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 email@example.com.
Hope to hear from you soon!
See you there!
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In the spirit of the holiday season, I thank each of you for supporting my work and following the story of hungry people in America. This has been a busy year for me. Without your support, none of it would be possible. However you discovered this blog and whatever keeps you returning, I thank you.
Each new reader who learns something new from the story of hungry people in America and each new reader who finds information about the situation inspires me to continue working . Thank you.
Each person who buys a copy of “I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore” validates the story. Each person who finds the booth at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market strengthens ripples of abundance and knowledge which are created there. Thank you.
Each person who puts a dime or a dollar or many dollars in the donation jar at the booth supports the effort to feed the hungry in our great nation. Each person’s generosity increases the awareness of the situation. Thank you.
Please continue reading the articles. Your readership allows me to share the awareness, strengthening ripples of abundance even more. Thank you.
The Mower’s Meadow Flea Market closes over the winter and does not open again until May. I seek an indoor market to winter over where I can continue to tell the story of the hungry in America.
Please drop by my booth wherever I am. In the Spring, I hope to offer Reiki sessions, copies of the second edition of “A Healer’s Handbook”, and unique bracelets designed by Michele Garner, the artist who designed the cover of “I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore”.
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On behalf of Chip, Lulu, Sport, Bubba, and the many dogs shopping at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market every week, thank you for generously sharing your tennis balls with the Woodstock Dog Park.
With your continued generosity, we can give them out every weekend and Wednesday the flea market is open!
We give them out on flea market day to all the four footers shopping. They Love Them! We can’t thank you enough for your generosity.
In addition to making the dogs visiting the flea market happy, this distribution introduces the Woodstock Dog Park to many families who had no idea there is a dog park on Dixon Avenue.
Your generosity is appreciated by all the people with booths in the flea market. We all love seeing the dogs carrying tennis balls.
The Mower’s Meadow Flea Market will be closed after Thanksgiving weekend until the Spring. IF you continue sharing the tennis balls with us, I’ll hold them until the market opens in the Spring because I’ve reserved a space for the next season..
The bottom line is that, as long as you share the tennis balls, dogs all over Woodstock will enjoy chasing tennis balls! It’s a favorite sport of many local pets!
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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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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,
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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No blog about Woodstock will be complete or even acceptable without a post honoring the brightest star of of all the stars in Woodstock: Abbe Graber, otherwise known as Miss G. Abbe is big, beautiful, talented, and a light in the darkness for all of us in Woodstock.
I hadn’t been living in Woodstock long before I discovered the local flea market. It seemed she had a booth at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market every weekend that summer. What a way to spend the summer!
Abbe’s booth was generally along the back perimeter and she smiled this gorgeous smile at everyone who visited her table. Throughout the day, if a lull occurred, Abbe belted out a jazzy song that could be heard all over town. What a voice!
When I was a little girl of 7 or 8 years, if anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up…I always replied “singer”. Nobody quite got it. After all, I couldn’t even carry a tune. But, I promise you, to know what I wanted to be when I grew up…all you have to do is listen to Abbe Graber belt out a song.
I’m not a jealous person. I didn’t want to be Abbe. But, when I was 8, I wanted to grow up and have a voice just exactly like her’s. And, of course, the truth here is that there is only one voice like Abbe’s and she’s got it.
For starters, I still can’t carry a tune.
So, I happily live with my talents and thoroughly enjoy her voice when I get a chance to hear it.
But, Abbe’s more than just a gorgeous, show stopping voice. She’s got a smile that lights up the whole town. And, if that’s not enough, she’s got a kazoo company. Abbe makes the world famous Woodstock Wooden Kazoos.
These handsome, individually made musical instruments come in different sizes and are made of several different woods. They come in walnut, maple, oak, cherry, mahogany, and cedar.
And, they are not just pretty little toys. Abbe’s Woodstock Wooden Kazoos have a crisp, yet mellow sound. They are easy to play. And, they are owned by many professional musicians the world over.
And, as if Abbe’s star isn’t bright enough, she makes beautiful ironwork sculptures. Abbe’s actually bilocating these days. She’s got her plant on Mill Hill right behind EvolveD and then, at the other end of town, she’s right around the corner from Joshua’s Restaurant at Woodstock Earth located at 5 Tannery Brook.
Drop by her Tannery Brook location to visit for a minute, bask in the sunshine in her smile. The new location boasts many creations made by local artists in addition to her Woodstock Wooden Kazoos.
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