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Love Where You Live

Sullivan Renaissance has opened registration for its Spring Market and Annual Conference. This year’s event will take place the weekend of April 27-28. “Love Where You Live” is a sentiment that has become a tangible representation of the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers throughout the communities in Sullivan County, NY.

On Friday, April 27th, join Sullivan Renaissance in a collaborative effort with Sullivan 180 to welcome Dr. Joel Fuhrman – renowned family physician and author who has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and PBS. Dr. Fuhrman will talk about “Eating Your Way to Better Health – Good Nutrition: A Powerful Tool to Prevent and Reverse Disease”. He will provide tips on how making small adjustments to the types of foods you eat can impact you in great ways! In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve and maintain weight loss, reverse heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses using smart nutrition. Doors open at 4:30 PM at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Event Gallery. A reception and book signing will follow.

On Saturday, April 28th Sullivan Renaissance welcomes you back to Bethel Woods for the Spring Market and Annual Conference. Celebrate the love of the place we all call home. The day kicks off at 9:00 am in the Event Gallery. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther will recognize the county’s municipalities and their efforts to shape Sullivan. Renaissance Awards will be presented to individuals who have made a positive and lasting impression on Sullivan County.

Author and development strategist, Peter Kageyama will talk about bottom-up community revitalization and the amazing people who make change happen. Drawing from his book “Love Where You Live”, Peter will present on love of place, practical steps to building networks, and finding your community’s authentic identity.

Mid-morning breaks up the conference with three informative workshops to choose from. The Center for Active Design will be presenting on “Building Healthy Places”, demonstrating how neighborhoods can be designed to ensure that residents have access to vibrant and beautiful public spaces and make the connection between design strategies that promote positive community interactions. Ellen Zachos will explore “Gardening in Deer Country”, with a multi-pronged approach to help the gardener triumph over the deer when it comes to who rules the garden. Jill Holland will be presenting on tools and activities for self-care and personal sustainability. “Fill It Up, Please! Supporting Our Communities Begins with Ourselves” will explain how individual mindful practices can support the well-being and effectiveness of the workplace as a whole.

The Spring Market will be open throughout the day from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 28th. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping a variety of the best local vendors and nurseries. From baked goods, to homemade soaps and handmade jewelry, florals and more, there will be something for everyone. Walk the grounds, take some yoga and take in the views of Bethel Woods. Free health screenings will also be available all day compliments of Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Sullivan Renaissance looks forward to enjoying two days of health, celebration and shopping with you!

For details about the conference, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445. To register online, go to