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.

Vendors:   Read more

Huguenot Street Cider Market & Tasting

June 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

As part of Hudson Valley Cider Week, Historic Huguenot Street will host its second annual hard cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 11. This year’s market has been expanded to feature over a dozen New York State cideries, as well as including local wineries, food trucks, and live music. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms as well, including fresh cut flowers, local apples, apple cider donuts, and more.  Cider Week helps build appreciation and demand for regional ciders and local orchards by celebrating the area’s vibrant craft cider culture. The market will take place on the Deyo House lawn across from the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) and will be open from 12 – 4 pm. Admission is $10 and grants access to unlimited tastings for the duration of the market. Guests tasting cider must be 21+ with ID. Designated drivers receive free admission. The first 25 people to arrive will receive a free tasting glass.  Read more


Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.


Parades and Ceremonies:


Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

16-year-old killed on Route 28 in Olive

Above: Damein Kovacs. Via Keyser Funeral Service. 

A 16-year-old from the Ulster County town of Shokan was killed on Wednesday, May 19 when his car veered into a utility pole in the town of Olive, police and the Daily Freeman report.

Damein Kovacs was driving with his eight-year-old sister on Route 28 near the intersection of Dubois Rd. when his 2000 Honda Civic drove off the road and into a utility pole around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Kovacs died of his injuries at the scene, police say. His sister sustained minor injuries.  Read more

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Registration opened for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Award Winning Canadian Folk Singer Dave Gunning in Phoenicia Sat. May 14th

May 14, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Flying Cat Music is honored to present multiple award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Dave Gunning in concert. He will be performing at the Empire State Railway Museum on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets are $19 or $17 with reservations. For information or reservations email [email protected] or call 845-688-9453. The museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York.  Read more

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Margaretville Health Foundation and Peekamoose Partner for Celebrity Waiter Event

Celebrity: a famous person, albeit "local"

Waiter: one who serves food to people at tables

Synonyms: VIP, very important person, Garcon, Server, Waitperson

Both noble and hardworking professions, but let’s take out the hardworking and add some fun and entertainment as we invite you to participate in the Margaretville Health Foundation 2016 Celebrity Waiter Event. Become part of the fun as our Celebrity Waiters, will entertain and serve you, for tips, all to be donated for ensuring quality healthcare here in the Central Catskills.

The Margaretville Health Foundation, serves and supports the Margaretville healthcare campus of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  The Foundation strives to improve the level of healthcare to residents of this mountainous rural community and strives to achieve and insure that technological upgrades keep up with the fast pace growth in healthcare.

Saugerties: Esopus Falls and Saugerties Bay Cleanup by Kayak

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join I Paddle New York and Riverkeeper for by a shoreline cleanup by kayak of Esopus Falls and Saugerties Bay on Saturday May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

Saugerties: Ulster Landing County Park and Turkey Point State Forest

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join Riverkeeper for by a cleanup at Saugerties’s Turkey Point and Ulster Landing on Saturday May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. 

Volunteers will meet at Ulster Landing Park (196 Ulster Landing Road, Saugerties) where parking will be available. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes, boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, work gloves, a reusable water bottle, and snacks.  Read more

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