July 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, local herbalist and forager, on the beautiful grounds of Blue Deer Center for one of her amazing plant walks. With her guidance, you will identify key seasonal nutritious weed-foods, learn about harvesting methods and tasty food preparations.

With your new enhanced awareness of wild foods and local plant life you will be part of the listening experience of Music of the Plants. Their musical musings can now be heard by the human ear!

Afterwards, Blue Deer Center invites you to a “tasting party” to enjoy some tasty wild food treats. This promises to be an amazing afternoon, we hope you can join us!

Location: Blue Deer Center  1155 County Route 6  Margaretville, NY 12455

Cost:       $20 per person

Register:, please arrive by 12:45pm

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In Bloom, 2016

May 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

“In Bloom, a bouquet of flower art” Paintings by Oneida Hammond, Patrice Lorenz, and Alix Hallman Travis; Ceramics and ikebana by Sumiko Patrone the Commons Gallery Saturday, May 7-Sunday, May 30, 2016 You are invited to wander among an array of blooming flowers from fields, roadsides, gardens and the porch as captured by local painters, Oneida Hammond, Patrice Lorenz, and Alix Hallman Travis, joined by potter and practitioner of ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, Sumiko Patrone. This arrangement of blossom paintings and pottery marks the Commons Gallery’s participation in the Spring on Main celebration on Main Street, Margaretville, Saturday, May 14. The flowers depicted move from literal representations, to the impressionistic, all the way to the abstract--filling the entire gallery with luminous buds and blooms of every kind and color. Patrone’s flower bejeweled porcelain pieces will be centered by an ikebana flower arrangement, . The viewer can almost smell aroma! The exhibit, “In Bloom” opens May 7 and will run through May 30.  Read more

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Celebrity Waiter Event at Peekamoose June 4th

The only thing serious about this event is the cause! The fun gets underway at Noon sharp when the Celebrity Waiters will greet you and guide you through this extra ordinary event. The Waiters will be competing as to whom will get the most “Tips”, all of which are donated to the Margaretville Health Foundation. If you usually tip 20% you might want to have more “Tip Bucks” available as they will pamper and entertain you for more. You can ask them to sing your favorite song, dance with you, play you a tune or tell a joke or two. Bring your imagination and make your Celebrity Waiter work for his “tip”.

Can’t wait to join us? Reserve now. The luncheon is $60 not including tips. Can’t be there? Donate a tip and tell us which waiter should get it. More information? Contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181 or email [email protected].

John Faso: Experienced politician faces voters who are fed up with "insiders"

Above: John Faso. Image via the Faso campaign.

In the increasingly negative race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has all the hallmarks of a traditional general election contender. But that might not help him, because 2016 is no traditional election year.

Nationally, maverick candidate Donald Trump has ousted more traditional Republican candidates from the race for president. In the race for the 19th Congressional District, which represents the Catskills and Hudson Valley, Faso’s opponents hope to do the same to him.

Faso, a Republican, began his campaign for Congress with high name recognition and a time-tested fundraising apparatus. He spent 16 years in the New York State Assembly from 1987 to 2002 and made an unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial bid in 2006 against Democrat Elliot Spitzer.

Now, Faso's status as an experienced politician and elected official has become both a blessing and a curse.  Read more

Gallery Opening Reception: Contemplations

April 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

 Opening this week on Friday, April 22nd at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is "Contemplations: A Winter Tale," featuring a solo exhibition by artist Gerda van Leeuwen, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists.      The artists' reception will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Gerda van Leeuwen's exhibit "Contemplations: A Winter Tale" is comprised of 37 mono prints made with tempera/watercolor on various Japanese printing papers adhered to  Read more

Fun, Fast and Furious Celebrity Waiter Event. Join us June 4th at Peekamoose

Reserve and join in the fun! Fast furious and friendly competition for "Tips". Join us on June 4th from Noon to 2pm and enjoy the luncheon prepared especially for this event by Peekamoose Restaurant. For reservations and information contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 or email [email protected].

Presidential primary day in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr. 

For New York state voters who are registered with a political party, today--April 19, 2016--is the day to vote in New York state's presidential primary election.

It's one of the most exciting primary races in years, with Donald Trump expecting a landslide of Republican votes in his race against Ted Cruz and John Kasich while Hilary Clinton dukes it out with Bernie Sanders for the state's Democratic voters. 

The national and international press is watching New York voters--including some in the Catskills--as they go to the polls today.  Read more

Delaware County will tax commercial solar farms

Above: Michael Sabansky, Delaware County's director of real property tax services, gave a presentation on solar farms to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on April 13. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

With the possibility of commercial solar electricity generation coming to Delaware County, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors has taken steps to make sure that solar developers pay property taxes.

The board, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 13, adopted a resolution to enter into “host community benefit” agreements for commercial solar installations. The resolution circumvents state rules, which provide property tax exemptions for such installations for 15 years.

Michael Sabansky, the county's director of real property tax services, said that 6,500 letters have been sent to Delaware County landowners soliciting leases for solar installations.

“I'm sure we're going to get a few in the county,” he said. “We do have lots of land and lots of power lines.”  Read more


Maverick Family Counseling is seeking weekly cleaning services for our Margaretville office and and our Phoenicia office. If interested, please call Thayer Case at 845 679 8650 x102.

Voices of Wisdom

June 11, 2016 - 12:00pm
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For thousands of years humans have gathered together around the fire for light, warmth and connection. Voices of Wisdom, an offspring of Ancient Wisdom Rising, is a new regional event that brings communities together with traditional elders and wisdom keepers.

In these times of great need and change, this event is an opportunity to sit in circle and listen to the elders, to each other and to the fire; and to reconnect with the land and the spirits of the place where you live. Being in the presence of this embodied wisdom can teach us how to improve our relationship with nature, offer respect and gratitude, and learn how to “ listen” to and connect with the world around us.  Read more


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