A Catskill Catalog by Bill Birns

Bill Birns presents a weekly essay on history, geography, day-trips, arts and culture in the Catskill Mountain region.

A Catskill Catalog: Nov. 24, 2010

In September 1949, the Catskill Mountain News reported the death of the “best known man in Delaware County.” James Foreman of Delhi, known to all as Jim, had been Chairman of the Delaware County Republican Committee for 36 years.


A Catskill Catalog: Nov. 17, 2010

The smack of shoulder pad on shoulder pad. The thwack of leather helmet against padded, thick, canvas knickers. The sounds of high school football punctured the autumn air in the small towns of the 1940s Catskills.


A Catskill Catalog: Nov. 10, 2010

Ever driven down Dug Hill Road? Me neither, at least not until I started paying a little attention to Hurley, that pre-Revolutionary, colonial village at the eastern edge of the Catskills.


A Catskill Catalog: Nov. 10, 2010

Ever driven down Dug Hill Road? Me neither, at least not until I started paying a little attention to Hurley, that pre-Revolutionary, colonial village at the eastern edge of the Catskills.


A Catskill Catalog: Nov. 3, 2010

Sojourner Truth was a force of nature. From the 1840s to the 1880s, this eloquent, six-foot woman’s magnetic presence electrified audiences throughout the country, audiences wowed by her keen wit, down-home charm, and biting sarcasm, as she challenged the status quo and called for social justice.