Cat'n Around Catskill - Where Felines Get Formal

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Sigmund Freud said, "Time spent with cats is never wasted" and being a cat lover, I tend to agree.  It was a happy accident that we happened upon the village of Catskill last week where we enjoyed browsing their annual, Cat'n Around Catskill.  This year represents the 10th annual Cat'n Around Catskill.  Reminiscent of the horses and ballet slippers of Saratoga Springs, NY and the moose of Bennington, VT, the streets of Catskill are beautifully decorated with 50 hand-painted cats.  We only got to see 20 during our visit and didn't realize that day that there were so many more.  Looking at the map (link attached below), I'm thinking another trip to Catskill might be necessary.  Here's a look at the cats we saw during our trip:
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
CATacomb by Emily Brooks
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Boo Boo Kitty by Kathy Passero
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
One Cat Band by Barbara McGeachen
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Zen Cat by Amelia Gallina
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Metamorpheline by the Art & Soul Preschool
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Gotham City Cat by Jennifer DeAngelis
Cat'n Around Catskill
Celtic Cat by Barbara McGeachen (she had 3 entries)
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Vacationing in the Catskills by Wendy Doney
Cat'n Around Catskill
Confection Purrfection by Theresa Rowe-Obert
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Winter Wonderland by Ray Sperzel
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
De Jardin by Jennifer DeAngelis
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Kitty in Crepe by Sabine Baeckmann
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Minion Cat by Kseniya Bikhler
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
SunCATcher by Nancy Whalen
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Quilted Kitty by Herrat Sommerhoff
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Feline in Florals by Sara Pruiksma-Rizzo
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cowboy Cat by Christine Hicks
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Tortoise Shell by Barbara McGeashen
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cat aroni by Geoff & Corinne Scarchelli
Cat'n Around Catskill 2016
Cat's Eye by Stephen S. Martin
Aren't they beautiful?  So much talent by so many artists.  Makes me sorry I've missed the first 9 years.  If you feel inspired to take a trip to Catskill, I know you'll get hungry hunting down all these kitties so I have a recommendation for you.   We had the most delicious lunch at the New York Restaurant right on Main Street.  Describing themselves as a 'revival restaurant dating back to 1922, owned by a Polish American" the New York Restaurant claims to take you back in time to the best things in life.  You don't have to take my word for it.  I depend on Trip Advisor for tips and 67- 4 1/2 star reviews made me check it out and we were so glad we did.  Great atmosphere, efficient and friendly service and delicious food.  And....as if that weren't enough, one of the restaurant's staff members - our server - happened to be the creator of Babushka cat #2, sponsored by the New York Restaurant.  
Catskill NY
Not feeling too hungry, I chose the......
New York Restaurant in Catskill NY
Appetizer portion of homemade Pierogi
and:
New York Restaurant in Catskill NY
Grilled Peaches with pistachios and blue cheese  - OMG!
John chose one of that day's specials - pulled chicken sliders with amazing freshly sliced, skin on french fries.  They were so good, ketchup wasn't needed.  In fact, adding ketchup would have been a crime.  Sorry no photo :(

Catskill NY

Beautiful Art in Catskill NY

New York Restaurant in Catskill NY

Only an hour from Clifton Park, Catskill is a beautiful drive from the Capital District.  Main Street is lined with quaint and unique shops with something to interest everyone.  Cat'n Around Catskill will be happening until September 17th when a fundraising gala culminates this year-long event and these beautiful kitties will be auctioned off to their forever homes.   Artists receive 30% of the gross amount for which the cat is auctioned.  The remaining net is divided among local not-for-profit agencies to support the arts, the Barry Hopkins Scholarship Fund, Dutchman's Landing State Park, and future public events for the community.  If you're looking for something to do this week, why not take a drive to Catskill and check out the 50 felines that have spent their summer Cat'n Around Catskill.  NOTE:   Most of the cats on display will be left on display until around September 15th, however any cat needing repairs (about 5-7 of them) will be removed the Wednesday or Thursday after Labor Day in order to be repaired and ready for auction.  For more information on Cat'n Around Catskill, check out the links below:


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One Response to “Cat'n Around Catskill - Where Felines Get Formal”

  1. if you come back September 17 there will be an auction..you will be able to bid on your favorite cat. The auction is so much fun.

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