Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beautiful Catskills - Hobart NY

There are so many beautiful place in the world. However, the Catskills have always been a place that tugs at my heart. It is the place where my earliest memories of vacation reside. From the time I was little my parents rented a bungalow at a bungalow colony called Mirth in the tiny village of Mountaindale NY. I remember tree covered roads and lakes with turtles and streams with salamanders. 

The Amazing Ms. D and I spent a weekend in the Catskills when she was invited as a participating writer at the 2nd annual Festival of Women Writers in the town of Hobart NY. Hobart is a small hamlet in the north-west corner of the Catskill Mountains. It is the "Book village of the Catskills" with 6 bookstores in a town of around 440 people. The stores range from high end antiquarian and rare books to mass used mass market, and there is a wide range of choices.
Blenheim Hill Books

Mysteries and More

The Amazing Ms. D in Mysteries and More

Liberty Rock Books

Around the World with Books and Cooks

William Adams Antiquarian Books
As I said, Hobart is small, but many of the buildings show the history of the town:

This barn is right on Main Street

Supreme Court Chambers?

Where the sidewalk ends

Hobart lies along the West Branch of the Delaware River, which is a small trickle here.

For those who like to hike through nature this part of the Catskills has a an old rail bed that has been turned into a very nice trail. The Catskill Scenic Trail stretches from the town of Roxbury to a point about halfway between Hobart and Delhi.

One of the things that I love about the Catskills is that there are wonderful scenes that just appear, seemingly out of nowhere, as you drive from place to place. One my way to Oneonta I has just passed through the town of Davenport Center when I came across a wonderful bend in a river:

Or driving into the town of Stamford I saw this vista:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Didá - Fantastic Brazilian Drumming

Didá is a unique drumming group in the city of Salvador, Brazil. It is comprised completely of young women. They perform on the streets of The Pelorinho every Tuesday evening around 7 PM.