A Visit to Poughquag

By: Jill Finger

Jul 19 2017

Category: Uncategorized


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Last fall, my hairdresser Theresa, told me about Vinny’s Deli in Pawling. She said he makes his own mozzarella cheese daily and has a shop full of speciality foods, in addition to making all kinds of wonderful sandwiches.

When I told Wes about the deli, he immediately thought of Bob and Barbara, a couple he used to work with at IBM Fishkill, who live in Poughquaq, near Pawling. Wes contacted them and asked if they had ever been to the deli. They hadn’t, but were willing to remedy that situation with a trip there for lunch, and report back to Wes. Bob and Barbara discovered the deli was small inside and we’d be better off waiting until the weather was warm enough to eat outside at the picnic tables.

On Tuesday, we traveled to Bob and Barbara’s home and rode with them to the deli, whose hole-in-wall looks hides an enormous selection of food and a welcoming proprietor who sliced us each a sample of his homemade mozzarella. We enjoyed sandwiches outside, then I shopped, purchasing mozzarella, (of course!) a jar of their store made sauce, and a small bottle of 12 year old balsamic vinegar.  We drove back to Bob and Barbara’s house for a tour of Grimaldi (named for their cat)  Tower.  After climbing a set of stairs off their family room, we were in the observatory, a circular room with a full telescope.  The roof moves around and opens, allowing telescope use in any direction.  Bob obviously loves his hobby. He bubbled over with information about the construction of the observatory and about his telescope.  There are framed pictures hung all around the  room of magazine articles about him and the conservatory, but the feeling I got was Bob was surprised by the attention, because he’s just a man with a telescope. 

Tomorrow, I will share pictures of Barbara’s hobby. Stay tuned.

2 comments on “A Visit to Poughquag”

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!


  2. Interesting!


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