Harvest Moon Ball October 19th

Join us at the Harvest Moon Ball presented by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. To request an invitation email your name and address to

Join us for the Harvest Moon Ball

Request an invitation by emailing your name and address to

WOOD @ Imogen Holloway Gallery + Henrietta Mantooth

September 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
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Imogen Holloway Gallery  proudly presents "WOOD" featuring work by Douglas Wirls and Christina Tenaglia. Mr. Wirls' mysterious drawings of windswept forest floors and Ms. Tenaglia's's earthy and elegant wood constructions grace the gallery walls, while the windows play host to Henrietta Mantooth's energetic window installation. Artists' Reception 6-9pm concurrent with Saugerties' First Friday.


Changes afoot for NYC watershed plan

A flowing Catskills stream, photographed by James McCracken in Hunter. A newly-revised midterm draft of a ten-year plan for the management of New York City's unfiltered watershed calls for almost $40 million in new funding to keep the Catskills' many pretty little streams from flooding towns and villages, as they did in 2011 during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

A document recently released by the state Department of Health (DOH) is full of more alphabet soup than a Campbell's warehouse. But within the acronym-laden government jargon is some big news for the Catskills, the home of New York City's vast unfiltered west-of-Hudson watershed.  Read more

16 arrested in Ulster County drug raids

A three-month investigation into illegal drug activity in Ulster County came to a head in the pre-dawn hours on Thursday morning, when police raided homes and arrested 16 people in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties on multiple drug sale and possession charges. 

The investigation carried out by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), a collaboration between local, state and federal law enforcement. During the investigation, undercover URGENT officers bought about 20 grams of cocaine, 1000 decks of heroin, and black-market prescription drugs from those arrested. 

Of the 16 people arrested, police say, 13 were indicted by an Ulster County grand jury, and sealed indictment warrants were issued for their arrest. The remaining three were arrested on warrants.

Arrested during the raids on Thursday:

-Iqwan Mandiville, age 21, of 78 Clinton St., Napanoch
Charges: Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (3 counts), third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (3 counts) 
Bail: None  Read more

Kayak Tour of the Tidal Lower Esopus

September 14, 2013 - 11:00am

Riverkeeper and the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership are hosting a kayak tour of the tidal Lower Esopus in Saugerties to share information about the natural history and environmental issues facing the creek. Tour guides include Riverkeeper’s Kate Hudson, and Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership’s Mary McNamara. The tour will include the tidal Lower Esopus creek, and lunch on the grounds of the Saugerties Lighthouse (note: the lighthouse will not be open to the public that day). The tour is suitable for those who have experience in a kayak. Participants may bring their own kayak or canoe, or rent one from I Paddle New York. Space is limited. RSVP required and FMI to Dan Shapley at Pack a lunch, water and sun protection. Meet at Tina Chorvas Park in Saugerties.  Read more

Kayak Tour, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

September 21, 2013 - 9:00am

Esopus Creek Conservancy is sponsoring a guided kayak and canoe tour of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in conjunction with the annual Ulster County Creek Week. Participants will paddle the tranquil waters of the Esopus Creek above the dam in Saugerties, visiting the coves and wetlands of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, and the shoreline to the south. Meet 9AM. at the Saugerties Village Beach parking lot on Rte. 9W, just north of the Esopus Creek bridge, at the foot of Partition Street in the Village of Saugerties. Participants will put-in at the beach. Bring your own kayak or canoe. All participants MUST wear a personal floatation device (life vest). Rain or thunderstorms will cancel the paddle. Children are welcome and encouraged if accompanied by a responsible adult, but please do not bring pets. Pre-registration is required. This ECC Environmental Education paddle is free and open to the public, but limited to a maximum of ten watercraft. For additional information about upcoming ECC Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit  Read more

NewsShed: Obama plans an upstate tour

Above: Fresh-harvested garlic and handmade garlic roasters from Barber's Farm, a family farm in the Schoharie County town of Middleburgh. This Saturday, August 17, Barber's and over 20 other local farms are participating in Schoharie County Family Farm Day, a countywide celebration of local agriculture that will feature farm tours, tastes of local produce and more. 

Happy Monday, Catskills. Today's NewsShed covers a little extra ground: We got busy last week and missed a couple of installments. (Upon reflection, we really ought to invest in a crystal ball to let us know when widespread local flood warnings are going to turn out to be no big deal, like they did last Friday.)  Read more

WOOD @ Imogen Holloway Gallery

August 17, 2013 - 6:00pm


Douglas Wirls and Christina Tenaglia. Mr. Wirls' drawings of meandering gestures in chalk, Sumi ink and charcoal suggest forest floors and windswept fields of grass. Ms. Tenaglia's wall constructions have a physical heft that directly contrasts Mr. Wirls' delicacy but are still tune in with his offering only fragments of an image. Ms. Tenaglia's small scale objects simple wooden forms with elegantly placed nails parts so smooth that they begin to read as porcelain or stone. Although they use entirely different devices, they both give out just enough information to evoke a memory and leave us to finish their sentence.


Catskills cyclists share their favorite rides

Photo of Charlie Sanborn, by Nicholas Piatek Photography.

The Catskills are two-wheel paradise, especially if you're not afraid of a few hills. Some people move here just because they love the riding; others try it out on a whim and fall in love with the quiet byways, the rush of bracing air, the sudden views, the skimming along beside a rushing brook. We asked a few people in the know to tell us their favorite rides.

Charlie Sanborn, proprietor of Cinder Track Bicycles, Livingston Manor, grew up in Orange County and moved to the Sullivan Cats specifically for the riding. “I live for this. For the hills. It's like flying a few feet from the ground -- the bike becomes part of you.”

Favorite rides:  Read more

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