Dedicated to Guinan's Pub & Country Store in Garrison, N.Y. and preserving the spirit of great gathering spots and their communities.
Monday, March 29, 2010
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.
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
Guinan's Pub & Country Store - the "Little Chapel"
Courtesy Jim Donnery
What's This Blog About?
"Is the chapel still around?" That's the first thing readers ask after finishing my book "Little Chapel on the River." about Guinan's Pub & Country Store in Garrison, N.Y.
For a long, sweet while, the answer was "yes." But on January 31, 2008, Guinan's closed after nearly 50 years of defying time and predictions thanks to the generosity of the family who ran it. This blog is a place to share memories and tales about Guinan's or your own "chapel," wherever that may be. It's also a spot dedicated to communities and joints where the increasingly ancient art of face-to-face conversation is practiced and revered.
"The hour is late, the flames are dying down, the embers glow, the glasses require recharging. A guest rises to leave and the spell is broken. Realization dawns that it is another day and we have to face once more the problems of reality. But if I have been able to beguile you for an hour or two into forgetting the pressing problems of today it will have afforded me infinite satisfaction."