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.

Jill started her career in the 1980s in NYC as a jewelry and accessory designer after attending Pratt Institute for graphic design. She began felting about 10 years ago and has shown her work at craft shows through out the northeast. Her family has a farm in Denver Valley and she is the co- founder/director of the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild.

No limitations
“Felting is everything I want in art - color, texture, endless possibilities - there’s nothing you can¹t make in felt,” Jill noted.

Also being held on August 20 is a writers’ hike with David and Carol White, who will lead participants on a three-mile hike to the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain to see one of the five Catskill Mountains that has a fire tower. Hikers leave the market at 10 a.m.

In summertime, there’s a fire tower interpreter on the summit to talk about the fire towers and the mountains. Balsam Lake Mountain also has a fire observer’s cabin that’s open to the public, with lots of interesting history about fire observing. The total elevation change to the summit is 1,100 feet. David is membership chairman of the Catskill 3500 Club, whose members have climbed all 35 peaks exceeding 3,500 feet. The club leads hikes on Saturdays and Sundays year-round to the summits.

Clapboard art
Up next at the market on Saturday, Aug. 27, there will be a free children’s workshop with Maryann Stow. She will be demonstrating the versatility of clapboard (a thin layer of clay on mason board), which lends itself to painting, lifting, collaging and scratching.

The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, in the central Catskill Mountains. The market is five miles north of Margaretville/Arkville and eight miles south of Roxbury.

For more information, please visit pfmarket.org or call 845 586-3443.