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Phoenicia: A Real Arts Community

I got the hard drive back. And I got offers of about eight different Mac loaners from local friends in the Phoenicia area: who knew so many people had old...
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Back Up!

We got hit by a mega-storm earlier this week; heavy rain and high winds buffeting our part of the Catskills and turning to blizzard conditions at higher altitude. The snow...
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Fall On Me

This past weekend was surely the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in the Catskills. Three solid days of unending sunshine served to illuminate fall foliage that, thanks both to the...
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Too Stupid To Know Better

As a writer, I’m allowed to embellish: it’s called poetic license. I do occasionally exercise these rites while penning my posts. But as regards my last missive, about this year’s...
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The Things We Do For Love (Like Running in the Rain)…

Of all the crazy things I’ve done in life – and there have been a few – participating in yesterday’s Escarpment Trail Run has to rank among the craziest. When,...
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Rosendale’s alive with the sound of music….

This past Sunday, we risked the oppressive heat and humidity and trucked on down thirty miles to the village of Rosendale for the second and final day of its 30th...
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The July 4 Hitlist

Dick Vincent’s River Band, and Brooklyn jazz guitarist Rick Stone at the Catskill Mountain Lodge in Palenville, July 4. The Lodge’s new owner (see here playing sax) hosts jazz every...
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The End of an Era (and the dawn of another?)

The Phoenicia Hotel had a storied existence, a favorite destination of Babe Ruth and Dutch Shultz, to name but just two American legends. In recent years it fell into disrepair,...
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