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- Address listed is wrong. it is not 131 ohayo mountain road. It is 353 Meads Mountain Rd Woodstock, NY 12498Written August 1, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Meeting with the silent Buddhist Monks. The main temple and sayings prayers. I learned how to do the red envelopes and the offerings to the different deities.Written July 27, 2022
- LOve Sunfrost Farms! While visiting Woodstock, NY we shopped for fresh produce at Sunfrost Farms, they have other grocery items, ice cream and deli salds! Everything was so fresh and tasty. When in Woodstock be sure to shop here!Written July 3, 2021
- Tried to go to sams point, but the parking lot was full. This was ten minutes away. It’s a great hike up to the ridge. Nice views.Written June 1, 2020
- This is right next to the monastery which is right across the street from the entrance to the Overlook Mt. hiking trail.Written July 7, 2021
- I recently went to the flea market for the first time ever. It's held just off the main drag in Woodstock. There are various places to park nearby. It being Woodstock, there were several folks selling crystals/semiprecious stones -- I bought my daughter a beautiful chunk of rose quartz at a very reasonable price. There were a couple of vintage clothing booths, a booth with a sizable, well-organized collection of vintage records, a local leather artisan (from whom I bought a clutch purse), someone selling handmade tables, and so on. The day I was there, there was a hot dog cart at the entrance, so there was even food right there if you wanted it. Most of the vendors were friendly and happy to talk to you about their wares. Fun times; I'd go again if I were in town on a weekend.Written August 25, 2021
- In a town with the WAAM, The Photography Center, The Byrdcliffe Guild and the Woodstock School of Art, the library is another icon of local culture. Great used book sales in warm months -- usually Saturday mornings -- and some great collections like that of the art room. Eventually, the library will be replaced by a new building, but, for now, enjoy the conviviality and range.Written February 23, 2020
- seen a great GREATFUL DEAD cover band ther,it was a unique place,very close to Woodstock,we loved it,sound was good.Written September 18, 2019
- Zang Gallery features mainly Woodstock area artists but of the New York City -- make that world class -- level of of skill. The openings are a must.Written February 23, 2020
- As a professional actor I have been fortunate enough to be cast in several of their shows and each time have been delighted by the caliber of actors I have had the oppotunity to work with, and by the thoughtful and smart direction of their artistic director Shauna Kanter. And I have been equally enthralled when being an audience member as well. The venue (the historic Byrdcliffe Theatre) is a unique, intimate space to see theatre. If you are in Woodstock, check them out!Written April 20, 2018
- Great walk! Mostly flat except to walk into from the parking lot, there is a little slope but not too bad.
When I was there was lots of interesting birds flying around.Written July 20, 2020
- A long time feature of the town and of the professional fine art and photojournalism circuit. The shows are always interesting and the openings a must do event.Written February 23, 2020
- No town's quite like Woodstock, NY. And there's no place to learn about Woodstock like it's historical society. On Saturdays and Sundays from June through Labor Day and for two weekends every December, HSW welcomes visitors to its exhibits and gift shop. Exhibits focus on the artists, musicians, and writers who put Woodstock on the world-map, along with unknowns whose lives created community in a small town blessed abundantly by Mother Nature. HSW's gift shop offers prints of local artists' work, books and DVD's about the history of Woodstock, the Catskills and Hudson Valley, CDs, Woodstock chimes, local maple syrup, and jams . . . At Christmas, handmade gifts from cookies to aprons, mittens, hats, scarves, jewelry, skin care products . . . along with year-round offerings, make HSW a must-stop for unique gifts.
Written February 5, 2018
- Stopped in prior to a drive thru the Catskills. Lots of souvenir shops and galleries. Tibetan influences abound? Worth a quick walkabout ...Written October 28, 2020
- Things are never what you think they are.
I'd have seen the Lioness in Winter Patty Griffin with her spirit dragon and devoted guitar shaman and musical soulmate David Pulkingham at a any roadhouse on the banks of the Tallahatchie or Yazoo Rivers or anyplace this size if I could, but Levon’s was the most intimate Patty was playing this Summer so I came here. Levon's Studios. His Barn. Her “Chicks Tour Bus” about half the size of the famous rebuilt barn anachronistically jammed in the corner behind where Sandy Helm lives. Fireworks were sure to hail over this little rustic Eden tonight.
Patty probably took this pit stop on 7/3/22 out of reverence, out of affection, out of loving kindness - who’s to say.
Now, with Levon having moved on to the colossal Band up there some heaven away, maybe it's not quite the same barn it was for his Rambles. I can't know really as this was my first time there.
Maybe there was a time when the driveway wasn't riddled with potholes so deep you hurt feeling your old car was bottoming out repeatedly from bone rattling smackdowns.
Maybe there was a time when you'd come a little early, asking to just park in the field that serves as their parking lot (and rough it - more joy for your undercarriage) and you weren't briskly told "no" and stared at until you turned tail and drove up to Bearsville to wait out the thirty minutes you dared show early as twenty or so other wandered special and free around the sacred, scarred grounds.
Peace & Love? So you chatted up a local in Bearsville while you stay dutifully vamoosed, who tells you that you're darn right Sandy doesn't want people there - she lives there!
So she suggests you check out the Bearsville Inn bathrooms and you do and guess who's there?
Come on in n set a spell n take The Weight off! Lookee there! A mural of Levon that covers the wall floor to ceiling laughing at you and all those living left behind: "well boy - why are you here when my home's open?"
And the hard things about SRO haven't changed even since the 1975 barn burnt down and was rebuilt that made it any less tolerable. Not easy to stand back up against a chimney no room to move while someone burns wood somewhere in July choking out us asthmatics. Was literally a struggle to breathe for spells, Fanny. Put the load right on my lungs!
And you get a sense this is the Cool Kids club and you ain't in it. Rules that seem more unfriendly at times than for the good of everyone. Maybe you’re just cranky.
Even the architecture was less warm and inviting than I’d thought I’d be and more austere in its hot box, no fan, no air conditioning, no windows for cross breezes to blow away the dismal stagnate ennui of heat simplicity of stark-a-tecture.
And all that crippled creaking of wooden groaning from ceaseless wandering dispassionate attendees routinely interrupting the quietest passages. That’s not the Barn’s fault. These folks were raised in a barn.
On top of that, recent times have brought us more distractions with selfish IPhone videoing using search and rescue klieg lights ruining the dark sanctuary. Breaking the mood.
But like Duane Allman's brother said after his sixth divorce: "maybe I've got something to do with this..."
Heck, maybe if Levon were to read this, he'd either grimace and tell me to get lost and grow up and lose the entitlement. This ain't Carnegie Hall! Nope - I was in there in May. This was hot as July.
Or maybe Levon would chuckle and remind me what I'm missing. He'd point out this is more church than lounge. He'd say the spirits rise from uncomfortable behinds. He'd show me the holy by just pointing to the stage and saying simply: there's maybe two or three altars and launching pads for communal music like that left. You're looking at one, Son. Now you thank my Sandy kindly."
And the next day after Patty at Levon's, I stood at the Woodstock Field Stone in Bethel where he’d been jamming 52 summers ago - closed.
Still. I wandered on that field of rock and roll ghosts, lonely as a cloud, envisioning a little piece of that heaven. Man.
Even met a sweet older woman there who was a girl that summer of '69 weekend at the edge of the stage all three days.
"That peace and love thing?" She asked me. She whispered the answer beaming with pride..."It was real."
So when you go to Levon's, don't be tourist. Leave it to Levon’s spirit that’s more here than you are. Respect an intimacy that’s almost gone from music venues. If you’re looking for Gaga, she ain’t here but the best of her compassion for Tony Bennett is and the fiery pride of Pete Seeger and maybe every mama on both sides of the Mason Dixon line rocking their babies to sleep is here. Whispering: music’s nowhere unless we’re together.
Show some love for what's still alive there - and in you. And go not to remember what was but show up to never forget.
Make a memory of the night because like it or not, nights will eventually make a memory out of you.
History is made at night - the best kind anyway. Like Patty Griffin remembered the night they drove ole electricity down from some northern storm last time she was at Levon's, they just lit candles and sang away the darkness. Someone yelled out in the Smokey Creaky Darkness on the Edge of Woodstock Town: BEST SHOW EVER.
The heart aches for that kind of break: the break with the workaday spirit killing grind, where harmonious voices rising from these fields to leave all that meaningless behind and bring back the promise we made to our selves running breathless just to run some summer's day with no clocks or bills: the promise we'd always keep the truth that the sweetest joy in life comes from music shared especially in those sparest of spaces where maybe, just maybe there's no call for you to show up early and sit in a field like a lump on a log but there's damn sure all the reason in the world for you to ramble in and join the chorus of what makes you....us.
So go and don't let the rough edges cheat you of an extraordinary experience. And show some gratitude for grace.
I suppose even if we were to make it into the hands of God one gentle day, we'd have to mind His callouses from working all those miracles.
God bless Sandy Helm for keeping Levon alive with the one thing that most times stands between us and a little more dying: music. There's no place like Helm.Written July 7, 2022
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