Posts tagged "Michael Perkins"
Woodstock Library Forum turns 30

Woodstock Library Forum turns 30

How does one describe the Woodstock Library Forum, now celebrating its 30th year? Diana (Stern) Boggs, who worked at the library for 38 years and served as its director from 1981 to 2011, declared, “It’s a conversation everyone in the community is invited to. The library is a good place to have a conversation, whether...
Walking Woodstock: The Flaneur Reflects on the Heroin Crisis

Walking Woodstock: The Flaneur Reflects on the Heroin Crisis

Once, dinosaurs roamed New York. Not long ago they were so numerous herds of them clogged the highways, morning and night. They invariably dressed in armor, even at home — wearing hats and suits, and responsible expressions on serious faces. Many of them had lived through the Great Depression, and had fought in Korea, the...
Walking Woodstock: Karate kids and Kung Fu fighting

Walking Woodstock: Karate kids and Kung Fu fighting

Half a lifetime ago, the flaneur was a meatloaf. He needed a makeover, big time. In the early ‘80’s it was his habit to sit like a bull frog on the front porch of the Woodstock Guild and philosophize about his wayward heft, female beauty, and the meaning of meaning. One fine Saturday, he noticed...
Walking Woodstock: Comic Relief

Walking Woodstock: Comic Relief

People don’t  move to Woodstock for laughter and parties. Woodstock is earnest, one might even say heavy. Its Boomer elders carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. The style here is sincere to stodgy; responsibility rules. Flippancy and wisecracking are frowned upon. A famous long dead resident, Marco Vassi, dubbed it “the town...
Walking Woodstock: Bopping with Butterfield at Bearsville

Walking Woodstock: Bopping with Butterfield at Bearsville

Summers in the late Seventies when the day’s writing had gone well, the flaneur would think of Bearsville, and of sitting at the bar of the Bear Cafe sipping a martini as the late afternoon sunlight played its dappled magic on the room. He jumped on his bicycle and headed down the Glenford-Wittenberg Road, past...