Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour: Franklin's "fantastic stone castles"

Above:  The trailer for "Robert," a new documentary film from videographer Jessica Vecchione. 

This week on the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, we talk with Jessica Vecchione, a Hamden-based videographer, about her new documentary, Robert. (Vecchione is a longtime Watershed Post advertiser.) 

The film, Vecchione writes, is about "a little-known artist and long-time resident of Franklin New York. In the early 90's, Robert began constructing fantastic stone castles in his small backyard." 

Robert will screen for the first time at the Skene Library in Fleischmanns on Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm.

Listen live to today's show at two times by clicking the links below:

1pm: WIOX 91.3FM

3pm: WGXC 90.7FM  Read more

Police arrest two "red goat" suspects

Photo from the Red Goats of Kingston Facebook page.

The Kingston Police Department issued a press release yesterday trumpeting the arrest of two people who allegedly are the masterminds behind the rash of red goats that have been popping up as graffiti around Kingston's Uptown District.

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Salesman and 23-year-old Geddis Paulsen have been arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief, according to a Kingston Police press release, which you can see in full below.  Read more

Local artisans pitch in for flood relief

Painting by local artist Alix Travis. One of several dozen items donated by local artists and craftspeople via the Catskill Mountain Artisans' Guild for a raffle to raise funds for flood relief.

It all started with a quilt. On September 4, with Margaretville still clogged with debris from Tropical Storm Irene and the National Guard still stationed in front of their Main Street storefront, the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild decided to pitch in for flood relief. Guild member Claire Herz donated a quilt, and the Guild began selling $10 raffle tickets on Main Street.

Before long, the fundraiser took on a life of its own. Dozens of artworks were donated by Guild members, and jeweler Barbara Petrini built an online gallery to showcase the pieces and sell raffle tickets online.

This weekend, the Artisans Guild is preparing to raffle off dozens of donated pieces from its member artists and craftspeople, with the proceeds going to local flood relief via the MARK Project.  Read more

The Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour: Michelle MacNaught

Above: Two of Michelle MacNaught's pieces. 

This week on the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, we talk with Michelle MacNaught, a 21-year-old DeLancey native and artist who was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer a year ago. In the year of chemotherapy and treatment that has followed, MacNaught has devoted herself to her art, making beautiful and haunting woodcuts, etching and drawings inspired by her struggle with cancer.

MacNaught's work is being exhibited in a new book, "Michelle MacNaught," and in an exhibit opening on November 15 at the Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte gallery in Manhattan.  We are honored to have her as our guest on the show today.

Update: Michelle was unable to join us for today's broadcast, although we did discuss her art and upcoming gallery show on today's show. We hope to have Michelle on as a guest on a future show soon.

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

Halloween goes to the dogs

Two canine participants in Sunday's Halloween parade in Phoenicia. Photo by Bruce Barry.


October snowstorm photos

For the second time this week, we're collecting your snow photos from around the Catskills. Send us your pictures of this weekend's freak October snowstorm in the Catskills, and we'll add them to the growing slideshow above.

We're kicking off with two photos of deer bounding through snow on Dry Brook Road yesterday in Arkville taken by Nancy Fallon. Click the photos to see where the photos were taken.

Share your photos with us by emailing it to [email protected], posting it to our Facebook page, or to our Flickr group. We'll add them to this slideshow as we get them.

The Red Goats of Kingston

Photo from the Red Goats of Kingston Facebook page.

Dozens of spray-painted red goats have mysteriously appeared on white wooden planters in Kingston's Uptown district -- and, just as mysteriously, someone has been painting numbers on them. The Daily Freeman reports:

Detective Lt. Egidio Tinti, who heads the Detective Division of the Kingston Police Department, said police are questioning people around Uptown about both the goats, which apparently were spray-painted late Monday or early Tuesday, and the numbers, which were added a day later.

People who were vocal in their opposition to the recent renovations of Uptown’s Pike Plan canopies are among those being questioned, Tinti said. Twenty-two planter boxes were installed as part of the Pike Plan project.

Are they art? Vandalism? A cheeky act of protest? Whatever their mission, in the two days they've existed, they've heated up Kingston's simmering anxieties to a boil. Local elected officials are furious:  Read more

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice in the arts spotlight

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Kerry Henderson, the executive director of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (and this year's leading man in the festival's production of Don Giovanni), gave the National Endowment for the Arts a charming interview this week on the NEA's Art Works podcast. (Click here to listen.)

The interviewer, the NEA's Josephine Reed, is struck by how Phoenicia came together to make the festival happen two years ago. She describes it as "putting on a show in the best Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney tradition." And Henderson still sounds delighted and gobsmacked by how the enthusiasm of the Shandaken community has made the festival "a huge success."  Read more

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The Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour: October 26, 2011

Above: Mike Ondish's and his1968 Shelby Mustang in a poster for the documentary Demon on Wheels.

This week on the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, we talk with Christina Eliopoulos, the director of the documentary Demon on Wheels, and her subject, Margaretville outlaw mechanic and daredevil Mike Ondish, who is resurrecting his 1968 Shelby Mustang and returning it to its past racing glory. For more info on the movie, see the bottom of this post.

This week is fund drive week for WGXC 90.7 FM, which airs the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour in Columbia and Greene Counties. To support WGXC, which is a nonprofit community radio station airing unique voices across the Catskills, call 518-828-0290 or 518-697-7400 or go to

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: 

1pm: WIOX 91.3FM

3pm: WGXC 90.7FM

Also on today's radio show:  Read more

Local color

Photo taken October 15, 2011 by Flickr user scottnj. Published under Creative Commons license.

The fall foliage may be on its way out, but there's vivid color in the Catskills landscape if you know where to look for it. For instance: This proud, Pepto-Bismol-pink barn in Tannersville. Not what you might call traditional -- but just the thing to get us through those gray, dreary days from the end of autumn til the snow starts sticking.

Want to see your local photos on the Watershed Post? Email them to [email protected], or post them to our Watershed Post Flickr group.

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