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news and politics 19 while you were sleeping Russia destroys chemical weapons, the most peaceful nation on Earth, and more.

green living 54 endangered species: independent bookstores .

Carl Frankel talks with local booksellers about strategies for survival.

22 fishermen & the failed state Lorna Tychostup interviews David Shinn about piracy off the coast of Somalia.

26 beinhart’s body politic: Of health, wealth, and stealth Larry Beinhart looks at the numbers regarding health care.

regional notebook 29 revenge of the nerds .

Jay Blotchers profiles the minds behind Ironbound Films.

culinary adventures 67 hog heaven .

Karin Ursula Edmondson reports on the regional pork renaissance.

whole living guide 84 men’s wellness: mind, heart, spirit Lorrie Klosterman reports on men’s health issues beyond the prostate.

community pages 51 everything’s coming up rosednale .

Erika Alexia tours a town that’s cementing its hip reputation.

73 newburgh: A city of contrasts .

Felicia Hodges talks with Newburghers about the city’s changing character.

111 peekskill alive Artists are leading the way in the post-industrial revival of this Westchester city.

Field notes from a Buddhist Mom’s experimental life. By Bethany Saltman.

business services 60 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 80 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 89 whole living directory For the positive lifestyle.

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88 Flowers Fall: the slow parent trap


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56 food & drink Peter Barrett eats wild edibles with herbalist Susun Weed.

Lynn Woods talks with painter Temre Stanchfield.


120 parting shot CatBird, a drawing by Jock Pottle.

40 music Peter Aaron profiles trombonist Roswell Rudd. Nightlife Highlights by Peter Aaron, plus CDs by The Jill Stevenson Band Jill Stevenson Band. Reviewed by Robert Burke Warren. Lee Shaw Trio Live in Graz. Reviewed by Erik Lawrence. The Virginia Wolves Curse of the Kill. Reviewed by Sharon Nichols.

44 BOOKS Nina Shengold profiles poet Cornelius Eady and author Sarah Micklem.

46 BOOK reviews Lee Gould reviews three volumes of poetry: Reasons to Hate the Sky by Stuart Barrow, Hyacinth for the Soul by Joan I. Siegel, and Spoor of Desire: Selected Poems by William Seaton. Kim Wozencraft reviews Push Comes to Shove by Wesley Brown. Plus this month’s Short Takes, a round-up of cookbooks, fiction, and nonfiction.

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96 daily calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at PREVIEWS 95 Bela Fleck appears along with his movie Throw Down Your Heart at Upstate Films. 97 “Whisper House,” Duncan Sheik’s latest musical, comes to Powerhouse at Vassar. 101 “Ahoy! Where Lies Henry Hudson?” at the Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild. 103 Jeff Crane reviews the summer exhibition at the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi. 105 Meyerbeer’s opera “Les Huguenots” is staged as part of Bard’s SummerScape. 107 The Putnam County Historical Society hosts an exhibition on George Pope Morris.

planet waves 114 vestal solstice: the sacred space of self Eric Francis Coppolino looks ahead to 2012. Plus horoscopes.

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Poems by Rose Anderson, Farrah Nayka Ashline, Tom Bair, Lucy Bluestone, Noah Burton, A. M. Drewes, Andy Fogle, Sanford Fraser, Sonia Halbach, Billy Internicola, Yana Kane, David Manglass, Djelloul Marbrook, and E. F. Zapata.

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Yale Professor Emeritus Edward Tufte is an expert on the connection between the eye and the brain. His theories on graphic display and information design have had a pervasive impact on our digitized globe; his insights on how we visualize and mentally process data are of fundamental relevance to Microsoft, NASA, and Wall Street. Though it seems highly unusual, it should probably be of little surprise that this influential thinker—the New York Times has compared him to da Vinci—is also a serious artist. And so, if only because of his supremacy in the realm of visual cognition, his artwork attracts our attention and even sparks our hope for a paradigm-nudging learning experience. Tufte admits that his sculptures are premised, at least in part, on his specialized research in how we think: “Many people nowadays do almost all their visual reasoning and analytical thinking while staring at the glowing rectangles of flatland computer screens,� says Tufte. “I’m trying to suggest ways of seeing effectively in spaceland (and time) that are as intense as the seeing now done largely on flatland screens.� “Flatland� is Tufte’s word for visual awareness that is derived from paper and computer screens and thus fixated on the duality of figure and background. Appropriately, his first large-scale sculptural work, which was made 10 years ago, is titled Escaping Flatland. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is currently presenting the first exhibition of Tufte’s three-dimensional works, “Seeing Around,� including 18 immense outdoor installation pieces. A treatise on sculpture by the artist accompanies the show and details his discoveries: “Sculptors assess the airspaces surrounding the piece, as well as the multiple silhouettes generated by the piece against a background of sky and land.� Tufte’s own need to modulate the silhouettes that are apprehended by strolling visitors led him to reshape the topography of the Aldrich’s sculpture garden, replanting dozens of trees along the museum’s circumference. Tufte deems the narrative aspects of his works less important than the more basic facts of their existence. “Sculptures are artworks that cast shadows,� he writes. He describes his 25-ton Rocket Science 2 (Lunar Lander), whose weathering steel fuselage is decked with insulation panels recycled from a nuclear power plant, as “a high industrial fruitcake.� The humorous metaphor seems fitting—not only because of the indeterminate fruitcakelike timespan to which the work refers, but also as a mordant capsulation of 20th-century nuclear peril.Tufte, however, sidesteps such “storytelling,� and prefers more grounded descriptions: “The intersection of sculpture and land activates the nearby airspace, and serves as a pivot for shadows flowing around the piece as the Earth rotates.� “Seeing Around� will be on view through January 17, 2010, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Portfolio: —Marx Dorrity

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Omega Institute of Rhinebeck is responding to the worldwide water crisis—in which one billion people currently have no access to clean water—by demonstrating via an innovative new living building how we can protect the less than 1 percent of fresh water currently left here on Earth. The Omega Institute for Sustainable Living’s grand opening on July 16 represents a milestone in Executive Director Skip Backus’s environmental leadership of the past 25 years. OSCL will purify and reuse all five million gallons of Omega’s wastewater that the site generates every year. Naturally intrigued with how things work, Backus says he “loved to take things apart” as a youngster. Also entrepreneurial, he operated his own residential and commercial construction company before he joined Omega. He compares the self-sustaining organisms that purify the water in OCSL’s Eco-Machine to a self-sustaining human community, and explains how nature can teach us to live in a state of harmony and balance between organic and constructed environments. OSCL meshes with Omega’s more than 350 workshops focusing on holistic and sustainable living and engage 23,000 participants per year in seminars promoting community building. As a major new education center with both outdoor and indoor classrooms and laboratory, OSCL has been called one of the greenest buildings in the world, and it will be the stage for Omega’s upcoming environmental sustainability workshops. Backus says that OCSL is on track for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum status, the highest of four rankings. Designed by John Todd Ecological Design, winner of the 2008 Buckminster Fuller challenge award, OCSL’s Eco-Machine will generate all its own energy, heat and cool the building via geothermal systems, use solar and photovoltaic power, and collect and utilize rainwater. It is completely pollution free and carbon neutral. “OSCL represents Omega’s 30-plus years of commitment to modeling an integrated way of looking at the world and our place in it,” says Backus. There will be an opening ceremony for the OSCL on July 16 at 3:30pm in connection with Omega’s first annual benefit celebration. (845) 266-4444, ext. 470; —Jan Larraine Cox In addition to Platinum LEED, OCSL is slated to become the nation’s first living building, achieving the highest level of sustainability currently possible. What were the criteria you had to meet to qualify for this landmark status? The Living Building Challenge asks us to imagine a building that is informed by its eco-region’s characteristics, generates all its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all its water, and operates efficiently and with maximum beauty. It asks us to think beyond what the green building industry has defined as possible to an integrated building process that redefines how we think of sustainability. The Living Building Challenge is comprised of six performance areas: Site, Energy, Materials, Water, Indoor Quality, and Beauty and Inspiration, plus 16 additional prerequisites that must be met within those six areas. Describe the Eco-Machine’s water filtration process. The Eco-Machine is a natural wastewater treatment system that cleans water by mimicking the processes of nutrient exchanges seen in natural ecologies. The treatment process begins in the anaerobic tanks, where microbial organisms begin to break down the waste. Wastewater is then pumped into the constructed wetland, where plants and bacteria metabolize the waste. The wetlands then dose a series of aquatic cells within a greenhouse, where plant roots suspended into the water provide surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down the remaining nutrients, clarifying and polishing the water. Within the Eco-Machine, all the major groups of life are represented, including microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and zooplankton, on upward to snails, clams, and fishes. Clarified water from the treatment lagoons is then further polished by a recirculating sand filter. This final step removes remnant nutrients and particulates. The Eco-Machine is a safe, odor-free, and sustainable method of treating water. How will you manage the growth of the various life forms that live in the EcoMachine? Specific plant species and bacterial regimes are chosen, based on biological characteristics suited for the removal of pollutants and nutrients within wastewater as well as through ecological research into the use of natural systems for wastewater treatment.

We rely on insight gained through years of experiencing how these systems mature and self organize. During the system ramp-up, the planted aquatic cells and wetlands are inoculated with bacteria and often collected from local wetlands. Once the ecologies within the Eco-Machine stabilize, they are largely self-sustaining and resilient to shifts in their direct environment. Routine maintenance includes plant trimming and thinning, which also provides aesthetic flower cuttings. What can each of us do locally to make a difference with our pressing environmental challenges? Are you concerned that the alarm bell is not being sounded loudly enough? Look at how large is your individual carbon footprint and work to reduce it. My concern is not so much that the alarm bell is not being sounded loudly enough but rather that it is not a deep enough tone. While all the things we can do in our homes are important, like using compact fluorescent bulbs, buying locally, recycling, and weatherization, I believe that it will take a much more primal adjustment to turn around where we are. If we buy a hybrid automobile but don’t look at how much we need to drive then we are really just looking at one side of the coin. How large a house do we need, even if it is totally weatherized? “Be the change” is an easy statement to make but it is much more difficult once you really start to dig in. We must balance our individual needs to be in alignment with the needs of the greater community. How has Omega raised money to construct this phenomenal structure? How much will it cost to build, and how much more funding do you need? The total budget to build the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is about $3 million. It’s a lot more than you’d pay for a septic system, but it’s so much more than that. We are incredibly grateful that we’ve already received $1.5 million in contributions from generous individuals and foundations, as well as $100,000 from the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA). Funding the last $l.5 million is vital to us—we very much need people who share this vision of a sustainable world to step forward. Every dollar helps to emphasize this is an environmental model that can be replicated locally and globally.

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At 64, Bob has seen a lot of the world. As an acclaimed international lawyer, many of his clients are household names. So when Bob was facing an extensive program of dental restoration he sought the recommendation of friends who had undergone similar treatment. They shared their stories of success. Here is Bob’s story: “There are a lot of dentists between London, where I live, and the Mid-Hudson Valley. When I needed comprehensive dental treatment, I took the advice of friends and contacted The Center For Advanced Dentistry. After meeting with Dr. Kurek, I decided that to get the Dr. Bruce Kurek best care available, I would make the monthly trip across the Atlantic from my home in London. The year-long program of restoring my mouth was a complete success. My mouth feels and looks so much better and I feel healthier. Would I do it all again? Let me put it this way, I continue to see Dr. Kurek four times a year for follow-up care.”

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Esteemed Reader Anyone who knows how to run a household knows how to run a world. —Xilonem Garcia Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: One of the treasures of the Hudson Valley is the preponderance of small, local businesses. It is an alluring feature of this region—our streets are lined with a great diversity of micro-enterprises representing the work of people that live and create in our midst. Recently I’ve noticed a proliferation of signs reading “Think Local First” or “Go Local” on the streets of our towns. Though there was localist activity before the recession officially struck, it has kicked it into high gear, and galvanized village and hamlet businesspeople to cooperate in new ways to create a more vibrant local economy. We have been educated to see all business as one type of activity, but locally owned and run businesses are truly cut from a different cloth than their national, publicly traded counterparts.The math tells an important part of the story. Much of the money spent at a locally owned business flows back into and is reinvested in the community— particularly if the business sources locally—while the majority of money spent with a national chain is sent back to headquarters, often to service massive debt or produce unreasonable profits. But there are other, more qualitative, reasons that local business is good for community, and good for the future of humanity. Local shops, restaurants, farms, and service providers are run with the ingenuity and artfulness of the people we know — members of our community. When we walk into the shop or restaurant we are likely to see its owner—the living, breathing human that is part of the fabric of our locale. And that owner is motivated by his or her relationship with customers, who are also neighbors. The owners may see their compensation in the opportunity to put their social, environmental, and creative values into action in the way they run their business. And so the business becomes a vital part of the fabric and culture of our place. I recently attended the conference of an organization called Business Alliance for Local Living Economies or BALLE (—a national organization comprised of numerous regional business networks. The organization’s mission is to help build thriving local economies based on sustainable business and environmental practices. The emphasis on localism is not an accident, for it is in a small business community that economic output acquires the vital component of meaningful relationships and a direct sense of our interdependence with one another. In fact, it was BALLE that coined the term “Think Local First.” There is a movement across the country to build local living economies as a viable alternative to the old business models.These are values-based businesses that blend the idealism and activism of the nonprofit arena with the productivity of business, and are able to have a real impact. A key concept of living economy is “triple bottom line,” which measures prosperity in terms more encompassing than financial profitability. It suggests that real abundance must address People, Planet, and Profits in approximately equal proportions. In this paradigm, business is not just for making a living, it is for making a difference, and demonstrating truthful principles in action. According to BALLE, a Living Economy is guided by the following principles: • Living economy communities produce and exchange locally as many products needed by their citizens as they reasonably can, while reaching out to other communities to trade fairly in those products they cannot reasonably produce at home. These communities value their unique character and encourage cultural exchange and cooperation. • Living economy public policies support decentralized ownership of businesses and farms, fair wages, taxes, and budget allocations, trade policies benefiting local economies, and stewardship of the natural environment. • Living economy citizens appreciate the benefits of buying from living economy businesses and, if necessary, are willing to pay a price premium to secure those personal and community benefits. • Living economy investors value businesses that are community stewards and as such accept a “living return” on their financial investments rather than a maximum return, recognizing the value derived from enjoying a healthy and vibrant community and sustainable global economy. • Living economy media provide sources of news independent of corporate control, so that citizens can make informed decisions in the best interests of their communities and natural environment. • Living economy businesses are independent and primarily locally owned, and value the needs and interests of all stakeholders while building long-term profitability. We are blessed to already possess many of the aspects of a living economy in the Hudson Valley. Supporting these principles in our lives is a meaningful investment in our community and all that we share. —Jason Stern 7/09 ChronograM 17

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The first ever penal Tour de France ended on June 19. It included 194 inmates and 124 prison guards and sports instructors pedaling the 1,500 miles from Lille to Paris. Prison officials hoped the journey would foster values such as effort and teamwork to help the prisoners reintegrate into society. The group rode in a pack and stayed at jails in 17 different towns along the way. Source: BBC News The Global Peace Index has ranked New Zealand—where sheep outnumber humans four to one—the most peaceful nation on Earth. Twenty-three criteria factor into the rankings of the 144 countries on the list, including political stability, risk of terrorism, murder rate, likelihood of violent demonstrations, respect for human rights, internal conflicts, arms imports, and involvement in foreign wars. The Institute for Economics and Peace in Australia compiles the report, and noted that 2008 was a rough year for world peacefulness, but a few nations saw a rise in their rankings, including New Zealand and the US. Source: The Telegraph (UK)

The trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to evacuees after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will now be available for purchase by residents for $5 or less, White House officials announced in June. Many of the residents of the 3,446 trailers are elderly, disabled, or homeowners who are in the process of repairing their uninhabitable houses. Occupants had previously been told they would be evicted after May 31. Many had been storing their possessions in their cars, fearing that the trailers would be confiscated. Source: New York Times Cigarette butts contribute to about 30 percent of all litter nationwide and 28 percent of litter that washes up onto beaches worldwide. This poses environmental concerns, as cigarette filters are not biodegradable and contain harmful chemicals and toxins like nicotine, benzene, and cadmium that leach into waterways. There are also economic factors to consider: San Francisco alone spends up to $11 million dollars annually to clean up cigarette litter. Manufacturers are working on creating a biodegradable cigarette, but until then, advocacy groups such as Keep America Beautiful are emphasizing the need for more ashtrays and receptacles in public areas. Source: New York Times May saw the lowest death toll of Iraqi civilians since the 2003 US invasion, with 134 deaths. A year before, in May 2008, 505 Iraqi civilians died due to war-related violence. In addition, 12 US troops were killed during the month, bringing the confirmed US death toll in the Iraqi conflict to 4,311. Sources: Reuters, The Legacy Loans Program (LLP), which was intended to help banks clear their balance sheets by selling off bad mortgages and loans, will be postponed. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) admitted that it could not get enough banks interested in the program, whose aim was to sell off $1 billion in troubled home mortgages. Since there is no market value for the mortgages that banks are holding onto, there could be more than $1 trillion in total losses not currently on bank balance sheets, some analysts estimate. This raises concerns about the real state of the banking system. Despite uninterested banks, the FDIC plans to continue development of the LLP as an option for the future. Sources: New York Times,

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined by 2.8 percent last year compared to 2007, government officials reported in June. Since the government began regular reporting of greenhouse gases, 2008 marks the largest annual drop. Officials attribute the decline to reduced energy consumption. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which has yet to be voted on by the House or Senate, includes provisions to cut greenhouse emissions by 83 percent by 2050. Source: USA Today Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in church in Wichita, Kansas, on May 31 by known antiabortion activist Scott Roeder. Dr. Tiller had long been a controversial figure for the services he provided—including late-term abortions—to women and girls at his Women’s Health Care Services clinic. In recent years, he had received much attention from Bill O’Reilly on the “The O’Reilly Factor.” This year, while covering the trial of Dr. Tiller—who had been charged with 19 misdemeanors relating to his practice but was later acquitted—O’Reilly mentioned him during at least eight episodes, referring to him as “Tiller, the baby killer.” Sources: TVNewser, Los Angeles Times, The 71-story Pearl River Tower, being built in Gaungzhou in the Guangdong province of China, is considered to be the most energy-efficient skyscraper ever built. Due to be completed in October 2010, it will use wind turbines, solar panels, sunshields, smart lighting, water-cooled ceilings, state-of-the-art insulation, and other “green” features to reduce energy consumption by over half of what standard buildings of comparable size consume. While the energy-efficient additions add about $13 million to initial construction costs, experts predict that within five years it can be earned back through lowered electricity bills and maintenance costs. China is building at a rapid rate, with one estimate predicting the construction of up to 50,000 new skyscrapers by 2025. While many herald the Pearl River Tower as a model of an energy-efficient future, others claim that the pollution is just being shifted to the producers of the resources, such as the steel, concrete, and solar panel manufacturers. Source: The Guardian (UK) On May 29, a new chemical weapons disposal facility was opened in the remote town of Shchuchye, Russia, where 5,950 tons of nerve agents are stored. The facility—paid for in part with $1 billion donated by the US, and contributions from the European Union and other countries—is a step toward the elimination of chemical weapons stockpiles agreed upon by Washington and Moscow under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. As of May, the US had destroyed 60 percent of its chemical weapons, while Russia had destroyed 30 percent. Sources: Global Security Newswire, New York Times Compiled by KellyAnne McGuire

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letters A Vintner’s Response

To the Editor: Last month, Chronogram gave significant coverage to Hudson Valley winemaking in its Food & Drink section [“Full Bottle in Front of Me,” 6/09]. As an owner of one of the Valley’s wineries, a regular Chronogram reader, and a serious fan of its philosophy of regional focus and environmental sustainability, I looked forward to reading it. What I found was a patronizing and self-important piece that did a disservice to local wineries and Chronogram readers alike by casually dismissing an entire industry as producers of “picnic wine” based on one man (and his buddy’s) wine taste. If there is one absolute I have learned in 10 years of pouring wine, it is that taste is intensely personal. No less an expert than Steven Kolpan, an award-winning author and professor of wine studies at the Culinary Institute, points out in a current article in the Valley Table: “When it comes to judging a great wine, there is only one arbiter of that greatness. It’s not Robert Parker, it’s not the Wine Spectator, it’s not the media, it’s not the ‘experts.’ It is you.” And for that reason, more than any other, anyone in the Valley with even a passing interest in wine— let alone a taste for what is regional or local—should dismiss the willingness of Chronogram’s writer to write us off, and instead come form their own opinion of what’s being done here. It is worth noting that Kolpan’s article, “Tasting Great Wines: A New (York) Approach,” explores the specific qualities that make for truly great wine. “The classic wines of the world have long been identified with Europe,” writes Kolpan, but that “recently I’ve been tasting some extraordinary wines from New York, and I have found some great wines that have earned a place at the table with other great wines of the world.” And no less than two out of the four “great” New York wines he chose to describe came from our own Hudson Valley vineyards. So here are a few thoughts about what Chronogram readers really need to know about the Hudson Valley wine industry, as reported by someone who has worked painstakingly to build a 26-acre, 3,000-case-a-year winery from an empty field over the last 15 or 20 years. This is a unique region that combines incredible history and long traditions with vibrant growth. Just a few years ago we had less than 20 wineries. We now have close to 40—many with vineyards of their own. We are adventurous and innovative, trying our hands at delicious new hybrids like Traminette—developed in New York, for New York—and classic, lesserknown Old World varieties like Gamay Noir and Tokai Friulano, in the search for grapes that will offer a true reflection of the region. This is an exciting time here, with established vineyards growing stronger, and new people bringing in new ideas, energy, and resources An increased investment of expertise and support from the research scientists at Cornell is bringing a solid base in enology and viticulture to help us grow. While Chronogram’s writer implied “technical acumen” could “inhibit winemaking,” in fact wine will always require the blend of craft, art, and science that is very much present here in the Valley. Where many of the pioneering vineyards of Long Island have been bought out by big corporations, here visitors will still meet the owners and winemakers whose passion and energy are driving the business, making unique wines on an intimate—not an industrial—scale. And where Chronogram’s writer admiringly noted that “a wine from Long Island recently broke the $100-per-bottle price mark,” visitors here will find wines priced to put on the table every night. The bottom line is to do yourself a favor by coming out to form a first-hand opinion. It’s your backyard; see what’s going on. Keep watching, keep tasting, and enjoy the ride as we build recognition for Hudson Valley wines. —Yancey Stanforth-Migliore, Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery

Spin Cyclists

To the Editor: I wanted to write to thank you for your magazine generally, which I greatly enjoy. I also wanted to specifically comment on your recent “Spinning Menace” column [5/09]. It made me laugh out loud. I have been there—the complete lack of support you felt from anyone—the authorities, other cyclists—after your recent run-in while cycling to work. That Deptartment of Health study concluding the problem rests squarely on the shoulders of “sauced-up cyclists” was fall-down hilarious. But then I realized it probably isn’t that funny, and I should write to tell you not to take it all so personally, as you may be prone to do while nursing your injuries, and to encourage you to continue bike commuting. 20 ChronograM 7/09

What happened to you happens to lots of cyclists when they start to cross that border from casual into serious—you rammed straight into not just a car but also the politics of cycling as an adult in the US of A. It’s not a bike-friendly place! But soldier on. It’s worth it, as I think you know. The critical e-mails you got from cyclists reflects, I think, a curious kind of self-hatred that cyclists are subject to in this country. It says something like, “In order to be accepted we have to be ultra-, super-duper righteous.” The belligerence that cyclists are subject to from the motoring majority is, unfortunately, transmitted within the cycling community as well. Don’t let it get to you. In time, we will be the majority. There are miles and miles of new bike paths in New York. They closed Broadway in Midtown Manhattan to cars! It is happening, my friend. Just be patient. I would encourage you to read a great book on the subject, Effective Cycling by John Forester. This man will explain in clear, nonbelligerent terms why it really does make sense for you to “join the line of cars and claim [your] rightful place in the flow of traffic.” Never mind the damage you are allegedly doing to “the cycling cause” by “reinforcing the negative stereotype of the urban pedal-pusher as an anarchic force bent on subverting the auto-dominant paradigm.” These are the confused, the self-hating—the blacks who call each other nigger, if you will. I applaud your efforts and I hope you will recover from this incident and be back on your bike. But please, for your own safety, wear your helmet. —Lynn Sarro, Claverack To the Editor: Thanks for the May editorial [“The Spinning Menace”]. I’ve been on the road on bikes with cars and in cars sharing the road with bikes for about 25 years. Yes, there is a different point of view, depending on where you are sitting. As a cyclist, one has to have very focused attention all the time for an hour or two peddling. It’s a lot of exposure in a high-to-medium-risk setting. Potholes, glass, sand, gravel, construction, animal crossings, narrow shoulders, and other unpredictable road conditions. There is weather: Really hot or cold is miserable, wind creates control issues, rain creates slick conditions, early morning and evening commutes pose visual challenges. Then there is harassment. For some reason, some drivers are just plain ticked off at cyclists. Over the years, I have had cans thrown at me from cars, soda sprayed, been shot at with a BB gun, had someone try to grab me from their car, had curses lobbed at me, parked car doors open on the traffic side, had a pickup truck try to edge me off the road, and an all-terrain vehicle try to bully me off the rail trail. I have concluded it must be jealousy. Most cyclists are aware that they have no armor around them like a car, so they know they have to be careful. A tire struck in a street drain slot could equal a broken collarbone. Safety is a high priority with all the bicycle owners I know. Regular maintenance, tune-ups, upgrades, and tire and brake checks every time you go out is critical. A breakdown, especially [one] in the middle of nowhere, is a great inconvenience since there’s no automobile club to call. The law and common sense have cyclists wearing helmets, ringing bells, and riding with the traffic while obeying the same respectful standard road rules. Given all that, it’s still fun. According to the study cited regarding drunk biking, I would bet that the drunk drivers with DWIs just turn into drunk cyclists. So isn’t the problem alcoholism? As a driver I’ve become much more alert when I see a lone rider or pack. No doubt cyclists who ride three abreast while chatting or riding in the middle on what they perceive as a country road, or night riders without lights wearing the death shroud of dark, nonreflective cotton, need to Google the American Wheelman Association for a refresher in safety tips and common sense. People were meant to be outside in the beautiful weather, enjoying life at least part of the time. Choose your own reason. As the bumper sticker says: Share the Road. —Alice McHugh Laughlin, New Paltz

Breast of Intentions

To the Editor: Reader Tina Porte finds certain pictures in certain advertising in your magazine offensive and wants you to stop running these ads. [Letters, 6/09] Here we go again! Censorship, even with the “best of intentions” (and it all always purports to have the best of intentions), is still censorship! If you don’t like the ad or the artwork or the poetry or the editorial, then don’t buy the product, don’t look at the picture, and don’t read the copy—but don’t ever tell others what they can and can’t look at or think about. That’s not political correctness, it’s the core principal of totalitarianism. —Jeff Sobel, Woodstock

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Il Miglior Fabbro In mid-June, I received an e-mail from Julie Hanus, assistant editor at Utne Reader, inquiring about reprint rights to a piece we ran in our May issue. The bimonthly digest of the nation’s alternative press, Utne publishes the best independent news and views from 1,300 publications. With a paid circulation of 90,000 and a strong online presence, Utne has the ability to showcase the ideas, trends, and solutions you won’t find in the mainstream media—views like you find in this publication, albeit on a larger scale. Obviously, I was thrilled that Utne was interested in featuring a piece from Chronogram. We pride ourselves on the quality of our content. What we say and how we say it in our publication is both vocation and avocation for those of us who work here. I should add that this was not the first time we’d been approached by Utne. They reprinted a piece from these pages in their January/February 2008 issue by Erika Alexia profiling Music Together, an innovative, interactive music education program for parents and kids. In their September/October issue, Utne will be publishing an excerpt of an interview our health and wellness editor, Lorrie Klosterman, conducted with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona from the May issue. An author as well as a physician, Mehl-Madrona has studied indigenous healing for 30 years. He has pioneered a holistic approach that brings narrative medicine—the idea that we can discover the power of personal storytelling to pull us out of sickness—into statistics-driven conventional medicine. (The full transcript of Lorrie’s interview with Mehl-Madrona is available online at Like Mehl-Madrona, Lorrie’s background is a seemingly paradoxic hybrid of science and native studies; in addition to being a shaman, Lorrie has a PhD in biology. She brings the rigor of the scientific method to every topic she’s written about in the last six years, allying it with an understanding that there are also viable therapeutic possibilities outside of what is taught in medical school. It’s a perfect set of qualifications for Chronogram. I was introduced to Lorrie by Jim Andrews, who was assistant editor here at the time. One of Jim’s tasks was to edit the Whole Living section of the magazine, in addition to helping Amara Projansky with various editorial duties for Upstate House, a publication Jim would go on to edit. Jim, a confident gent of many talents, was never afraid to say he was in over his head (the ego-denying

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As part of our ongoing commitment to nourish and support the creative, cultural, and economic life of the Hudson Valley, Chronogram helps promote organizations and events in our pages each month. Here's what we’re sponsoring in July. New Paltz Third Saturday New Paltz’s Art Along the Hudson evenings happen the third Saturday of each month. On July 18, galleries, museums, and cultural venues will be open from 4pm to 8pm, with an art mixer at Van Buren Gallery from 8pm to 10pm.

lesson I am still struggling to learn, Jim), which is exactly what he said to me about editing articles on the intersection of mainstream and complementary health. He knew someone, however, a “Dr. K”—as Jim referred to Professor Klosterman—who was perfect for the job. And she was, and is. So I view Utne picking up the Mehl-Madrona interview as Jim’s triumph. Jim brought Dr. K to Chronogram. He knew exactly what was required and how actualize it, from understanding the needs of the magazine to persuading my bullheaded self that we should hire a writer with a specialized skill set. But Jim can’t celebrate with us, as he died on June 14, having succumbed to the kidney cancer he battled for three years. Jim would have turned 44 this August. Jim and I were not close, but we admired each other as colleagues, and I was extremely touched when he called me last summer and asked my advice about what he should write in his last column as editor of House, as he was stepping down. I can’t recall what I said, but it was certainly odd to be on the dispensing end of advice with Jim, who had spent five years cleaning up the prose in Chronogram and providing me with an ongoing lesson in the mechanics of the English language and the abstruse subtleties of the editorial metier. For make no mistake about it, Jim was a better line editor than I will ever be. When Jim stopped editing certain sections of Chronogram to focus fully on House, writers lamented the loss of such a keen editor. Beth Elaine Wilson, our former art columnist and as fine a writer as this magazine has ever seen, complained that her new editor was not nearly as capable of making her prose sing as Jim was. (The new editor was me.) Jim had a way with words that was part craft, part ear, and part empathy. He was the epitome of the editor as seamless technician and silent partner—he made your prose better; if you hadn’t seen his red marks on the page you wouldn’t be quite sure how he made the magic happen.Your words just sparkled a bit more. Jim used to edit this column, you see. If he had taken his pen to this, I’d sound more coherent. You might even have thought I’m a better writer than I actually am. That was Jim’s way with things—gentle improvement. For me, Jim will always be il miglior fabbro. That’s the dedication to Ezra Pound that T. S. Eliot gratefully gave to his tireless editor at the beginning of “The Waste Land.” It translates as the better craftsman.

Kingston Farmer’s Market Every Saturday morning, from 9am to 2pm, through November 21, over 30 vendors sell produce, meats, cheeses, and artisanal foods on Wall Street in Uptown Kingston. Hudson Valley Green Drinks This month’s installment of the moveable sustainable networking event is at New World Home Cooking in Saugerties on July 8. Jacob’s Pillow Chronogram is a media sponsor of the 77th season of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, featuring over 50 dance companies from around the world.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival We are proud to sponsor the 23rd season of HVSF at Boscobel Restoration in Garrison. Plays to be performed in repertory this summer include "Pericles," "Much Ado About Nothing," and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." Beacon Block Party On July 18 at 1pm, the Beacon Citizen Network is throwing a party to salute volunteerism and a benefit for the Beacon of Hope Fund. The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio Northeast Public Radio's performance venue presents "Dancing on the Air" on July 8, a screening of Eating Alaska on July 16, and Mark Eitzel on July 22.

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NEWS & POLITICS World, Nation, & Region

Fishermen & the Failed State An Interview with David Shinn about Somali Piracy By Lorna Tychostup


omance and high seas adventure have historically been associated with pirates. Images of handsome, swashbuckling captains of yore swinging on sailcloth and rescuing damsels in distress swarm the imagination. Pirate mythology is as expansive as it is misleading, and contrasts deeply with present-day realities. Until news of recent high-profile acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, most Americans thought piracy was as much a relic of the distant past as X-marks-the-spot buried treasure. In the last decade, however, acts of piracy have actually tripled. A quick view of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commercial Crime Services-sponsored International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy maps, spanning 2005 to the present day, shows a shift in acts of piracy from the Straits of Malacca in Indonesia to the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Somalia. Figures as of May 12, 2009 had already surpassed those of 2008, with 29 reported successful hijackings (which included the taking of 815 crew members hostage), out of 114 reported hijack attempts.The surge in attacks was particularly high off the east coast of Somalia, where there have been 43 attacks reported so far this year, with 478 crew members taken hostage, compared to 19 attacks in all of 2008. Among the biggest headline grabbers was the September 2008 hijacking of a Ukrainian freighter loaded with antiaircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and 33 Russian T-72 tanks reportedly headed for rebels in Southern Sudan. Many feared these weapons would end up in the hands of Islamic jihadists who have turned the capital city of Mogadishu into one of the world’s most dangerous places. Two months later, in November, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker off the coast of Kenya carrying $100 million worth of crude oil. The boldest attack—in that an American ship was involved— occurred in April when Somali pirates seized the US-flagged Maersk Alabama. Holding the Maersk Alabama’s crew hostage until its captain surrendered; four days later, he was dramtically rescued when US Navy SEAL snipers killed the pirates. With no effective government in place since 1991, Somalia is often referred to as the most complete example of a failed state, and the word’s largest humanitarian disaster. Symptomatic of the socio-economic failings occurring within the country, piracy has emerged not only as a economic boon to a small few, but has also drawn the eye of the world to a region otherwise abandoned by both media and humanitarian aid organizations. In an article for GQ earlier this year, NY Times East Africa bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, laid out a scenario where piracy “investors front money for skiffs, guns, binoculars, GPS units, fuel, and cigarettes,” take 20 percent of the ransom for profit, another 20 percent for “future missions, 30 percent to bribe government officials, and the rest split between the pirates and their henchmen, who can number in the hundreds. Strings are pulled by Somali businessmen based in Kenya, Djibouti, Dubai, and even London. They have translators, accountants, money inspectors—an entire white-collar network that manages the operations from afar.” Gettleman esti22

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mates “that on any given day, as many as 1,500 gunmen go out in skiffs to hunt down the ships, and thousands more work onshore guarding the captives.” In an attempt to give readers an overall view of Somali piracy, senior editor Lorna Tychostup speaks with David Shinn, former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso and adjunct professor of International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. What other countries besides Somalia house pirates? The Strait of Malacca is by far the most prominent area in recent time, but it’s been pretty much stopped there because the ships take more care. There is no government in the Strait of Malacca that wants to lose the commerce; they are committed to stamping piracy out, which makes it much harder for pirates to operate. Another area is the Gulf of Guinea. It is not really a matter of piracy but rather a group of Nigerians with grievances who kidnap oil-related personnel from offshore facilities. Somalia’s been called one of the worst cases of a failed state. Actually, I refer to it not as the worst failed state, but as the most complete failed state. It is important to make a distinction between Somalia and Somaliland. Somaliland is a country that in 1991 declared its independence from Somalia, has a functioning elected government, and is doing fairly well. But the former Italian Somalia, as opposed to the former British Somaliland, is the world’s most complete failed state. There has been no national government that has exercised control over the entire country or even a significant part of the country since 1991 when the previous dictatorship was overthrown. Part of the problem with US and international reluctance to address issues in Somalia is directly related to fallout from the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993. Yes. But it is important not to take that event in isolation because it will do more to mislead than help explain things. The real problem was that after the state failed in 1991, you had the onset of a serious famine in southern and central Somalia. Pictures of stick children with bloated bellies and flies on their faces captured international attention, resulting in a series of half measures to try to end it. Relief efforts were thwarted by a breakdown of security in Somalia that saw food not getting to the starving women and children, but instead stolen by able-bodied militia groups. After it was determined it was not possible to fly in enough food, the US made the decision to go in militarily, open up communication corridors on the ground by force, and ensure that the NGOs could then deliver the food to the people who were dying in the interior of the country, which is what happened at the end of 1992 and continued into 1993.

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Fishing boats float on a harbor in front of mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, July 28, 2007.

It was a very successful operation. It was. The American-led operation was called UNITAF and it stopped the famine. Then the famine relief effort was transitioned to a UN program that significantly expanded the mandate to include nation-building. There was a lot of concern at the time that the UN was trying to do too much, and perhaps it was. At the same time, it made no sense to stop the famine, pull out, and let conditions in Somalia revert to what they were before the famine was stopped. The UN effort started off okay but very quickly went off track because of a disagreement between the UN forces—still heavily American but operating under UN and not US leadership—which got crossways with one of the warlords, Mohammed Farah Aidid, who saw his power diminishing due to the growing UN presence. His militia carried out a very serious attack against Pakistani peacekeepers, killing 24, disemboweling some of them and gouging their eyes out. It was a horrible episode that so enraged the UN that virtually the next day it decided to stop Aidid. From that moment on, the UN effort in Somalia became a campaign to capture or kill Aidid. Nation-building got lost in the process. One of the many efforts to capture Aidid led to the Black Hawk Down incident on October 3, 1993 which failed to capture Aidid and led to the unraveling of the whole UN effort. As State Department Coordinator for Somalia leading up to and during that attack, I had access to the information concerning the battle. The US clearly won the fight in a military sense. Close to a thousand Somalis were killed and injured whereas the number of Americans killed was quite small [18 killed, 73 wounded]. It was a debacle because the idea was to either capture or kill Aidid and his close advisors and that didn’t happen. In fact it made him something of a hero.The US decided after Black Hawk Down to remove all US forces from Somalia, which it did in March 1994. All UN forces left in March of 1995, thus ending the international intervention in Somalia. Is it safe to say that the killings of US soldiers and images of their broken bodies being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu made the US reluctant to reengage in Somalia or get involved in other parts of the world? Yes, absolutely. An example of where the US didn’t get involved occurred within weeks of the departure of US troops from Somalia, in early 1994, when the genocide began in Rwanda. There is a close link between the US decision not to engage militarily in Rwanda and the bad experience it had in Somalia. Somalia also had a direct impact on US reluctance to engage in Haiti.This reluctance finally was reversed when the US went

into the Balkans. The US very reluctantly became involved in Sierra Leone; not with troops, but financially and diplomatically. In early 2000, the Bush administration also sent Marines to Liberia but there was no significant operation on the ground other than evacuating the US embassy in Monrovia. To the best of my knowledge, there has been no real on-the-ground US military involvement in Africa since then, with the major exception of establishing the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa military base in Djibouti in 2002. It addresses counterterrorism and has about 1,700 personnel. Besides the fact that Somalia is a failed state, what are the root causes of the Somali-based piracy? The causes are largely economic. Massive unemployment is part of it. There is almost no way to make money.There are no precise statistics, but in the area where pirates are active, unemployment is off the charts. There are some small shop owners and others who do a little importing or raise a few animals. Among young people unemployment probably verges on 100 percent. Some Somalis involved in piracy were formerly fisherman and it’s true that there has been illegal foreign fishing off the Somali coast. This has hampered their ability to earn a livelihood by fishing. But many pirates are not former fisherman. They are herders or ne’er-do-wells, shopkeepers, or just about anyone who concluded this is a way to make an awful lot of money. They like to pass themselves off as “Robin Hoods”—harmed fisherman whose livelihoods has been ruined by all of the international fishing vessels off the Somali coast. There is some truth to that. But then to suggest that illegal foreign fishing justifies piracy, kidnapping, and holding people for ransom is ludicrous. In my view they are “robbing hoods” engaged in criminal activity. But at the same time I am sympathetic to Somali criticism of illegal foreign fishing and the fact that the international community has never tried to do anything about it. It is high time it does. But ending illegal fishing will not end piracy. Most of the signatories of UN Resolutions 1816 and 1838, authorizing cooperative military efforts to address the piracy, are the same countries responsible for illegally fishing in the area. In his article, “The Two Piracies in Somalia: Why the World Ignores the Other,” Mohamed Abshir Waldo lists the involvement of “Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Russia, Britain, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Yemen, Egypt, and many others” in “illegal, unreported, and unregulated” (IUU) fishing off the 7/09 ChronograM news & politics


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Cars travel on a ring road around Beijing on a hazy july day in 2008.

Several of the 19 captured Somali pirates, captured by the french navy on January 4, 2009. the French naval vessel Jean de Vienne, patrolling in the seas off Somalia as part of a European Union anti-piracy force, came to the rescue of two cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden.

coast of Somalia.Waldo states: “The European Union, Russia, Japan, India, Egypt, and Yemen are all on this piracy campaign, mainly to cover up and protect their illegal fishing fleets in the Somali waters.” That’s a slightly longer list than I would suggest and I am surprised to hear the names of Russia and Britain. He certainly is right about most of those countries on the list. According to a 2006 report by the High Seas Task Force, the worldwide value of IUU catches is $4 to $9 billion per year, with $1 billion from SubSaharan Africa. The report states: “Somalia has the longest coastline in continental Africa—3,300 km…abundant marine resources…no effective authority over territorial waters…for over a decade foreign fishing vessels have been able to plunder…with impunity…some 700 foreign-owned vessels are engaged in unlicensed and unregulated fishing…exploiting high value species such as tuna, shark, lobster, and deep-water shrimp. Many… are equipped with anti-aircraft cannon and machine guns to defend themselves against Somali pirates who patrol the coast, seizing vessels and kidnapping crews, for which they demand ransoms.” In the 1990s, it is estimated that illegal fishing off the Somali coast brought in about $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster annually. I would be very surprised if there’s much illegal fishing going on today. Who would be dumb enough to engage in illegal fishing when they are likely to get hijacked, kidnapped, or seized by the pirates? Describing what he calls “The Somali Piracy War,” Waldo claims only after local fisherman were attacked by illegal foreign fishing boats— “documented cases of trawlers pouring boiling water on them, nets cut or destroyed, smaller boats crushed, killing all occupants,”—that they armed themselves, only to be outmatched by the more sophisticated weapons of the illegal foreign fishing boats. Waldo identifies this as “a cycle of warfare” that is ongoing as each side tries to outmatch the other. Some say that fishermen banding together is at the root of the so-called Somali “coast guard”—a citizen militia. Others say this a myth pirates have created to mask their illegal activities. 24

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For a while they probably did try to stop foreign fishing in their own way and obviously they didn’t have the means to compete effectively. But eventually they ended up turning to piracy primarily because it is far more lucrative. They can make many times more money in piracy than they ever could by fishing. I have no doubt that there was significant foreign illegal fishing in the period after 1991 and probably continuing up until recent times. My point is that within the past year or so illegal fishing has become so dangerous that I suspect there is not much of it occurring. As of mid-June, Somali pirates were holding 17 foreign ships. Only three of the 17 were fishing boats—a Taiwanese tuna boat, an Egyptian fishing boat, and the Shugaa-al-Madhi, which I believe is an Egyptian fishing boat. Were they fishing illegally? Who knows? They might have been. It does suggest that there is still some illegal fishing going on. But the vast majority of the ships that have been seized have been freighters and not fishing boats. It is just too difficult for fishing vessels to operate in the region. The amount they can earn doesn’t justify the risk. Fishing vessels are sitting ducks and their chances of being seized are very high. Waldo also cites the issue of the illegal dumping of the hazardous materials—industrial, toxic, and nuclear waste—in both off-shore and onshore areas of Somalia. Initially, I was a little skeptical about the toxic waste dumping allegations because there was so little proof of it. There is no environmental organization in Somalia to collect data to prove what is going on. There was one report by Italian journalists several years ago that seemed to document at least one case of toxic waste dumping. It was clear that a lot of gunk came up on Somali shores but it wasn’t clear what it was. On the other hand, Al Jazeera ran a story in April quoting a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) representative, Nick Nuttall, based in Nairobi, Kenya, who stated categorically that the coast of Somalia has been used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste beginning in the early 1990s, and continuing through its civil war. Some of the containers washed up on Somali beaches after the 2004 tsunami. He added the waste included radioactive material, lead, heavy metals, cadmium, and mercury. After the containers washed ashore, Nuttall said hundreds of Somalis fell ill with skin infections, abdominal bleeding, and other ailments. Because of the high level of insecurity in the area, UNEP

was unable to make an accurate assessment. That was the first time I have heard an authoritative person indicate that there has been recent toxic waste dumping off the coast of Somalia. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Secretary General’s representative for Somalia, also commented to Al Jazeera last April that certain unnamed companies are involved in waste dumping off Somalia. He added that in some cases these companies paid Somali officials in the area so they could dump their waste. I am inclined to accept that some toxic waste dumping is continuing and it, too, has to be stopped. On one hand, countries participating in illegal fishing, at great profit, are the same countries that signed onto UN resolutions—specific only to the coast of Somalia—authorizing their participation in joint operations to thwart piracy. On the other hand, Somali fishermen complain that there are no protections within those UN resolutions allowing them to fish legally and that they are getting lumped in with pirates. And Somalia’s warlords and quasi government officials take bribes and look the other way regarding illegal fishing and dumping. Waldo claims Somali fishermen perceive international meddling as a way to legally allow foreign illegal fishing in Somali waters while legitimate Somali fisherman are labeled as pirates, thus making them subject to capture by the international task force and subject to prosecution. “In ignoring the principal IUU factor, the origin and the purpose of the shipping piracy, the international community seems to be either misled or pressured to take this one-sided course by powerful interests who want to cover up and protect the profitable business of illegal fishing.” There may be some truth to that. I think that any naval vessel—whether American or Chinese or Indian or whatever—that is stopping Somali ships is going to be pretty careful about not picking up legitimate Somali fishermen. They don’t want disputes as to what do you do in terms of prosecuting them. I know the US Navy has very strict guidelines as to what they pick up and the collection of evidence. I’d be very surprised, for example, if any American naval vessel made the mistake of capturing legitimate Somali fisherman for transport to courts in Kenya. They might stop a fishing boat, search it, and then conclude that the occupants are only engaged in fishing. When Somali pirates are captured and turned over to Kenyan courts for prosecution, the evidence against the Somalis must be strong. Otherwise, international naval personnel who go to the trouble of transporting them to Kenya are wasting both the time of Somalis and their own time. I can see Somalis making that case and they certainly have legitimate grievances as far as illegal fishing is concerned. There is a long history of it. But the Somalis will tend to twist this sort of thing. The Somalis like to talk about the existence of a Somali coast guard. I don’t think there has been “a Somali coast guard” since the government failed in 1991. What restraints, historically, have been seen as working against curbing the activities of pirates? Why wasn’t piracy addressed sooner? Looking at figures from the International Maritime Organization, in 2006 there were 10 recorded pirate attacks off Somalia. In 2007 there were 31, in 2008 there were 111, and as of mid-June 2009, there have been 114.Ten attacks are not going to attract attention. When you get 111 attacks, people start paying a lot of attention. Capturing a Ukrainian vessel full of tanks, ammunition, and small arms destined for southern Sudan attracts enormous attention. A super tanker loaded with oil for the US results in even more interest.When an American freighter with an American crew and captain on board are kidnapped, you really rock the meter. The only thing that gets international attention is when international interests become adversely impacted. So long as it’s just a horrible situation on the ground in Somalia, there is little interest. Legal ambiguities have also stymied attempts to address the piracy issue despite the fact that legally, warships from any nation may take action against piracy. The responsibility for maintaining the rule of sea falls upon the international community.What factors have been hindering the process? And why? International maritime law is fairly clear, but different states have different guidelines, and different regional conventions, which complicate the matter. There are two other huge restraints that are still a problem today. One is the vastness of the ocean that must be monitored. Annually, 22,000 ships sail through the Gulf of Aden alone, where the majority of the attacks have taken place. Add the entire Indian Ocean area out to the Seychelles and down to a line that intersects the Tanzania-Kenya border, and you have thousands of additional ship transits. A vast ocean with huge numbers of ships passing through in need of protection is clearly a major restraint. Another problem: What do you do with the pirates when you capture them? Until recently, most pirates were released immediately because no one knew what to do with them. No one wanted to take them on board because ships do not have adequate detention facilities. Most

captains decided to take them back to shore and dump them off, which, because there were no local authorities to deal with them, was tantamount to allowing them to return to piracy. In April, Secretary of State Clinton laid out a four-point plan and tasked a diplomatic team to, among other items, consider ways to track and freeze pirate assets. What is your opinion on this? I don’t think they go nearly far enough but at least it’s a start.You are essentially dealing with a cash operation and it’s not clear to me how you freeze suitcases full of cash that are hand-carried by couriers. The Somalis also operate a Hawala system for their own internal financial movements between the diaspora and Somalia. It is very efficient. Somalis in Minneapolis walk into a Hawala office and plunk down $105.The organization takes a $5 commission and the money stays in the office. Then a phone call goes out to a Hawala office in some town in Somalia saying, “I’ve just received $100 from Abdullahi Abdou and he wants it given to his family in Baidoa in US dollars.” The money gets delivered the same day. The Hawala works on the honor system. When you have this kind of an operation, the idea of intercepting money strikes me as a bit farcical. A collaborative effort is underway to take a regional approach on the sea to maritime security and numerous partnerships have been created to promote the rule of law at sea. How is this collaboration playing out? It’s actually playing out reasonably effectively. There are four different naval operations. It started with combined Task Force 150, which is a counterterrorism task force focused on the Persian Gulf. It got dragged into the piracy problem since it was there. The US then created Combined Task Force 151 to deal with piracy. It rotates commanders. Right now a Turkish admiral is the commander. Several months ago it only had four ships assigned to it—two American, one Turkish, and one Danish.You have to wonder how much can four ships really do. Then you have the EU’s operation called ATALANTA. It is involved primarily in trying to assure the safe arrival of food shipments into Somalia. There is NATO’s Operation Allied Protector, which in theory has some 50 ships throughout the entire region. I am not sure to what degree it is involved in countering piracy. There are also independents that collaborate with these groups but are not part of it—the Chinese, Indians, South Koreans, Japanese, etc. All of these different operations communicate and operate pretty effectively. I think it is safe to say they have decreased the number of successful hijackings. They have not reduced the number of attacks. There are different things you can do to prevent boarding.You can unload an ARP or an AK47, turn fire hoses on the attackers, place barbed wire around the side of a ship, place tires around the low parts of the vessel making it harder to get grappling hooks to work. The percentage of successful attacks has gone down but the number of attempts has risen in 2009. A combination of the ships taking better measures onboard, a more effective naval presence, and perhaps some harsher action by some of the naval vessels have helped reduce the percentage of successful attacks. Perhaps three shots in a moving ocean in the dark of night killing three pirates sends a certain signal? The Somalis know that no other vessel out there has that kind of capacity. It’s only the US naval vessels that have that level of expertise. One last question: In a recent article co-written by David Smock, a vice president at the US Institute of Peace, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, they state that the two basic challenges regarding Somali piracy are security and governance. Most Somalis are looking for security and services—primarily education. What do you suggest should be done to provide security to the Somalis and to get a true government up and running? This has been the challenge since 1991. There have been 15 efforts to create a national government and all of them have failed so far. The new Transitional Federal Government is trying to establish itself but has no effective control of the country. There is no likelihood that a national government can be established quickly. What has to be done before you can end piracy is to put in place a national government in Somalia that has control of the country, wide support from the people, an effective coast guard, and is committed to ending piracy. There is no prospect that that is going to happen anytime soon. Once you have security, then you can deal with the other issues such as provision of services. It’s not just education, but health services, rebuilding roads creating a viable economy, and doing all those things that governments do. Security is effectively nonexistent and you won’t have an effective government until you have security. There are lots of challenges. Everyone agrees there must be a national government. All of us who follow Somalia agree this is where the priority should be. The answer is not sending more ships to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to stop piracy. The focus should be on trying to help stand up a national government that’s widely accepted by the Somali people. Saying that is very easy. Doing it is very hard. 7/09 ChronograM news & politics




Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic

Of Health, Wealth, and Stealth

There is currently a debate on the future of America’s health care. There are two sides to the debate. On one side there’s sanity, humanity, the numbers, and America’s economic well-being. On the other side there’s the insurance industry. The insurance industry has allies: money, the Republican Party, members of the Democratic Party who take money from the insurance industry, and the whole host of loons who believe the mythology that anything that private companies do is good and everything that government does is bad. Reality check. Let’s go to the numbers. In 2005, the United States spent $6,041 per capita on health care—more than double the median per capita spending ($2,922) of the 30 industrialized countries that form the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The US spent 15.3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), compared with the OCED median of 9.1 percent of GDP. That’s worth repeating. In terms of median numbers: In the US we spend twice as much per person as other modern, industrialized countries. As a country, 40 percent more of our GDP goes to health care spending than in other modern, industrialized countries. Do we get better health care by spending so much more? The answer, by virtually every measure, is no. Life Expectancy: The US ranks number 46. (CIAWorld Fact Book) Infant Mortality Rate: The US ranks number 41. (CIAWorld Fact Book) Healthy Life Expectancy: Of 14 OECD nations, the US ranks 14th. Patients Seeing a Regular Doctor: Of OECD nations, the US ranks last. Only 16 percent of us see a doctor on a regular basis. We have fewer doctors, nurses, and hospital beds than the average of other OECD nations. Then there are things that we—here in America—don’t usually consider health issues. But they are. Adult obesity: Obesity means more than merely being overweight. It means so overweight as to affect your health in other ways, like heart disease and diabetes. Of 14 OECD nations, the US ranks 14th—indeed, America has twice the number of obese people as the other countries. Except for England, where we’re only 30 percent more obese than the Brits. Sixty-five percent of Americans are overweight. Teenage girls having babies: The rate of teen pregnancy is more than three times higher than the average of other industrial nations. Six times higher than most of them. There are also social and business costs to the American way of practicing health care.The average health insurance premium for a family of four in 2008, was $12,700. The median income for a family of four was $67,019. If the employer pays, that adds 19 percent to their labor costs. But only 62 percent of people with insurance get it from their employer. The rest have to pay for it themselves. If they’re at the median income level, then they’re spending nearly one fifth of their income on medical insurance. Mind you, if you’re only making $40,000 a year, your premiums don’t go down. It’ll still cost $12,700 to cover a family of four. If it’s you, over 30 percent of your aftertax income will go to health insurance. That’s insane. It’s so insane that most people can’t or won’t do it.The result is: Nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007. 26

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Nearly 90 million people—about one-third of the population below the age of 65—spent a portion of either 2006 or 2007 without health coverage (National Coalition on Health Care). What happens to the uninsured? Do the unlucky ones simply curl up and die, then get blown away by the wind like fallen leaves? Some do. But most of them, if they get seriously ill, end up in emergency rooms. A hospital, a city, a state, or the federal government picks up the tab. How much is the tab? About $100 billion a year. For that matter, what happens to the insured? “The cost of obtaining medical care resulted in 62 percent of bankruptcies in 2007—an increase of 49.7 percent from 2001. Patients who filed bankruptcy as the result of health care costs had health insurance.” —National Coalition on Health Care How can we spend so much more and get so much less? We have private health care. Everyone else has government-run healthcare. That’s in principle. In reality, all systems are mixed. Even in Britain, the most “socialized” system, doctors are ordinarily in private practices and individuals can buy supplemental insurance. Most other countries use insurance companies and employer- or employee-based contributions. In the US, 46 percent of the spending on health care comes from states and the federal government. It is the intent that is notably different. In Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Singapore, health care is looked on as a right and a social necessity. The question is, how to organize it most efficiently and effectively. In America, it is looked upon as a business. Our question is: How can the people in the health care business take in the most money and spend the least? The objections to a government run health care program is that it will limit patients’ choice of doctors, ration health care, increase bureaucracy, make people wait for care and have difficulty getting prescription medications, and allow bureaucrats to set prices and determine what conditions are covered. It is hard to say just how bizarre these objections are, since all of them happen with private health care. Most insurance plans have a list of providers. If you like a doctor, or need a doctor, who is not on the list, you have to pay for care yourself. Certain procedures are usually not covered (that’s rationing health care). Certain people can’t get coverage (that’s rationing health care). There’s often a limit on drug coverage.You can’t get care until you prove you have coverage and the provider determines if your coverage covers the need. Insurance company bureaucrats determine how much they will pay doctors and hospitals for procedures and medication, and what treatments they will pay for. We’re in the middle of a debate on health care reform. On one side, there’s the government-run, single-payer system. That’s off the table. In the middle, there’s the current system, with a government option added. That is, you—or your employer—can buy into a Medicaid-type system, instead of a private insurance system. On the other side, we continue as we are, with the insurance companies, the HMOs, the big hospital chains, and the pharmaceutical industry, all promising to cut costs and reform. Who’s going to win? Sanity and humanity? Or the insurance companies and big money?




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ilmmaker Daniel A. Miller is a crusader. His documentaries showcase injustices, from the Holocaust to the September 11 attacks. But he does not illuminate subjects with the punishing light of interrogation; instead, his examinations gently tease out the grey areas of morality, such as America’s role in the Spanish-American War or the modern miracle of wiring this country for electricity. At the same time, you get a history lesson so thorough in its arcana that your temples might ache. But egghead Miller leavens his work with abundant heart, turning potentially dry filmic screeds into engaging portraits. A self-professed nerd, the Cold Spring-based Miller is one-third of Ironbound Films. He’ll be the first to admit that partners Seth Kramer and Jeremy Newberger share his obsessive, bookish affliction. (All three were raised with a New York Jewish suburban sensibility that inculcated them, they say, with a lingering sense of inferiority. It has only made them try harder to succeed.) Miller, Kramer, and Newberger grabbed onto filmmaking as an escape from their conformist suburban surroundings, Miller said, and, not incidentally, as a “search for meaning in the world.” Working together since 2003, when they co-founded Ironbound, the trio has built on individual reputations to establish industry presence for their production company. The result is that they are shortlisted for buzz-worthy gun-for-hire projects, in addition to a roster of self-generated work. It is a wintry day in the Lower Valley. Here in the sweet but somnolent town of Garrison, the stately, red-brick Ironbound Films headquarters sits adjacent to the railroad station. The company partners have called it home for three years. As a filmmakers’ workspace, 35 Garrison Landing boasts a cinematic pedigree. Hollywood descended on this river town in 1968 and dressed it up as 1890s Yonkers for the movie musical Hello Dolly! The Ironbound company office was then an inn in its declining years, but director Gene Kelly transformed

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it into the hay and feed store of stuffy Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). The Dutch surname, in ornate scroll font, remains on the plate glass doors and windows. Furthermore, a Dolly musical number shot here serves as a heartlifting leitmotif in last year’s film Wall-e. While they are nerds, Miller and company are not slackers; they have a ferocious work ethic. On both floors of their offices today, the trio and their staff are multitasking. In one room, Newberger, 35, digitizes footage for a PBS documentary about social entrepreneurship called The New Recruits. Around the corner, Kramer, 37, discusses a future project with interns. Downstairs, Miller, 36, reviews a stacked wall of videos: the entire run of a 1980s TV talk show hosted by coruscating chain-smoker Morton Downey Jr. This raw material will anchor a documentary titled Evocateur. Miller is selecting material for a “sizzle reel”—a compilation of scenes utilized as a fundraising tool. By midApril, principal photography began. This January week, the team is awaiting the PBS debut of its Sundance Film Festival hit The Linguists—a global pursuit of two men who rescue dying languages. (The film went on to win numerous festival awards, including, most recently, honors at the Native and Indigenous Film Festival in the Czech Republic.) While hoping the February airing will attract more assignments, Daniel and his team remain busy. After a string of erudite projects, the team vowed their next gig project would be less scholarly and more mainstream. Hence, Evocateur, which Miller hopes will be “a marketable movie; one you could actually sell to people.” Translation: a film that finds a home beyond PBS, where most of their works are usually seen. (Miller’s long alliance with public broadcasting started in the mid ‘90s, when he worked at its flagship, Channel 13.) Evocateur would be more visceral than most PBS fare, dissecting the story 7/09 ChronograM regional notebook



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Left: In Bolivia, Jeremy Newberger films linguist Gregory Anderson and Don Francisco Ninacondis, one of 100 surviving speakers of Kallawaya. Right: Seth Kramer films and Daniel A. Miller records sound in a Sora-speaking village in India.

of a Wappingers Falls teenager named Tawana Brawley. Downey’s career intersected with the young girl’s fabricated claims of a racist attack in 1987. Several years later, Miller notes, Downey would himself claim he was the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by neo-Nazis. Like Brawley, however, he had stagemanaged the bogus assault. Evocateur is “a pop culture examination,” Miller said, that promises to be “fun.” While “fun” might be the least suitable adjective for a foray into American racism, Miller makes it a point to inject some measure of humor, if not sly irony, into the most sober of his past works. The 1999 PBS presentation “Crucible of Empire:The Spanish-American War” is, as evidenced by its stodgy title, a chapterand-verse explanation of the war that made Teddy Roosevelt a household name. While this two-hour tale of American colonialism unfurls in a Ken Burns copycat style (slavishly in vogue at the time), Miller has a trick up his sleeve: The soundtrack features numerous pro-war songs from the era, jingoistic ditties that refresh the wearied viewer. When helming 2002’s “Electric Nation” for PBS, Miller also chronicles the public thrill of incandescent lighting in a sampling of popular sheet music of the day. Miller maintains boundaries; there is no room for levity in 1997’s emotionally exhausting but never mawkish The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Ironbound Films—named for a section of Newark, New Jersey—brings to projects the complementary talents of its principals. Newberger is a pioneer of web media. Kramer, who does most of the shooting, ably handles interaction with clients or film subjects. Miller, who is responsible for crafting the storylines, can indulge his scholarly instincts. (He graduated from Brown University with a degree in semiotics and originally wanted to be a film critic.) When Miller leaps into a new project, he analyzes the topic from a sociological, psychological, anthropological, historical, and, ultimately, musical point of view. Pressed to identify a signature style that runs through their work, Miller identifies a Borscht Belt-meets-Yeshiva sensibility. “Our style combines comedy with intellectualizing,” Miller says. “We’ll all be very brainy, but never at the expense of a laugh.” A left-leaning liberal, Miller avoids partisanship in telling his tales. “If [your documentary] is a polemic, it shows, probably, that you haven’t done all your research,” he says. “There’s [another] side out there that you need to consider in some way.” For example, in the harrowing 2002 work America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, a 9/11 widow fights against reconstruction and lobbies for a memorial. While her goal was at odds with the film’s narrative, Miller showcases the woman’s passionate campaign. “She ended up being a very sympathetic character in the film,” he says.The resulting 90-minute piece steers clear of cheap sentiment, making it more emotionally powerful. Co-produced and written by Kramer, America Rebuilds is the first in a triad of works about the destruction and recreation of the World Trade Center by Ironbound, which was named official film consultants for the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Unlike previous projects that were research-heavy and crafted mostly in the editing room with stock footage, The Linguists (2007) was a form of liberation

for Miller and his colleagues. The Ironbound team followed a pair of intrepid young ethnolinguists—Drs. K. David Harrison and Gregory D. S. Anderson— on their journeys though Siberia, Peru, South Africa, India, and Oklahoma. The mission: to record dying languages from their last surviving speakers. (Language, like culture, falls victim to globalism, imperialism, and urban sprawl.) The viewer senses in the jerky, hand-held camera footage not only a frantic race against time but also the posterior-bruising nature of the men’s backroad travels. “We wanted to make sure you were bumping around in the backseat with the guys,” Miller says. During the year of shooting their subjects, Miller admits he and his colleagues “were annoyed by them frequently.” Ironbound considered Harrison “a control freak” and that Anderson was “very intense.” At times, the explorers were undiplomatic and petulant toward the foreign speakers. While Miller retained these unflattering segments, against the pleas of Harrison and Anderson—The Linguists is not a hatchet job. “We wouldn’t spend so much time following these guys if we didn’t like them and didn’t believe in what they were doing,” Miller says. Following the Sundance screening, The Linguists became a festival favorite and was lauded by critics. Miller represented the film on “The Colbert Report.” In February, he screened the film for United Nations officials in Paris as they strategized on ways of preserving moribund languages. The Ironbound team warmed to field shoots; the group’s current film, The New Recruits, required extensive travel. Its subject is “social entrepreneurial” projects—that is, businesses started in impoverished areas to benefit local people. These range from the installation of pay toilets to the starting of home businesses. While good intentions power these enterprises, profiteers can plague the process.The film follows several projects, some of which succeed and others that do not. In May, Miller, Kramer, and Newberger traveled to Pakistan to document a social entrepreneur’s drip-irrigation company in Karachi. It was not a typical shoot. “Political riots were breaking out in the area while we were there,” Miller says. “We were forced to have armed guards and an occasional police escort.” Miller’s move to the Hudson Valley was decided when his wife became director of Putnam County Historical Society. It made sense, since Kramer lives in Red Hook and Newberger in Yorktown Heights. Inspiring scenery notwithstanding, Miller admits that working far from Manhattan can be a disadvantage. Therefore, Ironbound maintains an official policy: One of the men must venture into New York every week for a business lunch, thereby staying connected to colleagues and competitors. After nearly two decades making documentaries, Daniel A. Miller says he remains unsure about how to measure his success. “At this very moment I think professional success is an Academy Award or getting into Cannes,” he says. “But I used to think professional success was getting into Sundance. My wife tells me I’ll never be happy. Maybe she’s right.” The Linguists is available free of charge at 7/09 ChronograM regional notebook


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Portfolio Temre Stanchfield As this year’s artist in residence at Kingston’s Trolley Museum, Temre Stanchfield is painting landscapes inspired by Kingston Point Park, located not far from the museum on the Hudson River. These pastorals, which suggest a luxuriant, if slightly disquieting, languor represent a departure for the artist. Formerly a photorealist who explored issues of gender and sexuality in her images of female and male nudes, Stanchfield has been moving toward a more painterly style. Her series of Japaneseinspired female heads, which she showed at galleries in Kingston, Beacon, and Rhinebeck in 2007 and 2008, turned conventions of the Japanese feminine ideal upside down, with their exaggerated coiffures, blurred faces, and carefully rendered accessories. Her more recent series of head studies showcases the visceral nature of paint: Images of blandly beautiful women are transformed into grotesques by the loose, luscious application of red and pink paint and erratic scraping. In one monumental study, the canvas has been turned on its side so that the head rests heavily on the ground, as if suffering from a very bad hangover. Born and raised in Alaska, Stanchfield spent her young adult life in the Seattle area before earning an MFA at the University in Arizona in 2000. Her paintings of overweight, middle-aged, nude men, depicted as cavorting cupids, and young cowboys wearing nothing but cow masks were shown at the Pima Community Art Gallery in Tucson and in Los Angeles. In 2001, Stanchfield and her husband moved to Japan, where both taught at the Kanazawa International Design Institute, an affiliate of Parsons School of Design. After arriving in the Hudson Valley in 2007, they bought a house in Kingston, where Stanchfield paints in an attic studio and teaches art to children. Her landscapes will be shown at Donskoj & Co. in Kingston from July 4 through 25. (845) 338-8473; Portfolio: —Lynn Woods

temre stanchfield on her work Growing Up in Alaska

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I was born in Kodiak. My dad was a commercial fisherman. He was out fishing for many weeks on end. We moved from Kodiak to Dutch Harbor, which is the biggest fishing port in the US, to be closer to the industry, after my mom went an entire year not seeing my dad. Dutch Harbor is a little island out in the Pacific Ocean that’s a two-hour plane ride from Anchorage.

I’ve been spending a lot of time mixing paints and looking at color. Most of the [landscapes] seem to be taking place in spring and summer, a time of fertility and transition, [although they’re] not about reflecting on what I see out there; it became more about subjective content. I like them to be a little acidic, slightly off. My goal for [the large works] is to stay as loose as possible, because they’re more of a mystery and not everything has been given away. I like paintings that ask questions more than tell facts.

I was there until the middle of high school. It was very isolated and sheltered but an amazing place to grow up. There were wild blueberries growing everywhere. We had our fishing poles and our big boots. It wasn’t cold like the interior of Alaska, because of the Gulf Stream. But the elements were outrageous: There were 14 hurricane cables tying our house into the bedrock. It was quiet, and you had to rely on the community. There was one TV channel, which showed the Iditarod in the winter. There were no paved roads. There was a rec center, which showed movies twice a month, one grocery store, and one or two restaurants. I think there’s something about being an outsider. I’ve always loved traveling. Coming down to the Lower 48, it was very much like I was outside looking in on this culture. That’s what I do with my paintings. I’m often an outsider looking in, taking things apart and questioning them and studying that. 34

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Narrative has always been central in my work. In graduate school I did a lot of narratives with the figure, male and female. At this point I am really enjoying talking about space and place. We can tell we’re at Kingston Point Park: There are barbecue grills, and this kind of dwarfed human activity goes on amid the larger evolution of nature. I start with the photograph and I like [the paintings] to go farther away from that, to where there’s just the suggestion. I’m taking from the literal and abstracting it a bit. American Beauty

Painting Kingston Point Park This is the first time I’ve approached the landscape. I’ve wanted to for a long while, so it was a neat opportunity that I was asked to be the artist in residence at the Trolley Museum. I started visiting Kingston Point Park in February and have taken lots of photos. Originally, I was interested in the park because it’s gone through such a transition. You don’t have the ferry bringing people in; geographically, it’s kind of on the side of Kingston now. And then walking in the park and seeing these very mysterious areas overgrown with bushes and grasses, you can see originally there was something else there.

[The latest head studies] are about questioning how I’m working with paint. I started mostly with magazine or catalog images, images that are generic in a sort of American Beauty way. With paint they’re transformed and start to look like puppets or dolls. Even the gender becomes ambiguous. They’re not delicate, they’re not feminine, except perhaps in the color. There is almost a feeling of applying makeup. It looks very raw, some people say violent, although I don’t mean to do that. They became these big mountains of flesh. I like the idea of using this form to get to the landscape. I started mixing up these tones I’d used in my palettes of flesh and applying them to the landscapes. It’s exciting.

THIS PAGE (CLOCKWISE, LEFT TO RIGHT) TO THE MARSH, 2009; MARSH #4, 2009; FRUITION, 2009; JUICY, 2009. OPPOSITE (CLOCKWISE, LEFT TO RIGHT) SCALE, 2009; MOTHER, 2008; CONSUMED, 2008. Becoming an Artist As a child, I took making art for granted, especially because there was so little to do. My sister and I didn’t have very many opportunities; there were no teams or special classes. We were both very creative, and it was very open-ended. I didn’t begin to value [making art] as a serious pursuit until my third year of college, when I went off and studied at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. I was with all these kids from New York, who were these completely foreign creatures. They brought a level of rigor and seriousness [to the making of art], and I thought, “I can approach this and do this as a serious pursuit.” That shifted my view. I went from being an art minor to an art major, and at that point I decided, “This is it, this is what I’m going to do.” Sabbatical in Japan [My husband and I] lived in Japan for six years. I was teaching art, studying Japanese and ikebana (traditional flower arranging) and having children. We lived in Kanazawa, a small city on the west coast that’s called the Old Kyoto. It’s got a beautiful cultural center and a samarai district, and they just put in the 21st Century Museum. They’re constructing more high-speed rails to go into the city, and it was interesting

to see the changes. While in Japan, I was not compelled to paint, although I did make these teeny-tiny, dinky paintings, which were the beginning of moving away from my earlier photorealist work. Culture Clash Initially [while living in Japan], it was really neat just to experience being an other. It was fabulous and scary, to be on the bus alone and be the only one who looked different. In the States we’re much more free-flow and less organized. Our clothes and bodies are large and free and open. The way people in Japan take up space is much more minimal and practical. I found myself constantly trying to minimize the space I was taking up, which affected how I walked, sat, everything. You’re this totally different creature. Sometimes it was claustrophobic and sometimes it was okay. There’s also this way of thinking that’s non-linear. It would baffle us. You see it in their storytelling. We go from A to B to C to D and give an argument, and then there’s a resolution. In Japan the narrative is experienced in a more poetic, cyclical form. Here we put the individual first, we strive to be unique and

different. In Japan the emphasis on the group was in some ways very contrary to what I would have liked. When my kids were at nursery school, for example, there was often the lack of being able to say your opinion or express yourself freely. On the other hand, one of the things I loved was that if I lost my child’s mitten, someone would have placed it just where I would see it upon returning to the place four days later. It’s a very secure, family-oriented place. Landing in the Hudson Valley [While in Japan my husband] Scott was job hopping and was offered a number of jobs throughout the world, including [jobs in] Turkey and Morocco. But for family reasons, he took the job he was offered at Bard, which is working with foreign students at the conservatory. I’ve always wanted to live in New York, and it’s been really neat to be so close to the city. The Hudson Valley is an amazing place. The arts are so rich over here. It’s very different from the West Coast. There’s an intensity here that I just love. [The arts are] not questioned. In Japan, it’s valued, but the creative people are few and far between. Like everything in Japan, it’s very compartmentalized.

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galleries & museums 12 MARKET STREET ELLENVILLE 647-6604. “10x10x10 Exhibit.” Presented by ArtsWAVE. July 11-October 31. Opening Saturday, July 11, 4pm-8pm. “Dead_Line presents Processing Place.” July 13-18. Opening Saturday, July 18, 4pm-6pm.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART 415 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4346. “Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush.” Works by Yale Epstein. Through August 16.

ARTISTS’ PALATE 307 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 483-8074. “As Above So Below.” Works by Jennifer Axinn Weiss. Through July 31.

ARTS UPSTAIRS 60 MAIN STreet, PHOENICIA 688-2142. “Surprise.” A group show featuring the work of Ronny E Jae in the Solo Room. Through July 12.

ASK ARTS CENTER 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0331. “Heads Up, Portraiture.” July 4-28. Opening Saturday, July 4, 5pm-8pm. “Regarding the View.” Paintings and prints by E S DeSanna. July 4-28. Opening Saturday, July 4, 5pm-8pm.

BACKSTAGE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS 323 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 338-8700. “Dream Cells.” Works by Nuie Reith and Garett Grassi. Through July 30. Opening Saturday, July 11, 3:30pm-7:30pm.

BARD COLLEGE EXHIBITION CENTER/UBS 7401 SOUTH BROADWAY, RED HOOK 758-7481. “MFA Thesis Exhibition.” July 19-26. Opening Sunday, July 19, 2pm-5pm.

BAU 161 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584. “Revolution.” Solo mixed media exhibit by Linda Richichi. Through July 5. “Temptation.” New works by Michael Gaydos. July 11-August 10. Opening Saturday, July 11, 6pm-9pm.

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BCB ART GALLERY 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539. “Paintings by Christopher Quirk.” Through July 12.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Frolic.” Exhibit of paintings, drawings, hooked rugs and sculpture. Through July 26. “Landscapes.” July 30-August 30. Opening Saturday, August 1, 6pm-8pm.

CARRIE HADDAD PHOTOGRAPHS 318 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-7655. “After Glow.” 4 photographers and the Hand Held Light. July 16-August 30. Opening Saturday, July 18, 6pm-8pm. “David Halliday: Two Decades.” Through July 12.

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN LODGE 334 ROUTE 32A, PALENVILLE (518) 678-3101. “Palenville First Outdoor Sculpture Show.” August 1-October 16. Opening Saturday, August 1, 6pm-8pm.

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957. “Character Recognition.” Works by Myra Greene. Through July 26. “Photography Now 2009.” Through July 26.

CORNELL ST. STUDIOS 168 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON 331-0191. “Group Show.” Through July 13. “Prelude to a Summer Festival Group Art Show.” Watercolors, oil paintings, prints, encaustics, drawings, and photographs. Through July 13.

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DIA: BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 440-0100. “The Resources of Rhetoric.” Works by Antoni Tàpies. Through October 19.

FERRIN GALLERY 437 NORTH STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 442-1622. “(De)Constructions.” Wood assemblages by Michael Zelehoski. Through July 26. “Teapots: Interpretations.” Group show of objects and still life. July 11-September 5. Opening Saturday, July 11, 6pm-8pm.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-7745. “Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection.” Through July 26.



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GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027. “Leah Macdonald, Female Fairytale.” July 3-August 3. Opening Saturday, July 11, 5pm-7pm

GALLERY 506 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Group Show.” July 11-25. Opening Saturday, July 11, 6pm-9pm.

THE GALLERY AT R & F 84 TEN BROECK AVENUE, KINGSTON 331-3112. “Sara Mast: Excavating Wonder.” Through July 18.

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GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Aquatic New York.” Through July 25. “Blooming Color: Flowers Real and Imagined.” Through July 25.

GCCA MOUNTAINTOP GALLERY 5348 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-3104. “Journeys in Clay VI.” Through July 18.

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469 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Traces of a Sweet Connect.” Jaanika Peerna. Through July 5.

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GRASMERE 29 MILL ROAD, RHINEBECK (914) 475-2890. “Art at Grasmere.” Featuring New York and Hudson Valley based artists. Through July 6.

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LOCATIONS AROUND KINGSTON 338-0331. “Kingston Sculpture Biennial.” July 4-October 31. Opening Saturday, July 4, 1pm-4pm.

HIGH FALLS STUDIOS ROUTE 213, HIGH FALLS 389-5825. “Water Views of High Falls & Cape Cod.” Works by Vincent Connelly. July 3-September 30. Opening Saturday, July 11, 4pm-6pm.

HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET DU BOIS HOUSE, NEW PALTZ 255-1660. “Before Hudson: 8,000 Years of Native American History and Culture.” Through December 31.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Origins.” Use of primal materials such as clay, fiber, wood, aluminum, stone, and soil as mediums. Through July 26.

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4666 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-7608. “A Sense of Time and Place.” Works by Mary Anna Goetz. Through July 20.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Renee Iacone Clearman: Figures, Forms, Fetishes.” Through July 19.

KINGSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 105 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON “Backdrops.” Stories and pictures by Wayne Montecalvo with handmade props, costumes and dialog. July 4-30. Opening Saturday, July 4, 5pm-7pm.

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Intimate Visions.” Through July 26. Opening Monday, July 20, 5pm-6pm.

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300 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 331-5300. “Couples.” Photographic celebration of lesbian and gay relationships by Joyce Culver and Gay Block. Through August 31.


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194 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-2633. “Works by Andrew Minewski.” July 26-August 28. Opening Sunday, July 26, 5pm-7pm.


28 RENNE AVENUE, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 499-9348. “Pittsfield Art Show Invitational Exhibit.” Through July 19.

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327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438. “Let it be in Sight of Thee.” Hudson River photography by Carolyn Marks Blackwood. Through August 15.

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39 SPRING STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 458-1700. “Interiors.” Nick Patten. August 1-27. Opening Saturday, August 1, 5pm-7pm. “Kinetic Art: Mark Davis.” Through July 29. “Works by John MacDonald.” Through July 29.



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17 RIVER STREET, WARWICK “Pink and Black.” Paintings by Roslyn Fassett. July 10-August 1. Opening Friday, July 10, 4pm-7pm.

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WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION, WOODSTOCK 246-1671. “Aleph-Bet: Sculptures by Willy Ze’ev Neumann.” Through July 15.

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123 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-2343. “Slowinski: American Agitprop.” Through July 31. 350 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-0380. “The Illustrators.” Works from “The Golden Age of Illustration” (1880-1940. Through August 10.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA 253 MANSION STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 473-2500 ext. 1208. “Celebration of the Arts.” Art exhibit created by artists from Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene’s Continuing Treatment Centers. Through August 28.

MEZZALUNA CAFE 626 RouTE 212, SAUGERTIES 246-5306. “Reflections on Buddha.” Paintings, collages and hand-sewn silk scrolls by Mary Anne Erickson. Through July 5.

MILL STREET LOFT 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477. “Every 71 Seconds: A Memory of Alzheimer’s.” Michelle Muir photo exhibit. Through July 31. “Michelle Muir: Photo Exhibit.” Through July 31.

MOHONK ARTS 186 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS 463-1430. “Friends of the Artist: Portraits by Allen Epstein (1941-1993).” July 12-August 22. Opening Sunday, July 12, 12pm-3pm.

MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6670. “Landscapes by the Hudson Valley Daily Painters.” Through July 15.

MOUNT TREMPER ARTS 647 S. PLANK ROAD, MOUNT TREMPER 688-9893. “Offset - Ten Contemporary Artists Make Posters.” July 11-August 2. Opening Saturday, July 11, 4pm-8pm.

THE MOVIEHOUSE 48 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON (860) 435-2897. “Transformations.” 20 large scale Giclee photographs Anton Kuskin. Through August 6.

NICOLE FIACCO GALLERY 506 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5090. “Monuments of Ur.” Works by Joan Banach. Through July 4.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 GLENDALE Road, STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 298-4100. “The Fantastical Faces of Peter Rockwell: A Sculptor’s Retrospective.” July 9-October 25. Opening Thursday, July 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm

OPEN SPACE GALLERY 510 MAIN STREET, BEACON 765-0731. “Group Show.” Patrick Winfield, Mr. Kiji, John Cason, Rick Price, Gaetane Michaux. Through July 5.

ORANGE HALL GALLERY ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790. “The 2009 River Valley Artists Guild Summer Show.” Through July 19. “Interpretations in Several Media.” Oils, watercolors, pastels, collage by Raisa DeFusto and Catherine DeMaio. Through July 19.

POSIE KVIAT GALLERY 437 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (917) 456-7496. “Graphic Content.” Through July 6.

RED EFT GALLERY 159 SULLIVAN STreet, WURTSBORO 888-2519. “Go Figure.” Group exhibition of painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, photography. Through August 1.


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172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Salute to the Hudson River: Through a Painter’s Eye.” Connie Fiedler, Judy Reynolds and others. Through July 6.

ROOS ARTS 449 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE “Laura Donohue: Greetings from Giant Forest.” Through July 11.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3858. “Hudson River Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones.” Through September 6. “Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th Century American Landscape Paintings from the New York Historical Society.” July 11-December 13. Opening Saturday, July 11, 5pm-8pm. “Panorama of the Hudson River: Greg Miller.” July 11-December 13. Opening Saturday, July 11, 5pm-8pm.

SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY 159 SOUTH MAIN STREET, SHEFFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 229-2694. “Five Friends Art Exhibit.” Walter Bogard, Hans Heuberger, Sean Ryder, Lois Ryder, and Lois VanClef. Through July 12.

TIVOLI ARTISTS CO-OP 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “Far Away Places.” Group show. July 24-August 16. Opening Saturday, July 25, 1pm-12am.

UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482. “Rhythm of Light.” Featuring interpretations in a variety of media. Through August 9.

UNISON GALLERY WATER STREET MARKET, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Kristopher Hedley: Prints.” July 31-August 30. Opening Friday, July 31, 5pm-7pm. “Rachel Hyman: Mixed Media.” July 3-26. Opening Friday, July 3, 5pm-7pm.

VARGA GALLERY 130 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-4005. “June Showcase.” Through July 5.

VASSAR COLLEGE’S JAMES W. PALMER GALLERY RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5370. “Voyages: The Art of Evelyn Metzger.” Paintings of Evelyn Metzger. Through July 31.

WINDHAM FINE ARTS 5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-6850. “A River Runs Though It: 5th Annual Plein Air Event.” Through July 27.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “Works by Flannery Silva.” Senior at Coleman High School. Through July 19.

WOODSTOCK BYRDCLIFFE GUILD 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Where Lies Henry Hudson?” Outdoor exhibition of memorials. Through October 12.

WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 246-1671. “Works by Ze’ev Willy Neumann.” Through July 15.

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eaceful isn’t the word for the 21 acres that envelop the Kerhonkson house trombonist Roswell Rudd inhabits with Verna Gillis, his companion and manager.Thick with tall pines and hearty brush, the striking stillness of the property is troubled only by the occasional cheeping bird. It’s a meditator’s dream spot. But to Rudd, he and Gillis are surrounded not just by nature, but also by music. “There’s some really great notation out there,” says the goateed, professorly composer as he glances toward his living room window. “I love to grab my horn and go out in the woods, play what I see and feel.” Notation? Where? And how, exactly, does one “play” the natural environment? “I have an expanded concept of what notation is,” explains Rudd. “I call it landscape notation; it’s about moving beyond the traditional system of just playing specks on a piece of paper. Music is naturally in the atmosphere all around you, all the time. It’s just a question of using your eyes, your ears, and your other senses to make the tune. Besides the sounds that you hear—the birds, the wind—there’re other dimensions to draw on: the colors, the shapes, the textures, the feelings you get. I approach the notes I find in nature the same way as the ones I see when I’m playing something off the page.” It’s a curious concept, to be sure, but one that seems to be working perfectly when you get an earful of the man’s bold and forward-looking craft. At 74, Rudd is known as the father of free jazz trombone and a pivotal figure of the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde; he’s also an acclaimed cultural synthesist, having recorded and performed with leading indigenous folk musicians from around the world. But for all of his oddly metered, hard-blowing iconoclasm, Rudd began his musical journey in his hometown of Lakeville, Connecticut, on some very traditional ground: Dixieland. “I took piano lessons when I was really young, but when I heard my dad’s Louis Armstrong 78s, I said, ‘This is what I wanna be doing!’” Rudd says. When he was 12, after he’d studied French horn for a few years, Rudd’s parents, both casual musicians, had an uncle buy the boy a pawnshop trombone. By the time he was a student atYale in the mid 1950s he was playing tailgate in Eli’s Chosen Six, a Dixieland revival band. “That was something, playing rags and stomps for drunk college kids,” Rudd recalls with a laugh. “But we’d improvise as much as we could, throw in five or six extra choruses on ‘Royal Garden Blues,’ let everyone take a turn. It was pretty loose.You know, party music.” Although his chosen instrument’s inherent lack of flexibility didn’t lend itself well to bebop—outside of the great J. J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, and Jimmy Cleveland, bop trombonists were few—Rudd nevertheless graduated to the more demanding style, studying with trail-blazing pianist Herbie Nichols for two years. “One thing I learned from Herbie and the other bop pianists, like Monk and Bud Powell, is that you can transpose their tunes from the keyboard for a whole orchestra,” says Rudd. “Each finger can represent a potential instrument.” It was this very concept that lead to the formation of his next band, a Thelonious Monk repertory ensemble, retroactively dubbed the School Days Quartet, which also featured influential soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whom Rudd had met in his Dixieland days. But it wouldn’t be long before he’d take the plunge into complete musical freedom. In New York full time by the early 1960s, Rudd sought out pianist and free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor for lessons on theory and briefly played with radical saxophonist Archie Shepp in a band led by trumpeter Bill Dixon. In 1964 he contributed to the soundtrack of the underground jazz film New York Eye and Ear Control and with saxophonist John Tchicai founded the New York Art Quartet; the short-lived but hugely influential outfit recorded for the famed ESP-Disk imprint and performed at that year’s galvanizing October Revolution in Jazz festival at the Cellar Café. “There was a new spirit in the musical atmosphere, for sure,” remembers Rudd. “What [Rudd and his cohorts] were doing was maybe too edgy for a lot of people, but to me it was just updated Dixieland. Like the original New Orleans jazz, it was collective improvisation, but it was informed by bebop and everything else that had come in between. And it was great to find comrades like Archie [Shepp], Carla Bley, and other folks to work with.” After the quartet dissolved, Rudd joined Shepp’s band and went on to lead his own recording dates and perform with saxophonist Gato Barbieri, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and the Primordial Quartet, a unit that also starred alto saxist Lee Konitz and Creative Music Studio founder Karl Berger on vibes and piano. In the years following he composed for and worked with the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra and cut well-received LPs for such seminal labels as Black Lion, WATT, Arista/Freedom, and Soul Note. By the mid 1970s, however, Rudd’s artistic career began to take a backseat to academics as he taught ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine at Augusta. In the ’80s he supplemented his income by doing delivery work and by playing in the house band of the now-defunct Granit Hotel resort, where he backed up visiting vaudeville acts and Borscht Belt staples

like comedians Milton Berle and Pat Cooper. “There were some unknown [performers] that were really good too, actually,” Rudd says. “But no matter who [the band was] working with, I always found a way to sneak in some improvisation.” During his career-forging years in NewYork Rudd had also begun a long association with the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax, another personality who would profoundly shape his musical path. For over 30 years, he assisted the folk-song collector by analyzing field recordings from around the world using cantometrics, a system of organization devised by Lomax and musicologist Victor Grauer. “Cantometrics helps you break down any kind of music from any culture into its fundamental parts by using 35 parameters, or different qualities,” says Rudd. “I’d listen to tapes and group them according to the commonalities that I heard between performances taken from different tribes or villages or other social groups. It’s the best system anybody who wants to understand world music, classical music, pop music, whatever, can use. I really learned a lot from working with [Lomax]. I saw the potential to be part of something bigger through world music and to get even deeper into improvisation, since that element is so much more dominant in other cultures. It became my dream to play and record with folk musicians from those cultures.” And it was Gillis, whom Rudd had met in the early 1970s when she was a student under Lomax at Goddard Univeristy, who would later help to make this dream a reality. After receiving her PhD, Gillis began her calling as a Grammy-nominated world music producer by recording indigenous artists in Africa, the Middle East, the Carribean, and South America before opening Soundscape, a multicultural performance space in NewYork. She oversaw the production of some 25 recordings for the Smithsonian Folkways and Lyrichord labels and launched her own logo, also called Soundscape, in 1986; she has been instrumental in developing the careers of Youssou N’Dour, Paquito D’Rivera, and Salif Keita, among others. Throughout the decades she and Rudd kept in contact and, several years after each of their spouses had passed away, the two began their relationship. It was through Gillis that Rudd contacted Malian kora player Toumani Diabate, a connection that led to performances in Diabate’s homeland and the recording of MALIcool (2003, Universal/Sunnyside Records), an astonishing, critically exalted album that pairs the trombonist with Diabate and other native Malian players. More engagements in Africa, as well as Asia, Siberia, and other regions, have followed, along with further recordings with world musicians, such as 2005’s Blue Mongol (Soundscape/Sunnyside Records), a sublime coupling with the throat-singing Mongolian Buryat Band, and 2006’s El Espiritu Jibaro (Soundscape/ Sunnyside), a duet with Puerto Rican cuatro playerYomo Toro. “I have a nickname for Roswell: Big Ears,” says Gillis. “He can pretty much parachute in anywhere with his trombone and play with any musicians he meets. I’ve worked with musicians from all kinds of backgrounds over the years and so many of them are too deeply rooted in their own traditions to be able to play well with ousiders. Roswell doesn’t have that problem at all. He can instantly have a [musical] conversation with anyone, whether it’s Michel Doucet avec Beusoleil or [Peking Opera singer] Li Xiaofeng.” Rudd’s newest Soundscape effort is this year’s Trombone Tribe, which through its program of gospel, bop, funk, Latin, and even New Orleans-flavored workouts represents somewhat of a return to the “party music” of the leader’s roots. As one might surmise from its name, however, what makes the disc most unusual is the band’s lineup: In addition to veteran players Henry Grimes (bass), Bob Stewart (tuba), and Barry Altschul (drums), the cast is a veritable all-star team of Rudd’s contemporaries on his instrument: Eddie Bert, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Swell, Deborah Weisz, Sam Burtis, Ray Anderson, and Josh Roseman—a sliding, slurring crew that really goes to town on ingeniously titled rump-rollers like “Bone Again with Bonearama” and “Slide and the Family Bone.” “It’s very unusual to get to play with someone who inspired you to play in the first place,” says Swell, who has also performed with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, and William Parker and leads the band Slammin’ the Infinite. “I first heard Roswell when I was 15, on [Archie Shepp’s 1966 Impulse! Records album] Live in San Francisco, and I thought, ‘That’s the way to play the trombone!’ I finally got to meet him when I was 19, and then I became his student. He’s been my mentor ever since, which has just been amazing for me.” “A lot of people have called jazz ‘America’s classical music,’ and I believe it really is,” says Rudd. “But there’s something else to it, another level, something that I’d feel when I went to hear Miles or Monk. I call it ‘high American musical theater.’” If such a theater exists, Roswell Rudd has surely been cast in one of its leading roles. Roswell Rudd will play two shows at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock on July 18: a children’s program at 11am, and “An Evening of Jazz Explorations” with the Trombone Tribe at 8pm. Trombone Tribe is out now on Soundscape/Sunnyside Records. 7/09 ChronograM music


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CONNOR OBERST & THE MYSTIC VALLEY BAND July 2. As his überconfessional, acoustic alter ego Bright Eyes, the 29-year-old, Nebraskagrown Oberst has been called both the Bob Dylan and the Jonathan Richman of his generation. After shelving the Bright Eyes moniker in 2008, the earnest Oberst decamped to Mexico to record with his new Mystic Valley Band, a loose grouping of players with a decidedly Wilco-ish bent. Count on a big turnout for this post-emo icon’s first-ever Bearsville Theater engagement. (Fountains of Wayne play on July 5.) 8pm. $22, $25. Bearsville. (845) 679-0008;



July 1. Local documentary filmmaker Burrill Crohn’s jazz-themed work covers such artists as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Carmen McRae, and Chick Corea and has aired on television and at film festivals around the world. This rare screening at Muddy Cup/Inquiring Minds presents Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song, an in-depth look at the majestic jazz and blues singer who worked with Count Basie, and the short subject A.K.A. Fathead, a tribute to late saxophone giant and Woodstock resident David “Fathead” Newman. 7pm. Free. Saugerties. (845) 246-5775;


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July 4. To quote one punk obscurantist blog, infamous, pioneering New Jersey unit Mental Abuse has it all: missing members, dead members, mentally unstable members, you name it. Nearly 30 years after it began, the band is led by singer, guitarist, and sole original member Dave Jones, who once drummed for the legendary Agnostic Front. Celebrate the nation’s rebellious birth at Kingston’s newly revamped Basement with one of our truest outlaw exports, classic hardcore punk. With Stench, Downward Hacking Motion, and Major Potential. (The Punk Buttons festival on July 10 and 11 promises Landmines, Dirty Tactics, and more.) 8:30pm. $4, $6. Kingston.

BILL MALCHOW July 9. Roots pianist and vocalist Bill Malchow divides his time between the Big Apple and the Big Easy—which sounds about right, since his percolating, second-line style bubbles and boils with Fats Waller-style Harlem stride and the steaming New Orleans sounds of Dr. John, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair. Some locals may recognize Malchow, who performs at the swank Piggy Bank bistro for its hep Tiki Thursdays series, from his stints with recently transplanted Brooklyn trio the Jack Grace Band. (Catch New Paltz faves the Big Takeover on July16 and the Trapps on July 23.) 5pm. Free. Beacon. (845) 838-0028;

EILEN JEWELL July 23. Just a shotglassful of Eilen Jewell’s sweet, deep, desert-dry voice, and rollicking, high-twangin’ band makes it clear enough why she’s the reigning queen of America’s new roots landscape. Currently riding the rails in support of her stunning just-released third album, Sea of Tears (Signature Sounds), Jewell revisits the Rosendale Café to once again raise a ruckus and jerk a few of those titular tears. This writer’s heard a lot of music over the years, but very little of it gets better than Jewell’s. Beyond recommended. (Bluegrass diva Claire Lynch plays on July 3; bluesman Louisiana Red returns on July 16.) 8pm. $15. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;


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July 31. It’s natural that the tunes of singer-songwriter Olivia Maxwell are rich with cinematic flair; the acoustic troubadour is the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Ron Maxwell. But for this performance at Bearsville’s coziest new venue, Alchemy, there’s an added bonus for rock fans: Lending Maxwell’s tunes an extra sheen of drama is none other than guitar god Richard Lloyd. As a founding member of the groundbreaking New York band Television, Lloyd torched the sonic horizon and took the electric six-string to whole new solar systems. It’ll be an absolute revelation to hear him on low-key fare in this intimate setting. (Uncle Monk, starring Lloyd’s punk-era pal Tommy Ramone, plays on July 11.) 9pm. $15. (845) 684-5068;

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cd reviews The Jill Stevenson Band The Jill Stevenson Band (2009, Independent)

On the cover of her impressive fourth release Hudson Valley-to-Brooklyn indie singer-songwriter Jill Stevenson sits at a table surrounded by her four-piece combo, on her face an inviting expression that says “Sit in one of these empty café chairs and spend some quality time with me.” It’s a good idea. Deftly showcasing Stevenson’s distinctive mix of literate pop, chiming rock, and sensuous soul, this five-song EP is an all-too-brief lunch with a wayfaring, sensitive-yet-tough, and incurably romantic friend. Stevenson can spin a melodic phrase that shines new light on everything from hope to disappointment to the power of dreams, to...well, sex. It’s a memorable 23-minute speed-date that feels like a five-course meal. Stevenson pulled out the big guns for The Jill Stevenson Band, enlisting veteran producer Peter Denenberg (Spin Doctors, Martin Sexton) and an ace band of pros who have played with such soon-to-be-contemporaries of Stevenson as Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, and Joan Osborne. The arrangements veer gracefully from lush, layered soundscapes to raw, Al Green funk to anthemic waltzes. The hook-laden radio-ready lead-off cut, “Dreamer,” easily could have been the title track, as it rings like a musical manifesto; delivering a kiss-off to a suitor who would draw her into despair, Stevenson sings with gusto, “Didn’t you know me? / Did you know I’d be better off lonely? / Better off alone with a dream?” Maybe so. But Jill Stevenson will not be alone with her dream for very long. —Robert Burke Warren

Lee Shaw Trio Live in Graz (2009, Artists Recording Collective)

Cohoes jazz pianist Lee Shaw has been a treasure to these upstate parts for several decades. Coincidentally, the day this CD/DVD set showed up I was listening to a recording of Shaw and her late husband and drummer Stan Shaw in a sextet setting from the late ’70s at New York’s famed Half Note that features the teenage future trumpet star Jon Faddis. Then I popped in this CD and within the first few songs I had enough material for a review. The interplay between Shaw, bassist Rich Syracuse, and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel outweighs their virtuosic solos, which are always in context, always melodic and swinging. This is the true art of the jazz trio. Shaw’s compositions compliment the trio, which repays the favor without ever losing touch with the context of the songs. The DVD is the real treasure here. There are three songs from this 2007 tour of Europe, all of which are stunning. There is also some home and road video from Syracuse’s cell phone, as well as a slideshow featuring greats of jazz who became admirers of Shaw. Watch the interviews with Shaw and with the trio. The trio speaks the way the members play, with respect and insight. They talk about “listening, forgiving, and learning,” not chords and charts. Shaw tells her own incredible story eloquently and clearly, just as she always has and continues to do at the piano. —Erik Lawrence

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Flower child Kelly McNally and her organic rock band the Virginia Wolves are fresh-faced out of bohemia, saluting America’s soldiers on this poetic 13-track disc, which McNally hopes to bring to the ears of our dedicated troops and veterans. She dubs these “pro-peace songs”—not antiwar songs— and brings a message of hope and truth through her authentic ’60s attitude and rootsy musical passion. McNally’s controlled, steady guitar and lustrous voice is supported by Adele Schulz, Chris Macchia, Tommy Be, and various other local talents who nail a creeping folk groove on the head while maintaining a highly emotive and lyrical sound. The theme here is the tragedy of war, one that never shies away from the charged topics of Agent Orange, blind obedience to authority, lost innocence, and plain and simple hell. The tone of the record never deviates, from the hang-loose chill of “The War Song” to the mollified groove of “Drafted Dove (for Dad)” and the laid-back “Zen,” the latter in which McNally cries “bring them home.” Perhaps not surprisingly, McNally is also a music therapist, so hopefully this recording will serve up a little anodyne to those brave individuals for the time being. Flower power, indeed. —Sharon Nichols

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Cornelius Eady and Sarah Micklem Do the Write Thing by Nina Shengold photographs by Jennifer May


ornelius Eady and Sarah Micklem have a busy address book. There’s their tiny apartment in NewYork’sWestVillage; South Bend, Indiana, where Eady commutes to run Notre Dame’s creative writing program; and twin cottages on a hilltop near Cairo, NewYork. Side by side, compatible but self-contained, the cottages offer an apt metaphor for the marriage of two working writers. Eady’s seven books of poetry include Lamont Prize-winner Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, Brutal Imagination, and Pulitzer finalist The Gathering of My Name; he’s also an Obie Award-winning playwright. His latest book, HardheadedWeather, opens with twin epigraphs from Ezra Pound (“Make it new”) and James Brown (“Make it funky”). Eady does both, and he makes it his own. Micklem is a fantasy novelist whose earthy, remarkable debut Firethorn earned glowing reviews and a Locus Award nomination. Wildfire, the second volume of her trilogy about a headstrong woman amid warring clans, will be published this month. Today is the couple’s 31st anniversary, and they’re unwinding at their upstate getaway. “When we get up here, we immediately slow down,” Eady says. “It’s the porch effect.” After a realtor showed them the vacant cottages in 2001, they returned several times before making a bid. “We’d bring coffee and sit on the porch,” says Micklem. Eady adds, “We were afraid the sheriff would show up and say, ‘Who are you?’” There’s a subcutaneous tension in his laughter, recalling his poem “Recycling,” in which “a middle-aged black and white couple” get the once-over at a Catskill dump: “Anyone with eyes can tell / We’re a story that couldn’t have / Originated around these parts.” A big man with a world-warming smile, Eady sports waist-length dreads bundled into a ponytail, elegantly long nails, and horn-rimmed glasses. He’s wearing a blue workshirt, dark trousers, and slippers. Micklem is dressed almost identically–a fact that amuses them both when they notice—but her sandy hair is a foot shorter than her husband’s. She’s clear-eyed, quick, and light, self-effacing but quietly confident. In conversation, they listen respectfully, trading licks back and forth like a jazz duet. They met in a ’70s-era free school in Rochester, Eady’s hometown. Micklem was born in Virginia; her family moved several times before settling in upstate New York. A restless student who “hated high school,” she savored the chance to mainline sci-fi novels in place of conventional classes. Eady transferred midyear and spent his 44

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time writing poems and songs, playing drums and guitar with a short-lived rock band. Micklem also wrote songs; Eady calls her the group’s “hidden genius.” After high school, Micklem started writing a science fiction novel that opened, like Firethorn, with a young woman living alone in the woods. Having assayed a three-day vision quest in the Adirondacks at 16, she rented a cabin 10 miles from the nearest town, with no car. Eady would visit, bringing groceries and Stevie Wonder tapes. “He was my lifeline,” she says. “That was probably when I fell in love with him–I just didn’t realize it at the time.” (Eady was dating someone else, which “helped put up the wall in my mind.”) The summer after her first year at Princeton, Micklem’s former bandmate came for a visit and, she says simply, “It shifted.” They married soon after. Eady’s writing career was the first to take off, though he’s also supported himself with a series of teaching jobs. Micklem found full-time work as a graphic designer, but even when she wasn’t actively writing, Firethorn’s world was marinating inside her head. “For a long time, this was a hobby, a world-building hobby,” she says. “I’d think of weird things on long drives—what are their books like? I want them to have writing, but not like ours. What do their maps look like?” At a writers’ conference, Eady met workshop leader Abigail Thomas and knew he’d found the right midwife for his wife’s book. “The big reason I finished was Abby,” Micklem concurs. “I learned to go in, go deeper, look around.” Though she’s always her husband’s first reader, Micklem doesn’t always share her work in progress. “I don’t read everything Sarah’s doing, but I hear about it all the time,” Eady says, and she laughs. “Mostly whining,” she says. She admires his equanimity. “Cornelius doesn’t agonize over process, he doesn’t complain when he’s not writing, it’s all fine. He doesn’t seem to envy other people.” But, Micklem says, “He’s a binge writer. He goes at it and stays at it, he forgets to eat.” Eady sees many parallels between writing and music, and often references jazz, blues, and dance in his poems. “Poetry is a mysterious, slightly threatening thing for many people. Like opera, they think of it as a foreign language, something that’s only for a few people who have the training to understand it.” His unfussy voice goes a long way to defuse such worries. “I made a conscious choice to write clearly, to be intelligent but also accessible,” he says.

Strikingly varied in format, Eady’s poems often invoke personal experience, from befuddled home ownership (“Lucky House”) to mourning a difficult father (“You Don’t Miss Your Water”). “It’s autobiography, but it’s also fiction. What happened is a jumping-off point,” he says. “I use my parents and neighbors a lot as source material—they’re stories you don’t often hear about African-Americans. My language comes from them.” Eady was named after his father and grandfather. “Cornelius is a name you grow into. When I was a kid, I hated it,” he says, imitating a schoolteacher calling roll: “Bob, Jim, Cornelius. Now I love it. It sounds like a poet’s name.” Thirteen years ago, Eady and Toi Derricotte founded Cave Canem, an annual retreat for African-American poets. The weeklong workshops foment a sense of community and an exploration of “African-American voice” that embraces everything from hip-hop to MFA programs. Eady says, “People can get in each other’s hair—‘You’re not political enough!’ They’re eating each other’s young. At Cave Canem, it’s a seven-day truce.” The workshop’s logo, an unchained black dog, appears on a license plate over the door of the cottage where Eady writes and they share living space. Micklem works in the smaller cottage, surrounded by ’40s board games, vintage prints, and research books.Though her trilogy takes place in an imagined world, it has taproots in numerous cultures. Micklem’s website describes Firethorn’s society: “It’s a patriarchy in which the role of the warrior is exalted, and it has a rigid caste system maintained by violence and the threat of violence. Firethorn is a woman among soldiers, a camp follower. She’s at the bottom of the heap, being female and low caste.” Micklem sees caste as a metaphor for race (“It’s another way to write about how we divide ourselves”), basing her mud/blood distinctions on Jim Crow laws. Wildfire invents an even more stratified culture, with an untouchable caste whose members must cover their faces in public. “It was actually very hard for me, from my privileged background as a modern American, to write the correct amount of deference,” she says. Firethorn frequently chafes in her role as “sheath” (wartime lover) to highborn Sire Galan, whose behavior toward her is likewise complex. “I think being inconsistent is important,” says Micklem. “He’s not a great romantic hero. He’s very self-centered. I tried to make him accurate to what a man raised in

that period, as a warrior, would be.” What period? Micklem smiles. “There’s a lot of Middle Ages, but it’s so not Christian.” Indeed. She’s created a fascinatingly intricate cosmology of 12 gods, each with three avatars (male, female, and elemental) arrayed in a circular compass. Firethorn consults the gods by throwing a pair of fingerbones, I-Ching style, and interpreting where they land. Micklem fashioned a model divining compass on a circle of suede, buying two human fingerbones online and coloring them in the manner of Firethorn’s two mentors. Whenever her heroine cast the bones in the story, the author cast too. She was struck by the patterns. “I expected more random results, but certain signs really would recur. I can see how divination is powerful. I really don’t believe in God—I’m an atheist—but I do believe in belief.” Though Micklem describes her purview as “no dragons, no elves,” Firethorn does leave her body in a memorable battle scene. “I wanted to write a pretty realistic book, except for magic. What is true in our real world is so bizarre, and so totally underestimated by those of us who grew up in science-based cultures,” she says. “People can fly, in shamanic traditions.What is a trance—is it really happening? Does a curse really work? It’s a matter of how you see cause and effect. Magic is a way of giving agency to ourselves.” Along with magic and shamanism, Micklem has researched anthropology, childbirth, warfare in all eras, tournaments, armor and weaponry, textiles, prostitution, herbalism, hallucinogens, aphasia, brain damage, and lightning. “I’m afraid of writing historical novels because you have to get everything right,” she says, deadpanning, “I’m not writing about what I know.” Eady says one of his joys in reading Micklem’s manuscripts is discovering why she’s been reading the books that pile up in their various homes. Micklem radiates pride as she recalls hearing him read “Gratitude” for the first time; their writers’ retreat for two seems just as supportive as Cave Canem. As they stand in the driveway between their two cottages, discussing which restaurant to choose for an anniversary dinner en route to New York, it’s tempting to conjure the last lines of Eady’s poem “The White Couch”: “All this moving, he says. / Ah! He says. / This is living. / This is life.” 7/09 ChronograM books


SHORT TAKES This supremely eclectic group of recent books by Hudson Valley writers is well worth savoring.

Noodles Every Day Corinne Trang Chronicle Books, 2009, $22.95

If your Weber-shelf copy of Trang’s The Asian Grill is getting dog-eared from overuse, rejoice. Here’s an indoor companion, dedicated to the glorious variety of Asian noodles and their accompaniments: soups, sauces, buns, dumplings, and spring rolls. The descriptions are literally mouthwatering, promising bowls of slurping satisfaction.

Main Street to Mainframes: Landscape & Social Change in Poughkeepsie Harvey K. Flad & Clyde Griffen SUNY Press Excelsior Editions, 2009, $23

Two Vassar professors offer a thoughtful, comprehensive portrait of Poughkeepsie’s growth from colonial outpost to thriving waterfront city, spotlighting the IBM boom and its aftermath. Flad will appear at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck on July 18 at 7:30pm and Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany on July 23 at 7pm.

Super in the City Daphne Uviller Bantam, 2009, $12

If you think smart chick lit is oxymoronic, you’re in for a treat. Uviller may have moved upriver, but she knows Greenwich Village cold, and her debut novel is a laugh-outloud page-turner. When a lovable underachiever becomes the superintendent of her parents’ building, she uncovers more than a few twisted tales of the city.

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife Nava Atlas Simon & Schuster, 2009, $12

Vegetarian guru Atlas ties on her cocktail apron for a smorgasbord of sardonic recipes for life, from “What a Turkey Noodle Soup” to “Way Too Much on Your Plate” (serves one frazzled female) and “Happily-Ever-After Ambrosia.” The vintage-themed artwork is a hoot, with some truly frightening food photography from the Wonder Bread era.


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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Building and Remodeling John Barrows & Lisa Iannucci Alpha Books, 2009, $19.95

Former Poughkeepsie Journal writer Iannucci and Green Building Verifier and contractor Barrows offer a clear and nonidiotic guide to the complexities of going green, from basic definitions and funding resources to materials and building techniques for all parts of a home: insulation, EnergyStar appliances, even fencing and pools.


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Reasons to Hate the Sky Hyacinth for the Soul Stuart Bartow

WordTech Editions, 2008, $18

Joan I. Siegel

Deerbrook Editions 2009, $16.95

Spoor of Desire: Selected Poems William Seaton

FootHills Publishing 2008, $16


inding questions, we’re told, is the beginning of wisdom. Each of these collections poses elusive questions whose answers, embedded in the asking, form the basis of eloquent poems. Stuart Bartow is a nature poet in the tradition of Jack Gilbert, a transcendentalist a la Emerson, a romantic (think Wordsworth), but his work is playful, whimsical, and surprising, uniquely Bartow. In “Like Donne or Dickinson,” he addresses us: “At the instant you’re perishing, life flares.… An irresistible magnetic / field has caught your trajectory / where you’ll split / to infinity, between egg / and sperm, returning / to the restless stars, where you were drifting all along.” In Reasons to Hate the Sky, Bartow is drawn skyward, where his philosophical, environmental poetry breathes freely. Not the birdwatcher hunting rarities, he joys in the common: The goose (“As I surfaced to their clattering, their vexed / ascent over the stairways of air”), the owl (“Aroused by dusk, mole hunger, they rose / like great moths”), the crow (“a nightmare of black leaves / something afloat in a cold, white sea”). In poems both formal and free, the universe emerges as a living organism, gorgeous, mysterious, and deadly. “The call growing more subtle, / more coy, more dangerous / as it dimmed softer and softer / to the verge where language ends.” Tossing a starfish back into the water, the speaker realizes life’s fragility. “What love is keeping my life spared?” he asks. “We knew who we were back then,” begins Joan I. Siegel’s Hyacinth for the Soul—and I found myself sitting beside her on the stoop, “snug” in my “square-toed socks.” Siegel, professor emeritus at SUNY/Orange, offers a collection of sensual, compassionate, and highly individual poems. “As though darkness were a hand, / a tactile memory / like playing the piano.You touch lost things.” These lost things include childish fears (“black holes that could vacuum us / up like a pair of socks.”), joys (“you and your sister… comfortable as animals in each other’s smell,”) and puzzles (“How the veins / of the lamb on your plate looked / just like the veins in your wrist.”) The details of everyday life filtered through memory become mysterious. Her father, “dark as rain on black umbrellas” in a photo taken before her birth, will later ask his wife, “Who are you?” In these lovely poems, Siegel meditates on her experiences and thus allows us to see ourselves. William Seaton, the Hudson Valley’s own bricoleur, turns his hand to whatever falls beneath his gaze. A kind of literary Alexander Calder, forever tinkering with wire and weight, Seaton is captivated by everyday encounters: new-cut grass (“a million decapitations, the luxury of lying in spilt juices”); the “manic flash” of frantic winter flies; comicstrip characters (“What marvelous coiffure my Nancy has?”). He’s equally at home in the exotic: “Piledriver sun stamps a goldfoil nimbus about the brows / of shoeless bootblacks” in “Guayamus”; and in “Bush Path,” the sheen of fairytale: “He hung the parcel under dripping fronds, / and off a silent hippopotamus / slid and glided on with radiant wake.” Seaton’s Spoor of Desire, selected poems from his 40-year writing career, offers a range of material, including formal rhymed verse, found poems, and contemporary myth. His intention, like that of Montaigne four centuries ago, is to offer “my selfe fully and naked,” his goal to investigate “In what way is it becoming for one to live?” An important question. —Lee Gould

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Push Comes to Shove Wesley Brown

Concord Free Press, May 2009, $0


o, the price listed above is not a typesetting error. The back cover of Push Comes to Shove reads: THIS BOOK IS FREE. You may remember Abbie Hoffman’s 1971 call to revolution against government/corporate oppression, Steal This Book (now available on Kindle for the low, low price of $10.88). But Concord Free Press is after a different kind of revolution: a generosity-based publishing model. In exchange for your copy of the book, the company asks you to “give away money to a local charity, someone who needs it, or a stranger on the street,â€? then log onto its website ( and enter your donation amount. Donations presently total more than $47,000—and this is only the publisher’s second book. The novel is the third from acclaimed African-American novelist and playwright Wesley Brown, who teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1965 and joined the Black Panther Party in 1968. He also served a three-year sentence in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary for refusing induction into the armed services during the Vietnam War. His life experience puts the author on solid terrain in the novel, which opens as New Year’s Eve 1969 approaches. Police raid the headquarters of the black activist group Push Comes to Shove. Muriel Pointer, a hotheaded, seemingly fearless member of the group, survives what is less a raid than an all-out attack. Her lover and fellow activist, Walter Armstead, dies instantly at the hands of a shotgun-wielding cop. Traumatized, arrested, questioned, and released, Muriel enters the labyrinthine world of shadowy figures who execute a series of violent reprisals for Walter’s death and the elusive cop who tries repeatedly to catch them. Or is the man with the badge just another assassin? The story is told mostly from two points of view, each first person, with occasional interruptions from a third-person narrator. Brown does an admirable job of bringing out subtle differences in tone and language as he shifts between characters: Muriel’s voice captures the emotional numbness that often sets in following trauma; Raymond takes the more reliable narrative role, though he brings his own overstuffed satchel full of issues when he enters Muriel’s reality. Push Comes to Shove spans more than a decade, and though not a historical novel in the traditional sense, it opens a door to the world of the black liberation movement at a critical moment in American history. Muriel turns to journalism as an outlet for her rage at injustice, revealing the stories behind the extremists’ activist violence against the New York Police Department. Raymond, the steadfast professor of history who understands the value of putting distance between oneself and events in order to more fully understand them, tries to pull Muriel away from her dangerous undertakings and into family life. Though the ’70s may be seen by many as lacking the outrĂŠ panache of the ’60s, it was perhaps a necessary step back from the intensity and hysteria of the previous era in an attempt to understand—What the hell just happened? Are we okay? One of the major conflicts between Muriel and Raymond involves her attitude toward risk. Her opening line is “Like the rebellious of every generation, I was horny with idealism and foolishly believed that throwing my body in the path of injustice was enough to stop it.â€? It may be significant that Push Comes to Shove ends in 1984. A nod to Orwell? Almost certainly. And more to the point: Thanks to Orwell’s novel, 1984 has become synonymous with the phrase Big Brother Is Watching. —Kim Wozencraft

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Edited by Phillip Levine. Deadline for our August issue is July 5. Send up to three poems or three pages (whichever comes first). Full submission guidelines:\submissions.

It was so fast.

seeking partner who will overlook my neediness,

It was like brown lightning just shot out of my butt.

desperation, banality, shallowness, transparency, pettiness, smallness, and overall mediocrity and

—Lucy Bluestone Gilbertson (3 years, first poop without a diaper)

accept me for what i truly am —p

Poem Made of a Tree


In spring, the fog is cresting and settles nowhere like a dream a housefly might have. Through the fog, the green thunder of a too early tree sends out its birds, static and singing madly in a riot against the single cloud of sky. This love is abusive and it is the opposite of grace. It is inglorious and it is not a choice. At the train station, a man smells of coconut shampoo and hums an easy song to himself. He smokes a $.75 cigar and lifts a plum to his mouth and exaggerates a bite. Across the platform, a woman who can barely support her hair walks up the stairs and leans against a telephone pole. And she arrived at the station in a bus and she will be driven home in a bus. And the quiet grows from out of them like a tree. And through the fog, the green thunder of a too early tree sends out its birds, static and singing madly in a riot against the single cloud of sky.

Houses war to keep what happens in them from suck and blanch of time. This much I know, but what’s the meaning of my homeyness in them, places I couldn’t have been, lives I couldn’t have lived? Torn curtains blowing from blasted houses stop my breath and remind me of what I couldn’t have felt or thought or done.

I stop reading see myself running at the shore

Please accept our gunshot kissing sounds and have mercy on our lack of traditional strings. See! Look there! Our cocker spaniel who was lost the year the apple tree died of a fungus, he’s playing a cigarbox ukulele clawhammer style and he’s not bad.…

—Tom Bair

feel hot sand beneath my feet cold waves breaking, over my head.

I gargle my prayers aloud from center stage to the tune of William Tell’s overture.

—Sanford Fraser

What I really mean to say is Lord please please stop it’s all I can take

—Djelloul Marbrook

At My Desk my legs are numb as stone my head, stuffed with words

Drala Lights

Spike Jones’s Orchestra Plays Kyrie Eleison A voice sings about love the sun is setting the strings are about to swell but no instead, oh my, a child is playing the pots and pans falling down the stairs, which is the sound of the setting sun in the other world it’s our miscarried boy from years ago. I’m so proud of him. Someone forgot to mention that you were supposed to be born before you die, he never knew. Oh my, a friend I haven’t seen in fifteen years, he’s squeezing a giant clownhorn avoiding talking about what turned him off from my company.

If I must die, let it be by defenestration.

Mostly from an Earth Science Worksheet on Depressions

Throw me from the twenty-first story heights of western knowledge, of modern living, of faith in science into the mystic drala lights that glimmer on the greener edges of this town.

Below sea level, eroded by winds and dust, in a wilderness of quicksand and marsh: this broad feature.

even the anvil player sitting next to the muted trombone is known to have mercy softer than yours.

Sandstorm fog can blot out the sun above a dry lake bed, or travel elsewhere to fall with rain. Sometimes,

—Billy Internicola

May I savor every moment and become a believer on the way down. —Rose Anderson

one has to look back and back and back to trace a petal to its seed. Sometimes, all a body can do is talk, just talk. —Andy Fogle

3am Laundry My whites dry faster than I sober, and I know the stains of the week will leave less marks than the unfair bluntness of the night. —Sonia Halbach


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Matryoshka Dolls

Strawberry Cupcakes

Our silences Stack one inside another Like matryoshka dolls. Yesterday’s unsaid words Fit into the hollows Of today’s evasions. These, in turn, Will fill tomorrow’s shell

Baby, oh yeah What do ya what? Your cakes, baby (yeah, those cakes) Racing, sashaying with three good wheels and a bubblegum-laced cart Yeah, I am racing with my purple tiered hat, the one that disguises me and turns this handicapped game cart into my own Hollywood Raceway, one hand on the steering wheel, the fidgety-sticky surface, and another waving to the Guyanese lady with the grey stripe down the middle of her hairline, she nods as she polices the crowd from her $2 Made-in-China-shipped-to-Wal-Mart chair The sniff sniff of day-old fried chicken and blue cheese crumbles makes the babies begin to cry, They wouldn’t cry if they had one of my strawberry cupcakes He tells me, half-seriously, Come on now I’m hurrying Strawberries ashamed of their hometown, sugar-coke, hormone-free eggs Poufs of flour thrown in the air, imagine kids that snowstorms come inside This Candyland, where M I A is the Peppermint Stick Forest’s fairy godmother And the Gingermen take your photo in the restrooms Mix it, stir it, smoothness out of clumps of madness, pink riverbeds pouring in I’m riding this amazing heat wave out over at the Molasses Swamp, sticky indeed Oops, I did it again, and again and again and again, I’m pissing off Queen Frostine again with my nonchalance, late again she says Yeah but I got the goods I tell her, settle in hotcakes look, foil unwrapped In a barely lit theater, and despite the blackness and the delay, an impish smile Appears, yeah that’s what I’m talking about, a couple of sinful girls smiling Over strawberry cupcakes, the kind that makes everyone twitch backwards to see the competition.

Day after day The lacquered face Appears the same: Round, rosy-cheeked And smiling brightly. Yet larger, each time larger Than before. —Yana Kane

Land Silk snow covers the forest And orchards around my mother’s cabin. Like a little boy looking for bullet shells On a battle field at midnight, I creep through the wood.

—Farrah Nayka Ashline

Going by the doublewide near the dead stream I hear him shoo away possums with a sludge And beagle, As he did me last fall, Where you from boy? My inheritance is behind me and the snow melt Flow in my leather boots. I don’t care if she was my neighbor Or if yer mutha was Mary herself, Don’t want you here on this plot again.


Cedar Ave.

He sketched out my vision, then pressing the paper to my scalp, rubbing it smooth until it stuck, he bent me over.

Back in the day (yesterday morning) money grew on trees and trees grew through the pavement. Tripping along Cedar Ave. toward the train station did a foot no harm. Moving from station to station was enough.

Pulling me close, holding my head tight, he drilled.

Coyotes sing to the moon and laugh at their prey. I picture their teeth sinking in the skin painted red. Sic’em boy! I don’t see the sunken log and trip—my face a cold pale shining.

How strange, I thought, the casual way he changes my body forever.

I wander a bit more through the dark thickets Where the ice around thorns and pines beam at me Shivering, Take yer stroll somewhere else.

—A. M. Drewes

Cold Shoulder

I can see the cabin’s heater flicker In front of the loom, I hear the poppings of his aerosol cans Thrown in a blazing woodfire.

Poetry and I are not speaking. We had a falling out. She insists it was a falling in, but isn’t that just like poetry?

—Noah Burton

No train today just another afternoon in our bold future where regulations are kid’s stuff and bundled garbage lines the street, but no more accountants to haul it away. —E. F. Zapata

—David Manglass

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ucked alongside the Rondout Creek, the tiny hamlet of Rosendale still makes a sizable mark on Ulster County. Known historically for its production of natural cement, Rosendale’s visual character comes in part from the remnants of its industrial glory days. The Delaware and Hudson Canal’s barges ferried anthracite coal from the mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania on its way to New York City through the town in the 19th century. The defunct Wallkill Valley Railroad trestle (now a breathtaking pedestrian walkway) arches far above Main Street. Below, old cement kilns and a silo can be spotted. In the southwestern corner of town, there are caves where ice persists year round. Musicians and poets often draw large crowds for events at the Widow Jane Mine on the Snyder Estate. Thirty years ago, locals threw the first Rosendale Street Festival. It has since become an (almost) annual summertime event. In 2009, dozens of bands and scores of vendors will fill Main Street on July 18 and 19.Volunteerrun and free to the public, this colorful grassroots celebration has drawn up to 25,000 people in previous years. Any earnings are funneled back into the community through the support of local nonprofit organizations. Downtown stores flood with customers during the street festival. Visitors enjoy melt-in-your-mouth lemon Bundt cakes at the Alternative Baker, where everything is made from scratch by the talented Essell HoenshellWatson, who will tell many a story to happy customers while they float in clouds of sweet scent. Across the street, Yuval and Lisa Sterer welcome

people to the Big Cheese. Shoppers may choose from a varied assortment of cheeses, Mediterranean deli items, gourmet ice cream, and unique clothing the couple hand-selects in Israel. A few doors down, a full vegetarian meal may be appreciated at the comfortable Rosendale Café. The food is solid, healthy, and satisfying; work by local artists graces the walls; and its intimate performance space has hosted the world’s best musicians for over 15 years. There’s also live music at the Bywater Bistro on the weekends. With outdoor-deck seating along the Rondout Creek, it’s a pleasing choice for dinner and drinks on a hot summer night. The café and bistro are common places to stop before heading to the Rosendale Movie Theater. A converted firehouse, the building was bought by the Cacchio family in 1949, who run the business to this day. Having just commemorated its 60th year of operation, the theater is a Hudson Valley favorite for its gilded, old-school charm. Moviegoers can admire old Cacchio family photos in the lobby and purchase candy from antique vending machines before taking in an independent or commercial film on the single silver screen. Alongside this Rosendale relic, Canaltown Alley Arts and Learning Center is something new. Located behind the Big Cheese, the center offers yoga, reiki, and massage, as well as classes in voice, music, and theater. Also an intimate performance space, Canaltown Alley is committed to building community and creative networking, and to advancing economic growth through the arts. 7/09 ChronograM rosendale


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Resident Ron Parenti and friends had a like purpose in mind when they founded the Rosendale Arts Squad this past spring. “We got together and had a similar vision,” Parenti says, “of building an environmentally conscious, artfriendly business environment in Rosendale.” The group is currently accepting applications from artists and craftspeople who are interested in selling their wares in the Belltower on Main Street. Every weekend throughout the summer, visitors may check out what treasures are up for sale in the majestic, old church. Another Rosendale home for the visual arts is the Women’s Studio Workshop, a 35-year-old cultural powerhouse located a short distance from Main Street up Binnewater Road. The workshop features printmaking, hand papermaking, ceramics, letterpress printing, photography, and book arts studios. Fellowships, grants, residencies, internships, and workshops are made available to women artists, and exhibitions this summer showcase the works of Amanda Thackray and Kristen Von Hohen. The healing arts are made available in the hamlet through the work of Kate Finley’s Rosendale Acupuncture, which is housed in a bright, welcoming space. Having received her masters degree from the Pacific College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Finley has a gentle, knowledgeable touch. And if one wishes to go inward for spiritual healing, the Blue Sky Lodge holds twice-weekly open meditation sessions. In a woodland setting away from town, the lodge offers retreat programs, Buddhist studies, Shambhala

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Endangered species Local Independent Booksellers Are at Risk


By Carl Frankel Photographs by David Morris Cunningham

llen Shapiro is worried. A co-owner of Woodstock’s Golden Notebook bookstore, she reports that sales are “fair to middling.” A sadness in her voice, though, suggests things may be worse than that. The shop, a long-time Woodstock institution, has fallen on hard times after having steadily increasing sales for its first 25 years. The Golden Notebook isn’t alone, as independent booksellers everywhere face a devastating triple whammy. First up: severe competition from corporate chains. Big-box bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders offer one-stop, discount-pricing convenience. Less notoriously, mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco have also jumped into the business and claimed a sizable percentage of book sales. Second, there is the meteoric rise of the Internet with all that implies: transformed information-consumption habits, massive “let your mouse do the clicking” hard-copy book purchases through and, most recently, the emergence of the Kindle, Amazon’s potentially revolutionary e-book reader. The capper is the so-called recession, which may actually be a depression. Carol Scalzo, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, says, “People are being more cautious with their discretionary income these days. Where they would have bought a hardback, now they’re waiting for the paperbook to come out, and they’re buying two or three titles instead of four or five.” If things are bad for Barnes & Noble, they’re worse for independent booksellers, where price points are often higher. The result is predictable. Glub, glub, and all too often, glub, as locally owned bookstores go down for the third time. Membership in the American Booksellers Association (ABA), which represents independent booksellers, declined by about 10 percent—or roughly 150 bookstores—last year. Much of this attrition occurred because stores went out of business. It’s not quite plague season out there, but things aren’t blossoming, either, not by a long shot. Meg Z. Smith, the ABA’s chief marketing officer, rejects the notion that independent bookstores are an endangered species. “Stores that are deeply embedded in their communities often continue to do well,” she reports. Also: “People are still entering the business. Last year, 64 new independent bookstores opened, and over 100 new stores opened in each of the three years before that.” Heartening though this is, opening bookstores now may represent love’s triumph


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over logic. People become booksellers because they’re passionate about books, not because they’re looking to leverage their Harvard MBA. “People don’t do this for the money,” says Susanna Hermans, a co-owner with her father of Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton. “We’re getting by, have great customers, and love what we do. What more can one ask for?” It’s a great take on life—and one, moreover, that captures the essential wisdom that underlies localism: do well enough financially, and celebrate the true wealth that comes from a life rich in love and community. You need to keep the doors open to lead this life, though, and many bookstore owners aren’t doing that. Diversification is one way to buck the tide. “Many owners are expanding their inventories to include higher-margin items such as stuffed animals and stationery,” says the ABA’s Meg Smith. “Others are opening coffeehouses or selling used books.” This is not the approach that Carmichael’s, which is Louisville, Kentucky’s leading independent bookstore, opted for. “We’ve stayed true to our core business, which is selling books,” says owner Carol Besse. Her strategy has worked: Sales have tripled over the past 10 years, and Carmichael’s was recently named 2009 Bookstore of the Year by the industry flagship publication Publisher’sWeekly. “We love books,” says Besse, echoing Oblong’s Susanna Hermans, “and so do our customers. They come to us because they want to talk to someone knowlegeable about books, browse the aisles, and handle the merchandise.” One key to success, according to Besse: “We have lots of local visibility. Whenever an author is in town, we’re out there selling books.” So: Is it best to diversify or stick to one’s book-knitting? Opinion seems to vary on this question, and on other matters too. For instance, while it’s clear that community support is essential, local booksellers disagree on what kind of communities are likeliest to be supportive. For Susanna Hermans, disposable income is an important differentiator. “We’re fortunate to be in the Hudson Valley, a relatively affluent area that’s been less hardhit by the recession than elsewhere. Many people come to Millerton and Rhinebeck for the local shopping experience.” Brian Donoghue, owner of the Inquiring Mind Bookstore with storefronts in Saugerties and New Paltz, sees things differently. “In Saugerties, sales started de-

above: Ellen Shapiro of the Golden Notebook in woodstock. opposite: Brian Donoghue of Oblong Books in rhinebeck.

clining the same day Barnes & Noble opened in Kingston,” he says. “In part, this may be because Saugerties is a part-time residence for many people. Where there’s more of a year-round community, the commitment appears to be greater.” This diversity of viewpoints suggests that some guesswork may be going on here. One gets the sense that independent booksellers are tossing explanations— and strategies—against the wall, and going with what sticks. Still, there are some underlying verities. First: Without robust community support, death is as close to assured as, well, taxes. This puts the onus on independent booksellers to earn and strengthen that community support. Local owners understand this. InWoodstock, the Golden Notebook has launched a nonprofit fundraiser program. It will stay open any Monday night and donate 20 percent of sales to a local nonprofit. Meanwhile, over in Saugerties, the Inquiring Mind is operating a coffeehouse. “It’s a real community center, and it’s gotten a good response,” says Brian Donoghue. “We’re hopeful it will enable us to survive.” Donoghue also owns a company, Mental Health Resources, that helps people and their families cope with mental health challenges. “Sometimes we recommend books and they come into the store to buy them,” he says. “We’re providing a service to the community, and it provides some business benefits as well.” Second: If the only way to have a shot at surviving is by tossing stuff against the wall, start slinging. In addition to hosting regular fundraisers, the Golden Notebook recently started buying and selling used books, and also hosted its first-ever school book fair. Owner Ellen Shapiro regularly appears on WAMC’s “Roundtable,” talking about books. A group of friends has formed a “Save Our Bookstore” committee to brainstorm other strategies. Other bookstores are responding similarly. Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson has a working bar, featuring local brews, and an art supplies section. Baby Grand Books in Warwick has a thriving jazz and cabaret series, and just launched a College of Poetry led by local poets William Seaton and Robert Milby. Steps like these are increasingly necessary. “I’m a book lover, an avid reader, and a very knowledgeable bookseller,” says Shapiro. Until recently, these qualities were enough to make her a “relatively successful businessperson.” But not now. At the end of the day, if stores like the Golden Notebook are to survive, community members need to do more than open their hearts. They need to open their

wallets. This can be difficult during times like these when wallets are skinny and every dollar counts. Few people would question that local bookstores merit our support, and not just because their owners are our neighbors. Locally owned bookstores are community hubs—and fun ones, too, with idiosyncratic and often charming personalities. The Oblong Books store in Millerton provides a good example. “It’s become something of a destination,” says Susanna Hermans. “People come from Massachusetts and western Connecticut. They like the store for its quirkiness and the creakiness of its floors.” Independent bookstores are also, in the elegant formulation of the ABA’s Meg Smith, “curators of the culture.” They are honeybees—local pollinators of wisdom and learning. If we lose them, as with the honeybees, something precious and important will depart from our lives. What makes the difference between wishing our local bookstores well and actually taking steps to sustain them? Here, there seems to be consensus: It’s all about education. More specifically, people need to be cognizant of the economic, social and cultural benefits of supporting not just independent bookstores, but locallyowned businesses generally. “If you want communities to remain viable and interesting, you need to support your local merchants,” says Brian Donoghue. “Otherwise the world will become virtual, and that will be a change for the worse.” Meg Smith, the ABA’s resident optimist-in-chief, believes that the burgeoning localism movement is already helping independent booksellers. “Many bookstores are deeply involved in local independent business alliances,” she reports. “We’re seeing a shift in awareness among consumers about buying local. They are much more mindful about where they’re spending their money.The economic arguments for buying local are really taking root.” The ABA has a well-received program called IndieBound, which promotes shopping locally. Still, timing is everything, and for many independent booksellers, the hour is getting late. The Grim Reaper has already made one bookstore stop to the mid-Hudson Valley, back in 2006 when New Paltz’s Ariel Books closed down. Are further visits in the offing? Quite possibly, if current trends are any indicator. Which brings us to our final question. Who will ultimately determine whether or not the Reaper does a drive-by? The community, that’s who. Look in the mirror and you’ll have your answer. 7/09 ChronograM green living


Food & Drink

Susun Weed in her backyard near Woodstock


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Preserved herbs on a shelf in Susun Weed’s home

We Are the Weed

Eating the backyard Fantastic By Peter Barrett photographs by Jennifer May


n Second Nature, his 1991 book on gardening, Michael Pollan titles a chapter “Nature Abhors a Garden.” Those of us who grow food know how much labor is involved in preparing the soil and nurturing the plants we ensconce there. Much of the work comes in the form of weeding; without our regular exertions, many of our crops would be muscled out in short order by sturdier, wild species. Even if our vegetable and flower gardens are immaculately tended, we all still have areas on our property that are unkempt, where weeds encroach on the order we struggle to maintain. And if you don’t spray your lawn with chemicals (which, because you read Chronogram, you obviously do not) then it’s actually a tapestry of grass mixed with dandelion, clover, plantain, and a dozen other plants that may or may not offend your aesthetic sensibilities (notwithstanding the far greater offense of brutal toxic interventions). But what if we changed our relationship to these interlopers? What if we learned that many of them, in addition to being highly nutritious and therapeutic, were also delicacies, often requiring little preparation and—due to their extraordinary tenacity—a minimum of care? All of a sudden the first flush of dandelions would be an announcement that tangy leaves, tender buds, and easy wine are on the menu. The stinging nettles we curse for zapping us when we’re trying to pick something else would become the first dark greens of the season, providing velvety soups and purées. The burly burdock that resists all attempts to remove it from that spot by the garage instead becomes a welcome guest, furnishing us with nutty, toothsome roots for braising—and giving our liver a major assist in detoxifying our bodies. If we know how many of these normally unwanted plants make for healthy, excellent eating, we can expand our notion of garden to all those areas that fall outside of our cultivated beds— and the world becomes, if not our oyster, then at least our salad bar.

Herbalist Susun Weed is an author, a teacher, and founder of the Wise Woman Center in Saugerties. She is a passionate expert on the medicinal and culinary uses of plants, and encourages everyone to learn about wild edibles. Beyond the pleasure involved, many of the common plants in our area are highly beneficial to our bodies, and her practice is to integrate the two aspects into a holistic approach: “Knowing how wild plants effect health is part of knowing how to cook,” she says, noting that “you don’t need a prescription to eat dinner.” In addition to making them a regular part of their diet, she and her students prepare a huge range of tinctures, decoctions, teas, and vinegars from the plants that grow on her property so that they can enjoy their benefits throughout the year. Her gardens—fenced only to keep her goats out—reflect her all-inclusive attitude toward the plant kingdom. Wild plants grow alongside more traditional cultivars, and if a beneficial tree begins to grow—say, from a peach pit in the compost—she leaves it. As it gets bigger, shading its neighbors, she moves the garden somewhere else, reclaiming more rocky ground with crumbly compost. It’s a style that many gardeners might have a hard time with, but behind the eccentric method is an important guiding principle: Nature is not our adversary. If we eat the weeds, then we don’t mind having them in our garden. It’s a nifty piece of perceptual jujitsu that allows one to embrace the wild world and gather food from much more of our plot, no matter how modest. Dina Falconi is a Stone ridge-based herbalist and author who is dedicated to teaching people the lost art of foraging. “It changes your world view,” she says, “it transforms you from a victim of the weeds into a collaborator with them.” She encourages what she calls a “salad practice”—the regular collection of wild greens teaches us to pay attention to the changes in the plants throughout the 7/09 ChronograM food & drink



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seasons, and to gather things at their peak. We thus become the curators of our food, and each bowl of salad becomes a snapshot of that time and place. She emphasizes the need for an ongoing relationship with the plants, so that we can learn how they grow and change, and when they taste best. Falconi and Weed both advocate “gardening the weeds”—with a little thinning and compost, the wild greens like amaranth or lamb’s quarters will reward you with bigger leaves and faster growth. Jason Rosenberg teaches wild foraging at the Regeneration CSA, which holds regular classes on this and related subjects. He is a big fan of toasting chopped dried roots with seeds and salt to make a crunchy snack. “Steamed greens with a little oil and salt are an excellent way to get started with wild plants,” he says, noting that some people may need to ease into the stronger flavors gradually. He also loves rose hips, sumac, and berberis (barberry) in the fall and winter as a source of vitamin C and energy when walking. He describes barberries as “a cross between cranberries and Adderall,” since they have a bright sourness and boost concentration. It is, however, important to clearly state—in Weed’s words—that “it’s not a supermarket out there.” Some wild plants can make you sick. Some plants look similar to other plants. In the interest of safety, we should begin our education with someone who knows the subject well. Rosenberg says “start with the weeds already in your garden; they’re familiar, and other experienced gardeners can tell you what is what.” Falconi agrees, stressing the need for supervised forays at first, until one is familiar with plants at different stages of growth. “Learn one plant at a time,” Weed advises. Begin with the easiest- dandelions are everywhere, and all parts of the plant are edible (though the stems are less useful). The flowers make wonderful wine, leaves are superb in salads, pesto, or cooked, and the dried roots make a rich coffee substitute. Burdock roots, peeled, sliced, and simmered with a little soy sauce make a wonderful side dish by themselves or with other roots in the fall. Try making a purée of burdock root and mushrooms, then whisking it into a turkey fat roux on Thanksgiving; your guests will demand to know why the gravy is so insanely good. Steamed nettles or lamb’s quarters are a dark and velvety delight, with a profound green flavor and silky texture that surpasses any cultivated leaf (“It’s always funny to see someone planting spinach and weeding out the lamb’s quarters,” says Falconi). And sumac panicles—soaked, blended, then strained—make an excellent citrus juice substitute for people keen on local eating; try it with honey or maple syrup, as is, or reduced to make a glaze for duck or ham. Creamy soups and pestos are two of the simplest preparations for wild greens, and simply substituting them for cultivated greens in your favorite recipes like spinach pie or lasagna is an effortless way to integrate them into your normal diet. Some people will need to get used to the feral flavors of some plants, but over time what once was unpalatably bitter—say, dandelion and garlic mustard pesto—will be savored as the best damn thing you ever put on a steak. And the untamed complexity of these plants gives them some powerful nutritional and healing properties; they have a large arsenal of chemical compounds which protect them from disease and can do the same for us. And they also happen to be a free lunch, requiring no money, carbon, or energy expenditure beyond the picking and washing. Having said that, though, pleasure should be front and center in your exploration; the health and environmental benefits are the natural result of eating weeds. Finally, it’s useful to reflect on this: Most of these plants don’t grow in the woods, or in wilderness areas—they require the disturbed soil that we create by building, farming, and gardening. Many of them are not indigenous, and came with settlers, thriving as agriculture, grazing, and development gave them purchase in the new world. This fact is key to redefining our relationship to these plants; as Pollan says a little later on in Second Nature: “Working in concert, European weeds and European humans proved formidable ecological imperialists, rapidly driving out native species and altering the land to suit themselves. In a sense, the invading species had less in common with the retiring, provincial plants they ousted than with the Europeans themselves. Or perhaps that should be put the other way around. ‘If we confine the concept of weeds to species adapted to human disturbance,’ writes Jack R. Harland in Crops and Man, ‘then man is by definition the first and primary weed under whose influence all other weeds have evolved.’Weeds are not the Other. Weeds are us.”

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1817 SOUTH ROAD, RTE. 9 (ACROSS FROM KOHLʟS) WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY (845) 298-9869 • 298-9872

Sushi & Restaurant 49 MAIN STREET NEW PALTZ, NY (845) 255-0162

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407 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-3355 or 1 (800) 399-3589 100% all butter scratch, full-service, smallbatch, made-by-hand bakery. Belgian hot chocolate, fresh vegetable soups, salads and sandwiches (Goat Cheese Special is still winning awards.) Plus treats vegan and made without gluten, dairy or sugar. Wedding cakes by appointment only. Lemon Cakes shipped nationwide per Williams-Sonoma catalog. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Open 7 AM for the best egg sandwiches ever! Across from Cinema.

The Beacon Bagel

466 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-6958

Cafes Bean Runner Cafe

201 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 737-1701


Gourmet take-out store serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Featuring local and imported organic foods, delicious homemade desserts, sophisticated four star food by Chefs Richard Erickson and Jonathan Sheridan. Off-premise full-service catering and event planning for parties of all sizes.

Homespun Foods

232 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 831-5096

Simple Gifts & Goodies

19 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 568-0050

Catering Lagusta’s Luscious

(845) 255-8VEG Lagusta’s Luscious brings heartbreakingly delicious, sophisticated weekly meal deliveries of handmade vegetarian food that meat-andpotatoes people love too to the Hudson Valley and NYC. We are passionate about creating political food-locally grown organic produce, fair wages, environmentally sustainable business practices-that tastes just as good as that served at the finest restaurants. Let us end weeknight meal boredom forever.

Delis Jack’s Meats and Deli

79 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2244

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119 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2833 Ernest Hemingway once said, “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” (p.m.) thinks Ernest was right and wants to share a wonderful selection of wines with you. We also know Ernest loved his cocktails, so now we have a fully stocked bar ready to offer you a nice range of spirits to compliment our tapas style menu. We’re looking forward to having you come and enjoy (p.m.).

Abruzzi Trattoria

3191 Route 22, Patterson, NY (845) 876-6800

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948 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 340-9800

accommodate 150 guests seated, and 250 for cocktail events. Off-site services available. Terrapin’s custom menus always include local, fresh, and organic ingredients.

Anna’s Restaurant

Corner of Broadway and West Street Newburgh, NY (845) 562-1220


30 Plank Road, Newburgh, NY (845) 568-6102

Bywater Bistro

419 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-3210


4258 Route 44, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-5888 “Cozy in winter, glorious garden dining in summer...wonderful food, delightful ambiance...a treasure!” “You’ll really get away from it all while feeling right at home at Charlotte’s...” “Cozy, fire-placed restaurant with tremendous food from a varied and original menu that ranges from devilish to devine.” -Some of our reviews.

Christine’s on Broadway 167 Broadway, Newburgh, NY (845) 863-0990

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Pamela’s Traveling Feast

Route 9, Hyde Park, NY (845) 471-6608

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Cup and Saucer Restaurant and Tea Room

(845) 562-4505 Staatsburg, NY (845) 889-8831

Escape from the ordinary to celebrate the extraordinary. Let us attend to every detail of your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, corporate event or any special occasion. On-site we can

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788 Broadway, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-9422

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Division Street Grill

26 N Division Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 739-6380

Gilded Otter

3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-1700 A warm and inviting dining room and pub overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu, and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier. Chef driven and brewed locally!

Gomen Kudasai-Japanese Noodles and Home Style Cooking 215 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8811

Come and experience Japanese Homestyle Cooking served fresh daily at Gomen Kudasai. Our menu features homemade Gyoza dumplings, hot noodle soups and stir-fried noodles made with either Soba or Udon. All of our food is MSG free, GMO free, vegan friendly, organic when possible, and locally produced when available.

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Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa | 5 Church St., New Paltz NY | 845.255.2772 Hours: Wed/Th 5-9, Fri 5-10, Sat 3-10, Sun 4-9

Poughkeepsie Journal Rating Excellent by Zagat’s Vegetarian dishes available ∙ 2 great locations

18 Garden Street, Rhinebeck (845) 876-7338 (845) 876-7278 62

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74 Broadway, Tivoli (845)757-5055 (845)757-5056

Want to taste the best Sushi in the Hudson Valley? Osaka Restaurant is the place. Vegetarian dishes available. Given four stars by the Poughkeepsie Journal. Visit our second location at 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY, (845) 757-5055.

The River Grill 40 Front Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-9444

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Live music and authentic curry dishes each weekend make this steakhouse, located in America’s first art colony, a standout. The pub boasts 13 great beers on tap. Call for specials, to make reservations or arrange a catered affair.

THE best place for Sushi, Teriyaki or Tempura in the Hudson Valley. Delectable specialty rolls; filet mignon, seafood, and chicken teriyaki. Japanese beers. Imported and domestic wines. Elegant atmosphere and attentive service. The finest sushi this side of Manhattan! Open every night for dinner and every day but Sunday for lunch. Takeout always available.

La Puerta Azul

Route 44 (East of the Millbrook Taconic Exit), Salt Point, NY (845) 677-AZUL (2985) BEST Mexican / Latino Cuisine 2008. BEST Margarita 2008. BEST Restaurant Interior 2007.-Hudson Valley Magazine, **** Poughkeepsie Journal. Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights. Check our website for our menu and special events schedule. 111 Main Street, Philmont, NY (518)672-7801

Voted “Best Sushi in the Hudson Valley” Chronogram & Hudson Valley Magazine

18 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278

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Osaka Restaurant

5 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY (845) 739-4330

337 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 339-1128

“This place is magic.” — at Suruchi, 5/29/09, Angela Starks, New Paltz, NY

Voted Best Sushi Restaurant by Chronogram readers and rated four stars by Poughkeepsie Journal. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Eat in or take out. We offer many selections of Sushi and Sashimi, an extensive variety of special rolls, and kitchen dishes. Live Lobster prepared daily. Parking in rear available. Major credit cards accepted.

240 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-0002

Kyoto Sushi

Discover our heavenly cuisine, fresh & homemade from the finest ingredients. All entrees spiced to order. Special requests honored whenever possible. Early Bird 10% discount.

49 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0162


334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101


Neko Sushi & Restaurant

Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant 301 Broadway, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-6478

Main Course

232 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2600 Four-star, award-winning, contemporary American cuisine serving organic, natural, and free-range Hudson Valley products. Wednesday and Thursday nights, food and wine pairing menu available. Voted Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley.

516-518 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 790-5375

Suruchi-A Fine Taste of India 5 Church Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2772 Delectable authentic Indian cuisine, beautiful atmosphere. All fresh ingredients. Free-range chicken, vegetarian, organic choices. 95% gluten free. Regular seating or Indian style cushioned platform booths. Fine wines/ crafted beer. Everyday Early Bird 10% Food Discount-In-house (check website for times). 10% Student Food Discount. Wednesday through Sunday dinner.

Terrapin Red Bistro 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3330 Sometimes, you just want a really Great Hamburger! Terrapin Red Bistro serves all sorts of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, quesadillas, nachos, fish ‘n’ chips and hamburgers. Enjoy the build your own sandwich menu, or find some favorites from the restaurant in a hip, relaxed, casual bistrostyle atmosphere.

Terrapin Restaurant 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3330 Voted “Best of the Hudson Valley” by Chronogram Magazine. From far-flung origins, the world’s most diverse flavors meet and mingle here, in this room, at your table. From elements both historic and eclectic comes something surprising, fresh and dynamic: dishes to delight both body and soul. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Torches on the Hudson 120 Front Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 568-0100

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant 807 Warren Street, Hudson , NY (518) 822-1128

Wherehouse 119 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-7240

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Tamworth pigs at Northwind Farms in tivoli

High on the Hog

Local Chefs Are Bullish on Pork

By Karin Ursula Edmondson


he pig first evolved in Asia around two and one half million years ago before extending its habitat north into Russia and Japan and west into India, Mongolia, Central Asia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and eventually into Europe. Fossil remains of the earliest swine indicate there existed both pigs with a vegetarian diet and those with a decidedly more omnivorous palate, which sometimes included carrion and humans. This unscrupulous scavenging undoubtedly contributed to the pig’s unfortunate reputation even at the dawn of civilization—although they existed in Ancient Egypt, there are no paintings of pigs to be found in Egyptian tomb paintings—and subsequent banishment from the Jewish and Muslim diet.The pig, a member of the Suidae family, encompasses 16 species of pigs and hogs in eight genera, including the modern domestic pig—Sus scrofa or Sus domesticus. Generally, pigs are divided into two races—the white, so-called Celtic pigs, which include all of the familiar northern European and American pigs, and the black such as the iberico. The fat of the black pig is naturally rich in monosaturates and when fed the right diet combined with exercise, it develops a lot of intramuscular fat which makes for tasty meat. White pigs lack this propensity for both intramuscular fat and monosaturates. The whole hog Despite popular conjecture, snout-to-tail eating (that is, utilizing all parts of the pig for food) is not something that current locavores, slow foodies, the environmentally conscious set, or the new generation of farmers have recently discovered. Ancient Romans were joyous ingestors of pig; some bits—such as pig vulvas and teats (no account of patrician Roman banquets fails to mentions these)—are still too racy for today’s porcine renaissance. Ancient Greek culinary repertoire indicates the allantoupoles or specialist prepared dishes like roast suckling pig, fattened on grapes and stuffed with herbs that are quite similar to

modern charcuterie. The modern meat eating world of post-industrial America can lay claim to the ignominious fact of being the first of several generations disdainful of whole pig (or cow or sheep or goat, for that matter), opting for luxury cuts of chop, cutlet, loin, round, brisket, butt—cuts cited as least flavorful. Snout-to-tail eating, championed by several Hudson Valley farmers and chefs, favors a world view that is one part environmental—“eating the whole animal is certainly a smaller footprint,” says Rich Reeve of Elephant wine and tapas bar in Kingston—and one part economical; obscure cuts are less desired, and thus less expensive. Nearly every single farmer and chef swoons over pig fat. “Pork fat rules,” says Reeve. “The Chinese call pig belly the ‘five layers of heaven’ because it is meat-fat-meat-fat-skin.” Roasted pig bellies are really popular at the Country Inn in Krumville, according to chef Spencer Mass. Chef Rei Peraza, executive chef at the Rhinecliff Hotel, loves pig fat for its flexibility. “Cure it, slice it paper-thin, and serve it over anything, warm toast, a piece of scallop,” he says. “Pig fat’s melting point offers great mouth feel in pates and sausages. Braised pork belly has awesome richness and depth of flavor.” Josh Applestone, owner/butcher at Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats in Kingston, favors pigs’ feet slow cooked “forever and ever so they become beautiful globs of fat and skin.” Jeffrey Gimmel of Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson salt-cures pig belly first, then confits it in duck fat for hours so the belly “ends up incredibly luxurious and succulent.” Inherent in snout-to-tail is the old-fashioned prudent fiscal ethos, creative in a pioneering, intelligent manner and the antithesis of consumerist reliance on replacement instead of imaginative and alternative use. Farmer Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow says that historically, pigs were essential for providing fresh meat, meat for curing, and versatile pig fat to preserve meat or make soap. “New trend? Hardly,” says farmer Denise Warren of 7/09 ChronograM culinary adventures


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Stone and Thistle Farm in East Meredith. “The rest of the world has been eating the whole animal for centuries. Only gluttonous Americans have the luxury of eating the chops and not worrying where the rest of the animal goes.” “Complete pigs offer such a variety of flavors, textures, and techniques, making for a true gastronomic experience,” says Peraza. “The history of pigs within different cultures offers an interesting look into the survival of these cultures.What would we have done without the pig, salt, and fermentation?” Chef Josephine Proul of Local 111 in Philmont recalls her grandfather’s post-holiday tradition of “putting whole leftover hambones into the meat sauce and brewing it for hours on the stove until the meat was all stripped away from the bone and the sauce was meaty and rich.” At Swoon, headcheese terrine and guanciale (jowl) terrine appear regularly on the menu, and Gimmel sources local because “of the real joy in having to buy the entire hog, not just one or two prime cuts. Figuring out how to utilize and make every last piece delicious is a labor of love.” The curious gastronome might readily venture forth into uncharted pig territory at a restaurant but the implementation of snout-to-tail eating at home lags behind. “Pig trotters are not in mainstream demand, although we do get a lot of culinary kids asking for the off-parts,” says Fleisher’s Applestone. “We need people who are not afraid to try pig’s ears or cheeks. Don’t yuck the yum until you’ve tried it. In our store, no one’s allowed to yuck the yum.” Some pig Hudson Valley pig farmers raise their animals primarily on pasture, supplemented with organic grains in winter, without any antibiotics or other drugs. Pigs, with only one stomach as opposed to the bovine two-stomach system, metabolize fat differently; they do not process the fat they eat in a second stomach. Ruminants digest things twice, transforming fat into hard hydrogenated and saturated fat. For example, a pig that eats peanuts will deposit the fat as peanut oil, soft fat, which is the reason that pig fat has more of the subtle flavors of acorns, peanuts, soybeans, corn, or pasture grasses that the animal consumes. (In the United States, industrially produced pigs are usually fed a “hygienically produced” diet of ground-up viscera and fish meal, thus inhibiting factory-farmed pig flesh from tasting sublime.) Local farmers frequently raise heritage breeds like Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot, Landrace-Durocs, or Berkshire, pigs that are naturally capable of living off the land with minimal supervision. Some farmers, like Clement, prefer to process (not slaughter, as this is regulated by the government and requires an inspected kill in a USDA-approved slaughterhouse) the pigs on their farm in order to “get all of the funny bits the slaughterhouses aren’t set up for like tails, ears, heads.” A licensed kitchen allows Clement to offer pig lard, pig tails (“mostly fat around a bone; use it like a wand for greasing pans”), pig ears, nitrate-free bacon, pate, and seven varieties of pork sausages: hot and sweet Italian, Asiago, garlic and parsley, breakfast, Tuscan sun-dried tomato and herb, kielbasa, Irish bangers, and chorizo. Warren and her husband raise Tamworth and Berkshire pigs on pasture, in woods, and fields. The pigs also eat certified organic grains and tons of goat milk, gallons of whey and expired organic products or “flopped” dairy products like yogurt, Skyr (Icelandic yogurt), cream, milk, and crème fraiche—the pigs’ favorite. “These are pigs with great taste and panache,” says Warren. The Warrens’ pigs truly work for them, using their strong snouts as rototillers to turn over the compost pile and the pumpkin fields, cleaning up the unharvested squash and greens. At Northwind Farms Richard and Jane Biezynski raise about 100 pigs—a selection of Berkshire, Berkshires crosses, Yorkshires, Landraces, Hampshire, Hampshire crosses, Tamworths, and Gloucester Old Spots—on 196 acres in Tivoli. “When it comes to feeding, I’m not going to give up my secrets,” Richard says. “Yes, our pigs are out there in the open, on pasture. There are pigs all over the place, even down by the pond, where I don’t want them.” Fleisher’s has the capability to process six to eight Landrace-Duroc crosses a week, thus requiring many animals on the ground. “First and foremost, we are governors of the land and don’t want to overwhelm the land,” says Applestone, who sources pigs from three Mennonite families in Pine Plains who divide the work. One family grows silage corn, another handles breeding, and the third pastures and finishes. The inspection of the farm doesn’t matter as much as Applestone’s final inspection—on his butcher’s table. “I love pig. I appreciate good meat, good animal husbandry, healthy color, strong musculature,” he says. “And, being a surgeon, when I get the pig up on the table I know what’s what.”

Richard Biezynski and his son, Russell, at Northwind Farms in tivoli

Forget pork chops The pig parts discussed with affection by Hudson Valley chefs are jowls, trotters (the forearm or foot of the animal) ears, hearts, bellies, and cheeks. Chef Peraza is currently working with Ossabaw, a breed that is a direct descendant of the black Spanish pig that was introduced to the Americas via the Mid-Atlantic coast. The pig’s debut in the New World can be traced to Christopher Columbus’s second voyage (1492-1496), via the ship’s manifest that lists eight iberico offloaded in Cuba. (The pig arrived on the North American mainland in 1539 when Hernando de Soto commenced his explorations through the southeast with 13 animals that he’d rounded up in Cuba.) Peraza’s menu has included warm chicory salad with fingerling potatoes, pickled pearl onions, bacon vinaigrette, and crisp pig ear confit. “We braise the ears in white wine and aromatics, coat them in barley flour, and fry them crisp to toss with rest of the ingredients,” he explains. “Garnish is a poached duck egg.” Another dish, pig’s foot en gelee with horseradish and black truffle foam, is made by “braising the pig’s foot in Gewürztraminer, clarifying the braising liquid and infusing it with horseradish juice then setting the pulled pig’s foot en gelee and topping with a foam made with Oregon black truffles.” Peraza’s favorite way to eat pig? “Serrano ham, straight up,” he says. “Just bread, ham, and olive oil and pernil [a small whole pig or, more commonly, a leg marinated with garlic, cumin, onions, and sour orange juice and slow roasted in a pit].” At Elephant, the board says “Swine is Fine.” The swine of the week features a changing selection of imported and local charcuterie such as chorizo (Spain), lomo embuchado (Spain), sopressatta (Italy), and jamon serrano (Spain), which can be ordered singly, doubly, or as a triumvirate and served with Spanish marcona mustard, black fig jam, pickled cucumbers, and Spanish almonds dusted with Moorish spices. Reeve also creates his own porchetta (Italian for 7/09 ChronograM culinary adventures


Stuffed trotters with baby mustard greens and new potatoes at The Country Inn, Krumville. The pork was sourced from Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats in kingston.

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roast suckling pig) by roasting it long and slow to crisp up the skin to offer it on a baguette with fresh rosemary. Frittatas of pig ear and spring onion or guanciale have been specials. Reeves composes pate with ground pork liver and pork sausage, the entire glorious thing wrapped in bacon. This winter, Reeve featured pork belly confit with watermelon and white beans and a soup made from clams and pig trotters. At the Country Inn, Spencer Mass creates pig dishes from trotters, hocks, heads, cheeks and ears, primarily in autumn and winter. Mass stuffs the trotter [the forearm or foreleg, which can include the hoof or foot] from knee to ankle. “I bone it out, leave the skin on,” he says. “Then I stuff it with vegetables or with a pork farce, a forcemeat made from the meat of the same animal, maybe from shoulder. [Then] roll it, tie it, and cook it very, very slowly for a long time.” Mass has garnished bitter greens with slow-cooked, fried pigs ears. Mass has his own porchetta, which uses a whole leg even a whole pig. He bones out the entire animal and cooks it similar to a stuffed trotter but larger. “I cook it in a dry heat and roast it slowly. We also do a whole hog dinner every fall. We’ve done pig heart salad, grilled pig tongue but dishes like these are a small part of our menu. People that are in the know, order them and enjoy. The rest of the people just ask about it.” In Rhinebeck, Wilson Costa at Gigi Trattoria buys whole and half pigs from Northwind Farms and then butchers them. Some of the cuts retail at Gigi Market; others make their way onto the restaurant’s menus. Wilson fills Gigi’s paper-thin homemade ravioli with pork cheeks and makes cotechino, a fresh pork sausage using the cheeks and hamhock, a traditional dish from Modena that he serves with braised lentils. Braised pig belly agrodolce, Italian sweet and sour style is also available. “People love pig,” says Pensiaro. “Any pork special,


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no matter the cut, sells out.” Josephine Proul at Local 111 incorporates house-cured hamhock with sauerkraut, potatoes, and braised pork belly. Proul sources local pig from Sir William Farm in Hillsdale (“really good bacon,” she says) and whole hog from Ry Ky Ranch, which is five minutes away from the restaurant. Other pig dishes at Local 111 include braised pork Cubano and pork sausage made every week for savory applications like pastas and breakfast dishes. In Delaware County, the Warrens transformed an architect’s error of scale during kitchen renovation into a delicious paean to farm to table dining: Fable, their on farm restaurant. There, the pigs go a distance of a few hundred feet from field to fork. Fable serves pig jowls with a black-eyed pea chili and prepares guanciale with Kosher salt, sugar, garlic, peppercorns, and thyme. Pig in the Hudson Valley celebrates whole local pig. “It’s all about the offcuts of pig,” says Reeve. “It’s where the new flavors are—how many ways can you have a pork chop?”

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CLOCKWISE from upper left: the people’s garden of newburgh on gidney avenue; cafe pitti on the waterfront; james johnson’s freedom of movement sculpture at 208 broadway; the intersection of liberty and washington streets south of broadway.

A city of contrasts Newburgh by Felicia Hodges


ention Newburgh and chances are pretty good that peaceful, idyllic settings won’t come to mind. What most people envision when Newburgh comes up in conversation is crime, poverty, and abandoned buildings—urban blight in all its glory. Because of the number of female-headed households, a high unemployment rate, poverty, and the percentage of adult residents without a high school diploma or GED, the city was listed as one of the state’s most distressed cities in the early 1980s which it remains to this day. And according to the US Census, a little over 25 percent of Newburgh’s population lived below the federal poverty line in 2000. Like many inner-city areas, Newburgh has its tribulations. But it also has its triumphs. Nestled at the northeastern tip of Orange County, the City of Newburgh only has 3.8 square miles of land but is home to the state’s second largest historic district and even has two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places— the Dutch Reform Church and Washington’s Headquarters. Gorgeous views of the Hudson River? Newburgh’s got that. Stunning architecture complete with a bevy of Gothic, Greek, and Colonial revival-style buildings that could rival many a Brooklyn neighborhood?Yep, it’s got that too. The beauty of the area and the fact that it is only 60 miles from New York is a huge draw for folks who may work in Manhattan but want to live and play a little further north. “If you look around, it’s gorgeous,” says Barbara Ballarini, who moved to Newburgh in 2005 with her husband, Edwine Seymour, and the couple’s then twoyear-old daughter to open Caffé Macchiato, a restaurant that sits directly across 74

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the street from Washington’s Headquarters on Liberty Street. “For us, it was the Hudson River, definitely. That and the idea that we’d be in front of one of the most historic areas in the city.” “Owning a brownstone in any of the five boroughs [of NewYork] is virtually impossible,” says 25-year-old Long Island native Cherry Vick, who plans on relocating with her fiancé after their wedding later this year. “So I started looking here.” A self-proclaimed history buff who already commutes to New York for work, Vick says she began looking for information about areas to the north and was impressed by the photos of old buildings and historic properties in Newburgh that she was able to find online. “What struck me was the architecture. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before Newburgh goes through the same restoration process as the boroughs in NewYork,” she says.To get others who may be looking for a great spot to put down roots and raise a family to see the city in a more positive light, Vick began a blog last year about Newburgh’s restoration and renovation efforts by individuals and groups like Habitat for Humanity. Days of Old Before Newburgh was even a city, it was declared to be “a pleasant place to build a town” by Henry Hudson when he made his expedition up the river in 1609. Still, the first settlement wasn’t made until 100 years later by German Lutherans who named the area the Palatine Parish by Quassic. By the middle of the 18th century,

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the area was comprised mostly of folks of English and Scottish descent who changed the name to Parish of Newburgh after a place in Scotland in 1752. Newburgh was the Continental Army’s headquarters from 1782 until the army was disbanded, near the end of 1783. Not only did General George Washington sleep here, he also received the letter suggesting he become king here as well. Legend has it that to honor his vehement refusal to become a monarch, the name of the street behind the headquarters was changed from Kings Highway to Liberty Street. Originally the county seat of Ulster County, Newburgh became part of Orange County when the boundary lines were redrawn in 1789. Eleven years later it was incorporated as a village and was eventually chartered as a city in 1865. Because of its location on the Hudson between Albany and New York, Newburgh became a transportation hot spot during the industrial boom of the 1800s and enjoyed its economic peak when manufacturing industries moved in. But when those same businesses began to relocate out of state and country in the late 20th century and transportation activity shifted from the river to the roads, it ushered in an economic decline the city is still trying to climb out of today. “Right now, we’re still in transition,� says mayor Nicholas Valentine. “We haven’t made it yet to where we want to be.� Still, change is on the horizon, Valentine says, sparked by a number of factors: grassroots development efforts, people making investments in rundown buildings that dot the landscape in some neighborhoods, a new city courthouse that opened on Broadway in June, the upcoming opening of the new SUNY Orange campus, business booms in pockets of the city, and the return of the forms of transportation that encourage people to leave their cars behind—including a city-wide trolley set to be up and running in about a year and the return of the Newburgh-Beacon ferry. “The ferry has been huge,� Valentine says of the vessel that re-opened in 2005 and transports commuters daily to the Metro-North station in Beacon. He acknowledges that the lack of public transportation has been a problem for the city but one the city intends to tackle head-on. “You can’t do what we want to do without mass transit,� he adds.

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Newburgh’s Renaissances Since the city’s economic bust, many attempts to restore Newburgh to its former glory have been made. During the political turbulence that was the 1960s, the city set the wheels in motion for a new urban renewal plan that involved demolishing the waterfront area, which had been home to shopping, restaurants, theater and other entertainment in better times. Historic buildings that many called home were also leveled, and a promise of relocating the displaced to new housing projects the city planned to build was made. But the oil embargo and crisis of 1973 happened and the federal and state dollars that were to fund the new housing structures were no longer available. The area remained empty until the late 1990s when a new effort by the city to bring businesses—and tax revenue—back to the waterfront came to fruition. Today, the 35-acre property has been completely redesigned and is home to upscale restaurants and spas, the Downing Film Center, and shops. Just try to find a parking space anywhere near Torches on the Hudson restaurant, which is at one end of the waterfront space, or 26 Front Street, the spot for live music, dancing, and great food at the other end, between 5pm and midnight on a weekend. “But there’s more to Newburgh than just the waterfront,” says Caffé Macchiato’s Ballarini. “People tell us they are happy to rediscover Newburgh. Without the culture, there was no real reason to visit the area.” It seems like every decade or so a push to revitalize the city is made, says Leetha Berchielli, who has owned Mrs. Max, a full-service dance store housed in the Lake Street Plaza, for almost 28 years. “Every time it happens, the dips are a little smaller and the peaks are a little bigger. It’s exciting.” Berchielli, who recently opened a second location with her daughter on Liberty Street (a few doors down from Caffé Macchiato) says it’s good to see the business owners on the block push forward for a bit of change from the norm. “We all so strongly believe in Newburgh on this street,” she says. “We want it to be a good, happy place for people.”


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A City of Firsts As quiet as it’s kept, Newburgh has had an impressive run of historic firsts. Did you know that the first Edison power plant in the country was built here, which enabled Newburgh to be the first city in the US to be electrified? It was also one of the first cities to fluoridate its water supply and, according to the Newburgh Historical Society, was one of the first cities in the country to give “routine governmental authority” to a city manager in 1915. But much more of what happens on a day-to-day basis in the city isn’t always noted. “I think Newburgh falls under the radar, but the reality is that it is a hotbed of arts and culture,” says Tricia Haggerty Wenz, executive director of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, a non-profit agency housed in the restored Hotel Newburgh with a mission of transforming lives and building better communities through housing and the arts. “For me, that’s one of the highlights.” For the cultural buzz that hums within Newburgh, Haggerty Wenz credits the emerging art galleries, schools like the Newburgh Arts Academy, local businesses on Liberty Street and in other neighborhoods as well as lower Broadway’s new venue for live performances and local art, the Ritz Theater, which has hosted several sold-out concerts and cultural events in its restored lobby in the last year while funding for the renovation for the rest of the building is sought. “They create pockets of stability. There’s been a little more pride in the city. I’m starting to see more people strolling the streets than before,” she says. Mayor Valentine agrees. “It seems that whenever we do something cultural, it takes off. [People] will come if you do it,” he says. “We need a lot more of that. We get set backs—like the economy—but they are small steps back, not big ones. There’s a lot of new activity still going on.” Valentine also credits the renewed pride to the reality that Newburgh isn’t really one homogenous city, but a conglomeration of very different, very special neighborhoods. As an example, he points out that the city’s East End is very urban, while the West End is “almost suburban.” Neighborhoods like Washington Heights and Colonial Terraces are as different from other sections as they are from each other. “We have a lot of neighborhoods that make Newburgh a special place. All the communities are unique and can’t really be lumped together, which is a good thing,” Valentine says. The Youth Gap One of the biggest complaints from young people in the area is often that there isn’t much for them to do. With only three area movie theaters (two of which are not actually in the city itself), no skating rink or other place for teens to hang out, Newburgh’s youth sing the same tunes. “There’s nothing geared toward folks [who are in their] mid teens to 30 or so, unless you have kids,” says Holly Berchielli, who runs the new Mrs. Max boutique on Liberty Street with her mother. “I think that’s a big deal.” To give the young people another venue, Berchielli says she’s pushing to host concerts at nearby Washington’s Headquarters this summer and will also begin republishing Outsider magazine, a local music, art, tattoo, car, and poetry publication that has been on a two-year hiatus. “The city’s not involved with talking to the young people,” says Berchielli. “I guess it’s up to us business owners to make that happen, because how successful can a city be if in the middle no one is interested?” It is a gap that Valentine fully acknowledges. “We don’t have some cultural things—like coffee shops, places to dance, book stores—that a city needs for young people. We once had three hotels and seven theaters. That did it. We need something like that again.” Until then, Haggerty Wenz thinks the variety that is Newburgh will eventually characterize it more than the negative images and stereotypes will. “I don’t think the crime and blight defines us. What defines us is the diversity,” she says. “I love this city.” FOR MORE INFORMATION Caffe Macchiato Downing Film Center City of Newburgh Newburgh Restoration Newburgh Revealed Newburgh Waterfront Safe Harbors of the Hudson

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business directory Accommodations Belvedere Mansion

10 Old Route 9 , Staatsburg, NY (845) 889-8000

Catskill Mountain Lodge

334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101 The Catskill Mountain Lodge, celebrating forty years of hospitality, is set on the banks of the historic Kaaterskill Creek in Palenville, America’s first art colony. Accommodations include fireplace rooms, cabins, cottages and a three bedroom house.

Alternative Energy Hudson Valley Clean Energy, Inc. (845) 876-3767

Mountain Flame, Inc.

42825 Route 28, Arkville, NY

Solar Generation

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Total Green, LLC (845) 774-8484

Animal Sanctuaries Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 336-8447

Antiques The Coop-An Eclectic Store

103 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY (917) 737-2194

Fairground Shows NY P.O. Box 3938, Albany, NY (518) 331-5004

Landmark Collectibles

103 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-6596

Architecture Arek Piotrowicz Construction (845) 532-4350


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10 Reservoir Road, Staatsburg, NY (845) 889-8900 As principal of ADG—Architecture and Design Group—he has for over twenty years provided solutions for residential, commercial, historic preservation, site plans, additions, restaurants, building codes, and other special projects. N.C.A.R.B. certified. References available upon request.

Art Galleries & Centers Ann Street Gallery

104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-6940, ext. 119 Insight: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing. Group exhibition with Artist Reception on Saturday, July 18, 6-9 pm. Exhibit runs July 19 through August 29.


116 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-4539

Brill Gallery

243 Union Street, North Adams, MA 1 (800) 294-2811


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Canaltown Alley

402 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8563

Carrie Haddad Gallery

318 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-1915

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957 Founded in 1977, CPW, an artist-centered space dedicated to photography and related media offers year-round exhibitions, weekend workshops, multi-week lectures, access to traditional and digital photography workspaces, a monthly photographers’ salon, film/video screenings, and much more.

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Manny’s Art Supplies

83 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-9902

Newburgh Art Supply

87 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-5552

R & F Handmade Paints

84 Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-3112 Internationally known manufacturer of Pigment Sticks and Encaustic paint right here in the Hudson Valley. Stop in for a tour of our factory, get paints at discounted prices, sign up for an Encaustic or Pigment Stick workshop, or check out bi-monthly exhibits in the Gallery.

1955 South Road Square, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 297-1684

Flat Iron Gallery

105 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 734-1894

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 788-4531

JW ArtWorks, LLC: Gazen Gallery 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4ART (4278)

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Artisans Crafts People

262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859 Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts; the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc.

DC Studios

21 Winston Drive, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3200

45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477 A multi-arts center offering a range of educational programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook and Red Hook. Programs include the award winning Dutchess Arts Camps (building selfesteem through the arts for ages 4-14), Art Institute (pre-college portfolio development program); art classes and workshops and outreach programs for economically disadvantaged urban youth.

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Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-4100

Rhinebeck Photography & Art Center (914) 388-7778

Van Brunt Gallery

137 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-2995

Windham Fine Arts

5380 Main Street, Windham, NY (518) 734-6850

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply

Kingston, NY (845) 331-7780 Celebrating 30 years! Art Materials, studio furnishings, custom picture framing, blueprint copies, graphic design services, large format color output, custom printing, personal stationery, legal forms, cards, maps, and novelty


gifts. Three locations dedicated to enhancing your creative adventure—voted ‘Best in the Valley’ year after year. Also located in Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251 and Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250

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Beverages Esotec

(845) 246-2411 Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 24 years, we carry a complete line of natural, organic, and unusual juices, spritzers, waters, sodas, iced teas, and iced coffees. If you are a store owner, call for details or a catalog of our full line. We’re back in Saugerties now!

Bookstores Mirabai of Woodstock

23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100 The Hudson Valley’s oldest and most comprehensive spiritual/metaphysical bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts for inspiration, transformation and healing. Exquisite jewelry, crystals, statuary and other treasures from Bali, India, Brazil, Nepal, Tibet. Expert Tarot reading.

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Building Services & Supplies Adirondack Design Associates Rhinebeck, NY, Sarancac, NY (518) 891-5224 (845) 876-2700

Ne Jame Pools, Ltd. (845) 677-7665

Cinemas Upstate Films 26 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2515

Clothing & Accessories DeCarlo Designs 104 Broadway , Newburgh, NY (845) 625-8717

Echo Boutique 470 Main Street, Beacon, NY

First Street Dancewear Saugerties, NY (845) 247-4517 First Street Dancewear in Saugerties, NY, offers quality dancewear for adults and children. We have dancewear, knit warm-ups, ballet, jazz, tap shoes, gymnastics wear, skatewear, accessories, and gift items. We also feature a line of women’s active wear clothing suitable for Yoga and Pilates.

KOSA 502 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-6620 Kosa is a unique indie store specializing in organic, recycled, green, independent clothing and jewelry designers. Our designers work with eco consciousness and style. We carry Stewart and Brown, Prairie Underground, Filly, Preloved, Beebop and Wally, Loveheals, Philippa Kunisch, Claudia Kussano, Individual Icons, Supermaggie, and many many more...

Layne’s Fabulous Finds 3669 Main Street (across from the Library), Stone Ridge, NY (845) 853-5556 Summer Hours—M, T, TH, F 11am-4:30pm. Designer vintage clothing, jewelry, high end handbags, shoes, unique items including artwork and house ware. Can also be found at The Woodstock Flea Market Saturday 9-5 and The High Falls Flea Market Sunday 9-4. Appointments available upon request—call to schedule.

Mrs. Max Boutique 101 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-3351

Pegasus Comfort Footwear 27 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY, and, 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 256-0788 and (845) 679-2373 Offering innovative comfort footwear by all your favorite brands. Merrell, Dansko, Keen, Clarks, Converse, Uggs, and lots more. Open 7 days a week—or shop online at

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Boutique

436 Blooming Grove Turnpike (Route 94), New Windsor, NY (845) 569-0014

Star Real Clothing Corporation 26 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-6868

Utility Canvas

2686 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY

White Rice

531 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 697-3500 Clothing and accessories for women and children. Furniture and home furnishings. With an Asian sensibility. Open 7 days.

Coffee & Tea Coffee System of the Hudson Valley 1 (800) 660-3175

Hudson Coffee Traders

288 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-1300 Open 7 days a week. Espresso, Organic Coffee, Serving Breakfast and Lunch: Oatmeal, Egg Wraps, Sandwiches made on premises daily, and daily Soup Specials. We dedicate ourselves to preparing some of the most exceptional coffees with the highest quality service. You can taste our passion for the bean in each cup!

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Consignment Shops The Present Perfect

23G Village Plaza, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2939 Designer consignments of the utmost quality for men, women, and children. Current styles, jewelry, accessories, and knicknacks. Featuring beautiful furs and leathers.

Cooking Classes Natural Gourmet Cookery School

48 West 21st Street, New York, NY (212) 645-5170, Fax (212) 989-1493 For more than 20 years people around the world have turned to Natural Gourmet’s avocational public classes to learn the basics of healthy cooking. They come to the Chef’s Training Program to prepare for careers in the burgeoning Natural Foods Industry.

Custom Home Design and Materials Atlantic Custom Homes

2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

Events 15th Annual Artist’s Soapbox Derby Lower Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8473

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Dodds Family Farm, Hillsdale, NY (866) 325-2744

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (413) 243-0745

P.O. Box 838, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1989

Rhinebeck Rentals 3606 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3040

Watershed Agricultural Center

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330

Beacon Natural Market 348 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1288

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500, ext. 1

Kingston Farmers’ Market Historic Wall Street, Kingston, NY

Migliorelli Farm Corner of 199 & River Road, Rhinebeck, NY

Mother Earth Store House 440 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY Founded in 1978, Mother Earth is committed to providing you with the best possible customer service as well as a grand selection of high quality organic and natural products. Visit one of our convenient locations and find out for yourself! We can also be found at 804 South Road Square, Poughkeepsie, NY, (845) 296-1069, and 249 Main Street, Saugerties, NY, (845) 246-9614.

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Rhinebeck Antiques Fair

Sunflower Natural Foods Market 75 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5361 Organic, local, farm fresh produce. Supplements, homeopathy, bulk coffee, beans, rice, and granolas. Fertile eggs, non HMO dairy, teas, and all natural body & skin care! And so much more.

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

Gardening & Garden Supplies Victoria Gardens Route 213 & 1 Cottekill Road, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-9007

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Design by Sue 128 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845)561-2704

Hair Salons Dennis Fox Salon 6400 Montgomery Street 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1777 Dennis Fox Salon is an upscale salon, located in the heart of Rhinebeck. We offer all hair and nail services in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Home Furnishings & Decor Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings

54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311 Winner: Hudson Valley Magazine “Best Carpets.” Direct importers since 1981. Newly expanded store. Natural-dyed Afghan carpets, Balouchi tribal kilims, Russian sumaks, antique Caucasian carpets, silk Persian sumaks, Turkish kilims. Hundreds to choose from, 2’x3’ to 9’x12’. Kilim pillows, $20-$55. We encourage customers to try our rugs in their homes, without obligation. MC/Visa/AmEx.

Essentia Mattress

10 Stage Door Road, Fishkill, NY (845) 897-2202

Ethan Allen

Route 32, 94 North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY (845) 565-6000

Lounge & Linger High Falls, NY (845) 687-9463

Woodstock Custom Woodworking

415 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-7007

Household Planning & Management Liberty Locksmith

117 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-1919

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Insurance Allstate

2591 South Avenue Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-8803

Interior Design Fauxever Walls

2781 West Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 632-3735

Internet Services Webjogger

(845) 757-4000 Webjogger is a local company with offices in Tivoli and Kingston. We have a great solution for small businesses IT including symmetrical High Speed Internet, Offsite On-line Data Backup and Storage, Collaborative Archived Email, Web Hosting and Domain Registration, Server Collocation and Management, and IT support by phone or on site, with nice discounts for bundled services. We’re big enough to have what you need and small enough to make it work for your individual needs. Many local companies swear by us, not at us! We also do high end routing and switching and Gigabit Wireless connectivity for local hospitals and radiology labs.

Italian Lessons Gabrielle Euvino—Private or Small Group Lessons

(845) 339-0023 Unleash your passion for language and learn Italian with author and professor Gabrielle Euvino (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Italian, and other titles). Customized to fit your needs in a dynamic and nurturing setting. All ages and levels. Tutoring and translation also available.

Italian Specialty Products La Bella Pasta

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Fresh pasta made locally. Large variety of ravioli, tortellini, pastas, and sauces at the factory outlet. We manufacture and deliver our excellent selection of pastas to fine restaurants, gourmet shops, and caterers throughout the Hudson Valley. Call for our full product list and samples. Located on Route 28W between Kingston and Woodstock.

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Bop to Tottom

799 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8100

Dreaming Goddess

9 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206

Kitchenwares Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6208

Landscaping Coral Acres

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Networking Beacon Community Center (845) 831-6180

Hudson Valley Green Drinks (845) 454-6410

Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce

23F East Market Street, PO Box 42, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5904 Professional business membership organization comprised of approximately 400 members. Benefits include monthly networking events, newsletter subscription, referrals, group insurance, business directory listing, website listing and link, Affordable advertising available.

Rosendale Chamber of Commerce

(845) 255-6634

L. Browne Asphalt Services (516) 794-0490 (516) 479-1400

Lawyers & Mediators Pathways Mediation Center

(845) 331-0100 A unique mediation practice for couples divorcing or family strife. Josh Koplovitz, 30 years practicing Matrimonial and Family Law, Myra Schwartz, 30 years Guidance Counselor working with families and children. Male/female, counselor-attorney team, effectively addresses all legal and family issues. Schedule a one-hour free consultation or visit the web.


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Libraries Newburgh Free Library

124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 563-3600

Moving & Storage Arnoff Moving & Storage

1282 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-1504 or 1 (800) 633-6683 Agent for North American Van Lines. Since 1924, locally-owned and operated by the Arnoff family, providing exceptional services to families and businesses, moving the ordinary and the extraordinary. Household and business relocations, international shipments, record storage, fine art handling, rigging/industrial services, storage solutions—portable, selfstorage, household, commercial/industrial. Secure, experienced, professional.

Music A Touch of Ray

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Burt’s Electronics

549 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-5011

Deep Listening Institute, Ltd

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Outfitters Great Blue Outfitters

3198 Route 22, Patterson, NY (845) 319-6172

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

Bardavon Opera House

35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072

Belleayre Music Festival Route 28, Highmount, NY 1 (800) 942-6904 ext.1344

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Route 17, exit 104, Bethel, NY 1 (800) 745-3000

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29 Elm Street, Suite 205, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-1888 Hudson River Performing Arts, located in Fishkill, NY, offers instruction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Acting, Voice, Guitar and Piano. Our goal is to cultivate and nurture a love and knowledge of the performing Arts at both the pre-professional and recreational levels. Our programs are designed to provide students with a solid foundation of technique in a nurturing and affirming atmosphere.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Boscobel, Garrison, NY (845) 265-9575

Maverick Concerts

120 Mackervick Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-8217

Paramount Center for the Arts (914) 739-2333 1 (877) 840-0457

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Pet Services & Supplies Dog Love, LLC

240 North Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8254 Personal hands-on boarding and daycare tailored to your dog’s individual needs. Your dog’s happiness is our goal. Indoor 5x10 matted kennels with classical music and windows overlooking our pond. Supervised play groups in 40x40 fenced area. Homemade food and healthy treats.

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

(845) 687-0330 The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! B&B for cats, with individual rooms and no cages. Full house-pet-plant sitting service, proudly serving 3 counties in the Hudson Valley. Experienced, dependable, thorough, and reasonable house sitting for your pets. Thank you Hudson Valley for entrusting ALL your pets and homes to us for 37 years. Bonded and insured.

Photography Come Together Studios

(845) 596-7091

Dan Stein Photography + Imaging

303 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 206-4303 NYC industry quality and experience in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Photographic solutions individually tailored to meet your needs. Portraiture. Product Photography. Events. Editorial Assignments. Commercial studio and on-location services available.

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Picture Framing Atelier Renee Fine Framing

The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 Formerly One Art Row, this unique workshop combines a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship. Renee Burgevin CPF; 20 years experience. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

Recreation Homegrown Mini-Golf at Kelder’s Farm

5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-7157 Homegrown Mini-Golf is a wonderful, quirky, living art installation great for a family outing. It’s an edible garden made of luscious vegetables,

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Schools Bishop Dunn Memorial School (845) 569-3496

Tourism Adirondack Trailways/Pine Hill Trailways (800) 225-6815 or (845) 339-4230 ext.169

Safe Harbors of the Hudson (845) 562-6940

The River Rose Tours and Cruises (845) 562-1067

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Clark Art Institute Williamstown, MA (413) 458-2303

Frog Hollow Farm Esopus, NY (845) 384-6424

The Graduate Institute 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT (203) 874-4252

Institute for Integrative Nutrition (877) 730-5444

Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (650) 493-4430 ext. 268

Mount Saint Mary College Mountain Laurel Waldorf School 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0033

SUNY New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3872

Tivoli Sailing Company (845) 901-2697

Westchester Community College (914) 606-7300

Snacks Mister Snacks, Inc. 500 Creekside Dr., Amherst, NY (800) 333-6393 We package the finest and most healthy packaged snacks on the market. Includes trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, yogurts, chocolates, candy, and even hot and spicy mixes. Also, have gift items and bulk foods available.

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Specialty Food Shops The Big Cheese 402 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-7175 or (845) 626-0105

Supermarkets Otto’s Market 215 Main Street, Germantown, NY (518) 537-7200

Washington’s Headquarters 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-1195

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Wine & Liquor In Good Taste 45 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0110 Full service wine and spirit shop with knowledgeable staff. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10am-9pm. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-10pm. Sunday 12pm-6pm. Wine tastings every Saturday. We deliver and consult when planning a party, wedding or any other special occasion. See our display ad in this issue for specials.

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ookstores nowadays devote many shelves to health, often including a section highlighting women’s health. But a section on men’s health is a rarity, and sparsely populated: A bookstore I recently visited had one lonely volume, about the prostate. Surely there’s more to be said? In this article—the first of two—I’ve asked a few of the Hudson Valley’s men to share some thoughts about men’s health issues from a holistic viewpoint, based on the work they do with men and their own experience. This piece touches on topics of mind, heart, and spirit, with humble apologies for leaving out (for want of publication space) diverse other facets of a man’s wellness. The second article, in the August issue, will address men’s physical health.

A Man’s World One of my men friends occasionally confesses he simply has no idea what phrases like “finding one’s true self ” and “looking inward” mean. He’s a successful professional, a husband and father, and a generous man. His life has been productive, financially rewarding, and generally satisfying. But more recently, in his elder years, an anxiety is building, and he’s become curious about a different kind of happiness. And while younger men increasingly are seeking self-awareness and personal growth, many in this society still agree that success in the work world, as my friend sought foremost, and providing for themselves and their families in monetary and material ways, is paramount. “There is still an ethos today in men that part of being a man is taking care of one’s business,” says Chris Kadison, an MA in clinical psychology and MAC in private practice at the Woodstock Therapy Center. “We still tend to define ourselves in terms of what we do rather than who we are. A lot of that is our occupations.” Kadison points out that the current economic milieu, which has cost many men their jobs, savings, benefits, and/or expendable income, is exacerbating the anxiety men carry about being successful. “Even those of us who are still employed have more anxiety about keeping our jobs, and it 84

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reaches across the socioeconomic spectrum. There is a general tendency in the whole country toward hunkering down.” David Basch, a professional certified coach and consultant based the Hudson Valley and in New York City, concurs. “It’s important to a man to feel productive, in the sense of having a purpose, and to feel self-sufficient and powerful. Women may have this too, but it’s especially so for men.” A man who has lost his job or financial security, or who can’t be sure he’ll be able to provide for his family as he wishes, has been wounded at the core of selfworth. He is dealing with a loss on several levels, including one of identity— whether he recognizes it and talks about it, or doesn’t.

Loss As Growth It may sound like a female thing to say “Loss teaches you to grow, and can lead to greater happiness,” but men who have been through the process also say it happens—usually because an all-out crisis forced them into it. The loss of employment, of a loved one, of one’s own health, or even of a retirement portfolio can derail a career-oriented identity onto a different, and ultimately more fulfilling, track. “We don’t grow when we’re comfortable,” says Basch. “It’s in the face of change that all the opportunity for growth occurs. It’s a great place to be.” Basch himself left a successful Madison Avenue career in advertising. “I was finally asking the proverbial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” Loss, change, emotional parcours—few people of either gender rush to experience these things, but men especially aren’t keen to grapple with them. Grieving may be involved, in its several stages, any of which can be difficult waters to navigate. “Grief is how we relate to loss or the anticipation of losing something we care about,” says Kadison. The stages of grief as described by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, from her work with terminally ill patients, are denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance. Kadison describes them briefly, as follows.

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“The first reaction, denial, includes emotional numbness and magical thinking—that if I don’t believe it, it’s going to get better. It’s a normal and healthy reaction to any psychological trauma, since denial serves as a buffer against letting in the full shock of the reality, giving us time to make a shift so that we can absorb it. The next stage is characterized as bargaining. We try to make changes, bargaining with ourselves, or God, or loved ones—anything that might mitigate or reverse the loss.” When bargaining fails to alter the reality of a loss, we typically reach a stage of anger. “We want to blame someone,” says Kadison, “but who? Blame can be turned inward and result in depression and acting inward, or acting outward—such as in violent or manipulative behaviors, or patterns of addictive consumption. We’re trying to fill an unfillable hole. If the situation doesn’t respond like we wish, the next stage is depression—the two H words: helpless and hopeless.” It may take the help of a counselor, friend, mentor, or other resources to move through any of these stages to reach the last one, acceptance of the loss. “Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to like what happened,” Kadison says. “It means it is what it is, and it isn’t going away. We can hate something and still be in acceptance of it. Acceptance implies passivity, but what I’m trying to express is more active, where we reconstitute ourselves around the loss and gain the courage to embrace the change instead of walling off against it.”

Saying Yes To Help When things get tough, it’s more likely that a man will try to tough it out on his own than seek help. “We tend to cocoon ourselves up,” says Kadison. “We want to tough it out and hope things get better. And even though I think gender differences are flattening out, one of the enduring things is that women still find it easier to reach out for help. They still find it easier to relate to people, to get nourishment from their peers, and to communicate their pain.” Basch’s clients are mostly women, and he finds that some men are reluctant to tell others that they have a coach. “There’s a stigma to getting help,” he says. “It sounds like they aren’t as strong and self-sufficient. But you can’t do it alone. By ourselves, men especially, we keep doing the same thing over and over. We keep thinking it’s going to change somehow. We get stuck in a point of view and aren’t willing to try something different.” Someone who is stuck in a frustrating or debilitating situation usually asserts that what they think is the truth, says Bausch. He helps them see that their thinking is actually a point of view. “Then I can help them create alternative points of view and we can play a little game and say, ‘If you have that point of view, what would you do?’You can create a new plan—what you are going to do and when [you are going to do it]. When you have the help of a coach, it holds people accountable for the plan.” And when men do get this help, they can dismantle stuck patterns. “When they do that, they discover who they are in the world, and see that it’s not just about the goals themselves—being more successful, making more money—whatever they are, but something deeper.” Basch adds that most often the underlying issue behind problems is relationships, even if it seems to be about something else.

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Both genders deal with anger, of course, but men more often get into trouble because of it. Robert Fanshel, a LCSWR in Kingston, runs 10-week angermanagement groups through the Mental Health Association, in which about half the men are mandated by city court to participate because of behavior issues; the rest are there voluntarily. “Maybe they have trouble at work with the boss,” says Fanshel, “or they can’t control their temper with the kids, or their wife tells them they fly off the handle quickly.” A fundamental trigger for anger, says Fanshel, is when something feels like it was personal, even when it wasn’t. “Rather than seeing it as just an annoyance or difficulty, taking it personally can turn a small matter into a big one, which gives a reason to lose control.” Fanshel teaches the concept, based on cognitive behavior research, that feelings can’t be controlled, but our response to them—one’s behavior—can be. “The group is designed to give people some useful techniques to turn to when they notice that they’re becoming angry,” says Fanshel. “It’s a very workable model, easy to understand. It just takes some practice. People tell me that it really has helped them.” Part of the strategy is to recognize anger coming on, and to choose behaviors that derail the momentum. “Once they are aware that they are getting angry, they take some kind of action to settle

down, usually a breathing technique. Then they can think more clearly.� In the sessions, men talk about instances where they’ve become angry or lost control of behavior, and look at what their internal dialogue had been. “It gives people a chance to get used to the new ideas and see how they can get them into operation,� says Fanshel. Kadison runs a 36-week group in Kingston to address domestic violence, through the Evolve program,cosponsored by Family of Woodstock—one of the oldest programs of its kind, which emerged in the 1970s. “It’s not just about physical violence, but also about control issues and emotional abuse. Many have learned this from their families of origin and want to break that cycle. For those of us who really become engaged on a regular basis with anger, it must have worked at some point in our lives, or we’ve seen it work for others. It can become a destructive addiction in itself.� Some group participants come voluntarily, but others are there in lieu of doing jail time, which Kadison says is controversial. “Many people think these men are in patterns beyond redemption. But the group of peers holds each other accountable. That’s our philosophy. The guys that finish credit us for turning their lives around.� Kadison emphasizes that anger can be a powerful motivational tool for personal growth and change. “It can help us get off our asses and do the kind of work that needs to get done.�

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Men Supporting Men Some men are discovering the power of an age-old tradition: men supporting men through talking circles. David Brownstein, director of Wild Earth Wilderness School in New Paltz, is leading two such groups based on his several-year training in the 50:50 Helper program led by local luminaries Bert and Moira Shaw. “It is with their blessing,â€? he says reverently, “that I hold these men’s circles. It’s vitally important that we be sitting together in circles, so that we start to form a community of men relating to each other and supporting each other. We try to be self-sufficient, which can be a flaw in some ways, and it creates the illusion of ‘I’m alone.’ But when we can face our demons and questions in the presence of other men, it destroys the illusion. Just knowing you’re not alone is incredible—it’s like you’ve been holding your breath and can start breathing again.â€? Brownstein guides men on a journey that begins with self-awareness and moves through self-acceptance, imagining a new future, and creating that future through the power of intention. “We create a very safe space, where we can express unhappiness, see our reflections in each other, and see our similarities. Then we can begin to look at our behavior and the ongoing patterns we engage in, and move toward acceptance of that without judgment.You can slowly try new ways of doing things. Old patterns will come up again, and you’ll be dissatisfied again, but you begin to think, ‘I’ll try it a little differently next time.’ When you do, you find you’re more satisfied. And when we speak of intention—what we want in our lives—there is more power to it in the presence of other men. You know those men have got your back, so you can go for what you want.You do that for each other.â€? The acceptance piece of the process includes recognizing that life’s circumstances aren’t going to be perfect, but that it’s possible to be happy anyway. This is where the “50:50â€? comes in. “Life is both challenging and easy, wonderful and sad,â€? explains Brownstein. “When we accept that, we don’t have unrealistic expectations, and transformation is possible.You start to create the life you want, and can be open to divine intuition—a spiritual dimension. Then you become really happy.â€? As powerful and beneficial as they are, men’s groups are not nearly as common as women’s groups—yet. “The thought of relating to one another is not a high priority for men,â€? says Brownstein. “But once they start coming, they see it as an additional piece of the circle that supports them as a husband, a father, a boss, an employee, and as a role model in the community. But we have to break down a lot of barriers in the process. A man must first recognize he’s not happy, or feels lonely, or worthless, despite achieving the goals of having money, and a great car, and taking great vacations—you have to question the premise that money will equal happiness.â€? Our current economic problems may have the unexpected benefit of pushing men toward deeper self-discovery and a better balance of mind, heart, and spirit. Rather than being yet another solitary struggle, that journey can be an adventure of shared wisdom and companionship with other men.  

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Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing, and weeds spring up amid our antipathy.

— Dogen Zenji, Genjokoan

Flowers Fall By Bethany Saltman

The Slow Parent Trap


ast week it seemed that everywhere I turned in my meager daily media diet, I saw something about “slow parenting,” the latest buzz from the movement, which got its start with “slow food” in the late 1980s. Essentially, this newsflash points to the fact that kids need unstructured time and space in order to develop into well-adjusted adults. Apparently all the jackedup schedules, toys, and extracurricular activities that privileged, type-A, “helicopter” Überparents have been pushing are not only unnecessary, but can also actually be harmful. Obesity, attention-deficit disorder, plummeting test scores, spoiled brat behavior, anxiety disorders, violence: Turns out, Baby Einstein wasn’t the brightest bulb in the batch. So lots of people are turning down the dial and trying to, as New York Times blogger Lisa Belkin titled her latest piece on the matter, “let the kid be,” making an effort to connect with nature, the world, other people. Slow parenting advocates are encouraging people to relax, and to release their kids from their anxious, narcissistic expectations of them. This can only be good. And yet the whole thing makes me feel funny. I grew up in a small town in Michigan at the end of a dirt road. My parents practiced a form of retro-slow parenting bordering on neglect with me and my two older brothers. My dad worked—he was an auto-parts salesman who eventually bought, then lost, his own store—and my mom stayed home. I am not sure what she did all day, but I guess she cleaned the house while we were at school or in our playpens because it was always spotless and she certainly never hired someone to help her like so many of us do these days. Things were different then. My mom talked on the phone, watched soaps, loaded us kids into the station wagon sans car seats or even seat belts to “run errands,” did laundry, chain-smoked, had friends over for coffee, and cooked things with method-based descriptors, like chicken-fried steak and twicebaked potatoes. And we watched TV, played in our rooms, beat each other up (or tried to, in my case), developed the psychological wounds that make us who we are today. We were in different worlds: kids and mom. My mom had a vague sense, I’m sure, of what I was doing in school—learning to read and write, for instance. But nothing like the “how much homework do you have and let me help you study for the math test” kind of (s)mothering that is expected these days. If it hadn’t been for a buddy from English class who insisted I apply to Antioch College, I never would have gone beyond my barely passing high school “education.” My parents were pleased when I was accepted, but not very involved in the process, to say the least. The dark side of being a free-range kid. So for me, allowing Azalea to play by herself in the backyard for hours is not hard. Saying “She’ll live” is no big deal. It’s easy for me to give her space to grow. And if you’re like me, a person who gets over-stimulated by call-waiting, 88

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it’s a necessity to raise a child without all the beeping frenzy that’s making people crazy and distracted, and the benefits are clear: This morning I caught Azalea standing perfectly still near the front door of the screened-in porch. I asked her what she was doing and she said, “listening to an owl.” Cool! She eats chocolate chips in increments, savoring each bite, stashing some away for later. She doesn’t get that kind of impulse-control from either of her parents, so perhaps it really is our quiet, no-TV, sit-by-the-side-of-the-river-for-fun life. In our house, slow parenting comes naturally, and truly is delightful. But as we hear in Zen, even golden chains can bind. Let’s be honest: Parenting is really tough and it’s a hell of a lot easier to fixate on appearances than to understand the subtle workings of relationships. And it’s compelling to point to the over-the-top hoverers, the helicopter parents, and cluck in disdain: Gigantic, expensive birthday parties?! For infants! Putting a GPS in their backpack?! SAT prep in 5th grade!? Mandarin-speaking nannies!? Following them to college!? People! Get a life! I can see how this kind of behavior could turn kids into objects and parents into perpetually unsatisfied puppeteers, trying to control their kids into fulfilling them. But I have to say, as someone who grew up with the opposite problem, the thought of having parents so interested in me is kind of appealing. And even more to the point, just because our family is relatively low-tech, kind of crunchy and un-ambitious (so far), that doesn’t necessarily mean that the really important stuff—attachment, connection, relatedness, repair—is in good, working order. They are two very different things: parenting style and parenting substance. And it can be easy to forget that. I have no idea how Azalea is experiencing our life here in Slow Shangri-la. Maybe she feels, as I did about my mom, like I am more interested in creating a nest than nourishing the child plunked in the middle of it. I know that one of the reasons Azzie is so good at playing by herself is because I am often too busy “slowing down” to engage with her: baking bread, gardening, doing zazen, keeping the house cozy and tidy, doing dishes around the clock. And all of that on top of all my job-work! In the blink of an eye, slow turns inside out and I am determined to cross items off my list of things to do, caught up in trying to satisfy some idea of how I think my family should be, look, operate. I get mired in the parent trap with everyone else, thinking more about myself and my need to have things a certain way, than my child. There’s nothing wrong with trying to create a life, or luxuriating in it. And maybe getting lost in the details of slowness is better for a child’s development than getting lost in the details of overachieving, but it is lost nonetheless. So how do I find my way? I’m not sure, but I think the little voice singing in the other room will tell me.

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Active Release Techniques Dr. David Ness (845) 255-1200 Active Release Techniques (ARTÂŽ) is a patented treatment system that removes scar tissue from injured muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and nerves. It is used to treat acute or chronic injuries, sports injuries, post surgical scarring, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. 5-10 visits usually are needed to resolve most injuries.


275 North Street, Newburgh, NY (845)565-2809

Classical & Chinese Herbs 303 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 853-7353 Dylana Accolla offers 17 years of experience in , herbal medicine, bodywork, qigong, and emotional release work. Trained in San Francisco, China, and Japan, she is co-author of Back to Balance: a Self-Help Guide to Far East Asian Remedies. “Dylana’s results are dramatic. Her practice brings about life-changing epiphanies.�-A Satisfied Patient.

Earthbound Herbs and Acupuncture 504-516 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 339-5653 Creating health in partnership with nature. We offer Community at a sliding scale of $20-$40, you decide what you can afford. Apothecary specializes in local, organic herbs in bulk, tincture, teas and more. Founded by Hillary Thing, MS, LAc., Professor (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine) with over 11 years clinical experience.

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts, Oriental Medicine—Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. 87 East Market Street, Suite 102, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2424 Offering all five of the professionally practiced modalities within Oriental Medicine-, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Medical Massage, Dietary Therapy and Exercise Therapy. Treatment of allergies, asthma, sinusitis, headaches, neuro-musculo-skeletal pain, women’s health, mood problems, digestive problems, fatigue, and much more. Since 1992.

Hoon J. Park, MD, PC 1772 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-6060

30+ years experience treating children & adults orthodontics • cosmetics • TMJ treatment • root canals pain control • emergency care

Aromatherapy Joan Apter

60 Park Lane Suite 3 Highland, NY 12528

(845) 679-0512 See also Massage Therapy.

(845) 883-9595

& 11 Market Street, Suite 208 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Art Therapy Deep Clay (845) 255-8039 Michelle Rhodes, LMSW ATR-BC. Short-term counseling and in-depth psychoanalytic arts-based psychotherapy. Activates creative imagination to enhance healing and problem solving for life transitions, bereavement, trauma, and dissociative disorders. Women’s clay group and individual studio sessions. Children, adults, and teens. Poughkeepsie and Gardiner locations. Sliding fee for students and uninsured.

(845) 454-3310

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Anthony Angiolillo, DDS Mark Angiolillo, DDS Lina Angiolillo, DDS

Astrology Planet Waves Kingston, NY (877) 453-8265

Body & Skin Care Medical Aesthetics of the Hudson Valley


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Chiropractic Dr. David Ness (845) 255-1200 Dr. David Ness is a Certified Active Release Techniques (ART®) Provider and Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner who helps athletes and active people relieve their pain and heal their injuries. Dr. Ness utilizes ART® to remove scar tissue and adhesions in order to restore mobility, flexibility, and strength.

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Facilitator: Amy Frisch, CSWR some insurances accepted space is limited

(845) 706-0229 for more information

A group designed especially for teenage girls focusing on issues of adolescence: relationships, school, dealing with parents, coping with teen stress, and more. Group sessions include expressive art activities - it‛s not all talk!

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts Women’s Health: PMS, Infertility, Peri-menopause

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430 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-4358

Colon Health Care/Colonics Connie Schneider—Certified Colon Therapist New Paltz, NY (845) 256-1516 Colon hydrotherapy or colonics is a gentle approach to colon health. A healthy digestive tract helps support a healthy immune system, improving overall health, basics for a healthy lifestyle. Herbal Detox Programs available. See display ad.

Counseling IONE—Healing Psyche (845) 339-5776 IONE is psycho-spiritual counselor, qi healer and minister. She is director of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc. Specializing in dream phenomena and women’s issues, she facilitates Creative Circles and Women’s Mysteries Retreats throughout the world. Kingston and NYC offices. Appointments sign up at:

Creative Arts Therapy Multi-Dimensional Psychotherapy—Blair Glaser, MA, LCAT, RDT Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4140 Bridge the gap between desire and potential: Multi-Dimensional Psychotherapy for individuals and couples combines traditional counseling with creativity, intuition, spiritual philosophy, and energy work to support empowered living. SpiritPlay drama therapy is a powerful and fun-filled physical and emotional workout guaranteed to inspire laughter and relaxation. NY licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

Dentistry & Orthodontics Dr. Anthony J. Angiolillo, DDS

Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine 87 East Market St. Suite 102 Red Hook, NY 845-758-2424 90

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The Center For Advanced Dentistry—Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD 494 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-5600

Dr. Marlin Schwartz 223 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2902 Quality dentistry provided with comfort and care. Cosmetic improvements, Reconstruction, Implants, Veneers, Crowns, Root Canal,Periodontics (non-surgical and surgical), Extractions, General Dentistry.

Holistic Orthodontics—Dr. Rhoney Stanley, DDS, MPH, LicAcup, RD 107 Fish Creek Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2729 Experience Orthodontics in a magical setting using expansion and gentle forces, not extraction and heavy pressure. Member of The Cranial Academy, Dr. Rhoney Stanley considers the bones, teeth, face and smile components of the whole. Offers fixed braces, functional appliances, Invisalign. Early Treatment for young children when essential. Insurance accepted. Payment plans available.

Healing Centers The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing (845) 255-3337

Holistic Health Cassandra Currie, MS, RYT— Holistic Health Counselor 41 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 532-7796 Cassandra is a Kripalu-Certified Yoga Teacher and Certified Ayurvedic Nutritionist with a MS in Counseling Psychology. She offers integrative health counseling to individuals as well as groups, melding Ayurvedic nutritional counseling, yoga, and more traditional therapeutic techniques to guide people toward greater self-awareness, empowering them to find joy, balance, and health in their daily lives. Call for classes, appointments, and consultations.

John M. Carroll, Healer 715 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420 John is a spiritual counselor, healer, and teacher. He uses guided imagery, morphology, and healing energy to help facilitate life changes. He has successfully helped his clients to heal themselves from a broad spectrum of conditions- spanning terminal cancer to depression. The Center also offers hypnosis, massage, and Raindrop Technique.

Madhuri Therapeutics—Bringing Health to Balance Alice Velky LMT, RYT (845) 797-4124 Mind-body approach for ASD’s, attention/ learning differences; anxiety, depression, chronic pain & immune syndromes. Achieve a naturally balanced state of health and harmony with Therapeutic Yoga, Massage Therapy, Reiki and Yoga for the Special Child®. Sliding scale REIKI CLINIC starts 4/15/09; call for info.

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies 1 (800) 944-1001 Omega Institute’s 2009 season is open for registration. Take a workshop, enjoy some

Fishkill, NY (845) 876-0239 International Energy Healing and Mystery School. Ideal for those seeking personal growth and all health care practitioners. Learn 50 Holistic, Shamanic and Esoteric self-healing Practices and 33 techniques to heal yourself and others. Profoundly increase your health, intuition, creativity, joy and spiritual connection. NYSNA & NCBTMB CEUs. Enroll now! School meets 18 days over 6 months. Next school begins Oct. 16. Introductory Weekend Workshops Aug. 29-30, or Sept. 26-27. Call for brochure.

Hospitals Columbia Memorial Hospital 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson, NY (516) 828-7601

Health Alliance (845) 331-3131

Northern Dutchess Hospital Rhinebeck, NY

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Hypnosis Dr. Kristen Jemiolo Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 485-7168



David Basch, PCC (845) 626-0444 If you find yourself stuck in your career, business or personal situation, I can help you get un-stuck. As a professional certified coach with many years of experience, I work with my clients to help them produce extraordinary results. Clients gain clarity and improved insight into what they want. They very quickly develop a strategy, a plan of action and the tools to achieve their goals. Contact me for a no charge sample session now.

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Global Seminar:

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Heart and Intellect August 21 - August 27, 2009

Presentation Center, Los Gatis, CA Students attending the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology’s Global Programs are given the opportunity to study from any location in the world by participating in a unique online learning environment supplemented by seminars held in various locations around the world. Seminars are an exciting way to get to know this dynamic learning community. To download a seminar brochure go to: Contact: Carla Hines, [ph] 650.493.4430 ext. 268.

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Want to convert fear into courage, stress into power, depression into joy, worry into satisfaction? Consider empowerment life coaching. Get clarity on the life you want plus the tools and techniques to make your dreams a reality. Stop being a problem solver and become a vision creator.


Victoria Lewis—My Coach for Creativity (212) 875-7220 Are you juggling, bungling or struggling with ITP_Chron_Qtr_Pg.indd your “Creative Life?” Had enough? Want change? Need a hand? Creativity Coaching may be your answer. Schedule a free phone session to find out. Sign up for free tips and monthly newsletters. Take the first step. Give your creativity the support it deserves.


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person and by phone. Six-session introductory class on Integrated Kabbalistic Healing based on the work of Jason Shulman. See also Body-Centered Therapy Directory.


R&R, or learn a new skill with one of our professional trainings. Time at Omega is a stimulus package for the spirit. Register today.

Kary Broffman, RN, CH Hyde Park, NY (845) 876-6753 A registered nurse with a BA in psychology since 1980, Kary is certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Hypnobirthing, and Complementary Medical Hypnotism, hypnocoaching with the National Guild. She has also studied interactive imagery for nurses. By weaving her own healing journey and education into her work, she helps to assist others in accessing their inner resources and healing potential.

Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHT New Paltz, NY (845) 389-2302 Increase self-esteem and motivation; break bad habits; manage stress, stress-related illness, and anger; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches, chronic pain); overcome fears and despondency; relieve insomnia; improve learning, memory, public speaking, and sports performance; enhance creativity. Other issues. Change Your Outlook. Gain Control. Make Healthier Choices. Certified Hypnotist, two years training; broad base in Psychology. Also located in Kingston, NY.

Integrated Kabbalistic Healing Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC (845) 485-5933 Integrated Kabbalistic Healing sessions in

Massage Therapy Conscious Body—Ellen Ronis McCallum, LMT 692 Old Post Road, Esopus, NY (845) 658-8400 Deep, sensitive and eclectic Massage therapy with over 22 years of experience working with a wide variety of body types and physical/medical/emotional issues. Techniques include: deep tissue, Swedish, Craniosacral, energy balancing, and chi nei tsang (an ancient Chinese abdominal and organ chi massage).

Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 Luxurious massage therapy with medicinal grade Essential Oils; Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release, Facials, Stones. Animal care, health consultations, spa consultant, classes and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products. For information, contact Joan Apter.

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Performance Sports & Wellness Center in New Paltz

Dr. David Ness

Certified Sports Chiropractor Active Release Techniques 3 Cherry Hill Road New Paltz, NY 12561

The professionals at Performance Sports & Wellness Center are dedicated to helping the high-level athlete, the active person and the injured achieve maximum performance. Featuring • Dr. David Ness Chiropractor • William Weinstein, L.A.c. Acupuncture • Dorothy Hamburg, M.S. Exercise Physiologist • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage

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Meditation Sky Lake Lodge

Psychically Speaking

22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8556

(845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125

Spiritual Wellness Center 372 Fullerton Avenue, Newburgh, NY

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IRENE HUMBACH, LCSW, PC Offices in New Paltz & Poughkeepsie (845) 485-5933

Judy Swallow MA, LCAT, TEP

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871 Plank Road, Mt. Tremper, NY (845) 688-2228 Offering year-round retreats geared to all levels of experience: Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice offered monthly; throughout the year: Zen and the Arts; Buddhist Studies; Wilderness and Social Action; Yoga, Qigong, and Body Practice; and monthly week-long meditation intensives. Beginning Instruction and service offered every Sunday at 9:00am.

Midwifery Jennifer Houston, Midwife (518) 678-3154

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 138 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 687-7589 Drs. Tieri and Rosen are New York State Licensed Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Cranial Osteopathy. As specialists in Osteopathic manipulation, we are dedicated to the traditional philosophy and hands-on treatment of our predecessors. We treat newborns, children, and adults. By Appointment. Offices in Rhinebeck and Stone Ridge.

Physical Therapy Roy Capellaro, PT 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY (845) 518-1070 Listening. Touch. Quiet. The interface of structure and energy. There are optimum ways of working without of balance states in our body, utilizing the hierarchy of forces within us. I have been a manual physical therapist for over 30 years, specializing in gently unlocking the roots of structural dysfunctions and their associated patterns. Zero Balancing. Craniosacral Therapy. Muscle Energy Technique. Ontology.

Pilates Conscious Body 692 Old Post Road, Esopus, NY (845) 658-8400 Husband and Wife team Ellen and Tim Ronis McCallum are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a strong healthy body, a dynamic mind, and a vibrant spirit, whatever your age or level of fitness. Private and semi private apparatus sessions available.

Psychologists Anton H. Hart, PhD 39 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-2477; (212) 595-3704 Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute. Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Poughkeepsie and Manhattan Offices. Specializing in intensive long- and short-term work with problems of anxiety, depression, relationships, career, illness, gay, straight, lesbian and transgender issues. Consultation by appointment.

Emily L. Fucheck, Psy.D. Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 380-0023 Licensed psychologist. Doctorate in clinical psychology, post-doctoral training focused on adolescents and young adults, post-doctoral candidate for certification in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Offering psychotherapeutic work for adults and adolescents. Additional opportunities available for intensive psychoanalytic treatment at substantial fee reduction. Located across from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

Psychotherapy Amy R. Frisch, CSWR New Paltz, NY (845) 706-0229

Debra Budnik, CSW-R New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4218 Traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy for long- or short-term work. Aimed at identifying and changing self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, underlying anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Sliding scale, most insurances accepted including Medicare/Medicaid. NYS-licensed. Experience working with trauma victims, including physical and sexual abuse. Educator on mental health topics. Located in New Paltz, one mile from SUNY.

Dianne Weisselberg, MSW, LMSW (845) 688-7205 Individual Therapy, Grief Work and Personal Mythology. Stuck? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Depressed? THERE IS ANOTHER WAY! Dianne Weisselberg has over 16 years experience in the field of Counseling and over 8 years of training in Depth Psychology. Sliding Scale fees.

Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC (845) 485-5933 Body of Wisdom Counseling and Healing Services. See also Body-Centered Therapy directory.

Janne Dooley, LCSW, Brigid’s Well New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081 Facebook Group: Brigid’s Well Brigid’s Well is a psychotherapy and healing practice helping people grow individually and in community. Janne Dooley specializes in healing trauma, relationship issues, recovery,

co-dependency, and inner child work. Janne is trained in Gestalt, Family Systems and EMDR. Groups forming: Counscious Parenting, and Psychospiritual Group, combining Guided Imagery, Celtic and Native American Shamanism and Buddhist teachings.

Julie Zweig, MA, NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566

Judy Swallow, MA, LCAT, TEP 25 Harrington Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5613

K. Melissa Waterman, LCSW-R 35 Main Street, Suite #333 Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 464-8910 My goal is to encourage and guide you to find and live from your own place of joy. I have experience helping with depression, anxiety, trauma resolution, negative thinking, work, relationship problems, and spirituality issues. Certified EMDR practitioner, Sliding scale available. Groups offered.

Kent Babcock, MSW, LMSWCounseling & Psychotherapy (845) 679-5511, ext. 304

Laura Coffey, MFA, LMSW Rosendale & Beacon, NY (845) 399-0319 Family Therapist specializing in Narrative Therapy. Practice includes eclectic interventions tailored to suit individual client’s needs. Healing conversations for the entire family, gerentological services for the elderly and support for caretakers. Grief counseling, motivational interviewing for substance abuse, couples work, LGBT issues, PTSD and childhood trauma, depression, anxiety and performance anxiety. Fee: $25.00 a clinical hour.

Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-8808 I work with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, eating disordered behaviors, loneliness and life transitions. I’ve helped teens and adults with substance abuse and trauma connected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. My approach is psychodynamic, linking the painful past with current and cognitive problems which reframes negative beliefs allowing for positive outcomes. I also practice EMDR, a technique for relieving distress by exploring critical memories.

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

Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreat for Teachers: Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education, August 8-13. This teacher training offers practical skills to improve stress management and improve emotional awareness, concentration and responsiveness, both in teachers’ lives and in the classroom. Continuing Education Units are available.

Structural Integration Hudson Valley Structural Integration 26 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4654 Ryan Flowers and Krisha Showalter are NY State Licensed Massage Therapists with additional Certification in Structural Integration and Visceral Osteopathic Manipulation. We specialize in chronic pain conditions, structural/postural alignment and function. We are committed to providing soft tissue manipulation that is communicative and receptive to the individual. Free Consultations.


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Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5797 Exploratory, experiential play with the Tarot as oracle and sacred tool, in a monthly class, with Certified Tarot Grand Master and international Tarot author Rachel Pollack. All levels welcome. Tarot Readings in person or by phone.

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Each person’s therapy is an organic process of self-exploration and discovery, unfolding uniquely according to our different personalities. Through conversation and reflection, this process can begin at any point. It can focus upon any life struggle or topic, from practical or relationship issues to existential or spiritual concerns. Short- or long-term; sliding scale.

Retreat Centers

Yoga Jai Ma Yoga Center 69 Main Street, Suite 20, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0465 Established in 1999, Jai Ma Yoga Center offers a wide array of Yoga classes, seven days a week. Classes are in the lineages of Anusara, Iyengar, and Sivananda, with certified and experienced instructors. Private consultations and Therapeutics available. Owners Gina Bassinette and Ami Hirschstein have been teaching locally since 1995.

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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Healing mind, body, and spirit combining traditional medical practice, clinical hypnotherapy, 12-step work, and Reiki energy healing.

Lenox, MA 1 (800) 741-7353

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The Living Seed



521 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8212 Open to the community for over 5 years. Inspiring movements of inner freedom and awareness. We offer Yoga classes for all levels of students, gentle/beginner to advanced. Including pre- and post-natal Yoga, family and kids yoga, as well as a variety of dance classes, massage, sauna, and organic Yoga clothing. Route 299, across from Econo Lodge.


eating disorder, weight loss, and smoking cessation Kristen Jemiolo, MD American Board of Family Medicine, Diplomate American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Certification Poughkeepsie (845) 485-7168 For more information visit

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Consultations by Gail Petronio Internationally Renowned Psychic Over 20 years Experience Sessions In-Person or By Phone

845.626.4895 212.714.8125

When was the last time someone really listened to your body? Roy Capellaro, PT Integrative Manual Physical Therapy Zero Balancing CranioSacral Therapy whole living directory

120 Main Street · Gardiner · NY 845.518.1070

Summer Retreats 2009 August 7-9 Nature Tales: A Camping and Storytelling Family Retreat in Mount Tremper, NY with Rafe Martin and Zen Mountain Monastery Staff August 10-16 Color and Sounds of Water: A Wilderness Exploration of Art in Nature with Ryushin Marchaj Sensei and Zen Mountain Monastery Staff held at Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York

Z en E n vironmental S t udies I n s titute 845.688.2228

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the Sanctuary A Place for Healing

845.255.3337 ∙ 5 Academy Street, New Paltz ∙

Counseling & Psychotherapy Ariella Morris, LCSW-R 853-3325 EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Body-Centered Talk Therapy

Gentle Yoga Classes Jennifer Hunderfund, RYT, LMT Fri. 12pm-1pm

Integrated Bodywork/Massage Annie Serrante, LMSW, lmt 255-3337 ext. 1 Series Specials & Massage of the Month Club

Resonance repatterning donna bruscHi 255-7459 Positive Change * Overcoming Fears

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Bela fleck in a scene from lay down your heart, which will screen at upstate films in rhinebeck on july 14.

Strumming the Heartstrings To some, the banjo is considered the quintessential American instrument. It evokes our tradition of bluegrass and country music, while its bouncy sound sets it apart from other instruments in the European string family like the guitar and violin. Even though centuries have passed since it first became popular, the banjo has never entirely shrugged off its stereotype as a lower-class instrument. Bela Fleck—banjo player extraordinaire and winner of 11 Grammys—is familiar with this preconceived notion: “I grow tired of the hillbilly stereotypes, as I am not a hillbilly myself, and feel very connected to the banjo,” wrote Fleck in an e-mail interview. In an effort to dispel these misguided assumptions and to shed light on its history, in 2005 Fleck traveled to Africa, the birthplace of the banjo. Throw Down Your Heart, directed by Sascha Paladino, documents Fleck’s musical journey through Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali. “Music is in every aspect of life in our local communities,” says translator, guide, and finger pianist Walusimbi Nsimbambi Haruna in Uganda. “In everything that one does, music is there.” Fleck’s adventure transports him to small towns and larger cities where he jams with both local musicians and regional rock-stars like Oumou Sangare of Mali. (Sangare will be performing with Fleck at Caramoor in Katonah and in Central Park on July 3 and 5, respectively). Language presents no barrier: Fleck accompanies women’s singing in the village of Nakisenyi, Uganda, and duels master guitarist Djelimady Tankara in Mali. Fleck’s

deep respect for fellow musicians is apparent. His curiosity makes him an enthusiastic student, while his talent allows him to blend effortlessly with guitars, drums, finger pianos, a giant xylophone, and lesser-known traditional African instruments such as the n’goni and akonting. The result fuses traditional African songs with the original improvisations of Fleck and contemporary musicians. The n’goni—the traditional instrument of Mali—is a three-stringed, lute-like instrument made out of wood. The akonting is also three-stringed, but is made out of a guard with an animal skin stretched tautly over it. Many consider the akonting to be the predecessor of the modern banjo. It was originally brought by slaves from Western Africa to southern plantations. During the minstrel shows of the 1800s, the banjo gained wider popularity and evolved into the instrument familiar today, with such features as the round, drum-like body, five strings, and ornate neck. When the banjo is played alongside these instruments, it is, as Fleck says, as if the sound belongs in the music of Africa after all. Throw Down Your Heart on Rounder Records, the companion CD to the film, captures this interplay of sounds. Fleck is touring the US through October with many of the musicians he met in western Africa. Upstate Films will be screening Throw Down Your Heart on July 14 at 5 and 8:30pm. Tickets are $20, and include a discussion and performance by Bela Fleck. (845) 345-6688; —KellyAnne McGuire 7/09 ChronograM forecast


Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Early Childhood through 8th grade

WEDNESDAY 1 Art Camp Omi, Session 1 Call for times. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568. July Arts Month Call for times. Month-long residential program. Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper. 437-5831. The Hudson River: Chris Antemann; Battle of the Britches Solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture. Ferrin Gallery, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 442-1622. A Great American Treasure 7pm. Hudson Valley photographer Greg Miller. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497.

Body / Mind / Spirit Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Classes Interpreting the Landscape Call for times. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Figurative Clay Sculpture 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

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Waldorf Education Ignites Life-Long Learning

by nurturing the connection between the child, the physical Earth and others around them through experiential learning.

16 S. Chestnut St. New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0033 - Fax (845) 255-0597

Events Bears and Butterflies Statues of fiberglass bears, each individually painted by local artists with scenes relevant to Henry Hudson’s life and legacy. Main Street, Cairo. (518) 622-3939. High Meadow Language Camp Call for times. Spanish week. $250. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855. Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring music by The Jesse Janes. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7509. How to Design Your Own Website 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Film Jazz Films by Burrill Crohn 7pm. Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song and A.K.A. Fathead. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music Summer Children’s Chorus and Adult Choir Call for times. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Zappa Plays Zappa 7:30pm. $52/$47 members. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Fourteen Feet 5pm-8pm. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028. Deafened By Love 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. Avondale Airforce 7pm-9pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band 8pm. Rock. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Project/Object 9pm. Rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mike 8pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

Theater Forbidden Broadway 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Workshops Artists Professional Development Workshops 6:30pm-9:30pm. Art marketing skills & coaching. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940.

FRIDAY 3 Art The 8th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival 10am-6pm. $11/$9 seniors/$5 students. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000. Rachel Hyman: Mixed Media 5pm-7pm. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit Hiking in the Catskills Call for times. With 3 lectures on Buddhist philosophy. $290/$261. Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia. 688-6897.

Classes Printmaking 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance Friday Night Swing Dance 7pm. $10/$8 members. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events High Meadow Language Camp Call for times. French week. $250. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.


Eco-Fabulous Community Farmers’ Market 4pm-8pm. Robin’s Produce, New Paltz. 255-5201.

Forbidden Broadway 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Staged Readings of New Plays 8pm. Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Workshops Playwriting Workshop with Chiori Miyagawa Call for times. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144. MAC Basics 11am-3pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

THURSDAY 2 Body / Mind / Spirit Writing in the Light 6pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Zikr—Sufi Healing Circle 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Classes Rendering in Black and White 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Classic Chi Gung and Tai Chi 7pm-9pm. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

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Erene 8pm. Singer/songwriter. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Much Ado About Nothing 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.


Fine Art Digital Printing 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Film Lemon Tree 7pm. Presented by Rosendale Democratic Committee. $10. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Music Tomas Doncker Call for times. Afro-beat soul. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Shorty King’s Clubhouse 7pm. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook. 894-7291. The Phantoms 7pm. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson. 389-0534. Phoenicia Phirst Phriday 7:30pm. Mark Brown, the Sunburst Brothers, and the Shoe String Band. $3. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2142. Aston Magna: John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera” and Selected Handel Arias 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. $30/$25 seniors/$90 series. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. The Providers 8pm. Blues. Peint o Gwrw Tavern, Chatham. (518) 392-2943. Hurley Mountain Highway 8:30pm. Soft rock, pop. Pamela’s on The Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Shadetree Mechanics 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


The Crossroads Band 10pm. Rock. Average Joe’s, Marlboro. 236-7100.

Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

The Kore 10pm. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277.

theater whisper house photo by crackerfarm composer duncan sheik; an illustration from the whisper house cd.

Tres Sheik Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik’s pop-chamber confessionals (echoing Nick Drake, edged in Rufus Wainwright, and cured in Jeff Buckley) have not only achieved mainstream radio success but critical respect as well. It was fitting that Sheik’s highdrama musical poetry be applied to theater, but few expected the resounding success of 2006’s “Spring Awakening,” a brash and poignant work (with Steven Sater) of sexual stirrings in 19th-century Viennese schoolchildren. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical marked a new path for Sheik, who is concurrently developing three new works: “Nero,” a gleefully decadent take on the ancient ruler; an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale,” slated to open next year at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; and the baroque ghost story “Whisper House,” slated for Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater this month on July 10 and 11. Collaborating with librettist Kyle Jarrow and director Keith Powell (Toofer on TV’s “30 Rock”), composer-lyricist Sheik has fashioned a score knowingly histrionic but engaging in its melancholy. (He recorded the 10-song score on CD this past January.) “Whisper House” is anchored in vintage artifice, just begging for a film adaptation by director Guy Maddin. The tale takes place on the Maine seashore at the height of World War II. Young Christopher has been sent to live in a lighthouse with his Aunt Lilly. As he navigates his new world, the boy struggles to understand his eccentric aunt, her tightlipped Japanese handyman, and the relentless wailings that come from a gathering of ghosts calling beyond the shoals. In early June, while on a yoga retreat in Cannes, France, Sheik spoke about “Whisper House,” its fitful journey from the page to the stage, and why all art must contain hope. “Whisper House” will be performed July 10 and 11 at the Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. $25. (845) 437-7235; A full transcript of this interview can be read at —Jay Blotcher Many playwrights and composers find the Powerhouse Theater workshop format rewarding; it allows them to see where a work can be improved. What was accomplished last year for “Nero” by mounting it at the Powerhouse? An enormous amount was accomplished. We restructured the piece; I know that I wrote a lot of new songs even in that short period of time. Steven [Sater] rewrote a lot of the text of the show, and I think we all had a better conception of what the piece was ultimately supposed to be about. “Whisper House” was originally supposed to have its debut at a Stamford, Connecticut, theater earlier this year, but that was cancelled due to financial issues. Frankly, I don’t think that particular theater had the money to produce the show in the first place. So there was a little bit of hoping against hope that we could do it there, which wasn’t going to happen. Then we were going to do it at another theater in Maryland. Ultimately, neither one really had the resources to do this kind of piece. So, ultimately, there’s a theater in San Diego called the Old Globe, and it’s a great institution. They’ve brought many shows to Broadway in the past decade. They got really excited about it, so we’re going to do the show there in late January. But we’ve never even done a full-blown workshop of this piece. We did a little workshop in New York about a year ago—a four-day thing. So to be able to go to New York Stage & Film and really look at the beast and fix some

things that are inevitably wrong with it, that’s really valuable and important. This piece is a very different animal with respect to other pieces of musical theater, because there’s only 10 songs and you have very long stretches of scene and text in between songs. So it’s really more like a play that has songs interspersed within it. I think we need to figure out how to make that work for an audience. I have fallen in love with Klaus Lyngeled’s illustrations for the CD booklet and his animation in the video for “Earthbound Starlight.” Will these images be incorporated into the stage production? We had this idea of using the video from “Earthbound Starlight” as the prologue of the play itself—which is really what it is. I think, ultimately, with regards to Klaus and his animation, what I hope to do, at the end of the day, is to create an animated feature film that will be in the style of his animation. But these are things that would go hand in hand with the stage production and the record itself. Maybe even an illustrated book—the “Whisper House” book. I kind of look at these things like: Here’s this story, here are these pieces of music, and you’ve got various media that you can tell the story in. And why not try all of them and see what works the best? And hopefully, a few of them are effective. From the start, you recount the misery of each character, in the opening song, “It’s Better to be Dead.” Are you sounding a note of pessimism, of inevitable tragedy, or is there hope? [Laughs] I think there certainly is hope in the piece ultimately. I don’t know. Like, I love Lars von Trier, but I don’t like this idea of hopeless art. That’s hard for me. But I think that this idea that we’re in the first song and you’re describing the pathos of these characters, it’s from the perspective of this slightly sardonic ghost who’s plainly cynical. And he’s also singing this stuff with a little bit of a wink. What did you learn from the creation and execution of “Spring Awakening” that you either tried to impart to this project or tried to avoid? In some ways, we were trying to push the envelope farther away from traditional musical theater, even [farther away] than [with] “Spring Awakening.” Kyle writes musicals and he’s worked in musical theater, but he’s a young, progressive kid from Yale. He is someone who has dealt mainly with straight plays. First of all, this idea that the actors who are in the scenes of the [musical], they’re never singing the songs—this is already a pretty big break from traditional musical theater. There’s this idea of having a play and within the midst of this play there’s also a rock concert that happens. And there are two different universes. There’s definitely an overlap with “Spring Awakening” in that respect. Your work in theater has taken us time traveling, from 19th-century Vienna to 1940s coastal Maine. In what era would Duncan Sheik the singer-songwriter like to spend some time? I’ve been in Europe for a few weeks and I spent a little time in Italy while I was here, specifically, in Florence and then in Venice. I was there for the Bienniale. I love the idea, especially in Florence, of hanging out with the Medicis and the Pittis. As a musician, you’d have no money and you’d ask these people to be your patrons and they’d just pay you to write songs for them. 7/09 ChronograM forecast


Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisations of audience stories. $8. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118. Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. Forbidden Broadway 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

The WVS Blues Organization 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 4pm. We Cannot Know the Mind of God and Fully Committed. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

Big Kahuna 10pm. Dance music. Ramada Inn, Newburgh. 564-4500.

Much Ado About Nothing 6pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 4pm. We Cannot Know the Mind of God and Fully Committed. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Forbidden Broadway 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 8pm. The Unseen Hand and The Artist at Work. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

Workshops Living Without Regret July 3-5. With Tibetan master Changling Rinpoche. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.


Pericles 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. The Who’s Tommy 8pm. $22/$20. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Getting Known, Being Shown Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.


Art Secret Histories 5pm-7pm. Collages by Ninette Gilligan. Gabriel’s Café, Kingston. 339-0986. The 8th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival 10am-6pm. $11/$9 seniors/$5 students. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000. Kingston Sculpture Biennial 1pm-4pm. Hasbrouk Park, Kingston. 338-0331. Backdrops 4pm-7pm. Stories and pictures by Wayne Montecalvo. KMOCA, Kingston. Heads Up, Portraiture/Regarding the View 5pm-8pm. ASK, Kingston. 338-0331.

Body / Mind / Spirit

The 8th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival 10am-5pm. $11/$9 seniors/$5 students. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000.

Body / Mind / Spirit Baby Belly Yoga 12pm-1:30pm. Yoga for women in any stage of pregnancy. $90 series/$15 class. The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison, Garrison. Dream Circle 1pm-5pm. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Reiki Circle 6:30pm-8pm. $10. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.



IWT Writing Workshop for Teachers Call for times. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Family Geocaching Workshop 10am-12:30pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

In Edition: An Artist’s Book Workshop 1pm-4pm. $200/$175 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


MONDAY 6 Classes L’Art Brut 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Film Everything’s Cool 8pm. Water Street Market, New Paltz. 255-3976.

What Lies Beneath: Archaeology Camp for Kids 9am-Friday, July 10, 3pm. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.

Projective Dream Work 6:30pm-8:30pm. $10. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Galumpha Gang 9am-3pm. Two-week performing arts summer program for children ages 7-14. $775/$725 members. New Paltz Middle School, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Do You Dare to Know the Truth About Yourself and Other? 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Summer Arts Program for Children 9am-1pm. Ages 5-7, 4-week sessions. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. YogaKids Summer Camp 10am-Friday, July 10, 12pm. $100. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

Earth Stewarsdship Camp 1pm-Friday, July 10, 4pm. Ages 6-9. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-5pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181.


Anniversary of “First in the Nation” Call for times. Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh. 562-1195. Hyde Park Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park. 229-9111. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Millerton Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm. Dutchess Avenue and Main Street, Millerton. (860) 824-1250. Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 853-8512. Hudson River Market 10am-5pm. Fine arts, jewelry, crafts, food, and music. Main Street, Beacon. Opening of the Tuthilltown Spirits’ Tasting Room 12pm. Tuthilltown Spirits’ Tasting Room and Shop, Gardiner. 633-8284. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-6pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Annual Fireball Fundraiser 2pm. Picnic, music, drumming circle, ceremony. $80/$75. Blue Deer Center, Margaretville. 586-3225.

Music JV Squad Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Tokyo String Quartet 6pm. Mendelssohn and Friends I. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Kaydi Johnson Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Doug Marcus 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. 5th Garden State Saxophone and BBQ 3pm-6pm. Androgyny, New Paltz. 256-0620.

Drew Bordeaux 6pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Peter Einhorn 7pm-9pm. Jazz. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Fountains Of Wayne With Special Guest Mike Viola 9pm. Rock. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

The Outdoors Walk the Huguenot Path 10am-12pm. $10/$8 friends of HHS. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660. Mohonk Preserve Singles Hike: Lost City 10am-3pm. 8-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Butterflies and Blooms 10am-12pm. 2-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.


Frances Kramer 7pm-9pm. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131.

West Point Jazz Band Knights 8pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344.

Forbidden Broadway 2pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 8:30pm. Performance at July 4th celebration. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 255-1559. Strawbs 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

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Evan Randell 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. Sammy Brown 7pm. Singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.

Workshops Introduction to Digital Photography 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Dan Zanes and Friends 3pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Shanghai Quartet 4pm. Mendelssohn and Friends II. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217.

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Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck.



Little Kids Camp 3 Call for times. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Kids on Stage Performance Camp 1 10am-2pm. Ages 11-15. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30pm-8:30pm. Iris Litt. $60 series/$15 session. Call for location. 679-8256.


Rosendale Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467.

Enchanting Euphoric Mystical Dance Check for time. Kiyana Vital and Perpetual Movements. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. (212) 362-4354.

Introduction to Photoshop 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Healing Camp with Eliot Cowan Call for times. 5th Annual Plant Spirit Medicine Conference. Blue Deer Center, Margaretville. 586-3225.



Spoken Word Overview of the Minuet through Romantics 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Events Flea Market Call for times. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 338-6779.

Jazz Jam 7:30pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Marvin Bu-Ga-Lu Smith. Terrace Lounge, Newburgh. 561-9770.

The Who’s Tommy 8pm. $22/$20. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Meditation and Stress Release 10:30am-11:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.




TUESDAY 7 Art Fiber Arts Group 6:30pm. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-3444.

Body / Mind / Spirit Spirit Readings 12pm-6pm. $75/$40. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100. Integral Yoga 6pm. $15. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Channeling the Master Teachers 6:30pm-7:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Integral Yoga 10pm-10pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Classes Abstraction, Composition, Color 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Bits and Pieces: A Children’s Collage Class 9:30am-12:30pm. 5 sessions. $180/$162 ASK members. Shirt Factory, Kingston. 338-0331. Classic Chi Gung and Tai Chi 10am-12pm. 478 Albany Avenue, Kingston. 750-6488.


Thomas 2pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680.

Saturday Night Fever 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Ninety 2pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Yoga for the Special Child 3pm-3:45pm. $50. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.


Summer Meditation Series 7:15pm-8:30pm. 6-week series. $108. The Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Classes Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Figurative Clay Sculpture 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Events Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring River Jazz Chorus. Woodstock Farm Festival, Woodstock. Hudson Valley Green Drinks 6:30pm-9pm. Networking session for people in the environmental fields and sustainably minded. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 454-6410.

Music Dancing On The Air 8pm. $12. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

Spoken Word Michele Muir Gallery Talk on Alzheimer’s Photo Essay Project & Exhibit 5:30pm-7pm. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Dance is a Weapon: George Washington and the Minuet 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Theater Much Ado About Nothing 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Forbidden Broadway 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

THURSDAY 9 Art College Rep. Visit to Summer Art Intensive 4pm-7pm. Steel Plant Studios, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. The Fantastical Faces of Peter Rockwell: A Sculptor’s Retrospective 5:30-7:30. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100.

Body / Mind / Spirit Green Witch Intensive Call for times. $600. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081. Writing in the Light 6pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Zikr—Sufi Healing Circle 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Classes Rendering in Black and White 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Painting on Furniture and Garden Pots 5:30pm-7pm. 4 sessions. $144/$130 ASK members. Shirt Factory, Kingston. 338-0331.

Introduction to Drawing 6pm-7:30pm. 5 sessions. $180/$162 ASK members. Shirt Factory, Kingston. 338-0331.

Dance Bard SummerScape: Dance 8pm. $25-$55. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Parsons Dance 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Dance Bard SummerScape: Dance 8pm. $25-$55. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Dances at an Exhibition 6pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Events Storm Drain Marking 10am. Call for location. Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500. 40th Anniversary Party 5:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100. Fine Art Digital Printing 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Kids Story Time 10am. Ages 6-9. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Music Bill Malchow 5pm-8pm. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028. The HotRod Band 6:30pm-8:30pm. Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287. Anna Dagmar 7pm-9pm. Pop. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Yonder Mountain String Band 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Spoken Word Conversations in French 1pm-2pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444. Where Does all the Water Go? 2pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. Setting the Record Straight 7pm. Book lecture and signing by author Anthony Musso. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444. Yankee Trickster 7pm. A biography of Robert Frost and the Native American influence upon his works and life. $7/$5. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

Eco-Fabulous Community Farmers’ Market 4pm-8pm. Robin’s Produce, New Paltz. 255-5201. Wine Tasting 4pm. Old Mill Wine & Spirits, Rhinebeck. 876-5343.

Film American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art Call for times. Movie and after-party. $15. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 561-4433. Image Over the Word (But Not Silent) 7pm. $5. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 338-0331.

Kids Story Time 11am. Ages 2-5. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Colonial Overnight 6pm-10am. Ages 9-14. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.

Music The Kennedys Call for times. Contemporary folk. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Whisper House Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Soulsville Social Club 7pm. Motown. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson. 389-0534. Shane Murphy 7pm-9pm. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

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Open Book 8pm. Acoustic. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. An Evening of Romantic Music for Cello and Piano 8pm. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7690.

Stephen Kaiser Group 8pm. Jazz. The Depot, Cold Spring. 265-5000. Summer Music Series 8pm. Chamber music. Martel Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5902. The Jesse Janes 8pm. With Lyn Hardy & Friends. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.


The Church and Adam Franklin 8pm. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Forbidden Broadway 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Eleemosynary 8pm. River Valley Rep. $25/$22. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3000 ext. 7507. Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Workshops Artists Professional Development Workshops 6:30pm-9:30pm. Art marketing skills & coaching for artists of all levels. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

FRIDAY 10 Art Pink and Black 4pm-7pm. Paintings by Roslyn Fasset. Gallery Warwick, Warwick.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga Weekend Campout Call for times. World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic. 877-6093 ext. 205. Women’s Sacred Moonlodge 6:45pm. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

Classes Printmaking 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Nature Drawing 9:30am-12:30pm. 4 sessions. $144/$130 ASK members. Shirt Factory, Kingston. 338-0331.

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Aston Magna: Baroque Narratives 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. $30/$25 seniors/$90 series. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Poetry Open Mike 8pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

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Anthony Nisi 9pm. Acoustic. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924. Ray Collins and the Kings County Band 9pm. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Creation 9pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985. Maia Sharp 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Justin Bond-Colorful entertainment with a downtown edge. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. The Rhodes 10pm. The Wherehouse Restaurant, Newburgh. 561-7240.

The Outdoors Inspired by a Stream 10am. A walk exploring the history of Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill, Hyde Park. The Poughkeepsie Spring 5:30pm. Natural and social history, a talk and walk event. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Eleemosynary 8pm. River Valley Rep. $25/$22. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3000 ext. 7507. Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. Forbidden Broadway 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

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Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, Milton. 464-2789.

Pericles 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Hudson River Market 10am-5pm. Fine arts, jewelry, crafts, food, and music. Main Street, Beacon.

Workshops The Fine Art of Black and White Printing Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

SATURDAY 11 Art The Visions of Hurley Call for times. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253. Offset: Ten Contemporary Artists Make Posters 4pm-8pm. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. Hudson River to Niagara Falls 5pm-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858. Panorama of the Hudson River: Greg Miller 5pm-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858. Water Outdoor Projection 9pm. Slide show. Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon. 765-2199. Dream Cells 3:30pm-7:30pm. Works by Nuie Reith and Garett Grassi. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. Dead_Line Presents Processing Place 4pm-6pm. 12 Market Street, Ellenville. 647-6604. Water Views of High Falls and Cape Cod 4pm-6pm. Works by Vincent Connelly. High Falls Studio, High Falls. 389-5825. 10x10x10 Exhibit 4pm-8pm. Presented by ArtsWAVE. 12 Market Street, Ellenville. 647-6604. Leah Macdonad, Female Fairytale 5pm-7pm. Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027

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Teapots: Interpretations 6pm-8pm. Group show of objects and still life. Ferrin Gallery, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 442-1622. Group Show 6pm-9pm. Gallery 506, Beacon. Temptation 6pm-9pm. New works by Michael Gaydos. BAU, Beacon. 440-7584.

Body / Mind / Spirit Meditation and Stress Release 10:30am-11:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Poolside Yoga 11am. $90/$72/$20/$15. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600. Finding Your Sacred Voice 2pm-4pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Impressionist Approach to Landscape Painting 9am-Sunday, July 12, 4pm. $205. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Photographing the Nude in Nature and the Studio 10am-4pm. $350/$300 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Aqua Fitness Instruction 12:15pm-1pm. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

Dance Swing Dance 7pm-10pm. Lesson, dance and performance. $10/$6 students/children free. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 236-3939. Bard SummerScape: Dance 8pm. $25-$55. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Sonya and Layla Go Camping 8pm. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. Woodstock Contradance 8pm. The Eclectic Dance Orchestra. $10/$9 members/ children 1.2 price. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121. Outdoor Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-2pm. Smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free and shoe-free dancing. $7/$3 teens and seniors/children free. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8319. Parsons Dance 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events Hyde Park Farmers’ Market 1am-2pm. Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park. 229-9111. Millerton Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm. Dutchess Avenue and Main Street, Millerton. (860) 824-1250. Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 853-8512.


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Hurley Stone House Day 10am-4pm. Tour homes dating to the 1600’s. $15/$12 seniors & student/$2 ages 5 - 12/under 5 free. Call for location. 331-4121. Crystal Custom Wrapping 11am-6pm. $40-$60. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100. Native American Celebration 12pm-5pm. Food, ceremony, drumming, singing and dancing. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-6pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Ahoy! 2pm-5pm. Rollicking interpretations of Henry Hudson’s legacy in song, poetry, theater, and dance. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock. 679-2079. Camp Woodland Songs and Stories 7:30pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Kids Rainbow Weaver Wee People 11am. Ages 7 and up; stories, crafts, music and art with Mohawk storyteller. $5/$3. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

Music Uncle Rock Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Whisper House Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Sarah Elia 11:30am-1:30pm. Classical flute. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Whitman and Pantell 2:30pm. $7/$5. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600. David Kraai with Sean Powell 6pm. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847. Through the Facade 7pm-9pm. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Stephen Kaiser Group 7:30pm. Jazz. Babycakes Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411. Bebe Neuwirth 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Chris Wilhelm 8pm. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. The 2009 Woodstock Beat 8pm. A benefit for the Woodstock-Byrdcliffe Guild. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. Michael Feinstein 8pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344. PianoSummer Faculty Gala 8pm. $27/$22. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Lydia Adams Davis and John Guth 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717. Prezence 8:30pm. Led Zeppelin tribute. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Mary Fahl with Glenn Patscha & Byron Isaaks 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Crossroads Band 9pm. Rock. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

The Outdoors The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens in Catskill, West Hurley, New Paltz, and Saugerties. (888) 842-2442. Bird and Ecological Walk on Vassar Farm 8am. Vassar Farm, Poughkeepsie. Native American Morning for Children & Parents 9:30am-12pm. 2-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Hidden Treasures of the Berkshires 10am-4pm. Self-guided tour of gardens and houses. $30. Call for location. (413) 298-3089.

Spoken Word The Spirit of Butterflies 10am-12pm. With Maraleen Manos Jones. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival 2pm. Poets Marnie Andrews and Raphael Kosek. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. pprod@ Understanding Cabernet 5pm-8pm. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook. (800) 662-9463. Poetry Reading & Book Signing 8pm. Djelloul Marbrook. Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Hudson. (518) 828-4346.

art ahoy: where lies henry hudson? image provided The Magnificent Adventure of Henry Hudson by Architects Byron Bell of Saugerties and Les Walker of Woodstock, part of the “ahoy! where lies henry hudson?” exhibition at the woodstock byrdcliffe guild.

Ship Shapes Henry Hudson perished amid the icy waters of Hudson Bay after he was set adrift in a shallop by his starving and frostbitten crew members, who could no longer tolerate the navigator’s relentless search for a northwestern passage to Asia and the attendant privations. More than a thousand miles away and four centuries later, he finally gets a memorial of sorts on terra firma at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. “Ahoy: Where Lies Henry Hudson?” is an outdoor exhibition consisting of 16 installations designed by architects who collectively leave no stone unturned: There are elegiac reimaginings of Hudson’s ship and re-creations of his journey that reflect on the hazards and dashed hopes of his quest, as well as ironic commemorations of his complicated legacy. The pieces are located on various sites amid the rocky ledges, mossy woods, and grassy clearings of the guild’s grounds, which serve both as earthy ocean and literal burial place. Visitors embark on their own exploration through the terrain, destination unknown. “The whole show is a journey, and within each piece is a journey,” says curator Linda Weintraub, explaining that as installations constructed by architects, the works are navigated through space—as opposed to the object-in-space orientation of conventional sculptures. That said, the show includes plenty of beautifully crafted objects that, while they may allude to the architectonic or function as signposts in a spatial narrative, can be appreciated as compelling sculptures. They include the planked fragments representing pieces of a wrecked ship in Barry Price's decentralized monument, Scattering; Nicholas Goldsmith and Gisela Stromeyer's taut sail, which is staked to several trees like a tent and looks both ghostly and determined in its mysterious forest setting; and Evan Stoller’s Hudson Museum on the Ecliptic, a 38-foot-diameter aluminum ring with a cantilevered lattice of wood and aluminum that’s a futuristic imagining of Hudson’s Half Moon.

Some pieces conflate historical reference with contemporary artifact. For example, John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy’s Ice Shard has the sleek elegance of a Shanghai skyscraper, while Matt Bua’s Henry Hudson Mutiny Memorial Drive Thru Kiosk re-creates a sinking ship and has a plastic-roofed interior that functions as a kind of coffeehouse public forum with postcards, announcements, texts, and drawings by the architect, and other information posted on the walls and shelves. Other works consist of conceptual passageways that are devoid of a destination. Solange Fabiao’s Path to Hudson resembles a plywood wall when first glimpsed through the woods. Scaling a ladder, one enters a V-shaped walkway, whose truncated ends lead to thin air; from the ground, the ends open to a tunnel-like passage. The structure itself is elusive; a wall, bridge, and tunnel wrapped into one. It hugs the Earth and stands apart from it, like a piece of engineering. Randolph Gerner’s Asiatic Allegoria Secondary Road Palisades Northwest Passage takes a different tack: It’s a curving path of pebbles and mounded earth that turns out to be a sprawling relief map of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. The Palisades, meadows, and western mountains that Henry Hudson passed on his journey up the river are pegged to a miniature-golf scale. The terminus of the pebbled path is adorned with a red pagoda-like tower with three brass bells, a monument to the explorer’s fabulous, unattainable goal. Weintraub said that when she initially proposed the show, she was told it could never happen because of the lack of funds. At best, she might obtain some blueprints. As it turned out, the majority of the architects she approached did agree to participate, financing their works themselves. “Ahoy: Where Lies Henry Hudson?” is on display until October 12. (845) 679-2079; —Lynn Woods 7/09 ChronograM forecast


Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Bard SummerScape Call for times. Gala Benefit before and after performance of Lucinda Childs Dance. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Eleemosynary 8pm. River Valley Rep. $25/$22. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3000 ext. 7507. Forbidden Broadway 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. The Who’s Tommy 8pm. $22/$20. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Much Ado About Nothing 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Ninety 8pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Workshops Photogravure Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

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Photographing the Nude in Nature 10am-4pm. $90-$350. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

SUNDAY 12 Art Friends of the Artist: Portraits by Allen Epstein 12pm-3pm. Mohonk Gallery, High Falls. 463-1430.

Body / Mind / Spirit Baby Belly Yoga 12pm-1:30pm. Yoga for women in any stage of pregnancy. $90 series/$15 class. The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison, Garrison.

Dance Celebration of World Dance & Music Call for times. With Bill and Livia Vanaver. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. 256-9300. Rapid Still Call for times. Brian Brooks Moving Company. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. Bard SummerScape: Dance 3pm. $25-$55. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Parsons Dance 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events Flea Market Call for times. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 338-6779. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154.

Jude Johnstone and Lucky 13 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Laura Pepitone Show and Quitzow 9pm. Stella’s Italian Restaurant/Arties Bar, Kingston. 338-8353. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Spiegelclub. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles Hike: Rock Rift Crevice 10am-3pm. 7-mile hike. Meet at Spring Farm Trailhead, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Spoken Word Selected Shorts with Isaiah Sheffer 3pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Forbidden Broadway 2pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Thomas 2pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. Eleemosynary 2pm. River Valley Rep. $25/$22. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3000 ext. 7507. Ninety 2pm. $35. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Godspell 3pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 6pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Bunker Mentality 7pm. $10. Art On No Gallery, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 442-2223. The Who’s Tommy 8pm. $22/$20. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Watercolor Workshop for Adults 11am-4:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100. In Edition: An Artist’s Book Workshop 1pm-4pm. $200/$175 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Feeding Your Demon 2pm-4pm. A psychospiritual journey incorporating Shamanic elements of Buddhist Chod, hypnosis, and shadow psychology. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

MONDAY 13 Art Camp Omi, Session 2 Call for times. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck.

Classes L’Art Brut 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Pine Hill Community Center Community BBQ 12pm-2pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Celebration of World Dance & Music Call for times. With Bill and Livia Vanaver. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. 256-9300.

Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-5pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181.


Film Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822.

Kids Family Fun 1pm-4pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-0135.

Music Sweetbryar Band Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Acoustic Medicine Show 12pm. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Dan O’Connor 3pm-6pm. rock, jazz and original music. Androgyny, New Paltz. 256-0620. Kings and Queens 4pm. Over The Pond to Poughkeepsie Ensemble. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

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Java Jam II 7pm-9pm. Electric jam hosted by Connor Kennedy. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Rosendale Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467.

Classic Car Show 10am-4pm. Benefit for the Humane Society of Walden. $10/$15 day of show. Orange County Farmer’s Museum, Montgomery. 778-2070.


Juilliard String Quartet: Late Musings 4pm. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217.

The Laya Project 8pm. Water Street Market, New Paltz. 255-3976.

Kids Little Kids Camp 4 Call for times. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Shakespeare for Stage 1pm-5pm. For middle and high school students. $200. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Music Sammy Brown 7pm. Singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.

The Outdoors Adirondack Mountain Club Hike 10am. Tymor Park, Unionvale.

Theater Bunker Mentality 7pm. $10. Art On No Gallery, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 442-2223.

art art omi Ross Willows Richard Nonas’s Smoke at The Fields Sculpture Park at art omi.

A Walk in the Park The word “sculpture” used to be more-or-less synonymous with the word “statue.” Once upon a time, sculpture meant some sort of hard material that would withstand the elements (stone, wood, bronze) modeled, carved, or cast in human form. Over the course of the last hundred years or so, sculpture has come to signify virtually any kind of three-dimensional object considered in an artistic context, such as a gallery or museum—or an outdoor sculpture park, which provides a context for art full of both possibilities and potential problems. The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center is tucked away on a small road just off Route 9 in Columbia County. Encompassing about one-quarter of the 400-acre site, The Fields are dotted with about 80 works—let’s call them sculptures, for lack of a better term—by internationally recognized artists. The 2009 summer exhibition at The Fields, which just opened in June, features newly installed pieces by six artists (two of whom are a collaborating couple) who confront the possibilities and problems of working outside in a variety of ways. The most prominently installed new work at The Fields is by Julian Opie, a British artist whose hipness quotient is bolstered by having designed an album cover for the British power-pop band Blur. Opie uses computer-assisted design and animation to create highly simplified images that border on pure illustration: he’s a pop artist in the age of video games. At Omi, Ruth Walking is an 11-foot high vertical panel faced on both sides by LED screens on which a simplified image of a girl walking is animated in a continuous loop. Installed atop a grassy knoll, the panel is placed upon a large concrete plinth about five feet high, lending it a monumentality that alludes somewhat humorously to the tradition of the monolithic statue. On a summer day, the red glow emitted by the panel is starkly contrasted against the horizon where green grass meets the changing sky, a clash of nature and culture in which both win.

In contrast to the monumentality of Opie’s piece, a work by the young native New Yorker Orly Genger lies prone on the ground. Genger weaves nylon climbing rope into an open fabric, which she then paints. A peculiar choice of materials in an age when choice of materials can function as style, the results are surprisingly successful. At Omi, she has made a sort of horizontal collage directly on the grass, overlaying swaths of the woven pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes like so many fabric samples, contrasting the colors to dramatic effect. The green of grass growing through the open weave adds another color to the mix. Installed inside the beautifully designed Visitors Center & Gallery are works by the Welsh couple Heather and Ivan Morison. The artists produced two very large kites, one of nylon, the other in Mylar, based upon the intricate facets of gemstones. They have actually flown these pieces, as improbable as that seems given their size and complexity. Hanging from the ceiling in the gallery, one imagines them set aloft, buoyed by the wind. Rounding out the selection of new work at Omi are pieces by the young Margeaux Walter and the 74-year old Richard Nonas. Walter’s piece, a quad of self-portraits set in a boxy unit that alludes to both Minimalis-m and outdoor advertising, is faced in lenticular material that changes the image depending on the angle at which it is viewed. As slick and prone to incite covetousness as a brand-new iPod, the work speaks of youthful narcissism. Nonas’ grid of railroad-ties sprawls across a hillside; titled Smoke, the work hangs on the ground like a low fog. Like all the work at Omi, these pieces propose provisional solutions to the perennial puzzle, “What is art?” The 2009 Summer Exhibition at The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent will be on display through September 30. The park is open dawn to dusk, and admission is free. (518) 392-4747; —Jeff Crane

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Spoken Word


Introduction to Digital Photography 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival 2pm. Poets LisaAnn LoBasso, Marnie Andrews and Raphael Kosek. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

Artists Professional Development Workshops 6:30pm-9:30pm. Art marketing skills & coaching. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940.

TUESDAY 14 Art Sonic Episodes: An Evening of Audio Works 7:30pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

Body / Mind / Spirit Community Acupuncture 4pm-6pm. $20-$40. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Drop-In Meditation 5:30pm-7:30pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Integral Yoga 6pm. $15. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Classes Abstraction, Composition, Color 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Romantics through the Present 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Theater Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Staged Readings of New Plays 8pm. Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Workshops Hudson Valley in Watercolor 9am-Friday, July 17, 4pm. $270. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Dance Celebration of World Dance & Music Call for times. With Bill and Livia Vanaver. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. 256-9300.

Film The Turning Point 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

The Artistic Eye Call for times. Exhibit and sale of works from artists throughout the Hudson Valley. Saint Joseph’s Church, New Paltz. 255-5635.

Throw Down Your Heart 8pm. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses 5:30pm. Visual record of Rockwell’s personal journey. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Yoga for the Special Child 3pm-3:45pm. $50. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Writing in the Light 6pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Music Jazz Jam 7:30pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Marvin Bu-Ga-Lu Smith. Terrace Lounge, Newburgh. 561-9770. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Spoken Word Children’s Book Writer Group 6pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

Theater Bunker Mentality 7pm. $10. Art On No Gallery, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 442-2223. Much Ado About Nothing 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Workshops Introduction to Photoshop 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Using Excel Spreadsheets 6pm-7:30pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145. How to Talk to Doctors: Understanding It All 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

WEDNESDAY 15 Body / Mind / Spirit

Events Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring Cleoma’s Ghost. Woodstock Farm Festival, Woodstock.

Revealing Call for time. Liz Sargent installations. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. The Artistic Eye Call for times. Exhibit and sale of works from artists throughout the Hudson Valley. Saint Joseph’s Church, New Paltz. 255-5635.

Poolside Yoga 11am. $90/$72/$20/$15. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.



Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Printmaking 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Photographing the Nude in Nature and the Studio 10am-4pm. $350/$300 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.



Take Dance Company 8:30pm. $30/$25. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Northern Dance Week 8pm. Contras, squares & waltzes with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. $10. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

Eco-Fabulous Community Farmers’ Market 4pm-8pm. Robin’s Produce, New Paltz. 255-5201.

Take Dance Company 8:30pm. $35/$30. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Moonlight Magic Tour 8pm-9:30pm. $12/$10. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.


Broad’s Regional Arm Wrestling League 9pm. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Hyde Park Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park. 229-9111.

Rendering in Black and White 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Millerton Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm. Dutchess Avenue and Main Street, Millerton. (860) 824-1250.

Drawing, Painting and Composition 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015.


Dance Dances at an Exhibition 6pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Events Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

Joy Askew and Sarah Fimm Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

Neil Alexander & NAIL 7pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Aston Magna: Music in the Time of Goya 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. $30/$25 seniors/$90 series. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Wau Wau Sisters-Burlesque and acrobatics. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Trout Fishing In America 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Eating Alaska 7pm. A food for thought film. The Linda, Albany. 518-465-5233 ext. 4.

Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Spiegelclub. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

Politics, Theater, and Wagner Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

The Rhodes 10pm. Rock. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

The Power of Song 6:30pm. The Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Beacon. 838-1600. Movies on the Lawn: Weapons of the Spirit 8pm-10am. $5. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.


Big and Rich Call for times. With James Otto. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Master Class: Haesun Paik 2:30pm. $10. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880. The Big Takeover 5pm-8pm. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028. Professor Louie and the Crowmatix 6:30pm-8:30pm. Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287. Dorraine Scofield 7pm. Country. Schlathaus Park, Wappingers. 297-4752.

Spoken Word

Theater One Slight Hitch Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. Much Ado About Nothing 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.



White Feather 7pm. Author of The Seven Directions Movement Meditation. $5. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

The Memory Loss Tapes and Discussion 5:30pm-7pm. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

Poetry Open Mike 8pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822.


Revealing Call for times. Liz Sargent installations. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Articulture Call for times. Multi-arts festival. Liberty View Farm, Highland. 883-7004.


Pericles 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

The Artistic Eye Call for times. Exhibit and sale of works from artists throughout the Hudson Valley. Saint Joseph’s Church, New Paltz. 255-5635.

Kids Can Cook Classes 9am-Friday, July 31, 2pm. Grades 3-5. Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Ghent. (518) 672-7500 ext. 1.

Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

New Paltz Third Saturday/Art Along the Hudson 5pm-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

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Meditation and Stress Release 10:30am-11:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, Milton. 464-2789.


Classic Chi Gung and Tai Chi 7pm-9pm. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.


Green Tara Initiation and Blessing for Families Call for times. Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok. Palden Sakya Center/Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-4024.

Story Time 11am. Ages 2-5. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Zikr—Sufi Healing Circle 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Figurative Clay Sculpture 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154.

Story Time 10am. Ages 6-9. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

The Law of Attraction: Path to Spirit 7pm-9pm. $15/$20. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Open Weekend 6:30pm. Art Omi International Artists Residency, dinner and dancing. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.


Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.




Successfully Moving Forward 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

After Glow 6pm-8pm. 4 photographers and the Hand Held Light. Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (518) 828-7655

Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 853-8512. Hudson River Market 10am-5pm. Fine arts, jewelry, crafts, food, and music. Main Street, Beacon. The Monastery Vinegar Festival 11am-5pm. Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, Millbrook. 677-9361. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-6pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Rosendale Street Festival 12pm-10pm. Music, vendors, food, kids’ stuffon Main Street, Rosendale. 3rd Annual Beerfest 4pm-9pm. $39/$19. Terrapin Catering, Staatsburg. 876-3330.

Kids Third Saturday Family Day: River Paintings 1pm. Tour. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

Music Young People’s Concert 11am. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. Same Blood Folk 2pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Dorraine Scofield and Thunder Ridge 7pm. Millbrook Community Bandshell, Millbrook. 677-4767. Jim Coyle with Special Guest Todd Giudice 7:30pm. $12. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Alexei Lubimov Recital 8pm. $27/$22. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. John Legend 8pm. With special guest Vaughn Anthony. $39.50-$54.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. An Evening of Jazz Explorations 8pm. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. John Covelli and Justin Kolb 8pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Amy G.-comic cabaret on roller skates. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. The Judith Tulloch Band 9pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter 9pm. With Scott Petito and Helen Avakian. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Lipbone Redding & The Lipbone Orchestra 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Spiegelclub. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. Vixen Dogs Band 10pm. Covers. Average Joe’s, Marlboro. 236-7100.

The Outdoors

opera les huguenots

Kaaterskill Falls and the Catskill Mountain House Call for times. Guided hike. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465. The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Amenia and Williamstown. (888) 842-2442. Guided Bird Walk 9am. $3. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Millbrook Ridge 10am-3pm. 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Spoken Word Historic Homeowners Series: Researching Your Home’s Genealogy 10am-12pm. $25. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660. The Missing Chapter: Walking African-American History 10am-12pm. $12/$10. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660. Word Upstage 7pm. Writers in the Mountains read and discuss their poetry and prose. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Open Poetry 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717. Hotflash and the Whoremoans 8:30pm. Comedy. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.


costume rendition by mattie ullrich for valentine in the bard summerscape production of giacomo meyerbeer’s opera “les huguenots.”

One Slight Hitch Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Protest Songs If you’ve been getting your kicks in three-minute doses on YouTube, you might want to take one evening this summer to dress up and unplug. “I think opera can be quite therapeutic for the ADD generation,” says American designer-director Thaddeus Strassberger who will be directing Giacomo Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots,” one of the grandest of the grand French operas, for Bard’s SummerScape July 31 through August 7, a show that will give opera diehards as well as novices a chance to steep themselves in a particularly rare treat. Full of big emotions and clear drama, the producer promises it will be accessible, both literally (English subtitles will be continuously projected) and emotionally. Back in the day, “Les Huguenots,” was the must-see of Paris. A tragic romance played out against the Roman Catholic persecution of French Calvinist Protestants in 16th-century France—this was no Italianate romantic trifle, but a magisterial spectacle of socially redeeming entertainment, taking advantage of everything that Paris was offering in terms of production values, talent, energy, and bravura. Debuting in 1836, it was performed 1,000 times at the Paris Opera in the latter half of the 19th century. And then it basically dropped dead—or at least so far off the radar that it hasn’t been performed in New York since 1921. “It’s sort of like, the dinosaurs died out, and no one knows exactly why,” says Strassberger. He considers the opera to be a true discovery, illuminating “the missing link between Wagner and Verdi.” The pivotal piece of the opera is the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of August 23, 1572, when a Roman Catholic mob murdered thousands of French Protestants during a three-day orgy of violence in Paris and later in provincial cities. The massacre marked the decisive end of France’s Third War of Religion, and the twilight of Huguenot influence in France. (A group of French Huguenots settled in New Paltz about 100 years later, establishing the first European settlement in the Hudson valley.) “It’s about societies that hate each other, and how those hatreds are quite impersonal,” says Strassberger. It would have been easy to contemporize Meyerbeer’s work into a modern political/ religious struggle, but Strassberger was intent on preserving the original content, while clothing it in fresh garb, literally—the cast will be wearing designs inspired by leading French couturiers. The artistic team includes Spanish designer and filmmaker Eugenio Recuenco. Leon Botstein will conduct the American Symphony Orchestra. Strassberger has worked with both of the romantic leads before—and attributes both Alexandra DeShorties (Valentine) and Michael Spyers (Raoul) as having unclassifiable voices with fantastic range, possessing the necessary “color and ability and emotional clarity.” When it comes to operas, it’s not only the players and producers who invest—it’s the audience. “Because it’s a long piece, you need to stick with it,” the director says. With a cast of more than 100, a majestic orchestra and dancers, it’s sure to deliver a visceral thrill. “Many blessings come over the course of five hours,” says Strassberger. “Les Huguenots” will be performed at Bard College’s Fisher Center on Friday, July 31, at 7pm; Sunday, August 2, at 3pm; Wednesday, August 5, at 3pm; and Friday, August 7, at 7pm. (845) 758-7900; —Dakota Lane

Godspell 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Thomas 8pm. Original theatrical production about Hudson River landscape painter Thomas Cole. $20/$15 students. Point Theater Ensemble, Catskill. (518) 943-2680. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops The Zen and Art of Photography Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Photographing the Nude in Nature 10am-4pm. $90-$350. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. The Poetic Landscape 1pm-Sunday, July 19, 4pm. $110. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. The Alexander Technique 3pm-5pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

SUNDAY 19 Art Fine Art and Design Auction of the Hudson Valley 12pm-4pm. $35 donation. Williams Lake, Rosendale. 383-1279. Open Weekend 11am. Art Omi International Artists Residency, brunch. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568. MFA Thesis Exhibition 2pm-5pm. Bard College Exhibition Center, Red Hook. 758-7481.

Body / Mind / Spirit Baby Belly Yoga 12pm-1:30pm. Yoga for women in any stage of pregnancy. $90 series/$15 class. The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison, Garrison.

Events Flea Market Call for times. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 338-6779. Rosendale Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. The Monastery Vinegar Festival 11am-5pm. Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, Millbrook. 677-9361. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-5pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Rosendale Street Festival 12pm-10pm. Music, vendors, food, kids’ stuffon Main Street, Rosendale.

Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Qualifying Test 5:30pm. The Rosendale Pool, Rosendale.

Film Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather 7pm. $10. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Kids Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh 10:30am. Children’s music. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500.

Music Mojo Daddyo Call for times. Blues. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Shane Murphey 3pm-6pm. Singer/songwriter. Androgyny, New Paltz. 256-0620. Bach to Bartok 4pm. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. Folk & Bluegrass Night 6pm. The Linda, Albany. 518-465-5233 ext. 4. Vienna Teng and Ari Hest 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Red Molly and Anthony DaCosta 9pm. Americana. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles Hike: Bonticou Crag 9:30am-3pm. 7-mile hike. Meet at Spring Farm Trailhead, New Paltz. 255-0919. A Historic Walk in the Northern Preserve 9:30am-11:30am. 2-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Butterfly Talk & Walk 1pm. Meet at the Overlook Mountain Fire Tower. 679-2580.

Spoken Word Words Words Words 3pm-5pm. Featuring readings by Da Chen. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

Theater Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. One Slight Hitch Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Godspell 3pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. The Producers 3pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Much Ado About Nothing 6pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Workshops In Edition: An Artist’s Book Workshop 1pm-4pm. $200/$175 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Manifesting with Group Energy 3pm-5pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

MONDAY 20 Art Intimate Visions 5pm-7pm. Kleinert/James Gallery, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Classes Shakespeare Summer Two-Week Intensive Call for times. Culminates in a performance of Much Ado About Nothing. Little Globe Stage, West Shokan. 657-5867. L’ Art Brut 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Film Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Part II 7pm. $10. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Affluenza 8pm. Water Street Market, New Paltz. 255-3976.

Kids What Lies Beneath: Archaeology Camp for Kids 9am-Friday, July 24, 3pm. Historic Huguenot Street,New Paltz. 255-1660.

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Music Jacob Flier Piano Competition 3pm. Round 1. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.

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Sammy Brown 7pm. Singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.

Spoken Word Merce Cunningham Lecture by David Vaughn 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Theater Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

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Grandpa Do You Know Who I Am? 5:30pm-7pm. Followed by a discussion led by an educator from the Alzheimer’s Association. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822.


Teen Photography Camp Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Music on the Lawn 7pm. Paul Carroll. $5. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.

Short and Long Pose Drawing 9am-Friday, July 24, 4pm. $470. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Mark Eitzel: American Music Club 8pm. $20. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

Introduction to Digital Photography 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Mick Taylor Band 9pm. Rock. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

TUESDAY 21 Art Fiber Arts Group 6:30pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444. Integral Yoga 6pm. $15. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Channeling the Master Teachers 6:30pm-7:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Abstraction, Composition, Color 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Classic Chi Gung and Tai Chi 7pm-9pm. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

Film Tales of Hoffman 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Kids Yoga for the Special Child 3pm-3:45pm. $50. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Master Class: Robert Roux 2:30pm. $10. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880. Jazz Jam 7:30pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Marvin Bu-Ga-Lu Smith. Terrace Lounge, Newburgh. 561-9770.

Spoken Word Words Before Music 6pm. Discuss the literature, lore, & libretto of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” Lee Library, Lee, MA. (413) 243-0385.

Theater The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Workshops Introduction to Photoshop 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30pm-8:30pm. Iris Litt. $60 series/$15 session. Call for location. 679-8256.

WEDNESDAY 22 Art College Rep. Visit to Summer Art Intensive 4pm-7pm. Steel Plant Studios, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

Body / Mind / Spirit Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Do You Dare to Know the Truth About Yourself and Other? 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Theater Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Pericles 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Car Talk 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

THURSDAY 23 Art College Rep. Visit to Summer Art Intensive 4pm-7pm. Steel Plant Studios, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Jones and Roa Expedition 7pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

Body / Mind / Spirit Writing in the Light 6pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Zikr—Sufi Healing Circle 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Rainbow Weaver Medicine Wheel 7pm. Learn the way of Native American spirituality with teachings by Mohawk Rainbow Weaver. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

Classes Rendering in Black and White 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance Dances at an Exhibition 6pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Events Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

Kids Story Time 10am. Ages 6-9. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Music The Trapps 5pm-8pm. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028. Cabaret-to-Go 5:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100. Still Surfin’ 6:30pm-8:30pm. Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287. CRUMBS Night Out at The Linda 7pm. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233. The Average White Band 8pm. Jazz. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Natural Healing 7pm-8pm. An introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.


Conversations in French 1pm-2pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Figurative Clay Sculpture 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

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Jacob Flier Piano Competition 3pm. Final round. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.



Better Nature Pictures with a Digital Camera 6pm-8pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Steve Horowitz, M.D.

Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring Machan. Woodstock Farm Festival, Woodstock.

Spoken Word

Poetry Open Mike 8pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.



Oresteia Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Wickets and Wine Call for times. $10/$8. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.

Much Ado About Nothing 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Car Talk 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

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Workshops Artists Professional Development Workshops 6:30pm-9:30pm. Art marketing skills & coaching for artists of all levels. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

FRIDAY 24 Art A Little Space for Artists 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Body / Mind / Spirit Women’s Sacred Moonlodge 6:45pm. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.


Hyde Park Farmers’ Market 1am-2pm. Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park. 229-9111. Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 853-8512.

Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, Milton. 464-2789.

Friday Night Swing Dance 7pm. $10/$8. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Hudson River Market 10am-5pm. Fine arts, jewelry, crafts, food, and music. Main Street, Beacon.

Wine Tasting 4pm. Old Mill Wine & Spirits, Rhinebeck. 876-5343.

Music Rhett Tyler Call for times. Blues. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Master Class: Anthony Newman 2:30pm. $10. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Blue Coyote, Sundown Band, and Blackfoot 8pm. The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie. 486-0223. John Hammond 8pm. Howland Contemporary Masters Series. $25. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Steve Forbert and The Windfall Prophets 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Taloyr Mac. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

The Namesake Celebration 10am-5pm. Quadracentennial celebration, Half Moon tours, music, kids’ activities. Riverfront Park, Hudson. Woodstock Library Fair 10am-5pm. $2. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-2213. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 10am-5pm. $7. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-1989. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-6pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Third Annual Benefit for the American Cancer Society 7pm. Prime Time Nightclub, Highland. 691-7878. Ann Street Market 10pm-4pm. Ann Street Municipal Lot, Newburgh. 562-6940.

Film Blue Gold: World Water Wars 11:30am. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Music Tom Ghent Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

The Rhodes 9pm. Rock. Muddy Cup, New Paltz. 338-3881.

Kimberly 2pm. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500.

Reality Check 9pm. Rock. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985.

Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio 6pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Spiegelclub. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

Upstage NY Community Coffeehouse 7pm-9pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.


Chris Brown; also Peter Calo 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Marji Zintz 7:30pm. Acoustic. Babycakes Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411.

The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Swing Dance Call for times. With Crazy Feet. $15/$10. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Car Talk 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

In the midst of an era of ruthless American expansion, Morris had the foresight to write an ecological song, 130 years before Pete Seeger. Morris was an early “weekender,” as passionately attached to the Hudson Highlands as any native. A love of the “great Hudson” led Morris to publish work by Hudson River School artists quite early, beginning with Thomas Cole’s sketches of the Eastern Catskills in 1825. Asher B. Durand supplied numerous etchings. Fifty years after the American Revolution, the Hudson had a role much like the Mississippi does today—as “the thoroughfare of the Union, bearing on its broad tide the treasures of agriculture, commerce, art, and luxury” (to quote from the New York Mirror). Morris also favored John James Audubon and the emerging school of American genre art. A number of etchings and aquatints appear in the show, including several that were later hand-colored. (Morris only published in black-and-white.) Fred Haida, a resident of Croton Falls, amassed a trove of Morris’s letters, books, and magazines, as well as over 60 folios of his sheet music. Haida’s collection was donated to the Putnam County Historical Society after his death in 1982. The show also includes two recordings of Morris’s songs. An extensive catalog is available. “George Pope Morris: Defining American Culture” will appear at the Putnam County Historical Society in Cold Spring through August 23. (845) 265-4010; —Sparrow

Outdoor Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-2pm. Smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free and shoe-free dancing. $7/$3 teens and seniors/children free. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8319.

What Lies Beneath: Archaeology Day 9am-4pm. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.

Story Time 11am. Ages 2-5. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

My heart-strings round thee cling, Close as thy bark, old friend! Here shall the wild-bird sing, And still thy branches bend.

Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-2am. $7/$3 teens and seniors/children free. Center for Symbolic Studies, Tillson. 658-8319.



He was once known as “the Song-writer of America” and his house was a shrine like Graceland, but today he is largely forgotten—except at the Putnam County Historical Society. “George Pope Morris (1802-1864): Defining American Culture” gathers poems, books and sheet music by the writer, plus two paintings of his grandiosely named Cold Spring manse, Underhill. But Morris’s greatest contribution was to publishing. He edited and co-founded a number of magazines over a 40-year period, including the New York Mirror, the Evening Mirror, and the New Mirror. His last, the Home Journal, became Town & Country, which still exists. Most of the writers Morris published are unremembered, and many were anonymous to begin with. The exceptions are notable, however: John Greenleaf Whittier, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Washington Irving. Morris was a genius at finding the first heroes of American letters. Both Poe and Walt Whitman worked for him, the former as a “mechanical paragraphist.” The exhibit displays Poe’s “The Raven,” originally published in the New York Mirror. Morris’s literary output included a novel about the American Revolution, Whig and Tory, and the operetta The Maid of Saxony. His poems were easily adapted as song lyrics by such composers as Charles Horn and Stephen Foster. The songs have charming titles: “Jacob Gets the Mitten,” “A Sober Spouse for Me,” and “The Main Truck... Or, A Leap for Life.” “Woodman, Spare That Tree” survived into the 20th century, if largely in parody form. Here is an excerpt:

Rapid Still Call for times. Brian Brooks Moving Company. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Millerton Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm. Dutchess Avenue and Main Street, Millerton. (860) 824-1250.

Eco-Fabulous Community Farmers’ Market 4pm-8pm. Robin’s Produce, New Paltz. 255-5201.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall


Printmaking 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


george pope morris is the subject of show at the putnam historical society.

Herbal Class: Trees of the Thirteen Moons 10am-5pm. $75. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

SATURDAY 25 Art Far Away Places 1pm-2pm. Group Show. Tivoli Artists Co-op, Tivoli. 758-4342.

Anthony Newman Recital 8pm. $27/$22. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Dr. John & The Lower 911, Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty 8pm. $20.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Festival Opera: Die Fledermaus 8pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344. Americana Night 8pm. An Evening with Mike Seeger. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Cynthia Hopkins & Gloria Deluxe. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Hurley Mountain Highway 9pm. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277.

Body / Mind / Spirit

Buckwheat Zydeco 30th Anniversary Tour 9pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Meditation and Stress Release 10:30am-11:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Creation 9pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188.

Poolside Yoga 11am. $90/$72/$20/$15. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600. Got Your Back: Solutions for Sciatica 3pm-5pm. $20. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Classes Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Photographing the Nude in Nature and the Studio 10am-4pm. $350/$300 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Big Kahuna 10pm. Dance music. Ramada Inn, Newburgh. 564-4500.

The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles Hike: Gertrude’s Nose 9:30am-4pm. 9-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. 21st Century Dragons and Damsels: 10am-2:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. The Fishkill Creek Festival: From Rain to River 1pm-6pm. Riverfront Park, Beacon.

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Spoken Word

Spoken Word


Christina Rosenberger on Robert Ryman 1pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

Harvesting a Lifetime Living History Project 12pm-3pm. Interview and record the treasured memories, stories & history of seniors from our Ulster County community. LGBTQ Center, Kingston. 331-5300.

Yoga for the Special Child 3pm-3:45pm. $50. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Theater Vera Laughed 2pm/8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.


Jazz Jam 7:30pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Marvin Bu-Ga-Lu Smith. Terrace Lounge, Newburgh. 561-9770.

Car Talk 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Car Talk 2pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Vera Laughed 2pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Spoken Word

Pericles 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.


The Producers 3pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Salt and Silver Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Pericles 6pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Intermediate Photoshop Call for times. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.


Photographing the Nude in Nature 10am-4pm. $90-$350. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Watercolor Workshop for Adults 11am-4:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100. In Edition: An Artist’s Book Workshop 1pm-4pm. $200/$175 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Algonquin Prophecies 2pm-4pm. $15/$20. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Works by Andrew Minewski 5pm-7pm. La Bella Bistro, New Paltz. 255-2633.


Body / Mind / Spirit


Baby Belly Yoga 12pm-1:30pm. Yoga for women in any stage of pregnancy. $90 series/$15 class. The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison, Garrison.

Creating Realistic Fantasy 9am-Friday, July 31, 4pm. $400. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Cleansing with the Crystal Bowl 3:30pm-4:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Hands-On Herbal Medicine, Late Summer 10am-5pm. $75. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

Events Flea Market Call for times. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 338-6779. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Rosendale Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. The Namesake Celebration 10am-5pm. Quadracentennial celebration, Half Moon tours, music, kids’ activities. Riverfront Park, Hudson. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-5pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181. Guided Walking Tour 2pm. $5/children free. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

Film Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822.

Music Tjay Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Emile Menasche 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Humpty Dumpty: Children’s Opera 1pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344.

L’Art Brut 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Kids Kids on Stage Intermediate 1 10am-1pm. Ages 7-10. $200. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Farm Camp 9am-2pm. 3 weeks, ages 6-11. $200/$180 members. Phillies Bridge Farm, Gardiner. 255-0919.

Music Sammy Brown 7pm. Singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. 2nd & 3rd Place Winners: Flier Piano Competition 7:30pm. $5. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880. Tom Jones 8pm. $38-$85. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

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Much Ado About Nothing 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Events Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

Kids Story Time 10am. Ages 6-9. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Music A Fragile Tomorrow 5pm-8pm. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028. E’lissa Jones and Rob Valentine 6:30pm-8:30pm. Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Spoken Word High Society: Charles Dana Gibson and the Illustrators of the Golden Age 5:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100. Poetry Open Mike 8pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.


Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.


Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Introduction to Photoshop 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

WEDNESDAY 29 Body / Mind / Spirit Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

Pericles 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Car Talk 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Soul Cake 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.


Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Watercolor Painting 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring Nina Sheldon. Woodstock Farm Festival, Woodstock.

Kids Kids in the Catskills Call for times. Tie-dye t-shirts, crazy chemistry, arts & crafts. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Spoken Word Master Class: Yong Hi Moon 2:30pm. $10. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.

Mixed Media Works on Paper with Jason Middlebrook Call for times. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144. Susun Weed 7pm. Traditional medicine and its downfalls. $7/$5. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

FRIDAY 31 Art Kristopher Hedley: Prints 5pm-7pm. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Classes Printmaking 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance 3 Dancers, 4 Chairs, 26 Words Call for times. Aynsley Andenbroukle Movement group. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Hudson River Lighthouses & History 7pm. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497.

Friday Night Swing Dance 7pm. $10/$8. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.




Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

A Day in the Life of Beacon Call for times. Beacon Institute For Rivers and Estuaries, Beacon. 838-1600.

Celebrating Realistic Fantasy 9am-Friday, July 31, 4pm. $400. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Eco-Fabulous Community Farmers’ Market 4pm-8pm. Robin’s Produce, New Paltz. 255-5201.

Summer Adult Art Intensive Workshop Through Friday, July 31, 4pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Olivia Maxwell with Richard Lloyd Call for times. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

Introduction to Digital Photography 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Car Talk 7:30pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Theater Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Adirondack Mountain Club Hike 10am. Scenic Hudson’s Madam Brett Park, Beacon.

Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

Drawing, Painting and Composition 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

The Baroque Period 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

David Kraai 10:30pm. Singer/songwriter. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

Squid Fighter and Larrama 5pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Mohonk Preserve Singles: Mine Hole 9am-3pm. 8-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.


Silent Walks on the Half-Moon 6pm. Collaborative art performance. Storm King Trail Head, Cornwall. 304-3142.

The Outdoors


Stage Combat 2pm-5pm. For middle and high school students. $200. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Drama and Show Biz: Louis XIV-2000 6:15pm-7:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Figurative Clay Sculpture 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Janaki String Trio 4pm. Magyar Journeys. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217.

The Old Crow Medicine Show 7:30pm. $24/$20 students. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Vladimir Feltsman: Bach, WTC 2:30pm. $10. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.

Kids on Stage Performance Camp 2 10am-2pm. Ages 11-15. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Kevin Larkin Angiolo 3pm-6pm. Poetry and song. Androgyny, New Paltz. 256-0620.

Peter Karp & The Road Show Band 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.



Classic Chi Gung and Tai Chi 10am-12pm. Call for location. 750-6488.

Drop-In Meditation 5:30pm-7:30pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Integral Yoga 6pm. $15. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Evening of Clairvoyant Channeling 7pm. $15/$20. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.


Staged Readings of New Plays 8pm. Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Workshops Needlepoint Basics and Beyond 11am-3pm. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100.

THURSDAY 30 Body / Mind / Spirit Writing in the Light 6pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Zikr—Sufi Healing Circle 7pm. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Abstraction, Composition, Color 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



Rendering in Black and White 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Guys and Dolls 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Practicing the Art of Heart Centering in the Day to Day Experience of Life: Brugh Joy Call for times. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.


Tina Girlstar Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Peter, Paul and Mary Call for times. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Stephen Kaiser Group 7:30pm. Jazz. Babycakes Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411. Symphony Gala with the HV Philharmonic 8pm. $37/$32. McKenna, SUNY New Paltz. 257-7869. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Lemon Andersen. Fisher Center, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900. Reality Check 9pm. Modern rock. Quiet Man Pub, Wappingers Falls. 298-1724. Gina Sicilia band 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Theater Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204. Bard Summerscape: Les Huguenots Call for times. $25-$75. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

The Outdoors The Catskill Mountain House and North-South Lake Call for times. Guided hike. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465.

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Pirate 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Hotflash and the Whoremoans 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Car Talk 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Much Ado About Nothing 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. $29-$46. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. The Last Five Years 8pm. Admit One Productions. $10. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 562-6940 ext. 107. Vera Laughed 8pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204. Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots Call for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Rain 2pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.


Vera Laughed 2pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Working with Adversity Call for times. Tibetan Buddhisst Master Khandro Rinpoche. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

The Producers 8pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

SATURDAY 1 AUGUST Art Paintings by Kim Schneider 5pm-7pm. Millbrook Gallery and Antiques, Millbrook. 677-6699. Interiors 5pm-7pm. Nick Patten. The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-1700 Landscapes 6pm-8pm. Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-1915. Palenville First Outdoor Sculpture Show 6pm-8pm. Catskill Mountain Lodge, Palenville. (518) 678-3101.

Body / Mind / Spirit Meditation and Stress Release 10:30am-11:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Poolside Yoga 11am. $90/$72/$20/$15. Woodstock Museum, Saugerties. 246-0600.

Classes Photographing the Nude in Nature and the Studio 10am-4pm. $350/$300 members. Unison Arts and Learning Cent, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Car Talk 8pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. The Last Five Years 8pm. Admit One Productions. $10. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 562-6940 ext. 107.

Workshops Photographing the Nude in Nature 10am-4pm. $90-$350. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Events Flea Market Call for times. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 338-6779. Rosendale Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck.


Bounty of the Hudson Wine and Food Festival 12pm-5pm. $35/$25. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook. (800) 662-9463.

Hudson River Market 10am-5pm. Fine arts, jewelry, crafts, food, and music. Main Street, Beacon. Bounty of the Hudson Wine and Food Festival 12pm-5pm. $35/$25. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook. (800) 662-9463. Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-6pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181.

Film Film Festival “Politics, Theater, and Wagner” Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Music Tina Girlstar Call for times. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Rachel Lee Walsh 2pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Hello! My Baby 5pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Dr. Peter Muir and Steve Fabrizio 7pm. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook. 894-7291. Ladysmith Black Mambazo 8pm. $25-$55. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 8:30pm. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus-”PG-13.” Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Spiegelclub. Fisher Center, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

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Bell Tower Arts & Crafts Market 12pm-5pm. Bell Tower Arts and Crafts Market, Rosendale. 658-3181.

Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, Milton. 464-2789.


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Baby Belly Yoga 12pm-1:30pm. Yoga for women in any stage of pregnancy. $90 series/$15 class. The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison, Garrison.

3 Dancers, 4 Chairs, 26 Words Call for times. Aynsley Andenbroukle Movement group. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Millerton Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm. Dutchess Avenue and Main Street, Millerton. (860) 824-1250.

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Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 853-8512.

American Chronicles opens July 4


Henry Hudson Quadlathon 11am. Run, swim, kayak, bike in teams. Call for location.

Hyde Park Farmers’ Market 1am-2pm. Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park. 229-9111.

4oth Anniversary Summer!

Film Politics, Theater and Wagner 7pm. $8. Avery Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822.

Music Split the Bill 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Open Book, The Veltz 1pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. An Afternoon of Soft Summer Jazz 3pm. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7690. Dianne Reeves 8pm. Jazz singer. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Bard SummerScape: Spiegeltent 10pm. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Theater Oresteia Check for times. Bard SummerScape. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Rent Call for times. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204. Bard Summerscape: Les Huguenots Call for times. $25-$75. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. That Good Night 2pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Vera Laughed 2pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. Car Talk 2pm. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. The Producers 3pm. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Jacksonian 5pm. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599. The Last Five Years 8pm. Admit One Productions. $10. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 562-6940 ext. 107.

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lmost 400 years ago, Jan Peeck became the first European to set foot upon a stretch of land along the Hudson River that is today a haven for artists and art lovers. Just an hour by train from Manhattan, the four-and-a-half-mile plot called Peekskill is home to almost 25,000 people. Its multicultural downtown pulses with life. Following Peeck’s lead, early settlers came to the waterfront and forged friendships with the Kitchawank Indians. Peekskill served as a crucial military base during the Revolutionary War and was a station for the Underground Railroad. Its advantageous position along the river made it a pivotal player in early industrialization, and iron mines were discovered in 1851, transforming Peekskill into a center for stove manufacturing. In 1984, Peekskill elected the first African-American mayor in the state. By the early 1990s, however, the population was beginning to wane and the city faced financial crisis. The local government took action, spearheading a revitalization project. In 1996, the Peekskill Business Improvement District was established by community members in cooperation with the city to promote Peekskill’s rebirth. The efforts and dedication of many have turned the once bedraggled downtown streets around. Old buildings have been refreshed, and new businesses have set ground. Everywhere, art in all its manifestations is celebrated. artists lead the way Chris Marra, Peekskill’s economic development specialist, plays a key role in keeping the revitalization project in motion. He focuses on business retention and expansion, attracting new retailers and citizens to the area and cultivating the Artist Live-Work District. “If you live downtown,” says Marra, “you are likely an artist.” Individuals who practice the fine, design, graphic, musical, literary, computer, or performing arts are encouraged to apply for certification with a special city committee. Once they are verified to be working artists who earn their living through their medium, each may rent or invest as a co-op owner in one of 75 livable work spaces, most of which are located within the upper levels of historic downtown buildings. The

growth of the Artist Live-Work District has been central to revitalization, as have the many businesses that thrive on street level. The Flat Iron Gallery contains four rooms of art and jewelry from artists all over the country and flaunts a new collection almost every month. “In Full Bloom,” a group exhibit of floral paintings, will open there in July. At Driftwood Gallery-Studio there is always something new and unique to admire; the gallery specializes in Hudson Valley art and artists. Stores like Retrovato and Coop offer art-related gifts and collectibles. Side Effects/ NY is a brick-and-mortar boutique that provides a taste of the East Village circa 1970 in clothing and accessories and boasts “the best stuff, all in one place.” The loftlike 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, where the music is as carefully prepared as the food, was recently profiled on ABC-TV in celebration of its one-year anniversary, with its delicious and popular red snapper crepes taking center stage. Music and art by Peekskill locals fill the space at the Division Street Grill, which offers an extensive selection of chef-created delicacies. The Division Street Grill’s food is also served aboard the historic vessel Commander, which cruises the Hudson River from May through October. For those with more ethnic tastes, outdoor summer dining is available at Ruben’s Mexican Cafe, or Italian specialties can be appreciated at Trattoria Valentia. Reservations are recommended at all of these restaurants on weekends. A reservation may not be required at the buzzing Peekskill Coffee House, but the line is often cheerfully long, and the coffee and company are worth the wait. With big windows, comfortable seating, lots of space and games to play, it stands as a salutation to the tradition of independent coffee houses. The trendy, family-friendly BeanRunner Café has an eclectic menu and an extensive play room for kids. Live music and readings on weekends complete the picture-perfect bohemian vibe in both venues. Across the way from the Peekskill Coffee House rises the Paramount Center for the Arts. It is a majestic 1,025-seat theater that houses films, live music, drama, dance, and arts-in-education programs and serves over 63,000 people annually. In the past three 7/09 ChronograM Peekskill


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years, the Paramount has completed a number of historic restoration projects, such as the re-creation of the original 1930s ceiling design and the decorative repainting of the walls, balcony, faux opera boxes, and stage proscenium. Summer 2009 acts include George Benson, Aimee Mann, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in “100 Years of Cab Calloway,” Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, M. Ward, Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O’Donnell in “Girls Night Out,” Mario Cantone, and Boyz II Men. The independent films The Great Buck Howard and Tokyo Sonata will be shown this month. Just minutes from the Paramount Center visitors may explore the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a 12,000-square-foot arena cited by the NewYork Times as “the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester.” Now through July 26, the center has an exhibition called “Origins,” a compilation of major works by 30 artists from 15 countries, using natural materials such as clay, ash, fiber, wood, and soil. HVCCA is dedicated to presenting such exhibitions as well as interdisciplinary programs that explore the richness of contemporary art, its contexts and its overall relationship to social issues. To this end, it features temporary and long-term installations, artist-inresidence opportunities, and educational and public outreach programs. The center is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an organization responsible for the placement of local artists’ work throughout the galleries and businesses of downtown. Also this summer in Peekskill, visitors and residents alike may enjoy the farmers market every Saturday from 8am to 2pm, and the flea market every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. A low-key weekly entertainment series along downtown streets is scheduled to begin on July 11 and celebrate community music on Saturday evenings. Just spending time in the streets during such events can be a treat, as the entire district of at least 150 buildings was honored by the National Register of Historic Places five years ago as an exceptional example of intact 19th-century Hudson Valley architecture. And there is plenty of room for modern surprises. Joseph Tomlinson, the owner of the historic Kurzhal Brothers Building at 900 Main St., colluded with Steel Imaginations gallery owner Wilfredo Morel to create a public art installation. Morel has transformed the empty storefront of the old hardware and glass products provider with vibrant steel sculptures, and hopes to do more of the same at other downtown locations. He is a private citizen committed to facilitating community arts projects in his city. Recent city-driven revitalization efforts include a $1.1 million streetscape improvement plan currently underway that will beautify and brighten North Division and Main streets with new sidewalks, trees, benches, trash cans, and antiquelike street112

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lamps, as well a pedestrian-friendly intersection. Downtown property owners may be eligible for low-interest deferred loans of up to $50,000 to restore the facades of their buildings. The city nurtures the ongoing development of its Artist Live-Work District by offering monthly information sessions that include walking tours of available spaces and a trip to the Peekskill Coffee House to meet with local artists already in residence. As former Peekskill Business Improvement District president Mark Cavanna said of revitalization in 2005, “This is a 100-year project.” Peekskill economics continue to improve. The city is home to a Westchester Community College extension and to a New York State Workers’ Compensation office that employs over 100 people. There is a growing community of Latino entrepreneurs like Wilson Narvarez, the owner of the hugely successful 13,000-squarefoot foods store the Peekskill Marketplace, which opened last November as the first such large market to grace downtown Peekskill in decades. In order to keep local artists and business owners up to date on all theses fantastic changes, the Peekskill Office of Economic Development recently began publishing a print and online newsletter called City of Peekskill. It welcomes new businesses, features an artist of the month, and provides an events calendar in each issue. Embracing its citizens, new and old, and welcoming visitors from all over the region, Peekskill is alive with art and life. As Division Street Grill owner and Peekskill Business Improvement District board member Arne Paglia says, “There is a sense of mutual respect amongst individuals. Peekskill is an enduring community.” FOR MORE INFORMATION 12 Grapes BeanRunner Café City of Peekskill Division Street Grill Flat Iron Galllery Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill Coffeehouse Ruben’s Mexican Cafe Side Effects/NY Steel Imaginations

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Vestal Solstice: The Sacred Space of Self


orthern Hemisphere summer began June 22 with a series of planetary events, and as often happens, events in close proximity describe a theme. When the Sun made its ingress into the cardinal sign Cancer, it was conjunct an asteroid called Vesta. This magnificently complex asteroid, I believe, holds the key to understanding how we might go about healing our often injured, burdened, and confused sense of our sexuality. In one word, the method is devotion. I’ll do my best to describe the qualities of Vesta in a way that makes it possible to feel and experience them—and to put them to use in our relationship experiences. Vesta is primarily about tending the fire within. That fire, and that experience of constantly caring for it, becomes the focal point for organizing space; that is, the psychic space of our lives, our priorities, and our beliefs. Vesta is represented by a hearth (actually, a chevron, though in mythology it’s a hearth), and that hearth is the center of the home. We make our homes, comfortably or not, primarily within our psyches. The fire is the core fire of human existence, which is inherently sexual and creative. We use this fire for light, for heat, for creative purposes (you could say, to prepare our meals, whatever form they may take on the physical and nonphysical levels of existence). Honoring this would give our daily lives and our relationships, whether sexual or not, a central concept to work with. Vesta is inherently about one’s relationship with oneself, which is the thing we share with others no matter what form that sharing might take. It may seem a paradox, but there is a touch of the impersonal to Vesta, which to me is about a boundary between self and other that gives everyone a little extra space to be who we are. Yet there is something collective about Vesta as well: We all share the same inner fire, whether we recognize it as the same thing or not. In the solstice chart, the Sun meets up with Vesta in Cancer, a sign associated with nourishment, nurturing, emotions, mother, and the experience of incarnating. The Sun is about expression. It is the source of all light in the astrological system; it is the central point that holds the solar system together and provides an anchor for awareness and for one’s tangible place in the world. So Sun/Vesta in Cancer is one version of the full expression of Vestal energy. The next day, there was a New Moon, with Sun, Moon, and Vesta in a precise conjunction. This is the first of many potent lunations (including three eclipses in July and August) that defines the current stretch of time. These eclipses (occurring July 7, August 22, and August 5) will set a brisk pace this summer, opening the door to many


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unexpected developments. Happening so close to the beginning of a season (with the Sun still at solstice), the Cancer New Moon is connected to events on a large scale, but which feel personal; and personal events that reach past our individual lives toward a collective experience. Remember, this can be subtle, and noticing that anything of this kind is happening requires inner sensitivity and a sense of context that could truly be described as spiritual. At the same time there is a conjunction of Venus and Mars in Taurus. A Venus/ Mars conjunction brings together the male and female principles, and in Taurus there is the recognition that we each contain both, in our psyches and our bodies. The Taurus connection describes this as a resource that we possess and can share with others, once we take ownership of it ourselves. This is a clue. Much of our sexual and, indeed, relationship pain comes from trying to experience our sexuality without actually being in possession of it first. This event, too, is occurring in one of those subtle zodiac positions that connects personal events to collective ones—at the precise midpoint of Taurus, where the Sun is each year on Beltane (May 5). You can be sure that plenty of other people are experiencing something similar to what you are. Here as well, we get a sexual theme; Taurus is about sensuality, self-possession, physical contact, and a property called biophilia. This is about resonating with life, which we get in part from the connection between Taurus and Venus. (I covered this quality fairly recently in a recent in the March issue; see “Kaleo: Venus Unbound.”) Let’s take these two factors individually, the Vesta aspect and the Venus/Mars aspect; and then let’s see what they add up to.

Vesta: Tending Fire, Holding Space I had my first conscious experience of Vestal energy one autumn when I moved into a house in Hurley, New York. I love this experience because it’s an example of how an event in life can open the door to something supposedly mystical or mythological. At the time we moved in, my housemates and I didn’t have a lot of money, so we couldn’t start up the oil heat; but there was a very nice wood stove and a big pile of wood to go with it. However, the wood was wet, because it was pretty old and the season had been very rainy. We definitely needed heat. It’s possible to burn wet wood, but it takes a lot of work to get it going, and to keep

it going. (It’s also a lot less efficient.) Once the fire was started, it was essential to keep it running hot, and to cycle the firewood into the kitchen so that would have a chance to dry off next to the stove, if possible. This became a 24-hour devotion. The stove had to be tended at least every three or four hours. Being a few years into my astrology work, the Vestal symbolism of tending a hearth was not lost on me. This activity was similar to what the Vestal Virgins had as one of their primary responsibilities: to keep the sacred flame in the city’s central hearth going all the time. As mystics, we regard outer fire as a symbol of an inner fire. The inner fire is the individual creative source within the psyche. Vesta, the asteroid, is associated with various forms of devotion, such as to work. (Most astrology books you read that mention Vesta will associate it with things like staying late at the office, and avoiding social interaction.) I view Vesta as the place where we must tend to our creative and sexual fires. Basically, it’s how one becomes an artist, a craftsperson, or a lover. One must constantly apply attention the creative flame, otherwise it can flicker out, burn too hot or go out of control. It’s not something you can do occasionally and get the same results. People with regular jobs often think of artists as “workaholics.” But that is an idea that disconnects the concept of work from that of personal development. Many of Vesta’s best results come specifically from the art of devotion itself. As we progress we learn that we have the choice of what we devote ourselves to. The flame and embers provide a source of heat, of light and of energy. They become the central organizing principle around which one’s life is organized. We all use Vestal energy, though most people express it in devotion to things that are not necessarily associated with their true calling. So the idea here is to identify some aspect of that calling and then tend the flame continually, a little bit every day. Then true creative gifts can emerge, and begin to take on their vital role in the world. In the sign Cancer, the focus is on the home. It’s also about cultivating the devotion to self-nourishment. This is about taking care of yourself, not “rewarding” yourself. The work associated with Vesta is of a specifically self-nourishing kind, even though in the short run it may require more effort than seems worth it. The key is to work the devotional angle, rather than the effort angle; Vesta is my college fiction professor saying on the first day of class that to be a fiction writer one must write one word a day. That means, you return to the project daily. The sexual aspect of Vesta involves making contact with the sexual dimension to all of existence. The inner flame lights up the space inside us, and there, we can do our healing work. It also creates an inviting environment where others can seek contact, healing, and rest. Vestal erotic practices involve holding the space open for others, witnessing their processes and experiences, and giving oneself sexually to sexual pleasure of others, as a gift of healing or love. This has nothing to do with romance, which tends to be narcissistic. Vesta is about standing back a little and allowing others to experience the heat of your inner fire, so that they may experience their own, or light it up for the first time. Think of how much time and energy we spend making sure that others don’t get the benefits of contact with us; how we so often parcel out our love and affection as if it were some personal prized possession. More than anything, Vesta is about what we give, not what we take.

Venus and Mars: Exploring Inner Completion In our relationships, we’re usually taught to seek in others what we allegedly don’t have in ourselves. This is the cause of enormous chaos, which is largely driven by compulsion, false expectation and by being cut off from both self-knowledge and human contact. The world plays a very mean game of turning emotional contact and sex into a commodity, without ever really saying what the price is. There are other themes contained in a Veus and Mars conjunction. For example, our overidentifying with prescribed gender roles frequently creates setups where it’s difficult to recognize the common ground we share with others. This common ground would be the basis of our relationships, if we would allow it to be. Venus and Mars conjunct in Taurus is about seeking some experience of how we contain our opposite polarity. This is literally true; for example, both males and females produce hormones of the opposite sex. Heterosexual-identified people can and often do experience sexual fantasies and attractions to people of either sex. Psychologically, we often emulate or express a diversity of gender attributes. Many of us envy the opposite sex in small and large ways. Venus and Mars conjunct in Taurus bring this quality into focus, particularly at such a powerful time as the solstice. Taurus, and a conjunction, both point to an interior quality, something that we all contain within ourselves. It happens that this is something we seek in others all the time. The combination of Venus and Mars conjunct, and the Sun and Vesta conjunct, suggest that more than needing something, we all actually possess something that we can share, if we take care of it regularly. Wouldn’t that be novel? Wouldn’t that be a new, useful definition of self-esteem? Eric Francis Coppolino writes daily at


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Planet Waves Horoscopes Eric Francis Coppolino

Aries (March 20-April 19) You may not be able to get your emotional needs met right away, but you’re in an unusual position to find out what they are. I suggest you put some energy into considering your feelings carefully, though the real grounding comes first from being explicit with yourself about what is important to you. The next step in the process is understanding how it came to be that you have so many injuries associated with the things you hold to be the most valuable and precious. You know your needs are simple enough. But there seem to be so many social pressures that pull you in other directions or set limits on your happiness that it’s necessary to look at the connections to the larger world around you. For example, do your relationship ideas really come from you? Do others support you in your desires, or do they enforce society’s expectations? Are you willing to push people whose friendship you depend on, or do you generally take a more passive approach and keep quiet about the most sensitive subject matter in your life? Many factors point to how the time to have a new policy has finally arrived, particularly if you want to make your way toward healing the inner divisions that stand between you and your happiness.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) If you’re going to keep looking over your shoulder, make sure you’re also looking ahead. I’m not sure the past feels more appealing, but due to its complexity it may be more compelling, at least for now. Also, it seems to be a known factor, whereas the future seems to lack this quality. I would propose you know less about the past than you need to know, and you know more about the future than you’re letting on. In any event, I suggest that you build highly conscious relationships to both. However, this very moment is the one that’s calling for your attention. You’re at a tricky spot in your personal growth and in your personal healing journey. You may be discovering that you carry your personal story with you everywhere you go. You contain every relationship, and the paradoxes it arrives with. You contain every potential as well. The ongoing choice you have is which internal factor you identify with, paradox or potential, and how you draw information from either side of the equation. Though this choice often masquerades as “dealing with the past,” it’s much more about how we handle the emotions that our memories and history are stirring up. The question for you remains, as ever: to dare, or not?


(May 20-June 21)

A vitally important subject that you’re probably not talking about is showing up as insecurity or an unusually strong selfcritique. You may fear that if you open up your mouth and say the wrong thing, or reveal something about yourself that’s too deep, you’re going to have irreversible consequences. You have so many needs that you keep secret, yet you feel like you have so much to express. What exactly is stopping you? Well, it’s a particular kind of urgent fear, mixed with a tinge of grief. I would propose that this is the chance of a lifetime: to have something you say actually make a difference in the world, and in your life. This topic relates to the women on your father’s side of the family, and how their journey has impacted your life and influenced who you’ve become. They experienced things in other times and places that have as much of an influence on you as anything in the room with you now. You seem to know intuitively what this is about, though you have little in the way of proof; only a complicated set of feelings that are aching to be worked out. In the most immediate sense, it all comes down to one question, which is: Do your desires matter? If the desires of others did not matter, why should yours? There is an answer to that question.


(June 21-July 22)

A great deal will hinge on a single fact. You may well know the fact, and whether you take it into consideration is the part of issue; the rest involves how you apply it strategically. Pay attention to what you think is too trivial to make a difference. Look off to the sides of your consciousness. Listen to your intuition and your dreams for clues. As you maintain vigilance for this one seemingly small thing, you’re going to come into a lot of other data, and you need to pay attention to that as well. Live as if there is no such thing as a secret, particularly from yourself. I know plenty of other people live as if what they don’t admit to themselves doesn’t matter, but this has never been a luxury you could afford. Part of what you are looking for involves some hint from yourself about what you want the very most from life, and by that, I mean your life as an experience that nourishes you in the deep way that you nourish others. The issue seems to surround a fear that there exists some inner block too intractable to ever resolve. It’s usually considered simpler to pretend that it’s not really your most profound dream. In one sense, this is the story of our times, but it doesn’t need to be the story of your times.


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(July 22-August 23)

Once I was listening to a speech in Harlem, and whoever was talking was doing an excellent job of explaining a complex situation; and someone in the audience called out, “Break it down!” The speaker was taking apart mystifying concepts and revealing them as the simple truths they possessed. Hearing analysis of ideas presented as something to get turned on about was eye-opening for me as a writer. Most of the writers whose work you read are more often ordered to keep it down to 1,200 words. I don’t suggest you do any such thing. Certain complex aspects of your life are beginning to reveal their elements. They don’t seem so daunting when you see them in pieces, or in layers, rather than as one mass. You’re certainly being assisted by people around you who are willing to analyze and account for their own complex minds. Bear one thing in mind, however. One or more key individuals in your life are being provoked by a force they don’t understand to reveal more than they normally would. Though this may qualify as “too much information,” I don’t suggest you respond that way. What they are revealing about themselves affects everyone; it is tribal property and deserves to be honored both as individual process and as part of a necessary collective one.


(August 23-September 22)

If only you could get your relationships to do what you want them to do. But here is a question: are you willing to do what they want? I would think the feeling, as in most things relational, would need to be mutual, and mutual has been something that has not exactly worked out as well as you need in recent years. You seem to have a set of minimal, rock-bottom requirements, and you can’t wonder why creating something so basic is fraught with so much challenge. The people who approach you often have various wild ideas that not only seem untenable, they threaten your delicate sense of stability and, moreover, your predictions of the future. You tend to steady yourself with mental constructions that are not as solid as you think; when you get to a point where you feel some semblance of balance, it often turns out to be a kind of theory that can be shaken by another theory. You will find real stability as you embrace your process of coming to terms with yourself, your intentions and your deepest needs. But there is something else. Though few people are willing to come out and say it, the older models of relationship are not what’s going to get us into the future. Something else will, and part of what you are doing is helping co-create precisely that.


(September 22-October 23)

All careers involve service, but the question is to whom, and for what purpose. Then there is the bigger issue. Though we often speak of this, we rarely pull it off: the need serve our own creative needs in a way that blends with the needs of the larger community. There are very few people whose daily work involves experiences that provide nourishment and fulfillment to both sides of this equation. We might wonder why this is so difficult, but the coming season presents an opportunity for you to align with just such a purpose. What is not often said is that the purpose starts with your own mission. It’s about abandoning every sense of “should” and every false prophesy that was given to you. We are almost always told that the one thing we need or want to do is the one thing that’s not going to work. The formula, basically, amounts to this. What you are the best at, or the most devoted to, is the point of compatibility with the world around you. The difficulty is getting over the belief that precisely the opposite is true. There’s another challenge in that to do something even vaguely original, you’re the one in the position of building a structure around your intentions. Get used to the idea, and sketch your plans. One basic concept is enough for now.


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(October 23-November 22)

The planets seem to be playing an odd game with you. You keep seeing yourself in someone else, then you morph into them, then you morph back—as if you’re having both sides of the relationship yourself. (Note to Taureans: This may apply to you as well, and I suggest that Scorpios check in with the Taurus entry.) There is an often-described mirror effect in relationships, and it’s going to be having some decidedly unusual effects this month. They all involve not just your ideas about relationships (which, in our society, are usually based on too much unfounded theory and not enough action) but also your concepts of sex and of gender. You not only contain your opposite, you are your opposite. I suggest you work with any question of relationship as an inner phenomenon as well as an outer one. You can start with the most pressing questions that have affected your relationships over as long back as you’ve notice the pattern. How would anything you’re experiencing in relationship to another person, particularly where sex is involved, translate to an inner emotional or psychological dynamic? There is more to this question than you may imagine, particularly as you aspire to the Holy Grail of sex: experiencing it as a spiritual phenomenon that draws all people to one common ground. Not two people: all people.

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July 11

Vladimir Feltsman, Artistic Director

PianoSummer Faculty Gala Susan Starr Mendelssohn: Two Songs Without Words “May Breezes”, “Spinning Song” Phillip Kawin Brahms: Two Rhapsodies Op. 72 Robert Hamilton Copland: Variations Alexander Korsantia Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 Vladimir Feltsman Rachmaninoff: Three Preludes Paul Ostrovsky DeBussy: “La Puerta del Vino”, “L’isle Joyeuse” Haeusun Paik Liszt: Nocturne No. 3 “Liebestraum”

July 18

Alexei Lubimov Recital


Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 311, Schubert: Four Impromptus Op. 142, Scriabin: Five Preludes Op. 74, Silvestrov: Sonata No. 2, DeBussy: Five Preludes from Book 1

July 25

Anthony Newman Recital (harpsichord) Described by Wynton Marsalis as “The High Priest of Bach,” and by Time Magazine as “The High Priest of the Harpsichord” Handel: Suite No. 7 in G minor, Newman: Suite for Harpsichord Solo, Bach: Italian Concerto, Couperin: from 18th Ordre Alleman, Soeur Monique, Le Turbulent, L’Atendrissante, Le Tic-Toc-Choc, Le Gaillard-Boiteux, Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D

July 31

Vladimir Feltsman conducts the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2009 Jacob Flier Competition Winner, featured soloist Glinka: overature to “Ruslan & Ludmilla”, Brahms: Symphony No. 2, and a piano concerto (tbd) performed by the winner of the 2009 Flier Competition

Plus Institute recitals, master classes, lectures and the Jacob Flier Piano Competition

McKenna Theatre 845.257.3880 box office Tkts: $27/22 Symphony: $37/32 Concerts begin at 8pm

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Planet Waves Horoscopes Eric Francis Coppolino

Sagittarius (November 22-December 22) Let’s talk about sex as an essential form of nourishment. It serves many other functions, and only rarely do we come around to this extraordinarily basic one. Parallel with this is a need for sexual healing that we all have, and that we tend to avoid. Our issues can seem so old and intractable that there is little hope of ever resolving them. Who, exactly, could help us? Even most therapists have no concept of how to work with deep sexual themes; so how could we expect someone we meet in a social environment to do so? I suggest you start by being open to the possibility. One clue I can offer you is that sex and sexuality must be considered outside the context of a relationship commitment or relationship model. Sex and relationships are almost always conflated in our society, and this is an intentional result of the most carefully cultivated social engineering program in Western history. While the two often arrive together, to make any progress on healing either, I believe that it’s necessary to handle them separately. The first barrier that nearly everyone has to go through in dividing them is their own guilt/shame complex. When you get there, don’t stuff it under the bed, or under your awareness; leave it out in the open, where healing is possible.


(December 22-January 20)

Others are willing to give, to share, even to make sacrifices for you: as long as you are willing to be influenced by them. That influence may be profound. Yet in order to offer you any gifts, blessings, favors, or a sense of authentic contact, bear in mind that they too must open up and be vulnerable as well. We could say that the planets this month and indeed the rest of the year portend a mutual opening, a desire to connect and the ability to create a common language. The communication factor is paramount now, and that involves developing the willingness, and the ability, to communicate about the most taboo topics. These have a tendency to be self-concealing; our lack of comfort and familiarity with them usually makes for short conversations, when long ones are called for. We also think we know a lot more than we do. Most women will tell you that most men have little interest in going down this kind of introspective path, and to the extent that this is true it’s going to take all of us to create space for the conversations that need to happen. At the bottom of this is a radical reformation of your values system that is eventually going to affect all aspects of your life. But the foundation is this. If you want to cultivate true self-esteem, start with how you feel and what you believe about your sexuality. Question everything.

Aquarius (January 20-February 19) Sometimes in extraordinary times, life isn’t so extraordinary. The astrology certainly has been, and as you know it’s been focused on your sign through much of the year and in particular the past month or so. To be so up close to the Aquarius alignment of Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune, which is still cooking and will be cooking through the year may feel like living underneath a spiritual microwave tower. The intensity of the Aquarius alignment is dropping off for the next few months, though as other planets make aspects, it will have little surges. This is likely to be more pleasant weather, though soon enough other factors (such as the next rush of Saturn opposite Uranus) will have you on your toes again. Why are you going through all of this, and will it ever end? You don’t want “it” to end. What I suggest you aim for is to vibrate faster than the energy is coming at you, or rising up from inside you. This stretch of your life is about creating energetic mastery over your senses, your intentions and your ability to make choices. Ask yourself what you need to feel better. When in doubt, make a decision. If after a reasonable test that didn’t work, make another decision. Keep worry, regret, and boredom as far out of the picture as you can. Just keep deciding.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) The Sun’s ingress to your empathic water sign Cancer will come as a relief, and with a dash of faith, open some doors for you. On many different levels you’ve been spreading your psychic wings; yet at the same time, you’ve been processing a lot of feelings, data, and karmic material. This has made it difficult for you during the past few weeks to get any emotional grounding. The planets are now providing a gush of water and direct attention. They’re also reminding you that if you want satisfying contact, with yourself and with others, you need to tend the space constantly. Start by keeping your physical space as impeccably clean as you can. Listen to your emotions for signs of when you are feeling trust or mistrust; when you identify a need; and when it’s appropriate to take a chance. I suggest you make a yoga of taking risks without the expectation that any one of them will work out—just that it’s worth trying, if for no other reason than without reaching out you can be sure. Part of the flame you’re being called upon to tend involves balance; it involves being aware for when there is reciprocity in a relationship, and emphasizing that experience above the others that may seem to be available. The results, as always, will speak for themselves. 118

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