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1860 Victorian Homestead with Barn and Sugar Shack

Relax on the generous front porch of this stately home and listen to the sounds of the rushing stream. This historic property has many original charming details (staircase, wood plank floors, gingerbread detail) and has been loving restored and updated by owner. With double parlor and a wood-burning stove, elegant dining room and a huge eat-in country kitchen, this home is perfect for entertaining. Floor plan features, four bedrooms (3 with additional large dressing areas), three and a half baths all flooded with natural light. Step outside onto the large decking and enjoy a meal or roll out your yoga mat! The property is 2 acres and has a fully functioning and super charming barn with original stone foundation, wood-burning stove, electric and drive up access to top floor. The sugar shack rounds out this picturesque country setting. 2.5 hours from the GWB, close to Belleayre ski resort, golf, hiking, antiquing and farmers market.

MLS: 94346

Address: 254 Dry Brook Road, Arkville NY

Price: $245,000

Beds: 4 Bed Baths: 3 Bath

House Size: 12448 Sq Ft

Lot Size: 2 acres

Year Built: circa 1860  Read more

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

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

A Safe and Happy July 4th

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

Floods damage roads in Delaware and Schoharie Counties

Above: The back of 330 Main Street in Middleburgh after the wall had collapsed in the storm Wednesday night. Photo by Katherine Speller.

Multiple towns across the Catskills region declared a state of emergency after flooding caused by thunderstorms, forcing the closure of a number of roads.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather warning early Thursday morning for severe thunderstorms in central New York — followed by a flood warning at 8:57 a.m. for the Mohawk River at the Delta Dam.

Schoharie County

Around 7:30 last night, amidst the heavy storm that flooded several areas of Schoharie County,  police received a report of a husband, wife and cat trapped in their mobile home on South Gilboa road.  

“Water was rising around their home and in ditches surrounding it,” Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said. “They couldn’t get out.”

Grand Gorge Fire Department’s rescue squad was sent out on the call but soon realized they weren’t able to get the couple out on their own, Desmond said, so they called in for assistance from other local departments from Schoharie and Delaware Counties.
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Clean Contemporary Home, Gorgeous Property, Adjacent to State Land

This immaculate contemporary home is a haven of peace. Relax in the established lush gardens on a bench by the water feature or step outside and hike trails on the hundreds of acres of State Land that is adjacent to the property. You would never know that this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house on 5.4 acres is literally minutes from Margaretville! Perfect for entertaining, the home features an open kitchen, stone fireplace and lots of decks for outside fun. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub or experience an outdoor shower. The layout of the home makes having guests a pleasure with a nice separation between the master suite and guest rooms. Property has a full studio with electric, a baby barn and a hoop house. The double garage is heated and has new washer dryer! A perfect retreat minutes from Belleayre Ski Center, world class golf, kayaking, antiquing, restaurants and local farmers market. A turn-key home it is ideal for both second home owners or full-time residents. 2.5 hours from the GWB.MLS: 94346

Address: 410 Glen Acres Road, Arkville NY
Price: $275,000
Beds: 4 Bed
Baths: 2 Bath
House Size: 2052 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 5.4 acres
Year Built: 1994  Read more

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