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WJFF: NOMINATE A COMMUNITY LEADER!

 On Saturday, August 20th WJFF will honor volunteers and community members who have made an extraordinary impact on the WJFF listening area at a special Awards Night at Mr. Willy's in Monticello, NY.  Read more

Shandaken Studio Tour & Whole Arts Catalog

          Shandaken Studio Tour re-enters the 2016 Catskill atmosphere like a meteor with a new free guidebook: the “Whole Arts Catalog”. Open Studios July 16-17 10 AM - 5 PM. "Short Tall Tales" storytelling with MC Sparrow (6/15 7-10PM) and pot-luck reception (6/17 6-9PM) at the Arts Upstairs 60 Main St. Phoenicia.  Info: [email protected]   (845) 688-2977

Shandaken Studio Tour & Whole Arts Catalog

          Shandaken Studio Tour re-enters the 2016 Catskill atmosphere like a meteor with a new free guidebook: the “Whole Arts Catalog”. Open Studios July 16-17 10 AM - 5 PM. "Short Tall Tales" storytelling with MC Sparrow (6/15 7-10PM) and pot-luck reception (6/17 6-9PM) at the Arts Upstairs 60 Main St. Phoenicia.  Info: [email protected]   (845) 688-2977

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.

Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training in Phoenicia this Saturday

Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training

Learn how to support your community in times of disaster

 

Saturday February 28th, 10am-1pm

St Francis de Sales Parish Hall (across the street from the church)

109 Main St, Phoenicia, NY

This 3 hour course is designed to provide you with the necessary training to open, set up, operate, and close a Red Cross shelter during a disaster. In times of disaster, community collaboration is essential and this is a wonderful way to give back to our community. Become part of a team of caring volunteers who will provide a safe and secure environment for affected individuals during natural disasters, which have become more and more frequent as the climate continues to change.

The training is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. A minimum of 8 registrants is required or the training will be cancelled.

Register below or by email to [email protected] or by calling 845-481-0331.  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!

Shandaken Community Gardens (SCG) plots available now for 2014

Contact: 

Juliet Greenwood, Membership Coordinator 845-202-1117

[email protected]

http://shandakencommunitygardens.org/

https://www.facebook.com/ShandakenCommunityGarden

Shandaken Community Gardens volunteer steering committee and members spent the 2013 season building a 26-plot garden from the ground up, growing a bountiful harvest, enjoying and donating that harvest, hosting arts and gardening events, and preparing the way for future seasons.  Now is the time for you to get involved and claim one of the beautifully prepared plots for your 2014 garden!  Read more

Shandaken Community Gardens Seeks Gardeners

Would you like to grow your own food, flowers and herbs?

Cultivate community?

Share knowledge about sustainable gardening?

Collaborate in the creation of an exciting, new project?  Read more

Obituary: Leila Ruth Ellison, Phoenicia centenarian

The following is a reader-submitted obituary.

Leila Ruth Ellison,100, in recent years a resident of Phoenicia, NY, died Monday, December 24, 2012, at Northern Dutchess Residential Care Facility (Thompson House), in Rhinebeck, NY.

Born in Perth Amboy, NJ, she was the daughter of Theodore and Leila Jones Degenring. She was a graduate of Beaver College, Jenkintown, PA, and Newark State Teacher’s College, and for many years was an elementary school teacher in Elizabeth, NJ and Summit, NJ. She was married in 1936 to Harry C. Ellison, Jr., an engineer, who predeceased her. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing the piano and travel. For many years, she directed a children’s choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia L. Ellison, Esq., of Phoenicia, NY, as well as cousins in New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida.

A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave. is in charge of arrangements  Read more

Lonnie Gale: "The single most accurate historical reference of the Catskills"

The following is a user-submitted obituary.

Alonzo " Lonnie " Gale of Waterwork Road died Wednesday October 10, 2012 at the Benedictine Hospital. Lonnie, as he was known to all, was born in Tannersville on January 22, 1927 son of the late Lemuel Chichester Gale and Hazel Wright Gale. He was a graduate of Hunter-Tannersville H.S., and he then joined the Merchant Marines, where he was stationed in Alaska. In 1945 he was aboard the Sueja III (Q137US), a supply ship in World War II. Upon returning home, Lonnie married Peggy ( Ruth ) Every and they raised their family in Phoenicia.  Read more

Shandaken Democrats Annual Thai Feast

Sat. Sept 29th, 6:30PM 

The Arts Upstairs, 60 Main Street, Phoenicia

Only $10 with reservation.  Our entree offerings will include many  favorites from the past as well as some exciting new Thai dishes that include vegetarian and vegan options.  Thai iced tea, beer and wine will be among the available beverages.
We are keeping the price down because we want a great turnout, and we want to make sure that there's plenty of food for everyone, so we are requesting you RSVP your reservation to receive this $10 offer.  Please email [email protected] with the number of guests in your party, and please advise us of any changes prior to the event.  Guests without reservations will be asked for $15 at the door. 
 
We hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to an evening of great food, fun and comradery.

 

Better with Trout

Once again, leaping trout are on display throughout the community of Woodstock, Olive and Shandaken! Get a map at local businesses or online and follow the Art Trail. The Leaping Trout Art Project is a community art initiative sponsored by The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited to raise awareness of the importance or our coldwater resources. This year, the project involves 35 artists. More information and to bid on a trout, including the one above, visit http://www.theleapingtrout.com.

Ninth Annual SHANDAKEN DAY in Pine Hill

Shandaken Day is a free annual event for the family providing Live Music, Arts and Crafts Booths, Kids Games and great Catskill Mountain Fare. This year's event is being hosted by the Hamlet of Pine Hill on Main Street from 10am until 6pm. This year's event, aside from the usual celebration of all the organizations that make Shandaken a great place to live, work and visit, will be higlighting the recent designation of the Hamlet of Pine Hill as a State Historic Site. There is a kids day-long scavenger hunt where they can hunt for several unique buildings and historic features of the Hamlet.

A "Let's Move" ZUMBA dance will take place for all ages from 11am until 2pm at the Pine Hill Community Center.

Live Music to be performed by the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Ben Rounds Band and Earl Pardini and the Slide Mountain String Band.  Read more

Phoenicia Young Writers' Creative Writing Contest

Phoenicia Library's first-ever creative writing contest for young writers! Open to ages 5-24. Click here (http://phoenicia.lib.ny.us/2012/06/29/phoenicia-young-writers-creative-writing-contest/) to receive an entry form to submit your writing! Contest closes July 27th at 5pm.

Rita Schwab at the Shandaken Art Studio Tour 2012

Rita Schwab will open her Irene ravaged art studio in Mt. Tremper for the upcoming tour on July 21-22. A heroic effort! Just off the intersection of Rte 28 and Rte 212.   Also- tune in to The Roundtable on WAMC July 19 at 11:30 AM. Tour organizers Judith Singer and Dave Channon will do an interview on The Shandaken Art Studio Tour.

Chichester Yoga is headed to Rwanda!

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At the end of the month, I'll be heading to Rwanda to lead a yoga teacher training at The Ubushobozi Project.  In the evenings, I'll be teaching the National Rwandan Cycling Team. When I leave, if all goes well, the girls will take over my job and be the first local teachers to the team.

This trip is possible because my students donated the money for me to go. Without this incredible community this training would not be happening. So thank you so much for all of your generosity!

When I return I'll be offering the same training here in Chichester. If you want to go deeper into your practice or you want to learn how to teach, email me as we still have room. I also have one partial scholarship available if you are local and one barter available for someone who is tech and marketing savy.  I look forward to serving the community when I return!  And if you would like to donate, it's not too late.  Donations can made on Paypal (Chichester Yoga at yahoo) or via mail.  PO Box 126 Chichester, NY 12416.

Morton Memorial Library Book Club

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Come join the book club at the Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill!

Our next discussion is on November 30th at 6:30pm. We will be talking about the first part of J.R. Moehringer's "The Tender Bar."

Please call 845-254-4222 or email us at [email protected] with any questions!

 

You can also find us on Facebook

Holiday Book Sale

                                                         Holiday Book Sale!

"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all." Voltaire

Come down to the Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill and find a great book to treasure for yourself or give to someone you love.

Non fiction, fiction, childrens and some movies

Great prices and all proceeds go to buying new books.

We are open Tuesday through Friday 2-6 

                         Saturday 10-2

 

845-254-4222

[email protected]  Read more

Morton Memorial Library New Hours

Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill NY would like to announce our new hours effective November 1st 2011. The new hours will be: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2-6. Saturday 10-2.

'Like' us on Facebook- Just search Morton Memorial Library

Come join our book group! We will select our next book this Wednesday (October 26th) call or email for details.

845-254-4222 or [email protected]

FREE Hurricane Irene Holistic Outreach Clinic

The Hurricane Irene Holistic Outreach Clinic will take place for the next 2 Sundays (9/26 and 10/2) from 3-6 pm at Parish Hall in Phoenicia. There is no fee for treatments. No appointments required.   There will be a mix of different practitioners each Sunday including but not limited to massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, EFT, reiki, matrix energetics, Shambala energy healing, and more.

Rattlesnake found in Mount Tremper yard

Above: Environmental Conservation Officer Myles Schillinger and Nuisance Wildlife Agent Roy Lane removing a three-foot Eastern Timber rattlesnake from a Mount Tremper home on July 1. Photo via the NYS DEC.

An environmental conservation officer and a snake wrangler were called in to remove a rattlesnake from the yard of a home in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper on Friday, July 1, according to a press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The snake was a three-foot-long Eastern Timber rattlesnake, a species that is listed as threatened in New York State. Hikers in Ulster County know to be mindful of encountering rattlesnakes on trails in the Catskills, but reports of rattlesnakes turning up at private homes are rare.

The Mount Tremper homeowner who discovered the rattlesnake called for help around 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, according to the press release. Environmental Conservation Officer Myles Schillinger responded to the call and contacted Nuisance Wildlife Agent Roy Lane, who is an expert snake wrangler.  Read more

Retired doctor dies of heart attack while fishing the Esopus

Above: The Esopus Creek. Photo by Flickr user ScubaBear68.

A 78-year-old retired doctor from New Jersey had a heart attack and died while fishing the Esopus Creek near the hamlet of Phoenicia on Thursday, July 14, according to a press release from the Shandaken Police Department.

Iuliu Todoran was a retired physician from Englewood, NJ, police say.

Around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, police received notice that Todoran had not returned from a fishing trip near the Ulster County hamlet as expected.

After searching the roads near the Esopus Creek, police found Todoran’s vehicle parked on Plank Rd. just west of Waterworks Rd., according to the press release.

They then searched the banks of both sides of the creek, but did not find Todoran, police say.  Read more

Mount Tremper Arts leaps into year-round programming named for NYC's watershed

Above: Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, the members of Darkmatter, a trans south asian performance art duo that will appear at Mount Tremper Arts on Saturday, July 16. Image via the MTA website.

Mount Tremper Arts is expanding its public programming from a summer festival to year-round events.

The gorgeous artist-run space, tucked away on a maple-thick hillside off Plank Rd.–i.e. Old Route 28–in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper, begins its ninth performance season on Saturday, July 16 with South Asian trans duo DarkMatter, followed in August by theater company 600 HIGHWAYMEN. Both groups are based in NYC. 

In the past, that would’ve been it for the year, performance-wise. (Since its 2008 inception, MTA has hosted year-round residencies, retreats, and rentals, and continues to do so.)  Read more

New York Gov. Cuomo plugs Catskills with Robert De Niro

Above: A poster promoting Lake Wawaka in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, one of six ads that will promote the Catskills region in the NYC public transit system this summer. To see all six posters, click here. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled out all the stops to promote the Catskills region this week. As his staff bombarded social media with a media blitz about the charms of the Catskills region, the governor spent a day hitting Catskills tourism hotspots, at one point appearing with movie star Robert De Niro at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

De Niro, who owns 78 acres in the Ulster County town of Gardiner, cracked Borscht-Belt-style jokes while extolling his love of the Catskills.

“I wanted to change my name from Robert De Niro to Rugelach De Goldfarb De Niro Steinberg, and spend the summers in the Catskills telling jokes,” De Niro said, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Above: Robert De Niro delivers a tribute to Borscht Belt-style jokes. Video via New York Upstate.com.

“If there is a region of the state that has more potential for tourism activity, it is the Catskills,” Cuomo said, according to a transcript of his remarks issued by his office. “Mr. De Niro and I were talking on the way up, it is still basically a secret for generations of New Yorkers.”

Above: Actor Robert De Niro, who has a home in Ulster County, delivers one-liners at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on June 30 as part of the Catskills Challenge. Photo via the Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr page. 

On Wednesday, June 29, Cuomo was scheduled to take a “Ride the Catskills” motorcycle ride from Windham to Roscoe, stopping at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center along the way. But, according to the Catskill Mountain News, Cuomo himself wasn't in the convoy of bikers that made the trip. 

On Thursday, June 30, the governor did show up at the “Catskills Challenge,” a day of activities modeled after a similar event his administration launched in the Adirondacks three years ago.

The Catskills Challenge began with the appearance with Robert De Niro in Bethel and ended with the governor racing state legislators in rafts on the Delaware River. (Naturally, the governor won, according to the Times Herald-Record.)

  Read more

How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more

Hand cranked souvenir penny machine comes to Phoenicia

Above: Souvenir pennies made by the new machine in Phoenicia. Photo by Brett Barry. 

Kitsch-lovers rejoice! You can squish one of four Catskills-specific designs onto a souvenir penny in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia using a hand-cranked machine that has been installed on Main Street.

The machine, which was manufactured by a company in Colorado, can emblazon pennies with one of four Phoenicia-specific designs: a Catskills black bear; a “Quill Gordon” fishing fly; a map of Ulster County and the logo of the Phoenicia Diner. The process is manual, using a hand crank and some elbow grease, and costs 50 cents per penny.

The project is the brainchild of Brett Barry, a Phoenicia resident who owns Silver Hollow Audio, an audio production that is also the force behind a series of audio tours and books that celebrate the Catskills region: “Afloat & Afoot by John Burroughs”  and “The Route 28 Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway Driving Guide.”  Read more

New trail opens at the Catskill Interpretive Center

Above: Doug Senterman, the Catskills Program Coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cuts the ribbon on a new 0.5-mile trail at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. Photo courtesy of Doug Senterman.

On Saturday, June 4, a new trail hiking trail opened at the Maurice D.Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County town of Shandaken.

Doug Senterman, the Catskills program coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cut the ribbon (with a little help from some friends) to open the trail, which is a 0.5-mile walk up a series of switchbacks, sometimes along stairs, to a plateau where a picnic area will be located.

The trail was built by a team of volunteers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this year, and is an early phase of a longer trail that the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Catskill Interpretive Center plan to extend to the summit of Mount Tobias, according to Senterman.   Read more

Margaret "Peggy" O'Connell, den mother of the 1970s Catskills music scene, dies at 82

Above: Peggy O'Connell appeared on the back cover of “Oceans between Us,” a 1978 album by the Allen Harris Band, released by Tappan Zee Records/Columbia Records. Standing left to right are: Kim Wroble (bass) Mike Kimmel (guitar/vocals), Peggy O'Connell (in the middle, in background), Mandy Rosenblatt and far right standing Allen Harris (guitar/vocals). Sitting left to right: Larry Smith (piano/sax), Robert Rosenblatt (aka Blatts) (congas), Christine Cordone (guitar/vocals) and Rob Leon (lead guitar). Photo courtesy of Christine Cordone.

Margaret “Peggy” Grant O'Connell, the owner of the Pine Hill Tavern who was a patron of the 1970s Catskills music scene and a mother to many, died on Thursday, May 12 at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston after losing an 11-month battle with breast cancer. She was 82 years old. A celebration of her life is planned for Monday, June 6.

A lover of music, books and her dog Zorro, whose ashes will be buried alongside her, O'Connell dispensed motherly love and presided over a booming local music scene from behind the bar at the Pine Hill Tavern (now Zephyr Restaurant) in the Ulster County hamlet of Pine Hill from 1976 to 1982.

"We used to call her Mother Teresa," said her son, James Michael O'Connell, with whom Peggy lived with in the hamlet of Olivebridge for the last five years of her life.

"Mom was a people person,” he said. “She liked everybody; she never had a bad word to say about anyone."

During the 1970s, in the wake of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, bands performing original tunes flocked to the Catskills, looking for nurturing venues to host them as they honed their skills.

The Pine Hill Tavern, located on the westernmost edge of Ulster County just off Route 28, was often their last stop.

Often known just as "Peggy's Place,” the tavern was not just a bar—it was a home away from home for traveling musicians and others in need.  Read more

Woodnotes Grille: The Emerson Resort gets a farm-to-table makeover

Above: Bartender James Reber makes a Moscow Mule with freshly-squeezed ginger at the Woodnotes Grille. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The Emerson Resort and Spa, once known as Catskill Corners, was built in 1996 in buildings that once housed a dairy farm along Route 28 in Mount Tremper, a hamlet in Ulster County.

The main attraction dreamed up by the resort’s owner, eccentric local developer Dean Gitter, was “The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope,” a 56-foot-tall functioning kaleidoscope that offered visitors a psychedelic experience.

If you drive by the Emerson today, you may not notice the kaleidescope, which looks like an ordinary silo. But you will notice the two large mountain lion sculptures that drape themselves over the sign at the resort's entrance. At night, the eyes glow.  Read more

Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Parades and Ceremonies:

Roxbury 

Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

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