Sunday, September 30, 2012

Eugene Ruffolo - 2012 European Shows

In my email box tonight was a message from Eugene Ruffolo regarding his upcoming European tour. Any of you who find yourself in the Netherlands or Germany on these dates might want to check out one of his shows. Here what Eugene had to say.

I'm heading to Europe next week to do a series of shows with "The Greater Good"--performing songs from our new release..
"The Greater Good" is myself, Dennis Kolen, and Shane Alexander... Come on out! Check out the dates below..
I'll be doing some solo shows as well afterwards in Holland and Germany. More on that soon...


October 6, 2012  Dorpstheater, Wormer Netherlands @ 20.00 
October 7, 2012 Roepaen, Ottersum, Netherlnds  @16:00
October 8, 2012 Live uit radio Rinmond (radioshow) @16:00
October 9, 2012 Crossroads, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands (live radio) @ 20:00
October 10, 2012  So What, Gouda, Netherlands @20:00
October 11, 2012 Qbus, Leiden , Netherlands @20:00
October 12, 2012 Paard van Troje, Den Haag, Netherlands  @20:00
 October 13, 2012 ABC Theater, Dordrecht, Netherlands @20:00

solo shows

October 24, Lohr Germany--Location TBD

October 28,   De Schuilkerk ---Langendijk 72, Gorinchem , Netherlands   @15:00
More dates being added.....additional info soon.....

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Reminder - Lark In The Park Begins Today

I wanted to remind you all that the 10 day " Lark in the Park" event begins today. There are many different activities for people of all ages. To find out what the organizers have in store you can just go to and explore the schedule. There is something for everyone. And this is a great time to get out and enjoy the fall season here in the Catskills.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Turkey Trot November 24th

This years annual Turkey Trot on  will be on Saturday, November 24th9:00 a.m. The 2 mile run/walk will benefit the Shandaken Food Pantry.  Last year’s inaugural event boasted 300 runners.

The run is open to the entire community, elite and novice runners alike. Kick off this family fun event benefiting this worthy cause, and while you are at it, work off your Thanksgiving feast.
Registration is $10 for individuals or $20 per family. Groups are encouraged to run as well. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest female and male racers; and a special cash prize will be given to the team with the most runners.

To pre-register, visit (search Phoenicia Turkey Trot) or contact Heather (845) 688-7064 or Patti (845) 254-4126 or via email at   VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME AS WELL.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Recycle Old Electronics

I was just sent a notice that they are going to have another recycling event in Kingston to collect old electronics. I have gotten rid of old or broken things this way myself. It is a great way to recycle old devices so that they are not just stuffed into some landfill somewhere. Here is the information.

Recycle your old electronics
Saturday, September 29th (households), 9 am – 1 pm.
400 Schwenk Drive (near Kingston Plaza), Kingston
Pre-register at or call 338-5100.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Town News - Building And Zoning

Bringing you all up to date on town news, Richie Stokes, the town zoning and building inspector, has taken an unpaid leave of absence. If you would like to read about it, I have place a link below to an article in the Kingston Daily Freeman from yesterday regarding the situation. Shandaken resident Art Christie is now acting building and zoning inspector until the Shandaken Town Board resolves the situation.

Rick Altman Trio At The Harmony

Brother Sun At The ESRM

Flying Cat Music Presents

An Evening with Brother Sun

Sunday, September 30
7:30 p.m. (sharp), door at 7:00
Empire State Railway Museum
70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Harmony that rivals Crosby, Stills, and Nash
"Is there any reason why any music festival in America would not want to book this talented,
versatile, can do just about any stage, trio? I can't think of any. "
Anne Saunders, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
"What happens when you unite three of the best male singers in the folk realm who already revel in harmony singing?
Brother Sun.”
Rich Warren, WFMT, Midnight Special, Chicago.
Admission is $20 or $18 w/RSVP

For information email as above
or call 845-688-9453

Link to artist's website:

The powerful harmony trio Brother Sun will be performing for the Flying Cat Music Railway Concerts series at the Empire State Railway Museum on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. For information and reservations email or call 845-688-9453. The museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York.

National touring artists Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have each won acclaim as highly accomplished singer-songwriters. Now their union, Brother Sun, is mesmerizing festival audiences across the nation. Brother Sun is rapidly emerging as the Crosby, Stills and Nash of contemporary Folk--and that is not a comparison made lightly.

Imagine hearing Brother Sun in the warm acoustic confines of the Empire State Railway Museum. Seating is extremely limited, so RSVP now.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Linda & Bob McDonald - Always Helping

No matter where they are at any given moment WCA members Linda and Bob McDonald are always ready to lend a helping hand. They work tirelessly for their community here in Woodland Valley and recently were helping out down in Jacskonville, Florida. While they were there they were quoted in a local Florida newspaper about the effect that higher gas prices are having on home meal deliveries to seniors. Check out what they have to say at the link below.

Pain At the Pump hurts Non-Profits

I know Bob & Linda are always ready to help me with things for the community association. So I wanted to put up this video and take this time to give them a big shout-out for always being there for their community. Thanks Bob and Linda for all that you do!!!

Another Great Reading At The Library

Phoenicia Library
9 Ava Maria
Phoenicia NY

Friday, September 28th at 7 PM
READING and Q&A by Greg Olear on his new novel


Fathermucker is a vivid and hilarious portrait of a day in the life of a stay-at-home dad in New Paltz-- complete with lust, love, and playdates--that will ring very true for any parent and any upstater.
Phoenicia Library,  9 Ava Maria Ave., Phoenicia NY

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Postal Worker Acquitted

I don't know if any of you saw this in the papers. The postal worker that hit Marilyn Dershowitz in Manhattan was acquitted this week.

Marilyn's death was such a tragedy. My sympathies once again go out to the family.

I think of Marilyn often and all that she brought to her community. She is still loved and missed by so many! 

I want to take the time to remind you all that Nat has set up a fund to collect money to donate to the library and have them name it after her. I have recopied the donation directions below for those of you who feel so inclined. 

1- a check can be made out Pay to the Order of "The Phoenicia Library Assoc. Marilyn Dershowitz Fund."  The entire name of the account should appear.

2-  money can be donated online via the library's PayPal account accessible at
3-  money can be wired directly to
Phoenicia Library Association Marilyn Dershowitz Fund
Ulster Savings Bank
Routing Number  # 221971264
Account Number #  587012800
(If they receive checks written to Phoenicia Library, with the memo line it is in memory of Marilyn, that is fine, too, we can move the money over to the fund.)

The library mailing address is:

Phoenicia Library
P.O. Box 555
Phoenicia NY 12464-0555

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Woodland Creek Still High

The Woodland Valley Creek remained high today after yesterday's torrential rains. Hawley Botchford wrote and told me that his weather station measured 5.99 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 33 mph (that was around 6 pm). Another WCA member, Mo Winograd, sent me a couple of photos she took today from the Fawn Hill bridge (see above). She took the top one facing upstream and the bottom photo facing downstream. As you can see the water is still running that lovely Yoo Hoo color it becomes after a big storm. The stream gets that color because the high water rips open the clay strata in the stream bed. Hopefully, it won't last too long and the creek will be running crystal clear before we know it.

Photos by: Mo Winograd

Reminder - Library Event Saturday

On September 22 at 10.30 Ed Ostapczuk, author of Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher, will sign copies and talk about his new book at the Phoenicia Library’s Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, 9 Ava Maria Drive, Phoenicia, NY 12464. 

Ostapczuk’s book offers a first-hand glimpse of life in and along Catskill streams, enlivened with bits and pieces of local lore that might otherwise be lost. Learn more about Catskill Bill Kelly’s big brown trout, the history of White Pond, the Peekamoose, and other arcane fly-fishing stories at the informal book signing.

Inspired by Cecil E. Heacox‘s article that appeared in Outdoor Life (March/April 1969) entitled “Charmed Circle of The Catskills”  Ostapczuk has spent decades following Heacox’s  journey  on  the waters of the Esopus, Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink, Schoharie, Rondout, and Delaware Rivers. A licensed fly fishing guide and instructor, he is the recipient of several local and regional conservation awards for his efforts to preserve and protect the wild trout streams of the Catskills.
For more information: , or 845-688-7811

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lots Of Water - Not Much Wind

We had a lot of rain in the valley today. I am not sure exactly how many inches fell but it came down very hard for most of the day. Thankfully it has basically stopped at this point.

I was out and about at around 6:30 this evening and there was some minor flooding along Woodland Valley Road. The worst spot was in the area of the Holz Farm. The WV Creek had jumped it's banks and was flowing completely over the road. It was the same place where the road washed out during Hurricane Irene last year. Of course it was not as bad as that incident but it was still significant. There were several other places that water  came over the road but they were more minor.

I have the USGS gage at the mouth of Woodland Creek set to automatically email me when the creek gets over 7 feet. I got my first alert at 5:48 when the creek was at 7.57ft. The highest level it reached was at 8.07 feet where it remained until around 8:30 and then it started to recede.

I went through town at about 6:45 and all was well. The Espous Creek came up over 14 feet but that is usually under the levels that begins to flood Main Street. Shandaken had declared a state of emergency but I think that was just a precaution. After the hurricane last year we all know it is better to be safe than sorry.

As for the effects of all this water in Woodland Valley, some of the folks along the road have told me that they got water in their basements. The lights flickered on and off briefly but didn't go out for more than a few seconds. The cable went out briefly when that happened too. But that is back to normal as well. There is a large tree limb across some wires mid-valley so that could have caused that situation.

Luckily, so far, the winds have not been bad. The highest winds that I saw at my house were in the early afternoon. But they didn't last for very long so we were lucky in that respect.

So that's the story from the valley this evening. All seems well again after a long soggy day.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Discount Phone for Income Eligible Residents

This week is Lifeline Awareness Week in here in NY. The New York State Discounted Telephone Service is an assistance program offered by many telephone providers, including some wireless companies, to help income-eligible consumers save money on their phone bills. Below is a link to the program. Check it out if you think you qualify or pass it on to someone who you think might need assistance.

Town Websites

With the absence of a town newspaper there are a couple of websites that residents can go to for information and updates. The first is the official town website at Joyce Grant, the Shandaken Town Clerk,  has been doing a great job of getting information up to the site to keep us all in the know. The other website is which is sponsored by Phoenicia businesses. Both of these sites can give you some information about what is going on locally so remember to check them periodically.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

On Track With Tommy Healy

WCA member Tommy Healy sent me a photo and some great video from his most recent trip with his Fairmont track car. For those of you who don't know, a Fairmont track car is a small vehicle with train wheels that was produced by Fairmont Railway Motors of Fairmont, Minnesota. They were used by railroads for Maintenance of Way purposes. The cars are no longer produced but are a great part of railroad history. They are collected by many people and used for recreational purposes.

Here is what Tommy had to say about his adventures:

Last weekend I toured with the North American Rail car Operators association in my Fairmont track car.  NARCOA is an organized group that gets permission from railroads to operate on their lines.  We did a 160 mile trip on the Lehigh Valley/Norfolk Southern Railroad. Leaving from the New York/Pennsylvania town of Sayre and headed south into Pennsylvania. The video gives you a little bit of an idea of what the run was like.  Many Railroads in the North East run along rivers as the grades were easier to negotiate versus going over mountains.  Along with that, come the fantastic views.  The video below is one small example as we cross over one of the bridges over the Susquehanna River.
- Tommy  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Non-violent Communication Group

WCA member Davida Luminabes is once again starting up the non-violent practice group here in Woodland Valley. If you would like to join this group please use the information below to get in touch with Davida. It sounds like it will be interesting! Here is Davida's message:

Greetings friends and neighbors

We had a lovely practice group before last winter, and keeping it small seems to work best.
We're starting over this year into next with a new practice group and format, a shorter, 9-week course.

You may be familiar, new or practiced in the ways of "Non-Violent Communication", or compassionate communication. It is a way of communicating with ourselves and with each other which works through compassion, shifting us (with practice) from the old ingrained  criticism/'shame/blame/judgement/should  patterns of thinking and speech, better meeting our truest needs in life.

It is a system being used in interpersonal relationships from personal partnerships to family, from business to mediation between nations. 

I've been studying this past year and 1/4 (and continuing) with NYNVC Co-ordinator Thom Bond.

The '64 days training' is a 9-week training course which meets once a week. It's been put together by Thom Bond, a student and friend of Marshall Rosenberg, the Author of Non-Violent Communication. This course is for anyone who is willing to make a personal commitment to learn the principles and concepts of NVC and begin to incorporate them into daily life.

Whether new, familiar, or practiced, you are invited and welcome!

When we have a core group minimum (we're going only up to 8 max), we will announce a definite time/place start date. As a starter, I'm suggesting sunday evenings, here at my home in Woodland Valley, skipping holidays, starting the last Sunday of September.

Study Books: 

·   Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. 

See website for ordering Powell’s books (union) and Amazon (non-union) may carry them second hand. They are available from the Mid-Hudson Library System as well. 
No required fee. Donations accepted/suggested, to course co-ordinator org. Host to provide water and a pot of coffee, tea, and simple refreshments. 

Directions, curriculum and a reminder will be forthcoming for those who respond. Please feel welcome to join in a pot - luck before or after the meetings.. (we'll decide).


(845) 679-7981
Healing Arts

Sunday, September 9, 2012

What's Happening In And Around Phoenicia

For those of you who have been out of town, there are several new things in and around Phoencia lately. First, we have the lovely new purple banners you see all around the hamlet. These banners have been supplied by the Rotary Club. The club does a lot of great things in the community and this is only the latest example. Love the color they chose!!

The next totally fun addition to Main St are Marietta's new cows and goat outside of Morne Imports. I just love these big, plastic beauties!! They are so much fun. But Marietta says that the younger children in town are rough on the small ones. They want to ride, squeeze. hug, pet, push over and generally maul the little creatures. It requires constant diligence on her part to keep them in their place (both the children and the plastic animal replicas). Marietta says that in the winter they will be gracing her windows (the cows, not the children). So, no worries, these fun statuettes are staying in town for the duration.

The last bit of news that I want to share is slightly outside of town on Rt 28. The new Phoenicia Diner will be opening next weekend. I talked to the owner and he is very nice. They are starting with a limited menu (just breakfast and lunch) so that they can get their bearings and begin on a positive note. So if you have a chance, go in and check out the new and improved Phoenicia Diner. I know I will be stopping by to sample the cuisine.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Book Signing at the Phoenicia Library

On September 22 at 10.30 Ed Ostapczuk, author of Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher, will sign copies and talk about his new book at the Phoenicia Library’s Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, 9 Ava Maria Drive, Phoenicia, NY 12464. 
Ostapczuk’s book offers a first-hand glimpse of life in and along Catskill streams, enlivened with bits and pieces of local lore that might otherwise be lost. Learn more about Catskill Bill Kelly’s big brown trout, the history of White Pond, the Peekamoose, and other arcane fly-fishing stories at the informal book signing.
Inspired by Cecil E. Heacox‘s article that appeared in Outdoor Life (March/April 1969) entitled “Charmed Circle of The Catskills”  Ostapczuk has spent decades following Heacox’s  journey  on  the waters of the Esopus, Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink, Schoharie, Rondout, and Delaware Rivers. A licensed fly fishing guide and instructor, he is the recipient of several local and regional conservation awards for his efforts to preserve and protect the wild trout streams of the Catskills.
For more information: , or 845-688-7811

Monday, September 3, 2012

Free Healthcare Clinic

The next FREE Healthcare is a Human Right clinic will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 4-7pm at Parish Hall in Phoenicia.

This time we will have:
matrix energetics
somatic experiencing

Appointments are required.
Please call 688-2323 if you would like to make an appointment.