Sunday Poem – Grey Sunday

Probably at least til noon, fall is coming. Wind tosses the brown leaves already on the ground.
Love this poem by Joyce.

Grey Sunday afternoon.
Rain is fallen glistering gloom.
Inside it’s warm and cozy.
Time for writing and relaxing.
Watch a movie and some texting.
Even when this day is grey.
Smile and have lovely Sunday.

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Bellissime – Musica – Canto – Capella & Tramonti

Translated — Beautiful Music, Singing, Chapel & Sunset

What a beautiful Friday evening at The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring.  The sky, sunset so soft and comely, the historic chapel overlooking the river, and the beautiful voices and music of Bellissime, the duo of sisters Ania Butkiewicz and Gabriela Mikova Johnson.

Luscious piano accompaniment by Tania Vaneckova and lovely costume designs  of Veronika Hindle.

The concert was performed at an over 150 year old chapel, originally known as Chapel of Our Lady, overlooking the river from a high perch.  It was built in 1833 for those employed at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring.  it was designed by, a 19-year-old from England, Thomas Kelah Wharton. And created of “locally made red brick covered with stucco, the chapel was in the Greek Revival style, then in vogue. Its columns were of the Tuscan order, a simple, unfluted version of the Doric, whose supreme expression is the Parthenon in Athens.” Restored and preserved by Chapel Restoration, a nonprofit organization created to restore and maintain this landmark.

The chapel with its view of the river is completely uplifting while it immerses you in history.

The music delightful, like angels on the wing, joy, laughter and tears were abundant in the audience. Ania and Gabriela sang towering opera, show and popular tunes that stirred our soul and filled the chapel with a rapture of harmonious notes and vibrations.

A truly wonderful evening.

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Chapel Restoration


Discovered a Prayer Path in Garrison

Garrison Prayer Trail The Second Cross Vignette

It is a mystery to me. I wonder what the story is on the ten wooden crosses that we found on a winding path near the Garrison Institute.

I know that the building and grounds here were once the home of the friary and a convent of the Capuchin Franciscans, Province of St. Mary. They acquired the property back in the 1920’s.  But, they have not been here for well over 15 years. While some of the crosses are very old, a few look brand new. Some souls are taking care of this treasure that I have called the “Prayer Trail.”

Since we moved to Garrison’s Landing 18 months ago we have walked the trails to Arden Point and the paths called Marica’s Mile dozens of times, but it was just recently we discovered the paths, part of Marcia’s Mile, that venture into the woods close to Garrison Institute.

Let me walk you through them.

One of the multiple entrances to these paths is right behind the marker that designates the way between Arden Point and Marcia’s Mile.

The Prayer Trail Starts Here

The trail wonders up into the woods.

Garrison Prayer Trail Starts Heading A mild incline into the woods

Following the main path which does branch off here and there you will come across the first cross.  This is one of the new crosses. Who you think put it here?

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Most of the crosses are surrounded by some rocks, at first we though they might be grave markers.

Here is the third cross. We dismissed the grave marker idea.

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Along the way you will see remnants of stone stairs that were placed to make the trail easier.

Garrison Prayer Trail Old Steps

The fourth cross is in need of repair

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Cross five has its horizontal piece broken away, I expect it will be repaired sometime soon.Garrison Prayer Trail The Fifth Cross

Garrison Prayer Trail Starts Heading North East

Cross six, is surround by stone blocks that form another cross. I can picture friars kneeling here in prayer.

Garrison Prayer Trail The Sixth Cross

The seventh cross is our favorite with the sitting area it has. The stone benches seem to have been in disrepair for some time but still quite tranquil and comforting. Perhaps here is where a group could sit and contemplate.

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The path rolls up and down through the woods and beds of Laurel
Garrison Prayer Trail Starts Trail Winds Up and Down
Garrison Prayer Trail Starts Heading A Pretty TrailThe eight cross is a newer one. Rousing more curiosity. We thought maybe they represented the eight apostles, but then we found two more.

Garrison Prayer Trail The Eighth Cross After this cross there is a fork in the trail. Following Yoga Berra’s advice “If you come to a fork in the road take it.”  If you want to see the ninth and tenth and find your way back to the main Marcia’s Mile path go to the right.
Garrison Prayer Trail SPlits down and to Garrison Institute

The left leads to the Garrison Institute buildings.

Garrison Prayer Trail SPlits down and to Garrison Institute 2

Very old boulders.

Garrison Prayer Trail Old Boulders

The ninth cross. Recently replaced, you can see the remains of the previous cross.Garrison Prayer Trail The Ninth Cross Garrison Prayer Trail The ninth Cross remains

The tenth cross.

Garrison Prayer Trail The tenth Cross Garrison Prayer Trail The Tenth Cross 2

I also thought they might be stations of the cross, but are missing four more places if it was that.

I’ve search the internet high and low and found no description for these crosses or even a mention of the trail.

If you know anything about them please let us know.

A Walk About Glenclyffe Loop

The Gazebo on the River in Glenclyffe



Happy To Be Back

Peter Conway Recent Garrison Landing600

On Sunday May 8th, 2016, my life took a turn for the better, although through a path that most any person would dread.

With the excellent care of the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Hudson Valley Heart Center I have a newly repaired and restored heart and aorta, which is a truly wonderful thing.

Beginning in early May on through August I have traveled a path from near death to a high level of physical, mental and spiritual health I could not have previously imagined.

This all would not be were it not for the rich and abundant prayers, blessings, energy healing,  invocations, meditations and kind thoughts and wishes and unmitigated love of my devoted wife, children, family and so many friends.

For all this I am so very blessed and grateful.  And very happy to be writing once again.

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The Endearing Esopus Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in Esopus Great Place for Sailing

Some of our most exciting adventures in the Hudson Valley are joy rides to who knows where.  We see a sign and make a turn like this little jaunt on our way to Kingston.

We spotted a road marker that pointed to Lighthouse Park.  With a quick u-turn we were on our way. From 9W the park is a few miles down a small rural windy road. We passed a group of people walking with an old farm wagon and horse that looked like Amish or Mennonites.

The park is tiny but well kept and affords a beautiful view of a the river.

Lighthouse Park in Esopus Stone Benches

You can see the famed Esopus Meadows Lighthouse in the distance.

Lighthouse Park in Esopus Stone Esopuys Meadows Light House

A wonderful destination that is adjacent to Esopus Meadows Preserve, which has two miles of hiking trails.

Our visit was short was we were looking forward to getting to Kingston. But, we are planning to visit the town here which is reported to have been ” known as a haven for artists and performers including Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, singer and Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara, soap opera star Sebastian Roche, director Joel Coen, choreographer Joe Langworth, Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Dinklage, actress Connie Ray, and musician Greg Naughton, all of whom resided in Esopus.” Ulster County Alive

Espous Lighthouse Park

Open year round, dawn to dusk.

255 River Road, Esopus, NY

You’ll Be Happy at the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Stormville Flea Market Don't Worry Be Happy

From the moment we announced our move to the  Hudson Valley friends exclaimed “You must go to the Stormville Flea Market!”  Well we finally made it this past weekend and what a spectacle it is.

Stormville Flea Market people walkting shopping 5

Our excited anticipation was frustrated on the way there, 3 miles out from our destination, the old Stormville Airport, traffic slowed to a crawl. Next time we’ll bring a thermos of coffee and some breakfast to enjoy while we wait in line.

Stormville Flea Market Slow Approach

As we got closer, brightly adorned traffic handlers pointed us to the second of the two massive parking lots.

Stormville Flea Market Almost There

Once we parked we started to scope out what seemed like endless aisles of merchandise, food, drink, all sorts of things new and old.

Stormville Flea Market people walking shopping 2

The people watching is great too, from locals, to tourists, hipsters and artists. Don’t mess with his guy.

Stormville Flea Market Hammer Time Don't Mess With Me

Sited at the old Stormville Airport which was opened in the early Forties, the market is steeped in history. The airport closed in the nineties,  but you can still feel the spirit of aircraft and pilots of old. Read more about Stormville Airport History Here.

The market began here in the Seventies with just  a few vendors on the front lawn. Over almost five decades it has grown to be one of  New York’s largest and most popular outdoor flea markets with over 600 vendors taking over many acres.

Stormville Flea Market people walking shopping

The aisles are more less arranged between new merchandise and antiques. There are just all sorts of goodies.

Stormville Flea Market Egyptian Icons

Stormville Flea Market Tiny Action Figures

It is clear that the experienced shoppers, Stormville veterans, know to bring their carts,

Stormville Flea Market Gotta Have the Right Cart

Stormville Flea Market Carts

Because you just might need one of these.Stormville Flea Market Old TVOr some of these.

Stormville Flea Market Hummels

Stormville Flea Market Five Buck Table

At every turn there was another aisle, we spent a couple of hours shopping.

Stormville Flea Market people walkting shopping 3

Of course there is food and drinks a plenty.

Stormville Flea Market Drinks a Plenty

Stormville Flea Market Lots to Eat

Stormville Flea Market Fried Dough

Fun for the kids.

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Stormville Flea Market Hand Crafted Flowers

Stormville Flea Market Kids Trikes

Stormville Flea Market Ducks

And endless people.

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Stormville Flea Market people walking shopping 3
Stormville Flea Market Spooky Statues

Lots of curiosities and curios

Stormville Flea Market Time Has Come Today

Stormville Flea Market Oscar Meyer Weiner Toy

Stormville Flea Market Kids Trikes

Stormville Flea Market Hands in Cage

Stormville Flea Market God Bless America

This is quite an event! Stormville Airport Flea Market and Antique Show

428 Route 216
Stormville, NY 12582


By the way, sorry no pets allowed.`

Stormville Flea Market Sorry No Pets Allowed




Let’s Stock Up and Eat! Marbled Market, Beacon NY

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY Sign

New in Beacon, an exciting eatery, just opened by the fabulous people of Marbled Meat Shop in Cold Spring, Lisa Hall and Chris Pascarella, and for this venture they persuaded long time friend Adam Sternberg to join them as chef.

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY Lida anad DIanaLocated on Teller where the Copper Roof Deli used to be, the place is spruced up in Marbled style. Open just a short while, the word is apparently out.

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY customers Line up The place was hoping last Saturday when we stopped in for some lunch.

What makes Stock Up great is the Marbled team’s uncompromising dedication to using the freshest and best quality ingredients. The deli counter has a fabulous selection of cold cuts.

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY Deli CounterWe opted for two of their creative sandwiches, inspired versions of classics.

The Ruben + Sprouts with house pastrami, brussel sprout sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Stock Up secret sauce, on griddled rye. Big, delicious, yet not overly filling.

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY Ruben Sandwich and Pickles

The Philly Style (Wiz Wit), Adam is from Philly, scrumptious shaved beef, the best meat to be found, with hopped up beer cheese wiz with smoked sauteed onion on a crusty fresh seeded roll.

Marbled Market Stock Up Beacon NY Philly Sandwich and Sides

Sandwiches come with a side of your choice from an awesome selection of healthy tasty creations.

Check this place out, you will be delighted.

Stock Up

29 Teller Ave
Beacon, New York
(845) 202-7400

Read More about Stock up on A Little Beacon Blog.

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Are We Lost – Winter Walk Around Canopus Lake — Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Walk Around Canopus Hi Friends

A certain fearful anxiety can haunt some first time walks into the woods. Thoughts swirl around “are we on the right trail, might we get lost, will night fall come before we find our way back.” Stories have been told of souls being lost, massive searches launched, don’t want to be one of those people.

Fahnestock State Park is a big beautiful park with many trails and interesting things to see. It is well documented and maps are available but on this walk we thought we knew the way.

Walk Around Canopus Lake Path

One of the highlights of this park is Canopus Lake, that spans 105 acres, 1.5 miles long. We’ve passed it many times by car, and were longing to get a closer look.

Walk Around Canopus Lake Long View

On the Cold Spring Carmel Road, Route 301, east of  route 9 there is a boat launch area and some parking area across the road a bit west of the launch. We thought there was a trailhead that began at the boat launch but the path into  the woods was unmarked. Undaunted and following a small but cryptic map that showed a path around the lake we ventured in.

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As much as we prefer the warmer weather, without leaf cover winter walks allow such nice views.

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We eventually figured out that what were on was the cross country ski trails that are maintained by the parks department. But with the light snow we had this winter there was not enough on the ground to allow this sport.

Walk Around Canopus Lake Red Berries

But the paths do provide many visual pleasures.

Walk Around Canopus Lake Tall Grass two

At a mid point in the lake there is a bridge which we crossed looking for a trail that circled around but were unsuccessful and returned the way we came. At this point we were feeling lost and not sure how to return,

We finally made it back. There are a few branches of the path we were on that took us by some old interesting ruins. Seem to have misplaced those pictures.

Across 301 there is an interesting cavern.

Walk Around Canopus crater Walk Around Canopus crater 2

It seems that the Appalachian Trail [blazed white] runs through the park by the lake. But we had not accessed it at the right point.  We will try again in the spring.

More Info Here



Dinner at the Red Line! Diner Cuisine at its best in Fishkill

Diana at Red Line Diner

When we were first starting out as a family, and our businesses were new, dinner at one of our local diners was a regular thing! We had some very good ones near us in New Jersey, including the famous and infamous Tick-Tock Diner.

Well it has been some time, but the Red Line Diner in Fishkill with its bright compelling neon and crowded parking lot pulled us in, some many decades later. We were not disappointed.

I don’t mean to sound like a food snob, even if I am, but there is no denying we lean toward locally sourced, carefully made, gourmet ( I hate that word) cuisine. I am actually not a food snob, eat what you like, but I am carefully what I eat. We make most of our food ourselves at home we the best and most local ingredients we can find.

That being said we enjoyed our dinner here. I think the Vanikiotis family take care to use quality ingredients, but only so much is possible and still meet public expectations for good but relatively inexpensive food in decent quantity.

The family has a bit of a dynasty here, being in the restaurant business in the Hudson Valley for over three decades, their properties include the Daily Planet Diner in Lagrangeville, Table Talk Diner in Poughkeepsie, Red Line Diner and Barnabys Steakhouse in New Paltz. They also own Hyde Park Marina There is no doubt Greeks know how to run diners and do food very well.

As you might expect the wait staff here are all very friendly and attentive to your dining pleasure.

Crispy Eggplant Sandwich

My Crispy Eggplant Sandwich was delicious, although I was not crazy about the roll, a little two dry. It is slices of marinated breaded eggplant, imported feta cheese, hummus and roasted red peppers on focaccia bread. Served with tossed salad, and tasty fries.

Diana had this traditional Greek Salad made of baby mixed greens tossed in the house-made Greek dressing with imported feta cheese, tomatoes, red onions, red and green bell peppers, cucumbers, Kalamata olives and stuffed grape leaves. And added charbroiled chicken breast .

Greek Salad with Chicken

I drank a couple of bottles of local brewer Keegan Ales Hurricane Kitty IPA. Diana stuck with water. There is a full bar, cocktails, wine, beer.

We both exercised the greatest self control and passed by the dessert case without succumbing what was likely to be a very pleasurable, but later regretful experience. An abundance of white sugar and white processed flour just does not do us any good at our age.

Red Line Dinner Dessert Case

Well Red Line was fun. And we are happy so many people enjoy.


A Walk on the Charcoal Burners Trail Fahnestock State Park

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal BurnersNamed for the men who labored here in nineteenth century downing trees and making charcoal this trail is a magical place that lives up to it’s “easy” designation.

On Route 301, the Cold Spring Turnpike, 3.4 miles east of Route 9 you will see this sign that marks one entry point of the trail.

Charcoal Burners Trail Sign

It loops around through the woods to the north then back across the turnpike returning on the south side of the road back to your starting point.

Charcoal snowey path

Even in winter the trail is green, rich with mountain laurel and moss. The laurel bushes bloom in June with gentle white and pink flowers. Looking forward to that come the Spring.

Charcoal Burner Woods with Laurel and Snow

The path is narrow in many places and often you are walking on ancient boulders strewn here by some might glacier.

Rivlets of sparkling water from the melting snow made the rocky trail dangerous and enchanting.

Charcoal Burner boldersAfter about 2/3rds of a mile on this trail marked in red,  you will see the Cabot Trail which is marked in white. Taking that path brings you to a beautiful view of Jordan Pond and Glynwood Farm.

There is a short unmarked path that brings you to the pond’s edge.

Charcoal Burner Path to Pond

Someone left a hefty stump where you can sit for a moment or hours.

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal Burners closeAnd take in the tranquil view.

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal BurnersWalking back we enjoyed the woods.

Charcoal Burner WoodsStreams.

Charcoal Burner Stream

And crisp blue sky.

Charcoal Burner bright sky

More information here