Taste of the Catskills 2015 was fantastic this year. Blessed with two days of great weather, they had even more people, more tents, more local vendors, more food, more beer, more bands, more bouncy houses, and even a Delaware Bulldogs inflated tunnel…thing…(that I am trying very hard not to make too much fun of).
Jonah Shaw of Catskill Food Company, Todd Russell of Clean Green Music, advocacy organization, Catskill Mountainkeepers , and Jay and Abby Wilson of Maple Shade Farm (and hundreds of other people) come together, annually, to make these amazing events happen. This was the best year yet!
It was an idea, a good one. Then it was a first try. Then they tried again. Then they learned,and grew, and made new plans. And they keep doing it again and again. Rain or shine. And now it’s a “thing.” It’s the best part of what people can accomplish.
For the last few years, Rach and I have played on the acoustic stage in the Oomegang beer tent and have been blessed to play before and/or after old time Appalachian band, The Stoddard Hollow String Band and the freaky, adorable, and poignant duo, Technicolor Trailer Park. And while I could go on about every great act that played there, I’ll keep it small and keep it local and say that both bands I discussed above are masters of their genres. I was stoked that we are just folky enough with our set, to be put in the line up with them. Bob Mierop is both a dedicated sound engineer and a natural comedian (hardee har har) and he kept the party going and sounding great all day. Thanks Bob! He also helped sell our hand-made merch. Shit got crazy when his mom showed up and bought our Rolling Papers and a shirt too. LOL.
We played both on Saturday and on Sunday. Saturday night we stayed with Jonathan Mogelever, a friend since I was 14 and someone with whom I share a startling amount of connections. In fact it was at our first Taste of the Catskills Festival that I reconnected with the Mogester after decades apart. He, of course, being an advocate of all things wild and free, had a booth at the festival with a certain, well-known Catskill Mountain advocacy organization. So, it was like hand to glove when we re-established contact and shared stories about old friends and our own journeys.
Jonathan was a great host to us, and made some tasty “Messy” Martinis. We had a great hang, and then after the Martinis hit the brain, Rach and I had a nice sleep in in prep for our second show. Here’s a vid about it, or it may be about my stroking my chin a lot. You decide…
The next day we hit Cassie’s Cafe in Roxbury on the way back over the hill to the festival. They fed us well and treated us with love, as always. Thanks Cassie. We hear she went on a long overdue vacation overseas after the weekend. Good for you, girl! Hope the trip was (or is still) amazing!
Second show was a blast. Got to see old friend Paul Ryan and family but couldn’t see their set as we were on the road back to NYC by then.
Rach and I made a deal, I drank a few local beers after the show while shmoozing, and she drove back to NYC (we were both equally stoked with out missions I might add). We hit the road, all smiles, and then, of course, 60 miles from NYC the late Sunday afternoon roads were already slammed with traffic. Thankfully we two have been down this road once or twice. We were kickin’ the Google traffic maps on the phones, and knew enough detours to get around a lot of the worst interstate jams, so we got home safely enough, if not swiftly. Rachel’s boyfriend, Spencer, was forced to walk the dog and cook dinner for Rachel, due to our late arrival (Oh the humanity!) and back home at my place, Sarver and Tanaz were like “when are you not home later than you said you would be?” Soooooooooo…all things considered, everything was pretty smooth for the Coyote Pack at TCF 2015.
Thanks for following this journey.