Chronogram 8-Day Week: The Hold Steady @ Belleayre

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Summer might be circling the drain, but there’s still plenty to do around the Catskills before the fall sets in. This weekend, the summer-long Belleayre Music Festival will present Brooklyn at Belleayre, which features a line up of up and comers from Williamsburg, including The Hold Steady, Big Data, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Joni Fatora. If you’re not already fans of The Hold Steady but wondering why their name sounds familiar, it’s because they’ve been juggernauting their way around the Hudson Valley, playing local shows and gathering new fans everywhere they go. And let’s face it: You need some fresh sounds in your life. Your music collection is getting tired. Time to listen to some new stuff. Brooklyn at Belleayre takes place August 30th starting at 6pm. Tent seats ticket prices are $66, $56, $46, $36. Or, you can stretch out on the lawn for $26. More info plus previews of The Hold Steady’s songs here on their website.

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Categories: Destinations Events Music Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Chronogram 8-Day Week Music

By: Kandy Harris | 28 August 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Three Labor Day Events in the Catskills

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Kirkside Park, Roxbury

Well, team, this is it. The last official weekend of the summer. Do you feel a bit melancholy? Or maybe just wistful and bittersweet? Then by all means, suck the marrow from the summer for the last time over the Labor Day weekend with some fun stuff to do in the Catskills. And then start looking forward to the fall and all of the colors.

Labor Day Blast, Liberty, Sullivan Co. –

The village of Liberty knows how to do a Main Street celebration brimming with Americana. Labor Day is no different, so spending Saturday morning/afternoon at the Liberty Labor Day Blast on (yep, you guessed it) Main Street from 10:30am-4pm Saturday, August 30th. There will be a car and truck show, music, food, face painting, all kinds of vendors, a parade, and plenty of fun for the whole fam. (GMAP).

Roxbury Fireworks and Concert, Delaware Co.

Sounds like a nice way to end the summer. Fireworks and free concert at Kirkside Park in the town of Roxbury, Delaware County. All the restaurants will stay open through the celebration, as will the local wine store. Kirkside Park is lovely. Don’t miss out. It all kicks off at 4pm on Sunday, August 31st and culminates in a fireworks display at 8:30pm. There are still a few rooms available at the Roxbury Motel, if you want to crash overnight. (GMAP).

Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair, Ulster Co. -

Did you miss your chance to catch the Woodstock-New Paltz Craft Fair at the Ulster County Fairgrounds back in May? If not, now’s your chance to get in before it goes away until next summer. Once there, you’ll find all kinds of clothing, jewelry, artwork, specialty items, and everything in between. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and kids 12 and under get in free. (GMAP).

Let’s hear you’re Labor Day suggestions. Where will you be spending the weekend?




Smallwood Lakeside Contemporary, $195,000

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Ah, the allure of the <$200,000 lakehouse. Even us, the most hardened of house hunters, are not immune to its siren song. And this one in the Smallwood community is truly right on the lake. A walk through the front door and across the street will put your little tootsie right in the water. Curb appeal galore with a second floor balcony overlooking Mountain Lake with a lot size of a quarter-acre, which is actually pretty good for a lake community. Yearly fees apply, so keep that in mind. The interior looks fine. Proceed with caution if you are adverse to some knotty pine.

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Categories: $100k to $199k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Lakefront Sullivan County

Town: Bethel

By: Kandy Harris | 28 August 2014 10:00 AM | No Comments

In Ulster County, More Trails, Less Rails

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Some changes are afoot with the Catskill Mountain Railroad, thanks to the Ulster County Legislature. Last week, they passed a policy that calls for the conversion of the section of the Ulster Delaware railroad into a trail running from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir. The rail, however, would remain intact from Mount Tremper to Phoenicia. All of this is set to take place once the CMRR’s lease with Ulster County expires in 2016. Not surprisingly, according to an article from the Daily Freeman, members of the CMRR were present at the meeting and upset by the vote. Others like representatives from the Ulster County Trails Committee were elated. This rail-to-trail plan is part of a larger scheme to connect the Walkway over the Hudson to the Ashokan Reservoir with trails. “This project will create a world-class Ulster County tourism attraction that positively impacts economic development, community access and public health,” stated Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. What are your thoughts on the rails to trails policy?

Categories: Upstate Living

Tags: Tourism Ulster County

By: Kandy Harris | 27 August 2014 03:30 PM | 1 Comment

White Lake (Car-Free?) Lakefront Cottage, $289,000

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Did you know that a Shortline bus that will take you to Port Authority in NYC four times a day stops in White Lake? True story. The Sullivan County lake community in the town of Bethel could provide an opportunity for something resembling a car-less, or at least car-light, existence in the Catskills. We don’t think we could hack it. It’s not like White Lake is a teeming metropolis, but if you can get organized, get bikes, and share rides, perhaps you could make it work here at this lakefront saltbox cottage. It’s pretty sweet inside, although the first floor looks a little sweeter than the second. Lot size is small, but there’s, like, a lake and stuff off your back deck.

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Categories: $200k to $299k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Lakefront Sullivan County Waterfront

Town: White Lake

By: Kandy Harris | 27 August 2014 01:30 PM | No Comments

Chapin Estate Contemporary Farmhouse, $699,000

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When it comes to gated communities in Sullivan County, they don’t get much tonier than the Chapin Estate on White Lake in the town of Bethel. The exclusive, luxury community is home to this modern-day farmhouse built by Catskill Farms (builder of Country Living’s House of the Year). Catskill Farms does fine work, so it’s no surprise that this is a beaut. It’s all about wide open spaces here, with soaring ceilings and over 5 acres of land. Depicted above is the back of the house, which we liked better than the front only because of the stone foundation and porch. We won’t keep you in suspense anymore about the Chapin Estate. Perks include two lakes, a clubhouse with pool, and trails, all about 90 minutes from NYC. We also found this property today, also in the Chapin Estate, going up on the auction block September 9. That one looks to worth over a mill. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: $500k to $750k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Gated Community Lake Rights Sullivan County

Town: White Lake

By: Kandy Harris | 27 August 2014 10:00 AM | 1 Comment

Take a Peek Inside Hotel Tivoli

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The Madalin Hotel, now Hotel Tivoli

Visitors to the village of Tivoli in Dutchess County would be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable landmark than the Madalin Hotel located right in the center of town on Broadway. But two years ago, when the hotel and popular accompanying restaurant, Madalin’s Table, closed down, it created sort of a black hole in the middle of everything. Thankfully, painters and Tivoli residents Brice and Helen Marden bought the place and transformed it into the Hotel Tivoli, a 10 room boutique hotel, and opened the Corner, a 100-seat restaurant where Madalin’s Table used to be. And thanks to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, we get to take a look at the inside of the new hotel. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: We absolutely love it. It’s fresh, modern, and bright with lots of retro touches. And, of course, the restaurant seems promising, too, and leans into Moroccan and Mediterranean flavors, so says the article. Sadly, we can’t post picture from the article’s slideshow because we don’t like to get in trouble, so you’ll have a look for yourself at what’s happening at the new Hotel Tivoli. What’s the verdict? Do you love it, or do you LOVE it?

Categories: Accommodations Upstate Living

Tags: Dutchess County Hudson Valley Tourism

Town: Tivoli

By: Kandy Harris | 26 August 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Bearsville Converted Barn, $1,600/mo.

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This Bearsville converted barn is right up our alley in terms of design sensibility: It’s simple and inviting with a touch of rustic charm and just the right amount of Bohemian minus anything hippy-dippy. There’s almost a Mediterranean villa kind of feel to it, what with the kitchen that practically begs you to cook in it and the tiled floors. Includes both a bluestone fireplace and a woodstock, which should keep much of the house cozy during the colder months. It’s located just outside of Woodstock in the hamlet of Bearsville, close enough to Woodstock for convenience’s sake but far enough away to feel like it’s in the country. Available starting December. On a somewhat unrelated note, has anyone else noticed a subtle downward shift of rental prices in Ulster County of late? Is it because the summer season is over? Is it because folks looking to rent just couldn’t afford Ulster and began to look further north, prompting landlords to drop their prices? Or is it just wishful thinking on our part?

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Categories: Rentals Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Converted Barns Ulster County

Town: Bearsville Woodstock

By: Kandy Harris | 26 August 2014 01:30 PM | No Comments