Glimmerglass Film Days offers 10th season of independent films and filmmaker talks

The tenth season of Glimmerglass Film Days will be held at multiple locations in Cooperstown, NY, November 10-14, with select films available to stream November 18-20. A program of Otsego 2000, the film festival seeks to highlight the best in independent films with a broad environmental focus. The theme this year is Connection. Seventeen filmmakers will be in attendance. glimmerglassfilmdays.org

Upcoming Events and Workshops at Luck Dragon, Delhi

Luck Dragon is a newly opened art and craft supply store and gathering space located at 100 Main Street, Delhi. Upcoming events and workshops include:

9/24, 7:30 pm  Music performance by Jonathan Snyder and Dan Derks

10/8, 2–4 pm  Soldering Small Electronics (Brian Crabtree)

10/15, 1–3:30 pm  Yarn Touching / Hats 1.0 (Heather Phelps-Lipton)

For a full schedule, descriptions, and more offerings including multi-session classes, visit the website.

 

Clean Sweep: Chemical Disposal Day on Saturday, October 8

For safe disposal of household hazardous waste such as pharmaceuticals, sharps, automotive solvents, fluorescent bulbs, and caustics, register for an appointment on Saturday, October 8th, to bring your items through a contactless, drive-through drop-off site in Delhi. Register by October 1st online here or call 607.865.6474.

This is an annual event, free of charge, for Delaware County residents, small businesses, and farms. For further information, email cleansweepdelaware@gmail.com.

“Zero Waste or Pretty Darn Close,” A Seminar in Hobart, Oct 1

On Saturday, October 1, 10 am–noon, the Hobart Rotary Club will host a ‘how-to’ seminar on waste reduction by Whitney Point, NY Rotarians Chris and Cindy Burger. This event will take place at the Hobart United Methodist Church, 204 Maple Avenue at the corner of Pearl Street. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Mary van Valkenburg, 646.279-4175, or via email.

“Chosen,” a film screening at SUNY-Delhi, September 29

On Thursday, September 29, 6 pm, SUNY-Delhi presents a film screening of CHOSEN (directed by Joseph Juhn, 2022). This documentary follows five Korean Americans, of vastly diverse backgrounds with competing political views, who ran for US Congress in the 2020 election cycle. Screening takes place on campus at E-Tower 104 “Pit.” The director Joseph Juhn will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.  This event is hosted by SUNY-Delhi School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and sponsored by Erpf Sanford Visiting Professors Program. Watch the trailer here.

Eco Printing workshop with Maggie Pate

Textile artist Maggie Pate teaches an introduction to eco-printing at the West Kortright Centre. Capture a moment in time with this seasonal workshop using a mix of summer flowers and fall foliage. Participants will eco-print a luscious 100% silk charmeuse scarf of their own design.
Pre-registration required.
$135/$125 (WKC members) all materials included.
Register online or call (607) 278-5454.
49 West Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith

Maggie Pate is a slow textile artist and natural dyer located in the Hudson Valley. She has spent years experimenting with Nature’s colors and how to utilize them on fiber, weavings, and in paint mediums. Over the course of her 10+ years, she has traveled across the globe to teach workshops and spark interest in the cross section of botanical arts and slow textiles.

Stone Wall Building Workshop with Pat Ryan (9/17 &18)

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 10 am – 4 pm
In this two-day off-site workshop in Jefferson, NY, participants will learn the basics of building free-standing dry-laid stone walls under the instruction of a stone wall professional with over 20 years of experience. Learn how to sort and choose stones, use gravity to create a stable structure, and carve your initials in the new wall.

$200 per person/$180 (West Kortright Centre members)
Ages 17+
Pre-registration required <link>
Address will be sent to registrants.

Bring your own lunch, gloves, heavy boots, and a stone hammer (if you have one).

Instructor Pat Ryan has been building stone walls since 1995. His stonework can be found at Brewery Ommegang, the Lakeview Event Center (in Laurens), and at numerous private residences and religious communities.

Mei Stone Wind Trio in Stamford (9/18)

On Sunday, September 18, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the Mei Stone Wind Trio: Mei Stone (flute), Jin Yingcun Jin (clarinet), and Tristan Baban (bassoon). This special program features works by Mozart, Beethoven, Donjon, Couperin, Walckiers, Villa-Lobos, and Osborne.

Masks are required at this indoor concert. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $12 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; free for ages 13 and under. Reservations are recommended as church seating is limited. 

Contact FOMAdmin@friendsmusic.org or (518) 918-8003 for reservations. Walk-ups are welcome, space permitting. 

This performance is generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford, and funded by the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation and individual donors. For more information about Friends of Music, visit www.friendsmusic.org.

Storytelling Event, September 25, 3pm at the Walton Theater

Everyone is invited to the next Storytelling Event on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm. The venue will be the Walton Theater, 30 Gardiner Place, Walton. Free for all to attend.

This edition of Storytellers will feature an all-woman lineup. As the political currents in this country begin to push against women’s rights, it’s a fitting time to hear the female perspective on things.

Opening the afternoon will be a short musical performance with Mihoko Suzuki on piano, Mike Suchorski on drums, and Tim Cramer on the bass. It will be an engaging and entertaining afternoon.

For further information, contact Lou Marrelli. loumarrelli@yahoo.com

West Kortright Fair

After a two-year hiatus, the West Kortright Centre’s annual family-friendly, summer’s end celebration returns to East Meredith. On Sunday, September 4, from noon–6 PM, the West Kortright Fair features three live bands, fresh local foods, an epic bake sale, local artisans and other vendors, a rummage sale, and plenty of children’s entertainment—including Wacky Wendy and her whimsical paper craft hats. Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation. The concert tent features West Kortright Centre Shakespeare alums Moppy Copperwheat and Zara Zee performing at 12:30 PM as the ”antifolk” duo Sourdoe, followed by the North Atlantic fiddle music of Drank the Gold at 2:15 PM. At 4:30 PM, Atom & the Orbits blast off from the early rock & roll universe with a set of danceable two-minute old-school power pop songs à la Chuck Berry.

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(FREE) Songbird Sessions: The Nate & Kate Kids Show

On Sunday, August 28 at 2 pm, the West Kortright Centre presents The Nate & Kate Kids Show, a free indoor performance of children’s songs and juggling. This popular Ithaca-based duo balances entertainment value and artistry, featuring cello, guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, harmony vocals, humorous original songs, sing-along favorites, hilariously impressive musical juggling routines, and audience participation. Nate & Kate’s unique vaudeville-inspired variety show is geared towards families with children ages 2-8.

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(8/20) WKC Backyard Bash fundraiser featuring the Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band

Saturday, August 20
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, performing at The WKC with a full 6-piece band, channel the spirit of legendary country duos in a contemporary blend of honky-tonk and traditional bluegrass.

This outdoor fundraising event includes a 5PM barbeque dinner and a 6PM concert (two-step dance lessons also included!)

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Bricktop, Legend of the Jazz Age, at the Franklin Stage Company, Aug 5–21

Franklin Stage Company is pleased to present “Bricktop, Legend of the Jazz Age,” August 5–21, a play, written by Cathey Sawyer, directed by Rodney S. Hudson. Bricktop is the story of jazz, of African Americans in performance, of racial relations, and of Paris before and after WWII. Bricktop recounts her humble beginnings in Alderson, West Virginia through her career as a cabaret performer and club owner that took her around the world, made her the companion of royalty, a favorite of writers and musicians, and the “Doyenne” of café society in Paris.

For more information and to reserve seats for this admission-free production (with a suggested donation $25 per person), click here.

Community Classes, Open Mics and more at For-Do on Main Street, Delhi

Bushel’s neighbors at FOR-DO — Friends of Recovery of Otsego and Delaware Counties — host an ever-increasing number of community classes, workshops, and events including an Open Mic night several nights per month. Check out their calendar here (scroll down for Delhi’s chapter).

They also offer NARCAN training, which takes less than an hour and can save a life. And you can donate or volunteer your support here.

Resistance Revival Chorus

Saturday, August 6, 7PM
at the West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY
This collective of women and non-binary singers join together to breathe joy & song into the resistance and to uplift & center women’s voices.
Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited; walk-ups are welcome. $30 ($25 WKC members) in advance; $35 ($30 WKC members) day-of. $10 for ages 9-19; free for ages 8 & under. Advance ticketing closes at midnight on Friday, August 5.
Tickets & more information: https://westkc.org/eventbrite-event/resistance-revival-chorus/

The Brother Brothers

Thursday, August 4, at 7PM
at the West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY

Acoustic folk duo The Brother Brothers are David and Adam Moss, identical twins who have a story about everything. Their humble, earnest songs celebrate life and its beauty. The brothers’ virtuosic musicianship and close harmonies have earned them frequent comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, as well as coveted performance slots at Edmonton Folk Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival, FreshGrass Music Festival, and more. The Brother Brothers were featured on Rolling Stone Country’s 2018 “Top 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” list.

$10-$20
Tickets and more information: https://westkc.org/eventbrite-event/the-brother-brothers/

The West Kortright Centre presents: Shakespeare in the Valley

Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30
6PM – Introduction to Acting’s adaptation of The Love For Three Oranges, based on a story by Carlo Gozzi
7PM – Picnic Dinner (bring your own, or purchase hot dogs/veggie burgers on-site)
8PM – The Winter’s Tale, by the teenage Shakespeare, Music for Shakespeare, and Costume Design participants of the West Kortright Centre’s Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops.
Advance tickets are recommended in order to avoid a long ticket line: https://westkc.org/…/shakespeare-in-the-valley-the…/
Rain or shine, bring your own lawn seating

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Rachael & Vilray

On Sunday, July 24, at 4PM, the West Kortright Centre presents a timeless performance by Rachael and Vilray. Rachael Price, frontwoman of the hit multi-genre band Lake Street Dive, and singer and guitarist Vilray Blair Bolles sing intimate arrangements of forgotten treasures, interspersed with original minimalist original works that evoke the Golden Age of radio. The duo’s shared affinity for Jazz Age musicals, Tin Pan Alley music, and other songs from the ‘30s through ‘50s informs their vibrant arrangements, creating a fresh yet nostalgic sound. 

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Free Yoga in Delhi Town Square, August 6

Sabrina Vedete Elmaliah will lead a free yoga session on Delhi Village Square, Saturday, August 6, 10–11 am. All levels and ages welcome. Bring yoga mat or towel, sunscreen, water, and a friend.

Sabrina Vedete Elmaliah, MA is the founder of Sacred Lotus, a movement in herbal wellness. She is a 200RYT Yoga teacher committed to liberation, inspiration, and remembering divine love.

Free Yoga in Delhi Town Square, July 9

Sabrina Vedete Elmaliah will lead a free yoga session on Delhi Village Square, Saturday, July 9, 10–11 am. All levels and all ages welcome. Bring yoga mat or towel, sunscreen, water, and a friend.

Sabrina Vedete Elmaliah, MA is the founder of Sacred Lotus, a movement in herbal wellness. She is a 200RYT Yoga teacher committed to liberation, inspiration, and remembering divine love.

Jake Blount

Saturday, July 9, 7PM
at the West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith NY
www.westkc.org

Award-winning banjoist, fiddle player, and singer Jake Blount is a specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, including spirituals, blues, and string band repertoire.

“An Afrofuturist in roots-music garb”— NPR.

Tickets: $15-25; $10 for ages 9-19; free for ages 8 & under.

Petals and Pigments: Bundle Dying with Maggie Pate

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 10AM – 1PM
at the West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY 13757

Students will create a silk scarf that is bright and unique using dried petals from seasonal flowers, food waste scraps, and pigments from natural dye extracts. In this steam color dye technique, each attendee will lay out their design then bundle their fiber into a roll and steam bath the piece. After 1 hour in a steam bath, the scarves will reveal brilliantly saturated atmospheric patterns. Pre-registration required: LINK

$95 ($85/WKC members) all materials included.

 

July 2: KIDSTOCK! Music, Food, and Country Fun

KIDSTOCK!
July 2, 11 am – 4pm
Rain or shine

A fun afternoon with live music for kids, featuring Shinbone Alley (a jazz band on stilts), Senegalese percussionist Amadou Diallo, and Miss Pam’s Jamboree. Additional entertainment and activities include Mike the Juggler, the Community Music Network’s instrument petting zoo, face painting, recycled fabric jewelry making, build-your-own-terrarium, native plant giveaway, an obstacle course, and more!
Pay what you can (suggested donation: $20/family).
Food available from Catskill Momos and The Tulip and the Rose, plus Freestyle Confections.
This event is sponsored by Andes Hotel, Bovina Montessori, Catskill Country Living, Ecoagents, and Christine Egan & Scott DeSimon.



West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith
info@westkc.org
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June 19: WKC Landscape and Garden Tour

The 31st annual West Kortright Centre Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, June 19 in the Jefferson-Milford-Worcester area. This popular self-guided tour is a beautiful journey along country roads. Support a local non-profit arts organization while getting a rare insider look at how local garden enthusiasts have enhanced their outdoor environments. Pre-registration is required. LINK

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June 18: Still/Together – Lokasparśa Dance Projects

Lokasparśa Dance Projects, a recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts 2022 Choreographic Commission, will perform the world premiere of its latest work, Still/Together, on Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 PM at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith. This new work, choreographed by Artistic Director clyde forth of Jefferson, NY, investigates unnoticed connections, stillness, time, and light, incorporating video projection and vocal/text elements within the dance.

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June 18: (FREE) Songbird Sessions: Intro to Improvisational Dance (for ages 8-12)

Saturday, June 18, 11:30-12:30
at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith
How do you create beauty and meaning without choreography? Learn to navigate space as a physical body and as an ensemble through games based on the principles of Contact Improv, Modern Dance, and The Underscore (Nancy Stark Smith).
This workshop is led by Angelica Palmer and is part of The WKC FREE Songbird Sessions series of outdoor events for families. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations.
Registration link
This event is sponsored by Andes Hotel, Bovina Montessori, Catskill Country Living, Christine Egan & Scott DeSimon, and Ecoagents.
More information about the Songbird Sessions series: https://westkc.org/songbird-sessions/

June 18: (FREE) Songbird Sessions: Growling, Climbing, & Flying (for ages 3-8)

Saturday, June 18, 10AM-11AM
at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith
Contact Improv for Littles and their Grownups (Ages 3-8)
Come dance and play with your child. Let your animals roar, explore new body playgrounds and fly together!
This workshop for children and their caregiver is led by Angelica Palmer and is part of our FREE Songbird Sessions series of outdoor events for families.
Pre-registration is required due to space limitations.
Registration link
One caregiver in attendance per child, please. In the event you need to cancel your registration, please let us know as soon as possible.
More information about the Songbird Sessions series: https://westkc.org/songbird-sessions/

Full Moon Sound Bath

Tuesday, June 14, 6pm
Sound Healing is the creation of subtle frequencies generated with specific instruments like Gongs, Singing Bowls, or crystal bowls, including voice chanting.
This event is led by Isabelle Berger Delgrange & Stephan Martel as part of a series of three Sound Bath offerings in East Meredith at The West Kortright Centre this summer. Together they create a safe & nurturing space, using the power of vibration to rebalance the whole body on both a physiological & emotional level.

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(FREE) Songbird Sessions: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater performs DIRT

On Saturday, June 11 at 2pm, the West Kortright Centre presents Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s new mask & puppet production, DIRT: The Secret Life of Soil. Fusing cutting-edge science and age-old puppetry, DIRT takes audiences on an extravagant journey of discovery into the ground beneath our feet. Featuring live music and puppet figures ranging from 12″ to 12′ tall, the show reveals the photosynthetic alchemy of plants, the fungi’s dance of mutual delight, and the microbes’ herculean labors.
This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration required.
Donations welcome. Bring your own lawn seating. Please arrive at least 15 mins early. Grounds open at 1pm. Picnickers welcome; masks encouraged.
DIRT is made possible by funds from the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, by grants from the New State Council on the Arts, and by the generosity of our community sponsors The Andes Hotel, Bovina Montessori, Catskill Country Living, Ecoagents, and Christine Egan & Scott DeSimon.

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Free Women’s Circle – Spiritual Connection

Join us at the Uplands Center in Walton for a free women’s circle! Our theme for this month is spiritual connection. We gather for community, connection, solidarity, and time in a beautiful outdoor setting.

The group is usually between 8 – 12 people and it’s a different group every time, with some new people each month and others who join most months. All are welcome!

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Free Women’s Circle – Growth

Join us at the Uplands Center in Walton in on Tuesday, May 24th from 6 – 7:30 PM for this month’s women’s circle! Our theme for this month is growth.
 
Gather up the amazing resource of spending intentional time with other women! You’ll walk away feeling restored by connection to each other within a safe community. We’ll gather, breathe, move, reflect and connect!
 
The group is usually between 8 – 12 people and it’s a different group every time, with some new people each month and others who join most months. All are welcome! We spend our time together in two sections:
 
First, we go through a short guided meditation, stretching, or experiential practice to help bring us into the body.
 
Then, I lead a discussion portion where we share based on the theme of the month in small groups and/or with the whole group. We end with a short song and share a snack together!
 
 
Location:
The Cherry Grove (outdoors if weather permits, otherwise inside in the Yoga Studio)
The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY, 13856
 
 
Free! Space is limited! RSVP to chelsea@chelseafrisbee.com

Natural Dye Workshop at Star Route Farm (June 4 + 5)

Join Cara Marie Piazza at Star Route Farm for a comprehensive natural dye workshop over two days on June 4th and 5th. Explore the processes of hot extraction and bundle dyeing with floral waste and locally foraged material. Discussion topics will include a brief history of natural dyes, mordanting and dyeing fibers, and how to bring these techniques into your home. We will also learn about how using household items can shift the colors of your dye by modifying the pH. Each day each participant will dye and keep one silk handkerchief, four 16” x 16” cotton napkins, and four 6” x 18” silk Ahimsa swatches. The class costs $250 per day. Participants are welcome to come for one or both days. All tools and equipment are provided. The class will run from 10 AM to 4 PM with a light lunch at 12 PM.  25% of the workshop proceeds will go to Star Route Farm, which will support their work growing and donating organic produce to food justice organizations in the New York area. Please direct any questions to Cara at cara@caramariepiazza.com

Delaware County NY Supports Reproductive Rights – Fundraiser + May 7 Rally

A group of local residents has organized to raise funds to support the National Network of Abortion Funds, and organize a  community-supported raffle. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the NNAF and split among abortion funds nationwide. To donate or participate in the raffle: https://givebutter.com/DelCountySupport

There is also a RALLY on May 7th at noon at the Village Square.

“Haudenosaunee Culture, History, and Influences in Upstate New York” in Richfield Springs, Friday, April 29

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Oneida Faithkeeper Diane Shenandoah and her son, musician Adah Shenandoah, will present a program featuring the significant influence the Haudenosaunee culture had on American democracy and the Women’s Suffrage movement. This presentation will take place on Friday, April 29, 5:30–6:30 pm, at the Lake House Restaurant, 2521 Cty Hwy 22, Richfield Springs.  Free admission; donations requested. For more information, click here for newspaper article about it.

Beltane Convergence

SAVE THE DATE: May 1st, 2022
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 19692 NY-28, Delhi, NY 13753
If you would like, please join us for the first of many gatherings.
PURPOSE TO COME TOGETHER …
Is to listen to and revere land and place together.
The land is calling us, so we are listening and gathering.
This is an open public place so if you’re there that day, join us!
There is spacious parking and from there, we’ll take an easy walk to the Butterfly Garden.

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“Utica, the Last Refuge,” a Film Screening at the Stanley Theater in Utica, May 5

The Delaware County Citizens for Refugee Support (DCCRS) will be attending and invites you to join for a film screening of “Utica: The Last Refuge” at the Stanley Theater in Utica on May 5, 7 pm. The event will be a fundraiser for Ukraine and an intro to the work of The Center in Utica, which provides refugee support. For details, go to Utica’s The Center’s website here.

May 7: Miso-Making workshop with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower

There’s nothing like preparing your own fermented medicines from the Earth.

Join Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower at Hawk Circle for a full day of fermenting fun. Start off your morning with details on fermented food benefits. Then immediately move into preparing first and secondary Kombucha fermentation. After lunch, we’ll process Long Term Miso, get to learn to make and taste Short Term Miso and Dandelion, Leek, Nettles, Seaweed Healing Miso.

Go home with educational materials, Miso, a Kombucha Scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and starter liquid to continue your Kombucha processing.

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Catskills Addiction Coalition 4th Annual Community Action Summit

The community is welcome to attend this free hybrid event to hear a panel discussion on evidence-based models of care to support people in the substance-use-disorder (SUD) community at the state and local level within the criminal justice system.

The in-person event will be hosted at the MTC Community Center, 61 Academy Street in Margaretville and online via zoom. The panel will be moderated by Berthilde Dufrene, Chief Nursing Officer for the NYS Office of Mental Health, Corrections Based Operations; and include panelists such as Jennifer Metzger of the NYS Cannabis Control Board and Sheriff Juan Figueroa from Ulster County. For information and to register, please go to the Catskills Addition Coalition website here.

Herbal Medicine CSA

Herbal Medicine CSA offering! Sign-ups for the 2022 Olamina Botanicals & Run Rig Farm Project “Community Supported Apothecary” are now open! This Farmer-herbalist collaboration offers seasonal herbal remedies made from the fresh and local medicinal plants we (Cassandra & Jess) grow with care. Tinctures, vinegars, fruit jellies, salves, incenses, bath salts, balms, and much, much more with guide members on a seasonal journey of incorporating herbal health into daily practice. Pick-ups in Hudson & Brooklyn, or shipping is available! Come along and celebrate food as medicine with us! Read more & sign up at https://www.olaminabotanicals.com/2022csa

Free Women’s Circle – Newness

Gather up the amazing resource of spending intentional time with other women! You’ll walk away feeling restored by connection to each other within a safe community. We’ll gather, reflect and connect!

The group is usually between 8 – 12 people and it’s a different group every time, with some new people each month and others who join most months. All are welcome! We spend our time together in two sections:

First, Renee leads us through a short guided meditation, stretching, or experiential practice to help bring us into the body.

Then, Chelsea leads a discussion portion where we share based on the theme of the month in small groups and/or with the whole group. We end with a short song and share a snack together!

We’d love to have you join us!

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“Enslaved: People as property in Delaware County 1790-1830” (zoom talk)

The Mountain Top Historical Society presents their first program of 2022: “Enslaved: People as Property in Delaware County, 1790 – 1830.”

This Zoom talk by Diane Galusha, historian, author and President of the Town of Middletown Historical Society, will examine what the institution of slavery looked like in Delaware County as farms, towns, and industry developed following the Revolutionary War. The talk will identify specific slaveholders – wealthy, landed settlers who brought their servants with them from the Hudson Valley and New England – and will, to the extent possible, describe the individuals they owned and the work they did. Citing personal documents, official records, memoirs, newspaper accounts and other period sources, Galusha will bring this little-known aspect of local history out of the shadows. Email mthsdirector@mths.org for the Zoom link

Jessica Farrell artist talk and panel discussion about the mental health crisis in Delaware County

On Saturday, February 19, 4:30 pm, in conjunction with Roxbury Arts Group’s presentation of The Wilderness Diary by Jessica Farrell, there will be a free artist talk and online panel discussion addressing the mental health crisis in our region and ways we can address the disparities in our healthcare system. Please register here for this program: https://roxburyartsgroup.org/event/the-wilderness-diary-2022-02-19/ 

Free Women’s Circle – Intentions for the New Year

As 2021 comes to a close, you may be reflecting on this past year and exploring what 2022 can bring. At our next Women’s Circle we will explore our intentions for the year ahead. Please join us on January 10th at 6pm in The Uplands Center yoga room for connection to self, others, and higher purpose!
The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY 13856
Each Women’s Circle begins with introductions, followed by a grounding practice (stretching, breathing, meditation, etc). We then explore prompts related to our theme using journaling, paired shares, and group discussions. The circle closes out with a song, and usually a tasty snack!
RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org – space is limited for this free gathering!

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Free Women’s Circle – Family

Gather up the amazing resource of spending intentional time with other women! You’ll walk away feeling restored by connection to each other within a safe community. We’ll gather, reflect and connect!

This month’s theme = Family

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be preparing to spend time with our loved ones. Whether we surround ourselves with our given families or our chosen families, we could all benefit from some reflection on what these connections mean to us.

Renee Hardenkamp and Chelsea Frisbee will lead this Women’s Circle exploring the topic of “family”. We will gather at 6pm on November 11th at The Uplands Center yoga room. It’s free! We’d love to have you join us! RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org

Wed Oct 27, 5-6:30pm: How to Save Local News (We Hope): An Online Roundtable

The River is hosting an online roundtable discussion on new models of local journalism. Panelists include:

  • Tim Bruno, general manager, WJFF Radio Catskill
  • Genia Wickwire, associate publisher, Ulster Publishing
  • Chip Rowe, editor, The Highlands Current
  • Alex Shiffer, publisher, Kingston Wire
  • Tom Zambito, investigative reporter, The Journal News, and member of Hudson Valley News Guild

Moderated by Phillip Pantuso and Lissa Harris of The River

register here.

suggested $5 donation.

Sacred Earth Women’s Retreat

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strong pull of what you really love. -Rumi

Gather. Remember. Connect.

SACRED EARTH GROUP WOMEN’S RETREAT
October 29 – 31

Remember what it’s like to be close to the earth, to sit under the stars, to be in the forest, to be part of the natural world, not separate from it. Gather with other like-minded women. Connect to the sacred earth, to your deeper self, to beauty, to soul – together. Spend two nights at a beautiful, new, intimate retreat center space in the forested foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Delancey, NY for:

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DELAWARE COUNTY “Clean Sweep” Oct 8/9

October 1 is the deadline to register for Clean Sweep:

“Every year, regional partners for clean water and a healthy environment host a community hazardous waste collection day, known as Clean Sweep. Now in its 25th year, Clean Sweep provides a safe disposal venue by collecting chemicals and other materials which pose a threat to public health, water and environment.

Download the  CLEAN SWEEP 2021 Flyer and this Tip Sheet for more details. More info and registration here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-sweep-2021-oct-8-farms-businesses-oct-9-homes-registration-162554172907

Women’s Circle – TRUST

Thursday, August 12 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where:
The UPLANDS CENTER
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY 13856

Why: Because we’re more powerful when we support each other!

Led by spiritual coach, Chelsea Frisbee, and yoga instructor, Renee Hardenkamp at a beautiful outdoor location at The Uplands Center in Walton, NY. Free! Space is limited – RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org

Dropping into Fall: Women’s Mini-Retreat at the Uplands

Drop into fall with support, intention, connection and joy! Join Chelsea Frisbee and Renee Hardenkamp for a special mini-retreat full of community, grounding earth-honoring practices, song, and ritualized ways to release and renew for this new season.
The setting: We’ll gather in the beautiful, majestic Cherry Grove that holds powerful energy for connection to the trees, viewshed, and ground below us. You’ll get the feeling that this place is holding you and that it loves supporting circles of women coming together to facilitate healing, growth and connection!
Saturday, September 11th from 9am-3pm
The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Road
Walton, NY
Outline of activities:
Opening circle
Forest Bathing
Explore creativity with leaves & nature
Lunch – BYO
Song circle
Visioning workshop
Closing circle
This event is sponsored by The Uplands Center! We request a $10 contribution to reserve your spot. RSVP to chelsea@chelseafrisbee.com

half hidden: many portals

half hidden welcomes visitors to their exhibition “many portals”  viewable and listenable every Friday 4-6 and Saturday 11-6, during the month of September, at 100 1/2 Main Street. Visual arts, secret garden, wordy surprises, aural treats, and an esoteric library with offerings by Matt LeFleur, Melissa Thorne, Nancy Diamond, Emily Sprague, Brian Crabtree, Heather Phelps-Lipton, Kelli Cain, Dan Derks, Jesse Bransford, Trent Gill, and Sean Hellfritsh.

CADE is hiring!

Our team is growing!

CADE is recruiting for three full time positions and one part time consultant. You can find all of the job descriptions here.

  • Vision 2050 Project Coordination Consultant – closes July 30
  • Marketing Program Associate – closes August 15
  • Senior Program Manager – closes Sept 1
  • Communications Manager – closes Sept 1

We are dedicated to supporting our region’s agricultural economy, which is why we’re bringing these job announcements directly to you – our CADE clients and supporters. Your lived experience as business owners and local food supporters is exactly what we’re looking for on our team.

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Art Exhibit

An Artist’s Soul: Form and Social Conscience

JANET WENTWORTH ERICKSON
A World of Diversity in Watercolor, Pastel, and Oil

July 17 – August 21, 2021
Reception for the Artist:
July 17, Saturday, from 4 – 6 PM

MURAL Art Gallery
631 E. Main Street, Hobart, NY
MURAL Art Gallery, 631 E. Main Street Hobart, New York 13788
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12PM – 4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT- 607-538-3002

www.muralgallery.org muralmain@gmail.com

Free Women’s Circle – Play Focus

Looking for more meaningful connection in your life? Gather up the amazing resource of spending intentional time with other women! You’ll walk away from this small group feeling restored by connection to other women & the earth. This month, our theme is all about PLAY – how to bring more joy, curiosity, creativity, fun and play into your life!

Thursday, July 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM

Where:
The UPLANDS CENTER
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY 13856

Why: Because we’re more powerful when we support each other!

Led by life coach, Chelsea Frisbee, and yoga instructor, Renee Hardenkamp at a beautiful outdoor location at The Uplands Center in Walton, NY. Free! Space is limited – RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org

NO OD NY – Activists walk 350+ miles to raise funds for overdose prevention

From NO OD NY: Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) are sites where people may use illegal drugs under the supervision of trained staff in order to reduce the risk of death, disease, and incarceration. Governor Cuomo promised an activist coalition that he would greenlight OPCs in Ithaca and New York City in 2018. The pilot program remains unauthorized.

This July, Ryan Carson and a team of activists will walk more than 350 miles across New York state in order to pressure Governor Andrew Cuomo to authorize Safe Injection Facilities in New York state. Along the way, they will host town halls and other public events in order to foster dialogue about the opioid epidemic and raise awareness about the life-saving potential of Safe Injection Facilities. They will stop in cities across the state that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic, connecting with New Yorkers whose lives have been forever changed by this crisis.

Learn more here, follow the walk here, and support the project by contributing to their GoFundMe here.

Community workshops at FOR-DO / The Turning Point in Delhi

FOR-DO’s The Turning Point is located just down the street from Bushel (next door to Bushel’s old space!), Standing for “Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego [Counties]”, FOR-DO affirms the power and possibility of recovery and accomplishes its mission by: 

  • Providing education and awareness activities in an effort to reduce stigma and discrimination related to Substance Use Disorder.
  • Advocating for legislation and services that support recovery from a Substance Use Disorder
  • Operating community recovery centers for those in recovery from Substance Use Disorders and their families, thereby improving quality of life, reducing the risk of relapse, and assisting the development of a sustained recovery through the provision of peer-based support, life skills education and other programs, social activities, informational resources and a place for mutual support meetings

Many of the workshops and programs — including writing workshops, open mic, book club, and meditation — are open to all members of the public whether or not they are participating in the center’s recovery-specific services.

They also offer NARCAN training for opioid overdose prevention, in-person or on Zoom.

See the full schedule of programming here: https://www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/calendar, where you can also see information about donating or volunteering with the center.

Free Women’s Circle – Nature Focus

Looking for more connection as we come out of isolating times? Join Chelsea Frisbee and Renee Hardenkamp for a free Women’s Circle at The Uplands Center in Walton on Saturday, June 12th from 2 – 3:30 PM.
You’ll walk away feeling restored by connection to each other within a safe community. We’ll gather in a beautiful natural setting, reflect and connect!
This month’s theme for experiential practice and discussion is connection to the natural world. RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org
Free!
The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY 13856

Live Music on Saturdays in Delhi

John’s Flea and Music Series
Our next-door neighbor — John’s Flea market at This and That, 110 Main St. — begins a summer music series Saturday, June 5 with local band, Clovis. The flea market is every Saturday starting at 9. Guest chefs serve at 11. Bands go on at 5. Music is sponsored by Birdsong Community Garden. Follow @johnsflea on Instagram and visit johnsflea.com for updates on chefs and bands scheduled all season in addition to vendors selling vintage clothing, home goods, jewelry, bags, and more.

Book Announcement: The Petunias are Doing Amazing


The Petunias Are Doing Amazing: A Prison Journal and Plant Care Guide
Bushel hosts virtual monthly meetings of the Inside-Outside Study Group, co-founded by Bushel’s Thursday morning meditation facilitator Molly Yakusan Stevens. Inside-Outside fosters emotional and spiritual connections through prison walls. You can read about their doings here.  And definitely check out this book that has come out of the group: The Petunias Are Doing Amazing: A Prison Journal and Plant Care Guide, by Shane Pema Tenzin Marcantel. All proceeds go to the author’s reentry fund. 

Resources to support Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives [via The Poetry Project, NYC]

The following is a working list of organizations that work to advocate for, uplift, and protect Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives. Most of these resources were compiled from lists shared by: Jess X. Snow, RISE Indigenous, and Lisa Lowe. Recirculate freely and donate where possible.

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Free bystander intervention training to stop anti-Black harassment and police-sponsored violence

Hollaback! (nonprofit fighting harrassment) offers free, one-hour trainings to give people tools on how to safely intervene when you see police-sponsored, anti-black harassment or violence. They also have bystander intervention trainings specifically geared towards addressing gender harrassment and anti-Asian violence.
More information and registration here.

Outdoor Women’s Circle

Gather up the amazing resource of spending intentional time with other women! You’ll walk away feeling restored by connection to each other within a safe community. We’ll gather around a fire in a beautiful location, connect to nature, reflect and connect!

Saturday, April 3rd from 2 – 3:30 PM
This free monthly event will be held at:

The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY

Please RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org – 10 person limit

Led by Chelsea Frisbee & Renee Hardenkamp

Please dress for the weather and bring a journal/paper and a pen!

Support Texas residents

Here are some places to donate to mutual aid groups supporting Texas residents affected by storms, outages, and government neglect. These links are from this live doc, which is continually being updated.

Feb 28: Free online herbalism workshop with AnnMarie Tedeschi

FIRE CIDER
Sunday, February 28, 2021
4 PM – 5:30 PM via Zoom

Come explore this age-old, versatile cold and flu remedy with herbalist AnnMarie Tedeschi. In this workshop, we will discuss how to make fire cider, a vinegar-based infusion of spicy roots, herbs and vegetables. We will talk about its many medicinal and culinary uses, its fascinating history and why the name Fire Cider can’t be trademarked.. We will also cover different seasonal herbs that can be included for added benefit and variety.

Register for this free workshop here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey7fZ_Yv7j_BuxRCn–TguntwkI5_QES_VDpahRMqIMHcJuQ/viewform

Feb 17: Deepening (or starting) Your Spiritual Practice – Free Workshop with Chelsea Frisbee

These days, we literally have the world at our fingertips. Information about pretty much any spiritual practice or tradition in the world is available to us – but how do we use that information and the incredible opportunity we have in this world of hyper-connectivity to build a meaningful, sustaining spiritual practice? And why does it even matter?

If you’ve been longing for more meaning in your life, wondering how to maintain spiritual practices outside of the “traditional” walls or community settings you’ve been accustomed to, or just curious about how to stay grounded and connected to something larger than yourself during these challenging times, this workshop is for you!

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W.I.D.E. #DinnerforaDifference Fundraiser!

WHO:  W.I.D.E is a local group of women promoting inclusivity, diversity and equity in our community through education, literature and the arts. Due to Covid, most of the funding is going to updating the local libraries and classrooms with modern literature that includes multicultural themes and minority voices.

WHAT:  #DinnerforaDifference is an Italian style dinner created by local Chef Deanna D’Angelo (ChefDeanna.com) with food donations by Catskill Regional Harvest. Suggested donation is $25 per plate and features a Farm Fresh Salad, Home Made Manicotti and Meatballs, and Garlic bread.  There is a vegetarian option without the meatballs. There will also be baked goods to buy at pick up to satisfy your sweet tooth, again, by donation.

While the suggested donation is $25/plate, any amount is happily accepted and dinners can also be sponsored. One can pay for a dinner and we will get it to a family in need.

WHEN:  Order today for pick up on Wednesday, January 20th from 4-6PM

WHERE: Two convenient pickup locations in Delhi and Bovina.

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Fri Jan 15: “Police reform, addiction, and mental health” open meeting

From Catskills Addiction Coalition via Delaware County Solidarity:

Friday January 15, 2021 9:00-10:00 a.m., there will be a public/zoom meeting on “The role of law enforcement in recovery friendly communities: Police reform, addiction, and mental health.” Sheriff Dumond is one of the panelists, and it’s being facilitated by Joyce St. George. (Joyce is cc’ed here; you can respond or contact her directly with questions.)  
**This could be a great opportunity to ask Sheriff Dumond your questions/share concerns about policing in Delaware County and/or the ongoing police reform committee being overseen by the county. In spite of state guidance requiring them to do so, Delaware County Board of Supervisors, and chair Tina Mole, have not scheduled any public input meetings on police reform.**

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Mon Jan 18 @11am: Delaware County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee meeting

If you are concerned about the state of policing in Delaware County, this is an opportunity to voice concerns and input. If you are interested in talking about ways to influence this process through more concerted community action, the Delaware County Solidarity Listserv is organizing on the topic.

Event by Delaware County NY Government
Online Event
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11 AM EST
Price: Free
Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

The next Delaware County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 18th, at 11am via Zoom. This meeting will be livestreamed on the Delaware County NY YouTube channel. The YouTube link for the meeting will be shared once generated approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

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Herbal Community Care Toolkit

This is a full (digital) course in holistic herbal community care offered as Mutual Aid (on a sliding scale donation basis) by CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism. Get it at: Herbal Community Care Toolkit

Curriculum includes:

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Basic Medicine-Making Skills (57:00)
  • High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol (58:46)
  • Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes (52:49)
  • Edema (61:01)
  • Weight Management (52:19)
  • Pain Management (52:26)
  • Better Sleep (69:19)
  • Wound Care (62:55)
  • Digestive Health (59:18)
  • Emotional Support (73:34)
  • Respiratory Health (70:25)
  • Covid-19 Resources (137:21)
  • Grow Your Own! (151:39)
  • Anti-Racism and Community Health (175:28)

Group Coaching Life Purpose Workshop

From Land Yoga (Andes):

This 8-week course is carefully curated to help individuals tap into their true purpose and potential. We will look deeply at our desires and what has been standing in the way of them and create a road map for 2021.

Participants can expect to dig deep, share, reflect, and be moved during this period as well as come away with real concrete action steps for their future.

Course runs Thursdays 6-7 or 7-8 pm in Feb/March

Details and Registration HERE

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

Offered online in January, 2021, Intro to Ashtanga is a five-class course that walks you through the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga Method. You will learn:

  • History of Ashtanga Yoga
  • When to Practice for optimal results
  • The Difference between Mysore and Led Classes
  • How to Increase your lightness and harness your energy
  • Correct breathing
  • Points of focus during practice
  • Sun Salutations
  • Standing Poses
  • Closing Poses

This course comes with many bonuses including a FREE CLASS during the workshop period.

Details and Registration HERE

SOULFest Global Online Wellness Festival

SOULFest GLOBAL is a two-day online wellness festival committed to accessibility and celebrating diversity in wellness. The coming January 23-24th online festival has sessions taught by teachers from around the world including Seane Corn, Donna Noble, Dianne Bondy and many others. You can expect yoga, culture, conversation and cbd.

The festival is free OR you can support with a $35 all access ticket which allows entry into FOUR additional workshops including Mandala Mediation Coloring, Global Impact Manifestation, Yin Yoga + Crystals, and Sound Bath.

More details and registration HERE.

Winter Solstice Nature Retreat

From Land Yoga:

The “Twelfth” or “Wolf Nights” as the nights around Winter Solstice through New Years can sometimes be called are a very special, magical and mysterious time when nature seems to stand still. We can use this time to take stock, to prepare for the next year – but also to sharpen our sense for the essential things that are so often hidden from our eyes.

Please join us for a 12-day retreat consisting of part online group workshops and part real life self-led assignments all designed to reconnect us to our essence as nature, rethink our use of technology and create a collective of like-minded individuals.

See full schedule and details at : https://landyoga.com/winter-solstice-nature-retreat/

All online sessions are recorded and can be done on your own if you can not make them in real time.

People’s Wellness Initiative

The People’s Wellness Initiative is a network of Catskill, Hudson-Valley and New York City based herbalists offering direct wellness support to individuals and families in Black and Brown communities. Learn more and participate in their GoFundMe campaign here!

From the organizers:

Did you know that :
1 in 920 Black Americans has died of Covid-19 (108.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,110 Indigenous Americans has died of CV-19 (or 90.0 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,360 Latino Americans has died of CV-19 (or 73.5 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,450 Pacific Islander Americans has died (or 68.9 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,840 White Americans has died of CV-19 (or 54.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 2,200 Asian Americans has died (or 45.4 deaths per 100,000)

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Women’s Circle

Spend intentional time with other women in a beautiful, uplifting natural setting and come away feeling restored by connection to self, place, and community. We’ll gather around a fire, walk, talk, reflect and connect!

Sunday, November 1st from 3 – 4:30 PM

The Uplands Center
2641 Dunk Hill Rd
Walton, NY 13856

Led by Chelsea Frisbee & Renee Hardenkamp

RSVP to renee@uplandscenter.org, 10 person limit. Bring a journal, pen or pencil, & lots of warm clothes! Masks required

Stress Reduction Courses in Andes

Announcing upcoming courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:

My Name is Thimo Wittich. I am a Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation and MBSR Teacher (qualified through MBSR Teacher Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown School of Public Health).
Originally from Germany I recently moved with my wife and daughter from New York City to Andes where I am starting to teach MBSR Courses frequently beginning this Fall online and at Streamside Yoga.

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Prioritize Your Self Care: Free Online Workshop with Chelsea Frisbee

Yes, even now amidst a global pandemic, uncertainty, and social upheaval. Especially now! With the workshop PRIORITIZE YOUR SELF-CARE: 5 steps to create more peace and joy in your lifeDelhi community member, Chelsea Frisbee, LMT & self-care coach, will share how you can add more balance, spaciousness, peace and joy to your busy life. You’ll leave the webinar with concrete next steps to start your fall prioritizing your own self care. Because you deserve it, and we need you!

When you show up for yourself, you’ll be able to show up better for your family, friends, job, and community. The world is asking for us to keep showing up. Here’s one way you can help make that happen!

Thursday, August 27 5 PM EST on Zoom

FREE!

​Sign up here: https://www.chelseafrisbee.com/prioritize-your-self-care-workshop

SEEING THINGS poetry workshop publishes anthology

Bright Hill poetry workshop publishes new collection of poems

An opera singer, a veterinarian, an organic gardener, an oncologist, a college teacher, a golf course owner, a biologist, and fourteen other brilliant, hard-working people: what do they have in common? Poetry, of course, and the love of words led them to gather in person, then virtually, and now between the covers of Seeing Things: An Anthology of Poetry. The volume includes poems by both well known and newly published authors David Bachner, Robert Bensen, Rana Bitar, Diane Bliss, Jesse Hilson, Liz Huntington, Lynne Kemen, Annie Kuhn, Karen Miritello, Cicada Musselman, M. W. Piercy, Bertha Rogers, Liz Rosenberg, Pam Strother, Julie Suarez, Lexington Swartwood, Mary van Valkenburg, Julene Waffle, Vicki Whicker, Teresa Winchester, and Lisa Wujnovich.

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Thursday, July 30: March for Black Lives in Delhi

A March to Respect Black Life & the Right to Assemble

Delhi Courthouse, Thursday July 30 at 6 pm

The New York State Sheriff’s Association recently introduced a dangerous legislative agenda, which was supported by six Southern Tier county sheriffs including Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond at a July 15th press conference. The sheriffs’ agenda is a callous, dismissive, and outrageous response to local and national demands to respect and value Black life and to respect the rights of free speech and assembly. It calls for a vast expansion of police power, limiting oversight of police, and punishing people who rightfully call attention to police misconduct.

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Abolition Reading Group @ Wendy’s Subway

Wendy’s Subway has organized an ongoing abolition reading group — free on Zoom — which starts this Saturday, July 18. Register here. Readings for the first session are here.

“In this first Abolition Reading Group session, we envision an end to political policing and police violence with Alex S. Vitale and Philip V. McHarris. Join us for an introductory presentation and discussion by Vitale, followed by a moderated reading group conversation with McHarris.”

Covid Childcare Co-op Calendar – a tool for families organizing collective childcare

“The Covid Childcare Co-op Calendar (CCCC) is a tech tool as social prompt. Using the CCCC, a group of caregivers can fairly schedule collective childcare according to their availabilities. Though it seems counter-intuitive considering what we’re up against, our social bonds are still our greatest collective asset, and they can guide a smart, functional, feminist response to our covid crisis of care. Whether it’s a small circle of friends supporting a healthcare worker by watching their kid, or a few retail employees trading off with a tiny class of 8 year olds, the CCCC makes the annoying step of making and sharing a fair joint schedule a cinch. Our hope is that this simple tool—no accounts, no registration, no stored data—prompts people to think about the next handful of months and how they can share the collective childcare burden, whether they’re someone who’s stuck with more than they can handle, or less.”

Seeking Kid’s Protest Sign from Delhi Rally

On behalf of the Delaware County Historical Association, Mina Takahashi (Bushel Collective member) is putting together a representative collection of protest signs from the Delhi ‘Honoring Black Lives” Rally on June 6, 2020. To round out the selection, she is seeking a sign made and carried by a child at the rally. The donated signs will become part of the permanent archive of DCHA as a record of the largest protest in Delhi’s history. Please contact Mina by phone/text: 646.784.0072.

Programs from Poor People’s Campaign (July 9: Racism in Rural NY)

Racism in Rural NY
Thursday, July 9. 7-9pm
Streaming on Facebook
Join us for a panel discussion about the expressions and impact of racism in rural communities in New York.

This will bring together leaders from four regions of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign (North Country, Central New York, Western Southern Tier, and Eastern Southern Tier) as well as Scipioville Presbyterian Church, Be You and MR Hess Home Works.

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July 10 @5pm: BLM protest in Stamford

Black Lives Matter protest in Stamford NY. Friday, July 10 at 5pm. Meet across from TP’s Cafe.

“Two days ago, menacing racist graffiti was found on an abandoned building in Stamford. It’s been painted over, and a few of us brought flowers and a BLM sign there to counter the ugliness and hate and with beauty and determination. On Friday, the community will gather in a protest for Black lives and racial justice.”

From the Daily Star:https://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/racist-graffiti-in-stamford-spurs-probe/article_ccad0bba-8c31-5d23-aab7-4a556e04dfaf.html

Gifts from the Heart Store at Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Reopens

From Heart of the Catskills:
We’ve been busy giving the upscale thrift store a face lift and new look for our reopening! Due to the size of our wonderful little store and for a safer shopping experience, masks are required during your visit and we will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at one time. Please be patient if you are asked to wait to enter while another customer shops and checks out at the counter.

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Black Hills Legal Defense Fund

From the Black Hills Legal Defense Fund Website:

“On July 3rd, 2020 Indigenous People and our allies were arrested in the process of defending our sacred lands in the Black Hills. Acts of courage and civil disobedience resulted in arrests and criminal charges … As a group of Indigenous people and our allies we made a stand against Donald Trump the President of the United States who made a decision to come to Oceti Sakowin Territory without the free prior and informed consent of the Tribal Nations of the region…At a time of social and racial reckoning in this country Trump has perpetuated a White Supremacist narrative that has further divided the country. As a group of Indigenous People and our allies we are committed to the dismantling of White Supremacy and systemic racism in this country.”

Donate at https://bhlegalfund.org/

Support local Food Justice programs from The 607 CSA

Our partners at the607csa* have just launched three food-justice programs — one to subsidize CSA shares, one to support local food pantries, and one to donate to NYC programs that support healthy food for the city’s BIPOC communities. To read more and donate: https://www.the607csa.com/programs *Bushel is a pick-up location for the CSA, but upstate residents who are not CSA members may order food from the a la carte menu at any time to pick up at Bushel the following Wednesday. Visit the website for more details:  https://www.the607csa.com/

June 25: NY State Senator Jen Metzger has posted updated reopening guidelines

From Metzger’s email newsletter, dated 6/25/2020:
“Dear Neighbor, 
Our Hudson Valley and Catskills communities are progressing positively through the state’s phased reopening plan. Delaware County is expected to begin Phase Four reopening on Friday, June 26, and Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties, advanced to Phase Three this past Tuesday. To ensure a safe reopening across all industries, detailed guidance is being provided to businesses for each phase. Links to the guidance for Phase Three and Four are provided below, and businesses can also consult the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Wizard to see if their business is eligible to reopen.”

Read the whole post here: http://pubfiles.nysenate.gov/crm/metzger/view/6f68f048ae46c41f

Delaware County Solidarity Listserv

Delaware County Solidarity’s listserve of freewheeling and respectful discussions and information sharing on social issues is looking for more folks to join the over 100 of us here who agree with the following statement:

“Delaware County Solidarity is a group working to promote the awareness of local issues, advance human rights and social justice, and protect the environment through research, advocacy, information sharing, and community-wide events. Delco Solidarity is based in Delaware County, New York.” To apply, contact: cooperativemichael1@gmx.com

6/19 @6pm: Juneteenth Delaware County JUSTICE RIDE FOR BLACK LIVES

This action is organized by Fair For All (FB link here.)

Delaware County
JUSTICE RIDE FOR BLACK LIVES
Juneteenth (Friday, June 19), 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Are you on the freedom side? Join us for a cross-county caravan in support of Black lives and racial justice on Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 when previously enslaved people in Texas learned of their emancipation.

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June 14 March for Justice (Roxbury)

Sunday, June 14 at 3pm: March for Justice in Roxbury, NY

From the organizers:

“Bring a sign (no profanity, please). We will gather at the south end of Main Street, near Roxbury Wine and Spirits. Marshalls will guide us as we march north, peacefully and with respect for social distancing, along the east side of Main Street to the cemetery.


Marshalls will help us cross there, and we will walk south on the opposite side to Kirkside Park, where we will gather for reflection and speakers.

Everything will proceed with careful adherence to social distancing measures. Wear a mask.”

Seeking housing June 17-July 1 for self-quarantine

Hello all,

My partner and I are preparing to go pod-up with a friend who is in need of support upstate. We’ve been at the protests, however, so we are needing to find a place to quarantine for 14 days before it is safe to do so. We are looking to go somewhere on or around June 17th, for 14 days.  

Our needs for while we are there are reliable wifi (we are both working from home), a kitchen (we will arrive with all our groceries), and at least one bedroom with a door (so we can work in two separate spaces during the day).  

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VOIX NOIRE: COVID-19 Relief for Black and Indigenous communities

Direct your support to Capitol Region-organized Voix Noire. From the website:

“If you are a Black or Indigenous person experiencing hardship during this pandemic, send an email to RonaRationsVoix@gmail.com and include a social media profile link, zip code, delivery address for food/groceries and Cash App or Venmo links. Asks are fulfilled on a first-come first-serve basis and dependent on the resources available through community donations made.

If you are able to donate to the pool for COVID-19 relief you may give to our COVID FundFood Security Pool, or direct cash to Creighton’s Cash App or Venmo. Since March 29, 2020 we have distributed over $26,000 in relief to those affected by COVID-19. Your financial donations are needed to continue the work.”

Read more here: https://voixnoire.com/

Delhi protest Saturday June 6

Organized by GetWoke:

“Join us on Saturday, June 6 at 1pm as we peacefully gather to mourn the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others at the hands of a racist law enforcement and justice system. This is not only a rally, but also a living, breathing, feeling monument to Black lives and against white supremacy. 


**PLEASE WEAR A MASK & PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. 


We will meet at the Courthouse Square at 1pm for brief remarks. Following, we’ll disperse to marked points along Main St., which will provide the recommended 6ft social distancing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Also, this social distancing measure will spread our messages down the length of Main St.
NOTE: As part of this event, a temporary memorial will be in place in the Square from 12-3pm featuring images of 30+ Black victims of police violence. We encourage folks to bring a flower or some other perishable offering to place at the memorial.

Read more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/196002824896511/


#blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #getwokecatskills”

Critical Resistance’s Abolitionist Toolkit

From Critical Resistance, founded by Angela Y. Davis and others to combat and abolish the Prison Industrial Complex. Download the toolkit here.

HIS TOOLKIT EMERGED OUT OF DISCUSSIONS THAT BEGAN IN BOSTON IN MARCH 2002. MEMBERS OF CRITICAL RESISTANCE (CR) AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS GATHERED FOR A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZING STRATEGIES. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE AGREED WE NEEDED TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORK WAS A SET OF IDEAS, EXERCISES, AND RESOURCES TO SHARE WITH THE PEOPLE WE ORGANIZE WITH THAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE IDEA OF ABOLISHING THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (PIC) AND WOULD HELP US TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TOWARD THAT GOAL.

Free e-book: ‘Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect” edited by Joe Macare

This e-book is being offered free by Haymarket Books. Download your copy here.

About the book:

“What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?

This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.”

Ugly Duckling Presse offers online writing workshops, seminars and more

UDP, which has been a friend of Bushel and whose books have been on our shelves since the beginning, is offering some wonderful online writing workshops and readings. Here is their announcement:

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We’re continuing our programming, events, and collaborations online and hope that you’ll virtually join us in the coming months! Read more about our seminars, free online reading and podcasts, and upcoming events below. (more…)

“Contagion, Capitalism and Resistance” online panel: May 5, 5:00 EST

Today (May 5) at 5pmEST, a discussion hosted by Between the Lines, Verso, A Radical Guide, Melville House, and PM Press, with panelists including Bushel friend and “Signs of the Times” participant L.A. Kaufman. as well as Gary Kinsmen, Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, Peter Linebaugh and Timothy Faust.

“While many have pointed to the similarities between the 1918 flu and the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many examples of past health crises that radicals might reflect on when trying to make sense of the current crisis. Most recently, the activist response to the HIV-AIDS crisis offers lessons for how activists might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Long list of kids’ resources

Early Childhood: 

  • Dana’s Kids: Dana has been teaching in early childhood classrooms for 15 years, consulting in early childhood programs and supporting families.
  • Learn At Home: Early Childhood Instructional Resources: As children play, they’re learning about the world around them and practicing important skills. To support their play, early childhood programs typically arrange their spaces into learning areas or centers. Click for a list of no-tech activities and play suggestions organized around these same learning areas. 
  • The Busy Toddler: Susie is an early childhood education advocate, former teacher, and mom of 3, bringing hands-on learning back to childhood. Follow her on Instagram @busytoddler for lots of ideas.
  • Days With Grey: Lots of pre-K ideas on this blog! 

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Free “Writing as Healing” workshops in May

Three wonderful writers who each have connections to Bushel are leading “Writing as Healing” workshops as part of Northeastern University’s Writing Workshop. The first of the weeklong workshops is led by Cat Tyc, and starts April 27, followed by workshops by Ed Steck (starting May 4) and Emmalea Russo (starting May 18). Workshops are free and open to the public, and writers of all levels are encouraged to register.

Writer and activist Astra Taylor: video talk on “un-schooling”

Watch Astra Taylor (director of What Is Democracy? and author of Democracy May Not Exist  But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone) discuss her experience being home-schooled (or un-schooled) without a curriculum or schedule, and how it has shaped her educational philosophy and development as an artist. Hosted by the Walker Art Center (from 2009, recently re-shared by Taylor).

New shared directory of local food businesses during COVID-19

Several organizations in the area are collaborating on ripeCommunity, a shared directory of food businesses serving the community during the COVID-19 crisis. The ripeCommunity directory is free, easy to use, and aggregates restaurants, farms, grocery stores, beverage, etc., all in one place. Businesses can update their own profiles which means up to date info on hours, products, ordering instructions, and food safety precautions.

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Walton Solid Waste Management Facility: “Please store your recyclables”

[April 8, 2020]: A message from the Solid Waste Management Facility in Walton, NY: “We are asking for your help. Please store your recycled materials for the time being. Delaware County’s commitment to recycling remains strong and we will resume our rigorous recycling operation when we return to full staff. Thank you!” View the full March 20 service update here.

Mutual Aid Networks

Mutual Aid networks are starting in our region and some are listed in this report from The River. If you know of a group in Delaware County, we would love to know about it! In the meantime, we hope this “Exchange” portion of this bulletin board might serve some of the purposes a more robust, dedicated network would be able to handle. Here is a useful, low-tech GUIDE to starting a Mutual Aid network, from a group in Medford and Somerville, MA.

COVID Worker Care Network: mental / spiritual health volunteer network

If you or someone you know is an “essential” worker, you can get free mental / spiritual care through the NYC COVID Worker Care Network.  If you are you are a therapist, counselor, life coach, spiritual care provider, healer, organizer, or trained crisis line volunteer and are willing to donate some time to support essential workers and their families, please consider donating time. You do not need to be located in NYC to receive or give help. (more…)