An Open Letter of Thanks and A Bit of Explanation

In the two days since we announced that we were ending Green Door Magazine, there has been an outpouring of emotions and support. And also a lot of questions. This statement is an effort to bring some clarity and closure to us all.

We’ve done the magazine as a labor of love these past three years, and never knew just how beloved we were by the community. Sustaining the magazine sometimes happened in a vacuum and we weren’t always privy to its impact.

The magazine was, and we hope its legacy will continue to be, authentic in its messaging. It was always about something greater than the pages of the magazine. It was about manifesting and harnessing all the creative forces residing in the area. The greatest magic happened in the community-driven events at our headquarters in Liberty.

For those of you that attended, and we’ll be forever thankful, you know it was a space in which to be inspired and dream about what was possible for our area.

These notions, while existing within the confines of our pages and headquarter walls, did not solely come to being because of us. It was already there, and we were thankful to be the vehicle to help manifest what we are all feeling.

We can understand why some of you may feel shocked, angry, or even abandoned by our decision to end the magazine as you know it.

But, it was never about the magazine, or the space, it was about all of you and your wonderful stories and contributions to the creative environment.

Through Green Door, as a champion of small business, while being a small business ourselves, we know how tough it is. We ask the community and remind everyone here, that if there is a small business you love today, right now, make sure they know it with both your words and your wallet.

Thank you for all the love and continued support,

Ellie & Akira Ohiso

Gone Fishin’


After 3 years, 13 issues, and more success than we had ever imagined, Green Door Magazine has decided to take a break. Our success would not have been possible without our loyal readers devouring each issue.

We continue to be champions of the #Catskills and #HudsonValley celebrating all the things this part of the world has to offer. Our summer issue is still out on newsstands and around the area so enjoy our best issue yet!

Catskill Made To Launch Second Collection June 10th


Catskill Made is excited to announce that it will launch the Sawkill Collection by Kingston-based designer Crystal Moore on Tuesday, June 10 at noon. The collection features beautiful, hand-crafted leather and canvas bags.


The first collection, by artist Maggie Salesman offers delicate, geometric jewelry made from reclaimed and found objects.

Catskill Made is an online publication and shop that profiles Catskills-area makers through words and visuals. The focus of the project is to give back to the creative community—makers receive 70% of sales, which is much higher than traditional consignment agreements.

Catskill Made is also issuing a call for artists. They are looking to connect with local artists and makers who are interested in being featured and selling their goods through the online shop. The project is open but not limited to leather goods, chapbooks, small art pieces like prints, paintings and sculptures, home goods, maple syrup, pottery, and clothing.

For more info visit Catskill Made.

A Sheep Shearing in Hobart


By J.N. Urbanski

On her 40th birthday, Kim Whritner took a trip to the Cotswolds in England which changed the course of her life. Falling in love with England’s quaint cottages and hillsides abundant with sheep, she decided to acquire some of her own. The Sheep’s Nest in Hobart, New York, was born.

Kim’s husband John, who works in construction, built Kim an adorable English cottage. The result is a gorgeously picturesque farm where you can buy sheepish gifts and other items for your home.

Today, Kim’s flock is getting their annual shearing.

“For us it’s a pleasure,” says Kim. “They’re our pets and they all have names”.

Daisy was Kim’s first sheep. She showed up on a dairy farm in Meredith one day and nobody claimed her. She’s a spirited ewe and follows the cows into the barn for milking.


Up first this morning is Finnegan who also got his nails clipped by veteran 67-year-old sheep shearer John Palmer of Hobart. Palmer says most sheep shearers retire at thirty-five, because it’s back breaking work. He keeps going because he doesn’t have a protégé.

“I used to do a sheep in 30 seconds, but now I’m getting old and do about six an hour,” he says. “You can’t cut the hamstrings or the nipples off or you’re buying a sheep,” he laughs.


After the shearing, Finnegan was a few pounds lighter and a tad faster than his unshorn brethren. Finnegan’s coat was spread out on a table outside the barn to rest before it filled a large garbage bag.


Kim sends the wool out to be cleaned. When it returns she produces products for the store. She doesn’t have the wool dyed, preferring the natural color of the wool.

On Memorial Day, The Sheep’s Nest celebrated its three-year anniversary with an open house.

Follow The Sheep’s Nest on Facebook.

Red Hook Community Arts Network Call For Artists

Call to Artists: MASS MATTERS
Sculpture and 3-D art to be exhibited at Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery& Artists Collective -Opens June 27, in conjunction with Sculpture Expo 14, the outdoor sculpture show in Red Hook. Artists Reception for both June 28, 5-7pm. All 3-D media: Sculpture, wall pieces. If you have questions, please email: The Artists Agreement will be available soon on the RHCAN website for download:

Call to Artists: WATER WORKS
An art exhibit exploring the use of water imagery at the Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery & Artists Collective: August 1-24, Artists Reception August 2, 5-7pm. All media, 2-D or 3D. If you have questions about size, subject or media, please email: The Artists Agreement will be available soon on the RHCAN website for download:

Red Hook Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program with Animal Embassy

Chris Evers (director) with Solomon Islands Monkey-tailed skink

The Red Hook Public Library brings Animal Embassy to town to kick off its Summer Reading Program at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Red Hook Firehouse.

The scientific study of zoology will be brought to life with live animal ambassadors during the program. Attendees will have a chance to meet a variety of animals from around the world, representing numerous habitats and classifications. Animals with fur, feathers, fins and scales will come to visit. Come learn about the role animals play in the environment, and discover some of the mysteries of animal biology. Be ready to meet tree frogs, parrots, pythons, chinchillas – and even a pink-toed tarantula!

This program is free and open to the public.

Animal Embassy intern with chinchillas

For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and on the Web at

The Weather Project Seeking Teen and Child Performers For A Community Collaboration on Art and Climate


NACL Theatre is seeking children and teens for THE WEATHER PROJECT COMMUNITY PLAY taking place this August 9th in the town of Yulan, NY. The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring citizens, artists and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science.

Children Actors
NACL is looking for children ages 9-12 to play THE SOLAR MUNCHKINS
in The Weather Project Play. The show date is August 9, 2014 and rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 3-4 PM at NACL Theatre. Rehearsals begin July 5th.

Teen Auditions
NACL is looking for teens to audition for the NACL YOUNG COMPANY. Auditions will take place Saturday June 14 from 2-4 PM at NACL Theatre. Successful candidates will play the lead roles as the science fair students in The Weather Project Commuinty Play. Young Company rehearsals take place Saturdays 2-4 PM at NACL Theatre starting July 5th.

Puppet Workshop for Families July 13
NACL invites young children and their parents to join master puppeteer, Ramona Jan in a special puppetry workshop on Sunday, July 13th from 1 to 4 PM at NACL. The doves will be used in The Weather Project pageant, and the children and families will be invited to perform at the Weather Project Community Play on August 9 operating the puppets that they created.

To register contact Bryan Ritchey at NACL Theatre: 845-557-0694 or e-mail

Rehearsals and Auditions take place at
NACL Theatre
110 Highland Lake Rd., Highland Lake, NY 12743