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hat could possibly draw you out into the bone-chilling cold of a Catskills winter? How about the sight of a bald eagle regally soaring above your head – or, even more breathtakingly, diving to earth, then suddenly swinging skyward with a fish in its talons? The Delaware Highlands Conservancy can give you that thrilling experience, in a group or on your own. Indeed, eagle-watching has become just about the most popular reason to visit our neck of the Catskills woods this time of year! To visit at your pace, the Conservancy’s Upper Delaware Visitor Center (176 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA) will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout January and February. Stop by to pick up a map and directions to the observation areas, watch a short film, view interpretive exhibits and speak with knowledgeable locals. Also on weekends in January and February, volunteers will be staffing observation areas throughout the region. The map is available at www.delawarehighlands.org/eagles/eaglewatching/map. Try eagle-watching with a group for an even better experience! Four bus tours are scheduled: January 14 and 28, and February 4 and 11, with departure times at 10 a.m. 4 C AT S K I L L S

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and 1 p.m. all four days (from the Visitor Center in Lackawaxen). 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. Bus seats are limited, and reservations are required; call 570-226-3164, 845583-1010, or email info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your spot – $20 for non-members; $15 for members. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, a camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. Note: Refunds are not issued unless the trip is cancelled due to weather on both Saturday and the typical Sunday snow date. The complete calendar of events is viewable at www.delawarehighlands.org/newsevents/eventdates. WINTER 2017


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The latest owners and operators of Heinle’s General Store – from the left, Michelle Market, Laura and Nick Santana, and Mike Papile – love what they do, and it shows in the food, decor and service inside this historic destination. One of the region’s best delis also features breakfast, to-go items and indoor/outdoor seating – plus there’s a diesel/gas station right on premises.

einle’s General Store has been the heart of Cochecton Center, NY for well over 100 years. And thanks to the Santana family, that heart continues beating strong. “We’re trying to make this place as good as it can be,” explains Mike Papile, Heinle’s coproprietor (with partner Michelle Market) and son of owners Laura and Nick Santana. It readily shows in the food, prepared in season with vegetables fresh from both Heinle’s own garden and the Gorzynski and Diehl farms just down the road. “We offer breakfast all day,” Mike notes, pointing out options way beyond bacon and eggs, like avocado toast and “The Sweety” (Nutella, banana, ricotta and powdered sugar on pressed challah bread). In addition to an array of burgers, appetizers and salads, Heinle’s is well-known for its huge Cuban and reuben sandwiches.

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“People compare them to the ones they get in Miami and Manhattan,” Mike proudly asserts. “We always have two or three daily specials,” adds mom Laura. “And we bake our own pies.” Looking to take out instead? Order ahead, then pick up chips, soda, wine and beer right at the store. (And fill up your car in the same trip – gas or diesel.) Or if you’re staying within 10 miles of the place, ask for delivery ($20 minimum), and you just may meet Mike at your front door! Other than major holidays, there’s never a day someone won’t take your order at Heinle’s – unusual in such a “middle of nowhere” locale. “We just figured if everyone else is closed, somebody’s got to be open seven days a week!” Laura explains. Heinle’s is an especially handy stop for people on their way to a Bethel Woods concert. Just eight miles away, the store is a prime continued on page 8

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he refurbished hardwood floor shines brighter than ever, the walls gleam thanks to a new paint job, the heat/AC have been restored to fine working order and the digital sound system is the best they’ve ever had. But everything that everybody loved about Skater’s World is still here – the food, the friends, the fun, the funky throwback decor, and of course, the skating. Darrin Edelglass is still here, as well, except now he’s the owner and operator with fiancee Amanda Gonzalez, having purchased the Ferndale, NY landmark three years ago from the family of late owner Ann Blake. “I worked for Ann in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” he remembers.“I started in the skate room and

Slide back in time to your childhood, when disco balls and roller skates meant a great time was ahead! It still is, thanks to Ferndale, NY’s Skater’s World, which has preserved all that gloriously old-fashioned fun while updating it with modern technology. The huge skating rink (at right) is a perfect spot to hone your limbo roller skills – or just to fly across the hardwood, as Maggie Hulse-Madri (upper right) skillfully demonstrated at her birthday party. While you’re welcome to bring your own skates and blades, Skater’s World offers hundreds of rental pairs from which to choose (far right), in all sorts of adult and children’s sizes. 10

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moved up to DJ, then managing.” This is indeed a place where memories are made every day, where parents who learned to roller-skate on the rink years back now fly ‘round its 8,400 square feet with their own kids. Darrin first set his feet atop wheels here as a Cub Scout, and re-creating that joy and excitement drives everything he does at Skater’s World. “Roller-skating was my sport,” he explains. “It’s just a lot of fun.” This is one of those special places where an entire family can enjoy each other’s company for hours on end – or have space to themselves. They can bring their own roller-skates or blades, or pick from Skater’s World’s 600 continued on page 12

Open Fridays 7-10 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Roller skating, roller derby and roller hockey offered, along with skate rentals, an arcade and a snack bar. Special events occur regularly,

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including Christian music night once a month. Groups up to and over 200 can be accommodated. Birthday parties are a specialty, starting at just $12.95 per child. Says Darrin, “You bring the cake, we do the rest!”

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he refurbished hardwood floor shines brighter than ever, the walls gleam thanks to a new paint job, the heat/AC have been restored to fine working order and the digital sound system is the best they’ve ever had. But everything that everybody loved about Skater’s World is still here – the food, the friends, the fun, the funky throwback decor, and of course, the skating. Darrin Edelglass is still here, as well, except now he’s the owner and operator with fiancee Amanda Gonzalez, having purchased the Ferndale, NY landmark three years ago from the family of late owner Ann Blake. “I worked for Ann in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” he remembers.“I started in the skate room and

Slide back in time to your childhood, when disco balls and roller skates meant a great time was ahead! It still is, thanks to Ferndale, NY’s Skater’s World, which has preserved all that gloriously old-fashioned fun while updating it with modern technology. The huge skating rink (at right) is a perfect spot to hone your limbo roller skills – or just to fly across the hardwood, as Maggie Hulse-Madri (upper right) skillfully demonstrated at her birthday party. While you’re welcome to bring your own skates and blades, Skater’s World offers hundreds of rental pairs from which to choose (far right), in all sorts of adult and children’s sizes. 10

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Skater’s World 1234 Old Route 17 Ferndale, NY 845-292-3288 skatersworldny.com facebook.com/skatersworldny

moved up to DJ, then managing.” This is indeed a place where memories are made every day, where parents who learned to roller-skate on the rink years back now fly ‘round its 8,400 square feet with their own kids. Darrin first set his feet atop wheels here as a Cub Scout, and re-creating that joy and excitement drives everything he does at Skater’s World. “Roller-skating was my sport,” he explains. “It’s just a lot of fun.” This is one of those special places where an entire family can enjoy each other’s company for hours on end – or have space to themselves. They can bring their own roller-skates or blades, or pick from Skater’s World’s 600 continued on page 12

Open Fridays 7-10 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Roller skating, roller derby and roller hockey offered, along with skate rentals, an arcade and a snack bar. Special events occur regularly,

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including Christian music night once a month. Groups up to and over 200 can be accommodated. Birthday parties are a specialty, starting at just $12.95 per child. Says Darrin, “You bring the cake, we do the rest!”

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pairs, ranging in size from a child’s 8 to an adult’s 14. Sitting rinkside gives you a front-row understanding of that intergenerational appeal – and of the sheer joy of gliding across the floor as your favorite song echoes off the walls. Not a skater? Lessons are eagerly offered by 49year skating veteran, roller derby judge and certified instructor Sylvia Ryan.Ten bucks gets you an hour-and-a-half of training, followed by up to three hours of free skating. Sylvia instills the skills of safe falls and proper balance, plus the fun of crossovers, marches and other attention-getting moves. “Skating is forever,” she nods.“There are people in their 90s who are still skating! I never stopped – I think it’s a way to stay young.”

Skater’s World is a popular and colorful destination for birthday parties (above). While you’ll need to bring your own cake, the rink offers plenty of food and drink, including delicious pizza (just ask Tyler Hulse, biting into a slice at right). Those who aren’t hungry or out skating can while away the hours at the arcade, whose pinball and air hockey games are yet another great throwback to the good ‘ol days.

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can help you identify what’s passed your way, as well as all the gear you need to make tracks of your own, whether you rent or buy. “If you do decide to buy, we refund the rental cost,” Lisa notes. Carbide-tipped hiking poles are her particular favorite, and she happily demonstrates them upon request. When paired with microspikes that easily attach to hiking boots, you can get close to that iced-over waterfall without unduly risking life and limb. “It’s like having four legs,” Lisa assures, relying on poles year-round when she ven-

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tures on to Catskill trails. And what trails they are! Not far from Morgan Outdoors is one of the easiest – a level three miles (round-trip) that skirts the back side of funky downtown Parksville, utilizing the right-of-way of the long-gone New York, Ontario & Western Railway. And the variety of trails within a 10-mile radius – both in length and difficulty – makes Livingston Manor a great jumping-off point. Whatever your level of outdoors experience, Lisa can precisely guide you to the best, most memorable hikes in this part of the Catskills. She even has hand-drawn maps which show just the needed landmarks and info. In fact, maps are her abiding love, and at Morgan Outdoors, you can find ones that show fascinating details of both past and present. Don’t want to go out? The carefully curated shop offers books, games and crafts for the family, gift ideas, and weekly classes in yoga, Pilates and stretch-from-a-chair for seniors. Naturally, workshops in hiking and snowshoeing are also regularly provided. “They give people confidence to go a little farther,” Lisa explains. “And more experienced adventurers will find what’s needed for their outings.” So don’t let the winter snows keep you cooped up. As Lisa knowingly shares, “Every day is a good day to be outside!” Morgan Outdoors 46 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY 845-439-5507 morgan-outdoors.com facebook.com/morganoutdoors

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Maps and history are twin loves of Morgan Outdoors owner Lisa Lyons, and that’s reflected in a large room at the far end of her shop. In addition to the latest topographical and hiking maps (left), Morgan Outdoors features an exhibit on local history, including the places of lodging and business that long attracted tourists. While some of the pictured spots (above) no longer exist, they remain points of interest to both visitors and locals. 16

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January 29, 2017 Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free

February 4, 2017 Eagle Watch Bus Tour 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 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, 845-5831010, or email info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your spot. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, and snacks.

February 5, 2017 Mad Hatters Winter Tea Social 1:00 pm Merry widows of the Superbowl unite! Moxie Alley invites you to attend the first annual Mad Hatters Winter Tea Social. A prize will be awarded for the most fabulous chapeau. So don’t forget to wear your best creation. Moxie Alley, 6 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, NY www.moxiealley.com Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free WINTER 2017

February 11, 2017 Wurtsboro Winterfest 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Free Ice carving, kid’s crafts & activities, art demonstrations & exhibits and more! Sullivan St.,Wurtsboro, NY

February 19, 2017 Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free

February 26, 2017 Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free

March 5, 2017 Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free

March 12, 2017 Soap Making Demonstration 1:00 pm, Free Supermarket soaps got you all in a lather? Moxie Alley is presenting a free natural soap making demonstration. Moxie Alley, 6 Pearl St. Livingston Manor, NY Callicoon Farmers’ Market 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Recurring Event, Free. At the Callicoon Farmers’ Market, you will find many farms in addition to food producers and artisans offering wine, hard cider, pasta, condiments, prepared foods, baked goods, ice cream, jam, honey, maple syrup, herbal tea blends, skin care products, pottery, woodwork and much more. And it’s all indoors at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd., Callicoon, NY. C AT S K I L L S C O N F I D E N T I A L

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Catskills Confidential Winter 2017