Chamber's Outdoor Festival offers three days of adventure

Margaretville — The first-ever Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday for a full weekend of recreational events and activities that will celebrate the natural assets and cultural history abundant in the Central Catskills of New York State. The festival is in Margaretville, in the village park behind Freshtown and on Main Street, and also on the trails, waterways, and roads throughout the Catskill Mountains.

The festival kicks off Friday with historical exhibits, films and food. Activities will include stargazing at the great lawn behind the Delaware & Ulster Railroad along Route 28 in Arkville. Starting at 7:30 p.m., bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy waiting for the dark night sky to descend upon us with songs and storytelling brought to you by James Krueger and Craig Appolito who will entertain.

As the sky darkens Professor Jason Smolinski, from SUNY Oneonta’s Astronomy Department will begin a tour featuring highlights of the summer/autumn sky. Learn about the mythological origins of some of the constellations and look through telescopes to see a handful of summer deep sky objects – star clusters and nebulae.

Saturday will feature a festival of activities including fishing, boating, outdoor vendors, food, music and other demonstrations.

On Sunday get out and boat the East Branch of the Delaware River and on the Pepacton Reservoir, hike the Catskill Park, bicycle along country roads and walk or explore our hometown communities.
The Saturday festival will be centered in Margaretville where information from regional outdoor recreational and outfitter businesses and organizations will showcase the many opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, skiing and exploration of the Catskill Park and the streams and reservoirs which make up the Catskill NYC watershed region.
Planned activities will encourage exploration along Catskill Park trails, paddling in the Pepacton Reservoir and cycling along planned routes. Maps, brochures, displays and activity schedules will be available. 

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