Pine Hill Community Center

Our Vision:

Our vision is an open and engaged community in the Central Catskills.

Our Mission:

The Pine Hill Community Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of the people in the Central Catskills Region by providing community-building activities that nurture creativity and life-long growth.

We provide a vibrant, welcoming and comfortable space for all. It is our goal to help strengthen the economic vitality of our region, cultivate appreciation for our unique history and natural assets, and to provide excellence in programming in order to best meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Our Core Values are:

Community, Integrity, Fun, Excellence and Respect.

Pine Hill Community Center

End of the Year – New Beginnings

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Just a few weeks to go and 2014 is over – hard to believe.   Just a couple of outstanding events here to round out the year.  We’re already planning our programs for next year.   Please let us know if there is something special you’d like to see happening here.  That’s what we’re all about  – making sure  that we’re responding to your needs and desires.
It’s time to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to thank you again for your generous support of what we do here.
We want to say a special Thank You to Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room.  The Pine Hill Community Center has been named the recipient of Peekamoose’s  Good Deeds wine program.   We will receive one dollar for every glass of the Good Deeds selection of wines through the end of March.   We received our first check this week, and we’re thrilled.  Please keep patronizing Peekamoose and keep on choosing the special wines that benefit us.
Last week’s Chili Festival and Craft Fair was very special.  Thanks to Florence Hamling, Jaimie DeForest, Karen Rauter and the Zephyr Restaurant  we had six unique chilis and by the end of the day there was not a bean left in any of the pots.    Thank you to all who turned out  – thanks to the vendors and  to all the volunteers.
Tonight  (Dec. 12)  is the last Catskill Mountain Acoustic Slow Jam of the year.   Come along with your acoustic instrument and join with other musicians in playing together and learning new tunes.   6-9pm.  Free.
Saturday,  Dec. 13 – Catskill Cabaradio will have some surprises in store.  Join us for community potluck at 6 pm and then settle in for a unique live broadcast variety show featuring  Story teller Jack McGuire; music by the Small Town Shieks  and by teen songstress Haily McGinnis her grandfather Richard Tucker;   a fascinating interview with Leigh Melander, of Spillian, a Place to Revel; an interview and reading by  Holly George Warren; of course Dorothy Greenberg will tell you everything Your Mother Should Know, Elly Wininger and the Pine Hill Playboys will provide seasonal music, and the potluck is sure to outshine every other holiday feast.    Potluck begins at 6 pm, and live radio broadcast on WIOX Community Radio (91.3FM and streaming live on wioxradio.org) begins promptly at 7pm.   There will be trivia prizes and very special raffle prizes including two $25 gift certificats from Bread and Breakfast in Arkville.
Dec. 14, Sunday, 1-4pm.   Bonny Schaedle, the queen of floral arrangements, will lead a workshop in making a kissing ball from evergreens and ribbons. This will be a beautiful holiday decoration to gift or to keep.      $5 donation suggested.  All materials are free.   Please register by no later than noon  Dec 13 by calling  (845) 254-5469. (only a couple of spots available.)
NOTICE:   THERE WILL BE NO TUESDAYS TOGETHER FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.   THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM HAS BEEN POORLY (NOT AT ALL) ATTENDED FOR THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, AND WE HAVE TO DECIDE IF WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT. .   LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT IT TO HAPPEN, OTHERWISE, WE’LL PLAN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING THAT HAS MORE APPEAL.
ALSO, NO SUPER SATURDAY ON DEC. 13, AS WE WILL BE SETTING UP FOR CATSKILL CABARADIO.
CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR ACTIVE SENIOR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. OR CALL TO INQUIRE.
A final ( we promise) reminder that all donations to the Community Center are tax deductable to the full extend of the law.   Please think of us when you are making those end of year donations to  your favorite not for profit organization.
Coming next year:   A monthly Open Mic evening;   more Sunday afternoon workshops;   line dancing , monthly movie nights,  square dancing  and more  .

December at the Center

Thanksgiving Day has passed, but we are thankful every day for all of you who share your presence, your generosity and your time to make the Pine Hill Community Center a true Center for the extended community.     As you prepare your gift lists, please think of us.   A membership or a donation in a loved one’s name makes a great gift, and we are grateful for contributions that ensure that we will be able to continue our low cost or free programming in the coming year.  Remember, there is something happening in your community center  every day year round.
We are rounding off the year with a December full of events.
Tuesdays Together – Dec. 3  with Elly Wininger.   Tuesdays Together is a program for toddlers (and younger) and their  caretakers.    It meets every Tuesday from 9:30- 11 am.  Social time for caretakers and fun and games for the kids.   Francesca Warnes  is on site, and we have a variety of toys, books and games.    On the first Tuesday of every month, Elly Wininger brings her guitar and  songs, musical games, rhythm exercises and dances.    Free.
Dec. 6.   Saturday.  10am- 4 pm.     This is a day when you have ample opportunity to shop for the finest of local crafts and local produce.   There are crafts festivals in Phoenicia at Parish Hall, in Roxbury at the Roxbury Arts Group,  and at the Pine Hill Community Center.    We have not only a selection of fine crafts, we are combining  the crafts fair with our annual chili festival.   Great chili by Jaimie DeForest and other fine chili chefs.    We’ll have cornbread and all the other fixin’s, great baked goods and  hot and cold drinks.
Dec. 13,  Catskill Cabaradio.    The last one of the year is going to be a very special event.   This live radio broadcast variety show and potluck dinner is always one of the most anticipated events of each season.    Story teller Jack McGuire; music by the Small Town Shieks  and by teen songstress Haily McGinnis her grandfathe,r Richard Tucker;   a fascinating interview with Leigh Melander, of Spillian, a Place to Revel; an interview and reading by  Holly George Warren; of course Dorothy Greenberg will tell you everything Your Mother Should Know, Elly Wininger and the Pine Hill Playboys will provide seasonal music, and the potluck is sure to outshine every other holiday feast.    Potluck begins at 6 pm, and live radio broadcast on WIOX Community Radio (91.3FM and streaming live on wioxradio.org) begins promptly at 7pm.
Dec. 14, Sunday, 1-4pm.   Bonny Schaedle, the queen of floral arrangements, will lead a workshop in making a kissing ball from evergreens and ribbons. This will be a beautiful holiday decoration to gift or to keep.      $5 donation suggested.  All materials are free.   Please register by Wednesday, Dec. 10 by calling  (845) 254-5469.
We wish you a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you here at the Center in 2015.

Come in From the Cold

So, we’re all agreed that it’s too cold, too soon in the season – snow on the ground but no skiing yet. How to stay warm? Join us for action fun that will keep you toasty – or just come in and sit by the fire and have some coffee and cake. This afternoon, Francesca Warnes is here for Super Saturday- foosball, pool, table tennis and crafts. A great indoor afternoon for kids and adults alike. On Sunday, at 1 pm, the Tremperskill Boys and John Jacobson set up for a traditional square dance. It’s fun, it’s exercise, and a great social occasion as well. $10 includes a variety of tasty refreshments.
On Tuesday bring the littlest kids for Tuesdays Together. Kids play games and interact while caretakers share coffee and socialize.
9:30-11 am. Free. And don’t forget Monday and Friday yoga stretch, T’ai Chi on Thursdays all at 9 am and Zumba at 10 on Fridays. Get fit for the slopes or snowshoe hikes . All classes are $2.50.

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Native American Thanksgiving Update and New Event

There are a couple of more spaces left for the basket making workshop  on Sat. Nov. 8.   And the drumming and dancing and story telling begin at 2 pm, to be followed by the traditional Thanksgiving potluck  at 5 pm.  :
On November 8, the Center will be home to a full day of activities presented by the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center.
The day begins with a basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238.
At 2 pm, drumming,   dancing, stories, a raffle and the Thanksgiving potluck is at 5:00  Bring a dish for the table if you can. . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.
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We’d like to announce  a special workshop  on Dec. 14th   from 1-5.  Bonnie Schadle will teach you how to make a lovely kissing ball from greens  , ribbons and pine cones.  All materils are free, a $5  free will donation would be welcome.    Please reserve a space  by December 8 by calling 845 254-5469.

News and Updates

10682414_10204109795840601_7182870924125507260_o-1Well,  winter is definitely on its way.  Our pellet stove is keeping us cozy, the garden has been put to bed, and all sorts of holiday activities and fun are in the works.
We are excited to welcome three new members to The Board of Directors.   Francesca Warnes, Karen Rauter and Marylou Stapleton have joined the Board, bringing with them diverse talents and lots of enthusiasm and energy.   We thank Patti Rudge and Maureen Nagy Krueger who have recently resigned from the Board after having served valiently and well.    The heart and soul of any not-for-profit organization is its Board, the uber volunteers who give selflessly of their time and talent.
More good news:  The Peekamoose Restaurant has designated the Pine Hill Community Center as the recipient of their Good Deed wine program.   $1 from every glass of their Good Deed wine selections sold goes to benefit the Center.  The program runs from 11/1/14 through 3/30/15.   We thank the Peekamoose crew for this honor and urge you all to support us by dining at the Peekamoose and selecting Good Deed wines as your beverage.
And, coming up at the Center:
Nov. 1, 8, 15,22  8 am .  Injury Prevention for Runners

A 4-week exercise class designed specifically for current and potential runners looking to prevent injury and improve performance. We will focus on core and hip strengthening as well as lower body flexibility specific to the running population. Whether you are training for a marathon or the Phoenicia Turkey Trot, this class is free to all you runners.
Join us Saturdays  in November (Nov. 1,8,15,22) from 8-9am at The Pine Hill Community Center. Taught by Heather Roberts, physical therapist.
Bring a mat or blanket to cushion the floor, a belt or strap if you have one and wear loose comfortable clothes.
Join us for an informal community run from 7-8 am from the Community Center. Length to be determined by the group.
For more information contact Heather at hrobertspt@gmail.com
And speaking of The Turkey Trot , it takes place on  Nov. 29th in Phoenicia.  It’s the area’s newest tradition.  This year’s proceeds go to STS Playhouse.  The intrepid organizers, Patti Rudge and Heather Roberts could use more volunteers to help on the day of the Trot.   If you can help out, please contact Heather  at hrobertspt@gmail.com or call Patti at 254-4126.   You’ll have a blast.
November 8.  A big all day event at the Center   brought to us by The Big Indian Native American Association: Basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238. Then dancing, stories, a raffle and a Thanksgiving potluck at 5:00 . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.
November 14.   6pm.  Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam. A group of friendly acoustic musicians meets once a month to play Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, and Catskills fiddle tunes in a low-key, non-competitive atmosphere. You can pick up standard tunes across genres, become more proficient on a 2nd or 3rd instrument, or improve your improvisational skills, all at a slower pace. For advanced beginners to intermediate and professional players. Come play music and have fun with other musicians without the pressure of performing for an audience!
November 16  1 pm.  Square Dance with the Tremperskill Boys and caller John Jacobson.    Time to swing your partners once again in this fun afternoon for all ages and all levels of dancers.  Squares will be taught  and everyone will have a really good time  In collaboration with Catskills Folk Connection.
$10 includes lots of seasonal snacks and beverages.
November 20.  3 pm.  Story Circle. This new group invites all who have a tale to tell and are interested in the craft of storytelling. We’ll meet on the third Thursday of each month to listen and share.
December 6.  10 am. – 4 pm.  Annual craft fair and chile festival. Our annual chile festival, with a selection of great chiles and all the fixin’s ( including the famous chilies  of Jaimie DeForest) and the best of regional crafts.   Music, mingling, and fun.  A perfect day to celebrate with great chile and to make your last minute holiday gift selections.    Vendor inquiries welcome.

A Musical Tuesdays Together

 

Tuesdays Together this week brings us Elly Wininger and her guitar and bagful of songs, games and movement for toddlers.  (babies are very welcome as well – they love the music).   Caretakers and kids get a chance to socialize in this very special free offering in the bright sunny Rainbow Room.  Lots of toys, musical instruments of all sorts and sounds and a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the changing of the seasons.    We meet every Tuesday from 9:30-11, but the first Tuesday of every month is the special morning with Elly.

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Super Saturdays Are So Much Fun

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Clown Workshop

October 11 – 2:30- 5:00 pm. A very special Super Saturday. A clown workshop with Hannabelle the Clown. Create your very own clown face; find your unique clown walk; perform classic circus gags and create your own unique gag. Try out your stilt and unicycle skills to round out an afternoon of fun and circus games.

Hana Roth Seavey, a graduate of the Ringling Brothers Clown College, delighted kids and grownups alike when she facilitated a five-week clown workshop for  Kid Stuff in 2012.   Now she’s back with a mini-workshop for one and all.

 

 

Basket Workshop and Thanksgiving Potluck

Save the date
On November 8, the Center will be home to a full day of activities presented by the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center.
The day begins with a basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238.
Then dancing, stories, a raffle and a Thanksgiving potluck at 5:00 . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.

Injury Prevention for Runners

A 4-week exercise class designed specifically for current and potential runners looking to prevent injury and improve performance. We will focus on core and hip strengthening as well as lower body flexibility specific to the running population. Whether you are training for a marathon or the Phoenicia Turkey Trot, this class is free to all you runners.
Join us Saturdays  in November (Nov. 1,8,15,22) from 8-9am at The Pine Hill Community Center. Taught by Heather Roberts, physical therapist.
Bring a mat or blanket to cushion the floor, a belt or strap if you have one and wear loose comfortable clothes.
Join us for an informal community run from 7-8 am from the Community Center. Length to be determined by the group.
For more information contact Heather at hrobertspt@gmail.com