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ON THE COVER Coming to life from an old post office, the Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred should be on your list of places to visit this winter. If you need a brief escape from the snow, then head to this local treasure.

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January 21 is the 59th Annual LM Rotary Ice Carnival, Snowmen on Broadway, 1pm, Rotary Park, Livingston Manor, weather permitting. January 27 is the 4th Annual Trout Town Winterfest! Held at Roscoe Beer Co., Winterfest is a great way to get out and get some fresh air while enjoying the natural beauty of the Sullivan Catskills. There will be live music, horse drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing, a bonfire and hot cocoa! Stop by and enjoy all things Winter! Regardless of the season, the Sullivan Catskills invites you to dine in one of our many fine restaurants and to browse or shop for that unique purchase in our antique and specialty shops. Whether you have come for a day or stay for a weekend, a week or longer, you are certain to enjoy it all from the warmth of a cozy bed and breakfast, lodge, inn or one of our famous resorts. Welcome to our Sullivan Catskills.

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elcome to the pristine winter wonderland of the Sullivan Catskills. The peaceful serenity is sure to make your stay a pleasant interlude from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. The Sullivan Catskills offers a full suite of winter activities for the outdoor enthusiast. At Holiday Mountain, downhill and cross-country skiers can enjoy challenging and exhilarating slopes and trails and snow boarders can test their skills too. At the Villa Roma Resort, you can reserve a cozy chalet where hot cocoa and a roaring fireplace await you when you return from the slopes! Ice fishing, snow shoeing, ice sculptures and winter carnivals are activities that can be found throughout our beautiful county. Winter is when the eagles return to their winter home in Sullivan Catskills. Eagle viewing information is available by calling the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 845-583-1010

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Program on Dr. Martin Luther King, 6 p.m. including Dr. King’s visit to the Concord Hotel many years ago. Presenter is John Conway, Sullivan County Historian at Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. Free and open to the public. Call (845) 794-4660 for more information If program is canceled due to weather, call library for date of rescheduled program.

January 19 Winter Wonderland (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Bring your skates every Friday and Saturday in December and January (weather permitting). Enjoy our bon fire and ice skating under the lights! $5 per person. Call (845) 456-0195 to check on ice conditions, or, stop by: 211 Mail Road Barryville, NY!

January 27 Eagle Watch Bus Tour - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy to learn about eagles in our region, how they returned from the brink of extinction, and the habitat they need to thrive while you take a scenic drive with an expert guide on a heated bus and look for eagles. Seats are limited and reservations are required; call (570) 226-3164, (845) 583-1010, or email info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your spot. $20 for non-members; $15 for members.

February 3 Loch Sheldrake Fire Company Flea Market - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Loch Sheldrake Fire House on Rt. 52. Warm yourself with some great deals! Indoor Flea Market, Raffles & Food. For more information, please contact (845) 434-2724.

February 10 Eagle Watch Bus Tour - See information for January 27.

February 16 President’s Day Weekend Retreat at Frost Valley YMCA - 8 a.m until February 19 at 5 p.m - Frost Valley YMCA is a snow lover’s dream come true! With our cross-country ski trails, ice skating rink, snow tube run, and snowshoe trails, your family will experience an idyllic winter weekend. We also offer ice fishing on Lake Cole, broomball on Reflection Pond, and guided nature hikes to High Falls and other scenic vistas. When you’re ready to move indoors, try our climbing gym, archery range, or arts and crafts programs. Or cozy up next to the fire with a good book and some hot cocoa! Winter at Frost Valley will warm your heart! Frost Valley YMCA is located at 2000 Frost Valley Rd. in Callicoon. For more information, please call (845) 282-6180.

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catch some hoops! By Joseph Abraham

oo cold outside? Well head indoors and watch some of the best basketball action around.The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament is returning to Sullivan County.This year’s tourney is scheduled for March 1517 at SUNY Sullivan’s Paul Gerry Fieldhouse in Loch Sheldrake. Tickets will be sold at the door.Ticket prices are as follows: $30 - All Tournament Pass - Adult (all games); $20 All Tournament Pass - Student (all games); $10 - General Admission (per two game session); $5 – Student (under 17) (per two game session). Advance sale All-Tournament passes may be purchased by calling Georgia Lyons at (845) 434-5750, ext. 4294.The only guaranteed seating will be with AllTournament passes.

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he Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, once an old post office, was transformed into a local treasure. And

like its predecessor, SFB knows how to deliver! Growing quickly, SFB has become a destination brewery surrounded by stunning vistas and outdoor activities that utilize the very best of locally-sourced ingredients. Their finely-crafted brews are produced by the wizardry of balancing scientific and creative approaches while not losing the sense of history of local craft beer creativity in their corner of the Catskills. SFB brews traditional craft Lager, Porter, Hefeweizen and IPA’s. Similar to the traits of the animal in its name, SFB’s cunning and subtle use of the right combinations don’t disappoint. “What makes SFB standout is our wood aged beers, i.e. using first generation barrels of Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Laphroaig and E&J Brandy to create a unique infusion of tastes that amazes one’s palate,” explains SFB Owner Bill Lenczuk. Another SFB favorite is their dry hopped gluten free cider/ale using a 250-year-old Edinburgh, Scotland yeast very unique very popular all four seasons. I have to plug one of SFB’s original recipe which is our fall Pumpkin ale based on the famous George

Above: Pull up a chair at the tasting room at the Shrewd Fox Brewery to sample beers named after local areas such as Highland and Yulan. Left: There are several different varieties of brews available on tap at the Fox’s tasting room. With all local sourced ingredients and names that will make you feel at home.

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Shrewd Fox Brewery 552 NY State Highway 55, Eldred, NY 12732 (845) 557-8255 shrewdfoxbrewery.com Hours are Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Washington's recipe, ‘how to make 5 gal., of Small Beer.’ I am sure George would approve. But aged into one of our Bourbon barrels would surely have our first president smile.” Also make sure to try SFB’s two tasty Belgian Farmhouse Ales - DeVenoge made with honey, coriander, seeds of paradise and orange peel, and Kutya which is made with Buckwheat, and Buckwheat honey. Lenczuk loves the creative entrepreneurial process of making craft beer in a small and independently-owned and run brewery. Their history is local, using Catskill water, and New York State Hops and Barley, earning them the local and regional distinction of being a “New York State Labeled Beer.” continued on page 12

Above: In the tasting room you receive an up close view of the brewing process. SFB Owner Bill Lenczuk is pouring some freshly fermented IPA. Below: On the go? Grab a SFB growler to take home with you to enjoy a taste of the Catskills while you reminisce of the good times you had at the microbrewery.

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Customers are encouraged to talk with the brewers and owners about their start, regional approach, and influence the designing and naming of SFB’s beers, as well as walk through the environmentally sustainability brewing process on their state of the art brew house and equipment. Indoor activities include Public House Chat or take the fun outside and visit the beer garden, play some corn hole and enjoy music. SFB received its Farm Brewery license in June of 2015 and has doubled its production every year and added a beer garden. “Our 2018 forecast is on track for another banner year with brew house expansion construction in the fall and warehouse space to expand our barrel aging Bourbon, Scotch and Brandy sales,” Lenczuk said.

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thai temptations! By Joseph Abraham

he weather outside is frightful, so awaken your taste buds this winter with a trip to Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant in Liberty, N.Y. Traditional favorites on the menu include Pad Thai and Thai Fried Rice, in addition to a variety of curries that customers rave are the best they’ve tasted, at varying spice levels. Warm yourself up this winter with one of

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