Just behind the majestic gothic-style Gould Church on Roxbury’s Main Street lies a stretch of green gracing both sides of the East Branch of the Delaware River. Known as Kirkside Park, this 11-acre treasure is rich in natural beauty and plays an integral part in Roxbury’s wonderful history.
The park remains a vital center of activity, enlivened by soccer games, concerts, outdoor theater, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and picnicking. For more than a decade, the cries of cheering fans and baseball players dressed in 1898 uniforms were heard when the Roxbury Nine reclaimed the fields where its original games were played.
As summer dawns and Kirkside Park comes to life, perhaps the spirit of a generous and lovely lady will also return and caress the place she called home and happily find it adopted by a community she loved.
Space in Kirkside Park is available for weddings, family gatherings, and special occasions. For more information contact Carolynn Faraci at 607-326-3722.
Roxbury Arts Group
The Roxbury Arts Group, operating as the Roxbury Arts Center, is a not-for-profit multi-arts center serving Delaware County and its surrounding communities for nearly 30 years. The Arts Center operates from two historically significant turn-of-the-century commercial buildings that continue in their rich legacies as public spaces.
The Roxbury Arts Center provides affordable year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy all genres of professional performing arts including theater, world music, traditional and contemporary music and dance, comedy and performance art. Fiddlers! an annual celebration of traditional music, is held every Columbus Day weekend and draws enthusiasts from throughout the region.
Visual artists of the region display their work in two gallery spaces: The Walt Meade Gallery, a 1911 former YMCA building on Vega Mountain Road and just around the corner at the 1905 Old Bank Gallery on Main Street. Helping to support both galleries is “Whet Paint,” a day-long paint-a-thon featuring some of the area’s best artists who produce a gallery full of beautiful, original works, each at the unbelievable price of $100! The Roxbury Arts Group’s annual photography contest and show is entered by scores of amateurs and pros alike who submit hundreds of images, all of which are displayed for several weeks each autumn.
Throughout the year workshops and classes are held for both children and adults. Topics range from tap dance and Pilates to fiber art and watercolor painting.
The Roxbury Arts Center also provides funding opportunities to other Delaware County communities and artists through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program. Arts-in-Education is a major program at the arts center where six area public schools are provided with weekly visiting artists during their after-school programs. Every August, the arts center holds a week-long day camp for youth 8-14 that focuses on our natural environment and its interpretation through the arts.
Other not-for-profit and civic organizations also make use of the arts center’s facilities by sponsoring dinners, auctions, workshops, lectures and meetings. During the rare empty times, The Roxbury Arts Center is made available for private parties and weddings.
There are over 150 different events, programs and workshops held annually at The Roxbury Arts Center providing an opportunity for everyone living in or visiting the area to enjoy the arts, in the beautiful hamlet of Roxbury.
For more information, visit roxburyartsgroup.org.
Shephard Hills Golf Course
The nine-hole course offers challenging terrain with spectacular mountain views. The full-service clubhouse and pro shop are located in the estate’s former guesthouse, a remarkable stone structure commissioned by the Gould family in 1911.
For more information, visit shephardhills.com
Nestled in the heart of the Western Catskills of New York, lies Plattekill Mountain, featuring SKIING, SNOWBOARDING and SNOWTUBING winter fun for all ages.
For more information, visit plattekill.com
Woodchuck Lodge and Burroughs Memorial Field
1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, 12474
(off Hardscrabble Road – follow signs from NYS Rt. 30, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury)
Woodchuck Lodge is a registered National Historic Landmark that was the summer home of John Burroughs, America’s most prominent and adored naturalist-essayist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tours of the house are offered the first weekend of each month, May through October, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 3 p.m.
For more information, click here for our Area History.