Woodstock Inn General Manager to Change-Up

In what some have indicated to Woodstock Early Bird is very STALE news to those long”in-the-know” (as opposed to long “in-the-tooth”) we learned from impeccable sources today that Woodstock Inn General Manager Werner Graef will be leaving in November.

After the last leaves drop and as the first  snowflakes fall, we will be bidding adieu to our former Boot Camp compadre as he heads back home again to Nevada.

Our sources tells us that Mr. Graef (who we did try to speak to today) came out of retirement  from Laurance Rockefeller’s Rockresorts (Caneel Bay, Little Dix and others)  in 2009 to take the position with the Woodstock Inn and  Resort and had originally been set to leave in 2011 but stayed on for the major rehabilitation necessary to the Inn following the devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Mr. Graef, we discovered while  cheerfully pulling large tires across the grounds of the Woodstock Inn Fitness Center at 6am, has also been a Professor of Geography, having taught at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Over the years Graef has been a frequent visitor to the Woodstock Village Trustees meetings, most recently working to support the Inn’s wedding and conference business in frequently testy exchanges with residential neighbors. He was successful in ensuring the wedding parties and bands will now be able to entertain until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights by convincing Village Trustees that the business of the community depends on the Inn’s ability to please its large groups.

At this time, Woodstock Early Bird is not privvy to any inside scoop or who might take the Inn through its next paces, although we have heard chatter among employees of some possible “short-listers”. At this point, it is all chatter and nothing official. We still have to finish the Summer and get through Foliage, don’t we?  As always, it is not necessarily those “in-house” who are selected for the top dog managerial duties.

We hear that under Mr. Graef the financial stability of the Inn has been firmed up and he can walk briskly (as he does) off into the dry Western desert sunset, leaving the cold New England winters and the hot, wet, murky summers behind.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Corwin Sharp on July 10, 2013 at 20:55

    Werner will be missed in our community! Always a gentleman, always with a word for all who wish to speak to him, and always working for the betterment of the Inn and the Woodstock Foundation while carefully navigating the often troubled waters of local concerns. Not an easy task. God speed and thank you for all that you have done to stabilize a venerable community icon.


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