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.

Boiling syrup, making hay and even putting shoes on a cow: it’s all part of working on a farm, a way of life that Don Bouton has treasured for more than eight decades. Come hear stories of growing up on a Halcott Center farm in the 1920s and ’30s from his first book, By the Light of the Kerosene Lantern, inspired by a question asked by his eldest grandson, “How can you possibly put shoes on a cow?” Bouton will share many fond memories, the many changes that have occurred and delightful stories of that special time he shared working side-by-side with his father on the family farm.

Donald will also read excerpts from his new book, Cow Tales and Farm Life in the Catskills, to be published in December, inspired by his life with his bride Shirley Woolheater and the farm of their own they bought in the 1940s. He and his family continue to live and love this most special place in the Catskills, five generations later.

Artist demonstrations continue this week from 10 a.m.-noon as Carlyle Bradford shows how she employs one of nature’s oldest forms of ceramics — concrete. Her demonstration will feature how she is inspired by nature and molds this organically mixed stony material into functional pieces of home and garden sculpture.

Carlyle is a potter and mixed media sculptor who has been selling and exhibiting her working with clay for over two decades throughout the country. She turned her attention to concrete 10 years ago. The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near, Halcottsville,

For info, call 845 586-3326 or visit: www.pfmarket.org.