Beattie-Powers Place is a historic home and public park in the village of Catskill. Its park provides impressive views overlooking the Hudson River and Rip Van Winkle Bridge. The Friends of Beattie-Powers Place carries out a mission of caring for the historic property and providing cultural programming to the public.

“With Covid, we had to cancel our annual program of about 35 concerts and lectures,” said Robert Hoven, President of the Friends of Beattie-Powers Place. “We did our best to adapt and provide some online events. However, there really is nothing like music heard in person. So, on May 1 and May 2, we are delighted to return to in-person programming with this two-day event of classical and jazz performances outside under the largest tent ever on Beattie’s lawn,” explained Hoven. Safety guidelines will be observed, with distanced seating under the tent and outdoors. Participants must wear facial coverings.

Classical Saturday, May 1st will present artists from Bard Conservatory and Catskill’s Broad Street Trio. Jazz Sunday, May 2nd will feature artists presented by Planet Arts. “It’s Spring, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to hear live music, after such a long wait,” said Hoven.

Like many small Hudson Valley non-profits, The Friends of Beattie-Powers Place depends on financial support of individual donors. Todd Whitley, a board member, leads the group’s fundraising. “It’s organizations like ours that make a difference in the quality of life of our community, and that’s only possible through individual support,” he said. “Volunteer-run, every dollar that the Friends raise goes back into the community via care to the house and property, or via programming. It’s our lack of overhead that makes a donation to the Friends a gift to everyone we serve,” Whitley added. Proceeds from “Celebrate Spring” will help fund Beattie-Powers Place and Planet Arts.

Tickets for Celebrate Spring are $20 suggested donation, with additional benefits such as a reception offered on Saturday after the concert for additional donation. Reserved and general seating is available, and attendees can join for all or part of the afternoon. Tickets are available at

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