An October 2006 trip
to New York by ladyanne47
Quote: The overlooked Catskill Mountain area of Upstate New York is absolutely a rural paradise. Many pass by thinking it is too close to NYC. Too bad for them.
It is always a treat to spot the first "vegetable road side stand" where you can indulge in the freshest crops of the summer season. The valleys and narrow country roads boast some of the prettiest scenery you will ever see. I just love riding along on any road that meanders around the hills and mountain sides. Haying is always in full swing with the huge "shredded wheat looking" bales basking and trying in the hot summer sun. Later in the season they are wrapped in a white plastic that transforms them into giant marshmallows. Sunsets and skies of pale blue and pink will always give one a promise of another sunny day. I hope that if anyone has a chance to visit the Catskill Mountains that they will hop on the opportunity. You will be surprised to find this area which is so close to the largest city in the world, could offer such rural bliss.
Professional and recreational bikers love the Catskills. It will offer them flat terrain along it's streams and also steep roads going up and down the many many hills. There are not many roads on the mountains themselves, but a few. Another interesting option are the town to town trails that have been established and maintained for walking and biking off the main roads. Their is an exceptional one from Delhi to Roxbury, through the towns of South Kortright, Hobart, Stamford, and Grand Gorge.
Attraction | "Roxbury, Turn of the Century Days Festival."
Manicured lawns are peppered with anything that represents that Victorian era, most of the towns people are dressed in period vintage clothing, even the children. Old bicycles are used and decorated, old horse and buggies. There are many tents of food including the homemade pie table that will make you weep, because there is no way to try all of the delicious pies. You will even run into the slick salesman who will insist on you buying his "cure all" tonic. Games of spinning a hoop with a stick, riding stilts, and old arts and crafts keep the kids busy for hours.
But the best thing of all is the "old time" baseball games that are played by all the "reenactment" teams from several states that will win over your heart. Old wooden bats, and flat leather gloves, old sawdust and string balls, and of course, the old "wool" uniforms are worn for the games. They take it quite seriously, and near by the brass and string band plays the music in the background. It is amazing how many people travel to attend this activity, but once you experience it you know why. It is truly unique. The whole family will love this event. When you combine a truly beautiful rural village in the mountains and a celebration of an antique culture come alive, you cannot loose on attending this wonderful festival, a whole weekend event.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2006
Roxbury, New York
Hotel | "Country Roads by car, Bike or Foot!"
Camping, pick-nicking (do people do that anymore?), swimming, tubing, horseback riding, fishing, etc. It is all here. I also love the summer fairs, especially the Walton Fair in Delaware County. That is my favorite country style fair. Family trips are the best, something for everyone. The children love the "Thomas the Train Engine" rides on the railways from Arkville and around the area of Fleishman's and Margaretville. This train station also offers a "Train Robbery" for the older children, or a "jazz and dinner night" for the adults.
Take a tour with me on my photos of this beautiful countryside and judge for yourself!!
Catskill, New York
In the first part of October when the leaves are just getting ready to peak in their color, the village of Stamford, New York hosts it's "Annual Scarecrow Festival". It is a great success as it draws a crowd from all neighboring towns and villages, and also the second home owners from New York City.
The festival starts out with a contest of the best scarecrow on display outside of homes and businesses in Stamford. It is taken very seriously and everyone gives it their ultimate best in creativeness. Secondly, the town is decorated with scarecrows, and pumpkins, and the kids have a ball playing games, especially the "Great Pumpkin Piñata" which they line up for and smack it with a stick one by one, until finally it breaks open full of Halloween candy. A children's petting zoo of miniature animals is also on display including the smallest little pony you have ever seen. Lots of great food is for sale, corn dogs, homemade cider donuts, pumpkin cookies, apple cider, and lots more. Their are tents up with local politician booths, wonderful autumn and fall crafts for sale. A huge standing sandbox for the kids. And finally a "ragamuffin" parade for the children to march in. Smell that barbecue chicken... so delicious on a cool autumn day. It is a day of fun for the whole family.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006
Stamford Annual Scarecrow Festival
Veterans' Memorial Park
Stamford, NY 12167
Attraction | "Roxbury Turn of the Century Days Fest. Part 2 "
The ball games are so unique, and those who play and organize the different teams from state and outer state areas, really take the authenticity and rules seriously. Nothing is more fun that seeing a ball game, and an old time ball game is even more fun. The magic man and his accomplish stump the kids with their tricks, and are asked to do them over and over again. The people on high stilts are so accomplished in their art, the musicians play they old favorites dressed in their vintage clothes. Children are running all over the place dressed also in vintage and laughing and free.
Please take the time to pull up the extra photos, they are well worth the wait. Roxbury is a small village in the Catskill Mountains, and it prides itself with the activities it sponsors especially in the arts and culture.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2006
Attraction | "Part 3 Turn of the Century Days Festival Roxbury."
So take some time to see these photos, you will enjoy them.
Stamford, New York