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Bethel Woods Augmented RealityImmersive tour NOW OPEN to the public

Bethel, NY (August 31, 2020) – The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the National Register historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a new augmented reality tour, Meet Me at Woodstock.  The immersive tour gives guests the chance to experience the history of the festival first-hand as they listen to stories of those who were there, visualize the iconic stage, hear concert recordings and authentic announcements, and survey the grounds as a member of the 450,000 person crowd.

Catskills Folk ConnectionEast Meredith, N.Y. – Catskills Folk Connection will present an exhibit of local artists, “Folk Art in Wood,” on view by reservation at Hanford Mills Museum from Wednesday, September 2 through October 15. The exhibit features artists who work with wood in a wide variety of ways.

Joe Dibble carves decoys of water birds such as swans, geese, and ducks, plus wood carvings of trout and land birds. Gary Mead creates one-of-a-kind furniture from carefully selected wood, some of which he harvests and mills specifically for his projects. Kira Lendo creates pictures on wood, drawing wildlife and Catskills scenes with a wood burner. Joe Hewitt and Ken Etts know the secret of the “whistle stick”, a folk toy they make out of a notched stick and a small propeller, which reverses direction when they whistle.

Bethel Woods Harvest FestivalPlus, two more Harvest dates added; Wine and Craft Beer Festivals postponed to 2021

Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced the return of its annual Harvest Festival Farmers Market.  Now in its 22nd year, the farmers market will take place every Sunday for seven consecutive weeks – beginning August 30th and continuing through October 11th.

Kenneth L. Wilson Campground - Scenic View Day Use with PavilionUpdates to Amenities Will Help Campground Continue to Attract Visitors of All Abilities

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the completion of improvements to the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area in Ulster County. Updates to the campground's shower house and three comfort stations, which include several accessible features to make camping fun for people of all abilities, will help connect more New Yorkers to the outdoors and reduce the facility’s environmental footprint.

Hanford Mills MuseumVisitors can call ahead to reserve a guided tour of the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop

East Meredith, NY – Beginning August 12, Hanford Mills Museum will be open for guided tours of its water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. Tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays and feature demonstrations of the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and water-powered machines operating just as they did a century ago. To promote social distancing, reservations are required and only one party will tour the Mill at a time. To schedule a tour, call 607/278-5744.

Sunset on the Street"Captured at a Distance" Virtual Gallery on Display Now

Bethel, N.Y. – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a virtual gallery titled “Captured at a Distance.” The exhibit is the culminating project of teen participants in the Center’s Project: Identity Photography program. “Captured at a Distance” offers a glimpse into the lives of students before and during social distancing practices and stay-at-home mandates.

Sullivan Catskills Experience

Sullivan County, N.Y. – The Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association is excited to launch its first ever Ultimate Getaway Giveaway! Three lucky winners will win the opportunity of a lifetime -- the chance to experience the Sullivan Catskills!

Since the 19th-century, visitors have flocked to our Sullivan Catskills. Hundreds of hotels and resorts grew to form a legendary reputation for hospitality and launching the careers of major entertainers. From the beginning, they came for our fresh air, water, cool summer breezes, snowy winter slopes, and year-round spectacular scenery.

Bethel Woods CenterBethel, N.Y. (July 20, 2020) – Dr. Neal V. Hitch has joined Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as Senior Curator of The Museum at Bethel Woods. Dr. Hitch is a historian, preservation architect, museum specialist, and musician who has been working for over 25 years in developing historic sites and museums. He comes to the historic site after a national search led by Arts Consulting Group.

 Before joining Bethel Woods in January, Dr. Hitch worked in several premier destinations, serving as director of museums in the Caribbean, Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and on the border of Mexico in California. For the last decade, he has also been working within the design collective i/thee leading art and architecture camps and designing large-scale inhabitable artworks.

MenlaPhoenicia, NY - After temporarily closing to help combat the spread of COVID-19, Menla reopened on June 11th with new safety protocols in place. Now through July, they’re offering 20% off normal lodging rates.

The health and wellness retreat lies on over 300 private acres in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve, just 2 hours north of NYC. Distance yourself from the noise and stress of city life while being enveloped by the healing touch of nature.

Menla offers a peaceful, safe escape for those wishing to avoid typically over-crowded, commercialized resorts.

Tosca billboardKingston, N.Y. - Tickets are on sale now for the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice’s first-of-its-kind drive-in opera performance to be held August 29 at Kingston’s Tech City—available on a per-car basis online at www.phoeniciavoicefest.yapsody.com 

The drive-in performance of Puccini’s Tosca, with world-class vocal soloists and chorus onstage, full orchestra, and all the pomp and pageantry that only grand opera can provide, will be staged at Kingston’s Tech City for an audience limited to guests in 600 cars. Ticket sales are per car, not per person, and cars will be meticulously socially-distanced for safety.