Category: history

A Century Under the Stars

Filmmaker Dwight Grimm, owner of Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema, released a short documentary called A Century Under the Stars that brings back into the spotlight how Schoharie, a small Catskills village, became the host of the very first open-air motion picture presentation, entirely free to the public between 1917 – 1942. To learn more about this fascinating story, visit http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/site-of-the-first-known-free-openair-motion-picture-presentation.

© Simona David
© Simona David
© Simona David

The Centennial Anniversary of the Schoharie Free Street Movies initiative will take place on June 8 & 10 in Schoharie; the event is hosted by the Schoharie County Historical Association. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/freestreetmovies/.

 

Featured Destination: The Corning Museum of Glass

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The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, Steuben County, has on display some of the world’s most exquisite glass collections, spanning over thousands of years of history. Glass objects and glassmaking techniques from various parts of the world are showcased in several different galleries. A gallery dedicated to Glass in America includes early and rare artistic and decorative pieces. Glassmaking is considered to be the country’s first industry: it started with a glass workshop in Virginia in 1608.

A new wing, dedicated to Contemporary Art and Design, opened at the Corning Museum in 2015 in a newly designed 26,000 square foot modern building shaped like a large white box. A GlassApp, including videos, photographs, and artists’ bios, also launched in 2015 to enhance visitor experience. Demonstrations and workshops as well as lectures and other events are offered from time to time.

Two new exhibitions are on view at the museum this summer: Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, which will remain on view through January 8, 2017, and Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, on view through March 19, 2017.

Earlier this summer I spoke with Dr. Marvin Bolt, Curator of Science and Technology at the Corning Museum of Glass. Dr. Bolt’s job is to enhance the museum’s science and technology-based collections and exhibits, and to interpret the information for diverse audiences, from schoolchildren to working scientists. Dr. Bolt holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science, and is a specialist in telescopes.

Click to hear my interview with Dr. Bolt.
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To learn more about the Corning Museum of Glass, visit

http://www.cmog.org/

© 2016 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/26/2016

This weekend:

  • David Bromberg Quintet performs at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock;
  • Visual artists Lisbeth Firmin and Richard Kathmann lead a workshop called Double Vision: Plein Air Painting at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith;
  • And author Lowell Thing discusses his book The Street That Built a City: McEntee’s Chestnut Street, Kingston and the Rise of New York at the Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum in High Falls.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Featured Destination: Hobart, The Book Village of the Catskills

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

When Adams’ Antiquarian Books opened its doors in Hobart in 2002, who would have thought that this tiny Catskills village would become an international destination in such a short span of time? Featured in prestigious publications like The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Guardian in the UK, and just recently mentioned in a USA Today travel article, Hobart has increasingly become a brand name for travelers from all over the world. Earlier this year it was awarded the Tourism of the Year Award by The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2005 pianist, furniture restorer, and entrepreneur Don Dales bought several buildings in town, and after acquiring entire book collections from bookstores that ran out of business, he opened two independent bookstores on Main Street. The Adams’ Antiquarian was already in business for about three years, and Dales thought that perhaps Hobart would one day become a “book village,” similar to Hay-on-Wye, the world’s first book town, established in Wales in 1961.

Entrepreneur Don Dales, founder of the Book Village
Entrepreneur Don Dales, founder of the Book Village. © Simona David

Owned by William Adams, a retired physician, and his wife, Diana, a retired lawyer, The Adams’ Antiquarian Books has an impressive collection ranging from ancient Greece and Rome, to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Art, Architecture, Religion, Judaica, Poetry, Biography, and Fiction. Not all the Adams’ books are antiquarian, but most of them were either printed before 1850, or are about events that happened prior to 1850.

In August 2007, Elda Stifani, a retired diplomat who worked for the European Union in New York City, moved to Hobart and opened Hobart International Bookport, which specialized in foreign language books, and books by authors from all over the world, in English or in the original language as well as aviation books. In 2014 Hobart International Bookport, under new ownership, became Butternut Valley Books.

Across the street, Liberty Rock Books offers a wide range of rare books spanning three hundred years of history. The store, which also has an art gallery, hosts numerous events throughout the year, including lectures and jazz concerts.

Right next door, Barbara Balliet, a cultural historian, and her partner poet Cheryl Clarke, own and operate Blenheim Hill Bookstore since 2009. They carry history books, poetry, women’s studies, nature and gardening, cookbooks, children’s books, and other illustrated books.

Don Dales continues to operate Mysteries & More, and as its name states, the bookstore specializes in mystery and science fiction titles. Located in a classic Greek Revival building erected in the 1830s, and recently restored, the store transposes its visitors into another era: an original Loring & Blake Palace organ, made in the late 1800s, a reproduction of a harpsichord, and a typewriter from the 1950s add to the mystic. This house was once owned by A. Lindsey O’Connor.

Mysteries & More Bookstore
Mysteries & More Bookstore. © Simona David

On May 7 this year yet another bookstore opened its doors in Hobart: Creative Corner Books. Owned and operated by Kathy Duyer, a lawyer, and her husband, George, Creative Corner specializes in cookbooks, craft books, gardening, and do-it-yourself books. The store will also be hosting workshops and other community events. At Creative Corner you won’t just buy books – say on weaving, you’ll also learn how to weave from master artisans.

Creative Corner Books
Creative Corner Bookstore. Contributed Photo.
Creative Corner
At Creative Corner Books. Contributed Photo.

Memorial Day weekend is a busy weekend in Hobart. All five bookstores will be offering major discounts. Art shows will be hosted at MURAL Art Gallery and Liberty Rock. And a new restaurant just opened in town. In July an English pub is scheduled to open.

The View from Mysteries & More
The View from Mysteries & More. © Simona David

Things are happening in Hobart. Learn more at http://www.hobartbookvillage.com.

© 2016 artinthecatskills.com

Memorial Day Weekend in the Catskills – 5/27/2016

This weekend:

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris opens at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown;
  • The Woodstock – New Paltz Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds;
  • And Grammy award-winning musician Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen perform at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith.

Read more at Upstater.com.

La Revue Blanche, 1895 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
La Revue Blanche, 1895 (color lithograph) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Weekend in the Catskills – 5/13/2016

This weekend:

  • Truman Capote with Barry Seiler at the Roxbury Public Library;
  • Pianos in Vienna and London around 1800s at the Doctorow Center for the Arts;
  • And, Dia:Beacon Community Free Day – at 3 pm Alisa Besher and Hannah Verrill will facilitate Dialogue Duet: Robert Irwin and Sol LeWitt, inviting visitors to engage in dialogue while observing the works of the two artists side by side.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/8/2016

This weekend:

  • Woodstock Writers Festival celebrates its seventh anniversary;
  • Carlos Santana performs at the Bardavon Opera House;
  • And, Dr. Wanda M. Corn from Stanford University speaks at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, exploring Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance Places.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/1/2016

This weekend:

  • Author Talk with Stephen M. Silverman at the Erpf Center in Arkville. Silverman will be talking about his book “The Catskills: Its History, and How It Changed America;”
  • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream is performed at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. This year marks the 400th commemoration of Shakespeare’s death;
  • And, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra performs at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/5/2016

This weekend:

  • Several art shows at the WAAM in Woodstock;
  • A traditional Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith;
  • And the City of Cooperstown’s annual Winter Carnival.

Find more at Upstater.com.