This series is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.

All program with the exception of History of Rosendale Cement (at Rosendale Library) will be held at the Snyder Estate

Program Details

Evan Pritchard
Native American Bird Stories 4/23 at 1pm

Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people, has taught Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. He will do a presentation related to his book: Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism. Participants will learn to identify some spring birds and learn stories associated with birds that played a central role in local Native American culture.

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Alexander Bartholomew
Geology of Rosendale
5/7 at 1pm at Rosendale Library

Alexander Bartholomew, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at SUNY New Paltz will do a guided walk to illuminate the rich fossils embedded in the stone of the Widow Jane Mine and other rock formations on the property, and to talk about Rosendale Cement from a geological perspective.

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Gilberto Villahermosa
History of Rosendale Cement
5/12 at 6pm

Gilberto Villahermosa, author of the Postcard History Series titled: Rosendale, will give a slide presentation on the history of the cement industry in Rosendale. This presentation will in person as well as livestreamed.

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Jenny Lee Fowler
Spring ephemeral paper cutting
5/14 at 1pm

Connect with the woodland landscape of the historic Snyder Estate with silhouette artist, Jenny Lee Fowler. Use observation skills to translate flora into your own cut paper designs. Use of tools and all materials provided.

Jenny Lee Fowler is a freelance artist specializing in private commissions, illustration, exhibition, event entertainment, and workshops. She snips traditional silhouette portraits and original paper cuttings. Her work has been spotted in Taproot Magazine, Design Sponge, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, Southern Weddings, NY Times and other print and online venues. Jenny was a principal artist for the Catskill Waters project. She designed five Hudson Valley Seed Company Art Packs, was the recipient of a Spring Creek Project Collaborative Retreat and two residencies at Drop Forge + Tool, and was an artist-in-residence for the grand opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Jenny co-curated the 2016 IN:SITE summer-long outdoor art exhibition for Century House Historical Society in and around Widow Jane’s Cave. She has taught workshops in the adult education program at New York Botanical Garden and many other venues for all ages.

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Fre Atlast
A Joyful Noise!
May 21st 1pm

Join Fre Atlast for an afternoon of instrument building, music making, and a parade into the Widow Jane Mine. Participants will make their own drum mallets and shakers, followed by a demonstration on using recycled materials to build instruments at home.  After learning some basic rhythms, bucket drums will be provided to participants for the grand finale march into the mine.

Fre Atlast is a Multi-instrumental Performer, Producer, Resident Teaching Artist, Composer, Foley Artist, and, Community Activist. She is currently President of the Board/ founding member of the Rosendale Theatre Collective and a member of the Rosendale Street Fest Committee.

Fre has been performing and collaborating with members of underserved communities for decades to build bonds that uplift each other in the spirit of commonality and mutual understanding through a shared joyful music making experience.

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Maria Reidelbach
Foraging the Spring Bounty
June 4th at 1pm

Join author, artist and local food activist Maria Reidelbach for a foraging walk through the lawns, meadows and wooded areas of the Century House. We will find, identify and gather a variety of plants and fungi and Maria will show how to make a simple, delicious dish of our harvest. Wear walking shoes, insect repellent and a hat.

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Luke Sarrantonio
Fungi and Rosendale Ecology
June 11th at 1pm

Join local Mycologist Luke Sarrantonio for A walk in the forest and delve into the mysterious world of mushrooms, other fascinating fungi. We will discuss basic functions that help them survive and thrive as they form intricate relationships and shape the ecosystems that we live in. Fungi are powerful decomposers, releasing bound up nutrients and facilitating the flow of these nutrients. They also influence population dynamics and atmospheric weather patterns. Everything is connected (slight cliche) and fungi play a large role in this beautiful web of life. A constant eb and flow, striving for balance in a world of perpetual change. As the spring brings warmth and activity increases, these connections become more apparent, if we take the time to observe. We will focus on ecology and biology, sustainable and safe foraging practices, Identification, and ways you can use fungi for nourishment and medicine. Learn how to make a spore print for ID and explore the art potential of these amazing organisms. Bring all your questions.

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