Part of my vacation this year was spent in Saugerties, NY at the magnificent summer home of Audiophilia reviewer, Mike Levy and his lovely wife, MaryAnn.
While planning wine tasting in the Finger Lakes and some musical activities and business in Manhattan earlier this year, I thought a few days overlooking the Hudson River, drinking wine, eating like Kings and listening to some fine tunes would not go amiss. As such, the second ‘audiophiliacamp’ was planned.
The first invitation went out to our Australian writer, Andy Fawcett. Sadly, for us, he declined, mainly because he was not sure the refined atmosphere of an upstate New York town would appreciate his Crocodile Dundee mentality (his words!:). He was sorely missed. Others were double booked. That left Mike, Marty Appel, Henry Wilkenson, and me. Happily, our very significant others accepted the offer to hang with their intense audiophile partners. As usual, the ladies turned a mundane performance into an extravaganza. Lucky us.
Mike and MaryAnn’s large, splendid home accepted the eight people easily, and because I’m the best looking (though my wife took a shine to the irrepressibly handsome and charming Henry Wilkenson), our hosts gave us the ‘2nd Master Suite’. This left Marty Appel (who has visited the home before) with a bit of a sulk on all weekend! In fact, his parting words were, ‘did you enjoy your time in the “Appel Suite”?’!
All kidding aside, our time was spent in the most wonderful musical and audiophile friendship. We spent the time listening to Mike’s speakers (review forthcoming, with all the appropriate disclosures, of course), drinking our spoils from several wonderful Finger Lakes wineries, and tasting the fruits of Mike’s Greek heritage. We did discuss some policy and upcoming plans, but for the most part, music was playing. There were intense listening sessions, but sometimes music flooded beautifully through the house as we sat on the verandah and observed rabbits, deer and other wildlife enjoying the land as it flowed down to the banks of the Hudson. It was, by far, the most enjoyable extended listening session in my 35 years as an audiophile.
Thanks Mike and MaryAnn for your incredible hospitality, and thank you Marty, Henry and Mike for your wonderful friendship and your continued fantastic contributions to this magazine.