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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Catskills

 

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Above: Just like Times Square, only smaller, Uptown Kingston's New Year's Eve features a ball drop, fireworks, a block party, burlesque, vaudeville, a speakeasy and fireworks. Photo via the BSP Lounge's Instagram page

Back in the day, bells rang out from town to town marking midnight and the changeover to a new year. Around the Catskills, you can say goodbye to 2015 with everything from accordions and contra dancing to sizzling soul and burlesque. There are ball drops and karaoke jams and feasts, feasts, feasts. Have a look at our five-county guide to the highlights, and see if we can’t lure you from your lair. All events take place on Thursday, Dec. 31 unless otherwise specified.

DELAWARE COUNTY

There’s a dinner buffet and DJ dance party happening at the Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club in Margaretville, featuring prime rib for the adults, a kids’ menu and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Seating starts at 6 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. in the fireside lounge. Reservations required; call 1-800-752-6494.

O’Neill’s Shire Pub in Delhi will be rocking the old year out with specials and karaoke hosted by DJ Bangkok. The fun starts at 9 p.m. and goes on until 1 a.m. Call for reservations: 607-746-8758.

The Andes Hotel in Andes is throwing a New Year’s bash with a three-course sit-down feast and live music from Blues Maneuver. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and continue through the “champagne hour.” You can bring the under-twelve-year-olds for half price.

GREENE COUNTY

They may be having a rather unusual season, but Greene County’s ski resorts will be kicking out the jams for the New Year.

At Hunter Mountain in Hunter, fun starts with DJ music at 2 p.m. and continues with music from the Hot Rods, a torchlight parade and fireworks. Van Winkle’s Restaurant will be serving a prix fixe New Year’s dinner--for that part of it you need to reserve by calling  518-263-4223 x3026.

Windham Mountain’s bash in Windham kicks off at 6 p.m. with kids’ entertainment at the Mountain Express Cafeteria. At 8 p.m., Screaming Broccoli will take the stage; at 9 p.m. there are fireworks and DJ Brian will keep it rockin’ after the band’s done. There’s also a Grand Dinner Buffet at Seasons; make reservations here.

Celebrate at the Bavarian Manor Inn in Purling with dinner out and/or an entire night of partying, up to and including spending the night at special holiday rates that include breakfast. There’s a dinner at 5:30 p.m. for those who don’t want to stay for the whole bash, which features the music of Nickel Candy and a free bottle of champagne for your midnight toast.

The Blackthorne Resort in East Durham will host a New Year’s Eve bash with the music of Southbound. Here, too, you can reserve a room for the night and revel to your heart’s content.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

There will be a grand New Year's Eve Dinner & Celebration at the Bull's Head Inn in Cobleskill. Reserve your seats (call 518-234-1802) for the special four-course dinner being served from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., then enjoy the live sounds of Jay “Diz” Dizacomo from 8:30 until “sometime in 2016.”

The American Hotel in Sharon Springs will be serving a five-course New Year’s Eve Dinner with seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Call 518-284-2105 to reserve a table.

Come out and enjoy an Old World-flavored New Year’s Eve Celebration at A Taste of Europe in Cobleskill.   Read more

Finally, some snow

Above: An inch of snowy, icy slush is cause for celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Photo via the Great Western Catskills Instagram account. 

After almost an entire December without snow, the Catskills got its first significant snowfall on Tuesday, Dec. 29. This is great news for the local ski mountains, which have been doing their best to make enough snow to cover the slopes on their own  Read more

Catskills ski mountains get creative during no-snow December

Above: The slopes at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount on Dec. 16. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

Snow guns are blazing at all four Catskills ski resorts as unusually warm weather—and a distinct lack of snowfall—puts a damper on the start of the ski season.

This year’s December has been unseasonably warm, thanks to a strong El Nino effect.

The weather is upending normal activities during beginning of winter in the Catskills, which started on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Skiers aren’t flocking to the mountains as they normally do right after Thanksgiving.

Instead, flocks of geese are floating peacefully on the unfrozen waters of the East Branch. Daffodils are sprouting, golfers are playing on snowless greens and salt piles remain untouched in Delaware County as the Highway Department concentrates on getting ahead of 2016’s tree program.

“It’s been a bleak beginning to December,” said Jesse Tolz, the communications manager for Windham Mountain in Greene County.  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate – Captured on Halloween

First, Some Clarification

You may have missed the Catskill Forest Association’s – The Growing Deer Debate – on October 31st at the Margaretville Central School, but the conversation continues. First off, I would like to clarify some misunderstanding about the deer debate. The conference spoke mostly about the impacts from deer (and humans), not exclusively their overabundance. In many portions of the Catskills, deer numbers have already peaked; some areas peaked decades ago. Hunters in particular are aware of how few deer there seems to be, especially after “taking the gun for a walk” all day through the mature forests of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Older growth forests – as found in Slide & Big Indian Wilderness Areas – simply don’t support the deer numbers encountered in Orange County; there isn’t enough sunlight penetrating that mature forest canopy to grow palatable food on the forest floor. In other words, less sunlight equals fewer plants, which equals fewer deer. But does that necessarily mean fewer deer impacts? No!  Read more

Wednesday’s Show: Jonathan Farber – Landscape Architect

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

From the Forest will be interviewing Jonathan Farber from R/F LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE. Jonathan’s landscape architecture practice focuses primarily on design & land management for private clients across the northeast. Examples include silvopasture, orchard management, vegetable & flower gardens, & forest management. He uses permaculture as his underlying design principle. Most of his jobs – outside NYC – include an ecological component such as managing forests & coastal & freshwater wetlands. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
Remember last winter? It was really cold; so was the one before that. I had burned well over a cord by now. I’m not sure I’ve burned ½ a cord yet. Maybe ¼ is more like it. Well, we’ll see how January & February are when they get here.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association  Read more

Charming Fixer Upper In Margaretville

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Charming Fixer Upper In Margaretville

4 Bedroom 1 Bath home built in the early 1900's. Wood siding, Covered front porch, Carpet, vinyl and hardwood flooring. Full basement. Fireplace. Home has tons of charm and potential. Currently offering a Lease To Own program. Call us for more information at 803-832-5005 or visit us online http://bit.ly/1OhPqtN

A 12 Days of Christmas Catskills Gift Guide

Gifting is so much fun. But the classic ideas can always stand an update. After all, a partridge in a pear tree takes up the entire living room, shipments of milkmaids and drummers need to be housed (to say nothing of a gymnasium space for all those leaping lords), and calling birds just keep calling...and calling...and calling.

But you, you lucky soul, have the Catskills at your disposal. And these hills are packed with delicious foods, life-enhancing objects, fantastic fashion, life-changing experiences and mouthwatering edibles. So we’re hoping you’ll do your shopping locally, among the small independent merchants where your dollar makes a big difference.

Here are 12 local Catskills gift ideas for this holiday season.

On the first day of Christmas the Catskills gave to me:

A massage with aromatherapy

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Happy Holidays

During this busy season of preparing for the holidays,

the Margaretville Health Foundation

wishes to thank you for your continued support of

Mountainside Residential Care Center and Margaretville Hospital,

which are here for you year-round. Your donations will continue

to help us support both facilities in continuing our mission to

“Ensure quality health care for the people of the Central Catskills.”

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Board Members

Heather Brighton

Don Bramley

Carmen Lopez  Read more


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