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Dance in the New Year with Peter Florance

December 31, 2013

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.

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Lifestyle Center for Kutshers; Double play for Sullivan boosters

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

Cuomo lands at Bethel Woods; gaming hailed as breathing new life into Catskills

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

Bethel boar on the way out; Governor signs bill banning boar

According to elected officials and wildlife advocates, there are numerous operations across the country and New York State in which wild boars are kept in fenced enclosures and shot by people who pay for the experience.  Read more

Divisions color elections in Western Sullivan

Since Hess Corporation and Newfield Appalachia cancelled their gas leases in Wayne County, PA this summer, much of the steam surrounding the gas drilling issue seems to have been lost. But the divisions it created in many communities, especially in western Sullivan County, are still very visible in municipal elections this year.  Read more

A voice against proposition one

Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good.  Read more

Bethel accepts preliminary budget

Supervisor Dan Sturm told residents gathered at the meeting on October 9 that the town faced some “challenges” with this year’s budget. The first is that the property tax cap increase imposed by Albany this year is not 2% but actually 1.6%, which is called in Albany the “levy growth factor.”  Read more

Camping permits for 7,500; Electronic music festival headed for Bethel Woods

Mysteryland is billed as “The world’s longest-running electronic music festival,” and next year the event, which was created in the Netherlands 20 years ago, is having a North American premier in May, and is set to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

'A River Runs through It' at the Stray Cat

October 12, 2013

The Stray Cat Gallery holds an opening reception for “A River Runs through It,” an exhibit of river and fish-themed photographs and paintings, 4-7pm. Photographs by Peter Kolesar, paintings by Jamie Grossman and Kathe Frantz. On display until Oct. 23. Visit

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MiZ plays solo at the Cat

October 5, 2013

Mike MiZ, the soulful rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania returns to the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B for a solo performance, 8pm. Visit

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