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Area attractions unite historic buildings and classic rural life with quirky cultural happenings and establishments that reflect the passions and personalities of their proprietors. Come to the Great Western Catskills to experience a classical concert in a barn; explore old cemeteries and historic school houses; or indulge in jazz at a historic church along a dirt back road. The list goes on with Civil War reenactments, vintage baseball games, arts workshops and programs, book readings with local authors, staged train robberies and gallery openings. You won’t soon forget these authentic Catskills experiences.

If you're a history buff, visit Power of History for historic sites and activities!

  • Friends of Music

    Come to the Queen of the Catskills for music in the mountains. Each season is a very fine one. From cello-piano duos, to brass quintets to fine piano recitals. Please join us on one Sunday afternoon each month for this wonderful music in the serene setting of the Cyr Center's gallery.

    PO Box 295
    Stamford 12167
    Phone: 607-746-7163
  • Over The Border

    Glimmerglass Opera

    The Glimmerglass Festival continues its tradition of four new fully staged productions, including three operas and one work of American musical theater --performed with full orchestra, large cast and no sound amplification. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season. 

    PO Box 191
    Cooperstown 13326
    Patricia Kavanagh
    Phone: 607-547-2255
  • Hancock Cinemas

    Hancock Cinemas is a Movie Theater located in Hancock, NY. The newly renovated theatres boast 2 state of the art digital projects. The Hancock Cinemas Cineplex is comprised of two theatres, a 150 seat cinema and 300 seat cinema. The concession stand offers a variety of snacks, drinks, and of course hot fresh buttered pop corn. 

    533 West Front Street Hancock, NY
    Hancock 13783
    Phone: (607) 637-3456
  • Member

    Hanford Mills Museum

    Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills in the country. The historic site features mill tours of the working sawmill, gristmill and woodworking factory, the John Hanford Farmhouse (which recreates home life in the 1920s), and other buildings. Visitors can explore the nature and rail trails that wind through the Museums 70-acre site and are welcome to picnic beside the millpond. The Museum also features a gift shop with Mill-made crafts, books and local products. A full schedule of Hanford Mills festivals, workshops, childrens activities, and lectures is available on the website. The Museum is open Wednesday -Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, May 15th - October 15 as well as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Admission: Adults and teens: $9.00 Seniors: $7.00 Children 12 and younger are free.

    51 County Route 12
    East Meredith 13757
    Liz Callahan
    Phone: 607-278-5744
  • Historical Society of Middletown

    The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is a non-profit membership organization chartered by the New York State Education Department in 2005. For the first several years, we held programs at various locations throughout the town, and in January of 2012 took ownership of a building and seven acres on Cemetery Road, Margaretville, given to us by the New Kingston Valley Grange. Exhibits, programs and special functions are now held there.

    778 Cemetery Road
    Margaretville 12455
    Phone: 845-586-4973
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    Honest Brook Music Festival

    Founded in 1989 The Honest Brook Music Festival is committed to presenting outstanding young musicians and well-known artists of the highest caliber in classical music performance.The Festival's Summer Series is held in a preserved dairy barn in an idyllic rural setting in the Western Catskills. Its Winter Season is held in private homes re-creating the setting in which much of the classical repertoire was originally performed.

    1921 Honest Brook Road
    Delhi 13753
    Michael Cannon
    Phone: 607-746-3770
  • John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge

    Visit Woodchuck Lodge, summer retreat of the famed naturalist John Burroughs, and then stop by Boyhood Rock where there is an exhibit on the life and works of John Burroughs as well as hiking trails and a picnic area. The Lodge is open for guided tours the first weekend of each month from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 to 3.

    1633 Burroughs Memorial Road
    Roxbury 12474
  • Over The Border

    Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Conservatory

    Inside the 3000 square foot area that was once the indoor swimming pool of the former Stone House Farm, you'll be drawn into an enchanting world of tropical free flying butterflies, exotic plants, birds, frogs, tortoises and more. Chances are you may have one of the grandiose butterflies land on you and go for a ride. Outdoor gardens with cafe open late spring through September. Butterfly house open year round - closed Mondays. 2008 rates: Adults $9; kids and seniors $7; college students with ID $750.

    5802 State Highway 7
    Oneonta 13820
    Christine Ryan
    Phone: 607-435-1147
  • Longyear Gallery Artist Cooperative

    Longyear Gallery was founded in September 2007 as a cooperative venture operated by, and serving the needs of, a group of 25+ regional artists. Located upstairs in Margaretville's historic Commons Building, the Longyear offers wonderful regional artists inspired works.

    PO Box 1283
    Margaretville 12455
    Gerda Van Leeuwen
    Phone: 845-586-3270
  • Martin Lerner Gallery

    Announcing the opening of an avant garde art gallery in Roxbury, NY, the Martin Lerner Gallery. The gallery will open on June 19, 2010 with paintings and sculptures by Norman Darvie. Reception, Sat 6/19, 5p-9p. The gallery is located on Main Street / State Hwy 30, 12 mi. from Arkville, turn right at Rte 38 and north on Rte 30. Gallery hours: Friday, 2:00pm-7:00pm; Saturdays, 12noon-6:00pm; Sundays, 12noon-5:00pm Check the website for calendar of events and exhibits.

    53470 State Highway 30
    Roxbury 12474
    Phone: 607-326-6090
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    Mural on Main

    The Mt. Utsayantha Regional Arts League features local artists exploring the beauty of the Catskills. House in the historic Frank W. Cyr Educational Center. Gallery space at the Cyr Center on West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday. Also a new gallery at our new office space at 74 Main - called Mural on Main.

    PO Box 192
    Hobart 13788
    Bobbie Goldmann
    Phone: 607-538-3002
  • Member Over The Border

    Northeast Classic Car Museum

    Over 160 vehicles on display! Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

    24 Rexford Street
    Norwich 13815
    Phone: 607-334-2886
  • Member

    Open Eye Theatre

    The Open Eye Theater's mission is to provide diverse audiences in Margaretville and the surrounding Catskill Mountain communities with quality live theater productions, and offer professional theater training and education programs designed to encourage and challenge performers of all ages in the performing arts.

    960 Main Street, PO Box 959
    Margaretville 12455
    Amie Brockway
    Phone: 845-586-1660
  • Rachel's Fine Art and Framing

    A framing shop and gallery, combining over twenty years of friendly, professional service with great design! 

    68 Main Street
    Delhi 13753
    Rachael Pollins
    Phone: 607-746-8000
  • Roxbury Arts Group

    The Roxbury Arts Group provides a wide variety of arts, entertainment and education at three separate venues, located in Roxbury, Stamford and the Denver Vega Valley. We offer live entertainment, concerts, dance, theatre, fine arts exhibitions, workshops, and arts programming for children and youth. We also rent our facilities for parties and conferences.

    PO Box 94
    Roxbury 12474
    Jenny Rosenzweig
    Phone: 607-326-7908
  • Russell's General Store

    Currently Russell's is one of only two stores in Bovina, and the only one that serves as both a sandwhich shop and general store.

    The building is owned by the Bovina Historical Society and Beatriz Sohni is the proptietor. One can buy gas, gift certificates, groceries, clothes, knickknacks, souvenirs and much more. Also, have lunch and look at the Bovina Historical Society's artifacts. Many products in the store are locally made or grown. There are knitted blankets, eggs, meats and locally produced arts and crafts.

    2099 County Route 6
    Phone: 607-832-4242
  • Sidney Historical Museum

    We are located in the Sidney Civic Center on the 2nd Floor - Rm. 218. Regular Museum Hours: Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm Thursdays 9:00am - 11:30am or also open by appointment.

    21 Liberty Street
    Sidney 13838
    Phone: 607-563-2542
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    Sixty One Main

    Karen Levey and Larry Breakstone welcome you to visit their gallery, 61 Main, open from late spring through the holidays. We offer a rare mix of Contemporary Fine Art including: paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs and mixed media as well as Amancay Pottery, Azu Jewelry, fabric design, handmade furniture, and more. Sixty One Main is located on the ground floor of a newly renovated, historic 1878 building in the center of Main Street in the Hamlet of Andes, NY, facing the hills of the Catskills and banked by the Tremperskill Stream. Hours: Thursday - Sunday & Holidays 10am - 5pm or by appointment.

    61 Main Street
    Andes 13731
    Karen Levey
    Phone: 845-676-4020
  • Skene Memorial Library

    Browse our collection of regional and state history books, review local development issues in the periodicals section, bone up on your favorite hobby—be it gardening, woodwork, quilting—or just kick back and enjoy a good novel or biography.

    The library has long been known as a special place for “vacation” reading. Popular selections include many titles from the New York Times’ Best Seller List, a well-stocked fiction and non-fiction collection, and a popular reference room. The Skene also boasts an outstanding children’s collection.

    On the grounds, a memorial to Fleischmanns’ Veterans of War is located to the left of the library’s front entrance. The library is the centerpiece of Main Street and makes a convenient place to begin a walking tour of the town.

    During summer, the Fleischmanns Museum of Memories, located in an adjacent carriage barn, serves to acquaint tourists with the town’s historic role as a resort colony. The museum also contains records useful to genealogy research.

    1017 Main Street
    Fleischmanns 12430
    Phone: 845-254-4581
  • Stamford Historical Museum

    21 Railroad Avenue
    Stamford 12167
    Dick Hinman
    Phone: 607-652-9747