Authors Carol and David White lead a hike through Kelly Hollow

Halcottsville — Enjoy a moderately easy and scenic four-mile hike through Kelly Hollow with David and Carol White on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, Route 30, Halcottsville at the final writers’ tour of the “Catskill Arts & Air” open–air arts series.

The tour leaves the market at 10 a.m. and returns by 2 p.m. Participants should pack a lunch, water and gear necessary for the forecast.

The Whites will lead hikers on trails through Kelly Hollow which offers a very scenic four-mile hike with a variety of forest and terrain, beautiful streams and a lean-to in a terrific setting with a pond and tall pines.

Hikers will proceed at a relaxed pace on this moderately easy hike, which ascends a total of 400 feet. Participants will experience cascades and views of rushing streams and waterfalls, paths that wind through shady evergreen woods, forest bridges and an old rock foundation, lunch at a lean-to in a very scenic setting near a pond under tall pines complete with picnic table and fireplace.

David and Carol White are authors of Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons and editors of Catskill Trails, both Adirondack Mountain Club publications.  They measured 345 miles of Catskill trails with a surveying wheel from 2001-2003 to produce the third edition of Catskill Trails and to update the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s five-map set of the Catskill Forest Preserve. 

David is membership chair of the Catskill 3500 Club and a director of ADK.  Carol is conservation chair of the Catskill 3500 Club and served four years on the Adirondack 46ers Club executive board.  Carol is author of Women with Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter, Catskill Peak Experiences: Moun-taineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration & Adventure and Adirondack Peak Experiences: Moun-taineering Adventures, Mis-adventures and the Pursuit of The 46. Autographed books will be available for purchase.

Artist demonstrations continue at the market from 10 a.m.-noon with Val Wells demonstrating the art of paper marbling. She will show the process by floating paint on a surface of viscous liquid, move the floating paint with rakes and combs to draw patterns, and transfer these designs to paper.

For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 845 586-3443. Funded in part by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the O’Connor Foundation.
The market operates from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., each Saturday through Columbus Day at the Round Barn on Route 30, Halcottsville. Admission is free. Information: pfmarket.org