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Catskill Conversations bring discussions to Ashokan

September 12, 2018 11:40 am

OLIVEBRIDGE — Continuing the series begun in 2017, the Ashokan Center will present three “Catskill Conversations” this fall. The conversations will be held once monthly on Sundays in September, October and November, with ticket prices kept low and accessible ($15 per adult, $10 per senior, teen, or student, and kids under 12 admitted free). All events will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge.

The series kicks off on Sept. 16 with The Great Mountain Forest, a presentation about the biology, study and protection of forests, led by Jerry Jenkins.

The series continues on Oct. 14, when folk musician Happy Traum will present Coming of Age in the Folk Revival. With colorful anecdotes and music, Traum will relate his adventures as an active member of the 1960s New York folk revival and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day.

The series concludes on Nov. 18 with Requiem for Ashokan: The Story Told in Landscape, a multimedia presentation of artwork, projected images, sound, music, and more by artist Kate McGloughlin.

A lifelong local who has taught at Woodstock School of Art for decades (and is currently its president), McGloughlin created her collection Requiem for Ashokan to tell the story of loss surrounding the devastation her ancestors endured during the creation of the Ashokan Reservoir.

The Ashokan Center is a not-for-profit organization that aims to teach, inspire, and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, music, and art. Tickets and more information can be found at