November has long been known for pumpkin picking, leaf peeping, and of course, eating turkey. This year, break the mold during a weekend trip to the Catskills and put a new twist on your Thanksgiving traditions. Replace home-cooked turkey with hand-crafted turkey burgers at Mama’s Boy Burgers, plan a Catskills road trip and escape Black Friday mayhem and best of all, skip crowded parades for a world-class concert at the Catskill Mountain Foundation, an organization that has brought world-class performances to Greene County for nearly 20 years.
See below for some quick tips for a great Catskills Thanksgiving:
Celebrate American Musicians
Don’t miss the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s (CMF) annual performance by the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra. Comprised of 23 musicians from symphonies across the country, the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra will explore works of Mozart and other works in their ‘Mainly Mozart’ performance at the Doctorow Center for the Performing Arts on November 28. This performance is a highlight of the remarkable Piano Performance Museum Concerts & Conversations series at the Foundation. Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased by phone at 518-263-2063 or online here.
Trace History from Europe to America
The Piano Performance Museum at CMF provides an utterly unique showcase of the development of the piano from Europe through its emergence as a prominent instrument in American households and modern music. The collection of pianos dating back to the eighteen century have been restored to playable condition. Visitors to the museum are thrilled to hear the music of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin as they truly sounded on instruments from the composers’ era during special docent led tours each Friday and Saturday. For a full schedule of the Museum’s Concerts & Conversations series, click here.
A New Take on Turkey
Mama’s Boy Burgers, just opened in May 2015, is a new addition to Greene County and a fast-growing favorite for locals and visitors alike. Try the “Happy Camper” burger – an organic turkey patty served with rosemary, crispy kale, Swiss cheese, tomato and herb mayo. Located in Tannersville, just a few blocks from antique shops, BBQ restaurants, and the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, this locally-sourced meal is a delicious change from boring dry turkey and overcooked green beans. See the full menu here.
Learn About Native American History & Culture in New York
November is Native American history month. Explore Native American culture, art, and tradition spanning generations on your way to the Catskills from New York City with a convenient stop at the Trailside Museums & Zoo in Bear Mountain State Park. Travelers can learn about the earliest Native American residents of the region and see artifacts from the Bear Mountain area.
Take part in the Windham Turkey Trot
Each Thanksgiving morning, over 1300 people run, walk, bike, rollerblade, roll their wheelchair or are pushed and pulled in strollers and wagons over 3 and 5 mile routes through the rolling Windham countryside to benefit local charities.
For more information on the Catskill Mountain Foundation and its upcoming performances, please visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/.