The Forsythia is Out!

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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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Fruition – a Special Woodstock Chocolate Store

Angel 3When 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.

http://www.tastefruition.com  

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Good Morning Woodstock

 

FullSizeRender-300x236The 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!

Thurman Greco


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.

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A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Woodstock, NY

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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

brownies

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:

Chocolove

Oliver Kita

Organic Necks

Coco Polo

Not Your Sugar Mamas

Lucky’s

Amy’s

Organic Andy Dandy Candy Bars

Endangered Species

Green & Black’s

Alter Eco.

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

M&Ms

Kwix.

If you want to bring  a gift to a friend, CVS has gift boxes of

Whitman’s

Lindt

Ghiradelli

Russell Stover.

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:

Hershey’s

M&Ms

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:

Jimi Hendrix

Richie Havens

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Janis Joplin

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

Organic Nectars

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:

Oliver Kita

Coco Polo

Green & Black’s.

Theo

Madecasse.

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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Konrad Ryushin Marchaj – Woodstock Hero for Hunger

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It seems only yesterday that we sent you an appeal for support.   We were a band of 4 people who barely knew each other, embarked on an adventure, a quest.  None of us mentioned it, not even to each other…but you were our only hope.

We were processing a 501(c)3 to open the Reservoir Food Pantry.  And, until it came through, we needed a sponsor willing to share theirs.  So, you got the letter, and invited us to lunch at Zen Mountain Monastery so we could meet and make our appeal.  We joined you at your table on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

We begged, really, but you never let on.  We went away that afternoon energized by your openness, professionalism, interest, concern.  Eventually you did what you did and we received the support from your group.

You gave us a raft on which we floated until we got our own 501(c)3 and gained acceptance with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

So, today, as a result of your efforts, there is now a pantry on Route 28 in the Ashokan Reservoir area of Ulster County in New York serving over  area households every Monday afternoon at 2 and every Tuesday morning at 9.

The majority of these people are seniors.  For the most part, they have worked and lived all their lives in this area.  They paid their taxes, raised their children, and contributed to their community.  And now, in the 21st century they are finding  they don’t have the resources to feed themselves.  They constitute the senior citizen faction of the new 21st century Struggling Class.

The pantry volunteers  look forward to serving the hungry for many years to come.   They’ve had the last year to become a very dedicated and close knit group.  The community appears to accept the services offered by these very special people.

IN CONCLUSION:  Thank you Konrad Ryushin Marchaj for all you have done for yourself and your fellow man.  I saw you change the world around you for the better.  That counts for a lot in my book.

I wish you well on your continued journey of spiritual growth.  I am proud to have been touched by you.  On behalf of all the hungry people volunteers feed weekly, I offer gratitude.  It is an honor and a pleasure.

I cannot thank you enough for your trust, your support, and your confidence in our humble venture

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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.

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Woodstock Fashions – the Unveiling of the Winter Boots

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Labor Day is over now.  The warm summer days and summer moons are quickly becoming a memory…or maybe even less as  Woodstockers  move on to the promise of a harvest moon and  the local tradition of the unveiling of the winter boots.

When swimsuits, bare feet and slow walks back up Tannery Brook from the stream are replaced with winter boots – something happens to the soul.

The transformation to Autumn in Woodstock is not a gradual, gentle event.  Instead, everyone seems to charge into the new season with renewed enthusiasm.  People walk briskly along the sidewalks, shop in the stores, eat in the restaurants, and attend local meetings with feet shod in purchases from Pegasus or maybe (if truth be told) Montano’s in Saugerties or Kenco in Kingston.

Last summer’s swimmers who didn’t have the wherewithal for a fancy swimsuit swam in their street clothes and dried them out as they walked along Tannery Brook.  Now, with autumn upon us  (and winter on the way), these same people are getting their  boots at Woodstock’s most creative boutique – the Family of Woodstock Free Store.

There is an excited air of expectancy all over town.

“Woolly worms are scrawny  this year!”

“The Almanac is calling for a mild one.”

“Last night’s weather man predicted an early snow – maybe in October.”

People flock to buy tickets to the now famous Woodstock Film Festival which, in reality, plays films in movie theaters all over the area:

Upstate Films I&II in   Rhinebeck,

UPAC in Kingston,

Upstate Films in Woodstock,

Orpheum Theater in Saugerties,

Rosendale Theater,

Bearsville Theater,

BSP in Kingston

This area event is based in Woodstock – but it’s not really of Woodstock.  Ricos, stars, and wannabes flock to town during film festival week.  Every available mansion, house, B & B room,  apartment, bedroom, sofa, tee pee, porch, shed, yurt, and pup tent is rented out at top dollar to them.

They come rushing in and then, just as quickly, go rushing out with the last show, pausing only to get everything clean at Woodstock Laundry.  This short laundry stop allows people to chat with one another one more time before they take off to places far and near:  New York, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, LA and points further out.

Hallowe’en is a merchant event in Woodstock.  People of all ages flock into town in their costumes for a street party created when  Tinker Street businesses  set out candies and other goodies in front of their shops.  By the time the party is over, there won’t  be even 1 can of shaving cream or whipped topping to be found in town.  For my $$$, the best place to enjoy this event is in a top floor room at the Village Green Bed and Breakfast.    From this room, you can enjoy the entire show without getting covered in whipped topping.

In the weekends after Labor Day, the vendors at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market begin to add merchandise which can be sold for cold weather use and for holiday gifts.  We never really know exactly when the Flea will shut down each autumn.  It all depends on the vendors renting the spaces.  Everyone wants the place to stay open as long as the vendors  can stand it.

The real question every year is “Will winter be early?” The unspoken statement is “Will the flea close early this year?”  It  depends on how much stamina and determination the vendors  can muster as the weekends get colder and colder.

The locals hang out in front of Maria’s as long as they can every fall.  Then, reluctantly, they move indoors.  Maria has a very comfortable cafe there.  The food is really the best in town.  But, the locals like to sit outside as long as they can…talking and visiting with one another.  Both the known and the unknown gather in blessed anonymity.

The same is happening at Bread Alone.  The little side patio will be full as long as anyone can stand the cool temperatures.

This last spring the Landau winterized its  covered patio hoping to convince us all that it’s still summer as we drink a beer and eat a burger.  One thing they didn’t winterize is the picnic table area alongside the building where the smokers, pet owners, and their dogs sit.

Even though it’s still only  September, people are planning both the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Christmas Dinner.  These 2 traditions make living in Woodstock all worthwhile, really.

Everyone comes together and puts on the most fabulous feasts imaginable.  People donate turkeys.  Other people cook the turkeys.  Yet other  people bring special side dishes.   But…more about that in another blog post.

For now…let’s all enjoy our new winter boots.

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Woodstock is Not a Vaccination Town (If you’re from Woodstock, don’t even bother to read this post.)

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MY OLDEST DAUGHTER, MICHELE ALMOST DIED FROM CHICKEN POX.  We covered her hands with thick mittens in an effort to keep the scarring down as she scratched the scabs continually for about a week.  At one point we put her in a bathtub filled with cold water and 8 bags of ice when she got delirious with fever.

Chicken pox survivors are, later in life, subject to the ravages of shingles.  What an awful, painful  disease.   As soon as that shot came out, I got immunized because I never, ever want to suffer with shingles.  Michele, now over  50, recently got her shingle shot, too.

As a child, I became ill with what we called the “10-day measles”.  I WAS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.  No one came in my room but my mother for fear that it would be spread around the neighborhood.  The room was pitch dark the entire 10 days because of the danger of permanent blindness.

For what it’s worth, Woodstock IS an Arnica town.  And, it’s NOT a vaccination town.

As September rolls in, the pharmacy employees are preparing their stores  for immunization season.   THE NEW 2015-16 FLU SEASON VACCINE IS ALREADY IN TOWN.   And, truth be told, we can get   flu, meningitis, pneumonia, and shingles shots all year long at

CVS

Rite Aid

Village Apothecary.

Personally, I think the signs are sent out to the stores to be left up all year long but as the months go by, they begin to look a little ragged.  Some of them just disappear. You know how it goes.

The signs are already up in the parking lot and the pharmacy entrance at the RiteAid.  The RiteAid has serums on hand for all vaccinations.  The chairs are in place back in the pharmacy area.  The only thing missing is the privacy screen.  They plan to have it ready when they need it.

The CVS is almost the same except the signs aren’t in yet.  They’ve been shipped, they just haven’t arrived yet.  However, the serums are in the pharmacy.  The chairs are in place and the privacy screen is operational.

Village Apothecary has the serum but doesn’t put out signs.  They have a discreet  privacy area located in the rear of the pharmacy.  The setup at the Village Apothecary is very professional.  Josh can speak reasonably and knowledgeably as he answers any and all questions you might have about vaccinations.  They have all vaccines available at Village Apothecary.

Frankly, I don’t even know why the pharmacy employees at any Woodstock area pharmacy even bother to put out the signs.  IT MUST ALL BE BASED ON WISHFUL THINKING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANYONE IN WOODSTOCK WHO’S WILLING TO FESS UP TO GETTING INOCULATED.

When I’m sitting around a group of people and the conversation begins to lag, all I have to do is say the word  “vaccination” and everything gets lively in less than 3 seconds.

I’m the only person I know in Woodstock who gets vaccinated  for anything.   And, since I’ve been immunized  against everything, no one wants to sit next to me at the table when they hear this. IT’S AS IF I’VE SUDDENLY COME DOWN WITH COOTIES JUST BECAUSE I’VE HAD A FLU SHOT.  The whole thing reminds me of Arlo Guthrie’s Group W Bench experience.

Love ’em or hate ’em, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground for immunizations.   Well, I’m not one to shy away from a controversial subject, so I chime in whenever I want to share  my experiences with contagious diseases.     After all, I’m way into my 70’s so I’ve seen a few in my time.

There is absolutely no need for a person to suffer with any of these diseases.  Every time I talk with a person who’s against immunizations.  I learn  she’s never seen anyone  with chicken pox, measles, mumps, smallpox.  (And, some of these diseases are making a come back.)

When they hear this, they usually say they have to go home.  I KNOW THE PARTY’S OVER.

We have  inoculations against tetanus, diptheria, mumps, measles, whooping cough, meningitis…and more.  These infections are all serious (often life threatening illnesses) and can lead to lifelong disabilities.

The way we keep these terrible diseases in the past is with inoculations.  When immunization  rates are high in a community, it’s difficult for the disease to gain a foothold there.  This offers  “herd immunity”  to those who are unprotected.

There’s not much herd immunity in Woodstock.  TRUTH BE TOLD, THERE MAY NOT BE ANY HERD IMMUNITY HERE.  I hate to discourage tourists from visiting our famous and fabulous community.  But, really, you’re taking a chance if you depend on herd immunity to protect yourself in Woodstock.

The way I see it, if any Woodstockers do get vaccinated against anything, they probably sneak over to Kingston so nobody will know the awful truth.  (And, by the way, I saw a fresh flu shot sign up in Kingston today outside a CVS.)

September’s here now.   I’ve been waiting until after Labor Day  to get my flu shot. I know full well that no one in Woodstock agrees with me.  I blame it on the fact that I wasn’t born here and I didn’t come from Brooklyn.

That’s my excuse for believing in vaccinations.  That, life experiences, and scientific evidence.

http://www.CVS.com/immunization/get-vaccinated?

http://www.villageapothecaryrx.com

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Margo, Pieta, and The Real Estate Agents of Ulster County – Heroes for Hunger

Bully hands

“Hi Thurman, this is Margo.”

“Hi,  Thurman, this is Pieta.”.

I get these calls occasionlly…randomly.  I never know when to expect them.  They are always a wonderful surprise!

Margo called earlier this week with book bags  for the pantry.  Pieta calls with items of dignity:  deodorant, women’s feminine products, bars of soap, razors.

In all cases, these gifts are  distributed to people who simply do not have the funds to provide for themselves.  Margo’s recent gifts of book bags came with pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, composition books.

Think back to your own childhood.  How difficult was it for your family to get you ready for school?  Was there money for school supplies?  Did you ever begin the school year unprepared with even the basic essentials needed?  Were you ever embarrassed by this situation…either for yourself or for others?

In today’s Struggling Class, there is no money left over for things like school supplies, school lunches, new school clothes.

When Margo and Pieta drop items off for our pantry, they never ask or expect gratitude or even recognition.  With Pieta, I  just come home and find bags of these beautiful necessities waiting for distribution.

And, I know that pantries throughout Ulster County are receiving these wonderful items.  Margo casually mentioned that the Ulster County Realtors Association purchased 500 book bags  this year.

On behalf of pantry shoppers everywhere, I send  gratitude.  There are so many people in the Struggling Class these days.

The Ulster County Realtors Association is reflective of the attitude toward generosity in Woodstock.  In Woodstock, people are comfortable just dropping off things that the Iess fortunate can use.  No one seeks recognition.  No one wants a thank you note.  They just want the things to be used by people who need them.

You may feel that I have mistakenly posted this article in the wrong blog…that this article should have been sent to http://www.hungerisnotadisease.com.  But, I intentionally posted it here at http://www.goodmorningwoodstock.com because Margo and Pieta and the Realtors completely personify the Woodstock attitude toward giving.  Both as individuals and as a group, Woodstockers will give their last dollar, their only coat to someone, anyone who needs it.

I offer a salute of gratitude for the generosity.

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