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This Weekend: 11 Catskills Labor Day events (and fireworks)

Above: A poster for the Windham Chamber Music Festival, just one of the events happening this Labor Day weekend in the Catskills.

Don't look now, but the leaves are already turning in the highest peaks of the Catskills. That and the arrival of Labor Day weekend confirms it: Summer is ending. Go out with a bang -- in some cases, a literal bang, with fireworks -- with these great events from around the region. 

ACROSS THE CATSKILLS: Lighting of the Fire Towers event. It's tonight! Details here


New trails open in Delhi. Saturday, August 30. 2 p.m. Volunteers have been working all summer to create a new set of hiking trails behind Delaware Academy school. Several of the trails are named for characters in the beloved children's novel My Side of the Mountain, which was set in Delhi. Delaware Academy, 2 Sheldon Dr., Delhi.

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Three years since Irene

Above: Bill Lonecke with his wife, Barbara (left), and daughter, Cindy (right), standing where their Maplecrest house used to be. It was washed away during Tropical Storm Irene by the Batavia Kill, which is 50 yards away to the right. Photo by Christopher Auger-Domínguez. Read their story in our Faces of the Flood Project, here. 

If you're anything like us here at the Watershed Post, anniversaries sneak up on you.

Three years ago today, Tropical Storm Irene blasted the Catskills with intense flooding, killing several local people and washing away homes and businesses in towns across our region.   Read more

This Weekend: See the lighting of the fire towers and earn your badge

Above: The lit-up Berry Hill fire tower in Chenango County near Norwich during the 2013 lighting of the fire towers event. (The Berry Hill tower isn't one of the five Catskill fire towers that will earn you a badge, but it sure is pretty.) Photo by Warren Johnsen.

There's no weekend like this weekend to hike up a Catskills fire tower. Not only can you earn one of our coveted Catskill Fire Towers badges if you do (see details here or below), but you'll also get a rare treat: the sight of a fire tower cab glowing from within.

Once a year, the volunteers who maintain the Catskills fire towers hike lights into the cabs at the top of the towers, making them visible for miles around.

The event is meant to commemorate the time when fire towers were staffed by lonely and intrepid fire tower watchers who stood vigil night and day, scanning for signs of fire.

From the event's organizers:   Read more

Early Morning Line up of Carts for Margaretville Health Foundation Golf Tournament

Line up of golf carts early Sunday morning awaiting the participating golf players of the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Margaretville Health Foundation.  A group of dedicated community members with a passion for golf.  We thank and acknowledge their dedication to improving the quality of health care here in the Catskills. 

Mohonk Mountain Stage Company: "Grounded"

October 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

Mohonk Mountain Stage Company presents Grounded, George Brant's gripping solo show about a female fighter pilot who is reassigned to operate military drones, on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 8pm. at Unison Arts Center. Jent Nurre stars in this production directed by Christine Crawfis.

Reassigned to fly remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from a windowless, air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother at night.  A tour de force play, Grounded flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, targeting our assumptions about war, tamily and the power of storytelling.

The London Evening Standard gave Grounded five stars and called it "outstanding" while the New York Theatre Review called the play a "rare and precious experience: theatre that is both soul searching and core shaking."  Read more


Family Fun at Unison; African Drumming with Moustapaha Diedhiou

October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

On Saturday, October 18th at 2pm, local musician Moustapaha Diedhiouwill appear at Unison Arts Center for an experiential African drumming workshop/concert as part of Unison's Family Fun series.  A limited number of drums will be available for use, but participants are free to bring their own.

Moustapaha Diedhiou is a native of the Casamance region of Senegal, West Africa, and is a master drummer, drum maker and educator. He resides in New Paltz with his family where he performs and teaches in the Sawourouba (Kotiro) and djembe styles of drumming.  Stil deeply connected to Africa, he is passionate about sharing his culture with others in a joyful, empowering way.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $8 for Unison members and $5 for children under 12.  Door prices are $14, $10 for members and $7 for children under 12.

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

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Molly J Marquand Flowers


Hunter Road
Neversink, NY 12768

I create arrangements from 100% foraged and locally grown flowers to reflect the wild abundance of Catskills' plant life.


Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter: Folk & Blues

October 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
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The luscious vocal duo of Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter will appear in concert at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, October 11th at 8pm for a special evening of old favorites, original solo pieces and cover songs culled from their three acclaimed CD's. Helen Avakian and Cathie Malach will join them on guitar and keyboard, respectively.

Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter had a successful recording and performing career as a singing duo for more than 12 years before deciding to pursue solo careers and other endeavors.   A few years ago they came together for a reunion concert and had such a good time they decided to play a few concerts together. This evening at Unison will be one of those opportunities for audiences to experience the beauty and magic that happens when these two voices come together.

 Tickets are $21 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

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

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Gallery opening: John Laurenzi & Herb Rogoff--"Rhythm in Color"

October 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

The artwork of John Laurenzi & Herb Rogoff will be on display in "Rhythm in Color" at the Unison Gallery beginning Sunday, October 5th with an opening reception from 4-6pm. The exhibit will be on display through November 30, 2014.

New York native John Laurenzi paints in both oils and acrylics.  His talents as an artist began to flourish after his transition from the corporate world of marketing to one that allowed him to pursue his true passion, painting.  John paints everything from realistic portraits to the human figure to abstract musicians and more.

Herb Rogoff attended the New York School of Social Sciences, the Art Students League and Cooper Union.  He has been a freelance illustrator for magazines such as New York, Car and Driver, Scholastic and Astronomy Today. He has also done freelance work for United Artists, RCA, Doubleday and Marvel Comics.

The reception for "Rhythm in Color" on October 5th is free and open to the public.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Ulster County legislators vote for trail over rail

Above: Catskill Mountain Railroad equipment repairing a portion of the track on the old Delaware & Ulster corridor last week. Photo by John Marino and posted on the CMRR's Facebook page.

In the long-running battle of rails versus trails in Ulster County, the trails just won big. 

In an 18 to 4 vote, the Ulster County Legislature passed Resolution 275 on Tuesday, August 19, supporting the conversion of an old Ulster & Delaware railroad right-of-way between Kingston and Boiceville into a hiking, walking and biking trail.

The Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR), which runs a tourist railroad on the rail corridor and holds a lease on the right-of-way that expires in 2016, has been lobbying hard to keep railroad tracks running all the way from Kingston to the town of Shandaken at the other end of the county.  Read more

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