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.

Saugerties Zombie Crawl

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Footage from the First Annual Saugerties Zombie Crawl in 2010, by Zachary Coons.

The undead walk again in Saugerties, as the town plays host to a crew of shambling, rotting, groaning zombies. Tonght, October 22, is the second annual Zombie Crawl -- and this year, the event is raising proceeds for Hurricane Irene victims.

At least one thing will be live: Music. Kingston funk-rockers Voodelic will play Dave's Wine and Coffee House, and Tyrannosaurus Rocks will host "Zomstock" at the Donlon Auditorium.

Want to avoid ending up as a reanimated corpse? Head to the Village Apothecary, which will be handing out doses of zombie cure. Or if you're resigned to your fate, join the undead crew at the Partition Street Wine Shop, Main Street Restaurant or the Dutch Ale House, all of which are serving zombie-themed cocktails.

By 10pm, most of the crawling horrors will end up at the Donlon, where there will be a costume contest, presided over by last year's winner, Zombie Gaga.  Read more

Iconic rock photographer Barry Feinstein dies

Cover of the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film No Direction Home; image from a 1966 photo taken by Barry Feinstein of Bob Dylan at the Aust Ferry in England.

The AP reports that Barry Feinstein, a longtime Woodstock resident who took many iconic photographs of rock stars in the '60s and '70s, died early on Thursday, October 20 at the age of 80.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Agent Dave Brolan says the Woodstock resident died early Thursday. He'd suffered various ailments and was hospitalized with an infection.

Feinstein's best known images include the skinny, side-glancing picture of Dylan on the cover of 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and of Harrison sitting among garden gnomes on his 1970 solo album, "All Things Must Pass."  Read more

Brauhaus on the mountain

Belleayre Mountain and the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills hosting their annual Oktoberfest celebration at Belleayre Ski Center last Saturday. Photo by Mary McKeon.

Watershed Post News Poem: An Ode to the Feral Pig

Photo of Pelikan fountain pen by Flickr user David Blackwell. Published under Creative Commons license.

We are pleased to announce a new regular feature on our website: The Watershed Post News Poem. Every week, we'll be bringing you some form of ode, lyric, ditty, verse, limerick, sonnet, or (if we get really ambitious) villanelle based on current news events in the region. (For those of you who may be wondering: Yes, we're massive geeks; no, we have no shame.)

Fans of our weekly radio show, the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, may have heard a few of our quasi-literary stylings already. Today, for our poetical web debut, we bring you an Ode to the Feral Pig. (And if you're wondering what feral pigs have to do with news in the Catskills, check out this recent news item from our digital pages.)  Read more

Street artist Paolo Buggiani brings incendiary art to Andes

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Italian street artist Paolo Buggiani rides a flaming bicycle down Main Street in front of the Andes Hotel on Friday, October 7, 2011.

Diners on the porch of the Andes Hotel on Friday evening got a little spectacle along with their supper: A brief but memorable visit from Paolo Buggiani, an Italian street artist known for his flaming scuptures as well as for pulling stunts like roller-skating through New York City dressed as a metal-clad, fiery Minotaur.

The occasion? Buggiani is visiting a longtime friend, Andes stone sculptor Ken Hiratsuka, who has transformed his rural homestead on Route 28 into a dance and stone-carving studio called the Squid Farm. (One of Buggiani's sculptures, a large metal reptile, is mounted on the side of Hiratsuka's barn, and is a well-known local landmark.)

Buggiani will be holding a small sculpture exhibition at the Squid Farm, 34325 Route 28 in Andes, this afternoon (Saturday, October 8), from 2 to 6pm. We hear there may be fire involved -- not too surprising, given the artist's philosophy on the topic:  Read more

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O Positive Festival returns to Kingston this weekend

A century or two ago, country doctors were likely to take a good portion of their pay in things like chickens and vegetables.

Today, the idea of bartering for healthcare is alive and well in our own backyard -- and attracting a lot of attention, thanks to the artists, musicians, healthcare providers and other folks behind Kingston's O+ festival, now in its second year. The festival starts Friday, October 7, and continues through Sunday, October 9.

The concept of O+ is simple: Get a bunch of local healthcare providers to agree to barter their services for art and music, find artists who want to participate, and throw a massive citywide party. Last year, the idea proved to be a smashing success, and the festival attracted plenty of attention from local and national press.

This year's festival is "better, not bigger," said co-organizer Alexandra Marvar, who said the festival organizers had more applicants than one weekend could cram in, both performers and local healthcare providers.

"There are more doctors than we can even put to use in our weekend clinic," she said.  Read more

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