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

The End of Winter – Upcoming Events

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.

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

What an amazing year 2013 was for PHCC. From a snowbound January concert by David Rovics, to a very successful blood drive, chili festival and crafts fair in December, we welcomed old friends and new fans. Our gardening in small spaces program drew over 20 participants, and the garden we planted was the best ever, providing the community with a variety of organic veggies. We were the proud beneficiaries of the third annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot, which gave us a promising start toward a much needed new roof. An EnerPath grant from NYSEG provided new energy efficient lights throughout the building. Our new Kool Kamp for Kool Kids summer program provided summer fun to over 50 children. Weekly programs kept seniors active and  provided opportunities for community members to gather. Cabaradio programs reached bigger audiences than ever through  the support of WIOX Community Radio. Monthly music jams, and a story telling circle offered variety. Three square dances proved that sometimes old timey fun is the best fun there is. Our thrift shop had its best year ever and there were more exquisite crafts in the arts and crafts shop. The dedicated members of the Board of Director stepped up to the plate to keep the Center vibrant and active with the help of an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who made this possible – our donors, our funders, our volunteers, our audiences and participants – we wish you the very best to come in the new year and hope to see you all at the Center many times in 2014.

 

 

Catskills Cabaradio – December 14

Saturday, December 14 – 6 pm – 9pm – Catskill Cabaradio returns with a special holiday edition.  As always, we’ll start with a potluck community dinner at 6 pm, and then the live radio broadcast begins at 7 pm.   Appearing will be  musicians Satch Waldman, Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert,  storyteller Jack Maguire, poet Iris Cushing,  Thayer Case and Barbara Rissman from Maverick Mental Health,  Dorothy Greenberg with Your Mother Should Know,   trivia  questions about Winter in the Catskills, the Pine Hill Playboys and of course host and singer songwriter Elly Wininger.

Busy Week at The Center

First of all, many thanks to Heather Roberts and Patti Rudge, organizers of the Third Annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot, proceeds of which benefited   The Pine Hill Community Center.   Over 2oo hardy participants came out in the cold to run, walk, waddle or trot the 2.4 mile route.  Thanks, too, to all the volunteers who made this wonderful day possible.  It takes weeks an months of planning to pull off this kind of benefit , and all involved worked hard and long to pull it off.

With Turkey Trot behind us, there are some big events coming up this week.

Wednesday, December 4, 11am-12pm .    A Yiddish Vinkle.   Join us and explore Yiddish.  Whether you speak it, or want to learn a few words or expressions, we’d like to bring back a ” time remembered.”
Call Doree – 845-586-2764   if you plan to attend or email dorick@yahoo.com.

Saturday, December 7, 9 am – 4 pm.   This is four events in one:    A very special blood drive plus our annual crafts fair, chili festival,   with great food and music as well.  We are sponsoring a blood drive to honor our Director, Ann Epner. The Drive, hosted by The American Red Cross, will take place in the Rainbow Room from 9am – 2pm.  Come to donate blood and stay for our annual craft show featuring a number of local craftspeople. There will also be chili by Jaime DeForest, who will be serving the chili in handmade bowls of your choice.  Music for kids and adults by Jeffrey Roberts.     If you are interested in being a vendor,  call 607-254-5469 or email info@pinehillcommunitycenter.org.   Vendor space is free – the Community Center receives 20% of your gross sales.

 

 
 

 

Catskill Cabaradio – December 14

Saturday, December 14 – 6 pm – 9pm – Catskill Cabaradio returns with a special holiday edition.  As always, we’ll start with a potluck community dinner at 6 pm, and then the live radio broadcast begins at 7 pm.   Appearing will be  musicians Satch Waldman, Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert,  storyteller Jack Maguire, poet Iris Cushing,  Thayer Case and Barbara Rissman from Maverick Mental Health,  Dorothy Greenberg with Your Mother Should Know,   trivia  questions about Winter in the Catskills, the Pine Hill Playboys and of course host and singer songwriter Elly Wininger.

 

 

Turkey Trot, Yiddish ,Blood Drive, Chile Fest, Craft Fair and Other Good Things Coming Up

November and December are full of good things happening at The Community Center.  As the Holidays approach, we are gearing up with new activities to keep you diverted and in touch with your neighbors and friends no matter how cold or snowy it gets out there.

 

Saturday, November 12,  noon – November 16th, the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center will be having their annual Thanksgiving Gathering with the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill,NY from 12 to 4.this year the Nimham Singers Drum group will be joining us for our festivities.We have small spaces for some vendors if anyone is interested,we will be having Jim RedFox telling stories,dancing,drumming, a raffle and more.please bring something to share on our Thanksgiving table with us.Everyone is always welcome to join us.
Saturday, Nov. 30,  10 am (rain or shine)   The Pine Hill Community Center has received a special honor! The Third Annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot will benefit the Center to help us toward funding a much needed new roof.
This event is the soul of what our Catskill Communities are all about – a morning to get out, meet your friends, neighbors, visitors, experience one of the most interesting villages around, and do good while you’re at it. We hope that all our friends and supporters will turn out and Trot with us. fmi: www.Phoeniciaturkeytrot.com

 A 2.4 mile run, ramble, trot, walk or wobble  Free Tot Trot 5 and under at 9:30 am. Registration and sign in from 8-9:45 am at the Parish Hall. (across from the St Francis de Sales church, Main St Phoenicia)Free Turkey Trot Tee Shirts to the first 50 registered!

For more information contact Heather 688-7064/info@phoeniciaturkeytrot.com or Patti 254-4126

for online registration:
www.phoeniciaturkeytrot.com

 

Wednesday, December 4, 11am.  A Yiddish Vinkel.  A brand new weekly program. Join us and explore Yiddish.  Whether you speak it, or want to learn a few words or expressions, we’d like to bring back a ” time remembered.”
Call Doree – 845-586-2764   if you plan to attend or email dorick@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday, December 7. 9am – 4pm.   Blood Drive, Crafts Fair and Chili Festival.  Spend the day at the Community Center.  Begin by donating blood,  Through the American Red Cross, we are hosting a blood drive to honor our Director, Ann Epner.  The blood drive will take place in The Rainbow Room  from 9am – 2pm.  Ann says that every day she is grateful to those who provide good blood to those who need it.  It’s the greatest holiday gift you can give.

In the main space we will have some of the area’s best craftspeople and produce producers.  This is a great opportunity to purchase those last minute holiday gifts.   Jaime DeForest will be on hand with her renowned chiles, and if you’d like, you can purchase one of Jaime”s beautiful bowls to eat your choice of chile from.   Of course all the fixin’s will be available as well as yummy baked goods and refreshing drinks.  Vendors, if you are interested in participating, call 845-254-5469 or email info@pinehillcommunitycenter.org.

Saturday, December 14 – 6 pm – 9pm – Catskill Cabaradio returns with a special holiday edition.  As always, we’ll start with a potluck community dinner at 6 pm, and then the live radio broadcast begins at 7 pm.  More details to come, but as always hosts Elly Wininger and Dave Kearney,  the Pine Hill Playboys and special guests make this one of the Catskills’ favorite events.

And don’t forget that Saturday afternoons are for Kid Stuff.  From 1-4pm, our game tables are up and ready for play and in the Rainbow Room, Francesca Warnes presides over games and arts and crafts.  A perfect family afternoon.

 

 

 

Phonecia Turkey Trot to Benefit The Pine Hill Community Center

The Pine Hill Community Center has received a special honor! The Third Annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot will benefit the Center to help us toward funding a much needed new roof.
This event is the soul of what our Catskill Communities are all about – a morning to get out, meet your friends, neighbors, visitors, experience one of the most interesting villages around, and do good while you’re at it. We hope that all our friends and supporters will turn out and Trot with us. fmi: www.Phoeniciaturkeytrot.com

The 3rd Annual …. Phoenicia Turkey Trot …. Saturday, November 30th at 10:00 am rain or shine.

A 2.4 mile run, ramble, trot, walk or wobble to benefit the Pine Hill Community Center. Free Tot Trot 5 and under at 9:30 am. Registration and sign in from 8-9:45 am at the Parish Hall. (across from the St Francis de Sales church, Main St Phoenicia)

Free Turkey Trot Tee Shirts to the first 50 registered!

For more information contact Heather 688-7064/info@phoeniciaturkeytrot.com or Patti 254-4126

select the following link for the 2013 registration form in pdf

select the following link for online registration
www.phoeniciaturkeytrot.com

Second Annual Pine Hill Steampunk Festival

It’s here at last – the second annual Pine Hill Steampunk Festival.  Music, magic, costumes, vendors, food.  The entire village of Pine Hill will be filled with all things Steampunk.  Check out the schedule and the many many activities at www. pinehillsteampunkfestival.org.  Fun for the entire family – including a magic performance by Brian Foley,  hats and mask making with Wacky Wendy, tarot readings by Richard Treitnor  a costumed pet parade .   Costumes on loan, or wear your own.  Music every night  -  Pine Hill is definitely the place to be Friday, October 25- Sunday, October 27.

 

Big Indian Native American Cultural Center Thanksgiving Gathering

Our previous post has the wrong date for this annual event.  Here is the correct information:

Sat. Nov. 16: 12 noon – 4 pm

November 16th, the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center will be having their annual Thanksgiving Gathering with the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill,NY from 12 to 4.this year the Nimham Singers Drum group will be joining us for our festivities.We have small spaces for some vendors if anyone is interested,we will be having Jim RedFox telling stories,dancing,drumming, a raffle and more.please bring something to share on our Thanksgiving table with us.Everyone is always welcome to join us.

 

 

Some Temporary Changes – and Upcoming Events

This is a post from me, Ann Epner, the Director.  I’m on temporary medical leave, and as a result the hours that the Center  is open have been fluctuating.  Every single member of our fabulous  Board of Directors has pitched in to cover events and to keep the Center open as many hours as possible.    At the moment we are trying to have a Board member in the Center on  Wed. – Fri. from 10am -2pm.  Of course, we are open on Sat. and Sunday for Coffee’s Ready, Arts and Crafts,  and the Thrift Shop.  Sat.  10:30 – 7 PM,   and Sundays 10 – 3.   Phone messages will be answered as soon as possible,  but emails will be checked daily and responded to promptly, so do check in with us at info@pinehillcommunitycenter.org.

Kid Stuff, our Saturday morning children’s program is on temporary hold, but every Saturday  our game tables – foosball, ping pong and pool will be available for kids and their families to use, and on most Saturday afternoons from 1-3, there will be someone to oversee  arts and crafts in the Rainbow Room.  Call to make sure that will be available.

Active Senior Yoga will meet  7:30am-8:30am on Fridays starting October 10th, continuing through November 29th.  There will be no class Friday of Thanksgiving week, 11/22.
Classes will return to the 9-10am time slot beginning in December.
Sunday, October 20, there will be another wonderful Square Dance Master Class, with John Jacobson and the Tremperskill Boys and special guest Hilton Kelly.  The music and dancing (each dance will be taught, so even beginners will have a great time) begins at 1 pm.
Admission is $7 . Light refreshments will be served.
The Pine Hill Story Tellers Circle will meet  on Thursday, October 24 at 4 pm.
The Second Annual Steampunk Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, October 25=27. The festival will feature performances by musicians, dancers,magicians, and other types of performances and will take place all over the Village of Pine Hill, including many events at the Center.  There will be food, vendors, a pet parade and all kinds of fun.  This is an event that will put Pine Hill on the map.   Check out the schedule at pinehillsteampunkfestival.org.   
And a very special event on November 2. Celebrate All Soul’s DayAlso known as Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los MuertosJoin us for an amazing spirit-filled evening as we welcome back, Adrienne DeSalvo, Psychic Medium and Spirit Communicator bringing you The Afterlife with Adrienne.Come and learn how and why spirits communicate.Adrienne will be discussing the afterlife, receiving messages from the other side and communicating them to audience members.  She will explain and demonstrate how this form of contact offers hope and comfort, helping us to go on with our lives with the belief that we are still connected to our departed loved ones.  With the understanding that we will one day be reunited, those missing and grieving those that have passed on can heal and accept the temporary losses and separations we must all endure.  Let go of fear and increase your faith in eternal life as Adrienne shares her insight with humor, sensitivity, compassion and love.This event includes an Introduction, Question and Answer Session and as the Spirits guide, Communication with some audience members. Included in the discussion will be the topics of The Human Experience, life and death, the nature of the soul, the Life Review, the Universal Laws of Karma, Free Will and Repetition, past lives and reincarnation.If the Spirit moves you, please come in Costume and bring along photos and trinkets of your departed loved ones.  The first 20 guests will receive a free skeleton!Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m., $10.00 per person