Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.


Parades and Ceremonies:


Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Registration opened for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Margaretville Health Foundation and Peekamoose Partner for Celebrity Waiter Event

Celebrity: a famous person, albeit "local"

Waiter: one who serves food to people at tables

Synonyms: VIP, very important person, Garcon, Server, Waitperson

Both noble and hardworking professions, but let’s take out the hardworking and add some fun and entertainment as we invite you to participate in the Margaretville Health Foundation 2016 Celebrity Waiter Event. Become part of the fun as our Celebrity Waiters, will entertain and serve you, for tips, all to be donated for ensuring quality healthcare here in the Central Catskills.

The Margaretville Health Foundation, serves and supports the Margaretville healthcare campus of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  The Foundation strives to improve the level of healthcare to residents of this mountainous rural community and strives to achieve and insure that technological upgrades keep up with the fast pace growth in healthcare.

Saugerties: Esopus Falls and Saugerties Bay Cleanup by Kayak

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join I Paddle New York and Riverkeeper for by a shoreline cleanup by kayak of Esopus Falls and Saugerties Bay on Saturday May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

Saugerties: Ulster Landing County Park and Turkey Point State Forest

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join Riverkeeper for by a cleanup at Saugerties’s Turkey Point and Ulster Landing on Saturday May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. 

Volunteers will meet at Ulster Landing Park (196 Ulster Landing Road, Saugerties) where parking will be available. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes, boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, work gloves, a reusable water bottle, and snacks.  Read more

Hudson Valley Psychic Saturday Meetup

May 28, 2016 - 3:00pm

Hudson Valley Psychic Saturday Meetup @ Inquiring Minds Coffee House and Bookstore 3:00pm-6:00pm Sat. April 30th, @ 65 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY. Come join in the fun and get an AMAZING Psychic Reading...Admission is completely free, however there will be a fee for actual readings of only $1.00 per minute paid directly to the reader.

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William Stolzenburg presents Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

 William Stolzenburg presents his new book 'Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America'  at The Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Historic Saugerties, NY  (200 Main Steet).

In the summer of 2009, a young mountain lion left his home in the Black Hills of South Dakota and set out on a cross-country journey that covered two years and more than two thousand miles across America, passing within thirty miles of Manhattan before ending tragically on a Connecticut parkway. In this hour-long presentation of images, film, and firsthand accounts of those whose lives were touched by this record-setting cat - including scenes from the Shawangunks and the Adirondacks - Will Stolzenburg chronicles this modern odyssey of perseverance and survival against overwhelming odds.

“This is one stirring account of one stirring journey: the trek of a fellow creature through a hostile, man-made world -- and through our imaginations.” –  Bill McKibben, author of EARTH: MAKING A LIFE ON A TOUGH NEW PLANET   Read more

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Storytelling with Janet Carter

May 20, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Story night happens the third Friday night of each month at The Inquiring Minds Bookstore in historic Saugerties (200 Main Street).Starting at 7 PM Janet Carter and a guest tell stories from literature, mythology and personal experience. Come and join her in exploring the magic of this oral tradition.

Janet Carter 's acting past shows in her love of character and dialogue. (She shared stages with Veronica Lake and Sopranos star Tom Aldrich, among others.) As a teller, she's performed at retreat centers, domestic violence shelters, libraries, churches, prisoners' benefits, senior centers and community gatherings. What is the difference between an actress and a story teller? Well, for one thing, a teller has the delight of looking at her audience while she shares life's wonders.

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Buddhist Studies scholar, C.W. Huntington, presents his debut novel, 'Maya'

May 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

Buddhist Studies scholar, C.W. Huntington, presents his debut novel, 'Maya' At the Inquiring Minds Bookstore and Cafe 200 Main Street in Historic Saugerties A synthesis of classical Buddhist philosophy and contemporary fiction, the book would appeal to anyone with an interest in India, spirituality, or Buddhism. It crosses back and forth fluidly over the boundary between literary fiction and serious philosophy.It is 1975 and India is in turmoil. American Stanley Harrington arrives to study Sanskrit philosophy and escape his failing marriage. When he finds himself witness to a violent accident, he begins to question his grip on reality.  Read more

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Local Author Stefan Bolz Reads From His New Book, 'The Traveler'

May 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Local author, Stefan Bolz presents his new coming-of-age story, The Traveler at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore and Cafe 200 Main Street in Historic Saugerties.. Twelve-year-old Tee is an apprentice with her father, a master blacksmith. When he dies unexpectedly, she discovers a notebook hidden inside a secret drawer in his workshop. In it, she finds detailed instructions to build a device to travel back in time. Grief stricken she begins but is soon caught between her fervent wish to see her father again and the sheer impossibility of her task. . "Stefan Bolz's writing is not merely inventive but lyrical, almost mystical. You can't help but fall under the spell of the worlds he creates, the characters he gives life to. He's one of that vanguard of authors bringing speculative fiction into a new silver age." -Samuel Peralta, award-winning author and creator of 'The Future Chronicles'

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