Exciting Winter Fun for All in New York’s Catskill Mountains
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 21, 2013, 04:10 PM EST
Winter in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offers more than world class skiing and outdoor adventure. With beautifully restored performing arts facilities, an artistic legacy that spans centuries and maple sugaring season coming up – you’re invited to discover off-hill fun for the whole family all winter long.
The Great Northern Catskills offer world-renowned cultural attractions and events that celebrate the rich history of the Catskills. Catch the latest blockbuster or art-house indie flick at the Mountain Cinema, located in the Doctorow Center for the Arts on Main Street in Hunter, or join Hudson Valley artists for the 3rd Annual Catskill Film & Video Festival. The festival runs March 2-3 at the Community Theater in Catskill and will offer an array of films, from documentaries to animated shorts and even older silent films featuring the Catskills of a bygone era. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested $5 donation. The festival includes a tour along the “Glow Show,” a trail of light-based art works designed by regional artists to illuminate the night.
Learn more about artists that made the Great Northern Catskills famous during Sunday Salons at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill. Embark on a creative journey and discover the painters who established the Hudson River School of Art. On March 10, the Sunday Salon series continues with guest lecturer Dr. Christopher N. Phillips, assistant professor of English at Lafayette College and author of “Epic in American Culture: Settlement to Reconstruction.” Phillips will focus on Cole’s early career and artistic development, as well as answer the question: “What made Cole Epic?”The event is scheduled to begin at 2 pm, with a book signing and reception to follow at the home of Thomas Cole. Admission is $9.
On March 16, “Maple Fest: Celebrating the Wonderful World of Maple Syrup” kicks off in Acra at the Agroforestry Resource Center with tastings, maple sugaring demonstrations, tours and pancakes. The event is free and open to all.
From maple sugaring in the Catskills to the performing arts, learn more about things to do in the Greene County this winter, visit www.greatnortherncatskills.com .
About Greene County:
Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley. The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation’s first wilderness. Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. This 705,500 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events. Learn more about Catskills packages and winter events at www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com .