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Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast delivering history, travel guides, arts & culture, outdoor adventures, sustainability news and local interviews from New York's Catskill mountains and Hudson Valley. Celebrate the Catskills with Kaatscast! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kaatscast/support

Kaatscast Silver Hollow Audio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast delivering history, travel guides, arts & culture, outdoor adventures, sustainability news and local interviews from New York's Catskill mountains and Hudson Valley. Celebrate the Catskills with Kaatscast! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kaatscast/support

    Fire Tower Challenge!

    Fire Tower Challenge!

    If you're looking for a unique way to experience Catskills views, there's no better time to check out the Catskills' 6 hiker-accessible fire towers! The 2022 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge encourages hikers to visit all 6, with the added bonus of a challenge patch, a subscription to Conservationist magazine, and other prizes. 

    We met with the Catskill Center's Olivia Bernard, a Visitor Experience Coordinator at the Catskills Visitor Center, for a rundown of the challenge, a little fire tower history, and a climb to the top of the Upper Esopus fire tower, right there on the visitor center's property in Mt. Tremper, NY. 

    If you want to hear about a 7th fire tower coming back online, check out our story from Bramley Mountain. 

    Thanks to our sponsors:
    The Mountain Eagle
    The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway
    Hanford Mills Museum 


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    • 17 min
    Boom! Catskills Real Estate with Peggy Bellar

    Boom! Catskills Real Estate with Peggy Bellar

    Just a few years ago, the coveted Catskills "cabin on 5 acres" was priced at $300,000, give or take. Today, that same property could easily cost you double. Real estate in the Catskills is booming, and while housing markets ebb and flow, according to realtor Peggy Bellar, there's no significant retraction in the forecast. Bellar showed us three properties in Delaware County as a sampling of today's housing inventory. Come along for the ride and join our tour, plus listen in on the latest trends shaping the housing market, including short-term rental investments, and work-from-home professionals embracing the country life. 

    Thanks to the Catskill Dream Team, and to our sponsors:
    The Mountain Eagle, Hanford Mills Museum, and the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce


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    • 27 min
    Six Ticks: in the Lyme Light

    Six Ticks: in the Lyme Light

    If a tick bites you in the woods, and it's free of disease-causing pathogens, does it matter? We wanted to know how many of our Catskills ticks are pathogenetic, so we sent 6 of them to the Thangamani Lab at Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY. You, too, can send any New York tick, and Dr. Thangamani and his team will test it (for free!) for Lyme disease-causing bacteria, and 16 additional pathogens. It's all part of a massive citizen science research initiative tracking distribution of species and pathogens statewide. You can explore those trends using Dr. Thangamani's tick maps, updated daily by county. NYticks.org is also where forms can be found to submit your own tick(s) for testing. Let us know how it goes! 

    Thanks to our sponsors: Hanford Mills Museum, the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, and The Mountain Eagle.


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    • 27 min
    Wellness Rx: a Prescription for Rural Healthcare

    Wellness Rx: a Prescription for Rural Healthcare

    Ed Ullmann is the owner and pharmacy manager of Wellness Rx, a holistic and patient-centered pharmacy in Tannersville, and soon ... Phoenicia! Far from the chain store aesthetic (or lack thereof) the Tannersville location where we met is a meticulously painted Victorian with a wraparound porch. Inside there's a warm general store vibe, with wood floors and pharmacy cases, and a diverse inventory of traditional, natural, and holistic medicine; plus home goods, gifts, and crafts by dozens of local vendors. Ed Ullmann showed us around, and then we settled into a comfortable consultation room, to hear his vision for sustainable rural healthcare.

    Thanks to our sponsors: Hanford Mills Museum, the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, and The Mountain Eagle.

    Please vote for Kaatscast now through May 15th in the Chronogrammies for "best regional podcast."


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    • 23 min
    Post-Hibernation with Leslie T. Sharpe

    Post-Hibernation with Leslie T. Sharpe

    In 2020, Leslie T. Sharpe came to Silver Hollow Audio to narrate The Quarry Fox: and other Critters of the Wild Catskills, available at Libro.fm or wherever you get your audiobooks. Then the pandemic hit. Two years later, she returned to our studios for a reading of "The Bluebird Chronicles: a Catskills Romance." 

    In this episode, we sat down with Leslie to fill in some of the gaps between then and now, and to talk birds, bats, and butterflies, plus ways we can all be stewards of the Catskills and its diverse ecosystem. In fact, Leslie was named one of the "50 Stewards of the Catskills" by the Catskill Center in 2019. 

    Kaatscast was nominated for "best regional podcast" by Chronogram. Click here to vote for us through May 15th! And check out our new site, with a searchable database of shows, links to our sponsors, a newsletter signup, and more!

    This episode was sponsored by The Mountain Eagle and the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.


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    • 26 min
    The Bluebird Chronicles: A Catskills Romance

    The Bluebird Chronicles: A Catskills Romance

    The winter/spring 2022 issue of Appalachia, "America's longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation," features an essay by Catskills writer Leslie T. Sharpe about our little blue harbinger of spring: the bluebird. In this episode, we have the exclusive audio edition! Leslie narrated her piece for Kaatscast, and we present it here in full. 

    Don't forget to tune in next time for a followup interview with Leslie T. Sharpe, author of The Quarry Fox: and other Critters of the Wild Catskills. 

    Thanks to our sponsors: The Mountain Eagle, and the 52-mile Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.

    Check out our new and expanded website for a searchable directory of episodes, links to show sponsors, and a mailing list signup!
    Kaatscast scored a Chronogrammies nomination for "best regional podcast" –– please vote now through May 15th for the win!




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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

divebookreader ,

Great podcast

Look forward to each episode.

jdzenitis ,

Awesome!

This podcast is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I love the Catskills and enjoy listening to interviews with locals, from outdoor enthusiasts and artists to small town historians. Great production quality.

podcastreviwer1010 ,

Incredible

Great podcast! Very informative information regarding the surrounding HV area. Learned a lot about different types of people, businesses, and organizations here in the Hudson Valley.

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