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.

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.

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!

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.

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!