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.

Bees Knees Cafe Opens Season With New Chef


The Bees Knees Café, a weekend eatery located on Heather Ridge Farm in Preston, NY, opens for its sixth season with new chef, Rob Handel.

Rob will be expanding the menu with more wild foraged ingredients complimenting the meats and poultry raised at Heather Ridge Farm, and the locally produced organic vegetables and fruit that have always been featured.

The Bees Knees Café reopens for the season Memorial Day Weekend. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm through Columbus Day Weekend. Call for more information 518-239-6234, and check the website for event and menu updates:

CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show Winners Selected

Color drawing by Xelina Encarmaceón, student at Tri-Valley Central School. Winner of the 2014 Student Prize for Color Drawing.

The Catskill Art Society and SC BOCES hosted a Student Reception for the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show, a new exhibition of work by Sullivan County High School Students today at the CAS Arts Center in Livingston Manor. The show features 300 pieces in 10 media categories from Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West, Tri-Valley and SC BOCES students.

First and Second prize winners were selected by an outside jury panel of artists and experts. First Place winners were awarded a $50 voucher to use toward classes at the CAS Arts Center. A Student Choice award was also selected in each category. These are the winners:

Black & White Drawing

1st Place. . . . Farrah Mills, Livingston Manor

2nd Place. . . . Molly Clarkin, Eldred

Student Prize. Raychelle Osnato, Tri-Valley

Black & White Photography

1st Place . . . . Raychelle Osnato, Tri-Valley

2nd Place. . . . Gladys Diaz, Liberty

Student Prize. Stephanie Acevedo, Livingston Manor


1st Place . . . . Colleen Jones, Tri-Valley

2nd Place. . . . Jordyne Shaver, Livingston Manor

Student Prize. Ashlynn Barbarite, Eldred

Color Drawing

1st Place . . . . Brianna Olsen, Tri-Valley

2nd Place. . . . Xelina Encarmaceón, Tri-Valley

Student Prize. Xelina Encarmaceón, Tri-Valley

Color Photography

1st Place . . . . Luke John Sanders, Livingston Manor

2nd Place. . . . Summer Bitjeman, Liberty

Student Prize. Summer Bitjeman, Liberty


1st Place . . . . Heather Trotta, Monticello

2nd Place. . . . Colin Rosinblum, Monticello

Student Prize. Kate Johnson, Liberty

Digital Art

1st Place . . . . Kylie Harris, Tri-Valley

2nd Place. . . . Daniel Dutcher, Livingston Manor

Student Prize. Virginia Krzysztofowicz, Eldred

Mixed Media/Printmaking

1st Place . . . . Brittany Almodoval, Liberty

2nd Place. . . . Tiffani Suhm, Fallsburg

Student Prize. Jamie Neylon, Tri-Valley


1st Place . . . . Sydney Johnson, Monticello

2nd Place. . . . Austin Wells, Monticello

Student Prize. Farrah Mills, Livingston Manor


1st Place . . . . Jonathan Nilsen, Liberty

2nd Place. . . . Amanda Fagin, Kelly Graham, Shania Leonardo, Tabitha Lilley, Erica Lynch-Cammarata, Marina March, Kimberly Marshall, Katlyn Meyer, Amanda Murns, Arlinda Mustafaj, Emily Peterson-Stanton, and Victoria Serrano (group piece), Sullivan West

Student Prize. Jonathan Nilsen, Liberty

The CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show runs April 12 – May 4, 2014. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Thursdays – Saturdays 11am–6pm, Sundays 11am-3pm, and Mondays 11am-6pm. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible. This exhibition is co-sponsored by Sullivan County BOCES.

Beauty On Tap Coming To Liberty


Amber and Dawn are excited for the opening of their new business, Beauty On Tap, a salon and spa, on North Main Street in Liberty, NY. The opening is planned for the end of April.

Green Door is excited to have new neighbors in Liberty’s historic district. In the last year, Creative Impulse and Gozza Graphics moved to Main Street.

The salon and spa will offer hair styling, manicures, pedicures and body waxing. The salon will also specialize in ethnic hair styling offering dreads and braiding as well as wig services for Jewish Orthodox women.

Stay tuned.