Your 2019 calendar may be a blank slate now, except for family birthdays and anniversaries. But that won't last for long.

Sharpen your pencils, uncap your Sharpies or click your Bics into ready to write position because you’ll want to make note of these special dates. There’s a lot to looking forward to in the coming year and this list of winter events will help you prepare.


Jan. 26 Roscoe Beer Co. holds its Fourth Annual Winter Fest, 11 am.-4 p.m. 145 Rockland Rd., Roscoe. There'll be winter games and activities, a bonfire, hot cocoa, live ice sculpting, food and craft beer, horse drawn carriage rides, live music, and an afterparty with more live music 4-8 p.m. They're hoping for snow., 607-290-5002

Feb. 1-3 Winter Hoot. This is a multi-event, multi-date music festival where you get to sing, dance and a lot more. Held at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge. On Feb. 1, there's dinner, film, discussion and a jam. Feb. 2: music, food and more, including family square dance at 12:15 and a late night square dance at 10 p.m. Feb. 3: Community Sing. Tickets sold on a sliding, give what you can scale, are sold at the door while space allows. Otherwise, prices vary per event and for lodging on site. Lots of activities for kids and a host of well-known acts. Check the website ( and facebook and instagram to see whether events are full.

Feb. 9 The 31st Annual Ice Fishing contest, put on by the Hurleyville Fire Department and Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission, runs 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Morningside Lake in Hurleyville. Great fun for outdoorsy types, early risers and fishing enthusiasts. Adults $5; 15 and under free; trophies, prizes, bait, refreshments, raffles, info: 436-5418, 434-3475 or 434-7706.

Feb. 9 Subzero Heroes, an annual fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association, offers a chance to get a little crazy for a good cause. Enthusiastic swimmers, many costumed, rush into Berean Lake in Highland. Check in from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jump starts at noon. Jump or cheer on the jumpers. It’s a festive atmosphere, with a costume contest for jumpers, and a hot chocolate bar courtesy of CIA Chef and Professor Scott Swartz, featuring freshly made marshmallows from Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company. Specialty foods from Grok Bites and Cheesecake Heaven. Funds raised for Subzero Heroes helps support the Alzheimer's Association's goals of advancing research for the prevention, cure and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and providing support and assistance to the 5.4 million afflicted and their families. Register at or contact Lauren Voorhees, 763-4697,

Feb. 17 King (or Queen) of the Ice, an ice fishing contest with cash and prizes, runs from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at White Lake/Kauneonga Lake, and is sponsored by the Sullivan County Conservation Club as a way to get kids interested in the great outdoors. Youth age 15 and younger participate for free, with a paid adult ($15 at entry or $12 in advance, if received by Feb. 14. Bait will be available on site for purchase. There'll be lots of trophies for the kids, and prize money for the adult participants. Did we mention there's $500 for the largest eligible fish? Check the website for details.

Feb. 17 Second annual Hot Chocolate Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebride. Here's another opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities, crafts and hot chocolate varieties made to order. There's lunch available for purchase, blacksmithing and broom shop demonstrations, and - weather permitting - sledding and guided hike. $5 admission at the gate includes two varieties of hot chocolate., 657-8333.

Feb. 23  The 22nd annual Chili Bowl Fiesta will be held 2-7 p.m. Feb.  23 at the SUNY Ulster Dining Hall, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. For two decades, the Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta has been a favorite in the region for those who attend and for the Women's Studio Workshop, which hosts it. It's an afternoon of handmade art, local cuisine and a community gathering. More than 20 local restaurants and chefs donate 50+ gallons of chili, satisfying meat-lovers, vegans and vegetarians alike. Choose to buy a hand-crafted pottery bowl or opt for a paper bowl. Nearly 1,000 handmade bowls, mugs and tumblers are created throughout the year by staff, interns, resident artists, students and local potters. Each vessel is one-of-a-kind. With live music by the Rosendale band In The Kitchen, raffles and more, it's all about fun. Early bird admission, 2-4 p.m. $10; free admission 4-7. Info: 658-9133,

March 23-24 and 30-31 Maple Weekend 2019.  Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their “sugar houses” to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Many host tastings, show off their apparatus and take visitors on tours. Some invite folks to try their hand at tapping trees. Some offer pancake breakfasts, maple candy or maple cotton candy. Details at