Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Fassett Greenspace to have an Underhill Fountain


Cassandra Bull with Jean McKeown

WELLSVILLE: The Fasssett Greenspace Project has grown in the last few weeks from a promise to labyrinth of soil and block to a garden of seedlings. Much of the financial support for the project came from a Buffalo based organization, the Garman Family Foundation (GFF), administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.
            Cassandra Bull, president of Art for Rural America (the not for profit founded by Andy Glanzman of Wellsville and sponsor of the Fassett Greenspace), applied to GFF and was awarded a grant of $15,667. Bull’s proposal had a fountain at the center of the labyrinth but when it was necessary to change the dimensions of the rings, the budget no longer could include a fountain. Bull notified GFF of the situation but instead of accepting Bull’s suggestion that a sculpture be the focal point, GFF sent an additional $6000 for the fountain.
Bill Underhill with Cassandra Bull on site 
discussing fountains.
            That, of course, sent some of the AFRA board members in search of a fountain. Glanzman, always thinking about how to involve local businesses and artisans, contacted his friend, sculptor Bill Underhill. Underhill teaches clay sculpture classes at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center and works in bronze using a method where a wax model is burned out to create a mold for bronze, in his private studio. Underhill began visiting the Greenspace and watching people at work  to understand the space and the possibilities of the project. Then, he began to design.
            On July 6, Jean McKeown, Vice President of Community Foundations, traveled to Wellsville to see the Fassett Greenspace Project. McKeown walked the labyrinth, reviewed the project and plans as well as the history of the plot and asked about community involvement. She met with Bull and Glanzman on site to learn more about AFRA and its board members and to get a sense of the town. Then they shifted the meeting to Bill Underhill’s studio.
            When Underhill was first approached about designing a fountain, he said that he worked with bowls but Bull told him that he had been working with potential fountains all his life.  
            When McKeown, Glanzman and Bull arrived in Underhill’s studio he said, “Bowls, I make bowls and I never thought about the fountain. I always thought that the shape, a bowl’s opening, was a complete form. Sometimes there’s a lid on a bowl and the shape is a secret inside but as I began to speculate and sketch I began to feel that the fountain could be a natural form of a bowl.”
            Underhill talked about an early life experience. “When I was a child, 4 or 5 years old, in Monterey, CA, I went for a ride in a glass bottom boat and remember sea creatures and sea urchins and sea anemone and how beautiful everything was.” Underhill said that he wanted to bring those natural forms and that sense of beauty from his experience into the fountain.
In Bill Underhill's studio
            He has a small bronze bowl that he made to reference that boat ride. He and Glanzman put that bowl into the sink and filled it with water. The edge of the bowl is not smooth and round but more like the live edge of tree bark. Water spilled unevenly over the bowl and through holes near the edge. A version of this bowl, Underhill said, expanded to be 36 inches in diameter, is his vision of a fountain for the Fassett Greenspace. The piece would first be made in a special casting wax that would be taken, they hope, to the foundry at Alfred University and cast there.
            This 3 foot, natural edge bowl would be placed inside of a 6 foot wide basin at the center of the labyrinth where it will be plumbed into place by the ever-needed volunteers and some expert help.
            The natural edge of this bowl shape will be in line with the space because the labyrinth is about life: the life of the volunteers in action, the life of green food and the life that can only water can give.  
            McKeown seemed pleased with the progress on the labyrinth itself and seemed interested in the sketches and mock ups for the fountain. She expressed excitement over being involved in such a singular project and in bringing the Garman Family Foundation into Allegany County. 


(Elaine Hardman is a member of the AFRA board and a regular volunteer at the Fassett Greenspace Project.  Find more information at ArtForRuralAmerica.org or on Facebook at Fassett Greenspace Project.)


Community members helped to fill the beds.
Dugan and Dugan donated equipment and labor
to move soil into the beds.


Sean Lehman of Lehamna Landscaping helped
to fill the garden beds.




Work well done.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ready to Grow at Fassett Greenspace, Wellsville's Labyrinth

The overall plan. Black center for the fountain. Green
lines are planting beds. Gray performance, presentation area, maroon seating.

volunteers moved soil into the garden beds.

rakes and shovels leveled out the beds

Mark Corwine and Andy Glanzman moved the electrical
service to the inside of one flower bed.

Jim helped direct the soil in the buckets using
construction worker sign language.










Bill Underhill is designing the fountain.


Well used shovels, rakes, brooms and more.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

June Update on Fassett Greenspace Project







Green spaces, flower beds
White paths between flower beds
brown covered seating area
gray performance space
black circle, fountain







WELLSVILLE: There’s activity on the corner of Main and Fassett in Wellsville. People who haven’t been in Wellsville in a while will notice that something looks different but even people who walk past weekly will register a change.  So, what is going on?
Lauryn Sherwood
            The corner was a site of community business in the early 1800s when Wellsville town meetings were held there. Decades of commerce took place there until interrupted in 1867 when fire leveled the wood framed buildings of Wellsville’s Main Street. Isaac Fassett announced he would build a solid hotel on that corner with brick exterior walls and thick interior firewalls. He didn’t intend to have Fassett House tumble down in any fire. He wanted it to endure and endure it did from 1870 until 2005.
Andy Glanzman
            The lot was emptied when Isaac Fassett’s dream was torn down (fire and water damage were too expensive to repair) and now the lot is owned by Andy Glanzman who has given it to create a dynamic new type of community center.
            On weekends, you can find Glanzman, Andrew Harris, Cassandra Bull, Jim Lemkin as well as other community members, business owners,  high school students, and this reporter shoveling rock, moving blocks, pounding, gluing and building to make the Fassett Greenspace Project.
            Roughly, the project will include a labyrinth of raised beds with a water fountain in the center. Plantings aren’t fully defined yet but will involve a mix of perennial flowers and edible plants along with annual vegetables. On the side furthest from the street there will be a covered seating area for people to enjoy outdoor performances and classes in art, gardening, exercise and more.
Layer 2 on the second ring.
            Grant applications are in progress to get funding to pave the walkways both to preserve the labyrinth on this sloped corner and to make it wheel chair and stroller accessible. Another grant seeks funds to purchase outdoor musical instruments.
            On Saturday, some high school students spent time working toward their community service requirements. Lauryn Sherwood put in a few hundred plastic pins. She plans to study nursing after graduation, a career area that became of interest to her because of the TV series Gray’s Anatomy.    
Jacob Beirman and Nick  Lakatosh
            Nick Lakatosh has done community service for the SPCA and at the fire hall but spent his Saturday morning moving several hundred pounds of blocks and caps at the Fassett Greenspace. He worked with Jacob Beirman and Isaiah Plank to move the blocks and while there is a wheel barrow to help, it is no easy task to move anything over a deep layer of loose stones. Other volunteers built a sort of wood pallet-road but the last several feet have to be carried by hand.  
            Isaiah Plank has done some community service with the MS Walk, the Lions Club Cleanup and the Maker’s Fair prior to helping at the garden. After he graduates he hopes to study at Alfred State in Wellsville to become a gourmet cook. Isaiah thinks that people feel good when they help their community. Jacob Beirman thinks the Greenspace will be great when it’s finished.  He spent some of his other community service time at the SPCA and at the United Way golf tournament.
Roxanne Blouvet
            Roxanne Blouvet has lived in Wellsville off and on for about 30 years. She has helped at 3 work sessions at the garden after seeing a post about it on Instagram. She does a lot of community service for friends, neighbors and at Arbor Development where she brings meals on holidays. Blouvet said, “This is a great idea for the community and will bring beauty downtown. It’s great to share the work together and I hope other people will come to help.”
Jim Lemkin and Cassandra Bull
            Jim Lemkin drives over from Black Creek to help in part because of the influencer of his neighbor, Cassandra Bull, president of Art for Rural America, the parent organization that is building the garden. It wasn’t just being neighborly though. Jim realized right off the potential that the Fasssett Greenspace has for Wellsville saying, “I’m honored to be a small participant in this amazing project. I believe that people will travel great distances to experience what will become a majestic destination.”
Andy Glanzman and Isaiah Plank
            The project is huge and needs help - physical and financial - to move it toward that majestic goal. Tax deductable donations are welcome. Send checks made out to Fassett Greenspace and mailed to AFRA , 130 North Main Street, Wellsville 14895. Feel free to stop and talk with anyone working there if you pass by.
            To learn more about the project, go to www.ArtForRuralAmerica.com or to Fassett Greenspace Project on Facebook. You can contact board members at either site. Occasionally you may find a note on the Facebook page announcing work times when you could stop by and earn the right to say, “Hey, I helped build that!"

Box: It takes a village of workers and a bank of funding to create such an ambitious project.

Some donations to date include:
Grant Awards.

Donations
·         ALCO Federal Credit Union - $1,000
·         Steuben Trust Company - $1,000
·         L C Whitford & Company, Inc. - $2,000
·         The Searle Family Estate - $400
·         Patricia Ann Kuzman - $95
·         Sheila Kalkbrenner - ongoing 
·         Allegany Arts Association - $100
·         Giant Food Mart - $1,000

In-Kind Donations
·         Kevin LaForge Disposal 

·         JR. Green Trucking Company
·         The Village of Wellsville
·         Tim Shea
·         Lehman's nursery
·         East wind Landscaping Nursery
·         Southern Tier Concrete Products, Inc. 
·         Nate Piscitelli
·         Anna Joyce
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Volunteer Support
·         Alfred State College Department of Heavy Equipment with Vinny Grottanelli

·         Alfred State Department of Masonry with Steve Richard

Monday, May 28, 2018

Preparing to Grow a Community


Photo provided by Steuben Trust
Jim Knapp, SVP-Retail Sales Manager, Marcella Bledsoe, VP and Manager


WELLSVILLE: Starting 2018 with proof of generosity and community spirit, Steuben Trust Bank gave a $1,000 boost to Allegany County’s Fassett Green Space Project in Wellsville. Marcella Bledsoe, VP and Manager in Wellsville, said, “Steuben Trust is delighted to support the redevelopment of South Main Street in Wellsville.”
                That spot on South Main was a different place in 1870 when Isaac Fassett built his grand hotel there on a plot of land that had already seen 4 decades of commerce and was the site of some of Wellsville’s early town meetings. The Fassett house was meant to last, architecturally demanding to endure, proclaiming those demands with brick exterior walls encasing thick interior firewalls. Isaac Fassett didn’t intend to allow a repeat of the 1867 fire that devastated Wellsville’s Main Street. Having survived for over 130 years, the building was brought down in 2005 by leaky water pipes and, despite the 1870 efforts, a fire
                In the first centuries of the Village of Wellsville, community spaces were located inside of structures. In our time with this project, the community will be invited to an open space with crops, a living maze, and people sitting, talking and feeling at home.
                This project began as a community garden a few years ago but a garden without water is a Sisyphean struggle. There were a few crops planted in those early years but the project needed on site water, more people to share the effort, and funds. Once it was taken on by Art For Rural America (AFRA) all those things started lining up. Rescuing the project from its persistent and desperate thirst, K. S. LaForge installed water service and the Village of Wellsville pledged free water to the site.
                Cassandra Bull is president of AFRA and with Andrew Harris and Andy Glanzman makes up the energizing core of AFRA. Harris had the original idea for the community food garden, a shared growing space for crops and acted as water carrier for flowers, rhubarb, garlic and more catching the attention of AFRA. AFRA has changed the focus and now all board members are focused on creating a “greenspace” with a garden and with installations such as a meditation labyrinth, a mini theater area, and annual gardens to create a space that would be open to and welcoming of social gatherings and educational programming.
                At this point, support for the project has been voiced by WIC, the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wellsville Central School, Wellsville YMCA, Total Senior Care, ASC, the Wellsville Chamber, Immaculate Conception School and the Village of Wellsville. In addition to today’s donation from Steuben Trust Bank, other sizable donations have been made or pledged by Alco Federal Credit Union. K. S. LaForge Disposal, Allegany County Area Foundation, the Wellsville Rotary, Patricia Ann Kuzma, The Searle Family Estate and the Garman Family Foundation through the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.
                More donations are needed for construction (slated to begin in April), operation and the unpredictable, surprise expenses that are part of any large project. Donations of any size can be made online at www.youcaring.com/thefassettgreenspace where more information is posted. Another source of information is on Facebook at The Fassett Greenspace. If you prefer paper over the internet, checks may be made out out to Art for Rural America ( or just AFRA Greenspace) and mailed to 130 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.
                 AFRA Board members are available to attend your group's meeting to answer questions and provide information. The Allegany Arts Association will host a presentation about the Fassett Greenspace Project at their January meeting. If your organization is willing to host a representative and learn more about the project, contact them through ArtForRualAmerica@gmail.com or at 585-808-0385. If you are willing to add some time and muscle to make this happen, get your work gloves ready and give us a call.
----http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/20180527/stronga-giant-donation-to-fassett-greenspace-projectstrong

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Christiana Lehmann, Printmaker, Graphic Designer, Musician


ALFRED: Christiana Lehmann has wanted to work in an art field for about a long as she can remember. She has a memory of an interest area test in which her choices indicated that she might do well if she aimed her studies toward an art field. In elementary school, for a flicker of time, she considered being a teacher but shortly realized that would be a disaster – too much talking and not enough drawing. Other than that moment of considering teaching, art is what she has pursued.
                Christiana graduated from Arlington High School, about an hour and a half north of New York City. When it came time to choose a school, she narrowed it to Pratt and Alfred and one of the things that tilted strongly toward Alfred was the Performing Arts Department.
                Christiana started flute lessons when she was about 9 and continued with flute in high school and through her 4 years in Alfred. She started playing acoustic guitar when she was 13 and spent a few semesters studying piano at Alfred. Her newest instrumental experience is with the cello which she has played for just over a year.
                She played in Symphonic Band all 4 years and has been a member of the flute choir since it started. She played flute in both Symphonic Band and Orchestra one year and then started cello lessons so played in the cello section of the orchestra this year. The cello attracted her because of the glorious sound it can make. That range of tones is so rich and full that she had to give it a try.
                Christiana’s degree will be a Bachelor of Fine Arts and she has chosen to concentrate on graphic design and printmaking. Her senior thesis show, Melodic Dissonance, will combine drawings, handmade flutes and recorded music. In this title, Christiana is the melody. It’s the music within her and the emotions that music brings to her. She is the midst of carving print blocks that reference music and the emotional aspect of music. The dissonance in the melody is the repeated stamping of the blocks in overlapping rows, columns and patterns to create new designs with the varied placements.
                All of her stamps have designs 5 lines representing the lines of the music staff. She showed me some prints that are done in gray, black and white or just black and white. Some of the stamps are just a few inches in size but she places them on the paper over and over to create huge designs and said she is never sure how the small patterns will look when they are used over and over. One large print has curved lines that reference the shape of the cut out on a cello. Stamps made in straight lines sometimes give diagonal designs or a sort of plaid. The surprising outcomes are part of the fun of printmaking.
                Christiana likes functional art and decided that her thesis show would include a collection of handmade, functional flutes. She chose to make the flutes from bamboo because it is a natural and fast growing material and thought she could get some at a garden center. Instead she had to order bundles of it from the also fast-growing but perhaps not so sustainable Amazon. Needs must.
                Early in the flute making process she discovered things about flutes and bamboo. One is that bamboo is brittle and cracks sometimes when drilled. Another is that bundles of bamboo contain some long narrow poles amid long wide poles with few being a great diameter for a flute. Another is that the head of a flute needs to be smaller in diameter than the body of the flute to be in tune.
                She starts by drilling the mouth piece hole and then gets what she calls the original note to sound true. After she successfully gets an original first note she applies mathematics to determine the placement for finger holes. She plans to have 13 flutes starting with a low D and going up the scale in half steps to the D one octave above.
                When you attend her show, if plans aren’t modified, you will see a display of her flutes amid the prints based on the line designs. You’ll hear recordings of her playing the flutes which will be blended and edited and played in a loop.
                The designs will be printed on the flutes as well as on paper. She learned that if she prints on acetate and wraps it around a flute, she can burnish the acetate to transfer the print to the bamboo flute.  
                This semester has been Christiana’s favorite time at AU. She has her thesis show work, music including both Symphonic groups and flute choir and Astronomy to more than fill her days as she thinks about finding a job in graphic arts after graduation. She’s enjoyed her time in Alfred but plans to move south toward the milder weather that her siblings live and work in, and, no offense to The Rogue Carrot, near a large grocery store.
                Senior thesis shows are always on a Saturday evening. May 5th is the date set for this year and the time is the usual 4 to 7 pm. Christiana Lehmann’s work will be in section B10 in Binns-Merrill Hall. There will be dozens of other graduating seniors showing their work on the campus and in town. Follow an excited crowd and make it into an active area where there will be labeled maps to guide you.Senior Shows are free and open to the public though parking areas are scarce.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pollywogg Holler


   Published in Pittsburgh, 2005



Bill Castle in 2005




         At first, it was a private spot, a little family project.  Slowly, it grew and eventually commanded a page in Fodor’s Nights to Imagine:  Magical places to Stay in America


            Pollywogg Holler, as it was named, began in 1976 when Bill and Barbara Castle bought 28 acres of land between Belmont and Alfred Station, in Allegany County.  Barbara insisted that she and Bill needed to get their kids involved in a family activity.  Some ambitious families might create a tree house in the backyard, and others -- more predictable folk -- might bake some cookies.  But the Castles, with their three children, grabbed saws, chains and sledge hammers and built a cabin.
            The Castles’ log-and-stone dwelling was originally intended as a weekend retreat.  Weekdays were spent in Hornell where Bill owned a construction company.  He built bridges for New York State in his stress-filled occupation until 1983.  That’s when he suffered a heart attack and life changed.  Bill sold the company, moved with his family to their cabin and enrolled in art school.
            Bill Castle feels that he learned to think deeply while he was a student at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.  He says that art students focus more on creative thinking than on any particular aspect of art.  Problem solving is the real work.
            When Castle entered Alfred University, the original cabin had been completed.  (Now known as the Lodge, it is used for visitor reception, accommodation, food preparation and dining.) But with a constant flood of ideas, a school full of resources, and acres of empty land, Pollywogg Holler developed a life of its own.  Castle spent a year creating his second building – a structure bursting with personality - known as the honeymoon loft and sauna.      
            One enters by way of a covered porch, which shelters an extraordinary door carved with a Castle motto -- “bathe often, never hurry” -- and an inlaid glass depiction of the earth and moon.  Roof supports are capped with four sculptured rams’ heads cast in what art students call brassy bronze (a cheap material made of melted plumbing fixtures). 
            The stone porch floor continues seamlessly inside where it wraps up one wall and surrounds the thick metal door of a firebox.  Another wood door opens to the sauna and wooden steps and a few brick footholds lead to the loft-bed with a skylight for star viewing and access to a tiny balcony overlooking an outdoor stage, where solar-powered concerts rock for special occasions.   
            The loft and sauna, with a moss roof, is near a covered well festooned with more of Castle’s carving.  Castle presented these structures as his senior show at Alfred University, the culmination of his four-years of study.  Because Pollywogg Holler morphed from private home to public lodging, this “show” has now run continuously since 1988, with people enjoying the sauna, loft and stage during company parties, weddings, birthday celebrations, family reunions, benefits and pizza-barbeque parties. 
            Castle connected the lodge to the honeymoon loft with a small bridge and a curving path.  That path now also leads to an acoustic stage facing plank benches set around a campfire pit.  Behind the benches is Bistro de Holler.  The bistro is open on the sides but sheltered with a terra cotta roof.  It is filled with Castle’s hand-hewn tables and stools, furniture with character. 
            On most warm Wednesday nights, it seems that half the town sips wine and watches cheese bubble and brown on pizzas in the wood-fired Navajo-style oven.  During parties, some private, some public, chefs bake as many as 100 of these regionally famous pizzas while pulled pork and baked beans (special recipes prepared by the Bar-B-Q Bandits) slowly roast in a converted corn chopper. 
            If music, food, wine and company aren’t enough to help you relax, you might like to have a session with Don Powell, licensed massage therapist.  He’ll tell you about his raccoon, Uncle Albert, or his skunk, Jesse, while massaging your kinks with one of his many massage techniques – Russian, medical, Shiatsu, Swedish, reflexology or old Egyptian style. 
            Behind the bistro, a crooked, covered stairway, looking like a fantasy movie set, leads to a small door and a sleeping area – the wood loft -- a place to listen to acoustic music from the stage below, to watch birds and to enjoy the view of the forest from the tree tops.
            Another narrow path, behind the acoustic stage, leads to a bathhouse/restroom where a hanging barrel dispenses heated spring water into the private, candle-lit shower for two.   In an adjoining cubicle is a composting toilet.  It’s an odor-free unit where, instead of flushing, one closes the lid and walks away.  Similar toilets and showers are located throughout the site -- small, log outhouses blending into Pollywogg’s woods.
            Positioned away from the main buildings stands the so-called “love shack.”  You can sit on one of the chairs on the covered porch or step inside to find a quilt-covered bed and a small wood stove.  Originally built by son Quentin when he was a teen in need of private space, the love shack, guests say, is quaint, private, snug and well-named.
            All of these buildings are more sculptures than dwellings and all are hidden in the woods, a full quarter-mile saunter from the road and parking areas where a 40’ wide, stainless steel geodesic dome guards Pollywogg’s entry.  
            On the other side of the dome, alongside a creek, the path to the lodge is strewn with sculptures.  Over the past two decades, Alfred University’s art students have contributed an over-sized clay toaster, a huge metal tricycle and a towering head along with myriad other clay, glass, metal or wood sculptures.  (You’ll find them on this trail and in the weaving path known as High Water Trail.)    
            The path continues past a small waterfall, rustic bridges, the honeymoon loft, both performance areas, the main lodge and the bistro.   One side trail leads to the newest structure.  A break from the log or cedar-plank style of the other buildings, this is a steel-framed dome clothed in canvas and featuring a “floating bed,” an “air chair,” and plenty of windows for star gazing.  The bed is a huge steel hoop with a woven rope base and foam mattress.  Swaying in it, one can view the fireplace, the woods, or a nearby pond where frogs, mink and heron live.  When not in use, the bed cranks up to the ceiling giving plenty of polished floor space.
            Well past the Bistro is a double-pond area being developed as an eco-resort/spa/retreat for the purpose of bringing people closer to nature.  Castle’s architectural drawings depict five cabins, each roomy enough to accommodate two couples.  As planned, these cabins will be self-sufficient with solar-based electricity, solar showers, propane heat and composting toilets.  When completed, the area will have still another wood sauna as well as a wood-fired, Japanese style hot tub.  Right now, the first cabin is just a pile of logs harvested by Castle and his 1953 Allis Chalmers tractor, but there are lean-tos ready for guests. 
            We stayed there one spring when the ponds were full of tadpoles.  Walking around the ponds to the first lean-to (called Pine Knot), my husband, Rick, and I disturbed thousands of tadpoles who turned their wide heads away from the shallow edge and thrashed furiously toward the safety of deeper water. 
            That night we lingered over dinner in the lodge  – Cornish hen stuffed with wild rice pilaf for me and Steak Florentine with Parmesan cheese, spinach, mushrooms and garlic for Rick and, after dark, retraced our steps along the quiet path, lit with torches and tea candles set in stone niches.  At Pine Knot we were warmed by a fire, serenaded by frogs, soothed by night noises and enchanted by the stars.  In the morning, we followed the sounds of an axe.  Someone was splitting wood for the stove.  Castle, meanwhile, was slicing, frying and toasting breakfast at the lodge.  
            Later in the year, we stayed in the floating bed of the dome where our night was filled with hooting owls, croaking frogs and honking geese.  If you are interested in luxury cotton or silk sheets, room service and a private Jacuzzi, this isn’t your place.  Right now, Pollywogg Holler is for hearty, outdoor folk who consider mud to be a natural part of life and who are unruffled by the sounds of porcupines, raccoons or other rustling noises. 
            Barbara Castle says the big cabins at the ponds will be the last project for Pollywogg Holler, but Bill designs as naturally as he breathes so it’s hard to imagine that he would stop building and planning.  If you take the time to visit, he’ll sip some wine and share his ideas.  None will be ordinary or predictable, but they will be interesting and chances are he’ll draw you into them.  
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Driving Directions:  Pollywogg Holler is at 6242 South Road between Interstate 86 and Route 244.  From Buffalo, take 219 South to I-86 East at Salamanca.   Exit at number 32, West Almond.  At the end of the exit ramp, go straight down hill and turn left after the blue metal building.  Follow on South Road, a gravel road, for 2.5 miles.  The Pollywogg Holler office will be in the ranch-style house on the left but continue 100 yards to the parking lot on the right.  Park, walk through the geodesic dome and follow the trail through the woods to the Main Lodge.
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(This was published in 2005. Contact information, services and fees will likely be different.) 

Reservations:  The main lodge (the Castles now live in a house across the road), honeymoon loft and sauna, wood shed loft, dome and other buildings are available for overnight guests.  Rates start at $110 per person for dinner, lodging and breakfast.  Massages - $60 per hour.  Most meals, stressing organic ingredients, are prepared in the brick oven.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.  Private parties for up to 100 people by arrangement.  Open all year.  Contact 585-268-5819, 800-291-9668, or click on the Web site,  www.pollywoggholler.com.
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Hours:  The sculpture garden is open to visitors daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
For pizza and barbeque information telephone Pollywogg Holler.
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Listed in:  Nights to remember: Magical Places to Stay in America by Peter Guttman, and Home Work by Lloyd Kahn Jr.

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Elaine Hardman, a writer and studio potter, lives in Wellsville, New York with her husband, Rick.