Thanksgiving in the Catskills

Photo by icoNYca, via Flickr. 

As the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we gather in a spirit of gratitude for our mountain peaks and sparkling creeks, our deer and raptors and black bear, and for each other. Here are some places to feast among neighbors in the Catskills this Thanksgiving Day. Unless otherwise specified, all events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26.


The Interfaith Council is inviting everyone in the greater Margaretville community to its 5th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, taking place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. All are welcome and take-outs are available.  Read more

Delaware County passes bed tax

Above: Maureen Wacha of Walton, a motel owner, spoke against the Delaware County bed tax at a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Those who pay for overnight stays at hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in Delaware County will soon pay two percent more.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, approved a hotel and motel occupancy tax that will also apply to bed-and-breakfast establishments and rentals of vacation homes.

Proponents of the bed tax law say that the tax will raise $192,000 per year to augment the county's tourism promotion efforts. Currently, the county spends $95,000 annually through its tourism promotion agency, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Under the provisions of the law, the tax’s proceeds are dedicated to tourism and will not go into the county's general fund.  Read more

Holiday PopUp Market - Shop Local

November 28, 2015 - 10:00am

A Holiday PopUp Market will take place this Saturday November 28 from 10 - 5 in the Historic Bussy Building at 743 Main Street in Margaretville, in the former furniture store next to the NBT Bank parking lot. Shop Local with vendors offering locally made gifts and farm products. There will be free hot mulled cider and cookies!

Open Eye Theater to Present Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

This year’s winter holiday performance at The Open Eye Theater, in Margaretville, NY,  is “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” on Saturdays, December 12 and 19, and Sundays, December 20 and 27, all at 2:00 pm.  The beloved poem/story written in 1952, by Dylan Thomas, recollects events and traditions from the Christmases of the poet’s youth, peopled by friends, family, and neighbors in a small town in Wales, in the 1920s.

“It was always snowing at Christmas.”

“December, in my memory is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers.”

“But there were cats.”

“Were there Uncles like in our house?”

 “There are always Uncles at Christmas.”  Read more

This weekend: Hudson Valley Hullabaloo plus four other Catskills craft fairs

Above: The 2014 Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. Photo via the HV Hullabaloo's Facebook page

The holiday craft season is heating up. This weekend, 65 vendors will flock to the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston, and more will appear at markets and bazaars in three other counties. Here's where to shop local for the holidays during the weekend of Nov. 21 and 22.


Fresh-baked pies, locally-raised meats, Catskills-made spirits and wines and much more will be for sale at the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce (GSACC) Holiday Pop-Up Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Stamford. The market has become an annual tradition, and over a dozen vendors will be there to provide a shopping bonanza just before Thanksgiving.   Read more

Annual Community Food Pantry Promotion

Help replenish our local food pantries. With your donation of nonperishable goods during the months of November and December MTC will waive your upgrade charge. Eligible services include: cable TV, high speed internet and phone services. For more information or to schedule your upgrade please call our office at 845-586-3311.

Regular monthly fees and some restrictions apply.

Supervisors: Delaware County bed tax is back, budget is up

Above: Colchester Supervisor Art Merrill, left, and Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente, both opponents of the proposed Delaware County bed tax, conferred during Wednesday's meeting of the board of Supervisors. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

A new version of a proposed Delaware County tax on hotel and motel occupancy was introduced at the Wednesday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

An earlier version of the local law to authorize the two percent tax on overnight stays at lodging establishments was withdrawn last month after supervisors agreed with critics that it unfairly placed the tax on establishments that are already subject to sales tax while allowing casual rentals of rooms and homes to go tax-free.

The new version of the law makes such casual rentals subject to the bed tax by removing language that specified that only establishments that provide maid service or other amenities are taxable.

The change is designed to make the law applicable to rooms booked through services such as AirBnB or advertised on classified ad sites like Craigslist.  Read more

This weekend: Where to buy Catskills-made gifts

Above: "Stuyvesant Square Park," a photograph by Tom Sardo, one of many artists featured in Salon 2015 and Handmade Holidays, an arts and crafts sale run by the Greene County Council on the Arts, opening this weekend.

Makers, crafters and artisans across the region are gathering at holiday bazaars throughout the Catskills, showcasing locally-made crafts, fine arts and food products that all make great gifts. Here's where to shop local for the holidays during the weekend of Nov. 14 and 15.


Thousands without power in Delaware County, hundreds without power in Shandaken

Above: A NYSEG power outage map at 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 10. 

Update, Wednesday, Nov. 11: Power was on again in the Delaware County town of Bovina by 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. Power had been restored to all but two Delaware County NYSEG customers as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, according to NYSEG's updated outage map. 

On Wednesday, scattered power outages were affecting other Catskills counties as well, with 585 NYSEG customers without power in the town of Shandaken and a smattering of Central Hudson customers without power in Greene County.

Original story, Tuesday, Nov. 10: 

The lights went out on Tuesday afternoon throughout Delaware County, according to outage information posted on New York State Electric and Gas's power outpage map.   Read more

Artists' Supplies at X-it

X-it is an Artists' Materials Reuse Center located at the Catskill Mountains Artisans' Guild in Margaretville, NY.

Over the past few months, the Guild has been collecting and cataloguing donated items. Now the community arts space at the back of the showroom is lined with bins full of a constantly changing stock of unique arts and crafts materials. This is a valuable resource for artists and artisans in the area, who generally have to drive an hour or more to buy art supplies. X-it provides a way to source materials locally, and everything is priced at 50% of retail. 

"Artists are great collectors," says Jill Cline, Director of the Guild. "They wind up with too much stuff, but many of these items are too valuable to donate to a thrift store."  Read more

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