Big Fracas uses music, clever wordplay, to grab attention

Some people sign petitions, stage protests, write congress, when they're unhappy about something. Big Fracas Productions has chosen the time-honored tradition of using music to gather attention and support for their anti-hydraulic-fracturing position (Get it? Fracking?  Fracas?).  The Oneonta Theatre will host the event, which is scheduled for this Friday; doors open at 7 pm.  Area musicians from towns at risk for fracking are donating their time to make the event happen, and representatives from antifracking groups will be on hand for information sessions before the musicians, including Diane Ducey and Measured Mile, The Mountebank Brothers, Little Slice and The Good Things, and Hagalicious With Sage, take the stage at 8. For more information, see the listing in our calendar. -- Andrea Girolamo


Abandoned in Callicoon

A reminder that nature always gets you in the end. Overgrown coal silos photographed in Callicoon on Saturday. Photo by Flickr user John of Catskills Photography, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

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Update: Whoops -- those are coal silos, not grain elevators. Thanks to sharp reader Burr Hubbell for pointing our our error.

WGXC turns one, parties hearty

Above: a chart in the WGXC offices in Hudson, spelling out how announcers should pronounce various towns around the region. Photo by Justin Goldman.

WGXC, the community radio station of Columbia and Greene Counties, is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with an array of events including a dance party at Savoia on Warren Street in Hudson, a cake buffett (because has anyone been satisfied with just one kind of cake?) and birthday party complete with live music at the Catskill Community Center on Sunday, and a benefit concert featuring Shearwater later that night at Helsinki Hudson.  Proceeds from all events benefit the station. For more info on the events, see the listing in our calendar.  -- Andrea Girolamo




Granary spires in Narrowsburg

John, a fellow who goes by username Catskills Photography on the Flickr photo-sharing website, shared this photo with us via the Watershed Post Flickr Pool. The image is of a part of the Narrowsburg Feed and Grain Company building in Narrowsburg, NY. John snapped the photo on January 28, 2012. 

"Robert" wins Best Documentary Short at DIY Film Festival

Kudos to Jessica Vecchione for her now award-winning documentary about a Franklin stonemason with a passion. (We interviewed Jessica, who is a Watershed Post advertiser, about the documentary on our radio show last fall.) You can watch the trailer for Robert above. 

Catskill artisans return to Belleayre this weekend

The Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild returns to Belleayre Mountain this weekend. Crafters from around the region will be displaying their wares for sale including toys, accessories, apparel, soaps, pottery, art and a host of other goodies. So swing by the Overlook Lodge, grab some hot chocolate, watch skiers taking some sweet moguls and support your local artisans. For more information, check out the listing in our calendar.  -- Andrea Girolamo

Midnight in Paris (in Middleburgh!)

I totally agree with Cole Porter: I love Paris in the springtime.  Since it's neither spring time, nor are we in Paris, why not break up the work week with a trip to the Middleburgh library for a matinee screening of Woody Allen's acclaimed "Midnight in Paris"? Playing tomorrow afternoon at 1pm, MIP features some big names  including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody and the wife of the president of France (no kidding), Carla Bruni. MIP is currently nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay AND Best Art Direction, so in advance of the Oscars this weekend, come check out the competition. For more info, see the listing in our calendar.  -- Andrea Girolamo

Louisiana Saturday Night fundraiser in Roxbury set for tomorrow

The MARK Project's annual Louisiana Saturday Night is upon us! Tomorrow, Saturday, February 18,  the Roxbury Arts Center will host a Cajun/Creole cook-off, and dancing to the music of Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers. Organizers say this is one of their most popular events, and that space is limited.  If you're interested in attending, call 845 586-3500, and see our calendar for more details.

-- Andrea Girolamo

Field topography

Every season is beautiful in the Catskills, but winter is the best time to really see the structure of the landscape.

Photo of snow on a farmer's field in Andes, taken on Feb. 12 by photographer Mark Zilberman and posted to the Watershed Post Flickr group. For a larger view, check out the photo's Flickr page.

Hudson Valley Seeds celebrates the Art of the Heirloom

Illustration for the seed pack of heirloom tomato variety Cosmonaut Volkov. Art by cartoonist and graphic artist Will Sweeney, for the Hudson Valley Seed Library's "Art Pack" line of artist-designed seed packs.

This Friday, the Horticultural Society of New York fetes a local seed company, and the artists commissioned to design its signature line of seed packs, with an opening reception at their gallery in midtown Manhattan. Local stalwarts Brewery Ommegang and Tuthilltown Spirits will be on hand to provide libations. 

It's a grand event for the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a company that has grown quickly over the last few years from its humble origins as a seed-saving project in the Gardiner public library. Founders Ken Greene and Doug Muller now operate a small seed farm with an expanding line of heirloom varieties in the Ulster County hamlet of Accord, and run a seed-saving membership program for local gardeners.  Read more

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