Sullivan County Catskills nostalgia stokes future hopes

August 26th, 2014

There’s nothing like the hope of a bright future to bring to life thoughts of the past.

And what a past it was here in Sullivan County, where hundreds of resort hotels, summer camps, boarding houses, and bungalow colonies made up one of the most bustling tourist stops in the world.

Still, the decades-old dream of casino gambling is getting closer and closer to a possible reality, with two Sullivan County projects in the running for one of our region’s two future casino sites.

It seems like with each step we take forward, the deeper our need to remember times of the past. Sullivan County is bustling with memories, with organizations from east to west, north to south, putting on one “remember when” fest after another.

Just this past Sunday, the Liberty Museum & Arts Center hosted its 13th Conference, 500 Hotels! Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills: Past, Present and Future. The full-day event included a robust list of some of the most impressive Catskill historians and storytellers.

And just a few weeks ago, the Times Herald-Record re-launched its Classic Catskills online initiative (, pre-gaming its 44-page special book, Inside Classic Catskills. Both the book and the website tell some of Sullivan County’s greatest “heyday” stories, and include interviews, rare photos, and memorabilia.

But it wasn’t just the resorts that made Sullivan County a place worth remembering. We also have the honor of surviving the most amazing and free-wheeling concert ever – Woodstock.

With its 45th anniversary upon us, the whole county has become wrapped in a purple haze of Woodstock mania. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and other local organizations have celebrated the 1969 Woodstock music festival’s history and its unique place in American counterculture all year. Tribute bands and exhibits and music festivals and… the list could go on forever.

The memory collecting is so strong that you can probably find another dozen Woodstock- or Borscht Belt-related events on our calendar ( nearly every weekend through the end of the year.

Still, while memories of Sullivan County’s tourism-centric past still linger, we as a community need to remember to also stay focused on supporting our region’s future by standing behind both of the Concord projects. Casino applicant presentations will take place over the course of three days in Albany, beginning on Sept. 8. The interest is so high that the New York State Gaming Commission has even made arrangements to stream the presentations live on its website (

Either casino (although we still have our hopeful fingers cross for BOTH) would bring in top-tier performers, boost the economy with direct and indirect jobs, and become a massive contributor to the future of Sullivan County’s tourism industry.

It would be like Sullivan County’s homecoming – only better.



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December 22nd, 2011

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December 13th, 2011

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Local Girl Makes the Big Time

November 9th, 2011

Erin Slaver, formerly of Liberty, will be playing backup violin tonight for Rascal Flatts at the Country Music Association Awards, and will be part of the house band playing a tribute to Glenn Campbell!
Erin, who started Suzuki violin lessons at age 4, has grown up performing throughout the area with her father, John Slaver, whom many of you know as an accomplished guitarist as well.

As Erin was growing up, the father and daughter act were regular hits on the Bethel Woods Harvest Festival stage, at the Historic Eddy Farm Inn and Sports Resort as well as numerous other area hotels and venues.

After graduating Stony Brook, Erin was making it big in the NYC circuit, playing the Bitter End and elsewhere this winter. But she decided just weeks ago to pack it up and move to Nashville – where it appears she belongs.

Roscoe, NY Ultimate Fishing Town USA

November 4th, 2011

Ultimate Fishing Town Roscoe, NY

Sweetest Ride Around II

September 20th, 2011

$10 entry fee per car; $5 All you can eat BBQ; Spectators are asked to bring non-parishable food items

Sweetest Ride around is a car show open to all makes and models classic, muscle cars, and exotics. Judging and prizes will be awarded. There will be entertainment all day provided by Thunder 102 featuring a number of live entertainers. There will be a buffet pig roast with all the trimmings for $5/plate. All proceeds to benefit Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless. Pre-registration requested. Entertainment, Food and Prizes all day.

St Baldrick’s Day

September 15th, 2011

St. Baldrick’s Day
in Eldred
SUNDAY, September 18
577 RT. 55


Live entertainment, great raffle prizes, food. Sponsor a letter, name or word in our Human Line of Hope for $10 a letter
Special tribute to our troops and veterans in our Line of Pride
Live on air broadcast and streaming online by WSUL 98.3 and WVOS 95.9
Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

For more information contact 557-3321