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‘The Jinx’ Editor to Lead Workshop on ‘How to Make a Video’

April 7, 2015

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance will announce its 2015 Beautification and Community Development Grants at the Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum on Saturday, April 25 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the CVI Center, 165 Sullivan Avenue in Ferndale.

The public is invited to come out and support their friends and neighbors – and find out how to become involved in the renaissance of Sullivan County.  The day will feature workshops beginning at 2:30 p.m., exhibits and an indoor marketplace where local and organic goods will be for sale.

HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY THROUGH VIDEO: this workshop will be presented by Zac Stuart-Pontier, editor of the recent hit HBO mini-series The Jinx.  A native of Narrowsburg, Stuart-Pontier was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film in 2010.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their videos “sparkle” with hints and tips for telling their story with a professional air.  Stuart-Pontier’s editing work includes a variety of films and documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials.

Other workshops include:

  • BASKETS, BOXES, CONTAINERS – THE CHOICES ARE ENDLESS: bilingual workshop presented by Diana K. Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Coordinator, and Ari Mir-Pontier, Sullivan Renaissance Liaison to the Spanish Speaking Community
    Plants in pots, window boxes or hanging baskets can be elegant, functional and even edible!  Learn about smart plant choices, secret container soil recipes and special care instructions that will make you successful growing your potted plants this year.
  • THE INS AND OUTS OF LEVERAGING GRANTS: presented by Freda Eisenberg, AICP, Sullivan County Planning Commissioner, and Ridge Harris, Director of Special Projects with Congressman Gibson’s Office
    Sullivan Renaissance grants are often used as matching funds to leverage grants from other sources. Workshop participants will learn about Sullivan County’s new “Plans and Progress Small Grant Program” as well as the basics of identifying and navigating other grant programs. Information about state and federal funding will be available. 
  • GRANT ORIENTATION: presented by Helen Budrock, Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner
    Both new and veteran volunteers will benefit from attending this orientation session.  Grantees will learn about key dates and grant requirements, how to request assistance from the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps or Horticulture Crew, and how to navigate the e-binder. 

Workshop space is limited to the first registrants.  To obtain a registration form or sign-up online, go to

The forum program includes distribution of resources to over 50 communities, including: grant checks, Flower Dollars, gardening information and technical advice.  All of these projects are led and implemented by volunteers who create and care for gardens, parks and other public spaces while growing community spirit and pride.  Each of these efforts can benefit from extra help with gardening, but many can also use assistance with everything from event planning to bookkeeping to fundraising.  


The Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps is a group of volunteers who provide hands-on assistance to different beautification projects.  Corps members participate in at least eight volunteer opportunities between now and the middle of October.  To accommodate various needs, these opportunities are scheduled on different days and times at locations throughout Sullivan County.

The first Volunteer Corps Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the CVI Center in Ferndale.  This is an opportunity to learn about area beautification projects and the Volunteer Corps program.  For information about how to get involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cara Kowalski at 845-295-2405 or


For individuals who are unsure how to garden, Sullivan Renaissance and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are presenting a series of free gardening trainings.  The next class is May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerald Skoda Extension Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  Register online at or by calling 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.