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10/01/17
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Delaware & Ulster Railroad  Features “The Haunts of Rip Van  Winkle”
43510 State Highway 28, Arkville
(800) 225-4132 • (845) 586-DURR • DURR.org

Steam Engine Rolls  Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Arkville

Arkville, NY — For the first time in half-a-century a steam engine will be rolling along the tracks  Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The D&U will host The Haunts of Rip Van Winkle by Steam during a series of special one-hour steam train rides this weekend. This will be an exciting way to enjoy the blazing spectacle of the autumn foliage in the Catskills. Steam Train Departures from Arkville to Halcottsville on September 30 and October 1 are scheduled for 9:00 a.m.10:50 a.m.1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.Regular train departures from Arkville to Roxbury on both days are set for 11:10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

 Passengers will have the opportunity to relive the days of steam railroading on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad and hear the sounds of the mighty whistle echo through the Catskill Mountains, as the wisps of steam and smoke trail behind our train as it chuffs along from Arkville to Halcottsville, through the East Branch of the Delaware River Valley.

Fares for the one-hour Steam Train Ride to Halcottsville are $25 for adults, $20 for Senior Citizens and $15 for children under 12. Regular fares will be in effect for the D&U’s Excursion Train during the weekend.

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad tourist train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, please call (800) 225-4132, (845) 586-DURR or visit: durr.org
For more information, please contact Stationmaster at (845) 586-DURR or
Wes Coates at director@durr.org

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10/06/17
"Touch a Truck" Main Street Margaretville First Friday Fun

Touch A Truck” Fall Festival in Margaretville Oct. 6
Margaretville —The Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) will host a Touch A Truck Family Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 6 from 4-7 p.m.

Kids can see, hear, touch and climb around on vehicles of all shapes and sizes. There will be 30-plus vehicles on display, including fire trucks, an MTC bucket truck, NYS Police cars, vehicles owned by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Wadler Bros. concrete trucks, a wrecker and roll-back tow truck, an Ulster County Sheriff’s Department patrol car, tractors, farm equipment and more.

The vehicles will be lined up along a portion of Margaretville’s Main Street and also in the Binnekill Square community parking lot. The event is a fund-raiser for BAM and there’s a suggested donation of $5 per family. Adults are also welcome to explore the vehicles to “bring out the kid in you.”

Other entertainment at the festival will include: a visit by Smokey Bear courtesy of the NYSDEC, Wacky Hats with Wacky Wendy, balloon animals fashioned by Chee Chee the Clown, face painting, and pumpkin painting with staff from the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild.

The special attractions will also feature: a street cart offering Cosmik Ice Cream treats, a chocolate and cupcake tastings at Catskill Candies and Confections, a wine tasting at the Margaretville Liquor Store, “Brats and Brew” at Summerfields, and “Le Cadeaux Trunk Show” at Home Goods of Margaretville. The Open Eye Theater will also host its monthly open mic night beginning at 7 p.m.

Visitors are also invited to check out the growing number of shops in the village, including the newest businesses - Bloom Fabric, Art and Retreat (in the former Masonic building) and Northhill Outdoors Archery Pro Shop and Indoor Range (in the former Ladenheim garage building).

The Touch A Truck Family Fall Festival is BAM’s final First Friday event of the season. BAM members are also busy planning for the annual Holiday on Main event on Saturday, November 25. The fun starts with a parade along Main Street at 11 a.m., a visit by Santa, hot chocolate, kids’ activities, eggnog tasting, tree lighting, chocolate tasting and more. Holiday on Main is held in conjunction with Shop Small Saturday.

For additional information, please visit: mainstreetmargaretville.com or call 845 586-4177.

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10/07/17
"Plattepalooza" Family Fall Festival

 

 

Plattekill to host 8th Annual “Plattepalooza” Family Fall Festival

Roxbury NY

 

9.26.17

 

Saturday October 7, 2017, Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY will host their 8th Annual “Plattepalooza” Family Fall festival on the mountain.  This event, which is held every Columbus Weekend Saturday, has become the largest of their season.  “Plattepalooza” brings a whole variety of people, from festival goers to seasoned skiers, young, old, families and friends all together for a fun day of activities on the mountain to celebrate the peak of fall foliage and the true spirit of the season.

 

“Crazy Christine Balloons” will be back as well as “Sean ‘The Prankster’ Magician” with a bunch of new magic tricks up his sleeve with a show at 1pm.  Plus, there will be a variety of local vendors and the mountain rental shop will be selling used skis and snowboards and the ski shop, a variety of new discounted equipment and clothing. This year’s event will feature live music by “Lux Vestra”, a NYC Jam Band featuring the likes of Grateful Dead and some of their own originals too.

 

A fall fare menu will be served up including homemade butternut squash soup and chili plus full barbeque and in-season beverages.  The old fashioned cider press and s’mores roasting will add to the true feeling of the season and the resort chairlift will operate for fall foliage chairlift skyrides Saturday (and Sunday) from 11am-5pm

Additional children’s activities also include face painting, bounce house and cornhole toss games.   Plus, there will be a pumpkin patch too where kids can pick their own pumpkins and decorate them before bringing them home.

 

“Plattepalooza” festivities begin at11am and admission is FREE and will take place rain or shine.  In addition, all weekend long, the mountain will feature hiking, geocaching, camping and mountain biking. 

(607) 326-3500info@plattekill.com

www.plattekill.com

 

 For complete details on this event and all Plattekill Mountain's offerings, visit their website atwww.plattekill.com or call (607) 326-3500.

 

 

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Family-owned and operated since 1993, Plattekill Mountain welcomes skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers of all ages looking for winter fun in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Plattekill offers ski and snowboard lessons, a full-service base lodge with food and bar, and 1,100 vertical feet of old-school New England style trails ranging from beginner to advanced. In the summer and fall, Plattekill welcomes mountain bikers, hikers, and campers, as well as private groups and weddings and features a free summer Music Concert Series.  

 
 

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10/07/17
Saturday at 1pm - Woodchuck Lodge - Alien Invaders in Burroughs Backyard

The final Wild Saturday at Woodchuck Lodge, on Saturday October 7th at 1pm, is "Alien Invaders in Burroughs Backyard". John Thompson, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, updates us on how Catskill forests have changed since John Burroughs tramped through these woods. Forests are now threatened by the introduction of species that would be unfamiliar to Burroughs. There will be discussion of invasive species and what we can do to help protect the Catskill Mountains for the future. This is a chance for all to learn to identify the top pests that are killing our trees. Not everybody knows not to move firewood, for example, which is very important.
Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Our last Wild Saturday (Face to Face with Raptors) on September 2nd received a record 45 visitors.
Woodchuck Lodge will also be open to the public from 11am to 3pm with docents to guide visitors on October 7th and October 8th. Children are welcome.
Woodchuck Lodge is located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. For more information visit http://jbwoodchucklodge.org/blog/
About John Burroughs
John Burroughs, a celebrated writer and naturalist, whose 27 books of nature and philosophical essays influenced millions of readers, was born April 3, 1837.
Woodchuck Lodge is a registered National Historic Landmark. From 1910 to 1921, it was the summer home of John Burroughs. The Lodge was built in the early 1860s by Burroughs’ older brother Curtis on Burroughs homestead land where the naturalist was born and raised.
John Burroughs died March 29, 1921 on a train headed east after a winter in California. His last words: “How far are we from home?”
The New York Times devoted most of its front page to his obituary. The funeral was attended by a crowd of farm neighbors and celebrities. And then, on his 84th birthday, he was buried in what is now John Burroughs Memorial Field, a state historic site just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge and within a mile of the farmstead where he was raised.

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10/08/17
Fiddlers 24! at the Roxbury Arts Center

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, NOON UNTIL 7PM - FIDDLERS! 24!
        The Roxbury Arts Group is excited to present a roster of phenomenal female fiddlers who have been making waves in this field of traditional music. This year's performers include the joyously unrestrained Hanneke Cassel, fiercely honest and evocative group Lula Wiles, stylish and innovative duo Ari & Mia, and square dancing and traditional tunes with The Tremperskill Boys. This full day festival is rounded off by a generous helping of Catskill comfort food and the festival-ending jam featuring community players and festival performers.
Roxbury Arts Center, Vega Mt., Road, Roxbury, NY 12474 www.roxburyartsgroup.org or call for tickets:  607-326-7908. 

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10/12/17
Dr. Moscowitz - Community Lecture - Hip and Knee Arthritis Options

Join Us For An Orthopedic
Community Lecture

Learn about surgical and non-surgical options for hip and knee arthritis with Dr. Richard Moscowotz, MD, FAAOS, Orthopedic Surgeion CareMount Medical

Thursday, October 12, 2017
4 - 5pm

Margaretville Hospital
42084 State Highway 28
Margaretville, NY 12455

First Floor Classroom

RSVP by October 5th
John Santangelo, 845-431-8881 or john,santangelo@wmchealth.org

Refreshments will be served

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10/14/17
Woodsmen Festival at Hanford Mills Museum


October 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Woodsmen’s Festival

The Woodsmen's Festival showcases logging, sawing and woodworking history and celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood. This event features demonstrations of lumberjack skills, a variety of woodworking exhibitors, tree walks, kids’ activities, food and more.  

The Woodsmen's Festival at Hanford Mills is a perennial fall favorite. Come enjoy a crisp fall day in Delaware County and see:
the lumberjack skills of the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen's Team
demonstrations by woodworkers, wood turners, and a cooper
exhibits by Catskill Regional invasive Species Partnership, Pure Catskills, and the Watershed Agricultural Council
Awestruck Ciders, Tickled Pink BBQ, and pies and chili from the members of the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church
music by John Meyer (10-12) and Bourbon & Branch (noon to 3:30 pm)
horse-drawn wagon rides
hands-on building and exploring for kids in the Learning Lab
hand-knit items from Promisedland Farms
water-power demonstrations in the historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop
 September is a wonderful time to visit Hanford Mills Museum.

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10/14/17
Arm of the Sea Theater - Free Production at the Fountain Plaza

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14- 1pm AT THE FOUNTAIN PLAZA AT ASHOKAN RESERVOIR, RT.28A, OLIVEBRIDGE, NY.
 
        Premier of CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY: PART TWO at 1pm.
        Free public show sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corporation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ashokan Reservoir. RAINDATE: Sun. Oct 15.

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10/15/17
Fall Festival at the Ashokan Center

OCTOBER 15, 2017 | FALL FAMILY FUN FEST – 10AM UNTIL 4PM  At the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY
         Celebrate the bounty and beauty of autumn in the Catskills with traditional crafts and activities for the whole family.
Live music with Root Brew, Jay & Molly, Story Laurie & Ira MacIntosh. Activities: Apple cidering, Nature hikes, Hayrides, Face painting, Pumpkin painting, Blacksmithing
Broom making, Food
No need to buy tickets in advance. Entry at the gate is $5; kids 5 and under are admitted FREE!
www.ashokan.org
 

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10/17/17
Mysteries of Skiing and Snow Boarding Revealed

MYSTERIES OF SKIING & SNOBOARDING REVEALED – Four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8PM.) Fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.
        The Catskills Recreation Center announces a great program entitled MYSTERIES of SKIING & SNOWBOARDING REVEALED.  The workshop is designed as a pre-season tune-up for enthusiasts eager to enjoy their best snow session ever.  The four sessions will cover a broad range of topics all designed to benefit participants regardless of their experience.
         “Enjoying snow covered peaks doesn't require sophisticated athletic skills or years of technical training” declares Howard Harrison a Highmount resident and Professional Ski Instructors of America certified Master Teacher, “Simple physical movements and attention to gravity reliably deliver happy results.”
          “A ski area's variety of trails provides appropriate challenge and fun for all levels of age and expertise.  The same foundational skills developed at the start are applied on gentle or steeper pitches albeit with varied intensity.”
         Howard's lengthy Instructor career in the Catskills region and most recently, ten years in Aspen created a simplified and de-mystified approach that assures winter fun. His magic formula applies familiar physical movements to contemporary equipment and snow grooming
         “Snow remains mostly white in any of the 50 USA or 12 Europe areas I skied.  Fun was universal whether on the steeps and deeps or the Bunny slope just as there was always a chance to improve.”  The workshop is scheduled for four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8 PM.) The fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.  Gifts and discount tickets for lucky recipients.
 
Topics to be highlighted include;
•          Pre-season Conditioning
•          Money Saving and Benefits
•          Equipment & Tuning
•          Fear vs. Flow
•          Best Stance for balance and least effort
•          Why & Where to turn
•          The anatomy of a 'perfect turn'
•          Strategies & Terrain Tactics
•          Snow Conditions
Each session will allow plenty of Q & A time with focus on individual needs/ Handouts will be provided.  Space is limited.  Don’t Miss out on this great opportunity. 
       If you have questions please contact Becky Manning at the Catskill Recreation Center.  845-568-6250.  

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10/21/17
HMS Annual Luncheon Meeting and History Program

Local legends and remarkable camp subject of program
at HSM Annual Meeting Oct. 21
 
MARGARETVILLE – The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will hold its Annual Meeting and Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 21 at its meeting hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville.
The luncheon, catered by Anna Blish, will begin at noon. Seats are $20; reservations may be made by October 15 by calling 845-586-2860.
A brief business meeting and annual report will start at 1 p.m.
Following the meeting, Bill Horne, author of The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal, will provide an illustrated talk, “It ain’t nice fer purty: Tales from the age of homespun.”
The talk will focus on Orson Slack of Arena and Mike Todd of Dry Brook who became close friends of Camp Woodland, a remarkable summer camp near Phoenicia that operated from 1939 to 1962. Young urban campers came to know many of their mountain neighbors through a program of collecting songs, lore and local history.
In the mid-1940s, camp director Norman Studer drove a group of campers along the East Branch of the Delaware River to meet and learn from residents who remembered the homespun era. Orson Slack welcomed them into his carpentry shop and related tales about lumber rafting on the Delaware and winters in the woods. Mike Todd captivated campers with stories about bear hunting and his woodsman’s skills and entertained with harmonica tunes accompanied by the rattle of hardwood maple bones.
Once, when someone complimented Mike on a tool he had forged, he said, “It ain’t nice fur purty, but it’s hell fur stout.” 
Annual Folk Festivals organized by Studer and music director Herb Haufrecht were held nearly every summer of the camp’s existence, and featured storytellers, fiddlers and artists from the Catskill region. In 1948, Orson Slack told stories and recited his poems alongside folksinger Pete Seeger and many others. Mike Todd appeared at the 1954 festival, held at Simpson Ski Slope.
The Margaretville program will include audio recordings of the period. An Improbable Community will be available for purchase.
Bill Horne is an attorney who practiced in Washington, DC and Boston. He grew up in Queens and was a camper at Camp Woodland from 1950 to 1960.
For information on HSM programs and to become a member, visitwww.mtownhistory.org.

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10/24/17
Mysteries of Skiing and Snow Boarding Revealed

MYSTERIES OF SKIING & SNOBOARDING REVEALED – Four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8PM.) Fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.
        The Catskills Recreation Center announces a great program entitled MYSTERIES of SKIING & SNOWBOARDING REVEALED.  The workshop is designed as a pre-season tune-up for enthusiasts eager to enjoy their best snow session ever.  The four sessions will cover a broad range of topics all designed to benefit participants regardless of their experience.
         “Enjoying snow covered peaks doesn't require sophisticated athletic skills or years of technical training” declares Howard Harrison a Highmount resident and Professional Ski Instructors of America certified Master Teacher, “Simple physical movements and attention to gravity reliably deliver happy results.”
          “A ski area's variety of trails provides appropriate challenge and fun for all levels of age and expertise.  The same foundational skills developed at the start are applied on gentle or steeper pitches albeit with varied intensity.”
         Howard's lengthy Instructor career in the Catskills region and most recently, ten years in Aspen created a simplified and de-mystified approach that assures winter fun. His magic formula applies familiar physical movements to contemporary equipment and snow grooming
         “Snow remains mostly white in any of the 50 USA or 12 Europe areas I skied.  Fun was universal whether on the steeps and deeps or the Bunny slope just as there was always a chance to improve.”  The workshop is scheduled for four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8 PM.) The fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.  Gifts and discount tickets for lucky recipients.
 
Topics to be highlighted include;
•          Pre-season Conditioning
•          Money Saving and Benefits
•          Equipment & Tuning
•          Fear vs. Flow
•          Best Stance for balance and least effort
•          Why & Where to turn
•          The anatomy of a 'perfect turn'
•          Strategies & Terrain Tactics
•          Snow Conditions
Each session will allow plenty of Q & A time with focus on individual needs/ Handouts will be provided.  Space is limited.  Don’t Miss out on this great opportunity. 
       If you have questions please contact Becky Manning at the Catskill Recreation Center.  845-568-6250.  

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10/27/17
ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM 4TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BENEFIT

ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM’S 4TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BENEFIT OCTOBER 27, 2017 
 
“The ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM is welcoming all to attend its 4th Annual Benefit on Friday evening, October 27th at the Copper Tree Restaurant on Hunter Mountain.  Cocktails at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 6pm.
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Please join us in continuing the Pratt Museum's tradition of honoring regional people for their outstanding historical contributions to the Northern Catskills.

This year’s list of Honorees includes:  Arnold Jaeger of Prattsville, Nick Juried formerly of Gilboa, Shelby Mattice of the Bronck Museum, Dottie Pickett of Gilboa, and Didi Thorpe of Haines Falls. 

The Pratt Museum will be specially honoring In Memoriam Vernon (‘Junior’) Pickett of Gilboa.

Tickets are $85.  Please join us by contacting Lana Breigle at 518-929-2447 or emailing her at sjakowiw@aol.com.
 
 

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10/29/17
Pumpkin Painting Party

CRC's 3rd Annual

Pumpkin Painting Party

October 29, 2017 at 3:30pm
Catskill Recreation Center
651 County Hwy 38
Arkville, NY 12406

FREE ADMISSION

Join us for a spooky, fun filled afternoon with
Ghoulish Goodies, Ghastley Snacks,
Sweet Treats, Chreative Costumes,
and Carnival Games

Raffle Items

Awesome Prizes

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10/31/17
Mysteries of Skiing and Snow Boarding Revealed

MYSTERIES OF SKIING & SNOBOARDING REVEALED – Four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8PM.) Fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.
        The Catskills Recreation Center announces a great program entitled MYSTERIES of SKIING & SNOWBOARDING REVEALED.  The workshop is designed as a pre-season tune-up for enthusiasts eager to enjoy their best snow session ever.  The four sessions will cover a broad range of topics all designed to benefit participants regardless of their experience.
         “Enjoying snow covered peaks doesn't require sophisticated athletic skills or years of technical training” declares Howard Harrison a Highmount resident and Professional Ski Instructors of America certified Master Teacher, “Simple physical movements and attention to gravity reliably deliver happy results.”
          “A ski area's variety of trails provides appropriate challenge and fun for all levels of age and expertise.  The same foundational skills developed at the start are applied on gentle or steeper pitches albeit with varied intensity.”
         Howard's lengthy Instructor career in the Catskills region and most recently, ten years in Aspen created a simplified and de-mystified approach that assures winter fun. His magic formula applies familiar physical movements to contemporary equipment and snow grooming
         “Snow remains mostly white in any of the 50 USA or 12 Europe areas I skied.  Fun was universal whether on the steeps and deeps or the Bunny slope just as there was always a chance to improve.”  The workshop is scheduled for four Tuesdays starting October 17 (6-8 PM.) The fee is $40 with possible scholarship availability according to need.  Gifts and discount tickets for lucky recipients.
 
Topics to be highlighted include;
•          Pre-season Conditioning
•          Money Saving and Benefits
•          Equipment & Tuning
•          Fear vs. Flow
•          Best Stance for balance and least effort
•          Why & Where to turn
•          The anatomy of a 'perfect turn'
•          Strategies & Terrain Tactics
•          Snow Conditions
Each session will allow plenty of Q & A time with focus on individual needs/ Handouts will be provided.  Space is limited.  Don’t Miss out on this great opportunity. 
       If you have questions please contact Becky Manning at the Catskill Recreation Center.  845-568-6250.  

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