The Craftskills - Bovina Center, Nov. 14-15

November 14, 2015 (All day)

The Craftskills is a celebration of all things local on Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Bovina Community Hall.

This will be the fourth annual gathering of artists, artisans, musicians and food vendors, offering a smorgasbord of Catskill culture. It's a chance for holiday shoppers to get a jump on the season and find unique, handmade gifts, to support local producers, and to have some fun with friends and neighbors. 

Upstate Adventure Guides will have an outdoor specialist available to help you plan your next hiking adventure, and there will be live music.

The Bovina Community Hall is located at 1866 County Highway 6. The fair is from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th. 


Happy Veterans Day

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~ Ambrose Redmoon

Thousands without power in Delaware County, hundreds without power in Shandaken

Above: A NYSEG power outage map at 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 10. 

Update, Wednesday, Nov. 11: Power was on again in the Delaware County town of Bovina by 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. Power had been restored to all but two Delaware County NYSEG customers as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, according to NYSEG's updated outage map. 

On Wednesday, scattered power outages were affecting other Catskills counties as well, with 585 NYSEG customers without power in the town of Shandaken and a smattering of Central Hudson customers without power in Greene County.

Original story, Tuesday, Nov. 10: 

The lights went out on Tuesday afternoon throughout Delaware County, according to outage information posted on New York State Electric and Gas's power outpage map.   Read more

Belleayre Mountain gets $1 million for new emergency center

Above: New York State Senator James Seward presents plans for a new medical facility to be built at Belleayre Mountain with a $1 million dollar grant. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center will receive $1 million dollars to construct a new emergency medical facility on the ski mountain, New York State Senator James Seward announced on Monday, Nov. 9.

At a press conference held at the state-owned ski resort in the Ulster County hamlet of Highmount, Seward unveiled plans for the new facility before a group of local officials and interested residents gathered at the mountain’s Overlook Lodge.

Seward was joined by Ted Blazer, the president and CEO of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which operates the ski mountain, and Joe Kelly, who serves as the second vice chair of ORDA’s board of directors.

Above: Senator James Seward and ORDA Second Vice-Chair Joe Kelly. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

In his remarks, Seward said that the ski center plays an important and evolving role in the economy of the Catskills.  Read more

New book describes the "color, charm and lunacy" of the Catskills

Above: The Flager in South Fallsburg in the 1950s Catskills. Image from 1950s Unlimited via Flickr.

To the wider world, the Catskills mean just one thing: The Borscht Belt, with its famous Jewish resorts that inspired the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

But Grossinger’s, Kutsher’s and the Concord only take up about two-and-a-half chapters of “The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America,” a new book released by Knopf on Oct. 27.

That surprised even its author, veteran entertainment journalist and writer Stephen Silverman.

Left: Stephen Silverman. Photo via the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Telling the story of the Catskills required five years of research and 450 pages. It’s the longest book Silverman had ever written.

“This is 150,000 words,” Silverman said. “You’re talking to somebody who is used to writing 200 words for People Magazine.”

By heft alone, it’s a coffee-table book—a big, glossy hardcover brick stuffed with four centuries of Catskills lore.

It's lavishly illustrated and intended for a mainstream audience that is once again rediscovering the region. (As the book shows, the Catskills have been discovered and re-discovered roughly every 50 years since the 17th century.) 

There’s the well-known history, like the story of how Jennie Grossinger created a world-famous Jewish resort out of her family’s Sullivan County boardinghouse. There are quick biographical sketches of the lives of must-mention 19th-century celebrities Jay Gould and John Burroughs. And there’s a snappy account of how Washington Irving wrote the legend of Rip Van Winkle.

But the best parts mine a rich vein of more obscure Catskills stories.

Promenading tourists find a gangster stabbed to death and strapped to a slot machine floating in Sullivan County’s Swan Lake in 1937.

Father Divine, the charismatic leader of the integrated Universal Peace Mission Movement, brings thousands of followers Ulster County in the 1930s.

Mark Carr, an enterprising farmer, invents the idea of commercial Christmas tree sales in America.

At Casa Susanna, a 1950s retreat in Jewett, a small colony of cross-dressers learn how to apply makeup and walk properly in a pair of pumps. 

“Illegal liquor. Religious cults. Gangsters. Left-wing children being raised on communist work songs," Silverman said. "You had restricted hotels that had signs that read, “No dogs and no Jews,” and then you had Jews. Murders took place. Religious salvation took place. There was the bluestone mining and leather tanning. It was a lively place.”

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What's Better Than Sex?

A 'Better Than Sex' Hot Toddy!

This darkly sweet and richly spicy combo of Catskill Provisions' Maple Cayenne Cocktail Rimmer mixed with our top selling Better Than Sex Tea - plus a shot of rum, of course - will help you keep the hearth fires burning during the cold months ahead!


  • Wet the rim of your cocktail glass and dip it in the Maple Cayenne Sugar for a fiery kick.
  • Brew a hot cup of Tay's Better than Sex Tea (picked by Real Simple Magazine as a top tea to beat the cold!)
  • Pour the steeped tea in your rimmed cocktail glass.
  • Mix in one shot of your favorite rum.
  • For an extra kick. add a pinch of the Cayenne rimmer to the mix itself!

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Administrative Coordinator Position Open

Department: MH Administration

Schedule: Per Diem

Shift: M-W-F Days (18 hour week) Weekends of Events (OT)

Union: No

Position Summary: The Margaretville Health Foundation Administrative Development Coordinator provides administrative, program, and mission support under the guidance of the Board of Directors. Including, but is not limited to, oversight of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, planning and coordination of major gift solicitations, oversight of donor stewardship and gift fulfillment, and assist in planning and coordination of special events.

Essential Job Qualifications: Education: Associates degree and/or 3 years working experience in related development, administrative, and management for a Not-for-Profit organization.

Other: Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Highly organized, excellent grammar and communication skills.

"Harvest of Songs" brings lessons about Catskills farms, food and water to NYC

Above: Story Laurie, the Andes storyteller and musician Laurie McIntosh, "sprouts like a seed" with Miss Mostert's kindergarten class in Delhi in 2013 as they write a song about germination. Photo courtesy of Harvest of Songs.

A set of songs written by Catskills and New York City schoolchildren about milking, picking pumpkins, farming and water are the heart of a new educational curriculum aimed at teachers throughout the city and its upstate watershed.

"Harvest of Songs," an educational project funded by local nonprofits Farm Catskills, the O'Connor Foundation and the Catskill Watershed Corporation, launched on Saturday, Oct. 24 with a potluck meal at the Hamden Inn in the Delaware County town of Hamden.

Laurie McIntosh, the artist behind the project, presented her work to the board of Farm Catskills.  Read more

Shandaken woman killed in fatal crash on Route 28 in Arkville

Above: Route 28 in Arkville near Oakley's Place, where last night's crash occurred. Image via Google Earth.

2:25 p.m. update: A 75-year-old Shandaken woman was killed in a head-on crash on Route 28 in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police.

Harriet A. Rauchut was driving east near the Oakley's Place restaurant just outside of the hamlet when her Mercury Grand Marquis sedan was hit by a pickup truck that had crossed into the eastbound lane, police say.

Forty-five-year-old Richard E. Herrel of Delhi was driving west in the pickup truck, a Chevrolet Silverado, when he "attempted to avoid an unknown object in the roadway" and drove into the oncoming lane in front of Rauchut, the press release states.

Emergency responders transported both drivers to Margaretville Memorial Hospital, where Herrel was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and where Rauchut was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. by Nanette Treadwell, a physician's assistant at the hospital.

Delaware County Coroner Richard Ucci later ruled that the cause of Rauchut's death was "blunt force trauma," police say.  Read more

Last-minute deal saves Walton's Kraft plant from closure

Above: Kraft macaroni and cheese. Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.

A Kraft Heinz manufacturing plant in the Delaware County town of Walton that was slated for closure has been saved in an eleventh-hour deal struck by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, according to a press release issued on Wednesday, Nov. 4.  Read more

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