That's Entertainment: Events from June 4 to June 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 4
Join members of the Andes Roundtable for the third Digital Speaker Series facilitated by Jeff  Ditchek. We will be watching a TED presentation called Atheism 2.0 by Alain de Botton, a Swiss-British writer, entrepreneur, television presenter and museum curator, resident of the United Kingdom. The presentation focuses on: what aspects of religion should atheists (respect­fully) adopt? This is not a conversation on why Atheism is right and Religion is wrong.  In fact the main theme is what can atheists learn from religious institutions. A courteous discussion will follow. Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.

Thursday June 5 - Saturday, June 7
Blue Deer Center hosts a forum titled, “Speaking of Water — Catskill Communities and our Relationship with Water,” at 6 p.m., an opportunity for those on all sides of the relationship with water to speak openly about their relationship with water and between the Catskill towns, their water and New York City. Blue Deer Center is a retreat center near Margaretville that provides a place for retreat, traditional teachings, and conflict resolution. The forum will be facilitated by experienced facilitators from the Global Process Institute from Portland, OR. On Friday there will be a summit of leaders and activists involved in water issues, Saturday will include small group discussions about specific areas of interest of all the interested parties and continue to answer the question” where do we go from here?” For more information see our website at or call 586-3225.

Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7
Community Chorale of the Catskills will present its spring concert. Variety of songs including numbers honoring The Beatles and remembering Pete Seeger. Please contact Richard Tucker for more info at rtucker@ or phone 607 326-4692.  

Saturday, June 7
The Catskill Recreation Center on county Route 38, Arkville will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony starting with a ribbon cutting at noon. At 1 p.m., the First Jump Into the Pool will take place, featuring the winner of the CRC Facebook contest. At 1:30 p.m., a fund-raising BBQ will be hosted by the Cub Scouts. The centerpiece of the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), which is located on county Route 38, is an Olympic-sized pool. The membership-based facility is open for public use and also features a separate pool area for general use. A number of community events are planned during part of a weeklong grand opening celebration. Visit: catskillrecreation for a complete schedule. For info, please call 845 586-6250 or e-mail:

Concert at 1 p.m. on the porch, John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Rd., Roxbury. John Burroughs Memorial Locust and Wild Honey Mountain Orchestra performing a set of original songs inspired by the writings of naturalist John Burroughs. Bring a chair. Free. This is a Headwaters History Days event. Lodge open for tours Sat. and Sun. 11-3.

Join artists Carrie Yamaoka and Peter Yamaoka at the Walt Meade Gallery in the Roxbury Arts Center at 4:00 p.m. for a book launch reception and an artist talk being offered in conjunction with their current exhibit Correspondences. This event is free and open to the public and copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, June 7
Jump into Summer with an AL-ANON Day of Sharing and potluck lunch, noon to 5 p.m.. Elm Park Methodist Church, 4011 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Does you life feel unmanageable? Are you seeking some serenity? Join us for fellowship and workshops including A Survival Toolkit for Recovery and Working the Steps to Change the Things I Can. FMI call Susan at 607 353-9343.

Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8
Headwaters History Days, celebrating the history, culture, folk life and landscape of the East Branch Delaware River towns of Middletown, Roxbury and Andes. Fifteen museums, landmark structures and historic sites will be open to the public at no charge for one or both days for tours, exhibits, and activities. For schedule, map and visitor info, visit the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, 724 Main St., Margaretville; www.; 845-586-3300.

Sunday, June 8
Walking Tour at noon of the Hamlet of Roxbury. Meet behind Gould Church, Main St. Forty-minute tour, led by Carolyn Faracci, Roxbury town parks coordinator, on Main Street Historic District, Kirkside Park; the DURR station and museum. Timed to allow DURR riders to take the 11 a.m. train from Arkville, get off in Roxbury, take a walk through history, and catch the return train at 3. This is a Headwaters History Days event. Free.

Presentation and free concert at 2 p.m., Historical Society of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. “The Good Old Way: Music and Memories of the Old School Baptist Church.” Ethnomusicologist Ben Bath will give a short history of the OSB, followed by an a cappella concert of tunes from an OSB hymnal used by local congregations. If you have OSB memories, photos or songbooks, please bring them! Grounds and HSM hall open at 11 a.m. This is a Headwaters History Days event.

Friday, June 13
Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center. Come play music with your friends and neighbors.  A friendly group of local musicians meets on the second Friday of every month to play Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Catskill fiddle tunes, and Western Swing in a low-key, no-pressure, relaxed atmosphere.  We play most tunes at a slower pace so everyone can join in.  All acoustic instruments welcome!  Please call 254-5469 FMI.