Weekend in the Catskills – 9/5/14

Hobart Book Village of the Catskills
Hobart Book Village of the Catskills. © Simona David

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers

Initiated in 2013, Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers celebrates its second edition this weekend, September 5 – 7. Twenty-three renowned writers, poets and educators will be leading workshops and giving readings: Mary Johnson, Tayari Jones, Esther Cohen, Marianela Medrano, Sophronia Scott, Breena Clarke, Mermer Blakeslee, Bertha Rogers, Lynn Domina, Kat Rosenfield, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, and others. I will be teaching a Self-Publishing workshop, Friday, September 5 from 3 to 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage.com

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

Founded in 1919, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum supports and showcases the works of local artists. The museum is open year round with permanent and temporary exhibitions in all media. This Saturday, September 6 artists are invited to submit works for a new show called “In the Realm of the Senses,” juried by Judy Sigunick, a ceramicist and printmaker. For information about submission guidelines go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Intake-for-New-Shows-This-Tuesday-September-2.html?soid=1101793785598&aid=LBZnlzhWeKM.

For more information about Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, visit http://www.woodstockart.org/.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Founded in 1961, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) hosts world-class performances every year throughout the summer. This weekend, SPAC will host its 14th annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, featuring more than 250 fine wine and food exhibitors. An auto field set nearby will have on display collectible Porsche, Jaguar, and Shelby Cobras. For more information about the festival, go to http://saratogawineandfood.com/.

The National Museum of Dance

Still in Saratoga, the National Museum of Dance is having an open house this Sunday, September 7, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Founded in 1986, the museum hosts an array of photographs, videos, costumes, artifacts and documents that illustrate all forms of dance throughout history. Since 1992 the museum has had its own school of dance, whose studios will be open this weekend. The museum, founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is housed in the historic Washington Bathhouse, built in 1918 in the Arts and Crafts architectural style. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

The Fisher Center at Bard College presents outstanding theatrical and classical music performances, and brings leading artists to the Hudson Valley area spring, summer, and fall. The Center also has a residency program called Live Arts Bard (LAB) for performing arts professionals to test ideas, and develop new projects. To view the fall program go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/fallevents/.

Have an artful Catskills weekend!