This Weekend in the Catskills!

  |  February 3, 2017

Annual Ice Harvest Festival at the Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith is hosting its annual Ice Harvest Festival Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 4 pm. Keeping the tradition of ice harvesting alive, the way it was done before the invention of refrigeration, the museum showcases a variety of activities and demonstrations that employ historic tools and techniques. Big blocks of ice are removed from a frozen mill pond and then transported to a large, historic ice house. Visitors ride in horse-drawn sleighs and sleds, and help in. Activities include ice fishing, blacksmith demonstrations, films of ice harvests from the 1920s to 1940s, and a hot soup buffet. For more information, visit

Group Art Show at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting a group show featuring its current members, opening reception Saturday, February 4 from 4 to 6 pm. A hundred artist participate this year, including Peter Heller, Nancy Campbell, and Elise Pittelman. Concurrently, in the Solo Gallery artist Maria Kolodziej-Zincio is showing The Lost Holocaust-A Forgotten Odyssey, an exhibition that includes twenty encaustic art pieces inspired by the artist’s family journey of pain and sorrow, after being deported to Siberia in the 1940s. An Artist Talk is scheduled for 2 pm this Saturday. For more information, click here.

Fischer Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (2003)
800 seat theater – Interior lighting of theater and all public spaces
Location: Annandale-on-the-Hudson, NY, USA
Architect: Frank O. Gehry & Associates
Lighting Designer: L’Observatoire International
Client: Bard Center for the Performing Arts
Project code: BAR

Debussy at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson presents a classical music concert this weekend featuring The Orchestra Now, conducted by Federico Cortese. The program includes Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Debussy’s La Mer, and César Frank’s Symphony in D Minor. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm. The Orchestra Now was founded as part of the Bard College master’s degree program to offer graduate students advanced orchestral training. Go to their site to purchase tickets and find more information.

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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