This Weekend in the Catskills: Books, Bob Dylan, a Jazz-Age Exhibit

Book Fair at the Catskill Interpretive Center  

The Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper is hosting a book fair this Saturday, June 24 from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring over 70 presenters and exhibitors in three venues. In addition to readings and presentations by authors such as Leslie T. Sharpe and Robert Titus, illustrators such as Durga Yael Bernhard, and poets such as Sharon Israel and Lissa Kiernan, the program also includes several workshops and panel conversations. A working collaboration between the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, WoodstockArts, Writers in the Mountains, and Poetry Barn, the book fair features nature-related works that speak about the significance and beauty of the Catskill Mountains. Learn more here.  

Bob Dylan at the Bardavon Theatre

Iconic musician and poet Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, will perform in Poughkeepsie this Friday and Saturday, June 23 – 24. The performances, hosted by the Bardavon Theatre, will take place at 8 pm on both days at the Hutton Brickyards Venue. Although the June 24 show is sold out, tickets for the June 23 show can still be purchased at Bardavon. Winner of multiple awards, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, and the Pulitzer Prize, Dylan is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of the best-selling artists of all times, and has inspired generations of musicians over his five-decade long career. Learn more here.  

Roaring Into the Future: New York 1925 – 1935  

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica is hosting “Roaring Into the Future: New York 1925 – 1935,” an exhibition featuring over one hundred works of art – paintings, photographs, decorative art, fashion items, video material, and other objets d’art, showcasing the rise of New York as a center of creativity in the 1920s and ‘30s, and the central role it played in the birth of modernism. Included in this show are photographs from the George Eastman Museum and from the Whitney Museum of American Art; jewelry from Tiffany & Co. Archives; decorative arts from Yale University Art Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum; and a Franklin automobile from the Northeast Classic Car Museum. The exhibition will remain on view through October 9. Guided tours are offered this Friday, June 23 at 1 pm and 6 pm, and Saturday, June 24 at 1pm. Learn more here.

About Simona David

Simona David is a writer living in the Catskill Mountains, New York. She is the author of Art in the Catskills (3rd edition, 2016), available on and Kindle. For more information, visit

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