Month: July 2014

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/25/14


Yet another grand weekend for the arts in the Catskills! My recommendations this weekend include: an open studio tour in Roxbury, Margaretville and Andes, opera at Belleayre Mountain, theater in Woodstock and Franklin, and dance in Tannersville.

AMR (Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury) Open Studios Tour

This weekend twenty artists in Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury open their studios to the public, and show their working spaces. During the tour, artists in all media will be talking about their styles and techniques, and the process of making art. This year, which marks the tour’s third anniversary, the studios are open Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11 am to 5 pm. For maps and more information, visit

Belleayre Music Festival

The Belleayre Conservatory, founded in 1992, presents Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, Ulster County, every year in July and August. This Saturday, July 26 it presents opera Lucia di Lammermoor written in 1835 by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti; the story is loosely based on a novel by Scottish writer Walter Scott. For tickets and more information visit

The Woodstock Playhouse

In existence since 1938, the Woodstock Playhouse is a rural extension of the Broadway theatrical and musical performances. This weekend the playhouse presents The Three Musketeers based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas written in 1844, and adapted by Peter Raby. The Three Musketeers opened last night July 24,  an event that coincided with Alexandre Dumas’ birthday – Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. The play can be seen again tonight, July 25 and tomorrow, July 26. For tickets and more information visit

Franklin Stage Company

Founded in 1996, Franklin Stage Company produces both classical and contemporary plays, and prides itself in having a free admission policy. Over the years, the theater has presented plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ionesco, and others. This summer it will present Tartuffe by Molière, in a translation by Richard Wilbur, from July 25 through August 10. Tartuffe is a comedy in five acts about Parisian foibles in the 17th century. For tickets and more information visit  

National Dance Day

July 26 is National Dance Day. Catskill Mountain Foundation presents a dance program tomorrow at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville: as part of the Mountain Top Summer Residency Performance program this year, the National Dance Institute will perform its grand finale tomorrow evening. For tickets and more information visit

Have an artsy Catskills weekend!


Weekend in the Catskills – 7/18/14

If there was ever a perfect weekend to be in the Catskills, this would be it: pleasant weather, in the mid-70s during the day, and low 50s at night, an abundance of green, and birds, and all the beautiful things that make country living so enriching. And, there is art – lots of it this weekend.

The Phoenicia Spoken Word event takes place tonight at 6:30 at Mama’s Boy Café in Phoencia. Organized by poet and painter Anique Taylor, and sponsored by the Arts Upstairs gallery, this second annual event takes place in conjunction with the Shandaken Art Studio Tour. The event will feature over a dozen of poets and writers who will be reading from their works. Books will be available for sale.

The Shandaken Art Studio Tour, which launched in 2008, includes over thirty participating artists working in all styles and media: glass, iron, ceramics, sculpture, collages and assemblages, landscape and abstract painting, comic book art, as well as clothing. The studios are open Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps for self-guided tours are available online at

Also, Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. it’s the Yarnslingers’ night at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County. Storytellers from all walks of life will be sharing their tales with the audience. This is a popular event that takes place the third Saturday of the month. For more information, visit

Chace-Randall Gallery in Andes, Delaware County, announces an opening reception Saturday, July 19 at 5 p.m. for artist Judith Lamb . Twenty-six oil paintings will be on display, showcasing Lamb’s interests in plants, fruits and vegetables, and their juxtaposition with random objects. Lamb has shown her work in many exhibitions in New York City and the Catskills. To see a sample of her work click here.




Weekend in the Catskills – 7/11/14

Plenty to do for art lovers in the Catskills this weekend: One Night with Fanny Brice performance at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, a Smithsonian lecture at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville, Chagall in High Falls new exhibition at the Emporium in High Falls, the Irish Arts Week Festival in East Durham, and the launch of the Hudson Music Project in Saugerties, are just a few examples of what seems to be a busy weekend in the Catskills.

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville presents One Night with Fanny Brice, a musical written by Chip Deffaa and starring Patricia Dell, with musical accompaniment by Kent Brown. Performances are held this weekend and the following at The Open Eye – for tickets and more information, visit

Saturday, July 12 at 1 pm Michelle Delaney, Director of the Smithsonian’s Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, will be speaking at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville – Ms. Delaney will be speaking about the collaboration efforts between the Smithsonian and smaller cultural and heritage organizations. More information here.

A new exhibition Chagall in High Falls opens tomorrow July 12 at the High Falls Emporium on Old Rte 213 in High Falls – the reception will take place from 4 to 6 pm. The Cubist painter lived in High Falls from 1946 to 1948, during which time he had a productive artistic life. More information about this new exhibition at

Catskill Irish Arts Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, kicks off Sunday, July 13 with concerts, workshops, lectures and storytelling events focusing on Celtic traditions. The festival runs through Saturday, July 19. For full program, visit

The Hudson Project, a three day music festival, begins today, July 11 at the Winston Farm in Saugerties. The original Woodstock Festival in 1969 was supposed to take place at Winston Farm, but was eventually moved to Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel Woods. The Hudson Project is designed as an arts and music festival – this year more than eighty artists are expected to participate. More information here.