Natural and Historical Landscapes are Nancy de Flon's passion.  Whether the grand landscape or an intimate forest close-up, a colorful old barn or an abandoned ruin, Nancy devotes her photographic talents to capturing the beauty, drama and poignancy of these scenes.  She searches for just the right place and time in the Catskills, in the Hudson Valley and in New England.  The co-author of a recently published book, Historic Hudson Valley: A Photographic Tour, Nancy will be exhibiting her work at the MTHS Visitors'; Center at the Mountain Top Historical Society's Visitors'; Center on Route 23A in Haines Falls from August 3, 2014 through Labor Day. An opening reception will be held at the Visitors'; Center on Sunday, August 3 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Come in and meet Nancy, chat with her about her work and enjoy her photographs.  Her artwork and books will be available for sale during regular hours: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Many thanks to the volunteers who put their time and hard work into sprucing up the storage building near the KRT parking lot. The building was a leftover piece of the main building that was moved to Rte. 23A to become our Visitors' Center and was looking pretty forlorn. The volunteers replaced board and batten siding where needed, repaired the roof edge and sprayed a coat of paint on the entire building. It now looks a lot more respectable and cared for. Currently being used for storage, it is a solid building that we hope will play a bigger role at the MTHS some day in the future.

Our thanks to Dick Haines, the organizer and his mighty crew: Artie Fries, Randy Hoose, Joe McGowan, Gary Slutzky, George Van Dyke (the man with the paint sprayer) and Gibby Van Dyke with help from his friend, Kelly.

At the same time, the Visitors' Center is getting a fresh paint job by Dan Kaminski with partial funding by The Hunter Foundation. Our thanks to Dan and to the Foundation for keeping us looking good.

Thank you to our members and donors without whose support none of the work we do would be possible.

The Road Less Traveled at the Mountain Top Historical Society

On Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the MTHS will present Chuck D'Imperio, radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist and writer of books about Upstate New York. Chuck's motto is: “The road less traveled is the road best traveled!” He has been travelling those roads and writing about famous people who are buried in Upstate New York, folk heroes who walked our pathways, historic communities big and small, legendary New Yorkers and life in general in this beautiful area we call home. He enjoys sharing what he has learned about his beloved Upstate New York in lively and fun talks. This is your chance to share with him.

Chuck D'Imperio will be appearing at the historic Ulster & Delaware Train Station on the Mountain Top Historical Society's Haines Falls campus on rt.23A. The 7:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a reception. Chuck will have Upstate New York books for sale and will be available to answer questions and chat informally. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on this entertaining night out. A $3.00 donation is requested.

May 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) Joint Field Meeting of the Torrey Botanical Society, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, the Olive Natural Heritage Society and the Catskill Native Plant Society

This meeting will try to commemorate the collecting trips to the Catskills in the 1740’s-50’s of John and William Bartram, two of America’s first botanists of note. Our first venue (Saturday) will be Diamond Notch in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area, Greene County, to visit a rare first growth Fir-Spruce Forest to see the “Balm of Gilead” (Abies balsamea) that the Bartrams collected on their journeys. Hopefully we will also sight Bartram’s serviceberry (Amelanchier bartramiana). Our second venue (Sunday) will be a hike at North-South Lake in Greene County, to follow in the footsteps of the Bartrams as they visited the lakes and Kaaterskill Falls on their 1753 trip. The spring ephemerals including: spring beauties, giant blue cohosh, hepatica, trout lilies, baneberries, Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, trilliums, and other ephemerals should be very much in evidence. Joel Fry, Curator of Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, will be in attendance and giving a talk titled “Flowers on the Frontier”. The lecture will detail the Bartram’s travels in the Catskills and elsewhere and will take place at the Mountain Top Historical Society’s campus in Haines Falls, in the restored Haines Falls Train Station at 7:00PM Saturday evening.