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Phoenicia Is Phriving (Continued)


I’m not the only one to have noted that Phoenicia is Thriving. The Woodstock Times ran a lead story this week on the positively happening nature of it westward neighbor, a nicely written piece that accurately summarizes the mood in town right now. I’m writing my own post on a Sunday; last night, we stopped in as we try to do every third Saturday for the Arts Upstairs’ new monthly show and community pot luck. We often lament (and rightly so) that in the TV/Internet age, people don’t congregate as a community any more, but it wasn’t just the painfully hot temperatures in the gallery that drove people into Main Street; thanks in part to new café Mama’s Boy cleaning up the appalling mess that was the remains of the burned down Phoenicia Hotel, people suddenly feel like they have a space to hang out. I saw a number of my community neighbors choosing to sit down on the roadside wall, or just stand around and shoot the breeze like it was the town square of old. (Forget whether or not NY State law allows you to do so with a glass of red wine from the gallery opening; the local beat cop parked at the gas station clearly wasn’t bothered.) Something’s happening in Phoenicia right now. Something really wonderful.

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“Be Careful What You Wish For” by Lenny Kislin, on show at the Arts Upstairs in Phoenicia

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