Hi everyone! Sometimes I get a bit backlogged in my blog posts. I just simply run out of time to prepare longer posts (historic sites and day trips to local towns often take longer to write), and then my over-50-year-old brain forgets that those events are even waiting in the queue for their turn in the spotlight. That’s what happened with our trip to Catskill, a small town in the Catskill Mountains, that we visited at the end of summer. We popped into several shops and thoroughly enjoyed their tenth annual “Cat’n Around Catskills” exhibit. I learned that the sponsors of the program recently held an awards ceremony and auction that benefits local arts. Would you care to join me in our tour of the downtown and the cats on display at that time?
“Vacationing in the Catskills” by Wendy Doney won 2nd place in the All-Around Favorite category.
“Gruvi” by Ellen Delucia won 1st place in the same category.
“Zen Cat” by Amelia Gallina won 3rd in the Most Artistic category, and claimed the highest bid ($4000) in the auction.
One of 50 cats scattered around town, “Granny’s Garden” by Ellen Levinson added charm and beauty to the main street.
As did “Quilted Kitty” by Herrat Sommerhoff.
“Cat aroni” by Geoff and Corrine Scarchelli stood guard outside a local Italian eatery, until he found a forever home after the auction.
Late in August, flower boxes and urns along the main street still boasted lush plant life.
Nothing says small town to me like a barber’s pole.
Several pocket parks provide beautiful places to sit, relax, and people watch.
The vines climbing the side of this building provided a playground for a huge flock of fidgety, chittering birds.
We popped into several shops, including Catskill fine Art & Antiques, where we found the bare brick walls lined with exquisite art, including this piece by Sally Walker.
And this painting of Lake George by Hudson River School painter, Nikolai Legeneger. The owners, Steve and Cathy are quite knowledgeable and a pleasure to chat with.
We came across this fascinating sculpture at The Open Studio, also on Main Street, operated by two local artists. Their small, dioramas are quirky and fun [but hard to photograph behind glass].
Of course you couldn’t keep me out of the local antique shop. House of Tuki had some wonderful antiques in stock, and we’ll surely stop back next time we visit.
One of our final stops, before dinner at The New York Restaurant (I highly recommend the New York New York artisan flatbread pizza), was The Painted Piece, a delightful shop filled with Annie Sloane, chalk-painted furniture. We enjoyed chatting with Kathy, the owner, who both paints the furniture and holds classes for others who want to learn how. She is a very creative lady and a woman after my own heart!
Thanks so much for stopping by today to tour the quaint town of Catskill–
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