KIT EVERS

Kit Evers runs OUR (Old Used Rare) Bookshop out of his home – or more accurately, he runs his home out of his bookshop – on Partition Street in Saugerties village. In this interview, he discusses growing up the son...

HARRY VICKERY SR
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RICKIE TAMAYO

The TAMAYO’s lovingly restored this building. “As the restaurant grew we kept renovating, but the beautiful bar and bowling alley are intact.” Combine the love of renovation, cooking, and community and you have the making of a town gem. Careful...

JOE + JEANETTE SAUER (PART TWO)

A dry year scares you to death; a wet year starves you to death. The short answer is, there is no typical year in farming. It’s a year of hard work and hope. Joe explains the economics of making ends...

DONNA MEHALAK

If one man’s trash is another one’s treasure, Donna grew up in a very rich family. Donna Mehalak describes growing up in the heyday of boardinghouses and bungalows of West Saugerties. She discusses her family’s trucking and trash hauling business,...

FRED COSTELLO JR

“I have a strong work ethic and see the value in dedicating time to “today” in order to have better “next days.”” Spend a few minutes with Fred and you can feel the strong connection he has with a loving...

JOE SINNOTT (PART ONE)

Joe’s great-grandfather Thomas landed at Ellis Island and asked where a good place to live would be. And naturally, they sent him to Saugerties. Thomas settled in Glenerie where Joe’s grandfather John was born. John married Annie, who ran Annie’s...

CHARLES STEELE (PART ONE)
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MARTI RANDALL (PART ONE)

“I was able to stay safe for a little while…but not long.” Persistent and determined are adjectives too timid still to describe Marti Randall. After serving in the Marine Corps in the mid-1970’s, she moved to Saugerties where she trained...

TAD RICHARDS (PART ONE)

When Tad Richards’ mother remarried, it was to man named Harvey Fite, who lived in a house with no electricity or running water, dominated by a mountain view and a pile of rubble. That was unique enough living arrangement, but...

REINMUTH JOAN

Arriving in Saugerties as a single parent with 3 kids in the 70’s, Joan Reinmuth found herself in unknown territory with 2 acres of land and a house with no insulation. Supported by a community, she developed the philosophy of...

LANNY WALTER

“It’s my nature to be involved. I’m always up for a good challenge.” If there is a worthwhile cause in the town of Saugerties, Lanny Walter will get involved. Emerging from an activist family, it was a natural move for...

SUSAN MURPHY

“I would like to see people be inspired to live cooperatively, and balanced, sharing life, space, and resources…” Susan Murphy was a founding member of Saugerties’ Cantine’s Island Co-Housing Community. With a storyteller’s talent and passion for the concept of...

MICHAEL SULLIVAN SMITH (PART TWO)
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JOE + JEANETTE SAUER (PART ONE)

Tenacity and an unwavering work ethic define the life of a farmer. At 92 years of age, Joe Sauer planted over 1,000 onion plants this past year. “Over the course of a few days,” he qualified. As if one could...

KEN SNYDER

Ken Snyder is a seventh generation Saugertiesian farmer. The evolution of a farm over 250 years in Saugerties. The Snyders arrived in Saugerties around 1750 and have grown a succession of crops on the family farm. Woodstock 94 used part...

MARTI RANDALL (PART TWO)

“On a lark, I started looking, researching…the more I looked, the more I found.” In PART TWO of her interview, Marti discusses her research process rooted in her genealogy practice, historical findings and the contentious public and private debate around...

NANCY CAMPBELL

“You know that saying about doing something that scares you?” Nancy Campbell has left no corner of Saugerties untouched by her DIY approach. She has been an owner of a gallery downtown, served on the town board and acted as...

TAD RICHARDS (PART TWO)

Tad tells us about taking stewardship over Opus 40 in the wake of his mother’s sudden death. The early days of navigating an Earthwork and a young nonprofit. Stories about the evolution of the concert series and some of its...

AUDREY KLINKENBERG (PART TWO)

Audrey explains her start in genealogy and how her insatiable curiosity has propelled her to record life and death in Saugerties. Everybody knows Audrey. And now that she’s powered by a laptop and Google, rather than pen or copier, Audrey...

RICHARD FRISBIE (that’s “ie”)

“I figured I would get old, tweedy and sit in an old chair and read every day.” Richard grew up in a tight-knit family that dominated the hamlet of Veteran and made it possible for his mother to raise five...

AUDREY KLINKENBERG (PART ONE)

Audrey is a Daughter of the American Revolution. And a Grand Union Meat Manager. For someone deeply invested in genealogy research, both identities are important. Her father bought the sweet shop on Main Street and she describes working the lunch...

PATRICK BUONFIGLIO

“If it’s hard, you have to try harder.” Not only was Patrick Buonfiglio (or Mr. B as he is affectionately called by his students), a willing and happy student in Saugerties, but he was an avid and active participant in...