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ndersen is known for its strong history of commitment to its business partners, employees, community and environmental stewardship. Our mission is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.


Williams Lumber is clearly the best choice when it comes to choosing & installing Andersen windows or doors for your home. Visit our displays in Rhinebeck, Hudson and Pleasant Valley to start dreaming of the possibilities.


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New York Heartwoods produces building materials and custom furniture from fallen and urban trees that are typically discarded or turned into wood chips. The Hudson Valley’s rich forest diversity allows New York Heartwoods to create products desired by architects, designers, retailers, and homeowners.

Ulster County does business differently. By listening to business owners and targeting services to meet their needs, the Office of Economic Development fosters success. From site selection to financing to research assistance and networking, Ulster County’s makers know they have a trusted partner in the Office of Economic Development. “I am grateful to the Ulster County team for their business acumen and their genuine desire to help me secure resources to expand,” says New York Heartwoods Owner Megan Offner. What can Ulster do for your business? (845) 206-4685



Great Food from Local Restaurants, Craft Beers, Local Spirits & Wineries, Live Music, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Crafts, and More!


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Atlantic Custom Homes – Open House Saturday, September 16th, 10AM-5PM Discover how to create and build your warm, modern new home! We invite you to stop by our Open House to learn about Lindal Cedar Homes’ 72 years of creating unique and energy-efficient custom Post & Beam homes, and how Atlantic Custom Homes guides you through the entire process. Tour our 3,600SF Classic Lindal Model Home here in Cold Spring, NY, enjoy our hospitality, and ask us about our design choices that offer predictable costs and results. We will be happy to speak with you about the services we offer, including free site evaluations and site visits, and our free Design Program.

Atlantic Custom Homes, Inc. Stop by our Classic Lindal model at: 2785 Route 9 • Cold Spring, NY 10516 888.558.2636 • 845.265.2636


Benmarl Winery Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, its 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America. Our focus is on hand crafting wines that capture the essence of where they are sourced.

156 Highland Ave • Marlboro, NY 845.236.4265


A world class destination— Right in your home! We can transform your life. And we do it all! We proudly feature Wood-Mode® cabinetry, from one of the oldest cabinet companies in the country.

Wood-Mode is known for a consistent look, superior finish, and high quality construction. In framed and full access, the possibilities are endless!

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New riverfront location at Upper Landing Park Honoring

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and our Great Connectors

Join us for a spectacular evening under the Walkway at Upper Landing Park with fine food, drinks, dessert, music and fireworks!

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Men’s fertility plummets while investment in green energy soars, and other juicy tidbits.

31 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC: REAL FICTION Larry Beinhart catches us up on the world’s latest disasters and theorizes about the true catalyst behind the Trump presidential campaign.


Kate Cummings and Griffin Stegner’s home is designed around beloved objects.


Michele Sutton delves into the wide world of willows, from purple to creeping silver.

FOOD & DRINK 76 FRESH VISION Alexandra Marvar profiles Butterfield at the Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge.

32 ART OF BUSINESS Developer Luis Martinez is laboring over plans for La Estancia, a proposed downtown New Paltz hub with housing, a boutique hotel, spa, and retail space.




With a dramatic increase in tourism and relocation, the Hudson Valley has become a veritable hub of commerce, with over 30 new businesses opening in the last year.


To the backdrop of lush farms and historic architecture, these Hudson Valley counties have become dynamic centers of thought incubation, innovation, and avant-garde art.

From forest bathing to flower elixirs to salt therapy, Wendy Kagan elucidates three arcane nature-based modalities of healing.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE 81 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 82 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 88 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

Emcee Julie Novak and Phylicia Chartier onstage at the Block Party.


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SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 9PM Enjoy an evening of fine dining followed by music from 1940’s Jazz and Swing band Fleur Seule. Take a musical journey through the songs of by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, and more. $72*


BRUSSELS SPROUTS DEMO WITH RIC ORLANDO SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 | 11AM Join Ric Orlando as he demonstrates the preparation of this season’s splendid culinary treasure, brussels sprouts. Afterwards, enjoy an outdoor barbecue lunch at the Granary. $72*

OCTOBER 3, 2017 | 10:15AM Wander through forest trails with naturalist Michael Ridolfo to look for tracks and signs of this elusive and enigmatic omnivore. $72*


Dine “behind the scenes” in the heart of our fast-paced kitchen. Meet our talented culinary team as they prepare and present a specially created 11-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings and an unforgettable dessert finale. $155*

OCTOBER 7, 2017 | 9PM Soulia and the Sultans spring from a tradition of female fronted jazz bands where the chanteuse recounts the tales of The Great American Songbook. $72*

OCTOBER 20, 2017 | 9PM Join the Walker Family Band for a great night of traditional and family-friendly American contra, square and circle dances to a live fiddle band. No experience necessary, fun for all ages! $72*

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 | 5PM Join Tuthilltown Spirits founder, Ralph Erenzo for a talk and taste featuring handmade spirits following a three-course meal for dinner. $72* ($30 additional for whiskey tasting. Preregistration required. Limited availability. Must be 21 or over.)




Celebrate the weekend with our new signature bloody mary and mimosa menu. Savor made-to-order omelet stations, carving stations, salad bar, smoked salmon, jumbo chilled shrimp, and decadent desserts. $72*





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92 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Updated daily at


91 Ethel’s new multimeda spectacle “Circus–Wandering City” comes to Hudson Hall.

went on to become a world-class blues, jazz, soul, and gospel singer.

93 Kiki Smith’s installation “From the Creek” is in dialogue with Thomas Cole and his house.

Nightlife Highlights includes Basilica Soundscape and The Blasters.

95 The region gets its first vegan festival: Hudson Valley Vegfest in Poughkeepsie.

Reviews of At Home by Iva Bittová and Cikori, Crowin’ the Blues by Professor Louie

97 Bibliophiles, rejoice! The Annual Festival of Women Writers returns to Hobart.

and the Crowmatix, and Never End the Rocket Century by Scott Helland.

70 BOOKS: MONKFISH PUBLISHING Carolyn Quimby interviews Paul Cohen of Monkfish Publishing in Rhinebeck, whose extreme adaptability has served as a survival tactic in a drastically changing industry.


99 Drum roll please...Woodstock’s Drum Boogie Festival is back! 100 Enjoy a screening of Hitchock’s Vertigo accompanied by a live orchestra. 101 Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest is a showcase of terroir and culinary prowess. 102 Stroll through the city and soak up the creativity during ArtWalk Kingston. 103 Rule-bending choreographer Twyla Tharp and company perform works in progress. 105 Brace yourself for belly laughs, Woodstock Comedy Festival is rolling into town.

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic


and Helen Benedict’s novel Wolf Season, about three women and a war.


74 POETRY Poems by Gale Acuff, Carol S. Bean, Nadia Bedard, William Duke, Demetrios Michael Houtrides, Christine McCartney, Ed Meek,



Peter Aaron talks with Rene Bailey, who lived through segregation in Georgia and



A quickening is underway—use this transition time to become an agent of change. HOROSCOPES

What’s in our stars? Eric Francis Coppolino knows.

Thomas Perkins, Nancy Rullo, D. Rush, Ana C. H. Silva, and JR Solonche.


Edited by Phillip X. Levine.

Kate Cummings, Griffin Stegner, and Jonesy at home in Accord.


Deborah Degraffenreid


Joy Brown’s larger-than-life sculptures are exhibited on Broadway in Manhattan.



Daniel Mendelsohn’s

AN ODYSSEY with Nick Flynn October 20

September 23/24 | October 21/22 | November 28

Catskill Jazz Factory



October 21 | November 11 | December 2 | December 16

Conducted by Leon Botstein

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Fred Hersch & Sullivan Fortner October 7





September 16


Live with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra


Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO



the richard b. fisher center for the performing arts at bard college

World premiere September 22-24

World premiere October 13-15

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT with Sullivan Fortner on piano December 17

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TICKETS START AT $25 | 845-758-7900 | FISHERCENTER.BARD.EDU Photos: Vertigo, photo by Paramount Pictures; The Orchestra Now, photo by Jito Lee; Sarah Michelson, photo by LWM; Bard College Conservatory of Music, photo by Karl Rabe; Fred Hersch, photo by Mark Niskanen; Tere O’Connor, photo by Paula Court; Daniel Mendelsohn, photo by Matt Mendelsohn; Daniel Handler, photo by Meredith Heuer; Cécile McLorin Salvant, photo by Mark Fitton.



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CONTRIBUTORS Mary Angeles Armstrong, Larry Beinhart, John Burdick, James Conrad, Eric Francis Coppolino, Larry Decker, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Michael Eck, John Garay, Tom Gillon, Leah Habib, Timothy Malcolm, Alexandra Marvar, Carolyn Quimby, Jeremy Schwartz, Gwendolyn Sherman, Sparrow, Zan Strumfeld, Michelle Sutton, Franco Vogt, Diana Waldron

PUBLISHING FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky CEO Amara Projansky PUBLISHER Jason Stern CHAIRMAN David Dell Chronogram is a project of Luminary Media ADVERTISING & MARKETING (845) 334-8600x106 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Ralph Jenkins ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Anne Wygal ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Evelyn Augusto


publicprograms My Climate Change

Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m. Award-winning science journalist Andrew Revkin will discuss lessons learned, and unlearned, in 30 years of reporting on climate change, from the North Pole to the Vatican. Now at ProPublica, Revkin was with The New York Times for two decades. Seating is first come first served.

The Death and Life of The Great Lakes

Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dan Egan to discuss the perils that the Great Lakes face - from invasive species to climate change - and ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come. Seating is first come first served.

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MISSION Chronogram is a regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley. All contents © Luminary Media 2017.



Where the American Revolution comes alive! A fun and free weekend for all in Kingston, NY For full schedule and info visit









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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural organization that inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities.

All dates, acts, times and ticket prices subject to change without notice. All ticket prices may increase on the day of show.


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ven set deep into a rectangular slab of marble, eyes have an unequivocally humanizing effect. In Nature Study (Velvet Eyes) by Louise Bourgeois, they feel wide and cartoonish. With the absence of a mouth, they seem innocent in their speechlessness.The piece is both whimsical and haunting. In some ways, it is the perfect example of Bourgeois’s oeuvre. Born in Paris, Bourgeois moved to New York with her American husband in 1938, going on to become both an American citizen and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. She died in 2010, leaving a legacy of artwork in a variety of media, from drawing and painting to sculpture and installation. Through the themes of domesticity, sexuality, mortality, and the subconscious, Bourgeois articulated the intimate traumas and tensions of her psyche and emotional landscape, using whatever materials necessary to transform repression into physical form. Before her death, Bourgeois said, “The artist has the privilege of being in touch with his or her unconscious and this is really a gift— it is the definition of insanity; it is the definition of self-realization.” Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern in London, who curated a retrospective of Bourgeois’s work in 2007 and conducted extensive interviews with her, said, “What I think is very interesting about Louise Bourgeois is that she had this very traumatic and vivid childhood. And I think that Bourgeois realized early on that she needed that trauma, that she fed off it.” She described Bourgeois as an unexpectedly tiny and ferociously intelligent woman. Of working with hard materials such as marble, which she began to use in the 1960s while in Italy, Bourgeois said, “The resistance of the material is part of the process. I can express myself only in desperate fighting position.” In Nature Study (Velvet Eyes), the majority of the stone slab has been left rough while the side which peers out at the viewer has been smoothed to seem skinlike. It’s the juxtaposition of polarities (hard and soft materials, humorous and serious elements) which make Bourgeois’s work so layered and evocative. The piece is on exhibit at MASS MoCA’s new Building 6, the Robert W. Wilson Building, with a small group of Bourgeois’s marble sculptures, many of which have never been seen before in the United States. Writes Mass MoCA curator Susan Cross, “Together, the intimate selection of works illustrates the power of Bourgeois’s unique work to articulate the ineffable fervencies of anguish and passion that define the human condition, and to picture the yawning desire for connection that keeps our ultimate solitude at bay.” Building 6 just opened in May, and doubles the museum’s square footage, making Mass MoCA the largest contemporary art museum in America. One Bourgeois sculpture, Pass, weighs 15 tons, which required that the gallery be built specially to house the exhibit. Nature Study (Velvet Eyes) is on view at Mass MoCA at least until 2018. —Hillary Harvey



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Well I stepped into an avalanche, It covered up my soul; When I am not this hunchback that you see, I sleep beneath the golden hill. You who wish to conquer pain, You must learn, learn to serve me well. —from “Avalanche,” Leonard Cohen Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: I’ve been thinking about God. The question has been brought to the fore because my children are at an age when they are beginning to ask challenging questions, and trying on different ideas of God and the divine. I’m going along for the ride with them, and inquiring with as much freshness as I can muster. The boy who will soon become a Bar Mitzvah is particularly confused, because the G-d of the Torah comes across to him as an unkind tyrant. He finds the character portrayed in the old story to be cruel and vindictive—not attractive to the boy’s gentle disposition. He’s wrestling with the notion, which seems right. In the old story, the patriarch Jacob wrestles through the night with an angel who, at dawn, gives him a new name—Israel, “he who struggles with God.” All I can do is watch the boy do his best with the mythology. Though I have a sense of deeper meanings, I also remember a conversation with the Sufi master Bahaudin Naqsbandi. Someone said to him: “You relate stories, but you do not tell us how to understand them.” He replied, “How would you like it if the man from whom you bought fruit consumed it before your very eyes, and left you only the skin?” We recently had the privilege of hearing local Gospel singer Rene Bailey. There was a quality about her that I’ve only encountered one or two times before. She had enthusiasm in the full sense of the word, which means “God comes in” (from the Latin, en theos). The effect was pronounced because Ms. Bailey is elderly—she needed help climbing the steps to the stage—but when she began to sing there was a force and faith that seemed to come through from somewhere beyond herself. Almost every song Ms. Bailey sang was about God, and she was really inside the songs, embodying every word of praise, petition, supplication, and gratitude to Jesus and His Father. For me the effect was to feel addressed at a level of my own being with which I am not generally in contact. I was surprised to feel myself weeping during every rendition. Why? I don’t know. There was a hint of remorse, feeling separated from something very deep, and with an equal portion of joy at being touched in this way. Now Lord don’t move my mountain / But give me the strength to climb, she sang; again this sense of the value of struggle with weakness and resistance—struggle as an accepted mode of being. I’m reminded of the 23rd psalm of David, which is so rife with significance. Who is this Lord that restores my soul, comforts me with his rod and staff, anoints my head with oil and overflows my cup; who sets a table before my enemies, and is beside me in the valley of the shadow of death? The promised help from within seems to be in the direction of being able to bear hard work and suffering to produce a result beyond either side of the conflict. Every culture has a concept of God, a something unknowable, invisible, even if represented in words or forms, something beyond this world. All of them— eastern, western, northern, southern—make clear that God transcends the dualities of inner and outer, self and other. If any “thing” God is the totality, one without a second, the whole schmear. God is not the sum of parts. God is one, echod, and that One is not apart from anything. It is a unity that is unfathomable from the perspective of the parts. The inner traditions, particularly those gnostic as subscribed to by the likes of Leonard Cohen, suggest that the One that is God lives, as it were, at the heart of every apparently separate being or thing. At the level of this heart of hearts all is one. It is only at more superficial levels of being that we suffer the illusion of egoic separation. It is the ego that is “the hunchback you see” while the Godpart of each being sleeps “beneath the golden hill.” The question I ask myself: Can I seek to see God in any person, and any being that enters into my sphere of awareness? Can I, particularly when separation or even antagonism is pronounced, recognize that beneath the layers of muck that comprise personalities, strive to inquire in the direction of God in another person, and in so doing make contact with the question of God in myself? —Jason Stern


The brothers Mahoney at Harbor Lights Mini-Golf in Brewster, MA, on August 16.


wenty years ago, I wrote a piece for this magazine titled “Summer of `83,”for the July,1997 issue. It ostensibly told the story of a 12-yearold on holiday with his family on Cape Cod. This preteen is far from his friends, responsibility-free, and needs to find ways to entertain himself in the expansive stretches of time that are his summer days. He’s pimply and shy. He’s a bed wetter and a reformed pyromaniac. He’s got a crush on a girl, a family friend, who’s staying with them; he’s as useless at figuring out what to do with this infatuation as you would expect of most 12-year-old boys. As a kind of reaction to all of this, the lad becomes obsessed with miniature golf and spends an inordinate amount of time at a miniature golf course within a bike ride of his family’s vacation rental. He plays the course over and over, a dozen times a day, which the kindly owner allows, charging him just the price of one game. By the end of the three-week holiday, he’s gotten a hole-in-one on every hole, even the seemingly impossible hole 16, which is a raised mound that slopes away on all sides from the cup in the middle. He rides away on that final day in a state of deflated satisfaction. Something (inconsequential) was accomplished, but no one saw it and nothing changed. The piece ends with a quote from a poem by Czeslaw Milosz: “To win? To lose? What for, if the world will forget us anyway.” In case you hadn’t figured it out, the boy was me. Still is me, I guess, though I’m no longer pimply or shy or all the rest. I’m a grown-ass man now, with many of the trappings of adulthood: mortgage, 20-year relationship, streaks of gray in my hair, a voice deep enough to convey gravitas, domestic struggles with rodent incursions and a lawn with persistent bald spots. (To be clear: Those bare patches on my lawn rankle me—more than I care to admit. In a way that makes me appreciate my father’s rage and horror when he found me blithely hacking at his lawn with a pitching wedge one afternoon as a child, when I had the notion to build a mini-golf course in our backyard.) It’s odd as hell to look back at the carefree kid who spent the summer of `83 doing mostly nothing and playing mini-golf. I know he was me, yet he seems like a distant relative. And then to look at the 26-year-old boy/man, then just starting out as a writer, who decided to document this episode.What prompted me to home in on that experience, as opposed to any other on that vacation, like the day I fell asleep at the beach and got the worst sunburn of my life and my father put me in a cold shower and rubbed popsicles on my back until I stopped crying? Or any other incident whatsoever? But I see that I’m doing it again. Just like at 26, when I looked back at my 12-year-old self and tried to figure out what he was doing, I’m now a 46-year-

Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Hole-in-One

old interrogating myself 20 years ago. As if, by excavating the past, I could unravel past motivations and thereby understand what I should do now, or next week, or next year. Because like the rest of us, I’m just making it up as I go along. As I can’t see the future, the only option is to learn from the past. Of course, looking back is a trap if we merely repeat our past behavior. (One radical idea I’ve had in this regard is to choose one day and make different choices than I normally would—kind of a variant on Luke Rhinehart’s cult classic The Dice Man, in which the main character makes decisions based on the casting of dice. Except in my case, I would ask myself: What would Brian do in this situation? And then do the opposite. Where would I end up by the end of the day? Would I like myself more? Would other people like me more? What then? Yikes. The possible outcomes are frightening to contemplate, which is why I’m too scared to attempt it.) These memories and associations were swirling in my mental ether last month, when I returned to the Cape with my siblings and their families and our mom. We rented a house in the village of Brewster, on the bay side of the Cape, not far from the house we use to rent back in the early `80s. From the deck of the house, we could see the bay, known as the Brewster Flats, where the tide goes out over a mile twice a day. It’s the widest expanse of tidal flats in the Northern Hemisphere. We rented the house for a week, unlike the three weeks my parents vacationed for back in the day. Which got me to thinking: Who goes away for three straight weeks anymore? (The last time I did was 1998. It seems inconceivable now.) As it was, I spent a couple of hours each day on my computer and phone, pushing various projects along and preventing hundreds of e-mails from backing up. I even had a conference call while walking out among the crabs in the tidal pools along with my sister, her husband, and their baby girl, Adeline. I also managed to get radioactively tan (in the best possible way), my small portion of southern Italian DNA showing through. As for mini-golf: I played a round at the old course—still in business 34 years later—with my brothers and brother-in-law the day before we left our beach idyll. I didn’t get a single hole-in-one, but my putting was good enough to win by three strokes. (My victory has been marred, however, by accusations of scorekeeping anomalies and doping allegations due to a multiple-margarita-fueled euphoria. I maintain my innocence. We are awaiting a ruling from the World MiniGolf Federation.) I didn’t conquer the course this time, but I beat the rest of the family, which was more than enough to delight the 12-year-old boy in me. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM 23

This page, clockwise from top left: street performer Lia Simone; a member of the Anna Rexia troupe; Josh Rosenmeir of JK Vanderbilt; Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales in the dunk tank; Energy Dance Company; Lynsey Timbrouck (in teal shirt), Kingston Mayor Steve Noble’s confidential secretary, with her family. Opposite, clockwise from top right: Rosendale Improvement Society Brass Band; Quincy Mumford; Wall Street at dusk; Che Warton Sharp; Calin Peters of the Ballroom Thieves; Decora; and Davin Mauch of the Ballroom Thieves. 24 CHRONOGRAM 9/17

On August 19, the Chronogram Block Party returned to Uptown Kingston! Over 7,500 Hudson Valley residents and visitors joined us to enjoy cuisine from local restaurants, Yum Yum Noodle Bar, Cinnamon, Diego’s Taqueria, and La Ruta Del Sol food vendors, sip on beverages from Drink More Good, Lagunitas, Keegan Ales, Angry Orchard, and Benmarl Winery, dunk local movers and shakers to benefit People’s Place Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, and of course dance in the street to performances by the Rosendale Improvement Society Brass Band, Energy Dance Company, The Sweet Clementines, JK Vanderbilt, The Ballroom Thieves, Quincy Mumford, and Decora. Special thanks to all of our 2017 partners and sponsors—especially the Uptown Kingston businesses, City of Kingston, and BSP Kingston for their support of our event year after year. More photos from the party are available on Save the date—the Chronogram Block Party will return to Uptown Kingston to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chronogram on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

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In anticipation of the Hudson and Catskill Community Pages section (page 38), we held a Chronogram Conversations event in partnership with Basilica Hudson, Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson on August 1 at Basilica Hudson. While there was much to celebrate on this day—the very same that New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett and Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton accepted a $10 million funding award from Governor Cuomo to revitalize downtown Hudson—the focus of the evening was more cautionary in tone. September 1 was the end of the public comment period for citizens to voice their disdain at the Environmental Protection Agency’s shirking of its duties regarding General Electric’s cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River. Speaking to the subject in an informative panel setting were co-sponsors of the event, Riverkeeper president Paul Gallay, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess), Scenic Hudson Public Policy Director Andy Bicking, filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, Stair Galleries owner and artist Colin Stair, and Greene County Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Liz Kirkhus. Chronogram Editor Brian K. Mahoney moderated. Prior to the panel, attendees viewed a short film by Jon Bowermaster detailing the as-yet-unfinished cleanup effort. Participants from the audience asked questions and added commentary to the discussion, many of whom were business owners, artists, and environmentally concerned residents of Hudson and Catskill. Chronogram Conversations is a monthly salon series that brings regional and local communities together to discuss important issues in a social setting. The events are sponsored by local artists, musicians, food and beverage makers. In Hudson, guests were treated to a variety of beer samples from Catskill Brewery. They also sampled three variations of 1857 vodka made from Catskill mountain-grown potatoes at Barber’s Farm. The spirit was mixed with locally made syrups produced by Maya MacLaughlin. She brought her Pear Ginger and Watermelon Hibiscus syrups, as well as the limited edition Elderflower syrup (found under the “Maya’s Jams” label). Musicians and Hudson shop owners Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger played music before and after our panel session, taking a brief time out from their Warren Street apothecary, 2 Note, where they sell music-inspired fragrances and body products. Agrisculpture owner Amy Sweetman showcased her reclaimed farm machinery artwork at a sponsored table, sharing with attendees her educational efforts as well as imagery of other large-scale sculptures. Guests were ignited to take action as the Riverkeeper team explained letter-writing campaigns, social media takeover opportunities, and other ways concerned citizens can engage the government to ensure they do their part in returning the river to health. Our event series is both an opportunity for Chronogram and Luminary Media to engage with the communities we editorialize—but also for business owners within them to market their brands to enthusiastic and engaged audiences. We offer a variety of marketing opportunities; in our publications as well as digital outlets, events, or through expansive business development and strategic marketing services. E-mail for more information on how best to market your business. The next event will be in New Paltz in September.

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1. Panelists discussing the Health of the Hudson River. 2. Attendees outside Basilica Hudson. 3. Nearly 150 people attended the discussion at Basilica, including Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin (in pink shirt). 4. Artist and educator, Amy Sweetman, of Agrisculpture. 5. Maya MacLaughlin of Maya’s Jams speaks with a guest about her syrups. 6. Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster with Riverkeeper president Paul Gallay. 7. Attendees enjoying Barber’s Farm 1857 Vodka mixed with Maya’s Jams syrup. 8. Darcy Doniger and Carolyn Mix, 2 Note apothecary shop owners, perform during the social hour. 9. Lee Jamison, Christian Sweningsen, and Nick Zachos. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM 27

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Trump has found another reason to prolong American presence in Afghanistan: Mineral deposits. In 2010, American officials estimated that the monetary value of the country’s untouched mineral wealth is nearly $1 trillion. The interest in Afghan minerals is not new: The George W. Bush administration conducted aerial surveys to map out mineral resources in the land, while the Obama administration attempted to build a mining industry there (to no avail, due to lack of infrastructure and other security issues). Laurel Miller, a senior analyst at RAND, stated, “It would be dangerous to use the potential for resource exploitation as a selling point for military engagement. The barriers to entry are really quite considerable, and that kind of argument could fuel suspicion about America’s real intentions in Afghanistan.” On August 22, Trump announced a troop buildup in Afghanistan. Source: New York Times At the end of July, Honolulu became the first major US city to ban pedestrians from texting while crossing the street. Signed into law by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the bill, known as the “Distracted Walking Law,” also targets those using laptops, digital cameras, or playing video games. The law will go into effect on October 25. Violators will be fined based on the number of offenses: $15 to $35 for the first offense, $35 to $75 for the second, and for the third, $75 to $99. Fort Lee, New Jersey, also enacted a similar law a few years ago. Source: NPR

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e noticed the other day that we had never finished the most recent—and I presume last—season of “House of Cards.” The reason is that it pales as drama compared to the Trump Reality Show. This is the first time I’ve ever chosen reality TV over scripted TV. But the sheer cliff-hanging drama of it, the surprise of the daily revelations, the incredulousness that this can be reality, makes it the best TV ever. There are all these loony characters doing outrageous things, nasty, mean, crude things, telling lies that are obviously lies, and what will ensue will definitely effect our lives. The possibilities of conventional war, nuclear conflict, wiping out meaningful health care, destroying the environment, even greater tax cuts for the rich, financial collapse, and the return of the Nazi Party are all on the table. Trump has taken all the news out of the news, and all that’s left is Trump. Have you heard of the environmental disasters in Iraq? There is an attempt by Syrian torture victims to indict their tormentors. They can’t do it through the International Criminal Court because Syria was never a signatory. Instead, it’s being pursued in Germany under the very radical concept of “pure universal jurisdiction.” Have you kept up with Qatar’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt? One of the Saudi-led group’s key demands is that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, which they own. It was the first non-state-run news service in the Arabic world. The network claims that it is independent. I’ve worked for Al Jazeera English. In my personal experience, our independence was total. The Arabic channel brought a level of free speech unheard of in the region. US officials say it has an anti-American bias. Russian-run RT says Wikileaks documents prove Al Jazeera is pro-American. They’ve been banned in Saudi Arabia, Bharain, and India, had their journalists imprisoned in Egypt, shut down in Iraq, had their offices closed in Kuwait. There’s no doubt that their broadcasts contributed to the Arab Spring. It’s easy to understand why this coalition of autocracies hate the idea of a free press with satellite transmission in the language of their own people. To manifest the depth of their hostility, the Saudis have released a video explaining that they have the right to shoot down Qatar Airlines passenger flights, with animation showing a fighter jet doing just that. The democracy leaders in Hong Kong have been put in prison by the Chinese government. Flooding has covered eastern India. Palestinians who demonstrated in England against a subsidiary of an Israeli drone maker were arrested and charged, rather peculiarly, under the Trade Union and Labour Relations laws for interfering with workers’ ability to do their jobs. Palestine, meanwhile, has sent medical supplies to Venezuela. Has the world turned inside out? Tensions are growing between China and Vietnam. The Vietnamese were letting a subsidiary of a Spanish company drill for oil in what they call the East Sea and most of the rest of the world calls the South China Sea. China threatened force. Vietnam backed down. But that leaves them owing a lot of money. Both of them are building artificial islands. They actually went to war in 1979,

with skirmishes continuing all the way to 1988. It was a draw, but you’d have to say, considering their sizes, that Vietnam won on points. China is moving troops toward Bhutan. Bhutan has a “special relationship” with India. India has moved more of its troops up to the border. India has a 1.4 million-man army with a 2.1 million reserve.The Chinese have 2.2 million and 1.4 million in reserve. They both have nukes. Are they posturing? Or will they start shooting? You probably did hear that Dick Gregory died. I remember him vividly. He ran for president in 1968. I voted for him. I quote him from time to time. “In the neighborhood I grew up in, mother was half a word.” Then there’s: “The only good thing about the good old days is that they’re gone.” That’s a black person’s point of view. A Trumpian person’s point of view is the opposite. “Race baiters and discriminators may go underground, but they never leave town.” There it is: you see how everything forces us back to Trump. So here it is. My conspiracy theory. The journalist in me insists on telling you that it’s fiction. There’s no evidence. It’s entirely made up.The novelist in me insists on telling you it’s one of those things that simply has to be true. I’m putting it here just in case it does turn out to be the correct story, so I can be on record as the first to say so in print. There are certain things we can be absolutely sure of about Trump. The first is that he lies. The falser it is, the more adamant he is. Trump swore he was going to campaign with his own money. He swore over and over and very loudly. The second is that he is cheap. He had his charity foundation pay his son’s $7 Boy Scout registration fee. He was notorious for not paying contractors. Some of the biggest expenses in his campaign made their way back to himself: at least $2,000,000 in rent to Trump Tower; $400,000 to rent other Trump properties, including $37,000 to Trump International Hotel in DC, $435,000 to Mar-a-Lago, $398,000 to his golf courses, $32,000 to the Charlottesville vineyard; Trump Restaurants getting $78,000 and $141,000; and there was $6,000,000 for use of his plane. The third is his compulsion to blurt. If it’s in his mind, he blurts it out. One of his blurts was, “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money.” Fourth, is his panicked phobia about anything that touches on revealing a Russian connection, his adoration of Vladimir Putin, and the collection of clowns he gathered round him, many of whom he barely knew, who were connected to Russia. Here’s what the fiction writer concludes. If he was that adamant that he was paying for it himself, it almost has to mean he wasn’t. Instead, Trump was approached by the Russians. They suggested he run for president. Plus, they said they would pay for it. If he’d been paying for the campaign himself, he would have given himself the use of all those Trump properties as a gift or at a discount. But if he was using Russian money, then it makes sense, and it is totally in character, that he was sleazing their money from the campaign into the coffers of his own companies. Folks, you heard it here first. It’s not fake news. It’s real fiction.

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CONTESTED DEVELOPMENT The Passion of Luis Martinez By Timothy Malcolm photos by Franco Vogt


n a balmy Tuesday in New Paltz, developer Luis Martinez is talking excitedly about two passion projects he’s working on. One is La Estancia at the Ridgeview, an estimated $50 million project that Martinez’s construction company, Lalo Group, has proposed, aimed at bringing residences, a boutique hotel, spa, restaurant, and retail space to a long-neglected lot in downtown New Paltz. The other project is also in development and extremely important: His eldest daughter’s quinceañera. “It took us almost a year,” Martinez says about planning his daughter’s upcoming 15th birthday, a major milestone celebrated in Hispanic cultures, typically with a lavish party. This one has 314 invited guests, including this writer, who was handed an invitation after the interview. After spending just a few minutes with Martinez, one might conclude he’s just as passionate about bringing people to his big family party as he is about bringing them to a new home smack in the middle of New Paltz. He says his job as president of a construction company isn’t a job at all, primarily because it quenches his desire to give back. He’s now hoping his desire turns into steel and glass, a lasting mark on the community signed with his name. Finding that name took a while. What’s in a Name? “In Mexico, we had a different mentality,” says Martinez. “It’s like, you don’t have a dad, you don’t have a name.” When Martinez was three and living in northern Mexico, his father was


killed after a wedding. According to the story he was told, his father broke up a fight involving his brother. But as his father walked out of the party at the end of the night, someone fatally shot him. Though his mother, Maria Luisa Reymundo, later met and married another man who would assume a parental role for Luis, growing up without a birth father in his Mexican town immediately made him and his younger brother Jesus outcasts to their peers. They’d tease him and scorn him— constant reminders of the loss of his father and his name. Reymundo soon moved the family to America, first to Florida, then to New Jersey, and finally in 1992 to New Paltz. She and her new husband found jobs at Dressel Farms, selling strawberries and working as foreman, respectively. Martinez and brother Jesus, meanwhile, enrolled in New Paltz schools, where they had to quickly adjust to life in a quieter town near mountains and farms. “When I came here I went into the classroom and I was the only [Hispanic] kid,” says Martinez. “I didn’t see a black kid or Spanish kid, or even one who was a mix of everything.” He loved growing up in New Paltz and spent years working at Dressel. During the summer, he’d start a shift at 6 am, picking strawberries for four hours as the sun rose over the Shawangunk Mountains. He’d help pick the apples during the late-summer harvest, then make cider. He never felt stressed out on the farm. Jesus, meanwhile, was beginning his amateur boxing career, scoring three early knockouts at age 18. Jesus also longed to make an impact in others’ lives, so he started befriending young people, some affiliated with gangs based in

Opposite: Developer Luis Martinez in his New Paltz office; above: a scale model of the proposed development La Estancia at the Ridgeview.

Newburgh. He’d help arrange dances for at-risk youth, then take kids to the gym to box, hoping to turn around their fortunes while giving them a new place to hang. Early in the morning on May 9, 1999—Mother’s Day—Jesus offered a friend a ride home after a party in Plattekill. After Jesus and his friend got out of the car, they ended up talking for a while on Renwick Street. Sometime after 4 am, a car drove by and gunshots rang. Jesus was fatally shot in the head. To this day it’s not known whether Jesus was targeted, but reports at the time detailed that Jesus had befriended a member of Newburgh’s Mexican Mafia, La M. Martinez had already lost his father. Now he lost his brother. He was uncertain about his future. He left for Seattle for a brief respite, which is where his construction career took off. Disillusioned with an opportunity in the city’s restaurant industry, Martinez scrolled the classified ads and found a client in need of a construction team for a job. “He said, ‘We’re hiring, do you have a crew?’” says Martinez. “I said ‘Yeah.’ But I had nobody.” Martinez knew four guys laid off from the restaurant industry, so he grabbed them with promises of pay, then grabbed a bunch of used tools and began his first job. Within 12 weeks he employed 14 workers and was landing jobs that paid up to $2,000 per week. He had found his calling building homes and helping to give others the opportunities that he had in New Paltz, the opportunities that his brother wanted to give kids. He came back to New York in 2001, ready to make his impact. Instead of naming his business after his father’s name, Martinez, he opted with Lalo—a diminutive form for his middle name, Eduardo—and started installing drywall in the New York City area under his own moniker. Lalo Dry Wall, later renamed the Lalo Group, has contributed in projects including Morris Heights Medical Center and Senior Housing in the Bronx, the Fulton Avenue Residential Complex in Brooklyn and City Point in Brooklyn, a more-than $7 million mixed-use complex. At City Point, Lalo Group completed carpentry and drywall installation, according to Kieran Power, senior project executive at ZDG, LLC, the lead developer at the site. He praised Martinez’s work and said he’d recommend him “for any complex project.” As his NewYork City portfolio grew, Martinez sought more work in Ulster County, wanting to build for people living and working in and around his

hometown. In 2010 his team worked on Vineyard Commons, a 185-unit senior housing complex in Highland. Working on others’ developments was fine, but Martinez wanted to be the lead developer of something new for his hometown and home region. He bought a lot in Plattekill where he’s proposing an apartment complex with 88 market-rate units. The idea there is to give middle-class workers in Newburgh the opportunity to live in garden apartments in nearby Plattekill, while boosting that town’s tax revenue. In August 2015, Lalo Group bought a lot in New Paltz known informally as “the Pit” for $1.25 million. Across from Village Hall, the site is an overgrown wooded lot that until the 1940s was home to the Tamney Hotel, and now it could be the future home of La Estancia at the Ridgeview. The project was first proposed as a development with a 96-room hotel and 81-unit condominium complex standing seven stories above ground. Residents of the village pushed back against the height of the condominium structure and potential traffic issues. Martinez has since altered the plan; it now features a 97-room hotel and separate residential complex with 70 units in three above-ground stories. A restaurant, day spa and 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space all hope to attract tourism. Martinez hopes to solve some of the traffic issue with a two-level underground parking lot capable of housing 400 vehicles. There have been other issues to iron out, including the development’s water source (Martinez says it’ll be repurposed local storm water). That, with the added foot and vehicular traffic, plus the increase to New Paltz’s downtown population, means La Estancia at the Ridgeview would dramatically alter the village. Martinez has continued to engage the public through the proposal process, attending public forums and luncheons to address concerns and answer questions. “I appreciate that Luis is following this route” says New Paltz Village Mayor Tim Rogers about the public forums and feedback sessions over La Estancia. “If you’re gonna try to pursue a big, ambitious project, this is how you have to do it.” Martinez says La Estancia will address the village’s need for accommodations for tourists to the Shawangunk Mountains region and visiting family members of SUNY New Paltz students, plus provide incentive—through downtown apartments that provide walking access to shopping and dining—for graduates, 9/17 CHRONOGRAM ART OF BUSINESS 33

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young professionals and downsizing retirees to stay in New Paltz. In fact, La Estancia is Spanish for “The Stay.” “It’s very difficult to accomplish anything, because so many people want things to remain the same. So this is very ambitious of him and generous of him,” says Suzanne Holt, director of the Ulster County Office of Economic Development, and a New Paltz resident. “He’s a very successful builder in NewYork City, and he doesn’t have to be building here. He’s doing this because he cares about this community. A lot is riding on this project for Martinez. Besides the obvious shifts La Estancia at the Ridgeview would cause in New Paltz, this is an opportunity for a local guy who picked strawberries at the nearby farm to stamp his identity—the Lalo name—in his hometown. Martinez knows he can’t get to groundbreaking without a public buy-in. (The development’s website indicates a hope to build in 2018, but he’s realistic about an even slower timetable.) He says he’s more than prepared to see that through. “In life, we have to take risks,” he says. “If I stop and don’t pursue it, then I’ll be a loser. It’s gonna be a tough thing, but I want to bring something nice to the community.” He doesn’t want to lose this, primarily because it can be a home for so many people in a place where he’s always felt at home, even when his family took a hit, even when he wasn’t sure of his identity. “They can live in this place,” he says about his three children ages 10 to soon-to-be-15. He wants them to stay in New Paltz, if they so choose. “This is the future of me and my family, and I think it can be the future for all the families here in New Paltz too.” But before he gets there, he has to finish planning the quinceañera.

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WISDOM QUEST FOR LEADERS October 16-18 | Garrison Institute, NY CHAT & CHEW: LA CHARLA Up the road from the proposed site of La Estancia at the Ridgeview, Martinez and his wife Ernestina are opening a restaurant calling to attention their Mexican heritage. La Charla, in the building of the former Shea O’Brien’s at 127 Main Street, was slated to open the last weekend of August and will serve a combination of northern Mexican cuisine inspired by Luis Martinez’ upbringing and food from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where Ernestina was born. There’ll be northern staples like steak and other red meats, plus Oaxacan specialties focusing on chili peppers, chocolate, corn and beans. “A lot of people think Mexican food is about burritos, tacos, fajitas, and rice and beans, but it’s not about that,” said Luis Martinez. “We’ll have some surprises for the community.” Expect dinner only for the first few weeks at La Charla, with the menu slowly expanding to lunch. Martinez’s mother, Maria Luisa Reymundo, will help Ernestina run the restaurant, which will include a lounge area with a fireplace for those interested in relaxing with a drink. Relaxation and conversation are paramount at La Charla, which is Spanish for “the Chat.” Martinez wasn’t sure which way he would go, but at the time of the interview he was thinking about not installing WiFi at the restaurant. He wants people to sit and chat, not sit and text, tweet or swipe. “I’ve been in restaurants where you see everybody’s in their own world with their phone,” he says. La Charla will open this month at 127 Main Street in New Paltz.

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hat came first: the chicken or the egg? Business or tourism? Over the last decade, as gentrification has shoved New York City residents around and the incidence of concrete claustrophobia has reached an all-time high, the rivers and ridges, charming towns, and momand-pop shops of upstate New York have taken on a fresh gleam. In 2016, tourism spending in the Hudson Valley climbed three percent to hit a record high of $3.5 billion. The Airbnb bubble continues swelling while home sales are through the roof. People are not just visiting; they are falling in love and pulling up stakes to be here. Longtime residents and closet entrepreneurs have sensed the change in the wind and are deciding to finally go after their longtime dreams. It’s a dynamic moment to be living in the region as the kinetic buzz of new energy and fresh ideas reverberates throughout the valley. If you are the kind to get stuck in your same old routine, it’s worth looking up and seeing how much the scenery has changed around you. This month, we are spotlighting businesses that have opened in the past year (or so). EATERIES Woodstock is leading the charge on the fork front with five new grub spots. Sylvia offers a New American dining experience in the former Joyous Lake building, now chicly renovated with a large new pergola and deck for outdoor dining. Green velvet booths and marble tables create an elegant ambience to accompany the gourmet food, made with local ingredients from sustainable, GMO- and cruelty-free sources. (42 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-679-4242) The Colony, the famed on-again-off-again Woodstock hub, has returned to the scene after a two-year renovation as a watering hole, restaurant, and music venue. The new owners Lex and Neil Howard, both artists, are committed to returning the iconic institution (and the town) to its pre-flower power glory, as a polestar of creatives and collaborators. The Colony is serving up a hearty, unpretentious menu of transatlantic diner-pub fusion food—cheesesteaks, fish and chips, onion rings. Enjoy shows from their balcony or sit at the new hardwood bar. (The Colony, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 845-679-7625) From the folks that brought you Oriole 9 comes A&P Bar, which specializes in craft cocktails like their signature, A&P Dawa, a muddle of Indigenous apple vodka, clementine, and lime; or the Dungaree with Hudson Baby Bourbon, apple cider, Averno amaro, demerara syrup, and a smoked sugar rim. The food menu is concise but diverse with everything from a grilled fish to pork belly to summer gazpacho. (83 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-684-5395) If you have a sweet tooth, don’t skip Nancy’s Artisanal Creamery on Tinker Street, which serves up gourmet ice cream made in-house using local dairy. Of course, you can find your classic Neapolitan flavors, but Nancy’s specialty is unusual seasonal blends like blackberry-basil, honey-fig, and lemon-lavender, which only last as long as the harvest does. (105 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 845-684-5329) 36 CHRONOGRAM 9/17

Up the road in Mount Tremper, The Pines harks back to earlier iterations of Catskills vacationing with its rustic lodgings, restaurant, and bar. The menu, however, is anything but old-school. Fresh, seasonal, and curated, the offerings change weekly with no more than seven dishes at a time; 845-688-7311) In Dutchess County, Rhinebeck has two new eateries. Many people know Aba’s Falafel, which has reached regional farmers’ market fame. Their success as a pop-up food stand spurred the owners to open a brick-and-mortar location, where they now serve falafel on hot homemade pita, with Israeli sides, and salads like onion and sumac. Best of all? Fill up for under $12. (54 East Market Street, Rhinebeck; 845-876-2324) On Mill Street in Rhinebeck, The Amsterdam dishes up modern American farm-to-table fare in a 1798 Dutch townhouse. The restaurant delights in straddling the line between upscale and approachable, with an elegant environment, menu specials like confit chicken wings, and the outdoor patio with a bocce ball court and a fire pit. (6380 Mill Street, Rhinebeck; 845516-5033.) Lola’s Café, a lunchtime staple of Poughkeepsie, has opened a new location in the heart of the village of New Paltz. With subway tiles, wood flooring, and corrugated tin elements, the new spot has a fresh look to match the clean, well-made food. With quick but nourishing offerings like made-toorder sandwiches, salads, veggie bowls, and soups this is sure to become a favorite spot for locals and college students alike. (49 Main Street, New Paltz; 845-255-6555.) In Catskill, HiLo has turned a retail location into a funky cafe, which moonlights as a bar/art gallery/performance venue. They have a full espresso bar and extensive loose tea offerings, plus breakfast and lunch options like a lox and cream cheese bagel, a ploughman’s sandwich, and daily special frittatas. (365 Main Street, Catskill. In Ghent, along a quiet, unassuming stretch of Route 66, a three-story Italianate brick building has finally undergone the transformation it’s been waiting for. After 11 years of dormancy, the Bartlett House has been revived by a trendy trio of food-loving entrepreneurs who are intent on putting it on the map. Now a charming bakery and café, you can order freshly made croissants (four flavors!) while sipping espresso, or stock up on muffins, baguettes, and tarts for the weekend. (2258 Route 66, Ghent; (518) 392-7787) JAVA If you’re jonesing for a java fix, you’re not alone. Josie Eriole of Moxie Cupcake in New Paltz has shifted gears from cupcakes to caffeine, changing the business name to Redstart Coffee and opening a second location on the Strand in Kingston. They offer soups, salads, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches—just the morning fix the Rondout was missing. (1 West Strand, Kingston; 845-331-4700) Across the river, All that Java has kept the workers and weekenders of Rhinebeck energized since 2016. Now they bring their buzz to Poughkeepsie with a tiny house-style to-go location right on the Walkway over the Hudson, so early morning strollers and office workers can get their kick. (82 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-355-9134) HEALTH & WELLNESS This region has a legacy of rejuvenation that holds strong. Salt and Soul is a new halotherapy spa in Saugerties. While searching for natural remedies to alleviate her children’s cystic fibrosis, the owner discovered dry salt therapy, which she now offers at Salt and Soul, alongside other holistic treatments for respiratory diseases and skin ailments. Enter the salt cave and discover the healing properties for yourself, or take a yoga class or workshop. (2917 Route 9W, Saugerties; 845-247-7364) Some like it hot. For those that do, Bikram yoga in a 105-degree room is probably your dream workout. Hot Spot Yoga has moved to a newly renovated space in Kingston Plaza, with ample room for their yoga classes, plus locker rooms and a juice bar for a comfortable and easeful exercise experience. (218 Plaza Rd, Kingston; 845-750-2878) HOTELS For out-of-towners, there are cozy nesting spots cropping up everywhere. Beacon has two new luxurious options. The first is the historic Beacon Hotel, reinvented and renovated as a 12-room boutique hotel with a gourmet

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restaurant. Right in the center of town, this is the perfect place to park it for a weekend of grazing and browsing in downtown Beacon’s bars, galleries, and shops. (424 Main Street, Beacon; 845-765-2208) For weary and the over-worked, the Inn and Spa at Beacon is a noteworthy new destination with specialty massages, facials, hydrotherapy, and naturopathic treatments to help you unwind. The inn offers three different levels of luxury for those staying the night (from Snuggery to Suite), plus a roof garden for plein air breakfasting and late-night dancing. (151 Main Street, Beacon; 845-205-2900) In Kingston, The Forsyth has already made it into the pages of Vogue. This four-room B&B is one block from the water and features a mix of antique and modern touches, with each room tastefully themed after explorers and globetrotters. (85 Abeel Street, Kingston; 845-481-9148)

Germantown; 646-302-7886) Manhattan-based company CounterEvolution has opened a showroom in Catskill, offering their line of modern, eco-friendly furniture, made with reclaimed components like vintage bowling lane pine. (473 Main Street, Catskill; (518) 545-3274) For a totally different flavor, pop down the block to the Corduroy Shop with its funky array of furniture, home goods, and clothing made with recycled vintage textiles. (711 Warren Street, Hudson; 518-598-9550) For more fabric intrigue, head across the river to Minna in Hudson, which offers simple, beautiful home textiles like linen duvets, woolen blankets, and cotton rugs. The inventory is ethically sourced directly from female artisans and master weavers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay. (421 Warren Street, Hudson;

CLOTHING BOUTIQUES Uptown Kingston is looking spiffier by the day with three new spots to browse for fresh threads. On John Street, Oak 42 has a selection of simple, stylish, and comfortable women’s garments, several of which are made in the US. (34 John Street, Kingston. 845-339-0042) Right next door Andrew Addotta and Clark Chaine have opened Hamilton & Adams, a “modernday haberdashery,” (read: men’s boutique) with everything from leather weekend bags to waxed canvas jackets to gold flasks. (32 John Street, Kingston. 845-383-1039) The final prong of the Stockade trifecta is Lovefield Vintage on North Front Street—an exceptional, curated shop of throwback street clothes, evening wear, shoes, and accessories for men and women. (37 North Front Street, Kingston. 845-514-2720)

OTHER RETAIL The Rodney Shop in Catskill is a great place to explore with the whole family. You’ll find the colorful original paintings, sculptures, and ceramics of the shop’s namesake artist Rodney Alan Greenblat. You can also browse a selection of art prints, books, and postcards, and a curated collection of vintage 1990s Japanese collectibles, clothing, and stationery. (362 Main Street, Catskill; Sallyeander is a bonafide suds company with over three decades of experience handmaking all-natural, hypoallergenic soaps. Now in its second generation of family management, the wholesale line is carried in over 175 stores throughout the US, and Sallyeander just opened a long-awaited flagship retail store in Beacon. With a full range of bath and beauty products, including popular lines like “No Bite Me,” an essential oil-based tick repellant, this is a timely and welcome addition to Beacon’s boutique shopping scene. (1 East Main Street, Beacon; 315-343-0793) When you have no idea what to get someone for their birthday, Alder East in Germantown is the perfect answer. This classy gift shop has a wide and well-curated range of offerings from cashmere scarves to fair trade loose leaf tea to linen bedding and organic cotton baby clothes. The inventory is assembled with a mind to social and environmental sustainability. (222 Main Street, Germantown; 518-537-4518) Blake Hays and Benjamin Lebel continue their respective family legacies of shop-owning with the Village Common Mercantile in Catskill. They are creating handmade, small-batch apothecary goods like room sprays, candles, and essential oil fragrances. Each scent line is based on “locations held near to our hearts—childhood homes, inspiring travels, our rich history” and is accompanied by an original poem by Hays. (388 Main Street, Catskill; 518313-1310)

FURNITURE & TEXTILES Michael Robbins’ Furniture Showroom in Philmont houses an array of sleek pieces that mix and match distinctive elements from Mid-Century, Shaker, maker, and industrial styles in an edgy, distinctive fusion. Born and raised upstate, Robbins returned to the area several years ago and, in the solitude of forest, taught himself woodworking. Alongside Robbins’ own pieces, the showroom offers futuristic, handcrafted lighting by Allied Maker, which is based in Glen Cove. (212 Main Street, Germantown; 315-761-8010) Down the block, Luddite Antiques is a Brooklyn retail expat specializing in early electric lighting. From Victorian chandeliers to Art Deco sconces to neon bar signs, Luddite illumines every era of history. The light fixtures are intermingled with antique gems strong on personality like wooden card catalogues, Soviet-era globes, and 18th-century apothecary cabinets. Whether you’re decking out a boutique hotel or redoing the guest room, it’s worth checking out the inventory in their tin-ceilinged showroom. (224 Main Street,


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he debate about just where in the Hudson Valley “Upstate” actually begins may never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, but most would agree: When you reach the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the span that connects Columbia and Greene counties, you’re well on your way. Nor are you in the hinterlands. The county seats—Hudson in Columbia and Catskill in Greene—have gained critical cultural mass, becoming deservedly popular destinations for a day trip, a weekend, or a reinvented life. Hudson came first. Having an Amtrak station meant that adventurous wanderers from New York City could hop right off the train and discover a walkable little city with gorgeous curves, the 18th-century creation of Quaker whalers from New England who wanted an inland port. The city took off: in 1791 it hosted Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there to convince a prominent distiller that rum could be made just as well from French wine as from the West Indian molasses peddled by the Brits. 38 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/17

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The railroad blocked the harbor in 1850; by the 1900s, the city had reinvented itself as an industrial center. By the 1990s, heavy industry was shuttered and Hudson was re-reinventing itself as an antiquing and arts destination. Modern-day Hudson is one chic little burg. “My favorite new thing in Hudson,” says Layla Kalin, “is definitely Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. That restaurant is bomb on so many levels—the food is amazingly adventurous and bright, the staff is to die for, the interior is fun and cozy, the vibe is forward thinking and radically inclusive. Dinner there is always popping, and as a mom I don’t make it out often. But since they started serving lunch, I can pop in for some sustenance and happiness regularly now!” Kalin is the owner of Kasuri, a boutique offering “cutting-edge directional fashion” from Japanese, European, and American designers. “I started hanging out in Hudson around 2009, was upstate full time in 2012, started working on Kasuri in 2013 and opened in 2014,” she says. “In some ways I feel like a newbie, but I’ve also seen Hudson develop and grow a lot. It’s such a cool little town, so cool people are drawn to it to continue working on their cool projects or even just visit. I like that Hudson has this metropolitan mindset in this little gem of a river town.” The “little gem of a river town” with its wealth of classic architecture is packed with food, drink, lodging, retail and culture of all sorts these days. Visitors can choose among a plethora of bed-and-breakfasts, inns, and hostelries like the Rivertown Lodge, with an on-premises tavern serving locavore food and curated craft cocktails. They can venture out along Warren Street (tagline: “Upstate’s Downtown”) to shop top-notch retail, finding creative places like Spotty Dog Books and Ale, a historic firehouse done over and filled with 9/17 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 41

Clockwise from top left: Bartender Devin Whittaker and patrons Tomm Roeschlein and Enky Bayar at Rivertown Lodge in Hudson; Corduroy Shop in Catskill; Dan “Bunny” Seward at John Doe Books and Records in Hudson; Chris Peace and Haze in Catskill; Robert Tomlinson, Margaret, Lew Wilson, and Paul Agnello at Magpie Bookshop in Catskill.

books, art supplies, gifts, toys and hand-crafted ales on tap. They can dine on Malaysian-inspired cuisine courtesy of Zak Pelaccio at Back Bar, housed in the back of an antique shop that was once a gas station. This is upstate headquarters for giant Internet makerspace Etsy. And just last month, Hudson-lovers learned they’d won the $10-million prize in Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative sweepstakes. Current plans for the money include mixed-use development, waterfront improvements, and workforce development designed to make sure the rising tide lifts all boats, something Hudson’s intelligentsia recognize as a key point. “We can’t afford to lose affordable housing,” says Colin Stair, proprietor of the distinguished Stair Galleries auction house. “If everything just keeps getting more expensive and people are priced out, then where will all the cool people go?” Don’t miss Chatham, a lively and vibrant village half an hour north. Chatham Brewing took the 2017 Matthew Vassar Cup in 2017, and the town has not one but two theaters: the Mac-Haydn produces professional musicals in a theaterin-the-round setting, and the Crandell, home base for the Chatham Film Club, will hold the eighteenth annual FilmColumbia Festival next month (October 22-29).There are some very cool bars to relax in after browsing nifty retail like Pookstyle, nicely described by as “a museum store without a museum,” and the country designs at Crow Cottage. Chatham is where you can get alterations done, brass instruments repaired, and fine art restored. In between these two outposts, in Ghent, is Omi International Arts Center. Stop in for Sunday Music on the Patio (this month it’s soundBarn) or the Light Into Night event on September 16, billed as “an evening of art and surprise” mingled with dinner and dancing. Ghent is also where you’ll find the deepgreen Hawthorne Valley Farm Store with its biodynamically grown yummies. 42 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/17

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Across the Rip Van Winkle, the village of Catskill’s star has been rising. Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, birthed from the American Dance Institute, has just partnered up with the Brooklyn Academy of Music to allow artists to premiere new works, building on their mission as an incubator. They’re also renovating and building fine new facilities with the help of five million dollars in social investment funding from the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, the largest amount RSF has ever given and the first grant to a performance art institution. Construction is slated to begin in November. “It’s not just about the artists but about the community,” says executive and artistic director Adrienne Willis. “To have audiences from the Catskills and Berkshires be the first eyes on a piece is incredibly valuable to both the artists and the community here. People come with no preconceived notions, open heart and mind, and we try to break down barriers—our audience educator presents in the lobby before the performance, and we have receptions after so the artist can get sincere feedback. I think the benefits will spill over to the smaller arts organizations and to all of Greene County.” Lumberyard will host its second annual Shindig on September 23, blending new work from Urban Bush Women with bluegrass, Rip Van Winkle Brewery beer, and barbecue from American Glory. Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre is producing the award-winning play “How To Pray” in its reclaimed factory space this month (September 14-24). Joe’s Garage, an actual renovated garage, hosts art openings and events. HiLo Catskill blends cafe, bar, gallery, and performance space. “We have a lot of new creative businesses lately,” says Liz Kirkhus, membership director for the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. “There’s the Rodney Shop, where Rodney Greenblatt has his paintings and ceramics and sculpture. The Village Common has natural threeingredient candles, and the Corduroy Shop makes all kinds of things out of reclaimed vintage fabrics and does upholstery. CounterEv makes furniture out of reclaimed bowling alley wood.The Thomas Cole House has a really cool interactive exhibit right now—about 25,000 people a year blow through there.” Catskill is also where you’ll find Magpie Bookshop, “specializing in awesome” both new and gently used. For dinner, how about wandering to nearby Athens? It’s another great little river town building its very own brand of cool.You can dine on elegant French cuisine at Rive Gauche Bistro, or eat down on the waterfront at Hagar’s Harbor, where the signature burger blends Angus beef with brisket. Athens is also the home of Crossroads Brewery—one stop on the Catskill Beverage Trail which will be hosting its very first festival at Windham this November. And Bonfiglio and Bread Bakery, formerly of Hudson, is reopening in Athens soon. Greene County’s ski mountains aren’t just for winter anymore. Hunter Mountain’s festival offerings are legendary—their Oktoberfest begins in late September, and your day can include a zipline zoom or a skyride to the summit. Windham Mountain is huge on the mountain biking circuit and has created a new trail, the Kaaterskill Cruise, just for newbies to the sport. Windham also offers a resort golf course and a skyride of its own, and presents live music at the Wheelhouse Lodge. Don’t miss a stop in quirky Tannersville, called the Painted Village in the Sky for its brightly colored building facades on Main Street. Maggie’s Krooked Cafe is one of several nice places to grab a bit; Slam Allen will be doing Music In The Park on September 8, and on September 24 it’s time for the fifth annual Cruisin’ On The Mountaintop car show. In Coxsackie you’ll find the Reed Street Bottle Shop, dedicated to the belief that wine should be fun, and the classic Hi-Way Drive In Theatre. Coxsackie is also home to Mansion and Reed, a general store packed with local artisanal goodies with a B and B up top. “These two sisters own the whole block there, and they’ve just opened a card shop. The bottle shop has been hosting tastings and events. And Coxsackie has a lovely farmers’ market on Wednesdays,” says Kirkhus. “I think anyone who hasn’t wandered around Greene County in a while is missing out.” So venture out past the end of the suburbs. Plan a leaf peeping trip and discover why this area sparked the Hudson River School of painting. Take the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and discover communities that are wide awake—and ready for countless flavors of fun.



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Sentimental Archeology REFRAMING INTERIOR DESIGN IN ACCORD by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid

Above: Kate Cummings and Griffin Stegner on the deck of their New Dutch Vernacular home. Their 12-acre property is bordered by a pond on one side and the beginnings of the Kripplebush Creek on the other. Right: The “renovation station” at the entrance of their home. Cummings describes herself as “part sentimentalist, part archivist.” “I like to remember things and I collect paper ephemera—everything eventually ends up turning into collages on the walls.”  Opposite: The couple renovated the home’s original kitchen.  They hired local blacksmith Jonathan Nedbor to create a Parson’s table frame expanding the original kitchen island. Barra & Trombone Stone Fabricators created the marble top and matching counters. “This is the most fun kitchen we’ve ever had,” explains Cummings. “We’ve had 14 people in here cooking and still were able to move around comfortably.”


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ate Cummings is fascinated with stuff. Whether it’s antique or modern, whether it’s printed on paper, made of fabric, or crafted from wood, every thing tells a story, and Cummings wants to understand what that story is. With her company, “Freestyle Restyle,” the interior designer specializes in helping clients work with the objects and desires that are most important to them—whether it’s an heirloom blanket or starting a family—and then consciously use those things to build the home, and the lives, they want. If they don’t know, she’ll help them figure it out: Cummings is passionate about understanding clients and helping them understand themselves. “We constantly reinvent ourselves throughout life, but our homes often stay static,” she explains. Instead, Cummings helps clients chose elements to build a new story around. One part therapy and one part spatial relations, with an emphasis on the art of manifestation, her practice is “a little off the beaten path,” she says. “I’m interiors, but to the left.” The 2,000-square-foot cabin style home she shares with husband, Griffin Stegner, is a great example of this quirky philosophy in action. Built between 2009 and 2011, the home is filled with the couple’s cumulative lives together. Each piece exists in its own right but is expertly blended to tell their shared story. Like one of the ever-changing collages that line their walls, it’s a colorful mix of artful design and surprising juxtapositions. And, like any good story, it’s constantly evolving.

Paper Epherma The couple officially met in 1998 when they both worked at an advertising agency, but they suspect their paths first crossed years before. In the `80s, Stegner was attending Parsons School of Design in Manhattan and tearing tickets at the legendary Quad Cinema on 14th Street. Cummings and her parents lived close by, and the family often attended the art house screenings. “We realize he must have taken my ticket at least once,” explains Cummings. Fast forward to their brief romance in the `90s. “She dumped me,” Stegner recalls bluntly—but it was really only the end of their second act. Stegner, whose father and grandfather were both ad men, repurposed that role for a modern era—working with multiple agencies and eventually becoming a partner at Concept Farm, a Manhattan-based advertising firm. Cummings followed her true calling into interior design, a field she knew well from the women in her family, who all had a flair for decor and business savvy. Cummings honed her craft at multiple design houses, reimagining the interiors of everything from large estates to city apartments. Along the way, she realized that not only did she inherit the family talent for color and texture, she had a knack for translating her clients’ values and aspirations into their material environments. A job at Lillian August, a large design firm with a warehouse of resources, moved Cummings to Connecticut. When Lillian August opened a new store in Manhattan, Cummings decided to return. That’s when 9/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 51

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Top: The couple’s living room is decorated with a blend of pieces from each of their lives. “I’m trying to create a haven for people,” Cummings explains about her work. Successful interior design is a combination of understanding the integrity of an individual space, as well as the people who are living in it and how they want to live.”   Middle: The couple’s bedroom overlooks the back deck and is decorated with pieces inspired by their wooded surroundings. The artwork above the bed, Ursa Major Lost At Sea by Aliene De Souza Howell, was purchased from One Mile Gallery in Kingston. Bottom: The couple’s dog, Jonsey, keeps watch over the home’s light-filled entrance.  

she and Stegner reconnected. This time their bond stuck, but professionally Cummings was ready to strike out on her own and began “Freestyle Restyle” out of her Manhattan apartment. Suntan Pantyhose In 2012, the two began looking for a weekend house upstate. An avid bicyclist, Stegner had fallen for the Hudson Valley’s wooded backroads while visiting friends and knew he wanted a permanent residence in the region. Cummings has a passion for historic homes and a long smoldering crush on country houses. Each separately found the Accord property online during the workweek and scheduled a viewing for the following weekend.When they got a chance to compare notes, they realized that not only had they discovered the same place, they’d both requested a viewing. Cummings spends time in each space before she begins a project. “Every space has a particular energy,” she explains. “Some are innately happy, others are innately peaceful.” The four bedroom, four bath home was painted tan inside and out (or “suntan pantyhose,” as they like to call it) with dark interiors, brass fixtures and a kitchen dominated by a giant diner stove—all of it decorated with the occasional piece of barbed-wire art. “Maybe we had beer goggles on, but we didn’t notice those details—it was the wood that sold us,” remembers Cummings. Solidly crafted from red oak and sugar pine milled from the surrounding 12 acres, the home featured wide plank floors and ex9/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 53

posed ceiling beams.With two master suites, an unfinished walk-out basement, and an adjacent two-story barn it also had space enough for the couple to grow. By the spring of 2012 the house was theirs.

Top: The whole family gathered on the back deck. Decorated with simple awnings and a beer garden table, it’s a popular summer spot.  A high powered telescope—a wedding gift from Stegner’s office—helps them take advantage of the dark, upstate nights and keeps them starry-eyed all year long.   “Something I love about Kate the most are her collages, which are everywhere and always slightly different—it’s like a living house,” explains Stegner.  “Once I was up here when I was horribly sick.  I was just lying on the couch, feeling terrible and looking down.  Then I noticed, down in the corner next to the sliding door there was a little collage—even in that corner no one would normally notice. There are little collages everywhere.”

Rock, Scissors, Paper Over the ensuing five years, they have renovated the home into a light-filled, airy haven that integrates all the disparate elements of their lives into one eclectic, living collage. Each space, anchored with a piece from their respective pasts, is decorated with a mix of both high and low art; a blend of treasures they’ve gleaned from flea markets and antique shops, sentimental artifacts, and practical pieces from mainstream outlets. Colorful framed prints line the walls, interspersed with photos and mementos inspired by the wooded surroundings and patches of Fornascetti wallpaper depicting a stormy sky. By tearing down a wall of one master suite, the couple extended the upstairs into a large L-shape with an open kitchen and living and dining areas. They added a picture window at the home’s entrance and expanded the front door frame, replacing it with double French doors of glass. Along the threshold, rubber kitchen matts demarcate a three-foot-wide mudroom area—capturing seasonal debris while adding a twist of industrial style. Between the hall closet and the entrance area, an office nook serves as the couple’s “renovation station,” where Cummings has transformed two corner walls into a vision board pinned with sketches, postcards, magazine covers, and the even the occasional seed packet to provide inspiration. The kitchen’s transformation exemplifies Cummings’s technique of taking existing ingredients and tweaking them to fit a new story. The original corner kitchen included a woodblock island set at an angle. “You had to run a marathon around it to cook dinner,” Cummings remembers. To maximize the space, they pivoted the island and then hired local blacksmith Jonathan Nedbor to build a six-by-seven-foot stainless steel Parsons table frame. Barra & Trombone stone fabricators created a marble slab top and matching counters. They replaced all the appliances (including the diner stove) and added a white ceramic tile backsplash. The cabinetry was kept—but updated by replacing the center panels with frosted glass and painting the remaining wood white. The home’s three upstairs bathrooms were similarly updated by framing the mirrors and adding new hardware to the original vanities. Past the kitchen, the dining area and corner living room look out two southfacing glass sliders over the deck to woods and a fern gully below. Between the sliders, where there once was wall, is now a white Malm wood stove on a black tiled hearth. To extend the forest ambiance, Cummings found curtains printed with the stenciled outline of bare trees. Gray sliding barn doors separate the living area from a small guest room behind.The remaining master suite was left intact and has an additional glass slider leading onto the deck. The Hullaballoo Downstairs, the furnished but not quite finished walk-out basement is a nostalgic ode to creativity, childhood, and the couple’s evolving story. Two guest rooms and a studio space are all connected by radiant heat concrete floors shaded red and glass sliders leading into the backyard. Cummings’s old writing desk and textbooks sit under a framed map of Paris in one room. The second is outfitted with two sets of bunk beds and a large costume closet for the couple’s seven nieces and nephews. A hidden shelf of Stegner’s old toys sits behind the bunkbeds, and the room is decorated with artwork from their school days. “These rooms are filled with great memories,” Cummings says. Case in point: The remaining downstairs room—windowless and empty when they moved in has been reinvented with a projector, screen, and comfortable seating. Once the couple bought the home, they decided it was the perfect setting for their next act: They were married in the backyard. After the ceremony, family and close friends piled in to watch a movie. This time, however, there were no tickets to tear, the couple sat together, and the show was less high art and more hijinks: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery set the tone for their next chapter. “You always take your old story with you,” Cummings says.


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The Garden

Left: The new growth of the ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ willow. Right: Liz Elkin demonstrates how easy it is to propagate curly willow. 

Don’t Just Weep

The Wider World of Willows by Michelle Sutton photos by Larry Decker

Iconic Hot Mess In the minds of most of us, willows are those trees that weep down by the river. Hudson Valley garden designer, horticulturist, and environmental artist Keith Buesing says he likes weeping willows for their “first-out-the-box spring foliage, their yellow fall color, and their incomparable, grass-skirt hula dance.” In winter, observant color-starved folks will note how the weeping willow stems fire up mustard-yellow as early as February. However, Buesing prefers his weeping willows at a distance because they are weak wooded and tend to constantly drop leaves, twigs, and branches. “They need room to explode into their massive potential [40 to 60 feet tall and wide] and where their ultimate blowing over won’t do any damage,” he says. This tendency for weeping willows to topple when overly mature (which happens on average at about 50 years) is related to the fact that the trees grow very quickly (2-3 feet per year). Like that of many other fast-growing trees, weeping willow wood is less dense and therefore weaker. Weeping willow roots are also very canny about finding cracks in sewer and water lines and foundations—and exploiting them. For all these reasons, weeping willows aren’t recommended for the average home landscape.

However, there are scores of smaller and equally (or more) ornamental willows that you can use in the home landscape that won’t create these hassles. They can be small trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and even tiny alpines. Non-Problematic Faves Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ is a willow that’s ubiquitous now, for good reason. Its common name is “dappled Japanese willow,” and it maxes out at about 12 feet tall. Its young stems turn orange-red in the wintertime. The new foliage in the spring emerges bright salmon-pink, then spends early summer dappled green and white with hints of salmon, then gradually fades to mostly green. Buesing says, “I’ve used ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ as singular accent pieces, but I especially like them as hedges—either straight border hedges or purely sculptural, free-flowing, serpentine hedges in the middle of a green field.They are crazily productive growers—8 to 10 feet a year—which means they’ll get to where you want them, quickly. However, diligent, multiple prunings per season are required to keep them full, tight, and the size and shape you want.” Pruning is also required to keep the most intense foliage colors coming. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 57

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Liz Elkin, owner of Bloom Landscape Design and Fine Gardening, also uses ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ extensively. “It works beautifully as a privacy screen, capable of growing ahead of deer damage,” she says. “It also has the potential to be used for creating a wall of color, a stunning backdrop for a landscape. I have used swaths of this willow for privacy screenings around pools and along property lines with ease and success. It’s also fairly inexpensive which is always a plus when adhering to a client’s budget.” Like other willows, ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ prefers wet soils but this particular cultivar is even more adaptable in that it also tolerates dry soils better than other willows. It likes full sun best, but sun in the morning with some afternoon shade can also work and even be appreciated when summers are hot. Elkin also recommends the ‘Flame’ willow, so named because in winter, the stems glow a bright orange-red. “It doesn’t look like much during the warm growing months,” she says, “but then when it drops its leaves for the winter, it magnificently pops, adding much appreciated color to the winter landscape.” A colorful mass of ‘Flame’ stems looks especially striking in front of evergreens. These willows mature at 10 to 12 feet tall. ‘Flame’ and other colorful-stem willows benefit from a technique called “coppicing.” In late winter/early spring, when you coppice a shrub, you cut its stems back hard, nearly to the ground. The regrowth will afford you the brightest possible color. New stems = more colorful stems. Older stems = duller color stems. “Curly willows (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’) are garden rock stars with a variety of artistic uses,” Elkin says. “The branches are all contorted, and I love how they look in the winter all on their own. I harvest them frequently for accentuating winter planters with whimsical structure and vertical intrigue. Whenever people see curly willow stems, they always comment on how cool they look with that Medusa-hair vibe.” She adds that curly willow is resilient and grows back quite well after cutting; aggressive harvesting of its branches does not harm it in any way (see “coppicing” above). Willows are generally easy to propagate. A few years ago, Elkin took a bucket of 15-inch-long cuttings in water from a dear friend’s curly willow tree that had become overgrown and needed to be pruned. “It was amazing,” she says. “I stuck the cuttings in the ground—literally just stuck them in the earth—along a drip irrigation line. By the end of the season, all were the size of a shrub at least 3 feet tall and ready to take on the winter. I transplanted them the following spring and now have a full hedgerow of the curly willow that I can take cuttings from every year.” Every fall, Elkin cuts those curly, golden yellow stems to use for winter planters.   This Willow for That Purpose Pussy willow (Salix discolor)—the breaking buds of the males are beloved and very ornamental; you can cut the stems and keep them in a [dry] vase for a long time to enjoy the fuzzy little structures said to resemble the pads on a cat’s paw. Willows are dioecious, meaning individual plants have either male or female flower parts. Make sure you are getting a male plant, as the female pussy willows do not furnish the showy breaking buds. Pussy willows are good plants for stabilizing wet areas, and they are popular with nesting birds. Black pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla ‘Melanostachys’)—See above but with stunning black breaking buds. Much coveted for flower arrangements.

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BOSCOBEL 1601 ROUTE 9D (BEAR MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY), GARRISON BOSCOBEL.ORG. “Make-Dos: Curiously Repaired Antiques.” Through October 1. CAFFE A LA MODE 1 OAKLAND AVENUE, WARWICK 986-1223. “Paintings by Janet Howard-Fatta.” Through September 30. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Absractions.” A multimedia group show. Through September 24. CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN STREET, BEACON 204-3844. “Paintings by Carin Jean White.” Through September 4. CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK (845) 679-9957. “Fredrik Marsh: The Dresden Project.” Also showing “Carla Shapiro: To Capture A Shadow.” Through October 15. CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303. “An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting.” Through September 17. CLOVE AND CREEK 73 BROADWAY, KINGSTON CLOVEANDCREEK.COM. “Theresa Drapkin: Shut Up, Kiss Me, Hold Me Tight.” An exhibition of male nudes in pastels. Through September 30. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481. “The Earth from Above.” Wax and oil paintings of aerial landscapes by Joy Wolf. Through March 30. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430. “Cooking Up a Nation: [Im]migration and American Foodways.” Through December 13. DARREN WINSTON BOOKSTORE 81 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT (860) 364-1890. “Picture Books.” New works by Jeff Joyce. September 14-30. Opening reception Septemeber 16, 4-8pm. DAVIS ORTON GALLERY 114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 697-0266. “Collage Montage.” Work by Pat Horner. September 2-October 1. Opening reception September 9, 5-7pm. DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 845 440 0100. “Michelle Stuart.” Michelle Stuart’s four-part rubbing Sayreville Strata Quartet (1976). Through April 30, 2018. DIANA FELBER GALLERY 6 HARRIS STREET, WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 232-7007. “An Exhibition of Theater Scenic Art.” Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional sets by Robert U. Taylor. September 23-October 31. Opening reception September 23, 5-8pm. DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Eugenia Ballard: Dustpan Thoughts.” September 1-30.

ECKERT FINE ART 1394 ROUTE 83, PINE PLAINS (518) 592-1330. “Robert Rauschenberg: Anaglyphic Anecdotes.” Through September 2. EMERGE GALLERY 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES (845) 247-7515. “Equine: A Group Exhibition of Art Celebrating the Horse.” September 2-October 2. EMPAC AT RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE 110 8TH STREET, TROY (518) 276-3921. “An Evening with Queen White.” Martine Syms’ augmented-reality installation. Free. 11am-5pm, through September 6. FRG OBJECTS & DESIGN / ART 217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. “Halaburda.” Works on cardboard. Through September 30. FRIENDS OF HISTORIC KINGSTON 63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON 339-0720. “Treasures.” A new exhibit commemorating Kingston’s role in World War I. Through October 28. FRONT STREET GALLERY 21 FRONT STREET, PATTERSON (917) 880-5307. “Summer Invitational Show.” Through September 22. GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255. “Works by Carol Pepper-Cooper.” Through September 21. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “The Other Side of Things.” Works by six female artists, curated by Petra Nimtz. Through September 3. GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY 40 MAIN STREET, LEE, MA (413) 394-5045. “Esperanza Vive.” A visual journey of Mexico. Through October 2. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Co-Lab Lab.” Collaborative works. Through September 23. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WOODSTOCK 20 COMEAU DRIVE, WOODSTOCK 679-2256. “Gathering Woodstock Women: A Celebration of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” Through September 3. HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN ST, BEACON 440-0068 “Small Works.” Clay sculptures by Joy Brown. Through October 1. HUDSON HALL 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438. “Just the Facts.” LightField’s 2nd Annual Festival of Photography and Multimedia Art. Through September 30. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Between I & Thou.” Group show. Through December 2018. “Peter Bynum: Illumination of the Sacred Forms: Divine Light Mission and Sanctuary.” Through December 17. HURLEY MOTORSPORTS GALLERY 2779 ROUTE 209, KINGSTON 338-1701. “Ruth Wetzel: Ethereal Swamps.” Through October 14.

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galleries & museums Scratching Walrus, a stonecut and stencil by Tim Pitsiulak, included in the exhibit “The Art of Cape Dorset” at TheoGanz Studio in Beacon through October 1, featuring original Inuit graphics and carvings.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. Multimedia group show. Through September 10. JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY 16 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-2250. “Collage and Found.” Through September 17. KENT ART ASSOCIATION 21 SOUTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CT (860) 927-3989. “Members’ Show II.” Through September 4. KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape.” An outdoor exhibition. Through September 4. LABSPACE 2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE LABSPACEART.BLOGSPOT.COM/. “Music Seen.” On visual artists and music. Through September 2. LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632. “Other People’s Pictures.” Through September 17. LIFEBRIDGE SANCTUARY 333 MOUNTAIN RD, ROSENDALE 658-3439. “Harmonies of Nature.” Through September 30. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241 “Recent Paintings by Marilyn Fairman, Linda Puiatti, and Tarrly Gabel. September 2-October 7. Opening reception September 2, 5-7pm. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Ky Anderson: Small Stories.” September 9-October 1. Opening reception September 9, 6-9pm. MONTGOMERY PLACE 25 GARDENER WAY, RED HOOK 758-5461. “Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery Place.” Presented by the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard. Through October 31. THE MOUNT 2 PLUNKETT STREET, LENOX, MA (413) 551-5111. “REMIX.” Outdoor sculpture exhibit. Through October 31. Guided tour September 17, 1:30-3pm. THE MOVIEHOUSE GALLERY 48 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON THEMOVIEHOUSE.NET. “Harper Blanchet: Abstract Paintings.” Through October 4. NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM 222 MADISON AVENUE, ALBANY (518) 574-5877. “The People’s Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection.” Twenty works by 17 artists. Through September 3. OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE 5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON (518) 828-0135. “Overlook: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana.” Open daily, 11am-4pm, through November 5. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE,

POUGHKEEPSIE PALMERGALLERY.VASSAR.EDU. “Century Text: Meditations An installation by Xuewu Zheng.” Through September 7.

PS 209 3670 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE “Elements.” Collaborative installation. September 16-October 22. Opening reception September 16, 5-7pm. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Margaret Ryan: A Multi-Faceted Retrospective.” Through September 4. ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS 27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK 358-0877. “Jacques Jarrige: Kinetic Sculptures.” Outdoor sculpture exhibit. September 23-June 30, 2018. ROELIFF JANSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 8 MILES ROAD, COPAKE FALLS (518) 329-0652. “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses.” Through September 3. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. “Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships.” Through November 12. Opening reception September 9, 5-7pm. SAUNDERS FARM 853 OLD ALBANY POST ROAD, GARRISON FACEBOOK. COM/PAGES/SAUNDERS-FARM-GARRISON-NY. “Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2017.” Experimental outdoor sculpture exhibit. September 2-October 28. Opening reception September 2, 2-6pm. SCHANTZ GALLERIES CONTEMPORARY ART 3 ELM STREET, STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 298-3044. “The River Art Project.” Through September 4. SELIGMANN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 23 WHITE OAK DRIVE, SUGAR LOAF 469-9459. “Season of the Witch.” Group exhibit focused on art-making as a practice of magic and ritual. Through September 4. SEPTEMBER 449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON. “Incident Report, Reports.” This exhibit will present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 Incident Report projects. September 2-October 15. Opening reception September 2, 6-8pm. SUNY ULSTER: MUROFF KOTLER VISUAL ARTS GALLERY 491 COTTEKILL ROAD, STONE RIDGE 687-5262. “Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships.” September 8-October 20. Opening reception: September 8, 5-7pm. THE GOSHEN MUSIC HALL 223 MAIN STREET (2ND FLOOR), GOSHEN 294-4188. “Paws, Claws, Hooves, and Fins: Animals in Art.” Through September 25.

THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-7465. “Kiki Smith: From the Creek.” Through October 29. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Donna Moylan: New to Earth.” Through October 1. TIVOLI ARTISTS CO-OP 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “Dissonance: Photographic Works by Dana Matthews.” September 22-October 15. Opening reception September 23, 6-8pm. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 757-2667. “Small Works.” Art on a small scale. Through September 17. Opening reception September 2, 6pm. TURN PARK ART SPACE 2 MOSCOW ROAD, WEST STOCKBRIDGE TURNPARK.COM. “Jim Holl At Turn Park: Sculpture and Drawings.” Through September 30. UNCANNY GALLERY 17 JOHN STREET, KINGSTON 204-4380. “Uncanny Gallery Exhibit.” Art dolls and figurative sculpture by over a dozen artists. Through September 30. UNION ARTS CENTER 2 UNION STREET, SPARKILL 359-0258. “Sacred Environments: Susan Shanti Gibian.” Photographic documentation of site-specific installations. Through December 31. UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “19th Annual Unison Arts Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Garden Exhibition.” Through October 31. VASSAR FARM AND ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE 124 RAYMOND AVE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-7414. “Art on the Farm: 1st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.” Enjoy a one-mile walking loop to view the exhibit. Through October 29. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “Janet Campbell: Expressive Watercolors.” September 1-30. Opening reception September 9, 5-7pm. WALNUT HILL FINE ART 551 WARREN STREET, HUDSON 324-5614. “Up River The Journey Home.” Kingsley Parker’s 67-foot-long multimedia installation. Through September 24. WILDERSTEIN PRESERVATION 330 MORTON ROAD, RHINEBECK 876-4818. “4th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Biennial.” Through October 31. WINDHAM FINE ARTS 5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-6850. “Equine Nature.” Through September 6. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Ulster Alums.” A group exhibition. September 2-24. Opening reception September 2, 5-7pm. WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. “Art on the Green.” Through October 31.



Amazing Grace Rene Bailey

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e couldn’t drink from the same water fountain or use the same bathroom when we stopped at a service station.” Over tea in a midtown Kingston coffeehouse, Rene Bailey is remembering her teenage years touring the segregated South in the 1950s as a member of the Gospel Light Singers of Moultrie, Georgia. “And, of course, we couldn’t eat in the same restaurants or stay in the same hotels [as white people], either,” she further recalls. “So when we performed at the churches in the little towns we visited the people in the congregation would put us up for the night. And they would feed us, too. They would make these wonderful dinners for us. But really our singing was our food. As long as we could sing and serve God we knew we were heading in the right direction.”


Looking into the loving eyes of this sweet, grandmotherly lady, listening to her laugh, hearing her passionate singing, and picturing her as a young woman, it’s impossible to imagine how anyone couldn’t love her right back. Or how an entire society could deny her dignity—and that of millions of others, theirs— simply because of race. A week after our conversation come the horrific, shameful events in Charlottesville, Virginia. His heart filled with sadness and rage, your music editor’s thoughts immediately return to his meeting with Miss Bailey, and the elegance and profound lack of bitterness in both her demeanor and her uplifting music. Born just north of the Florida state line in Valdosta, Georgia, Bailey was the third of four children (three brothers; two older and one younger) and grew up two counties west in Thomasville, where her mother was a hotel cook and her father was a barber. “He would barter with the customers sometimes if they didn’t have the money,” she says. “Maybe they would bring him a bag of flour or a bag of sugar instead.” Her mother’s brother was the head of the music department at the town’s Willow Head Missionary Baptist Church, at which she got her start singing in the children’s choir and was baptized at age 11, along with her older brothers. “They baptized 23 of us on the same day,” says the singer. “Everybody wore long, white robes and the preacher and the deacon brought you down in the water and then you held your nose while they dipped you in. I still remember that like it was yesterday. It was a nice family church. We sang all the old-time country hymns. I had to learn to sing the notes before I could sing the words.You know—Do re mi. Like that.” After graduating high school Bailey joined the six-girl Gospel Light Singers, who were overseen by “directress” Madam Sophie Reed. Recording for the Dootone and Friendly labels, the troupe toured during the summers from Florida all the way up to Connecticut, where one of her brothers and an aunt were living. Along the way, the Gospel Lights opened for such luminaries as the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Soul Stirrers (with a young Sam Cooke), and the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his young daughter, Aretha. By the mid-’60s she’d left the group to settle down with her relatives in the Nutmeg State, and it was there that she met her late husband, Samuel, a TV technician. “He came to set up my brother’s TV, took one look at me, and said, ‘I’m gonna marry you!’” a giggling Bailey remembers. “We were married within a year’s time—and we stayed married for 25 years, until he passed.” Although she was a member of New Britain’s Union Baptist Church Choir when she and Samuel met, by then Bailey had taken a break from singing on her own in public.Yet it was her husband who encouraged her to return to the soloists’ stage, this time to perform in blues and jazz nightclubs. “He didn’t even know I could really sing,” she says. “But when he heard me one day he said, ‘This is what you should be doing.’” Many gospel-reared singers, Sam Cooke perhaps being the foremost example, experienced a backlash when they “crossed over” into secular music. Was this something Bailey encountered as well? “I didn’t feel that way, because my husband and family was 100-percent in my corner. They didn’t want to hold me back,” she explains. “And I’d always loved to sing all kinds of songs. When I was little I loved to sing [country standard] ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ you know, songs like that.” While performing in the New York area she met R&B icon Ruth Brown (“She made us black eyed peas and rice for dinner, while my husband fixed her TV for her.”). Later, as a member of organist Doc Bagby’s band, she met the one and only Louis Armstrong. “Doc introduced me to him and I sang a little acapella number for him. He said, ‘You sing just like a corn-fed gal!’” [Laughs.] (And how: Bailey’s gritty, downhome style, as played out across a pair of late’60s singles for the Carnival label, is revered among rare soul collectors today.) It was during a visit to Ulster County in 1972, however, that her life would be forever changed when she met another legendary artist: Peg Leg Bates.

Along with Pete Seeger and Levon Helm, the late Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates (1907-1998) remains one of the true giants of Hudson Valley cultural history. Born to South Carolina sharecroppers, he lost his left leg at the age of 12 in a cotton-conveyor accident and taught himself to tap dance for spare change on street corners while wearing a crude wooden leg fashioned for him by an uncle. By his teens he was dancing and singing in vaudeville shows using an upgraded prosthetic, rising swiftly to become one of the country’s leading African American entertainers. He performed for the King and Queen of England twice, headlined with the USO during World War II, starred in films, toured the UK with Louis Armstrong, and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 22 times. In 1951, he became the county’s first black resort owner when he opened the famed Peg Leg Bates Country Club in Kerhonkson, which quickly became one of the region’s top attractions and employed hundreds; the Ulster County stretch of US Route 209 was later renamed in his honor. “I met Chuck Dudley, who led Mr. Bates’s band, and he took me to audition for Mr. Bates,” Bailey recounts. “And so I met him in front of his house and I sang a little for him. He said, ‘Can you come back the second week of next month?You can work the rest of the summer.’” Soon after, she and Samuel relocated to Kerhonkson and the vocalist became almost as much of a local fixture as Bates himself, belting out the dancer’s favorite song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and other tunes at area hotspots like the Granite and Nevele hotels and, of course, Bates’s club, where she was a mainstay for 20 years. “Mr. Bates did so much for people,” Bailey says about her former employer, with whom she also toured. “He gave work to a lot of people who really needed it. People would come from down South to work for him, and he brought a lot of business to Ellenville and Kerhonkson.” During a gig at the Granite in 1988, Bailey met Saints of Swing bandleader David Winograd. The upright bass and tuba player immediately invited her to perform with the outfit and she’s been with them ever since, singing Dixieland jazz, R&B, blues, soul, and even the occasional gospel tune. It’s the latter genre that’s the focus of the newly recorded Good Old Songs, her first solo gospel album, which was produced by David’s son Eli Winograd at his Lone Pine Road Studio in Midtown Kingston. “This record is sort of a gift from me, a labor of love,” says Eli. “Having basically grown up around Rene, I really wanted to do something to pay her back for all of the positive energy she brings. It really took on a life of its own while we were working on it, and it’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.” With a cast of 15 musicians that includes veteran violinist Larry Packer and bluesman Slam Allen, the disc beams with Bailey’s alternately full-throated and touching renditions of staples like “Ezekial Saw De Wheel,” “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer,” and “Steal Away.” When talk turns to the recent phenomenon of younger people—of many backgrounds—discovering and falling in love with classic gospel music, the singer is quick to offer her theory on the reason why. “It goes with the times,” says Bailey, who since the late 1980s has been the music director of Kerhonkson’s Samsonville Methodist Church, where the congregation calls her “Lady Sunshine.” “With what’s happening in the country at the moment, people want to take the time to turn around. To think a little bit.” But just because her long-desired goal of making a gospel album has been met and she’s getting on in years, don’t expect Bailey to step away from the stage anytime soon. “No, I’m not gonna stop,” she says. “There’s a feeling I get with singing that I also get when I think of the wind. I can’t see the wind, but I can feel it. It’s nice and cool. I can’t see the spirit, either. But the spirit is nice and cool, too. As long as I can serve God and touch one person, I’m gonna keep right on singing. I’m not gonna stop ’til I reach that higher ground!”

“But really our singing was our food. As long as we could sing and serve God we knew we were heading in the right direction.” —Rene Bailey

Good Old Songs will be released this month. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 67

NIGHTLIFE HIGHLIGHTS Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

Blanck Mass plays Basilica Soundscape on September 16 in Hudson.

TIM BERNE’S SNAKEOIL September 14. Originally hailing from north of our region, Syracuse, to be exact, Tim Berne has been a vital force of the creative jazz scene in New York since he moved there to study with the late Julius Hemphill in the mid-1970s. Snakeoil, which here sneaks in for newish venue Atlas Studios’ “Jazz at Atlas” series, is a band the alto saxophonist and composer founded circa 2010 that also includes clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell, and drummer Ches Smith (regular guitarist Ryan Ferreira won’t be on hand for this date). Berne’s compositions are lengthy, labyrinthine, and elliptical—a real workout for the brain. But, at the same time, they leave plenty of space for the players to assert themselves. 8pm. $20. Newburgh. (845) 391-8855;

BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE September 15, 16, 17. This month, Basilica Hudson’s renowned international festival of experimental music marks its fifth year at the architecturally magnificent former foundry. More names are being added as of this writing, but so far Soundscape 2017’s lineup includes Bing & Ruth, Blanck Mass, Emel Mathlouthi, Jlin, John Maus, Moor Mothe, Priests, Protomartyr, Serpentwithfeet, Thou, Vivien Goldman, Yellow Eyes, Yvette, Yves Tumor, and Zola Jesus. The weekend also promises readings by writers Darcie Wilder, Eileen Myles, Patty Schemel (Basilica co-owner Melissa Auf der Maur’s former Hole bandmate), Morgan Parker, and Amy Rose Spiegel; and visual art by Naama Tsabar, Emma Kohlmann, Marianne Vitale, and Jesse Draxler. See website for schedule. $30-$125. Hudson;

MATTHEW SWEET/TOMMY KEENE September 20. Here’s a match made in modern power pop heaven at Club Helsinki. Matthew Sweet is beloved for his ultra-catchy 1991 alt-radio smash “Girlfriend.” Tomorrow Forever, his 14th album, which was released this past summer and features guest playing by members of the Jayhawks, the Zombies, the Bangles, the Dream Syndicate, which signposts Sweet’s classic, 68 MUSIC CHRONOGRAM 9/17

melodic, guitar-driven sound. Once a member of pioneering DC punks the Razz, Tommy Keene achieved legendary status with his 1982 solo debut, Strange Alliance, and has continuously cultivated critical acclaim over the years; he even played guitar in Paul Westerberg’s band for a spell. (Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys and Sarah Borges swoop in September 1; Eilen Jewel shines September 3.) 8pm. $30, $45. Hudson. (518) 828-4800;

BLASTERS/FLAT DUO JETS September 28. This slam-bang bill at Daryl’s House delivers two of America’s top roots rock outfits. Founded by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin, the rockabilly/blues-based Blasters emerged out of the late-’70s/early ’80s Los Angeles underground alongside such similarly inclined groups as Los Lobos, X, and Rank & File. Nowadays, Phil Alvin leads the band (Dave maintains a solo career), whose most recent album is 2012’s aptly named Fun on a Saturday Night. Fronted by the roaring and crooning Dexter Romweber, the Flat Duo Jets steal the show in the 1986 film Athens, GA: Inside Out and presaged the White Stripes and other two-piece blues punk acts. (Jimmy Vaughn and Lou An Barton jam September 9; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy cast their spell September 20.) 8pm. $20, $30. Pawling. (845) 289-0185;

ROCK THE NEST September 30. Making its debut this season is Rock the Nest, a fund-raising music festival for a cause. The four-band program benefits Sparrow’s Nest, an organization created in 2012 with the aim of cooking for Hudson Valley families whose mothers and caregivers have been afflicted with cancer. The initial plan was to feed six families; since then, the group has helped over 200 families and a total of nearly 1,000 people. Donating their music and time for this inaugural event are area favorites the Big Takeover, the Adam Ezra Group, the Wiyos, and Todd Mihan. The event takes place at Freedom Park and also promises food vendors and beer and wine from selected local outlets. A cure for cancer would of course be the best thing in the future, but until that happens here’s to many more years of Rock the Nest. 1:30pm. $30. Pleasant Valley.




Gentle and acoustic but subtly grooving and buoyed by artful, weird ambience, Iva Bittova & Cikori’s At Home is a delicious and transportive place to spend an hour. Red Hook resident Bittova’s ethereal vision of worldjazz coexists with an animalistic avant-garde impulse as if there were no contradiction at all. A series of set poems by different writers—most in her native Czech, a few in English—At Home challenges the genre categories to their breaking point. The core ensemble of acoustic guitar (Vladimir Vaclavek), upright bass (Jaromir Honzak), and the beautiful, round trumpet of Oskar Torok leans toward a kind of new age pop, but Bittova’s wild vocal technique and her taste for found sounds and garishly descriptive environmental effects steer things well clear of mannered vocal jazz. Both of the album’s tendencies—intimate, meditative reflections and the skittering agitations of a meadow in spring—find expression on the schizo standout track “Je Mi Zima,” but every song here is of a piece and a world apart. —John Burdick

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Professor Louie and the Crowmatix are a bar band through and through. That’s high praise when you realize the company includes NRBQ and the Morells. Crowin’ The Blues opens with the flag-waving “I’m Gonna Play the Honky Tonks”; the rest of the disc pushes sawdust on the floor and further benefits from a tinkling glass or two. Vocals are shared by Miss Marie (Spinosa) and Louie (producer and keyboardist extraordinaire Aaron Hurwitz), who recorded the album—the band’s 13th—live in the studio over three days. Solos were in the moment, too; guitarist Josh Colow’s impressive, sweet-home Chicago slide drives much of the action, which includes sharp originals like the grooving “Prisoner of Your Sound.” The Crowmatix also put a Woodstock stamp on some classic early R&B: Famed guitarist John Platania shakes a tailfeather on “High Heel Sneakers,” reminding all of the protean power of a blues strut played by exemplary musicians. And that, really, is what bar bands are all about. —Michael Eck

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ince the dawn of the internet, one question has occupied the minds of readers, writers, and publishers alike: Is the book dying? Statistics say no. According to the Association of American Publishers, book publishing revenue was up 4.9 percent, or $108 million, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2016. But the book’s future hasn’t always looked so bright. “In my 25 years in publishing, I’ve seen massive changes,” says Paul Cohen, who founded Monkfish Book Publishing Company, specializing in spiritual books, in 2002 in Rhinebeck, and Epigraph Publishing Service in 2007. In 1992, Cohen was an international books distribution sales manager with 5,000 independent bookstore accounts, accounting for 80 percent of his business; chain stores made up the remaining 20 percent. “Amazon was a tiny blip,” he recalls. “Ten years later, the chain stores nearly killed the indies, then Amazon drove Borders Books out of business. Now everybody hopes Barnes & Noble will survive. They were the enemy; now they’re the hero. Publishers don’t want to be stuck with just Amazon.” Cohen survived drastic industry changes, like the advent of eBooks, by adapting. A devoted spiritual seeker and voracious reader of spiritual literature since adolescence, he fell in love with publishing while working in distribution, and vowed to start his own company. Monkfish has since published over 60 titles, including The Physics of Angels by Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox, Elizabeth Cunningham’s award-winningThe Maeve Chronicles series (including The Passion of Mary Magdalene), and Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage Your Health withYoga and Ayurveda by Rachel Zinman. But Monkfish’s survival called for radical moves. “Those early days were blissful—propping my feet on that first desk, feeling I’d finally found my true calling,” Cohen says. “Then self-publishing happened, questioning the traditional publishing contract’s validity. Publishers felt unnecessary—and terrified. In 2007, I decided, rather than being intimidated by the industry changes that were rocking my boat, I’d start a self-publishing imprint myself.” Epigraph launched with Some Delights of the Hudson Valley: An Anthology of HudsonValley Humor, edited by The New Yorker cartoonist Danny Shanahan. The imprint has since published over 200 books, including the acclaimed graphic novelist Lucy Knisley’s French Milk; Benjamin Tucker’s Welcome to Afghanistan: Send More Ammo; Spanish journalist Guillermo Fesser’s memoir One Hundred Miles from Manhattan; and Void If Detached: Seeking Modern Spirituality Through My Father’s Old Sermons by Sarah Bowen, which won a 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award.

Why and/or how do you choose the titles you publish? I consider both the manuscript and the author. First and foremost, is the manuscript compelling? Does it truly add something to the ongoing conversation of whatever the subject matter is? I also want to understand the writer and where this manuscript lies in the trajectory of his or her literary output. I want to champion my authors, so I’m always looking to feel a certain simpatico with them. For economic reasons, I can’t publish all the writers—or books—that I feel strongly about, but I want to be able to get behind the books I do publish. I have to feel passionate about the work because the presence or absence of that passion communicates itself to our publishing partners—the distributors, sales reps, and bookstores—and can make or break a book.

Why did you decide to start a publishing company? Publishing books has commercial, aesthetic, and spiritual sides—sometimes moral or scientific or philosophical components too. As a publisher, I have to bring all these parts together. It has long been a desire of mine to see the world’s religions existing peacefully and happily with each other. Whether they do or they don’t in the real world, they do in the Monkfish book catalog. All the world’s religions are represented in our books, and the titles are listed together—not a single argument! That brings me a certain joy.

How has the publishing business changed in the last 15 years? In deep and previously unimagined ways. For nearly all of the 20th century, the majority of published books went out of print after a few years due to the high costs of reprinting; those costs have essentially disappeared with the advent of on-demand print and distribution. At the same time, there is a new demand for deeper knowledge, because people are used to getting answers to their questions right away online. In 2002, when I started Monkfish, the total number of new titles was over 250,000. Last year, thanks to legitimate self-publishing options, on-demand publishing, and eBooks, there were more than 2.5 million new titles. That’s proof that we’re living in the information age.

What is it like to be a book publisher today? It’s surreal. Like so many industries, publishing is in a deep state of flux. It has gone from being a stable, even conservative profession, to one requiring constant adaptation. But at the same time, the playing field is increasingly leveling, so it’s actually easier for a small company like Monkfish to compete against the major publishing houses—although we now have to compete against everyone else as well since the bar to entry is getting lower and lower. Publishing is very different from what I had originally envisioned but it’s still an exciting time to be a publisher. Monkfish publishes both spiritual and literary titles. How did you choose those subjects?  My original intent was to publish spiritual books that were interesting and readable. While working in spiritual and religious book distribution, I saw how important language and the editorial process are to spiritual transmission, and yet how neglected they often are.

What makes Monkfish unique? Monkfish is designed for seasoned spiritual seekers as well as neophyte seekers. Seekers strive for a kind of deep peacemaking, communication between the surface and deep levels of understanding of both reality and literature. I think it helps to be a “know-nothing” if you really want to find out about something. So the seeker’s mentality is at the heart of the Monkfish list of fiction and nonfiction—a list that crosses over all religious denominations. What are the best—and worst—parts of owning an independent press? Freedom of self-expression is the best part. Having no one but myself and the market to answer to seems like an amazing gift after having worked for others for most of my adult life. In a similar vein, the responsibility for that self-expression, the need to pay for it in some way or another, is certainly challenging. Along with those early days of realizing you had fulfilled your dream, what has been your most memorable Monkfish moment? Four years in, I realized I needed to diversify Monkfish’s income stream. Book publishing is not a terribly profitable business and it’s only gotten more difficult over the years. I researched emerging industry trends and saw these spikes in self-publishing and in eBooks. I mentioned this finding to a colleague who encouraged me to begin a self-publishing imprint, Epigraph. At first, I was insulted but it has been a saving grace on many levels.

What do you envision for the future? I see continued expansion for both the Monkfish and Epigraph imprints. I started Monkfish with North American distribution. Since then, our distribution network has expanded internationally to the UK, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. I anticipate we’ll be selling our books much more widely internationally. The spiritual book genre is truly universal. You can’t say that about many genres. At the same time, due to technological advancements, we’re able to publish Monkfish titles in more varied ways. When we started, there was really only one way to publish. Every title was a major undertaking, so we were limited. With the advent of on-demand publishing and eBooks, we’re able to publish titles that previously would have been considered too risky, so we’ll be increasing our total annual title output. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 71

SHORT TAKES This month’s selection prepares you for fall by offering tips to hunt for Bigfoot and mysterious tales of Hudson Valley hauntings.


Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley Gayle Beatty and Deborah Ray’s children’s book is designed to stimulate budding young information seekers. It features tricks of the trade for searching for the legendary Sasquatch, along with stories and theories about the elusive creature. This book will encourage the curious child to keep searching for the big hairy, man-like creature out in the forest.


An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic


Daniel Mendelsohn


Boggess’s memoir transports readers to Main Street in Rosendale in the late 1940s and the `50s. The child of notorious partiers Big Ed and Edie, Boggess tells of her experiences of her parents’ Reid’s Hotel—through a child’s eyes. Without bitterness of her neglectful childhood, Boggess accounts for her colorful young life and treasures of `50s Rosendale—like the Rosendale Theater, which became her babysitter and saving grace. Culminating with the great flood of 1955, this memoir is more than a story of personal experiences but one of local history as well.


Curious tales of local mysteries are portrayed in this quick read. Profiling legends like “The Wreck of the Steamship Swallow,” “The Poughkeepsie Seer,” “Strange Structures and UFOs of Putnam,” and more, this book is divided by region: Lower, Mid, and Upper Hudson Valley. With stories of haunted places, rebellious characters, and seemingly impossible survivals, readers may not want to dive into this before bed.


Journey is a bold 16-year-old girl living in the wild New Mexico desert in the 1800’s. Reuben Moon, a half-Apache half-stoic hunter found Journey alone as an infant and raised her ever since. In 1834 wealthy slave trader and grief-stricken Esau Burdock holds a horse racing and trading event which Journey enters, entangling the three characters lives.


Kingston-based writer Catherine Gigante-Brown’s awaited sequel to The El revisits the much-loved Paradiso family. Set in Brooklyn just after World War II—almost a decade after the events in The El—The Bells of Brooklyn examines the lives and culture of an Italian-American family in a changing suburb.


Psychologist and poet Andrew Kuhn began interviewing poets reading for the Katonah Poetry Series in 2010 to promote interest in them. This book compiles the interviews he engaged in with the 21 poets about their creative process, inspiration, and the nature of their work. Each interview, although formal, appears as a relaxed conversation allowing the poets’ voices and styles to shine through.


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he memory of father and son circling an airport in a holding pattern starts off Daniel Mendelsohn’s brilliant memoir about the winter his father sat in on “Odyssey,” an undergraduate seminar Mendelsohn taught at Bard College. His father, a retired mathematician, knew quite a bit about circles, an exacting field that never appealed to his son. But “ring compositions” in Greek literature were circles Mendelsohn grew up to know a lot about. In this same chapter we learn how they operate: as a story progresses it circles back in time again and again, before circling forward again to present action. This backstory illuminates what’s about to take place; a classic organization still used today and well illustrated here in Mendelsohn’s own memoir. We also learn about a father and son who don’t become close until late in life, culminating in the father taking the son’s class that inspires them to book passage aboard “Retracing the Odyssey,” an educational cruise that follows Odyseus’ actual journey from Athens to Ithaca. Upon their return the father suffers a fall and then a stroke. Mendelsohn relates all the book’s events in this first chapter called a “Proem,” more aptly translated as “before the song.” This is the way epic poems like the “Illiad” and the “Odyssey” begin, revealing all that is about to take place before getting started. But why do it here? The reason is, this is not just a memoir but a celebration of Homer’s great poem. Throughout we learn not only the nuances and stories of the “Odyssey,” but the actual structure as well, illustrated by the author placing his own story in the parameters of the Greek epic. For example, the events on the modern-day cruise (truly the heart of the book) are mirrored with Odyseus’ own voyages. And in the end, when his father lays in a hospital on life support, Mendelsohn examines all the references to death and burial that surround the poem’s hero. For readers with only a high school acquaintance with the classics all of this can seem daunting, but Mendelsohn proves to be a wonderful teacher. He not only confidently leads you through the ancient text, but he breaks it up with lively students in the actual class who ask the very questions any novice would. And just when you think there’s too much Greek going on, the father always shows up to steal the show, even singing American standards at the ship’s piano bar. The question is whether a highly educated classics scholar like Mendelsohn will get in the way of telling such an intimate story. But that circles back into the narrative as well. Like the Odyssey, the memoir is Mendelsohn’s search for his father and everything he learns along the way. In one of the best scenes, Mendelsohn’s class is enlightened by his father’s comments on his own long marriage. As the students struggle to understand how Odysseus and Penelope recognize each other after so many years, the father brings up Mendelsohn’s “beautiful mother,” and explains how a couple manages to stay connected “long after everything else becomes unrecognizable.” Now the teacher learns from the student as well. If the “Odyssey” is about any one thing it’s about stories, imagined or real, heroic or tragic, all leading to the final words left upon monuments: “the story of the life the body once lived.” But this memoir is also the story of another father and son and the stories they created and told each other, like that time they just sat side by side in silence on a plane circling home, heads bent, reading. —James Conrad

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Werner Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Death March, Mauthausen I survived four deaths The camps might not have been built If in the beginning The good people had done something Alas… had they spoken out But the good people did nothing They let them concentrate us The good people did nothing Were they really good? —Demetrios Michael Houtrides (11 years old) (5th grade writing assignment, after hearing a Holocaust survivor’s story)

LOCAL SUMMER LORE “It seemed to me... that those times and those summers had been infinitely precious and worth saving.“ “Once More to the Lake,” E. B. White RIP Charlie Spanhake 2/6/13, aged 90, Wittenberg Valley Elder The same day the papers announced the frogs were disappearing—had already, without our noticing, disappeared—a moose was seen down in the valley. Well, I was right glad about that because after all, when one thing goes, another comes along to take its place. I believe that is written in the Bible. I know I will miss my frogs; their voices keep the night busy. They give the kids something to do in summer leaping around in the pond muck. Never in recorded history have we had a moose this far south. But we’ve always had frogs, and now they say frogs are vanishing—snap—like that. I haven’t seen the moose yet myself, but I’ve sure heard lots about it. It’ll be lonesome if there’s only one. At least the frogs never had that problem around here. Down the hill, when folks gather, I know they talk about me, say I don’t keep up with all the newer ways, but what they mean is I don’t like to listen to all their chatter. Still plenty of frogs in my pond. Still no moose in my yard. Still sitting on my porch swing waiting for the big change. They say it’s coming. They say. —Nancy Rullo

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CRACK If Miss Hooker would marry me I’d be the happiest ten-year-old boy alive or dead, for that matter. (Heaven must be a happy place). She teaches our Sunday School class and she’s the most beautiful girl in the world and what’s more she’s a woman. It’s true I’m only 10 and she’s 30 or even older but I don’t think age matters when it’s true love, and it must be, I can feel it. If there’s a problem it’s that she doesn’t feel it, too, at least not yet. And I admit I’m a little young and can’t get married until I’m 18 or is it 16—I’ll have to check. But I’ll be ready, whatever the answer is. Of course, she’ll be eight years older, too, or six, which means she’ll be Mother’s age now, but she still looks pretty good, does Mother, but I guess Father’s a better judge of that and anyway, she’s his girl, not mine. So I pray before I go to sleep at night that God will make Miss Hooker fall in love with me, when I get old enough, I mean, to marry. I pray it in Jesus’ name. He was the Son of God—or is? I am Too—the son of Father, I mean, not of God, but if you go back far enough to Adam, then maybe that’s pretty close, though not as close as for Jesus. But now I’m getting confused. She has red hair and blue eyes and freckles on her arms and legs in a dress that’s shorter than Mother’s and that’s how I’m sure she’s younger, Miss Hooker, I mean, and shoes that have holes in the snouts and she paints her toenails—Mother doesn’t. Last week they were pink and the week before blue. Like her eyes. When she tells the story of Samson and Delilah you’d swear that she was there. After class last Sunday I put my hands on either side of the door and pushed and pushed and pushed away from me to make the walls fall down but all I did was rip the seat of my pants. I was glad that all the other kids had gone. Uh oh, Miss Hooker said. You don’t know your limits. Yes ma’am, I said. I was disappointed when I asked Notice anything different? and she said No. But then she said, I think there’s a crack in the ceiling I wasn’t aware of before. The truth is she was wrong and that’s love but I’m not sure what kind. Maybe she just felt sorry for me but that’s a start. And then we’ll have a baby —I’ll know by then or else she’ll show me how or I’ll show her when I learn the secret or we’ll huddle up and do it that way. I like Samson for a name but we’ll see. —Gale Acuff





Prepare for death methodically, the way your grandmother used to prepare the lamb shank, looking at it objectively, flipping it over by the sheared bone to carefully study one side and then the next before sliding the knife in across the grain—all notions of shorn wool and suffering, and panicked gasping for a last breath simmered away into fragrant sauce.

Today I place myself on the seller’s bloc of cyberspace. 60-year-old woman —looks 60— seeks partner. Can sing, dance and play the cooking-pot drum; can make a meal from a can of peas 3 black olives and the Sunday funnies. Former Enchantress. coffee drinker, troublemaker laughs readily, eavesdropper, teller of bedtime stories. likes an honest fight. longstanding lover of primal things—llanos, tundra, savannah, hailstorm, Chinook wind, downpour, ice age, storms that threaten to cleanse your life, meteors traveling through the night sky, reflections of light on broken faces. . .

1. Because I was too lazy to look it up in the dictionary, a word in the poem I wrote on October third was spelled incorrectly. I am sorry. The word is anecdote.

Whisper to yourself, it’s just a sweater coming apart behind you, itchy and uncomfortable— but recalled, once unraveled, as being soft and warm and wonderful. —Christine McCartney

THAT WAS ALL I went alone to the mountain And it ripped my lungs open— Ah fierce relief. The hills ran down like rivulets of green Into the red-roofed valleys That should always be… The dragonflies and field sparrows forgot me And flew close to my head And clouds moved on the mountain Like the breathing of the dead. Blue spaces awoke beyond the blowing grass The flowers burned bright and tall, they said We know you, yes we know you as I passed And that was all. —Nadia Bedard

A GOAT DIED A white goat, stiff, on its side. His head twisted back onto his shoulder; his white teeth exposed. Flies from his cloudy eyes land on my hands. I tie a rope around his neck and drag him into the woods, past where the children play, over a fallen log, further than where the children should ever go. But they’ll find him. They will find him, eventually, torn apart by scavengers. They will recognize his white fur. I drag him through fallen branches, through weeds, through mud, to the other side of the vernal pool. I have to remind myself that a corpse is not anything. It doesn’t feel. It’s not an insult to drag it by the neck.

. . . Did I mention I can sing? —Carol S. Bean

KINTSUGI HEARTS May Our Hearts Break Wonderfully Vulnerable,

3. Two years ago I wrote a poem about walking on the road at night. I’m sorry to say I misidentified a star. Accept my apology, please. The star is Polaris, not Betelgeuse. 4. In a poem entitled “Going to School,” the comma in the sixth line of the fourth stanza is out of place. Forgive my ignorance. It should be after “golden rule.” 5. I suppose you noticed the word “saliva” in my poem about the flowers in my garden. Yeah, you’re right. It should be “salvia.” Damn careless of me. Sorry. Mea culpa. What a mess. —JR Solonche

WHEN SEASONS CHANGE When seasons change there’s nothing you can say, sad fields grow longer filled with thistle now, the silent sun falls faster every day.

Allow the Poetry of Emotions Flow like Molten Gold Mending Kintsugi Cracks,

Like buds in springtime nothing ever stays, all grows and dies, see branches on the bough, when seasons change there’s nothing you can say.

Shattered Japanese Pottery Remade Even More Lovely than some Flawless Before.

Songbirds leave for some Belizean bay, escape can be an option anyhow, the silent sun falls faster every day.

—Thomas Perkins

I don’t want the children to find him. I don’t want them to play with his bones in the Spring. I don’t want them to bring his clean white skull back to the house. —D. Rush

2. A poem I wrote in April about Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is based on a premise totally false. I feel like such a fool. Please ignore the error.

A yellow leaf from a birch tree falls away, the valley fills with cry of mournful cow, the silent sun falls faster every day. The apples fall and roadside smells of hay. Beyond our fears and grief we must allow when seasons change there’s nothing you can say.

The fence has fallen, sheep have gone astray, so many dreams and goals to disavow, when seasons change there’s nothing you can say, the silent sun falls faster every day. —William Duke

THE LAST GAME When you die you will slide under the tag at home, dust rising in the air. —Ed Meek 9/17 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 75

Food & Drink



Chef Aaron Abramson leaving the smokehouse.


A festive dinner in the main dining room at Butterfield at Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge.


he commercial celebration of locally, organically, and sustainably grown foods—also known as farm-to-table—is largely recognized not just as a dining trend, but as a social movement. Residents of the Hudson Valley, which is home to hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, are plenty familiar with what ignited the movement—concerns around food quality, freshness, place of origin; environmental factors from carbon footprints to pollution and genetic modification; the treatment of animals; and the economic tribulations of small or family-owned farms—to name just a few. While Aaron Abramson cares about the planet and loves kicking business to local growers, he isn’t driven by social activism. His cultivation of a new food philosophy at Butterfield is rooted in a few other factors: the thrill of a challenge, a favorable division of labor, and an incomparability of flavor. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned being a chef: That the flavor of a vegetable straight from the ground is strikingly different.” Executive chef Abramson is standing in the 80-year-old kitchen of Butterfield—the restaurant at the 260-year-old Hudson Valley inn recently reimagined as the Hasbrouck House—carrying out the ritual of making the daily bread. “The vegetables you get at the grocery were pulled out of the ground 10 days, two weeks ago. That side-by-side comparison of the taste of a tomato that traveled across the country versus the one I just picked—it’s unbelievable.” Hasbrouck House opened four years back, and since, it’s experienced a complete overhaul of management. The stately stone house, cottage, and other facilities sit in the middle of a pastoral property just off Route 209, in the heart of Stone Ridge. A world of amenities from spa services to nightly bonfires greets guests, while neighbors are welcomed to frequent morning yoga classes and summertime screenings of crowd-pleasing classics like Jaws and Back to the Future near an outdoor snack hut that serves local ales and cans of rosé.

Harvested to Order Butterfield is being reimagined too. Abramson was brought on to helm the kitchen this spring, and already, he has no shortage of plans for the future: a resident forager, gardens all the way to the tree line, a Michelin star (or three). He places a cup of flour on an electric scale as he relays his visions. For example: Because he believes freshly picked food has an appeal you can’t man-make, he looks ahead to a day when a salad “harvested to order” is a Butterfield staple. “We’ll have one guy whose job it is,” he muses. “When we get a ticket in: ‘We need cucumbers! Go pick the cucumbers!’” Abramson originally became obsessed with the superiority of fresh, local ingredients while a sous chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, an upscale restaurant that sources its ingredients almost entirely from a four-season farm and agricultural education center on an 80-acre sliver of the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills. Or, he may have developed that passion earlier, during his tenure at Willows Inn on Lummi Island, off the Washington coast. In 2011, he turned down a job at Noma and came home from Europe to help craft the Washington destination into a James Beard Award winner. “I have the highest standards in the world for seafood, and I like to think no one has better seafood than the Pacific Northwest,” says Abramson, a native Washingtonian. “We had fish delivered to our door in rigor mortis every day,” he reminisces while kneading a mound of dough. “And we dug the shellfish ourselves.You can’t beat that.” Of course, it’s possible he already knew about the next-level flavor of a dish made with the freshest, purest ingredients even prior to Lummi Island. And now, he’s applying it now at Butterfield along with this very simple mantra: “Get the best ingredients you can, and take great care of ‘em.” 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 77

Left: Shaved local radish salad, warm chicken vinaigrette. Right: Poached halibut, summer succotash

Creativity Rooted in Boundaries Of the Butterfield kitchen’s four walls, three have doors. The westernmost doors open into a small parlor that abuts the dining room: a cozy, clean square room around a hearth, with modern black leather banquets and frosted gold sconces, one wall of stone with arched windows to the garden, the other walls the cool, dark color of a wild lowbush blueberry. The east doors lead out to a verdant path lined with green and sage grasses, lavender and hosta, a stand-alone cottage of guest suites with clawfoot tubs, and a gravel drive along which are tall pines, hammocks, and a bright blue pool. We are walking through the single south door from the kitchen to the patio, past the walk-in refrigerator where Abramson gently places the bread dough to hibernate until dinner. Just outside is a fired-up, barrel-shaped metal grill, big enough for a whole pig. “When I got here it was full of trash,” he says, staring into the logs and flames where he wood-fires beets and grills steaks. “Fixing it up was a no-brainer. One of the first things I did.” Opposite the grill is a small stone shed that looks as if it’s about to be pulled to the ground by ivy, chimney protruding. Hasbrouck House figures it might be the oldest standing smokehouse in the state, built to preserve meats and fish before the refrigeration era 260 years back. (They won’t know for certain until someone steps forward with an older one.) Near the smokehouse, some herbs and vegetables dictate a corner of an otherwise wild raised garden bed. Star-shaped yellow blossoms hang on a cucumber plant. “One more critical thing I must show you,” says Abramson, rounding the stout stone wall of the garden. “My ping-pong table.” He goes head to head with other kitchen and hotel staff, and he’s not undefeated, but at the time of this interview, he’s seen only one loss. As we walk back into the kitchen, there’s a commotion at the south doors: Leah 78 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 9/17

Wesselmann has arrived bearing armfuls of shopping bags stuffed with 18 pounds of oyster, lobster, and chanterelle mushrooms. The kitchen staff gathers around her. She peers into the middle bag. “I think these are the best ones,” she says. “Amazing,” says Abramson. He turns a bright mustard-colored colony of oyster mushrooms over in his hand, surveilling Wesselmann’s take. Looks of satisfaction and victory are exchanged. Wesselmann has foraged “a couple hundred pounds” of mushrooms for Butterfield so far this year, not to mention huckleberries and sassafras root. And in line with the charms of a small town, “She’s also our dishwasher’s substitute science teacher,” says Abramson. This week, the oyster mushrooms before us could find themselves simply sauteéd in butter, glazed with a stock made with the trim and scrap left after cleaning them (toward a goal of no waste), and served with a grilled green garlic aioli. Next week, they could be cooked and tossed with Catskills huckleberries, dressing a grilled leg of Kinderhook Farm lamb. Beyond what Wesselmann forages, and what little so far Butterfield grows on site, Abramson sources most ingredients from local farms via Hudson Valley Harvest, an aggregator and distributor of local farm-fresh goods, that connects him with area farmers as easily as sending a text. He finds out what’s available, what’s exciting, and designs the menu accordingly. (It changes quite often). “It’s one of my favorite ways of cooking. I didn’t set out to be a farm-to-table chef who only uses ingredients from within a certain radius, but I figure, let’s try to offer something unique. Let’s force ourselves to create boundaries in the interest of pushing our creativity.” What’s available on Butterfield’s home turf is often of the produce persuasion, and their presentations are deliciously creative: Try the Ember Roasted Beets ($13) with crispy quinoa and Butterfield mustard greens, plated in a burst of

Dinner on the patio at Butterfield.

color on a slate board, and with a wood-fired flavor lending something savory and new, or the Heirloom Tomatoes ($14) with baby greens. A garnish of flowers and a sweet corn creme the texture of caramel makes this almost dessert-like. The meat dishes, like the Aged Duck Breast ($29), are elegantly dressed in fruits and vegetables—in this case, local beets and blackberries. Beyond that rush of creativity that stems from boundaries, Abramson finds farm-to-table cooking to be a favorable division of labor. To him, it’s just a new way of delegating: “The farmers are doing all the work. They grow this squash from a seed, spend six weeks of pulling weeds out of the ground. All I do is sauté it, add a little lemon and a pinch of salt.” But he’s just being humble. With a look at the Butterfield menu you’ll note there’s a fair amount of curation involved. And, to a chef like Abramson, growing a perfect organic squash from seed is a small miracle, but growing a successful upscale restaurant in a small village with wildly varying seasonal attitudes is no cakewalk either. To strike a balance, he keeps his menu welcoming and elegantly simple, foregoing the 12-course taster plus wine pairing. His favorite farm-to-table point of reference, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, serves a $258 menu dégustation nightly, but there’s no call for such a thing at Butterfield. It’s breezier than all that. In the Gloaming It’s early in the dinner service on a Sunday evening, and a summer evening gloam is floating in from the garden windows and lighting up the table tops. Ice cubes clink around the bar where seasonal classic cocktails and local ciders (Esopus, Stone Ridge), kombuchas (Cooperstown), sour ales (Newburgh, Poughkeepsie) and pales and pilsners (Accord, Peekskill) are being served across a white marble bar. The dining room is gently abuzz. A mother is dining with her grown daughter

in the corner booth. At a round table across the room, three young women converse in Spanish. Opposite the fireplace, a couple who have lived in the area for just a few months make jovial conversation with the waitress, and two guests at the inn are dressed up to celebrate a birthday.There’s a gentleman dining solo whom the staff greet familiarly and a lady with a notebook and pen, marveling over the wonderfully subtle lavender notes of a perfectly crisp-topped crème brûlée (that’s me)... Abramson is still in the kitchen; unbeknownst to the guests, he short-staffed this evening and running the show. “If I’ve learned anything about destination restaurants,” and he has, “it’s this: there is no room for error. To succeed as a destination restaurant, everything has to click into place. And it’s hard work… Every morning I wake up and think ‘Today I’m gonna make this place a three-Michelin star restaurant,’ and by midafternoon, I’ve been at it for hours and have ten more to go and think ‘OK, baby steps...But maybe next year.’” Long days aside, Abramson couldn’t wish for a better place to plant this seed. “Those days I’m in the kitchen in the morning, getting deliveries of all these amazing ingredients, it takes me back to my twenties. I had this book with all the countryside restaurants in France, and I’d circle the ones I dreamed about cooking for one day. That was the dream. And looking at this place,” Abramson says, giving a nod to the smokehouse, the stone walls, and the garden, “I think I’m there.” Butterfield at Hasbrouck House 3805 Main Street, Stone Ridge (845) 687-0887; Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, 6–10pm Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9am–1pm Closed Monday and Tuesday. 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 79

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Bakeries Alternative Baker 407 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-3355 100% All butter, hand-made, small-batch baked goods with many allergy-friendly options. Open at 7am until 7:30pm Friday and Saturday. Until 5pm Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. All-vegan vegetable soups in season, an array of JB Peel coffees and Harney teas, artisanal drinks, plus our award-winning Belgian hot chocolate, also served iced! Unique wedding cakes for a lifetime’s treasure. All “Worth a detour”—(NY Times). Truly “Where Taste is Everything!”

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Cafés Bistro-to-Go 948 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 340-9800 Gourmet take-out store serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Featuring local and imported organic foods, delicious homemade desserts, sophisticated four-star food by Chefs Richard Erickson, Jonathan Sheridan, and Dan Sherman. Off-premise full-service catering and event planning for parties of all sizes.

Restaurants Bistro Brie & Bordeaux 5386 Route 23, Windham, NY (518) 734-4911

Chops Grille 39 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-1111

Clair Inn and Café 4053 State Route 52, Youngsville, NY (845) 482-4211

The premier Sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley for over 21 years. Only the freshest sushi with an innovative flair.

Colony Woodstock 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-7625

Henry’s at the Farm at Buttermilk Falls 220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA (845) 795-1310

Hudson Hil’s 129-131 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-9471

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Osaka Restaurant 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY, (845) 876-7338 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY (845) 757-5055, Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 21 years! For more information and menus, go to

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Red Hook Curry House 28 E Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2666

Redwood Bar and Restaurant 63 N. Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 259-5868

Stonehedge Restaurant 1694 Route 9W, West Park, NY (845) 384-6555

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Gatehouse Gardens B & B New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8817

Regal Bag Studios 302 North Water Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 444-8509

Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY (800) 772-6646

Antiques Barn Star Productions 7 Center Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-0616 Carlsen Gallery 9931 Route 32, Freehold, NY (518) 634-2466


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Bialecki Architects

Art Galleries & Centers ArtEast Open Studio Bradford Graves Sculpture Park Kerhonkson, NY (845) 230 - 0521 Open May - October - by appointment. “Bradford Graves’ sculpture is complex. We see carved limestone slabs that look like the ruins of ancient walls. One senses obscure mystical meaning which is moving. Graves’ work is difficult to describe and very much worth seeing. Graves is a sculptor worth following. His work is original and very interesting indeed.” –The New York Times March 8, 1981 Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Center 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY Dorsky Museum SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3844

Artists Studios

Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

Auto Sales Begnal Motors 552 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (888) 439-9985

Books Monkfish Publishing 22 East Market Street, Suite 304, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies Associated Lightning Rod Co. (518) 789-4603, (845) 373-8309, (860) 364-1498 Berkshire Products, Inc. 884 Ashley Falls Road, Sheffield, NY Cord King (845) 797-6877 Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704 Herrington’s Hillsdale, NY: (518) 325-3131 Hudson, NY: (518) 828-9431 John A Alvarez and Sons 3572 Route 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917

Magazzino of Italian Art 2700 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

L Browe Asphalt Services (518) 479-1400

Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241

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Millay Colony for the Arts Austerlitz, NY (518) 392-3133

WCW Kitchens 3 Cherry Hill Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2022 Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2002

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Williams Lumber & Home Center 6760 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-WOOD

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250, Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251 82 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 9/17

Carpets & Rugs Anatolia-Tribal Rugs & Weavings 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311

Open Thur.-Mon. Please call for hours. Established in Woodstock 1981. Offering old, antique and contemporary handwoven carpets and kilims, from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, in a wide range of styles, colors, prices. Hundreds to choose from, in a regularly changing inventory. We are happy to share our knowledge about rugs, and try and simplify the sometimes overcomplicated world of handwoven rugs.

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Willow Wood 38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4141

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Opus 40, Saugerties, NY (845) 452-3077

Tech Smiths 45 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 443-4866

Computer Services Computing Solutions (845) 687-9458 Are computers impossible? At your wit’s end? Alan Silverman – Computer Concierge, I’m here when you need me. Helping people on three continents stay sane with computers since 1986. Home users and small businesses. I help buy the best built PCs, then set them up for you.

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Film Columbia Chatham, NY (518) 392-3446 Garnerville Arts Center Annual Arts Festival 55 W. Railroad Ave. , Garnerville, NY Hobart Festival of Women Writers O+ Festival Kingston, NY Wisdom Quest for Leaders Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY (845) 489-6518 Woodstock Comedy Festival inc. Woodstock Invitational LLC Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

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Augustine Landscaping & Nursery 9W & Van Kleecks Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 338-4936

Wallkill View Farm Market 15 Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8050

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Financial Advisors Third Eye Associates Ltd. 38 Spring Lake Road, Red Hook, NY (845) 752-2216

Graphic Design & Illustration Luminary Media 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 334-8600

Hair Salons Lush Eco-Salon & Spa 2 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 204-8319

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Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Crafts People 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859 Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts; the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc. Open Fri., Sat., Sun.,Mon. 10:30am - 6:00pm. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206

Lawyers & Mediators Karen A. Friedman Esq. 30 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, NY (212) 213-2145 Handling a variety of traffic-related and criminally-related traffic matters, including traffic and trucking violations, misdemeanors and appeals.

Lighting Niche Modern 5 Hanna Lane, Beacon, NY (212) 777-2101

Museums Motorcyclepedia Museum 250 Lake Street (Route 32), Newburgh, NY (845) 569-9065

Music The Falcon 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-7970

Musical Instruments Francis Morris Violins Great Barrington, NY (413) 528-0165 Stamell String Instruments 7 Garden Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 337-3030

Organizations Hudson Valley Current (845) 658-2302

Organizations The Nature Institute Ghent, NY New Paltz Chamber of Commerce 257 Main Sreet, New Paltz, NY Ulster County Office of Economic Development

Geoffrey Good Fine Jewelry 238 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (212) 625-1656

Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie, NY

Green Cottage 1204 Route 213, High Falls, NY (845) 687-4810

Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370 Write with WVW. Creative writing workshops held weekly and on some Saturdays. Consultations & Individual Conferences

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Aqua Jet 1606 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-8080

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Performing Arts Bard College Public Relations Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (845) 758-7900

The Lace Mill 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2140, ext. 237

Bardavon 1869 Opera House 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY (800) 745-3000

Willow Realty 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-7666


Center for Performing Arts 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 232-2320

Record Stores Rocket Number Nine Records 50 N Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-8217

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center


The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with worldrenowned artists, academy award winning directors, headlining comedians and local, regional, and national acts on the verge of national recognition. An intimate, affordable venue, serving beer and wine, The Linda is a night out you won’t forget. Shadowland Theater 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY (845) 647-5511

Clearwater Sloop (845) 265-8080

Shoes Pegasus Comfort Footwear New Paltz (845) 256-0788 and, Woodstock (845) 679-2373,

Specialty Foods Applestone Meat Co. Stone Ridge, Accord, NY Harney & Sons Fine Teas 13 Main Street, Millerton, NY

Time and Space Limited 434 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

Storage Rentals Inside Storage Solutions 3 McElwain Avenue, Cohoes, NY (518) 620-6165

Pet Services & Supplies Sugar Loaf Koi 3244 NY-207, Campbell Hall, NY (914) 755-0159

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms 355 Broadway, Port Ewen (Ulster Park), NY (845) 339-1717

Photography Fionn Reilly Photography Saugerties, NY (845) 802-6109


Picture Framing Atelier Renee Fine Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and CPF, has over 25 years experience. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French

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Wine, Liquor & Beer Benmarl Vineyards 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-4265 Coppersea Distilling 239 Springtown Road, New Paltz, NY


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entle. Peaceful. Joyful. That’s the spirit of the three nature-inspired wellness modalities that I’ve had the good fortune to explore this summer. Each one is an invitation to greater ease and calm, and a reminder that the simplest elements of nature are some of our most powerful health allies. Forest bathing is where nature and mindfulness meet, clearing the mind, opening the senses, and sending stress packing. Flower elixirs offer a fragrant way to relieve our afflictions and help us blossom into our fully realized selves. And salt therapy is the beach brought indoors—a crystalized health salve that bids you to breathe deep. All three pursuits are in vogue just now (Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City recently opened a mini salt room to lure shoppers). Consider this a Whitman’s sampler of soft therapies designed to root you in nature and plant the seeds of wellbeing…just before summer slips away.

al organic compounds that plants and trees emit. Breathing in phytoncides, the study found, reduced stress hormone levels and increased the activity of immune-boosting natural killer cells for more than seven days after trips to the forest in both male and female subjects. When we inhale what the forest exhales, we can’t help but benefit. Mohonk Mountain House, with its 85 miles of trails, is not the only place to forest bathe. Smiley points out that you can do it in your own backyard—and that we need practices like this more than ever. “There’s an edge of uncertainty and increased stress right now, because it feels like our culture is moving fastforward into increased fragmentation,” she says. “We need ways to calm, center, and find resilience. I think we crave the spaciousness, clarity, and simplicity that come with mindfulness practices like forest bathing.”

In the Forest, a Trail of Wonder One recent day at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, along the edge of a woodland path, I crouch to peer into the smiling face of a small white daisy. Time holds its breath as my eyes trace the petals. Next to me—modeling pure, unmediated absorption in the flower and all its floweriness—is Nina Smiley, PhD, Director of Mindfulness Programming at the Victorian-castle resort and coauthor with her brother David Harp of Mindfulness in Nature (Hatherleigh Press, 2017) and The Three Minute Meditator (minds i press, 2007). It crosses my mind that the two of us might look very odd to passersby en route to the tennis courts or horse stables. But Smiley draws my attention back to the flower with a kind of unapologetic devotion—the very essence of forest bathing. “‘Forest bathing’ is from the Japanese phrase shinrin-yoku, which is ‘immersion in nature’ or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere,’” says Smiley, whose husband is the great grand-nephew of Albert Smiley, the founder of Mohonk Mountain House. “It’s about adding the power of mindfulness to a slow, gentle walk in the woods.The focus is on being fully aware of your senses and clearing the mind of thoughts, which allows you to be present in a deep and healing way.” Smiley is quick to qualify that forest bathing is something you do fully clothed (no soap required). It is not a nature walk in which you reference the names of trees and wildflowers. Nor is it a walking meditation with a focus on each slow step. Rather, forest bathing happens at an even slower pace and calls upon all five senses—with plenty of room to dedicate your awareness to anything that crosses your path. After the encounter with the daisy, Smiley and I zoom in on a centipede, a shrub’s sticky seedpods, and the shimmer of wind on water. At one point, we spend several minutes by a tree, running our hands over the moss and lichen that cling to its bark. (Again, my mind wanders: Are we really petting a tree? Yes, we are petting a tree. But thoughts like this are exactly what we wish to quiet while forest bathing.) Tree stroking aside, forest bathing has science behind it. “The practice was introduced in Japan in the early 1980s, when scientists called out the therapeutic effect of spending time in forests,” says Smiley. “Research documented reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and an enhanced immune system.” More recently, a small study in 2009 homed in on phytoncides—the antimicrobi-

Propagating Joy with Flower Elixirs Whether you want to have more creativity and focus, sleep better, or improve your relationships, Katie Hess has a flower for you. Her company, Lotus Wei, produces flower elixirs made with everything from jasmine and water lilies to rare orchids—each aligned with a healing purpose or activating agent of change. “Our mission and joy is to seek out the flowers from amazing places around the world that people can most benefit from today,” says Hess. On collection trips to places from Minneapolis to Seattle, and in Iceland, British Columbia, and Ireland, she and her team gather wild blooming flowers, steep them like sun tea, and craft the essences into honey-sweetened elixirs, aura mists, and multi-flower elixir blends with names like Boundless Wisdom, Wild Abundance, and Inspired Action. Each drop is akin to nectar, putting you in the company of butterflies and bees. A kind of bible for flower healing, Hess’s book Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers (Hay House, 2016) is a colorful compendium of blossoms and their properties, with luscious photography by Louis Schwartzberg. Rather than read it in a linear way, Hess invites you to flip through and see which flowers arrest your attention before reading further. “The flowers you’re most drawn to are what you need the most.” Then there are those flowers that Hess believes everyone in the world can benefit from right now—such as re-energizing yarrow, which she says helps counteract the fatigue we feel from interacting incessantly with our electronic devices. Fireweed is another favorite: “It helps with forgiveness, healing the heart, and not being so hard on yourself,” she says. If it all sounds a little far-fetched, Hess has an answer to that. “Healthy skepticism is a very good thing. Yet there’s a way to be skeptical and still maintain a little openness. The key is your personal experience. Why let someone else tell you what works and what doesn’t? Try something and know for yourself.” Hess’s Flowerevolution book includes many anecdotes from people who have used flower elixirs successfully for a range of reasons—from awakening joy and enhancing confidence and magnetism, to assuaging fear and dissolving limiting self-beliefs. “We get stories all the time from people in our community about how incredibly transformative the flower elixirs have been in their life.”



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Hess also notes that people have been using flower elixirs for centuries, starting with drinking dew. The early-20th-century British physician Dr. Edward Bach “discovered” 38 flower essences that each correspond with an emotional state; he also developed the Rescue Remedy stress relief blend that remains a staple at health food stores and herbal apothecaries. Yet our best advocates might come into bloom just outside our doorstep. “We get into our doing mode and we forget that there are tremendous amounts of magic everywhere,” says Hess. “Notice what springs up in your backyard unexpectedly, because it might be blooming for you.” Rather than treat a medical condition, these elixirs aim to treat the ailing spirit—and they can also amplify our best qualities and accelerate self-growth, suggests Hess. “By the simple habit of using flower elixirs, we are reconnecting with our own power. We awaken or strengthen the most juicy, vital, gorgeous pieces of ourselves so that we can live into them and be in our full potential.” The Salty Route to Health Some seek wellbeing from the forest. Others in a flowery meadow. And yet others, from the salt of the earth and sea. Salt therapy, or halotherapy, is catching on right now, with personal salt chambers the size of telephone booths turning up in department stores like Saks, and salt “caves” popping up in wellness destinations nationwide. Relaxing and atmospheric, the caves are basically rooms covered head to toe in pink Himalayan salt—with a deep layer of salt on the floor like sand, salt-crystal panels lining the walls, salt lamps glowing throughout, and salted air piped in through a halogenerator. People who salt (yes, that’s a verb) say the negative ions improve their health and mood—and a few studies out of Europe and Russia find that salt therapy can help relieve respiratory conditions, as well as some skin ailments. “One salt session is the equivalent of spending three or four days at the beach,” says Vicki Thompson, who together with her family opened Salt & Soul—a salt cave and yoga studio—in Saugerties last winter. “The cave is powerful and magical, and salting is an incredible boost to our energy and immune system.” Thompson, 31, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 2, discovered salt therapy through a family friend, who sent her a brochure from a facility in Florida. Intrigued to hear that it might help her condition, she flew down to the Sunshine State with her mother to get a firsthand feel for the experience, visiting several different salt caves. “We ended up having a salt booth shipped to our house, where we used salt therapy daily for months.” The entire family benefited: her mother’s eczema began to clear up, her brother (who also has cystic fibrosis) found relief from seasonal allergies, and Thompson herself found that her lung capacity increased by 10 percent. In creating Salt & Soul, Thompson and her family hope to help others the way they’ve helped themselves. The studio has an individual salt chamber where you can get a quickie 15-minute session, in addition to the salt cave with zero-gravity chairs arranged around a salt lamp “fire pit.” Experiences in the cave—complete with twinkly fairy lights and spacey music on the sound system—last for 45 minutes, during which guests can relax, meditate, or even fall asleep. “People like it when we hold events in the cave,” adds Thompson’s mother, Darlene Colandrea. “We’ve had meditation, Reiki, reflexology.” Saltcave yoga is another frequent draw, in addition to the regularly scheduled yoga classes that take place in the studio room adjacent to the cave. For Thompson, combining salt therapy and yoga—with its focus on the breath—feels like a natural fit. “Following a yoga class with a salt session helps to increase the effects of the salt.” Proponents of salt therapy say it can help with a range of conditions, from asthma and ear infections to psoriasis and emphysema. But it’s not a cureall. Thompson’s cystic fibrosis has been challenging over the past couple of months, and when lung conditions like this become severe, dry salt therapy can become an irritant rather than an advocate. Yet she will return to the salt cave when she’s ready. “Throughout the eight months we’ve been open, I’ve watched salt (and yoga) transform lives,” she says. “I can’t wait to see it help more.” RESOURCES Mohonk Mountain House Katie Hess Salt & Soul

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Aromatherapy Joan Apter, Aromacologist (845) 679-0512 Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release Raindrop, Neuro-Auricular Technique (NAT), Vitaflex for humans and Horses, dogs, birds and cats. Health consultations, natural wellness writer, spa consultant, classes, trainings and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products. Consultant: Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster with healing statements for surgery and holistic approaches to heal faster!

Art Instruction Center for Metal Arts 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-7550

Astrology Planet Waves Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

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Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Poets Robert Polito and Tina Chang teaching No Walls Here: Writing + Art Along the

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Resorts & Spas Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa 220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA (845) 795-1310

Edges, Borders, and Margins, September 8-10; and Colin Beaven and Lama Willa Miller teaching Fierce Compassion: Where Activism Meets Spirituality, September 14-17.

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Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents

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A night of unforgettable magic Sept. 1 ~ 8pm Friday ~ Tickets: $15

This is an historic encounter of the murdering kind. A sumptuous buffet dinner will be served to guests trying to solve this period Vassar murder mystery to win the grand prize.


An evening of magic & grand illusion Sept. 2 ~ 8pm Saturday ~ Tickets: $20


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A magic show for the whole family Sept. 3 ~ 3pm Sunday ~ Tickets: $15

Saturday, September 30 at 6:30PM $70 per person Proceeds to benefit Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center For tickets visit or call 845-486-4571 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

Warrior Productions Short Play Festival Sept. 15 - 17 8 pm Fri & Sat 3pm Sat & Sun Tickets: $20

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DUNKIRK FRI - MON 9/1 – 9/4 & THUR RUMBLE: The Indians Who 9/7, 7:15pm. WED 9/7 $6, 1pm.


THUR 9/14, 7:15pm. WED 9/13, $6, 1pm

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan | DANCE FILM SUNDAY SUN 9/10, $12/$10/$6, 2pm

THE BEGUILED FRI - MON 9/15 – 9/18, THUR 9/21, 7:15pm. WED 9/13, $6, 1pm

Rocked The World MUSIC FAN FILM SERIES | TUE 9/19, 7:15pm SALOMÉ | NATIONAL THEATRE SUN 9/24, $12/$10, 2pm


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“Circus—Wandering City” will be performed September 15–17 at Hudson Hall.

Together Under the Big Top Characterized by daring acts of heroism and thrilling displays of courage, the circus has delighted the American consciousness for generations. However, the advent of increasingly convenient forms of home entertainment—an evolution that has taken us from the humble VCR into the abyss of a never-ending Netflix queue—has made 21stcentury leisure time more of a daily expectation than a special event. As a result, the art form of circus has suffered a gradual decline, eventually forcing even mainstays to close down. Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey held their final performance in May. Fortunately, the acclaimed Ethel string quartet hopes to keep the spirit of circus alive with “Circus—Wandering City”: a brand-new multimedia spectacle that will be previewed exclusively at the recently renovated Hudson Hall for three nights of music, history, and excitement. (The piece will premiere at the 2018 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.) With a combination of original music and rare footage from the Ringling Museum archives, Ethel aims to pull Hudson Valley residents away from the LCD glow of their television screens to share a communal experience of wonder reminiscent of the big top itself. To the modern listener, circus music is most likely associated with goofy melodies and ice-cream-truck marches. But have no fear: Ethel does not attempt to replicate a period-specific sound, preferring to use their more contemporary vocabulary to depict the drama of the circus. Any lingering reservations should be allayed by the group’s long list of collaborators, an impressive and versatile company of veteran performers such as David Byrne and Kaki King. Still, observant listeners are sure to note reverent allusions to circus classics hidden within Ethel’s dynamic compositions. Although Ethel’s original concert music was inspired by archival footage from the Ringling Museum—which commissioned the piece—the performance represents much more than just a history lesson. According to Ethel’s cellist Dorothy Lawson: “We’re not trying to do an essay about circus, we’re trying to enliven it and bring it into the room. It

became a further inquiry into the universal human archetypes that circus expresses so well.” Rather than tell a purely chronological tale, Ethel chooses to focus on depicting a grand narrative of the human spirit, hoping to communicate intense feelings of heroism, fearlessness, and community by musically evoking the passion of circus performers completely dedicated to their craft. In their efforts to do so, each member of Ethel found that they were uniquely drawn to certain aspects of the circus story. Violist Ralph Farris was particularly intrigued by the emotional caricatures of clowns; violinist Kip Jones was fascinated by astonishing feats of strength and daring; violinist Corin Lee became enamored with the awe and wonder that accompanies each performance; and Lawson was inspired by the women who could flawlessly execute demanding acrobatics while smiling in the face of danger. Indeed, Lawson has even incorporated her own death-defying stunt into the program: audience members will be able to see her walking around the stage while playing her cello—a fearless act of showmanship performed in the spirit of the circus’ blend of danger and beauty. At its core, “Circus—Wandering City” is a celebration of the human ability to band together and create something larger than each individual. Much like the circus itself, the joy of Ethel’s performance lies in its ability to create a common feeling of shared emotion and experience. “Circus is an extremely demanding, dedicated art form, but the essential power in it is the identification with everyone,” Lawson says. “You want the distance to disappear for a while between you and everyone else. Somehow, you all become part of this effort.” “Circus—Wandering City” will be performed September 15–17 at Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House. Tickets are $35. (518) 828-1438; —Tom Gillon 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 91

FRIDAY 1 ART EVENTS & OPEN STUDIOS Byrdcliffe Open Studio 6-8pm. Experience the paintings, installations, readings, performances, musical composition, ceramics, and more of Byrdcliffe's artists in residence. Villetta Inn, Woodstock. 679-2079.

BUSINESS & NETWORKING Nonprofits TALK First Friday of every month, 8:30-10am. Join this monthly facilitated conversation on selected nonprofit topics with executive directors, staff, and board members. The Pivot Ground Cafe & Work Space, Kingston. 481-0459.

DANCE Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet First Friday of every month, 8-11:30pm. A lesson followed by an open dance to live music. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. Uptown Swing: Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers 7:30-11pm. $10. 8pm beginner’s lesson, 9pm open-dance with house band. BSP, Kingston.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS 177th Annual Columbia County Fair 9am-10pm. $8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 392-2121. First Friday Poughkeepsie 5:30-8:30pm. A city-wide celebration when eateries and shops stay open late and music fills the air. Downtown Poughkeepsie. Roaring ’20s Street Party First Friday 5-8pm. Downtown Margaretville, Margaretville.

FILM Dunkirk 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Drinks on the Waterfront 4-7pm. $40/$35 in advance. Enjoy a selection of Central European wines from Hudson Wine Merchants, paired with delicious late summer food from Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions at one of the few surviving industrial buildings on Hudson’s waterfront. Dunn Warehouse Yard, Hudson. (518) 828-1785.


Enter the Haggis 8pm. Melding bagpipes and fiddles with classic rock. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party 7-9pm. $25/$20 member/free for $250+ members. Kick off your Labor Day holiday weekend with Litchfield County’s favorite Americana and bluegrass string quartet, Switch Factory. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. A History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song 8pm. With Marc Black. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. Neil Alexander & NAIL 7pm. Jazz rock fusion. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Brooklyn Raga Massive 7pm. This collective of forward-thinking musicians influenced by the classical music of India, performs Terry Riley’s In C. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with Ran Kan Kan 8pm. Latin. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Circle 65 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


4th Annual No Theme Performance Festival 7pm. $20. Three days of original theatre, dance, music, and art presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

Hudson Valley Market First Saturday of every month, 10am-5pm. Crown Maple, Dover Plains. Crownmaple. com/visit-madava-farms/events/. Resonant Bodies Festival 8pm. A festival of contemporary vocal music with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.


7pm. Latin salsa. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Sting 8pm. With special guests The Last Bandoleros & Joe Sumner. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

NIGHTLIFE Washingtonville Date Night 6-10pm. Live music, outdoor movie. L Vern Allen Park, Washingtonville. 418-5347.

SPIRITUALITY The Art of Tasseomancy: Learn How to Read Tea Leaves 7-9pm. $15. A fun and interactive beginners tea-leaf-reading class. Reservations required. The Water Oracle–Mystical Teas & Provisions, Rhinebeck. 876-8327.

THEATER 4th Annual No Theme Performance Festival 7pm. $20. Three days of original theatre, dance, music, and art presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. "After" 7:30pm. An emotional story about time, bodies, death, and physics by Andrew Schneider. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

"Hello Dolly!" 8pm. $10-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292.

Andrea & the Armenian Rug Riders 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

177th Annual Columbia County Fair 9am-10pm. $8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 392-2121.




Sound Nidra with Ruthie and Eric Fraser 10-11:30am. $20. Live music accompanies supported yoga postures that progressively open and unwind the body. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


"Enchantment" 8pm. $15. Magic show.The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

First Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $5. Featured poets followed by open mic. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 675-1217.


12th Annual Festival of Books A giant used book sale, discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown.

Salsa Night! with Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with Ran Kan Kan 8-10:30pm. $15. Latin dance band. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill.

Blood Drive 10:30am-5pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Calling All Poets


"Love Labour's Lost" 6pm. $35/$15 for Storm King Members. A live, outdoor performance presented with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Storm King Art Center, New Windsor. 534-3115. "Murder for Two" 8pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

SATURDAY 2 ART EVENTS & OPEN STUDIOS “Costumed Figures: Drawings.” 5:30-7pm. A selection of drawings from the live Costumed Drawing sessions, sponsored by the DRAW. 626 Broadway, Kingston. 633-0815. 10th Annual Art Studio Views 11am-5pm. A slef-guided tour of the private studios of 30 Hudson Valley artists through a self-guided tour. Dutchess County. 758-0335.

DANCE Christopher K. Morgan: Pohaku 8-10pm. For Pohaku, Morgan brings together storytelling, hula, modern dance, classical music, and projection design. Set to live music. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Dunkirk 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Tastings of Handcrafted Shrubs and Bitters 3-5pm. $15. Bring mixers and taste “shrubs,” sweetened vinegar-based syrups, infused with fruit juice, herbs, and spices. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Food Truck Picnic Day 11am-7pm. Dine on from-scratch picnic brunch, lunch, or dinner from Gracie’s Food Truck with an awesome view. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

LECTURES & TALKS Director’s Tour with Johannes Goebel 2pm. Goebel will take visitors through the EMPAC building with an eye and ear to “human-scale” functions he strove to achieve creating this state-of-the-art media center. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

MUSIC The Anthem Band 8pm. Roots music. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Bernard “Pretty” Purdie & Friends 7pm. R&B, funk, and more. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Charles Busch: My Kinda 60s 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Cool Jazz with Jeanne Ricks & Jenjii 8-10:30pm. $10. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Dan Brother Band 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384. End of Summer Party 8-10:30pm. Live music from folk rock band Two Dark Birds and a screening of Growing Up Catskills: Gene Gormley in the Great Room. Emerson Resort & Spa Great Room, Mount Tremper. 688-2828 ext. 7602. Jason Gisser Band 7pm. Neo rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Karl Berger & the Creative Music Studio 8pm. The ensemble’s “In the Spirit of Don Cherry” performance will use Cherry's pieces as launching pads for improvised interpretations that weave together genres. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Jeanne Ricks & Jenjii 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Resonant Bodies Festival 8pm. A festival of contemporary vocal music with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. The Werks. 9pm. Funk rock. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.


"Hello Dolly!" 4 & 8pm. $10-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. "Love Labour's Lost" 6pm. $35/$15 for Storm King Members. A live, outdoor performance presented with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Storm King Art Center, New Windsor. 534-3115. "Murder for Two" 8pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. "Spellbound" 8pm. $20. An evening of magic and grand illusion. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Dharma Bums: Hiking & Haiku 10am. $30. Two-day Haiku workshop and moderate hike. Poetry Barn, West Hurley. (646) 515-0919. Repair Café: Woodstock 10am-2pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be fixed for free. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-4862. Transparency and Radiance 9am-4pm. $237. Two-day art workshop with Meredith Rosier. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

SUNDAY 3 ART EVENTS & OPEN STUDIOS Art Studio Views 11am-5pm. A self-guided tour of the private studios of 30 Hudson Valley artists. Dutchess County. 758-0335.

DANCE Christopher K. Morgan: Pohaku 8pm. $24/$12 children. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS 12th Annual Festival of Books A giant used book sale, discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. 177th Annual Columbia County Fair 9am-10pm. $8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 392-2121.


Dunkirk 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Labor Day Weekend Farm Dinner 4-9:30pm. $100. Enjoy a gourment meal in the field, showcasing the collaboration between local growers and chefs on both sides of the Hudson. Drink pairings with local beers and Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider. Farm Tournant, Montgomery. 476-8793.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Just Dance First Sunday of every month, 2:30-4:30pm. $10 suggested. Un-guided, open dance party for all ages to a live DJ. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.



AbraKIDabra 3pm. $15. A kids' magic show. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

First Saturday Reception First Saturday of every month, 5-8pm. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art enthusiasts. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

Dharma Sunday School First Sunday of every month, 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist oriented class for children ages 5 and up and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


Courtesy of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Home Invasion “She’s very playful,” says Kate Menconeri, curator of Thomas Cole House. Menconeri is speaking of Kiki Smith, whose exhibition “From the Creek” will remain at the National Historic Site in Catskill until October 29. This is the second installment of “Open House,” a series in which contemporary artists react to the Cole homestead. Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of art, lived in the home until his death in 1848. Smith’s art is strategically installed. You don’t see her work until you reach a small bedroom on the first floor—called “Uncle Sandy’s Room”—in which an aluminum woman welcomes you with a bouquet of flowers and a penetrating gaze. This is a sculpture entitled Singer. Next to the ghostly female is a nine-foot-high tapestry, Guide, in which two smiling bald eagles drop mussels against rocks to crack them open. Looking at Guide, you realize that you’ve never seen an American Eagle smile. The third piece in the room, a woodblock print titled Remember, begins a theme that will be developed: leaves sprouting from apparently dead trees. Continuing through the house, I was impressed by small gestures. The stainless steel sculpture Glory is placed like a firescreen before the fireplace in the East Parlor— the only Kiki Smith piece in the room. Cole’s Sitting Room, on the second floor, at first seems unchanged; then one notices two white porcelain figurines, Woman with Dog and Woman with Wolf, flanking a bust of poet John Milton on the mantelpiece. Simultaneously one hears a faint trickling sound: a recording of Catskill Creek (which is officially an artwork, titled The Creek). On a high dresser is an untitled glass sculpture of seven dandelion flowers, gone to seed—beneath a Victorian-style bell jar. And on the floor next to Cole’s desk are two bronzes: Phantom and Tiller. Both depict dead trees sprouting leaves. (A tiller is new growth emerging from a tree stump.) Do the leaves represent ideas sprouting in Thomas Cole’s mind? “Artists seem to be in conversation with each other over centuries,” observes Menconeri.

An installation view of Homecoming, Kiki Smith, cast aluminum with gold leaf, 2012 “Kiki Smith/From the Creek” will be at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill through October 29.

Smith is in a dialogue with Thomas Cole, but also with his house. She rearranged Cole’s bedroom, then added The Falls I, a photograph of the artist upside down and shirtless, lying on a bed. Geometric hand drawing, in white and black, ornaments the photo. The piece’s title suggests that a woman’s hair on a bed cascades like a waterfall; in this context the image is reminiscent of nearby Kaaterskill Falls, cynosure of Hudson River School painters. Also, The Falls I gently sexualizes this austere chamber. Smith’s hand is most visible in the Children’s Room. Respite, a new bronze sculpture of a donkey climbing mountains, resembles an archaic children’s toy. Sparkling intaglio prints in pastel colors decorate one wall, and the small bed contains two sets of flipdolls designed by the artist. (A flip-doll has two identities, one at each end. When its “dress” is down, one face is visible; lift up the dress, and a second identity is revealed.) One doll is both Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf; the other is alternately the Owl and the Pussycat. Kiki Smith is one of the most prominent living American artists. Her work has appeared in over 150 museum and gallery shows. Smith owns a home near the Thomas Cole House, on the same Catskill Creek that Cole loved to paint. In fact, her house is visible in several of Cole’s paintings. Smith studies the wildlife of Catskill—including the bald eagles that inspired Guide. “It gives me something to ponder, when I see animals,” attests Smith. “I just find it miraculous.” A delectable show of Sanford Gifford paintings appears at the New Studio, on the same property. “Kiki Smith/From the Creek” will be at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill through October 29. (518) 943-7465; —Sparrow 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 93


MUSIC Americana Music Sessions: Hosted Jacob & David Bernz 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am. Swing, blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Horszowski Trio 4pm. $50. Classical. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Country Music Star Travis Tritt 7pm. $15. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham.(518) 392-2121. Dave Stryker “Strykin’ Ahead” 7pm. Jazz guitar group CD release. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eilen Jewell 8pm. Blend of noirish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock, and jazzy folk. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Labor Day Celebration with the West Point Band 7:30pm. West Point Military Academy, West Point. Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble 8pm. $15/$12. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods 11am-4pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Alzheimer’s Support Group First Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30pm. All Sport Fishkill Health and Fitness Club, Fishkill. (800) 272-3900. Holistic Self-Care Class Jin Shin Jyutsu: Self Help, Mindfulness and Compassion 7-8:30pm. Learn techniques to harmonize and balance yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge. Reiki Practitioner Healing Share First Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm. Gathering of trained Reiki practitioners to replenish your reserves. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Beginner’s Adult Spanish Class Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm. Free. Develop and enhance your conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. Registration required. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. 518-828-1792 ext. 101. Path to Entrepreneurship Program 6-8pm. Learn about the characteristics and best practices of a successful entrepreneur. Pre-registation required. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 363-6432.




4th Annual No Theme Performance Festival 3pm. $20. Three days of original theatre, dance, music, and art presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.


"Hello Dolly!" 2 & 7pm. $10-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. "Murder for Two" 8pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mindful Movement Class (monthly) First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to develop coordination, balance and mindfulness. MaMa, Stone Ridge. (917) 373-6151.

MONDAY 4 FAIRS & FESTIVALS 12th Annual Festival of Books A giant used book sale, discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. 177th Annual Columbia County Fair 11am-9pm. $8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 392-2121.



Leeroy Stagger & The Rebeltone Sound 7pm. Folk rock fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Lindsey Webster & Keith Slattery 9pm. $72. Dine on a three-course meal then enjoy the refreshing sounds of Lindsey Webster whose vocals compare to the likes of R&B queens Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (844) 859-6716. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Fleur Seule 9pm. $72. Enjoy an evening of fine dining followed by music from 1940s jazz and swing band Fleur Seule. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (844) 859-6716. Frank Carillo & The Bandoleros 7pm. Texas roots rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Murali Coryell 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Other Uses 1: Incense, Sweaters, and Ice 7pm. A feature-length video by LA-based artist Martine Syms. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group First Wednesday of every month, 11am-12:30pm. Vassar Warner Home, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900.

MUSIC Flamenco in the Courtyard 11am-1:30pm. $25. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Luis Mojica & The Dust Bowl Faeries 7pm. Dream rock looping. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Soul Purpose 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Insurance Help with NYSOH Navigator First Wednesday of every month, 1-5:30pm. Get help registering for or changing your health insurance. Register in advance. Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia. (800) 453-4666.

THURSDAY 7 DANCE Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2pm-12am. $25-$160. A participatory festival featuring historical American music performed, shared, and taught in the traditional way. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale. (646) 269-9216.

FILM Dunkirk 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Foraging Walk, Talk, and Tasting 6-8pm. $22. Learn about edible flora from chef and forager Rob Handel of Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Catskill Interpretive Center, Mount Tremper. 688-3369.

The Drifters 8-10pm. $36.50/$44/$60. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Hieroglyphic Being 7:30pm. Outer-orbit house music with Chicago experimentalist Hieroglyphic Being. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921. JB’s GoGo Boogaloo Dance Party 9pm. $10. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Jeremy Baum 9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Music Social for Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s Individuals & Family Caregivers 2-3:30pm. The socials provide an opportunity for those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their family caregivers to socialize in a safe environment with Melinda Burgard, certified music therapist. Reservation required. Wingate at Ulster, Highland. (800) 272-3900.

The Djuba Band 8:30-10:15pm. $15. Rock, R&B, and Funk. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Stand-up Playwrights Workshop Second Friday of every month, 7-9:30pm. Bring original material to workshop with other playwrights and actors in order to develop work for staged readings at a public performance. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.

21st Annual Fall for Art Fundraiser 5-9pm. $50/$45 in advance. A juried art show, sale, and cocktail fundraiser to raise money for the Kingston Library. The Chateau, Kingston.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Caregiver Wellness Retreat 9am-2:30pm. A relaxing day of joint and separate activities for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and their family caregivers. Mariandale Retreat & Conference Center, Ossining. (800) 272-3900.

1pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.



FRIDAY 8 DANCE Dances of Universal Peace Second Friday of every month, 7-9pm. Cultivate joy, peace, and integration through dance. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034. Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2pm-12am. $25-$160. A participatory festival featuring historical American music performed, shared, and taught in the traditional way. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale. (646) 269-9216.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Meltasia Festival Three-day music festival. Blackthorne Resort, East Durham. (518) 634-2541.

FILM War for the Planet of the Apes 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

KIDS & FAMILY Dinner Date, Kids Create! Second Friday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. Drop off the kids and pick up your restaurant discount coupon. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (516) 652-0229.

LECTURES & TALKS My Climage Change 7pm. Science journalist Andrew Revkin will discuss lessons learned, and unlearned, in 30 years of reporting on climate change. Seating is first come first serve. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.


NIGHTLIFE Poetry Open Mike Second Friday of every month, 8-10pm. Sign up at 7:30 pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson. 534-4717.


"Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. "Murder for Two" 8pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. "Our Domestic Insurrection Circus" 6pm. $10-$20. A giant puppet spectacle addressing the urgencies and absurdities of our current political moment, performed by Bread & Puppet Theater. Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson. (518) 822-8100.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Virtual Dementia Tour 10am-3pm. A hands-on activity simulating dementia symptoms to help caregivers identify the behaviors and needs of someone with dementia. Registration required. Always There Home Care, Kingston. 339-6683.

SATURDAY 9 DANCE Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2pm-12am. $25-$160. A participatory festival featuring historical American music performed, shared, and taught in the traditional way. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale. (646) 269-9216.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Beacon Second Saturday For their 10 year anniversary,years of continuous monthly art offerings, BAU has assembled a group show juxtaposing contemporary works with 10-year-old pieces by the same artists. Downtown Beacon. The Heartland Passage Tour 8pm. $15. In celebration of the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, The Linda is hosting an evening of song and story, with performances by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and George Ward, plus a screening of Boom and Bust. WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 158.


Hudson Valley Pizza & Meatball Fest 1-5pm. $22-$48. Pizza, meatballs, wine, brew, Italian music. Ice Time Sports Complex, Newburgh. Midhudsonciviccenter. org/index.php#.WWea6dMrKRs.

Ahlfabet Jazz Band 8pm. Jazz. Bean Runner Cafe, Peekskill, United States. 9147371701.

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest 11am-6pm. $40/day. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 658-7181.

The Chain Gang 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384.

Meltasia Festival Three-day music festival. Blackthorne Resort, East Durham. (518) 634-2541.

Library Book Sale 6-7pm. The McNary Center, Kinderhook. (518) 758-6192.

Chris Bergson Band “Bitter Midnight” 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Dead Sag 7pm. American roots and blues rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

FILM War for the Planet of the Apes 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Clockwise from top left: Bulk Caramel Chocolate Box by Lagusta's Luscious and Lagusta's Commissary in New Paltz; Mac `n Cheese Vegan Burger from Champs Diner in Brooklyn; pasta dish by Healthy Gourmet to Go in Saugerties; Rainbow Cookie Donut by Peaceful Provisions; vegan pizza by Screamers Pizzeria in Brooklyn. Hudson Valley Vegfest will take place on September 23–24 in Poughkeepsie.

Seitanic Ritual Rainbow doughnuts. Chocolate. Lattes. Sound vegan? Normally, one wouldn’t think so. But in the Hudson Valley, anything is possible. In June 2015, two vegans met for the first time and conversed on a Facebook thread. Animal rights activist Rebecca Moore and Sande Nosonowitz, a certified vegan transition coach, agreed that there was something missing from the vibrant Hudson Valley food scene—a vegan festival. After moving the conversation off social media and connecting via e-mail, the two met in person and began brainstorming ideas for the project which, two years later, became the Hudson Valley Vegfest. Grown out of the desire to educate people about the environmental impact of their food choices, to end animal cruelty, and to encourage plant-based, animal-friendly lifestyles, the festival will offer food and cooking demonstrations, music, a film screening of What the Health, fitness demonstrations, and more. More than 80 vendors—including Lagusta’s Luscious, Vital Eats, Wendy’s Vegetarian Kitchen, and others—will be offering vegan food, clothing, cleaning products, cosmetics, and more. Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, New York Farm Animal Save, and other animal sanctuaries will also be in attendance. World-renowned speakers, animal rights’ activists, musicians, vegan chefs, authors, bodybuilders, and presenters will share knowledge and give insight into the vegan lifestyle. Dr. Anteneh Roba, a traveling medical doctor from Ethiopia and the founder of the International Fund for Africa, will offer a global perspective on the impact of a plantbased diet and lifestyle. “The event isn’t just about what’s happening at a local level; it’s something that we can change in our daily lives that will have an impact on the world

level,” says Moore, who has spent the last 10 years working with rescued farm animals. Hudson Valley Vegfest is partnering with trash superstars Zero to Go to make this a zero-waste event. The educational waste management company will be working at sorting stations throughout the event, sharing knowledge about recycling and compost while they process the trash. For the two founders, being vegan is an environmental choice to reduce their carbon footprint—in addition to the health benefits. “So many people think we don’t have control over changing things for the better. This is saying we actually have control over ourselves and changing the world for the better,” says Nosonowitz. Moore and Nosonowitz are planning to make the festival an annual event. (The two are also involved in another project founded by Moore—the Institute for Animal Happiness, an animal rescue sanctuary which fosters artists and conducts arts-based education related to animals.) “If people have been curious about veganism—or even not curious—if they heard about it and thought they had an idea of what it is, we hope they’ll come, and we can prove that it’s much more than what they thought it was. That it’s a much bigger world and that it is joyous, exciting, profoundly innovative, and really about so many positive things for everybody,” says Moore. Hudson Valley Vegfest will be held in the 42,000-square-foot event space at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie on September 23 and 24 from 10am–6pm. Tickets are $10. Children under 10 receive free admission. —Diana Waldron 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 95

FOOD & WINE 7th Annual Chef’s Consortium 5-Course Dinner $135/$125 members. A catered cruise to and from Bannerman Island. Bannerman Island, Glenham.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group Second Saturday of every month, 121:30pm. Peer-led support group. Christ the King Church, New Paltz. (845) 339-4673.

KIDS & FAMILY Community Day 12-5pm. Live entertainment, bounce houses, rides, face painting, airbrush tattoo artists, Bee Bee the Clown, Bindelestiff Family Cirkus, dunk tank, and a slime machine, plus food and refreshments. Livingston Hills Nursing & Rehab Center, Livingston. (518) 851-3041. Fairy Houses & Toad Abodes 10am. $5/$3 children. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Kids' Puppet Workshop 2-5pm. $20 for a grown-up/child pair/$10 for each additional child. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

LECTURES & TALKS Pechakucha #3: An Evening of Storytelling 8-9:45pm. Suggested Donation: $5. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each, while a presenter talks. This evening features two Warwick historians. Amity Gallery, Warwick. Traveling Talks: Geology and Olana’s Hudson River Region 10am-12pm. $10/$5 memebrs. On this 1.5mile hike, learn about the geological history of Olana. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

LITERARY & BOOKS A Conversation with Joshua Cohen 1-2pm. A discussion with Joshua Cohen, whose novel Moving Kings interweaves the housing crisis in America’s poor Black and Hispanic neighborhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, in the Middle East. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857. Library Book Sale 9am-3pm. The McNary Center, Kinderhook. (518) 758-6192. Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival Reading 2pm. Featuring Joanne Pagano Weber and Mary Makofske, followed by open mic. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000.

MUSIC Chris Bergson 8pm. $20. The Barn at Egremont Inn, South Egremont, MA. (413) 528-9580. The Galvanized Jazz Band 6:30pm. Performance of Hot Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts, spirituals, swing and classic popular songs from the past century. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Ginger Jungle 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384. Happy Traum and Friends 8pm. $25/$45 reserved/$5 students. Folk. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Jimmy Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Leaf Peeper Concert Series: Storied Nights from Imani Winds 5pm. Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-9468. Live Jazz with the Gerry Malkin Quintet 8:30-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Myles Mancuso Band 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Run For Cover 9pm. Modern rock. Juan Murphy’s, Poughkeepsie. 473-1095. Soul Sacrifice 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

NIGHTLIFE Virgo Bash 8-11pm. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662.


Oldtone Roots Music Festival 9pm-12am. $25-$160. This participatory festival features historical American Music from over 20 bands performed, shared, and taught in the traditional old-time music way. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale. (646) 269-9216. Unison Labor and Sanctuary Parade and Festival 1-4pm. Commemorate the Hudson Valley's history of labor and sanctuary—the horror of slavery and the hope of the Underground Railroad—and stand up today for the dignity of all, including undocumented workers. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Survival 101 10am. Gain knowledge on basic survival skills. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

SPIRITUALITY Women’s Full Moon Gathering 7-9pm. A non-denominational gathering of women, drawing upon the powerful, rich energies of the full moon. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

THEATER From LaScala to Broadway 3pm. $50. A performance art fundraiser where Opera Top 40 meets Musical Theatre to benefit Orange County Arts Council. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195.

2017 Byrdcliffe Awards Celebration 8pm. $40. Byrdcliffe will honor Rich Conti, Kate Pierson, and. Manuel Bromberg. Live performances by Simi Stone, Kate Pierson, Gail Ann Dorsey, BETTY, and Susi Mosher. Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Women: Their Rights and Nothing Less 1-4pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 and $6 for children. This centennial event will feature presentations by famous suffragists Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul, portrayed by actors from the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia. Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon. 831-8172.

Pop-up Flea Market


Second Saturday of the month, 9am-3pm. UUCC, Kingston. 706-4318.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan 2pm. A feature-length documentary film that offers an intimate portrait of dancer Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


War for the Planet of the Apes 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Nicholas Payton Quartet 7pm. “Black American Music” performance and panel discussion. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Fifth Annual Horse Show 10am-3pm. Horse show followed by potluck lunch. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.

THEATER "Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. "Murder for Two" 8pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Renewal Course 9am-3pm. $125/$165 with text. This is a recertification of the ACLS course, resulting in a two-year ACLS certification from the AHA. You will be required to do a pre-course assessment in the text as well. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. African Drum Workshop 1-8pm. $30. Bring a drum, bell, or Sekere. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie. 270-1315. Drawing Lab: Drawing for Better Painting 9am-4pm. $255. Two-day workshop with Jenny Nelson. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Explore & Create: The Art of Stones 4-6pm. $25/$30 members/$50 optional beginners art supply kit. Abridged tour of the Olana house followed by jewelry-making class. A pop-up store by The Peach Tree will be on location. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

KIDS & FAMILY Barry Hopkins Run 8:30-12am. $20/$15 members. A 3.8-mile course traversing Olana's historic carriage roads. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

LITERARY & BOOKS John S. Hall: Punk Poetry 7pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Library Book Sale 1-3pm. The McNary Center, Kinderhook. (518) 758-6192. Samantha Hunt & Adrian Shirk Book Reading Hunt will read from her new collection of short stories The Dark Dark and Shirk will read from her hybrid memoir And Your Daughters Shall Prophecy. Binnacle Books, Beacon. 838-6191.

MUSIC 17th Annual Big Band Concert and Sunset Picnic 5-8pm. Boscobel, Garrison. Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound 10am. Gospel blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band 5:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Color Mechanics: Saturation and Value 11am-4pm. $50. All skill levels welcome. R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston. 331-3112.

Little Feat 7pm. $69/$59/$49. Southern American roots music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Sports First Aid & Injury Prevention Course 9am-3pm. $65. Learn bleeding control, shock management, illness assessment, and injury assessment. This course meets the New York state coaching requirements for first aid. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.

Open Mic Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds. Sign-ups open at 4pm, performances start at 4:30pm. No full bands please. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010.

SUNDAY 10 FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest 11am-5pm. $40/day. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 658-7181. Meltasia Festival Three-day music festival. Blackthorne Resort, East Durham. (518) 634-2541. Indoor/Outdoor Swap Meet and Warehouse Sale 10am-3pm. $10. 550+ motorycles in 85,000 square feet. Motorcyclepedia Museum, Newburgh. 569-9065.

"Murder for Two" 2pm. $29-$39. A musical comedy. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

MONDAY 11 War for the Planet of the Apes 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Studio II Open Mic for Music and Vocals 6pm. Acoustic. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Tom Rainey Trio 8pm. $10. Jazz. The band features leader Tom Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone and Mary Halvorson on guitar. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Arts Mid Hudson Grants and Funding Information Sessions 5:30-7:30pm. Kingston City Hall, Kingston. 331-0080. Where Does a Play Come From? Where Does it Go? 6-8pm. $85/$70 early registration. Weekly through Oct. 23. In this class instructor and students will explore first impulses for writing a play, and the creative process from page to stage. Instructor: Amie Brockaway. Open Eye Theater, Margaretville. 586-2727.

TUESDAY 12 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Ulster County Animal Response Team (UCART) Meeting 6-8pm. The Ulster County Animal Response Team (UCART) is an all-volunteer team with members across Ulster County. The UCART is to be deployed at the request of Ulster County Emergency Management. Pretrained volunteers will assist local emergency management officials, as needed, in all phases of an emergency or disaster that impacts animals. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.


Shanghai Quartet with Orion Weiss 4pm. $30/$55 reserved/$5 students. Classical. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Food Bank Farm Stand 8:30-11:30am. People’s Place Food Pantry & Thrift Store, Kingston. 338-4030.

Susana Raya Band “Wind Rose” 7pm. Jazz, folk, pop, fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 10:15am. Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. We all know there are many common factors to any cancer diagnosis. Join other women who have also been diagnosed as we discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. (914) 962-6402.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS County Players 60th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration 1-4pm. Food, music, karaoke, and chances to win fun prizes. Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls. 297-8207.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods 11am-4pm. $3 parking. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.



Flash readings at Liberty Rock Books in 2015. The Hobart Book Village’s Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers will be held September 8–10.

By the Book Bibliophiles rejoice! Tucked along the west branch of the Delaware River, there is a tiny Catskill town designed just for you (and those you’ll drag along to browse the shelves and sniff the spines). Hailed the “Reading Capital of New York State,” Hobart Book Village in Hobart, is home to 400 people, five independent bookstores, and the only book village east of Mississippi. “We get a ton of people from all over the world who come to our beautiful part of the country,” says Barbara Balliet, co-owner of Blenheim Hill Books. “People are willing to travel if they love books.” They’re also willing to travel for book festivals. This year, the bibliophagist community is hosting its Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers on September 8, 9, and 10—which founders Balliet and Cheryl Clarke (poet and Balliet’s bookstore partner) say might be their biggest year yet. With three full days of readings, workshops, and panel conversations, the festival is the destination for all-things book related. Why led by just women? “Women writers need the attention of the public,” says Clarke. And it’s a way for women to create a broader network among each other, Balliet adds, though the festival is open to everyone. While the writers (and attendees) come from across the country, there is still a strong focus on a regional pull. In earlier years, they chose from the village’s professional network, later added in recommendations from participants, and now, due to overwhelming hype, are requesting submitted samples from solely published writers. For the first time ever, the festival started receiving inquiries from agents and publishers about their writers participating. This year brings in two dozen returning and first-time-festival writers, like regional poet Margo Farrington, screenwriter Elisabeth Nonas, and historian Blanche Wiesen Cook—who just finished a three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Throughout the weekend, the writers will lead several intensive two- and six-hour writing workshops

(each with a registration and fee that goes directly to the writer) for attending writers that are looking to dive deeper on larger projects, like short story collections and novels. “This entire region is rather rich in writing and writers. We make a big effort to attract people into the workshops because there are so many people that are starting to write in the area,” says Balliet. Some workshops include Julie Enszer’s From A to Z: Self-Publishing Fundamentals, Stephanie Nikolopolous’ Build Demand For Your Book Proposal and Kamilah Aisha Moon’s The Elegy: Poetics of Protest and Collective Grief. For those seeking something less rigorous, there are free readings and a public conversation on art and politics with panelists. What makes the book village work is its communal, noncompetitive flare. Each bookstore has its own specialty that doesn’t overlap with the others—like BHB’s strong poetry and nature sections and Creative Corner Books’ craft selections—so there’s a place for each book niche. It also grants a more cohesive and binding festival. Run entirely by residential volunteers and bookstore owners, the festival is held throughout the entire village with everything in walking distance. The weekend’s several-hundred population increase also fosters a significant boost for the town’s local businesses, like the bed and breakfasts and local caterers. “It puts us on the map, and introduces people to this area who might not otherwise ever get here,” says Balliet. The only plot twist? The venues and workshops are hitting full capacity quicker than ever. Seems like a good problem to have. The Hobart Book Village’s Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers will be held Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. The festival opening reading begins on Friday at 1:45pm with three writers. Registration is required in advance for intensive workshops. For a full list of writers and a schedule overview: —Zan Strumfeld 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 97





Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Breast Cancer Support Group Second Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm. Peer led support group by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 339-4673.

The Comics 7pm. Stand-up comedy. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Advanced Encaustic: Large Format $625. Through Sept. 16. With Lisa Pressman. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 12:15pm. Pay tribute to all those who bravely serve our community and this annual remembrance ceremony. Macdonald DeWitt Library Steps, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025. Tea & Stones: A Monthly Gathering of Stone Minds 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the healing qualities, history, folklore, and ways of different stones and how to incorporate them into daily life. The evening includes a meditation while holding the stone. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

MUSIC Bastille 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Boz Scaggs 7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course 5:30-9:30pm. $50/$65 with text. This is a recertification class for BLS healthcare providers; participants must have a current BLS certification to take this recertification course. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior and Effective Communication Strategies 10:30am-2:30pm. Behavior is one of the primary ways people with dementia communicate their needs and feelings once the ability to lose language is lost. Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of dementia. “Understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12p.m. A free hour-long lunch with time for questions will be held from 12-1 followed by “Effective Communication Strategies” from 1-2:30 pm. Christ’s Lutheran Church, woodstock. (800) 272-3900.

WEDNESDAY 13 COMEDY Andrew Dice Clay 8-10pm. $70/$85/$95/$125. Andrew Dice Clay is proud to be one of America’s most controversial and outrageous comics. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

FILM War for the Planet of the Apes 1pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Taste of the Market Fundraiser 6-9pm. $75. Join us on the waterfront for an event benefiting the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. This farm-to-table dinner will feature the culinary artistry of renowned local chef, John Lekic of Le Express and the produce and products of the new Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market. Our celebration will include music, a silent auction and presentation of the 2017 Great Friend to Kids Award to Ozie Williams, RD, RN, CDE. Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Young Women’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Second Wednesday of every month, 7pm. Join other women who were also diagnosed with breast, ovarian, or gynocological cancer at a young age to discuss issues pertaining to all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Support Connection, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402.

LECTURES & TALKS The Media Crease: Traces of Reuse in Hard and Soft Copies 7pm. Theorist Abigail De Kosnik discusses her concept of the “media crease” within both traditional and digital media. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

MUSIC Andrew Tyson, Piano 11am-1pm. $25 concert only/$65 concert, tour & lunch. Join us for this Wednesday Morning Concert featuring a 45-minute performance by talented pianist Andrew Tyson in the majestic Music Room followed by a tour of the historic Mediterraneanstyle Rosen House, an optional seasonally inspired buffet lunch, and freedom to explore the gardens. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The New Orleans Supects 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Willie Nelson 7:30pm. 7:30-10pm. $58/$78/$98. An American icon that has never played it safe. Instead, he has borrowed from a wide variety of styles, including traditional pop, Western swing, jazz, traditional country, cowboy songs, honky tonk, rock & roll, folk, and the blues, creating a distinctive, elastic hybrid. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Abilities First 2017 Monticello Motor Club Challenge 9am-4pm. $700-$1,350. Join Abilities First at North America’s premier automotive country club and private race track where you’ll compete against others in a series of high-speed driving challenges. Abilities First, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 1,400 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Hudson Valley. A portion of the fee is tax-deductible. Proceeds will benefit the Future Steps Education Campaign. Monticello Motor Club, Monticello. 485-9803 ext. 223.

THURSDAY 14 BUSINESS & NETWORKING 2017 Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition 5:30-8pm. $45. Think Dutchess is proud to present the first annual Innovation Challenge, a pitch competition that fosters the entreprenuerial spirit of Dutchess county and promotes the creation of new ventures and innovation in the region. Join us for light fare, beverages, networking with Dutchess County’s leading business minds and meet up-and-coming-talent. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 463-5400. Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640.

FILM War for the Planet of the Apes 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Breast Cancer Support Group Second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm. Peer led support group by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. 84 Greene Street, Hudson. 339-4673. The Value of a Plant-Based Diet 6-7:30pm. Hosted by Breast Cancer OptionsClinical Nutritional Counselor Danielle Debye will speak about how a plant-based diet may help prevent and even reverse some of the top major diseases and in some cases be more effective than medication and surgery. Even just small steps toward eating more fruits and vegetables may lengthen lifespan and improve health. A cooking demo and tasting will be part of the program. 84 Green St. #2, Hudson. 339-4673.

LECTURES & TALKS Poetry Reading with CATA 5:30-6:30pm. Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents its annual poetry reading with selected works from the CATA Writers Workshop. These poems are funny, poignant, and reflect the unique perspective of writers with disabilities. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 528-5485.

MUSIC An Evening of Chamber Music with the Manhattan Chamber Players 8pm. $37/$17 students 17 and under or with valid college ID. Mozart: Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493; Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 no. 2;Schumann: Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Myles Mancuso Band’s Second Thursdays 7pm. Blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Open Mike at the Gallery Second Thursday of every month, 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. From the newcomer to the experienced club musician, everyone loves our welcoming and enthusiastic gathering. Musicians, spoken word artists, others, all welcome. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700. Red Baraat 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Tim Berne’s Snakeoil 8pm. $20. Jazz. Featuring Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith. Atlas Studios, Newburgh. 391-8855. Tim Burney’s Snakeoil Featuring Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet1; Matt Mitchell: piano, electronics; Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, timpani, percussion; with David Torn: guitar. Atlas Studios, Newburgh. 391-8855.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Brawl 7pm. $20-75. The Broads’ Regional Arm Wrestling League (BRAWL) a competitive, theatrical, philanthropic women’s arm wrestling league. This next arm wrestling tournament will benefit Breast Cancer Options. Rain date: September 14, 7pm. Water Street Market, New Paltz.

THEATER "How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

FRIDAY 15 ART EVENTS & OPEN STUDIOS “Artists & Friends Potluck/Slide Share.” Third Friday of every month, 6-9pm. Artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, etc. all are welcome to bring a dish to share, and some art work to talk about. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792. 17th Annual Haitian Art Auction & Sale Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 797-2123.

COMEDY 5th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival The 5th annual Woodstock Comedy Festival will continue its mission of “comedy for a cause,” donating all net profits to charities that aid survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Cantone and Rhea will anchor the weekend of standup, panels, and comedy films. See website for specific events and times. Village of Woodstock, Woodstock.

DANCE Ballroom By Request Lesson & Practice Time Third Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $15 for both lessons/$10 one lesson. Joe designed “Ballroom By Request” as a unique place where people can come and learn how for any social event/party/wedding reception where popular music is being played. Two lessons in 2 different dances, and practice/ social time afterwards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. Cajun Dance with the Louisiana All Stars 7-11pm. $15/$10 with FT student ID. Yvette Landry (guitar, vocal), Jesse Legé(accordion, vocal) and Darren Wallace(fiddle) are three of the finest Cajun musicians performing today. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Basilica Soundscape Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Crafts at Lyndhurst Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst 10am-5pm. $12 weekend/$11 seniors/$4 children 6–16 are $4/under age 6 free. A celebration of all things handmade showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their exciting contemporary creations. A full day art and shopping experience perfect for family and friends including: interactive family activities, delicious gourmet specialties, food trucks, craft demonstrations and more. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 331-7900.

FILM The Beguiled 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Lost Rondout 7-9pm. $10. Lost Rondout: A story of Urban Removal Presented by filmmakers Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0333.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls Third Friday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm. $25. Third Friday of every month, 7:308:30pm. $25. Everything in the universe vibrates at its own frequency. Daily stress, anxiety, noise pollution, politics, etc. can alter those frequencies. On this special evening Michelle Clifton will play the singing bowls and awaken our bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-turn our bodies. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

KIDS & FAMILY Monty Python and The Holy Grail 7pm. $8/$6 members/$5 kids. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.


Rudy Lu Gamelan Giri Mekar All-Stars in 2015. The Drum Boogie Festival will take place on September 11 in Woodstock.

We Got the Beat If you’ve ever visited Woodstock and found yourself entranced by the drum circle that takes place on the village green, you best beat your way back to town this month for an

“NEXUS and Prana will be doing several new works,” says Kvistad. “One of them will also include Jack DeJohnette.”

even bigger bang. Held every other year since 2009, the Drum Boogie Festival, which will

“POOK and Energy were created to introduce and engage the youth in the local

return to the town’s Andy Lee Field on September 11, will blow your mind—or, perhaps

community—underserved youth, in particular—and give them a platform to express

we should say, ring your bell.

themselves,” says Bryant “Drew” Andrews, the artistic wellness director of Energy, which

Founded by Woodstock Chimes CEO and percussionist Garry Kvistad, the free, biennial, family-oriented event celebrates the richly diverse styles of percussion-based music found throughout the world. While focusing on percussion instruments and their players, the multicultural arts and entertainment festival also features accompanists on other types of instruments, as well as singers and dancers. “No two Drum Boogie Festivals have been alike,” says Kvistad. “The combination of world-class music, family fun, and everything else is really unique.” The fifth installment of Drum Boogie begins with an opening ceremony led by legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette accompanied by vocal group Prana and others, followed by performances from kids’ ensemble POOK (Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) and hip hop dance company Energy; musicians from the Creative Music

has performed with POOK at the festival in past years. “The kids in Energy learn many different styles of dance—Latin, African, German, and Brazilian are just a few of the styles we study. For this year’s festival, we’ll be debuting a brand-new piece called ‘Inspire,’ which is very much a collaboration with POOK. Using body percussion, the dancers will do a call-and-response performance with POOK based on Latin drumming. Everybody in both groups is really excited about it.” The festival also serves as the occasion for the presentation of money raised by Kvistad’s Woodstock Chimes Fund to a local charity; previous checks have gone to social-assistance organization Family of Woodstock. Adding to the festivities are art stands featuring henna painting and other activities, and a variety of food trucks will

Studio with Karl Berger; percussion/vocal/flute quartet the North/South Indian Music

be on site offering lunch, dinner, dessert, and beverage selections—much of them, of

Project; vocal-percussion group the Beatbox House; traditional African outfit the

course, with an international flavor.

Northeast Ghana All Stars; the Jack DeJohnette Group (featuring ex-Bruce Springsteen

The 2017 Drum Boogie Festival will take place at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock on

keyboardist David Sancious and timbalero Luisito Quintero); award-winning percussion

September 11 from 11am to 8pm. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring

unit NEXUS with Prana; steel drum ensemble NY Steel; and top-drawing local reggae

lawn chairs and/or blankets. (845) 657-0455;

favorites the Big Takeover.

—Peter Aaron 9/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 99

LITERARY & BOOKS The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Andrew Motion 5-6pm. $12/$10 Mount members. Andrew Motion, former poet laureate of the United Kingdom, reads a selection of his work. This event is sponsored by the Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5100.

Ethel 7pm. Preview performances of its fully realized Circus–Wandering City, the acclaimed string quartet’s new multimedia work inspired by the American circus and its people. Hudson Hall, Hudson. 5188221438.

Black Table, Hexis, Dead Empires Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

"How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Charlie Hunter & Friends 7pm. Jazz fusion. Opener: Natalie Forteza. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

""Ripcord"" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

MUSIC Bill’s Toupee Band 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384.

Don McLean 8-10pm. $55/$65/$77.50. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. An Evening with Kevin Burke 7pm. Master fiddler. St Paul’s Hall, Red Hook.

Warrior Productions Short Play Festival 8pm. $20. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Crafts at Lyndhurst Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst 10am-6pm. $12 weekend/$11 seniors/$4 children 6–16 are $4/under age 6 free. A celebration of all things handmade showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their exciting contemporary creations. A full day art and shopping experience perfect for family and friends including: interactive family activities, delicious gourmet specialties, food trucks, craft demonstrations and more. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 331-7900. Orvis Game Fair & Sporting Weekend 9am-5pm. Merritt Bookstore will bring three authors to this family event, celebrating the traditions of the field and the hunt. Sandanona Shooting Grounds, Millbrook. 677-9701.

The Garcia Project 8pm. $25/$22. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000.

LECTURES & TALKS Tasty History: Bittersweet Tales from Latin America 3-5pm. $30/$25 members. This series explores the trade, customs, and recipes of essential Latin American ingredients and natural resources including rum, sugar, coffee & chocolate. New York State Curator Amanda Massie and Valerie Balint, Olana’s former Interim Director of Collections & Research, set the historical stage for an evening of tasty treats prepared by a local chef and bittersweet tales. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

LITERARY & BOOKS Kingston Spoken Word 7pm. $5. Featuring authors Verna Gillis and Robert Burke Warren. Followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884. Readings by NYFA Literary Fellows 2pm. Join NYFA literary fellows Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Ed Sanchez, Luc Sante and Akiko Busch for an afternoon of readings by these distinguished authors. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. Newpaltz. edu/museum.


The Gerry Cruz Band 8pm. Motown, R&B. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Jive by Five 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.

Hurray For The Riff Raff 8pm. American folk. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Joe Louis Walker 7pm. Blue rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase Third Friday of every month, 8pm. $6. Acoustic Music by three outstanding singer-songwriters and musicians at ASK GALLERY, 97 Broadway, Kingston 8-10:30 pm Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0311.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones 8pm. $10. Rockabilly, roots rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Soulified R&B and Latin Swing with The Gerry Cruz Band 8-10:30pm. $10. Vocalist & percussionist Gerry Cruz brings his Neo soulified R&B and Latin swing band. The band covers tunes from John Legend, Prince, Maxwell, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Santana, as well originals. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Spuyten Duyvil 7pm. Neo folk. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Picnic Under the Stars 7pm. $50. Enjoy a picnic basket of goodies, while observing the celestial bodies through any of five different telescopes. All proceeds will benefit Animalkind Shelter. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram. (518) 822-8643. WVKR Fundraising Event 8pm. WVKR DJs will spin music and donations will be accepted for the station. Quinn’s, Beacon.

Vertigo Screening with the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra Composer Bernard Herrmann wrote the score to seven Alfred Hitchcock films, including such gems as North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960). Their collaboration reached its apex with Vertigo (1958), starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in a dark romantic story of obsession, manipulation, and fear that is quintessential Hitchcock. Vertigo was named the “Greatest Film of All Time” by the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound, and Hermann viewed the score as his best work. On September 16 and 17, the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, under the baton of James Bagwell, will perform the haunting score of Vertigo live to a screening of the film at the Fisher Center. The event is a benefit for the Bard College Conservatory of Music. (845) 758-7900;

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Arts Mid Hudson Grants and Funding Information Session 3:30-5:30pm. Millbrook Free Library, Millbrook. 677-3611. Portraits from a Photographic Reference 9am-4pm. $335. Three-day workshop with Claire Lambe. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

SPIRITUALITY Shamanic Journey Circle with David Beck 7-9pm. $20. Shamanic Journeying is an ancient technique used to deepen ones spiritual connections. Through his rhythmic drumming, David Beck will aid us in transcending our normal conscious state and journey to meet the many helping spirits that are always surrounding us. Join us at this gathering to practice & delve into a deeper understanding of Shamanic Journeying with the support & guidance of David Beck. No experience necessary. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

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SATURDAY 16 ART EVENTS & OPEN STUDIOS 17th Annual Haitian Art Auction & Sale Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 797-2123.

COMEDY 5th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival The 5th annual Woodstock Comedy Festival will continue its mission of “comedy for a cause,” donating all net profits to charities that aid survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Cantone and Rhea will anchor the weekend of standup, panels, and comedy films. See website for specific events and times. Village of Woodstock, Woodstock. Robert Klein 8-10pm. $35/$45. Acclaimed comedian, actor, and writer Robert Klein. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Basilica Soundscape Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

Red Hook's Annual Hardscrabble Day 10am-10pm. A town-wide festival with free live music all day, clowns, magic, and the Hardscrabble Parade at 4:30pm. Village of Red Hook.

FILM Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo 8pm. $25-$75. Watch Vertigo with live accompaniement from the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra. This screening is a benefit for the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Fisher Center, Annandale-OnHudson. The Beguiled 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE 2017 Smorgasburg Third Saturday of every month, 11am-6pm. 50+ food and lifestyle vendors. Hutton Brickyards, Kingston.

Music In The Field 12-5pm. $12/$25 family. Boogie down with family, friends and neighbors! Live music from Howard Fishman and the Biting Fish Brass Band, Rye Straw Bluegrass Band & more. Food available for purchase or bring your own picnic. A Family Friendly outdoor concert to benefit Mountain Laurel Waldorf School and Hasbrouck Park. Field of Dreams, New Paltz. 255-0033. Nite Shade 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384. Randy Newman 8pm. $49-$89. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Scott Samuelson and Jeanne MacDonald “Old Friends” 8pm. $47-$77 reserved. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 8pm. $25. Roots psychedelica. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Steve Sandberg & Alaya 8pm. World music. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Vibe Theory 7pm. Soul funk. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. World Music with Steve Sandberg & Alaya 8-10:30pm. $15. Emmy nominated pianist Steve Sandberg will perform with his classical and world music quartet, Alaya. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms 11am-6:30pm. $50/children under 12 are free. Explore the past, enjoy the present and celebrate our glorious Hudson Valley farmland and open spaces! Winnakee Land Trust, Rhinebeck. 876-4213.


Fundraising Jamboree 6-11pm. $60. Kick up Your Heels A Benefit Evening on the Farm. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.

Special Nature Play Event: Fabulous Family Forts 10am-noon. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

An Evening at the Farm, Kick up Your Heels 6-11pm. Fundraiser featuring food, dancing, games and an auction. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.

Information Session for Prospective Families 10am-12:15pm. The Storm King School Admission team cordially invites prospective students and their families to take a tour and learn more about our academic, sports, arts, and service programs. The Storm King School, Cornwall on Hudson. 458-7536.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms 11am. $50/children under 12 free. A northern Dutchess County signature event. Guests will get an up-close look at the farms that support our local economy and the historic barns that hold the stories of our past. Equipped with maps and information guides, participants will travel by car, motorcycle, or bicycle on this self-guided tour of area historic barns and farms and then enjoy a barn-rocking reception. Hosted by Winnakee Land Trust. Winnakee Land Trust, Rhinebeck. Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour 8:30am-4:30pm. Popular annual cycling event through the picturesque hills of the Roe Jan area towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Ancram, NY. 4 routes (easy to challenging) on country roads & rail trail. Donations to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Copake Memorial Park, Copake. (347) 952-5764.

Repair Café: New Paltz 10am-2pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Repair Café: Warwick 10am-2pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Senior Center at Warwick Town Hall, Warwick.

SUNDAY 17 ART EXHIBITS & OPEN STUDIOS 17th Annual Haitian Art Auction & Sale Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 797-2123.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Chefs for Clearwater 4-8pm. $300. Celebrate the bounty of the Hudson Valley with Clearwater. Grammy winning singer songwriter Tom Chapin

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst 10am-5pm. $12 weekend/$11 seniors/$4 children 6–16 are $4/under age 6 free. A celebration of all things handmade showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their exciting contemporary creations. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 331-7900. Taste of New Paltz 11am-5pm. Great food from local restaurants, craft beers, local spirits and wines, live music, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, and more. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz.

FILM Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo 2pm. $25-$75. Watch Vertigo with live accompaniement from the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra. This screening is a benefit for the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Fisher Center, Annandale-OnHudson.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am–5pm. Discover how to create and build your warm,modern new home when you visit Lindal Cedar Homes' model home, made with post-and-beam construction and energy efficient technology. 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring. 265-2636. Dismantling Racism: Building Capacity for White People to Understand Racial Injustice 7-8:30pm. The Quaker Intentional Village/ Canaan will host a series of 6 free workshops using a curriculum to create a space for white people interested in being effective allies with people of color in the work of dismantling racism and undoing white privilege. QIVC, East Chatham. (518) 392-0289. Faith in Mind Intensive Retreat Through Sept. 23. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Hypnosis Certification Training: Fall/ Winter 2017 with Jennifer AxinnWeiss, MFA, CHT 10am-6pm. $1,850 /$1,650 in advance. Become a Certified Consulting Clinical Hypnotist through this internationally recognized certification. Join 5 other participants in a dynamic 10-day program and learn the art of Hypnosis in an intimate and supportive group setting. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. 242-7580. Net Bag Workshop with Sarah Pedlow of Thread Written 10am-2:30pm. $105. workshops-list/net-bag-workshop.

Pacifica Quartet 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Villa Veritas Foundation Walk the Walk for Recovery 11:30am-2pm. $25-$100. It is a uniquely positive fundraiser focused on solutions. Now in its sixth year, the event promotes understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, but its primary mission is to deliver a simple, powerful message against the constant barrage of bad news about substance abuse: treatment works...and people can and do recover. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

THEATER "Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Ethel 3pm. Preview performances of its fully realized Circus–Wandering City, the acclaimed string quartet’s new multimedia work inspired by the American circus and its people. Hudson Hall, Hudson. 5188221438.

Ethel 7pm. Preview performances of its fully realized Circus–Wandering City, the acclaimed string quartet’s new multimedia work inspired by the American circus and its people. Hudson Hall, Hudson. 5188221438.

Warrior Productions Short Play Festival 8pm. $20. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Durham County Poets 10am. Quebec folk roots. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods 11am-4pm. $3 parking. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

"Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

"Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

The Cookers 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.



"How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


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Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest Calling all food lovers and oenophiles! The Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest is returning to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on September 9 and 10. Over 40 New York wineries will be on site pouring samples, alongside the region’s craft distilleries, cideries, and breweries. A showcase of the Hudson Valley’s culinary prowess, this festival is no funnel cake free-for-all. Gourmet food vendors will be serving up haute cuisine to accompany the vast beverage selection. Daylong tasting tickets are $40 at the gate. Regular admission tickets are $15. will serve as emcee; author and New York Times Outdoors columnist Peter Kaminsky will be the keynote speaker for the event. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. 265-8080.

COMEDY 5th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival The 5th annual Woodstock Comedy Festival will continue its mission of “comedy for a cause,” donating all net profits to charities that aid survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Cantone and Rhea will anchor the weekend of standup, panels, and comedy films. See website for specific events and times. Village of Woodstock, Woodstock.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Basilica Soundscape Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Crafts at Lyndhurst Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481. Electric Car Show 12-3pm. Free. See the fastest cars on the road today at our 3rd annual Electric Car Show! Already own an electric car like the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt? Come show off your car and talk to attendees about why you love driving electric. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 380-8365.

The Beguiled 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

"How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Ripcord" 2pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Warrior Productions Short Play Festival Warrior Productions Short Play Festival 3pm. $20. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Twisting Textiles: A Hands-On Workshop 10am-3pm. $120/$100 members/$85 students. JKatonah Museum of Art, Katonah. (914) 232-9555.

FOOD & WINE 2017 Smorgasburg Third Sunday of every month, 11am-6pm. 50+ food and lifestyle vendors. Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. Chefs for Clearwater 4-8pm. Join chef Terrance Brennan and 6 other local celebrity chefs for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live bluegrass overlooking the Hudson, followed by an exclusive five-course meal. With MC Tom Chapin and special guest speaker Peter Kaminsky. CIA, Hyde Park.

KIDS & FAMILY The Tanglewood Marionettes 2-3pm. $5. The nationally recognized touring troupe the Tanglewood Marionettes, along with more than twenty hand-crafted puppets, is slated to present The Fairy Circus to local audiences on Sunday, September 17, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Columbia-Greene Community College. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828.4181.

LITERARY & BOOKS Poetry Trail Opening Celebration 4-6pm. Experience a series of unique, temporary installations celebrating the nature-inspired poetry of local students as you walk along the red trail. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

MONDAY 18 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Pot Luck Dinner Third Monday of every month, 6:15-7:30pm. Cantine’s Island Cohousing, a familyfriendly community welcomes visitors to a pot luck dinner on the 3rd Monday of every month. Cantine’s Island Cohousing, Saugerties. 246-3271.

FILM The Beguiled 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

LECTURES & TALKS Bringing Nature Home 7pm. A talk by Cathy Law, an experienced garden and floral designer. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.

MUSIC Go, Granny D! 7pm. Benefit for Tompkins Corners Cultural Center and the Beacon Sloop Club. Featuring actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280. Sam Reider’s Future Folk Musik 7pm. Neo folk. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.






Legal and Financial Planning 11am-2pm. A legal and financial planning workshop for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia or their caregivers. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. (800) 272-3900.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy CD Release Party 7pm. $40-$60. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

bigBANG 7pm. Large ensemble jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Matthew Sweet 8pm. Pop rock singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

David Kraai 7-10pm. Country folk music. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Arts Mid Hudson Grants and Funding Information Sessions 5:30-7:30pm. Orange County Arts Council, Sugar Loaf. 469-1856.

Plein Air Painting: Acrylic, Oil or Pastel $315. Three-day workshop. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Sal Maneri Quartet 7pm. Jazz and show standards. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.



Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. A documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

#HandcraftNight Third Wednesday of every month, 5-8pm. $5. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson.

FOOD & WINE Food Bank Farm Stand 8:30-11:30am. People’s Place Food Pantry & Thrift Store, Kingston. 338-4030.


Encaustic and Paper September 20-22, 9am-5pm. $400. R&F, Handmade Paints Kingston. 331-3112.

Heart by Heart 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The High Kings 7:30pm. $34. Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, The High Kings perform traditional and original Celtic music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Porter/Nickerson Duo 7pm. Indie folk. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

FRIDAY 22 DANCE "September2017/\" 6pm. World premiere of award-winning choreographer Sarah Michelson's new work. Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson.


NIGHTLIFE 12 Grapes’ Live Band Karaoke & Dance Party 8:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 1-2:30pm. Open to the public. Hopewell Reform Church, Hopewell Junction and Christ’s Lutheran Church, Woodstock. (800) 272-3900.

Lighten Up Your Autumn Spirit Retreat 3-10pm. $550. A weekend retreat of daily relaxing and mindful and creative practices including yoga and artistic explorations for positive self-discovery. Audrey’s Farmhouse, Wallkill. (917) 991-4588.

LECTURES & TALKS Andrew Basemen: Design and the Art of Inventive repairs 6:30pm. $20. Boscobel, Garrison.

Community Holistic Health Care Day 4-8pm. Donation based. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-served basis upon checkin. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Do Frogs Come from Tadpoles? Talk and Book Signing 7-9pm. This event celebrates the publication of Craig Holdrege’s Do Frogs Come From Tadpoles?, which rethinks origins in development and evolution. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116.



Shopkins Live! 6pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Fred Zepplin 7pm. Classic rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

LECTURES & TALKS American Federalism Today: Constitutional Principle or Political Pawn? 7pm. Free. A talk by Dr. Stephen Schechter, College Lounge, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

Karl Allweier & The Real Men 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384.


Yarn/Wire: The Music of Enno Poppe 7:30pm. The New York-based quartet performs work by contemporary German composer Enno Poppe, including the world premiere of the EMPAC-commissioned piece "Feld." EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

New Moon Manifestation Gathering 7-8:30pm. $10. Join with others to manifest your heart’s desires with the creative energies of the New Moon, applying the Laws of Attraction and candle magic. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

WEDNESDAY 20 FILM The Beguiled 1pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Kip Moore with special guest Cale Dodds 8pm. $29.50-$44.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Millicent Young

ArtWalk Kingston On September 23 and 24, throughout Uptown, Midtown, and the Rondout, Art Walk Kingston will showcase the work of nearly 70 artists of all mediums, including performance and experiential works. At 84 Hone Street, see Millicent Young’s mythological work, which combines horsehair, ink, lead, and plaster into graceful archetypes. At 50 Abeel Street, face off with Harris Diamant’s futuristic busts, where humanity and AI meld, then head next door see the textural high-fire stoneware, collages, and textiles of Neville Bean. This free event kicks off with a reception at ArtBar on September 22, from 6 to 9pm.

LECTURES & TALKS Tarot Wisdom Gathering Third Wednesday of every month, 6:308pm. $10. Bring your own Tarot deck to enjoy this guided exploration to learn and connect more deeply with your deck. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes 10-11am. 6 classes/$75 or $17 drop in. Discover easy, efficient movement and increase your balance, coordination, and flexibility. CREATE Community, Cold Spring. 264-9565.




Kristin Cashore Book Signing 6pm. Get your copy of Jane, Unlimited signed. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

The Beguiled 7:15pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

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Singer-guitarist Ana Popovic 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Hunter Mountain 4x4 Offroad Adventure 4-8:30pm. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. (518) 263-4223.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Peer-Led Breast Cancer Support Group Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30pm. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall. 339-4673.

R&B with Base Camp 8-10:30pm. $15. Soulful sounds of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the R&B music of today. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Third Thursday of every month, 7pm. Join other women who have been diagnosed to discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. (914) 962-6402.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Hunter Mountain 4x4 Offroad Adventure 4-8:30pm. Start with an off-road “warm up,” followed by an off-road excursion on the remote west side logging trails complete with a stream crossing, mud pass, rock crawl and log crawl. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. (518) 263-4223.

THEATER "Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. "How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Stargazing Party 7-10pm. View the night sky away from the lights of the cities and towns! Bring your own telescope or view the stars through one brought by our members. Registration required. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram.

THEATER "Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. "Copenhagen" 8pm. Explosive confrontation between science and politics explores the individual’s ability to change the course of world events. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Performing Olana: Frederic Church Living His Art 6-7:30pm. $15/$10 members/$40 family. An immersive, site-specific theater performance, drawing inspiration from Church’s paintings, letters, family life, and landscape. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872. "Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Living with Alzheimer’s for the Middle Stage Caregiver 10am-2pm. A two-part educational program including a discussion with caregivers and professionals on helpful strategies for providing safe, effective and comfortable care in the Middle stages of Alzheimer’s. Light lunch will be provided. Golden Hill Nursing & Rehab Center, Kingston. (800) 272-3900.


Lace Mill Presents 4-5pm. Daniel Rhinier will present an update on his comprehensive oral history project, and Holly Christiana will read poetry. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston. Panel Discussion: The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Program 2pm. Conversation will touch on the early beginnings of the program, the unique projects its funded, and the changing artistic trends. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz.

LITERARY & BOOKS Poetry and Poety Things 3-4pm. A show of all things poetic featuring Amy Westberg Chris Wood, and more. Refreshments will be served. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston.

MUSIC Professor Louie and The Crowmatix 7-9pm. Benefit concert for the Hurley Heritage Society. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 338-7686.

Music After the Walk 5-7pm. After a day of Art Walking, head to the Lace Mill for live music from Sighanide, Daniel Rhinier, Jeromy Davis,and more. Refreshments will be served. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston. O+ Fundraiser with Decora 8-11pm. $10 adv / $12 door. Fundraiser to support O+'s year-round mission to bring healthcare and wellness to musicians and artists in and around the Hudson Valley. In addition to a full set from Decora, O+ will be raffling off fest package ($100 value) and selling new merch for this years festival! All proceeds will benefit O+. The Orchestra Now Presents Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony 8pm. $25-$35. Fisher Center, Annandale-OnHudson. Pauline Oliveros + IONE: "The Nubian Word for Flowers" 8pm. $15 A workshop and performance of "The Nubian Word for Flowers," which lays bare Kitchener’s relationship to beauty and violence along with our own. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

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Brick Alley Block Party 6:30pm. Site-specific installations, world premier virtual reality performance, and a sundown DJ set. Garner Arts Center, Garnerville.



Millbrook Open House 9am-12pm. Millbrook is a co-educational boarding and day school for high school students. Grab-and-go lunches provided. Pre-registration required. Millbrook School, Millbrook. 677-8261.

THEATER "Bell, Book and Candle" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. "Copenhagen" 8pm. Explosive confrontation between science and politics explores the individual’s ability to change the course of world events. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Performing Olana: Frederic Church Living His Art 2-3:30, 4-5:30 & 6-7:30pm. $15/$10 members/$40 family. An immersive, sitespecific theater performance, drawing inspiration from Church’s paintings, letters, family life, and landscape. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

Auditions for New Paltz School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker $30 audition fee. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz.

"Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

"September2017/\" 6pm. World premiere of award-winning choreographer Sarah Michelson's new work. Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson.

The 3-Minute Sale 9am-4pm. $29.95. Discover techniques to achieve enhanced sales results. The Accelerator, New Windsor. 363-6432.



Paper Lithography with Encaustic and Pigment Sticks 9am-5pm. $150. With Leslie Guiliani. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Art Walk Kingston Walk or take the Kingston Trolley throughout Kingston to visit many galleries and view many genres of art, including performance and experiential events. Throughout Kingston. National Alpaca Day 12-4pm. Farm tours, live demos, hikes, and information on raising and breeding alpacas. Shop for alpaca products and other other goods. Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley. 605-7002. Oktoberfest I 11am-5:15pm. Experience live German entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. summer/festivals/oktoberfest/.

SUNDAY 24 DANCE Auditions for New Paltz School of Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" $30 audition fee. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. Twyla Tharp at Catskill Mountain Foundation The queen of crossover dance (ballet/modern fusion), Twyla Tharp is a breaker of boundaries and shaper of American dance. Rejecting ballet’s historic elitism, Tharp has choreographed works to the music of popular icons like Fred Astaire (“Singin’ In the Rain”) and Billy Joel (“Movin’ Out”). At the culmination of a three-week residency with the Catskill Mountain Foundation, the legendary choreographer and her dance company will stage three works-in-progress, set to music ranging from Bach to Bob Dylan. The show is on September 9 at 7:30pm at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center in Tannersville.

Second Annual Harvest Fest 2-10pm. Featuring Dirty Heads, Iration, Passafire and more. Angry Orchard Ciderie, Walden.

FOOD & WINE Hudson Valley Vegfest 10am-6pm. $10. A big festival celebrating everything awesome about Vegan Living. Try vibrant foods, hear inspiring educational speakers, enjoy films, music, innovative cruelty-free products, and learn more from exciting organizations working on all fronts for positive change. Gold’s Gym, Poughkeepsie. Movable Feast 6pm. $250/$150/$100. An evening of drinks and dining in some of Hudson’s most beautiful homes and shops to benefit Hudson Hall. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

KIDS & FAMILY Monarch Butterfly Tagging & Release 10am. $3-$8. Learn about monarch butterflies and become a citizen scientist as you catch and tag them as part of a national research project. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

David Kraai with Josh Roy Brown 8-11pm. Country folk music. The New York Resturant, Catskill. (518) 943-5500.

Shemekia Copeland 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Fat City Rockers 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384.

Brick Alley Block Party 6:30pm. Site-specific installations, world premier virtual reality performance, and a sundown DJ set. Garner Arts Center, Garnerville.

Finn and the Sharks 7pm. Chuck Berry and rockabilly. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Heather Maloney. 8pm. $18. WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 158. Latin Jazz with the Orchestra Pastrana 8-10:30pm. $15. 8pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Leaf Peeper Concert Series: Four on the Floor from the Jasper String Quartet. 7:30pm. St. James Church, Chatham. (518) 392-4991.


2nd Annual End of Summer Shindig 6pm. $50. Performance excerpts from Urban Bush Women’s new work "Scat!" featuring composer/performer Craig Harris. Live music, local beer and BBQ, cocktails, gifts and more. LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, Catskill. (518) 943-1912. A Rare Affair 5-10pm. $85. A fundraiser for XXXtraordinarY Cause, a local organization that raises awareness and funds for children and families impacted by 48XXXY and other rare syndromes. Ronnybrook Farm, Pine Plains.

"September2017/\" 6pm. World premiere of award-winning choreographer Sarah Michelson's new work. Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Art Walk Kingston Walk or take the Kingston Trolley throughout Kingston to visit many galleries and view many genres of art. Performance and experiential events will be included during the Art Walk Kingston weekend, including live musical performances in locations throughout the city, O+ mural tours, and a Shakespeare-inspired art exhibit by Judy Sigunick and special performances at the LGBTQ Center during the weekend. See website for specific events and times. Kingston, NY, Kingston, NEW YORK (NY). National Alpaca Days 12-4pm. Feel the alpaca fiber, meet the alpacas, tour the farm, experience live demonstrations, learn about raising and breeding alpacas, shop for alpaca products, hike. There will be a variety of vendors at this event. Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley. 605-7002. Oktoberfest I 11am-5:15pm. Features authentic German and German-American entertainment. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. oktoberfest/.






Hudson Valley Vegfest 10am-6pm. $10. A big festival celebrating everything awesome about Vegan Living: Incredible Food, Animal Rights & Animal Rescues, Compassionate Lifestyle, Health & Wellness, Mindful Living, Humane Education, Intersectionality, the Environment, Plantpowered Fitness, and more. Come try the vibrant foods, hear inspiring educational speakers, enjoy films, music, innovative cruelty-free products, and learn more from exciting organizations working on all fronts for positive change. Gold’s Gym, Poughkeepsie.

The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods 11am-4pm. $3 parking. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Reading of Hamilton Burr 7:15pm. The screenplay updates the story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to the present. Presented by filmmaker Robert Clem. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Ben Sollee & The Kentucky Native 8pm. Appalachian Mountain Music. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Lighten Up Your Autumn Spirit Retreat 9am-noon. $550. Join us for a weekend retreat of daily relaxing, mindful and creative practices including yoga and artistic explorations for positive self-discovery. All as we are embraced by view and energy of the Majestic Shawangunk Mountain range. Audrey’s Farmhouse, Wallkill. (917) 991-4588.

KIDS & FAMILY Family Day 2pm. Exhibition-inspired, hands-on activities for children and their families with Museum Educator Zachary Bowman. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. Newpaltz. edu/museum.

LECTURES & TALKS Lace Mill Presents: 4-5pm. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston.

LITERARY & BOOKS The Mudd Club by Richard Boch 5pm. Book reading, followed by a signing and reception with the author. Hudson Hall, Hudson. 5188221438. Poetry and Poety Things 3-4pm. A show of all things poetic featuring Amy Westberg Chris Wood, Peter Coates on Koto, Tobias Song, Nancy Smith, Allan Stevo, Refreshments will be served. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston.

MUSIC Beyond a Simple Folk Song 2-4:30pm. $10/$8 in advance. The Hudson Valley Folk Guild Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 229-0170. Bill Crow Quartet 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Open Mike Night Fourth Sunday of every month, 7:3010pm. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. The Orchestra Now Presents Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony 2pm. $25-$35. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director Fisher Center, Annandale-OnHudson. Porchfest 2017 12-6pm. Over 60 musical acts set to perform on over 20 historic porches throughouut town. Village of Rhinebeck. Saints of Swing 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Snehasish Mozumder & SOM 8pm. Classical. Quinn’s, Beacon.

Sunrise Stroll 6-8am. $5/Walkway members free. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. PuppyUp! Dog Walk 10am-3pm. $25/$20 in advance. Join us for a fun 2-mile walk, through our vineyards, to promote awareness of canine cancer and fundraiser for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. We will have vendors, agility demonstrations, raffles, and an expanded K9 demonstration by the NYS Troopers. We will have a pet adoption opportunity. Adair VIneyards, New Paltz. 255-1377.

THEATER "Copenhagen" 8pm. Explosive confrontation between science and politics explores the individual’s ability to change the course of world events. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "How to Pray" 7:30-9pm. $25/$10 students. Three actors play a range of human and animal characters in Michelle Carter’s quirky and hilarious new comedy, winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the PEN USA Award for Drama. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

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Arts Mid Hudson Grants and Funding Information Sessions 1-3pm. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3600.

WEDNESDAY 27 KIDS & FAMILY Celebrate the Seasons with a Waldorf Teacher 3:30-5pm. For families with children ages 3-7. Join us for creative, age-appropriate activities that support seasonal rhythms for your family and help connect your child to the natural world. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514.

LECTURES & TALKS Nature’s New Deal: The Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt in New York’s Hudson Valley 7-8:30pm. Multimedia presentation with Neil M. Maher. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.

MUSIC Poet Gold’s Poelodies 7pm. Spoken word, hip hop, Nu-music. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

"Salomé" 2pm. $12 for public/$10 for members. A screening of "Salomé" performed live by National Theatre London. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

The Rob Scheps/Tony Garnier Quartet 7-9:30pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.

Performing Olana: Frederic Church Living His Art 2-3:30, 4-5:30 & 6-7:30pm. $15/$10 members/$40 family. An immersive, sitespecific theater performance, drawing inspiration from Church’s paintings, letters, family life, and landscape. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project Annual Fall Friendraiser 5:30-7:30pm. Mingle with local artists and community leaders, make new friends, meet the talented young artists, and enjoy complimentary drinks and exciting hors d’oeuvres from Twisted Soul. Vassar Alumnae House, Poughkeepsie. 437-7100.

"Ripcord" 2pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.



Encaustic Assemblage $400. 3-day workshop with Kelly McGrath. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

MONDAY 25 FOOD & WINE Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market 4-7:30pm. Celebrate the Agricultural Bounty of the Hudson Valley! Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

MUSIC Rodriguez 7:30pm. The legendary singer-songwriter who was the subject of the 2012 Oscar award-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Virtual Dementia Tour 10am-3pm. A hands-on activity simulating dementia symptoms to help caregivers identify and cope with the behaviors and needs of someone with dementia. RSVPs required. This program is possible because of a grant provided by the Ulster County Office for the Aging. Kingston. 340-3861.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Garden Party 2017. 3-6pm. $150. Honoring Tim & Laurel Sweeney, Elizabeth Peale Allen, and Seamus & Marie Wieck.Obercreek House, Wappingers Falls. 452-3077.



TUESDAY 26 FILM Documentary Screening: Tomorrow 7pm. Co-Director Cyril Dion states we wanted to show how local initiatives, strong communities and creativity could start a movement able to change our energetic, economic and democratic systems. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040.

FOOD & WINE Food Bank Farm Stand 8:30-11:30am. People’s Place Food Pantry & Thrift Store, Kingston. 338-4030.

THURSDAY 28 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS The Celebration of Stars Awards 6pm. The Arc of Dutchess gala. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie. 462-4600.

COMEDY Comics at The Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

DANCE BalletNext Rehearsal 2pm. This BalletNext dance rehearsal is free and open to the public. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli.

FILM Telepathic Improvisation 7pm. Boudry/Lorenz present their film produced at EMPAC in Spring 2017. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Fourth Thursday of every month, 7pm. Registration required. Join other women who have also been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment, and posttreatment. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 962-6402.

LECTURES & TALKS NYC Earthquakes: Can It Happen There? 7pm. Dr. Charles Merguerian will discuss the history and future of earthquakes in NYC. College Lounge, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

Borislav Strulev and Friends 8pm. $37/$17 students. Part of PLAY: The Classics series, fostering young talented emerging artists. Event Gallery, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Cowboy Junkies 8pm. Rootsy Americana. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Music Social Program for MiddleStage Alzheimer’s Individuals & Family Caregivers Fourth Thursday of the month, 2-3:30pm. Open to all individuals with middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family care partners. Registration required. Wingate at Dutchess Recreation Room, Fishkill. (800) 272-3900. Corey Harris 7pm. Mississippi/West African blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Hammers, Nails, Laughs & Cocktails 5:30-9:30pm. $60/$100 per couple/$500 table of ten. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County celebrates 25 years of providing safe and healthy homes throughout Dutchess County. All proceeds from this event benefit their cost-free home repair programs. The Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 454-7310.

THEATER "Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

FRIDAY 29 ART & GALLERIES Byrdcliffe Open Studio 6-8pm. Experience the paintings, installations, readings, performances, musical composition, ceramics and more of Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence. Villetta Inn, Woodstock.

DANCE Small Plates Choreography Festival 8-10pm. $15. A curated dance performance series bringing dance makers and their audiences together in an intimate performing arts experience. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh.

MUSIC D Blues Project: Dimitri Archip & Tony DePaolo 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384. Live Jazz with the Todd Londagin Band 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman 8-10pm. $29/$39/$49. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Slam Allen 7pm. Blues. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Willie Nile 7pm. American rock original. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

SPIRITUALITY Shamanic Journey Circle with David Beck 7-9pm. $20. Through his rhythmic drumming, David Beck will aid participants in transcending normal consciousness and journeying to meet the many helping spirits that are always surrounding us. No experience necessary. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

THEATER "Dark of the Moon" 8pm. $24. Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents this haunting drama. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

SATURDAY 30 ART EXHIBITS & OPEN STUDIOS 7th Annual Newburgh Open Studios 12-6pm. A free self-guided tour of over 80 artists studios. Maps available at Newburgh Art Supply. Downtown Newburgh. 561-5552. The Wassaic Project Open Studios 3-5pm. Open Studios. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic. (347) 815-0783.

COMEDY Kevin James 7 & 9:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

DANCE Small Plates Choreography Festival 8-10pm. $15. A curated dance performance series bringing dance makers and their audiences together in an intimate performing arts experience. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. Tango Fire 8pm. $34. A fiery ensemble from Buenos Aires of 12 dancers and a quartet. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Ceesar: Classic R&R Show 8pm. The Yankee, Fishkill. 202-7384.

Tomorrow Never Knows - Beatles Music 4-6pm. Suggested Donation: $5. All ages are welcome for this spirited interpretation of the Beatles music. The drummer is a young guy in his early teens. Amity Gallery, Warwick. 258-6030.

Ed Palermo Big Band CD Release 7pm. Rock orchestra, Zappa and Rundgren. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jack Petruzzelli with Cameron Greider 7pm. Original rock ballads. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WaliJazz 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

The Jon Bates Band 9:30pm. R&B, soul. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

THEATER "Dark of the Moon" 8pm. $24. Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents this haunting drama, directed by Andy Weintraub. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Live Music with WaliJazz 8-10:30pm. $15. Wali Ali (guitar) with Bob Baldwin (piano), Ira Coleman (bass), and Tony Lewis (drums), unites the intimacy of folk music with the improvisation of jazz and the irresistible rhythms of R&B. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Performance by Carmelita Tropicana 2pm. Her style straddles performance art and theater with irreverent humor, subversive fantasy and bilingual puns. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

"Murder at the Vassar Brewery or (Whatever Ales You?)" 6:30-10pm. $70. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. "Ripcord" 8pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Bobcat Goldthwait interviewed by Dick Cavett at the 2013 Woodstock Comedy Festival.

Friends' Yard Sale 9am-2pm. Come browse through a selection of goods and perhaps find a hidden treasure while supporting the Milton Library. Cluett Schantz Memorial Park, Milton. 236-7272. Oktoberfest I: Colors in the Catskills Motorcycle Rally 11am-5:15pm. Experience live German entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. All bikes welcome. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. (518) 263-4223.

Putting Your Garden To Bed 1pm. Presented by the Pine Plains Gardening Club. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1927 Tasty History: Bittersweet Tales from Latin America 3-5pm. $30/$25 members. This series explores the trade, customs, and recipes of essential Latin American ingredients and natural resources including rum, sugar, coffee & chocolate. New York State Curator Amanda Massie and Valerie Balint, Olana’s former Interim Director of Collections & Research, set the historical stage for an evening of tasty treats prepared by a local chef and bittersweet tales. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

MUSIC Bovine Social Club 8pm. $12. A grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Just Dance First Sunday of every month, 2:30-4:30pm. $10 suggested. Come and sweat it out with us on the 1st Sunday of every month. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

MUSIC Folk Artist John Gorka 4pm. $10. Turning Point Cafe, Piermont. 359-1089.


Ponds & Prosecco Adult Program 3-4:30pm. $20/$15 memebrs. Get down and bubbly at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum while learning about the wetland ecosystem! Sip, stroll and see what lives below the surface of our ponds. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

Oktoberfest I: Colors in the Catskills Motorcycle Rally 11am-5:15pm. Features authentic German and German-American entertainment. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. All bikes are welcome, guided base to summit rides, Teach’s Stunt Show, bands. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. (518) 263-4223.

Dharma Sunday School First Sunday of every month, 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist oriented class for children ages 5 and up and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

Pilates Last Saturday of every month, 11am. $15. All proceeds go to the Safe Harbors Historic Ritz Theater Fund. Attendees must bring a mat and a small towel. All levels welcome. Reservations recommended. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199.

"Dubois: A Dramatic Interpretation" 8-9:30pm. Suggested donation $15. The audience is brought to laughter and tears, and introduced to characters who are real people, not just names in history books. Amity Gallery, Warwick. 258-6030.





Annual Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer 9am-noon. Free. 3-mile walkathon, rain or shine, to bring attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Proceeds fund Support Connection’s free breast and ovarian cancer support services. FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402.



Museum Storytelling: Family Tours 9-10am. Master storyteller Tom Lee has spent the winter writing and tracking the adventurous travels of Frederic Church to craft an original story to tell inside the main house at Olana. Ages 5+. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.


Woodstock Comedy Festival They say laughter is good for the soul. The Woodstock Comedy Festival makes it even better with their mission of “comedy for a cause.” The weekend-long giggle fest raises money for the charities Family of Woodstock and Polaris Project. The hilarity kicks off on Friday night, September 15, with Laughingstock, featuring Caroline Rhea, Aparna Nancherla, and other female comedians. The rest of the weekend features comedy panels, stand-up shows, and comedic short films. Mario Cantone, whose recent Comedy Central parody of “The Mooch” went viral, will headline Saturday night with his customary blend of improv and impersonation.

Riot With Three: The Nature of Music 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 students. This dynamic musical trio (Alison Davy, soprano, Javier Oveido, saxophone, and Gene Rohrer, piano) return to BST with an eclectic program of contemporary and classical works by Handel, Laitman, Assad, Arnold, and Borgia celebrating everything from the grandeur of the great outdoors to sugar addiction. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Human and Animal Morphology and the

Rock the Nest 2pm. $30. Music festival to support Sparrow’s Nest. Live music, local food vendors, and local breweries and distilleries. Freedom Park Pavilion, LaGrangeville. 227-3327.

Friendly Kingston’s free bicycle clinic. Get

Sameer Gupta 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Sonic Spindle Experience 7pm. $28. Three high energy live acts, Backward Dreams, Stone Revival Band and The Wheel will be weaving a psychedelic and powerful rock and roll tale that explores the most influential music emanating out of 1967’s Summer of Love and 10 years’ worth of classic vinyl releases. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000.

Idea of Freedom 9am-4pm. A one-day workshop with Craig and Henrike Holdrege. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116. Repair Café: Kingston 11am-3pm. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors. Plus, Bikeyour bike tuned up, your helmet fitted and learn about the best places to ride this autumn. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston.

SUNDAY 1 ART EXHIBITS & OPEN STUDIOS Newburgh Open Studios 2017 12-6pm. Over 80 artists will participate in the 7th Annual Newburgh Open Studios. It is a free self-guided tour. Maps will be available at Newburgh Art Supply. Downtown Newburgh. 561-5552.

Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010. Wishbone Ash 7pm. $30/$20. Classic rock. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Wynonna & The Big Noise Roots & Revival Tour 7pm. $46-$91. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods 11am-4pm. $3 parking. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

THEATER "Dark of the Moon" 3pm. $22. Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents this haunting drama, directed by Andy Weintraub. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "Ripcord" 2pm. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mindful Movement Class (monthly) First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to build awareness of your body in order to notice and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you. Good for all ability levels. MaMa, Stone Ridge. (917) 373-6151.


Planet Waves Christine Boyer


Count Yourself In


t’s tempting, in times of pain, chaos, and transformation, to think there are no opportunities for you to participate, or feel like life is so insane that nothing matters, and besides, the world is ending anyway. Plenty of people are caught in the meme that nothing makes a difference, especially them. I know it can seem that way. We’ve been moving at the compressed speed of events around eclipses, and our minds are warped into the light-speed movement of electric communication that delivers the latest crisis to our purse or pocket in mere seconds. Everything is accelerated, magnified, and thrown into a mash-up with everything else streaming across your news feed and beleaguered brain. It’s easy to imagine there’s no place for you in the world at this time, or that there’s no use trying. You might be so disgusted, shocked or scared, that you cannot figure out what to do. I’m here with another idea. But first, let’s review the recent past. If you follow the news, it’s been the War of the Week since mid-August. It started with the threat to have a nuclear war with North Korea. Remember that? Trump’s threat of hellfire and brimstone, and power like the world has never witnessed before? This featured Kim Jong-un and The Donald, throwing adolescent tantrums as people in Seoul and Tokyo wondered if they were in the line of fire. That was just three weeks ago; I know that’s a long time, and it’s hard to remember so far back in ancient history. Threatening nuclear war was a ruse to scramble coverage of a story that broke earlier in the week, the one about how the home of Paul Manafort, the presidential campaign manager for the guy who is now president, was raided by the FBI. The raid was part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian connection and a labyrinth of financial crimes. I consider Manafort to be the pin in the pinwheel of this whole Russia business. He’s had endless dealings with the Russians and was the made-to-order manager for the Soviet Revival Presidential Campaign of 2016. 106 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 9/17

Mueller has impaneled a grand jury. He now has subpoena power. We may not know what’s in Trump’s tax returns, but now Mueller has the power to get them right from the IRS, and may have already done so. This got under the skin of the commander-in-chief sufficiently for him to go nuclear, which distracted everyone from the whole Russia bit for about 48 hours. When that got boring, it was time to threaten the invasion, or perhaps just bombing, of Venezuela. Everyone was saying the same thing. Venezuela? Uh, why? It was like that scene in Wag the Dog. A war with Albania? Seriously? In the old days, that would have been more than enough. That’s when things got really interesting: it was time for a race riot. For our weekend diversion, we got a kind of Civil War reenactment—or what the New York Daily News editorial writers called (who were being witty, but not kidding) “the Civil War’s Battle of Fifth Ave.” In Charlottesville, VA, the city had decided to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general who commanded the army of northern Virginia. White supremacists took to the road like Phish fans and gathered with their body armor, Glocks and assault rifles. Others, wearing chinos and polo shirts, staged a midnight tiki-torch march on the University of Virginia campus. In the midst of this, violence erupted various places, and then a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer. Two police officers were also killed when their helicopter went down. Trump then held a couple of press conferences, blaming “both sides” of the issue, praising the fine people protesting for white rights, and comparing Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. White nationalist leaders praised Trump for refusing to condemn the whole thing, which he then did briefly; then, to the feigned shock of his communications team, walked it back at a patently insane press conference held at Trump Tower where he revealed himself as a kind of wannabe Nazi who thinks there’s no difference between Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee.

The phrase “alt left” was born, but the most recent buzzword is antifa, meaning antifascist. As this went on, communities in the South were quietly removing their confederate statues. Nearly all of these were put in place in the 1950s and 1960s in response to the Civil Rights movement. Personally, I am eager to see slave memorials built in their place. The Onion chimed in with the headline, “Trump Warns Removing Confederate Statues Could Be Slippery Slope To Eliminating Racism Entirely.” The New York Times published this sentence: “WASHINGTON—President Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, VA.” Just before the eclipse, a US Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship near Singapore. That occupied most of eclipse weekend. Then Monday, feeling neglected by all the people looking up at the Sun and not at him, Trump announced that we would be reviving the war with Afghanistan and turning Pakistan into the latest enemy. This all went down in the space of two weeks. And what have you been up to? I’m aware some people are hiding in bed waiting for this to all be over. Others are expecting the worst. It is worth pondering how much of a problem the racial thing really is. Troublesome though it may be, it’s not such a huge problem if cities respond by taking down statues of Civil War heroes while this is all going on. That does not make life perfect for people of color—hardly— though it’s a sign that society is paying attention. All politics is local. Many Republicans are speaking out against this. Their constituents may fancy themselves conservative, but white supremacy is taking things a little too far for them; maybe that will get them to start questioning their whole viewpoint, that is, the one where the logical conclusion is white supremacy. If eclipses set patterns, this is a pretty good one: reaction followed by response, issue after issue. None of this stupidity has been met by silence. Every one of these issues has caused a rumble through society. Many people know it’s all a distraction from Russia having seized control of the US government through its asset and operative Donald Trump. And then there’s you. Many people are struggling to hold things together—or that was a common thing in the weeks leading up to the eclipse. I’ve noticed that people are starting to crack—and that interesting sounds and visions are coming through the little fractures. Even if you’re feeling spun around, this can actually be productive. All this chaos, both global and personal, is opportunity knocking on your door. It’s an opportunity to participate, whether that means stepping up to your desire to work on the issues you care about, or to step into your chosen role as whatever it is you want to do or become. You may think that the seeming chaos is blocking you, or that the uncertainty is scrambling your plans. I suggest you think otherwise. First of all, things are not that chaotic at the moment. What we have now is about average for a transitional time in American history. However, there’s a quickening going on; a loosening up of the structure of society, of expectations, and a corresponding movement of energy. This is the ideal time to insert yourself and your ideas into the equation of society. If you look back at history, you’ll see that many of the most enduring (and useful) ideas, institutions, and achievements came through in times of total mayhem.

There are many examples, but one is how The Lord of the Rings was written in the author’s garage between Nazi bombing runs on his area in England. To include yourself indeed, you would just need to do one thing: make yourself available. That’s the thing. And to do that, you’ll have to drop some of your character armor. You cannot hug a child with nuclear arms, and you can’t be available if you’ve packed all kinds of defenses around your personality. Character armor is all that ‘no’ you may have packed around yourself: no to experimenting, no to life, no to relationships, no to sex, no to taking chances, no to doing what you want. It shows up in various pseudo forms of integrity, purity, uprightness, prudishness and many related affects and artifacts. It comes in the form of withholding. It comes in the form of wanting people to know what a good person you are, therefore, you would never do that. Never be seen with that person. Never think that thought. Never get to know someone who is not a marriage contender. Never take a real chance on yourself—meaning that the outcome of your choice is uncertain. Never come out as the sexual being you personally are; that’s for all the LGBTQ folk. And yet you can smell the smoke coming off of many people: that’s the scent of their circuits being fried by an overload of energy combined with inaction. It’s the smell of driving with the brakes on. To participate and to be available, you’ll need to get over any fear you may have of being seen, being heard, standing out, standing up, being outstanding, being too much or not enough. These are just hang-ups, which is like hanging up on yourself. The paradox of participating, of counting yourself in, is that you would have to open up and be vulnerable somewhere other than a “safe zone.” To the contrary, you would be exposing yourself to, uh, something—really, to your own feelings, and to change—right when everything seems so dangerous. Yet to the extent things seem dangerous, that’s likely to be a direct function of any armoring that you’re carrying around. The more you defend against something, the realer it seems; but what exactly are you defending, and against what? One other thing: It’s vital to live in a bigger world of more important priorities than what you may currently inhabit. There is a world, and it’s larger than your world. To live, it’s urgently necessary to give up pettiness: such as the obsession with small transgressions, being perpetually offended, or being riveted to what’s familiar. It’s necessary to be flexible, lest you break. The less you flex and bend, the stiffer the wind feels. People are figuring out that this all comes down to sex. To some, that’s the scariest news of all, to some it’s the best news of all, and to others, it’s just not news: in particular, to purists who make attacking and undermining sex their primary agenda. Contaminating sex is the very most important tool of fascists, of tyrants, of priests and other cops. Sex is the ultimate anarchy, because you just have to go with it: no choreography, no expectations, and all that planning and control just fall apart. That’s just how it is. Then something else comes out: your voice, your love, your sweat, your tears, your music, your art, your desire to be alive, and your gratitude for being so. Count yourself in. Do it now.

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) The question of your relationships is about devotion. That does not imply monogamy or sex, or living together, or getting married, or being jealous, or even being together. What is strongly implied is making sure that you hold open the space for the right thing to happen. That might mean accepting the relationship in a new form; it certainly means consciously embracing the changes and the growth process of the people you care the most about. Yet the astrology I’m describing is not merely personal or private. It’s about your relationship to “the world,” which means to your environment and all the people in it. Right now, this is likely to have some unusual properties, which defy the usual course of your romantic relationships. Take these opportunities eagerly. You will learn many deep and beautiful lessons as your habitual relational tendencies are altered by new experiences. There’s a dual question: What is the meaning of sex, and what is the meaning of nonsex? Take these slowly. Notice the erotic qualities of every exchange, especially those relationships which specifically exclude what we think of as sex. This will teach you more about the meaning and nature of your erotic life than nearly anything else. Hold space for this learning process. Hold space for the people in your life to grow, change, and evolve. Hold space for reality to enter.

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Your creative fires are burning hot and clean. And your solar chart is revealing a devotion to your work that’s unusual, even for you. This is the beginning of a long-awaited new phase of your professional life, one where the work itself is all that matters. However, you still have that one little skill you need to practice, which is the one about getting out of your own way; the one about not overthinking things; the one about trusting your process. They’re part of the same thing. It’s possible that the sheer strength of your talent, passion, and devotion will get you past that little knee-high fence that your life story includes constantly hopping over. Yet when there’s so much energy moving, you’re running like a race horse: with precision, and where stumbling can be catastrophic. So keep an eye on that little fence. Make a habit of removing stumbling blocks before you get to them, rather than after. Establish the central purposes of your life, and then organize your life around fulfilling them. Your relationships will need to follow suit. You may find yourself investing your abundant sexual energy into other purposes, which is okay to a point, though with so much happening, and so much needing to be done, you simply must make room for human contact, for long nights together, and for good food.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Recent astrology, from the total eclipse to Mercury retrograde that’s about to end, have all challenged your sense of grounding and security. You’ve established a new relationship with your living space, with certain relatives, and with the experience of being alive on Earth today. If you can do one thing—be less judgmental, and more observant—you will release a torrent of energy. And in the process of doing what amounts to breaking an inner dam, you will feel safer. That must translate to much more than feeling secure inside your four walls. You have to take this into your outer environment. Many people are feeling really, really shaken up right now. They don’t necessarily have your power of eternal optimism, or your ability to see things from six viewpoints at once. You are, in a sense, a teacher of safety and of security merely in your gesture of feeling safe. Yet you need to go past that, and translate safety into belonging. This in turn translates to feeling confident enough to speak your mind and do your part, even in the face of what seem to be many reasons not to. When the Sun moves into Libra on the 22nd (the equinox) is when you will truly be summoned to courage and to action. Spend the weeks leading up to that in earnest preparation. Get your house in order.

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Your astrological sign (or rising sign) is one ideally suited for the art and craft of writing. Though I’ve never seen this in a book, it’s obvious from study of your solar chart, which emphasizes the sign Virgo right where it’s needed most, the 3rd house of communications. Virgo has been bristling for many weeks, and it’s especially strong now, with Mercury retrograde wrapping up, with the Sun present, and with Venus and Mars approaching. In recent history, computer programmers emerged as the most powerful people. In the world that’s rising, people who can write coherently, with accuracy, and with a touch of elegance will possess a skill that’s on the level of alchemy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself a professional writer; devote yourself to learning how to express yourself in written language, and to do so well. This can only come with daily practice. This would include writing letters, e-mails, and stories where you reread, revise, and proofread three to five times. What we call writing is 90 percent thinking; and most of the time, that happens in the revision process. This is something entirely different from our dominant world of tweets and social posts, which are like popcorn compared to the nourishing, potent effects of crafted sentences, paragraphs, and essays. The harder this is for you, the more you need to do it.

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The world, and your world, is still reverberating with the effects of the total solar eclipse that happened in your sign on August 21. Whatever may be going on for the people in your life, you’ve arrived at a threshold of your journey on Earth. You may now see that the signs of this go back about two years. Many events happened in preparation for what you’re experiencing now, and what you’re about to experience. Hang loose, stretch your body, and feed yourself well. Keep dedicated people around you. You’re entering a period of achievement, which will require that you have a high level of accountability—and that you bank on all of your skills. As events progress in the outer world, you will be focusing inwardly on an incredible process of becoming. This is the full development of what used to be called personhood. Most people don’t have this quality inherently upon being born. It’s learned, earned, claimed, and reclaimed many times in the course of a lifetime. Some acquire it through loss, pain, and sorrow. Some learn it consciously, by taking on the challenges of growth, by consciously embracing change, and by persistently seeking understanding of themselves. There’s nothing convenient about this, though in the end, you will only gain. In the coming seasons, vast new horizons of experience will open up. Welcome them joyfully.

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VIRGO (August 23-September 23) When Mercury, your ruling planet, stations direct on September 5, it does so in the exact same degree as the now-infamous total solar eclipse that happened on August 21. The eclipse created an opening, and now you’re about to find out what was really going on. This will, perhaps, take the rest of the month, because you’ll need to integrate a discovery that you may find quite unbelievable. The odd bits include how what you figure out was right where you could have seen it all along; and then, how you’ll have to consciously make sense of the discovery. What’s actually happening is that your mind is opening up in a way that’s never happened before. You’re becoming more sensitive to an inner source of information, which you can depend upon implicitly. Said another way, you are changing; the structure of your psyche is changing; you are, in truth, a much larger being than you ever imagined. Practicing using these skills, and being this person, will build your confidence in ways you’ve never imagined possible. The way that a shamanic teacher might phrase things, you’re entering into a new relationship to the vast unknown, which you contain. You must stand in a conscious relationship to the mystery of your existence. Let it be what it is, without the need to “solve” or even resolve anything.

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LIBRA (September 23-October 23) When the Sun enters your sign on September 22, it forms a conjunction to Vesta. Potentially the most interesting asteroid, Vesta says you have a job to do, to which you must devote yourself with your whole being. You might think of this as a birthday gift from the universe. That the Sun and Vesta meet up early in your sign, activating what’s called the Aries Point, describes the kind of impact that you may have. Yet you may be working behind the scenes for a while, and you’ll have to do some of what might seem like thankless work. Don’t worry about that part: All your efforts count. Between now and when this astrology starts to phase in around September 18 (when Vesta enters your sign), do whatever mental work, housekeeping, karma-clearing, and meditation that you need. Each day, make a little progress. Your inner life is particularly rich right now. You may be feeling the effects of many past experiences, in the form of processing them, or searching for their true meaning. If you put your exploration into writing, it will be more satisfying, more effective, and give you some documentation to refer to. The form of this writing would be, “This is how I feel about [whoever or whatever] today.” Then do that day by day. After a few weeks, you’ll have a clue—and you’ll be free to move ahead.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Recent events have thrust you into the spotlight and also made you subject to a degree of public critique. You don’t have an especially thick skin, so this is having its challenging moments. One way to handle this is to guide yourself into living with an unusual degree of transparency. With the people who matter, state your motives, your desires, and your needs. Be willing to reveal what you would not ordinarily allow anyone to know, and feel how strong you are when you have no secrets. When Mercury stations direct on the 5th, you may get an extra push in that direction, so make sure all your words and deeds are honorable and fit for public consumption. The current state of our society is that everything comes out sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, there are people looking your way with the expectation that you understand something they do not. If this isn’t true today, it’s likely to be pretty soon. You have a proverbial finger on the pulse of public opinion. There’s a shift in direction taking place, and your mind is already ahead of the curve. This started in mid-August, but now you’re picking up increasingly clear signals about what’s developing. The purpose of this is not to predict, and certainly not to be gloomy. Rather, your knowledge gives you and the people you care about a distinct advantage.

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You’ll need to keep a high level of influence, and at times control, over all of your projects and affairs. You’re in that spot where every detail must be aligned with your grand plan. The gel has not fully set, and you still have considerable influence over just how that happens. Focus on the order in which things need to be done and laying the groundwork for the future through careful preparation. Focus on who your closest colleagues and allies are; now is the time to firm up arrangements. Several turning points to keep in mind are Mercury changing directions on September 5, which will help resolve any tension in work-related partnerships and get some additional cash flowing; the Sun’s ingress into Libra on the 22nd, which will raise your visibility and shift your priorities onto the big picture; and your ruling planet Jupiter’s ingress into Scorpio on October 10, which will refresh your creative well and allow you to draw energy from a much deeper place. There are likely to be many people and many seemingly separate projects involved. You are the conductor of this orchestra, because it’s your life and your vision being expressed. Just keep reminding yourself over and over again: this has nothing to do with your parents, except perhaps what you learned from them. You are the next generation. You are the future.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) Are you wrestling with your conscience? Do you need to think about what is good, what is true, and what is righteous? This is preferable to doing the wrong thing, but I wonder what the questions or even struggle is about. You don’t need so much theory behind your approach to life, to love, or to work. You don’t need to plan as much as you do, especially if planning helps you feel less insecure. Nearly a decade of Pluto in your sign has taught you that everything forever changes. Yet you are the focus of change at the moment; though it’s a particularly challenging form of change since what seems to be most influenced is the structure of your psyche. What’s actually happening is that a personality husk is falling away, and you’re exposing something more elemental and much closer to your core. This is about direct experience, not any form of theory. In a short time, you’re going to start making decisions, which is a basic level of leadership, and you’ll need to choose on the basis of what is objectively right more than what seems right for you personally. What’s right is right, and what’s true is true, and it’s time that you embrace a wider concept of yourself, something that’s all-encompassing and committed to your true mission, rather than your questions about it.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) There seem to be more alterations to your financial affairs than in a tailor shop during prom season. Yet you’re stitching together a coherent plan and something with potential. What you need, though, is a more compassionate embracing view of your partnerships. You could do more with certain people, if you recognized how productive the relationships really are. You seem to have a firewall set up between your shared mission with certain people and your ability to bring that mission to fruition. It’s almost as if you’re reluctant to consummate the marriage on the first night of the honeymoon. Sometimes hesitation is appropriate, though you would feel more confident if you really understood that your interests are not even vaguely separate from the people around you. You share purpose, you share resources, you share necessities. It’s only a flimsy Chinese wall that keeps you thinking there is some division or divergence. You’ll start to see the light when Vesta and the Sun move into your fellow air sign Libra in a few weeks. At that point, you’ll have a view from a higher altitude, though once you see the lay of the land, come back to Earth. Your services and indeed your inspiration are needed here, in a world that’s struggling for any reason to believe that good things are possible, and where people are struggling to have faith in themselves.

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There are suddenly many people in your life: various shades of partners, prospects, potentials, friends, lovers, and a few who are deeply devoted to you. Give them credit for showing up every time they do. Make a special effort to see them as whole beings, with whole lives, which happen to interface with yours in a few key places. You possess something that most of them do not, which you might think of as a broad perspective on time and a rather wide definition of purpose. You see the connections that other people so often miss. You see relevance and patterns where most others see only data or trivia. Saturn has shifted to direct motion in your house of leadership and responsibility. This is focusing your drive to take responsibility for the whole world you live in. Vesta and the Sun are headed for Libra, which is about you being a master of resources. Even if you have an abundance, use it wisely, save for a rainy day, and plan your future investments carefully. With so many variables in play, you will need to be vigilant about staying in focus and on mission. If you’re willing to do that, apply yourself modestly, and have respect for the value of time—you are headed for an unusual period of achievement. Just remember, you didn’t do it alone.


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Sitter with head in hands, a bronze by Joy Brown in Manhattan, part of the exhibit “Joy Brown on Broadway.”

The still, rounded figures of Joy Brown’s exhibit are in stark relief to the brusque bustle of uptown Manhattan. Nine massive bronze sculptures repose between 72nd Street and 166th Street as part of the Broadway Mall Association’s public art program, in collaboration with Morrison Gallery in Kent, Connecticut, which represents Brown. There is a gentleness and innocence to Brown’s colossal beings. On medians, in plazas, and outside subway stations, these androgynous sculptures invite human interaction—kids clamber, tourists pose, dogs mark—while the statues sit with patient curiosity. “They are how I’d like to be—calm, open, aware, not nervous or self-conscious,” Brown says. The daughter of a missionary doctor, Brown grew up in Japan. The country’s aesthetic and culture directly influence her work. She recalls her family’s book of Haniwa, small clay warrior figures with cut out eyes and


mouths, depicting simple but complex expressions. After completing a traditional Japanese ceramics apprenticeship, Brown began her career as a potter, ultimately bringing her craft to the US. Brown has spent the past seven years working in Shanghai to build these gentle giants. She is delighted by the public’s reaction, with hundreds of #joybrownonbroadway posts on Instagram. “It has been a blast,” she says. “Everybody is responding to them. People imitating them, sitting in their laps. It’s just been crazy wonderful.” “Joy Brown on Broadway” will be exhibited through November. An exhibition of smaller clay figures that the bronze sculptures are based on is on display through October 1 at the Hudson Beach Glass Gallery in Beacon. Portfolio: —Marie Gillett

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