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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Celebrity Waiter Event at Peekamoose June 4th

The only thing serious about this event is the cause! The fun gets underway at Noon sharp when the Celebrity Waiters will greet you and guide you through this extra ordinary event. The Waiters will be competing as to whom will get the most “Tips”, all of which are donated to the Margaretville Health Foundation. If you usually tip 20% you might want to have more “Tip Bucks” available as they will pamper and entertain you for more. You can ask them to sing your favorite song, dance with you, play you a tune or tell a joke or two. Bring your imagination and make your Celebrity Waiter work for his “tip”.

Can’t wait to join us? Reserve now. The luncheon is $60 not including tips. Can’t be there? Donate a tip and tell us which waiter should get it. More information? Contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181 or email [email protected].

John Faso: Experienced politician faces voters who are fed up with "insiders"

Above: John Faso. Image via the Faso campaign.

In the increasingly negative race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has all the hallmarks of a traditional general election contender. But that might not help him, because 2016 is no traditional election year.

Nationally, maverick candidate Donald Trump has ousted more traditional Republican candidates from the race for president. In the race for the 19th Congressional District, which represents the Catskills and Hudson Valley, Faso’s opponents hope to do the same to him.

Faso, a Republican, began his campaign for Congress with high name recognition and a time-tested fundraising apparatus. He spent 16 years in the New York State Assembly from 1987 to 2002 and made an unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial bid in 2006 against Democrat Elliot Spitzer.

Now, Faso's status as an experienced politician and elected official has become both a blessing and a curse.  Read more

Fun, Fast and Furious Celebrity Waiter Event. Join us June 4th at Peekamoose

Reserve and join in the fun! Fast furious and friendly competition for "Tips". Join us on June 4th from Noon to 2pm and enjoy the luncheon prepared especially for this event by Peekamoose Restaurant. For reservations and information contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 or email [email protected].

If You Build it, They Will Come: The Science of Nesting Birds, Become a Citizen Scientist with NestWatch (Part 2)

May 14, 2016 - 1:00pm

Spring is here and that means nests, eggs, and baby birds! Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Lab of Ornithology Nestwatch program staff at the The Willows at Brandow Point in Athens. On our last visit to The Willows, NestWatch staff teamed up with you to install nest boxes (also called birdhouses). Now we will learn how to safely check those boxes and record important information such as the GPS coordinates of our nest sites, species of birds, and number of eggs and babies. Information we collect, aka “data”, will be added to NestWatch, a citizen science project that invites nature enthusiasts to report birds’ nests to scientists at Cornell. Learn tricks for findings nests “outside the box” and get started NestWatching your backyard birds. Come back for Workshop 3 and build a nest box to take home. These free, multi-part workshops are geared toward families with children ages 8-13.

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Presidential primary day in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr. 

For New York state voters who are registered with a political party, today--April 19, 2016--is the day to vote in New York state's presidential primary election.

It's one of the most exciting primary races in years, with Donald Trump expecting a landslide of Republican votes in his race against Ted Cruz and John Kasich while Hilary Clinton dukes it out with Bernie Sanders for the state's Democratic voters. 

The national and international press is watching New York voters--including some in the Catskills--as they go to the polls today.  Read more

MTHS starts their 2016 hike season with a hike to Shaupeneak Ridge

April 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Join The Mountain Top Historical Society on Saturday,  April 30, for a hike to Shaupeneak Ridge. Led by Mike Lanspery. Shaupeneak Ridge, near Esopus, NY South of Kingston is part of the Marlboro Mountains, the ridge that extends between the Hudson River and the Shawangunks. This is our first hike in the Marlboro Mountains. Mike tells us the planned route of 3.25 miles over all or parts of 3 trails should be easy to moderate, with views of the Hudson River. More information about the Shaupeneak Ridge Park can be found at Scenic Hudson's website and at the NYNJ Trails Conference website. Meet at the Esopus Fire Dept parking area 1142 Broadway, Esopus at 10:00 am. Return around 3:00 pm. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate hiking shoes.  Read more

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Golf Season is Almost Upon Us...Come Out and Play

Catskill Park passed over in New York budget, again

Above: Rick Roberts, the president of the Catskill Mountain Club, advocating for dedicated funding for the Catskill Park in the 2016-2017 New York state budget in Rep. Kevin Cahill's office on Feb. 9, 2016. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Despite months of fierce lobbying in Albany, advocates for the Catskills region of New York did not convince lawmakers to earmark a package of funds for the Catskill Park in the 2016-2017 New York state budget, which was hammered into agreement in the wee hours of Friday, April 1.

Advocates for the Catskills spent the first months of 2016 lobbying hard for the state to create $4 million line item for the Catskill Park in the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), a request they have repeated for years. 

On Feb. 9, during a Catskill Park Awareness Day lobbying event, about 60 people representing the Catskills went door-to-door among legislative offices in Albany to urge lawmakers to commit dedicated funding to the region.   Read more

Trout season opens across the Catskills

Above: "Peter with a Brown Trout,” by Joan Challacombe, one of the runners-up in the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. (The 2016 photo contest ends tonight, so enter now!) 

It's the first day of fishing season in the Catskills, and the oddly warm weather should be especially inviting to anglers across the region today.

The annual first cast at Junction Pool on the Beaverkill happened this morning in the Sullivan County town of Roscoe--aka "Trout Town USA"--at 7:30 a.m., and the celebrations continue all weekend with dinners and fly-tying celebrations, according to the Roscoe NY website.

Trout Unlimited - The Way of a Trout from Bill Strockbine on Vimeo.

Above: A vintage 1969 video made by Trout Unlimited about the life cycle of the trout. Thanks to the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited for sharing. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2016 Coldwater Fishing Forecast reports that fishing in the East and West Branches of the Delaware River in the western Catskills should improve this year because of improvements to the stream habitats for fish: 

Two new in-stream habitat improvement structures were installed in the East Branch tailwaters near Shinhopple and the Tomannex State Forest. The rock and wood structures are intended to provide cover where trout habitat has historically been marginal. Additionally, a large scale restoration project was completed on Sands Creek. A number of habitat structures and floodplain reconnection work was conducted along a one mile stretch of Sands Creek. Sands Creek is an important spawning tributary to the West Branch Delaware River.

The DEC also reports that the "the tailwaters of the West Branch continue to be one of the most productive fisheries for trophy trout in the northeast," but adds that some of those streams between the villages of East Branch and Hancock in Delaware County don't open for fishing until April 16 this year. 

To get you in the mood for fishing, the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sharing several trout fishing videos in their newsletter, including a vintage 1969 video made by Trout Unlimited about the life cycle of the trout (see above).

For a more modern take on the atmospherics of trout fishing, watch a short film about fishing on the Esopus Creek in Ulster County near Phoenicia, below. Look closely and you'll see some familiar Route 28 sites like the Phoenicia Diner.

Below: "Autumn Tailwaters - Fall Fishing & Wild Trout in the Catskills," was produced by Day Trip Films in partnership with Orvis in 2015.   Read more

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