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This weekend: Hunter hosts 10th annual Mountain Jam

Photo courtesy of Hunter Mountain.

The tenth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival, produced by Radio Woodstock WDST and hosted by Hunter Mountain, kicks off on Thursday, June 5 and continues through Sunday, June 8 featuring a line-up of 40 musical acts across three stages.

Jimmy Buff, program director at Radio Woodstock WDST, said booking acts for the Mountain Jam Music Festival is always a bit of a “juggling act.” It takes the perfect storm of luck, album releases and tour schedules to assemble the diverse line-up of new and old favorites.

“Sure, you’ve got your wish list every year,” Buff said. “But schedules have to match up with the dates. Work on this year’s Mountain Jam began when last year’s finished.”  Read more

Between meals: Catskills-style coffee breaks

Above: Phoenicia’s Mama’s Boy Market serves homemade baked goods and a selection of snacks from local purveyors.

Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of coffee shops and casual cafés that showcase coffee curation and offer sweet and savory snacks.

Bread Alone Bakery (breadalone.com, multiple locations) has been doing the bakery-café thing for decades, and has two Catskills shops: the main headquarters on Route 28 in Boiceville, and a satellite café in Woodstock. Flour milled to spec, locally sourced fresh dairy and wood-fired ovens are some of the ingredients in its well-loved recipes.  Read more

10% Off All-American Appetizers for Fourth of July Events

To kick off the month of June, we are excited to announce a new Fourth of July All-American Appetizer sale! Throughout the month of June, we will be offering a 10% discount on the following appetizers:

· Savoir Fare Greek Mini Lamb Burger (179040)

· Savoir Fare Buffalo Chicken Taco (179035)

· Savoir Fare Manhattan Mini Reuben (179028)

· Savoir Fare Southwest Salmon (179006)  Read more

Cairo man arrested on moonshine and weapons charges

A South Cairo man was arrested and jailed last week after police found evidence of an illegal distilling operation, unregistered guns, marijuana and fireworks at his home.

On Wednesday, May 28, Robert Litchko Jr. of South Cairo was arrested by officers from the Town of Cairo Police Department and the New York State Police at Catskill, after police executed a search warrant on his property that turned up a variety of contraband.

Litchko faces two charges under the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Law: illegal possession of a still/manufacture of illicit alcoholic beverages (a felony), and possession of illicit alcoholic beverages (a misdemeanor). Litchko is also charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of fireworks.

Litchko was arraigned in the Town of Cairo court and remanded to the Greene County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Black Bear, a Controversy in the Catskills

By John MacNaught, Wildlife Specialist for the Catskill Forst Association

The population of black bear in the Catskill region is steadily rising. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) 2013 annual black bear harvest summary, 636 bears were taken in 2013 in the southeastern zone of New York State. This number is up from the 2012 hunting season which had a take of 442 bears, and is also higher than the previous five year average of 521 bears taken per season. A higher black bear take may indicate a larger population of bears within the southeastern hunting zone, though harvest success is also factored by natural food availability, weather, and hunter participation.  Read more

Scout's Honor: Earn Catskills Badges

This summer, channel your inner Eagle Scout in the Catskills: Earn one of our outdoor badges by hiking a fire tower or paddling a reservoir. (That’s right, “earn”: Our Catskills badges can’t be bought.)

The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide is proud to present our 2014 Catskills Badge Program, which features two limited-edition embroidered badges: the brand-new Catskill Reservoir Paddler Badge and the popular Catskill Fire Towers Badge. They’re perfect for sewing onto a sash, a backpack or your favorite pair of Carhartts.

The badge program is simple: Boat a New York City reservoir or hike a fire tower in the Catskills, send us proof of your adventure (see details below), and you get your very own real-deal badge. You can’t buy these beauties in a store; you’ll have to earn them the old-fashioned way. So get out there and show us what you can do.  Read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for western Catskills

Above: The National Weather Service in Binghamton warns of an eastward-bound line of thunderstorms moving across the New York-Pennsylvania border.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for central New York and the western Catskills region, including Delaware and Sullivan counties. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

Hudson Valley Weather writes that the storms in the forecast are the result of an incoming cold front that could send temperatures plunging for the next week or so. 

The Catskills region may be in for some fierce storms this evening, which could bring hail as well as rain. But the approaching thunderstorms aren't likely to top 2013's Memorial Day weekend weather, when snowstorms blanketed the highest peaks of the Catskills in white.

Celebrating the trout

The 25-foot-long Giant Brook Trout, a creation of local artist Bud Wertheim, is a regular at Livingston Manor’s annual Trout Parade. Photo by Tyler Young; courtesy of Manor Ink (manorink.com).

The Catskills region is renowned as the cradle of American dry fly-fishing. It’s the place where, in the 1800s, local anglers first began to alter English flies into shapes and patterns that mimic our own native insects.

Today, the fly-tier’s art thrives in the Catskills. Roscoe, known as “Trout Town, USA,” boasts several excellent fly-fishing shops and many local fishing guides. Phoenicia, where an important angling history collection was gutted by a 2011 fire at the local library, is now home to a digital trove of local fly-fishing lore, with a detailed hatch chart that tracks the dates of local hatches and the flies used to mimic them (catskillanglingcollection.org).

But in the Catskills, it’s not just fly-fishers who revere the trout. The native brook trout and stocked browns and rainbows that run through the cold, clear waters of the Catskills’ many creeks are part of the soul of the community — and when fishing season rolls around, everyone celebrates.  Read more

The girl within: The real story behind Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina'

Above: Larry Pine and Patrick Page in Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina.'

History has a way of revealing itself by accident. In the 1990s, antique-furniture dealer Robert Swope was browsing a flea market in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when he stumbled upon a treasure trove—a collection of photographs taken in the ’50s and ’60s of men wearing women’s clothing, beaming beneath neatly coiffed wigs and dressed to Eisenhower-era perfection. This cache of snapshots turned out to be a visual record of life at Casa Susanna, a midcentury resort outside of Hunter, New York that catered to a very specific clientele: heterosexual male transvestites.  Read more


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