New Paltz

The winners of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: "Ashokan Reservoir" by Mark Miller, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and our print 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide has hit the streets! Copies are waiting at dozens of locations around the Catskills. See what it looks like and how to get one by clicking here.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Outdoor Guide to send us their best photos of the Catskills great outdoors. This year, 52 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest  Read more

Reservoir boating season begins in Catskills

Above: Kayakers on the Pepacton Reservoir. Photo via NYC DEP.

Sunrise this morning -- Friday, May 22 -- marked the beginning of the boating season on four of New York City's upstate reservoirs in the Catskills: the Cannonsville, the Neversink, the Schoharie and the Pepacton. Boating on the reservoirs is allowed during daylight hours from Friday, May 22 to Monday, Oct. 12.

2015 is the fourth year that non-motorized boats have been allowed to ply the waters of the city's protected drinking supply, and there are a few new additions to the program in 2015. 

According to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, there are now racks at some popular boat launch sites that allow avid kayakers, sailors and paddlers to store their crafts near the water all summer long.

Also, boat rental companies are allowed to rent boats on the banks of the Cannonsville Reservoir for the first time as well, which means that all four reservoirs have rental businesses right on the water.   Read more

Mountainside Administrator, Phil Mehl, Receives Prestigious Award

Phil Mehl, who has led Mountainside since 2009, received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility, the organization said. Under Mehl’s leadership, Mountainside demonstrated “identified measures of clinical achievement, good service, compliance excellence, reduced liability exposure, and [operational] success,” said the Alexandria, Va., group. “Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” ACHCA President and Chief Executive Officer Marianna Grachek said. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes -- and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.” Mehl said he was “proud to receive this award on behalf of our wonderful, compassionate and expert team that demonstrates daily its commitment to the highest-quality, person-centered care.” Mountainside has the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest-level five-star quality rating and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s Best Nursing Homes.

Sonny & Perley Cabaret Night: Brazilian Romance

June 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
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The acclaimed jazz duo Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau will bring Brazilian Romance to Unison Arts Center on Saturday, June 20th at 8pm. The duo, joined by guest musician Otto Gardner on upright bass, will capture the essence of the sultry romance and mesmerizing rhythm of Bossa Nova.

Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau achieve a rare musical symbiosis.  The husband and wife team have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of jazz, bossa nova, American songbook standards and international cabaret, which has become their musical signature.  They have brought their musical skills to audiences throughout New York, New England and Europe, where they have captivated listeners with their spontaneity, warmth, musical honesty and broad repertoire.

Otto Gardner has played bass in and around the Capital District for over thirty years.  In addition to playing with scores of fine local and regional musicians, he is a founding member of Schenectady's Empire Jazz Orchestra.  Read more


Singer/Songwriter Jill Sobule

June 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy Jill Sobule will bring her unique talents to Unison Arts Center on Friday, June 19th at 8pm.

Over 7 albums and nearly two decades of recording, the Denver born singer has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movment, adolescence and the Christian right.

Jill's recording career began in 1990 with her debut allbum, Things Here are Different, recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album Jill Sobule yielded the hit songs I Kissed A Girl (the original) and Supermodel.  Since then she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-gowing loyal fan base.

She has performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Jill served as the songwriter/composer for the hit Nickelodeon network show Unfabulous and has also composed music for off-Broadway.  Read more


This Weekend: Memorial Day in the Catskills

Above: Princesses in Liberty's 2014 Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool. This year, Liberty's parade takes place on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Ah, Memorial Day: a bittersweet tang, part remembrance, part celebration. The scent of gunpowder from ritual muskets mingling with the fresh blooms of late spring and a whiff of barbecue sauce. The unofficial beginning of summer brings a host of wonderful seasonal things bursting open at once.

Come out and imbibe the heady mix. Here’s our five county guide to the best of the Catskills this weekend, May 23 to 25.


The Nathans CD Release

June 13, 2015 - 8:00pm

The Nathans will celebrate the release of their newest CD, Up the Hill, at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, June 13th at 8pm.

While singers/songwriters/guitarists Jeff Cohen and Rob Leitner are not new to music (Jeff has two previous cd releases and both Rob and Jeff have been performing their whole lives), their first collaborative CD may have listeners wondering where these guys have been.  The 13 tracks reveal a classic cast of influences, including Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel and Stephen Stills.

The Nathans have rounded ouf this substantial work by gathering a seasoned group of some of the most talented musicians in the Hudson Valley, including Julian Baker on keyboards, Tim Curtis-Verderosa on guitar, Matty Senzatimore on drums and Jason Sarubbi on bass. The evocative tales set to permeating pulses of jazz, progressive and funk will move you to sway with their rhythms.

Advance tickets are $16 ($12 for Unison members) and $18 at the door ($14 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.  Read more


Singer-Songwriter Kristin Hoffmann with Multi-instrumentalist Premik Russell Tubbs and Seth Davis

June 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
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If you like art-rock with elegant, baroque-tinged melodies, hypnotic rhythms and out-of-this-world gorgeous, dynamic vocals, Kristin Hoffmann is playing an intimate show at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, June 6th at 8pm. Hoffmann will be joined by Premik Russell Tubbs and special guest Seth Davis, owner of Karma Road in New Paltz.

Starting at the age of 4, ethereal renaissance pop songstress and Juilliard trained Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career that reads like a lifetime achievement award speech. In addition to her sweeping, intense work as a solo artist, she is the singer in NASA's Bella Gaia multimedia extravaganza, with whom she tours the globe.  She is also in demad in the contemporary classical world. Her latest albums in that field are her Unfolding Secrets collaboration with Italian composer Marco Missinato and the brand new April release of her original soundtrack for the film Amazing Space.  Read more


Family Day: Free Admissions at Historic Huguenot Street

June 21, 2015 - 10:00am

Enjoy free admissions to Historic Huguenot Street on Father's Day, June 21. This includes admissions into the historic house tours and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded the town of New Paltz.


Art & Wine of the Hudson River Valley

May 23, 2015 - 4:30pm

Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce its upcoming Fourth Saturday event, an art history tour with local artist Kevin Cook accompanied by a wine tasting by Millbrook Winery. The tour and tasting will begin at the 1799 LeFevre House (54 Huguenot Street, New Paltz) on Saturday, May 23, at 4:30 pm. Led by Kevin Cook, a Huguenot Street resident and volunteer, the tour will highlight artworks from the HHS Permanent Collection throughout 3 of the historic houses: the 1799 LeFevre House, the Jean Hasbrouck House, and the Deyo House. Cook will speak about art in early America and the founders of the Hudson River School movement. Kevin Cook is an accomplished landscape painter whose style is strongly influenced by Hudson River School artists of the 19th century. He was recently named a Painting Fellow by New York Foundation for the Arts, and has subsequently been invited to serve on NYFA’s Artist’s Advisory Committee.  Read more


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