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Swamp Grass, Hudson, Alon Koppel, 2017 THE GUIDE, PAGE 81
HOME & GARDEN
6 On the Cover: Madeline Cottingham 10 Esteemed Reader 13 Editor’s Note 14 Big Idea: Equitable Internet Initiative
24 Little Poland in the Catskills
FOOD & DRINK
36 The New Menopause
16 Taste on Tap In February, Roe Jan Brewing Company opened its doors in Hillsdale, offering up a rotating selection of traditional ales, lagers, IPAs, and sours—along with an inventive and palatable pub menu with a focus on woodfired fare.
21 The Drink: Toasted Rye Sazerac From guest baker at Rough Draft to head honcho at the new Kingston Bread + Bar, Aaron Quint is filling Uptown Kingston with the irresistible aroma of fresh-baked bread, which you can wash down with one of 12 craft beers on tap and batched cocktails on tap.
23 Sips & Bites Five spots where we’ll be dining and drinking in March, including Thyme & Co. in Hudson, the Bloody Mary Festival at the Senate Garage in Kingston, Saisonnier in Kinderhook, Liberty Street Bistro in Newburgh, and Masa Midtown in Kingston.
Swapping the Carpathians for the Catskills, Jack Laroux’s chalet brings the Southern Polish Highlands to upstate New York.
HEALTH & WELLNESS Health & Wellness editor Wendy Kagan sits down with author Darcey Steinke to discuss her latest book, Flash Count Diary.
OUTDOORS 42 A Line in the Ice A peak into the world of upstate ice-fishing and winter anglers.
COMMUNITY PAGES 46 Metamorphosis: Saugerties With an influx of new businesses and the continued passion of stalwart older ones, Saugerties is positively buzzing.
features 56 Tremors from Antarctica by Madeline Cottingham Photographer Madeline Cunnigham shares notes and starkly beautiful images from a polar expedition she took to Antarctica last year, the subject of her new book.
63 A Day at Summer Camp by Anne Dwyer
A whimsical illustrated account of just another glorious day at summer camp from a former YMCA camp counselor.
70 Out of Hibernation by Peter Aaron
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92 What Dreams May Come Lorelai Kude scans the skies and plots our horoscopes for March. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM 3
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Patricia Guerrero will perform at Beyond Flamenco at PS21. Photo by Ian Gavan THE GUIDE, PAGE 85
81 Home in on “Aerial Abstraction,” Aron Koppel’s latest exhibit of aerial photos on view at New York Restaurant in Catskill.
Album reviews of Sun of Goldfinger and Tranceportation Vol. 1 by David Torn and company; Songs of Inspiration by Professor Louie and the Crowmatix; Places I’ve Walked by Richard Carr; and Strange Perfume by Stephen Clair.
73 Books Carolyn Quimby reviews Jennifer Rosner’s debut novel The Yellow Bird, which follows a mother and daughter as they struggle to survive the Holocaust, plus five short book reviews for your reading list.
68 Poetry Poems by Justine Aubrie, Anastasia Blanchet, Taylor John Bruck, Ken Craft, Stephen Cramer, Holly Day, Josh Fromer, Michael Glassman, Frank Inello, Regina Issac, Matt Lambiase, Tracy Misch, Ellie Ritter, Robert Ronnow, Margo Violet Trump, Liam Watt, and Frank Wright.
83 Jonathan Richman returns to the Beverly Lounge for another of his eccentric, uplifting, and up-close acoustic performances. 84 A roundup of eight cultural events to catch this March. 85 Beyond Flamenco, a genre-expanding minifestival of music and dance, opens up the PS21 season. 87 A gallery guide for March. 91 Six live shows to pencil in for March.
96 Parting Shot Kingston-based author and amateur photographer Will Nixon captures the metallic reflection of a Peekskill church steeple.
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on the cover
Photograph from Tremors of Antarctica MADELINE COTTINGHAM
In addition to featuring Madeline Cottingham’s work on the cover this month, we are publishing her photos of Antarctica in a photo essay, which begins on page 56. You can find out more about her work there. In place of our usual On the Cover writeup, we’ve commissioned a poem from Sparrow on his flightless avian cousin.
Ode to a Penguin O lonely penguin, etched on a diminishing glacier, teach me your stoic tuxedo-clad wisdom, as you pad beneath the Vitamin C sky like the valiant scout of a lost penguin army. Existential doubt never stains you. The New York Times can’t scare you. You amble along, with Charlie Chaplin footsteps, towards the forgiving sea. —Sparrow
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esteemed reader by Jason Stern
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Jalaluddin Rumi, 1207-1273, Balkh, Afghanistan
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Esteemed Read of Our Magazine: Last summer, I sat in a field surrounded by fireflies. First, I watched the Brownian motion of the insects as they blinked on and off. Then I tried to focus on a particular insect and follow its trajectory through the darkness. Gradually, I began to discern the pattern of their flight and predict where a bug that had blinked out would blink on again. As I concentrated on following a particular insect, I was touched by the subtle and unique pattern each bug followed. Tracking this took so much concentration that there was little room in my attention for asking why or to make meaning out of it. The blinking path was a kind of Morse code transmitting the nature of the being. The pattern of movement was random and at the same time delicate and precise. In this experience of the fireflies, I realized that my path and the path of each of us is, in its way, similarly exquisite and poignantly exact. We move through our lives as a collection of positive and negative charges that guide all the reactions and responses. These patterns are predictable and even manipulable by the behaviorists and evolutionary psychologists that study such things. And yet, despite its automatism, there is something precious and profound in the delicate and definite trajectory followed by each being. If I am vigilant and interested, curious even, I begin to see the subtle interplay of forces that shunt me around like a mote of dust in the air. I am sitting at my desk, writing, but something like a hungry parasite kicks inside my belly. Tea, I think, I want tea, and I get up to heat the kettle, ponder the selections. Pu-erh or Lapsang souchong. Chinese or Tibetan. Fermented or smoked. As the tea steeps, I see my cup is tarnished. Oh, I can polish it while the tea steeps, I think. Has anyone liked my Instagram post? How about burning some incense? I should really get more exercise. And on and on. A half-hour passes before I get back to my desk. I’m like a car full of monkeys, taking turns behind the steering wheel. An interplay of forces is at work, and I watch as the whole conveyance is shunted about by fleeting interests and desires, by distates, dislikes, and aversions. On one hand, this is a sorry state of affairs, and on another, poignant, precious, perfect. The being that I am, like a firefly, flits around in the darkness, following its pattern. And we are all like this, all the time, and each of our blinking paths through life describes the combination of factors and forces at work in us. We express this ragtag set of hereditary features, character type, and random agglomeration of conditioned behaviors in all our deeds, points of view, opinions. Observation answers the question of free will with stark clarity—we don’t possess it. On another hand, when I observe with care and interest, I see the spark of life flowing through it all. I see the delicate and precious trajectory that is uniquely myself, and something in me feels compassion, for myself, for the helpless beings we all are. At that moment, I see a glimmer of possibility, like a firefly blinking on. There is a choice, and really only one: To sacrifice what I think I want at this moment for the good of a greater whole. —Jason Stern
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by Brian K. Mahoney
The New Neighbors
t started with an innocuous comment. A pleasantry. The type of conversational trifle people drop like confetti from a 10th-story window onto a ticker tape parade. Here’s what I said: “Mmmm. Whatever you’re grilling sure smells delicious.” I was walking past the driveway of my next-door neighbor’s house, the dogs pulling me home, where their dinner awaited. Johnny was grilling at the far end of his driveway, 150 feet from me, the grill half-in and half-out of the garage. It was snowing. Allow me to admit that I have a poor sense of smell. Stopping to smell the roses is an intimate affair for me—I need to get my schnoz right up in there to get any sort of rosy whiff. So, when I told Johnny that what he was cooking smelled “delicious,” it was a lie. But it was a harmless white lie, like the ones Hope Hicks told when she was White House communications director. I was just trying to help my new neighbor feel at home, part of the neighborhood that I had suddenly appointed myself welcome wagon of. Not that Johnny and his wife (an assumption; she could also be his girlfriend/partner/sister/ cousin/live-in accountant) appeared to need any help from me to feel at home. They had moved in—lock, stock, and Weber grill—seemingly overnight. I met Johnny the next day, when he bound down his front steps and thrust his hand in mine with the self-assurance and confidence one always associates with other people. He introduced himself as “Johnny.” Real chummy. And he didn’t seem harried at all from the normally exhausting moving-in process. He was as fresh as an (odorless) daisy. Johnny’s broken-down boxes, smoothly creased, were piled neatly on his porch the day after he moved in. (It should be noted that moving in to a new home is ranked seventh on the list of 10 Most Stressful Life Events, as measured by the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, behind such things as death of a spouse, marriage itself, and being incarcerated. Eighteen years after Lee Anne and I moved into our house, there is a large brown tarp covering most of our porch. (It hasn’t been there the whole time, but the tarp has a well-worn look.) There’s an assortment of items underneath it—from a leather chair to medical equipment to boxes of old books— needing to be dealt with. At some indeterminate point in the future, of course.
Not that I felt intimidated by Johnny or his moving-in superpower—just kind of in awe. For one thing, it’s tough for me to be intimated by a man in uniformed shorts. ( Johnny works for FedEx.) And it didn’t feel like our new neighbors led more interesting lives than ours that in some way made our lives seem small, like in the story “Neighbors” by Raymond Carver. Bill and Arlene Miller were a happy couple. But now and then they felt they alone among their circle had been passed by somehow, leaving Bill to attend to his bookkeeping duties and Arlene occupied by secretarial chores. They talked about it sometimes, mostly in comparison with the lives of their neighbors, Harriet and Jim Stone. It seemed to the Millers that the Stones lived a fuller and brighter life. The Stones were always going out for dinner, or entertaining at home, or traveling about the country somewhere in connection with Jim’s work. Lee Anne and I lead full lives—we’re going on vacation this month, in fact. But as we don’t know Johnny and his wife/girlfriend/ partner/sister/cousin/live-in accountant well, there’s still time to find out that they’re totally fabulous and Lee Anne and I have our jealousy to look forward to. But back to the grill and the driveway and the throwaway comment that became a butterfly-flapping-its-wings-type moment. My remark elicited the following response: “Seemed like a good day to get out of the house and grill up some meat and roast some peppers,” Johnny said. I paused thoughtfully, said “Sounds delightful,” and stepped over the big brown tarp and into my house. Twenty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. The dogs were not pleased. They made their trademark get-the-hell-off-myporch series of barks. I was in the middle of cooking dinner. At the door was Johnny, holding a heaping plate of food, covered in tin foil. It was a mound of skirt steak, short ribs, Italian sausage, and roasted jalapeños
over Spanish rice. It looked (and smelled!) delightful. “I made too much for us,” Johnny said, cleverly not mentioning the woman he lives with by name or in any way helping to define their relationship. “I made you a plate. I hope you like meat.” Johnny winked and handed me the plate. As I had already lied about the delicious grill smell, it seemed too late to tell him we were vegans. Not because we are vegans. We’re not—I had beef stew cooking on the stove. It was because food served by someone I barely know is a trust exercise I normally pay good money for, like in restaurants or for sushi delivery. I thanked Johnny profusely, told him to mind the tarp, and closed the door. “Who was that?” Lee Anne shouted over the berserk ravings of the dogs. “It was our new neighbor, Johnny,” I said, and shouted at the dogs to let me through to the kitchen. “What did he want?” Lee Anne yelled over the dogs barking. “To give us food,” I yelled back. “Why?” Lee Anne asked, peaking her head into the kitchen. “Because I lied to him,” I said, turning off the beef stew I was cooking. We ate the food. It turned out that Johnny is quite adept with the flames and the meats. This has become a semi-regular thing. So much so that it has thrown off the normal rhythm of dinner in our household. Typically, dinner is determined by a phone call to Lee Anne as I’m leaving my office. This phone call is normally inconclusive, leading me to search for inspiration wandering the aisles at the grocery store. But once Johnny started randomly gifting us meals, the routine changed. Here’s one encounter: “Whaddya want for dinner, toots?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know,” Lee Anne said. “How about some skirt steak, short ribs, and Italian sausage, with a roasted jalapeño and some Spanish rice?” “That’s extremely specific,” I said. “I have a fairly good idea of what I’ll be eating tonight,” Lee Anne said. “Johnny came by, didn’t he?” I asked. “Yup,” she said. “It smells delicious.” It’s hard, but I’m learning to live with our new neighbors.
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The Blue Burger at The Dutch Ale House. Photo by Simply Steph Photography
a bite of the burgers
he burger has come a long way. Hannah Glasse’s 1747 English cookbook, The Art of Cookery, first describes the Hamburgh sausage as a humble piece of spiced, minced meat served on toast. Today’s pantheon of burgers is downright expansive: From over-the-top chef creations to the loveable diner burger to the plant-based Impossible Burger, there’s an iteration to please everyone. Luckily, a bounty of delicious burgers is also waiting for you on Chronogram Smartcard— the free app that saves you up to 50% at select Hudson Valley restaurants. Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download the free app, then head out to find any (or all!) of the burgers below.
The Blue Burger at The Dutch Ale House The historic Saugerties gastropub is known for indulgent comfort food, and this burger is no exception. (It’s an exercise in extra.) The juicy beef patty is topped with smoked blue cheese, sweet caramelized onions, applewood bacon, and a rich balsamic reduction—all served on a tender brioche bun ($16). Go ahead and upgrade to the truffle parmesan frites ($3.50). We already know you’re a little fancy. Dutchalehouse.com
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The Veggie Burger at Bacchus This welcoming New Paltz watering hole serves over 300 different beers—plus their own from the microbrewery in back. Whether it’s lunch or late-night eats, the house-made Veggie Burger ($9) is there for you. It comes on a hard roll alongside aromatic basil pesto and an appropriately large pile of sprouts. Fries are included, and you better opt for the curly ones (more surface area equals crispy heaven). Bacchusnewpaltz.com
The Lamb Eater at Buns Burgers Buns is spreading the good word about farm-totable burgers. They’ve got locations in Saugerties and Rhinebeck, with one in Kingston on the way. Branch out and order the Mediterraneaninspired Lamb Eater (whimsically named for the Hall and Oates song “Maneater”). The rich lamb gets bracing contrast from a lemon-oregano mayo and pickled red onion ($9 for a single patty, $12 for a double). Bunsburgersny.com The B-Side Burger at B-Side Grill New Paltz’s B-Side is a combo breakfast and burger joint, so it’s feels appropriate to order the breakfast burger. The B-Side Burger is two thin griddled patties topped with an over-easy egg,
bacon, their special sauce, sautéed onions, and melty cheddar cheese ($10.95). If you’re ready to profess your undying love to the kingdom of burgers, try your hand at the Notorious B.I.G. Burger Challenge. If you can finish two onepound cheeseburgers, a pound of fries, a pound of onion rings, and a large milkshake in 30 minutes, your meal is free (but $25 if you fail). Bsidegrill.com
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Kingston Equitable Internet Initiative
Partners of the Detroit Community Technology Project building out Equal Internet Initiative in their communities.
etroit: the face of post-industrial economic decay in America. High foreclosure rates and bad credit steered telecommunication companies away from providing internet access in many Detroit neighborhoods. In 2013, nearly 40 percent of households in the city lacked internet. The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) was born in 2014. Community organizers and tech experts built their own infrastructure, running internet through the neighborhoods abandoned by telecom companies. Radio Kingston Technical Director Kale Kaposhilin was inspired to bring this model—the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII)—to Kingston. “It’s powerful the way folks [in Detroit] have come together because no one was coming to save them,” Kaposhilin says. A nonprofit radio station with a social justice agenda, Radio Kingston will build a local wireless network over the next three years to provide low-cost internet service outside the corporate telecom system. Radio Kingston
is working with Community Tech NY—the New York chapter of the Equitable Internet Initiative—on bringing EII to the city. CTNY has guided other neighborhoods in New York City and upstate New York with internet access creation and tech knowledge. The initiative isn’t only about giving people internet access, nor does it end with Radio Kingston. Residents also learn how to build and sustain this technology themselves. It’s a project owned by the community because it’s created and run by the community. A digital stewards training program provides residents with the skills to build and maintain a resilient digital ecosystem. CTNY Director Greta Byrum highlights that those who learn how to install the internet-enabling equipment in and around homes, offices, and other buildings typically aren’t tech experts. But they’re experts of their communities—grassroots activists, church leaders, and after-school program directors. “They know how to get in touch with the community about this project and how to get
people excited about it,” she says. “They know how to tie the work we’re doing with digital infrastructures with what’s happening in a community,” she says. For EII trainer and advocate of the original DCTP Monique Tate, the success of EII stems from this personal understanding. “We can get beyond doors because we don’t have to first gain trust. We are already working with community members who have that trust,” she says. “They are anchored in their communities, fighting for fair water, housing, and transit.” In Detroit, that problem-solving spirit nurtured communication boards for urban farmers, solar-powered charging stations and WiFi hubs, and air quality measuring technology in neighborhoods with high asthma rates. Kaposhilin is excited for what’s in store for Kingston. “We cannot predict all of the beautiful things that our community will come up with and the way in which their imagination will be excited by this possibility,” he says. Keii.network —Tiana Headley 3/20 CHRONOGRAM 15
food & drink
Taste on Tap
ROE JAN BREWING COMPANY
The centerpiece of the bar is a grain hopper, formerly used in the building’s incarnation as a feed store.
By Hayley Arsenault
or the uninitiated, the seemingly sleepy town of Hillsdale holds a few surprises. The first is the rustic appeal of its off-thebeaten-path feel—inviting the impression of an unchartered upstate escape complete with the requisite forests and fields, winding dirt roads, and babbling brooks that Columbia County is known for. This is followed by the quaint, oldworld allure of its charming collection of local businesses: cafes, art galleries, and mom-andpop-type shops that line its main thoroughfares. And then there is Roe Jan Brewing Company, a contemporary craft brewery and restaurant that opened its doors on February 5. Posted along the intersection of Anthony Street and White Hill Lane in Hillsdale’s historic hamlet, the brewhouse boasts a rotating lineup of beers—including traditional ales, lagers, IPAs, and sours—along with an inventive and palatable pub menu that features wood-fired food made from scratch. The brewpub is the brainchild of developer Steve Bluestone and his wife Kathy, Hillsdale residents. Aiming to incite a spirit of community and connection, the brewery takes its name from the Roeliff Jansen Kill—which winds its way through Hillsdale. 16 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 3/20
“Like many towns in Columbia County, Hillsdale’s residents are a mix of those who grew up here and those who moved here to retire,” says Kathy Bluestone. “We have a significant population of weekend homeowners, and because of our location there is a steady stream of tourists that passes through. We also expect to see a flow of traffic from craft beer aficionados who are interested in touring the region’s breweries. Our goal is to provide a place where these diverse groups can come together to enjoy exceptional food and drink in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.” Building History Housed in a three-story structure that is steeped in Hillsdale history, Roe Jan Brewing Company holds the former address of the Hillsdale Mercantile Association, dating back to 1851. The building has been home to a host of other businesses over the years, including a shirt factory, a beer bottling operation, a farm and feed supply store, an art gallery, and numerous general stores. The Bluestones purchased the building in June of 2018, tackling a 20-month renovation project that would bring it back to life—a task that
proved to be an immense, intricate undertaking given the edifice’s longstanding legacy paired with the fact that it had been essentially unoccupied for nearly two decades. “The foundation collapsed, and the entire building had to be lifted in the air,” says Steve Bluestone. Once this was in place, the structure was lowered and reinforced with new steel and reclaimed wooden posts and beams. Historic photos from the 19th century provided the driving design inspiration for the adaptive-reuse remodeling, informing both the internal and external aesthetic of Roe Jan Brewing Company. Aiming to restore elements of the building’s earliest architectural features, the outer layer of siding was peeled away to reveal an original boardand-batten exterior, while rotted roof brackets were replaced with replicas of their archetypes and a first-floor balcony that once wrapped the structure’s south side was refashioned. Armed with over 40 years of experience in real estate development and general contracting, Mr. Bluestone also brought his expertise in energy efficiency to the table when transforming the structure. “The building has been restored to be largely all-electric,” he adds. The eventual goal
Charles Kiely, former chef/owner of Carroll Gardens’ renowned restaurant the Grocery, runs the kitchen.
will be to establish an offsite solar energy field, which will allow for net-zero energy. Totaling approximately 12,500 square feet of space, the three-story structure features a restaurant, bar, and open kitchen space at ground level, with seven modern apartments available to rent overhead and brewing tanks and storage space housed down below. Inside Story Stepping inside the roomy restaurant interior, guests are greeted with an inviting and intimately decorated dining room, which is flooded with natural light framed from sweeping stretches of window panels on three sides. The design of the space was spearheaded by local resident and interior designer Carrie Herrington, whose combined studio and retail space, C. Herrington Home + Design, is a prominent Hillsdale haunt. In an ode to its anthology of past lives, an assortment of antique items that were unearthed during construction are positioned around the interior. These include the podium at the entryway, the doors that divide off the coffee service area and restrooms, a gathering of grain sacks, and vintage signage.
Hayley Shine, a veteran of Rogue Ales in Oregon, is the the brewmaster.
The interior is anchored by a towering grain hopper that was once integral to building’s former function as a feed supply store. Enclosed by an octagonal bar, the hopper acts as the showpiece of the space, lined with stools that work in tandem with a series of seating arrangements sprinkled across the space— including cafe and communal tables, cozy club chairs, and stools surrounding the open kitchen— to create a diverse dining interior. “We put a lot of thought into making our interior friendly and welcoming, with a variety of seating options that allow guests to dine privately at small tables or collectively at large communal tables or around the bar and open kitchen,” adds Kathy Bluestone. Affording uninterrupted views from where the food is prepared to where it is enjoyed, Roe Jan’s open kitchen looks out onto the 79-seat dining room and is distinguished by a freestanding stainless-steel wood-fired grill. Flanked by crank wheels that adjust the height of the grills over the coals, the cult-favorite Grillworks cooking apparatus has been catapulted into the spotlight for restaurants in recent years. Vouching for its veracity, General Manager Joanna Virello was inspired to include the wood-burning grill in
the kitchen. “It is the centerpiece of our big expo kitchen,” says Virello. “Its role is to offer delicious wood-fired food that is locally sourced to our patrons and there is not another one like it in Columbia County.” Letting the Ingredients Speak Equipped with an innovative kitchen, Roe Jan’s menu has been conceived with a personal touch under the charge of Executive Chef Charles Kiely, who heads the restaurant. “The food at Roe Jan Brewing Company is elevated pub food, where we always let the ingredients speak for themselves,” says Kiely. “We do our sourcing from our conscientious farmer neighbors. My preparation and presentation are both very straight-forward and well-considered.” Kiely is the former chef/owner of Brooklyn’s renowned restaurant the Grocery, which garnered much attention while operating out of a small storefront along Smith Street in Carroll Gardens from 1999 to 2015. His portfolio of previous stints also includes positions at New York’s Sign of the Dove, Arizona 206, Gotham Bar and Grill, and Savoy, as well as Michel Bras and Jardin des Sens in France. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 17
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Aiming to adjust its offerings to reflect both the changing seasons and the unfolding needs of the community it serves, the menu is filled with fresh farm-to-table vegetables and divided into four sections—Bar Snacks, Table Share, First Course, and Second Course—with each entry adding to the overall enticement of the dining experience offered at Roe Jan. “Ultimately, I cook what I’m looking for when I go out to eat, and more often than not, restaurants do not have enough vegetables,” says Kiely, who urges every table to try a vegetable dish in the Share section before moving onto an entrée. Crafted with both creativity and careful intention, the culinary offerings are rife with fresh-from-scratch elements at each course. These include dry-cured sausages for the charcuterie plate ($18), just-baked sourdough bread for the bruschetta, hand-rolled buns, small-batch spicy ketchup, and malolactic fermented pickles, which work together to collectively complement the meat, fish, and vegetables that comprise the main courses coming off the wood-fired grill. With dishes drowning in delectable ingredients,
the diverse food menu hustles to maintain a harmonious balance with Roe Jan’s brews and beverage offerings. “All of us in the kitchen are striving to match the quality and creativity of our brewers,” adds Kiely. A Balance of Science & Art “I have loved beer since before I probably should have,” says Hayley Shine who helms Roe Jan’s brewery operations. Shine is a skilled and celebrated brewer with over a decade of experience in brewpubs. Recently relocating to Hillsdale from Chicago, her previous experience includes gigs at Oregon’s Rogue Ales and Tennessee’s CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries. “Driven by a college-aged curiosity to understand how delicious things are made, I started home brewing and eventually made a career of it,” says Shine. “Most of my professional experience is in small breweries where I have a hand in every part of the process and the opportunity to interact with people drinking my accomplishments. The balance of science and art I find in brewing suits me well and keeps me busy.”
Working with fellow brewer Jeff Egan, Shine applies her knowledge of the industry on Roe Jan’s exceptional, approachable, and evolving lineup of beers, which are produced from a sevenbarrel Portland Kettle Works system. Diners can take time between bites to sip on one the seven brews that are included in the starting lineup and are currently available on tap. These include the light, crisp Hillsner lager, the traditional English bitter Morris Ale, the hoppy and hazy 22.5 IPA, the fizzy farmhouse Roeliff Saison, the dark and smoky Mercantile porter, the Emma blackberry sour, and the Taconic Gold Cider from Hillsdale’s own Little Apple Cidery. Bestowing a balanced lineup of brews and rich restaurant meals set against an historic Hillsdale backdrop, Roe Jan Brewing Company’s muchanticipated debut adds another a pit-stop worthy restaurant on the route from Hudson to Great Barrington. Roe Jan Brewing company is open from 3-9pm Wednesday and Thursday; 3-10pm on Friday; 12-10pm on Saturday; 12-9pm on Sunday. Roejanbrewing.com Grilled romaine with anchovy vinaigrette, roasted pepper, garlic crouton
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sausage patty, fried egg, roasted tomato, herb kewpie mayo, and cheddar on a sesame milk bread bun. Crimson Krier-Glading, a veteran of Park Slope craft beer mecca Mission Dolores, is the bar and service manager at Kingston Bread + Bar, and developed its beverage program. Her goal is to curate tipples that pair well with Quint’s food. The main focus is craft beer, with 12 rotating taps, in addition to two ciders, kombucha, and cold brew coffee on tap. Kingston Bread + Bar is also serving small pours of spirits from a rotating selection of 12 bottles, as well as wines by the glass and bottle. And then there are the two batched cocktails on tap. One is Bamboo, the classic sherry drink; the other is the Toasted Rye Sazerac. For Krier-
Glading, the Sazerac is the prefect drink. “It’s a little medicinal, with bright flavors, a twinge of citrus, and rye’s potency,” she says. “It’s not masking anything and it’s not fussy.” To take her Sazerac to the next level, Krier-Glading decided to infuse the Deadwood rye whiskey with some of Quint’s rye bread. Actual bread. How on the nose can a bakery + bar get? To make the cocktail, she toasts the bread, pulverizes it into a powder, and infuses the whiskey with it for 10 hours before straining it and adding the rest of the ingredients. Herbsaint is added as a rinse at service. The result is a bready twist on a classic. “It’s no surprise to anyone that rye bread in rye whiskey is a delight,” Krier-Glading says. Kingstonbread.com —Brian K. Mahoney
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Hoping to break the confines of a traditional restaurant kitchen, Carrie FoggShaw and her wife Rebecca opened Thyme & Co in 2018. Together, with help from their small team of professional chef friends, the Fogg-Shaws have created a positive working environment that allows patrons to dine in an unpretentious and inviting atmosphere. The breakfast and lunch menus are small but the dishes are substantial, centered around comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients. For breakfast, they serve a $5 egg and cheese sandwich, also available with bacon, sausage, or avocado for $8. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the meatball sandwich on the lunch menu, made with Fat Apple Farm pork meatballs, tomato salsa, provolone, and garlic braised greens, is $13. Recent highlights on the specials board include porchetta and short rib sandwiches, a gorgeous charred cauliflower sandwich, and a vegan “cream” of broccoli soup. Sweet treats like cookies, doughnuts, and cakes are usual suspects on the countertop, as well. 347 Warren Street, Hudson; Thymeco.com
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Only rest, water, and electrolyte replacement can cure a hangover. In a pinch, however, a Bloody Mary will do just fine, thank you. Now in its seventh year, Golden Tomato Productions has been staging events across the country celebrating everyone’s favorite brunch drink (sorry mimosa). On April 4, the Bloody Mary Festival comes to the Hudson Valley for an afternoon of day drinking at the Senate Garage in Kingston. Expect innovative, weird, and wacky concoctions from participating local restaurants like Liberty Street Bistro, Phoenicia Diner, Gracie’s Luncheonette, and Oriole 9, among others. Two sessions: 12-2pm and 2:30-4:30pm. Food will also be served, for those who go in for that sort of thing. Senate Garage, 4 North Front Street, Kingston; Thebloodymaryfest.com
Offerings of drink, cheese, and meat with bread are served up in a low-slung tavern tucked into a historic, burgundy storefront that was built in 1831. Elbowing up to the bar seems to tickle a forgotten antediluvian pleasure receptor in the back of the brain. The level of refinement—both in the quality of the (local) ingredients and the presentation—makes for a standout modern gastropub experience. Opened in 2019 by husband-and-wife duo Kasey and Patrick Kenny, this Kinderhook beer and cheese shop offers 125 beers to drink in or take out, with 10 rotating taps. Among those currently featured: Stands to Reason rauchbier from the Suarez Family Brewery in Hudson and Doodlebug pilsner from West Kill Brewing. If you’re looking for some savory bites to accompany your drink, Saisonnier offers cheese boards, like the Columbia County cheese board for $17; sandwiches like the kimchi grilled cheese for $11; or other snacks that pair well with craft beer like house-made hummus plate for $11. 11 Chatham Street, Kinderhook; Saisonnier.us
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After sitting empty for over a decade, the former Midtown Chophouse space on the corner of Broadway and Downs Street in Midtown is getting new a lease on life as Masa Midtown. (“Masa” is the Turkish word for table.) The new proprietor is Ozlem Oguzcan-Cranston, known as Chef Oz. Oguzcan-Cranston and her husband purchased the building housing Masa at 666 Broadway last April and have spent the last year renovating the 60-seat restaurant space. Masa Midtown, like Turkish-born Chef Oz, is Turkish to the core, and will feature traditional Turkish and Mediterranean fare like zucchini herb fritters with lemon garlic yogurt; raki-steamed mussels with fennel seed, tomato jus, and charred pita; yogurt-marinated chicken thighs on the bone with basmati rice; and filo spring rolls with spinach, kale, shallots, and feta cream. Masa is set to open as a catering and events space on March 1. Oguzcan-Cranston plans to operate in a limited capacity for a few months while the restaurant works out the kinks and Chef Oz can secure a full liquor license. She plans to open Masa as a fullservice Turkish restaurant by summer. 666 Broadway, Kingston; Masamidtown.com
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We’re big fans of Michael Kelly’s Liberty Street Bistro in Newburgh. Kelly’s meticulous attention to detail at his restaurant continues to set a high standard for food and service in the region. It was with some trepidation that we learned in late February that Kelly had promoted Layla Saif to chef de cuisine, essentially ceding day-to-day oversight of the kitchen to her. Nothing against Saif, we’re just sad to see Kelly out of the kitchen. Saif is a Jordanian native who attended the CIA and joined the Liberty Street Bistro team in November 2017. Prior to coming to Newburgh, Saif worked at The Hop in Beacon. We contacted Kelly via email. “My goal here was to allow Chef Saif to shine and express her creativity and talent,” Kelly says. “She is a force all her own in the kitchen and it seemed irrational to squander that talent by not giving my her my full authority to put her mark on Liberty Street Bistro.” Expect to see a dinner menu relaunch, as well as the addition of lunch service at the restaurant. 97 Liberty Street, Newburgh; Libertystreetbistro.com
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Little Poland in the Catskills AN ARTIST AND SNOWBOARDER PRESERVES HIS FAMILY’S HERITAGE IN HUNTER By Mary Angeles Armstrong Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid
or my family, it’s always been about the mountains,” Jack Laroux says as he shows me around “Chateau Laroux,” his rustic country family home set on an idyllic 25 acres in a notch between two mountains. Resplendent and distinctive, the 8,000-square-foot home was built by his Polish-born parents in 2005 in the traditional architecture of the Southern Polish Highlands, known as Zakopane style. Originating in the 19th century, the Zakopane style blended folk motifs and traditions of Central Europe’s Carpathian Mountains with Art Nouveau style, and the four-bedroom, three-bath house exemplifies many of the vernacular’s finest features, both inside and out. Situated a stone’s throw from the Hunter Mountain ski resort and surrounded by state land, it’s a home for all seasons, but one that especially embraces the joys of winter. Topped by a steep gabled roof, its deep hanging eves seem made for rows of icicles. Ornately carved, decorative ironwork lattices along the second story are offset by winter white; traditional carved copper turrets known as florki poke high above layers of drift; and curving ironwork lanterns seem made to light up snowy walkways. Accessed by a wide stone stairway, the home’s central two-story living room is entered through a heavy, woodcarved round-top doorway decorated with scrolling iron hinges. The interior of the three-story house is decorated throughout with Zakopanski furniture, artwork, and handicrafts from the landlocked Podhale region of the Tatra mountain range. The home’s interior, and the story of how it came to be, is just as intricate as its exterior design. And while it was born in Poland, it inhabits its Catskills setting flawlessly.
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The two-story main living room of the Laroux family’s traditional Zakopane chalet was inspired by the distinctive architecture of Podhale—the Southern Polish Highland region of Eastern Europe’s Carpathian Mountains. The ornate woodcarved beams, the metal railings, and the Polish White Eagle statue are quintessential features of the Zakopanski vernacular, and the space is decorated with furniture imported from Poland. Interspersed with more traditional oil paintings of the Polish countryside are Jack Laroux’s own large acrylic on canvas abstract works.
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Jack Laroux and his wife, Dr. Christina Koizumi, enjoy a drink in the home’s Zakopane bar decorated with handiworks collected from Podhale. Avid skiers and snowboarders, the two met on the slopes at nearby Hunter Mountain.
Called to Mountains “When my family first came to this area, there were over 300 people from Poland that had homes up here,” explains Laroux, describing the thriving community around Hunter Mountain that was also influenced by immigrants from Switzerland, Austria, and other landlocked European countries with rich mountainous cultures stretching back through generations. Laroux’s father, Benjamin, hailed from Krakow and his mother, Juliette, from the city of Koscian in Northern Poland. Both immigrated in the 1960s to the US, where they met and married. The two followed Benjamin Laroux’s engineering career until they settled in Bergen County, New Jersey, after their son, the younger Laroux, was born. “My father was a big builder,” Laroux says. “He built his office in Allen Park, and our house in New Jersey.” Although they were settled downstate, the mountains and eventually the challenge of recreating a little of their homeland in America, called to them. “The rolling Catskill mountains reminded my parents, and other Eastern Europeans, of the foothills leading up to the Carpathian Mountains where we often vacationed,” says Laroux. The family began
visiting the Hunter Mountain area in the 1970s, and loved both the culture and lifestyle they found. In the early `80s, they bought 25 wooded acres near the ski resort. “My parents loved to ski,” explains Laroux. “I learned how to ski at Hunter at the age of two and began snowboarding in my teens.” Laroux also worked for a brief time as a snowboard instructor at the resort. When they weren’t skiing, the family spent their weekends and summers slowly developing their land into habitable space. “I grew up on the property,” says Laroux. “Bushwhacking, chain sawing, land clearing, and fire pits were all part of the weekend routine in the warmer months.” After they were able to clear a driveway up the hill, as well as a patch of land, they built the property’s first structure—a 2,500-square-foot cabin now utilized as a guest house. It was a place for them to spend weekends enjoying the mountains, but also a sort of prototype where they first incorporated a few aspects of Zakopane design into the interior features, including a traditional bar, the distinctive heavy wooden arched doors to keep out the cold, and ornate carved metal railings. The next step was plotting what was to become their traditionalstyle chateau on a cleared hillside above. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 27
In the Notch Between Hills They began the construction of their dream home in 2001. “My parents wanted to stay true to the traditional style,” explains Laroux. They hired a family friend, Polish architect Jan Karpiel, who was well versed in Zakopane architecture, to finalize the home’s design and work out the details of local engineering codes. Karpiel also had deep connections within the construction communities of the Podhale region. To ensure the quality of craftsmanship, and to remain true to the traditional Zakopane style, Benjamin Laroux decided to source all the materials from the Southern Polish Highlands as well as hiring traditional craftsmen from the region (known as gorals) to build the home—in Poland. As a test run, the family first built, disassembled, and then shipped over a traditional-style 2,400-square-foot garage and office. The main home was then completely built on a Tatra mountainside in Poland. “Then they marked it with little carvings on the ends to identify where each beam should be placed,” explains Laroux. In 2004, the pieces were then disassembled and shipped in multiple containers weighing 24 tons, but somewhere across the Atlantic they were jostled. “When the pieces were shipped they got all mixed up. When they arrived, it was like a big puzzle—like a big Jenga game—to put it all together.” Benjamin Laroux then used Karipel’s connections to hire some of the finest Podhale craftsmen to rebuild the home. “Ten guys were supposed to come from 10 different trades,” explains Laroux, “But they just looked like mountain men coming with their axes to the airport—only two of them were able to get visas.” (More eventually were able to come over and help complete the project.) Those first two craftsmen set up shop in the garage apartment and began erecting the three-story home, which took another year to complete. With additional help from some local contractors—also of Polish decent—they began to assemble the pine beams and commence with the traditional wood carvings. The two-story main living room features vaulted ceilings and exposed pine beams carved with traditional folk motifs, wildflowers, and sacred geometric patterns originating from the region. A central fireplace made of native bluestone fits in perfectly with the home’s Old World elements. Off the living room, a long rectangular dining room features traditional ironwork chandeliers and has access to an exterior stone patio. The granite kitchen countertops were also sourced from Poland and at the back of the home, a lounge area is centered around a large bar decorated with handicrafts from Podhale. Granite floors throughout the home were sourced from Poland, and the home’s intricate scrolling ironwork railing was also created in the Zakopane style. Top: Wanting to create a Zakopane home that was as authentic as possible, Laroux’s Polishborn parents Benjamin and Juliette Laroux commissioned a majority of the 8,000-squarefoot building’s materials from Podhale and then erected the structure on a Polish mountainside. “All the carvings were hand done on the spot in the mountains there,” says Laroux. Bottom: Throughout the home’s interior, baroque, hand-sculpted iron hinges and lamps, as well as scrolling Zakopane iron railings, contrast with exposed pine beams and vaulted pine ceilings. European tilt-and-turn windows illuminate the three-story space. 28 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 3/20
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“It’s kind-of a lost art form,” explains Laroux of the detailed, Zakopane wood carvings etched along beams and in corners of the house. The carvings feature various motifs inspired by life in the Tatra mountains. “There are a lot of little details everywhere,” he says. “When you sit long enough, you begin to notice.”
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Disassembled and then shipped in crates from Podhale, the castle-like structure was rebuilt on 25 rolling, wooded acres and finally completed in 2005. Eight curved street lamps, also built in the Zakopane style and shipped from Podhale, line the driveway leading up to the house.
A traditional woodcarving from Podhale hangs in the home’s basement bar and entertaining space. In traditional Polish style, the family has enjoyed sharing the home with friends. “He was a very strict, hardworking guy, but he also loved to entertain and party,” says Jack Laroux of his father, who didn’t like to brag. “He was a very humble guy. He was proud of [the house] but he’d never say anything. When people would ask, he would just say, ‘Yeah, I built it.’”
Although the home’s exterior and details of the interior are built in the traditional Polish style, the family gave the design an American twist, with slightly higher ceilings throughout the downstairs living areas and second-floor bedrooms. The second-floor master bedroom includes a large master bathroom with a freestanding tub and fixtures from Europe. The third floor features extra sleeping and storage space under the home’s steeply sloped roof. Throughout the house, European tilt and turn windows and glass doors fill the rustic wooden space with light. The rooms are decorated with Zakopanestyled furniture bought at a Polish boutique. While many of the original Polish immigrants of the area have passed away, “the tradition continues with the new generation,” says Laroux, who visits Poland every year and counts many of that second generation as his friends. Recently, Jack Laroux has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He bought seven acres of land in the Village of Hunter and plans to build a Zakopane-style ski lodge on the property. Just as his father did, Laroux will work with a Polish architect and build a log chalet in the mountains of Poland, then ship it to the US in pieces. “It will be Zakopane style, but with a modern twist,” he explains. Called Zamek House—which means castle in Polish—he hopes it will be well received, but feels confident. “If we get the same kind of reaction we get with Chateau Laroux, it’s going to make a big impression.” 3/20 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 33
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Zoning The next thing to look at is zoning codes, which regulate how the land can be used and what type of structures can be built. “Reaching out to the town code enforcement and town planning officers is the most direct way to find out if your plans will be possible,” says Halter. Property Lines “You’ll want to know exactly what’s out there and what the land looks like before you buy,” Halter says. If you’re buying a parcel with a lot of acreage, Halter recommends looking into hiring a land surveyor. Investing in a new survey can be costly, but it’s the best way to discover your exact property lines and the existence of any public easements, such as a neighbor’s access road.
Environmental Factors One of the largest factors in land-buying is the role that water already plays. Are there wetlands on the property, or is any part of it in a flood zone? Wetlands often see seasonal flooding and can even have wildlife protections from the EPA. Flood zones almost always have additional building regulations for new structures. “Ask your agent to research the flood maps for the area, which include overlays with data from FEMA and the presence of tidal wetlands and aquifers,” Halter says. Existing Services “It’s important to find out if any services already exist on the land, and prioritize the cost of adding them prior to any construction,” Halter says. Does a public road provide easy access to the property? If not, you may need to create a private driveway. If there isn’t access to town water and sewer, you’ll likely need to install a well and septic system. Are there nearby electricity, telephone, and internet lines that you can access? Installing utilities is a large-scale project all its own. Despite all its ups and downs, buying land and turning your dreams into reality can be a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity. According to Halter, “For the right kind of person, it’s an amazing project. Creating relationships with a builder, architect, and interior designer as you work through your vision can be incredibly rewarding.” On the market from Halter Associates Realty is this one-of-a-kind property in the Catskill Mountains with potential for a development or private estate. Located in Eldred in Sullivan County, the stunning landscape includes over 800 acres of wooded forest, a private 60-acre lake, pristine stone walls running throughout, and two rental homes. halterassociatesrealty.com
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or Darcey Steinke, author of five novels and the memoir Easter Everywhere, menopause came on like wildfire and licked a flame under her pen. Astonished by hot flashes, intense sleepless nights, and raging emotions, she started to write. The resulting book, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), is an honest, unflinching take on a life passage spoken of mostly in whispers or mortality-defying denials. Troubled by the messages of our youth-obsessed culture, she endeavors to understand menopause in a more nuanced, philosophical, and spiritual way. It’s a quest that brings her face to face with everything from 17th-century witchcraft and surrealistic art to female killer whales, some of the only other creatures that experience menopause and lead long, purposeful postreproductive lives. I recently connected with Steinke—who’s based in Brooklyn and has a cottage in Sullivan County—to talk about the effect her book is having in a world that desperately needs new narratives for women going through “the change.” There’s so much wrong with the way our culture talks about menopause. What are some of the worst mischaracterizations? Darcey Steinke: There’s a lot of negativity pushed at older women. There’s this idea that after the fertile years are over, you become this sort of dried-up crone or hag. What people think of as your reason for life—procreating and domesticity and taking care of children—is over and now there’s nothing for you to do, right? It doesn’t help that there are very few images of women over 50 or 60 in magazines and films. We don’t often see ourselves in the media. It’s not just derogatory—it’s a kind of invisibility. The medical world is more interested in chemically putting you back into your fertile state, with hormones. I’m not against [hormone therapy]—that’s a choice that each woman has to make, and I would never judge anyone for doing that. But the way hormones have been sold, often to very vulnerable women, is really terrible. It’s based on using fertility as the benchmark of what’s valuable. For Suzanne Somers, who wrote The Sexy Years (2005) and other books about menopause, being sexually appealing is the way that she has found worth in the world. But I find her message to be really cynical. It’s telling women that they’re getting ugly, their husbands aren’t going to like them anymore, they’re going to leave them for younger women, and the only way to keep your integrity is to take bioidentical hormones, like she does, to keep yourself young. I find it really dark, really anti-woman.
In this culture, women are supposed to freeze at 45 and do tons of upkeep to stay there. But there needs to be a way we can say that a woman looks beautiful without saying that she looks young. There are other ways to look good and feel good and be seen as a positive force in the world. Do you consider your book a feminist manifesto, like Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman? “Vindication” is a word that hearkens back to [Wollstonecraft’s] really important feminist text, and that’s why I used it in my title. When I started this book, I wasn’t even sure what it was. In some ways, it’s in line with my other books, because I’ve always written about the body and desire. As I worked on it more, I thought, okay, this is a kind of manifesto. We need one because, if you think about it, there aren’t many great models for aging women who are still considered interesting or valuable into their 60s, 70s, and 80s. There’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg—she’s a badass, she’s physically kept herself together, she’s mentally a powerhouse. But the fact that we’re always hearing about [RBG] just shows that there needs to be 100 of her. Instead, I feel like the culture is always asking, “How can we shuttle these women to the side?” That’s part of living in the patriarchy. The things we’re most valued for by men are our fertility, our sexuality, and as those things change, we seem less valuable. Which is bullshit. Is that why you had to turn to the animal world for models? I do think that’s what happened. I was really flailing. How am I going to get through this? Then I learned that killer whales also go through menopause, and the post-reproductive matriarchs—they’re around 45 or 50—become the leaders of their pods. That really thrilled me, because it was a leadership model. I sort of latched onto the whales to help bring me through menopause. And there was one whale who I got obsessed with—[scientists call her] J2, the whale with the nickname Granny. I thought about her a lot, the idea of her working with her family, finding food, helping the younger members of her community. I got to see her, too, in the Salish Sea [off the coast of Washington state]. She really inspired me as I moved through the harder part of my own menopause. She was 105 when she passed [in 2016]. How did the natural world offer you a vindication of menopause? One thing I felt as I moved through menopause was, I’m a creature and I have a time stamp. I have different life cycles. When you’re going through puberty, it’s traumatic and all that, but
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I myself didn’t have the lucidity to think, oh, I’m moving from childhood toward adulthood. But now as an adult, I thought, this is what an animal does. They have different life stages. Now I’m moving from my fertile years into my post-reproductive years. It made me feel like a creature, and instead of making me feel bad, that made me feel good. More like a part of the natural world. It’s also very much a wake-up call. I hope to live for another 30 years, but there is going to be an end—my life cycle will end with my life being over. What do I want to do in the time that I have left? It’s very profound to think of those things. There’s so much denial around it too, because it’s hard to accept that you’re a creature, that you’re going to die someday. But the thing is, even if you’re 60 and you look like you’re 40, you’re still 60. It doesn’t really work as a strategy; it doesn’t really turn back the clock. You’re just denying your own self, which makes no sense. To me, it’s better to face it. Some women say menopause is no big deal and they didn’t even get a hot flash. Your hot flashes were so intense that you compared them to a religious conversion. It felt like a graduate school for growth—like my old self was being burned off so that a new self could emerge. But I saw so much variety. Some women had no hot flashes. Some women said they just stopped menstruating and didn’t even notice anything else. Other women have 20 hot flashes a day, they’re debilitated, they feel disoriented, they’re incredibly frustrated. And then there’s everything in between those two. That’s the thing about menopause—there are so many different ways to go through this time, this passage. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 37
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he says. “A retreat offers the opportunity to step back from the rhythm of your regular life and to ask yourself what your goals are and what is meaningful to you.” The Abode offers four paths of retreat for individuals—Sufi, interfaith, nature, and artist—as well as larger group retreats for families, friends, community organizations, or companies. Based on the goals of an individual or group, Aubert pairs prospective retreatants with their own dedicated retreat guide. The retreat guides are all trained members of The Abode’s staff who customize each retreat itinerary and often meet daily with those on retreat to provide guided meditation or suggest contemplative practices like walking in nature or work with breath, light, or sound. Many individuals come to The Abode for a three-day weekend retreat, where they will either stay on the main campus in one of three rustic cabins in the woods or on the second floor of the meditation hall, one of the campus’s 11 circa-1800s Shaker buildings. Meals are mostly
vegetarian and often sourced from The Abode’s own farm. About a quarter mile uphill from the main campus lies the mountain campus, which has accommodations for up to 200 people in cabins, huts, and space for tenting and is mostly used for group retreats. According to Aubert, if a group simply wants to enjoy the peaceful environment and come together without the assistance of a retreat guide, they’re more than welcome. “The Abode is a hospitable environment for many activities, like group yoga retreats or family reunions,” he says. “We even have a group who has been coming for the last 30 years to make ice cream.” “We have a basic pattern for retreat, but we’re not rigid,” Aubert continues. “It’s not about being a hermit who gives up the world. You don’t have to go off into the woods in a hut and grow barley. You can be right in the middle of your life and pursue a greater awareness of what’s important to you, socially, culturally, or spiritually. You can find what you are seeking here.”
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A LINE IN THE ICE Winter Fishing in the Catskills By Phillip Pantuso Photos by Roy Gumpel
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A small array of anglers had gathered at Onteora Lake by the middle of the afternoon. The Super Bowl would start in just a couple of hours, but no one was in a hurry to leave. Below, left: One of Sergeyâ€™s tip-ups, the device that sits over a hole in the ice and alerts anglers to a bite. When a fish takes the bait, the orange flag pops up. The angler then pulls in the line by hand. In his first hour on the lake, Sergey had caught four fish. Below, right: Wooden equipment handmade by Brandon Carney.
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A Community with the Right Mix Ed Montano, the fourth-generation co-owner of Montano’s Shoe Store (opened in 1906), says the village and surrounding town of Saugerties is the busiest he’s experienced in the 35 years he’s worked at the family store. “Saugerties is popular now,” Montano says. “I think it’s because we have the right mix. There are great stores, art, restaurants, and things to do. There are a lot of new people coming in but locals seem content, too. There’s something for everyone. No one feels excluded.” Older businesses like Montano’s, Town and Country Liquors, the Exchange Hotel, and the iconic Orpheum movie theater are interlaced with modern boutiques and specialty shops like Bosco’s Mercantile, the Willow Tree, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Perfect Blend Yarn and Tea Shop, and many others. Saugerties also boasts a healthy smattering of character-rich antique stores, candy stores, ice cream parlors, and two tattoo shops. Montano credits the town for not losing sight of the needs of long-time residents. Things like the reconstruction and recent reopening of the Kiwanis Ice Arena, this winter, have been meaningful to the active community. “All the businesses support each other,” says village mayor William Murphy. “That’s what markets the town in general. It’s a combination of the great atmosphere and so many activities that bring people here.”
In warmer months, the mayor said, locals and tourists alike mingle at large events at Cantine Field to enjoy a schedule of activity including the Caribbean Carnival, the Sawyer Motors Car Show, and the Garlic Festival, which draws a crowd of tens of thousands each September. Two Anchors of Different Shapes Back in the village, at the corner of Partition and Main streets, Inquiring Minds Bookstore and Cafe has become one of Saugerties’s most recognizable storefronts. Opened in 2003 by Brian Donoghue, the sprawling shop is filled with new and used books and records, plus coffee and plenty of room to lounge around and read or maybe start a revolution. “I think a book store is essential,” said Donoghue, “I think we’ve been an anchor for the community. People have told me we were part of the reason they decided to move here or open a business here.” Inquiring Minds is also a base for progressive thought in the area and it wears its liberal heart on its sleeve. Alongside new releases and antiquarian treasures, Donoghue fills his highly visible window displays with striking protestations of President Trump and GOP policies, including stark imagery of caged migrant children at the US border. The displays have stirred controversy in the town’s conservative circles, but Donoghue feels standing up for justice is more valuable than the potential lost business. “We try and be a catalyst for change and get people to think,” Donoghue says. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 49
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Noa Jones and Karma Wall teaching at Middle Way School, a Buddhist school for children in West Saugerties. Founded in 2018, Middle Way School has 29 students, and plans to continue expanding by one grade each year.
“We have a personal responsibility to our community to give people a space to address the issues of the day. The community is changing and growing and becoming much more accepting and progressive, and that’s all you can ask for.” Rooting the business district at the other end of Partition Street, down by the creek and the village beach, is Diamond Mills. The sprawling hotel, restaurant, and event space resides on tthe site of the former Martin Cantine Paper Mill. Originally built in 1888, the mill was a key part of the industrial boom that birthed the Saugerties you see today. Looming over the old factory’s waterfall dam, Diamond Mills now provides high-quality accommodations and dining to all visitors but perhaps most notably for those coming to enjoy local equestrian events put on by HITS, a national events management company, based in Saugerties. HITS primarily produces hunter/jumper horse shows throughout the United States. Both Diamond Mills and HITS are owned by Tom Struzzieri, who’s invested millions in the town since opening HITS’s base of operations here 16 years ago. A Taste for Every Bud The restaurant scene in Saugerties is versatile, resilient, delicious, and sustaining. There are some swell dining spots, like the Dutch Ale House, Bella Luna, Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, and Black-Eyed Suzie’s, but there is also an impressive spectrum of more casual spots with far more than casual menus, such as Love Bites Cafe, Olsen and Company, Ohana Café, and Mirabellas. Grab-and-go mainstays like Slices Pizza and Buns Burgers thrive as well and a few older spots like Rock Da Casbah and Pig Bar (currently under renovation) keep things moving.
Aimee Marone is originally from upstate New York but lived in Hawaii for a decade. Two years ago, she returned and stumbled upon Saugerties. She fell in love with the town at first sight and opened Ohana Café. The café specializes in crepes, not Hawaiian food, but an island influence permeates the feel of the eatery and a few dishes too. Ohana, Marone says, means family but also a sense of family that extends beyond blood to a connection with one’s community. She says she feels Ohana in Saugerties. “I moved back from Maui two years ago and fell in love with Saugerties because it reminded me of Hawaii, in a way,” she says. “The community sticks together. Saugerties is this great hidden gem.” An Art Scene Stretches Its Wings In recent years, galleries and art venues have had a growing impact on Saugerties. Spaces like the Emerge Gallery and 11 Jane Street have created places to view artwork and have also started new community-centric programming to bolster creative expression throughout town. “The combination of a small village, the larger surrounding natural beauty, and a very strong creative community is all coming together to create something special,” says 11 Jane Street’s founder, Jennifer Hicks. “My goal is not to come in here as some hoity-toity city person. I want to show people that art isn’t scary or snobby.” Last year, stakeholders created the Saugerties Arts Commission, and the young organization has already begun fostering relationships between businesses and local artists. “We opened just four years ago, but the response has been fantastic,” says Robert Langdon, founder of Emerge Gallery and an arts commission board member. “There’s a really 3/20 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 51
The Perfect Blend Yarn and Tea Shop is a retail space and home to a dedicated community of knitters.
The Red Onion, located on Rt. 212 between Woodstock and Saugerties, has served innovative farm-to-table cuisine in a fancy farmhouse setting for nearly 20 years.
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large amount of artists and creative people in Saugerties and there’s a real sense of camaraderie.” Both Emerge and 11 Jane Street will be taking part in a villagewide celebration of poetry month in April. Langdon is facilitating collaborations between local visual artists and poets and is coordinating the placement of art and poems in shop windows. Saugerties Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Smith recently revealed that this spring and summer, butterfly sculptures painted by local artists will be installed throughout the village and eventually auctioned off to support local charities. Smith says people have asked, why butterflies? He says he feels the symbolism is apt for Saugerties, literally representing the natural beauty of outdoor attractions like the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve and as a metaphor for a town spreading its wings. Yet another artistic endeavor, still quite a ways in the distance, is the creation of the Tidewater Center. The performing arts center, to be built on the ruins of another old paper mill, in a marshy area along the Esopus, is to be the permanent home of the contemporary puppet theater troupe Armof-the-Sea. Patrick Wadden, cofounder and artistic director of Arm-of-theSea says that realizing the center may take some time, but they are excited and motivated to make the dream a reality. “We love making plays that spark wonder, engender joy, offer insights, and inspire the next generation of environmental activists,” says Wadden. “We’ve been a touring company for 38 years. Now we hope to create a home at the Tidewater. We’re nearly finished with the planning and permit process, which positions us to raise funds for construction. Our mantra is: inch by inch!” Saugerties Ain’t Mayberry While Saugerties becomes more recognized as a regional draw, it’s also still a real town, in the real world, struggling with real problems. Opioid abuse has been a serious issue in the municipality and—most troubling for Mayor Murphy—in the school district, where past youth overdoses have shaken the community. “Mayberry is a fictional town,” says Murphy, who lost his own brother to addiction three years ago. “I know it first hand. You arrest one drug dealer and another pops up. You have to keep at it. As a father and a coach, my goal is to keep it out of the schools. Our police chief is working incredibly hard.” In January, Chief Joseph Sinagra announced the police department’s new certification as an “opioid prevention provider.” They will now offer classes to residents 16 and older in how to administer the overdoseinterrupting drug Narcan. Murphy has been mayor for 10 years and says this health and safety progress goes hand in hand with economic growth. A rising tide lifts all boats, and he says this current boom has been a long time coming for residents. “I give all the credit to our old anchor businesses,” the mayor says. “They weathered the storms of the `80s and `90s and now they are finally seeing the benefit.” Saugerties may not be Mayberry but that’s a good thing. Saugerties is real. It’s overcome hard times and is working to address its demons head on. The new Saugerties is modern, cool, and honest. It’s creative and culturally relevant. But heck, if Mayberry is what you’re after, feel free to whistle your way down to the creek.
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1. 11 Jane St. Art Center
11 Jane Street Suite A 11janestreet.com Artist-owned brick warehouse dedicated to mid-career artists' new work and worksin-progress, residencies, performances, exhibitions, community projects, and classes.
2. Black-Eyed Suzie's
230 Partition Street Blackeyedsuziesupstate.com Modern, healthy comfort food with vegan and gluten-free options in a warm environment. Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Catering available.
3. Bosco's Mercantile
89A Partition Street Boscosmercantile.com Quality products and beautiful fair trade goods for the home by artisans from around the world.
4. Buns Burgers
338 Route 212 Bunsburgersny.com With its two Hudson Valley locations, Buns Burgers is pushing the farm-to-table movement into quick-service dining.
5. Cantine Veterans Sports Complex (AKA Cantine Field) 10 Pavilion Street Saugerties.ny.us The Cantine Veterans Sports Complex is a 127-acre complex of seven parks, owned and operated by the Town of Saugerties.
6. Capsule Collection Boutique
12. Helsmoortel Insurance Agency
23. Montano's Shoe Store
33. Savor Beauty + Spa
13. HITS Inc.
24. Mountaintop Waldorf School
34. Sawyer Motors
148 Burt Street Helsmoortel.com As brokers, we shop for a custom package across many carriers for a policy that works within your budget to cover all your assets.
319 Main Street Hitsshows.com HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on hunter/jumper horse shows. HITS Saugerties Show Series offers eight weeks of equestrian shows.
14. Jenny Oz Event Planning
190 Main Street Ozfarmny.com Event planning business specializing in weddings. Industry veteran Jennifer Oz LeRoy can plan any size event from intimate dinners to large parties.
15. Kitchen at Shale Hill Farm
136 Hommelville Road Kitchenatshalehillfarm.com Full-service event catering featuring awardwinning fare by Michelin star chef Patti Jackson. Custom menus and bars for any size event.
16. Kiwanis Ice Arena
6 Small World Avenue Kiwanisicearena.com Ice arena operating from mid-August to the first week of April. In the off-season, the arena is available for off-ice events.
139 Partition Street (845) 706-9958 Capsule Collection Boutique offers curated collections of fashion-forward women’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
17. Little Blueberryy
7. Diamond Mills
18. Lux Hair Studio
99 Partition Street Littleblueberryy.com Distinctive jewelry delicately handcrafted by Little Bluberryy owner Brooke.
77 Partition Street Montanosshoestore.com Offering over 100 brands for men, women, and children since 1906. Stop in for an "oldfashioned shoe store" experience.
68 Band Camp Road Mountaintopschool.com Holistic education for children ages 18 months to 6 years in a warm, calm, secure, beautiful environment in which the imagination and creativity of your child will flourish.
25. Mowers and More
224 Ulster Avenue (across from lumber yard) Mowersandmore.org Robust options for your outdoor power equipment needs including Husqvarna and Toro. Certified service provider for over 20 brands.
26. Naccarato Insurance Agency
100 Ulster Avenue Naccaratoinsurance.com A family-owned and operated business established in 1963 providing auto, home, business, life, and health insurance from over 50 companies.
27. Ohana Cafe & Creperie
117 Partition Street Ohanacafeny.com One of the Hudson Valley’s only creperies, Ohana offers a large menu with something for everyone in a cozy cafe setting.
28. Olsen & Company
11 Jane Street Olsenandcompany.com Olsen & Co. carries cheeses, sauces, pasta, honey, herbs, meat, dairy, jams, syrups, and eggs, as well as home and body care products.
25 South Partition Street Diamondmillshotel.com Diamond Mills is a 30-room boutique hotel overlooking Esopus Falls featuring luxury accommodations, contemporary Italian dining, and full-service events for up to 400.
104 Partition Street Luxhairstudio.com This Aveda salon offers a full range of hair services, waxing, microbrading, bridal/event, spray tan, and skin care.
8. Dutch Ale House
244 Main Street Mainstrestaurant12477.com Mexican food favorites and cocktails served in a modest, pub-like setting with wooden booths and a long bar.
50 Fite Road Opus40.org A sculpture park, gallery, and museum with meadows, forested paths, and bluestone quarries designed by Harvey Fite, offering events, educational field trips, guided tours, and weddings.
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30. Oz Farm
253 Main Street Dutchalehouse.com Prohibition-era tavern featuring 16 rotating taps of beer plus craft cocktails and wine in a cozy, renovated space. Locally sourced menu, plus live music and events.
9. Emerge Gallery
228 Main Street Emergegalleryny.com Gallery hosting monthly group exhibitions focusing on artists from Hudson Valley and New York metro area. Also available for solo and private exhibits.
10. Grist Mill Real Estate
265 Main Street Gristmillrealestate.com After 45 years, Grist Mill Real Estate remains "big enough to get the job done and small enough to care."
11. Headspace Salon
12 Market Street Headspacesaugerties.com Small, intimate, and inclusive salon with a laid-back vibe and cutting-edge stylists.
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19. Main Street Restaurant
29. Opus 40
114 Partition Street Savorspa.com Award-winning plant-based skincare line and holistic spa using our clean skincare products made in New York.
166 Ulster Avenue Sawyermotorschryslerdodgejeep.com A huge inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles in a "'50s-style" showroom.
35. Sawyer Savings Bank
87 Market Street Sawyersavings.bank Providing trusted local personal and business banking services in Saugerties, Marlboro and Highland since 1871.
36. Shoutout Saugerties
340 Main Street Shoutoutsaugerties.com A community-based organization that bridges arts, business, and community by highlighing artists' contributions presentng cultural events.
71 Partition Street Slicesofsaugerties.com A contemporary take on traditional pizzeria fare: New York style pizzas, healthy salads, wraps, and hearty pasta dishes made with quality ingredients.
38. Smith Hardware
227 Main Street Smithhardwaresaugerties.com Your hometown hardware store. Find what you need in our many well-stocked departments. What you don’t find, we can order for you!
39. Stress Free Property Maintenance 1795 Route 212 Stressfreehv.com Lawn care, property maintenance, and vacation/vacant home management including mowing, pruning, seasonal cleanups, and plowing.
40. The Bellwood Barn
firstname.lastname@example.org Bellwoodbarn.com A three-bedroom, three-bathroom converted Dutch barn perfect for intimate gatherings, group retreats, or weekend getaways.
268 W Saugerties Road Middlewayschool.org Offering an innovative nursery through elementary school education infused with wisdom and compassion in a serene natural environment.
280 Malden Turnpike Ozfarmny.com Event venue and 82-acre working horse farm with mountain views, a rustic barn, and local food by catering partners Kitchen at Shale Hill Farm or Good ‘Wich food truck.
41. The Perfect Blend
31. Rock Da Casbah
42. The Villa at Saugerties
123 Partition Street (845) 246-7417 A hometown sports bar offering 20 draft beers, affordable fare, live music, and entertainment. Onsite and offsite catering.
22. Miss Lucy's Kitchen
90 Partition Street Misslucyskitchen.com A farm-to-table restaurant with seasonal menus that feature local eggs, dairy, meats, and produce. Catering available.
216 Main Street Rockdapasta.com Farm-to-table restaurant with many vegan and gluten-free options, plus 16 taps of local craft beers, speciallty cocktails, and live music every weekend.
32. Saugerties Yoga
141 Ulster Avenue Saugertiesyoga.com Specializing in hot vinyasa and power yoga, with a range of classes for every skill and heat level.
50 Market Street Yarnandteashop.com A selection of fine yarns, needles, accessories, classes and knit-a-longs for knitters and crocheters of all levels—and tea.
159 Fawn Road Thevillaatsaugerties.com A Mediterranean-style modern oasis and luxury B&, with lush gardens, poolside lounging, bedroom fireplaces, and a Catskill mountain backdrop.
43. Windmill Wine & Spirits
89 Partition Street Windmillsaugerties.com Large curated selection of wine and spirits with personalized service, weekly tastings, and monthly subscritions. Event bar consultation and catering.
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Map art by Kaitlin Van Pelt
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Tremors from Antarctica Text and photos by Madeline Cottingham Last spring, I found myself aboard a polar expedition vessel as it peeled away from the tip of South America, bound for Antarctica. I had traveled over 6,000 miles from my home in the Hudson Valley to see the Antarctic Peninsula—the fastest-warming place on the planet. As an environmental photographer, I was drawn by the terrifying ecological changes underway there, yet conflicted about the footprint required to document it. Cars, planes, and ships ultimately spewed tons of carbon to shuttle me to its endangered waters. For several days, we plowed through the Drake Passage, passing solitary icebergs moving north accompanied by albatrosses surfing 20-meter-high waves. Our ship, the RCGS Resolute, could house 146 passengers and 70 crew members. The vessel was operated by One Ocean Expeditions, a Canadian tour outfitter hoping to “pioneer small-ship travel to Antarctica.” They invited along journalists, a few eager tourists and a group of scientists for the ship’s first late-spring expedition, a new offering made possible only by melting sea ice. Tourism ships have become an efficient way for Antarctic scientists to extend their costly and scarcely funded research. In exchange for onboard lectures, scientists are able to continue fieldwork during funding lulls. Ari Friedlaender and his team of scientists from UC-Santa Cruz joined our expedition to continue documenting how marine mammals have been impacted by the changing environment. In the past half century, winter air temperature on the Antarctic Peninsula has increased by 5°F, an astonishing five times the global average. Since 1979, the sea ice season has been shortened by three months and 87 percent of the glaciers are retreating as ocean temperatures continue to rise. Just last month, the peninsula logged the highest temperature ever recorded—a balmy 68°F. The continent contains 90 percent of all ice on Earth and would raise worldwide ocean levels by more than 200 feet if it melted entirely. Some concerned scientists have suggested that massive sea walls may need to be built to keep the water at bay as it begins to melt. Over the next few days, we took day trips in a smaller boat throughout the northern peninsula. We observed fur seals in whiteout conditions, watched penguins build stone nests, and met the year-round resident scientists at Vernadsky station, who proudly showed us the room in which their predecessors identified the ozone hole. On our last excursion, I spent the morning darting across Wilhelmina Bay with Friedlander and his team in hopes of tagging a humpback, one of the planet’s largest animals. The whales craftily evaded us, and it was hours before the team was able to secure a temporary tag, providing vital data on eating patterns and identifying high krill areas for future protection. During the 20th century, humpbacks, like most large whales, were harvested to near extinction. With the success of recent hunting moratoriums, their numbers have rebounded but only to witness their primary food supply, krill, dwindle in drastically changing waters. Humans only set foot on the White Continent less than 200 years ago, a frozen time-capsule that we have only begun to understand. Yet it has come to know our species well. We have pillaged its waters, conquered its most hidden corners, and now we’ve unleashed a rapidly warming world upon the region.
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The blue hue marks the age of the iceâ€” created from decades of snowfall and enormous amounts of pressure that squeeze out all the air bubbles to form an incredibly dense and brilliantly blue frozen mass.
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Clockwise from top left: From acoustic monitoring to crossbow biopsies, researchers from UC-Santa Cruz use a variety of technologies to document how marine mammals are impacted by climate change. To study whale populations, the team often employs a custom-designed drone featuring photogrammetry equipment allowing them to study the health of animals from the air. Today, scientists have identified levels of microplastics, flame retardants, heavy metals, and persistent organic compounds in whales found in the Antarctic environment. Antarctica is the only land mass on the planet that is not governed by a sovereign state. The Antarctic Treaty was established in 1959, which designated the entirety of Antarctica as a reserve dedicated to peace and science. In order to have a stake in the continent countries must maintain a research station. The Ukrainian, Vernadsky station was the first to discover the ozone depletion thirty years ago.
â€œA whale tells you about the emergent properties of the ocean that have to work together to make it productive. You need to have the right amount of nutrients, the right amount of sunlight, the right temperature of water, the right depth of water, all of these things have to work in concert to produce just a little bit of life, and if there is enough life to sustain the biggest animal on the planet, a whale represents a structure and a functioning ecosystem. So, to me, they are a good proxy for where you have stability in an ecosystem.â€? â€“ Ari Friedlaender, whale scientist
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More than 40,000 tourists visit Antarctica each year. Over the next five years, with projected milder weather and reduced sea ice, the industry is expected to grow by 40 percent. Below, clockwise from top left: Jonathan Chester, historian and polar guide; Ari Friedlaender, lead whale scientist; Clare Dudeney, shipâ€™s artist-in-residence; Brandon Southall, senior scientist.
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“We are a global community and our behaviors at home have long-term effects in Antarctica. Our actions, which increase carbon dioxides and impact the environment, are influencing the animals, their habitat and the potential for growth in the Antarctic ecosystem.” –Ari Friedlaender
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Summer Programs at Simon’s Rock
The Ways of Water
Young Writer’s Workshop
Field & Forest:
Calling all young explorers! Simon’s Rock is excited to offer a new summer program that focuses on an interdisciplinary examination of the many different roles water plays in our lives. The day program runs July 6–17 and is open to ages 11–13. Participants will take part in hands-on activities guided by college professors, including field trips, gardening, and scientific analysis.
Young Writers Workshop is a residential creative writing program open to students currently completing grades 9–11. Since its inception in 1983, this three-week workshop has helped students cultivate their own language and voice. The Workshop focuses on using informal, playful, and expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking.
July 19 – July 25
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July 6 – 17
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Food Studies in the Berkshires Designed for motivated rising seventh through ninth graders, this one-week residential program offers an intensive, multidisciplinary introduction to the field of food studies. Classes are taught by Simon’s Rock faculty emphasizing place- and project-based learning. In addition to seminar-style classes and kitchen laboratories, students will spend time working on the campus farm and taking field trips. Visit simons-rock.edu/field-and-forest for more info or contact John Morell at email@example.com.
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n a cold but sunny afternoon in the Woodstock hamlet of Bearsville, your arts editor comes face to face with Keith Richards. He’s very animated today. Panting with his tongue hanging out and running up and down the stairs. No, not that Keith Richards. This eager little guy, a Norwich terrier named for the immortal Rolling Stones guitarist who has a brother named Johnny Rotten, belongs to Lizzie Vann, the new owner of the Bearsville entertainment complex. Right now, Vann and the cute mutt are leading a private tour of the intense renovations to the Bearsville Theater that began when she acquired the property last August. The sounds of hammers echo from the adjacent room, the scent of freshly sawn wood fills the nostrils, and stacks of building materials and extension cords connected to power tools must be carefully stepped around and over. In addition to the iconic theater, the site’s companion buildings include the Bear Cafe, the Little Bear restaurant, the Peterson House, and the Utopia Soundstage performance space and recording studio, which also houses tenant Radio Woodstock 100.1 FM (WDST), in August 2019. “We put in a whole new sound system,” says the British-born businesswoman as she gestures toward the newly installed speakers in the theater’s main space. “It’s smaller than the old one, but because of the newer technology the sound is much better. It’s going to be one of the best-sounding rooms north of the city. That was definitely one of the things we really wanted to do right away, get the sound to be the best possible. But there’s been so much else to do.”
Out of Hibernation Lizzie Vann Reawakens Bearsville By Peter Aaron Photo by Fionn Reilly
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Organic Grown There certainly has, and quite obviously there still is. Built by Albert Grossman, the game-changing, bigger-than-life manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Band, and other acts, the spot was for decades the proud heart of the Hudson Valley’s music and arts scene. A model commercialmeets-cultural operation, it attracted international headliners to its stages and both far-flung and local audiences and diners to its events and eateries as it embodied the creative spirit of Woodstock itself. But under the auspices of its interim owner, attorney John Kilpatrick, whose two overextended business partners had both pulled out toward the end of his tenure, it largely fell into managerial and physical neglect. Live shows became infrequent and underpromoted, the quality of the acts haphazard. The once world-class fine fare of the Bear Cafe slipped. Utility bills went unpaid, and the lights went dark in all the facilities save for the still-operating Little Bear and Radio Woodstock. And the pipes burst. On the day Vann got the keys to the property, there was water leaking from ceilings and flooded basements.
Vann, though, seems clearly cut out for the task of bringing Bearsville back to life and implementing the big plans she has as part of the gargantuan effort. The founder of leading organic baby food company Organix, Vann is the recipient of an MBE for Services to Children’s Food and a European Woman of Achievement Award as well as the cofounder of the Historic Green Village on Florida’s Anna Maria Island, a platinum-LEEDcertified residential/vacation eco-community that features repurposed century-old buildings. Raised in a clan of factory workers in the Midlands manufacturing city of Leicester, she was the first of her family to attend college and inherited her parents’ industrious lineage. She also brought a next-generation love of art and rock ’n’ roll to the bloodline. “The local library had records, and I used to go there and sign out albums by Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin,” says Vann. “A whole world would open up when I listened to those records. I remember dreaming: ‘Wow, it would be so great to go to America, where Janis is from.’” It would take a little time before the dream would be realized. First, after studying biology at the University of Lancaster, Vann worked for several years in London’s financial district—an occupation that might, on the surface, seem to have been at odds with her also being a strong social activist. “I was always a lefty, as we say in the UK, what you’d call a liberal over here. I actually worked for Chase Manhattan for a while because I wanted to understand how businesses ran, to be able to see how the system worked from inside.” Realizing that there was a growing concern among parents about the safety of the ingredients in children’s food, she launched Organix in 1992. “I knew that the things that were in so much of the food that people were feeding their kids, ingredients like the ‘Dirty Dozen’ [the 12 most-pesticidecontaminated produce types] and all of these chemical dyes, were things that would affect the health of those kids for life,” she explains. “So I had the idea to start making and marketing natural baby food that got those things out.” The brand became extremely successful, and Vann sold it to the likewise health-conscious German company Hero in 2008. She met her second husband, New York-based celebrity photographer David McGough, in Florida in 2010, not long after establishing the Historic Green Village. An animal rights activist and PETA volunteer, McGough was aware of and had donated to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. He and Vann were already interested in moving to the area when they learned that the sanctuary had relocated to High Falls and put its original location on the market. The couple fell in love with the Woodstock farmstead and purchased it, moving into its central log cabin and converting one of its outbuildings into a private performance space and art gallery. Right away, they found a welcoming community among the artists and musicians around their new home in Woodstock.
Four years later, the pair got wind that the Bearsville complex was about to go on the auction block and saw a chance to invest themselves more deeply in the region. They moved on it quickly, bypassing the inspection process—and learned about the eight gallons of water leaking per minute from the theater’s damaged pipes after the purchase. But even that didn’t dampen their excitement about the project. “I’ve always been really interested in the Arts and Crafts movement and [Victorian English art critic, patron, and social theorist] John Ruskin,” Vann says. “So I knew about the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock and how it had been founded by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, who was a student of Ruskin’s.
Grossman’s vision was to construct a self-contained mini-Nashville in the Catskills to record his artists. And, of course, I also knew about the town because the Band and Dylan and all of this other music I’d loved was connected to it. So much of that was because of Albert Grossman and what he’d been doing here with his vision for Bearsville.” That vision, begun in 1971 when Grossman— coincidentally called “the Bear,” for his aggressive management style as well as his heavy-set physique—purchased the former Peterson farm on Route 212, was in many ways a continuation of the utopian concepts that had taken root in the area at Byrdcliffe and its spinoff colony, the Maverick, long before he settled on nearby Striebel Road in 1964. His idea was to construct a self-contained miniNashville in the Catskills, where the artists he worked with could record at his nearby Bearsville Studio, ideally for his Bearsville Records label, and feel like they were part of a greater family during their residencies. “He had the idea of providing a healthy environment for
the artists to live in, with good healthy food,” local guitarist Peter Walker told author Barney Hoskyns for the 2016 book Small Town Talk. “You take them out of the city, where they’re eating ratburgers, and you bring them up here, where there’s lots of fresh air. You feed them well in your restaurant, then you record them in your studio and have them showcase in your theater, with the record company executives flying in and staying in your cabins. That was the vision.” After Grossman was gone, the Bear Cafe and the Bearsville Theater, which was acoustically designed by Electric Lady Studios architect John Storyk, both had great later runs, and the Chinese cuisine-oriented Little Bear, Radio Woodstock, and Utopia Soundstage originally built for Grossman client Todd Rundgren have remained in operation. But the overarching focus evaporated, and it seemed that Grossman’s vision had died with him in 1986. Vann, however, is bent on bringing it back to the compound, which she’s renamed Bearsville Center. “We really want Bearsville to be a community, in the true sense of the word,” enthuses the entrepreneur, who is currently on the hunt for a compatible and innovative restaurateur to take over the Bear Cafe and envisions another party running the adjacent, renovated Peterson House (most recently the site of the Commune Saloon) as a small bistro or coffeehouse. “We want to do all kinds of events here: yoga, poetry readings, kids’ and family activities, films. And for the music, we really want it to be diverse: not just classic rock and Americana, but also classical music and much more jazz and indie rock.” In addition to having partnered with former BSP booking agent Mike Amari to handle the latter genre, Vann mentions plans for a jazz club in the theater’s basement and muses about installing a custom record-making booth like the 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine at Third Man Records in Memphis. “I’m really happy to see that it’s reopening and getting the refurbishing that it needs,” says legendary local jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, who will perform at the reconstituted Bearsville Theater next month. “It’s in a great location and there’s always been a really nice feeling there.” Tucked away in a woodsy spot just behind the theater is the final resting place of the Bear himself, Albert Grossman. No doubt he has a watchful, approving eye on Lizzie Vann she continues and embellishes the dream that put Bearsville on the map. This month, the reopened Bearsville Theater will host two events as part of the Woodstock Writers Festival: “Bring Forth What is In You: Elizabeth Lesser and Elaine Pagels in Conversation” on March 27 at 8pm, and “Roz Chast and Adam Gopnik in Conversation” on March 28 at 8pm. Woodstockbookfest.com. “Masters of the Telecaster” featuring Jim Weider Larry Campbell, and G.E. Smith will take place on April 17 at 8pm. Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, and Matthew Garrison perform with David Sancious and Will Calhoun opening on April 18 at 8pm. Bearsvilletheater.com. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM ARTS & CULTURE 71
music David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith Sun of Goldfinger (ECM Records) Ecmrecords.com
Sonar with David Torn Tranceportation Vol. 1 (RareNoise Records) Rarenoiserecords.com Few modern musicians are as adept at creating atmosphere as lower Hudson Valley denizen David Torn. The guitarist, whose filmic dreamscapes can be heard in The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Friday Night Lights, and other movies (perhaps his being a cousin to actors Rip Torn, Sissy Spacek, and Geraldine Page and “Barefoot Contessa” host Ina Garten has informed his soundtrack sensibility). There’s always been a touch of Robert Fripp in his sustained, arcing, and heavily treated notes; no wonder Fripp collaborator (and Woodstock local) David Bowie tapped Torn for 2013’s The Next Day, the late rock legend’s penultimate album. Torn teams with New York saxophonist Tim Berne and percussionist Ches Smith for Sun of Goldfinger, a set of three epic, near-25-minute journeys that wend their way across the aural equivalents of open deserts, mist-shrouded mountain peaks, dripdrop-echoing caves, and damply glistening, fog-rolled city streets. Like nature itself, this music is as mysterious and frightening as it is beautiful. Tranceportation Vol. 1 finds Torn as the returning featured guest of Swiss experimental unit Sonar; he also produced and plays on 2018’s Vortex. Here, once again, the ticking tritones of guitarists Stephen Thelan and Bernard Wagner and bassist Christian Kuntner and the resolute rhythms of drummer Manuel Pasquinelli build dense lattices that Torn threads through (think Discipline-era King Crimson). The hypnotic, interlocking structures juxtaposed against his soaring, searing lines make for a riveting ride. —Peter Aaron
Professor Louie and The Crowmatix Songs of Inspiration
Richard Carr Places I’ve Walked
Stephen Clair Strange Perfume
(Ravello Records) Ravellorecords.com
(Rock City Records)
Songs of Inspiration is a collection of Professor Louie’s favorite gospels; traditionals, covers, and originals written and/or arranged with musical partner and vocalist Miss Marie. Christened “Professor Louie” by Rick Danko of the Band, Mid-Hudson Valley-based Crowmatix‘s pedigree is prolific, diverse, and storied. Member collaborations include the Band, Graham Parker, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Neuman, Joe Jackson, Natalie Merchant, and Mercury Rev. From the first notes, one feels the seasons and miles embedded in the creation, interpretation, performance, and production of the quintet’s 15th album. The history and longevity belies a carefree confidence layered between the soulful voicings and textured melodies. Gospel blues through and through, even the classic “Rivers of Babylon” takes on the community feel of a Southern Sunday church, the walls sweating with spirit as Spanish moss sways in the passionate breeze of Americana licks and gritty roots laced with a Cajun drawl. Professorlouie.com. —Jason Broome
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Rosendale-based multi-instrumentalist Richard Carr has an impressive pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, including works recorded with Bill Laswell, Sly & Robbie, Alan Dawson, and many more. Places I’ve Walked plays seamlessly from track to track as a celebration of a journey between realms, genres, and experiences, achieving grandiloquent goals without being pompous, a four-part deep meditation of sorts on life, travel, and other themes. Eleven other local musicians help create the music throughout. Joakim Lartey’s percussion on “Cordillera Blanca” is a highlight, as is the searching Gus Mancini alto and Ben Carr (Richard’s son) bass interplay on the Mingus- and Coltrane- reminiscent “Avenue C Rainstorm”; Peter Head (Pitchfork Militia) even lends homemade instruments to some tracks. Lush with feeling and atmosphere, this release is perfect for taking along on a meandering trip on a foggy Sunday in the Catskills—just don’t daydream too much while driving. —Morgan Y. Evans
Well known in the southern reaches of the MidHudson Valley as a founder the vibrant music school Beacon Music Academy, songwriter and guitar slinger Stephen Clair, with some help from his talented friends, delivers a galvanizing set of self-described “garage Americana” with his sixth release. The title cut and “I’ve Got No Trouble” boast incisive, anthemic hooks to prick up any power pop lover’s ears. Things get a lot grittier on the distorted blues of “Digging my Ditch,” which has plenty of guitar crunch, along with some wonderfully skronky baritone saxophone courtesy of Brad Hubbard. The musical spaces in the spare, love-over-adversity ballad “If We Last Long Enough,” showcase the emotional complexity of the lyric. The crack band is rounded out by Daria Grace (bass/backing vocals), Nate Allan (bass), and Aaron Latos (drums/backing vocals). Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris producer Malcolm Burn is at the controls. Stephenclair.com. —Jeremy Schwartz
books The Cost of Loyalty Tim Bakken BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING, 2020, $28
What began as a report detailing minor unethical practices at West Point ended up exposing lies, cheating, and a toxic emphasis on loyalty over truth at one of the nation’s premier military academies. West Point professor Tim Baaken believes that the military’s insular culture has produced undeniably grim consequences: failure in every war since World War II, millions of lives lost around the globe, and trillions of dollars wasted. One of only a handful of federal employees ever to win a whistleblower lawsuit against the US military, Baaken suggests that the military needs to rejoin civil society.
Here Comes the Sun: The Summer of ‘69 Russell Paul La Valle W&B PUBLISHERS, 2019, $17.99
The summer of 1969—the backdrop to the moon landing, the Stonewall riots, and the Woodstock Festival. New Paltz-based writer Russell Paul La Valle draws on his experience working the 1969 Woodstock Festival to write the psychedelicfueled, post-college adventures of Dalton Hawkes. Hawkes and his friends seek refuge in a “hippie house” at the tail end of a tumultuous decade. His summer unravels with moonlit skinny-dipping, a secret marijuana garden, and a fragile love affair with an older woman.
The Yellow Bird Sings Jennifer Rosner
FLATIRON BOOKS, 2020, $25.99
Michael E. O’Sullivan
Jennifer Rosner has a heightened awareness of sound—and its absence. Her memoir, If A Tree Falls (2010), is about raising her deaf daughters in a hearing world and uncovering her family’s history of deafness. Reading Rosner’s backstory puts the themes of her debut novel, The Yellow Bird Sings, into sharp focus: survival, storytelling, mother-daughter relationships, and music as salvation. Broken into four parts and told through alternating perspectives, the novel follows a mother and daughter as they struggle to survive the Holocaust, together and apart. It’s summer 1941 when Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, are found hiding in their acquaintances’ barn. Fleeing the Nazis who killed her husband, took her parents, and destroyed their village, Róza begs Henryk, a man who frequented their now-shuttered bakery, to let them stay a day or two. Fearing for their family, Henryk and his wife, Krystyna, reluctantly agree—but this comes at a heavy cost. In order to keep her daughter safe, Róza allows herself to be sexually abused night after night. Though painful to read, Rosner renders these horrifying scenes with nuance; she distills the extraordinary and disturbing lengths mothers will go to protect their children. In the barn, Róza struggles to keep Shira silent because the little girl cannot contain the music thundering throughout her body: “she tries again to be still until notes, snippets of song, and soon whole passages take shape and pulse through her.” To keep her quiet, Róza tells her a story about a magical garden, a silent little girl, music-hating giants, and a yellow songbird that sings all the music the girl cannot. In this story lies a gift—an imaginary bird allowed to sing all of the music trapped inside Shira. Four-hundred-sixty days later, German soldiers happen upon the barn—and Róza and Shira must scramble to find a new haven. With Krystyna’s help, Shira is accepted into an underground network that shelters Jewish children. On their final night together, Róza tells her daughter one more garden story: “With daisies from their garden, the little girl and her mother weave a magical flower chain that can expand to any length, connecting them.” It’s a story Róza needs just as much as Shira; they both need to be reminded that mother-daughter bonds transcend distance. With only the clothes on her back and a card printed with Shira’s address, Róza flees into the woods—without a plan or her daughter. For the rest of the novel, Róza and Shira (now called Zosia) must try to live for (and without) each other. In the convent orphanage where she’s been relocated, Zosia finds herself protected by the nuns, ridiculed by the children, and drawn to her violin teacher. Rosner’s writing soars whenever she describes the young girl’s musical abilities: “Only in this music, wistful and defiant, can she find something of her own without giving herself away. Find her family, her home. Shuttered windows. Yellow stars. Notes like these to bridge the shared night.” The idea of music being a source of hope, family, and freedom beats triumphantly throughout the novel. In the all-consuming darkness, music becomes a beacon for Róza and Shira both. Written in beautifully understated prose and tinged with magical elements, The Yellow Bird Sings is about the bonds between mothers and daughters, and the enduring power of music and storytelling even in the most devastating of times. —Carolyn Quimby
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS, 2020, $61.50
At the center of this Marist College history professor’s investigation of Catholic women and miracles in 20th-century Germany is Therese Neumann (1898-1962). A Bavarian nun of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Neumann was reported to have stigmata, wounds that periodically appear on her body that mimic the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. Neumann’s gift attracted onlookers and pilgrims from around the world, as well as a large circle of followers, some of whom were members of the Nazi Party. Neumann leveraged her influence to maintain a position of power in a traditionally patriarchal society, and continues to inspire faith in the miraculous.
The Unwilling Kelly Braffet MIRA BOOKS, 2020, $27.99
Venturing away from her previous suspense and thriller novels, upstate New York resident Kelly Braffet crafts a tale of resilience in the face of adversity and ancient magic in her new fantasy novel, The Unwilling. Heroine Judah shares a magical bond with Gavin, the son of the ruthless Lord Elban. Until now, this inexplicable connection has kept Judah alive inside of Highfall castle, serving as a pawn for Gavin’s father. Now, she has to channel her emerging powers and muster the courage needed in order to escape the evil Lord Elban and save her loved ones.
The Unraveling Carl Frankel MANGO GARDEN PRESS, 2019, $15.95
In this sci-fi novel, Kingston-based writer Carl Frankel tells the story of three Earthlings who fly to Erotopia to film an X-rated reality show in which they have sex with extraterrestrials. But when the humans arrive, they clash with the Erotopians, who are infinitely more advanced in the ways of love, sex, and communication. On Erotopia, sex is the cornerstone of civic and spiritual engagement. The adventurous humans on this sex-positive journey will have a lot to learn from a culture that’s chosen the power of pleasure over the pleasure of power. Let the intergalactic orgies commence! —Abby Foster & Tiana Headley
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s the executive director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel has helped bring bestselling authors like Ruth Reichl, Julie Powell, Jenny Offill, Cheryl Strayed, and Colm Tóibín to Woodstock. Her powers as a celebrity whisperer come from her years as a journalist for magazines including Details and Cosmopolitan, where she profiled the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Lopez. To Frankel’s credit, the ability to interact with big-name authors in intimate spaces all over Woodstock has played a big part in the festival’s allure for the past 11 years. “The festival is smart and fun, in equal measure,” says Frankel. “You can learn something, meet your idols and have breakfast next to them, and also laugh `til you can’t breathe.” This year, the four jam-packed days of panels, intensives, keynotes, and parties includes a Saturday keynote with New Yorker contributors Adam Gopnik and Roz Chast that’s sure to attract a crowd. The festival kicks off Thursday night with the return of the loud, proud Story Slam, held this year at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. Stories will incorporate the phrase, “I shouldn’t have, but I. . .” Day-long and half-day writing workshops make up the majority of Friday’s schedule. Workshops include “So You Want to Get Published” with New York City literary agent Lynn Johnston and “The Healing Obituary, a Writing Seminar” with festival editorial director Kitty Sheehan. Held at the Bearsville Theater, Friday evening’s keynote will be a conversation on spirituality between Elaine Pagels, author of Why Religion?, and Elizabeth Lesser, best-selling author of Broken Open and Marrow, and cofounder of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. Saturday will see a full day of author panels, including returning festival favorite “On the Beat,” a music-writing panel that will include Holly George-Warren, author of Janis: Her Life and Music, and Nelson George, a writer and filmmaker whose bestselling books include The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. Perhaps closest to Frankel’s heart is the Saturday panel “Power Over Powerlessness: Authors on Recovery,” which will be free and open to the public. “Having a panel on addiction doesn’t do any good if the people who need to hear it can’t afford it,” says Frankel, who chronicled her own experiences with gambling addiction in her 2008 memoir Hats & Eyeglasses. After Frankel reached out to the local community, Kingston-based RYAN (Raising Your Awareness about Narcotics) and individual sponsors raised enough money in a single day to cover the cost of the event.
WOODSTOCK BOOKFEST RETURNS MARCH 26-29 Saturday’s keynote, also at the Bearsville Theater, will feature two prominent New Yorker contributors, writer Adam Gopnik and cartoonist Roz Chast. After Sheehan read Gopnik’s profile of Chast, his longtime friend, in a December 2019 issue of the New Yorker, she urged Frankel to ask them to come speak together. “They were just so on the same page. I’m still completely shocked and thrilled that they said yes,” Frankel says. Sunday morning’s panel will tackle the topic of gun violence in the US, head-on. Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, coeditors of If I Don’t Make It I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings, will be in conversation with three of the book’s contributors, survivors of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook and Simon’s Rock College. Frankel is giving away 120 tickets to the event to students, parents, and teachers at Onteora, Kingston, and Saugerties high schools. Donations can be made at woodstockbookfest.com/be-an-angel. Closing out the weekend, Frankel will moderate her signature panel, “Memoir-A-Go-Go,” which includes Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, a powerful exploration of race and class in the US that was named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR. Tickets for individual events and workshops can be purchased at the festival’s website. A full festival pass ($250) includes access to all programming except the full-day and half-day workshops. If you’re looking to sharpen your writing skills, opt for the Whole Shebang ($450), a full festival pass plus a full-day writing workshop of your choice. Woodstockbookfest.com
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poetry Friday afternoon: My weekend awaits me like a modest hummingbird. —Margo Violet Trump (10 years)
EDITED BY Phillip X Levine I pledge allegiance to this line And that’s about as far as it goes —p
Dear Hannah, Dear God You still loved me even after I said I didn’t believe in God. You still need to teach me how to skateboard, Seattle-style, the way you were raised. We grew up on different coasts and I, not blessed with sisters, got you those apples you like, the perfume you wore the day you met the Atlantic. Now, in New York I drive home. Three hours behind you smash into a logging truck. It is raining here. I am thinking of your coffee order while the EMTs rush to you, the way you’ve rushed to me the few times we’ve met. I spill latte across my knees and drive past a bearded hitchhiker, his thumb blocking out the sun. —Anastasia Blanchet The House Magazine that I always pick up when I travel to a certain place with the oversized glossy pages that I thumb through imagining what could be (or is it what might have been) that now sits on the table buried by so much unopened mail and that I can’t even bear to open up pictures of all the things we could’ve had a calm well-put-together life filled with modern-yet-comfortable furniture and “bathed in natural light” as far away now as it ever could be a garden a fireplace a roomy kitchen waiting to provide meals we’ll never sit for wide plank floors that will never feel our feet —Matt Lambiase Act V Once they’ve put the die in your diagnosis, life becomes a misnomer, five stages I don’t want to heed, even though psychologists have the need to name, quantify, and order such matters. Stages are useless once the chaos of limits is turned loose on the mind. I’ve come to trust only the creaky one I’ve stepped on for the first time, the one where I stare into a dark audience of hidden months and numbers, each as indifferent as the next. One where suddenly looking at Orion’s belt or listening to wind blow through pine trees is enough to make a man cry. —Ken Craft 76 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 3/20
Nebraska In January 2017, I found myself sitting at the bar of Cunningham’s Journal in the Sandhill Crane Capital of the world; Kearney, Nebraska. While sitting there I struck up a conversation with a gentleman named Dave Grams. Dave, who was a straight doppelgänger for Hank Hill, was a middle-aged Nebraskan native who sold agricultural supplies. After a brief conversation about his line of work, he asked me what I did for a living. “Nothing. I just quit my job a few days ago.” “Well” he said, “Luckily there’s lots of places hiring around here.” “I’m not from here,” I replied. “In fact, my whole life is packed into that Sierra outside. I left New York three days ago and three days from now I’ll be living in Los Angeles.” “You going to Hollywood?!?!” Raising his voice so the other patrons could hear. “We got a New Yorker on his way to Hollywood over here!” Dave spent the next hour telling me about his wife, his two grown boys who followed in his footsteps, and how he couldn’t ever imagine life being any better than the one he had in Nebraska. When I told him I was gonna head out, he insisted on paying my tab and handed me his business card. “If you don’t make it in Hollywood, give me a call, a slick talking guy like yourself could do well selling agricultural supplies.” As I headed towards the door “Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty came on the jukebox. I haven’t been to Nebraska since. I think I’ll give Dave a call. —Josh Fromer
Unseen Child Seen I am the unseen child turned struggling cynic I am the struggling cynic who saw love and ran toward it I saw love and relearned myself I am myself relearned, reloved, returned I returned to myself strong enough to be kind I am the catastrophic kindness that shakes the world apart I am a part of the world shaking I am shaking every time I tell them I love them But I tell them I am the love I give to others I am the love I give myself I am myself Whether you see me or not I am the unseen child Seen —Justine Aubrie
The Pin Oak
My daughter runs, hops, and skips To the curb’s edge For her ritual rite of passage
Unsurprisingly, The pin oak has become commonplace, Attractive and easy to propagate, It was domesticated, And trained to live unobtrusively in our yards, Where it passes for shrubbery.
I strum the shower’s steamy air, my fingers pinching a pick
I assure her it’s safe to cross She runs, hops, and skips To the opposite curb “I’m a grown up now,” she yells I yelled back, “Don’t grow up yet. You have time.” Like a child I run, hop, and skip To my daughter’s side Before it’s too late —Michael Glassman
Saturday Walk The loons have landed at the far end of the lake, clumsy and noisy in the shallows. The dog pulls at the leash, curious to see the giant birds up close. The water has warmed just enough that bubbles flow beneath the ice, great patches of dark blue can be seen through the surface. My dog whines at my insistence that we stick close to the shore and off the ice, unaware of the onset of spring. —Holly Day
Ground of Being
Conversely, In the wild it is unique. Standing dark and symmetrical, Against the gray, haphazard growth around it, At any distance, It is easily distinguishable. Extraordinarily, It clings to its leaves all winter. If you are there to hear it, the sound of the wind through the leaves, Is distinct and intimate, As the whisper of a loved one in a crowded room.
Boyfriend When I say “Hey Boyfriend” You say “I used to be a boy” Your flesh was tight then And the ripples on your stomach Were firm Beneath my hands You stood at attention By The mere sight of me Naked When I used to be a girl.
yet the days escape us like wind borne leaves dancing to some secret rhythms echoing from the shadowy shrouds of night
Have you gotten any lately? Me? No. Still on the hunt. The uniform of a cougar is leopard ware. I refuse to wear leopard for this reason. I am a cougar incognito. Sort of like a sly fox...
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The foggy mirror knows that I don’t care. I purse my lips with a screw-the-world stare. My jaw is a vice & my eyes are a dare. & my instrument is made of air. —Stephen Cramer
so I make chords of my fingers & shake my hair.
I walk on dirt and I’m not the only one wandering the winding pathways drenched with full-blown life in every twig and twinkle
the dirt is still and sturdy consuming the litter of empty skulls and husks of myriad hopes and schemes all once longing to be one with something
that isn’t there. My job pays dirt, & life’s unfair,
As northern birds fly south, so do my father’s elder years, for he is in the winter of his life. —Frank Inello
Lonely Bagel Lonely bagel Loneliness bagel The bagel of loneliness Togetherness bagel The bagel of being together Bagel of belonging —Robert Ronnow
—Regina Issac The Shoes May be the Same And the Road May be Similar But There Are Still Many Miles Between Walking in Your Own Shoes And Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes Enjoy Your Journey —Tracy Misch
Whale With all this new technology I’m surprised I can’t begin my transformation from man to whale. Why walk when one can float effortlessly dodging fishing nets with no more weekdays or mealtimes just the big blue glide [ mouth wide ] embracing experiential banality and if one day God again decides to flood the earth all the better. —Taylor John Bruck
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On March 28, Stanley Kubrickâ€™s genre-defining sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey screens at the Rosendale Theater. The theater is one of 36 recipients of the nationwide Science on Screen Grant Program funded by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. After the 12:30pm matinee, Daniel Freedman, dean of the SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering, will lead a panel discussion with astronomer Bob Berman and Amy Bartholomew, director of the Smolen Observatory at SUNY New Paltz. Rosendaletheatre.org
OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS, HAL
A still from 2001: A Space Odyssey
March 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 March 6: Champagne for Caesar at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville March 8: Short Films About Female Artists at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck March 11: Alon Koppel’s photographs at New York Restaurant in Catskill March 14: “Welcome to Night Vale” at Colony in Woodstock March 16: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kicks off around the region March 19: Celtic Woman at UPAC in Kingston March 20: The Beyond Flamenco Festival at PS21 in Chatham March 23: Jonathan Richman at the Beverly Lounge in Kingston March 26: Woodstock Bookfestat locations around Woodstock
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BYRDCLIFFE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE SHOW Utopian Living is an ode to our own search for community, space & clarity, and freedom to be as we are.
S A T U R D AY, F E B R U A R Y 2 9
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Panel discussion with the artists and curators: 3:00 PM Readings by Byrdcliffe’s writers-in-residence: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER ST, WOODSTOCK, NY 12498 845.679.2079 WOODSTOCKGUILD.ORG
RADIO WOODSTOCK + WARREN HAYNES PRESENT
FRIDAY, MAY 29 TREY ANASTASIO BAND · JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT GREENSKY BLUEGRASS · ANDY FRASCO AND THE U.N. · KUNG FU MIDNIGHT NORTH · EGGY · ROYAL KHAOZ · CIARRA FRAGALE SATURDAY, MAY 30 GOV’T MULE (TWO SETS) · THE HEAD AND THE HEART
AMERICAN SON: LEVON HELM'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FT. THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLE BAND AND SPECIAL GUESTS
MARGO PRICE · HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER · BIG SOMETHING DRIFTWOOD · STEPHEN LEWIS AND THE BIG BAND OF FUN
DIANA DEMUTH · HAYLEY JANE AND FRIENDS · CALEB HAWLEY · JAMIE DRAKE
SUNDAY, MAY 31
BRANDI CARLILE · GRACE POTTER · MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD YOLA · GHOST OF PAUL REVERE · DAVID WAX MUSEUM
SAMMY RAE AND THE FRIENDS · SCRUFFY PEARLS · WILD RIVERS · RAYE ZARAGOZA KEVIN DANIEL · THE ROCK ACADEMY
BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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“While I’m not a scientist, maybe I wish I was one,” remarks Alon Koppel. “Aerial Abstraction,” an exhibition of his photographs, is on view at the New York Restaurant in Catskill until March 21. All the photos were taken by a drone within 25 miles of Catskill, most of them close to town. Three images document the point where ice in Catskill Creek hits the warmer water of the Hudson and cracks apart, forming stark geometric patterns. From the air, the river water registers as black; the ice a lucent, shimmering blue. These pictures give no hints to reveal scale: They might be puddles or vast Arctic ice shelves. They represent the intersection of aesthetics, geography and physics. Koppel offers his neighbors a chance to see their locality through the eyes of a bird of prey. “Aerial Abstraction” is sponsored by the Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education (CREATE), formerly the Greene County Council on the Arts. In her book Picasso, Gertrude Stein and the artist fly in an airplane for the first time. Looking down at the patchwork of fields, roads, and streams transformed into abstract patterns, Stein says: “Now, that’s cubism!” In his youth in Israel, Koppel was an avid paraglider, leaping off cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee. His romance with flight continues, photographically. Koppel uses the word “flying” to describe his aerial photo sessions (“I went flying the other day”)—though he is only vicariously aloft. In the town where the Hudson River School of art was born, Koppel turns its perspective upside down. Drone photography coordinates numerous factors: the height of the flying camera, the angle it shoots from,
the aperture, light exposure, shutter speed. All may be controlled with a handheld device similar to a Game Boy; the photographs are viewed on an iPad. Most of Koppel’s images were taken fairly low, around 50 feet, but some are as high as 300 feet. Drones are prohibited from flying above 400 feet. Koppel has been using aerial devices for five years. “It’s a natural extension for someone who likes technology and cameras,” he observes. Koppel is a registered drone pilot, licensed by the FAA. He uses a DJI Phantom 4 Probe. We see much more drone photography than we realize. Movies and TV shows employ this technology where helicopters were once used, for images of cars riding on highways or slightly elevated views of houses. But the 90-degree angle Koppel prefers is more rare— the view from directly above. He himself does real estate photography using his drone, and sometimes will sneak in an “art” image after completing an assignment. Koppel also creates political work, such as “99 Trump Signs and 1 Hillary,” a series of photos he took in the Hudson Valley in 2016. (The Hillary sign actually reads: “Hillary For Prison.”) “But for a restaurant, people want to have fun and have dinner; I’m not going to club them over the head with political stuff,” the artist explains. His website is Notlikehere.org. “Aerial Abstraction,” an exhibition of Alon Koppel’s photographs, is on view at the New York Restaurant in Catskill until March 21. Greenearts.org —Sparrow
Eye in the Sky ALON KOPPEL Through March 21 Greenearts.org
Story Farms 1, Alon Koppel, digital C-print
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One of the things that makes Jonathan Richman so different from other rock ’n’ rollers is this: He’s always somehow embodied the innocence of childhood with the thoughtfulness of advanced age. Even as far as back as his years with protopunks the Modern Lovers, he was singing about being dignified and old one minute and then about not letting one’s youth go to waste the next (see his odes to both “Modern World” and the “Old World” on the Boston band’s highly influential, eponymous 1971-1972 album). One didn’t have to forsake the past, he seemed to be saying during a time of restless youthful rebellion, for the future. But conversely, Richman, who will return to the Beverly Lounge this month, has fostered a long and fruitful solo career since retiring the Modern Lovers moniker in 1988 and doesn’t like to be overly beholden to his own past. Rather than relying on the hits, his uplifting, up-close acoustic performances exist in the moment, couched in his magically eccentric and gregarious persona—and his devoted audiences love him for exactly that. The legendary singer-songwriter answered the questions below via email. Jonathan Richman will perform with drummer Tommy Larkins at the Beverly Lounge in Kingston on March 23 at 7pm. Tickets are $30. Thebeverlylounge.com. —Peter Aaron
The Velvet Underground, a band that was extremely unusual in their day, were very influential on you, inspiring you to start the Modern Lovers. What other music were you listening to you before you discovered them? I also listened to the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rolling Stones, the Seeds, the first Mothers of Invention album, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, the Isley Brothers, Motown, the Doors, the Who [and others].
Back in Your Life JONATHAN RICHMAN March 23 Thebeverlylounge.com
You’ve recorded many wonderful songs in Spanish and French. Were you multilingual before you decided to begin singing in these languages? As an artist who had previously been known for writing and singing rock ’n’ roll songs in English, what prompted you to write and sing songs in other languages? Four years of high school French. I flunked out. But traveling in Europe I realized I need to know more, so I learned. It seems like you’ve found your musical soulmate in drummer Tommy Larkins, who you’ve been playing with for almost 30 years. What is it about Tommy that makes him such a perfect partner? Tommy swings! The show this month will be the third time you’ve played the Beverly Lounge in Kingston. I understand that you’re very selective about the venues you play. What is it about the Beverly that’s made you want to return there? The Beverly’s great! Nice, intimate feeling with good sound because they haven’t soundproofed it yet. Soundproofing wrecks the sound for my shows. What do you most want the people in the audience at your shows to feel when they come to see you play? Since I never know what I will sing until I sing it, I want the audience not to think of anything in the past, but [instead] for us to discover what we will feel together. 3/20 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 83
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Ronald Coleman and Vincent Price in Champage for Caesar, part of Shadlowland Stages Classic Cinema series.
March 26-29 The Woodstock Bookfest returns for its 11th year. Authors from a variety of literary disciplines are hosting panels on drug addiction, spirituality, and finding an authentic writing voice, as well as a story slam with the prompt, “I shouldn’t have, but I...” There will also be writing workshops led by bestselling author of The Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee; two-time Grammy nominee and author of New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock, Holly George-Warren; and Mitchell S. Jackson, whose book Survival Math was named best book of the year by NPR. Two New Yorker veterans, cartoonist Roz Chast and author Adam Gopnik, are hosting a panel that explores their work and the processes behind it. You can purchase individual event tickets ($15 to $250), or a full festival pass for $250. The Whole Shebang pass is $450, and includes full access to the festival and one intensive of your choosing. Woodstockbookfest.com
March 6-27 Ellenville’s cultural hub launches a classic film series this month, inviting cinephiles to get off the couch and watch four vintage feature films as well as an assortment of short subjects in the communal setting of the theater. The series kicks off on March 6 at 7pm with Champagne for Caesar (1950), starring Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, and Vincent Price. Colman plays Beauregard Bottomley, a genius who is turned down for a job by a manufacturer played by Vincent Price and seeks revenge through trying to bankrupt Price on a quiz show backed by his company. RKO public service short You Can Survive the A-Bomb! and a Disney cartoon will precede the feature. Other features in the series include The Thief of Baghdad (March 13), The Man of a Thousand Faces (March 20), and Life with Father (March 27). Shadowlandstages.org
“Welcome to Night Vale” at Colony in Woodstock March 14 A sentient glowing cloud who hypnotizes townspeople and eventually becomes school board president. An invasion of outsiders led by a demonic beagle puppy accidentally summoned from hell. This is only some of what happens in Night Vale, a fictional town in the Southwest where conspiracy theories are an everyday reality. It’s the center of the wildly popular surreal comedy podcast “Welcome to Night Vale.” Presented as a radio show, its host, main character, and narrator—Cecil Gershwin Palmer—has been reporting on the town’s strange goings-on since 2012. Whether you’re a longtime listener or “Night Vale” novice, get ready to sit back, watch, and listen as Cecil, the cast, and indie singer and show opener Eliza Rickman ease you into this eerie experience. 8pm show sold out; $35 tickets still available for 10:30pm show. Colonywoodstock.com
Celtic Woman March 19 One of Ireland’s most successful all-female groups is coming to the Ulster Performing Arts Center for the week of Saint Patrick’s Day. Celtic Woman is commemorating its 15th year of celebrating Irish music and culture by touring across North America. Chloë Agnew, who started at age 15 as an original member of the group, will be joining Celtic Woman as a guest performer. The group will be performing crowd favorites such as the siren call of “Orinoco Flow,” the somber and moving ballad “Danny Boy,” and a bagpipe version of “Amazing Grace.” Tickets start at $48 and members get a $5 discount. Bardavon.org
THEATER, FILM, STORYTELLING
FlipSide 2020 at Philipstown Depot Theater March 7-8, 13, 21 Known for their ensemble musicals and plays, Philipstown Depot Theater breaks out a new series, FlipSide 2020. In March, the performing arts center showcases works across the artistic spectrum. February kicked off with a sold-out workshop and performance by Brooklyn-based choreographer Jamel Gaines. The coming weeks bring the one-woman original play “My Story, My Voice” by former English Shakespeare Company member Ivy Omere, who plays a young British girl of Nigerian descent cast out by her family in 1970s England; and a night of storytelling by Moth StorySlam veteran Adam Wade and guests. The series closes out with a photography exhibit featuring the surreal and evocative portraiture of visually impaired and blind photographers. Check website for dates and times. Philipstowndepottheatre.org 84 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 3/20
Shadowland Stages Classic Cinema Series
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week March 16-29 Valley Table magazine is again hosting its virtual dining event, featuring over 200 restaurants from the region. Local favorites, like Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck and Canterbury Brook Inn in Cornwall, are offering deals on limited-time dishes, available to customers for two weeks in March. From American to Tex-Mex cuisine, this growing community of local culinary leaders is offering a wide variety of options that appeal to a myriad of palates. Participating restaurants are encouraged to craft special menus inspired by ingredients that are locally sourced in the Hudson Valley. Participating restaurants are offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $32.95, a threecourse lunch menu for $22.95, or both. Regular menus will also be available. Valleytable.com/hvrw
21st Annual Spring Garden Day: “2020 Garden Vision” April 4 Hobbyists and veteran gardeners alike are invited to take part in a day jam-packed with horticulture classes at SUNY Ulster. The event offers 16 classes on a range of topics like garden design, how to attract pollinators, berries from around the world, integrated pest management, and how to create a natural meadow. Dr. Margaret Ronsheim, professor of Biology at Vassar College, is giving a keynote address on the history and evolution of the gardens at Vassar College, which were planted in 1919. Advanced registration is $50 and same day registration is $55 at the door. Preregistration is recommended. Ulster.cce.cornell.edu/GardenDay2020
Hudson Valley Women Artists in Their Own Voice March 8 (Rhinebeck), March 12 (Woodstock) Walk into most art auctions and find that not only are there few works by women, but they’re also priced lower. Only two artworks by women have broken into the top 100 auction sales for paintings. Despite all they contribute to the art world, their work is still undervalued. Filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss is celebrating Hudson Valley female artists with short film screenings at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck and Woodstock. From fine art photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood to painter Barbara Masterson, Blauweiss’s short films showcase the women’s styles, disciplines, and mediums, including glasswork, metalsmithing, installations, book illustration, and silkscreening. Each film is prefaced with an artist introduction and followed by a Q&A. Screenings start at 1pm at both locations. Upstatefilms.org —Abby Foster & Tiana Headley
Deep Song BEYOND FLAMENCO March 15, 20, 31 Ps21chatham.org PS21’s first event of the year brings Flamenco trailblazers Patricia Guerrero and Eduardo Guerrero to the Hudson Valley for Beyond Flamenco, a mini-festival challenging conventional aspects of the traditional song and dance with contemporary twists that redefine what flamenco can be in the 21st century. This comes nearly 100 years after the publication of the essay “Deep Song” by Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain’s preeminent 20th-century poet and playwright, in 1922. Lorca spearheaded an effort to revive and rescue what he saw as a neglected art form, connecting flamenco to its gypsy roots and Andalusian heritage. Lorca succeeded—in 2010, UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. On March 15, Proceso Eterno features an expressive tug of war between playful and contentious choreography performed by flamenco up-and-comer Patricia Guerrero in PS21’s Black Box Theater. Guerrero, born in Granada, started flamenco dancing at age three, and has since performed her innovative flamenco around the world. In 2016, she earned Best Show at Bienal de Sevilla and in 2019 was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the Max Awards. On March 20, Cádiz native Eduardo Guerrero performs Desplante, dramatically blending flamenco styles in an ode to 19th-century mining songs from the southern Spanish coast. Guerrero, whose dancing can be both elegant and explosive at times, has toured with many dance companies, including the Spanish Ballet. In 2013, he won the first-place prize at Las Minas de la Unión Festival and in 2017 won the Audience Award at the Jerez Festival. Tickets for both performances are $25 for the general audience, $20 for members, and $10 for students. The Nuevo Flamenco Fest starts March 15 at PS21 in Chatham. Ps21chatham.org. —Abby Foster Photo of Eduardo Guerrero by M. Alanis Photography 3/20 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 85
Mel Bochner Barry Le Va on view
Dia Beacon 3 Beekman Street Beacon, New York diaart.org
E x h i b i t i o n s ∙ C las s E s ∙ au C t i o n ∙ Fai r
Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940–2016
Leonard Contino, Lady, 1967, courtesy the Estate of Leonard Contino
January 22 – April 5, 2020 SAMUEL DORSK Y MUSEUM OF ART
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT NEW PALTZ
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Must-See Hudson Valley Art Exhibits for March by Carl Van Brunt “ELENI SMOLEN: GIRL BY THE SEA/ GUARDIANS” AT THE WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION & MUSEUM Known as a gallerist, Eleni Smolen has returned to her daily studio practice as a painter. Her show at WAAM is comprised of work done over the past year. Both the “Girl by the Sea” pictures—which Smolen calls “memory flags”—and the larger, simplified “Guardian” paintings, were inspired by a photograph of herself, taken by her mother in Étretat, France, in 1959. Smolen discovered the photo in her mother’s belongings after her death in 2017. The artist reflects that the “work explores memory as well as the ambiguity of nostalgia.” The repetition of the basic schema of the paintings—a girl in a simple dress holding a bird—enhances the emotional impact and narrative implications of the unpredictable variations of gesture, pattern, color, and texture. March 7–April 5
Hermione, Eleni Smolen, oil and ink, 2019 Photo by Howard Goodman
“.EDU: ART FACULTY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY” AT HUDSON VALLEY MOCA Art by 14 artist/teachers from eight higher education institutions in our region—Bryan Czibesz (SUNY New Paltz), Christina Tenaglia (Vassar), Donise English (Marist), to name three—will be on view at HVMOCA beginning March 14, highlighting a vitally important segment of our local art community. Selected by art critic and writer Susan Hodora, independent curator Amy Lipton, and contemporary art collector Sue Stoffel, examples of video, installation, sculpture, assemblage, painting, and installation will be included, offering what HVMOCA describes as “a critical perspective on the current state of affairs in contemporary art.” March14–April 30
“20/20 VISION” AT HOLLAND TUNNEL GALLERY IN NEWBURGH This show is a loving tribute to a peaceful art warrior from Brooklyn named Richard Timperio, who owned a pioneering Williamsburg gallery called Sideshow until his death in 2018. There, according to his friend, critic James Kalm, “you’d get a chance to see things that had been marginalized or pushed out of the spotlight.” Each year Timperio would have a vast Holiday show with hundreds of artists’ work on view. Holland Tunnel Gallery’s community-minded owner, Paulien Lethen, who was also a friend of Timperio, has a similar vision guiding her gallery in Newburgh. There are at least 130 artists in “20/20 Vision,” some like Fred Gutzeit and Ken Butler from Brooklyn, and some like Theresa Gooby and Chantelle Norton from the Hudson Valley. Co-curator Judy Thomas states that “internationally renowned, midcareer, established and emerging artist works hang side by side in a democratic, salon-style fashion.” Through March 29
“THE MAKING OF...” AT AIRPORT KINGSTON AirPort, a new art venue, has officially launched in the Cornell Steamboat Building in Kingston with its inaugural exhibition, “The Making of…” According to the gallery’s press release: “ArtPort’s aim is to be a destination for art experiences and unconventional interaction between contemporary art and a wide range of audiences.” The 15 artists involved in the current exhibition are tasked with making this aspiration a reality. Jeilia Gueramian has answered the call with an immersively colorful installation of woven-together textiles; Miwa Koizumi has taken a gentler approach, transforming discarded plastic into elegant forms; Traci Talaso has added a scratch-and-sniff dimension to architectural elements—a memorable strategy for evoking a sense of place. Through March 29
“BILL SCHUCK: YOUR CIRCLE MY LINE” AT CATSKILL ART SOCIETY IN LIVINGSTON MANOR Bill Schuck’s drawing devices, constructed with industrial pumps, electronic timers, and switches, make a lot of little drops of ink, one drop at a time. Each drop falls until it hits a single point on a piece of paper, and then another falls aimed at the same point. The process repeats and gradually a dispersal pattern emerges as the targeted paper begins to undulate in unpredictable ways due to the accumulating moisture. In the exhibition, some of the devices will have completed the mechanized drawing process and some will still be dripping. The point of these machinations? It’s about time. Schuck muses that, “Memories of events can be locked away in our minds. And future events we can imagine, but this moment, is fuzzier. The present experience is in some ways the hardest to know: instantly here, instantly gone.” Through March 14
“REACH: A SELECTION OF DRAWINGS AND ARTIST’S BOOKS BY ROSAIRE APPEL” AT NO. 3 READING ROOM AND PHOTO BOOK WORKS IN BEACON Basically, asemic writing is writing that doesn’t mean anything on purpose. It’s writing that looks like words, often laid out like words on the pages of a book, but, unlike words, refers to nothing other than itself. It signals rather than symbolizes, according to Rosaire Appel, whose delightful variations on this purely visual type of language—in book and drawing formats—are now on view at No. 3 Reading Room. Consider, for example, Appel’s book not tulips (visual haiku). Loosely but skillfully rendered black marks—sometimes looking a bit like Japanese, other times looking like free form pictograms, or the work of an extremely talented cave painter—move across the book’s spreads. Where are these marks taking you? Short answer: nowhere in particular, but perhaps a bit closer to pure creativity itself. Through March 29
DEBRA BILOW: “WINTERLAND” AT DASH GALLERY IN KINGSTON Debra Bilow’s meticulously crafted winter photographs conjure up a temperature either just above or just below freezing. There is definitely a damp chill in the air, and the snow in these pictures is not as deep as the silence. The images have a post-minimalist emptiness. Helsinki Sea No.2, 2017 is reminiscent of a Barry La Va chalk installation currently on view at Dia:Beacon. Tree Line, Wall, 2020 is pure Zen: just the tree line, just the soft brown winter grass, just the wall, and the luminous cloud of snow beyond. Through April 4
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exhibits CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Color Quest.” A group exhibit highlighting the exploration of color through mixed media abstraction. March 4-April 19. Opening reception March 7, 5pm-7pm.
CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS / WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE 27 N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL
“Re-Invention: My Life as an Astronaut.” For a decade after 9/11, Ellen Levy built up genealogies of related inventions by tracking patent drawings from database references in the US Patent Library. Through April 24.
11 PEEKSKILL ROAD, COLD SPRING “After the Storm. Work by Kristen DeFontes.” Through March 7.
3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON Work by Barry Le Va and Mel Bochner. Ongoing.
SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY NEW PALTZ CAMPUS
“Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940-2016.” Through April 5 “Jan Sawka: The Place of Memory (The Memory of Place).” Through July 12. “Collecting Local: Twelve Years of the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award.” through July 12. “War!” Curated by Wayne Lempka. Through July 12.
GARRISON ART CENTER
23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON “Incarnations by Caroline Burton.” “Paintings by Eric Erickson.” Through March 21-May 3. Opening reception March 21, 5pm-7pm.
HUDSON AREA LIBRARY
51 N. 5TH STREET, HUDSON “The History of the Census in Hudson.” The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. Through March 31.
HUDSON BEACH GLASS
162 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Tamed & Wild.” Animal pastels by Karen Miura. April 9-May 3. Opening reception April 11, 6pm-8pm.
327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “William Stone: Apperception.” Stone traffics in word play to create provocative and humorous works utilizing woodworking, sculptural, and painting techniques. Through March 15.
HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM 50 RONDOUT LANDING, KINGSTON
“PAPER TRAIL: ART ON AND MADE WITH PAPER” AT EMERGE GALLERY SAUGERTIES
The Performer, Barbara Tepper Levy, pen-and-ink drawing
Gallerist Robert Langdon has assembled work by more than 25 artists for this show. Awaiting gallery visitors are examples of drawings and paintings on paper; collage; monotypes; photography; and other works containing at least 75 percent paper. Featured are a selection of abstract monotypes notable for their compositional surprises by Woodstock artist Susanna Ronner. Also look out for a somewhat-scary-but-masterfullyaccomplished animal skull relief in abaca pulp, collagraph, and charcoal by Melanie dai Medeiros. March 7–29
“Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson.” Through January 1, 2021.
HUDSON VALLEY MOCA
1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL “How We Live: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection.” Through Decemebr 6.
JDJ | THE ICE HOUSE
CALL FOR ADDRESS, GARRISON “Always: Alex Kwartler & Sam Roeck.” Through March 15.
KAATERSKILL FINE ARTS GALLERY 7950 MAIN STREET, HUNTER
“(Con)temporary Landscapes: works by Alon Koppel.” Through March 29.
747 ROUTE 28, KINGSTON
11 JANE STREET. ART CENTER
“Read to Me.” April 3-May 2. Opening reception April 4, 5pm-8pm.
“InConstruction: Peter Eisenman.” Peter Eisenman presents his most recent built work, the Pinerba Condominium in Milan, Italy. The exhibiton presents a scale model, renderings illuminating the architect’s creative process, and other photographic documentation of the project. Through March 15.
11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES
ALBANY CENTER GALLERY 488 BROADWAY, ALBANY
“Translations.” Features the works of regional artists Beth Humphrey, Stephen Niccolls, Victoria Palermo, Stacy Petty, and Anthony Ruscitto. Through March 6.
ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY
22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK “David Eddy: Painting Solo.” Through May 3.
ANN STREET GALLERY
104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH “The Contemporary Art of Quilting.” March 7-April 18. Opening reception March 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
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1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT
BEACON ARTIST UNION
506 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Time: A Juried Exhibition.” Through March 14.
“Blackouts and Other States of Reality.” Group show. March 14-April 15.
2683 SOUTH ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE “Contemporary Edo Art by Mariah Reading.” Reading has a zerowaste practice, using found objects as her canvas. Through April 26.
MARK GRUBER GALLERY
17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ
BOARDMAN ROAD BRANCH LIBRARY
“Ruth Gruber: Photographs as Witness.” The career of 20thcentury pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist as she embarks on a life devoted to humanitarian causes. Through March 21.
“New Works and Retrospective: Paintings by Ivars Sprogis.” Through March 8.
MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL
141 BOARDMAN ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE
BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES ART CENTER 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“Utopian Living.” Byrdcliffe artists-in-residence show. Through March 29.
6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK Historic “Hudson Valley Architecture & Landscape Design.” March 6-April 26. Opening reception March 6, 6pm-8pm.
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56 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON “Monotype Modern.” A survey of work by three area abstract artists working with monotype printmaking: Susanna Ronner, Wendy Stefanelli and Joan Ffolliott. March 7-April 26. Opening reception March 7 5pm-9pm.
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317 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Nude.” Exhibition juried by James Cox and Mary Anna Goetz. March 7-28. Opening reception March 7, 4pm-6pm.
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172 MAIN STREET, BEACON “3 Artists: Faulds/Flaitz/Morgan.” These 3 artists—working in photography, encaustic and glass tiles—use basic elements to express distinctive visions. Through March 8.
27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK “Anthropocene Outpost: Stories of the Future.” Dystopian paintings by Zachary Skinner. March 7-April 19. Opening reception March 8, 2pm-5pm.
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27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK “Natural Progressions.” Site Specific installations in The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at RoCA. Through April 30.
449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON “Tiny Things.” Featuring works by Sue Collis, Nina Katchadourian, Kate Newby, Liliana Porter, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Barb Smith, Julianne Swartz, and Stefanie Victor. Through March 15.
147 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT “Garden Galaxy.” Recent paintings by Lisa Warren. Through March 8.
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“Amber Waves: Transforming Grain, Transforming America in the 19th & 20th Centuries.” Student-curated exhibit. This exhibit delves into how the advancements in grain production impacted American society in the United States through the 1800s and 1900s. Through April 30.
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“Tranquility: Calm, Minimal, Zen.” Through March 15.
68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ “Composed to Decompose.” Forty-five artists have composed installations that are intentionally designed to decompose over the course of an entire year. Through July 31.
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124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE “Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb.” Spanning time and geography, this focused exhibition features more than a dozen prints from the permanent collection chosen for their common medium: etching. Through April 12.
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“Paintings by Dogs and Paintings of Dogs.” Human and canine exhibition. March 2-April 29. Opening reception March 7, 5pm-7pm.
11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS “The Shape of Light.” Seven artists from the Hudson Valley bring their unique interpretations of how light affects their work. Curated by Ann Crowley and Laura Taylor. Through April 26.
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“ALEX BRADLEY COHEN AND RAFAEL FERRER” AT PARTS & LABOR IN BEACON Two artists from different backgrounds and different generations are paired in this show of portraits. Based in Chicago, Alex Bradley Cohen, in his early 30s, brings a style with components of abstraction and representation to his depictions of friends and relations. While utilizing bold color, free brush work, and compositional anomalies, Cohen’s paintings are surprisingly quiet in their evocations of moments of internality during the process of dialogue. Ferrer’s paintings are from the early 1980s, when he was around 50, and already a well-known artist who had recently returned to painting after years making conceptual and process-based work. His portraits, also vividly colored, lean in the direction of primitivism, with figures aggressively jammed up against the picture plane giving his works a palpable intensity. Through May 3
“Mother/Father.” Parenting group show. March 6-29.
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“Otto Bierhals: A German-American Artist in Woodstock.” Features 40 works highlighting Bierhals’s Castkills landscapes. A delineator of scenes of New York City and his native Germany, Bierhals was also an accomplished still life painter. Through May 10.
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March 13. Along with Pavement, Built to Spill, Guided By Voices, and their Chapel Hill, North Carolina, buddies Superchunk, Archers of Loaf defined the 1990s slacker-indie sound: scrappy, lo-fi, and with just enough melodies to bring them to the brink of pop crossover (hence their rejected overtures from Madonna’s label, Maverick Records). The album that put them on the musical map was their 1994 debut, Icky Mettle; that year’s proto-emo EP The Greatest of All Time and 1995’s raw turn Vee Vee raised their alt-radio profile. The quartet reunited in 2011 after a 13-year hiatus and comes to Colony for this rare local gig. (Amy Rigby arrives March 15; Murder by Death kills it March 25.) 7pm. $25, $30. Woodstock. Colonywoodstock.com.
March 27-28. One of the region’s hardest-working musicians is keyboardist Marco Benevento—hands down, as it were. Although the Saugerties-based player and singer has found the bulk of his success on the jam-band circuit—he’s collaborated with Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, and Trey Anastasio—his fleet fingers are in all kinds of musical pies: Benevento has also worked with everyone from Tortoise’s John McIntyre to the New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman and the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson. In support of his most recent release, 2019’s Let It Slide, he makes this two-night stand at Levon Helm Studios. (An Evening to Be Grateful celebrates the Dead March 1; Tanya Tucker trucks in March 6.) 7:30pm. $30, $50. Woodstock. Levonhelm.com.
March 25. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their acclaimed 2000 album Yesterday Was Dramatic—Today Was OK, this month the Icelandic electro pop band Múm is making a long-anticipated return to America that includes an unexpected engagement at Hudson Hall. Although founding members Gunnar Örn Tynes and twin sisters Gyoa and Kristin Anna Valtysdottir have been noticeably inspired by pioneering UK ambient techno act Aphex Twin and American Minimalist composer Iannis Xenakis, it’s hard not to hear the cold, misty vistas and forlorn folk styles of their homeland in the epic dronescapes they create. With Clarice Jensen. (The Camphill Players present “Inner Worlds” April 3.) 7pm. $20, $25. Hudsonhall.org.
March 7. Matthew Shipp is simply the most forwardthinking pianist-composer in jazz today. After debuting on record in a duo with saxophonist Rob Brown, Shipp sailed to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of saxophonist David S. Ware’s quartet before christening his own trio with fellow Ware players bassist William Parker and drummer Susie Ibarra and collaborating with numerous New York stalwarts. His deep and influential catalog includes several solo outings, which is the setting the keyboardist will be in for this performance presented by Elysium Furnace Works at the Howland Cultural Center. (The Lincoln Trio holds forth March 1; the Whispering Tree murmurs April 1.) 8pm. $20, $25. Beacon. Howlandculturalcenter.org.
JAMES HUNTER SIX March 28. It feels like it’s been forever since British R&B belter James Hunter has performed in the area. Wait over: The artist formerly known as Howlin’ Wilf hits the Hudson Valley with this soul blowout at Daryl’s House, bringing his tough sextet along for the ride. After four albums on his own (including 2006’s landmark People Gonna Talk), the gutsy, Grammy-nominated vocalist and MOJO magazine-declared “United Kingdom’s Greatest Soul Singer” released three full-lengths with his James Hunter Six, the last two being well at home on Brooklyn’s iconic Daptone, the label that gave us Sharon Jones. Time to get down! (Ana Popovic burns March 1; the Outlaws ride in March 31.) 8pm. $30. Pawling. Darylshouseclub.com.
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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME MUST GIVE US PAUSE The Sun’s transit through Pisces during most of March traces the path of dreams, but the question of which kind of dreams—beautiful visions or horrific nightmares—must give us pause. Pisces is the sign of faith, and this month transiting Jupiter in Capricorn enlarges our faith but in practical, purposeful, and embodied ways. The Sun’s conjunction to Neptune in Pisces March 8 views ambiguous situations with rose-colored glasses, but the Full Virgo Moon March 9 reveals choices which must be made with analytical discernment, not by ignoring red flags. The Pisces Sun’s sextile to Jupiter in Capricorn March 11, followed by Mars sextile to Neptune March 14 and the sextile of the Pisces Sun to Capricorn-based Pluto and Saturn March 14 and 19 reminds us that what dreams may come must give us pause. Is our dream for the improvement of society, or is it a dystopian nightmare? Is it a doable dream or just fairy stardust sprinkled in the sky? Capricorn has zero tolerance for fairy dust; what can’t be used to build something useful and concrete has no value in this Capricorn-dominant worldview, which is the theme of 2020. The Sun crosses the Vernal Equinox into Aries March 20, and Mars, ruler of Aries, conjuncts Jupiter in Capricorn, squaring his own sign, followed by Mars conjunct Pluto and Saturn on the 23 and 31 respectively. Aggressive authoritarian efforts from the top down to structure, organize, control, and dominate others are stepped up, and efforts to vigorously resist these efforts are equally empowered. What dreams may come must give us pause, but the month of March may be the pause that refreshes prior to the onset of ideological warfare that begins in earnest come April. Drink deeply from the sparkling wellsprings of faith while you still can.
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GEMINI (May 20â€“June 21) First Quarter Moon in Gemini on March 2 sets the stage for a multifaceted month of many-layered meanings, as Mercury Retrograde since February 17 dips back into Aquarius on March 4, demanding differentiation between facts and information. The Full Moon in Virgo March 9 discerns healthy relationships from potentially toxic ones and distinguishes between what youâ€™ll tolerate for the sake of variety, and that which, although tempting, is utterly indigestible. Mercury Direct after March 10 re-enters Pisces on March 16; itâ€™s inbetween that liminal space where errors are corrected, perspectives re-measured and relations redefined. Self-care is your priority now.
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CANCER (June 21â€“July 22) The Full Virgo Moon March 9 stimulates your social side. Though Cancer often prefers the coziness of home, this is one night youâ€™ll be glad you put on your dancing shoes. Neighborhood gatherings are chances for you to exercise both your intuition and your sense of humor, which may need a workout more than ever before in your life. Youâ€™ve bravely borne the brunt of the Nodal Axis transit over the past 16 months; relief comes in early May, but the light at the end of the tunnel is visible now and it is good for you to rejoice.
LEO (July 22â€“August 23) Mercury retrograde through Aquarius March 4â€“10 signals potential for misunderstandings around issues of individual desires vs. communal needs, especially in domestic relationships. Mercury direct in Aquarius March 10-16 gives you the chance to untie the knots, but to avoid them in the first place be exceedingly meticulous in all communications. The Spring Equinox March 20 boosts your spirit, inspiring some longed-for new career beginning. You donâ€™t fear visibility, but you do hate being ignored; patience pays off at the New Moon in Aries March 24 when your praises are sung by others instead of tooting your own horn.
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LIBRA (September 23â€“October 23) Venus in Taurus March 5 through the rest of the month is good news for pleasure-loving Libra, especially in matters of shared intimacies. Venus conjunct Uranus March 8 stimulates your desire to memorialize a distinctive, oneof-a-kind love in an embodied way: matching tattoos or a joint real estate purchase? The New Moon in Aries March 24 followed by the trine of Venus to Jupiter and Pluto March 28/29 enhance boldness, passion, purpose, and power. Itâ€™s liberating not to care what the neighbors think when you stand up for your sincerely held beliefs. Your integrity is more valuable than people-pleasing.
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Garrison Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
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Glenn’s Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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An untitled photograph by Will Nixon When asked about the photograph that will be running in the March issue of Chronogram (see above), the first thing Will Nixon says is: “I am not a photographer.” It’s true. He’s a writer. The Kingston-based author of Love in the City of Grudges and My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse, recently published an updated version of A Pocket Guide to Woodstock (Bushwhack Books) with illustrations by Loel Barr. Nixon didn’t start taking photographs until a few years ago, when he purchased his first iPhone. Nixon’s photographs take two main tacks. One variety involves selfies in which he wears a crow mask, like an avian Cindy Sherman. This interest led him to a lecture in January at Hudson Valley MoCA in Peekskill by Marcy B. Freedman on art and identity. On his way back to his car, Nixon saw an opportunity to engage his other photographic interest: taking photographs of reflections on his car. The trick to this, Nixon says, is to find tall buildings. “I need to park the car beneath something fairly tall, so it reflects on the car hood and I’m taking the picture of the reflection.” The church steeple in Peekskill fit the bill perfectly. The man walking past was just a bonus. —Brian K. Mahoney
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