Monday, September 19, 2016

Joe DeSarle Sings "So In Love"

Woodland Valley resident Joe DeSarle sent me this link (see below) to a video he made. The piece features Joe singing "So In Love" from the play Kiss Me Kate. You might remember that this was the musical that was featured on Friday Night of this year's Festival of the Voice (although Joe didn't sing it there). Joe does a great job with the tune and I thought you all might enjoy it too. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tony And The Turkeys - By Boreegard


When we got back home from Texas,
A few days before Thanksgiving,
Tony—the big Maine Coon cat, 
Who allows us to share our home with him,
Took me aside for a brief conversation.

“You know boss (he calls me boss to make
Me feel good),
That flock of wild turkeys you’ve been
Chucking cracked corn and sunflower seeds at,
Has been making themselves right at home
In your absence.” 

“They’ve pecked the H E double L
Out of Ma’s flowery things, and they’ve been
Strutting in obscene feathery processions,
All through the herb garden. Have they no shame?
Now, what are you going to do about this mess?”

“I can hardly sun myself properly of a warm afternoon,
Or pounce on the occasional high grass vermin,
Which is my catly right and duty, as you well know,
Without those cacophonous gobblers strutting through the yard,
Interrupting my action with their peck peck peckings, 
And their gobbley gobbledy gobblings.” 

I scratched his head, and while he purred away
Like a 14 inch chain saw, I said this to him:
“My dear Tony of the bologna (He doesn’t know what 
Bologna is, but he likes the rhyming sound of it),
That particular flock of tough toms and sweet hens
Is a permanent part of our scene. They are sacrosanct.”

“But you and I will have the ultimate revenge. To celebrate
Thanksgiving, I’ll roast one of their domesticated
Cousins, and we will feast for many days upon its tender flesh.
And of its bones, dear cat, I’ll make a beautiful brown broth,
That we will spoon and slurp and long remember.” 

                                                            Mike O’Neil aka Boreegard

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last Wish By Mike O'Neil aka Boreegard


Red Rock is the deepest, most majestic
Pool in our Woodland Brook.
Alice Jean wanted her corporeal remains
To be put there when she died.

Even after the brain tumors were excised,
And her perfect memory was a thing of
The past, she would voice this wish
Again and again.

On a clear July morning, her son Peter
Took her ashes and slowly added her
To the strongly flowing current,
At the head of the pool.

Her sister said a silent prayer.
Peter, Jim and I bid her
A good journey—and the brook
Sang her its eternal song.

The song she’d longed for.

July 27, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Shandaken Studio Tour 2016

The Shandaken Studio Tour is next weekend. You can view maps of all the studios online. I just received this email from Dave Channon who is organizing this year's tour. Here are the details he provided.

Come out and join us on the tour next weekend if you can!

Friday July 15 at The Arts Upstairs - Kick-off party & "Short Tall Tales" with host MC Sparrow 7-10 pm

Saturday July 16 at The Arts Upstairs - 6-9 pm  -  Gala opening with Jonathan Wilner's solo show

Saturday and Sunday July 16-17 10 am - 5 pm  - Open studios self guided tour. 

View maps online at:   Start at any studio and pick up a free catalog & guidebook. Also available at shops in Phoenicia.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ricarda O'Conner Workshop

WCA member Ricarda O'Conner sent me this information about her next workshop. Here is what Ricarda had to say:

My monthly workshop, MEDITATION, INTENTION and THE ZERO POINT FIELD is coming up:

Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm     

This workshop is designed to tune-up your conscious awareness, help you tap into your most vital joyful power, and boost your ability to transform every area of your life. Although the workshop has a basic structure it is different each time, reflecting the unique energy and intention of the participants. 

To read a brief description of the workshop, click on the link:
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Place: Sage Center for Healing, 6 Deming Street, Woodstock, NY (downstairs in the yoga studio).
Cost: Only $20

To save your space, register by simply calling or emailing:  845-679-5650  Or just drop in!

Looking Forward to Seeing You,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Paul Misko On WIOX

Paul Misko sent me this message to pass on to all of you. Here is what Paul had to say:

On Wednesday, July 6th, I will be doing one of my Catskill trivia quizzes on WIOX Radio Roxbury. One of the contestants will be Linda Mc Donald who is known by many in the valley. Folks can listen in via their computer by clicking onto this link, or just google wiox radio, Roxbury, N.Y. and go to the home page. It airs from 6p.m. to 7p.m. You might actually learn something... but no promises are made.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mike O'Neil Tells Fishy Tales

The Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at The Phoenicia Library will present "On The River" July 23rd, 2016 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. This is another installment in the ongoing series of fishing discussions celebrating the 20th anniversary of the collection. Woodland Valley's own fishing expert, Mike O'Neil will be among the people telling fish stories. He will talk about his father Paul O'Neil's experiences as fisherman, author and sports writer for Time and Life magazines. Joining him will be Cal Smith, Hank Rope, Roger Menard and Ed Ostapczuk. If you are interested in fishing this promises to be a great discussion!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vote Today!

I would remind everyone that today is the day of the Congressional primary here in Shandaken. So don't forget to cast your vote.

The M.F Whitney firehouse on Rt 214 is the polling place for Woodland Valley. The sample ballots for both Democrats and Republicans are on the wall outside the main room.

Yes, I know that all eyes are on the presidential contest, but elections are important at every level of government so please get to the polls and make your voice heard!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mama Bear

Just as I was wondering what to post today Woodland Valley resident Jim Alessi sent me this message and photo.

"This big Momma bear was in my backyard on Saturday (see photo below). If you look close you can see one of her cubs walking behind her in the shadows. There is a second cub who climbed up a tree just out of camera view by the time I opened my window to take a picture. They were only there for two or three minutes but a thrill none the less. The mom has to be at least 275 lbs. and the cubs might be 50 lbs. each.

Saw another lone black bear that crossing Woodland Valley Road below the Woodland Valley campground on Sunday. That bear had a State Wildlife Tag in each of its ears but I couldn’t get my camera phone out fast enough to snap a picture. Guess I’m getting a little slow in my old age…

Well just wanted to send in this photo and remind everyone that we really live in a pretty wild wilderness area!"

Best Regards,

I think I saw the same bear with the two ear tags last night while I was at my neighbor's house. He was beautiful. But the tag in each ear means that he is a very badly behaved bear. When a bear gets to be a nuisance (breaking into houses, roaming in populated areas, etc) they trap him/her and tag an ear. If that bear gets into trouble again they trap them again and tag the other ear. The third time the bear gets into trouble they euthanize him/her. So let's hope this big guy stays out of trouble. 

And to close this post I would ask everyone (weekenders especially) to secure their garbage. The bears have been overturning garbage bins all along the WV road and scattering the litter everywhere. If it happens with your garbage a lot I would ask you to consider getting a bear proof metal box. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Save Water

Sorry that it has been a while since I last posted. The weather up here has been super gorgeous and I took this time to start to get caught up on my outdoor chores.

Anyway, for any of you at the beginning of the valley who are in the Phoenicia Water District, water superintendent Rick Ricciardella has requested that you take measures to conserve water. The spring and early summer have been dry and after a dry winter the reservoirs are not at their peak. So Rick requests that you start cutting back on unnecessary water use to help the district avoid future problems.

And for those of us with wells, we should all pay attention to our water usage in drier times too. So be mindful when you turn on your faucets!