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SCVA Announces Annual Literature Exchange & Disney Institute Workshop

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The Sullivan County Visitors Association will host its annual Tailgate Literature Exchange and Barbecue on Thursday, May 7, on the campus of SUNY Sullivan. The event will be preceded on Wednesday, May 6, with a workshop by the Disney Institute geared toward quality service across all business and industry platforms. Registration for both events is open now and space is limited.

On Thursday, May 7, the SCVA will be holding its Annual Literature Exchange and Barbecue at SUNY Sullivan. Prior to the literature exchange, the SCVA will hold a free Hospitality Training Seminar at the college, open to anyone, at 3 p.m. The fun, interactive customer service training is designed to help organizations improve their customer service standards through effective communication, the development of transformational values and a common organizational purpose.

Bill Dustin, Events Administrator at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y., will share his experiences at the “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service” seminar, break down Disney’s “4-Keys” (their core standards/values) and explain how he uses them in everyday interactions at Mohawk Valley Community College. SCVA President Roberta Byron-Lockwood and SC Chamber President/CEO Cathy Paty, are both recent graduates of Disney’s training program.

The Annual Tailgate Literature Exchange & BBQ will commence at 5 p.m. Businesses will bring their current promotional material to share with one another, and enjoy a barbeque in SUNY Sullivan’s parking lot. Proud to Be Sullivan and YEL! are teaming up with the SCVA for the event, and to celebrate National Tourism Week. SCVA members will be allowed two free admissions to the Thursday events. Each additional SCVA member will cost $10 and non-members will cost $15. For registration, please contact the Sullivan County Visitors Association at 845-747-4449, or by email to pla@scva.net. The deadline to register is May 1.

The day before, on May 6th, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and SUNY Sullivan will welcome trainers from the Disney Institute of Orlando, FL. to the college’s campus to present a workshop entitled “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service.” Disney’s well known and transformational professional development program presents best practices, sound methodologies and real life lessons derived from the company’s business success. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at SUNY Sullivan and continues until 4 pm. Registration is extremely limited with a cost of $75 per person. To register for this event, visit www.disneyinstituteevite.com/LochSheldrakeNY05062015/LastChance.

“Who better to prepare the tourist pros of the Catskills, than the pros who wrote, and continuously rewrite, the book on customer experience – Disney,” said Byron-Lockwood. “Tourist season is already heating up and even bigger things for Sullivan County tourism are just around the corner.”

SCVA Announces Eagle Express Shuttle Service From NYC To Upper Delaware

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Sullivan County Visitors Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Eagle Express, a new shuttle service provided by Big V Enterprises, which will deliver passengers from New York City to the Upper Delaware River in the Sullivan County Catskills. The weekend round trips will begin on June 26th from Penn Station, and make four separate stops along the Delaware River.

The Eagle Express’s 21-passenger shuttle will receive passengers at New York City’s Penn Station on Friday afternoons for outbound trips, and return them to Penn Station on Sunday evenings. The first weekend of service will be June 26th and 28th, with additional service scheduled for July 3rd and 5th, July 10th and 12th, and July 17th and 19th.

Travelers will be able to relax throughout the duration of their ride, which connects with the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway for the majority of the route. The Friday evening leg includes stops in Lumberland, Barryville, and Narrowsburg in Sullivan County, with a final stop in Callicoon. On return trips, the shuttle departs Callicoon Sunday evening, and picks up riders in the same three towns before ultimately arriving back at Penn Station.

Although still in development, an online reservation system will be available at SCVA.net/eagleexpress for travelers’ convenience.

A one-way fare is $40, and riders are encouraged to book both legs of their travel at the same time to ensure seating on their return trip. Reservations must be made no later than the Tuesday prior to travel by 5 p.m. Luggage space is limited, and Eagle Express is unable to accommodate pets or recreational equipment (e.g., kayaks, bikes, etc.) at this time.

For a detailed Eagle Express schedule, including drop-off times along the route, visit the Sullivan County Visitors Association website, www.scva.net/eagleexpress. Direct questions regarding Eagle Express shuttle service to Big V Enterprises by phone at (845) 292-1639, or via email to eagleservice@bigventertainment.com.

SCVA Draws Attention with Winter Wonderland Initiative

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The Sullivan County Visitors Association’s all new Winter Wonderland in the Sullivan County Catskills package – including an informational page and photo contest – on SCVA.net have already gained significant popularity among visitors.

In December, 12 percent of SCVA.net’s total website traffic was the result of visitors to the Winter Wonderland pages. The month marked a 16-percent increase over November, unusual at a time when seasonality typically results in a notable decline in website traffic.

“Our recent digital focus on our region’s seasonality has fostered a new way to communicate with both our residents and visitors,” said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, SCVA president. “The feedback has been outstanding, and the contest images that are coming in provide such a unique view of some of our greatest assets.”

SCVA’s Winter Wonderland page offers a plethora of useful information to people planning a winter getaway. Easily accessible details include weather reports, dining, lodging, outdoor recreation options, and upcoming events.

The Winter Wonderland Photo Contest is hosted completely online, and allows for submissions through SCVA’s website and its Facebook page. The SCVA also welcomes submissions through both Twitter and Instagram. Users simply post their photo with the hashtag #SCWinterWonderland and include the details regarding where the image was taken.

“With every snowfall, we get flooded with a wave of new submissions,” Byron-Lockwood said.

The contest runs through Jan. 26; winners will be announced on Jan. 28. The photo with the most online votes will win one of several tourism-related prizes contributed from SCVA’s membership. Photographers may submit up to one photo per day.

Contest sponsors include Watermark Communications radio stations WSUL and WVOS, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, The Natural Contents Kitchen, Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets, Morgan Outdoors, and The Country Bum’kin Antiques.

Those SCVA members still interested in contributing prizes for the Winter Wonderland Contest are asked to contact Phyllis Andrews at pla@scva.net as soon as possible.

SCVA Expands Seasonal Focus with Winter Wonderland Initiative, Photo Contest

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Sullivan County Visitors Association is hosting its second online photo contest, this time centered on the region’s beauty during the winter season.

The organization’s first contest, focused on Fall Foliage, resulted in more than 1,000 votes cast for 174 photos submitted by 91 photographers.

“We want to carry that creative spark forward into the winter by encouraging people to take pictures at the ski slope or snap a shot of friends by a roaring fire,” said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, SCVA president. “We want photographers to get out there and mix it up with this contest.”

To make submitting even easier, the SCVA has expanded its social positioning by including both Twitter and Instagram. Users simply post their photo with the hashtag #SCWinterWonderland and include the details regarding where the image was taken. Submissions are also being accepted through the SCVA’s Facebook page and on the contest page.

The Winter Wonderland Photo Contest runs through Jan. 26, 2015; winners will be announced on Jan. 28, 2015. The photo with the most online votes will win one of several tourism-related prizes contributed from SCVA’s membership. Photographers may submit up to one photo per day.

“This is a perfect opportunity for our residents and visitors to look at our area with fresh eyes and truly appreciate its wintry beauty,” Byron-Lockwood said. “There’s just no place better.”

Contest sponsors include Watermark Communications radio stations WSUL and WVOS, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, The Natural Contents Kitchen, and Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets.

The SCVA has also created a digital Winter Wonderland Guide, which provides info about lodging, dining, events, winter recreation, and other activities.

Those SCVA members still interested in contributing prizes for the Winter Wonderland Contest are asked to contact Phyllis Andrews at pla@scva.net as soon as possible.

SCVA to honor TOAST Award winner at Holiday Celebration Dec. 4

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The Sullivan County Visitors Association will host its Annual Meeting & Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Mr. Willy’s Restaurant in Monticello.

During the festivities, the SCVA will announce the winner of the 12th Annual TOAST (Tribute to Outstanding Associate Serving Tourism) Award. TOAST Awards highlight the best employees and staff members in tourism – the people who make up the backbone of the industry in the Sullivan County Catskills today.

Presentations for the evening, sponsored by Mohegan Sun and Monticello Casino & Raceway, will also feature a detailed look at both the SCVA’s most recent accomplishments and its plans for the upcoming year.

“It’s been a very strong year for our organization and we’re looking forward to sharing all the great news with the Sullivan County tourism community,” SCVA President Roberta Byron-Lockwood said. “Plans are already underway for next year, and we’re confident that it will be our best yet.”

TOAST Award nominations are still being accepted, and the award is open to all SCVA member businesses. Nominations must be made by the business owner or manager.

SCVA members who nominate employees for a TOAST Award are asked to submit via mail or email materials supporting each award entry, such as photos, letters of commendation, positive customer feedback, and news clippings.

The winner of this year’s TOAST Award will receive the recognition of the county’s tourism industry.

“Please make sure your nominated employees are present at our Annual Meeting & Holiday Celebration,” Byron-Lockwood said. “Even if they aren’t the official winner, they’ll be glad to know you thought enough of their dedication and contribution to nominate them.”

Nominations should be addressed to Phyllis Andrews at pla@scva.net or by mail to “Sullivan County Visitors Association, 100 Sullivan Ave., Suite 2, P.O. Box 248, Ferndale, NY 12734”. For more information about nominations, call Phyllis at 845.747.4449.

Event Details:

Who: Open to all!
What: Annual Meeting & Holiday Reception
When: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Where: Mr. Willy’s Restaurant, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 3695 New York 42, Monticello, NY 12701
Cost: Members, NO COST; non-members, $40
RSVP: Email pla@scva.net or call 845.747.4449

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 SCVA.net 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 SCVA.net/Fall-Foliage 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 facebook.com/SullivanCountyCatskills.

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 scva.net/fall-foliage.

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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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.