Arkville

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.

 

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.

Meet the Candidate - Zephyr Teachout, Democrat for US House ED 19

May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Arville Fire Hall, 43365 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY. Free and Open to the Public.

Zephyr Teachout is the daughter of a judge and law school professor. She grew up in a rural area a few hours from Dutchess County where she now lives. She went to Duke Law School and practiced as a lawyer in North Carolina. Zephyr is the first National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization working for more Congressional transparency. Since 2003 she has been a national leader speaking against government corruption. 

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Meet the Candidate - Will Yandik, Democrat for US House ED 19

May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Arkville Fire Hall, 43365 State Hwy 28, Arkviile, NY. Free and Open to the Public.

A fourth-generation family farmer, Will Yandik was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. Will learned the values of hard work and community on the Green Acres Farm that his great-grandfather purchased while working as an iron miner. 

Will graduated from Princeton and earned a master’s degree from Brown University before working on environmental issues including climate change and clean water. He returned home to manage the family farm and bakery while also teaching biology at Columbia-Greene Community College and writing about retirement legislation for the AARP Bulletin.

Always one to stand up and help his community, Will is the first-ever Democrat to become Deputy Town Supervisor in Livingston and led the fight to pass a ban on fracking and expand the use of solar energy. Today, Will is running for Congress to fight for the middle class and help local residents and families get ahead.

Meet the Candidates nights are part of an “Issues Dialogue” series, a new initiative sponsored by the Town of Middletown Democratic Committee.

FMI go to Facebook: Town of Middletown NY Democrats.

845-586-3178

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

Fun, Fast and Furious Celebrity Waiter Event. Join us June 4th at Peekamoose

Reserve and join in the fun! Fast furious and friendly competition for "Tips". Join us on June 4th from Noon to 2pm and enjoy the luncheon prepared especially for this event by Peekamoose Restaurant. For reservations and information contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 or email [email protected].

Presidential primary day in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr. 

For New York state voters who are registered with a political party, today--April 19, 2016--is the day to vote in New York state's presidential primary election.

It's one of the most exciting primary races in years, with Donald Trump expecting a landslide of Republican votes in his race against Ted Cruz and John Kasich while Hilary Clinton dukes it out with Bernie Sanders for the state's Democratic voters. 

The national and international press is watching New York voters--including some in the Catskills--as they go to the polls today.  Read more


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