Morning light over Bovina

No, that's not the Shire -- it's the sun over Bovina Center this morning, illuminating farm fields that are already turning from gold to green in earnest. Photo by Christopher Mooney, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

For a larger view, see the photo's Flickr page.

Tonight at the Empire State Railway Museum: Sloan Wainwright

Photo by Lynda Shenkman Curtis for Oxygen House Photography. From Sloan Wainwright's website.

It must be spring: The Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia is alive with the sound of music once again. Flying Cat Music, a small independent music series run by our own Tom Rinaldo, kicks off its 2012 season tonight, with a special performance by Sloan Wainwright. (Yes, she's one of Those Wainwrights: younger sister to Loudon, aunt to Rufus and Martha, and "sister-out-law" to Suzzy Roche and the late, great Kate McGarrigle.)  Read more

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This week around the blogshed: Don't fence me in

Above: Filmmaker Jessica Vecchione's cat Greykitty must be free.

For more random tidbits from around the region, check out Around the Blogshed.  Read more

Wall Street to Main Street art occupation in Catskill

The Bread and Puppet Theater. Photo by Jack Sumberg, via the Bread and Puppet website

Revolution has been in the air all year, and in the village of Catskill, it's in all the shop windows. The Wall Street to Main Street project is a combination art festival and consciousness-raising session spanning two months of performances, installations, and activities on Catskill's Main Street. (Like the original Occupy Wall Street protest, the festival even has its own newspaper, which contains a guide to all of the events and activities.)  Read more

Tonight: Catch James Hunter in Cochecton

British R&B master James Hunter is playing in a quiet corner of Sullivan County tonight to raise money for the anti-fracking efforts of Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy. At $20 a pop, the entrance fee is a steal to see Hunter, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for his blues album, People Gonna Talk. The show starts at 8 at the Nutshell Arts Center in Lake Huntington, but there are door prizes to entice you to get there early. More info below. 

Come Party with us to Fight Fracking at the James Hunter Concert in the Catskills, Friday March 23, 8pm (doors open at 6.30pm) - only $20 at the door!

Grammy-nominated British R&B Artist James Hunter and his band are appearing at the Nutshell Arts Center in Lake Huntington, NY at a concert to benefit Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy and their fight to ban fracking.

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Margaretville's budding Picassos

Wondering where the brillant art in the windows of businesses in Margaretville, Arkville and Fleischmanns this month came from? Look no further than Margaretville Central School, where artists from every grade level competed to have their creations showcased in this year's Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce-sponsored MCS Art Month art contest.

MCS's fine art teachers, Jennifer Wentland and Michele Dietz, have sent us photos of the winners and honorable mentions -- you can ooh and ah at them all by clicking through the Flickr photo album above or checking out our collection on Pinterest. A few of our favorites are below.  Make sure to see the art live at the participating businesses, listed below.  Read more

Regal eagle

Photographer Christopher Mooney got this beautiful close-up of a golden eagle (or immature bald eagle?) near the shore of the Pepacton Reservoir yesterday.

Posted to the Watershed Post Flickr group. (Local photographers, if you'd like to see your photos on the Watershed Post, feel free to post them to our group pool.)

3/22/12 Update: Eagle-eyed reader Kevin Millar tells us via email that this handsome fellow is an immature bald eagle:

Looks like a third winter Bald Eagle.  It looks like the top of the head is starting to turn white.  I don't think Golden Eagles ever get the white feathering on the breast that this bird has, either.

Casting call: Short film seeks actors

From the Hudson Valley Film Commission: A film company shooting in Sullivan County later this month is looking for cast members on short notice to play several roles in their short film, "My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain."

One very specific role they're looking to fill: The company needs a Caucasian arm or leg amputee, 18 to 23 years old, to play the role of "Frank Jr."

The film is based on a short story published in the January 2010 of Harper's Magazine, by writer T.C. Boyle. (The story can be read here, if you have a subscription to Harper's.)

The Hudson Valley Film Commission often posts on their blog about local casting calls, film jobs, and inquiries by film companies looking for shooting locations and housing for cast members.

Fresh: Family Traditions in Stone Ridge blends art and life

Above: Family Traditions owner Peri Rainbow-Sloan behind the counter. Photo by Anne Pyburn Craig.

A new business in Stone Ridge is a unique blend of gift shop, art gallery, and space for dispute resolution and educational services. All are invited to stop in between noon and 7pm this Saturday or Sunday, March 10 and 11, to meet the artists, munch complimentary snacks and wine, and get a peek at the newest denizen of Emmanuel's Plaza on Route 209.

Entering Family Traditions, it's hard to believe you're in the same space that used to house the well-loved but inarguably cramped video store. The feel is fresh and spacious. Beyond the array of gift-shop items, a comfy-looking lounge beckons. The walls pop with art.  Read more

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