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Summer Sails

All the magic of summer, carefree sun drenched days, starlit breezy nights, invites joyous revelries in the Catskills. The repertoire of cultural festivals, music and dance, theatre and history, soars. The Windham Chamber Music Festival, Belleayre Music Festival and Maverick Concerts are a few of the famed music events that draw crowds. Enjoy open-air performances, meander through a sculpture park, settle back for the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Take in Shakespeare on the Hudson in an amphitheater near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. There is always something to do: a rambling hike through a scented pinewood, or an evening barbeque with friends.

Of course, the cool waters beckon and offer adventure along the region's waterways. The Beaverkill, Delaware, Esopus, Willowemoc and Neversink provide excellent fishing, kayaking, canoeing and tubing. Sailors are welcome at the area's inviting marinas -- to cruise, or dine, or watch the sails in the sunset. Dip a toe in a tumbling stream as you wend your way through the many hiking and biking trails that bring you close to the glorious summer scenery.

Sampling of Summer Events

Arts & Culture

  • Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount, 800 942 6904, www.belleayremusic.org
  • Biennial Sculpture Show, Kingston, 800 331 1518, www.ci.kingston.ny.us
  • Catskill Festival of New Theatre, Highland Lake, 845 557 0694
  • Forestburgh Playhouse Summer Season, 845 794 1194
  • Franklin Stage Company, 607 829 3700, www.franklinstagecompany.org
  • John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge Open House, Roxbury, 607 326 3722
  • Hudson Valley Arts Festival, Saugerties, 845 246 9038
  • Mountain Culture Festival, Hunter, 518 263 4908, www.catskillmtn.org
  • Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, 845 679 8217, www.maverickconcerts.org
  • Potters Tour, Sullivan county 607 498 5207
  • Shandelee Music Festival, Livingston Manor, 845 439 3277
  • Stephen Crane Festival, Hurleyville, 845 434 8044, www.sullivancountyhistory.org
  • West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, 607 278 5454. www.westkc.org

Countywide and Village Fairs

Ethnic Heritage

  • Bavarian Summer Fest, Round Top, 518 622 9584, www.riedlbauers.com
  • Celtic Festival, and German Alps Festival, Hunter, 888 486 8376, www.huntermtn.com
  • Pow Wow Festival, Callicoon, 845 887 4405

History

  • City of Kingston Independence Day, 800 331 1518, www.ci.kingston.ny.us
  • Colonial Street Festival, Huguenot Street, New Paltz, 845 255 1660
  • Hurley Stone House Day, Hurley, 845 331 4121, www.hurleyheritagesociety.org
  • Liberty Civil War Weekend, 845 295 9297
  • Minisink Observance, 845 434 8044
  • Weekends at Fort Delaware, Narrowsburg, 845 252 6660

Independence Day

  • Callicoon, 845 887 4405
  • Ellenville, 845 647 6560, X105
  • Hancock, 607 637 4756, www.hancockareachamber.com
  • Hunter Mountain, 888 HUNTER MTN, www.huntermtn.com
  • Liberty, 845 292 1878
  • New Paltz, 845 255 0604
  • Saugerties, 845 246 3090
  • Windham Mountain, 518 734 3852

Sports & Recreation

  • Balloon Festival, Greenville, 518 966 5050
  • Daniel Boone Target Competition, Bushville, 845 292 6208
  • Deposit Lumber Jack Festival, 607 467 3222
  • HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun), Saugerties, 845 246 8833, www.hitsshows.com
  • Kite Festival, Loch Sheldrake, 845 434 5750
  • Master of the Mountains, 800 355 2287, www.greenetourism.com
  • Rip Van Winkle's Wacky Raft Race, 800 355 2287, www.greenetourism.com

Trains

  • Catskill Mountain Railroad, Mount Pleasant, 845 688 7400
  • Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride, Arkville, 845 586 DURR, www.durr.og
  • O&W Railway Festival, Roscoe, 607 498 4346