All posts by Brian Hollander

Family on the front line: Executive director Michael Berg assesses the situation on the ground

Family on the front line: Executive director Michael Berg assesses the situation on the ground

“It’s like Woodstock 99 for four months….” says Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock, which began its mission back in 1970 with the goal of helping its communities with “any problem under the sun…” And now, a new one, the Corona virus pandemic which has the non-profit organization, which runs shelters, provides emergency food pantries, domestic violence services, court advocates, counseling, hotlines and child care supports, up and running around the clock.

Remembrance: Eric Weissberg

Remembrance: Eric Weissberg

I’m not the only one who loved Eric Weissberg. There are legions of us, many who were enraptured by the musical cut of the man, many who teed it up onstage beside this giant and were privileged to go along for the ride as his splendid banjo picking drove a band headlong into wild uncharted territory.

Book tackles early racial injustice in Upstate New York

Book tackles early racial injustice in Upstate New York

Back in December, 1905, when Kingston still got its water from the Zena reservoirs and Cooper Lake was twinkling in the city’s eye, Oscar Harrison was murdered near the water supply. An African American man, Cornell Van Gaasbeek, in whose house the body was found, was charged with the crime and tried in Ulster County Court. He was defended by a local reformer, part politician Augustus H. Van Buren, as the trial unfolded amid the charged racial climate of the early 20th Century.

PAW’s 4 by Ives

PAW’s 4 by Ives

4 by Ives runs for two more weekends at Woodstock’s Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road. Performance dates are: Fridays and Saturdays November 23, 24, 30, and December 1 at 8 p.m.; Sundays November 25, and December 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Woodstockers remember veterans of all wars

Woodstockers remember veterans of all wars

On a cold, sunny Sunday morning the old church bell in the kiosk at the Community Center tolled 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War I, The War to End All Wars (which, sadly, it wasn’t.)