Sunday, August 31, 2014

Phoenicia Bulletin Board

Don't forget to check the bulletin board on Main St in Phoenicia for upcoming events. Town clerk Joyce Grant has been working very hard to keep it current. The flyers are updated every week so everyone can be aware of the upcoming town happenings and events. Thanks Joyce for doing such a good job!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Rick Altman Quartet This Sunday!

Great Jazz in 

Woodstock @ Harmony this 


The Rick Altman Quartet
with Lew Scott, Mike DeMicco & Peter O'Brien 

An evening of jazz classics and original compositions
with vibes, guitar, bass, and drums

Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:30 to 11 p.m.
52 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock, NY  (845) 679-7760
more info:

Healthcare Clinic Sept 3rd

There is an ongoing clinic in Phoenicia that provides free health care services to the community. WCA member Ricarda O'Conner wrote to tell me about the date of the next event.


The next FREE holistic community clinic will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd from 4-7pm at Parish Hall in Phoenicia.

The volunteer practitioners of Health Care is a Human Right will be offering such modalities as:

Matrix Energetics, massage, Reiki, homeopathy, reflexology, EFT, and cranio-sacral.

Please feel free to share this with your neighbors!

With Love,


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phoenicia Yard Sale

There will be a big yard sale this weekend in Phoenicia on the green in front of Mama's Boy. It is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Last years sale was great. This years sale should be good too. See you all there.

Tom Pacheco In Concert

Labor Day Weekend
Tom Pacheco in Concert
for Flying Cat Music
Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31
7:30 p.m. (sharp), door at 7:00
Empire State Railway Museum
70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP
Reservations are strongly recommended for these shows.
For information email as above
or call 845-688-9453.
Link to artist's website:

Flying Cat Music is proud to present Woodstock’s own folk legend, Tom Pacheco, in concert in Phoenicia on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, at the Empire State Railway Museum located at 70 Lower High Street. The shows begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with the door opening at 7:00. Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP to or by calling 845-688-9453. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Disaster Readiness

Here is a message from Town Clerk Joyce Grant regarding the upcoming community disaster readiness meeting.

St. Francis de Sales Parish will host a Community-wide meeting on Tuesday, August 26, from 10 - 11:30 am in the Parish Hall - Main Street Phoenicia.

Ulster County's Disaster Response Volunteer Workforce Committee meets monthly to bring together local government, religious and civic groups, and non-profit agencies to assess our county's current capacity and needs in the event of a major disaster like Hurricane Irene. The August meeting will bring together representatives from the Red Cross, United Way, UlsterCorps, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), and the local Phoenicia Rotary. Please pass the word along to anyone who is interested in sharing ideas and strategies for response and recovery for our area.

Joyce Grant
Town Clerk - Tax Collector - RMO
PO Box 67 - Shandaken NY 12480
Fax: 845 688-2041

Friday, August 22, 2014

STS - Woodstock Fringe

Woodland Valley's own Noni Connor will be participating in the Woodstock Fringe at STS Playhouse. Here are the details. Check it out!

STS PLAYHOUSE (in Phoenicia, NY)

LAST WEEKEND OF VOICES FROM THE FRINGE 2014. Phoenicia, NY... The STS Playhouse and Woodstock Fringe present the 2nd of two programs of staged readings of new short plays written by members of the Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit. Program 2 will be presented Sat Aug 23 at 8pm and Sun Aug 24 at 2pm.

Program 2 (Sat Aug 23 at 8pm, Sun Aug 24 at 2pm)
Excerpt from Back Porch Othello, by Nia Lourekas
Out The Window, by Victoria Sullivan
In The Time Remaining by Victoria (Vicky) Devany
Time To Spare, by Victoria (Vicky) Devany
Billy Jo, by Bette Siler
Hangman, by Deborah Vines
Thirty Odd Years, by Ric Siler

Our splendid company of actors include: Tom Cherwin, Noni Connor, Vicky Devaney, Ann Osmond, Bette Siler, Ric Siler, Deborah Vines and Peter Welch.

The Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit is a playwriting workshop and laboratory, now in its ninth year. The core belief of the Playwrights unit is: The act of creation is an act of courage. A group of playwrights, composers, lyricists, book writers and actors assemble every other week to share and develop new work. The culture of the Playwrights Unit is one of community, nourishment, honor, mutual respect, and professionalism.

Eleven Playwrights Unit playwrights will be represented in the two programs of new short plays. A splendid company of actors, most local to the Hudson Valley, have come together to read this eclectic and exciting collection of new plays. The plays are funny, sad, outrageous, moving , witty and literate.

10 Church Street,
Phoenicia, NY.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact or 845-810-0123. For Google Directions: STS Playhouse

STS Playhouse was founded in 1976 and has mounted over 70 full-scale productions. Its current home on 10 Church Street was built in 1887 by the International Order of Odd Fellows and is now a charming air conditioned 150-seat theatre.

Woodstock Fringe was founded in 2003 by Wallace Norman. Woodstock Fringe was in residence at the Byrdcliffe Theatre for a decade where Wallace Norman produced theWoodstock Fringe Festival of Theatre & Song.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shandaken Day 2014

Shandaken Day is this Saturday, August 23rd from 10am to 6pm in Big Indian Park. There will be live music, games, food and  activities all throughout the day. At 10am (ish) there will also be the unveiling of a new tourism information kiosk in the park. It will have a lot of great information about the area. This is the first of four kiosks to be erected in the hamlets of our town so even if you miss the unveiling you should check it out. Have a great Shandaken Day!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boreegard's Vichyssoise

WCA member Mike O'Neil aka Boreegard sent me this recently. I thought I would pass it on so you all can enjoy it!


This chilled, smooth, potato and leek soup is a delicious way to counter the summer heat.  It was my father's favorite, and is fairly easy to make.  It adds a touch of class to the table.  It was originated in America (not France), by Louis Diat , chef at the Ritz Hotel in New York, either in 1910 or 1917.  If you want to appear in the know (and in fact to be in the know), this admonition by Craig Claiborne in his THE NEW YORK TIMES COOK BOOK will be your ticket:

Someone should start a campaign to instruct Americans that vichyssoise is not pronounced veeshy-swah!  Because this creation of the late Louis Diat has become a national favorite, it seems only just that the final consonant be sounded.  It is veeshee-swaze.

In my version below, you will see that I have committed heresy.  I have substituted that wonderfully sweet onion from Vidalia, Georgia (the Vidalia) for the traditional leek. Louis Diat had no access to this fairly new allium, but if he had, perhaps he would have tried it too.  Necessity being the mother of invention, when I most recently made vichyssoise there were no leeks to be had—thus the substitution.  Vidalia is a noble replacement indeed, and is much easier to deal with in preparation (no worries about washing grit from between its leaves).


o  two large or three medium Vidalia onions, chopped.
o  one small red onion, chopped.
o  four tablespoons butter.
o  five medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly.
o  one quart chicken stock.
o  one teaspoon salt.
o  three cups milk.
o  one cup half and half.
o  one cup heavy cream.


o  In a large pot, add onions, butter, potatoes, chicken stock, salt.  Bring to boil and then simmer until tender (about 25 to 30 minutes).
o  Puree in a blender or food processor.
o  Return mixture to pot, add the milk and briefly bring to boil.
Cool and add the half and half and cream.
o  Chill thoroughly in refrigerator (James Beard has you do this for 24 hours, but you can cheat by putting it in your freezer for an hour or two, and then transferring it to the fridge).
o  Serve with a garnish of chopped chives.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Twilight Limited Tonight

If you are looking for some fun tonight the Catskill Mountain Railroad is running a twilight limited train. The ticket window opens at 7:30pm and the events begin at 8:00pm. Fares are $16.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. For more information call (845) 688-7400. See you there!

Thursday, August 14, 2014


OK all you blog readers, I FINALLY got my computer back from Apple today and everything seems to be working like new. So you can expect me to resume my regular posting schedule. Sorry for the disruption to the blog. But all is well now and I am back in business!

Town Of Shandaken Information

I thought I would post some essential town information. So here is the address of the town hall, website and important phone numbers along with some other valuable links.

“The Heart of the Park…Where the Eagle Soars”

Town of Shandaken 
P.O. Box 67, 7209 Rte. 28, Shandaken, NY 12480

Joyce A. Grant, Town Clerk/Tax Collector/RMO/Registrar 
Jacqui Guglielmetti – Amie Goodrich Deputy Clerks 
Phone Town Clerk (845)688-5004 - Fax (845)688-2041 

Justice Court: (845) 688-5005
Assessors Office: (845) 688-5003
ZBA/ZEO/Planning: (845) 688–5008
Highway: (845) 688-9901
Town Supervisor: (845) 688-7165
Police: (845) 688-9902

The Town of Shandaken Uses FACEBOOK as a venue for quick notifications and emergency warnings as well as updates of local town events & happenings 
To find us on Facebook.. go to search for Town of Shandaken

Shandaken Town Board Meeting Videos Live on YouTube

To provide more convenient & accessible information to our citizens, Shandaken Town Board Meeting Videos will be available online at the Town's Youtube page. Video's will still be available to watch on Time Warner Channel 23 but this will provide this service to those that don't live here full time or don't use Time Warner TV.
here is the link:

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Feuer's African Safari

WCA members (and all around active and fun people) Richard & Tammy Feuer just got back from an amazing trip to Africa. They sent me some great photos with the message below. Here is what Ricard had to say.

Tammy twisted my arm (admittedly she did not have to twist too hard) and here are some pics from our African safari in Tanzania, The Serengeti. The one with the elephant is not so great but I thought it is amusing with the hot air balloon taking off in the background. The tents, BTW, were made by Campmor in Paramus! I was very psyched about that and I mentioned it, repeatedly, to my fellow travelers who were mostly from the west coast.

The last 2 pics are from a neighborhood pot luck dinner last night that the Barleys organized. Since only one family pictured, the Widenskys, made it to the Dershowitz picnic we thought it would be nice to get together. Three families are lifelong residents and three are newcomers. Three are in the WCA and three are not. I think it greatly illustrates why we love Woodland Valley so much.

Richard Feuer


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Davy Crockett Day - August 17th

The second annual Davy Crockett Day is happening in  Phoenicia on Sunday, August 17th starting at noon. There will be free refreshments, music and a look-a-like contest with prizes for the winners! Last year's Davy Crockett Day was a hoot! Plan to be there for some great local fun!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Corn Pudding From Aileen Schwartz

Last week, after the Dershowitz party, Aileen Schwartz sent me this message. Apparently, she brought her corn pudding to the gathering and 5 different people asked her for the recipe. So she thought she would pass it on to all. Here is what Aileen had to say about the dish.

Happy Thursday.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Below is the recipe for Corn Pudding. I doubled the recipe for the party. Enjoy!


Corn Pudding

1 stick softened margarine
2 eggs beaten
1 can creamed corn
1 can corn niblets
8 oz sour cream
1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Heat oven at 350 degrees. Mix together well, margarine, eggs, cans of corn and sour cream. Add Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and stir all together. Pour into baking dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Serves 8. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Darn Computer

Sooooooooo sorry folks for my recent absence from the blog. I think this has been the longest stretch of days without a post since I started keeping the site in 2007. For those of you who were worried that I had been eaten by a bear or been abducted by space aliens you can relax, I am fine. But sadly my computer is not. It has been crashing intermittently over the last week. When it does it takes me quite a while to get it back. So I have been trying to get my work done and turning it off to rest it in between. That meant not much time for posting.  But I will be taking it in to Apple tomorrow. The good news is that it is still under extended warranty. The bad news is that until I get it back my posting abilities may be curtailed a bit. Have patience though, hopefully I will get this straightened out for good and get back to my normal routine of posting every couple of days.

Ricarda O'Conner New Town Marriage Officiant

This is from the Town of Shandaken Facebook page (a good source of information for all residents).

Welcome Ricarda O'Conner - Shandaken Resident who is our newly appointed Town Marriage Officer - Officiant. Marriage officiant is a civil officer who performs acts of marriage, civil union or commitment. Their main responsibility is to receive and witness the consent of the intended spouses and to ensure the legal formalities, and hence the validity of the marriage or civil union, are observed. If you need a legal witness or someone to perform your Marriage Ceremony. Call or email Ricarda at 845-688-5006. Or email