State to wield budget ax on Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
State-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center might suffer the budget ax this year, experiencing severe cuts to its 2008-2009 ski season operations. Employees, skiers, local business owners and the leadership of the Coalition to Save Belleayre have been scrambling since Friday trying to find out how bad it will be for the mountain come winter.

Lodging & Tourism Association plans party, membership drive

The Belleayre Region Lodging & Tourism Association (BRLTA) will hold its Season Kick-off Party and Membership Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Mountain.
All local business owners are invited to attend the pre-season mixer, which will feature a complimentary “Country Barbecue” and a cash bar. The event will provide guests with the opportunity to renew membership, mingle with people in the tourism industry, and learn more about the benefits associated with BRLTA membership.

Rocker, film star Chris Isaak plays Belleayre Mtn. Saturday

Chris Isaak will bring his unique blend of rock, country and pop tunes to the Belleayre Music Festival stage on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Isaak’s smooth, haunting vocal style has propelled songs such as “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” to the top of the charts. Over the course of nine albums, he has produced a dozen hit singles.

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill to play Belleayre Fest in Highmount Saturday

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his hit-filled show to the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. Vince Gill is a multiple Grammy award-winning artist who has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 Country Music Association awards, including two for Entertainer of the Year and five Male Vocalist Awards. He has also won more Grammy Awards than any other male country music artist with 19. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

"Two Jazz Diamonds" celebrated at Catskill Mountain Jazz Series

The Belleayre Music Festival celebrates “Two Jazz Diamonds,” a 75th birthday celebration for David “Fathead” Newman and Curtis Fuller, with Cedar Walton, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Cobb and special guests will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. in Highmount. The second weekend of the festival’s Catskill Mountain Jazz Series gets underway on Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. when Ken Peplowski plays the Belleayre Jazz Club.

Ramsey Lewis Trio featured at Jazz Series

Renowned jazz piano great Ramsey Lewis headlines the opening weekend of the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
New York City-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer KJ Denhert has been called a “triple threat force of nature,” and kicks off the series with a show in the Belleayre Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Her urban jazz style sells out the midnight show in one of Greenwich Village’s famous jazz clubs every weekend.

Festival Opera's 10th anniversary presentation of "Pagliacci" is August 2

“Pagliacci” and Opera Choruses will be presented as the Belleayre Festival Opera celebrates a 10th anniversary opera gala on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount. Producer and Stage Director Donald Westwood’s Belleayre Festival Opera will be joined by the Community Chorale of the Catskills, under the direction of Richard Tucker, in presenting Ruggero Leoncavallo’s most famous and popular work, “Pagliacci” (Clowns). The performance will be preceded by famous opera choruses.

Greene Co. resorts feeling blue over "unfair" Belleayre competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Greene County interests remain relentless in their efforts to put Belleayre Mountain’s finances under a microscope. Last week that county’s legislature adopted a resolution urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill establishing an independent commission to examine competition in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.

Stage, TV star Bebe Neuwirth plays Belleayre Music Festival July 26

Highmount, — Broadway and TV star Bebe Neuwirth will perform at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Bebe Neuwirth is an Emmy and Tony award-winning theater, film and television actress, dancer and singer. After making her Broadway debut in 1980 as Sheila in A Chorus Line, she went on to perform in stage revivals of Little Me, Damn Yankees, and Sweet Charity, for which she won a Tony award.

Bacon Brothers will sizzle at Belleayre Saturday

Kevin and Michael - the Bacon Brothers - bring their rock-n-roll show to the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
While the name Kevin Bacon inevitably brings to mind images of a movie star fewer than six degrees from most others, the internationally-known star of such films as Footloose and A Few Good Men has, along with his brother, steadily been making a name for himself in the music world.

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