Monday, June 30, 2014

Catching Up Again

Once again I find myself a bit behind on my posting. So this morning I have put up several different announcements and news items involving or affecting Woodland Valley or WCA members. I usually only post one or possibly two things every other day but today I had four. So please scroll down to see all that I have put up to the blog. I wouldn't want you to miss anything.

Jimmy McGrath Retiring

This news came out about a month ago but I just realized this morning that people who are not in the valley all the time may not have heard it.

After 34 years of service, Town of Shandaken Police Chief Jimmy McGrath is planning on retiring. I am linking to an article in the Kingston Daily Freeman regarding this announcement.

Thanks to Jimmy for all those years of service to the community! We all wish you a happy and healthy retirement!

New Dog Signs

Town resident, Kurt Boyer, just designed new dog signs for the parks in Shandaken. Great job, Kurt, they look fantastic!

Looking For Business Sponsors

The town of Shandaken is looking for businesses to support the local Summer Recreation program. They are asking for a donation of $50.00 to help pay for the t -shirts that the children wear on the two field trips they are planning. The t-shirts are bright yellow and feature business card size ads on the back for the sponsors who participate.

If you have a business in town and would like to be a sponsor please send a $50.00 check made out to "Town of Shandaken" to Town Clerk, PO Box 67, Shandaken, NY 12480. Please include your business card for use on the back of the t-shirts.

Deadline is July 10th. Call 845-688-5004 for more information.

Meditation, Intention And The Zero Point Field

WCA member Ricarda O'Conner is doing another meditation, intention and zero point field workshop, this time it is just outside of Rhinebeck. Here are the details.

Please join us for an in-depth version of my popular workshop


A lively exploration of consciousness and intention: how to set it, release it, and hold space for it to manifest. You’ll learn how to drop down and tune in, helping you focus your unique frequencies and increasing your potential to create positive change in your life.

To be held August 10th through 15th
Old Stone Farm
A new luxurious all-inclusive retreat center in the Hudson Valley, just outside of Rhinebeck, NY

For Information:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Free Fishing Weekend

Please remember that this weekend, June 28th and 29th, DEC
sponsers our Free Fishing Weekend. Any Resident or Non-Resident
may fish (lakes/streams/salt water) without a license on those days
listed above. Enjoy!

Other Weekend Fun Reminders

There is so much fun stuff going on this weekend I can hardly keep up!! Besides Rick Altman playing at Harmony and free fishing, here are some reminders for the other fun possibilities.

- Shandaken In Bloom
  Garden Tour
  Sunday, June 29th
  10am - 4pm
  Rain or Shine
  6 Glorious Gardens!
  Tickets $25.00 on the day of the event
  $ 20.00 advance sale - Get tickets at Tenderland Home or Phoenicia Library
  For further information call Susan Robertson at 845-688-7493
  or visit

- Joe De Sarle Sings At the Landmark Inn
  Saturday, June 28th
  Joe will be singing oldies from the 40's - 50's and 60's
  A good time will be had by all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rick Altman Trio At Harmony

The Rick Altman Trio
with Lew Scott & Jody Sumber

An evening of jazz classics and original compositions
with vibes, bass, and drums
Sunday, June 29, 2014
8 to 11 p.m.
52 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock, NY  (845) 679-3484

more info:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Camp Counselor Wanted

Town Clerk Joyce Grant just sent me this message.

Town of Shandaken seeking qualified Summer Camp Counselors (ages 17 & up) and Jr. Counselors (ages 15 & 16) for SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM – 6 WEEK PROGRAM. July 8th – Aug. 14th, 2014. 3 days a week @ $175 for 1st time counselors, $200 wk for returning counselors. Jr. counselors @ no compensation. Applications at town clerks office. Applications must be returned to Town Clerk 7209 Rt. 28 Shandaken, NY 12480 no later than 3pm June 30, 2014 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thursday Night Pickin' Circle At The ESRM

Just reminding everyone that likes to play acoustic music that there is a "Pickin' Circle" every Thursday night starting at 7pm right here in Phoenicia at the Empire State Railway Museum. WCA member and ESRM President Dakin Morehouse recently sent me this message about the ongoing gathering.

Thursday is coming 'round again and that means we'll be a pickin' an singing again.
Where? Why down at the historic 1899 RR Station in Phoenicia.
'Twould be mighty fine if you'd join us making that arched wooden ceiling resonate with acoustic music.
- Dakin

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Joe DeSarle Performs At The Landmark

The fabulous Joe DeSarle will once again be performing at the Landmark Inn on Saturday night, June 28th starting at 8pm. Joe will be doing an evening of golden oldies from the 40's - 50's and 60's. I went to Joe's last show and had a blast! Maybe I will see some of you there this time around.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Rumination From Boreegard

Here is a timely lyrical offering from one of Woodland Valley's poet laureates, Mike O'Neil, aka Boreegard. Happy Father's Day to all.


(or the Rise and Fall of Boreegard’s Empire)

In Caesar’s time,
Away back then,
The Emperor ruled,
By law or whim.

And just as Julie,
Cracked his whip,
Today I’ll sail,
My imperial ship.

It’s federal law,
Said L.B.J.,
That daddies rule,
On Father’s Day.

I’ll be benign,
Not rant nor rave,
For when Monday dawns,
Once again I’m a slave.

June 15, 2014
Father’s Day

Saturday, June 14, 2014

DEC Accepting Comments On Bear Season

The NYS DEC is accepting comments through July 7th on it's proposed 10-year black bear management plan. The plan seeks to expand bear hunting season. For more information you can use the following link to an article on the subject in the Daily Freeman.

Please remember to submit your comments on or before July 7th. Written comments about the plan can be emailed to or mailed to Bryan L. Swift, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Catskill Echoes - Ars Choralis Concert

There will be a concert performed by Ars Choralis at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock on June 21st and June 22nd. They are doing a celebration of Hudson Valley Music.  Among the songs they will sing will be the folk songs of Camp Woodland. As many of you know Camp Woodland was a summer camp right here in Woodland Valley (just use the search bar of this blog or look for Camp Woodland in the blog labels categories on the lower right side of this page for more information). Those of you who are interested in Woodland Valley history might want to check it out.

Saturday, June 21 - 7pm
Sunday, June 22nd - 4 pm
Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY

Adult Tickets: $15.00 non-refundable, prepaid; $20.00 at the door; 18 and under - half price
Available online @ or at the following: Golden Notebook & Catskill Office Supply, Woodstock, NY - DIG in Saugerties; Barcone's Music & Mother Earth's Storehouse in Kingston

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flag Day Ceremony

Town Clerk, Joyce Grant just sent me a message. Apparently, there will be a Flag Day Ceremony Friday, 10am at the Phoenicia School. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shandaken In Bloom Garden Tour

I got a message from Susan Robertson regarding the upcoming Shandaken Garden Tour. Here is what Susan had to say.

It's that time of year again….Shandaken in Bloom, June 29th 10-4
Advance tickets are on sale now ($20) at the Library and at Tender Land Home…Tickets are also available the day of the event ($25) at the gazebo on Main Street and Route 214 in Phoenicia…

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Re-Vamped Bulletin Board

Sorry for the unusually long break in my posts. I was traveling in the last few days and had limited internet access. Usually I pre-schedule things for the blog if I think that will be the case but this was unexpected.

But I digress, the real news is about the bulletin board on Main St next to Key Bank in Phoenicia. Recently Joyce Grant and some other local folks cleaned it up and re-vamped it. It had gone unused for a long time but with the new changes it has been brought back to life. Now they can use it to post flyers for current events. So be sure to keep an eye out for notices posted there. Since we don't have a town newspaper it is important to be aware of all the sources of local information.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Long Path Trail Opening This Weekend

The newly finished section of the Long Path trail will open this Saturday. This new segment is 9 miles long and runs from Phoenicia over Romer, Cross and Pleasant mountains. It ultimately joins with the Burrough Range Trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday followed by an inaugural hike. The details are below. For more information you can follow the link at the bottom of this post.

Event Details
What: Long Path trail opening and ribbon cutting ceremony followed by guided hike
Where: Lane Street Trailhead, Phoenicia, NY (26 Lane Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464 | 42.078670, -74.319349)
When: Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 11am
RSVP: Please RSVP to if you are planning on attending by Friday, June 6 to ensure an accurate headcount for the event.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wonderful Announcement For The Library

This Saturday, May 31st, the Phoenicia Library announced a $200,000 donation from Jay and Mindy Jacobs through the TLC Foundation. That puts the library well over it's goal for the rebuilding fund! Yipee!!! Thanks so much to the Jacobs family. Who, as neighbors and owners of Camp Timberlake, are already valued members of this community. In my opinion the library is one of the central places in this town. Helping to rebuild the building and enhance their services will make a very real difference to our town!!