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How to spend Halloween in the Catskills

Above: One of the many creepy scenes at Night Terrors Haunted Farm in Schoharie. 

Halloween is this Saturday, Oct. 31, and the Catskills are celebrating with costume bashes, trick-or-treat events, zombies, witches and more. Here’s our five county guide to the best spooky events of the weekend.

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In Andes, the annual Harvest Moon Ball is a Halloween tradition featuring a potluck, costume-contest and kid-friendly dance party that takes over the back room of the Andes Hotel every year. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

O’Neill’s Shire Pub in Delhi is hosting its Spook-Tacular Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. They’ll have DJ Pat hosting a costume contest with prizes for scariest, sexiest, best Couple, and funniest costumes.  Read more

Coders come to camp at Catskills tech conference

Above: Dennis Crowley, a founder of Foursquare, speaks at the Catskills Conf on Saturday, Oct. 24. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Luminaries in the tech world, including the founder of Foursquare and the managing director of Etsy, wore sweatshirts and flannel in the Catskills over the weekend to talk startups and coding while learning about blacksmithing, foraging, square dancing and butchery.

About 100 coders and techies, many from New York City, gathered around campfires and slept in bunkhouses during Catskills Conf, a new three-day conference held at the Ashokan Center in the Ulster County hamlet of Olivebridge on the weekend of Oct. 23 through 25.

The talks were aimed at a global tech community of makers and coders. Some were inspiring: Crowley, the Foursquare founder, talked candidly about failure--and how to survive it--during his talk on Saturday, Oct. 24.  Read more

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Big names shoot gay murder movie around Hudson Valley

Above: A Company 1 Production film crew setting up at a house in Saugerties on Monday, Oct. 19. Photo by Paula Ann Mitchell. 

A film starring 1980s-era icon Molly Ringwald is shooting at locations around the Hudson Valley this month.

While the film’s publicist isn’t releasing more details, the movie is almost certainly “King Cobra,” a lurid tale of the gruesome murder of a gay porn kingpin that is being produced by James Franco and stars Ringwald and Christian Slater.

Rumors about the film have been swirling around Saugerties, where a film crew is on location this week.

Slater reportedly arrived at the Kingston Ulster airport last week to film scenes for the movie, according to a photo posted on the Instagram account of film producer Jordan Yale Levine, who is working on the project:  Read more

Catskills Columbus Day

Michael Johnson took this shot of the brilliant colors on a Catskills mountainside on Sunday, Oct. 11 and shared it with the Watershed Post in a Facebook message.

Show us what your Catskills Columbus Day looks like--share your photos with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Flickr

Update: Man, what great photos you shared! Check them out: 

 

Reader photos of Columbus Day 2015 from around the Catskills.

Posted by Watershed Post on Monday, October 12, 2015

 

Arts and healthcare come together at the O+ Festival

Above: Collage of musicians playing this year's O+ Festival. Image from O+ website.

More then 60 musical acts, 25 artists, a kick-off parade, workshops and classes and a late-night literary salon come to Kingston this weekend during the O+ Festival (pronounced “oh-positive”), which was founded in 2010 to bring free healthcare to broke artists and anyone else who might need it.

With the slogan “Apply Pressure and Elevate,” this year’s three-day, weekend-long celebration begins on Friday, Oct. 9 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 11. The heart of the event is the wellness clinic, where doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers volunteer to give free healthcare to all comers.       

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How Jay Ungar wrote "Ashokan Farewell"

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Above: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason perform "Ashokan Farewell."

It took Catskills fiddler Jay Ungar less than an hour to write "Ashokan Farewell," a haunting fiddle tune that has become an iconic folk song covered by legions of fans and memorably used by Ken Burns on the soundtrack of his documentary "The Civil War."

In a story published on Friday, Sept. 25, the Atlantic magazine interviewed Ungar about the origin of the tune, which he wrote in 1982 to commemorate the end of a summer arts camp called Ashokan that he was running with his wife and partner, Molly Mason. (Ungar and Mason still run dance and fiddle camps at the Ashokan Center, in Olivebridge, today.)   Read more

Find the perfect robot at a pop-up shop in Woodstock

Above: Two of Steve Heller's robots welcome visitors to the Fabulous Furniture Pop-Up Shop at 40 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock. Photo by Karen Falch.

It’s a bit like the Prada Shop at Barney’s without all the haute couture garments, fragrances, footwear and handbags.

Instead, Woodstock’s newest boutique has the exclusive flair of a man cave à la Steve Heller, a celebrated local sculptor.

Picture life-sized robots, tabletop hot-rod cars, exquisite mirrors, rustic coffee tables and a stunning collection of far-out, handcrafted sculptures as only the quirky Heller can produce. Heller's wife, Martha Frankel, calls the 800-square-foot shop at 40 Mill Hill Road the “perfect little bonbon in the center of Woodstock.”

Steve Heller’s Fabulous Furniture Pop-Up Shop opened for a five-week stint on Aug. 29 with the aim of “taking the artist’s work to the people rather than taking the people to his work.”  Read more

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

The contest is now closed. Look for the print 2016 Catskills Food Guide next year for the winners! - Ed. 

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more

I am the scarecrow

A John Lennon scarecrow, above, stands watch over Bovina Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 6, one of the contestants in the festival's scarecrow contest. The Lennon scarecrow didn't win--that honor went to "Edgar Allen Crow," by Marni Greenberg, below.  Read more

Bovina's Esquela is country's “best company band”

Above: Bovina-based Esquela wins first prize at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Photo by Wendy Buerge, via Esquela's Facebook page

Esquela, a rock band based in the Delaware County town of Bovina, took home a national title on Saturday: the best company band in the world.

The band won The PlayOff 2015, a battle-of-the-bands contest sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Inc. Media that pitted company bands from around the country against each other. 

Half of Esquela's members work at Indiepay, a payroll processor for arts companies that has an office in Delhi. Band founder and bassist John Finn is Indiepay's CEO.   Read more


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