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Remembering the value of peace

9-11. It’s a day to not just remember but also to vividly value and embrace peace. As the world remains an oh, so crazy place it’s more important than ever to be compassionate and find time for kindness and seeking beauty. In nearby Kingston at Fireman’s Park the commemorative statue of firefighters carrying out Father Mychal Judge from the ruins has a fresh wreath beside it – a welcome dash of color amid the darkness of this captured moment. May the love, dedication and unity we experienced toward each other in the aftermath of the attacks now unite us in peace – in our country and throughout the world. And for the 2,996 people who died so horrifically 12 years ago, you are still missed every day.

 

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March – or dance – to many drummers on Saturday

Can you believe how wonderful it is in Woodstock? We’re blessed with another weekend of amazing musicians performing and sharing their talents and making our community just a great place for everyone. To call it a “free world-class music festival” is almost an understatement!  Jack DeJohnette, Jay Collins, Brian Mitchell, Nexus – the list of performers goes on and on … everyone from Grammy winners to up and coming musicians will be there. The show runs from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. so be sure and swing by Andy Lee Field and march, dance or simply listen to the beat of not just your own, but many drummers.

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Through the eyes of a child

Ritesh handed this to me
before he left today. I love these moments in my life, my job, when a beautiful 4
year old child brings me to tears with his kindness and compassion. Everyone who
was at the Woodstock Inn this weekend and met Ritesh will
never forget him. I will cherish his gift forever.

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Front row seats to beauty

The amazing thing about having the Millstream right here is how vividly it reflects the direct impact of nature on our lives – turbulent after heavy rain storms or calm, placid and refreshing on warm summer days – but always oh-so-beautiful! This past July we have seen some dramatic weather and always the stream reflects these elements. Our favorite time of day is when a family comes in from a day of hiking or shopping or gallery viewing and each member finds a place by the stream to chill out – literally and figuratively. Seems the Millstream always works its magic for relaxation and refreshment.

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Listen to the sounds of summer….

Hey – Do you hear that? It’s the sound of summer beckoning … The stream is flowing, the flowers are blooming and our grounds are the perfect place to relax and unwind….Great lineup of music this long weekend throughout all of Woodstock. Stop on by and spend the night – we have just a few rooms left, but they’re calling your name….

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A perfect evening at Brookside…

Dinner at Brookside @The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream

Last week I hosted a dinner at Brookside…one of the two cottages we have at The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream.   On the menu…celery root & mushroom lasagna (although that changed to spinach and mushroom at the last minute when I realized at 11pm that I had purchased horseradish instead of celery root!) , soupy, homemade, cured black olives, fresh salad from the garden, strawberry short cake, cannolis and a 1963 bottle of port saved by my Dad for my 50th.  Around the table…one of my best girlfriends, my sister Laurie, niece Olivia,  my love, my Dad, Sylvia, and dear friends Ed & Ritze Miller.  We ate, drank, laughed…watched the Bruins game and cried a bit.  And we celebrated…Father’s Day, Ed & Ritze’s  49th wedding anniversary, life and love!  One of the joys of my job as innkeeper is all the amazing people I get to meet.   Sometimes the meeting goes a lot deeper as is the case with Ed & Ritze.  This was their 16th year coming to the Woodstock Inn and my relationship with them has blossomed into a life long friendship.  My conversations with them, exchanges about books read, films seen, art loved, dogs adored…all of this has moved the three of us way beyond a simple guest/innkeeper relationship.  I simply love them and now realize that my “family” is growing.

peace,

Karen

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Win a night at the Inn – Submit photos by Friday

Yes, our photo contest is coming to an end. All entries need to be received by Friday, midnight. But don’t wait, because the top winner will earn a free night at the Inn. Simply send up to three images from a stay with us to wiphoto2013@gmail.com. So far we have seen pictures of herons and flowers and kids and chairs and mountains  and, of course, the stream. But we want to see what your perspective is. Do share. And check out our Pinterest page for other submissions. This is a picture of our breakfast room from Molly and Jerry Spanarkel’s visit – isn’t it amazing the stream  seems so bare. Everything is so green and lush now!

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Good time for a good cause

On Saturday, June 22nd  Woodstock is kicking off summer with Hollywood stars, great food and, of course, live music – all in one beautiful field right in the heart of Woodstock. Barnfest 2013 is free and supports Catskill Mountainkeeper, which works tirelessly to protect our region’s natural assets.
Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni will be honored by Aidan Quinn and Melissa Leo. Our own local community stars Happy Traum and Catherine Sebastian will also be feted and a posthumous recognition of Levon Helm will be accepted by his daughter Amy Helm. Come join the fun, be part of this special day that runs from noon to 5 p.m., and to really get summer fun started book a night at the Inn. See you there.

 

 

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Photo contest ends June 21

The warm weather is here and so are the herons. This one was enjoying the stream at the same time as our guest Barb Cunningham, and she’s submitted her image to our photo contest. What are your memorable moments from your vacation with us? Submit up to three images to wiphoto2013@gmail.com and be entered. Top prize is a night at the inn, gift certificates and T-shirts for others. Deadline is June 21, so get snapping and sending. See more of the contest’s entrants on our Pinterest page.

 

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Enjoy tasty treats for a good cause

We all know our favorite restaurants are great places to visit – and on Wednesday there will be a plethora of pleasure as they join forces for one night of delicious eating. A Taste of Woodstock will begin at 6 p.m. and for three gastronomically-wonderful hours people can sample specialty dishes from area restaurants, all serving their goods within walking distance of the heart of the village.
Participants include: Oriole 9, New Wold Home Cooking, Landau Grill, Maria’s Bazaar, Red Onion, Garden Cafe, Cucina, etc. – all the names that make Woodstock not just a great place to live and play, but also to eat. Advance tickets are $70 and on Wednesday they’ll be $80, so come out on to enjoy the best of dining and also support the Woodstock Film Festival. Good cause. Good food. Good people. Check in at the film festival box office 13 Rock City Rd.

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