Catskill authors discuss and sign books on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Commons

The Catskills – their history, science, lore and never-ending appeal – will be the topic when three regional authors visit The Commons on Main Street, Margaretville Saturday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. to discuss and sign their books, which will be available for purchase.
The appearance by Ed Henry, Carol White and Diane Galusha is part of this winter’s “Art in Common” series of programs, workshops and performances sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild. The weekly events take place on the second floor of The Commons every Saturday from 4 to 7 through March 28.
The three writers in the Jan. 31 program have each had books published recently by Black Dome Press in Hensonville.
Ed Henry, a conservation professional, is the author of the Ranger’s Trail Guide Series, a collection of hiking guides that interpret the trails of the Northeast from a Forest Ranger’s point of view. His latest book, Berkshire & Taconic Trails: Massachusetts, Vermont and New York, was published in 2008. His previous books include: Catskill Trails: A Ranger’s Guide to the High Peaks, Books I and 2, on the Northern and Central Catskills: and Gunks Trails: A Ranger’s Guide to the Shawangunk Mountains.
A frequent contributor of articles to regional magazines, Henry has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and as a park ranger in the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. He now works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is the Refuge Manager for the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuges.
Carol Stone White is the author of Catskill Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration and Adventure from the Catskill 3500 Club. The book features 101 stories of people who have challenged all 35 Catskill peaks higher than 3500 feet to earn membership in a club of intrepid hikers. Currently working on a similar compilation of tales about those who’ve summited Adirondack peaks over 4,600 feet, White is the author of Women with Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter.
She and her husband, David are authors of Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) in 2002, and are editors of ADK’s comprehensive guidebook, Catskill Trails, 3rd Edition, volume 8 of ADK’s Forest Preserve Series.
Diane Galusha, a former journalist and newspaper editor, is the author of Another Day, Another Dollar, The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, published in September 2008 by Black Dome Press. The book explains the New Deal CCC program of the 1930s and recounts the work of young enrollees who occupied Army-run camps at Margaretville, Boiceville,Tannersville, Breakabeen and other regional sites.
CCC projects ranged from trail building and tree planting to erosion control and insect eradication. North Lake, Devil’s Tombstone, Woodland Valley and Beaverkill State Campgrounds were developed with Corps labor.
Galusha is the author of several books of local history, including Liquid Assets, A History of New York City’s Water System; As the River Runs, A History of Halcottville, NY; and When Cauliflower Was King, a chronicle of the hey-day of cauliflower production in the Catskills.
For more information, go to www.catsguild.org, or call 845 586-3443.