Downtown Barn/ Liberty Mercantile Co. Ribbon Cutting Celebration & Show

Screen shot 2014-09-22 at 2.55.58 PMFriday, September 26, 2014 at 6:30pm LOCATION: Downtown Barn 14 Darbee Lane Liberty, NY 12754

Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce & the Village and Town of Liberty and help us celebrate the opening and ribbon cutting of the Downtown Barn.  The Downtown Barn is located at 14 Darbee Lane, Liberty, NY 12754.

Downtown Barn is a small event space in the center of the Village of Liberty, NY that takes you back to the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and honors the craftsmanship and rustic beauty of a classic post and beam constructed barn.  This relic of a bygone era has been tastefully outfitted with a state of the art sound system and is now poised to feature a variety of musical artists and other performers from near and far.  The emphasis will be on good old-fashioned Americana acoustic music such as BlueGrass, Folk, Roots Rock, and the Blues.

Here is the schedule of events for Friday, September 26, 2014:

6:30 – Gates open – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce & the Village and Town of Liberty

7:00pm – Music starts with Jimi Nackley & his band of brothers – “Bigg Muddy”

7:15pm – Place your orders from the DTB ‘Eat-in’ menu with offerings from 4 neighboring restaurants – all meals $12.00 tax included. (dinner is optional)

8:15pm – Sit back & relax and allow Rick Rourke & Lost Wages to knock your socks off!

Admission is $10.00 per person for the evening

Music starts with opening act Jimi Nackley and his band of brothers “Bigg Muddy.”6:30 – Gate Opens and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Sullivan County and Liberty Chambers of Commerce.7:00 – Music starts with opening act Jimi Nackley and his band of brothers “Bigg Muddy.”7:15 – Place your orders from the DTB ‘Eat-In’ menu, with offerings from 4 neighboring restaurants – all meals only $12.00 tax incl.8:15 – Sit back, relax and allow Rick Rourke and Lost Wages to knock your socks off!Price: $10.00 per person.nd is a sure-fire way to kick off the weekend at our century old barn. Check brother Rick out at Here’s the schedule of events:6:30 – Gate Opens and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Sullivan County and Liberty Chambers of Commerce.7:00 – Music starts with opening act Jimi Nackley and his band of brothers “Bigg Muddy.”7:15 – Place your orders from the DTB ‘Eat-In’ menu, with offerings from 4 neighboring restaurants – all meals only $12.00 tax incl.8:15 – Sit back, relax and allow Rick Rourke and Lost Wages to knock your socks off!Price: $10.00 per person.nd is a sure-fire way to kick off the weekend at our century old barn. Check brother Rick out at Here’s the schedule of events:6:30 – Gate Opens and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Sullivan County and Liberty Chambers of Commerce.7:00 – Music starts with opening act Jimi Nackley and his band of brothers “Bigg Muddy.”7:15 – Place your orders from the DTB ‘Eat-In’ menu, with offerings from 4 neighboring restaurants – all meals only $12.00 tax incl.8:15 – Sit back, relax and allow Rick Rourke and Lost Wages to knock your socks off! Price: $10.00 per person.

When musicians take the stage at Downtown Barn, they will be standing on hardwood tongue and groove planks that came right out of, and were reclaimed from, one of Max Yasgur’s farm silos.  The silo, which was formerly situated on Shore Road in Bethel, New York, towered over masses of concertgoers at the legendary 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.  It now graces the floor at Downtown Barn in Liberty, NY and ensures good karma to this intimate new entertainment space.

Adjoining the entertainment space at the Downtown Barn is the Liberty Mercantile Co. – a period oriented Country Shop.  Here, you will find merchandise that complements the vision and mood of this historic barn.  The shop will carry custom made furniture and lighting from local craftsmen, gift items and some antiques.  Before, during and after a performance you can browse and shop at this unique store.

For more information you can visit Downtown Barn on Facebook!

Barry Foster Memorial Kids Yankee Baseball Trip

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As a result of the funds raised on the 2nd Annual Barry Foster Memorial Yankee Baseball Trip which took place on June 22nd and the generous support of the sponsors listed below, the Barry Foster Memorial Kids Yankee Baseball Trip took place on Thursday, July 27th.  It was a fantastic trip where 132 excited kids and their chaperones participated getting a ticket to the Yankees vs Texas Rangers game, round trip transportation, a bagged lunch and snacks.  There were 3 full school bus loads of kids from Liberty, Livingston Manor, and Fallsburg. There was a great deal of support from all three communities.  The following people were a great help in gathering and organizing the kids in each community:

Livingston Manor – Carol Shaver and Sandy Johnson
Liberty – Eileen Whitaker-Conway, Laurie Maier and Mary Ellen-Whittington
Fallsburg – Alexis Eggleton, Barbi Neumann Marty and Chris Henry.

These people contributed a great deal of effort and time to make this trip a success. There were kids from the Livingston Manor Little League, Livingston Manor RISE Program, Liberty Special Education Summer School Program, Hudson Valley Migrant Education Program, and Fallsburg Boys and Girls Club Summer  Camp.  Many of the kids had never been outside of Sullivan County much less to a major league baseball game and they were awed by being at the stadium.  There was one young man who was so excited that he was going to Yankee Stadium and told his chaperone that his grandfather had shaken Babe Ruth’s hand.  You could tell the young boy loved the game of baseball because of his grandfather’s experiences and he was eager to go for the first time.  When he walked in the stadium, his face lit up and the first thing he did was buy a Yankee Foam Finger Souvenir. He was so excited that he ended up buying a baseball, a Yankee Bucket, Yankee hat and other souvenirs.  The boy had his hands full and a glow for the entire afternoon.  This was typical of the kids that attended.  There were 21 Migrant Education Program kids from Liberty who had never been to a game before and their instructors used the trip as an educational lesson where they learned about the game of baseball.  Each of the kids wrote a short paragraph about why they would like to go on the trip and how it could benefit them. Some of the essays were written in Spanish.  Although not everyone who went on the trip wrote the persuasive essay, the organizers did collect over 50 written pieces from the kids.  There was one in particular from a youngster from Livingston Manor who wrote that he knew Barry and used to go to his store.  He expressed how Barry would always smile and take an interest in him and how he always left with much more memorabilia then he paid for.  Barry would have been so proud to have seen the joy that these kids experienced!

None of this could have happened without the generous support of this year’s sponsors:

Barry Foster Memorial Roto League, CD Trips, LLC, Dr. Jorge Delgado – Chiropractor, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation, Liberty Rotary Club, Livingston Manor Rotary Club, The Foster Family

Leon (“Uncle Lee”) Siegel

Arthur Steinhauer, Boys & Girls Club of Wallkill Serving Sullivan and Orange Counties, Dr. Phil Olsen & Dr. Jon Sutherland, DDS, Jeff Bank, Jack & Sherry Strassman Family, Nick Constantino, Rolling V Bus Corp, Sullivan County Democrat, The Plevel Family

Art is Liberty, Charles Levine, Mary & Joe Inghrim

Sullivan Enews, Thunder 102

It is our hope that we can make this an annual event as the pride and joy seen on those kids faces is the entire reason why the Barry Fund was formed in the first place.

Sims Foster (Barry’s son) said it best in his eulogy…..
“It is up to all of us now to carry out the life’s work that was Barry’s.  There is void that we must fill.  We must love more….. We must hug each other more…..  We must bring joy to more people who come into our lives.  And at the beginning of each day we must consider it the most important goal to bring as many smiles to others as we can.”

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival continues their 2014 concert series with the unique sounds of the Coyote Anderson Quartet on Sunday, May 18@ 3PM


The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival is underway with its second concert coming up right around the corner. The Coyote Anderson Quartet will intrigue audiences with their unique sounds on Sunday, May 18@3pm at The Dead End Café in Parksville.

The Coyote Anderson Quartet is a new modern-jazz group that performs primarily the original compositions of guitarist Coyote Anderson, who won Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Awards and is a regular member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop. One thing that makes this ensemble unique is that vocalist Corina Hernandez is used to replace the traditional role of a horn. This allows the ensemble to not only do instrumental tunes but also newer works of Coyote’s that set the poetry of others into a jazz context.

The quartet is rounded out by Carl Limbacher on bass and Max Maples on drums, who play together regularly in many NYC based ensembles, including the free jazz trio Ammocake.

Coyote Anderson was born and raised right here in Sullivan County, in nearby Glen Spey. He began playing the guitar at age 12 and within a year was frequenting local blues jams. His first paid gig was playing in the pit orchestra at the Forestburgh Playhouse, which he returns to every summer to do at least one musical.

Though he started by playing rock, blues and americana music, he soon became intrigued by jazz and classical music. He moved to NYC in 2007 to begin working towards a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY on a full scholarship. Being in NYC has given Coyote opportunities to study and perform with some of the best musicians the city has to offer and has allowed Coyote to become incredibly versatile, both as a guitarist and a composer, playing and writing in almost every genre imaginable.

Since moving to NYC, Coyote has had opportunities to study and perform with some of the best musicians the city has to offer including John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Fred Hersch and Mike Holober. He has had the honor of collaborating with such established ensembles as The Westchester Jazz Orchestra and The Nouveau Classical Project.

Coyote is featured on more than a dozen recordings as both a guitarist and a bassist. He plans to record his own compositions within the year. Coyote continues his studies as a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and through private lessons with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici.

You can learn more about Coyote at

The 2014 ParksvilleUSA Music Festival showcases music for every taste from around the world. The festival continues with a concert each month concluding with a Holiday Feast and Musical Celebration in December. The 2014 concerts are co-sponsored by the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County.

Join The Coyote Anderson Quartet at the Dead End Café on Sunday, May 18th. Refreshments will be served after the concert. For tickets, concert schedule or more information, please call 845-292-0400 or visit the website at

Photo Caption:  Coyote Anderson, “ “A unicorn among musicians.” – Brandon Judell (”

Broadway Trip to Benefit Two Local SC Arts Groups

phantom Photo2Liberty, N.Y. (April 21, 2014) – A trip to Broadway will be benefiting two arts groups in Sullivan County. The dual fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 3rd when the Rolling V motor coach will depart with a bus load of theater goers to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater on Broadway in New York City. The package includes roundtrip transportation and a ticket to see the Saturday matinee performance of The Phantom of the Opera. Participants will have the option to experience “THE RIDE” if they have already seen Phantom, or just take the bus into NYC. Portions of the proceeds will be split between the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) and Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA).

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop has served our community with quality live performances for over 64 years. The 2014 season will be featuring productions of Snow White and Guys and Dolls just to mention a couple. The organization is raising funds to restore the workshop’s Marquee and Blade Sign at the Rivoli Theater in South Fallsburg which they purchased in 1998 and is the home of their productions and movies. “This is going to be an exciting experience for all in attendance and SCDW is looking forward to partnering with Nesin Cultural Arts and CD Trips in this fundraising endeavor,” says Board President, Heather Strauss.

Nesin Cultural Arts is one of Sullivan County’s newest arts organizations and is no stranger to doing fundraisers with CD Trips as past trips have raised nearly $1000 for the organization.

According to Ellen Nesin, one of NCA’s founding members, “our mission is to provide our local youth in Kindergarten through 12th grades with performing arts opportunities in music, art, drama and the visual arts throughout the year. We also offer multi-generational programs and outreach in our surrounding communities. In 2014 NCA will present student recitals, benefit concerts featuring Slam Allen and his Blues, Band, The Rock Ridge Band, our Children’s Chorus and our Summer Integrated Arts Institute among others. Our Aspiring Young Musicians program provides lessons in piano, strings and voice with the support from the Nesin Scholarship. All funds raised through NCA’s fundraisers benefit student programing.”

The price is $121 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 845 798-2188 or emailing Online reservations and payments may be made securely through paypal at “Let us take you out to the theater,” says Siegel. “We are proud to be the ‘common denominator’ to bring these two great organizations together to benefit from this event.”

For more information about the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop call 845 436-5336, email or on the web at . Information about Nesin Cultural Arts can be found by calling 845 794-6013, email or on the web at

Liberty to induct two new members to the District Wall of Fame

March 28, 2014 – Alumni Joseph Rubin (Class of 1956) and Steven Schiff, MD, PhD (Class of 1972) will be the 2014 Inductees to the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame this June. Rubin and Schiff join 16 fellow inductees who were selected over the past three years, since the Wall’s inception in 2011.

Joseph Rubin, is the founder and senior partner of Rubin & Balin, LLP, an international and domestic corporate and commercial law practice. As an international business consultant, he advises several governments and companies world-wide on economic and legal matters. Mr. Rubin is a professor at Columbia University, where he teaches courses in law, business management, entrepreneurship, and international privatization. He is also the founder and director of an international executive training institute, through which he conducts management training programs in Russia and China and the USA.

An accomplished photographer, Mr. Rubin’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Inter-American Magazine, Americas Magazine, and university publications. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Mexico, Italy, Guatemala, and Brazil. A number of his photographs in large format are on permanent display in office building lobbies, retail stores and corporate and professional offices. His work is periodically sold at art auctions at the Aguttes Galleries in Paris, France.  Mr. Rubin makes his home in New York City where he has published a photo book on his ‘Reflections” series.

Steven Schiff, MD, PhD is the director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering, Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Professor of Physics at Penn State University. A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Schiff’s research interests focus on understanding pathological dynamics in the brain in terms of the underlying physics, and how technology based on this understanding can treat diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

Dr. Schiff holds six patents for devices that help individuals who suffer from epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Schiff is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians, serves as the Divisional Associate Editor (Biological Physics) for Physical Review Letters, as an Advisory Editor for the Elsevier Book Series “Nonlinear Science and Complexity”.

The Wall of Fame was created by the Board of Education as a way to honor Liberty alumni (graduates who have made a significant contribution to society upon graduating from Liberty High School), past employees (teachers and staff whose professionalism and commitment went above and beyond standard expectations and benefited Liberty students and the district) and community members (individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the Liberty School District).

Altogether, seven nominations were submitted on behalf of potential candidates. Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were chosen by the Wall of Fame Selection Committee, which is made up of individuals who represent various stakeholders associated with the Liberty Central School District and the Liberty community.

Rubin and Schiff will be honored at a breakfast reception on June 28, which is also graduation day for seniors.

“Each year the committee has the very difficult task of selecting inductees from many qualified and deserving applications,” explained Liberty Superintendent Dr. William Silver. “Each nominee has many outstanding qualities, however, the committee felt that the accomplishments of Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were particularly exceptional and we are pleased to honor these gentlemen in June.

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School. More information as well as complete biographies of all inductees can be found at


The Cyber Shack 1 Year Anniversary & Re-Grand Opening Celebration


42 South Main Street, Liberty, NY

March 30, 2014 from 10am – 7pm
(Ribbon Cutting at 1:00pm)

Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 10am – 7pm for the Re-Grand Opening and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration of The Cyber Shack. The Cyber Shack is located at 42 South Main Street, Liberty, NY.   The Cyber Shack is a computer repair shop and internet café.

Stop in all day for refreshments and check out their amazing internet café and gaming area, where you can enjoy coffee, tea or a cold beverage. Play a game on a pc or any XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3, PS4, or WII console.

Your ultimate internet cafe in Sullivan County located in Liberty, New York, gaming, surfing and productivity programs are available by the hour or half-hour increments.  Computer repairs and upgrades are done in-house as well.  They are open 7 days a week and even offer repairs for cracked screens on your cell phone or tablet.

In celebration of their 1 year anniversary – they are offering a special for the month of April – check out The Catskill Shopper for full details!

For more information on The Cyber Shack, please call (845) 397-0034 or e-mail

Liberty Central School Wall of Fame nominations due Feb. 14 – outstanding individuals wanted for the Class of 2014

LibertyHParrayPic1Jan. 31, 2014…Do you know someone who deserves to be honored on the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame? Applications to nominate worthy individuals are due in two weeks, on Fri. Feb. 14, to be considered for the 2014 Wall of Fame.

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame was established four years ago by the Board of Education as a way of honoring extraordinary LCSD alumni, inspirational past LCSD employees and community members who have made a lasting contribution to the school district. Nominees are judged on exceptional accomplishments or significant contributions within their school, family, career, community or personal life.

The fourth group of inductees will be selected in early 2014 and honored at a ceremony and breakfast reception prior to the Liberty High School Commencement Exercises on graduation on Saturday, June 28, 2014. To date, 16 outstanding individuals have been inducted to the Wall of Fame – eight alumni, six former faculty members and two community members. Information about each inductee can be found at

“The inductees are from many different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: Liberty,” explained Assistant Superintendent and Wall of Fame Co-Chairperson Carol Napolitano. “The school and the community have in some way touched or influenced the lives of every individual on the Wall of Fame. When we honor them, we also honor the spirit of our community, past and present.”

The Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at the Liberty High School. The nomination application can be downloaded at the district web site or picked up at the District Administration Office at 115 Buckley Street, Liberty, NY. Please call Mrs. Tania DeFrank at 845-292-6990 for more information.

Winter StoryWalk® for Kids at CCE Sullivan Nature Trail

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 11.39.45 PMLiberty Public Library (LPL) and CCE Sullivan County are collaborating to offer this free opportunity listed below. Interested families should pre-register for this free event by calling CCE at 845-292-6180 or LPL at 845-292-6070.The StoryWalk® Project is an innovative way for children and families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Preschoolers and children up to 9 years of age can enjoy a winter StoryWalk® at 4 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014 along the Turtle Spring Nature Trail at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. The highlighted story will be “Tracks in the Snow” by Wong Herbert Yee. After the walk, participants are invited to warm up indoors with hot cocoa while exploring and learning about wildlife tracks through some take-home crafts.   If you are unable to make this kick-off event, the story will remain posted along the trail throughout the winter months for you and your family to enjoy on your own.

FLYER. STEM Winter Story Walk. 2014


Liberty, NY–The Liberty Public Library Senior Coffee Club meets the first Monday of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  Seniors are invited to the library for coffee, socialization, and pastries provided by the Friends of Liberty Library.  Each month the coffee club discusses a special topic and frequently has guest speakers.

At our February 3rd meeting, we are thrilled to announce that we will be joined by Mr. Mark Robinson, the Education Program Manager of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  He will be presenting the newest of the Education Department’s traveling trunks called The Times They are a-changin’ which traces the broad range of changes in American society from 1945 (the end of WWII) to 1976 (America’s Bicentennial). This trunk explores the social, political, scientific, cultural and other changes during this 30-year period to contextualize the changes in the 1960’s. Among many items, the trunk contains clothes representative of each decade, and timeline panels outlining changes in society.

Mr. Barry Lewis, columnist for the Times Herald Record will be the featured speaker at our Monday, March 3rd meeting discussing his many years of writing about the Catskill area and his 2008 book, From Brooklyn to Bucolic: the Life of Columnist Barry Lewis.

Seniors may use our rear parking area and entrance which is handicapped accessible.  For more information or to sign-up for the free coffee club, please call us at (845)292-6070.


022 031Liberty, NY- We are bringing a bit of the outdoors, indoors this winter at Liberty Public Library with a gorgeous array of color photographs currently on display by local resident Marilyn Laufer.  Marilyn describes her photography as purely a hobby but her talent is remarkable. Some of the wildlife photos in this exhibit include: a variety of birds, deer, black bears, squirrels and even a small black house cat.

Vivid, bright colorful matted backgrounds bring cheer even the grayest, coldest winter day.  Photos will be on display now through February19th and may be seen during our open hours: Mon., Weds, Fri 10 am to 5 pm; Tues. & Thurs. 10 am to 7 pm; and Sat. 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information please call us at (845)292-6070 or visit our website at www.