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A still from Fanny: The Right to Rock, screening at the Woodstock Film Festival. THE GUIDE, PAGE 67
DEPARTMENTS 10 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern on achieving equanimity in the face of death.
11 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney refuses to say “I told you so.” Sort of.
HIGH SOCIETY 15 Demystifying CBD CBD is one of the trendiest ingredients in the wellness sphere. Despite its popularity, there’s a lot people don’t understand about the compound, from its legality to its efficacy. Here’s our primer on THC’s nonpsychoactive cousin. Sign up for High Society, Chronogram’s cannabis culture newsletter, at Chronogram.com/highsociety.
THE RIVER CLIMATE LAB 12 A Change of Atmosphere Critics of Governor Cuomo believe he was all talk and little action on climate change, despite the state’s passage of the ambitious 2019 Climate Leadership and Protection Act. What happens next on climate with Cuomo out of the picture?
ON THE COVER Photograph by David McIntyre Niko McDonald, photographed at the Kite’s Nest community garden on North Front Street in Hudson in early August. McDonald, a teen activist and junior fellow at the Kite’s Nest Social Justice Leadership Academy was preparing for a performance the next day that would be the capstone of the summer program. David McIntyre’s photo essay on Hudson begins on page 48.
FOOD & DRINK 18 Rethinking the Recipe What happens when the cost of doing business goes up, tight margins get tighter, it’s hard to find new staff, existing staff need raises to afford to live in your community, and you can’t charge customers more? Welcome to running a restaurant in the Hudson Valley in 2021.
23 Sips & Bites Food and drink news from around the region: Kelly’s Ice Cream, Brigitte Bistro, Conover Club at Callicoon Hills, Overlook Bakery, and Culture Cream.
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An installation of portraits by Brenda Zlamany from her exhibition “The Itinerant Portraitist, 2011-2021” at the Re Institute in Millerton. EXHIBITS, PAGE 74
60 Poetry Poems by Michele Alexander, Caleb Beecher, Tina Dybvik, Amy Caponetto Galloway, Cliff Henderson, Anthony G. Herles, Yana Kane, David Lukas, Steve Mulvey, Pat Shazar, Mike Vashen, Darcie Whelan-Kortan, and Elizabeth Young. Edited by Phillip X Levine.
24 Rehabbing the Past, Owning the Future Master woodworker Tyreik Jackson brought his renovation skills—and his family—up from New York City to a historic but dated Colonial in Poughkeepsie.
HEALTH & WELLNESS 38 Sleep in the Time of Social Justice Disordered sleep is on the rise—not a shocker. The challenge is in reclaiming our sleep, despite anxiety, distraction, and self-sabotage. We chat with the experts.
EDUCATION 43 Course of Action Community colleges across the region are offering micro-credentials and certificate courses as a way for students to get skills outside of degree programs.
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The Basilica Soundscape festival returns, albeit in al fresco form at PS21 in Chatham. Acts include Elvis Perkins, Claire Rousay, and Circuit des Yeaux.
In-person screenings and panels are back at the 22nd Woodstock Film Festival, which features films by Todd Haynes, Matt Dillon, and Jack Fessenden.
Live Music: Some of the concerts we’re going to this month include Dr. Dog at Empire Live, Average White Band at Paramount Hudson Valley, the Hudson Valley Gospel Festival at Bowdoin Park, and Live Skull at Tubby’s.
“Terrain Biennial,” a combination of sculpture, commnuity organizing, and family therapy brings art to unexpected spaces in Newburgh.
The Short List: Our cultural crib sheet for September includes the Albany Book Festival, Her Six-Word Story at Safe Harbors, Berkshire International Film Festival, Art Walk Kingston, Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Snake in the Boot Collective, Paul Taylor Dance at the Mahaiwe, and comedy at Stone Ridge Orchard.
Exhibits: Gallery and museum shows around the region.
48 Hudson: Off Warren Street A photo essay by David McIntyre on life off the city’s main thoroughfare.
ARTS 62 Music Album reviews of Everywhere You’ve Been by Steve Almaas; Tough Crowd by Art Thief; and Blue Lotus by New Muse 4Tet. Plus listening recs from John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood.
63 Books Peter Aaron reviews Ed Sanders’s Alf Evers. Plus short reviews of How to Raise Kids That Aren’t Assholes by Melinda Wenner Moyer; The Vixen by Francine Prose; Someone Should Pay For Your Pain by Franz Nicolay; Selectd Poems 2002-2021 by J. R. Solonche; and What They Didn’t Burn by Mel Laytner.
HOROSCOPES 76 Cultivating Gratitude, Cleansing the Soul Lorelai Kude looks at what’s in the stars for September.
PARTING SHOT 80 Telephone of the Wind Along the Appalachian Trail in Putnam County there lies a spectral phone by which hikers can communicate with dead loved ones.
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Ask yourself who will be in difficulty if you die like a dog. At the moment of death, you have to be wholly aware of yourself and feel that you have done everything possible to use all, within your abilities, in this life which was given to you. —G. I. Gurdjieff
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The consideration of death has been much in the air of late. One’s inevitable demise, as well as the inexorable destruction of everyone we know, is always an ever-present specter. Nevertheless, the presence of the reaper seems to have greater force in the collective psyche in recent times. I recently received an instructive impression of one who prepares and dies well when my father-in-law passed in August at the conclusion of a long neurodegenerative illness. His inner life remained strong and coherent while his body was gradually deprived of powers of movement. He had several years to prepare for his death in earnest, and he made good use of the time. Unable to move out of his bed, the man spent long hours in meditation, a regular practice begun in his youth. He received many visitors, and before he lost the power of speech, recounted anecdotes from his life. The listeners heard his accounts as teaching stories and set about gathering them into a book*. They became something like devotees sitting at the feet of the master, as fulfilled being together in silence as hearing his yarns and teachings. Though some in his circle pitied him for the difficult ordeal of his long illness, he did not pity himself. He accepted his circumstances. Instead of complaining he seemed to embrace his condition as a practice, a sadhana. In the process, he appeared to pass through a metamorphosis. His being went from opaque, to translucent, and in the final days when he could no longer speak or even open his eyes (but was clearly present and aware), he became radiant and died with grace. The sense in the current atmosphere is that death is nearby, like a harvest moon in which the celestial queen appears brighter and closer than usual. For me, this awareness invites inquiry. Am I anxious about death? How do I prepare to die? What am I attached to that needs letting go? What remains to do, to resolve and reconcile? Do I know how to die, and if not, how can I learn to die well? Inquiring into myself I see a vain hope that my end can somehow be avoided, or at least forestalled. Impelled by anxiety I seek myriad forms of insurance against potential threats. I worry and fret and in the process forget that, for now, I am embodied, alive. The image of the preparation and death of my father-in-law is a potent foil to anxiety about my health and inevitable demise. He showed how to live as he prepared and died. Once accepting his inevitable suffering and death, he shed self-involvement, self-concern, and gave his full attention to his inner life and to those that came to sit with him. Seeing that death is neither distant nor avoidable, I understand that my primary aim must be to die well, that the means by which I could learn to die are precisely the means by which I might learn to live. This realization impels a continuous inventory of object relations, seeing those beliefs, habits, experiences, things, and people to which I am attached and would have difficulty letting go. I see that upon that final exhalation at the moment of death I must be ready to let go of everything. To let go, I have to be fully engaged with all my attention. Paradoxically, a chosen commitment to presence is the antidote to unconscious clinging. Sensing, feeling, knowing my existence in each moment little by little absorbs the attention that would go to the fiction of me, my attachments, to my self-importance and self-concern. This presence allows for meaningful service to others, to metabolize not only my own suffering, but that of my fellow human beings, to broadcast positive emanations in preparation for a return to the source. * I Don’t Know. I Love: A few entries from the log of a human voyage, by Michael Maruti Projansky, Monkfish, 2020
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ne thing you won’t read about in the magazine this month is the fall of Kabul and the Taliban regaining power in Afghanistan. The swift collapse of the American-aligned Afghan government has been dominating headlines both domestic and foreign the week that I write this in mid-August. We had a lot to say about Afghanistan in these pages 19 years ago, both in the brief interval between the 9/11 attacks and the US invasion on October 7, 2001, and afterward. (At least until the Bush administration trained its eye, Sauronlike, on Saddam Hussein and his supposed weapons of mass destruction and we began covering this second front in the War on Terror.) While it was clear at the time that the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was aiding and abetting Al Qaeda, offering it a safe haven from which to launch overseas attacks, it was less clear—at least to the editorial staff of this magazine—how successful a nation-building enterprise would be in a country that had eluded attempts by other great powers to tame it. After the 9/11 attacks, however, there would be no stopping an aggrieved nation crying for blood with righteous anger and a government built by design to spill it. (And the blood did flow. As of this writing, there have been 2,448 US military deaths in Afghanistan, and nearly 4,000 more US civilian contractors killed. Add to that the deaths of an estimated 69,000 Afghan military police, 47,000 civilian deaths, plus 51,000 dead opposition fighters. And don’t forget the 20,000 nonlethal US military casualties.) We also were curious as to how much a war would cost, in dollars. At the time, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and other architects of the war were mostly mum about budgeting, but when they did speak in (vague) particulars, the number they seemed to agree on was $100 billion for the war, and we’d be out in a year. While both this number and timeline were both farcical, little scrutiny was applied to the administration’s estimates. Some outlets, like Chronogram, suggested that based on the best guesses of military experts not in the employ of the current government, the War in Afghanistan would take longer than a year and cost way more than $100 billion. As the final US military flights are taxiing down the runway at Kabul airport, we can now get a final bill for the war. According to Brown University’s Costs of War Project, the total spending on the war in Afghanistan was $2.26 trillion. To break that down a bit: That’s $300 million per day, every day, for 20 years. Or $50,000 for each of Afghanistan’s 40 million people. And there are more costs to come, as we’ll have to pay back (with interest) the money borrowed to finance that war. The Costs of War project estimates that more than $500 billion in interest has already been paid, and that by 2050 the cost of interest alone on US Afghan war debt could reach $6.5 trillion. That’s $20,000 of debt for every American. What a phenomenal waste of blood and treasure to wind up right back where we started. That Other Crisis What we are covering in Chronogram this month is of less geopolitical importance, but nevertheless, there is at least one story about the implications of a toppled government—that of Governor Andrew Cuomo. In “Change of Atmosphere” (page 12), Lissa Harris talks with environmental activists about what the governor’s resignation means for climate
action in New York. Though Cuomo has held up the state’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act as a national model, recent actions by the governor belie his support for the CLCPA. With Cuomo out of the picture, environmental activists hope that Governor Hochul and the legislature are up to the task of taking the transformative action necessary to reach the state’s ambitious climate goals. This article was originally published last month on The River Newsroom, our sister site that publishes investigative journalism and analysis on regional topics of national importance. From March 2020 until a few months ago, Lissa Harris spearheaded The River’s coverage of COVID. She crunched the numbers, parsed the data, and read the tea leaves of governmental pronouncements to make sense of the pandemic in real time. A self-described (and quite adept) disaster reporter, Lissa has now shifted her beat to oversee coverage of another seemingly inextinguishable Dumpster fire of a catastrophe: climate change. In July, The River launched the Climate Lab, a project dedicated to original reporting and analysis on how the climate crisis is changing the Hudson Valley and Catskills region, and the solutions that are helping us prepare for and adapt to that change. The Climate Lab’s reporting is regionally focused, solutionsoriented, and independent. We plan to feature much of its coverage in these pages in the coming months. In October, we’ll be digging in on community aggregated solar as part of our Climate Solutions Week coverage, in partnership with Sustainable Hudson Valley. Find all of Climate Lab’s ongoing coverage at Therivernewsroom.com/climate-lab. A Note of Appreciation A couple of years ago, my colleague Samm Liotta showed up at my desk one afternoon with a bottle of whiskey and a tumbler full of ice. I knew, at once, something terrible had happened, and I knew what exactly what the terribleness was. “You’re pregnant,” I said. “I am,” Samm said, pouring me a stiff one. Samm is thoughtful. And a good project manager. She knew that the thought of her absence from the office for multiple months on maternity leave would have a deeply destabilizing effect on my psyche. That afternoon, she managed me effectively and with empathy. This has been Samm’s MO during her nine-year tenure with us, from overseeing the creation, launch, and execution of the Chronogram Block Party (remember those?) to testing and adopting and dropping digital marketing platforms to conceptualizing and coordinating the successful roll-out of the Chronogrammies readers’ choice awards in the middle of a pandemic. And so much more: Writing and recording cheesy radio ads, turning difficult clients into grateful ones, discreetly assisting me through one disastrous wardrobe malfunction in the office (I’ve not worn white pants since), knowing how to manage up gracefully, lighting up a room with her sheer irrepressibility. This is the first issue since Samm has left the employ of Chronogram Media and gone on to “pursue other opportunities” as the saying goes. And I do believe this time she’s gone for good. (I am saving her favorite red office chair in case something shifts, however. Hear that, Samm?) While this organization has lost a valued and trusted colleague, I have been lucky enough to find that rare thing in its place—a good friend. 9/21 CHRONOGRAM 11
CHANGE OF ATMOSPHERE WHAT CUOMO’S RESIGNATION MEANS FOR CLIMATE ACTION IN NEW YORK By Lissa Harris Photo by Don Pollard Illustration by Kerry Tinger
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ndrew Cuomo ruled New York with an iron fist for a decade. His resignation, in a time of overlapping, worsening disasters, has caused a mighty turmoil in the anthill of state government, as career civil servants whose jobs once depended on avoiding the governor’s wrath now scramble to distance themselves from his legacy. Crafting policy to deal with climate change is one of the most complicated problems facing New York State, and Cuomo is leaving the stage at a critical time for the issue, with a state plan his agency appointees have helped draft still half-formed. But in the eyes of activists who have been pushing for effective climate policy, Cuomo’s imminent departure isn’t a crisis: in fact, it’s an opportunity. While Cuomo has talked about climate change as an emergency and held up the state’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) as a national model, his actions haven’t matched his rhetoric. In the most recent budget session, Cuomo tried to create a loophole in New York City’s tough new local building efficiency law to make it friendlier to real estate developers. That effort didn’t succeed, but another recent action—Cuomo’s appointment of two political allies to the Public Service Commission
over the objections of environmentalists—is likely to steer the course of state climate action for years to come. The CLCPA commits New York State to some ambitious climate goals: full decarbonization of the electrical grid by 2040, net zero emissions across the state economy by 2050, and the investment of between 35 and 40 percent of state climate funding in disadvantaged communities that bear the brunt of both climate impacts and fossil fuel-driven air pollution. But in order to make those goals a reality, the state needs two things: dedicated climate funding, and a road map for taking transformative action. Advocates say Cuomo has been actively unhelpful on both fronts, and are hoping that his successor will leave state agencies and climatefocused legislators more room to maneuver. “If Cuomo is removed, it’ll be an enormous boost to the potential of transformative climate action, because he stands squarely in the way of it,” says Pete Sikora of New York Communities for Change, who was happy to blast the governor on the record before he announced his resignation. “The governor is both a harasser and an abuser, and acts on behalf of the polluter lobby and polluters to weaken environmental protections and stop climate action.”
Under His Eye Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a conservative Democrat from Buffalo who served one partial term in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, isn’t known for being a staunch advocate for good climate policy—or, to most of New York State, for much at all, besides being Cuomo’s second-in-command. While in Congress, Hochul stood with fossil fuel industry supporters on a number of key votes, including a 2012 bill to fast-track the construction of the Keystone pipeline and open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. But the cautious optimism of climate policy advocates about a suddenly Cuomo-less New York has little to do with Hochul’s politics, and everything to do with the fact that she’s not Andrew Cuomo, a notorious micromanager with a reputation for wielding terror as a tool of government. “He has been so controlling of the various agencies and departments. With him gone, it will be interesting to see how that changes things,” says former state senator Jen Metzger, who now advises on policy for the nonprofit New Yorkers for Clean Power. “Kathy Hochul is more of a collaborative person. Virtually anyone is more of a collaborative person than the governor.” Sikora puts it more bluntly. “I liken him to the Eye of Sauron,” he says. “You’re in an agency, you’re a good little hobbit. And then the Eye of Sauron comes and looks at you, and it is horrifying and scary. And then hopefully it looks away.” While the shape of New York’s climate law comes from the state legislature—which still has a vital role to play in passing legislation to fund and implement the CLCPA—much of the muscle and expertise that will drive the work of decarbonization and climate resilience is in-house in the administrative branch. State government bodies like the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Public Service Commission, New York State Energy Research and Development, and the Department of Transportation are already making decisions that steer the fate of future greenhouse gas emissions in New York, and will soon be explicitly charged with taking action on meeting state climate goals. The most obviously climate-focused body in the Cuomo administration is the state Climate Action Council (CAC), a 22-member committee composed of state agency heads, representatives of industry, scientists, and policy advocates. With help from an array of expert advisory panels, the CAC is working through the enormous task of coming up with a statewide scoping plan that will guide New York’s progress toward the climate targets made law by the CLCPA. A draft of the scoping plan is expected soon, and the final document is due by early 2022. Not having Cuomo looming over the process will potentially be “liberating” for CAC appointees, Sikora says. “I think it will be actually extremely helpful to the basic functions of state government.” The deepening scandal around Cuomo’s treatment of his female subordinates seems to have put some rebellious fettle into DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, who co-chairs the
CAC with NYSERDA head Doreen Harris. “All of this behavior is outrageous and unacceptable and unbecoming of a public official—or any person. I’m in awe of the strength of these women,” Seggos tweeted on Tuesday, August 3, shortly after the Attorney General’s bombshell report dropped. “Enough.” What Changes? Officially, Not Much Whoever occupies the Executive Mansion at 138 Eagle Street, the law is the law. New York State is still legally committed to pursue the goals of the CLCPA, the Climate Action Council will keep doing its job on the scoping plan, and state legislators will still have their work cut out for them on climate. NY Renews, a coalition of more than 200 environmental, justice, and community organizations that has been pushing for state climate legislation, said in a statement issued August 3 that regardless of the outcome of any impeachment proceedings, the state government must continue to follow the path it has been on since the CLCPA’s passage. “Under the law, the Climate Action Council must deliver a draft scoping plan by the end of the year, and this plan must include a rapid transition to renewable energy with 40 percent of the money spent invested in frontline, environmental justice communities,” the coalition’s steering committee wrote. “Regardless of what happens regarding the governor, the CAC must continue to work to implement the CLCPA and protect New Yorkers from pollution and climate change, and Albany must take positive action on other bold legislation.” Another thing that won’t change with Cuomo’s departure: There will be stiff (and well-funded) opposition to any climate policy with real teeth, whether it comes from an agency decision or new legislation. “The opposition we’re facing is well endowed, and is not afraid to throw their lobbying power around,” says Liz Moran, environmental policy director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “Advocates are going to have to keep fighting, no matter who is in that office.” Speaking only for herself personally, not the entire coalition, NY Renews spokesperson Arielle Swernoff ventured some careful optimism in a Twitter conversation on August 3. “When New York has passed major climate laws, the legislature was generally in the driver’s seat, with the support of activists and the climate movement. If Cuomo is impeached, there could be more room for action,” she wrote. Free to Move About the Capitol Throughout his tenure as governor, Cuomo has wielded a tremendous amount of power over the state legislature, and he hasn’t been shy about exercising it, especially in budget season. With the state’s most heavy-handed political operative out of the picture, the legislature will have more freedom to act aggressively on climate policy, if they choose to use it. That said: it’s unclear whether lawmakers can commit to acting with the swiftness demanded by the present climate emergency. The New York State Legislature has not exactly covered itself
“The opposition we’re facing is well endowed, and is not afraid to throw their lobbying power around.” —Liz Moran, environmental policy director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
with glory on climate issues since passing the CLCPA in 2019. This year, state lawmakers had the opportunity to put a funding mechanism in place to meet state climate goals, ban future fossil-fueled electric plant development, put a moratorium on industrial-scale bitcoin mining, and beef up energy efficiency standards for buildings. All will eventually be necessary to achieve the CLCPA’s climate goals. Legislators did none of them. But whether or not state lawmakers have the grit to make bold new climate law, at least they will have more room to maneuver. “I do think this opens up a big opportunity for the legislature in the next session to take a real lead on climate,” Metzger says. “The word that constantly comes to mind is ‘liberating.’” Introducing The River’s Climate Lab: Climate journalism with a focus on solutions and local communities. Therivernewsroom.com/climatelab. 9/21 CHRONOGRAM 13
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Clearing the Air Demystifying CBD By Lisa DiVenuta
BD is one of the trendiest ingredients in the wellness sphere, with a reputation as an artisanal remedy for stress, anxiety and inflammation. Despite its popularity, there’s a lot people don’t understand about CBD, from its legality to efficacy. After all, it’s an ingredient prominently featured in the Whole Foods cosmetics aisle and is a former Schedule I controlled substance. And while cannabis experts have different opinions and perceptions about CBD, they agree that more education is paramount. Currently, there’s only one CBD product approved by the FDA; a prescription oil called Epidiolex that’s used to treat seizures. Smallscale clinical research and anecdotal evidence suggest CBD is effective in treating a range of health conditions. Until federal regulations catch up with CBD’s popularity, consumers should do their own due diligence before using CBD products. Healthcare professionals, dispensary owners, and consumers are eager to share what they’ve learned about the myriad therapeutic benefits of this diverse compound. Does CBD get you high? Nope. The 2018 Farm Bill allows retailers to sell CBD products with less than .03 percent THC, which is not enough to cause psychoactive effects (but enough to flag a positive drug test). Most commercially available CBD products contain both CBD and trace levels of THC, as THC helps activate CBD’s medicinal properties. Thomas Winstanley is the vice president of marketing at Theory Wellness, a small-batch marijuana company with recreational and medical dispensaries in Massachusetts and Maine. “Nearly every one of our CBD products has a small amount of THC,” says Winstanley, “Not to the extent that you’ll feel high, but the effects may vary based on how much you’ve had to eat that day, or other external factors.” When explaining CBD’s effects, Winstanley is careful not to make any definitive statements. He says “may” and “potential” because everybody responds in a different way to CBD, like caffeine, alcohol, or prescription medications. Hemp-derived CBD, even when it contains trace levels of THC, is legal in all 50 states. Still,
it’s important to be informed about your CBD retailer’s source plant and ask your healthcare provider before taking CBD for any medical reason. Depending on your personal tolerance for cannabis, even federally legal CBD products can cause mild euphoria. What is the ECS? Understanding CBD starts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which maintains homeostasis. Think of the ECS as a universal regulator. Life-sustaining physiological processes and functions like pain perception, digestion, energy, metabolism, bone density, blood pressure, stress, and hunger rely on the ECS for optimal functionality. Simply put, the ECS keeps our bodies functioning at peak performance. It naturally releases cannabinoids when we go for a long run, meditate, or dance to our favorite song. Our bodies don’t need cannabis to maintain homeostasis, but much like taking vitamins to supplement your immune system, CBD and other cannabinoids can benefit your endocannabinoid system, keeping vital systems in balance and maintaining an overall sense of wellbeing. “Small, regular doses of cannabinoids from hemp and other plants help support the endocannabinoid system and enhance its signaling,” says Barbara Shea Tracy, MSN, FNP-C, a Massachusetts-based nurse practitioner and professor of nursing. Tracy currently works at Medwell Health and Wellness, a medical cannabis evaluation clinic, where she treats patients and teaches students about the endocannabinoid system and medicinal uses of cannabis. “Cannabinoids like CBD may act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system,” says Tracy. Like Winstanley, Tracy avoids making definitive statements about the effects of CBD as its effects vary from person to person. CBD dosing is both an art and a science If you’re interested in CBD for medicinal or therapeutic benefits, the first step is learning about dosing and bioavailability. All commercially available CBD should be accurately labeled, whether you’re buying from a dispensary, smoke shop, or online retailer.
“The CBD market is still largely unregulated when it comes to labeling and testing requirements,” says Dazey CBD founder Tori Bodin. She publishes the thirdparty testing results for all Dazey CBD products on the brand’s website to maintain transparency with customers. The dose refers to the amount of CBD in your product (whether it’s an edible, pre-roll, oil, or tincture), while bioavailability refers to how much of that dose will get into your ECS for you to feel its effects. And bioavailability depends on the form of CBD you’re using. Broad-spectrum CBD is distilled to remove any trace of THC while retaining the rest of the plant’s ingredients. Pure CBD is distilled even further, removing every other element of the plant besides CBD. Full-spectrum CBD includes trace amounts of THC (within the federally legal limit of .03 percent) and other compounds called terpenes. It’s still possible to feel the minor amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD, depending on your endocannabinoid system. “Terpenes are molecules responsible for the distinct smell and taste of cannabis varieties and have therapeutic properties,” says Tracy. Terpenes work synergistically with cannabinoids and when taking full-spectrum CBD products, you’ll enjoy what’s known as “the entourage effect,” where every botanical compound of the plant works together to create a salubrious effect. Charlotte Hanna, founder and CEO of Community Growth Partners, a vertically integrated woman-and-minority-owned cannabis company based in Massachusetts, believes fullspectrum CBD is the most beneficial for medical patients and recreational consumers, largely due to the entourage effect of cannabinoids, terpenes, and THC. “THC can increase the potency of CBD,” says Hanna. However, there are some instances where pure CBD may be the best option. Tracy advises patients to take pure CBD if they feel too high from broad or full-spectrum CBD. “CBD tamps down the feeling of being high,” says Tracy. “Rather than interacting directly with cannabinoid receptors, CBD remains on the outside, assisting other cannabinoids in reaching receptors in the brain.” 9/21 CHRONOGRAM 15
“Educating consumers on CBD is difficult when there are so many other products out there that are not what they claim to be. There is a lot out there that’s snake oil, and there’s a lot of quality product.” —Charlotte Hanna, founder and CEO of Community Growth Partners Betsy Meyer, CBD enthusiast and cannabis processor from Portland, Oregon, prefers full or broad-spectrum CBD even though she lives in a state where recreational marijuana is legalized. “If there’s more CBD than THC in flower, I don’t get any anxiety as a side effect.” Meyer’s father, who has diabetes, takes pure CBD to help regulate his glucose levels. She even gave pure CBD to a friend’s dog, who was suffering from stomach cancer. Meanwhile, Rachel, a 24-year-old IT professional, takes CBD for chronic pain and anxiety. She lives in Pennsylvania, where recreational marijuana is still illegal. Rachel first heard about CBD from a friend who was visiting from California. “I had consumed a THC edible and was starting to freak out a bit,” says Rachel. Her friend offered Rachel a hit from his CBD pen, telling her it could help mitigate the effects of THC. “I trusted him, and I trusted cannabis,” says Rachel. “It was the best THC edible experience, thanks to the CBD.” Rachel has suffered from scoliosis and debilitating menstrual cramps since age nine. For years, she tried treating her symptoms with ibuprofen and, later, THC. “Traditional marijuana helped,” says Rachel. “But it made me groggy. So I started looking into herbal treatments and decided to give red raspberry leaf teas and CBD a try.” Quality control in the gray market Hanna believes the CBD industry would greatly benefit from more regulation and federal oversight. “Manufacturers of high-quality CBD are in a very crowded marketplace,” warns Hanna. “Educating consumers on CBD is difficult when there are so many other products out there that are not what they claim to be. There is a lot out there that’s snake oil, and there’s a lot of quality product.” Misinformation, inaccurately labeled products, and vague ingredients can quickly turn customers off when it comes to CBD. As a healthcare provider, Tracy first became interested in CBD as an indirect result of the unregulated market. “A patient approached me after paying $120 for a vial of CBD that had no effect,” recalls Tracy. Hanna stresses the importance of being a conscious and informed consumer. She recommends buying CBD from a licensed dispensary and asking questions: Tell me 16 CHRONOGRAM 9/21
about the source flower. Where did you get the ingredients? Where was it grown? “At Theory,” says Winstanley, “employees undergo intensive, comprehensive training to understand the efficacy of their products.” “We know these products inside and out,” says Winstanley. “We want to make sure our customers know the products as well as we do.” Winstanley fosters an environment of empathy and open-mindedness among staff and clients. Questions are encouraged, and the dispensary offers private consulting services for customers who’d like to go over the menu in detail or receive tailored recommendations. “People come in looking for a better quality of life,” says Winstanley. “We want to set them up for the best possible experience with these products. For example, we’ve helped veterans from upstate New York find relief from PTSD and cancer patients who need something to help stimulate their appetite.” Every product at Theory Wellness has unique packaging labels based on its batch. Theory controls its entire supply chain, growing products in-house, curing them, extracting and packaging them. Anything produced for one of Theory’s retail locations gets tested in a third-party Massachusetts laboratory where scientists look for every identifiable cannabinoid in the batch. “Even if you buy green apple CBD chews from us on one day and come back a month later, there’s going to be a different profile based on the test results,” explains Winstanley. In other words, each batch of product— anything from flower, edibles, or oil—is packaged with specific labels based on the information found at the lab. Tracy has seen hundreds of patients reap the medicinal benefits of CBD purchased from regulated dispensaries. “CBD has shown to be neuroprotective,” says Tracy. “It is antiinflammatory, anti-oxidative, thus reducing inflammation; anti-emetic in alleviating nausea and vomiting; and it reduces anxiety.” CBD is just the beginning CBD’s popularity is more than a fleeting trend. Its buzz steadily increases year after year as more states opt for legalization, giving way to more clinical studies and market availability. Still, CBD is just one of the hundred-plus cannabinoids. Its therapeutic benefits can be found in THCA, CBN, and CBG (to name a few). “You need the whole plant,” says Hanna. “Everything in our store has some THC in it. Terpenes are an important therapeutic component of the cannabis plant as well.” Hanna points to limonene, a terpene known for its zesty fragrance. Citrus fruits have naturally occurring limonene, as well as cannabis. Over 100 terpenes have been identified in cannabis, and they work in harmony with the plant’s hundreds of cannabinoids to augment the plant’s mellow or energetic effects, depending on its strain. What about some of the lesser-known cannabinoids? There’s CBN, which occurs when THC is aged and stored. It’s similar to CBD but slightly psychoactive and, in Hanna’s opinion, extremely relaxing. For curious consumers, Rebelle, a dispensary in Great Barrington, offers CBN products in edible and tincture form.
There’s also THC-V, which researchers have found to act as an appetite suppressant, and CBT, which scientists believe can be an alternative to the ADHD medication Adderall. The fact that the same drug known for munchies can help curb your appetite is a testament to its versatility. “There are so many other cannabinoids that we’re just learning about,” says Hanna, although some haven’t reached the East Coast yet. On the horizon, Hanna is working with scientists to formulate a tincture for Rebelle, using custom amounts of CBD, CBN, THC, and essential oils (which have therapeutic benefits, like terpenes). The future of CBD The legal market on the East Coast is small,” says Winstanley, “But it’s going to expand.” He says Theory is interested in opening up more dispensaries in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Winstanley believes New York’s legalization of marijuana was a watershed moment for the cannabis industry and sped up the timeline for other states to pass their own legislature. “New York passed legalization, followed by New Mexico. Virginia moved up their timeline and wheels began to turn into motion across the country. It was a tipping point in the future of legalization,” says Winstanley. “We’re happy for New York State and cannot wait to see this market come online.” Indeed, CBD regulation is finally getting some much-needed attention from influential politicians. On July 14, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, an ambitious piece of legislation that, if passed, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and allow comprehensive testing and regulations for hemp-derived CBD. For now, consumers should keep in mind that CBD, like every other health supplement, works best if taken regularly. “I teach my patients to keep a log and to write what they took, when they took it, and how it made them feel,” says Tracy. “Usually, after several weeks, patients can identify products and dosages specific to their needs.” What’s next for CBD CBD enthusiasts like Rachel, Myers, and Bodin plan to continue using CBD in the future, even as traditional, THC-based products become more readily available. Incorporating CBD and herbal remedies into Rachel’s wellness routine has drastically improved her quality of life. “I feel like a new person,” says Rachel. “I’m no longer trapped in bed by all the pain.” Rachel typically takes full-spectrum CBD every day after work, either smoking a pre-roll or eating an edible. “Outside of pain management, CBD does make me feel less anxious and helps me enjoy THC a lot more,” says Rachel. She finds CBD makes her more creative, as well. “Many people don’t realize that when CBD became federally legal, it wasn’t just for ingestibles and beauty products,” says Bodin. “It was also the first time other manufacturers could start buying and experimenting with hemp as well. The future is very exciting.”
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RETHINKING THE RECIPE THE NEW MATH OF RUNNING RESTAURANTS By Kathleen Willcox
hat happens when the cost of doing business goes up, tight margins get tighter, it’s hard to find new staff, existing staff need raises to afford to live in your community, and you can’t charge customers more? This is the existential crisis the restaurant industry is facing across the country right now. Certain pockets of the nation, including the Hudson Valley, are feeling the pinch most intensely. We looked at the data, and spoke to several restaurant owners and chefs to get a sense of just how bad things are, and how (or if ) they plan to make ends meet. The Numbers During the height of the pandemic, the peril that restaurants faced was front-page news. The National Restaurant Association appealed to Congress after surveying 6,000 restaurant owners and 250 supply chain businesses in November of 2020, and found that 87 percent of restaurants were reporting an average 36 percent 18 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 9/21
drop in sales revenue. Restaurants only average five to six percent in annual profit in a good year, making that drop unsustainable. Last year, more than 110,000 bars and restaurants closed in the US closed, either temporarily or permanently. Two-and-a-half million jobs were lost, and sales fell by $240 billion in 2020 from the forecasted $899 billion. When the restaurants that survived were able to reopen again, many believed they were well on the road to recovery. “We made it through a friggin’ pandemic,” says Courtney Malsatzki, general manager at Phoenicia Diner and Dixon Roadside. “We all thought after that, surely things would get better quickly. But I have never seen so many friends in the industry concerned about staying above water. The price of ingredients is going up, restaurants are struggling to hire, and some customers—don’t get me wrong, 99 percent of our customers are amazing—have such high expectations after being home for more than a year, that it’s hard to meet them.”
Ingredients Restaurants provide hospitality and experiences, sure. But what that experience is built on is food. No one wants to walk into their favorite restaurant and find that the price of their preferred menu item has surged 40 percent. But if the prices reflected market reality, that’s exactly what would happen. In a Facebook post that went viral on June 29, High Falls Kitchenette in High Falls explained that prices were up 47 percent for beef, 40 percent for chicken breast, 100 percent for chicken wings, 25 percent for shrimp, and 51 percent for pork. “Prices are all over the map for produce for us, and can vary 20 percent week to week,” says Malsatzki. “The weather this summer has been completely unpredictable, so the prices of limes and avocadoes in particular have been fluctuating a lot. We’ve been luckier with our meat purveyors, because we have been sourcing from the same local farmers for years, and they do everything they can to keep their prices steady.” Even prices on necessary items like gloves
and take-out containers are surging, says Lagusta Yearwood, owner of New Paltz’s the Commissary and Lagusta’s Luscious, a vegan chocolate shop with outposts in New Paltz and New York City. The job of every chef and general manager is to manage costs for ingredients, without passing on too much of that inevitable fluctuation to the customer. That often means changing the menu frequently for farm-to-table restaurants like Phoenicia Diner and Dixon Roadhouse, where prices typically run around $12 to $22, and rethinking specials for restaurants like Willow by Charlie Palmer at Rhinebeck’s Mirbeau Inn & Spa, where dinner entrées range from $17 to $120, and the rest of the menu is static for six months. “We work with five or six vendors, so every day we do comparison shopping,” says Edward Kellogg, general manager and partner at Mirbeau. “We run daily specials, and if there’s a good buy on something like crabmeat, which has been doubling in price for the past two months, we’ll buy it quickly and run it as the special as a way to manage costs.” Labor Challenges Finding people willing to make and serve food is another enormous problem facing the hospitality industry. Employment at restaurants and bars was down 1.5 million jobs, 12 percent by about year over year as of July, according to the most recent numbers available from the National Restaurant Association. Additionally, a survey in May found about 72 percent of operators at restaurants of all types reported problems recruiting and retaining workers. It seems that the people who spent their lives in hospitality, given some time off, simply aren’t eager to return. And when they do, they realize they don’t want to stay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that every month, the “quit rate” for those in food services is higher than any other field. In May, it hovered around 5.7 percent. At Commissary, where Yearwood says they used to get 50 applicants for every job, they’re getting maybe 10, many of whom are no longer be interested by the time—generally a day or two later. “These days, we’ll have maybe two interviews for every open job, whereas we used to have a line of people,” Yearwood says. A short-term solution for many, has been resorting to bringing in young teenagers to do the jobs that used to go to folks in their 20s and 30s. “We have a lot of 14- and 15-year-olds bussing, serving, and even hosting,” Malsatzki says. The learning curve is “steep,” she admits, and the pay? “The same.” For Ric Orlando, the pandemic is only highlighting problems that have been endemic in the industry, and the culture at large, for decades. Orlando, previously executive chef at New World Bistro says he took a buyout a year ago, just as the pandemic was taking off. “It was the best thing I’ve done for myself in years,” he says. While the pandemic has introduced
The staff of Dixon Roadside in Bearsville. Courtney Malsatzki, general manager at Phoenicia Diner and Dixon Roadside says produce prices are all over the map. “Prices can vary 20 percent week to week,” she says.
new complications to employing people in restaurants, Orlando says the issue is rooted in our misperceptions about the culture of food. “The Food Network has been screwing with the reality of kitchen work for decades,” Orlando says. “I started working in kitchens in high school, and I was instantly drawn to it. It’s 90 percent factory work though. It’s not for everyone. You could spend years peeling carrots and not making money. For hundreds of years working in kitchens has been an apprenticeship. It requires passion and a certain type of mindset. When I got started, you would have been laughed out of the kitchen if anyone beside the executive chef called themselves a chef.” Becoming a chef—even a well-respected cook—requires years of practice, skill development, and dedication, he says. But the other harsh truth is, “even if you make $15 an hour cooking or serving tables, and you love it, you can’t afford to live in Kingston, or any of the other towns around here,” Orlando says. “Rent is going up, and so is the cost of living. People expect to have smartphones and cars. Back in the day, phone bills were $8 and rent was dirt cheap. The built-in overhead these days is much higher than it was when I was getting started.” Gentrification As Orlando says, even on $15 an hour, which is increasingly becoming the norm at restaurants, with chains like Chipotle, the Olive Garden, and McDonalds promising pay of up to $17 an hour, rent averages out to be more than $2,000 a month in the Hudson Valley, and continues to rise. Mirbeau is offering signing bonuses, and bonuses to current employers for referrals, Kellogg says. Some restaurants and owners are rethinking
“Even if you make $15 an hour cooking or serving tables, and you love it, you can’t afford to live in Kingston, or any of the other towns around here. Rent is going up, and so is the cost of living. People expect to have smartphones and cars. Back in the day, phone bills were $8 and rent was dirt cheap. The built-in overhead these days is much higher than it was when I was getting started.”
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pay scales. “$7.50 doesn’t cut it for a server, and it hasn’t for some time,” says Josephine Proul, chef and owner of Local 111 in the Columbia County village of Philmont. “I’m in a smaller, blue-collar town, and I want the people who work here to be able to afford to live here. Adults automatically make $25 an hour, and we add a 20 percent service charge across the board. It’s my way of honoring the fact that people are taking care of you in this space.” (Teenage staff make minimum wage at Local 111.) People still can, and often do, tip, she says. Others are reevaluating what they ask of their staffers. “I’ve been working in hot kitchens for decades, and I realize it’s not for everyone,” Yearwood says. “Some of our most popular dishes, like our ramen with creamy broth and seasonal toppings, required so many steps to prepare, we have taken it off our menu. We don’t have enough staff to be able to do it without placing an enormous amount of stress on them.” Yearwood has adjusted the entire Commissary menu, with the goal of creating an atmosphere of relaxation and hospitality for customers, without making what she is beginning to see as inhumane demands on her staff. The Future This is, many say, where the industry needs to go. “We’ve been paying above industry standards for years,” says Ben Giardullo, cofounder of Kitchen & Coffee in Beacon. “And even though we’re a bakery, we don’t ask anyone to come in overnight, because who wants to do that? Paying fair wages and treating staff fairly builds loyalty. And we also have to rethink the model of how we serve people, and what we serve. I’m opening a new place next door, and everything I’m seeing around me is helping me plan the staffing and menu.” At Phoenicia Diner, they’re taking an active role in transporting, and even housing, staffers. “We’re really lucky because about half of our staff of 45 or so has been with us for at least eight years,” Malsatzki says. “They’re willing to work with us and do what it takes to get things done. For us, that often means ride-sharing. We make sure people without a car can catch a ride. And it means my house manager Dina and I sometimes do double duty if we don’t have the staff, working the back end and the floor.” They even recently rented an apartment. “The Diner is so far out, we just decided to rent it for the year because so many of our staffers are getting pushed out over higher rents,” Malsatzki explains. Some, like Orlando, are leaving their jobs, while staying in the industry. “Now I’m a solo practitioner, and I do private dinners and popups,” Orlando says. “And I’m working on a line of hot sauces, including one in partnership with Nine Pin Cider, and doing cooking classes.” Behind-the-scenes gymnastics on the parts of chefs and owners, rethinking menus on the fly, paying people more, and reimagining the model for restaurants will help. But if they’re going to succeed, they need customers who are willing to tip those hard-working servers, and also willing to overlook the occasional bump in the road. The next time you’re ready to fire off a one-star Yelp review? Maybe think twice.
Turning the Tables Amid fears of a labor shortage in some sectors of the American economy, two narratives have emerged. One blames the shortage on workers being lazy; the other highlights the low pay, poor treatment, and scant benefits as the primary causes. In fact, the pandemic exacerbated the economic insecurity of many restaurant workers. During lockdowns, about 60 percent of restaurant workers didn’t qualify for any unemployment assistance because their base pay was too low. As lockdown eased, tips were down between 50 and 70 percent in states across the nation. This could be one reason why one-third of hospitality workers don’t plan to return to the industry after the pandemic. Restaurant owners are trying to come up with ways to bring workers back. “Right now you’re seeing more in terms of wages and benefits being offered than ever before,” says Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association. “Additional benefits are being offered in terms of health care or paid vacation or 401k. It’s just a way to try something new and attract employees in a way they’ve never had to before.” But restaurant worker advocacy groups such as One Fair Wage (OFW) and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) say all restaurant workers must be paid a minimum wage, separate from tips, to ensure workers in the industry don’t continue to fall into
poverty—one of many adverse outcomes of wage work that depends on tips. It’s also the solution, they say, to what is being referred to as a labor shortage. This May, 72 percent of restaurant operators said recruiting and retaining workers was their biggest challenge in operating. According to a June report entitled “It’s A Wage Shortage, Not A Worker Shortage” by One Fair Wage, 90 percent of restaurant workers in New York say they would’ve stayed in the industry if they were given “full, stable living wages” (compared to 78 percent who reported the same nationwide). A lower wage that forces workers to rely on tips has been linked to higher rates of sexual harassment—the restaurant industry has the highest rate of sexual harassment—and disproportionately low wages for people of color. On average, workers of color earn less in tips than their white counterparts. Eighty percent of women in the restaurant industry have reported being sexually harassed at work, according to a study by Restaurant Opportunities Center United. There are just seven states that require tipped workers to be paid a minimum wage; those states have half the rates of reported sexual harassment in the workplace. An excerpt from “Is It a Restaurant Labor Shortage, or a Broken Restaurant Industry?” by Amayah Spence, published on August 13 on Therivernewsroom.com.
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sips & bites Kelly’s Ice Cream Kelly’s Creamery and Kelly’s Husband’s Truck in Dover Plains serve up the stuff childhood (and adult) dreams are made of. Located six miles south of the Wassaic train station, the two Kellys tag team timeless summertime pleasures with a whimsical ice cream parlor and, across the parking lot, a roadside burger shack food truck. The last days of summer are sweeter with their velvety chocolate soft serve or clean vanilla; the drive-in burger is crave-worthy; and the fries are piping hot and perfectly crispy. It’s a fun, family-friendly environment with picnic tables set out in the lot and a mini-golf course off to one side. In addition to the 30-plus flavors of ice cream and the 20+ flavors of Italian ice, Kelly’s also offers cereal ice cream sandwiches (think Rice Krispies Treats), choco tacos, and sundaes. Sweet tooth = satisfied. 3202 Route 22, Dover Plains | Kellyscreamerykht.com
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Overlook Bakery When a popular ice cream shop’s space became available in Woodstock, the opportunity was too good to pass up, and suddenly Rosie DeVito went from baking in her home kitchen to running a brickand-mortar bakery selling classic cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. In the few short months it’s been open to the public, Overlook Bakery has already become a Tinker Street fixture. In addition to DeVito’s own confectionary wonders and coffee from Mount Tremperbased HeavyFeather Roasting Co, the bakery also showcases products from fellow local businesses like drool-worthy stuffed bagels from Moonrise Bagels and flower arrangements from Eirene Woodstock. 105 Tinker Street, Woodstock | Instagram.com/overlookbakery
Brigitte Bistro In Red Hook, in the former Mercato space, you can now find Brigitte Bistro, dishing up classic French cuisine with seasonal Hudson Valley produce. An extensive buildout added an event space in one half of the building and an elegant bar in the dining room. A new, open kitchen overlooks the main dining area, which has been repainted in an elegant Provence blue. Expect classics: escargots in an garlic herb butter ($14); French onion soup, served here with gruyere $14); duck confit with mustard bacon dressing served over French lentils ($29); pan-seared Faroe Island salmon with pesto and ratatouille; and for the spendy—a steak frite dish with grilled rib eye and a red wine butter sauce ($40). Crystal chandeliers and white tablecloths give the new bistro a decidedly upscale vibe, while an oversized photo of the namesake Brigitte Bardot on a bicycle adds a touch of whimsy. 61 East Market Street, Red Hook | Brigittebistro61.com
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Tyreik Jackson’s 1772 Center Hall Colonial was once the center of a 160-acre dairy farm. The three-acre property features multiple outbuildings, once used for milking cows and stabling horses, which has converted into a carpentry shop and storage. 24 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 9/21
REHABBING THE PAST, OWNING THE FUTURE A MASTER CRAFTSMAN RESTORES A HISTORIC COLONIAL IN POUGHKEEPSIE By Mary Angeles Armstrong Photos by Winona Barton-Ballentine
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Jackson created the breakfast nook by tearing down an interior wall, then vaulting the ceiling above.
The 1772 Center Hall Colonial Jackson shares with his wife, Monica Jackson, and their three children bears evidence of his handiwork everywhere. The traditional kitchen trimmed with mahogany blends high-end finishes with many of the home’s original features. The thirdfloor attic space—which Jackson believes was once enslaved servant quarters—is now a giant family room and guest space. Jackson and his wife stumbled upon the house, which was once a 160-acre dairy farm, in 2014, when they were looking to relocate from New York City. Since then, Jackson has made the historic home and its restoration a bright chapter in his story. Besides his subway following, his carpentry skills and distinctively crafted wood furniture is also gaining local attention—and soon, one of the Hudson Valley’s best kept woodworking secrets will be out. The Wishing Well Jackson grew up in Williamsburg, where his mother was a community activist and his penchant for rehabilitating neglected woodwork emerged early. “If I saw a nightstand or an end table in a pile of garbage, it didn’t matter how nasty it was, I would get five bucks from my
mom, buy some sandpaper and fix it up,” he recalls. A middle school teacher noticed his talents and helped Jackson gain entrance to a specialized high school for the home building trades. During his freshman year he helped build a wishing well with his class. “At the end of the year we took our stuff home,” explains Jackson. His mother was moved by his talent and affinity for woodworking, and he was motivated to commit to carpentry full time. He had a natural talent, which eventually led him to SUNY Delhi to study carpentry full time. (He also met his wife there.) After graduating in 1999, Jackson made his way back to New York City, where he began working with a high-end general contracting firm renovating apartments throughout Manhattan. “There was so much talent at that firm, I worked with some of the greatest craftsmen and women, as well as the top plumbers, electricians, and painters,” Jackson remembers. “And I was just like a sponge. I learned a lot in school but nothing really stuck until I was working hands on in the city.” Eventually Jackson put his skills to work renovating his own Harlem apartment. 9/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 27
The Drive By When their kids came along, the Jacksons realized they would need more space for their family to grow into. So they began looking upstate in Poughkeepsie, where Monica had grown up. “It really seemed like the logical place to raise our kids,” he explains. Beyond the benefit of being near extended family, Jackson was attracted to Poughkeepsie’s historical architecture. “I’ve been coming to Poughkeepsie since 1997, and from the beginning my wife knew I’d get a kick out of all the historic homes,” he says. “I especially loved all the old, big, beautiful Victorians with their wraparound decks and Mansard roofs. I thought that it would be great to live in a house like that.” Jackson and his wife first found their fourbedroom, two-bath home online. “The listing pictures were dark and the house seemed like it was out in the boonies,” says Jackson. So they gave it a miss and started looking at other homes in the area. On a trip to visit his brother-in-law, the couple decided to visit some open houses. One was in the neighborhood of their future home, and when they drove by they recognized it right away from the listing. “From the road the house was beautiful,” says Jackson. Surrounded by stately, old trees, with a wide expanse of lawn and a pond, the home had a lovely country feel while 28 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 9/21
being in an appealing neighborhood. They also loved the historic architecture and long driveway leading to the house. They made an impromptu stop and the owner invited them in. They loved the house and at a local lunch place after their visit they decided that was the one. “We knew the home needed work but that I could handle most of it myself,” says Jackson. By 2015 the now three-acre property was their new home. Realized Potential Over the ensuing six years Jackson has made the home their own. Jackson had to gut the home’s original kitchen and replace it with a functioning modern space. “Besides a hutch, there were no cabinets in the kitchen,” he explains. “And there was still the original wood-burning stove and the old farmhouse sink.” He removed the stove and reinstalled it in his workshop, whitewashing the brick wall that now backs the new stove. He also replaced the dated sink. Jackson reconfigured the room’s entrance and removed a pantry to create a larger space, then installed new sheetrock and leveled the floors. In the process of rehabbing the kitchen he realized the room’s complete potential. “One day I looked up and realized, man I can get a vaulted ceiling in here,” he says. So he opened the ceiling line.
The house’s original woodstove (it’s now in his carpentry shop) was replaced with a stainless steel six-burner stove. The kitchen is finished in African ribbon-striped sapele wood on the counters and pantry cabinets. Jackson added the south-facing window over the counter. “It really brings the outside inside,” he says.
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Jackson holds a photo of the house from the 19th century. Before he and his wife bought the home in 2015, it had been passed down from the original Dutch settlers through their descendants. The house’s original windows are intact but the covered porch was removed long ago.
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The house’s second-floor bedrooms feature the original wide-plank wooden floors. Jackson designed and built the farmhouse country dresser from knotty pine and then stained it to match the room.
Jackson converted one of the farm’s original outbuildings into a carpentry shop. Along with full home remodels, he designs and builds furniture pieces. “I love the smell of wood,” he says. “One day I might even start a line of scented candles for men that smell like mahogany, beech wood, and pine.”
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After reconfiguring the room, Jackson added upper and lower banks of mahogany bead board cabinets throughout the interior. “I always liked the idea of having furniture for cabinetry,” he says. He added new stainless-steel appliances and finished the space with blue flowered wallpaper. A corner breakfast banquet overlooks a nearby bank of blueberry bushes. In the middle of the kitchen, a back staircase leads to the upper floors. Jackson believes this was the servants’ entrance to the kitchen space. “I had to redo the whole stairwell because it was so dark,” he explains. “But I kept the original risers because I felt like the markings were their boots and I didn’t want to erase that.” Upstairs, a round robin of four bedrooms interconnected with interior doors provides ample sleeping space for the family. “The third floor was a blank slate,” explains Jackson. After renovating the staircase leading to what was once an attic, Jackson added new sheetrock and electric outlets to create an 800-square-foot family room. “I reproduced the original moldings for the casings and baseboards throughout the space.”
Jackson with the backpack he crafted for guerrilla marketing on the subway in New York City. His handcrafted raffle giveaways were a hit and he was gathering a growing following until the pandemic. He hopes to be back on the subway soon.
Tyreik Jackson has always been a fixer. “If I saw a nightstand or an end table in a pile of garbage, it didn’t matter how nasty it was, I would get five bucks from my mom, buy some sandpaper and fix it up,” he says. Over the years of getting to know the house through its renovation, Jackson has come to terms with the home’s troubled history. “My favorite thing about the house is the same thing that almost made me not want to live here,” he explains. “The fact that I knew enslaved people were kept in this home bugged me throughout the closing process.” After moving in, Jackson began some work on the home’s basement. “I kept wondering, ‘Were my ancestors chained down here in this part of the home?’” However, Jackson began to think of it in a different way. “It was strange but a warm feeling came over me, like everything was okay now,” he explains. “I started to realize that if I were the spirit of someone who had been forced into servitude or had atrocities committed against them on this land, my soul would be at peace knowing that one of my descendants was now the landowner. This house has a feel to it—and it’s now a really good one.” 9/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 35
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hese days, everybody wants a piece of the Catskills. From Ellenville to Bovina, the last year of record-setting home prices have made Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, and Delaware counties real estate hot-spots worthy of national attention. Though these sleepy towns and hamlets had always lured buyers with their breathtaking scenery, buying a home there had always been a bit of a gamble. “We always get asked about our resale values when we sell a new house,” says Chuck Petersheim, founder of Sullivan County-based design-build firm, Catskill Farms. “From 2001 until now, the adage in the Catskills was ‘Buy now, own forever,’ which reflected the general malaise in the region’s real estate,” says Petersheim. The reason, he says, is that there was always more housing inventory available than buyers, which kept prices from climbing and homes on the market for six to 18 months or more. “As for making money, or getting out whole, or even getting out, that could prove tenuous,” he says. For Petersheim, whose firm has designed, built, and sold just under 300 homes in the region over the last 20 years, the risk/reward ratio of buying in the Catskills has always been top of mind. As a result, Catskill Farms has become known for stylish, flexibly designed new homes that provide an alternative to the costly fixer-upper experience, and lately, the flood of high-brow modern homes hitting the market. And the kicker—they resold well even before the pandemic drove everyone to buy upstate. From farmhouses to cottages, modern ranches, and barns, the firm’s regionally inspired homes are a blend of tasteful sensibility and modern convenience. For many, they’re the quintessential Catskills real estate dream. “For the first 10 years, no one sold our homes because they were so valued by the owners as places of comfort,” says Petersheim. “But over the last couple of years we’ve seen dozens of resales, and the queue of buyers and subsequent sale prices has been remarkable and very complimentary.”
Farmhouse 33, a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath in Rhinebeck, originally sold for $643K and resold for $950K.
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BUYING REAL ESTATE IN THE REGION HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT BALANCING RISK AND REWARD A recent Instagram post from a Catskill Farms client who just sold her house reads, “Today we officially said goodbye to this gem. Thank you for being our happy place, then our safe place and now our kid’s college tuition. Thanks for the memories, Narrowsburg.” In the current marketplace, Petersheim says, resale prices for Catskill Farms homes have surpassed any others in the region. One recent sale, a farmhouse the owners originally bought for $600K sold 18 months later for $1.1 million. Several other cottages, originally sold around 350K, have resold for over $500K. “The reason is fourfold,” he says. “We sold them originally at more than fair prices, the marketplace loves them because they look good, they stand the test of time, and they aren’t overly pigeon-holed from a design perspective.” Petersheim not only sees his clients’ resales as benefiting their bottom lines, but for the Catskills as a whole. “It’s not just the sellers who are making money. Realtors are making
$30 to $70K on each sale, and new buyers typically spend locally the most within their first 18 months in a house,” he says. “This is a tremendous amount of money ping-ponging around the local economy.” The ability of Catskill Farms’s homes to hold and grow value has also offered a solution to much of what the market needed: more highquality housing inventory in the region. “There is nothing more validating to me as a house designer and real estate investor than our resales. It proves it’s not just my winning personality that sustains the value of these homes,” Petersheim jokes. “But their value in the eyes of a wide range of Catskills home buyers. They are good homes, not too fancy, not too niche, not over thought or overwrought. Simplicity is never an easy design goal to achieve, and to me, the resales show we hit the nail on the head in terms of meeting a need in the Catskills.” Thecatskillfarms.com 9/21 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 37
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RECLAIMING REST IS CRITICAL TO HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND EVEN LIBERATION. By Wendy Kagan
hen pandemic lockdown fell like a blanket over the country in March 2020, Justice McCray thought maybe they’d have time to finally get some rest. Sleep had been elusive for a while. “But between COVID anxiety and the heightened awareness of what it meant to be Black in the world around me, all these things increased my anxiety,” says McCray, a librarian and activist who is running for Beacon city council. McCray had a hard time going outside after hearing the story of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed in Georgia while he was out jogging. And after hearing what had happened to Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker from Kentucky who was killed by police in her home in the middle of the night, it was hard to be inside, too. “Just knowing that at any point, that could be my fate, too—that is something that keeps you up,” McCray says. “I don’t think there was any way for me to feel safe without disassociating from my own identity. It was this cycle of torment within myself, and not because of anything I chose, but because of how my identity presents itself in the world, and the way the world has perceived and historically treated people like me.” It wasn’t until a local George Floyd protest on June 1 of last year that something shifted for them. “Normally in Beacon, protests are like 20 people on the corner, holding signs and getting honked at by cars,” says McCray. “I thought, I don’t know how many people are going to show up, but this is important—this is worth risking my life for.” They arrived early, and already a large crowd had gathered. “Hearing hundreds of people chant ‘Black Lives Matter,’ that was the first time that part of my identity felt cared for—felt that it could possibly be loved. It’s kind of terrible that I had to wait that long in life to feel that. I didn’t want to let that feeling go.” After the event, with a few other local activists, McCray cofounded Beacon for Black Lives, a youth-led, grassroots organization dedicated to fighting systemic racism and violence against people of color. Yet, while activism helps McCray feel a little less hopeless, a satisfying night’s sleep remains frustratingly out of reach. “The level of anxiety has stayed the same, even if the directions it’s coming from have shifted,” they say. “I don’t know when I’ll be able to feel like
I can rest. I don’t know when I’ll be able to feel like I can breathe.” To Sleep, Perchance to Heal Disordered sleep is on the rise in communities everywhere, and it’s no wonder. With a pandemic that has no end in sight, and deeply ingrained racial and social inequities that evade quick fixes, sleep is a restless business for many of us. Yet while COVID-19 and systemic racism aren’t going away overnight, there are things we can do to protect and cultivate satisfying, restorative sleep. To do so is not only critical for our physical and mental health—it’s essential for our ability to know our higher purpose, live soulfully and imaginatively, and do our work in the world. “I’ve seen more insomnia issues in my patients for sure,” says Dr. Shelby Harris, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in White Plains who specializes in behavioral sleep medicine, and the author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Relying on Medication (Norton Books, 2019). “Increases in stress, anxiety, and job disruption are all obvious causes for sleep problems. For many patients, their sleep issues began once they contracted COVID-19, suggesting insomnia may be a lingering symptom. On the other side, though, some patients actually improved their sleep with the pandemic because life wasn’t as busy with commuting and work/life commitments. But overall, rates are way higher now for insomnia, and sleep specialists are busier than ever.” Several studies, including one from Italy published last month in the Journal of Sleep Research, find that people have had more awakenings, a harder time falling asleep, and more vivid and restless dreams during the pandemic. “When we get quiet at night, that’s when we’re flooded with those intrusive thoughts about the unknown and what’s next, and fear and anxiety about ourselves, our families, and our loved ones,” says Lisa Cypers Kamen, an Accordbased optimal lifestyle management consultant, host of “Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio,” and author of Rested: Solutions for Restorative Sleep and Well-Being (forthcoming from DreamSculpt Books). Anxious thoughts can lead to a rise in the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body and make it harder to sleep. If that
happens night after night, lack of sleep can ravage our physical and mental health. Our immune systems take a toll, making us more prone to illness, especially when we repeatedly get less than six to seven hours of sleep a night. A 2019 Physiological Reviews study found that prolonged sleep deficiency can lead to chronic, systemic low-grade inflammation and is associated with diseases from diabetes and atherosclerosis to neurodegeneration. Conversely, sound shut-eye may well be the most powerful immune elixir available to us. “Sleep is a restorative healing space, and when we don’t get enough of it, the body can’t fight what it’s trying to heal,” says Kamen, who cites scientific findings that sleep strengthens not just immunity but also immune memory. “There’s so much speculation of what happens when we sleep, but nobody really knows. We do know that during sleep, breathing and muscle activity slow down, freeing up energy in the body for the immune system to focus on its job of consolidating learning and memory.” Perhaps that’s why studies find that good sleep can improve vaccines’ effectiveness. And because sleep and overall health are biodirectionally linked, their effects on each other can flow both ways. Depression and anxiety, for example, can play mischief with sleep—but science shows that improving sleep issues like insomnia can measurably boost your mood. Rest as Resistance We’ve all heard earfuls about the benefits of good sleep on the body and mind, but let’s face it: We tend to ignore it. We live in a culture obsessed with performance and results, and it’s considered a point of pride to suppress the needs of the body, work late, and push ourselves around the clock. The rise of remote work during the pandemic means we need to prove our productivity even more, answering late-night emails and dwelling perpetually in the blue light of our devices—a virtual wrecking ball to a good night’s sleep. Are we brainwashed in the West into thinking sleep deprivation is a badge of honor, proudly declaring, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?” Tricia Hersey thinks so. An activist, performance artist, spiritual director, and community organizer, Hersey founded the Nap Ministry, an organization that posits rest 9/21 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 39
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as a form of resistance that pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy—two systems that have commodified the body as a tool for production, and that put profits over people. “We actually have lost our imagination—it’s been stolen from us by grind culture,” Hersey says on “For the Wild” podcast. “Grind culture refuses to see the divinity of you as a human being. And if you buy into grind culture, you actually are aligning yourself with the concept that you’re not a divine being, and that your worth hasn’t already been given to you by the fact that you’re alive.” Rooting her work in the history of slavery and plantation labor, she is spreading the gospel of rest and sleep through community napping experiences, workshops, and performance art installations. “I name sleep deprivation as a racial justice issue, as a social justice issue, as a public health issue,” she adds. “Rest is key to any type of liberation.” The challenge lies in reclaiming our sleep, even when it seems irretrievably disrupted by anxious thoughts and self-sabotaging habits. That’s where advice from experts like Harris and Kamen comes in. Harris helps patients get back to healthy sleep patterns with behavioral sleep medicine—a newer but growing area of sleep psychology that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of various sleep disorders by working at them from a behavioral, physiological, and psychological standpoint. Offering tips for the sleep-challenged, she notes that it’s important not to force it if you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes or so. “Instead, get up, sit somewhere else and do something quiet and relaxing in dim light, without a screen,” she says. “Return to bed only when you’re sleepy.” For restless minds, Harris suggests trying “worry time.” Set a timer for 20 minutes and sit in a comfortable place with a pen and paper. Worry time is a time to worry about whatever you want (ideally not right before bed). “If you worry about things that have to be taken care of, write down one step to help you move toward an eventual solution,” she says. “If the worries are unproductive, consider writing down ‘let it go’ to recognize the worry but also realize there’s nothing you can do about it.” When the time is up, go back to your life. But if you find yourself worrying outside worry time, don’t ignore it. “See the thought in a mindful way, make note of it, and say to yourself, ‘not now, during worry time,’” explains Harris. “You recognize the worry, but are also training yourself to worry during specific times. If you do this technique regularly, you might notice that your mental chatter may quiet down a tad.” Powering Down to Rise Up To help at wind-down time, Kamen suggests creating a sanctuary in our bedrooms and our beds. It starts with powering down our electronics, and ourselves, well before bedtime. Find a relaxing nighttime routine that does not include screens, such as reading, gentle stretching, or using lavender essential oil. “I take a shower every evening before I sleep because for me, it’s symbolic of washing off the day, washing off the worry and stress of the day, and it triggers my mind to prepare for sleep mode,” says Kamen. “I do it by candlelight, or with lights on a dimmer in the bathroom.” Listening to soothing music, meditating, or practicing slow, deep breathing can also calm an overactive mind. And once you do climb into bed, use it for two things only: sleep and sex. “Do more of that second thing,” Kamen adds, “because sex is a wonderful sleeping pill.” If you’re still not getting a solid seven or eight hours a night, catching a daytime nap can be a small act of grace. Even just resting the body and letting the mind wander and daydream can help to reclaim some of the creativity and soulfulness that gets crushed by grind culture. Hersey will tell you that taking time to rest is downright subversive—a delicious way to say no to a system that isn’t working. It’s also a way for activists and changemakers like McCray to keep doing the work that matters to them, which takes a toll physically as well as mentally. “I know that in order to be good at what I do, I have to be rested and I have to take care of myself,” they say. “And even though I find it hard to rest, I still am able to dream of the future that I want to see, a future where I don’t feel unsafe. A future where people in my community don’t have to worry about discrimination or violence simply because of their background. Unfortunately, that’s something that still happens in subtle ways and blatant ways. And while I’m around, I refuse to let it get swept under the rug. I think at least knowing that I’m praying for a better future makes it easier to rest at night.”
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Course of Action MICRO-DEGREES: A NEW WAY TO LEARN By Rhea Dhanbhoora
uickly gaining momentum as an attractive, accessible learning option, micro-credentials and certificate courses are popping up at colleges across New York State. Think of them as short-term, skill-based credentials that are narrowly focused, applied, and often hands-on. These certifications can take you anything from a few weeks to a few months to finish, and course prices vary too, from a few hundred to several thousand. They’re shorter and more affordable than traditional degree options, and, credits earned can be transferred into other credentials, courses, or degree programs. This makes them a more immediately accessible choice for many students, including 20-year-old Joe Silva. “After high school, I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet,” he explains. He received the Web Applicator Developer credential from SUNY Ulster, and is now in his last
semester of the Computer Science Associates degree. Currently working as a contractor, the certification has made him more certain he wants a career as something like a back-end developer instead. Jon Rhea’s Mobile Application Developer micro-credential helped cement his interest in computer science too. The 20-year-old now has an associate’s in computer science from SUNY Ulster and is about to begin a bachelor’s in the same at the University of Albany. “I think it’s great that the credentials can be added to your LinkedIn profile too, as a way to show employers proof of knowledge,” he adds. For students like Silva and Rhea, microcredentials were a good introduction to fields they were already interested in. For others, they’re a quick way to update skills or add new ones, and because they’re developed with industry and faculty input, they usually focus on the needs of students and employers alike.
Adapting an Existing Concept While these courses are a relatively new option for students, micro-credentials are not a new concept. Jay Quaintance, president of SUNY Sullivan Community College, tells us they started as an industry idea. “Micro-credentialing had been on the radar in the high-tech world for a while, but they were for proprietary content. For example, Microsoft had a series of credentials you could get trained in.” For students now, Quaintance explains, they’re a way to learn a discrete skill that makes them immediately employable, and help decrease the reliance on student loans. At SUNY Sullivan, micro-credentials and certificates include drug and alcohol counseling, accounting, and nursing. Ellen Gambino, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Services at SUNY Dutchess Community College, says, “I think the flexibility of how quickly we can put together a micro-credential, whether it can be credit-bearing 9/21 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 43
with his students as well. He cites a Google study, Project Aristotle, which found that along with technical skills, some essential qualities for success included soft skills like teamwork, empathy, communication, and problem-solving. Colleges across the state are beginning to focus on this within their microcredentials. SUNY Ulster has a 15-credit Customer Service credential, SUNY Dutchess and SUNY Sullivan offer soft-skill training as part of their business credentials, and there are others in the pipeline.
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or non-credit bearing, and how people can use it, is the appeal.” SUNY Dutchess offers various micro-credentials and certificate programs, including networking for the cloud, public safety, basic bookkeeping and sports nutrition. Speaking of Flexibility Barbara Ann Livermore Reer, assistant dean for Workforce, Career Development, and Apprenticeship Initiatives at SUNY Ulster Community College, says this flexibility is definitely an important aspect. “A lot of students are multitasking—they have families, they’re working, they’re trying to go to school; it’s hard for them to commit to a degree. This way, they leave with something valuable, and they can come back and finish the degree later.” SUNY Ulster’s credentials and certificates include everything from accounting and business to technology and criminal justice. This flexibility also stretches into how the programs are offered. As Irene Hughes, assistant professor and program chair of Business Administration and Business Administration Transfer at SUNY Dutchess Community College, explains, with the landscape of higher education changing, there’s not really a one-sizefits-all anymore, and institutions need to adapt and adjust. “One of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is we need to be flexible,” she says. To that point, DCC’s new facility in Fishkill has hybrid classrooms, where students can learn in-class or remotely. “We need multiple delivery methods, especially since Sullivan County is large, and transportation is an issue. We run late afternoon and evening classes at a place called the Narrowsburg Union, and we’re trying to be as accessible to everyone as possible,” Quaintance says. According to Maureen Gittelman, instructor and chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at SUNY Dutchess, it’s vital for educators to look at flexible options from the outset, especially in hospitality. “In the restaurant industry, for example, peak earning hours are in the evening. So, we want to be 44 EDUCATION CHRONOGRAM 9/21
responsive to things like that as we put these programs together,” she says. A Gateway to Higher Education The flexibility of obtaining employable skills without spending time and money on a degree may be the main appeal of micro-credentials, but they’re also a gateway to higher education. “The beauty of a micro-credential is that it rolls into degree programs, but not everybody’s ready for that,” Hughes says. Educators have noticed some fear of higher education among students across the state, especially those that have had a bit of distance from high school or those who, like Silva, are not sure what they want to do. Micro-credentials can bridge this gap, introducing students who are still on the fence to a particular set of skills. “And then it becomes that catalyst that produces more,” Hughes says. Reer finds that several people in the manufacturing arena, in particular, are afraid of the idea of being assessed, because they’ve never taken credit classes before. SUNY Ulster offers non-credit-bearing courses but blends classrooms to include credit and non-credit-bearing students, assessing them the same way. “I find that once people realize that they’re going to be doing the work anyway, they find they’re not as afraid and switch over to the credit-bearing course,” she says. Gambino adds that enrolling in a microcredential can make learning less overwhelming by breaking it up into more manageable pieces. Focusing on Soft Skills While the targeted skills of most microcredentials are valuable in the job market, there’s another gap they can help fill: soft skills. “The kinds of learning people accumulate during a degree are in many cases nonspecialized, more about habits of mind, habits of work. Finding a way to connect those to a new skillset from the micro-credential becomes an important part of it,” Quaintance says. John Sheehan, assistant professor of Computer Science and a coordinator for the program at SUNY Ulster, discusses this
Employment Gaps Across the Hudson Valley and beyond in New York State, several industries look to microcredentials to find skilled employees. From manufacturing to healthcare, hotel, and tourism to aviation, colleges are developing their courses to fill employment gaps in these industries. Reer talks about a growing need for computer numerical control (CNC) operators that students with the CNC credential from SUNY Ulster can benefit from. “It’s probably the primary manufacturing job that we’re struggling to fill in the Hudson Valley,” she says. Quaintance mentions the health care industry, noting that it’s the largest employment sector in Sullivan Country. “We share administration for the nursing program with Garnet Health, and through these kinds of partnerships, we can reduce the time to degree, improve our student’s test scores, get our students placed in jobs, and grow the program,” he adds. With the laddered process that certificate programs and micro-credentials offer, he says a student could start with a ninth-grade education, enter the healthcare industry, and then climb the ladder to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is now in great demand. Tourism is another growing industry in the Hudson Valley, and according to Maureen Gittelman, one of the top employers in New York State. DCC’s new hospitality and tourism management program does not have microcredentials yet, but they’re already looking to add some that will complement their courses. “There is a customer service credential in the pipeline, and we’re looking to align our meeting and event planning course with an industry credential,” she adds. A Variety of Options “Whatever career you choose, digital is the future,” as Ben Roberts, PR Director at AT&T, puts it, adding that short, targeted programs are a great way to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie. “Everything is going digital, from writing to our currency. So, it’s important for programs to bridge a digital divide, to make sure we don’t eliminate certain economic, ethnic, and racial groups just because they don’t have the means or the time to take part in it.” Students looking for these learning options in New York are in luck as there are several new options to pick from, like the AT&T & Clarkson Digital Experience, a free program run by Clarkson University thanks to a grant from AT&T. It seeks to enroll 25 students in grades nine through 12 for three one-credit, five-week courses at Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute. “Everyone talks about the
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seating—in many ways, the rigid structure of the standard public school approach goes against the free-flowing, imaginative nature of childhood. Over the decades, a handful of alternative
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educational assessment gap—there’s a huge disparity between different socio-economic statuses. This program basically aims to close this opportunity gap by offering underrepresented students free and lowcost certificates, and to give them the necessary resources and support; offer them an opportunity to enter the workforce,” says Michael Walsh, executive director of Beacon Insitute. They also have a certificate program for high school students to gain industry-recognized skills in IT Support, Cybersecurity Analysis, and Data Science. The course lengths vary, but you can expect to spend 100 to 200 hours on them. At SUNY Dutchess, there is the Personal Trainer certificate—a onesemester Exercise Science and Wellness micro-credential spread across three courses, with three credits each. A similarly structured microcredential is the Small Business Management, which can be completed online or through Accelerated Hybrid offerings at the new DCC Fishkill location. One of DCC’s newest courses is the Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) Program, launched on August 16 at their state-of-theart Aviation Education Center. John Troise, aviation program chair at SUNY Dutchess Community College, says, “Seven years ago, companies came to us already noticing the shortage of licensed Airframe and Power Plant technicians. And it’s gotten worse since.” The program— which requires no prior knowledge or experience in aviation to jump into—costs $21,330 for tuition and lab fees (the fee also includes a Chromebook and tool set). Trosie mentions that companies are toying with the idea of scholarships, too, mentioning Textron Aviation as an example. “They’ve been partnering with us, giving us input. And the last thing I heard is they’re willing to give two scholarships—to pay for the entire cost of the program to two people—all they’d have to do is agree to be employed with them for three years after they graduate,” he adds. If Computer Science is more your thing, there’s the 14-week for four credits Computer Game Design micro-credential, which SUNY Ulster’s Sheehan says tends to attract recent high school grads and is an excellent introduction to another growing industry. There’s also the Web Application developer program that so far has attracted adult learners with previous degrees and work experience. It teaches the fundamentals of computer programing in a 14-week semester schedule for four credits. The Drug and Alcohol counseling course at SUNY Sullivan requires completing 350 hours of standardized education before students apply for a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee Certificate (requiring 6,000 hours of fieldwork). They also have a 34-credit Medical Assistant Certificate to prepares to perform routine administrative, clinical, and laboratory tasks over two semesters, ending with a Medical Assisting Externship. And, for those looking for an introduction to accounting without committing to an entire degree, their Accounting Studies Certificate offers a year of basic accounting knowledge, including integrating the use of computers into accounting activities and preparing financial statements. Columbia-Greene Community College, offers expanded courses in everything from painting to a notary public certification. They’ve focused on expanding noncredit courses and training programs in-person as well as online, offering residents the opportunity to learn new skills at their own pace. As Stacey Hills, assistant professor of Business at ColumbiaGreene Community College explains, “For-credit opportunities must meet both time and course learning objectives to meet Department of Education and accrediting standards. Noncredit trainings can be shorter and may only cover some of the objectives that you might find in a course or could cut across courses in new and different ways.” They also offer micro-credentials, which Hills says are being developed in collaboration with the community to meet the needs of Columbia, Greene and surrounding counties. Their Entrepreneurship micro-credential for example, with a total of 8 credits, consists of three classes: Foundations of Business, Entrepreneurship and Business Professional Development. It’s set to span two 10-week sessions, one in the fall and one in spring, but (one fall, one spring), but Hills says if demand warrants a more condensed form, they would consider that as well. “The mindset has already changed in certain fields—and microcredentials are one way that higher education can catch up to reality and better serve our students,” says Steven Gavlik, associate professor of science at Columbia-Greene Community College.
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oo often, the city of Hudson gets unfairly synonymized with Warren Street, its increasingly touristic main thoroughfare. So when Chronogram asked portrait photographer and Claverack resident David McIntyre to shoot a photo essay titled “Off Warren Street,” he jumped at the chance to capture this oft-unseen side of his own town. “I learned a whole lot shooting this story.” he says. “I just went down the rabbit hole and followed different leads as they happened.” What emerged was a complex tapestry of a town held together by overlapping legacies of art, activism, and entrepreneurship. He started with Elena Mosley, executive director of Operation Unite, who’s worked with students for 30 years, giving them work experience, involving them in art shows, dance performances, and local nonprofit work. After photographing Mosley and her students, McIntyre went on to spend time capturing the programs and participants at Kite’s Nest, which offers 48 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/21
daytime, after-school, and summer programming for kids and young adults aimed at fostering personal transformation, social connection, and systemic change. He also photographed the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition, which runs teen media workshops through the Housing Justice Tech League, in addition to their affordable housing advocacy work. “I began to realize Operation Unite was only one of many organizations working with the next generation of activists and leaders,” says McIntyre, who met multiple people who had come through the programs in Hudson and are now organizers themselves. “It became a theme that I saw in art, activism, and then in entrepreneurship—these people being involved in these programs as young people, learning skills locally, and then passing them onto the next generation,” McIntyre says. “It’s kind of how it should be, but I’m not sure that’s always what happens.” Another theme that emerged was the geographic and cultural shuffle that is happening
in Hudson now as the waterfront city readjusts to another wave of tourism and urban relocators. He spent time at Half Moon, Hudson’s beloved dive bar, which, in a pandemic pivot, began slinging pizzas alongside well drinks and draft beer. “Suddenly all the people that previously had hung out in Spotty Dog or Governor’s were all down there,” McIntyre says. “In a way, it seemed like the locals—especially the gay and artist communities—had just surrendered Warren Street to the tourists but were finding great value in other places.” Half Moon is a place where local bands play and nonprofits hold fundraisers. The house pool team recently qualified for nationals in Las Vegas. “It was just a good reminder how one place can really become a beacon in the community—anything can happen there,” McIntyre says. “It’s really encouraging, like ‘Okay, you can have Warren Street and we’ll take your tax dollars, but we still have an identity, and it’s here and here and here.’” —Marie Doyon
Hudson residents fishing on a summer evening with the Hudson City light in the background. The city is home to a sizeable Bangladeshi community. Opposite: Pool league night at the Half Moon on Front Street. The Half Moon pool team won the 2021 Hudson Valley American Poolplayers Association finals, booking a spot at the national championships in Las Vegas later this year.
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Elena Mosley and Anna Mayta rehearsing at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park for a performance to be held on September 2, part of the Hudson Eye festival. Mosley is the cofounder of Operation Unite, New York, whose mission is to produce wellrounded, progressive youth who will enter adulthood with a sense of direction, selfesteem, and social consciousness, willing to reinvest themselves in their communities. Above: Deja Squire and Deja Beauford, senior fellows at the Kite’s Nest Social Justice Leadership Academy, performing at the summer program’s capstone event. A training ground for teen activists, the Social Justice Leadership Academy combines transformative political education, arts, healing, and youth-led organizing.
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Students from the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts staging a scene from the “Nutcracker” to promote their winter performance at the Taconic Hills Performing Art Center at a recent Waterfront Wednesday, a weekly community gathering conceived during the height of the pandemic that features entertainment, vendors, food, and activities.
A party at the Hudson Power Boat Association, which operates a members-only, private marina.
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Casa Latina Pupusas Y Mas is a familyowned restaurant on Green Street owned by Maria and Alberto Romero serving authentic cuisine from El Salvador and Mexico. The couples’ children are pictured.
The Coloring Club at the Half Moon. Launched by artist Louise Smith and author Victoria Emanuela, the event features a local artist—in this case, Kirby Crone, second from left—who provides a sketch for participants to color in. The inaugural event at the Half Moon raised money for the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement.
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Painter and sculptor Reggie Madison in his studio at Basilica Hudson preparing work for his solo show, “Home Grown,” which runs through October 10 at September gallery.
Sculptor and ceramic tile maker Sher Stephens in her basement studio on Prospect Street. Stephens’s work can be found in shops and museums in California, New York, and Florida, as well as online at her Etsy shop Sirensandgoddesses.
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Clockwise from top left: Henrietta Goveia, owner of the vintage clothing store Out of the Past, at the Antique Warehouse on South Front Street. Community activist Peter Spear in Cherry Alley. Spear has been documenting the alleys of Hudson for the past 10 years. Instagram: @thealleysofthefriendlycity. Jeremy Bullis preparing a piece in his studio for an upcoming group show, “WinterOver?” curated by George Spencer and coordinated by the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham. Linda Mussmann and Claudia Bruce, cofounders of the Time and Space Limited art center (434 Columbia Street), celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on July 24. The longtime Hudson artists, activists, and educators were among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in New York State in 2011.
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Shaheim DeJesus at the Hudson Area Library. When schools were closed during lockdown, DeJesus set up a series of wireless hotspots to provide internet to disadvantaged students for remote learning. He has recently launched UnityNow, a wireless internet provider that seeks to make high-speed internet affordable for everyone in the city. 58 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/21
THERE’S A CLASS FOR THAT Columbia-Greene Community College’s Expanded Courses Offer Residents New Interests and Skills to Explore
hat have you learned about yourself during the pandemic? Do you have new interests you’d like to explore? Are there skills that could make things better in your day-to-day life? Maybe you’d like to learn to sail a boat, raise chickens, become a certified notary public, or enhance your resume with skills in Excel or Wordpress. Maybe you want to take control of your finances, master Japanese, or take brilliant landscape photos. For all of these needs and many more, the folks at Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) have solutions. “We’ve learned some new tricks,” says Jaclyn Stevenson, the college’s marketing and communications director. “We hit a stress point in spring 2020 trying to figure out how to reconfigure classes. Then, as we looked at our offerings and strengths, we began to find the silver lining.” Over the last year-and-a-half, C-GCC, a campus of the State University of New York
located in Hudson known for its career and transfer programs, has been expanding its noncredit courses and training programs to better meet the lifelong learning and enrichment needs of residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The result is a curated blend of in-person and online courses that, as Stevenson says, means “You can do what you want, when you want, at your own pace.” C-GCC’s course catalog now includes a long list of fresh ideas driven by community engagement that leverage the wonders of the Hudson Valley in new ways. “We’re really excited to be building partnerships with Olana, area libraries, and local businesses, and we’ve added a bunch of new courses that we think will help people in the community widen their own new horizons,” says Stevenson. “The offerings really run the gamut, and it seems to be working.” For example, this October, you can go “On the Trail of the Hudson River School,” diving deep into the work of the region’s renowned 19th-
century painters, followed by a guided hike of the majestic locations that inspired them. Pair that with a photography or painting course and you’re well on your way to your new avocation. Wish you’d learned how to buy cars and houses and do your taxes and invest wisely back in high school? There are upcoming courses for that. Think it might be fun to spend October reading and analyzing classic ghost stories and ghost story culture? C-GCC has that too. Want to start a micro-business or online store? You’re only one class away. “We’re excited about the new ways we’ve been finding to bring learning to the community, new partnerships we’ve formed, and the growth we’ve experienced,” Stevenson says. “For our noncredit courses, the quality is just as exciting as the quantity.” For more information about the expanded offerings at Columbia-Greene Community College, call (518) 828- 4181 x 3342 or visit Sunycgcc.edu/ community-services. 9/21 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 59
THEN AND NOW
30 YEARS OF CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
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n 1991, Hudson was a very different place. There were only two restaurants in town; now-bustling Warren Street was a sea of empty storefronts, slowly being populated by a handful of antiques dealers; and the city had just gotten its first fine art gallery, Carrie Haddad’s aptly named Warren Street Gallery, which would pave the way for many more to come. “I just thought Hudson was beautiful,” says Haddad. After relocating to Columbia County from New York City, she found herself drawn to Hudson’s historic architecture and diverse cultural identity, which reminded her of her native San Francisco. “I really had a hunger for being in the city,” she says. Encouraged by several of her local artist friends, Haddad decided to open the gallery much in the spirit of the old adage, “right place, right time.” “By then, I just knew so many artists,” she says. “So we thought, ‘Why not open a gallery?’” That first year, Haddad began showing the work of a dozen or so artists, who quickly found a devoted audience among the antique dealers and designers who frequented their stores. “The dealers made us thrive,” she says. For the launch of the gallery, Haddad’s friend and artist Howard Crouch made a desk to exhibit in the space. “We put in the window, and on our first day an interior designer bought it,” she says. “I think Howard was the main reason we did so well in the beginning.” Haddad quickly became known for the affable, experimental style of her exhibitions. One show, juried by artists Kiki Smith and Laura Battle, required visitors to pass over 20 feet of bathroom scales, all calibrated to different weights, to enter the gallery. For another, themed around chairs, an artist made a chair-shaped cake to exhibit alongside its utilitarian brethren. In her second year, Haddad helped found the yearly ArtsWalk, which installed art in many of Warren Street’s empty storefronts. A fixture of the decade-long event was the artwork she would exhibit from local students, which helped bring families to Hudson to visit. “In that way I think we really did encourage art appreciation in the community,” she says. Two years later, the newly renamed Carrie Haddad Gallery relocated just a few blocks east to 622 Warren Street, where its home has been for the past 27 years—a stable presence among the city’s explosive growth. In celebration of the gallery’s 30th anniversary, its current exhibit, “Then and Now,” provides a look back at the Hudson art scene of the early ‘90s—one that Haddad helped shape. The show features some of the first artists that began working with the gallerist in her early years. They include Cynthia Atwood, Jean Campbell, Howard Crouch, Ann Getsinger, David Halliday, Valerie Hammond, Peter Hoffman, Phyllis Palmer, Joy Taylor, and Laura Von Rosk. Many of the artists have pieces from the early ‘90s juxtaposed against contemporary works. The concept offers visitors a chance to consider the creative evolution of each artist. Much like Hudson itself, some changes are subtle and others bold, but all of it is worthy of review. Carrie Haddad Gallery is open every day from 11-5pm (Tuesdays by appointment only). “Then And Now” is on view until September 19. Carriehaddadgallery.com.
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Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women
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music Steve Almaas
Everywhere You’ve Been
(Lonesome Whippoorwhill Records) Steve Almaas, bass player of 1970s Minneapolis punk band the Suicide Commandos, has released an LP loaded with instantly familiar Americana, ’50s pop, and roots rockabilly. The Suicide Commandos are credited with launching a vibrant scene that produced the time-tested likes of Soul Asylum, the Replacements, and Hüsker Dü. Following the band’s short-lived, yet influential stamp on the Midwest, Almaas moved to the Big Apple, where he participated in a range of projects. After a national tour sitting in with the Bongos, he met up with early R.E.M. producer and Let’s Active leader Mitch Easter to record his solo debut, Beat Rodeo, forming a band named for the EP soon after. Easter assists in Almaas’s latest effort, mixing and throwing down some six-string and organ, while other longstanding collaborators help to flesh out his lifetime of experience and love affair with music. Partly recorded in his Saugerties home studio/Airstream trailer, the album flows nicely between the 13 short, sweet, and likeable tunes. Encompassed by pedal steel, acoustic guitars, reverby fender riffs, and lush vocals, we are caught somewhere between sublime Everly Brothers harmonies, Hank Williams grit, and a latter-day, carefree Paul Simon. Besides Almaas on guitars and vocals, the players include Daria Grace (vocals and ukelele), Vibeke Saugestad (vocals and autoharp), Bob Dylan bassist Tony Garnier, a lone harmony by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, and guitarists Kenny Vaughn and Jon Graboff, the latter’s nylon strings and pedal steel being especilaly noteworthy. —Jason Broome
sound check John Medeski
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Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.
I get a lot of my best new (to me) music from my stepdaughter. She just turned me onto Music from Saharan Cellphones volumes 1 and 2. A blast from the past is Kollage by Bahamadia. Pianist Marc Ponthius’s solo Boulez Sans Boulez is awesome. On heavy rotation is MC Yallah X Debmaster’s Kububali (a Uganda-based rapper, one of the most creative hip hop/electronic artists). Solo in Mondsee by one of my favorite piano players of all time, Paul Bley. When I want to just lie back and chill: Amadou Diallo’s Donsoya. Absolute mastery. “Our Love Is Here to Stay” from Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song. She’s one of the greatest. John Medeski is the keyboardist of Medeski, Martin & Wood. His newest solo album, Crawlspace, is out now on Tzadik Records. Johnmedeski.com.
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Tough Crowd (Independent)
It is funny that a band establishing their own eclectic sound should be named Art Thief. The Newburghbirthed project is full of Newburgh bassist Sam Smith’s impressive mastery of prog, fusion, and other genres aplenty, anchoring the group’s explorations into startlingly pop-song length compositions. The lyrics sometimes can come off a bit wake-and-bake, collegejam band-ish, like on “Weed is Tight” or a song about a snail delivering the mail, but who said every song in the world had to be serious? Tough Crowd is a terrific album (and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Alan Douches, FYI). Fair To Midland, Muse, and Four Stroke Baron come to mind as recent groups who’ve painted wide-stroke sonic pictures, and Art Thief sits in that tradition. The laconic, summery jazz-hop beat of “Instagram Song” pairs with breezy keys and spare hypnotic flute before a flourish of rhythmic impossibilities. This fun group is likely killer live, if they can recreate any of this. —Morgan Y. Evans
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Blue Lotus (Independent)
Gwen Laster’s recent revelation reminds us that Black lives still matter, her umpteen awards and decades of classical/jazz/blues deftness shaping a masterwork that pierces the recesses of the heart. Say the names of the countless who have suffered a dirty deal, here honored in sophisticated and complex composition. The violinist and violist’s latest string quartet yields her monument, Blue Lotus: authentic, slowly unfurling, soul-rending, and rhythmic. The three-part “The Black Lives Matter Suite” is made up of the dramatic “Cigarette,” which emerged from the horrifying Sandra Bland bombshell; “Three to Eleven,” which embodies the time frame when the so-called Beat Up Squad did their worst to Fishkill Correctional inmate Samuel Harrell; and the final movement, “Entrapped,” which features Poet Gold recounting a gripping narrative of the Newburgh Four, a set of impoverished pawns sucked into an FBI terrorist scheme. To these tragic souls, Laster offers her sacred lily of the Nile, a blue lotus, in triumphant tribute. —Haviland S Nichols
books How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes Melinda Wenner Moyer G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS, $27, 2021
Melinda Wenner Moyer, Cold Spring resident and award-winning science journalist, debuts her first book, a hilariously helpful parenting guide. A contributing editor at Scientific American and regular contributor to the New York Times, Moyer’s areas of expertise include parenting and medicine. The deeply researched guide combines scientific reasoning with practical advice and a humorous tone, arming readers with actionable strategies that will give them a fresh perspective on the world of parenting. Subtitled “Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens,” this book provides parents data-driven tools to guide the next generation toward generosity, compassion, and antiracism.
The Vixen Francine Prose HARPER, $21.99, 2021
Prose’s 18th novel delves into the moral ambiguity of the Red Scare, as Simon Putnam, a young editor in 1950s New York, edits a bodice-ripper improbably based on the trial and execution of suspected Russian spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. But with secrets mounting, Putnam finds himself in a dangerous world that starts to spin out of control. In The Vixen, Prose, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, crafts a compelling narrative about the cost of success and reconciling personal identity during the height of McCarthyism.
Someone Should Pay for Your Pain Franz Nicolay GIBSON HOUSE PRESS, $16.95, 2021
Franz Nicolay, member of rock band the Hold Steady and a Bard College music professor, debuts his first novel. Punchy and wise, the story follows middle-aged musician Rudy Pauver, who perpetually lives on the road touring in the shadow of his more successful protege, Ryan Orland. But when Pauver’s runaway niece shows up asking to join him on the road, he must reconcile his ambition with his ties to his family. Through Pauver’s journey, Nicolay constructs a brutally funny and heartfelt novel about the creative process, failure, endless wandering, and uncensored perspective of life for most musicians.
Selected Poems 2002-2021 J.R. Solonche SERVING HOUSE BOOKS, $14.59, 2021
J. R. Solonche’s 23rd book is a carefully curated anthology of his favorite poems. Solonche, an Orange County resident, has published poetry in over 400 magazines (including this one, many times), journals, and anthologies since the early `70s, and much of this most recent book was constructed from his previous work. Featured works include poems from Shelf Unbound Notable Indie Book Porch Poems and two books nominated for the Pulitzer Prize: Invisible (2017) and Piano Music (2020). With an accessible style full of wit and hidden meanings, Solonche’s poetry creates a collection for poetry lovers as well as those newer to the poetic form.
What They Didn’t Burn Mel Laytner SPARK PRESS, $16.95, 2021
Cold Spring resident Mel Laytner tells the inspiring true story of his father’s life as an Auschwitz camp survivor. As a longtime journalist, Laytner has worked as a foreign correspondent in London and the Middle East for NBC News and United Press International. Subtitled “Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secrets,” this book blends personal memoir with detailed investigative journalism in order to follow shaky Nazi paper trails and discover the layered truth behind his father’s stories. Uncovering documents the Nazis didn’t burn and interviewing survivors who remember his father from ghettos and camps, Laytner’s book follows the complex reality surrounding his family history. —Jacqueline Gill
Alf Evers, Life of An American Genius By Ed Sanders MEADS MOUNTAIN PRESS, 2021, $24.95
It’s often said that it takes one to know one. And as a literary embodiment of that maxim, Alf Evers, Life of An American Genius is about as perfect an example as you’re likely to find: one American genius writing about another. Author, poet, musician, and all-around cultural polymath Ed Sanders (The Family; America, A History in Verse; Tales of Beatnik Glory) has written a loving biography of Catskills historian and author Alf Evers (Woodstock: History of An American Town; The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock; Kingston: City on the Hudson). It’s an evocative account of the life of Sanders’s scholarly mentor and Woodstock neighbor, and by extension, an account of Evers’s beloved Catskills themselves. At roughly 300 pages, the book pieces together the arc of Evers’s life and his passion for history in a way that’s illustrative of the very research methods that Evers passed down to Sanders during his final years, when the Fugs founder was the typist and research assistant for Evers’s book on Kingston. Throughout the central, interview-sourced text, the timeline of Evers’s work and his earthly existence is punctuated, corroborated, and illustrated by pertinent kernels of information plucked straight from the banker’s boxes of archival materials and the tens of thousands of handwritten three-by-five-inch index cards Evers relied on for his own books (fittingly, Life of An American Genius is also available as a boxed, unbound, and numbered edition, signed by Sanders). The resulting volume reads like a verité-style documentary, with dreamlike glimpses of personally formative moments and locally historical events materializing from the mist to settle permanently on the page and form a narrative. Born in 1905 to a creative household in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx when that area was still comparatively rural, Evers moved with his family to Ulster County in 1914, and it was here that he’d spend the better part of his long, writerly life. Growing ever more fascinated with local lore, he interviewed old timers for his files and burrowed deeply into the surrounding hollows to rescue items of historical interest that otherwise would’ve been lost, recognizing their importance as, in many cases, the only remaining evidence of who and what had gone before. “Over the decades he had gathered in his house…a large library of books, maps, periodicals, photographs, stereographs, photocopies, posters, ephemera, and pamphlets on the regional history of New York and United States history in general,” writes Sanders. “He was a total historical data hound, always on the prowl at estate and garage sales, obscure books stores, and heading up into dusty attics sleuthing for data!” An early 1950s split with his illustrator wife Helen ended the couple’s long run of popular children’s books but also seemed to provide the push Evers needed to fully embrace his role as the chronicler of the Catskills. Amid more children’s books, he stepped up his writing for local papers, began lecturing, penned poetry and puppet shows, and, through his next companion, singer Barbara Moncure, began running with the folk music scene. In 1960, he became Woodstock’s first town historian, and soon after embarked on the intensive writing and research that led to 1972’s The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock, which drew acclaim and set him on the path for his likewise essential books on Woodstock and Kingston (he finished the latter—and was still working on a biography of Byrdcliffe Colony founder Hervey White— a mere two weeks before he died in 2004, at age 99). Along the way intrigue swirled around activist Evers that echoes more recent events: red baiting at Phoenicia’s progressive Camp Woodland, where he taught folklore, and within the Woodstock Historical Society, of which he was charter member, and even a false arrest seemingly connected with his vocal stance in favor of zoning conservation. Sanders readily admits how Evers’s processes for collecting and referencing information directly influenced his work on his own epic, multi-volume America, A History in Verse, and Life of An American Genius sees its subject on the shelf beside Sanders’s biographies of other authors he views as mentors: Anton Chekov, Charles Olson, and Allen Ginsberg. Good company, indeed. —Peter Aaron 9/21 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 63
EDITED BY Phillip X Levine
We Were Stupid
We heard no sound as they jumped from a hundred and more flights up Just a simple
We didn’t expect the levees to break We thought the people would leave We didn’t expect the branches to snap We thought the storm would pass
toss of body into air
We didn’t expect the gun to fire We thought the safety was on We didn’t expect him to go in the school We thought the door was locked
And from our vantage point below the smoldering towers through the lens to somber houses across thousands of miles as they fell they all looked the same—
We didn’t expect her to fall down the stairs We thought someone would hold her hand
no clothes no faces no fear
We lived with our eyes facing in We didn’t want to know
Just a black outline two arms and two legs joined in the center like the wiggling X of a chromosome a single, unseen, unnamed living piece in the code of who we are lost forever —Darcie Whelan-Kortan
Edie i remember most edie sedgwick wrapping wrapped drugs she stuffed snug and sound in her purse in saved wrappings she’d ironed out with her face made up til dawn listening to music as she drew detailed horses the size of ants on each flat clean bright sheet that one day would become a small envelope containing sad news —Pal Shazar 64 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 9/21
We didn’t expect the plane to disappear We didn’t expect the market to crash We didn’t expect the baby to die We didn’t expect the cancer to spread We didn’t expect
—Amy Caponetto Galloway Half Please bury my bones at the far end of Lake Awosting, close to the shoreline where water laps against rock in stride with late August winds. I’d like to finish what I started— it’s what I was after all along, asking with each step for Earth’s acceptance, chasing the unfinished loop, lost in the shadow of Castle Point, finally too far to climb, forever out of reach and free from worry but always in view below a shielding hand and bare wrist, absent the watch buried deeper in the dirt, drowned out by rhythmic calls of autumn. —David Lukas To Garden When I suppose you smiling back, soft, into my sunny gaze, silent and imagining the sturdy order of our days, a seeded herb pressed in a book of verse awaiting an incant, a heart-shaped stone washed smooth of sand and hidden in a potted plant. Love then, untold, in rocky fold. —Tina Dybvik
Home What Is That If That Is Missing Feeling Is The Fourth Dimension Dying Is The Fifth You Know I Got It Out For You Bang Your Head - It’s A Head Banger Left In The Space In Your Teeth It’s Doomed No Space For Me Give Me Something Scary And Send It My Way Now Soothe Me I Spit On Your Flowers You Run Away Because You Have A Short Attention Span And You’re A Coward Yet I Feel Your Embrace You Light My Way Down To My Soul From My Head To My Heart But It Doesn’t Last Things Change They Move And Shift And Stab And Penetrate I Don’t Care Anymore Strike Me Or Just Pat Me Back To Life Things Change Things Do Change Fire Burns And Water Streams God Isn’t Interested Just A Little Piece Tear It Off And Let It Live But Keep It Near, Within Your Grip Or Was There No Dying No Being Born Or Was It Romantic? A Complex Story A Feast Fear Of The Unknown? Now You’re Talking Life Is Enchanted The Portal Must Close I Want To Peer Inside Life Before Death Death Before Life I Want To Go Inside But Only Part Of Me Can Make It Home —Caleb Beecher
Speeding pick-up truck Stars and Stripes all a-flutter Perilous journey —Steve Mulvey
Chokepoint That ugly fucker’s head exploded before the day’s opening rays hit the night-cooled sand. We’re trained since basic to aim for center of mass: torso, chest, vitals but Terry tends to give the first one a whirl like he’s back home twenty years ago in the hills of Tennessee squirrel hunting, trying not to damage much meat. When you’re that good you’ve got to entertain yourself regardless of what the manuals or screaming drill sergeants say half a globe away. “Contact,” I said lowly as I confirmed the hit through the scope above my 7.62 a half-second after he cycled the bolt and chambered the next round in the .300 he’d been issued this deployment. All hell broke loose in the desert as AKs fired blindly into the dim dawn. “Contact, contact,” I reiterated in the same tone as Terry pushed the second and third ones back two meters to the ground. The party began to scatter. We’d seen movement at their knees prior to engaging and assumed they were goats but livestock don’t have arms to flail when picked up as human shields by cowardly targets. We’d been warned in our briefing about this group’s ruthless tactics and ordered not to compromise the mission at all costs. That’s Uncle Sam’s way of saying “Leave your conscience at home, boys.” The kids—humans, not goats—were too far off for us to hear their screaming. Terry and I were grateful for that. When his next shot kicked up dust we were equally thankful for that. I’d never seen Terry miss until then. I have a few times since.
My Father’s Hands His wife had recently gone through stillbirth as he was on a bird back to the sandbox. I knew it was on his mind. He dropped his mag and inserted one full of heavier-grain ammo as if the mild crosswind had caused the last lighter bullet to drift. Before he could acquire his next target I painted the middle of the hot spot with the laser designator affixed to the front of my rifle and called in an airstrike on the radio clipped to my vest. It was easier to push one button than to pull a trigger a dozen times with each shot hoping to hit a narrow margin or miss. We’re a team, right or wrong no matter which god’s eyes are judging. The missiles cruised down as we covered ourselves as best we could for impact feeling the ground shake beneath our prone bodies. A charred crater kissed by the scornful sun was the only evidence that our objective had been met. The trek back to base was silent aside from the crunching of sand older than our continent. He never thanked me outright but the next time it was my turn to empty the latrine he volunteered instead. That’s as close as it gets with guys like Terry. He and his wife could try for another child whenever he’d go stateside again. We were told a few days later by westernized adolescents selling candy bars in the nearest town that the sunset in their province is beautiful as well. –Mike Vahsen
When I see fireflies, I feel my father’s hands Cupped ‘round mine. Moving the jar here, now there. Night hums
dark and near;
Tiny flashlights everywhere. —Michele Alexander Flirtation You offer tart compliments, topped with a dollop of cream: I eat them up and lick my lips. —Elizabeth Young Unbinding What I used to hold as myself, turned out to be a chrysalis. Now it split open. An old woman is emerging, unbinding herself with unhurrying care. She will unfurl her crumpled rags, harden them into wings. —Yana Kane The Dawn of Civilization I appear, then you. That this has turned from me to we, the sharing is implicit. —Cliff Henderson The New Wave Well, if we’re gonna Put up with gonna Perhaps there’s hope For Irregardless —Anthony G. Herles
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Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeaux Photo by Julia Dratel
Sonic Reoccurrence 2021 BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE FESTIVAL September 17–18 Basilicahudson.org
Basilica Hudson’s leading-edge Soundscape festival, which had been held yearly at the former foundry since 2016, was one of many large-scale music and arts events to be put on ice in 2020. This month, however, sees its return—although at least this time around, not to its traditional Hudson venue. For Soundscape 2021, Basilica Hudson has partnered with local arts center PS21 to present the festival on September 17 and 18 at the latter’s open-air, 100-acre site in nearby Chatham. Additional acts were still being announced at the time of this writing (see website for updated lineup and schedule and current COVID guidelines), but early bookings include Circuit des Yeaux, William Basinski, Claire Rousay, Elvis Perkins, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, and TROUBLE. Tickets are $67.98; camping passes are available for an additional $33.99. Haley Fohr, the composer, vocalist, and conceptualist behind Circuit des Yeaux, answered some questions for us below via email. —Peter Aaron What was your pandemic year like? Not being able to tour, did you work on more new music than you normally would have, or did the stresses of the pandemic make it harder to concentrate? Unfortunately, my pandemic was absolutely harrowing. Many of my loved ones passed away, some from Covid-19, others from corporeal afflictions. It was (and in many ways still is) a time in which everything is ending all of the time. For the better half of the beginning of 2020, I made no music. The grief and the fallout completely consumed me. 66 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 9/21
You have a new album coming out later this year. What can you tell us about it? I am releasing a new album called -io that will be out on October 22 through Matador Records. It is an experimental symphonic record written and recorded in the pandemic of 2020. All of the songs were written as a direct result of my personal experience; they saved me. The songs of -io were written entirely by myself and for myself. They slowly oozed out of me in an effort to validate my current emotional existence. Instead of leaning on the collaborative spirit like the preceding Reaching for Indigo (2017), -io was written, arranged, and produced entirely by myself. This process allowed me to directly recast the isolated feelings of loss, trauma, sickness, and death into something that now feels like an homage to my highest self. The result is a very cinematic but personal record. When you’re performing the songs you wrote for the new album—or the songs from your previous albums—do you feel more like you’re reliving the moments you were in when you wrote or recorded them or more like you’re in the moment that you’re performing them? When writing the songs of -io, I intentionally tried to have each song emotionally evoke the story, memory, or experience of its inception. I work until I feel that the emotion has been successfully transformed from my heart into a piece of art. For this reason, I never have considered what I do on stage or in writing as a “performance.”
The character of the fictitious country singer Jackie Lynn and the 2016 album that you created under her name drew critical praise. How did that alter ego come about? Do you think you might revisit the character in the future? Jackie came along when I started to feel a burden from the externalized music industry. Her character helps me communicate on a level that makes my work as Circuit des Yeux easier to traverse. Jackie Lynn did tour live in 2016, and it was wonderful. Jackie also put out an album in 2020 called Jacqueline through Drag City Records. You last played in Hudson in 2016, at the Half Moon. This month you’re performing in the area once again, as part of Basilica Soundscape. What were your impressions of the area? I have only spent a few days in Hudson but have been quite impressed by the small arts community they have cultivated. There are fresh vegetables, venues for great music, art galleries, mother nature, etc. It feels very welcoming in a quaint and safe kind of way. This year’s festival will be presented in an outdoor amphitheater. I am very excited for the outdoor aspect of this festival. I am working toward utilizing a string ensemble and newer arrangements that are pastoral and calming. It should be dreamy.
A still from The Velvet Underground, a documentrary directed by Todd Haynes, which will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival.
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL September 29–October 3 Woodstockfilmfestival.org
The second quarter of 2021 saw more films in production in the Hudson Valley than ever before. According to the Hudson Valley Film Commission, over 15 projects are currently in production. Life & Beth, written, directed, executive produced, and starring Amy Schumer; Crumb Catcher (Chris Skotchdopole); and “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” Mindy Kaling’s HBO Max series, are some of the film industry’s recent Hudson Valley creations. The blockbuster A Quiet Place (Emily Blunt, John Krasinski) and the TV miniseries “I Know This Much Is True” (Mark Ruffalo) and “The Undoing” (Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant) were also filmed here. This exponential growth in regional film and TV production is due to many factors—the region’s beauty and variety of locations, generous tax breaks for filming here, and the tireless efforts of Laurent Rejto, executive director of the Hudson Valley Film Commission. Add to that the Woodstock Film Festival, which has promoted the regional identity of the Hudson Valley as a film destination and a place where those who care about independent film gather each fall since 2000. The festival’s 22nd anniversary is marked not only by a return to indoor spaces, but by special events. Tom Quinn, CEO of film production and distribution company Neon (I, Tonya and Parasite) will receive the Woodstock Film Festival’s Honorary Trailblazer Award. There will be a tribute to Leon Gast, the late film giant, Woodstock resident, and founding advisory board member of the festival. His Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings, which depicts the
1974 heavyweight boxing match in Zaire (the Rumble in the Jungle) between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, will be shown. The film’s editor and producer, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, will hold a Q&A session after the screening. The feature documentary El Gran Fellove, following the Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove, will have its East Coast premiere at the newly renovated Bearsville Theater. The director, Academy Award-nominated actor Matt Dillon (The Outsiders, There’s Something About Mary, and Drugstore Cowboy), will also be there, joining a star-studded group of festivalgoers. Notable films to be screened include The Velvet Underground, a documentary by acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Carol and I’m Not There), which enjoyed “rave reviews and a very long, standing ovation” during its premiere at Cannes, according to Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival’s cofounder and executive and artistic director. Haynes, known for his unconventionality and exquisite portrayals of queer love, takes his first stab at a feature-length doc with The Velvet Underground. Using a split-screen for most of two hours, Haynes seems to suspend time as well as fracture it as he explores a band that didn’t just shape the culture of 1960s New York—they, perhaps, made the culture. Porcupine, starring Jena Malone, and Foxhole, by 21-year-old filmmaker Jack Fessenden, both shot in the Hudson Valley, will be screened this September. In Porcupine, Malone plays a quirky woman who
puts herself up for adoption. Fessenden (son of Larry Fessenden, film director and founder of New York-based Glass Eye Pix) was named one of “11 Filmmakers 30 or Under You Need to Know” by Indiewire in June 2017 and is no newcomer: This will be his fifth film shown at the Woodstock Film Festival. Mothering Sunday, a drama starring Academy Award-winning actors Olivia Coleman and Colin Firth, will also be screened. But there’s a lot more than just watching movies. In addition to all the post-screening Q&As, various panels will be held at the barn at White Feather Farm. There will be conversations with actors Kelsey Grammar and Tim Blake Nelson, a climate change and environmental sustainability panel in conjunction with the film After Antarctica; a panel titled “Filmmaking Utopia: an Alternative Hollywood”; and a panel with a luncheon, “When Real Life Impacts Reel Life: Which Tail Is Wagging the Dog?” presented by the Creative Coalition. You can stream those panels live, online, if you choose to skip attending in-person. If you do physically join in on the fun, you’ll be asked to show proof of either vaccination or a negative COVID test before entering any theatre. Blaustein says that the Woodstock Film Festival plans on doing more year-round events like master classes, workshops, and screenings. “I think that when we are comfortable—and we are inching toward it, I think, very quickly—film-going will thrive,” she maintains. “There’s still nothing like it.” —Veronica Schorr
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live music Mdou Moctar plays Gateway Arts Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts on September 11.
September 8. You know what they say: Every dog has its day. And after 22 years, critically adored Philadelphiabased, psychedelic-tinged indie pop band Dr. Dog is calling it one, at least they are when it comes to being the reliable road hounds that they’ve always been. The group recently announced that, although they have no plans to disband, after one more US performing excursion, this fall they’ll be retiring from touring. Fortunately for the dogged devotees who dwell in and around our area, one of the treasured stops on the band’s farewell jaunt is this date at new Capital Region venue Empire Live. With Bowerbirds. (Gogol Bordello goes nuts September 14; Unearth arises September 24.) 7pm. $25, $28. Albany. Empirelivealbany.com
September 11. The return of live music, cautious as it’s been, has been a well-earned reward after a long and difficult 2020. And for many listeners, the reappearance of Tuareg guitar god Mdou Moctar and his band, who play Gateway City Arts center’s music hall this month, feels like the icing on the musical cake. Moctar recently released his fifth studio album, Afrique Victime (Matador Records), which has drawn rabid raves. From the venue: “All patrons will be required to wear a mask AND provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (two weeks past second shot) OR proof of a negative COVID PCR test [received within 48 hours prior to the show] to enter.” With Pure Adult. (Tank and the Bangas bump September 14; Yo La Tengo rocks out September 17.) 8pm. $17.50-$20. Holyoke, Massachusetts. Gatewaycityarts.com
Live Skull/Thalia Zedek Band
Average White Band
Hudson Valley Gospel Festival
September 17. Live Skull were Sonic Youth’s main rivals at the tail end of New York’s no wave scene during the early and mid-1980s, trading in a brand of dark art rock that’s similarly experimental but rooted less in the spiky dissonance of DNA and more in the sprawling post-psych of Pere Ubu. The newly reactivated band has released two albums on the Bronson Recordings label, 2019’s Saturday Night Massacre and last year’s Dangerous Visions; the latter combines new recordings with a 1989 BBC Peel Session. They land at the reopened Tubby’s this month, where they’ll be joined by sometime vocalist Thalia Zedek (Come) and her band. (Algiers arrive September 10; Honey Radar and Mountain Movers share the bill October 1.) 8pm. $13. Kingston. Tubbyskingston.com
September 18. Hallelujah! The second annual Hudson Valley Gospel Festival graces Bowdoin Park, bringing with it the Hudson Valley Gospel Festival Choir directed by Dr. Mary McLymore with music directed by Reverend Tarrence Motley-Epps. Sharing the stage with the choir will be the Jazz Pioneers, the West Point Gospel Choir, the Bethel Church of God in Christ Praise Team, Angels Without Wings from the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and more. A returning component of the grand event is the “Walk Through Gospel History” segment, which takes attendees on a musical journey through the rich roots of gospel music. 1pm. $15 (or $10 for students, seniors, veterans, and active-duty military personnel; children under five are free). Wappingers Falls. Facebook.com/HudsonValleyGospelFestival
September 24. In the 1970s, Scottish-born jazz funksters the Average White Band ruled the AM airwaves with the booty-shaking Top 10 disco smashes “Pick Up the Pieces” and “Cut the Cake”; two decades later, their music became the raw material for many a hip hop hit when it was sampled by the likes of Public Enemy, Erik B and Rakim, the Beastie Boys, TLC, Ice Cube, Tribe Called Quest, the Beatnuts, P-Diddy, Too Short, Christina Milan, Mark Ronson, and many others. September finds the brassy outfit back at it again, taking the funky party to the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for an assuredly dance-packed evening. (Gypsy celebrates Stevie Nicks September 25; Stella Blues honors the Grateful Dead October 1.) 8pm. $37.50-$55. Peekskill. Paramounthudsonvalley.com
October 3. Formerly of jam-fest faves SIMO, singersongwriter JD Simo has worked with such artists as Jack White, Phil Lesh, Luther Dickinson, Chris Isaak, Blackberry Smoke, Cowboy Jack Clement, and director Baz Lurhmann (Romeo + Juliet) on the soundtrack to his forthcoming Elvis Presley biopic. Now based in Nashville, Simo has hit the trail to flog Off at 11, his 2019 solo debut. Mining a more garage-y, hard bluesrockin’ path for this coheadlining show at Daryl’s House are Boston trio GA-20, who were cofounded in 2018 by guitarists Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs (Charlie Musselwhite, Antiguas) and recently released a whole album of raw Hound Dog Taylor covers. (Roomful of Blues returns September 10; the Yardbirds do some blueswailing September 16.) 7pm. $15, $20. Pawling. Darylshouseclub.com —Peter Aaron
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Colorgarden, Erica Hauser's installation for Terrain Biennial Newburgh 2019 at Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative, 207 Carpenter Street.
Not Your Mother’s Biennial “TERRAIN BIENNIAL NEWBURGH” September 25–November 15 Terrainbiennialnewburgh.org
If you associate public art with big, ugly sculptures in front of corporate headquarters, prepare for an education. “Terrain Biennial Newburgh,” an outdoor art show on porches, fences, and the walls of buildings, opens September 25, and continues for seven weeks. Naomi Miller and Hannah Walsh des Cognets—who are artists themselves—oversee the project. This is the second “Terrain” exhibition; the first was in 2019. The last biennial had 12 artists; this one has 27. “Terrain” is a combination of sculpture, community organizing, and family therapy. The directors matched painter Erica Hauser with a family that includes two young children, hoping the kids would enjoy the artist’s bright colors. Because both are relatively new to Newburgh, Miller and des Cognets assembled a committee of local advisors connecting them to the city’s diverse communities. This group has dubbed itself the Cartographers. “Terrain” started in Chicago in 2013; within a few years satellite exhibitions began to spring up in other localities. Today there is a loose confederation of “Terrain organizers” throughout the country. The Chicago committee chooses a theme that other cities have the option to adopt. The Newburgh group decided to use the national theme, “Keep in Touch.”
The show has no “hours”; everything is visible all the time from the street. Each site will have a brochure box explaining the work, and a QR code with further information about the artist. “I’m just as interested in the people who live around the work as in the people who drop in from elsewhere,” remarks Miller. Most art is owned by rich people; each piece in “Terrain” is owned by a neighborhood. Serena Domingues’s installation, Interruption, replaces the screens of television sets with living moss, which must be frequently watered. This demands real commitment from the host, who has the power to literally kill the art. (Luckily, Domingues’s host, Vince Cianni, is an artist himself, and committed to watering the moss.) Two artists who collectively call themselves Damfino will erect a 10-foot-high beacon at the Historical Society, as a reference to Newburgh’s maritime history. Joel Weissman imprints repetitive calligraphy on white tiles. Andrew Brehm will create a “suburban fountain” made of outdated lawn sprinklers—a multilevel display rigged up to all spurt at once. Courtney Puckett makes handknotted banners that spell out words, using brightly colored recycled rope. Paired with the Newburgh Free Library, she is—as of this writing—considering the word “INFORM.”
The coordinators choose the venues for the artists. “It is definitely a matchmaking game,” says Walsh des Cognets. Each participant—host and artist—receives a stipend. “As an artist who’s had to pay to do a lot of shows out of my own pocket, I felt really strongly that they had to be paid,” she continues. One artwork remains from the 2019 biennial: Hauser’s Colorgarden, jubilant brightly painted circles of scrap wood on the chain link fence of the Newburgh Urban Food and Farm Initiative. “They loved it so much that they just kept it there,” Miller explains. Most of the artists are from the Hudson Valley, some from New York City, and one from Hungary: sculptor Zsofia Keresztes, who’s represented by a Newburgh gallery, Elijah Wheat Showroom. Newburgh has one of the fastest-growing art scenes in the Hudson Valley. In keeping with the decentralized nature of “Terrain,” there’s no “art opening” with white wine and brie, though the first day coincides with the weekend of the Newburgh Open Studios Tour, September 25–26. The exhibition opens throughout Newburgh all at once. If the Delta variant of COVID continues to surge, this show will be among the safest you can visit. —Sparrow 9/21 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 71
THE SHORT LIST
A cultural crib sheet for the month of September
Clockwise from left: Snake in the Boot Collective performs at Opus 40 in September; A still from Bernstein's Wall, a doucumentary about Leonard Bernstein, at the Berkshire International Film Festival; Paul Taylor Dance company at the Mahaiwe.
Art Walk Kingston
Comedy at Stone Ridge Orchard
Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
Albany Book Festival
Snake in the Boot Collective at Opus 40
Berkshire International Film Festival
Celebrate the city’s art community during this two-day event. Hosted by Arts MidHudson, visitors and local residents alike are welcome to weave their way through home studios and galleries from 12 to 5pm. Localized in three different areas in Kingston, the art exhibits boast a variety of media including paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptures. Participating artists include photographer Andrew Moore, sculptor Susan Burlew, and mixed-media artists whose work will be featured at galleries such as Kingston Ceramics Studio, the Lockwood Gallery, and Cornell Creative Arts Center. September 18-19. Artsmidhudson.org
Soar the skies at the Hudson Valley’s 30th annual hot-air balloon festival in Union Vale’s Tymor Park. With 75 planned launches, fireworks each night, full and tethered balloon rides, live entertainment, food vendors, and helicopter rides, the festival promises one fun, flight-filled weekend. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure during a full hot-air balloon flight over the Hudson River Valley, $275 per person. Tethered rides ascending 50 to 100 feet are also offered. General admission to this balloon extravaganza is $14 in evenings and $7 in mornings, with all proceeds donated toward the festival’s future. All launches are wind- and weather-permitting. September 3-5. Dcrcoc.org
Snake in the Boot Collective’s original live performance “The Human Dream Project” at the sculptural grounds of Opus 40 will let you dive into a world of dreams and puppetry. Led by multimedia artist, writer, and performer Admiral Grey, the show illustrates people’s dreams through puppetry as intimate recordings play in the background. Complete with accompanying live foley artists and award-winning puppeteers, the evocative performance breathes life into people’s hidden hopes. The multimedia show includes stop-motion animation and interactive livestreams, with all puppets and set pieces handcrafted by Admiral herself from salvaged and repurposed materials. 6pm on September 3 and September 10 in Saugerties. $20, $10 for Opus 40 members. Opus40.org
Her Six-Word Story, Often Untold
Listen to women’s untold stories this September at a story-sharing event. Bornand-raised in the Hudson Valley, graphic artist and educator Eileen MacAvery Kane partners with nonprofit housing and arts redevelopment project Safe Harbors of the Hudson to celebrate women’s lives, especially those that too often remain unrecognized. Women from all walks of life will gather and tell their stories in merely six words, with participants encouraged to contribute or simply listen in the supportive learning community. September 12, 2-4pm in Newburgh. Safe-harbors.org
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Laugh ‘til your sides hurt at Stone Ridge Orchard’s new comedy series The Comedy Orchard, located on their 115-acre farm. The line-up on September 4 will feature Tom Cotter and Michele Balan and will be hosted by Eddie Brill, long-time audience warm-up comic and talent coordinator for “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Food is available for purchase at a locally sourced farmers' market, including apple cider from Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider. General admission is $25 or $55 (including a BBQ dinner courtesy of The Grill Wagon). Doors open at 6pm with a 7pm show time. Stoneridgeorchard.com
Get your reading on with the Fourth annual Albany Book Festival. The NYS Writers Institute at the University of Albany event features an A-list of regional writers, like Dana Spiotta, Ed Schwarzschild, Mary Gaitskill, Simon Winchester, and Amitava Kumar. With a local authors marketplace, awards ceremony, and readings from banned books, the upcoming festival serves all your book-loving needs. Free writer’s workshops will be offered online, to expand accessibility. Featured guest writers include Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies), Elizabeth Brundage (The Vanishing Point), and Emily Layden (All Girls). Events are all free and open to the public. September 25, 12-5pm. Albanybookfestival.com
The Berkshire International Film Festival returns for its 15th anniversary to transport viewers to foreign lands and unite filmmakers with film lovers. The festival will feature 22 documentaries, 20 narrative features, and 18 short films that represent 20 countries. Five films will receive their world premieres, including a film about legendary glass artist Lino Tagliapietra. The film-filled weekend will pay tribute to award-winning actor Alfre Woodard; open with Bernstein’s Wall, a documentary film about beloved Berkshire legend Leonard Bernstein; and close with the New England premiere of Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free. September 9-12 in Great Barrington and September 10-12 in Pittsfield. Biffma.org
Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe
Escape to the world of modern dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company as it performs two nights of modern dance over Labor Day weekend. Returning for its 13th year at the Mahaiwe, the company features three works: “Aureole,” “A Field of Grass,” and “Brandenburgs.” Originally founded by legendary choreographer Paul Taylor in 1954, the 16-member company has performed in over 500 cities in 64 countries, often representing the US at international art festivals. Starting at 8pm, ticket prices range from $20 to $95 with Mahaiwe members receiving discounts. September 3-4 in Great Barrington. Mahaiwe.org —Jacqueline Gill
Mario Merz Long-term view
Dia Beacon 3 Beekman Street Beacon, New York
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exhibits CUNNEEN-HACKETT ARTS CENTER 12 VASSAR STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE
"Karl Schmitz: Palimpsests." Through September 30. "Donna Faranda," September 3-October 29. "Dave King." September 3-October 29.
D'ARCY SIMPSON ART WORKS 409 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“UNGUNS: Will Squibb.” Sculptures of transformed weapons. Through December 31.
DAVIS ORTON GALLERY
114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Alternative Visions of the Natural World.” September 4-October 3.
3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON Works by Lee Ufan, Sam Gilliam, Barry Le Va, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, and others on long-term view.
228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES “Golden Desire.” New works in abstraction by Lesley Bodzy and Jay Youngdahl exploring our relationship to gold. Through October 3.
FRED J. JOHNSTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GALLERY 63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON
"Signs of the Times: The Modjeska Sign Studio, Kingston, New York." Through November 1.
FRG OBJECTS & DESIGN/ART 217 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“Gerri Spilka: Interactions Then & Now.” September 11-November 30.
475 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Beyond Binaries.” Milford Graves, Basil Kincaid, Sahana Ramakrishnan. Through October 18.
GARRISON ART CENTER
23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON “The Fridge Show.” Curated by The Rule of Three and featuring eight female artists. Through September 12. “Transitional Spaces.” Waterjet cut aluminum works by Steve Rossi. Through September 12.
229 GREEN KILL AVENUE, KINGSTON “Kingston.” Photos by Phil Demartino. September 1-30.
American Beauty, from an exhibition of the work of Lily Prince showing at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham from September 11 through October 17.
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11 JANE STREET ART CENTER
ARTS SOCIETY OF KINGSTON
“Elizabeth Keithline: Sculpture & Shadow Paintings.” Through September 26.
“Kingston Annual 2021.” Juried exhibition. September 4-30.
ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY
“Yale Epstein: Confluences.” Paintings, photographs, books. September 11-October 31.
“Kayrock Screenprinting Editions.” Group show. Through September 28. “Little Devils. Drawings by Kristen Schiele.” Through September 28.
“Natural Formation.” Prints and drawings by Malgorzata Oakes. Through September 5. “Melissa Schlobohm: Let the Light In.” September 11-October 10. “Jebah Baum: Gravitational Artifacts.” September 11-October 10.
11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES
22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK
97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON
108 EAST STRAND STREET, KINGSTON
506 MAIN STREET, BEACON
BUSTER LEVI GALLERY
121 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING
ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER
“Cultivating Fragments: Barbara Smith Gioia.” September 3-26.
“After the Mobile: Tim Prentice.” Through October 4. “Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs.” Through January 2.
“Seasons of Greene.” September 4-October 10.
CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY
ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES
BARNS ART CENTER
736 SOUTH DRIVE, HOPEWELL JUNCTION
“Then and Now.” 30th anniversary exhibition. Through September 19.
THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT
224 MAIN STREET, GERMANTOWN
24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS
“Emily Clark Carvajal.” Paintings. September 1-30.
“Tasting Menu”. Robin Antar, Emilie Baltz, Gina Beavers, Nicholas Buffon, Gareth Cadwallader, Jo Ann Callis, Catherine Chalmers, Sharon Core, David Kennedy Cutler, Guy Diehl, Julie Evans, María Fragoso, Daniel Giordano, Lucia Hierro, Sam Taylor Johnson, Alex Kanevsky, Talia Levitt, Rachel Major, Nicole McLaughlin, Tracy Miller, Azikiwe Mohammed, Jeffrey Morabito, Danielle Orchard, Lina Puerta, Nathaniel Robinson, Walter Robinson, Dana Sherwood, Anat Shiftan, Jean Shin, Ian Trask, and Edith Young. Through December 5.
ART SALES & RESEARCH
BARRETT HOUSE ART CENTER
“Subliminal Horizons: Part 2.” Through October 3.
ANN STREET GALLERY
104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH “Black Renaissance Festival.” Group show. September 25-November 20.
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71 EAST MARKET STREET #5, RHINEBECK
“Summer Love”. Anne Brown, Harriet Korman, Stephen Westfall, Nancy Holt, Mary Carlson, Stanley Rosen, Billy Copley, John Tweddle, Manuel Pardo, Marilyn Gold. Through September 5.
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55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE. “Luscious. Tasty. Delicious.” International juried art exhibition. Through September 11. “Parastoo Ahovan: Unspoken Memories.” Paintings. Through September 11. “New Directions 2021.” Annual national juried contemporary art exhibition. September 25-October 30.
622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
THE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
“Photography Now.” Group show curated by Maya Benton. August 14-October 3.
CLARK ART INSTITUTE
225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA “Erin Shirreff: Remainders.” Through January 2, 2022. “Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed.”Through October 31. Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway.” Through September 19.
MOUNT SAINT MARY COLLEGE “Becoming Visible.” Group photography show. Through September 25.
405 JOSLEN BOULEVARD, HUDSON
“Stepping Into Stillness”. Installation by David McIntyre. Through September 22.
115 BROADWAY, NEWBURGH “Primordial Substance.” Paintings by Evan Samuelson. Through September 18.
HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART/CCS BARD ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON
“Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection.” Through October 17. “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985.” Through November 28.
365 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL “Be My Demitasse.” Sculptures by Daniel Giordano. Through October 3.
HOLLAND TUNNEL NEWBURGH
46 CHAMBERS STREET, NEWBURGH “Newburgh Now!” Group show. September 10-26.
HUDSON HALL AT THE HISTORIC HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON
“Four Instance.” Julie Evans, John Lippert, Lucio Pozzi, Lorenza Sannai. September 4-October 17.
HUDSON VALLEY MOCA
1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL “How We Live, Part II.” Through January 31, 2022.
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“Heather Guertin.” Oil paintings Through
exhibits September 11. “Woman.” Paintings and drawings by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke. September 7-October 30.
JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY
19 CENTRAL SQUARE, CHATHAM
Fasoldt, Tom Sarrantonio, Judy Hoyt, and Ted Dixon. Through September 30.
SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, SUNY NEW PALTZ
“Sacred Structures.” Photographs by Kenro Izu and sculptures by Tony Moore. Through October 3.
"Hudson Valley Artists 2021: Who Really Cares?" The 14th annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, curated by Helen Toomer. Through November 14. “The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone.” September 11-December 12. “Follies and Picturesque Tourism.” September 11-December 12. “Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women.” September 11-December 12.
LACE MILL GALLERIES
“Recent Work by Charlotte Tusch and Maxine Davidowitz.” Through September 7.
“Feedback." Sanford Biggers, John Buck, Becky Suss, Roy Dowell, and others. Through October 30.
“WinterOver?” Group show of work meant to deteriorate. Curated by George Spencer. Through September 23.
KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK
165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON
41 MARKET STREET, SAUGERTIES “Wet/Land.” Eco-art exhibit of Kris Garnier and Christy Rupp. September 3-26.
LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE
“Tilled Fields: Drawings by Harry Roseman.” Through September 12. “Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents.” Through September 19.
743 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON “Worlds of Color.” An interactive, experiential exhibit on color: Judy Pfaff, Sampsa Pirtola, Laura Summer, Martina Angela Muller, and Daniel Mullen. Through September 26.
MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART
2700 ROUTE 9, COLD SPRING “Nivola: Sandscapes.” 50 works of sandcast sculpting by Costantino Nivola. Through January 10, 2022.
MARK GRUBER GALLERY
NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ “Luminists.” Hudson Valley landscapes. Through September 18.
1154 NORTH AVENUE, BEACON “Thinking of Things Inside.” Carl D'Alvia and Marcy Hermansader. Through September 26.
OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE 5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Through October 31.
OLIVE FREE LIBRARY
4033 ROUTE 28A, WEST SHOKAN “Eye to Eye.” Through September 11. “Skin Deep.” September 25-November 6.
PAMELA SALISBURY GALLERY
362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Interludes: Kim Uchiyama.” "one side yellow one side blue: Christina Tenaglia." "Nude Palette: Jill Moser" "Works on Paper: Warren Isensee." "The Fine Art of Getting Lost: Harry Roseman." All shows September 4-October 3.
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1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON “Brenda Zlamany: The Itinerant Portraitist.” Through September 18.
25 BROAD STREET, KINDERHOOK
449 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Reginald Madison: Home Grown.” Through October 10.
SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY ARTS CENTER 790 ROUTE 203, SPENCERTOWN
“Still Life: Flowers, Fruits & Foods in Repose.”Mary Beth Eldridge, Ann Getsinger, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Julie Love Edmonds, Alice McGowan, Scott Taylor, and Terry Wise. Through September 19.
STORM KING ART CENTER
1 MUSEUM ROAD, NEW WINDSOR “Crisis.” Site-specific installation by Rashid Johnson, plus permanent collection of 20thcentury sculpture. Through November 8.
120 GRAND STREET, NEWBURGH “2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert.” Installation by Martin Roth among the ruins of the Newburgh City Club. Through October 31.
1301 COUNTY ROUTE 7, ANCRAM “Bob Bachler and James Kennedy: Paintings and Ceramics.” Through December 31.
SUSAN ELEY FINE ART
433 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Barbara Marks and Joe Sultan.” Through September 26.
‘T’ SPACE RHINEBECK
137 ROUND LAKE ROAD, RHINEBECK. “Ruptures and Reconciliations: Anthony Titus.” Through Sept. 26.
TANJA GRUNNERT SALON
21 PROSPECT AVENUE, HUDSON “Arnie Zimmerman”. Outdoor sculpture exhibition. Through October 31.
THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL
“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Through October 31.
THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM
“The Subject Is the Line”. Group show curated by Donna Moylan. Through September 5. “American Beauty.” Paintings and drawings by Lily Prince. September 11-October 17.
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ROELIFF JANSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
126 BRYANT POND ROAD, PUTNAM VALLEY
“Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches of the Roe Jan Region.” Through October 31.
TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY
8 MILES ROAD, COPAKE FALLS
434 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE
Vovos Vertical, a sculpture by Joe Sultan, one of the works in the exhibition "Barbara Marks and Joe Sultan" at Susan Eley Fine Art in Hudson through September 26.
“Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2021.” 16th annual sculpture exhibit. September 26-October 31.
60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI
"Summertime" and "Splash." Collaboration with Woodstock School of Art. Through September 19.
“2021 Summer Art Show.”Work by Staats
UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER
“Owning Earth.” Outdoor sculpture installation. Through June 1, 2022.
“Joan Barker.” Paintings on cardboard made during the pandemic. Through September 6.
THE WASSAIC PROJECT
WOMEN’S STUDIO WORKSHOP
“If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now.” Group show featuring 35 artists in and around the Maxon Mills with a particular emphasis on immersive, site-specific installations. Through September 18.
“Queer Ecology Hanky Project.” 125 artist bandanas from across North America organized and curated by Vanessa Adams and Mary Tremonte. Through October 30.
68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ
37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC
WEST STRAND GALLERY
29 WEST STRAND STREET, KINGSTON “Places, Memories, and Dreams.” William Grant and Dominick Hiddo. Through September 26.
WINDOW ON HUDSON
43 SOUTH 3RD STREET, HUDSON
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WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM
28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK “Radius 50.” Through September 12. “Susan Meyer: Pigeon Quilt.” Through September 12. “Vocation: A Show of Work by Hudson Valley Art Teachers.” Through September 12.
“Jacob Graham’s Creatures of Yes in Suspended Animation.” Video and live performance. Through September 6.
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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude
CULTIVATING GRATITUDE, CLEANSING THE SOUL September is a spiritually powerful month with the potential to move the needle for those willing to cultivate humility and gratitude. Though we have no control over world events, we can each choose our individual responses. Collectively, September 6 is an open door for substantial, profound change. The New Moon in Virgo with Sun trine Uranus, Venus trine Jupiter, and Mars trine Pluto collaborate to support cleansing, clearing, and renewing ourselves, both body and soul. Full Moon in Pisces with Mercury trine Jupiter September 20 enlarges compassion, empathy, and intimate communication, with or without words. The Sun enters Libra at the Autumnal Equinox September 22, with Mercury square Pluto. Injustice becomes intolerable, and the court of public opinion turns against powerful abusers. Each of us must ask if what we value enough to hold or hoard is truly useful, or just taking up space in the name of entitlement. With Venus opposite Uranus and Mars square Saturn September 23–25, what we need more of is love, not stuff. Mercury goes retrograde in Libra September 27, where he’ll be reevaluating and redeciding every little thing until mid-October. Especially affected are agreements and contracts we’ve made during the extraordinary circumstances of 2020. By now we all see the extraordinary has become ordinary, and we must adjust the lifestyle changes we made for long-term sustainability. With help from the Sun/Saturn and Venus/Neptune trines September 29, we are empowered to look at our lives both realistically and idealistically, simultaneously and in real time. How have our values changed? How can we meet our needs and stay true to our values? Faithful adherence to a gratitude practice cultivates humility. Humility is the soil where grace grows. The flower of grace is wisdom, and this is the gift of September for those who will receive it.
ARIES (March 20–April 19) Seek clarity around how your mind-body connection either facilitates healing or impedes it when planetary ruler Mars in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces September 2. Integrate a powerful new self-care practice September 6 when Mars trines Pluto at the New Moon in Virgo; don’t go overboard though, as Mars inconjunct Jupiter can lead to an overestimation of your abilities. Harmony-seeking and relationships come into focus when Mars enter Libra September 14. A milestone marking a new level of developmental maturity appears when Mars trines Saturn September 25. Accepting more responsibility with graciousness rather than resentment indicates positive emotional growth.
TAURUS (April 19–May 20) Planetary ruler Venus’s motto for September: “No pain, no gain”. Venus squares Pluto and trines Jupiter September 5-6, igniting a big power struggle in the realm of relationships from which you’re likely to wrest a Pyrrhic victory at best. You’ll only “win” if you keep your cool when Venus enters Scorpio September 10. The “pain” is utter frustration, peaking when Venus squares Saturn September 17. If you can endure with patience, surprising developments shock and surprise September 23 when Venus opposes Uranus. The “gain” is revealed September 29–30 when Venus trines Neptune and square Jupiter. Forbearance pays off, bigtime! A practicing, professional astrologer for over 30 years, Lorelai Kude can be reached for questions and personal consultations via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and her Kabbalah-flavored website is Astrolojew.com. 76 HOROSCOPES CHRONOGRAM 9/21
GEMINI (May 20–June 21) Sun in Virgo through September 21: Are you analytically powerful or unhealthily obsessive? Thought becomes form when Mercury trines Saturn September 4. Vulnerability instead of glibness lead to healing communications breakthroughs when Mercury opposes Chiron September 8. Truth-telling has its own power; Mercury’s trine to Jupiter on the Pisces Full Moon September 20 reveals what’s been hidden in the heart. Power struggles over shared values with intimate partners heat up when Mercury squares Pluto September 22 at the Autumnal Equinox; Mercury retrograde in Libra, September 27 through mid-October, creative do-overs are possible now as you rethink your romantic trajectory.
CANCER (June 21–July 22) New Moon in Virgo September 6 inspires an upgrade to your environment. Discernment around what is useful and that which simply adds clutter is your most effective tool. First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius September 13 inspires you to venture outside of your comfort zone; a powerful healing of trust is accomplished by a willingness to try something completely different. Spiritual longings are stirred at the Full Moon in Pisces September 20. Your way of channeling the Divine flow is initiating emotional connections with others. Last Quarter Moon in Cancer September 28 brings resolution around unresolved issues from early January.
LEO (July 22–August 23) Unexpected financial news—a surprise windfall?—when Sun trines Uranus at the New Moon in Virgo September 6. Don’t take positive or negative economic developments at face value. Confusion on a large scale is possible when Sun opposes Neptune and inconjunct Jupiter September 14–16. Seek professional advice; don’t try to figure out the fine print by yourself. Power struggles can lead to relationship estrangements at the Autumnal Equinox September 22 with Mercury square Pluto; is being “right” worth the loss of valuable emotional support? Demonstrating maturity when Sun trines Saturn September 29 widens your fan base considerably.
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VIRGO (August 23–September 23) Mercury trine Saturn September 4, right before the New Virgo Moon September 6. With Sun trine Uranus, Venus trine Jupiter and Mars trine Pluto you literally can almost do no wrong. Personal powers are at their height, you’ve always believed in using them for the greater good. Heal rifts long overdue for reconciliation when Mercury opposite Chiron September 8. Let yourself enjoy the bliss of intimate connectivity September 30 when Mercury trines Jupiter at the Pisces Full Moon. Mercury square Pluto September 22 at the Autumnal Equinox and stations retrograde September 27. Your inner critic needs a long vacation.
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LIBRA (September 23–October 23) Tempted to flex your persuasive charms when Venus squares Pluto and trines Jupiter September 5-6? Self-control is the most profound demonstration of power, as proven when Venus enters Scorpio September 10. Seek balance when Venus squares Saturn September 17. All’s fair in love and war when Sun enters Libra at the Autumnal Equinox September 22, with Mercury square Pluto. If it’s a war of words, you may not like the outcome when Venus opposes Uranus September 23. Refusing to play power games increases your personal bliss potential when Venus trines Neptune and squares Jupiter September 29–30. It’s a win/win!
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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) Your usual ability to see the forest for the trees needs refocusing when Mars in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces September 2. Are you motivated by the instinct to control others rather than trusting they will come to you on their own when Venus squares Pluto September 5? Belief in your own worthiness makes space for a new community leadership role with Mars trine Pluto and inconjunct Jupiter at the New Moon in Virgo September 6. Negotiating skills are your best weapon when Mars enter Libra September 14; diplomacy wins when Mercury squares Pluto September 22 at Autumnal Equinox.
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You can’t repent of your excesses until you’re certain you’ve reached the outermost edges of “too much.” That happens when Jupiter is trine Venus but inconjunct Mars September 6 at New Moon in Virgo. Do you really have to go all the way just to teeter on top of the precipice? Your idea of a sustainable version of personal freedom is adjusted for growth at the First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius September 13. Jupiter inconjunct the Sun September 16 and trined by Mercury at the Full Moon in Pisces September 20 invites healing conversations, overdue apologies, and expanded compassion.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20) Your diplomatic skills are in fine form when Mercury trines Saturn September 4. Careful to work your persuasive powers only upon long-term prospects. Conquests for the sake of acquiring notches of any kind can suddenly flip, and you may discover you’re the hunter who gets captured by the game when Venus squares Saturn September 17. If you’ve used your upgraded people skills wisely, the payoff comes when Mars trine Saturn and the Sun September 25–29. You’re operating at peak form and frankly, you do deserve all the admiration coming your way, though modesty is always your best look.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19) You’re at your most powerfully inspirational September 6 with Sun trines Uranus, Venus trine Jupiter and Mars trine Pluto at the New Virgo Moon. Those resources, intimacies, and valuables you share with others are where this influence plays out. Put agreements to paper September 10 with Mercury inconjunct Uranus; a mere handshake isn’t the deal it used to be, and contracts avoid misunderstandings. Get ready for something truly weird at the intersection of your public and private life when Venus opposes Uranus September 23. Sometimes the most radical choice you can make is also the most completely conventional one.
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PISCES (February 20-March 19) Reason and discernment around relationship issues pierce the clouds of confusion with Sun opposite Neptune September 14. Precise and impeccable communication around expectations must be agreed to by all parties September 18 with Mercury inconjunct Neptune. Once you’ve secured mutual understanding, it’s a magical time September 20 with the Full Moon in Pisces and Mercury trine Jupiter. The safer you feel, the bigger you dream. Your most idealized visions come September 29 when Venus trines Neptune. Yes, rose colored glasses are your favorite fashion accessory, but so what? No great idea has ever been conceived without positive, imaginative thinking.
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Telephone of the Wind If you’ve been hiking in Fahnestock State Park this summer, maybe you’ve seen it. That rotary phone attached to a wooden signboard along the Appalachian Trail—that’s the Telephone of the Wind. The phone is the work of Millet Israeli, a local grief therapist. The phone, which is not connected to any temporal telephonic network, allows users a way to connect with departed loved ones. Millet was inspired by Itaru Sasaki, who built a telephone booth in his garden outside of Otsuchi, Japan, in 2010 to talk with a dead relative. After a 2011 tsunami killed a tenth of the population of Otsuchi, the Telephone of the Wind became a place of comfort to the tens of thousands of people who have since visited to connect with deceased loved ones. “In Japan, there were no grave sites to go to because folks were swept away,” says Israeli, who connects what happened in Otsuchi with what she witnessed at the beginning of the pandemic in her patients. “People were losing loved ones without a proper funeral. The absence of concrete ritual was causing a great deal of chaos around grieving,” says Israeli. “There was a pause button pressed on their mourning because they couldn’t launch into it properly. I was encouraging a lot of personal rituals—sending a letter off into the river, planting a tree. Concrete ritual is important to the mourning process.” Since being installed in May, Israeli has been collecting stories of folks who’ve stumbled upon the wind phone and connected with her via Instagram (@wind.phone.ny). One woman, through-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, received a call from her dad that her grandfather had unexpectedly died. Completely devastated, she stumbled on the phone just a few moments later, and was able to talk to her grandfather. “I’ve been so moved by hearing people’s stories, seeing how willing people are to reveal that part of themselves on a public platform,” says Israeli. “I see so many people struggling to talk about their grief. The phone is a reminder that the relationship with our loved ones continues even though they’re not still here.” —Brian K. Mahoney
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