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Catskills sugarhouses open for Maple Weekend

Above: Maple syrup from the Catskill Mountain Sugar House in Grahamsville. Photo by Richard A. Smith

New York state produces almost a fifth of the nation’s maple syrup, and much of that comes from the Catskills. The mountains are home to many sugarhouses, from large operations with state-of-the-art evaporators that use reverse osmosis to little shacks that still use the old-fashioned boiling method.

Maple syrup is available all year long, but the tapping season lasts for just a few weeks in March, when frosty nights and sunny days get the sap moving.

The best way to watch a sugarhouse in action is to visit one. The sights, sounds and smells of sap boiling in the sugarhouse mean that sweetness, like springtime, is just around the corner. Shake off the late-winter blahs and come celebrate Maple Weekend -- actually two weekends of open houses -- in the sugar shacks of the Catskills. Listed below are events that are within the Watershed Post's coverage area; a statewide list of all 160 locations can be found at mapleweekend.com.  Read more

Tay's Berber Tea for Spring Detox - On Sale Now!

Friday is the spring equinox. Finally!

Now is a great time to start a detox. Packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, Tay's Berber Tea eases digestion, increases metabolism, and delivers a gentle boost while cleansing your whole system.

This aromatic blend of wild Moroccan spearmint and Chinese gunpowder green tea is energizing and refreshing - a perfect Spring Detox tea!

Here's to a vibrant, healthy spring!

*Berber Loose Leaf Tea is on sale for only $14 for a 4 oz. tin -- order now.

Village elections are mostly quiet, with a few hot races

Photo by Flickr user Vox Efx. 

Today, Wednesday, March 18, is Election Day for most New York villages. Village elections in many Catskills villages are sleepy, uncontested affairs, but a few are real contests with full slates of candidates from multiple parties.  Read more

Comedy Night this weekend! Don't miss the fun!

3.21 – COMEDY NITE RETURNS!!!

Joanne Genelle, Mary Dimino & Randi Lupo hit the stage at 7pm for another hilariously funny comedy show. $10 cover.  Reservation suggested.

Luck of the Irish: More St. Patrick's Day events

Above: Delhi's St. Patrick's Day parade. Photo via the parade's organizers. 

It’s a gray and drizzly St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Festivities celebrating the Irish continue all this week in the Catskills. 

A few St. Pat’s events take place today: 

Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in East Durham in Greene County will be celebrating all day long on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Tuesday, March 17, with a Irish pub fare and a three-course dinner with their own homemade Irish bread, leading up to a fine evening shindig with the Brothers Flynn Band and the Farrell School of Irish Dancing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Coming soon: The 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide

With spring just around the corner, it's time once more for our annual Catskills Outdoor Guide -- a glossy, full-color magazine showcasing the best of what the Catskills great outdoors has to offer. 

Once again, the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide will feature pull-out maps of local hiking trails and outdoor recreation spots, articles about how to have fun in the Catskills landscape in all four seasons, and beautiful photography of our stunning region from Watershed Post readers and contributors.

We're currently signing up advertisers for the upcoming Catskills Outdoor Guide. The deadline for reserving space is April 1. For more information, including ad sizes and pricing, see our detailed rate sheet here. If you have a Catskills business or local resource to promote in the Guide, contact us at [email protected] or call 845-481-0155

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern in Andes

March 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

The subject of the 1st 2015 Roundtable Digital Speaker Series facilitated by Jeff Ditchek will be:Is our National Illegal Drug Policy Working? A TED video presentation by Ethan Nadelmann will be shown, the title of which is:  ”Why we need to end the war on drugs”. A discussion will follow with some insight as to the local situation in  Delaware County.

 

 

This weekend: St. Patrick's events around the Catskills

Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain. 

Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps because Irish Americans have a fine sense of humor and the festivities and feastings in their honor, replete with bagpipes and corned beef, hit a spot emotionally that nothing else quite reaches. Perhaps because nothing sticks a fork in cabin fever like getting outside to take in a parade or run in a 5K. 

Here’s our multi-county guide to the Irish goings-on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Catskills.

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

Turkish, Persian, and Moroccan Tea Glasses: Take Your Pick!

Enhance your tea drinking experience with authentic tea glasses that allow for a deeper appreciation of a tea blend's flavor and beauty. 

The tulip-shaped Turkish glass with handle is transparent so one can enjoy the color of the tea.

Delicate Persian glasses (sold in pairs) are referred to as "kamar bareek" or small-waisted women.

Ornate and colorful Moroccan glasses make tea drinking a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. They are perfect for wine, too! 

Visit TayTea.com for an abundant offering of tea glasses and teaware to make your tea drinking experience a feast for all of the senses. 

"Conversations without tea are like the night sky without the moon." — Turkish folk saying

NYC’s watershed police sue their own union

Above: New Environmental Police Officers being sworn in to their jobs patrolling New York City’s upstate watershed, which spans a 2,000-square-mile area, much of it in the Catskills. Photo via the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Flickr page. 

The police officers who patrol New York City’s 2,000-square-mile upstate watershed are suing their own union, accusing it of corruption and of scuttling a long-awaited contract with the city.

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in January on behalf of 200 officers, three police officers say that the union’s leadership has betrayed them.  Read more


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