New Paltz

Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner

March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Unison Arts Center will kick off its Spring 2015 season with the "Empress of the Unexpected," singer/songwriter Susan Werner, on Saturday, March 28th at 8pm.  Werner will be playing songs from her most recent recording, Hayseed, as well as songs from her earlier recordings, I Can't Be New and The Gospel Truth.

Susan Werner made her mark in the folk world before switching genres for her sixth album, I Can't Be New, a collection of original songs written in the style of Cole Porter and George Gershwin.  The Gospel Truth, released in 2007, addressed religion from an agnostic's point of view.  Hayseed is the fourth in a series of concept albums and is focused on farms, farmers and the people who love them.  "I like concept albums because they give the audience and the artist a place to meet, something in common to talk about, right from the word 'go," says Werner. "And it seems everybody--from the First Lady to Dodge Trucks--has something to say about food, farms and farmers these days."  Read more


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Tango meets Swing with dancer Nina Jirka and the Bernstein Bard Quartet

March 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tango meets Swing at Unison Arts Center on Sunday, March 1st at 3pm. The amazing Nina Jirka will lead a basic tango lesson, followed by tango and swing dancing, from 4-6pm, with music courtesy of the Bernstein Bard Quartet.  This is the first is what will be a series of monthly dances organized by Nina for Unison.

Nina Jirka studied various forms of dance, movement, music and theatre at the legendary Russian Dance Academy in Moscow.  She danced as a soloist with the Moscow Festival Ballet, Perm Opera, Kremlin Ballet and Stars of the Bolshoi.  Upon moving to New York, she continued to perform, study and teach dance and movement. In 2006 she and Ellen Crystal founded Tango New Paltz.  Currently Nina is working in the New Paltz area with groups and private ballet and tango students.  During her demonstration, she will talk about the history of tango.  Read more


This Weekend: Valentine's Day in the Catskills

Above: Snowmen in love in Roxbury promote Sunday's Hearts in the Hamlet event, via Facebook.

Just when we desperately need a celebration to take the edge off the cabin fever and the late-winter blahs, here it is Valentine’s Day. What could be lovelier? In the Catskills, love is something that’s celebrated year round, but this weekend it’s the star of the show. Come out and create and play and feast and dance. All events are happening on Valentine's Day itself -- Saturday, Feb. 14 -- unless otherwise indicated. 


The winners of the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

The 2015 Catskills Food Guide is out. Click here for more info. - Ed.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Food Guide to send us their best photos of Catskills food and farms. This year, 32 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Thanks to our contest sponsor, Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian, who generously awarded a $75 gift certificate to our grand prize winner. 

Thanks to everyone who entered. To see all of those great photos, click here

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Snow day, again

Above: Icicles in Andes on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Mark Zilberman. Shared in the Watershed Post Flickr Pool. 

Schools and offices are closed around the Catskills on Monday, Feb. 9 as the National Weather Service predicts 8 to 14 in inches of snow for the region. All five Catskills counties -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are under Winter Storm Warnings throughout the day on Monday. The snowfall is forecast to be heavier in the eastern parts of the Catskills. 

(What is is about snow and Mondays? This is the third Monday in a row we've had a big snowstorm in 2015.) 

We're tracking the storm below. Share your photos with us on InstagramFlickrFacebook or email and we'll add them.

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Catskill Park advocates step up their lobbying efforts in Albany

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Above: A promotional video for the Catskill Park, produced by Catskill Mountainkeeper. 

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, at least in Albany. And until recently, the Catskills were pretty quiet when it came to asking New York’s legislature and governor for money.

That changed in 2013, when a group of organizations working together as the Catskill Park Coalition began heading to the Capitol in person for a formal lobbying effort called Catskill Park Awareness Day. The idea is to knock on the doors of legislators and let them know, in person, that the Catskill Park exists, and that it needs support in the state’s budget.

“Our goal is to encourage Catskill stakeholders to become advocates for the resources needed to make the Catskill Park more accessible and to increase NYS's commitment to fund capital improvements and stewardship,” wrote Alan White, the executive director of the Catskill Center, one of the Coalition’s founding members, in an email to the Watershed Post.   Read more

Below zero temperatures moving through on arctic air

Above: "A bitterly cold night is expected across eastern NY and western New England," according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Albany. 

The National Weather Service is warning that temperatures ranging from negative 5 to negative 10 degrees will blanket parts of the Catskills tonight, Thursday, Feb. 5. A special weather advisory for Delaware and Sullivan counties states:

Widespread Readings Of 5 To 10 Below Are Expected overnight...With The Normally Colder Spots Even Lower.If You Will Be Outside This Evening And Overnight...Be Prepared To face The Cold. Dress In Layers And Leave As Little Exposed Skin As possible. Also...If You Will Be Driving Remember That Road Chemicals are Much Less Effective At These Temperatures So Any Snow Or Ice On roads Is Unlikely To Melt Despite Being Treated. Roads May Be slippery.  Read more

Life Drawing Intensive

February 14, 2015 - 10:00am

Unison Arts Center is offering a Life Drawing Intensive session on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00am-4:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in drawing or painting for an entire day.

Whether you are just starting out, putting a porfolio together or have been drawing for many years, this Life Intensive will give you what you need. Professional artists and students will have the opportunity to work with experienced models under controlled lighting for the entire day.

The cost of the all-day workshop is $35 for Unison members and $45 for non-members. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please visit to secure your spot.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

(845) 255-1559

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