That's Entertainment

That's Entertainment: Events from July 9 to July 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 9
The Andes Roundtable presents Lisa Tesier, assistant prof­essor at SUNY Delhi, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, who will discuss art and health, exploring their connections, mov­ing chronologically from ancient to contemporary times. How was art used historically in healing practices? How did art help educate medical practitioners? What lessons can be found for our contemporary lives in the images from the past? Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 10
Molly Marquand of the CRISP at the Catskill Center will lead a hike starting at 10 a.m. to Giant Ledge to examine a grove of American Ash trees for the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is devastating ash trees in the Catskills. You will learn to identify the insect and the signs of its presence. Giant Ledge is one of the most spectacular spots in the Catskills, offering incredible views both east and west. It’s a short hike out with a huge payoff. Whether you haven’t been or if you know it well, you won’t want to miss this hike! Pre-registration is required. Contact Molly at or call 586-2611.

That's Entertainment: July 2 - July 26, 2014

Wednesday, July 2
The Andes Roundtable presents David Capps, a long-term, part-time Andes resident and a dance choreographer and teacher at Hunter College, CUNY, who will give a presentation on the choreographic structures that are the foundations of the art form of dance.  He will dissect two masterpieces of the 20th Century, a section of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” and Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring.” Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday through Sunday, July 2 to July 6
Margaretville Fire Department’s Annual Field Days in the village park behind Freshtown. Wednesday and Thursday rides open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, pay one price from 6 to 11 p.m. Giant fireworks Friday and Saturday. Chicken barbecue Friday and Saturday from noon until sold out. Sunday, pay one price from 1 to 6 p.m. Fun for the whole family.

Friday, July 4
Come Travel The Milky Way on the Farmstead Creamery Tour. Tours on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. Stops include Betty Acres Farm, Byebrook Farm, Cowbella Creamery, Dirty Girl Farm, Harpersfield Cheese, Lazy Crazy Acres, and Sherman Hill Farmstead. Sponsored by Catskill Family Creameries, “Small dairies making a big difference.” For more information visit

That's Entertainment: Events from June 18 - July 11

Wednesday, June 18
The Andes Roundtable presents poet and storyteller Margot Farrington who will read from “Scanning For Tigers,” her latest poetry collection. These poems chart the territory of love, illness and recovery, obsession, and the struggle for survival, in unexpected ways.  Listeners are invited to share and explore how myth, folktale, and the contemporary anecdote provide fuel for the poem-to-be.  Farrington has published and performed widely.  Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 21
Third Annual Living Cemetery History Tour, 4 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Historical Society of the Town of Middletown. Sanford Cemetery, Co. Rte. 6 (New Kingston Rd.), Dunraven (1/2 mile off NYS Route 28). One-hour guided group tours to hear costumed players portray nine former residents. Tours begin every 25 minutes starting at 4 p.m., last tour departs 7 p.m. $12 adults, $5 ages 5-15. May not be suitable for children under 5. Reservations required, phone only. Call after June 1, 586-4736 to reserve a tour time. Rain date June 22.

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.

That's Entertainment: Events from May 28 - June 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 28
The Andes Roundtable presents the Ecuadorian Escapades of Mel and Peggy Bellar, Part II! Mel and Peggy Bellar had previously entertained us with their presentation of the “Other Andes” gardening techniques.  This will be a follow-up of their new gardening and cultural adventures, how they became godparents to an indigenous child, their luxurious trip to a cool extreme sports town and their REAL adventure into the Amazon.  It should be a fun night. Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 30
Bird watching on the Andes Rail Trail at 8 a.m. Join Catskill Mountain Club member Fred Reckner for a quiet hike on the Andes Rail Trail in search of our avian neighbors. Early starts provide the best chance of success. Because quiet is a virtue, there will be no dogs allowed on this hike. You may want to bring binoculars and a spotting scope with tripod. Contact Fred at Directions: The trailhead is on Depot Street in the hamlet of Andes, just to the west of its intersection with Route 28. Parking is roadside on the south side of the highway.