Thursday, August 18, 2011

Catskill Chill Music Festival September 9 in Hancock, NY

Aerial view of Catskill Chill Festival
Catskill Chill Music Festival September 9 to 11 in Hancock, NY   

Three-Day Music, Camping and Arts Festival 

 by Lauren Traub Teton

Music Festival Season is in full swing and lasts through January!! If you don't believe it check out the new which lists nearly 200 festivals this season, just counting those east of the Mississipi River!

The next two festivals I will be attending are Evolvefest in Vernon, NJ starting September 2, and Catstill Chill in Hancock NY starting September 9. The ride northwest on Route 17 to Delaware County toward Hancock has some of  the most beautiful natural scenery anywhere. Criss crossing over trout streams and viewing vistas of tree covered hills as the highway gently rises and falls will get you in chill mode before you even arrive.

This is the second Catskill Chill Fest, and having attended other festivals at this spot, I can vouch for the fact that it is truly one of the best venues around. The magic vibe of the French Woods Summer Camp location rivals the energy vortex of the Mariahville, NY location of past Gathering of the Vibes, and Camp Bisco. But even better, the Catskill Chill Music Festival is located on a beautiful pond. Put this one on your calendar!! There's even a direct bus from NYC,
Read the official scoop and band list below.

7 Walkers

Catskill Chill Music Festival


The second annual Catskill Chill Music, Camping and Arts Festival returns to scenic Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY.  By popular demand this year’s festival is extended to three days following the success of last year’s two day event and takes place Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11.  Camp Minglewood rests on a picturesque, lakeside and tree-lined 200 acres in the western Catskills and is just 140 miles from New York City.

Thirty-five musical acts, spanning multiple genres from jam band to funk to roots to DJ’s are scheduled to perform on three stages and include Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and 7 Walkers, Umphrey’s McGee, Conspirator, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Particle, JGB with Melvin Seals, BoomBox, John Brown’s Body, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Pimps of Joytime, Zach Deputy, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Heavy Pets, Headtronics, DJ Logic and many more. 

Catskill Chill is an all-ages event that features an intimate setting which affords guests the opportunity to see their favorite artists perform up close.  Festival attendees will also be treated to the “Club Chill” DJ stage, morning yoga classes, fire show by SOFP, food vendors, clothing and craft vendors, bonfire drum circle, open mic stage, free parking and free camping with paid admission.  Featured musical performances will begin Friday afternoon at 2:30PM and conclude early Monday morning by 3AM. Guests are permitted to camp through Monday at noon. 

Tickets for Catskill Chill are available as follows: Full Weekend Pass with onsite camping and parking included is $105 per ticket. Two Day Pass for Saturday and Sunday with onsite camping and parking included is $90 per ticket.  Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent.  RV Parking Pass is $40 and does not include festival admission.  Onsite cabin rentals featuring showers and electric are now sold out.  Tickets purchased in advance provide a discounted rate for festival goers.  Any remaining tickets will be made available for purchase at the gate for an additional twenty dollars.  All advance tickets may be purchased at 

A Round Trip Bus Pass is available to those traveling from New York City and in need of transportation.  The bus boards at 9:30AM at Bryant Park and departs for Catskill Chill at 10AM sharp on Friday, September 9 and returns on Monday, September 12, departing Catskill Chill at noon.  All passengers are advised to be on time for scheduled departures.  The Round Trip Bus Pass cost is $50 and does not include festival entry. Bryant Park is located behind the NY Public Library in Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenue.

Nine Lives of a Marriage - Book Review

Nine Lives of a Marriage - a curious journey

The story of  Eva and George Friedlander's journey from war-time Hungary to becoming an American family. With a twist.
by Eva Friedllander and Mickey Goodman

review by Lauren Traub Teton

"Nine Lives of a Marriage" moves along quickly and reads like a juicy novel. The story starts in Budapest, Hungary in 1945 and we learn of the ambitious success of Eva Duke and her secretarial service. Dr. George Friedlander arrives with a bang and changes the course of young Eva's life. She  falls in love with the charismatic chemist and abandons her fiance who is away in a work camp. Back story tells of the horrors of the work and concentraion camps. Next stop Italy for good times after the war. The couple marries, and reluctantly leaves their beloved adopted home of Italy for a last chance at finding a better life in America when they are offered visas for the 3rd and final time.

In the United States, the young couple assimilates beautifully as they have in Italy. George has always had an eye for women, and Sadie, the flirtatious and curvy real estate agent who works with him on investment properties, becomes a fixture in their household and their lives. The story is woven rich in details, and curiously dispassionately, except for the early love affair with George and the parts back in Hungary when Eva goes to visit her sick mother and falls back into the arms of her old beau, Dan.

This book is a very entertaining read, and is formatted in a handy size for those of us who still read books made of paper. It is a great beach or travel read. Just remember to have another book lined up because you will finish it fast and be craving another good book afterwards!

Meet Eva Friedlander in video here.
Buy the book here.