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Meetings are held on the last Sunday of each moth at 4 PM. The Catskill Heritage Alliance holds regular monthly meetings in the Pine Hill Community Center. You are welcome to attend. To find out more, email:

The Catskill Heritage Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the harmony between the villages of the central Catskills and the surrounding wilderness through community revitalization and open space conservation. The CHA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.



May Events

Recently placed on both the New York and National Registers of Historic Places, the house named ‘Sul Monte’ by its original owner will be opened for public tours for one day only by its current owners--in celebration.
DATE: Sunday, May 29

TIME: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
WHERE: 352 Galli Curci Road, Highmount
WHAT: Tour and Tea Architectural, historical, and musical experts on site Refreshments available

May 21: Catskill Cornucopia. The Corncuopia joins the Pine Hill Community Center to present "The Economics of Happiness," a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, who is an analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures and agriculture worldwide and a pioneer of the localization movement. “The Economics of Happiness” shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. But it also provides inspiration and practical solutions. Following the film, viewers will carpool to a campfire for a chili dinner. Pine Hill Community Center, 2 to 6 pm. Cost: $8. For more information see and

May 24: Special Meeting, Shandaken Town Board. Extending the Highway Business Zone along Route 28 will be considered. This change would rezone properties on the south side of Route 28 east of Route 212 from the Cottages at Rockcut Ledge to the Tonche Bus Garage. On the north side Route 28 would be rezoned from Route 28 frontage 250 feet into each lot down to Car Craft Towing, just past Alyce and Roger's Fruit Stand. This rezoning proposal is widely seen as part of the controversy over the Town's lack of enforcement of the current farm stand law and the difficulty in coming to consensus over a revised farm stand law. 6 pm, Shandaken Town Hall, Route 28. For more information and addresses of town officials, see the town website:

May 28: Pine Hill Main Street Meeting. Ulster County Planning officials will return to help work on the market analysis and strategic planning process. 10 am at the Pine Hill Community Center.
Fleischmanns Memorial Day Street Fair. Vendors, food, music, carriage rides, and old fashioned baseball. Visit the booths and the village. Stop by the CHA table and check out the famed Forever Wild apparel line. 10 am to 4 pm in Fleischmanns 

May 29: Catskill Heritage Alliance Fund Raiser: Tour and Tea of the Galli-Curci Mansion. The rambling, two-story home, with multiple wings affording sweeping views of our mountains, was built by the legendary opera soprano, Amelita Galli-Curci, on a shoulder of Belleayre Mountain in 1922, and designed by society architect Harry T. Lindeberg of the renowned New York firm of McKim, Mead, and White. The house has recently been named to both the national and New York State registers of historic places, and current owners Ben and Idith Korman are opening the house in celebration of the double designation and on behalf of the Catskill Heritage Alliance. Attendees will be given a guided tour of the house, while an architectural historian and other experts will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation of $25 is tax-deductible. 2:00 to 5:00 pm, 352 Galli Curci Road, Highmount. Directions: 2 miles up (south) the Galli Curci Road (Rt. 49A) from the Highmount post office at Rt. 28. 

May CHA Meeting: Because the CHA fund raiser falls on the last Sunday of May, the May monthly meeting will be held the following Sunday, June 5.


February 26: Catskill Mountainkeeper Opens in Woodstock!
Join Mountainkeeper in a celebration of the opening of their new office in Woodstock and the appointment of CHA Co-chair Kathleen Nolan as the new director of Mountainkeeper's High Peaks Region advocacy program. Saturday, 5:00–7:00 pm, at the Byrdcliffe Guilds' Kleinert/James Arts Center (the office itself is located next door at 34 Tinker Street, 3rd floor). Woodstock author and poet Will Nixon, folk-rock indie music stars Mike + Ruthy, and Woodstock Film Festival’s Meira Blaustein will be on hand to introduce Mountainkeeper to its new home. Refreshments provided by Woodstock restaurants. RSVP by email or call 845.482.5400.

February 18: Catskill Cornucopia: “The Economic Benefits of Parkland.” Join Kenneth Strike and Brian Zweig to learn how parkland in the Adirondacks and the Gunks has contributed to the economic health of local communities. The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 1:30 pm. For directions, visit the Center’s website:

February 4-6: Ashokan Center’s Winter Weekend. In partnership with the New York State Outdoor Education Association and the New York State Teacher Centers, the Ashokan Center’s Winter Weekend brings educators, nature enthusiasts, parents, and the curious-minded together to share their knowledge through nature, history, and arts workshops. Cost is $99 for the weekend (packages include all meals/lodging) or $40 for Saturday-only registration. For more information, workshop descriptions, directions, and registration, visit the Winter Weekend page at or contact Brian Joyner at (845) 657-8333 x14,

February 11-13: Snow Flow: A Winter Celebration of Pure Water in the Central Catskills at the Full Moon Resort, Big Indian. Artists, activists, naturalists, and concerned citizens will gather to bridge water rights activism between the Hudson and Delaware River Valleys in relation to natural gas extraction, hydraulic fracturing, peak water, and the foodshed. For participating organizations, registration information and the complete schedule of events, please visit and for further information, contact Andrea Reynosa at or 845-252-3518.

February 18: Catskill Cornucopia: “The Economic Benefits of Parkland.” Join Kenneth Strike and Brian Zweig to learn how parkland in the Adirondacks and the Gunks has contributed to the economic health of local communities. The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 1:30 pm. For directions, visit the Center’s website:

February 19: Hudson Valley Fresh: Farms, Food, and Eating Local in Woodstock and the Hudson Valley. The Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Woodstock Farm Festival hosts Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and a panel discussion, “The State of the Food System in the Hudson Valley,” featuring Hudson Valley processors, farmers, and policy makers. 10 am to 2:30 pm, Woodstock Elementary School, 8 West Hurley Road (Route 375), Woodstock. Cost is $25 (includes local lunch). Register online at Or email Megan Reynolds at with any questions. Check out Polyface Farm at

February 24: Central Catskills Collaborative continues its work on the Scenic Byways application. 6 pm. Location to be determined.

February 26: Pine Hill Main Street Initiative.10 am to noon. February 28, 6 to 8 pm. Join Jennifer Schwartz from the Ulster County Planning Board and Peter Fairweather from Fairweather Consulting for an important meeting on analyzing and discussing market survey data for Pine Hill, looking at zoning issues, and beginning to develop a strategic plan for Main Street. Pine Hill Community Center.
February 27: Catskill Heritage Alliance monthly meeting at 4 pm, Pine Hill Community Center.


List of previous events

February 26: Catskill Mountainkeeper Opens in Woodstock!

News articles report that local government and nonprofit leaders went to Albany to discuss options for the future of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Area. CHA argues that any discussions about Belleayre, a public ski area, need to include the public. Read our letter:

"Public Input Vital to Belleayre Plans," in the January 26, 2011, Catskill Mountain News.

September 8: Rally against Hydrofracking. In front of the Delaware
County Office Building, 111 Main St., Delhi, NY. 5 to 6 pm. This
will occur as the Delaware County Supervisors convene their monthly
meeting at 5:30 pm. Sponsored by the Sept. 8 Rally & Protest

September 11: Catskill Cornucopia: Gasland Comes to Fleishmanns.
Fleischmanns Community Church, Main Street, 7:30 pm. Come see the
award winning film about hydrofracking, followed by a panel discussion
moderated by Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper, Alan White of
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and others. Opening
remarks by Peg DiBenedetto of the Congregational Life Community.

September 13 and 15: EPA Hydrofracking Study Meetings, Broome County
Forum Theatre, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, NY. Both days: 12 to
4 pm (pre-registration begins at 10:30 am) and 6 to 10 pm
(pre-registration begins at 4:30 pm). Pre-register online at or call 1-886-477-3635 through Sept. 10
at 5 pm. Submit written comments to
through Sept. 28. By mail to Jill Dean, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
Mailcode 4606M, Washington, DC 20460. EPA fracking website:

Sept. 18: Leaping Trout Exhibit Opening, Arts Upstairs, Main St.,
Phoenicia. 6-10 pm. You’ve seen these Trout Unlimited trout around
town, now see the catch of the summer in one place--all the better to
help you get ready to place your bid.

Sept. 23: Central Catskills Collaborative, Catskill Center on Rt. 28
in Arkville, 6 pm. Discussion on tourism development and more.

September 25: Pine Hill Main Street Planning Meeting. 10 am to 12 pm,
Pine Hill Community Center. Jennifer Schwartz from the Ulster County
Planning Board will help residents continue work on the Main Street
Toolbox. Jill Fisher from Larson and Fisher Associates will also be
present (possible cultural resources inventory for Pine Hill as part
of Historic District designation). The Community Center not only
offers CHA meeting space but also lots of wonderful programs. Consider
supporting them! Visit

September 26: Catskill Heritage Alliance monthly meeting. 4 pm. Pine
Hill Community Center.

Nov. 29: Rally in support of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and Workers. 11 am. Assemble at Brookside on Route 28 east of Margaretville Hospital before 11.

Dec. 4: Catskill Cornucopia: Homegrown Philanthropy: Raising Resources in Catskill Communities. Learn how communities can look to themselves as philanthropists to raise funds for community development. 4 pm. The Catskill Center, Arkville.

Dec. 18: Pine Hill Main Street meeting. Join in the ongoing discussion on the creation of a Pine Hill Historic District. 10 am to noon, Pine Hill Community Center.

Dec. 19: CHA monthly meeting, 4 pm, Pine Hill Community Center. Last chance before the holidays to pick up CHA sweatshirts, fleece, tees-shirts, and caps!
Ongoing to spring 2011: “Historic Route 28, The Making of A Scenic Byway.” The Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery, Arkville. Hours Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, and Saturday 12pm - 4pm.


Past events

"Return to the Catskills"
A Poetry Reading
Matthew J. Spireng
& Will Nixon
Saturday, June 27th, 2 pm
Phoenicia Library

Please join the Catskill Heritage Alliance and the Ashokan-Pepacton
Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Saturday, June 13th from 9:30 AM to
11:30 AM for a Stream Clean Up on the Esopus!

We will meet at the parking lot of Onteora High School and clean along the banks of the Esopus in
selected sites. We will identify areas infested with didymo and work from
upstream to downstream to prevent transmission to unaffected areas. Wear
boots or sturdy shoes and maybe a little sunscreen. Trash bags and gloves
will be provided. If you want to keep our beautiful Esopus pristine, meet
new friends, celebrate Trout Unlimited1s 50 Anniversary, and have fun
collecting trash along the shores of the stream, make sure to join us rain
or shine.

We1ve been known to go out for lunch afterwards at a place chosen by the
assembled group.

Assistance for this event is being provided by the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the
Catskill Watershed Corporation.

If you can bring a pick-up truck, or need more information, please contact
Kathy Nolan ( or 688-9702).

Hoping to see you Saturday morning!

Kathy Nolan
Secretary, Catskill Heritage Alliance
Vice President, Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited