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SCVA Launches First Annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest, Foliage at 10% Color Change

Friday, September 19th, 2014
The Sullivan County Visitors Association is proud to announce its first ever Fall Foliage Photo Contest, where visitors and residents are encouraged to submit their very best, most autumn-centric photos of the Sullivan County Catskills. Submissions are being accepted through and the SCVA’s Facebook page. “The contest allows our own residents and visitors to showcase their own view of the Sullivan County Catskills’ amazing fall colors,” said SCVA President Roberta Byron-Lockwood. “The images are meant to represent everyone’s individual experience and creative vision, whether they are pumpkin-picking, hiking, shopping, or flying across a zip line. We can’t wait to see what folks come up with.” Foliage-related selfies are welcomed, as are pictures that highlight Sullivan County businesses or landmarks in a creative way. The Fall Foliage Photo Contest runs through Oct. 27, and the photos with the most online votes will win one of several tourism-related prizes donated through SCVA’s membership. The winners will be announced on Oct. 28. Photos must be taken in Sullivan County during autumn 2014, and include the location, date, and photographer’s name. Visit to learn more about the contest, the region’s journey toward full foliage color, and other Foliage Fun that is happening in the Sullivan County Catskills, where foliage is exhibiting strong green colors, sprinkled with yellow and rust highlights, and the occasional spot of orange. The SCVA is also on the hunt for residents who would like to join the SC Peep Squad and submit regular foliage reports to

Sullivan County Showing First Signs of Autumn

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Sullivan County’s first signs of fall color have started to appear across the region’s foliage. According to the Sullivan County Visitors Association’s weekly update, approximately five percent of leaves in the Sullivan County Catskills are showing hints of yellow and red – with some individual trees already showing full color. “We are always inundated with visitors who love to explore the spectacular color that sweeps across our hillsides each fall,” said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, SCVA president. “We’re expecting an even greater influx this year, thanks in part to the video billboard we acquired in Times Square earlier this year and all of the media attention associated with the region just now.” “It’s a very exciting time in Sullivan County, and our hospitality experts are looking forward to welcoming new friends to the region,” she added. For the first time, the SCVA will be holding a foliage photo contest, the details of which will be announced shortly. In addition, the organization is on the hunt for a team of Leaf Peepers to join the SCVA Peep Squad, and submit regular reports via the SCVA’s Facebook page about changes to the region’s foliage. Sullivan County is renowned for its spectacular scenic views and brilliant red, yellow, and orange foliage colors. It is the home to a number of great fall events, including (but certainly not limited to): Von Steuben German Festival • Sept. 13, noon-6 p.m., Yulan Fire Department Ball Field The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods • Sept. 14, 21, and 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade • Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Grahamsville Fairground Wine Festival at Bethel Woods • Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Bethel Woods • Oct. 11, noon-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts TroutoberFest • Oct. 11-12, Beaverkill Angler, Roscoe, N.Y. The Sullivan County Visitors Association is a proud contributor to I Love NY’s foliage reports. SCVA will have more exciting fall foliage announcements soon. Learn more about fall events by heading to


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Opera comes to the Catskills

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Rodelinda at SCCC

Local Girl Makes the Big Time

Wednesday, 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.

Sweetest Ride Around II

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
St. Baldrick's Day in Eldred SUNDAY, September 18 THE CORNER IN ELDRED 577 RT. 55 ELDRED, NEW YORK 12732 10:00AM: HEAD SHAVINGS 3:00PM: HUMAN LINE OF HOPE 4:00PM: CONGA AGAINST CANCER 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

Agrarian Acts

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
NACL Theatre presents Agrarian Acts September 25, Noon-5PM. Agrarian Acts is a contempory county fair and production celebrating the multifarious ideas, enterprise and creative work of a New Generation of Farmers.

2011 Hardy Bros. Cup Champions

Friday, August 12th, 2011
[gallery] 2011 Hardy Bros. Cup Champions August 7,2011
     at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
     The first Hardy Bros. Cup bamboo rod casting competition was held on August 6 & 7, 2011 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  This unique competition was designed to encourage everyone with a bamboo rod to participate.   Casters were required to use a bamboo fly rod 9' in length or less, with  their own fly reel with a floating fly line, and a 7'6"  leader.  A sight fly was provided.  Fly rods 7'11" and under were given advantage  handicaps for length.   Casters were allowed up to 6 practice casts before delivering 2 distance casts and one  accuracy cast to be counted as points.
    This first competition was attended by both recognized professional and amateur bamboo rodmakers and the casual bamboo fly rod users.    This diverse competition brought out young and old from 8 to 80, those from distant countries, and highly recognized individuals including Joan Wulff, Per Brandin, Mke Canazon, Tim Abbott among  many others. 
   First Prize in the maiden  Hardy Bros. Cup received the first 100th year commemorative C.C. France custom fly rod by Hardy Master Rodmakers Tom Moran and Callum Gladstone, and their name engraved in the perpetual Hardy Cup, made by Tiffany, and on display at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.  Second and third place finishers were presented with Hardy fly reels, and all casters received an ICast Button (to get it, you had to cast it).  
 Taking the honors this year were:
        First Place- Masaki Takemoto, Japan
        Second Place - Jin Woo Lee, Canada
       Third Place-  Mike McFarland, USA
    The Annual Hardy Bros. Cup casting competition was a joint co-operative between Hardy/Greys North America and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  As desired, this brought out a large audience reaching all levels and corners of the world.  August 2012 dates to follow.
For more information contact Jim Krul, CFFCM,
    or  Jim Murphy,  Hardy Greys North America