Harvest Moon Ball honoree Chairperson of Foundation

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will again present the Harvest Moon Ball. An annual tradition which honors the Keene Roadman Volunteer of the Year will take place at Hanah Resort and Country Club on Saturday, August 17th. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm and Dinner seating at 7pm. Musical entertainment by the Blues Manuever. For further information please contact Karen Kolar at 845-676-4844 or email at [email protected]. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the hospital’s Hematology Analyzer.

Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Hanford Mills Museum

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

FROM THE FOREST will be interviewing 2 staff members – Brendan & Dawn – from HANFORD MILLS MUSEUM. If you haven’t already been there, you should really make the trip to East Meredith, Delaware County & see how a watered powered sawmill from the 19th century works; it’s extremely educational & entertaining, and serves as testimony to rural NY’s innovative & entrepreneurial past. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate

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The Nature Conservancy has labeled deer browse as the #1 threat to the eastern forest: “…no other threat to forested habitats is greater at this point in time — not lack of fire, not habitat conversion, not climate change… We can argue about which threat is more significant than another, but no one who walks the eastern forests today can deny the impact of deer to forest condition.”

Whether you’re a backyard victory gardener, bird watcher, ruffed grouse society member, or online vegan shopper, deer are impacting you in some way. Deer are voracious herbivores that can have significant effects on plant vegetation and associated wildlife.

Mitigating deer browse impacts upon forests and food crops costs money and loss of ecological services into the future. What to do? Shoot more deer? Liberalize hunting regulations? Bring back market hunting? Better forest management?

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE – hosted by Catskill Forest Association (CFA) – will be held on Saturday, October 31st @ Margaretville Central School from 9AM to 4PM.

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE will feature speakers from AROUND THE COUNTRY to discuss both problems & solutions about deer.  Read more

Cauliflower festival honors "cabbage with a college education"

Above: Image by Flickr user Liz West

Fields of cauliflower once lined the cool, wet hills of the Delaware County Catskills. The region featured perfect growing conditions for vegetable, which Mark Twain called "cabbage with a college education."

The village of Margaretville was the epicenter of the local cauliflower industry: from the 1920s to the 1950s, the village hosted a cauliflower auction, and generations of nearby dairy farmers used the annual cauliflower crop as a hedge against fluctuating milk prices.  Read more

Harvest Moon Ball October 17th

Wednesday Night’s Show: Sonny Somelofski – Catskill Outdoor Adventures

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

FROM THE FOREST will be interviewing Sonny Somelofski from CATSKILL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Sonny has more than 35 years of experience in the woods, and a licensed guide since 1983. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.

Fall is setting in. Time for 1 or 2 more fishing trips. Got away last weekend for a few hours to a brook trout stream I hadn’t been on in more than 5 years. Caught a bunch, but all were small, but still beautiful nonetheless. Never a wasted trip being around some hemlock and cold water, interspersed with some sphagnum moss. Good luck!

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association  Read more

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

The contest is now closed. Look for the print 2016 Catskills Food Guide next year for the winners! - Ed. 

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more

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