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Summer Shortcuts V, a program of nine new ten-minute plays by nine playwrights, directed by five directors, and performed by fifteen actors, is coming to The Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY, August 20-30.   The Summer Shortcuts program has become a favorite at The Open Eye, with its up-to-the-minute comedy and drama (including the work of local playwrights), and providing a wide range of directing and acting opportunities.   Read more

Plant a row for the food pantry

Please add one plant or one row of veggies/fruits for the Community Pantry
We feed more than 400 households in the area, so please help
For more info, contact:
Joyce St George
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Fundraiser to support Family Fun Nights at the Catskill Recreation Center needs your help

Above: (Left to right) Patty Rudge and Taylor Diepold, both from Shandaken, Jason Stanton from Bovina, and Jo Bernhardt from Margaretville, on March 6, before begining their combined 25-mile swim. Photo by Beth Waterman.

On Friday, March 6, five intrepid swimmers swam 25 miles in the Arkville-based Catskill Recreation Center's pool in just five hours. Now they're hoping to raise $100 for every mile they swam, for a total of $2,500, by March 31.

The funds will benefit the Catskill Recreation Center's Family Fun Night program, a monthy event where community members will get to use the center's pool at a reduced rate.

Beth Waterman was onhand at the pool on Friday to watch the swimmers set out:

It was pretty inspiring watching them start their 5-hour swim this morning to the beats of 'Highway to Hell'. They hope to raise $2500 by March 31. Patty, Jo and Jason swam 5 miles each. Taylor swam 8 miles. Peter Manning swam 2 miles for a total of 25.

From the Catskill Recreation Center's director, Rebecca Manning:  Read more

Volunteers clean the Bush Kill in Fleischmanns

From cleanup organizer John Hoeko:
The project was a success.  About a dozen volunteers turned out.  The Project was co-sponsored by Fleischmanns 1st and the Ahokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national org. dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of cold water fisheries in North America.
We filled a dumpster with debris from Irene and thoughtless litterers and our Bushkill is once again a jewel.  The CWC, thanks to Diane Galusha, provided bags, gloves, and gifts (refrigerator clips and rain gauges).  At the end of the day participants enjoyed free food, ice cream, and refreshments donated by La Cabana Restaurant, the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary, and the Fleischmanns Supemarket.  Mountain Valley Landscaping donated a dumpster for debris and trash disposal.  The Village of Fleischmanns allowed us to use their truck to transfer filled bags to the dumpster.
Below: Photo #1:  Mark Loete, John Hoeko, and Roy Todd. Photo #2: Peter Marx, Jody Hoyt, Winifred Zubin, and Vicky Szerko.
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Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill Saturday, July 26

Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill

On Saturday July 26th, there is a stream cleanup on Bush Kill Creek in Fleischmanns. Volunteers will meet at 10 AM in the municipal village parking lot. Work the cleanup, fish a bit afterwards, and get a free hot dog and ice cream for helping.  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out nyis.info and click on the logo for more information!

Alla Ilinsky DDS is delighted to announce her New Main Street Margaretville NY office location!

Alla Ilinsky DDS has relocated her dental office to 761 Main Street Margaretville NY.  To mark the occasion the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Ilinsky and her staff will hold a business mixer on Wednesday June 25 from 5 to 7 pm.  To RSVP please contact the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845. 586. 3300.


Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper

We are currently seeking a highly-motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support to the President of a Family Foundation. Assignments are varied and complex and require an individual who can manage projects and work independently.

This full-time position is based out of The Erpf Center, located at 43355 Route 28 in Arkville, NY.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+years experience in finance, accounting, or related field.
  • Advanced skills in QuickBooks, Quicken, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) required.

Executive Assistant Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing and prioritizing incoming and outgoing communications, including mail, e-mail, telephone calls;
  • Coordinating invitations for President;
  • Handling travel arrangements;
  • Creating and editing correspondence and reports with minimal direction;
  • Organizing grant requests;
  • Preparing and distributing meeting agendas and presentation materials; and
  • Organizing and maintaining files.

Bookeeping Responsibilities include:  Read more

Vendor deadline for Pakatakan Farmers' Market is Feb. 2

Pakatakan Farmers' Market is now accepting vendor applications for the upcoming 2014 season. All interested farmers and artisans are asked to send an email to roundbarnmarket@gmail.com for an application. The deadline for all applicants is fast approaching, February 2nd. For more information please email roundbarnmarket@gmail.com.


Christmas Plays at The Open Eye Theater

Two Christmas plays, "Silent Night" and "Dulce Domum," will be performed at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville December 21 and 22 at 2 pm.  Performances include caroling, cookies, and cocoa, and are for all ages.  No admission but tax-deductible donations to The Open Eye Theater's cultural and educational programming are welcome.  Phone 845-586-1660 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations.

Margaretville Central School Holiday Bazaar

The Margaretville Central School is holding it's annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 9am-3pm.

Come start, finish or work on your Holiday shopping. There will be crafts and activities for the kids. Homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods will be avaliable for your lunch too!

We still have some spaces avaliable to vendors so please contact us today if you would like to participate! Please contact Cassandra Olin at [email protected] or 585-409-7661 for more information. 

Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Margaretville

The Interfaith Council is again sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thanksgiving day at the Purcell Center of the Sacred Heart Church on Academy Street in Margaretville. It will go from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Center and takeouts will be available. Everyone is invited to this delicious meal. Bring your family or friends.

Reservations are not required but are helpful for planning. Call Iris Mead at 845-586-4689 to make a reservation or to volunteer to help serve or clean up. A tax deductible donation may also be made to the Interfaith Council, PO Box 702, Margaretville, 12455. Donations will also be welcome at the dinner.

Funeral Announcement: Bob Hubbell

Above: Bob Hubbell at the switch of his family's apple press in Kelly Corners in 2011. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There will be a Requiem Mass for Robert Burr Hubbell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church in Lake Delaware, Father R. L. Donahue officiating.

The Catskill Mountain News ran an obituary this week about Bob:

The light dimmed in our community last week. Bob Hubbell died. For nine decades, Bob Hubbell had been a leader in the community: the baby saved by the doctor’s wife; the fire-keeper at school; the student-leader and Eagle Scout; the pillar of the community who helped lead the hospital, fire departments, Rotary, ambulance squad, and countless community organizations and events.

Robert Burr Hubbell, of the Kelly Corners homestead that bears his family name, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.  Read more

Spring Concert: Community Chorale of the Catskills

 The Community Chorale of the Catskillsannounces itsSpring Concert,directed by Richard Tucker.Performances are at 7:30pm: Friday, June 7 at Margaretville Central School and Saturday June 8 at Roxbury Central School. The program includes a wide variety of styles including music from “Les Miserables”, a tribute to Duke Ellington, a salute to our Armed Forces and Peter Shickele’s “Go For Broke”, a comedy for chorus.  Read more

Tuesday Nights at the Theater - Thomas and the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 30th, at 7p.m., The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Thomas and the Rainbow. Written by Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear and Dennis Foon.  Directed by Vic Sarin.  Marie (Connie Nielsen) transforms an orphan boy's world when she brings him to live in her small island village off the coast of Ireland.  Her reticent husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) can barely hide his disappointment when he meets the frail, shy eight-year-old.  Undiscouraged, Marie introduces Thomas (John Bell) to the wonders of his new world, and shows him that you can find magic anywhere - if you really look.  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.theopeneye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies will be announced.  Read more

"Janet's Class" to Appear on The Open Eye Screen

Tuesdays at the Theater continues on April 23, at 7:00 pm, with “Janet’s Class,” a documentary film by Dorothy Lyman of Andes.  This film follows a group of New York City retirees through their early preparation, rehearsal, and performance of a showcase directed by veteran stage, film, and TV actress Janet Sarno.  With humor and inspiration, the video looks at aging, and its opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment.

Janet Sarno appeared on Broadway opposite Danny Aiello in “Knockout,” by Louis LaRusso and off Broadway in his “Sweatshop.”  Her TV credits include “All My Children,” and “The Edge of Night”.  Films include “Rock the Paint,” “Reqiem, for a Dream,” “The Hard Way,” and “Power.”

Ms. Lyman lives on her chicken farm in Andes.  Before moving here in 2003, she lived in Los Angeles and worked in television as an actress and director.  In 2006 she produced and directed a film in Delaware County called “The Northern Kingdom.”   She will be present at the showing of her film at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, Tuesday evening, at 7:00, and will participate in the discussion afterwards.   Read more

Tuesday Nights at the Theater - Broken Hill

Tuesday, March 19th, at 7p.m., The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Broken Hill. Director: Dagen Merrill. Actors: Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega, Rhys Wakefield, Timothy Hutton. Tommy McAlpine lives on a rocky, drought-ridden sheep station in the Australian Outback with his tough, taciturn father George, a farmer and high school football coach. Tommy Dreams of becoming a classical composer, but his father believes his son's future is in the family farm. Will George ever hear the same music that Tommy does?  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.theopeneye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies are April 23 and 30.

Tuesday Night at the Theater is co-produced and sponsored by the A.S.H.R.A.M. Center of Margaretville.  Contact Laura Battelani, PO Box 382, Margaretville, NY 12455 845-586-3101 [email protected]



Tuesday Night at The Theater - Musical Chairs - March 12

The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Musical Chairs, written by Marty Madden, directed by Susan Seidelman. Actors: Leah Pipes, E.J. Bonilla, Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Nelson Landrieu. Content warning: some adult language. A romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando from the Bronx, and Mia from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When his dance partner, Mia, is injured in an accident, Armando persuades her to train for a wheelchair ballroom dancing contest. It's a moving story about overcoming challenges.  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.TheOpenEye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies are March 19, April 23 and 30.  Read more

Tuesdays at the Theater


Next on the big screen in Tuesdays at the Theater series at The Open Eye, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, is Ellen Wong’s “Face of Farming,” Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm.   This documentary video tells the story of five of the last operating dairy farm families in Delaware County, where once the dairy farming population was among the highest and most productive in the United States.  The video, made in collaboration with Anthony Marizo and Kent Garrett, memorializes the art of working the land and celebrates these families’ commitment to a fast disappearing lifestyle. 

“Face of Farming,” created in 2008, was part of a multi-media exhibit at The Roxbury Arts Group in July 2009, and was included in the recent Art & Soul of the Catskills Film Festival 2012 in Delhi.   Read more

George James Hendricks, Jr.: A lifelong love of one Catskills town

The following is a user-submitted obituary.

George James Hendricks, Jr., 57, was called home to be with our Lord and savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.  He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam, at his side.

George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department for 38 years. He served as Fire Chief for five years and 16 years as an officer. He graduated from the Margaretville Central School in 1973. George loved the Catskill Mountains and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. A forever member of 'Camp Whitetail'.  Read more

Community Food Pantry Has Relocated

Big Changes for the Margaretville Food Pantry

The Margaretville Food Pantry is changing its name, location and hours, beginning Monday, August 20th, 2012.

New Name:

The Community Pantry of the Interfaith Council

New Location:

42838 Route 28, Suite 2, Arkville, NY

(It’s the Yellow building next to Bottini Fuel and Sanford Auto Parts)


New Hours:

The Pantry will be open to registered and new community members every Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.


For more information, please call the Community Pantry at 845.586.2233.


The Open Eye Youth Theater Workshop "Read, Write, Play!" begins this Saturday, July 21, for children ages 5-9 and 10-18, at 960 Main Street, Margaretville.  The workshops will continue for six Saturdays, through August 25, and students may attend all six sessions, or as many as they can. The younger children will meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and the older students will meet from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.  The workshops will be led by Open Eye producing artistic director Amie Brockway, and teaching artist Elizabeth Sherr, with additional guest artists.   All fees are "Pay What You Will."

In the workshops for ages 5-9, students will read play scripts and stories together, assume various roles and learn to improvise, write dialogue, and create their own plays.  Parents, guardians, and friends are invited to the final few minutes of each session to see a presentation of the day's work.  Read more

Tour de Pepacton; charity bike ride (not a race)

On Sunday, May 27 The Catskill Mtn Cycling Club, Inc. will sponsor, at the Margaretville Pavilion, the Tour de Pepacton (it's easier to ride it than to say it), will begin at 9a.m. This is NOT a race, rather a fun ride to benefit Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc..2 routes to choose from: a 25mile fairly flat ride around the newly opened Pepacton  Reservoir  and also a Metric Century, 60miles around the entire reservoir. Both rides begin and end at the Margaretville Village Pavilion. water,fruit, and snacks will be provided. In addition, "SAG wagons" will be along for the ride to ensure the safety and comfort of all riders. This means that if you are unable to complete these rides, someone will be there to pick you up and bring you back to the pavilion no matter how far you have gone! As this ride is sanctioned by USA Cycling, you can register by going to usacycling.com(or the link through Watershed Post). $25 in advance, or $35 the day of the event.  Read more

Thanksgiving in the Catskills

Photo by icoNYca, via Flickr. 

As the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we gather in a spirit of gratitude for our mountain peaks and sparkling creeks, our deer and raptors and black bear, and for each other. Here are some places to feast among neighbors in the Catskills this Thanksgiving Day. Unless otherwise specified, all events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26.


The Interfaith Council is inviting everyone in the greater Margaretville community to its 5th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, taking place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. All are welcome and take-outs are available.  Read more

Delaware County passes bed tax

Above: Maureen Wacha of Walton, a motel owner, spoke against the Delaware County bed tax at a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Those who pay for overnight stays at hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in Delaware County will soon pay two percent more.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, approved a hotel and motel occupancy tax that will also apply to bed-and-breakfast establishments and rentals of vacation homes.

Proponents of the bed tax law say that the tax will raise $192,000 per year to augment the county's tourism promotion efforts. Currently, the county spends $95,000 annually through its tourism promotion agency, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Under the provisions of the law, the tax’s proceeds are dedicated to tourism and will not go into the county's general fund.  Read more

This weekend: Hudson Valley Hullabaloo plus four other Catskills craft fairs

Above: The 2014 Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. Photo via the HV Hullabaloo's Facebook page

The holiday craft season is heating up. This weekend, 65 vendors will flock to the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston, and more will appear at markets and bazaars in three other counties. Here's where to shop local for the holidays during the weekend of Nov. 21 and 22.


Fresh-baked pies, locally-raised meats, Catskills-made spirits and wines and much more will be for sale at the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce (GSACC) Holiday Pop-Up Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Stamford. The market has become an annual tradition, and over a dozen vendors will be there to provide a shopping bonanza just before Thanksgiving.   Read more

Supervisors: Delaware County bed tax is back, budget is up

Above: Colchester Supervisor Art Merrill, left, and Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente, both opponents of the proposed Delaware County bed tax, conferred during Wednesday's meeting of the board of Supervisors. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

A new version of a proposed Delaware County tax on hotel and motel occupancy was introduced at the Wednesday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

An earlier version of the local law to authorize the two percent tax on overnight stays at lodging establishments was withdrawn last month after supervisors agreed with critics that it unfairly placed the tax on establishments that are already subject to sales tax while allowing casual rentals of rooms and homes to go tax-free.

The new version of the law makes such casual rentals subject to the bed tax by removing language that specified that only establishments that provide maid service or other amenities are taxable.

The change is designed to make the law applicable to rooms booked through services such as AirBnB or advertised on classified ad sites like Craigslist.  Read more

This weekend: Where to buy Catskills-made gifts

Above: "Stuyvesant Square Park," a photograph by Tom Sardo, one of many artists featured in Salon 2015 and Handmade Holidays, an arts and crafts sale run by the Greene County Council on the Arts, opening this weekend.

Makers, crafters and artisans across the region are gathering at holiday bazaars throughout the Catskills, showcasing locally-made crafts, fine arts and food products that all make great gifts. Here's where to shop local for the holidays during the weekend of Nov. 14 and 15.


Thousands without power in Delaware County, hundreds without power in Shandaken

Above: A NYSEG power outage map at 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 10. 

Update, Wednesday, Nov. 11: Power was on again in the Delaware County town of Bovina by 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. Power had been restored to all but two Delaware County NYSEG customers as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, according to NYSEG's updated outage map. 

On Wednesday, scattered power outages were affecting other Catskills counties as well, with 585 NYSEG customers without power in the town of Shandaken and a smattering of Central Hudson customers without power in Greene County.

Original story, Tuesday, Nov. 10: 

The lights went out on Tuesday afternoon throughout Delaware County, according to outage information posted on New York State Electric and Gas's power outpage map.   Read more

New book describes the "color, charm and lunacy" of the Catskills

Above: The Flager in South Fallsburg in the 1950s Catskills. Image from 1950s Unlimited via Flickr.

To the wider world, the Catskills mean just one thing: The Borscht Belt, with its famous Jewish resorts that inspired the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

But Grossinger’s, Kutsher’s and the Concord only take up about two-and-a-half chapters of “The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America,” a new book released by Knopf on Oct. 27.

That surprised even its author, veteran entertainment journalist and writer Stephen Silverman.

Left: Stephen Silverman. Photo via the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Telling the story of the Catskills required five years of research and 450 pages. It’s the longest book Silverman had ever written.

“This is 150,000 words,” Silverman said. “You’re talking to somebody who is used to writing 200 words for People Magazine.”

By heft alone, it’s a coffee-table book—a big, glossy hardcover brick stuffed with four centuries of Catskills lore.

It's lavishly illustrated and intended for a mainstream audience that is once again rediscovering the region. (As the book shows, the Catskills have been discovered and re-discovered roughly every 50 years since the 17th century.) 

There’s the well-known history, like the story of how Jennie Grossinger created a world-famous Jewish resort out of her family’s Sullivan County boardinghouse. There are quick biographical sketches of the lives of must-mention 19th-century celebrities Jay Gould and John Burroughs. And there’s a snappy account of how Washington Irving wrote the legend of Rip Van Winkle.

But the best parts mine a rich vein of more obscure Catskills stories.

Promenading tourists find a gangster stabbed to death and strapped to a slot machine floating in Sullivan County’s Swan Lake in 1937.

Father Divine, the charismatic leader of the integrated Universal Peace Mission Movement, brings thousands of followers Ulster County in the 1930s.

Mark Carr, an enterprising farmer, invents the idea of commercial Christmas tree sales in America.

At Casa Susanna, a 1950s retreat in Jewett, a small colony of cross-dressers learn how to apply makeup and walk properly in a pair of pumps. 

“Illegal liquor. Religious cults. Gangsters. Left-wing children being raised on communist work songs," Silverman said. "You had restricted hotels that had signs that read, “No dogs and no Jews,” and then you had Jews. Murders took place. Religious salvation took place. There was the bluestone mining and leather tanning. It was a lively place.”

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Shandaken woman killed in fatal crash on Route 28 in Arkville

Above: Route 28 in Arkville near Oakley's Place, where last night's crash occurred. Image via Google Earth.

2:25 p.m. update: A 75-year-old Shandaken woman was killed in a head-on crash on Route 28 in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police.

Harriet A. Rauchut was driving east near the Oakley's Place restaurant just outside of the hamlet when her Mercury Grand Marquis sedan was hit by a pickup truck that had crossed into the eastbound lane, police say.

Forty-five-year-old Richard E. Herrel of Delhi was driving west in the pickup truck, a Chevrolet Silverado, when he "attempted to avoid an unknown object in the roadway" and drove into the oncoming lane in front of Rauchut, the press release states.

Emergency responders transported both drivers to Margaretville Memorial Hospital, where Herrel was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and where Rauchut was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. by Nanette Treadwell, a physician's assistant at the hospital.

Delaware County Coroner Richard Ucci later ruled that the cause of Rauchut's death was "blunt force trauma," police say.  Read more

Gary Rosa wins Delaware County Family Court Judge race

Above: Gary Rosa celebrates his election to the position of Delaware County Family Court Judge. Photo via the Vote for Gary Rosa Facebook page. 

Gary Rosa has won a heated race for Delaware County's new family court judge position over county attorney Porter Kirkwood 5,150 to 4,662, according to unofficial election night results published by the Delaware County Board of Elections on Nov. 3, 2015.  Read more

Catskills election night reporting 2015

The polls are closed across the Catskills, and we're following the returns as they come in using our Storify widget, below.

You can stalk your own results right along with us. Raw election results are being posted on the board of election websites for Delaware CountyGreene CountySchoharie CountySullivan County and Ulster County.  Read more

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