Help Us In Our 17th Year
Nestled on the north side of Belleayre Mountain, the tiny hamlet of Pine Hill has many treasures: railroad era hotels and restaurants, a landmark library, a swimming beach and at the center of Main Street, Pine Hill Community Center. This marks the 17th year since we opened our doors. Through a combination of destiny, boldness and a whole lot of generous people, it has become a welcoming place intended to provide the people of the Central Catskills with a venue to fill its needs and fulfill its dreams.
Another of Pine Hill’s treasures that all who visit get to enjoy are the stone arch bridges dating back to the 19th century. With creeks flowing through on a summer day, they are charming. And, like life in Pine Hill sometimes, a bit of a throwback. The old saying everyone knows around the Catskills is “two stones for every dirt.” Wearily, we think how hard it is to grow a garden on top of our mountain, and groan at the new crop of stones coming out of the ground season after season through frost and heave.
But look at the bridges those stones made! Each stone is unique, yet together they carry the weight to make a big and beautiful connection. This is how a community of people come together in the Central Catskills: settler families carving out a life over decades, seekers drawn to its raw beauty, and travelers who stop along the way to their skiing, hiking, biking, or painting. We are all here for a reason and in the past 15 years, we’ve come to serve you all:
During the past year, Super Saturdays filled the Center with children enjoying our game tables and arts and crafts. We’ve reintroduced our monthly Open Mic evening on third Fridays, and it’s beginning to draw a good crowd of musicians and audience. A collaboration with Catskills Folk Connection brings traditional square and contra dances to the Center and draws dancers from Stamford to Woodstock. Our free summer camp program is open to local kids as well as those who are just visiting and has become a boon to grandparents!
We've refurbished the Arts and Crafts and Thrift Stores filled with lovingly, locally-made pieces, including some of the Catskills’ finest ceramic art, and our First Annual Plant and Garden Sale in June was a rousing success! Six days a week, something is on at the Center: a gathering of Writers in the Mountains, the quarterly Cabaradio production simulcast on community radio, or our oldest continuing program, the Wednesday Social Circle. They’re all here for a reason: to serve our community.
Maybe you’ve come for one of our 55 programs this year, or maybe you been here every week! There are so many ways to support Pine Hill Community Center. To build our bridge, each stone will find a place with the others and do its part to hold us up. And as we grow, we can carry an even greater load!
Please help by contributing as much as you can this year to the Pine Hill Community Center to reach our goal of $10,000 for the 17th Anniversary Annual Fund.
Sincerely and with thanks,
The Board of Directors of Pine Hill Community Center