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

Brrr, It’s February

Baby, it’s cold outside  – bone chilling, icy  – time for hot drinks and warm fires.    We have coffee, tea, hot chocolate on hand always, and our pellet stove is radiating heat.   So brave the elements and come by for a visit.  You’ll always get a warm welcome.
We have lots of activities planned to keep the chill at bay and help us all get through February!  Let’s start with this weekend.
SATURDAY:   Coffee’s Ready from 10:30  through the day.   A delicious baked treat by Polly Vos,  coffee, tea, etc.  Our Arts and Crafts shop has beautiful Valentine cards by two of our favorite artists – Polly Vos has a new line of Valentines based on The American Song Book.   Let your honey know that there’s a song in your heart for her or him.   Tony Janetti has a line of stylish heart-themed  cards that are cool and colorful.    Pair your card with a gift from our selection of jewelry by Francesca Warnes and Kathy Brasen,  warm scarves by Elena Brasen and Polly Vos as well as other charming heart stuffers.    Our Unexpected Treasures thrift shop, currently being refurbished, has a nice selection of china cups and saucers and other bargains on hand.
Super Saturday:   Francesca Warnes turns up at 2:30 to oversee fun and games for families and kids.   Table tennis, foosball, hula hoops, pool.   Lots of ways to warm up.    And the Rainbow Room is full of games and toys for all ages.  Francesca always has great crafts ideas to keep everyone busy.  Until 6 pm.     Did you know?  Our game tables are available to anyone, anytime.  If we’re here, come by to shoot a game of pool, play ping pong, etc.   Not just for the kids.
SUNDAY,  FEBRUARY 8:   1 pm.   An old-fashioned Catskills square dance (with maybe some contra lines as well) .    John Jacobson and the Tremperskill Boys will keep you on your feet until the cold is a distant memory.   $10 admission includes refreshments.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6pm    Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam.  6-9 pm.   Bring your acoustic instrument and learn new tunes.    For advanced beginners to professionals.    A warm and supportive  way to hone your skills, learn a new genre, pick up pointers and just plain have a good musical time.    Free. (every second Friday)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19,  3pm.   Story Circle.    Just as our ancestors sat around the fire and shared stories, we sit in a circle and practice the ancient art of story telling.   From traditional to personal, the stories flow.  Join us with a story of your own or just come enjoy the warmth of the circle and the telling of tales.  (Every third Thursday)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 20, 7PM    The first of our Live Music Open Mic nights, hosted by Mike Herman.    These will be the 3rd Friday of every month.     Bring your talent, your sax, your voice or your axe.  Or just come on out for some listening pleasure!   Refreshments available.
Remember that both The Pine Hill Arms and the Zephyr Restaurant have  early bird specials.   So when you are spending an evening at the Center, plan to have a meal at one of our premier restaurants.

Open Mic Comes to PHCC

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2015- Coming at You!

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.
Readers:
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!
Mondays
9 am  Yoga Stretch and Flex with Kathy Carey.   An Active Seniors Program, open to all.  $2.50
Tuesdays
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.
Wednesdays
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.
Thursdays:
T’ai Chi with Cele.ste Graves-Hoyal.   9am.   Great for  flexibility and pain management .   An Active Seniors program, open to all.   $2.50
Fridays:
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 .
Saturdays:
 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.  
 

Writers in the Mountains Reading

Writers in the Mountains
Brings You
Creative Nonfiction Reading
Sunday January 25, 1-3 pm
Light snacks and drinks
Pine Hill Community Center
Main Street, Pine Hill, NY 12465
Join us for the work of students of
Anique Taylor’s
Writers in the Mountains Creative Nonfiction class.
Hear beautifully crafted lyric essays, memoir, poems and stories -
all creative nonfiction.
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.  Event and refreshments are free.
Readers:
Bonnie Lykes, Cheryl Holtzman, Evelyn Ellsworth,
Ellen Stewart, Faye Storms, Gail Linnstrom, Judy Bloom,
Geoff Rogers, Lillian Browne, Sharon Israel, Theodora Anema
Ask about our:

 

Jan. 3 – Super Saturday Cancelled

It’s snowing hard.    We are cancelling Super Saturday today.   Drive carefully, and we’ll see you next week.

 

Important Changes to Our Regular Schedule

Please note these important changes to our regular  calendar of events.
Scrabble and Other Games has moved to Tuesday nights at 6:30.
Tuesdays Together Discontinued Until Further Notice.   Due to lack of attendance, we are putting this excellent program on hold while we regroup.   This was an opportunity for our littlest community members and their caretakers to come together every Tuesday morning from  9:30 – 11 to share games and company.   A play date for grownups and little ones too.  Once a month, musician Elly Wininger was here with musical games, dances, movement, songs and rythem.  Our favorite kid wrangler Francesca Warnes  was on hand to keep things moving and to brew the tea.    However, we can’t turn the heat on and pay for facilitators for a free program that isn’t drawing participants.   Please share your thoughts and suggestions with us if this is a program that you would like to see continue.  ( We would.)

Ringing Out the Old

kissing balls
It’s time to wish you all the most joyous of holidays and the happiest of New Years.   This has been a festive December, with a very successful chili festival and crafts fair,  a standing room only crowd for  Catskill Cabaradio and a festive Kissing Ball workshop.    We have a few more goodies for  you before the end of the year  and plans are afoot for an even busier 2015.
Saturday, December 20, we’ll say thank you for your support by offering free coffee and baked goods at Coffee’s Ready.  Beginning at 10:30, we welcome you to come by, enjoy the warmth of the pellet stove, and share sweets and coffee with your community friends.     Bring the kids by in the afternoon and enjoy Super Saturday fun and games.  Tess Benjamin will be here to do a beaded earring workshop.   Everyone can make a beautiful pair of dangling earrings as a special present for the holidays.   This free workkshop is open to kids and grownups alike.    As always, Francesca Warnes will be here to oversee games and other fun.
This is a last minute opportunity to shop in the Arts and Crafts store.  There’s a new line of greeting cards by Pine Hill artist Tony Janetti,  with some especially beautiful Solstice cards.   Polly Vos cards are always in demand, and she has some really lovely seasonal cards in stock.   She has paintings,  scarves, hand painted celllphone holders, and other small surprises.   Michael Boyers pottery corner offers mugs, bowls, vases, in lovely and unusual colors and glazes.   There is jewelry by Francesca Warnes and Kathy Brasen, knitted  scarves by Elena Brasen as well as appealing fabric dolls, doll clothes, decorative fabric angels, and other goodies.   Judi Jarvis creates unique artwork from fragmented pieces of glass retrieved from streams and rivers.   The Big Indian Native American Cultural Center table has a collection of t-shirts, caps, dream weaver kits, arrowheads, crystals, sage and other items perfect for stocking stuffers.  And there’s a table of books and cds by local authors and musicians.
Our  Unexpected Treasures thrift shop has a nice collection of Christmas decorative items as well as games, fine china,  and  – well, unexpected treasures suitable for gifts or for decorating your own home.    So come by and spend Saturday with us.
Some announcements:   Scrabble has moved from Monday nights to Tuesday nights at 6:30.  Come by and play in a noncompetitive  enjoyable evening.
There will be no  T’ai Chi classes on  the 25th of Dec., or Jan. 1.    No Yoga on Dec. 26 and no Zumba Gold on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
See you all in the New Year when we’ll be bringing you more music, more dancing, more workshops and more activities of all kinds.   Please take a moment    to end the year  by sending us your tax deductible donation to help make all of this possible.  Our thanks to all who have already shown their support.

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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