Events Calendar

A spectacular summer fireworks display, home town parades along our Main Streets, blow-out sales on tens of thousands of books, gallery openings and artist receptions, musical events in historic venues such as one of the last standing Catskills resorts and an awe-inspiring former church building with perfect acoustics, theater, dance, comedy, film, writer’s evenings and open mic’s, golf tournaments on an 18-hole championship course, farm tours, farmer’s markets, historic re-enactments – and more!
From annual festivals celebrating horseshoes, our heritage, and scarecrows to one of the area’s largest antique car shows, our many events will keep you so busy you’ll need another vacation!

Below is the Calendar of Events brought to you by the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce. This Calendar includes non-chamber member events. You may view the events in either a Calendar View or an Agenda view by using the appropriately named buttons.

In the Agenda view, you may use the “+Expand All” button to see the details of all the events on the list. You may click on the “Read More>>” button in a specific event to see all the details about that event.

We look forward to welcoming you to our area and we know you will have fun!

August – November 2014

Aug
1
Fri
Music from the Theater @ Maple Museum
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

logothumbThe Upper Catskill String Quartet, sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.  Part of the Maple Museum Music Series.

Live From the Carriage House – Open Mic / Jam @ Western Catskills Community Arts Center
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

logothumbAfter having two well-attended community forums to discuss uses for the building, Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. (WCCRC) is pleased to announce that a long-standing community event has been booked at the Western Catskills Community Arts Center located at the carriage house at 76 Main Street in the Village of Stamford.

The event, formerly known as Open Mic Jam! and held in the storefront of 76 Main Street , is moving up the hill to the carriage house theater at the same location. The event will still be generously hosted by local musicians Kevin Prior and Mike Herman, but will have a new name – Live From the Carriage House – Open Mic / Jam.

This popular event will continue to be held the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Musicians are encouraged to sign up quickly, by contacting Mr. Prior. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy some of the region’s best musicians as they show off their talent in the open mic format.

There is plenty of parking available on Main Street and in the Village parking lot across the street.

Manhattan in the Mountains – “Masters at Play: From Classics to Jazz” @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

logothumbWorks by Gershwin, Earl Wilde, Milhaud, and Joplin.

More information here.

Aug
2
Sat
Reggae T’ing Festival @ The Dairy Field
Aug 2 all-day

logothumbThe festival will feature ’70′s and ’80′s International Reggae luminaries with huge hits that are anthems in the reggae genre. Artists with massive hits such as veterans Sammy Dread, Ed Robinson, Junie Ranks, Michael Palmer, Bombmomb Electrodub, and others will perform. The awesome Upstate New York lady deejay Queen Tubby will be spinning great reggae music before and between live sets. DJ. Sir Walford from WCDB 90.9 fm, Albany will co-host and play great music as well. Dairy Field in Bloomvile, New York. This will be a day of incredible Reggae featuring the sounds of Jamaica: Ska, Rocksteady, Lovers Rock, Mento and Roots conscious Reggae.

Jamaican cuisine will be at the center of Reggae T’ing Festival. There will be jerk cuisine, roasted yams and corn, natural coconut water, rum punch and so on. Yes mon — more yummy for the tummy.

Get more updates here.

Fairy House and Garden Day @ Mountain Top Arboretum
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbThe woodland spirits need new houses and gardens in the Woodland Walk’s Fairy Garden. The fairies’ favorite building materials and snacks will be on hand. Kids of all ages are invited. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all welcome!

Community Hiking Excursion
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

logothumbThe New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will host a community hiking excursion on a recently preserved parcel of land in the Catskills. The hike on Saturday, Aug. 2, will take place on a 240-acre parcel in the Delaware County town of Bovina. DEP’s land preservation experts will lead the hike through meadows and forest to Round Top peak, with an elevation of approximately 3,065 feet. The peak is part of a New York State Reforestation Area.

Hikers will meet at the eastern end of Boggs Road (off Bovina Road) at 11 a.m. The hike is roughly 2-4 miles, depending on how far the group chooses to go, and it will include some woods roads and limited off-trail hiking. The hike includes moderate slopes with some short areas of steep climb. Along the way, DEP will discuss efforts to protect land throughout the watershed. This particular parcel is located within the watershed that feeds the Cannonsville Reservoir. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch, water, tick repellant and appropriate hiking gear. Those interested in participating should register.

Outdoor events such as this are subject to cancellation or postponement based on weather conditions. DEP will provide updates on its Facebook page at facebook.com/nycwater and directly to those who register beforehand and provide contact information.

The guided hike is part of DEP’s ongoing effort to support outdoor recreation and tourism in the Catskills by opening more of its land for low-impact recreation such as hiking. Since 2003, DEP has significantly expanded the amount of City properties within the watersheds that are open for recreation. There are now more than 122,000 acres open for recreation, including more than 88,000 acres of land and nearly 34,000 acres of reservoirs. Of that, roughly 60,000 acres of land are in public access areas that are open to hiking, hunting and other forms of low-impact recreation without a DEP access permit.

Concerts & Conversations: “Dissonance and Stability in Mozart: The Spice of Life” @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

logothumbKenneth Cooper, harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and conductor, is one of the world’s leading specialists in the music of the 18th century and one of America’s most exciting and versatile performers. Renowned for his improvisations and his expertise in ornamentation—long-lost 18th century arts—he has revived countless musical works, lending them extraordinary authenticity as well as great vitality. The possessor of a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University, Kenneth Cooper is on the faculty there as well as at Manhattan School of Music, where he is chair of the harpsichord department and director of the Baroque Aria Ensemble.

More information here.

Aug
4
Mon
Maple Leaf Dancers’ Dance Camp @ Maple Museum
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbSponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Dancer & Choreographer Regina Larkin will return to conduct “Math in Motion,” for children in grades 3-7.

 

Aug
5
Tue
Maple Leaf Dancers’ Dance Camp @ Maple Museum
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbSponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Dancer & Choreographer Regina Larkin will return to conduct “Math in Motion,” for children in grades 3-7.

 

Aug
6
Wed
Maple Leaf Dancers’ Dance Camp @ Maple Museum
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbSponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Dancer & Choreographer Regina Larkin will return to conduct “Math in Motion,” for children in grades 3-7.

 

Aug
7
Thu
Maple Leaf Dancers’ Dance Camp @ Maple Museum
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbSponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Dancer & Choreographer Regina Larkin will return to conduct “Math in Motion,” for children in grades 3-7.

 

Aug
8
Fri
Maple Leaf Dancers’ Dance Camp @ Maple Museum
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbSponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Dancer & Choreographer Regina Larkin will return to conduct “Math in Motion,” for children in grades 3-7.

 

Aug
9
Sat
Private Seller Sale @ Hobart Book Village
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
St. James Fair @ Saint James Church
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

logothumbAntiques, crafts, produce and food.

Open House @ Western Catskills Community Arts Center
Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

logothumbTours of the building will be available, as well as more information about renting the venue.

Attend the open house and you will have a chance to win a pair of dinner tickets for the TP’s Cafe Block Party which will start at 5 p.m. on the same day.

The block party will spotlight: MC/DJ Patrick Michael del Rosario, Logan’s Express, featuring Jim Kopp, and the 20-piece Leather Stocking Jazz Band at 7 p.m.

Aug
10
Sun
Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude! – “The Grand Italian Tour: Years of Pilgrimage” @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

logothumbFrom the mercurial keyboard music of Baroque-era Domenico Scarlatti, to Luigi Boccherini’s luscious string works, the humor and exuberance of Rossini, the virtuosity of Paganini, and the genius of Verdi, this concert traverses two centuries of Italian brilliance and demonstrates how it inspired its famous tourists. Stirred deeply by what he experienced in the course of his travels, Franz Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (with titles like”Gondolier’s Song”) is a musical travel diary—a tribute in sound to “different settings and places consecrated by history and poetry.” Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer sings favorite coloratura arias that typify the bravura of Italian vocal tradition.

More information here.

Aug
14
Thu
First Ladies From NY @ Badgely Museum Annex
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

logothumbIn collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the Schoharie County Historical Society presents the third in its free Summer Lecture Series in the Badgley Annex. Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan will present an entertaining yet informative introduction to the nine intriguing First Ladies of America born in New York State.

Aug
16
Sat
Ginseng Woodswalk @ Catskill Forest Association
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

logothumbAmerican ginseng is revered throughout China for its medicinal attributes. Ginseng also grows throughout the Catskills, but oftentimes goes unnoticed. Come along and learn how to identify this long-lived herb in our own Catskill forest. Sturdy shoes required. MUST BE ABLE TO WALK OFF TRAIL. Limit 20 participants; Pre-registration required.

Sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association.

Whiskey Cross @ Maple Museum
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

logothumbCountry & Western Band with Blues Hall of Fame drummer Sonny Rock.

Sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

 

Lydia Loveless @ Roxbury Arts Center
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

logothumbIn their 35th summer season of bringing the arts to the surrounding region, The Roxbury Arts Group presents Lydia Loveless, a fearless young woman who combines country and punk in a way entirely her own. “Love this woman. Love her…” writes SPIN Magazine. Loveless has received acclaim from both Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine as a “New artist you need to know”. She is commonly compared to the musical stylings of Lucinda Williams and My Morning Jacket.

Aug
17
Sun
Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude! – “The Grand Italian Tour: Souvenir de Florence” @ Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

logothumbWorks by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Valentini, Boccherini and Vivaldi Featuring the High Peaks Festival Chamber Orchestra,  with guest artists Elmar Oliveira and Axel Strauss.

More information here.

Aug
23
Sat
Festival of Bugs @ Mountain Top Arboretum
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

logothumbKids: how many different types of bugs can you catch with a net in the meadow? What’s living in the pond water besides the frogs? Have you ever eaten ants on a log? Join us to celebrate the world of insects here at the Arboretum. All inquiring minds are welcome, come learn all about the insects here!

Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

logothumbRead more about it here.

Concerts & Conversations: Andrew Appel & Four Nations Ensemble @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

logothumbBefore the Deluge: Music from Versailles and Paris.

More information here.

Aug
24
Sun
Rise Up Singing: America’s Best Loved Folk Songs @ Historical Society of Middletown Hall
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

logothumbA  concert by 77th Regimental Balladeers, assisted by the HSM Kazoo Band!  Come early and bring a picnic!

Sponsored by the Historical Society of Middletown.

A Celebration of Strings @ Maple Museum
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

logothumbFeaturing the Leonata String Quartet performing Dvorak’s American Suite and more.  Sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

 

Aug
28
Thu
Lecture Series @ Badgely Museum Annex
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

logothumbIn collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the Schoharie County Historical Society presents the fourth in its free Summer Lecture Series in the Badgley Annex. In this concert-and-lecture program, Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by.

Aug
31
Sun
Bovina Farm Day
Aug 31 all-day

logothumbSponsored by Farming Bovina.

Concerts & Conversations: Two to Tango with Pablo Ziegler & Christopher O’Riley @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

logothumbPablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley, having toured nationally the critically acclaimed Los Tangueros, partner again in 2014-2015 on an adventurous new program. Two to Tango will feature new compositions and arrangements by Astor Piazzolla, Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley.

More information here.

Sep
7
Sun
“Heir Apparent” Reading @ Maple Museum
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

logothumbJefferson Playwright, Phil Potak, reading his new play, “Heir Apparent.” Sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.

Sep
13
Sat
Global Rock Showcase – Punky Reggae Ska Dub Party @ The Dairy Field
Sep 13 all-day

logothumbThe Global Rock Showcase will feature some great alternative music entertainers. The sound will be definitely diverse covering Funk, Funk, Dub Reggae, Ska, Alt. Hiphop and Metal. Artists such as the legendary HR of Bad Brains (punk-hardcore-Dub Reggae) and Grammy Nominated/BMI Award Winning Songwriter, musician and artist Ronkat Spearman (funk-alt. rock-alt-hiphop-punk) were booked. Ronkat Spearman is also a core member of George Clinton & P Funk so he will be bringing the funk pedigree. The Scorseses form New Orleans, Louisiana is in the mix to perform also. The Scorseses is selling out premier venus like House Of Blues, New Orleans. They will be bringing their gumbo flavored ska-punk-rock sound. The alternative rock band the Band Broidz and local Upstate New York bands such as Bombmob Electrodub and DJ Queen Tubby have been booked for the Global Rock Showcase Festival.

Get more updates here.

Climb For Our Veterans @ Sunny Knolls Farm
Sep 13 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

logothumbThe Patriot Highlander Challenge is named after the Revolutionary War Patriots who fought in the valleys of Schoharie County, NY – Timothy Murphy being one of the most famous. Also…we have weather and spirit like the Highlands of Scotland (and as we all know, Scottish bagpipes are essential to any good event).

Sep
14
Sun
60 Years Gone: Remembering Arena @ Historical Society of Middletown Hall
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

logothumbA  slide show presented by author Diane Galusha on a community lost to the Pepacton Reservoir. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Middletown.

 

Sep
27
Sat
Cauliflower Festival @ Village Park
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

logothumbFood, art and community exhibits, kids activities, tractor parade.

Oct
4
Sat
Game of Logging Level 3 @ Catskill Forest Association
Oct 4 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

logothumbIn Level 3, you will learn how to not only directionally fell a tree, but fell it in the opposite direction of the its lean. Many trees do not lean in the direction you prefer, and knowing how to use a wedge in order to “wedge it over,” is critical. Level 3 is where everything comes together. Levels 1 & 2 are a prerequisite.

Preregistration & payment required. Limit 10.

Sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association.

Oct
26
Sun
History of Skiing in the Catskills @ Historical Society of Middletown Hall
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

logothumbHistorical Society of Middletown Annual Meeting and Luncheon.  An illustrated talk by author George Quinn. Reservations required.

 

Nov
29
Sat
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

logothumbThe Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra with 24 musicians, featuring the wind players (flute, 2 oboes and 2 horns) will return for their annual Thanksgiving weekend concert this year performing works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Sinfonia alla Rustica for String Orchestra, and the Concerto for Two Horns and Strings; Mozart’s Concerto #2 for Flute and Orchestra; Handel’s Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra; and, Haydn’s Symphony #24.

More information here.