Happy Thanksgiving

The snowstorm looms

Above: Snowfall predictions for the Catskills, via the National Weather Service's Binghamton office

The forecasts for a whammy of a winter storm are getting more serious: Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties are all under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The NWS predicts eight to 14 inches of snow in the eastern Catskills and five to 12 inches in the western Catskills. The white stuff will pile up in earnest throughout the day beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, with accumulation rates of one to two inches per hour.    Read more

This Weekend: Phoenicia Turkey Trot

Above: Bill Rudge, the Natural Resource Supervisor for Region 3 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, running in the Phoenicia Turkey Trot. Photo by Michele Garner Brown.

On Saturday, Nov. 29, hundreds of runners will line up in Phoenicia for the annual post-feast Phoenicia Turkey Trot to walk, run or waddle 2.4 miles through the hamlet to raise funs for building upkeep and improvements at the Shandaken Theatrical Society Playhouse.
Runners of all abilities are invited to participate, ideally in costume. There will be prizes for the best get-ups worn in the race. Kids are invited to race as well: anyone under five years old can enter the Tot Trot, held before the main race that morning. 
Phoenicia Turkey Trot. Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. Tot trot 9:30 a.m. $10 individuals; $20 per family. Registration at 8 a.m. at the  Parish Hall on Main Street Phoenicia. Pre-register at runreg.com or phoeniciaturkeytrot.com

Happy Thanksgiving

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This Weekend: Christopher Williams Open Studio

Above: "Wolf-in-Skins," a work-in-progress dance-opera by Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears. Photo by Andrew Jordan.

By the time audiences usually see a dance, it’s the final, perfected product—the polished result of months of work. But New York City-based choreographer Christopher Williams is giving viewers a chance to see what a movement piece looks like at the very beginning of its lifespan, in a free open studio on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Mount Tremper Arts. 

Left: Christopher Williams. Photo via his website. 

Williams has been commissioned to create a series of dances for "Dardanus," a Baroque opera by 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. In those days, dance was an integral part of operatic structure; minuets and gavottes popped up in interludes between arias. This new production of the rarely-seen opera, directed by Michel Fau and in collaboration with the musical group Ensemble Pygmalion, is set to begin performances at the Opéra National de Bordeaux next April.

But Williams’s contribution has to start somewhere, and he’s making his first moves during a weeklong residency in Mount Tremper. Armed with a recording of Ensemble Pygmalion’s arrangements for "Dardanus," he and six dancers have come up from the city to work out the beginnings of what will become the final pieces.

“What the audience will see are very rough attempts at dance material that in some way relates to the music,” Williams said. “I think it will help demystify the process of dance-making. By inviting people in at this stage, people can get a taste of what it’s like to be in the studio as a dancer, having to deal with the material that’s given to you by a choreographer.”

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HealthAlliance maternity department earns state’s highest obstetrical-delivery health award

KINGSTON -- The maternity department of HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway campus earned the state’s highest mother and newborn health award for delivering every infant at full term for an entire year, unless an earlier delivery was medically necessary.

The Quality Improvement Award -- part of the state health department’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative Obstetrical Improvement Project -- recognized the hospital’s Family Birth Place for reporting “zero scheduled deliveries without a medical indication in 2013,” acting Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker said in a letter to David Scarpino, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s president and chief executive officer.

“This is the highest level of achievement possible for this project, and we commend your entire team for their exemplary work and commitment to this important issue,” Zucker’s letter said.

An accompanying certificate said HealthAlliance received the award “in recognition of the hard work and dedication of your facility’s staff to eliminate scheduled deliveries without a medical indication prior to 39 weeks gestation.”  Read more

HealthAlliance Receives Communicator Award for Newsletter

HealthAlliance Receives Award of Distinction for Newsletter in 2014 Communicator Awards

Kingston, N.Y. – Nov. 18, 2014 – HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley has won an “Award of Distinction” in the 2014 Communicator Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for their newsletter, HealthAlliance & You.

HealthAlliance, in partnership with Krames StayWell, won the award in the print medical newsletter category. HealthAlliance & You is a community newsletter published three times a year providing wellness information, details on healthful events, updates about HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® and more.

This is the second year HealthAlliance has produced HealthAlliance & You and the first year it was submitted to the Communicator Awards. With over 6,000 entries received from across the U.S. and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.  Read more

This weekend: Shop local, shop the Catskills

Above: The Hudson Valley Hullabaloo features indie crafters and makers selling their wares in Kingston. One of the many vendors that will be there this weekend is Wishbone Letterpress, which is run by the Hullabaloo's founder and co-organizer Danielle Bliss and her husband Joe Venditti. They make snazzy cards like the one you see above. Photo via the Hullabaloo blog. 

Giving gifts to loved ones is great fun. Getting those gifts is great fun too, when you stay clear of the mass markets and head instead to the local merchants and makers. Supporting those folks makes our communities better all year long.

Here, then, is the first installment of our Catskills holiday season shopping guide to where and when you’ll find the good fresh local stuff among smiling faces. We'll be posting each week with events to check out around the region. Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar  Read more

This Weekend: Rosendale Pickle Festival

Photo by Liz West, via Flickr. 

The humble cucumber has a celebration all its own this Sunday: the Rosendale Pickle Festival.

This will be the festival's 17th year. Over 6,000 people are expected to come to the Rosendale Community Center seeking a pickle fix, according to the Daily Freeman:  Read more

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Friends and Neighbors

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