Phoenicia

Tanbark Trail Family Hike – October 4, 11 AM

October 4, 2014 - 11:00am

A family-friendly hike up the Tanbark Trail in Phoenicia that is a good introduction to Catskills hiking for children and parents alike. Hikers will head about half a mile up to the Phoenicia view where they will have lunch before turning back to the starting point. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water.

PLEASE REGISTER for this event at catskillslark.org.

Meet at Phoenicia field in Phoenicia. From Main Street turn onto Mt Ava Maria Drive, proceed 1/8 mile and the park will be on your right.

Camp Food Tastings at Storehouse – October 4 and 11

October 11, 2014 (All day)

Stop by the Catskill Mountain Storehouse, a new hiking and camping supply store in Phoenicia, to find out about nearby hiking opportunities and sample some delicious dehydrated camping food from an up and coming company called Good to Go. With flavors such as Thai Curry, Smoked 3-Bean Chili and Herbed Mushroom Risotto, this is not your standard trail fare! So stop by, chat, get some hiking and trail information and enjoy some samples.

Storehouse co-owner Tim Luby will lead a family hike on Phoenicia’s Tanbark Trail at 11 AM on October 4th. See catskillslark.org for details.

Camp Food Tastings at Storehouse – October 4 and 11

October 4, 2014 (All day)

Stop by the Catskill Mountain Storehouse, a new hiking and camping supply store in Phoenicia, to find out about nearby hiking opportunities and sample some delicious dehydrated camping food from an up and coming company called Good to Go. With flavors such as Thai Curry, Smoked 3-Bean Chili and Herbed Mushroom Risotto, this is not your standard trail fare! So stop by, chat, get some hiking and trail information and enjoy some samples.

Storehouse co-owner Tim Luby will lead a family hike on Phoenicia’s Tanbark Trail at 11 AM on October 4th. See catskillslark.org for details.

En pointe en plein air: The Ballet Project

Above: A ballerina in a hay field in Liberty. Part of "The Ballet Project," a series of portraits of ballerinas in Catskills and Hudson Valley vistas by Erik Christian.

In the right light, the landscapes of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley can take on a kind of mythic quality. Mountaintops, forests, ponds, cliffs, caves—and it helps if you throw a ballerina in the mix.

That's the concept behind “The Ballet Project,” a photo series by Monticello photographer Erik Christian in which he captures his dance-inclined daughters against a dramatic variety of natural surroundings. His dreamlike images transform the Ashokan Reservoir into Swan Lake and the Neversink Gorge into Giselle's forest glade.

We caught up with Christian to talk about the project, which he’s been creating in collaboration with his kids (now 13, 10 and 7) for three years and counting. (Christian asked us not to identify his children in this story.)

Q. Where did the idea for “The Ballet Project” come from?  Read more

Community Needs Assessment Survey Available to Hudson Valley Residents

Kingston, N.Y. – September 22, 2014 – Residents of New York's Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties are invited to take a short survey about their health and the services they use. The goal of the survey is to learn more about the health care needs of the community to identify and plan localized healthcare delivery in the future.

The survey is anonymous, will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is available online. Participants are encouraged to share the survey link and information about the survey with friends, family and other residents of the Hudson Valley.  Read more

Doo Wop Fund-Raiser Dance

October 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Annual Doo Wop Dance is back! Saturday, Oct.25, 7:00–11:00 pm St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, 109 Main St., Phoenicia. Diamonds DJ, 50/50 raffle, refreshments, and live entertainment! BYOB. Costumes welcome. Limited seating. No tickets sold at door. Call Marie, 688-3026. $14 per person (adults only). Come dance the night away! Net proceeds benefit local charities.

845-688-3026

Doo Wop Dance!

Annual Doo Wop Dance is back! Saturday, Oct.25, 7:00–11:00 pm St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, 109 Main St., Phoenicia. Diamonds DJ, 50/50 raffle, refreshments, and live entertainment! BYOB. Costumes welcome. Limited seating. No tickets sold at door. Call Marie, 688-3026. $14 per person (adults only). Come dance the night away! Net proceeds benefit local charities.

Woodland Valley History Hike

October 25, 2014 - 10:30am

Woodland Valley History Hike: Saturday, October 25th, 10:30 a.m.

Join the Catskill Forest Association on a hike in Woodland Valley, led by Catskill 4000 Club founder Paul Misko. We'll learn about the tanning history and how it changed the forest, check out the various tree species, and learn about John Burroughs too, on the way to some great scenery. This moderate hike is about 4 miles long total, with some rough/ steep terrain, and will take about 6 hrs.  Bring rain jacket, sweater, hat, flashlight, lighter, lunch, and drinks. NO DOGS PLEASE. Meeting details upon registration.

Register at woodvalleybear@gmail.com by Friday the 24th.

845-586-3054

ARTS UPSTAIRS OPENING RECEPTION THIS SATURDAY September 20, 2014 6-9PM Group Show: TEN YEARS OLD, PORTRAITS IN SOLO ROOM

September 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
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ARTS UPSTAIRS OPENING RECEPTION THIS SATURDAY September 20, 2014 6-9PM Group Show: TEN YEARS OLD, PORTRAITS IN SOLO ROOM 

845 688 2142

Primary elections today

Above: A voting booth in Margaretville in May 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

It's an election year, and today is the day to vote in the primaries. 

The biggest race in the primary is on the Democratic ticket, where underdog candidate Zephyr Teachout is challenging New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Teachout is attacking Cuomo from the left by comparing his fiscal policies to those of Ronald Reagan.  Cuomo is doing his best to ignore Teachout's campaign entirely. (Literally. During a Labor Day parade in Manhattan, Cuomo managed to ignore Teachout as she stood directly in front of him.

Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu, is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor against Kathy Hochul, Cuomo's running mate. The race is its own separate primary, and if Wu wins, he could find himself in the odd position of being Cuomo's running mate in the general election.

As for local Catskills races, there are a few worth noting. 

Left: Bryan Babcock. Photo via Babcock's campaign. 

The Delaware County town of Franklin is holding a Republican primary for a town council seat. Bryan Babcock, the owner of Handsome Brook Farm and Bed & Breakfast who is also a professor at Hartwick College, is vying with Lisa Huyck and Donald Smith for one of two seats on the board. Babcock has criticized the town board for not implementing a comprehensive plan for Franklin.

"With several major infrastructure projects on the horizon in Delaware County," Babcock said in a press release. "it is essential that we protect our roads and utilities. To do this we need to be proactive as a Town Board. I feel that my experience as a business leader will help the Board be even more effective for Franklin residents."

In the Ulster county towns of Hardenburgh and Denning, the Sullivan County town of Neversink, and the Delaware County towns of Andes, Bovina, Davenport, Delhi, Hamden and Meredith, there is a Republican primary race for the 101st State Assembly District, which features a contest between Claudia Tenney and Chris Farber.  According to the Daily Star, the outcome of the primary doesn't matter -- both Tenny and Farber will make it to the ballot in November. 

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