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New Writers’ Residency Opens in Roxbury

Roxbury, an international destination in recent years given its wildly popular attractions The Roxbury Motel and Plattekill Mountain, is now home to a Writers’ Residency, newly opened by writer Annie DeWitt and photographer Jerome Jakubiec. The three-day residency program includes accommodations, meals, workshops and manuscript review by DeWitt, who teaches writing at Columbia University and is the author of White Nights in Split Town City, greatly reviewed by The New York Times.

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The residency, which opened on July 11, hosted an inaugural Editors’ Panel on July 13, featuring Jonny Diamond, editor in chief of LitHub, and Tracy O’Neill, author of the acclaimed novel The Hopeful and editor of the literary journal Epiphany. Diamond and O’Neill talked about the submission process to literary journals.

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Tracy O’Neill and Jonny Diamond © Simona David

Asked about her aspirations with the residency, DeWitt said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome of this summer’s inaugural residency. It has fueled our creative energies to put so much of ourselves into a project and community that we love. We see Roxbury Writers’ Residency as an ambitious project with a dual focus: providing writers at all stages of their careers with a supportive vibrant atmosphere within which to create, think and question as well as to provide Delaware County with a wellspring into New York City’s creative excellence by offering free programming such as our Editors’ Panel to all Delaware County residents which furthers artistic dialogue. We want to help put Delaware County on the map as the thriving artistic community and rural paradise that it is.”

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Annie DeWitt © Simona David

Roxbury, the birthplace of financier Jay Gould, has long had a literary tradition going back to the days of naturalist writer John Burroughs, Gould’s contemporary, and Walter R. Brooks, who wrote Freddy the Pig series in Roxbury. Writers in the Mountains, a literary non-profit organization serving the Catskills and Hudson Valley area for over a quarter-century, is also headquartered in Roxbury. Writers in the Mountains offers creative writing workshops year-round and hosts a series of literary events throughout the region.

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Roxbury Writers’ Residency program, founded by DeWitt and Jakubiec, gives participants the opportunity to work in a secluded location on a 27-acre farm, and receive feedback from top-notch professionals. Writers can enroll in the three-day standard program, or book a room and design their own schedule. Jakubiec, who is the author of I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can’t Believe We Bought published by Rizzoli, offers author portrait sessions on sight, thus immortalizing the experience.

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“Our hopes for the future are many,” explains DeWitt. “Short term, we are looking into funding through the MARK Project to be able to build additional artist cabins as well as provide scholarship assistance to residents. Long term, we have our eye on building a barn and studio space. Fashioning it from the existing blue prints for the original dairy barn which was torn down and filling it with artist studios ~ a metal workshop, a digital photography room, a dark room, and a performance space with the hope of expanding the residency to attract artists across various media and disciplines. We’re also horse enthusiasts and we would like to eventually bring that unique angle to our residents,” she adds.

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Roxbury’s charming appeal and bucolic scenery have in fact attracted a wide range of creatives for years – artists, writers, an Oscar winning filmmaker, fashion and theater professionals, and other creatives have made Roxbury their home. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills by this author features some of these creatives, including sculptor Brian Tolle, and painters Adam Cohen and Ellen Wong, whose studios are located in Roxbury. This burgeoning artistic community can only benefit from the newly opened writers’ retreat with the potential expansion into a full arts colony similar perhaps to Byrdcliffe in Woodstock or Sugar Maples in Maplecrest. In recent years Mount Tremper Arts opened to offer performing artists a space to rehearse and explore new ideas.

 

To learn more about Roxbury Writers’ Residency, visit https://www.roxburywritersresidency.com/.

Weekend in the Catskills – 5/06/2016

This weekend:

  • A fly fishing photo exhibit at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild;
  • Hudson Children’s Book Festival celebrates its eighth anniversary – New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano will be among participating writers this year;
  • Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party;
  • And, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein will perform a Mother’s Day Concert.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/29/2016

This weekend:

  • Two art shows at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor;
  • The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Annual Member Show and Open Mic at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts;
  • And Filmmaking 101 Youth Workshop in Beacon.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/28/2015

This weekend:

  • Painting the Catskills Art Show at the Erpf Center;
  • Open House at the Catskill Interpretive Center;
  • Kate Pierson at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild;
  • And, the 17th Annual Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Read more at Upstater.com.

The Erpf Center, Arkville, NY © artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/24/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Bethel Woods;
  • One Hundred Years of Maverick Concerts in Woodstock;
  • The AMR Open Studios Tour in Roxbury and Margaretville;
  • And A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Read article at Upstater.com.

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Big Red Kill by Patrice Lorenz, participant in the AMR Open Studios. Contributed photo. 

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/26/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde at Franklin Stage Company;
  • Oklahoma! (music by Richard Rodgers, and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein) at Bard College;
  • Art House Tour at the Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild;
  • And, the Founders’ Day at Bevier House Museum.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Bevier House Museum. Contributed Photo.
Bevier House Museum. Contributed Photo.

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/5/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • A nature walk at the John Burroughs Memorial Site in Roxbury;
  • Clara and Robert Schumann Piano Demonstration in Hunter;
  • Robert Plant at the Mountain Jam Festival, also in Hunter;
  • Open Studios at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild;
  • And, an Exquisite Corpse Surrealist-inspired art project at Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor.

Read full article at Upstater.com.

Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY © Simona David

Memorial Day Weekend in the Catskills

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting an Iroquois Cultural Festival Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s new Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, located near the shores of the Otsego Lake, will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday. Otsego: A Meeting Place Iroquois Sites are located nearby. Native American music, dance and storytelling performances will be held at the amphitheater between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Traditional Iroquois activities such as playing lacrosse and building canoes will take place throughout the day. Native American arts and crafts as well as traditional Iroquois cuisine will be available. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/icf.

Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY © Simona David

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, Ulster County, is hosting an exhibition Lighthouses of the Hudson, celebrating the museum’s 35th anniversary. This year also marks the centennial of the Rondout Light, which was built in 1915. Thirteen lighthouses are part of this exhibition, seven of whom are still standing. A fascinating history surrounds this place as for many years Hudson River was the main route connecting New York City and Albany. A photo collage included in this exhibition speaks about the restoration process at the Saugerties, Hudson-Athens, Rondout, and the Esopus-Meadows Lighthouses. The museum is open daily from May to October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.hrmm.org/news/lighthouses-of-the-hudson-2015-exhibit-opens.

The Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair

On May 23 – 25, over two hundred artists and artisans will showcase a variety of works in all media and styles at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. Fiber, glass, metal, leather, jewelry, mixed media, fine art and photography, as well as other handcrafted products will be on view over the span of three days. Since 1982 the Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair has become an attraction for visitors from all over the world. The fair takes place over the Memorial Day weekend in May, as well as Labor Day in late summer. For more information, visit http://quailhollow.com.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting a trail hike Spring Wild Flowers Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Hikers will meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater, and will then be accompanied by a hiking guide. The hike, connecting Byrdcliffe with Mt. Guardian Trail, offers a panoramic view of the Woodstock’s backwoods, an unforgettable experience this time of year. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org.

Bearsville Theater

Still in Woodstock, Bearsville Theater is hosting a Bob Dylan Birthday celebratory concert Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. The legendary folk musician was born on May 24, 1941 in Minnesota, and lived in Woodstock in the late 1960s – early 1970s. This year a group of Hudson Valley musicians will celebrate Dylan’s birthday at the Bearsville Theater, and will perform some of his best known songs. The event is sponsored by WDST Radio Woodstock. For more information, visit http://bearsvilletheater.com.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County, in partnership with Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, Columbia County, are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, a show that will remain on view through November this year. The exhibition, featuring twenty-eight contemporary artists inspired by the works of Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church, is the first major collaboration between the two institutions, and the first event since the 19th century when contemporary artists are invited to present their works in these settings. Artists such as Chuck Close, Martin Puryear, Lynn Davis, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Maya Lin, Stephen Hannock, and Jerry Gretzinger are among those featured in this show. For more information, visit http://www.rivercrossings.org/.

Hudson Opera House

Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a classical music concert Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. featuring Grammy nominated artists Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin) and Peter Wiley (cello), who will be joined by Helena Baille (violin). The trio will perform Schubert’s B Flat Trio, Mozart’s Adagio and Fugues K. 404, as well as Mozart’s Divertimento K. 563. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2013/11/02/string-trios-saturday-may-23-at-7-pm/.

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Roxbury Arts Center

Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, Delaware County, is hosting a salsa concert performed by Orquesta SCC, Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City, Orquesta SCC (which stands for Salsa Con Conciencia – Salsa Music with Conscience) is an 11-piece band founded in 2013 by composer Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. A free dance class will be held before the performance at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org/2014/08/07/may-23-orquesta-scc/.

Longyear Gallery

Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception Saturday, May 23 at 3 p.m. featuring artist Margaret Leveson. Founding member of the Blue Mountain Gallery in Manhattan and the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Leveson is primarily a plein air painter, captivated by the Catskill Mountains scenery. Her paintings look a bit impressionistic: the artist likes to apply color in oil sticks over the canvass or linen that is available. A new project is completed within hours, although sometimes it takes months to complete more complex artworks. Leveson studied at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and later earned an MFA from Brooklyn College. She’s lived in the Catskills since 1977. For more information, visit http://www.longyeargallery.org.

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Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY © Simona David

 

Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, Sullivan County, is hosting Mysteryland Festival Friday through Monday, May 22 – 25. Mysteryland is the longest running electronic music, culture and arts festival in the world, launched in 1993. Camping options are available on site. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/mysteryland-usa.

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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 – 4/17/2015

Music, books, theater – this weekend is filled with choices for art enthusiasts in the Catskills.

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© Simona David

Bearsville Theater

Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a concert this Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. featuring singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, a concert sponsored by Radio Woodstock. From the Bearsville Theater: “Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”  For more information about this concert, visit http://www.bearsvilletheater.com/events-calendar/suzanne-vega.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting a piano recital this Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. featuring Mayumi Tsuchida, a virtuoso pianist born in Japan, and currently residing in the Hudson Valley. From the Byrdcliffe Guild: Tsuchida “began playing piano at the age of 3, gave her first solo concert when she was 7, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Her performances have taken her to Asia, South America, and Europe as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Tsuchida made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, playing with the Luna Trio on the popular PBS television show From the Top, which showcases America’s most talented young musicians. She has participated in master classes and worked with world-class pianists Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, and Andre Watts.” The concert will take place the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. Compositions by Bach, Haydn, Debussy, Bartok and Schumann will be performed.For more information, visit  http://www.woodstockguild.org/mayumi.html.

Hudson Valley History Reading Festival

This Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the FDR Presidential Library will host the third annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival. The festival this year features four authors who wrote about the Hudson Valley history: Harvey Flad, Cynthia Owen Philip, Ann DuBois, and Anthony Musso. Ann DuBois, who last weekend participated in the Writers in the Mountains’ second annual Catskills Book Festival, will read from her book The Big Apples of New York: The Story of How New York State Became the Big Apple. For more information, visit http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html.

Capital Repertory Theater

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany is hosting a preview of Hamlet this Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m., a production directed by Kevin McGuire. Written in the early 1600s, this Shakespearean masterpiece deals with themes typical of the Renaissance: the scope of human understanding, the beauty of the world, as well as mystery and uncertainty. The play opening night is Tuesday, April 21. In theREP Café there will be an art exhibit featuring paintings by artist Meredith Rosier. Rosier studied at Yale University School of Art, and received numerous awards and recognitions. For more information about this production and art exhibit, visit http://capitalrep.org/theatre/2014-2015/hamlet.

National Museum of Dance

National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is hosting a book launch this Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Crafterina, a children’s book by author Vanessa Saldago, is the story of a young dancer who uses her crafting skills to create a world of ballet outside of dance class. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/events/. For more information about Crafterina, visit http://www.crafterina.com/.

Have a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!