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4 days ago · by · 0 comments

Christmas dinner for seniors

Hamden – Delaware Opportunities is scheduling a Christmas Dinner to be served at all Delaware County senior dining centers on Wednesday, December 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m. for a suggested donation of $4.00.

Reservations for the ham, apple pie and trimmings dinner are appreciated by the day before. Margaretville, (845) 586-4767; Delhi, (607) 746- 2250; Grand Gorge, (607) 588-6166; Hancock, (607) 637- 2219; Sidney, (607) 563-2212

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‘Tis the Season for Sending Cards

Delhi — The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) wants to wish you a Happy Holiday season and is hosting a Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cannon House at 47 Main Street in Delhi.

Attendees will be able to choose an antique Christmas card to send to a loved one and DHS will mail it for you. There will be a real Christmas tree to enjoy and create a calling card to display on it. Old greeting cards, calling cards and autograph albums will be on display. John Bramley will get the crowd in the Christmas spirit, with his old-fashioned Edison music player and holiday treats will be served.

Future programs and exhibits can be found on the DHS website, www. The Delhi Historical Society works to promote history and historical research in Delhi. Become a member by sending a check for $10 made payable to DHS to 5 Elm Street, Delhi, NY, 13753. Any donation is appreciated and helps the mission. Find DHS on Facebook stay updated on what is happening with DHS.

This marks the final event for the Delhi Historical Society for 2018. Thank you to the Cannon Free Library for allowing DHS to host Tuesday evening programs at the Library.The program committee consisting of Sue Pearson, Mary Jane Henderson, Vic Iwanow, Dave Moxley, and Jill Coleman, is working hard to plan 2019’s line up.

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The Arts Upstairs to Open Market

At least 25 members of The Arts Upstairs creative community will take new root at what was the old Phoenicia Pharmacy on Main Street this week. Margaret Owen, former director of the Arts Upstairs, is curating an art show at the Phoenicia Open Market and will open with a wine and cheese reception Saturday, Dec. 15, 4 to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Arts Upstairs is becoming something new. Watch that space! Upstairs to Downstairs!

TAU to OM!

On Saturday, visitors will see heroic scale art in a big window, hi-roof storefront. Dave Channon’s anti-gravity chariot and dashing steed, Kevin Green’s humorous totem shovelheads and Doug Maguire’s expressionist landscapes are among those featured The entire Owen clan’s oeuvre along with Judith Singer, Astrid Nordness, Bronson Eden, Jan Sosnowitz, Lynn Fliegel, Anna Contes, Christina Varga, Anique Taylor and many more will be on hand. Music? Dance? Anything’s likely to happen at the opening, from chanting OM to making history.

For more info: email dave@ ShandakenArt. com phone 845.688.2977

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Roxbury hosts Soup & Sip

Roxbury – Roxbury is serving up a healthy dose of holiday cheer, along with homemade soups and New York State wines as part of the Roxbury Soup & Sip event on Saturday, Dec. 22 on Main Street of the historic hamlet.

More than a dozen Roxbury businesses and organizations will serve up soups and sips from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., warming ticket holders as they stroll through town, admiring the holiday decorations on Main Street. At 7:00 p.m., strollers will head over to the Roxbury Arts Group for a Dessert Reception, vote for their favorite soup, and participate in a live auction for cool prizes.

All proceeds from this event will directly support the Roxbury Beautification Fund. Tickets for Soup & Sip can be purchased at Roxbury Wines & Spirits, located at 53484 State Highway 30 in Roxbury, or online at 53059405109. This community holiday event raises funds for Roxbury beautification and other community projects, including the Roxbury Flower Fund. Join friends and neighbors in the historic hamlet of Roxbury and enjoy this opportunity to see (and taste) what Roxbury has to offer.

This winter celebration also features a Holiday Decoration Contest, with prizes for Best Traditional Decor, Best Over- The-Top Illumination, and Best in Show, with winners announced at the Dessert Reception at the Roxbury Arts Group on Soup & Sip Saturday. There’s no entry fee or form to participate, and hamlet homeowners can call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607.326.7908 for more information about the Holiday Decoration Contest.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the holiday decorations and join in the festivities at the Dessert Reception, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Group, but only ticket holders will be treated to homemade soups and tastings of New York State wines. Soup & Sip business participants include the Ate.O.Ate Food Truck, Chappie’s, Greater Roxbury Business Association, Hughson Benson Insurance, Kimchee Harvest Kitchen, Liberal Arts Roxbury, The Old Mill, Outsiders Kitchen, PDA Wood Work, Round Back Antiques, Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury General, The Roxbury Motel, Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury Wine & Spirits, Table to Farm Tours, and Wayne Bank. Strollers can pick up a map of locations at Roxbury Wine & Spirits before starting the stroll.

This community event is a collaboration between Friends of Main Street, Town of Roxbury, and The MARK Project. For more information, visit or stop in at Roxbury Wine Spirits located at 53484 State Highway 30 in Roxbury.

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Silver Sleigh Flyer Rolls at Delaware & Ulster

Arkville – The Silver Sleigh Flyer will roll along the tracks of the Delaware & Ulster (D&U) Railroad on Saturdays and Sundays through 23 taking passengers on a magical scenic winter wonderland train ride.

The special theme ride will include Santa Claus joining us on the train to visit with children of all ages as the Flyer rolls through the winter landscape. Along the way passengers will be treated to a hot chocolate (or coffee & tea) a gingerbread treat and a special souvenir to take home.

The Silver Sleigh Flyer is a developing story by Delaware & Ulster Railroad General Manager Wes Coates and Halcottsville resident Sharon Seuss, and tells how a passenger train in the Catskills helped Santa complete his rounds when a winter storm forced him to make an unscheduled landing along the tracks. The D&U will be transformed into the Flyer for this special series of rides.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at and reservations are required for all trains. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 845.586.3877 or at

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad scenic train ride is located at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. For more information, please call 845.586.2929, visit: or e-mail:

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Small Works exhibit open at RAG

Roxbury — Small Works, an art exhibit of works that are all sized 12×12 or smaller will open in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center just in time for the holiday shopping season.

While many shows are for exhibit only, the annual Small Works show allows patrons to purchase the work of local artists at prices that are all at or below $300. Those who purchase the works may take them from the exhibit the same day they buy them.

These are big gifts in small packages from more than 25 of the most talented artists in the region. They have worked tirelessly to support the Roxbury Arts Group and its programs during this past year.

Exhibiting artists include: Robert Axelrod, Jane Carr, Beth Caspar, Janice De Marino, Elaine Grandy, Roshan Houshmand, Megan Irving, Jen Jefferson, Nina Jordan, Liam Kaart, Matthias Kern, Polly Law, Helane Levine-Keating, James Litaker, Patrice Lorenz, Amy Masters, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Noah McLaurine, Martin Penrose, Robert Schneider, Richard Tazzara, Gerda van Leeuwen, Corneel Verlaan, Ros Welchman, Peter Yamaoka, and more.

Gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment, through January 5. For additional information please contact the office at 607.326.7908 or email

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NEW Events Calendar

Friday, Dec 14

Blue Christmas A 1950’s style Christmas Variety Show. Start time is 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online from the website for shows on the 12/14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at or by calling the box office at 845.688.2279

Saturday, Dec 15

Toy Drive & Ugly Sweater Party w/ DJ Tito at The Shire Pub 123 Main St., Delhi from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Don’t miss this festive & hilariously good time. For more information visit or call 607.746.8758.

Ellen Crawford Pop Up Jewelry Show at Union Grove Distillery from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information email

Sunday, Dec 16

A Community Christmas Cantata start at 2:30 p.m. at Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church, 53837 St. Hwy. 30 Roxbury. Free will Donation at the door. For more information call 607.326.7101.

Santa’s Sunken Treasure & Swimming Extravaganza at the Catskill Recreation Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a free winter holiday pool party. There will be Noodle races, treasure dive, build a pirate ship, relay races, holiday treats and more. Also a Pluck a duck raffle at 6 p.m. with 30 prizes to win. For more information call 845.586.6250.

Tuesday, Dec 18

Margaretville Central School is having its grades 6-12 Holiday Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information visit or call 845.586. 2647.

South KortRight Central School is having its grades 5-12 Holiday Band & Concert stating at 7 p.m. For more information visit or call 607.538.9111.

Wednesday, Dec 19

Margaretville Central School is having its UPK- 5 grade Holiday Concert from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit or call 845.586. 2647.

Friday, Dec 21

My So Called Band plays from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Shire Pub 123 Main St., Delhi. This band brings back the time before Creed and Hannah Montana, before George W. Bush and 9/11, before skinny jeans and more. A time of flannels and ripped denim and hyper color tees. This is a band you won’t want to miss. For more information visit or call 607.746.8758.

Saturday, Dec 22

Roxbury Soup & Sip is serving up a healthy dose of holiday cheer along with homemade soups and New York States wines followed by a dessert reception and a live auction at the Roxbury Art Group as part of the Soup & Sip event on Main St. of the Historic Hamlet. Tickets can be purchased at the Roxbury Wine & Spirits or at roxbury-soup-and-sip-tickets-53059405109.

Tuesday, Jan 1

First Night 2019 Hike/Snowshoe from 3-5 p.m. at the Catskill Interpretive Center on 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper. Join the Catskill Interpretive Center for a fun easy hike to ring in the start of the New Year. Start the hike just as the day turns to dusks, watch the light change, and finish with a campfire. Pre-registration via phone or email is requested. To contact email or call 845.688.3369.

Sunday, Jan 6

Big Indian- Oliverea Fire Co. is having a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on 8 Firehouse road Big Indian. For more information call 845.254.9962.

12 months ago · by · 0 comments

Bowling alley owner rolls with major changes

By Brian Sweeney
Reprinted from Catskill Mountain News

The former Margaretville Bowl has a new owner and is undergoing an extensive transformation that will keep the retro 1960s feel of the building while adding a modern spin and amenities.

Somerville, MA native Paul W. Collyer closed on the purchase in late October and has been working steadily to transform the building constructed in 1960 as a bowling center into a multi-faceted event space — complete with a restaurant and bar, live music, movies and, of course, bowling.

Extensive work has already been undertaken, including installation of new drainage, addition of an 800-square-foot storage area and clearing of landscaping plantings in preparation of adding decks on the front and one side of the building.

Paul, assisted by an array of area contractors, has been working steadily to transform the bowling alley into a space that will be attractive to visitors on multiple levels.

New name

Renamed The Ark Bowl and BBQ (the property is technically part of Arkville), Paul’s vision includes installation of expanded kitchen and bar area, adding windows, new entryways, dining/entertainment decks, creating a small space for live music, recreating the indoor spaces for bowlers and installing all new synthetic lanes.

It’s a large-scale project, but Paul feels the changes he’s implementing are necessary to create a facility that offers a variety of reasons to visit. Most of the changes have been on the exterior so far and Paul has been able to keep the alleys open for his league bowlers, but the business won’t be open to the general public until June or July when he expects the renovations to be complete.

Having spent more than three decades promoting music and other types of events in Massachusetts, Paul said he was ready for a change and last year began exploring business opportunities. He’s been coming to the Catskills on a regular basis for about 15 years and noted that his love of the region was actually kindled during childhood after reading the classic tale My Side of the Mountain.

“Last spring, as I started to seriously consider a ‘semi-retirement’ career, I sent out notes to brokers in the Catskills to see what kind of commercial properties were available,” Paul recalled.

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties agent Esther de Jong was one of the respondents and provided him with information about her listing for the Margaretville Bowl, which had been owned for about 25 years by Michael Finberg.

Checking the choices

Intrigued by this prospect, Paul traveled here to check out the property and then began extensive research into the bowling business — a sport he had never tried. In a bit of irony, Paul found that the popularity of bowling had been in decline for decades and numerous establishments had gone out of business.

On the other hand, he discovered that many bowling center were enjoying resurgence thanks to makeovers that incorporated more entertainment offerings into the facilities. That model made sense to Paul and it’s the vision he’s pursuing for what he feels will be a good fit for the economic turnaround happening in the Catskills during the past few years.

“Bowling alleys are actually coming back with added flair, live music, refreshments and good food,” Paul commented. That’s the balance he’s looking to strike with his new venture.

Paul explained that there will be separate entrances for bowlers and patrons who are simply coming in for drinks or a meal. Naturally, customers will be welcome to participate in all the offerings, if they wish.

He added, “More people now go to bowling alleys for the social aspects – to enjoy a meal or a drink, even if they may not want to bowl.”

To ensure there a multitude of appeal, Paul is a planning a 10- foot-by 56-foot deck and awning across the front and an outdoor café off the western side of the building. As the name implies, BBQ will be a staple offering in the food department and he’s also planning many other menu choices with an eye on simple, quality meals. The new addition that’s in place will also include space for a smoker preparation of BBQ products. Paul has cooking experience, but says he’s planning to hire a chef among the 10-15 workers he’ll need when fully staffed.

60-year history

He is also planning a number of cosmetic changes to the building, including a new paint scheme and lighting to reinforce the retro appeal of the building that traces its origins back nearly 60 years when it was started by Bob and Betty Veit as Evergreen Lanes.

In addition to long days spent working on renovations to the business, Paul is in the process of purchasing a home in the area. The two projects leave the new bowling proprietor with little “spare” time. That’s OK with Paul as he puts down real life roots in the place he’s been fascinated with since reading about a fictional escape to the Catskills.

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Village Spruce Up

HEAVY LIFTING — Matt Sluiter, above, hauls brush away as part of volunteer cleanup in the Village of Margaretville on April 23. Sluiter Agency, Inc. was well represented in the project, with Peter Sluiter, below, also lending helping hands with some raking duties to spruce up the village. — Photos courtesy of Diane Galusha

Sluiter Agency, Inc.

P.O. Box 170, 761 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455-0170

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