Because after Thanksgiving weekend we go into winter hibernation.
Remember, we’re only open on Saturdays (11 – 5) and Sundays (11 – 4).
pssstttt! —–> we will most likely open for certain holiday weekends over the winter. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for our mailing list (see sidebar) to stay in the loop!
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are peaking, the Phoenician air is fresh, the sun is shining, AND it’s time for our annual Columbus Day Weekend blow-out yee-haw whoop-dee-do 20% off sale!
Everything vintage in the store is on sale. Records, vintage clothing, lighting, etc….you know the drill. Get yourself up to the Catskills this weekend for some leaf-peeping and vintage shopping.
Seven rooms in a former 1800′s hotel packed to the rafters with antiques, vintage doo-dads, thousands of vinyl records, and tons and tons of vintage clothing.
If you haven’t been here in a while, you’ll be able to recognize us by the GIANT STATUE OF DAVY CROCKETT in front of the shop.
Our special holiday weekend sale hours:
Saturday Oct. 12th (11am – 6 pm)
Sunday Oct. 13th (11am – 6 pm)
Monday Oct. 14th (11am – 4 pm)
We’re fixing to close for the season right after Thanksgiving weekend, and open only on a few holiday weekends before our Spring 2014 season, so be sure to get your vintage shopping done before then.
Questions? Have stuff to sell/trade? Coming from a distance? Feel free to call (845-688-7868) or email.
Can you think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than hanging out in front of a vintage shop under the shade of a twelve foot statue of Davy Crockett watching a live performance by Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby on the front porch? We sure can’t!
The artists are Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby.
The place is vintage/vinyl shop Mystery Spot Antiques.
The town is Phoenicia, NY, in the Catskill Mountains.
The time is Sunday, September 1st, at 3 PM (Labor Day Weekend)
The annual tradition is Music for Front Porches.
The cost is absolutely FREE, and everyone is welcome.
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby have been performing and recording together since 2006, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums and touring North America, the UK and Europe. He is the British pop legend of Stiff Records’ fame whose classic “Whole Wide World” is covered in basements and stadiums around the world; she a long-time NYC songwriter and musician best known for her album “Diary Of A Mod Housewife” and Underground Garage favorite “Dancing With Joey Ramone.” (You can read more about them here).
Previous Music for Front Porches performances presented by The Mystery Spot have featured Mercury Rev and Dean + Britta, Laura Cantrell, Gail Anne Dorsey, Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan (Uncle Monk), Alessi’s Ark, Ambrosia Parsley and Holly Miranda, to name just a few. (Always free).
Our Dittypalooza! Mystery Ditties include new releases by Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project), Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan, Ambrosia Parsley, Holly Miranda, and Alessi’s Ark. In the can and still to come: How Gelb (Giant Sand) and David Fair (Half Japanese). Again, all free to download – our gift to you!
Summer Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 11 – 4; Fri. 11 – 5; Sat. 11 – 6; Sun. 11 – 5
(Travel note: As always, please contact us first if you’re planning to come from a distance, just to make sure there are no last-minute scheduling changes.)
Phoenicia Celebrates Davy Crockett Day Aug. 17 at 12 noon! Free! Tiny Catskills Village Rejoices Over Return of World’s Largest Davy Crockett “Muffler Man” StatueAugust 1st, 2013
Lookalike Contest, Valuable Prizes, Free Refreshments, and more – Saturday Aug. 17th at High Noon – FREE!
On Saturday, August 17, at 12 noon, the statue of Davy Crockett, who for forty years has towered above the two block long Main Street of Phoenicia, New York (pop: 309) as its village mascot, will be re-erected in front of Mystery Spot Antiques at 72 Main Street with a gala celebration to mark the American folk hero’s return (and 227th birthday).
The free event will include an official dedication/ribbon cutting, a performance by the Catskill Ukulele Group, and a Davy Crockett lookalike contest open to kids, adults and pets, with valuable prizes.
“Bring your faux coonskin cap and dress up like Davy!” invites Laura Levine, renowned (and MoMA-exhibited) rock photographer and proprietress of Mystery Spot Antiques, Davy’s new home, just one giant step away from his former perch at the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina. The grand prizes will be two passes to the Mount Tremper Arts 2014 Summer Festival (value $190.) or a $100 Mystery Spot gift certificate; runners-up will receive valuable gift coupons or cash prizes from Tender Land Home, Town Tinker Tube Rental, Hanover Farms, the Phoenicia Lodge, Ruth Gale Realty, Sweet Sue’s, The Ice Cream Station, and other local businesses. The event is free of charge, and open to everyone. Free refreshments will be provided by The Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina. The event will run from noon to 1 pm.
Phoenicia, a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains, is known for its hiking, camping, fly fishing, arts, antiques, restaurants, shopping, leaf peeping and gentle eccentricity. Visitors of all stripes go tubing
down the Esopus Creek, which runs through the center of town. Side by side, Buddhists from the local Zen Mountain Monastery and graphic designers from Brooklyn eat pizza beside motorcycle enthusiasts
at Brio’s or stacks of pancakes at Sweet Sues. The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice attracts over 4,000 visitors to its annual outdoor event. Close to Woodstock, one of the oldest art colonies in America, Phoenicia has been chosen as one of the Top Ten “Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel magazine and has long been a well-known secret among savvy New Yorkers looking for a weekend getaway or a summer escape.
Davy Crockett, who bears the sobriquet “King of the Wild Frontier,” was born in East Tennessee in 1786. He had a varied career as frontiersman, Congressman, and warrior at the Alamo, where he died in 1836. Phoenicia’s statue of Davy Crockett is shrouded in mystery. Most local historians agree that it was commissioned by Roy James, transitory owner of the Sportsman’s Bar sometime in the early 1970s. The actual fabricator of the sculpture is unknown.
With a wide smile, slightly downcast eyes, a rifle slung jauntily over his right shoulder, Davy strides forward. The straps from a pouch and a powder horn form an X across his buckskin breeches. Beneath his double row of fringes, Davy wears pants and high boots on his large feet — large even for a 10 foot tall man. The huntsman has surprisingly long hair, like a British pop star. The anonymous artist conveyed a jauntiness rarely seen in fiberglass sculpture, which tends towards an Easter Island rigidity. It is the statue of a man taking joy in his personal freedom. Phoenicia has long been a favorite spot for outdoorsmen, which may have influenced the choice of Davy Crockett as its town symbol. “Young kids like having their picture taken in front of it,” notes Robin Kirk, owner of The Nest Egg, Phoenicia’s general store.
Mike Ricciardella, proprietor of The Sportsman’s, is the fourth owner of Davy. When the statue was brutally vandalized in 2003 — toppled, with only the feet and shins left standing — Mike nursed him back to health. After a flood caused by Hurricane Irene damaged the Sportsman’s patio, Davy Crockett was moved to make way for the jackhammers. Patrons of The Sportsman’s, a venerable Phoenician bar once patronized by Babe Ruth, began worrying about the genial giant. (Little did they realize Davy was tied by a bungee cord to a maple tree behind the bar.)
Robin Kirk, owner of the adjacent property, offered to shelter the fiberglass frontiersman. “I thought about it, and I said, ‘Hey, maybe that’s not a bad idea,” Ricciardella recalls. “This would give him a little more exposure; people could walk right up to him.”
Such sculptures — collectively known as “Muffler Men” — are an endangered American art form, especially in the Catskills. Widely constructed in the 1960s and 70s, often depicting such national folk heroes as Paul Bunyan and Uncle Sam, they since fell out of favor, and were largely abandoned. Phoenicia’s statue of Davy Crockett will feel at home with the rustic salt-and-pepper shakers, bronzed baby shoes, vintage clothing, antique medicine bottles, old records and 1920s cameras for sale at the Mystery Spot, the “Catskills Odditorium” which occupies seven rooms in the former Gormley Hotel on Main Street. “One small step for Davy Crockett, one giant leap for the Mystery Spot!” observes Levine, who is throwing a 20 % off sale all weekend in honor of the event.
After the celebration ends at 1 PM, one can walk across Main Street to attend one of seven episodes of Perfect Lives, a day-long public opera by Robert Ashley, performed by the composer collective Varispeed, presented by Mount Tremper Arts.
The Catskill Ukulele Group, which will be performing “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” at the event, is an offshoot of the Killian Mansfield Ukulele Collection at the Phoenicia Library, which loans ukuleles and offers free group lessons to anyone interested in learning more about ukulele. The Phoenicia Library also loans out fishing poles.
Generous support for Davy Crockett Day has come from the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina, Mystery Spot Antiques, Tender Land Home, Phoenicia Lodge, Threads of Time, Phoenicia Belle B&B, Ulster Savings Bank, Phoenicia Pharmacy, Hanover Farms, The Print Shop, Ruth Gale Realty, Mount Tremper Arts, Rag & Bone Shop, The Ice Cream Station, Sweet Sue’s, Town Tinker Tube Rental, and the Phoenicia Business Association, among others.
The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/213967205426978/
For more information or photos, please contact Mystery Spot Antiques, (845) 688-7868, email@example.com, www.mysteryspotvintage.com, www.mysteryspotantiques.com
Our wonderful friends Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley will be paying a visit to the Mystery Spot’s front porch this Sunday, July 21, at 3 PM to sing a few songs together. If you happened to be at Holly’s porch show a couple of years ago when Ambrosia joined her for a duet, you have an idea of how special an event this will be. Both Ambrosia and Holly will have new records coming out soon, and we can’t wait!
As always, this Music for Front Porches show on Main Street in Phoenicia is free, and everyone is invited. (Psst! We’re also having a 25% off record sale! Win/win!)
In the meantime, here are a few goodies for you: a photo of Ambrosia and Holly and a little friend from 2010, a link to their fantastic (and free to download) Mystery Spot Ditties that they wrote and sang especially for The Mystery Spot, and a video of their beautiful take on Buddy Holly’s True Love Ways.
Secret Special Mystery Guest(s) Front Porch Show! Sunday, July 21st at 3 PM
25% off Record Sale all weekend long!
As part of our free Music for Front Porches series, we’re thrilled to present a very special, very secret mystery guest porch show this Sunday, July 21st, at 3 PM. But we can’t tell you who it is until Saturday.
Two of our favorite musicians will be performing a handful of songs together on this summer afternoon. The show will be short and sure to be sweet! Please check our Facebook page or blog, or call us on Saturday for the big reveal. Or just take your chances and come on down. You’ll be happy you did!
Meantime, we’re throwing a big ol’ 25% sale on all of our vinyl. You’ve seen our record room. You know our record room. Fans of our record room include Yo La Tengo, Rodney Crowell, Laura Cantrell, Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Tommy Ramone, Karen O, Michael Gira and Richard Thompson. It’s pretty darn awesome. Everything round, vinyl, shellac and playable will be 25% off Saturday and Sunday.
Some of our previous Music for Front Porches free matinee performances have featured Mercury Rev and Dean + Britta, Laura Cantrell, Gail Anne Dorsey, Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan (Uncle Monk), Alessi’s Ark, Ambrosia Parsley and Holly Miranda, to name just a few.
Don’t forget to also check out Dittypalooza!,our series of Mystery Ditties, original releases written and performed just for the Mystery Spot, about the Mystery Spot. Artists include Steve Wynn, Holly Miranda, Ambrosia Parsley, Alessi’s Ark and Uncle Monk. We’ve got more surprises in the can, including Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and David Fair (Half Japanese). All free to download!
Legendary British folk/rock musician Richard Thompson, OBE, stopped by Mystery Spot Antiques in Phoenicia the other day to do some vintage vinyl digging. He ended up with a very nice stack of records. It was great to see our old friends RT and his wonderful wife Nancy Covey, Simon, and Annalise, who are up in the Catskills this week for guitar camp (Frets and Refrains) at the Full Moon Resort, and a show at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock this Friday. (If the concert isn’t yet sold out, run, don’t walk to get tickets to what will be an amazing show).
Our history with Richard goes way back, to the cover artwork we painted for his album Rumor and Sigh in 1991…
…to even further back, when we shot this photograph of Richard and Linda Thompson when they were promoting Shoot Out the Lights in 1982.