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

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



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.


Tuesdays Together begins a new season

Tuesdays Together begins a new season on Tuesday, Sept. 9. 9:30-11:30. A special time for the newborn- 5-year-olds and their caretakers to have a playdate. On the 9th, musician Elly Wininger will be on hand with songs to sing along, musical games, and instruments, Free.

Here it is, Labor Day weekend, and summer feels definitely over and with it the anticipation of autumn and  new energy.
We are slightly changing the format of our Super Saturdays.  Starting on Sept. 13th,  Francesca Warnes will be on hand from 2:30-6 or so to offer arts and crafts, games, and fun.  From time to time we’ll have special guest artists with different programs such as circus arts, nature walks, etc.  All free and all  ages welcome. (we prefer that adults not drop off children under the age of 12 but stay and enjoy the activities with them.)  Always foosball, ping pong and pool for adults and young people alike.
And on Tuesday, September 9,  Tuesdays Together returns with Elly Wininger leading kids and caretakers in musical fun and games.   Elly will be with us  usually on the first Tuesday of each month, but kids from newborn to 5 years old and their caretakers can meet every Tuesday fron 9:30  to 11:30 to play  in The Rainbow Room with a variety of games and toys.  A great chance for adults to socialize. especially as the days get shorter and the weather colder.
Catskills Cabaradio is coming right up on Saturday, Sept. 13.  Start thinking about your best harvest potluck dish and bring it to share at 6 pm.    At 7 the live radio broadcast begins.   As always, a great lineup of music, talk, trivia games and prizes.   The most unique evening in the Catskills.
On October 18, Saturday at 7:30 pm.   The Cupcakes in concert. Elly Wininger, Lyn Hardy and Janice Hardgrove. A knock-out folk trio that performs songs they each have written, and well chosen songs by fellow songwriters. Acoustic, Americana, and Folk Music. – $5. See more at: And there’ll be cupcakes
Whatever the season, whatever the day of the week there is something happening at The Pine Hill Community Center.  Please join us often.

Community Center Updates

Can’t believe that the summer is nearly over?   Where did it go?  But things continue to happen at the Center.
Every third Thursday – that’s today – we meet in our Story Circle at 3 pm.  Bring a tale or come and listen.  Free. And there’s coffee.
Just got a call from Eve and David Smith who distribute vegetables and fruit to families with children.   They have lots of extras and will bring them by the Center today.  Come by and pick up tomatoes,  cucumbers, peppers, carrots and some surprises.   Our garden has lots of ripening tomatoes – if fried green tomatoes are your thing, come by and pick.   (and weed a little if you’re so inclined)  Our thanks to Andrew Messinger, Pamela Martin and Regina Fink for doing most of the work to keep our garden growing this summer.
Friday, August 22 is our last Kool Kamp for Kool Kids session.  Francesca Warnes has done a sensational job keeping the fun going all summer long with outings, crafts, games and inventive play.
No Super Saturday  8/23.   Lots for kids to do at Shandaken Day at Big Indian Park.    We’ll be setting up for the Kim and Reggie Harris concert on Sunday at 1 pm.  Come out and hear these iconic performers.  $5.00
No Active Seniors Yoga on  Monday, August 25 or on September 1, Labor Day.
Tuesdays Together on September 2 brings singer songwriter Elly Wininger in to lead a singing, dancing, rythem morning for newborns to 5 year olds and their caretakers.  Everyone gets to sing along, move and groove.    Free.
Coming right up on September 13, Catskill Cabaradio, our very own live radio broadcast and  potluck dinner.  The fun starts with the best potluck in three counties at 6  pm.   Bring a dish to pass and join in the fun.   At 7 the lights go down and the music begins.   Special guests bring storytelling, interviews, poetry, and music.  Free.  Broadcast live on WIOX Community Radio at 91.3 FM, and if you absolutely can’t be here, you can stream the live show at
And save the date for The Cupcakes in concert on Sat. October 18th at 7:30.   Elly Wininger, Janice Hardgrove and Lyn Hardy blend their lovely voices in songs that are funny, bluesy, upbeat and always provocative.
Our hardworking volunteers are busy getting out the annual appeal letters letting you know how much we need and appreciate your financial support to keep the Center open and thriving.  Don’t wait for the letter   to arrive.  Send your contribution to us at the address below or use your credit card by going to our website – and click on “Donate”.   Every contributiion, no matter how big or small makes a difference in our efforts to make this your community center bringing you everything you would like us to be doing for you.

Updates to Children’s Programming

Here are some important announcements about our children’s programs.   Please read carefully, and join us!
Tuesday, August 5th – Elly Wininger will be back with musical fun and games for the youngest of our community and their caretakers.    Join Elly with your newborns to 5 year olds for singing, bouncing, clapping and rhythm.    The best playdate around for moms, grandfolks,  aunts, dads, baby sitters and anyone who likes to sing along, or  bang on a drum .(and the kids love it too!) . 9:30 am.  Free.
Kool Kamp for Kool Kids   – new hours -  10 am – 3pm.   Monday and Friday.
Super Saturdays  – noon to 3 pm every Saturday.    These are the hours that Francesca Warnes will be on hand for arts and crafts and general supervision, but this  a family recreation opportunity.   All children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Please don’t drop younger children off.   Stay and play pool, foosball, table tennis,  board games, and even try your hand at making a collage, wind chime, piece of jewelry.     The Center is open on Sat. from 10:30- 5 pm, and all are welcome to spend time with us, meet, your neighbors, have coffee and delicious cake,  shop in our Arts and Crafts store and browse the thrift store for unexpected treasures.

Open again on Sundays

Good news -  we will be open on Sundays from 10am – 2pm , at least during the summer.  Stop by, have some coffee and shop in our arts and crafts store and check out the Unexpected Treasures thrift store.  Maybe even have a game of pool or table tennis – foosball, even.