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Weekend in the Catskills – 8/19/2016

This weekend:

  • Chamber music with Adam Tendler, Emmanuel Feldman, and Aurea Ensemble at Maverick Concert Hall;
  • As You Like It and Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival;
  • Robert Hite: A Distant Embrace at Wired Gallery;
  • And Writers Exposed with Writers in the Mountains at the Erpf Center.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

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Writers Exposed at The Erpf Center

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is hosting its annual summer reading event called “Writers Exposed!” Sunday, August 21 at 4 pm at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (The Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York, 12406.

This casual but convivial gathering creates a forum and sets a stage for WIM students and instructors to share with each other, other members of the WIM community, and any and all interested writers, readers, listeners, and literary enthusiasts in the neighborhood what they have written, are writing, and have been thinking about in the past year. Be prepared to experience stories and poems about things like the exhilaration of returned affection; the heart-wrenching pathos of ordinary life; and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire.

Scheduled readers include poets Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Sharon Ruetenik, writers Geoff Rogers, Ev Ellsworth and Bonnie Lykes, and journalist Lillian Browne.

An open mic for the fearless and/or the fun-loving will follow the scheduled readings.

The day will include drinks, light refreshments, and live music. WIM board member Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, editor, and songwriter, will perform some of her original songs. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.

The History of the Catskills: Book Talk with Author Stephen Silverman

Stephen M. Silverman, author of The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America, published by Knopf in 2015, spoke at the Erpf Center in Arkville, Saturday, April 2 in front of an audience of about forty animated Catskills fans. Co-written with Raphael D. Silver, who passed away in 2013, the book covers all the turning points that shaped the region and made it into a popular attraction. The Catskills have been known as America’s First Wilderness, First Vacation Land, and also the place where American Art was born. The event, organized in partnership with the Woodchuck Lodge Foundation, also celebrated John Burroughs’ 179th birthday: the beloved naturalist was born on April 3, 1837 in Roxbury, Delaware County. Also Washington Irving, who helped popularized the Catskills, was born on April 3, 1783.

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Silverman spoke about the history of the region going back to Henry Hudson’s discovery in 1609. He talked about the Hardenbergh Patent, signed on April 20, 1708, and how that changed the region. And then he talked about the naissance of an authentic American art movement, which took place in the Catskills in the early 1800s, and manifested both in literature and visual arts.

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Washington Irving, who wrote from an urban perspective (he was born in Manhattan, but spent quite a bit of time in Tarrytown), and James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote from a rural perspective (growing up on the shores of the Otsego Lake in Cooperstown), both helped shape a narrative that was genuinely American, a narrative that dealt with American realities, American customs, and American social mores.

Likewise, Thomas Cole, who was born in England, but moved to America with his family when he was a teenager, started the first authentic American art movement after visiting the Catskills in the 1820s. Catskill Mountain House, the first major hotel, opened in 1824 when hotels were rare even in New York City. That was a game changer for the area: visitors would come by steamboats on the Hudson River, and then take a local stagecoach from the town of Catskill to the Catskill Mountain House. The expansion of the railroad system supported a growing tourism industry: the Catskills became the model for what was to become the typical American resort town.

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Grossinger’s Hotel opened in 1919, thus marking the beginning of a Golden Age for tourism in the Catskills. That ended in the 1970s for several reasons: the expansion of air conditioning, cheap flights, and suburban lifestyle – all these factors changed not just how people lived but also how they chose to vacation.

Silverman spoke about the region’s potential to keep re-inventing itself. He then talked about the Woodstock Music Festival which took place in 1969, and what the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has to offer today. He mentioned places like The Roxbury Motel, which have become international destinations in and of themselves, and new businesses, retreat centers, so forth and so on.

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I asked Silverman what surprised him most when he sat down to research and write this book. What surprised him most was the extent of gang criminal activity in the Catskills throughout the 1920s and the 1930s.

Find more at Amazon.com.

© 2016 artinthecatskills.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.

The Poetics of Space with Fred Guyot at the Erpf Center

The Erpf Center in Arkville is hosting The Poetics of Space, an art show featuring the works of abstract painter Fred Guyot. Guyot, who received his MFA from Brooklyn College, studied with famous Philip Pearlstein in the 1960s, and developed a style characterized by rich, bold colors. The Poetics of Space includes works produced between 1990 and 2010, and will remain on view through May 27. For more information, visit http://catskillcenter.org/events/fred-guyot.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 3/25/2016

This weekend:

  • The Poetics of Space with painter Fred Guyot at the Erpf Center in Arkville;
  • Sugaring Off Sundays showing maple sugaring demonstrations at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown;
  • And, Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Easter Bunny Rides from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/06/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Gospel music with the Fairfield Four at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith;
  • Contemporary Catskill Watercolors by Michael Mendel at the Erpf Center in Arkville;
  • “Rails to the Catskills” documentary film screening at the D & H Canal Museum in High Falls;
  • And, the third annual Glimmerglass Film Days Festival in Cooperstown.

Plenty to do this weekend. Read more at Upstater.com.

The Erpf Center
The Erpf Center