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