June 29, 2020
Wendy Buerge, the proprietress of Dry Town Tavern
Member since: 2014
Favorite WKC performance thus far: The Holmes Brothers
Currently on heavy rotation on her playlist: Michael Kiwanuka
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: Chef Deanna‘s Sunday Suppers
Favorite local business or organization: Heart of the Catskill Humane Society
Favorite smell: Cardamom
Permanent source of inspiration: My daughter
Greatest extravagance: My greenhouse
Most overrated virtue: Ambition! I am striving to be a bit more of an underachiever these days.
Favorite flower: Amaranth (Martha Van Burek introduced me to this incredible flower during a West Kortright dinner!)
June 22, 2020
Tod has been nominated for four Academy Awards in the category Best Sound, and has worked on films such as West Side Story, Born on the Fourth of July and Joker.
Member since: 2017, the first year we arrived in Delaware County.
Favorite WKC performance thus far: All the outdoor concerts. I love outdoor music, dancing, talking to local friends, and a cold Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale. Sarah and I took the rock wall building class and loved it. I’m building a wall now.
Idea of perfect happiness: If East Meredith were on the ocean.
Currently on his bedside table: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I read it many years ago. With the current state of the world, it struck me as a good time to re-read it.
Favorite flower: Sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻 they say it all, especially when they hang out in groups.
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving: The 4 F’s: Food, Family, Friends, and Football.
Favorite film: It’s not my favorite film, but a recent film I really connected with was the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm”. If I didn’t make films, farm life would be the life I’d choose.
Favorite walk: Heading out from our house with my GPS, a bottle of water and no particular destination.
June 15, 2020
You know that cool piece that you bought for a song at the West Kortright Fair a few summers ago? It’s all thanks to the lovely Clara Clack who has been running our amazing silent auction for years.
Member since: I’ve lost count, more than 15 years? (confirmed: since 1997, to be exact!)
Favorite WKC performance thus far: Shakespeare in the Valley, Flor de Toloache, the Roche sisters, classicals etc.
First WKC performance or event: “Midsummer Nights Dream” at the Delhi school
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: Rolf’s Pork Store in Albany
Favorite local business or organization: Buck Hill Farm
Permanent source of inspiration: my husband
Idea of perfect happiness: my husband
Greatest fear: brown recluse spiders
Most overrated virtue: dusting
Quality you most like in a man: gardening
Quality you most like in a woman: organization
Favorite smell: lilacs
June 8, 2020
Nini Ordoubadi of Tay Tea in Delhi
Member since: 2018
Favorite WKC performance thus far: Mohsen Namjoo
First WKC performance: Vieux Farka Touré concert
Currently on heavy rotation on your playlist: Carlos Santana “OYE COMO VA”
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: foraging
Favorite local business or organization: Heart of the Catskill Humane Society
Permanent source of inspiration: Frida Kahlo
Idea of perfect happiness: watching my cats sleeping
Living person you most admire: Jane Goodall
Historical figure you most identify with: Diana Vreeland
Favorite film: La nuit de Varennes
Favorite flower: Rosa Rugosa – it’s an important ingredient in some of my tea blends
Your most overused emoji: 🙄🙄🙄
Coffee or tea: Tea of course!
Your motto: “We drink tea to forget the noise of the world”
June 1, 2020
Member since: 2017
Favorite WKC performance thus far: DakhaBrakha, Meredith Monk, and J.P. Harris & Chance McCoy were just some of the events that have blown me away. But honestly, I’ve never been disappointed.
Favorite local beverage: Nini’s Tay Tea Azul Tea spiked with KAS Krupnikas on ice
Currently on heavy rotation on your playlist: Wild Women Blues Live
Favorite local walk: Andes Rail Trail
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: Good Cheap Food
Greatest fear: ticks
Favorite smell: spring
Pet peeve: littering
Motto: choose happiness
May 25, 2020
Member: since the very beginning
Favorite WKC performance: Jacky Terrasson, jazz pianist
Fictional Hero: Hamlet
Favorite flower: Hairy mountain mint
Motto: “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill
Greatest fear: Donald Trump remains in power
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Permanent source of inspiration: Shakespeare and Nature
On bedside table: The Odd Women, George Gissing
May 18, 2020
Andrea Sanders from Delhi’s tiny but mighty store, The StoneHouse
Member since: sometime after 2007. That’s when I moved up here full time…. My husband Clark has been a member forever.
Favorite WKC performance thus far: there have been so many, and my memory fails me… one of the best was the second concert of last season, Sona Jobarteh
First WKC performance or event: summer dance 2008
Favorite local walk: across all the fields around our property between Turnpike Road, West Kortright Church Road, and Hanford Road. I can see the WKC!
Permanent source of inspiration: artisans all over the world
Most overrated virtues: tenacity and assertiveness
Favorite season: always the one that I experience at the moment… except for mud season!!
Andrea’s most overused emoji: 😅
May 11, 2020
Deirdre Larkin and Tom Groves
Members since: 1998
Favorite WKC performance thus far: (unanimously) DakhaBrakha
Favorite local beverage: (again, unanimously) our friend Michael’s cider
Currently on heavy rotation on your playlist: anything by Purcell (Tom), Leonard Cohen Live in London (Deirdre)
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: the plant world (Deirdre), singing opera (Tom)
Greatest fear: Losing his voice (Tom), losing her eyesight (Deirdre)
Most admired living person: (unanimously) the notorious RBG
Motto: “Keep on moving and don’t look back” (Deirdre), per aspera ad astra (Tom)
May 4, 2020
Member since: 1999
Favorite WKC performance thus far: DakhaBrakha and Greg Brown (so different I can’t choose)
First WKC performance or event: Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band
Favorite upstate beverage: Three Philosophers beer (Ommegang Brewery)
Currently on heavy rotation on your playlist: The Iranian singer Rana Farhan and Leonard Cohen
Favorite walk: through my garden and up to the top of the north meadow
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: gardening
Local ingredient that is always in your fridge: salad greens from Berry Brook Farm
Mermer is also our beloved long-time Fiction Writing instructor!
More about Mermer’s writing here
April 27, 2020
Today’s Member Spotlight shines on Kate Marsiglio from Stony Creek Farmstead in Walton
Member since: 2005
Favorite WKC performance thus far: An acapella singing workshop with the Bumper Jacksons
First WKC performance or event: Shakespeare in the Valley – Love’s Labor Lost
Currently on heavy rotation on her playlist: Anything my two teenagers are listening to. With my daughter – Green Day, Weezer, Led Zeppelin, The Clash; and anything that is electronic/dance music with my son.
Favorite local business or organization: Just too many to choose! Faiga at Good Cheap food, Lucky Dog Farm and Stone and Thistle Farm have been instrumental in helping us start as farmers. Now, after 15 years, I feel like we are witnessing the rebirth of small diverse farms all over the county thanks in no small part to the support of all of the incredible support of our community members!
Greatest extravagance: Swimming in our pond once a day in the Summer.
Quality she likes most in a man: The renaissance quality – He can do just about anything.
Quality she likes most in a woman: Confidence.
Favorite season: Spring! no Summer! no Fall! wait…Winter!!
Favorite smell: The smell of milkweed flowers when they bloom. Better than lilac or rose!
April 20, 2020
Bas Berkhout & Hanne Ghijsen
Bas Berkhout and Hanne Ghijsen are two visual powerhouses. Here’s a peek into their lives in today’s Member Spotlight.
Members since: 2020
Favorite WKC performance thus far: Arm-of-the-Sea
First WKC performance or event: We don’t remember! 😭
Favorite local walk: From our house to Heleen Heyning’s
Permanent source of inspiration: Local friends
Idea of perfect happiness: No more emails
Most overrated virtue: Patience
Favorite flower: Tulip
Coffee or tea: Fruity coffee from Africa
April 13, 2020
On our second Member Spotlight Monday, we’re proudly presenting Jenine Osbon of Peakes Brook Farm. She’s a mother, farmer, yoga teacher – and our latest board member!
Member since: 2020
Favorite WKC event thus far: West Kortright Fair
Currently on heavy rotation on your playlist: The Beach Boys and the Mary Poppins soundtrack
Favorite local walk: Catskill Scenic Trail
Favorite yoga pose: Standing Forward Bend
Favorite color: Indigo
Pet peeve: Putting produce in plastic bags
April 6, 2020
Member since: the beginning
Favorite performance: John Cage and Meredith Monk
First WKC performance: Oregon
Favorite local drink: the cabernet franc I’m growing in my vineyard
Greatest obsession outside of WKC: working on a book about how poverty is represented in literature and media
Greatest fear: boredom
Last vacation destination: Sicily
Favorite food: chocolate