Weekend in the Catskills – 9/19/14

With the foliage all under its way, the Catskills is becoming more of a destination for those eager to escape the metropolis and experience a bountiful country life.

This Saturday, September 20 at 7 pm the Open Eye Theater is hosting its annual magic show with Art Martello, member of the Society of American Magicians and a program host on WIOX Roxbury. The show, titled this year “Seeing Is Believing,” is designed in the traditional parlor style, and benefits the Open Eye Theater. For more information, go to http://www.theopeneyetheater.org.

The Woodstock Comedy Festival begins its fourth edition tonight at the Woodstock Playhouse located on Mill Hill Road; performances will begin at 7 pm. At 9:30 there will be a VIP party held at Cucina restaurant. Tomorrow evening at 7:30 Colin Quinn will perform at the Bearsville Theater on Tinker Street. For full program go to http://woodstockcomedyfestival.org/.

Fisher Center at Bard College will host “The Ten Thousand Things” – a performance of musical pieces by John Cage, including: 59 1/2” for a String Player (1953), 45’ for Speaker (1954), 31’ 57.9864” for a Pianist (1954), 26’ 1.1499” for a String Player (1955), and 27’ 10.554” for a Percussionist (1956). Affiliated with the avant-garde movement of the 20th century, Cage was known for his original take on music, and his influence on modern dance. “The Ten Thousand Things” performance will take place Saturday, September 20 at 8 pm. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

Also, Orphic Gallery in Roxbury will host a blues performance with Zonder Kennedy and his band this Saturday, September 20 at 4 pm. The performance, open to public of all ages, will last until 8 pm. For more information go to http://www.watershedpost.com/sponsored/2014/zonder-kennedy-perform-orphic-gallery.

Roxbury Arts Group has an opening reception this Saturday, September 20 at 4 pm: a group exhibit inspired by quilts. Participating artists include Margaret Leveson, Helene and Frank Manzo, Nat Thomas, Ros Welchman and others. For more information go to http://roxburyartsgroup.org/2013/04/14/september-20-november-8-inspired-by-quilts/.

Also, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is having an “Art in the Loft” artist reception in Millbrook this Saturday at 5 pm (more information at artsmidhudson.org), the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston announces this is the last weekend of the season when both Rondout and Esopus Meadows Lighthouses can be visited, and Hudson Valley Harvest Festival kicks off at the Ulster County Fairgrounds this Saturday at 10 am (more information at hvharvestfest.com).