Local Celebrities

From global celebrities to local icons, get to know some of the people who love the Scenic Wild Delaware River.

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“I have been all over the world and there are few places left that are as pristine, rural and full of opportunity as the Catskills.

Growing up, I would spend my days fishing in creeks and ponds or climbing around in trees. Now my family and I enjoy the Delaware River, and its gracious places, in the same way.

The unsurpassed quality of the watershed supplies a growing number of award-winning breweries, distilleries and wineries. Untainted farms yield exceptional products offered in the farmers’ markets, restaurants, and farm-to-table events we like to frequent. They are filled with people who are so real. So approachable. When you make a friend here, it is for life.   

My continued work trying to protect this watershed, working against climate change and pushing for clean energy as well as taking the fracking fight internationally is rooted in my deep love of New York State, and the Upper Delaware valley in particular. It’s a place I always hold dear to my heart. It is home.”

Mark Ruffalo, Actor/Director, Founder Water Defense, Board member Catskill Mountainkeeper


"After coaching the US Olympic teams, I started thinking about opening my own training facility. Finally, we found this old mansion which turned out better than we could have imagined. The locals are welcoming, and the terrain and roads are perfect. Depending on which routes they go, my cyclists can ride for 5, 10, 20 miles on flat roads – all the way to Bethel Woods or up to the Roebling Bridge and around by the Zane Grey museum. Or if they want more of a challenge, they can take a turn that will take them up steep hills and a tougher work out.

Parents of kids I’m training or other cyclists come from all over the world and marvel at the natural beauty of our area, especially how wide our shoulders are. Cycling is big in Europe - Germany, Ireland especially. But the roads are so narrow they have to jump off their bikes if a bus passes them. Here they can ride two abreast in places, talk and be safe."     

Mike Fraysse, former three term President of the US Cycling Federation, member US Cycling Hall of Fame, owner Mike Fraysse’s Sports Training Resort, Glen Spey, New York

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