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Festival antique appraisals benefit Historical Society

Bob Connelly, a nationally recognized antiques appraiser and auctioneer, will provide verbal appraisals of antiques for visitors to the sixth annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the history tent. A fee of $4, or $10 for three items, will be charged, with proceeds going to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown.


Floats wanted for Holiday Treasure Express parade

The second annual Holiday Treasure Express, a community-wide holiday celebration and “shop local” campaign, makes its return this year with a brand new twist. A major parade up Margaretville’s Main Street, with bands, floats, antique cars, and lots of other surprises has been scheduled for November 29 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) to kick off the season-long event.


50th Shavertown Old Home Day celebrated

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The 50th Shavertown Old Home Day was held on Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Pleasant Valley Meeting House on the Tremperskill Road, Andes. Sixteen people attended. Bob and Alice Jacobson opened the Meeting House for us and provided coffee and tea. Bob and Alice and Jean Butler displayed their pictures of homes taken by the reservoir.


Margaretville Cauliflower Fest features down home fun Saturday

Jumping frogs, rumbling tractors, a barrel train and a mystifying magical performance will add to the fun at the Sixth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the village park. The event is free and is held rain or shine. It is sponsored by the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce.


Thrift Shop fashions all the rage of Hospital Auxiliary show

By Dorothy Jennings
Anyone laboring under the misconception that women are the weaker sex has never witnessed Black Friday’s annual shopping frenzy offering super sales beginning as early as Midnight following Thanks-giving dinner. News reports screening women frantically battling over a marked down item in Wal-Mart or Bloomingdale’s will testify to the tenacity of shopaholics possessing a shared trait near and dear to the hearts of most ladies, a bargain!
And there were bargains galore on Saturday afternoon during the Fifth Annual Fashion Show sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital. Ranging from sporty attire to elegant gowns, there was something for every taste.


Final Yankee Stadium game comes 76 years after first visit

Willis Marks attended first game during 1932 season
By Julia Green
At 86 years of age, Margaretville native Willis Marks has a few different “claims to fame” to his name.


Horizons show opening at Longyear

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring Transitory Horizons, a solo exhibition by Ann Lee Fuller. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, September 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ann Lee Fuller describes her work as being “a combination of literal and abstract, a meeting of contrasts.” Her well known work is inspired by the shifting weather of the Catskill Mountains rural landscape with its transitory horizons and unique moments of light created when sky meets land.


Civil War comes to life at School House program

By Julia Green
Saturday, Sept. 20 marked the 145th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Chickamauga, a Civil War battle that signaled the end of a Union offensive in Tennessee and Georgia. Because the Union advance was stopped, the battle was considered a Confederate victory, though it was one of the deadliest of the war, claiming over 34,000 lives.
Traveling historian Charles Slater of Margaretville was joined by Jim Hitchcock as Abraham Lincoln and Ron Galley as Confederate soldier James Thadeus Holtzclaw at a Civil War program at the Stone School House in Dunraven on Saturday, the focus of which was the Battle of Chickamauga.


Autumn concert Saturday at Skene features local resident James Krueger

James Krueger will give a free one-hour concert/reading entitled “Autumn: A Celebration of the Season in Words and Song” at the Skene Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery,” Krueger is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest.


Gillibrand supporters rally in New Kingston

More than 40 people joined Alan Dee and Frank Buffone at their New Kingston residence Saturday afternoon for a “Farm Country Rally for Gillibrand.” Representative Kirsten Gillibrand is running for reelection to New York’s 20th U.S. Congressional District.


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