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Ukrainian Art Exhibit

The Ukrainian Art Exhibit in Jewett Center opens on Sunday, 5 July 2015, at approximately 1:00 p.m.

The exhibit, located in the Parish Hall (or "Grazhda") at the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on route 23A (five miles west of Hunter). It's open during July and August every Friday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The best time to visit is when the Sunday Buffet is open during July and August every Sunday after Mass, up until 2:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 a.m. Click here to view the works featured in 2014.

Woodstock Women's Grand Prix

A Woman's Race to the Top 

by Audrey Malloy

This coming May, Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix will bring a new meaning to the term, “fight like a girl.” While the public is used to seeing men vastly represented in the field of sports, the Grand Prix will celebrate the ladies this coming May. The race, planned for 2nd, is an approximately 60.3-mile excursion through the Catskill Mountains offered exclusively to women. This is no stroll in the park, however; professional and veteran cyclists will flock to our humble abode to endure some of the most beautiful yet challenging trails in the Northeast.  Read more

RUPCO Adds Depth to Senior Leadership Team

Kingston, NY , September 22, 2014  –  The regional housing agency, RUPCO, Inc. based in Kingston, announced this week the appointment of Tara Collins to its senior staff as Director of Communication & Resource Development.  Collins comes to RUPCO after serving as Communications Director at the Watershed Agricultural Council (Walton, NY) where she touted the Council’s farm and forest clean water programs within the New York City Watershed and the buy local branding campaign, Pure Catskills. With nearly 25 years’ experience in communications, writing, and marketing, she has also worked with Ski Plattekill Mountain (Roxbury, NY), Robert A. Stanger & Co.  Read more

Woodstock Art Show: "Creating Beauty and Peace " Self Portraits, Landscapes, Birds and Butterflies by Children

Woodstock Art Show: "Creating Beauty and Peace " Self Portraits, Landscapes, Birds and Butterflies by Children

Where:  Community Room at Woodstock Commons, Woodstock, 

 When:   Friday, August 8th 2014, 

Hours:   5. pm. to 7.30 pm.

For more information:  Contact Mercedes at 845-679-9258   or visit  www.MercedesCecilia.com  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!

Garden Party on June 7--Public Invited--To Celebrate St. Gregory's Beautiful Setting in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE GARDENS OF ST.GREGORY’S

AT PARTY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7—ALL ARE INVITED

 

Woodstock---As spring turns into summer, and all is in bloom in the Catskills, mark your calendar for a community-wide party to celebrate the Gardens of St. Gregory’s on Saturday, June 7 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Gardens are located behind the A-frame church which houses St. Gregory’s Episcopal on 2578 Route 212, just east of the village of Woodstock.

“June 7 will be a festive occasion as we celebrate the Gardens and invite the greater Woodstock community to join us in being part of this splendor of nature,” said the Rev. Gwyneth Murphy of St. Gregory’s.

Community leaders will join Bishop Andrew Dietsche of the New York Episcopal diocese who will be attending the festivities.

The Gardens first opened about 10 years ago, and have become a place for individuals to seek solace from a busy day, to meditate, to worship and for dozens of weddings and ceremonies that have taken place in the past decade.  Read more

Concert and church services at St. Gregory's Woodstock due to snow storm

This afternoon's Christmas concert, scheduled for 4 pm at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Woodstock, is cancelled due to the snow storm.

 

Also, Sunday church services will not be held at St. Gregory's.

 

Contact:   Scott Widmeyer    ([email protected])

YOUNG ARTIST CONCERTS BEGIN AT ST. GREGORY’S

YOUNG ARTIST CONCERTS BEGIN AT ST. GREGORY’S


 


St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock will present the first of the season’s Young Artists Concerts featuring three talented students from New York’s Juilliard School of Music. This free concert will take place  Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m.   The three students will include two violinists, Erica Matsui and Daniel Yue, with Jungxuan Zhang on the piano.  The concert will feature music by Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Paganni.  St. Gregory’s is located at 2578 Route 212 in the village of Woodstock.  For additional information, call 845-679-8800.


 

Jackie Greene @ Bearsville Theater

Jackie Greene will perform at Bearsville Theater on Friday, November 2, 2012. He is currently working on a new album (release date: TBA), and you can stream his latest album Till The Light Comes as well as his other recordings at this link: http://jackiegreene.com/music . A download link and review copy of Till The Light Comes are available upon request. Greene just got off the road from a series of shows featuring him alongside Black Crowes' Chris Robinson and Bob Weir, performing as an acoustic trio.

Greene just released a new video for his latest track, "Silver Lining," which will be featured on his new release. Please feel free to check out the video on his homepage: http://jackiegreene.com

Please see the press release below.
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***For Immediate Release***


Friday, November 2, 2012
Jackie Greene
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY
Show: 9 pm
Tickets: $20-$35
Ticket Info: http://www.bearsvilletheater.com

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Circles, Stripes and Kettles

Circles, Stripes and Kettles

Recent Paintings by Bill Mead

Opening Reception September 29,  5 PM - 7 PM 

Woodstock Framing Gallery
31 Mill Hill Rd • Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-6003
[email protected]

Library Holiday Book Sale

Friends of the Library Annual Holiday Book Sale from 10am-1pm. Gift quality books at unbelievable prices.

Labor Day events in the Catskills

Above: Throwing a rock into Cooper Lake in Woodstock. Photo by Flickr user Panda Snaps, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Labor Day is upon us in all its bittersweet glory, and the Catskills are rising to the occasion with festivities celebrating the harvest, family, baroque opera, women’s jazz, Iroquois Indians, Irish heritage, improv, toilets and more.

Yes, we said toilets. Read on to find out more in our county-by-county round-up of Labor Day events across the Catskills.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Gather the bounty of the harvest for your personal feasting pleasure at the pre-Labor Day Holiday Pop Up Farmers’ Market, taking place rain or shine at the Stamford Railroad Station on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a splendid selection of baked goods, preserves, meats, produce and wonderful handmade Catskills things.  Read more

Truckloads of trash choke Catskills swimming holes

Above: Underwear left behind as trash at Peekamoose Blue Hole in August 2015. Photo by Gene Nicolato.

Peggy Brueckner lives near the Peekamoose Blue Hole, an icy Catskills pool that is recognized as one of the best swimming holes in the country. Her family has visited the hidden spot for 50 years. But this summer, due to hordes of tourists and the tons of garbage they leave behind, Brueckner has been avoiding it.

"The locals here along Watson Hollow Road and beyond are heartbroken," Brueckner said. "There is litter all over the place. There are no laws being enforced and it a total mess up there. Campers are off the designated sites, people are in the middle of the road and it is a free for all! It's not even a family friendly place any more."

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole on a recent summer day. Photo via the NYS DEC.   Read more

Jeff Senterman named new director of Catskill Center

Above: Jeff Senterman accepts his new post as the executive director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on Saturday, Aug. 29. Photo via the Catskill Center's Instagram feed

Jeff Senterman, the former Catskills program director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, was appointed the new executive director of the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development after the departure of former director Alan White. White completed his term earlier this month.

Senterman accepted his new position at a gathering of the CCCD's members on Saturday, Aug. 29. (A Senterman is still at the helm of the NYNJTC, though -- Jeff's brother, Doug, is the new Catskill program director at the NYNTC, after getting the job earlier this year.)  Read more

Scattered power outages across Catskills

Above: Power outages in Schoharie County, according to National Grid's outage map

Power outages are dotted across five Catskills counties on Friday, Aug. 21, with thousands of households in the dark in Schoharie County and hundreds without power in Ulster County as of 11 a.m.

Earlier this morning, thousands of people in Sullivan County were without power, according to the Times Herald-Record, but most of those outages appear to have been fixed, according to NYSEG's outage map

In Schoharie County, 1,726 people are currently without power, according to National Grid's outage map. Power is expected to be restored there around 12:30 p.m.  Read more

The market for Catskills real estate returns–on the low end

Image by Dan Moyle, via Flickr. 

Real estate sales are up all over the Catskills, according to realtors across the region who say that rustic, country and move-in-ready homes are attracting buyers.

But while the number of sales are up, the price of what’s selling is going down.

Realtors say that is because the most interest is coming from savvy bargain hunters from New York City who are searching for an upstate escape where they can relax and maybe even earn a few bucks.

“Finding that special, unique property is what the buyer is looking for now,” said Jennifer Grimes, the owner-broker of Country House Realty in the Sullivan County hamlet of Grahamsville.   Read more

BMW hits house, propane tank in Hurley

Above: A house and propane tank (white, center of photo) that were hit by a BMW on Monday, Aug. 10. Image via Google Earth. 

Eight fire companies responded to a home on Glenford Wittenberg Road in the Ulster County town of Hurley on Monday night after a man in a BMW crashed into a propane tank and a nearby house, police say.

Paul Schiavo, a 30-year-old man from Mount Tremper, was heading east into a 90-degree turn when he drove off the road at 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, according to a press release from the New York State Police. Schiavo hit a guard rail, then a rock embankment and then drove off the road entirely into a house and a propane tank located on the property of 173 Glenford Wittenberg Road, police say.

Highly combustable propane began to leak out of the tank after the crash, and soon first responders from eight local fire departments were on the scene.  Read more

13 places to rent bicycles in the Catskills

Above: Bike rentals at the Roxbury General Store in Roxbury. Photo via the Roxbury General Store's Facebook page

The Catskills are a bicycler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails and roads perfect for bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re into off-road mountain biking, pedaling the pavement on the scenic byways or taking a relaxing ride with your family, it doesn’t take long to find an adventure that suits your needs.

Luckily, you don’t have to haul your bike up the mountains or make a pricey gear investment for occasional use. Outfitters, bike shops and other establishments offer mountain and road bicycle rentals across the Catskills. Here are 13 places to rent bikes.

DELAWARE COUNTY   Read more

Accessible Catskills hiking, camping and outdoors

Recreation and the outdoors are not just for able-bodied people. Adults and children with physical challenges benefit from exercise and the balance that comes from nature and fitness. Here are some opportunities that allow everyone equal access to the Catskills.

TRAILS FOR ALL

With their gentle grades, rail trails — former railroad beds turned into trails — are accessible to everyone. Try the 26-mile CATSKILL SCENIC TRAIL (Bloomville to Roxbury, catskillscenictrail.org) or the 22-mile WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Wallkill to Kingston, wvrta.org), which boasts the Rosendale Trestle, a soaring bridge that crosses the Rondout Creek. A .75-mile paved loop and a paved trail to the Esopus Creek surrounds the CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Mount Tremper, catskilliinterpretivecenter.org) which just opened last month.  Read more

Five kid-friendly Catskills hikes

Above: Kids hiking in the Catskills. Photo by Tim Luby.

While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale.

1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that leads to sweeping views of surrounding farmland. The large, flat summit is known as “The Dance Floor.” Park on Mill Valley Road in Middleburgh.

2. TROUT POND. 3 miles round trip. A pleasant walk on an old woods road up to a scenic lake. A side trail on the way overlooks a waterfall. Great fishing and camping opportunities. Park on Russell Brook Road near Roscoe.

3. FRICK POND. 2.2 miles round trip. A level hike through forests, swamps and meadows along the shoreline of Frick Pond. Can be muddy. Park on Beech Mountain Road, Livingston Manor.

4. TANBARK TRAIL. 2 miles round trip. A climb up to impressive views of Phoenicia, the Esopus Creek and surrounding high peaks. Trailhead at Parish Field, Phoenicia.  Read more

The hike up Overlook Mountain: Ruins and spectacular views

Above: The view from the top of the Overlook Mountain fire tower, looking down. Photos by Alan Via.

Overlook Mountain, located just outside of the Ulster County town of Woodstock, is a magnet for hikers of all ages, abilities, and interests. The five-mile round-trip hike begins on the Meads Road trailhead and follows a trail up 1,400 feet to the summit, where ruins and a fire tower with spectacular views await.

Above: The view from Overlook Mountain.

The much-loved hike is an attraction for families, photographers, birders and dog owners. (Because you may get a rare glimpse of a timber rattlesnake, it's a good idea to keep your dog on a leash.)

On any morning of the week, locals use the Overlook trail in place of a morning visit to the gym. Weekenders, people on vacation and anyone else out to enjoy the cool ambience of Woodstock may find themselves hiking to enjoy the gorgeous summit views.  Read more

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