2nd annual GardenFest set in village this Saturday

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By Brian Sweeney
The second annual gardenFest will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. along Main Street, Margaretville.

The event, which has free admission, will feature a host of interesting offerings, most centered on outdoor themes. There will also be refreshments, live music and children’s activities. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside the Galli-Curci Theater.

Attractions that will be available throughout the day include: a petting zoo, face-painting by Karina Marvelina, balloon twisting with Melody “Whoopsy Daisy” Newcombe and music by Storie Laurie, the Catskill Mountain Boys and the Godforsaken String Band.
A portion of Main Street will be closed off during gardenFest and vendors will offer their wares in this area.

Among the exhibitors will be: Quarltere’s Garden Center, Top Notch Tree Service, Alta Log Homes, Brad’s Barns, Aba’s Falafel, Mi Lupita, Fair Street Gardens, Second Nature, Fisk Antiques, Festival of the Voice, Belleayre Music Festival, Fair Street Gardens, Storey Laurie, Zone 4 Landscapes, Mountain Flame, Tinderbox, Boulder Mountain Crafts, Maple Shade Farms, Brookside Hardware, McIntosh Antiques, Catskill Adventures, Bourke Landscaping, Ate O Ate, Dirty Girl Goat Farm and Freshtown.

Organizations pitch in
Supporting organizations will include: the MARK Project, WIOX Radio, Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, the Watershed Agricultural Council, the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, the Open Eye Theater, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Catskill Forest Association, the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Woodchuck Lodge, the Margaretville Rotary Club and Main Street merchants.
There will be a series of workshops throughout the day. These include:

9:45 a.m. - Forest Flowers Woods Walk, sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association, Arkville. Meet in the parking lot across from Freshtown. CFA members free: $10 for non-CFA Members. Take a walk with CFA staff and learn about spring ephemerals. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

10 a.m.-noon – Caning & Basketry Demonstrations with Martha Bremer at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild Booth on Main Street.

10 a.m.-3p.m. –Mother’s Day Card Making with guild artists at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild Booth on Main Street.

10 a.m.-3p.m. – Maple Tasting at the Catskill Forest Association booth. Featuring maple syrup from a variety of maple syrup makers in the area. The tasting will be available all day and judged by visitors.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Kids in the Kaatskills Crafts. The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild will be presenting free workshops for kids at its ArtSpace booth in the Commons Building.

10:30 a.m.-noon – Recycled Birdhouses with Gerda van Leeuwen at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild Booth on Main Street.

11 a.m. - Dirty Girl Goat Farm, Andes. Cindy Wright, owner of Dirty Girl Goat Farm will be on hand to share her experience starting a goat dairy business. Cyndi will have one of her milking goats to demonstrate the milking process.

Noon-12:45 p.m. – The Little Farm Show at the Binnekill Park. An all-ages musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment presented by NACL Theatre, Highland Lake.

Noon-2p.m. – Concrete Botanicals Demonstrations with Carlyle Bradford at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild Booth on Main Street. Her demonstration will feature how she is inspired by nature and molds this organically mixed stony material into functional pieces of home and garden sculpture.

1-1:30 p.m. - Shrooms & Hives. Will Patterson, owner Tea Thyme Farm in Denver. Meet at Educational Workshop Booths (located in the Binnekill Square). Will be give a 30-minute talk about starting out with a hive, where to get bees from, choosing a site, hive maintenance and the life cycle of the honeybee. He will also expound on the tasty & healthy benefits of Mushroom Farming.

1–2:30 p.m. – Mother’s Day Posey Basket Making with Martha Bremer at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild Booth on Main Street.

2-4 p.m. - Weeds, Leaves, Seeds & Shoots Walk. Meet at Educational Workshop Booths (located in the Binnekill Square). Free and all ages are welcome. Herbalist Marguerite Ulhmann-Bower will begin a discussion about the Catskills wild food and plants growing in the month of May. From there, participants will embark on a guided walk with along the East Branch of the Delaware.

2:15 p.m. - Catskill Forest Association - Introduction to Forest Management. Meet at Educational Workshop Booths (located in the Binnekill Square). Learn the basics of forest management from the Catskill Forest Association.

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