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ROSENDALE LIBRARY PRESENTS
Presentations and Workshops for Body and Soul

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22

7PM/Free


Firetowers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore

Marty Podskoch, author and columnist

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fires raged out of control in the many of NewYork State’s vast wooded area. As a result of the devastation, in 1909 the first state fire towerswere established in the Catskills-made of trees and logs. Learn the story of these beloved icons, the people who manned them, and the fight to preserve them.

 

“SMART SOLUTIONS TO LONG-TERM CARE”

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Janet Caffo, MSW

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24
7PM

FREE

 “Long term care” may not mean “nursing home”. The current model involves connecting people to services allowing them to remain in their homes and communities. This presentation will discuss long term services, nutrition and legal counseling.  Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, supplemental coverages, and how to combat financial elder abuse will be given highlighted.


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Lithic Alignments in the Northeast: Natural, Native or Nonsense?

Wed. May 7th
7pm/FREE

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Glenn Kreisberg, New England Antiquities Research Association.

Was observational astronomy, carried out by many cultures in the distant past, practiced by ancient native populations in northeast America? Glenn Kreisberg, writer, researcher and Vice President of NEARA, will discuss the archaeoastronomy and landscape archaeology in our region and the northeast, highlighting alignments that appear to be configured over distances of  hundreds of miles.

 

“An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet”

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Wed. April 9th
7pm/FREE

An illustrated talk with Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen: Mohonk Preserve from early Post-Revolutionary days through WW II, on what is now known as The Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park. A few hardy families scratched out a living atop the mountain, defying an unforgiving and isolated terrain. These authors will share a glimpse into this lost world and its people. Book-signing

Contact: Sue Horowitz
at the library for more info.

 

 “ART IN FOOD AND FOOD IN ART”

Masters painting

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
7pm/FREE

New York Council for the Humanities Speaker Ms. Peter G. Rose

A lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink as seen in the 17th century Dutch Masters, and their relevance to the American kitchen today. Ms. Rose explores the foodways brought to America more than 300 years ago, and how these foods were adapted under new circumstances. With slides of 40 paintings by the Masters, this lecture will demonstrate past food practices and shed new light on the Colonial diet.

 

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The Art of Japanese Pickling”
Eri Yamaguchi, author and co-founder of
the Rosendale Pickle Festival

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Wednesday, November 13th
7pm/FREE

Learn about the healthy, delicious aspects of pickling! Eri Yamaguchi, author of  The Well-Flavored Vegetable, will talk about the history of Japanese pickling and share secrets, recipes
and samples. Miso, soy sauce, and koge are three types of pickling that Americans are familiar with. Eri will bring her new book, Chattering Pickled Vegetables.

Book-signing follows.

 

“The Catskill Forest: a History”
Michael Kudish, Ph.D Paul Smith’s College

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
7pm/FREE

The historian and author of The Catskill Forest: a History, will explore connections between Native American and European influence on one of the East’s great forests. His pursuit and passion of the Catskill’s biology, climate and beauty are evident in his research and conclusions about the changes that have affected the forest since the last glacial retreat-10,000 years ago.
Multi-media presentation.


“WSW & LOC- Art & Acquisiton”

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Wednesday, Sept. 25th
7 PM/FREE

The Library of Congress recently purchased the entire collection of the Women’s Studio Workshop’s hand-made artist’s books, spanning 30 years of creativity. Ann Kalmbach, Executive Director of WSW, will talk about this collaborative achievement and how important this is for the community and artists involved. The books cover a broad range of subjects, and their sculptural integrity revisits the idea of what a “book” can be. Personal vision, politics and narratives become alive within the sculptural parameters that are hand-made, limited edition pieces of art.

 

“Wildlife Rehabilitation”

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WEDNESDAY MAY 29

7PM FREE

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator Annie Mardiney

This program will provide information on what to do about common wildlife situations, such as orphaned or wounded animals, in addition to applying for a wildlife rehabilitator’s license in NYS. Handouts will be available, in addition to a discussion on how having a rehabilitator’s license will impact your life!  We’ll meet one of Annie’s birds after the event.


 

“Backyard Composting”
Dr. Lee Reich- local author and horticulturist


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WEDNESDAY APRIL 10, 2013
7PM/FREE

This presentation explains everything!  From designing an enclosure and its contents to what can go wrong ( and how to fix it). Learn about free materials available for composting, in addition to creating beautiful, fertile soil. And go green by providing an environmentally sound way to deal with waste.
Lee Reich ‘s books include “A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book and
Weedless Gardening.

 

FREEDOM’S GARDENER- JAMES F. BROWN, HORTICULTURE, and the HUDSON VALLEY in ANTEBELLUM AMERICA

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Myra B.Young Armstead, author and Professor, Bard College

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
7PM/ Free
The fascinating, complex story of a runaway slave who bought his family’s freedom through wages as a gardener for the Verplanck family in Mount Gulian (the present-day Beacon, NY.) Armstead shows that because horticulture was regarded as a craft, Brown was able to climb the social ladder, making him part of a network that crossed racial, class and gender lines, allowing him to correspond with Andrew Jackson Downing and noted horticulturists of his time. This book is available at the Rosendale Library.



THE AMERICAN CROW: NOT YOUR AVERAGE SONGBIRD

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Douglas Robinson, Ph.D, Professor, Mount St Mary College

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17
7PM/ Free



One of the most maligned, yet loved, birds in North America , the American Crow not only has a loud and sometimes raucous call, but a complex social life and amazing intelligence. Learn allabout this awesome songbird, including social behaviors, nesting habits and more. Professor Robinson is a behavioral ecologist interested in avian breeding biology and the evolution of social behavior. He is currently investing the breeding biology of American Crows, Fish Crows, and
Common Ravens in the Mid-Hudson valley.


CLIMATE CHANGE AT MOHONK: WEATHER & SPECIES

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Shanon Smiley, Conservation Biologist, Mohonk Preserve

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14
7PM/Free


At Mohonk Preserve, weather records have been taken daily since 1896, and species records since 1925. Shanon’s presentation tells the local story of climate change. The longevity of these data sets shows how temperature, precipitation, and the timing of seasons have altered over the years, affecting species as well, with their response to the change in climate Shanon Smiley is the Conservation Biologist/ Collections Manager at the Daniel SmileResearch Center and has studied the ecology of the Shawangunks for the past 9 years.She is working towards her Master’s in Environmental studies from Green Mountain College in Vermont.



SOMETHING RED: BOOK SIGNING & READING
BY LOCAL AUTHOR DOUGLAS NICHOLAS



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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5
7PM/Free

For information Contact: Sue Horowitz Adult Program Coordinator Rosendale Library/ 658-9013