Fun and Health in Phoenicia

This weekend in Phoenicia should be good for both one’s body and soul -- that is, if Celtic Music and healing arts like acupuncture do well for whatever might ail you. Maxanne Resnick was good enough to forward this announcement to our attention, and for that we are appreciative:

“The FREE Hurricane Irene Holistic Outreach Clinic has been extended due to increasing demand.

We will be at Parish Hall every Sunday from 3-6pm through October 23. (10/1, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23)

Treatments are FREE and no appointments are necessary. At each clinic there will be a mix of practitioners ranging from acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, EFT, energy healing, and more.

Please help us spread the word- tell your friends and neighbors!”

This is an incredibly generous offer, from all of those involved, to our community in a time of general need.  Don’t hesitate to make good use of it. Sharing is a big part of what makes a community heal.

And so is great music, and that is coming to Phoenicia on Saturday night when the internationally renowned Scottish music wizard Brian McNeil returns to Phoenicia, to entertain us for the evening starting at 7:30 pm, at the Arts Upstairs Art Gallery at 60 Main Street Phoenicia.  Seats are $12 at the door or $10 w/ prior RSVP to – seating is limited.

Those familiar with the late 60’s reemergence of traditional Scottish Celtic music most likely know of “The Battlefield Band” which Brian McNeil founded  That band continues today, though Brian left it a couple of decades ago to pursue other paths, including writing two published novels, and a 6-year stint as Head of Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  Brian has been called: “Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter” by The Scotsman.   Here is his web site:

Brian McNeil’s Concert is presented by Flying Cat Music as part of the Railway Station Concert Series. Two important things to say about that: First, Flying Cat Music is basically me and my partner Janet, along with much appreciated help from a few loyal friends. So I’m writing here about something I am personally involved in producing – obviously I think it will be a great show, but you should look into Brian for yourself. We  aren’t doing these shows for a profit – there isn’t any. All proceeds beyond basic expenses go to the performing artist.  We do it because we love hearing great music in Phoenicia, hopefully you will too.

Second, though Brian was booked for the Railway Station Concert Series, he isn’t able to play at the Empire State Railway Museum as originally planned. Work is still being done to repair damage to the grounds surrounding the Museum. The good news is that the work is progressing steadily and should be complete by later this month.

I can’t say when the train tracks heading into Phoenicia themselves will be restored, but a drive down Route 28 near the Phoenicia mini-mall shows that work is underway there as well. And the current word is that the Boiceville Supermarket should be up and running again in just over two weeks. That is something a lot of us will be very happy to see returning to full operation.

Tom Rinaldo writes the Dispatches from Shandaken column for the Watershed Post's Shandaken page three times a week. Email Tom at