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A visit to Split Rock

A visit to Split Rock

Located at the site of the former Enderly family sawmill, down along the almost painfully picturesque Clove Road, Split Rock has long been one of the Shawangunks’ most popular and even iconic swimming holes – if indeed it can be called a hole. It’s really more of a split. In a rock. It is, you see, fiercely accurate in its name, if unpoetic.

Mountain Jam heads for its new digs at Bethel Woods

Mountain Jam heads for its new digs at Bethel Woods

Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16: Warren Haynes is back on the scene, both as organizer and for two sets with the festival’s flagship band, Gov’t Mule. Willie Nelson & Family and Phil Lesh & Friends represent the old guard of progressive American musical movements, while relative youngsters like the Avett Brothers bring more reverence for tradition to their roots.

Bruce Hornsby comes to UPAC

Bruce Hornsby comes to UPAC

Saturday, Apr. 27: The triple-threat pianist, songwriter and vocalist later went on to replace the late Brent Mydland in the Grateful Dead, demonstrating a willingness to get down with the Dead’s free-running electric counterpoint that might have surprised a lot of his FM fans.

John Bartram: botanist to kings and Catskills

John Bartram: botanist to kings and Catskills

The eminent Swedish botanist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus, father of modern taxonomy, called Bartram “the greatest natural botanist in the world.” And aristocrats eagerly awaited the arrival of their “Bartram’s Boxes”: bundles of seeds, saps and specimens shipped from North America. What brought him to the Catskills?