Monthly Archives: July 2012

Woodstock: The Golden Age Before Tie Die

We think of the Bohemian Twenties and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Sixties as the wildly colorful eras that made Woodstock famous. But Richard Heppner, our town historian, has chosen the late Forties and early Fifties, after World War Two’s Greatest … Continue reading

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Cannery Row on Tinker Street: The Poem

Earlier this week, I shared the story of a Woodstock artist worthy of a Cannery Row of Tinker Street should someone volunteer to write a fictional history of our town’s one-of-a-kind characters. Well, my friend George Drew has recast this … Continue reading

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Cannery Row on Tinker Street

Every so often, you find yourself seated beside a great storyteller at a dinner party. When Rick Pantell heard that I was writing The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, he launched into a tale of a Woodstock artist from the generation … Continue reading

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The Pocket Guide to Woodstock on WAMC

For the first (and perhaps only) time, The Pocket Guide to Woodstock has been reviewed between Haruki Murakami and Greg Allman. That’s quite a match up. But that’s Woodstock. Listen to Jackie Kellachan’s enthusiastic roundup of summer books on WAMC’s … Continue reading

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“High Summer” By Ranger Dave

My quiet crusade in The Pocket Guide to Woodstock is to promote hiking in Woodstock. For a town covered with forests, Woodstock has surprisingly few marked trails. Visitors must feel frustrated by seeing so much green terrain, but finding so … Continue reading

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Celebration for Pocket Guide to Woodstock, by Ann Hutton

(“Summer Celebration at Comeau Property to launch Pocket Guide to Woodstock” by Ann Hutton appeared in the June 28, 2012 issue of Ulster Publishing’s alm@nac.) How does one decide what to put in and what to leave out when writing … Continue reading

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“A Walk on the Comeau” by Richard Parisio

(On Sunday, July 8th, Richard Parisio, a retired DEC interpretative naturalist who teaches at the Mohonk Preserve, will lead a “Family Nature Walk” for “kids of all ages” at 5 pm to conclude our “Woodstock Celebration” at the Comeau Property … Continue reading

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Q & A with Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner

Last winter, when I caught the history bug while writing The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, I discovered the town’s best attic, more properly known as the Historical Society’s archives housed upstairs in the Town Hall building. There’s a table where … Continue reading

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Peace is the Woodstock Brand

(Here’s my “Walking Woodstock” column from the June 28, 2012 Woodstock Times.) You see some things a hundred times before you notice them. So it was with the Peace Pole on the Village Green, a modest wooden obelisk that must … Continue reading

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