Thano Schoppel's Blog Posts

Thano Schoppel's Blog Posts

Storm Over The Tappan Zee
  This past Tuesday, I was touring the broker open houses, and found myself a a gorgeous place on Tweed Boulevard.  While I was there, a rain storm passed overhead, and h...

The Library Is Open In Historic Tappan
After ten years of  planning and hard work, the newly renovated and expanded Tappan Library is open and running.  What started ten yeas ago as the purchase of the ad...

Sparkill Historic Tree Memorial
  A memorial service was held today in Sparkill on the grounds of the Sparkill Steakhouse on Route 340.  This was an unusual event, but this was an unusual tree.  Mo...

The Great Tappan Eggnog Disaster Of 2014
  On Saturday, my wife and I held our forty eighth annual holiday party.  We invite the usual gang of friends, relatives, neighbors, business associates and general ...

Classical Music Event In Sparkill
   As part of the celebration of the 150th year of Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill, there will be an evening of classical music performed by the Memling Ensemble...

Sparkill Creek Cleanup Tomorrow
  Sorry for the short notice, but tomorrow is a Cleanup Rockland Day, and the Sparkill Watershed Alliance is going to do its bit by removing trash from the Sparkill Creek and ...

And Then There Was One In Tappan
  Last year I blogged about seeing four cattails among a sea of phragmites while jogging on the trail between Tappan and Sparkill.  This year, there is only one lonely ca...

The Andre Monument In Tappan
  On October 2, this coming Thursday, I will be conducting a short walking tour for a local elementary school.  Meeting at the Old 76 House on Main Street in Tappan, &nbs...

Major Andre In Tappan
     Arguably, the most important event in the long history of the hamlet of Tappan was the trial and execution of Major John Andre.  He was hanged as a spy on ...

A Small Mystery In Tappan
          A few days ago, I was walking across my lawn when I saw something small and round on the ground.  Picking it up, I saw that it was an old br...

Trip West Confirms Tappan As Best For Me
   My wife and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  We flew into and out of Salt Lake City, and drove a rented Musta...

An Awww Moment In Tappan
Okay, so seeing deer in our area is no big deal.  Last week, I was running on the trail between Tappan and Sparkill, and a young buck stepped out of the reeds onto the trail, ...

Bald Eagles Soar In Palisades
    My last two Sunday morning rows with the Piermont Rowing Club have turned into bird watching expeditions.  When the wind blows from the north, the calmest water ...

Messy Bird Returns To Tappan House
   Last spring, I blogged about a robin the made a rather messy nest over our front door.  For whatever reason, no eggs were ever laid there, and I finally removed i...

Tappan Library Progress Report
  One of the nice perks of being on the Tappan Library board of directors is that the board gets to see how the work on the addition is progressing.  We had a walk-throug...

End Of Winter In Tappan
  Ou sont les neiges d'antan?  Where are the snows of yesteryear asked the French poet Verlaine.  Well, I know where the snow of yesterday was: on my lawn.  At ...

Cleanup In Sparkill
  Yesterday was Rockland County cleanup Day, and yours truly spent a rewarding morning in Sparkill, helping to clean up the Sparkill Creek watershed area.  This was done ...

Goldfish Sleeping With The Fish In Tappan
  One sign that it's been a long and hard winter- the four goldfish that have been in my small fish pond did not make it.  Some years ago, I started with koi, and after s...

Sparkill Cemetery Coulda Been A Contender
  One of my favorite roads in Rockland County is Kings Highway, which in part runs between Orangeburg, Sparkill and Tappan.  Originally known as the King's Highway, it lo...

Back On Track In Historic Tappan
  It's been a long winter.   For some weeks now, I have not been able to do my cardio routine outside, and as much as I enjoy going to the Diplomat gym, walking and joggi...

Getting Through The Winter In Tappan
  We live in one of the first "modern " houses in the area.  Built by a Blauvelt in 1860, it has high ceilings, central heating with big cast iron radiators, high windows...

The Cattails Last Stand
    There's an interesting argument going on now in certain conservation circles in the Piermont-Sparkill-Tappan area concerning, of all things, swamp plants. &...

A Sad Time For Tappan Christmas Trees
     It's always a little sad to see all the discarded Christmas trees lying on he side of the street.  It speaks of presents opened, good times had, and now th...

First Snow Blankets Historic Tappan
  Just in time for the holiday season, the first significant snow came to our small share of the metropolitan area.  It gives enough cover to turn lawns wintry, but (so f...

Historic Tappan Glows For The Holidays
      Some years ago, the Tappantown Historical Society started a tradition in Tappan.  The Society suggested that homeowners in and around the historic distric...

A Holiday Stroll In Historic Tappan
  On Monday, December 16, the third annual Tappan holiday Stroll on Main Street will take place from 6 to 8 PM.  Last year's stroll was cancelled because of Superstorm Sa...

Library Funding Reduced By Orangetown Board
  A big mistake was made by the Orangetown  town board last night.  It voted to reduce the budgets submitted by the town's libraries by ten percent across the board....

Classical Guitar Concert At Christ Episcopal Church Sparkill
  David Temple, the acclaimed classical guitarist, will return to Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill for an encore engagement.  The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov...

New Old Library Rises In Historic Tappan
    The addition to and renovation of the Tappan Library goes on apace.  After raising the stable on the right, a new structure was built  connecting it to...

Tappan Turtle To Get Blessed In Sparkill
  On Sunday, October 6, a nice annual event takes place in Sparkill: the blessing of the animals at Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of Union and Valentine Avenues.  ...

A Quiet Sunday In Nyack
     One of the things I enjoy about my work as a realtor is the element of serendipity. I usually take my "up time" on Sunday afternoon, and most Sunday afternoons ...

Painting An Italianate Victorian House In Tappan
  I first painted our 1860 Italianate Victorian house in 1970.  It was painted army green, with only the front door a different color-black.  I painted the hous...

Native Americans Coming To Nyack And Piermont
   A Native American delegation to the United Nations has been travelling down the Hudson River in a dugout canoe for several days now.  The event is called the...

Tappan Cyclist Goes Wireless
  What's that saying about old dogs?  Well, I learned how to sit up and beg a while ago, and now I have a new toy for my bike: the MapMyRide app for my Droid.  I've ...

Tappan Vineyard Year Three Update
   Deer and insects notwithstanding, my two grape vines continue to grow apace.  I took down the protective chicken wire, and added a trellis for the vines to grow a...

Stable Gets Raised In Historic Tappan
   Usually, the word used in the above title would be "razed", not "raised."  In this case, however, the story is different.  The stable was the livery stable c...

Birds At Tappan House Part Three
   This afternoon, I went to look at our latest guest, the nesting mallard, and found that she had checked out with her brood.  I couldn't say that they flew the coo...

Birds At Tappan House Part Two
  If a nesting robin over our front door wasn't enough, a mallard decided to nest in the back, just above our driveway.  I was pruning some shrubs last week, and nearly s...

Messy Robins Make Tappan Home Their Own
  I stepped out onto my porch last week, and was greeted with grass strewn all about.  Not seeing anything, I swept it up, and threw it into the bushes.  The next da...

Goldfish Survive Tappan Winter News At Eleven
  I long ago gave up trying to keep koi in the small pond in front of our screened porch.  After the latest bunch died off one winter, I bought about a dozen goldfish for...

Tappan Resident Sees Great Film
  A few nights ago, with nothing better to do (since our cable was down), my wife and I headed to the movies to see 42.  It was a great show, and the experience was made ...

PearlRiver Nyack Piermont Sparkill Blauvelt Tappan Cleanups
     The Keep Rockland Beautiful campaign rears its ugly head for yet another year!  Community-motivated volunteers spend a couple of hours each year at this ti...

Tappan Loss Is Sparkill Gain
   I've blogged about the Grape D'Vine- my favorite wine shop in the area.  Its owner, Joe Prinz, is an all-around great guy who really knows his stuff oenologically...

Tappan Zee Bridge Impact on South Nyack
  I just rented an apartment to a person connected with the Tappan Zee bridge project.  As we were going through the lease signing process, we talked about the impending ...

Tappan and Palisades Historic Districts
   I am constantly surprised at the number of people living in the area who say something like, "Oh, the Tappantown Historical Society- they're the ones who decide what c...

Orangetown Historian to be Honored in Tappan
    Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill is pleased to present the Horatio N. Powers Award to Mary Cardenas, Director of the Orangetown Museum and Historian of the town of...

Interesting Commercial Property in Sparkill
   Usually I only get to see new residential listings when I go on Broker Open House tours every Tuesday.  Yesterday, however, I got to see a commercial listing in S...

Flu Shot For Tappan Resident But No Lollipop
   I'm old enough to admit that I've had a lifelong abhorrence of injections, probably as a result of seeing my grandmother prepare her insulin shots.  At any rate t...

Old Sleigh in Tappan Part Two
   As I was reconstructing the sleigh damaged by superstorm Sandy, I couldn't help but notice the kind of craftsmanship that went into its making, so long ago.  This...

A Restored One Horse Open Sleigh in Tappan
   Many years ago, my neighbor gave us an old one horse open sleigh that had been stored in her barn for decades after the original owners had stopped using it.  It ...

Last of the Autumn Leaves in Tappan
  When a Marcel Proust character took a bite of a madeleine, the taste took him back to his childhood for the next three hundred pages.  For me, it's the smell of burning...

Holiday Decorations in Historic Tappan
It's about that time when the holiday decorations come out.  I'm a bit old fashioned- I wait until the first weekend in December before bringing everything up from the basemen...

Tappan begins to emerge from the nineteenth century
   Two days in the 19th century were enough, even for a history enthusiast.  Hurricane Sandy left its mark here as it did all along the East Coast and far inland. &n...

Ecology Day at Historic Sparkill Church
  This Saturday, October 13, Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill will hold its annual Ecology Day, from 11 AM until 4 PM.  The event will start with a visit from Akta, th...

A Good Day in Tappan
  Well, another Colonial Day in Tappan is over, and I can hang up my musket until the next event.   Despite the threatening clouds overhead, it never rained, and hundreds...

Colonial Day in Historic Tappan
   On Saturday, September 29, the Tappantown Historical Society will host its annual Colonial Day from noon to 5 PM.  The event will take place on the grounds of the...

Old Uncle Bill Makes the NY Times
  Compared to my wife's family, my family just got off the boat.  Hers goes back to early colonial days on her mother's side, and it seems that many of them were invetera...

Tappan Resident Has A New York Moment
Yesterday, my wife Jean and I took our daughter, son-in-law, and three grandkids to see The Lion King.  Now, this type of stage production isn't my favorite, but I figured I'd...

Summer Programs for Orangetown Kids
  I picked up my 7 year old grandson this morning at the Pearl River Middle School.  He is enrolled in a five day summer program called Secret Agent Lab for first through...

Tappan Vineyard Yearly Update
  The Chateau Schoppel vineyard continues to grow,albeit very slowly.  After last year's debacle when a deer ate most of the leaves of my two grape vines, the plants reco...

The Palisades Swim Club
     It is to the eternal shame of Orangetown that it does not have an outdoor municipal pool.  For those residents who do not want or cannot have a pool of the...

Wolf Appears in Historic Tappan
  For the first time in centuries, a wolf trotted down a pathway in the Tappan Memorial Park.  Over two hundred people, mostly kids, came to see Atka, a white wolf from t...

The New Piermont Historic District
  Piermont now contains Rockland's newest historic district.  It joins the two Orangetown historic areas in Tapppan and Palisades, and the Clarkstown Historic District in...

Our Newest Tappan Resident
The world is divided into two different groups- dog lovers and cat lovers. I'm a dog lover, even though it's been years since my last mutt, Ben.  My wife, on the other hand is...

Vines Invade Tappan Property and Owner Fights Back
    We were twenty four when we bought the house we now live in, and as they say in the city, we knew "nuttin from nuttin."  The property had, how can I put this nic...

Bald Eagles Spotted in Palisades
    I saw my first bald eagle on a raft trip down the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming in 1968.  It was a majestic sight, and one that I neve...

Trees Removed From Historic Tappan Village Green
After a couple of phone calls from concerned Tappan residents, I found out that the Orangetown highway department was indeed cutting down the large evergreen and deciduous trees th...

John Murphy to Receive Award in Tappan
      On Friday, April 13, Rockland County legislator and all-around good guy John A. Murphy will receive the first Horatio N. Powers Award, given by Christ Episcopa...

A Real Bargain in Sparkill
   I see some truly beautiful houses when I go on broker open house tours every Tuesday.  There was one on River Road in grandview today- a gorgeous stunner for &nbs...

A Crocus Rears Its Head in Tappan
   Where are the snows of yesteryear?  Last Friday, as I loaded the car for a ski trip to Vermont, I saw several crocus flowers in one of our plant beds.  This ...

Romantic Valentines Day Restaurant in Orangeburg
We have all been there: where do you go for a Valentine's Day Dinner where the food is great, the atmosphere suitably romantic, and where the bill at the end of the meal will not p...

Snow Storm Dining in Tappan
My wife and I have a tradition that dates back to the 1960's, when we lived in Manhattan.  Whenever there was a snow storm, we would eat at O'Henry's Steak House, a great rest...

Diplomat Gym in Piermont Aids New Years Resolution
I always end up the year weighing too much, and every year, I start with a diet to lose the holiday pounds.  Usually, I lose weight, and then gain it back by the end of the ye...

Historic Tappan Holiday Stroll
  This Monday evening, December 12, will see the second annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street in historic Tappan.  From 7 to 9 PM, Main Street will be closed to ...

Rocky Raccoon Visits Tappan Home
  Some weeks ago, I went up to my roof to clean the gutters.  There I came face to face with a rather large raccoon who somehow climbed up there without benefit of a ladd...

The Tappan Turkey Trot
     Our two cats are lifetime members of the Bird Watchers' Society.  Their usual perch is atop a love seat in the bay window, overlooking the bird feeders. &n...

An A Liszt Event in Sparkill
     On Saturday, November 5th at 7PM, Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill will present the internationally acclaimed pianist Christina Kiss in an all- Liszt program...

ECO Day in Sparkill
  On Saturday, October 15, Christ Church in Sparkill will hold its second annual ECO Day, celebrating the relationship between humanity and the environment.  The event wi...

Tappan celebrates Major Andre
     On Monday, October 3, I'll be in my Revolutionary War uniform, marching a group of fourth graders from Cottage Lane elementary school in Blauvelt up Andre Hill ...

Colonial Day in Tappan
On Saturday, September 24, the Tappantown Historical Society will hold its annual Colonial Day on the grounds of the DeWint House Masonic Shrine. Taking place from noon to four in...

Tappan emerges a little damper after Irene
After all the hoopla, Tappan awoke this morning to the sounds of Irene picking up her skirts and traipsing northward. She left behind a fair number of branches and leaves on the...

Cycling from Tappan to Piermont
For some years now, I have only ridden my bike during our annual stay on Martha's Vineyard, where it's nice and flat. Now that I'm home again, I'm determined to keep going, and...

History Day in Sparkill
The hamlet of Sparkill has always interested me. Only a mile or so from Piermont, Tappan, and Palisades, for many years it seemed to have resisted the pressure to change in any...

Nudes in Historic Tappan
Back at my favorite wine shop, the Grape D'Vine on Main Street in Tappan, the owner, Joe Prinz, uses his walls to feature the work of local artists. When I walked in yesterday,...

A Vine Grows in Tappan
Well, actually, two vines. I went to Lowe's and came home the proud possessor of two grape vines, each about a foot tall. Right away, I began with a mistake- I didn't want Chard...

Trellis Envy in Tappan
There's this great wine shop in Tappan on Main Street- The Grape D'Vine. I know, the name's a little too cute for my taste, but the owner, Joe Prinz is wonderfully knowledgeable a...

Rowing on the Tappan Zee
For about ten years now, people have been seeing (and sometimes hearing) members of the Piermont Rowing Club as they row their shells on the Tappan Zee. I'm looking forward to ...

Winter in Piermont
My wife forwarded an email to me with a link to YouTube. Winter in Piermont is a five minute feature on YouTube that reminded me that even in the depths of winter, Piermont is a s...

Its All Downhill From Here
One of the advantages of living in Rockland County is that getting to good skiing is pretty easy. There are several smaller areas within an hour's drive of the county. The best of...


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