Holiday Shopping Guide for the Great Western Catskills

There is snow on the ground and sitting on treetops. Main Streets throughout Delaware County are being dressed for the season, and a festive (though cold) wind is in the air! Thanksgiving is upon us and, like gravy on turkey, we’ve rounded up those uniquely Catskills markets to make your holidays complete!

Saturday, November 22nd

DELHI:  The Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild is hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving Early Bird Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 76 Main Street. Not in Delhi? Visit their Margaretville location for more great locally made arts and crafts.

Sunday, November 23rd  Read more

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Friends and Neighbors

Holiday Store Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10AM to 5PM

Sunday 10AM to 3PM

Closed Tueday and Wednesday

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – White Oak

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – White Oak
Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. Tonight we’ll be discussing the WHITE OAK tree. White oak has beautiful wood that is used in a wide variety of wood products. It is also extremely important to wildlife that depend upon its nutritious acorns to survive winter.  Read more

Sean O'Shaughnessy, Licensed RE Salesperson

Sean O'Shaughnessy

Lic. R.E. Salesperson

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties

75 Bridge Street, Box 667

Margaretville NY 12455

W: 845-586-3321 Ext. 22

Fax: 845-586-4066
Cell: 607-287-0030

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New technology center opens at Roxbury school

Above: A video report about the grand opening of the Numann Technology Center, produced by Vecc Videography. 

Roxbury Central School has a new technology center filled with banks of new desktops, laptops, and tablets, and decorated with the whimsical interior design style of a Sillicon Valley start-up.

The Numann Technology Center, funds for which were donated by philanthropist and Roxbury local Guy Numann, held its grand opening ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14 after two years of development. A large crowd of elected officials filled RCS's auditorium to celebrate. 

Numann, who graduated from the small rural school in Delaware County in 1949 and went on to have a career in technology, hopes that state-of-the-art software and equipment will inspire students to start their own tech and science businesses at home instead of leaving the rural Catskills for jobs elsewhere.  Read more

Forest Food Plots or Tragedy of the Commons

For those that hunt the great white-tailed deer of North America or that are involved in managing for any number of the popular game species, food plots are well known. According to Wikipedia, “a food plot is a planted area set aside to act as a food source for wildlife. The term was coined by the U.S. hunting and outdoor industries. Food plots generally consist of but are not limited to legumes (clovers, alfalfa, beans, etc.) or forage grasses.”

Food plots can be a great way to increase both the nutritional density of vegetation on a small acreage of land, while enhancing wildlife diversity and abundance. For this reason, managers of deer, grouse, quail, bear, turkey, and others continue to implement food plots.  Read more

Mid Century at the Blue Barn

Hot Pink Armoire, all Original Bakelite trim

4 matching hot pink chairs, table with 1 addition leaf

Armoire all Original, Starburst Pattern
Inside Cedar and Oak

2 matching beds, Starburst Pattern, all slats and boards included

Exceptional Pieces from our Collection.

Can be viewed and purchased at Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques,
2527 Roses Brook Rd, Hobart NY 13788

Winter hours:
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM or by appointment

Make an appointment and we will have hot cider and something sweet waiting for you.

A new snow

Above: Snow-covered Hamden in Delaware County, looking toward Franklin, shot from the air at 7:50 a.m. on Nov. 14 by Jessica Vecchione of Vecc Videography.

It snowed throughout the night in the Catskills, according to Hudson Valley Weather's Facebook page. Authorities are warning of black ice and slickness on the roads this morning.

Yep, winter has arrived. 

What does it look like where you are? Send your best snow shots to [email protected], share them on our Facebook page, or upload them to our Flickr page

Number of reservoir boaters grows; majority are locals

Above: A paddler heads down to the shore of the Pepacton Reservoir during the 2014 boating season. Photo via the NYC DEP's Flickr page. 

In the three years since the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened four of its upstate reservoirs to recreational boating, the number of people taking advantage of the program has steadily grown.

On Nov. 13, the DEP released its statistics for the 2014 season, which lasted from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with the announcement that visits to the Pepacton, Neversink, Schoharie and Cannonsville Reservoirs have hit a new all-time high of 1,182. 

In 2013, the total number of visits to all reservoirs was 1,074. That's a 10 percent rise, which is better than the average stock market return.  Read more

A Catskills rhapsody: "To Be Forever Wild"

David Becker released "To Be Forever Wild," a documentary film about the Catskills, in the summer of 2014. The project has been four years in the making—we interviewed Becker back in 2012 about his plans for the film, which was shot and edited collaboratively with the help of a large crew of volunteers. This fall, Jenna Scherer, our arts correspondent, got to watch the finished product. Here's her review. - Ed. 

The Catskill Mountains are hundreds of millions of years old, formed by eons of sedimentary accumulation, continental collision, glacial erosion and deforestation. But for every new generation that claps eyes on the region, it’s something brand new.

That sense of novelty and aw-shucks wonder is the engine that fuels "To Be Forever Wild," filmmaker David Becker’s new documentary about the Catskills and the way they make people feel.

Left: Director David Becker, photographed at Dibble's Quarry in the Catskill Mountains.

The film covers 12 days in the lives of Becker his crew, a group of young artists, filmmakers and musicians—mostly from New York City—as they head north to do the mountain thing. Along the way, they rub elbows with knowledgeable locals versed in everything from geology to fly-fishing—and, of course, Sullivan County homeowner and movie star Mark Ruffalo.

As a director, Becker goes out of his way to capture a sense of motion and life, taking the camera on cliff jumps off the edge of waterfalls, on zip-line rides through the tree canopy, and careening down scenic sunlit highways.

The in-between moments in this movie are about the crew finding creative inspiration in their surroundings: folky jam sessions around a campfire, sketches at Artist Rock in Greene County, and antique-camera photos of swimmin’ holes.

This can all feel a little precious at times, but fortunately, that’s not the meat and potatoes of the film. That would be Becker’s motley mix of interview subjects, who all get jazzed about the Catskills in different ways.

Among them are natural historian Michael Kudish, who leads the film crew into the woods as he cores a bog; Ellen Kalish of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, who rehabilitates injured owls and hawks; and Lama Karma, a monk from Woodstock’s Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery, who emigrated to the region from Tibet. The diversity of perspectives gives you an appreciation of just how many different ways there are to look at a place like this.

Becker's muse is 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, the Catskills’ own famous essayist and conservationist. But "Forever Wild’s" spirit is closer to that of a group of little kids who appear early in the film, waxing rhapsodic about sticks.

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