All posts by Lynn Woods

Ulster People translates Bernie’s message into local activism

Ulster People translates Bernie’s message into local activism

Ulster People started as a way “to continue Bernie’s political revolution by getting local people elected and educating people about how government works and pressuring our representatives to support policies we believe in.” It was unsuccessful in its most recent effort to shift the balance of power in the county legislator, but organizers see signs of progress in the election results.

Catskill’s Lumberyard partners with Brooklyn Academy of Music

Catskill’s Lumberyard partners with Brooklyn Academy of Music

Lumberyard purchased four buildings – part of a former lumberyard – on the Catskill Creek waterfront, and in November will begin construction of a 5,500-square-foot theater in the cinderblock shell of a former garage. The theater, whose construction is being funded in part by a $5 million loan from RSF Social Finance (in addition to an Empire State Development grant and other sources), will be used to preview shows created by resident artists in the summer, which will open in New York City during the fall.

Navigating segregation: African-American tourists in upstate New York

Navigating segregation: African-American tourists in upstate New York

Friday, Sept. 15: Dr. Gretchen Sorin will offer a fascinating context for the Bates Country Club and other black tourism spots in the Catskills with an upcoming lecture at the Dutch Reformed Church in Accord. Sorin will be accompanied by Rene Bailey, the talented and moving gospel singer who was the house singer at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club for many years, and Connie Beckley, who currently owns the Wicky Wacky Club, an African American resort located in High Falls.

A lively August art scene in Saugerties

A lively August art scene in Saugerties

Saugerties’ gallery scene is seeking to transform the town into a must-visit destination for art aficionados. Four outstanding shows this month are clustered within two blocks. Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures have overflowed the gallery walls and are showing up in storefront windows and inside restaurants.