Wearable Arts exhibit

July 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Greene County Council on the Arts’ new Wearable Arts exhibit features the intersection of art and fashion through designs by thirty New York designers. On view July 30 through September 17, 2016, with an opening reception Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 5-7pm, the Wearable Arts exhibit is co-curated by fashion icons Michele Saunders and Jojo Americo. All designs featured in the exhibit are for sale. 

JOIN US for the Wearable Arts opening reception on July 30 from 5-7pm at GCCA, 398 Main Street, Catskill NY. And mark your calendars for the Wearable Arts fashion show to be held on August 13, 2016 at Joe's Garage, 443 Main Street, Catskill NY!! 



Jazz, Blues & German Lieder showcased in fourth weekend of 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival

The 23Arts Initiative is set to continue its Summer Music & Jazz Festival with an upcoming weekend featuring 3 back-to-back days of jazz, blues, Americana and German Lieder: Born from the Blues featuring Sammy Miller & the Congregation at Hathaway House on July 22, Blues at the Arboretum featuring Professor Louie & Friends at the Mountain Top Arboretum on July 23, and The Beauty of Song featuring pianist Babette Hierholzer and Swiss baritone Aneas Humm at Haines Falls Methodist Church on July 24. The 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival runs from July 2 to August 14 and features over a dozen diverse performing arts events in ten different mountaintop locations. This concert is free and open to the public, with all information available at    Read more

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Music from High Peaks

August 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre’s newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent. “Music from High Peaks” features various chamber music combinations and crossover repertoire include cello chorus, solo and duo piano, quartets, sextets, and the High Peaks Chamber orchestra in works by J. S. Bach, Grieg, Chopin, Dvorak, Gershwin and more. The performance takes place on Friday August 12 at 7:00pm in the theatre, located at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, and are available in advance at or at the door one half hour prior to the performance.


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New York Gov. Cuomo plugs Catskills with Robert De Niro

Above: A poster promoting Lake Wawaka in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, one of six ads that will promote the Catskills region in the NYC public transit system this summer. To see all six posters, click here. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled out all the stops to promote the Catskills region this week. As his staff bombarded social media with a media blitz about the charms of the Catskills region, the governor spent a day hitting Catskills tourism hotspots, at one point appearing with movie star Robert De Niro at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

De Niro, who owns 78 acres in the Ulster County town of Gardiner, cracked Borscht-Belt-style jokes while extolling his love of the Catskills.

“I wanted to change my name from Robert De Niro to Rugelach De Goldfarb De Niro Steinberg, and spend the summers in the Catskills telling jokes,” De Niro said, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Above: Robert De Niro delivers a tribute to Borscht Belt-style jokes. Video via New York

“If there is a region of the state that has more potential for tourism activity, it is the Catskills,” Cuomo said, according to a transcript of his remarks issued by his office. “Mr. De Niro and I were talking on the way up, it is still basically a secret for generations of New Yorkers.”

Above: Actor Robert De Niro, who has a home in Ulster County, delivers one-liners at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on June 30 as part of the Catskills Challenge. Photo via the Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr page. 

On Wednesday, June 29, Cuomo was scheduled to take a “Ride the Catskills” motorcycle ride from Windham to Roscoe, stopping at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center along the way. But, according to the Catskill Mountain News, Cuomo himself wasn't in the convoy of bikers that made the trip. 

On Thursday, June 30, the governor did show up at the “Catskills Challenge,” a day of activities modeled after a similar event his administration launched in the Adirondacks three years ago.

The Catskills Challenge began with the appearance with Robert De Niro in Bethel and ended with the governor racing state legislators in rafts on the Delaware River. (Naturally, the governor won, according to the Times Herald-Record.)

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 On Saturday, August 20th WJFF will honor volunteers and community members who have made an extraordinary impact on the WJFF listening area at a special Awards Night at Mr. Willy's in Monticello, NY.  Read more

Golf Annual Margaretville Health Foundation Event

Enjoy a pleasant day out with family and friends.

Avid golfers, weekend golfers, women, men, teams and singles.

Short a foursome? We will match you up with other golfers.

Barbecue dinner to follow right there at Cafe on the Green.

Raffle, prizes, snacks and beverage cart roaming the course.

For registration call Penny Vaccaro at 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181


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How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more


August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

Her talent is legendary, her true story electrifying. THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND by Billy Van Zandt is a fictional account of Judy Garland’s final concert appearance at the Falconer Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 25, 1969. Backstage, Judy dishes the dirt on her MGM co-stars, her husbands, and much, much more. Flo Hayle directs Kathleen Devine (ALL MY CHILDREN, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) and Caedmon Holland (LUCKY LINDY) in this wickedly witty and touching trip down the yellow brick road of Judy’s incredible life. Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy, 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm August 19-28. Special “Pay-What-You-Can” performance Sunday August 21. Regular tickets are $20, $10 for patrons age 21 and under, and can be pre-purchased at or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets will also be on sale at the door one half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis.


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