Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
On a recent drive down to Westkill we were happy to see this stately old boardinghouse with deep literary roots revived once again with a new front porch & fresh coat of paint. The legendary location was once home to Art Flick a superb fly fisherman and an ardent conservationist, Mr. Flick was probably best known for his ''Streamside Guide,'' which was first published in 1947. That tiny book is a warm, witty, direct and authoritative guide that cuts through much of the mystery surrounding the art of catching trout on a fly. In later years another chronicler of Catskillian pursuits Paul Smart made his home here. Smart, noted newspaperman and author of the 1994 book, Rock & Woodstock hosted many a fine dinner party here during his tenure in the late 1980's and through the '90's. Tragedy & freaky catastrophe happened upon the houses historic walls on a dark and icy night a few years back
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Bob Wyer (1908-1982) documented life in Delaware County as photojournalist and studio photographer from the early 1930s on through the 1970s. He photographed the mundane: graduating seniors, weddings, family portraits, funerals, etc — through the sensational: accidents, floods, strikes, murders scenes, etc. In the late 1970s, Bob and his wife Billie Wyer generously donated their collection of over 150,000 negatives to the Delaware County Historical Association.
on exhibit at the DCHA
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Friday, December 29, 2017
Thursday, December 24, 2015
A great Solstice party at P&J's magical environment, great food, bonfire, fireworks & dance party in the art barn. Speaking of fireworks, artist, musician and now herbal distiller Cornelius brought a jug of his new batch of real absinthe. Of course in true catskillian style it was served over maple syrup, (see earlier post) We tosted to Mr. Poe who was presiding over the event.
*note green fairy over shoulder
*note green fairy over shoulder
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
We went up to Charlotteville to dine in MK's fine mid 19c barn. After a sumptuous late summers meal of salmon cooked on a cedar plank with fresh corn and some golden beet salad, Len Brunson treated us to some fine guitar picking and singing. When he passed his baby Collings guitar to Jeff Wilkinson we were further entertained with some of his original Americana roots inspired songs.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Freehand Burdock was driving by in his truck when I was unloading these old lawn chairs I got at a yard sale. He said he could re-webb them in no time. Sure enough a week later he dropped them off. Looking like new with a bit of Ho Jo's revival look, he said he got 4 packs of Frost King webbing at the local hardware store and was able to re use some of the original orange and nifty robins egg blue tweedy strips. Not bad for a couple of lightweight chairs that had been deep underwater in the last big flood and who knows what else in their 50 odd years of backyard fun.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
We went over to Freehand Burdock's to pick up the nightlight he was building us for Joe Haske's birthday present. He was in his workshop down by the creek putting the finishing touches on it.
He really went all out using twin Motorola Mighty Midget dry electrolytic capacitors he pulled out of a 1965 Zenith B&W TV as well as a photovoltic "on at dusk off at dawn" system. It was topped off with a really nice Whitall Tatum telegraph pole insulator covering a ruby red 7.5 watt bulb. He had it wired up with a nice length of #18 gauge Westinghouse waffle iron cord with a snakey blue black braid.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
An international research team has found evidence of the Earth's earliest forest trees, dating back 385 million years. Upright stumps of fossilized trees were uncovered after a flash flood in Gilboa, upstate New York, more than a century ago. However, until 2007, the crowns of the trees and overall morphology were unknown. These have helped to determine that Eospermatopteris belongs to the Cladoxylopsida class, which were big vascular plants with spectacular morphology for their time. One reason scientists are so fascinated by these trees is that they were part of "afforestation," the original greening of the earth. That process had a major impact on the planet's climate, carbon cycling and, ultimately, what kinds of animals evolved in these ecosystems.
Dr Berry, of Cardiff's School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, said: "This was also a significant moment in the history of the planet.