Beautiful articles and beautiful art notice what we might otherwise miss. Kara Zuaro writes about 3 such places.
Catskill is not Hunter, or Tannersville (where one goes to play after skiing or snowboarding), and it is not Hudson. I live in Catskill, on Main Street. It’s just one block long but is live. It seems neither derivative nor presumptuous. Bridge Street Theater is world class… presents the most challenging pieces and nails it. You MUST see Leni, playing now. HiLo – just passed their 1st year anniversary. Tanya is from Phoenicia and cooks in the morning – divine. Every other week features Mellotron Monday at 8 AM. Yes, magnificent live music at 8 AM. 394 (that’s the name and their address) is our place for a monthly poetry night. Lead by Robert Tomlinson, who encourages readers saying: “the mic is your friend.” And, 394 has the most amazing new chef. Sala was a chef at the UN and is genuinely Egyptian. The food is Mediterranean and the word is out that he’s a great chef. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. There’s more, of course, Lumberyard, Thomas Cole (thank you, Betsy), new bridge work on the Rip Van Winkle this summer by Hudson Talbot, Beatie-Power, MagPie Book Shop, ForeLand (soon), The Rodney Shop (original and how), and next door to that, today, May 18, Roz Viemeister opens her children’s show store Shoofly. There are great churches here and an extraordinary Temple. Oh, yea!
Kara mentions Coxsackie and Oak Hill. Coxsackie is odd. 5,000 prisoners there means there’s a large karma burden. There’s industry other than the prison economy, transfer stations. Their community viciously fights against solar farms. Kara avoids the prison issue noticing, like all of Greene County, that nature is worthwhile. It’s possible that nature is the best asset of all in this region. Yes, the Hudson River… Yes, the Catskill Mountains and all the waterfalls here.
Kara mentions Oak Hill… with its Blue Grass and IU Trip.
We seem to move beyond the tourism that built the Catskills into what’s called the “creative economy.” There’s a possibility this awakening reflects the Rip Van Winkle story. Washington Irving wrote that RVW was exhausted, came here and after he slept for 20 years he woke up all was well.
Let’s continue to generate healthy, sustainable local economies (and fewer jails and prisons). Perhaps the county government will start prioritizing and join us.