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Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.


Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Associate Lab Microbiologist - NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Salary Range: $61,238.00 - $80,883.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Working in the Watershed Water Quality Operations, in the Kingston Pathogen Laboratory, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will report to the Assistant Laboratory Director and will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of pathogens in water supply samples.

Under general supervision, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will be responsible for the analysis of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses in watershed samples, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and Cryptosporidium infectivity studies. Additional tasks include: maintaining data and files and working with the Laboratory Information Management System to ensure all records are complete; performing routine laboratory quality control procedures; participating in research projects, including method development. The candidate will comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety (EH&S) laws and regulations, and DEP’s policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements  Read more

One Book, One New Paltz Event

November 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

On Wednesday, November 19th at 7pm, Mohonk Mountain Stage Company will perform a selection from the novel Nemesis, by Philip Roth, followed by a discussion of pride and how it impacts the action of the main character, Bucky Cantor.

Nemesis takes place in the summer of 1944. Moving between the streets of Newark and a pristine summer camp in the Poconos, the book tenderly and startingly depicts Bucky Cantor's passage into persona disaster, the condition of childhood and the painful effect that the wartime polio epidemic has on a tighly knit, family oriented Neward community and its children.

This event is part of the One Book, One New Paltz community read.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the box office the night of the event.


This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 


Mohonk Mountain Stage Company: "The Big Meal"

December 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Mohonk Mountain Stage Company presents Dan LeFranc's acclaimed comic drama, The Big Meal, directed by Christine Crawfis, on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at 8pm at Unison Arts Center.

Somewhere in America in a suburban chain restaurant on an average night, Sam and Nicole meet fr a drink. Sparks fly, setting in motion the extraordinary tale of five generations of an ordinary family with the moments, both mundane and milestone, that make a life.  Just eight actors at one table morph into multiple characters over nearly 80 years, displaying their shared DNA, humanity and humor. In the spirit of Thornton Wilder's plays, The Big Meal is stunningly ambitious, big-hearted and richly satisfying. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote, "A life-in-overdrive comic drama . . . Dan LeFranc's snappy dialogue captures the tumultuous tenor of family gatherings."

Tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for Unison members) and $25 at the door ($20 for members). Half price for full time students with a valid ID.

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


New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

Man who robbed two Ulster County banks sentenced

A 49-year-old Hunter man was sentenced to two back-to-back prison terms of three to six years each on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Ulster County Court for robbing banks in New Paltz and Saugerties in 2013, according to a press release from Holley Carnright, the Ulster County District Attorney.

Left: Collin Lambert in a photo released by the Ulster County District Attorney's office.

Collin Lambert pled guilty to robbing Key Bank on Market Street in Saugerties on January 11, 2013, and to robbing Chase Bank on Plattekill Avenue in New Paltz on April 2, 2013.

In both robberies, Lambert displayed a note saying that he had a gun, but did not display a weapon or injure anyone.

Lambert was arrested at his Tannersville home in March after allegedly robbing a third bank in Herkimer in December 2013.  Read more

Country Dance with Eric Hollman

November 15, 2014 - 7:30pm

Unison Arts Center will present community contra and square dancing, led by local caller Eric Hollman, on Saturday, November 15th. These are simiple, energetic dances set to lively fiddle music with American and Celtic roots. Eric will be joined by Ambrose Verdibello on fiddle and Norman Plankey on guitar. Eric will lead a short dance lesson at 7:30 and the dance will officially commence at 8pm.

Eric Hollman is a contra and square dance caller who is known for his zesty 'spaghetti contras' as well as family dances and school programs.  He is the organizer of the former New Paltz 4th Saturday contra and other series run by Hudson Valley Community Dances.  Eris is also a teacher of swing, contra, zydeco and passionate waltzing.

Ambrose Verdibello is an old time fiddler who plays swing.  He works regularly with the youth ensemble 'The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers,' and plays throughout the Hudson Valley with a variety of bands, instruments and styles.  Read more


Win-Win Casino Night & Auction to benefit Unison Arts Center

November 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

On Saturday, November 22nd at 6pm, the Lake Conference House at Mohonk Mountain House will once again be transformed into a casino, filled with food, games and drink for Unison's second annual Casino Night. Please join us for a night of fun, friends and fundraising (there is no real gambling involved--so you can't lose and Unison wins!)

The admission includes casino chips for a wide assortment of games (remember: there is NO real gambling involved) including blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, a money wheel and more. There will also be a live auction featuring incredible items like fantastic getaways and exclusive dinner parties. Additionally, guests will enjoy a sumptuous array of delicious hors d' oeuvres, dessert and a complimentary welcome cocktail, courtesy of Jim DeMaio at State Farm Insurance.  Other sponsors for the evening are M & T Bank, Woodland Pond at New Paltz and Carol & Thomas Nolan.  Read more


Columbus Day Weekend in the Catskills: Fests, food, fiddlers and foliage

Can you flip a tractor tire? Test your mettle at the Farm Olympics, happening this weekend at the annual Taste of the Catskills festival in Delhi. Photo by Eamon Queeney.

Columbus Day Weekend is coming up, and the Catskills are making the most of summer's last hurrah.  

If you're a Catskills local, you've been living in a slow-mo fireworks display for a couple of weeks now, as maples, beeches, birches and oaks erupt in a dazzling riot of fall color. This weekend brings peak foliage to the lower elevations of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley -- and while the high-elevation slopes are just a little past peak, there is still plenty of brilliant color all around.

Lark in the Park, a ten-day, Catskills-wide celebration of the great outdoors, wraps up on Monday. Between now and then are dozens of guided hikes, paddles, outdoor volunteer opportunities and more, ranging from family-friendly woods walks to off-trail bushwhacks for experienced outdoorsfolk. Choose your own adventure from our special Lark in the Park calendar  Read more

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