This weekend: Fourth of July in the Catskills

Above: Margaretville's Fire Department Field Days and Carnival comes to a grand finale this weekend, July 3 and July 4. Photo by Joe Damone Photography.

We're already written about where to find fireworks on this Fourth of July in the Catskills. But there’s lots of other things going on across the region as well. Here are a few of our favorites, county by county.


On Friday, July 3, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith celebrates its 40th birthday with a gala dance under the stars with Hazmat Modine, a pan-ethnic roots and blues band. Chicken dinner at 7 p.m.; music begins at 8 p.m. If you were born in 1975 or are driving a 1975 car, you get in free.   Read more

Catskills Fourth of July: Fireworks

Above: Fireworks at the Monticello Raceway on July 4, 2014. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.  

Independence Day in the Catskills means barbecue, waters warm enough to swim in, and lots of time spent outside. But we know that you're really here for the fireworks. Here's our five-county lowdown on where to see fireworks in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties over the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.


10 Catskill mountain waterfalls worth visiting

Above: Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove (number 1 on the list below). Photo by Joshua Trupin.

Steep slopes and restless streams make the Catskill Mountains rich waterfall territory. Here are 10 falls worth visiting, winnowed down from the dozens and dozens to be found in the region. Some are a cool reward at the end of a rugged hike, while others plunge just a few yards from the road.

While most waterfalls in the Catskills are located in the high escarpment in the east part of Greene County, there are cascades, plunges and cataracts in each of the counties that make up the region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. All five counties are represented on this list, so there's a waterfall here close to you.   Read more

"Paintings of the Upper Catskill Mountains and Beyond" by the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters

The Commons Gallery, in the Commons, Margaretville, will host an exibition of "Paintings of the Upper Catskills and Beyond" by the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters during July.  Included in the exhibition are paintngs of the now demolished building at the corner of Hwy 28 and Dry Brook Rd., Arkville by Robert Axelrod, Linda Lariar, Margaret Leveson and Alix Hallman Travis; photographs of the artists painting the structure by Bonnie Mitchell will also be on display.  Artists whose works are included in the exhibiton are:  Dale Amato, Robert Axelrod, Nancy Feldman, Oneida Hammond, Linda Lariar, Margaret Leveson, Nancy McShane, Jenny Neal, Jane Tompkins, Alix Hallman Travis and Dan Williams.  The public is invited to a reception at the gallery July 3, 3-5. 

The Commons Gallery is open Friday-Sunday, July 3-26, noon-4:00 and by appointment.  For more details and images see

The most famous woman you've never heard of

Ever hear of Tillie Edelstein?

How about Gertrude Berg?

Maybe Molly Goldberg rings a bell?

These were one and the same person, an amazing actress, prolific writer, astute producer and businesswoman whose career began in Fleischmanns and spanned half a century. From performing for guests in her parents Flesichmanns boarding house, to starring in the radio show "The Rise of the Goldbergs," to writing, directing and starring in television's "The Goldbergs," Gertrude Berg was known and loved by millions.. In fact, she was once considered the most trusted woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt.

Come to the Historical Society hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville on Sunday, July 12 to see "Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," a documentary on the life and career of this remarkable woman.  Admission is $5.

Brittany Elliott to Perform at Foundation Event on July 11th

We are pleased to announce that entertainment for this year’s

Margaretville Health Foundation Event will be performed by Brittany Elliot.

Brittany is a resident of New Kingston and is seventh generation from

her family homestead, Crystal Brook Farms, settled in 1817 by Thomas Elliot.

From an extended size musical family,

Brittany has got something no other family member has:  Love for composing music.

Graduated from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 2011,

she majored with a B.A. Degree in Music Performance.

Brittany will be performing on keyboards.

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Legislature approves the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

It's taken seven years, but Route 28 in Ulster and Delaware counties has finally received legislative approval to become the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, according to a press release from New York State Senator James Seward.

Seward made the announcement on Tuesday, June 23, in what officials hoped was the last day of the legislative session, which has run close to a week over its normal schedule this year. 

The 65-mile byway runs along Route 28 from the Ulster County town of Olive to the Delaware County town of Andes, with short jogs along Route 212 and Route 42, through Shandaken, Middletown and Andes. It still must receive Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature to become law.

State approval means that the byway will be designated on maps and will be eligible for federal grant money. It also means that someday soon you'll see the byway's signature logo, which features a bobcat paw print (above), along the roadway from Olive to Andes.   Read more

Win this painting!

"Mailboxes," by Halcottsville artist Alix Hallman Travis, will go to the lucky winner of a raffle to benefit the Historical Society of Middletown. See the painting at NBT in Margaretville, and purchase a ticket, or several. Increase your chance of winning (Oct. 24) by buying a few more July 12 at the next HSM event, the documentary film "Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," about famed radio and television personality Molly Goldberg (Gertrude Berg).  Born Tillie Edelstein, she got her start in show business by performing skits for the guests at her parents' Fleischmanns boarding house (now known as Spillian). Mark your calendar and come to the HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville, for this 1 p.m. screening.

Farmstead gelato maker Lazy Crazy Acres closes

Above: Lazy Crazy Acres gelato.

Karen and Jake Fairbairn, the owners of the Arkville-based "cow-to-cone" gelato maker Lazy Crazy Acres, announced in a blog post on Tuesday, June 16 that they are shuttering their gelato business. 

The Fairbairns have run Lazy Crazy Acres since 2010. (Read our interview with them from 2012.) They are part of a new generation of Catskills dairy farmers attempting to keep their family farms going in an era of low milk prices by making "value-added" products with their milk. For them, farming came first; the gelato was a way to support their "farming addiction." 

Yesterday's announcement sheds a grim light on the hope that value-added products will save many ancestral Catskills dairy farms.   Read more

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