CATSKILL — Those gorgeous 58 artisan cats that have recently disappeared from the village are anxiously to learn if they will have new homes this year.
And, they will!
Their chance for a forever home will come on Saturday (Sept. 19) as the Cat’n Around Catskill Cat Auction 2020 will be held , from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Historic Catskill Point, where it traditionally has been held.
Preview at 4 p.m. Auction at 5 p.m.
Village President Vincent Seeley will again be the auctioneer.
Attendance is free.
It is important to note, Auction 2020 will be different from its predecessors, due to issues related to Covid-19.
The Historic Catskill Point will be closed to non-auction guests beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Per Greene County mandate, temperature checks will be taken at the front gate before anyone is permitted to enter the park.
Attendees may wait in the plaza area until the preview begins at 4 p.m.
Everybody who enters the park premises must wear a face covering, as well as maintain social distances of at least 6 feet between individuals.
Anyone, over the age of 2, who says they are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, must provide a letter from a physician stating that.
Per New York State mandate, there is limited capacity in the auction area, so registration is first come, first served.
Heart of Catskill Association, which sponsors the annual auction, asks that only serious bidders register.
Just those with paddles, provided at registration, will be permitted to enter the auction area.
There will be no food or beverages served.
Outside food is prohibited; only water may be taken into the auction.
Auction-goers must bring their own chairs if they want to sit.
For those who want to bid on a cat, but cannot be physically present, will find off-premise bidding forms on the website.
There will be one entrance and one exit, in the auction area, as well as directional markings to maintain social distancing flow.
Bidders who have purchased all the cats they intend to give a new home, may check out at any time.
Once cats are paid for, staff, as available, will transport new cat owners to their parked vehicles.
They may then drive back to pick up their cats who will be waiting for them - and their forever home - at the front gate.
The Heart of Catskill Association thanks those attending for observing state mandates during a particularly challenging year, with particular thanks to Greene County Tourism staff for their invaluable assistance.