Von Stade, Livengood highlight Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

Von Stade, Livengood highlight Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

“We are called ‘the little engine that could,’” said Maria Todaro, co-founder and executive director of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. “That’s how the industry talks about us. They’re still scratching their heads. We’re also called ‘the possible...
'Our Country’s Good' in renovated Byrdcliffe Theater

‘Our Country’s Good’ in renovated Byrdcliffe Theater

Photos by Dion Ogust   Audiences attending VOICETheatre performances of Our Country’s Good have been among the first to enjoy Woodstock’s newly air conditioned Byrdcliffe Theater, which was renovated this spring, thanks to private donations. The addition of heat, a/c,...
The art of the Maverick

The art of the Maverick

The great tragic sculptor John Flannagan, three of whose rarely seen works are serving as centerpieces of the ambitious Music in the Woods: One Hundred Years of Maverick Concerts pair of exhibitions opening with joint receptions in the Towbin Wing of the Woodstock...
State OKs Belleayre Resort

State OKs Belleayre Resort

After 16 contentious years, the long-proposed Belleayre Resort project is getting its state permits and could be moving towards groundbreaking in the coming year. Unless, that is, remaining opponents of the project, as proposed, and several Central Catskills neighbors file...
Onteora says Wonderworks will be replaced

Onteora says Wonderworks will be replaced

Following an executive session and annual reorganization appointments that included the swearing in of new members and choosing of returning trustee Bobbi Schnell as the president of the Onteora Central School District board of education, Assistant Superintendent for Business and...
James Cox, Mary Anna Goetz celebrate 25 Woodstock years

James Cox, Mary Anna Goetz celebrate 25 Woodstock years

James Cox and Mary Anna Goetz, married nearly 45 years now, are seated behind their Willow gallery talking about the 25 years they’ve been part of Woodstock and the new exhibit of works by Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason they’ll...
Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has its ribbon cut

Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has its ribbon cut

Several hundred people gathered for the dedication and opening of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) in Mount Tremper on July 1. Local officials spoke in celebration of the long-delayed center, addressing an audience that included many Shandaken...
110 to graduate Onteora

110 to graduate Onteora

Approximately 110 students will graduate from the Onteora Central School District class of 2015 on Friday, June 26 outdoors on the football field at the Boiceville campus on Route 28. (In the event of rain, it will be moved to...
Maverick Centennial: The Reconciliation

Maverick Centennial: The Reconciliation

  “Strangers used to marvel — and still do — that such music as the Maverick concerts was to be found in a rude hall in the woods far from any center of population. To those who asked him how...
Former Playhouse owner is convicted

Former Playhouse owner is convicted

One of Woodstock’s saddest stories got its penultimate chapter written this month with the conviction of Ralph Miller, an owner of summer stock theaters up and down the East Coast — including the Woodstock Playhouse when it was torched and...
McGill out at Onteora

McGill out at Onteora

The Onteora District Board of Education voted unanimously to accept a separation agreement with Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill, affective June 30, 2015. At its June 2 Board of Education meeting at Phoenicia Primary school, following a lengthy executive session, two...
Songwriters, seniors collaborate in a restorative fashion

Songwriters, seniors collaborate in a restorative fashion

“We all need meaning and purpose, and at the end of life, we need to feel like our life meant something, that it was worthwhile. If you can tell your story in a way that other people enjoy and will...
Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora district voters came out on Tuesday, May 19 in very low numbers compared to past elections, to easily approve the 2015/16-school budget of $51,656,975. The total yes votes were 495, to 159 no votes, including 18 absentee ballots. All...
DEP tells Olive no Roundup will be used on Ashokan roads

DEP tells Olive no Roundup will be used on Ashokan roads

Paul Rush, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), told the Olive town board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 12, that the DEP will not spray the controversial herbicide glyphosate along roads around the...
BioBlitz turns up life

BioBlitz turns up life

Jason Tesauro sloshes out to the edge of the swamp holding a stick, from which hangs a jelly-like mass containing many black spots, each within its own clear membrane. “Spotted salamander eggs,” he says, “freshly laid.” Woodstock resident Liz Simonson...
How I survived the earthquake

How I survived the earthquake

Most people probably know me from around Woodstock as the guy walking around town with his long dreadlocked hair wrapped in a bun on top of his head. Others may know me as a poet and publisher who has organized...
At 98, Manuel Bromberg won’t give an inch

At 98, Manuel Bromberg won’t give an inch

Manuel Bromberg needed a cliff. It would be a grand sculpture. It was the mid-1960s and the artist, a professor of painting at SUNY New Paltz, had just been awarded a grant for Distinguished Research, he remembers to be about...
17th Karmapa is welcomed

17th Karmapa is welcomed

Two full houses at UPAC last week for a Bestowal of Refuge Vow and Teaching, followed by a public greeting at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock punctuated a week-long visit to town by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley...
His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

It’s said that the visit of a great teacher produces a lot of ripples, like dropping a stone in a still pond. How those ripples come to fruition is interesting,” said Kathleen Wesley, communications coordinator of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra...
Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

We Homo sapiens love our rituals. Beginning with myths of cavemen clubbing their women over the head to tribal dances as cure-alls for whatever ails one to turkey on Thanksgiving or the seventh inning stretch at a ball game, we...
Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

When the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929, its goal was to preserve the stories of the town. Members wrote essays and gathered in people’s homes on Sundays to read their stories aloud over tea and cookies....
The changing face of Woodstock

The changing face of Woodstock

Mia and Paul are sitting at the bar of the Bearsville Theatre with baby Pascal as the first Woodstock Indoor Farmers Market gets underway. They’re eating noodles as Luca, the first grader son of the Bearsville complex’s new managing partner,...
Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount is surely one of the smallest churches ever built, but its significance is large, since it has spanned a range of periods of Woodstock history that justified its designation as a historical...
Poets duel in the mud

Poets duel in the mud

Who, besides poets, likes the local poetry scene? Years ago, Mikhail Horowitz warned me, “The smaller the pie, the sharper the knives.” Oh, I’ve gotten compliments, but the slights are what I remember. The poet who’d reviewed my first book...
Creating Spirit Of Place

Creating Spirit Of Place

Since assuming the Executive Directorship of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in September, Neil Trager has heard a distant drum roll heralding an event others are hardly aware of but, as an old hand at the game, he knows...
Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

It’s nice to sit and do nothing,” says Katherine Burger as she’s having her portrait painted at the Woodstock Library. “It’s so meditative. And Claire is very entertaining.” “I’m telling her my life story,” laughs Claire Lambe, the Irish-born artist...
In other news
Water release erosion

Water release erosion

A flurry of high-volume water releases from the Ashokan Reservoir into the lower Esopus Creek caused the closing of the Marbletown Recreation Area for two weeks in early July, after a wet June raised the reservoir level higher than anticipated. Although no other major effects were reported downstream of the reservoir, the erosion in Marbletown emphasized...
The Messenger, by Will

The Messenger, by Will

To see more of Will’s work go to http://www.thorneatercomics.com
Local firefighter volunteers do boot camp

Local firefighter volunteers do boot camp

Wearing 70 pounds of turn-out gear and breathing apparatus, 23-year-old Woodstock volunteer firefighter Jessica Jones climbed stairs, hauled hose, and dragged dummies of human bodies until her 35-minute air supply gave out. And that was just Day One of Ulster County’s first two-week Firefighter 1 Boot Camp, held in Highland the first half of July....
Editorial: Poison hemlock

Editorial: Poison hemlock

Look out for this. Our photographer Dion Ogust has taken some local photos of Poison-hemlock, the stuff that did in Socrates, growing in our area. The following descriptions come from the King County, Washington, website. The phone number below for poison control is good nationwide. “Poison-hemlock can be confused with wild carrot (Daucus carota, or Queen Anne’s...
Sorting through local restaurant changes

Sorting through local restaurant changes

Can we just get a simple meal here? What with all the rumors surrounding Woodstock’s restaurant scene of late, it seemed only right to check in with what’s really what. At Oriole 9, things are running smoothly again with the holes in the ceiling finally repaired, the art shows still running, and most of the...