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20 Going Native: The Growth of Natural Wines
Cuban-American visual artist and Hudson resident Sita Gomez participates in the Open Studio Hudson tour, October 10-11.
11 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern turns to John G. Bennett for wisdom on harnessing dissatisfaction.
13 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney is adrift in the Adirondacks.
HIGH SOCIETY 15 Hot Tokes Lisa DiVenuta rounds up cannabis news from the Northeast and beyond. Sign up for High Society, Chronogram’s cannabis culture newsletter, at Chronogram.com/highsociety.
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS GUIDE 16 Climate Solutions Week, October 17-24 Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization whose mission is to speed up progress against climate change, is producing a week of climate action this month.
18 How to Fix Climate Change Lissa Harris of the River Newsroom’s Climate Lab talks to regional climate activists about local solutions for a warming planet.
As the natural wine movement captures an growing share of the market, local winemakers see an opportunity to put our region on the map with lowintervention vintages made using sustainably farmed hybrid and native grapes.
25 Sips & Bites Food and drink news from around the region: Santa Fe Burger Bar, Zinnia’s Dinette, the Vinyl Room, the Hudson House, and Accord Market.
HOME 26 The Good Shepherds On the 400-acre Lime Kiln Farm in West Coxsackie, Alessandro Voglino and Brent Zimmerman get back to their pastoral roots while working to preserve one of the most storied properties in Greene County, a parcel dating back to 1790. Lime Kiln Farm is on the Register of National Historic Places.
HEALTH & WELLNESS 38 Cultivating Creativity Once we shelve our culture of toxic productivity, we can explore the human imperative to foster creativity and the health benefits a life of wonder and curiosity can provide. Wendy Kagan consults with creativity experts Jeffrey Davis and Natalie Nixon on how to hop off the hamster wheel and jump start a more creative existence. (But guess what: It’s going to take discipline!) 10/21 CHRONOGRAM 5
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FALL ARTS PREVIEW
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Cultural Highlights: We’ve handpicked a selection of the best and brightest autumn events in the categories of dance, drama, music, comedy, fairs, and festivals, including the triumphal return of O+ Kingston; erstwhile senator Al Franken at the Egg; Wassaic Project’s Haunted Hamlet and Monster’s Ball; Spanglish Fly at Opus 40; “Deathtrap” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck; Field + Supply Fall MRKT; “The Dark House” at Philipstown Depot Theatre; David Sedaris at the Bardavon; Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine at Unison Arts Center; Hudson Valley Pottery Tour; Sheep & Wool Festival; Newburgh Literary Festival; “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Revel 32; “the Niceties” at Shadowland Stages; and Fall for Art.
Arts editor Peter Aaron curates a line-up of 12 not-to-miss fall concerts ranging from Iris DeMent at Towne Crier to Psychedelic Furs at Empire Live.
The brand-new Barns Art Center in Fishkill opens with “Tasting Menu,” featuring 30 contemporary artists.
Exhibits: Gallery and museum shows around the region.
Founded in 1984, Flying Cloud Institute blends science and arts education at public schools, after-school events, and STEM programs for girls.
COMMUNITY PAGES 48 Kingston: From Crossroads to Crisis In the past year, Kingston has blown past its “up-and-coming” status to become one of the hottest zip codes in the country, with an affordable housing crisis to match.
ARTS 60 Music Album reviews of My New Head by Fredo Viola; For the Record by Tad Wise; and Cadillac Souls by Brad Whiting. Plus listening recs from local writer Luc Sante.
61 Books Brian K. Mahoney’s reviews A Time Outside This Time, Amitava Kumar’s meditation on life in the post-truth era. Plus short reviews of The Ghostly Tales of Sleepy Hollow by Jesse Dean; All Roads Lead to Ram by Sruti Ram; The Gift of Glossophobia by Mary Louise Kiernan; Corrections and Beyond by Dr. Ivan Godfrey; and Not Dead Yet by Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane.
62 Poetry Poems by Natalli Amato, Lisa L. DeFelice, Andy Fogle, George Freek, Bob Grawi, John Joe Kane, Megan Konikowski, Lisa Merksamer, Drew Nacht, Daniel Polish, JR Solonche, Greg Tackach, Susan Liev Taylor, Meagan Towler, and Bruce Weber. Edited by Phillip X Levine.
HOROSCOPES 76 Creative Conflict Wins When Cooler Heads Prevail Lorelai Kude looks at what’s in the stars for October.
PARTING SHOT 80 Stephen Green-Armytage’s Poultry Portraits Throughout his career as a wildlife photographer, Stephen Green-Armytage has shot for publications like Smithsonian, but in his off-time, he heads to poultry shows to snap glamor shots of chickens and pheasants.
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Sarah Bernheart, acrylic on canvas, Sita Gomez
ita Gomez de Kanelba is a CubanAmerican visual artist born in Paris in 1932. Her father, Dr. Domingo Mauricio Gomez‐Gimeranez, was a mathematician and cardiovascular researcher who studied the effects of space on the human body. When Hitler expressed interest in her father’s work, the family fled France in 1941. Gomez grew up in New York City and Cuba, which her family was forced to leave in 1959 after Castro took power. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Gomez has shown in exhibits and galleries all over the world since her first one-person show at Van Bovenkamp Gallery in New York City in 1964. Like her close friend Carmen Herrera, Gomez is gaining more recognition later in life. She has been living in Hudson for 10 years and is participating in the Open Studio Hudson tour October 10–11. When asked what inspired her to paint a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, Gomez replies, “I 8 CHRONOGRAM 10/21
was always attracted to women because they have more interesting visual elements to work with such as hair, clothes, makeup, and jewelry. Men are not as interesting. And I like historical figures. Growing up in Paris, I loved seeing images of Bernhardt in the press and at the movies. Bernhardt was basically a high-class prostitute. But she was also an actress who played historical figures. She slept in a coffin and was an original.” Gomez was influenced by the grand circus sideshow art she saw as a child in Paris. She paints on Masonite or plywood, and most of her work is large-scale, typically eight-by-eight feet. A fan of Alice Neel, Gomez paints portraits, and, like Toulouse-Lautrec, she is interested in characters who are typically underrepresented. Reflecting on her long career and what she’s learned as an artist, Gomez says, “First you have to know how to work with your material. But the most important thing is your imagination—
what’s in your brain and heart that you can transfer to canvas or paper.” Gomez escaped Nazi Germany, fled the Cuban Revolution, survived the death of close family members, and continues to create. “I had a lot to tell. The more you paint the better you become,” she says. “The devil got into my life and tried to make it difficult to paint, but I did it anyway.” Always productive, she is currently writing a book about her life and her family lineage. “There are two murders in it! History brings things to life, even if it’s not perfect,” she says. Gomez is also the subject of a documentary film by director Susie DeFord that begins shooting this month. As to what keeps her going, Gomez laughs and says, “I’m only 89! I walk without a cane, look halfway presentable, and have a good memory. I’m very lucky. I’m probably still around because I haven’t finished what I’ve been put on this Earth to do.” Sitagomez.com —Mike Cobb
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id everybody take their meds?” I asked in jest, but behind the joke was the reality that all of us were on medication (and not the fun or illicit kind) in some form. And no, this wasn’t an announcement over the intercom during bingo night at the senior living center, this was said sitting around the morning campfire, waiting for Tim to finish making breakfast, his legendary Man Quiche. (We’re a fairly binary crew.) It was the morning of the second day of our annual pilgrimage to the Adirondacks. For over two decades, our group— most of us now in our 50s—has paddled across Middle Saranac Lake to Weller Pond, a remote body of water with a half-dozen campsites spaced far enough away from each other that you can see the campfires of your neighbors but are spared from hearing their fireside John Denver singalongs. (And vice versa, though I do think my harmony singing on “Rocky Mountain High” is quite masterful.) Things were much the same this year, and yet things had also notably changed. Familiar sights, sounds, and numbskullery: Me forgetting something—this year it was my air mattress; I plunked down $130 for a replacement in Lake Placid. Loading boxes of wine and cases of beer into the boats. James bashing his foot on an exposed root as we lugged his metal canoe from the car to the water. Stringing up a massive tarp over our campsite as we watched the evening sky go from pink to slate gray. Sitting out the rainstorm underneath the tarp and playing Cribbage. Trying in vain to get cell service. Stephen and Joe making a pact to remind each to brush their teeth. Paddling out on Monday
morning into the teeth of the wind, our gear smelling like a wet dog strung out to dry over a very smoky fire. The rattling of pill bottles in my backpack was new. (I could hear them banging up against the bottle of Old Overholt. And the size of our group was small, just six of us. We’d been as many as 12 or 14 certain years. But Marcus was in Florida. Lee Anne had to work. Jess and Andy never came back after they bought a vacation home in the Catskills. My brother’s wife’s family has a house on the Jersey shore. Shazam didn’t even make it this year. The dog once crowned king of canoe camping is now 13 and doesn’t get around so well, what with the arthritis and all. (If Shazam had come, we would have had to bring his medications—plural—as well.) Nobody had a blinding hangover; that was novel. We even packed out a bunch of the booze we packed in. (A sign of maturity age, surely.) The big innovation was the motorboat. We’d always paddled out in canoes and kayaks under our own power in the past, but this year, for the first time, we rented a full-on, 20 horsepower motorboat capable of carting almost all the gear and Joe out to the campsite. (Sorry, that’s Captain Joe. Joe went mad with power after he took the helm, barking commands interspersed with cries of: “I’M THE CAPTAIN!”) The boat definitely made the 90-minute trip easier for those of us in the canoes and kayaks as we weren’t loaded down with gear, but it felt a little like cheating to me. That said, it felt necessary, as we wanted to make sure we could get out of the woods quickly in case one of us had a medical emergency, like, say, a pulmonary embolism.
The morning of the day we left, I went out for a little aimless meandering around the pond in a kayak. The water was so still, the boat could have been sliding along a glass floor. I paddled past a few loons and some folks at other campsites as well, bidding each a good morning. And then I just let myself drift for a few moments and tried to take in my surroundings: the green wall of pines, the surrounding water, the infinite sky above. But I couldn’t do it—it’s a lot to take in—so I just closed my eyes. After three days in the woods, far from screens and gadgets and civilization, I felt like the low-hanging cloud of stress and anxiety that hangs over my daily existence like smog had begun to lift. I sat still for as long as I could manage, which, if I’m being charitable, was probably two minutes. As I headed back to our campsite, I could hear the voices of my friends bouncing out across the water. There were jokes. There was banter. There was inane conversation. It sounded like beautiful music made solely for me. And I thought about everyone who couldn’t be here, Lee Anne and Marcus and Shazam, and everyone else. I was with the people I’ve loved so dearly and for so long—some in body, some in spirit. Then there was a sharp pain in my chest. Under normal circumstances, I would have thought I was having a cardiac event. But it wasn’t that, it was just my heart cracking open and the intense joy of being alive pouring in. For a moment, it felt like everything was going to be okay, no matter what happened—Trump’s reelection, capsizing on the way out, my own death. And then it ended. I cried for a while and then paddled back to get some Man Quiche. 10/21 CHRONOGRAM 11
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Sharing a talk by scientist and teacher John G. Bennett, circa 1969, as it strikes me as relevant in the current social and political atmosphere.—JS We must not have any attitude of blame toward people for what is occurring; this is a periodic cosmic event, a state of tension when people—all people—become intensely dissatisfied with the situation in which they find themselves and they react to this state of dissatisfaction differently. Here is what is the right and wrong of it: those who are wise and understand this, know that this force of dissatisfaction that is developed can be converted into a dissatisfaction with oneself and a wish to change and to work on oneself, and it is the greatest and most powerful force that one can have. It is the realization that only those who have attained to an inner freedom through inner work can pass safely through this kind of crisis. As was amply proved during the great revolutions like the Russian Revolution and elsewhere, this is the path of wisdom in front of this. Other people project the causes outside of themselves and then you have this sort of tension between races, between generations, between classes, between people who want to change things one way, people who want to preserve things in another way. All these tensions result in people blaming others, and when things go wrong this becomes acute and ultimately threatens violence and disaster. This is happening all over the world and it is terrifyingly evident that really no one is in power, that events have taken charge. Neither the president, nor the senate, nor congress, nor big business, nor wise people, nor leaders of this or that movement, none of them are in charge of the situation. They are all reacting to this state of tension. This does inevitably occur periodically in the life of humanity, and it is a part of the general condition of the existence of life on the Earth. It is because of this that we have to work specially nowadays, at this time, and one part of our work is as far as possible removing from ourselves, even in our thoughts, criticism and hostility to people whose behavior we may disapprove of; constantly look upon these people as helpless, not as hostile; as machines, not as evil men—really as victims, and not as persecutors. And this is irrespective of what they may be doing. Even the most dreadful things are really not done intentionally, or from the desire for evil. They are either done through a mistaken hope for good, or simply helplessness. This helplessness of man is something that people cannot bear to face up to. It is much easier, or much more satisfying to our vanity as human beings to think that things go wrong because of bad will, but things go wrong because man is helpless. But there is nothing really to fear or to be ashamed of in this because this is what we have to work ourselves out of. This is a very great opportunity, even if the smallest number of people can manage to preserve a constant state of compassion and abstain from criticism. This does not mean putting away one’s critical faculty which is quite a different thing; it does not mean not seeing that mistakes are made. All this we have to do. It is to not criticize people for doing what they can’t help doing; not to find fault where people are being carried along by a stream without any possibility of changing the course of events. I am not a pessimist, not an alarmist about the situation. In fact, I am more optimistic than almost anyone can be because I have complete conviction that there is a higher power working in human life at this time, with far greater wisdom and far greater resources than we have any notion of. But this confidence does not mean that I think that human beings can help and put the situation right. Our task is, to my mind perfectly clear: to do everything we can to make ourselves into instruments for higher wisdom, putting aside our worn wisdom, putting aside any belief in our own powers, to allow the higher power to work through us. Perhaps very wonderful things will happen. So, this is the message that I have given again. Perhaps there is greater urgency just now because perhaps the period of maximum tension is now approaching, and it will be very, very alarming for quite some time to come.
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Cannabis News from the Northeast and Beyond New York Senate Confirms Cannabis Regulatory Nominees
Medgar Evers College Launches Cannabis Minor
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Learn to Grow Cannabis in Ohio
New Yorkers are eager to reap the benefits of legal weed, yet bureaucratic roadblocks have kept things in limbo since Albany legalized adult-use marijuana in April. The fall is proving to be less of a buzzkill—on September 1, the Senate approved Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first two appointees to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), a crucial step to realizing an economically viable and socially equitable legal market in the Empire State. Cannabis advocate Christopher Alexander will serve as executive director of the OCM. Alexander helped craft the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) as former policy director of the Drug Policy Alliance. He currently works as the government relations and policy director at the cannabis company Village Brands, the largest blackowned and operated multi-state cannabis company in the country. The OCM will set the rules and regulations for growers and retailers in the cannabis space. Former assembly member for Brooklyn’s 56th District, Tremaine Wright, an attorney, entrepreneur, small business owner, and activist, will chair the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). Wright is a second-generation BedStuy resident devoted to reinvesting in communities hit hardest by the war on drugs. The CCB will be responsible for all aspects of cannabis, including the allocation of licenses, licensing regulations and requirements, and general oversight of the industry. On September 8, Jen Metzger, former senator from the state’s 42nd district, and Buffalo-based attorney Adam W. Perry were appointed to the CCB, leaving just three spots to be filled. Metzger’s experience in environmental sustainability coupled with Perry’s legal acumen bode well for New York’s regulatory system. Source: Green Market Report, BK Reader
There’s no doubt that New York’s legal cannabis economy will be flush with cash. Industry veterans and newcomers alike are scrambling to get a puff of legalization’s early momentum. Brooklyn’s historic Medgar Evers College (MEC) is ushering in a new generation of workers to the cannabis marketplace, as the school becomes the first City University of New York (CUNY) campus to offer a cannabis minor degree program. Students can now enroll in the prerequisite course, “Introduction to the World of Cannabis,” and continue their degree program with 13 newly developed courses to earn a cannabis degree minor in testing, cultivation, business, or health. Via e-permits, students enrolled at any of the 24 CUNY campuses can enjoy these new educational opportunities. “Education is a key step in raising awareness of the non-recreational benefits of plants such as cannabis. Oftentimes, communities of color are the last to benefit from emerging economic opportunities. The science faculty and the business faculty collaborated in developing the minor in cannabis education; thus, exposing the students to the science, health, technical, and business aspects of this new industry,” says Dr. Patricia Ramsey, president of Medgar Evers College, in a press release.
United Returning Citizens (URC) helps the formerly incarcerated in Youngstown, Ohio, become self-sufficient through job search and training, school enrollment assistance, mentoring, financial literacy education, and more. Now, URC is partnering with medical marijuana cultivator Riviera Creek to pair past cannabis offenders with industry jobs through an agriculture-based educational employment program called URC Grows. Students will spend 18 months at an accredited school for cannabis, followed by business development classes and opportunities to work or intern at Riviera Creek. The program is similar to New York’s Jails to Jobs initiative, and will hopefully reinvigorate those hit hardest by the war on drugs. Although Ohio has yet to legalize adult-use marijuana, its medical industry is booming, with approximately 200,000 registered patients. With legalization on the ballot for 2022, programs like UCR Grows can give ex-cannabis convicts a head start in the lucrative legal market. Source: WBKN News
Within weeks of being sworn in as governor, Kathy Hochul made her first appointments to the Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management.
Beacon Smoke Shop Joint Giveaway Beacon’s Smokers Mecca held its second “Free Joint Friday” community event on September 3, handing out free marijuana joints to customers age 21 and older. Around 400 people showed up for the first event on August 27. The event is reminiscent of another free giveaway earlier in the year at a Michigan dispensary, the Greenhouse, which offered pre-rolls for every customer with proof of vaccination. The “Pot for Shots” promotion was a joint effort with UBaked Cannabis Company, which provided the pre-rolls. Source: The Times Union, CNN
Warwick’s Weed Campus Breaks Ground On September 9, Big Weed put down roots in Warwick. Green Thumb Industries—a major national cannabis firm worth $6.4 billion—started construction on its 450,000-square-foot cultivation and production hub, converting an abandoned prison site into what Warwick’s town supervisor Michael Sweeton calls “a cannabis cluster.” The former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility site was once home to about 1,000 inmates. When the prison closed in 2011, Warwick lost about 450 jobs. For the next decade, the compound was virtually empty, save for a youth athletic facility. Now, Green Thumb promises a robust stimulus to the pastoral Orange County town, with an influx of employment opportunities and future “cannabusiness.” The site will create at least 100 construction jobs and up to 175 permanent positions once the facility is operational. “There is massive opportunity upwards, from salaried positions with supervisors, operational roles, all the way up to general managers,” says Green Thumb CEO Ben Kovler. “This is the time for people with passion and skills to learn it, and we can create a long-time career for folks.” Kovler says Green Thumb plans to employ the formerly incarcerated, as other Green Thumb facilities have done. The yet-to-be-named cannabis facility aims to be fully operational by 2023. If all goes according to plan, Orange County farms and cultivation sites will contribute heavily to the projected $8.7 billion in sales by 2027, according to the nonprofit Marijuana Policy Project. Source: Albany Times-Union
Michigan’s Lake Superior State University offers a degree in cannabis chemistry, and several public New York State schools—SUNY Erie Community College, SUNY Morrisville, and SUNY Fulton-Montgomery Community College—offer cannabis courses, as well. Source: Medgar Evers College
Georgia’s Biggest Beach Town Rolls Back Pot Penalties Possession of small amounts of marijuana is no longer a misdemeanor in Tybee Island, Georgia’s largest public beach. It’s a sign of the times: At least a dozen other cities and counties in the state, including Atlanta and Savannah have rolled back pot penalties when dealing with minor amounts, the Savannah Morning News reported. Adult-use marijuana legalization is pending in Georgia, and Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, a Republican, approved six licenses for companies to produce and distribute medical marijuana oil in August. While frustratingly opaque (Georgia’s medical cannabis programs are not technically up-and-running, so patients still hover in a legal gray area when buying THC oil) these measures seem promising for adults looking to go green in a red state. Source: AP News
Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Exceed $2 billion In 2016, Massachusetts lawmakers legalized recreational marijuana, making cannabis legal to possess and grow. By November 2018, two dispensaries opened up shop for adult consumers: Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Eager consumers lined up to make their first legal purchases, despite having to wait in long queues in the harsh New England rain. If the Massachusetts roll-out is anything like New York’s path to legal consumption, New Yorkers have a lot to look forward to. On September 1, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission reported gross sales of over $2 billion since dispensary doors first opened. There are now 165 licensed marijuana retailers and three delivery services operating in Massachusetts, a massive increase from just two dispensaries in 2018. Source: Marijuana Moment —Lisa Di Venuta
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Climate Solutions Week, October 17-24, Events Climate Solutions Week Hudson Valley, October 17–24, offers dozens of events throughout the region to inspire and energize you. Over 60 percent of Americans say they are either concerned or alarmed about climate change. This campaign is to close the gap between concern and action. Info Session on Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice
October 17, 7–8pm. Learn how you can help engage a million college, university, and K-12 students—as well as community members and faith organizations—in a worldwide focus on climate solutions and climate justice set for March 30, 2022. The Worldwide Teach-In is a project of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, in conjunction with global partners and the Open Society University Network. Worldwideteachin.org Clearwater Presents: Climate Solutions and You(th)
October 18, 8–9:30pm. Join Clearwater and a panel of climate experts from all over the Hudson Valley to learn about how young people can be a part of the solution. This virtual webinar will focus specifically on how youth can engage with climate solutions through activism, education, career choices, and more. It’s never too early to make your voice heard in the fight for a more equitable and sustainable future. Clearwater.org Energy Smart Homes Community Session Webinar
October 19, 7–8pm. Discover customized clean heating and cooling solutions for your home, understand how energy efficiency can save you
money and energy, plus learn about financial incentives and rebates offered by NYSERDA and Con Ed. Join Sustainable Westchester to meet the contractors and hear from your neighbors. SustainableWestchester.org/webinar Regional Symposium on Climate Solutions
October 20, 4–6:30pm. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. Detailed briefing on the policies, programs, and funding behind New York’s Climate Act, and the Hudson Valley Regional Climate Action Strategy developed by Sustainable Hudson Valley and partners. The latest on big solar, electric vehicles, transit, green jobs, and investment in our communities. Featuring Maureen Leddy (Director, NYS Office of Climate Change), Sameer Ranade (Climate Justice Advocate, NYSERDA), Andrew Revkin (Columbia Earth Institute), Melissa Everett (Sustainable Hudson Valley), Rev. Gregory Simpson (HV Environmental Justice Coalition), Cynthia Nikitin (Sustainable Hudson Valley), and others. Hvclimatesolutionsweek.org Your Renewable Energy Plan in 10 Steps
October 20, 7–8pm. Webinar with the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission’s energy coaching team, via Zoom. Wherever you live, these folks can help you get moving toward 100-percent renewable energy at home or work. Marbletown.net/ECC; Hvclimatesolutionsweek.org Concert for Climate Solutions
October 24, 5–7pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main Street, Beacon. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $75 sponsor tickets benefit Sustainable Hudson Valley’s climate action. Featuring fiddler Bruce Molsky, singer-songwriter Scott Cook, and dance troupe Vanaver Caravan. Townecrier.com
Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Organizations Climate advocacy is a sophisticated playground. Volunteer, and you will be inspired, stretched, and educated. Are you drawn to working at the national, state, or local level? Do you love to write manifestos or phone bank or guide tours or produce benefit concerts? Whatever your talents, there is an organization for you in the Hudson Valley. Here are a few to check out: Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. CCL believes that putting a price on carbon emissions is the most powerful 16 CHRONOGRAM 10/21
policy tool we have, and that empowering citizens to engage in nonpartisan, respectful dialogues with legislators is the way to achieve it. Citizensclimatelobby.org Climate Reality Leadership Corps
Part of an international network of thousands of citizens trained by Al Gore to deliver a sciencebased, empowering presentation and raise their voices, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps of the Hudson Valley and Catskills is one of the strongest chapters in the nation. Become a speaker or support others in convening forums and demanding real change. Climaterealityproject.org/training Climate Smart and Clean Energy Communities
New York State programs that help local
governments take realistic steps such as installing EV chargers, building retrofits, and solar initiatives. Towns enroll and qualify for funding based on campaign and project achievements that range from installing EV chargers to running Repair Cafes. Climatesmart.ny.gov Environmental Voter Project
How annoying: lots of environmentalists don’t vote. The Environmental Voter Project has been changing that with big data, thoughtful messaging, and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. They target winnable local and state elections and mobilize phoners to turn out environmental voters, with success. Environmentalvoter.org Environmental Advocates of NY
Flagship statewide organization protecting natural resources. EANY is currently leading a brilliant campaign to enshrine the right to clean air and water and a healthy environment in New York’s constitution, which will be decided by voters this November (so vote, y’all). Eany.org NY-Renews
The people-power behind passage of the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, NY-Renews is a 200-plus member coalition representing every part of the state and multiple facets of climate action. They are currently fighting for the Climate and Community Investment Act to raise $15 billion per year from corporate polluters for investment in frontline communities and creation of green jobs. Nyrenews.org New Yorkers for Clean Power
A statewide campaign to speed the shift to a clean energy economy through education, advocacy and organizing, including leadership on the Transportation and Climate Initiative. If you are getting up to speed on the issues, look no further than the teach-in archives on their website. Nyforcleanpower.org Stop Danskammer Coalition
Tackling the disconnect between New York’s commitment to renewables and the expansion of a fracked gas power plant in Newburgh, this coalition brings together major environmental organizations and truly grassroots partners. Stoptheplant.org The Climate Solutions Guide is sponsored by Central Hudson.
Central Hudson is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More than 10,000 solar and storage installations are operating within its service territory. Through 2025, 600,000 LED light bulbs will be distributed annually, 12,000 heat pumps will be installed and savings of 442 million kWh will be achieved through high efficiency equipment rebates. Go to CentralHudson.com/ PoweringthePath to find out more.
A More Hopeful Climate Story Over 60 percent of Americans say they are “concerned” or “alarmed” about climate change. Each of those millions of people has had a wakeup moment—or moments—when the reality and seriousness of this threat became real. One of mine was receiving a cell phone picture of a field of blooming daffodils, sent by a friend in Brooklyn in mid-February. For many people, the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was that kind of wakeup, confirming that warming is underway and human activities are the main driver. The UN headline, “Code Red for Humanity,” is a stark call to action. But it sends a disempowering message—that we are not yet taking action. It speaks in a voice that is frustratingly similar to calls to action over the last 30 years. Could something be different now? Buzz is building about Regeneration, the new book by Paul Hawken, mastermind of Project Drawdown. Hawken’s special gift is framing the exact story that needs to be told to move us forward to slow and ultimately reverse climate change. Drawdown sent a message of confirmation that the solutions are within reach. It helped to shift the focus of the climate narrative away from fear in favor of imagination. This one is subtitled “Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation.” It chronicles hopeful signs of progress in getting orders of magnitude more people involved and broadening the action agenda to emphasizing repairing the natural systems we have damaged, so that the Earth is more capable of self-healing. It is an anthem to the leadership of the young generation that so understands the stakes and will face the consequences. Ideas and images do inspire action. Drawdown helped to spark a “just do it” movement of grassroots climate innovation that has even included a project, Catching Carbon, to crowd-fund carbon capture technologies. “Just do it” is also the guiding principle of the US Climate Alliance, 24 states, and Puerto Rico that are working together to implement climate action plans that achieve the goals of the Paris agreement, even as the last administration withdrew the nation from that pact. Commitments like these are the reason that business is booming in clean energy, big automakers like GM are setting timelines to phase out gas cars, and over 300 companies including Apple and Walmart are part of the global “RE 100” with timelines for shifting to 100-percent renewable energy. New York famously passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019. Since then, while interagency teams are developing policies for implementing the full Act, the state took concrete action with funding for major offshore wind installations, a study of electric grid upgrade needs for transmitting that power, programs to make electric vehicle charting easy to afford, and major investments in energy storage. In the Hudson Valley, we are spearheading a regional climate action strategy with partners including county agencies and major environmental organizations. It is a springboard for dozens of major projects including:
• Helping towns identify solar sites that people are unlikely to fight about • Working with transportation agencies to get renewable energy and battery storage installed at transit hubs so that commuters’ EVs can get a clean charge • Developing business opportunities in recycling based industries to cut down on the trash that is currently trucked to landfills • Conserving water—which requires energy to transport and process • Creating new ways to pay farmers to use methods that draw carbon into the soil And dozens of allied groups are already working on aspects of these solutions.
“We are dangerously close to tipping points in the climate system as Arctic ice melts and weather patterns are altered. But there is another tipping point we are approaching: The gathering force of large numbers of people, governments, and companies that are taking direct action to help us change course. Climate Solutions Week is an opportunity to mobilize our communities for informed, effective action like we have never seen.” —Melissa Everett, PhD, executive director, Sustainable Hudson Valley
Trends like these reflect a more encouraging story than the IPCC’s, making it clear that it is not too late to get involved productively. In this story, we are still at grave risk, but many of us are mobilized. Yes, the work needs more people. But there is leadership. There are coherent efforts underway. Humanity is not paralyzed or lazy or apathetic. We are climbing a very difficult learning curve. If you are concerned and want to be more involved, there is a wealth of opportunity to take action in fulfilling ways. Climate Solutions Week Hudson Valley (October 17–24) is a platform for discovering these opportunities. With dozens of events all around the Valley and online, it is your opportunity to refresh your commitment, build knowledge, and pull in all your friends who are ready to step up. —Melissa Everett Sustainable Hudson Valley is a regional organization whose mission is to speed up, scale up, jazz up, and leverage progress against climate change, creating communities where people and nature thrive. 10/21 CHRONOGRAM 17
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HOW TO FIX CLIMATE CHANGE SEVEN LOCAL SOLUTIONS FOR A WARMING PLANET By Lissa Harris
e have climate problems. They are here, they are real, and, increasingly, they are local, as sea levels rise and extreme weather take aim at communities in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. We also have climate solutions—and they’re already underway in our own backyard. Here are seven solutions that take aim at some of our toughest regional climate problems—and seven local people who are rolling up their sleeves and doing the hard work on decarbonization and resilience. #1: Change The Law
Jen Metzger, former New York State senator, policy advisor to New Yorkers for Clean Power Passed in 2019, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) is now the backbone of New York’s climate policy. The new law aims to decarbonize the state economy, and to invest in communities that currently take the brunt of both climate change and pollution. Metzger, who had a hand in crafting the CLCPA, lost her seat in a close election in 2020. But as a policy expert who knows how the legislative sausage gets made, she’s still working on state climate response. THE OBSTACLES: Putting state climate targets into law was hard. Meeting them will be harder— and most of the supportive legislation needed to fund and carry out the CLCPA’s goals has not yet been passed. The fossil fuel industry has large influence and deep pockets, and opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects is politically costly for Democrats and Republicans alike. THE BENEFITS: If New York State can muster the will to deliver on the goals of the CLCPA, we’ll do more than decarbonize the state’s power system and overall economy. We’ll create new green jobs, boost resilience and quality of life in vulnerable communities, and dramatically reduce the air pollution that currently kills and sickens thousands of New Yorkers each year. Metzger: “New York has really been a model. But now, this is where the rubber hits the road. We have to implement this law.”
#2: Collaborate Across the Landscape
Nava Tabak, director of science, climate, and stewardship at Scenic Hudson As climate change redraws coastal maps, the job of protecting important ecosystems that serve as flood buffers is becoming harder—and more collaborative. In recent years, sciencedriven conservation organizations like Scenic Hudson are taking a more active role in helping communities understand, predict, and respond to climate risks, and in creating new online tools to 18 CHRONOGRAM 10/21
help local leaders work through tough landscapelevel climate problems. THE OBSTACLES: People—and the local governments they elect—are generally more inclined to respond to problems that already exist than they are to spend resources on preventing future disasters. Even as it becomes clearer that rising sea levels will be destructive and force large future investments, there’s little political will to act before the damage has been done. THE BENEFITS: Proactive work that makes communities and ecosystems more resilient is far less expensive than rebuilding after disaster strikes. Tabak: “We and our partners believe that the Hudson Valley can be a model for climate resilience for the rest of the state.”
#3: Harness the Power of Farm Soils
Ben Dobson, farmer, cofounder of Hudson Carbon and farm manager of Stone House Grain Agriculture is responsible for about 10 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. More than a third of that is methane, a shorter-lived but much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. But farming can also be part of the solution. At Stone House Farm and Old Mud Creek Farm in Columbia County, Dobson is working with scientists at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, with support from farm owner Abby Rockefeller, to develop best practices for locking carbon into farm soil. The goal is to create a road map that other farmers can follow. THE OBSTACLES: Ecological research is notoriously slow and difficult. Even if Dobson’s research projects yield clear results, what works for one farmer might not work for another. And then there’s the problem of carbon offsets: Even if they work as intended to suck carbon out of the air, they can be abused if people rely on them instead of doing the hard work of cutting emissions. THE BENEFITS: To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we need to go beyond cutting emissions. Limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require not just decarbonizing, but also ramping up practices and technologies that can capture and store carbon. And for that, we need projects like Dobson’s. Dobson: “We don’t have an exact formula that works, but we’re getting closer and closer. In ecosystems, there is no ‘exact.’ But there is rigor and honesty, and both of those are needed.”
#4: Bring Back Zero-Carbon Shipping
Andrew Willner, founder of the Center for Post Carbon Logistics Sometimes it takes a big idea to break free. Along the banks of the Hudson River, a small
chorus of advocates has been pressing for sail freight as an alternative to fossil-fueled shipping. The idea is beginning to move from vision to reality: This summer, the Hudsonbased schooner Apollonia met up with the French vessel Grain de Sail in New York Harbor to exchange goods, the first link in what might one day become a larger sail shipping network in the region. Sail freight advocates want to revitalize the Hudson River as a shipping thoroughfare, much as it was in the early 1800s, and to reimagine local waterfronts as powerhouses of jobs to support a slower but saner regional economy. THE OBSTACLES: The wind may blow for free, but time is money. Sail shipping is slow and labor-intensive compared to other methods of moving stuff from one place to another. And after almost 200 years of relying on fossil-fueled transport, Hudson River port cities no longer have solid logistical systems in place to support the movement of goods by sail. THE BENEFITS: As the cost of polluting becomes more apparent, shippers that rely on fossil fuels will have to pay increasing costs to do so. Sail freight might become more costcompetitive. And if we go big on reinvesting in the river as a highway, there are opportunities to reimagine waterfronts in ways that create jobs and promote resilience. Willner: “We have the beginning of a post-carbon logistics system being developed on the Hudson.”
#5: Get Buildings Off Oil and Gas
And better insulation makes a house both more comfortable and less expensive to maintain. McKnight: “Giving contractors and people who actually do the work a seat at the table to talk about practical application would be a really big step in the right direction.”
#6: Move the Important Stuff
Aaron Bennett, deputy chief of watershed lands and community planning, New York City Department of Environmental Protection One of the toughest problems in the battle for climate resilience is knowing when to retreat. It’s a difficult decision to make, but when the increasing risk of repeated flood or fire becomes too high for the community to bear, it’s time for “managed retreat”: relocating vital assets out of harm’s way. In Boiceville, a little hamlet in the rural town of Olive, the local fire department and the town board are working to move a fire station out of the path of recurring floods. Bennett, who until recently was an environmental planner for Ulster County, has been helping with the effort. THE OBSTACLES: Relocation is an emotionally fraught decision for the whole community. That goes double for a place like Olive, which has a history of whole communities being seized and submerged to build New York City’s reservoirs. On top of that, existing programs that help communities do resilience work have rules that don’t make sense for every situation. The Boiceville effort has run up against several roadblocks in the search for state or federal funding.
Melinda McKnight, VP and CFO, Energy Conservation Services If New York wants to decarbonize its economy, we have to get buildings off a fossil fuel diet. That’s no small task. Fuel burned to heat buildings accounts for roughly a third of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. From the draftiest Victorian to the most futuristic office space, every building is a unique challenge. The good news, for building energy experts like McKnight: Zero-carbon heating technology has come a long way in recent years. And it doesn’t involve electric baseboard heat that costs a fortune to run, or tearing down your house to build a passive-solar monument to `70s design.
THE BENEFITS: If the Boiceville Fire Department moves to higher ground, it can respond to future flood disasters without itself being in peril. It’s small potatoes in the grand scheme of global climate impacts, but it’s a version, writ small, of the tough infrastructure decisions now faced by climate-threatened cities all over the world.
THE OBSTACLES: Up-front expense is still a huge barrier to the widespread adoption of heat pumps, better insulation, and other building energy fixes. New York State has some incentive programs through NYSERDA, but they’re not enough to meet the state’s CLCPA goals, and there’s a forbidding amount of red tape involved in accessing them. What’s more, if New York is serious about home decarbonization, it will need to train a small army of systems installers.
Rich Winter, Callicoon beef farmer and founder of Delaware River Solar Energy entrepreneurs like Winter are building community solar projects in farms and fields across the state. Anyone who pays a utility bill can subscribe—and save on electricity costs, while they’re at it. Solar and wind energy currently take up just a tiny slice of the state’s overall power generation pie, but they’re growing, aided by plunging costs and increasingly renewable-friendly state policy.
THE BENEFITS: Zero-emissions building heat is obviously good for climate goals, but it’s also good for the people in the building. Burning fuel of any kind produces particulates that cause a variety of health problems and premature death.
Bennett: “A lot of critical community facilities are located within the floodplain. We all know flooding is going to increase in terms of frequency and intensity. So we have to be prepared for that.”
#7: Build Zero-Carbon Energy
THE OBSTACLES: The biggest immediate hurdle for wind and solar projects is community opposition to siting, especially in wealthier areas. Another factor that will loom larger down the
“We and our partners believe that the Hudson Valley can be a model for climate resilience for the rest of the state.” —Nava Tabak, director of science, climate, and stewardship at Scenic Hudson
road: As renewable energy takes over more of the grid, we will need to develop more energy storage to maintain grid reliability, since the sun and wind aren’t constant. THE BENEFITS: Building renewable power will help New York meet its climate goals. That might be a bit ineffable for rural communities worried about their viewsheds, but when solar begins to displace gas and coal in earnest, the benefits will be felt keenly in communities where fossil fuel plants have been creating public health problems for decades. Winter: “I would say 20 percent of our farms would be up for development in the next decade if they didn’t have the income from the solar array. The farmland is not disappearing. Maybe you don’t see a tractor going by and baling hay. But agriculture is still happening.” The people featured in this story were participants in an online panel conversation about local climate solutions hosted by The River on July 14, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Climate?” For more on that event and their work, see our story on The River: “7 Locals Tackling New York’s Toughest Climate Problems.” 10/21 CHRONOGRAM 19
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Deanna Urciuoli of Dear Native Grapes planting vines in Walton. Photo by co-owner Alfie Alcantara.
GOING NATIVE THE GROWTH OF NATURAL WINES By Carrie Dykes
atural wine—that nebulous and soughtafter darling of today’s wine world—has actually been around for centuries, but the past decade has seen accelerated growth of the low-intervention wine market and the resurgence of farmer-made wines. Given the ambiguity of the terminology, tracking sales has proven a squirrely task, but according to a recent Nielsen study, in just the past two years, sales of organic and biodynamic wine rose 21 percent by value and nearly 17 percent by volume. Used interchangeably with “low-intervention,” the term “natural” describes a process rather than a style of wine. The ultimate goal is for the grapes to be both grown and fermented with minimal manipulation or inputs, including fertilizers and pesticides, which is why wines in this category are often also organic or biodynamic. This purist, grape-to-glass approach has given rise to the term “farmer wines,” as these vintages are truly agricultural products. Wine merchants have seen a dramatic shift in consumer openness as these wines take the market by storm. In Beacon, Dirty Bacchus wine shop owner Steve Ventura notes an interest in new grapes, regions, and methods of production, saying, “There was once a barrier when it came to these grapes; now they are being sought out.” Though the Hudson Valley is home to some of the country’s oldest vineyards and wineries, the region has struggled to find its foothold in 20 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 10/21
the wine world. But our fertile valley is wellpositioned to ride this latest wine trend. With a rich agricultural heritage and a sustainabilitycentric culture on both the grower and consumer sides, farmer wine is a natural fit for the region. Still, growers will have to contend with consumers’ historic bias as well with the local climate as they seek to find grapes that can survive the region’s weather extremes. Heirloom or Hybrid? Philosophical ideals aside, a winery is a business and a business can’t survive without a product. Our region’s climate, with its weather extremes, forces the hand of many winemakers to intervene in order to produce a yield. The risks are many: an overabundance of rain causes the grapes to split; humidity allows powdery mildew to grow; an early frost can stunt the grapes’ growth before they ripen. Natural winemakers in our region are exploring two main avenues to deal with the erratic weather: hybrid grapes and heirloom varieties. Once the downtrodden outcast of the wine world, hybrid grapes are having their moment. To minimize intervention at every stage of the process, you need fruit that is well adapted to regional pressures. Lower pest load equals less spraying. Grapes free of disease equal less manipulation in the cellar. That’s where hybrid grapes come in. Bred specifically to combat hyper
local pressures like insects, fungi, and weather patterns, hybrids can offer resilience in regions that have historically struggled with grape production. Alternatively, native or heirloom grapes evolved in a region and so are intrinsically well suited to grow vigorously and survive the suite of local pressures. A love letter to the heirloom varieties largely swept away by the tide of time and Prohibition, the new project Dear Native Grapes aims to put these grapes back on consumers’ radar. On 30 acres in the Delaware County town of Walton, owners Alfie Alcantara and Deanna Urciuoli began growing 24 heirloom grape varieties in 2019. “A lot of great growth happened in the Hudson Valley around the late 1800s. We tracked down these varieties to propagate them,” says Alcantara. “They allow us to be more hands-off. We’re not adding chemicals, fighting against climate change, or fighting against the environment—instead we can really let the vines tell us what they like.” Hudson-Chatham Winery has been at the local forefront of hybrid and heirloom grape use for almost two decades. When he first bought the vineyard, former owner Carlo Devito tried growing Muscat but never had great results. His winemaker Steven Cassacles became adamant about moving away from vitis vinifera (common wine grapes) in favor of hybrids and native varieties. As with many pioneers, they were
ridiculed for their shift. “People laughed right in our face,” DeVito recalls. “But the difference was night and day—we went from trying to coax stuff to needing a machete to hack my way through a block.” Since then, the winery’s Baco Noir has scored 90+ points from Wine Enthusiast and top French sommelier Pascaline Lapeltier herself put it on the list at the now-defunct Chelsea destination Rouge Tomate. After years of playing with these varieties— both hybrid and native—the region’s winemakers are starting to come into their own and create a body of hyperlocal knowhow. Matt Spaccarelli, winemaker and vineyard manager of both Benmarl and Fjord Vineyards, recounts the early days of working with hybrid grape Seyval Blanc. “We’ve played around with it for the past 10 years, and in 2015 I harvested really early and found that at ideal numbers of acid and Brix, it takes on an overripe flavor,” he says. “From a sustainability aspect, it’s a low-input variety that you can crop really high because you can pick really early and get a style that’s lean and bright.” Moving Toward Sustainable Horizons When Todd Cavallo of Wild Arc Farm announced his plan to grow and make wine biodynamically in Pine Bush in 2016, responses ranged from amused laughs to skeptical breaka-legs. Five years later, he has ramped up production by 20 percent because of demand. Cavallo is far from the only intrepid grower with sustainability in his sights. Considered trailblazers in the Hudson Valley natural wine movement, Eminence Road Winery released their first vintage in 2008 using grapes from sustainably managed Finger Lakes vineyards. Everything is bottled by hand, unfined, and unfiltered with nothing added but a minimal amount of sulfite for stability and occasionally neutral yeast. Old school local wineries are making transitions towards sustainability as well. In 2015, Chris Belardi and Holly and Bruce Brittain took over the historic Rose Hill Orchard in Red Hook which was previously conventionally farmed. “We’ve tried to preserve the historic nature of the farm and are careful to be good stewards of the land and community,” says Bruce. They have implemented a holistic orchard management practice and make a number of wines and ciders, as well as some coferments using estate-grown fruit. Steven Rosario and Justen Nickell, who in 2020 purchased Hudson-Chatham from DeVito, are intent on taking the winery’s legacy of native and hybrid grapes to the next level with sustainable farming practices. “We wanted to work in more regenerative farming with a strong biodynamic influence,” says Rosario. “We want to leave our stamp on a grape without too much intervention.” In the past year, they have released three pet-nats—a white, which is a co-ferment of Seyval Blanc and Cayuga, aptly described as an adult lemonade; a rosé, which is a blend of Chelois and Riesling; and field-blend red that Rosario describes as a “Lambrusco with chutzpah.” Other wineries are going as natural as possible without being dogmatic. After years at Benmarl Winery, in 2013 Spaccarelli started Fjord
Matt Spaccarelli, winemaker and vineyard manager of both Benmarl and Fjord Vineyards, cleaning out the wine press at Fjord.
Rose Hill Orchard in Red Hook debuted their line of raw, unrefined, unfiltered natural wines and ciders in 2019.
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Where to Buy Natural Wine Kingston Wine Co. From a retail perspective, Michael Drapkin gave natural wine its Hudson Valley foothold when he hung out his shingle in 2013. The shop in Kingston’s Rondout District focuses exclusively on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines from Georgia (the country) to the Finger Lakes, with an emphasis on German, Austrian, and French natural wines. 65 Broadway, Kingston Elevated Wine & Spirits, Tannersville One of the newer wine shops in the region is Elevated Wine & Spirits in Tannersville, opened by Mark Landsman, who runs the cocktail program at Silvia in Woodstock. While he jokes that his selection runs the gamut from Barefoot Chardonnay to Cru Beaujolais (plus liquor), he’s particularly excited about the natty options, which are all over the place. “It is important to us that we highlight how accessible natural wine can and should be,” Landsman says. “We strive to offer the funkiest of funky for the dedicated and adventurous natural wine drinker who comes in saying ‘GIVE. ME. CRAZY.’” 7261 Route 23A, Hunter Bluebird Wine Shop, Accord Bluebird Wine Shop recently breathed fresh life into the old location of Accord Wine Shop right on 209. Focused exclusively on natural wines and spirits, owner Aaron Lefkove is looking for wine producers with organic practices, if not the certification, and on the spirits side for smaller craft distilleries, including nearby Arrowood Farms. As for the natty wine selection, Lefkove is staying away from the wild side and highlighting, “the more stable side of the spectrum—wines of high quality that have a classic structure to them and adhere to a certain mindset and ethos we are in tune with.” 5059 Route 209, Accord Ester Wine & Spirits While they prioritize organic vineyards, Ester’s wine selection varies from conventional to low or no intervention. Due to a lack of international standards or certifications, natural is not an official wine term, Ester’s owner Robert Provenz, defines it this way: wine that is from tiny parcels of manually managed grapevines on organic and/or biodynamic soils, made with zero subtractions (such as filtering) and very minimal additions (only sulphur). They balance quality with price point to create an accessible selection across styles and flavor profiles. 57 North Front Street, Kingston
Dirty Bacchus, Beacon Opened in June of last year, Dirty Bacchus focuses on low-intervention, organic or biodynamic, sustainably farmed, vegan wines, as well as a selection of organic ciders, meads and sake. The natural wine store conceives of itself as a farm stand for products sourced directly from small, independent farmers whenever possible. The shop carries a wide range of wines from around the world, including Western Europe, the US, Australia, and a slew of under-explored winemaking countries like Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, and Mexico. 380 Main Street, Suite 100, Beacon Solo Vino, Catskill OK, so Solo Vino does not offer solo vino. In addition to their natural, biodynamic, and organic wines, they also carry ciders and craft spirits, which is great because sometimes it’s cocktail hour. But back to the vin naturel, they bring new natural wines to the store every week. Recent picks include the Italian blend Muz VerMuz Natural, the biodynamic Austrian red Perspektive Rot, and a hazy Greek pet nat from Kamara Pure. 354 Main Street, Catskill Grapefruit Wine Shop, Hudson Grapefruit is an all-natural wine shop by the team behind Kitty’s Market and Cafe.. Co-owner and wine director Belle Cushing has an extensive background in food and wine writing, and is curating a playful line-up of reds, whites, skin-contact, and sparkling low or no-intervention wines, to go along with the shops selection of spirits, ciders, amari, and aperitifs. For $40 a month, you can sign up for their wine club to receive two dealers’ choice bottles of wine that are “dazzling, fleeting, sentimental, or otherwise deserving of further explanation for being somehow extraordinary.” 127 Warren Street, Hudson Paul Brady Wine Formerly a brand ambassador for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Paul Brady is taking his expertise and opening an eponymous wine shop and tasting room in Beacon this fall with a focus on New York State wines. Working with Todd Cavallo of Wild Arc Farm and Ben Riccardi of Finger Lakes winery Osmote, among others, Brady has developed his own line of low-intervention wines using hybrid grapes, which will be available instore. One wine of note is his Fauxjolais, a carbonically macerated De Chaunac made with Cavallo. 344 Main Street, Beacon 10/21 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 23
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sips & bites Santa Fe Burger Bar | Rosendale With locations in Tivoli, Woodstock, and Uptown Kingston, Santa Fe is a Hudson Valley household name, beloved for their Tuesday taco nights and community watering hole vibe. But when the chain’s owners, Annie and Jimmy Demosthenes and David Weiss, decided to take over the iconic Red Brick Tavern in Rosendale for a fourth Santa Fe location, they opted to go in a different direction. Instead of the Mexican fare on offer at the other spots, the Rosendale outpost is an all-American burger joint. In the spiffed-up interior of the one-time coalyard (now donning a coat of pale gray paint), they serve half-pound Black Angus burgers on Heidelberg rolls, with wedge-cut fries, and milkshakes ranging from $14-$16. The apps run the gamut from calamari to caramelized Brussels sprouts and an ahi tuna poke bowl. The 16 gleaming, new taps focus mainly on New York State craft beers, though there is also kombucha and hard cider on draft.
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The Vinyl Room | Beacon Vinyl Room owner John Kihlmire has been collecting records since he was 17. Several years ago, he happened upon a cafe in Colorado that had records, books, and vintage pinball machines. He fell in love with the intimate, retro feel of the spot but wished it was a place he could also order a beer. He ran with the idea, and in September 2017, Kilhmire opened The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls. Over the past three years the record store-meets-bar, with its impressive selection of turntables, cassettes, CDs, and more than 8,000 records, has gained a faithful following of bar flies, vinyl junkies, and locals. At the end of July, Kilhmire moved shop to Beacon’s trendy Main Street, where an intimate, renovated bar offers an elegant backdrop for record browsing, live bands and DJs, cocktails, wine, and craft beer.
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PRESERVING THE FARMING TRADITION IN WEST COXSACKIE By Mary Angeles Armstrong Photos by Winona Barton-Ballentine
hen Alessandro Voglino was studying business at NYU, he wrote an unorthodox business plan. “I was taking a class in small business management, and for the final project I decided to write a plan for a sheep farm,” he says. It was 1990 and Voglino, a native of Rome, had just met his future partner in both business and life, Brent Zimmerman. Zimmerman hailed from a Michigan dairy farming family, and while he was working in the restaurant industry at the time, he knew his heart lay in the tending of animals. Voglino had a head for banking, but the pastoral tradition runs deep in his family—his grandparents had a farm outside Rome while he was growing up. From those early days, Voglino and Zimmerman shared a passion for good food and traditional farming methods. They’d already begun dreaming about starting a farm together. 26 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 10/21
Above: The flock of white Dorper sheep enjoying a pasture at Lime Kiln Farm. “I’m a nurturer by nature,” explains Brent Zimmerman, who comes from a family of dairy farmers. “If you don’t like animals, I don’t think farming is for you. They don’t speak English; you have to figure out what they want, when they want it and how they want it. It can be very frustrating. But I think I would die without my animals. My goal is always to give them a very good life.” Opposite, top: Founded in 1790, Lime Kiln Farm sits on over 400 acres of pasture and wooded hillside. The property includes two classic post-and-beam barn complexes, the original fieldstone farmhouse, and multiple outbuildings. There’s also a pond, the family cemetery where first settler Thomas Houghtaling and his son are buried, and the original lime kiln. The farm is listed on the National Register for Historical Places in New York. Opposite, bottom: Brent Zimmerman and Alessandro Voglino bought Lime Kiln Farm in 2014 after rescuing and restoring two Tuscan farms. In the process, the two have found their skills complement one another nicely. “There’s so many things I have no clue what to do about,” says Zimmerman. “But Alessandro knows. Then there’s so many things he thinks there’s no way he could do, but it’s something I love to do.” Along with the old growth trees, the yard includes almost 170 peony plants. This past June the two hosted their first pop-up peony party.
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The interior of the home is lined with the original wide plank wooden floors and ceiling beams. “When we first arrive at a place, we consider how it originally was built,” says Voglino, who was born in Sardinia but grew up in Rome. “We don’t intend to knock things down. We want to make things functional and beautiful but we also want to save the original spirit of a place. That’s been our mission in life.”
The grad school sheep farming plan was actually entered into a school contest, where it received second prize. “They told me it would have won first place,” says Voglino, “but it seemed too unrealistic.” Thirty years later—sitting under mature catalpa trees heavy with late summer foliage, surrounded by over 400 acres of grazing land and woods, with the scent of hay in the air and the sounds of a thriving herd of 316 Dorper sheep in the distance—Voglino and Zimmerman seem to have gotten, if not the last laugh, then at least the final roast. Their home, Lime Kiln Farm, was conceived for exactly such an endeavor. Built in 1790, the stone farmhouse with a Federalist-style addition includes two classic red and white, post-andbeam style barns and multiple wood-sided outbuildings. Named for the 19th-century lime kiln that still sits at one edge of the property, it was originally built by Thomas Houghtaling and his son Peter, and the property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Voglino and Zimmerman bought the West Coxsackie property in 2014 and carefully restored both the home and barns, staying true to the original construction and spirit of the place. They also resuscitated the overgrown, forgotten
fields and transformed them back into working farmlands that have supported cows, goats, and now chickens and sheep. It’s actually the third of four historic farms (yes, four) the two have rescued and nurtured back into a thriving enterprise. “We always, kind of jokingly, say we like saving farms,” says Zimmerman. “But we are saving something important and putting it back into production. We all need those things that are raised in love and goodness.” Italian for Detour Farm number one was born of youthful exuberance and lots of hard work. While they were both still living in New York City, Zimmerman and Voglino took a trip back to Italy. Touring the countryside, they got the idea that through some combination of short-term rentals and husbandry, they might actually be able to give their farming dreams a real chance. However, Zimmerman would need a legal way to work in Italy. “The easiest way for me to get a work permit, at the time, was to take a flock of sheep up in the mountains,” says Zimmerman. He needed 60 sheep to get a full-time permit. Back in New York, Zimmerman borrowed Voglino’s library card and found a book on sheep 10/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 29
rearing at the NYU library. “The last person to check it out was in 1964,” says Zimmerman. He devoured the book from cover to dusty cover. After Voglino finished his degree, the two took the plunge, taking a few months to search central Italy for the right place. They eventually found an abandoned farm on a hillside in Tuscany. Built in the 1600s, the property sat empty for 20 years and there was no electricity or running water. They loved it and bought the place in 1991. They also got Zimmerman a herd of sheep, and he spent the next years walking the herd up the mountainside during the day, renovating the crumbling house as they grazed, and then carrying the milk back to an apartment the two shared in the evenings. (Voglino was working in the banking industry.) Slowly, the two not only began to restore the luster of the stone farmhouse—adding lights and replacing the ceiling—they honed their cheesemaking skills as well. Their eventual, hard-won success led to more opportunities. One night, while enjoying an ice cream in the local piazza, a friend who dabbled in local real estate asked, “Are you interested in another dairy farm?” They answered, “Sure, why not?” “That was another farm that needed some love,” explains Zimmerman. They bought their second Tuscan farm in 2004, fully restoring it, and 30 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 10/21
expanded into the goat herding and artisanal cheese making business. Eventually, they founded the goat cheese distribution company, ABCheese. (Zimmerman even wrote a book of animal husbandry, Get Your Goat, which was published in 2011 by Quarry Books.) New World, Old Table Over the years, Voglino and Zimmerman regularly returned stateside to visit Zimmerman’s family in Michigan as well as friends in the Northeast. “Goats are dry in the fall,” explains Voglino, “so every October we had time to come back and explore the region.” During their yearly autumnal trips, they began to appreciate the Hudson Valley for its beauty and thriving farm-to-table movement. They were especially drawn to Columbia and Greene Counties, where the family farming tradition matched their own sensibilities. “We weren’t really looking to buy another place,” says Zimmerman. But a local friend and agent told them about Lime Kiln, which was coming on the market when they were planning to visit. They were the first ones to see it, and right away loved it. Soon it was theirs and they made plans to relocate back in New York, leaving their two Italian farms in the hands of trusted managers. At Lime Kiln, the two began with a new
The dining room features the original bluestone fireplace with a woodstove. The home has two other woodstoves which can heat the house throughout the winter. “I cut a lot of wood during the summers,” says Zimmerman. “In winter, the home has a nice homey feeling inside.”
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Voglino and Zimmerman converted a wooden outbuilding into a farm store and cheese room. “We have lamb, we have eggs, we have cheese, we have tomato sauce from our garden, and we have a baker who makes pies,” says Zimmerman. “Also, Alessandro makes a very good cheesecake.”
Originally the two had cows and goats on the farm but they recently let both herds go. Now they’re focused on raising the lambs and sheep as well as chickens and harvests from the farm gardens. This year they harvested over 3,000 heads of garlic and dried them in the barn.
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Lime Kiln Farm has over 800 chickens. They sell the eggs and meat in their farm store, along with their goat cheese, lamb, and Tuscan olive oil. An animal lover by nature, Zimmerman’s priority has always been their care. “We treat them well,” he explains. “Because what goes in, comes out. We want people to feel good about buying some fantastically raised meat, dairy, and eggs.”
The original red barn complexes were built in the early 19th century. The farm was passed down in the Houghtaling family for generations before it was bought by American painter Lee Adler. Voglino and Zimmerman purchased the property from Adler’s family.
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The downstairs stairwell is central to the kitchen and den as well as the upstairs wing of bedrooms. Zimmerman and Voglino had been living in Italy for two decades but have come to love their new Hudson Valley home. “It’s a beautiful little gem of a place,” says Zimmerman. “We are building a community here of like-minded food lovers. There’s a great energy here.”
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herd of 85 goats. “We wanted to get our local cheese operation running immediately,” explains Zimmerman. The goats also helped to clear the almost 120 acres of fields. Soon cows and chickens were added to the mix and they planted a garden for local produce. As the cornerstone of the farm, and a home for the animals, the restoration of the two barns were the first priority. “We restored them with both their beauty and functionality in mind,” says Voglino. The post-andbeam construction was built with mortise and tenon joints and braces held together with the original wood pins. With the help of local builders, they restored the flooring and foundation of both structures, made many repairs, and always kept as much of the original intact as possible. They also transformed another wooden outbuilding into a cheesemaking shop and farm store. The 2,250-square-foot stone farmhouse was built of local fieldstone and lime milled from the property. Throughout the first floor, wideplank wood floorboards and roughhewn ceiling beams retain the original farmhouse feel. A giant bluestone fireplace dominates the open dining area. In the living room and den, additional woodstoves provide abundant heat in winter. Upstairs, the primary suite includes a full bath with custom handmade tile. Three additional bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and dormers provide plenty of cozy extra space for guests. While there have been a few necessary updates in the past almost 250 years, the original farmhouse kitchen remains relatively intact. It seems fitting for the two men whose vocation has been preserving traditional methods of food production and the wholesome, timeless ingredients of a memorable meal. In 2019, Voglino and Zimmerman bought their fourth historic property—this time partnering with a long-time fellow farming family to preserve the Frantoio Ravangni olive mill in Tuscany. Founded in 1421, the cold press olive mill has been family run for six centuries. That significant history, or the task at hand, doesn’t daunt either Zimmerman or Voglino. “It’s not a whim,” explains Zimmerman. “It’s years of investing and then sweating that investment out, it’s a lot of work and a lot of passion, knowing that one day it will flourish.”
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ne of the best parts of living in the Hudson Valley is its quaint and quirky downtowns, which abound with great eats, adorable shops, and historic charm. Lisa Halter, owner of leading Woodstock and Kingston-based real estate brokerage Halter Associates Realty, knows firsthand that the region is chock-full of walkable gems, offering new residents a pitch-perfect blend of city and country life. Here, she recommends five towns with plenty for new homeowners to enjoy on foot.
England town, with shop after shop lining its winding Main Street. Here, you’ll find the flagship store of tea purveyors Harney & Sons, which has been crafting tasty blends for almost 40 years. At fan-favorite Oblong Books, you’ll always find a new title (or three) to take home and a schedule of author events you won’t want to miss. And for film buffs, The Moviehouse, an independent cinema in a beloved circa-1903 building, will quickly become a household name.
Saugerties The eight-block area of Main and Partition streets was the first commercial district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’re sure to fall in love with the mix of Victorian, Colonial, and newer ranch homes within walking distance of the village along with its thriving small business scene. Start your mornings at Ohana Cafe, a breakfast and lunch spot with dreamy crepes and a friendly, down-to-earth vibe. Linger for hours at Inquiring Minds Bookstore & Coffeehouse, where the creaky wood floors complement the intoxicating combo of books and fresh-roasted coffee. And don’t miss a stop at Alleyway Ice Cream, whose inventive flavors (Ovaltine Brownie, anyone?) will have you coming back for more.
Catskill Located just minutes from uber-trendy Hudson, this village on the west side of the river has a treasure trove of shops and restaurants on Main Street and more than enough stately Victorian homes to hold its own. Find a rotating schedule of art exhibitions along with cafe classics at fun and funky HiLo and stock up on sustainable wares for your home at Kaaterskill Market. It’s just a short jaunt up Bridge Street to Subversive Malting and Brewing, where the hyper-local pours will encourage you to while away the day.
Red Hook Far from the Brooklyn neighborhood that shares its name, this picturesque Dutchess County village just north of Rhinebeck is a hidden jewel tucked among acres of orchards and farms where stately Colonial homes rub elbows with rustic farmhouses. The intersection of Broadway and Market Street is where you’ll find must-stop shops, including H.A.S. Beane Books, a treasure trove of antiquarian and collectible titles, and Little Pickles Children’s General Store for all your kiddo’s needs. The wood-fired pizza at Lucali and classic fare at Historic Village Diner are sure to become favorites, too. Millerton Another Dutchess County gem is Millerton, dotted with homes from the 19th century and a downtown reminiscent of an old-fashioned New 36 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 10/21
Tannersville While technically in the Catskills region, the up-and-coming village of Tannersville, long known for its stately ski chalets and picture-perfect cabins in the woods, is definitely worthy of inclusion on this list. The historic downtown shops always had great bones, but when one resident decided to paint her building in an artful assortment of colors, the idea caught on. Now, Tannersville is known as the Painted Village in the Sky. The one-stoplight Main Street is brimful with offerings ranging from antiques to diverse eats. If you want to shop, but are feeling peckish, you can satisfy both cravings at Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café. Other must-visits include Rustic Mountain for furniture and handcrafted wares, Bear and Fox Provisions for cafe eats, and Mama’s Boy Burgers & Smiley’s Ice Cream Bar for nostalgia-fueled fare. To explore these towns with a local agent, contact Halter Associates Realty. Halterassociatesrealty.com
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ana Dorfman had always wanted to write a book. That’s how, in 2015, this New York City psychotherapist ended up at a weekend writing retreat led by Accord-based creativity expert Jeffrey Davis at Mohonk Mountain House. “It was a group of 10 or 12 of us, all from much more creative worlds than I was, or that was my perception,” she says. “I thought it was going to be a tutorial on writing a book, but I underestimated how much spiritual growth I could do to add richness to my process and ultimately toward the product that I would offer to other people.” As a therapist to adolescents, teens, parents, and couples, Dorfman is no stranger to selfexploration. But she’d never dug into her inner life in the way that Davis invited her to— with the intention of bringing out the innate creativity hidden within herself (and all of us). “He had us doing all these different exercises to tap into parts of ourselves,” she says. Some took root in journaling, yoga, and meditation activities designed to help spark and maintain creative work. But the one that resonated most was Davis’s “young genius” exercise, which involves remembering a time from childhood when you felt most alive, free, and truly yourself, without regard for reward or recognition—and then reclaiming those past qualities and bringing them to work with you in whatever you wish to do or create. “I was really connecting to this part of myself that liked to just sit around and think, because as a kid, that’s what I did,” Dorfman recalls. “I was always judgmental and thought of myself as a space cadet or a daydreamer. Now I could reframe this quality to see it as a gift. It’s integral to my sense of self, or sense of soul. I learned to honor it and make space for it.” After the retreat, she went back to a fullthrottle life as a busy therapist and mother of two. While the teachings stayed with her, she struggled to fit them into her overstuffed schedule. She continued working with Davis in various ways, but it wasn’t until 2020’s COVID-19 lockdown that she found the space and time to really live the practices. “While the pandemic was unbelievably upsetting and sad and disruptive and disturbing, it also eliminated so many of the distractions,” remembers Dorfman, whose first book—about parents’ anxieties around their teenagers’ achievements— will be published in April 2022. “My family of four was in survival mode in Brooklyn, and there were protests and rallies going on right outside our door. I had to create these spaces for myself to be able to stay in the flow. So, I dug in deeper to a lot of the practices that [Davis] had introduced, and really benefited from them.”
An Imperative to Think Differently
With the pandemic almost two years old, a planet that’s heating up, and a populace that’s had enough of age-old racial inequities, we’re living in times that call on us to flex our creativity to solve challenges in bold new ways. When stay-
at-home orders clamped down, businesses and solo professionals had to pivot almost overnight, whether it was from on-site to remote work, in-store shopping to curbside pickup, selling wedding dresses to sewing masks and hawking them on Etsy. “Think fast” was the mantra, and in many ways it still is. Davis, whose book Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity comes out in November, believes that we humans collectively have an imperative to foster creativity—which he defines as our capacity for bringing new and useful ideas from seed to fruition. “Since 2020 we’ve had a deep reckoning with the status quo,” he says. “Our notions of toxic productivity, our broken institutions, social and racial injustice, all these things we are collectively calling into question, and there are constant challenges and problems with each of those. So, at a cultural level, we can foster more creativity and curiosity not only to question the way things have been done, but also to ask, how can we create better solutions?” We need creativity to navigate times of uncertainty and collective trauma, but we also need it for our quality of life, our wellbeing, even our very souls. For proof, just look to the workaday world’s unprecedented levels of burnout. People are exiting the workforce or changing jobs in record numbers (close to 3.9 million in July) in what some are calling the Great Resignation. A recent global study by Adobe of 5,500 workers and small-business leaders found that our youngest workers (Gen Zers and Millennials) are driving the exodus, though it’s touching every age group. “There’s definitely a reassessment of work that’s happening now, with people wanting to find more purpose and meaning in their work,” says Natalie Nixon, a Philadelphia-based creativity strategist for work teams and individuals, and author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work (2020). “Creativity—which I define as the ability to toggle between wonder and rigor to solve problems—is a well-being play, because it means that we build our confidence and our levels of joy. If we can incorporate confidence and joy, and wonder and rigor, into the way we work, we will be happier and more productive.” Yet across the US, our creative talents have been sadly flagging. In her seminal 2011 study “The Creativity Crisis” (and her 2016 book, The Creativity Challenge), Kyung Hee Kim, PhD, a professor of creativity and innovation at the College of William & Mary, found that even as students’ IQ scores rose after 1990, their creative thinking scores took a nose dive—whether you blame it on screen culture, rote education, or something else. The bright spot is that we can turn this around: We can, perhaps even must, cultivate creativity as a learned skillset that yields dividends in the form of our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. It starts with recognizing that the capacity for creativity exists like a birthright or biological
“Rigor is about discipline and focus and timeon-task and fundamentals. It’s not particularly sexy and it’s often very solitary work. But in every rigorous process, there’s wonder embedded in it, and there’s always a wondrous ‘Aha!’ moment that emerges.” —Natalie Nixon, author of The Creativity Leap
urge within us all. “We tend to ghettoize and silo creativity in the arts, and that’s not fair to artists, nor is it beneficial to our society at large,” says Nixon. “The best engineers, the most incredible scientists, the best plumbers and farmers and teachers, are incredibly creative because they are intentionally toggling between wonder and rigor to solve problems. But while I do think creativity is embedded in us as little humans, as children, it is something that we have to intentionally build and practice and exercise.”
Wonder Is the Magic Spark
How can we amplify creativity in our lives and work? “We can up our wonder ratio,” says Davis, “and we can build our creativity skillsets on a regular basis.” Thinking of wonder as a heightened state of awareness brought about by something surprising that delights us, disorients us, or both, he proposes making a habit of tracking wonder, just as a naturalist would track a wild animal. A daily writing practice in an analog notebook can become a kind of butterfly net where challenges, questions, and epiphanies collect along the way. We can also glean from what Davis describes as six facets of wonder: 10/21 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 39
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openness, curiosity, bewilderment, hope, connection, and admiration. He notes, “One of the common threads I’ve found in [innovative] people from Arianna Huffington to Richard Branson, and even people who were traumatized in their childhoods, such as Maya Angelou, Oprah, and Mary Oliver, is that they have maintained an abiding sense of wonder and of their young genius—this playful, exploratory, curious, and even confident part of themselves.” For Nixon, a practice of wonder is never very far from rigor, its dynamic counterpart. While wonder blows the mind open to novel possibilities, rigor is the activating principle that takes a new idea from seed to fruition. “Rigor is about discipline and focus and time-on-task and fundamentals,” she explains, likening it to playing scales if you’re a musician. “It’s not particularly sexy and it’s often very solitary work. But in every rigorous process, there’s wonder embedded in it, and there’s always a wondrous ‘A-ha!’ moment that emerges.” To build this capacity, she recommends rigor sprints—or bursts of focused work such as writing or brainstorming sessions of no more than 12 to 40 minutes. Then, make space for a deliberate daydreaming break, so you can let your thoughts wander and your mindset shift. When you’re not working, Nixon advises becoming a “clumsy student” of something to help build your wonder and your rigor. While one of her clients chose chess, she loves ballroom dancing. “It’s igniting new and different neural synapses in my brain,” she says, “so when I go to my daily work, I’m more confident about asking questions and I’m more open to improvising.” That last word is one of the “three i’s” that Nixon considers integral to creativity: inquiry, improvisation, and intuition. By asking “I wonder” questions, daring to go off script, and following your gut, you can bring creativity into play in consistent and sustainable ways. Davis also embraces riffing and getting curious. “If there’s a challenge or problem in your personal or work life, treat it like a project,” he says. “Maybe it’s, ‘How can I make Zoom meetings less boring?’ I have managers who now lead their team meetings with questions like, ‘What surprised and delighted you this past week?’ These types of questions get people out of their default checklist ways of doing things, and they can connect on a whole other genuine level.”
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Creativity Lives in Everyone Opening people up to the value of wonder, especially in the work world, can be a challenge sometimes—but it’s not just kid’s play. “The wonder piece is not a loosey-goosey, woo-woo agenda,” Nixon explains. “It’s an essential part of creativity, and it’s fundamental to being human.” It also comes with health benefits. “Some studies out of the University of Arizona show that experiences of wonder disrupt our default mode of attention, disrupt our biased ways of perceiving the world, and bring us almost into an instant state of mindfulness,” says Davis. “The heart rate slows down and the fight-or-flight response halts, calming the nervous system.” Other studies out of the University of California, Berkeley, connect wonder with regulating the immune system by promoting healthier levels of cytokines, the proteins that gather our cells to fight off disease (if released excessively, cytokines are associated with disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical depression). Through wonder’s portal, creativity gets demystified—becoming less intimidating and more actionable. In addition to their books, Davis has an international Tracking Wonder community and Facebook group, while Nixon created a WonderRigor Discovery Deck card game for work teams, and an online course for individuals called the WonderRigor Lab. For Dana Dorfman, Davis’s longtime student who realized her bookwriting dream, the serendipity is in learning to set the stage for creativity to emerge, and then following the cues of her young genius to unexpected places. “I had thought publishing a book would make me feel more legitimate, acceptable, whatever,” she says. “But this process has been so much more. I think more creatively now, and the book is almost secondary to all the emotional and spiritual growth that I’ve done. I marvel at that.” RESOURCES Jeffrey Davis Trackingwonder.com Natalie Nixon Figure8thinking.com
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CARING FOR THE CATSKILLS Columbia Memorial Health Expands Its Rapid Care Centers to Greene County
s is the story with many towns in the region, the once-sleepy village of Catskill has become a bustling hub in its own right. As a flush of new residents has joined the ranks of long-timers who call the scenic northern Catskill Mountains home, the village has also welcomed an array of new community resources worthy of any burgeoning population center. Among them is CMH Rapid Care-Catskill, the newest addition to Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) family of urgent care centers. While its first two Rapid Care centers, located in Valatie and Copake, extended its urgent care services into rural Columbia County, the Catskill location marks an important move into traditionally underserved Greene County. “We’ve thought for a long time that this area needs more access to care,” says Dr. Michael Weisberg, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Columbia Memorial Health. “We’re very excited to have this new opportunity to offer residents of Greene County high-quality, accessible care.” Located on Grandview Avenue, the new Rapid Care center (formerly Catskill Urgent
Care) opened in September, providing residents with a go-to local resource for minor emergency issues, including seasonal ailments and cuts, sprains, or fractures. Importantly, the facility will also help alleviate pressure on CMH’s Emergency department in Hudson, previously the primary emergency facility for residents in Greene County. As with CMH’s other two Rapid Care centers, all providers at the Catskill facility—from physicians to physician’s assistants to nurse practitioners—have advanced emergency department training. “Our philosophy is to bring emergency experts with a high level of clinical education and experience to our Rapid Care centers,” says Dr. Weisberg. “When you see a healthcare provider in an urgent care setting, you might only see them for a few minutes, but you’re really benefiting from their years of experience and training. It’s so important that the healthcare providers in those units have the experience and knowledge they need to diagnose each patient accurately and quickly.” Among the many resources now available at
the Catskill location include virtual appointments, rapid Covid testing, a dedicated room for patients with autism, and centralized imaging services overseen by CMH’s radiology team. Providers can also easily consult with the attending physician at the ER in Hudson and have access to CMH’s wider system of records and resources, which allows for greater continuity of care. “That’s the thing about our Rapid Care centers—they’re connected to the entire Columbia Memorial Health system,” says Dr. Weisberg. “From the moment you come in, we’re able to see your medical record, family history, medication, everything.” The expansion of CMH’s Rapid Care centers is just one of the many ways that it has worked to ensure a robust network of primary, specialty, and urgent care for the diverse residents it serves across three counties, which includes over 40 distinct practices. “It’s not just about the number of centers we have,” Dr. Weisberg says. “It’s about ensuring the highest quality of patient experience for all of our communities.” Columbiamemorialhealth.org 10/21 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 43
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n 1984, Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) was founded as a community education center on a 200-acre colonial farmstead in New Marlborough, Massachusetts. Now, 37 years later, with administrative offices in Great Barrington, they blend science and arts education at public schools, after-school events, and STEM programs for female-identified youth. Why the name Flying Cloud? Executive director Maria Rundle says the name goes way back to when the founder Jane Burke’s father first saw the farmstead it was originally based on. With the big white house, it reminded him of the white sails of the clipper ship Flying Cloud, which set the world’s sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco in 1854. He named the property after it, also running it as an inn for several years. When Burke started offering science lessons from her backyard in the early ’80s, she called the program Flying Cloud Institute. FCI runs programs at several locations, sometimes even on farm properties where students can investigate vernal pools. “We bring
our 3-D printer and robotics equipment and dance and do amazing things,” says Rundle. This approach also helps them take their programs into the public schools so kids from all backgrounds can participate. “The kids we were missing before, who due to transportation or childcare or food security issues were not able to find their way to us, we’re making a greater effort to bring our experiences to them,” Rundle adds. Blending Disciplines “The idea of science and art coming together is such a powerful combination because we all want to make meaning out of our world,” says Rundle. With the aim of helping students find this meaning through educational programs, FCI has programs on-site at different locations with specialists helping children to learn, as well as in area schools. They support public education and partner with school districts, going into schools to help add in educational experiences for the students, whether through residencies or through after-school programs. They teach
to state standards, and help educators meet the current challenges of incorporating different sets of skills into their curriculum. At FCI, students are taught to find creative solutions, even if sometimes silly, instead of always looking for the correct answer. “Kids meet scientists and engineers, then we bring in an artist, who helps students make their thinking visible through performance art, sculpture, writing, dance, or music. Then kids teach the concepts to their peers and families in a performance piece,” Rundle explains. The institute makes sure this hands-on education meets the science, technology, and engineering standards that the state requires. Students get to learn about 3D printing and stop-motion animation, get an introduction to coding and robotics, learn pottery and ceramic making, participate in dance and performance art and much more. It’s called the SMArt (science meets art) Schools program and also offers educators professional development programs to integrate the learning experiences into their curriculums. 10/21 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 45
Covid Challenges Even with this hands-on approach, FCI managed to meet the challenges of last year. After everything went virtual in March, staff ran their science and art programs in recorded and live sessions. And they also figured out how to work with youth in person. They put together a coalition with nonprofits in the area to create outdoor learning hubs for the children of healthcare workers, social workers, educators, and immigrant families. The result was a full-day, five-day-a-week option— outdoors and masked—for kids when they couldn’t be in school. And when Rundle says every day, she means it. With community support, they procured winter clothing for the kids and continued through winter as well. They also created a food and security program, feeding kids hot meals and sending them home with fresh food.
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Relaunching Young Women In Science This year, FCI is relaunching in-person programming for Young Women in Science. The 21-year-old program receives funding from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, which has been a supporter for the last two decades and made the founding gift in 2000 that helped get it started. “Research shows girls start losing STEM identity at age nine, then it goes off another cliff in eighth grade,” Rundle says. Young Women in Science aims to combat this through a series of educational experiences, one of which is a mentorship where they train and pay high school youth to mentor younger female-identifying students. Another is their modus operandi, the hands-on experiences. Volunteer teachers include female-identifying STEM researchers and scientists, with alumni often returning as STEM professionals to share work with the next generation. They also have STEM Summer, where female-identifying students ages nine to 19 visit real research labs at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Last year was the first in 20 years that they couldn’t do this, but they did manage to do a version of it at Berkshire Community College. Young Women in Science ran virtually through the pandemic, but Rundle says she’s seen a renewed appreciation to learn together. “Kids want to design, experiment, and investigate together with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever seen. This is a special moment where we can be present to meet that desire to engage,” she says. This fall, they’re focusing their work on Pittsfield, in public schools that are underperforming in science and math. Lessons for the Future Despite the return to regular programming, Rundle says they’ve learned some things from the lessons of last year. The outdoor hubs showed them they have an expanded ability to work outdoors. From collaborations with nonprofits, they learned that even with financial aid and free transportation, certain families had insurmountable barriers from enrolling their kids in FCI’s vacation programs. “The only way around it was to take the programs to the kids,” Rundle says. So, this summer, FCI started a pilot program that ran camp science and art programs at public schools, focusing on families and students most in need of support. “Students had the first half of the day with the school, got breakfast and lunch, then spent the day with us having a camp experience,” Rundle says. “I like to call it a summer that money can’t buy,” she adds. Registration for FCI’s summer programs opens in February and costs around $475 a week. “No one is turned away on their ability to pay,” says Rundle, and there are discounts for Berkshire County public school students and a sliding scale available for families.
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FROM CROSSROADS TO CRISIS
The city is nearing the end of a long-planned streetscape overhaul that has transformed Broadway, its main thoroughfare, including a dedicated bike lane. Opposite: Harambee founder Tyrone Wilson with his son Jayden at the Pine Street African Burial Ground.
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or nearly 300 years, the patch of land at 157 Pine Street in uptown Kingston was a spot you’d likely have gone by and not even noticed. Measuring just under an acre and fronted by a two-story house built in the 1920s, the property has a flat, open back yard dotted with a few trees and carpeted with a lush, green lawn. It’s a peaceful place, one that seems to call out for a picnic table or two, along with a grill and a family enjoying a cookout on a late-summer day while their kids giggle and run around on the grass. But there’s another calling to be heard at this place. A collective call for justice, honor, and redemption. And it’s coming from just a few feet below the surface. This is the Pine Street African Burial Ground, where, since possibly as early as the 1660s, literally hundreds of unidentified enslaved African people have been interred— without even the basic dignity of a modest 48 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 10/21
headstone. Its unmarked graves never moved, but eventually its use as a cemetery was lost to time. In the 1990s, archaeological digs and studies reawakened public awareness about the site, sparking a collaborative effort by the preservation-minded Kingston Land Trust and Harambee, a local organization dedicated to empowering and educating people of color, to purchase and protect it. In February, its ownership was transferred to Harambee, now headquartered at the location, and on Juneteenth of this year a grand opening celebration was held there. “There are a lot of emotions that come to me from the burial ground project,” says Tyrone Wilson, who founded Harambee in 2019 to help launch Kingston’s first African American Festival. (The word harambee is Swahili for “all pull together.”) “It really frustrates me that people of color are still fighting for things that we shouldn’t have to fight for. But I can’t keep
quiet about it. I have generations behind me.” Wilson, who moved to the area in 2000, wasn’t even aware of the location’s history himself until the Kingston Land Trust approached him about working together to obtain the site when it went up for auction. The incentive led to the city’s receiving a $50,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program to complete the nomination of the burial ground to the National Register of Historic Places and to further document African American history in Kingston. “Our history has not always been truthful, and [the project] is a way to show true history,” says Wilson, who is also the Human Rights Commissioner of Ulster County. “The people buried here weren’t able to live a good life. For towns to erase them is inhuman. I lived in Harlem and Brooklyn before Kingston, so what I see happening here now is the third wave of gentrification that I’ve lived through.”
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The Kinsley Hotel has erected an elaborate streetside dining structure on the corner of John and Wall Streets.
A former Honda dealership on Broadway is the future home of the Kingston Food Coop, a nonprofit food justice initiative.
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Rashida Tyler of the Real Kingston Tenants Union and Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice in front of a house on Henry Street owned by the City of Kingston that has been vacant for three years.
Home Was Where the Heart Was Located barely a half mile from the Pine Street burial ground is Chiz’s Heart Street, two conjoined houses at the corner of Washington Avenue and Main Street. Founded by director Mary “Chiz” Chisholm, the site has, since 2014, served as a group home for homeless, mentally challenged people, housing nearly 70 as of earlier this year. In March, the property’s owners, the local Stockade Group, LLC, sold the home to an unnamed LLC (limited liability company), citing the shelter’s economic unsustainability as the reason. Chisholm abdicated her position in June, and in July, Nan Potter Realty, the firm that had brokered the sale—which by contract could not be finalized until the premises had been vacated—told the 12 residents then remaining (all waiting to be placed in new homes) that they had to be out by the end of the week. State tenant protection laws and the recent eviction moratorium, however, said otherwise: The already traumatized residents, most of whom want to continue living in the community and were by then receiving emergency food donations, were allowed to stay until September. The situation, which had quickly mobilized housing activists to intercede on behalf of tenants, is indicative of the greater housing crisis that’s been taking root in the city since the onset of the pandemic. “What happened with Chiz’s is a line in the sand,” says Rashida Tyler of the Real Kingston Tenants Union and Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice (UCCHJ). “[Chiz’s residents] are among the most vulnerable people in the
county, and they shouldn’t have to go through something like this.” Tyler, a third-generation local, cofounded the Kingston Tenants Union in 2018 to advocate for renters’ rights but broke away from it to form the Real Kingston Tenants Union in 2019 when she felt that some of the former group’s leaders weren’t acting in its best interest. The Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice, she says, “is a rapid housingresponse team that branched off from the Real Tenants Union during COVID. It’s an antidisplacement learning network, and sometimes we work with the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative, which also emerged from the pandemic. Right now, in Ulster County there’s a housing affordability crisis and, because of Airbnbs and LLCs buying up properties and then holding off on rentals due to COVID, there’s a vacancy crisis. Landlords have been raising rents by as much as $500 or $600 [a month]. We’re busy helping people every day. As soon as we put out one fire, another one starts.” Tyler cites nonprofit area affordable housing advocacy group RUPCO, and, in the case of the Chiz’s Heart Street, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, as being helpful to the cause. But she’s less warm about some of the decisions that have been made at the City Hall level, which she believes favor luxury developers. “We were working with the city on a tiny housing initiative [Kingston received $1 million of funding for the project in January] and were asking for 10 units to be built,” Tyler says. “We were having a real battle about that and then the city approved a
variance for Hutton Brickyards to build luxury hotel cabins that rent for hundreds of dollars a night. We protested and ended up getting approval for three units, after being told that the initiative didn’t meet the zoning requirements. There’s always been an economic hierarchy in Kingston. There’s a double standard, and we’re working against that.” Tyler notes that UCCHJ is launching a home-sharing program this winter and is in search of land that could be utilized for temporary housing, as well as assistance with the purchasing and construction of tiny homes. Room at the Inn Heading west on Route 28, just past the Thruway traffic circle, is the sprawling Quality Inn. Built in 1973, the hotel has suffered from spiraling mismanagement and neglect over the years. In August, RUPCO announced the purchase of the complex and held a press conference with Ryan, who stated that a partnership had been formed between RUPCO, the county, social services organization Family of Woodstock, and Catholic Charities of Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties to renovate and convert the 145-room hotel into a 100-apartment supportive housing site for families and individuals. With a projected spring 2022 opening, the plans for the remade site include transportation, health services (including mental health care), career counseling and job training, childcare, and assistance for finding permanent housing; the former hotel’s restaurant will be renovated to serve both residents and the community and will 10/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 51
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possibly provide job training as well. The project joins previous large-scale RUPCO-affiliated sites such as Midtown’s Lace Mill, Energy Square, and Landmark Place (the latter now under construction). In November 2020, Ulster County announced plans to develop a new neighborhood of mixed-income, intergenerational, and workforce housing on the site of the former county jail at Golden Hill. “Coming out of the pandemic, Ulster County will continue to do everything that we can to assist those most vulnerable among us,” says Ryan in a press release concurrent with the initial news of the Quality Inn endeavor. “No one in our community should go homeless, ever. These new apartments, along with all the supportive services, will allow our residents to live with dignity and pride while accessing critical services and support during a difficult time.” But while all of these projects are necessary and welcome, most who are familiar with the housing emergency facing Kingston agree that it’s imperative that the effort be stepped up to meet the needs of a rapidly growing, economically challenged population. “What RUPCO and other housing advocacy groups are doing is really good, but right now it’s just a drop in the bucket,” says Kingston Wire reporter Jesse Smith, an Ulster County resident since
2002. “It adds up to a couple of hundred units, but in the next 20 years Kingston’s going to need a couple of thousand units. The housing situation here has been building for a long time, but it really has reached the crisis point now. For most people, if you lose your lease, you’re out. You’re heading to Troy or Schenectady or somewhere farther out. Finding somewhere else here that you can afford, quickly, is super, super difficult. The good cause eviction law [passed by the state in July] is helping, though. Part of what slows things down with building new housing is that it’s at least a five-year process to be able to build new units; if they’re not slowed down by opposition, then they are by the process of getting SEQR [State Environmental Quality Review] approval, which is good process but one that’s also vulnerable to abuse.” Another locally related story that’s seen news coverage recently is that of the extensive involvement of the NoVo Foundation, the social-change-benefactor organization headed by Peter Buffet, the youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffet, and Peter’s wife Jennifer. Since 2018, NoVo has been steadily backing a diverse and growing roster of area enterprises that help marginalized groups and employ many: Radio Kingston, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County,
the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston Food Co-Op, the O+ Festival, People’s Place Thrift Store and Food Pantry, multicultural TRANSART center, and others. [Full disclosure: Chronogram Media has received funding from the NoVo Foundation and this writer is a DJ at Radio Kingston.] An expose on the Tablet magazine website, “What Happens When a Buffet Buys Your Town?”—which relied heavily on quotes from unnamed sources—raised eyebrows when it suggested that Buffet wanted “to turn a county in upstate New York into his personal farm-to-table utopia.” (Tablet, a conservative website, has also published articles critical of Warren Buffet.) The piece also took the organization to task for its close and sometimes blurry ties to local government, an angle that Smith and others feel has merit. “I don’t do opinion, I do analysis,” says Smith, who also notes that the Kingston Wire, in an arrangement that has ended, received NoVo backing to create local news broadcasts. “But the [lacking level of ] transparency with how deeply NoVo is connected to city and county government is hard to get your head around. It opens things up to criticism from those who may not agree with Buffet’s or Mayor Noble’s visions for Kingston. I haven’t seen any moves to create a citizen’s advisory board to address that, yet.” 10/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 55
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Back to Life Bluecashew Kitchen Homestead sits at 37 North Front Street in the Stockade District, the historic heart of Kingston’s Uptown neighborhood. Established by co-owners J. T. McKay and Sean Nutley in 2005, the shop, which sells quality kitchen implements and offers cooking workshops, began in High Falls and was located in Rhinebeck for several years before moving over to Kingston. Despite the transitional difficulties Kingston is presently dealing with, Nutley is encouraged by the explosion of art and culture that had been revitalizing life in the city before the pandemic shuttered things for most of last year, and he’s happy to see it reemerging now. “I grew up here, the road I lived on as a kid was still a dirt road then,” he recalls. “I love the vibe in Kingston, I’m really happy here. I do understand how there are some changes people aren’t embracing, but to me it’s mostly positive.” As indicators of the town’s return to life, post-lockdown, Nutley points to the third annual StockadeFaire, which he and several caption tk collaborators have organized to bring street vendors, live music, food, DJs (including house music legend Tedd Patterson), and other outdoor fun to the neighborhood on October 3; and OMG Art Faire, curated by One Mile Gallery 58 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 10/21
owner Janet Hicks to present artists working in photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, video, and digital mediums at Wall Street Music Hall (formerly BSP) on October 2 and 3. “We have many new neighbors in the Hudson Valley, COVID refugees from crowded cities. It’s time to see if they can dance,” says Nutley. But even with the current comeback of Kingston’s commerce and arts, the concern over its housing crisis remains, as it must, at the forefront of the matters now facing the community. “One of the biggest and most interesting aspects [of the crisis] is that the majority of the anonymous LLCs owning properties in Kingston are based outside of the area,” says Bard College professor Kwame Holmes, the teacher and director of Urban Abandonment: A Housing Justice Lab. A collaboration between Bard’s Environmental and Urban Studies and Human Rights programs and part of its Center for Civic Engagement Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences program, the class conducted a spring 2020 study of home ownership in Midtown Kingston using property tax data from the Ulster County Real Property Tax Service Agency. The study revealed that, of the 481 properties the class studied in one Midtown section, 275 were owned by nonlocal owners, with some
nonresident owners as far away as California, Texas, and Florida. Additionally, it determined that 87 of the properties were owned by LLCs, 10 of which shared names with corporate landlords operating in states across the country. Holmes’s class also discovered on Craigslist that there while there were 110 vacation rentals available in Kingston, the website had just 43 advertisements for regular long-term rentals available in the city. “These dynamics, the class realized,” says the college’s website, “illustrate the extent to which land in Kingston is a site of profit extraction, and very little of that capital directly benefits local residents.” “Reform of the zoning code, including a plan for small housing, to increase the housing supply, is needed quickly,” Holmes says. “This is true not just in Kingston, but everywhere. There needs to be a reimaging of what property is, so that one’s property isn’t the only protection against the ravages of capitalism.” Such a reimagining is certainly a daunting prospect. And, again, not just in Kingston, but everywhere. Given the findings of the study and the state of things, does Holmes feel that Kingston will be able to solve its problems? “I do, and [the study] is part of doing that,” he says, quoting one of the Four Bodhisattva Vows. “‘The Buddha way is unattainable; I vow to attain it.’”
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My New Head
(Revolutionary Son Records) Fredo Viola composed this genre-bending masterstroke in 2018, hoping to grow a new noggin for himself. It became a case of songcrafterturned-soothsayer prepping for a shifting reality, burrowing into the Earthwomb before the crazy came. Recorded in various Hudson Valley locations with contributions by a dozen players, this collection of eclectic electronica has a unique aesthetic for oddballs, outsiders, and aficionados of fearless music. A mischievous xylophone plinks and pierces, a seed hull creaks open like a diminutive Pandora’s box still in check... and we’re swiftly sucked into his mad masquerade. When will we wake, if ever? Meet the bodacious orchestration of “Pine Birds,” with its unexpected horns, ghostly vocals, and trance-time carny vibe. Surreal “Kick the Sick” whistles and shuffles cartoonishly, its title repeated in the lyrics of minor key-infused “In My Mouth,” with Viola warmly crooning to crumpled gods “with barbs and lashes at the edges stretching open my face.” Is this a concert hall or a wind tunnel, and who is “Edwin Vargas”? The curtain closes on “My Secret Power,” with a familiar ache for a beloved one who’s gone. This organism invokes soothingly spooky, multitracked vocals and a cavalcade of unexpected facets that corral the listener inside Viola’s growing garden. We envision his twisting through weeds and worms, his flashes of flowers and thorns, and an art-for-the-ears mantra that entangles rabbit holes previously tunneled by Brian Wilson, Kate Bush, the Beatles, and other aural pathfinders and outsiders. Pop music made by “unborn psychedelic ghosts” is how Neil Gaiman put it. This seems accurate. —Haviland S Nichols
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Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.
I’ve been in a folk-rock mood lately, so going back to some records I was obsessed with in high school: Tim Buckley’s Happy/Sad (“Pleasant Street” in particular) and the first few records by Steeleye Span (but check YouTube for their sessions with DJ John Peel, in particular the version of “Blacksmith”). Those segue naturally, at least for me, into the Mekons’ Curse of the Mekons, and that into Portishead’s Dummy, which sends me forward into the current century with Micachu and the Shapes’ Jewellery. For some reason I follow that with the Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good and Evil,” and then I’m into dub and I stay there: Joe Gibbs’s The Chapters and all manner of King Tubby. Then I end the session with Burial’s Untrue. Luc Sante is a Kingston resident, Bard College faculty member, and the author of numerous books including Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, The Other Paris, Kill All Your Darlings, and, most recently, Maybe the People Would Be the Times.
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For The Record
As the story goes, Tad Wise started writing songs at age 10 while raking Bob Dylan’s leaves. The influence of Woodstock’s musical ghosts and present-day giants is indeed evident on For The Record. As such, it is hard not to focus on Tony Levin’s bass and Jerry Marotta’s drums and the beautiful sounds that emanate from Dreamland Studios. Mr. Wise, however, to his credit, embraces the spotlight with the talent and confidence necessary to produce, write, and perform with these prolific lifers. Playing like an emotionally compartmentalized stream of consciousness, For The Record is a psychic purging of the trauma accompanying a once-in-a lifetime (let’s hope) pandemic and president. Reading the Bandcamp “liner notes” accompanying each tune is a unique and recommended journey in itself, but the music distinguishes itself, fleshed out with provocative songwriting and heart-on-a-sleave prose. For the Record is a timely narrative of self and societal reflection opening appropriately with “The Wrong Heroes” and concluding with the melancholic and prescient “Goodbye John (For John Prine).” —Jason Broome
At the dawn of the Albany punk scene, singer and songwriter Brad Whiting was one of its leading figures. With his early ’80s outfits the Leopard Society and Borrowed Flesh, he waxed two of the Capitol Region’s most essential underground 45s; the former’s 1981 “Screaming” is a garage rock classic that actually gives the Cramps a run for their money and has even been covered by Swedish greats the Nomads. Still in the game and sounding just as great, the wailing Whiting comes crawling back out of the cave with the superb Cadillac Souls (also the name of his current band), which adds 12 recent originals to a rerecorded version of Borrowed Flesh’s rough rocker “All Night.” Dark, desperate, and as tough as the limestone that built the Empire State Plaza, the disc digs into deeper, firmer foundations by staking straight into the unshakeable blues that lie beneath all of the best and most enduring rock ’n’ roll. In song, Lux Interior once asked, “Do you want the real thing or are you just talkin’?” If your answer’s the former, Cadillac Souls is what you want. —Peter Aaron
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books The Ghostly Tales of Sleepy Hollow Jessa Dean ARCADIA CHILDREN’S BOOKS, $12.99, 2021
Adapted by Jessa Dean, this middle-grade rendition of Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow, written by Westchester County resident Jonathan Kruk, tells the story of some of the Hudson Valley’s most famous ghosts. The illustrated book recounts a myriad of haunted stories, proving that Sleepy Hollow can be a spooky place to be while also detailing the life of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Part of Arcadia Children’s Spooky America series, stories of the Headless Horseman, Ichabod, the Women in White, and more weave together to both scare readers and offer a glimpse of Colonial life in the region.
All Roads Lead to Ram Sruti Ram MONKFISH BOOK PUBLISHING COMPANY, $16.95, 2021
Woodstock resident Sruti Ram recounts his journey as a kirtan singer and spiritual teacher and more in this partly adventurous, partly spiritual memoir. Published following Ram’s death from COVID-19, it crafts a story of mystical elements, detailing how he left his job as a New York City hair stylist to explore divination after getting a mantra from Yogi Dinkar. Each chapter concludes with a sutra, a lesson typically found in Hindu and Buddhist practices, written by Ram. Subtitled “The Personal History of a Spiritual Adventurer,” Ram imparts his Hindu teachings while sharing his international journey.
The Gift of Glossophobia Mary Louise Kiernan KELSAY BOOKS, $18.50, 2021
Mary Louise Kiernan, Hudson Valley resident and member of the Woodstock Poetry Society, releases her debut poetry collection. Aptly named “The Gift of Glossophobia,” the poems touch on the narrator’s fear of public speaking, illustrating various points of her life. Broken into three sections: “Love [Slash] Anti-Love,” “Riptide,” and “Glossophobia,” Kiernan paints vignettes of one person’s relationships, successes and difficulties with love, tumultuous moments and opportunities missed out of fear of speaking her mind. Kiernan touches on family ties, self discovery, and the magic of everyday events in this anthology.
Corrections and Beyond Dr. Ivan Godfrey FULTON BOOKS, $15.95, 2021
Dr. Ivan Godfrey, assistant professor in the department of criminal justice and human services at SUNY Ulster, reflects on his experience as a corrections officer in New York, working in facilities including the infamous Sing Sing Prison. Godfrey writes about trying to support his family while working in correctional facilities that housed inmates he knew from growing up in the South Bronx. Blending his academic background with real-world experience, Godfrey recounts the difficult task of trying to advance his career while facing racial barriers.
Not Dead Yet Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, $32, 2021
Written by Barbara Ballinger, Hudson Valley resident, and Margaret Crane, this book offers advice for those entering the beginning of their golden years. The pair humorously covers a range of topics, including managing finances and retirement, dating, and maintaining a social life (funerals are a surprising place to make friends), and handling children and grandchildren. Using personal experiences and views of experts, Ballinger and Crane offer practical solutions for some of the expected and surprising hurdles that come with aging, all with a focus on maintaining a sense of youthful joy. —Kerri Kolensky
A Time Outside This Time Amitava Kumar KNOPF, $26, 2021
The narrator of Amitava Kumar’s latest novel is Satya, whom we meet in the midst of a writing retreat in the Italian countryside as a novel virus is beginning to make headlines across the globe. Like Kumar, Satya is a transplanted Indian-born writer who has written extensively about the immigrant experience while living in America. (“I told Ravi Shankar that with each passing year I felt more out of touch with my birthplace. I found this distance from India intolerable. And then, in recent days, after Trump’s election, I had discovered with a new force that I didn’t belong in the United States either.”) Like Kumar, who teaches at Vassar College, Satya is an instructor at an elite college in the Hudson Valley. Like Kumar, who wrote an arresting critique of the US’s antiterrorism campaign post-9/11 (A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb), Satya has also written a nonfiction book on terrorism, Evidence of Suspicion. And like Kumar (I’m making an educated guess here), Satya is “obsessed with news” since the election of Donald Trump. Satya is working on a novel that’s a hodgepodge of scientific experiments, newspaper clippings, relationship commentary, and accounts from daily life—he calls “a report from the world of #fakenews.” Reading A Time Outside This Time is like looking over Satya’s shoulder as he’s writing his thesis on lies—how they are spread and how we are taken in by them. There’s inclusion of a wide-ranging grab bag of research and anecdote: Harry Harlow’s isolation experiments on baby monkeys; Marina Abramovic’s infamous Rhythm 0 “trust exercise,” in which she invited people to touch her unmoving form with a variety of objects; multiple stories of mob violence perpetrated on Muslims by Hindus in India (“I fear the mob,” Satya says. “The mob is single-minded about its claim to the truth.”); extremely short stories in the style of Kafka or Lydia Davis; a history of rumors; and meditations on writing (“The writer’s job is to reveal where the experiment in living goes wrong.”). The question Satya’s book seeks to answer is: “Who among your neighbors will look the other way when a figure of authority comes to your door and puts a boot in your face?” Ultimately, Satya links state brutality to lies employed as a form of control by leaders over their followers. (This is no spoiler, believe me.) And, no surprise, he is reading George Orwell’s 1984, a handbook for state brutality he describes as “a cry of depthless despair.” The book takes its title from a remembrance of a monsoon during Satya’s childhood that neatly captures the trapped feeling many of us had during the interminable shit storm of lies that was the Trump presidency. After it had rained for three days, the child couldn’t recall a world that wasn’t soaked to its skin. Kumar’s incisive prose is worth quoting at length: “Only rain was permanent. You could do nothing but wait. I’m saying all this because that is exactly what has happened to us politically. We cannot imagine—I cannot imagine, sometimes—a time outside this time. The people who are in power must also be deluded enough to believe this. They must think that their power is eternal. That they will sit on the throne forever. And it is this though that is their failing, because it condemns them to missteps and error. Stay alert. You will hear the rain stop and the wind shift. The powerful will not be waiting for it but that moment will come. It will mark the beginning of their doom, their end.” Kumar’s book is a brilliant and dark reflection of our times. At the end of the novel, when a former student asks Satya to write a true sentence, it’s not quite a “cry of depthless despair,” but it’s not a story you would tell a child at bedtime either. On October 7, at 7pm, in an event sponsored by Oblong Books, Amitava Kumar will engage in a virtual discussion with David Means. Oblongbooks.com —Brian K. Mahoney 10/21 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 61
poetry Things to Do in Kingston, New York For Vlad I. and Tom B. Take your ex’s things the things that they left years ago Put them into bags Throw them into the Rondout Don’t feel bad about throwing them into the Rondout People will try to make you feel bad for throwing things into the Rondout but you shouldn’t feel bad The Rondout is filthy and you had nothing to do with it Hell, you can’t see but a couple inches into it like the skin of a eel Brown with little pin pricks of light the light doesn’t make it too far down past the surface
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Reflections in a Pond (After Li Po) The sky is a vast empty sea. I stare at its reflection in a pond. The moon seems a shrunken pear, fallen from a dying tree. The stars are boats, barely afloat. When they sink, where do they go? No one can truly know. If life is a dream, I want to waken. My hopes have vanished. I once thought I knew what I wanted. But I was mistaken. —George Freek
While you’re at it Throw your house garbage into the Rondout too Why should any of us peasants take responsibility for the condition of the Rondout for its oily sheen and its stench when its hot out My neighbor on the Rondout Is a scrap yard A crazy pile of trash and old cars kept from slipping into the brown water by a quarter inch steel retaining wall welded together all crazy who knows what gets under that wall Its probably piles of cars and old busses old trolleys tugboat parts spools of barbed wire Refrigerators all piled up down there with little fish moving through compartments living blind in brown water that you could probably light with a match maybe they can see little pin pricks of light wavering weak in the brown and hear the “plunk” of a high heel shoe or a La Creuset Dutch oven Or an unopened LSAT book
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But they won’t see me not feeling bad about it
—John Joe Kane Disclaimer: I have never thrown trash, other than food waste, into the Rondout Thinking of the Old Days Tonight, even though I am grown, I wanted to walk next door, knock on your grandmother’s screen door, and ask her if you could please come outside for a root beer popsicle after supper.
I surrender. I cannot contain all the holes in the roof— they have allowed in too much rain and the house is drowning in it— the water is up to my knees now. No prayer, therapy or handyman has succeeded In stemming the onslaught. The frantic defense is over. It is time for me to stand here, point my face toward the ceiling and allow the rain to do its thing— as it turns out, nature can be a persistent bugger After a while I drilled a hole in the side of the house three feet off the ground so the water had a place to go instead of drowning us. We can all stand a little wet feet until the deluge stops. I am not going to bother myself by wondering what happens if it does not stop. All of my energy needs to be preserved for today. If I am alive tomorrow there will be more thoughts and feelings and actions to sort through
Girl leaving the Vet’s— Wailing with empty cat box… Raw badge of true love. I’ll be just like her In a not too distant time, When my Wally’s gone… Old man and old cat In an old reclining chair, Caring for each other… —Bob Grawi
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Home Plate Slide
the only difference between falling and flying is direction .
It is one in the morning And our daughter is not home Of course she moved out years ago Long left to live A life of her own Still I am a father And waken at one Wondering Where she is
It was a pirouette. You could see he always wanted to be a ballet dancer. That was his secret as a boy. That’s what he daydreamed about on his Little League team in center field. He was safe, but his secret is out.
For You, My Love Tell me that when I’m away from you you hurt And you wish I were there Tell me that my name is one to bring you happiness, The mention of it making you wonder where I might be Tell me that being with me was the best time in your life Tell me a lie of any kind that will make me believe —Meagan Towler
Norfolk Scope, 1980 All I remember about seeing the Globetrotters play was how much I loved it, proclaiming to my folks I wanted
Walk Home Walking from a friend’s apartment Mostly in the middle the x-axis of exFarmland and passing subtly lit mansions One alive with shouts and glow the rest Sleeping I smoke and make menacing faces At passing cars up and down the hurried Topography I take note of mailboxes and Pass the Cider Mill which has been cited By local gov’t to be historic and which a Friend or associate I think of my Father’s Once bought up the surrounding acreage For a laugh and now down again the snake Road for to take in the reek of the water And bilge pumps and more passing cars Until finding the retired dentist alone and With motorcycle electrics on and him perched On a self-made wall silent staring into his cell Phone which blared over and over “summer Of 69” and I ignored him for the absolute Knowledge that my acknowledgement of him There would ruin everything and I walked More through the double driveway that The man had paved so long ago for his sister And then to my parents’ house nestled in Silent suburbia and drank and slept.
to be on the team one day. They said, “You have to be black.”
I said, “Well, I wish I was black.” My voicing this
Ulster County Vibes
Sorrowful monster slapping the bereaved’s sad face again and again.
There it is again, that smell that makes me think of you. Appley and sweet. I wish it would stay and I wish it would go away; reminding me how I’d always run to you on rainy Ulster County days when I felt just like I do now.
—Susan Liev Taylor
—Lisa L. DeFelice
desire so early made later becoming a poet and teacher a little easier for them to witness. —Andy Fogle
Why will I never hear those apologies? Why do I need to hear those apologies? Why must I then make those apologies? Why will I be a better person after those apologies? Why must I keep my expectations as I will never hear those apologies? Let go, let go, be free —Lisa Merksamer M M is my favorite letter I like it more than l or g or w It spreads itself Across the threshold of the page Like the humps of two mountains Or backwards v’s cohabitating together And makes affiliations With mirth and music And the misfits hunched helplessly On benches after hours in the park Sometimes I walk up to the letter m With my big flashlight Illuminating its curves and hollow places Where shadows linger and dust gathers Like leaves after a windstorm I observe the rising and falling lines Of the letter m Climbing mounds Disappearing in glens Reckoning with fate And the alluring eye of Mother Nature Pulling me in like a hook Gathering the crumbs of truth With the force and fervor Of a priory of priests Speaking tongues And sleep in the soft caresses of its bones Till the morning light wakes me With its slowly ascending heat And the bump and chattel Of rising tides and lowering cliffs —Bruce Weber
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2021 FALL ARTS PREVIEW This time last year movie theaters and music venues still hadn’t been given the green light to reopen. Vaccines were only a glimmer of hope on the distant horizon. Much has changed in the last 12 months, as artists and organizers have worked tirelessly to find safe and innovative ways to keep the cultural traditions of the region alive. Although the pandemic landscape continues to rapidly evolve, the region’s arts programming is moving full-steam ahead this autumn. We have bundled our cautious optimism into a new special section—the inaugural Fall Arts Preview. We are happy to celebrate the in-person return of some of our favorite seasonal events like O+ Festival in Kingston (headlined this year by Magnetic Fields!) and the last-ever performance of self-effacing titans of satire Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine at Unison Arts Center. This year also marks some premier events like Spanglish Fly at Opus 40, the sculpture park that is finding new life as a music and event venue, and comic genius David Sedaris at the Bardavon. Venues are taking ample precautions ranging from mandating proof of vaccination to indoor masking in order to continue hosting safe events. As the situation continues to change rapidly, check with venues for their latest event details and COVID protocols before heading out the door. 64 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 10/21
Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine at Unison Arts
“Deathtrap” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Field + Supply Fall MRKT at Hutton Brickyards
October 1–10. Sidney Bruhl hasn’t written a hit play for 18 years when he receives a script from a former student, Clifford Anderson, that’s a guaranteed success. His wife, Myra, suggests the two men collaborate; Sidney jokes that it’d be just as easy to murder the young man and steal the script for his own. When Clifford arrives later that evening, no one—not even the visiting psychic Helga ten Dorp—can predict the many dark plot twists ahead. Ira Levin’s comedy/ thriller was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1978. It’s revived this fall in Rhinebeck. Michael Juzwak directs and Austin Carrothers, Cindy Kubik, Jeremy Ratel, John Remington, and Elaine Young star in this play within a play. Centerforperformingarts.org
October 8–10. Founded in 2014 by interior designer Brad Ford, this curated makers’ market is back inperson at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston. Over 150 hand-picked vendors will be at the pet- and kid-friendly modern take on an arts and crafts fair. Smaller items including essential oil room sprays from Flyaway Bluejay and soaps from J. M. Generals will be available. Furnishings will also be sold for interested homeowners. Splurge on pendants from LowLand Studio, coffee and dining room tables from Dzierlenga F + U, and handbuilt clay lamps from Lost Quarry. Shoppers can snack on culinary creations and browse to live music throughout the weekend. Fieldandsupply.com
“The Dark House” at Philipstown Depot Theatre October 7–31. Prepare to be scared by this new immersive theatrical experience based on “The Toll House,” an old British short story written by W. W. Jacobs, author of the horrific story “The Monkey’s Paw.” Participants become the characters, setting out to solve the mystery of a local haunted house and its ghosts. Led through the performance in groups of four, they wear audio headsets and are deprived of their sight, leaving them to rely on their other senses as they move through the non-traditional haunted house at the Phillipstown Depot Theater. This is the latest production from creative team the Psycho Clan, whose haunted repertoire includes shows like “I Can’t See.” Nightmarenyc.com
O+ Kingston October 8–10. What started as a few artists, activists, and medical practitioners collaboratively trying to solve a problem has grown into a renowned festival and national nonprofit with the mission of expanding artists’ access to healthcare and wellness services. The 11th annual O+ Festival returns to Kingston October 8-10 , this year with the theme “O+ygen,” meant to highlight the events of the last year and remind people of the essentials of staying well. The Magnetic Fields and Lady Pink headline, and scores of musicians, artists, and muralists perform and showcase their work while beautifying the city in exchange for onsite healthcare services from wellness providers. The festival will take place at venues throughout the city, and admission is free to the public. Opositivefestival.org
“Lewiston” at Bridge Street Theater October 14–24. For the second show in their “American Roots-Reawakened” fall season, Bridge Street Theater travels to the modern American frontier with Drama Desk winner Samuel D. Hunter's “Lewiston.” In this intimate production, Alice, a distant descendent of explorer Lewis Meriwether, runs a laughable roadside firework stand in Idaho while dreaming of a better future. Faced with financial challenges and the threat of real estate development, in this poignant play, a family navigates tricky emotional terrain as they struggle to find their place and future in the vastness of America. Bridgest.org
Peak Foliage Soiree at Opus 40 October 16. Head to Saugerties to take in Harvey Fite’s sculptural marvel at the peak of fall foliage for this two-part fundraiser. The 12-piece ensemble Spanglish Fly will kick things off at 4pm with their distinctive brand of Latin boogaloo—a mixture of Latin, soul, and R&B that emerged during the 1960s from the barrios of New York City. Formed in 2009 by DJ Jonny Semi-Colon, the Spanglish Fly's range is eclectic: They swing through jazz, funk, and other genres, even covering Amy Winehouse classics like “You Know I’m No Good” with a distinct Afro-Cuban flair. Following the performance, Upstate Film’s Hudson Valley Picture Show will host a screening evening. Brasskill will set the tone with a horn-filled performance at 6:15pm, followed by a screening of John Waters’ classic Hairspray. Stockade Tavern will be onsite serving up craft cocktails; Blue Mountain Bistro will dish up appetizers, and Papa’s Best Batch food truck will dole out barbecued goodness. Opus40.org
Field+Supply Fall MRKT at Hutton Brickyards
David Sedaris at the Bardavon
Sheep & Wool Festival
Fall for Art in Kingston
October 16. One of America’s most popular humor writers, David Sedaris will stop at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie as part of his tour for his new book, A Carnival of Snackery. In the collection of diary entries written between 2003 and 2020, Sedaris humorously recounts his experience living through different White House administrations and more, recalling sometimes violent encounters with other pedestrians to show the grittier parts of everyday life. The book follows the fall 2020 release of The Best of Me, a collection of 42 previously published works. Following some new story readings and a Q&A in Sedaris’s no-nonsense, dry manner, he will host a book signing in the lobby, with copies available for purchase. Bardavon.org
October 16–17. The 41st New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is offering a hybrid event this year, partially online and partially at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Attend in-person sheep and goat shows and author talks, and see who will take home a ribbon in this year’s fleece-to-shawl fiber competition, where three teams spin and weave fibers to make a shawl from start to finish. Peruse vendor booths for all things fiber from handmade portable spinning wheels to yarn and knitting needles to ceramic beads and buttons. Workshops will be all virtual and range from weaving and felting to nalbinding, basketry, and dying. Sheepandwool.com
October 23–29. Fall for Art is celebrating 25 years with its second virtual juried art show and sale, featuring works in a wide range of mediums and styles. Enamel jewelry from Helen Hosking, whimsical quilts from Suzanne Neusner, 3D cut-paper art from Glenn Grubard, and hand-turned wooden pepper and salt mills from John Franklin are just some of the crafts available for purchase. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County since 1997, proceeds from the event support the artists, Federation causes, and regional nonprofits, including the Hudson Valley Food Bank and People’s Place. Fallforart.org
Hudson Valley Pottery Tour
October 30. The ingeniously creative and communityminded folks at the Wassaic Project are back with another artistic family fright fest. Last year, they staged a haunted parade with artist-designed floats and tons of free candy. This year, they’re producing Haunted Hamlet, featuring seven PG-rated art installations/ trick-or-treating stations around the grounds from 3 to 7pm. There’s also a giant plinko game, a mutant forest, and a Halloween-themed “Let’s Make a Deal” game led by a zombie game show host. It’s followed by the Monster’s Ball at the Lantern with live music, DJ sets by Taraka, and a costume contest. (Monster’s Ball tickets must be purchased in advance, and all attendees must wear a costume.) Wassaicproject.org
October 16–17. The fifth annual Hudson Valley Pottery Tour guides pottery enthusiasts to studios throughout Ulster County. Visitors are invited into each space and are given the rare opportunity to see and learn about the inner workings of a ceramics studio. Pottery will also be available for purchase. Six studios are participating, with locations stretching from Shokan to Accord. Participating ceramicists include Jeff Shapiro, whose work resides in the Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, and Doug Peltzman, national exhibit curator and organizer of the event. Admission to all studios is free. Hudsonvalleypotterytour.com
Newburgh Literary Festival at the Ritz Theater
Wassaic Project Haunted Hamlet and Monster’s Ball
Wassaic Project Haunted Hamlet and Monster's Ball
October 30–31. Following a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19, Safe Harbors of the Hudson will be hosting its second annual Newburgh Literary Festival. The weekend-long event will feature an in-conversation event with Joe Donahue, the award-winning host of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio’s “The Roundtable.” Eight nationally acclaimed writers from around the Hudson Valley will engage in paired readings and moderated conversations, including Pulitzer prize finalist Evie Shockley and Erica Hunt, author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems. Attendees can check out a local authors book sale and participate in a series of writing workshops. Learn about writing contemporary horror from David Surface, playwriting and dramaturgy from Shane Bly Killoran, and graphic novels from Drew Morrison. Safe-harbors.org
Hudson Valley Pottery Tour. Pottery by Hiroe Hanazono
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“The Niceties” at Shadowland Stages October 22–November 7. College campuses have become (again) the molten center of the volcanic culture wars raging across America—just look at the latest imbroglio at SUNY New Paltz about a Sojourner Truth statue. In Eleanor Burgess's barnburning academic drama, a black student visits her white professor during office hours to discuss her paper on the American Revolution. The polite review of her thesis soon explodes into a high-stakes debate over race, history, power, and revolution. When it goes public, what’s been said can’t be unsaid, and both women face the consequences. Shadowlandstages.org
Al Franken at The Egg November 6. Before he was the senator from Minnesota, and the former senator from Minnesota who was shamed out of the Senate more hurriedly than he should have been, in hindsight—remember when politicians had shame?—Al Franken made his living as a funny man. One of the original writers on “Saturday Night Live,” Franken won five Emmys over 15 seasons writing and producing the show. As an author, he’s hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list four times, with cogent analyses of the political climate like Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations and Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Like everyone else and their Golden Retriever, Franken has a podcast. (He has more listeners than your dog, however.) Franken— who may or may not be mulling another Senate run—is on the road with his Al Franken: The Only Former US Senator Currently on Tour Tour. It’s sure to be funny. The only question is: Will he offer comp tickets to Kirsten Gillibrand? Theegg.org
“Marlowe, Goethe, Faust” at Denizen Theatre November 8. Playwright and Garrison resident John Pielmeier—best known for “Agnes of God,” which was made into a 1985 film starring Anne Bancroft and Jane Fonda—has always loved the Faust story, but he’s also felt that Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus” and Goethe’s “Faust” had serious flaws. [Ed: Agreed.] In “Marlowe, Goethe, Faust,” Pielmeier has combined the two plays, keeping the best bits (according to him) and interspersing them with meta commentary on the plays and the playwrights. The play premieres with a free staged reading at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz on November 8 at 7pm. Denizentheatre.com
Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine at Unison Arts November 19. What better proof that the sun has finally set on the Age of Aquarius than the dissolution of the formerly hip and presently clueless comedy team of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine? The septuagenarians take the stage—if they live that long—one last time at Unison Arts in New Paltz for a night of satire, or what passed for it 30 years ago. Since their first gig in Woodstock in 1989, Horowitz and Malkine have logged over 500 gigs in the Hudson Valley and beyond. (This number is disputed, however, as there were certain performances that no one attended, which would seem to put them firmly in the category of “rehearsal.”) Expect a tour through the pair’s greatest hits, including “Rappin’ for Godot” and “The Monthly Meeting of ACOMP (Adult Children of Mediocre Poets).” Unisonarts.org
“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Poughkeepsie’s Revel 32 November 20. Revel 32 is staging “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” an immersive theater experience where audience members are the wedding guests themselves. Viewers can partake in the family bickering as the night unfolds. The show promises all the fun of a 1980s Italian-American wedding—an Italian dinner including chicken parmigiana, antipasto, tiramisu, and more will be served, and there’s a cash bar with local craft beers from Poughkeepsie’s Mill House Brewing Company and King’s Court Brewing Company. The production (written by Nancy Cassaro and Mark Nassar) ran offBroadway for over 20 years and was adapted into a film of the same name in 2004. Safe-harbors.org —Kerri Kolensky, Brian K. Mahoney
From top: "Deathtrap" cast: Inga Van Bronk, Elaine Young, John Remington, Austin Carrothers, and Jeremy Ratel; Sheep and Wool Festival in 2018 at Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck; “The Dark House” at Philipstown Depot Theatre 66 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 10/21
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Well/Being An Exhibition on Healing and Repair
Panteha Abareshi, Sanford Biggers, Diedrick Brackens, Jeffrey Gibson, Tanja Hollander, Scott Keightley, Michelle Young Lee, Glendalys Medina, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Emily Daggett Smith, Odessa Straub, and Carrie Mae Weems University Art Museum University at Albany August 4 – December 11, 2021
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Free Admission (518) 442-4035 albany.edu/museum
Explore Contemporary Art in a Stunning Natural Landscape Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Register in advance for your visit at artomi.org
CURATED COLLECTION OF BOOKS ON SALE. AUTHOR TALKS INCLUDING AYAD AKHTAR, RUSSELL SHORTO & PETER SIS
Jenny Linn Plays Bolcom, Glass
October 2. This excellent event at the architecturally and acoustically magnificent Hudson Hall presents world-class pianist Jenny Linn giving the world premiere performance of Grammy-winning composer William Bolcom’s newest work, “Suite of Preludes.” Linn, who was born in Taiwan, raised in Austria, and finally moved to New York, has drawn steep praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Grammophone, and other critical outlets and is further known for her affinity for and artistic ties to Phillip Glass, whose music will also be part of the concert program. (Tony Kieraldo tickles the ivories October 8; the Orrin Evans Trio appears October 16.) 7pm. $25, $40 ($150 or $300 for sponsor tables). Hudson. Hudsonhall.org
October 19. With their blend of pop and postpunk, Austin, Texas rockers Spoon made the journey from the indies to the majors and back again, ate up the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s with revered releases like 1996’s Telephono, 2001’s Girls Can Tell, and 2005’s Gimme Fiction. “[We] make the record we like on our own first and just see what happens from there,” founding front man and guitarist Britt Daniel said about the group’s work ethic when he was interviewed for Chronogram in December 2017. Daniel and his bandmates come back to the Hudson Valley for this very fine fall date at the Chance Theater. With Nicole Atkins. (Geoff Tate revisits Empire and Rage for Order November 14; Yngwie Malmsteen and John 5 shred November 20.) 7pm. $30. Poughkeepsie. Thechancetheater.com
King Yellowman October 7. In the 1980s, when he was known simply as Yellowman, the toasting style of Jamaica’s King Yellowman made the singer the, well, toast of the dancehall reggae movement. Although his lyrics were frequently controversial (he’s since changed his ways; having a daughter, K’reema, who’s now a collaborator may have helped), his lolling, loose, and languid delivery has been a marked influence on many modern reggae vocalists. Called “the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley,” he visits the Falcon in support of his most recent album, 2019’s No More War. With K’reema and the Sagittarius Band. (Thana Alexa emotes October 17; the Klezmatics make chutzpa October 24.) 7pm. Donation requested. Marlboro. Liveatthefalcon.com
Larkin Poe October 14. Georgia roots rock group Larkin Poe, led by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, have that elusive, innate musical quality that seems to belong only to sibling acts raised on pure music, such as the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, or the Everly Brothers— those sweet familial harmonies. During lockdown, the sisters, who’ve performed as backing musicians on tours and recordings by Keith Urban, Elvis Costello, Steven Tyler, Conor Oberst, Billy Gibbons, and others, released their fifth album, the covers collection Kindred Spirits. In support of the set, they emerge from the woodshed to bring their sisterly magic to Empire Live for this much-anticipated show. (The Indigo Girls visit October 18; Caroline Rose croons October 21.) $25, $30. Albany. Empirelivealbany.com
Door Daze Festival October 15-16. Organized to premiere and celebrate Doors at Seven, local filmmaker Noelle Janasiewicz’s new documentary about the New Paltz underground DIY house show music scene of recent years, the Door Daze festival is set to run this month at outdoor Kingston venue BLUEprint (AKA the old Tech City site). With a whopping 21 bands connected to the movie’s subject matter—including Alliteration, Blue Chips, Elephant Jake, Furnace Creek, Genghis Krist, Grampfather, Greenhouse Lake, Happenstancery, Imposters, Johnny Manna, Mononeko, New Vision, No Momentum, Run for the Whales, Salutations, Screaming Meemies, Serena Hope, Tiny Blue Ghost, Withr, and 7 on Pump 1—the two-day event will culminate with a screening of the film. $12 for each day or $20 for a two-day pass in advance; $15 one day or $25 two-day pass at the gate. Faucet.media
Iris DeMent October 15. Country folk artist Iris Dement is one of America’s true jewels of song, a master singer and songwriter whose moving, gospel-steeped craft is the link between the Carter Family and her own late friend, mentor, and collaborator John Prine. Called “the best singer I’ve ever heard” by the great Merle Haggard, the Arkansas-born chanteuse staked her standing with her sublime 1992 debut, Infamous Angel, an album that’s worth it alone for the cherished “Our Town”; multiple Grammy nominations would come with 1993’s Words and Music and 1994’s My Life. This rescheduled date finds her within the welcoming walls of the Towne Crier. Anna Egge opens. (The Willie Nile Band returns October 2; Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White weave songs October 17.) 8pm. $40. Beacon. Townecrier.com
12 Concerts Not to Miss This Fall
Postmodern Jukebox October 28. Famed for their reworkings of modern popular songs into a pre-World War II jazz-swing format, Postmodern Jukebox was formed by New York pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2011. The orchestra’s versions of tunes by artists ranging from Lady Gaga to the White Stripes, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Outkast, and the Strokes made them a hit on YouTube in short order (check their rendition of New Order’s “Blue Monday”), winning them fervent fandom from the likes of Neil Gaiman, among others. Here, the outfit’s Grand Reopening Tour takes them to the suitably opulent setting of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (Chris Thile picks October 16; Ben Folds bops by October 17.) 7:30pm. $29.50-$54.50. Troy. Troymusichall.org
Daddy Long Legs October 29. Everyone’s favorite blues punk killers once again make their annual late-October pilgrimage to Colony for another frightfully fun night of hollerin’, harp-wailin’, Halloween-season hellaciousness. Still riding high on the release of their third album, 2020’s Lowdown Ways, the Brooklyn trio of Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Aturk (slide guitar), and Josh Styles (drums, maraca) was recently spotted in our neck of the woods recording that disc’s forthcoming followup, and their bluesy blend of Son House, the Sonics, Dr. Feelgood, Howlin’ Wolf, the MC5, Little Richard, et al. always sees their local gigs blowing away Americana lovers as well as garage punkers. With the Trash Bags. (Sam Amidon strums October 15; the Feelies fall back November 5.) 7pm. $20-$25. Woodstock. Colonywoodstock.com
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi November 5. Giddens is a multiple Grammy Award nominee for her solo records and collaborative work with the influential Carolina Chocolate Drops; more recently, she has been a member of the acclaimed trio Our Native Daughters. The singer and banjoist, who performs at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in November, just unveiled a new solo album, They’re Calling Me Home, and in 2019 released there is no Other, a cooperative effort with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, who joins her for the event. (The Hudson Valley Philharmonic holds forth on October 2 and 30.) 8pm. $43, $58. Poughkeepsie. Bardavon.org
TC Superstar/Johnny Dynamite November 6. Masterminded by singer Connor McCampbell and made up of several of his fellow University of Texas graduates, Austin synth pop collective TC Superstar are sure to delight diggers of ’80s dance sounds. “Everyone pitches in in different ways and everyone has their own talents that they contribute to the group,” McCampbell told KVUE-TV in 2019. “So in that regard, it is kind of a collective, but also any band is. We’re a self-described dancy [sic] band.” Joining the youthful troupe, which features dancers as well as musicians, for this engagement at Tubby’s is fellow synth-oriented artist Johnny Dynamite, who heads up from his home base of Brooklyn. (Chris Brokaw comes back October 8; hip hop artist MIKE raps October 29.) 8pm. $10. Kingston. Tubbyskingston.com
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi perform at the Bardavon on November 5.
Patti Smith November 13. This fall, a true American arts icon graces the Hudson Valley when the decorated poet, author, and punk pioneer Patti Smith herself pays a visit to UPAC. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Smith made her full-length recording debut with 1975’s Horses, widely considered one of the most influential and greatest albums ever released. Her 2010 memoir Just Kids, about her relationship with photographer, creative collaborator, and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, while its followups, 2015’s M Train, 2017’s Devotion, and 2019’s Year of the Monkey, became bestsellers as well. This intimate evening will see Smith performing spoken-word stories interspersed with songs and taking audience questions. (City and Colour brightens up October 22; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons work their way back to you October 24.) 8pm. $49. Kingston. Bardavon.org
Psychedelic Furs November 20. Nearly 45 years after their inception, the Psychedelic Furs remain one of the most distinctive sounds in rock, forever known for such postpunk/new wave hits as “Pretty in Pink” (rerecorded from 1981’s Talk Talk Talk for the Pretty in Pink movie soundtrack) and “Love My Way” (cut locally with producer Todd Rundgren). The band reunited in 2000 after a nineyear hiatus and, aside from the expected pandemic sidelining, haven’t slowed down since, releasing Made of Rain, their eighth album, just last year. The Furs come to Empire Live for this long-awaited upstate return. (The Ryan Montbleau Band blows in November 6; the Flaming Lips light up November 13.) 7pm. $27.50. Albany. Empirelivealbany.com —Peter Aaron
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Installation view of “Tasting Room” at the recently opened Barns Art Center in Hopewell Junction.
Feast Your Eyes “TASTING MENU” Through December 5. Barnsartcenter.org
“I didn’t want to build another fine art island,” explains Tara Dalbow, curator and gallery director of the brandnew Barns Art Center in Hopewell Junction. “When I was curating this, I thought: How do I make something accessible?” The center’s inaugural exhibition, “Tasting Menu,” features 30 contemporary artists, and runs until December 5. The origin of the Barns Center is remarkable. Dalbow graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2019 with an MFA in creative writing. For a year she taught classes at the New York Times Gap Year Program, while working on her first novel, As It Were. Then she heard that National Resources, a real estate development company which owns part of an industrial park in Hopewell Junction, was soliciting proposals. Dalbow, who had never worked in a gallery, dreamed up the Barns Center, a nonprofit art space focusing on food, ecology, and sustainable agriculture—and her pitch was accepted. She is 30 years old. Dalbow began searching the internet for sculptors and painters with culinary themes, and sending out requests. “A few started saying yes, which I was shocked by,” she admits. “I had no experience as a curator, and they were still building the building. I was sure no one would say,’ Yeah, take my $85,000 work of art.’” 70 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 10/21
I last saw a piece by Lucia Hierro at the Museum of Modern Art. Here she’s represented by Constancia Fine/Fare, a massive replica of a supermarket receipt reproduced on brushed suede, more than 10 feet high. (Sample line: “ORG BABY ROMAINE $4.29.”) A Fine Fare supermarket at 4211 Broadway in New York City produced the original. Sharon Core has a pair of vivid photos: a banana split and “two cheeseburgers with everything.” Both are almost obscene in their curvaceous dripping excess. And both are real-life recreations of Claes Oldenburg sculptures. American food looks better than it tastes. Nicholas Buffon’s diorama B & H Dairy is a meticulous reproduction of the famous—though cheap—East Village kosher restaurant, down to the sign on the door: “No Guns/No Phones.” The subject of food lends itself to repetition. Jean Shin’s Floating Maize looks like a levitating cornfield. Each “cornstalk” is composed of Mountain Dew bottles (with the labels removed) taped end to end, decorated with “leaves” cut from the plastic bottles. Suspended from the ceiling, the Mountain Dew bottles lightly sway in the air conditioning breeze, their leaves fluttering. On a nearby table, Daniel Giordano’s 500 ceramic clementines, some ashen, some with a bright metallic
gleam, caress the eyes like waves on the sea. The most abstract work is Rachel Major’s Still Life with Drips, in which a series of overlapping beef carcasses, rendered in childlike colors, drip a liquid that resembles multicolored blood. Oranges haunt the exhibition, recurring in painting after painting. (Perhaps artists are drawn to their flaming color?) “Barns” refers to the shape of the 3,200-square-foot gallery, and to the farms that covered this land before IBM began building this massive campus in 1963. The gallery leads into a food hall, still under construction, which will include the Sloop Brewing Co. Eventually the Barns Center plans to offer classes and artist residencies. Lost Arts, a three-screen documentary that follows 10 local farmers, debuts at the center on October 9. “Tasting Menu” has a secret storyline, beginning with the harvesting of wheat—With and Without (Blue) by David Kennedy Cutler—and ending with a speeded-up video of decaying fruit by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Such is the tragic food cycle in the USA, where as much as 50 percent of our produce is wasted. “Tasting Menu” will remain at the Barns Art Center until December 5. —Sparrow
JONATHAN DEMME: Collecting with Abandon Over 100 works from Jonathan Demme’s extraordinary collection of Haitian, Island and Outsider art. Ticketed Preview Event – October 1st On View – October 2nd – 31st check website for gallery hours Closing Weekend Fall Art Crawl – October 30th & 31st garnerartscenter.org/events
Hudson 433 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs-Mon, 11am-5pm
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BUILDING 35 GARNER Arts Center 55 West Railroad Ave, Garnerville, NY
New York City 46 West 90th Street, Floor 2 New York, NY 10024 Tues, Thurs and Fri, 11am-5pm, and by appointment
Wood Cutters, Wilmino Domond
Saturdays & Sundays 11:00-4:00 Harvest Festival October 9-10
736 South Drive Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 barnsartcenter.org
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exhibits OPEN STUDIO HUDSON The city of Hudson might just have more artists per capita than any other town in the Hudson Valley. This bold conjecture is supported by the 50-plus creatives participating in this year’s Open Studio Hudson event. The artists, who work in a variety of disciplines, will open their studios on October 10 and 11 from 11am to 5pm, enabling casual art enthusiasts and serious collectors to explore and experience the artistic process at their own pace. Most of the studios are located near the center of Hudson. Maps of the studio locations are available in local businesses and also downloadable from the OSH website. Open Studio Hudson is presented by artist Jane Ehrlich. Openstudiohudson.com
Letter to the Light Collectors, a collage by Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, one of the artists participating in Open Studio Hudson. Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Hudson NY
11 JANE STREET ART CENTER
ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER
CLARK ART INSTITUTE
“Jennifer Hicks: Imprinted Over Time.” Paintings and installation. October 2-November 7.
“Seasons of Greene.” Through October 10.
150 MAIN STREET, BEACON.
“Erin Shirreff: Remainders.” Through January 2, 2022. “Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed.”Through October 31.
“Mary Ann Glass: Photographs.” Through November 7.
11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES
ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY
22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK
24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS
BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY
"Confluences: Paintings, photographs, artist books." Yale Epstein. Through October 31.
BARNS ART CENTER
THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
“Tasting Menu.” Food-themed group show. Through December 5.
258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT “Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs”. Through January 2, 2022.
110 NEWPORT BRIDGE ROAD, WARWICK “Jerry Novesky: Photographs”. Retrospective. October 2-31.
ANN STREET GALLERY
104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH “Black Renaissance Festival.” Group show. Through November 20.
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71 EAST MARKET STREET #5, RHINEBECK "Curtis Lewis: Paintings." October 1-31.
1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT “To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth”. Quilts, garments, drums, prints, and video by Jeffrey Gibson. Through January 2, 2022.
ART SALES & RESEARCH CLINTON CORNERS
Works by Harriet Korman, Stephen Westfall, Mary Carlson, Stanley Rosen, Nancy Holt, John Tweddle, Marilyn Gold, Billy Copley, Anne Brown, Manuel Pardo, others. October 1-30.
ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON
“Jose Acosta: Looking for Something in Color.” October 2-30.
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736 SOUTH DRIVE, HOPEWELL JUNCTION
225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
4 WILLIAMSVILLE ROAD, STOCKBRIDGE, MA “Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture by John Van Alstine.” Eleven outdoor works throughout the landscape at Chesterwood. Through October 31.
ret Still.” Paintings, drawings, linocuts. October 2-30.
HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART/CCS BARD ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON
“Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection.” Through October 17. “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985.” Through November 28.
HOLLAND TUNNEL GALLERY
46 CHAMBERS STREET, NEWBURGH
D’ARCY SIMPSON ART WORKS 409 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“The Longue Durée.” Works by Olivia Baldwin, Jeffrey L. Benjamin, Kyle Cottier, Elisa Pritzker, and Greg Slick. October 18-November 21.
“New Directions 2021.” National juried contemporary art exhibition. Through October 30.
“Requiem for Silence.” Photographs by David McIntyre. October 9-December 31. Opening reception Saturday, October 9, 5-8pm.
HUDSON HALL AT THE HISTORIC HUDSON OPERA HOUSE
506 MAIN STREET, BEACON
3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON
“Melissa Schlobohm: Let the Light In”. Through October 10. “Jebah Baum: Gravitational Artifacts”. Through October 10. “Overcome”. Photographs by Pamela Zaremba. October 9-November 7. “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing”. Multimedia work by Ilse Schreiber-Noll. October 9-November 7.
Works by Lee Ufan, Sam Gilliam, Barry Le Va, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, and others on long-term view.
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BARRETT HOUSE ART CENTER
55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE
WOMEN’S STUDIO WORKSHOP
217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. "Gerri Spilka: Interactions Then & Now." Fabric constructions. Through November 30.
327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“Diane Townsend & Judah Catalan.” Painting and sculpture. October 23-December 5. “Off the Wall.” Jean Feinberg, Margaret Saliske, Pamela J. Wallace. October 23-December 5.
HUDSON VALLEY MOCA
1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL “How We Live, Part II.” Through January 31.
JDJ | THE ICE HOUSE GARRISON
“Woman.” Paintings and drawings by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke. Through October 30.
“Ghost in the Machine.” Photographs by Traer Scott and John Wollenhaupt. October 9-31.
FRED J. JOHNSTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GALLERY
622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
GARNER ARTS CENTER
"Fragments of Time & Space." Paintings by Anthony Finta, Ginny Fox, Carl Grauer, Joseph Maresca, and abstract wall sculpture by Dai Ban. Through November 21.
BUILDING 35, 55 WEST RAILROAD AVENUE, GARNERVILLE
"Signs of the Times, The Modjeska Sign Studio, Kingston, New York." Through November 1.
“Jonathan Demme: Collecting with Abandon.” Haitian, Island, and Outsider art. October 1-31
THE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK
GARRISON ART CENTER
23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON
“Beyond Binaries.” Milford Graves, Basil Kincaid, Sahana Ramakrishnan. Through October 18.
“TPatricia Miranda: Punto in Aria." Textile installation. Through November 7.
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART
"Arrivals." Through January 23.
722 BINNEWATER LANE, KINGSTON “Queer Ecology Hanky Project”. Through October 30.
CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“Kelli Connell: Double Life, 2 Decades.” Through November 27. “Rewriting Loss.” Photographs by Carla Shapiro. Through October 17. “Photography Now.” Group show curated by Maya Benton. Through October 3.
17 CHURCH STREET, BEACON
229 GREENKILL AVENUE, KINGSTON “Nancy Catandella, Olesya Dzhuraeva, Marga-
63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON
475 MAIN STREET, BEACON
134 JAY STREET, KATONAH
Oct 14 - 24
Thu, Fri, Sat at 7p & Sun at 3p at AOH, 1330 CR 7, Ancram
Mario Merz Long-term view
by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare with MaConnia Chesser
A modern re-telling of Homer’s classic. With poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this explosive theatrical experience.
Oct 30 at 7pm
Nov 20 at 3pm
at Roe-Jan Park, Hilltop Barn 9140 NY-22, Hillsdale
Dia Beacon 3 Beekman Street Beacon, New York
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An evening of stories by local authors, exploring the eldritch, uncanny and sublime in the beauty of an autumn night at Roe-Jan Park.
Presented Virtually! AOH has been leading storytelling workshops with the 4th, 5th & 6th graders at Taconic Hills School. Join us for a free livestream when students share their true, personal narratives.
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Jennifer Hicks “Imprinted Over Time” October 2 – November 7
ARTS CENTER & SCULPTURE GARDEN
OCTOBER EXHIBITS & EVENTS assembly Gallery Exhibit
(@ both locations until 10/24)
Owning Earth Outdoor Exhibit (@ 68 Mtn Rest)
FRI 10/1 7 PM FRI 10/8 7 PM SAT 10/30 3 PM
Bob Malone: Keyboard Wizard for John Fogerty, Ringo Starr & more
Aaron Johnston & Power Trio from John Scofield Group
© Jennifer Hicks, “Imprinted Overtime” 2020, 20” x 20” mixed media on canvas
An exhibition of paintings and installation with installation collaborators Christine Alicino - projections & Gary Weisberg - sound art
Day of the Dead: Theramin/Poetry, Sugar Skull Workshop & more
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“Kikuo Saito: Cloud Painting.” Through November 15. “Painting as Performance/Performance as Painting.” Through November 15.
“Reginald Madison: Home Grown.” Through October 10.
115 7TH STREET, VERPLANCK
KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“Sacred Structures.” Photographs by Kenro Izu and sculptures by Tony Moore. Through October 3.
LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE
449 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
STORM KING ART CENTER
1 MUSEUM ROAD, NEW WINDSOR “Crisis.” Site specific installation by Rashid Johnson. Through November 8.
120 GRAND STREET, NEWBURGH “2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert.” Through October 31.
“Changing Forms: Metamorphosis in Myth, Art, and Nature, 1650-1700." “American Impressions: A Nation in Prints.” October 9-February 6.
743 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON Cosmic Biology, Mandalas, and Planetary Seals." Work by AT Mann, Kelly Beekman, and Michael Howard. October 8-November 7.
123 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Global Meltdown.” Group show. Through October 9.
747 ROUTE 28, KINGSTON “Built II: Architecture in Art.” October 14-November 14.
MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART
2700 ROUTE 9, COLD SPRING “Nivola: Sandscapes.” 50 works of sandcast sculpting by Costantino Nivola. Through January 10, 2022.
89 VINEYARD AVENUE, HIGHLAND “Adaptation.” Photographs by Amy Dooley. October 1-31.
1301 COUNTY ROUTE 7, ANCRAM “Bob Bachler and James Kennedy: Paintings and Ceramics.” Through December 31.
SUSAN ELEY FINE ART
433 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Jim Denney.” Paintings. October 7-November 21.
TANJA GRUNNERT SALON
21 PROSPECT AVENUE, HUDSON “Arnie Zimmerman.” Outdoor sculpture exhibition. Through October 31.
THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Through October 31.
THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM
MARK GRUBER GALLERY
“American Beauty.” Paintings and drawings by Lily Prince. Through October 17.
“Two of a Kind.” Paintings by James Coe and Marlene Wiedenbaum. Through November 20.
TILLY FOSTER FARM
NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ
OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE 5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Through October 31.
OLIVE FREE LIBRARY
4033 ROUTE 28A, WEST SHOKAN “Skin Deep.” Through November 6.
PAMELA SALISBURY GALLERY
362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Landscape & Memory.” Group show of landscape paintings. October 9-November 7.
PINK STALLION BARN
307 UNION CENTER ROAD, ULSTER PARK "Barnwood Gay Erotic Art Show and Sale." Queer drawings, photographs, paintings, ceramics, and artwork. October 15-17.
530 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON “95 North." Group show curated by Michael Klein. Through October 23.
ROELIFF JANSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 8 MILES ROAD, COPAKE FALLS
“Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches of the Roe Jan Region.” Through October 31.
SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, SUNY NEW PALTZ
126 BRYANT POND ROAD, PUTNAM VALLEY “Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2021.” 16th annual sculpture exhibit. September 26-October 31.
TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY
60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 845 757 2667. "Marie Cole: Themes & Variations." Paintings and monoprints. Through October 17.
UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER
68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ. "Assembly.” Artists from the Studio Art Program at SUNY New Paltz. Through October 24. “Owning Earth.” Outdoor sculpture installation. Through June 1, 2022.
233 LIBERTY STREET, NEWBURGH “Sound Mirror.” Solo exhibition by Audra Wolowiec. October 9-November 26.
WEST STRAND GALLERY
29 WEST STRAND STREET, KINGSTON “Inyersecting Art, Earth, Fire, Water, & Air.” Pablo Shine, Judy Brodsky, Diane Burko, Carmen Lizardo, Amy Fenton Shine. October 2-November 14.
4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE “Jean Foos & Ann Romero De Córdoba: Permanent Rescue.” October 1-30. Opening reception October 2, 2-6pm.
"Hudson Valley Artists 2021: Who Really Cares?" The 14th annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, curated by Helen Toomer. Through November 14. “The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone.” Through December 12. “Follies and Picturesque Tourism.” Through December 12. “Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women.” Through December 12.
WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM
“Well/Being.” Panteha Abareshi, Sanford Biggers, Diedrick Brackens, Jeffrey Gibson, Tanja Hollander, Scott Keightley, Michelle Young Lee, Glendalys Medina, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Emily Daggett Smith, Odessa Straub, Carrie Mae Weems. Through December 11.
25 BROAD STREET, KINDERHOOK “Feedback." Sanford Biggers, John Buck, Becky Suss, Roy Dowell, and others. Through October 30.
“JEFFREY GIBSON: TO FEEL MYSELF BELOVED ON THE EARTH” AT ART OMI Jeffrey Gibson, a Choctaw-Cherokee artist who lives in Hudson, is best known for his abstract painting, sculpture, and prints, which carry an autobiographical cultural inflection. Gibson’s influences range from 19th-century beadwork and Native American iconography to contemporary street art. “To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth” is an exhibition of quilts, garments, drums, prints, and video on view at Art Omi’s Newmark gallery through January 3. Artomi.org
KIKUO SAITO AT KINOSAITO KinoSaito is a new nonprofit arts center in Verplanck honoring the work of Japanese painter and theatrical designer Kikuo Saito, who died in 2016. Throughout the fall, the center’s in-house theater will host live performances of “Toy Garden Reprise,” a sequel to Saito’s production “Toy Garden,” which was first performed at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in 1996. Two exhibitions curated from Saito’s 50-year artistic output will also be on view through November 15: “Painting as Performance/Performance as Painting: The Theater Paintings of Kikuo Saito,” and “Kikuo Saito: Cloud Paintings.” Kinosaito.org
“JONATHAN DEMME: COLLECTING WITH ABANDON” AT GARNER ARTS CENTER Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme—the auteur behind The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and other cinematic gems who died in 2017—was an avid collector of self-taught, Haitian, and island art. Over 100 works from Demme’s collection will be exhibited through the month of October at Garner Arts Center in Garnerville. October 1-31. Garnerartscenter.org
“WELL/BEING” AT UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY This exhibition features heavy hitters like Carrie Mae Weems, Sanford Biggers, and Jeffrey Gibson, who pose questions about being and well-being. How do people—queer bodies, Indigenous groups, Black and Brown bodies, bodies in pain, threatened bodies, vulnerable populations, students—interact with America’s cultural landscape and find space to thrive? How do artists resist cultural amnesia and engage with the past and create work needed to move forward and heal? Through December 11. Albany.edu/museum
“GHOST IN THE MACHINE” AT GARAGE GALLERY This show of photographs by Traer Scott and Jon Wollenhaupt is the second exhibition at one of the region’s newest galleries, located just off Main Street in Beacon, in an actual garage. The subjects of Scott’s otherworldly images are museumgoers bathed in the warm tones of evening. Visitors’ reflections merge with the dioramas themselves in evocative and sometimes startling ways, creating powerful images of lost worlds and lost souls. Wollenhaupt’s street scenes are also haunted, the blurs of movement specters of modern life. Opening reception October 9, 3 to 6pm October 9-31. Garagegallery.com
“COLLABORATIVE CONCEPTS FARM PROJECT 2021” AT TILLY FOSTER FARM The 16th annual Collaborative Concepts sculpture show features work from 40 regional artists temporarily installed across the 200 acres of rolling fields at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. Participating artists include Naomi Teppich, Philippe Halaburda, Herman Roggeman, and Kaete Brittin Shaw. Through October 31. Collaborativeconcepts.org
“FRAGMENTS OF TIME AND SPACE” AT CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY This exhibit in Hudson brings together four regional painters—Anthony Finta, Ginny Fox, Carl Grauer, and Joseph Maresca—and pairs their work with abstract wall structures by Dai Ban. A show standout is Grauer’s Coniferous Sky, a five-foot-tall painting documenting a pine tree between November 2020 and March 2021. The trunk and its branches stand unchanged, dominating a sky that has been segmented to track shifting clouds and changing light. Opening reception October 2, 5 to 7pm. Through November 29. Carriehaddadgallery.com
28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK “Stephen Green-Armytage: Extraordinary Birds.” Photographs. Through November 7. “Professional Practice: Staff Picks from the Permanent Collection.” Through January 7.
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SEVEN EXHIBITS TO SEE THIS FALL
Top: Moose, a photograph by Traer Scott, showing as part of “Ghost in the Machine” at Garage Gallery in Beacon. Bottom: Installation view of “Painting as Performance/Performance as Painting: The Theater Paintings of Kikuo Saito,” at KinoSaito in Verplanck.
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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude
Creative conflict wins when cooler heads prevail October features powerful shifts in energies in an already disruption-filled year. There is no status quo despite our longing for just a little respite from what often seems like constant upheaval! Yet it’s the promise of creative conflict and the solutions which might emerge that gives us hope—if we can summon the self-control to keep cool while everyone else is heating up. Mars opposite Chiron and Mercury retrograde square Pluto October 1, creating an extremely volatile environment where great risk can yield either great reward or spectacular failure. This is true of those who are expressly vulnerable and lay their vulnerability at the seat of a power they hope will save and protect them. Unwillingness to face the uncomfortable mess of life confronts us at the New Moon in Libra with Sun and Mars inconjunct Uranus and Pluto direct October 6. We can either look away and pretend it’s not happening or turn to confront it head on. Some of the drag we’ve been collectively experiencing gets lifted when Saturn stations direct October 10, and both Mercury and Jupiter go direct October 18. The Sun trines Jupiter October 15 and hope springs eternal. Yet powerful forces don’t see eye to eye, and conflict emerges at the Sun’s squares to Pluto October 17. A brave Full Moon in Aries October 20 bolsters bravado, but what it takes to survive the ruthless power struggles of the square of Mars and Pluto October 22 is extreme self-control, laser-like focus, and a deep self-knowledge unable to be swayed by the influence of others. The Sun/Saturn square October 30 demands that everyone get a seat at the table, or the table gets overturned and burned for firewood. If we can keep cool heads when everyone else is burning, common sense can prevail.
ARIES (March 20–April 19) Your personal power peaks this month. Because you’ve done the work, you’ll use that power at the opposition of Mars to Chiron October 1 to heal and not hurt when vulnerabilities are exposed. Your intense potency needs a physical outlet October 8 at the Sun’s conjunction to Mars! Get moving and run into great luck October 18 when Mars trines Jupiter. The Full Aries Moon October 20 fills you with confidence, but seek, wisdom, humility, and calmness when Mars squares Pluto October 22, challenging you to maintain your cool! Mars enters Scorpio October 30; you’re a pirate for Halloween.
TAURUS (April 19–May 20)
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You’re feeling powerfully romantic when Venus sextile Pluto October 2 and inclined to shed your inhibitions and shred decorum when Venus enter Sagittarius October 7. The maturity you’ve developed and the healing you’ve done plays center stage October 16 at the trine of Venus to Chiron. You’re setting an example, and others are watching. Guard against distorted perceptions and punishing perfectionism October 26 at the square of Venus to Neptune. Rose-colored glasses aren’t required; truly accepting yourself and others doesn’t need a filter. Be generous and let go of fear around shared resources when Venus sextiles Jupiter October 28.
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GEMINI (May 20–June 21) Mercury retrograde in Libra through October 18 reflects much of your ambivalence and indecision around romantic matters. Partners feel it too; you may be asked to light up or leave someone alone October 1 at the square of Mercury to Pluto. Grand sweeping promises are all the rage October 3 at the trine of Mercury to Jupiter; though you’d rather make love than war, you’re willing to put up your dukes and fight when Mercury conjuncts Mars October 9. The possibility of détente arises when Mercury sextiles Venus October 16; repairs and reparations can be made through early November.
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CANCER (June 21–July 22) Harmony at home and within the family takes precedence at the New Moon in Libra October 6. Define new priorities around shared resources and common goals at the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn October 12. Rewards and recognition come publicly at the Full Moon in Aries October 20; your career is in the spotlight and achievements are valued by those who can be the most helpful. Important matters around unresolved issues touching on wounded pride come to resolution at the Last Quarter Moon in Leo October 28. Giving and receiving true forgiveness is always the right thing to do.
LEO (July 22–August 23) Divest of ego attachments when the Sun opposes Chiron October 3. If you can invite vulnerability, much healing can be accomplished in a short time. The conjunction of the Sun to Mars and Mercury retrograde October 8-9 imbues you with energy which you should use to make amends where they are owed. Power struggles and longing for peace of mind compete when the Sun trines Jupiter October 15 and squares Pluto October 17. The Last Quarter Moon in Leo October 28 with Sun in Scorpio square Saturn October 30 illuminates the loose ends that need tying up at home.
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VIRGO (August 23–September 23) Mercury’s entire retrograde in Libra through October 18 affects your values, valuables, personal resources, and your material world. Avoid abrupt choices which will cost money; delay financial decisions until early November. Careful of power plays and confrontational communications when Mercury retrograde squares Pluto October 1. Watch the superlatives—are they covering up doubts?—when Mercury trines Jupiter October 3. Mercury retrograde conjuncts Mars October 9; wisely guard against “fightin’ words”! Knowing this in advance is a “get out of jail free” card; please use it. Apologies and reparative confessions go a long way when Mercury sextiles Venus October 16.
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LIBRA (September 23–October 23) You’re gathering your charismatic powers when Venus sextiles Pluto October 2, in preparation for the New Moon in Libra October 6. You’re ready to begin a new “exotic” adventure and itching to escape where you’ve been stuck October 7 when Venus enters Sagittarius. Repair and heal with mature integration and holistic self-acceptance when Venus sextiles Saturn and trines Chiron October 13–16. You want to believe what you want to believe despite the evidence when Venus squares Neptune October 26; dig in at your own peril! You’re happiest with pleasant equanimity October 28 at the sextile of Venus and Jupiter.
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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) Proceed with extreme caution October 1–6. Mars opposes Chiron, Mercury retrograde squares Pluto, Venus sextiles Pluto before Pluto goes direct. Control your temper October 8–9 when the Sun and Mercury retrograde conjunct Mars. Intense power struggles are avoidable when warned: October 17 is one of those days when Sun squares Pluto. The more you exercise self-control and extreme focus, the less likely you’ll succumb to the temptation to use your power to crush your enemies October 18–22 with Mars trine Jupiter and square Pluto. Ready for a slow simmer when Mars enter Scorpio October 30? The heat is on.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22) Be careful October 3 when Mercury retrograde trines Jupiter, you’re likely to promise your friends everything and anything all in good faith, but can you afford to deliver when the smoke clears? Your legendary good luck saves you, as it often does, but in a spectacular way October 15 at the trine of the Sun to Jupiter. Jupiter finally goes direct again in Aquarius on October 18, and you begin to feel a little bit freer, though you’ll always chafe against externally imposed obligation. Venus sextiles Jupiter October 28; be generous and lend a helping hand to the aspirational.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20)
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Saturn stations direct in Aquarius October 10, aligning both traditionally Saturn-ruled signs in directional harmony once again. The First Quarter Moon in Capricorn October 12 allows you to re-set your intentions, more precisely focused on your goals and desires. Hearts open when Venus sextiles Saturn October 13; you’re unwilling to give up ground gained just to satisfy the status quo and you say no to bureaucratic demands at the Sun’s square to Saturn October 30. You play by the rules in order to win, but if winning means breaking the rules, this may be the time to do so.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19) Remember your own essential truth and don’t become distracted by the drama of others. Sharing family identities doesn’t always entitle one to share resources; this becomes apparent October 6 when the Sun and Mars inconjunct Uranus. Saturn stations direct October 10, helping to bolster a feeling of inner alignment. Mercury in Libra causes communication failures when inconjunct Uranus October 11 and again on October 24, with Mercury direct. Did you say what you said, and is it on record? Say no to gaslighting with Venus inconjunct Uranus October 19. Get everything in writing when Sun squares Saturn October 30.
PISCES (February 20-March 19) High potential for missed clues, mixed signals, and ambiguous double meanings when Mercury retrograde is inconjunct Neptune on October 5 and again on October 30 while direct. Whether you are the purveyor or the purchaser, beware! Sun inconjunct Neptune October 13 sheds no light on true motivations: A mystery is your love and yet more incomprehensible when Venus is inconjunct Neptune October 19. Clarity is hard to come by October 26 at the square of Venus to Neptune. Even when you can’t see the forest for the trees, you still must keep walking, even if you’re unsure of the direction. 78 HOROSCOPES CHRONOGRAM 10/21
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A white Jacobin pigeon stares in shock, burrowing into its mass of feathers as if it’s been caught in a heist. A chamois Polish Frizzle chicken peaks out from lengthy, curling feathers with wet, pleading eyes and a downturned beak, ready to cry out in distress. These are some of the photographs in “Extraordinary Birds,” an exhibition of avian photos by Stephen Green-Armytage at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum through November 7. A career in wildlife photography for publications including Smithsonian and Life put the Woodstock resident on the path to photographing what most would consider to be ordinary birds. He’s published three bird-based photography books: Extra Extraordinary Chickens, Extraordinary Pheasants, and Extraordinary Pigeons. For each project, Green-Armytage finds his subjects at poultry shows. In the midst of coops,
birds squawking and laying eggs, and judges determining the grand champion of each category, Green-Armytage sets up a makeshift blackbox studio, complete with proper portrait lighting, and photographs the birds while their owners stand by. He’s attended shows in the United States as well as Denmark, the Netherlands, and other European countries. The portraits of the birds highlight their varied textures, feather patterns, and colors. GreenArmytage hopes that spectators will be as enthralled as he is by them. “When I first got introduced to these different creatures I just had no idea that there were so many different pigeons, so many different pheasants, so many different chickens,” he says. “The birds are really strange and wonderful, and sometimes quite beautiful.” —Kerri Kolensky
Georgian Brick Manor
Impressive c. 1860s historic Georgian brick manor on 5 rolling acres in Red Hook. Stately home with classic 4-over-4 layout. Beautiful sitting room with woodburning insert fireplace, formal dining room. Newly renovated luxury kitchen with double dishwashers and a 6-burner Wolf range with grill, office/TV room & large pantry/laundry room. Unique hexagonal sunroom, wood floors throughout, plaster moldings and many other historic details, half bath tucked under the stairs. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 2 beautifully designed baths. Rebuilt stone smoke house, shed & chicken coop. Oversized 3-car garage w/ finished space above with kitchen, woodstove and full bath.
❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906
Rhinebeck Village Luxury
Sited on 1.58 acres in Rhinebeck’s Village Historic District, 5 BR/4 BA 6000 sf home with contemporary updates & classic mid-1800s details & manicured gardens. 2-story carriage house, and heated saltwater pool with waterfall. Upper level 1 BR plus sleeping loft, 1 BA, kitchenette, wired as recording studio. Lower level pool house with bath, kitchenette, hot tub & 2-car garage. Main home’s first level with large entertaining spaces, kitchen open to Great Room with stone FP, dining room with sliding doors to stone patio with outdoor FP. Music room with original chestnut ceilings. Upstairs master bedroom with gas FP, dressing room, 2 walk-in closets & balcony. Large outdoor porches, gym with infrared sauna, playroom, bocce court & play set.
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❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906
Kinderhook Federal 1830
Stunning 5 BR/4.5 BA Federal home with classically proportioned entrance hall, architectural details, elegant entertaining rooms & casual spaces. Marble spa, wide board floors, 9-10’ ceilings, 6-over-6 windows, elaborate moldings & mantels, 6 fireplaces, library/media room & 2nd floor deck. Updated plumbing, HVAC, electric systems allow for relaxed, carefree living. On 1.84 landscaped acres in the historic Village of Kinderhook, hundreds of specimen plantings, watering system, heated in-ground pool, 3-car garage (with potential for finished second floor) and a barn. Perimeter foliage and fencing envelopes your Upstate haven. 5 minute walk to village square.
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Premier Country Estate
$2,550,000 FullerLea Carey House
One-of-a-kind historic country estate, 1860s manor, 8 acre spring-fed lake, 56 park-like acres in Ghent. 4900 sf, 5 BR/4 BA main house w/ FP, library, warm family room, formal dining room, large chef’s eat-in kitchen. Private guest house, 200 year old barn w/ studio/office/ workspace & hobby farm. Property has been technologically updated so business can easily be conducted. Back terrace, porches, gardens, gym, high-capacity generator. Turnkey, property manager, and magazine-quality contents. Family compound or retreat property.
❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142
Colonial 1850 home listed in National Registry of Historical Districts, served as Episcopal parsonage for 100+ years. Additions & major 1980s renovation. 5 BR/5 BA retreat with many options, kitchen w/ FP, dining room, deck, patio, gardens & yard. Front & back stairs allow separate access to bedrooms. Detached 3-car garage w/ apt/family room with bath, kitchen & patio overlooking stone walls, park-like lower field & seasonal stream. Multiple sheds. In Rensselaerville, steps from Huyck Preserve & Lake Myostosis w/ hiking trails through forever-protected lands.
Marbletown Sanctuary with Studio $438,000 Rhinebeck Luxury Farmhouse $1,495,000 Horticultural sanctuary near Stone Ridge. 2 BR/2 BA Colonial-style home & studio/retail space on 4+ wooded acres. The 1900 sf home combines traditional character with modern living. The foyer is flanked by a traditional living room with fireplace and a formal dining room. Beautiful staircase & hardwood floors. Kitchen with vaulted ceilings, woodstove & glass sliders to patio. Upstairs primary bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Attached garage plus 1100 sf studio building.
❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142
Tivoli NY • Hudson NY • Catskill NY Rhinebeck NY • Kingston NY
❚ Tracy Dober 845.399.6715 ❚ Jerry Marsini 646.942.6165
Newly-constructed 4 BR/3.5 BA 3000+ sf home. White oak flooring throughout, open Great Room, vaulted living room, propane FP, double-height wall of windows. Kitchen w/ quartz island/counter & backsplash, Liebherr fridge, Verona range & wine fridge. Primary suite w/ tiled bath, double sinks, glass shower, soaking tub. Covered Trex decking along front & back of the house. 5 acre property close to Rhinebeck Village. All lots part of Conservation Easement to protect natural surroundings.
❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906 ❚ Lillian Lin 917.270.9336
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