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.

Authors Carol and David White lead a hike through Kelly Hollow

Halcottsville — Enjoy a moderately easy and scenic four-mile hike through Kelly Hollow with David and Carol White on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, Route 30, Halcottsville at the final writers’ tour of the “Catskill Arts & Air” open–air arts series.

Fiber Festival is Saturday at Pakatakan Farmers' Mkt.

Halcottsville — The art of carding, spinning and weaving will be showcased as Mountain Yarns presents a “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30 Halcottsville.

Lost Villages author Sive to lead tour on Saturday

Halcottsville — Explore the villages “lost” to the reservoir system with Mary Sive, author of Lost Villages: Historic Driving Tours in the Catskills, on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville.

Writer’s tour, artist demo July 24 at farmers’ market

Halcottsville — A writer’s tour brings visitors to the Halcott Center Grange to meet Donald Bouton on Saturday, July 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville, as part of the continuing “Catskill Arts & Air” open-air festival series. The tour leaves the market at 10 a.m. and returns by 2 p.m.

Traditional ‘basketry’ demonstrations Sat. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market

Halcottsville — Martha Bremer, a gallery member of the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild will demonstrate traditional basket weaving and some caning techniques on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville as part of “Catskill Arts & Air” an open-air arts festival series.

Writer's tour, artist demos, music at farmers' market festival series

Halcottsville — Geology professor Robert Titus, of Hartwick College and Kaatskill Life magazine, will be leading a visit to Dry Brook to explore the creek’s Ice Age history and its record of flood events on Saturday, July 10. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville and the tour departs at 10 a.m.

Zimbabwe salute Saturday at market, RAG

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group salutes Zimbabwe on Saturday, July 10, in an all-day presentation of music, art and film highlighting Zimbabwe artists. The day begins at noon at The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market with a demonstration of the art of the mbira. This will be followed by an evening of film and music at The Roxbury Arts Center.

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