2015 Visitor’s Guide Available

frontcover_vg2015_webThe digital version of the 2015 Visitor’s Guide for Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Lew Beach is now Available Here.

You can now enjoy the articles and photographs in this year’s guide, and find information about area lodging and eateries and all the things there are to do here – from anywhere!

Print editions of the 2015 Visitor’s Guide are also available at many merchants, eateries and attractions located throughout Sullivan County.

The Visitor’s Guide is produced by Quik Type in collaboration with the Livingston Manor and Roscoe Chambers of Commerce each year. For more information about Roscoe, please visit RoscoeNY.com.

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Ice Fishing, Sled Dogs and More This Weekend

Kim Darst and Dog Team  Waving while Racing (2)Make a weekend of it and enjoy The Arnold House’s 1st Annual Ice Fishing Derby, February 27 – March 1.

The two-night package includes an ice fishing kit, a bonfire at the lake, Hot Toddy’s made with Prohibition Distillery Bootlegger Bourbon, and a cocktail named after the winner of the derby.

Start off with live music at The Catskill Brewery, 672 Old Route 17, on Friday, featuring Catbird at 6:00 p.m.

Need some time outdoors? Hit the ice at Rotary Park on Pleasant Street. The rink will be open daily, weather permitting. Check their Facebook page for updates. There are also some brand new snowshoes available for rent at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, along with free maps to nearby snowshoe hot spots for all experience levels.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Morgan Outdoors is offering a free screening of “Iditarod Race” – a behind-the-scenes look at Alaska’s 1,000-mile Dog Sled Race. Experience the beauty of Alaska and the determination of the dog teams as they make their way across Alaska in the 40th running of the race (2012). This year’s race starts March 7th in Anchorage, AK. Please call 845-439-5507 to reserve a seat. The screening is co-sponsored by the Livingston Manor Library and Morgan Outdoors.

That’s Musher Kim Darst shown above, in the 2009 Iditarod!

On Sunday, anyone interested in local trails is invited to a kick-off for the Willowemoc Trail Crew, also at Morgan Outdoors. Learn about the trails that volunteers help maintain in the SW corner of the Catskill Park and some of the things that the recently-formed Willowemoc Trail Crew does.

Meet Catskill trail caretakers and promoters Jeff Senterman and Heather Rolland of the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Ralph Bressler, volunteer Willowemoc Trail Crew leader. This relaxed gathering is sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

An Optional Snowshoe Outing to Frick Pond will follow! We hear that trail crew members have been breaking trail there to make snowshoeing much easier and inviting to beginners. Morgan Outdoors will supply free rental snowshoes for anyone who needs them. Call ahead to reserve a pair: 845-439-5507.

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Weekend Preview

3 Finn Does Not Like BowlingThank you to everyone who braved the weather and showed our merchants and eateries some love last weekend.

Sounds like more snow is headed our way, but first there should be some time to enjoy:

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, opens tomorrow, February 21 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. CAS is hosting an opening reception from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, all are welcome and light refreshments will be served. “Finn Does Not Like Bowling” by Elinor Hills, is shown above. Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Morgan Outdoors also has a special exhibit on the life and extinction of the passenger pigeon, sponsored by John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY, opening tomorrow. The exhibit was developed by the Chicago Museum of Science and will be on display through April 10.

Make sure to grab something for breakfast, lunch or dinner while you’re here. There are also some fantastic sales around town as some of your favorite shops make room for new, dare we say it, Spring merchandise!

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Feel the Love

PrintWe hope you’ll be able to spend some time here this Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. Make a day of it or longer if you can!

Thinking of grabbing a bite to eat? The Arnold House, Madison’s Restaurant and Rolling River Café are all offering Valentine’s Day specials. You can also pick up something sweet (or savory) at Brandenburg Pastry Bakery and Main Street Farm to enjoy while you’re in town or take home.

If you’d like to do some shopping, check out the selections at Life Repurposed, Morgan Outdoors, Sugar Blossom Flowers, Willow and Brown and Wildlife Gift Shop, many of which are also offering special weekend sales.

Need some pampering? Beth’s Headquarters, Johnny’s Barber Shop and Viv’s Cuts & Creations offer a variety of services. The Spa at The Arnold also offers a Saturday morning yoga class and several different types of massages and treatments.

Make sure to stop by the CAS Arts Center while you’re in town. “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathleen Parra, runs through Sunday, February 15. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum and The Catskill Brewery are also a lot of fun to visit.

And if all this sounds good, but you need a place to stay, consider The Arnold House, the Beaverkill Valley Inn or Rolling River Inn.

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Fly Fest Saturday

flyfest2014-23The 10th Annual Fly Fest takes place at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17, this Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this annual gathering of flytyers to hear and share stories, techniques and new fly patterns. This year’s theme is the world’s most famous fly, The Hendrickson, and according to organizers, you can expect to see more variations than you can imagine during this day dedicated to flytying!

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Weekend Preview

Ice Carnival

The 56th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes place this weekend with events scheduled from Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25 including Friday’s Ice Carnival Dance, a snow sculpture contest Saturday at Rotary Park, Pleasant Street, and then snowshoeing by Morgan Outdoors, skating exhibitions, races for all ages and horse drawn sleigh rides on Sunday, weather permitting. Visit Morgan Outdoors for a complete schedule of Ice Carnival events.

YarnslingersOn Saturday, the Series Finale of Memoirs, the Yarnslingers’ year-long storytelling collaboration, takes place at The Laundry King, 65 Main Street at 7:00 p.m.

Join Jonathan Fox, Ramona Jan and the rest of the storytellers as they share new pieces of their biographies. From the surprising and awe-inspiring to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.

Presented by the Catskill Art Society.

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The 2015 Visitor’s Guide is Here

frontcover_vg2015_webThe 2015 Visitor’s Guide for Livingston Manor, Roscoe and all other parts of the Town of Rockland is just off the press!

This year’s 52-page full-color guide celebrates the spirit of reinvention that is taking hold in this part of the Catskills with features on The Arnold House, the revitalization of the Roscoe Campsites, the new face of local craft brewing and distilling and more.

Each year, the Visitor’s Guide comes out in early January so that it can be distributed during outdoor and fishing shows in New York and New Jersey. You can also pick up a guide at numerous merchants, eateries, attractions and accommodations located throughout Sullivan County.

The Guide is produced by Quik Type and Carolyn Bivins on behalf of the Livingston Manor and Roscoe Chambers of Commerce. Thank you Carolyn!

Look for the Visitor’s Guide around town, and at the following shows:
Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen Show, Garden State Expo Center, 1/8 – 11
Somerset Fly Fishing Show, Somerset, NJ, 1/23 – 25
The New York Times Travel Show, Javitz Center, NYC, 1/23 – 25
North East RV Show, Rockland County Community College, 2/13 – 16
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Rockland County Community College, 3/5 – 8
Sullivan County Sportsman & Outdoor Rec Expo – date to be announced

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So Much to Do

3 Christopher ManningThe calendar might show mid January but there is plenty to do in Livingston Manor.

The Catskill Art Society’s 2015 Exhibition Season begins this weekend with “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathleen Parra at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. Make sure to catch the Artist Talk at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 17. A reception will follow from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – there is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

According to CAS, this exhibition combines the work of these three emerging talents in a striking and often unexpected blend. Elements of the familiar, embedded in swaths of light and shadow, draw us into abstract dimensions of expression that cry out to be experienced. “Flux” runs through February 15.

More fun for the whole family! The ice rink at Rotary Park, Pleasant Street will be open all weekend: Friday, January 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and then Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The 56th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes place next weekend with events scheduled from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25. Visit the Ice Carnival’s Facebook page for the complete schedule.

If shopping is more your thing, many of our merchants are offering post-holiday sales – make sure to check out the selections at Life RepurposedMorgan Outdoors, Sugar Blossom Flowers, Wildlife Gift Shop and Willow and Brown while you’re in town.

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It’s Official

LMCC Raffle 12.23.14

The winners of our 10th Annual Sleigh of Goodies raffle were drawn late yesterday.

Congratulations to Thomas Ellison of Livingston Manor, Julie Gray of Liberty and Emma Wegener of Roscoe!

Thank you to everyone that has spent some time visiting, dining and shopping in Livingston Manor this holiday season. We hope you found some great gifts.

Trains on Main continues until the New Year, and many of our merchants and eateries will be open from Friday, December 26 on.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

POST HOLIDAY UPDATE: We asked this year’s winners to let us know what they thought about our Sleigh of Goodies raffle, and this is what they said:

“Being a lucky winner was a great experience. I think that the Sleigh of Gifts is a wonderful way to promote local shopping. The promotion enhances the friendly local atmosphere and makes it more fun to shop locally.”

“Together with “Trains on Main” it creates a unique and inviting shopping destination for those of us who live here, across the county and beyond.”

Thank you all for participating and for shopping in Livingston Manor this holiday season.

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Such A Wonderful Time of Year

John B. Johnston's Historic Sleigh (c. 1910) 12.08.14

Photo by Bradley Diuguid at the CAS Arts Center

The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be giving away another sleigh-full of gifts from local merchants this holiday season.

The 10th Annual Sleigh of Goodies is a way for all of us to thank you for shopping local. The more you shop, the better your chances are to win, and there will be THREE LUCKY WINNERS!

Here’s how it works. Stop by any participating business and make a purchase from now through Tuesday, December 23. You will receive one raffle ticket for every $10 you spend.

Three shoppers will then be randomly selected December 23 to receive a portion of the gifts – just before Christmas and the New Year.

The historic horse drawn sleigh (c. 1910) shown above is owned by John B. Johnston and currently on display at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.

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