Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Thanks for directing me to your blog.
It's the first one I've ever visited. I'm a 19th century guy!
I appreciate the link too.
I don't know the nature of blogs, but, if you'd like and if you can, you might tell people that they can make a longer Woodstock weekend out of it by catching my trio playing every Thursday night 45 minutes down Route 209 from the Woodstock Thruway exit at The Aroma Thyme Bistro -- fabulous, VERY HEALTHY food -- no cover charge. 845-647-3000
Then they can have a leisurely Friday, sight-seeing the beautiful Catskills and Hudson Valley and hit a Ramble that Saturday.
Presto: a travel package!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Parnassus Lane sign (dead end road leading to Big Pink) off from Stoll RD. Sign for Stoll RD @ intersection to Goat Hill RD. Row of mailboxes (Big Pink's is the large green one in the center w/ #56 & #2188) @ the intersection of Stoll RD & Parnassus LN. Big Pink near the end of Parnassus RD in West Saugerties, NY. Bob Dylan initially rented the house while introducing The Band (minus Levon Helm) to Woodstock. Rick Danko later assumed the rent. This was the second location of the recording of the Basement Tapes.
Beautiful mountain view from Parnassus Lane in front of Big Pink.
Byrdcliffe artist colony sign @ one of the two Glasco Turnpike & Upper Byrdcliffe RD intersections. The colony offers beautiful views of mountains, forest, birds & deer. Residents appear very friendly, often waving while driving by us as we walked the lovely roads.
Sign for Upper Byrdcliffe Way (off from Upper Byrdcliffe RD) in front of Byrdcliffe Theater that leads to Bob Dylan's former Camelot RD residence.
Byrdcliffe Theater, located near the peak of Upper Byrdcliffe RD & @ the base of Upper Byrdcliffe Way, which leads to Bob Dylan's Camelot RD residence. Upper Byrdcliffe Way is the dirt road shown in front of the theater. Dylan's Byrdcliffe residence was where he & The Band (minus Levon Helm) began recording the Basement Tapes. It was somewhere between his house & Grossman's 1960's Rick's RD residence that Dylan crashed his motorcycle on Striebel RD.
Sign @ the base of Rick's RD located about halfway between the center of Woodstock & Bearsville (runs between Rt 212 & Glasco Trnpk). Albert & Sally Grossman & Robbie & Dominique Robertson resided on this road during the recording of the Basement Tapes.
Albert Grossman's Bearsville Theatre next to Todd Rundgren's former video studio "Utopia". Beautiful workwork inside adorn w/ numerous autographed Elliot Landy prints of The Band members, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Van Morrison & numerous others. Grossman's grave & memorial stones are located behind the theatre amid granite benches. Grossman was the mgr for The Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin & others. He suffered a fatal heart attack while on a flight over the Atlantic Ocean to London.
While on our wkd trip in Woodstock, NY, we visited the grave of The Band bassist Rick Danko. Unfortunately, we never experienced Rick Danko in person, but fortunately there are numerous wonderful available account by those who did. His publicist, Carol Caffin, along with The Band website(http://theband.hiof.no/) hosted by Norwegian Jan Hoiberg, is the best avenue to get an understanding for an amazing musician & man.
Here is the entrance to Woodstock Cemetary off from Rock City Rd & Rick's grave stone that replaced a small sign about one yr ago per Carol. Rick's grave is next to his son's (Eli), who passed away in 1989. The stones are difficult to locate. Fairly easy description to locate the stone is to head up Rock City RD @ the center of Woodstock; Woodstock Music is on the right & Woodstock Cemetary is on the same side w/in eyesight; after you enter the cemetary (by vehicle or on foot) through the stone pillars the road splits into two; it doesn't matter which side you take; if you take the left side, go to its end & bear right; follow the road deep into the cemetary & bear right after the above ground grave vaults on the right; go about halfway down the road & on the left are three fairly distinct vertical grave stones w/ the names Cook, Ruggles & Wilson (in that order each on a separate stone); behind Ruggles is Ricky's grade level stone & his son's (Eli) is behind the Wilson stone. Ricky's & Eli's are similar style stones.