Tag: Delaware County Historical Association

Nature Writing Workshop

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces a six-week nature-writing workshop, Seeing Nature in Words with Leslie T. Sharpe, at the Delaware County Historical Association, 46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY, Saturdays, 11 am to 1 pm, from May 9 to June 13, 2015 (skipping Memorial Day weekend).

Bird Nest
© Simona David

Whether one is writing to change the world or simply for the pleasure of recording one’s observations in a notebook, when the relationship between the observer and nature is at the core of a work, the writing is almost always personal and intensely felt. It is this passion that makes the genre so dynamic, and also so accessible to read and to write. The goal of this class is to encourage writers to explore their special relationship with the natural world—be it in the Catskill High Peaks or a backyard garden, expressed as a description of a single flower or as an essay probing an environmental issue—in their own true voice.

Leslie T. Sharpe is an author, editor, and educator. She has a BA (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude) in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Wheaton College, and received her master’s degree in Ancient Greek from Columbia University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She began her editing career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and is currently an editorial consultant specializing in literary nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. A member of the PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic.”

Sharpe has taught in the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at Columbia University’s School of the Arts; Introduction to Publishing and Editorial Process at City College of New York’s publishing certificate program; and Manuscript Editing at New York University’s certificate program in book publishing. She teaches online courses for the cutting-edge all-media website mediabistro.com, including The Nonfiction Book and Nonfiction Writing Master Class.

Leslie has also a been a regular contributor to Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column, and her essays and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Global City Review, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, New York Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Village Voice; The Villager; The Writer; and Psychology Today. She recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves, and is currently at work on a new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of a Catskill Summer. Her poems for children have appeared in Ladybug Magazine; Who Knew? Catskill Literary Journal; and From the Catskills.

Leslie’s approach, as an editor as well as a writing teacher, is to find the strengths in the work at hand and build on them. That method is rooted in her respect for every writer and their creations. She believes it is especially important that a workshop environment allow writers to feel safe to express themselves and their thoughts and feelings as well as observations—especially when working in those creative nonfiction forms (journaling, personal essay, memoir) that use the first person “I” voice, and that speak directly out of one’s personal experience.

To register, call (607) 759-6138, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. This class is $100 if registered by April 18 or $125 thereafter. Partial scholarships may be available.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing.

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/24/2015

Otesaga Hotel

The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting a classical music performance this Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. Three Faces of Romanticism, part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival series, features Linda Chesis, flute, Nicholas Canneliakis, cello, and Roman Rabinovich, piano. The trio will perform works by Beethoven, Reinecke, and Rachmaninoff. For tickets, and more information visit http://www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/?p=172.

Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown
Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. © Simona David

Fischer Center

Fisher Center at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, Dutchess County, is also hosting a classical music performance Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein will perform Hermann Goetz’s Symphony No. 2 as well as Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. A pre-concert talk will take place at 7 p.m. For tickets, and more information visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=%20126540.

Delaware County Historical Association

Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi is hosting its bi-annual Historical Society Conference this Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Making History in Delaware County is dedicated to town historians and historical societies, but it’s open to the general public. The event this year will focus on social media, marketing and self-publishing. For more information, visit http://www.greatwesterncatskills.com/events/bi-annual-historical-society-conference/.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting Spring in Bloom fashion show this Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature the area’s fashion boutiques and designers who will present their spring collections at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. There will be hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and also a silent auction. Spring in Bloom is a benefit for the guild. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/springinbloom.html.

Catskill Art Society

Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County is hosting a Birdhouse Workshop this Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants will learn how to paint, sculpt and carve their favorite birdhouse models. Repurposing old objects is encouraged. For more information, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekend in the Catskills – 3/6/15

For visual art lovers in the Catskills, this is going to be a full weekend – opening receptions at the Roxbury Arts Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and Mural Art Gallery in Hobart. Also, a basket weaving workshop at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi is among many choices this Saturday.

Roxbury Arts Center

Roxbury Arts Center is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, March 7 at 3 p.m. featuring large works by close to twenty local artists working in all media. Painters Helene Manzo, Nat Thomas and Adam Cohen, ceramicists Gerda van Leeuwen and Peter Yamaoka, furniture designer Gary Mead, and weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes are among those represented in this show. The exhibit will run through April 18. For more information, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org/2014/10/20/march-7-april-12-large-works-2/.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting Influence, a show exploring influences and influencers in creating new works of art. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Curated by photographer Oliver Wasow, the exhibit includes works by Tim Davis, Miranda Lichtenstein, Alexander Ross, Peter Rostovsky, Alix Lambert, and other artists affiliated with the guild. On view at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts, the show will run through April 19. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/ai1ec_event/influence-curators-talk-opening-reception/?instance_id=544.

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum is also hosting an opening reception Something Wild this Saturday, March 7, focusing on colors, wild dreams, landscapes, animals, and brush strokes. Over thirty artists are represented in this exhibit, which runs through April 5. Joan Barker, Amy Rosen, Anthony Margiotta, and Carol Davis are among participating artists. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockart.org/main-gallery/.

MURAL on Main

MURAL is short for Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League, an organization founded in 1983 to support artistic projects in Stamford – Hobart area of Delaware County. Once a year, MURAL gallery hosts a juried Student Art Show, featuring young artists from all the neighboring schools. The Student Art Show opening reception will take place this Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.muralartgallery.org/.

Delaware County Historical Association

Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi is hosting a Traditional French Wall Basket workshop this Saturday, March 7 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to work with classic rattan and weave functional wall baskets fit to hold keys, gloves, mail, and other small objects. Martha Bremer, an experienced basket weaver, will be teaching this class. Adults and teens are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.dcha-ny.org/news.html.

 

Featured Destination: Frisbee House

Built in 1797 in the Federal style, Frisbee House is home to the Delaware County HistoricalAssociation (DCHA) in Delhi, New York. Gideon Frisbee was a pioneer settler who moved to the area from Connecticut in 1788. Delaware County was founded by the New York State Legislature in 1797. Frisbee became a Judge, and the County Treasurer. Born in 1758, he died on August 11, 1828.

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

Delaware County’s topography and remote location is what makes the region unique. Native Americans used to hunt and fish in the woods and streams of what later became Delaware County. Permanent settlements were established after the Revolutionary War by Scottish and Irish immigrants.

DCHA was founded in 1945. Its mission is to collect, preserve and present the history of the county. In the early 1960s the Association purchased the Frisbee farmstead. Additional buildings were acquired through the 1970s, and moved to their current location. An old schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop are among such buildings. The Frisbee complex is open to the public from Memorial Day to mid-October. Events, workshops, presentations, book signings, and other educational programs are organized year round.

On March 6 DCHA will host “Hats Off: Notable Women of Delaware County” in honor of Women’s History Month. On March 21 Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes will be teaching her popular Introductory Weaving Workshop. On April 25 there will be a History Conference dedicated to the town’s historians and museums in Delaware County. On July 18 – 19 DCHA will host a Living History Exhibit and Civil War Re-Enactment that will include traditional cooking, period uniforms and dresses, cannons, and more.

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Textile Artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes © Simona David

DCHA runs two exhibit galleries, the archives, the research library, as well as a bookstore and a gift shop. The galleries, the bookstore and the gift shop are open year round.

46549 State Highway 10, Delhi, NY 13753

(607) 746-3849

For more information and current hours of operation, visit

http://www.dcha-ny.org

© 2015 Simona David

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/6/15

This weekend in the Catskills: several opening receptions, an Ice Harvest Festival, poetry, and more.

Hanford Mills Museum

Contributed photo.
Contributed photo.

Hanford Mills Museum is hosting its traditional Ice Harvest Festival this Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors ride in horse-drawn sleighs and help with the removal of big blocks of ice from a frozen mill pond. Ice cleats are being lent to those willing to walk on the frozen pond. Skilled ice carvers using antique tools remove the ice that is then being kept in an ice house similar to those used before refrigeration. The ice is used to make ice cream on the Independence Day in July.

Hanford Mills Museum is located in East Meredith, Delaware County, between Oneonta and Stamford along County Route 10. East Meredith grew as a rural, agricultural community, in and around the mill. Hanford Mills operated as a business from the 1840s to the 1960s. It became a museum in 1973 chartered by the New York State. There are sixteen buildings on the site, and around 50,000 objects and exhibits hosted in twelve buildings. In addition to themed workshops and lectures, the museum hosts several festivals a year, including the Ice Harvest Festival, which traditionally takes place the first Saturday in February. For more information, visit https://artinthecatskills.com/2015/02/03/featured-destination-hanford-mills-museum/.

Delaware County Historical Association

Delaware County Historical Association, located at Frisbee House in Delhi, is hosting a Quilting Workshop this Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults and children are welcome. Various machine and hand piecing techniques will be taught. Leslie Gray, the workshop leader, an experienced quilter and teacher, was inducted in the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) was founded in 1945. It purchased the Frisbee House in the 1960s. DCHA runs two exhibit galleries, the archives, the research library, as well as a bookstore and a gift shop. The galleries, the bookstore and the gift shop are open year round. Other historic buildings in the Frisbee complex, such as an old schoolhouse and an old blacksmith shop, are open from Memorial Day to mid-October. For more information, visit http://www.watershedpost.com/sponsored/2015/delaware-county-historical-association-offer-quilting-worksh.

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, February 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. showing new works completed by members over the past six months. The show is curated by Nancy Donskoj, owner of the Store Front Gallery in Kingston. Close to fifty artists are featured in this show, including Joan Barker, Nancy Campbell, Mary Katz, Anthony Margiotta, Wilma Miller, and many others.

Founded in 1919, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) supports and showcases the works of local artists. Since 1973 the museum has maintained a permanent collection of the most important paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and other decorative objects that were created in the area. Highlights from this collection can be seen online at the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s website http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/hvvacc.  Selected works are shown to the public through periodic exhibitions. A catalogue of over five hundred pieces called Woodstock’s Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association was published in 1987.

The museum is open year round. In addition to its main gallery, which hosts group exhibitions, and the middle gallery, for solo artists, the museum has space devoted to children and student artists. For more information visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/New-Shows-Opening-this-Saturday–February-7.html?soid=1101793785598&aid=4zxUUePE8tg.

blue and red rhapsody

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is also hosting an opening reception this Saturday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Birds of a Feather exhibit features works by artist Claire Rosen portraying exotic birds captured outside their natural habitat. Various bird poses are used to mimic human gestures in an anthropomorphic attempt.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) was founded in 1977 to exhibit and support photographic art. CPW hosts exhibitions, and offers workshops and residencies to artists interested in photography. The center also publishes its own quarterly journal called Photography Quarterly (PQ), launched in 1979, and organizes a monthly salon for photographers. The salon is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Since 1980 CPW has maintained an extensive print collection, currently on loan to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

For more information, visit http://www.cpw.org/upcoming/pr-claire-rosen/.

Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group

Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group in Woodstock is hosting an Evening of Art and Poetry this Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore on Tinker Street. Poet Nicole Cooley will read from her works, and from a book by Salem Lessons illustrated by artist Maureen Cummins.

The Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group was founded in 1990 by professional writers living in the Hudson Valley area. The group meets regularly, and provides critique and support for its members. Once a month it organizes public readings and other events.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/589113721232058/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Enjoy a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!

© 2015 Simona David