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,...
Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

As usual, the Woodstock Writers Festival begins its sixth year with the ever-popular story slam competition on the evening of Thursday, March 19, and ends on Sunday, March 22, with the signature panel Memoir-A-Go-Go, reflecting organizer Martha Frankel’s passion for...
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...
Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Marita Lopez-Mena, who’s been serving as director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) for only a few “very hectic” months now, recently recalled the first time she saw the Zena Cornfield, which will be celebrated Saturday August 9 on the...
Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

We can do incredible things nowadays. Every ambulance is a mobile emergency room,” said Richard Muellerleile, president of the Ulster County Emergency Medical Services Council, which held its annual Award and Recognition dinner on May 16, honoring a number of...
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Oh, the places I’ve been, Part II

Oh, the places I’ve been, Part II

After getting fired after one season in Savannah, I was hired to coach the Rockford Lightning of that same basketball minor league, the CBA. Situated 70 miles south of Chicago, Rockford was tightly wedged into the very buckle of the Rust Belt. Rockford featured the emptiest libraries in the Western Hemisphere, only two decent restaurants,...
Opting out?

Opting out?

Smart meters have been a big issue in Woodstock throughout recent years, filling this publication’s letters pages, creating a cause célèbre when a local resident replaced his Central Hudson meter with an older analog one and got his power shut off, and finally the Woodstock town board passed a unanimous prohibition of the devices in...
Writers Fest: Literary wisdom

Writers Fest: Literary wisdom

No individual could attend every single one of the workshops, panels, interviews, and parties at last weekend’s sixth annual Woodstock Writers Festival — except possibly indefatigable festival organizer Martha Frankel, who keeps close tabs on every aspect of her baby. I made it to five events, not including the Story Slam competition, which was won...
Stars, by Will

Stars, by Will

To see more of Will’s work go to www.thorneatercomics.com
Woodstock library to update master plan

Woodstock library to update master plan

Woodstock library trustees followed a piece of advice from its Facilities Task Force and voted, 7-1, to hire an architect to update its 2007 master plan during a more than three hour meeting March 19. But the action was not taken without contention from trustee Geoffrey Hanowitz, who urged going ahead with the halted plan...