This Weekend in the Catskills…

  |  February 4, 2016

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM)

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting several arts shows this weekend. Director’s Choice: The Responsive Eye, curated by Janice La Motta, features over thirty works in all media from the museum’s permanent collection, including Maverick Sketch Class by Eugenie Gershoy (1935) and Woodstock Farm by Eistein Olaf Drogseth (1939). The show opens with a reception Saturday, February 6 at 4 pm in the Towbin Museum Wing. It will remain on view through April 30. In the Main Gallery a show featuring recent works by WAAM members opens Saturday, February 6 as well: this show will remain on view through February 28. In the Founders Gallery, a show dedicated to small works will remain on view through February 28 as well. The Solo Gallery is hosting an exhibition dedicated to artist Gregory Slick: an Artist Talk will take place Sunday, February 7 at 2 pm. For more information, visit

ice fest

Hanford Mills Museum’s Ice Harvest Festival

Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith is hosting its annual Ice Harvest Festival Saturday, February 6 from 10 am to 4 pm, despite warm temperatures this year. Keeping the tradition of ice harvesting alive, the way it was done before the invention of refrigeration, Hanford Mills Museum invites visitors to participate in activities such as removing big blocks of ice from a frozen mill pond and then transporting it to a big ice house. The horse-drawn sleighs and sleds may be replaced this year with wagons and carriages. Activities include traditional parlor games, ice harvesting movies, blacksmith demonstrations, and a hot soup buffet. For more information, visit

cooperstown winter carnival

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

The city of Cooperstown is celebrating its annual Winter Carnival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 5, 6 and 7. All three days are packed with activities such as jazz, classical and pop music concerts, movies, quilt shows, wine tasting, bowling tournaments, ice skating, and much more. Friday at 6:30 pm there will be a fireworks display visible from Lakefront Park and the Otesaga Hotel. For more information, visit


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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