Guitars, Guitars, Guitars from Gerhards Guitarworks

August 13th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
 The showroom and studio on Route 23 in Windham

The Gerhards Guitarworks showroom and studio on Route 23 in Windham

Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy

Musicians can find a little piece of heaven tucked in a studio in Windham. There, Gerhards Guitarworks offers everything from handcrafted guitars to strings and drumsticks.

Robert “Cue” and Alana Gerhards moved from Poughkeepsie a year ago with a handful of staff specializing in finishing and refinishing all forms of acoustic and electric stringed instruments, in addition to offering such tech services as set-ups, repairs, neck resets and bridgework. They also keep a complete line of retail products on hand.

Alana’s talents in graphic design mix with Cue’s experience as a long-time luthier, while they both bring musicianship and a love of woodworking to their craft.

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Festival Fever: The Frendly Gathering Music Festival, 6/14-16/12

June 11th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Frendly Gathering

Kicking off on Thursday (June 14), the third annual Frendly Gathering (their motto is, “There is no ‘I’ in frends”) takes over Timber Ridge in Windham, Vermont, and in those three short years, the small grassroots gathering has grown into a full-fledged, fun-filled music festival. This year’s fest spans three days, five stages and 35 bands. In addition to all of the music, there’s also hiking, camping, yoga, skateboarding, swimming and other outdoor activities.

But the music is the main draw, and there’s plenty of it.

You can buy a Saturday-only ticket for $74.95; a Friday & Saturday pass for $99.95; or a full three-day pass for $124.95.

Here’s the daily line-up of musical talent at the 2012 fest:

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Live: The Mountain Bike World Cup @ Windham, 8/26-29/10

August 31st, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

The Mountain Bike World Cup @ Windham

Spectators stood for miles wrapped around the steep sloop and cheering on their favorites as riders literally flew over their heads at the Mountain Bike World Cup finale in Windham last weekend. The four-day event kicked off on Thursday, and riders spent the first two days registering and training for the race.

The event took place mere days before riders compete at the World Championships currently taking place at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, and the small town of Windham went all out with the festivities – including a block party, bike stunt show, rock concert by Chris Barron and the Time Bandits, fireworks, a pool party and an indoor/outdoor expo that would make any mountain bike-lover drool.

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ArtBeat: GCCA’s Mountaintop Gallery Shutters Its Doors

January 11th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

Dea Archbold: Glass Trout

Dea Archbold: Glass Trout, showing at the Mountaintop Gallery

The Greene County Council on the ArtsMountaintop Gallery in Windham will be closing its doors at the end of February.

According to a recent press release, “Although the economy and our own funding situation threatened operation of the gallery last year, we were successful in finding artist groups to mount shows to keep it open and had looked forward to maintaining our presence on the mountain. However, after generously granting us a greatly reduced rental fee for years, our landlords have decided to rent the facility to someone else.”

The Mountaintop Gallery opened in 1979 and has been in operation for more than three decades.

The gallery is hosting its farewell exhibition from January 16 through Monday, February 22. “East Meets West: Tivoli Artists in Windham” is a multimedia exhibit featuring the artists of the Tivoli Artists Co-op based in Tivoli, Duchess County. The gallery will host its final opening reception from 2-4pm on Saturday, January 16.

These Are Not Easy Times For Arts Organizations

June 22nd, 2009, 10:30 am by Sara

As a result of anticipated funding cuts, The Greene County Council on the Arts is seriously considering closing its Mountaintop Gallery in Windham, or alternatively switching to a volunteer run gallery. Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Let us know if you are interested in participating in the exhibitions programs at the Mountaintop Gallery. Ideally, this would involve creating and installing shows; staffing and maintaining the gallery; managing sales; and creating and sending promotional materials.
  • Let us know if you are interested in running a co-op and/or sales gallery at the Mountaintop Gallery.
  • Let us know if you have any other ideas which would serve to keep the gallery open.
  • Or, let us know if you think we should close the Mountaintop Gallery.

You can reach them at or call or call 518-943-3400

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