Fun at Cabaradio

Local videographer Jessica Vecchione shot this video at Catskill Cabaradio at the Pine Hill Community Center on Saturday and shared it with us. Center and right are Laurie and Ira McIntosh.

November's Art Safari: Courage and Energy

Above: Justin Nikles, "The Incredible Eye."

The November show at The Arts Upstairs gallery in Phoenicia ends this weekend. Here's a portion of Dave Channon's review of the show in his November edition of Art Safari, his monthly column. Channon is an environmental art activist specializing in welded steel sculptures, oil paintings and all manner of digital graphics, video and animation. You can see his work at To see the full safari, click here. -- Julia Reischel  Read more

Ulster County benefit concerts raise $116,000 for flood relief

Above: Natalie Merchant performing at the Shelter for the Storm benefit concert at UPAC on November 18, with Dan Littleton and Chris Wood. Photo by John Desanto, of the Times Herald-Record.

The Watershed Post was proud to be one of the many, many organizations to help out with a pair of flood-relief benefits organized in Ulster County last month by the Bardavon, Levon Helm Studios, and Radio Woodstock.

The twin concerts happened on November 18 at the Ulster Performing Arts Center and on November 19 at the Levon Helm Studios, and they brought in an amazing number of donations, altogether totaling $166,000. All the proceeds are going to the Phoenicia Rotary, the Prattsville Relief Fund, the Mark Project, and Ulster County Habitat for Humanity Flood Relief. 

The concert organizers singled the Watershed Post out by name from the stage to thank us for our work during the floods. (How cool to be name-checked in front of Natalie Merchant!) All we can say is, thank you!

Here's the full press release from the Bardavon about the fundraisers and where the funds will end up.

Press release:  Read more

Hancock farmer pens an ode to the truck-driving dog

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The Delaware County music scene: A little bit weird, but alive and kicking. Thanks to a hot tip from Pure Catskills, we just stumbled across the new music video for "Truck Driving Dog," by Hancock vegetable farmer (and former Green Party senatorial candidate) Mark Dunau.

A snippet:

When I'm riding, sights go flying
Sticks his head out; stinks fill his snout
Wind lifts his ears, joy fills his heart
His master loves him; he starts to bark

Truck, truck, truck
Truck driving dog
Truck, truck, truck
Truck driving dog

The song was recently featured on NPR's "Car Talk," whose garrulous hosts are always on the lookout for car-themed tunes to play on the show.

Fresh: "Groovin' in the Garden," a new album by Story Laurie

Above: Story Laurie groovin' in the garden. 

Laurie McIntosh didn’t mean to become a musician. The Andes-based artist (full disclosure: she is a Watershed Post advertiser), began her career as a storyteller, spinning tales for kids at schools and libraries around the region. But soon, a guitar and her trademark strong, clear vocals crept into McIntosh’s storytelling repertoire. Now McIntosh is less Mother Goose and more “modern-day troubadour” -- each tale she tells comes with a melody.  Read more

Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour: Pamela West-Finkle, 'Occupy' tactics, and lots of flood recovery news

Above: Pamela West-Finkle and her husband Theodore Finkle, as the band Diviner.

This week on the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, we talk with Pamela West-Finkle, a South Kortright musican and singer-songwriter, about her new Community Music and Arts Network and her mission to bring "community music" to the Catsklls.

We'll also discuss Amphenol's decision to stay in the Catskills, the flood recovery grants headed to our region, a political surprise in Prattsville, and the use of "Occupy" tactics to protest at the Ulster County Legislature.

Listen live to today's show at two times by clicking the links below, or hear the archived Mp3 at the bottom of this post:   Read more

Night light

It's not easy to get a photo like this, but with patience, a long exposure, and a clear night, you can take some astonishing images. This gorgeous photo of a home ablaze with light under a clear Delaware County night sky was taken by local photographer Mark Zilberman on Friday, November 25. Photographer's note:

Decided to test the G12. This is full out at ISO 3200, fully open at 15 secs. Will try out again with the big gun (D700).

Want to share your local photos with us? Email us at [email protected], or post them in our Watershed Post Flickr group.

Below is an older photo Zilberman shared with us recently: A trailer in Andes, aglow under an otherworldly July night sky.

Remembering Michelle MacNaught

We received word last night that Michelle MacNaught, a gifted 21-year-old SUNY Purchase student and artist from DeLancey, died yesterday.

MacNaught's wood block prints and drawings inspired by her year-long struggle with ovarian cancer were exhibited in a Manhattan gallery last week, and MacNaught attended the opening reception on Tuesday. 

Gannett Newspapers published a story about the show yesterday. The reporter interviewed MacNaught: 

The Purchase College art student flew into Manhattan on Tuesday to attend the opening at the Leo Koenig Gallery. A helicopter and ambulance were arranged to get her to the event safely from her hometown of Delhi, N.Y. “

It was so much fun,” she said. “I was really excited and very surprised to see all my family and friends there just to support me. It was fantastic.”  Read more

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