2014 Exhibitions and Events
“Winter Holiday”, Clarence Bolton (1893-1962), lithograph, n.d., Historical Society of Woodstock Collection.
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Friday, December 5, 6 pm
An ensemble of 12 members from the choral ensemble Ars Choralis will be performing beginning at 6 p.m. Music will include a variety of holiday inspired songs. The singers will be led by Barbara Pickhardt, Ars Choralis Artistic Director. Christina Gardner is the soloist and will sing "Winter's Coming Home", written by Benedictine Monks at the Weston Priory in Vermont. She will be accompanied by Jim Ulrich on autoharp. Performers include: Christina Gardner, Greg Dinger, Chuck Snyder, Carolyn Wolz, Bill Wolz, Jim Noecker, Ed Peters, Anne Brueckner, Nancy Howell, Ginny Workstus, Tracy Dowd, Mary Noecker and Sarah Kessen.
Exhibit and Holiday Sale continues
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 12-4 pm
Sunday, December 7, 2 pm, Holiday card making workshop for kids.
HSW welcomes author Crystal Schachter and illustrator Margarete de Soleil for a book signing and discussion of their new children's book, Woody and the Candle Mountain. Follow Woody as she wanders through her hometown of Woodstock looking hopelessly for something worth doing. She meets many local characters along the way, who all manage to offer the same peace, love and granola advice, and small tokens of inspiration, which she gloomily accepts and moves on. Eventually, she visits the candle shop to admire the legendary Candle Mountain, a massive wax sculpture created over many years from thousands of melted candles. But even this awe-inspiring monument and the kind wisdom of the candle maker and his wife, can’t budge Woody’s mood. But, just when she’s convinced her day’s search has been completely useless, she finds herself in a place where her little bits of knowledge make a world of difference.
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Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962), "Overlook Mountain", c. 1942, HSW Collection
Overlook (work-in-progress performance), Saturday, August 30, 7 pm
Created and performed by Hélène Lesterlin, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Woodstock.
A lecture, a dance with memory, a time machine, a dream of utopia. Using creative interviews with village elders and the explosively inspiring archives of the Historical Society of Woodstock, this solo performance delves into local lore, wild personal narratives, and the unique stories of the many characters populating Woodstock’s art colony heyday.
Woodstock, a village laid out on the flank of Overlook Mountain, became synonymous with Bohemia as artists settled its hillsides in the 1900s, in a sweeping effort to create a thriving art colony and utopian community. Roaring through the 20s and beyond, it became known as much for revelry as for art. Through the lens of memory, on a foundation of first-hand accounts, this performance delves into the aspirations, dreams and lives that swirled around the Byrdcliffe and Maverick art colonies. Using an amalgam of voices, historical accounts and essays, original texts, dance, and handheld 2D figures, this solo illuminates themes of art-making, aging, high jinx, and a rooted sense of place.
Chair seating is limited, you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on!
Running time: 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A.
This project is based on interviews with members of the community, whose memories and stories form the foundation of the text. This project is also made possible with the invaluable expertise and kind attention of the staff and board of the Historical Society of Woodstock, as well as its overwhelmingly rich archive.
Made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Tad Richards at Opus 40
Coming of age in Woodstock during the 1950s: talk by Tad Richards, Sunday, August 17, 2 pm
On Sunday, August 17, at 2:00 pm, Tad Richards will talk about coming of age in Woodstock during the 1950s. Along the way, he will discuss his encounters with Anton Refregier, Howard Koch and Maya Deren, among other artists and personalities. Richards is an American writer, visual artist and current steward of Opus 40. Over the years he has written 18 novels and 16 nonfiction works. His most recent published work, Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel, was co-written with his brother, Jonathan. Recently it was produced as an audio play by Alan Arkin, Tom Conti and Ali MacGraw. Several of Tad’s songs have been recorded by Orleans, the John Hall Band and Fred Koller. After the talk Tad will sign copies of his book Nick and Jake.
Keith Tilley, the communications officer of the Overlook Mountain Radio Club, leads a team of 25 volunteer amateur radio operators. On Sunday August 10, at 2:00 p.m., Tilley will speak at Historical Society of Woodstock, exploring the history of amateur radio, the science behind worldwide communication, and the many ways amateur radio is used today. In addition, he will discuss the group’s ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) post 9/11 mission with such agencies as the American Red Cross and the county government.
The Historical Society will explore the world of Ulster County bluestone through a talk by Peter Roberts. Once a major industry in Woodstock and surrounding areas, bluestone from Ulster County was shipped south in the latter half of the 19th century to form many of the sidewalks in cities such as New York and Philadelphia and to adorn the properties of the wealthy in urban areas.
The Historical Society of Woodstock will continue its summer discussion series with a talk by Janine Fallon-Mower and Carl Van Wagenen on preserving local history through genealogical research. With extensive backgrounds in local genealogy, Fallon-Mower and Van Wagenen will discuss how they were drawn to such research, the processes they follow and how census data preserves a snapshot of early Woodstock life. Janine Mower is the author and co-author of five local history books including Legendary Locals with Richard Heppner that came out last year. Carl Van Wagenen wrote The Van Wagenen Family Genealogy 1637-2014, the definitive book on the Van Wagenen family tree. At the conclusion of the talk, the speakers will answer questions from the audience on how they might peruse their own genealogical research.
A talk about exploring and mapping the backwoods and lost landscape of Woodstock by Dave Holden, NYSCEC licensed hiking guide, trail-maker, and backwoods explorer.
In a time before GPS (by a few years, at least), trails carved out by Native Americans and early settlers once crisscrossed the Woodstock landscape. On Saturday June 14 at 3:00 pm, the Historical Society of Woodstock will present a closer look at those early byways in a talk offered by Dave Holden titled, Ancient Trails, Old Roads and Paths to the Future. Holden, who has explored Woodstock's old roads and archaic trails for over thirty years and is a NYDEC licensed hiking guide, will share his knowledge of these mostly lost elements of Woodstock's past and offer his thoughts on how to make use of them in the future while preserving their historic integrity.
Note cards from the collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock