Catskill Center (CCCD) marks 40th anniversary with daylong party

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will celebrate its founding 40 years ago with a family festival at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad Park in Arkville on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At this year’s annual membership meeting and festival, young and old will find something to celebrate while having a great time in the heart of the Catskill Mountain Region.  Headlining the festival is Grammy-nominated, kid-friendly Trout Fishing in America, followed by traditional mountain music from hometown favorite, The Tremperskill Boys.  The event also features Professor Robert Titus’ Antiques Rock Show, raptors, kids activities, fly-fishing lessons, and a specially priced ride on the luxurious Rip Van Winkle Flyer.
“We invite the public to join us, as we celebrate The Catskill Center’s origins.  Since 1969 we have been working to reverse centuries of environmental degradation and decades of economic decline,” notes Executive Director Lisa Rainwater.  “The Catskill Center prides itself on being the first regional organization to have understood that the needs of people and nature are not mutually exclusive.  Today, we call it sustainability.  Forty years ago, we called it The Catskill Center!”
Kids will be enchanted by the spellbinding storyteller Teri Schlobohm, and afterward can enjoy being decorated with their favorite Catskills critter at the face painting booth.   Then folks can trot on over to the petting zoo to get up close and personal with animals big and small and learn about the remarkable lives of our region’s magnificent birds of prey.    The arts and crafts tent, activities, and fly-fishing lessons will pique the whole family’s curiosity – and might even lead to a lifelong love of craftsmanship, wildlife management, or the art of fly-fishing.
Adults and kids can visit the Antiques Rock Show, starring the ever-charismatic Professor Robert Titus, who will help identify the age and type of any Catskill rock brought to the festival.
Train buffs young and old can jump aboard Arkville’s own Rip Van Winkle Flyer at 2 p.m. for a scenic two-hour train ride to Roxbury and back.  Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.
In recognition of four decades of service in the Catskill Mountain Region, The Catskill Center will be bestowing its prestigious Alf Evers Award for Excellence on four exemplary Catskills businesses that contribute to the local economies, serve as sustainable business models, and provide fantastic cultural opportunities to local residents and visitors. They are Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Center, The Belleayre Conserv-atory, Merrick Tackle, and Catskill Craftsman.
Entertainment and activities are free and open to the public.  Tickets for the picnic lunch are $12 for adults and $10 for youths. Special event train tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Reservations are encouraged. Please contact Dave Turan at 586-2611, ext 103 or membership@catskillcenter.org  For a full schedule of events, visit www.catskillcenter.org.