The Workings of Honey Bee Hives with Will "The Bee Man"

Walk Among the Weeds with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower

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!  Read more

Golf Annual Margaretville Health Foundation Event

Enjoy a pleasant day out with family and friends.

Avid golfers, weekend golfers, women, men, teams and singles.

Short a foursome? We will match you up with other golfers.

Barbecue dinner to follow right there at Cafe on the Green.

Raffle, prizes, snacks and beverage cart roaming the course.

For registration call Penny Vaccaro at 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181


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How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more

Animal rights group threatens to sue Margaretville school over donkey basketball

Above: A donkey basketball game at Margaretville Central School in April 2015. Photo by Pauline Liu, via Facebook.

A once-popular fundraiser will not happen at Margaretville Central School this year.

Donkey basketball, which involves students and teachers playing basketball in school gym while mounted on donkeys, was the subject of protests in the Delaware County village of Margaretville last year. This year, no game was planned. 

An animal rights group is taking credit for the change, while a school official simply says the event was not scheduled this year.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a California-based organization, filed a notice of claim against the school last year, threatening a lawsuit to stop future “donkeyball” events.  Read more

Voices of Wisdom

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

PARTY for Elaine Mayes Show, Longyear Gallery

June 18, 2016 - 3:00pm

Celebrate the opening of photographer Elaine Mayes show, Looking Back, at the Longyear Gallery!  Artist's reception is Saturday June 18 from 3:00-6:00 pm. There will also be a show of new work by Longyear artists.  Read more


June 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

“Screaming” Paintings and sculpture by Ann Lee Fuller, John Hopkins, Margaret Leveson, Anthony Margiotta, Gary Mayer and Alix Hallman Travis June 4-June 26 the Commons Gallery in the Commons Margaretville, NY A loud, noisy, colorful, funny and sometimes painful, exhibition of paintings and sculpture opens Saturday, June 4 at the Commons Gallery, Margaretville. Works of local artists: Ann Lee Fuller, John Hopkins, Anthony Margiotta, Margaret Leveson, Gary Mayer and Alix Hallman Travis are all in the manner of “The Scream,” the iconic image of a screaming person alone on a bridge in a red landscape by the 19th century Norwegian artist, Evard Munch. The fourth version of “The Scream of Nature,” better known as “The Scream,” was auctioned most recently by Southeby’s, London in 2012 for $119,922,600, setting a record at the time. Another of the four Munch versions is currently the subject and inspiration of an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, NYC.  Read more

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The Workings of Honey Bee Hives

As a young boy, Will “the Bee Man” Patterson was introduced to his life-long interest in bees by his grandfather and has been raising honey bees for over twenty years. In addition to working with bees on TeaThyme Herb & Fruit Farm, he also assists clients setting up and installing their own bee hives. Join Will at Blue Deer and learn about the workings of honey bee hives.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the crucial relationship between human beings and our environment. Learn why bees are vital beyond the production of honey.

The program will end with a Q & A period and we’ll even sweeten the deal with a jar of honey!  Read more

CELEBRATE our New Space, Longyear Gallery

June 18, 2016 - 3:00pm

Celebrate The Longyear Gallery's move to our new space! We're having a special reception, Saturday June 18, from 3:00 to 6:00.

We''re still in the Commons Building, but we've moved downstairs, with an entrance from the parking lot directly into the gallery. The much loved old Home Goods space is now light and bright, and will soon be filled with art.

The first show will be a retropsective of the work of photographer Elaine Myles, called Looking Back, and will include everything from landscapes to Jimi Hendrix. There will also be a group show of new work by Longyear members.

Shown here is Bridge at Halcottsville, an oil painting by Bob Axelrod.

Longyear Gallery is in the Commons Building, 785 Main Street, Margaretville.

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