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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


Online leaf-peeping in Sullivan

FERNDALE, NY — In celebration of the season, Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) has launched a series of online VIPeeper galleries at peeper-galleries/. Each gallery includes photos submitted weekly by the SCVA’s volunteer VIPeepers, who each represent a different region of the county.  Read more

Taste of the Catskills festival

DELHI, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper will hold its Taste of the Catskills festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, at historic Maple Shade Farm. Debra Winger will co-host.

This year the festival will feature a variety of delicious food from hundreds of local farmers, artisanal food producers and restaurants, plus craft beer and wine produced in our region. There will be games and other activities for kids, local crafts and live music.  Read more

Watershed alliance holds 5k

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Watershed Alliance (EWA) will hold its third 5k run/walk benefit at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 17. The run/walk starts at the Equinunk Volunteer Fire Company Pavilion on Pine Mill Road and proceeds along Pine Mill Road and Equinunk (Crooked) Creek Road before returning to the firehall for awards and post-race festivities including complimentary food and beverage.  Read more

October star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free star-watch program on Friday, October 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the DHC’s office in Bethel.

Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects and learn how to locate the constellations. Please bring binoculars and/or your own telescope (a limited number will be available) and folding chairs, if you have them.  Read more

‘Lake to Lake 8k Trail Run’

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold the “Lake to Lake 8k Trail Run and Woods Walk” on Sunday, October 18 on the wooded trails of Lacawac starting at 11 a.m. Participants will run and walk along the Sanctuary’s trails and access roads to experience the wonder, biodiversity and natural resources of its over 545 acres on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack.

Be advised that sections of the course are technical, rocky and steep. Dogs or strollers are welcome on the Woods Walk but not on the 8k trail run course.  Read more

‘Fishy’ wins Golden Hook Award

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — At the upcoming Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, October 10, at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, Jay “Fishy” Fullum will receive this highly coveted award recognizing an individual who maintains and keeps alive the art and craft of fly tying. For over 20 years, Fishy, as most people know him, has written for FlyTyer magazine and many other publications, provided demonstrations and presentations at over 100 flyfishing shows, traveled the country doing seminars, and always has enough time to stop and share his knowledge with a newcomer at any age.  Read more

Fall hike with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a guided fall hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Enjoy great views of the Delaware River, fall foliage approaching its peak, and traverse a historic stone arch bridge. Learn about the ecology and history of the area with the Conservancy’s land protection coordinator Jennifer Sherwood.  Read more

Farm Bureau holds fall dinner

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will hold its annual fall dinner meeting on Saturday, October 10 at the Park Street Complex. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. by the Red Schoolhouse at a cost of $15 per person.  Read more

Harvest Festival, Fractal Hike at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold its fifth Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-timey activities and more. The cost is $5 per car.  Read more

Seed library opens in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Tusten Heritage Community Garden and the Western Sullivan Public Library in celebrating the grand opening of the community’s new seed library on Saturday, September 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch. The seed library is completely free, open to the public, and contains seeds that are local to our community. Attend a workshop to learn how to save your seeds and return them to continue the vitality of the seed library. The goal for the seed library is to provide heirloom, non-GMO seeds.  Read more

Wayne County Farm Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Farm Tour is set for Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the early days of Wayne County, there were over 1,500 active family farms. Farming has changed quite a bit since then. Wayne County is now home to family farms, vegetable producers and specialty farms. Many of our local farms have diversified to remain viable. Join us while we visit some of the most unique and successful farms in our area. While we travel, we will be discussing some of the challenges and hardships faced by farmers today.  Read more

Riverside Trail opens at Lock 31

HAWLEY, PA — The official opening of the Riverside Trail at the D & H Canal Park at Lock 31, located on Route 6 between White Mills and Hawley, was held on August 22. Pictured are Dr. Rogers, left, his son Michael Rogers of Honesdale’s Boy Scout Troop 1, Margy Coccodrilli of the Wayne County Historical Society and Scout Jason Fritz. Michael and Jason’s Eagle Scout projects made possible the opening of the park’s second trail, which follows the shoreline of the Lackawaxen River. The entire park is open to the public from dawn to dusk.  Read more

Delaware Riverkeeper launches virtual canoe race

BRISTOL, PA — The Delaware Riverkeeper Network will present the Virtual Canoe Race, an online adventure that offers information and activities on geography, history, culture and environmental science in a trivia contest format, starting at 9 a.m. on October 5. During the race, participants learn about the Delaware River watershed and test their knowledge as they compete with other youth from across the watershed. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in two categories: individual and classroom/youth group.  Read more

Youth gardening class features cooking

LIBERTY, NY — Families can foster a lifelong gardening interest with their children this summer in the final class of an educational workshop series offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer program. On Thursday, September 24, “Cooking the Harvest” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CCESC will host this unique youth horticultural opportunity for children ages five to 12 in the outdoor teaching gardens at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Children do not have to have attended all classes in the series.  Read more

Farm + Chef festival at The Cooperage

HONESDALE — Wayne County’s sustainable farmers will host Farm + Chef on Saturday, October 10 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Six chefs from the region will serve dishes prepared from our local fall harvest, grown and raised on Wayne County farms. There will be music and activities for the whole family. Local food-related vendors will sell their products. Beer will be available for purchase. Doors open 1:30 p.m.; chefs serve from 2 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Fly fishing in the Catskills

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum will host a talk by James Krul, executive director of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, about the history and popularity of fly fishing in Sullivan County’s famous Catskill streams on Saturday, September 12 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Meat processing rules

LIBERTY, NY — Livestock owners and farmers can learn more about the rules and regulations of processing meat at an educational program on Thursday, September 24. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Invasives in the reservoir system

NEVERSINK, NY — A free, educational opportunity to learn about the New York City (NYC) watershed is offered on Saturday, September 19. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this program from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants will meet at the Kramers Cove kayak launch site located on Aden Road at the Neversink Reservoir. Kayaks will be available or attendees can bring their own. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to participate.  Read more

Learn safe freezing methods

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to attend an educational workshop on safe home food preservation techniques offered on Saturday, September 19. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

CCC Day at Promised Land

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Day event on Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masker Museum complex.

The focus of this event is to honor the men who worked for the CCC in the ’30s as well as to highlight local history in general. The CCC was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to reclaim land decimated by poor land practices that contributed to the Great Depression, by planting trees, preventing forest fires and building structures used to this day in our state parks, including Promised Land State Park.  Read more