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4 weeks ago · by · 0 comments

Myer Photo Exhibit At Delhi Library

Delhi — If a tourist in the Catskills bought a post card in the 1950s or 1960s, it was probably a Bob Wyer photograph. Wyer, one of the most well-known and prolific photographers of his time, defined and illustrated the region for an entire generation. The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) and Delaware County Historical Association Archivist, Ray LaFever, will host a showing of the recent documentary highlighting the life of an amazing local talent. The seventy-minute film will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Free Library at 40 Elm Street in Delhi.

According to organizers, “it only makes sense to make a film to recognize one of the greatest local photographers, who captured history at every turn during the mid-1900s. Samantha Misa, did just that when she produced and directed ‘Bob Wyer: Catskills Photographer.’” The seventyminute film will be shown on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Free Library at 40 Elm Street in Delhi.

Misa collaborated with Hancock photographer, Arthur Pierson, to make this film to showcase Wyer’s fascinating life and the extraordinary photographs he took. Several Delhi residents are interviewed in the film including Lucille Frisbee, Gary Manning, and John Bramley who share memories of experiences with Bob.

The Delhi Historical Society works to promote history and historical research in Delhi. New members are always welcome to join DHS. Those interested in joining the effort to preserve Delhi’s rich history can 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 at to stay updated with what is happening with DHS.

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Classic Car Cruise-In And More In Margaretville Aug. 30

Margaretville — Getting a jump on the activities for a long, holiday weekend, Main Street, Margaretville will be rocking Friday evening, Aug. 30 when a classic car Cruise-In, a benefit chicken barbecue and a free movie launch the Labor Day Weekend with a bang.

The event, co-sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM)and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), will take note of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Music from the era by The Fishercats will get folks dancing in the street, which will be closed between Bridge Street and NBT from 5 to 8 p.m. Several shops will stay open, some with sidewalk sales. The Margaretville Fire Department will hold a chicken barbecue with proceeds to benefit Skip Jester, long time MFD member and Main Street barber, who is recovering from a serious leg injury. Sales will take place in front of Home Goods at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets. Take home dinners or eat out options are both available.

Owners of vintage cars are invited to show off their vehicles. All makes, models and years are welcome; those from the 1950s-70s are especially encouraged. Call 586-4177 for more information.

Parked near the HSM tent will be the 1968 Mustang “Demon,” which was painstakingly restored by owner Mike Ondish and friends Eric VanBenschoten, Mike Harrington and others after languishing in mechanic Ondish’s Margaretville garage for more than 35 years.

The story of the car and its drag-racing, rum-running driver and pals was the subject of “Demon on Wheels,” a documentary which will be shown upstairs in the Commons building at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Donors of $25 or more to the HSM campaign to build a Middletown History Center will receive a free “Demon” DVD.

A ‘60s costume contest will be held with prizes awarded at 6:30. Wear your grooviest and grubbiest. And for those who actually attended the iconic Woodstock Concert, there will be an opportunity to stop by the HSM table and record your memories.

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Holiday Revelry In Kirkside Park

Roxbury — Kirkside Park in Roxbury will buzz with the excitement of a true community experience when Roxbury Revelry gets underway on Labor Day weekend. The beautiful 14-acre park will come alive with community, friends, families, food and fun, celebrating Catskills-style the unofficial close to the summer season. Events throughout the Sunday of the holiday weekend will include vintage baseball, live music by Ellis Dyson & The Shambles all the way from Nashville, a community potluck and fireworks! Admission is free but donations will be happily accepted to help underwrite the expenses and provide support for continuing programs throughout the community.

This year, the Roxbury Nine will take on the New York Mutuals at noon on the ball-field behind the river in Kirkside Park. Donning true vintage uniforms and featuring bare-knuckle action, these base ball games are always an exciting sight to see.

At 5:00 p.m., the Community Potluck begins at the Kirkside Barns. Residents and visitors bring a dish to share with friends and neighbors. Plates, and utensils are provided, and guests are invited to decorate their picnic tables or blankets in celebration of a wonderful summer season. At 6:00 p.m. 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, acoustic guitar, upright bass, saxophones, clarinet and a trombone, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles deliver theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship.

The concert will take place as part of Roxbury Revelry on Sunday, Spet. 1 in Kirkside Park
The concert will take place as part of Roxbury Revelry on Sunday, Spet. 1 in Kirkside Park
At dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) the night sky will light up with a magnificent fireworks display, putting a colorful cap on the now annual Roxbury Revelry event. Margaretville Telephone Company General Manager and Licensed Pyrotechnician Glen Faulkner and his team promise a memorable close to the season.

The event is a collaboration of the MARK Project in partnership with the Roxbury Arts Group and the Town of Roxbury. Support for Roxbury Revelry is provided the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Delaware County Office of Economic Development. For more information, contact The MARK Project at 845.586.3500, the Roxbury Arts Group at 607.326.7908, or visit

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Grange History Topic Of HSM Talk

Margaretville — “The Grange, Revisited,” a talk on the history, organization and activities of the ‘Patrons of Husbandry’ will be presented at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville on Friday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A simple supper of soup and home-made bread will follow the talk by Amy Taylor, a member of a long-time Grange family and secretary of the HSM Executive Committee.
Admission is by donation.
Former Grangers are invited to attend and share memories and photos of their time in local Granges (Greene Valley Grange in Halcott; Wawaka Grange in Halcottsville, New Kingston Valley Grange and others.) Artifacts and implements from local Granges will be displayed.
The Grange, founded in 1867 and officially referred to as The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural America and agriculture. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it debated, and strongly influenced, state legislatures and agencies on topics of interest to farmers. The Grange was also a social organization, hosting dances, dinners and holiday celebrations, as well as talks and workshops on agricultural crops and practices.
Amy Taylor will explain the social and political climate of the country as the Grange came to be and the impacts the Grange had on the nation. She will offer a glimpse into meetings and the rolls of the various offices, and then open it up to folks in the audience to share their experiences in the Grange.
For more information on this and other upcoming programs, visit where you can become a member of HSM and/or donate to the Campaign for a Middletown History Center.

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There’s Something Ducky on Main

Margaretville — There’s Something Ducky on Main in the Village of Margaretville as dozens of festively decorated waterfowl are on display in the community.

Sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM), the Something Ducky on Main promotion includes the exhibiting of 28 artfully decked-out ducks on posts along Main Street in the village. There are 24 wooden fancifully adorned wooden ducks the village, along with four large fiberglass specimens.

All of the ducks will be auctioned at the Something Ducky on Main Dinner planned at the MTC Center on Academy Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Food will be prepared by area chefs and Brett Rollins will serve as auctioneer.

The duck auction and dinner will culminate a new tradition for BAM. Last year, wooden fish were decorated and sold to the highest bidder in a spirited fund-raiser that resulted in some prize “catches.”

The ducks have been on public display for several weeks and are already drawing significant interest from potential bidders and others who simply appreciate this showcase of fanciful art, according to BAM representatives.

Anything goes
The artists who donated their time and talents to fashioning these uniquely were given free rein to let their imaginations and creative abilities flow. The result is a wide assortment of artistic endeavors, each with a distinctive appeal — from life-like imagery to wildly decorated ducks.

Artists adorning the larger fiberglass ducks were: Barbara Alyn, Raelene Bond, Susan Daniels and Katie Rosa.

Artists applying their talents to decorate the smaller ducks were: Susan Aleksejczyk Barbara Alyn, Linda Aphrodite, Raelene Bond, Wendy Brackman, Won Kyung Chen, Susanna Clemm, Adrienne Cusoff, Susan Daniels, Paula DeSimone, FiFi Dupree, Marley Eignor, Peg Ellsworth, Mace Fleeger, Gail Freund, Laura Sue King, Beth Mami, Miguel Martinez, Amy Metnick, Bea Ortiz, Brett Rollins, Katie Rosa, Richard Simms, Cherie Stevenson, Gretchen Walker, Ray White and Ellen Wong.

All of the ducks have been securely mounted on posts throughout the village. Prior to last year’s auction, several of the decorated fish were stolen.

BAM is dedicated to promoting the village and its many offerings and to helping attract visitors to the Catskill Region in general. The organization utilizes proceeds from events like There’s Something Ducky in Margaretville for projects such as purchasing decorations for the community and for marketing special events. The group also works to reinforce the Shop Local campaign that emphasizes the importance of supporting small, privately-owned enterprises.

The group of business owners annually organizes a number of themed events throughout the year. The most popular annual happening is Holiday On Main, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The day’s action gets started with a parade and there are hayrides, refreshments, a tree-lighting and special offers from businesses throughout the celebration.

To keep update with BAM’s activities, follow the group’s Visit Margaretville Facebook page.

In a companion project with BAM, Fairview Public Library on Walnut Street is hosting Margaretville’s Story Walk®.

Take a walk on the ducky side
A Story Walk® is “a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking path in a community.”

The idea behind a Story Walk® was developed as a way to provide inspiration for parents, teachers and caregivers so they will be motivated to take young children outside for physical activity and to enjoy a learning experience. The Story Walk®, which is currently ongoing, is designed to provide the dual benefit of building children’s interest in reading while, at the same time, encouraging healthy activity for both children and adults.

Maps for the Fairview Library Story Walk® are available at the Fairview Library and participating businesses. Following the map stops on the Story Walk® allows children and their caregivers to read Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon as they enjoy a stroll through the village and stopping at the 15 participating businesses to read pages from the book that are on display in storefront windows. The fun tale traces the progress of a duck that decides he’s ready to learn how to drive a tractor.

The library’s goal in hosting the Story Walk® is “to encourage both reading of our amazing village.”

Stops on the Story Walk® include: Fairview Public Library, the Margaretville Hospital Thrift Shop, the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, Honeybee Herbs, Longyear Gallery, Barbara Alyn Artwear and Mercantile, the Cheese Barrel, Home Goods of Margaretville, Margaretville Liquor Store, Catskill Seasons Ltd., Binnekill Tavern, Catskill Mountain Tattoo, Wildflowers Florist, Catskill Candies and Confections and Bloom – Fabric, Art & Retreat.

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Tunament Play Raises MCS Scholarship Funds

Margaretville — The team of Jack Jordan, Kathy Jordan, Duane Ely and Rich Bowie captured the first-place trophy in the 19th annual Tunament held Friday, July 26 at Hanah Country Club, Margaretville.

Earning a second-place finish in the 2019 Tunament was the foursome of Tom Sanford, Ron Hull, Ryan Hull and John Hornbeck.

In other competition at the event, winners were: Long Drive Men: Joe Siclaire; Long Drive Men Over 70; Rich Bowie; Long Drive Women: Barb Funck; Closest to the Pin #7: Joe Siclaire and Closest to the Pin #12: Bob Novak. Last week’s Tunament attracted 52 golfers, including many friends and relatives of the tournament’s namesake.

The Tunament is a golf tournament honoring the memory of Margaretville native Bill “Tuna” Sanford who passed away 2001. Bill was an avid golfer and a strong supporter of the athletic programs at his alma mater, Margaretville Central School (MCS). After his untimely passing at age 44, good friends Bob Ackershoek and Peter Sluiter organized the tournament as a tribute to Bill and also established a scholarship at MCS that has been awarded each year to graduating seniors who exemplify Bill’s commitment to athletics and sportsmanship. This year’s recipient of a $1,000 scholarship was Denali Finkle.

Peter has served as the event’s primary organizer following Bob’s death six year ago. He indicated that next year’s 20th anniversary event is being planned as the final one. The date has not been set, but Peter is encouraging anyone who has ever participated or contributed to get involved in the 20th Tunament. He can be reached at:

Although next year’s Tunament will be the final action on the golf course, a strong fund-raising effort over the years has resulted in a balance of nearly $20,000 in the scholarship fund, enough to provide $1,000 awards to MCS students for the next 20 years.

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Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk Set Aug. 24

Halcottsville — The sixth annual Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, Aug. 24 starting at 9 a.m. in the Hamlet of Halcottsville.

Pre-registration for is $25 for adults and $15 for entrants age 12 and under. The race day registration fee for the 5K event is $30 for adults and $20 for runners/walkers age 12 and under. The event also includes a Kids’ Dash (a short fun run) following the adult competition. Registration for the Kids’ Dash is $10.

Once everyone has crossed the finish line, a Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Halcottsville Fire Department. The breakfast is open to the public and a freewill donation will be welcomed for meals.

Check-in on race day takes place from 8-8:45 a.m. across from Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm at 34 Bragg Hollow Road, Halcottsville.

Each year, proceeds from the Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk are donated to a charitable organization. Funds from this year’s event will be given to the Wawaka Hose Company Restoration Project — to defray the costs of restoration work on the hamlet’s historic firehouse.

Proceeds from two previous races were donated to a local team of women who were participating in the Avon Walk To End Breast Cancer in New York City. Money from the Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk’s second year was given to local residents as part of their fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Delaware County Relay for Life fight against cancer. Last year’s race proceeds were also designated for the Wawaka Hose Company Restoration Project.

The Halcottsville Fire Department took over event sponsorship duties two years ago, but founding organizer Kathy Johnson continues to oversee the race operations.

To register for the event, please visit: Wawaka Lake 5K. For additional information, please call Kathy Johnson at 845 586-2605 of visit Wawaka Lake 5K on Facebook.

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Pumpkin Festival Planned Oct. 13 At D&U

Arkville — The first annual Pumpkin Festival is planned for Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds behind the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville.

Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free and the event promises to be a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Featured attractions will include: pumpkin bowling, a kids’ bouncy house, music, a corn-hole tournament, discount tickets for scenic rides on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad, contests, face painting, food vendors and a pumpkins floating down the river carrying rubber duckies as passengers.

Vendors interested in renting a10-foot-by10-foot area may reserve space for the day at $25.

For more information: (845) 586-6192 after 5pm

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NEW Events Calendar

Friday, Aug. 23
“The Grange, Revisited,” a talk on the history, organization and activities of the ‘Patrons of Husbandry’ will be presented at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit:

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 23-25
“Summer Shortcuts IX” at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Eight 10-minute Plays— comedies and dramas–by local and world-wide playwrights. Repeating Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. Buy tickets online at or reservations to pay at the door 845 586-1660,

Saturday, Aug. 24
The Emerson Resort & Spa will host Catskill Supergroup Jam at Woodnotes Grille from 8-10 p.m. Summer Music Series Featuring the Catskill Supergroup™, a mix of musical artists who have played with some of the greatest bands of our time. Performances will take place on the banks of the Esopus Creek, just behind Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort & Spa. Cash bar and summer evening snacks will be available. Limited seating ~ bring a picnic blanket! For more information to purchase tickets, contact us at 845 688-2828 or visit our website

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Concert: A Celebration of Love and Peace. Elynn Diamond presents this concert featuring, Heather Hadley and a cast of Broadway performers and international recording artists. Tickets are available online at Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The Woodstock Playhouse is located at 103 Mill Hill Rd in Woodstock. Call 845 679-6900 for more details.

The Roxbury Arts Group will host a Kaia Kater at the Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Rd in Roxbury at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

Catskill Folk Connection proudly presents an old-time square dance from 6-9 p.m. featuring The Tremperskill Boys with callers and fiddlers John Jacobson and Dane Scudder. The dance will be for the Hobart Rotary Sausage and Brew Festival at 101 Maple Ave. in Hobart.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25
The Emerson Resort & Spa will host Weekend Sampling from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Emerson Country Stores. The Sampling will be Tea Thyme Herb Farms locally made Red Raspberry Pepper Jam. For more information, call 845 688-2828 or visit

Tuesday, Aug. 27
The Emerson Resort & Spa will host Open Mic Night from 7-10 p.m. Hosted by Ben Rounds, Open Mic Nite at Woodnotes Grille makes Tuesday night the new Friday night for great entertainment. Listen to talented local singers and bands. For more information, call 845 688-2828 or visit

Wednesday, Aug. 28
The Emerson Resort & Spa will host Trivia Night starting at 7 p.m. There will be a buffet of Sliders, Wings and Fries. For more information, call 845 688-2828 or visit

Thursday, Aug. 29
The Emerson Resort & Spa will host Wine Night starting a 6 p.m. at the Woodnotes Grille. For more information, call 845 688-2828 or visit

Friday, Aug. 30
A ’60s Rock-n-Roll Cruise In is set from 5-8 p.m. in the Village of Margaretville.The special evening will feature classic cars, live music by the Fishercats and food vendors. Wear your best ’60s outfit and win a prize. An extra special attraction will be a free showing of the documentary “Demon On Wheels,” featuring Margaretville resident Mike Ondish and the true story of his prize vehicle. Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown. Info at Visit Margaretville page on Facebook or 845 586-4177.

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