This has been a long hard winter for the whole area – endless snow and record cold have made life fairly miserable . The Pine Hill Community Center has continued to provide respite from the bleakness with continuing programming going on all week long. Zumba, T’ai Chi and yoga stretch have kept us limber, Scrabble, Social Circle and Coffee’s Ready have provided much needed opportunities to get together with friends and neighbors. Kid Stuff, our Saturday children’s program, has morphed into Kids’ Club – from 1:30 to 4 pm. kids of all ages get together to play ping pong, pool and foosball and to play board games and create art in the Rainbow Room with Francesca Warnes. A Mommy and Me Group has sprung up on Tuesday mornings – a chance for moms to have coffee together and for infants through toddler kids to play and socialize. The Yiddish Vinkle brings a diverse group of Yiddish speakers or learners together every second Wednesday morning to explore the pleasures of this language that lives on in spite of dire warnings that it’s dead. And of course there is Catskill Acoustic Slow Jam every second Friday of the month. Your Community Center bringing you in from the cold .
Now, as spring approaches , we are bringing you some special events in March to kick off the new season. Look for more new and exciting programming to come.
March 8 – Catskill Cabaradio - The weather grinch caused us to cancel the December edition of this most popular event. Music is always a feature of our live radio broadcast variety show, but this program is packed with diverse and fabulous sounds as well as fascinating interviews, poetry, trivia and prizes. Musicians include Hello Seattle, Winners of the Andes Battle of the Band Broadcast, ,Satch Waldman, local keyboard prodigy, Kurt Henry and Cheryl Lambert, a great duo from Kerhonkson, and, of course, Elly Wininger and our own Pine Hill Playboys. In addition, poet Iris Cushing, former Artist-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon, will share some of her work; there will be interviews with Thurman Greco of the Reservoir Food Pantry, and Marybeth Mills, proprietor of the Peekamoose Restaurant. Marybeth will be providing the trivia prizes, so brush up on your knowledge of weather in the Catskills. And no Cabaradio would be complete without Dorothy Greenberg, everyone’s favorite Mom, in Your Mother Should Know. The evening begins at 6 pm with a pot luck dinner (please bring a dish for the table). At 7 pm, the lights dim and live radio begins. We are broadcast on WIOX Community Radio, 91.3 FM or streaming live on wioxradio.org. If you can’t be with us, please tune in. There is no admission fee for this great event. Raffle tickets will be available – prizes include a certificate for 2 to Soup Sunday at the must-see Spillian in Fleischmanns and a certificate for the buzz worthy Ate O Ate Food Truck out of Roxbury.
Sunday, March 23, 1- 3pm. THE SPIRIT OF THE LAND:An Introduction to Algonquin Indian Beliefs Regarding Our Relationship to Mother Earth – a new workshop with Evan Pritchard, director of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and author of Native New Yorkers, No Word For Time, and Bird MedicineMinimum donation, $10. Back room, Pine Hill Community Center, Main Street, Pine Hill NY.
In this two hour workshop, Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq, will lead a discussion on many of the beliefs and practices of Algonquin people regarding our relationship with Mother Earth, from the ancient past to today. He will address questions such as: What are Landkeeper spirits and how did they come into being? How can we communicate with Landkeeper Spirits? What is an elemental? What is a Maysingwe? What is the difference between a Tree Guardian and a Tree Elemental? What is the difference between a manitou and Kitchi Manitou? Why is tobacco so important to Algonquin people and how is it used? What other offerings are used and when? What is the meaning behind the four and seven directions? Is the moon a rabbit boy or a grandmother? What do we mean by “Mother Earth?” Who is “Corn Mother?” What are the three sacred ceremonial times of day? What does the word Kawiensink (the original name for Pine Hill) mean? What is a Willowemok? How can we understand bird messages? Bring your questions and opinions, and a notepad. Book signing, one on one, at conclusion.
Evan Pritchard, “Abachbahametch” (“Chipmunk”) of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, is the author of No Word For Time, Native American Stories of the Sacred, Native New Yorkers, and its sequel, Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York, which is required reading for many local High Schools (source: Barnes and Noble). His latest book is Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism(Inner Traditions 2013). He is the founder and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, which is also creating a series of books of words and phrases in Algonquian languages. Evan is also the author of Aunt Helen’s Little Herb Book, a self-guided Native American tour book Touring Native New York, plus Double Dutched: The Puzzling State of New York’s Native American Place Names. He has worked with countless elders to help preserve the ancient history of North America, notably the late William Commanda. Evan has taught Native American studies courses at Marist, Vassar, and at Pace University, and lectures widely across the Eastern US and Canada. His appearances on the History Channel have been seen by millions. He gives workshops and lectures on Algonquin-related subjects throughout the eastern United States, which are listed in his newsletter The Landkeeper. He can be contacted through his website www.algonquinculture.org. Light refreshments will be served.