The Liberty Community Development Corporation’s Touch-a-Truck event is returning to the White Sulphur Springs Firemen’s Park on Shore Road (off State Rt. 52) on Saturday, May 17, from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is the 2nd annual of these popular community events that encourage kids (of all ages) to get up close and personal with equipment usually only observed from a safe distance: the vehicles and apparatuses of first responders, U.S. Armed Forces, construction and landscaping companies, farmers, utilities, and other specialty trades and service providers.

The event is a fundraiser for the community development and revitalization activities of the Liberty Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization. Admission is $3 (free for under 3yo). Companies interested in participating with their vehicle(s) can obtain more information at or (845) 292-8202.

MUSIC FOR FILMS, Eight Track Museum Celebrates the Catskill Mountains Film Festival


On Saturday, April 26th, The Orphic Gallery in Roxbury presents MUSIC FOR FILMS – an exhibit of 8 track motion picture soundtracks celebrating the Catskill Mountains Film Festival. The exhibit will showcase 8 tracks from the museum’s original Dallas location as well as recent acquisitions of the Roxbury institution. The tracks on display will range from Easy Rider to 2001: A Space Odyssey, from Godsend to The Godfather, and the museum will play a choice selection of music from the soundtracks throughout the reception.

Festival director Jessica Vecchione remarked “A movie soundtrack is an essential element in filmmaking. The right music will bring a scene to life and make it memorable for a lifetime. So it is with so many of the songs from the heyday of the 8 track – the late 60s, 70s and early 80s – which are inextricably linked with the movie scenes in which they were featured. For all familiar with The Graduate, hearing Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence immediately evokes memories of Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross on the bus escaping the church at the movie’s stunning finale.”

The Catskill Mountains Film Festival promises to be a sterling weekend for local cineastes with the screening of over 100 films, workshops, and appearances by notable film professionals. The mission of the festival is to promote the film business in New York State, to showcase local talent and to develop a new generation of local filmmakers. The film festival takes place on May 2, 3 and 4, 2014, at Farrell Hall at the SUNY Delhi campus, the Open Eye Theatre in Margaretville and The Walton Theatre in Walton. For more information on the festival see

The Orphic Gallery is located at the Roxbury Corner Store at 53525 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY, at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets. The exhibit will continue through May 18th and be open to the public during the gallery’s normal business hours, Friday through Sunday, 12-5 pm.

For further information on MUSIC FOR FILMS or the Eight Track Museum, please contact Phillip Lenihan at 607-326-6045 or



Rosendale Theatre proudly announces its first live performing arts series, a summer season showcasing the talents of nationally acclaimed artists who live in the Hudson Valley: The Vanaver Caravan (June 14), David Gonzalez (July 12), and Dog On Fleas (August 9). The 2014 “Fun! Summer Family Series” is meant for audiences of all ages—but especially for families with elementary school-age children. Each performance takes place on the second Saturday of the month and lasts for approximately one hour. Curtain time is 11:00 am.

Tickets for children twelve and under are $10 each, everybody else is $12. If you buy tickets for all three shows the price is only $25 for kids and $30 for adults. To purchase tickets go to For telephone sales call (800) 838-3006 and press “1” to speak to a representative. Also, tickets can be purchased at Rosendale Theatre on the day of the show.


Based in New Paltz, The Vanaver Caravan has traveled the world for over 40 years. Through their art and special workshops they have brought the world to Ulster County. On June 14 they will perform an abbreviated family version of Earthbeat which premiered in 2012 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Featuring music and dance from around the globe, it’s a mini-festival unto itself. Live musicians, led by Bill Vanaver, accompany dancers of The Vanaver Caravan, directed by the irrepressible Livia Vanaver. There will be a special appearance by The Vanaver Youth Company.


Story-teller, musician, singer, actor, and writer—the very engaging David Gonzalez will bring Aesop Bops!, his one-man show, to Rosendale Theatre on Saturday, July 12. Fast-paced and funny, Aesop Bops! features a potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories including The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and His Wife, and The Turtle’s Shell. “David Gonzalez speaks with courageous humanity and brilliant creativity–his poetry and stories uplift the spirit and inspire wonder,” says Deepak Chopra.


Dog on Fleas takes over Rosendale Theatre Saturday, August 9 with their outrageous musical rambunctions. Comprised of Rosendalians Dean Jones, John Hughes and Chris Cullo, Dog on Fleas plays infectious music that is equal parts Cab Calloway and Woody Guthrie with a pinch of Spike Jones and Ray Charles topped-off with calypso, cajun, highlife, soul, and reggae all stirred with Ringo’s drumstick.

For more information about the series click on or telephone (845) 658-8989. Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale, NY 12472.

World Premiere of Double Concerto for Clarinet and Guitar To Feature Father & Daughter Soloists


Filene Concert Series: World Premieres & Exhibitions
Sunday, April 27th, 3pm
Arthur Zankel Music Center
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-5321

The Skidmore College Orchestra will present the world premiere of Double Concerto for Clarinet and Guitar, composed by the internationally acclaimed guitarist James Emery for his daughter Hannah and featuring the two of them, respectively, as the guitar and clarinet soloists. This concert will mark their public debut playing together in an orchestral setting.

Emery is known for his distinctive sound and touch as an improviser and composer. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition and has performed at many of the major international jazz festivals and as a soloist in many of the world’s major concert halls. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Anthony Braxton, Steve Reich, Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, and Muhal Richard Abrams, among other leading artists.

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This performance is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Source: From Press Release

Vanderbilt Garden Association Offering Interpretative Tours of Formal Gardens

Photo from Vanderbilt Garden Association website

In 2014 the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association is celebrating their 30th Anniversary of their founding of the formal gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. From May through October, the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will once again offer Interpretive Tours of the formal gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site on Route 9 in Hyde Park. These FREE public tours will be given between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM (weather permitting) on the third Sunday of each month during the gardening season: June 15, July 20, and August 17.

Volunteer interpreters will discuss the history of the gardens, with a focus on the Vanderbilt ownership and the mission of the Vanderbilt Garden Association to rehabilitate and maintain the plants, shrubs, trees, and statuary in the gardens as they were in the 1930’s just prior to Mr. Vanderbilt’s death. They will also provide information about two major projects the gardens are currently undergoing: the renovation of the “Cherry Walk” and the replanting of the rose garden terraces. Visitors can also visit the 1875 Toolhouse building to look at photographs of the gardens taken during the Vanderbilt era. The Toolhouse will also be open every Saturday and Sunday when the Garden Greeters have their information table at the entrance to the gardens.

Visitors should park in the Visitor Center parking lot, and walk down the gravel path from the Mansion to the gardens. For further information, e-mail or visit our website at or call 845-229-6432.