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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.

This weekend: Shop local, shop the Catskills

Above: The Hudson Valley Hullabaloo features indie crafters and makers selling their wares in Kingston. One of the many vendors that will be there this weekend is Wishbone Letterpress, which is run by the Hullabaloo's founder and co-organizer Danielle Bliss and her husband Joe Venditti. They make snazzy cards like the one you see above. Photo via the Hullabaloo blog. 

Giving gifts to loved ones is great fun. Getting those gifts is great fun too, when you stay clear of the mass markets and head instead to the local merchants and makers. Supporting those folks makes our communities better all year long.

Here, then, is the first installment of our Catskills holiday season shopping guide to where and when you’ll find the good fresh local stuff among smiling faces. We'll be posting each week with events to check out around the region. Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar  Read more

A Catskills rhapsody: "To Be Forever Wild"

David Becker released "To Be Forever Wild," a documentary film about the Catskills, in the summer of 2014. The project has been four years in the making—we interviewed Becker back in 2012 about his plans for the film, which was shot and edited collaboratively with the help of a large crew of volunteers. This fall, Jenna Scherer, our arts correspondent, got to watch the finished product. Here's her review. - Ed. 

The Catskill Mountains are hundreds of millions of years old, formed by eons of sedimentary accumulation, continental collision, glacial erosion and deforestation. But for every new generation that claps eyes on the region, it’s something brand new.

That sense of novelty and aw-shucks wonder is the engine that fuels "To Be Forever Wild," filmmaker David Becker’s new documentary about the Catskills and the way they make people feel.

Left: Director David Becker, photographed at Dibble's Quarry in the Catskill Mountains.

The film covers 12 days in the lives of Becker his crew, a group of young artists, filmmakers and musicians—mostly from New York City—as they head north to do the mountain thing. Along the way, they rub elbows with knowledgeable locals versed in everything from geology to fly-fishing—and, of course, Sullivan County homeowner and movie star Mark Ruffalo.

As a director, Becker goes out of his way to capture a sense of motion and life, taking the camera on cliff jumps off the edge of waterfalls, on zip-line rides through the tree canopy, and careening down scenic sunlit highways.

The in-between moments in this movie are about the crew finding creative inspiration in their surroundings: folky jam sessions around a campfire, sketches at Artist Rock in Greene County, and antique-camera photos of swimmin’ holes.

This can all feel a little precious at times, but fortunately, that’s not the meat and potatoes of the film. That would be Becker’s motley mix of interview subjects, who all get jazzed about the Catskills in different ways.

Among them are natural historian Michael Kudish, who leads the film crew into the woods as he cores a bog; Ellen Kalish of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, who rehabilitates injured owls and hawks; and Lama Karma, a monk from Woodstock’s Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery, who emigrated to the region from Tibet. The diversity of perspectives gives you an appreciation of just how many different ways there are to look at a place like this.

Becker's muse is 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, the Catskills’ own famous essayist and conservationist. But "Forever Wild’s" spirit is closer to that of a group of little kids who appear early in the film, waxing rhapsodic about sticks.

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Catskill Watershed Corporation bristles at Eldridge over comments

Former congressional hopeful Sean Eldridge has drawn the ire of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) with his comments about economic development in the New York City watershed.

Eldridge, a Democrat, lost the race for New York State's 19th Congressional District to Republican incumbent Chris Gibson on Nov. 4. 

Before the election, Eldridge gave an interview to the Watershed Post where he discussed the importance of lending money to small businesses in the Catskills.  Read more

This Weekend: Simi Stone and other "Ladies of the Valley"

Above: Simi Stone. Photo via her Facebook page

Simi Stone, a Woodstock-based music phenom who blows audiences away with her huge voice and stage presence, will be playing the Bearsville Theater on Sunday, Nov. 9. alongside a phalanx of other female musicians from the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

They'll be performing their own songs as well as songs by legendary female performers, including Carole King, Carly Simon, and Aretha Franklin. 

Stone, who has toured with Simone Felice and Natalie Merchant and who also plays violin, guitar, and piano, has a new album of what she calls "Mountain Motown" music. She's helping to produce Sunday's show, which is a benefit for the Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and Walk-In Center.  Read more

Gibson leads by large margins; Eldridge concedes

Republican Congressman Chris Gibson kept his seat in New York's 19th Congressional District with large leads over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge on Tuesday, Nov. 4. 

In a statement emailed to the press at 10:42 p.m. on election night, Eldridge conceded the race to Gibson, saying that he was "proud of the issues we focused on in this race."

Gibson had a hefty lead over Eldridge in early election results: at 10:30 p.m., with fewer than half of the precincts in the 19th District reporting, Gibson had 62 percent of the vote overall, while Eldridge had 35 percent.

In the Catskills counties that reported unofficial results before 11 p.m., Gibson won by even larger margins: 61 precent of the vote in Sullivan County, 74 percent in Greene County, and 79 percent in Schoharie County.

Gibson emailed a victory statement at 11:01 p.m., thanking voters and citing broad support for his campaign "across party lines." Gibson said that his first act will be to shepherd a Lyme Disease bill into law. 

Here are the statements from the two candidates in full:   Read more

Election 2014: Gibson and Eldridge talk Catskills issues

Above: Chris Gibson, the Republican incumbent (left) and Sean Eldridge, the Democratic challenger (right).

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters go to the polls to decide who will win the race for New York's 19th Congressional District: incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Gibson or Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge.

Gibson, who was first elected in 2010, once represented a territory that was solidly Republican. But after New York's congressional lines were redrawn in 2012, his district shifted to include some of the left-leaning Hudson Valley lowlands once represented by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The new 19th District is now a swing district. Democrat Barack Obama won it in the 2012 presidential race, but Republican Gibson beat Democrat Julian Schreibman for its congressional seat that same year.  Read more

Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Police: Man who held girlfriend hostage breaks into her home

Left: James D. Garcia, in a mugshot issued by the New York State Police.

James D. Garcia, a 22-year-old Monroe man who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage with a knife while driving, has been arrested again on charges of breaking into her home, according to the New York State Police. 

At 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, Garcia allegedly broke a living room window at the his ex-girlfrend's home in the Ulster County town of Woodstock, said Steven Nevel, a spokesman for the New York State Police.

Garcia then entered his ex-girlfriend's home and waited there, according to a State Police press release  Read more

Woodstock man arrested for robbery of Hess station

Above: An image of the robber distributed by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-six-year-old Cassidy L. B. Buckley was arrested early on Friday, Oct. 24 on charges of robbing a Hess Mart in the Town of Ulster on Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Department.

Following up on a tip, detectives received a search warrant for Buckley's Woodstock residence, and searched the home early Friday morning. They reportedly found enough evidence to charge him with the Hess robbery, as well as stolen firearms from another robbery. That robbery is being investigated by another police department.

Buckley was charged with felony robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and grand larceny. He was also charged with two misdemeanors for the stolen firearms.

Buckley was arraigned in Woodstock Town Court and was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in on $100,000 cash bail.  Read more

This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 

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