Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead & Hoppy Quick – Eastern Redcedar

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

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. We’ll be discussing the EASTERN REDCEDAR tree with both Hoppy Quick & Gary Mead. Hoppy is a chainsaw carver and uses redcedar extensively in his own wood art.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.  Read more

Foundation 5th Annual Donor and Sponsor Appreciation Event

From left to right: Heather Brighton, Board Chair Margaretville Health Foundation, David Scarpino, President and CEO of Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley (HAHV), Carey Wagner, Board Chair, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, and Diane Scarpino.

Margaretville Health Foundation welcomed guests to its 5th Annual Donor and Sponsor Appreciation Event.

Mr. Scarpino addressed the guests to emphasize the inevitable changes coming to the landscape of healthcare, affecting urban and rural areas alike, such as our community of the Central Catskills. The message was that the upcoming affiliation of the HAHV with Westchester Medical Center will bring together a larger network of resources to benefit and strengthen the facilities encompassing HAHV.  Read more

Take a dip: Where to swim in the Catskills

Above: Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake in July 2014. Photo by Jonathan Garin.

In the Catskills, there’s a secret swimming hole in almost every town. (If you ask nicely, a local may point you in the right direction.) Here are a few of the best known publicly accessible swimming spots, from lifeguarded beaches to swimming pools to blue holes in the wilderness.


BIG DEEP is a beloved woodsy swimming hole with a rope swing on the Saw Kill. East of town on Route 212 in Woodstock.

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole. Photo by Tim Cox. 

PEEKAMOOSE BLUE HOLE, an icy cold, deep blue basin, is tucked into the woods near the border of Ulster and Sullivan counties. From Route 28A in West Shokan, go 10 miles southwest on County Road 42.  Read more

Belleayre Resort gets DEC greenlight

In one of his final acts as New York State's top environmental official, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens acted on Friday to allow the long-awaited Belleayre Resort project in the Catskills to move forward. 

In a decision enacted on Friday, July 10, Martens granted a motion from the DEC's staff to cancel the final hurdle that still lay between the project and the issuing of permits for construction: a legal proceeding called an "adjudicatory hearing."

Above: An interactive timeline of 16 years of Belleayre Resort review.

If it had been held, the hearing would have given environmental groups that successfully sought to downsize the project years ago another chance to weigh in on changes that have been made to the plans in recent years.   Read more

Traditions with a Twist: the Quilts of Sally Abrams

July 11, 2015 (All day)

Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams will be on display at the Erpf Gallery July 11th to August 21st, and will feature several unique styles of quilts designed by Sally Abrams. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 3-5 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville. 

This is the second year of hosting local Catskill Quilters in the Erpf Gallery.  The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame spends the spring selecting the artistic talents of Catskill quilters, of which there are many.  Following its goal of cultivating local traditions of art and culture, the CMQHOF chooses a successful quilter who has kept quilting alive, while also encouraged it to grow.  This year, Sally Abrams was the clear choice for the exhibition.  Read more


Tonight’s Show: Upstate Adventure Guides

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

On Wednesday night’s show, From the Forest will be interviewing Will Soter from UPSTATE ADVENTURE GUIDES. Will Soter & Alex Marra founded UPSTATE ADVENTURE GUIDES in September of 2013. They both have more than 20 years combined experience in the Catskill Mountains. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a brief outing, or experienced & looking for a real adventure to some nameless mountain peak or waterfall, Will can be your guide. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to hear about more.

Two things. One is that gypsy moth damage is heavily impacting oak trees more towards the Hudson Valley than the Catskills interior. Also these little caterpillars are really nailing the apple trees too in some places. The second is more positive. Mushrooms are emerging with all this rain. Found a bunch of black trumpets (a.k.a. black chanterelle) last night!  Read more

This weekend: Fourth of July in the Catskills

Above: Margaretville's Fire Department Field Days and Carnival comes to a grand finale this weekend, July 3 and July 4. Photo by Joe Damone Photography.

We're already written about where to find fireworks on this Fourth of July in the Catskills. But there’s lots of other things going on across the region as well. Here are a few of our favorites, county by county.


On Friday, July 3, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith celebrates its 40th birthday with a gala dance under the stars with Hazmat Modine, a pan-ethnic roots and blues band. Chicken dinner at 7 p.m.; music begins at 8 p.m. If you were born in 1975 or are driving a 1975 car, you get in free.   Read more

Tonight's Show: Wild Foraging with Marguerite

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

On Wednesday night’s show, Jim & Ryan will be talking to Herbalist & Wild Foods Forager – Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower. Marguerite may be a retired Registered Nurse, but her passion for the last 35 years has been as an Herbalist. She teaches people how to identify, properly harvest, & prepare wild foods. You have probably seen many of these plants and perceived them as “weeds.” However, Marguerite teaches that there are many uses for these weeds, among other plants. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.

Getting plenty of rain and plenty of intermittent sunlight between. Fruit trees are still looking good too. So far, it’s shaping up to be a great growing season. There are some gypsy moths here & there throughout the Catskills feasting on oak leaves. A good start to summer.

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

Catskills Fourth of July: Fireworks

Above: Fireworks at the Monticello Raceway on July 4, 2014. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.  

Independence Day in the Catskills means barbecue, waters warm enough to swim in, and lots of time spent outside. But we know that you're really here for the fireworks. Here's our five-county lowdown on where to see fireworks in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties over the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.


10 Catskill mountain waterfalls worth visiting

Above: Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove (number 1 on the list below). Photo by Joshua Trupin.

Steep slopes and restless streams make the Catskill Mountains rich waterfall territory. Here are 10 falls worth visiting, winnowed down from the dozens and dozens to be found in the region. Some are a cool reward at the end of a rugged hike, while others plunge just a few yards from the road.

While most waterfalls in the Catskills are located in the high escarpment in the east part of Greene County, there are cascades, plunges and cataracts in each of the counties that make up the region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. All five counties are represented on this list, so there's a waterfall here close to you.   Read more

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