By Pamela West-Finkle

March is here and Spring, according to the groundhog at least, should be just around the corner.  March can also be a month of massive snow dumps followed by torrential rain, but such is life in the Catskills. I just look forward to the time change because even though my sleep schedule is off for a few weeks, it is so nice to see evening light in the sky.

Preparing for our Spring Planting – The Edible Landscape!

As soon as the ground thaws, we plan to start putting in some of our fruit trees and bushes, as well as preparing more planting spaces. With any luck, I will have seedlings starting either at the school greenhouse or upstairs in the library.  If anyone would like to help with that, please let me know.

We do have a suggested design for the front of the building that includes removing the current ground cover, creating a stone pathway that makes the various herbs we will be planting accessible, adding a bench, and planting strawberries as ground cover. We would love it if some of our master gardeners in town would have a meeting with us to discuss the plant selections and other aesthetic edible plants or pollinator flowers to include.

Save the Date! Library Dance Party at the Andes Hotel, Saturday, April 27th

Looking ahead, I wanted to make you aware of a dance party we are planning for the Andes Public Library.  It will be Saturday, April 27th and it is a night of Latin Dancing and Zesty Latin Fare at the Andes Hotel.  Debra Abbate, a professional dance instructor and former library trustee, will be teaching Latin dance lessons starting at 4 pm. Dinner will be offered afterwards with dancing and drinks to follow with Debra floating on the dance floor to help give additional instruction. Stay tuned in next month’s edition of the Gazette and keep your eyes peeled for posters around town for information about reserving your place.

Tuesday Afternoon Music Workshops – Early Childhood, plus Fiddle & Folk

In addition to our early childhood Song and Story time on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:15 at the library, we are offering folk music workshops at 4:30 pm by appointment only, group or individual instruction on fiddle, taught by Becca Wintle, or mountain dulcimer by Bill Duke or myself, as well as other master workshops with various teachers. You must own your own instrument. Donations are suggested. Reservations are required. Please call 845-676-3333 or email if you are interested.~