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Woodstock Library Board Vacancy

If interested, fill out the application available as a PDF (http://www.woodstock.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/filling_vacancy_board.pdf) or in the library at the Circulation Desk. Please submit the completed application to the Library Director. Search will be open until vacancy filled.

Example of application below:

Filling a Vacancy on the Library Board

Approved at February 16, 2012 Board Meeting

The Woodstock Library Board works with and supports the Library staff and The Friends of the Library  developing long range plans and goals for Library services.  The Library Board members participate actively in a wide variety of activities in support of the Woodstock Library. The responsibilities include:  Read more

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---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])




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.

***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
[email protected]

Library Holiday Book Sale

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

Catskills patients and doctors left in lurch by Health Republic shutdown

Patients and doctors across the Catskills have been scrambling to deal with the abrupt closure of Health Republic, a troubled health insurance company that is closing for business today, Monday, Nov. 30.

The shuttered company is no longer paying its claims, leaving doctors unsure whether they will ever be paid for seeing Health Republic patients. Some doctors have turned patients away, or are bargaining directly with patients over their medical fees. 

In September, New York State regulators ordered Health Republic, the largest of many health insurance cooperatives to be established across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act, to close at the end of 2015.  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

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

Santa Fe Woodstock brings fresh, local Mexican food to Route 28

Above: Santa Fe Woodstock opens in the building that once housed the Black Bear Restaurant and the Maverick. Photo by Paula Ann Mitchell.

On the long stretch of Route 28, a well-traveled road that runs from Kingston to Oneonta through the heart of the Catskills, there aren’t many dining options.

And it's hard to find authentic Mexican fare, especially since the Ulster County town of Woodstock lost its beloved Gypsy Wolf Cantina a year ago.

Nearby in Kingston, the owners of Santa Fe Uptown had been hearing for years from customers who said that If the restaurant were closer to Woodstock, they might come to dine more often.

All of these things figured into the decision of the three Santa Fe Uptown partners—David Weiss and Jimmy and Annie Demosthenes—to open Santa Fe Woodstock, the third Santa Fe restaurant in the region.

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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.


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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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

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.


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

Cuomo mounts a motorcycle to announce $5 million Catskills tourism campaign

Above: Gov. Andrew Cuomo riding a motorcycle through the Catskills. Photo via the governor's press office, via Flickr.

Riding on a motorcycle in a leather jacket through the peak of the Catskills fall colors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a procession of bikers around the Ashokan Reservoir to a private luncheon at the Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper on Friday, Oct. 23. 

Earlier today, Cuomo announced that he was launching a $5 million I LOVE NY marketing plan for the Catskills region, a 2016 "Catskills Challenge" and a "Ride the Catskills" tourism website.

The new website, which contains motorcycling and biking itineraries for Catskills visitors, is a sub-section of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's website.  Read more

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How to spend Columbus Day weekend in the Catskills

Above: Sugar maples. Photo by DeirdreLovesTrees, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

This is it: The peak of fall. Columbus Day Weekend is the biggest weekend of the year in the Catskills, the time when the leaves peak in glorious colors and the fullness of harvest sets in. Come out and paint a pumpkin, crunch a crisp apple and savor the last live outdoor music of 2015. Here’s our guide to what’s up where from Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 12. 


It’ll be a farm-fresh feast at Sunday’s Octoberfest Pig Roast at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow. If you’ve never tasted an Ossabaw Island heritage breed pig, you have no idea what roast pork can taste like; they’ll be roasting a whole one and serving it up with authentic German-style sides like spaetzli and sweet and sour red cabbage. Plus, you can meet a newborn alpaca. Sunday, October 11, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 


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