Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tugboat Roundup, Fireworks, and Yes ... a "Line-Throwing Contest"

Mike Koutsourades, who runs The Hudson River Shop, writes:

"The Tugboat Roundup is September 5-7 at Waterford, NY. It's one of the largest tugboat gatherings in the Northeast. This year they are expecting over 30 tugs. What may be interesting to your readers is a lot of the tugs will be making their way up the Hudson the week of Sept. 1st. This is really a great event with historic boats, music, food and fireworks on the Erie Canal.

Also, check out some great shots of tug parade."

Thanks to Mike for this tip. I watched the promotional video above and in addition to tugboats (which you can ride) and fireworks, there is apparently a "line-throwing" contest. Presumably, this is the maritime equivalent of hitting the bell with a mallet at the state fair.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Uncle Wade To Play at Turning Point Cafe

Garrison's own Uncle Wade band will play the fabulous Turning Point Cafe on Sept. 14th.

If you haven't heard Uncle Wade before, this is a great venue to get your feet/ears wet as a listener.

Details and to reserve tickets:
Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, N.Y.
Sunday, Sept. 14th
7 p.m.
Cost: $20
(845) 359-1089

And the Winner is ...

Peter Collins of New Jersey is the winner of 4 tickets to see the Giants play the Patriots tomorrow night. His winning bid of $200 will go to Team Guinan.

Many thanks to Peter -- and especially to Ed Ashton who donated these tickets for the 2nd year in a row to benefit our team and Braking the Cycle.

Peter writes: "...We should probably leave out that I am a rabid-season-ticket-holding Pats fan who is married to a rabid won't-go-to-a-game-anymore-because-she-gets-too-stressed-out Giants fan and that we are trying to determine where the kids' alliances now lay football-wise...."

Go Giants! (Sorry Peter)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

AUCTION! NY Giants vs. Patriots Tickets -- All Proceeds Benefit Team Guinan

UPDATE II: Bids will now close midnight Tuesday to give time to ship tickets.
UPDATE: The highest bid is now at $200. Thanks to all!

Here's your chance to support Team Guinan on our 2008 Ride in honor of John Guinan AND WIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE THE GIANTS PLAY THE PATRIOTS NEXT WEEK.

Bidding starts at $150; that's a steal.

It's a package valued at $390 -- thanks to the generosity of Ed Ashton -- and the game is between the teams that squared off in the last Super Bowl.

Here are game details:

NY Giants vs. Patriots
August 28th
7 p.m.
Game played in New York @ Giants Stadium

Click Here to View the Actual Tickets and Seats.

To place your bid, please email it to:
I'll let you know where bids stand at that point and you can raise if you like.

New deadline for bids is midnight, Tuesday, August 26th. [changed from Wed.]

Please be generous -- we're only a month away from the ride.


Friday, August 15, 2008

"The Last Bar in Heaven"

"I'm hitchin a ride to redemption
On this dark, hot July night
The quarter moon's three nickels short
The neon's not much light
Townes and Zevon feed the engine
Newbury's driving this old train
I find myself smilin a bit
As the sky begins to rain

It seems the rails end up ahead
But Mickey only smiles
He's made this trip many a time
His soul's walked evry mile
So many times I needed an ace
But only drew a seven
Tonight's the night I win the pot
Headin for the last bar in Heaven

At the last bar in Heaven
The shows they never end
At the last bar in Heaven
You can always find a friend
At the last bar in Heaven
There's no one getting stoned
At the last bar in Heaven
It always feels like home

Seems the old friends always find me
When the darkness fills my soul
It doesn't take but a song or two
And I'm feeling almost whole
Forgiveness and redemption's
What my old heart needs tonight
This train I'm on will carry me
From the darkness to the light

At the last bar in Heaven
The shows will never end
At the last bar in Heaven
You can always find a friend
At the last bar in Heaven
There's no one getting stoned
At the last bar in Heaven
It always feels like home

At the last bar in Heaven
The shows they never end
At the last bar in Heaven
You'll always have a friend"

Hank Beukema revbuckmanmusic 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Deadline for Guinan's Space Passes; Snippets from Proposal for "Lou-Lou's Café"

The deadline has passed for proposals to start a new store/public venue at the old Guinan's spot.

Many of you around the country who read Little Chapel have emailed asking about the status of Mary Ellen Yannitelli's bid to reopen a cafe in this historic space. Thanks for your continued interest. She says she has turned in her business plan and is hopeful the board of directors of Garrison Station Plaza will be receptive. (She's calling it Lou-Lou's Café after the chapel's most loyal 4-legged parishioner, pictured above.)

Here are a few snippets:

"...My café is in keeping with the Garrison’s Landing Association’s founder’s original mission of '…making Garrison a better place to live.' The cafe increases our community’s self-reliance, local empowerment and a continuation of the Landing’s original use as Garrison’s traditional commercial district, therefore the most visible indicator of our community pride, along with its economic and social health.

It will serve the residents and tourists to our town and is a viable business that will add to the vitality of the area and encourage visitors to come, linger and enjoy simple pleasures in a setting that is as beautiful now as when it was established so long ago.

It meets the already existing need and established market on the Landing. In accepting my proposal, the GSP Board would demonstrate forward-thinking economic development in a historic preservation context so this community asset and legacy can be passed on to future generations.

Lou-Lou’s Café is one of only two riverfront eateries in all of Philipstown. Over a thousand people have already demonstrated their support of my business; by accepting it the GSP Board will achieve improved public image and goodwill. I am the only one who can offer 24/7 eyes on the street, because I also live on the Landing."