Welcome Walk at Thorn Preserve – October 7, 11 AM

October 7, 2014 - 11:00am

The Thorn property is the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development’s newest preserve, operated in partnership with the Woodstock Land Conservancy. As Thorn’s first year of operation comes to a close, the Catskill Center and the WLC welcome the public for a guided tour of the 60-acre’s mowed walking paths, with discussions of future plans for this valuable community resource. Local biologist Steve Chorvas will join the walk for a discussion of the significance of Thorn’s grassland ecology to the Catskills.

Bring water and lunch, if desired. Wear good hiking shoes and comfortable layered clothing. This is an easy hike. No dogs.

PLEASE REGISTER for this event at catskillslark.org.

Pre-register by October 6 and ask questions by contacting Lucy Potter using the registration form.  Read more

Walk from Kingston to Rosendale via the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – October 5

October 5, 2014 (All day)

View from the Rosendale Trestle. Photo by John Mizel; published under Creative Commons license.

Starting in the Stockade and Fair Street Historic Districts of Kingston and then connecting with the northern terminus of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, we will walk the rail trail south to Rosendale past remnants of the old hydraulic cement industry, ending with the impressive trestle over Rondout Creek (opened to hikers June 2013) and optionally a short hike to the top of Joppenbergh Mountain with magnificent views.

The walk will be about 10 mostly flat miles on city streets and an easy trail which may be muddy in places – plus optional two miles to Joppenbergh Mountain on a somewhat rocky trail with a few hundred feet of elevation gain. Be sure to bring lunch, snacks and water. After registering, the leader will provide information on meeting time and directions.  Read more

Tanbark Trail Family Hike – October 4, 11 AM

October 4, 2014 - 11:00am

A family-friendly hike up the Tanbark Trail in Phoenicia that is a good introduction to Catskills hiking for children and parents alike. Hikers will head about half a mile up to the Phoenicia view where they will have lunch before turning back to the starting point. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water.

PLEASE REGISTER for this event at catskillslark.org.

Meet at Phoenicia field in Phoenicia. From Main Street turn onto Mt Ava Maria Drive, proceed 1/8 mile and the park will be on your right.

Camp Food Tastings at Storehouse – October 4 and 11

October 11, 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 catskillslark.org for details.

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 catskillslark.org 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 GoFundMe.com 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 GoFundMe.com 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


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