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.