Tucked away in the heart of the northern Catskills, Round Top Productions is an indie special events company with a focus on programs and projects in the arts
FOUNDED BY JULIA JOERN
After a life-long love for the Catskills and Hudson Valley - with its restorative natural beauty, alluring history, back country roads, distinctive towns, family farms - and 20 years of toggling between Round Top and New York City (and other far-flung places), it was time to put down more permanent roots. Collaborating with local friends, neighbors, and businesses, Round Top Productions brings together adults and kids, alike, for community programs that share in the bounty of the region.
Join me in revisiting and continuously discovering the people and places in this unique corner of the world, from diamonds in the rough to well-established classics. Everything old seems new again. Instagram: @round_top_recommends
Read my recent articles for Chronogram’s Upstater: “Henning’s Local: Destination Dining on the Upper Delaware” and ”Cochecton Fire Station: Craft Cocktails and Wood-Fired Food in the Catskills,” both in nearby Sullivan County.
Established in 1881 as the Ernst family farm, GLEN FALLS HOUSE has a long and storied history in the Round Top resort community. In the 1940s the farmland was converted into a boarding house by the Sulger family, who later developed it into a full resort, adding a pool, tavern, shuffleboard courts, and additional guest quarters. Over the years it became a popular vacation spot for many generations of families.
Acquired in 2017 by new owners, business partners Jonathan Picco (formerly of Montauk's Surf Lodge) and Greg Brier (owner of Good Room in Brooklyn), GLEN FALLS HOUSE has been given a fresh contemporary renovation - including over 40 guest rooms and its Trotwood restaurant - while still preserving its quirky and timeless charm. Located on Winter Clove Road, the 46-acre site also has private access to its own secret waterfall and natural swimming hole . . . and is now also the local place to go for music, from live bands to DJs.
ROUND TOP PRODUCTIONS will be hosting special events, talks, film screenings, as well as retreats with artists and writers, both from the region and New York City.
Another new kid on the block is the PETRONIO RESIDENCY CENTER, a 175-acre peaceful oasis perched high on Crow's Nest Road in Round Top, with views spanning all the way to the Berkshires. Founded in 2018, this not-for-profit non-traditional dance center offers on-site creative residencies for individuals in the performing arts. As reported in The New York Times, it is ". . . a retreat in which to study, work and experiment while cut loose from the overbearing pressures inherent in a choreographer’s day-to-day living." Read the entire article here and learn more about the center's debut class of choreographers.
'Flipping for Dance in the Catskills' in The New York Times
Stephen Petronio is an American choreographer, dancer, and the Artistic Director of the Stephen Petronio Company. The first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company, he was also influenced by working with Steve Paxton, the experimental dancer and choreographer who was a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater. Considered one of the leading choreographers of his generation, Stephen has reimagined what a dance company can look like in the 21st century. Embracing his own history through his celebrated 'Bloodlines' project - which honors the postmodern masters that have influenced him - continuing his own choreographic passion, and now creating a legacy for future choreographic talent at Crow’s Nest, he hopes to make this home in Round Top an intimate hotspot for the dance world.
ROUND TOP PRODUCTIONS is proud to support the mission of the Petronio Residency Center by collaborating on philanthropic events. Beginning in early 2019, 'Babette's Feast' will be offered in a series of exclusive fundraising dinners held at Crow's Nest.k
Round Top Productions is pleased to team up with Chef Henning Nordanger to bring Babette's Feast to your table. Enjoy a memorable and delectable evening screening this Oscar-winning 1987 Danish movie and sharing in Babette's remarkable meal.
Based on a story by British writer Isak Dinesen, the film is not only about food, but also love, generosity, and spiritual fulfillment. Watch a short video clip of A.O. Scott, film critic of The New York Times, discussing Babette's Feast . . . where the meal is "lingered over in wonderful detail."
Set in 19th-century Denmark, on Babette's menu: Potage à la Tortue (turtle soup) served with Amontillado sherry; Blinis Demidoff (buckwheat pancakes with caviar and sour cream) served with Veuve Cliquot champagne; Cailles en Sarcophage (quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce) served with Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noir; endive salad; Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée (rum sponge cake with figs and candied cherries) served with Champagne; assorted cheeses and fruits served with Sauternes; coffee with vieux marc Grande Champagne cognac
In 2012, Norwegian chef Henning Nordanger opened his critically-acclaimed restaurant Henning's Local in Cochecton Center, a remote town in Sullivan County in the western Catskills. There he serves his own take on American comfort food, with all ingredients sourced locally. In nearby Cochecton, he recently created the menu for the Cochecton Fire Station, a newly opened bar (actually in the town's old fire station) owned by friends and master mixologists, Josiah Early and Ezekiel Miller. He also hosts cooking classes at his restaurant taught by the talented educator and fellow chef, Cheryl Perry, of Red Barn Studio.
Born and raised in Bergen, Norway and Escoffier-trained, Henning worked in several large hotel restaurants and mountain resorts throughout his home country, as well as for the King of Norway on his royal yacht. After coming to the United States over 20 years ago, Henning began cooking in New York City, both in restaurants and as a private chef. Babette's Feast is his second favorite movie (after Fight Club).
Recommended guests: 12-24
Suggested locations: private homes, galleries and museums, special event-type spaces
Throughout the entire year, find countless opportunities to experience the arts . . . then lose yourself in an indie bookstore
Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
Bearsville Theater | Center for Photography at Woodstock | Golden Notebook | Levon Helm Studios | Opus 40 | Radio Woodstock 100.1-FM (WDST) | Upstate Films | Woodstock Bookfest | Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild | Woodstock Film Festival
Hike your heart out at some of the most spectacular spots in the region
GREENE COUNTY is home to CATSKILL PARK, a New York State designated wilderness recreation area spanning 700,000 acres across four counties in the Catskill Mountains
Pratt Rock Park
Mountain Top Arboretum
Go-to favorites that never get old
Foxtail Community Farm
JULIA JOERN was most recently a Partner at David Zwirner, a contemporary art gallery with locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong, where she oversaw a team responsible for marketing, press relations, and special events. With a background in architecture and design, she has had a range of creative professional experiences over her 25-year career spanning the visual arts, photojournalism, and book publishing. After working in the urban jungle, she now calls Round Top home - after being only a ‘weekender’ for two decades - in order to focus on regional projects throughout the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and beyond.
ROUND TOP PRODUCTIONS
P.O. Box 348 Round Top, NY 12473