Doug and MaryEllen Glorie, Proprietors
Hi! We’re Doug and MaryEllen Glorie, Proprietors of Glorie Farm Winery. In the interest of time and space, here are a few quick highlights about us:
Doug: Born in neighboring Orange County. Penn State (Harrisburg) grad (1970). Mechanical engineer employed at IBM, Poughkeepsie 1970-1993. Two children, Doug and Michele, from a first wifetime. Purchased the farm in 1979; began planting fruit right away. Separated from IBM in spring 1993, free to fulfill his dream of farming full-time. Has loved playing in the dirt all his life. Enjoys growing stuff, being outdoors, confronting challenges and making things happen, accomplishing goals, and working hard. Laments he will not live long enough to do everything he wants to do.
MaryEllen: Born in neighboring Orange County. Maiden name: Dempsey. B.S. from Springfield College (Massachusetts – 1978). M.A. from Gallaudet College (1981). Teacher of the Deaf, then Middle School Supervising Teacher at Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Maryland (1982-1992). Worked as a free-lance sign language interpreter for the Deaf (1992-2013) after returning to NY. Enjoys Notre Dame football (GO IRISH!!), cooking and baking, good books, playing board games with friends, beading and other crafty endeavors, creative problem solving, and play time in the back yard with Sullivan and Cassidy.
We both enjoy good wine, a variety of music, all kinds of art, good movies, thought-provoking documentaries, things that make us laugh, a roaring fire on a cold evening, a cooling swim on a hot day, get-togethers with kids, grandkids, and friends; and the rare pleasure of time spent relaxing away from the farm.
Kristop Brown, Winemaker
Born in Sharon, CT. Housatonic Valley Regional High School grad (1994). Attended Rutgers University. Began career in wine industry by answering a random ad for a tasting room job at a Hudson Valley winery in 2001. Became assistant winemaker at another local winery a few years later. Married in 2004. Has two children. Moved to Walla Walla, Washington in 2010 for a “work to harvest” experience. Back to the Hudson Valley to plant roots. Enjoys taking care of and raising children, fly fishing (though he never gets to do it), lots of outdoor activities: hiking, canoeing, camping, anything in the fresh air; going swimming with the kids in any body of water they can find. Has enjoyed watching the past ten years of changes and growth in the Hudson Valley wine industry, people who have come and gone, and the improvements in wines. Says there is still a lot of work to do, but he’s thrilled to be a part of it.
Sullivan & Cassidy Glorie, Sanity Savers
Sullivan: Born 2007. Beautifully built, like a thoroughbred. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2009. Fully grown now at 90 pounds. Truly a gentle giant. A little devil who has never outgrown puppy antics of stealing dish towels and jumping up on beds. Very independent. Loves being outside especially at night when he can smell four-legged visitors without being seen. Looks like a lazy lard butt hanging around the house, but actually very nimble on his feet and ready to go out to play in an instant. Doesn’t like to retrieve. Favorite game is playing “soccer” with Mom, pushing big hard ball around the back yard. Used to be free on the farm but grew bored easily and wandered too much. Also enjoyed racing cars down the driveway. For his own safety, freedom privileges were taken away, but we promised to get him a little sister to keep him company. So, along came Cassidy.
Cassidy: Born 2010. A real pistol. Like “Ricochet Rabbit.” Bing, bing, bing! (If you ever watched the cartoon, you get what I’m saying.) That’s Cassidy in a nutshell. Total sweetheart. A retriever through and through. Loves to run down a ball and bring it back to do it again. Diagnosed with severe arthritis in elbows, back, and back legs, plus blown ligaments in back knees in October 2013. Ball chasing days are over. Needs a lift to get up stairs. Disposition remains as sweet as ever. Still loves to run around in the back yard, but stops to rest when it hurts and sometimes just watches while Sullivan and Mom play. Truly Mom’s dog. Rarely leaves my side.
I grew up in a house with two parents, six kids, and two dogs, and it never felt crowded. Dogs make good buddies. Dogs help keep us calm and give routine to sometimes chaotic lives. When it seems the world has gone off its tilt, dogs remind us to focus on the basic goodness found in every day. They ain’t cheap, but they’re worth every penny. Love my dogs. 🙂