Woodstock is really a very special place. But…not how yo think. There are several places in our fair U S of A where you can drop me off blindfolded and I’ll know exactly what town I’m in. The places, in alphabetical order, are:
New York City
The sounds and smells tell the whole story just the way it is.
Each of these places hold secrets.
I really shouldn’t be publishing this article so soon. After all, this is a brand new blog and I shouldn’t be giving away the goodies up front. I should, instead, publish articles for at least a year or 2 before I begin to spill the beans.
But, I can’t wait. I never could keep either a surprise or a secret forever. So, here goes…
The best kept secret in all of Woodstock is not who’s sleeping with whom, or who has the best dope, or if I think so-and-so is going to try to run against somebody special this year in the election or anything like that. Or why…oh well…I could go on forever.
The best kept secret in all of Woodstock is…ta DAH…where the best place to eat in Woodstock is.
There is this little place located on 26 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock. It’s upstairs in the educational building behind Christ Lutheran Church. This restaurant is the creation of Victoria Langling and has been open continuously since May 17, 1993.
It’s open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The menu at this restaurant is simple…as is the decor. Renee Englander sets up the tables in the afternoons before the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen opens.
About 3:15, a volunteer from one of the local churches goes to a local area restaurant and returns with a large container of a specially prepared hearty soup. Volunteers from the local religious congregations take turns in the soup kitchen monthly. They set the tables, serve the soup and clean up after the kitchen closes.
The donating restaurants vary with each soup kitchen day so that it’s possible to eat at the soup kitchen every day it’s open for an entire month without eating the same soup twice.
Donating restaurants include:
Bistro to Go
Catskill Mountain Pizza
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse
Hurley Ridge Market
Little Bear Restaurant
Nana’s Creative Cafe
Breads are served with the soups…from Bread Alone, no less. Real butter is offered also.
Desserts are baked goods from Meredith’s. Cookies are also available.
Half and half is offered for the coffee.
There is always a generous serving of peanut butter and jelly so sandwiches can be made to eat in the dining room or take home.
The whole package is delicious, nutritious, inviting.
The soups are wonderful, delectable, hearty. If purchased in one of the local area restaurants which donates them, they would cost much $$$.
The room has large windows overlooking Mower’s Meadow.
The clientele is consistent. Woodstock’s Colorful Characters are always in attendance. An occasional person will come over from the food pantry on Wednesday. Sometimes people recuperating from a hospital stay will drop by for a take out container.
All are welcome. The soup is superb.
Thank you to everyone who makes this event a reality.
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