Margaretville

Guide me a river: The art of Catskills wilderness guiding

Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of Catskill Outdoor Adventures (catskilloutdooradventures.com).

Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (catskilloutdooradventures.com), remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.

“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”

Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.

The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece.  Read more

Open mic in the Yurt!

July 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

 

 

Come, express yourself in the spotlight or just socialize and enjoy the show.   Bring out your song and/or musical performance, read poetry, a bit of acting or anything creative that will release the inner you!

   1155 County Route 6 Margaretville, NY 12455

   

845-586-3225

More than a funny girl: "One Night With Fanny Brice" at the Open Eye Theater

Above: "One Night With Fanny Brice" musical director and accompanist Kent Brown, playwright Chip Deffaa, and Patricia Dell starring as Brice.

For a few days in July, the legendary Borscht Belt musical comedian and Ziegfeld Follies superstar Fanny Brice returns to the Catskills -- at least in spirit.

Actress and singer Patricia Dell stars in the upcoming one-woman show “One Night With Fanny Brice,” by playwright Chip Deffaa, staged by Margaretville's Open Eye Theater. In her role as Brice, Dell takes on the indomitable persona of the first female star of the Jewish entertainment circuit, and breathes fresh life into musical classics nearly a century old.

“‘Wow’ was my reaction reading the script,” said Dell. “My only exposure to her was the movie, ‘Funny Girl,’ starring Barbra Streisand. There’s a lot more to her.”  Read more

Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more

Live Here…Work Here…Follow Your “Foodie” Passion

Dream of running a restaurant? This is the place! HISTORIC RESTORED 1890S MARGARETVILLE VICTORIAN beauty with excellent location, lovely stream views and easy parking! This commercial (mixed usage) building is up-to date and stunning. All the original wood-work, built-in vintage cabinetry and gorgeous details abound. The building has been lovingly restored, with a new 65 year shingle roof, Pella windows, upgraded insulation, new Systems 2000 boiler with instant hot water, stained glass windows, generous front porch, ample open back decking and a working fireplace on the main level. The second floor features a large 3-bedroom, 1 bath apartment with original wood details, eat-in kitchen, Washer & Dryer and back deck with stream views. Could be used for owner occupancy or income generating rental. Also included: ample parking, wheelchair access, 2 garage buildings, municipal sewer & water, DSL service. Currently equipped with a commercial kitchen, this building could also work as a retail or luxury office space.  Read more

One Night with Fanny Brice

July 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

 The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY, is pleased to present "One Night with Fanny Brice" starring Patricia Dell in a solo musical by Chip Deffaa showcasing the life of one of America's most talented and well-loved performers of the first part of the 20th century.  Performances are July 10-20.  Through stories and music of her life and career from Brooklyn to Baby Snooks, audiences will meet the fascinating and complicated woman known to all as Fanny Brice.  They'll learn how her music and comedy dazzled the crowds who came to the great extravaganzas of The Ziegfeld Follies--and dazzled the men in her life.

Young Fania Borach got her start singing for coins at amateur shows in New York, and then sang and danced in Burlesque.  Flo Ziegfeld saw her work and Fanny made the leap to The Ziegfeld Follies on talent, humor and nerve. She became one of the highest paid performers in the country.  Follies girl Trixie Wilson told biographer Norman Katkov, "Fanny was a big star.  She was the biggest.  You could not have seen Fanny Brice on the stage and forgotten her, not as long as you lived."  Read more

845-586-1660

One Night with Fanny Brice

July 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

 The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY, is pleased to present "One Night with Fanny Brice" starring Patricia Dell in a solo musical by Chip Deffaa showcasing the life of one of America's most talented and well-loved performers of the first part of the 20th century.  Performances are July 10-20.  Through stories and music of her life and career from Brooklyn to Baby Snooks, audiences will meet the fascinating and complicated woman known to all as Fanny Brice.  They'll learn how her music and comedy dazzled the crowds who came to the great extravaganzas of The Ziegfeld Follies--and dazzled the men in her life.

Young Fania Borach got her start singing for coins at amateur shows in New York, and then sang and danced in Burlesque.  Flo Ziegfeld saw her work and Fanny made the leap to The Ziegfeld Follies on talent, humor and nerve. She became one of the highest paid performers in the country.  Follies girl Trixie Wilson told biographer Norman Katkov, "Fanny was a big star.  She was the biggest.  You could not have seen Fanny Brice on the stage and forgotten her, not as long as you lived."   Read more

845-586-1660

One Night with Fanny Brice

July 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

 The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY, is pleased to present "One Night with Fanny Brice" starring Patricia Dell in a solo musical by Chip Deffaa showcasing the life of one of America's most talented and well-loved performers of the first part of the 20th century.  Performances are July 10-20.  Through stories and music of her life and career from Brooklyn to Baby Snooks, audiences will meet the fascinating and complicated woman known to all as Fanny Brice.  They'll learn how her music and comedy dazzled the crowds who came to the great extravaganzas of The Ziegfeld Follies--and dazzled the men in her life.

Young Fania Borach got her start singing for coins at amateur shows in New York, and then sang and danced in Burlesque.  Flo Ziegfeld saw her work and Fanny made the leap to The Ziegfeld Follies on talent, humor and nerve. She became one of the highest paid performers in the country.  Follies girl Trixie Wilson told biographer Norman Katkov, "Fanny was a big star.  She was the biggest.  You could not have seen Fanny Brice on the stage and forgotten her, not as long as you lived."   Read more

845-586-1660

One Night with Fanny Brice

July 13, 2014 - 3:00pm

 The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY, is pleased to present "One Night with Fanny Brice" starring Patricia Dell in a solo musical by Chip Deffaa showcasing the life of one of America's most talented and well-loved performers of the first part of the 20th century.  Performances are July 10-20.  Through stories and music of her life and career from Brooklyn to Baby Snooks, audiences will meet the fascinating and complicated woman known to all as Fanny Brice.  They'll learn how her music and comedy dazzled the crowds who came to the great extravaganzas of The Ziegfeld Follies--and dazzled the men in her life.

Young Fania Borach got her start singing for coins at amateur shows in New York, and then sang and danced in Burlesque.  Flo Ziegfeld saw her work and Fanny made the leap to The Ziegfeld Follies on talent, humor and nerve. She became one of the highest paid performers in the country.  Follies girl Trixie Wilson told biographer Norman Katkov, "Fanny was a big star.  She was the biggest.  You could not have seen Fanny Brice on the stage and forgotten her, not as long as you lived."   Read more

845-586-1660

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