This weekend: National Trails Day hikes and lectures

Above: The view west from Split Rock, a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail. Photo by Lisa M. Lyons.

Outdoors groups around the Catskills are hosting hikes, walks and lectures to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6.

In the Greene County village of Tannersville, the Mountain Top Historical Society is hosting a day of hiking, lunch, and history at the historic Deer Mountain Inn. A hike along the inn's trails begins at 9 a.m., followed by a gourmet bag lunch and a lecture about the19th-century naturalist John Burroughs by Paul Misko and Burroughs' granddaughter, Joan. A "Burroughs Trivia Quiz" is planned. Reservations are required. Call 518-589-6657 or email [email protected].  Read more

This weekend: Mountain Jam

Above: A scene from last year's Mountain Jam. Photo via the Mountain Jam Facebook page. 

Gary Chetkof, the president and owner of WDST Radio Woodstock 100.1 FM, insists he wasn’t really trying to start anything back in 2004, when he launched the first Mountain Jam Music Festival.

“I just wanted to throw a big outdoor party for WDST’s 30th anniversary,” he said. “It was fun, and people started saying, ‘Are you going to do this again next year? Do it! Do it!’ It wasn’t really my intention, but what the hell. We tried it again, we added camping, and it just grew and grew.”  Read more

DEC gives $400,000 in grants to fund parks, paths and signs in the Catskills

Above: Eight Catskills towns, villages and nonprofits received grant money from the DEC this week. From left: Hunter Town Councilman David Kukle, Neversink Town Supervisor Mark McCarthy, CWC planner Peter Manning, Lexington Town Supervisor Dixie Baldrey, Windham Town Councilman Robert Pelham, MARK Project Deputy Director Kent Brown, Andes Town Supervisor Marty Donnelly, Cairo Town Supervisor Ted Banta and DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens. In front is Dylan Walrath, the contracts coordinator for the Division of Lands and Forests at the DEC, who coordinated the grants. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Elected officials from communities across the Catskills gathered in the Delaware County village of Margaretville to accept grant funds and accolades from Joseph Martens, the head of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on Tuesday, June 2.  Read more

National Trails Day: The hike to Huckleberry Point

Above: The view from Huckleberry Point. Photo by Alan Via.

June 6 is National Trails Day, a celebration of the American trails system that's been commemorated on the first Saturday of June for the last 22 years. People are encouraged to get out and hike and bring their friends. If you're looking for a scenic trip in the Catskills that all hikers will enjoy, give Huckleberry Point in Greene County a try.

The trailhead is on County Road 6, also known as Platte Clove Road, south of the village of Tannersville. It can be reached from County Road 16 in the hamlet of Tannersville or County Road 33 which becomes the spectacular, vertiginous Platte Clove Road from West Saugerties.

Huckleberry Point shares the same trailhead as the trail to the top of Kaaterskill High Peak, one of the most prominent mountains in the entire Catskills range. If you're feeling ambitious, continue on up to the Kaaterskill High Peak at the trail junction about halfway through the hike.  Read more

Blazing trails: New in the Catskills outdoors

Above: The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is scheduled to open in July, features a a .75-mile paved trail that leads to an additional .25 to .5-mile paved trail towards the Esopus Creek. Photo by Julia Reischel.

We're celebrating Catskills outdoors and trails this week as we ramp up for National Trails Day, which is Saturday, June 6. Here's a roundup of new trails and attractions that have opened in the past year or will soon open in the Catskills. 

June 2014
Funded by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Conservation Corps formed in 2014. Volunteers with the Corps build and maintain trails, conduct research, pick up litter, root out invasive species and generally keep an eye on things in the Catskill Park. Workshops teach Corps members how to plan a trail, swing a mattock and identify nasty plants.  Read more

Great Food and Lots of Fun at "Celebrity" Waiter Event

Join us at Peekamoose Restaurant on June 6th at Noon for great entertainment as our own Catskill "Celebrities" wait on diners. For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

Mama’s Boy Burgers opens under Tannersville’s giant ice cream cone

Above: Mama's Boy Burgers in Tannersville on May 17. Photo by Julia Reischel.

A vacant ice cream parlor in the Greene County village of Tannersville has reopened as Mama’s Boy Burgers, a roadside grab-and-go eatery serving 26 flavors of custard and local grassfed hamburgers.

The restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating and an outdoor walk-up ice cream bar, celebrates its grand opening this Saturday, May 30.

But it’s already been open for several weeks to allow its staff of 10 and owner Michael Koegel, who also owns the Mama’s Boy Market coffeeshop in Phoenicia, to work out the kinks.

The building, which is topped with a giant ice cream cone sculpture, is a Tannersville icon. lt once housed Smiley’s Kosher Ice Cream, but was falling into disrepair when the Hunter Foundation bought it in 2011

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Steampunk in the Catskills at the Blackthorne Resort

June 5, 2015 (All day)

The festival will be held June 5-7 at the Blackthorne Resort, East Durham, Greene County, NY.

The festival is being organized by Jeff Mach and Friends. (See Facebook at Steampunk in the Catskills with Jeff Mach and Friends). Mach is the largest promotor of Steampunk festivals in the US. His festivals include the Steampunk World’s Fair and Wicked Faire, both held in Piscataway, New Jersey. He is collaborating with the Handel family, owners of the Blackthorn for many years. Headline entertainers at the event will include Frenchy and the Punk, Professor Mark Donnelly, Jeff Mach, Nicole Oliva Soprano, and Captain Zorihk. Frenchy and the Punk, who live in New Paltz, are one of the top 4 steampunk bands in the US.  Read more

Man stole planters from Coxsackie cemetery, sold them for profit, police say

A 24-year-old Coxsackie man resorted to cemetery desecration when he needed some extra cash in April, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Kristopher K. Komaromi stole multiple concrete flower planters from grave sites in Coxsackie's Riverside Cemetery during the week of April 27, police say. He then reportedly sold the planters to local antique shops, netting himself a profit.

According to WNYT, one of those antiques dealers turned Komaromi in last week.

Komaromi was arrested on Friday, May 22 and is being charged with three counts of first degree cemetery desecration, a felony, and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.

WNYT visited Riverside Cemetery on Tuesday, May 26 and talked to distraught relatives of the dead:  Read more

Fatal motorcycle crash leaves man dead, 12-year-old injured

A 32-year-old man died and his 12-year-old passenger was seriously injured after their motocycle crashed head-on into a car in the Greene County town of Athens on the morning of Saturday, May 23, according to a press release from the New York State Police

The crash, which is under investigation, happened at 8:19 a.m. on Leeds-Athens Road just as the Memorial Day weekend was beginning, police say.

Corey Hoag, a Valatie man who was the driver of the motorcycle, died of his injuries at the scene. The 12-year-old boy who was riding with him, who is not being identified, was seriously injured, police say. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

The car that collided with the motorcycle has three passengers, all of whom were uninjured, police say.

The New York State Police were assisted at the scene by the Leeds Fire Department, West Athens-Lime Street Fire Department, Catskill Ambulance, New York State Department of Environmental Conversation and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, according to the press release. 

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