A fabulous weekend in the Catskills: Headwaters History Days celebrating the history of the Central Catskills are taking place in Roxbury, Andes, Pine Hill, Phoenicia and other places. Award-winning author Jenny Milchman is teaching a memoir workshop at the Phoenicia Library. Friends of Historic Kingston gallery is hosting a James McEntee exhibit – McEntee was a landscape painter of the 19th century affiliated with the Hudson River School, and a good friend of Frederic Church. A ballet performance with music by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein is taking place at the Bardavon Theater. And the Woodstock Playhouse is presenting the musical Oliver! based on Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name.
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz is hosting the Wired Gallery’s annual Art Foray event featuring close to thirty local artists and artisans working in various media this Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12 from 11 am to 6 pm.
Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle built in 1869 on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, is one of America’s most beautiful historic hotels; in 1986 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The hotel provides many outdoor recreational opportunities year round. The Barn Museum has on display period antiques and artifacts. During the summer, the hotel hosts a Festival of the Arts with a varied program that includes music, dance and theater. This weekend, the Art Foray event organized by the Wired Gallery is an opportunity to visit Mohonk House for free. For more information, go to http://www.thewiredgallery.com/. To learn more about Mohonk House, visit http://www.mohonk.com.
Olana Mansion in Hudson, Greene County, presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens this Friday, December 12 at 7 pm. Jonathan Kruk, master storyteller, will perform over thirty characters in this Dickens’ classic, and give a fresh interpretation of the story. Jim Keyes will provide musical accompaniment playing several different instruments, including a portal pipe organ, violin and harp. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/christmas-carol/?doing_wp_cron=1418235477.3838379383087158203125.
Dia:Beacon Art Foundation in Dutchess County is hosting Gallery Talks the second Saturday of the month at 2 pm. These talks, focusing on a single artist each month, are led by curators, art historians and writers. Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm curator Regine Basha will discuss the work of Sol LeWitt, a leading artist of the American Conceptual and Minimalist movement. Located in a former printing plant built in 1929, Dia:Beacon houses collections from the 1960s to the present. For more information, go to http://www.diaart.org.
New Paltz Ballet Theatre
New Paltz Ballet Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker” this Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, established this decades long tradition of performing “The Nutcracker” in American theatres in December every year since 1954. Vanity Fair explains in this article how this tradition began. For more information about the performances at Bardavon Theatre go to http://www.bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=747&venue=bardavon.
Greene County Council on the Arts
Greene County Council on the Arts is hosting a holiday card and ornaments making event this Saturday, December 13 from 5 to 7 pm in Catskill, Greene County. Materials will be provided on site, and accomplished artists and artisans will assist participants in completing their projects. Light refreshments will be served. Also, the town of Catskill will continue its Winter Wonderland festivities this weekend with live music, art opening receptions, storytelling, and a Merchant Window Contest. For more information, visit http://www.greenearts.org/.
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society presents “Trains on Main” discussion with John Conway, Sullivan County’s historian this Saturday, December 13 from 1 to 2 pm. Conway will talk about the history of the region, and the role the railroads played in the naissance of the tourism industry in the Catskills. Trains as well as the area’s reputation as a pure environment – pure air, water and milk, established the Catskills as a premier destination in the mid-19th century. For more information about this event, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/.