October 11: Join filmmaker and historian Stephen Blauweiss for a lively and engaging multimedia presentation about Woodstock's rich history and some of the dreamers and visionaries who helped create it. Beginning with 1819, Blauweiss will lead the audience through a colorful history that extends from nineteenth-century New York City and England to twentieth-century Woodstock and its environs, covering key personalities, art movements, industrial developments, and aspects of early counterculture that explore how Woodstock came to be – its history and what it represents today. Live music at 7:30pm, Program begins at 8pm. Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker St., Woodstock NY 12498. Cost: $13 for members / $15 for not-yet-members. Advance tickets at: http://www.woodstockguild.org/blauweiss.html

October 11: The Catskills in the Ice Age. Join local scientists and authors Robert and Johanna Titus, for a lesson in reading the Catskill landscape. Ever wonder why our Catskill terrain looks so different from one area to another? The Tituses have made the study the Catskill landscape their work for 30 years. They will speak at the Mountain Top Historical Society on their recent research documented in the Third, Revised Edition of “The Catskills in the Ice Age.” It has been 16 years since the last edition was published and the new book is greatly expanded and rewritten. Journey with them back in time to see advancing glaciers passing into and across our Catskills and how those glaciers shaped and reshaped the landscape into what we see and enjoy so much today. Their talk will be Friday night, Oct. 11th at 7:00 at the MTHS train station. A $5.00 donation is suggested. 5132 Rt. 23A, Haines Falls, NY 12436

October 12: Annual Hikefest 2019- On Saturday, October 12, 2019, The Mountain Top Historical Society’s Haines Falls campus will be the place to begin your Columbus Day Weekend. Starting in the KRT parking lot behind the Visitors' Center on Route 23A, there will be 4 hikes to choose from varying in difficulty and points of interest around the area. The day will finish with a BBQ lunch from 1-3 pm at the MTHS’s historic U&D Train Station. Hikes are free, pre-registration required. $10 per person for BBQ lunch, all proceeds to MTHS.
Hike # 1: Rip Van Winkle Hike – Join geologist Bob Titus in a moderate, 2 mile hike to Sunset Rock above North Lake. Along the way he will point out Devonian stratigraphy and Ice Age history while telling the tale of Rip Van Winkle, stopping at sites that closely match those described by Washington Irving. Meet at KRT Parking Lot at 9 am to car pool to North Lake
Hike # 2: Historic Survey of North-South Lake – The area of North-South Lake has been home to various business, railroad, and recreational sites. Pete Senterman and Paul LaPierre will lead this easy 2 mile journey with possible side trip to the Catskill Mountain House Site. Meet at KRT Parking Lot at 9 am to car pool to North Lake.
Hike # 3: Elka Park Colosseum - Join Nancy Allen on this easy to moderate 3 ½ mile hike through the historic community of Elka Park along a dirt road to the Park’s Colosseum (reservoir). Meet at the KRT Parking Lot at 9 am to car pool to Elka Park.
Hike # 4: Sphinx Rock and the Sofa on Prospect Mountain – Bob Gildersleeve will lead this approximately 2.5 mile easy to moderate hike starting from MTHS’ s U&D train station partially following along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and using old woods roads and a short bushwhack to the ledge above Molly Smith’s parking area. Here we will look down on the location of Sphinx Rock. Nearby is a natural bench once called the sofa, and a unique view taking in Kaaterskill Clove, Kaaterskill Falls, and across the clove, Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top. A natural ramp can take us to the ledge on which the Sphinx rests for a close-up view. If hikers wish, we may also have time to visit the platform at Kaaterskill Falls and be back for the BBQ at 1:00. Meet at the MTHS’s U&D Train Station at 9 am.
Registration Required by Weds. October 9. For questions and registration, email mthsdirector@mths.org or call (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, number of participants in your party, which hike you’d like to join and if you intend to stay for the BBQ lunch. Bring: something to drink, good hiking shoes.  All hikes limited to 12 so register early.  Fee: Optional donation/membership encouraged for hike participants.  $10/person for lunch.  Dogs allowed: No

October 12: Calling all Historians and History Buffs from Schoharie and Surrounding Counties! Come share what you are doing lately, items of interest to you or surrounding towns, questions, helpful hints & historian comradery. 1-3pm, Judd Hall (old Masonic Lodge) 163 Main St., Jefferson, NY. RSVP to coordinators Karen Cuccinello karenc@midtel.net or Kevin Berner bernerkl@gmail.com If you are so inclined please bring a finger food to share. Drinks will be supplied.

October 19 and 26: Twilight Lantern Tours of 1797 Judge Gideon Frisbee House. As the leaves continue to change color and the air starts to get cooler, you can't deny that it's starting to feel a little spooky out there. There is no better way to celebrate the coming of the Halloween season than with a trip to the Delaware County Historical Association on Route 10, just 2 miles outside of Delhi. This October, on two days, Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th, the historic Gideon Frisbee House will be opened for a special Twilight Lantern Tour where guests can learn about the more eerie elements of the house, including the "coffin door," the "break-neck" rear stairway, and the narrow room in which a "presence" is said to lurk. The Frisbee family cemetery will also be open for guests to explore. The lantern tours will be led by DCHA’s inimitable Samantha Misa, who will be attired in costume and on hand to answer any questions guests may have about the house. A brief preview of what guests may expect to encounter can be seen at www.wskg.org/info/haunted-history. Light refreshments will be served. Tours leave promptly each evening at 5pm, 5:45pm and 6:30pm. Cost: adults $5, kids 12 and under free. Reservations are required by October 18th and October 25th, 2019 respectively. Please call DCHA at: (607)746-3849 or email: dcha@delhi.net.

October 19: Outdoor Art Workshops at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. 10 am-1 pm, Join a morning of painting and drawing in nature at Thomas Cole’s home. Fun for all ages. FREE. 218 Spring St, Catskill, NY

October 19: The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) will present the final showing of an exhibit featuring long-time Delhi resident, Bill Cash and his family collection of trains, toys, tools and more. View these historical items on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Cannon House at 47 Main Street between 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

October 20: Embroidery: Beyond Cross Stitch will be held next Sunday, October 20th at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville. Hand embroidery is an ancient custom, but ever popular for projects of all sizes and styles. Join Phyllis (Penny) Coombe and friends to learn basic embroidery stitches including stem/outline, French knots, straight and back stitch, fishbone and satin, while making a picture in a four inch hoop that serves as a frame.  After this program, you will be prepared to tackle many types of future projects. The cost of the program is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.  No previous experience is needed.  Please register by Wed, Oct 16th by responding to this email address, or by calling 845 985-7700 and leaving a message.  Please bring a small sharp pair of scissors, if possible. For more information, please go to www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or call 845 985-7700.

October 22: The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) presents a talk on Catskills tanning. Ryan Trapani, director of forest services at the Catskill Forest Association, will explain the impacts of the hemlock bark tanning industry on Catskills communities and forests. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Free Library at 40 Elm Street in Delhi. Ryan will also describe how he uses hemlock bark to convert deerskins into leather. The Delhi Historical Society works to promote history and historical research in Delhi. New members are always welcome to join DHS. Those interested in joining the effort to preserve Delhi's rich history can become a member by sending a check for $10 made payable to DHS to 5 Elm Street, Delhi, NY, 13753. Any donation is appreciated and helps the mission. Find DHS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delhihistoricalsociety to stay updated with what is happening with DHS.

October 26: Benefit concert for the Yellow Church and John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge. Featuring acoustic trio Still Hollerin’.
Cider, soup, coffee and sweets
Wear your woolies (there’s no heat!)
Primitive privies are ‘round back,
The basic amenities we do not lack!
$15/person, $25/2 people, $35/family. 2-4pm. At the Yellow Church, Co. Rt. 41, Stratton Falls Rd., Roxbury, NY, 12474

Catskills History Events

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