Middletown

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

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

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

 

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

Vendors Wanted for Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest - August 27

On August 27th, 2016, Fleischmanns Alliance for Business (FAB) and the MARK Project, Inc. will partner to stage The Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest, a professional competitive barbeque event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (a national organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque). The event will be held at Fleischmanns Park, Fleischmanns, New York. The professional competition provides the backdrop for a full-on all day event that also includes; an amateur BBQ competition (Backyard Barbies), The Fire Company Throw-Down (local volunteer fire companies compete for bragging rights), a full slate of bands, a craft beer tent, kid’s activities and all things associated with outdoor food, cooking and entertainment. This will be the inaugural event for this annual festival and the first ever held in the Catskill Park. Admission is Free.  Read more

Blue Deer Center

The Blue Deer Center, located in the Catskill Mountains, offers workshops & retreats based upon ancestral traditions. Through its programs, the Center invites visitors to intimately experience the natural world.

(845) 586-3225

Margaretville Health Foundation and Peekamoose Partner for Celebrity Waiter Event

Celebrity: a famous person, albeit "local"

Waiter: one who serves food to people at tables

Synonyms: VIP, very important person, Garcon, Server, Waitperson

Both noble and hardworking professions, but let’s take out the hardworking and add some fun and entertainment as we invite you to participate in the Margaretville Health Foundation 2016 Celebrity Waiter Event. Become part of the fun as our Celebrity Waiters, will entertain and serve you, for tips, all to be donated for ensuring quality healthcare here in the Central Catskills.

The Margaretville Health Foundation, serves and supports the Margaretville healthcare campus of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  The Foundation strives to improve the level of healthcare to residents of this mountainous rural community and strives to achieve and insure that technological upgrades keep up with the fast pace growth in healthcare.

Spring on Main Street Festival - Margaretville

May 14, 2016 - 10:00am

 

Margaretville —  Come welcome the arrival of Spring on Main Street Margaretville with the Annual Spring on Main Festival to be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10-3pm!   Read more

845-586-4177

Celebrity Waiter Event at Peekamoose June 4th

The only thing serious about this event is the cause! The fun gets underway at Noon sharp when the Celebrity Waiters will greet you and guide you through this extra ordinary event. The Waiters will be competing as to whom will get the most “Tips”, all of which are donated to the Margaretville Health Foundation. If you usually tip 20% you might want to have more “Tip Bucks” available as they will pamper and entertain you for more. You can ask them to sing your favorite song, dance with you, play you a tune or tell a joke or two. Bring your imagination and make your Celebrity Waiter work for his “tip”.

Can’t wait to join us? Reserve now. The luncheon is $60 not including tips. Can’t be there? Donate a tip and tell us which waiter should get it. More information? Contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181 or email [email protected].

John Faso: Experienced politician faces voters who are fed up with "insiders"

Above: John Faso. Image via the Faso campaign.

In the increasingly negative race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has all the hallmarks of a traditional general election contender. But that might not help him, because 2016 is no traditional election year.

Nationally, maverick candidate Donald Trump has ousted more traditional Republican candidates from the race for president. In the race for the 19th Congressional District, which represents the Catskills and Hudson Valley, Faso’s opponents hope to do the same to him.

Faso, a Republican, began his campaign for Congress with high name recognition and a time-tested fundraising apparatus. He spent 16 years in the New York State Assembly from 1987 to 2002 and made an unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial bid in 2006 against Democrat Elliot Spitzer.

Now, Faso's status as an experienced politician and elected official has become both a blessing and a curse.  Read more

Drinking and reading: Catskills authors to gather at book festival in distillery

Above: The 2015 Catskills Book Festival. Photo via Writers in the Mountains. 

This Sunday, local writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, publishers and journalists will gather at the Union Grove Distillery in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville to swap stories and quaff local vodka during the Meet the Authors Catskills Book Festival.

The festival, which is being hosted by the Roxbury-based Writers in the Mountains for the third year in a row, showcases writers who hail from the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and New York City. It joins the Woodstock Writers Festival, held earlier this month, as part of the growing Catskills literary scene.  Read more


Syndicate content