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Fall 2015


New News from Private Realms…Always

We are thankful to all of you who stayed with us this spring and summer! It was our most successful to-date, and we invite our valued guests back for return visits, which includes a 10 percent discount on our standard 3-night rates.

As the extravaganza of color approaches with falling leaves, this time of year brings with it an abundance of pumpkins and a final burst of local produce that is not to be missed. It is Harvest Time!


This current Newsletter is all about what’s happening in our Hudson Valley Region, including Woodstock, of course. There is a wonderful range of events from the Drum Boogie Festival (FREE for the entire family) spearheaded by Grammy Award winner, Gary Kvistad, to The British Antique Car Show and then, the antithesis of antique cars, the American String Quartet at the Maverick Concerts. Add to that the well-known Hudson Valley Garlic Festival AND the highly acclaimed Woodstock Film Festival … you should book for these now! These and many more are all listed below with links for you to review.

Witten Pond has some vacancies for both Lily-of-the-Valley and Witten Barn during mid-September and October. SURPRISE!! Lily-of-the-Valley is still available for Columbus Day (this requires a 3-night stay).


A “must” when visiting Witten Pond is to take a short walk up Moonhaw Road to the bridge and dead end. Beginning at Witten Pond, Moonhaw Road is a single dirt lane unchanged in 100 years! Along the way, you walk in parallel with the Wittenberg Stream, which has stayed as pristine as in the days of the Hudson River School painters and naturalist John Burroughs. Wittenberg Stream’s rushing waters, which you hear from all the homes at Witten Pond, flows down from Wittenberg Mountain en route to New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir. For those who fish and have a New York State License, the Wittenberg Stream has native brook trout. You can see Wittenberg Mountain’s peak from Witten Pond, given it is the third highest vertical climb in the Catskills and a part of the Slide Mountain Wilderness Range.
Now, just watch and listen!

Current, upcoming, and potential guests we hope you will take a look at all of the varied, fabulous events! Visit our Newsletter Page for more event details.

Hope to hear from you soon, or better yet, see you soon!


Lee Anne Morgan

Sept 12, 11:30am-8:00pm
Drum Boogie Festival® is a free, one-day, family-oriented, multi-cultural arts and educational event, celebrating and promoting the many styles of high quality percussion music found throughout the world. The festival strives to keep a balance of entertainment, enlightenment, excitement and equality. All performances will highlight percussion instruments and percussion performers while sometimes including other instrumentalists, dancers and singers.


Marc Black and Warren Berhardt
Sept 12, 8:00pm
Two Woodstock legends.

American String Quartet
Sept 13, 2:00pm
One of the world’s foremost string quartets.
Mendelssohn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
George Tsontakis: Quartet No. 7.5, “Maverick” — World premiere
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”

Sept 12, 8:00pm
Martha Frankel is the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Hats and Eyeglasses. She is the host of the weekly show, Woodstock Writers Radio, on Radio Woodstock 100.1.

But more importantly, she is the daughter of Sylvia Frankel, who insisted that everyone has a story to tell. “It’s all in how you tell it,” Sylvia was fond of saying..In the Frankel home, a good story was more revered than good grades, which tells you so much about Martha’s entire school career.

StorySlams are always a standing-room-only part of the festival, and this partnership with Kris Garnier feels totally organic and fab.

Sept 12: 11:00am-6:00pm
Sept 13: 11:00am -5:00pm

2015 will be the 14th year of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. This event features wine and spirits tasting from some of the best wineries and distilleries from all across New York State. HVFF is a NY Registered Farm Market, so you can purchase by the bottle to take home!

Sept 13, 9:00am-3:00pm
Join more than 100 British car owners for a smashing display of classic, quirky, and lovable British classics, right in the heart of Woodstock, New York and the Catskill Mountains. Cars will enter the field starting at 8:30 am, and the fun goes on all day. Around 2 pm, they’ll present awards, including People’s Choice and the Longest Distance Traveled.

Sept 18-20
The Woodstock Comedy Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with a mission: Comedy for a Cause. Each year their net profits will be donated to their charity partners Polaris and Family of Woodstock for the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence. Their 3rd-annual festival is a three-day weekend event (Sept. 18-20) in the little town with a lot to laugh at, with everything from stand-up comedy to sketch comedy, improv to panels, films and more.

hudson-valley-garlic-festival-german-white-pastureHUDSON VALLEY GARLIC FESTIVAL
Sept 26-27
Follow your nose and the signs for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival through the historic village of Saugerties NY to Cantine Field…

It’s here on the last full weekend in September, the Kiwanis Club and founder Pat Reppert (the The Garlic Goddess) host the 2nd largest Garlic Festival in the country.

100 garlic growers, loads of unique craft vendors, and 4 different stages of live music offer plenty to see, do, and taste at the The Saugerties Garlic Festival!

Never tried roasted garlic chocolate truffles or garlic ice cream? Never knocked back a garlic shooter? Well, here’s your chance.

Yes, you will leave stinking of garlic… but who cares!

Sept 30-Oct 4
The Woodstock Film Festival is an American film festival that was launched in 2000 by filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto with the goal to bring high quality independent film to the Hudson Valley region. The festival takes place each fall in the towns of Woodstock, Rosendale, Rhinebeck, Saugerties and Kingston, in the height of fall foliage.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

Maria Muldar
October 9, 8:00pm
2014 marks 40 years since Maria Muldaur had a monster, world-wide hit with her career-making song “Midnight at the Oasis”, and she’s made 40 albums since then.

She’ll be singing that signature tune and many others from her 50 year career in “Way Past Midnight,” a multi-media retrospective show she has created to celebrate this milestone.

Oct 23, 24, 25
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual event for the community of acoustic stringed- instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world!