By Anne Pyburn Craig on Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015 - 4:27 pm
Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain.  Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps because... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Mar. 9, 2015 - 6:27 pm
Above: A donkey basketball game in action. Photo by Nick Knouse, via Flickr.  A public school in the Catskills is coming under fire for hosting a fundraiser featuring basketball players riding on donkeys. Margaretville Central School's plans for a "... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:02 am
Above: Snowmen in love in Roxbury promote Sunday's Hearts in the Hamlet event, via Facebook. Just when we desperately need a celebration to take the edge off the cabin fever and the late-winter blahs, here it is Valentine’s Day. What could be lovelier? In... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Above: A video promoting the annual Ice Harvest Festival at the Hanford Mills Museum.   It's the deepest, coldest part of winter, which means that it's time to harvest ice. Ice harvesting, a lost rural tradition that once was the only way to stockpile ice... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 - 5:34 pm
John of Catskills Photography went to the Livingston Manor Ice Carnival on Sunday, Jan. 25 and took some great photos, which he shared with us in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. Above are figure skaters Valerie Levine (left) and Victoria Calderone (right... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 - 1:27 pm
Above: The royal court at the 2011 Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival. Photo via the Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival's Facebook page. For 56 years, Livingston Manor's Rotary has thrown a huge party in the depths of January. The annual Livingston... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 - 11:28 am
Above: Barnes Hill on a sunny fall day in 2014. Photo by Dennis Schevjda, via Flickr.  If the national travel press has anything to do with it, the Catskills will be flooded with tourists in 2015. Two separate publications, Fodor's and Travel + Leisure,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Above: Vendors set up at a Stamford holiday market in 2013. Photo via the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page. Farmers and artisans will give you one last chance to buy Catskills-made local gifts this weekend in Stamford at a Holiday... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:07 am
The winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, is this Sunday, Dec. 21. In Callicoon, a group of local artists are leading a community lantern walk to light up the longest night. Walkers will hear stories and carry lanterns through a 30-foot labyrinth... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:57 am
Above: A festive bovine bust at Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden.  Challenge: Spend every holiday shopping dollar at a Catskills merchant this month. To help you do it, here's the third installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do... Read more


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