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Jeff Vincent of Catskill Mountain Wild

Our friend Jeff Vincent is a NYS certified trail guide, located right here in the heart of the Hudson Valley. As his website boasts, he’s a really cool dude with the experience and credentials to get you and your guests on the right hike. Certified by the NYS Department of Conservation as trail guide, he is also certified by the American Red Cross in first aid and CPR. In 2014, Jeff did a thru hike on the Appalachian trail and he is also a Catskill Mountain 3500 Club member. He’s doing really cool things in Greene County. Hike, camp, fish or paddle; this guy can take you to do it. Upstate Dispatch did an interview with him which you can read here.   Book a trip, plan a hike, explore the forest #escapebrooklyn

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A dozen cool and classic ways to best experience the northern catskills

Written by Malerie Yolen- Cohen for the Huffington Post The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, the lesser-traveled portion of the Catskill Mountains, is being re-imagined as New York’s extreme adventure park a mere two hours from Manhattan. But, in reality, this has been America’s Playland for over 200 years. In the early 1800’s, artist Thomas Cole founded the Hudson River School of Art, rendering these mountainous, waterfall-packed landscapes on canvas; tempting America’s first tourists to revel in, rather than avoid, these natural wonders. Much of what Cole painted has not changed over the years, and vacationers still come for the sheer beauty of the place. But now, newer generations are discovering it for other reasons. Read on to get the most out of your trip to this swath of land from the Hudson River to the Northern-most Catskills, “America’s First Wilderness.”   Click here to read her blog! 

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Bard Summerscape 2016

While making plans, be sure to check out the 2016 program, Bard Summerscape SummerScape 2016 presents seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The prime focus of these offerings is the 27th annual Bard Music Festival, exploring the life and times of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, one of the most frequently performed operatic composers of all time. The rich arts and culture of turn-of-the century Italy inspire a revival of Pietro Mascagni’s art nouveau opera, Iris, directed by James Darrah; Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, four futurist puppet plays by Fortunato Depero, directed by Dan Hurlin; Fantasque, a new ballet created by choreographer John Heginbotham and puppeteer Amy Trompetter, to music by Ottorino Respighi; a film series, Puccini and the Operatic Impulse in Cinema; and the return of the magical Spiegeltent, hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. “SEVEN WEEKS OF CULTURAL DELIGHT” –International Herald Tribune http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/

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