Humans of the Catskills: Elaine Mayes

Journey to the Catskills: I came to the Catskills because of Helen Levitt (the great American photographer and cinematographer) who invited me. We stayed six weeks, and I mostly cooked and made a video about where we were. “Summers with Helen” can be viewed on Vimeo. Vocation: Film and photography*. Avocation: My photography is also my hobby. Happiness Is: Enjoying life every day. Favorite Dish: Freshly picked … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Elaine Mayes

Humans of the Catskills: Tony Fletcher

Journey to the Catskills: Fate. I somehow always saw myself ending up (somewhere like) here, even whilst growing up in London. First time I saw the mountains in person, I knew it would happen. Eventually it did. Vocation: A communicator of stories; a teacher of music*. Avocation: Runner. It was amazing to discover around the mid-way mark of life that I was actually good at … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Tony Fletcher

Humans of the Catskills: Brett Barry

Journey to the Catskills: My parents built a house here when I was 9 years old, and we came up almost every weekend and summer. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved up from our New Jersey apartment and built onto a small seasonal cabin. We’ve been here full-time for 17 years! Vocation: I am a voice-over performer, audio producer, … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Brett Barry

Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Journey to the Catskills: Most New Yorkers get tired of the city at some point and need some relief. I chose Central Catskills not knowing a soul because I always like the remoteness, high altitude and what seemed to me like ancestral Scottish weather. But I realized later, it looks like the Ozarks, where my grandparents lived, and I often visited as a child. I … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Humans of the Catskills: Joseph Loverro

Journey to the Catskills: It started in my hometown of Philadelphia. I attended Temple University and was supposed to be studying to eventually become a doctor, but fate and the school radio station WRTI-FM intervened. After I got a three-hour weekly radio show, I wanted a career in broadcasting. That’s what I got. I’ve worked as a DJ, then General Manager at a few radio stations from Philly … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Joseph Loverro

Humans of the Catskills: Donald Dales

Journey to the Catskills: I was born in Stamford, left in 1959 to attend college and then, in 1999, returned for the beauty and ‘quiet’ life of the Catskills. Vocation: Primarily, I restored furniture, but I also taught piano and bought and managed income properties. Avocation: Playing piano, gardening (until I got too busy). Happiness Is: I’m not sure. Favorite Dish: Ice cream. Ideal Country … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Donald Dales

Humans of the Catskills: Margaret DiBenedetto

Journey to the Catskills: In 1833 my great-great-great-great grandfather John Griffin settled in Delaware County, at a place that came to be called Griffin’s Corners, which later became the village of Fleischmanns. I am a 6th generation native. Vocation: I retired after 20 years in Land Management with the NYC DEP. Avocation: Often occupied with matters of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Board … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Margaret DiBenedetto

Humans of the Catskills: Leslie T. Sharpe

Journey to the Catskills: I came to the Catskills because I wanted to live, as a steward, on my own piece of wild land, with forest and meadows, streams and ponds, a nature preserve where I could study and work to protect native species, flora and fauna. Though of course, I am partial to critters, from black bears and red and gray foxes, my hiking companions, to summer birds such as … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Leslie T. Sharpe

Humans of the Catskills: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Journey to the Catskills: I followed my dog! She needed bigger pastures than I could give her in Brooklyn. She was so happy on the long trails through deep woods here. Vocation: If it has to do with books, I do it: write them, edit them, review them, and proofread them*. Avocation: Motorcycling. It’s in my heart. Happiness Is: Making a summer dinner from ingredients … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Melissa Holbrook Pierson