Balsam Lake Fire Tower Volunteer Coordinator
This year marks our 125th anniversary as Balsam Lake Mountain was the site of the first fire tower in New York State! As part of several special events that will mark our anniversary and as part of the Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival in and around the neighboring village of Margaretville, we are planning on a "Meet the Authors" Day.
On Sunday, August 26th, please join us at the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower and/or the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development for an opportunity to "Meet the Authors". Authors who have agreed to join us are Marty Podskoch, author of Fire Towers of the Catskills
, Adirondack Fire Towers
, and Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
; Diane Galusha author of Another Day, Another Dollar; The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills
, and Liquid Assets, The Story of New York City's Water System
; and Dave and Carol White author of Catskill Day Hikes
, Catskill Peak Experiences
, and Women with Altitude
. These authors have several other titles that they have written and would be happy to discuss as well.
For those who care to, we are planning on hiking up to the summit so that the authors can chat with visitors from 10am until about 1pm. We will leave the Millbrook Road trailhead at 8:30am. Following that, we will hike back down, then go to the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development offices in Arkville for an opportunity for all of the authors to meet guests, including guests who were unable to hike up. The Center is graciously providing some light refreshments as well. We are not able to actually sell books on the summit, so this allows the visitors to purchase the author's titles at the Center. We expect to be at the Center from about 3pm until 5pm. Jeff Senterman, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference's Catskill Region Program Coordinator, will be our host at the center and will have information on the Trail Conference's stewardship efforts in the Catskills region available. For additional information please contact Laurie Rankin, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]