Theodore Finkle new manager at Blue Deer

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Margaretville— Theodore Finkle will be welcomed as manager of the Blue Deer Center in Margaretville at a reception on Friday, March 1 from 6-8 p.m.

An area native who grew up in Margaretville, Theodore (Ted) brings a diverse resume to his new position at the Blue Deer Center. As manager, Theodore will be in charge of producing programs and taking care of guests at the healing and spiritual retreat center.
Theodore has been a stonemason for 20 years and also has an extensive background in the hospitality industry. He has a longtime interest in the study of nutrition,
Reiki, Yoga and shamanic traditions.

Early interests
He received his early training at Rudi’s Restaurant in Big Indian where he worked for three years in his early 20s. Theodore recalled that working at Rudi’s and its affiliated Rudrananda Ashram inspired his creative and spiritual life.

During this period, Theodore became immersed in culinary arts, Kundalini Yoga, music, painting and sculpture. He recalls that building walkways, walls and sculptures throughout the ashram property inspired his longtime connection with stone.

Theodore eventually pursued formal studies in hotel and restaurant management, leading to his employment at several restaurants, including the famous Café Mariposa at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT.

Upon his return to the Catskills, Theodore opened the High Mountain Bakery, which included the
creation and distribution a line of organic energy bars. He and his wife, Pam West, then owned and operated the Evergreen Bed & Breakfast, Performance Space, and Organic Café in Fleischmanns for several years.

Musical interests
Theodore also devotes a portion of his time to his work as a musician and songwriter, During his late 20s, Theodore played throughout the Hudson Valley (and later toured West Africa) as a founding member (sax, keyboards and drums) of Fakoli Dance and Drum and Dance, led by Fode Sissoko. Theodore currently performs with his wife as the band Diviner doing original Folk rock/ambient tunes.

Theodore and Pamela have five children with a grandchild on the way. The family lives on a homestead in South Kortright. Mr. Finkle is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Blue Deer Center as Center Manager.

The Blue Deer Center is located at 1153 County Road 6  Margaretville. For addition information, call 845 586-3225 or visit: bluedeer.org