From the Lyon Mountain Blue Barn European Collection

From Czechoslovakia ...........
Bohemian Canister Set.........
Herbs, spices, coffee etc. ............
A rare and beautiful set...........

Can be viewed at our 5 show-rooms at 2517 Roses Brook Rd.
in Hobart, NY in the beautiful Catskills mountains.

Police: Margaretville woman was "significant" cocaine trafficker

A 66-year-old Margaretville woman who was allegedly dealing large amounts of cocaine out of her house has been arrested by Delaware County police, and is facing multiple felony drug trafficking charges. 

Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Diana LeDuc on Thursday, Sept. 4, after a search of her West Hubbell Hill Road home turned up a half-ounce of cocaine, two handguns and two high-capacity magazines. Police also found $500 cash and a public assistance benefit card in LeDuc's name. 

The search followed several weeks of investigation into the sale of cocaine from LeDuc's house, carried out by Delaware County sheriff's deputies and Village of Walton police. 

Police say that during the recent investigation, LeDuc sold large amounts of cocaine on three occasions. On one occasion, police say, LeDuc sold more than a half-ounce of cocaine, leading to a charge of second-degree sale of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony. If convicted, she will face up to ten years in prison for this charge.  Read more

Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training - Session One

October 14, 2014 (All day)

“My training and years of clinical work have convinced me that the overwhelming majority of our health problems, of all kinds – our physical health problems and our mental and emotional health problems – are caused by pain in our hearts, our spirit, and our soul.” — Eliot Cowan

It is easy to recognize that plants offer us food, oxygen, and medicines, but less known today is that plants have spirits with wisdom to nurture and heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ancient cultures and shamans have known for millennia that the medicine of plant spirits can bring us into balance and harmony, but much of this tradition has been lost in the West.

This course brings together shamanic techniques with the ancient Chinese medical philosophies of the Five Elements. As the course progresses, you will

  • learn Chinese Five Element worldview
  • study Pulse Taking
  • practice Household Shamanism
  • make direct relationship with plants through Shamanic Journeying
  • engage in intensive clinical work to hone Assessment/Treatment skills.

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Healing Camp - Five Days of Traditional Huichol Shamanic Healing

September 28, 2014 (All day)

We all yearn to be free of illness. And we long to feel connected… to our spirit, to each other and to the natural world, yet how often do we give ourselves time to nurture that heartfelt yearning? Our lives have become so busy and stressful! We know the pace takes a painful toll, which we try to remedy with healthy food, therapy, yoga classes or meditation. All these approaches help, yet still we wonder, could there be more?

Sometimes misfortune -- an accident, an illness, the death of a loved one-- opens us to look in new directions, to ask new questions:


Healing Camp is composed of five days of Huichol Shamanic Healing at the sacred ground of the Blue Deer Center. Through Eliot Cowan’s authentic training and apprenticeship with Huichol Indian shaman don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, you will discover that the medicine of the old cultures runs deep and exerts a powerful effect.  Read more


Personal Leadership Training

October 21, 2014 (All day)

This 5-day training will be a transformational journey into learning and leadership that combines a profound quality of Being with the ability to move into compassionate and powerful action.

Now more than ever, our leadership in the world has to be grounded in a deep connection with our own hearts, with each other, and with the natural world in which we live. This training is founded upon an awareness and knowledge of self; moves into a skillful understanding of and capacity to work with groups and group dynamics; and finally provides an overview of the many invisible systems and structures in our society and culture within which we have to work. Within this movement from the I to the We to the It, each level of awareness builds upon the other, and together create the holistic vision necessary for compassionate, transformational leadership.

The training will include experiential exercises as well as discussions and theoretical study, non-strenuous physical and somatic work, and creative and contemplative exercises in which we look to our own experience to help guide our learning and insight.

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This Weekend: Balsam Lake Fire Tower Hike

Above: Balsam Lake Fire Tower. Photo by Laurie Rankin.

This Saturday, experienced hikers from both sides of Balsam Lake Mountain in the remote town of Hardenburgh will lead hikes to the site of the oldest fire tower in the Catskills. A wooden fire tower at the summit was originally installed in 1887 to protect the privately-owned lands of the Balsam Lake Club. That original tower is long gone, but the 47-foot replacement has fabulous views.

You'll be hiking with two professionals: Lisa Lyons, the owner of Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, will lead a hike from the Sullivan County side of the mountain, while Bob Moses of the Catskill Mountain Club will lead one from the Delaware County side. The whole trip from bottom to top and back again is 4.4 miles from Sullivan County and 5.9 miles from Delaware County. 

To give you incentive to reach the top, there will be a ceremonial awarding of our signature Catskill Fire Tower patches to everyone who makes the trek.   Read more

Suzy Bogguss at the West Kortright Centre - Sunday, Sept. 14

Sunday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Country and Americana

Sponsored by Boynton Pro Audio

Since moving to Nashville in 1985, Suzy Bogguss has brought out sixteen albums of country, swing, jazz, and American roots music (three gold and one platinum), eight singles in country music’s top five, a Grammy, Academy of Country Music and multiple Country Music Association awards. She has appeared on scores of TV broadcasts (including “In Performance at the White House” and “Austin City Limits”) and performed live shows across the globe. She’ll be on tour with her new album, Lucky, a collection of Merle Haggard songs. She says, “Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s. He really is the poet of the common man.”

$27 ($30 day of); $24 Member ($27); $11 Under 19

Madison County man arrested for murder in Bovina

A Madison County man was arrested in the Delaware County town of Bovina on Monday and charged with second-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend, who was stabbed to death in the couple's Cazenovia home over the Labor Day weekend.

The victim, 44-year-old Amy Bradstreet, was the mother of the couple's young sons, ages 18 months and 3 years.

State police say that after Bradstreet was stabbed to death, the suspect -- 31-year-old Stephen Schumejda -- drove the two children about 100 miles to his mother's house on County Route 5 in Bovina, then called 911 to report the incident.

It was unclear whether Schumejda or his mother dialed the phone, said New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller, but the call, made around 8:35 a.m., came from the Bovina house.   Read more

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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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