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...
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Ways to balance ecosystems on Comeau

Ways to balance ecosystems on Comeau

Appendices to the Comeau Stewardship Management Plan are now under consideration by the Woodstock town board. Once finalized, legally vetted, and approved, the appendices will specify best practices for managing the Comeau Property, while protecting the natural resources enjoyed by hikers, dog walkers, soccer players, outdoor theater fans, and nature lovers on the 76 town-owned...
Grass-roots marketing

Grass-roots marketing

Two years ago, Business Insider magazine predicted that by 2020, more than 40 percent of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be freelancers, contractors, and temp workers, according to a study conducted by software company Intuit. Most of these solo entrepreneurs, like today’s freelancers, will not have a big advertising budget. Woodstock marketing...
Night Walk, by Will

Night Walk, by Will

To see more of Will’s work go to www.thorneatercomics.com
Editorial: Be it now Resolved...

Editorial: Be it now Resolved…

Woodstock town board member Ken Panza tells us in an email that “Analog meter resolution #1 adopted by the Woodstock Town Board has been posted to the New York State Public Service Commission website as a submission to the ERT Opt-out Case.” The resolution, after the whereas portion says: BE IT RESOLVED, the Woodstock Town...
Landy's Opening Night

Landy’s Opening Night

Before he captured Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix on stage, got to know Bob Dylan and then The Band when they played a Woody Guthrie tribute at Carnegie Hall in 1967, or even heard of Woodstock and some Aquarian Festival still more than a year off in the smoke-hazed future of the late 1960s, the...