By Ann Roberti

The beginning of October brings Lark in the Park to the Catskills. This year’s Lark is the 11th, and it’s shaping up to be the best ever. The Catskills Lark in the Park is an annual event jam-packed with outdoor events, beginning the weekend before Columbus Day weekend and ending on Columbus Day (October 4th to October 13th 2014). If you enjoy hiking, paddling, cycling, camping, etc. in beautiful fall foliage, check out the events being offered at www.catskillslark.org. There are two Pepacton paddles, a hike on Palmer Hill and a litter pickup at the Pepacton – to name events just in our own little town.

And if that’s not your cup of tea, we still have something for you — the screening of the documentary, “To Be Forever Wild”, Saturday October 4th at 7 pm at the Open Eye Theatre in Margaretville. This hour-long documentary was created by a group of Catskill filmmakers, musicians and artists who spent time exploring the Catskill Mountains — landscapes that are considered to be America’s “first wilderness.” The film profiles the people who live in and visit this region, including artists, hikers, scientists, farmers and young people. The filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A after the screening.

There are other cultural and educational events on the Lark calendar as well.

Most Lark in the Park events are free, but there is a $5 fee for the screening to defray expenses for the venue. The Catskills Lark in the Park is put on through a partnership of the Catskill Mountain Club (who brought three new hiking trails to Andes), the NY-NJ Trail Conference, The Catskill Center and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.~