of food, friends, and music at the Erpf Center Gallery in Arkville from 6:00- 9:00pm.

There will be a suggested donation of $10 to help the Catskill Center continue to provide events and programming.

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills
Jun
9
Jun 11

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills

  • Frost Valley YMCA

The Catskill Center is thrilled to announce dates for its second annual birding conference, “Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills”. Taking Flight will be held Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th at the Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY. 

This is not your typical birding weekend! We have combined the best of a birding conference with a birding festival, and have invented an event that is rich with presenters you will want to hear, speaking on topics you will want to learn about. 

May 20 Gallery Talk with Alan Powell
May
20
1:00 pm13:00

May 20 Gallery Talk with Alan Powell

  • Catskill Center

May 20th is your last chance to see Catskill 360. The amazing 360 degree photographs by Alan Powell. At 1pm, Alan will explain his photographic and video techniques. His presentation will be followed by a tour of the exhibit. This program is free and open to the public.

Alan Powell has worked in electronic arts and media for more than three decades. Starting with single-channel video, installations, artist books and other two-dimensional electronic art. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Powell has been involved in artist collectives Electron Movers and Termite TV, integrating digital photography and new media, blending video and photographic practice.

“My visual experience goes beyond a single image. I scan, pan and sample my environment using the electronic tools related to video, sound, photography, and three-dimensional imaging. I rarely create an image based on one object/one moment in time, but arrange images and sounds in a montage or collage,” says Powell. The images step beyond the frame. After being captured with a variety of techniques and technologies, Powell constructs the images to knit the environment into a holistic map or to highlight the conceptual relationships between objects, places and people.

Powell’s work features images created from sites across the region, including the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve. Recent work has included images captured from around the world, including such famous sites as Walden Pond, Mount Greylock (Berkshires) and more isolated locations like Beqa Island, Fiji.

Catskill 360 will be on display April 1 - May 20 at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery located at 43355 Route 28, Arkville, NY. The Erpf Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday’s 10 am - 2 pm. For more information visit catskillcenter.org/events or call 845.586.2611.

May 13 1 pm Book Talk with Author Leslie Sharpe
May
13
1:00 pm13:00

May 13 1 pm Book Talk with Author Leslie Sharpe

  • Catskill Center

From Bluebirds to bobcats to black bears . . . Join Leslie T. Sharpe, for a reading from her new book, THE QUARRY FOX AND OTHER CRITTERS OF THE WILD CATSKILLS, and a discussion of our Catskill wildlife. Bring your own stories, and your photos, of your favorite critters to share . . . Everyone one and all ages welcome!"

Walk Thorn with Jeff and Michael
May
10
3:00 pm15:00

Walk Thorn with Jeff and Michael

Join Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman and Thorn Preserve Manager Michael Drillinger for a walk around Thorn. Discover some local history, plant lore and the near-term plans for improvements at the Thorn Preserve. Located at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock.

Wetlands Mitigation and Restoration
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Wetlands Mitigation and Restoration

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Keeping our waterways healthy by creating vegetative buffers and Rain-Gardens that are attractive to pollinators, birds and people.  Come join us for a slide presentation as well as an outdoor stroll to learn more about how we can enhance and improvethe quality of our streams and lakes. 

April 27 - Explore the Trails of the Catskill Interpretive Center with Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

April 27 - Explore the Trails of the Catskill Interpretive Center with Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Join the Catskill Center's Executive Director, Jeff Senterman at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) for a walk with on the site's trail network. There are three short trails on site: An approximately 1/2 mile long, level loop trail around the perimeter of the site (also built to ADA accessibility standards); An approximately 1/4 mile long trail that climbs to a bluff overlooking the CIC; and an approximately 1/2 mile long trail that goes to the bank of the Esopus River. Depending on group size, ability and weather conditions, we'll do our best to cover all three trails.

US-India Exchange
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

US-India Exchange

A delegation of senior level Forest Supervisors from India’s state agencies will be in Mount Tremper to give a presentation on forest management and water for drinking, agriculture and hydro-power in India.

Watershed Workshop, Part II - Art is a Living System
Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Watershed Workshop, Part II - Art is a Living System

  • Willow Drey Farm

Please note, this workshop will take place at Willow Drey Farm, 985 Hyzer Hill Rd., Andes, NY!

Art is a Living System Workshop

The Catskill Center will host "Art is a Living System", a workshop led by Lisa Jacobson, where we will be composing a watershed story--a living system–-alive, evolving and sustainable. Please note, this workshop is presently full. Together through your unique expressions and experiences you will be revealing detailed information about every other element in the universe. We will be writing, drawing, painting and assembling using old beautiful books.

Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Rethinking Wild Edibles
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Rethinking Wild Edibles

  • Catskill Center

Join chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café for a presentation discussing unique ways to utilize wild edibles of the Catskills. Many of the common weeds found in our gardens, pastures, and roadsides can add rich and vibrant flavors to everyday meals. Learn how techniques like fermentation, infusions, pickling, and more can unlock these flavors and turn “weeds” from drab to fab. The presentation will be followed with a Q&A session and samples of foods prepared using the techniques described. Tickets $15 per person. Registration required.

April 13 DEC's Young Forest Program
Apr
13
6:30 pm18:30

April 13 DEC's Young Forest Program

  • Catskill Center

The Catskill Center is hosting Selinda Brandon, Wildlife Biologist at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Fish and Wildlife will talk about the DEC’s Young Forest Initiative – what is it, what can landowners do, what are the benefits.

April 1 - Opening Reception - Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell
Apr
1
2:00 pm14:00

April 1 - Opening Reception - Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell

The Catskill Center is pleased to announce the opening reception of Catskill 360, a show of immersive photographs by Alan Powell on Saturday, April 1st from 2-4pm at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery. The show is scheduled at the Gallery from April 1st thru May 20th. Alan Powell’s photographs capture unique scenes from across the region using a special technique that stitches together multiple images into an immersive 360 degree view.

Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell
Apr
1
May 20

Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell

The Catskill Center is pleased to announce the opening of Catskill 360, a show of immersive photographs by Alan Powell. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 1st from 2-4pm at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery. The show is scheduled from April 1st thru May 20th. Alan Powell’s photographs capture unique scenes from across the region using a special technique that stitches together multiple images into an immersive 360 degree view.

March 21 - Catskill Park History and Facts with the Catskill Center's Executive Director
Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

March 21 - Catskill Park History and Facts with the Catskill Center's Executive Director

  • Catskill Center

Spend an evening with Jeff Senterman, the Catskill Center's Executive Director, learning about the history of the Catskill Park, hiking trails and the current politics of the Park through presentation and audience participation. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the work that the Catskill Center is doing to preserve and steward the Catskill Park.

March 16 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Identifying Edible Spring Greens of The Catskills
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

March 16 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Identifying Edible Spring Greens of The Catskills

  • Catskill Center

Join us the evening of Thursday, March 16th to prepare for the spring flush of wild edible greens with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café in Preston Hollow. In his presentation Rob will highlight some of the wild edible greens common in the Catskills and how to identify them. Possible lookalikes, other identification resources, and simple ways to utilize them will be discussed. The presentation will be followed with a Q&A session and samples of foods prepared with some of the greens mentioned. Tickets $15 per person. Registration required

March 9 - Free Movie Screening - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

March 9 - Free Movie Screening - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

  • Catskill Center

Join host and investigative reporter Karen Charman for a free screening of the movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Catskill Center in Arkville, NY.

The screening and program are free, but a $5 donation at the door is appreciated to help support continued programming and activities at the Catskill Center

March 4 - Gallery Talk with Mark Loete, Catskill Fly Tying: the Art of Artifice
Mar
4
1:00 pm13:00

March 4 - Gallery Talk with Mark Loete, Catskill Fly Tying: the Art of Artifice

  • Erpf Gallery

Join photographer, fly-tyer and outdoor guide Mark Loete as he shares his experience creating the photographyexhibit Catskill Fly Tying: the Art of Artifice. Mr. Loete's talk will be held at the Catskill Center's Erpf Gallery on Saturday, March 4 from 1-2:30 pm. View the macro photographs of exquisitely crafted trout fishing flies and find out how Mark  turned them into large scale photographs. Mark will share insights into capturing the beauty of the hand-tyed flies, some information about the artists that created them, and a history of fly fishing in the Catskills. This program is free and open to the public. 

Biodiversity & the Thorn Preserve BioBlitz Presentation
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Biodiversity & the Thorn Preserve BioBlitz Presentation

  • Mountain View Studio

Begins with short videos about Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services followed by the Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Catskill Center’s BioBlitz Presentation by subject experts on the results of past Thorn Preserve BioBlitzes and how community members can support biodiversity in caring for their own land.

The 2017 BioBlitz will be held at Thorn Preserve July 28-29.

Reception: Catskill Fly Tying - The Art of Artifice
Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Reception: Catskill Fly Tying - The Art of Artifice

  • Catskill Center

An Artist’s Reception and fly tying demonstration will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 2-4 PM in conjunction with the exhibit, Catskill Fly Tying the Art of Artifice. The exhibit showcases 40 macro photographs of flies on display in the Erpf Gallery through March 18, 2017. The images, captured by photographer Mark Loete, show some of the man-made flies local fishermen find success fishing in Catskill streams. On Saturday, March 4 at 1pm, photographer Mark Loete will give a talk sharing the history and insights into the creation of the exhibit. Both programs will take place at the Erpf Center in Arkville, NY.