Woodstock Halloween Parade is back
Grab your broomstick and head for the Village Green in Woodstock, because after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions and an urgency to remain cautious in 2020 and a good part of 2021, the Woodstock Halloween Parade returns. Hosted by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the Secret City, the Woodstock Halloween Parade returns on October 31 at 5 p.m.
Woodstock Library operations budget passes, two trustees are selected
Voters on October 7 approved a $684,193.94 library spending plan and chose Roz Balkin and incumbent Liz Rosen to serve five-year terms. The budget, which passed 187-57, will increase the tax levy $11,349.94, or 1.78 percent, after two straight years with zero increase.
Balkin is co-owner of Sunflower Natural Foods and is a company advisor. Rosen is the library’s fiscal officer.
Marcia Patten, who also ran for election, will be appointed by the board to fill the vacancy left by Bobby Bui’s recent resignation. Patten will serve the remaining year of Bui’s term, then will need to run for election to a full term if she wishes to stay on the board.
Funding for the proposed relocation of the Library to Dixon Avenue in Bearsville is not included in this budget plan. The board will set a special election in the near future on a Bond issue it hopes to use to fund the project.
— Nick Henderson
Shandaken Fall and Halloween events
Saturday, October 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fallnicia Fun Day with Scarecrow Contest on Main Street. Email PhoeniciaRotaryNY@gmail.com as soon as possible to sign up for a scarecrow station. Wooden cross-stakes and wooden heads will be provided, as well as hay, clothing, shoes, accessories, and paint — or bring your own. Scarecrows will be judged in four categories: funniest, scariest, most creative, most fashionable, with $250 for the winner of each category. Also expect live music, pumpkin painting, story time on the porch of the Phoenicia Playhouse, mask decorating, 50/50 raffle, tables showcasing local businesses, and snacks from local restaurants.
Saturday, October 30, 3:30 p.m., Halloween parade and trunk ‘n’ treat at Phoenicia School. Parade lines up in front of the school at 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pine Hilloween will feature a trunk ‘n’ treat. Decorate the trunk of your car and place a carton of candy inside, then park on Main Street with the trunk open so kids can pass by and grab their treats.
Note that for Sunday, October 31, the town has declared a 9 p.m. curfew for all children under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. They may not be outdoors on the streets, bridges, roadways, or properties other than their own.