Sweethearts Unite for a Romantic and Fun Filled Weekend in the Catskills

Contact: Peg Ellsworth
845 586 3500
peg@markproject.org

This year, on Valentines Day weekend Margaretville and Roxbury are offering a host of activities for lovers, families, and friends. Each year many people exchange cards, gifts, candy or flowers with their “special” friend. But what if you could create your own card, have a love poem written just for you, send your own love letter, create a homemade gift, take a romantic ride on a horse drawn surrey and still get fabulous discounts from area businesses? Well, this year it is all possible…and it starts with heart shaped guitar picks. What? Well, here is how it goes….beginning on February 7th if you shop or eat at any of the participating businesses in Margaretville or Roxbury (see related ad), you will receive a “Spread the Love” heart shaped guitar pick to be redeemed during Valentine’s weekend. You can then take the pick to any participating business in Margaretville or Roxbury from Friday Feb. 13 – Monday Feb. 16 and redeem it for a special discount. You’ll receive a new pick each time you make a purchase so you can continue to “Spread the Love”!

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Weekend as Margaretville celebrates “Sweet on Main” from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, February 14th. Just like the popular “Holiday on Main” event held in November there will be heaps of free activities for kids. Join the artists of the Catskill Artisans Guild from 11-3 as they help children create beautiful Valentines. While there you can also sample chocolates by local candy maker Raelene Bond of Catskill Candy & Confections. Then hop on over to Home Goods between 11-1 where you can sample tea and candy by local food crafters Traveler’s Tea and Girl & Bee. Margaretville Liquor Store will be hosting their ever popular tasting event with wines on the docket. Pop in at 768 Main and meet local cheese maker Cyndi Wright of Dirty Girl goat farm. Sample some cheese and check out the locally made jewelry and gifts! Head over to Mountain Yarns and learn the art of making a traditional woven paper heart. Cupid’s Crafts will be all the buzz in the Masonic Hall Building from 11-3. Don’t forget to stop in at 816 Main Street where the Watershed Post staff will help you create a Laughable Love Letter and the Open Eye Theater will have an awesome photo prop stop. Bring your cell phones charged and read to snap photos as there will be many Silly Selfie Stations all over town!

Then on Sunday, the 15th, Roxbury becomes the destination for anyone who wants to share the love. You can start by redeeming your guitar picks at Cassies or the East Branch Café and then beginning at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm you can head over to the Arts Group for the “I Love you to Pieces” kid’s crafts led by RAG Executive Director (and mom) Jenny Rosenzweig. Roxbury General is also offering tastes from their pantry to warm the heart and soul —a soup, a sauce and a pepper jelly. At 1pm, the elegant red velvet lined horse drawn surrey returns to the historic hamlet with rides being offered from 1:00-4:00 pm and if that’s not romantic enough you can enhance your ride by upgrading to the romance package which includes an individualized love poem, a special photo, and bottle of Prosecco and home made chocolates for the ride (reservations required—call 607 326 3392 for details). But you don’t have to ride the surrey to get a love poem or a photo. Poems are also available from 1:00-3:00p at the Roxbury Arts Center. Poets Esther de Jong and Becca Hamilton are on hand to write you your very own personalized short poems and haikus. Jill Ribich of Catskill Images will have her photo booth open and you can walk away with a fun, personalized photo for $5. From 2pm-4pm, get spirited at Roxbury Wines and Spirits with a tasting featuring Prohibition Distillery’s Bootlegger Vodka, Gin and Bourbon. Wine tasting is to be hosted by Empire Merchants North. Queens Mountain Café will be opened and also offering guitar pick discounts. While you’re in Roxbury be sure to head over the mountain to Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques which will be having a sale all weekend. At 4pm, the pop up café opens at the Roxbury Arts Center with music by “Three Friends” 2 accordions and a “second” fiddle will play standards and your favorites in Walt Meade Gallery. Café goers can order from Roxbury’s Ate O Ate Food truck who will be parked right outside and offering everything from light snacks to tapas to full meals—and yes, table service too! Be sure to bring along the beverage of your choice and sit and enjoy the music. Looking for something more intimate, perhaps a table for two at the Public Lounge is your best bet. Public will be offering their usual scrumptious fare and don’t forget your guitar picks… and share the love.