Mom’s The Word This Weekend…


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Yes, it’s that annual weekend of all things Mother (or Muthah). But while that used to mean hideous buffet brunches and pink carnation corsages, this Mother’s Day weekend, plan on celebrating yours in style. Here’s a taste of what’s happening around Woodstock for your dining, viewing and shopping pleasure.

At The Bear Café, Mother’s Day Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which means you can also enjoy the really terrific Farmer’s Market happening next door. The Bear’s menu for the occasion includes Caesar salad with lacinato kale, anchovies, croutons and shaved Grana Padana (with or without chicken); smashed avocado on toast with two poached eggs and chili flakes; French toast with vanilla ice cream and local maple syrup; smoked salmon, local eggs, toasted sourdough and chives, and more.


Stream-side dining at The Bear Cafe

On the other side of town, Cucina is offering a $44 three-course prix fixe dinner menu, including Italian wedding soup; jumbo lump crabcake with jicama carrot salad, pan-roasted Alaskan halibut filet with spring vegetables and farro; and strawberry shortcake. Dine in or al fresco on their gorgeous porch, one of the best outdoor spots in Woodstock.

Reservations for both restaurants are strongly suggested, naturally.

So you’re covered for eats… now what to do with Mom.

On Saturday, May 9th, Martha Frankel and Kris Garnier present another installment in their always standing-room-only Story Slams . This slam takes place at The Bearsville Theater and there are still tickets available at press time. Like other slams from Martha and Kris, readers must sign up ahead of time and stories are centered around a theme – this weekend’s is “I Believe In The Power of…” Funny, poignant, witty and wildly entertaining, a night at the Slam might be right up Mom’s alley. It’s consistently one of my favorite evenings out; I always leave totally inspired to go home and scribble out a few lines.

Don’t tell me… you need a gift and you need it NOW.


Ec-o-sys-tem launched a Woodstock location last year after establishing roots in red-hot Hudson, NY. Headed by John-Michael (clothing) and Meri Vallo (housewares), the shop features their own personal designs along with handpicked collections focusing on fair-trade eco-living, earth treasures and all products homemade. WHERE OH WHERE to begin??? I loooooove this store (and I’m a mother of a fairly angelic/sometimes a bit rotten 15 year old boy, so I get to chime in here). Fantastic jewelry and accessories, clothing for “every body,” great gift items and what a setting! Overlooking the waterfall on Tannery Brook. Even the current window display is gorgeous… a rowboat covered in tulip petals. Moms of every age, shape and size would surely be delighted by a giftie from here.

Alexander, if you’re reading this: I’d like coffee in bed, cream, no sugar. And feed the damn dogs. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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