Meet Marty Appel

Wednesday, July 17

Meet Marty Appel New York Yankees historian and award-winning author of 24 baseball books including “Pinstripe Empire” and “Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character”. The New York Times has referred to Appel as one of baseball’s premier authorities on the New York Yankees. Appel worked for the Yankees from 1968-77 and in 1973 at the age of 23 became Major League Baseball’s youngest Public Relations Director (hired by then-owner George Steinbrenner, his career with the Yankees began by answering Mickey Mantle’s fan mail). He went on to become the Yankees’ television producer in the 1980s-90s. Appel will share stories and answer questions about the New York Yankees and the July, 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame celebration featuring Yankees inductees, Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina. “The unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame of the great Mariano Rivera, along with his illustrious teammate Mike Mussina puts Yankee history front and center,” says Appel. “No team provides the lore of the Yankees. I’m looking forward to talking baseball and meeting fans at the beautiful Emerson Resort & Spa as a wonderful prelude to a historic weekend.”

Two-night package starts at $516 (check-in July 16 or 17) and includes one breakfast for two at Woodnotes Grille, Emerson logo Baseball Kaleidoscope signed by Marty Appel AND Complimentary admittance to Marty Appel event in the Great Room, Wednesday, July 17, 6-8pm.

Call 845-688-2828 for reservations. Rates are based on double occupancy and include applicable New York State and local taxes, and 10% Resort Fee. Rates vary depending on room type and time of booking. Room rates, special packages and all services are subject to availability and may change without prior notice. Rates effective at booking are locked for the length of the reservation.

Three Day Art Workshop Packages

Inspire your inner artist with an instructor led art workshop designed for all skill levels. Workshop includes instructor demonstrations, composition and design instruction, individual guidance and critique.

Painting the Catskill Mountains. Streams and ReservoirsWorkshop with Christie Scheele, May 20-22
(Three-night package starts at $792)

Creekside Painting in the Catskills, Plein Air Workshopwith Mary Anna Goetz, July 8-10
(Three-night package starts at $892)

Light on the Esopus Creek Landscape Oil Painting Workshop with Karen O’Neil, August 12-14,
(Three-night package starts at $892)

Fall Foliage and Reflections on the Esopus Creek Painting Workshop with Peter Clapper, October 14-16
(Three-night package starts at $892)

About the Artist/Workshops:

Christie Scheele, a mid-career artist, has been painting devotedly since receiving her BFA, and spent a year on fellowship at the Royal Academy of Fine Art and the University Complutense of Madrid while an undergrad. She began exhibiting and selling her work in New York City in the late 1980s, and started painting her atmospheric, minimalist landscapes just before moving to the Catskills from New York City in 1990. Scheele’s work can be found nationally and internationally in hundreds of private, corporate, and museum collections, and has been featured in numerous articles, profiles, and reviews.

As a teaching artist for the past 20 years in Woodstock, Provincetown, and Nantucket, Scheele is pleased to offer a workshop focusing on imagery of her home turf, Painting the Catskill Mountains, Streams and Reservoirs.  Students will be instructed on both narrative and abstract aspects of painting our beautiful mountains, lakes, and streams. Using photographic reference or views from the Emerson grounds, emphasis will be on color and composition, bringing together elements that coalesce to create paintings that have a strong emotive and formal presence. All levels are welcome.


Mary Anna Goetz was born in Oklahoma City where she began her art studies as a pupil of her well-known artist parents, Richard and Edith Goetz. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma City University, Goetz furthered her studies at the Malden Bridge School of Art; Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA; and The New York Academy of Art. For four decades Goetz has painted her environs (Oklahoma, New York City, Cape Cod and Woodstock) with a heavily impastoed technique in an impressionist/tonalist style.  Goetz’s work is held in numerous corporate and private collections including: Union Pacific, the Union League Club, NYC, White and Case and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).  Her paintings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at galleries throughout the country including Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, the James Cox Gallery at Woodstock, and Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City.  Goetz maintains an active teaching schedule and has served on the faculty of the Woodstock School of Art.  She is a member of the New York’s Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club.  Publications include: Painting Landscapes in Oils (1990, North Light Books), and A Fieldguide to Landscape Painting (DVD).  

Creekside Painting in the Catskills, Plein Air Workshop. Students will have the opportunity to capture the serene beauty of the Esopus Creek, as it winds along the Emerson Resort & Spa. The workshop will begin with a morning demonstration by instructor Mary Anna Goetz. This session will guide the class through Goetz’s process… beginning with a grisaille, or value painting, followed by application of color.  Students will then begin creating their own compositions, based on Goetz’s plein air approach. Emphasis will be placed on establishing a strong composition and concentration on color and light.



Karen O’Neil’s passion for painting light and color began as an art student.  After earning a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, O’Neil studied in Provincetown with Henry Hensche, winner of the Pulitzer Traveling Prize and Halgarten Award, which kindled her career as an unparalleled colorist. Artist residencies at Millay and Woodstock School of Art followed, as well as teaching at the Art Students League of NY. O’Neil’s work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide and has been featured in many print publications and blogs including The Artists Magazine and The Jealous Curator.  Working outdoors on site, the Light on the Esopus Creek workshop focuses on scale, editing, and blocking form to record the luminous and changing light of the Catskills.  Working quickly, students will be encouraged to start paintings at different times of day, and as light changes. 


Peter Clapper is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and has taught painting classes in still life, landscape, portrait, and figure.  He has also taught drawing and pastel classes in still life, portrait, and figure in New York and New Jersey, and is currently an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art.  His Autumn Reflections on the Esopus Creek Painting Workshop focuses on the Emerson’s unique vista of the Esopus Creek and Mount Tremper.

Three-night package includes:
· Stay two nights, get third free
· Three day workshop with instruction
· Snack break on first day of workshop
· Guided tour of the Emerson art collection

Please note the above workshops do not include art supplies. A specific supply list available for purchase at Catskill Art Supply. Workshops are available to non-overnight guests at the rate of $250 – $350 per person.

Call 845-688-2828 for reservations. Rates are based on workshop/activity participation for one person and include tax and Resort fee. Rates vary depending on room type and time of booking. Room rates, special packages and all services are subject to availability and may change without prior notice. Rates effective at booking are locked for the length of the reservation and cannot be combined with other specials/packages.