Tag Archives: Catskills

My WAMC Rant Against Golf

(WAMC broadcast this piece as a Listener Essay. The poem appears in My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse. WAMC has also broadcast my piece, “What Is It About Zombies?”) No Golf in the Kingdom By Will Nixon The delusion … 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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How Fire and Ice Shaped Woodstock

On Sunday afternoon, July 8th, nature enthusiasts will have a rare opportunity to walk the Comeau Property in Woodstock with two of the Catskills’ foremost outdoor interpreters, geologist Robert Titus and forest historian Michael Kudish. One will explain how the … Continue reading

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“The Pocket Guide to Woodstock” Lands at the Comeau July 8th

Several years ago, Michael Perkins and I published Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America’s Most Famous Small Town (Bushwhack Books). It rapidly became the Golden Notebook’s bestselling paperback of 2009 and has now reached its fifth (or … Continue reading

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The Catskills Bigfoot: My Sighting Story

I’ve long thought that the Catskills needed a Sasquatch to add some hairy mystery to our mountains. Apparently, I’m not the only one. The June issue of Hudson Valley Magazine reports on the Bigfoot enthusiasts in our region. Here’s my … Continue reading

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The Most Magnificent Fliers of All: Turkey Vultures

Reading a description of turkey vultures in an old natural history book inspired me to write one of my favorite poems. (Unless you prefer Sparrow’s version.) Trespassing at the Leap —Platte Clove, Catskills The sign said, “Strictly Forbidden.” I stepped … Continue reading

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Flying Over the Catskills

(This essay appears in the Spring 2012 issue of The Country and Abroad.) Isn’t a vacation an adult version of running away? Mine always leave me wishing I didn’t have to return home to some drudgery or other. My dread … Continue reading

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A “Walking Woodstock” Classic: The Founding of Modern Woodstock

(A “Walking Woodstock” column published in the September 29, 2011 Woodstock Times.) If we think of modern Woodstock as the Colony of the Arts, the description promoted by the Chamber of Commerce to emphasize our hundred year history of fine … Continue reading

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Prayer for a Country Driver

My windshield teaches me birds by their droppings. My grill collects an insect museum. My hood is green from hemlock pollen. My glove compartment sounds alive with mice. My rearview mirror wears a snakeskin shawl. Don’t ask why I wasted … Continue reading

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