That's Entertainment: July 2 - July 26, 2014

Wednesday, July 2
The Andes Roundtable presents David Capps, a long-term, part-time Andes resident and a dance choreographer and teacher at Hunter College, CUNY, who will give a presentation on the choreographic structures that are the foundations of the art form of dance.  He will dissect two masterpieces of the 20th Century, a section of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” and Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring.” Hunting Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday through Sunday, July 2 to July 6
Margaretville Fire Department’s Annual Field Days in the village park behind Freshtown. Wednesday and Thursday rides open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, pay one price from 6 to 11 p.m. Giant fireworks Friday and Saturday. Chicken barbecue Friday and Saturday from noon until sold out. Sunday, pay one price from 1 to 6 p.m. Fun for the whole family.

Friday, July 4
Come Travel The Milky Way on the Farmstead Creamery Tour. Tours on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. Stops include Betty Acres Farm, Byebrook Farm, Cowbella Creamery, Dirty Girl Farm, Harpersfield Cheese, Lazy Crazy Acres, and Sherman Hill Farmstead. Sponsored by Catskill Family Creameries, “Small dairies making a big difference.” For more information visit catskillfamilycreameries.com.

Saturday, July 5
The East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters are exhibiting their work in the Commons Building, 1st floor, Margaretville every Friday through Monday during the month of July, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. The public is invited to an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

Wild Saturday: “Bald and Golden Eagles in the Catskills,” an informal talk at 1 p.m. by biologist and wildlife rehabilitator Peg DiBenedetto. John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, 2 miles off NYS Route 30, north of Roxbury (12474; follow signs). 845-254-6025, www.woodchucklodge.org.

Longyear gallery will host an opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. with new work by artist Janice Demarino. Longyear Gallery is located Upstairs in the Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville.

Twilight on a lovely evening, rolling fields, passing farms, and the rhythm of the rails are all on track as the Delaware & Ulster Railroad offers another moonlit excursion.  Music, food, fun and a little romance play a part in this magical evening train ride through the scenic Catskills as the D&U rolls out of the Arkville depot on Saturday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Passengers are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and beverages of choice. Be sure not to miss this opportunity to hear some of the finest music back dropped by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Catskills.  Tickets are $17 per person.  Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling the Arkville Depot at 586-3877.  The DURR is located on Route 28 in the hamlet of Arkville, 43 miles west of Kingston.

Belleayre Festival Orchestra presents The Music of Queen! A full rock band & Brent Havens, conducting and Brody Dolyniuk on vocals/guitar. 8 p.m. Tickets: $66/56/46/36/26 lawn. Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Route 28, Highmount. (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344. belleayremusicfestival@ gmail.com or visit: belleayremusic.org

Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6
Free-guided tours of Woodchuck Lodge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the summer home of naturalist John Burroughs. Picnic facilities, Boyhood Rock and Burial Site (Burroughs Memorial Field) nearby. 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, 2 miles off NYS Route 30, north of Roxbury (12474; follow signs). 254-6025, www.woodchucklodge.org
 
Thursday, July 10
Molly Marquand of the CRISP at the Catskill Center will lead a hike starting at 10 a.m. to Giant Ledge to examine a grove of American Ash trees for the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is devastating ash trees in the Catskills. You will learn to identify the insect and the signs of its presence. Giant Ledge is one of the most spectacular spots in the Catskills, offering incredible views both east and west. It’s a short hike out with a huge payoff. Whether you haven’t been or if you know it well, you won’t want to miss this hike! Pre-registration is required. Contact Molly at mmarquand@catskillcenter.org or call 586-2611.

Friday, July 11
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Artists Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at this year’s Hospice Celebrity Party at Wright National Soccer Campus(formerly Soccer Hall of Fame) in Oneonta. Doors will open at 5 p.m. This is a charity event benefiting patients and families in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties served by Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. Tickets on sale now for $39.50, $55 and $125. Information and ticket purchase at: lynyrdskynyrd.com or hospicetickets.com

A Summer Soiree at The Raven’s Nest, 5 to 8 p.m.. Fine food and libations, Victorian house and garden tours, music on the player piano, lawn games. Proceeds benefit Historical Society of Middletown. $40 single, $75 couple. Period attire welcomed! Reserve by July 5 by calling 586-4878.

Catskill Mountains Acoustic Slow Jam  from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center. Come play music with your friends and neighbors!  A friendly group of local musicians meets on the second Friday of every month to play Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Catskill fiddle tunes, and Western Swing in a low-key, no-pressure, relaxed atmosphere.  We play most tunes at a slower pace so everyone can join in.  All acoustic instruments welcome!  Please call 254-5469 FMI.
Saturday, July 12
Big Indian/Oliverea Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary is sponsoring a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the firehouse In Big Indian.  Vendors welcome.  To reserve space call 254-5354.

Blues Night at Belleayre. Buddy Guy with special guests Quinn Sullivan and Slam Allen. 6 p.m. Tickets: $95/76/66/ 56/46/26 lawn. Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Route 28, Highmount. (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344. E-mail
belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com, or visit: belleayremusic.org

Saturday, July 19
Third annual Car Show 4 A Cause held in historic Kirkside Park, Roxbury. Vehicle entries into the show include over a decade of cars, motorcycles, tractors, and trucks. On top of the spiffy cars on display there are raffles, 50/50, bounce house and dunk tank, children’s activities, kids’ coloring contest, DJ Jason Cammer, vendors, food and desserts, antique gas engine demos, and awards for Top 20, Best of Show, Farthest Traveled, People’s Choice, Top Motorcycle, Top Tractor, Loudest Exhaust, Best Stereo, and new to this year, Lawn Chair Drag Race Champion. All proceeds from the Car Show 4 A Cause event are donated to locals in need due to a medical condition. Admission is a $2 minimum donation and children under 10 are free! The show begins at 9 a.m. Car registration is $10 per vehicle; which includes admission for two people. The first 100 vehicle registrants will receive a free goody bag with registration. Vendor sections are $20 per section. Contact Danyelle Greene at 607 267-8186.

Classic rockers Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. 8 p.m.
Tickets: $66/56/46/26 lawn. Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Route 28, Highmount. (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344. belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com, or visit: belleayremusic.org

Saturday, July 26
Belleayre Festival Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s Masterpiece “Lucia Di Lammermoor.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $76/66/56/ 46/26 lawn. Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountan, Route 28, Highmount. (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344. belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com • belleayremusic.org

Ongoing Events
Fairview Public Library will again host “Sit and Knit” group the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.  Bring any handwork project, and Tina Harp from Mountain Yarns will be there to assist and inspire.  Call 586-3791 for details. The Fairview Library Book Discussion Group meets the third Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Call 586-3791 for more information.

On-going Events at the Andes Public Library. Book Group: first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Stitch Witches: second and fourth Mondays at 2 p.m. Italian Circle: third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Story Hour: every Wed­nes­day at 11 a.m. Call 676-3333 for more information.