It's official - Repair Cafés save lives!! In the photo above, a young couple brought in the Great Grandmother's lamp, which had "just started to work again." Our Repair Specialist discovered a short that could have caused a fire. Do you have an iffy lamp or appliance that needs repair? Don't toss it! Bring it to the Repair Café! Repair Café is a free community event where we bring our beloved-but-broken items and together, with volunteer Repair Coaches, we fix them! We can't guarantee everything is fixable, but we're sure you'll have an interesting time. Saturday, July 28, 10am - 2pm at Bushel, 84 Main St., Delhi
Join us to share your ideas about sustainability and self-reliance, or to hear about what we've been up to lately, or even just to hang out with people who care about everything that's good in the world. Wednesday, June 20th, 5 to 7 pm at the Fairview Library, 47 Walnut St., Margaretville
Friday, June 15th, 4 to 7 pm Bring your bicycle to the Hobart Farmers' Market and work with a volunteer Repair Specialist for a free tune-up. We'll have basic supplies on hand for purchase (such as flat tire patches and derailer cables). Work with a volunteer Repair Specialist who will tighten your bike's brakes, oil the chain, adjust the gears, pump up the tires or fix a flat. Do you have a bike to sell, or would you like to buy a used bike? Come see what's on offer. While you're there, enjoy live music, local crafts, farm fresh produce, and delectables from Fork in the Road food truck. The market is located right next to the Catskill Scenic Trail, where you can take your newly repaired bike for a spin. Join us! The Hobart Farmer's Market is located on the Town Green, 101 Maple Avenue in Hobart, NY
Join us from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, March 30th at Union Grove Distillery. Green Drinks are events where people who care about the environment get together and network over cocktails. At 5:30, there will be a presentation by Cindy Menges of Delaware River Solar about how NYSEG customers can save 10% on their annual bill and offset their carbon footprint by sourcing electricity from the community solar farm. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. We hope to see you there!
Stop by any Delaware County library from now until June 1st and pick up seeds for your garden. Transition Catskills has donated heirloom vegetable seeds to get the party started. Bring in a packet and see what other gardeners have contributed. It's a fun and economical way to try out new varieties. See you at the library!
Join us Saturday, December 2nd at the Union Grove Distillery for a free presentation about Geothermal heating. Learn how to cut your heating bills dramatically, with presentations at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Geothermal heating is an affordable, environmentally-friendly alternative to heating your home with oil, propane, natural gas or wood. If you're curious how it works, come to a pithy PowerPoint, followed by Q&A with Jake Kornack from Dandelion. Dandelion is a Google X spinoff that launched this summer in upstate New York with the goal of making geothermal heating a good alternative for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint at home. Join us!
Repair Café – Hobart Join us Saturday, October 21st, 10am-2pm at the United Methodist Church, 204 Maple Avenue in Hobart (entrance at side on Pearl St) for our third Repair Café. Thrilled. That was the dominant emotion felt by the two-dozen people who brought their broken items to be fixed at the Repair Café we held in Delhi in May. They were thrilled to finally get their broken possessions fixed and put back into service, whether it was a chandelier with a faulty switch, a toaster oven that had stopped toasting, a fan that no longer whirred or a favorite pair of pants with a tear at the knee. Do you have a broken appliance that’s collecting dust till you find some way to fix it? Now’s your chance. Bring it to one of our volunteer Repair Coaches and work with them to make it run again. Do you have favorite articles of clothing that need buttons re-sewn? Bring them to the Repair Café and sew them back on while enjoying a cup of coffee and a snack. We have a large assortment of buttons and thread of all colors. Our Repair Coaches will work with you to fix: small appliances vacuum cleaners lamps furniture small items made of wood clothing We can’t guarantee that everything will be fixed, but we’re certain you’ll have an interesting time.
Friday, October 20th, 5 to 7 pm at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY Green Drinks are events where people who care about the environment get together to network and share ideas over cocktails (or seltzer with a twist if you abstain). Our past Green Drinks have been unstructured mixers. This time, we thought we'd combine the usual party atmosphere with some focused brainstorming. What does your village need? Think of one small action, and lets put our heads together to make it a reality. Here are some ideas: • install a bike rack • plant a fruit tree in a public space • replace plastic: - bags - straws - disposable utensils - to-go boxes • support for farm stands - secure money boxes - raise awareness about the benefits of local food Many of us were inspired by the eco-doc "Tomorrow." Now let's think about ways to make things happen in our villages and towns.
Thursday, September 28, 5 to 7:30 pm, DURR Train Depot, Arkville Transition Catskills will have a table on board The MARK Project's Local-Motive Tasting Train, a roundtrip rail ride from Arkville to Roxbury. Passengers will savor a taste of locally sourced food and beverages from a dozen vendors - artisanal brews and spirits, cheeses, meats, syrups and sauces. The elegant and commodious Rip Van Winkle Flyer, which was once the locomotive limousine of railroad barons, departs the DURR depot at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, complimentary wine and beer, and stunning vistas at the peak of fall foliage. The event is sponsored by the Margaretville Telephone Company. Transition Catskills will have a display of our projects to date. Discover how we can help you effect meaningful change in your village. The Local-Motive sold all available seats for the previous August event, so be sure to get your tickets while they last.
The documentary "Tomorrow" is an upbeat look at all the positive actions people are taking around the world to achieve sustainability. It has just been released in the States, and Transition Catskills has arranged a screening on Thursday, August 17th, 7 pm at the Union Grove Distillery. The Ate-O-Ate food truck will be serving before the screening, from 5 - 7pm. See the New York Times "Critic's Picks" review below: NYT Review Tomorrow Union Grove Distillery is located at 43311 State Highway 28 in Arkville, NY (at the corner of Hwy 28 and Rte 38, the Arkville cutoff)