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Contents Take off with your own set of wings - - - - - - - - 12 By Dan Hust A pilot and lover of the wild blue yonder, Dan Hust explores the sport of hang gliding along the Shawangunk Ridge in Ellenville. Whether you want to watch – or try this exhilarating sport yourself – you will want to see what fun they are having at Mountain Wings.
Plenty of new at Tennanah Lake Golf Club - - - 24 By Ed Townsend One of Sullivan County’s most panoramic golf courses is in the midst of some major upgrades to its grounds and amenities. Join veteran golfer Ed Townsend as he tells what Sullivan County’s oldest golf course is up to and how to score well on its 18-hole layout.
Right at home at the Carriage House - - - - - - - 36 By Kaitlyn Carney The galloping gourmet of Catskill-Delaware Country, Kaitlyn Carney takes an epicurean journey down Route 97 to the tiny hamlet of Barryville, where she uncovers a landmark with excellent food, great service and many hidden surprises.
Catskill-Delaware Wildlife: The Chipmunk - - - 48 By Kathy Daley What the chipmunk lacks in stature it certainly makes up for in wit and cunning. Join Kathy Daley as she explores the subterranean life of this little creature as well as its above ground world and what they do to survive.
Back from near extinction - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60 By Eli Ruiz The wild turkey – and its protective chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation called the Longbeards – both neared extinction. But through good conservation management both have breathed new life. Learn all about them from their President Butch Kortright.
On the road to Rio with rod & reel - - - - - - - - 66 By Sportsmen’s Federation President Jack Danchak Join one of Sullivan County’s most avid outdoorsmen as he explores the wonderful waters of the Rio Reservoir.
Summer Calendar - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 85 Find out what’s going on in Catskill-Delaware Country this summer! Never a dull moment
Sections Arts/Entertainment . . . . 82 Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 96 Callicoon . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Delaware County . . . . . 90 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fallsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Honesdale/Wayne Cty. . 62 10 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SUMMER 2014
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Sure, the view’s beautiful from underneath a soaring hang glider, but how much more stunning it is when you’re the one flying through the clear Catskill Mountain air!
Hang gliding in the ’Gunks:
Take off with your own set of wings BY DAN HUST
tanding atop the Shawangunk Ridge, the highest peaks of the Catskills directly ahead, you wonder: Can I really do this? Can I actually fly like a bird does? Greg Black knows the feeling. He experienced it 39 years ago, when he first rigged himself into a hang glider. A running start quickly launched him into the air, and those age-old questions were answered. Yes, I CAN! “It’s like what you dreamt about as a kid,” he 12 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SUMMER 2014
grins. “It’s complete freedom on a three-dimensional level,” agrees Josh McMillan. Greg owns Mountain Wings, a hang gliding shop and training school operating on the outskirts of Ellenville, NY since 1980. Josh is one of his U.S. Hang Gliding Association-certified instructors. They introduce about 1,000 people every year to the exhilarating sport. “Every time I land, it feels like I’ve cleansed my soul,” Josh relates. “Women pilots,” adds a still-grinning Greg, “call it an ‘airgasm’.” Your choice of words may be the same – or
Mountain Wings’ ramp is located on a small knoll jutting out from the Shawangunk Ridge, about 1,500 feet above Ellenville, NY. You take off facing the Catskill Mountains’ highest peaks, then soar over the Rondout Valley.
stronger – when you first feel the ground drop out from under your feet. Videos and images on Mountain Wings’ website, www.mtnwings.com, show what it’s like: the wind whistling past your face, buildings and cars slowly shrinking far below, the green valleys giving way to the bluish mountains. The winds and topography combine to give this part of Catskill-Delaware country a great advantage in getting aloft with minimal effort. Indeed, just south of Mountain Wings’ location sits the Wurtsboro Airport, billed as the oldest soaring site in the U.S. (though being an airport, it’s geared more towards gliders and planes than hang gliders). If you’ve never even watched hang gliders soar effortlessly over the countryside, it’s time to take a trip to Ellenville. Pick a sunny day when the wind is out of the northwest. Climbing NYS Route 52 east out of Ellenville will take you up the side of the Shawangunk Ridge, passing just underneath Mountain Wings’ launch pad. Pulloffs along 52 provide
ample spots to catch the hang gliders in flight – and view the spectacular Catskills scenery. Back on the valley floor, taking U.S. Route 209 south of Ellenville will shortly bring you to CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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Instructors at Mountain Wings will ensure you have the proper training, clothing and equipment to fly safely, comfortably and memorably.
Hang Glider Road – where else? – and at its end you’ll find Mountain Wings itself. Here you can watch the hang gliders land, train to fly one yourself, or just hang out with about as laid-back a group of enthusiasts as you’ll ever find. “We’re open every day except Wednesday, April through December,” says Greg, whose shop is a place of wonder, filled with all things aviation-related, including an historic plane undergoing renovations. He’s just as happy showing you videos of his own trips aloft and recounting records set by local flyers: longest flight – 11 hours and 20 minutes; longest distance – 201 miles; highest height – 13,800 feet. Typically, hang gliders here slip along the air currents at about 1,000-7,000 feet up – high enough that if something were to go wrong, your parachute would gently float you back down to earth. But the vast majority of hang gliders experience flights free of anything but pure exhilaraCONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club STORY AND PHOTOS BY ED TOWNSEND
ennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club, with this year’s spring opening, celebrates 104 years as the oldest golf course operating in Sullivan County. Over the past 10 years the course and clubhouse facilities have seen major renovations. In 2007 the front nine holes underwent major changes, with two new greens added on holes four and nine, and new cart paths were added, along with tee boxes re-sodded and bunker
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improvements. In 2006 the clubhouse was totally renovated, which included an enlarged pro shop, an expanded dining area and grill, and the addition of new outside dining decks which offer golfers a 60-mile panoramic view of the magnificent Catskills. This year, The Grill Restaurant and bar saw major renovations, with the expansion of the restaurant area and a new bar facing the golf course and the panoramic view. The land for this facility was purchased in
Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club staff members include, from the left, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Joe Meyer, Golf Course Superintendent Will O’Brien, General Manager Mary Paula Wagner, Pro Shop Manager and Director of Golf Bret Reimer and Sous Chef Andrew Scott Hepner.
1910 by the Wolff Brothers. Alfred Tull did the ity. redesign of the golf course in the 1950s and one The course has a new signature hole – No. 14 – of the highlights at the course was the exhibition presently under design and probably will not be play of Sam Snead in 1952, with Sam calling the in play until next season. The new challenge to layout one of the longest and most challenging golfers will include the construction of two ponds on both sides of the courses he had ever played. green on No. 14. When the course was This beautifully situated expanded to 18 holes, six of Play and stay and pay… the original nine were utilized Director of Golf Bret Reimer noted that the golf course also offers a large in the design. Pro Shop is now carrying a full line of equip- tennis complex, a practice The facilities are presently ment from Taylor Made, Calloway and Under putting green, a driving owned by Love Realty of New Armour. Reimer noted that the present spring range, the full service pro rates through May 23 include 18 holes /cart for York and Florida and its CEOs, $25, after 2 p.m. $20 and on weekends $40. shop, The Grill Restaurant Burton and Lucielle Hand- After May 23 rates for 18 holes w/cart will be and bar, an outdoor swim$32 and on weekends and holidays $45. elsman. ming pool, The Inn’s rooms, Stay and Play pricing, including the motel, townhouses and the Wolff’s town house and Frankel House, are available by CREATING SIGNATURES 1910 Catering Hall for wedcalling the clubhouse at 607-498-5000. Signature holes are a part of dings and customized caterthe golf course scenery today ing events. and in 2012 Tennanah Lake created a signature SOMETHING NEW hole at No. 12, located on the back nine. The Golfers this season will find new tee signs, tee green at this hole has a man-made pond in front of the green, and golfers must take a different markers and ball washers. In addition to facility improvements major approach to score well on this dogleg right fairway which runs 491 yards from the blue tee. personnel changes that have taken place this The green fronting pond also features a fountain which adds a nice touch to this golfing facilCONTINUED ON PAGE 27 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SUMMER 2014 • 25
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season include a new golf course superintendent, assistant golf course superintendent, restaurant manager, chef and events coordinator. Will O’Brien of Narrowsburg is the new golf course superintendent and formerly worked at the Sunnybrook Golf Club near Philadelphia, PA, and the Villa Roma Golf Course. He is a graduate of the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management studies. Joe Meyer from Damascus, PA, is the new assistant golf course superintendent and has been previously employed at the Villa Roma Golf Course. O’Brien noted that he has 10 general golf course maintenance people on staff. Angelica Sandoval, from Callicoon, is the new manager of The Grill restaurant and brings 13 years of experience in the food service industry to her new job. Her former employment includes the MGANL in Livingston Manor, Delightful Catering in Ossining, Monteverde Restaurant Inn and Spa at Cortland Manor, and the Westchester Renaissance Hotel in White CONTINUED ON PAGE 29
The Grill Restaurant manager Angelica Sandoval carves a ham while Sous Chef Andrew Scott Hepner looks on.
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The Tennanah Lake Golf Course Signature Hole is No. 12 on the back nine and features a man-made pond with a fountain in front of the green. A new signature hole will be added next year at hole No. 14 with a pond on each side of that green.
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Sarah Lee, formerly from Norfolk, VA, and now living in Callicoon Center, is the new Events Coordinator, bringing 16 years of restaurant experience to her new job which includes bridal consulting, decorator, coordination with vendors, management of the waitress staff and coordinator of events. Mary Paula Wagner from Roscoe remains as General Manager, starting her second year in that position. She handles all of the bookkeeping and accounting duties and is manager of this facility. Bret Reimer of Hortonville remains as Pro Shop Manager and Director of Golf, where he provides customer service, hiring of front desk personnel, league coordinator and all of the pro shop operations.
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The layout of this 18hole golf course provides any golfer with lots of opportunities to enjoy a great round of golf. Playing the course from the blue tees holes one through nine look like this. Hole No. 1 is a 355yard par 4 with a slight dogleg to the left. Take your tee shot to the left center. A trap is on the right front section of the green. Hole No. 2 is a 547yard par 5 featuring a narrow opening in front of the tee but the fairway then opens up some 75-100 yards from the tee. A straight tee shot is a must here or a lot of trouble will greet you on the left and right. A sand trap is on the left side of the green. A long straight tee shot and a solid secCONTINUED ON PAGE 31
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ond shot slightly down hill makes this green reachable in two and a good par or birdie. Hole No. 3 is a 379-yard par 4 slightly uphill with a dogleg left. Best tee shot is right center on top of the hill. From here there is still a slight uphill shot. From 50 to 60 yards from the green there is a small deep ditch which runs across the fairway. Hole No. 4 is a 192-yard par 3. Drive it left center and there is a trap on the left side of this green. Proper selection of your club off the tee will help in reaching this green. Hole No. 5 is a 358-yard par 4 with a dogleg left. Some trees will come into play if you hit left. Hole No. 6 is a 413-yard par 4 which presents every golfer one of the smallest openings from the tee to the fairway. Better keep it straight off the tee; the fairway does open up to the left and there are trees to the right. Best tee shot is left center. Some 100-yards from the tee there is water running in a small stream across the fairway. A trap on the left and right sides of the green also is a challenge. Hole No. 7 is a 435-yard par 5 and the fairway runs straight uphill. This is where you let it all out, with as long a tee shot as you can muster, and then a long iron or fairway wood to this green, which has a trap on the right side. Hole No. 8 is a 312-yard par 4. Sand traps are on the left and right sides of the green and a large tree guards the front of the green, which
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makes for an interesting approach shot, to say the least. Hole No. 9 is a 190-yard par 3 slightly uphill and seems to play much longer than the card reads. A tough par 3 but a good tee shot to the green results in a birdie or par. Sand traps are at the front and back of this green. The front nine plays 3,181 yards with a par 36. The Back Nine Playing the blue tees the back nine holes can definitely be labeled as offering golfers some long uphill fairways and here are our tips for a successful round. Hole No. 10 is a 373-yard par 4 with a dogleg to the right. Take your tee shot to the center of the fairway. Don’t go right or the trees will block your second shot to the green. Sand traps guard the left and right front of the green and the right rear. Your second shot makes or breaks your score on this hole. Hole No. 11 is a 186-yard par 3 which tends to play shorter than the yardage posted. Sand traps are on the right and left. If you overshoot this green, there is a downhill slope in the back of CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
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the green. Hole No. 12 is a 491-yard par 5 with a dogleg right some 100 plus yards off the tee. Keep the driver in the bag on this tee shot. There is water in front of the green and traps surround this green. We classify this hole a “real good” golf hole and your par 5 can be a challenge here. Hole No. 13 is a 329-yard par 4 with an uphill open fairway with a slight dogleg to the left. Sand traps are in front of this very large green so hitting an accurate approach shot near the pin is important. Hole No. 14 is a 548-yard par 5 and is the longest hole at Tennanah Lake. The fairway runs downhill, there is a pond on the left, keep your ball in the center of the fairway as it narrows going into the green. Stay out of the ditch which runs across the fairway, some 300 yards off the tee. Traps front right and left. Hole No. 15 is a 419-yard par 4, uphill and a straight open fairway. There is a unique covered bridge here which connects the 15th and 16 fairways and this tends to be a conversation piece for all golfers. There is a sand trap on the left and right of this small but challenging green.
Hole No. 16 is a 413-yard par 4 with the fairway running downhill and trees all along the left. Stay in the middle/right side of the fairway to keep out of trouble. There is a sand trap on both the left and right of this green. Hole No. 17 is a 196-yard par 3 with an elevated green. Tends to play longer than it looks, and it takes a good tee shot with a long iron or wood to the green to score your par. Sand traps are on the left and right front of this green. Hole No. 18 is a 408-yard- par 4 with an open fairway running uphill. Keep down the middle. Traps right and left sides of this green. This back nine runs a total of 3,365 yards and records a par 36. Total yards for the 18-holes from the blue tees is 6,546 with a par of 72. This golf course, restaurant, tennis courts and remaining facilities can be reached at 607-4985000. Website is www.tennanah.com.
About the author: Ed Townsend is an active sportsman who writes a weekly Bowling and Golfing column for the Sullivan County Democrat as well as an opinion column.
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The impressive exterior of the Carriage House attracts a lot of attention from travelers along Route 97 in Barryville. The lions are reproductions of the ones that stood guard when the restaurant was Reber’s.
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he Carriage House in Barryville is part of the historic landscape along the Delaware River. The building, designated a landmark, has been a restaurant and motel since the early 1900s. Husband and wife team Attila and Agnes Benke purchased the restaurant in 2000 and have enjoyed bringing their culinary talents to the area and its many visitors. The Carriage House offers multiple options for dining, including seasonal patio seating, formal dining room and a more casual area in the bar.
The hand-carved wooden barroom echoes the history of the building, and much of the original character has been maintained in the extensive renovations the Benke’s completed. Area bartender Caesar Feltrin, a staple in the Town of Highland dining scene, serves up specialty cocktails, draft and bottled beer, wine by the bottle or glass. Attila and Agnes are dedicated to providing the CONTINUED ON PAGE 39
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home-style food they grew up on in Europe, sourcing fresh quality ingredients for their menu items and crafting innovative daily and weekly specials and fresh soups. They bake their own bread, make their own stock and au jus, and many of their desserts and salad dressings. Their goal is to provide fresh, high quality, home-made, tasty food that people can enjoy. Agnes worked diligently perfecting one of their newest special appetizers, avocado egg rolls. She found the best wrapper, consistency of fill-
‘Agnes worked dilligently perfecting one of their newest special appetizers, avocado egg rolls.
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ing (avocado, red onion, and sundried tomatoes) and fried them to perfection. Specials vary and include a soup, appetizers, meat, fish and chicken. They have included the avocado egg rolls, fried brie, roasted duck, smoked baby back ribs, chateaubriand, and chicken Viennese. Menu staples include breaded stuffed mushrooms, spinach ravioli, breaded and deep fried Swiss cheese, smoke salmon, calamari, and shrimp cocktail. For salads they offer the Carriage House, a blend of mesclun, avocado, fresh mozzarella balls, fresh tomato, Parmesan and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Also try the Mediterranean, arugula, or classic Caesar. Entrees of steak and seafood, as well as traditional dishes of Jaeger or Weiner schnitzel, Gypsy pork, or Hungarian goulash are served with a salad, fresh-baked bread, vegetable, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 43
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Agnes worked to perfect the Avocado Egg Rolls, a menu special. Egg roll wrappers, stuffed with avocado, red onion, and tomato are a great starter. Served with dipping sauce, the distinct dishes are as flavorful as they are colorful!
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vating it cabin by cabin, even rebuilding the pool. Agnes said, “The key to our success is our service and our menu. Our main goal is to prepare and sell real food, the food we grew up on. We started with the food that we love, included German and Hungarian dishes, and offer seasonal dishes. It’s a family business… my mom used to do the dishes and make apple streudel, when we opened our two year-old son played maître d and greeted our customers in tuxedo.” Agnes and Attila continue to expand their business, offering off-site catering and events, throughout the area and into NYC. They’ve welcomed a river livery to launch canoe and rafting trips from a rented portion of their riverfront property. Visit them at 3351 Route 97 in Barryville, call them at 845-557-0400 or visit their website www.TheCarriageHouseNY.com
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