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6 On the Cover: Mike Tyson

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Previously unpublished photos of the boxer by Lori Grinker.

11 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern TK.

13 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney TK

FOOD & DRINK 14 Pasta for the People Coxsackie-based Sfoglini has built a thriving business making dried pasta in the artisanal Italian tradition.

19 Sips & Bites Recent openings include Embers at the Bartlett House, Sonder’s Kingston location, and Catskill Chocolate Co.

HOME 20 Revolutionary Renovation In Great Barrington, a Colonial homestead is transformed across the centuries into its own neighborhood.

In July, Governor Hochul announced $5 million in funding for community colleges across the state to establish curricula to train New York’s cannabis workforce.

EDUCATION 33 Fair Play: Title IX Turns 50 Before the passage of Title IX in 1972, girls sports were almost nonexistent. Female athletes and administrators talk about the transformative effect of the federal law.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 37 Wellness Warriors of the Hudson Valley This month, we put a spotlight on local health-and-wellness changemakers who are working for community wellbeing.

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The Kaatsbaan Fall Festival kicks off on September 17.


Live Music: Alice Cooper in Albany, the Woodsist Festival in Accord, Oldtone Lite ‘22 Festival in Hillsdale.


A listing of art exhibits from across the region.

Album reviews of Lapapo by Mice Parade; To the Trees by Stephen Clair; and Mulberry Street Symphony by Anders Koppel. Plus listening recommendations from Sam Quartin of the Bobby Lees.

53 Books Susan Yung reviews Two Nurses, Smoking, a new book of short stories by David Means, the acclaimed witer and Vassar College professor. Plus short reviews of Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution by Nona Willis Aronowitz; They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance; Fire in Paradise by Elizabeth Bayou-Grace and Steve Lewis; Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy by Leigh Seippel; and Ebony Bear: A Nurturing Ursin Learns a Lesson by Margaret DiBenedetto.

54 Poetry Poems by Duane Anderson, Ryan Brennan, Heike Jenns, C Kuhl, Katharyn Howd Machan, C. P. Masciola, Dana Muwwakkil, Christopher Porpora, Lily Raper, J. R. Solonche, Fern Suess, Jim Tilley, Alexandria Wojcik, and Elizabeth Young. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

The Dorsky Museum mounts a retrospective of pioneering curator, artist, and community builder Ben Wigfall. Short List: Spencertown Academy Festival of Books, Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Art Walk Kingston, and more.

HOROSCOPES 68 Paint Your Masterpiece What the stars have in store for us this month.

PARTING SHOT 72 Portrait Ellenville Charles Purvis’s town-wide photography project.


on the cover

Photos from Mike Tyson, a new book of photographs by Lori Grinker that will be published in October by Powerhouse Books.

Lori Grinker Mike Tyson Enters the Ring for His Bout with Conroy Nelson, 1985


ori Grinker was an undergrad at Parsons School of Design when boxing historian and trainer Jim Jacobs told her about some teenagers training to be boxers upstate. Needing a subject for a photojournalism project, she got herself invited to the Catskill home of trainer Cus D’Amato, his partner Camille Ewald, and their unlikely squad of trainees. “There was a girl there, and at first I wanted to focus on her—she was a Mormon and had a pet rat. I was fascinated, but nobody wanted to hear about a girl boxing in 1981. I started focusing on Billy; he was just nine years old, and my piece on him was published in Inside Sports, which was a big thrill.” D’Amato encouraged her to pay attention to the big, quiet kid, saying Mike was going to be world champion. “Cus was the master, and he knew Mike was so unusual,” says Grinker. “He was 13, very shy, just out of reform school. He was very, very smart, and I came to learn he had exactly what it takes. Cus had a method, and Mike learned it very well.” When Tyson went professional, “they kept letting me come up,” she says. “I was a bit apart, as you have to be, but I was sort of part of things, 6 CHRONOGRAM 9/22

and I’d say the defining quality of that home was laughter. I saw how the discipline of boxing was helping those kids, how they were learning to play together.” Mike Tyson is Grinker’s third book (text by Bruce Silverglade), which will be published in October by Powerhouse Books. It’s a collection of rare and never-before-seen photographs from the 1980s and 1990s, showcasing a lesser-known side of the boxing superstar in his prime, both in and out of the ring. Earlier books by the photographer include Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict. A photograph of a Beninese veteran from Afterwar appeared on the cover of the April 2005 issue of Chronogram. This month’s cover shot was taken on November 22, 1985, at the Latham Coliseum as Tyson entered the ring for one of his first professional bouts. “He was probably 18; he looks older,” says Grinker. “The fight lasted about 30 seconds.” At later matches, she would find herself elbow to elbow in a media scrum. “It taught me a lot about how to move and shoot,” she says. “But that time, I think there might have been just one other little local paper.”

In 1988, one of Grikner’s Tyson photos made the cover of Sports Illustrated. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Grinker says, “and I stuck with it until he got more and more famous and became unreliable. He started getting pushed into all kinds of things. I think if Cus hadn’t died when he did, things would have gone differently for Mike.” D’Amato, who adopted Tyson after Tyson’s mother died, died in 1985, a little over a year before the boxer became the youngest world heavyweight titleholder in history at the age of 20 years four months. Grinker, who splits her time between Newburgh and Brooklyn, will be participating in Newburgh Open Studios on September 24 and 25, from 12-6 pm at her studio in the Holden Arts Building. She’ll also be reading and signing at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson on October 8 and at Mama Roux in Newburgh on October 12. There will be an exhibit of images from the book at Clamp Art Gallery in Manhattan in November. “I’m so thrilled for this book to be born in the Hudson Valley,” Grinker says, “where the story really began.” Portfolio: —Anne Pyburn Craig

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Within light there is darkness, But do not try to understand that darkness; Within darkness there is light, But do not look for that light. Light and darkness are a pair, Like the foot before and the foot behind, in walking. —Identity of Relative and Absolute, Zen sutra Katy did. Katy didn’t. Katy did. Katy didn’t. Katy did. Katy didn’t. The argument continues all night, every night of summer. Is it a dispute, or simply an expression of Schrödinger’s paradox in which the cat in the box is simultaneously living and dead? Katy did, and she didn’t. Hence the bush crickets are of one mind, insistently positing that both claims are correct. The public sphere of social and network media is rife with similar disputes; arguments relating to public figures, geopolitical events, social and economic structures, gender dynamics, the Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Media and politics polarize these issues into dyads informed by differing data and observations and defined by specific talking points and arguments. We find ourselves on one side of the dyadic arrangements or the other. So rarely do we attempt to fathom the opposing point of view because it’s assumed to be ludicrous or unfounded. We cannot grasp how anyone could believe something so absurd. We have our point of view and we hang out with people who share it. The opposite end on the spectrum of opinion is so removed as to prevent any real contact between the opposing points. The sutra continues: The absolute works together with the relative Like two arrows meeting in mid-air. Though opposite and contradictory, a collision of positions liberates energy for taking in a larger view. The resulting understanding is potent in scope and effect. Such an insight encompasses a greater whole, the dynamic of a dyad, however discomfiting in uncertainty. The image of Lady Justice, blindfolded, holding the scales, is not only instructive for judicial professionals. It points to the possibility of impartiality to one’s own thoughts, contradicting views of oneself, and to opposing opinions at ends of a political spectrum. In the language of meditation, it is the position of observer, the agent of consciousness unfettered from association. This observer is not aloof or disengaged. Rather, the meditative consciousness embodies apparently opposing impulses—an effort of total attention in a medium of acceptance. Though impartiality is a lofty attainment, the approach to it is incremental and each stage has the germ of its fulfillment. A simple effort might include an intentional conversation with someone holding a view on an issue opposite to one’s own. A further effort would be to place oneself in that person’s position and actually see what they see, and deeper still, to feel what they feel. This task is harder than one would expect, perhaps even impossible, as it requires a departure from one’s worldview. But the aim of the exercise is nothing more than the calorific effort of standing in uncertainty. To stand before diametrically different views of the same subject is itself the aim. Every normal human being values the same things. These values are baked in, part of DNA, the soul, and whatever other language one uses to describe the ineffable beingness and innate intelligence of the inner life. Left and right, atomistic and holistic, hawk and dove—all wish for wellbeing and freedom, for truth, abundance, order, and for love. The apparent differences lie only in the perceived means of fulfilling these values. At the core, we all share a sensibility. It is a courageous act to set aside opinions, positions, and all the associated defensive and promotional vitriol, and attempt to find commonality. This is not a mental effort, but rather one of the being, to struggle with oneself to develop the capacity to listen without arguing, to put oneself in the position of others. The increasing volume of antagonism and controversy among different ideological camps speaks to the need for this effort to understand one another. In the larger scheme, the perpetual work of human-scale reconciliation eclipses the promotion of any particular agenda. The sutra concludes: I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened: Do not waste your time by night or day.

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ummer is a strange season. It creeps in stealthily, but not without warning. It’s foreshadowed by spring’s balmy April afternoons, the plush light of May, and the devil-may-care attitude of early June. Then it’s suddenly here, like a houseguest arriving precisely on time and completely unexpectedly. Summer catches me off-guard in this way every year. Its abundant sunshine and absurdly long days that I can never settle into are a gift and an unasked-for responsibility. I’m never sure the right way to fill all that time, what activities the hours of light demand. I can hear Mary Oliver asking, insistently, “What will you do with your wild and precious 90-some-odd summer evenings, Brian?” (Poetry can be a great consolation but it can also be a hectoring schoolmaster.) *** Summer’s seeming expansion of light and time— a celestial magic trick I’ll never understand, no matter how many times the cosine projection effect is explained to me—is tough to adjust to and can be downright anxiety-inducing. It’s a daily rehash of the old Kundera conundrum from Unbearable Lightness—“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”—under conditions of infinite abundance that are distinct to summer. In winter, evening activities are constrained, limited to mostly indoor pursuits that follow inexorable patterns. Darkness falls. Sigh. Leave

work. First the gym, then the store, then home to walk the dogs, cook dinner, and Netflix (and maybe chill). Then bed. What time is it? Who cares? It’s been dark for hours. It’s never too early to hit the sack in January. But in summer, one almost feels obligated to fill the long days with activities. But which ones? Hike or swim? Mountain bike or kayak? A trail run? Catch up on the stack of unread books while reclining on the back deck? Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner? It feels like time is so much on your side that it makes you topheavy with the weight of it. *** On summer break as a child, it seemed inconceivable that summer would end. Every day promised another game of Wiffle ball or digging the hole to China in the garden and every night another chance to catch lightning bugs in Mason jars. Poor lightning bugs. In memory, every day was blue skies and fluffy white clouds that never obscured the sun followed by nights of bright stars. *** On my first trip to San Diego decades ago, I experienced something similar to the blue skies of childhood. Day after day of uninterrupted sunshine. To a New Yorker, such constant good weather contains an element of the uncanny, possibly the occult. The only person more unnerved by it than me was the TV weatherman. He gritted his teeth and seemed to hold back tears of frustra-

tion as he recited the same forecast day after day. Monday: Sunny and dry. Tuesday: Dry and sunny. Wednesday: More of the same. I sometimes think of that weatherman and wonder if he’s okay. If he ever decided to leave the land of eternal summer for somewhere with actual weather. *** Summer’s not to blame, of course. And countering Kundera’s ambivalence is the hard-won optimism of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning: “Live as if you were living already for the second time, and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!” My simplistic reading of this is: There are no incorrect answers—just choose somethig and get on with it. Easy for Frankl to say. Actually, maybe not so easy. *** Maybe it just come down to the fact that I think of winter as the default season. The other seasons are placeholders until winter returns. This is clearly balderdash from a logical point of view, but I keep my ice scraper in the car year-round. *** And then, one day I wake up, having fretted and frittered away the summer, and, it’s suddenly September again. This strange season is almost over—just as I’ve begun to find my rhythm in the days of longer light and lengthening shadows. Luckily, winter’s right around the corner. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM 13

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Pasta for the People



or devotees of the local food movement, dried pasta has long been thought of as a last resort—relegated to the back of the pantry in favor of its showier cousin fresh pasta. While there’s a lot to be said for the “fresh-isbest” mentality, ultimately, a lot of this ill will can be traced back to the historically dismal state of the grocery store pasta aisle, with plastic packaging boasting dubious ingredients like “enriched wheat.” Even in the hands of the culinarily gifted, a box of mass-produced spaghetti, penne, or rigatoni too often produces a lackluster pile of noodles—devoid of the toothsome texture and delicately nutty flavor that has made dried pasta, or pasta secca, as it’s known in Italy, a lovable workhorse of the Mediterranean larder for centuries. Until relatively recently, artisanal food lovers had almost no options for sourcing good, domestically made, dried pasta. Instead, they had to make pilgrimages to natural foods stores or gourmet shops just to hunt down bags of the imported stuff from a top-shelf Italian producer. Step into many of the same shops known 14 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 9/22

for selling high-quality provisions throughout the Hudson Valley today, however, and you’ll likely find sturdy, brown-and-white boxes of Coxsackie-made Sfoglini pasta (pronounced sfo-lee-nee) sitting right next to those highfalutin imports. A Recipe for Success Sfoglini was founded in Brooklyn in 2012 by Scott Ketchum and Steve Gonzalez. Ketchum was a creative director and graphic designer specializing in brand development who had 18 years of experience working in New York and San Francisco and had studied brewing and management at the Siebel Institute in Chicago. The pasta expertise came from Gonzalez, a chef who had spent much of his 14-yearcareer immersed in the art of pasta making at acclaimed restaurants throughout Western Europe and the US. (His resume includes time at the three-Michelin-starred El Raco de Can Fabes in Sant Celoni, Spain, and beloved New York City spots such as Hearth, Roberta’s, and Frankies Spuntino.)

Since 2012, Sfoglini has been making dozens of varieties of dried pasta in an array of long-lost Italian shapes and adventurous flavors. Opposite: Scott Ketchum (left) and Steve Gonzalez (right) cofounders of Sfoglini pasta. Ketchum, a creative director and designer, and Gonzalez, a chef trained in the art of artisanal pasta making, launched Sfoglini in Brooklyn in 2012 and moved the company to a new, 40,000-square-foot facility in Coxsackie in 2018.

Gonzalez originally came to Ketchum with the idea to open a new restaurant in Brooklyn where they could wholesale its housemade pasta to customers and other restaurants during the day. After realizing the restaurant would require significant outside financing, the two decided to pivot and seize an opportunity they saw in the market for artisanal pasta made using traditional Italian methods. “There was really nothing going on in the pasta section at that time,” says Ketchum. “New York has this great history of Italian immigrants starting food companies, but they all moved out of Brooklyn at some point. We wanted to prove you could make a great pasta here in New York.” The two packed up what pasta-making equipment they had and moved into a rented space in the former Pfizer building in Williamsburg, which was already home to a handful of other small food companies. “We started in one old laboratory room and added space as we went along,” Ketchum says. “It took a lot of trial and error and feedback from customers to hone our process.” Ketchum and Gonzalez started out selling fresh pasta to restaurants, but over time, it was Sfoglini’s dried pasta that proved to be a winning proposition. “There were the premium Italian brands who took great care with their dried pastas, using bronze dies and slow-drying, but it was not done much at all here,” says Ketchum. “We were really a catalyst for reviving pasta making in the US.” The Bronze Age of Dried Pasta The major thing that sets Sfoglini’s dried pasta apart from mainstream brands is its adherence to old-world techniques. Ketchum and Gonzalez worked with a 100-year-old, family-owned manufacturer in Brooklyn and another company in Boston to custom make their traditional bronze dies and plates. Unlike fresh pasta, which is made by hand, dried pasta is made by extruding dough through a specially shaped die with enough pressure that it comes out the other side of the plate in its desired shape. In Italy, these dies and plates are made with bronze, which, due to its porousness, results in a pasta with a rougher texture that helps sauce cling to its surface. Most grocery store dried pasta, on the other hand, is made using Teflon-coated dies. Teflon’s appeal is its cost-effectiveness—it doesn’t expand and break down over time like bronze does—but it also results in a smoother surface that causes sauce to slide right off the pasta and onto your plate. Additionally, in keeping with artisanal Italian methods, Sfoglini’s pastas are slow-dried for 10 days at a low temperature, which helps preserve both flavor and nutrients. The attention to artisanal detail has paid off in popularity with both home cooks and chefs alike. “I’ve always used imported Italian dry pasta. Being able to find that same quality and technique in [Sfoglini] pasta is of great importance to me,” says Anthony Coffey, executive chef at Harvest on Hudson, a fine dining Italian restaurant in Hastings-on-Hudson. Coffey has featured the pasta in dishes such as reginetti with milk-braised suckling pig ragu, and his personal favorite, spaccatelli with duck ragu,

which the chef makes with Sfoglini’s organic semolina spaccatelli paired with duck liver, duck leg, soffrito, and Italian sausage. “The spaccatelli is perfect for picking up the meat and sauce, and provides a nice chewy texture,” Coffey says. “The pasta really shines, because I don’t have to use a lot of sauce, just enough to coat it.” How the Pasta Aisle Got Its Grooves Back Today, Sfoglini makes dozens of varieties of pasta in an array of long-lost Italian shapes and adventurous flavors, whose whimsical grooves are made for holding hearty sauces. “It was part of our mission to bring back excitement and innovation to the pasta section,” says Ketchum. “We’ve helped reintroduce shapes that had fallen out of fashion.” In addition to its classic organic semolina flour-only pastas, there’s frilly edged trumpets made with porcini mushroom puree, furled rolls of spaccatelli turned jet black with cuttlefish ink, and a hearty macaroni made with einkorn flour. Beginning this month, a pasta made with Oakland-based Diaspora Co.’s single-origin turmeric will be available for purchase online. It’s not just the company’s riffs on oldschool shapes that have been making waves. Last year, after almost three years of product development, Sfoglini helped introduce an entirely new pasta shape to the world. Cascatelli, the Italian word for “waterfalls,” was created by Dan Pashman, host of the James Beard-award-winning podcast “The Sporkful,” in partnership with the pasta maker.

The new pasta underwent a rigorous testing phase and three variations in length and diameter to achieve the perfect trifecta that Pashman refers to as “sauceability,” “forkability,” and “toothsinkability.” The final offering resembles something like a pool ladder with a deep groove down the center and wavy ruffles on either side. Sfoglini’s first 4,000-pound run sold out in two hours. Chefs and critics alike raved, and the shape even snagged a spot on Time’s 100 Best Inventions of 2021. On the sourcing side, Sfoglini exclusively buys the flours it uses for its pastas from organic farmers in North America, and often develops new flavors that utilize seasonal products from local farms and purveyors. The majority of the wheat Sfoglini uses is the coarse yellow flour most traditional in Italian dried pastas, durum semolina, which is grown in North Dakota and southern Canada. The brand’s series of New York State grain pastas are made with organic whole grain, rye, emmer, einkorn, and spelt flours, which are milled by Farmer Ground Flour in Trumansburg. Pastaheads can get the jump on new and special edition varieties by signing up for Sfoglini’s pasta of the month club ($65 for three months, $120 for six), which includes a box each of its specialty pasta (think of those adventurous flavors) and signature organic semolina pasta, along with recipes and pairing suggestions from Gonzalez. According to Ketchum, the preferences of its subscribers even help steer the company’s decisions about what products to grow and which to cull. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 15

“There were the premium Italian brands who took care with their dried pastas, using bronze dies and slow-drying, but it was not done much here at all.” —Scott Ketchum, cofounder of Sfoglini Pasta

From Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley A few years after Sfoglini’s founding, the pasta company had become a prominent presence in the New York City food scene, thanks to mom-and-pop shops, like Bedford Cheese, that began carrying its products. And through its partnership with the New York City Greenmarket Grain Program, a project to establish a market for Northeast-grown and -milled grains, market-goers were introduced to the brand through its line of pastas that featured lesser known ancient grains such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt. “We were steadily growing year over year until about 2016,” says Ketchum. “The thing holding us back was that we couldn’t increase our growth with our existing capacity.” The company began looking for new production space where it could scale operations in support of a plan to distribute its pasta more widely. After a two-year search, they finally found a nearly 40,000-square-foot building in Coxsackie’s Greene Business & Technology Park, which had recently been vacated by helicopter parts manufacturer Ducommun Aerostructures. “After a potential site in Middletown fell through, we found this space in Coxsackie that really met all our needs,” says Ketchum. “It had 20-foot ceilings, a lot of power, and sturdy concrete floors.” After the Coxsackie location became operational in July 2018, daily production increased six times over—from one to six thousand pounds of pasta a day. The move to the Hudson Valley also added jobs, increasing the size of the team to 20. Most of the original staff, including Ketchum and Gonzalez, have relocated upstate full-time. “We’re always looking for people interested in learning about pasta production,” says Ketchum. “We want to hire as local as possible and support the community here.” After four years and the recent addition of extra drying capacity, the new facility is finally closing in on maxing out its production. Roughly 8,000 pounds of pasta are made at the Coxsackie facility per day, and the company currently estimates that it will make nearly two million pounds this year. “We’re making the same great pasta we always have,” says Ketchum. “Now we can show people what American pasta makers are really capable of.” Sfoglini pasta is available at gourmet shops and natural food markets across the region and at

From top: Sfoglini trumpets are weighed on the combination scale of a vertical cartoner before being portioned into boxes below. The company’s Coxsackie facility, which came online in July 2018, now produces 8,000 pounds of pasta a day. Sfoglini uses bronze dies to make its pasta, according to time-honored artisanal Italian methods. The porosity of bronze is what gives the pasta a rough texture that helps sauce adhere to its surface. 16 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 9/22


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sips & bites Embers at Bartlett House | Ghent Like their Argentine cousins across La Plata river, Uruguayans are master grillers. In Las Pampas, the asado is a long, slow, sacred affair and a regular part of life. Uruguayan-born chef Leo Ruiz brings a taste of that tradition to Embers, Bartlett House’s first seasonal, outdoor dining pop-up. Using grills that he customdesigned with a local blacksmith, Ruiz seeks to strike a balance between classic Uruguayan dishes and the American palate. The latest menu includes ancho- and honey-barbecue tossed St. Louis ribs ($21), dry-rubbed wings served with salsa verde ($18), charred mixed vegetables ($11), and three variations of grilled flatbread pizzas ($16-18). Perhaps most authentic, the shaved leg of lamb is served with house-made chimichurri ($22). Dishes are small, served tapas-style, and are meant to be shared. 2258 Route 66, Ghent |

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Catskill Chocolate Co. | Catskill In the elegant storefront at 473 Main Street in Catskill, the vintage tin ceilings, tiled floors, and a long, heavy wooden bar will have you feeling like you just stepped into a scene from Chocolat—a place where confectionary dreams come true. At Catskill Chocolate Co., which opened in June, seasoned chocolatier Lauren Robbiani and her cofounders are serving up chocolates handmade with ethically sourced cacao and local ingredients, candies, cookies, cakes, and other pastries alongside espresso. Oh, and housemade gelato in flavors ranging from classics like chocolate and coffee to bright originals like lemon-almond and malted-chocolate-pretzel. And lest we forget, affogato is also on the menu. 473 Main Street, Catskill | —Marie Doyon 9/22 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 19

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The Reisfelds in the home’s original living room. The grand piano came from a church in Lakeville. Ruthie Resifeld has been taking lessons for six years. Kathy Reisfeld decided to take up the instrument this past autumn. Hanging on the far wall is a painting of the Little Deep in Woodstock by Kathy Reisfeld’s mother, Sharon Stanfield. The family corgi, Taco, looks out a backdoor.


ven though they occurred almost half a century apart, Kathy Reisfeld’s and Jo Elling’s first encounters with a house in Great Barrington were remarkably similar. Both women found the listing and trekked across state lines to see the property. In both cases, fate would have each waiting for at least a day before a realtor could let them inside—thereby causing each to contemplate the property from up close, but still at a distance. Both encountered the home when it had stood empty for a spell, and as a result was in need of rehabilitation. And in both cases, despite its state of varying disrepair, Elling and Reisfeld almost immediately knew they would love the home. Standing for nearly three centuries, the Colonial homestead—which includes a 3600-squarefoot Cape-style main house, a traditional schoolhouse with a bell tower, a barn, and (presently) three acres of land overlooking the nearby preserved agricultural landscape—dates from 1742 and has retained many of its Colonial details. In 1971, when Jo Elling first found the house, on a drive up from Brooklyn with her husband Ray, it

was completely overgrown and Western Massachusetts was sleepier than it is today. The local agent couldn’t meet the Ellings until the next day. “So we sat on a little knoll nearby with bag lunches we brought from the city and looked at it from nearby,” remembers Elling, who is now 97, and lives next door. “All I could see was Cary Grant coming out the front door. It was beautiful. I think I fell in love with it right away.” In 2019, Reisfeld came up from Woodstock with her mother and daughter in tow after finding the listing online. “The realtor couldn’t show us the house for a few days, so we just walked around and looked through the windows,” says Reisfeld. “It was a wreck at the time,” she recalls. “But even though it was damaged, you could tell it had been such a lovely home and could be brought back.” Reisfeld and her husband Scott decided to take on the challenge of restoring the historic property and soon after taking ownership the couple realized they had another strategic advantage in Elling, who shared her years of research into the property’s history, her own memories, and the occasional advice. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 23

A Glimpse into Pre-Revolutionary Life Built by Stephen King, the local weaver and wool merchant, the home originally included a land grant bestowed by the English government of 45 acres reaching from the main road into the town and encompassing the surrounding meadows and swampland. King was the son of David King, the first European-born settler in Great Barrington, then known as Upper Sheffield, an area that before that had been part of the Algonquin nation. King also built the Green Mill, which was one of the region’s first fulleries—a place where wool is processed into cloth. King also had a working farm on the home’s 45 acres and built a one-room schoolhouse in the yard for his children. King lived in the home as the town grew from settlement to farming community, serving on the town’s first jury and watching the colony break into revolution around him and then become a fledgling nation. King died around 1785 and the home changed hands serval times over the ensuing centuries. Slowly, bits of the surrounding farmland were developed as the Gilded Age made Great 24 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 9/22

Barrington a popular site for summer cottages. When Elling and her husband bought the home, it was a more manageable five acres. Although they had four boys to raise, they briefly considered breaking the rambling two-story, sixbedroom home into a two-family dwelling. “But we just couldn’t do that to this house,” explains Elling. Instead, the couple began hosting family and friends for long weekends. That went on for a year, until the couple realized they’d stumbled onto both a way to maintain their rambling household and a second career for themselves. They opened a bed and breakfast, Ellings Guest House, welcoming guests both regional and international. While they swapped out a few of the home’s original closets and replaced them with extra bathrooms (the home now has five and a half ), the Ellings preserved the rest of the home’s interior. Their bed and breakfast became a popular stop for visitors, evoking a feeling of a bygone era. The Ellings ran their guest house for 26 years, until they finally retired and built a smaller house on two of the property’s acres.

When the Reisfelds purchased the home, the first floor’s original dining room had been damaged by a flood. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, uncovering the home’s original wood ceiling beams. “We knew we couldn’t cover them back up,” says Reisfeld. “They are all handcut and you can see the original Roman numerals on some.” The family now uses the space as a den. A collection of vintage Milton Glaser prints hangs along the wall.

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Neighbors, and now friends, take a walk around the historic property. From left to right is Sharon Stanfield; the home’s former owner Josephine Elling; her sons Steve and John Elling; and Elling’s great-grandson, Elden Ellrichs. “I didn’t want a new house,” explains Josephine Elling of her time owning the property. “I wanted an old house with memories in it, and to leave my own memories there.” Also with them are Stanfield’s bichon-poodle Sam, the Reisfeld’s golden retriever Beatrice, and Taco.

Honoring History, with a Few Modern Twists When the Reisfelds took on the challenge of the house, they had their work cut out for them. Sitting empty the prior winter, a pipe had burst and damaged two-thirds of the first floor, which had to be gutted. The couple hired Rhinebeckbased architect Inma Donaire to collaborate on the space’s redesign and Ron Love of R.N. Construction to execute their plans. Central to the home’s first floor, a giant fireplace faces three different rooms, including the living room, a sitting room, and a small parlor. The home’s original rectangular living room—large enough for a baby grand piano at one end—was left untouched by the flood and features the home’s original wood beams along the ceiling and the wide-plank “king’s boards” along the walls—so called because they were culled from the widest, straightest trees and meant to be sent back to England to become the masts of navy ships. The kitchen had been completely destroyed by water damage, so Reisfeld and Donaire used the opportunity to design an open, modern space that

capitalizes on the view of the landscape. A central island of Cararra marble provides ample space for family meal preparation. Nearby Cararra marble counters form an L-shape along the kitchen walls interrupted by a farmhouse sink Reisfeld had been saving for years. “Someone was selling it along the side of the road in Woodstock,” she says. “But it wouldn’t work in our first little house there so it sat in the basement for a decade before I could finally use it.” Here it sits under one of the home’s few modern flourishes—a rectangular picture window running the length of the room and offering a view to a nearby hill. Adjacent to both the kitchen and living room, a smaller room with doors on both ends offers a view into Colonial life. The borning room was a place where laboring mothers and sick family members could remain close to the home’s fireplace but still retain some privacy. The Reisfelds preserved the small room but added kitchen storage for extra pantry space. Much of the home’s upstairs was spared from water damage but the bathrooms throughout the home needed an update. Working with Donaire,

the Reisfelds redesigned the primary bathroom as a haven with a view to the back yard. An oversized freestanding tub sits at one end with the window at eye-level for bathers. Donaire chose tiles for the space and came up with the idea of adding floating wood slabs to the walls and matching them with a rectangular sink. Working with Ron Love and his team, the Reisfelds redesigned the former schoolhouse into a one bedroom cottage with loft, kitchen and wood stove as a full-time residence for her mother, the artist Sharon Stanfield. Stanfield utilizes the property’s nearby barn as a studio. A shed stores hay for the family’s two goats, Salt and Pepper. Down a mowed path, winding through gnarled crab apple trees, is the line between the Reisfelds’ house and Elling’s, inspired by the original house’s design. The Reisfelds visit often, and Elling offers sage advice on taking care of the historic property. “It’s a lot of work, but it all gets done,” she says. “Then you should just sit down with a nice drink in your hand, and enjoy it all.” 9/22 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 29


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ew York’s legal cannabis market is expected to rake in $1.2 billion by 2023, create 30,000 to 60,000 jobs, and generate $350 million in tax revenue a year. Where those employees are going to come from, and how they will be trained remains a question. In states like California and Colorado, training programs to meet the needs of the industry were only recently instituted. Long Beach Community College began offering an eight-week certificate course in 2020, four years after adult use was legalized in California. In Colorado, the University of Denver began offering a certification course earlier this year—nearly 10 years after the legal market kicked off. The state keeps saying that New York is doing adult-use cannabis differently. Is it? Seemingly, yes. On July 18, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that SUNY and CUNY community colleges will receive a $5 million grant that will enable them to establish cannabis curricula in anticipation of New York State’s adult use cannabis market. “New York’s new cannabis industry is creating exciting opportunities, and we will ensure that New Yorkers who want careers in

this growing sector have the quality training they need to be successful,” Hochul said. The money will be split between many different community colleges around the state, each part of different consortia that are headed by a chosen college serving as the consortium’s lead campus. Schenectady County Community College will be the lead campus in the capital region, with Columbia-Greene Community College and others serving as partners, and Orange County Community College will serve as the lead college in the Hudson Valley, with Ulster Community College, Dutchess Community College, Rockland Community College, Sullivan County Community College, and Westchester Community College as partners. The aim of the new grant is clear: New York needs to prepare workers for the needs of the soon-to-launch cannabis industry. The aim might be clear, but what does Hochul’s announcement mean on the ground level? Colleges will begin offering certificate courses in different forms to prepare the workforce for the emerging multi-billion dollar industry. For some colleges, the future is very clear. ColumbiaGreene Community College, based in Hudson,

is going to offer an online-only program this fall in cannabis retail and sales. “Students enrolled in the program will take nine credits of coursework preparing them to work in a cannabis dispensary,” says Associate Professor Maya Greene, the college’s cannabis program advisor. “This microcredential will run again in the spring semester, concurrently with an online Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Micro-Credential. This will also consist of nine credits of coursework, focused solely on the growing and processing of the cannabis plant.” Other colleges are still weighing their options and trying to get it right, much like New York State has been in the legalization process. Jay Quaintance, president of SUNY Sullivan says, “[We’ll offer] maybe a series of two or three courses. It could be anything from extraction and manufacturing, supply chain issues, other businesses that fall into the cannabis supply chain, social equity, etc.” The exact curriculum that every school will offer will differ depending on the needs of the region, but the concept is the same across the board. Some schools, like Columbia-Greene, will offer 9/22 CHRONOGRAM HIGH SOCIETY 31

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aren’t any or there are very few. To find people who have experience is going to be a challenge, so the next thing you would look at is if they have some type of a certificate,” says Scott Wells, executive vice president of talent acquisition for Cresco Labs, a multi-state cannabis company that’s opening a large grow facility in Ellenville, which is expected to create 375 full-time jobs. “Those certificate folks that have some hands-on exposure would certainly make it to the top of the list,” says Wells. The certificates are an interim solution, but down the line colleges are looking into two- and even four-year degrees with transferable credits. “This new industry requires employees with a scientific skill set. A major goal of scientific education is to provide students with the ability for objective observation, critical analysis, and skills for making rational conclusions. As the future inevitably fluctuates, it requires people who are scientifically educated and able to respond to an ever-changing environment,” says Monty Vacura, a professor of botany and horticulture at SUNY Orange. These community colleges are providing an education at the most affordable price, and are therefore providing the ability to adapt to the future to a wide group of people. “Educational institutions must keep their finger on the pulse of contemporary culture or risk becoming obsolete,” Greene says. War Is Over (If You Want It) “The War on Drugs is part of American history and part of the cannabis industry history,” says Chimi Enyia, executive vice president of SEED, Cresco Labs’ social equity initiative. The War on Drugs and its disproportionate effects incarceration for cannabis-related crimes in Black and brown

communities is s acknowledged across the board as New York prepares for adult use. The concern is to make sure everyone knows this. “Many non-targeted white people have not been made aware of the association of cannabis with racism. This grant looks to educate our students with data to help them understand the impact and history of the criminalization of cannabis on our society,” says Vacura Cannabis companies acknowledge the importance of social equity as well. “We understand that those who have been historically impacted by the War on Drugs deserve an opportunity to take part in this growth industry that can potentially provide generational wealth in ways that we have not seen for generations,” says Enyia. The state does too. “Diversity and inclusion are what makes New York’s workforce a competitive, powerful asset, and we will continue to take concrete steps to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in the cannabis industry,” said Hochul at the announcement of the grant. Can New York right the wrongs of the War on Drugs? New York approached legal pot differently from other states, but will its thoughtfulness really win out in the end? “A special thanks should go to Governor Kathy Hochul and SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah Stanley for their visionary leadership in supporting the largest New York workforce training opportunity of a lifetime,” says Vacura. This is a huge opportunity, and educators want their students to be a part of it. “We would love to see more grant funding in the future, but this is a great start,” says Greene. Despite being split many ways, the $5 million will have to do for now. “If you ask a college president if a grant is enough, their first answer should be ‘absolutely not’,” says Quaintance. “But it’s a great way to get a start on things.”


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hese girls don’t practice, they train,” says John Foley, head coach for the Port Jervis High School boys wrestling team. “They hang with the boys. They’re scrappy, they beat good boys—a lot of them—and they are statecaliber wrestlers.” The matter-of-fact tone of Coach Foley is not unlike other championship coaches—making it clear that he wants the best wrestlers for his squad. One of those athletes, among other girls, just so happens to be his niece, 14-year-old Charlie Wylie, who made history this past February by becoming the overall Section IX Regional Champion in her weight class. For better and for worse, 2022 may go down in history as the year of the female, and by now you may have noticed that women in sports are having a moment—or should I say a movement. The United States women’s and men’s national soccer teams came to a collective bargaining agreement ensuring equal pay, investment in professional women’s sports leagues and clubs is at an all-time high (although still far behind the men), and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced this summer that both girls wrestling and flag football had met the criteria to be considered emerging sports—all in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX. In its simplest terms, along with other equity laws, Title IX allows boys and girls the equal opportunity to participate in clubs, classes, and

sports that receive federal assistance. The law also protects against sexual harassment and misconduct. It was quietly passed with little debate. Despite athletics and sports not being explicitly written into the law, it wouldn’t take long for a country already so enamored by sports to use the law to level the playing field. Before Title IX, women and girls were essentially excluded from competitive athletic activity in schools and weren’t given the same equipment, facilities, or coaching. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, the number of girls playing high school sports grew from 294,000 in 1972 to 3.4 million today. Fewer than 30,000 women competed in college before Title IX. In 20212022, more than 215,000 females participated in college athletics. Though challenges remain, the increase in participation in female sports may demonstrate a key principle—given equal opportunity, women have an equal interest in sport. Grappling with Change Perhaps one of the most exciting developments happening at the scholastic level is the rise of girls wrestling, and the Hudson Valley has champions of its own. One of those is Charlie Wylie. After learning the art of Brazilian ju -jitsu, Wylie started wrestling when she was just seven years old. Wrestling in the lowest high school weight class at 102 pounds, when she isn’t wrestling

outside of school, Wylie trains and competes for the Port Jervis High School boys team. Given the opportunity as an eighth grader, it didn’t take long for her to feel success on the mat competing against boys, and her championship this past February was a first in the state of New York. While winning is still sweet, Wylie, like her male (and female) teammates, just wants the opportunity to compete, “I’ve been wrestling my whole life and I knew that I wanted to wrestle for my school. Wrestling is everything. I practice as much as possible because winning is the best feeling.” Yet, after learning about Title IX for the first time, she expressed a similar sentiment as other girls across the nation. “I would definitely be upset if I couldn’t compete and wouldn’t think that’s fair at all. If that law wasn’t made, I wonder if I would even be wrestling right now.” This school year will mark the first season that all-girls wrestling teams (and girls flag football) will have their own regional tournaments, but a state tournament to bring home a title is still years away. The emerging regional competition (four teams in four sections) is an important step to creating awareness and garnering enough interest to form more girls teams in districts across the state to eventually become an NYSPHSAA sanctioned sport. Section IX has six girls wrestling teams in the Hudson Valley, while Section I reports having no female wrestling teams. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 33





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The Room Where It Happens Title IX cut the turf for women and girls to thrive in all aspects of the school experience, allowing many to make a career out of something they love. And although women are still vastly underrepresented in athletic leadership positions, perhaps the stories of some of our own in the Hudson Valley will help us connect to our past and carry the torch into the future. Robbie Greene spent over 30 years in athletics and education before she retired in 2016 as superintendent for the Washingtonville School District. She credits the career opportunities she has had to her experiences on the field. “Because I was involved in athletics, I met so many people from various demographics and doors opened for me,” Greene says. She is quick to note that she was “first generation of coaches who benefitted from the creative work of the people before her.” Since the late `90s, Greene has also served on the New York State Public High School Executive Committee for Section IX. Lisa Roloson, now principal at Union Vale Middle School, attended Highland High School (’97-’01) and up until 2019 she held the record in girls basketball for most career points at the school. Like Greene, Roloson’s scholastic opportunities gave her a chance to play at the college level at Brandeis. Now as a school leader and the mother to two girls, she understands the importance of the opportunities she had and wants young people, including her daughters, to feel the same. “Sports gave me confidence and resilience and had such a positive impact on my life that I knew I wanted that for my kids too,” says Roloson. Julianne Viani-Braen graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, earning the 03-04 New York State Basketball Player of the Year, before leading the Marist Red Foxes to multiple NCAA appearances and historic first-round upsets. She is now a regular on the sidelines, covering both professional men’s and women’s sports as a journalist. “Sports were huge learning grounds for me in life,” Viani-Braen says. “Everything I learned molded me into the person I am and the mindset I have toward life. Title IX gave me the rightful opportunities to play sports that I may have otherwise never gotten!” Born in Poughkeepsie, Karen Self and her family moved around quite a bit before landing back in Dutchess County, where she graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt high school in 1987. During her senior year, a standout basketball and track athlete, Self led her team to the only girls state championship in women’s basketball history at her alma mater. In 2020, Self was inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame in recognition of her athletic accomplishments. Self continues to give back to the next generation as a high school basketball coach and teacher in Arizona. “Sports completely shaped who I am,” says Self. “Now coaching for 30 years, there is a ripple effect, it affected me and now it’s affecting those who I have coached. Being able to find success and confidence through sport which would not have been available to me without Title IX.” Renee Bostic, the Athletic, Wellness, and Recreation Director for SUNY New Paltz, brings an impressive resume to the Hudson Valley and not only is she the first female in this role at the

Marist basketball alum and broadcaster Julianne Viani-Braen interviews Iowa player Caitlin Clark after a win over Rutgers in February.

school, but she is also the first female of color to lead the department. A Queens native, she played basketball outside of school and when it was offered in school, she jumped at the opportunity. “Basketball was at the forefront of most of the things I did and in high school I also played soccer, tennis, and ran track. Going to college, it was all about having an opportunity; I wanted to attend an institution that would support me academically and give me an opportunity to compete on a successful team.” She was awarded an athletic scholarship and attended the College of the Holy Cross (’92-96), where she appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice during her college career. When thinking about Title IX, Bostic doesn’t take her role lightly and acknowledges the hard work that had been done by the time she was playing. “I didn’t feel the effects of Title IX until I became an administrator, and we started talking about it. I understand that I am here because I am standing on the shoulders, necks, backs, and knees of other people who came before me.” The Fight Continues There is no doubt that progress has been made, but Title IX has yet to deliver equal opportunity for all, including to both the BIPOC women and LGBTQ+ communities. Bostic is in a position that, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation, makes up only four percent of college athletic directors in the nation. “I became a college basketball coach because when I was a studentathlete I never had a chance to play for someone that looked like myself,” Bostic says. “Becoming an administrator was another opportunity for me to be an example, to sit in the seat so that people who looked at me could see someone else who looked like them in that position.” Today, perhaps one of the most highly publicized Title IX issues is the impact of transgender students participating on female teams. “In New York, we have worked with state officials to allow the schools to determine the best team to permit participation

on behalf of the student,” says NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas. Before she arrived at SUNY New Paltz, Bostic noted that the athletic department had already begun talking about what more could be done to ensure “we were continuing our mission of being an open and inclusive community” resulting in a Transgender Participation Committee which includes coaches and administrators. As it stands now, the university will continue to follow the NCAA policy that is “ever-evolving and transgender athletes will have the opportunity to be recruited to the institution to participate in varsity athletics.” On the anniversary of Title IX in June, the US Department of Education proposed a new set of rules to the law to ensure that Title IX is doing what it set out for in 1972. The rules would clarify protections from discrimination and harassment based on gender identity. Keep the Flame Burning Title IX is an education law at its core, but you rarely hear it mentioned without the physical part of education. Zayas even wrote a dissertation on the subject. “High school sports are an extension of the classroom. Life-long lessons are taught to students on the playing field and courts that can’t be duplicated in any other area of education,” Zayas says. “Research continues to provide evidence of the benefits of participation; students get better grades, attend school at a greater rate, and have fewer discipline issues when compared to their non-participating classmates.” Sports and play put people in situations to learn perseverance, gain confidence, feel success, and fail forward through life. To Charlie and millions of other girls, a pre-Title IX time may seem like a fairy tale, but according to Karen Self, this is the very reason why it is important to continue talking about it. “As time goes by, if we don’t continue the conversation we may slip in terms of equal access. The work of others opened doors and it’s up to us to keep the flame burning.” 9/22 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 35

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ne of my favorite things about being this magazine’s health and wellness editor, a post I’ve held for 11 years, is meeting some of the incredible human beings who work in healing spaces. It’s a thrill to be able to shine a light on these forces of nature. So, as I wind down my time at Chronogram and prepare to pass the torch to the next editor, I’m spotlighting a whole constellation of them. Meet the first trio here—and watch this space next month for a few more local health-and-wellness dynamos. Rebecca Moore Animal/Human Rights and Vegan Activist Work in the world: Moore has tried all forms of activism. But nothing has been as satisfying as cofounding the Institute for Animal Happiness—a micro-sanctuary for ailing chickens in Woodstock—with her partner Brian Normoyle. “It was my way of responding to all the brutality [in the world] by doing a kind of radical care—caring for the ones that nobody thinks are deserving of care,” she says. “When people see this level of care being given to a bird that’s slaughtered by the billions and whose suffering has been so invisible-ized, it’s educational, even transformative. We’re responding to the chickens’ needs as sentient, feeling beings.” The institute is equally dedicated to the wellbeing of its human caregivers. “Through giving care, we heal ourselves,” says Moore, whose organization also puts on the Hudson Valley Vegfest event and publishes the Hudson Valley Vegan Guide. But there’s always more to do to get the word out. One of Moore’s latest projects is the Happy Cart, a food cart behind People’s Place in Kingston that serves free vegan fare every Wednesday, 4 to 6pm, to anyone who wants it. The result of a collaboration between the Institute for Animal Happiness, Christine Hein and the staff at People’s Place, and Miriam Chisholm at NY Farm Animal Save, the Happy Cart hopes to win over the hearts (and tastebuds) of people who wouldn’t necessarily choose to eat vegan, by showing how good a plant-based diet can be. On an information table next to the cart (which was donated by local plant-based food advocates Kirsti Gholson and Chris Kerr) are free books about veganism, social justice, and more from Lantern Publishing,

where Normoyle works. “It’s a little cart doing a lot of work,’’ say Moore. Biggest passions: “I want to help people have that vegan lightbulb moment,” says Moore. “My father passed away of a heart attack while he was leaving a junk-food restaurant, after eating burgers and ice cream. Since then, it’s been my mission to help people understand that there are healthier alternatives out there.” Personal health is just the beginning: Going vegan reduces animal suffering, protects against climate change, and can even help prevent the pandemics like COVID-19, which may be linked to microbes passed between people and (other) animals. On being a changemaker: “I feel like caring works best, and healing happens best, when it’s

a holistic approach for everyone in the space or community,” says Moore. But she doesn’t want to be called a hero for what she does. “In our society, we sort of hero-ize people just for doing the right thing,” Moore adds. “It should be normal to do the right thing.” Bit of advice: To those hesitant to change their diet, Moore says, “You may think the meat on your plate tastes good, but really what makes it good is the vegetables around it, the spices, the salt. When you take those out, it’s not very good. A cauliflower steak can be amazing with the same spices.” Skeptical? Come to the Happy Cart for a taste of People’s Place chef Kim Prottas’s (or a guest chef ’s) food. “We’re now at about 1,200 free vegan servings of food. We serve 50 to 60 people per week. And the food is delicious.”

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Moraya Seeger DeGeare Therapist–Activist Work in the world: Seeger DeGeare is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in therapy for mixed-race, LGBTQIA, and same-sex couples and individuals. Based in Beacon, she’s certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy—“a clinically tested model that looks at the dynamic between the couple and where you’re getting stuck,” she explains. Often it involves looking at racial trauma, culture, and mixedrace identity development. Seeger DeGeare also consults in the diversity and inclusion space, helping people better understand their own complex layers of identity, and writes a sex and relationship advice column for Refinery29. Biggest passions: Activism and identity development are lightning rods for her energy, and she loves bringing the two together. “I was raised as a seeker,” explains Seeger DeGeare, granddaughter of legendary folk singer–activist Pete Seeger. “The through line for me is looking at culture first, and then your identity within the dynamic in which you grew up…but also the system around you. It’s understanding yourself within that system, and the impact of that system on the self. That’s why my activism work is part of my wellness. It’s all connected.” On being a changemaker: For the past three years on July 4, Seeger DeGeare has led a “chalk-art activism” event that engages kids and grownups to have deeper conversations about everything from racism and transphobia to sexism and climate change. This year, she has a new project inspired by the Pete Seeger “forever stamp” released by the U.S. Postal Service on July 21. Called #StampOutHate, it’s a letterwriting campaign to encourage intergenerational conversations about systemic issues. “My cousin [artist–activist Dio Cramer] designed these beautiful, Hudson Valley–inspired postcards, and my goal is [to fundraise enough] to print 50,000 of them,” she says. The idea is to write about an issue you’re passionate about and send the postcard off to anyone, be it your

aunt who said something racist at Thanksgiving, or a public figure who can make a difference (the website has writing prompts). “I want these to facilitate that conversation,” she says of the postcards, which are available to groups, businesses, and organizations (e.g., teachers, book groups, restaurants, and shops) to disseminate to the community. She’s also a champion of the lost art of letter writing. “I’m such an advocate for buying stamps and writing letters,” notes Seeger DeGeare. “I write two postcards a week to friends. I’m, like, intense about it.” Bit of advice: Make activism a part of your wellness—you’ll feel better if you do. “Being appropriately angry and trying to do something about it is actually therapeutic in nature,” she says. “I would love activism to be on someone’s self-care list, just as high as drinking water or going for a walk or doing Pilates.” Jaimee Arnoff PhD, Psychologist Work in the world: Sharing a therapy space— BFF Therapy—with Seeger DeGeare, Arnoff (aka Dr. Jaimee) is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with kids and young adults, as well as with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of all ages. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), she offers trainings through Hudson Valley Professional Development for mental health providers and employers who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Among her many side gigs, Arnoff works with the grassroots organization James’s Warriors speaking to groups about suicide awareness and prevention. “We’re doing the best we can to get out to any school or group that will listen and welcome a conversation about young people’s mental health,” she says. Biggest passions: As one of the only child psychologists in the Hudson Valley, and one of the few ASL-fluent local therapists for Deaf individuals, Arnoff can only help so many clients—so she’s passionate about using her trainings to do the most good in the least amount

of time. In addition to helping people serve as ethical and competent providers or employers to deaf individuals, she also trains providers (as many as 50 or 100 at a time) in how to work with young people at high risk for suicide or selfharm. “I also do consultations just to spread the message and support as many people as I can,” she says. On being a changemaker: In her work in the Deaf community, Arnoff takes an approach of transparency and humbleness. “I acknowledge my limitations as an individual who is hearing and has hearing privilege and was raised accordingly,” she says. “I’m never going to be offended if someone is looking to me as a liaison to connect with someone that’s a better fit for them [such as a deaf provider].” Similarly, she takes on the connector role in her work with high-risk kids and teens. “Having connections between schools and local clinicians is really important,” she says, “so that we can wrap around these students and their families with support.” Bit of advice: Conversations about suicide and self-harm are not easy, but Arnoff encourages people not to shy away from talking about the tough stuff. “Sometimes people have heard horror stories or seen things in the media that are not all accurate, or they use their own imagination and fear of the unknown, and that prevents them from sharing their true feelings,” she says. “Then they suffer in silence. That’s just not something that anyone, but especially a kid, should feel like they have to do.” (If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health-related distress, contact the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 to connect with a trained counselor for free, 24/7.) RESOURCES Moraya Seeger DeGeare Dr. Jaimee Arnoff Rebecca Moore 9/22 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 39

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riginally inhabited by Mahican tribes and “discovered” by Henry Hudson in 1609, Hudson was colonized by the Dutch and English. Established as a trading port and whaleprocessing center by seasonal New Englanders, it developed into a major factory hub and one of New York’s largest cities during the 19th century. When the newly dug Erie Canal diverted shipping routes to the state’s northwest region, away from the town, Hudson began a a half-century-plus run as the Northeast’s largest red-light district. After the decades of blight, in the 1980s and ’90s antique dealers and gallerists started opening in the abandoned storefronts of Warren Street and renovating rotting Victorians on Union and Allen streets. In the early 2000s, thanks to a group of citizen watchdogs, the construction of a proposed—and environmentally unsafe—cement factory was nixed (see the 2006 documentary Two Square Miles). By the 2010s, chichi restaurants and bed and breakfasts were popping up at a quickening clip, and larger numbers of downstaters, transported via Amtrak, had themselves “discovered” the town. Outside developers and landlords took note, low-income residents and artists 40 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/22

started getting priced out, and activists and town officials attempted to get a grip on the changes. Then the pandemic hit. And now here things are. So where, exactly, is “here”? What is the current state of Hudson? Shared Effort “Hudson is thriving,” says third-term Common Council President Tom DiPietro, highlighting the success of the city’s 2020 summer Shared Streets program that permitted Warren Street businesses to utilize its sidewalks and parking spaces. “We actually did really well during the pandemic; the income from sales tax [via Shared Streets visitors] was through the roof. In general, things are really good even though it’s been a rough balance. The city recently put out a project query to develop city-owned properties into 150 new housing units and got back several responses, so we’ll be rolling out information and working to get support for [the plan that has been selected] soon. There are a lot of problems at the national level we can’t solve, but one thing at the local level that we can encourage is contributing more housing.”

Hudsonians gather weekly during the summer at Hudson Riverfront Park for Waterfront Wednesdays, featuring musical performances, dance concerts, drum circles, boat excursions, and educational programming. Waterfront Wednesdays is organized by Operation Unite, Hudson Arts Coalition, and the Hudson Sloop Club. Opposite, from top: The HudsonAthens Lighthouse Preservation Society recently launched a $6 million fundraising campaign for repairs to prevent the collapse of the lighthouse, which was built in 1873. DJ Anthony Irwin spinning Thai vinyl at Isaan Thai Star’s new location on 7th Street.







Gallerist Ellen D’Arcy Simpson and artist and musician Emily Ritz in front of D’Arcy Simpson Art Works, where Ritz’s work is on display through September 10.

“Housing is definitely the biggest challenge that Hudson is facing right now,” agrees Kamal Johnson, the city’s first African American (and youngest-ever) mayor and a native Hudsonian who was elected to a second term in 2021. “We appointed a new full-time housing director to help address the situation, we recently secured a $500,000 grant from the state designed to help people with home repairs, and we’re currently applying for more housing grant funds. We also launched the Hudson Roots initiative, which supports low-income Hudson residents with funds for back rent, first month’s rent, and security deposits, and rental subsidies, along with optional case management and advocacy support for residents to seek and secure affordable housing.” In a move that echoes recent actions taken by Woodstock, Kingston, and other area towns, Hudson passed legislation designed to serve as a check on the rapid increase of short-term rentals that has greatly contributed to the housing crisis in the city, where rents tripled between 2000 and 2019 and shot up 20 percent as downstaters fled north during the pandemic. “[As per the law] a short-term rental property has to be owner occupied for a certain length of time [a minimum of 50 days per year, with a maximum of 60 rental days per calendar year, according to the law],” says Johnson. “We’ve been working on gathering online data and on better enforcing things, but from what we’ve seen there have been no new short-term rentals that have been opened [since the law went into effect]. We’re not

seeking to eliminate short-term rentals; we just want to regulate them. We realize that Airbnb and similar websites help give some people an opportunity to earn added income that they need, so we don’t want to deny them that opportunity. We just don’t want that opportunity to come at the expense of the rest of the population.” Contested Development Not everyone has been enamored with the passing of the short-term rental regulations, however. “Hudson has zero economy besides tourism, so altering the rule on Airbnbs wasn’t a good decision,” maintains Peggy Polenberg, a prominent local real estate broker and a director on the board of the town-wide Hudson Eye multi-arts festival, which kicked off last month and runs through September 5. Polenberg also mentions, however, that Hudson’s real estate market is even hotter and more exclusive now than it was when was in its already-amped-up, pre-pandemic levels. “For anyone thinking of buying in Hudson, I’d tell them that there’s not a lot of product here. If they see something they’re interested in they should come prepared to purchase—proof of funds, be pre-approved—and be ready to jump. I just sold a building on upper Warren Street to a Florida investor over FaceTime—sight unseen. It’s still a seller’s market.” One of the sellers Polenberg represents is developer Eric Galloway of the Galvan Foundation. It’s difficult to talk about Hudson, especially when it comes to matters of housing, without

mentioning the Galvan Foundation. Based in Manhattan, Galloway’s firm began acquiring buildings in town around the turn of the last century, and a February 2022 count numbered 86 properties, 30 of them unoccupied, with many boarded-up throughout Galvan’s ownership. (The company, founded by Galloway and his late partner Henry van Amerigan, has a website that promotes it as a philanthropic group “Achieving Just and Lasting Democracy for All.”) In such a small city, naturally, many Hudsonians—the mayor among them—live in Galvan-owned buildings. The Galvan Foundation renovated the longempty, historic State Street Armory to become the city’s expanded new library, an initiative that has been largely well received, and it’s currently seeking to move forward with three projects: the $15 million renovation of the former indoor tennis club at Seventh and State (a structure that its last owner, performance artist Marina Abramovic, had planned to make into an art museum) into a 400-seat theater called the Hudson Forum; a mixed-income housing/ mixed-use site at Seventh and Warren called the Depot District; and Hudson Public, a 30-room luxury hotel at the corner of Fourth and Warren. There’s been some heated debate between Galvan representatives and members of the council regarding the true affordability of the Depot District’s projected rents and how they should be calculated using AMI (area median income), and over the PILOT agreement status for the developer that is part of the project’s plan. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 43

Clockwise from top left: Spotty Dog Books & Ale owner Kelley Drahushuk; artist and designer Ilene McDuffie with her Body of Flowers scarf collection outside Face Stockholm; Dennis Green and Ricky Tiscareno of Poured Candle Bar; Hudson Common Council President Tom DePietro with Cruz Cora, Derick Benn, Joshua Ramirez, and Megan Carr at Waterfront Wednesdays.

“Because of how expensive construction is now, PILOTs are the only way a lot of projects can get done,” says DiPietro. “Galvan has actually been selling off a lot of their properties lately. To their credit, they were investing in the community before anyone else really was. The big problem they have in town is that to a lot people they’re very mysterious, they’re not really transparent.” (After an online search for a phone number, a call about this article was made to Galvan’s New York offices and a voicemail was left on Galloway’s extension; the call was not returned.) One place to get the pulse of goings-on in the community is Carole Osterink’s blog, The Gossips of Rivertown. “Hudson manages to survive lots of things, and I think that the current mania to create more affordable housing is a little over the top—not that we don’t need more affordable housing,” offers Osterink, who has lived here since 1993 and whose blog has recently focused on the dispute over the A. Colarusso and Son construction company’s plan to build a haul road leading to its riverfront dock area. “What’s really needed is an apartment building where older homeowners who want to stay in town can go to live once they sell their homes to new people who move here.” 44 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 9/22

Fresh Business For one newer local business, things in Hudson are back to where they began, with the city’s commercial marine origins—but not, as they were originally, along its waterfront. Three miles west of the river, in an innocuous industrial building on Route 9 in Greenport, is Hudson Valley Fisheries, an indoor fish farm whose sustainably raised Hudson Valley Steelhead trout brand is distributed to top restaurants in New York City and delivered directly to individual customers via online orders. “It was serendipitous,” says the company’s president, John Ng, about his firm’s learning of and acquiring the former Local Ocean fishfarming facility in 2014. “We had just started our aquaculture business in the New York Metro area and were looking for a new site when [the building] came up for sale. Once we bought it, we spent a couple of years cleaning and updating the equipment and then started selling our fish in 2018.” With approximately 75 local workers, Hudson Valley Fisheries currently offers whole, fresh-filleted, and cold- and hot-smoked trout and has plans to expand its market/restaurant distribution across the Northeast and to add to its product line. “Business is going well, and COVID made clear to us that our customer base understood that access to fresh, locally raised, sustainable fish

is valuable,” Ng says. “Our brand has definitely benefitted from its association with the Hudson Valley, and the other great food sources we’re surrounded by—all of the fresh produce, dairy, and meat. We’re really happy we chose to focus our operation here.” Two other recent additions to the local culinary landscape are the outdoor lobster roll and hot dog eatery Buttercup and the fast-casual cocktail bar Padrona, both of which are located on Fourth Street. Although the two enterprises are new in town—Buttercup opened as a pop-up in 2020; after much buildup, Padrona, which also serves small plates, was ready to open by August—their owner, ace mixologist Kat Dunn, is not. A long-time presence in Hudson, Dunn designed the cocktail programs for chef Zak Pelaccio’s Fish & Game and Backbar, as well as Rivertown Lodge. Although her plan is to find an alternate location for Buttercup or reinvent it as a food truck, for now both businesses will share the same building on Fourth Street. “Depending on how you want to look at it, Buttercup will be the daytime menu and Padrona will be the nighttime menu,” Dunn told Chronogram in May, adding that, while the hours of operation (11am to 6:30pm for Buttercup and 3pm to late for Padrona) will overlap, their seating will be sepa-

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Growing Forward To much fanfare, Hudson lead the way for positive change when in 2020 it implemented a universal basic income (UBI) program championed by former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. “We’re on our third cohort of 50 qualified local individuals who will receive $500 a month for five years,” says Mayor Johnson about the program, whose participants are selected via a lottery system. “That means that so far [via UBI] we’ve been able to help 150 individuals, many of whom have families.” Johnson also mentions the city’s efforts to create wraparound services for residence stabilization, detox/substance-abuse treatment, and mental health assistance; in May 2021, he released a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) mapping report, which includes recommendations that are now being enacted to prevent people from cycling in and out of incarceration, homelessness, and hospitalization—a problem that has been steadily increasing in Columbia County. Another entity that has been enhancing Hudson’s quality of life is Operation Unite, a youth-empowerment, educational, and advocacy organization established 30 years ago by Elena Mosely and others. “We started [the organization] because we didn’t see a lot of opportunity for the youth at the time,” recalls Mosely, the group’s executive director and a Hudson resident of 42 years. “There were a lot of drugs, a lot of teen pregnancies. Operation Unite came about as a way to bring the community together and help its youth. I’ve served as a youth chair and secretary of the Columbia County NAACP and the Columbia County Council on the Arts and on the board of the Hudson Opera House, which is now Hudson Hall. The arts council and the hall have been very supportive of what Operation Unite does, and we work with them a lot.” In August, Operation Unite presented the Sankofa Black Arts and Cultural Festival and Parade to mark the 61st anniversary of local Black and brown families with a gathering on Columbia Street to celebrate community and heritage. “Hudson is unique is because it’s a ‘mini city’ surrounded by an agricultural country setting,” says Mosely. “There’s been a lot of growth here, especially in the last 25 years. But part of what’s come out of that is that there’s a better foundation for young adults here, especially with the arts. The community support has grown, too, which is really good.”

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Hudson Women in the Arts Back row: Sage Carter, Hudson Hall Claudia Bruce, Time and Space Limited Linda Mussmann, Time and Space Limited Lena Peterson, Carrie Haddad Gallery Ellen D’Arcy Simpson, D’Arcy Simpson Art Works Karen Davis, Davis Orton Gallery Pamela Salisbury, Pamela Salisbury Gallery Elizabeth Moore, Elizabeth Moore Fine Art Tanja Grunert, Tanja Grunert Gallery Allison Young, Basilica

Hudson Pop-Up Portraits Photos by David McIntyre On August 7, Chronogram held a pop-up portrait shoot at Hudson Hall on Warren Street. Despite the searing heat, dozens of Hudsonians showed up on a steamy summer afternoon to represent their fair city and be photographed by David McIntyre. Our thanks to all who came out and to Tambra Dillon, Sage Carter, and everyone at Hudson Hall for hosting us.

Middle row: Susan Eley, Susan Eley Fine Art Linden Scheff, Carrie Haddad Gallery Haleh Arabeigi, New Gallery Jane Ehrlich, Open Studio Hudson Joan Damiani, J Damiani Gallery Front row: Tambra Dillon, Hudson Hall Carrie Haddad; Carrie Haddad Gallery



Mikel Hunter, curator and shop owner; Tambra Dillon, executive director of Hudson Hall; Myron Pollenberg, artist; Jessica Ann Willis, artist and curator; Kamal Johnson, mayor of Hudson; Vanessa Baehr, environmental educator; corporate lawyer John Friedman and custom home furnishings designer Mitchell Motsinger; Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of PookyMedia.

The Operation Unite team, from bottom left: Daija Jones, Angel L. Hernandez, S. Trianna, Joshua Ramirez, Derick Benn, Ummuy Chowdury, and Dominique Geer.

Top row: Alexandre J. Petraglia, president of the Hudson Business Coalition; Marine Penvern, designer and artist; Megan Ross, fashion stylist, with Oscar Penderleith; Gretchen Kelly, artist. Second row from top: Jeffrey Lependorf, musician, artist, and executive director of the Flow Chart Foundation; James Autery, filmmaker and artist; Pauline Decarmo, artist; Hannah Ross, owner of Hanoux natural dye studio. Third row from top: Slink G. Moss, songwriter and artist; Kelley Quan, founder of The Registry Creatives and a make-up artist; Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and founding director of The Hudson Eye festival; Julia Despot-Olofsson, hair stylist. Bottom row: Angel L. Hernandez, Operation Unite; Mary Vaughn Williams, owner of Hudson Clothier; Cat Tyc, writer, artist, and teacher; Kulton the Maker, filmmaker and musician.


music Mice Parade Lapapo

(Bubble Core Records) Dreamy and poppy, experimental but cohesive and accessible, Mice Parade’s first album in over a decade soars above the clouds with gorgeous, improvised arrangements. Beautiful and varied voices of songstresses divert the music earthbound, leaving sonic layers suspended in mist. These diverse female lead vocals are a perfect complement for the Eastern melodies and instruments interplaying with the too-cool-for-school indie guitars and electronica. As the beats catapult the music into territory of the bombastic, they ever-teeter on the edge of control, but somehow tiptoe across the tightrope. Instrumentals are interspersed throughout, sometimes searing, sometimes soft-spoken, always propelling the album forward. This is heady and well-heeled, roadtested, and cultured shoegaze with more than a tinge of exotica. An anagram of Adam Pierce, he is Mice Parade. A stellar drummer (of Swirlies fame), the Germantown-based Pierce plays a multitude of other instruments, some obscure, on the 13-song LP. There are plenty of industrious, creative, and talented mouseketeers in the lyrical, vocal, and production mix, but it is Pierce who writes and performs most of the music. That said, there is an intentional and collaborative appreciation and approach. The album includes all of the singers who have toured with the band over the years as well as Rob Laakso (Kurt Vile, Swirlies), Dan Lippel (ICE), and Gunnar Tynes (Mum). Lapapo was recorded and mixed by Pierce and Jeremy Backofen (Felice Brothers) at Kirton Farm studio in Clermont, except for one tune recorded by Gunnar Tynes at Studio Fun Machine in Reykjavik, Iceland. —Jason Broome

SOUND CHECK Sam Quartin Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.

Stephen Clair

Anders Koppel


(Unit Records)

Restless Beacon songsmith Stephen Clair has released his ninth album, To the Trees—no small milestone. The collection of alt-rock-tinged, heart-on-the-sleeve musings would sound really amazing played live at some 3am dive bar, but the smoother-around-the-edges production here will hold up as a professional time capsule. There’s a tug of war between rustic, feet-on-the-ground realism and the head-in-the-clouds moments that plays nicely. The title track is the standout, a declaration of personal liberation that has a Walter Mitty-esque, day-dreaming charm. Brass elements that weave in and out add to the storybook atmosphere of some of the material. The country “Vacation Back Home” will make you heartsick for simpler days and thankful for the little things, like if Uncle Tupelo went fishing wearing Grateful Dead shirts after coming down off mushroom tea. —Morgan Y. Evans

You can count the success rate of through-composed symphonies that incorporate in-the-moment jazz improvisation on one hand (two fingers of which belong to Duke Ellington and Gil Evans—a high bar). With Mulberry Street Symphony, featuring the Odense Symphony Orchestra with jazz saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, drummer Brian Blade, and Hudson Valleybased Scott Colley on bass, Danish composer Anders Koppel achieves the nearly impossible, so naturally do the composed and improvised elements fit together. The unifying impulse behind Koppel’s visionary score is the work of Danish-born photographer Jacob Riis, renowned for capturing the triumphs and tragedies of immigrant life in lower Manhattan in the late 19th century. Seven of Riis’s photos lend their titles and inspiration to the seven movements of Koppel’s musical epic, a painterly effort that functions both as an evocative score to Riis’s images and as a symphonic jazz masterpiece. —Seth Rogovoy

To the Trees I’ve been obsessively listening to Glow On, the new Turnstile album. I guess I was late to the party here `cause it’s their fourth record and I just got turned on to them. My favorite tracks are “Holiday,” “Blackout,” “T.L.C.,” and “Mystery.” They’re labeled as a hardcore band, but I think that’s limiting. When I listen to Glow On, I feel like I’m floating in stardust on an aggressive spiritual quest. Haven’t seen them live yet `cause we’ve been touring a bunch, but I hope to catch them soon! Also, this track, “Watermelon,” by John and Jane Q. Public. It’s a song written for the two main characters in this recent indie film, Dinner in America. I fell in love with the duo in the movie and am now addicted to the song. Sam Quartin is the singer of Hudson Valley punk band the Bobby Lees. The group’s newest album, Bellevue, is out October 7 on Ipecac Recordings. The Bobby Lees will perform at Colony in Woodstock on October 28.


Mulberry Street Symphony

books Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution Nona Willis Aronowitz PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, $28, 2022

Nona Willis Aronowitz, part-time Tannersville resident and sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue, decided to end her eight-year marriage and examine her own and others’ desires and their place within the inequities of contemporary sex. Daughter of journalist and pro-sex feminist Ellen Willis, Aronowitz tells the stories of ambivalent wives, woke misogynists, radical lesbians, unchill sluts, and sensitive men on her journey to find sexual freedom for herself, and, possibly, women everywhere.

They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency Malcolm Nance ST. MARTIN’S PRESS, $29.99, 2022

In the political chaos of the post-Trump era, many Americans are searching for a return to “normalcy.” In his latest book, Nance, a Columbia County resident and intelligence and foreign policy analyst, argues that this is completely the wrong response: We must instead dive deep into the heart of American democracy to protect it. Nance predicts a stark future if Americans don’t take steps to reverse the damage done by the Trump administration, their allies, and the January 6 insurrection.

Two Nurses, Smoking David Means


Fire in Paradise Elizabeth Bayou-Grace and Steve Lewis CODHILL PRESS, $16, 2022

Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, the fatherdaughter duo—both established writers–combined their poetry for the first time to coauthor Fire in Paradise. Bayou-Grace began discussing poetry with her father at a young age and has had his influence in her writing throughout her entire writing development, therefore having his writing printed with hers was a natural fit. Their poetry comes together in Fire in Paradise to survey both the nature around them and personal details of their individual and combined worlds.

Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy Leigh Seippel CITY POINT PRESS, $27, 2022

A young hedge fund founder based in New York City, Frank Campbell is faced with losing his wife Yancey’s entire inheritance along with his own money. Seeking a fresh start, the couple escapes to a farm in the Hudson Valley to recalibrate. Overwhelmed by his failures and watching his marriage deteriorate, Frank turns to flyfishing to live the simpler life he aches for. Beginning on a nearby river, he finds success flyfishing and eventually travels the world in search of more elusive fish. Ruin takes readers along Campbell’s distinctive fishing expeditions while taking an existential look into his failures and eventual recovery.

Ebony Bear: A Nurturing Ursine Learns a Lesson Margaret DiBenedetto (illustrations by Fabia Wargin) FULL COURT PRESS, $20, 2022

Ebony Bear is a charming children’s book about a mother bear with three young cubs. The book follows the young bears as they are beginning to explore and learn about the world around them, paralleled by their mother’s journey to protect them and herself from humans. It is the first in a wildlife series by DiBenedetto, a native of the Catskill Mountains, aimed to teach children about interacting with animals in their local environment. Each book in the series includes one page on the species featured with relevant facts and conservation challenges. DiBenedetto does extensive research on the species highlighted to give readers an accurate, yet understandable peek into their lives. —Micaela Warren

In Two Nurses, Smoking, Hudson Valley resident David Means packs 10 short stories with trenchant, mostly dark emotions, many involving death or mental instability. He experiments with structure, mirroring form with states of mind. Means refers to well-known local towns and sights—Anthony’s Nose, West Point, Riverdale, Hudson. Mountains and water, regional fundaments, are constants. Water is cathartic, but also deadly. Mountains offer fortifying hikes, overlooks to seek clarity, or places to get lost. Descriptions of geography encapsulate the allure of the lifeline that is the Hudson River. The anomalous story “Clementine, Carmelita, Dog” is told from a dachshund’s POV. Means endearingly narrates the thoughts of a dog who—after chasing a rabbit—is separated from her owner. She overnights in the woods amidst smells of bears and finds another family. Renamed Carmelita in homage to a lost daughter, her new life is even more satisfying. But she perpetually dreams of rabbits, and again off-leash, she hunts another down, crosses the scent of her previous human, and follows it to her original home. Many stories reflect human foibles and outright tragedy. In “Are You Experienced?” the drug-dealing Billy and girlfriend Meg visit his uncle to check on his farm, but also to swindle him. As his uncle prattles on about repairs, they escape with loot. Meg foresees that Billy will be like his uncle when he’s old, telling stories not about the farm, but about drug deals. In “I Am Andrew Wyeth!” a man taking on “a half-baked” version of the artist awaits a Christina not at the foot of a hill, but Grand Central Station. He clutches a contract for her to sign; she is to never divulge his secrets—as if anyone would seek them out. In “Two Nurses, Smoking,” Gracie and Marlon oversee a machine called the “kidney pounder,” which breaks up kidney stones. They share smoke breaks, affection, and chat about their patients. The story’s form diverges: Subtitles are the first words of each graf’s lede, reading like proclamations, forming a kind of repetition and rhythm. Nurse Marlon, a vet, is revisited by an elderly Afghani woman’s hand wave, which he mistook for a hand holding a gun before shooting her. The recurring gesture takes on haunting resonance. Marriage and its fragility are ripe topics. In “Vows,” both spouses have strayed, and renew their vows. Omens set flares, or offer tidy assurances. A hill becomes a metaphor for both ardor and a Manhattan banker. The story title “Red Dot” refers to the kayak belonging to a woman whose husband believed she was afraid of water—even though she was, in fact, a great swimmer. The chasm between her secret love of water and its deadly role deepened a growing rift between them, leading to divorce. The husband owned a tavern, and died, ironically, while trying to swim across the Hudson. Means layers narratives so stories are told third hand, in longform paragraphs, adding further opacity. Car accidents recur. “First Encounter” is a snapshot of a complicated family triangle. A couple in a rocky marriage copes with a druggie teen with seizures who lost a friend to a car wreck. The daughter, hospitalized and recuperating, sees, parked outside, her father in a tryst. She faces the queasy choice of remaining loyal to him, or revealing his betrayal to her mother. We learn that stopping distance is the point when a vehicle must start braking in order to stop before striking a subject. “Stopping Distance” features two members of a group grieving children lost to accidents who reconcile their differing approaches to skiing and to life. “The Depletion Prompts” reads like a guide to cure writer’s block. A trivial memory snowballs into a recounting of the writer’s sister’s unwanted pregnancy, her flight from home, and institutionalization. Her mother pays a late-night visit to see her daughter and is herself committed. It’s about the ever-present need for writers to innovate, parlaying banal and tragic events into salient stories, as Means does, absorbingly. —Susan Yung 9/22 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 53


EDITED BY Phillip X Levine

On Halloween I Rearrange My Spice Rack

When You Took Your Shoes from the Closet

Safe Harbor

After all, it’s almost baking season: cinnamon into a new glass jar, cloves and allspice in small square tins I take down, polish, set back upon my woven wicker shelves above where my striped cats drink water, crunch dark food from shining silver bowls. Edge of the year, veil wavering between human breath and spirit reach

One of those things I almost missed however usually meticulous

Buried deep in the Sound, a tetrapod of poles supporting a crow’s nest with two “red, right, returning” triangular signs, a beacon

through time no longer time. My mother waves to me and smiles, her crimson fingernails around her final cigarette. My father offers a smooth tomato, perfect gleaming globe in his curved palm. My grandmother holds up her wrists and looks to see if I still wear her jewelry. Then there’s him, my brother, half-rising from his suicide, mouthing our pain’s secret from far ago, his ashes thin and trembling with long plea. All of them call to me through clear air how they will welcome me, the last. But my warm kitchen’s all around me and the stove stands bright and clean. I reach for sugar, deep cups of sugar. How good the solid wooden spoon still feels in my old hands! —Katharyn Howd Machan

Your shoes, always scattered across the floor were gone— they weren’t there anymore Summery shoes—sandals, straps once strung about, vanished And standing there, by the open door, looking down upon that naked floor I stopped—and lost a breath When you took your shoes from the closet, I suffered a kind of death— Yes—there was some little, silent death —Christopher Porpora Stone House

for boats coming back to a harbor sheltered from rough seas. Out here on the long jetty with flat-topped boulders forming a wide walkway, you know that the winds won’t blow you away; you’ll be okay holding onto your hat and stepping past the bits of crab shells and claws left by gulls. You’ve come out today because the skies are finally clear, and, for a few moments, you can get far enough away. —Jim Tilley Kind Word It is the wind

The blue corner store grew cabbage and kale in tall pots beside the cornfield and the colonial bridge across to the stag headed bar amid stone houses everything they lacked in warmth they made up in character

that my ear reaches

—C Kuhl

—Duane Anderson

out for hoping that it brings a gift.

Stage Light Migraines Metro On a train traveling south, the Hudson streams (shades of blur) out windows; passengers moving isolated—but startled when instead of ticket purchase is the obligation to tell anything to offer an explanation (somber maroon or joyful yellow) how come this trip to the City that will color our journey, which can be boring, so much more interesting… don’t you think? —C. P. Masciola Kindergarten It was her first, first My heart swelled with pride and fear She looked back just once —Dana Muwwakkil

You must forgive me for not knowing any better than to consider you an audience of one. I am a creature possessed by my voice-box and my diaphragm, filled up by air and sound and noise. You are sitting at the sticky table in the dining hall with your raincoat still on and dripping pools onto the just-cleaned floor but I am on the stage and the lights are bright in my eyes and the house is so dark that I cannot see your face and I am only guided by the sound of your applause and your laughter. —Lily Raper I Had A Typewriter I had a typewriter. All writers of a certain type had one. By a certain type, I must mean a certain age. It was a good editor. The writing was slow, methodical, deliberate, plodding. So it was a good editor. You could think of the right word before you typed the wrong one. You could write two lines ahead in your head. It was stupid. It was an editor. It was a frustrated poet. But it was smart enough to let you be the smart one. It was smart enough to know bad from worse. —J. R. Solonche


Puddles Let the radio play on Come lie back down turn toward the window and let me hold you like broken ground holds the falling rain. —Ryan Brennan


My Mighty Hudson

There’s a place up Saratoga way you may want to check out tucked north of the grey and pink houses where east-facing windows stare bleakly at the lake shoreline sprinkled with the skiffs of summertime.

Thank you for treating me so well as I swam across your moving waters.

Drive past some long-haired cows, once white, now the color of old men’s teeth, sprawled contentedly in lumpy mud on straw laced fields, bovine leftovers of yesterday’s farms.

You let me enter your body. For a while it felt like we were one.

Stumble on into Betty’s …Sunnyside Cafe Crack a Molson and sit, rest your bottle on the red vinyl tablecloth, where gingerbread men prance gaily across, remnants of Christmas past. You may feel unwelcome at first as you notice the farmers’ backs, behind a blue curtain of smoke at the bar on red leather stools, solid and unyielding, …a stranger with a notebook is a foreign sight The knotty pine walls are thickly coated with the stink of sixty years of beers, displaying a crooked canvas of neon-lit clocks, Budweiser, Miller, Schlitz, Beck’s Soon you’ll feel warm and safe, watch the fat black stove rocking, stuffed with snapping logs Betty serves up the brewskies and kicks open the door behind her to shuffle in a sliver of hard March air. The water doesn’t reek at Betty’s like the miraculous springs of sulfur past and blue linen towels unwind endlessly in the bathroom dispenser walls whisper of pool hall hustlers and farmers with a week’s pay from their grain. A tractor-wide man with big black suspenders parks his John Deere outside and a young farmer with a wedding band approaches your table to quote Shakespeare a twinkle in his eye born of boredom and boondock daydreams. Stumble on into Betty’s …Sunnyside Cafe —Fern Suess Muse You give just enough to hook my heart, fire my brain, leave me wanting more. —Elizabeth Young Full submission guidelines:

I have not doubted myself. I knew I could reach from one side to the other. From Newburgh to Beacon. So little am I in comparison to you. You are streaming here in this land for so long. You have seen it all. I swam first to reach some space for myself. Then I swam diligently. Calmly but steady. Then I came to feel your motions. Where I first felt like I move through you, I started to feel how you move me. You put my body in motion and I adapted my strokes. You heightened your motions creating more currents and I needed to get more powerful. I had to give a little more, add more strength to my stroke. Be more adaptive as I attuned my body to the motion of the water we encountered as we got closer to the shore. And swim north. Up. Getting stronger, maybe faster in my strokes. Still feeling hugged by your water, breathing, gliding through it. I know you now a little bit. It feels so big, so relieving and so rewarding that I believe I will thank you forever. For allowing me to swim inside of you, and for gaining so much joy and strength as I did it. The current of your water, rhythmic and changing, affecting my flow, the flow inside of me. I feel you changed me. Maybe. I felt alive, and as I think of you, invigorated, filled with love. I feel love for you. Thank you for being so kind to me, for making me feel held. Maybe you, too, showed me love as you kept me safe. You moved me, my body and my mind, my heart. My mighty Hudson. —Heike Jenss Villanelles Don’t Buy Houses For Stone

Lord let me die by the Hudson, this whole valley’s gone to hell; We don’t sing the springs anymore, not since the cats all drowned. Poetry won’t buy us pretty houses, and villanelles don’t sell. When I heard the news, I thought it just as well— I yearn to fill my pockets with rocks, tie books to my feet, and drown. Lord let me die by the Hudson, this whole valley’s gone to hell. It’s time to hit the road, pack your pillowcase with Durrell. Hell is empty and all the devils moved to town. Poetry won’t buy us pretty houses, and villanelles don’t sell. New Paltz has grown tired, downtown is but a shell. No one sings river songs anymore, I’ll miss seeing you around. Lord let me die by the Hudson, this whole valley’s gone to hell; Seven feet tall, no match for the tales you’d tell— I swear I can still hear you singing hymns six feet underground. Poetry won’t buy us pretty houses, and villanelles don’t sell. But when I walk by the river, my heart can’t help but swell. May the circle be unbroken; hallelujah innyhow. Lord let me love by the Hudson, this whole valley’s gone to hell; Poetry may build us more than houses, my villanelle’s not for sale. —Alexandria Wojcik



Celluloid Heroes WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL September 28-October 2 Independent film festivals have been known to launch the careers of some of today’s biggest filmmakers, such as Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Catherine Hardwicke, and Wes Anderson, just to name a few. Will the next virtuosic talent or blockbuster emerge from the 23rd Woodstock Film Festival? Whether or not a successor to Reservoir Dogs or Bottle Rocket will be screened, the festival will create its own singularly charged cinematic atmosphere. “At a film festival, a world is created for you and you are surrounded by amazing filmmakers,” says Meira Blaustein, cofounder and executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival. “You can watch incredible independent films that have been curated for you. Some of the films are hard-hitting, others are funny and entertaining and some are thought-provoking and pushing the envelope, but very artistically done.” At this year’s festival, there are (as of this writing) 20 full-length documentaries, 20 full-length narratives, 86 shorts in 14 categories, and 12 music videos that will be shown online only. Feature selections include Linoleum, directed by Colin West and starring comedian Jim Gaffigan. This film—shot locally—takes an inventive look at the disappointments of middle age. You can also check out Sarah T. Schwab’s A Stage of Twilight, starring Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), a poignant story about a man struggling with his impending death and the decisions he makes about his final months. Fans of superstar Harry Styles can check out his starring role in My Policeman, a film directed by Michael Grandage. It centers on the arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home, which triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previously. “I’m very excited that the film submissions are coming from all corners of the country,” says Blaustein, who explains that there are 25 volunteer screeners who 56 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 9/22

watch the submitted films and send in their reviews and grades. Other talented and well-known actors appearing in films at the festival include Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke in Rodrigo Garcia’s dramedy Raymond and Ray. Hawke, a four-time Academy Award nominee, will receive the festival’s Maverick Award. “Ethan is amazing,” says Blaustein. “Not only is he one of the best actors that we have, but he is a passionate director who has done both documentaries and narrative films, a prolific writer, and a very smart individual. He’s one of those Renaissance men who can do everything exceptionally and also be very supportive of others.” Hawke directed the critically acclaimed six-part documentary, The Last Movie Stars, now on HBO Max, which gives viewers a revealing look into the lives and work of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. “He’s expanding our horizons and the whole tapestry of what you can do in the film industry, so he’s definitely a maverick and I’m thrilled we are honoring him this year,” says Blaustein. Also being honored is Arianna Bocco, the president of IFC Films, who will receive the Trailblazer Award. Throughout her tenure, she has acquired over 800 films for the company, including some of the most revered independent films of the last decade. The Trailblazer Award is given to a leader in the film and media arts industry who has carved innovative paths for all to follow, establishing independent vision and creating strong and widespread appreciation to quality, substantive filmmaking. Debra Granik, the director and cowriter of Winter’s Bone, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for four Oscars, will receive this year’s Fiercely Independent Award. The award is given to a singular filmmaker whose unique vision has furthered the field of independent filmmaking by following their

Clockwise from top left: Jim Gaffigan stars in Linoleum, about a failed children's science show host who decides to build a rocket in his garage. The movie was shot in Kingston. Luke Cook and Dani Barker in Follow Her, about a woman who responds to a classified ad and finds herself trapped in her new boss's revenge fantasy. Brian Cox plays a Vietnam vet who teaches an injured Marine (Sinqua Walls) to flyfish in Mending the Line. Sallly Hawkins plays an amateur British historian who discovers the remains of Richard III in a Leceister parking lot in The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears.

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Clockwise from top: A sold-out opening night screening at the Woodstock Film Festival. Bill Pullman receiving the festival's Excellence in Acting award in 2017. Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke star in Rodrigo Garcia's dramedy Raymond and Ray. Hawke will receive this festival's Maverick Award this year.

own path, serving as a role model for other filmmakers, and advancing the highest quality of independent filmmaking. Actress, comedian, and rapper Awkwafina, who had supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians and a leading role in the comedydrama The Farewell, will receive the Transcendent Talent Award, presented to a creative who breaks through the boundaries of their artistic field, be it in acting, writing, directing, or more. There will be conversations with each of the honorees and panels featuring the four filmmakers who participated in the spring filmmakers residency/ incubator, a panel presented in collaboration with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), featuring Karen Allen, a panel in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America East, and more. While some of the festival will be online, the majority of it is back to in-person screenings at locations in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rosendale, and Kingston. It’s been 23 years since the Woodstock Film Festival launched its first event, and Blaustein is proud of how far it’s come. “Twenty three years ago we had

about $5,000, so the film festival was really a labor of love,” she says. “Nobody got paid and everything was donated. It was a crazy undertaking at that point.” According to Blaustein, a generous donor has since paid off the mortgage on the festival’s main headquarters. “During the pandemic, we renovated the building and upgraded our systems. Our board of directors has grown and our full-time staff members have gotten stronger,” she says. In addition, the Woodstock Film Festival now offers year-round programming, a month long residency incubator for filmmakers and a youth film lab. “The organization benefits so many people and just when I think I can’t work harder, I think about all the great things that we are doing and how wonderful that is.” Attending a film festival is about more than just watching the films. “There are parties and you get to meet so many different people, have these incredible conversations,” she says. “It opens so many windows into a unique experience that is educational, fun and entertaining.” —Lisa Iannucci and Brian K. Mahoney


Contemporary theater, music and storytelling.

From 19th-century scientific and portrait photography to avant-garde and conceptual photography; from Minimalist, Pop Art, and Op Art printmaking to experimental bookmaking and photography in the 21st century, this dynamic exhibition explores how artists embrace, reject, and reclaim the grid. By altering perception, they offer new ways of seeing.

August 20 through December 22, 2022

Aaron R. Turner, Questions for Sol, from the series Black Alchemy Vol. 2 (2018), 2018, Archival inkjet print, Purchase, Friends of Vassar College Art Gallery Fund, 2021.3.1. © Aaron R. Turner.








Legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette will perform in Woodstock and Kingston to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Count It Off JACK DEJOHNETTE’S BIRTHDAY CONCERT SERIES September 17, October 29, December 15 How does Jack DeJohnette, one of the greatest and most influential jazz drummers of all time, plan to celebrate his 80th birthday? By playing, of course. And playing, a lot, is exactly what the longtime local resident—in the company of some big-name admirers-collaborators—will do during a run of special area concerts that kicks off this month and will benefit the ShapeShifter Plus arts organization. The series will begin on September 17 with a duet performance by 2012 NEA Jazz Master DeJohnette and the tap dance giant Savion Glover at the Woodstock Playhouse and will be followed by a trio with bassist Dave Holland and pianist Jason Moran at the Playhouse on October 29 and culminate with a concert that pairs the percussionist with Grammywinning pianist and long-time “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” band leader Jon Batiste and bassist Matthew Garrison at UPAC on December 15. “At this point, I’ve stopped touring—after more than 50 years, I’ve had enough of the road,” says DeJohnette, who rose to prominence as a member of Charles Lloyd’s, Bill Evans’s, and Stan Getz’s bands in the mid1960s before being recruited by Miles Davis when the trumpeter was making his landmark 1969 album Bitches Brew. “I haven’t stopped playing, though. I’m just also focusing more on enjoying the Hudson Valley and all the

great music and creativity that there is around here.” The drummer and his wife Lydia, who has been instrumental in helping to organize the upcoming concert series, settled in Woodstock in the early 1970s. The son of John Coltrane Quartet bassist Jimmy Garrison, Matthew Garrison cofounded Brooklyn creative space the ShapeShifter Lab in 2014. “Our focus is on the advancement of inventive artistic voices, and our mission is to provide opportunities for artists and organizations to creatively and freely realize their visions,” reads ShapeShifter Plus’s mission statement. When the venue was forced to close due to COVID last year, Garrison and his partner, Fortuna Sung, formed the nonprofit organization—whose board also includes Jack and Lydia DeJohnette and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (yes, John’s son); honorary advisors include Herbie Hancock, Arturo O’Farrill, and others—to secure a new site in Brooklyn and expand its operations into the Hudson Valley. “We’re so very grateful to have Jack and Lydia involved [in ShapeShifter Plus’s efforts] and to have them be able to bring their full experience into what we’re doing with our artistic programming,” says Garrison, whose organization’s curated performances and workshops aim to present local and international artists. “I call Savion Glover ‘the John Coltrane of tap’,”

says DeJohnette about the dancer who captivated the world with his role in the Broadway musical “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk.” “Of course, I have a long association with Dave Holland [another local resident], going back to when we both played with Miles and in our band Gateway. I’m also a big fan of Jason Moran; we’ve played in duos and trios together over the years. And playing with Jon Batiste is a really special opportunity. He’s the real deal—besides his incredible musicianship, it’s just amazing, the way he just lifts up everyone’s spirits when he walks into the room. I’m really looking forward to all of the collaborating that’s coming up and to the other projects that ShapeShifter Plus will be putting together. And to be able to do what I do with [the organization], right here in the community.” The Jack DeJohnette/ShapeShifter Plus concert series will begin with a performance by Jack DeJohnette and Savion Glover at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on September 17 at 8pm. (DeJohnette and Garrison will also play with Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun in Fort Green Park in Brooklyn on October 8.) Tickets for the September 17 show are $45-$85 and masks are strongly encouraged. —Peter Aaron



Art of the Community “BEN WIGFALL & COMMUNICATION VILLAGE” AT THE DORSKY MUSEUM September 10-December 11

In 1963, artist and printmaker Ben Wigfall was hired by SUNY New Paltz as its first African American professor of art. Wigfall was an excellent teacher who encouraged his students to explore creative possibilities and gave inspired, in-depth critiques. But well before his retirement in 1991, his true passion was to be found outside academia at Communications Village (CV), a printmaking facility that trained and employed local youth to assist distinguished, mostly African American artists make prints. Located in an abandoned mule barn that Wigfall had renovated with the help of local youths in downtown Kingston's Ponckhockie, a Black neighborhood, CV had a dark room where budding photographers could develop their prints. They could also learn filmmaking. In a 2015 interview, Wigfall’s wife, Mary, described how delighted the couple were to discover “a whole community of Black people” when they first drove over the Wurts Street Bridge in the early 1960s. Kingston’s Rondout was a diverse, mainly working-class area that was about to be demolished by urban renewal. Fortunately, Ponckhockie, a short distance away, was spared. After running CV in the 1970s and 1980s, Wigfall shifted his energies into a gallery he founded in the Rondout. The Watermark Cargo Gallery, which opened in 1988, was a stunning vehicle for Wigfall’s curatorial talents, hosting exhibitions that beautifully showcased his collection of African art as well as the work of contemporary artists. 60 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 9/22

A soft-spoken, modest man, Wigfall was “doing what he loved,” recalls his son, Gino. “He was all over the place and constantly thinking.” Wigfall received a Special Citation Ulster County Executive Art Award in 2014 and died three years later at age 86. With each succeeding year his legacy has grown, thanks in large part to the efforts of Richard Frumess, founder and owner of R&F Handmade Paints and a cofounder of Kingston’s Midtown Arts District and the Kingston Arts Commission. In 2019, the Idea Gallery, located in Midtown Kingston, hosted a show that juxtaposed pieces from Wigfall’s African art collection with his own work, which few had seen, given that he never showed it. An exhibition dedicated to Wigfall’s art and print shop, “Ben Wigfall & Communication Village,” opens at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on September 10. Curated by Drew Thompson, associate professor in Africana and Historical Studies and director of Africana Studies at Bard College, the exhibition will survey Wigfall’s multimedia work over four decades, including pieces from the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Hampton University, as well as display prints, photographs, and other ephemera documenting Communications Village. The show will break new ground in documenting a chapter of art history in the Hudson Valley “that hasn’t been written yet,” says Anna Conlan, director of the Dorsky. “The reason for Communications Village was that in the 1970s the art

world was a white supremacist, deeply racist world. We’re celebrating Ben’s resilience and commitment.” CV played an essential role as an alternative space enabling artists of color to make and show their work, according to Thompson. “This was a subversive space, not recognized by the mainstream American art scene,” he says, noting that artists such as Benny Andrews, Charles Gaines, Mel Edwards, and Betty BlaytonTaylor—some of whom have only recently gotten their due at major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Collection—were shut out. Yet another pathbreaking aspect of CV was that the artists “were creating art of the community,” Thompson says, citing as one example a drawing by Benny Andrews depicting Dina Washington, one of the neighborhood kids employed at CV, and her friend in front of the church across the street. This kind of interaction with the community often “gets marginalized,” he notes. “The mentoring that he did with the youth of Communications Village,” says Frumess, “opening horizons to them they would have never otherwise have envisioned, the tape recording of neighborhood conversations and sounds, the inclusion of his fellow artists—now many of them nationally or world famous— in his endeavors, his superb collection of African art that he exhibited in his Watermark/Cargo Gallery alongside the work of contemporary artists—all of this was also Ben Wigfall’s art.”

Above: Things My Father Said, Ben Wigfall, etching, 1971 Opposite Ben Wigfall and the Communications Village Family in Kingston, December 1976. Photo by by Pat Jow Kagemoto

Wigfall was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1930. He attended a segregated school that didn’t have an art teacher but while in high school took classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Wigfall attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), in Virginia, and was one of only three African American artists to be accepted into the Yale School of Design, earning an MFA in 1957. He was a professor of art at Hampton before being hired by SUNY New Paltz. Initially, Ben was “a purist and abstractionist,” notes Thompson, later incorporating text into his prints. Several of these “talking prints,” a combination of aquatints and etchings, were included in the Idea Gallery show. Direct descendants of the griot, or African storyteller, the words, whose colloquialisms and shifts in scale and cases capture the cadences of speech, recount the fragmented stories and adventures of various relatives, dating back to slavery and the voyage from Africa. Joe Ramos, who taught printmaking at SUNY New Paltz alongside Wigfall and took over the department upon his retirement, notes that back in the 1970s and 1980s, the college “was no place for artists of color. Ben was disillusioned about that and part of Communications Village was an answer,” Ramos says. Wigfall took advantage of “grants available at the time to invest in underdeveloped areas,” Ramos says. “Ben’s idea of Communications Village could be considered radical at the time. He created inroads into the community

and allowed an exchange.” Wigfall initially encountered resistance. “Particularly back then, a black man who’s going to purchase a building causes the eyes to go up a little,” Ramos says. Despite the racist and hostile attitudes he encountered, Wigfall forged ahead in creating a gallery that vied with the best in New York City in terms of professionalism and quality of work, Ramos notes. He showed distinguished artists such as Terry Adkins as well as alum and students from SUNY New Paltz, including Ramos, Maurice Brown, and Pat Jow Kagemoto, who helped out at CV for many years and made her own prints there. World-renowned sculptor Martin Puryear, who represented the US at the 2019 Venice Biennale, reportedly visited the gallery to buy African art. “Communication is a weapon of survival. It is a way of finding commonality, a way of bridging the divisions between us, a way of broadening, enriching, educating,” writes Frumess. “Communication was Ben’s art, one that can be only partially captured by exhibiting his work. The whole of it can only be captured by using it as a tool to build relationships with the broad community.” In the crucible of a racist society, Ben Wigfall forged a new vision, a vision whose lessons and accomplishments resonate with new urgency today. —Lynn Woods






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The Kaatsbaan Fall Festival, over three weekends beginning September 17, presents a diverse program of dances outdoors—as well as poetry, music, sculpture, and the culinary arts—on their 153-acre grounds in Tivoli. Philip Glass turned 85 in January, and Kaatsbaan will honor him, as part of a year-long series of tributes to the composer in England, Spain, New Zealand, and Japan. Pianists will play Glass’s Études, with all-new dances by six choreographers, including Justin Peck, who created the dance numbers in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Though Glass is known as a minimalist composer, his etudes are intimate, tender, melodic, and playful. On Saturday, September 24, three major companies appear on one bill: the Tricia Brown Dance Company, Dorrance Dance, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. “It would cost five times as much to see these groups in New York City,” remarks Sonja Kostich, Kaatsbaan’s chief executive. Mark Morris is known for his witty, populist, intricate choreography. He will present “Gloria,” a work set to the music of Vivaldi, which debuted in 1981. Elements of children’s games and go-go dancing illustrate the elegant musical structures of the Baroque composer. Dorrance Dance is one of the foremost tap dancing ensembles in the country, led by MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, who combines percussive intelligence with a visual style reminiscent of ballet. The Tricia Brown company will perform “In Plain Site,” a dance with architectural references, that is adapted to each location in which it’s performed. (The group will arrive a few days early to scope out the setting.) The pandemic was difficult for the dance world. “For a good two years, dancers were dancing in their kitchens and living rooms,” recounts Kostich. In fact, Kaatsbaan never closed. Instead they moved their festivals outside, seating audience members 20 feet apart to avoid any chance of infection. Only solo dances were featured (or couples who had quarantined together) so the performers couldn’t get COVID from each other. Now, with advanced testing, near-normal programming can resume—but Kaatsbaan continues to hold performances en plein air. All dance was originally outdoors. When you see dancing outside, everything merges with the moving bodies: a startled squirrel, the clouds above, an arcing airplane. You can watch a dancer being pursued by a breeze. Even small children— who would revolt during a Shakespeare play—are fascinated by dance. Australian singer-songwriter Ry X will appear on Friday, September 30, as part of his first US tour. He’s receiving a lot of attention; his dizzying ballad “Only” is a hit on TikTok (“Cut me like a rose/ Turn me like a beast…”); his bearded face recently graced the cover of French Rolling Stone. Ry X is touring to promote his new album, Blood Moon. Because he performs with an elaborate light show, his concert will be indoors. On the final night, Steven Spielberg’s new West Side Story will be screened, followed by a performance choreographed by Adriana Pierce, one of the dancers in the film. Other performers from the classic musical will join her. After the screening and performance, the audience is invited to dance. On the dance floor, everyone becomes a choreographer. Kaatsbaan’s grounds reach from central Tivoli down to the Hudson River, and include a sculpture park with 19 works by Hudson Valley artists, including Portia Munson, Emil Alzamora, and Jared Handelsman. The gates open an hour before each show, so arrive early and saunter through the dancerly meadows. Check website for times. —Sparrow

Chloe Misseldine and Jose Sebastian of American Ballet Theatre at Kaatsbaan. Photo by Marco Giannavola

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Spencertown Academy Festival of Books

September 2-5 at Spencertown Academy Arts Center The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Featured authors include Daphne Pilasi Andreades (Brown Girls), Jean Hanff Korelitz (The Latecomer), David Nasaw (The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War), Mayukh Sen (Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America), and James Shapiro (Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future). There will also be a bookmaking arts exhibit by Suzy Banks Baum, children’s programming, and snacks and beverages will be available.


“Voices from the Past”

September 10 and 17 at the Woodstock Historical Society Rosendale’s Theatre on the Road has teamed up with the Historical Society of Woodstock on “Voices from the Past,” a theatrical production written by Lydia Pidlusky that explores the town’s history through seven historical figures. Characters will share stories through monologues as well as interaction with each other. Featuring early settlers Charles Krack and Elias Hasbrouck; George Mead of Mead’s Mountain House; medicine woman Betsy Booth; Elizabeth Reynolds of the famed boarding house; Andrew Mink, an early African-American settler; and artist and writer Anita Smith. The performance will also include live period music.


Art Walk Kingston

September 17-18 at various locations in Kingston Artists have always had a way of catalyzing urban rebirth—be that Manhattan in the ‘80s or Beacon in early aughts. The Kingston art scene has come alive over the past decade, thrumming with local artists and city expats, creating a thriving creative community. On September 17 and 18, from 12 to 5pm, the public will have a chance to step inside the studios, galleries, and workshops of Kingston’s artists, artisans, and curators to witness the hub of creativity and the process behind the work. This self-guided tour is lining up to include over 100 artists of all mediums, including performance and experiential works. And don’t forget the O+ murals all over town.


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Composer and performer Elizabeth Clark (Mamalama) fuses world and modern sacred music with immersive theater in “Seeds Under Nuclear Winter,” offering sounds and visions of otherworldly realms that unfold in a non-linear, dreamlike way. The “Earth Opera” cast includes an ensemble of 25 Hudson Valley musicians, dancers, choreographers, actors, visual and performance artists telling stories of rebirth in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere.


Newburgh Open Studios

September 24-25 at various locations in Newburgh Organized by Gerardo Castro and Michael Gabor of Newburgh Art Supply, Newburgh Open Studios is back for its twelfth incarnation. Over three dozen artists—including Lori Grinker, whose photo of Mike Tyson is on this month’s cover; sculptor Daniel Giordano, who has an upcoming show at MassMoCA; and painter Erica Hauser— open their studios, allowing visitors to see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes. Plus: Pop-up galleries, group shows, and the return of Glenlily Grounds outdoor sculpture show.


“Almost: My Life in Theater”


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September 30-October 2 at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck Based on her memoir of the same name and serving as both a return to the stage and a book launch, Roselee Blooston tells the story of a decades-long struggle to fulfill her early promise by becoming a professional actress, in this Spalding Grayinspired monologue directed by Emily DePew. Along the way, she encounters several Oscar winners and nominees––including Meryl Streep, Greer Garson, and Olympia Dukakis.


Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

October 1-2 at Cantine Field in Saugerties The “stinking rose” gets its due at one of the region’s longest-running food festivals. Find garlic in all its forms—pickled, preserved, fresh, fried, dried, blanched, braided— you name it. Since its inception in 1989, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival has grown and grown and now draws over 50,000 enthusiasts every year to Cantine Field in Saugerties. Pick from rare varieties of garlic for cooking or planting, and sample surprising delicacies like black garlic ghee, lemon-ginger-garlic elixirs, and even garlic chocolate chip cookies. Along with over 100 garlic peddlers, there will be craft vendors, hot food booths, live music, dancing, and a kid’s corner.

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Skatalites play Colony in Woodstock September 11.

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September 9. Makers of neo-psychedelic dream pop, Sound of Ceres is a super group comprised of members of Candy Claws, the Apples in Stereo, and the Drums. Founded in Colorado in 2016, the band is fronted by the impish K (AKA Karen Hover), and it seems plausible that their lush, epic sound is primed to charm the legions of newly minted Kate Bush fans who’ve discovered the retired diva via the “Stranger Things” soundtrack. The group’s third album, Emerald Sea, recently appeared, along with a video collaboration with Hudson artist Marina Abramovic; no word yet if she’ll be joining them for this record release show at Maverick Concerts. With the Antlers. (The Bill Charlap Trio jams September 3; the Catalyst Quartet comes in September 3 and 4.) 7pm. $20. Woodstock.

September 10-11. As a follow-up to last July’s return of the popular Oldtone Festival, the Oldtone Lite ’22 fest continues the rootsy revelry with two days of music, camping, dancing, and more at Cool Whisper Farm. Performing at the jumpin’ jamboree will be Tuba Skinny, the Down Hill Strugglers, Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew, FERD, Moonshine Holler, the Bad Penny Pleasure Makers, Dumpster Debbie, and Nora Brown. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to take in the show, and food vendors will also be set up and serving. Pickin’ sessions are part of the program as well, so feel free to bring your instrument and join in. Ticket prices vary and camping packages are available, so check the website for the full schedule and details. Hillsdale.

September 17. Brooklyn-based synth poppers Nation of Language harken back to the motorik, melodic, and danceable sounds of early ’80s electronica: Think Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, latter Human League, Our Daughter’s Wedding, “Just Can’t Get Enough”-era Depeche Mode, and perhaps a touch of New Order. The trio, which briefly featured the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti on bass, percolates its way up to Colony to make their Hudson Valley debut in support of their sophomore album, 2021’s A Way Forward. (Corey Feldman comes by September 4; the Skatalites orbit September 11.) 8pm. $20-$25. Woodstock. (845)

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Alice Cooper September 16. Shock rock godfather and hard rock/protopunk pioneer Alice Cooper was born Vincent Furnier in Detroit, and in 1964 formed his original namesake band in Phoenix (they began as the Earwigs, then the Spiders, and, eventually, Nazz, rechristening the group Alice Cooper to avoid confusion with Todd Rundgren’s Nazz). The outfit was based in Los Angeles when they cut their first two albums for Frank Zappa’s Straight Records label but had temporarily relocated to the Motor City around the time of their 1971 breakthrough single “(I’m) Eighteen.” Although the original quintet has reunited several times, Cooper went solo in 1975 with the smash album Welcome to My Nightmare. His newest release, the all-covers Detroit Stories, pays tribute to his rockin’ roots. 8pm. $39.50-$89.50. Albany.

September 24-25. Cosponsored by indie label Woodsist Records, the Woodsist Festival wends its way back to Arrowood Farms brewery this month, bringing a pretty dang tight weekend of awesome acts to the site. September 24 features Guided by Voices, Woods, Les Filles De Illighdad, Mind Maintenance, Myriam Gendron, Pachyman, DJ Jocelyn Romo, and the Reds, Pinks and Purples. September 25 promises Waxahatchee, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Medeski and Martin, Laraaji, Mary Lattimore, Bonny Doon, and DJs from Tubby’s. General admission tickets are $110 for either day or $200 for a two-day pass. VIP tickets are $225 for either day or $400 for a two-day pass. Kids under 10 are free. Accord.

September 10. Copresented by Basilica Hudson and Pathway to Paris, the Basilica Green Benefit Concert encompasses an evening of collective performance, conversation, and art featuring venue founder Melissa Auf der Maur, CAConrad, Devesh and Veena Chandra, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Rudy Shepherd, Jesse Paris Smith, Trouble, and Patrick Watson that will benefit efforts to increase climate action. The nonprofit Pathway to Paris organization was established by Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of the legendary Patti Smith) to manifest the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement through large-scale musical showcases that connect musicians and artists with scientists and leading intellectuals. 7pm. $50.85. Hudson.

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art exhibits March to Eternity, oil on canvas, 1983, from the Tibor Spitz's retrospective at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz.


“Black Melancholia.” Featuring artists from the late 19th Century through present day, including Ain Bailey, Sargent Johnson, Augusta Savage, Lorna Simpson, and Charisse Pearlina Weston. Through October 16. “Dara Birnbaum: Reaction.” First US retrospective of groundbreaking video artist. Through November 7. “Martine Syms: Grio College.” Recent and never-before-seen video works that interrogate digital media’s influence on our lives and explore representations of Blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. Through November 7.


46 CHAMBERS STREET, NEWBURGH “Otherness.” Work by Carl Van Brunt, Chantelle Norton, and Joseph Ayers. Through September 25.


“People Make It Happen.” Donna Mikkelsen and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak. Through September 25.




165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON “Nat Meade: Drawings.” Curated by Tod Lippy. September 10-30.


1053 MAIN STREET, FLEISCHMANNS “Motel.” Works by Dan Hurlin. Through September 18. “Depth of Field.” Work by Jeremy Freedman. September 27-October 30.


510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “iPaint on my iPad.” Recent works by Nina Lipkowitz. September 2-25.




“Symbiosis.” Group show curated by Beth Rudin deWoody. Through October 28.

"Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies." This exhibit focuses on N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth’s figurative studio and academic studies. Through September 5.



“Art Colonies of Ulster County: Elverhoj, Cragsmoor, and Byrdcliffe.” Major exhibition featuring the arts and crafts of three important Ulster County art colonies—Elverhoj, Cragsmoor, and Byrdcliffe. Through October 31.

111 WATER STREET, CATSKILL “Chicane.” New work by Henri P. Broyard, awardee of the 2022 Foreland Fellowship. Through September 25.




121 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING “Recent Work.” Paintings by Maria Pia Marrella. September 2-October 2.





71 EAST MARKET STREET #5, RHINEBECK “S. L. Rika: Paintings.” September 2-30.


1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT “Flood.” Installation by Portia Munson. Through September 25.


66 ROCK CITY ROAD, WOODSTOCK “Loving Light and Eye in the Sky.” Digital prints on canvas by Carmela Tal Baron. September 4-November 30.


“Summer Joy.” Group show including Helen Marden, Harriet Korman, Stephen Westfall, Anne Brown, Mary Carlson, and Kathryn Lynch. Through September 6.


“The Beacon Series.” Drawings of Beacon by Johan Ayoob. Through September 25.






“Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York.” The untold stories of those sent to the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson throughout the 20th century. Through September 9.


“Jose Guadalupe Posada: The Legendary Printmaker of Mexico.” Through September 18. “Transformations: The Art of John Van Alstine.” Sculpture by John Van Alstine. Through September 18.

“52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.” The exhibition celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition “Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists,” curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. “52 Artists” will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of 26 femaleidentifying or nonbinary emerging artists that were born in or after 1980. Through January 8.



“Enigmatic Artists of the Hudson Valley.” Work by Lois Guarino, Stan Lichens, and Pete Mauney. September 2-November 20.

“Pink & Green.” Paintings by Calvin Grimm. Through October 15.


“The Meaning of Memory.” Works by John Hersey, John R. Hersey Jr., and Cannon Hersey. Through September 25.

622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “The Summer Show.” New work by Annika Tucksmith, Kahn and Selesnick, Andrea Moreau, Louise Laplante, Hue Thi Hoffmaster, and Robert Goldstrom. Through September 25.


4 WILLIAMSVILLE ROAD, STOCKBRIDGE, MA “Elemental Matters: The Sculpture of Jonathan Prince.” Twelve large-scale works sited throughout the landscape at Chesterwood. Through October 24.


6571 SPRING BROOK AVE, RHINEBECK “Paintings by Melanie Delgado and Alicia Mikles.” Recent work. Through September 30.


“Whether Weather.” Group show curated by Eva Melas and Tasha Depp. Through September 25.


“Flora as Fauna.” Paintings by Emily Ritz. Through September 10.


228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES “Randy Bloom: New Work.” Through September 11.

FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER “On the Grid: Ways of Seeing in Print.” Photographs, prints, artist’s books, and printed sculptures from the Loeb's permanent collection. Through December 22.


165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON “Future Ancestors.” Work by Alisa SikelianosCarter. September 13-October 30.


45 PINE GROVE AVENUE, KINGSTON “Kingston Then & Now.” Multi-room exhibition documenting Kingston through historic images curated by Stephen Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz. Through September 21.


“Stressed World.” Works by El Anatsui, Shimon Attie, Radcliffe Bailey, Yoan Capote, Nick Cave, Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu, Gehard Demetz, Pierre Dorion, Paterson Ewen, Vibha Galhotra, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hayv Kahraman, Anton Kannemeyer, Lyne Lapointe, Deborah Luster, Tyler Mitchell, Meleko Mokgosi, Adi Nes, Jackie Nickerson, Odili Donald Odita, Gordon Parks, Garnett Puett, Claudette Schreuders, Malick Sidibé, Paul Anthony Smith, Michael Snow, Hank Willis Thomas, Carlos Vega, Andy Warhol, Leslie Wayne and Carrie Mae Weems. Through December 3.


11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES “I Am the Best Artist.” Artworks by Rene Moncada. Through September 11.





“Lisa Winika & Lynne Breitfeller.” Winika is presenting the Misunderstood Women Project. Breitfeller is presenting two series: After the Fire: Water Damaged and Emerson Woods. September 2-25.

“Soft Folds.” Coiled, gathered, and unstretched paintings on canvas by Susan Weil. Through November 13.



“Made By Hand.” Group show. Through September 24.

23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON “Halle Binns and Randy Gibson”. Mixed media and painting. Through September 11. “Sowing Seeds of Emptiness.” Installation by Jayoung Yoon. September 24-November 6.




“Weather.” A solo exhibition of new paintings by Susan English. Through September 4.



“If this is Paradise.” Images of fire- and waterbased tragedies by Ghost of a Dream, an artistic collaboration between Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom. Through October 2.

2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE “Guided by Voices.” Painting and sculpture by Yura Adams, Sharon Butler, Adrian Meraz, and Lucy Mink. Through September 18.



“Edward Berskie, Karen Capobianco, Wayne Montecalvo.” Paintings and prints. Sepember. 3-October 29.

“Inaugural Exhibition.” Group show of the Women Photographer’s Collective of the Hudson Valley, curated by Jan Nagle. September 3-25.






“Resisting Erasure.” Photographs by Onaje Benjamin and mixed media, sculpture, and textile works by Shirley Parker-Benjamin. Through October 8.

Winging It: Angels and Other states of Being.” Paintings by Laura Sumner and video by Sampsa Pirtola. Through September 25.


art exhibits An installation view of Portia Munson's exhibition "Flood" at Art Omi in Ghent. Photo by Alon Koppel





“Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura.” Piero Gilardi’s Tappeto-Natura (Nature-Carpets). Curated by Elena Re. Through January 9.

“Hudson Valley Watercolors.” Group show curated by Staats Fasoldt. September 24-November 5.



“The Material, The Thing.” Annual Hudson Valley artists showcase. Through November 6. “Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village.” September 10-December 11. "For Context: Prints from the Dorsky Collection." September 20-December 11.

“Tibor Spitz, A Retrospective: Stories, Remembrances.” Paintings and works in ceramics by artist, storyteller, scientist, and Holocaust survivor Tibor Spitz. Through September 18.

“Formfantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature.” Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of the Italian design duo Formafantasma will present a selection of works in dialogue with the house, studio, and surrounding landscape at Manitoga. In collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art. Through November 14.

“It Won’t Be This Way Forever.” Photo and video of Cuba by Laura Diffenderfer. Through September 20.







“Moments.” Sue Barrasi and Marlene Wiedenbaum. September 10-November 5.

“Impulse & Stillness: The Art of Marieken Cochius.” Through September 16. “LongReach Arts 40th Birthday Exhibition.” Hudson Valley arts cooperative member exhibition of 17 artists. September 22-October 20.





1040 MASS MOCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS, MA “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco.” Exhibition curated by Denise Markonish, in conjunction with an exhibition at Thomas Cole Historic Site July 16-November 27. Through January 1.


178 SCHOONMAKER LANE, STONE RIDGE “Refracted Light.” Encaustic paintings and works on paper from John McDevitt King. September 3-18.


“The Heart is a Home.” Works by Linda Fogel, David Fogel, Benjamin Kress, and Lutz Bacher. Curated by Olga Dekalo and staged with furniture by Michael Robbins. Through October 15.


533 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Sensual Ambivalence.” Paintings by Terry Rodgers. Through September 25.


1154 NORTH AVENUE, BEACON “We Flew Over The Wild Winds of Wild Fires.” Work by Zoë Buckman and Vanessa German. Through September 18.

362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Still Life and the Poetry of Place.” Exhibition of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and video installation focusing on the themes of still life and interiors. September 3-October 9.


56 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON “The Sisterhood.” New work from Monique Robidoux, Susanna Ronner, Joan Ffolliott, Melanie Delgado, Meredith Rosiér, Anne Sanger, Helena Palazzi, Malgorzata Oakes, Reidunn Fraas, Harriet Livathinos, Ginny Howsam Friedman, and Nancy O’Hara. Through September 25.


“Wonderland.” Group show curated by Allison M. Glenn and the youth curatorial at The Art Effect. September 15-October 20.


76 PRINCE STREET, KINGSTON. “Ernest Withers: The Picture Taker.” For over 60 years, Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007) recorded the everyday lives of the Black citizens of Memphis, Tennessee, a deeply segregated Southern city. He photographed Negro League baseball stars, Beale Street bluesmen, early rock ‘n’ rollers, and ordinary folks going about their business. Through October 23.



4 HUDSON STREET, KINDERHOOK. “My flaw are my pets.” Artwork by Reginald Madison. Through September 24. “Real-Puss Molting Center.” Artwork by Odessa Straub. Through September 24.





232 WARD ST (RTE 17K), MONTGOMERY “Realism: An Academic Approach.” A group exhibit of works celebrating the art of realism, juried by Tony Conner. Through October 9.



“Jigsaw.” Recent work by Amber George and Sasha Hallock. Through September 18.

“A Tournament of Lies.” Summer group show of 46 artists. Through September 17.



137 ROUND LAKE ROAD, RHINEBECK “Pamphlet Architecture: Visions and Experiments in Architecture.” Exhibition showcasing the 40-year history of Pamphlet Architecture. September 4-October 16.


“Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco.” A companion exhibition to Swanson's installations at Mass MoCA, Through October 30.


“What Next.” Paintings by Christopher Griffith. September 10-October 8.


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“Shelter.” Outdoor sculpture exhibition organized by Melissa Stickney-Gibson. Works by Dan Devine, Stuart Farmery, Jan Harrison and Alan Baer, Christina Tenaglia, Jared Handelsman, Julian Rose, Suzy Sureck, Huy Bui, Mimi Graminski, Alison McNulty, Erika DeVries, Eileen Power, Wendy Klemperer, Emily Puthoff, Michael Asbill, and Ian Laughlin. Through October 23.


28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK. “Paper Unframed.” WAAM 2022 benefit auction. “Radius 50.” Group show juried by juried by Jayne Drost Johnson. Through September 11. “Broken Monarchs.” Installation of the paper butterflies by Marielena Ferrer. Through September 11.

“Tilly Foster Farm Project 2022.” Collaborative concepts annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. September 3-October 30.


2 MOSCOW ROAD, STOCKBRIDGE, MA “New Walls, New Work.” Work by Pamela J. Wallace, Jean Feinberg, and Margaret Saliske. Through October 31. “Proximal Duality.” Graphite drawings and ceramic sculptures by Sergei Isupov. Through October 31.


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Our planets paint the big picture in September, in the style of Pointillism. Each isolated dot of paint reveals the unfolding scene when viewed from a distance. This month, pick up your own paintbrush. It’s time to add your personal touch to life’s great artwork. Communicative Mercury in Venus-ruled Libra opposes retrograde Jupiter in Aries on September 1, and again on September 18, after Mercury goes retrograde himself on the 9th. Two negatives make a positive; in this case, a positive charge for igniting a big explosion of forensic-level analysis that is only going to burn hotter with Venus in Mercury-ruled Virgo September 5–28. There will be no end to the talking, speechifying, and filibustering as heroic efforts are made not just to sway the hearts and minds of the general public, but to engage in individual, heart-to-heart combat. Take action to protect the vulnerable September 16–17 when Venus squares Mars and Mars sextiles Chiron. We’ve already lost so much. We can’t afford to lose each other. A perfect melding of service and sacrifice at the Full Moon in Pisces on September 10 is followed by the Virgo Sun/Uranus in Taurus trine on the 11th, a “genius” transit manifesting something built to last. The Sun opposes Neptune and trines Pluto September 15–18, putting ego trips on hold for the greater good. Art, beauty, creativity, pleasure—so many of these vital, lifegiving, soul-enriching components have been missing or deficient for so long! Grab the golden ring—or a palette and paintbrush— when the Sun enters Libra at the Autumnal Equinox September 22, and conjuncts Mercury retrograde on the 23rd. All the stress, anxiety, uncertainty, fear, and general weirdness you’ve been feeling finds a creative outlet when Venus enters Libra August 29. It’s time to paint your masterpiece.

ARIES (March 20–April 19)

Planetary ruler Mars (transiting Gemini through mid-March 2023), sextiles Jupiter in Aries September 1. All your energy is focused on the “Big Idea(s)”, and it feels almost oppressively important to make others see your vision through an eagle’s-eye view as well. Thoughts run a mile a minute when Mercury in solar opposite Libra goes retrograde September 9. Profound indecisiveness due to an unnatural abundance of options prevails until Venus in Virgo squares Mars September 16. You’ll need to analyze and sift every choice, but don’t do it alone! Teamwork and partnership prevail when Mars trines Saturn September 28.

TAURUS (April 19–May 20)



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With the North Lunar Node separating from his close encounter with Uranus, things begin to feel less weird. Stress decreases when Venus enters Virgo September 5; the square of Venus to Mars in Gemini September 16 shows you how far you’ll go to extend your personal comfort zone. Venus in Virgo makes a delightful, earthy trine to Uranus in Taurus September 20, offering succor and shelter from the storm. Evaluate facts, not promises, when Venus opposes Neptune September 24; a powerful solidification of a relationship may occur September 26 at the trine of Venus to Pluto. Ask and ye shall receive. A practicing, professional astrologer for over 30 years, Lorelai Kude can be reached for questions and personal consultations via email ( and her Kabbalah-flavored website is


GEMINI (May 20–June 21)

Congratulations, you’re caught in the middle of a dance between your desire to please others and your need to expand your horizons. You’ll change your mind a thousand times between September 2 when Mercury in Libra opposes retrograde Jupiter in Aries, September 9 when Mercury stations retrograde, and September 18, when Mercury retrograde opposes retrograde Jupiter. If you take care of business and settle your responsibilities during the Last Quarter Moon in Gemini September 17, you may hit an unexpected jackpot of beauty, power, and passion September 26–17 with Mercury retrograde conjunct Venus and trine Pluto. Everybody loves a winner!

CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Time to reevaluate new health beginnings. Add some outdoor adventure to your regime September 3 at the First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius. If involving water, all the better! The Full Moon in Pisces September 10 reminds you how good it is for your body and soul to connect with nature. Immerse in the sea! Unresolved issues around ancestral trauma come up for review September 17 at Last Quarter Moon in Gemini. Insist on honest communication and clear information at the New Moon in Libra September 25. Those who don’t respect your boundaries or personal sovereignty don’t deserve your valuable attention.

LEO (July 22–August 23)

The trine of the Sun to Uranus September 11 gifts you with piercing insight and revelatory powers to perceive what has been hidden. The opposition of the Sun to Neptune September 16 tests the balance between service and sacrifice. Power for power’s sake isn’t really your thing; you desire power because you’re a beneficent ruler and can hold authority with grace. September 18’s trine of the Sun to Pluto gives you a chance to prove what noblesse oblige is all about. The Sun enters Libra at the Autumnal Equinox, September 22, and conjuncts Mercury Retrograde September 23. Reevaluate partnerships.

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VIRGO (August 23–September 23)

Planetary ruler Mercury in Libra opposes retrograde Jupiter in Aries twice this month. First, on September 6 and again on September 18, after Mercury stations retrograde on September 9. Two celestial negatives in this case equal a positive, inspiring a close examination of how you share intimacy, resources, beliefs, and information. Mercury retrograde’s conjunction with Venus on September 26 is a diplomatic cushion for the difficult realities needed to be shared with your partner. Mercury retrograde trines retrograde Pluto September 27. You’ve privately rehearsed confrontation many times, but do you still really feel it in your heart? Take your time.

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LIBRA (September 23–October 23)

Overanalyzing indecisiveness is the transit of Venus through Virgo, September 5–September 28, especially with Mercury retrograde in Libra from September 9. Ignore the external noise and listen to your heart when Venus squares Mars September 16! Release control and receive unexpected grace at the trine of Venus to Uranus September 20. Enjoy the home team advantage at the Autumnal Equinox September 22; Venus opposite Neptune September 24 illuminates your highest ideal. Deliberately set your positive selfintentions at the New Moon in Libra September 25. Demonstrate your love power when Venus trines Pluto September 26 before entering Leo September 29. 9/22 CHRONOGRAM HOROSCOPES 69


SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Friday September 2 @ Opus 40 (West Saugerties) (with pre-film music performance)

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Saturday September 3 @ Opus 40 (West Saugerties) (with pre-film music by Hungry March Band)

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, as visually rich and scary as when it was released. “(With the) luminous splendor of its photography … reminds us once more that science fiction is the story of inner space.” –Sight and Sound

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Wednesday, September 14 @ Community Theatre (Catskill) (with pre-film music by Stephen Bluhm)

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It’s an energetically busy and intense month with Mars in Gemini sextiling retrograde Jupiter in Aries September 1. It’s all about information: obtaining it, securing it, and understanding its power. Venus squares Mars which sextiles Chiron September 16– 17, triggering deliberate attempts to hide vulnerability by obfuscation. The Sun trines Pluto September 18, giving you the upper hand; Venus trines Pluto September 26, giving you the upper heart. Forgotten details and suppressed promises come to light when Mercury retrograde trines Pluto September 27. You can skip many miles ahead in line September 28 at the trine of Mars to Saturn.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22)

Mars in solar opposite Gemini sextiles planetary ruler Jupiter in retrograde Aries September 1, followed by the opposition of Mercury to Jupiter September 2 and the Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius September 3. What if you get exactly what you asked for, and then realize you don’t want it anymore? What if your quest to not mess up ends up stifling your soul? What if you blurt out all your confusion to the wrong person when Mercury Retrograde opposes retrograde Jupiter September 18? The risk/reward ratio is high when the Sun opposes Jupiter September 26. First, do no harm!

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With the transiting Virgo Sun in a supportive Earth trine through September 21, the beginning of the month feels like a much-deserved vacation from both duty and drama. The Full Moon in Pisces September 10 is especially beneficial to recharging your capacity for enjoyment. Relish any time you get on the sidelines; it’s so rare and needed. You’ll be front and center again soon enough! Mars in Gemini trines Saturn in Aquarius September 28; this is an excellent chance for your hard work, organizational prowess, and foundation-building skills to be noticed, appreciated, and rewarded. Be modest but don’t be shy!

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19)

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You’re breaking through long-term feelings of restriction and finding, to your surprise, that those unwanted borders and boundaries around certain parts of your life have yielded unusually fertile growth. The Sun’s positive trine to retrograde Uranus on September 11 reenergizes your individuality. You’ve been experiencing “uniqueness fatigue” for too long! Simply being yourself with no artifice is as much energy output as you can handle. You’re truly touched by the love of others on September 20 when Venus trines Uranus. It surprises you to see how much you are cared for, and how deeply you care for others.

PISCES (February 20–March 19)

There’s a lot more “we” than “me” with the Sun in solar opposite Virgo through September 21. A partnership is paramount, passion is profound, and pleasure is plentiful, but without service and sacrifice, two sides of the same coin, it’s all so futile. The Full Moon in Pisces September 10 illuminates your need for depth and meaning. Your sigil may be a fish, but your waters are anything but shallow. The Sun opposes Neptune September 16, followed by Venus’s opposition on September 24. There’s no version of reality on the table worth abandoning your dreams for. Follow your star.

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Portrait Ellenville If you’re walking around downtown Ellenville—which is becoming a thing of late—you’ll likely stumble upon a storefront window at 6 Market Street covered in portraits. The people featured in the photos are from all different walks of life, smiling against a plain white background. The artist behind the project is Rosendale-based photographer Charles Purvis. Purvis has been borrowing a studio in Ellenville to shoot photographs of anyone who walks in, what he calls Portrait Ellenville. After taking a picture, Purvis prints two copies of the portrait: one for the window and one for the subject to take home for free. Purvis’s use of plain lighting and a white background is intentionally stark, attempting to highlight a moment of joy without any distractions. When observed as a collective, experiencing these


jubilant moments, Purvis finds the differences between the people in the photos fades away. “What fell away are all these differences that we’re always reminded of in the press, like race, economics, privilege, which are real and we’re not unaware of them,” Purvis says. “Yet, what was present in the images was something that was uniting us, that’s clearly within each of us as human beings. And that is this spark of life, this joy, and this light in our eyes.” This photography project is part of a bigger project going on in the village called the Coalition of Forward-Facing Ellenville, a new nonprofit designed to integrate new residents, enliven the existing community, and support social-service partnerships. —Micaela Warren

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