Book Day Celebrations Continue at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market Next Season

Thank you to everyone who participated on the Book Day Celebration this summer at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market.

Writers, story tellers and poets celebrated their work with readings and displays of copies of their books to sell on Saturdays.

On book day, writers discussed their work with readers. Throughout the flea market season, books were available for sale at a book booth at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market.

Contributing writers included Neal Brownell, Avigayil Landsman, Mary Guiliano, Judith Kerman, Judith Boggess, Mercedes Cecilia, Erica Obey, Jeffrey Bovee, Leslie Gerber, Carmela Tal Baron, Emmanuelle Linard, Eric Siegel, Sue Simms, Lisa Mullenneau.

Much of the credit for this ongoing event goes to John and Janine Mower. They made space available for the writers and readers. They recruited writers for the project. When chairs were suddenly needed at the writer presentation, they appeared…complements of John and Janine Mower. And, they are in for the 2020 season!

Current plans include a book display table on Saturdays throughout the coming season in addition to a Book Day Celebration.

In order for our 2020 Book Day Celebration to be the ongoing celebration we look expect, I need your help. Please spread the word so we can expand our writer base.

Please spread the word so people will know they can find books every Saturday at Mower’s Meadow Flea Market in Woodstock.

Thanks!

Thurman Greco


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Calling All Area Writers! – Come to Book Day September 14th

Come!  Bring books to sign – work to read!

Join area writers at the upcoming FREE Book Day on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Mower’s Saturday Flea Market on Maple Lane in Woodstock, New York.

Book Day is an opportunity to showcase your work!

Reserve your space today.  Call me at 845-399-3967 or email thurmangreco@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!

See you there!


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Reflexology for You and Your Pet

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.

Thanks!

See you there!

Thurman Greco


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Gender Neutral Restrooms in Woodstock?

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On weekends, Woodstock is one crowded place.  This famous little town has much to offer:

Mowers Meadow Flea Market

Gwen’s Gems

Bread Alone

Houst

Maria’s Bazaar

Byrdcliffe

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.

Thanks for reading this blog post.  The story is true and the people are real.

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Thurman Greco

Photograph donated by Renee Ruwe

 

 

 

 


David and Suzan Saxman (local Heroes for Hunger) and the Woodstock Winter Exodus

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Every year about this time, Woodstock finds itself losing some old friends and maybe getting  new ones.  Sometimes the new ones move in right away.  Other times it takes awhile to fill the vacant storefronts.

I have a small year end ceremony in which I take several special walks through Woodstock  to identify, and say goodbye  to closing businesses.   For Sale signs are scattered all over town this year.

My first goodbye  trip around the loop this fall reminded me that the entire cluster of storefronts in the buildings across from the Woodstock Playhouse appear to be for sale.  To all prospective buyers:  this cluster of buildings has tenants  in every space but Dr. Longmore’s old office.

I notice the sign advertising the space behind the Bank of America is down.  “Is this a positive move?” I ask myself.

There’s  office space available  in the CVS building.

A bit further up the street, Not Fade Away has a sign.  Even the vacant lot next door has a for sale sign.

The old Mid Hudson Valley space is still available.  They appear to be making the best of things with a pop-up store.

The Then and Now Hair Salon has vacated its space next to Woofstock.  They even took the sign with them.

Every vacancy is a story.  Some happy, others not so.

The White Gryphon must empty soon  because Bob wants to sell the building. According to a recent Facebook posting, the White Gryphon still has about 2 weeks left.  Now  is the time to get one last item  from one of Woodstock’s favorite shops.  Please be sure to stop by before it closes for good.

In Woodstock this winter, we’re  going to love hating the building owner, “Bob” who we got to know in Susan Saxman’s book “The Reluctant Psychic.”

Suzan and David are splitting the store up.  He’s moving across the street to #68 and she’ll  do her  famous psychic readings in the building where Headstock is located.  You can find David behind Walkabout at the bright yellow staircase.

Even though they appear to be making a go of it with two locations instead of one, this proposition sounds challenging.  What we all know about Woodstock is that it’s easy to sell anything in the summer and almost impossible to turn a profit in the winter.  David plans to have the winter White Gryphon open daily from about 11:30 to 5.

Fortunately, Suzan Saxman’s book “the Reluctant Psychic” offers them an extra layer of recognition which should help overcome the empty building people will be seeing in coming months.  I heard recently that the Golden Notebook has sold out her book eight times already.  If you’re not in the area, you can also get a copy at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Have you read Suzan’s book?  I did.   It’s  a different take on the psychic memoir. Suzan’s story is  well organized, interesting, and filled with answers to questions that people always want to ask.

I loved reading the book and found that it has much more depth than I ever expected.  Each chapter answers questions:

Do animals have souls?

Are we the agents of our own destiny, or are there forces bigger than ourselves at work?

How does death change us?

Are unhappy people still unhappy after they die?

Why are we born?

How does karma work?  Can we change our karma?  How?

How difficult is it to be a healer? a psychic?

Is reincarnation real?  How does it work?

What is it like in the after world?

What carries over from our past lives?

How hard is it to move from the past to the present to the future?

Does anyone remember deciding to come back?

How hard is it to be an old soul?

What about finding a soulmate?

And on and on and on.  There are many answers in this book.  The wisdom  found on the pages of “The Reluctant Psychic” is unique, special, and deep.

Thanks for reading this blog.  The stories are true and the people are real.

Please refer this article to your preferred social media network and forward it to your friends who may also have interests and questions about all things psychic.

Thurman Greco

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