Wednesday, March 31, 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

Monday, March 29, 2010

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 year

A chapel without pews

Big crowds come to visit me

And leave transformed

Families reunite here

I make it feel like home

…away from home

Love visits, and stays

Music comes and goes

The 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’s

An Irish bar

A comfortable atmosphere

A crowd of regulars

A sweet-talking owner

The Bar that attracts you,

Makes you want to stay

Tells you to come back next time

Welcomes you with good manners

No matter weekends or weekdays

During hard times or good times

When something misfortunate or fortunate happens

Guinan’s Bar is wide open for you

Guinan’s Bar is always there physically and in your heart

It’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 myself

The sense of peace, love, and joy

Explains what I stand for

Stand for the silent movement

But still be known as a presence

I am one with them

And although we speak no words

The greeting is natural

Monday, March 22, 2010

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 months later, he'll be in South Portland, Maine. He aims to raise $45,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and is seeking sponsorships of $10,000 for his expenses. (Read more about Frank's journey on his blog.)

As John Guinan himself proved on a bike, a strong mind and purpose can help you accomplish what seems impossible. Frank is aiming to do that.

If you'd like to support Frank and Jim, you can donate online securely here and join Frank's community on Facebook. Meantime, send your good thoughts to Jim as he undergoes treatment - he's a fighter.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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."

Kristi Lafoon
Kristi Lafoon
Still one of my favorite books ever. Thanks so much for the picture!
Yesterday at 8:43am ·
Patti Anderson
Patti Anderson
St. Patrick's Day is the day one just automatically thinks of the Guinan's!
Yesterday at 8:48am ·
Brian Bosley
Brian Bosley
I never met him, but your book made me feel I knew him. Happy St. Patrick's Day
Yesterday at 8:53am ·
Elizabeth Weinstein McMahon
Elizabeth Weinstein McMahon
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Yesterday at 8:56am ·
Gwendolyn Bounds
Gwendolyn Bounds
Elizabeth, that's very well put. Thanks everyone - have a great day. Be safe.
Yesterday at 9:01am ·
Rick J Soedler
Rick J Soedler
Cheers Jim Guinan, you are missed!
Yesterday at 9:30am ·
Barbara Young Capalbo
Barbara Young Capalbo
Thanks for posting this!
Yesterday at 9:50am ·
Elizabeth Weinstein McMahon
Elizabeth Weinstein McMahon
Oh my gosh. I'm embarrassed. It seems my 1 year old was commenting on your photo. She snuck up to our computer table and started typing away. Mucho apologies, and cheers to you and the late Mr. Guinan.
Yesterday at 10:19am ·
David S. Nolan
David S. Nolan
In Jims name we lift up a pint to him and all of the parishioners at the "Chapel!" and another in Wendy's
honor this Paddy's Day for inviting us to come and pray at
the chapel---even if only vicariously. Slante'
Yesterday at 11:45am ·
David S. Nolan
David S. Nolan
Oh, as for evening prayers, another pint in praise to Mary Ellen for all her toil in an effort to reserect and preserve the "Chapel." After that---O'Doul's. My greatests prayer
within every "Chapel," Drink Sensably or have a designated driver or walk 'cause I want to know everyone is back here tommorrow just to tease and bug Wendy---she's such a good sport about it. Happy Saint Patrick's Day Wendy!!!
Yesterday at 12:00pm ·
Courtney O'Kelley Cox
Courtney O'Kelley Cox
I now think of him so often -- especially today, thanks to your wonderful book!
Yesterday at 12:15pm ·
Ryan Quinn
Ryan Quinn
Been thinkin about him all day....Happy St Patricks day......
Yesterday at 1:10pm ·
Ken Cuneo
Ken Cuneo
Wendy. I told you that Jim was my first employer. I was one of his "yacht sharp dock boys". He was also part of my father's golf foresome with Tip Dain and WhitneyTravis. I'm tipping an Irish whiskey shot this evening for him.
Yesterday at 1:22pm ·
Sue Squires
Sue Squires
We'll be raising a Guinness tonight, to you Jim!
Yesterday at 2:22pm ·
Brent Thomas
Brent Thomas
Cheers to Jim and to you all.
Yesterday at 5:00pm ·
Al Fagundes
Al Fagundes
Perhaps two Guinness...perhaps more!
Yesterday at 6:55pm ·
Stanley M.Peters
Stanley M.Peters
A drop is spilt to share, in loving memory those who have passed before us. For Family, Friend and those we've known only briefly and yet they remain in our mind remembered. With Love and a tear we raise the cup and welcome them all home once more in memory and in person. Grab a seat and join us in the song as our hearts become one. For those in the"Chapel" and whereever you find it.Slante'
11 hours ago ·

Monday, March 15, 2010

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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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.