The signboard in front of the Center lists three wonderful events that took place in December. Notification frozen in time, because changing the lettering with ungloved hands during this arctic chill is just too daunting (signboard volunteers always welcome, by the way), but we have great plans afoot for the coming months, including more square dancing and a new, monthly open mic.
Our office hours are : Wednesday – Saturday, 10 -5, but all regularly scheduled programs take place as announced. There’s always coffee and a welcome. Drop by for a visit – this is your community center – celebrating what we have, responding to what we need.
Our Arts and Crafts shop features work by fine local crafts people, and our Unexpected Treasures Thrift Shop stocks lots of irrisistible goodies at rock bottom prices.
Sunday, January 25, 1-3 pm. Writers in the Mountains presents a reading by the students in Anique Taylor’s Creative non-fiction workshop. This 16-week workshop (a new project for WIM) has attracted a group of talented writers who have grown and developed their work during this period. Hear beautifully crafted lyric essays, memoir, poems and stories – .
Come for the enchantment, the heartbreak, laughter, delight, surprise of it.
Come to fall in love with the written word.
Or just come for snacks and the warmth of good company in the middle of winter.
Bonnie Lykes, Cheryl Holtzman, Evelyn Ellsworth,
Ellen Stewart, Faye Storms, Gail Lennstrom, Judy Bloom,
Geoff Rogers, Lillian Browne, Sharon Israel, Theodora Anema. Free. Light snacks and refreshments .
Sunday, Feb. 8, 1-4 pm. Square/Contra Dance with the Tremperskill Boys. $10 admission includes light refreshments. It’s time to banish those winter blues with a lively afternoon of old fashioned country fun. Whether or not you know your allemand lefts from your dos si dos, this event welcomes all. Ginny Scheer of Catskills Connections will be on hand to guide you through the steps and patterns. We are collaborating with Catskills Connections to ensure a dance will take place here or at other great venues throughout the year.
Feb. 20, and every third Friday. 7-10 pm. Open Mic. Hosted by Mike Herman. Bring out your sax, your voice, or your axe! Or just come out for some listening pleasure. Enjoy a great night of music and fun. Free admission – refreshments available. Call Mike for more information. 607-588-7129. www.MikeHermansolo.com. We are very excited about this new addition to our music roster. Start the evening off with an early bird special at our wonderful Main St. restaurants, The Zephyr http://www.zephyr-restaurant.com or the Pine Hill Arms www.pinehillarms.com and look for some exciting light refreshment options at the Center.
Saturday, March 14, 6-9. Catskill Cabaradio. Get this on your calendar. The most exciting evening of the spring. We begin with a great community pot luck at 6pm and continue at 7 with a live radio broadcast of music, story telling, poetry, trivia and of course Your Mother Should Know with the amazing Dorothy Greenberg. Elly Wininger, the Pine Hill Playboys, great raffle prizes and lots of surprises.
And, don’t forget, there is something fabulous going on every day of the week here. Here’s a list to help you plan the new year.
Story Circle (3nd Thursdays) 3-5. Come with a story to tell or an open heart and ears for listening. This timeless form of entertainment casts its spell. Free.
Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam, (2nd Fridays) 6-9 pm.
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!
9 am Yoga Stretch and Flex with Kathy Carey. An Active Seniors Program, open to all. $2.50
Scrabble and Other Board Games. 6:30. Drop in for a fun, n.on (well, not very) competitive evening of games. Note new date and time.
Social Circle 1-3 Bring your knitting or other crafts or just come by for a visit. Coffee and home baked goodies, an old-fashioned catch up with your friends and neighbors.
T’ai Chi with Cele.ste Graves-Hoyal. 9am. Great for flexibility and pain management . An Active Seniors program, open to all. $2.50
Yoga Stretch with Kathy Carey. 9 am. $2.50. A lovely way to end the week.
Zumba Gold with Doris Nieves. 10 am. $2.50 .
Coffee’s Ready 10 am – 5pm. Great coffee and home baked goodies. Another chance to drop in, catch up and get ready for the weekend.
Super Saturdays 2:30 – 6:00. Bring the kids, and enjoy our table games – pool, ping pong, foosball. Francesca Warnes is here to direct arts and crafts, board games and, in good weather, outdoor play. Parents are always welcome, but must accompany kids under 8 years old.
Sundays: During the winter, we are closed on Sundays, but check our calendar and other notifications for special events.
Note that most of our programs are either free or available at a very low cost. Your donations make this possible. Start the new year by being as generous as possible.
For additional funding and support, we thank: The Olive A. and B. Lindsay O’Connor Foundation, The Dyson Foundation, Community Foundation of Ulster County, The Messinger Family Fund, an Anonymous Foundation, WIOX Community Radio, Roxbury, NY.