One Night with Fanny Brice

July 11, 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


A Safe and Happy July 4th

M Gerard Country Home will be closed Friday, July 4th.

2nd Annual Milky Way Tour

July 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Catskill Family Creameries Farms are opening their gates and creameries, and inviting the public to meet the cows and goats that produce milk and see how butter, yogurt, cheese, milk and gelato are made! Activities on each farm begin at noon and end at 5 PM on Friday, the 4th of July.  Read more


Savor some history July 11

Picture this: It's been a long, hot, stressful week. Finally, Friday. You settle into a comfy hammock,  smooth aged cider in hand, and enjoy the evening bird sounds and the scent of blossoms in the garden. Tunes from the player piano waft through the parlor window. Relax, it's summer in the Catskills.

No hammock? No home-made cider? No player piano? No front porch?

No worries. Tom and Connie Jeffers have all those things and you're invited to enjoy them Friday, July 11 between 5 and 8 p.m. at a Summer Soiree to benefit the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown. Their home is located on Walnut Street, Margaretville. To meet the Jeffers and spend an informally elegant evening among friends old and new, call them at 845-586-4878 by July 5 to let them know you'll be coming.  Read more

A Victorian summer's eve

An evening of simple pleasures  -- garden strolling, porch sitting, cider sipping and a bit of lawn bowling, all enjoyed with background music from the player piano – will be the order of the day at a Summer Soiree Friday, July 11 at The Raven’s Nest, the home of Tom and Connie Jeffers in Margaretville.

The event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM). It will include light fare from Mary’s Cookin’ Again, tastings of the Jeffers’ home-made hard cider, and other libations.

Guests will enjoy tours of all three floors of this elegant 1890s home. A restored player piano with its visible workings is sure to fascinate. Choose from among the Jeffers’ collection of several hundred rolls of old time and modern tunes.

Visit the carriage house, with its specially equipped woodworking shop and Cider Room, and the gardens, in full bloom now at the height of summer. Play a game of croquet using a vintage croquet set, and check out the steampunk installation in the parlor. Don’t know what steampunk is? Come find out!  Read more

Cycling the Catskills: From steep trails to smooth sails

A cyclist takes a break for the panoramic view from Castle Point on the Shawangunk Ridge, at the southeastern edge of the Catskills. Photo courtesy of Riding the Catskills (

Climb up and over the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to a spectacular vista overlooking the Hudson Valley. Meander along hundreds of miles of carriage lanes and trails through the Mohonk Preserve. Ride through rolling pastureland on 19th- century dirt roads, lined by mossy stone walls and shaded by tunnels of overarching trees. Travel winding country roads for hours without seeing more cars than you can count on your fingers.

The Catskill Mountains were made for cycling. And if you’re not here already, they’re easier to get to than you might think. From New York City, in less than two hours by car, you can leave urban sprawl far behind and discover a cycling utopia. You don’t even need a car to get here: Bring your bike on a scenic 90-minute Metro-North train up the majestic Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, cycle across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and you’re practically in the Catskills.  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out and click on the logo for more information!

Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer

June 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Alla Ilinsky DDS is delighted to announce the openng of her new Main Street Margaretville NY office location.  To mark the occasion a Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer will be held on Wednesday June 25 2014 from 5 until 7 pm at 761 Main Street - 2nd floor.

To RSVP please contact the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845 586. 3300.



Alla Ilinsky DDS is delighted to announce her New Main Street Margaretville NY office location!

Alla Ilinsky DDS has relocated her dental office to 761 Main Street Margaretville NY.  To mark the occasion the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Ilinsky and her staff will hold a business mixer on Wednesday June 25 from 5 to 7 pm.  To RSVP please contact the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845. 586. 3300.


Farmers' Markets of the Great Western Catskills!

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