ParksvilleUSA Music Festival Presents The Coyote Anderson Quartet

Photo: Brandon Judell

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival continues their 2014 concert series with the unique sounds of the Coyote Anderson Quartet on Sunday, May 18 @ 3PM at The Dead End Café in Parksville.

The Coyote Anderson Quartet is a new modern-jazz group that performs primarily the original compositions of guitarist Coyote Anderson, who won Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Awards and is a regular member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop.

Coyote Anderson was born and raised in Sullivan County, in nearby Glen Spey. He began playing the guitar at age 12 and within a year was frequenting local blues jams. His first paid gig was playing in the pit orchestra at the Forestburgh Playhouse, which he returns to every summer to do at least one musical.

Coyote is featured on more than a dozen recordings as both a guitarist and a bassist. He plans to record his own compositions within the year. Coyote continues his studies as a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and through private lessons with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici.

For tickets, concert schedule or more information, please call 845-292-0400 or visit the website at

From Press Release

Good Eats in Unlikely Spots

Sam's In Fleischmans

By Peggy Bellar

What do gas stations, general stores and tucked-away spots hidden behind hotels and tobacco shops have in common? Some good eats. It was a pleasure to delve into all the yummy spots right here in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Stop One: Sam’s in Fleischmans NY

Pull up to the corner of Main and Lake Street and it’s pretty obvious that you can fill your car with gas; but did you know that you can also fill your tummy with authentic Mexican cuisine? Don’t feel badly if you have driven past and never noticed it. A sign advertises typical fare one might expect at a gas station – Deli, Grocery, Lotto Tickets, Cold Beer- but nothing to indicate the epicurean treasures within. Had it not been for my friend Augustine Torres, I might never have learned that they also serve up tamales lovingly “hecho a mano” – made by hand!

Tamales almost ready

Bucket of Tamales

I set off with a friend to sample these tamales, but, alas, we were too late. You’ve gotta get there early! These tamales have a cult following. Says owner Sam Gil, “My mother-in law makes the tamales. She gets in at 5:30am on Friday to start cooking them and is usually done around 1pm.”

They usually sell out by midday on Saturday!

Don’t despair, though; Sam’s offers many other “muy delicioso” offerings. While the American-style deli is fine, I am in love with the Mexican cuisine on the menu: tacos with soft corn tortillas stuffed with pungent chorizo, Enchiladas Suiza with a zesty tomatillo sauce and the complex home-made mole on Enchiladas Poblenos.

Tacos and Enchiladas

While you’re there, you can pick-up canella (Mexican cinnamon) and a respectable variety of chili peppers right next to Carb Choke and Krazy glue.

Chili Peppers and Carb Choke

Oh, Sam informs me that the secret will be out of the bag soon. He will be installing an official sign soon!

Stop Two: Barlow’s General Store in Treadwell

Barlow's General Store

General stores in small rural areas are almost always a treasure trove for those who appreciate an eclectic mix. Barlow’s General Store in Treadwell (population 240) is no different. Outside, Barlow’s offers up what you might expect: a defunct gas pump, a mailbox, a hand-drawn poster for the upcoming “bowlathon”, bait and tackle and what appears to be one of the last working pay phones in the universe! What is not obvious, however, is the thriving restaurant and bakery behind its front door.

Sit for awhile at Barlow's

Temptation abounds across a table piled with freshly baked goods. The roasted veggie panini is perfect. Sit for awhile, enjoy your meal, put away your phone and speak to the locals. While I was there an elderly gentleman came in, bought the paper and asked if I was going trout fishing as the season had just opened. From my trout fisherman friend to the well-heeled weekenders in search of organic locally raised meat (they have a freezer full), Barlow’s attracts a variety of folk.

Roasted Veggie Panini

Freezer full of local farm meats

In addition to local honey and fancy teas, you can find milled board scraps and a small fridge dedicated to bait. Barlow’s General Store, located at 4487 Country Route 14, is well worth a trip to Treadwell.

Stop Three: Streat Foods in Delhi NY

I was first introduced to Streat Foods by my friend Sheila of Sheila’s Sunnyvale Florist in Delhi. Sheila told a tale of a vivacious, stylish Columbian woman who stopped in to buy some flowers and announced that she was opening a restaurant behind the tobacco shop. As strange as “behind the tobacco shop” sounded, and with the possibility of Columbian food nearby, I went off in search of this place.

Indeed, it was tucked behind the (now defunct) tobacco shop and the only marker you could see from the street was a little banner hung on a gate in a side alley. It was not the easiest to find. If you figured out to go down the alley and behind the tobacco shop, you were then greeted by a rather non-descript modular.

Steet Food

But, if you decide to step through the door, you are transported from a dreary Delhi parking lot to a lively, colorful, world of art, Latino music and food!

jarritos fruit soda

one of a kind tables

From the custom tables designed by owner Antonio Monroy to a display of Jarritos fruit sodas (the tamarind is yummy), Streat Foods is festive and colorful.

On the Thursday afternoon I visited, there was not a seat to be had. Deggie Monroy and husband Antonio were side by side plating scrumptious fish tacos, monster-sized burritos and fresh salads.

Antonio and Deggie dish up treats

During a brief lull, Deggie, the exotic lightly freckled beauty sat down with me. She is from Columbia and half French. Her name is a derivative of the French words “Déjà vu.” With every finger sporting a different ring, hair billowing loose curls and the hint of an accent, Deggie, captures your attention and makes you feel immediately at home.

I asked her about the menu which features not only Mexican, Cuban and Latin American dishes, but also select Mediterranean dishes. Deggie, a self-described gypsy, simply wants to blend cultures. She draws inspiration from women that she saw in Columbia who would support their families by selling delicious home-made foods on the streets and at the mercados. Her face literally lights up as she describes the beautiful clothes they wore and the large bowls full of empanadas and other home-made treats they balanced on their heads. But Deggie is equally inspired by other cultures as well.

Her husband is Guatemalan. As a child, she spent time in New York City. She is surrounded by talented young students from SUNY Delhi who are full of creativity and ideas. “I have always supported the young people here and let them have an opportunity to explore new ideas using the fresh produce and products of our region,” says Deggie. One such collaboration resulted in dressing used on the restaurant’s Mediterranean Greek Salad. Deggie and Antonio will be celebrating the first anniversary of Streat Foods on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo). But don’t wait until then to stop by!

You can find them at 83 ½ Main Street in Delhi (behind the defunct tobacco shop, soon to be beauty shop at the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street).

Final Stop: Two Old Tarts, Andes NY


Everyone cried when Two Old Tarts closed their doors in Bovina. But owners Scott Finley and Jonathan Schulman had a plan. They purchased a hidden gem of their own at 22 Lee Lane in Andes. Ever heard of the street? Either had I. Their new location is tucked behind the Antiques Store and Andes Hotel right off Main Street, once the location of the Slow-Down Cafe.

They hope to open sometime this summer serving not only baked goods, but also dinners in a new full-service restaurant! For more info, visit the Two Old Tarts website.

Hidden behind the Antiques Store on Main Street in Andes

Good things to come!  Stay tuned

Peggy left her (awesome) job in NYC as Director of Special Events for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS to live and work in the beautiful Catskills. Her days now consist of teaching a community donation-based yoga class, learning how to chain boulders to a backhoe and helping folk find their own beautiful homes upstate through Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties. She is a southern girl from Mississippi (it was a Woody Allen movie that sent her packing to NY) and has a cult-like following for her red-velvet cupcakes.



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.