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

July is Going to be Fun at the Center

On this cold and rainy Saturday, it’s hard to believe that next weekend we’ll be celebrating the 4th of July with barbeques, swimming, hikes and lots of other summer activities  – but, have faith, it will happen.  And, in the meantime, July is shaping up to be a great month at the PHCC, with our new director taking the helm, a world premiere film, a brand new workshop series,  Kool Kamp for Kool Kids, and a gala celebration of our 15th Anniversary.  We’ll also be launching our new website, so rain or shine there is a lot to look forward to here.
If nothing else, this rain has been great for our garden.   Lettuce is flourishing and ready to be picked.  Carrots, broccoli, cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash and some lovely flowers are all thriving.   Come by and help weed and harvest.
Wednesday, July 1.  Our new Executive Director, Todd Spire, assumes his new responsibilities.   Please come by and make him welcome.   He will be establishing a new office hour schedule, so please keep checking in to make sure you know when we are here.   Ann Epner, our retiring director will be working with Todd  for some days in July, will  take a seat on the PHCC Board of Directors, and is planning on spending as many days as she can in the community garden.
Saturday, July 4.  The Morton Memorial Library on Elm St. in Pine HIll is holding their annual Street Fair.  Games, food, a great silent auction.  Francesca Warnes will be there for children’s fun activities.   All Thrift shop proceeds from the Pine Hill Community Center thrift shop will go to the Library, so please come by and check out all the goodies.
Friday, July 10,  Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam.  6-9 pm.
Saturday, July 11.  7pm.   The World Premiere of The Mica Movie.  Presented by Vecc Videography and Crankypaws Productions, Cinematography by Jessica Veccione, Directed by Heather Rolland.   This is the inspiring story of a valiant rescue dog who succeeded in meeting  the 3500 mountain peak challenge in her 13th year while fighting invasive cancer.   There will be a panel discussion and light refreshments after this heartwarming and informative film.  Free.  Make early reservations at The Zephyr restaurant or the Pine Hill Arms, both of which have delicious food and early bird specials.   Make this a festive Pine Hill evening.
Monday,  July 13, Make and Take  – an Introduction to Essential Oils with Jenn Staib .6-8 pm.  $10 materials fee, includes containers, labels, etc.
 Join us as we learn the basics of using Essential Oils and how they can save you time and money creating a healthier, happier home and family.   This workshop will provide everything you need to learn how to make your own toxic free bug spray and light sunscreen.  There will be a Q & A session afterward for anyone who has additional questions.
Jenn Staib enjoys educating people how to save time and money creating healthier, happier homes and families using Young Living Essential Oils and making small, easy lifestyle changes.  In addition to her interest in plant medicine, she is also a Reiki Master Teacher and graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
She resides in Centerport, New York and the Catskill Mountains and teaches worldwide.  She can be reached at jennstaibyl@gmail.com or 631.988.2003.
Thursday,  July 16,  3 pm.  Story Circle.
Friday, July 17.  Open Mic with Mike Herman.  7-10 pm.
Sunday, July 26, Gala brunch, celebration of our 15th year, annual meeting, good food, music,  official welcome to Todd, sendoff for Ann and an all around good time (and fund raiser for the Center) .  Please join us and bring your friends.
We will be launching our new website early in July.   You’ll find a much more attractive, easy to navigate, informative and up to date site that reflects the many ways in which your community center works with you to create a vibrant and inclusive home for all.

Super Saturdays on Hold, but Kool Kamp Begins; Square and Contra Dance, etc.

Our Saturday program for kids and families will be on hold until the fall. But, our game tables are available, and the Rainbow Room is full of arts and crafts supplies and toys, so parents of children of all ages are welcome to use our space for a great family afternoon – 2-5.

July 6-August 28 – Kool Kamp for Kool Kids. Mondays, 10am – 4pm. Fridays, 10 am – 2pm. Kids aged 6-12. Our popular summer program is back for its third year. Once again, Francesca Warnes will lead the program. Mondays will be devoted to indoor and outdoor games and arts and crafts. On Fridays we’ll have guest artists doing special projects ranging from nature study to special arts projects. Francesca, will be there to facilitate. Children should bring a lunch. We’ll provide the snacks.
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Friday, June 20, 7-10 pm. Open Mic with Mike Herman. A good evening to bring your instrument, your voice or your ears for a comfortable evening of music and spoken word. Refreshments available.

Sunday, June 21 – 1-4 pm. Square and Contra Dance – music by the Tremperskill Boys, callers John Jacobson and Casey Mullaney . $10 admission includes refreshments. A good old fashioned community afternoon for all ages. Ginny Scheer is on hand always to help new dancers learn the moves, and tangles and missteps just add to the fun.

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Our Community Garden is growing by leaps and bounds – lettuces and spinach need to be harvested NOW. Radishes are perfect; the runaway dill is everywhere. Carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash are on their way. Everyone is welcome to harvest for their tables. Weeders are welcome as well, of course.

Thanks to everyone who made our first annual plant and garden sale such a success. We still have some wonderful books for sale – they run the gamut from literary musings to beautifully illustrated volumes on special plant and flower topics. They are in excellent condition and would make great father’s day gifts for your gardener dad. Come by and check them out.

We also have some very beautiful additions to the thrift store. Some brand new designer clothes at very low prices, and a good
selection of small decorative items as well. Check out the newly designed arts and crafts store with chairs so comfortable, you’ll want to spend the day. Agood selection of ceramics, greeting cards, needlecraft, and jewelry by local artisans.

xCatskill Cabaradio. June 13.

Catskill Cabaradio!

Variety Show and Live Radio Broadcast Celebrating the People and Places of the Catskill Mountains.

Saturday June 13th; Potluck at 6 PM, show at 7:00.

FREE; Bring a Dish to Share.

At the Pine HIll Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill NY, 845-254-5469

Catskill Cabaradio, our own live broadcast variety show comes to you on Saturday, June 13th.

This signature quarterly event is always worth waiting for. We begin at 6 with a community potluck — always outstanding — and at 7 the lights go down and the live radio broadcast begins. You can listen to it on WIOX community radio at 91.3 FM, or streaming on wioxradio.org, but as good as radio gets, and as proud as we are of this listening option, there’s nothing like being in the audience and getting to answer the trivia questions, respond to the “Applause” signs and watch the sound effects being produced. Let’s face it, live entertainment is the best, and the lineup on the 13th is stellar:

Chase Kruppo, beekeeper (brush up on your trivia facts about bees and honey);
storyteller Ann Epner;
Justin Kolb, one of the founders of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice;
singers Libby Sokolowski and Andrew Hoben from the PFoV mentoring program;;
the Hudson Valley duo Open Book (Rick Gedney and Michele Rubin);
and of course Elly Wininger, the Pine Hill Playboys, and David Kearney.

Other guests may put in an appearance, and altogether, it will be a great evening! And it’s free!

PHCC Announces Appointment of New Director

Todd photoJune 5, 2015
For Immediate Release

Pine Hill Community Center Announces Appointment of New Executive Director

The Pine Hill Community Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Spire as the new Executive Director of the Center. Spire, who will assume his duties in July, has a long history of community involvement and a strong background in fine arts and creative entrepreneurism.

Ann Epner, the current Executive Director, who is retiring, is excited about the transition. “My time here has been a marvelous opportunity for me, and I am so pleased to be passing the torch to someone with Todd’s skills, passion and commitment to community,” she enthuses.

Jim Nevin, president of the PHCC Board of Directors says, “We were fortunate to have an outstanding list of applicants for the position, every one of whom brought a special skill and vision, but it seemed to us that Todd had the complete package we were looking for to lead the Center into the next phase of its growth.”

Spire, who lives full-time in Woodland Valley with his wife Jennifer and two-year-old son Sidney, describes himself as an ‘actionist’. “Bless the activists, but I’ve never been one for political battles. I believe in volunteerism and I believe in the power of a strong local community to help mute the woes of our national dilemmas. Since becoming a father, I have found that I am still compelled by the same motivations that brought me to the Catskills in the first place; That the ability to self-sustain is a path which will enlighten ourselves as well as inspire others to be fearless and to do great things. Great things are not necessarily big things, they are simply the things that improve the lives of those around us – and The Pine Hill Community Center’s sole purpose is to do just that. I cannot thank the board enough for the chance that they have given me. My feelings about the opportunity to put my combined experiences in to this place, in the town that I call home, are beyond words. I am as grateful as I am humbled and look forward to help manifest our shared future visions for PHCC.”

Originally schooled as a fine artist, Spire brought his visual skills to the advertising world after moving to Manhattan in the mid 1990’s, where he began building his third business by the age of 22. Spire has run his own design and web companies for most of his career, but has also held creative and digital director positions for agencies, marketing firms, and

most recently for Valley Table Magazine. While his work experience has primarily been for arts and non-profit institutions, Todd’s resume of over 100 projects encompasses all business sectors and sizes, from grass-roots to national organizations, global brands and international clients.

Spire moved to the Hudson Valley in 2002 and continued his career in marketing, creative development and communications. While a resident of Beacon, New York he worked extensively to foster the growth of the arts community that was building there in anticipation of the arrival of the DIA:Beacon Museum. In addition to helping launch organizations and events (some of which continue to this day: Beacon Arts, Second Saturday, Windows on Main Street) he founded Spire Studios, a 13,000 square foot art studio building which opened in the fall of 2003. Through partnership and active programming, the space has been host to numerous events in all areas of the arts. Today, the building houses fine artists, creative professionals, and a music recording studio and continues to offer its gallery to the public as a free venue for arts programming. While living in Beacon he also co-founded a record label, co-founded an art gallery, and sat on the community committee for re-writing the city’s master plan in 2005.

Spire moved to the Catskills in 2008 and vowed to take a break from community development for five years. During that time his love of fly fishing led him to join the board of directors of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited. With TU, he’s assisted in planning and running stream clean-ups, the annual Kid’s Fishing Day at Wilson State Park, and “The Leaping Trout Project” with noted local angler and historian Mark Loete. In 2012, Spire was a columnist for the Poughkeepsie Journal and wrote pieces about the Catskills’ post-Irene recovery efforts calling for the use of sustainable science-based stream management practices. Additionally, Spire was recently asked to join the Phoenicia Library’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Professionally, Spire’s firm went on to work for heavyweights like the American Museum of Natural History and became an approved vendor for The Robin Hood Foundation through which he’s provided services to several leading education and children’s rights non-profits in New York. He has worked with staff and boards to develop strategy, collaterals, and websites to further, in most cases, the organization’s development and fundraising initiatives.

He cites the inclusion of a hand-tied fly he invented in the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection as his proudest accomplishment to date. His artwork has been displayed throughout the tri-state area including New York City and he recently designed the cover art for a children’s album which went on to receive a Grammy Award nomination. He is a published songwriter and while his best performances occur exclusively in his living room, he’s been known to hit an open mike from time to time.

 

 

 

 

The Wait is Over- And June is Busting out All Over

As you all know, we have been searching for a new executive director to replace Ann Epner.   We had a large number of  excellent applications and interviewed a cohort of outstanding candidates.  Making a final selection wasn’t easy, but we did it  and we’re so excited.   You’ll have to wait a week for the details as we are in the process of dotting the i’s and crossing the final t’s, but we know you’ll be as happy as we are when we share the information with you and begin to usher in a new era of growth and  development for your Community Center.
In the meantime, we continue with a full calendar of programs and events.
June 13:  Catskill Cabaradio  -  this signature quarterly event is always worth waiting for.    We’ll begin at 6 with a community potluck  – always outstanding, and at 7 the lights go down and the live radio broadcast begins.   You can listen to it on WIOX community radio at 91.3 FM, or streaming on wioxradio.org, but as good as radio gets, and as proud as we are of this listening option, there’s nothing like being in the audience and getting to answer the trivia questions, respond to the
“Applause”  signs and watch the sound effects being produced.   Let’s face it, live entertainment is the best – and the lineup on the 13th is stellar.      Chase Kruppo, beekeeper (brush up on your trivia facts about bees and honey); storyteller  Ann Epner,  music by young voices from the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice,  the Hudson Valley duo   Open Book -fRick Gedney and Michele Rubin,  and of course  Elly Wininger, the Pine Hill Playboys, and David Kearny.   Dorothy Greenberg is the Mother who should know everything you ask her.   Other guests may put in an appearance, and altogether, it will be a great evening!  And it’s free!
June 14: Our first annual plant sale.  10am-2pm.    Just in time for planting that garden, now that (we hope) it’s safe to put things in the ground.   Plants, garden accessories, books, baked goods, etc.  Donations  of sale items  and volunteers welcome.  Drop plants and other donations off the week of June 8-13.    For more information, contact Doris at dorisnieves@gmail.com
June 21:  Square and contra dance  1-4. with calls by John Jacobson and music by the Tremperskill Boys.   $10 admission includes yummy refreshments.    Square dancing is lots of fun and great exercise as well.  Ginny Scheer will be on hand to teach all the calls, so beginners are truly welcomed.
Our garden is growing!  Radishes are ready for harvest, and lettuces, spinach,  three varieties of carrots,  cabbage and broccoli are thriving.   Rumor is that our horticulturist and garden guru  Andrew Messinger , will be here on Sat. to plant tomatoes and other delectable veggies.   We could use volunteers  to sow, water, weed, and of course harvest.    Check in to see what you can do.
Don’t forget our regular events in June:    Friday, June 12 6-9 pm.  Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam.  6-9pm 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!
June 18  , Thursday. 3-5 pm.  Pine Hill Storytellers Circle.   This group welcomes 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.   Traditional tales are preferred, but personal stories, especially as they relate to community are welcome.   No reading, please.
June 19th, Friday, 7-10pm. 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.
And, weekly  -
Monday,  9am.  Yoga Stretch with Kathy Carey.   Gentle moves,  all levels welcome.   $2.50.
Tuesday Scrabble meets at a new time:   7pm.    Friendly competition, good snacks.  All levels welcome.  We have an array of other board games if anyone is interested in playing other games.   Let us know.
Wednesday  – Social Circle,  1-3.  Bring your knitting, crocheting, quilting or other handicrafts and enjoy chatting and partaking of great cake and coffee.
Thursday  – Tai Chi 9-10.   With Celeste Hoyal Graves.   Excellent  for those with pain issues who want a gentle routine to enhance range of movement.  $2.50
Friday – Yoga Stretch. 9 am.  $2.50
Sat.    10:30-5pm   Coffee’s Ready.  Great Polly Vos baked goods, excellent coffee or tea, and good conversation.  Drop by, browse the Arts and Crafts shop for great presents by Catskills artisans, and check out the Thrift Shop for gently used bargains.   New merchandise weekly.
    Super Saturday – Francesca Warnes leads kids in play and arts and crafts.   2:30-6 pm.    Children and caretakers 6-12 are welcome.     Check with Francesca about drop-offs.
And stay tuned for information about our wonderful free Kool Kamp for Kool Kids.   Mondays  10am – 4pm; Fridays 10am-2pm – 16 sessions in July and August.    Francesca Warnes and guest artists.

Good Stuff Coming

Updates:
NO SUPER SATURDAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 16.  But join us next week and every Saturday from 2:30-6 for games and crafts with Francesca Warnes.   Pool, Foosball,  Ping Pong, outdoor fun, etc.   Ages 6-12 and their families are welcome.
ZUMBA GOLD IS BACK ON FRIDAYS. 10AM.      A great way to warm up for the weekend.    $2.50
There are radishes, lettuces and spinach sprouting in our garden.  Volunteers needed to help with the second bed.   Call for more information.
Her name is Doreen and she’s a Mean Green Cleaning Machine and the heroine of Sharon Brookhouse Suess’ new illustrated book.  A perfect gift for adults and children to read together, and teens will love it too.   Autographed copies in our Arts and Crafts shop for $10.   See the little mouse on Doreen’s shoulder?  He’s hidden away on every page of this charming book.
Friday, May 15, 7 pm.  Open Mic with Mike Herman.    Bring your instrument, your voice, toes for tapping and ears for listening.
Free.  Refreshments available.   Have an early bird dinner at The Pine Hill Arms or the Zephyr on Main St. and come on over for a great evening of music.
Thursday, May 21 3 pm.  Pine Hill Story Circle.   Bring a story to tell, or come listen to master storytellers weave their tales.  All are welcome.    Free.
Save the Date:
Saturday, June 13.   6pm  Catskill Cabaradio.    The most fun evening in the region.    Community potluck at 6 and then a variety show broadcast live on WIOX Community Radio.    Special guests from The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice,  beekeeper Chase Kruppo, storyteller Ann Epner and of course the Pine Hill Playboys, Elly Wininger,  trivia, Your Mother Should Know etc.
Bring a dish to pass for the potluck, and settle back at 7 for live radio at its best.
Sunday, June 14, 10am – 2pm.  The first annual Pine Hill Community Center Plant Sale.   Plants, garden accessories, books, guest speaker, vendors, and all things garden and plant related.    We are looking for donations of all of the above as well as vendors and volunteers. .   Drop off at the Center during the week of June 8-13  between 10 am – 3pm.    Contact:  dorisnieves@gmail.com.
Sunday, June 21, 1-4 pm.  Square and Contra Dance with The Tremperskill Boys.   $10  includes refreshments.
Saturday, July 11, 7 pm.  The world premiere of The Mica Movie.  Please join us at the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill, NY on July 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. for a screening of the Mica Movie. There will be a panel discussion and/or a Q&A with the filmmaker and me and other folks working in the front lines on rescue and adoption of senior dogs. Refreshments will be served.

News and Notes

Some of you may know that our email system was out of commission for quite a long time.   However, we are back in communication  via info@pinehillcommunitycenter.org.   Please use this email address for anything that has to do with the Center.
We aren’t able to retrieve past emails, so if you have sent us mail to that address and not received an answer,  please resend.
Our garden has been planted (one bed, anyhow)  with radishes, lettuces, and spinach, and in spite of the dry weather and the telltale footprints of predators, we have hopes that our seeds will sprout soon and we’ll be harvesting soon.   We’ve had a great donation  from Frost Valley of compost and soil for our second garden.  We are inviting volunteers to come  till,plant, weed, water, and of course harvest.  Our local garden guru Andrew Messinger will be on hand most Saturday or Sunday mornings.  Hanging out with him is like getting a free course in growing vegetables in a small space.  Learn what crops go into the ground at what part of the season, how to tell a weed from a watermelon, etc.   So please come by and lend a hand.  You’ll be happy when your homegrown salad is on the table.
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NO SUPER SATURDAY ON MAY 9  – But  bring the kids by to the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center’s Gathering.
12-4 – drumming, singing, story telling, dancing.   Bring a dish to share.  All are welcome, and this is probably the last gathering of the season before the group moves to Big Indian Park for the summer gatherings.
ZUMBA  GOLD  IS BACK  ON FRIDAYS.   10-11 am.      Great salsa moves and some mellow line dancing as well.  Doris and the group take it as it comes.    This is an Active Seniors class, but all are welcome.   $2.50 per class.
OPEN MIC  – May 15th.   7pm.   Come join us with your instrument, voice, poems, stories, songs – this new program at the Center is growing monthly.   Refreshments available, but take advantage of the early bird specials at the Zephyr and the Pine Hill Arms to dine well, have a glass of wine and then come play and sing or recite your hearts out.

Upcoming Events and notifications

Sunday, April 26, 1 pm.    Square and contra dance with lessons.  Music by the Tremperskill Boys with John Jacobson calling.
About as much fun as you can imagine.   Good music, good food, and great exercise as we wait for spring weather to catch up with the calendar.     All levels are welcome.   Ginny Scheer will be on hand to guide everyone through the steps.   It’s a wonderful family activity.   $10 admission includes light but yummy refreshments.
On Saturday, April 25 at 5 pm a week of Sacred Harp Singing School will come to an end with a graduation ceremony for participants, a potluck dinner and a concert  and community sing of Shape Note singing.    All are welcome.  Bring your voice and a dish to pass.   Free.
We are renovationg and upgrading our thrift shop.   Come by and see how spiffy it looks and consider making a donation of goods.   We are looking for charming decorative items, art, gently worn and vintage clothing,  jewelry, pottery, etc.   Please don’t bring us electronics, books  or  partial sets of dishes.  We are asking you not to just drop off donations, but try to see a member of the PHCC staff or Board of Directors.  ( a great time to donate would be Sat. morning).  Call 845-254-5469 for more information.
 Our info@pinehillcommunitycenter.org email address is in limbo right now – we’re working on it, but in the meantime, please send all emails to our Director at annepner@catskill.net. 
Coming up in May:  May 9 -  Big Indian Native American Cultural Center gathering.   noon-4pm.   Drumming, storytelling, dancing, potluck.  Everyone is welcome.
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March and April at The Center

We hear rumors of an impending snow storm, but for now, the snow is melting, the temperatures are well above freezing and there seems to be a smile on every face. Here, at the Center, we have lots of great things planned, from shape note singing and square dancing to Catskill Cabaradio, our new Open Mic night, Native American gatherings, community action programs etc. The days are longer, the roads are clear, so please join us for fun at your community center.

Friday, March 13, , 6-9pm. 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!

Saturday, March 14, 6-9pm. Catskill Cabaradio: The best evening of fun and entertainment in the Catskills, no matter the season. March 14 is The Pi Day of the Century, (31415,etc) so consider bringing your best sweet or savory pies to the community potluck at 6, and then settle back in your seats for the live radio broadcast of the Cabaradio. Guests include storyteller Mary Savage, fly fisherman Mark Loete, music by Serendipity, Robert Burke Warren, Dylan Doyle, Elly Wininger and The Pine Hill Playboys. Weird sound effects, trivia for geniuses, great raffle prizes, – broadcast live on WIOX Community Radio 91.3 FM and streaming live on wioxradio.org.

Thursday, March 19, 3-5pm. Story Circle This 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. We are interested in traditional tales, but personal narrative is welcome.

Friday, March 20, 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.

Sunday, March 22. 1-4 pm. Square/contra dance. Halcott Center Grange. A collaboration between Catskill Folk Connection and The Pine Hill Community Center to bring monthly square and contra dancing to this area. The Tremperskill Boys with John Jacobson calling. $10 includes refreshments.

Monday, April 6, 9 am. Senior Services in Place (SSIP) A community action group headed by Rev. Ralph Darnstadt. This group meets monthly on the first Monday to plan on ways to provide services ( food delivery, odd jobs, transportation) for seniors who live alone. The goal is to assist seniors in remaining in their own homes as they age. All are welcome to participate. Call Rev. Ralph at 254-4368 for more information.

Friday, April 10, 6-9pm. 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!

Saturday, April 12, 12-4pm. Native American Gathering. The Big Indiian Native American Cultural Center gathering. Drumming, dancing, singing, story telling. Open to All. Bring a dish for a potluck.

Thursday, April 16, 3-5pm. Story Circle. This group ,meets on the third Thursday of each month and 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. We are interested in traditional tales, but personal narrative is welcome.

Friday, April 17, 7-9 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.

Monday – Friday April 20-24.Sacred Harp Shape Note Singing School. Singing school is Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for each session, with a pot luck, graduation & community singing held on each Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Cost for the week is $20. Participants will receive a FREE copy of The Sacred Harp tunebook.
Sacred Harp shape note singing is not a performance art, but a community activity. You sing to sing some more, and with each other. The music is sung with no instruments or accompaniment. It is loud! You sing in a full chest voice, beating out the time and accenting the notes. It is not the sweet sound of hymns being sung, but a rich, unique sound like nothing you’ve ever heard.

Learn this uniquely American style of a Capella singing using the Sacred Harp tune book. Our Catskills singing schools are fashioned after singing schools of the early 19th century, using the shape note method.

Ben Bath, ethnomusicologist and graduate of Bard College, leads the class in a weeklong course in the basics of reading music and singing in harmony.

People who have no musical background are encouraged to attend. If you like to sing (even if it’s just in the shower) and have an interest in music, this is the place for you!
Register for singing school – Call 845-254-4884 or register on line at www.sacredharptcatskills.com

Saturday, April 25. 5pm. Sacred Harp Singing School graduation, potluck dinner and community sing. Bring a dish for the table. Free.

Sunday, April 26, 1-4 pm. Square and Contra Dance at the Pine Hill Community Center. A collaboration between Catskill Folk Connection and The Pine Hill Community Center to bring monthly square and contra dancing to this area. The Tremperskill Boys with John Jacobson calling. $10 includes refreshments.

SAVE THE DATE:
Coming on June 14 – First annual plant and garden sale to benefit PHCC .

 

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