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Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, history, and outdoor adventures, from New York's Catskill mountains. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kaatscast/support

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Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, history, and outdoor adventures, from New York's Catskill mountains. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kaatscast/support

    Jan Sawka: Polish Refugee in the Hudson Valley

    Jan Sawka: Polish Refugee in the Hudson Valley

    In 1976, renowned artist Jan Sawka fled communist Poland with his wife Hanna, and baby daughter, also named Hanna. They eventually settled in High Falls, NY, and Jan would draw inspiration for his paintings from the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskills Mountains. We spoke with Jan’s family at an exhibition of his work at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, at SUNY New Paltz.


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    Grand Hotels and Railroad Travel

    Grand Hotels and Railroad Travel

    In this episode, hear from Jon Ham and Bob Gildersleeve about the grand hotels that attracted visitors at the turn of the century, and the trains that got them there. Also... "mutton?!" How one hotel's refusal to serve chicken led to the construction of a famous competitor. 


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    The "Kaat"skills, the Dutch, and Kaaterskill Falls

    The "Kaat"skills, the Dutch, and Kaaterskill Falls

    In this episode, you’ll hear from historian Cyndi LaPierre on the history of the word "Catskills," and if you’re wondering why Kaatscast starts with a “K,” instead of a “C,” this segment should help clear things up. In the second half of the show, we’ll travel to Kaaterskill falls with geologist Bob Titus, who takes us back even further, to when the Catskills felt more like … the Bahamas!


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    • 24 min
    Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway - Palenville to Hunter

    Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway - Palenville to Hunter

    Welcome to Kaatscast –– a biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, and history, from New York's Catskill mountains. Please subscribe, and be the first to hear all the great content, from quick interviews with Catskills locals, to full-length audio driving tours and fully-produced audiobooks.

    In this first episode, we take you on a tour of the Northern Catskills’ Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway. You can listen anywhere, but for the best experience, it’s designed for a westward drive from Palenville, NY, to Hunter, NY, on Route 23a. This is the main stretch. In future episodes, we’ll post side excursions, so please don’t forget to hit that subscribe button.

    In this episode … learn about painter Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School, then we’ll delve into the cottage communities of the late 1800s, with a current Twilight Park resident. From there, we speak with a New York State forester on the history of the Catskill Park.  Then we’re off to Tannersville, to meet the mayor, followed by a chat with Hunter Mountain’s Gary Slutzky.


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    Kaatscast (Trailer)

    Kaatscast (Trailer)

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Customer Reviews

Catskill Collectibles ,

Catskill Collectibles

Hi....this is wonderful. I’d love to be featured one day
Tom Illari
Catskill Collectibles.com

Geneddes ,

Great start

The destinations that you describe in your travelogue are so beautiful and so worthwhile to visit. I love the way you provide driving directions and even suggest parking locations making it easy to enjoy viewing and hiking the region.

lady road tripper ,

Mountain Cloves Scenic byway

Delightfully informative with relevant inclusion of local history, culture, outdoor recreation and diverse interviews with local characters. Looking forward to driving the Palenville mountain road once again with new perspective and visiting the Thomas Cole museum.

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