Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

Garnet Rogers and Archie Fisher Performance Sunday Oct. 4, 2015 - Waiting List Requests ONLY

October 4, 2015 - 7:30pm
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PLEASE NOTE: While this show is currently sold out through advance reservations, you can request to be put on a waiting list to be notified in case any seats open up by using the contact information below. On Sunday, October 4, Flying Cat Music presents folk legends Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers in concert at the Empire State Railway Museum located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 prompt. Admission is $25 or $22 with RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 845-688-9453. Reservations are strongly encouraged. This will be a special evening reuniting two old friends, Scottish songwriter, folksinger, and guitarist Archie Fisher and Canadian songwriter, folksinger, and instrumentalist Garnet Rogers--sharing the stage and featured billing. Both of these men are venerated folk legends at home, but their appeal knows no borders as evidenced by the strong following each has here in the United States also.  Read more

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How Jay Ungar wrote "Ashokan Farewell"

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Above: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason perform "Ashokan Farewell."

It took Catskills fiddler Jay Ungar less than an hour to write "Ashokan Farewell," a haunting fiddle tune that has become an iconic folk song covered by legions of fans and memorably used by Ken Burns on the soundtrack of his documentary "The Civil War."

In a story published on Friday, Sept. 25, the Atlantic magazine interviewed Ungar about the origin of the tune, which he wrote in 1982 to commemorate the end of a summer arts camp called Ashokan that he was running with his wife and partner, Molly Mason. (Ungar and Mason still run dance and fiddle camps at the Ashokan Center, in Olivebridge, today.)   Read more

Find the perfect robot at a pop-up shop in Woodstock

Above: Two of Steve Heller's robots welcome visitors to the Fabulous Furniture Pop-Up Shop at 40 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock. Photo by Karen Falch.

It’s a bit like the Prada Shop at Barney’s without all the haute couture garments, fragrances, footwear and handbags.

Instead, Woodstock’s newest boutique has the exclusive flair of a man cave à la Steve Heller, a celebrated local sculptor.

Picture life-sized robots, tabletop hot-rod cars, exquisite mirrors, rustic coffee tables and a stunning collection of far-out, handcrafted sculptures as only the quirky Heller can produce. Heller's wife, Martha Frankel, calls the 800-square-foot shop at 40 Mill Hill Road the “perfect little bonbon in the center of Woodstock.”

Steve Heller’s Fabulous Furniture Pop-Up Shop opened for a five-week stint on Aug. 29 with the aim of “taking the artist’s work to the people rather than taking the people to his work.”  Read more

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street

October 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

 Children and families are welcome to once again walk the street on Halloween night, October 31, trick-or-treating at the historic houses from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Free and open to the public, a portion of Huguenot Street will be closed to vehicular traffic while children trick-or-treat. Children and adults can expect to meet "residents" that span the National Historic Landmark District's centuries-long history, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, a Victorian-era socialite and her house maid, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, and other costumed interpreters. The entire street will be decorated, including a campfire, for an immersive Halloween experience.


Haunted Huguenot Street

October 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Discover new tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street. Haunted Huguenot Street programming will run for three weekends, October 16 – 17, 23 – 24, and 30 – 31. Interpretations and special night-time tours will span across the National Historic Landmark District. Guests will first be taken to the Jean Hasbrouck House where they will learn about the nightmares of a guilty young boy, based on true events as recorded in the 18th century diary of Abraham Hasbrouck. They will then proceed to the historic burial ground for an interpretation adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology during which the dead will speak for themselves. Finally, inspired by decades of reported paranormal experiences, guests will visit the Deyo House mansion where a house maid is haunted by the ghost of the tragically demised Gertrude Deyo. Haunted Huguenot Street PG-rated tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm, on October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30.  Read more


Harvest Moon Ball October 17th

Garlic growers gather at Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Above: Garlic grown by Grand Gorge Garlic and Maple. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Tens of thousands of people come to the annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties every year to celebrate everyone's favorite clove. For two days this weekend, about fifty farmers will be selling a dizzying array of garlic varieties--softneck, hardneck, pink, purple, you name it--under the festival's floating garlic-shaped balloon. 

Over the years--the festival began in 1989--the event has evolved into a bacchanalia of garlic-related arts, music, theater and food. Over 100 food vendors will be serving tons fo garlic-flavored food, including garlic-flavored ice cream, according to the Daily Freeman. There will be puppet theater, face-painting, rock-climbing, a bunch of live bands and Morris dancers wearing bells and perfoming tradiitional harvest dances.  Read more

Phoenicia's KeyBank to reopen

Above: The newly-renovated KeyBank building in Phoenicia reopens on Monday, Sept. 28. (A few finishing touches, including a metal handrail on the entrance ramp, will be completed by then.) Photo courtesy of KeyBank. 

The KeyBank building in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia, which was gutted by fire on Feb. 16, will reopen on Monday, Sept. 28, according to a media release from the bank.

The building, at 53 Main Street, has been redesigned and remodeled, according to the release:

"We are grateful for the community’s continued support, and we are thrilled to be able to unlock and open the doors once again," said Ruth Mahoney, president, Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, KeyBank. "The interior of the building has been completely renovated, with new carpeting, paint and furniture, and the exterior has been improved with new windows and new landscaping. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment that is a positive reflection of the area."

The bank will be open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning for regular business.

Lon Chaney in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

November 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

Lon Chaney, known in his lifetime as the “man of a thousand faces,” plays Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 1482. This version is often noted for splendid attention to detail in the sets and costumes. Seeing the hunchback clambering down the façade of the cathedral, or swinging from pinnacle to gargoyle to statue; or, to see his defense of Esmeralda, the gypsy girl, from the crowd of beggars he thinks has come to kill her, is to enjoy some of the great visual moments of cinema. The silent films in Rosendale’s series are enhanced by the piano of Marta Waterman.

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