Season of Family 3

Aiden Eric Goettsche

February 23, 2016

Dasha and Kurt welcome a new member to their family. Aiden Eric Goettsche, a baby boy, born February 23, 2016. Dasha and Aiden are both doing well. Kurt is enjoying having someone new to tell jokes to. Maddox loves his little brother, and holds Aiden every time he gets a chance.

We are all doing well up here even though it still gets a little chilly at night.  John and Mickey did not make their usual trip to Florida this winter and opted instead for a 2 week cruise.  Lucky for them they were 1 week ahead of that recent famous cruise that encountered those 30 foot waves.  They did “a lot of nothing” and came home safely.  Brent and Evan are also doing well.  Brent purchased his first house last fall and is learning all the ins and outs of home renovation.  Evan is a coach at the EF Academy near Thornwood, New York  and is very proud of his undefeated soccer team.

Last  fall, Eric, Deb, Kurt, Dasha and Maddox enjoyed a wonderful trip to Russia.  The first week we stayed in Kovrov – Dasha’s home town. We had fun walking to the local markets and took some day trips around the region visiting the historic cities of Suzdal and Nizhny-Nougorod.  From Kovrov we took an overnight train to St. Petersburgh and had 4 days to see all the museums and even the ballet, Swan Lake.  From there a high speed train took us to Moscow for more sightseeing and visiting with more family and friends.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Here at The Thompson House we are always trying to improve our property.  We finally said good bye to the green and white mini-bus and bought a larger van for trips around the mountain top.  The 18 hole putting green was removed last fall and Eric is attempting to build his own miniature golf course.  It may just be a few holes to start but will still hope to be fun for the whole family.  Also, for our guests’ that have enjoyed the popular Windham Path, plans are in the works to extend it all the way to Hensonville and west along South St. to Windham Mt. And – for our biking enthusiasts, more single track trails are being built near the Escarpment Trail area and Windham Mt. has plans to build 2 more downhill bike trails

We open our doors on May 27th this year for our 136th season and hope you and your families and friends will join us for fun and relaxation in the Great Northern Catskills.

Regards,

The Goettsche Families

The Great Northern Catskill Mountains

We’ve been talking about it since it first opened in 2013, but the Windham Path is one of our favorite things about being in Windham. Just a mile and a half loop through the fields, down by the creek and a long the woods, just about anyone can enjoy being outdoors. The fresh air of the Great Northern Catskill Mountain and all the beauty nature has to offer. The Windham Path is easy to access, half a mile down the road from The Thompson House on Route 23.

Now, the Windham Path has a second entrance, behind the Windham Pharmacy, only a quarter of a mile from The Thompson House. With the new entrance, Dasha, Maddox, and I (Kurt), walk around the Windham Path almost everyday. Maybe it is the fact we can get away for a little while, but still be close to home. It could also be how easy it is to get to the path from The Thompson House. Of course we can find the same beauty around The Thompson House, but there is something about the path that draws us to it.

Dasha and I like to talk about everything as we look at all the pretty flowers around the path. Maddox loves to watch the birds go in and out of their houses put up by Windham Area Recreational Foundation (WARF). Occasionally he’ll chase after a chipmunk that wonders onto the path. Sometimes we’ll go down by the creek and look for fish swimming around in the water. If you get out to the path just after a rain storm you may see a rainbow appear over the mountains. The beauty of the Windham Path is endless.

Follow The Beauty

If you don’t follow us on any social networks, you’re missing a lot. We post a lot of pictures and interesting information to all of our profiles. Of course following us on all social networks will give you the best chance to see everything we post. I think we post some really beautiful pictures to our Instagram account several times a week. (See the examples in the post) We also share information about events and special activities in the area. Not being a part of our social network is really a disservice to yourself and everyone you are vacationing with.

See you soon

We look forward to see you all this summer and hope you get the chance to enjoy the Windham Path as much as we do. Tag us in your photos taken around the Windham Path and around The Thompson House, so all your friends can see what a great time you are having in Upstate New York. If you use #thouse2015 we MAY even give something away at the end of the season. So go post, tweet, follow, like, and whatever else is out there, and countdown your time until you are back at The Thompson House.

Jack loves The Thompson House so much he wrote a song about us. We love you too Jack. We hope to see more of your great work for years to come.

Thompson House Song

By: Jack

I love The Thompson House it is the best.

I love The Thompson House.

You love The Thompson House.

I love you guys so much.

I love The Thompson House.

You love The Thompson House.

And I love you.

Love, Jack

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If you want to have your project featuring The Thompson House posted on our website just send it to us and let us know. If you have a project, but don’t want it posted on the website please send it too us anyway. We’d love to see it.

This Memorial Day

As we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and the start of our 2015 summer season, it is important for us to remember the real reason we all celebrate this weekend. We gather to remember the people who died serving our country in the armed forces. Chances are we all know at least one person who gave their life in the service of the United States. On this Monday, Memorial Day, the people of the United States of America are encouraged to visit and place a flag on the graves of those who died serving our country. Also, at 3:00 PM local time a moment of remembrance should be observed for all of those who lost their lives protecting our freedom.

Brief History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day shortly after the end of the United States Civil War. Families would gather and towns would have parades to honor those who died as a result of the Civil War. After the United State’s involvement in World War I, the Federal holiday evolved to honor all those who died protecting the United States. For decades Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, but in 1968 Congress passed the Uniformed Monday Holiday Act. This Act moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May to create a three day weekend.

Continuing The Tradition

For decades Memorial Day was celebrated with parades through towns and cities, as well as placing flags on the graves of those who died fighting in war. While some continue these traditions, many younger people do not even know why we celebrate Memorial Day. This Memorial Day bring back part of the tradition. An observance you can do right at home is: “In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”

More Information

History.com

USMemorialDay.org

VA.gov

Below is our 2015 Spring Letter

WHO’S READY FOR NICE HOT SUMMER DAYS AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE!!

Sure – we love the snow and the winter – but really!!

Warm wishes from your Thompson House Family up here in the great northern Catskills in beautiful Windham, NY. Last week we thought maybe we were mysteriously relocated to the Yukon! We

hope this letter finds you well and anxiously waiting for your “yellow” envelope to arrive meaning SPRING is here! It has been an interesting winter to say the least. Like everyone in the northeast we are all waiting for the warm weather to get here to thaw out our bones and get ready for a great summer.

Our families are all doing well – from our youngest Maddox to our oldest, John, we are all enjoying the great amount of snow that has fallen this season. John comes over every morning to help shovel off the skating rink and Maddox has already hit the slopes with his dad, Kurt. Even Dasha has been seen shushing off the top of Windham Mt. with some great instruction from Evan. The Pines hill has also brought many smiles as we’ve introduced Maddox to a great sleigh riding place. It seems like just yesterday it was Kurt, Brent and Evan sledding at the Pines. Boy how time flies!

Last fall John and Mickey (Eric’s parents) were given an award from the Community of Windham Foundation in recognition of their “altruistic dedication and benevolent service toward the betterment of the Windham community”.   All of their children and most of their grandchildren were at the ceremony to witness this great honor. This is the 3rd year the award was given in honor of former town Supervisor, Pat Meehan, and Brent of course questioned who could possibly have done more than his grandparents!

For our outdoor enthusiasts we will again be offering discounted golf to our local golf courses on the mountain top. There is also some great news about the addition of a bridge for the Windham Path. Now our guests’ can access the path right at the Windham Pharmacy right on Rt. 296. You will no longer have to walk along the road to see the beautiful nature of Windham and the surrounding Catskill Mountains. Also, the NY Dept. of Conservation has announced the expansion of the biking and hiking trails along the Elm Ridge/Escarpment Trail system. Now we will have almost 20 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails just a few miles from our resort.

Our 2015 summer season will begin on May 22, Memorial Day weekend and continue through to October 12, Columbus Day weekend. We are anticipating the weather will be warmer than it has been the past few weeks and hope that you can join us for some fun in the mountains.

Please note that we will not be answering the phone from March 28th to April 12th, but you are always welcome to send us an e-mail at TheThompsonHouse@gmail.com.

Regards,

The Goettsche Families

By now I’m sure most of you have received the Yellow Envelope in the mail, which means it is time to start thinking about your trip to The Thompson House. I will be posting the spring letter soon, so  if you haven’t received the Yellow Envelope yet, we believe, it’s about to knock on your door. For now, don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers in this post.

Hopefully, everyone had a healthy winter and stayed warm, wherever you are. As always we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people as well.

The cold weather seems to have broken for now, and the snow may  be gone before we open on May 22. It was a long cold winter up here in the northern Catskill Mountains, and the summer can’t get here soon enough. Of course we love the snow and cold, but it seems like mother nature wanted to make it permanent. That doesn’t seem fair to everyone who wants to go swimming in the pool this summer. Now the sun is out, and all seems right with the world, or at least the weather.

We want to make sure everyone is always up to date with everything going on at The Thompson House. To know the latest and exciting news about The Thompson House make sure to check our blog often and regularly, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, follow us on Twitter, and circle us on Google+. I’m sure there will be 100 new social networks by the time you read this, and we’ll inform you of the links as needed. If you take a picture or have a post about, with, in, or next to The Thompson House, don’t forget to tag us. Share your favorite vacation experience with your friends and/or followers.

If you aren’t part of the Yellow Envelope Club, just call or e-mail us, and we’ll be happy to add you to our list for next year.

Again, stay tuned and check back often for everything about The Thompson House.

Not to brag, but this years foliage  has been some of the best in recent years. We are the peak right now and I can’t stop taking pictures. I wish I had more time in the day to take pictures of this year’s foliage. I you can;t experience it for yourself, I hope my photos give you a glimpse into the beauty of the Northern Catskill Mountains in the fall. I’ll be adding pictures as much as possible, so check back often.

Congratulations!

On September 27, John and Mickey Goettsche were honored by the town of Windham, with the T. Patrick Meehan Community Service award. Every spring letter we tell our guests of the work they do for Windham and the surrounding community, and now they have been honored by the whole town.You can read the wonderful article about the award and John and Mickey in the Windham Journal. We are so proud to be part of their family and feel blessed every day that they are capable to continue to do the work they do. Its people like John and Mickey that makes the world a better place.

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We want you to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. Mountain biking the Northern Catskill Mountains is one of our favorite things to do. Windham, NY has many multipurpose trails for you to explore the great Northern Catskill Mountains. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Every year hours of work go into adding new trails and improving existing trails. Just because you’ve gone mountain biking in Windham once, doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all.

If you don’t have a bike, just go down the road to Windham Mountain Outfitters for a rental.

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Back in June a flamingo magically appeared at The Thompson House. We didn’t think anything of it, until it attacked Evan. After the devastating attack on Evan we thought the flamingo was gone forever. Sadly, we were wrong.

20140912_155948_HDR We noticed something strange in the top floor hallway of the Pines.

20140912_160004_HDRWhat is that pink thing in the window?

20140912_160112_HDRThe flamingo is back!

20140912_160256_HDRDasha tried to apprehend the flamingo, so that The Thompson House would be safe once again.

20140912_160331_HDRDasha lost.

Flamingo Attacks Again

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