Occasional Notes

Occasional notes, features, events and announcements to the High Valley Community.

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Our House: For Sale

Looking for a house that's energy efficient, in a secluded, beautiful setting? Our house at 44 Schultzville, Clinton Corners, NY is a solar envelope built into a south-facing hill overlooking a woods pond and surrounded by woods, all protected by a conservation easement. After enjoying living in it for 28 years, it's for sale.

Our house is at the north end of High Valley property; it's also just three miles from Omega Institute and three miles to the Taconic Parkway.

The house is built on bedrock, for its thermal properties, and is designed never to freeze. For 20 years we heated it solely with the passive solar windows and wood stoves. We added a propane furnace (forced air) for convenience.

Our house has 4 bedrooms and two full offices (one of which could also be converted into a "mother-in-law" apartment, since it opens onto the garage, not the house, and is plumbed for a bathroom. The upper office has a deck, overlooking the woods.

The living room and dining room/kitchen have vaulted ceilings and alternate walls are sheathed in old barn siding taken from High Valley's 200 year old barn. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace and the outside stonework are of fieldstone I gathered on High Valley's property. The living room floor's wide ash boards were specially milled from a friend's dead tree.

The yard includes a pond and stream in front, a garden space in the back enriched for 27 years, huge oaks in front and back, deep shady maples, and on the west side, an ash tree that turns purple in the fall.

The land is protected all the way from Centre Road to the end of High Valley on Horseshoe Trail, so there are miles of trails between and no houses can be built on any of it, ever.

There are 50 acres of woodland also for sale (only limited agricultural structures permitted), including a gorgeous maple woods across the stream and an old oak forest with huge trees up the hill. There is also a natural spring uphill above the pond. All is in state-certified, tax-favored, forestland, contiguous to the 12.25 acres set aside for the house.

The realty listing information can be found here.

Herb Barnes: 9/25/1926-02/15/2012

Herb Barnes was a board member of longstanding for the Center at High Valley, our not-for-profit corporation; we will miss him. Herb had been a head counselor at High Valley's camp, had taught my generation of kids at the Poughkeepsie Day School, and even coached a PDS basketball team, of which I was a member (all 5 feet 5 inches of me). I remember him fondly. He jollied me down from Slide Mountain where we had gone on a High Valley camping trip: I had almost chopped off my left forefinger and he got me to the hospital in time: I kept the finger and still have the scar 60 years later.

Herb went on to bigger and better things after High Valley: directing large centers for troubled adolescents in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and then founded a non-profit exchange program, ILEX, bringing European educateurs to America for training. But he often came back to High Valley. It was where he met his wife, Liese. That's why it was natural to ask him to serve as a board member of our little non-profit. It was in return for my mother's services on the ILEX board. Herb had a massive heart attack at night at his winter home in Florida (02/15/2012) and never recovered consciousness. His wife, Liese, a High Valley alumna, survives him. He was 86.

He will be missed by all of us.

I must say, though: if it's your time to go, Herb did it right. He was in his right mind and physically able, and then, after the initial pain I'm sure he felt, he didn't linger, didn't hang on disabled. He just went--to wherever one goes after this life.


Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 8:00 Cait Johnson's Midsummer Magic: in the barn enchantment, stories, singing, and Shakespeare happened. It was a tremendous success, both the magical happening in the resurrected space in the barn, and the bonfire and dancing and singing afterwards down by the lake, the fairies still in costume. And beautiful weather helped.

SOULKISS with ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM: LIVE AT HIGH VALLEY
Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:00pm - 11:30pm
High Valley

Fundraiser concert for SOULKISS CD Completion! Joining SOULKISS on this special evening was ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM (amazing author, composer and SOULKISS mother!)

SOULKISS performed from their upcoming CD as well as some special new songs...and ELIZABETH sang from "Maevensong."

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

Fri. June 25, 7:30 A House Concert at High Valley

"Your music is wonderful! I love your harmonies." - Pete Seeger

Grand prize winners for "songs that make a difference" (Music2Life 2006), raconteurs, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn built community with harmony, guitars, banjo and two mighty little ukuleles.

Steve was a High Valley camper, and spoke a lot about his experience here circa 1961-62, when he learned his first three chords for the guitar.

The audience was small, but enthusiastic, and the big barn venue was perfect for their folk songs.


Roberto Fuentes

It is with deep sadness that I share the news that our beloved friend Roberto Fuentes died yesterday, Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM. He and his mother were staying with David and me. Hospice came the Monday before and offered their competent and compassionate care throughout the week.

Roberto had been suffering with cancer for two years. He met this challenge with grace, courage and his typical sweetness and gratitude for any help he received. David and I have been blessed with his loving friendship and beautiful music for many years, and it is with deep sorrow and breaking hearts that we now say farewell to our soul brother and companion. With his wonderful music he wove a tapestry of many different groups of friends into a community of joyful loving.

Roberto will be cremated tomorrow and his ashes will be spread at High Valley, a place he dearly loved and where we have shared many happy times, basking in the sun, swimming, making fires, playing music and talking the nights away under the stars. Although the loss of him from our lives leaves a void where we three once shared love, laughter and joy, we are at peace and relieved that he is freed from his suffering.

There was a memorial gathering at High Valley on Roberto's 49th birthday, Saturday, June 5, 2010.

Remember him in your prayers and carry the love and joy of his music in your hearts. In Love, Karen


Ginger Scott Sunrise – May 9, 1928 Sunset – April 23, 2010

We have such fond and admiring memories of Ginger from the days when she taught with our mother, Bee Stone, at the Poughkeepsie Day School, and from the times when our late sister Midge worked at High Valley Camp under Ginger’s guidance.

The teaching partnership between Ginger and Bee was so comfortable and creative; it was a wonderful example to us of how people can work together, an example which we’ve always done our best to emulate with our own teaching partners.

Ginger’s unfailing calm and cheeriness made her an ideal teacher and teaching partner. She and Don both were inspiring examples to us as we made our own ways into the teaching profession. Ginger, or Mrs. Scott as we school-kids called her, brought patience and enthusiasm to her work.

We admired everything about her—her beauty, her skill, her twinkling sense of humor. In her care we learned so much about fair play, about the camaraderie of teammates, and the possibilities for joy in action. We missed her keenly when she had to stop teaching for the sake of her pregnancy; but we were thrilled to think of the baby (Chris) on its way.

We pestered Don daily for news of her, and he answered us kindly each time and carried our messages back and forth. When Christopher was born, all of us felt a special closeness to him: As we did with the arrival of Jennifer. And of course the personal relationship between our mother (Bee) and Ginger is reflected in Jennifer’s middle name, Beatrice.

We have special memories of visiting and being allowed to hold the youngest Scotts. The loving kindness that Bee and Ginger shared makes us feel drawn especially close at this time to the Scott family and to all who knew and loved Ginger. Deborah Stone and Susannah Stone Eldridge


Occasional Notes

Our House For Sale

Looking for a house that's energy efficient, in a secluded, beautiful setting? Our house at 44 Schultzville, Clinton Corners, NY is a solar envelope built into a south-facing hill overlooking a woods pond and surrounded by woods, all protected by a conservation easement. After enjoying living in it for 28 years, it's for sale.

Our house is at the north end of High Valley property; it's also just three miles from Omega Institute and three miles to the Taconic Parkway.

The house is built on bedrock, for its thermal properties, and is designed never to freeze. For 20 years we heated it solely with the passive solar windows and wood stoves. We added a propane furnace (forced air) for convenience.

Our house has 4 bedrooms and two full offices (one of which could also be converted into a "mother-in-law" apartment, since it opens onto the garage, not the house, and is plumbed for a bathroom. The upper office has a deck, overlooking the woods.

The living room and dining room/kitchen have vaulted ceilings and alternate walls are sheathed in old barn siding taken from High Valley's 200 year old barn. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace and the outside stonework are of fieldstone I gathered on High Valley's property. The living room floor's wide ash boards were specially milled from a friend's dead tree.

The yard includes a pond and stream in front, a garden space in the back enriched for 27 years, huge oaks in front and back, deep shady maples, and on the west side, an ash tree that turns purple in the fall.

The land is protected all the way from Centre Road to the end of High Valley on Horseshoe Trail, so there are miles of trails between and no houses can be built on any of it, ever.

There are 50 acres of woodland also for sale (only limited agricultural structures permitted), including a gorgeous maple woods across the stream and an old oak forest with huge trees up the hill. There is also a natural spring uphill above the pond. All is in state-certified, tax-favored, forestland, contiguous to the 12.25 acres set aside for the house.

The realty listing information can be found here.