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

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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Executive Director Job Description

Our wonderful Executive Director is retiring.  Yes, it’s true.    Here is a job description and information on the application process.

It Takes a Village to Make a Difference

Pine Hill Community Center

A 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization

March 2015

The board of the Pine Hill Community Center is searching for an executive director. The executive director is responsible for all activities related to the operation of the Pine Hill Community Center from program development to building operations, from fundraising to budget management. The Center is run by an active Board of Directors and the executive director reports to the Board.

This is an exciting time in our 15-year history. We want to find someone who can build on our successes and help us advance the Center’s role as a unique Central Catskills venue for arts, services to young and old, families and individuals and, most important, as a resource for creating community. A description of the job and qualifications needed are listed below. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to our Board Chair, Jim Nevin (jnevin@mindspring.com) by April 10th.

Please look here: https://vimeo.com/70323360 for a description of our history, philosophy and programs and use your cover letter to say what interests you and what experiences you bring to the Center. The Board will review all applications and interview selected candidates in April. We hope to make a choice in May with a start date in July.

This is the only salaried position at the Center and right now, it is part time (approximately 24 hours/week).  Candidates must be able to commit to regular hours that fit with the Center’s peak periods of activity. This will include part of one weekend day and occasional evenings when there are major events at the Center.

We’ve had two executive directors since we started. They would say that this is not only a job. It is a labor of love for community as well. We are looking for someone who has the excitement, enthusiasm and passion for community and is welcoming to everyone interested in the Center’s activities or interested in offering a program at the Center.

This is a job that requires an outgoing personality with strong people and project management skills. While the Center sponsors and runs a few ongoing programs, our main purpose is to support community members who want to create cultural and service-related activities for adults, children and families in the Central Catskills.The executive director is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance and operations of the building, hiring program presenters, and working closely with other contractors, including a bookkeeper, on budget and financial management.

You need to be comfortable writing and using basic social media tools and learning new ones as they develop. Right now, the job involves postings, updates and photos on our Web and Facebook sites and through regular emails to members.

The Center relies on contributions of time and money from individuals and donors. You must like and be able to fundraise as well as create and support a network of volunteers to help with the Center’s programs and operations. In addition, we look for grant money from foundations and other entities. The Board helps with applications, but we expect the executive director to identify opportunities, help with the writing of proposals and be able to track grants, interested donors and volunteers for programs.

So, are you organized and still like to think out of the box? Are you energetic and not afraid of working with a vision? Do you enjoy being networked with all kinds of people in the Central Catskills? Do you have a passion about the arts, science, building, or books or…? Do you have experience helping others turn their ideas into projects and performances? If you say yes to at least 2 of these questions and find the job of interest, please send us a cover letter and your resume. We look forward to hearing from you!

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: