Tennessee Recording Artist Nathan Bell Concert Saturday 6/25/16 in Phoenicia

June 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
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This Saturday, June 25 Nathan Bell, a Tennessee-based recording artist with a roots Americana style, performs in Phoenicia for Flying Cat Music at the Empire State Railway Museum at 70 Lower High Street. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and music begins at 7:30. Tickets are $12 or $10 with reservations. For information or reservations email [email protected] or call 845-688-9453.

Like many iconic American singer-songwriter's, Tennessee's Nathan Bell is more widely known in Europe than he is in most of the States. London's Daily Telegraph included Bell's most recent CD, I Don't Do This For Love, I Do This For Love, in their feature “Best Country Music Albums of 2016.” That same CD also came in at #2 for 2015 on the EuroAmericana Chart (ahead of more familiar stars like Steve Earle at #16 and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard with a joint release landing at #18). And last October the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival awarded Nathan the prize for best score for musical composition on The Day After Stonewall Died, a film that also won the Best Short prize at the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2014.  Read more

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Golf Tournament...an Annual Margaretville Health Foundation Event

Enjoy a pleasant day out with family and friends.

Avid golfers, weekend golfers, women, men, teams and singles.

Short a foursome? We will match you up with other golfers.

Barbecue dinner to follow right there at Cafe on the Green.

Raffle, prizes, snacks and beverage cart roaming the course.

For registration call Penny Vaccaro at 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181


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How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more

Hand cranked souvenir penny machine comes to Phoenicia

Above: Souvenir pennies made by the new machine in Phoenicia. Photo by Brett Barry. 

Kitsch-lovers rejoice! You can squish one of four Catskills-specific designs onto a souvenir penny in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia using a hand-cranked machine that has been installed on Main Street.

The machine, which was manufactured by a company in Colorado, can emblazon pennies with one of four Phoenicia-specific designs: a Catskills black bear; a “Quill Gordon” fishing fly; a map of Ulster County and the logo of the Phoenicia Diner. The process is manual, using a hand crank and some elbow grease, and costs 50 cents per penny.

The project is the brainchild of Brett Barry, a Phoenicia resident who owns Silver Hollow Audio, an audio production that is also the force behind a series of audio tours and books that celebrate the Catskills region: “Afloat & Afoot by John Burroughs”  and “The Route 28 Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway Driving Guide.”  Read more

New trail opens at the Catskill Interpretive Center

Above: Doug Senterman, the Catskills Program Coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cuts the ribbon on a new 0.5-mile trail at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. Photo courtesy of Doug Senterman.

On Saturday, June 4, a new trail hiking trail opened at the Maurice D.Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County town of Shandaken.

Doug Senterman, the Catskills program coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cut the ribbon (with a little help from some friends) to open the trail, which is a 0.5-mile walk up a series of switchbacks, sometimes along stairs, to a plateau where a picnic area will be located.

The trail was built by a team of volunteers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this year, and is an early phase of a longer trail that the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Catskill Interpretive Center plan to extend to the summit of Mount Tobias, according to Senterman.   Read more

Woodnotes Grille: The Emerson Resort gets a farm-to-table makeover

Above: Bartender James Reber makes a Moscow Mule with freshly-squeezed ginger at the Woodnotes Grille. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The Emerson Resort and Spa, once known as Catskill Corners, was built in 1996 in buildings that once housed a dairy farm along Route 28 in Mount Tremper, a hamlet in Ulster County.

The main attraction dreamed up by the resort’s owner, eccentric local developer Dean Gitter, was “The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope,” a 56-foot-tall functioning kaleidoscope that offered visitors a psychedelic experience.

If you drive by the Emerson today, you may not notice the kaleidescope, which looks like an ordinary silo. But you will notice the two large mountain lion sculptures that drape themselves over the sign at the resort's entrance. At night, the eyes glow.  Read more

The Young Novelists In Concert In Phoenicia Friday June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
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This Friday, June 3, The Young Novelists, winners of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, perform in Phoenicia for Flying Cat Music in the Empire State Railway Museum at 70 Lower High Street. The doors open at 7:00 pm, music begins at 7:30. Tickets are $15 or $12 with reservations. For information or reservations email [email protected] or call 845-688-9453.

The Young Novelists, either a vibrant six-member folk/roots rock band or a mesmerizing acoustic duo featuring husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink (It depends on when and where you see them) come to Phoenicia by way of Toronto. The full group initially performed under the name Graydon James & The Young Novelists, but over time as James’s wife Laura became integral to the creative process, the couple began performing and touring as a duo, also, and the more succinct name, The Young Novelists, was born.  Read more

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Poetry workshops come to West Hurley’s new Poetry Barn

Above: A poem written on a paper airplane, a prototype for "Skywriting: Poems & Planes," a workshop to be held Saturday, May 28 at the Poetry Barn in West Hurley. Photo by Lissa Kiernan.

Poet and teacher Lissa Kiernan makes her students’ poetry fly, both literally and figuratively.

On Saturday, May 28, from noon to 5 p.m., she’ll bring that skill to her new venue, the Poetry Barn in West Hurley, with inaugural course “Skywriting: Poems & Planes,” the first of several “Last Saturdays at the Barn” events. And the poems will, in fact, fly.

To explain how the work will defy gravity, Kiernan, a recent émigré from Brooklyn, met Watershed Post for coffee at Bread Alone in Boiceville, and gave a brief history of the building.  Read more

DEC issues emergency regulations for Peekamoose Blue Hole swimming hole

Above: A crowd at the Peekamoose Blue Hole on a summer day in 2015. Photo via the NYS DEC.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued emergency regulations on Wednesday, May 25 to protect Peekamoose Blue Hole, a popular swimming hole on the Rondout Creek in the Catskills that was overwhelmed with visitors and trash last summer. 

According to a DEC press release issued on Wednesday, over 700 people packed the swimming hole on one weekend day last summer, leaving "human waste, refuse, fires and broken glass" in their wake.  Read more

Farmers' Market of the Week: Woodstock Farm Festival

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2016 growing season.

This week's market is the Woodstock Farm Festival, located at 6 Maple Lane in downtown Woodstock.

The Woodstock Farm Festival runs 3:30pm til dusk, rain or shine, every Wednesday from June 1 to October 19. This week, the market is being held on Wednesday, June 1.

Celebrate our Farmers and our Community with Fresh Local Produce, Outdoor Dining, Kids Activities, Special events ...and Peace, Love & Music, of course.

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