Above: A scene from Tannersville's Crazy Race, an annual Main Street tradition gearing up for its sixth run this weekend.
The trout are running, the weather is glorious, and the last weekend in July is packed from one end to the other with Catskills festivities of all stripes, most of them free. Whether it's an old-timey fair, a bash for the local library, or an excuse to throw a big Main Street block party, odds are this weekend has something in store for you.
"Dancers," by Halcottsville artist Alix H. Travis, one of 25 artists in eastern Delaware County who will be opening their studios to the public for the Andes/Margaretville/Roxbury Open Studios and public art tour this weekend.
Delhi's Fair on the Square Every Friday in July, Delhi's village square comes alive for Fair On The Square, with vendors, crafts and games, live music, and a color guard presentation. If you haven't caught one yet, Friday's your last chance til the fair rolls back around in 2014. Friday, July 26, 5pm-9:30pm. Delhi Village Square. Free admission.
Hobart Horseshoe Festival Horseshoes are the main event at this annual shindig, which draws dedicated pitchers from miles around. But there's plenty to do for non-horseshoe-enthusiasts: Vendors, children's games, live music by the Whiskey Cross Band, and fireworks after dark. Saturday, July 27, 10am-4pm. Hobart Community Center Park. Free admission; $15 registration for players.
Above: Detail from a map showing the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline, a 122-mile, 30-inch natural gas pipeline that will connect gas from hydrofracked wells in Pennsylvania to a larger network of pipelines serving New York and New England. From an application filed by pipeline developers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 13, published in the Federal Register on July 2. The entire application is available from FERC's eLibrary; follow the instructions in the Federal Register notice linked above to find the documents. Anyone who wants to comment on the application -- or file to be considered as an "intervenor," a status that allows more input on the process to parties affected by it -- can do so until July 17.
Planning to spend Independence Day in the Catskills? You'll have your pick of festivals, parades, and demonstrations of explosive exuberance. (We've updated these listings -- thanks for the suggestions! -- Ed.)
Events featuring fireworks are listed first -- read on, and you’ll find other celebrations of all sorts. Unless otherwise specified, fireworks happen at dusk.
Trailbuilders of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference spent their Saturday rebuilding a bridge on the Long Path in Platte Clove. For more photos of the rebuild -- and an idea of how badly the bridge needed an upgrade -- see the NY-NJTC's photo album of the rebuild.
Happy Monday, Catskills! We hope your sump pumps are working.
So far, last week's rain has shown no sign of going away. It was a soggy weekend across the Catskills, with a few outbreaks of flash flooding around the region.