THE JOY OF SAX celebrated in fifth weekend of 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival

The 23Arts Initiative is set to continue its Summer Music & Jazz Festival with an upcoming weekend with the Catskill Jazz Factory featuring THE JOY OF SAX, an all-star premiere lineup in celebration of the 175 th anniversary of the saxophone. Led by Peter and Will Anderson, named “virtuosos on saxophone” by the New York Times, this event will showcase various jazz styles ranging from bop to swing and takes place at the Villa Vosilla in Tannersville on Friday, July 29 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at  Read more

Despite safety improvements, another death at Kaaterskill Falls

Above: Kaaterskill Falls. Photo by Andy Arthur via Flickr. 

Despite extensive safety improvements at Kaaterskill Falls, another person has died after falling off the famous waterfall while hiking.

A 17-year-old New Jersey man died on Wednesday morning, July 27, after he fell from the waterfall while hiking, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

A 911 call was made from a group of the man’s companions around 8:55 a.m., according to the Daily Mail.   Read more

And the winners are....

Golfers whether there for the fun and camaraderie or to win and bragging rights we thank you all. And the winners are: ....First Prize - NBT Team - Brad Anderson, JR Lawrence, Randy Eighmey and Justin Eighmey ....Second Prize - Farley & Associates Team - Donald Farley, Christine Dunphy, Christine Batey and Mike Batey ....Closest to the Pin - Lori Cohen and Tony Tanner ....Longest Drive - Christine Dunphy and Doug Hinkley. Congratulations to all. Fourth Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Margaretville Health Foundation brought out some past players and new faces to continue the support of our Central Catskill community healthcare facilities, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Facility. The Driving Range and the Putting Greens were utilized by all as players got their game on!

Blue Skies and Warm Breezy Weather for Foundation Golf Tournament

Thank you to all our Sponsors, Tee Sponsors and Supporters. The Margaretville Health Foundation Golf Tournament is made possible by your generous support and participation.

One Catskills newspaper closes, two more cut reporters

Weekly newspapers in the Catskills region have had a bad month. One local weekly quit publishing entirely, while two more that are part of a regional chain laid off veteran reporters.

The Delaware County Times, a newspaper that traces its lineage back to 1839 in Delhi, published its last issue on Friday, July 8.

The paper employed three people in its Delhi office on a part-time basis and relied on a cadre of freelance journalists, including the author of this article, to cover local news. Contributors were notified on July 8 that the paper would cease publication.

Donald Bishop, the publisher of the paper, did not return a request for comment. Cathy Roloson, who coordinated the news gathering and layout of the paper, said that a companion publication, the semiannual Kaatskill Life magazine, will continue to be published online and that she will continue to work in the Delhi office. She also indicated that the Delaware County Times may resume publishing in the future.  Read more

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

Optional Skins Game at Golf Tournament

Less controversy over renewing NYC’s watershed permit at second Catskills forum

Above: Vernon Benjamin of the town of Saugerties addresses New York State Department of Health staffer Pamela Young and a colleague at a public forum on New York City's Filtration Avoidance Determination on June 29 in Hunter. Saugerties isn't in New York City's "west-of-Hudson" upstate watershed, Benjamin said, but rather is in its “east-of-west-of-Hudson-watershed.” Photos by Julia Reischel. 

The second of two Catskills information sessions about New York City's Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD), which is due to be renewed in May 2017, was a quiet affair held at the Kaatskill Mountain Club hotel in the Greene County town of Hunter on Wednesday, June 29.

A similar meeting in the Delaware County town of Delhi on June 21 was packed with rebellious comments from local officials upset with certain aspects of the agreement between New York City and its upstate watershed.   Read more

Fatal crash, drowning and bizarre shooting happen in Greene County over weekend

One person drowned, another was killed when an SUV flipped over and a third was found riding in a car with a gunshot wound in a series of odd incidents in Greene County over the weekend, according to media reports.

Only sketchy details are available from police about all three incidents.

First, on Friday, July 8, a person drowned in a “small body of water” near Route 145 in the town of Durham, the New York State Police told the Daily Mail.  County officials have ordered a toxicology report in the case, but police have released zero information about the victim, the circumstances of the drowning or even exactly where the incident occurred.

On Saturday, July 9, in the nearby town of Cairo, police had a shock when they pulled over a vehicle on Route 145 for a traffic violation, only to discover that one of the four men inside had been shot, the Daily Mail reported. The man was hospitalized, and no more information about the incident or the victim is available.  Read more

23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival host to five weeks of Catskill Jazz Factory residencies


The Catskill Jazz Factory Festival will kick-off this week with the captivating performances of composer, producer and virtuoso pianist Marc Cary, the first of five weekly residencies that will host world-renowned jazz artists to perform at unique sites in Tannersville, New York and the Hudson Valley area this summer.

Cary, who has worked with Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Abbey Lincoln and Roy Hargrove among others, brings an ensemble of today's top jazz artists, dancers and vocalists to present "The Heartbeat of Harlem," a repertoire fusing the legacy and creative vitality of the Harlem Rennaissance with contemporary innovations of the world of jazz and beyond today.

"There isn't much in the modern-jazz-musician toolkit that Marc Cary hasn't mastered..." - Nate Chinen, New York Times  Read more

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