New York state bans fracking


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At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State.   Read more

BAM! New Margaretville business association forms

Above: Jess Olenych (with Joey, Jess's dog) and Karen Fairbairn at the inaugural meeting of the Margaretville Business Association. Photos by Julia Reischel.

Fifteen business people and one small dog gathered to form the Business Association of Margaretville--BAM! for short--at the Molnar Financial Building (the former Margaretville e-Center) on Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Karen Fairbairn, owner of the Lazy Crazy Acres gelato company in Arkville, was elected to be president of the group, and Jess Olenych, the owner of Home Goods in Margaretville, was voted Vice President. 

Below: More photos from the meeting.  Read more

Spillian Media | Myth America | WIOX Radio | 9 AM Tuesdays

Tuesday mornings from 9 AM to 10 AM, join Spillian founder Leigh Melander on her radio program, Myth America!

Myth America explores the ways in which myth shapes our sense of self and the world around us (hint: myth is alive and well in the American psych!), with depth and lightness. Sometimes Leigh riffing, sometimes featuring amazing guests from around the world.

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Spillian Sundays | Voices from the Catskills | Carols with Phoenicia & Woodstock Choirs Choirs | Dec 21

On the first and third Sunday of every month, join us for Voices from the Catskills, a one-set Catskills live music & spoken word performance beginning at 4 pm, rolling into our famous Soup Salons.

In Voices of the Catskills, we are celebrating traditional American and Catskills music and stories. This series is co-produced by Spillian and music industry expert, Chris Hensley, and co-sponsored by the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.  Read more

$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

Spillian Sundays | Voices from the Catskills | Carols with Phoenicia & Woodstock Choirs

December 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

Join us for Spillian Sundays: Voices from the Catskills.
Soup. Song. Story.  Read more


This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

NYNJTC | Second Sundays at Spillian | Stay Tuned for Next Month!

The Catskill Region - New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Second Sundays at Spillian will continue after the holidays!

We are planning a wonderful season of talks and walks, and then when the weather gets better, we'll be heading back out to the woods at Spillian to build more trails. (And other cool stuff, like bridges and lean to's and such.) 

Spillian is proud to partner with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as the Catskills TrailU Campus, where we offer free opportunities to come and learn about how to take advantage of these extraordinary mountains around us.

For more information, please call us at 800-811-3351.

NYNJTC | Second Sundays at Spillian | Winter Gear and Gab

December 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

The Catskill Region - New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Second Sundays at Spillian continues with a FREE "winter hiking for the new-to-winter hiker" presentation, a short stroll around the Spillian trails-to-be, and a shopping opportunity!

Catskills hiker and NYNJTC Catskills Program Coordinator Heather Rolland will present a short program exploring getting started and getting inspired to get outside this winter, with a focus on gear, safety, and special concerns for kids and dogs.

Will Soter, the NYNJTC's Trails Chair for the southern Catskills, will lead a short hike on the Spillian grounds, and discuss the many volunteer opportunities available on local trails.

Local outfitters Kenco The Work & Play Outfitter, Catskill Mountain Storehouse and Morgan Outdoors will be on hand to answer questions about winter gear, offer suggestions for must haves and stocking stuffers, and yes - they will have a wonderful array of great stuff to help you get outside and play.
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