The Andes Round Table

One of the quiet delights of Andes is the extraordinary Wednesday night tradition, the Andes Round Table. Founded in 1994, the Andes Roundtable has met most Wednesday evenings at the Hunting Tavern, a historic tavern in the heart of the village, owned by the Andes Society for History and Culture. For a couple of bucks an evening (for coffee mostly), you can listen to an thought-provoking speaker and join in on a robust, thoughtful conversation afterwards. These tend to be really intriguing evenings — but with lots of energy and laughter.

Andes Roundtable – Wed., July 29, 7 pm at The Hunting Tavern –Molly Marquand is a botanist, native plant gardener, and small flower farmer living in the western Catskills. Her presentation will take viewers through some of the biggest threats to the natural communities of the Catskills. Her presentation will take viewers through some of the biggest threats to the natural communities of the Catskills and what you do to bolster biodiversity in your own garden or woods.

You can stay up on what’s coming up on the Andes First Community News Page on Facebook — and can ask there to be added to their mailing list. (Their home website has some great history but we’re not sure if the email address on it is still the best way to catch them.) Or you can just show up.

They’re really special.


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New Indoor Farmer’s Market Coming in Andes!

We are delighted to share that work is underway to turn the former Citihope building on Main Street in Andes into an indoor farmer’s market. This project is the brainchild of Andes residents, Cheryl Terrace and Andy Wos. Cheryl is a green interior designer and the proprietor of Catskill Culture Club… Andy is a renaissance man who is managing several large real estate projects in the area (among other things, like renovating buildings for indoor farmer’s markets…) Featuring local farm meats, cheeses, milks and produce… and a gathering place for promoting, supporting & GROWING our sustainable community! Get the latest news on their progress on Facebook!

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New Andes trails in Kaatskill Life

We loved reading about the Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur and the Shavertown Trail in the spring issue of Kaatskill Life.   The article states: “All in all, this is one of the nicest trails in the area, interesting in its variety, and a comfortable trail for those who like to wander in the woods. It is short enough to walk in a couple of hours, and interesting enough for repeated visits. The Catskill Mountain Club did a superb job with this trail. Congratulations!”

We couldn’t agree more!   If you haven’t checked out both of these trails, you are really missing out.  And by the summer Andes will have a third great trail — on Palmer Hill.

Read the article here (click the title or the article picture below):

Discover & Explore the NEW Andes Rail Trail  (click the picture or this title to read the article)
by Pete Senterman
Reprinted with permission from Kaatskill Life, Spring 2014


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Thinking Spring

The news is out! This spring will bring Two Old Tarts to Andes!   If you’ve never been to the Two Old Tarts in Bovina, you are in for a real treat, and we are so happy they are coming to Andes.   Read more about it here in the Watershed Post.

This spring will bring construction of another new hiking trail in Andes…


This one on Palmer Hill, starting at the scenic overlook on Finkle Road and Rt 28.    Keep your eyes out for the opening of the trail, and contact the Catskill Mountain Club if you’d like to help build it!

Want to learn more about cycling in the Catskills?    Check out a great post from Anton Tutter, co-author a cycling blog, Riding the Catskills, which chronicles off-the-beaten-path cycling routes in the region.    In this post, he shares his adventures cycling over some beautiful, rugged Delaware County roads as he “pass hunts” his way from Bloomville to Bovina to Andes and back to Bloomville.   His description and photos will have you longing for bicycling weather – as if this winter wasn’t already doing that for some.  Check out other rides in the Catskills at the rest of the website as well.

Last summer, Anton wrote:  I recently rode a hilly 45-mile route that connects three neighboring villages to retrace childhood memories; each holds fond memories for me. But more relevant to this post, cycling between these villages is a fun adventure in pass hunting– the sport of riding over mountain passes towards a goal of having completed a defined number of passes within a region. Popular in France (rules of the game), it’s gaining popularity here in the US. It’s sort of the cycling equivalent of hiking clubs, where the goal is to have hiked over a defined group of mountain peaks. So instead of following major roads between the villages that skirt around and thereby avoid the mountains, I opt to ride up and over the mountains along the most remote, least traveled mountain passes and carriage roads I can find, choosing dirt over pavement wherever possible.

Read the rest of this great post  here.   Check out the other great posts on Riding the Catskills as well.

In the meantime, there’s lots going on at the Andes Hotel and in the other great places around town.

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Andes Works Hosting Meet & Greet For Andes Candidates

Town Council & Assessor Candidates To Discuss Election Issues 


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Spread the Word — new proprietor needed for great business in the heart of downtown


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Wonderful Article on the New Shavertown Trail!

Our deep thanks to photographer and food writer Ulla Kjarval for exploring and writing about our brand new trail in Andes. (Our thanks to her for alerting us, too!) One of her great photos from her hike below… This is a wonderful new trail that courtesy of the vision and  hard work of the Catskill Mountain Club  and the NYC DEP.
Click here for Ulla’s whole article!

Photo by Ulla Kjarval

Photo by Ulla Kjarval

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Dirty Girl Farm Pig Roast on Saturday!


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What you can do about the Pipeline

Take Action: You can help stop the permitting of an interstate gas pipeline in western Delaware County that, if allowed to happen, might in time, bring fracking to many parts of the county.

Even if fracking never occurs on your property, your lifestyle and property values will be degraded. By acting now you could protect your legal right for compensation.

Read more here

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What To Do When the Pipeline Rep Comes Calling

Andes Works! member Bob Lidsky owns property that is on the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Here is his response to the company’s offer to buy a right of way — please read if you or anyone you know is near a pipeline route!


I own land, directly in the path of the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The property is quite hilly and has beautiful views. There is one small area near the top, which has a gradual enough slope to build a home.

Last December, Constitution asked for permission to survey. Their map shows the pipeline running directly through the only area suitable for building, siting a septic field, driveway and home. I realized that the pipeline if built would render my property, un-buildable, un-mortgage-able, un-insurable, and nearly worthless.

I Joined Stop The Pipeline and refused permission to survey. Over the next few months I learned a lot about Williams, Constitution, FERC, and the politics of pipelines and eminent domain.

Then I received Constitution’s offer for their completely one-sided right of way agreement. They say their limited-time initial offer is for 3 times the value of the right of way. Yet it represents only 15% of the value of the land. Their terms are ominous- a virtual minefield of legal traps. And attached is a thinly veiled, threatening letter explaining that if I do not agree they will take the right of way, against my wishes, by using Eminent Domain.

SIGN-OR ELSE! What should I do? Continue reading

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