Labor Day events in the Catskills

Above: Throwing a rock into Cooper Lake in Woodstock. Photo by Flickr user Panda Snaps, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Labor Day is upon us in all its bittersweet glory, and the Catskills are rising to the occasion with festivities celebrating the harvest, family, baroque opera, women’s jazz, Iroquois Indians, Irish heritage, improv, toilets and more.

Yes, we said toilets. Read on to find out more in our county-by-county round-up of Labor Day events across the Catskills.


Gather the bounty of the harvest for your personal feasting pleasure at the pre-Labor Day Holiday Pop Up Farmers’ Market, taking place rain or shine at the Stamford Railroad Station on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a splendid selection of baked goods, preserves, meats, produce and wonderful handmade Catskills things.  Read more

Truckloads of trash choke Catskills swimming holes

Above: Underwear left behind as trash at Peekamoose Blue Hole in August 2015. Photo by Gene Nicolato.

Peggy Brueckner lives near the Peekamoose Blue Hole, an icy Catskills pool that is recognized as one of the best swimming holes in the country. Her family has visited the hidden spot for 50 years. But this summer, due to hordes of tourists and the tons of garbage they leave behind, Brueckner has been avoiding it.

"The locals here along Watson Hollow Road and beyond are heartbroken," Brueckner said. "There is litter all over the place. There are no laws being enforced and it a total mess up there. Campers are off the designated sites, people are in the middle of the road and it is a free for all! It's not even a family friendly place any more."

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole on a recent summer day. Photo via the NYS DEC.   Read more

Begin Life Exclusive @ $ 189,000

First time offered.  Craftsman style farmhouse circa 1920 sits on a dead end road with privacy.  This is nestled in a shady glen offering a manageable size lawn with towering maples and pines.  Amenities include: a screened in wrap-around porch, sundrenched breakfast room for relaxed dining and an eat-in kitchen.  There is a separate dining room with French doors, an inviting living room, an open stairway which leads to 3 family bedrooms, original arts & crafts moldings and wood floors. 

Features include a large oversized dry garage and workshop and a large one room log cabin for the artist or writer.   Wild life abounds.  Set on 5 acres, move in condition.  

The Miller's House Exclusive @ $ 175,000

This 1840’s Greek Revival Cottage is set at the edge of meadows and overlooks an old mill stream.  The ripples of the falling water will lull you to sleep.  Much of the original woodwork is still intact as well as wide pine floors, door frames and moldings, etc.  There is a sitting room with an antique woodstove plus dining room, three bedrooms and two baths.  Set on an acre of lush lawn and perennial gardens.  There is a large one car garage ideal for the handyman or artist.

Blue Bird Cottage Exclusive @ $ 139,000

Nestled at the edge of a sun-drenched meadow sits this gambrel roofed home.  Privacy, sun and serenity are yours.  Private drive leads to a 3 bedroom comfortable country home.  Home features the now popular open floor plan – great room, living room, dining room and kitchen with a wall of glass overlooking a relaxing deck.  Enjoy a 1 ½ size garage for the hobbyist.  The grounds provide lush lawn, great stone walls and landscaped design, towering maples and pines and gentle woods.

Jeff Senterman named new director of Catskill Center

Above: Jeff Senterman accepts his new post as the executive director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on Saturday, Aug. 29. Photo via the Catskill Center's Instagram feed

Jeff Senterman, the former Catskills program director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, was appointed the new executive director of the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development after the departure of former director Alan White. White completed his term earlier this month.

Senterman accepted his new position at a gathering of the CCCD's members on Saturday, Aug. 29. (A Senterman is still at the helm of the NYNJTC, though -- Jeff's brother, Doug, is the new Catskill program director at the NYNTC, after getting the job earlier this year.)  Read more

“Serendipity x Two”

September 5, 2015 - 3:00pm

Area artists Susanna Clemm and Alix Hallman Travis fulfill the spirit and promise of their upcoming show, “Serendipity x Two”, in the Commons Gallery, Margaretville, by reaching deep into the rich tapestry of their work to demonstrate the breadth of their painting interests. This collection of paintings in watercolor, with a smattering of acrylics and oil, testifies to the versatility of these two masters of the art. The painters approach their art from different perspectives. Clemm is a virtuoso performer, both in her past as an actress of many theatre adventures both on Broadway and in films, and as a master of combining water and pigments. She paints in her studio, using her brush as a magic wand to create works of imagination and remembered landscapes—vistas the viewer wishes he had seen in exactly the way Clemm remembers: in high color, fantastic, flowing and reaching out to pull the viewer into their center. She reveals both excitement and serenity in her work. Travis, on the other hand, is devoted to painting outside, plein air painting.  Read more

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After audits, Delaware supervisors tighten up procurement, vehicle policies

Above: Jim Eisel, the chairman of the Delaware County board of supervisors, at the Aug. 26 meeting of the board. Photo by Robert Cairns.

In the aftermath of two state audits that criticized Delaware County's procurement and surplus property disposal policies, the county's board of supervisors adopted an update of those policies at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A procurement policy was adopted in 1992 and updated in 2008. A policy for the disposal of surplus property was adopted in 1995. Both are superseded by the new policy.

There was little discussion on the resolution to adopt a new policy at the meeting. It passed, unanimously.

The resolution states that “it is appropriate that from time to time the board revisit, update and clarify its policies and procedures so that county agencies may function efficiently while simultaneously providing safeguards to protect county taxpayers.”  Read more


September 13, 2015 - 1:00pm

                             MEET & GREET our Local Democratic Candidates

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Tonight's Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

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Wednesday’s Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

This Wednesday we’ll be talking to Mike Porter again about this & that. Mike Porter is a local maple producer, and quite the forest enthusiast. He’s been known to make a few rustic furniture items as well as a log cabin from trees found on his land. We’ll see what Mike has been up to most recently. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online at to learn more.


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