Maple Festival and 5K Sap Run

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Saturday and Sunday
March 25 and 26, 2017

Fleischmanns First Maple Festival and 5K Sap Run in Village of Fleischmanns – Sponsored by Fleischmanns First a community organization missioned to promote year-round cultural and economic development in the Village of Fleischmanns.

The Annual Maple Festival, is held each year to bring awareness to the community at large and to celebrate the importance of Maple sugaring as a past and current economic activity. In the Fleischmanns area, we have identified families who have been engaged in maple sugaring for several generations. Sharing these families histories through farm visits, historical presentations, a maple bake-off and a new Maple themed arts exhibit. Children will have fun with arts and crafts at the Skene Memorial Library where farm and maple syrup equipment will be on display. A trip by horse drawn wagon will take visitors to a nearby farm to watch how the sap is boiled into syrup.

The Community Church will hold its Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and a 5K Sap Run/Walk will take place on Sunday morning.

Additional information: fleischmannsny.com or on facebook

Headwaters History Days

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
June 17 and 18, 2017

Headwaters History Days in Town(s) of Middletown, Andes, Roxbury and Halcott  – Sponsored by the Town of Middletown.

The Fourth Annual Headwaters History Days showcases the people and historical forces that have shaped the communities along the streams of the East Branch Delaware River and the Esopus Creek. Several historians and historical groups are collaborating on the event. Museums will be open with exhibits and programs, there will be walking tours, two concerts, a film, lectures and other activities.

The influence of railroads on the region cannot be underestimated. Take a short trip on the Catskill Mountain Rail Road in Mt. Tremper, and visit Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. Then travel to Roxbury – recognized as A Preserve America Community – to watch “Railroad Man: The Life and Legend of Jay Gould,” famed railroad tycoon and financier who was born in Roxbury. Gould and naturalist John Burroughs were neighbors. Hear about Burroughs’ experiences on the rails at a talk by Dakin Morehouse at Woodchuck Lodge, the nature writer’s rustic retreat, which will also be open for tours that weekend.

Explore your family tree at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville in an introductory class that will explain how to conduct your own research using free websites. The Olive Free Library will offer a talk on the diaries of Elwyn Davis who kept a record of life in West Shokan and the area claimed by the Ashokan Reservoir.

The Fleishmann Family, famous for transforming the food world with the development of commercial yeast, will be the subject of an exhibit and talk at Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. An illustrated talk at the Historical Society of Middletown will cover a century of local communication developments brought to Margaretville and the surrounding region of the Central Catskills by the family-owned Margaretville Telephone Company which began in 1916.

A concert Friday evening at the historic Halcott Grange will feature the Locust and Wild Honey John Burroughs Memorial Orchestra performing original and traditional favorites.  On Sunday afternoon, Country Express will perform original tunes like “Ol’ Red Heifer,” “The East Branch” and “Calico Knight” at the newly refurbished Andes Depot.

Visit the Shandaken Museum, the Old Stone Schoolhouse, Hunting Tavern, and Roxbury Methodist Church clock tower.

For full schedule visit headwaterhistorydays.org.

Contacts: Diane Galusha cybercat@catskill.net and John Duda royalzrus@aol.com

 

 

Andes Community Days

Saturday and Sunday
August 12 and 13, 2017

Town and Hamlet of Andes
Sponsored by the Town of Andes

Andes Community Days is filled with local music, food, fun and games to celebrate the traditions of a Catskill community in the summertime. The Parade with children, bands, floats, fire departments and assorted other delights begins once the Trailway Bus travels through the center of town around 11am. Kids await the watermelon eating contest, live music and dancing on the lawn at the Andes Central School, have fun browsing lawn sales, and vendor tables and stop by at the eateries for great summer fare. As always sitting on the wide porch of the Andes Hotel gives you the best view of the happenings throughout the day.

There will be tours of the newly restored Train Station, A Calico Indian Contest, farm tours and a day paddle on the Pepacton Reservoir. More activities are being added so check in as the event gets closer.

Visit: Andesnewyork.com or on Facebook

Additional contact: Sally O’Neill, andeshotel@gmail.com.

Shandaken Day

Saturday
August 19, 2017

Celebrated in the Town of Shandaken
Sponsored by the Town of Shandaken

Shandaken Day has been a yearly event since 2004. Celebrating Shandakens’ 15 hamlets has been great fun and each hamlet is recognized from year to year. The town-sponsored family event highlights the areas Native American history and current day happenings by awarded Hamlet Heroes and Pride of Shandaken awards each year. Vendors include area organizations and businesses and features a Shandaken History exhibit.

This all day affair welcomes visitors and residents and encourages families to enjoy picnics, kids games and fun in the sun for the day. More news as the event date approaches.

Visit: Shandaken.us. Additional contact: Tina Rice, lstinmts@aol.com

Olive Day

Saturday
September 9, 2017

The Town of Olive will celebrate its community on Saturday, September 9th from 10 am until 6pm at Watson Hollow Road, in West Shokan, NY.

As one of the 6 Signature Events sponsored by the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway municipalities Olive Day will bring together music, activities and vendors to share a day that is all about Olive.

The Olive Day 5K Jason-Kent Reeves Memorial Run registration is at 9am with the start at 10am.  There will be a Frog Jump at 10am, The Town of Olive Police Department will offer a Bike Safety Rodeo at 11am, Line Dancing with the Olive Country Dancers from 12 until 1pm, Music with the Spillway Band from 1 until 3pm, the Olive Ladies Auxiliary Penny Social selling tickets throughout the day with calling at 3pm and finally music with The Pontiacs from 3:30 until 6pm.

Vendors: Crafts and Food starting with coffee and Danish, Olive Fire Dept. with famous Bossie Bingo (place a bet on a cow chip) Olive Frist Aid Blood Pressure Testing, Olive Day Classic Car Show – Vote on your favorite car and Kids Games of Egg Toss, Tug of War, and a Sack Race. Enjoy a great day to enjoy along the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway in the Town of Olive.

Cauliflower Festival

Saturday
September 23, 2017

Celebrated  in the Village of Margaretville.
Sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Margaretville

Event Coordinator, Carol O’Beirne, carol@centralcatskills.com

The 14th Annual Cauliflower Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 10 until 4 in the Village Park, Margaretville.

Celebrating the agricultural history of the area where cauliflower was grown as a cash crop for the dairy farmers in the region visitors come to enjoy a Tractor Parade that will drive along Main Street into the Festival when the Catskill Mountain News will award the Best of Show Trophy to one of the farmers. This year a special treat for the youngsters will be a visit from Tractor Mac a very popular storybook character. Bushels of cauliflower sell out early. So get in line one to take home.

Hay rides, music, historical exhibits and displays of farm equipment used in growing cauliflower will be featured at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown tent. Pure Catskills members will fill their tent with local foods, and food products, hand spun yarns and yarn products and maple syrup. Artists and craft vendors will offer hand made and unique items along with many additional vendors. This festival is about food so there will be many choices for eating tasty dishes. It is the highlight of the event: home made ice cream sodas, spicy Mexican dishes, chichken bbq, pulled pork, delicious cauliflower soup and fried cauliflower. Freshly made lemonade and kettle corn, and tasty hot dogs and pizza are available all day long.

This event is sponsored by the Village of Margaretville as its Signature Event and coordinated by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.