The Catskills in a Basket!

This treasure trove of items made in or about the Catskills is the HSM raffle item this year.

“A Tisket, a Tasket: The Catskills in a Basket” was assembled by fundraising volunteers Jackie Purdy, Anne Sanford and Marilyn Pitetti.

The large wicker laundry basket contains more than $400 worth of locally made or sourced food products, books, home goods and more. These items will provide endless enjoyment as well as gift items for your favorite people.

You can buy tickets at our upcoming events (check our calendar), and at select community events. For information or to make other arrangements to get tickets, contact us at

The drawing will be held at the Annual Meeting October 22.

Items in the basket

Cole Hill Honey (2 jars) and beeswax candles

Union Grove Maple Spirit (750 ml)

Happy Giraffe ‘Mountains are Calling’ mugs (2)

Hubbell Farm Maple Syrup (quart)

Outsiders pretzel snacks (3 packages)

Blue Sky Farm blueberry wine

Shaver Hill Farm maple walnut topping

Gift Certificates

               Home-made pie by Barbara Moses

               $100 Locust Grove Soaps

               $10, Café Marguerite

               $15 Happy Giraffe

Cauliflower Festival canvas bag

North American Songbirds puzzle

Hand-made pottery pitcher by Ros Welchman

Tea Thyme Herb and Fruit Farm Farmers Market Minestrone Soup Mix

Halcottsville and New Kingston Cemetery Tour DVDs

Bebert’s Morrocan Condiments spice mix


               When Cauliflower was King

               Cauliflower Cookbook

               Catskill Crafts

               Murder in the Catskills

               U&DRR 1902 Catskills guide



Sincere thanks to the donors:
Pat and Randy Moore

Yaekels Liquor Store

Doris Warner

Anne Sanford

Marilyn Pitetti

Jackie Purdy

Barbara Moses

Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce

Ros Welchman

Locust Grove Soap Co.

Theater photos, memorabilia sought

The Galli-Curci Theater in downtown Margaretville turns 100 this year and organizers of an anniversary celebration are turning to the public for help in locating photographs and memorabilia.

Photographs of the theater, especially its interior; early playbills, invitations, ticket stubs or anything else relating to the theater are requested so that they might be scanned or photographed to add to a display planned for an open house August 27-28.  If you have something to share, please contact  or call 845-586-4689 and someone will get back to you.

The theater, built in 1922 by publisher and entrepreneur Clarke Sanford, was named for opera star Amelita Galli-Curci who sang at its opening August 25 that year. For more than half a century the brick theater on Main Street was the entertainment center of the community, hosting first silent movies then ‘talkies,’ vaudeville shows, home talent plays, traveling musical troupes, high school graduations, celebrations and observances.


The current owners of the theater – Mike Cioffi and Jonathan Glazer – have planned a centennial celebration for August 27 and 28. In addition to a reception and Saturday night concert by vocalist Gina Hanzlik, the theater will be open both days so that visitors can view an exhibit on the history of the building, Clarke Sanford and Amelita Galli-Curci. 1920s era silent movies will be screened (free popcorn!), and people may add their comments or recollections of movies or events there to a giant memory wall.