Letters to the Editor - August 4, 2011
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Why is it that virtually everything, it seems — for instance a game strategy, a war, a vacation, a career, a play, etc. — is better planned in advance; whereas an unplanned, free-for-all, virtually unregulated economy, is supposed to somehow bring the best results? Perhaps if we had the magic of good intentions rather than greed and

“devil-take-the hindermost,” then non-planning would be more efficient. But, given the profit motive, the only result can be economic chaos; with ever increasing wealth and power for the most corrupt and ruthless, and evermore poverty and oppression for the many. Unless, that is, the many follow the Egyptian method and seize power from the few.

Phil Sullivan



New York’s property taxes are among the highest in the nation. Governor Cuomo said, “You have the highest property taxes literally in the country here. The old question used to be when you were buying a house was can you afford the mortgage? Now the question is can you afford the property taxes?”

While signing the two percent property tax cap law, Governor Cuomo said “Property taxes are a problem all across this state…It [property taxes] literally has been chasing people from their homes for years. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me saying, ‘I have to sell the house because I just can’t afford to pay the property taxes.’”

Vaughan Smith of High Falls, Ulster County, watched his property taxes jump from $3,300 in 1994 to $12,200 two years ago. Smith had reached his breaking point. He bought a similar home in Nova Scotia, where the property taxes are less than $1,600. Many of us have heard similar stories from long time Woodstock residents selling their homes and moving elsewhere.

The property tax cap limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to just two percent, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote or a 60 percent vote by a local legislative body can override it.

It’s not going to be easy for Woodstock to comply with the two percent cap, but this is an election year, and voters have a chance to choose candidates that support the tax cap. If I’m elected to the town board, I will do my best to bring property tax increases down below the two percent cap.

Ken Panza, Candidate for Town Board



All week long, New York newspapers have published articles celebrating gay marriage, with front-page photos of men (or women) kissing each other. Almost everyone appears to be rejoicing; nevertheless I wonder how happy these couples really are.

I would like to believe that they are happy, and yet I know that marital bliss can be attained only when God’s order — that is, marriage between one man and one woman — is adhered to. Such marriages were long considered to be the bedrock of civilization, but civilization as we know it is now doomed, because what was foundational is being destroyed and redefined.

By declaring God’s laws irrelevant, we are sending a wrong message to our children. Instead of congratulating ourselves on being open-minded and tolerant, we should start worrying about the confusion and emotional trauma we are bestowing on our children and youth.

My family was expelled from Germany at a time when Hitler had perfected the art of propaganda. They knew that if you tell a lie often enough, it eventually becomes accepted as truth. This is exactly what happened in Germany, and it is happening in our country now. Lies are proclaimed as truth, and any opposing voice is silenced.

I pray that the many people in our country who still believe in right and wrong will have the courage to express themselves publicly on this important issue. A national referendum to decide what direction we want for our future is needed. Please pray for our children and youth, who are fast becoming confused by the behavior of us adults.

Let us return to the time when our nation put its full trust in God. In the end, God’s truth cannot be silenced, and will be victorious.

Johann Christoph Arnold, Pastor

Woodcrest Community



Sitting by the babbling brook that runs along the rear of my property, I got to thinking about how it reminded me of some of the speakers at Town Board meetings.

Howard Harris



Hey Woodstock, You want transparency? You want innovation? You want a leader who has been fighting for fairness and good government in Ulster County for a long, long time? Terrie is your candidate! I worked alongside Terrie as we worked to put accountability and transparency into the County Democratic Party. She always has great ideas and remains good humored in the face of adversity which I hope you will agree is a very desirable quality in a servant of the people). Please vote for Terrie Rosenblum in the Democratic primary and the general election to insure good progressive government for my neighbors in Woodstock.

Ralph Childers



I have been waiting a long, long time for the wonderful news that RUPCO is finally breaking ground on the eagerly anticipated building of affordable homes in Woodstock.

Who could have imagined that this would have taken all this time, especially in a community with a reputation for tolerance and caring?

The small group objecting to building on this site has cost the town a considerable amount of money in legal fees, excessive environmental tests, etc. The group led by Iris York has seemed oblivious to the needs of the town’s low-income population. Instead their concern was aimed at the animal and bird population that inhabited the area, even though survey after survey showed that only six out of 100 Woodstock residents shared their concern.

(Animals are smart, you know, and they are able to find a new environment when their old environment is compromised). But what I find so calloused is that there is no concern from Ms. York for those Woodstockers who need homes for their families and a good school for their children. But now that the building has begun, we can all join hands in welcoming the RUPCO project of cluster homes to Woodstock. It will be beautiful, environmentally heated and cooled, have little to no impact on the nearby traffic and make 53 families very very happy.

Lisa Williams



In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” as an indictment of the gross inequities created through The Industrial Revolution. Scrooge, the embodiment of the rich and powerful, had no conscience for those whose work made his fortune.

Today we have our own Scrooge(s). Wealthy individuals, corporations, and politicians feel entitled to flaunt their wealth and power while demanding that the rest of us foot the bill. We fund their wars with lives and money, give tax breaks to companies whose windfall profits have not maintained nor created new jobs (recently, 2.9 million U.S. jobs have been eliminated, while 2.5 million new jobs have been created overseas) and lose our homes to unscrupulous financiers and their shady deals! Latest demand: give up Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Unemployment benefits, and Unions. Most remarkably, some overwhelmed and/or unknowing middle class working Americans actually support these efforts, thus eliminating their own rights! Please pour the tea!

Like Dickens’ classic tale, we have our ghosts too: Americans dying from poverty; Americans going to bed hungry; Seniors made to choose between food and medication; War Veterans returning home to no job opportunities and diminished/eliminated services; Union busting.

Like Scrooge, our society has evolved to believe that the accumulation of wealth and power is the ultimate goal. Let us hope that, again, like Scrooge, they will realize compassion and fairness are the true measures of success! Ultimately, we are the ones who must rise to the challenge and demand that the wealthy and powerful grow a conscience and accept their responsibilities as Americans. Our ghosts of yet to come: the death of our country’s credibility, both home and abroad, as a functioning democratic republic of by and for the people.

Sydni Washington Downey, John Downey, Gladys Brodsky Plate



I am writing this letter in support of Terrie Rosenblum’s candidacy for the position of Woodstock Supervisor. I first met Terrie as a member of the Ulster County Democratic Committee Executive Board. It wasn’t too long before I recognized that she possessed a rare combination of qualities: Intelligence, an ever-present sense of humor, a natural ability to lead and a good dash of moxie.

She was a leader in updating the Committee’s bylaws to provide for an even greater level of participation by our rank and file members. She encouraged improvements in recording keeping so that the dissemination of information was greatly improved.

While I’m a Saugerties resident, I have no doubt that Terrie will take on the job of Woodstock Supervisor with the same enthusiasm and grace that she applies to the rest of her life.

Mike Harkavy



I asked my five-year old granddaughter Grace what the Library meant to her. She thought a while and said that it was a nice place to go and that you could get lots of books. She said that some of the people who wrote the books were dead but that they were good people.

Gracie loves to go to the library. She will go to the children’s room and sit on the carousel horse and pretend she is soaring. She goes to Story Hour on Saturdays and listens intently to the books that are read; watches wonderful old movies; and creates works of art in crafts. The library is for children.

My fourteen-year-old grandson Henry goes to the library for movies and books. We use the internet catalogue to find the items he wants. He finds books he can buy at the Book Sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is for young people.

I find scripts of plays that I want to read and imagine performing. I find novels that I have wanted to read for years. The free Wi-Fi is available for use even when the library is closed. If my service is down, I can sit outside the library and read my emails or surf the internet. The library is for adults.

Woodstock Public Library is indeed “an open door to knowledge and enjoyment for the whole community.” The library is for everyone.

Walter Bost



Tim Blossom’s letter, in the July 28 Woodstock Times, was an eye opener to someone like me who is relatively new to Woodstock. I would like to thank him for clearly stating what lies before us as a slate of Democratic candidates. Mr. Wilber was handed a pot of gold, the cell tower, and turned it into a handful of beans. Ms. Rosenblum taking 18 months to produce a stewardship plan for the Comeau property, who had so many resources at her disposal, yet she submitted a ‘phone in,’ reflecting scant understanding and little regard for her fiduciary responsibilities. I would like to make a simple request of Mr. Wilber and Ms. Rosenblum: Produce a detailed document outlining your five year plan for the Town of Woodstock and do this prior to primary day. Until then, given the choice between questionable deals and utter incompetence, I am choosing the Dog, JoJo. Hail to the chief!

Frank Toich



The Woodstock Jewish Congregation had its tour with the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in July. What that means is that volunteers from the WJC worked at the pantry and food was donated by this congregation to the pantry. Participating congregations usually have two tours per year. A special thank you is sent to everyone who participated in July!

The Woodstock Reformed Church and Palden Sakya will share their tours in August.

The Community Services Committee of the Ulster County Board of Realtors held a fund raiser at the flea market for three pantries. The Good Neighbor Food Pantry was fortunate to be one of the recipient pantries. It was quite a production, really. Donated items filled the space under three tents. John and Janine Mower donated their space and customers were very glad to visit the area and make donations or purchase items.

Plans are for the Community Services Committee to return to the flea market in the fall for a repeat performance with fresh merchandise!

Thank you to everyone who took part in these activities.

When individuals and congregations come together to work for the pantry we are going beyond doing charity for others. We are bringing people together with a common goal. This is where the real community exits. This is where we also acknowledge the amazing abundance created when people open themselves up to sharing.

Peace and food for all.

Thurman Greco



Before RUPCO begins cutting down trees in earnest, I urge people to take a stroll up Playhouse Lane on a hot summer day. Feel the drop in temperature that comes from beneath the pines and the rambling streams, and imagine what this glade would look like in 50, 100 or 200 years if it were left undisturbed.

This may be hard for some people admittedly. I recently attended an event sponsored by the Library imagining Woodstock in five years, and a current board member and a past supervisor at my table could only talk about what Woodstock had been in the past and not what it might be in the future. Affable fellows that they were, they seemed decidedly myopic. If five years challenged them, I know that 50 and 100 are beyond their shortsighted vision.

And yet now more than ever, we need leaders who can see into the future. We’re almost at the end of oil, the temperatures are rising, the times they are really a changing this time, and we may soon be more grateful for groves of trees, for enough water, for a small town that’s still small, simply for wild spaces, than we are for a few more condos.

I’ve often thought our local painters, poets, dramatists, sculptors, and musicians should help us in this task, creating for us actual depictions of Woodstock in the future. What if we don’t cut down this forest? What if we do? Will the supposedly low-income housing that will be put in those woods still feel like a good decision 25 years from now? 50? 100?

Walk down Playhouse Lane. Soon. And stretch your imagination. Imagine how much hotter it will feel with acres of pavement instead of leafy canopies. Imagine how many more cars 53 units will send speeding past you. If you walk at night, notice the stars before more light pollution near town dims them.

Do these things matter? To me they do. To my children and their friends who feel like the adults in their world have abandoned any responsibility to think about the planet’s future. I think we should put a sign up near these new units acknowledging how hard Iris York and Robin Segal worked for our children and grandchildren’s future. They tried. I feel tremendous gratitude to them. Not enough of us really joined them, myself included. If they can see any last thread of hope for saving that space, I hope that they will let us know and that we will all at last take a stand to save our town for our children and grandchildren.

Perdita Finn



The Authors’ Booth at the 80th Annual Woodstock Library Fair was a great success due to the gracious presence of noted local authors, selling and signing their books. For sitting in the broiling sun without complaint, and for donating generously to the library, my unending gratitude to authors — Joe Zeppetello, Jay Wenk, Nina Shengold, Fred Poole, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Barbara Pokras, Peter Occhiogrosso, Lee Harrington, Alison Gaylin, Laura Shaine Cunningham, and Shalom Auslander.

Sheila Isenberg

Chair, Woodstock Library Fair Authors’ Booth


Mr. Wilber, one of my opponents for the position of town supervisor, chose his words very carefully in his letter to the editor last week. It would appear that his invitation to discuss and debate the issues was not extended me. This was not unexpected given the exclusionary nature of town politics, which goes back more than four years. Many of the problems he claims he will address were once his trademarks.

Who really cares when he and Terrie Rosenblum can find the time to give us more buzz-words and catch- phrases like “open a dialog,” “start a process,” and my personal favorite: “it’s a complicated issue”? There is so much more to this town than the Democratic Party’s primary. There are a lot of people like me, a non- enrolled, who are used to being ignored. So when he and our deputy supervisor [a lot like being the first mate on the Titanic] get done with all the “Reindeer games,” and want to talk to a member of the disenfranchised, they can let me know. If, however, I have guessed correctly, and this town can still think for itself, it might be too late.

One last thought: I hope that the Republican Party remembers that he signed his letter “democratic candidate.”

Lorin Rose



For years Town officials and concerned citizens have addressed the need to amend the Zoning Law to add protection of our natural resources. The Woodstock Wetlands and Watercourse Protection Law (WWWPL) is the result. It is available on the Town’s website. State and Federal laws do not protect many of our valuable and irreplaceable wetlands and watercourses.

Wetlands and their buffers retain rainwater, slowly filtering it into the aquifers which provide essential replenishment of our water supplies. They help prevent flooding, damage to the infrastructure, properties and investments. Rainfall amounts are predicted to increase due to climate change. Destruction of natural drainage and stormwater environments would require building man-made, astronomically expensive replacements.

-Wetlands and watercourses provide habitats for the biodiversity of wildlife, flora and fauna, both big and small. The WWWPL allows us to preserve these

-NYS DEC regulates only wetlands of 12.4 acres or more. Woodstock has only two such classified wetlands. All smaller ones are not protected except via the WWWPL.

-Federal wetland protection is administered by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE.) Their jurisdiction, under the Clean Air/Clean Water Act applies to navigable waterways, such as the Hudson River. ACE does not protect Woodstock’s wetlands or watercourses.

Anyone proposing to conduct an activity in or near a protected natural resource must apply to the Town’s Wetland and Watercourse Inspector for a determination of allowable actions. Almost all new proposed projects are now in, or near, environmentally sensitive areas. Fines for illegally disturbing these WWWPL protected areas are huge. The cost of remediation of a disturbed protected area is astronomical and could bankrupt a project. Imprisonment is possible. Penalties are enforced by the Federal, NYS and Town of Woodstock governments. Protecting our natural resources has to be of the highest priority. Please feel free to contact me, at with any questions.

Peter Cross, Town Board Candidate



Lorin Rose is the perfect antidote for our inept Town Board, someone who can provide the integrity and leadership that it so painfully lacks. For starters, it isn’t likely that he would misplace $300,000 of the town’s money and he wouldn’t waste tens of thousands of dollars on an ever lengthening list of legal fees and architect’s plans while never actually coming close to building anything. He would not approach the matter of housing for the town offices and the police with the conviction of a squirrel crossing 212. If charged with the responsibility of writing a charter for the stewardship of The Comeau he would not wait a year and then hand in a few last minute paragraphs on the back of a napkin and think that that entitled him to higher office.

I’ve known Lorin for about 35 years. He is a doer and a straight shooter, a lifelong Woodstocker, a member of the Planning Board and the best choice this town has for fresh, honest leadership.

Peter Remler



The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Study (dSGEIS) with the conditions under which hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells can operate in our state. Starting sometime the beginning of August through October 1we will have 60 days to make public comments.

Sixty days is not enough time to read, digest and respond to a large (1100 pages) and technical document that will affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers. Additionally the comment period starts in August when many people are away on vacation. We need 180 days for public comment to show the DEC the protections to public health and the environment as outlined in this dSGEIS are inadequate.

Please call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and the DEC’s Dept. of Public Affairs and Communications at 518-474-8044. Ask them to extend the public comment period to 180 days. Not only we concerned citizens but scientists and specialists also need time to carefully analyze the DEC’s plan for fracking in our state.

It is imperative that we make these calls and ask others to do the same. You can read more about extending the public comments at

Rosalyn Cherry

New Paltz


Woodstock citizens are very aware that their volunteer fire department will show up at an emergency with their willingness to help and their expertise on how to help.

Last week at our farm, we had a pregnant Texas Longhorn cow attempt to jump over a cattle guard, and she ended up with all four legs entrapped in the metal guard. We knew this situation did not have a favorable outcome for our cow Molly and her unborn calf.

Immediately upon hearing of our problem, members of the Woodstock Fire Department were at our farm with the jaws of life. Not only did they have to use the jaws of life, but they also restrained her while she was being freed by holding her legs, body and horns. Everyone involved got pretty dirty. When she was free, they helped to pick her up and get her standing. A big sigh of relief was felt when she walked away from them — they had saved her and her calf.

We would like to thank Kevin Peters, Patrick Rose, Linda Rose, Zach Auer, Bill McKenna and Sean McKenna for doing something we bet they never thought they would be doing when they volunteered for the fire department. We also want Woodstock citizens to know how their fire department went above and beyond what is asked of them.

Kathy Longyear and the Longyear Family

Long-year Farm, Woodstock


My heartfelt and most earnest congratulations to Ralph Goneau and Dick Wilhelm on their recent legal same sex marriage in the State of New York, and to Woodstock Times for placing evidence of this historic union on the cover of its July 28 issue. My profound gratitude goes to them and countless older Gay brothers and sisters, and many others, who have for decades tirelessly stood their ground for equal rights. It was several years ago that I sat at a Woodstock dinner party, and when the subject of legal Gay marriage came up, the hosts and fellow guests heard me say, “I am a second class citizen.” Most were surprised, despite their utter support that the act be turned into law. While I recognize and believe, of course, this recent acceptance is perhaps the most significant step taken in the United States of America, my country, toward complete validation, unrest will not find peace until it is Federal law.

After seeing the photo of Mr. Goneau and Mr. Wilhelm, my thoughts turned to the famous trial of Crown vs. Wilde that took place in London over 115 years ago, where one of the greatest writers whom ever lived was arrested for “gross indecency.” After being questioned by the prosecuting attorney, “What is the love that dare not speak its name?” Like no other could, Mr. Oscar Wilde courageously replied, “The love that dare not speak its name in this century is such a great affection…such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art…and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood that it may be described as ‘the love that dare not speak its name,’ and on that account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists…That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it, and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.”

In 2011, in our country, there are still men and women in hiding, there are still teenagers who take their lives in shame, and just several years past, we all watched through news outlets a United States Senator driven by fear to the lowly act of so-called “foot tapping” in an airport bathroom, a man who cannot to this day admit to the feelings he has and the fear he holds still. As the great American heroine and local historic treasure, Sojourner Truth was purportedly told by a supporter of her activism for freedom of those held in slavery and for women’s rights, “People must be told and told and told again, until that wrong is righted.”

Most sincerely and with grandest hope for a time when it is truly and unabashedly believed “that all men (and women) are considered equal.”

P.S. – Harry, will you marry me? “Come on and marry me, Harry! ‘Cause I’m just wild about you!”

Richard Genaro



In the recent past, there have been concerns raised in your paper about teens not having enough to do. To ameliorate that problem, the Woodstock Youth Theater/Stages in the Arts is sponsoring a Teen GLO party at Backstage Studio Productions, 323 Wall Street, Kingston on Friday, August 12, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $10 at the door, and the first 120 teens will receive GLO favors. There will be a cash bar for water, soda, and juice with all proceeds going to support the youth theater after school program. Music will be provided by PeakDJ. This is a substance free event. For more information, call 679-9797.

Woodstock Youth Theater has a 30 year record of excellent programming for young people, so this event continues that tradition. And we are now accepting registration for the fall season.

Marcia Panza



A reminder to all home owners in the Woodstock Township: Please ensure that your fire number/house number is visible. Trees and shrubs grow and can obscure them as

viewed from the road.

We of the Woodstock Ambulance and Fire Departments hope we never have to find your

house, but if you call us in an emergency, we need to be able to see that number!

Zef Fessenden

Company 3, Woodstock Fire Dept.



As I write (Monday), Congress has just passed the compromise debt bill and the Senate is expected to do likewise tomorrow. While the law will have little immediate impact, except to avoid likely economic chaos, the legislative debate has been revealing.

The Republicans and Tea Party members claim that the government which governs least, governs best. They present themselves as struggling for middle-class freedom from big government. But in reality they are promoting the interests of the rich and the large corporations who want to be liberated from taxes and regulations so they can be “free” to take advantage of the very people who are fighting their battles for them.

The tea leaves are quick to say, “We were sent to Washington with a mandate for change.” But as far as the inequitable tax structure goes, since their arrival in Washington it has become impervious to change. The tax code, which determines who gets taxed, the rates paid and the exemptions granted, is terribly unjust. Oil companies, banks, multinationals, CEO’s, and hedge fund managers enjoy enormous tax favors which ordinary citizens do not. And with their consequent economic advantage they are able to wield increasing power over our lives; in some regards, more power than government itself. Contrary to their claimed mission, the Republicans and their enthusiastic Tea Party allies have no interest in changing the unfair tax structure. Their actions have served only to insure that economic injustices remain precisely as they are.

Alan Sussman



On occasion one gets spoiled and doesn’t realize the great customer one receives in the Sunflower, Woodstock’s health food store.

Only when I broke my wrist recently did the full impact of the customer service here hit me. Jason in the herbal department provided me with his extensive knowledge of supplements for healing, and great positive support and thus I am on the mend.

The atmosphere in Sunflower is always warm and friendly from one and all.

Thank you, Sunflower.

Maralyn Master



I happened to stumble across an interview of Terrie Rosenblum the other day on public access TV. Reiterating a June 30 letter she wrote here, the deputy supervisor was talking about creating more “pocket parks” around town as one of her campaign pledges. I laughed out loud, and said to the screen “Really, Terrie? Is that what’s on your mind? Pocket parks? The town is broke, taxes are out of control, the food pantry is serving record numbers of hungry neighbors, our youth are being sacrificed at the alter of political gamesmanship, half the town remains without cellular service, our police and court personnel continue to work in unsuitable quarters, and you offer us Pocket Parks?”

It is disturbing that a candidate in this economic climate would be thinking of any new initiative on the expense side of the ledger, let alone something so extravagant as pocket parks. What’s more, the town board shelled out $20,000 last January for the creation of one such park, and as far as I can tell, that money remains parked in someone’s pocket, because there sure as heck is no new park along Tannery Brook.

I applaud Councilman McKenna for proposing a freeze on all spending for the remainder of this lame duck session of a spendthrift supervisor. Shame on other board members who rejected it. Let’s hope the issue returns to the next meeting’s agenda.

In the meantime, Madam Deputy, did you know that we are, all of us, right now, situated within one of the grandest parks in the country? Take a look out the window! Then go take a hike!

Joe Nicholson



On September 25, 2011, Shady Methodist Church will celebrate its 140th Anniversary. All are welcome to share in this special occasion. To commemorate the event, we are preparing a journal that includes the history of the Shady Methodist Church and the Shady Schoolhouse. If anyone has any historic articles or photographs that offer information about the church, the schoolhouse and/or the location of the church and schoolhouse on Church Road, we’d appreciate it if you could share the items with us.

All originals would be returned to the owner. We are looking for photo ready copies. Any data can be submitted to us by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. Please feel free to call to discuss how we can assist in any arrangement to get the material to us.

Many thanks.

Gail Dougherty, Assistant Secretary

United Methodist Church of Shady



It was a delight to run into Jay Wenk at the Farm Festival on July 27. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious as ever. I am so pleased he is running again for the town board. His ability to clearly define an issue and present a reasonable solution has always impressed me. Voting for Jay makes so much sense in these difficult times. The best man will win if you vote for him.

Stella Zahn



Say goodbye to a beautiful forest. This RUPCO project could have avoided clear cutting

this forest by putting it in the meadow on the Bearsville flats near the fire station. It’s not just happening in Brazil. It’s happening here as well.

Ed Allyn



On this Saturday, August 6, at Noon our community will honor Happy and Artie Traum for their 40 years of contributions to the music, arts, economy and the spirit of Woodstock. All are invited. Happy and Artie will be given the “Keys to Woodstock” in a modest ceremony (Beverly Traum will be accepting on behalf of Artie.) The beautiful wooden “keys” have been crafted by Rennie Cantine. In attendance, there will be local dignitaries and outstanding musicians, all attending to recognize Happy and Artie. These two remarkable men have added considerable value and spirit to our community, an achievement well worth honoring and celebrating.

This event is sponsored by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts. Traum Day was designated by the Town of Woodstock and it is free to all at noon. It will be followed by the Chamber Music on the Green program at 1:00 PM. set up by Jeff Harrigfeld of the Music Shop. Don’t miss this event, it will be fun. Hope to see you there. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Sam Magarelli, Traum Day Committee



Last Saturday, at Mount Tremper Arts, I saw ICElab (which stands for International Contemporary Ensemble), a collective of artists who met as students at Antioch in 2001. They played six pieces, with a little intermission in the middle. “We love it here,” Claire Chase announced. “We’d love to live here all the time!” (Artists at this center get a week of residence, before they perform.) Normally, I see dance at Mount Tremper Arts, so I was struck by the dance-like elements of ICElab: the way the two flautists (Claire and Eric Lamb) bobbed along as they played, reading the 12 foot long sheet music for “Edgewater” by Marcos Balter; the ensemble pounding on bowls — yes, stainless steel kitchen bowls — in Phyllis Chen’s “Glass Clouds We Have Known.”

Joshua Rubin, the clarinet player, produced a wonderful deep, chocolatey tone.

The whole show had a feeling of mutuality, as if ICElab were showing us their best moves, and we were proud of them. The audience became their uncles and aunties.

I got a ride home -- from the mayor of Hoboken! Who is a woman.



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