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.

 

“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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(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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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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(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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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

“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.

“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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“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/ 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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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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)

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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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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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.”

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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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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“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).