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What began as a project, guaranteed to take no more than two hours a month, is a calling. Proceeds of the sale of this book (and the t-shirt) are going to feed the hungry.
The Book and the T-Shirt:
The book and the t-shirts took more than five years of work. I went through reams and reams of paper. Two computers blew up and one copier died of exhaustion.
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Are you interested in a fun afternoon with your favorite canine companion? Then reflexology for you and your pet might be a good answer!
If your answer is “YES!” then St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church on Route 212 in Woodstock is a good place to be on Sunday afternoon at 2:00, June 10th when I teach a class called Reflexology for You and Your Pet.
You’ll discover how to offer reflexology to humans and to your four footer pets. You will be given charts you can use reflexology after you leave the class. The goal is to offer you a skill you can use beyond Sunday the 10th.
If you don’t have a favorite canine companion, you have two options. The first is just to show up and take the class anyway. The second is to borrow a pet from someone who can’t take the class that day.
So, whether you bring your favorite canine companion or not, you can benefit from the class and the Woodstock Dog Park will benefit from you donation.
The situation is this: The Woodstock Dog Park Committee members work full time to maintain the park with a budget of $000.
To raise money to improve the fence, remove dangerous trees, keep the place clean, we are having monthly fundraisers. Each one is different and all include the presence of your special canine companion if you want to bring him/her.
We at the Woodstock Dog Park Committee hope to see you on June 10th. Bring a friend or two with you. We’ll all have fun!
My two books, “Healer’s Handbook” and “I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore” will be for sale at this class. All the funds received on the sale of the “Healer’s Handbook” will be donated to the Woodstock Dog Park.
See you there!
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Your support is crucial to the Woodstock Dog Park. Local Dog Park volunteers are committed to providing an excellent play space for the many pets and their owners who live near it. Volunteers know of the connection and kinship experienced between dogs and their owners.
Volunteers maintain the grounds. They set up the agility play equipment in the spring and maintain it throughout the year. The Woodstock Dog Park is visited throughout the year by local dogs and their humans. Recently, I visited the park on a day when the temperature was freezing and snow was on the way. There were eleven cars there that morning. So…my car made an even dozen!
Winter weather has left its mark on the dog park. And, some fencing needs repair. Other fencing needs replacing. This is going to cost some money and sweat labor as well.
When you support your local Woodstock Dog Park, you strengthen your community, offer peace and harmony and offer support to the volunteeers. This helps support them as they work to keep the park in good repair.
In short, when you support the Dog Park you help the volunteers in their work. Our Woodstock Dog Park cannot succeed without you!
SEND THE DOG PARK A FINANCIAL GIFT.
Our Woodstock Dog Park volunteers work hard to keep the space in excellent condition. This takes some money.
CONSIDER A PERIODIC DONATION
It’s easy to set up a quarterly or monthly donation in whatever amount you choose. If you prefer to send a check, let the park treasurer know so you can get some self addressed envelopes to make the job easier. Regular donations offer a financial flow coming to the dog park. This is the easiest way to offer your support.
PAY A SPECIFIC BILL
Speak with the committee chairwoman or with the treasurer to select which bill you prefer to pay regularly. The volunteers will appreciate your generosity.
GIVE A DONATION TO HONOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.
When you give a contribution as a gift to a friend or loved one, the Dog Park volunteer will send a personalized card to the recipient acknowledging your gift. Include the name and address of the honoree, along with your donation so the volunteer can do this.
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Thank you for supporting the Woodstock Dog Park. You are important. I send blessings your way. Volunteers do not work in a vacuum. They simply cannot succeed without your help.
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Everyone’s getting excited because, well, it’s Christmas. And, we pretty much all get excited around here for the holidays.
Tinker Street and Mill Hill Road are busy this year with tourists, relatives of tourists, friends of tourists, neighbors of tourists, enemies of tourists. They’re walking around with colorful shopping bags in their hands.
Upscale shoppers and shopping abound.
While people shop and visit, I look to see if there are lots of shopping bags, or even some shopping bags, or even a few shopping bags.
When there are no shopping bags, I know we’ll have an empty store or three over the winter. And, this is important. Our business district has been expanding this year. We’ve got growth on Mill Hill Road down by the intersection of 375.
Dr. Longmore’s old place has been transformed into a tap room. A new tattoo artist has moved in next door. Abbe is back behind EvolveD. This part of town is looking safe.
At the other end of town, there’s expansion toward the post office. A new deli, a new tattoo parlor. The turquoise shop is now down by the new hotel. Gossip has it that it’s called the White Dove Hotel. But, further gossip has it that it’s sold and is now called something else. Who knows?
The big event in Woodstock this year isn’t downtown. This year, the big event is out off of 212 at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which is celebrating Christmas Eve with Chinese food, latkes and a reading of “Oy!” by Rich Orloff.
This event, which is totally free and open to all, is the place to be on Christmas Eve this year!
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Blog posts have been kind of empty these past few months because I’ve been working on “A Healer’s Handbook”. That project is now completed so I’ve got more time for other things. “A Healer’s Handbook” is available on Kindle and Nook and will soon be available in the paper version. Hope you enjoy reading it.
Artwork is by Jennette Nearhood.
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Today, I was at Maria’s early. We went for breakfast there because I’m convinced she’s got the best breakfast in town. So, I’m over there every chance I get. For meals other than breakfast, Maria has homemade pastas with her own special sauces. Special oriental dishes are prepared fresh daily and fresh cooked salmon is on the menu always.
But, Maria’s has more to offer than authentic Italian food and fabulous breakfasts. I saw several people seated at tables both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio under the shade of trees and umbrellas. The unspoken rule is this: When I see a small group of people at a table away from everyone else, I just pretend they aren’t there.
After all, we all need a quiet, private place to visit, work out a deal, network, try to get a vote in a local project…or whatever. Woodstock is a small town and if we don’t go to Maria’s then the only other option is someplace in Kingston like Florentina.
So, when I saw a group of three women at a table with stacks of papers sporting attached colorful tabs, I just went to the other side of the patio.
But, this was morning. Afternoons are the same at Maria’s…only different. In the afternoons, I see local residents sitting at tables just being themselves without attracting attention. Woodstock has a lot of stardust of one kind or another. And, sometimes people enjoy just not being noticed.
After all, if a person wants attention, the place to go is Bread Alone to order a coffee, and look for connection.
The bar at Landau grill offers another place for conversation and connection.
A third place is Catskill Mountain Pizza. People gather there and visit with one another over a slice of pizza, sub sandwich, salad.
A place which can be a kind of mix in the summertime is the Wednesday afternoon Farm Market festival. Locals and tourists alike wander among the stalls, focus on the food at hand and wear invisible blinders. Last Wednesday, I saw more than a few musicians, actors, artists, writers, activists simply being themselves. No one was disturbing them. I’m convinced that some of them have learned to be “invisible” to others when they want to be alone for a little while.
Everyone blended together. Some shopped alone while others enjoyed hugs, gossip. Both groups looked forward to the promise of a perfect meal made up of gorgeous food purchased here.
One person having a rough time being invisible, though, is Rick the Mushroom Hunter. He can be tracked down at every Farm Market Festival. The mushrooms he sells must be discovered in the forest. This requires a special person.
Rick is just that person. He doesn’t have a booth because he carries his prizes in a small cardboard box.
Throughout the summer, Rick may offer
hens of the woods.
These prized jewels are gifts from the wild. They have a different aroma, color, texture, energy from their domesticated cousins.
A meal including one of Rick’s discoveries is transformed into a mystical, magical creation. The dining experience becomes spiritual so the soul is fed as well as the body.
How long has it been since you prepared a dish with one of these wild, wonderful gifts of nature?
That’s tooo long!
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When the forsythia blooms, I always rejoice. I’ve survived another Woodstock winter. It’s not that winter here is bad…it’s just that we always lose some plants and some businesses.
We lose people, too. One winter my peers were dying at the rate of about one a week. It made for some depressing chats at Bread Alone, for sure.
So…when the forsythia blooms I walk around the town and see what plants and what businesses have survived. To put it another way, I’m looking for the casualties. This winter has been very mild and the casualties have been few overall. Woodstock is ready for its annual rebirth. As are the residents.
Provisions is still open. Hurrah!
The T-shirt parlor is actually sporting a Help Wanted sign in the window. We don’t see many of those in Woodstock, so it’s a welcome diversion. Hopefully this will be the start of a new fad and we’ll see more Help Wanted signs around town as business picks up.
There are some empty buildings, though. Down in the financial district, Dr. Longmore’s office is still vacant. Some neighboring store fronts surrounding his old office are also vacant.
On Rock City Road, there are a couple of empty buildings. One shop was open for years and years. Our community will miss this store.
The space behind the Bank of America is still available.
Several months ago Not Fade Away moved into the old Mid Hudson Valley location so the old Not Fade Away store is available now.
The Turquoise Lady has moved into Christine Varga’s old place. So, that means the old Turquoise Lady storefront is vacant.
And, over on Tannery Brook across from the world famous Wooden Kazoo store, there is a new concept being born. The old sign is gone, as is the row boat which, I think, is being replaced by a bathtub. There is a large white flag flying outside.
As I walk around, I see that Fiona is open and filled with wonderful things we can all bring home. I’m suspecting people will be coming from all over the globe to spend a few minutes getting a reading at Fiona’s. It’s certainly worth the trip. After all, when you’re good, you’re good. And Suzan Saxman is good.
And…Pegasus has sandals in the window! Now, that’s a step in the right direction! Sandals mean the summer is going to be here any day now. We can all enjoy life a little more with sandals.
Storefronts tell an economic story about Woodstock and are important to us all here. But, sandals cut right to the soul as they prepare us to play in the stream, shop at the flea market on Saturdays and pick up a bangle at Gwen’s Gems.
Last summer’s dreams have long since been forgotten so the need to fill the gap in our hearts is strong about now. This is the spiritual awakening we all look forward to experiencing.
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When you walk in the space, Fruition feels like it’s been there forever. Even though it only opened last April. Somehow, Fruition belongs in this town, in this building which it shares with Jarita’s Florist.
Each day in Fruition is different from the last. The chocolate bars are different. The sample flavors are different because it takes about 10 days to make a batch of candy bars. For one thing, they are handmade in small batches using only organic, fair trade cacao beans personally selected by Bryan and Dahlia ….. These beans come from Peru, Ecuador, Trinidad, Dominican Republic.
The beans come directly from the farm to Fruition with no stop along the way for e processing by anyone else. Even though the cacao is imported, the other ingredients, fruit, maple syrup, honey, spirits, dairy are sourced locally.
Each candy bar is signed by Bryan.
Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels
Hazelnut Gianduja Truffle
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sourdough Truffles
Crystalized Ginger with Matcha Couverture
On the shelf recently were certificates explaining the awards Fruition has received:
Milk Chocolate Bars with an Infusion
Plain Milk Chocolate Bars
Toasted White Chocolate
Strawberry and Toasted Cashew Guindija
On another shelf I saw over a dozen different candy bars assembled in a Curated Craft Chocolate Collection. These bars, jewels all, are chocolates that Bryan and Dahlia have found in their travels throughout the world
But, not all of the chocolate found in Fruition is in a bar. The hot chocolate mix comes in a beautiful tin as do the chocolate covered cranberries.
The Chocolate Tasting Party kit comes in a box.
Small jars of pink Peruvian Sea Salt are found on another shelf.
Do you love chocolate? If so, visit this store…unlike any other you’ll find anywhere else. It’s dedicated to the results of a search for the very best cacao beans on the planet. The final product is a spiritual experience for the consumer.
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The latest post of the Good Morning Woodstock Blog is not happening and will not happen until after the first week in January. I am working on my reflexology book. I’m trying very hard to finish it by January although I’m not sure.
I’m sorry for any inconvenience.
I wish us all a joyful and abundant new year!
On weekends, Woodstock is one crowded place. This famous little town has much to offer:
Mowers Meadow Flea Market
Woodstock Artists’ Association Museum
The Woodstock Drum Circle
Assorted festivals, and other weekend events throughout the year help boost the crowd.
Once you hit town, it helps to know where the restrooms are…especially because there aren’t that many and they aren’t that well advertised. And, if it’s a gender neutral restroom you’re looking for, you may be disappointed.
The Sunflower has a restroom located behind the produce department. It’s used by employees, grocery shoppers, residents, and tourists alike. This is one busy place.
There is a public restroom in a cinder block building next to the Chamber of Commerce information stand. This building is located right at the beginning of Rock City Road. On busy days, you may miss it because this is where the famous tie dyed Woodstock T-shirts are sold. The T-shirt display is actually in front of the entrance to the women’s room.
If you’re looking for a restroom during the winter…forget this one. It closes every year after November 30th and doesn’t open again until April 15th.
The Town Hall has a restroom although the location in the building is not that easy to find. It’s there, though.
The Woodstock Free Library has a restroom located just past the children’s area. This is actually a nice one but the library isn’t open everyday.
And, that’s about it. The whole thing can be a bit discouraging if you have bought into the attitude Woodstockers seem to have about being on the cutting edge of every trend and attitude.
Of course, if you are eating at Landau, or Oriole 9, you don’t have to worry. They have facilities for their customers.
But that’s a bit of a challenge for the rest of us. A good thing to do is to buy a cup of coffee and a pastry at Maria’s and use the restroom there. While you’re shopping for your coffee and pastry, you just might catch sight of a local celebrity which will make for a good story when you return home.
Another option is to ask to use the restroom at the CVS. It’s not a public restroom but the employees are sympathetic to your cause and, if the cash register lines aren’t too long, they’ll unlock the private restroom.
Please note: Try to leave it as clean as you found it. If it gets dirty too many times, they may suspend this service.
I’m really hopeful for our future here. Trends in the area are toward gender neutral bathrooms and this is just the kind of thing Woodstockers can understand. Gender neutral bathrooms are turning up in some neat places.The new Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany has a spiffy gender neutral restroom. The Whitney Museum in New York City has a gender neutral restroom also.
Hope springs eternal here. And, actually, we’ve got a better chance at a gender neutral restroom than we have at additional sidewalks.
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Remember now, Woodstock is a small town. It’s the most famous little town in America with probably no more than 10,000 residents and over half of them are here on weekends and holidays only.
Woodstock knows how to do chocolate – this small town in Upstate New York. And, why not? Chocolate is, after all, extremely nutritious. It contains antioxident flavinoids which help ward off high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.
Something everyone in Woodstock knows: no one should go not even 1 day without eating chocolate. That’s why it’s sold all over town.
We begin our tour at Nana’s Creative Cafe, located near the intersection of 212 and 375 – right as you enter town. Nana’s is in the same complex with Venus Adorned, EvolveD, Ed Dempsey Tattoos, and Fringe.
While Nana’s has no candy bars, it does have a bakery specializing in 10 different desserts on any given day. This is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. The choice is difficult here:
gluten free chocolate dipped macaroons
white chocolate tarts
flourless chocolate macadamia nut cookies
gluten free chocolate cookies
chocolate chip cookies
chocolate filled sandwich cookies
oatmeal peanut chocolate chip cookies
flourless chocolate walnut cookies
chocolate cupcake with coconut cream cheese frosting
chocolate hostess cake.
There are other cakes and cookies without chocolate also. You get the picture here. Nana’s is a real sin palace.
Cross the street and walk into the Sunflower. There you’ll find a good supply of chocolate bars…enough to satisfy any need:
Not Your Sugar Mamas
Organic Andy Dandy Candy Bars
Green & Black’s
You’ll also find chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and anything else organic and chocolate you can think of here.
Moving back across the street to the CVS, you’ll find a complete selection of chocolates. For starters, Hershey’s Candy Bars are on sale: 12 bars for $7.00. That actually sums it all up. If Hershey’s Candy Bars don’t work for you, CVS sells many other less expensive chocolates to include, for example,
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
If you want to bring a gift to a friend, CVS has gift boxes of
Chocolates are so important at the CVS that they have their own aisle. And, truth be told, chocolate bars, and chocolate candies take up as much shelf space as shampoos. Over in the grocery section of the store, CVS has displays of chocolate covered raisins, cranberries, almonds, etc.
Back across the street again, the Cumberland has its own chocolate candy aisle also. It’s much smaller than the CVS but the Cumberland store is also much smaller than the CVS. Inch for inch, the Cumberland is a great supporter of garden variety chocolate candy.
Up the street to Woodstock Meats, you’ll find a small selection of chocolate candy bars:
They’re more into meat than chocolate. However, the people at Woodstock Meats know that sometimes when a customer is waiting for a sandwich or a few pork chops, life is easier with a chocolate bar to ease stress of the wait.
Next on the tour is Catskill Mountain Pizza which has not one candy bar. But, if it counts for anything, the cafe sports a brand new gelato bar. It’s most popular flavor is chocolate.
Next up the street is Maria’s Bazaar, an important eating establishment and tradition in Woodstock. Maria’s is a watering hole for many famous locals who come to meet and socialize without anyone being the wiser. Not even 1 chocolate bar can be found at Maria’s. Don’t be put off by this. Her restaurant is famous for its chocolate cupcakes, fudge, and cookies. One cookie, her chocolate thumbprint, stands out among the assortment as a chocoholic’s dream come true.
Back across the street again, Bread Alone offers a small selection of Fruition bars in addition to their staples of chocolate cakes, tarts, croissants, and muffins.
Moving along the street about a block is an entire Chocolate Candy Bar store operated by Fruition. In this lovely establishment you can find over a dozen different varieties of Fruition bars. In addition, they have a section of the store devoted to Curated Craft Collection Chocolates. These chocolate bars are very special. You probably won’t see the Curated Craft Collection anywhere else.
About 5 stores farther along the street, the Woodstock Emporium sells much chocolate. Like Maria’s there isn’t a chocolate bar in the place, but there are 4 different flavors of fudge and a generous display of gigantic peanut butter cups.
Go along 2 more storefronts and you’ll come to Taco Juan’s. Again, no candy bars. But, Taco Juan has a perfectly legitimate excuse. Taco Juan sells Jane’s Ice Cream which definitely comes in chocolate. In the summer, crowds form on the sidewalk out front getting their chocolate fix.
Just beyond the bridge, cross back over to Peace Love and Cupcakes where you’ll find special chocolate cupcakes with a very Woodstock flair. They have other flavors, too but the chocolate ones are always popular. Four of the most popular chocolate cupcakes include:
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Back across the street next to the liquor store is a new delicatessen, Provisions. Again, there are no candy bars but there are house made, sinfully delicious chocolate cakes and cookies. The choice is difficult here in this new establishment open only a few months.
One block farther up the street is Village Apothecary which, though smaller than the other pharmacies carries its share of upscale chocolate bars:
Earth Circle Organics
Lake Champlain Chocolates
This may not be the largest selection of chocolate in town but the quality is superb. That’s how Village Apothecary works.
Moving up the road toward Bearsville, Upstate Films opens daily with excellent movies and the usual picture show snacks…with a twist. The popcorn is made on the premises and, among the movie theater candies is a nice selection of Lucky’s chocolates. You can now go to the movies or the Sunday morning Jam in Woodstock confident in the knowledge that, if you have a sudden yen for chocolate, you won’t go wrong with Lucky’s.
Right at the entrance of Bearsville lies the Cub Market. This tiny island of perfection sells only the best of anything it offers. Produce, cleaning products, baked goods, breads. Whatever it is, it’s the best available. You can buy with confidence at the Cub Market. Does the Cub Market offer chocolate bars? Of Course! Here, you will find:
Green & Black’s.
The Cub Market also has a bakery department with mouth watering cakes.
There’s got to be a moral to this story somewhere. And, here’s my take on it. Woodstockers love the good life. They love good food, good music, good books, anything that is special. That definitely includes chocolate. In Woodstock, chocolate is its own food group.
So, my question is this: Why don’t we have a Chocolate Festival?
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