Pine Hill

Turkey Trot boosts PH Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
Gobble gobble, walk, run or wobble, come to the third annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot this Saturday, Nov. 30 and help raise funds for the Pine Hill Community Center.
Turkey Trots are races held on or around Thanksgiving, presumably as a fun and festive method of burning off all those extra calories the holiday brings and burning any residual Tryptophan out of one’s system.
But in Phoenicia, the Turkey Trot has become much more than that. It has become a unique fundraiser in which every year a cause is chosen to be the recipient of whatever amount has been pledged.

Kool Kamp at Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Pine Hill Community Center (PHCC) will launch a new free summer children’s program for children ages 6-12. The program, Kool Kamp for Kool Kids, will offer a variety of arts, crafts, nature and games every Thursday and Friday beginning on July 11 and going through August 30.

Camp Director Francesca Warnes of Shandaken is a jewelry artist, mother of two sons, outdoors person and an innovative and experienced youth leader.  She also participates in an after school program, Kool School, at the Phoenicia Elementary School.

Pine Hill Block Party on July 20

By Jay Braman Jr.
A huge block party has been planned in Pine Hill on Saturday, July 20 to benefit the Morton Memorial Library.

And the neighbors of this historic landmark and all around cool community place are getting involved too. Over 20 families in the vicinity are holding yard sales on that same day.
The event has become so big that the Town of Shandaken has decided to close Elm Street to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the fair takes place.

Gardening workshop planned for Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Pine Hill Community Center will sponsor a series of three free workshops  for all ages designed to help would-be gardeners plan, plant, maintain, and harvest a small vegetable garden.   The workshops, led by horticulturist Andrew Messinger and farmer Madalyn Warren, will be hands-on, using the center’s small garden space.  Participants will take away practical information and some start-up seeds and/or plants. They will also be able to participate in the cultivation of the PHCC Community Garden

Peace poet and troubadour to perform at PHCC

Pine Hill — David Rovics, the singer songwriter who Cindy Sheehan calls “the peace poet and troubadour of our times,” will appear in concert at The Pine Hill Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.  A suggested donation is $10.

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, CT, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early ’90s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-’90s he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser.

Steampunk Festival in Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The First Pine Hill Steampunk Festival will take place in Pine Hill this weekend, running from 6 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday Oct. 27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Festival tickets, badges and the complete program schedule are available only at Pine Hill Books, 300 Main Street, Pine Hill (next to the post office). Telephone 845-254-3344, or e-mail The ticket for the entire festival is $20. Single day passes are $5 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.

Potluck reading at PH Center

Pine Hill— Writers In the Mountains (WIM) will host a fun afternoon of reading, listening and lunching on Sunday, Nov. 4 from l-3 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center. Share your writing and a potluck dish with fellow writers and listeners in a friendly, engaging venue. We want to hear from all writers - novelists, memoirists, poets, journal and short story writers and everyone else! Participants are requested to limit their reading to a maximum of five minutes.

PHCC plans workshops for kids

Kid Stuff, Pine Hill Community Center’s free Saturday workshops for kids ages 6-12 has a great lineup of programs  in the next few weeks.  

Children and their parents and friends can make special holiday crafts, chat live with children in Zimbabwe and learn some Native American  art forms.  The workshops take place every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult, and adults are welcome with or without a child in tow. 

 Events include:

PH Center lists activities

Pine Hill Community Center announces two new workshops that are of interest to anyone who enjoys creating art.

• Monday, Oct. 22 from 10:30-noon.  — Creative Doodling with local artist Sharon Suess who will demonstrate making beautiful images with repetitive patterns. $10
If you find yourself doodling while on the phone, or in a meeting, or when your brain is working on something else, then you are a natural for this class. Informal, easy, fun. All materials supplied.

Morton Library will host free program

Pine Hill — The Morton Memorial Library has announced a number of free programs in its fall schedule.
Halloween Hang Out will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 with arts and crafts at 1:30 p.m. and a movie at 2 p.m.

Tween Movie Nights will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 and again on Friday, Nov. 9.
A children’s Thanksgiving bash will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 with arts and crafts at 1:30 p.m. and a movie at 2 p.m.

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