summer friday snapshots: the catskills

August 26, 2011  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

in our summer friday series, take a peek at how our staffers are enjoying their half-day fridays—and resulting long(er) weekends. this week, hit the road (with the top down!) for a quick jaunt upstate and meet papi chulo…

who: natalie clark

job: web graphic designer

where: the catskills

why: “because sometimes a girl needs to get out of the city for fresh air, lush green hills and gorgeous scenery. the catskills are sort of like our version of the english countryside.”

1. drive: “my friend bradford and i stole—excuse me, “borrowed”—his dad’s convertible to visit his great aunt and uncle. the drive is utterly breathtaking.”

2. indulge: “we made a quick stop at baubles bangles and beads in saugerties, new york, run by a sassy woman named henrietta. i bought the most gorgeous thing i’ve found in a while—a vintage morvaian crown from the 1880’s. i am not telling my mother how much i paid for it…”

3. steal: “but i will share how much i paid for this ring and camera, at a roadside garage sale: 50 cents each!”

4. peek: “we took a quick detour in emerson, new york to check out the world’s largest kaleidoscope. pay $10 for admission or take a peek for free above.”

5. tune in: “bradford’s great uncle moonlights as a radio host at the indie station, WIOX 91.3. his stage name is papi chulo, the latin from manhattan! you can stream his latin jazz show live every friday evening at 7pm.”

6. play: “papi chulo has a 1963 fire truck in his back yard. he let me take it for a spin (oh dear!).”

natalie’s summer road trip playlist

“sir duke” by stevie wonder

“marathon” by tennis

“rapper’s delight” by the sugar hill gang

“creep” by tlc

“ valerie” remix by mark ronson with amy winehouse (tear!)

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