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

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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Native American Thanksgiving Update and New Event

There are a couple of more spaces left for the basket making workshop  on Sat. Nov. 8.   And the drumming and dancing and story telling begin at 2 pm, to be followed by the traditional Thanksgiving potluck  at 5 pm.  :
On November 8, the Center will be home to a full day of activities presented by the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center.
The day begins with a basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238.
At 2 pm, drumming,   dancing, stories, a raffle and the Thanksgiving potluck is at 5:00  Bring a dish for the table if you can. . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.
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We’d like to announce  a special workshop  on Dec. 14th   from 1-5.  Bonnie Schadle will teach you how to make a lovely kissing ball from greens  , ribbons and pine cones.  All materils are free, a $5  free will donation would be welcome.    Please reserve a space  by December 8 by calling 845 254-5469.

News and Updates

10682414_10204109795840601_7182870924125507260_o-1Well,  winter is definitely on its way.  Our pellet stove is keeping us cozy, the garden has been put to bed, and all sorts of holiday activities and fun are in the works.
We are excited to welcome three new members to The Board of Directors.   Francesca Warnes, Karen Rauter and Marylou Stapleton have joined the Board, bringing with them diverse talents and lots of enthusiasm and energy.   We thank Patti Rudge and Maureen Nagy Krueger who have recently resigned from the Board after having served valiently and well.    The heart and soul of any not-for-profit organization is its Board, the uber volunteers who give selflessly of their time and talent.
More good news:  The Peekamoose Restaurant has designated the Pine Hill Community Center as the recipient of their Good Deed wine program.   $1 from every glass of their Good Deed wine selections sold goes to benefit the Center.  The program runs from 11/1/14 through 3/30/15.   We thank the Peekamoose crew for this honor and urge you all to support us by dining at the Peekamoose and selecting Good Deed wines as your beverage.
And, coming up at the Center:
Nov. 1, 8, 15,22  8 am .  Injury Prevention for Runners

A 4-week exercise class designed specifically for current and potential runners looking to prevent injury and improve performance. We will focus on core and hip strengthening as well as lower body flexibility specific to the running population. Whether you are training for a marathon or the Phoenicia Turkey Trot, this class is free to all you runners.
Join us Saturdays  in November (Nov. 1,8,15,22) from 8-9am at The Pine Hill Community Center. Taught by Heather Roberts, physical therapist.
Bring a mat or blanket to cushion the floor, a belt or strap if you have one and wear loose comfortable clothes.
Join us for an informal community run from 7-8 am from the Community Center. Length to be determined by the group.
For more information contact Heather at hrobertspt@gmail.com
And speaking of The Turkey Trot , it takes place on  Nov. 29th in Phoenicia.  It’s the area’s newest tradition.  This year’s proceeds go to STS Playhouse.  The intrepid organizers, Patti Rudge and Heather Roberts could use more volunteers to help on the day of the Trot.   If you can help out, please contact Heather  at hrobertspt@gmail.com or call Patti at 254-4126.   You’ll have a blast.
November 8.  A big all day event at the Center   brought to us by The Big Indian Native American Association: Basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238. Then dancing, stories, a raffle and a Thanksgiving potluck at 5:00 . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.
November 14.   6pm.  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!
November 16  1 pm.  Square Dance with the Tremperskill Boys and caller John Jacobson.    Time to swing your partners once again in this fun afternoon for all ages and all levels of dancers.  Squares will be taught  and everyone will have a really good time  In collaboration with Catskills Folk Connection.
$10 includes lots of seasonal snacks and beverages.
November 20.  3 pm.  Story Circle. This new 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.
December 6.  10 am. – 4 pm.  Annual craft fair and chile festival. Our annual chile festival, with a selection of great chiles and all the fixin’s ( including the famous chilies  of Jaimie DeForest) and the best of regional crafts.   Music, mingling, and fun.  A perfect day to celebrate with great chile and to make your last minute holiday gift selections.    Vendor inquiries welcome.

A Musical Tuesdays Together

 

Tuesdays Together this week brings us Elly Wininger and her guitar and bagful of songs, games and movement for toddlers.  (babies are very welcome as well – they love the music).   Caretakers and kids get a chance to socialize in this very special free offering in the bright sunny Rainbow Room.  Lots of toys, musical instruments of all sorts and sounds and a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the changing of the seasons.    We meet every Tuesday from 9:30-11, but the first Tuesday of every month is the special morning with Elly.

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Super Saturdays Are So Much Fun

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Clown Workshop

October 11 – 2:30- 5:00 pm. A very special Super Saturday. A clown workshop with Hannabelle the Clown. Create your very own clown face; find your unique clown walk; perform classic circus gags and create your own unique gag. Try out your stilt and unicycle skills to round out an afternoon of fun and circus games.

Hana Roth Seavey, a graduate of the Ringling Brothers Clown College, delighted kids and grownups alike when she facilitated a five-week clown workshop for  Kid Stuff in 2012.   Now she’s back with a mini-workshop for one and all.

 

 

Basket Workshop and Thanksgiving Potluck

Save the date
On November 8, the Center will be home to a full day of activities presented by the Big Indian Native American Cultural Center.
The day begins with a basket workshop with Jennifer Lee (Narragansette and Pequot ancestry) from 10 am – 3pm. Each participant will make a white pine berry basket with spruce root and rimmed with red willow. Wear old clothes or an apron, as there will be pitch from the bark that may get on your clothes Jennifer Lee is a singer of traditional contemporary Native songs and a shawl dancer. During the workshop she will share some stories of her Native American history. $35.00. Sign up by October 25th. Mail check to Big Indian Native American Cultural Center, Inc. Box 85, Big Indian, NY 12410. FMI call Mary Lou at 845-254-4238.
Then dancing, stories, a raffle and a Thanksgiving potluck at 5:00 . Special guests: Spirit of the Mountain Drum. Vending opportunities available. Call 845-254-4238.for more information. All are welcome.

Injury Prevention for Runners

A 4-week exercise class designed specifically for current and potential runners looking to prevent injury and improve performance. We will focus on core and hip strengthening as well as lower body flexibility specific to the running population. Whether you are training for a marathon or the Phoenicia Turkey Trot, this class is free to all you runners.
Join us Saturdays  in November (Nov. 1,8,15,22) from 8-9am at The Pine Hill Community Center. Taught by Heather Roberts, physical therapist.
Bring a mat or blanket to cushion the floor, a belt or strap if you have one and wear loose comfortable clothes.
Join us for an informal community run from 7-8 am from the Community Center. Length to be determined by the group.
For more information contact Heather at hrobertspt@gmail.com

 

 

Every Day at Your Community Center

Fall is here!  There’s no doubt about that – the leaves are turning and falling, the air smells of wood smoke, and sweaters and jackets have been dug out of storage.    The skies are brilliant, and only green tomatoes and brussel sprouts are thriving in the garden.   (Well, we do have a couple of magnificent cabbages waiting to be harvested in our community garden.)  Our bioenergy grass pellet stove has been cleaned and is providing warmth and comfort to visitors in the Arts and Crafts shop.
This is a good time to remind you of some upcoming events and about all the things that happen here every day at the Community Center.  Please join us and bring friends and family along.   We’re eager to know what else you would like to see happening here.  This is your community center! Office hours are Wed. – Sat. from 10-5, but all programs take place as announced.  The Arts and Crafts Shop and our Unexpected Treasures thrift shop are open throughout the week during office hours and on Sundays from 10 am- 2pm.
 
Mondays:   9:00. Yoga stretch and strength with Kathy Carey.   Part of our Active Seniors program, this is a gentle program intended to increase flexibility, balance and overall well being.  $2.00.
                   6:30 pm.  Scrabble for all.   Come join other Scrabble players in  a companionable evening.  We have a great collection of other board games  and puzzles as well, if you want to bring friends and do that. Free.
Tuesdays:   9:30-11.  Tuesdays Together.   A new program for toddlers (and younger) and their caretakers.   It’s a playdate for everyone.   We have toys and games galore.   On the first Tuesday of every month, musician Elly Wininger leads musical games  and songs.   Free.
 
Wednesdays:   1- 3.  Social Circle.   Come with your craft or stichery project, have coffee and cake and enjoy some social interaction.
Thursdays:  9-10 am.  T’ai Chi with Celeste Graves Hoyal.    Part of our Active Seniors Program.  Sun T’ai Chi is particularly effective for those with joint pain or reduced mobility.   $2.00
Fridays:  9-10  Yoga – Stretch, Strengh and Balance with Kathy Carey.  $2.00
               10-11.  Zumba Gold with Doris Nieves.   Part of Active Senior program.   $2.00.
Saturdays:   Coffee’s Ready  10:30 – 5:00.  Come in and have a delicious cup of coffee and pastry from Polly Vos’ kitchen.   Catch up on what’s going on in the community.
                   Super Saturdays: 2:30-6.    Kids and adults will enjoy the foosball table, the ping pong table and the pool table.   Francesca Warnes will be on hand for arts and crafts, board games, etc.    Kids 12 and older are welcome to come without an adult.    Under 12′s, we appreciate an adult in attendance.   It will be fun for you, too.
Sundays:10am-2pm:  Coffee and a chance to shop the Arts and Crafts store and thrift store, play games, chat, etc.
Monthly activities include: 
Second Fridays 6-9 pm.   Catskill Mountain Acoustic Slow Jam. All acoustic musicians welcome, advanced beginners to professional.  Free.
Third Thursdays: 3-5 pm.   Story Circle.  For all who have a tale to tell and are interested in the craft of story telling.  Bring a story or come to listen.  Free.
Second Saturdays 12-4  Big Indian Native American Drum Circle and Gathering.   Drummng,  stories, dancing, good food,  All are welcome.
All kinds of special events are coming up  including an October 18 concert by The Cupcakes  – Elly Wininger, Janice Hargrove and Lyn Harty.   Great acoustic harmonies  – and cupcakes.   Details to follow.  7:30.  $5:00.

Catskill Cabaradio, Saturday, September 13.

Catskill Cabaradio, the most fun Saturday night of the season.  The evening begins at 6 pm with a community pot luck supper  – bring your best harvest recipe to share.   Then, at 7,  our unique variety show begins, broadcast live over WIOX Community Radio 91.3 FM.  Special guests include:
Poet,Lynn Domina: Musical Guest: Don Lowe; young cellist Asa Spurlock ; an interview with  Michael and Amelia Hegeman, owners of Pine Hill’s hot new Zephyr Restaurant, who are also providing the trivia prizes .  And, of course, the usual gang of Cabaradio regulars: Dorothy Greenberg with Your Mother Should Know; The Pine Hill Playboys; host and musician Elly Wininger, and trivia questions to stump nearly everyone.   Free fun for all.