Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.


Parades and Ceremonies:


Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

Kaaterskill Clove: Deadly to zebras and humans alike

Above: Zula the zebra, in a widely distributed photo of the animal by Richard Myer.

Many humans have fallen to their deaths hiking in Kaaterskill Clove, a steep and scenic gorge that runs along windy Route 23A through the Greene County hamlets of Palenville and Haines Falls. Now a zebra has been added to the clove's body count.  

The body of Zula, a 200-pound plains zebra, was found on Monday, May 16 at the bottom of a cliff in Kaaterskill Clove, according to media reports and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read more

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Registration opened for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Landslide closes narrow Platte Clove Road

Above: A landslide on Platte Clove Rd. in the Greene County town of Hunter. Photo via the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 

A landslide on Sunday, May 8 blocked narrow Platte Clove Rd. in the Greene County town of Hunter, according to the Daily Freeman and photos from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which posted about the incident on Facebook

The seasonal road, which is closed in winter, had just reopened to traffic on April 15. 

Above: Another view of the landslide.

Tall trees and large boulders fell and blocked the road around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Hunter's town highway superintendent John Farrell told the Daily Freeman

Farrell said workers were on the scene all day Monday breaking up the large boulder, which he said included “layered” rock and shale. He said that the landslide was slow enough not to damage the surface of the road.

Farrell told the newspaper that the road would hopefully be open again by 9 a.m on Tuesday, May 10.

Update, 5 p.m.: Platte Clove Rd. was cleared of debris and open by noon today. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has a photo of the open road, below:  Read more

Margaretville Health Foundation and Peekamoose Partner for Celebrity Waiter Event

Celebrity: a famous person, albeit "local"

Waiter: one who serves food to people at tables

Synonyms: VIP, very important person, Garcon, Server, Waitperson

Both noble and hardworking professions, but let’s take out the hardworking and add some fun and entertainment as we invite you to participate in the Margaretville Health Foundation 2016 Celebrity Waiter Event. Become part of the fun as our Celebrity Waiters, will entertain and serve you, for tips, all to be donated for ensuring quality healthcare here in the Central Catskills.

The Margaretville Health Foundation, serves and supports the Margaretville healthcare campus of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  The Foundation strives to improve the level of healthcare to residents of this mountainous rural community and strives to achieve and insure that technological upgrades keep up with the fast pace growth in healthcare.

First responders rescue hiker injured on Devil's Path

Above: Indian Head and Twin Mountains on the eastern Devil's Path, photographed in October 2012 by EricAOrtner. 

New York Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and first responders from multiple fire departments and rescue squads helped rescue a 34-year-old Philadelphia woman who injured her ankle while hiking the Devil's Path Trail in the Greene County town of Hunter on Friday, April 29, according to a press release from the DEC.

The woman was hiking in a group of eight people on Friday afternoon when she sustained a lower leg injury, the press release states. Her fellow hikers "stabilized and wrapped the woman’s ankle and began to help her walk down the trail."

Greene County 911 received a call for help from the hiking group at 5:21 p.m. on Friday evening, the release states.  Read more

Coxsackie: Riverside Park Shoreline Cleanup

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join fellow volunteers and Riverkeeper for a shoreline cleanup at Coxsackie’s Riverside Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

Windham: Tree Planting at South Street

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join the Department of Environmental Protection and the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District for a tree planting on Windham’s Batavia Kill (at South Street) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

Athens: The Willows (the William Brandow House) Cleanup and Trail Building

May 7, 2016 - 10:00am

Join the Greene Land Trust for a cleanup and trail building at Athens’ The Willows (the William Brandow House) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

Jacques Serge Charlas, Five Decades of Creative Photography at Atelier Progressif

Dear Friends and Art Lovers,

We invite you to join us at the opening of Jacques Serge Charlas, Five Decades of Creative Photography at Atelier Progressif on Friday, May 6th, at 6:00 PM.


The Exhibition will showcase Jacques Charlas’ oeuvre including his first project in the early 1970s documenting the disappearance of Paris’ central market, Les Halles; the El Salvador revolution in the late 70s; coverage of the Soviet-Afghan War in the early 80s; and his story on Wall Street greed.  Later works in the show include Mr. Charlas’ Faces project, produced in the 90s, which portrays deeply surreal images found in ordinary objects; and his most recent body of work, in which he uses the camera as a brush and light as color to create digital paintings of contemporary abstract images.  

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