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Christine Woodcock presents The Evolution of Us: Portraits of Mothers and Their Changing Roles

October 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

Christine Woodcock presents The Evolution of Us: Portraits of Mothers and Their Changing Roles, at The Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, NY.   An overview of the book, followed by a reading, discussion, and signing. Each chapter contains an intimate portrait of a mother with young children, and the portraits vary greatly, from middle class to working class women, stay-at-home moms and working moms, heterosexual and lesbian mothers, and a mother of a child with special needs.

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Sybil Rosen presents her first collection of short stories, Riding the Dog

October 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join Sybil Rosen at The Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, as she presents her first collection of short stories, Riding the Dog. Rosen was an environmental educator and seasonal ranger at The Mohonk Preserve, and also editor of its newsletter Ridgelines.  Read more

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The Gunks: Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time with Ron Knapp and Michael O'Donnell

October 4, 2015 - 2:00pm

Join Ron Knapp and Michael O'Donnell as they present their new book, The Gunks: Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time at The Inquiring Minds Bookstore In New Paltz, NY. The book contains nearly 200 old and new comparative photographs revealing how The Gunks — both the ridge itself and the valley towns — have changed over the past century.   The book is adorned with full-color images throughout and detailed captions packed with historical information. The Shawangunk Mountains―the Gunks―are renowned for stunning landscapes on and off the ridge in a region that has remained a favorite destination for visitors since the middle of the nineteenth century.  Read more

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Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street

October 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

 Children and families are welcome to once again walk the street on Halloween night, October 31, trick-or-treating at the historic houses from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Free and open to the public, a portion of Huguenot Street will be closed to vehicular traffic while children trick-or-treat. Children and adults can expect to meet "residents" that span the National Historic Landmark District's centuries-long history, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, a Victorian-era socialite and her house maid, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, and other costumed interpreters. The entire street will be decorated, including a campfire, for an immersive Halloween experience.


Haunted Huguenot Street

October 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Discover new tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street. Haunted Huguenot Street programming will run for three weekends, October 16 – 17, 23 – 24, and 30 – 31. Interpretations and special night-time tours will span across the National Historic Landmark District. Guests will first be taken to the Jean Hasbrouck House where they will learn about the nightmares of a guilty young boy, based on true events as recorded in the 18th century diary of Abraham Hasbrouck. They will then proceed to the historic burial ground for an interpretation adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology during which the dead will speak for themselves. Finally, inspired by decades of reported paranormal experiences, guests will visit the Deyo House mansion where a house maid is haunted by the ghost of the tragically demised Gertrude Deyo. Haunted Huguenot Street PG-rated tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm, on October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30.  Read more


Harvest Moon Ball October 17th

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more

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