Explore the Catskills: Lark in the Park 2014

Above: “Big Indian Leaves,” taken in Big Indian by Michael LoBianco, the 4th Place winner in the 2014 Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Photo Contest.

The trees are popping into color like popcorn. If you haven't wandered somewhere outside in the Catskills yet this fall, get out there. 

Need a nudge? That's why the Catskill Mountain Club, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York New-Jersey Trail Conference throw the annual Lark in the Park.

The Lark is a series of outdoor activities led by experienced hikers, paddlers, cyclists and anglers throughout the Catskills region between October 4 and Columbus Day, which falls on October 13 this year.

We've put together a calendar of the dozens of hikes, paddles, food tastings, movie screenings, bike rides, and picnics that make up this year's Lark in the Park festivities.   Read more

Silent Film Night -Charlie Chaplin with musical accompaniment

November 1, 2014 - 7:30pm

With Donald Sosin & Joanna Seaton       

Tickets: Admission free, donations accepted

Description: Traditionally silent films were shown with musical accompaniment. Music was seen as vital to contribute to the atmosphere and to give the audience vital emotional cues. In the smaller theatres, this was usually accomplished by having someone play a piano. Large city theatres tended to have organists or musical ensembles. Theatre organs had a wide range of special effects. For example, the famous “Mighty Wurlitzer” could simulate orchestra sounds along with percussion effects such as bass drums and cymbals and sound effects ranging from galloping horses to rolling thunder.  Read more

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Canal Street String Band

October 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

Music on the Delaware presents the Canal Street String Band.

With three voices and a multitude of instruments, the western New York trio will perform some seriously fun Old American music. Fiddle tunes, sea chanties, cowboy songs, mountain music, swing and lots of three-part harmony will be the order of the evening. A special treat will be a selection of songs learned and performed by local elementary students of the music of Grant Rogers, Catskill Mountain Songmaker.

"...about as folksy fun as it gets" - The Artvoice of Buffalo

Selected by the NYS Council of the Arts Presenters Network as one of the nine best artists of the year. 

Partial funding for this concert through the Presenters Network

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Coffeehouse at the Theatre

October 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

Mosaic Winds - Wind quintet featuring a range of music from classical to jazz.

Admission free, donations welcome. Free desserts and beverages. Sponsored by Music on the Delaware

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Coffeehouse Music at the Theatre

September 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Coffeehouse at the Theatre opens its 2014-15 season with guitarist/songwriter Ted Yandeau on Sunday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.  Presented by Music on the Delaware, the Coffeehouse events feature local or regional perfomers in a small venue, the second floor of the Walton Theatre.

Having grown up in the Franklin and Unadilla area, Syracuse finger picking Yandeau looks forward to returning to Delaware County to perform some of his original songs.  His playing takes inspiration from musicians such as Bela Fleck and Leo Kottke.  Yandeau will play a full range of musical styles, including folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues and classical, as well as a number of instruments.

Coffeehouse events are FREE, with donations gratefully accepted.  For more information, see www.waltontheatre.org or e-mail musiconthedelaware@gmail.com.  For phone inquiries call 607-865-6825.



Primary elections today

Above: A voting booth in Margaretville in May 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

It's an election year, and today is the day to vote in the primaries. 

The biggest race in the primary is on the Democratic ticket, where underdog candidate Zephyr Teachout is challenging New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Teachout is attacking Cuomo from the left by comparing his fiscal policies to those of Ronald Reagan.  Cuomo is doing his best to ignore Teachout's campaign entirely. (Literally. During a Labor Day parade in Manhattan, Cuomo managed to ignore Teachout as she stood directly in front of him.

Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu, is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor against Kathy Hochul, Cuomo's running mate. The race is its own separate primary, and if Wu wins, he could find himself in the odd position of being Cuomo's running mate in the general election.

As for local Catskills races, there are a few worth noting. 

Left: Bryan Babcock. Photo via Babcock's campaign. 

The Delaware County town of Franklin is holding a Republican primary for a town council seat. Bryan Babcock, the owner of Handsome Brook Farm and Bed & Breakfast who is also a professor at Hartwick College, is vying with Lisa Huyck and Donald Smith for one of two seats on the board. Babcock has criticized the town board for not implementing a comprehensive plan for Franklin.

"With several major infrastructure projects on the horizon in Delaware County," Babcock said in a press release. "it is essential that we protect our roads and utilities. To do this we need to be proactive as a Town Board. I feel that my experience as a business leader will help the Board be even more effective for Franklin residents."

In the Ulster county towns of Hardenburgh and Denning, the Sullivan County town of Neversink, and the Delaware County towns of Andes, Bovina, Davenport, Delhi, Hamden and Meredith, there is a Republican primary race for the 101st State Assembly District, which features a contest between Claudia Tenney and Chris Farber.  According to the Daily Star, the outcome of the primary doesn't matter -- both Tenny and Farber will make it to the ballot in November. 

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The Arc is hiring! Assistant Program Director - Life Coach 12

Location: Community Living Skills, Walton

Responsibilities: Assist in the development of person-centered services that help self-advocates achieve their individualized valued outcomes. Assure achievement of all program goals and objectives. Provide training and professional supervision to program staff. Assist people we support to have meaningful lives.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent and five years experience working in the human services field, with at least one of those years working with people with disabilities or Bachelors degree in Human Services and three years experience working in the human services field, with at least one of those years working with people with disabilities. One year supervisory experience required. Demonstrated competencies in active listening, teaching, task analysis, behavior management, curriculum development, person-centered planning and oral and written communication.

Starting Salary: $41,078 yearly, additional with experience.Full benefit package available.  Read more

The Arc is hiring: Life Coach 10, Supervisor

2 Locations: Community Living Skills, Arkville or Walton, NY.

Responsibilities: Life Coach X shall provide professional training and supervision over the daily training programs provided by the Instructors, also provide case management services. Completion and updating of individual behavioral assessments, development of provision of formalized educational assessment and evaluation procedures, as required. Training and development of staff in areas including assessment, behavior management, and report writing. Develop self advocates and create an environment that promotes person centeredness.

Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required. Three years working in the human services field with one year working with individuals who have disabilities or Bachelors degree in Human Services and one year experience working with individuals who have disabilities.

Salary: $36,110 Yearly, additional with experience. Full benefit package available.  Read more

Boat the Pepacton in September, earn a badge

Above: A sailboat glides on the surface of the Pepacton Reservoir on May 26, 2012. Photo by Tina Schvejda; posted in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

This summer, the Catskills Outdoor Guide is partnering with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation to bring you our new Catskill Reservoir Paddler embroidered badge, which you can only earn by paddling a specific reservoir each month.

In September, the spotlight is on the Pepacton Reservoir. Paddle the Pepacton anytime between September 1 and 30, send in your proof, and a Catskill Reservoir Paddler badge will be yours. Click here or scroll down for full redemption instructions. 

The Pepacton reservoir is the workhouse of the Catskill reservoirs, holding more water than any other reservoir in the NYC system. It holds 140 billion gallons, and contributes a quarter of the entire city's water supply.

The 15-mile-long lake is studded with coves and is straddled by the Shavertown bridge, which is a great viewpoint for a photo shoot or an impromptu race. (Real races have been held on the Pepacton: in 2012, it hosted the first leg of the 2012 Adventure Race National Championship.)

The Pepacton has four boat launches spread along its lengthy shoreline. For a detailed map of the Pepacton and its boat launches, click here.

For our five-step guide to boating NYC's Catskills reservoirs, click here. 

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2nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

An especially sincere thank you to the community businesses sponsoring the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.  The golf tournament serves to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. 

First Place Winners

Tim and Teresa Hynes, David and Bea Hull

Second Place Winners

Tom and Ralph Ackerly, Bill Blish, George Griffin

Longest Drive Women

Margo Pinkos

Longest Drive Men

Tim Hynes


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