Showing posts from March, 2010

Highland Harper to Play Easter at Maizie's Tea Room

Candace Coates, a.ka. the rat-affectionate "Highland Harper" from Irish Night at Guinan's, writes that she will be playing this Saturday, April 3rd for Easter at Maizie's Tea Room, which has opened in the village of Fishkill, N.Y.

She'll be there performing from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Maizie's Tea Room is located at 1129 Main Street Fishkill New York 12524. Their phone number is (845) 896-4103. Candaces notes that founders are a mother/daughter business team who are new to the area from California and trying to fulfill a dream with the new endeavor.

Here's a link to a map for Maizie's

Ferris High School "Guinan's Poem" #4

These poems were written by students at Ferris High School after reading Little Chapel on the River for their honors English class. More on the class here.

My Place on the River by VB(about the area)
The chapel stands with a beautiful sunrise with wispy clouds. The shallow waters surrounding it, ever flowing this way and that way.A mosaic of people gathering together in the usual attire and with all the same purpose…to love, to share, to belong.
…and to drink!
Photo by Jim Donnery

Ferris High School "Guinan's Poem" #3

These poems were written by students at Ferris High School after reading Little Chapel on the River for their honors English class. More on the class here.
A Chapel without Pews by VB(from the perspective of the bar itself)
Here I sit, year after yearA chapel without pewsBig crowds come to visit meAnd leave transformedFamilies reunite hereI make it feel like home…away from home
Love visits, and staysMusic comes and goesThe beauty of what I do for others will stay for years, decades, and centuries.

Ferris High School "Guinan's Poem" #2

These poems were written by students at Ferris High School after reading Little Chapel on the River for their honors English class. More on the class here.
Guinan’s Bar by LN
An old, old bar founded in the 1960’sAn Irish barA comfortable atmosphereA crowd of regularsA sweet-talking ownerThe Bar that attracts you,Makes you want to stayTells you to come back next timeWelcomes you with good manners
No matter weekends or weekdaysDuring hard times or good timesWhen something misfortunate or fortunate happensGuinan’s Bar is wide open for you
Guinan’s Bar is always there physically and in your heartIt’s there.

N.J. Students Pen Poems About Guinan's: Poem #1

Last October, an email popped into my inbox from James J. Ferris High School English teacher, Michael Ferrara in N.J. At the beginning of the school year, he'd read his honors class a chapter of Little Chapel on the River. (How cool is that?) The class decided to study the rest of the book and so HarperCollins donated copies to Michael's class. (Thank you HC).
The class finished up in February and Michael sent me a collection of poems the students wrote. And they rock. For privacy reasons, students initials are used. They are a mix of freshmen and sophomores, ranging in age from 14 to 16.
Poem #1:
Within Movement by GB(from the perspective of the bar itself)
I stand in the same spot(But) I always feel like I am moving within myselfThe sense of peace, love, and joyExplains what I stand forStand for the silent movement
But still be known as a presenceI am one with themAnd although we speak no wordsThe greeting is natural

Tribute to the Man Who Named the "Chapel"

Of all the nights I spent at Guinan's, the one that burns most clearly is still, perhaps, the first. It was the night I first met many of the parishioners -- including Jim Donnery, the man whose fierce love for the green-walled pub he fondly dubbed "The Chapel" inspired the title of the book. Anyone who knows Jim, knows loyalty is core to who he is: loyal to Guinan's, loyal to his family - including his mother Dorothy who he brought to Guinan's regularly - and to all his friends at the chapel.
He is also loyal to another family-run joint in Vermont - the Inn at Manchester - where he and his wife Gail have spent many weekends and befriended the owners Julie and Frank Hanes. And when Jim was diagnosed last year with prostate cancer, Frank decided to return that loyalty.
Frank is cycling solo across the United States starting June 1 in honor of Jim. He'll dip his bike's back wheel in the Pacific Ocean in Anacortes, Wash. and 4,500 miles and approximately two m…

Facebook Tributes to Guinan's, St. Patrick's Day 2010

These comments were just a few of the warm sentiments posted on Facebook by "parishioners" on St. Patrick's Day, 2010, in honor of Jim Guinan, his family and the Guinan's Pub & Country store. First posting was mine, the rest are responses. Cheers everyone.
"Happy High Holy Day to all parishioners...and a toast to the late high priest himself, Jim Guinan. This day a year ago was the last time most of us saw you."
Carolyn McDonough Smith, Sandra Souza-desimone, Missy Nibert Fescemyer and 15 others like this. Kristi LafoonStill one of my favorite books ever. Thanks so much for the picture! Yesterday at 8:43am · Patti AndersonSt. Patrick's Day is the day one just automatically thinks of the Guinan's! Yesterday at 8:48am · Brian BosleyI never met him, but your book made me feel I knew him. Happy St. Patrick's Day Yesterday at 8:53am ·

Work to Preserve Old Guinan's Spot Nominated for Chamber of Commerce Award

Mary Ellen Yannitelli's efforts to create a new public venue in the old Guinan's location at #7 Garrison's Landing has landed her a nomination to receive Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation in Business Award.

The award recognizes the entrepreneurial contribution of a member of our community. The winner is determined by an online vote of the community, and there is no residency requirement for voting. Go to to see all nominations and cast your vote. Voting concludes at 12PM on March 23rd.

The winner will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held at the Chalet on the Hudson on March 25th.

A Toast to the Late John Guinan

Today would have been the 58th birthday of the late John Guinan. Here's a toast to him and his family. He's probably smiling down on the newest addition to the Guinan clan, Aurora Faye Preusser.