Great Outdoor Festival Saturday in village

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Margaretville — The Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival will be held along Main Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The focus of the event, which has free admission, will be the many outdoor activities available in the Catskill Region. The day will include numerous theme-related events from vendors who will set up shop along Main Street.
The Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival is just one event in a series of weekend happenings — dubbed the Central Catskills Getaway Giveaway — designed to help visitors (and residents) appreciate the region’s many wonders. A number of participants are offering special discounts for the weekend (see details below).
At the Margaretville fest, visitors can also learn how to fly-fish with Licensed Guide Aaron Engel or paddle along the Binnekill Stream with Catskill Outback Adventure staff (a fee), visit with the Catskill Mountain Club volunteers and the NY/NJ Trail Conference where hiking maps will be for sale.
Participants can enjoy great food and there will be wine tastings at the Margaretville Liquor Store. Entertainment begins at noon when Joey D — magician and balloon artist extraordinaire — invites kids to participate in his magic act. The astonishing USA Shaolin Marshal Arts team will provide demonstrations during the event.
A 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Catskill Mountain Boys will share their blue grass infused tunes. Up at 2 p.m., festival visitors can sing along with singer/guitarist Jason Starr and celebrate the tunes of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and more.
The Catskill Mountain Cycling Club gets things rolling at 10 a.m. when club volunteer Lucci Kelly guides the annual Ride n Peak from Margaretville around a portion of the Pepacton Reservoir to the Shavertown Bridge. The 25-mile ride will get underway at 10 a.m. with cyclists returning to the village about noon. Riders should meet for the Ride-n-Peak at the walking bridge over the Binnekill Stream.
Ron O’Connor, another Catskill Mountain Cycling Club (catskillmountaincyclingclub.com) volunteer, will lead a longer version of the Ride-n-Peak, a 54-mile ride up the Barkaboom to Beaverkill campsite, back over Holiday Brook and then back to Margaretville. Participants in the challenging 54-mile ride will gather in the parking lot next to The Flour Patch on Bridge Street at 10 a.m.
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will offer information on its many activities and research projects. Visitors can learn about the progress of the East Branch Access project with Aaron Bennett.

Other events — part of the Central Catskills Getaway Giveaway include:
• On Friday, Aug. 23, relax on the lawn behind the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (durr.org) in Arkville and view the night skies through telescopes when Associate Professor Jason Smolinksi, from SUNY Oneonta, opens eyes to the beauty of the solar system. Free.
• If you enjoy laughter, take in a comedy show at the Belleayre Music Festival (belleayremusic.org). On Friday, at 8 p.m., red-hot rising star Harrison Greenbaum performs in the Belleayre Comedy Club. On Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., laugh queen Rita Rudner brings her special brand of humor to the stage. Both shows are Rated R. To enjoy special savings, call 845 254-5600, ext. 1344 and ask for the “Getaway” ticket offer.
• On both Saturday and Sunday, relax on a scenic ride aboard the Delaware and Ulster Railroad on a roundtrip from Arkville to Roxbury. Ask about “Getaway” buy one, get one tickets being offered for this weekend. Trains leave the Arkville station at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m.
• On Saturday, the annual Shandaken Day will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the proposed site of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper. Included will be old-fashioned games, food, music and annual community awards.
• There will be an introduction to golfing at the Meadows Golf Center, located along Route 28 in Margaretville on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. There will also be a geocaching experience at Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower for an all-day adventure – contact Laurie Rankin, at 845 926-2182.

Sunday happenings
• RoxFestNY, starring Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, will be held at Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury on Sunday from noon-10 p.m. Hometown girl Arliegh Kincheloe leads the up and coming band. The outdoor music festival also features the Blues Maneuver, Coyote Love and Hello, Seattle — winner of the Andes Battle of the Bands contest. For discounted tickets visit roxfestny.com and ask for the “Getaway” offer or call 607 326-4754.
• On Sunday, take a hike along the newly opened Shavertown Trail in Andes at 11 a.m. or paddle on the Pepacton Reservoir from the Shavertown launch starting at 11 a.m. The Catskill Mountain Club sponsors both of these outings.
• Experience the slow-paced waters of Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville and take advantage of a buy one, get one paddle on Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. This serene lake offers a wetland type experience with blue herons, turtles resting on logs and a tranquil setting for paddling pleasure.
• Visitors are invited to explore the Shaolin Temple summer camp in Fleischmanns at 11 a.m. on Sunday to learn about their program of martial arts and training. Complete details are listed in the ad in this newspaper or visit the calendar of events at: centralcatskills.com.
Take a look at all of the outdoor activities offered free or with discounted prices for this weekend in the ad in this paper.