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Celebrate the Season in Uptown Kingston 1
Uptown Kingston is full of great things to see and do. Spend the day with us. Explore the shops and businesses. Visit our notable historic sites.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
10 On the Cover 12 Esteemed Reader 15 Editor’s Note 16 Chronogram Seen 19 Big Idea: Quercus Cooperage 20 While You Were Sleeping 23 Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic
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FOOD & DRINK 30 Mount Comfort Bryan Calvert’s reinvisioned Binnekilll Tavern serves up mountain comfort food at its finest.
35 The Drink Cochecton Fire Station serves artisanal cocktails and delectable flame-cooked fare.
37 Sips & Bites From tropical kistch to high-brow bar food, some culinary highlights to seek out.
HOME & GARDEN
From yoga to sensory deprivation: nonpharma ways to beat anxiety.
OUTDOORS 50 Protection & Connection Scenic Hudson, a conservation and advocacy nonprofit, manages 16 parks.
COMMUNITY PAGES 52 Conservation & Innovation Montgomery and Walden are protecting their heritage while boldly striding into the future.
HOROSCOPES 98 O TIDINGS OF COMFORT Astrologer Lorelai Kude scans the skies and plots our horoscopes for December.
features 25 christmas special by Dennis Doherty Here’s one from the archives: originally published in December 1997, this holiday essay spans the traditional to the atypical.
58 atlas studios photos by Meredith Heuer At 55,000 square feet, Atlas Studios in Newburgh is rapidly becoming a creative powerhouse, with over 40 tenants ranging from chainsaw sculptors to bookbinders to art mechanics.
66 emerging artists by Marie Doyon Seven local gallerists share their top picks for emerging Hudson Valley artists to watch.
38 Rock & Roll Sanctuary Paparazzo David McGough documented rock ‘n’ roll’s coming of age in America. Now, his Woodstock home is a shrine to art, music, and memorabilia.
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Rodney Dangerfield and Redd Foxx. Photo by David McGough, from his book Fame. McGough’s house is profiled this month in Home & Garden.
ARTS 73 Music Album reviews of Robbie Dupree and Street Corner Heroes by Robbie Dupree, Ectotrophia by Happy Rhodes; Driving Friend by Johnny Irion; and Plan B by Outer Space.
75 Books: Holiday Gift Guide A round-up of nine must-have gift books from local authors, all available at those worthy bastions of freedom of expression—your local independent bookstore.
76 Poetry Poems by William Ballner, Richard Donnelly, Rachel Kohler, A. J. Kohlhepp, Jory Mickelson, Erin Scoville, J R Solonche, Matthew J. Spireng, Mariel Stein, Chris Watkins, Roger Whitson, and Louisa Zelek. Edited by Philip X Levine.
82 Arts Q&A: Lea DeLaria An interview with the first openly gay comic on TV.
THE GUIDE 81 A retrospective of classic Woodstock images at Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. 85 Kick that cabin fever with some fun on the ice. Here are six skating rinks to hit up this winter. 87 Shoegaze-y pop quartet Speedy Ortiz whizzes into Colony on December 2. 89 Monday night can’t stop New Year’s Eve. Here is your guide to the festivities. 93 A gallery guide for December. 97 Six live music shows to pencil in, from Wayne Horvitz to Atlanta’s Black Lips.
104 Parting Shot Photographer Richard Beaven captures portraits of nearly 300 Ghent residents, almost five percent of the town’s entire population, in his series “All of Us.”
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Meeting the Great Fullness NADINE BOUGHTON Digital Collage, 9”x12”
“Facebook, selfies, Snapchat—we are always communicating with pictures of self, but our private life, outside bright lights, is a little bit forgotten. With the Modess women, I’m trying to capture the strength of women while also valuing the interior life—that being with darkness in all its richness and receptivity—a real reclaiming of power.” —Nadine Boughton
rowing up in Rochester, the erstwhile American capital of photography, artist Nadine Boughton came of age looking at the world through a viewfinder. Though she has primarily worked in digital collage since 2003, Boughton says she “learned everything about color and composition from all the millions of hours staring through that little square.” Through her collage work, Boughton deconstructs vintage Midcentury imagery and advertising and reassembles the pieces in a distinctly modern exploration of polarity, politics, gender, and societal norms. She scours flea markets and second-hand bookstores for paper ephemera, stockpiling troves of inspiration. “My work has a very strong narrative component. I want to know, ‘What is the story that appears?’ ‘What sets me on fire?’” Boughton says. “It takes a lot of looking. Then once you land on an idea, the execution can take weeks, even months to finalize.” Boughton’s latest series, The Modess Women, takes as its subject the glamorous, gown-andglove-clad ladies who were the face of a wildly successful ad campaign for Modess sanitary napkins in the 1950s. “The campaign made these women beautiful objects—pure, with no grit,” she says. “I wanted to keep some of that quality of interiority and beauty, but get them down on the earth, relating to natural cycles that happen outside the body.” This series shows women in haute couture, exploring forests and caves, at first tentatively then more boldly possessing space, enacting rituals around fertility and the feminine. “The series is about bringing women into themselves—into these dark, rich places,” Boughton says. The works employ accents of blood red and archetypal female iconography from the egg to the conch to the moon in an overt reclamation of the female body that is at times dripping with irony (two women à la mode, trapped in sundae glasses) while in other moments, utterly sincere and arrestingly beautiful, like this month’s cover, Meeting the Great Fullness. In this image, a demure crescent moon beholds the radiant splendor of the full moon female, who stands tall, unapologetically inhabiting her body and her sensuality. “It feels initiatory,” Boughton says. “It’s just about rising to the fullness of being a woman, rather than being just lost in yards and yards of draped material.” Set against a dark celestial backdrop, the piece quietly proclaims a eternal, universal truth. “It was extremely satisfying to take these images from my indoctrination as a child and bring in my personal study of indigenous, earth-based cultures and the symbology of the feminine,” Boughton says. “It was very personal. I think women everywhere carry a certain element of shame. For me, this was a reclamation of women’s power and the beauty of the female form.” —Marie Doyon Nadine Boughton’s work will be on view as part of the exhibit “Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers” at The Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss through January 13.
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alt cover Cover decisions are always hard to make, as every month I’m faced with an embarrassment of visual riches. Though there can be only one, here I can entertain outcomes of parallel universes— the next best thing to not having to choose. —David C. Perry This month's alt is Vivian, a photograph by Blake Fitch, one of the artists featured in the “Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers” exhibit at The Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss.
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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: My father-in-law is suffering from a degenerative nerve disorder and, though he has his wits, he is losing some of the basic physical abilities we all take for granted. Simple activities like standing up and walking, grasping objects, and unzipping to take a pee, have become supreme efforts for him. To the man’s credit, he has allowed the suffering to open him to the sublime quality of acceptance. There is an aura of infectious peacefulness about him. At our Thanksgiving dinner, one of the rare occasions he left his bed in recent weeks, he announced with intense emphasis “nothing is wrong, nor has anything ever been wrong.” Hearing this simple statement woke something up in me. Sitting at table with family, his words opened me to the moment and I became more aware of the other people, the intermingled smells of the woodstove and delicious food, our collective atmosphere, and the gift of so much abundance, safety, and connection. My body relaxed and into that state which was equally full and empty came the words of a poem that had touched me in a similar way when I read it as a teenager. The poet was a member of an extinct species of true Americans, men and women with real American values. Walt Whitman was part of quasi-secret society that called themselves the Transcendentalists. The membership included such luminaries as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Margaret Fuller. They were basically 19th-century bohemian artists, reading the Bhagavad Gita, practicing meditation, and sharing their perceptions in artful, timeless prose that became American scripture. Here’s the poem, about radical acceptance, and the realization that every person, every action or object, every event or experience is a root or branch or leaf of the same great tree of truth. All is Truth
by Walt Whitman O ME, man of slack faith so long! Standing aloof—denying portions so long; Only aware to-day of compact, all-diffused truth; Discovering to-day there is no lie, or form of lie, and can be none, but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon itself, Or as any law of the earth, or any natural production of the earth does. • Featuring world class cutlery and cookware from Zwilling. • Great gifts for anyone who loves to cook or entertain. • Gift wrapping available.
(This is curious, and may not be realized immediately —But it must be realized; I feel in myself that I represent falsehoods equally with the rest, And that the universe does.) Where has fail’d a perfect return, indifferent of lies or the truth? Is it upon the ground, or in water or fire? or in the spirit of man? or in the meat and blood? Meditating among liars, and retreating sternly into myself, I see that there are really no liars or lies after all, And that nothing fails its perfect return—And that what are called lies are perfect returns, And that each thing exactly represents itself, and what has preceded it, And that the truth includes all, and is compact, just as much as space is compact, And that there is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth—but that all is truth without exception; And henceforth I will go celebrate anything I see or am, And sing and laugh, and deny nothing.
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by Brian K. Mahoney
THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING at the ancestral
Mahoney estate, my siblings and I sort through the stuff in our mother’s house and choose our inheritances. There are some investments, an IRA hardly touched in mom’s brief retirement, 100 Euros we find along with her passport, and the house itself. But we are here to settle the real estate—all that’s really left for us is the sentimental inventory. There are plenty of things. Spend a lifetime living in a house and accumulation happens. All these objects need to be evaluated for emotional significance. There’s a baby grand piano—I should take it as I was the only child who ever played piano, but where would I put it? The massive mirror in the dining room that Dad and some of his buddies once moved across the room by rolling it on baseball bats—which of us will take that home? No takers. Same for the dark-hued Madonna and Child Renaissancestyle painting of unknown provenance with the hulking scrollwork frame that looms over the couch, giving the living room an air of sophistication it perhaps did not deserve. In that room, the people would come and go talking mostly football, not Michelangelo. I will take some things: the battered pot that Mom cooked pasta in that looks like it traveled cross-country on a buckboard wagon and served as a combat helmet along the way. I’ll also grab something unexpected, a five-page typewritten letter buried under report cards and grade-school diplomas in mom’s dresser. The letter is from my grandmother, Nancy, to my cousin Mary in St. Louis. The letter is in response to a request by Mary—who must have been in high school or college— to “do a story on Nancy Craig.” Typical of the time and her upbringing, Nancy starts off by telling Mary “I don’t know that it would be very exciting—you may decide to go elsewhere for a subject.” The next 30 paragraphs serve to undermine my grandmother’s initial demurral. Nancy was “born with a good ear for music” in St. Louis in 1914. She studied music and theater at Colorado College. Back in St. Louis, Nancy “tried a little concertizing and quickly discovered this was not what I wanted. There was more to it than playing the piano. It was a public relations job— going to parties to entertain, etc.” Nancy then got a job as a program director at KMOX, a radio station in St. Louis, hired by her future husband, George Junkin. “For about five years I worked there for about 18 hours a day. No one there had any sensible schedule, and you might be working on the telephone board and be called in to perform as a pianist or to speak the part in some play. It was a
marvelous experience that we all enjoyed and I never worked harder in my life.” After marrying the boss, Nancy and her husband moved to New York where George went to work at CBS and Nancy got a job on the radio at NBC “on a women’s program covering the exciting things going on around the town.” Working at NBC is where Nancy, formerly known as Alice Junkin, took the pseudonym she would forever be known for. As she explained to Mary, “They insisted that I either assign them my name or let them give me a name that they would own. I chose the latter and they named me Nancy Booth Craig for NBC.” During this period, Nancy was approached by a publisher putting together a book called It’s as Easy to Fly a Plane as Drive a Car. The author, flight instructor Bill Strohmeier, wanted to prove that anyone could learn to fly. “I was the guinea pig,” Nancy wrote. “They decked me out in an all-white flying suit—with goggles—and we went to a flying field in New Jersey to teach me to fly over the weekend.” After 12 hours of flight instruction over three days, Nancy soloed. “I said my prayers I’ll tell you, but being up there on my own was probably the greatest thrill of my life.” Next up was television, a program called “Woman of Tomorrow,” though Nancy didn’t like it as much as radio: “You had little or no rehearsal time and you were at the mercy of the director, cameramen, and guests.” Guests included Marlene Dietrich, Danny Thomas, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby—“the list is endless.” (At no point in this letter does Nancy mention the birth, or rearing, of her two children during this period.) After a few years on TV, Nancy ended up at House Beautiful magazine, where she worked for 23 years as a home, kitchen, and appliance editor. “After radio and TV, this job seemed like play,” she writes. “There were no daily deadlines—only monthly ones, and there was plenty of time to prepare and improve what you were planning.” (Speak for yourself, grandma.) Nancy retired in 1978, though she continued to write a column on microwave cooking for the magazine. Nancy concluded: “In my spare time, I’m a babysitter for my grandsons Brian (10) and Conor, who is almost two years old. Alice, Kevin [my father], and the youngsters fill my life with a great deal of love and interest, and I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world.” The letter is dated September 15, 1980, just a few months before Nancy would die of cancer, though it was undiagnosed at the time of her writing to Mary. There are the expected types of inheritances—money, objects, real estate—and then the unexpected and wonderful ones, like personal histories of your loved ones.
everyone knew her as nancy
“By six pm I was up in a Piper Cub with the instructor and he was showing me all the controls and explaining the plane. Then he took me up and up and up—and then down in a “flying leaf” fall. That had to be done for your license. It almost finished me—I was so scared, but on being assured that was the worst, we had dinner and spent a good evening.” —Nancy Booth Craig 12/18 CHRONOGRAM 15
chronogram seen Chronogram Conversations On November 1, Luminary Media hosted a rousing Chronogram Conversations event at CO., a co-working space in Rhinebeck. More than 140 people came to network, listen, and participate in the discussion on “The State of Independent Regional and Local Media.” Guests nibbled on delicious Indian fare from Cinnamon restaurant (Rhinebeck) as well as gluten-free desserts from T-Spoon bakery. Angry Orchard brought limited-release hard ciders for sipping; Benmarl Winery poured wine. Title sponsors for this Conversation included AT&T and Ulster Savings Bank; CO. and ReThink Local were co-sponsors as well. Photos by John Garay.
Clockwise from top left: Dr. Madan Kataria, developer of Laughter Yoga, led the audience in a short exercise; Jim Friedlich, CEO and executive director of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism gave the keynote address; Lisa Green (Rural Intelligence), Geddy Sveikaukas (Ulster Publishing), Jason Stern (Luminary Media), Gary Chetkoff (Radio Woodstock), and Jimmy Buff were on the panel; Amy Lewis Sweetman of Agrisculpture designed our handmade Chronogram Conversations chairs; the audience practicing Laughter Yoga; journalist Lissa Harris and Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram’s editorial director; Mariel Fiori, publisher of La Voz, was on the panel; Benmarl Winery poured wines at the event; Kingston Radio Executive Director Jimmy Buff with journalist Michael Frank.
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25th Birthday Party On November 10, Chronogram celebrated its 25th birthday party with a bash at the Fuller Building, an adaptive reuse project spearheaded by architect Scott Dutton in Kingston. Hundreds of fans gathered to boogie down to the music of Paul Rivers Bailey and the Forefathers and sing â€œHappy Birthdayâ€? to the magazine. Photos by Philip Vaughan.
Clockwise from top left: Sean Nutley of bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy and Larie Ingrum Pigeon of Hudson Valley Happenings; the party featured projections by light artist Joe Wheaton; Paul Rivers Bailey; Gigi Carey of Paul Rivers Bailey and the Forefathers; Dr. Russell Charno, MaryBeth Charno, Dick Sloane, Anne Galperin, Will Hermes; Amanda Light painted intuitive portraits; Tim Roche with Beth Jones, Susan Simon, and Jennifer McKinley of Third Eye Associates; WFUV DJ Carmel Holt flanked by Fred Smith and Paula Cereghino of Cereghino Smith Winery; Theo Schikowitz and Taylor Davis of the band Yard Sale; the balloon drop was a big hit.
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BIG IDEA by Marie Doyon
Over a Barrel + In the 19th century, every town in America had a cooperage. Barrels were used to ship everything from mackerel to nails to flour and beer. + Cox’s cooperage, Quercus (Latin for oak), is one of only 33 in the United States, with the lion’s share located in Napa Valley and Kentucky. + American distillers are federally mandated to use new charred oak barrels for six types of whiskey. + New York State has seen a 269% increase in the number of craft beverage producers since 2011, causing a barrel crisis. + Made with lumber exclusively from New York State and Pennsylvania, Quercus barrels offer authentic terroir to producers seeking to make a characteristically local spirit. + Each handcrafted barrel takes 10 hours to produce. Quercus currently produces six to eight barrels a week. With his current Go-Fund-Me campaign, Cox hopes to raise funds to train more employees and increase the weekly barrel output to 20.
After teaching himself the lost trade of coopering, master woodworker John Cox is producing barrels at Quercus Cooperage to supply the exponential growth of New York State’s craft beverage industry. “Chancellor Robert Livingston, one of our Founding Fathers, owned a vast swath of forest on the edge of the Catskills. He realized what an industrial mecca it was for supplying materials for New York City. So, they built up a town on the sawmill. They had the biggest cooperage of the time on a lake. It’s still there now, it’s called Cooper Lake. And the town that built up around this lumber industry was called Wood-Stock.” —John Cox 12/18 CHRONOGRAM 19
Between 1970 and 2014, there was a 60 percent decline, on average, among 16,700 wildlife populations around the world according to the 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report released in late October by the World Wildlife Fund. “We’ve had a loss of nearly two-thirds, on average, of our wild species,” said James Snider, vice-president of science, research, and innovation for WWFCanada. The situation is most dire in two places: the “neotropical realm” of Central and South America and the Caribbean, where wildlife populations have declined by 89 per cent; and freshwater ecosystems like the Great Lakes, where populations have declined by 83 per cent worldwide. The WWF says the biggest drivers of the declines are habitat loss and overexploitation, but climate change is a growing threat. Source: Radio Canada Ethiopia swore in its first female Supreme Court chief last month, Meaza Ashenafi, part of a wave of appointments of women to top government positions backed by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ashenafi, a champion of women’s rights, was a judge on Ethiopia’s High Court from 1989 to 1992 and adviser for the UN Economic Commission for Africa. She founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and started the country’s first women’s bank. Meaza also tried a case that resulted in an end to the tradition of kidnapping girls and forcing them to marry. The case sparked debate over the issue throughout the country and became the subject of the 2014 film Difret, produced by Angelina Jolie. Underage marriage remains common in rural Ethiopia, where most of the country’s population lives. Source: NPR
A Russian scientist in Antarctica is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing a colleague for telling him the endings of books he wanted to read. Sergey Savitsky, an engineer, is accused of stabbing welder Oleg Beloguzov in the chest. Beloguzov was evacuated to Chile for medical treatment. The stabbing took place at Bellingshausen Station, a Russian research station in the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Savitsky, the alleged attacker, was taken to St. Petersburg and arrested. The alleged attack was said to be the result of an argument between the two over Beloguzov’s habit of spoiling the endings of books that he’d read from the remote outpost’s library. Alexander Klepikov, the deputy director of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, said of Savitsky and Beloguzov, “They are both professional scientists who have been working in our expeditions, spending yearlong seasons at the station. It is down to investigators to figure out what sparked the conflict, but both men are members of our team.” Some reports suggest that alcohol may have been involved. Source: Los Angeles Times
On the night before Thanksgiving, Facebook admitted to hiring Washington-based lobbying company, Definers Public Affairs, to push negative stories about the company’s critics, including George Soros. Soros, a Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist with a focus on progressive causes, is a frequent target of anti-Semitism and has become an obsession within conspiracy-minded online pockets. Over the last year, the conspiracy theories about him have moved to the mainstream right wing. President Trump has accused Soros of paying protesters. Soros called Facebook a “menace to society” at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Source: New York Times
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Taxi driver Roy Kim’s body was found hanging from a belt in the bathroom of his Flushing home in November, the latest in a string of suicides to hit the city’s yellow cab and black car industries, both of which have suffered in the new era of ride-sharing apps like Uber. Kim, 58, worked around the clock, but it apparently wasn’t enough to plug the financial dam that began to break as the value of his once-valuable taxi medallion
began to plummet, and he struggled to record as many fares. Kim is the eighth New York City cabbie to kill himself this year. In related news, Uber is working to stem its losses ahead of going public next year. The ride-hailing company said on Wednesday that it lost $1.07 billion in the third quarter, more than in the prior period and slightly less than in the same period a year ago, as it has invested heavily outside of its core business in areas such as bicycles, scooters, and freight shipments. Source: New York Daily News
RACE HATE Hate crimes reported in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased, according to newly released FBI data that showed an even larger increase in anti-Semitic attacks. Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes occurred in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016. That increase was fueled in part by more police departments reporting hate crime data to the FBI, but overall there is still a large number of departments that report no hate to the federal database. The sharp increase in hate crimes in 2017 came even as overall violent crime in America fell slightly, by 0.2 percent, after increases in 2015 and 2016. More than half of hate crimes, about 3 out of every 5, targeted a person’s race or ethnicity, while about 1 out of 5 targeted their religion. Of the more than 7,000 incidents reported last year, 2,013 targeted black Americans, while 938 targeted Jewish Americans. Incidents targeting people for their sexual orientation accounted for 1,130 hate crimes, according to the FBI. Source: Washington Post
DEADPIMPIN’ On November 6, voters in Nevada’s 36th Assembly District elected outspoken brothel owner and reality TV star Dennis Hof to the state Assembly. Despite having died two weeks prior to the election, Hof, a Republican, scored a resounding victory in the deeply conservative district with 68 percent of the vote over his challenger, assistant principal Lesia Romanov. Claims of sexual assault by two women in April did not seem to hurt Hof’s electability either. One of the women, Jennifer O’Kane, said that he put his hands around her throat one night in 2011, told her she “was his” and raped her, and that she was “raped and battered daily” by Mr. Hof. Mr. Hof denied the claims, telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they were “muckraking in the political cesspool that keeps so many good people from running for office.” Hof’s election means that county commissioners from his district will pick a replacement, who must be a Republican and live there. Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
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t’s time for a couple of constitutional amendments. A CBS/New York Times poll found that 84 percent of Americans think that money has too much influence in politics. Even though it’s based on evidence and on the testimony of players as diverse as Barack Obama, John McCain, and Donald Trump, it is still an astounding, astonishing, amazing level of agreement. For comparison: only 79 percent of Americans think the Earth revolves around the sun, 76 percent know that the country from which the US won its independence was Great Britain, 60 percent admit the Earth is warming, and 32 percent believe in evolution through natural selection. Just five percent responded that there’s “too little” money in politics. To put that number in perspective, 15 percent believe that mind control technology comes through the TV set, 14 percent believe in Bigfoot, 13 percent believed Barack Obama was the antichrist, and six percent that Osama bin Laden is still alive. To get all the way down to five percent, you have to find people who believe that Paul McCartney died in 1966. Who are they? (Not the McCartney conspiracy theorists, the more money in politics believers.) Among that strange, even malignant, minority are Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, Anthony M. Kennedy, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Antonin Scalia (when he was alive), and John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh will almost certainly join the list. The FivePercenters are a tiny minority in the real world, but on the Supreme Court they are a majority. No matter what walls are erected to keep money out, they get to the gates and open them up to let the barbarian hordes of finance rush back in. Money in politics is the issue that underlies almost all of our other issues—health care, taxes, inequality, the environment, energy policies, infrastructure, and on and on—and prevents rational solutions. Short of the election of a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate and the luck of having at least two of Thomas, Alioto, Gorsuch, Roberts, and Kavanaugh debenched due to disease, death, or impeachment—all in the same time frame— how is it possible for people to regain even some of their power against the fiscal barbarians?
only people are people The pro-money, pro-corporate court’s reasoning is based on two ideas. One: that corporations—since they represent groups of people—should have many of the same rights as people, most particularly the free speech rights of the First Amendment. Two: Money spent on, or toward, or involving speech has the magical effect of transforming gelt into gab and therefore cannot be regulated. The idea of corporate personhood goes back to the 1870s. It was promoted by the railroads, the big money abusers of power and influence buyers of the day. The next big step came in the 1970s. It was driven by one man, Lewis Powell, Jr. He had created a memo for the Chamber of Commerce saying that US corporations and big business had to launch a movement to save themselves and the American way of life and outlined how to do it. When it was written, the Cold War was at its height, there was a hot war in Vietnam, proxy wars in Africa and South America, and violent confrontations inside the US. Yet Powell singled out one person as the greatest threat, a consumer advocate Ralph Nader. A strange choice? In the famous memo, Powell noted that Nader had proposed going after the executives with actual criminal charges when their corporate actions had killed and injured people. That sounds quite reasonable. Until you realize what Powell was. Quick bios of Powell refer to him as a “corporate attorney,” of polite and gentlemanly demeanor. A slightly closer look reveals that his primary clients were cigarete companies and the Tobacco Institute, the organization that practically invented fake science and public relations campaigns blowing smoke rings of confusion. The final reveal is that Powell was more than a mouthpiece. He was on the board of directors of Phillip Morris, making him a member of the gang. That company would be the lead defendant in a massive RICO suit against the industry. They would be convicted of decades of deceit and deception, corruption and frauds. The judge went out of her way to single out the lawyers as criminals in a long-running “racketeer influenced and corrupt organization,” though they could not—she lamented—face criminal charges as individuals. Long before that, Powell had become a Supreme Court justice, where he wrote the majority opinion in Bellotti, giving free
speech rights to corporations, and joined in Buckley v. Valeo, which held that campaign spending could not be regulated because it was free speech. Together, those decisions were the foundation for Citizens United. The court’s decisions in those cases work fervently to sound like idealistic applications of the First Amendment. But in free speech cases where the defendant was a student, a district attorney who revealed corruption, a prisoner, or a peace group, the Big Money Five see—very clearly—that free speech must be limited for those who are not rich and powerful. In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, free speech has been “weaponized” for the Class War of the top one percent against all the rest. If the Court is going to say that all attempts to limit money in politics are
“I’ll Believe Corporations Are People When Texas Executes One.” forbidden by the Constitution, what can be done? Amend it. With two amendments: The 28th Amendment: Only people are people with inherent rights. Corporations are not people. They only have the rights bestowed upon them by law. The 29th Amendment: While free speech must be upheld, money is not speech. Spending can, therefore, be regulated. Constitutional amendments are hard to pass. They often take decades. However, even the attempt will invigorate Democrats in the House as they battle to get anything through the Senate and the President. It will force opponents to defend corporations over people and defend the power of money over people. “I’ll Believe Corporations Are People When Texas Executes One.” It’s a bumper sticker battle that they will lose. Order yours now. 12/18 CHRONOGRAM 23
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he way it should be. I actually lived the idyllic Christmas seasons of greeting cards, the Never Never Land of nostalgia of Hollywood stories. I could show you the preserved celluloid eight-millimeter procession of eight children and one waggy Labrador staggering down the steps to a tree lording over a room strewn with gaudy gifts, rubbing our eyes at our father’s blinding moose rack of pre-video-ear floodlights, our cheeks round and red as sentiment itself. The house was heavy with the drug of real pine sprays we plucked, and mulled wine, hot spiced cider, as logs snapped in the fireplace and carols crackled from the hi-fi. Gingerbread scenes depicting the entire family, from my half-brothers and their families right down to the pets and our brica-brac Not-eve-a-Mouse, decked the dining room sideboard. Our mother, a creative genius, made it so—when I was little—even reading Dickens’s Christmas Carol for a month and finishing on Christmas Eve, which she’d polish off with the nativity from the Gospel. Sometimes there were great parties, themselves Dickensian in scale and flavor—eggnog-loaded neighbors full of foolish good will as we kids looked on from the stairway or under the chairs, as neighborhood stories and memories, legends, were stretched and born; other times we’d sit in the dark and admire the enormous tree, laden under all the glitter eight children could heap in tinsel, lights, and colored glass. Life can be rich and good, and those things are real. But equally really, people live and breathe and breed and die, each in their season. The way it is. Children grow into these cares. Santa Claus becomes the vestigial comfort of a friendly old story, the tree a rite to remembered and ordered joy, Christ a point of contention, as family—as life— flowers into complexity, opens and confronts you with a challenge that is not yet beautiful, for its newness. I mean awareness of growth and change around you—that siblings leave, that parents bicker, that money and success count more than good will in most
people’s daily lives. There are real problems and darknesses. Promises are broken. Nothing makes you safe. And so you react. There’s preservation and denial, going over the top insistence on the holidays and recapturing feelings forever changed, diving into the colored plastic balls of commerce wed to sentiment, then doing it all over again for the young ones. Or you might rebel, mock the treachery, the phoniness. I always inclined toward the latter. Thus began our bold, tragic forays out of protective childhood and into flirtations with a riskier kind of knowledge, say, someone’s parents’ liquor, or into the buttons and clasps of like-minded girls, and worse. What season more than the Christmas holidays brings out nostalgia for innocence, rhetoric of peace and religion, and the lure of excessive behavior? At nineteen, I wasn’t a bad person but I was a naughty kid, willing to break rules and dubious about the received world, dying to free myself from disintegrated family, dangerous friends, hopeless love for an older, married woman—my ex-teacher. A high school dropout with a job or direction or a clue as to how things worked, I joined the Navy to the shock and horror of everyone but my parents. Christmas of `76 came two weeks before my assignment to boot camp. That Christmas Eve was a night of goodbyes, so we partied. With a vengeance. As a parting gift, all the girls smooched me (I had yet to split up with my love in Boston, this self-imposed exile the nearest alternative to death I could think of. Her gift would be a copy of John Donne’s “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” had written in calligraphy.) All the guys hugged me. Some suggested it was what they secretly always wanted to do. Others, my close friends, shook their sloppy heads and repeated “Why?” We drank and sang and everything went hysterically hazy. Few times in life do we have the chance to know so well the lines delineating its changes. That night, which would end as an unexpected but nevertheless cleansing nightmare, began as a wild hallucination (that this could be happening!) and I embraced it with passion, for I saw that everything I knew was passing
As part of the celebration of our 25th anniversary year, we’ll be revisiting content from our archives. We’re kicking off our throwback project with first-person essay by Dennis Doherty first published in December 1997 that contains many typical holiday occurrences—hanging stockings on the mantel, and some atypical— getting dosed with angel dust. A lecturer in creative writing and American literature at SUNY New Paltz, Doherty is the author of four volumes of poetry, most recently Black Irish (Codhill Press, 2016), as well as a meditation on Mark Twain’s classic novel, Why Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (New Street Communications, 2014).
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away—I’d sold my soul and would soon wake up in another world, dark and foreign. I’d leapt and was now reaching back as I fell. Goodbye Ira and Ando and Sally and Susie and Mom and Dad. Goodbye. Goodbye Westchester and New York and USA. Goodbye solid earth. Goodbye love and comfort and friendly old haunts. Don’t believe I’ll be back. Goodbye world that never really was what it used to be. Goodnight moon. So I laughed the teenage madman’s laugh. The laugh of backward looking irony. The laugh of false bravado. An experienced but ignorant laugh. “Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Kiss kiss. I always loved you, never told. Oh girls, old buddies.” A freefallfrom-the-face-of-the-earth, pupil dilated, face flushed, atomic-mushroom-death’sskull-can’t-stop-grinning laugh. When the
Goodbye Ira and Ando and Sally and Susie and Mom and Dad. Goodbye. Goodbye Westchester and New York and USA. Goodbye solid earth. Goodbye love and comfort and friendly old haunts. Don’t believe I’ll be back. Goodbye world that never really was what it used to be. Goodnight moon. laughter died to a hollow chuckle and the drinks failed to lighten my head, when the sadness returned and the girls turned their faces back toward the land of the living, I knew it was time to go. I had no way home. The party had been in the next town, and my ride was incapacitated. I set out to hitch, or walk if I must, in the sobering frigid silence and darkness of newborn Christmas morning, the way lit by blinking red and green lights on houses like bobbing buoys along New Rochelle’s affluent North End. Two shaggy young men in a VW bug gave me a ride to Beechmont Lake, a mile from my Larchmont home. I suppose they were strange, doing their own hissy kind of laugh, but then, what was I? They offered me a joint, and being polite, I took a small hit. They insisted I have another, “take it all man. Christmas special.” I handed it back to the passenger. “Suit yourself, man. Happy returns.” He put the joint out and hissed. 26 CHRONOGRAM 12/18
Wow, strong stuff. Now my head felt light indeed. My body too. In fact, my body felt lie nothing at all, just an electric current humming along a sleeved wire. I looked at my hands—so very far away. Stepping from the car back to the road I summoned two words to my mouth that I hoped sounded like “thank you.” The door slammed and they sped away. My jaw dropped. The curb looked somehow awfully distant yet too tall for my feet to climb. I lifted a foot as high as it would go and stepped up, almost falling when it hit nothing but air. All right, be careful. This is something different. Don’t panic. Just remember how to walk. You can do it. Parallel reality, here. You can crawl if you have to, just follow this thing home. Before me the familiar street stretched like a tongue to hell. Oh god, I am tripping. What have I done? Where am I in the world? Hostile territory. The houses rose and arched over me like great hatefull bullies, their angry x-ray eyes fixed on my rotten guts, their breath the odor of snow. It was as if my conscience, my fears, suspicions, and self-loathings had formed a landscape out of dear, placid Larchmont. “You can’t fool me!” I shouted. “I know you.” But I also knew I’d been drugged—angel dust? Acid? I recognized nothing about this place where I’d lived for nineteen years. Couldn’t name the street. Couldn’t place in my mind any of the homes or families I’d seen a thousand times, known all my life. Not a doorway or a dog bark. Each step I took felt backward as the distance grew farther; then a treadmill, as each house seemed to replicate the last. Was I walking in circles? Have I been doing this for hours? Wait, where did those guys drop me? Maybe it’s a trick, somewhere other. Maybe I should knock on a door and get the cops, an ambulance. I could be freezing to death and not fell it. No. I know I know this place. I looked to the sky and imagined navigating by the stars. A corner of my brain assured me, “you are insane right now. They have drugged you. Never mind your senses. Never mind your thoughts. Your feet will take you home. You are walking home.” Colors became vivid. Too vivid. The colors were red and blue and yellow with haloes that streaked as I walked, red and green, these mocking Christmas lights, the colors of every promise, of every comfort, winking, winking, from the lovely, luscious spotlit homes and lawns, spitting on me, screaming at me, screaming at my intrusion, my failure, my strangeness—alien! Your passport, please. Your pedigree. We know what you want with our daughters. Loser! You’ll never know our warm insides.
I stopped walking, with the odd sensation they’d entered through my mouth—it was their electricity that was humming in my bile—these strings of bulbs and anthropomorphic porches, slipped down my throat like spoiled oysters and there let loose their poisoned words, and I puked them back all over the star sparkling sidewalk—the lights, the homes, the words, the laughter, the leaving. The world slowly came back to me in dull, workmanlike browns. From Chatsworth Avenue I turned onto my street and again wondered at the houses. How did a man get there? My father? What greatness would it take and how did it feel? To have such things? At home my parents were in bed. The perfunctory tree stood over some unopened boxes. My younger brother slept in a chair before the TV (the other sibs all gone). A horror move about the devils breeding babies cast his face in blue. I wept until dawn. For the next four years Christmas would mean standing watch and manning radios while the married men saw to their young. I didn’t much mind. It was their turn; it was for them and theirs. I’d had it with such crap. Not bitter, not disillusioned, just, not me. And so for years to come. Now it has somehow come to pass, it has snuck up on me in the ambush of years, that I have made my own family and modest home, a late hatch of little ones. We’ve suffered the deaths of parents, a brother, a son. (I learned while writing this piece that a friend just died. Goodbye this Christmastime and always, Kate. We’ll miss you.) And now I have students of my own, about the same age as me on that dark night. The clock has brought me around. So let my children and my students’ holidays be special and fun and spiritual (this from a lapsed Catholic, my wife a lapsed Jew), but let them also be part of a continuum of deepening understanding and celebration and accepted change in the face of a heartbreaking world. May they never feel so removed from the possibilities of the past and future as I once did. Let the holidays be what they will, each to each: religious renewal, family reunion, commercial opportunity, oppressive imposition of kitschy culture, bit of fun and color in the depth of winter. Today my wife reminds me that I again love stockings on the mantel lumpy with tangerines and boxed chocolate, that I’m insistent on atavistic family rituals in the decking of the fir. Still, I’ve made my terrifying leap into life. For me, the holidays are no more of a reminder than every other singular day, that the only thing, the only possible thing that can matter above all else, every day, is love.
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MOUNT COMFORT Binnekill Tavern in Margarteville by Marie Doyon
n 2011, small towns across America were still aching from the Great Recession. The Delaware County village of Margaretville was no exception. Even tourism from nearby Belleayre mountain couldn’t help the economy lagging. Then on a fateful night in August, Hurricane Irene barreled through the region, dumping more than a foot of rain. The once-charming creek at the center of Margaretville turned feral, overflowing its banks and leaving the village up to its eyebrow Colonials in water. In the aftermath of the record-setting deluge, the residents of Margaretville showed grit, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work rather than hightailing it for drier ground. In the seven years since, the bootstrapping business community has rebuilt both the physical and economic
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infrastructure of the town, with more than a dozen ribbon cuttings over the past few years. Thinking Outside the Square The latest of these is Binnekill Tavern, which opened mid-October. Overlooking the picturesque creek that runs along Main Street, the reimagined restaurant is vying to fill the shoes of the former social hub of Margaretville. For over 30 years, Binnekill Square was the beloved community gathering place and watering hole of the village. Run by Swiss-American couple Walter and Jackie Keller, the restaurant was popular with weekenders and locals alike for its warm, no-frills ambiance and hearty Alpine fare (think schnitzel and cabbage). Despite straddling the banks of the creek, Binnekill Square survived the flooding,
thanks to its bridge-like construction, and the Kellers reopened after the hurricane, offering a much-needed public living room for the community. But the couple was well into their 80s, and just a few years later they decided to retire, putting the building and the business up for sale in 2015. “When Binnekill Square closed, there was a hole in the community,” says Bryan Calvert, chef/owner of the recently reopened and re-envisioned restaurant. Incidentally, Calvert relocated to the area the same year the Kellers closed up shop. Seeking to get “as far from the city as possible,” he bought a remote cabin on 25 acres in nearby Andes. Not long after his arrival, the entreaties began. “When people got to know me up here, they strongly encouraged me to take over the restaurant,” he says.
Local roasted trout stuffed with pine nuts and ramps and roasted cauliflower. Margaretville once was the cauliflower capital of the East Coast. Opposite: The Binnekill Tavern building was originally an ice locker for the cold storage of meat and other provisions.
Prospect Heights Pedigree He certainly had the CV for the job. In 2008, Calvert’s cozy Prospect Heights restaurant, James, was one of the early players to put Brooklyn on the food map. The New York Times praised the “small, sweet” restaurant for its “succinct, appealing menu,” describing James as “the kind of modest, warm refuge produced by a chef who wants to simplify things, to personalize things, to work on a scale that doesn’t require or invite the meddling of too many outsiders.” Despite the restaurant’s acclaim, after nearly a decade, Calvert was ready to extricate himself from James, a process which led to the mountains of Delaware County, and ultimately to Binnekill Tavern. In this little-known northwestern corner of the Catskills, Calvert is bringing all of his culinary mastery to bear on a simple concept: mountain comfort food. “A restaurant has to have a sense of place,” he says. “This was already established, so I took some cue from what it was before. It will morph as we grow.”
Classics with a Twist The menu at Binnekill Tavern changes on a rolling basis in response to seasonality and availability, but heading into winter, it is loaded with hearty cornerstone dishes. “I wanted to create a menu with something for everyone served in a place that is comforting after long day on mountain, where you can get great drinks and a warm vibe,” says Calvert. Kick off your dinner with a sumptuous starter like the cauliflower soup, drizzled in truffle essence and served with hunks of roasted garlic, shredded parmesan, and croutons for a modest $7. Or opt for the crispy pork belly, which offers a gentle Asian profile, served with Napa cabbage slaw, spicy honey glaze, cilantro, and basil ($12). For a more locally inspired first course, choose the smoked trout salad, a perfect balance of sweet roasted beets, bitter wild arugula, tangy horseradish vinaigrette, and rich chive oil. “I think people like to eat what they know, but they want a little bit of adventure at same time,” Calvert says. “I’m going with some classics and putting a twist on them.” This approach is epitomized by the meatloaf
“I think people like to eat what they know, but they want a little bit of adventure at same time. I’m going with some classics and putting a twist on them.” —Bryan Calvert
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Calvert plating celery root, apple and smoked trout soup with crispy parsley.
special, which is made with ground lamb instead of beef and topped with a local goat cheese fondue. “We are developing a good local community with a sophisticated palette,” Calvert says. “Comfort food doesn’t have to be heavy just has to satisfy you and make you happy.” Schnitzel Encouragement The mains span all the major food groups— fish, fowl, beast, and pasta. For a Southerninspired entree that Edna Lewis would be proud of, try the sautéed shrimp, served with creamy grits and spicy tomato stew ($24). In need of some classic comfort? Lean into the grass-fed beef short rib, accompanied by smashed fingerling potatoes, roasted broccoli, and roasted red pepper jus ($29). At $15, the bacon cheeseburger is the cheapest entree on the menu. Served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and fries, this is a well-made, unpretentious favorite, popular with the bar crowd. And Binnekill Square loyalists can count on at least one schnitzel dish on the menu. “I was strongly encouraged to do the schnitzel,” Calvert says. “As a chef, it’s always fun to learn new dishes. By listening to clients, sometimes you do things out of your genre.” 32 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 12/18
It is this sensibility, this blend of regard for the old alongside a steadfast commitment to the future, that will likely be the key to Calvert’s success in this mountainside village. So Long to Shag With a glut of stained glass light fixtures and wall-to-wall carpet that predated the ban on indoor smoking, the restaurant Calvert closed on in April was in serious need of an update. Over a six-month period, he renovated, replacing shag carpeting with red oak floors; paring down the number of light fixtures, while still leaving some for posterity; installing a tap line system; swapping out kitchen equipment; rebuilding the wooden deck rendered unsafe from the hurricane; and clearing out the basement (a graveyard for the Kellers’ what-ifs). The original copper bar remains, as do the handmade Hunt chairs and tables in the dining room. To tie in the bar, Calvert has built a copper-faced open fireplace, giving the space a cozy ski lodge feel. On a brisk night in mid-November, the restaurant is buzzing with a cheerful din. A young couple on a date rubs elbows with a couple of guys in Carhartts and steel-toed boots. The vibe is casual and friendly. Everyone is welcome.
“It was a beloved restaurant, so I wanted to keep original vibe, but modernize it, clean it up,” Calvert says. “I also had an aesthetic I wanted to convey—this kind of warm, tavern feeling, where people can come and hang out, drink, eat, and have a good time.” Undoubtedly, the simple, classy establishment has regained its seat as the social hub of Margaretville. And Calvert’s culinary magic applied to a down-home
“Comfort food doesn’t have to be heavy, it just has to satisfy you and make you happy.” —Bryan Calvert concept has created a bevy of options at a decent price point for fine dining anywhere. Whether sitting on the deck overlooking the beautiful creek in summer, or tucked away by the open fireplace in the middle of winter, you are sure to savor every delectable bite of your dinner. Binnekill Tavern is open for dinner Thursday through Monday starting at 5pm. The bar opens at 4pm. 746 Main Street, Margaretville. (845) 586-4884; Binnekilltavern.com.
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fter cutting their teeth on the New York City bar and restaurant scene, childhood friends Josiah Early and Ezekiel Miller relocated to the western Catskills to strike out on their own. Together they formed The Horse’s Mouth, an events and consulting company specializing in craft cocktails. And this past summer, the pair opened the doors to their latest undertaking: The Cochecton Fire Station. “For over a decade, we discussed opening a place of our own, and when the fire house came up for sale, we knew it would be perfect,” Early says. Miller adds, “When it was still functioning as an actual fire station, it was the town’s gathering place for birthday parties and other celebrations. It seemed clear the community missed those traditions and needed them back.” The once-operational fire station has been into a cozy gastropub, which serves artisanal cocktails and delectable flame-cooked fare that had food writer David Wondrich taking to Twitter to cry “Brigadoon!” Named for iconic local farmer John Gorzynski, a stickler for traditional methods of organic agriculture, the Ornery Old Fashioned is a throwback to the pre-Prohibition glory days of bartending. Made using traditional methods and ingredients, the drink has a mix of rye and Prohibition bourbon, which is distilled in Roscoe from corn milled right next door to the Fire Station. “This Old Fashioned is about as close to the original cocktail America ever made,” Miller says. “This drink would have made our forefathers proud.” —Julia Joern
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Sips & Bites A roundup of restaurants and bars.
Schnitzel for Ski Bums
Since opening right across from Hunter Mountain last winter, Jagerberg has rapidly become the go-to place for people fresh off the slopes to kick off their ski boots, order a brew, and sink back in tired contentment. Head chef and CIA graduate Christie Flanagan has helped to focus the menu’s German concept. Spent the day burning calories? Choose from hearty, soul-warming classics like the jagerschnitzel, which is a rich and crispy chicken schnitzel with roasted, sauteed mushrooms—served with mashed potatoes and swiss chard ($23), or the Kaesespaetzle, a traditional egg noodle dish served with caramelized shallots, emmentaler cheese and rye breadcrumbs $14). Either way you’ll leave full and happy. Jagerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern. 7722 Main Street, Hunter.
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When The Hop closed on Beacon’s main strip, locals and weekenders alike were crestfallen. But owners of The Barking Frog, which proudly bills itself as “the best damn dive bar in Beacon, and Publick House 23, a Pleasant Valley staple, were well-poised to take over. Melzingah maintains the laidback, no-frills ambiance of The Hop, with a 23-tap selection of brews to boot. The centerpiece of the space is a massive steampunk chandelier with cantilevered mix-and-match pendant lights, a fitting accent too the industrial blend of beams and brick. The menu is broad-reaching, featuring some high-brow takes on bar faves like their grilled cheese, made with manouri cheese and Mediterranean chimichurri on a toasted baguette ($11); light and fresh small plates like the roasted beet salad, made with roasted marinated beets, whipped goat cheese, and almonds ($13); and rich, filling mains like the garganelli and sausage ragu ($17). Melzingah Tap House. 554 Main Street, Beacon.
Liquid Treasure Found in King’s Court
Poughkeepsie’s newest brewery has taken up lodging in the former King’s Court Hotel. The once glamorous inn was recently converted to offer a blend of residential and commerical spaces. King’s Court Brewing occupies a 2,500-square-foot space on the ground floor and is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays. Head brewer Cortlandt Toczylowski, who got his chops in the San Francisco beer scene, is brewing up refreshingly original concotions, including Free Your Mind, a dry-hopped sour ale; Locust Grove Peach Ale, a champagne harvest ale; and Into the Night, a schwartzbier black lager. Stop by the taproom and taste something new or buy a four-pack of 16-ounce cans to go.
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The recently renovated Vanderbilt Lakeside Bar Room & Guesthouse boasts eight, cozy light-filled guest rooms with a trend toward Midcentury and boho modern furnishings. In the Bar Room, CIA alum Ferdinand Ramilo is at the helm of an approachable and unpretentious menu. Ramilo’s love of travel informs his menu curation, which explodes with global flavors. Highlights include a Japanese-inspired organic miso-, panko-, and peanut-crusted Faroe Island salmon ($24); and the Caribbean-style rum-brined pork chop, served with tostones, apple leek slaw, and house-made chutney ($22). Go for a meal, stay for the weekend.
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Tropical Kitsch in Hudson
Self-described “tropical comfort maximalists,” Carla PerezGallardo and Hannah Black have created a bright, funky, queerfriendly coastal vibe in their Hudson restaurant Lil Deb’s Oasis. The laidback feels and inventive Latino menu of this converted neighborhood diner has earned Lil Deb’s a cult following. From the perfectly tangy yucca appetizer served with salsa verde ($7) to the whole fried fish (MP), which you can order in a range of sizes, the flavors here are bold, blended, and finger-lickin’ good. Lil Deb’s Oasis. 747 Columbia St, Hudson.
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David McGough and Lizzie Vann in front of their home, a converted 18th-century barn. Formally the site of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, the couple updated the main house and turned the propertyâ€™s animal stalls and veterinary clinic into extra guest and performance space.
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The couple, along with friends Richard Schlesinger and his daughter, Edelmira Schlesinger, practice on the stage of the property’s former hog barn. The paintings of Elvis Presley flanking the stage were painted by McGough and are titled The Wonder of You. “To me the greatest star that ever lived was Elvis Presley,” says McGough. “What he did was so gutsy and creative.”
n the second half of the 20th century, the phenomena of rock 'n' roll music, movies, and network television converged with the rise of tabloid magazines to shape a culture where celebrities had an outsize influence on both the American zeitgeist and American life. Celebrity photographer David McGough was there for most of it, waiting backstage or on the street, with his camera and an eager eye. His newly released book, Fame, is a coffee table sized collection of some of his greatest shots, interspersed with anecdotes of his life at the fringes of an era. A master of capturing the largerthan-life nature of both performers and (all kinds of ) performance, as well as the tiny details that define character, McGough’s work elevates the notion of “celebrity photography” into a genre of its own right.
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An intriguing, alternative narrative of the last half of the 20th century, the book shines a light on recent history, the anomaly of fame, and even current events, all seen through the lens of American popular culture. Inspired by his love of rock 'n' roll, McGough began his career photographing shows and musicians, eventually working for the New York Post. He later branched out to work with movie stars and even a few politicians. Within the pages of Fame are shots of iconic arena-bursting musical performances that defined more than one generation (think the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Prince); there are candid backstage photos with everyone from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to Bob Dylan and David Bowie; and there are the classic paparazzi snaps—Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis on the street, Woody Allen in a restaurant hiding behind a menu, Sophia Loren batting off fans as she rushes to her car—that provided fodder, first for tabloids, then for mainstream news. (The book has no page numbers, but if you open it a third of the way through and leaf around, you’ll find a few candid shots that epitomize our nation’s current intersection of celebrity and politics.)
The 25-acre farm McGough shares with partner Lizzie Vann in the mountains near Woodstock is contemporary and comfortable, with plenty of room to share. The former site of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, McGough and Vann have transformed the home for rescued creatures into a place filled with memorabilia, art, and photography—with some space left over for rock 'n' roll.
Left: The living room includes a floor-through bluestone fireplace. “I’m inspired by the old stately homes of Britain,” explains Vann. “I love the confident, stately way the houses sit in their surrounding landscapes, and the sense of history that you see in the interiors of the houses themselves.” Right: The dining room is decorated with some of McGough’s celebrity portraits and centered around the former boardroom table of a local publishing house. “Our personal philosophy is to create a place for David and I and all our friends, family, and visitors to be at peace and away from the stresses of city life,” says Vann.
A Home for Animals Based out of New York City for most of his career, McGough met partner Vann, the founder of the UK-based Organix children’s food company, eight years ago in Florida. Wanting a space large enough to host friends and family, as well as their own musical performances, the couple moved to the Catskills three years ago and bought the former sanctuary space. While neither had ever visited the farm during its previous incarnation, McGough knew of it from his work volunteering with PETA. “I’ve been a vegetarian since my early twenties,” he explains, “and I’ve owned horses and farm animals and have always been sympathetic to the plight of animals.” He also felt a special connection to the property’s history. 12/18 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 41
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“Remember it was fame that kept this place going,” McGough says, noting that multiple artists, such as Sean Lennon and Moby, performed on the main house’s back deck, facing one of the open fields, to raise funds and awareness, and to support the farm’s mission. However, like many of the creatures that found their way to its fields, barns, and sheds, when McGough and Vann bought the property it needed rehabilitation and a bit of tender, loving care. Right away, the couple began transforming the outbuildings, log cabin, and acreage into a personal haven. Comfortable and sprawling, the roomy property now has ample space for visiting family and friends, as well as a complete indoor stage—all of it decorated with the couple’s eclectic, extensive collection of art, books and, of course, enough instruments to outfit the army of rockers who often stop by to jam. The main house, a two-story, 2,500-square-foot contemporary log cabin, was built in 1980 out of hemlock recycled from a previous structure on the property. The open-plan first floor flows from kitchen to living room to step down dining area, all of it trimmed with exposed beams under two-story cathedral ceilings. At the center of the space, a giant floor-through bluestone fireplace is open on either side to the living room and dining area. Both spaces
feature some of McGough’s iconic celebrity portraits as well as oil paintings and other artworks collected over the years. The couple undertook a complete renovation of the open plan kitchen, adding walnut cabinetry and expansive quartz countertops to the space. They added butcher-block counters to a central island and installed a large black cast iron “AGA” cooker to the space and then hung whimsical paintings of farm animals on the walls above. Across from the kitchen, a generous mudroom is enclosed by a set of stained glass doors original to the house. An office, full bathroom, and guest bedroom decorated with an Indian theme complete the downstairs. On the second floor, the couple walled off two loft spaces to create two large bedroom suites with vaulted ceilings. A split Imperial staircase leads to each private bedroom, both with bathrooms. The couple added extensive built-in shelving to each room, to house their large collection of biographies, and each space offers up views to the neighboring fields and mountains.
The couple renovated the home’s kitchen, updating the walnut cabinetry and adding new appliances, while remaining true to the residence’s previous incarnation. “I think cooking meat in this house would be a sacrilege,” explains McGough, a vegetarian. The couple decorated the walls with tribal masks picked up locally and prints from UK-based Aardvark.
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The outside of the former hog barn with Vann in the foreground. Dubbed the “acoustic porch,” the couple have decorated the wall with event posters collected from telephone poles throughout Woodstock. “There’s something about great old songs,” says McGough. “Going to rock concerts can be a beautiful, church-like experience. There’s an energy that’s created by the crowd— even if there’s 60,000 people it can be religious.”
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the 25 acres into animal pens, and donated the fencing to some farmers in the area. They then went to work converting the four main outbuildings into useable spaces. The farm’s 1,200-square-foot welcome center and veterinary clinic required a complete gut renovation. Damaged by mold and water, the couple tore out the center’s interior and then rebuilt the space into a two-bedroom guest space with a full kitchen and bath, rechristening it “Castle Blayney,” in honor of McGough’s father, whose family came from the town of the same name in Southern Ireland. The farm’s former tractor barn received the same top-to-bottom renovation. Now dubbed “Deacon Blue,” the 2,000-square-foot space features three full bedrooms, a bathroom, and a complete kitchen. The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s former hog barn has been completely translated. The colorful warehouse with twostory ceilings is now an indoor performance and gallery space, with full stage and room for an audience of 80. The couple added recycled barn doors to the building’s exterior, shoveled out all the mud, and then added floors. Mindful of the surrounding neighbors, Vann sound-proofed the space by adding two layers of Roxul Comfort Batt
Stone Wool insulation to create 12”-inch thick walls and ceilings. “The great thing about having so many musicians in the area, is that there are also a lot of sound engineers —so we got some good advice,” says Vann. The space is decorated with McGough’s extensive collection of guitars and other instruments and an adjacent room is now a gallery space displaying a collection of McGough and friend’s art. Outside, the couple redid the main house’s surrounding bluestone patio and added a fenced-in vegetable garden to the northern section of the property. In front of the house, the couple installed a circular bluestone sculpture around a horse chestnut tree, as well as a bench to sit and enjoy the landscape. Approximately 10 feet in diameter and three feet high, the sculpture is meant to reflect on the surrounding farmland and help guests feel at peace. They also added an outdoor pool for their guests to enjoy in the warmer months, and a fire pit for the cooler weather. Next summer, they plan to add a full pergola to the home’s back patio. After years of “being invited to everything,” says McGough, the couple are enjoying their new farm and the time and space to entertain guests. “Now, we are always the hosts,” he says.
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FROM YOGA TO FLOTATION: NON-PHARMA WAYS TO BEAT THE ANXIETY. By Wendy Kagan
t wasn’t a typical day for Jillian Pransky. She was coming home from Maryland after helping to clear out the belongings of a beloved sister-in-law who had just died of cancer in her early 30s. On the highway, suddenly Pranksy’s arms started to shake, her vision blurred, and her breath got shallow. “I remember feeling tingly all over and thinking I was going to pass out,” she recalls. Thankfully, she wasn’t at the wheel; her boyfriend pulled off at the nearest exit and took her straight to the ER. Convinced she was having a heart attack or facing something equally grave, Pransky was shocked when her vitals came back normal. The ER staff told her that physically, she was fine. She was having a panic attack. Pransky remembers arguing with the doctor: How could she be having a panic attack? She was a yoga teacher. Not only that, but Pransky figured she had the wrong personality for an anxiety disorder. “I didn’t feel fragile or vulnerable,”
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she says. “I was naturally strong and optimistic, and I had so much drive to go after my goals.” She was a high achiever, climbing the corporate ladder as a young executive and becoming a rising star at yoga. Yet inside, she held buried feelings that came from growing up with episodes of violence, coupled with fears about losing an ill parent who was also the source of that violence and assault. “I don’t think I was aware of how deeply I was holding onto things until I had the panic attack,” she says. “The trauma of losing my sister-in-law, who was around my age and a lot like me, was a trigger event for facing the vulnerability that I’d been suppressing for so long. The panic attack was a gift, because it revealed all the ways I had felt out of control historically.” Not everyone would consider panic to be a gift. But epiphanies arrive in unexpected packages. After the ER episode, Pransky worked with a somatic developmental therapist who taught her how to use body
awareness to loosen anxiety’s grip. She also changed her yoga practice, removing “overefforting” from her time on the mat. Yoga became less about perfectly executing poses and more about giving herself a sense of calmness and wellbeing. These explorations would eventually become the basis for her book Deep Listening: A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart (Rodale Books, 2017). In the months following the panic attack, Pransky experienced a few smaller “tremors,” but she acquired the tools to cope with them. “Step one was not analyzing my anxiety or talking myself out of it,” she says. “It was calming my body. It was feeling myself on the earth, noticing my surroundings, and deepening my breath.” All of this allowed her to look at the anxiety objectively. “It wasn’t ‘I am anxious’ or ‘I am afraid,’” Pransky recalls learning. “It was ‘I’m having the experience of feeling afraid.’ Knowing this let me realize the anxiety wasn’t going to kill me.”
The Era of Anxiety Is Here To varying degrees, we all experience anxiety. Stress and worry are its cognitive aspects, yet anxiety also has physical and emotional symptoms—from a racing heart or insomnia to feelings of apprehension or dread. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 40 million US adults, or 18 percent of the population, have an anxiety disorder, whether it’s generalized anxiety, a panic disorder, or PTSD. More than 26 million adults (over 8 percent of the US population) turn to anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, and hypnotics such as Xanax, Valium, or Ativan—many of which lead to dependency and have side effects like dizziness, confusion, nightmares, and memory loss, especially with long-term use. With a 24-hour news cycle chronicling heartrending disasters alongside combative politics, these are anxious times, and the need for natural ways to quell anxiety is greater than ever. Anxiolytic prescriptions are on the rise, but a growing number of doctors are recommending practices like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for mild to moderate anxiety, or as an adjunct or complementary treatment for severe anxiety. A 2017 meta-analysis in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine found Hatha yoga to be a promising method for treating anxiety, with the caveat that we need more research in this area. Such research, if not life-saving, could be quality-of-life saving. “Asana” is the Sanskrit word for a posture of yoga (such as Downward Facing Dog or Warrior I), but it also means “seat”: it’s about our connection to the earth. Its purpose is not only to help the body become limber and strong but also to ground us so we don’t get swept away by our thoughts and worries. Meanwhile, yoga’s focus on the breath lets us turn off the “fight, flight, or freeze” response to anxiety and stress. “When the breath is full and deep, that calms the neural circuitry,” says Pransky. She offers a simple tip for when anxiety takes hold: Wrap your right hand around your left ribcage and your left hand around your lower right ribcage, and breathe into that hug. Your diaphragmatic breathing will stimulate the vagus nerve, activating the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system. Another facet of yoga and meditation is observing self-talk. “We can’t tell ourselves not to be afraid,” says Pransky, “but we can say, ‘I feel afraid and that’s okay.’” During her “panic year” she developed a fear of flying, yet she had the opportunity to travel to Australia, a place she had dreamed of visiting. Her anxiety was too big to ignore but she boarded the plane anyway. Providentially, the seat next to her was empty. “I said, ‘I’m going to let my fear sit here.’ I gave it that space,” she recalls. “If we can acknowledge our fear and do it anyway, that strengthens our resilience. Then we can walk through the world with our anxiety, meeting it as we would a friend, child, or partner and asking, ‘How can I help?’ We can meet our anxiety with acceptance and curiosity, instead of trying to push it away.”
We’re Becoming a Flotation Nation While Pransky grounds herself (or in her words, “lands”) with yoga, others calm their anxiety the opposite way—by floating. Around since the 1950s, flotation therapy is hot these days with float spas opening nationwide, including at least two in the Hudson Valley: Mountain Float Spa in New Paltz and Zephyr Float in Kingston. Also known as sensory deprivation, flotation involves easing yourself into a tank reminiscent of an oversized bathtub that’s filled with water mixed with so much Epsom salt that you easily float (no raft necessary). The temperature of the air and water are both set to match the temperature of your skin, about 94 degrees, so you hardly notice where the water and air end and where your body begins. Without sensory stimulation (people generally turn out the light), the mind and body get a profound rest—a “beyond consciousness” state that some describe as deeply meditative. People float for various reasons, from alleviating chronic pain to jump-starting creativity, but relieving anxiety and stress is a top draw according to Olga Schoonmaker, who co-owns Zephyr Float with her husband, Ryan. “A lot of our anxiety comes from the constant stimuli from our surroundings,” she says. “You’re either on the TV or your phone, and sometimes you’re doing both at same time. You’re checking your email while you’re getting text messages. Our minds and bodies weren’t meant to handle all that.” One researcher, neuropsychologist Justin Feinstein, is so convinced that flotation is the antidote we need for information overload and anxiety that he opened a float lab to gather state-of-the-art research: the Float Clinic Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa,
“If we can acknowledge our fear and do it anyway, that strengthens our resilience. Then we can walk through the world with our anxiety, meeting it as we would a friend, child, or partner and asking, ‘How can I help?’” —Jillian Pransky
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“When we meet ourselves with care, warmth, and presence, we can change our neurology.” —Jillian Pransky with her body and replace feelings of shame with self-empathy. “I feel such a difference, and I even see it in my face—it’s not as puffy and there’s less tension in my jaw. Flotation is a complete letting go. It’s way more powerful than therapy.” Floating is not for everyone, as some people have a hard time hanging out in nothingness. Brittany says the first 20 minutes are the hardest, with thoughts and issues rising to the surface, but once that passes she enters a cozy state (float sessions last either 60 or 90 minutes). Schoonmaker says that most of her clients report feeling safe and contained, like being in the womb. (In addition to her float spa, Schoonmaker also co-owns a CBD oil business called Highborne Essentials, specializing in topical CBD [cannabidiol], the non-psychoactive component in marijuana— another area that holds promise as a natural anxiety treatment. Watch this space for more about CBD in a future article.) Ideally, with practice you can train your mind to return to that therapeutic state even when you’re outside the tank in daily life— and that’s where the sustainable benefits come in. The same kind of transference happens with yoga. Unlike psychiatric drugs, yoga and flotation don’t just mask the symptoms of anxiety. Instead, they help us develop ways to cope and walk hand-in-hand with it. “Anxiety separates you—it makes your neighbor seem like the other. It makes you build walls instead of bridges,” says Pransky. “But when we meet ourselves with care, warmth, and presence, we can change our neurology. We release oxytocin, the hormone of love and connection. Our anxiety is not a personality trait. Neither is our connectivity. Yet the more we practice the latter, the better we get that feeling of love and connection.” Jillian Pransky will lead a “Deep Winter Renewal” weekend yoga retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, January 11–13. Kripalu.org. RESOURCES Kripalu Center Kripalu.org Mountain Float Spa Mountainfloatspa.com Jillian Pransky Jillianpransky.com Zephyr Float Zephyrfloat.com
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THE PARKS OF SCENIC HUDSON By Brian K. Mahoney
cenic Hudson’s parks are a playground, science laboratory, art studio, outdoor classroom, and sanctuary. They offer recreation, exercise, and inspiration and connect people, places, and communities.” says Rita Shaheen, director of parks and community engagement at the land preservation and environmental advocacy nonprofit. Scenic Hudson’s parks—16 that the organization actively manages; more than 65 that it has created or enhanced for municipalities and other partners to manage—are one of the region’s best-kept recreational secrets. From the rolling meadows of Long View Park in New Baltimore to the riverfront stroll of Esplanade Park in Yonkers, the protected properties are sometimes in plain sight, often tucked away off major thoroughfares. The sites range in character from forests, woodlands, and ridgetops in rural communities to many in urban communities like Riverwalk Park in Tarrytown, a remediated asphalt plant created in collaboration local municipalities. “Healing the lands that were former riverfront industrial sites, illuminating what the land is once its healed, and then bringing the public in to enjoy them makes these parks an important part of our portfolio,” says Shaheen. While the founding of Scenic Hudson is now the stuff of legend—six people banded together to stop a power plant from being built on Storm King Mountain in Cornwall in 1963—as is its ongoing environmental advocacy and land conservation work, the story of its parks is less well-known. “There wasn’t a moment where it was like, ‘We are now going to become a park agency for the region,’” says Shaheen. 50 OUTDOORS CHRONOGRAM 12/18
TAKE A HIKE Scenic Hudson parks are free and open to the public all year round. Dogs are welcome (on leash) at all Scenic Hudson parks except Scenic Hudson Park at Irvington. Many of the parks have some sections that are accessible for the mobility impaired. Before you visit, check out Scenichudson.org for further details and information on what activities are available at the parks. The parks are unstaffed. Scenic Hudson encourages people to volunteer to help maintain its parks. Below are descriptions of three parks in the Mid-Hudson region that highlight multiple aspects of the organization’s efforts at providing access to the outdoors.
High Banks Preserve Acreage: 287 acres Trails: 3 miles of trails 132 River Road, Ulster Park In an area of Ulster County populated by many Scenic Hudson sites—Esopus Meadows Preserve, Shaupeneak Ridge, Black Creek Preserve—High Banks Preserve opened two years ago on bluffs overlooking the Hudson River. (The top spire of Daisy Suckley’s historic Rhinebeck home, Wilderstein, can be seen across the river.) It’s named after the English translation of “Esopus,” a Native Americans term for the area. A steep trail climbs 200 feet to the upper parkland where former carriage roads meander through wildflower meadows and hardwood forests to Esopus Lake, as well as a 110-foot boardwalk spanning a wetland. The site is a former summer camp for boys, which legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax attended. In the 1940s, the site was also considered as a possible home for the United Nations.
West Point Foundry Preserve Acreage: 87 acres Trails: 2.5 miles of trails 68 Kemble Avenue, Cold Spring Established in 1818 to supply the US government with artillery, the ironworks employed hundreds of workers. After foundry operations ceased in 1911, nature slowly reclaimed the land. Trails follow old rail beds and pass the remains of the foundry structures that led to the preserve’s inclusion. The site, on the National Register of Historic Places, includes multiple interpretive features— including a full-scale sculptural model of the 36-foot water wheel that powered the boring mill. A mobile-enabled audiovisual tour (Foundrytour. org) allows visitors to experience the sights and sounds of a 19th-century ironworks as they roam the preserve.
Mount Beacon Park Acreage: 15 acres Trails: 1.1 miles of trails 788 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon There’s no denying it—the trail is straight up from the parking lot to the summit of Mount Beacon (1,611’), so named for its role in the American Revolution as a signal fire outpost to warn of British troop movements. The hike begins on a staircase following the course of the Beacon Incline Railway, once the world’s steepest funicular and one of the Hudson Valley’s prime tourist attractions. (The Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society is working to return the ride, destroyed in a 1983 fire, to its former glory.) Keep plugging on toward the summit where you’ll find sublime vistas stretching from the Hudson Highlands to the Catskill Mountains. Explore the ruins of the incline railway’s powerhouse or follow a short trail leading to a 1901 Daughters of the American Revolution monument.
The view of the Hudson River from Mount Beacon
For years, Scenic Hudson had worked to protect land through easements and purchases for other entities to manage. Something shifted in the mid-`90s, when a 120-acre parcel in Red Hook came onto the organization’s radar. Carved out between the two grand estates of the Astor and Delano families, the land had been designed in the mid-19th Century with outdoor rooms, vistas, pathways, and rolling meadows. “I think it was the inspiration of that beautiful land that felt like a pivotal moment for our board and our staff,” says Shaheen. “What were we going to do to keep that kind of harmony in the beautiful landscape, but also bring people in?” says Shaheen. “It became evident that caring for it was our responsibility. It became part of our legacy, and, obviously a very popular place to go.” The park in question is the beloved Poet’s Walk Park, just a short drive from the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge near Bard College. The park is buffered on all sides by 780 acres of private lands under conservation easements that ensure the landscape’s protection from development. Since the opening of Poet’s Walk in ’96, Scenic Hudson has created dozens of parks and is currently focusing on urban initiatives in Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, working with local groups, including schoolkids, in transforming neglected natural areas into neighborhood assets. “Engaging youth is vital in these projects,” says Shaheen. “They’re having fun and learning about their community and how they can help. While abundant recreation is available at the parks—kayak and bike rental at Long Dock Park in Beacon; deer hunting at Shaupeneak Ridge; hiking, mountain biking, and river access at dozens of locations—what Scenic Hudson’s sites provide is at essence something simpler: a contemplative break from our overconnected lives. “I think it’s a good thing to have a wide range of activities, but more than ever what people want is quiet,” says Shaheen. “People have a need to connect with nature and have a moment where they feel the park is a special place for them. I’ve met people who have gone to our parks when something sad has happened in their lives and they’ve been refreshed, renewed.”
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he Montgomery Precinct was christened in 1782, in honor of a Brit who’d married a Hudson Valley girl, fought for the rebels, fallen at the Battle of Quebec, and been mourned on both sides of the Atlantic for his bravery, humanity, and decency. It was a good place, already lively with the doings of millers who’d harnessed the feisty Wallkill River to power their dreams, and it became even livelier when the Wallkill Valley Railroad came in and connected the villages of Montgomery and Walden to markets. When Russel Headly wrote his History of Orange County, N.Y. in 1908, he found the area “peculiarly healthful,” featuring “many attractive and commodious private residences” and people “noted for their hospitality and public spirit.”
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This slice of Hudson Valley heartland has a gift for doing world-class work while holding on to that down-to-earth soul, an unpretentious excellence. The Village of Montgomery still conducts its business in an 1830s school building at the heart of it walkable, historic core. Paul Teutel Jr,’s earliest memories are classic Montgomery: playing in the cornfields, fishing in the pond, tree forts, backyard football. “I started welding by the time I was 12,” he says. “Dad’s shop, Paul’s Welding, was at 88 Charles Street—it’s an excellent restaurant now.” In 1999, when Paul Jr. was 25, father and son started building custom bikes together; in 2002, they were chosen by Discovery Channel execs for a new venture —a reality show based not on an island or a handpicked cast, but in a real workplace with real people. “American Chopper” was a massive hit, launching an entire sub-genre. Over 300 one-hour episodes air in over 200 countries, translated into 90 languages.
So Teutel could probably have established Paul Jr. Designs just about anywhere, drawing visitors from all over as he does. But he’s right where he wants to be. “Montgomery’s a happening place right now,” he says. “They’re putting a winery with live music and art into the old Montgomery Mills. There’s a restaurant on every block, and they’re busy; it’s a very foodie place. It seems like it keeps changing constantly, but in just the right direction.” Food & Wine The planned City Winery, a $5 million production facility, tasting room, and restaurant that will make over 30,000 cases of wine a year, grow 10 acres of grapes and host outdoor concerts, is the project of Michael Dorf, founder of New York City’s legendary Knitting Factory. The 126-yearold Montgomery Worsted Mill will be the only non-urban Wine Factory location and the first production facility, using the same
Wallkill hydropower as those long-ago millers—plus some solar. The farm-to-table Borland House Inn, a Hudson Valley Magazine Best of Brunch winner, also serves traditional English high tea—and you can charge your electric car for free while you indulge. The Wildfire Grill serves up eclectic top-notch cuisine a la cozy and rustic (try the fig pizza with something from the wine bar) and Randi Carroll whips up amazing breakfasts, lunches and pastries at Eat This! Bakery. Local chefs benefit from the rich farmland surrounding the village centers. Some has been lost to development, of course, but care is being taken with the rest. Longtime Greenmarket farmer Morse Pitts just succeeded in organizing a formidable partnership including GrowNYC, Scenic Hudson, Equity Trust, and the Orange County Land Trust to make 72 acres adjacent to his Windfall Farms available for farmers to lease in perpetuity, rather than seeing it paved over for a warehouse. 12/18 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 53
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Shop Local Holiday shopping here is top-notch, laid-back, and small-town warm. Oliver Anne, opened in 2014 by Teutel’s wife Rachael Biester, has been repeatedly voted Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best Boutique, Best Womenswear, and Best Gift Shop, a fact that has Paul Jr. just as excited as the Discovery Channel’s reboot of “American Chopper.” (“She designed my logo and I designed hers; it just happened that way,” he says, still lovestruck after eight years of marriage.) The Clinton Shops Antique Center is a 27-year-old passion project where you’ll find the wares of a dozen experts curated under one friendly roof. Liminality specializes in distinctive handmade and Fair Trade gifts, bags, and wearables. Back in 2000, when the Teutels were just getting the whole chopper thing going, an artist named Shawn Dell Joyce moved up from SoHo and started giving lessons in plein air painting, soon
founding a nonprofit school with an artsmeets-agriculture mission and a vision of Montgomery as a center for fine arts. It worked. Come check out the Wallkill River School of Art in its fine historic home this month. There are galleries lined with tables laden with exquisite crafts; walls hung with miniatures painted by the gallery’s 40 artists; and info about classes in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and clay for all ages. After the gallery show, you can take the kids (or the friend squad) on over to Flow Theory, a pay-per-hour crafting studio where you can paint, stitch, and glue to your heart’s content with their wide range of materials. Art & Spirits Four miles north, in Walden, Millspaugh still sells finely crafted furniture and accent pieces out of the three-story brick building that great-great-grandpa TL built. These days, Walden is also where you’ll find the world-renowned Pollich
Tallix Fine Art Foundry, operating out of a 70,000-square-foot production space on 32 acres. (They’re planning to expand and add a sculpture garden.) If you’re not familiar, Polich Tallix works with artists like Ursula von Rydingsvard, Martin Puryear, and Matthew Barney to bring their oversized visions to life. The orchard where the Crist family has been growing apples since 1963 is now home to the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House; which hosts VIP tours on weekend mornings and game nights with creative food and cider pairings. Stop by and say hi on December 15, when vendors will gather round the fireplace for the Holiday Market, followed by a performance of “The Nutcracker,” at the Hudson Valley Conservatory’s New Rose Theatre. These are villages that will probably never be called the New Brooklyn and could care less; they’re Walden and Montgomery and they’re just fine with that. Come visit and you’ll understand. 12/18 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 55
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The motto at the top of Steve Gerberich’s very followable Instagram page (#gerbography) reads: “If at first you don’t succeed, try epoxy.” Gerberich is an artist/tinker who works with overlooked common objects and hot glue to create kinetic sculpture that tickles the imagination. He describes his work as “a mixture of 1 cup Duchamp, 3 teaspoons Calder, 2 tablespoons Kienholz, ½ cup Cornell, 1 pound Rauschenberg, and a sprinkle of Tinguely.”
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Winston Ragle and Justin Catania, Atlas Industries Founded in 1993 by Thomas Wright and Joseph Fratesi, Atlas Industries is a multi-disciplinary design and manufacturing firm integrating interiors, furniture, and objects in a craft-based sensibility. Atlas’s portfolio includes a wide range of work—custom cabinetry, custom millwork, modular office design, handmade furniture—but it’s best known for its signature as4 modular shelving, whose understated elegance and clean lines have made it a favorite of designers.
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ART AND INDUSTRY Atlas Studios in Newburgh photos by Meredith Heuer
ike many of the tenants at Atlas Studios, Thomas Wright and Joseph Fratesi moved their business from Brooklyn. Owners of design and manufacturing firm Atlas Industries, Fratesi and Wright were looking for more space after 22 years in Gowanus. In 2013, they bought and moved into a 55,000-squarefoot warehouse off of Liberty Street in Newburgh that once housed a large-scale textile manufacturing operation. With their own firm, Atlas Industries, as the anchor tenant, the pair sought out creatives to occupy the rest of the building. Product designer Aaron Lown was one of their first tenants (page 63). “Aaron speaks to the demand for something like this,” say Wright. “We were able to fill the building via word of mouth and word on the street. We knew we were taking on a lot with such a large building in Newburgh. We were fairly confident, however. We knew there was a community of creative professionals in the area as well as people being driven out of Brooklyn by higher prices.” There are currently over 40 tenants at Atlas Studios, with studio spaces ranging from a few hundred square feet to over 10,000 square feet. Almost all the tenants are creative professionals, from clothing designers to illustrators to sculptors and photographers. (Meredith Heuer, who shot this feature, keeps a studio in the building.) The building also has a large gallery space where concerts and other events are held. On December 15 and 16, Atlas Studios will host its annual Winter Market, showcasing local makers and designers, many of whom work in the building. The weekend will include demos with The Newburgh Pottery, workshops with Steve Gerberich, Hudson River Bindery, and other artisans. Atlasnewburgh.com —Brian K. Mahoney
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Matt Kinney, Sculptor Meet a man obsessed with tools—a man who carves simulacra of tools out of wood with woodworking tools. Kinney, who’s worked in the construction industry, has created hyper-realistic versions of the carpenter’s arsenal. Think of them as Platonic ideals of tools—perfectly crafted, never-to-beused abstractions of lesser earthly materials. Kinney’s ebony sculptures— axes, pliers, hammers, saws, wrenches, even a tool belt—explore what happens when humble subjects receive exalted treatment.
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Hannah Vaughan, Furniture Designer “I’m a little chair obsessed,” says Hannah Vaughan, who’s busy creating a series of rough-hewn chainsaw chairs in her studio. Often inspired by salvaged materials, Vaughan has also created seats out of crushed cars. Working more on the sculptural side of furniture (read: expensive) than the functional end, Vaughan has also created an affordable chair kit. Based on Shaker design, the Hands to Work chair is a bundle of wood wrapped in rope, which is the seating material. It’s simple, functional, and $170. “I wanted to make something that my friends could actually afford,” says Vaughan.
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Opened in September by husband-and-wife duo David and Jenny Moldover, The Newburgh Pottery is a 2,500-square-foot community ceramics studio that hosts classes and workshops for schoolkids and adults, as well as offering memberships for potters and ceramic artists. Recent transplants to Newburgh from Brooklyn, the couple live just a few blocks from Atlas. “Newburgh is the friendliest, warmest city I’ve ever lived in,” says David. “It’s got the small neighborhood charm that Brooklyn used to have.”
David Moldover, The Newburgh Pottery
Alice Vaughan, Bookbinder “There’s a different kind of glass ceiling in craft,” says Alice Vaughan of Hudson River Bindery. “Craft requires x number of hours to do something and you can’t make it go faster.” The day we spoke, Vaughan had on her workbench an artist’s book from the 1700s that she would spend countless hours taking apart and reassembling. The next book up after that is a dog-chewed copy of the Big Book, the basic text for AA. “I work on everything that comes through my door, from the sublime to the ridiculous,” Vaughan says.
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Aaron Lown, Product Designer After living with his dog Starlite for a year, Aaron Lown realized that there was room for improvement in dog collar design. Lown asked himself the question, “If I had to wear a collar, what would I want?” The result is the UnLeash and CollarLess, a circular braided monofilament leash and collar set made from PET plastic that’s lightweight, strong, and comfortable on the neck and hand—innovative products for dogs that are stylish and performance-driven. Vuff.com.
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7 arts profile
Emerging Artists to Watch Out For Once upon a time, artists had to go to a major city if they had any hope for discovery—and even then chances were slim. But those were the halcyon days of galleries, when art collectors, wealthy individuals, and everyday aesthetes would buy pieces straight off the walls and, if you did get picked up, you were golden. Like everything, the art world has been disrupted by technology. On the one side, digital connectivity has made it easier for artists to work remotely and sell their work worldwide with online portfolios and
Cody Rounds Nap video still 2018
Cody Rounds’s work highlights the ineffable magic of being human. Using a multitude of media, she illustrates the unanswerable musings of consciousness, emotion, and existentialism. Cody produces mature, refined, and captivating experiences for the viewer through video, projection, and performance. In“Melt,” a performance from 2017, Cody stood motionless under a spotlight and embraced a block of solid ice to her chest until it disappeared. The energy between her and the audience was palpable, as we were now directly witness to a personal yet relatable struggle. It was a visualization of something we have all felt, a determination to get through to the other side of pain and suffering. —The team at Milkweed
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marketplaces. And on the other, recognition can be even harder when you are lost in a digital sea of millions. Luckily, the Hudson Valley has managed to nurture a thriving art scene—from Dia: Beacon which displays the work of Contemporary titans to the slew of Main Street galleries in every small town from Gardiner to Hudson showing the work of local artists. We asked seven local gallerists to share a contemporary local artist they are excited about in their own words.
Mount Tremper artist Elsa Mora looks at a piece of plain paper and sees an intricate insect, a delicate piece of lace, a sea creature. While also a photographer, she expands the two-dimensional plane, scratches into the surface, embellishes with paper, thread or other objects to create playful narratives. The resulting images are emotional and tender, arresting and whimsical in their expression of creativity, joy and passion. Her repertoire of media now includes photography, paper, animation, porcelain, drawing, paintings and more. The magic happens as soon as she sets her heart on it. The results are nothing short of stunning.
Elsa Mora Mindscape  archival paper and glue 2018
—Hannah Frieser, Center for Photography at Woodstock
Printmaker and artist Melissa Schlobohm produces work that's gorgeous, obviously laborious, and masterful. But it’s in the presentation of her work where the magic truly happens. Melissa takes the traditional medium of linoleum and woodcut prints to a whole other level by cutting out her intricately carved figures, presenting them as installations. Fanned out like a deck of cards, hung from filament suspended in mid-air, or covering entire rooms, her creatures tell stories beyond a simple image on paper. They are alive and haunting and imbued with otherworldly power. —Carla Goldberg, BAU
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Kyle Cottier And In The Distance The Passing Of A Great Black Caribou wood, rope 2018
Kyle Cottierâ€™s work exposes the patterns shared by the natural and human worlds and calls attention to the relationship of our bodies to our environment. His recent sculptures are composed of reclaimed wood cut into small sticks that are connected with rope in a labor-intensive, meditative process akin to weaving. The high level of craftsmanship and multilayered subject matter in his work are very advanced for a young artist. â€”Karlyn Benson, Matteawan Gallery
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Sienna Martz is a fiber artist whose work we are extremely confident in. Her work attempts to examine manâ€™s intrusion on biological structures, plasticity, and morphology through soft sculpture installations and wearable designs. Her work is built upon time intensive processes to form an interaction between the body and non-native materials, parasitic procreation, and the invasion of a space, material, and the human body.
Sienna Martz self-portrait latex gloves and water 2015
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Alexis Elton Journey to Asclepian interactive scent installation at Unison Arts 2018 While other artists’ past and present celebrate the
beauty of our valley through imagery, Alexis engages the earth like a farmer. Rather than celebrating a bucolic narrative through painting or photography, she primarily appeals to our noses rather than our eyes. Literally our noses. This past summer, she participated in the “What’s Next” exhibition at Unison Arts where she presented what she calls an “interactive scent installation” entitled Journey to the Asclepian, referencing the Greek God of the healing arts. The participants were invited to waft two aromatic waters: hickory and milkweed made from plants found on the Unison property and to engage in a kind of scent ramble. Alexis is creating not only a journey of the olfactory, but also a journey of selfdiscovery and healing as participants are taken out of their normal perceptual field into the realm of natural aroma and attendant associations. —Carl Van Brunt, WAAM
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Carl Grauer The Oz Triptych oil on linen 2016 A native of rural Kansas, Grauer is perhaps best known for his portraiture and paintings of the human figure. Recollections is a series of nostalgic figurative paintings that trace scenes from childhood and a general fading memory of the “American Dream.” But it was a recent painting of an altarpiece of Judy Garland as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz that granted him two artist residencies in the summer of 2018. His goal is to develop a series of historical and surrealist paintings that honor and ‘sanctify’ the activists who helped the LGBTQ movement advance the level of equality and acceptance shared today. —Linden Scheff, Carrie Haddad Gallery 12/18 CHRONOGRAM ARTS & CULTURE 71
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music Robbie Dupree Robbie Dupree Robbie Dupree Street Corner Heroes (Extra Term Audio Records) It is a weird and triumphant cultural moment when terms born in derision and dismissive insult—“yacht rock,” for example—are embraced and weaponized by those they were meant to belittle. With the release of remastered versions of his first two records, Woodstock’s Robbie Dupree owns the yacht, brandishing it as his brand. It’s a good time to be one of the founders: The electro/ organic production aesthetic is ascendant; the analog polys and early FM synths that mingle in yacht rock’s sonics are both currently fetishized; guitar rock has been demoted everywhere except among “basics”; jazz-inflected pop harmony and groove is back; and, on the whole, we are no longer quite so gullible to the industry’s requisite revolutionary narratives, freeing us to enjoy an elegant and tasteful talent like Robbie Dupree’s with unjaundiced ears. These records illustrate the two faces of yacht. The self-titled 1980 debut, featuring “Steal Away,” purrs along on a bed of crisp funk and shuffle, Stevie Wonder-inspired harmonic sophistication, understated soul singing in the mode of Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes, and a few moments of late-disco grandeur in “Nobody Else.” The followup, 1981’s Street Corner Heroes, announces its epic ambitions in its opening seconds: a slick, West Coast take on the street opera of Springsteen, the same impulse that moved Jackson Browne in “Disco Apocalypse.” In all “All Night Long,” Dupree exposes his secret weapon: the doo-wop that was his inspiration, explicit here but sublimated throughout his entire catalog. It seems significant to me that other songwriters who have re-imagined doo-wop—Paul Simon and Marc Cohn come to mind—both did so mostly after Dupree injected some of that sweet and earthy fun into the slick pop of the early ’80s. Blixa.com. Dupree performs at the Bearsville Theater on December 8. —John Burdick
Happy Rhodes Ectotrophia
Johnny Irion Driving Friend
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(Numero Group Records) Several compilations pull from Woodstock resident Rhodes’s vast catalogue, but Ectotrophia highlights ’80s rarities, meticulously remastered by a label catering to underdogs. Her style resists categorization, and her four-octave vocal range and eccentric, complex art-pop approach prompts the question, “Who’s that guy singing with Kate Bush?” The impressive twoplatter vinyl release (also on CD), with its gatefold sleeve, full-sized 16-page booklet, and archival artwork, includes 18 classically influenced synth and acoustic guitar tracks encompassing themes of the alienation, inspiration, despair, and hope of misfits. Cavernous, creepy vocals introduce “Oh the Drears” with impetuous staccato synth and lilting upper-range soprano. The pleading “If So” features gently finger-picked guitar and angelic, melancholy vocals. The otherworldly “Would That I Could,” a fairy-tinged string duet backing fae-like vocals, is based upon Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” If weird is good, you’ll find it here. Numerogroup.com. —Sharon Nichols
(Black Wing Music) Stuck in traffic in the Holland Tunnel. The car is wet and chilled from the October rain. The news of psychotic package bombs fades into static as we creep into the deep. I put on Driving Friend and am transported to Highway One somewhere between Santa Barbara and Venice. Even though the sun is out, there is a hint of nostalgic melancholy and an underlying wistfullness. Not everyone feels it. Some listen more carefully and take time to ponder as they watch the sun set into the darkening Pacific. These are ideal songs for turning wheels. Life, death, and the love trials of a road warrior. Accolades aren’t needed, but would be remiss without the mention of help from members of Western Mass singer-songwriter Irion’s band US Elevator, as well as Dawes, Wilco, the Mother Hips, and his wife and musical partner, Sarah Lee Guthrie. If that is not enough, the man is related to John Steinbeck. Blackwingmusic.com. —Jason Broome
(Roaratorio Records) Like the departed intergalactic bandleader Sun Ra—to whom the second side of this LP, a five-part, halfhour-long piece titled “Shadow of the Sun Suite,” is dedicated—Joe McPhee was obviously sent to us from the most supernatural part of the universe. How else to explain the eternal creativity and unwavering flightpath of the saxophone giant, who turned 79 (Earth years) last month? Plan B puts this master in the orbit of two other highly evolved improvisers: guitarist and laptopper (and Chronogram contributor) James Keepnews, a fellow Poughkeepsian; and Beacon drummer David Berger (Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs). Alongside the titular interstellar theme, a Coltrane-esque spiritual yearning permeates the proceedings, which occasionally find McPhee on pocket trumpet. Keepnews colors the cracks with treated guitar, digital squelches, and piano samples. Berger bounces between animated outbursts and distant hints of Dixieland grounding. Like Ra said, space is the place. Your ride’s here. Roaratorio.com. —Peter Aaron
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THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS: STANLEY KUBRICK PHOTOGRAPHS Luc Sante, introduction TASCHEN, 2018, $70
Before becoming the acclaimed filmmaker of Dr. Strangelove and The Shining, Kubrick spent five years as a photographer for Look magazine. The Bronx native joined the staff in 1945, when he was only 17 years old, and shot humanist slice-of-life features that celebrate and expose New York City and its inhabitants. A fascinating look at an incubating artist, with an introduction by Kingston’s own Luc Sante.
BE THE PERSON YOUR DOG THINKS YOU ARE Liza Donnelly
FLATIRON BOOKS, $19.99, 2018
New Yorker cartoonist and Rhinebeck resident Donnelly has created a book of canine wit and wisdom just in time for the holidays. Self-help as seen through the eyes of man’s best friend, Donnelly’s charming and clever drawings invite us to be better people by emulating the empathetic natures of dogs. Plus, this volume reminds us that you’re just about the best person there is—to your dog.
LIFE ALONG THE HUDSON: THE HISTORIC COUNTRY ESTATES OF THE LIVINGSTON FAMILY
Pieter Estersohn, foreword by John Winthrop Aldrich RIZZOLI, 2018, $85
Robert Livingston came to the American Colonies in 1673 from Scotland and started amassing land and wealth. His descendants built some of the most magisterial estates in the region. Architectural Digest photographer Estersohn profiled and photographed 35 historic homes built between 1730 to 1946, including such treasures as Clermont, Montgomery Place, and Wilderstein. Most are so meticulously maintained that it’s a shock to turn a page and spot an electric guitar under an ancestral portrait.
ROCK AND ROLL EXPLORER GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY Mike Katz and Crispin Kott GLOBE PEQUOT, 2018, $28.95
Chronogram contributor Kott teams up with music obsessive Mike Katz for this chock-a-block resource for finding the former homes and haunts of rock legends. The recollection of group sex by rock journalism legend Legs McNeil in the foreword is worth the price of admission by itself: «I thought I wasn›t being kinky enough, so I dumped maple syrup over the two girls during the sex and ended up glued to the sheets in the morning.” Browseable by neighborhood, with call-outs for iconic hometown acts like the Ramones, Madonna, and the Beastie Boys, it’s a perfect gift for the stalker-y music fan in your life.
AMERICA BORDER CULTURE DREAMER: THE YOUNG IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE FROM A TO Z Wendy Ewald
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY, $18.99, 2018
Rhinebeck-based educator and photographer Ewald collaborated with 18 immigrant teenagers to create an alphabet defining their experiences in images and words. At a time of great division in this country, Ewald and her young co-authors tell poignant personal stories of change, hardship, and hope from across the globe that humanize the often faceless way we talk about immigration.
Beloved local author Neil Gaiman put it best: “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” Here’s a round-up of musthave gift books from local authors, all available at those worthy bastions of freedom of expression, democracy, and ingenious entrepreneurship— your local independent bookstore. We encourage our readers, as always, to shop local this year, starting with their gift books.
FEEL GOOD FOOD: RECIPES FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY’S BLUE MOUNTAIN BISTRO-TO-GO BLUEMOUNTAINBISTRO.COM, $29.95, 2018
This cheerful, user-friendly cookbook tells the story of the beloved restaurant cum gourmet take-out joint and provides home-kitchen versions of Chef Richard’s signature Mediterranean-plus dishes. You’ll find all the secrets here: what makes the spice-roasted sweet potatoes so fragrant, how the skin on that poulet roti grand-mere gets so crisp, what’s in chimichurri and muhammara, how to whip up the best dark chocolate mousse.
ULSTER COUNTY: DISCOVERING HOME John Fischer
NOROADUNTURNED.COM, 2018, $40
Many elegant coffee table books celebrate the Hudson Valley’s scenic splendor, but where Fischer shines is portraying the idiosyncratic beauty of the region’s residents. If you live here, you probably know someone who appears in these pages: Chef John Novi; Rosendale Picklefest founder Bill Brooks; Diane Reeder of the Kingston Candy Bar; Wired Gallery’s Sevan Melikyan; or one of many local farmers, shopkeepers, DJs, teachers, kids, nuns, volunteers, or Little Brays of Sunshine donkeys.
THE JOY OF JUNK Mary Randolph Carter RIZZOLI, 2018, $55
From the author of Never Stop To Think…Do I Have Space for This comes another apologia to collecting. Carter, a Dutchess County resident, loves junk, loves searching for it, loves telling stories about it. Carter traveled this great nation to bring back epic tales of people who find worth in the seemingly worthless.
NOW & AGAIN: GO-TO RECIPES, INSPIRED MENUS + ENDLESS IDEAS FOR REINVENTING LEFTOVERS Julia Turshen
CHRONICLE BOOKS, $35, 2018
The Kingston-based chef, author, and activist has published her third cookbook, a compendium of 125 easily doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas to help cooks of all skill levels gather friends and family around the table. Now & Again also serves as a how-to for throwing flawless parties and tips on being thrifty when shopping and using leftovers in new ways. Turshen reads and signs at bluecashew Kitchen Homestead in Kingston on December 9.
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There are things in life that you have to do, but don’t want to do. For example, I don’t want to go to your funeral.
do you see the crows at my window? they are looking for something what dark damage do they bring? what do they want? i’ve searched, there is nothing in this empty room —p
Five Fading Memories of November
Stolen Names, Heavy Grips
This is my blood smeared on the page, my eyes enucleated, my tongue on rye, my anger, my sorrow, my wet stench, the pulpy mass of my cerebellum laid out in quarters, my blood, sticky as corn syrup, coating everything, my every last betrayal and sneer and fart, my every word a rebuke to the necessary folly of words.
1. Gunshots. A Lincoln convertible. Walter Cronkite’s tears. A black veil. The wheels of the caisson.
The days have grown longer, friend Since your ashes were scattered Into the depths of San Francisco Bay Since the world looked at your remains And thought they knew a damn thing Of love, or anger, or of you A tattoo of a compass and “Oh Captain, My Captain” Don’t mean a damn thing, friend When I still can’t find you anymore You vanished into your lamp while We were all left hunting for an answer That you found in your belt And an escape that we found In a prosthetic latex mask and a set of dice It was always a mask with you, friend When I had first heard the news I began to write my second suicide note If you couldn’t make it then Who the hell am I to think I can? Who the hell am I to think you could? It’s sunrise, my boy, but I am not smiling The days have grown longer, friend I am so tired, my chest is collapsing With nothing but metal to prop it up Now that I’ve stopped remembering It’s just in and out, in and out, in and out I miss you. So much- so much it’s crushing, friend. Come back. Please. Just come back. You made the world laugh, I promise I’ll get you to smile We owe you that much, just come back Come back and see what you left behind I promise it’ll be worth it, seeing it all Would you do it? Would you come see it? Can you hear us? Are you there, friend?
—Louisa Zelek (7 years)
I won’t ask if it’s good enough, as if a field asks the wind am I good enough, but in the end I won’t make it past the end, like cows die I will die, another cow life another cow death, these words, the innards of my cow dreams, rotting somewhere beyond critique. —Chris Watkins When You Love when you love someone it never goes away you might will it gone you can live another life in another place but the place you loved will never leave it will never be far away and in the night when you are happiest she will come back to you and you will love her once more and know nothing has changed and the end is the beginning it is one and the same —Richard Donnelly
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2. A Lincoln convertible. Walter Cronkite’s tears. A black veil. The wheels of the caisson. Gunshots. 3. Walter Cronkite’s tears. A black veil. The wheels of the caisson. Gunshots. A Lincoln convertible. 4. A black veil. The wheels of the caisson. Gunshots. A Lincoln convertible. Walter Cronkite’s tears. 5. The wheels of the caisson. Gunshots. A Lincoln convertible. Walter Cronkite’s tears. A black veil. —J R Solonche X-XX-VIII Goddess ravaged by a swan On green lawn at golden dawn, god of thunder he looked down on golden shadows mixed with brown. Suddenly swan of white and blue flapped its wings and away it flew. Bereft and left on the mead, goddess rode off on black stead. Thunder god was very wrought in Valhalla halls of thought and his mood was black as night in cloudy sky without star light. Swan is gone forever now, drops of pearl on emerald bough. —Roger Whitson
—William Ballner Sunday Cigarettes burn slower when god is watching with the sunken eyes of Saturday night. —Rachel Kohler Trash Pickup A bear is taking my garbage for free, but it leaves it on my lawn. —Matthew J. Spireng
A Human Mystery not a heavenly one, how to die, how to say, let me return to dust. The journey of the boat over great distances, water is only metaphor and darkness too—we say it cannot be seen beyond, but we do, light breaks through, though brokenly. Not so with us, at our end there is the last breath and a going out and then the rising stair we imagine after, hanging there invisibly—something to console, holding all we have yet to know
With my hand on the just-frozen chain that holds the gate that pens in my son and his kindergarten classmates in a perpetual game of pick-up soccer, swishing crackles golden brown about their ankles, I look up to see a curious sight: a rigidly regimented squadron of Canada geese vectoring north / northeast overhead toward more northern New England, beyond the no-longer foliant Green Mountains past the not-yet-Whites, along the St Lawrence toward the Maritimes as if time could run backwards at their beckoning; as if winter could recede from my fingers and the white gate swing wide, with the fall riot returning to the bracketing treelimbs, thence to turn verdant and alive, the schoolyard now summer-empty. And on they fly, geometrically bent against the wind and the tides, bringing back my son’s first lost tooth, summoning his sister to this hallowed ground, where she too grows younger, and recedes a school, and marvels at her baby brother’s disappearance, then engenders hilarious anxiety on the part of her parents who can’t wait to see her too sown into her mother’s womb. The school buses grow bigger and boxier, still insistently yellow, and SUVs yield the road to station wagons, thence model Ts to horses to children’s schoolward feet; telephones grow inexorably larger, landing finally on the walls of our own parents’ homes, and televisions taking the opposite course, losing screen-size and pixelation at every step, dropping their colors, squeezed out by radios, then books, then voices.
—Jory Mickelson The Tree Outside My Window:
But the chain is not thawing between my fingers, nor the autumnal soccer game surrendering to summer sports, nor my son, unaware of the perilous passage he nearly undertook, growing younger. For these are “resident” geese, not avatars any longer but everyday aviators. Immune from the seasonal imperative, they dream of a perfect future of unblemished angles;
Autumn She blushes in shades of apricot, orange blossom honey, sunsets when I gaze out my window from my bed, reluctant to leave her side, afraid to find her bare when I return.
Unable to reverse time’s arrow, they ignore it outright, banking by hard angles against chronology’s calculus, opting out entirely from their migratory birthright, leaving me, the one who holds the gate, the one who knows the date, and time, and forecast, in my own fugue. —A. J. Kohlhepp Winter
The Backwards Geese (from the gate outside South Egremont School)
She shivers in shades of pearl, fresh cream, handwritten letters, when I gaze out my frosted window, unable to leave her side, knowing I won’t see her in shades of fall again.
Maybe The Sun sets at high noon Why does time have to come so soon? Social gatherings and Local conversations Is all such a Ridiculous accusation. Human beings first -- Scientific Name, HOMOSAPIEN This is the exact Justification? Maybe. —Erin Scoville
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Queen City 15 Poughkeepsie’s newest gallery opened on November 30 with a show, “lights up!” featuring its nine founding members: Paola Bari (painted porcelain objects), Donna Blackwell (studio jeweler), Laura Martinez-Bianco (landscape painter), Carolyn Edlund (figurative painter), Carl Grauer (portrait painter), Nansi Lent (abstract and figurative painter), Anita Fina Kiewra (printmaker), William Noonan (figurative painter), and Suprina (sculptor). Queen City 15 extends the legacy of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in taking over what had been their original ground floor offices and galleries. Through December 29. 78 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 12/18
American Hero—Colin Kaepernick, Suprina, 2018, from "lights up!" at Queen City 15.
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Earl B. Winslow, The Woodstock Bus, c. 1930, oil on canvas. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum.
Before everyone went around taking selfies everywhere, Woodstock was already celebrating itself in pictures. In “Our Town: Images of Woodstock,” the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum gathers early paintings and drawings of the now-famous hamlet, in preparation for WAAM’s centenary next year. The show begins with exterior views. Julia Leaycraft’s Village in Winter (Woodstock), circa 1940, depicts the snow-covered town bustling with shoppers, sledders, snow-shovelers, skiers, in colorful wintry garb. Leaycraft’s composition translates Bruegel’s snowscapes into 20thcentury terms, conveying brisk movement and communal joy. The Woodstock Bus, a painting circa 1930 by Earle B. Winslow, contains an amusing portrait of Wilna Hervey, a local Woodstock celebrity who played “The Powerful Katrina” in the Toonerville Trolley silent film series. In the painting, we see the formidable Hervey from behind, entering a Cubist jalopy labeled “Woodstock Buss,” while another woman—perhaps her partner, Nan Mason—searches in her purse for the fare. (The misspelling of “bus” may be an inside joke.) Philip Guston, probably the greatest Woodstock artist, was constantly evolving. Ref’s Back Porch, an ink drawing from 1947, exhibits a feverish early stage of abstraction, transforming detritus on a porch into a spiraling, chaotic tumble of lines— which would later dissolve into the liquid, rippling abstractions of the 1950s. The second phase of “Our Town” uses the X-ray powers of art to enter local houses, which were often rich with paintings and drawings. A “gift economy” connected artists, who exchanged artworks as a token of friendship. “How
pervasive art was in their lives in every way!” remarks Janice La Motta, curator of the show. One subtheme of Woodstock painting was art about art. The key interior scene is Woodstock Christmas by John McClellan, a shadowy black and white lithograph of five friends blearily gathered in a living room. A dark-haired woman reclines on a pillow, under a blanket. A man bends over, warming his hands on a wood stove. Three others sit hunched at a table over mugs of coffee. A sheet covers the window, holding back the glaring morning light. There’s no Christmas tree, no tinsel, no stockings, no presents—just five people sharing the same hangover. Woodstock Christmas is a sympathetic snapshot of the harddrinking atheists of 1936. Visual art in Woodstock began as a utopian experiment of the Byrdcliffe Colony in 1902. Elements of that idealism remained after the artists left Byrdcliffe (and later the Maverick Colony) to settle into private houses. Woodstock became a refuge for lesbians, Communists, avant-gardists—and sometimes lesbian Communist avant-gardists—who were not so welcome in larger American society. These outcasts created a community that Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Philip Roth would eventually choose to join. In their paintings and drawings, Woodstock artists expressed affection for the unique subculture they had created. “There’s a warmth; there’s a sense of ’This is all beloved,’” observes La Motta. “Our Town: Images of Woodstock” will remain at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum until December 31. Woodstockart.org —Sparrow
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Since Big Boo got shipped off to Cleveland in Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” what have you been working on? Um...a lot. Like a whole lot. I’m on “Shameless,” I’m in Cars 3, I was in a play, I did a world tour, and I’m about to go on tour again to the West coast. There’s no rest for the wicked...or the weary...or those of us facing and fighting fascism every day. Even Rosie O’Donnell is going on tour again for first time in 20 years. None of us are shutting up.
Lea DeLaria swings in the holidays at the Fisher Center on December 8.
It's OK to Walk Out LEA DELARIA December 8 at Bard's Fisher Center
While her role as the sassy butch Big Boo in “Orange is the New Black” has made Lea DeLaria a household name with Millennial binge-watchers everywhere, older folks will remember her from the early ’90s as the first openly gay comic on television. For over three decades, DeLaria has made a career blending comedy, music, and LGBTQ activism in a flavor all her own. She will perform “Oh F*CK It’s Christmas,” at the Fisher Center on December 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25–55. —Marie Doyon You were the first openly gay comic on television in America—that is a big mantle to hold. Did that feel like a role you had to fill? That was my first big feeding frenzy in show biz. That was on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” which, at the time, was the number one late night talk show in America, but it was also internationally seen. That was the first time I was projected into global fame, and what I got to do was tour to every English-speaking country in the world—Australia, England, all over Canada. It was kind of an amazing ride in those days. It wasn’t like I felt any responsibility in terms of it being a “role.” That’s not what I do. It gave me a worldwide platform in which to share my political views.
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You’ve recorded jazz albums and been on Broadway, on TV, in feature films. Do you have a favorite medium? Not really because just love working and being in show biz. I lead an incredibly charmed life. I never wanted to do anything other than what I’m doing. Not many people can say that. I also have the luxury of counting myself as one of people who has helped change the world and made my community a better place for people to live in—that is the cherry on top of the sundae of the career. I’ve pulled no punches. I’ve always been exactly who I am and said what I think, and managed to look like me. That’s fucking amazing—ask anyone. How would you say you’ve helped change the world? For one thing being first openly gay coming on TV was a pretty big deal. I was the ring of keys for I don’t know how many people. “The Arsenio Hall Show” had a viewership of 20 million people. Now “Orange” has a viewership of over 100 million. I am still the ring of keys for a lot of people in that respect—just in visibility alone. There was no one like me on TV when I was growing up. Plus the fight for our rights and our freedoms. I’ve been on front lines for everything from AIDS activism and changing society’s perception of people with AIDS, all the way to gay marriage, and now this whole fight with the trans community and The Tyrant [Trump]. But I will say, I am certainly not alone in this—I am part of a group of people who have changed the world. That is my life’s work realized. So, “Oh F*CK It's Christmas.” Is it fair to call this show an irreverent spin on the classic Christmas variety show? You got it entirely. It’s going to be disguised as classic Christmas show, then about 10 minutes in, you’re going to go, “What the fuck?” It’s a lot of craziness, audience participation, and also railing against current administration, because you can’t do anything without doing that.
What can people expect from the show? You’re going to hear some secular Christmas tunes and then some things you’re not used to hearing. It’s going to be a really fun, crazy time. With a title like that, it makes me think you have a fraught relationship with the holidays. Who doesn’t? I definitely do. What was Christmas like in the Delaria household growing up? Growing up we had great Christmases. It’s completely different as a kid. It was just about my parents giving me candy and presents. Even though we were not very rich and sometimes all I got was a sweater, we were still happy to get it. Now it’s so much more complicated with the whole PC community getting involved with the holidays. It isn’t fucking Thanksgiving yet and they already have all the Christmas shit up on our block. It terrifies me that I’m going to hear the music at any second. It’s a frustrating, nutty time wrapped up in 21stCentury life. What made you want to jump on the holiday show train? Do you have a favorite Christmas performance? Bard said they wanted a Christmas show, so I wrote one. I put out a Christmas album on the Warner Jazz label in 2010, so I had the tunes, I had the concept, and I had the talent. So I wrote them a Christmas show. Are you performing “Oh F*CK It's Christmas” anywhere else? I doubt that I will take anywhere else—it was really for Bard. So this is one of the only Christmas shows I’ll ever do—That is a reason for y’all to come out. The other thing I have to say is that the band I’m bringing is made up of ridiculously great female musicians. Do they have a name? Who my trio? I tend to call them the United Colors of Benetton Band. We have Helen Sung, who is Asian, on piano, Endea Owens, a beautiful black woman on bass, and Sylvia Cuenca, a Spanish woman on drums. The guitar player, Sheryl Bailey, won’t be there this time, but she is a dyke, and I’m a dyke. So yeah, I call us the United Colors of Benetton, or the Public Theater Company of Oklahoma. Ha. Not everyone gets that.
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You are a talented, acclaimed jazz singer. Yet this show is a bit of a funny, sardonic take on the holidays. When you were writing it, how did you strike the balance? Well I always do that. That’s been my MO since beginning of career in 1982 in San Francisco. I’ve always combined music and crazy, wild, inyour-face comedy. My father was a jazz pianist in night club in east Saint Louis, and I sang with him when I was a young girl. I know music really well—I read it, I do theory, I am a scat singer. I have five records out on the Warner Jazz label. Sometimes people get suspicious of entertainers that can do a lot of things, especially actors that then branch into other things. But I was a jazz singer first for 20 years, then a stand up comic for 10 years after than, and then boom I got my first acting gig. So my career as an actor is what people should be most leery of, if you know what I mean. Is there anyone who should NOT come to this show? Everybody should come, but if I offend you, be prepared to walk out. Does that happen often? No, most people know who I am and what I stand for. But some people show up and get very upset when I start taking down Trump. I don’t know why, I very clearly can’t tolerate the Tyrant. It’s no secret. If you follow me on Instagram (@realleadelaria), you know I do #Fucktrumpfriday every week. Anyway, my guess is that won’t happen at Bard. What is the most unwanted Christmas present you ever received? Honestly, I can’t think of a damn thing. Not a sweater or a pair of socks. As a kid always, always grateful. And as an adult people tend to get me things they know I want like champagne and tequila. What is your favorite Christmas album? Ella Fitzgerald’s solo album. It’s fantastic. I think you will recognize my rendition of “White Christmas” is a tribute to her. It’s a big scat number.
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“The Day” Former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser have joined forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create “The Day”—an eveninglength work, with music by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang. “The Day” is being developed at Lumberyard in Catskill over a two-week production and technical residency, and will have its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in 2019. Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, “The Day” is a meditation on two journeys—the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul—through the shared language of music and dance. December 7–8. Tickets are $100. Lumberyard.org
They Might Be Giants Launched in 1983 by singer and accordionist John Linnell (a Capital Region resident) and singer and guitarist John Flansburgh, They Might Be Giants signed to Elektra Records for 1990’s breakthrough, Flood. Recorded in the same studio where that gold-selling set was made, Like Fun, the act’s 20th album, leavens the pair’s patented cheeky humor with dark themes: See the moribund “Last Wave” or the timely “An Insult to Fact Checkers.” They Might Be Giants will perform at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, on December 30 at 8pm. Tickets are $35. Darylshouseclub.com
Rally in the Valley The second annual weekend of performances, education, and activism to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood hits Hudson December 7–8 with workshops, talks, and panel discussions with key community leaders alongside an intimate performance with The National and Kaki King at Hudson Hall on Friday evening. Workshops include a Clergy for Choice panel, activist stitch-in with artist Chi Nguyen, and Birds and the Bees story slam, among others. Rallyinthevalley.org
Mark Nepo In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with feelings of isolation. New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo aims to prove that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone. In this immersive retreat, “More Together Than Alone: The Power of Spirit and Community” Nepo will help participants find connection with community by posing probing questions: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis? December 7–9 at the Garrison Institute. Garrisoninstitute.org
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The Ice Skating Pavilion at the Mohonk Mountain House.
Remember the quaint Currier & Ives prints of bundled-up gentlefolk gliding gracefully around ponds? There’s time-honored wisdom there. For one thing, the best way to fight cabin fever is to go out and play. For another, ice skating is a terrific wintertime cardio workout that builds core and posterior-chain strength. It has lasting benefits for balance and proprioception, that sense of bodily awareness that gives us grace and ease. Best of all, gliding around on the ice is an absolute blast, a guaranteed mood booster. On a crisp perfect winter’s day, lots of Hudson Valley park ponds are open for skating. But if you haven’t skated in a while, or maybe ever, and you’d like the security of a freshly Zambonied rink, here are six Hudson Valley skating destinations where you’ll find the experts and equipment to get you out on the ice. (As we went to press, we learned of a pop-up skating rink expected to open in December in Tivoli. Check out Ggdynamics.org/tivoli-on-ice.) Bear Mountain Ice Rink Bear Mountain Ice Rink at Bear Mountain State Park is a fully accessible outdoor rink with a stunning view. Weather permitting, there are public skating sessions Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday through the day, and Monday and Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Admission is $5, and skate rental or sharpening costs $5 too. Figure skating and hockey clubs and lessons are available. Bearmountainicerink.com Kiwanis Ice Arena The Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties features locker rooms, party room, off-ice training room, concession stand, and pro shop. There are public skate sessions seven days a week at $7 per adult, $5 per student; a Saturday afternoon lesson costs $25 and includes the 90-minute session afterwards. There’s a robust hockey
program with leagues and clinics and drop-in sessions. Kiwanisicearena.com Mohonk Mountain House Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz offers 2.5and 3-hour sessions on their open-air ice pavilion for $17 on weekdays and $27 on weekends, and lessons for $36 an hour. There’s a skate shop, and a concession stand at the pavilion offers hot cocoa, coffee and snacks. Mohonk.com Bonticou Rink Bonticou Rink at Millbrook School offers public skating on Sunday afternoon from 2:15-4:15 p.m. December 11-February 19 for just $3 a person. You’ll need to bring your own skates, but they’ll sharpen them for you for $5. Millbrook.org McCann Ice Area McCann Ice Arena at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie offers two-hour public skate sessions five times a week ($10 adult, $5 under 10), .DJ Skate Nights on Fridays ($15) and instruction of all sorts for ages 3 and up at all skill levels. There are open hockey and freestyle sessions, clinics, camps, special events, and a therapeutic skating program. Midhudsonciviccenter.org Ice Time Sports Complex The Mid-Hudson Civic Center also operates the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, where you’ll find equally rich programming (plus speed skating and Blind Hockey) and similar public skating hours. Former Olympic and World level competitor and Gilberto Viadana signed on last spring as Skating Director for the facilities, both of which feature pro shops, rentals, and refreshments. Icetimesports.org —Anne Pyburn Craig 12/18 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 85
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Work:Shop Winter Market Returning for its sixth year to Wickham Solid Wood Studio on the banks of Fishkill Creek, Work:Shop Winter Market takes place during Beacon’s “Second Saturday” weekend on December 8–9. The event features curated holiday gifts from 20 local artisans like Jenny Lee Fowler (paper cuttings), Beacon Bee (balms, candles, and other bee products), Les Collines (jellies and preserves), Malfatti Glass, L&M Studio (sculptural cewramics), and Kit Burke-Smith (jewelry). Beacon Pantry will run a pop-up café on-site and the award-winning Denning’s Point Distillery will offer spirit tastings.
Candlelight Tour of Homes In the 19th century, Newburgh was the center of an architectural scene with a group of designers who left a lasting impact on the American home—including hometown hero Andrew Jackson Downing, a designer and horticulturalist, along with architects Alexander Jackson Davis, Calvert Vaux, and Frederick Clarke Withers. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands this selfguided tour features public and private Newburgh spaces decked out for the holidays. From early 19th-century landmarks to modest post-war cottages, the tour offers a rare chance to get a peek behind Newburgh’s most intriguing facades. Sunday, December 9, 12–5 pm. $30.
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Into the Light Regional artistic powerhouses Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater combine creative forces for “Into the Light,” a celebration of multicultural traditions at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli on December 8–9 at 1pm and 4pm. The performance tells the story of Lucia, who journeys around the world with her faithful friend Bear to discover how different cultures celebrate light in the darkest time of the year through live music, puppetry, and pageantry. “Into the Light” honors the traditions of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Winter Solstice, and Yule.
Hand Made Here Holiday Pop-Up Showcasing over 40 local artisans in two outposts on Warren Street (442 and 514), the Hand Made Here holiday pop-up shops welcomes shoppers every day through Christmas Eve for a cooperative retail experience. Participating makers share the shopkeeping responsibilities, and make it possible for the shops to be open with knowledgeable staff every day. A wide selection of handmade gifts will be featured in both spaces— home goods, children’s toys, jewelry, clothing, skin care products, greeting cards, specialty foods, and small gifts—from $5 to $500, with most items priced below $50.
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Led by singer, guitarist, and poet Sadie Dupuis, shoegaze-y pop quartet Speedy Ortiz began in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 2011 and are now touring to support their third album, Twerp Verse. Dupuis answered the questions below via e-mail. Speedy Ortiz will perform at Colony in Woodstock on December 2 at 7pm with Guerilla Toss and Top Nachos. Tickets are $12-$15. Colonywoodstock.com. —Peter Aaron You studied and taught poetry at UMass Amherst. As a songwriter, which poets have influenced you? I could cite poets who influence me as a person (and consequently as a poet and a songwriter), but I wouldn’t say my songwriting is any more inspired by specific poets than specific TV shows, movies, novels, essays, or other songwriters. So it’d be hard for me to draw a line between any one of my lyrics and a specific poet. That said, I am always thankful for the work of Dorothea Lasky, CA Conrad, and Melissa Broder, who were kind of a holy trinity for me while I was working on my own book and teaching. For Twerp Verse, you originally recorded several tracks that you ultimately decided were too “strictly personal or lovey dovey” for the album, replacing them with songs that come more from the “social politics and protest” side of the band. Why? I didn’t want to release an album of songs that I didn’t feel narratively connected to anymore. In 2018, I don’t care about some fight I had with an ex-friend in 2014; I don’t need a song about that. I care about the fights my friends and I are having with our government, with our police, with our exidols who’ve misused their power, as we work to keep each other alive and safe and supported. So that’s what the music reflects.
Things have come full circle, with the band being named for a character in the Love & Rockets comic and then recently being depicted alongside Josie & the Pussycats in the final issue of The Archies. Can you tell us about that? Making an appearance in The Archies was surreal, since I’ve read Archie Comics since childhood and Josie and the Pussycats played no small part in me learning guitar in the first place. Archie has set a really strong example by making their comics more diverse and inclusive in the past 10 years—as someone who is queer and on the asexuality spectrum, I’m psyched that they’ve started representing both of those identities in their characters—and it’s an honor to be a tiny cast member in that world. As far as how it came about, Alex Segura, who’s copresident at Archie and has awesome taste in music (Speedy excluded) asked if we’d like to be included, and of course I said yes in about two seconds. You’re based in Philadelphia nowadays. What do you miss most about Northampton? It’s a beautiful area year-round but especially in the fall, and I found the landscape inspiring as a writer. I loved living near so many farms and getting to cook and eat great food as a result. It’s nice that it has a small-town atmosphere— everyone knows everyone, especially in the poetry and music scenes—but is home to so many schools, which means awesome visiting artists come through all the time. But by the time I moved away, I was on tour most of the year anyway, so it wasn’t like I clocked much time at home. And I’m lucky that’s still the case, because it means I get to travel to Western Mass fairly regularly—I’ve done a few poetry readings up there this year, in addition to playing Greenfield on our last headlining tour—so while I miss it, I still get to go hang at [Northampton cafe] the Green Bean every once in a while. 12/18 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 87
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New Year’s Eve Events With every biblical plague from fire to flood, and some distinctly modern atrocities to boot, 2018 has been an ass-kicker, and most of us are eager to leave it in the dust. Let’s turn our collective suffering into celebration and hope for a better new year. Even though December 31 falls on a Monday this year, there are plenty of places throwing down. Bolster your spirit this New Year’s Eve with music, champagne, and camaraderie at these Hudson Valley venues. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater: Almost Queen December 31, 9:30pm $30-$60 With Bohemian Rhapsody hitting theaters nationwide earlier this year, everyone’s got Queen on the brain. This cover band dressed head to toe in genuine costumes, brings the rock all-stars’ signature four-part harmonies and classic tunes to life. Paramounthudsonvalley.com The Ashokan Center: Dance & Dinner Party December 31, 6pm $15-$75 If you’re feeling the need to shake off the heebie jeebies of 2018, head to the Ashokan Center. New Year’s Eve festivities kick off with a family style buffet at 6pm, followed by a rocking party with two dance halls, featuring swing, Cajun, and waltzes in one room and contra and square dancing in the other—followed by late night Zydeco in the upstairs lounge. Ashokan.org Bad Seed Cider: Murder Mystery Food & Cider Pairing December 31, 5-8pm; 9:30pm-1am $70-$149 Savor the sweet pairing of cider and mystery in Highland with a classic game of whodunnit. Come dressed to the nines and ready for an evening of crime solving, food tasting, and an open bar. The first round of kicks off at 5pm The second round is at 9:30pm and includes a champagne toast and ball drop at Midnight. Badseedhardcider.com The Windham Local: New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner December 31, 7-10pm $95-135 If you are over the crowds and the loud music, this lovely prix fixe feast may be just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy five courses made with local meat, dairy, produce, and wild-foraged Catskills mushrooms. You may either select a wine or beer pairing, or order beverages a la carte. Thewindhamlocal.com Daryl’s House: Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute December 31, 7pm and 10pm $30-$55 Well if you can’t ring in the New Year with The Boss himself, the planet’s most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band is a pretty good second choice. Tramps Like Us have over 20 years’ experience bringing Springsteen cannon to life for live audiences around the world. Go to the early show and be snug in bed by midnight or catch the later set stick around for the dawn of 2019. Darylshouseclub.com Colony: Chris Wells’ Silver Spaceship Doors at 7pm, Music at 9pm $20 before December 15, $25 after Secret City co-founder Chris Wells is joined onstage by an all-star lineup of Woodstock’s musical elite including Jerry Marotta, Jennifer Maidman, Annie Whitehead, Jeremy Bass, and Marta Waterman. The Silver Spaceship will dole out classic covers and dance party favorites from 9pm through the night. Colonywoodstock.com
The Falcon: The Ed Palermo Big Band / The Chris O’Leary Band December 31, 9pm Donation-based The Falcon will be vibrating upstairs and down on New Year’s Eve. Head to the main stage to see Ed Palermo host a hilarious, music-laced, sham awards ceremony—The Eddys, A Night of a Thousand JerkOffs—with guest host Napoleon Murphy Brock. Downstairs at the Falcon Underground, the Chris O’Leary Band, a six-piece blues ensemble, will deliver the crowd into 2019 with a high-energy serving of New Orleansflavored blues and rockabilly. Liveatthefalcon.com Club Helsinki: The Chops n Sauerkraut Trio and Lara Hope & The Ark Tones December 31, 8pm $25-$45 Head to Hudson for a night of rockabilly dance music. The Chops n Sauerkraut Trio, a regional honkeytonk outfit, will be playing a mix of original tunes and rock classics. Local favorites Lara Hope & The Ark Tones will dish up their signature mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B classics, and standards for a rip roarin’ night on the dance floor. Helsinkihudson.com Towne Crier Cafe: Slam Allen Band, Willa & Company, and Dan Brother Band December 31, 2018 9:30 PM $55 for show only, $125 for dinner and show Follow up a delicious five-course prix fixe meal with a three-band blues extravaganza. Local legend Slam Allen will deliver his high-energy blend of blues, soul, and R&B, with a sprinkle of rock ‘n’ roll. His band is joined on stage by local songstress Willa Vincitore, whose versatile voice trills through pop hits as easily as it can belt original blues and soul numbers. Dan Brother Band, another icon on the local blues scene, will dish up more groovin’ funk beats and moody blues for a sultry evening of music and dancing. Townecrier.com Bear Mountain Inn: New Year’s Eve Gala December 31, 8:00pm $150 Enjoy a full cocktail hour with passed hor d’oeuvres, and at 9pm, settle in for a full service three-course dinner with wine pairings. A live DJ will be spinning dance tunes until 1am, with a pause for the New Year’s Eve countdown and champagne toast, party hats and noisemakers included. With five hours of open bar you may want to consider renting a room at the inn (ask about the 15% discount). Visitbearmountain.com Heritage Food & Drink: New Year’s Eve Party December 31, 7:30pm-1:30am $149 Named “Best American Restaurant” by Hudson Valley magazine in their first year of operation, Heritage has established itself as a major player on the local food scene. Reserve your spot on New Year’s Eve for three hours of passed hor d’oeuvres and open bar, a resplendent Venetian dessert table, and a rocking DJ dance party. Don some party props and head to the photo booth, or mingle outside in the heated outdoor cigar bar. Heritagefooddrink.com Infinity Hall: NRBQ New Year’s Eve Party December 31, 9pm $34-$125 With NRBQ, you never know what to expect out of a show. Over the band’s nearly 50-year career, they have come be known and loved for their spontaneous and high energy performances that span the genres from rock to jazz to Beatles-inspired pop. Infinityhall.com
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exhibits Hydrangement, Eric Forstmann, oil on board, 2018, from "Looking Back" at Eckert Fine Art in Kent, CT.
Eckert Fine Art For “Looking Back,” Jane Coats Eckert has curated a show in her Kent gallery that highlights artists she’s worked with over the past 20 years, including Robert Rauschenberg, Don Gummer, John Chamberlain, James Rosenquist, Christo, Boaz Vaadia, and Roy Lichtenstein. Through December 16. Holland Tunnel Gallery Earlier this year gallerist Paulien Lethen opened a third location of her Holland Tunnel Gallery in a Newburgh warehouse that also houses artists’ studios. This month, she and Antony Roch have curated “Esperanza,” a show of smallformat paintings and drawings by Jacques Roch (1934-2015). Roch, who began his career as a painter in Paris in the early ‘70s, also produced comic strips for Charlie Hebdo. This high-low dichotomy influenced Roch’s later work, which marries whimsical figural doodles with serious explorations of color. Through February 17.
Barrett Art Center Illustrator, animator, muralist, and painter Santiago Cohen exhibits his narrative paintings this month at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. In technique and tone, “Short Stories in Color and Light” recalls the work of fellow Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (Kahlo is appears as a bug in one of the pieces), while also serving as the visual equivalent of the magical realist prose of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. An artists’ talk will be held on December 7, from 5-6pm. Through December 21. Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar Argentinean-born artist Raquel Rabinovich moved to the US in 1967. Throughout her career, Rabinovich has investigated how to make the invisible visible. Her mixed-media works are defined by their durations: created over long periods, they are best experienced over a prolonged period and/or repeated viewings. “Raquel Rabinovich: The Reading Room” features work on paper that span from 1978 to 2017. Through December 20.
LABspace The holidays are the season of egg nog, gift giving, and in the galleries—small works shows. The “Big Holiday Show” opens at LABspace in Hillsdale with an artists’ reception on December 2, from 2-5pm. The exhibition includes affordably priced work from nearly 200 artists from the LABspace community. Through January 6. Museum at Bethel Woods Peter Max revolutionized the art world with his psychedelic pop imagery, paving the way for the next generation of artists like Keith Haring. “Peter Max: Early Paintings,” is a never-before-seen survey of the artist’s work from the pivotal period between 1967 and 1972, when Max hit his stride creating visionary cosmic works that embodied the spirit of the psychedelic era. The show, which draws from the collections of art dealer Robert Casterline and New York City restaurateur Shelly Fireman, focuses on paintings (rare for the artist, who preferred printmaking), with a selection of sculpture, drawings, and vintage fashion (think Peter Max bell bottoms). Through December 31.
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ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“Landmark.” Ten artists and 7 writers responding to our relationship with the natural world and Thomas Cole’s greatest written work “Essay on American Scenery.” Through February 25.
“Peter Max: Early Paintings.” Through December 31.
737 ALBANY-SHAKER ROAD, ALBANY
ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY
22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK “Fall Salon.” Through December 16.
ALBERT WISNER PUBLIC LIBRARY MCFARLAND DRIVE, WARWICK
“Hadza: The Roots of Equality.” Hadza daily life, culture, and knowledge through photography, an immersive soundscape, text and artifacts. Through January 12.
THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT
200 HURD RD, BETHEL
BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK
“Inner Visions. An exhibition of new watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso.” Through January 31.
BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK “5x7 Show.” December 8-January 6. Preview party December 7, 5pm-7pm.
CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“Helena Hernmarck: Weaving in Progress.” Through January 13.
“Landscapes: Capturing the View.” Local landscape artists. Through January 6.
COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
“Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom.” Through January 31.
“The Earth from Above.” Recent wax and oil paintings by Joy Wolf. Through March 30.
31 MAMARONECK AVENUE, WHITE PLAINS
4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON
BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY
CROSS CONTEMPORARY ART
“American Impressionist Painters, Deborah Cotrone and Gary Fifer.” Through December 23.
“Millicent Young: Of This.” Survey of work from the past decade. Through December 9.
150 MAIN STREET, BEACON
99 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES
BARD COLLEGE : CCS BARD GALLERIES
“The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004).” Through December 14.
“Mary Corse.” Light-based work. Ongoing.
PO BOX 5000, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON
The Edward Hopper House Museum The Hopper House in Nyack may never be this colorful again. For her site-specific installation “Shadows Searching for Light,” Angela Fraleigh took inspiration from the paintings of Edward Hopper and his relationship with his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper. Fraleigh’s bold palette and vigorous, animated brushwork—a bright contrast to the starkness of much of Hopper’s work—reimagine and recontextualize marginalized female figures by freeing them from their previous roles in art history. Through February 17.
3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON
DUCK POND GALLERY
EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES
“Petit: A Group Exhibition of Smaller Sized Art.” Through December 3.
FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE
128 CANAL STREET, ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN
“Past Time: Geology in European and American Art.” Through December 9.
“Members’ Small Works Holiday Show.” December 1-21.
“Holiday Show Fine Art & Crafts.” December 7-28. Opening reception December 7, 5:30pm-7pm.
ECKERT FINE ART
“Rodney Alan Greenblatt: Joe and the Landfill.” December 1-31.
“Looking Back.” Through December 16.
BARRETT ART CENTER
55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE
116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
1394 ROUTE 83, PINE PLAINS
621 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “The Singular Elegance of Trees: New Paintings by Katie DeGroot.” Through January 18.
GALLERY AT 46 GREEN STREET
EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE ART CENTER
“Out of Line! Drawings by Jeff Miller.” Through January 20.
“Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes.” Through January 6. “Festival of Trees 2018: Often Heard.” Through January 6.
82 N. BROADWAY, NYACK
“Angela Fraleigh: Shadows Searching for Light.” Inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and his relationship with his wife, Josephine (Jo) Nivison Hopper. Through February 17.
39 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
THE BERKSHIRE SCHOOL
245 NORTH UNDERMOUNTAIN ROAD, SHEFFIELD, MA. “Jeffrey L. Neumann: Paintings.” Through December 15.
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133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER “Jack Murphy: Bethlehem Steel.” Photographs a. Through December 31.
exhibits GARRISON ART CENTER
23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON “Paintings by Cedric van Eenoo.” December 8-January 6. Opening reception December 8, 5pm-7pm.
92 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES “Paintings, Drawings, Collages and Photographs by Margaret G. Still.” Through December 30.
GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL
“Salon & Handmade Holiday Gifts Exhibit and Sale.” Through January 12.
HOLLAND TUNNEL ART
46 CHAMBERS STREET, NEWBURGH “Jacques Roch: ‘Esperanza.’” Curated by Antony Roch and Paulien Lethen. Through February 17. Opening reception December 1, 3pm-6pm.
HUDSON AREA LIBRARY
51 NORTH 5TH STREET, HUDSON “Colors of Columbia County Photo Exhibit.” Through December 21.
HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON
“Glass Inspired by Travel.” Group show with a dozen glass artists. Through January 6.
327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Scott Benedict: Kahnscious: Photographing Architecture.” Through January 20.
HUDSON VALLEY MOCA
1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL Death is Black and White.” Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection. Through August 2.
JOHN DAVIS GALLERY
362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Paintings by Pamela Cardwell.” Through December 2.
JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY
19 CENTRAL SQUARE, CHATHAM “Margaret Evangeline: A Feeling for Paint.” Through December 29.
MARK GRUBER GALLERY
17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ “Holiday Salon: A Group Show. Featuring over 20 artists and artisans.” Through January 28.
MORTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 82 KELLY STREET, RHINECLIFF
“Built in the Hudson Valley.” Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance photo exhibition. Through December 7.
18 WEST MAIN STREET, BEACON “Wind-Scoured Scribes.” Ccurated by Kari Adelaide. Through February 2.
OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT
Betty Parsons: Blue sky very high. Abstract paintings. Through January 6.
449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON “Recognize you when she sees you, Give you the things she has for you.” An exhibition of book works by over 50 artists. Through December 22.
491 COTTEKILL ROADD, STONE RIDGE
318 WALL STREET, KINGSTON Art Doll Exhibit. 15+ artists exhibiting unique, one-of-a-kind work. Patricia Davis, featured artist. Through December 29.
WINDHAM FINE ARTS
5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM “Work of Art: Cue Gerhard Guitars.” Through January 13.
“Ernie Shaw: Form of Shadows.” Recent photography. Through December 14.
THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
“To Know the Light.” A group show featuring the work of 15 local artists. Curated by Mary Jane Nusbaum. December 2-April 1. Opening reception December 2, 4:30pm-6:30pm.
1946 CAMPUS DRIVE, HYDE PARK
“Guns and Butter: American Food Experiences During the World Wars.” Through December 31.
THOMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE
“Raquel Rabinovich: The Reading Room.” Through December 20.
TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT
“Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers.” Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Tira Khan, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. Through January 13.
11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS
WOODSTOCK ART EXCHANGE 1398 ROUTE 28, WOODSTOCK
“North American Travels. Works by Bennett Harris Horowitz.” Through December 2.
Ann Street Gallery “Forget Me Not” features art produced by three generations of American veterans. The work explores the personal narratives of 21 artists, focusing on their perspectives and practices. For many of these veterans, art expresses what words cannot, providing a positive outlet for those dealing with PTSD. The exhibition, includes photography, ceramics, printmaking, illustration, paintings, sculpture and a site-specific installation, with diverse themes that span the controversial gamut of war-related subjects. Above, an image from Zac Benson's Wages of War series. Through January 5.
WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 RTE. 212, WOODSTOCK
“Founders: 1968.” A collaboration with the Historical Society of Woodstock presenting a selection of work by founders of the school and their contemporaries. Through December 15.
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HACKEDPICCIOTO WITH ERIC HUBEL December 7. The Beverly continues its rise as one of the coolest live music venues around with this holiday-month surprise. HackedPiccoto is the duo of founding Einsturzende Neubaten bassist Alexander Hacke (here on vocals, guitar, and drums as well) and his wife, multi-instrumentalist and singer Danielle de Picciotto (Love Parade, Ocean Club). Together, they make endlessly expansive, cinematic dronescapes that, according to their Facebook hype, “roar and vibrate simultaneously leaving their audiences shaken but overjoyed.” New York guitarist Eric Hubel has been at the slashing edge of the experimental/ post-industrial/electronic underground for over 30 years, performing and recording with the likes of Glenn Branca, J.G. Thirlwell, and more mavericks. 8pm. $10. Kingston. Facebook.com/ TheBeverlyLounge.
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December 2. When musician Jesse Kolber died in November 2017 at age 38, his family and friends decided to do something to honor his memory. As a way to ensure that Kolber’s musical passion will live on and continue to bring light into the lives of others, they devised the Jesse Kolber Music Center, to be built at High Meadow School. The two-story, 3,128-square-foot structure will include a recording studio and soundproof rehearsal spaces available to students as well as the greater community. To help offset the $350,000 cost of the project, High Meadow is kicking off a fundraising campaign with this benefit event at the school featuring local roots rockers the Mammals, Buffalo Stack, the Restless Age, and the High Meadow Advanced Band. 2pm. $25. Stone Ridge. Highmeadowschool.org.
December 14. Here’s a solid bet for the garage punker on your holiday shopping list: a Meltasiapresented night at BSP starring two of the genre’s top East Coast bands. Atlanta’s Black Lips began in 2000 and took the garage rock underworld by storm, catching the ear of the late, legendary Pebbles compiler Greg Shaw, who promptly singed them to his iconic Bomp! label for two albums. Their breakthrough came with 2005’s Let It Bloom, their third disc, and the fuzz has kept right on flying across the six that have followed. Lips drummer Oakley Munson also manages North Carolina-to-Livingston Manor transplants the Nude Party (profiled in our January 2018 issue), whose new, self-titled debut he produced. Black Lips are exalted for their disruptive live sets, and the Nude Party always spells “fun” with a capital F-U-N. (It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Moon Tooth, Cryptodira, and Geezer trip December 7; Mihali of Twiddle visits December 14.) 8pm. $20. Kingston. Bspkingston.com.
WAYNE HORVITZ December 2. It’s great to watch Catskill finally coming to life, culturally. And for live music, the Hi-Lo is clearly the hub of the town’s Main Street rebirth. This month, the cafe and bar welcomes avant-jazz pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz, a key figure of the 1980s Downtown New York scene, for a rare solo matinee performance. The Seattle-born Horvitz is most known for his tenure with John Zorn’s ferocious, free-ranging band Naked City; in addition to working as a producer and adjunct professor, he’s led the bands the President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, and the Four Plus One Ensemble, and worked with Carla Bley, the Kronos Quartet, Julian Priester, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, Elliott Sharp, and others. (The Rough Shapes rip December 1; Luis Mojica and Fredo Viola split the bill December 8.) 4pm. Donation requested. Catskill. Hilocatskill.com.
JOHN PIZARELLI AND JESSICA MOLASKEY: RADIO DELUXE LIVE December 22. Everyone knows the married couple of jazz guitarist and singer John Pizarelli (son of the great Bucky Pizarelli) and singer Jessica Molaskey from their long-running NPRsyndicated show, “Radio Deluxe.” At the height of the holidays, the pair brings this warm-spirited, seasonally themed live edition of the program to the Mahawie Performing Arts Center for a night of chestnuts from the Great American Songbook interspersed with the hosts’ playful humor. Joining them as their special guests will be bossa nova duo Maucha Adnet and Duduka Da Fonseca, who according to Pizarelli, “have been principles on the Brazilian music scene around the world for that time. Maucha cut her teeth with the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, singing in his groups and on his records for many years.” (Close Encounters with Music presents Mozart and Schubert: Marzipan and the “Trout” December 8.) 8pm. $35-$110. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Mahaiwe.org
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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude
O TIDINGS OF COMFORT,
AND MAYBE EVEN A LITTLE JOY December is the month when “the new normal” begins to manifest. With the turmoil of elections, retrogrades, and nodal axis shifts behind us, we’re trying this new normal on for size. You may ask yourself: “Does my butt look big in this new reality?”—and the answer is: big is beautiful right now as gigantic Jupiter in buoyant, enthusiastic Sagittarius supersizes hope in a positivity-starved world. Expect boundless leaps of optimism, the strengthening of faith and the escalation of idealism (as well as an overdose of bombast and in some cases, strident fanaticism) over the next year of Jupiter’s first visit to his home sign since 2006-2007. The New Moon at 15 degrees of Sagittarius on the 6th conjuncts Jupiter and the Sun, urging us to greater heights of personal freedom, while squaring action-hero Mars in Pisces, reminding us that we’re all much more profoundly connected than we know. Retrograde Uranus in the final degrees of Aries through mid-March 2019 continues to reflect the now almost daily unexpected, abrupt, and shocking events rocking our world and threatening whatever basis of stability we thought we’d enjoy in perpetuity. Tumultuous times call for a concerted effort to take comfort and maybe even a little joy as Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Pisces harmonize in their respective Water Signs, inviting us to snuggle under the quilt and enjoy the fruits of the new level of hard-won intimacy which was birthed after surviving the Venus retrograde during October and November. The Winter Solstice and the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn on the 21st followed by the Full Moon at zero degrees Cancer on the 22nd, triggering the North Node, whose recent ingresses into Cancer has us repeating our collective mantra: “There’s no place like home!” Enjoy December’s gift: “Home” is where the heart is.
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ARIES (March 20–April 19)
Ruling planet Mars in Pisces until December 31st energizes your dreams and imagination: now is the time to seek for and receive a vision of your future self. Restless, nervous energy between now and early March 2019 inspired by retrograde Uranus in the final degrees of Aries can be used to your advantage by chipping away at whatever is holding you back from the next exponential great leap forward. The Cardinal nodal axis in Cancer/ Capricorn squares your Sun now through May 2020, initiating the kind of dynamic tension which inevitably leads to profound changes: the birth of a new you.
TAURUS (April 19–May 20)
The roller-coaster ride that was ruling planet Venus’s retrograde through Scorpio during October/November confirmed for you that you made the right choice in matters of the heart, as hard as it was/is to say goodbye to comfort and familiarity on some level. You’ve learned that security and stability start from within, and while double-locked doors and feather pillows are nice and even necessary, they’re no substitute for trusting your own instincts and relying on your own initiatives. Selfconfidence is your most valuable possession now as you face a fleeting regret on the 18th—easily overcome by accepting your own truth!
GEMINI (May 20–June 21)
The New Moon, Jupiter and the Sun in Sagittarius opposite your Sun stretch the boundaries of your communicative skills as your ruling planet Mercury stations Direct on the 6th. You’ll take home the gold in verbal gymnastics by reviewing your actions and, if necessary, apologizing for unusually bitter words or extreme statements you may have uttered while under the influence of the last little bit of Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius/Scorpio. Internal housekeeping tidies up just in time for the Winter Solstice and moon in Gemini on the 21st: Inspiration wants to make herself at home in a clean conscience!
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CANCER (June 21–July 22)
Thanks to the recent ingress of the Lunar Nodes into Cancer/ Capricorn, you’re the new co-star of the reality show called “The Game of Life” from now until early 2020. The Full Moon in moon-ruled Cancer on the 22nd just following the Winter Solstice on the 21st kicks it off for real, inspiring you to remind your loved ones just what is and isn’t important right now: the four great Cancerian archetypal security needs: food, home, “mother,” and money. These will be the basis of your evolution over the next seventeen months. Prepare to leave your comfort zone and remodel your life!
LEO (July 22–August 23)
Thanks to the conclusion of the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis which lasted from Mid-May 2017 until just last month, you’ve emerged triumphant after a long battle. Surviving a sea-change isn’t easy—the last time you went through something like this was mid-October 1998 through early April of 2000. The emotional muscles you’ve developed by confronting your deepest fears and overcoming your greatest challenges are powerful! Now is the time to re-energize, renew yourself, regroup and begin the process of stepping into the new-and-improved you birthed over these past nineteen months. Luckily, Jupiter’s recent ingress into fellow Fire-sign Sagittarius turbocharges your relaunch!
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VIRGO (August 23–September 23)
You’re either doing a little bit of traveling in a big space, or a lot of traveling in a small space during December as micro-details exposed by ruling planet Mercury’s retrograde through the final degrees of Scorpio inform your choices in both landscape and companionship. What you’re absolutely finished doing is going around and around in matters affecting your home and family. By the Winter Solstice on the 21st you’ve bought a new broom and are sweeping clean. Leftover crumbs are booted out the door by the 26th–27th. Give yourself the best Christmas present: an emotionally detoxified domestic environment.
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LIBRA (September 23–October 23)
Libra, you’re challenged by the lunar axis change into Cardinal Cancer/Capricorn which began last month and lasts until early 2020. You’ll develop a new self-understanding which will transform how you approach future partnerships. In your romantic youth, you imagined you could live off of love. Later you discovered that money won’t buy you love, but it will buy you the creature comforts that make love cozier. Your new life-lesson involves truly internalizing your inherent value and transcending any vestiges of codependence still clinging to the bottom of your shoe like toilet paper scraps. You’re so much stronger than you think!
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Horoscopes Rosendale, NY 1 2472 | 845.658.8989 | rosendaletheatre.org The Sisters Brothers SAT 12/1 – MON 12/3 & THUR 12/6, 7:15pm. WED & THUR, $6 matinee, 1pm
Sunday Silents | Clara
Bow in IT SUNDAY 12/2, 2pm, piano, Marta Waterman
Swimming with Men FRI 12/7 – MON 12/10 & THUR 12/13, 7:15pm. WED & THUR, $6 matinee, 1pm ROSENDALE’S FROZENDALE: Annie SATURDAY 12/8, Free Admission, 11am
Weed the People Rondout Music Fan Film: Imagine WEDNESDAY Valley Holistic Community with The Rosendale Theatre WEDNESDAY 12/12, 7:15pm
FRIDAY 12/14 – MONDAY 12/17 & THURSDAY 12/20 7:15pm. WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, $6 matinee, 1pm
Dance Film Sunday: Local Tap Luminary Brenda Bufalino in
Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker
Can You Ever Forgive Me? FRIDAY 12/21 –
MONDAY 12/24 & THURSDAY 12/27, 7:15pm. WED & THUR, $6 matinees, 1pm
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SUNDAY 12/23, $12/$10, 2pm
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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) Venus in Scorpio after the 2nd is purring, playful, and ready to make nice, while your ruling planet Mars in peaceful, psychic Pisces gives insight into the mysterious ways of love. Although you’re already known as an expert in the subject, mastery is a process of continuing education. If partnered, you can spend December in harmonious intimate connection, coming up for air long enough to restock essential supplies. Vulnerabilities exposed during the Last Quarter Moon in Pisces on the 15th are answered by the Full Moon in Cancer on the 22nd illuminating both your rawest need and its urgent solution.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22)
Congratulations on the ingress of your ruling planet, Jupiter, into your home sign mid-November. You’ve won an entire year’s supply of bouncy, Tigger-like enthusiasm, unrelenting Pollyanna-ish positivity, and a dozen cases of rose-colored glasses. Those who say, “you can’t do that” are doomed to be swept aside by the rising tide of long-delayed, frustrated energy that has finally burst the celestial dam. It’s time to go as big as you can dream—the universe is supporting you now like it hasn’t been able to since late 2006-late 2007. Naysayers beware! Take aim and shoot your Archer’s arrow from the heart!
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20)
The south lunar node in Capricorn ensures that you’ll be spending the next seventeen months coming to terms with your past. You’ve mastered the art of external security well, and now it’s time to learn that internal security is the actual foundation of freedom from fear. You’ll develop a strong faith in yourself in the face of global instability and the ultimately fleeting nature of the material world. The Winter Solstice on the 21st and Full Moon in Cancer opposite your Sun on the 22nd reinforce the basis of your new reality: respect and autonomy supersede the value of mere money.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19)
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It’s a brave new world for you now after surviving an extremely challenging Leo/Aquarius nodal axis transit from mid-May 2017 until November of this year. Now that the pressure is dissipating you can take stock of where you’re holding and congratulate yourself on having come out the other end of the past nineteen months only slightly singed but ever so much wiser. The Moon in Aquarius from the 10th through the wee small hours of the 13th reveals those newly-grown patches of wisdom as you evaluate the energetic costs associated with a no longer nourishing friendship. Acknowledging change empowers truth.
PISCES (February 19–March 20)
Warrior Mars in your home sign this month inspires acts of chivalry and courage, especially when the Moon conjuncts Mars on the 14th, followed by the First Quarter Moon in Pisces on the 15th. Slayer of dragons and dreamer of dreams: December is your month to imagine. Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces (Neptune is the modern ruler) and his ingress into Sagittarius now through next November benefits you by opening your dream channels and allowing fresh, fantastical and fabulous possibilities to emerge. The combination of Mars-inspired bravery and Jupiter/Neptune inspiration makes December a month pregnant with Piscean possibilities!
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Aba’s Falafel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Green Cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Pet Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Adams Fairacre Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Green Mountain Minerals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Peter Aaron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Alzheimer’s Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Hamlet Printing Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Poughkeepsie Day School . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Angelina’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Hawthorne Valley Association . . . . . . . . . 83
Primrose Hill School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Aqua Jet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Health Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pussyfoot Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Ashokan Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Historic Huguenot Street . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Quattros Game Farm and Store . . . . . . . . . 90
Asia Barong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Hollenbeck Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Red Hook Curry House . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hudson Business Coalition . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Red Mannequin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
The Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group . 27
Refinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Bardavon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Hudson Valley 5 Rhythms . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Regal Bag Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Beacon Bread Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Hudson Valley Cancer Genetics . . . . . . . . 99
Rocket Number Nine Records . . . . . . . . . 72
Beacon Natural Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Hudson Valley Goldsmith . . . . . . . . . . 27, 90
Rockland County Tourism Office . . . . . . . . 51
Berkshire Hathaway - Bronte Uccellini . . . . . 101
Hummingbird Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
The Rodney Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Berkshire Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Hurleyville Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
The Roost Inn Stoneridge . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . 72
Jack’s Meats & Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Rosendale Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Bialecki Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Jacobowitz & Gubits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . 64
Binnewater/Leisure Time Spring Water . . . . . 45
Jagerberg Beer Hall and Tavern . . . . . . . . 37
Schatzi’s New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Bistro To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
John A Alvarez and Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Schatzi’s Poughkeepsie . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
The Blue Rose Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
John M. Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Silvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Bodhi Spa, Yoga, & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center . . . . 18
Snowflake Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Bop to Tottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Kary Broffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Stacie Flint Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
The Borland House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Kasuri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Stacie R Laskin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Buns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Kingston Ceramics Studio . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Stamell String Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Burnette Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Kingston Consignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Stewart House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Kol Hai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Sunflower Natural Food Market . . . . . . . . . 86
Cabinet Designers, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
LC Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
SUNY New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Calmbucha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Leed Custom Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Third Eye Associates Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Cassandra Currie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Liza Phillips Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Tiki Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Catskill Art & Office Supply . . . . . . . . . . . 86
The Lodge at Woodstock / Harvest at The Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Time and Space Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Lush Eco-Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Transcend Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
M&K Music Instruction and Studio . . . . . . . 96
Transpersonal Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Maggie’s Krooked Cafe & Juice Bar . . . . . . 36
Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser, LLP . . . 101
Catskill Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Clinton Shops Antique Center . . . . . . . . . 57 Colony Woodstock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Conscious Habitat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Curabba Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Curasi Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Daryls House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Dental Office of Drs. Jeffrey & Maureen Viglielmo . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Tito Santana Taqueria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Mark Gruber Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Tuthilltown Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Megabrain Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Unison Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Michael’s Appliance Center . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Upstate Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
MidHudson Regional Hospital . . inside back cover
Uptown Kingston Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mikel Hunter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Vegetalien . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Diamond Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Mod66 Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Village of Montgomery Map . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Dreaming Goddess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Mohonk Mountain House . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
WAMC - The Linda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Duo Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Monkfish Publishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Warren Kitchen & Cutlery . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
The Eggs Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Mother Earth’s Storehouse . . . . . . . . . . . 49
WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock . . . . . . . . . 80
Embodyperiod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Mountain Laurel Waldorf School . . . . . . . . 90
Westchester Community College . . . . . . . . 14
Emerson Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Nagele, Knowles & Associates . . . . . . . . . 84
Wildfire Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Exit Nineteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Natural Gourmet Cookery School . . . . . . . . 24
William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . 42
Facets of Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
The New York Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Williams Lumber & Home Center . inside front cover
Falcon Music & Art Productions . . . . . . . . 72
Oblong Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Win Morrison Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Fionn Reilly Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Old Souls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Woodstock Art Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
First Day Cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Osaka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Woodstock Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Flat Iron Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Outdated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
YMCA of Kingston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Gadaleto’s Restaurant & Market . . . . . . . . 28
Pamela’s on the Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Yoga on Duck Pond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Peekskill Coffee House . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Yoga on the Wallkill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Great Life Brewing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Pegasus Comfort Footwear . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Ziatun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
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An epic mist rolls off the Hudson River.
Farmer Jens Verhaegh garbles herbs to separate stems and leaves for organic loose tea. Photo by Richard A. Smith.
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The light show for Chronogramâ€™s 25th birthday party lit up an 8,000-square-foot space.
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Clockwise from top left: Sam Reilly, five years in Ghent; Lauren Jones, five years in Ghent; Patrick Stark, 13 years in Ghent. Photos by Richard Beaven.
“All of Us” is a broad photographic survey of the present-day Ghent citizenry. The exhibit includes portraits of 275 residents, or nearly five percent of the town’s total population of 5,400 in celebration of Ghent’s bicentennial year. “By creating a snapshot of the Ghent community during its bicentennial year, this collection of portraits provides a record for the future,” says photographer Richard Beaven. “Photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries often serve as our only tactile document of history. This project is my response: a ‘box of prints in the basement’ from today which can be rediscovered and held by the community of tomorrow.” “All of Us” will be on display in the Greenburger Café of the Benenson Center at Art Omi in Ghent from December 5-10. An opening celebration takes place on December 8, from 5-7pm. Artomi.org
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