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Luck of the Irish: More St. Patrick's Day events

Above: Delhi's St. Patrick's Day parade. Photo via the parade's organizers. 

It’s a gray and drizzly St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Festivities celebrating the Irish continue all this week in the Catskills. 

A few St. Pat’s events take place today: 

Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in East Durham in Greene County will be celebrating all day long on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Tuesday, March 17, with a Irish pub fare and a three-course dinner with their own homemade Irish bread, leading up to a fine evening shindig with the Brothers Flynn Band and the Farrell School of Irish Dancing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Coming soon: The 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide

With spring just around the corner, it's time once more for our annual Catskills Outdoor Guide -- a glossy, full-color magazine showcasing the best of what the Catskills great outdoors has to offer. 

Once again, the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide will feature pull-out maps of local hiking trails and outdoor recreation spots, articles about how to have fun in the Catskills landscape in all four seasons, and beautiful photography of our stunning region from Watershed Post readers and contributors.

We're currently signing up advertisers for the upcoming Catskills Outdoor Guide. The deadline for reserving space is April 1. For more information, including ad sizes and pricing, see our detailed rate sheet here. If you have a Catskills business or local resource to promote in the Guide, contact us at [email protected] or call 845-481-0155

This weekend: St. Patrick's events around the Catskills

Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain. 

Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps because Irish Americans have a fine sense of humor and the festivities and feastings in their honor, replete with bagpipes and corned beef, hit a spot emotionally that nothing else quite reaches. Perhaps because nothing sticks a fork in cabin fever like getting outside to take in a parade or run in a 5K. 

Here’s our multi-county guide to the Irish goings-on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Catskills.


NYC’s watershed police sue their own union

Above: New Environmental Police Officers being sworn in to their jobs patrolling New York City’s upstate watershed, which spans a 2,000-square-mile area, much of it in the Catskills. Photo via the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Flickr page. 

The police officers who patrol New York City’s 2,000-square-mile upstate watershed are suing their own union, accusing it of corruption and of scuttling a long-awaited contract with the city.

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in January on behalf of 200 officers, three police officers say that the union’s leadership has betrayed them.  Read more

The Kingfisher Project tells stories of heroin addiction in the Catskills

Above: A bag of heroin. Photo from a series of photographs shot by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio documenting heroin use.  

Heroin addiction is sweeping through the Catskills, taking lives with it. (Here at the Watershed Post, we write more crime stories about heroin than about any other drug.) 

In 2013, 89,269 people enrolled in heroin drug-treatment programs in New York state; in 2014, that number jumped to 118,000, according to data from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Heroin abuse is growing the fastest among the young, among ages 18 to 34. Politicians are worried; the governor launched a statewide campaign to battle heroin abuse last fall. 

Locally, the toll is growing. A doctor at Catskill Regional Medical Center calls heroin a "public health crisis." Delaware County's undersheriff says that despite record heroin busts, "more people are using drugs, overdose deaths have accelerated and jails are crowded." Community forums on the topic are being held around the region. 

The Kingfisher Project, a collaborative storytelling and reporting initiative based at WJFF 90.5 FM in Jeffersonville, is digging deep into the heroin epidemic in the Catskills and beyond. 

  Read more

In visit to Roxbury, state officials vow faster Internet for rural NY

Above: New York State Broadband Program director David Salway, left, talks with Greg Henderson, middle, the owner of the Roxbury Motel, and Angela Liotta, right, the state's Broadband Outreach Director, on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

In his draft budget for the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an ambitious goal: high-speed internet for everyone, including in rural areas like the Catskills, by 2019. Greene County, in the Catskills, has the worst broadband access in the entire state, according to statistics released by the governor’s office.   Read more

Join Pure Catskills by March 27 to get in the Guide

Join by March 27 to be featured in the 2015- 2016 Pure Catskills Guide. Simply send a $35 payment by mail today: Make checks payable to “WAC” and mail to Watershed Agricultural Council, Attn: Pure Catskills, 44 West Street, Walton, NY 13856 OR pay online here:

Questions about membership? Contact Kristan Morley, Farm to Market Manager at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or (607) 865‐7090.

Top 10 reasons to join:  Read more

Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner

March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Unison Arts Center will kick off its Spring 2015 season with the "Empress of the Unexpected," singer/songwriter Susan Werner, on Saturday, March 28th at 8pm.  Werner will be playing songs from her most recent recording, Hayseed, as well as songs from her earlier recordings, I Can't Be New and The Gospel Truth.

Susan Werner made her mark in the folk world before switching genres for her sixth album, I Can't Be New, a collection of original songs written in the style of Cole Porter and George Gershwin.  The Gospel Truth, released in 2007, addressed religion from an agnostic's point of view.  Hayseed is the fourth in a series of concept albums and is focused on farms, farmers and the people who love them.  "I like concept albums because they give the audience and the artist a place to meet, something in common to talk about, right from the word 'go," says Werner. "And it seems everybody--from the First Lady to Dodge Trucks--has something to say about food, farms and farmers these days."  Read more


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Tango meets Swing with dancer Nina Jirka and the Bernstein Bard Quartet

March 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tango meets Swing at Unison Arts Center on Sunday, March 1st at 3pm. The amazing Nina Jirka will lead a basic tango lesson, followed by tango and swing dancing, from 4-6pm, with music courtesy of the Bernstein Bard Quartet.  This is the first is what will be a series of monthly dances organized by Nina for Unison.

Nina Jirka studied various forms of dance, movement, music and theatre at the legendary Russian Dance Academy in Moscow.  She danced as a soloist with the Moscow Festival Ballet, Perm Opera, Kremlin Ballet and Stars of the Bolshoi.  Upon moving to New York, she continued to perform, study and teach dance and movement. In 2006 she and Ellen Crystal founded Tango New Paltz.  Currently Nina is working in the New Paltz area with groups and private ballet and tango students.  During her demonstration, she will talk about the history of tango.  Read more


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