Sometimes I’m just grateful for kind words and surprises. I don’t ask why I got selected. I just enjoy. And, that includes ice cream!
I feel that way about Nancy’s Ice Cream Parlor in the brick building across the street from the library. I don’t know why she chose to bring her fabulous ice cream to Woodstock instead of a hundred other adorable communities in our area. And, frankly, I don’t care. I’m not even bothering to ask her.
I just show up and order the ice cream, eat the treat, get blissed out and return home smiling.
Nancy uses only the purest ingredients to make the many flavors of ice cream on the premises. They are sourced locally. Her chocolate, for example, comes from Fruition. The result is a product which, when eaten, has the potential to be a spiritual experience. What more can I ask for?,
Specials, that’s what. Just the other day it was blueberry pie a la mode.
Nancy’s Ice Cream was open over the winter, too. For some strange reason, I just never noticed it until this July. Well, now that I know about Nancy, I’m hoping she’ll stay open over the winter this year.
If you haven’t tried Nancy’s Ice Cream, go on over and enjoy the best milk shake you’ve ever had…or the best sundae you’ve ever had…or the best…….you name it.
And, spread the good news. Nancy’s come to town!
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Please join me Sunday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Church on Route 212 in Woodstock for a fun, interesting, and informative health and wellness workshop for you and your favorite four-legged pet.
We’ll be discussing topics dealing with your pet’s health and wellness.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP
Lumps and bumps and other subjects about your pet’s health and wellness
Your allergies and your pets
Your dog’s skin and you
Does your favorite companion need a groomer…or…can you do A better job yourself?
Your health and your pet’s health and wellness are connected.
A well stocked first aid kit for your pet
When to take your pet to the emergency room.
Where is the emergency room anyway?
COME JOIN US
All the proceeds of this interesting and entertaining health and wellness workshop for you and your pet will be used by the Woodstock Dog Park Committee to maintain the dog park. So far, we’ve used the money to fix the fence, keep the area clean, tree care. Although the dog park belongs to the Town of Woodstock, there is no budget for park maintenance.
We are asking for a donation of $10 for this event.
“Healer’s Handbook” by Thurman Greco will be available for purchase at this workshop. Money received for this book will be used for Woodstock Dog Park Committee projects.
We hope you’ll join us! Bring your favorite companion and enjoy this event. The room is air conditioned. Refreshments will be served.
Looking forward to seeing you and hearing from you.
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It’s OUT! It’s in print! The story has been told! And you can get a copy of the book. Today! Right now! Simply go to thurmangreco.com and order it on paypal.
Or, you can get it at a book signing. I’m reading my book in libraries and church halls and in independent book stores. Check my website to find a time and place convenient for you.
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.
Get the book, read it, and let me know how you feel about what you read.
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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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Spread the word. It helps. Really.
PRAYERS, LOVING SUPPORT, AND KIND THOUGHTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
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.
TO DONATE YOUR TIME AND/OR MONEY IN SUPPORT OF THE WOODSTOCK DOG PARK, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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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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