Sundays with Friends at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Event Gallery, 2pm. Carmit Zori, violin; Robert Rinehart, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello. Program: Martinu Madrigals, Britten Suite for Solo Cello #1, Mozart Divertimento in E Flat Major. Price: $57 advance; $20 students. 1-866-781-2922.
Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band at the Dancing Cat Distillery and Saloon, 8pm.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at our Bethel, NY office for a walk on woodland trails on the 119-acre protected property and learn how to identify common trees and forest plants in the Upper Delaware River region. Free and open to the public, registration required. Visit www.delawarehighlands.org/newsevents to register.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and naturalist Ed Wesely to learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle and threats to its habitat, and help to tag early migrants before their long flight south to Mexico. Free and open to the public, registration required. Visit www.delawarehighlands.org/newsevents to learn more.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a Pollinator Workshop and learn how to convert fields to meadows and plant a butterfly garden at our Bethel, NY office from 9am-12pm. Free and open to the public, reservations requested. Visit www.delawarehighlands.org/newsevents to learn more.
Sullivan County Songwriters Circle at the Dancing Cat’s Catskill Distillery Company, 3-5pm. Workshop for songwriters to share their songs, craft and influences. Free and open to the public. 845/583-3141.
The Gays of Sullivan County will gather at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2-6pm. There will be hot toddies and a special Apple Pie Cocktail made with the Catskill Distilling Company’s Wicked White Whiskey. Admission to the winter get-together is free, with food and beverages for purchase. 845/583-3141.
Catskill Distillery, 2037 Rte. 17B, live entertainment with Peter Florance and the New Kings. New Year's Eve menu at The Dancing Cat, first seating, 5-8pm (prix fixe $39); second seating, 8-11pm (prix fixe $75). Champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres ($20) at midnight; cost included with second seating.
A visit to Bethel by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week to celebrate passage of the New York State casino referendum brought a shot of development revelry to Sullivan County, and about an hour later, Sullivan County boosters engaged in another bout of developmental cheerleading at a public hearing over a project called the Veria Lifestyle Management Center. Read more
The old-timers in Sullivan County say that the county died as a tourist destination because of the three “A”s: airplanes, automobiles and air conditioning. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and many local leaders are betting that a casino or two can breathe new life into the tourism sector of the Catskills and beyond. Read more