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Summer 2015


Great Swimming Holes and So Much To Do!

We at Witten Pond, near Woodstock, New York, are having a great summer. We are almost fully booked, but have a few vacancies left. One of our guests recently found this remarkable swimming hole of pure Catskill Mountain water…fresh, clear, sparkling, and timeless in its look and ‘feel.’ Peekamoose Blue Hole is about 10 or 12 miles from Witten Pond. To get there from Witten Pond, you will travel one of the most bucolic, otherworldly perfect country roads.

Peekamoose Waterhole

Other Hudson Valley Swimming Holes, depending on the direction you’re going and area you’re in, can be found at Visitor Vortex.


Current guests, upcoming guests, and those potential guests we hope will join us, take a look at all of the varied, fabulous events consisting of plays, music, and more!

July 17 through August 9

Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 20th year performing free Shakespeare on the theater company’s outdoor Elizabethan stage. This summer’s production is one of The Bard’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, in which Beatrice and Benedick, while sparring wits, fall in love. In a colorful change of pace, Bird-On-A-Cliff Theater Company has set this production in the Wild West, complete with hoedowns and six shooters!

woodstock-playhouseWOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – July 9 – 19
Originally written for his son, Ian Fleming’s book became the much loved 1968 MGM film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. A sensational score by the renowned Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert).

The Musical Comedy of Murders of 1940 – July 23, 24, 25
An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.”

July 25 10am-4:00pm

A great Woodstock tradition that offers something for everyone! Beginning with a children’s parade and Maypole dance, the Fair’s theme is “Pure Fun” all day long! From new attractions in the Children’s area to the wonderful Great Expectations 1st Prize: A Night at the Museum – this Fair will be one for the memory books. Clothing at rummage prices, thousands of books, great fair food, plus beer and wine to quench your thirst: PURE FUN!

July, August & September

Maverick Concerts is the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America. The festival was founded in 1916 by Hervey White, and Alexander Platt is the current music director. The mainstay of the series, which runs from the end of June through early September, is to be found in the chamber music concerts performed by distinguished soloists and ensembles on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

July 25 – August 30, Opening Reception: Saturday, July 25

Three cultural organizations whose antecedents established the Woodstock Art Colony in the early twentieth century – Maverick Concerts, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) – join in this historic exhibition. Marking the importance of music in Woodstock’s early history, the exhibition particularly celebrates Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in the United States.

Graham Nash – August 2
Legendary singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Contra & Catskill Squares & BBQ – July 18
A night of music, dancing and food! Eat, dance, or just listen and enjoy an evening of music under Ashokan’s outdoor pavilion.

The Summer Hoot – August 21-23
Come enjoy a weekend of world-class music on two outdoor stages, plus camping, hiking, jamming, kid’s activities, food and craft vendors, and memories to last a lifetime.

Woodstock and the Hudson Valley offer everything from pure, unadulterated nature, to a variety of activities as well as stopping to take a mid-to-late summer swim, transporting you to another time and place. How perfect is that?

Join us at Witten Pond and partake of the summer fun in our gorgeous Woodstock-Hudson Valley Region of New York State.