Region reacts to Ulster County Sheriff’s call to arms

Above: Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum on ABC News.

Paul Van Blarcum, the Sheriff of Ulster County, ignited a furor in the Catskills and in the national media on Thursday in when he posted a plea on Facebook asking licensed gun owners to carry their weapons with them at all times in case they encounter a mass shooting like the one that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, Dec. 2. 

“I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO,” Van Blarcum wrote in a post that he also sent to local media outlets as a letter to the editor. “We are the thin blue line that is entrusted in keeping this country safe, and we must be prepared to act at any given moment.”  Read more

DEC issues permits for Belleayre Resort and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center upgrades

Above: A map of the Full Build-Out Alternative plan for the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Area, from the SEQR Findings Statement for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wrapped up its role in the 16-year review process of the Belleayre Resort on Wednesday, Dec. 2 when it issued environmental permits for the resort and for upgrades to the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center next door.

The documents constitute the state’s sign-off for the two interlocking projects: a private developer will build the 739-acre Belleayre Resort in the Ulster County hamlet of Highmount, while the state will give the public ski center a facelift to accomodate the expected increase in use. The Belleayre Resort project was originally proposed in 1999, and has undergone extensive review by the DEC.   Read more

This weekend: Hunt for poems in Woodstock

Above: Taco Juan's in Woodstock. Photo by Kat Stan, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool

Will Nixon, the co-author of “Walking Woodstock” and “The Pocket Guide to Woodstock,” has decided that the best way to capture the spirit of Woodstock life is in verse.

Nixon’s new book, “Acrostic Woodstock,” is a collection of 70 poems about the famous little Ulster County town. Each poem is an acrostic, where the first letters of each line spell out the title of the poem.

The real fun is the subject matter. For Nixon, everything is fodder for a poem. Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble gets an ode, as does the town hardware store and the taco shop:


This weekend: Holiday shopping, festivals and St. Nick across the Catskills

Above: A decorated storefront in Narrowsburg in 2013. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Now that it's the first week of December, holiday events are legion across the Catskills. There are craft markets and festivals, concerts and carolers, and Santa is popping up in Roxbury, Bethel and Schoharie. Here's what to do this weekend. 


SUNY Delhi will host a Holiday Bazaar at the Farrell Center on Friday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Read more

2nd Annual Phoenicia Holiday and Gift Show

December 6, 2015 - 10:00am

The 2nd Annual Phoenicia Holiday Craft and Gift Show will be held at Parish Hall, Main Street Phoenicia on Saturday December 5, 10am - 5pm and Sunday December 6, 10am - 4pm. Featuring fine craftsmen from the Hudson Valley. Food and Drinks will be available. No admission charge. SHOP LOCAL!

2nd Annual Phoenicia Holiday and Gift Show

December 5, 2015 - 10:00am

The 2nd Annual Phoenicia Holiday Craft and Gift Show will be held at Parish Hall, Main Street Phoenicia on Saturday December 5, 10am - 5pm and Sunday December 6, 10am - 4pm. Featuring fine craftsmen from the Hudson Valley. Food and Drinks will be available. No admission charge. SHOP LOCAL!

Robinson & Rohe Perform "The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong” 12/5/15 in Phoenicia

December 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
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For a special seasonal finale to our 2015 concert year Flying Cat Music presents Robinson and Rohe’s “The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong.” On Saturday, December 5, Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe will bring this uniquely personal and embracive event to the Empire State Railway Museum located at 70 Lower High Street. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show beginning promptly at 8:00. Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 845-688-9453.

For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe have been performing “The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong” annually in their Brooklyn home - always teeming with friends and neighbors. This year they bring their midwinter mini pageant to Phoenicia, resplendent with a gorgeous set piece, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa.  Read more

845 688 9453

Seastrom's "The Phantom Carriage"

January 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

At the Rosendale Theatre:
THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE is an artistic rendering of a dark morality tale. It has a deep and typically Scandinavian sense of despair and hopelessness. The film begins in a rather grim present, and then we're told the story through a series of flashbacks (and flashbacks within flashbacks--a pretty complex story structure for 1921), where the main character, David Holm, played by Seastrom, is offered numerous chances at redemption and refuses them all. One of the enduring classics of the silent era, and was said to be the inspiration for young Ingmar Bergman. Enhanced by the piano of Marta Waterman.


Catskills patients and doctors left in lurch by Health Republic shutdown

Patients and doctors across the Catskills have been scrambling to deal with the abrupt closure of Health Republic, a troubled health insurance company that is closing for business today, Monday, Nov. 30.

The shuttered company is no longer paying its claims, leaving doctors unsure whether they will ever be paid for seeing Health Republic patients. Some doctors have turned patients away, or are bargaining directly with patients over their medical fees. 

In September, New York State regulators ordered Health Republic, the largest of many health insurance cooperatives to be established across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act, to close at the end of 2015.  Read more

Thanksgiving in the Catskills

Photo by icoNYca, via Flickr. 

As the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we gather in a spirit of gratitude for our mountain peaks and sparkling creeks, our deer and raptors and black bear, and for each other. Here are some places to feast among neighbors in the Catskills this Thanksgiving Day. Unless otherwise specified, all events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26.


The Interfaith Council is inviting everyone in the greater Margaretville community to its 5th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, taking place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. All are welcome and take-outs are available.  Read more

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