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 for details.

Police: Woman killed by drunk driver in Rosendale; 19-year-old son seriously injured

Above: A photo of Kelly Utter, from a memorial page posted by her family.

A 50-year-old mother of four died and her son was seriously injured after a drunk driver struck them in the town of Rosendale on Friday, Sept. 26, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Kelly A. Utter and her 19-year-old son Joseph M. Utter were driving south on Lucas Turnpike just a mile from their house in the early evening to pick up dinner, according to a page set up for the family. 

When they reached the intersection of Cottekill Road, a car driven by 23-year-old Tyler J. Grable allegedly blew through a stop sign, striking the Utters' car. The collision was so powerful that Grable's car ended up upside down, leaning against on the porch of a nearby house. (See a photo taken by the Daily Freeman.)   Read more

Sunday Silents - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1920)

November 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

At the Rosendale Theatre Collective “Every man has two sides, one good and one evil” so believes kindly Dr Jekyll. To prove his theory, he conjures up a potion that changes him from saint to sinner. The transformation scene is famous for John Barrymore's ability to go from man to monster without the use of any makeup .. just facial contortions. Also shown will be Thomas Edison's 1910 version of “Frankenstein”. Live Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

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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

Field Trip: The Rail Trail Cafe

Above: The Rail Trail Cafe. Photo by Charlene Martoni.

A nook off the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a 24-mile hiking and biking path through Ulster County, is the last place you’d expect to find a food truck. But that’s just where to look for the Rail Trail Cafe, a non-motorized food cart with a decidedly rustic take on mobile dining.

The kitchen is housed inside a 96-square-foot cabin made of reclaimed wood; a hand-built clay oven sits nearby, and the dining area opens to the lush green canopy overhead.

Husband-and-wife proprietors Brian Farmer and Tara Johannessen have been serving freshly made pizzas, dumplings and baked goods out of the cafe since May. Most of their menu items are made using local products, including microgreens sourced from their own farm, the Farmer’s Table, located a quarter of a mile away. Farmer, who has experience as a professional chef, says that using produce that they grow themselves makes the distance from farm to table even smaller.

Plus, according to Johannessen, it’s just good business practice.  Read more

Construction (finally) begins on the Catskill Interpretive Center

Above: Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey, third from right, helps break ground at the site of the future Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper on Sept. 23, 2014. The center is named in his honor. Photo via the Town of Shandaken's Facebook page. 

Construction has begun on the long-awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, a $1.3 million, 1,700-square-foot project that has been in the works for decades.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, representatives from local nonprofits and state agencies gathered in a field in Mount Tremper to celebrate the center's groundbreaking. The center is slated to open in the spring of 2015.

The plan to build a facility to welcome visitors to the Catskill Park has been 30 years in the making. Money and staffing have been pieced together from a large array of groups, according to a press release.  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

Scottish Icon Archie Fisher Performs Sunday Sept. 28th in Phoenicia

September 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
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Flying Cat Music is proud to present Scottish folk icon Archie Fisher in concert in Phoenicia on Sunday, September 28, at the Empire State Railway Museum located at 70 Lower High Street. The show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00. Admission is $18 or $15 with RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 845-688-9453.

“Archie Fisher is one of the most influential folk artists of his time, called everything from a folk father figure to both the James Dean and Frank Sinatra of folk music.” according to, while calls Archie Fisher “a household name in Scotland.” In fact, his old friend Ireland's Christie Moore once told Archie, “You’ll never be famous because everybody knows you.” So it came as no surprise when The Boston Globe ran a story about Archie Fisher titled “It just seems like he invented Scottish folk” in February 2010.
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More review in store for the Belleayre Resort?

Above: Gary Gailes, a spokesman for Crossroads Ventures LLC, shows Watershed Post reporter Lissa Harris details of a scale model of the proposed Belleayre Resort in 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For months, backers of the long-planned Belleayre Resort project have been eagerly anticipating the end of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's lengthy process of environmental review.

The developer, Crossroads Ventures LLC, is eager to break ground on the project, which has been in the planning process for almost 15 years.

Town planning boards in the towns of Shandaken and Middletown, which the resort will straddle, are anxious to begin their own review process. 

But before the state DEC can sign off on the project, clearing the way for permits to be issued, at least one more hurdle remains -- and it may not be a trivial one.

A legal process set in motion years ago to have an administrative law judge examine potential issues raised by the project is still open, and until it is officially dismissed or carried out, the Belleayre Resort cannot move forward.

Environmental groups that sought to downsize the project years ago will now have another chance to weigh in, and may seek to keep that process open in an effort to make further changes.  Read more

HealthAlliance Foundation Brings Back Cruisin’ for the Cure

Kingston, NY – September 8, 2014 – It’s been five years since the last Cruisin’ for the Cure was held to support Kingston cancer services. But thanks to the HealthAlliance Foundation, this 3-hour ride on the Hudson River is back on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

According to Steffen Kraehmer, Executive Director of the HealthAlliance Foundation, Cruisin’ for the Cure “was always a very popular event. Everyone knows someone who has struggled with cancer, and the Cruise is an enjoyable way to raise awareness and show support for friends and loved ones.”

The Cruise is also a way to raise money. Now that the Foundation is involved, all proceeds will be used to fund cancer programs at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway and Mary’s Avenue campuses. These include: breast cancer screening, navigation, and treatment; inpatient, medical, radiation, and surgical oncology; and support for patients and families.  Read more

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