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Tannersville hosting viewing party of 'Road Trip Masters' Friday

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    Hosts Brian Fulmer and Nick Kessler in a promotional shot for “Road Trip Masters.” This week’s episode will feature Tannersville.
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    Villa Vosilla, where the viewing party for the Hunter/Tannersville episode of “Road Trip Masters” will take place on Friday at 7 p.m.
January 11, 2018 11:30 pm Updated: January 12, 2018 06:12 am

TANNERSVILLE — Tannersville will be featured in a popular television show early Saturday morning, and residents are planning to get together to celebrate for a special showing.

A viewing party will take place at Villa Vosilla tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate the village’s appearance in an episode of “Road Trip Masters,” according to the Greene County Tourism Department.

“Road Trip Masters,” a Discovery Channel show starring two educators who travel to different towns in America and give recommendations on where to stay, what to eat, and things to do will feature Tannersville in the second episode of season two. The episode is scheduled to air Saturday at 5 a.m.

“We are truly excited this opportunity has come to our little ‘painted village in sky,’” Mayor Lee McGunnigle said.

The show’s co-hosts, Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer, are scheduled to attend tonight’s viewing party, where the episode will be shown early.

The celebration at Villa Vosilla is a great way to showcase the area and a family-owned area resort, McGunnigle said.

Kessler met Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Senior Sales and Marketing Coordinator Nancy Petramale at a trade show in Philadelphia last March and struck up a conversation.

“He said he lived in the town of Catskill when he was a child and has always loved the area,” Petramale said. “He then reached out to me in June and I made the arrangements for his episode. We collaborated with Anne Jakubowski, executive director of the Hunter Foundation, as well.”

The crew landed at Villa Vosilla and spent two-and-a-half days filming the special starting June 28.

“They were so impressed with the beauty and hospitality of the mountaintop,” McGunnigle said.

The episode will feature Scribner’s Catskill Lounge, New York Zipline Adventures Tour, Villa Vosilla, the village’s Main Street, Last Chance Cheese Cafe, the Tannersville-Hathaway Trail System and Elena Patterson, originator and sponsor of “The Painted Village in the Sky.” All the businesses and people featured are scheduled to be present at the viewing party.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The hosts of “Road Trip Masters” will be at the viewing to talk to residents and answer questions, McGunnigle said.

The party will take place in the nightclub, which is adjacent to the bar and restaurant at Villa Vosilla. Guests are welcome to make reservations for the restaurant or enjoy the bar, McGunnigle said, adding he might make a couple of specials for the evening.

“The hosts told me how they felt a connection with the community,” the mayor said. “They told me that people like to visit communities where people are friendly.”

McGunnigle added the hosts were impressed with the welcome, real nature Tannersville had to offer.

“Brian and I are excited to come back to this area and be a part of the screening for the Hunter-Tannersville episode of ‘Road Trip Masters,’” Kessler said. “We are extremely proud of the way it came out and feel like it represents the area beautifully.”

“We are so excited and so is the community,” McGunnigle said.

Petramale echoed McGunnigle’s excitement.

“This puts us in front of thousands of TV watchers and will show an experience that we hope will want to make them travel to the Northern Catskills,” she said. “With some many nice hotels and dining establishments, to our outdoor adventures, we are hoping to capture people’s attention of all we have to do here.”

To reach reporter Kaitlin Lembo, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2513, email or follow her on Twitter @KaitlinLembo.