Catskill Cornucopia series examines life in the region

Arkville — The Catskill Heritage Alliance, Catskill Mountainkeeper and The Catskill Center for Conservation and Devel-opment are joining together to host Catskill Cornucopia, a series of monthly roundtables on a wide range of topics examining aspects of life in the Catskills as it is evolving today. 

The first Catskill Cornucopia will focus on the local art scene with Susan Kenny and Maggie Cullen of The Roxbury Arts Group, Dave Channon of the Shandaken Art Studio Tour, and Mark Loete representing Trout Unlimited and the Leaping Trout Project. Join us on Wednesday, July 14th from 6-8 p.m. at the Catskill Center on Route 28 in Arkville. The event is free, and wine and cheese will be served.

The arts have been a strong influence on Catskill life for over 100 years and are exceptionally vibrant today. Did you know that our region boasts the highest per capita concentration of artists in the world? Aside from the personal joy that artists derive from drawing inspiration from our exquisite surroundings, the arts are an important economic engine in our communities and region. At the July 14 event, visitors will learn about local artists, exhibitions, art tours, studios, galleries, and events you can visit. 

With Catskill Cornucopia, the three organizations intend to provide a forum for interesting and topical discussions on issues directly connected with life in our mountain communities.
Future Cornucopia events are a showing of the film Gasland, which investigates hydrofracking natural gas, in August; an event on putting up your fall harvest in September (with samples and recipes!); a lecture on great Catskills hikes in October when the autumn foliage hits its peak; and later, a forum on NYC DEP land acquisition and the various conservation programs that can benefit landowners.