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We All Scream for Ice Cream!


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Known for the incredible grazing lands and dairy production, there should be no surprise that we have the most incredible ice cream in the Great Western Catskills.

From small batch ice cream being made on the farms of Delaware County to big production facilities that distribute all over the country, we are happy to have all the ice cream makers and sellers available throughout the area.

Not sure where you can find the best scoop or most delicious shake? Here are your options in Delaware County.

Blue Bee Cafe
114 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.8060
Step back in time in a classic turn of the century inspired cafe and coffee shop. Fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and ice cream!

Bun N’ Cone
86 Bridge Street
Margaretville, NY 12455
845.586.4440
Enjoy family oriented, kid-friendly dining with a wide selection of burgers, fries, subs, wraps, pasta, pizza and ice cream.


Cetta’s Tasty Swirl
240 Delaware Ave
Walton, NY 13856
Great soft serve and amazingly fresh ice cream flavors.

The Coffee Pot
581 Main St
Hobart, NY 13788
607.538.1800
The Coffee Pot is a small country restaurant located in the small hamlet of Hobart serving up breakfast, lunch, and ice cream!

The Cow Lick
13585 NY-97
Hancock, NY 13783
607.637.3957
Serving a wide variety of Perry’s ice cream flavors, soft serve and more!

Daisy Queens Ice Cream
10 West St,
Walton, NY 13856
718.683.8224
Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, flurries, and banana splits with large number of toppings.

Goatie Whites
46 Depot St
Fleischmanns, NY 12430
845.254.3005
Serving traditional American food and barbeque, coffee and ice cream.

Honey’s Cafe & Ice Cream Shop
34 Oak Street
Deposit, NY 13754
607.298.2014
Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, milkshakes, pies and Hershey’s Ice Cream.

The Ice Cream Shop
77 Main St
Delhi, NY 13753
607.434.7876
Serving Perry’s ice cream and over 24 flavors of soft serve!

Mac-A-Doodles Restaurant & Ice Cream
Highlights info row image
33 Harper St
Stamford, NY 12167
607.214.4167
Serves ice cream, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee for good for groups, kids, outdoor seating, walk-ins, take outs and catering!

Penguin Ice Cream & Snack Bar
11181 NY-8
Masonville, NY 13804
607.467.1119
It’s all soft serve! To begin you choose chocolate or vanilla REAL ice cream as your base, then choose from the huge selection of blend in ingredients, lastly they blend to your order EACH TIME!

Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More!
5212 State Hwy 28
North Franklin, NY 13820
607.432.0901
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Polar-Bear-Homemade-Ice-Cream-More-538187663021144
A unique destination located just outside of Oneonta. Ice cream is made fresh daily using the original custard machines and recipes!

Sundae’s
36422 State Highway 23
Grand Gorge, NY USA
607.588.8808
Sundae’s specializes in steak, burgers and pizza in the Catskills. They also have 18 Hard & 36 Soft Ice Cream varieties and Car Cruise Wednesdays.

Tastee Treat
284 State Highway 7
Sidney, NY 13838
607.563.1703
One of Sidney New York’s landmark businesses with over 50 years of Family owned service to local and traveling customers.

Treats N Eats
21 Union St
Sidney, NY 13838
607.563.1022
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the shop is a friendly and inviting place to visit for food and ice cream.

 

Farmers’ Markets


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We love our farmers! Our pride and joy here in the Great Western Catskills is the pure, local food produced by the dozens of working farms in our region. Summertime brings farmers’ markets to villages and towns around the county. Often organic, and always fresh, you’ll find fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats to purchase as well as jams, wine, cheese and baked goods. Bring a big basket and shop the stands filled with delicious options while getting to know our farmers and our culture. Please be aware of social distancing and bring your masks!

Andes
Saturdays 10am-3pm
72 Main St, Andes NY

Saturdays 10am-2pm
Dirty Girl Farm
114 Delaware Avenue, Andes, NY
https://www.facebook.com/dirtygirlfarm

Bovina
Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm
Creamery Rd, Bovina Center, NY
facebook.com/events/756150941822683

Delhi
Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Court House Square, Main St, Delhi NY

Franklin
Sundays 10am-2pm
25 Institute St, Franklin NY
franklinlocal.org/farmers-market/

Hancock
Returning sometime in July 2020. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Every other weekend.
Hancock Town Square, East Front St, Hancock NY
https://www.facebook.com/HancockFarmersMarketNY/

Hobart
Fridays 4pm-7pm
101 Maple Ave, Hobart NY
hobartfarmersmarket.com

Pakatakan
Saturdays 9am-2pm
46676 NYS Hwy 30, Halcottsville NY
roundbarnmarket.org

Sidney
Tuesdays 2pm-6pm (10am-6pm 4th Tuesday of the month)
89 Main St, Sidney NY

Walton
Fridays from July 3 – September 25, 10am-2pm
Veterans Plaza, 181 Delaware St, Walton NY.

Depending on the season, you can also visit local farm stands and farms stores.

Sleep Under the Stars!


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The summer vacation season has arrived! Although this year things may be a little different than in the past, you can still have an amazing time taking in the fresh air at any one of the many campgrounds of the Great Western Catskills.

Our local campsites are doing all they can to keep you safe by following the guidelines put forward by the Governor while we are in PHASE 2 of the New York State reopening. So get out there for some summertime fun in the great outdoors!

The Beaver Del
8560 County Road 17
East Branch, NY 13756
607.363.7443
beaverdel.com
The Beaver Del is currently offering tent camping, hotel stays, food and beverage take-out / delivery as they continue to follow the Health Department guidelines and practices for cleanliness and sanitation throughout the establishment.

Bellfire Farm 
Meeker Hollow
Roxbury, NY 12474
bellfirefarm.com
Enjoy glamping in your very own tipi! Sanitizer and bleach wipes are provided for guests, and they offer self check-in.

Crazy Acres Campground at Beaver Spring Lake
263 Beaver Spring Road
Davenport, NY 13750
607.278.5293
crazyacrescampground.com
Crazy acres may not have all of their facilities (playgrounds, pool, game room) available until it’s safe, but they do offer many socially distanced fun activities and special themed weekends that are sure to make your stay a blast!

Delaware County K.O.A.
242 Union Church Road
Franklin, NY 13775
800.562.7658
koa.com/campgrounds/unadilla
Open to RV’s with their own personal bathrooms. The campground’s bathrooms, rec room, playground and rental units will reopen when it is safe for guests and staff.

Camping Catskills

Photo courtesy of Dirt Road Camp

Dirt Road Camp
487 Dirt Road
Delancey, NY 13752
607.287.8148
dirtroadcamp.com
Dirt Road Camp is open and offering fully remote check-in! Guests get an acre (or three) all to themselves.

East Sidney Lake Park
4659 State Highway 357
Franklin NY 13775
607.829.6433
eastsidneylake.com
Hit the beach for camping, boating and picnicking today!

Guestward Ho Family Campgrounds
62 H Decker Road
Deposit NY, 13754
607.467.3246
guestwardho.com
Guestward Ho is open for the season, offering lakeside and lakeview campsites for all types of campers.

Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center
694 McKee Hill Rd
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.6609
harmonyhillretreat.com
It’s easy to do social distancing while glamping in these thoroughly disinfected yurts located on 70 wooded acres. To help with the economic recovery, they currently offer discounts for folks wishing to stay a week or more.

Kingswood Campsite
1500 Hathaway Pond Road
Hancock, NY 13783
607.637.5401
kingswoodcampsite.org
Owned and operated by the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and featuring fully equipped campsites, Kingswood is opening for all campers on June 26, with special activities for social distancing.

Little Pond Campground & Day Use Area
549 Little Pond State Campground Road
Andes, NY 13731
845.439.5480
dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24478.html
Little Pond is now open for camping, hiking, swimming and more!

Peaceful Valley Campsite
485 Banker Rd
Downsville, NY 13755
607.363.2211
nypeacefulvalley.com
Peaceful Valley is open for RV camping and cabin rentals. For your safety, there is no tent camping at this time and the bath houses are closed until further notice.

Catskills Camping

Courtesy of Russel Brook Camps

Russell Brook Campsites
731 Russell Brook Rd
Roscoe, NY 12776
607.498.5416
russellbrook.com
The campsite is currently open to all campers.

Stony Creek Farmstead LLC
1738 Freer Hollow Road
Walton, NY 13856
607.865.7965
stonycreekfarmstead.com
Tent stays on a working farm.

Stratton Falls Campsites
2-169 Campsite Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4224
strattonfalls.com
Now open with tent camping, RV sites and trailer rentals along the East Branch of the Delaware River.

Tall Pines Riverfront Campground & River Adventures
Tall Pines Ln
Bainbridge, NY 13733
607.563.8271
tallpinescampgroundny.com
Tall Pines is currently open and working hard to help keep you healthy & safe. Visit their website for all of the details on the precautionary measures they have in place. Please reserve your spot online or by phone before arrival and check in remotely on your phone using CampersAPP.

Supporting Businesses in Delaware County


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During these challenging times, we at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce are going to do whatever we can to promote the businesses that are still able to offer our their services to the area.

We have removed all events through June in accordance with what I LOVE NEW YORK is doing on their site.

Sis Boom Yum is a new website that will be offering updated information on what restaurants and shops are open in Delaware County. This site will keep people up to date on where they can get get take-out, delivery and special orders. This is done in association with Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, The MARK Project and many individuals providing updated information and content daily.

Along with other regional entities including the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship, Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Watershed Ag Council, Pure Catskills, and the Food and Health Network of South Central NY , the Great Western Catskills and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce are encouraging local food businesses (farms, farm businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, and others) to use this shared directory to get your information out to the community.

The ripeCommunity Directory allows food businesses to create a listing for themselves and update food availability in real time, giving consumers a cost-free, one source, way to access accurate information about food options, hours of operations, ordering instructions, and food safety precautions. Community members can also use this platform to understand donation support options, regardless of a business’ operational status.

Instructions for food businesses and consumers can be found by clicking the logo below. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact ripecommunity@ripe.io

We are continuing to keep our social channels updated to help share offers from local businesses.

If there is anything that we can do to support your business, please let us know by reaching out to tourism@delawarecounty.org.

These are incredibly trying times but tourism will be one of the businesses that leads the inevitable recovery of this great Country, this incredible state and our beloved Delaware County.

 

 

 

Restaurants, Beverage, Shopping Today


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Our strong restaurant, beverage and retail community has pivoted quickly to response to COVID-19. We would strongly urge you to support any business that is open by taking advantage of their take out, delivery and special ordering services. We’ve partnered with the Mark Project and the travel site Sis Boom Yum to share and promote the businesses that are sure are open. Please remember that hours and offerings may change. We urge you to call ahead, place orders through whatever method the business offers.

Please click through here to find out what businesses are ready to serve you right now in Delaware County and the surrounding areas. This list is being updated daily.

 

RESTAURANTS

Restaurants Delaware County

Click the photo above to find all restaurants open in Delaware County and the surrounding area.

 

FARM STORES & STANDS

Farmers Markets and Stores Delaware County New York

Click the photo above to find farm stores, farm stands that are open in the area.

BOTTLE SHOPS & DISTILLERIES

Click the photo to be brought to the bottle shops, distilleries and more.


GENERAL STORES & SUPPLIES

general stores covid-19 help delaware county

Click through to find general stores and supplies available.

 

Welcome Outside


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Even during this crisis, we welcome you to get  outside and enjoy the fresh air of the Great Western Catskills. Hiking, walking, enjoying the outdoors. We just need you to do it carefully.  NYS Parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites remain open, please do your part to be mindful of current safety precautionsCheck out this handy guide to practice social distancing while getting some fresh air!

social distancing in the catskills

Taylor Foster, Heaven on Main Street


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Taylor produces handmade all natural beauty products, including AP Sanitizer as well as vegan and gluten free baked goods in Bovina, New York. You can find Heaven on Main Street products at heavenonmainstreet.com.

Taylor Shares Her Experience

Since this whole thing started we decided to incorporate cooking classes into our ‘home school’. The first day, March 16th, Duncan (Taylor’s son) came to me with a churro recipe.

I thought, “really?! Churros?!” It’s not something I’ve ever made and wasn’t thrilled about sacrificing a bunch of my olive oil to fry in.  But he was adamant. Churros.

He whipped them together himself and I helped with the frying.

They were phenomenal. Like – so, so good. We ate them all.

The next day he said again- churros!
I surrendered again and since then we’ve made them about 6 times.

I grew up in miami and there was a place I’d go to around Calle Ocho where you’d pull up and they’d come out and attach a tray to your car window. They’d bring out fresh baskets of churros and cups of thick hot chocolate to dip them in.

I loved going there. It was decadent yet simple. I could drive my car over there in high school and escape reality for a bit. I’d regularly go with my Cuban boyfriend and feel transported in time. Nothing mattered – problems dissolved. Just a sweet pocket of time sitting in my car – eating churros and hot chocolate.

Now here I was with my son, standing around the kitchen table eating fresh churros. Not a care in the world.

Thank you, Duncan.

 

I’ve learned gratitude for the simple moments. It may sound trite, and I may have to remind myself of it daily, but those small moments in time can be pure bliss.

I feel like this whole thing has brought forward more kindness and compassion. We are all connected. I’ve learned that even a small gesture of support can go a long way to truly making someone’s day. I’m amazed at my community and feel truly lucky to live here.

Taylor shares her Churros Recipe

5 tablespoons butter
1 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar

– in a small pot, boil together and mix. Turn off heat.

1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
-mix into water mixture. A wooden spoon works well. Cool 8-10 minutes.

3 ea eggs
1 ea egg yolk

-whisk into batter, mixing well.

Heat large pot of oil, filled about half to three quarters full- maybe 8 cups of oil? We used olive oil because that’s what we had. Oil at 375 – if you don’t have a thermometer – turn on high and leave about 10 minutes.

You’ll be able to tell once you pipe some dough in if it’s hot enough- it should immediately start sizzling and cook pretty quickly.

Put dough in pastry bag – a ziploc bag with a hole cut can be substituted.

We used a big star tip to get the ridged look – but we also busted two bags and had the tip fall into the oil pot. It’s all good – just keep going. We made balls – we made logs – but really, the thinner piped out ones cook best.

Have a bowl of cinnamon sugar ready. It’s your preference but we do about 2 cups of sugar to 1/4 cup cinnamon.
Once done frying – coat in cinnamon sugar.

Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir, Kria


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Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir is co-owner of Kria, a stunning retail location on Main Street in Margaretville, New York in the historic Galli-Curci Theatre. The Kria retail store featured a curated selection of Kria designs from a decades-worth of collections and some one-of-kind pieces surrounded by sustainable creativity that inspires them.

Kria

kriajewelry.com
Facebook
Instagram

 

Is Kria currently open? Are you online only?

Unfortunately, the Kria store on Main Street in Margaretville closed indefinitely on March 16th. Paul (husband and partner) and I have used the time since to expand our online store by making many of the artisans and goods in our retail store available with our jewelry. This gives people who’ve not had the chance to visit us in person an experience to enjoy. And, it meant refreshing the site design with the chance to work from afar with accomplished photographer and new friend, William Hereford, who lives in Andes! He drove by the store and documented it for us to share.

Jóhanna’s experience with a ritual, routine or recipe during the pandemic

Designing and making new jewelry is meditative and has long been my happy place. It helps me to think and daydream which calms me down. I’m not really known for my patience, but the collection I’m making involves tangling and crocheting chain together as well as beading in a sort of organized chaos which challenges this. Our home studio is where I’m always accumulating materials like chain, castings and beads as well as incomplete, partial and one-off designs. Now, I’m surrounded by them all with the ability to reconsider them together. We live way up on our mountain, so the view down the length of our valley and the sense of space is very important for this.

 

 

Why does it mean a lot to you during this time?

The biggest challenge can often be finding time to experiment and that is no longer the issue, so I can take these ideas as far as I choose and that’s empowering when little else is right now.
I crave routine, but it’s healthy to break old ones and stimulating to create new ones. All of it gives me the peace of mind to be present for my family and friends going through the same.

Is there anything you’d like to share about your wishes for the future or what you have learned during this crisis?

I am endlessly grateful for the space we have up here and count my blessings. I appreciate and miss my friends and family more then ever and I’m eager to spend more time with them in the future than in the past. I will certainly take less for granted. Many friends and my eldest daughter and their partner in NYC have been stuck in apartments for over a month. I can walk to our studio, visit our store, and safely hike right out our door. We considered all of this when we moved our family here but I feel fortunate nonetheless. I imagine we’re all learning things about ourselves right now.

Lisa Wisely, Blue Spark Creative Services


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Lisa Wisely is the owner of Blue Spark Creative Services, a full service marketing and business consulting agency in Delhi, New York.She also oversees the Great Western Catskills marketing and promotion programs.

Blue Spark Creative
74 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607.643.4331
bluesparkservices.com

 

Lisa’s Experience

I’ve been home since March 14th, working with a variety of businesses and organizations to help them adjust their businesses and marketing messages in light of our new reality. As the owner of a marketing company, I am pretty active person in my normal life. Now, all my activity and connections are digital as I spend countless hours on Zoom, Facetime, text, phone calls and emails. The days go by quick as I’ve got my hands in my regular client work as well as projects that developed in response to Covid-19. I’ve been fortunate to have  joined forces with a number of organizations to work on projects like SisBoomYum.com, Ripe Community and the Andes Main Street Fund, all projects that have used technology and a love of community to share information and support each other.

When not working and connecting with old friends, I’ve taken to to the kitchen and have become a little obsessed with making soups. Stove top, crock pot, instant pot. I’ve made a Thai soup, a mushroom soup and my own version of a vegetarian Pho, but the soup that stays in heavy rotation is my version of a sausage, white bean and kale soup.

I love this soup because it brings me back to a great memory. I made this soup in a crock pot for the cast and crew of a short film we made right here in Delhi. The movie was called Candyland, and the cast were all young local ladies around 12/13 years of age. It was based on a script I wrote about my own life, the day I realized I did not want to be a bully anymore. We shot the film all over Delhi with a bunch of filmmakers who also happen to be dear friends, and these young ladies and their families, many of whom I stay in touch with and see often.

The experience of making this film was a great one, bringing together a story of my childhood with my talented filmmaker friends and these young, vibrant individuals who were so excited to be making a movie, and so excited to be a part of something. They worked incredibly hard in their roles and they gave us so much of themselves. It was a magical weekend and I remember this sausage, white bean and kale soup being served to rave reviews. The soup was simple, healthy and  hearty.

It was just a very simple experience of community and togetherness. I am fortunate enough to experience that through my technical devices right now, but I look forward to returning to sharing a meal with friends and family. I look forward to returning to whatever normal looks like.

I have shared this recipe with a number of friends and they are immediate converts. Hopefully you will enjoy too.

What Have I Learned During this Time?

I know a number of people who have tested positive (in major cities) and I know a number of people who have lost people during this Pandemic. It makes me realize how very fortunate I am to every everything I have in my life, including good health. I’ve learned a new level of gratitude. I’ve learned a new respect for the Delaware County community. People have joined forces to do incredible things to help their neighbors without missing a beat. The community has gone into crisis mode and continues to handle their own lives and realities while committing their time to doing whatever they can to help businesses, organizations and individuals. I’ve always appreciated this amazing place but I am now down right obsessed.

 

 

Sausage, White Bean & Kale Soup

I have shared this recipe with a number of friends and they are immediate converts. Hopefully you will enjoy too.

Please note, my version is always vegetarian. I use a vegetable based “sausage” which is really delicious. You can use veggie or real sausage, it your choice!

 

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. pork sausage, removed from casing if necessary or a package of Italian Veggie Sausage. I used LightLife which can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets.
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. of broth. I use vegetable broth. You can use Chicken if you like.
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves torn into 2″ pieces
  • 2 (15.5-oz.) cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)
  • Squirt of lemon (optional) to just add a touch of acid

 

Directions

  1. This can be made in a crock pot but I typically make it in a dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat the oil over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, using a wooden spoon to break up the sausage or in the case of veggie sausage, cut up into pieces. Cook until browned. Remove to a plate.
  2. Return pot to medium-high, add onion, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until the onions and garlic are soft, about five minutes.
  3. Stir in broth, water, Italian seasoning and cooked sausage and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer or cook over medium, about 6 minutes. Add beans. I like to break up a portion of the beans to make the stock really good. Crushing a small portion of the white bean makes the stock really delicious. I like to cook this for about 20 minutes on very low and then add the kale, cook until wilted. If I have a lemon, I add it here.
  4. Season with salt and pepper if needed, serve with Parmesan and red pepper flakes if you like.

 

  • You can also add carrots to this (with the celery and onion) but I prefer this soup without them.
  • You can also make this without sausage (pork or veggie) and the soup stands up on its own

If you have 11 minutes to spare, you can watch Candyland , a short film shot in Delhi starring Alyssa Dreyer, Lauren E. Whritner, Emma Sugler and Ashley Komosinski. Click here to watch.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day for Days


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On St. Patrick’s Day in Delaware County, everyone is Irish! There are plenty of opportunities to bundle up in green and celebrate with friends and neighbors. Adult and family-friendly events abound. Expect local foods, live music and a festive atmosphere.

Annual St. Platty’s Day at Plattekill
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd, Roxbury, NY
Saturday, March 14th, 8:30am – 5:00pm

“St Platty’s Day” is back! Spend the day in your finest green gear and ski Plattekill mountain all day long. There will be a shamrock hunt, Irish Music, green beer, corned beef specials & more!

Irish for a Day in Sidney  *POSTPONED*
W Main St, Sidney, NY
Saturday, March 14th

*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED*

Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Sidney where they will be hosting a hospitality tent with beer and cider tastings from Ommegang Brewery, Muddy River Brewery, Awestruck and more. Enjoy grub in the food tent from local restaurants, Irish music from the Leatherstocking District pipe band and the Susquehanna pirate Kazoo band. Plus Balloon Affair with fun shapes for kids from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in the tent. Wristbands just $5 for the tastings. The Parade kicks off at 2:00pm!

Coffee House at the Theatre: Patrick Reynolds & Friends
Walton Theatre
30 Gardner Place, Walton, NY
Sunday, March 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Patrick Reynolds & Friends will present a wide range of Irish traditional music. This is sure to be a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day week.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with The Stoddard Hollow String Band
O’Neill’s Shire Pub
123 Main St, Delhi, NY
Tuesday, March 17th, 11:30am – 11:30pm

Celebrate on the official St. Patrick’s Day with Appalachian mountain music (even the newer tunes sound Old-Timey!). Simple sounds that sooth the soul by dancing your worries away. Kitchen serving traditional Irish specials from 11:30am-9pm.

St. Patty’s Day Party at Awestruck Ciders
Awestruck Ciders, 8 Winkler Rd, Sidney, NY
Tuesday, March 17th, 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Special open hours to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with your favorite local ciders. More party details to come. Visit their facebook page for information

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & After Party in Delhi
Main St, Delhi, NY (After Party at O’Neill’s Shire Pub)
Saturday, March 21st, 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Everyone is Irish at the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Delhi. Join the parade route of Main Street in Delhi for floats, Irish pipe band and tons of family fun for everyone. The parade starts at 12:00 pm. The after party kicks off at O’Neill’s Shire Pub at 123 Main Street in Delhi with The Quinn Brothers at 1pm and Esquela performing from 5pm to 8pm. Join us for just the parade or a full day of fun at The Shire.

 

Maple Weekend 2020


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During Maple Weekend, maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made.  Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products.

We’d love for you to join us in Delaware County during the two Maple Weekends held on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd and then again on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th. See the participating farms below and check the official website to make sure all scheduled events are being hosted as scheduled.

Maple Production in New York State

New York State is home to the largest resource of tappable maple trees within the United States, and over 2,000 maple sugarmakers.  As an abundant and sustainable crop, New York’s gourmet maple industry is vibrant and growing on an annual basis.

Our state’s unique climate and forestry make it naturally perfect for maple syrup production. This pure, additive-free sweetener is made simply by removing water from the sap to concentrate the natural sugars and nutrients made by the tree.

Maple production tends to be a community endeavor, many times involving the entire extended family working together to accomplish one common goal: to produce a pure, all-natural maple syrup that they can take pride in calling their own.  The gourmet maple syrup and granulated sugar that come as a result are delicious additions, and dare we say necessities, to any kitchen worldwide.

2019 Maple Events

March 29th (ONLY)

Delaware Academy Pancake Breakfast
2 Sheldon Drive, Delhi, NY

Pancake Breakfast at Delaware Academy School.

March 21-22, March 28-29
Maple Weekend Open Houses

To celebrate all things maple, New York State Maple Producers Association organizes an annual Maple Weekend. It’s a chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugar making processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms – right from the source. Farms offer tours, demos, family-friendly activities, and pancake breakfasts, and many will schedule school or group tours. Check each farm’s listing to see what they offer.

Participating producers:

  • Brookside Maple & Farm
    2544 County Highway 2, DeLancey, NY
    607-746-6618
    They will be demonstrating how maple syrup is made on our new oil-fired evaporator. We continue to remodel and update our sap house, so we always have new things to see. Come sample our delicious syrup, have us give you a tour and learn how maple syrups made!
    Products: maple syrup, maple granulated sugar, maple sugar shapes, maple coated nuts, maple popcorn
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 10am-4pm
    Website
  • Catskill Mountain Maple
    65 Charlie Wood Road, DeLancey, NY
    607-746-6215
    Pancakes will be served by local 4-H clubs from 9am to 1pm each day.  Suggested donation is $4/person to help support camp scholarships in memory of Terry Kaufman. Learn the process of making syrup and enjoy the flavors of maple. Syrup and maple products will be available for sale. Hope for sunshine, be prepared for mud!
    Products: maple syrup, maple granulated sugar, maple sugar shapes, maple cream, maple coated nuts, maple mustard, maple popcorn, maple vinegar, maple brittle, maple bbq, pancake flour
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 9am-4pm
    Website
  • Dar-View Maple
    2818 Fall Clove Road, DeLancey, NY
    607-435-1657
    Come & experience Dar-View Maple’s Tradition of six generations of Pure Maple Syrup Production. Taste free samples of Maple Products and enjoy free farm tours. Fun for the whole family! Ongoing demonstrations of how pure maple syrup is made, starting fromthe maple tree all the way to your table. Tour our working dairy farm and pet the farm animals.
    Products: maple syrup, maple granulated sugar, maple sugar shapes, maple cream
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 10am-4pm
    Website
  • Kenneth Burger Farm
    3437 Millbrook Road, Margaretville, NY
    845-586-4784
    We will demonstrate making maple syrup if sap is available. We will demonstrate making maple sugar patties. We allow visitors to try making sugar patties then receive them. We are a small family operation.
    Products: maple syrup, maple sugar shapes, maple cream
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 10am-4pm
  • Madugno A4 Maple
    7635 State Highway 8, Deposit, NY
    607-467-1047
    Visit Madugno A4 Maple to learn about the process we use to turn sap into syrup. Follow the sap through the tubing to the collection tank, and then tour our saphouse. Become a sugarmaker yourself as you stir up some maple candies to sample. Be sure to stop by the maple shop to purchase syrup, cream and candy. We look forward to sharing the adventure with you!
    Products: maple syrup, maple sugar shapes, maple cream
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 10am-4pm
    Website
  • Maplewood Farm & Orchard
    598 Miller Avenue, Bovina, NY
    607-746-6339
  • Maplewood Farm & Orchard’s sap house can be found on Miller Avenue in Bovina and will hosting a pancake breakfast from 10am to 2pm all four days but the sap house will be open for tours until 4pm each day.
  • Products: maple syrup, maple sugar shapes, maple cream, maple candy, chocolate
  • Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
  • Hours: 10am-4pm
  • Website
  • North Franklin Maple Syrup Co.
    13501 State Highway 357, North Franklin, NY
    607-829-2100
    They will be boiling and canning syrup – come see their setup which includes reverse osmosis. Enjoy a pancake breakfast!
    Pancake breakfast: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and fresh maple syrup (adults $9, children 4-7yrs $4, under 3 yrs free)
    Products: maple syrup, granulated sugar, maple cream, maple candy
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 8am-12pm for breakfast. The facility will be open until 4pm.
  • Roxbury Mountain Maple
    750 Roxbury Mountain Road, Hobart, NY
    607-538-1500
    Come join us and bring the kids as we love the exuberance of discovery. We have eight children of our own, all involved in the operation. Tour our brand new sugar house with its blend of old and new as we expand to24,000 taps and 200 miles of pipeline. Free hot drinks and pastry are available as you watch demonstrations of syrup, candy, maple cream and granulated maple sugar making. There will be plenty of samples to go around and there is nothing like warm syrupright out of our 5 by 16 ft. evaporator. An added benefit are the farm animals. Last year we had goat kids born that needed bottle feeding. By the way, did we mention THE VIEW! One of the most beautiful locations in upstate New York.
    Products: maple syrup, maple granulated sugar, maple sugar shapes, maple cream, maple popcorn, maple bbq, salad dressing, peanut brittle, maple confections, granola
    Dates:  March 30-31 ONLY
    Hours: 12pm-6pm
    Website
  • Shaver-Hill Maple Farm
    310 Shaver Road, Harpersfield, NY
    607-652-6792
    We will have the evaporator in operation demonstrating how maple syrup is made. There will be tree tapping demonstrations. Join us on a horse drawn wagon ride to the woods to see the sugarbush! There will be samples of our maple products for you to taste.
    Pancake breakfast: All you can eat pancakes and sausage, tea, milk, and juice, with pure maple syrup of course (adults $7, kids 12 and under $4)
    Products: maple syrup, maple granulated sugar, maple sugar shapes, maple cream, maple coated nuts, maple mustard, maple popcorn, leader equipment
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 9am-4pm
    Website
  • Tree Juice Open House
    251 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville, NY
    845-245-8975
    Meet the maple farmers and see how we make Tree Juice Maple Syrup. Enjoy free tours and tastings and stock up on their sweet stuff. “Traditionally made but deliciously new.” Tree Juice Maple Syrup is made in the Catskill Mountains of New York on a family farm. We believe in following tradition by boiling our maple sap on a wood-fired evaporator. This produces an unrivaled 100% pure all-natural maple flavor. We use aging and infusing techniques with natural ingredients to create unique flavor profiles that will leave you wanting more!
    Dates: March 21-22, March 28-29
    Hours: 10am-4pm
    Website

Resources:
NYS Maple
NYS Maple Weekend

No Sunshine? No Problem!


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There is no bad time to visit The Great Western Catskills, but unexpected weather can sometimes throw a wrench in your plans. Known for its stunning scenery and dizzying array of activities that celebrate the beautiful outdoors, an equally exciting spread of indoor programs and events are at your fingertips here. Don’t let a few rain clouds stop you from embracing the culture and community that flourish year round.  Please note, some of our attractions are seasonal so we always recommend you call ahead to make sure the attraction you are interested in open at the time of your visit. 

Museums and art galleries offer much to explore. The Delaware County Historical Association (46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, 607.746.3849, dcha-ny.org) is open Tuesdays through Sundays for perusing documents and exhibits, and touring historic buildings, including The Gideon Frisbee House, a 1797 federal-style private home. Longyear Gallery (785 Main St, Margaretville, 845.586.3270, longyeargallery.org), Roxbury Arts Group (5025 Vega Mountain Rd, Roxbury, 607.326.7908, roxburyartsgroup.org), and MURAL on Main (631 Main St, Hobart, 607.538.3002, muralartgallery.org) feature frequently changing art exhibits. The West Kortright Centre (49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, 607-278-5454, westkc.org) hosts a range of performances, workshops, talks and community events, boasts an art gallery space, and organizes music and singing sessions for children and families. At the Hanford Mills Museum (51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, 607.278.5744, hanfordmills.org) families can tour the grounds of this historic working mill, which is included in both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. With plenty of indoor spaces to explore, the museum also has a Learning Lab for younger kids, guided and group tours, and a gallery exhibition on the preservation project itself. 

Bring everyone bowling. The newly renovated Ark Bowl & BBQ (42366 State Hwy 28, Arkville, 845.586.2695, thearkbowl.com) is a great place to spin the ball and enjoy food, live music, and a relaxed vibe. East Main Lanes & Lounge (1 E Main St, Sidney, 607.563.2695) offers open bowling and leagues, and the Fox Bowling Center (24723 State Hwy 97, Hancock, 607.637.4401) also has billiards, beer, and a snack bar.

Indoor swimming pools are open year-round at Catskill Recreation Center (651 County Hwy 38, Arkville, 845.586.6250, catskillrecreationcenter.org) which also features a gym and exercise classes, as well as at the Hanah Mountain Resort (576 W Hubbell Hill Rd, Margaretville, 845.586.4849, hanahcountryresort.com) where you can also enjoy a sauna and an outdoor jacuzzi. The Kunsela Hall swimming pool at SUNY Delhi is open to the public during open swim hours (607.746.4263, delhibroncos.com/facilities/kunsela_hall_pool).

Enjoy the hunt for old treasures by going antiquing in many unique local shops. Antiques at Rick’s Barn (50061 State Hwy 30, Roxbury, 607.326.7700, ricksbarn.com) boasts 10,000 square feet of antique furniture. Kabinett & Kammer (422 Main St, Franklin, 607.230.4084, kabinettandkammer.com) is a contemporary curiosity shop of antiques, natural wonders and art. The five showrooms at Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques & Collectibles (2527 Roses Brook Rd, Hobart, 607.538.1768, lyonmountainbluebarnantiques.com) are filled with fine European and Early American treasures from 40 years of collecting. Just up the road in Stamford is Tandem Antiques (119 Main Street, Stamford, 607.435.1851, tandemantiques.com), where you’ll find a variety of antiques, modern design, lamps and lighting, studio pottery, vintage jewelry, paintings, sculpture and so much more. If you’re more inspired by antique threads, pop into Lufu Vintage Clothing (84 Main Street, Delhi) for a treasure trove of curated vintage displayed in a charming setting. The store is open on weekends in the high season and by appointment all year long.

If you’re in the mood for entertainment, head over to the Walton Theatre (31 Gardiner Pl, Walton, 607.865.6688, waltontheatre.org). This beautiful historic venue shows everything from classic flicks to current movies, and also features live folk music concerts and special events. Always check what’s happening at the Franklin Stage Company (25 Institute Street, Franklin 607-829-3700, franklinstagecompany.org) where classic and new productions for all ages are hosted in this admission-free, carefully preserved historic Greek revival building. For an evening of live music, check the facebook pages for Union Grove Distillery (43311 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.6300, uniongrovedistillery.com), Ark Bowl & BBQ, and O’Neill’s Shire Pub (123 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.8758, theshiredelhi.com). 

For many more ideas, head over to our “Things To Do” section under Indoor Recreation.

From Belleayre, Turn Left


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Just on the other side of the border of Delaware County is Belleayre Ski Mountain in Highmount, home to over 50 skiing, snowboarding and hiking trails with breathtaking views of the surrounding Catskill mountains, and New York’s first ever chair lift. After a long day of skiing at Belleayre, we encourage you to TURN LEFT when you leave the resort to explore the restaurants, attractions and lodgings in the delightful towns along Route 28 in Delaware County.

 

Discover a world of dining, shopping, attractions and night life from Fleischmanns to Delhi, just a 5 to 30 minute drive from the Belleayre entrance. Consider staying overnight in one of these charming towns, where bed & breakfasts, boutique hotels and full-service resorts can be tucked onto a picturesque hillside or conveniently situated on main street. The denser crowds and higher prices typical of Ulster County make a stay in Delaware County a much more peaceful and affordable getaway without sacrificing style, quality or comfort. Check out area favorites like Spillian, Breezy Hill Inn or Margaretville Mountain Inn Village Suites, all of which are just a short drive from the slopes.

If you are staying close to Belleayre, we highly recommend checking out the main streets of all our small towns to find all your essentials. From prepared food to supplies, we’ve got you covered.  The Andes General Store has a whole-animal craft butcher shop, providing locally-sourced beef, pork, lamb and chicken custom cuts, stocks and sausages to cook up a feast for the hungry skiers in your group. They also offer sandwiches, coffee and freshly baked pies. If you’re in need of some wine and spirits, E & D Spirit Shop in Arkville, Wild Common Wine in Andes, and Dixie’s in Delhi provide tons of options, from budget-friendly to high-end rarities. Is the sweet stuff what you need, check out the delicious offerings of Catskill Candies and Confections  in Margaretville.

After a long day of skiing, preparing your own food and drink might be the last thing you want to do. Local dining options are plentiful, including brick oven pizza at Oakley’s, the famous schnitzel at Binnekill Tavern, or the handmade pastas at Trattoria Locale. For a deliciously elevated beverage, continue along Route 28 to Wayside Cider in Andes, or Hollow in Delhi, both of which also have fantastic dinner menus in a romantic ambiance.

For all you ski enthusiasts, check out two ski slopes in one trip with a visit to Plattekill Mountain. Less than 30 minutes up Route 30 in Roxbury you’ll find a completely different vibe at this fiercely independent, family-run ski mecca. With wild woodland trails, tons of winter events and live music every Saturday night, it definitely beckons a visit. For those who might prefer aprés ski (or no ski at all), there is a wide array of terrific outdoor activities (like a wintry hike with the Catskill Mountain Club) and indoor attractions (like a bowling or antiquing).

Whatever way you winter, we can’t recommend enough that you TURN LEFT. 

 

Winter in Delaware County


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If you’ve got a snowmobile, Delaware County in the winter is for you. Considered the busiest snowmobiling destination in the Catskills, the region has the makings for perfect ride: snow, scenery and well-maintained trails with over 350 miles of trailed includes in the states C2 trail system. With an abundance of excellent snowmobile clubs and special events hosted all winter long, this is a definite must visit for the snowmobile enthusiast.

Plattekill boasts big mountain terrain and friendly, family-oriented small mountain charm.  Choose from 38 trails, 4 lifts and 1,100 feet of vertical, you’ll find 2-mile long beginner cruiser trails and some of the steepest double-black diamonds around.  With all new ski and snowboard rentals, the mountain also offers snow tubing, family friendly year long events and a variety of other winter activities.  Fiercely independent, the Mountain is privately owned and operated by the Vajtay Family, catering to what they know best, families.  As part of shrinking number of privately operated mountains all over the country, Plattekill has built on that reputation of offering a laid back, true, real deal authentic vibe that sets the mountain apart from the rest.  Click here to read more from the greatwesterncatskills on what you can expect at Plattekill and what locals love about the mountain.

Skiing Plattekill Moutain

 

We are fortunate enough to be in the very close proximity to a second snow mountain in Belleayre Mountain. Located right off of State Route 28 in Highmount, NY, just minutes from the Delaware County border and just hours from New York City.

Belleayre stands as a model in the ski industry.  Continued improvements include the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, several mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps, extensive glade skiing and segregated beginner area.   With 50 trails, parks and glades, 8 lifts including a high speed quad, Belleayre Mountain has certainly evolved from humble, yet promising beginnings into an efficient and growing organization – perfection in progress.

Love to hike or snowshoe in the winter? Our trails are open and are ideal places to enjoy the winter weather. Please make sure to follow all rules, make sure to sign in and sign out and be careful on the trails.

We are always adding winter events to our events section of this site so please check back often.

Now is a great time to be planning for your next cold weather adventure. Plan your getaway now.

 

 

The Ark Bowl & BBQ


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Paul Collyer always loved The Catskills. For years, he explored the area before settling in Delaware County. As he bought his home, he also had it in his mind to scout out business opportunities. A friend told him about an old semi-defunct bowling alley that he should look at, and so he did. Since then, the process of resurrecting this forgotten beauty has been one of both a pioneering spirit and creating a destination for the nostalgic. One thing is unquestionable, and that is that The Ark Bowl and BBQ (42366 NY-28, Arkville, NY 12406 845.586.2695) has become a carefully nurtured project assembled with care.

It is not an easy task to breathe new life into the old. Paul was never a “bowling guy”. He wasn’t in a league, and didn’t do it on a regular basis. He had a layman’s knowledge of the sport, which he thought of as more of an activity, surely to the chagrin of leaguers. 

The first task was to get the place in working condition again by undertaking an extensive remodeling project that included replacing the old floors and using them to construct the bar and tables. Paul is friendly, energetic, and social. It is not surprising that he has brought this gem back to life and flanked himself with skilled people for a smooth run.

But simply getting the alley up and running was just the start of it. Collyer has an inspired vision for this place of his. He has renovated the space so that there is a whole separate room from the bar and lanes. Here, he has taken his love affair with nostalgia to the next level. Not only is there memorabilia hanging on the walls, but various items that he has salvaged from around Delaware County and beyond, including stained glass from a church in Kortright, a column from a bank in Fleischmanns, and an old piano from Inman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts that his mother used to play when he was a child. Paul points these items out with the pride of a good forager with respect for the past. 

By 2019, Collyer’s initial vision for a small stage in the corner of the room for bands and other live acts came to life. Musicians, vocalists, touring bands, and comedians bring locals out of the woodwork to socialize and visitors an unexpectedly lively night out. The wrap around porch with Adirondack chairs is the perfect perch for stargazing or taking a break from an intense game of bowling. 

The goal was to make Ark Bowl much more than just a bowling alley, and that’s just what you can expect. Collyer and his team have created a relaxed atmosphere where people want to hang out with friends, dates, and family, even if they’re not into bowling at all. Their food program has come alive with a two-story kitchen and a massive smoker. Their house smoked pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, and are served alongside classic burgers, wings and local craft beers. 

Visit their website and Facebook page for menus, league information and their entertainment schedule. For your next night out, come enjoy Paul Collyer’s labor of love: an intimate space with a friendly, retro vibe. 

 

The Ark Bowl and BBQ
42366 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406
845.586.2695

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum


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On the first Saturday in February, Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY, hosts the region’s coolest tradition: the annual Ice Harvest Festival! This fun, family-friendly event features a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that celebrate the old rural tradition of ice harvesting

Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. At the Ice Harvest Festival, visitors will be able to get a hands-on look back at the tradition. Using historic tools and techniques, they can cut and maneuver blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. (Fun fact: the ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Independence Day Celebration in July.)

 

 

Other activities at the festival include ice sculpting and blacksmithing demonstrations,  a hot soup buffet featuring soup from local restaurants, bonfires, demonstrations and  local farmers and vendors.  It’s a wonderful day of celebrating history and winter!

Click here to see all the places to stay and things to do around the Hanford Mills Museum area.

Ice Harvest Festival
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Highway 12
East Meredith, NY 13757
607-278-5744
http://www.hanfordmills.org/

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls


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The team behind the Roxbury Motel has done it again. The Roxbury at Stratton Falls is now booking “mansion rooms” and “tower cottages” at the newly constructed site just 2 miles up the road (and down river) from the existing site of their themed rooms and suites. 

Celebrated as one of the best hotel lodgings in the country from authorities like HGTV, TLC and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, the new Stratton Falls compound achieves an outstanding balance of showing off the historic site’s natural beauty, as well as its meticulously curated interiors.

This impressive wonderland is every bit as whimsical and sophisticated as one would expect from founders Greg Henderson and Joe Massa, who dressed in colorful attire, sequined jackets and top hats for their soft opening reveal in late November. They are not just building a place to stay and relax, but a full blown sensory experience – a feast for the eyes and journey for the senses. Plus with this new expansion visitors and locals alike can explore the trails and waterfalls that make this such a beautiful place.

The entire property, from the Crooked Cabana Spa to the smaller, unexpected nooks, is adorned with textured wall paper and intricate tile work, all begging you to feel your way around each corner. From the furniture to the fixtures, the bedspreads to the bathrooms, the Roxbury Experience is taken to the next level in rooms called The Pampered Postmaster, The Superhero Incognito, and Cinderella’s Gown. In the room called Dracula’s Fangs, there is a chandelier that contains actual dried bats, an example of the types of details guests have come to know and love from this team. Their commitment to the theme is palpable, and makes staying in these rooms a true adventure with details to discover and appreciate throughout the entire stay.

 

Clockwise from top left: Cinderella’s Gown, gold-tiled sink details, starry woodland wall paper, exterior sculptures, trails and water features, chandelier in Dracula’s Fangs room.

For history buffs, the Brothers Stratton room on the second floor of the mansion house was designed to be a modern homage to the site’s original settlers from the 1790s. A direct descendant of Joseph and Samuel Stratton showed guests around the room at the opening reception, telling stories of the revolutionary war fighters’ journey from Connecticut to the Catskill mountains. Presumed to have built some type of log home upon settling, the room has a cabin feel with a custom musket-and-saber bed canopy, a rustic painted American flag, a large walk-in shower with 10 high ceilings, and spectacular views of the tower cottages and distant peaks.

With a new website up and running, you can browse images, more video clips of the new The Roxbury at Stratton Falls, and of course, book your stay. Come to Delaware County to discover what the Roxbury Experience is all about. 

Ring in the New Year in Delaware County


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Wondering what to do for New Year’s Eve? The Great Western Catskills is home to a variety of events with more being added all the time. Here are a few of the ways you can welcome in 2020.

 

New Year’s Eve Party
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club
576 West Hubbell Hill Road
Margaretville NY 12455
Tuesday, December 31st
6:00pm

DJ Pat Del will host this New Year’s Eve party with karaoke from 6:00 to 9:00 pm followed by 80’s music all night long. Free picture booth and no cover. Room reservations available now.

 

New Year’s Eve with Tim Ruffo
Andes Hotel
110 Main Street
Andes, New York 13731
Tuesday December 31st
7:00pm

Tim Ruffo has been influenced by a variety of Outlaw Country icons such as Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. He also found inspiration in Pink Floyd, Johnny Winter and the Rolling Stones. Growing up listening to his mother playing guitar, singing old country songs around a campfire, Tim had firsthand exposure to music as an outlet and expression of life, whether it is during hard times or times to party hard. Come down and listen to him play Outlaw Country, Country Rock and Contemporary Country hits to usher in the New Year.

 

New Year’s Eve Roaring 20’s Party
O’Neills Shire Pub
123 Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753
Tuesday, December 31st
7:00 pm.

Come ring in the New Year up in our Speak-easy event room. We’re hosting the night with a Roaring 20’s theme. Celebrate the New Year with a 3 Course sit-down dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and cheer. Call for Reservations. 607-746-8758

 

New Year’s Eve Disco Party
Binnekill Tavern
746 Main Street
Margaretville, New York 12455
Tuesday, December 31st
9:00 pm.

Binnekill Tavern invites you to boogie down with the Binnkeill this New Year’s Eve! The party starts at 9pm, there is no cover. There is a regular menu available from 6-8pm with a special New Year’s Eve bar menu, a prosecco toast a midnight, party favors, drink specials and of course, dancing!

Boogie with the Binnekill New Year’s Eve!!!

 

New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch
Andes Hotel
110 Main Street
Andes, New York 13731
Tuesday December 31st
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Spend New Year’s Day enjoying a brunch buffet with New Year’s Day brunch buffet with Jazz rhythm and blues with vocalist Catherine Herr and Wyatt Ambrose. Eggs, quiche, roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, pasta, muffins and much more. $20 per person. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s $3.  Reservations suggested. (845) 676-3980

Holiday Shopping & Events


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The Great Western Catskills pulls out all the stops in preparation for the holidays. Here are some of the events we are aware of now. We will update this often so please check back from time to time. Happy Holidays!

 

Silver Sleigh

Delaware & Ulster Railroad, Arkville, New York
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:30pm

Climb aboard on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad line for a 90 min holiday ride through the winter scenery of the Great Western Catskill Mountains. Along the journey listen to the story of the Silver Sleight, a magical tale of how a passenger train traveling through the snow bound Catskills discovers Santa and his grounded sleigh. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Tickets available online.

 

Find Your Holiday Spirits: A Mythic Catskills Adventure

Spillian
50 Fleishmanns Heights Road, Fleischmanns, New York
Dec 6 at 5 PM – Dec 8 at 12 PM

The creative minds behind Spillian are partnering with Table to Farm Tours to invite you to come and taste – literally and metaphorically – the terroir of the Catskills ciders, beers, and spirits and bring some back to your hearth for your celebrating this holiday season.

 

Roxbury Soup & Sip

Historic Hamlet of Roxbury
Saturday December 7th, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join over a dozen Roxbury businesses and organizations for homemade soup and delicious wines while admiring the holiday decorations along historic main street. Tickets include admission to the Roxbury Arts Group’s evening performance by the Wynotte Sisters, and can be purchased in advanced via the Roxbury Arts website or by visiting Roxbury Wine & Spirits or the Roxbury General Store.

 

Franklin Holiday Market and Christmas Stroll

Franklin, Delaware County, New York
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8 AM – 7 PM

Come enjoy the magic of the season in beautiful Franklin! There is a full day of activities planned, something for everyone to enjoy. Some highlights are the Holiday Market, Grandma’s Pantry, Trees and Trains at the museum, story time, photos with Santa and back by popular demand: The Christmas Stroll house tour! For more details on each activity visit their website.

 

Annual Christmas Craft Sale

New Hope Community Church
119 45 Stockton Ave, Walton, New York
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM

Local vendors will have their products on display so you can shop and check some items off your Christmas list. Lunch available for purchase.

 

Hobart Holiday Market & Gift Fair

80 Cornell Ave, Hobart, New York
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM

Celebrate Christmas in the Catskills! Featuring the very best in local foods and crafts, you’ll find everything you need for holiday meals and gift giving. This community event is co-sponsored by the Hobart Rotary Club and the Hobart Farmers’ Market. See you there!

 

Christmas on the Square!

Hancock Town Square
Hosted by Hancock Area Chamber of Commerce
Saturday December 7, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hancock’s popular Christmas on The Square event is back this year with fun for the whole family! Enjoy the area’s best Parade of Lights, a live ice sculpting demonstration, wandering Dickens carolers, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus along with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy music and games, free holiday goodies and refreshments, s’mores, cookies & cocoa, as well as numerous food and craft vendors to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping.

 

The Wynotte Sisters – A Funky, Fun Holiday Spirited Night

Roxbury Arts Group
5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, New York
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Sara, Dara and Vibeke have joined together to create a show of holiday songs you may – or may not – know. Any which way, with folk-punk-pop-licorice and wine… they are bound to amp up the holiday spirit!

 

Family Fun Night with Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

South Kortright Central School
58200 State Highway 10, South Kortright, New York
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Lots of family-friendly activities, snacks, and a Junior/Senior V. Staff Volleyball Game

 

Santa & Gingerbreads at the Cannon Free Library

Cannon Free Library
40 Elm St, Delhi, New York 13753
Saturday December 14, 10:00 AM

Santa, carolers, story time, hot cocoa, and gingerbread houses will all be in attendance at this free holiday gathering sponsored by the Cannon Free Library and community partners.

 

Amy Helm’s Holiday Express

Delaware & Ulster Railroad, Arkville, New York
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm (1pm boarding) & 4:30 pm (4pm boarding)

All aboard! Take in the beauty and majesty of winter in the Great Western Catskills aboard the Delaware & Ulster Railroad’s Rip Van Winkle Flyer featuring a special intimate holiday performance from Amy Helm. Tickets: $100 Adults; $15 Children

 

December’s Classic Flix – It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Walton Theatre
30 Gardiner Place, Walton, New York 13856
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners. Tickets – $6

 

Thanks for supporting local in the Great Western Catskills!

Christmas Trees & Decorations in Delaware County


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Been wondering where you can find the perfect tree or decorations for the holiday season? Delaware County has you covered. Not only do we have a Christmas tree farm where you can cut your own, we have farms and shops that provide all the holiday trimmings. It’s a great way to spend some time leading up to the holidays. Remember, the areas runs out of trees from time to time so please call ahead.

 

Cut Your Own Christmas Trees

Robson’s Christmas Trees
2425 Jim Lane Road
Bovina Center, NY 13740
(607) 832-4306
facebook.com/robsons-christmas-trees

 

Decorations, Wreaths & Gifts

Burn Ayr Farm
21031 State Highway 28
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-7287
burnayrfarm.com

The Green Thumb
265 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13735
(607) 746-8840

Hillhaven Farms
2 Hobart Road
Stamford, NY 12167
(607) 652-2274

Maple Shade Farm
2066 County Highway 18
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-8866
mapleshadefarmny.com

 

Tree Farm

Hawley Christmas Tree Farm
4528 Peakes Brook Road
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 832-4306
facebook.com/hawleyfamilytreefarm/

 

West Kortright Centre Barn Tour


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One of the greatest ways to experience the Great Western Catskills is to get an insider glimpse of the gardens, barns and homes of Delaware County. Each year, The West Kortright Centre hosts a couple of fundraiser events that provide that perfect level of access. We are thrilled to announce that their next tour is coming up on Sunday, September 29th.

The West Kortright Centre will hold its third annual Barn Tour fundraiser from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on that Sunday.  This year’s tour will guide visitors through spectacular landscapes in the Walton area to explore eight remarkable examples of agricultural architectural history.

West Kortirght Center Historic Barn Tour

Begin the tour at an immaculately restored three-story barn at 245 Budine Road, Walton. Travel back in time to a barn built in the early 20th century (on land settled by a Revolutionary War soldier and prisoner of war in 1808). Stop in for delicious ‘barn dance’ soup, cooked over a wood fire, at a barn raised just fifteen years ago that houses a unique collection of antique farming implements. Carry on through Walton’s bucolic hills to several ramp-style barns and one of the last working dairy farms in the region (where dozens of varieties of pumpkins and squash are for sale). Each barn on the tour has been carefully maintained by its present owner and is a testament to the skill and creativity of its builders.

All visitors must begin the tour between 11AM–1PM and end by 4PM; it will be held rain or shine.

Tickets for this event are $20 in advance or $23 at the first barn, to benefit The West Kortright Centre’s arts and community programs. For tickets and more information, call (607) 278-5454, or visit westkc.org.

The 16th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park


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The 16th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park is on the way! The series of events kicks off Saturday, October 5th  and runs through Monday,  October 14th. The 2019 Lark offers over 50 events ranging from hikes, boating/kayaking, mountaintop yoga and fly fishing instruction, to cycling and Catskills themed cultural events. The tradition of highlighting the outstanding outdoor recreation available in the Catskills and the history of the Catskills region continues!

The Catskills Lark in the Park was founded in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the centennial of the creation of the Catskill Park. Since its inception, the Lark has brought together thousands of people that have participated in hundreds of events, all aimed at enjoying the recreational assets of the Catskill Mountains region and Catskill Park.

 

As events in Delaware County are announced, they will appear here. For a full list of this year’s Catskills Lark in the Park events, visit the Catskills Lark in the Park event calendar page.

Outdoor Dining


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The sun is shining, the air is warm and you just want to get outside and enjoy every second of summer weather. Here are some of the outdoor dining options in the Great Western Catskills. We recommend you try them all, so let us know your favorites.

 

THE ANDES HOTEL
110 Main Street, Andes

While there are a variety of events in the back of  The Andes Hotel in the summer months, the most rewarding dining experience is on the front deck of the historic hotel in the heart of Andes, New York. Big tables under a large awning protect guests from the sun while they enjoy the restaurant, brunch, and tavern menus.

 

AWESTRUCK CIDERS
8 Winkler Road, Sidney

Umbrellas cover cute picnic tables in front of the main door of the Awestruck tap room and production facility in Sidney, New York. Enjoy the warm air with one of the many Awestruck ciders or beers on tap and enjoy their delicious variety of casual food. We can’t stop raving about the nachos.

 

BINNEKILL TAVERN
746 Main Street, Margaretville

Binnekill Tavern is as lively as it is spacious, and as the weather warms they offer outdoor patio dining right the water’s edge. Enjoy their take on what they call “Mountain Comfort Food” Thursday through Monday with the kitchen open from 5pm to 9pm (the restaurant opens for drinks at 4pm). Brunch is served on Sundays from 11am to 3pm where you might enjoy one of their fantastic Bloody Marys.

 

 

THE BULL & GARLAND
760 Main Street, Hobart

The twinkle lights of the beer garden at The Bull & Garland lure you in for a stream side drink. A great place to gather and meet friends, the beer garden is the perfect accompaniment to the interior and porch dining of this delicious British Pub inspired restaurant. From small plates like their Scotch Egg to the traditional beer-battered fish and chips main course, The Bull & Garland has something for everyone and is a super adorable place to enjoy some cocktails or beer in the warmer weather.

 

OAKLEY’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA & GRILL
44681 NY-28, Arkville

Oakley’s is a warm and  welcoming restaurant right on Route 28 between Flesichmanns and Arkville that offers delicious pizza and much more, all prepared on their wood-fired grill. With relatively new ownership, the menu continues to evolve and outdoor seating options have expanded. Enjoy your meal or one of their many craft brews on a nice day while sitting in the sun or under an umbrella. They have recently added a new deck and pets are always welcome!

 

THE SHIRE PUB & RESTAURANT
123 Main Street, Delhi

Grab one of the delicious beers or ciders on tap or order up a meal from their extensive menu of pub fare and enjoy it outside in the back of the restaurant. Tables with umbrellas and a comfy outdoor couch welcome everyone to the back patio of The Shire Pub.

 

TABLE ON TEN
52030 New York Route 10, Bloomville

Whether enjoying their variety of delicious wines and ciders with pizzas on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm or devouring one of their incredible brunch dishes Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the enclosed picnic table area next to the charming farm house is the perfect way to enjoy the warm days and nights.

 

TRATTORIA LOCALE
520 Main Street, Margaretville

A relatively new addition to the Culinary landscape, Trattoria Locale brings classic Italian dishes with pops of modern twist to the Catskills. Whether dining inside in the adorable renovated historic home with beautiful original wood details or enjoying a meal in their 20+ outdoor dining options on the house porch of back deck, Trattoria Locale is not to be missed.

 

TWO OLD TARTS
22 Lee Lane, Andes

Located right behind the Tin Horn on the main street in Andes, Two Old Tarts is a restaurant and bakery dedicated to providing fresh, inventive, and irresistible baked delights, breakfasts, lunches and dinners with a unique twist. Grab one of their delicious slices of pie, a latte or a glass of wine and enjoy the warm weather on their large deck or large dining room. 

 

WAYSIDE CIDER
55 Redden Lane, Andes

Head down the driveway which is Redden Lane and find a little oasis of brightly painted picnic tables with umbrellas where you can enjoy the cider that this team makes on the premises, New York State craft beer, a great selection of wine and spirits, as well as a wide assortment of food options from lamb kebabs with meat from Evans and Evans Farm down the road to cheese plates from a variety of local cheese makers to big bright green salads and so much more. Well behaved dogs on leash are always welcome in the yard.

 

Many of our restaurants have small outdoor seating but these were some of the few that we know can handle a large group. If we missed your favorite, please let us know and we will add new places from time to time.

Fly Fishing in the Catskills


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Fly fishing season in the Catskills opens on April 1 and continues until mid-October. Catskill Mountain waters have gained fame as the birthplace of American fly fishing, and to this day our waterways are home to some of the best fly fishing in the Northeast, visited by avid anglers from around the world. Varieties of trout and bass thrive in the peaceful environment of pristine mountains and clear, cold water. From the area’s vast reservoirs that compose the New York City Watershed, to numerous lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, there is an abundance of fly fishing hotspots around Delaware County. There’s no better destination to catch some fish!

Before you hang that “Gone Fishing” sign on your door and head out for a splendid day on the water, make sure to get a New York State fishing license and get familiar with Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulations. Find any gear you might need at one of our sporting goods specialty stores.

Now you’re ready to go out and find your way to one of our best and proudest fishing hot spots:

Aside from fly fishing, the stillwaters in our region yield great catches too. Try our lakes (Big Pond in Andes or Beaver Spring Pond in Davenport) or reservoirs (Cannonsville, Pepacton or East Sidney). To utilize the reservoirs, you’ll need an additional access permit.

Get an outdoor guide

If you’re not familiar with our waterways or fly fishing, or you just want the company of a seasoned angling expert on your fishing excursion, hiring a Catskills outdoor guide is a wonderful option. Get expert recommendations, personal lessons and an entirely customized experience with one of our many local guides.

More resources

NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App for your smartphone
Delaware County special fishing regulations

Labor Day Events


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Spend the Weekend in the Great Western Catskills

While Labor Day is the public holiday that celebrates the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the prosperity of country, it’s also become the mark of the end of summer. Organizations throughout Delaware County host annual events to celebrate the end of this amazing season. Why don’t you spend the Labor Day weekend with us?

Here are some of the  events that you can enjoy. We will add more as they become available.

Coming to stay with us for Labor Day Weekend or any other time of the year, please make sure to check out the fabulous places to stay in Delaware County by visiting here.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th

 

Rock N’ Roll Retro Cruise-in! 
Main Street,
Margaretville, NY
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Vintage cars, vendors, food. Rock out with The Fishercats in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Plus a ‘60s costume contest! Located on Main Street in Margaretville. Co-sponsored by Business Association of Margaretville and Historical Society of Middletown.

Julian Fleisher & Friends
Franklin Stage Company
25 Institute St
Franklin, NY
Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st
Three Shows

Back by popular demand! A veteran of many productions at FSC and last season’s sold-out hit of the summer, Julian is back and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  A restless creative spirit who doesn’t care a fig about genre, era or any other category that keeps great songs from being shared among willing participants. From Porter to Prince, from Gershwin to GaGa, Julian’s motto is: if it swings it sings. With an assist from equally versatile guitar virtuoso, Phoenicia’s own Pete Smith, Julian and a rotating roster of special guests return to FSC for what is quickly becoming an unmissable annual tradition: An evening of song with Julian Fleisher and Friends.

Downhill Mountain Biking Weekend #3
Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd
Roxbury, NY

Enjoy riding this Labor Day weekend. It’s an action packed weekend of lift-accessed downhill mountain biking with bike rentals available.

Labor Day Sampling Frenzy
Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd
Homegoods of Margaretville
784 Main St
Margaretville, NY

Homegoods of Margaretville invites guests to  sample some of their favorite things. Ariston Specialties LLC olive oils and balsamic vinegars, fabulous bread from Bread Fellows, Sunday Sauce from GrandpaPetes, cheese from Dirty Girl Farm and more. They have extended hours all weekend long. Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am -6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm and Monday 10am – 4pm.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st

 

Free Music Concert Series – Lucky Valentines
Platekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd
Roxbury, NY
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come enjoy a late afternoon of family fun in the great outdoors at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury. Free Music concert by “Lucky Valentines” plus chairlift rides, country BBQ and outdoor bar services.

Twilight on the Rails 
Delaware and Ulster Railroad
43510 New York 28,
Arkville, New York
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad on hosts “Twilight on the Rails”. This specially scheduled ride provides an evening of live music aboard the train, featuring one of the region’s top bands, Blues Maneuver. Bring a picnic and beverages.

End of Summer Sale
Just Shop Boutique
43005 Route 28
Arkville, New York

Just Shop Boutique hosts a Super Crazy End of Summer Fill The Bag Sale. You pay $50 and you fill a bag with as much stuff as you can fit into the bag. The landlord sold the building so everything must go!

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st

 

West Kortright Fair 2019
The West Kortright Centre
49 W Kortright Church Rd
East Meredith, NY
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Centre’s 13th annual family-friendly summer’s-end celebration of the region’s “agri-cultural” bounty includes a full afternoon of foot-stompin’ music and family-fun entertainment.

 

Annual Bovina Farmday
Crescent Valley Road
Bovina, NY
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Annual Bovina Farmday featuring farm animals, a corn maze, the scarecrow contest and tons of vendors selling and sampling locally produced products. Join the fun at Bovina Farmday and meet the farmers who make this region so great.  This event is rain or shine.

 

 

Roxbury Revelry at Kirkside Park with Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
Kirkside Park
Roxbury RT-30
Roxbury, NY
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The MARK Project in partnership with the Roxbury Arts Group and the Town of Roxbury offers a full day of family fun. The 14-acre, exquisitely manicured park will be abuzz with community, friends, families, and fun, celebrating the unofficial close to the summer season. The festivities begin at 12 PM with a vintage baseball double header. There will be fireworks at dusk!

At 6:00pm Ellis Dyson & The Shambles take the stage for an evening of old-timey, bygone era early New Orleans jazz to Piedmont murder ballads. Their whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ original songs bring party music of times past to crowds both young and old. Armed with a banjo, an acoustic guitar, an upright bass, saxophones, a clarinet and a trombone Ellis Dyson & The Shambles deliver theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd

 

Jazz Night at Quarter Moon Cafe
Quarter Moon Cafe
53 Main Street
Delhi, NY

Quarter Moon Cafe hosts Jazz Night every Monday until October. Enjoy a delicious dinner with music. Live music starts every Monday at 7pm and goes until 10pm.

These are just a few of the major events taking place during this long weekend. Please visit our events section to find a list of all the events at this time and in the future!

Festival of Women Writers


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The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers is an annual, three-day celebration and exploration of literature by women.

2019 marks the 7th strait year of this incredible festival hosted in the town of Hobart, New York, the Book Village of the Catskills and The Reading Capitol of New York State. Home to six independent bookstores, Hobart is happy to host the Festival of Women Writers. For more information: Hobart Book Village

The festival is held September 6, 7, & 8th.

Click here for the full schedule of events.

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers – What to Expect!

Watch founders and organizers of the Festival of Women Writers talk about the format for 2019 and what to expect at this fabulous event. Full schedules are available now online at:hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com#festivalofwomenwriters#hobartbookvillage#hobartny#delawarecountyny#greatwesterncatskills#womenwriters

Posted by Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Family Farm Day 2019


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For the last six years, visitors have enjoyed Family Farm Day, a unique opportunity to visit farms throughout Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Delaware County joined the fun with a variety of farms all over the County opening their barn doors to visitors last year and they will do it again this year.  Please join the family fun again on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Farm Guide is your resource to learn more about the participating farms.  Explore fish farming, beekeeping, maple syrup making, cheese making, milk bottling, sheep’s wool processing, cashmere goats, orchards, cider making, and much more. We’re excited to introduce you to the participating farms in Delaware County. Feel free to visit as many as your schedule permits. Visit as many as you can!

Be sure to bring a cooler or insulated grocery bag to take home delicious, local, farm-fresh products purchased throughout the day.

Visit the official website for the event here and down the full Farm Guide here to see all the participating farms.

Participating Delaware County Farms

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Birdsong Community Garden

Birdsong Farm Community Garden
Carla Crim
(607) 746-3821
38480 State Highway 10, Delhi, NY
ceh27@cornell.edu
Facebook: Birdsong Farm Community Garden

The Birdsong Farm Community Garden is designed to be accessible to gardeners of all ages and experience levels with raised beds and wide gravel pathways. Bio-intensive practices are utilized to grow the most amount of food in the least amount of space. Unlike allotment-style community gardens, participants work together and share in the harvest. Educators and Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension oversee the day-to-day operations, and host educational events and work sessions. The garden is family friendly and is a great place for children (and adults)
to get hands-on experience and gain a greater appreciation for food production.
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Brookside Maple and Farm

Brookside Maple and Farm
Matthew Scobie
607-746-6618
2544 County Highway 2 Delancey, NY
Facebook: 
Brookside Maple 
FarmBrooksidemaple@yahoo.com

Brookside Maple and Farm is family owned and operated, with a focus on quality maple syrup and maple products. We raise Hereford beef, Romney sheep, Bourbon Red turkeys and pasture raised broilers. Tour the sap house and sample maple syrup, cream and other maple goodies! See how wool is made into yarn and try your hand at it if you like! The sap house will be open from 10 to 4, or call ahead if you want to stop by another time.

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Byebrook Farm

Byebrook Farm
Gwen Deysenroth
607-538-9796
7531 Cty Hwy 18, Bloomville, NY
Facebook: Byebrook Farm
gwendeysenroth@yahoo.com

Byebrook Farm us an active dairy farm with 45 Holstein milk cows and 35 head of young stock. This farm has been in our family for eight generations. Our cows are pastured and we work hard to produce high quality, wholesome milk. Raw milk is bottled fresh every morning for our roadside stand customers. We also make a delicious raw milk Gouda cheese with a few varieties to choose from. Eggs, honey, and baked goods can be found at our stand too. We gladly welcome you to come enjoy our farm, animals, and food – cheese samples and free milk and cookies.

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Covered Bridge Farm and Joleanna Holsteins

Covered Bridge Farm Market & Joleanna Holsteins
Derek Johnson
607 435-1478
309 Covered Bridge Rd Unadilla NY
Facebook: Covered Bridge Farm Market
ebose25@yahoo.com

Joleanna Holsteins and Covered Bridge Farm Market are owned by the Johnson’s of Unadilla. We are primarily a dairy farm that milks 150 Holsteins and we also grow vegetables for our seasonal roadside market. We grow crops on 600 acres consisting of corn, alfalfa and grass hay. Our vegetables grown consist of primarily sweet corn and tomatoes in high tunnels. we also grow a large variety of other vegetables fresh picked daily. In the fall we have a large selection of pumpkins, squash, apples and other fall decorations as well as a corn maze and several other fun activities.

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Dan Finn Farm
Dan Finn
(607) 435-7179
77 Huff Rd., Delhi, NY
dmacfinn@gmail.com

On our farm we believe in producing wholesome food for our family and sharing our bounty with our neighbors and friends. Home to pastured cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and horses, we welcome you to visit, meet our animals, and shop our farm store stocked with eggs, beef, pork, maple syrup, jams, and Cowbella butter and cheese from our sister farm, Danforth Jersey Farm.

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Del-Rose Farm/The Farmer’s Wife
Barbara Hanselman
607-538-9633/ 607-287-1141 C
9635 Cty Hwy 18 Bloomville, NY
Twitter: 
@DelRosefarmer
Facebook: Del-Rose Farm & Barbara Hanselman
farmerswife_00@yahoo.com

Del-Rose Farm is a proud dairy farm that also grows and sells sweet corn, tomatoes, and other vegetables. Mom Hanselman, The Farmer’s Wife, also bakes pies, sticky buns, and other treats for all to buy and enjoy. We look forward to having you visit and see our cows and calves, the hay and corn growing in the field, the vegetables in the gardens, the tomatoes growing in our greenhouse, and a hayride to see the Delaware River! There will be some of The Farmer’s Wife baked goods to sample, sweet corn to taste, and lots of our farm’s products available for purchase in our farm stand. We are a family farm producing great food for you!!!

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Dirty Girl Farm

Dirty Girl Farm
Cyndi Wright
845-676-4000
114 Delaware Ave, Andes, NY
Facebook: 
Dirty Girl Goat Farm
dirtygirlfarmny.

Sindiderecha@hotmail.com

We are a small kid friendly goat farm and micro – creamery located in the heart of Andes, NY. We make cheese, yogurt and bottle our own milk. We have a small farm store and are open for tours on weekends with advance notice.

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Eternal Flame Farm

Eternal Flame Farm
Lenny or Angie Pieper
410-459-9198
61 Conklin Rd Walton NY
Facebook: 
Eternal Flame Farm Market
eflamefarm@gmail.com

We are a small family dairy farm in Walton NY. We also raise our own beef, pork, poultry and eggs. We have our own on Farm creamery that we pasteurize and bottle our own milk, make homemade ice cream and cheese. All of our products are for sale in our farm market. We also offer seasonal vegetables, country gifts and local honey.

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Gleanore Farm LLC

Glenanore Farm LLC
Donna Dickson-noonan
607-832-4472
2363 Bramley Mountain Rd, Bovina Center, NY
Facebook: 
Glenanore Farm
www.farmingbovinany.org/blog/glenanore-farm

https://purecatskills.com/member/glenanore-farm

donna@delhitel.net

At Glenanore Farm the animals care for the land and the humans care for the animals. Here you will meet Mike and Donna, Irish Dexter cattle, Saanan and Nubian Goats, KuneKune pigs and a hard working flock of laying hens. All the livestock are small, friendly and enjoy attention. Learn how “ag-retirement” offers a unique and fulfilling lifestyle for both people and animals. Eggs, Goat sausage and chicken will be available for purchase.

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Homegrown Farmstead

 

Homegrown Farmstead
Nicole Gillikin
347-205-3471
2113 Lee Hollow Road, Bovina, NY
www.homegrownfarmstead.com
homegrownfarmstead@gmail.com

Set on top of Bramley Mountain, we have 250 blueberry and raspberry bushes, a small apple orchard, organic fruit and vegetable garden, free-range chickens, Boer goats, and heritage breed pigs.

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Humdinger Holsteins and Farm Store
Terri Holdridge / Nicole Metzko
(607) 538-1041, (607) 222-4856
53159 State Highway 10, Bloomville, NY
rickandterriholdridge@gmail.com
Facebook: Humdinger Farm Store
Instagram: catskill.farm.escape

The Holdridge family has been dairy farming in Delaware County for more than four generations. We chose to continue this tradition because we wanted to work with one another every day, share our livelihood with our children, and work outside with the creation and animals we love. You’re welcome to stop in and hear our passion for farming, experience some up-close-and-personal cow interactions, and enjoy a hay ride. We’ve recently opened a farm store with home-grown beef and goods from our local agricultural businesses. We’re excited to partner with our community and offer these products. We’d love to meet you
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La Basse Cour Painting

La Basse Cour
Diane Frances
607-538-9707
3228 Gun House Hill Road, South Kortright, NY
Facebook: La Basse Cour
www.la-basse-cour.com
labassecour@hughes.net

La Basse Cour is a small family farm in balance with nature, practicing regenerative farming methods. We raise chickens for eggs, sheep and goats for fiber, and tend our market garden. Our on-farm store also offers dairy, meats, jams, maple and honey from our neighbor farmers, plus our yarn, and botanicals and crafts by local artisans. Our 1850’s Greek Revival farmhouse is our home with two rooms for bed & breakfast guests. Our farm animals, including our family cows, rescue horses, pony, ducks and geese, cats and dogs are very friendly. The original outbuildings take us back to another era. Farm visits are welcome and tours are available anytime.

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Maplewood Farm & Orchard

Maplewood Farm & Orchard
Karen S. LaFever
607-746-6339
596 Miller Avenue, Bovina Center, NY
Facebook: 
Maplewood Farm Orchard
www.maplewoodfarmny.com
maplewood@delhi.net

A family tradition begun in the 1920’s of making maple products continues into its fourth generation here in Bovina. Duane LaFever and sons Cody, Cullen and wife Karen tap maple trees, utilizing approx. 1800 taps each winter at their maple farm along the pristine Bramley Mtn. Brook. We have a new Sugar House and a new CDL 3 x 12 oil fired evaporator. All the taps gravity feed though a network of tubing into collection tanks inside the sugar house. We produce golden, 100% pure maple syrup, maple candies and smooth as silk maple cream as well as many other delicious products such as peppered maple mustard, maple apple pumpkin spread, gourmet maple coated nuts, maple cranberry almond granola, maple lollipops, maple cotton candy, oatmeal and buttermilk pancakes mixes and also stock maple popcorn and maple brittle.

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Mountain View Dairy

Mountain View Dairy
Angela Schmid
518-944-0768
1468 Bloomville Hill Rd. Bloomville, NY
Facebook: 
Mountainview Dairy
mountainviewdairy1@gmail.com

Mountain View Dairy is a family run, diversified dairy operation. Our summers are filled with harvesting hay for our animals to eat all through the long upstate winters. We are strong supporters of agritourism and offer a farm stay vacation rental year round. We are firm believers in providing, sharing and live by the ways of neighbors helping neighbors. Mountain View Dairy enjoys sharing farm life on social media for all to see. We have farm raised meat available too, don’t forget to bring a cooler. Farm to table is amazing!!!

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Palmer Family Farm

Palmer Family Farm
Landa Palmer
1301 Houghtaling Hollow Rd, East Meredith, NY
607-432-8987
Facebook: Palmer’s Family Farm: Meadow Brook Maple and Dairy
herondaleholsteins.weebly.com/
landavpalmer@gmail.com

The Palmer Family Farm was established in 1954, and it continues today with the 4th generation continuing the dairy and maple farm. The farm is nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County. Sunrises and sunsets are a treasure of the Hollow where the farm rests next to the Ouleout Creek. We welcome visitors to our farm. Come learn about maple production and dairy farming and where your milk comes from, come visit us. We have produce for sale: pure New York wood fired Maple syrup and maple products, farm fresh eggs, and garden produce.

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Riverdale Farm & Forest

Riverdale Farm & Forest
Gideon Frisbee
607-435-9291
48018 St Hwy 10 Delhi, NY
www.riverdalefarmny.com
Riverdalefarm@yahoo.com

Riverdale Farm & Forest is a family operated livestock and maple syrup farm. Our family has farmed in the Delhi area for 8 generations dating back to the late 1700’s. We are excited to share our farm and story with those who are interested! Come see our beef cows grazing, Berkshire pigs rooting, and sample our delicious maple syrup!

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Roam on the Range

Roam On The Range
Judy Stewart Vidal
607-538-9614
941 Brockway Rd, Hobart, NY
www.roamontherange.info
vidaljudy@hotmail.com


Roam On The Range grows healthy food on a small scale and hosts guests interested in reconnecting to the natural cycle of food production. We raise 100% grass-fed meat goats and turkeys, ducks and chickens. Our nascent food-forest includes a variety of berries, grape vines, fruit and nut trees.The large vegetable garden is till-free and wild!

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Sherman Hill Farmstead

Sherman Hill Farmstead
Linda Smith
607-829-8852
9626 Cty Hwy 21 Franklin NY

Facebook: Sherman Hill Farmstead Cheeses

shermanhillcheese@live.com


We are a small family farm producing dairy goats milk cheese since 1993. Tour our creamery, visit the goats, milk a goat, take home a ricotta cheese recipe and more.

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Stamford Famers' Cooperative

Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative
Janet Beken Smith
607-652-7225
6 South Street, Stamford NY
Facebook: 
Stamford Farmers Cooperative
janetbekensmith@yahoo.com

We’re very excited to be part of Family Farm Day! As a full-service Farm Store, Feed Mill, and Crop Center for 80+ years, we carry local farm products, such as Cowbella milk, Harpersfield cheeses, Byebrook Farm cheese, Shaver Hill maple products, Blenheim Hill sorghum syrup, Ballards honey, and more. We’ll have activities, among them a “farm theme” face painter. Tours include: the Feed Mill for custom dairy, hog, sheep, poultry, and beef; and the Fertilizer Blend Plant for custom blends for assorted crops—even blueberries! And, of course, we’ll have farm equipment on display, including our rigs for custom applications.

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Weathered Hill Farm LLC

Weathered Hill Farm LLC
Sarah Connelly
607-538-9323
243 Doroski Road, South Kortright, NY
Facebook: Weathered Hill Farm LLC

www.weatheredhill.com
weatheredhill@gmail.com

Located in South Kortright, NY, we are a meat sheep farm that raises katahdin lambs. We use draft horses to work the land around us, chickens run around, and Oprah the sow lazily eats our leftovers.

Delaware County Fair 2019


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It’s almost that time of year for the annual Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY, the largest agricultural fair in the Great Western Catskills! Celebrating more than 133 years of history, over 80,000 people flock to enjoy the six-day spectacular every August. You won’t want to miss it — enjoy the 4-H livestock shows and public presentations including the adorable baby chicks. Enjoy the horse shows, the pony pull and the animal pavilion.

This year boats two large tents of vendors, more than 35 food vendors, Monday and Friday night demolition derbies and The Shots and The Bergin County Firefighters Pipe Band performing at 7pm on Saturday, August 17th with fireworks that evening.

Click here for the full schedule of events for this year.

 

 

Delaware County Fair
August 12-17, 2019
Fair Street
Walton, NY
www.delawarecountyfair.org

Andes Community Day & Bicentennial Celebrations


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The annual Andes Community Day 2019 will be held on Saturday August 10th throughout the hamlet of Andes and is filled with local music, food, fun and games to celebrate the traditions of a Catskill community in the summertime.

More activities are being added so check in as the event gets closer.

To celebrate 200 year of Andes, there are a number of events taking place leading up to the big weekend.

Details are still developing, please check back for more details as they become available:

SATURDAY, JULY 27th
Andes Hotel
110 Main Street, Andes
5:00pm

Andes’ Bicentennial Celebration Kick-Off at Andes Hotel Summer Shack

Enjoy snacks and hors d’oeuvres by local farmers and artisans. Dance to the sound of Round House Rockers Fireworks at dusk. Only $10.00 per person. Fun starts at 5pm.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Dirty Girl Farm
114 Delaware Ave, Andes
Dinner at 5pm, Dancing at 7pm

Old Fashioned Barn Dance at Dirty Girl Farm

Calling all friends, neighbors and visitors to and old time evening of square dancing, story sharing, eating and good fun…..
Please join them for an Old Time Community Square Dance featuring The Tremperskill Boys with callers and fiddlers! Dinner at 5pm, dancing starts at 7pm.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th
2:00 pm : Rest In Peace Tour of Andes’ Cemeteries

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th-ANDES COMMUNITY DAY

 

10:30 a.m. Parade line up

11 a.m. Parade down Main Street (after Trailways bus exits town)

10:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. Vendors throughout Main Street including foods and artisan crafts

Noon – 5 p.m. DJ Tito spins music outdoors from 55 Main Street

Noon Dancing in Ballantine Park

Noon – 5 p.m. Children’s Fun Fair at Ballantine Park

Noon – 5 p.m. Helicopter rides from Ballantine Mansion, Main Street

Noon – 5 p.m. Andes Hotel Summer Shack activities:
— Noon BBQ Chcken
— 1 p.m. live tunes by David Kraai & The Saddle Tramps
— 2 p.m. Watermelon-eating contest
All are welcome!

1 p.m. Trophy and Ribbon Ceremony for winners of parade float contests at the Andes Firehouse, Main Street

2 p.m. Atelier Aubergine Stained Glass and Mosaics free class and demonstration, 27 Delaware Avenue

All Day:
— Get your Andes Historical Society 2020 calendar, only $10, at Andes Thrift Store located at old Fire House, Main Street

— Step into HIstory at the Andes Hunting Tavern, Main Strreet. Open all day. Visit to learn all about Andes rich and unique history.

7 p.m. Movie screening: a documentary film about the Anti-Rent War, The Town That Shot the Sheriff, directed by Victoria Kupchinetsky. Filmed over 4 years throughout Andes and Delaware County, this film brings Andes history to life. After the screening, meet the director and ask questions about the film and the Anti-Rent War time period. The director, members of the creative team, and the documentary’s main characters will be on hand to answer your questions. Approximately 45 min for the screening with a 30-minute Q&A discussion. Andes Hunting Tavern, Main Street

7 p.m. Catskill Regional Harvest hosts a celebration event – details to come (but we really like anniversary surprises!)

Sunday, August 11
Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse
Time Capsule Burial
Andes Hotel for music and fireworks

 

Thomas the Tank Engine August 9-11 and 16-18


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For the first time in over 15 years, Day Out With Thomas™ at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway. Day Out With Thomas has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. Also included with your ticket will be hand car rides, a Thomas bounce house, face painting and a hay bale maze. In addition, visitors can enjoy a magical act by Marty the Magician. Delaware & Ulster Railroad provides free parking for the event and will have food vendors available on site. The activities on site at Day Out With Thomas™ are for you and your children to enjoy for the duration of the event.

Please join us at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on the weekends of August 9th through 11th and August 16th through 18th and spend the day with Thomas & Friends when a Day Out with Thomas for the Steam Team Tour!

Two Weekends Only This August! 

Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th
Friday,August 16th through Sunday, August 18th

Train times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ticket prices are $20 plus tax for ages two and up (service charges and fees may apply). Your ticket includes a 25 minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus all of the activities at Delaware & Ulster.

 

Celebrate Roxbury


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Roxbury has a wealth of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. From historic Kirkside Park to the Roxbury Arts and Community Center, Woodchuck Lodge to Ski Plattekill, there is a never ending list of places to see and activities for the entire family. As we spotlight each area that makes up the amazing Great Western Catskills of Delaware County, we offer you the top attractions of Roxbury as provided by VisitRoxbury.com.

 

Join Roxbury for their big summer celebration on Saturday, July 6th from 10 am to 4 pm as the the historic and business district hosts a day long summer celebration called CELEBRATE ROXBURY! 

 

While you are in town, consider visiting some of these other attractions, shops and more!

 

The Roxbury Contemporary Catskill Lodging

Great Western Catskills Roxbury Motel

The Roxbury is a “boutique motel resort” nestled amongst the picturesque Catskill Mountains in the historic village of Roxbury. Its rooms offer the discerning traveler a thematic contemporary twist on the old country lodging experience.

The Roxbury Contemporary Catskill Lodging
2258 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7200

 

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls

The owners of the Roxbury, Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa, have purchased and restored this 19th century Italianate mansion with plans to create a luxurious hotel property with seven themed guest rooms, eight stand alone cottages, as well as a cabana with swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. This magnificent property also happens to be situated next to a stunning waterfall that pours into a pristine 50-foot-woodland gorge. This property is currently under construction. We will announce the opening when this magnificent property is ready for visitors.

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls
2258 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7200

 

Plattekill Mountain

Plattekill Mountain is home to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing fun. As part of shrinking number of privately operated mountains across the country, Plattekill has built on the reputation of offering a laid back, true, real deal authentic vibe that sets the mountain apart from the rest. The mountain offers live music events, festivals and is also a bike park and wedding venue during the warm weather season.

Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.3500

 

Shepard Hills Golf Course

Shephard Hills Golf Course was originally part of the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould, a Roxbury native son. The nine-hole course offers challenging terrain with spectacular mountain views and the full-service clubhouse and pro shop are located in the estate’s former guesthouse, a remarkable stone structure commissioned by the Gould family in 1911.

Shepard Hills Golf Course
185 Golf Course Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7121

 

Jay Gould Memorial Church (Historic District)

This historic English Gothic style church, composed of rough-faced St. Lawrence marble with interior Indiana limestone and quartered oak woodwork, was built as a memorial to their father by the children of Jay Gould, a notorious Gilded Age railroad tycoon born in Roxbury, NY in 1836.

Jay Gould Memorial Church (Historic District)
53837 State Highway 30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7655

 

Kirkside Park

Kirkside Park is a 14 acre treasure formerly the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, daughter of Roxbury native son, Jay Gould. This park, built in 1905, features rustic Adirondack style bridges, paths, a meticulously crafted dry laid stream bank, native plantings and imports from the Lyndhurst Greenhouse. The park is open to the public, and also available for tent and party rentals.

Kirkside Park
Kirkside Driveway
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.3722

 

Roxbury Arts Group

The Roxbury Arts Group offers high-quality arts programming at their two venues, The Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY and the Old School Baptist Church in Denver-Vega Valley. The Roxbury Arts Group also administers the Decentralization Grant Program that provides funding to non-profit organizations and artists within Delaware County.

Roxbury Arts Group
5025 Vega Mountain Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7908

 

Woodchuck Lodge

Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962. The Lodge, built in the early 1860’s, was the summer home of John Burroughs, America’s most prominent and adored naturalist-essayist. The home is open for tours the first weekend of the month, May through October.

Woodchuck Lodge
1633 Burroughs Memorial Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Burroughs Homestead LLC

The Burroughs Homestead LLC, is a historic weekly and nightly accommodation that is situated on the original site of the Burroughs family homestead. The property consists of three original Burroughs family barns that were structurally restored and is nestled on 325 stunning acres that over look the Catskill Mountains.

Burroughs Homestead LLC
1067 Burroughs Memorial Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
516.922.2856

 

The Roxbury Barn

The Roxbury Barn is a boutique wedding venue located on a 167-year-old mountainside estate, and is complete with the main redesigned carriage barn, lush perennial gardens, tree lined court yard, and lily pond. The venue also has a dramatic pine grove nicknamed the Natural Cathedral, which provides an awe-inspiring setting for wedding ceremonies.

The Roxbury Barn
667 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4874

 

Catskill Scenic Trail

The Catskill Scenic Trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The trail consists of over 25 miles of beautiful scenery that guides you along the path of the old Delaware and Hudson railroad. You can access the trail at the designated area on Route 30, at the base of Hardscrabble Road, just north of Roxbury.

Catskill Scenic Trail
At the base of Hardscrabble Road

Roxbury, NY 12474
845.586.2929

 

Roxbury General

The Roxbury General Store is a modern store that specializes in locally made goods, hardware, clothing, toys, jewelry and gifts and necessities for all occasions. They also offer a bike rental service for full and half day use.

Roxbury General
53587 NY-30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.6118

 

Roxbury Wine & Spirits

Roxbury Wine & Spirits is your hometown hub for a wide selection of local and imported wines, spirits and ciders. Roxbury Wine and Spirits also offers numerous tastings throughout the seasons.

Roxbury Wine & Spirits
53484 NY-30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.6200

 

Round Back Antiques

Round Back Antiques, showcases beautiful furniture that has been lovingly collected, refinished and restored over the past 20 years. They showcase their collection at antique shows and community days throughout the Catskill Mountain region and by appointment in Roxbury, NY.

Round Back Antiques
53698 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4439

 

Chappie’s

Chappie’s, owned by James Chapman, the owner of the boutique and historic “The Rhinecliff” hotel on the Hudson River and one of the leading caterers in the Catskills, started his restaurant on main street Roxbury in 2016.  Chapman began by serving only breakfast and lunch, and just announced that they will serving their dinner menu at Shepard Hill Golf Course.

Chappie’s
53698 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7020

 

 

The Methodist Church Clock Tower

The historic United Methodist Church is a beautiful picture-perfect structure that has been part of the Roxbury community for generations.  You can only imagine Jay Gould driving past the church and checking his watch against the time on the church’s clock tower.

The Methodist Church Clock Tower
53765 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.9366

Bear Spring Mountain Park & Wildlife Management Area


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Southern Delaware County is home to one of New York’s recreation jewels – Bear Spring Mountain Park and Wildlife Management Area.

The 7,000-acre park that spans the towns of Hancock, Walton and Colchester has something for every type of outdoor adventure seeker or nature lover. The park encompasses a vast multi-use trail system that can be used for day hikers of every fitness and experience level. The trails vary from easy and rolling with breathtaking vistas to those that are more strenuous with steeper grades and more challenging terrain.

Hikers, bird-watchers and nature photographers will find themselves occasionally sharing the trail with equestrians, who can trailer their own horses to the park for day-riding or overnight camping. The horse-friendly camping section of the park is outfitted with covered tie-stalls for overnight stays or to rest between trail rides.

The multi-use trail system has in recent years also become an attraction for mountain bike enthusiasts and, during the winter months, for snow bikers. During those snow-filled months, the trails are transformed into groomed snowmobile trails which are shared with cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers.

Tent or camper sites are available at the park’s state run campground and the sites, though nearly primitive, have restrooms and showers nearby.

A sandy beach fronts Launt Pond where swimming is permitted. Paddle boats and canoe rentals are also available for those who prefer being on the water rather than in it.

Hunters will find the park flourishing with wild game. Bear and deer as well as small game such as rabbit, bobcat, turkey and pheasant are abundant in the various hunting seasons. Licensed hunters who successfully obtain a non-ambulatory hunter’s permit are also able to traverse miles of trail via an all-terrain vehicle.

Sections of the park are wheelchair-friendly and American with Disabilities Act compliant, making activities like platform fishing at Launt Pond for trout, sunfish and perch, accessible to those with mobility issues. There is also a wheelchair ramp and mounting block for horseback riders at Spruce Grove, making it easier for mobility-impaired equestrians to safely mount and dismount from a ride. Recent upgrades on the campground property also make the restroom, playground and pavilion accessible by wheelchair and ADA friendly.

Helpful links:

Featured image: Bear Spring Mountain Campground by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

 

Spotlight: Delaware & Ulster Railroad


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Riding through the Catskill Mountains on a vintage train is a fun way to take in the magnificent views of Delaware County. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR) offers scenic rides that take you on a leisurely 2-hour excursion from Arkville to Roxbury and back, passing rural hamlets, farmland and world-famous trout streams on the way, framed by panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. Summertime brings an opportunity to enjoy the ride in an open-air car, while in colder weather, passengers are comfortably seated onboard one of the lounge or observation cars. In the fall, foliage rides are a great way to enjoy the colorful splendor over the mountains.

These historic train rides offer a nostalgic glimpse into New York’s history. In the first half of the 20th century passenger trains would bring thousands of New Yorkers to the Catskills to vacation in summer camps and resorts. In the mid-1950’s many railroad lines, including the section that makes up the current Delaware & Ulster line, were discontinued due to highway development and an increase in car ownership. The Delaware & Ulster railroad was later revitalized and has served as a tourist railroad since 1983. The pride of the DURR is the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, a glamorous five-car streamline train built in 1948.

Today you can enjoy public excursions, charter services and special events such as light-hearted train robberies, live music and twilight rides. Dinner excursions allow you to dine on traditional railroad recipes from the Golden Age of Railroading. Check our events page or the Delaware & Ulster Railroad official site for a full list of all the train departures and special events they offer.

 

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
43510 State Route 28, Arkville, NY
845.586.DURR
Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day through the end of October

Memorial Day Weekend


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Join us in Delaware County for the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day Weekend starts here on Thursday, May 23rd. Here’s a list of events around the area where you can enjoy the whole weekend with food, music, and fun in the mountains!

Parades 

The Roxbury Fire Department will host its Traditional Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9 am in Grand Gorge, and 11 am in Roxbury.

On Monday, May 27, the Walton Memorial Day Parade will line up in parking lot in front of school bus garage between 9:30–10 a.m., where the parade starts. The procession will proceed east on Delaware Street to Veterans Plaza.

The Fleischmann’s Memorial Day Parade will also be held on Monday, May 27th at 9am.

The Treadwell Memorial Day Parade & Service Starts at 9 am. Service follows at the Croton Union Cemetery.

The Margaretville Memorial Day Parade will also be held this Monday, May 27th at 11am.

Celebrations & Events 

May 23 – May 26
BBQ Weekend
Quarter Moon Cafe, Delhi, NY
They will be re-opening full time with a smoke-centric menu and full bar!

May 23, 7pm
Word Thursdays Featuring Sierra Sangetti-Daniels
Bright Hill Press, Treadwell, NY
Mind-blowing poetry reading and new perspective.

May 24 – May 26th
Hobart Book Village Memorial Day Sale
Hobart Shops on Main Street, Delhi, NY
Two huge semi-annual sales are held in Hobart on the weekends of Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

May 24 – May 27
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Roxbury
Roxbury, NY
Art shows, outdoor recreation, drive-in cinema, fine dining, unique shopping, and many more.

May 24 – May 27
Memorial Day Weekend at Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, NY
Spend Memorial Day visiting a historic working mill at Hanford Mills Museum.

May 24, 6pm
A Cooking Class exploring Spring Soups!
Catskills Regional Harvest Agriforaging Food Safety, Andes, NY
Tasting and exploration of Spring Soups, plus wine!

May 25 and 26th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kabinett & Kammer, garygraham422 and Bea’s 422 – Preview Opening
422 Main Street, Franklin
Sneak peek of the new location for these three beloved and well-established business. Please welcome them to Franklin.

May 25
Free Family Saturday – Life by the Pond
Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, NY
Explore the plants and animals living in and around the mill pond!

May 25, 10am
Grand Re-Opening Party
Home Goods of Margaretville, Margaretville, NY
Celebration of the store’s re-opening with food, drinks, and prizes!

May 25, 10am
Blues Brews & BBQ Festival
Hancock Town square, Hancock, NY
Live bands along with a festival of more than 50 vendors.

May 25, 10am
Seedling and Plant Sale
East Brook Farm, Walton, NY
All sorts of vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings for sale!

May 25, 10am
Wilson’s Chicken BBQ to benefit Walton Grange #1454
Walton Motors Inc, Walton, NY
Fresh, hot Wilson’s chicken for everyone and for a cause.

May 25, 11am
Olneyville (RI) Cadets v. MAC & Bovina Dairymen
Fleischmann Athletic Park, Fleischmanns, NY
The Cadets will take on Bovina Dairymen in 1890’s format. Game on!

May 26, 10am
Fleischmanns Memorial Day Fair
Fleischmanns NY
Tons of food vendors including BBQ, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine, Fish & Clams, and much more.

May 26, 5:30pm
Fiber Show Reception
West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, NY
Featuring work by Clara van Beek, Bobbi Goldman, Elana Herzog, and Marianne Neuber.

May 26, 6pm
Memorial Day on the Deck at Oakley’s
Oakley’s woodfired oven & grill, Arkville, NY
Showcasing the very best Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues.

May 26, 8pm
Flor de Toloache
West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, NY
Presenting the finest all-female mariachi group on the planet.

New events are being added daily. Please keep an eye on our events calendar!

4th of July in the Great Western Catskills


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Kick off summer right with the long weekend surrounding Independence Day. From fireworks to festivals to live music to ice cream socials, there is a little bit of something for everyone happening through the holiday weekend.

Margaretville Field Days
Tuesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 7th
Hours Vary
Margaretville Village Park behind Freshtown Market

This annual event that always take place around Independence Day offer ups several days of carnival rides, live music, food vendors, local cider tastings, antique cars hows and so much more. And of course, there are fireworks! Thursday, July 4th, fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm followed by another round of fireworks scheduled for Saturday, July 6th at 9:30pm.

 

Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum
Thursday, July 4th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, NY

This family-friendly event includes a kids’ fishing derby, frog-jumping contests, homemade ice cream (chilled with ice cut from the Mill pond at February’s Ice Harvest Festival), steam power demonstrations, Mill tours, field day games, vendors, and music.

 

Independence Day Party at Wayside Cider
Thursday, July 4th
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
55 Redden Lane, Andes, NY

Celebrate the 4th on the Wayside Cider. Enjoy the regular Thursday locals night as they tap a keg of  Ball Lighting pilsner and giving it away (first come first serve) to get the party started. The fires of independence will be raging and s’mores will be standard issue for all independently minded people.  Bring your own sparklers.

Walton Farmers Market Ice Cream Social
Friday, July 5th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Veterans Plaza, Walton, NY

Kick off the Walton Farmer’s Market with an Ice Cream Social. The market goes from 10 am to 2 pm, the ice cream social starts at 12:30 and Randy Hulse Sr. Bankd of One is playing live from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The market is from 10 am-2 pm every Friday of July, August & September.

 

Delhi Fair on the Square
Friday, July 5th (and every Friday in July)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Courthouse Square, Delhi, NY

The fair is held every Friday during the month of July from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the Village Square. Their goal is to provide fun-filled evenings for the entire family with games, food, arts & crafts, activities, music and vendors selling locally grown or homemade items.

 

Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band at Hancock Town Square
Friday, July 5th
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Hancock Town Square, Hancock, NY

Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band performs classic Zydeco music, as well as cajun, swamp pop, blues and Americana infused with New Orleans-inspired grooves. See them live and for free at the Hancock Town Square as part of the summer concert series.

Music on the Mountain Show at Plattekill
Saturday, July 6th
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd, Roxbury, NY

Plattekill kicks off the first concert for the summer with the Meeker Hollow String Band. Featuring bluegrass, new grass, and everything in between! Come on out for a day of live music, mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, BBQ and bar services.

 

Celebrate Roxbury
Saturday, July 6th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Roxbury’s Business & Historic District

The festivities will kick off at 10AM with a Traditional Catskill Mountain Parade, that includes tractors, classic cars, fire trucks, scout troops, school bands, and much more.

Twilight on the Rails at Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Saturday, July 6th.
6:30 pm
43510 State Highway 28, Arkville, NY

A summer evening train ride featuring the Blues Maneuver, listen to their brassy sound as you roll along the rails, passengers welcome to bring a long a picnic an basket of cheer to help enjoy their train ride.

 

Stagecoach Run Arts Festival
Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Various locations in Treadwell, Franklin and surrounding communities

A free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios and galleries centered in and around Treadwell and Franklin, New York. This event has for more than two decades delivered great art experiences to throngs of spectators and collectors.

Meredith Dairy Fest


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Delaware County is farm country and we love to celebrate our history as well as our future.

Come spend the weekend of June 8th and 9th with us in Delaware County and enjoy the Meredith Dairy Fest. Ushering in Dairy Month, the festival is hosted in Meredith each June and offers two days of live music, farm animals, vendors, historical demonstrations and displays, a lot of farm related vendors as well as great food and drink, including local beer.

It’s two days of pure family-fun in a beautiful setting. Join us for a weekend of fun!

Check out the video below as well places to stay, eat, shop, and much more below.

 

Want to book your trip? Here are some suggestions on where to stay and what to do. These are just a few of the options immediately in the area. Please check out all our listings to find the perfect place to stay, eat, drink and enjoy while you are in Delaware County.

Places to Stay

  • Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center- 694 McKee Hill Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.6609
  • Franklin Guest House-113 Center St, Franklin, 917.428.8253
  • Catskills Escape Bed & Breakfast-109 Post Rd, Franklin 607.353.1533
  • Catskills Escape Bed & Breakfast-242 Union Church Rd, Franklin, 607.369.9030
  • The Inn at Tollgate Creek-21031 Route 28, Delhi, 607.746.7287
  • Rippling Waters Retreat-1807 Federal Hill Rd, Delhi, 607.592.7152
  • River View Bed & Breakfast-9 Delaware Ave, Delhi, 607.746.7177
  • West Branch House Bed & Breakfast-28 Franklin St, Delhi, 607.746.3378

Places to Eat & Drink

  • Greenanne Farm- 196 Co Hwy 10, Meridale, 607.746.8878
  • Natural Gardens- 304 Sutherland Rd, East Meredith, 607.746.2028
  • Blue Bee Café-114 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.8060
  • Cuginos-3 Main St, Delhi, 607.7825
  • Delhi Diner-95 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 2207
  • O’Neill’s Shire Pub-123 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 8758
  • Cross Roads-80 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 7007
  • Tuna lll-82 Main St. Delhi, 607.746.6777
  • PICCS-68 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.8777
  • Catskill Momos-191 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.2233

Arts & Culture

  • West Kortright Centre- 49 W Kortright Church Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.5454
  • Bushel Collective-106 Main St, Delhi, bushelcollective.org

Health & Wellness

  • Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center- 694 McKee Hill Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.6609

History

  • Hanford Mills Museum- 51 Co Rd 12, E. Meredith, 607.278.5744
  • Meredith Historical Society- 10044 Elk Creek Rd, E. Meredith
  • Delaware County Courthouse Square-Main St. and Court St, Delhi
  • Fitches Covered Bridge- 1456 Co Rd 18, Delhi
  • Delhi Historical Society- 47 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 2662
  • Delaware County Historical Association-46549 NY-10, Delhi, 607. 746.3849

Farms, Farm Stand & Stores

  • Stone & Thistle Farm-1211 Kelso Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.5800
  • Windy Knob Blueberry Farm-6715 Turnpike Rd, Meredith, 607.746.2991
  • Good Cheap Food-53 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.6562
  • Bovina Valley Farm-77 Huff Rd, Delhi, 607.746.8192
  • Burn Ayr Farm-21031 NY-28, Delhi, 607.746.7287
  • Fieldstone Farm, 4236 Co Rd 18, Delhi, 607.287.7287
  • Hawley Family Tree Farm, 4528 Peakes Brook Rd, Delhi, 607.746.3543
  • Bear Mountain Maple, 21529 NY-28, Delhi, 607.242.4835
  • Betty Acres Farm, 21529 NY-28, Delhi, 607.746.9581
  • Loulou’s Farm Stand, 1304 Elk Creek Rd, Delhi, 607.386.8220
  • Maplewood Farm & Orchard-74 Meredith Ave, Delhi, 607.746.6339
  • Riverdale Farm & Forest-48018 NY-10, Delhi, 607.746.9514

Outdoor Activities

  • SUNY Delhi Outdoor Education Center- 19692 NY-28, Delhi
  • The College Golf Course at Delhi-96 Scotch Mountain Rd, Delhi, 607.746.4653
  • Bramley Mountain Trail- Glen Bernie Rd between Rt 18 and NY-28, Delhi
  • Bulldog Run Trail Head- 565 Andes Rd, Delhi
  • Smith Pond Park- 460 Andes Rd, Delhi

Shopping

  • Stewarts Department Store-85 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.2254
  • Stone and Sawyer-76 Main St, Delhi, 888.502.2800
  • Tay Tea-159 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.6086
  • The Stone House-92 Main St, Delhi, 917.224.6718
  • The Green Thumb-265 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.8840

 

Catskills Trout Tales 2019


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Breathe in the Glorious Outdoors This Spring

The Catskills are the birthplace of American fly-fishing, and the area is still considered one of the best fly-fishing spots in the Northeast. With an abundance of trout, bass and perch in our pristine waterways, avid anglers from around the world come here to reel in some of the best bounty of their lives. The gorgeous mountainous landscape surrounding our streams, rivers and reservoirs adds to the allure of the Catskills as a fishing destination – no wonder people often refer to their experience here as “magical.”

To honor the tradition of fishing, Catskills Trout Tales is a movement that invites visitors to celebrate and fall in love with the outdoors, while also educating them about the value and vulnerability of our natural resources. Catskills Trout Tales has partnered with a diverse group of local businesses and organizations to offer visitors an exciting schedule of events and experiences, all about trout, fishing, and Catskills nature! It’s an open invitation for you to visit and enjoy the wonderful spring outdoors season with us!

Here’s what’s coming up on the calendar:

 

Hike Cabot Mountain
April 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike on Cabot Mountain. At 2976′, Cabot Mountain in the Pepacton Range is just a few feet under the cut off for a Catskills 100 highest peak. This hike is a steady climb to a nice view overlooking Little Pond and the mountains beyond. This hike is moderate-difficult and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 3.3 miles, 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration required by April 3, 2019 – please
click here for more hike details and to register.

 

Dry Brook Ridge Hike
April 11 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Free

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a challenging hike on Dry Brook Ridge. We’ll hike (or snowshoe) the 9.6 mile section of the Dry Brook Ridge trail from Mill Brook Road to Margaretville. A car shuttle is required. We’ll leave car(s) at the hike endpoint and drive to the Mill Brook parking area to start. To avoid getting cold, our pace will be moderately quick with brief stops. There will not be a long lunch stop. This is a difficult hike and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 10 miles, 10 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Registration is required by April 9, 2019. Space is limited. Please click here for more hike details and to register.

 

Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills
April 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
44 West Street
Walton, NY 13856 United States

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” Conference we will share information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:

• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings on Identification
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Trainings on Best Management Practices
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

This will be the first in the series of “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management.”
Through these meetings we’ll be collecting info from organizations working on Invasive
Species management throughout the CRISP region and putting together a Regional Invasive
Species Management Plan that identifies redundancies and gaps and any efficiencies we
can achieve by better coordination.

 

Hike Bramley Mountain
April 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Free

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike on beautiful Bramley Mountain. Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive. Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings.
Event Duration: 4.1 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration is required by April 17, 2019. Space is limited. Please click here for more hike details and to register.

 

Middle Mountain to Mary Smith Hill Hike
April 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike from Middle Mountain to Mary Smith Hill. Like its Pepacton Range neighbor Cabot Mountain, Middle Mountain is just shy of qualifying as a Catskills 100 highest. To reach its 2965′ summit we will first cross 2850′ Beech Hill, enjoying some nice views towards the Beaverkill Range. Afterwards we’ll cross another “almost”, an unnamed 2941′ mountain and its sub-peak 2778′ Mary Smith Hill. Along this route we’ll pass through miles of first growth forest. This is a moderate-difficult hike and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 5.6 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration is required by April 3, 2019. Please click here for more hike details and to register.

Trout Tales at Spillian: A Mythic Catskills Weekend
Gather at Spillian: A Place to Revel for a weekend of exploring the mythic Catskills.
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – April 29 @ 12:00 pm

50 Fleischmanns Heights Road
Fleischmanns, NY United States

Whether you’re a beginner looking to find out more about fly fishing Catskill streams, or you’re one of the “charmed circle” of fly fishermen, join us for Trout Tales at Spillian, our fifth annual celebration of all things trout. A superb opportunity to dive deep into the streams and forests of the Catskills, its evocative stories, and its extraordinary cuisine, with lodging at the historic Spillian estate, and the event that birthed a regional celebration of fly-fishing, Catskills Trout Tales. We will wander the streams with one of the Catskills’ best fly fishing guides, celebrate local flavor, and in the spirit of the 19th Century fishing lodges, gather on Saturday evening for the now-famous trout feast and storytelling contest. Competition is brilliant and fierce, with the best tall fishing tales you’ll hear (or tell!) anywhere. Winner gets bragging rights for a year, and the chance to display the highly-coveted silly porcelain trout at your home or workplace, with the promise to come back to defend your title the next round…

Join them  for the full weekend or for the Trout Tales feast!

Featuring:
• A tasting with brewmeister Richard Rogers from Roscoe Beer Company.
• A guided fishing expedition with Esopus Creel.
• Fireside stories, tales, myths, and legends of the Catskills and its history as the birthplace
of American fly-fishing
• Foraging your feast: an exploration of Spillian’s grounds harvesting early spring herbs for
dinner
• A hand-crafted farm|forest|stream to table seven course feast from Spillian’s chef
Christian Van Etten
• Gentle moving meditation yoga class

• A Sunday morning cooking class: smoking trout over an open fire and wildcrafting pine
simple syrup
• Dining and lodging at Spillian’s award-winning estate

 

Just Shop Boutique | Troutastic Warehouse Sale
43270 State Route 28
Arkville, 12406 United States
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

On Sunday May 26th Just Shop will be holding an all-out Troutastic Warehouse Sale! Catskillfishing shirts, designer resortwear, spectacular dresses, coats, suits, watershoes, and much
more will be available at unbeatable prices at our Arkville warehouse (just down the street from our storefront). All our items are brand new, and we guarantee you will find something for everyone! They embody the quirky and fun nature of the Catskills with the clothing and items we offer, making sure you look as good as you feel while exploring this vast, pristine wilderness we love to call home. The sale begins at 9AM and ends at 9PM (though hours can be extended upon request).

 Keep an eye on the Catskills Trout Tales events calendar for more events to be added!

Headwaters History Days 2019


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Headwaters History Days 2019 is a weekend of events, exhibits, open houses and activities celebrating the history, culture, folklife and landscape of the Central Catskills.
 

Taking place on May 3rd, 4th and 5th, this marks the sixth year of highlighting the area’s rich history.

Visitors are invited  to explore 14 special sites across two counties.  Follow the East Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries through the towns of Middletown and Roxbury in Delaware County.  Much of your journey will be along The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.

 
Museums, landmark structures and historic sites will be open to the public at no charge this weekend.  Special events include a vintage baseball game, two local history talks, guided visits to numerous historic sites, and a docent-led ride on the Delaware & Ulster Rail Road.  (Regular fares apply for the rail rides.)
 
In a talk at Skene Library, find out about the Fleischmann family’s connections to baseball, both here and in the wider world.  Learn all  about the rich local history at the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories.
Joining Headwaters History Days for the first time this year, the Mountain Athletic Club will be playing baseball by the 1895 rules on the historic ball field on Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns.
 
A special program at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will delve into the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps here in the Catskills.   There will be a nature walk to explore this CCC legacy immediately following the talk.
In Kelly Corners, watch a complex network of belts and pulleys power a sawmill in a 150-year-old barn at Hubbell Family Farm.  Visit the historic farm as well.  Then, visit the Pakatakan Farmers Market housed in the iconic Kelly Brothers Round Barn.
Climb the stairs of the Roxbury Methodist Church tower to see (and hear!) a venerable clock chime the hour.   Also new this year, the Old School Baptist Meeting House in the hills above Roxbury will be open for a visit. 

Headwaters History Days is a feast for those who love the Catskills and its colorful past!  History lives on the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway!

Deposit Lumber Jack Festival


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Celebrate the 43rd Deposit Lumber Jack Festival
July 19th, 20th and 21st.

 

The Deposit Lumberjack Festival is a three day event with lots of fun, excitement, lumberjack competitions, carnival rides, food vendors, HOPSAW SATURDAY, street fair,  parade, live music, tractor pulls, pony pulls,  fireworks, and many other events.

The Deposit  Lumberjack Festival Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to help support the local not-for-profit organizations and businesses of Deposit, NY

With the support and sponsorship of our community and local businesses we are able to hold an annual 3 day festival, which is always the 3rd weekend in July.

To learn more, visit the official event page here.

 

Easter Events


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Celebrating Easter in the Great Western Catskills this year? Here are a few of the family friendly holiday related events taking place around Delaware County for you to consider.

Easter Bunny Flyer

Saturdays, April 6th, 13th and 20th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sundays, April 7th and 14th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Delaware & Ulster Railroad

43510 State Route 28, Arkville

 

Meet the Easter Bunny who will be riding the rails of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, offering up treats to riders, young and old!

 

Roxbury Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Kirkside Park, Roxbury

The annual Roxbury Community Easter Egg Hunt in Kirkside Park is back. The hunt begins at noon at the starting line at The Barns. This event is free and all are welcome.

 

Easter Photos

Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Stamford Farmers Cooperative

6 South Street, Stamford

Come to the Stamford Farmers Cooperative to have pictures taken of the family. Freewill donations will be accepted to support future events at the co-op. Photos will be emailed to you after the event. First come first serve.

 

The Great Easter Egg Extravaganza!

Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Home Goods of Margaretville

784 Main St, Margaretville

 

Join Lisa Scalf of Handmade with Love by Lisa Scalf and create your own silk tie dyed Easter Eggs.

 

 

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Robinson Terrace

Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation Center

28652 NY-23, Stamford

Community wide Easter egg hunt in Stamford. This event is free and all are welcome.

Easter Egg Hunt at Delancey United Presbyterian

DeLancey United Presbyterian

444 County Hwy 2, Delancey

DeLancey United Presbyterian is having an Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at 1 p.m. in DeLancey. Free for all. Kids search for eggs with prize slips inside and get the prize and refreshments after.

 

Easter Brunch in Andes

Sunday, April 21st from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Andes Hotel

110 Main Street, Andes

Andes Hotel will serve a two course holiday brunch with regular dinner service until 9:00pm. Brunch is $24 per person, kids half price.

 

Major Events & Festivals


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There is something incredible going on in the Great Western Catskills every day but do understand we have some pretty exceptional major events and festivals. To start your getaway planning, we’ve put the major festivals in a single list which we will update regularly. We hope to see you soon.

2nd Annual Hancock Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest kicks off on Saturday, May 25th from 10:00 am to 10:00pm at the Hancock Town Square. 10 straight hours of live blues, handcrafted brews from Catskill Brewery and tons of BBQ all day and evening long.

The village of Fleischmann’s plays host to a Memorial Day Street Fair on Sunday, May 26th from 10am to 4pm with live music from Country Express, tons of great food, vendors and family fun!

Fleischmann’s® Yeast will celebrate the 150 years in business by returning to the village that holds the family name.  The village of Fleischmanns will serve as Founders’ Day host for its namesake brand, celebrating a bygone era in American history with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 that include parades, baking competition, live music, craft beer, BBQ and much more!

The Dairy Fest, June 8-9 in Meredith, celebrates all things dairy with livestock, vendors, concessioners, vintage baseball, and loads of fun for kids.

Margaretville Fire Department Field Days July in Margaretville,  there is a week-long carnival with live music, fireworks, rides, vendors and much more. Field Days are held each year in the days surrounding Independence Day.

Stagecoach Run Art Festival, July 6-7 in and around Treadwell, offers you a self-guided tour to visit more than 50 artist’s homes and studios along rural backroads.

Celebrate Roxbury , July 6th is the ultimate summer celebration of the town of Roxbury. With over 3000 attendees last year, visitors enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides and much more.

SpillianFest, July 13 in Fleischmann’s  is a celebration of mountain magic around a bonfire with world class foods and fine musical performances with the Dylan Doyle Band and Lara Hope and the Arktones.

The Deposit Lumberjack Festival, July 19-21 in Deposit offers three days of fun, carnival rides, lumberjack competitions, tractor pulls, fireworks and more.

For Arts’ Sake, July 20 at Roxbury Arts Group is the annual exhibition and auction to benefit The Roxbury Arts Group. Attendees can bid on museum quality artwork from regional and international artists in a silent and live auction with a delightful party atmosphere.

AMR Open Studio Tour runs July 27th and July 28th and welcomes visitors to the galleries, barns, studios and homes of artists of every discipline throughout the Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury areas.

10th Annual Catskill Forest Festival on July 27  has 65+ vendors, logging, forest and milling demos, arts, crafts, music, food and more.

Andes Community Day is August 10th in Andes celebrates the history of the town of Andes with a parade and events town-wide. 2019 marks the Andes Bicentennial, there will be a lot of events leading up to Andes Community Day. Check out the site for details.

Delaware County Fair, August 12-17 in Walton  is an agricultural fair that attracts 80,000 people every year. Six days of exhibits, demos, livestock, food, carnival rides and fun on the huge fairgrounds.

Bovina Farm Day in September 1 in Bovina is an agricultural celebration held in Bovina hay fields with farm tours, hayrides, a scarecrow-making contest, old-fashioned games and food.

West Kortright Fair, September 1 in East Meredith is an annual Labor Day extravaganza to celebrate the summer’s end with live music, food and entertainment.

Roxbury Revelry, September 1 in Roxbury (roxburyny.com) celebrates Labor Day with fireworks, music and family fun at Kirkside Park.

The Cauliflower Festival, September 21 in Margaretville  honors cauliflower with food vendors, music, and a tractor parade.

Delhi Harvest Festival, September 21 in Delhi, has local produce vendors, arts and crafts, fun activities and live music on Courthouse Square.

Woodsmen’s Festival, October 10 in East Meredith (hanfordmills.org), has woodworking and lumberjack skills, demos, exhibits, food, music, and vendors.

10th Annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival, Sat. October 12 at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury.  In the true spirit of the season find live music, fall fare BBQ, in season microbrews, pumpkin painting, face painting, craft vendors, kids activities, apple cider press and a magic show too! Full for all ages.

Taste of the Catskills, October 12-13 in Delhi  is a two-day festival of live music, culinary delights, workshops, activities and performances.

FIDDLERS! October 13, at the Roxbury Arts Center is the annual celebration of the traditional sounds of the Catskills with live music, square dancing and great food.

Ice Harvest Festival is held every first Saturday in February at Hanford Mills Museum. Visit the  property on February 1st 2020 for a hands-on family fun day of workshops, demonstrations, ice fishing, food vendors where visitors can experience the process of harvest ice as it was done in the past.

*As always, dates are subject to change.  Please check back closer to make sure all events are taking place as identified.

 

Spotlight: Plattekill Mountain


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Spotlight: Plattekill

Ask anyone about Plattekill Mountain and certain phrases sneak into conversations. You often hear about the ski center’s easygoing, family-friendly feel and its owners who “keep it real.” Whether you’re there to snowboard in the winter, ride a mountain bike in the summer, or hang out in the 2-story lodge or outdoor patio at one of the concerts or events they host, “Plattekill just has a great vibe,” as skier Amy Beveridge of East Meredith puts it.

Annual pass holder Kim Riera of Bovina, who spends almost ever winter weekend on the mountain with her family, appreciates that she can feel comfortable letting her children ski the mountain on their own safely. “There are well-maintained trails for all levels, everything I want my children to experience. Parking is easy and everyone is friendly. It’s what keeps me coming back every year.”

“I don’t know if I want to tell everyone how fantastic Plattekill is because I don’t really want to get the word out there,” admits Jill LaFever of Bovina. “It’s a great local mountain that has short or no lift lines at all, and a welcoming small-town feel. I’ve skied it, snowtubed it, snowmobiled it and even snowshoed up it.” Snowmaking machines ensure the terrain is always right for any winter sport.

Mark Foster of Bovina appreciates that the versatile trail system offers challenges even for experienced skiers. “Plattekill has some of the best and most extreme downhill trails in the east.” An avid mountain-biker, Foster visits the mountain year-round, biking the trails and making a day of hanging out in Roxbury, a town he calls “a little gem with plenty to do.”

Plattekill hosts theme days, races, and parties throughout the year, such as the annual St. Platty’s Day and the late-winter Beach Party on the Deck, bringing food, local vendors, and live music to the mountain. They also host a free open-air summer concert series to enjoy while sitting out on a blanket or lawn chair with an option to buy dinner or take a chairlift ride. Their Columbus Day weekend event, Plattepalooza, invites the whole community to celebrate fall with great activities.

With its spectacular scenery, Plattekill has become a popular mountaintop wedding destination. Guests are escorted to the top by chair lift. Visitors are offered the chance to camp on the property in their own tents or Plattekill’s freestanding glamping site. Those who still can’t get enough of the mountain can rent the entire venue all for themselves – for a race, corporate event, summer camp, or any other event.

Visit Plattekill any time of year to see for yourself why locals and visitors have fallen in love with the mountain!

Bring Delaware County To Your Dinner Table This Thanksgiving


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We are quickly approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday, and if you’ve had time to think about planning your holiday meals with friends and loved ones this season, have you considered sourcing your ingredients from one of our local farms in the Great Western Catskills? Our local producers have kicked it into high gear, even after a difficult and wet summer, to make sure that we have access to some of the best quality agricultural goods our region has to offer.

Stone & Thistle Farm raises grass fed lamb, goat, pork, beef, and poultry on the family farm located in a lush quiet valley in the beautiful town of East Meredith, NY.  Stone & Thistle Farm’s livestock and poultry are raised on pastures most of the year. The dairy goats, pigs, and poultry are fed minimal amounts of local grains. No additives, hormones, antibiotics or drugs are used to raise naturally healthy, farm-fresh meat and eggs.

This holiday season, Stone & Thistle Farm is happily taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving Turkeys! The birds will weigh between 14 and 25 lbs each, and are priced at $4.95 / lb. You can place a $20 deposit that reserves you a bird this season, and can pick up your turkey  at the Pakatakan Farmers Market in Holvottsville, NY on November 17th, or make arrangements for picking up the turkey at the Farm. For more information about placing your deposit, you can contact the farm by phone 607-278-5800, or by email at warren@stoneandthistlefarm.com. As Tom from Stone & Thistle would say, “Thanksgiving without a Stone & Thistle Farm Turkey is just another Thursday!”

Located in the western Catskill mountains in the town of Meredith is Greenane Farms, another family operation that raises raising grass-fed Angus cattle, heritage pigs, chicken, quail, goats, and of course, turkeys! They also operate a full service farm to table Mexican restaurant in the hamlet of Meridale, NY, serving gourmet Mexican cuisine sourcing ingredients directly from their farm.

Greenane Farms will be taking orders for their Thanksgiving Turkeys that are raised and processed right on the farm. Their pasture raised turkeys weigh between 14 to 30 pounds, and are priced at $4.50 per pound. Please email patrick@greenanefarms or call 607-746-8878 with your order. Quantities limited, first come first serve!

Catskills Regional Harvest in Andes, NY was created to bring the bounty and talent of Catskills farmers, producers , and artists to the hands of fellow locals. This year, Catskills Regional Harvest in partnership with Delaware County farms, is pleased to you prepare your entire Thanksgiving feast this year! That’s right, every ingredient for your meal, even right down to the deserts!

Catskills Regional Harvest will be offering  20-30 lbs turkeys priced at $6.00 / lb, from Twin Ponds Farm of Bloomville, New York, and 20 pound turkeys priced at $7 / lb from Paradise in Disguise Hobby Farm Delhi NY,  and Mandy’s in East Meredith, NY. Turkey quantities are limited, so please place your order soon and no later than 7 p.m. on November 14th, 2018. Follow this link to the online form to submit your order and $30 deposit. It doesn’t get much easier than this, and what an incredible way to get healthy, delicious farm fresh food for your Thanksgiving Dinner this year with just a simple click of a button! For more additional information about what Catskills Regional Harvest has to offer this holiday season, you can contact them by phone at 607-427-9848, or visit their website.

 

If you are in the area and ready to shop for those incredible ingredients that will make your meal simply perfect, we highly recommend you stop at the farm stands and farm stores in the area that are selling farm fresh products all year long. We highly recommend The Lucky Dog Farm Store (35706 State Highway 10, Hamden, New York) and Good Cheap Food (53 Main Street, Delhi, New York) in addition to the great resources above.

 

Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Great Western Catskills


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Fall is one the best seasons to get out and experience all that the Great Western Catskills has to offer.  From taking scenic drives to view the beautiful fall foliage, visiting you-pick pumpkin farms, enjoying craft beverage producer taprooms, attending one of our fall festivals, or catching a spooky movie at our Great Western Catskills International Film Festival, you’ll discover that the Great Western Catskills has everything you need to help you celebrate the fall season!

-Leaf Peeping-

The Great Western Catskills is the perfect location to observe the stunning color changes of the fall foliage. A great way to figure out the best time to explore our scenic byways this fall, is to check the I Love NY Fall Foliage Report Website. This website documents and forecasts all the fall foliage color changes that occur throughout New York State, so you can be up to date when planning your fall vacation to the Great Western Catskills.

The Catskill Scenic Route 30

The Catskill Scenic Route 30 stretches from Hancock to Grand Gorge, NY, and in totality, passes through 5 towns and many villages and hamlets that rest along the way. This stretch of road also passes through forever wild forest preserves hugs close to the famous fishing waters of East Branch of the Delaware River, as well as the shorelines of the Pepacton Reservoir.

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

New York State Route 97, is consistently lauded as one of the most breathtaking drives in regional and national publications. It traverses the western borders of Orange, Sullivan and Delaware Counties along a 70 mile stretch of the Delaware River with rock cut landscapes and long valley vistas along the way.

The Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway

Carved deeply through the highest peeks of the Catskill Mountains rests the stunningly beautiful Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway. This  52-mile road passes through the heart of the Catskill Park’s highest peaks, from the Ulster County town of Olive to the Delaware County town of Andes, NY. You’ll pass through many of our wonderful villages that are home to renowned restaurants, cideries, art galleries and so much more.

 

-Get Ready for Halloween-

The Donnelly Farm

Get ready for Halloween this season this season by visiting some of Delaware County’s famous pumpkin farms.  The Donnelly Farm which has been in the family since 1964, sits quietly along side the beautiful West Branch of the Delaware River on East River Road in the town of Walton, NY. The Donnellys grow a large selection of quality gourds, squashes and pumpkins that are all for sale at their farm stand. Visitors to the farm also love walking through and enjoying the elaborate displays constructed out of pumpkins and gourds, from weddings to spooky graveyard scenes. You’ll be sure to find the spirit of Autumn here.

 

Holley Hill Farm

Another local favorite for buying pumpkins and gourds, is Holley Hill Farm. Holley Hill Farm, located at 269 County Highway 23 in Walton, NY, is a fully operational dairy farm where they milk a Holstein cow herd, and in early autumn, operate a farm stand. The Holleys grow and sell a variety of carving pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamental goods like Indian corn. Columbus Day Weekend is typically the busiest time for the Holleys as locals and visitors are enjoying the peak of the change in colors of the fall foliage. The Holley Hill Farm stand is open to visitors throughout the whole month of October until October 31st.

 

-Get a Taste of Scary Movies at Our Film Festival-

The Great Western Catskills Film Festival comes to Andes, NY from October 19th through October 21st, where they will be screening films from all over the world in 3 wonderful screening locations. Part of the film festival programming will include screenings of  “Thrilling and Chilling SHORTS,” as well as three horror/thriller films by director and producer Larry Fessenden, all which will surely put you in the mood for Halloween!  A full schedule of the festivals horror/thriller movies is as follows:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

3:00PM, Wayside Cider:
The Films of Larry Fessenden
Manitou Valley short
1 minute 58 seconds
Animation
USA
Directed by Larry Fessenden
Teaser for an animated series based on characters from Larry Fessenden’s film Wendigo.
Wendigo
1 hour 31 minutes
Horror / Thriller
USA
Directed by Larry Fessenden
An urban couple and their 8-year old encounter horrors in the country, real and imagined.
The Last Winter
1 hour 41 minutes
Horror / Thriller
USA
Directed by Larry Fessenden
In Arctic Alaska a team of oil explorers succumb to an unknowable fear.
Larry Fessenden Q&A

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

1:00PM, Wayside Cider:
Thrilling and Chilling SHORTS
Little Ghost Girl
3 minutes 56 seconds
Experimental
USA
Directed By: Adriane Little
Inspired by Karen McCadden’s poem ‘Little Ghost Girl’ as read by McCadden, the film translates the brief and lyrical exchanges between loss and that which haunts us.
Scarecrow
9 minutes
Dark Comedy
United Kingdom
Directed by Lee Charlish
A bickering couple, Thomas and Natalie, are stranded on a deserted, country lane, in a car that has run out of fuel. Lost and disorientated, they happen upon a creepy looking scarecrow.
A Season To Come
10 minutes
Science Fiction
USA
Directed by Christopher A. Hoffman
Franklin Messer, a clinical hypnotist, struggles with a life-changing event and its future ramifications. Inspired by H.G. Well’s “Things To Come.”
Monsieur James
18 minutes
Thriller
France
Directed by Colin Van der Straeten
A hitman on the wane who refused to honor a contract, is forced to go into exile in the countryside.
The Girl
7 minutes 25 seconds
Thriller
USA
Directed By: Austin Rappold
A man who seems to have found a dead girl along the side of the road. With a troubled past he must figure out what to do with her.
An Exquisite Task
4 minutes 45 seconds
Animation
USA
Directed by Beck Underwood
A vintage doll, a mysterious barn spirit and some mischievous farm critters come together in this stop motion short about motherhood, creativity and letting go.
Slapface
8 minutes
Thriller / Horror
USA
Directed by Jeremiah Kipp
A boy deals with the loss of his mother by creating a relationship with a dangerous monster.
Zombied
15 minutes 38 seconds
Comedy / Horror
USA
Directed By: Matthew Van Vorst
A normal night shift at Priced Less Supermarket–restocking, fighting social injustice, and transitioning into a zombie.
You can view the festivals full schedule, film descriptions, and purchase tickets in advance by visiting the festival webpage here.
-Enjoy the Craft Beverages of Delaware County-
Another “must do” while visiting the Great Western Catskills this Fall, is to tour one of our wonderful craft beverage producers located right here in Delaware County. Delaware County is home two cideries, one brewery and one distillery, and all have built wonderful taprooms for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.
Muddy River Farm Brewery
Muddy River Farm Brewery, located on a beautiful hop farm next to the Susquehanna River, is new to the craft beverage scene in Delaware County and we are so thrilled to have them!  The Muddy River Farm Brewery uses their own locally grown hops to make a variety of fantastic beers right on site. One of the more eye catching features of the bar are the 8 taps that the crew has affixed to a piece of of Susquehanna River drift wood.  The taproom is open weekends on Friday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. , Saturday 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. , and Sunday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Awestruck Ciders
Awestruck Ciders, located in village of Sidney, NY, has been making their handcrafted and custom hard ciders since their founding in 2013. The cidery features a taproom with ample table and bar seating and even a lounge set up in a vintage bus! Patrons have will have no shortage of options to choose from when selecting a cider flight, or pint from the bars 17 taps! Awestruck also has a full bar food featuring a variety of sandwiches and cider infused deserts.  The cidery taproom is open Thursday through Saturday all year round, from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Union Grove Distillery
Union Grove Distillery has been with us since their grand opening in February of 2016 in Arkville, NY. The distillery produces vodka distilled from New York State apples and wheat, a Catskill Mountain Maple spirit as well as bourbon and rye whiskey.  They have a beautiful tasting room with a copper top bar where one can come and taste their spirits and enjoy a delicious cocktail. The distillery also has a kids room where the little ones can play while you enjoy a tasting, tour, and cocktail.  Guided tours of the production room are given regularly. Visit their Facebook page to read the latest news about their products and keep up to date on the special events that they hold there.  The distillery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Wayside Cider

Alex Wilson & Irene Hussey started Wayside Cider in 2014 after meeting at the Catskill Amateur Cider Making Contest at Table on Ten. Irene won the competition. Alex came second, but maintains to this day he “was robbed.” Forged in a shared love of the wild and abandoned homestead apple trees, the pair made 3,500 bottles of “methode champenoise,” unfiltered mountain cider in their first year or production.  Wayside has since built an absolutely beautiful taproom that features their handcrafted ciders, local spirits and a delicious menu that focuses on sourcing ingredients from local producers. The taproom is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

 

-Hit the Fall Festivals & Enjoy Local Products-

The Great Western Catskills is home to several fall-themed festivals that feature the bounty of goods and products that are made here. Vendors include farmers, value-added food producers, restaurants and farm-to-fork business owners who showcase the tremendously valuable resources we are so lucky to have here in the Great Western Catskills.

-Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping now-

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the unique shopping in the hamlets, towns and villages of the Great Western Catskills. Main Streets and off-the-beaten-path locations offer great finds to check off your holiday shopping list: antique shops, sporting goods specialty stores, beautifully curated gift shops, handmade local products, artisan goods, old-fashioned general stores, and so much more.

Axtell Antiques and the Rookery Bookery

In 1968 the House of Axtell Antiques, also known as The Rookery, was born. This lovingly restored inn now houses some of the best examples of early Americana with emphasis on scarcity, unusual form, and superlative, untouched condition of museum-quality offerings: baskets, stoneware, treenware, redware, folk art, iron hearth accessories, country furniture, textiles, art work, glassware, and early lighting devices.

 

Lucky Dog Organic Farm and Store and Cafe

The Lucky Dog Farm Store offers an exceptional variety of produce from the farm, prepared meals and baked goods from the cafe, local products from neighboring farms such as cheese, milk, vegetables, fruits and berries, beef, pork and poultry, as well as maple and honey. Shelves are lined with local gifts of soaps, pottery, yarns and woodworks. Bulk dry goods such as nuts, grains, beans and spices at affordable prices mingle with staples such as marinara and olive oil. All store products are chosen consciously and most are organic.

 

Barbara Alyn Artwear Luxury & Mercantile

Barbara Alyn’s colorful fantasy art is available as artwear (wearable art), on canvas, or in a slew of whimsical jewelry, pocketbooks, household essentials and non-essentials must haves. Fabulous fabric, textiles, beads, all odds and ends remade into original one-of-a-kind pieces that stand out in a crowd. Learn more about her wonderful store by visiting her Facebook page!

 

A full list of businesses and shops that are located in the Great Western Catskills can be found here.

Columbus Day Weekend 2018


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“The time of the falling of leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept,” John Burroughs, the Falling of the Leaves.

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here in the Great Western Catskills as it is a time for us to celebrate and appreciate the bounty of all the things that make our region a magnificent place to vacation to or to call home. When planning a vacation or looking for things to do to celebrate Columbus Day Weekend this October, The Great Western Catskills will be hosting a variety of events that span from food festivals, pasture to table cooking workshops and dinners, and cider pressing demonstrations, to intimate music performances, guided fall hikes and river excursions just to name a few. The town of Roxbury, NY in particular will be hosting a variety of these events, beginning with a Pumpkin Decorating Activity with Markers, which will be held at the Roxbury General store on Saturday October 6th.  Please see below for a full list of the events that are occurring this Columbus Day Weekend in the Great Western Catskills!

 

Table to Farm Tours

Friday October 5th through Sunday October 7th, Table to Farm Tours will be hosting their popular farm tours throughout the area. Spend a day visiting local producers, taste and learn directly from the farmers; enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch or dinner and drink tour.  Table to Farm Tours will take you there departing from Roxbury General on Main Street in Roxbury.  You can book your tour here!

 

Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th
Table to Farm Tours
info@tabletofarmtours.com
Roxbury, New York 12474

 

Touch a Truck

Friday October 5th from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., this season’s final First Friday festivities presents: Touch a Truck on Main Street in Margaretville, NY. Bring your kids and get them a close glimpse of a variety of “Big Rigs” including apparatus from area fire departments! Call 845-586-4177

 

Friday, October 5th
Touch a Truck
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Main Street
Margaretville, New York 12455

 

Cider Pressing at Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery

Photo by Bonnie Rockerfeller

On Saturday October 6 from 11:00a.m. to 3:oo p.m., the Livestock Foundation will be hosting a cider pressing demonstration at the Bovina Creamery located at 64 Creamery Road in Bovina Center, NY. Bring a bushel or less of apples for our wooded cider press, and you will be able to take home a couple of gallons of delicious fresh apple cider for you and your family to enjoy. Jugs will be provided and pressing is free! Keep up to date with this and all events that Livestock Foundation offers by visiting their website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Cider Pressing at The Creamery
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery
64 Creamery Road
Bovina Center, New York 13740

 

Taste of the Catskills

The Taste of the Catskills Festival is a family-friendly event that showcases the food, beer, crafts, and wine of our region on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7. With a variety of vendors including farmers, value-added food producers and restaurants, attendees learn how food travels from farm to fork during a fun-filled autumn weekend on the grounds of Maple Shade Farm, a family-run farm in Delhi, NY. There are lots of kids activities each day, as well as cooking, brewing and vintning workshops for adults. To learn more about the event or purchase tickets in advance, check out the Taste of the Catskills website.

 

Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th
Taste of the Catskills
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Maple Shade Farm
2066 County Highway 18
Delhi, NY 13753

 

9th Annual Plattepalooza

Don’t miss Plattekill Mountain’s biggest event of the season: Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival, Saturday October 6th at the Plattekill Mountain Ski Center located at 469 Plattekill Road in Roxbury, NY. The 9th annual festival will feature live music, foliage chairlift rides, vendors, fall fare, beer garden, s’mores and an apple cider pressing. Kids activities include a free magic show at 1 p.m., bounce house and cornhole toss, as well as pumpkin painting, face painting and more. To view the schedule for this free event, check out their webpage.

 

Saturday, October 6th
9th Annual Plattepalooza
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Pasture to Plate: A Pork Butchery & Cooking Class with Eleanor Friedman

Spend the day with Eleanor Friedman of La Salumina learning pork butchery and cooking, followed by dinner at Delaware County FoodWorks+. The event will be held at Delaware County FoodWorks+ located at 27905 NY 28 in Andes, NY on Saturday October 6 from 9:00a.m.-9:30p.m. Eleanor Friedman, native New Yorker, apprenticed as a butcher and norcino (salami producer) in Siena, Italy, where she learned centuries old techniques with a focus to use high-quality, responsibly raised ingredients. Eleanor will be sharing her skills and offering an all-day workshop that includes a pork butchery demonstration, a comprehensive cooking class, and a delicious dinner featuring a wine pairing with wines from Wild Common Wine in Andes, NY. Event itinerary, dinner menu and ticket information can be found on the event website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pasture to Plate: A Pork Butchery & Cooking Class With Eleanor Friedman
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Delaware County Foodworks+
27905 New York 28
Andes, NY 13731

 

Pumpkin Decorating with Markers

Roxbury General will host Pumpkin Decorating with markers on Saturday October 6th.  Let your spooky creativity shine! Stop by the Roxbury General and decorate a pumpkin the easy way.  Learn more about Roxbury General by visiting their website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pumpkin Decorating with Markers
Roxbury General
53587 State Highway 30
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Pepacton East Bike Tour

Catskills Lark in the Park Presents: “Pepacton East Bike Tour,” which will begin and end at the Shavertown Bridge Parking Lot on October 6 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Bike on the Back River Road (BWS Rts 8,9,10) along the Pepacton Reservoir from the Shavertown Bridge to the Old Stone Schoolhouse and back. Participants will meet at the eastern parking lot on the north side of the bridge. The course is a rolling blacktop road with low traffic and is suitable for road or hybrid bikes. Duration of the trip is 25 miles, or 2 hours. Participants should bring a bicycle, comfortable clothing, and their own water. Registration for this event is required, and can be done online at this webpage.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pepacton East Bike Tour
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Shavertown Bridge
Andes, NY 13731

 

Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River

“Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River,” presented by this year’s Catskills Lark in the Park will be occurring October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and begins at the top of the East Branch River across the street Al’s Sporting Goods store, which is located at 6964 River Road Downsville, NY 13755. Attendees of this event are welcomed to use their own kayaks or canoes or rent watercraft from Al’s Sporting Goods store. Participants will travel under the historic Downsville Covered Bridge which was built in 1854, and down river through farmland and gorgeous mountain bordered landscapes. You must register in advance for this event, and this can be done here.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Al’s Sporting Goods
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

 

Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike

Another Catskills Lark in the Park event taking place this Columbus Day Weekend, will be the Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike. Hikers will meet October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rte. 268 Bridge in the town of Walton, NY for a beautiful hike up to a historic fire tower that keeps watch over the pristine Cannonsville Reservoir and wilderness below. Registration is required for this event, and can be done here. Hike leader Larry Blumberg can be contacted for any questions relating to this event by emailing him at: lblumberg@stny.rr.com.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rte. 268 Bridge
Walton, NY 13856

 

Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners

The final Catskills Lark in the Park event that will be occurring Colmubus Day Weekend is “Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners.” This gallery reception will be held on October 6 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery in the Catskill Center, located at 43355 NY-28 in Arkville, NY 12406. This exhibit will highlight the art, writing, photography and crafts which these protected lands inspired their landowners to create. Learn more about conservation easements and get inspired by the beauty of our region. No registration is required for this event, but you can check the event webpage here for more details.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Catskill Center
43355 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406

 

Hasbeens & Willbees Presents: Habibi

Hasbeens & Willbees presents an intimate evening of music with Habibi at our space located at 11 Delaware Ave Andes, NY 13731 on Sunday October 7, 2018 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Brooklyn based indie quartet Habibi were formed in the spring of 2011 and are best known for their collision of psych rock riffs and harmonious 60’s girl pop that has always served as an homage to the genre of Middle Eastern psych music. The New Yorker writes “Habibi blends Iranian roots with the band’s tasteful take on the Midwestern pop legacy.” You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance which can be done by visiting the event webpage.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Hasbeens & Willbees Presents: Habibi
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hasbeens & Willbees
11 Delaware Ave
Andes, NY 13731

 

Mountaintop Yoga

Sunday October 7th at 9 a.m., start your day with Mountaintop Yoga, hosted at the peak of Plattekill Mountain Ski center located in Roxbury, NY. Rejuvenate your mind body and spirit as you take a beautiful ski lift ride to the mountain top where the class will be held.  Tickets are $20 per person, which includes the lift ride. For more details about this session, please visit their website.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Mountaintop Yoga
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary

The Roxbury Arts Group presents: “Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary,” an autumn tradition in the Catskills, on Sunday October 7th from 12:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The first snap of autumn, the vibrant colors on the mountainside, and the scent of harvest means its time for fiddling, square dancing, fine homemade food, and world renowned folk musicians in Hilt & Stella Kelly Hall at the Roxbury Arts Center. This is a very special year and a wonderful way to conclude our Columbus Day Weekend celebrations as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved FIDDLERS! event. You can check out the list of performers, event schedule, and purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Roxbury Arts Group
5025 Vega Mountain Rd
Roxbury, NY 12474

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“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse

The spectacular mountain views and rolling terrain make the Great Western Catskills a top destination for golfers. Here you’ll find many premier golf facilities with pristine courses, perfect for novices and experts alike. Grab your clubs and join us for world class golfing. It’s an annual tradition for some – that weekend where you get away from it all to focus on the perfect putt on the most amazing greens. After the game, a cool drink at the clubhouse enjoying a breathtaking mountain view completes your relaxing day. It’s a golfer’s dream.

Our golf courses have adjusted to meet CDC and state guidelines. Please check their websites or call ahead to learn more about their safety guidelines and protocols as well as special hours. 

Which one of our beautiful golf courses will be your favorite?

College Golf Course at Delhi 
85 Scotch Mountain Road
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-4653
Premier 18-hole public course in classic 1960’s design with challenging, undulating greens in a beautiful mountain setting. The course is a training ground for the students of the nationally recognized golf programs at SUNY Delhi. Features: driving range, practice green, pro shop, café, leagues, tournaments, championships. Stay and Play package available with nearby Sherwoods Inn at Riverview. 

French Woods Golf & Country Club 
17740 E State Highway 97
Hancock, NY 13783
607-637-1800
Complete 18-hole public course with challenging fairways, water hazards and sand traps in a picturesque setting. Features: clubhouse, pro shop, private dining room, tournaments. Stay and Play with Bass Cabins or Bass’ Hancock House Hotel.

Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club 
576 West Hubbell Hill Road
Margaretville, NY 12455
845-586-4849
19 holes on a challenging, well-groomed course at a beautiful mountain country resort. A selection of golf packages available with meals and all the resort amenities including pool, sauna, restaurant, and more.

Hardwood Hills Golf Course
11160 State Highway 8
Masonville, NY 13804
607-467-1031
Challenging 18-hole course in a gorgeous mountain setting. Tournaments, clubhouse with food and spirits.

Meadows Golf Center
42565 State Highway 28
Margaretville, NY 12455
845-586-4104
9-hole course in a scenic valley adjacent to Delaware River. Pro shop, practice range, practice green, and 18-hole mini golf course! They are well known for their BBQ too.

Ouleout Creek Golf 
13501 State Highway 357
North Franklin, NY 13775
607-829-2100
18-hole public course with creeks, ponds and dog legs for experts and beginners alike in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Scott’s Family Resort Golf Course
159 Golf Course Road
Deposit, NY 13754
607-467-3094
Two 9-hole public courses: Main Course and Executive Course. Fantastic scenery. Practice putting green and pitch & putt course. Free play for resorts guests.

Shephard Hills Golf Club 
562 Shephard Hill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607-326-7121
9-hole public course on challenging terrain with spectacular mountain view. Clubhouse and pro shop. Rentals, lessons and tournaments.

Sidney Golf & Country Club
West Main Street
Sidney, NY 13838
607-563-8381
Leagues and tournaments. Clubhouse, restaurant.

Stamford Golf Club 
Taylor Road
Stamford, NY 12167
607-652-7398
18-hole course on rolling terrain with undulating greens, appealing to both experts and high handicappers. Pro shop, clubhouse, driving range, practice putting green, private lessons. Stop by their Tavern 1897 for delicious food and drink.

Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club
100 Fairway View Drive
Roscoe, NY 12776
888-561-3935
18-hole championship golf course. Beautifully maintained, challenging par 72 course with a 50-mile 180-degree panoramic view of Catskill Mountains. Golf lessons, practice greens, driving range, complete Pro Shop. 24-room inn, 40-seat restaurant and bar, 30-seat outdoor dining deck. 

Twin Village Golf Course
144 Rockland Road
Roscoe, NY 12776
(607) 498-5829
An 18-hole course with a clubhouse.

Leaf-Peeping in the Catskills


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When you feel a crispness in the air and see a yellow leaf falling here and there, you know it’s coming – the change of seasons from summer to fall! Trust us, there is no better place to be this time of year than the Great Western Catskills. Our lush rolling mountains turn into a vibrant patchwork of yellows, reds and oranges, creating a spectacular backdrop for our beautiful small towns and villages. People come from far and wide to see it.

Come and experience the magic – hike it or drive through it with the help of our guide to leaf-peeping in the Great Western Catskills! To help plan the optimal time for your trip, keep your eye on I Love NY’s Fall Foliage Report for the latest on the changing colors.

– DRIVING –

Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway – 52 miles
The drive, which primarily follows New York State Route 28, with short extensions along New York State Routes 42 and 214 through the heart of the Central Catskills, takes you on a journey through historical, scenic, and charming hamlets and villages – each unique with something special to offer.

Catskill Scenic Route 30 – 71 miles
The drive follows the East Branch of the Delaware River through beautiful valleys and past many sites, offering recreational activities.

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway – 53 miles
This leisurely drive on New York State Route 97 along the Delaware River offers scenic views of dramatic cliffs and expansive vistas. Dining, cultural and entertainment options abound along this spectacular roadway.

– RIDING A TRAIN – 

Take a scenic train ride through the Catskills with the Delaware & Ulster Railroad – a 24-mile round trip from Arkville NY to Roxbury NY and back past rural hamlets, farmland and historic sites, all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Catskill mountains. Or hop onboard the Rip Van Winkle Flyer for elegant travel and gourmet dining – a truly unique experience that transports you to the sophisticated early days or railroading. Please call to verify departure times! Click for more info

– HIKING –

Catskill Scenic Trail – 26 miles, EASY to MODERATE
Built on a former rail bed, the trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York’s Catskill Mountains from Bloomville to Roxbury. Suitable for hiking, biking and riding. Trailheads are located on Route 10 in Bloomville or on Route 30 and Hardscrabble Road in Roxbury. Click for more info

Palmer Hill Trail – 3.7 miles each way, EASY to MODERATE
New trail with four possible hiking combinations from easy to moderate, each taking you through beautiful wildflower meadows with breathtaking views of some of the Catskill’s highest peaks. The trailhead is located just off Route 28 between Margaretville and Andes (2 miles from downtown Andes and 9 miles from Margaretville), with parking available at the existing scenic overlook site on Finkle Road. Click for more info

Bramley Mountain Trail – 4-mile loop, MODERATE
Brand new trail built by the Catskill Mountain Club, it leads to the summit of Bramley mountain, where there are open views, a former fire tower, and an abandoned bluestone quarry. Impressive cliffs and caves line the footpath between the summit and the quarry. Access the trail by parking on Glen Burnie Rd, one mile south and uphill of its intersection with County Road 18, Delhi.
Click for more info

Shavertown Trail – 5.3 miles round trip, MODERATE 
Hikers are rewarded with a spectacular view of Pepacton Reservoir after only one uphill mile followed by a fairly level mile and a half through beautiful rock ledges and wonderful forest to explore. The trailhead is on County Rt 1, about a tenth of a mile north of the intersection of Route 30 and County Rt 1 in Andes. Park at the parking lot by the bridge. Click for more info

Rock Rift Fire Tower – 7 miles round trip, CHALLENGING
This new trail climbs through a bluestone quarry to a fire tower high above the Cannonsville Reservoir. The steep trail climbs over 1,000 feet. Trailhead is located at the northern end of Apex Bridge, at the intersection of Route 10 and County Road 268 on the Cannonsville Reservoir in Tompkins, NY. Click for more info

Get out and don’t forget your camera! Post your photos and tag them with #greatwesterncatskills, #delawarecountyny and #somethingshappeninghere

Stay Fit While You Visit


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As you visit our beautiful area and enjoy your break in the Great Western Catskills, you’ll be glad to know it doesn’t have to mean taking a break from your fitness and health routine – or perhaps now is the time to tip your toe into getting one started at one of our uncrowded, personable gyms. Throughout our region, we have wonderful local fitness facilities and classes so you can keep working out and staying fit during your stay. Many facilities offer day and weekend rates for visitors with no long-term commitment required. Pop in for a yoga class, dive in an indoor pool, or sweat it out at the gym!

Andes

Streamside Yoga
506 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731
917-859-5397
Variety of yoga styles for both beginners and advanced students.

Arkville

Catskill Recreation Center
651 County Highway 38
Arkville, NY 12406
845-586-6250
Open swim Sat/Sun 8:30am-6:45pm $10/adults, $5/children 12 and under
Pilates Sat 10:00-11:00am, Sun 11:00am-12:00pm
Kickboxing Sat/Sun 4:00-5:00pm ($3/person)

Bovina

American Yoga Foundation
1977 Jim Lane Rd
Bovina Center, NY 13740
607-832-4343
Sundays 11am-1pm ($15/suggested donation)

Delhi

The Cardio Club
17 Elm Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-7050
Gym: $7/day, $25/weekend
Classes: Yogalates Sat 9:00-10:00am ($10), Sweaty Flow Yoga Sat 10:15-11:15am ($10)

Catskill Kettlebells
2 Depot Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607-434-6631
Constantly varied, fun & efficient workouts scaled to meet your fitness needs. Try a class for free! Yoga available as well.

Salty Anchor Fitness
45 Meredith Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607-437-4843
Making fitness fun with personal training. Come to us, or we will come to you.

Kunsela Hall Swimming Pool
SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-4263
Open swim Mon-Fri 7-9pm, Sat-Sun 1-5pm (check schedule on website for exceptions)
$5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child under 16

The Yoga Space
84 Main Street
Entrance on Division Street
Delhi, NY 13753
917-617-1696
Various classes and private instruction.

Downsville

Head to Toe Fitness
15246 State Hwy 30 & 206
Downsville, NY 13755
Open Monday-Thursday

Hancock

Alma Yoga
67 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hancock, NY 13783
607-637-4444
Yoga classes Sat and Sun 10-11:30am $12/class ($10/first time student)

Margaretville

Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club
576 West Hubbell Hill Road
Margaretville, NY 12455
800-752-6494
Open swim 8:00am-10:00pm daily
$13/adult, $7/child, hot tub and sauna included

The Ashram Center
23 Academy Street
Margaretville, NY
845-586-3101
Anusara yoga, Sat 10:30am-12:00pm

Sidney

Sidney Fitness
17 Steiner Rd
Sidney, NY 13838
607-563-2747
24/7 fitness club.

Stamford

Stamford Gym & Fitness Center
32 Main Street
Stamford, NY 12167
607-214-4075
Open gym & fitness center.

Walton

Delaware County Fitness
119 Delaware Street
Walton, NY 13856
315-558-4118
Fitness classes, challenges, personal training, and open gym.

Walton Fitness
194 Delaware Street
Walton, NY 13856
607-510-4177
24/7 fitness club, cardio and strength training equipment, one-on-on training.

Festival of Women Writers


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As a county, we feel incredibly lucky to have the Book Village here in Hobart, NY. Who would ever think that the large and rural County of Delaware would be home to a village that has embraced the written word in such a fantastic and wholehearted way?

Not only does it offer a variety of book stores, it is also the host to an incredibly unique festival celebrating women writers. For the past five years, the Book Village has been home to the much-anticipated annual event called the Festival of Women Writers. This year will be the sixth annual festival, where woman writers from all over the country once again come to Hobart for three days to share and celebrate their insights, skills and works.

The festival begins Friday September 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. and kicks off with two writing intensive sessions, followed by three workshops hosted by Margot Farrington, Ginnah Howard, and Yesenia Montilla. Friday night’s events end with a table reading and stage writing discussion from the works of Elizabeth Searle. This just scratches the surface with regards to what is on deck for the weekend, as participants continue to engage in several rounds of workshops, readings, writing intensives and discussions.

If you are interested in participating in the festival, please visit the official website for more information.

Visiting Hobart

If you are planning to attend this festival or the Book Village any other time of the year, there will be no shortage of dining options when you take a break or if you are looking for a nice place to have dinner after the festival ends for the day!

The Bull and Garland located on 760 Main Street in Hobart, is an English style pub and inn that features a delicious variety of traditional English fair, as well as wide selection of wines and cocktails from their full bar.

Looking for a more casual dining experience?  The Dinner Plate, located  at 645 Main St. in Hobart, offers a full-bar, pizza, salads, burgers, chicken wings and much more.

If you’re seeking a quick cup of coffee and a bite to eat, you can swing by the Coffee Pot, located on 581 Main Street in Hobart.  The Coffee Pot offers a traditional American breakfast and lunch menu and also features Italian and Greek specialties as well.

If you’ve packed your lunch and are just looking to explore more of the village, check out the Sheep’s Nest at 45 Main Street Hobart, Ny 13788 where you can find unique gifts, crafts and hand knit wool and alpaca clothing items. You can also find some treasures at Second Wind Furniture and Antiques located at 284 Main Street in Hobart.

Hobart is also home to the MURAL on Main art gallery. The Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League was founded in 1983 to promote the arts in the Greater Stamford Area. Since its founding, MURAL has been dedicated to featuring, promoting, and selling the work of regional artists. The gallery is open during events or by appointment at their location at 631 Main Street in Hobart, Ny. Visit their website to find out more about their featured exhibitions and events for the rest of the year.

Need a place to stay while visiting Hobart? Please visit the Where to Stay section of the GreatWesternCatskills.com site and choose to search by town. Hobart has a variety of fantastic bed and breakfasts, country farm house accommodations, as well as a traditional English pub and inn.

The Hobart Book Village also offers five independent book stores where you can spend hours browsing through their treasures and collections. Please visit their website links to find more information.

Adam’s Antiquarian Book Shop

Blenheim Hill Books

Butter Nut Valley Books

Creative Corner Books

Liberty Rock Books, LLC

Mysteries & More

Insider Tips for Golfers


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Spectacular Catskill Mountain views and rolling terrain make Delaware County a top destination for golfers. Here you’ll find many premier golf facilities with pristine courses, perfect for novices and experts alike. Grab your clubs and make a tradition out of it: that annual weekend you get away from it all to focus on the perfect putt on the most amazing greens in a leisurely, non-competitive atmosphere. After the game, a cool drink at the clubhouse enjoying a breathtaking mountain view completes a relaxing day.

Delhi golfer Karen Graves has spent 20 years in the game and has played on nearly all of the county’s fairways. She favors The College Golf Course at Delhi (85 Scotch Mountain Road, 607.746.4653, golfcourse.delhi.edu), a premier 18-hole public golf course which has a dual certification as a USGA Member Course and Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Course.

In addition to having lush fairways in wonderful condition with well-manicured greens, the scenery, she says, cannot be beat. Unlike many other courses, there is a driving range, a putting green and a practice sand trap.

As a frequent player at the course, she has some insider tips. The busiest time at the course is weekday mornings, so if planning a round during that time, it’s a good idea to call ahead for a reservation.

Hole 6, par 4, has an elevated tee which helps a drive to sail, but hole 3 is by far the most challenging on the course. The par 5 hole, she explains, is a “dog-leg right” with an uphill second shot which is hit onto an elevated sloping green that can be quick. “You really need to hit your shot close to the pin on that green,” she says with an experienced respect.

She considers herself to be an average golfer and the best score she’s had on the course is 80, 8 over par. A meal at the course-side restaurant, which offers patio seating, is an enjoyable way to end a round of golf.

Other favorites:

Shepard Hills Golf Club (562 Shepard Hill Rd, Roxbury, 607.326.7121, shepardhills.com) is a 9-hole, 72 par course that provides a bit of challenge with a large tree growing in the middle of the fairway on one hole and a pond positioned in front of the green on another. This is a “fun” course to play on, Graves says, and a cart is required. Clubs are available for rent at the club’s pro shop.

Stamford Golf Club (Taylor Road, Stamford, 607.652.7398, stamfordgolfclub.com) is 18-hole, 73 par course, located in northern Delaware County which gives rise to a higher elevation in landscape that provides a diverse course with breathtaking views. The 18th hole is the trickiest, Graves reveals, because the surface of the green is not visible on the uphill shot. Outdoor covered seating overlooking the 18th hole allows spectators a bird’s eye view of players finishing the course.

For all golf courses in the area, click here.

Featured photo: Delhi College Golf Course by Lisa Wisely

Table to Farm Tours


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Often when visitors plan a trip to Delaware County, they are eager to get their hands dirty. They want to visit a farm, play with animals and taste that which grows on the land. Table to Farm Tours, a new company located in Roxbury, New York is bringing visitors directly to the farm. They are looking to take people beyond the road side farm stands, offering guided tours in their brand-new and comfortable vehicle. Participants will sample products made, grown and packaged on the farm, learn the challenges and successes of small farming and have the opportunity to bring some of the Catskills home with them.

 

The company is the brainchild of Kevin and Lindsay, a couple who just recently made the Catskills their full-time home after having fallen in love with an area that has been close to Kevin’s family’s heart for over 100 years. Before committing to the Catskills permanently, Kevin and Lindsay were like many visitors and weekenders, hitting the farmers markets and farm stands in an effort to purchase the freshest produce, the most delicious lovingly raised meats and picking up the most amazing locally produced products. While enjoying their ritual of hitting all the markets, they also knew they wanted an even closer connection with the farmers. One morning over an amazing breakfast of local eggs, greens, and bacon, the the idea for Table to Farm Tours was born.

 

Their goal is to connect the dots for everyone who joins one of their tours, curating tours to a variety of local producers from creameries to tea blenders, veggie farms to hard cideries, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Each tour offered is created just for Farm to Table Tours, carefully connecting visitors to fantastic experiences where they’ll be meeting  farmers, hear their stories, learn about their philosophies, walk the farms and taste incredible Catskills made, grown and harvested food and drink.

 

Every tour is different and new tours are added regularly so we suggest you visit their website to check out the latest offerings. All tours leave from the Roxbury General Store or Roxbury Wine and Spirits on the main street of Roxbury, New York. Roxbury is just 2.5 hours north of the George Washington Bridge.

Interested in learning more? Visit farmtotabletours.com to find out more.

 

Bovina “Drive In”


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According to the 2010 census, the small town of Bovina had 633 people living there. The small population might be one of the reasons people are always so surprised when you tell them exactly how many great events happen there each year. Members of the community pull together to host a variety of events and one of the favorites is the Bovina “Drive-In” which starts again on August 12th.

Grab  your lawn chair and blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a family friend movie under the Catskill Mountain stars. The fun starts at sunset each Sunday. The films will be screened across form Brushland Eating House which is located at 1927 Co Rd 6, Bovina Center, NY 13740.

The 2018 Summer Line Up:

Sunday, August 12th
E.T.

Sunday, August 19th
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Sunday, August 26th
The Lost Muppets

Sunday, September 2nd
Rocky

All this for a quarter with free popcorn for all!

Enjoy the movies in Bovina, New York.

Ask a Local-Dan Finn, Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery


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Dan Finn is a farmer and a partner in Bovina Valley, LLC.  Bovina Valley is a collection of regional, family-run businesses that have come together with a shared heritage and common purpose. They take the best practices passed down through generations and give new life to them by producing the highest quality products and experiences for our customers, near and far.

At Bovina Valley, they create Cowbella™ milk, yogurt, cheese and butter made in small batches with only the purest ingredients and by the same people who raise the cows and run their  farms. Their new Creamery is bringing the tradition of dairy processing back to Bovina, a  small corner of New York State where being cow-crazy, freshness-obsessed, single sourced and farmer-owned says as much about their  passions as it does about their products.

We asked Dan to share some of his favorite things about Delaware County.

You can download his suggestions here here  or scroll down below the pictures to find them there.

Photos courtesy of Bovina Valley and Cowbella by Bovina Valley. 

 

ASK A LOCAL

Dan Finn
Farmer
Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery
64 Creamery Road
Bovina Center, New York
607.821.2865

Dan Suggests Visitors Enjoy

•  Hiking trails all around Delaware County

• Driving around the back roads of our area

• Observing animals in nature.

• Experience all four seasons in wide open spaces.

• Eating farm fresh food like yogurt, cheese and butter, produced right here in Delaware County.

• Visit active farms that welcome visitors.

• Experience the process of maple syrup making.

• Seeing where food is coming from, how it is made, and how animals are treated.

A Few  Favorite Spots to Eat & Drink

Table On Ten
52030 NY 10
Bloomville, NY 13739
(607) 643-6509

The Shire Pub
123 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-8758

A Suggestion on Where to Stay

Dry Town Tavern
1825 Co Rd 6
Bovina Center, NY 13740
drytowntavern.com

Ask a Local-Jessica Olenych, Home Goods of Margaretville


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Home Goods of Margaretville is a kitchen and home accessories store on Main Street, Margaretville.  The store has everything you need to outfit your kitchen with brands like All Clad, Viking, Cuisinart and OXO as well as cookbooks, candles, stationery, antiques, home decor.

Established in 1996, Home Goods of Margaretville was purchased in 2014 by current owners Jess and Jake Olenych. Jess and Jake are lifelong residents of the Catskill Mountains. When not in the store they enjoy cooking, working on their house, reading, and exploring the beautiful place they call home. When they are in the store, there is a great chance you will meet their adorable Boston Terrier, Ziggy.

We asked Jessica to share some of her favorite things about Delaware County.

Click here to download a printable version of her recommendations of scroll down to find the list of her favorite things.

 

Ask a Local

Jessica Oleynch
Home Goods of Margaretville
784 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455
845.586.4177

Jessica’s Suggestions for Nature Related Must-Do’s

• Visit Dry Brook Ridge which is one of the tallest peaks in Delaware County.

• Hiking Mt. Utsyantha in Stamford with a beautiful hike to the fire tower and incredible views.

• Just come to Delaware County and enjoy the magic of these hills.

Jessica’s Suggests Visitors Enjoy

• The streams, visible along so many roads you may drive once here.

• The views. This area is simply stunning. You never get tired of the incredible views of Delaware County.

• The changing seasons. We truly experience all four seasons each year.

 

A Few  Favorite Spots to Eat & Drink

Arkville Bread & Breakfast
43285 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406
(845) 586-1122

The Bull and Garland
760 Main Street
Hobart, NY 13780
(607) 538-3006

Union Grove Distillery
43311 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406
(845) 586-6300

Binnekill Tavern (Brand New)
746 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455
(917) 217-9893

And all the great restaurants and cafes of Margaretville, New York.

Jessica’s  Favorite Businesses & Places to Shop in Delaware County 

Just Shop Boutique
43270 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406
(845) 586-6040

Tree Juice Maple Syrup
59 Rider Hollow Rd
Arkville, NY 12406
(845) 245-8975

Stone and Sawyer
76 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
888-502-2800

Stewarts Department Store
85 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-2254

Tay Tea
159 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-6086

and all the incredible stores and businesses of  Margaretville, New York.

 

Ask a Local-Liz Callahan, Hanford Mills Museum


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Liz Callahan is the Executive Director of Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, New York.

The mill’s authentic and extensively documented site inspires the museum’s unique interpretation and activities. The museum believes that the operation of the mill site is a powerful experience that can be balanced with careful preservation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from agrarian communities.

Hanford Mills Museum features an authentic water- and steam-powered Sawmill with a 1926 Fitz Overshot Waterwheel, restored 19th century water turbine, steam power plant, and vintage woodworking machines. Visit their website to learn about their programming and special events.

We asked Liz to share some of her favorite locations in Delaware County.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of her recommendations or scroll down below to see them all.

 

 

Ask a Local

Liz Callahan
Hanford Mills Museum
51 Co Rd 12
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.5744


Not To Be Missed at Hanford Mills Museum

• Enjoy the entire Hanford Mills complex of 16 historic buildings including the water wheel turbine, steam power plant, antique fully functioning mill equipment and machinery.

• Making ice-cream at the Hanford House during their Fourth of July festivities each year.

• Experience  hands-on activities like the Ice Harvest Festival which takes place every first Saturday of February.

• Fish on the mill pond at Hanford Mills.

• Enjoy the classic annual events like the Antique Jamboree Festival and the Woodmen’s Festival.

 

Some of Liz’s Favorite Places to Visit in Delaware County

• Authentic well-preserved villages of the area.

• Historic houses and properties like Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, the Summertime home of naturalist and nature essayist John Burroughs.

• Hiking trails

• Lakes and rivers for swimming and kayaking.

 

Liz’s Favorite Things to Do in Delaware County

• Take in a performance at Franklin Stage Company in Franklin, New York.

• Celebrate the agricultural history of the region at the Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville, New York.

• Finding fantastic locally sourced food and goods from farms in Delaware County.

• Experience all four seasons in a beautiful setting.

 

Suggestion on Where to Stay

Harmony Hill
694 Harmony Hill Retreat Center
East Meredith, NY 13757
(607) 278-6609

Suggestions on Where to Eat & Drink

Signatures Restaurant
SUNY Delhi
Alumni Hall
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-4351

Awestruck Ciders
8 Winkler Rd
Sidney, NY 13838

Ask a Local-Ryan Fifield-Fifield Outfitters


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Fifield Outfitters, LLC  is fully insured and a family owned and operated business. They provide year- round customized guide services for hunting and fishing trips. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains alongside the East Branch of the Delaware River, Fifield Outfitters offers a full-day and half-day fly fishing and/or spin casting excursions on the famous Delaware River in a legendary Hyde Drift Boat. Ryan doesn’t just work in the warm weather. He’s happy to talk you on an ice-fishing excursion too!

Fifield Outfitters also offers semi-guided or fully guided deer, bear, wild turkey, and predator hunting on private land in Region 4. Ryan teaches how to use a firearm, bow and harness. He truly enjoys providing hunting guide services to locals, experts and first-timers.

We asked Ryan to share some of his favorite things to do and places to shop in Delaware County, New York.

Click here to download a one sheet of Ryan’s recommendations on what to do when visiting Delaware County or scroll down to see his recommendations.

 

Photos courtesy of Fifield Outfitters.

 

ASK A LOCAL

Ryan Fifield
Licensed Guide
Fifield Outfitters
1577 State Highway 30
East Branch, NY 13756
Cell: (518)321-8682
Office: (607)363-2701

Ryan’s Suggestions for Nature Related Must-Do’s

• Observing the wildlife

• Hiking in the forests

• Fishing and boating

Ryan’s Suggestions on Where to Stay When in Delaware County

Buck-Horn Lodge & Cottages
1579 NY 30
East Branch, NY 13756
(607) 363-7432

Ryan’s Favorite Businesses & Places to Shop in Delaware County 

Spring Valley Sportsman
485 Spring Valley Road
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-7500

HE Tackle 
9 Elm Street
Hancock, NY 13783
(607) 637-3410

Al’s Sport Store
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755
(607) 363-7740

The Camptons Art and Design Studio and Gallery
422 E Front St
Hancock, NY 13783
(607) 637-4120

Catskill Regional Harvest
27905 State Highway 28
Andes, NY 13731
(607) 427-9848

Ask a Local-Alex Wilson of Wayside Cider


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Alex Wilson and his business partner Irene Hussey started Wayside Cider in 2014 after the two met at the Catskill Amateur Cider Making Contest at Table On Ten. Irene won the competition.  Alex came second, but maintains to this day he “was robbed.”

Forged in a shared love of the wild and abandoned homestead apple trees, the pair made 3500 bottles of methode champenoise, unfiltered mountain cider in their first year of production, which sold out within 3 months. Soon outgrowing their small cidery, they were fortunate to find a large old barn in the center of the historic Catskills town of Andes NY, which with some elbow grease and a lot of help from their friends, has became the new home of Wayside Cider & Tap Room which is open to the public  and available for private events.

We asked Alex for his favorite spots in Delaware County.

Click here to download a piece you can print with his suggestions or scroll down to find the list below.

 

Photos by Natalie Chitwood

 

ASK A LOCAL

Alex Wilson
Co-Owner of Wayside Cider

Alex  Suggests Visitors Enjoy

• The Pepacton Reservoir.

• Hiking. There are numerous great  hiking trails all over the County.

• Road trips. Alex suggests that  driving the country roads of Delaware County will allow you to really discover the beauty of the area.

• Clean waterways of Delaware County. As the source of drinking water for New York City, we pride ourselves on incredibly pure waterways.

• Interacting with a diverse cross-section of people. Come to Delaware County and you’ll meet friendly farmers, locals and visitors alike.


A Few  Favorite Spots to Eat & Drink

Wayside Cider
55 Redden Lane
Andes, NY 13731
(845) 676-6002

Brushland Eating House
1927 County Road 6
Bovina Center, NY 13730
(607) 832-4861

Blue Bee
114 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-8060

Table on Ten
52030 NY-10
Bloomville, NY 13739
(607) 643-6509

 

A Few Favorite Spots To Shop

Lucky Dog Farm Store
35796 NY-10
Hamden, NY 13782
(607) 746-8383

Stephanie Charlene Ceramics
131 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731

Clementine Vintage Clothing
72 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731
(845) 676-3888

Kabinett & Kammer
7 Main Street
Andes NY 13731
(845) 676-4242

Suggestions on Where to Stay

Roxbury Motel
2258 County Road 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
(607) 326-7200

Alex also suggests checking out
the unique lodging experiences
like a tipi stay at Mystic Lodge and
other unique places to stay,
available through AirBnB.

Historical Facts about Delaware County


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Delaware County is home to the two largest reservoirs in NYC’s West-of-Hudson Catskill Watershed  the Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoirs. (It is also home to a portion of the Schoharie Reservoir.) The Pepacton is the largest in volume of all NYC’s reservoirs, contributing more than 25% of the city’s needs on an average day.

One of the earliest “improved” roads running from the Hudson River to the Susquehanna River, the Susquehanna Turnpike (Catskill Turnpike), was opened in 1806. A lengthy portion of the turnpike traverses the northern half of Delaware County.

One of the earliest automobile races anywhere in the world passed through Delaware County in October, 1903. 34 vehicles traveled in dreadful conditions from Pine Hill through Delhi and Franklin en-route to Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

The Town of Bovina was nationally famous in the 19th century for the quality of its butter.

Bovina is the site of the former Gerry Estate, the summer retreat of the Gerry family after whose patriarch, Commodore Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814), the term “gerrymandering” derives. He served as the 5th Vice President of the United States.

Meredith was internationally renowned in the 20th century for its Meridale Farms dairy production.

Sidney was the home of Scintilla-Magneto (now Amphenol Corp.), a nationally important aviation manufacturing plant during WWII, employing thousands of people from throughout the region.

The construction of America’s first long distance railroad, the “New York and Erie,” began in Hancock, when workers broke ground for the track in 1835. The line finally opened through Delaware County in 1848.

Featured photo: Pepacton Reservoir by Lisa Wisely

Summer in the Arts


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When you visit us this summer, make sure to see what’s on the schedule in performing arts programming. There is a delightful abundance of both local and international talent gracing the stage at numerous venues around the area: from foot-stomping folk music to Chinese acrobatics and suspenseful classical drama to dancing under the stars. Uplifting, inspiring and thought-provoking… Spend the summer enjoying the arts in the mountains.

Summer Nights LIVE! on The Square in Hancock, NY is a free community event taking place on select Friday evenings throughout the summer. In open-air concerts on the town square, audiences are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and even snacks and drinks to enjoy the artistic talents of performers from around the world. Here’s what’s on the schedule this summer.

  • June 15: Leo Sandoval (photo above) performs contemporary tap dance with his Brazilian jazz trio.
  • July 6: Grammy award-winner Joanne Shenandoah performs stirring contemporary Native American songs. Joanne will also be presenting a children’s workshop before the performance.
  • July 20: Dance China presents an amazing array of traditional Chinese dance, acrobatics, Shaolin kung fu, and the wildly popular Lion Dance.
  • August 3: Dende Macedo and Ologunde performs Afro-Brazilian dance and drums.
  • August 17: The Suitcase Junket performs raw, edgy Americana and Roots rock with hand-made instruments.
  • August 31: Cleghorn closes out the season with high-energy Celtic Rock.

Franklin Stage Company in Franklin, NY produces professional, admission-free theater that brings together audiences and artists to celebrate the enduring power of stories. The historic 1850’s Chapel Hall provides an elegant venue for classic and original works as well as visiting artists. The 2018 season brings another exciting and diverse line-up of performances.

  • July 6-8: Bitter Banquet: A Euripidean Song Cycle (photo above), an original staged song cycle composed and performed by Annie Lewandowski, weaves iconic moments from the ancient tragedies of Euripides.
  • July 13-29: A Walk in the Woods, a powerful and startling play by Lee Blessing, is set in the midst of Cold War, dramatizing a stand-off between a U.S. and Soviet arms negotiator as they battle for supremacy.
  • August 3-4: Julian Fleisher renders a set of tunes featuring his trademark masterful reinterpretations of classics from Cole Porter to Prince and from the Beatles to Joni Mitchell.
  • August 4-5: Circus Minimus is a delightful opportunity for everyone to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination with Kevin O’Keefe whose suitcase hides an entire circus.
  • August 10-26: Doubt, A Parable, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama about a suspected improper relationship between Father Flynn and one of his male students in a Bronx school.
  • September 1-2: Cry Havoc! recounts Stephan Wolfert’s own experience pre- and post-military service in the lines of some of Shakespeare’s famous speeches.

West Kortright Centre in East Meredith, NY brings in gifted artists and performers from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds, from around the world, across the country, and our region to its 1850’s former church building in the heart of a rural valley.  Now celebrating 43 years of arts and community, West Kortright Centre welcomes another thrilling array of performers.

  • May 27: Ladama is a group of virtuosic female musicians, blending Pan-American traditional music with soul, R&B, and pop.
  • July 7: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble perform a series of music theater pieces combining movement, theatrical characters and images, light, and video installation.
  • July 21: Gala Dance Under the Stars is a picnic dinner, concert and dance showcasing the Pop ElectroSwing duo Ginkgoa with irresistibly danceable songs.
  • July 28: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque promise a broadly appealing and exhilarating blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms, folkloric influences, and contemporary jazz.
  • August 3-4: Shakespeare in the Valley is a 31st annual celebration of the talents of youth, with a fully staged open-air performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, by the Shakespeare, Technical Theater, and Costume Design sections of the Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops.
  • August 19: Vieux Farka Touré (photo above) blends West African music with Malian blues, praise song, funk, reggae, and rock, letting loose with exceptional guitar solos.
  • October 14: Eva Salina & Peter Stan collaborate to amplify voices of past generations of Balkan Romani (gypsy) music.
  • October 20: Alexander String Quartet interprets Beethoven, Mozart, Bartók, and Shostakovich, overflowing with emotion and sheer joy for playing.

Roxbury Arts Group in Roxbury is a multi-arts center, dedicated to entertaining and enriching the lives of Catskill Mountain residents and visitors through the arts. They offer live entertainment, concerts, dance, and theater at several venues around the county. Here’s what’s coming up this season in the performing arts. Find the rest of their schedule online.

In the Limelight: Performing Arts in Delaware County


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You don’t have to search hard to find the bright limelight of performing arts in this rural region. Whether inspired by the setting or just a lucky gathering of creative minds, our lively community centers and professional arts organizations provide year-round programs of high culture and entertainment for all ages and tastes.

Franklin Stage Company (website)
Franklin, NY
For the past 20 years, Franklin Stage Company (FSC) has been on a radical mission to bring admission-free professional theater to the community with exciting and imaginative productions both classic and new. Truly a must-visit for even the most discerning theater lover! Housed in the historic Chapel Hall (1855), the company aims to illuminate as well as entertain by stimulating thought and provoking discussion. FSC also presents both emerging and established artists working in a variety of performance disciplines.

Roxbury Arts Group (website)
Roxbury, NY
Founded in 1979, the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) is an active, non-profit multi-arts organization dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the life of all segments of the Catskill communities by offering public performances, exhibitions, workshops, classes, presentations and demonstrations for both adults and children. RAG events are hosted at Roxbury Arts Center, a performance and exhibit space in Roxbury, as well as at the Old School Baptist Church in Denver, NY.

West Kortright Centre (website)
East Meredith, NY
West Kortright Centre (WKC) hosts gifted artists and performers from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds, from around the world, across the country, and this region, at their historic former church location and the surrounding idyllic valley. A theatrical highlight each summer is “Shakespeare in the Valley”, a fully staged outdoor performance by Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops while the audience enjoys a picnic on the lawn.

Tri-Town Theatre (website)
Sidney, NY
Tri-Town Theatre is a community theatre celebrating over five decades of family-friendly plays and musical performances.

The Open Eye Theater (website)
Margaretville, NY
The Open Eye Theater has a 45-year history of vibrant live theater, educational programs, concerts and other events, all aiming to inspire the community and spark a passion for performing arts. Monthly Open Mic nights give everyone a chance to speak up and sound off.

Featured photo: Franklin Stage Company by Riikka Olson

Say Yes in the Mountains


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As happy couples strive to create the perfect wedding experience to mark the beginning of their lives while hosting the party of their dreams, they are discovering the breathtaking wedding locations around Delaware County. With event spaces as diverse as the table settings, there are beautiful venues from rustic barns and mountaintops, to historic mansions and even a castle. Here are just a few.

A historic lodge from the Gilded Age, Spillian (50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd, Fleischmanns, 800.811.3351, spillian.com) is a unique 19th century mansion that hosts weddings and special events on its 30+ acres of forest and meadows.

Nestled on a hill overlooking panoramic mountain views, Willow Drey Farm (985 Hyzer Hill Rd, Andes, 607.643.3646, willowdreyfarm.com) is an elegant barn hosting weddings and events through all four seasons. Couples can say their vows outside against a stunning country landscape, or inside the rustic main hall, equipped with full amenities.

Catskill Barn Weddings at The Natural Gardens (304 Sutherland Rd, East Meredith, 607.746.2028, thenaturalgardens.com) offers wedding parties the use of 25 acres of privacy while enjoying gardens, ponds, streams, waterfalls, woodland paths, hops yard and a vineyard, with exclusive use of a bridal house.

Stonewall Estate (1595 Holmes Hollow Rd, Delhi, 561.373.4292, stonewallestate.com) offers an entire wedding weekend package that includes a 6000 square foot barn for events up to 300 people, as well as a renovated 1850’s farmhouse with five bedrooms. The property boasts blue stone patios, a fire pit, a heart shaped pond and complete privacy.

With a number of beautiful locations on a 400-acre horse farm, Stone Tavern Farm (2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Rd, Roxbury, 607.326.3600, stonetavernfarm.com) features an enormous, fully outfitted wedding barn that can hold 400 guests or be easily downsized for a more intimate affair. On-site lodging is available in the historic stone tavern, and in nearby houses and apartments.

Tie the knot on a mountaintop at Plattekill Mountain (469 Plattekill Rd, Roxbury, 607.326.3500, plattekill.com) or Belleayre Mountain (181 Galli Curci Rd, Highmount, 845.254.5600, belleayre.com) where glorious vistas surround you everywhere you look.

If you’ve always dreamt of a fairytale wedding, how about getting married in a castle? The Castle on the Delaware (139 Stockton Ave, Walton, 917.348.7890, castleonthedelaware.com), built in 1896 as a National Guard Armory, now possesses the look and feel of a medieval palace that can accommodate up to 600 guests.

If a waterside wedding is what you have in mind, consider Scott’s Family Resort at Oquaga Lake (591 Oquaga Lake Rd, Deposit, 607.298.6083, scottsfamilyresort.com) where couples can enjoy simple country charm at a mountain lake resort. The property boasts being able to handle an event of any size with stunning views, great accommodations for wedding guests and a staff ready to make your big day perfect.

A boutique wedding venue, Roxbury Barn & Estate (667 County Rd 41, Roxbury, 607.326.4874, theroxburybarn.com) has spectacular mountain views, a beautifully appointed carriage barn, and the most dramatic pine grove, nicknamed The Natural Cathedral. Their 42 acres of mountainside estate provide a variety of indoor and outdoor locations, any of which can be included in your special event.

Surrounded by rolling meadows and majestic stone walls, the historic 3-story yellow barn at Maple Shade Farm (2066 County Hwy 18, Delhi, 607.435.5382, msfcatskillsweddings.com) is an elegant setting with irresistible country charm. Indoor and outdoor spaces offer plenty of options to meet all your wishes.

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the newly renovated The Old Schoolhouse Inn (28218 Route 206, Downsville, 607.363.7814, oldschoolhouseinn.com) features a flexible banquet hall that can accommodate up to 150 people with a private bar and beautiful hardwood floors to dance the night away on.

Whether planning an intimate affair for ten or a party for 150 guests, The Margaretville Barn at the Margaretville Mountain Inn (1478 Margaretville Mountain Rd, Margaretville, 845.586.3933, margaretvilleinn.com) offers customized wedding packages to meet the needs of the happy couple and provides a beautiful backdrop for any affair.

A stylishly, beautifully restored 18th Century Amish Barn and 100-year old farmhouse give Handsome Hollow (5256 County Rd 28, Long Eddy, handsomehollow.com) an unforgettable rustic charm, perfect for any celebration.

Please see our wedding listings for a full overview of event venues.

Featured photo: Willow Drey Farm by Arius Photography

 

Notable Former Residents of Delaware County


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From Tim Duerden, Director at Delaware County Historical Association:

Delaware County has close connections to two First Ladies. The family of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (wife of James Monroe, 5th US President 1817-1825) owned many acres of land in the region. The Town of Kortright is named after her family. Ida Saxton McKinley (wife of William McKinley, 25th US President 1897-1901) spent a year or two in her teens attending Delaware Academy in Delhi.

Lafayette Mendel, a biochemist and pioneer in the development of vitamins, was born in Delhi in 1872.

Charles Evans Hughes, later NY Governor and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, began his law career in Delhi while teaching at Delaware Academy.

Featured photo: Charles Evans Hughes (Wikipedia)

How Delaware County Towns Got Their Names


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The town of Delhi is named after the city of Delhi, India, in honor of founder Ebenezer Foote, “The Great Mogul”. Another founder, Erastus Root, a rival of Foote, is responsible for the pronunciation (del-high). When he learned the town was to be named Delhi, he exclaimed, “Delhi, Hell-high! Might as well call it Foote-high.”

The name Bovina was suggested by General Erastus Root, who noted the area’s fitness for grazing.

The town of Franklin is named after the son of Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin family owned large tracts of land in Delaware County.

The town of Sidney was named in honor of British naval officer Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840) who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

The town of Walton was named after landowner William Walton whose land composes most of the town.

The town of Andes was named as the result of a jocular suggestion by Daniel H. Burr, who, seeing that the new town was to include one of the hilliest sections of the county, said it ought to be called Andes.

The village of Margaretville was named in honor of the birth of Margaret Lewis, the granddaughter of Chancellor Robert Livingston, in 1850.

The town of Hancock is named for John Hancock, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Featured photo: Hancock Town Square, Hancock, NY by Arthur W Pierson

Historical Sites in Delaware County


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If you love history and have a day to yourself, how about spending it driving around our county and visiting some interesting historic spots? Here are a few top picks by Tim Duerden, Director at Delaware County Historical Association.

Lower Dingle Hill Road in Andes, NY – Site of 1845 shooting death of Undersheriff Osman Steele during Anti-Rent Wars. As he presided over the sale of a property that had been levied, a large group of citizens dressed as Indians appeared and opened fire, shooting and killing Steel.

The First Milk Pasteurization Plant in the USA, State Highway 10 in Bloomville, NY – installed in 1892, the plant played a major part in transforming commercial milk from a dirty, disease-spreading product into a clean and healthy one.

Congregation B’nai Israel Cemetery (a part of Clovesville Cemetery) in Fleischmanns, NY – Burial place (1966) of TV and radio personality, Gertrude Berg, AKA “Molly Goldberg.”

Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin, NY – Burial place (1940) of famed sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine who used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing child labor laws in the US.

Woodchuck Lodge, Burroughs Memorial Rd in Roxbury, NY – Birthplace of 19th century writer and naturalist, John Burroughs, who significantly contributed to the US conservation movement.

Fire tower on Mount Utsayantha in Stamford , NY– A historic fire tower 3,214 feet in elevation with sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains

Covered bridges in Hamden, Delhi and Downsville, NY.

Gideon Frisbee House, State Highway 10 in Delhi, NY – A historic home built in 1797, currently home of Delaware County Historical Association, Also called the “Birthplace of Delaware County,” this is where the first county supervisors met in the spring of 1797 to create the governmental bureaucracy of Delaware County.

Hanford Mills, 51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, NY, 607.278.5744, is a historic working mill site built in 1846. Over time, the site has functioned as a gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop, a hardware store, and harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town with its first electricity. Listed on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, the museum today is a lively place of exploration, community events, and workshops.

For more ideas, please visit Delaware County Historical Association.

Featured photo: Fitch’s Covered Bridge, Delhi, NY

 

Memorial Day Weekend


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Memorial Day Weekend is on May 26-28. Take a weekend trip and check out various happenings around the area for food, music and fun in the mountains!

May 26-27
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Hancock Town Square, Hancock, NY
Two full days of live music, food, vendors, fun and games!

May 26, 10am-3pm
Season Opening
Delaware County Historical Association, 36549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY
Tour historic buildings and explore exhibits and gift shop.

May 26, 10am-5pm
Family Day
Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Rd 12, East Meredith, NY
Kid-focused guided tours, hands-on activities.

May 26, 5pm
Season Opening
Unclebrother, 250 E Front St, Hancock, NY
The restaurant opens for the summer season.

May 26, 5pm-8pm
Gary Graham Opening Reception
Kabinett & Kammer, 7 Main St, Andes, NY
Textile and furniture installation between fashion designer Gary Graham and Pollack Associates.

May 26, 7:30pm
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Rd, Roxbury, NY
Groovy music rooted in Colombia.

May 27, 11am-5pm
Fleischmanns Memorial Day Street Fair
Main Street, Fleischmanns, NY
Food, live music, vendors, bounce house, tag sales.

May 27, 8pm
LADAMA
West Kortright Centre, 49 W Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith, NY
Virtuosic female musicians blending Pan-American music with soul, R&B and pop.

May 28, 10am
Andes Memorial Day Parade
The Andes Hotel, 110 Main St, Andes, NY
Fire trucks, marching bands, and more.

New events are being added daily. Please keep an eye on our events calendar!

Delaware County Fair


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The countdown is on for the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY, the largest agricultural fair in the Great Western Catskills! Celebrating more than 130 years of history, over 80,000 people flock to enjoy the six-day spectacular every August. You won’t want to miss it — there’ll be tractor and farm equipment demonstrations, livestock contests, over 1,000 animals, great food from corn dogs to cotton candy, a thrilling carnival with rides, demolition derby, live concerts, and so much more!

Delaware County Fair
August 15-20, 2016
Fair Street
Walton, NY
www.delawarecountyfair.org

Christmas Tree Farms


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If you celebrate Christmas, one of the decorative centerpieces of your holiday is probably the Christmas tree in your family room. You adorn it, light it up, place carefully wrapped gifts under it, and spend the holiday enjoying its warm, glowing atmosphere.

While you can buy a tree from almost any street corner around Christmastime, making a day out of going to a tree farm to pick your own tree creates a very special memory. For some families, it’s an annual tradition they wouldn’t dream of changing: walking around the farm looking for the perfect tree, then cutting it, taking pictures, and maybe even enjoying a festive picnic to end the memorable occasion. What makes it even better is that a tree farm will always have the freshest trees that will last through the holidays, unlike pre-cut trees from stores that may have been tied up and waiting for days or weeks to be brought home.

Here’s where to find your Christmas tree in our area:

Robson’s Christmas Tree Farm
2425 Jim Lane Road
Bovina, NY
The Robsons have been growing trees for decades. in Bovina, NY, has been growing trees for decades. Families can choose and cut their own tree, but for those who need help, assistance and pre-cut trees are available. The farm also sells a variety of other products for the holidays, including reefs and kissing balls. Open 10am-4pm daily.

Echo Hill Farm
4700 County Highway 5
Bovina Center, NY
607-432-6589
Cut-your-own trees.

Hawley Family Tree Farm
4528 Peakes Brook Road
Delhi, NY
607-746-3543
The Hawley Family Tree Farm has been offering local families the unique and enjoyable experience of picking out and cutting their own fresh Christmas tree for over 20 years. From the weekend following Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas Eve, visitors are welcome to come to the farm, search for the perfect tree, then warm up in our cabin with homemade cookies, cider, and hot cocoa. Open 10am-5pm on weekends.

Hillhaven Farms
2 Hobart Road
Stamford, NY
607-652-2274
Fraser, Balsam, Concolor and Douglas firs as well as handcrafted wreaths and Christmas decor.

Antique Love


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“There are a lot of unique little shops in the area. It’s an antiquer’s or 2nd hand shopper’s paradise. I find unexpected treasures at farmers’ markets, craft shows and church bazaars.” – Linda Thorington, Andes, NY

The quaint small villages of Delaware County and the quieter pace of life away from big cities can easily evoke a sense of nostalgia for times gone by. If you appreciate the beauty and value of antiques, you can satisfy that longing by browsing some of our unique antique and vintage stores. 

If you’re new to antiquing, here are a few things to know. (Source: Houzz)

What is an antique? An item must be at least 100 years old to be officially considered antique. (“Vintage” may be younger, generally at least 20 years old.) Antiques have character, patina and a sense of history. Usually well constructed from fine materials, they were built to last. Antiques hold or increase their value over time.

Educate yourself by reading books about the styles of different time periods, or just ask a shop owner. Most are happy to share their knowledge.

How to spot a great piece? The five signs of a valuable antique are its rarity, authenticity, good condition, aesthetics, and current desirability. Study the item: is it well constructed and cared for? Ask the seller about its history. Make note of any cracks, stains, or broken parts. If you intend to use and display the item in your home, follow your heart and think of your needs and preferences first, and consider any investment value a bonus.

Provenance is proof of the origin of an item: a purchase receipt, historic record or professional appraisal. These are generally only provided for rare or high-value items.

Now how about making a weekend of it: explore the treasures in our area shops, stop for lunch or dinner in a nearby eatery and stay overnight to start again in the morning? There are plenty shops to visit – some may have odd hours so be sure to call ahead.

Dash Through the Snow


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Snowmobiling enthusiasts love the hundreds of miles of well-maintained trails in Delaware County with scenery that can’t be beat – just picture yourself riding through rolling mountainous terrain with hills, woods, rivers and lakes. These local snowmobile clubs will be happy to give you recommendations and the latest info on trail conditions:

Central Catskill Trail Association 
D&D Snowdiggers, Inc.
Delaware Valley Ridge Riders
Delaware-Otsego-Chenango Snowriders 
Hamden Hill Ridge Riders

Ride responsibly! Make sure your snowmobile is in good working order, wear a helmet, ride within your ability with at least one other person, be careful around frozen water, and never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, please respect landowners and always make sure trails are open before setting out for a ride. For more on safety, see New York State Parks’ snowmobile safety video.


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