CMC Annual Dinner

2019 CMC Dinner Silent Auction ItemsEighth Annual CMC Dinner and Award Presentation

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The CMC will be holding its 8th Annual Dinner event on Sunday evening, October 13th, 2019, at 5:00 pm.  We’ll again be celebrating at the Catamount Restaurant at the Emerson Resort and Spa on NYS Rte. 28 in Mt. Tremper, NY. This event coincides with the 16th annual Catskill Lark in the Park, which begins October 5th.

Members and non-members of the CMC are welcome to join the evening’s fun. We’ll start with hors d’oeuvres and cash service, followed by a dinner buffet.  While we’re chatting, you can place your bids on our silent auction prizes (see below).  We’ll follow dinner with an awards ceremony for new finishers of the Catskills All Trails Challenge and a presentation by noted Catskills author Will Nixon.

This year’s dinner speaker:

Will Nixon, outdoor enthusiast and popular local author, will will speak about his mountain experiences and the ten years of Bushwhack Books, which he and Michael Perkins created to publish local best seller Walking Woodstock and other local outdoor related publications.  He will also read from essays and poems inspired by the Catskills.

Will Nixon is the co-author with Michael Perkins of Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America’s Most Famous Small Town, a local bestseller that began as a column for the Woodstock Times. They’ve also produced The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, which leads visitors on a historical walk in the village and then sends them out to local trails and preserves. A new version of this Pocket Guide will appear this fall. The Woodstock Land Conservancy honored these books with its William R. Ginsberg Stewardship Award in 2018.

Nixon has also written a portrait of the town in poems, Acrostic Woodstock. His other poetry books are My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse and Love in the City of Grudges. An environmental journalist in the 1990s, he was a special correspondent for The Adirondack Explorer and a contributing editor for the Amicus Journal published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 1996 he left Manhattan for a Catskills log cabin with a wood stove and mice. He later returned to civilization, or at least a cottage with a thermostat, but sometimes he wishes he was still at the edge of the wilderness.

Auction Prizes:

At this year’s dinner we will be holding a silent auction of a wide variety of wonderful items, rather than a raffle.  More details on the items will be coming soon but here’s a sneak peek:

  • “Pepacton Boat Launch” – A framed original acrylic on paper by renowned local artist Nancy McShane.
  • Dinner for two at the acclaimed Binnekill Tavern in Margaretville, plus an autographed copy of chef Bryan Calvert’s cookbook and two Binnekill Tavern mugs.
  • $100 spa treatment at the Emerson Resort and Spa
  • Dinner for 2 at the Woodnotes Grille, at the  Emerson Resort in Mt. Tremper
  • 2 pairs of Kahtoola Microspikes  (each winner picks size)
  • Thule Kayak carrier
  • Pair of hiking poles
  • Backpack
  • A two person all day Kayak or Canoe rental at Al’s Sporting Goods in Downsville on the West Branch of the Delaware River

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Thank you Nancy McShane, Bryan Calvert and Binnekill Tavern, Lisa Lyons and Morgan Outdoors, Kenco, Emerson Resort and Spa, and Al’s Sporting Goods!

The cost of the dinner is $40 per person.


The Emerson Resort and Spa is located at 5340 NYS Route 28, between the hamlets of Phoenicia and Boiceville, in Mt. Tremper, NY. It is roughly 30 minutes from both Kingston (in the east) and Margaretville (to the west).  GPS coordinates:  42.051477, -74.290135

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