Phoenicia Diner Continues to Offer Outdoor Seating and Take-Out
To anyone who has ordered takout, bought a gift card, purchased a cookbook or other merch from our site, or even just sent us a sweet message, left a good review, thank you.
If you would have told us in December that we would be entering Summer as a takeout only restaurant, we would have never believed you.
We were lucky enough to have a team that went to work immediately to adapt our business and a community that stood behind us and allowed us to continue to do what we love. As we are allowed to start opening little by little and this bump in the road is moving towards the rear view mirror, we want to say thank you. Yes, you.
June 26 Recreation News and More NYC DEP
Week of June 29 through July 4 - Pine Hill Community Center
CDC Poster for Your Business
Full-color CDC Poster to use for your business to support wearing masks and social distancing.
Additional posters, informational printable documents and much more available on the CDC site. LInk Below.
The Catskill Center shares Ways to Hike in the Catskills
A message from Jeff Senterman about Hiking in the Catskills.
With more than 300,000 acres of Forever Wild Forest Preserve lands spread across four different counties, the Catskill Park is home to more than 300 miles of hiking trails. On its seemingly busiest days, visitors are swarming just a handful of popular areas, leaving a multitude of less traveled open spaces and miles of trails sparsely visited. The trick to finding a hiking experience in the Catskills with solitude, which is vital at this particular moment in history, is knowing when and where to plan your hike and to always have a backup plan.
Visit the most frequented areas on a beautiful summer weekend and you’ll have trouble even finding a parking spot in places like: the Devil’s Path, Kaaterskill Falls, Burroughs Range, Giant Ledge, and the Blackheads. There are good reasons why these areas are so busy: challenging trails, beautiful waterfalls, and some of the best views of the Catskill Mountains peaks. Search the internet for “best view,” “tallest waterfall,” “toughest trail,” or any other number of superlatives before “in the Catskills” and these are the places that pop up. Although they may deserve those titles, their reputation is exactly what has caused them to be the busiest locations of the Catskill Park.
SO, FOR THE WEEKEND VISITOR WHO WANTS TO FIND SOLITUDE, WHAT IS THERE TO DO?First, be prepared—buy yourself a map. The Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) sells three main trail maps for the Catskill Park. Any one of them will give you enough information to plan a quiet hike. That map is key not just for planning on where you are going to hike, but it is also a critical navigation tool you should always have in your pack when you hit the trail.
With your map, take a look at the entire Catskill Park. Notice where those busy areas are. They tend to be clustered around the eastern third of the Park and in the Park’s high peaks region. Now look and see how much more of the Park there is. All of that other open space is where you'll find those less crowded areas.
My eyes drift west when I’m planning a hike on busy weekends in the Catskills. Being further from the Thruway and the Hudson Valley, western hikes are slightly harder to reach and their geography isn’t as instantly striking as it is in the eastern mountains. Therefore, trails that begin further away from the main highways in the Park are also likely to be somewhat less crowded (not counting the popular areas).
FIND TRAIL NETWORKS THAT ARE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK ON YOUR MAP AND EXPLORE THOSE AREAS.Although you may not be able to boast about reaching the highest peak or seeing the most beautiful waterfall, you also won’t be complaining about strangers crowding your outdoor space. In the time of COVID-19, a peaceful weekend of quiet Catskills hikes is more valuable than seeking the crowd favorites.
The Delaware Wild Forest, located in the western corner of the Park; the Willowemoc Wild Forest, in the southwestern portion of the Park; and the Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest, located in the central Catskills are great spots to focus on for a mix of low number of visitors and good trail systems. All three of these areas have extensive trails great for anything from a short day-hike to a multi-day backpacking trip. Although the mountains are typically gentler in these areas and the elevations lower, there are plenty of wetlands, small ponds, and photo-worthy vistas from many spots.
REMEMBER: BE PREPARED.Because these areas are less visited than other portions of the Park, some trails may not always be as well maintained or as easy to follow. They also tend to be muddier than trails you’d find in the eastern Catskills. Be prepared with your map, good hiking shoes (preferably waterproof), and the proper supplies and gear in your backpack.*
You may be wondering which trail exactly is the best to enjoy when you’re looking for solitude. I can’t make it that easy, can I? Such advice is exactly how trails become popular for the very internet search results that make them so. Part of the challenge and opportunity of finding a quiet hike in the Catskills is that you have to do some work. I promise you if you put that effort in, you’ll find yourself in a quiet corner of the Park wondering why everyone else is packing into those few popular locations.
Find Jeff and his hiking adventures on Instagram.
Week of July 5 at the Pine Hill Community Center
Belleayre Beach Opens under NYS Guidelines
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
WELCOME BACK || BELLEAYRE BEACH
Belleayre Beach Opens for the Summer on June 28
WELCOME BACK TO BELLEAYRE
Protecting our guests, employees, and community, so we can all enjoy Belleayre during the summer
We are excited to welcome guests back this summer with new protocols and procedures in place to ensure guests can safely enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. As we prepare to reopen, we wanted to reassure you that we are committed to following all New York State’s and local health orders, to provide a safe and clean environment for everyone. We will provide you with any updates on belleayre.com as they become available.
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BELLEAYRE BEACH OPENS FOR THE SUMMER
Belleayre Beach Opens for the Summer
The Belleayre Beach is set to Open on Sunday, June 28. Operations may look a little different this year with social distancing, but we will still plan on having a fun time swimming and enjoying the outdoors!
The Belleayre Beach hours and schedule:
June 28 through September 7, 2020
Wednesday through Fridays 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sundays 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed Monday and Tuesdays
The beach will operate on a reduced capacity and follow NY State protocols including the requirement of face coverings for guests within certain locations and public areas.
VISIT THE BELLEAYRE BEACH »
Please Stay 6 Feet Apart
Wash your hands often
Wear a cloth face covering in public places
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your face
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
PO Box 313 | 181 Galli Curci Rd
Highmount, NY 12441
New York State of Opportunity
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Michael Pratt, ORDA President and CEO
August Opening of Hanford Mills Announced
2020 Opening and New Call-Ahead Reservations
Good news! Hanford Mills Museum will be open in August for guided tours of the historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. We have new procedures to keep visitors and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19. All tours will require advance reservations and will be limited to the members of one party. Simply call us at 607/278-5744 to reserve a tour. Special Welcome Back Days for Museum Members will be held August 5-9, when tours can be reserved by Members. Beginning August 12, Hanford Mills Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday for tours that anyone can reserve by calling 607/278-5744.
Milling About At Home
Many of us find ourselves with much more time to spend at home. Our new series "Milling About At Home" highlights projects, pastimes, and pursuits of the Hanford Mills community. Stephen Shursky, a Member of Hanford Mills Museum who has also exhibited at the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree, explains his work recreating a large flat belt-driven lathe.Lathe
"I have been inspired by Hanford Mills, which I have been visiting since I attended SUNY Delhi in the late seventies...I grew up in the woods and in the sawmill working with my Dad, I guess I have sap in my blood," he says.
Read his full "Milling About" story, and other profiles about raising chickens, building cold frames, fixing windows, taking long hikes, reading history books, and more.
Let us know how you are spending your time your hobby, tip, or home by completing this short Milling about at Home form.
Online Education Programs
Looking for some hands-on projects to do with elementary-school aged children? The Hanford Mills Education team has developed resources for families to use online. There are activity guides and videos to learn about Watershed Education; CROP kits, which are hands-on projects with how-to videos developed for Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership; and weekly What I Learned Wednesdays that explore STEM/STEAM topics and feature an at-home activity. Beginning July 8, these 15-minute videos will be filmed at Hanford Mills.
Happy Independence Day!
We will miss marking July 4th with you at the Independence Day Celebration, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. We will be thinking of the great memories of past Celebrations at Hanford Mills, with the kids' fishing derby, Mill-made ice cream, steam power demonstrations, music in the Mill Yard, frog jumping contests, field games, local exhibitors, the Mill bedecked in red, white and blue. Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!
Blue Deer Center in Margaretville Announces Openings and Programs
Dear Friends of Blue Deer Center,
As the seasons continue to change we long to welcome you back to the sacred land of Blue Deer Center, but due to the COVID-19 crisis:
Our plans for 2020Vision facility planning have been placed on hold
We have cancelled our Spring and Summer Programs.
We hope to re-open for our Fall programs, but we will abide by NY State regulations for travel and quarantine (which currently restricts many participants).
After completing our review of staff, programs and NY State regulations our Board of Directors met this week and plans to PARTIALLY open the center for the late Summer and Fall. This is a bittersweet decision, but a necessary one. We must secure the safety and well being of our guests and staff.
What does this mean practically?
We will open the Main House and the Green House (the Guest House will remain closed) allowing us to host up to 6 couples (12 people) or 8 individuals
We will undergo the thorough and rigorous preparation for opening required by the State of NY for COVID-19.
What does this mean for Programs?
We will replace the Summer Healing Camp with 3 day Healing Retreat in Nature
We will host a local volunteer day for the Huichol Art Project
We plan to host a Volunteer weekend from August 7-9 (including camping) to:
perform necessary projects at the Center,
offer a sense of CARING for the Center and
promote camaraderie amongst volunteers for the Center.
Harvest Festival -- still in the planning stage (estimated to be Sept. 26th)
Headwaters Offering -- still in the planning stage (estimated to be Sept. 27th)
Sacred Partnership with the World: Living with Totem
Replace the Fall Healing Camp with a 3 day Healing Retreat in Nature
3 day Healing Retreat in Nature
Please visit our website to register: www.bluedeer.org
Blue Deer is committed to rekindling our relationship to the natural world so that we may learn how to live a good life, no matter what is going on around us.
As a not-for-profit organization we face enormous financial challenges in weathering the loss of income and in securing our ability to re-open fully in 2021. We are utilizing this pause to engage our mission in new and vital ways, including a new programming schedule for 2021.
Amanda Kerner as our Acting Executive Director is here to communicate with you via email at email@example.com or cell phone 310.452.0658 to answer any questions you might have. Our center is physically closed, but we check our voice messages regularly.
Until we meet again around the fire at Blue Deer Center, we invite you to care for yourself, your community and the natural world.
Patrick Hanaway, Dan Sprinkles and Amanda Kerner
Together we continue this work.
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Updates and Info Catskill Recreational Center
POOL OPEN NOW GYM TO OPEN SOON
The Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) is a not-for-profit organization with a state-of-the-art swimming pool and exercise facility located in Arkville, NY (on County Highway 38 between State Routes 28 and 30).
CRC provides affordable recreational opportunities to the community and is the “go-to place” for fitness, friendships, and fun. We offer a diverse array of swimming and fitness classes, family and youth programs, personal training, and American Red Cross instruction.
While membership has grown steadily, membership fees cover less than half of the operating expenses; therefore, the Catskill Recreation Center relies on generous individual donations and grant awards to keep the doors open.
Given the resounding and immeasurable benefits that the Catskill Recreation Center has had in the greater community, we ask you to make a donation to the CRC to help us sustain and expand our programming, so we can continue to serve the well-being and recreational interests of both youth and adults in this area.
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CATSKILL RECREATION CENTER ON THE
THE POOL IS OPEN
Manage your CRC Membership!
Click the link to register for Self Service!
Hours of operation: Thursday through Monday from 8 am to 5 pm
You must reserve your swim time and come dressed in your bathing suit ready to swim.
4 lap lanes are available for one hour time-slots.
Open swim in the big pool is available for 2 people in one hour time-slots.
The Family Pool is open to 10 people in one hour time-slots.
CALL THE RECREATION CENTER TO SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST SWIM.
CRC GYM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
We are currently planning out the best and safest method of opening the gym. Please stay posted. Once we have a specific date we will notify you, by our e-newsletter, social media and on our website.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP MAKING RESERVATIONS CALL THE CATSKILL RECREATION CENTER @ 845-586-6250.
SUNDAY: 10:30 – 11:30 Body Sculpt with Pamela– this is a yoga based sculpting class light weights (soup cans) are incorporated.
TUESDAY: 9 – 10: Yoga with Kathy -Kathy incorporates self-massage, poetry, and meditation, packed in one hour of practice.
THURSDAY: 11 – 12: Advanced Tai Chi with Nina Starts June 11 – This class will teach the next series of movements. If you have practiced Tai Chi in the past and understand the basics this class would be the next step.
THURSDAY: 12:15 – 1:15: Beginner Tai Chi with Nina Starts June 18 – See description above.
SATURDAY: 9 – 9:45 NEW 45 Minutes of Fitness – With Nola Tully. (Starts this Saturday May 23) Get summer-ready with great routines you can do at home. The class opens with a warm up, followed by strength training and some conditioning. The stretching will get you moving and the rest of the class we will be using old fashioned fitness drills to increase muscle mass and endurance. The entire class can be done without weights, using your own body weight. I will post the workout in the chat section of the Zoom screen and demonstrate each movement before starting. Participants just need a solid place to put down a mat and then log onto Zoom.
To join these classes:
Please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line name the class you want to take: Body Sculpt, Yoga, Art, Tai Chi, or 45 minutes of Fitness.
Suggested donation of $3 -$5 per class;
Make an online payment: Use the donate button on our website (write the name of the class you are taking)
Write a check to: Catskill Recreation Center – 651 County Highway 38 Arkville, NY 12406.