Halcottsville raises 9-11 tribute

By Brian Sweeney
The hamlet of Halcottsville marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with the permanent placement of a sculpture made in response to the tragic day.

Sunday’s ceremony included the dedication of a small park along Main Street and the formal unveiling of a bronze sculpture donated by the artist Mark Pilato.

The eight-foot-tall dual columns are entitled “Ascent,” and were completed several years ago as Mark’s tribute to the phenomenal human spirit shown by American citizens following the attacks.

Felting & kids fun at PFM this Saturday

Halcottsville — The “Catskill Arts & Air” arts festival series continues this week with a felting demonstration by Jill Cline on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, Route 30, Halcottsville.

Jill will also offer children a chance to roll up their sleeves, get their hands wet and felt. This is a free event. Jill will demystify the felting process and show how to create wool fabrications with just raw fleece, a little soap and water and a lot of elbow grease.

Wooden-toy demo at Pakatakan Market

Halcottsville — The “Catskill Arts & Air” festival series this week presents woodworker John Knapp, who will be demonstrating some of his secrets for successful toy-making on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville. He will also offer a free interactive period when youngsters can engage in making their own toy.

John Knapp, owner of Knapp Knoll Woodworks, will be demonstrating the intricate workings of some of the whimsical toys that he has been designing and building since 2002.

Music, artist workshop, writer's tour at Pakatakan Market

Halcottsville — The “Catskill Arts & Air” open-air art series at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn on Route 30 has a full schedule of events planned this Saturday, July 23 including a writer’s tour, artist demonstration, a free children’s workshop and music.

Weaving demo and kids activities at Pakatakan Market

The “Catskill Arts & Air” arts festival series continues with Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes demonstrating traditional weaving techniques on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville.

Tabitha will show that weaving is as easy as “over one thread, under one thread” and offer some hands-on fun activities for children. Events are free.
Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes has been weaving since the mid-1970s, following a dream that began during her high school days.

Melinda White receives degree

Halcott Center native Melinda White has graduated from SUNY Albany Honors College with a political science major. 
After spending a semester as an intern in Washington, DC with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Melinda returned to Albany to finish her senior year this spring as the Valedictorian of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Department of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany. 

Farmer's Market starts 20th season on Saturday

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the historic Round Barn in Halcottsville will open for its 20th season on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The market is open each Saturday through Columbus Day Weekend and admission is free. More than 30 vendors will be hand each week providing a large assortment of goods either grown or handmade in the region.

Special events are being coordinated throughout the season by the Catskills Artisans’ Guild. For an events schedule or to learn more about market vendors, please visit: pfmarket.org.

Holiday Farmer's Market at Round Barn

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market will host its annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Round Barn on Route 30, Halcottsville.

Halcottsville exhibit at town hall

Margaretville — A new exhibit, focusing on the community of Halcottsville, is now on display at the Middletown Town Hall on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville.

A piece of Halcottsville history is demolished

Story and photos by Bob Wood
 The life of this Bragg Hollow barn came to an end in late August when it was demolished.  Dating back to the pre-Civil War era, it was featured in a number of photographs in As The River Runs by Diane Galusha, her book on the history of Halcottsville. 

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