Writer's tour, artist demos, music at farmers' market festival series

Halcottsville — Geology professor Robert Titus, of Hartwick College and Kaatskill Life magazine, will be leading a visit to Dry Brook to explore the creek’s Ice Age history and its record of flood events on Saturday, July 10. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville and the tour departs at 10 a.m.
The Dry Brook region was extensively glaciated during the most recent Ice Age. The glaciers left a record of their passage in the landscape. That record can be seen today. The creek also has had an extensive record of flood events; one of the worst recent floods was during the winter of 1996. Dr. Titus will show the evidence of such events and participants will see how flooding influences the very nature of a stream such as this. This hike will be a relatively short and easy hike at the upper end of Dry Brook.
Dr. Titus is well-known to the Catskills public for his magazine and newspaper articles. He has written three books about the geology of the Catskills: The Catskills in the Ice Age, The Catskills: A Geological Guide and The Other Side of Time, a collection of essays that share his passion for Catskills’ geological history with the people who live here.
This event marks the first writer tour of the “Catskills Art & Air” open-air series of art, music, and literary events that will be held at the market every Saturday through September 4. Autographed books by Dr. Titus will be available for purchase. All tours leave the market at 10 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. Those interested in taking the tour should pack a lunch, water, and gear necessary for the forecast.
Also that day, Nat Thomas, a member of both the Longyear Gallery and the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild, will demonstrate a sampling of dying techniques he uses to create his vibrant fabrics from 10 a.m.-noon. Thomas, noted local artist and textile craftsperson, has explored a wide variety of artistic media throughout his long career. Turning from painting to textiles in the mid-1980s, he has produced textile creations ranging from art and bed quilts to scarves and T-shirts. Turning back to painting recently, his work has been shown throughout the region and can be seen presently at the Longyear gallery. Mr. Thomas now combines painting, collage and his textile work to create a distinctive body of work .
The Roxbury Arts Group will offer a free Mbira Demonstration & Workshop by Solomon Murungu with Garikai Tirikoti at noon as part of its “African Day – It’s All Zimbabwe” which continues at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury with a 6 p.m. screening of “iThemba!” a film about Zimbabwean musicians, and 8 p.m. concert by Murungu with Tirikoti. 2010 Academy Award-winning film producer Elinor Burkett will be on hand and sculptures of Zimbabwean artist Arnold Dube will be exhibited.
For more information about the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, call 845 586-3326 or visit: www.pfmarket.org.