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The Climate Act: Tackling the Hard Parts

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Captain Kidd’s Inn, located in the basement of a historic house in Catskill, is one of the region’s funkiest dive bars. Photo by David McIntyre COMMUNITY PAGES, PAGE 46

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8 On the Cover: James Casabere

22 Rooted in Rosendale

The Columbia County-based artist talks about his constructed photographs.

11 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney on the strangeness and wonder of living with animals.

13 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern learns he simply needs to wait in order to win.

FOOD & DRINK 20 Good Night in Woodstock The owners of Silvia have opened a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant just down the road that’s as elegant and adventurous as its progenitor.

25 Sips & Bites Recent openings: Primo Waterfront in Newburgh; Cafe Mutton in Hudson; Tanma Ramen in Kingston; Gunkin Doughnuts in New Paltz; and Bar Bene in Hudson.

HIGH SOCIETY 26 The Business of Green A report from the New York State Cannabis Expo & Conference, where would-be entrepreneurs gathered to find out how to break into the weed industry. Sign up for High Society, Chronogram’s cannabis culture newsletter, at Chronogram.com/highsociety.

Part of an earlier wave of urban expatriation, Giselle Potter and Kieran Kinsella moved to their Rosendale farm in 1998. The illustrator and woodworker have turned the former dairy into a base for creative pursuits and domestic life.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 36 The Costs of Improving Hospital “Effiency” A trend toward consolidation is hamstringing our local hospitals’ ability to deliver quality, dependable care. A report in collaboration with The River Newsroom.

EDUCATION 43 A Haven for History The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, a former bakery in Kingston’s Rondout District, has plans to become the go-to spot for school groups looking to learn about the region’s immigrant past.

COMMUNITY PAGES 46 Catskill: A Shifting Landscape Late in the second year of the pandemic, this Greene County town has continued to see an influx of new businesses and residents, fueling both a retail boom and exacerbating housing problems that predate the arrival of COVID.

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Masculine figure (from the Building Blocks series), Costantino Nivola, 1958. Carved concrete, 32 1/8 x 20 1/2 x 10 inches. Courtesy Fondazione Nivola. From “Nivola: Sandscapes” at Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. Photo by Marco Anelli. THE GUIDE, PAGE 60

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Live Music: Some of the concerts we’re going to this month include John Sebastian’s Jug Band Village at the Bearsville Theater, The Split Squad at the Avalon Lounge, Jay Rosen Trio at the Lace Mill, Tony Trischka at the Towne Crier, Superwolves at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, and moe. at the Capitol Theater.

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Comedian Todd Barry drops some gnomic wisdom on Peter Aaron prior to his appearance at Colony in Woodstock on December 11.

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The Short List: Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck; Family of Woodstock’s Fundraising Art Auction; “Tell It Like It Is,” a storytelling workshop and performance; Winter Walk in Hudson; The First Wave screens at the Orpheum Theater in Saugerties; Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater team up for “Into the Light” in Rosendale; and “A Radio Christmas Carol” at Bard’s Fisher Center.

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Art exhibits: Gallery and museum shows around the region, including standout exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum and Unison Art Center.

54 Music Album reviews of Here to Tell the Tale by Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones; Stove Top by Three-Layer Cake; and Young Maestros Vol. 1 by Tracy Bonham & Melodeon Music House. Plus listening recs from drummer and artist Prairie Prince.

55 Books Our 2021 Holiday Gift Books Guide includes Wonderland by Annie Leibovitz, Crazy in Poughkeepsie by Daniel Pinkwater, Bohemian Magick by Veronica Varlow, Coping Skills by John Cuneo, Collective Wisdom by Grace Bonney, and other titles.

56 Poetry Poems by Danielle Adams, Mia Frisch, Frank Malley, C. P. Masciola, Cyrus Mulready, Kirby Olson, Mary Paulson, Phyllis Segura, Carol Shank, and Matthew J. Spireng. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

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Carl Van Brunt offers an appreciation of the work of artist Christine Tenaglia, whose multimedia constructions elude easy categorization and invite a openended dialog about the artmaking process itself.

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Sparrow reviews “Nivola: Sandscapes,” an exhibition of sandcast sculptures by Constantino Nivola exhibit at Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring.

HOROSCOPES 68 Empathy and Compassion in the Ascendancy Just in time for the holidays, Lorelai Kude suggests you get on the Nice list.

PARTING SHOT 72 The Gift by Dini Lamot An enigmatic photo of a gorilla and orchird by the artist also known as Musty Chiffon. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM 7


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Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #12 James Casebere, 2011

t first glance, the bright palette and plastic foliage of James Casebere’s Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #12, suggests an idealized, almost Lego-like world—albeit one with fires on the verge of consuming country homes while windmills stand still. What initially seems playful and innocent is in fact an acerbic comment on the death of the American dream, the net result of capitalism, and impending catastrophe. “I was trying to address the anxiety about the future generated by the dual crisis of the Great Recession, the consequences of global warming, and the absurdity of our oil-based economy,” Casabere says. Made in 2011, Landscape is a prescient and harrowing look at our present reality from a decade ago. Casebere has been making and photographing models since 1975, his pioneering work predated by what ultimately came to be known as constructed photography. Originally, he shot film and later transitioned to digital. For this work, he incorporated more detail than previous projects and embraced model making materials, constructing a large landscape with plaster, chicken wire, and cheese cloth covered with grasses and foliage made for model train enthusiasts. “The pandemic reinforced my desire to affect people’s lives more directly and to leave illusion

behind,” he says. “Architectural photography is never the same as the thing itself—it’s often an abstraction or idealization. Discovering Luis Barragan and Mathias Goeritz’s Emotional Architecture reinforced my desire to create rather than simply invoke sensations of refuge, solace, solitude, safety, and spirituality.” As a multimedia artist, Casebere says he always thought more three dimensionally than two, needing to make an object first. “In making a photo of a construction, many other issues come into play: there is the issue of time—the before and after, the control of light and its illusions, emotional impact, and reproducibility. There is also the drama of the shoot. With the digital revolution, our relationship to photography has changed, and we take for granted the falsehood created.” Casebere has had a studio in Columbia County for the last six years. (His large-scale installation, Solo Pavilion for Two or Three, which was unveiled at PS21 in Chatham in May, will be on display through 2022.) Like many other artists, he came upstate to escape and rejuvenate. “Working here, my experience changed with post-pandemic gatherings and art events,” he says. “There is a shared desire to take part in meaningful dialog that is always within reach, if hidden away.” Portfolio: Jamescasabere.com. —Mike Cobb A process shot of Falling House with Fire (for MK), a 2012 work by James Casabere that uses the same fire bar to simulate flames as in the cover image.

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Patience is a garment which has never worn out.
 —Proverb Autumn is my favorite season. Even after the leaves have all turned brown and fallen a feeling of life remains in the air. Perhaps it is life flying by on its way south for the winter. Nevertheless the force of it is invigorating like the last crescent of sun on the horizon at dusk, flowing across the landscape before disappearing completely. Walking in the forest on a perfect, bright November day, I came across the carcass of an ancient, decomposing Studebaker. Steel rims with cracked rubber tires and various body and engine parts lay strewn about. It looked like a crime scene with the victim rusting in situ in the middle of the wood. Seeing the rotting body of the hundred-year-old car aroused a sense of the power of time, mercilessly wearing down everything that comes into existence. In the long span of epochs, all existences are brief. Even 100 years is nothing in the life of the Earth. All ambitions and concerns, successes and failures, inventions and constructions, erode to an invisible texture in an ever-changing landscape. The discovery of the derelict auto in the last days of autumn seemed a portent for the end of civilization. Admittedly people in all times experience and remark upon the imminent end-times in a certain mood of ennui, and usually, I suspect, in the autumn. But in this perception I am buoyed by Goethe’s words, “all that is transitory is but a metaphor”. In any case, there are other factors pointing to the possibility that the winter of the current form of human civilization is upon us. In the span of time it has been a flash in the pan. Really just a couple centuries from birth to death in its current incarnation, and it is safe to say that things that arise quickly disappear with equal speed or even all at once. One sign of imminent collapse is the desperate measures undertaken by the corporate structure to exploit and commodify Earth’s entire population of human and nonhuman members of the biosphere. Setting aside all the rationale and narratives, we can see a project of global domination—not just of masses of people as has always been undertaken in the past, but a monumental campaign to monitor and control each individual body down to the fundamental genetic material and design. We see a vast swath of life modified to be made Roundup Ready™. It seems to me the sheer aggression of this onslaught is unsustainable. My basis for suggesting that the global corporate assault is bounded is purely anecdotal. You see, in the early days of this magazine I would often take a long lunch and play a few games of chess with my erstwhile friend Bram. In the beginning, Bram always beat me. He was smarter than me and had far more experience in the game. Finally after perhaps 100 games of chess ending in my defeat, I began to observe a pattern. Bram began each game with a salvo of aggressive moves. His onslaught was intimidating, and I reacted with wasted moves, attempting to avoid losing the pieces under attack. Sometimes I tried attacking back, but he was a better offensive player and would outmaneuver my stratagems. After so many losses, an odd thing happened. I gave up trying to defend or fight back. To my surprise, I saw that if I sat tight and didn’t react to his attack, and instead patiently built a defense and developed my position, he would inevitably overextend his pieces and open up vulnerabilities. Once I learned that my opponent was compelled to be aggressive, I understood that to gain advantage I simply needed to wait, and I began to win. There are numerous examples from history—Mongols, Nazis, Stalinists, Khmer Rouge—all of them launched aggressive projects for global domination. After initial success, these, and countless other cadres of tyrants like them, ran out of energy to maintain the aggression and were either defeated or quietly retreated to a more pleasant lifestyle and were all but forgotten. My sense is that the global corporate machine is vulnerable to this same weakness. It cannot sustain its onslaught on humanity and nature. The sheer meaninglessness of the project of converting everything of real value into abstract capital will be in the ascendant and overshadow whatever allure is held by the promise of absolute power and control. Napoleon lamely excused his army’s failed invasion of Russia in 1812 saying, “It is the winter that killed us. We were the victims of the climate,” but most historians agree the defeat was the result of overzealous aggression leading to vulnerability and failure. Until the global corporate machinery runs out of gas and stalls in its tracks like Nazi tanks and Napoleonic troops in the snow, the living human beings among us are called to watch and wait and work. As in the game of chess, we quietly strengthen our defenses, cultivating a natural state of health and a balanced inner life. We deepen our trust in the inborn strengths of our nature, her unfathomable intelligence, fecundity, and relentless occupation with achieving dynamic stases. We grow the capacity of our soul to become an ever-deeper repository of presence. In these ways we lay up our stores for the winter of the epoch to pass and prepare to begin humanity anew.


editor’s note

Two wild animals: Shazam and Clancy.

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umans have lived with dogs for tens of thousands of years, ever since some ancestor of ours got the strange idea to bring a wolf into the cave. Imagine the skeptical look on the cavewoman’s face when her mate walks in with a wild creature with a vine around its neck. And he’s like, “What? It looks a bit snarly and growly now, but just wait—eventually the strangeness will feel natural. Besides, in a few generations we’ll be able to rub its belly without getting our hand bitten off.” (The model for this conversation is an encounter my father and I had one disappointing day, circa 1982, when he brought home a Videodisc player, claiming it was the future of home video technology and that I wouldn’t be getting a VCR for Christmas. Allow me to note that the strangeness of the Videodisc never normalized, unlike animals and humans living together.) I was raised with dogs in the house. Untrained dogs. The closest thing to dog training at the ancestral Mahoney estate was after-the-incident yelling. As for the dogs: First a few high-strung purebreds (Duchess, Lady, Bandit) followed by a succession of unruly mutts (Cricket, Mickey, Max, Hershey, Clancy) that my mother overfed and loved in her abstract way and that my father mostly ignored. Whenever one died they were replaced by a new madcap adoptee from the North Shore Animal League. They were all fine dogs, in their way, and Clancy, last of the line of the great, untrained canines, now lives with Lee Anne and me in Kingston. The dogs’ lack of training mystifies me in retrospect, as I know now as a pet owner that schooling your mutt is essential to a harmonious dog-human relationship. Otherwise, you don’t

have yourself to blame for the dog’s bad behavior when it inevitably happens. And you’re going to blame an animal for acting like an animal? See the fable of the scorpion and the frog. (However, I have found myself shouting at Clancy and Shazam—after they’ve found a bag of half-eaten Burger King at the park and are devouring it all, including bag and assorted condiments—“You’re just a bunch of animals!” as if I was somehow surprised by their wildness.) I cut my parents some slack, however, as they seemed to learn that after a while, dogs train themselves to a certain degree. They mellow with age. They sleep more. They can’t run away as nimbly as they used to. They know they’ve got a good thing going—food, water, belly rubs, hopefully not too many baths—and they don’t want to screw it up. A dog may still jump up and grab food off the counter when they’re eight, but it knows enough not to do it in front of you. By the time a dog is in its dotage, its presence is just like the furniture in your house—you expect to see it in the same place every time you step through the front door—and you’ve completely forgotten how insane it was as a puppy. Although Lee Anne and Shazam and I have had Clancy living with us for three-and-a-halfyears, and Lee Anne has done her level best to train him, he’s still very much an animal, despite how cute he looks in orange socks. (See photo, above.) One non-adorable way this manifests is in Clancy’s licking of his nether region. Now all dogs like to get in there hammer and tongs and go at themselves with their own face every once and while—Clancy’s no different. But because of his size—he’s a 95-pound Cane Corso mix—the licking is on a whole other level. Two important

Animal Strangeness

by Brian K. Mahoney

factors to consider: how big Clancy’s tongue is (I’ve seen similar-sized tongues in Jewish deli display cases) and the shape of his nether region. For when Clancy lifts up his leg to lick himself, it forms a natural amphitheater, like Red Rocks. Only it’s a genital amphitheater, and instead of the sound of U2 or John Tesh, it’s the sound of one dog slurping. The acoustics of Clancy’s genital amphitheater are superb. Each swipe of the tongue bears a richness of sound, a visceral texture, that tells you everything you would want to know, sonically, about a dog, its tongue, and its genitals. It reminds me of a concert I attended at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater when it first opened in 2003—Elvis Costello with the Mingus Big Band. As the group was warming up, I watched the bassist pluck a single string on his instrument. Though I was seated in the very back of the auditorium, it was as if I could see the note arrowing across the room to me, distinct from all the background noise surrounding me. It was as if the note had picked me, personally, out of the crowd to cover in its timbre and multihued tone. It was breathtaking. Bard paid $62 million to build the Fisher Center, but Clancy achieves that level of sonic resonance as a matter of biology. It’s quite impressive, especially given the decibel level he gets out of the conical speaker of his downbelow. I’ve not measured the sound, but you can hear it in any room in the house from anywhere else in the house when Clancy gets going. It’s immersive and majestic and transportive—for a moment. Then I remember what I’m hearing is an animal slurping itself. And how strange it is to live with animals. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM 11


food & drink

Your Corner Table Is Ready DECADENT AMBIANCE AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN EATS AT GOOD NIGHT By Marie Doyon Photos by Nils Schlebusch

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oodstock is emerging from a years-long reinvention, slowly hanging up its tiedyed identity of yore. The full picture of this transformation likely won’t come into focus for a few more years, but at least one key aspect of Woodstock’s new identity is as a culinary destination. Perhaps the tidiest analogy for Woodstock’s transformation is the former Joyous Lake. Since late 2017 the raucous, iconic nightclub of the ’70s, which hosted live acts ranging from the Rolling Stones to Charles Mingus and, of course, the Band—has been operating as Silvia, an elevated New American farm-to-table restaurant. A Family Affair It didn’t take long for the region’s resident gourmands—and weekend visitors—to recognize that the seasonal, wood-fired food program at Silvia’s was among the best eating Upstate. And it wasn’t just the fall-off-the-bone, pastured pork chop or the seared Brussels sprouts, it was the whole experience—the elegant wine list, attentive waitstaff, superb craft cocktails, and the sensual, moody ambiance. “It got to the point where we were turning away 200 people a night on Fridays and Saturdays—and that’s just the folks that bothered to put themselves on the waiting list,” says Craig Leonard, one of Silvia’s four co-owners. A true family undertaking, the restaurant was opened on a wing and a prayer by Leonard, his wife Betty Choi, her sister Doris Choi, and Doris’s husband Niall Grant. “We used to have 12 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 12/21

lots of family cookouts and Doris would just make all these insane dishes, just incredible food,” Leonard recalls of the inspiration for Silvia. Four years later, they have a thriving dining destination and each of the partners has carved out a distinct lane for themselves. Doris helms the kitchen as the executive chef, while Betty handles bookkeeping and office support. Grant, the only one with any prior experience in the industry, runs front of house and general management, and Leonard handles finance, design, and construction. “Before the pandemic, we were already talking about expanding,” Leonard says. “Running a restaurant is tough. It’s two families—we have to make a living, so we planned on a second one. We thought we could do it, crazily.” Ultimately, it was the consistent turning away of guests at Silvia that convinced them that Woodstock could sustain a second restaurant. They found their spot around the corner from Silvia in a big barn at 15 Rock City Road (which, incidentally, is the location of another iconic ’70s nightclub, the Elephant). “When we walked in, we all said, ‘this is it,’” Leonard remembers. But the space needed a lot of work. Renovations took over six months and included replacing the entire post-and-beam support structure, building a 600-square-foot addition for the kitchen, and constructing a massive covered outdoor patio. But the hard work paid off, and in early November Good Night opened with the polished sophistication of a long-standing establishment.

A Restaurant for Our Time While Silvia’s menu includes nods to Doris Choi’s Korean heritage, these are more flavorful inflections than a culinary rallying cry. But at Good Night, Southeast Asian cuisine takes center stage, with a menu that spans Vietnamese, Thai, and Lao influences. “We didn’t want to compete with ourselves,” Choi says. Southeast Asian cuisine is something she cooks often for her own family, and that isn’t represented in the Woodstock food scene. “That is one thing I missed from the city,” she says. “The first thing I would eat whenever I went down was a Vietnamese dish or ramen or hotpots from Chinatown. I wanted to bring a little bit of that culture to Woodstock.” Picking up where Silvia leaves off, Good Night’s menu is hyperlocal and seasonal. The combined culinary repertoire of Southeast Asian countries is a good match for the produce of the region, according to Choi. “As much as I love my own Korean culture, the food is kind of one-note. There are barely any salads,” Choi says. “Here in the Hudson Valley, the produce is so fresh and vibrant. You can work with so many different herbs and spices—cilantro, mint, basil. Southeast Asian cuisine has more range to incorporate those flavors.” Over the past four years running the kitchen at Silvia, Choi has moved more and more in the direction of plant-based cooking. This openarmed embrace of vegetables is well-timed for the


A curving 28-foot pink marble bar is the focal point of Good Night’s sophisticated interior.

moment we are in, as diners become increasingly environment- and health-conscious with their choices. Choi’s menu takes into account common dietary needs and lifestyle choices without sacrificing the integrity of the dishes. “What I realized about Southeast Asian cooking is that as things keep moving toward dairy-free—that is just the menu without even trying,” she says. “Our menu has no butter, no dairy, no cheeses. I only use coconut milk. It’s also 95 percent glutenfree by nature.” A scallion pancake and an egg noodle dish are the lone exceptions. Tradition with a Twist In mid-November, the Good Night menu boasts a whopping nine apps and eight mains, and Choi is still adding dishes here and there. “Not everyone eats the same exact way,” Choi says. “ I want everyone to feel there is something for them, and not just one thing—several options.” (Dairy-free desserts in the Southeast Asian flavor palette, like coconut ice cream with ginger caramel and peanuts or a yam-based creme brulee, are coming soon). The appetizer list is split into hot and cold. The grapefruit, avocado, and daikon salad ($12) is a delightfully light, zesty, and balanced opener, served with a mix of Thai herbs and chili, peanuts, and Vietnamese nuoc cham vinaigrette. In short, a perfect salad. On the hot side, the tofu dish may surprise you. It arrives with five croquettes leaning on a salad tower that sports green mango, kumquat, mint, cilantro, and almond crumb ($14). Dipping sauce is notably missing from the arrangement, and would be missed if the tofu itself weren’t whipped into a creamy ecstasy. The salad, a bouquet of aromatics perfectly dressed with a pickled pear and chili vinaigrette, is the only accompaniment you need. You really shouldn’t leave without trying the crispy blowfish tail and

shrimp dish ($18). Breaded, fried, and coated in a sticky-sweet chili sauce that is reminiscent of classic Sichuan cooking, this dish is the star-crossed marriage of high-brow/low-brow, indulgence and elegance. Served with crispy Thai basil, blistered shishitos, and peanuts, it’ll have you reaching for the Wet-Naps, that is, if you don’t lick your fingers clean first. As far as mains go, the confit chicken congee will surely cure all your ailments ($26). This hot Asian rice porridge, made here with bone broth, seasoned with scallion and ginger oil, and topped with yolk and crispy shallots, doesn’t hit you over the head with flavor but rather delicately delivers a balanced and subtle profile that matches the tenderness of the sous vide chicken. The Vietnamese grilled pork dish ($28) is a show stopper—charred, juicy, luxuriant with flavor. The cold rice noodles don’t pack much of a punch on their own, but the housemade chili garlic and nuoc cham solve this—apply liberally. And don’t skip the ribbons of pickled carrot, cucumber, and jalapeño that top the dish. Along with the cilantro and mint, these provide valuable flavor balancing. Here, the art is in making the perfect bite. Other big-ticket items include the smoked five spice duck breast, which is served with pickled celery, green apple, scallion, pancake, fig-hoisin sauce ($30); and a grass-fred, dry-aged red miso steak, served with grilled daikon, a green apple and perilla salad, toasted sesame, and chili ($48). On the vegetarian front, the crispy egg noodle dish ($26) shines with local oyster mushrooms plus shiitake and beech, watercress, and mustard greens piled high atop a crispy block of fried noodles. As you make your way through the dish, the experience evolves as the heat from the greens and brown garlic and ginger sauce permeate the core of the noodles, softening them. However, it’s the humble workhorse of the

walnut larb that best encapsulates what Choi is trying to do at Good Night ($14). Larb, a classic dish in Laos and Vietnam usually made with ground meat and served on lettuce leaves, is reincarnated here as a vegan delicacy. Choi soaks and brines the walnuts before hand-chopping them to soften the edge of crunch and give the texture of ground protein. “The walnut larb to me is special,” she says. “Taking a dish that is so pervasive and doing it with walnuts so that every person, no matter what their preference is, can enjoy it is what I am trying to do. Even people that eat meat say, ‘I can’t believe this is vegan.’ And it’s not gratuitous. It’s better than a meat dish.” Tradition with a twist—this is Choi’s sweet spot, the seamless union of classic flavors with a modern sensibility that breaks open our limited conception of what plant-based cooking can be while quietly doing its part to reduce our impact on the planet. Everyone Wants the Corner Table “We wanted to make it a place that was kind of decadent and celebratory—we really wanted to focus on friends and family, shared meals and connection,” Choi says. This ethos of festive yet intimate connection permeated the design of the space. The vaulted, open-plan barn structure could have easily felt cavernous, but partner Craig Leonard, who spearheaded the design, masterfully turned it into a space that is both cozy and effortlessly chic. “Everyone wants the corner table—it’s the best seat in the house,” Leonard says, sharing an early lesson from Silvia. Using banquettes to create a square in the center of the room and lining the walls with bench seating, Leonard managed to make the dining room almost exclusively corner tables. The plush velvet seen at Silvia carries over to Good Night, trading green for rosier hues of coral, cognac, copper, and gold. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 13


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Impressive twin chandeliers dangle delicately from the highest point of the ceiling, like upside-down wedding cakes formed from convex tongues of milky white and pale pink glass. In fact, the light fixtures throughout the space are impressive—vintage from the ’60s and ’70s, which Leonard sourced online from Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen. But the true focal point of space is the curving, 28-foot bar that lines the entire right side of the space. Like the tables throughout, the bartop is a sumptuous pink marble with green veining, fabricated and installed by Barra & Trumbore. Behind the bar, a tiered, backlit shelf turns the liquor display into another facet of the decor. The space has a sort of old Hollywood glam. Subtle soundproofing lines the sloped ceilings, but a lively din still permeates the restaurant. In another era, people would have dressed to the nines to come here and drink cocktails while smoking cigarettes and mingling at the long bar. Back in the ’40s, this same building was the legendary local watering hole the Sea Horse. In his 2016 book, Tales from the Sea Horse, Wallace Siff called the spot “a funky, scruffy, smoky, dimly-lit meeting place, with strong character and special magic to it.” And while no one, by any stretch of the imagination, would ever define Good Night as scruffy, there is certainly a special magic to the place that is sure to write it into the next chapter of Woodstock’s history.

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In a few weeks, Primo Waterfront’s doors will open, bringing coastal Italian cuisine to Newburgh’s waterfront, in the former location of Cena 2000. For this project, restaurateur Jesse Camac of Heritage Food & Drink teamed up with one of his chefs, Frank Camey, and Ralph Bello, formerly of Il Barilotto, to design a seafood-centric menu that uses local produce and meats. In addition to Bello’s homemade pastas, Primo will offer a crudo and raw bar, developed in collaboration with John Daly, a kitchen alum of Michelin-starred Manhattan establishment Masa. Daly’s Japanese techniques combine with Bello’s Italian flavors and result in dishes like Montauk fluke with pistachio, ponzu, chives, and olive oil. Another dish on offer will be yellowtail with strawberry, basil, and pink peppercorn, alongside raw bar classics like oysters and king crabs. Designed to showcase the spectacular views of the Hudson from every seat in the house, Primo gives the feeling of a coastal getaway with walls of windows, indoor and outdoor bars, and a patio that seats up to 170 people. 50 Front Street, Newburgh | Primowaterfront.com

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With papered-over windows, no signage, and no grand announcements, Tanma Ramen is serving up serious speakeasy vibes alongside handmade gyoza and steaming bowls of ramen. Like at Tanma’s predecessor Gomen Kudasai in New Paltz, Youko Yamamoto is preparing everything from scratch. Kick your meal off with pan-fried pork gyoza, served in a sizzling cast iron pan. The avocado sashimi is deceivingly simple and delightful, drizzled with lemon juice and dipped in wasabi soy sauce ($8). For ramen, Yamamoto keeps it simple with just two options (both $15): miso, which uses a broth made of chicken and pork bone, served with sliced pork belly; and shio, with a vegan broth made from kombu, shitake, and other vegetables. Both are served with mung bean sprouts, chopped scallion, bamboo shoots, cashews, and wakame seaweed. If you’ve loaded up on apps, opt for the baby bar size of either for just $10. 597 Broadway, Kingston | Tanmaderamen.com

Cafe Mutton

Though it’s only been open since May, Cafe Mutton has quickly established itself as a neighborhood fixture in Hudson under the ownership of Fish & Game and Bartlett House alum Shaina Loew-Banayan. On the corner of 8th and Columbia, this quaint breakfast and lunch joint is known for its meat-centric menu. The menu showcases the Hudson Valley’s abundant produce and meats, routinely making use of secondary cuts to create things like the now-famous in-house sausage, pate, and bologna. The resulting menu is short but filled with delicacies. Scrapple and eggs ($12.50) is one of them—two sunny-side eggs are served alongside scrapple, a loaf made with polenta and braised pork that’s pan fried, and a choice of potatoes, toast, or greens. The country paté sandwich ($12.50) is another popular choice, featuring housemade pork and chicken liver paté, whole grain mustard, and cornichons on country white bread from Bartlett House. On Friday nights, Cafe Mutton stays open late for a chill happy hour and candle-lit dinner service. 757 Columbia Street, Hudson | Cafemutton.com

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In 2015, Rachel Wyman’s signature fried brioche doughnuts earned her a spot in Bake magazine’s “25 Most Influential Bakers in the US.” The CIA grad returned to the Hudson Valley during the pandemic to be closer to the hiking, running, and climbing routes of the Gunks. After a blow-out summer selling doughnuts at the New Paltz Open Air Market, opened a brick-and-mortar bakery on Main Street in November with two varieties of doughnuts for sale. The first, Wyman’s signature brioche doughnuts, are available in three flavors: classic, chocolate, and apple cider, with layers of laminated cinnamon throughout the dough. The other variety, which Wyman has dubbed “sourdoughnuts” are vegan and made using sourdough starter. They are also available in multiple flavors, including a fruity cranberry orange glaze and maple-glazed—Wyman’s personal favorite. 138 Main Street, New Paltz | Gunkindoughnuts.com

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Tucked down a brick alley behind Sisters Boutique, Bar Bene is one of those Hudson Easter eggs that rewards the curious passerby. Glimpsed from the street, the new wine bar’s fenced-in, pea gravel patio is illuminated by string lights and a warmed by standing heaters and fire pit. Inside, the bright Mid-Century vibes continue with cerulean walls, cognac-toned leather bar stools, smoked glass light fixtures, and a shag rug. Seating is split between a bar area and lounge area with a couch and arm chairs. The wine list, curated by manager and sommelier Eric Hill, covers all the major bases while emphasizing low-intervention winemakers. (A helpful key on the wine menu lets you know which vintages are organic, biodynamic, vegan, and sustainable.) While the wineries may be less well known to some guests, the styles will be familiar. A Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley rubs shoulders with a Fiano from Campania and a Cava from Catalonia. Options by the glass range from $10 to $18, while the bottles span price points from $38 to $128. Bar eats include local cheese plates, charcuterie platters, olives, and hummus. Top the night off with an affogato, or if you prefer to keep your indulgences separate, an espresso and a crema vanilla gelato. 538 Warren Street, Hudson | Barbene.com

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ROOTED IN ROSENDALE TWO ARTISTS HARVEST CREATIVE FRUIT FROM THEIR FARM IN ROSENDALE By Mary Angeles Armstrong Photos by Winona Barton-Ballentine

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very autumn, the strand of apple trees in Kieran Kinsella and Giselle Potter’s yard puts on a show. “The closest tree ripens at the end of August and then they successively turn various shades until the last apple drops at the end of October,” explains Kinsella. “The trees are the same size as when we moved here, so they must be almost 100 years old. Some years they produce apples, some years they don’t, but occasionally they’re still really bountiful.” The trees at the edge of the couple’s hilltop three acres are the last vestige of the former dairy farm built in the late 1800s. In 1998, when Potter and Kinsella found the property, few hints of the home’s previous incarnation remained. “We looked at a lot of houses,” says Potter. “Every one we walked into had so much of someone else’s personality, but this home was clear.” The couple felt they could make the traditional white clapboard farmhouse their own and moved in shortly afterwards. 18 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 12/21

Still, watching that row of trees through the succession of years was enough for Kinsella to connect to the property’s former life. “The trees are great to watch,” he says. “As dairy farmers, the family probably grew most of their own fruits and vegetables. Clearly someone planted them to ripen the way they do.” Trees are undoubtedly Kinsella’s thing. A wood carver, he creates distinctive stools and tables from cast-off logs and stumps he collects from local tree services. Singular and stark, his pieces retain the essence of the original tree within their finished designs. First drawn to the art of carving as a way of utilizing forgotten wood, Kinsella has made a study of the oak, walnut, and maple dropped off at the edge of his yard. “The finished pieces are still very much the tree,” he explains. “It has the presence of the being. I like using the wood as a living thing, rather than chopping it up into bits and pieces.”

Kieran Kinsella and Giselle Potter’s 19th-century farmhouse is on three acres of a former dairy farm. Since moving there in 1998, Potter and Kinsella have built or transformed the property’s outbuildings into workshop space for their creative careers. Opposite, top: Kinsella converted the farm’s former chicken coop into a woodcarving workshop. The couple added a domed window salvaged from their Brooklyn loft. Bottom: Kinsella and a friend built a separate studio for Potter away from the family home. An artist and illustrator, Potter has written over 30 children’s books and her work has appeared in the New Yorker and other magazines. Potter’s work table was made by Kinsella.


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A dining nook in a corner of the living room is filled with an eclectic mix of art and furniture. Intermixed with the wooden chairs around the round table is Kim Markel’s Glow Chair, made from recycled eyeglasses. Potter won the BDDW credenza in a raffle. On top, a mix of small pieces by local artists interspersed with work by Potter and Kinsella. The French botanical print was inherited from Potter’s grandmother. The artwork on the opposite wall is by Alex Larkin.

The Endless Three Acres Kinsella and Potter were living in Brooklyn when they decided to uproot themselves for a home surrounded by land. “We had kind-of unrealistic ideas of living somewhere with acres and acres around us,” says Potter. A native of Connecticut and coming from a family of visual and performing artists, Potter was living in the city and working as a freelance illustrator for The New Yorker and other publications at the time. “That was back when you’d get a last-minute call to go on an assignment to see a performance that night, then have an illustration done in a day or two,” says Potter. Through her time at the magazine, Potter met a children’s book editor and began writing and illustrating her own stories. Two of her books, The Year I Didn’t Go to School and Chloe’s Birthday…and me were based on her childhood experience of traveling and performing in her family’s puppet theater company, the Mystic Paper Beasts. In 1998, with her career connections established, Potter was ready to fulfill the couple’s dream of living in a more rural setting and the two began looking northward.

“In the beginning, we had these visions of living ‘Little House on the Prairie’ style and were looking at old farms surrounded by 40 acres or more,” says Kinsella, who is a native of the Adirondacks. “We actually looked at an incredible farm north of Lake Champlain. I could just imagine the winds howling down from Canada. I remember the real estate agent saying, ‘You know you’re only 45 minutes to Burlington—until the ferry crossing freezes over.’” They nixed that idea, and when friends invited them to High Falls for a visit, they realized the Hudson Valley was abundant with the natural beauty they were seeking. Their former dairy farm sits at the top of a hill in Rosendale, with a clear view of the back side of Joppenbergh Mountain. Even though it has much smaller acreage than they’d originally envisioned, the views of the surrounding farmlands and woods give the property a feeling of expansion. “Over time we realized it’s just the perfect amount of space,” says Potter. “If we’d gotten more it just would have been too much work.” 12/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 21


Little Farmhouse in the Mountains “It was just a generic old farmhouse. It wasn’t too precious and it hadn’t been tampered with,” Kinsella says of their home’s appeal. The two-story home features oak floors and trim throughout, with a living room and parlor downstairs and three bedrooms at the top of an oak staircase worn by years of family use. Throughout the downstairs, oversized doublehung windows look out to the surrounding fields and nearby Rosendale. “We loved that even though this was an old farmhouse, it had such big picture windows throughout the space,” says Kinsella. The couple did some initial work on the 1730-square-foot house when they first moved in. Downstairs, they removed a wall between the kitchen and living room to create a passthrough over one of the kitchen counters and borrowed space from an adjacent closet to expand the kitchen area. During their first 22 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 12/21

winter in the house, snow seeped in through the downstairs windows, so they upgraded the glass but left their farmhouse charm intact. They couple added a wood stove to the living room area, enhancing the cozy feeling throughout the first floor. Off the traditional second-floor farmhouse landing, they built an additional bathroom by adding plumbing and fixtures. The two salvaged a farmhouse-style sink locally, then found the perfect claw foot bathtub in Brooklyn. “We dragged the tub across the streets of New York City,” remembers Kinsella. “In hindsight, we might have realized dragging a claw foot tub all the way from Brooklyn to Rosendale was too much work.” Over the years the couple have decorated the home with an eclectic mix of second-hand furniture and work by local artists. They converted the parlor into a sewing room where a collection of Potter’s grandfather’s oil paintings adorns the walls.

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Kinsella and Potter in their kitchen. With their children soon leaving home for college, the couple are contemplating their next chapter. “I don’t foresee us leaving this house,” says Kinsella. “I feel like we’ve become a part of the community fabric. The house and the area are really our home.”

The Bountiful Harvest Like the stand of apple trees, both Potter and Kinsella have produced bountiful creative fruit over their seasons at the farm. Each maintains a workspace in their own verdant corner of the surrounding hilltop. One mown path winds to a white clapboard studio matching the original farmhouse. Kinsella and a friend built it for Potter’s illustration work. The studio was located just far enough away that their two daughters, who are now teenagers, wouldn’t disturb her when they were young. “It was the distance that a three-year-old wouldn’t look for you,” explains Potter. Inside, stacks of her children’s books line one wall with an eastern view of the nearby mountains. Potter’s prolific body of work includes over 30 children’s books, as well as many short stories and articles. Kinsella originally made use of the farm’s old chicken coop as his workshop. The ground

outside, covered in soft mud and wood chips, was the ideal place to stand up all day and carve. He’s recently relocated his workshop to a separate building in Rosendale. However, at a back corner of the property, he still keeps a holding area for giant logs, which he shapes into the raw material for his furniture pieces. During the initial carving process, Kinsella always takes note of the years represented in the rings of each tree. “I guess I’m like the butcher,” he confesses, although he mostly diverts logs from becoming firewood or just being thrown over someone’s back fence. “If you examine the lines and mineral deposits, you can tell whether it was a rainy year or a good one,” he explains. He preserves the rings of each log through the carving process until they are finished pieces of furniture. “I try to keep the pieces connected to the original tree,” he says. “That way, you can really tell the whole story.” 12/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 25


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David Holland (right) leading panel discussion during the Cannabis Education Forum. Photo by Nolan Thornton

The Business of Green Report from the New York State Cannabis Expo By Nolan Thornton

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n Sunday, October 17, just about everyone in the know and everyone who wants to be in the know about the business of marijuana in the region met at the Albany Capital Center for the New York State Cannabis Expo & Conference (NYSCEC). Subtitled “How to Break into the New York State Cannabis Industry,” NYSCEC was a colorful mix of experts of all types. Among the speakers were David Holland of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association and Empire State NORML and Andrew Schriever of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association, both lawyers by trade, and both experts in cannabis law. The attendees were mostly entrepreneurs looking to break into the emerging industry. Early on in the day, attendees learned that one of the biggest hurdles they are up against is undoing 90 years of misinformation—“three generations of intentional fabrication” (Holland). If the speakers, who are activists, and the attendees, who are aspiring to break into the industry, are to make any headway, they’re going to have to change people’s minds. According to Kristin Jordan, a lawyer and entrepreneur who was on the social equity seminar panel, drug policy in the United States goes further back than you might think. It started in the 19th century, with Chinese immigrants working on the railroads and bringing opium with them. Although the immigrants were targeted, they weren’t the primary users of the drug. According to Smithsonian magazine, white women made up more than 60 percent of opium addicts in the late 1800s. Not unlike today’s opioid epidemic, doctors prescribed it to them. The fact remains, however, one population was treated with hostility, and one population was treated with respect. New York’s legalization bill, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), seeks to redress the negative impacts of the War on Drugs on minority communities through its social equity provisions. The MRTA also places 26 HIGH SOCIETY CHRONOGRAM 12/21

a 50 percent priority on social equity applicants. Social equity applicant categories are minorities (including women), economic equity applicants, distressed farmers, impacted community members (from the war on drugs), service disabled veterans, and justice involved (applicants who went to prison or have a family member who is in prison or went to prison). Indigenous and transgender people do not constitute minorities in the MRTA. Despite the law’s problems, it is still the best of its kind so far according to attendees at the expo I spoke to. “The MRTA is a commitment to trying to improve social equity programs and horizontal licensing schemes, and trying not to oversaturate the market,” says David Holland. No state has really gotten it exactly right thus far, but, according to Holland, the MRTA could be a social equity model for other states. It bears repeating, if the war on drugs put so many Black and brown people unjustly behind bars, then the new legal framework for cannabis should prop those groups up to attempt to offset some of the previous damage. Horizontal licensing schemes separate New York from many other states, which are vertically licensed. Unlike, say, Massachusetts, New York will offer separate licenses to grow, process, package, and sell cannabis. In Massachusetts, dispensaries often sell cannabis that they grow themselves. These companies are vertically integrated. In promoting a horizontal model, lawmakers aim to promote many small entrepreneurs over fewer large companies. As Holland mentioned, the MRTA contains language aimed at preventing market oversaturation. There is a cap on how many licenses the state will give out. This fact could also be interpreted as a downside to the MRTA. Limiting the number of licenses is limiting the opportunities given to entrepreneurs, potentially many of them being social equity applicants who will not have the capital out of the gate to apply for licenses once they become available.

As far as who will actually get the licenses, it’s anyone’s guess. “They’re gonna get it wrong, it’s just a matter of how wrong they get it,” says lawyer and cannabis law expert Kaelan Castetter. Though there is the purported 50 percent priority to social equity applicants, the question of what the owners of the dispensaries will look like is still a mystery. However, it is worth noting that New Jersey has 25 dispensaries, and zero black owners. The trend that seems to have popped up is that many white women end up opening dispensaries, utilizing their status as social equity applicants. “The biggest problem is going to be education,” says Carlos Montes, an attendee. Montes is a convicted felon, and hopes to open up a growery. “No one knows where to get a license or how to get a license.” If the past is any indication, those who can afford to hire people to help them will get a license. But maybe this time will be different. The price for a license has been a matter of debate. It was rumored that they would cost $250,000, but that was merely a re-reporting of the medical license price from five years ago. According to Castetter, “Licenses should cost between $15,000 and $20,000.” Who will get those licenses and how many will be apportioned is up to the Cannabis Control Board, which has met three times as of this writing and is still early in the process of ironing out regulations and application guidelines. Would-be entrepreneurs will have to continue to wait. As will consumers: CCB Chair Tremaine Wright spoke at a cannabis entrepreneurs in Rochester recently and she told the crowd that adult-use dispensaries would not likely open until 2023. “What we do control is getting [dispensary] licensing and giving them all the tools so they can work within our systems,” Wright said. “That’s what we are saying will be achieved in 18 months. Not that they’re open, not that they’ll be full-blown operations, because we don’t know that.”


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he Pass—the closest recreational cannabis dispensary to New York City and Connecticut—prides itself on its farm-to-label ethos. “We are part of every single step in the process, from seed to sale,” explains marketing director Jesse Ezekiel Tolz. “We are able to control the quality of our cannabis and cannabis products from start to finish.” It all starts at The Pass’s cultivation sites, where the cannabis is grown in indoor facilities, in greenhouses, and outdoors. “We provide the freshest flower possible; we were named Best Flower Selection in the Berkshires for 2021 by The Berkshire Eagle,” Tolz says. The flower from cultivation is then either prepped for sale in the dispensary or for processing in the laboratory. The refined lab products are then either sold as concentrates or brought to the kitchen to create edibles, topicals, and tinctures. Then it’s on to the dispensary, a streamlined, charcoal-toned building that—like The Pass’s cultivation and processing facilities—is located in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Customers enter an intake room to get checked in before continuing on to the retail floor, where products are displayed in glass cases and budtenders wait at the counter in front of The Pass logo—a silhouette of mountain peaks. “Our brand, in terms of our aesthetic, is nature-focused and elegant. It really speaks to the region we are a part of, the community we want to support, and the diversity of our products,” says Tolz. The budtenders consult with consumers on available products and how to use them. “Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are well versed in guiding customers through their purchases and their cannabis experience,” Tolz says. “Everyone’s endocannabinoid system [a network of chemical signals and cell receptors

throughout the brain and body, on which cannabis can have an effect] is different.” The Pass’s budtenders will optimize their customers’ cannabis experience, whether it’s their first or thousandth time. “We have all different forms of cannabis products, so the variety can be hard to navigate, and that’s exactly what our budtenders love to help you with,” says Tolz. The dispensary carries more than just proprietary products, too, he adds. “We create products from our facility, but we also carry other partners’ products. We pride ourselves on the range of highquality products we provide.” Pre-orders, with same-day pickup, are available online for customers who know what they are looking for. The Pass accepts cash and debit for payment in person. The Pass recognizes that the cannabisbuying experience can give first-time

customers butterflies in their stomachs, and the budtenders are sensitive to that, Tolz says: “The stigma of cannabis is still very real, and every person feels a mix of excitement and concern the first time they go into a dispensary. ‘Am I doing something wrong?’ ‘Should I really be here?’ This plant has been blamed for myriad societal problems, when in reality this attribution of blame is greatly erroneous. Our dispensary’s ambience and flow in tandem with our wonderful budtenders are how we make people feel more at home, even on their very first visit.” The Pass 1375 North Main Street Sheffield, Massachusetts (413) 644-6892; Thepass.co

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hether you’re a newbie to the nug, or a cannabis connoisseur, you’re going to want products you can rely on. Although legal cannabis is a new industry, Canna Provisions’ dispensaries have the background of (and bragging rights to) two longtime pros: CEO Meg Sanders and Director of Cultivation Greg “Chemdog” Krzanowski. Canna’s success can be boiled down to Sanders—its notso-secret weapon. As a compliance expert with bi-coastal cannabis experience leading vertically integrated cultivations and retail storefronts, Sanders continues to be a lodestar in legal cannabis. Her humanistic approach to cannabis retail has created a multi-award-winning independent craft cannabis brand known for one of the largest curated menus of top-tier legal Massachusetts brands and products, as well as the home of Smash Hits cannabis, Canna Provisions proprietary cannabis flower line. Smash Hits launched to much fanfare earlier this year with Krzanowski—one of the most knowledgeable and recognizable growers in America, and a legacy market cannabis icon—who’s responsible for cultivating some of the most sought-after and popular strains of flower that served as a parent to such staple high-end strains as Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Chem 91, Chem D, and many others. Canna Provisions is the only place to find real authentic craft Chemdog strains in the Northeast, and the only place in the world to have it grown by Chemdog himself. Canna Provisions' was voted number one cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts by Chronogram readers this year. Two locations in Holyoke and Lee offer a full range of adult-use recreational cannabis products including buds, prerolls, vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and beverages, in an atmosphere reminiscent of vintage general stores. Accessories are also available to enhance the consumer’s experience. Historically, cannabis has been categorized into Indica, Sativa, and hybrid strains, but there is scarce scientific direction on the exact effects a specific strain will have on a person. Guides are on hand to advise consumers about the use of products, and budtenders help with purchases. Smash Hits’ new Massmosa strain—spearheaded by Grow Manager Johnny Greenfingaz after a phenotype hunt of hundreds of variations—underscores the cultivars and cannabis strains only available at Canna Provisions locations in Western Massachusetts. The Holyoke and Lee locations are also home to the famed Chem 91 strain, grown from clones of the original 30-year-old Chemdog mother plant that gave birth to so many other legacy strains and crosses. User education is important to Canna Provisions and extends past the retail floor: Sanders has consulted nationally and internationally with businesses, governments, investors, and institutions about cannabis. She and co-owner Erik Williams have both helped other firms navigate the cannabis industry throughout the United States and have teamed up to be a force for cultivation and sales in Massachusetts. That knowledge is shared on the dispensary’s website, which is chock-full of information including how to choose between cannabis strains, current legal restrictions, and other important topics. As its slogan says, Canna Provisions stores in Lee and Holyoke Massachusetts help “better your journey” in cannabis. Founded by established industry pioneers with extensive cultivation, regulation, and consumer sales experience, Canna creates a one-of-a-kind dispensary experience with the broadest range of top-grade craft cannabis products that are locally sourced and thoughtfully produced for all levels of cannabis consumers. Canna Provisions 220 Housatonic Street, Lee, Massachusetts 380 Dwight Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts Cannaprovisions.com


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ack in January 2019, it looked like a party every day outside Theory Wellness. The Great Barrington dispensary had just begun retail recreational cannabis sales, and lines of enthusiastic shoppers snaking across the parking lot were a daily occurrence at the Berkshire’s first adult-use recreational dispensary. Now the secret’s out, the lines are a memory (thanks to improved efficiency), and inside Theory Wellness, the party goes on. A dispensary of firsts, Theory continues to evolve with top-notch customer service, a firstof-its-kind social equity initiative, and innovative products. Its Great Barrington location was the first medical dispensary in the Berkshires when it opened in the fall of 2017, and its Sheffield outdoor cultivation facility was one of the first licensed recreational outdoor cultivation on the East Coast. “Theory Wellness has six dispensaries throughout Maine and Massachusetts; the Great Barrington location set the tone going forward as our first adult-use location,” says Vice President of Marketing Thomas Winstanley. Theory’s focus on customer service has helped elevate its popularity. Winstanley points to the dispensary’s net promoter score (NPS) as proof: An index ranging from 0 to 100, the NPS measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to others. “Industry-wide, our score is 89.3,” says

Winstanley. “The standard for retail is in the 40s. This level of performance is what we’re going after and it’s only because of our incredible staff.” As a basis of comparison, Apple currently boasts a 47 NPS score. Paired with that customer service is a selection of curated products reflecting Theory’s vertical integration. The Great Barrington recreational dispensary offers an array of cannabis products including flower, edibles, vaporizers, pre-rolls, and now, beverages. “We’ve evolved to now carry about 70 inhouse products,” Winstanley says. “We produce, create, and manufacture everything ourselves. It’s a full ecosystem: We push boundaries, and challenge ourselves to excel in a new industry. Our consumers guide us on how to make a more efficient business with products they love.” In return, Winstanley says, Theory Wellness has a certain level of responsibility to its consumers, helping them understand the effects of its products: “We don’t rush our customers. This is an emerging market. We schedule one-onone consultations for customers who need them. We want to pair people with products based on where they are in their cannabis journey.” Addressing the future of legal cannabis is a priority for Theory Wellness, as well. “We’re helping define what the future of cannabis looks like,” Winstanley says. “We are on the forefront as cannabis is evolving rapidly by the day.”

A big part of that is recognizing the history of cannabis injustice and the systemic inequalities that remain within the industry. Access to capital is the biggest barrier to entry in the legal cannabis industry. In 2019, Theory Wellness developed its Social Equity Program: After interviewing 15 to 20 prospective entrepreneurs, the company partnered with Legal Greens, offering the Economic Empowerment-certified new business valuable advice, access to human resources, technical assistance, and $250,000 of financing. In addition, Theory Wellness recently launched delivery with Treevit, a social equity applicant who has one of only three recreational cannabis courier licenses in the state. Theory Wellness is proud of its diverse workforce and high employee retention rate, both of which result in the strong customer service that Winstanley credits to team members themselves as the company navigates this new industry. “Building strong dialogue with our customers is key. We hope to stay ahead of the curve as cannabis retail continues to mature,” Winstanley says. “We’re constantly informed by the consumers we’re hoping to serve.” Theory Wellness 394 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts (413) 650-5527; Theorywellness.org

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Holiday Shopping Guide This holiday season, local retailers are stocked up and ready to assist you with all your gift needs, from books and art supplies to jewelry to outfitting apparel and accessories to art and antiques and much more.

Washington Art Association & Gallery (WAA) There have always been colors associated with the holidays that are traditional and familiar. But what if these historic colors were reexamined, softened and made new? Join Washington Art Association & Gallery for “That Certain Shade of Christmas” as we transform our space into a magical shopping experience and share this season of giving with artful treasures. Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm. Washington Depot, CT. Washingtonartassociation.org Hand forged 18kt cuff bracelet and ring by Daniella for Hummingbird

Hummingbird Jewelers Celebrating 43 years as Rhinebeck’s full-service jewelers, featuring a beautifully curated collection of fine designer jewelry from around the world. When Bruce and Peggy Lubman opened Hummingbird Jewelers in 1978 they had a vision—to create a jewelry store/gallery that featured local artisans and elevated the concept of jewelry to fine art. Their vision has blossomed into an award-winning destination for stunning and unique handmade jewelry from artists around the world. Bruce and Peggy still run their store with their daughter Jamie, and personally curate their collection; each piece is chosen for its quality, artistry, unique design, and inspiring beauty. From custom jewelry designed by their onsite goldsmith, Bruce Anderson, using ethically sourced gems, conflictfree diamonds, and recycled metals to the diverse collection of elegant engagement and wedding rings, they still put the same loving care into maintaining their vision. Rhinebeck, Hummingbirdjewelers.com

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Support local makers and artists with your holiday shopping. Shop for pottery, jewelry, cards, paintings, photography, t-shirts, and other gifts. Featured artists: Lady Pink, Pablo Shine, Amy Fenton-Shine, Ken Fury, Echo Goff, Cory Castellanos, and more. See website for hours through December 31. Studio89hv.com Instagram @studio89hv

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With an ever-changing landscape of authentic antiques and collectables from yesteryear, you’re sure to find something you’ll like. Whether you’re looking for antique furniture, artwork, vintage clothing, upcycled pieces, traditional home décor, sports memorabilia, and so much more. The Hyde Park Antiques Center has it all! Hyde Park, Hydeparkantiques.net

Hudson Valley Goldsmith Hudson Valley Goldsmith is a full-service fine jewelry store with an emphasis on custom design and repairs, diamonds and unique fine jewelry. We love our identity of being a workshop staffed with talented goldsmiths. With our world travels and constant discovery of new designers, we’ve become a destination for both unique and traditional fine jewelry. Workshop and showroom in downtown New Paltz and NEW boutique on Main Street, Beacon. You can shop our showrooms which are full of finished fine jewelry made in house and by artists around the world. We are also a full-service jewelry store offering repairs, resizing, gold buying and more, all done on premises. New Paltz & Beacon, Hudsonvalleygoldsmith.com

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Old Souls Old Souls is the Hudson Valley’s premier outfitter shop specializing in apparel, accessories, and gear for all needs home, camp, field, and stream. Some of our brand offerings include Filson, Patagonia, Yeti, Red Wing, Pendleton, Marmot, Cotopaxi, TopoDesigns, Smartwool, Outdoor Research, Hestra, Helly Hansen, HydroFlask, and Fjall Raven. As you browse our rustic cabin-feel shop, you will want to take your time perusing our hand-selected goods such as Buck, Bear and Son, Kershaw, and Opinel knives; Hultz Bruk Swedish axes and hatchets; outdoor and wilderness books; and fly fishing gear. Gift wrapping is available. Our experienced staff is excited to meet and assist you. Open every day 10-6pm. Cold Spring, Oldsouls.com

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We have two full-service body piercers who have committed countless hours to honing their skills. We offer the highest quality jewelry, and practice the safest, most advanced piercing techniques. More importantly, we’re here for you during the healing process and beyond. From the brightest colors to the smoothest black and gray, Graceland Tattoo is known for doing it right. We have thousands of classic tattoo designs to choose from. Or bring in your own idea and work with us to create a custom piece. Our tattooers have decades of experience and it shows in their work. We have a well-rounded approach dedicated to cleanliness, professionalism, and craft. Graceland Tattoo’s award-winning team is always booking new appointments and we offer gift cards in any denomination. It’s perfect for your kid’s new piercing. Give one to a friend and help them out with their next tattoo appointment. Or really go BIG and pick up the whole tab. They’ll never forget it! Wappingers Falls, Gracelandtattoo.com

The Hudson Valley’s premier holiday shopping, dining, and entertainment center, and a community resource for the tristate area. Anchored by Target, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and JC Penney, the center offers more than 100 retail shops, over two dozen of them family-owned businesses. Enjoy six entertainment venues and 12 onsite eateries, such as AMC Theatres, Billy Beez, The Mystery Room, Urban Air Adventure Park, Ride & Thrill, Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, 110 Grill, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Peru Cuisine, and the new Allan’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill. The Galleria at Crystal Run is your destination to EAT, SHOP, and PLAY this holiday season. More information on holiday sales and events is available online. Middletown, Galleriacrystalrun.com

Art Sales and Research Postwar, contemporary, and outsider artworks including works on paper, ceramics, and sculpture to wear. Works by Daisy Craddock, Billy Copley, Marilyn Gold, Anne Brown, John Tweddle, Manuel Pardo, Danny Loxton, Poogy Bjerklie and others. Also offering consulting services for your private collections. Clinton Corners, (347) 768-3954 Instagram @artsalesandresearch Artsalesandresearch.com Pictured: Daisy Craddock, "Willow by the Pond", 10"x10",oil pastel and oil stick on Arches paper, 2020, $2400 framed

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Newhard's­—The Home Source This is the season of thanks and gratitude, a time to enjoy the company of friends and family and the beauty that surrounds us. There is no better time of year to visit the Warwick Valley! Newhard’s—The Home Source has been called the “Emporium of Everything” and is filled with treasures to make your home a little bit warmer, more beautiful, gracious and happy. Take a moment to discover our town and the Village of Warwick, its history, wonderful restaurants and friendly stores. We want to share our romance with you. Warwick. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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River Mint Finery River Mint Finery is infused with a heritage of women past and present, and a philosophy built on the beauty of handmade craftsmanship, raw materials, and modern design. Shop a timeless mix of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and objects for home from independent designers. Kingston, Rivermintfinery.com

Stamell Stringed Instruments Everything for the string player. Visit our brand-new location in Arlington Center! After more than 30 years providing stringed instruments for beginners, advancing players, teachers, and professionals, we have found the very best instruments, bows, cases, and accessories on the market. Stop by our beautiful new location, try some instruments, get your instrument evaluated, and shop for the string player in your life this holiday season. Poughkeepsie, Stamellstring.com SPONSORED

Emerson Resort & Spa Housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century dairy barn, The Shops at Emerson is a unique shopping experience. Walk across hand-laid brick floors surrounded by original wood beams as you stroll from store to store. The architecture is as unique as the variety of merchandise. You’ll find a distinctive selection of modern farmhouse décor and furnishings, women’s and men’s contemporary Find Cheerful Giver candles and home clothing, hand-crafted artisan décor by Creative Co-op. kaleidoscopes, nostalgic toys, local food products, Catskills souvenirs, and more. Take advantage of Local’s Day every Thursday, when residents of Ulster, Greene, and Delaware counties receive 20% off purchases. Keep in mind that it doesn’t get better than shopping and a show. The Shops at Emerson is also home to the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope and the Kaleidoshow, a visual and sound experience for all ages ($5 per person, free under 12). And this year, more than ever, shop local for all your holiday gifting. We’re happy to help you find the perfect present for everyone on your gift list and cross gift wrapping off your to-do list—we provide complimentary wrapping. Friendly faces are available to answer product questions as well as queries about the Catskills. Check our website for sales and specials. Spend a few minutes…or spend a few hours browsing The Shops at Emerson. Mount Tremper, Emersonresort.com/theshopsatemerson

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Upstate Vintage Antique Show | Holiday Edition Join us for a two-day Holiday Event and shop 'till you drop for all of your gifts. Showcasing vintage and antique merchants, makers, and collectors. Featuring fashion, antiques, jewelry, accessories, vinyl, textiles, art, ceramics, curiosities, treasures, furniture, housewares, music, and food. Senate Garage, Kingston. December 11 and 12. Ticket Required. @UpstateVintageAntiqueShow I UpstateVintageAntiqueShow.com

Merritt Bookstore Offering a full selection of new releases and classics for readers of all ages, toys, games, puzzles, cards, stationery, wrapping paper, and highly curated small gifts. Serving Millbrook and the Hudson Valley for over 36 years. Millbrook, Merrittbooks.com

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THE COSTS OF IMPROVING HOSPITAL “EFFICIENCY” A TREND TOWARD CONSOLIDATION IS HAMSTRINGING OUR LOCAL HOSPITALS’ ABILITY TO DELIVER QUALITY, DEPENDABLE CARE. By Phillip Pantuso

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n early spring 2020, just as COVID-19 was beginning to sink its spike proteins into our nation, Kingston’s HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley hospital shut down its Mary’s Avenue behavioral health unit and transferred its services across the river to Poughkeepsie. The move, orchestrated by HealthAlliance’s parent company, Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), was widely condemned by public officials and healthcare professionals. Just six weeks earlier, HealthAlliance—which (under WMCHealth) operates two hospital campuses in Kingston and a hospital and nursing home in Margaretville— had signed off on a community health needs assessment that vowed to promote mental health and prevent substance abuse. Now, the region was losing its 60-bed mental health, detox, and rehab inpatient unit at Mary’s Avenue, and the change couldn’t come at a worse moment. The beds were ostensibly freed up for COVID patients (though they were never used as such), and WMCHealth has consistently evaded the question of when, or if, the services will return to Ulster County. Yet, the pandemic has only increased the need for the unit’s services: Youth suicide rates are climbing and overdoses are at record levels.

The loss of the behavioral healthcare facility was the latest in a series of moves by WMCHealth to consolidate services and leadership across its network of 10 hospitals from Valhalla to Margaretville. And it wouldn’t be the last. Since acquiring HealthAlliance in 2016, WMCHealth has made a series of cost-cutting decisions in an effort to improve the hospitals’ financial position, often at the expense of community health needs. It has done so amid a backdrop of rising concentration in the US healthcare system, as large health systems buy up local independent hospitals and consolidate services. Analysts expect that pandemic-induced financial pressures will only accelerate the trend. “There is an opportunity to enhance the quality of service through consolidation,” HealthAlliance CEO Michael Doyle said last summer, echoing the common refrain from hospital executives that consolidation improves efficiencies, reduces costs, and leads to better care coordination. Studies show that in fact, the opposite is true: Consolidation usually increases prices and fails to improve the quality of care. Locally, it has resulted in painful layoffs that leave hospital teams overburdened and understaffed. WMCHealth laid off 41 staff members in Kingston this past June.

“Some reduction in our workforce is necessary for operational efficiencies and responsible fiscal management of the organization,” officials said in a press release. Meanwhile, the dismissal of several veteran leaders this summer at the HealthAlliance hospital in Margaretville has stoked similar community fears about WMCHealth’s long-term vision. “It’s all part of Westchester’s megaplan of how they’re going to operate ‘efficiently,’ from their point of view,” says Bill Hayes, chair of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Delaware and Otsego chapter. “While still looking like they’re providing services to the periphery of their catchment area.” An Unsustainable Model There is a crisis happening in behavioral health care. Overdose deaths in New York increased by nearly 28 percent between March 2020 and March 2021, and years of disinvestment and consolidation have pushed the industry to a breaking point. “We’re in trouble,” said Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon Health Services in western New York, at a November hearing of the state assembly mental health committee during which providers shared stories of workers 12/21 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 37


New York State Nurses Association members speak out for safe staffing and a return of inpatient mental health services at HealthAlliance Hudson Valley on July 7 with Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan. Photo by Hans Pennink

leaving in droves due to burnout, stress, and low pay. “No matter how smart we are, no matter how efficient our business model, this industry cannot be sustained into the future without something radical happening.” According to Randi DiAntonio, vice president of the state Public Employees Federation, more than 2,400 state-funded psychiatric beds have closed since 2010, leaving just 12 inpatient beds for every 100,000 New Yorkers. That’s far below the minimum of 50 per 100,000 considered necessary to provide adequate treatment for individuals with severe mental illness, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national nonprofit that advocates for that population. A version of this story has been playing out in Kingston since WMCHealth closed the Mary’s Avenue unit. Eighteen months later, it seems clear that it has no intention of bringing back the beds—though according to the state Office of Mental Health, WMCHealth has still not submitted the required Prior Approval Request to permanently take the beds offline. In a statement to Chronogram Media, WMCHealth officials said, “there’s been some incorrect information in the community on this topic,” noting that the emergency room at the Broadway campus “continues to be the longestablished access point for behavioral health services locally.” That much is technically true, though until April 2020, any patient in crisis at the Broadway ER could have been transferred less than a mile away to Mary’s Avenue. Patients must now be driven to MidHudson Regional in Poughkeepsie, which does not have the capacity to deal with the influx, leaving patients on both sides of the river waiting sometimes as long as a week for treatment. That has had lethal consequences in at least one instance: This summer, a 48-yearold man named Andy Nieman walked out of MidHudson Regional after waiting 14 hours for 38 HEALTH & WELLNESS CHRONOGRAM 12/21

a psychiatric bed. Tragically, his body was found a month later in the Hudson River. WMCHealth says that “providing safe and effective behavioral health services to Ulster County residents remains a top priority,” but officials provide few details that substantiate that claim. Rather, they are quick to tout a $92 million renovation of the Mary’s Avenue campus, with new and expanded offerings in surgery, intensive care, and women’s health, plus a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, which opened this summer as the crisis of mental health and substance abuse worsened. In its statement to Chronogram Media, WMCHealth officials said that they “continue to participate in discussions with elected officials, state agencies and other stakeholders regarding short- and long-term solutions for behavioral health services in the area,” and noted that HealthAlliance Hospital still has outpatient behavioral health services. ‘A Slow, Painful Sinking’ WMCHealth has also said that the layoffs in Kingston would not affect quality of care, stating in a press release this summer that “patient safety will always be paramount at HealthAlliance.” But nurses at the hospitals have disputed this, publicly and privately. Some took to protesting weekly outside the Broadway campus this summer and fall, joined by elected officials and union representatives from the New York State Nurses Association. “As a result of the layoffs, I’m no longer able to provide the standard of care required,” RN Lawrence Clayton said at one rally. Among those let go were charge nurses, techs, and 11 of 16 nurse leads—a non-union position created by HealthAlliance to help with administrative duties, assist bedside staff with care, and ensure everything on the floor runs smoothly. “These nurse leaders really helped us be able to survive that shift,” says RN Diane Fitzgerald. “It

was a monumental change for us to lose them.” After the layoffs, patient-to-nurse ratios more than doubled to as high as 10-to-1, making it more difficult to perform routine care like ensuring everyone gets dinner and repositioning patients to prevent bedsores. Nurses in the wound care unit were also reassigned, with wound care services outsourced to Restorix, a White Plainsbased company. Morale plummeted, creating a snowball effect that threatened to destabilize the entire hospital, says Fitzgerald, whose job as a float nurse takes her to all wards. “If you think about the Titanic hitting the iceberg, splitting in two, and slowly sinking—that is what we were going through this summer. It was just a slow, painful sinking into the freezing ocean.” Fitzgerald estimates that more than 100 additional staffers have since left—not for better pay, but because they were scared, overwhelmed, and exhausted. “Why would you stick around in this situation where you feel unheard and disrespected?” she says. “The language you hear from management is so debilitating. They called these nurse leaders ‘redundant.’” In its statement to Chronogram Media, WMCHealth officials said they are “aggressively recruiting additional employees to fill available positions,” including staffers laid off this summer. The extra help is sorely needed. “Nursing has always been hard,” says Fitzgerald, a nurse of 17 years. “But this is an exorbitant type of hard. This is beyond human capacity for nurses to be able to care for their patients.” Follow the Money Hospital consolidation doesn’t come out of nowhere—it’s often an attempt to keep health systems solvent in an industry that’s infamous for its high overhead. The 2006 state-mandated merger of the former Kingston and Benedictine


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In that context, consolidating costly inpatient services, such as psychiatric and detox treatment, makes sense, at least financially. In New York, the net patient revenue per psychiatric bed shrank from $99,000 in 2000 to $88,000 by 2018, adjusted for inflation, after the state lowered reimbursement rates in an attempt to “right-size” inpatient hospital capacity. “It’s more cost effective for them,” says Matthew Shapiro, associate director of public affairs for the New York chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “The big problem is that hospitals don’t get reimbursed the same way for long-term inpatient care as they do for physical issues or more acute short-term beds. The Medicaid reimbursements aren’t as good either.” To fill the gap, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan earmarked $16.5 million of the county’s $351 million 2022 executive budget for mental health and addiction, including $3.3 million in federal relief funds for a Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Center, which will provide residents a location for the full continuum of care for mental health and addiction-related illness. The first component will be a Crisis Stabilization Center, which is slated to begin development in 2022. In the meantime, the county is petitioning New York State and WMCHealth to reverse the decision to remove inpatient behavioral health services.


Executive Shakeups and Cratering Morale Workforce reductions aren’t always reserved for the rank and file. This summer, WMCHealth dismissed Margaretville Hospital Executive Director Mark Pohar, a nurse with roots in the community, as well as the director of nursing and the medical director at Mountainside Residential Care Center, which is affiliated with the hospital. Mountainside Administrator ​​Chris Esola resigned, out of concern about changes being asked for at the nursing home, which has made it this far in the pandemic without a single patient contracting COVID-19. The shakeup sent shock waves through the rural facility, which is one of just 18 “critical access hospitals” in New York, a federal program that offers aid to small, rural hospitals to serve residents who would otherwise have to travel long distances for emergency care. “It really came as a surprise to everybody, because nobody knew this was coming down the line,” says Artie Martello, president of the hospital’s auxiliary and foundation, its primary fundraising apparatus. He says other staff resigned afterward, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall. “Because Westchester Medical Center decided to play the Red Queen and ‘off with their heads,’ we lost key people in the hospital. I went in for a COVID test and I can’t tell you how long I had to wait for a simple little thing up your nose.” The reasons for the dismissals were not communicated to the hospital board, but one source with knowledge of the situation says the dismissals of Pohar and the Mountainside medical director were “purely financial.” Pohar does not appear to have been replaced by another executive director. “The corporate structure doesn’t understand a small community rural hospital,” says one source, who works with hospital leadership and requested anonymity to speak freely. “These are people who are not in touch with the community. They don’t live in the community, they don’t have expertise in the community. I think the concern is that everything has to go by corporate.” All leadership at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside is overseen by Michael Doyle, the executive director of HealthAlliance, who is seen by some in Margaretville as a puppet of WMCHealth. “If WMC tells Michael Doyle to do something, he has to do it,” Martello says. One therapist whose program ended up being terminated in the bloodletting put it this way: “Westchester is like this mothership, and we’re all supposed to be their drones and be happy to have any job whatsoever. It was this very odd sort of thing where they wanted us to continue. But they didn’t realize that we needed to want to continue with them.” After the shakeup, rumors began flying that WMCHealth planned to close Margaretville Hospital. To quell concerns, WMCHealth organized a community “meet and greet” on September 2. Doyle traveled out, introducing Director of Operations Crystal Parrella as the “executive director” and mispronouncing her name, according to video of the event. “Margaretville Hospital is here, and it’s staying,” Doyle begins. “WMCHealth is committed…this facility is a cornerstone of the community.” A retinue of hospital leaders echoed the sentiment. The meet and greet seems to have assuaged the worst-case fears over an imminent closure, but anxiety over WMCHealth’s long-term vision remained evident. Near the end of the event, a veteran Mountainside nurse named Suzanne Gladstone rose. She had spoken with a number of her coworkers, whom she called the “cement” of the facility, and presented herself as a spokesperson on behalf of them all. “While we all understand the need to right the ship…the decisions that are being made are deeply personal,” she said. Morale had cratered; the staff was working long, exhausting hours, only to be told that if they refused to cover additional shifts as needed, they would be charged with abandonment. That the hospital continued to provide quality care was due to many of the people sitting in the crowd, Gladstone said—the nurses, techs, and aides who go to work every day with the specter of “operational efficiencies and responsible fiscal management” looming over them. Gladstone reassured the community: “We will take care of your family members at the hospital and Mountainside. We love them, we enfold them in our lives, they’re precious to us.” What was WMCHealth’s plan for them?

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A Haven for History THE REHER CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CULTURE AND HISTORY By Rhea Dhanbhoora

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n the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in Kingston’s Rondout District is a 19th-century building that you can tell has a story about it, even from a quick driveby. The first time I noticed it, I saw “Bakery” stickered in white on its windows but could tell there was more going on behind its green doors. Part of this is due to the black and white photos in the top arches of their window display and the buttercream-and-green-colored facade that stands out against the antiquated exposed brick of the rest of the building. As an immigrant-owned Jewish bakery, it was a Kingston staple in the 1900s. Now, director Sarah Litvin hopes the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History becomes a space to celebrate diverse communities and cultures. The attractive new facade is no coincidence. Litvin says it’s an effort to use the exterior of the building to tell immigrants’ stories, not just because of COVIDbased capacity limitations but also because they don’t have the resources to be open full-time.

The Bakery, Past and Present The bakery’s history dates to 1908, when Frank Reher, a Jewish immigrant from Krakow (in Austria-Hungary, now Poland), founded it. Initially landing in New York City, Reher moved to Kingston with his wife and two daughters, but after having their third daughter, Reher’s wife passed away. In a year, Reher remarried. He had six children with his second wife, Ada. Together, they founded and ran the Reher Bakery. Hymie Reher, the last of the Reher family bakers, closed the bakery in the early '80s. The chain of events taking it from a state of disrepair to a lively new cultural center began in 2002, when historian Geoffrey Miller noticed the abandoned bakery, and mentioned it to his friend Barbara Blas, whose family happened to be longtime friends with the Rehers. After Reher’s passing in 2004, it was deeded to the Jewish Federation of Ulster County. The center as it stands today, a chartered museum in New York State, was Miller’s vision; he is now chairman of

the center’s board of directors. Litvin, who started her career as an oral historian, first heard about the project through her boss Annie Polland at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. “I loved the vision,” Litvin says, “not just to preserve it, but to use it to tell the stories of immigrants in the Rondout neighborhood. And, to connect it, use it to bring newcomers together now.” When she first walked into the bakery, Litvin looked around at shelves still brimming with the things left behind when it was shuttered, wondering what the story behind it all was. After speaking with people across Kingston, she pieced it together slowly, through their memories. “I discovered that the building itself told the story they were trying to tell,” Litvin says. “We’re talking about this specific family with this bakery here in Kingston. Still, there are so many ways folks can connect their own family stories to it,” she says. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 43


neighborhood in this city that played as important a role culturally as the bakery itself. Documenting the changes the area and its people went through over 150 years, it starts in 1820 when the Rondout was still Kingston Landing, running through to the urban renewal years in the ’60s. “We learn about the experience of running the bakery, then we end up thinking and talking about what happened through urban renewal, as the neighborhood lost not only its population but its social cohesiveness,” Litvin explains. Litvin also wants to foster conversations about housing displacement. “Here we are in this neighborhood with a history of housing displacement because of urban renewal. And there’s so much relevance with what’s going on in the city right now,” she says. She adds that while urban renewal and gentrification contexts are different, there are ways to draw connections and learn from the past.

A local student works with a Reher Center staff member on the "Stitched Together" exhibit, which collected and amplified the voices of female garment workers.

Bakery Tours & Community Craft Through the summer and autumn of this year, the center has hosted 45-minute tours of the historic bakery, where people get a peek into Sunday mornings back when it was buzzing with customers. The center chose to focus its tours on 1959—the height of its business in the multiracial, multiethnic working-class neighborhood. The area surrounding the bakery housed a diverse community, then mainly Irish, Italian, German, and Polish immigrants. “Every Sunday, people would go to church in the neighboring churches, then come to this kosher Jewish bakery. The stories I’ve been able to hear about it are so powerful.” she says. COVID restrictions last year became somewhat of a blessing, as she was also able to reach out to schools and do Zoom class presentations to showcase what the center was doing. And as a result, “Teachers are now on board with bringing their classes to us on field trips,” Litvin says. One of the first teachers who approached the center, eager to bring her students in for a tour, was Ann Mino, a 7th/8th-grade teacher at Kingston Catholic school. As Litvin explains, 44 EDUCATION CHRONOGRAM 12/21

“Each year, she said, she organized a field trip to New York City's Tenement Museum. When she heard that I had worked there and was developing an historic bakery tour based on the same storytelling model, she was thrilled at the prospect of bringing her students down the street rather than on an hours-long bus ride!” In the autumn of 2019, the students were the first school group to tour the bakery on-site. Mino’s class also participated in the Stitched Together project in 2020. Now, the center has plans to work with other schools to develop a range of on-site school programming. “We have what it takes to create memorable, multisensory experiences that use a relatable, local story to help students make sense of core pieces of K-12 curriculum, including community, immigration, civic engagement, and so much more.” In August, the center received a two-year grant to work with a small group of 2nd- and 8th-grade teachers to pilot on-site school programming, which will launch in the fall of 2023. The City as Character Another project, Rondout Revisited, was a three-part exhibit, a great insight into the

A Focus on Community Since neither Litvin nor I grew up in Kingston, through much of our conversation we cycle through the idea of community. How do you find yours? What does it mean when you’re on the boundaries between different communities? Something the Reher Center wants to encourage is the idea that community doesn’t have to be based on a single identity group or geographical values. She mentions a series from 2019 called "The Spaces Between," a series of art, panel discussions, film screenings, and more, stemming from this idea of living on the boundaries, whether with immigrant status, racial identity, or having two or more cultural contexts in your life. This month you can also see an installation from the center’s ninth annual Kingston Multicultural Festival’s cultural craft project, the “Worry Dolls Project/Proyecto Muñeca Quitapenas” on display in the front windows. Litvin is excited about the future, and particularly proud of a recent decision the board made to install an audio induction loop into the space. “We’re going to be the first site in Kingston to offer this built-in hearing access,” she says. They’re also planning a range of food programming, but if you’re looking to taste a slice of the past, you may have to wait a while longer; as Litvin explains, they don’t have the recipe for the renowned Reher Rolls, or a functional kitchen yet. She wants to work with former customers and bakers to serve fresh bread on future tours. In March next year, the exhibit, “Sewing in Kingston: The Common Thread,” opens in the center's newly renovated gallery. “It explores how Kingstonians from many backgrounds have used sewing as a source of income, an expression of creativity, and a vehicle for cultural transmission,” she says. The facility is currently attempting to meet an end-of-year fundraising goal of $30,000. So, it’s a great time to show support by visiting or donating online. For Litvin, at the end of the day, it’s most exciting to be able to continue to welcome folks into this community at the Reher Center, where she says, “There’s not a readymade community. We’re building it.”


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I Members of the Catskill Chamber of Commerce and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting of Citiot, the new coffee shop and coworking space opened by Pim Zeegers (holding scissors) this summer. Opposite, top: Catskill Food Pantry founder Megan Henry inside St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on William Street. Bottom: Food activist and farmer Wesley Harper works at SpringRise Farm.

n late August, thousands of visitors descended on Catskill, a small community nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains to see an art exhibit at Foreland, a new contemporary art campus. According to Foreland’s owner, artist and developer Stef Halmos, the event included more than 100 artists and was part of the Upstate Art Weekend in collaboration with New York City-based New Art Dealers Alliance, and Hudson’s JAG Projects, a curatorial production and art advisory. “The Foreland event had a huge impact on Main Street businesses in Catskill and the entire village,” Jeff Friedman, president and executive director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, says. “It was a very busy weekend for these businesses because of the event.” Main Street’s sidewalks were crowded with fashionably dressed visitors popping in and out of stores, eating outside at New York Restaurant and the Mermaid Cafe, having drinks at Left Bank Ciders, and strolling through the village.

Foreland is housed in the 19th-century mill buildings at the foot of Catskill Creek that have seen a variety of now-defunct projects, including an attempt to transform the space into condos, and Etsy founder Rob Kalin’s vision of a community of artisans. Now, after extensive renovations, the three-building complex houses exhibition space, 31 studios (all but one is currently occupied), and a commercial tenant, Willa’s bakery and cafe. Halmos says the tenants “represent a healthy mix of local, regional, and New York City artists.” Being a community partner is very important to Halmos and the Foreland team, so they spend a lot of time listening to the interests of residents and other neighboring businesses to ensure that Foreland’s “outsized footprint” in the area is “a force for good,” she says. “We’re going to great lengths to engage the diverse audiences that reside in Catskill and the larger Hudson Valley area,” she says, “and to ensure that our outsized footprint in the area is a force for good.” 12/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 47


New Blood, New Business Late in the second year of the pandemic, Catskill, and Greene County as a whole, has continued to see an influx of new businesses and residents. There has been a 17-percent growth in the number of businesses in the county since the start of the pandemic, along with strong retail sales, according to Friedman. “Many businesses have had their best year ever this year,” he says. This past summer, Pim Zeegers, originally from the Netherlands, opened Citiot, a coffee shop/retail/coworking space located at 404 Main Street. It’s easily recognized stylized cat-eye logo was designed by a student from a Dutch graphic design school as a class project. “I tried to start something where people come in for different reasons,” Zeegers says. “You can get a cup of coffee, but there’s also retail and a little art gallery. You can hang out or you can work.” Zeegers and Gertjan Meijer, also Dutch, bought a second home in Athens in 2016 and became full-time residents when the pandemic struck. “Catskill has a mix of different kinds of communities, and we want to be for everybody,” Zeegers says of his business. “Catskill has a cool mix of people.” The shifting landscape caused by the pandemic has meant businesses have had to adapt. “Most every business has now settled into a business model that allows them to function successfully within the constraints of today’s pandemic-affected society,” Friedman says. Body be Well Pilates, at 401 Main Street, has been in business for almost a decade but nearly went under during the first year of the pandemic because of a six-month, statemandated closure followed by a 33-percent capacity limit. The owner, Chelsea Streifeneder, retained all eight of her employees (she has a second location in Red Hook) and juggled two mortgages. “It was a mess and, honestly, we are super lucky that we are still open,” she says. “We have a lot of amazing clients who supported us through that time.” Streifeneder says the influx of new residents has had a positive impact on her business, but that it’s “super humbling to say that the majority of our clients have been with us for over a decade.”

Top: Annabelle Lord-Patey cleans a record at Spike’s Record Rack on Main Street. Middle: Left Bank Cider owners David Snyder, Tim Graham, and Anna Rosencranz with their son. Bottom: The staff of the Catskill Public Library (l-r): Lene Cameron, Gabriel Kane, Cressa Moran, Crystal DiRaffaele, Allie Rappleyea. Opposite, top: Mike Lanuto has operated Captain Kidd’s Inn, a funky, pirate-themed bar in the basement of a 225-year-old historic house, since 1993. Captain William Kidd supposedly sailed up the Hudson and buried his vast stolen treasure in the area. Bottom: Magpie Bookshop owner Kristi Gibson in front of her second-hand bookstore on Main Street. 48 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 12/21


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Two Worlds, One Village There is another side to the changes wrought by the pandemic that may be less visible but deeply affects the community, a side that includes a housing shortage, food insecurity, and social justice issues. Megan Henry launched the Catskill Food Pantry in February 2020, just before the pandemic took hold in the US. She initially thought in 2021 that the community’s needs were going to shrink. But they’ve grown. “Our numbers have more than doubled,” she says. “We’re getting more working-class people and getting a lot of elderly and single people.” In Catskill, Henry runs a weekly pantry out of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (50 William Street) that is set up like a grocery store so people can pick out what they want. She focuses on fresh foods as opposed to non-perishable items. Much of the produce is donated by local farms including Nimble Roots and SpringRise, both located in Catskill. The pantry serves between 30 and 35 people a week, up from seven when they first launched, Henry says. She also makes home deliveries and has a second location in Prattsville. Besides Henry’s organization, there are four other food pantries in Catskill—Matthew 25 Food Pantry, Greene County Community Action, God’s Storehouse Food Pantry, and Catskill Community Fridge. Wesley Harper, who helped launch the Catskill Community Micro Farm last year, believes the village could use a more coordinated effort to fight food insecurity. 50 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 12/21

In 2020, the microfarm completed 20 harvests and donated 1,100 pounds of food to the Catskill Food Pantry, according to Harper. When he attempted to reorganize the farm to continue donating the same amount of fresh vegetables by merging it with SpringRise, a garden and nursery located nearby, the project faltered. “A small but vocal minority in the neighborhood didn’t want a business operating in a historic district,” Harper says. He’s now operations manager at SpringRise, which is owned and directed by Philip Kayden. They grow diversified annual vegetables and perennial native plants using regenerative growing practices on the two-acre property. They also have a storefront, Observatory Main St. at 395 Main Street, where they sell produce and other locally made items. The store is open on weekends through the end of the year, with plans to expand their hours in the spring of 2022. They are also working on accepting EBT cards next year. According to Henry, the rising cost of food has also played a part in food insecurity in the area. “There’s also a horrible housing crisis, which is causing more issues,” she says. Greene County’s stock of single-family homes for sale dropped by 44.7 percent from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, according to Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a non-profit policy and research organization. Months of inventory, a critical indicator of the housing market, dropped

Danny Michalopoulos, assistant director of Cus D’Amato’s KO Boxing Gym on Main Street. In the 1980s, Mike Tyson was trained by Cus D’Amato in Catskill before the start of his professional career. Opposite, top: Todd Lunderborg of Anvil Craft Services canning beer at Crossroads Brewing Company Catskill location. Bottom: Competitors Christy Tiano and Allison Maben at the Meals on Reels Catch & Release Bass Fishing competition on the Catskill Creek at Dutchman’s Landing Park.


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Foreland is an arts campus that opened this year with 85,000 square feet of galleries, studios, and workspaces, in a series of historic buildings along the Catskill Creek.

from nine months to 3.7 months during that same time period, one of the steepest declines in the Hudson Valley. The second quarter of 2021 compared to the previous year wasn’t much better, with homes for sale down by 34.7 percent, and inventory dropping from 8.7 to 3.9. “Over the past 14 months, the region has witnessed skyrocketing home prices, a decimated inventory, the continuation of historically low-interest rates, and an apparent demographic shift from the NYC Metro area,” Joe Czajka, the organization’s senior vice president for research, development, and community planning, wrote in the Regional Housing Market report put out by the nonprofit in May. The Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition, founded in June 2020, was created in response to this issue. The Black-led organization was founded to serve residents of public and low-income housing in the two communities by empowering them to fight for housing justice. “Some of the goals are creating spaces where those closest to the problems can offer the solution, providing pathways to leadership and service for those who are often on the margins,” says HCHC Senior Policy Advisor Quintin Cross.


Rapid gentrification after the pandemic coupled with a lack of public and low-income housing due to long-term disinvestment is driving the housing crisis, according to Cross. The Board of Trustees for the Village of Catskill is eyeing another piece in the housing issue: short-term rentals. “Since the pandemic hit and new people are moving upstate, there is little to no stock in housing here in the village, especially that classified as workforce housing,” Trustee Natasha Law says. Law believes without these short-term rentals, housing stock would be on the market for either purchase or as rentals. “While I recognize the need to house those visiting our area and the lack of hotels in Catskill, I also recognize the need to house those that live here full time,” Law says. The board recently rounded out the regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) passed last November. Among the requirements, an initial $375 fee for the permit and a yearly $125 inspection fee. Owners must provide a copy of the permit to every adjacent property owner within 150 feet, and must have smoke detectors in each bedroom, a fire extinguisher, and a carbon monoxide detector, among other stipulations. Owners have until the end of the year to go to the Village of Catskill code enforcement office to apply for the permits. Come January, homeowners operating STRs will be notified via certified mail concerning compliance. Those found operating without a valid permit will be issued an appearance ticket to Catskill Town Court, where they will be charged double the amount of the permit fee per unit, Law says. The village is also looking at other regulations such as a four percent tax related to STRs. Cross says the HCHC wasn’t consulted on the regulations but he had “no faith in this village board to do right by those who stand at the margins.” He points to the village trustees rejecting the planned Black Lives Matter mural on Main Street last summer as an example. He would also like to see “real police reform” in the village. Cross believes there needs to be “a focus on mental health and mobile crisis.” He mentioned the recent case of Catskill resident Jason Jones who burst into flames after Catskill Village Police officers deployed a Taser on him during an incident on October 30 inside the police station. Jones, 29, was allegedly intoxicated and had doused himself with hand sanitizer before confronting officers, according to an Associated Press article. Jones remains in serious condition, WRGB reported. The incident is under investigation by the Greene County District Attorney, according to numerous media outlets. For Henry, she hopes that, as a community, Catskill can come together to reduce food insecurity and the stigma surrounding it. “Only we as a community can take away that shame by how we treat one another,” she says. “I don’t know what the exact answer is, but I know that we just have to figure it out together. And the easiest thing we can do is just sit and listen to each other.”

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music Lara Hope and The Ark-Tones

Here to Tell the Tale (Independent)

High energy seems bitterly lacking these strange days, so here’s a wild thought for the placid masses: Let’s go! This third full-length release from Kingston’s award-winning Lara Hope and her bevy of boisterous players and singers is the pure fire required to ignite the zombie state. Rockabilly, roots rock, Western swing, Americana... brand it as you may, this 11-track trip bursts with retro flair and musical mischief. Whaddayaknow, track one is “Let’s Go!,” and that exclamation point demands some action. Tight and slick as a Slip ’N Slide, lead guitarist “Shreddie” Eddie Rion discharges the preliminary notes to punch your brain, leading the way for Jeremy Boniello’s pulsating percussion and Matt “the Knife” Goldpaugh’s slappin’, custom-made upright bass. But it’s Hope’s uproarious and sometimes growling vocals that ultimately thwack you, and she cracks on rhythm guitar as well. Put a dime in the jukebox for “Stop, Drop, & Roll,” a rollicking nod to that fire they set. But don’t douse it too soon. The title track veers sharply into yeehaw! territory, so maybe it’s high time y’all dusted off your shit-kickers for the rest of the blowout. Catch their livestreaming cataclysm every Monday on Facebook and YouTube; better yet, check them out, live, on December 19 at Colony in Woodstock. To raise the roof without the show, Here to Tell the Tale comes in multiple formats; listeners can choose from streaming/download, digital, CD, or vinyl in a handful of vibrant colors. Vibrant as Hope herself. —Haviland S Nichols

sound check Prarie Prince Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.

As I write this, I’m getting ready to wrap up the seven-week Todd Rundgren “The Individualist, a True Star” tour at the Fillmore in San Francisco. My current playlists include the Lemon Twigs, Chris Von Sneidern, Michael Ward’s Dogs and Fishes, the Mermen, Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Miles Davis, and Ken Nordine. A new band I’m involved with, the Gilmore Project, is beginning a six-week US tour on New Year’s Day. The Tubes have shows booked in the Midwest in early spring and throughout the summer. I am scheduled to release my first solo album, Colors and Passions, in late spring. Prairie Prince is the drummer for Todd Rundgren, the Tubes, and other acts, as well as a visual artist. “Colors and Passions: Music Art Magic,” an exhibit of his artwork, is on view at the Thunderhorse Hollow Farm’s Flying Emu House in Ulster Park through December 24.

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Three-Layer Cake

Tracy Bonham & Melodeon Music House

Stove Top

Young Maestros Vol. 1

RareNoiseRecords

(Melodeon Music House Records)

The recipe alone is enough to make a certain music fan’s mouth water: Hudson Valley percussionist Mike Pride was enlisted by legendary hardcore bassist Mike Watt to record tracks during the COVID shutdown, sending them to Watt to record over, and guitar/ banjo shredder Brandon Seabrook rounded out the remote trio. Startling and as multifaceted as a well-cut gem, Stove Top capably displays a shared, shrewd compositional approach to socially distanced recording. Whether weaving disparate lines together to a satisfying conclusion on the opener “Beatified, Bedraggled and Bombed”; unleashing tough, skronking grooves against chiming chromaticism on “Big Burner”; or engaging unison guitar/glockenspiel lines swept along by fuzz bass on the Canterbury-esque “Tiller,” the trio takes monstrous advantage of Seabrook’s buzzsaw virtuosity, Watt’s full-frontal rectitude, and Pride’s grace and ferociousness (often on the same track) behind his instruments. That stove is sure to blow its top once Three-Layer Cake are finally in the same room. —James Keepnews

Grammy Award-nominated alt-rock wizard Tracy Bonham brings her wildly diverse background to her latest recording, a non-didactic course in musical theory and confidence-building in the form of 11 fun new songs intended for children. “Lines and Spaces” celebrates thinking outside the box, encouraging listeners to let their imaginations run wild. “Let’s Take the Subway” turns a trip on New York City’s subterranean public transport system into an alphabet lesson while highlighting the sounds and rhythms of a train ride. One measure of an album intended for children is how often parents will be able to stand hearing it on repeat. Woodstock-based Bonham and her assembled crew provide plenty of musical depth and diversion to keep an adult entertained on many a long car ride. More importantly, the kids will just love it. —Seth Rogovoy


holiday books gift guide

books

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and one of the best gifts to give is the joy of reading. After all, as author Stephen King put it, “books are a uniquely portable magic.” From history to fashion, and even some mystical tales, there’s something on this list for everyone in search of their next great read. Support these local authors and check out their work at one of the area’s many independent bookstores.

Wildsam Field Guide: Hudson Valley & Catskills Edited by Hannah Hayes WILDSAM FIELD GUIDES, $20, 2021

This pocket-sized guide to the region is ideal for any traveller, no matter how light they pack. At just over 100 pages long and pocket-sized (with tiny font to match), all the essential information about the Hudson Valley is in these pages. Premier shops and art centers, as well as spotlights of Beacon, Hudson, and other towns, provide plenty of ideas for things to do. There’s even an itinerary for a five-day road trip that goes from Kingston to Stone Ridge. Interviews with local legends, including Dan Suarez of Columbia County’s Suarez Family Brewing, and Nora Lawrence, curator at Kingston’s Storm King Center, capture the area’s irresistible charm.

Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership: Public/Private Lee H. Skolnick POINTED LEAF PRESS, $95, 2021

Bohemian Magick Veronica Varlow HARPER DESIGN, $29.99, 2021

Varlow, founder of Woodstock’s annual Witch Camp and the last daughter in a line of Bohemian Witches, shares her secrets to budding witchcraft practitioners. Learn the basics of proper spellcasting by practicing some of Varlow’s best spells, then be initiated into the Spectaculus, the branch of witchcraft developed by Varlow and her husband, David Garfinkel-Varlow. In keeping with the theme of growing a witchcraft practice at home, the book looks like a scrapbook, complete with highlighter markings and photos that seem as if they’re taped onto the pages. Varlow’s immersive writing takes readers through her own journey with witchcraft while giving them advice on how to cultivate their own relationships with the practice. She even shares just the right candle to use to make sure the spells stick.

Coping Skills John Cuneo FANTAGRAPHICS, $25, 2021

This massive two-sided collection of the past 40 years of Skolnick and his team’s work, split into public and residential building designs, is full of architecture designs spread out across pages that are over a foot long. A foreword by Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prizewinning architecture critic, and introductions by Skolnick explain the designs of each building. Stunning full-page photographs take readers through multiple rooms in the Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Westchester as well as Port Washington’s and East Hampton’s children’s libraries. There’s also several Long Island private residences, including the living and studio spaces of painters April Gornik and Eric Fischl. The firm has also designed several Hudson Valley buildings, including the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center.

Slapstick Gravitas: Selected Spells, Centos, and Lists Mikhail Horowitz STATION HILL PRESS, 2021, $19.95

Over the course of his 70 years, Mikhail Horowitz has been an English Romantic poet, a Chinese hermit poet of the Tang Dynasty, a neo-Beat jazz poet of the Third Millennium, a pseudoSurrealist poet of Paris between the wars, and a postmodern spoken word performer in an increasingly medieval America. This volume offers a generous selection of his various avatars, featuring poems and prose pieces that are bracing, ludic, and often madly obsessive. The poet Anne Gorrick sums up the Horowitz gestalt quite nicely: “Party invitations went out to Emily Dickinson, Groucho Marx, Charles Olson, Billie Holiday, and Basho. In the party’s aftermath, you’ll find Mikhail’s work.”

Curated with drawings straight from the plastic container he labels “loose sketches,” New Yorker cartoonist and Woodstock resident Cueno’s third collection of “helpful drawings” invites readers to see some of his work that is not suitable for magazine publication. Unlike his first two erotica-themed collections, nEuROTIC and Not Waving by Drawing, there’s no focus to this new book. Scenes of domesticated manatees, climate change, and sex fill the pages in full color. Like with his other works, all the images are drawn in Cueno’s signature squiggly ink and watercolor style.

Crazy in Poughkeepsie Daniel Pinkwater TACHYON PUBLICATIONS, $16.95, 2022

This middle-grade read takes audiences on a mystical adventure with main character Mick through Poughkeepsie and the rest of the Hudson Valley. Mick’s brother has just returned from Tibet with two guests in tow–Guru Lumpo Smythe-Finkel and his dog, Lhasa. Readers follow the group on a quest that also includes an unfocused spiritual guide, a graffiti artist, and other characters. Their journey includes stops at parties with ghosts, and more lessons about the afterlife than they bargained for. Pinkwater, who lives in the Hudson Valley, has written more than 100 books. The novel is available for preorder now.

Collective Wisdom: Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women over 50 Grace Bonney WORKMAN PUBLISHING, $35, 2021

Hudson Valley resident and Design Sponge founder Bonney curates an inspiring collection of photographs and stories from over 100 female trailblazers. Olympic athlete Gail Marquis, NASA team member Elaine Denniston, restaurateur Cecilia Chiang, and others share lessons in growing self-confidence through interviews with their family members and other young women. Bonney was inspired to create the book after one such friendship that she had with then 90-year-old Georgine, who she met while volunteering at Angel Food East in Kingston. Their stories cover deeply personal experiences, including loss, grief, and living with illness and disability. Life achievements are also celebrated, raising themes about how self-confidence and empowerment can increase with age.

Wonderland Annie Leibovitz PHAIDON PRESS, $89.95, 2021

Featuring a foreword written by Anna Wintour, Leibovitz’s newest anthology chronicles her evolving relationship with fashion photography while shooting for Vogue during her five decades-strong career. It includes 350 fullpage images, many of which were previously unpublished. Photos of fashion icons, including Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, RuPaul, and even Nancy Pelosi are featured. On December 5, Oblong Books in Rhinebeck will host a book signing with the famed photographer. The book must be purchased from Oblong to attend, so it’s the perfect time to pick up a copy.

Noisy Autumn Christy Rupp MANDALA PUBLISHING, $45, 2021

With a title inspired by Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book that exposed the harmful environmental impacts of indiscriminate pesticide use, Noisy Autumn also encourages people to think more deeply about the relationship between themselves and their environment. Rupp is a Hudson-Valley based eco-artist who’s been creating sculptures since the 1970s. Her book covers five decades of artwork rooted in activism, beginning with depictions of Lower East Side rat installations to more recent sculptures of endangered species made with the plastic products that harmed them. Essays by Amy Lipton, Carlo McCormick, Bob Holman, and others are paired with photographs of Rupp’s work to address how geopolitics, culture, and economics impact an ecosystem’s strength.

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poetry

EDITED BY Phillip X Levine

The Wallkill

What Is Your Number?

Rivers are not always postcard adornments. The Wallkill is a muscled water-slab, mud brown, Sluicing its opaque, dirty fist northward through Onion fields, cornfields, pastures, oak stands and towns; Past the block and brick skeletons of defunct industrial grounds; Past the flat clay graveyards of villages, farms, and churches. Always going north, it seems to overcome gravity, this dogged stream. It does not stop to hiss and strike at the sewer plants and their stinkwater. It plaits its sinews over rock bottoms in Gardiner; Across clay, sand, and sludge, through New Paltz; then north to Rifton, where the Wallkill and the Rondout Embraid and roil on to Kingston, first capitol of New York State.

Jeremy Richman: neuroscientist, martial artist, haiku poet. Posted poems Fridays on Facebook: “What is your number? When will your heart be broken? Mine is 12/14.” That day, daughter Avielle died at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Colored like cheap coffee with skim milk, Who’d guess how much lives in her brawny coils? I have seen this sullen mud-walker moving its slow, implacable hand across broad flats, Pocked with emergent caddis and dobson flies, Slashed by the saltation of minnows. It is dark, haunted, sinister and old in Turbid pools shaded by giant swamp willows. In flood times the river goes from docile and pastoral to monstrous, brute, and calamitous over night Her banks surrender to towering water and the engorged flow steals Black Dirt onions from thirty miles south to plant them In New Paltz as puzzles for walkers in low water times: “What plants thee here, Onion, in this muddy wet wood?” In June, afloat in my boat in dreamy summer afternoons, Giant flying carp have crashed like plank-walking buccaneers Right at my side! To smash my trolling oarsman’s reverie, To fill my nose with the smell of live water. I’ve hauled up brawny, fierce smallmouth in gold, green, and brown suits where flooding, side creeks pay the Wallkill their tributes. Big-headed white catfish I’ve caught by the dozen They start to bite soon as the river’s unfrozen. Past Eddyville’s falls where the Rondout goes tidal Here, striped bass glut on herring—a hunt since times primal. Blue heron, taking flight, do their shitaquart thing: It helps them to unload just as they take wing. Here are Water snakes, snapping turtles, beavers and weasels, Black-crowned night herons, more stealthy than regal. Meadows of loostrife, here and there teasel, Border this dark flood, brighten its easel. Too much funk of human taints the Wallkill and Rondout, But these valiant rivers do their stubborn best To keep the carp in and to strain the crap out. The two creeks bring spring floods of soil to the flats Where corn reaches seven feet and pumpkins grow fat. Yeah, the Wallkill’s no silver-bright, sparkling trout stream But she’s got in guts what she lacks in gleam. —Frank Malley

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Posted poems Fridays on Facebook: What is your number? 20 children, 6 educators, massacred on December 14, 2012. That day, daughter Avielle died at Sandy Hook Elementary. He created with his wife Jennifer, the Avielle Foundation. 20 children, 6 educators, massacred on December 14, 2012. Such a shock, “like the world is spinning and you are not.” He established with wife Jennifer, the Avielle Foundation. Purpose: to study brain health, how it relates to violent acts. Such a shock, “like the world is spinning and you are not.” People say they can’t imagine such horrors, but they must. Purpose: to study brain health, how it relates to violent acts. If you imagine, Jeremy said, “You’ll be motivated to take action.” People say they can’t imagine such horrors, but they must. A radio host called it a hoax; a plot to take away guns. If you imagine, Jeremy said, “You’ll be motivated to take action.” Every mass shooting they cried, grief engraved in their faces. A radio host called it a hoax; a plot to take away guns. Claims that Avielle was alive and living in town. Every mass shooting they cried, grief engraved in their faces. “Jen and I just sit and bawl, it would hit us so hard.” Claims that Avielle was alive and living in town. Charleston, San Bernadino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland. “Jen and I just sit and bawl, it would hit us so hard.” Pittsburg, Thousand Oaks. “I feel like we’re letting it happen.” Charleston, San Bernadino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland. “Newtown should have changed everything,” he said. Pittsburg, Thousand Oaks. “I feel like we’re letting it happen.” March 2019: Three suicides in a week; two Parkland teens. “Newtown should have changed everything,” he said. To get through each day, he looked for something beautiful. March 2019: Three suicides in a week; two Parkland teens. Then Jeremy succumbed to grief, 3/25. Hearts broken. To get through each day, he looked for something beautiful. “When will your heart be broken? Mine is 12/14.” Then Jeremy succumbed to grief, 3/25. Hearts broken. Jeremy Richman: neuroscientist, martial artist, haiku poet. —Carol Shank Memories of My Mother Morning light Filtering through Blue blinds As the sparrow awakens And the pink flower blooms. —Danielle Adams


Getting to Woodstock 1969 and Back

Planting Garlic

Lame Huntress

It wasn’t difficult if you knew to steer clear of main roads where traffic was backed up for miles, had the sense to find the least traveled ways on a detailed map, pile in the car on Saturday morning when all the radio announcers were saying to stay away, and follow the map down one back road after another until on the last one that led to Yasgur’s Farm cars started to appear parked off the road in increasing numbers. We parked and got out, and when we asked the first couple walking toward us how far to the concert, they pointed and laughed and we learned we were less than a mile away—no traffic jams, no hassles at all. Late that night when we drove to the T intersection near the site to turn around and go back the way we had come, a cop stopped us, told us we couldn’t go back that way because it was a “one-way street.” He must have thought we were city kids who’d believe such crap in the country. When his back was turned, we turned and left, no traffic jams, no hassles at all after that.

These days the roads are strewn with animal carcasses and I meet many young girls who say they are acupuncturists.

I read an article about shame. It asked if I had secrets. The only secret I have is pretending someone normal lives here.

The leaves are drifting from their array of greens to burnt umber waiting for that swift wind to decry their nakedness.

I took one bite off each strawberry. But honestly, I can eat all I like. They are mine, and they just keep driving more up from Mexico.

—Matthew J. Spireng Mother Has Alzheimer’s (Dec. 25, 2019) My mother lived in Rowley, Iowa until they moved to Wyoming* in 8th grade. They had two mules and a pony named Daisy. The pony had a white nose and a white tail, but was otherwise a reddish color. They were ten kids in her class. Some talked too much and had to stand in the corner. Her dad was John R. Wilson. He pitched hay with a fork while she steered the mules. The town had two grocery stores, as well as a blacksmith shop. A creek went through their property. There were sometimes fish in it. When they moved to Wyoming, Iowa, they had to leave the pony behind. Her aunt with polio visited them once, with the strange dark uncle from the foundry. Now she watches Home Alone and roots for the little blonde boy. * Wyoming, Iowa is a village in eastern Iowa with less than 500 inhabitants today. In 1940, it had about 750. —Kirby Olson

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Soon the willow that bestrides the creek will have taken the turn to golden yellow glow. That sense of quiet haunting and cool air precedes the masked hours of late October. —Phyllis Segura Pareidolia Running on the beach Otherworldly In the mist I see a man fishing No, he is my father, reading It is the angle of his arm that fools me I am taken by this illusion Bound by a spell I never heard uttered We always find faces My son later clarifies Where there are none —Cyrus Mulready Stone Cold Let us like take you standing in the glare and—oh only visible in pointed glare depends on where there settles crisscrossing the path planted with ice… long and short of it in black night something innocent/defenseless stops to stare at the certainty barreling its way. —C. P. Masciola

I asked my companion, “How often do you think of ending things?” He looked at me as though I were a fish in a tank, all wobbly and wide eyed. Craft companionship and lifetime cocktails. My old wire-haired cat stares at me and taps at my cheek. His bowl is full, what else? What else for the world? My path? My time? My death? Night blooms, early now. Is there still a need to ask you how you’re doing? The opposite of distraction. Such a tight downward arc to your mouth. So close to the wall. The only sound is a blade on the paper. I’ve gotten so tired. Only the cyclic nature of my thoughts. Only the cyclic nature of my thoughts. —Mia Frisch Telling From the cliffs I dive into a Gulliver version of me swim down my gullet, mine my own blood for gold. Will I know the truth when I taste it? There’s always the itch of tiny embellishments. A dress I never wore, skin I never lived in. This time I want you to know everything I know. The wall behind you has its patterns. I fix my eyes there until it opens into forest and a pathway leading back to me. All I have to tell you is exactly what I see. —Mary Paulson 12/21 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 57


art

Untitled (Can’t hold onto it), installation at the Al Held Foundation in Boiceville. Photo by Jake Smisloff

Perpetual State of Becoming THE UNPLACEABLE ARTIFACTS OF CHRISTINA TENAGLIA By Carl Van Brunt

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he unpredictable resolution of light into a wave or a particle requires the presence of an observer and is dependent on the method of observation. An implication of this conundrum is that we humans are not objective witnesses to light’s transmission, we are integral to this unfolding process of luminescence. With wood, low-fired ceramics, ink, drywall screws, a band saw, and other tools of her trade, artist Christina Tenaglia delves into the crucial role of the observer in the processes of art making and apperception. Her stand-alone works and sitespecific temporary installations are invitations to reevaluate our preconceptions of what we may take to be ordinary reality and how art communicates illuminating meaning. Tenaglia, who moved to the region from Brooklyn in 2014, has emerged as one of the leading artists currently working in the Hudson Valley. She notes that she is greatly affected by her surroundings and Tenaglia’s move impacted her work significantly. This can be clearly seen by contrasting work done shortly before her move—which was based on the placement of a single black rectilinear shape on a neutral ground—to the noticeably more open space of her recent work, which contains circles and freeform geometric elements. This summer, her work was shown in several important venues highlighted by two major installations: one at the Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson and the other on the grounds of the Al Held Foundation in Boiceville. A skilled conversationalist who has a Master’s Degree in art from Yale, Tenaglia verbally frames her art practice with economical clarity and employs her eloquence in her assistant professorship at Vassar College.

An Open-Ended Dialogue Her Saugerties studio, shared with her partner, is a trove of finished works, works in process, wood pieces, ceramic elements, stencils, and off cuts. Everything seems to be in a perpetual state of becoming. The finished pieces are not the end of her process, but are instead invitations to an openended dialogue examining the elusive and potentially revelatory nature of all we see. Her art often makes use of sophisticated visual humor, yet her works have a depth that can be discovered by the viewer who is willing to slow down and contemplate them. While her wall works and sculptures executed in her immediately recognizable pictorial vocabulary are well known in our region and beyond, she sees her practice as becoming increasingly installation based. Tenaglia spent a full year considering the Salisbury site, which encompasses the ground floor of an old multistory building once used as a carriage house. The building’s interior retains many of the scars and blemishes accumulated over the years as well as other evocative structural vestiges of its former use. Tenaglia made pieces for specific locations within the site, engaging the old walls and structures in a dialogue, her work and the architecture’s palimpsest modifying and enhancing each other. Greeting visitors was a large freestanding L-shaped sculpture constructed out of a wooden beam rising vertically with an attached beam resting on the floor and extending back out of the exhibition space. Emblazoned on and partially wrapping around the sides of the floor section of wood was a simple drawing of indeterminate reference. Was this piece meant to evoke a greeter, a guard, a watchman, or was it just wood partially painted and placed in an interesting way? In any case, the piece functioned


“I am looking for a place of contemplation over simple comprehension, prioritizing how things are experienced and interpreted over assigning meaning.” —Christina Tenaglia

one side yellow one side blue, installation at the Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson. Photo by Christina Tenaglia as a stopping place, which, after a pregnant pause, led the enquiring eye into the overall space. Found elsewhere in the installation were 25 other pieces of varying sizes and shapes, most made with some type of wood: industrially processed or natural, locally sourced, repurposed, finished or not, drawn upon in color or monochrome, and with or without attached ceramic elements. All the pieces looked somewhat familiar but ultimately unplaceable in any known category or lexicon. Nothing was hidden, however. Wood and ceramic elements alike were attached to each other and the walls with clearly visible drywall screws. Support structures were also visible, some looking a bit like popsicle sticks, and were integrated into the pieces they held in place as visual elements to be considered. Observers could find pieces that looked vaguely like soap dishes or other utilitarian objects of domesticity. Other visual elements hinted at body parts; larger leaning objects summoned up thoughts of totems or personages. Neither clearly abstract or representational, the work occupied a netherworld just beyond the reach of conceptualization and language though it summoned up emotions ranging the spectrum from comic to tragic. To be found in the installation was a charming floor piece somewhat suggestive of an adorable pet as well as a somehow deeply moving piece made of a large found branch placed vertically and adorned with a single downwardpointing ceramic. Less Information, Better Considered Tenaglia says of her work: “At a time when information is fast, easy, and overwhelmingly ever-present—yet so often substantially insufficient—these works are deliberately communicating less. Related to how we receive and process information, they are

meant to baffle or confound, coaxing a longer look, a slowing down, where less information can be better considered. I am interested in how we group information, creating ‘chunks’ that we associate and store in our memories as coherent groupings. When confronted with partial information, we use our own assumptions, big and small, to complete these fragments. I am looking for a place of contemplation over simple comprehension, prioritizing how things are experienced and interpreted over assigning meaning.” Tenaglia sees polarities such as representation and abstraction as part of a continuum and refuses to align herself with one approach or the other. She aims to get to the heart of the matter by ignoring categories. You can see meaning as a category of knowledge and knowledge as an interpretation of experience. As an artist, Tenaglia’s after direct experience. That’s why if you cut through the fun and games of figuring things out and trying to know what you’re looking at, one of her pieces might just floor you with the actuality it is communicating. Daniel Belasco, executive director of the Al Held Foundation, shared a description of his experience of Tenaglia’s installation at the site. The work was part of a show that ended in October put together by Alyson Baker of River Valley Arts Collective. Essentially Belasco said that walking up the hill toward Tenaglia’s installation he first perceived it as a set of disjointed or disassociated personages. As he got closer, the installation’s underlying structure and formal relationships came to the foreground and as he crossed the threshold into the interior of the piece all the noise and dissonances disappeared and harmonized and he experienced a kind of quiet. Having recreated this experience for myself, I can testify that the quiet he referenced was palpable and deeply moving.

Tenaglia imparts that the idea for the installation came out of her experience of the pandemic, which led her and her partner to temporarily relocate closer to her parents in New Jersey. Away from her studio and teaching remotely, she engaged in a photography project: taking pictures of the houses and properties in the neighborhood around her temporary home. Tenaglia says the practice focused her thoughts on “care and neglect, life and death, preservation and inattention, access and denial, foreground and background, real and fake, systems and irregularities— home as a construct.” Situated in a grove of lovely trees awaiting autumn, the “home” Tenaglia constructed on the hill above Al Held’s studio complex was inside out. Facing outward were totemic figures embellished with ceramic signifiers of domesticity and indeterminacy, framing devices, and quasi-geometric painted references to embodiment, like the ones she included in her installation at Salisbury. Moving over Belasco’s “threshold” to the inside, the roofless and porous enclosure was covered with shingles. A great slab of wood was off center, tabled and leveled, contrasting with the slope of the hill flowing away beneath it and echoing the odd configuration of Held’s storage building across the lawn, which was built into the side of the descending slope. Tenaglia, who adamantly refrains from titling her individual pieces because she does not want to offer too much information, has surprisingly started giving names to her multipiece installations. The one on the hill at the Al Held Foundation is titled: Untitled (Can’t hold onto it). What is it that can’t be grasped? Don’t know, can’t say (that’s up to the viewer). But perhaps it has something to do with how a work of art framing and simultaneously unframing the clear light of a late afternoon can leave you without words. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 59


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Installation view of "Nivola: Sandscapes" at Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. Photo by Marco Anelli. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art.

The Sandman CONSTANTINO NIVOLA AT MAGAZZINO Through January 10 Magazzino.art Magazzino is a gem of a museum, tucked away in a corner of Cold Spring, in a former dairy warehouse. (“magazzino” means warehouse.) Admission is free. As the name suggests, the art is Italian—in particular, art since World War II. The staff is so warm and welcoming, one expects them to spontaneously serve lunch. Last year, Magazzino opened a new gallery for temporary exhibitions. The current one is “Nivola: Sandscapes.” Known as an “architect’s sculptor,” Constantino Nivola was close friends with visionary Swiss designer Le Corbusier. Nivola’s public sculptures are in schoolyards and housing projects throughout New York City. The show was curated by Teresa Kittler, last year’s scholar-in-residence at Magazzino. Chiara Mannarino served as assistant curator. Nivola was born in Sardinia in 1911, and worked as a graphic designer in Milan when he married Ruth Guggenheim in 1938. Fascist Italy was unsafe for his Jewish wife, so they decamped to Paris, then to New York City. Nivola worked in factories, then as art director for Interiors magazine, until he received his first major commission, for the Olivetti showroom in New York (1953). The sandscapes fall between genres: not exactly 60 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 12/21

design, or architecture, or sculpture. They look like basreliefs for a hoax ancient civilization, created to trick journalists. Nivola seems to have developed a secret visual language. Certain motifs recur in his work, like hieroglyphs on an Egyptian sarcophagus. (Nivola visited Egypt in 1964 and took films of the pictographs, to study.) He has a love of symmetry, which is never obsessive. I see lots of influences: Assyrian wall-carving, the Venus of Willendorf, comic strips, Rodin’s Gates of Hell, Rosicrucian symbols, the ancient Nuragic civilization of Sardinia. Even Christianity appears, in early sculptures that Nivola called “totems.” One piece from 1953 takes the form of an abstracted crucifix. Nivola made all these sculptures by hand. His father was a mason, and he himself was a highly skilled craftsman. In numerous maquettes preparing for his Olivetti commission, one sees Nivola working out his ideas for the wall—including six rows of dots: a stylized typewriter. Hieroglyphs taught him how to reduce an idea to its simplest visual form. His wall-sculpture for the Bridgeport Post building takes the form of a newspaper, complete with (unreadable) writing and an American flag. I also sense humor in his work. Am I imagining that? I ask Mannarino. “He’s such a joker!” she replies. “His

daughter said that he couldn’t make work when he was mad. There’s definitely comedy to it.” The “sandscapes” appear to be magically composed of congealed sand, but are actually mostly plaster or concrete, with a thin layer of sand chemically bonded to the substrate. The artist invented this process, which conceptually connects the deserts of Egypt to his local sands of Long Island, which he used to create these sculptures. “In some of them, there are tiny rocks attached to the sand,” Mannarino observes. “You can picture him in Springs, at the beach, picking up little bits of rock with the sand.” Nivola conceived these “sandscapes” while playing with his kids at the beach. Nivola lived in Springs for many years, the town outside East Hampton that became a world-famous artist colony in the 1950s: Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning were the big stars, but there were numerous supporting characters. The witty, metaphysical cartoonist Saul Steinberg was across the street from Nivola. Le Corbusier created two murals in Nivola’s house. And Marilyn Monroe visited him! Even if you don’t see the show, I recommend the futuristic 3-D digital tour on the Magazzino website. —Sparrow


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live music

Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney as Superwolves play Kaatsbaan Cultural Park December 16, 17, 18. Photo by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe

JOHN SEBASTIAN’S JUG BAND VILLAGE

THE SPLIT SQUAD

JAY ROSEN TRIO

December 3. Many veteran musicians, even after they’ve evolved artistically and tried different styles, return to the stuff that originally sparked their musical passions. And so it is with Woodstock’s John Sebastian, the Lovin’ Spoonful leader and solo artist who for this night at the Bearsville Theater will journey back to his 1960s Greenwich Village folk and jug-band roots. He’ll be accompanied by Spoonful bassist Steve Boone as well as Jimmy Vivino, Cindy Cashdollar, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, and James Wormworth. (Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Don Byron, and Luisito Quinero jam December 17; Robert Gordon, Billy Burnette, and Marshall Crenshaw rock December 18.) 8pm. $30-$60. Bearsville. Bearsvilletheater.com

December 4. How’s this for an all-star team? On guitar and vocals: Eddie Munoz (the Plimsouls). On drums: Clem Burke (Blondie). On guitar: Keith Streng (the Fleshtones). On bass: Michael Giblin (Cherry Twister). On keyboards: Josh Kantor (the Baseball Project). Known as the Split Squad, the veterancomprised power pop/rock ’n’ roll combo came together in 2012 and, between working with their other outfits, has been kicking up a catchy racket in the studio and on the stage ever since, releasing Now Hear This and The Showstopper EP. Here, they make an über-rare visit to the region for a date at the Avalon Lounge. With Pajamazon and Medicine Day. (Arone Dyer appears December 3; PAKT brings the prog December 16.) 6pm. $15. Catskill. Theavalonlounge.com

December 5. Drummer Jay Rosen has been a force within the experimental/out-jazz sphere since the mid-1990s, most notably in Trio X with multiinstrumentalist Joe McPhee and bassist Dominic Duval while also playing with the late Duval on many recordings for the seminal CIMP label. Rosen’s new trio includes two paragons of the Hudson Valley’s vibrant avant garde: guitarist Patrick Higgins (Zs) and bassist Michael Bisio (Matthew Shipp Trio). This month the triumvirate unfurls their formidable collective improvising power, quite appropriately, at one of the area’s most vital hubs of creative activity: the Lace Mill, RUPCO’s multi-unit, artist-oriented affordable housing complex and performance space/ gallery. 4pm. $20 suggested donation. Kingston. Facebook.com/thelacemill

SUPERWOLVES: BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY AND MATT SWEENEY

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MOE. December 10,11. Everyone knows that the jam band market is huge in these here parts—and Moe., familiar festival headliners in pre-COVID times, are easily one of the genre’s biggest names. “We’re a better band now,” says the group’s long-time drummer Vinnie Amico. “The reality is, you spent 30 years with people doing what you do, you get better. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Your ears get more trained, your playing gets better and better, your ability to communicate with each other better”—all of which certainly contribute to the band’s instrumental prowess. The Buffalo-born group had planned to tour more extensively in support of their two 2020 releases, the album This is Not, We Are and the EP Not Normal, but were, sadly and like so many other acts, sidelined by the pandemic. Back out on the road, they’ll make this two-night stand at the Capitol Theatre. (Chris Isaak croons December 1; Hot Tuna sizzles December 4.) 7pm. $35-$172.50. Port Chester. Thecapitoltheatre.com

December 17, 18, 19. Singer-songwriter, actor, and modern-day icon Bonnie “Prince” Billy aka Will Oldham (Palace Brothers) and Matt Sweeney (Iggy Pop, Chavez) debuted as a duo in 2005 on the Drag City record label with Superwolf, an effort widely hailed as an instant classic. Sixteen years later, the pair return with the album’s highly anticipated followup, Superwolves, a release whose title now serves as that of their collaborative project itself. Joined by musical accomplices Emmett Kelly (the Cairo Gang, Ty Segall) and Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), the twosome takes over Kaatsbaan Cultural Park for this three-show residency. Warming up each performance is a different opener: Ben Vida (December 17), Weak Signal (December 18), and Sargent Seedoo (December 19). 8pm. $70. Tivoli. Kaatsbaan.org

December 19. Instead of crassly commercial network TV fare, how about a holiday show that looks genuinely tasteful and heartwarming? In honor of On a Winter’s Night, his 2015 locally recorded live acoustic holiday-themed album, banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka makes his way to the cozy confines of the Towne Crier to once again sing and strum to celebrate the season. Teaming up with Trischka for this exemplary evening of bluegrass and Americana will be multi-instrumentalist and shape-note singer Tim Eriksen (Cold Mountain soundtrack), bassist Larry Cook, and drummer Sean Trischka. On the set list are songs from 1844’s Sacred Harp hymnbook and several that even predate the Revolutionary War. (Steve Forbert sings December 3; the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McKuen visits December 10.) 7pm. $20, $25. Beacon. Townecrier.com 12/21 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 63


comedy

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Deadpan Delivery Man TODD BARRY AT COLONY December 11 Colonywoodstock.com

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The term “deadpan” came into use during the early 20th century to describe the dry, droll comedic approach of select vaudeville pioneers like Buster Keaton, whose minimal, detached delivery translated perfectly to the film medium when he transitioned from the stage to the silent screen (“pan” was slang for face). Over the decades, there’ve been many other masters of the form: Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Pat Paulsen, Bob Newhart, Chevy Chase, George Carlin, Steven Wright, Mitch Hedberg, and Sarah Silverman all come to mind. And then there’s Todd Barry, well known for his voice roles in the animated series “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” “Squidbellies,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” and “Tom Goes to the Mayor” as well as the live-action shows “Delocated,” “Louie,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “Flight of the Conchords.” The comedian, whose clutch of uproarious live standup albums includes 2012’s side-ripping Super Crazy, is currently on his “Stadium Tour,” which will take him to Colony in Woodstock on December 11 at 8pm (tickets are $25-$30). Barry answered the questions below via email. —Peter Aaron

You grew up in Florida, a state that seems to be a steady font of surreally funny happenings. What parts of Florida are you from, and what was it like growing up there in the 1970s and ’80s? How did it inform what you do now? I moved to Florida (from New York) when I was eight because my father’s company relocated. We lived in South Florida for most of my Florida years, but then I went to University of Florida in Gainesville. I can’t say growing up in Florida was particularly funny, but it is where I went on stage first (at an open mic night at a comedy club located in a Howard Johnson’s hotel.) I think Florida is kind of unfairly maligned (even though I sort of understand it). You were a drummer with indie rock band the Chant before you started doing stand-up. How did that experience affect your approach to comedy? Did the importance of timing, for example, carry over into your current craft? Well, hopefully my timing as a comic is better than my timing as a drummer. (I didn’t practice much, so I wasn’t very good.) I don’t think there’s a connection between my drumming and my comedy, but I do remember making jokes between songs during our shows. Speaking of touring, when you do go on the road you seem to have a thing for playing smaller towns whenever possible, instead of only sticking to the usual big cities—a preference that is the focus of your 2017 book Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg. Why the fascination with small towns? I like playing smaller markets because they’re appreciative in a different way. If you go to a city like Chicago, they might be great and appreciative, but they’re not surprised you’re doing a show there (because everyone does). But if you go to a place like Hattiesburg, Mississippi, you’re more likely to hear something like “Thank you for coming to Hattiesburg.” I first noticed this when I did shows in Alaska. They appreciate that you even made the trip. And speaking of small towns, you’re coming to Colony in Woodstock on December 11. For anyone who hasn’t—or has—seen you in stand-up mode, what should they expect? A barn-burning hootenanny filled with acrobatics and pyrotechnics. 64 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 12/21


short list FESTIVAL

Sinterklaas

December 4 in Rhinebeck The brainchild of celebration artist Jeanne Fleming (creative director of the New York City Halloween Parade), Sinterklaas is the gold standard of local holiday festivals, a day-long event that features children’s workshops, dance, theater, and music that draws thousands to Rhinebeck. The highlight is the Children’s Starlight Parade, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers that closes the day at twilight. Parking can be tricky in the village on festival day, so plan accordingly. Sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

ART SHOW & AUCTION

Family of Woodstock Fundraising Auction

December 4 at Mountainview Studio This art show and auction, produced by Dr. Gerry Herman and Leslie R. Herman, benefits Family of Woodstock, the multi-program human service agency that has provided invaluable services to individuals and families in need for 50 years. The auction will be called by Abbe Sue Graber and features work by Peter Max, Lenny Kislin, Christina Varga, Scott Michael Ackerman, Charlotte Tusch, Henrietta Mantooth, Norm Magnusson, and many other regional artists. The auction will take place in Woodstock on December 4 starting at 1:30pm. Fb.me/e/49r2DyzEO

FESTIVAL

Winter Walk

December 4 in Hudson This month marks the 25th anniversary of Hudson’s Winter Walk, a nondenominational celebration with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, street performers, food, and drinks along the mile-long stretch of Warren Street, as well as a fireworks display over the Hudson River. Perennial Winter Walk favorites such as Sax-o-Claus, Sean the Prankster, Crazy Christine Balloons, Roger the Jester, Holly, Andy & Ivy, the Orcapelicans, Circus Theatricks with Sean Fagan, Acadia Otlowski, and Key of Q are slated to perform. Winter Walk takes place on December 4 from 5 to 8pm. Hudsonhall.org

FILM

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The First Wave

December 5 at the Orpheum Theater The Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films present a screening of Matthew Heineman’s upcoming film The First Wave. Heineman’s doc follows the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered inside one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic. The First Wave screens on December 5 in Saugerties at 1pm. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Heineman and a reception at The Dutch at 3:30pm. Woodstockfilmfestival.org

DANCE/THEATER

Into the Light

December 11 at the Rosendale Theater The Vanaver Caravan, in collaboration with Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, returns with the holiday pageant “Into the Light,” which celebrates the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Winter Solstice, and Yule through festive dance, live music, and puppetry. “Into the Light” is set in a northern country where a young girl named Lucia loses her inner light as the sun’s light diminishes with the coming of winter. “Into the Light” will be performed in Rosendale on December 11 at 2pm and 4pm. Vanavercaravan.org

WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE

Tell It Like It Is

December 12 at the Rosendale Theater As part of its Celebrating Aging Series, the Rosendale Theater presents “Tell It Like It Is,” an interactive workshop and performance with storytellers Verna Gillis and David Gonzalez. Gillis, author of Tales from Geriassic Park, and Gonzalez, one of the country’s foremost storytellers, will perform excerpts from their repertoire, offer insights into their creative processes, and help bring out the storyteller in participants. “Tell It Like It Is” will take place on December 12 at 2pm in Rosendale. Rosendaletheatre.org

THEATER

A Radio Christmas Carol

December 17–19 SITI Company returns to the Fisher Center to develop a new live performance based on Orson Welles’ 1939 radio play of “A Christmas Carol,” as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebration. Reimagining the intimacy and alchemy of that recording studio, SITI conjures the ghosts of the past, present, and future to speak to our need for gratitude, charity, fairness, justice, and equity. Co-directed by Bard alum Anne Bogart and Darron West, these work-in-progress performances are a preview of the world premiere of the full production at the Fisher Center next December. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 65


art exhibits

Gianni Biaggi's The Worm was installed at Unison Art Center's sculpture garden in New Paltz in October.

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ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY

FRIDMAN GALLERY

“Tattarrttat.” Sculptures by Colin Chase. November 13-December 19.

“Member Holiday Small Works Show.” Through December 19.

“Water Rhythms.” Sewn paintings by Paolo Arao and multi-channel sound installation by Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes. Through December 19.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY

BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY

Changing Landscape.” Carl Grauer, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Tracy Helgeson, John Kelly, James Kimak, Eileen Murphy, Regina Quinn, Judy Reynolds. Through January 16.

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22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. Christie Scheele Solo Painting Exhibition: “Things Past: Mining Memory.” Through January 9.

THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT

“Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs.” Through January 2.

ART OMI

1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT “To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth.” Quilts, garments, drums, prints, and video by Jeffrey Gibson. Through January 2.

ART SALES & RESEARCH CLINTON CORNERS

“A Sense of Place.” Daisy Craddock, Poogy Bjerklie, Daniel Loxton. Through January 1.

ARTS SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON

“Under 30.” Group show of artists under 30. December 4-26.

ARTSEE GALLERY

529 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Then & Now.” Old and new work by Ryan Turley. Through January 15.

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24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS

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“Fine Art Holiday Exhibition.” Multimedia group exhibition. Through January 30.

BARNS ART CENTER

736 SOUTH DRIVE, HOPEWELL JUNCTION “Tasting Menu.” Robin Antar, Emilie Baltz, Gina Beavers, Nicholas Buffon, Gareth Cadwallader, Jo Ann Callis, Catherine Chalmers, Sharon Core, David Kennedy Cutler, Guy Diehl, Julie Evans, María Fragoso, Daniel Giordano, Lucia Hierro, Sam Taylor Johnson, Alex Kanevsky, Talia Levitt, Rachel Major, Nicole McLaughlin, Tracy Miller, Azikiwe Mohammed, Jeffrey Morabito, Danielle Orchard, Lina Puerta, Nathaniel Robinson, Walter Robinson, Dana Sherwood, Anat Shiftan, Jean Shin, Ian Trask, and Edith Young. Through December 5.

BAU GALLERY

506 MAIN STREET, BEACON “From the Ashes.” Ceramics by Eileen Sackman. Through December 5. “Mendacity, Myopia, Amnesia, Atopia.” Language artist Stephen Derrickson. Through December 5.

BUSTER LEVI GALLERY

121 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING “The Comix.” Mixed media paintings by Grey Zeien. December 3-January 2.

622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “A

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225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN “Erin Shirreff: Remainders.” Photographs, prints, and video. Through January 2, 2022.

D’ARCY SIMPSON ART WORKS 409 WARREN STREET, HUDSON

“Requiem for Silence.” Mysterious and surrealistic photo montages by David McIntyre. Through December 31.

DIA:BEACON

3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON Works by Lee Ufan, Sam Gilliam, Barry Le Va, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, and others on long-term view.

EMERGE GALLERY

228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES “Petit.” Group exhibition of smaller-sized art. Through December 26.

FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE

“American Impressions: A Nation in Prints.”Fifty prints, rare books, and photographs selected from the collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the Department of Special Collections at the Library at Vassar College. Through February 6.

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“Angels with Dirty Faces.” Recent work by Gelah Penn. Through December 12.

GARRISON ART CENTER

23 GARRISON'S LANDING, GARRISON “Faces/Graces.” Portrait photography by Annette Solakoglu. December 4-January 9.

HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON

“The Hudson River Valley & Highlands in the 21st Century.” Photoacrylics by Russell Cusick. Through December 5.

HUDSON HALL AT THE HISTORIC HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON

“Off the Wall.” Jean Feinberg, Margaret Saliske and Pamela J Wallace. Through December 5. “On Lightness.” Paintings and sculptures by Judah Catalan and Diane Townsend. Through December 5.

HUDSON VALLEY MOCA

1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL “How We Live, Part II.” Through January 31.

IZZY'S ROOM

84 GREEN STREET, HUDSON “Requiem.” Sculpture by Arnie Zimmerman. Through December 19.


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Kate Millett, Bed, (from "Fantasy Furniture" series), 1965, wood, ticking fabric, acrylic paint, courtesy the Kate Millett Estate, from "Life After the Revolution: Kate Millet's Art Colony for Women at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART

PAMELA SALISBURY GALLERY

TANJA GRUNNERT SALON

“Arrivals.” Through January 23.

“All Small.” Group show of small works. December 18-January 24.

“Wish You Were Here | Ghost Boats.” Paintings and sculpture by Katharine Umsted. Through December 19.

134 JAY STREET, KATONAH

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK

“5 by 7 Show.” Small works fundraising show. December 3-19.

LABSPACE

2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE “Holiday.” Group show of small, affordable work. December 11-January 30.

LIGHTFORMS

743 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON “Holding Light.” Nature and landscape photography by Helena Kay, Anna Powell, Leif Garbisch, and Scott Farrell. Through January 9.

LOCKWOOD GALLERY

747 ROUTE 28, KINGSTON “Woodstock School of Art Instructors' Exhibition.” Group show. Through December 30.

MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART

2700 ROUTE 9, COLD SPRING “Nivola: Sandscapes”. Features a selection of 50 works of sandcast sculpting by Costantino Nivola (1911-1988). Through January 10.

MARK GRUBER GALLERY

NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ “Holiday Salon Show.” Group show. Through January 22.

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4033 ROUTE 28A, WEST SHOKAN “Small Is Beautiful.” Through January 8.

362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON

THE POUGHKEEPSIE TROLLEY BARN 489 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE

“Of An Era.” International exhibition juried by Jova Lynne. Through December 9.

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317 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Once Upon a Time”. Group juried exhibition on evocations of childhood. Through December 19.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, SUNY NEW PALTZ

“The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone.” Through December 12. “Follies and Picturesque Tourism.” Examines historicized garden and park buildings, known as “follies,” in the visual culture of 19th century tourism, with an emphasis on New York State. Through December 12. “Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women.” Story of a Christmas tree farm in Poughkeepsie, New York, where for more than four decades women artists boldly built a space where they could create community and art together. Through December 12.

SURFACE LIBRARY

1301 COUNTY ROUTE 7, ANCRAM “Bob Bachler and James Kennedy: Paintings and Ceramics.” Through December 31.

SUSAN ELEY FINE ART

433 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Gathering.” Paintings by Kathy Osborn, Ruth Shively, and Bradley Wood. December 2-January 16.

21 PROSPECT AVENUE, HUDSON

THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM

“Aeria Signum.” Paintings by Lily Morris. Through December 5.

THUNDERHORSE HOLLOW FARM FLYING EMU HOUSE

50 HARDENBURGH ROAD, ULSTER PARK “Colors and Passions: Music Art Magic.” Prairie Prince retrospective. Through December 24.

TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI

“Holiday Show.” Group show. Through December 19.

UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ

“Owning Earth.” Outdoor sculpture installation of 19 artistic responses to systems of human domination over our environments and the urgent need to enact futures guided by mutuality and reverence. Through June 1.

UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

1400 WASHINGTON AVENUE, FINE ARTS BUILDING, ALBANY “Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair.” The exhibition features artwork that addresses the complexities of daily life during this pandemic era. Through December 11.

VISITOR CENTER

233 LIBERTY STREET, NEWBURGH

iec featuring works on paper and sculptures investigating the materiality of sound and their visual manifestations. Through December 18.

WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL OF ART 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY

“Small Works.” Group exhibit of works 8x10 inches or smaller selected by Paola Bari. The show includes 39 works by 28 local artists. “On the Town.” Paintings of cityscapes and towns by Keith Gunderson. “Painting Porcelain.” Works by Paola Bari. All shows through January 2.

WEST STRAND GALLERY

29 WEST STRAND STREET, KINGSTON “Part II: Intersecting Art, Earth, Fire, Water, & Air.” Diane Burko, Sharon Ascher, Karen Shaw, Patty Stone. Through November 14.

WOMENSWORK.ART

4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Spirit of the Season 2021: A Small Works Exhibition.” Group show. December 3-19.

WOODSTOCK ART EXCHANGE

1396 STATE ROUTE 28, WEST HURLEY “Scrapsody in Green.” World premiere of Big Mermaid and more Scraptures by Dave Channon. December 4-December 5.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM

28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK “Gratitude.” Annual members' holiday exhibition. "Ink Drawings from Bennett Elementary 5th Grade." "Professional Practice: Staff Picks from the Permanent Collection." "Small Works (A-G)." All shows through December 31.

“Sound Mirror.” Solo exhibition by Audra Wolow-

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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude

Empathy and Compassion in the Ascendancy This month is the final eclipse in the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse cycle, which we won’t see again until mid-2048–49. The last time around in this cycle (2000–2001), we saw the destruction of our self-perception as a safe and inviolable country. This time we see the exposure of a dangerous disunity, further eroding what’s left of our mythic national identity. How you choose to invest your time, talents, passions, and resources going forward must be informed by lessons learned during this long and often painful transit. The New Moon in Sagittarius accompanies a Total Solar Eclipse December 4, followed by a powerful sextile between Mars and Pluto. Light is hidden and then revealed: What you see in the illumination empowers you to vigorously pursue your agenda December 8 with Mars square Jupiter. The Full Moon in Gemini December 18 engenders curiosity and compassion, with the chance to learn something new and enlightening about yourself in relation to others. Venus, planet of love, beauty, money, and partnership, is traveling through Capricorn until early 2022, including a retrograde period from December 19 through January 29. This transit is an important cog in the wheel of the huge tectonic changes of the coming years. Venus conjuncts powerful, destructive, and re-creative Pluto twice this month: direct on December 11, and retrograde on December 25, with Last Quarter Moon in Libra December 26. If the Venn diagram of your values and your valuables is not a perfect circle, adjustments will be made—by your own will and choices, or by societal force. The final of 2021’s three Saturn-Uranus squares December 24 is an opportunity to invest in progressive structure-building and innovative security. Jupiter enters Pisces December 28 at the Sun’s square to Chiron. Empathy and compassion take ascendancy as we bid farewell to 2021.

ARIES (March 20–April 19) Intensity is still the name of the game this month, which starts out with a literal bang when Mars sextiles Pluto December 6, with Capricorn Moon square your Sun. Unless you are an active-duty combat soldier, resist all urges to engage in battle. The spectrum of aggression ranges from petulant pugnaciousness at best to punitive pyromania at worst. If power is your priority, Mars square Jupiter December 8 will supersize the struggles and their consequences. Align yourself with higher thoughts and broader horizons when Mars enter Sagittarius December 13. To whom do you owe your fiery allegiance, after all?

TAURUS (April 19–May 20) Planetary ruler Venus is in Capricorn through early March 2022, including a retrograde phase which begins December 19. Venus will conjunct Pluto twice this month: first on December 11, and again (retrograde), on December 25. These powerful bookends of the planet of love with the planet of powerful transformation promise to make December meaningful, memorable, and lifealtering. Saturn’s final 2021 square to Uranus in Taurus December 24 triggers unexpected action. Normally you’re conservative, cautious, and risk-adverse, but these are hardly normal times; you just may propose partnership, seemingly out of the blue, when Mercury conjuncts Venus Retrograde December 28. A practicing, professional astrologer for over 30 years, Lorelai Kude can be reached for questions and personal consultations via email (lorelaikude@yahoo.com) and her Kabbalah-flavored website is Astrolojew.com. 68 HOROSCOPES CHRONOGRAM 12/21


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GEMINI (May 20–June 21) Mercury in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces December 7 is a status-quo disrupter. Don’t give or receive superlatives and pie-in-the-sky promises, the entrance of Mercury into Capricorn December 13 will burst the illusion bubble by encouraging methodical and thorough, goal-oriented communications. The goal is emotional intimacy, and shared vulnerability is the method, at the Full Moon in Gemini with Mercury square Chiron December 18. Flashes of genius spark around your head December 20 at the trine of Mercury to Uranus; the sparks become a crown December 29-30 with Mercury conjunct Venus retrograde and Pluto when receive recognition and respect.

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CANCER (June 21–July 22) Eclipse season continues with the Sagittarius New Moon and a Total Solar Eclipse December 4, the last of the Gemini/ Sagittarius eclipse cycle for the next 19 years. The polarizing, us/them dynamic begins to melt into a more universal consciousness at the First Quarter Moon in Pisces December 10. If you’re ready to receive the truth, the Full Moon in Gemini December 18 illuminates your own unconscious desires; the Last Quarter Moon in Libra December 26 turns your attention to immediate concerns around infrastructures and foundational touchstones of what you call “home,” especially in relation to partnerships. Build emotional bridges.

LEO (July 22–August 23) New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius December 4 stimulates slumbering spiritual longings. Clarity around an important relationship issue from September is called into question when the Sun squares Neptune December 12. Probe for definitive answers and respond with wisdom and magnanimity when the Sun sextiles Jupiter December 19. Your heart needs warming at the Winter Solstice December 21; do for others what you wish had been done for you at a time of need when the Sun squares Chiron December 29. Nobody is better than uplifting the downcast than you are when you turn on the sunshine of your love.

VIRGO (August 23–September 23) Your normally analytical self is external feeling pressure to accept things as they are rather than trying to figure them out them when Mercury squares Neptune December 7. Harmony and equilibrium are restored when Mercury enters Capricorn December 13; nobody’s going to stop you from seeking to understand what’s happening and why. Curiosity and compassion coexist at the Full Moon in Gemini with Mercury square Chiron December 18; you care and you’re a problem-solver who comes up with unique solutions when Mercury trines Uranus December 20. Articulate powerfully transformative truths December 29-30 with Mercury conjunct Venus Retrograde and Pluto.

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LIBRA (September 23–October 23) Venus in Capricorn through early March 2022, including a retrograde phase which begins December 19, squares your Sun, and challenges you to have healthy boundaries, especially in matters of home and family. Venus conjuncts Pluto twice this month: direct on December 11, and retrograde on December 25, with Last Quarter Moon in Libra December 26. You’re waging a charm offensive; though you’d rather make love than war, war you will wage, if necessary, when challenged for power and control. Old alliances resurrect to serve your needs and maybe even save the day December 28 with Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus. 12/21 CHRONOGRAM HOROSCOPES 69


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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Cultivate extreme self-awareness and exquisite self-control on December 6’s Mars-Pluto sextile. Only Jedi skills and Ascended Master consciousness can avoid explosive confrontations with Mars square Jupiter December 8. If you’ve been the strong, silent type, get ready for a river of words to wash through you when Pluto conjuncts Venus and sextiles Mercury December 11. Direct your passionate potency to a higher cause when Mars enter Sagittarius December 13. An enormous potential for powerful healing depends on deeply empathetic, compassionate truthtelling December 25–30 with Retrograde Venus conjunct Pluto and Mars trine Chiron. Your natural healer skills are needed now.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22)

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Any inconvenient truth you’ve been hiding from yourself will be revealed by the New Moon in Sagittarius, Total Solar Eclipse December 4. If you must fight for the right to dictate the terms of your own life, you’re gloved and ready to go when Mars square Jupiter December 8. Make peace with what you’ve accomplished when Sun sextiles Jupiter December 19. Jupiter finishes his year-long sojourn through Aquarius and enters Pisces December 28. You’ve perceived the spiritual meaning of your place in your current environment; now perceiving your spiritual significance to home and who you call family takes ascendancy.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20) Venus, planet of love, beauty, money, and partnership is traveling through Capricorn until early 2022, including a retrograde period from December 19 through January 29. This pretties up practically everything in your life, so take advantage of the beneficent conditions, especially after Mercury enter Capricorn December 13. When you’ve got the grace and favor of the cosmos, don’t waste it. The Winter Solstice December 21 welcomes the Sun into Capricorn, preparing you for the third of 2021’s three Saturn-Uranus squares on December 24. If you’ve learned to embrace the new without discarding the old, you’re right on the money.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19) With your classical and modern planetary rulers in a series of squares during 2021, there’s bound to be glitches. Your genius ideas aren’t translating well to mere mortals December 1–3 with Mercury and Sun inconjunct Uranus. Hold your fire and refine your elevator pitch; opportunity knocks when Mercury trines Uranus December 20. The final square of Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus December 24 activates your accumulated wisdom. Breaker of boundaries, breaker of chains, you vowed to break the wheel, but has the wheel offered you a benefits package with a nice 401K? Be smart when opportunity knocks.

PISCES (February 20-March 19) You’re entering a time of smooth sailing with Neptune in Pisces direct from December 1, and Jupiter’s entrance into Pisces on December 28. With both classical and modern planetary rulers in Pisces until mid-May 2022, you’re a supersized, super-concentrated version of your best potentialities. Mercury square Neptune December 7, reassessing perceptions; Sun square Neptune December 12 illuminating alternative perspectives. With fluid and numinous understandings of the world around you, you’re successfully floating on a lily pad at the sextile of Mercury to Neptune December 26. Overindulgence is your biggest health and wellness challenge. First, do no harm—to yourself! 70 HOROSCOPES CHRONOGRAM 12/21


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Two photos of The Gift by Dini Lamot, 2021

The piercing eyes and deep frown lines of the gorilla statue contrast sharply with the softness of orchid it observes. The objects were sitting on his kitchen counter when Dini Lamot took the photo. He walked by, saw the gorilla staring at the orchid, and snapped a few black and white photos with his iPhone 11. “I was really quite taken aback by the result,” says Lamot, a former Hudson resident who now splits his time between Sarasota, Florida and Portland, Maine. He first saw the gorilla over 15 years ago at a friend’s house in Claverack. It was sitting in the front hallway, and he was instantly mesmerized by it. Years later, Lamot and his husband, Windle Davis, saw it at an auction and successfully bid for it. The pair originally displayed the 20-by-18-inch ceramic sculpture at the now-closed Inn at Hudson, which they ran from 2005 to 2016. Lamot’s been taking pictures since he 72 PARTING SHOT CHRONOGRAM 12/21

was a kid, making movies with his brother using Super 8 film. He started taking pictures professionally over 30 years ago while touring with Human Sexual Response, the 1970s Boston-based new wave and punk rock band. After Human Sexual Response broke up, Lamot continued taking pictures in various mediums, including 35mm, Polaroid, three-dimensional, and digital. His work’s been exhibited in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Hudson’s Carrie Haddad Gallery. His experiences in the band and later performances under his drag persona, Musty Chiffon, give Lamont a playful attitude toward taking photos. “I have a rather colorful outlook on photography,” says Lamot. He hopes that people enjoy looking at the photo as much as he enjoyed taking it, calling it, “pure animal instinct pleasure.” —Kerri Kolensky


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