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.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our area and we know you will have fun!
August – November 2014
Shaver-Hill, Byebook, Peck & Potter, Weinland, Horton Hill, Blue Sky Winery, & CC Farm, The Farmer’s Wife, Harpersfield Cheese, and The Pickle Man; Millions of Stitches, Lily Lady’s Creations, Gilson Native American Crafts, Pure Catskills, Peaceful Valley Reiki & Crystal Healing, Pankin’ Poon Used Books, DVD’s, & Historical Society.
In 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.
The Orphic Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs from legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen. The show will present 46 photographs of rock greats including John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Debbie Harry, The Ramones and more.
Rock Seen at the Orphic will also include a Teenage Bedroom installation (as seen at MoMA). In addition, signed copies of Bob Gruen’s 14th book ROCK SEEN (Abrams 2011), a monograph spanning his long career, will be available at the gallery.
For forty years, Bob Gruen has been documenting the rock scene, capturing now iconic images of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, New York Dolls, Blondie, The Ramones, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono among others and continues to work today with current acts Green Day and the Strypes. Bob Gruen says of his career, “Photography has led me to some great experiences and enduring relationships. Blurring the line between work and play, many of the people I met through my work have become friends; some are like family to me.”
Bob Gruen’s career began in 1965, when he shot his first concert photos at the Newport Folk Festival. “I was still a kid and a big Bob Dylan fan.” Bob Gruen recalls, “I talked my way into getting a photo pass so I could be down front. That was when Dylan played electric guitar and claimed rock’n’roll was American folk music and got booed off stage for it. After that I began taking photos a lot.” (Bob Gruen, Interview with Carlo McCormick, The New York Trash)
While shooting freelance work and photo stories for the underground rock magazine “Rock Scene,” Bob photographed local New York City bands “on stage, off stage, at home, at parties, and during time off”. “Many photos I was taking then weren’t used until years later; they weren’t considered to be news at the times, but now they are ‘history’ ” Bob says of his early photographs which document the very beginnings of what would later become a monumental rock scene at the now infamous New York City clubs CBGB and Max’s Kansas City where bands such as the Ramones and Blondie got their start.
Many of Bob Gruen’s iconic photographs began with unassuming introductions that became the catalyst for honest and enduring friendships. A hurried introduction to Ike and Tina Turner outside a concert began a friendship that resulted in Gruen’s first album cover, and later Gruen’s first concert tour.
In 1972, Gruen met John Lennon and Yoko Ono at a benefit concert, and later dropped some prints at their nearby apartment. This simple gesture began a close friendship between Bob Gruen, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono. Throughout the 1970′s Gruen worked as their personal photographer, documenting concerts and press conferences, as well as capturing serene moments between John and Yoko, and the first images of their son, Sean Lennon. In 1974, Gruen suggested photographing John Lennon on top of his New York apartment building, which would later become the hugely iconic image of John Lennon wearing the New York City T-Shirt.
Gruen’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2009 exhibition, “Looking at Music: Side 2″ and the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s 2009 exhibition, “Who Shot Rock & Roll”. Bob Gruen lives and works in New York City.
Get out your dancing boots and head over to the Maple Museum in Jefferson for a free concert with Whiskey Cross. The local group features Sonny Rock who is a Blues Hall of Fame drummer and host of “Local Licks” radio show on WRIP 97.9 fm. Also in the line-up are James Dykeman on vocals and guitar (also a Johnny Cash “specialist”), Bob Cage (a classically trained violinist) playing fiddles and guitar, and Adam Price on bass guitar. This event had originally been scheduled for early in the month, but had to be postponed to the 29th because Rock was touring around the country with Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls this summer, and getting the chance to play with some of the legendary blues musicians down south.
The event is sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.
“To be Forever Wild was the featured film at the 2014 Catskill Mountains Film Festival.
Come meet the Director! Director David Becker will be attending and doing a short introduction
before the film and a Q&A after!
Sponsored by Farming Bovina.
The Town of Roxbury in partnership with Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA), the MARK Project, Roxbury Arts Group, and Roxbury Fire Department invite you to a spectacular Labor Day festivity A Blast of Roxbury, Sunday, August 31 from 4 to 9 pm. GRBA’s monthly business mixer will morph this month into a community-wide Labor Day celebration in the Town’s Historic District.
Festivities will begin at 4 pm with walking tours, and vintage horse-drawn riding tours through the Historic District. Roxbury’s Historic District has over eighty buildings and sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places – superb Victorian homes, located right on Main Street, make Roxbury one of the most beautiful towns in the region.
All eateries in town – Cassie’s Café, East Branch, Queens Mountain Café, Public Lounge, Petra Estiatorio at Shephard Hills Golf Course, and the Ate-O-Ate Gourmet Food Truck will be open, and offer picnic menus for patrons to bring in the park. Also, Roxbury Wine & Spirits store will be open, and offer a fine selection of wine and spirits – there will be a tasting at the store between 3 and 5 pm. At 6 pm The Spectacular Average Boys will start performing folk, rock and Americana songs in Kirkside Park.
The festivities will conclude at 8:30 pm with an extravagant fireworks display.
Pablo 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.
The Roxbury Arts Group is dedicated to making the arts an integral part of life in Delaware County through quality arts programming. In an effort to meet this goal, the Roxbury Arts Group offers grants to support arts and cultural projects that take place in Delaware County communities and schools through the Decentralization Grant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Grant Information Sessions are just beginning and anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to attend.
There are three separate grants that are available through the Decentralization Grant Program: Community Arts, Arts Education and Individual Artist. Community Arts Grants provide support to community based organizations, groups, collectives or artists for arts programming or projects. Arts Education Grants are designed to support arts education projects in the K-12 public school setting. The Individual Artist Grants support the development of new work by artists that demonstrate substantial community benefit and involvement during the creative process.
“The Roxbury Arts Group has been administering the Decentralization Grant since 1986. In recent years this grant has provided funding for programs such as the Hobart Festival of Women Writers, workshops offered in support of the Catskill Mountain Film Festival, partnerships between artists and area schools, and a series of summer performances at the William B. Ogden Library in Walton”, says Annie Schwed, Grants and Community Coordinator at the Roxbury Arts Group. “We are looking forward to learning more about the projects and programs that community members will propose this year.”
Local decision-making is at the heart of this grant program, and all grant applications are reviewed by a panel made up of Delaware County residents, artists, educators, and community leaders. This is a competitive grant process, and for the 2015 grant cycle funding priorities include: programs and projects that encompass Creative Placemaking, include emerging artists and organizations, projects that engage new audiences and projects that incorporate dance.
The deadline for grant applications is November 21, 2014. The Roxbury Arts Group will be offering several Grant Information Sessions around Delaware County; anyone interested in applying for a grant is encouraged to attend.
Jefferson Playwright, Phil Potak, reading his new play, “Heir Apparent.” Sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society.
The 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.
The 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).
A slide show presented by author Diane Galusha on a community lost to the Pepacton Reservoir. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Middletown.
Game of Logging Level 1 focuses on varying aspects of chainsaw safety and techniques for properly felling trees. Participants are introduced to open face felling, personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. Preregistration/payment required. Contact CFA for more information.
In 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.
Historical Society of Middletown Annual Meeting and Luncheon. An illustrated talk by author George Quinn. Reservations required.
The 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.