Members of our family purchased property in the Village of Hunter over 100 years ago and have been part of the community ever since. We work and live during the week in Manhattan, but our roots run deep in the Mountaintop community.
When we started the Catskill Mountain Foundation in 1998, the movie theater in the Village of Hunter was badly in need of some tender loving care and was surrounded by several vacant storefronts.
Our dream was to turn the Village of Hunter into a center for the arts, with the focus on film and performing arts, but with elements of regional crafts and fine art, along with classic and contemporary books.
Our plan was to purchase the movie theater in the Village of Hunter and renovate the movie theater space so that the one screen could also be used for performances, and sell books and work by regional artists in the building lobby.
It was a one building dream, with an expected two or three employees. Instead, the Foundation now has 15 year-round employees plus another 20 part-time seasonal employees or independent contractors, many of whom are faculty members for our many summer educational programs.