[Text by Casey Kelbaugh]
[Photos by John Mazlish, Andrew Einhorn,
Casey Kelbaugh, Adam Devine and Michael Duva]
Thank you to the hundred or more spirited souls who joined us on Saturday August 26th for the launch of SLIDELUCK Catskills! I think it’s safe to say that a good time was shared by all.
We began with as bountiful and delicious a potluck as I’ve ever seen. As people filled their plates with heirloom tomato salad, freshly-grilled corn, homemade meatballs, beet couscous salad, Mexican rice, falafel sliders, grilled salmon and strawberry rhubarb pie, the Rivergrass Trio filled the field with classic bluegrass tunes. Guests pulled ice-cold cans of Brooklyn Summer Ale from the clawfoot tub and sipped Frisco on the rocks. Nobody could resist the dazzling array of raffle prizes donated by our 50 local partners and people strategically angled for the gifts most dear to them. As dusk turned to nightfall, folks unfurled their blankets and pulled up chairs on the lawn for a wide-ranging and entertaining slideshow of 25 Catskills and Hudson-Valley based artists. And as the last slide crossed the screen and the music began to fade, an unplanned but impressive display of fireworks lit up the lower field, signaling the beginning of the afterparty. With parents packing up their children to head home and dogs running amok, the bonfire in the lower field was stoked and DJ Optimist began kicking out tunes. Simultaneously, my den began filling up with hungry sports fans, slugging EIPAS and tucking into a fresh pan of gambas al ajillo for the Mayweather-MacGregor boxing match. Who knew is was going to be Fight Night in the Catskills?! Well it was. And after 10 brusing rounds, those that weren’t afraid to face the Autumn chill made their way through colorful fog to the dance floor, their tents, the crackling fire and down to Stony Clove Creek for late night reverie and stargazing.
As we ran out of time for the raffle, so we pulled all the prizes the following morning while streaming everything on an hour-long live stream on Instagram. If you didn’t manage to sit through that excruciating, ridiculous broadcast – our prize winners were notified and posted on the event page. Enjoy your prizes in the Catskills!
As well, the winners of the best potluck dishes, secretly judged by JT McKay and Sean B Nutley of bluecashew Kitchen and Pharmacy were:
1. The buffalo-style cucumbers by Mystery Chef, who won a spiralizer slicer and a gift certificate to bluecashew!
2. The tender, freshly pulled pork from Atticus Farms by Kyle Jaster and Aaron Dias win a Messermeister 4″ Chef knife!
Thanks to the generous and amazing contributions of our amazing partners and guests, we managed to raise $1200 by selling $5 raffle tickets! All the proceeds were distributed to the Phoenicia Library, the Hunter Library, the Mountaintop Library (Tannersville) as well as the Phoenicia Fire Department, the Lanesville Fire Department (Hunter) and the Tannersville Fire Department!
All of the participating businesses are listed below, please show your support for businesses that invest in community!
Please check the Slideluck website to view the slideshows from Saturday’s event. It was a truly remarkable selection of work – thanks again to Spencer Tunick who curated the show with me and to all the artists who participated!
And on our Facebook page, we have also published a gallery of images from the weekend from the perspective of five different photographers (John Mazlish, Andrew Einhorn, Casey Kelbaugh, Adam Devine and Michael Duva).
Thank you to all our partners, collaborators and sponsors:
Amy’s Take Away * Atticus Farms * bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy * Brooklyn Brewery * Bou * Catskill Lodge * Catskill Mountain Pizza House * Catskills Seasons Inn * Catskills Yoga House * Cheese Louise * Chichester Farm * Colonial Inn * Dallas Hot Weiners
Deer Mountain Inn * Dominick’s * Emerson Resort & Spa * Esopus Creel * Frisco
Fruition Chocolate * Garden Cafe * Hasbrouck House * Hayfield
Hudson-ChathamWinery *Kate’s Lazy Meadow * Last Chance Cafe * Lil’ Deb’s Oasis Maggie’s Crooked Cafe Mama’s Boy Burgers * Migliorelli Farm * Mossy Stone Farms Mount Tremper Arts * Need Supply Co. * Peekamoose * Phoenicia Diner * Prospect
Radio Woodstock * Rhino Records * Scribner’s Catskill Lodge * Shindig * Sweet Sue’s
The Golden Notebook The Graham & Co. * The Phoenician * The Town Tinker Tube Rental * Total Tennis * True *Village Hardware * Welch Realty * Woodstock General Supply * Yum Yum Noodle Bar *Zephyr * Sandbox Studio * Brooklyn Brewery
Thanks for the time and support of everyone involved. We hope to see SLIDELUCK Catskills happen again soon!