Boom! Catskills fourth of July photos

Above: Fireworks in Margaretville on Friday, July 3, by Joshua Trupin. 

Happy Independence Day weekend! Here are some photos from around the Catskills this Fourth of July. 

Above: The Independence Day parade in Windham on July 4, by Petra Davenport. 

Above: Jupiter and Venus appear next to each other in the sky during their historic conjunction, which peaked this week on Tuesday, June 30 but which continued to dazzle on Saturday, July 4 in Monticello while the fireworks were popping. Photo by John of Catskills Photography.

This weekend: Fourth of July in the Catskills

Above: Margaretville's Fire Department Field Days and Carnival comes to a grand finale this weekend, July 3 and July 4. Photo by Joe Damone Photography.

We're already written about where to find fireworks on this Fourth of July in the Catskills. But there’s lots of other things going on across the region as well. Here are a few of our favorites, county by county.

DELAWARE COUNTY

On Friday, July 3, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith celebrates its 40th birthday with a gala dance under the stars with Hazmat Modine, a pan-ethnic roots and blues band. Chicken dinner at 7 p.m.; music begins at 8 p.m. If you were born in 1975 or are driving a 1975 car, you get in free.   Read more

Catskills Fourth of July: Fireworks

Above: Fireworks at the Monticello Raceway on July 4, 2014. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.  

Independence Day in the Catskills means barbecue, waters warm enough to swim in, and lots of time spent outside. But we know that you're really here for the fireworks. Here's our five-county lowdown on where to see fireworks in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties over the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.

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Farmers' Market of the Week: Rock Hill

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2015 growing season.

This week's market is the Rock Hill Farmers' Market, located at 223 Rock Hill Drive in Rock Hill, NY.  Read more

10 Catskill mountain waterfalls worth visiting

Above: Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove (number 1 on the list below). Photo by Joshua Trupin.

Steep slopes and restless streams make the Catskill Mountains rich waterfall territory. Here are 10 falls worth visiting, winnowed down from the dozens and dozens to be found in the region. Some are a cool reward at the end of a rugged hike, while others plunge just a few yards from the road.

While most waterfalls in the Catskills are located in the high escarpment in the east part of Greene County, there are cascades, plunges and cataracts in each of the counties that make up the region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. All five counties are represented on this list, so there's a waterfall here close to you.   Read more

Brittany Elliott to Perform at Foundation Event on July 11th

We are pleased to announce that entertainment for this year’s

Margaretville Health Foundation Event will be performed by Brittany Elliot.

Brittany is a resident of New Kingston and is seventh generation from

her family homestead, Crystal Brook Farms, settled in 1817 by Thomas Elliot.

From an extended size musical family,

Brittany has got something no other family member has:  Love for composing music.

Graduated from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 2011,

she majored with a B.A. Degree in Music Performance.

Brittany will be performing on keyboards.

Shotgun Start

New life for Kutsher's resort as a yoga retreat center

Above: The groundbreaking of the Z Living/Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center. From left to right: Mike McCormack, LMV Architecture, LLP; Chrissy Schiff, representative for Congressman Chris Gibson; Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott B. Samuelson; Town of Thompson Supervisor Bill Rieber; Mark Kutsher; Walter Garigliano; Sullivan County Partnership President and CEO Marc Baez; Sullivan County Visitors Association President and CEO Roberta Byron-Lockwood; hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal; and Dr. Subhash Chandra, the media mogul behind the project. Photos courtesy of Z Living and the Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center.

A billionaire Indian media mogul's plans to build a wellness retreat center and resort on the bones of the defunct Borscht Belt Kutsher's Country Club in the Sullivan County village of Monticello became reality during a groundbreaking ceremony held on Sunday, June 21, according to media reports and a press release.  Read more

Son of woman who died in Rock Hill parade kills himself during encounter with police

The 43-year-old son of a woman who was killed during Rock Hill's St. Patrick's Day Parade in March shot himself during an encounter with police in Rock Hill on Wednesday, June 17, according to MudHudson News and the Times Herald-Record

Richard Bernstein, who originally grew up in the Sullivan County hamlet of Rock Hill, was the son of Susan McCormick, police say.

Left: Richard Bernstein in his Collier County mugshot. Via the Collier County Sheriff's Office

McCormick was a 56-year-old Rock Hill resident who died after she fell off a float in the parade and was run over on March 14.

Bernstein, a resident of Naples, Florida, spoke at his mother's funeral; the Times Herald-Record has photos of him at the ceremony. 

In May Bernstein was arrested in Collier County, Florida on criminal charges related to having a sexual relationship with a young teenage girl, according to the Naples Daily News. 

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Brew in Rock Hill: Coffee by day, beer by night

Brew, a combination coffeeshop, bar and drive-through in Rock Hill. Photo by Janel Bladow.

Love and marriage. Horse and carriage. Coffee and beer.

Yes, in a small Sullivan County café coffee and beer go together like a marriage made in marketing heaven.

Brew, just off Route 17 at exit 109, has lived up to its motto – coffee by day, beer by night – so well that the Rock Hill hot spot is celebrating its first anniversary this week.

On Saturday, June 20, its First Birthday BBQ is a customer appreciation bash starting at 1 p.m. with free coffee, beer tastings, barbecue food specials, giveaways from beer glasses to T-shirts and live music by Paul Kean and Will Hoppey.

“What better way can was say thank you to all those who supported us over this year,” said co-owner Randy Resnick. “Three local breweries — Catskill Brewery, Roscoe Beer Company and Newburgh Brewery — are giving free samples and bringing stuff to give away. It should be a lot of fun.”  Read more


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