Rhinebeck Trip...Day 2 - Woodstock
The town is an absolutely fabulous mix of artists and various arts. This trip, however, I noticed that a few more of my favorite shops had closed...and were replaced by real estate offices! Other shops had simply closed and left empty "holes" in the shopping landscape - see the "For Rent" sign? This was VERY upsetting!
Luckily, Woodstock Wool Company was still there! There are about a block from "downtown" Woodstock, but are in the process of moving to a smaller "downtown" location. I bought some fabulous hand dyed mohair and luscious alpaca yarn while I was there. I love the rasberry and chocolate that's swirled in with the pink - it looks good enough to eat! The alpaca is "bare" - natural black alpaca - I think it will make a fabulous lace shawl of some sort - there's 665 yds. total. They have recently branched out into their own yarns and will be marketing and focusing on them more than the commercial yarns. They also have a book coming out soon - "Pink Mohair Epiphany" - I can't wait until it's published!
In addition to the "required" yarn shop stop, I visited the usual haunts - Dharma, Chez Grandmere's, Candlestock, Woodstock Trading Post, and numerous other shops carrying one of a kind or limited edition jewelry, baskets, glassware....just about anything you could want. I managed to pick up a fabulous dress at the Woodstock Clothing Shop - one of my "always" stops!
The only down side to the day was that it was raining, so the usual photos couldn't be taken. I did, however, manage to take a couple before the rain really started in earnest. Luckily, the rain did not hinder our shopping or dampen our spirits. There's the requisite "Hippies Always Welcome" sign and the typical "artsy" bench - what else would you expect in an "Arts Community"?
Of course, no trip to Woodstock is complete without an outdoor band, a jam session, a peace march, etc. I'm not sure if it was the rain or just the time of year, but it was relatively quiet - this time, there was only a lone peace activist on the corner of Tinker St. and Rock City Rd.....slowly getting wet from the steady rain.
Friday's adventrues ended with a fabulous dinner at the Landau Grill...right on the main strip in Woodstock. The weather was so balmy (in spite of the constant rain) that we opted to sit under the large covered "porch" so we could do a bit of "people watching" while we dined. I had an incredible Chipotle Seafood Stew! This is another restaurant where I've never been disappointed by the selection or quality of the food. (Of course, it's not as fabulous as "Catskill Rose", but then again, I may be a bit jaded....LOL!!!)