SALE:Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild


Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 – 4:00 the Cats Guild will have a sale on the street in front of the store located at 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Join us for one-of-a-kind treasures made by local artists living within the region. A special “chocolate tasting” by Raelene Bond of Catskill Candies and Confections will be available.

Also on that date and time, our Delhi store located at 76 Main St. will also be having a sale. Come and visit us for children’s activities and wonderful local crafts. Hope to see you there.

NYC's Cannonsville hydropower plan is bittersweet news for local co-op

Above: The spillway at the Cannonsville Reservoir, where the New York City Department of Environmental Protection plans to build a 14-megawatt hydroelectric facility.

For half a century, a valuable source of local energy has gone untapped: the billions of gallons of water that pour each year through the release works at New York City's Cannonsville Reservoir and flow into the West Branch of the Delaware River. 

The Cannonsville will soon start to generate clean electric power -- and more tax revenue for the town of Deposit, where the plant will be located. But for a local electric co-op that once hoped to develop hydropower on city reservoirs, the news that the city is moving forward with the project is bittersweet. 

On Monday, Sept. 15, the New York Times broke the news that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was planning to build a 14-megawatt, $72 million hydropower facility on the Cannonsville; the DEP officially announced the building project the next day  Read more

Fleischmanns Theater may be reborn as historic dinner theater

Above: The Fleischmanns Theater, which may soon re-open as The Maxbilt dinner theater. Photos courtesy of Erik Johanson.

A Brooklyn couple who moved to the Catskills full-time in April has convinced the state of New York to nominate the derelict Fleischmanns Theater to the state and national registers of historic places.

It's the first step in Erik Johanson and Fernando Delgado's plan to re-open the property as The Maxbilt, a dinner theater featuring local food and independent film. 

"We're really interested in supporting what's already here," Johanson said. "We came upon it with fresh eyes as newcomers here, saw it as a gem, and want to bring it back to everybody."

On Friday, Sept. 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the theater is one of 22 properties across New York State that is being nominated for the historic designation. 

Left: Delgado and Johanson.

The theater's nomination to the State Register of Historic Places must be approved by the New York State historic preservation officer, who will then nominate the building to the National Register.

Official listing in historic registers would make the theater eligible for matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, which would in turn open the door to outside investment, Johanson says.

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More than 50 pot plants seized in Hancock; Colchester man arrested

Above: Lieutenant Timothy Buckley posing with one of the seized plants in Hancock on September 17, 2014.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 58-year-old Colchester man on Wednesday, September 17 in connection with a raid on a large marijuana grow operation in the town of Hancock, according to a press release.

After receiving a tip, officers found more than 50 marijuana plants in the raid along with a quantity of dried, processed weed.

James R. Nelson was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana and misdemeanor unlawful cultivation of marijuana. The criminal possession in the third degree charge, a class E felony, may be upgraded to a more serious charge once the exact amount marijuana recovered is established by a crime lab, the press release stated. 

Nelson will appear in court in the Town of Hancock on September 29. 

Undersheriff Craig DuMond asked tipsters to continue to use the Sheriff’s Office toll free tip-line, (888) 914-9111. "Tips definitely make a difference," DuMond stated in the press release. 

More review in store for the Belleayre Resort?

Above: Gary Gailes, a spokesman for Crossroads Ventures LLC, shows Watershed Post reporter Lissa Harris details of a scale model of the proposed Belleayre Resort in 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For months, backers of the long-planned Belleayre Resort project have been eagerly anticipating the end of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's lengthy process of environmental review.

The developer, Crossroads Ventures LLC, is eager to break ground on the project, which has been in the planning process for almost 15 years.

Town planning boards in the towns of Shandaken and Middletown, which the resort will straddle, are anxious to begin their own review process. 

But before the state DEC can sign off on the project, clearing the way for permits to be issued, at least one more hurdle remains -- and it may not be a trivial one.

A legal process set in motion years ago to have an administrative law judge examine potential issues raised by the project is still open, and until it is officially dismissed or carried out, the Belleayre Resort cannot move forward.

Environmental groups that sought to downsize the project years ago will now have another chance to weigh in, and may seek to keep that process open in an effort to make further changes.  Read more

Wild Food Foraging - Sunday, Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, 12:30–5 PM

Wild Food Foraging/Fall

With Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower at the West Kortright Centre

All ages; $15

Take a fall adventure in the fields surrounding the WKC. Those weeds you thought useless will prove quite the opposite! Discover how many common wild plants can feed your body and nourish the soul. Pre-registration not required.

Las Cafeteras - Saturday, Oct. 4

October 4, Saturday, 7 PM

Las Cafeteras at the West Kortright Centre

Urban folk music from the streets of East LA

Las Cafeteras creates a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado dancing, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. In a remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafetera adds Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the tarima. “Uniquely Angeleno mishmash… hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic”—LA Times.

$26 ($29 day of); $22 Member ($25); $11 Under 19

Chiara String Quartet - Saturday, Sept. 28

September 28, Sunday, 2 PM

Chiara String Quartet at the West Kortright Centre

Bartók by Heart

Chiara String Quartet has established itself as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for its highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (Boston Globe). The quartet's recent international travels have included extensive tours of China, Korea, and Sweden as well as appearances at the American Academy in Rome and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and a performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains in Munich. Harkening back to a tradition that is centuries old and still common among soloists, the ensemble has adapted to performing sans printed sheet music. They will perform three Bartók string quartets from memory.

$24 ($28 day of); $21 Member ($25); $11 Under 19

17th Annual QUILT SHOW

September 27, 2014 - 10:00am

Let’s Celebrate Quilting

The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame is proud to present the 17th quilt show featuring outstanding quilters from all five counties in the Catskill Mountains, which includes Delaware, Schoharie, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster.

This year’s theme “Let’s Celebrate Quilting” will be interpreted in traditional and art quilts sure to expand your understanding of what quilting is all about. 

The show will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

At the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury, NY

For additional information regarding the show, call Frances Archibald, 607.287.0773 or email

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Exhibit Opening: Inspired by Quilts

September 20, 2014 - 4:00pm


Group Exhibit

September 20–November 8

Artist Reception September 20, 4:00–6:00 pm

This curated group exhibit complements the biennial Catskill Quilters Hall of Fame event, which takes place this year at the Roxbury Arts Center.

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