The Valley is known for its natural beauty, but one town in particular is so picturesque and inspiring, its artists can’t bear the thought of imprisoning their works in a stuffy museum! Catskill — which boasts the outdoor gallery at the Historic Warehouse at Catskill Point — is the location of our contest query; the paintings include depictions of 19th-century artist Thomas Cole’s Cedar Grove estate, Kaaterskill Falls, and the Catskill Mountain House (our bonus question). Congrats to winner John Curcio of Poughquag, who adds: “It has since burned down, but you can still see where the beautiful Catskill Mountain House once stood.” Click here to see where a memorial to the soldiers of the Civil War still stands, complete with an intimidating cannon and cannonballs.
I very much enjoy your publication, and was happy to see that you dedicated part of your February issue to summer camps. I represent Rosmarins Day Camp, a private, family-owned day camp that has been making fond summer memories since 1949. We are American Camp Association accredited; we were one of the first in the region to gain recognition through accreditation, and have one of the longest-running, highest-rated programs in the area.
Rosmarins Day Camp is an Orange County institution — the model for family-owned and operated businesses, a champion of community causes, and proud bearer of a track record that draws families from across the county to our southern Orange County paradise.
Director, Rosmarins Day Camp
It is especially interesting that Chelsea Yacht Club was not mentioned in your recent article on summer camps in light of our recognition in the Best of the Hudson Valley in 2010.
Commodore, Chelsea Yacht Club
Editors’ note: A hundred pages wouldn’t be enough to mention all of the Valley’s notable summer camps. For a more complete list, visit www.hvmag.com/Summer-Camps.
Re: Camp Kindness: Having recently read Where the Blind Horse Sings by Kathy Stevens (of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary) and visited Equine Advocates in Chatham, I am so much more aware of the dire circumstances in which many animals are existing and what these sanctuaries are doing to alleviate the suffering. If I had young children, I would do all I could to help make them aware of the beauty of all animals. So, parents, do what you can to educate your children and yourselves. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
St. Augustine, FL
Re: The Final Word (“Wedded Bliss,” Feb.): Help! What kind of people drown chipmunks in a bucket? Shame. If you catch them, take them for a ride a few miles away and let them go. Why kill a harmless animal?
I really enjoyed your article “The Old Man and the Rink” (Final Word, Jan.). Last January, at the young age of 56, I decided that I’d better learn how to skate and play hockey because the clock is really ticking. I play with some young turks who are half my age. My skating needs to improve, but I have two points and one concussion. (Thankfully before tax season.) Thank you for a wonderful article. I now understand why Joe D. played baseball.
Ira Warren Einhorn
Citrus Heights, CA
As far as schools go, the gem of the Hudson Valley is Dutchess Day School in Millbrook. Yet it was not included in the cover story (“Private Schools”) of the February issue. Why not? You really missed it!
Maria G. Rosa