2017-11-22 / News

Catskills Rising

Catskills Rising to provide younger viewpoints
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

The News is happy to debut Catskills Rising, a new column by Claire Burnett this week. The column is a response to the fact that a young and diverse audience of newcomers has begun visiting the region and settling down here, alongside those younger folks who grew up here and chose to stay.

Catskills Rising, according to Burnett, will reflect “the wonderful piece of heaven we have, and the switch from one generation to the next.” Burnett will explore what interests younger people are pursuing in the region, identifying why people are drawn here and what makes the place feel like home. As a young person with both country and city roots, Burnett says “it’s fun here. There are great things to do, there are people here to laugh with and engage with in interesting conversation. I want to write about how a newer generation see’s the world, and the things we enjoy about the Catskills.”

Burnett is a 19-year-old writer who lives in Bovina. She grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island where her love for eccentric people and their stories started to bloom. She attended Ward Melville High School and graduated a year early, looking to spend time traveling before settling into college and career. Burnett attended Pace University in Manhattan to major in Biology but after figuring out this wasn’t what she wanted to do, she took a gap year to help with her father’s organic farm in Bovina.

Burnett has been coming to the Catskills every summer for all of her 19 years. As she grew older and watched the world around her change, she wanted to know more about the younger generation and how they were impacting Catskill society. While Long Island and Brooklyn were rapidly changing due to the Millennial/Gen-Y demographic, the pace of change seemed slower in the Catskills.

“As young people here try to combine what they love about city and country, it is interesting to consider what new inventions and trends might be incorporated in the traditional mountain culture,” she added. “I’ll be eager to hear what the readers think.”

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