On a Dark Ground: Artists' Reception, Andes Hunting Tavern

June 4, 2016 - 2:00pm

On a Dark Ground

John Hopkins
Jennifer Jefferson

The Hunting Tavern, 288 Main St., Andes

Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2-5pm

Tay Tea Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend in Delhi!

Tay Tea Owner Nini O. at the new Tay Tea Bar.

After ten years in Andes, we've moved our tea shop & production studio to Delhi and are loving it here! This Saturday, from 5-8 pm, our new town is hosting a big block party called Summer Night in Delhi which will feature many new store openings, tastings and fun activities.

Tay Tea, Stone & Sawyer, and The Stone House will be serving our popular LOVERS TEA COCKTAIL. Tay Tea will be serving the mocktail version all day long! In honor of the event, Lovers Tea will be on sale, online and in the shop!

Lovers Tea
4 oz Classic Tin
Now only $16

Store Hours
Memorial Day Weekend
Sat May 28 - Sun May 29
10 am - 6 pm  Read more

Funk ambassador in the Catskills: Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen

Above: Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen. Photo via the West Kortright Centre.

When Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen return to the West Kortright Center, you won’t be faulted for thinking you’ve been transported to the Big Easy.

“He played here in 2006,” West Kortright director Martha Van Burek said of the crown jewel of her season. “And he brought the house down. He was amazing. Been trying to get him back ever since.”

Appearing with Cleary at the West Kortright Center will be the uber funky rhythm section of drummer A.J. Hall and bassist Cornell C. Williams, aka the Monster Gentlemen. This duo is an integral aspect of Cleary’s recent album “Go Go Juice,” (his eighth), which netted him the 2016 Grammy (his first) for Best Regional Roots Music Album. In addition, OffBeat Magazine named him 2015 Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best Keyboardist, and awarded his song “Boneyard” Song of the Year; and he was named New Orleans’s Big Easy Entertainer of the Year.  Read more

Native Americans Talk, May 28

Native Americans Talk to Celebrate DCHA's Opening Day

On Saturday, May 28th, the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) in Delhi will celebrate the summer season opening. Visit the 1797 federal-style Frisbee House where eighteenth-century politicians met to form Delaware County. Located on the site of the historic Frisbee farm you can see the original barns, Frisbee family cemetery and outbuildings, as well as numerous nineteenth-century buildings from throughout the county that have been moved to the site. These building include a blacksmith shop, one-room school house, gun shop and tollgate house. The historic buildings are open Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 4pm through Columbus Day.  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.


Parades and Ceremonies:


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

Grand Gorge 

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

Former sheriff’s deputy used meat cleaver to attack wife, prosecutor says

Above: Theodore Tiska, a former deputy in the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault for an alleged attack on his wife in April. To the left is Tiska in a Delaware County Employee of the Month photo in 2008, from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, and to the right is Tiska in his April 2016 booking photo, via the New York State Police.

Theodore Tiska, a former star Delaware County sheriff's deputy who is charged with attempted murder for an alleged assault on his wife, used a meat cleaver in the attack that seriously injured the woman, according to Acting District Attorney John Hubbard.

Maria C. Tiska sustained “serious injuries” in the April 18 attack at the couple's Masonville home, Hubbard said, with “four or five deep cuts to her arms and legs.”  Read more

Down by The Lazy River: Callahan Catskill Real Estate's Newest Listing by Joanne Callahan

Down By The Lazy River nestled on a private grassy knoll you will be delighted to discover a perfectly sized single wide in great condition. Newer metal roof + a 40 x 24 Pole Barn/Garage/Workshop is included in this nicely priced home. There is also a 12 x 12 wood shed & a 12 x 7 metal outbuilding.  A stream leading to the river borders this beautiful setting and the river kisses the back property line as it meanders down Route 30. There is a dock to pull up a lawn chair on and drop a line into the crystal clear waters of the river while enjoying the panoramic mountain views this property is enhanced by. Level property makes this land all the more desirable, There are 3 bedrooms, 1 bath + an ample eat in kitchen & living room. Surprisingly sufficient closet space as well. Located on a town maintained dead end road surrounded by all that nature has to offer is reason enough to see this property sooner than later. MLS# 105714 Asking $49,000. Ask for Joanne Callahan Owner/Broker Callahan Catskill Real Estate 119 Main Street Andes NY 13731.  Read more

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Registration opened for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Anti-Islamberg motorcycle rally fizzles as hundreds turn out to support Catskills Muslims

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Above: Thirteen "American Bikers United Against Jihad" vehicles drive by hundreds of Islamberg supporters in the Delaware County town of Tompkins on Sunday, May 15. Video and photos by Julia Reischel. 

A planned motorcycle protest against Islamberg, an African-American Sufi Muslim community in the Catskills, backfired on its organizers on Sunday, May 15, when they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of cheering Islamberg supporters who gathered to defend the community from charges that it is an “Islamic jihad training camp.”

About 200 to 300 pro-Islamberg demonstrators lined the sides of Roods Creek Road in the Delaware County town of Tompkins at 1 p.m., the time that American Bikers United Against Jihad (ABUAJ) planned to take a “Ride for National Security” past the community’s entrance and the “Islamberg” sign that flanks it.   Read more

Headwaters History Days 2016 - June 3-5

Headwaters History Days 2016 is scheduled for June 3, 4, and 5.

It is a weekend of events, exhibits, open houses and activities celebrating the history, culture, folklife and landscape of the Central Catskills.

This third annual event has been declared a Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway Signature Event by the Town of Middletown.

NYS Route 28 from Olive to Andes - the main artery of Headwaters History Days - was officially designated a New York State Scenic Byway in 2015.

We invite you to ramble along the Byway to explore 15 special sites across three counties: Follow the East Branch Delaware River and its tributaries through the towns of Andes, Middletown and Roxbury in Delaware County; up to Halcott in Greene County; and over the divide at Highmount to the Esopus Creek towns of Shandaken and Olive in Ulster County.

Museums, landmark structures and historic sites will be open to the public this weekend, at no charge. Special events include a Friday evening concert, a walking tour, four local history talks and a genealogy workshop.  Read more

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