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Anne Roderique-Jones visits some of the smaller inns and bed and breakfasts in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires.

Bill McKibben explains the importance of the carbon tipping point.

26 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC: THE MARCH OF SECULARISM Larry Beinhart believes the pope is out to get him.

COMMUNITY PAGES: PAWLING 29 DUTCHESS DESTINATION Jan Larraine Cox tours the New York town with a New England feel.


74 A MINERAL WITH ISSUES Lorrie Klosterman reports on the controversy over calcium supplementation.

78 FLOWERS FALL: MINDFUL EATING FOR KIDS & FAMILIES, PART 2 Field notes from a Buddhist Mom’s experimental life. By Bethany Saltman.

BUSINESS SERVICES 62 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 69 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 79 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY For the positive lifestyle.


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ARTS & CULTURE 38 PORTFOLIO Graphic design guru Milton Glaser talks with Lynn Woods.

58 FOOD & DRINK Peter Barret and John Medeski tour Hudson Valley wineries.

112 PARTING SHOT Pinkie, a sculpture by Bo Gehring.

40 MUSEUM AND GALLERY GUIDE 44 MUSIC Peter Aaron’s guide to the best of the summer music festivals. Nightlife Highlights by DJ Wavy Davy, plus CDs by Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet Alligator Purse. Reviewed by Michael Ruby. Cantinero Better for the Metaphor. Reviewed by Sharon Nichols. Wet Paint Periphery. Reviewed by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson.

48 BOOKS Nina Shengold profiles long-form journalist extrordinaire Susan Orlean.

50 BOOK REVIEWS Susan Krawitz, Anne Pyburn, and Nina Shengold review a gaggle of children’s books for our annual Summer Reading Roundup.

THE FORECAST 86 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at PREVIEWS 85 Sparrow previews the upcoming performance by Dzul Dance in Millbrook. 87 Olafur Eliasson’s installation The parliament of reality at Bard College. 93 Jacob’s Pillow kicks off its summer dance season in the Berkshires. 96 Something for everyone: Jay Blotcher’s summer theater preview. 100 Lynn Woods advises on upcoming Quadricentennial celebrations. 105 Brent Stirton’s “Last Gorillas of the Congo” at Fovea in Beacon.

52 POETRY Poems by Peter Belfiore, Steve Clark, Andrew Scott Dulberg, Meggie Freund, Marie Gauthier, Owen Harvey, Samantha Hughes, Noah Kucij, Robert Leaver, Matt McFadden, Sophie Michalitsianos, Keli Stafford, Edwin Torres, Christina Lilian Turczyn, and Barbara Ungar.

PLANET WAVES 106 THE ROAD TO XIBALBA Eric Francis Coppolino looks ahead to 2012. Plus horoscopes.



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Herman Melville died in obscurity in 1891, but over several decades a cult following emerged and in 1930 his epic Moby-Dick, with the help of Rockwell Kent’s eloquent woodcuts, became a bestseller. An adventurer who was attracted to frothy and forbidding waters, Kent felt a kindred bond with the novelist and recommended the book to a publisher that sought to exploit the illustrator’s talent and swashbuckling persona, and was not otherwise eager to revive the diďŹƒcult tome. Born in Tarrytown in 1882, Kent studied architecture at Columbia but left before receiving a degree to shift his energy to painting. Having fallen in with Ash Can School contemporaries George Bellows and Edward Hopper, Kent was exhibiting at major galleries in his twenties. Despite his metropolitan habitude, he was an admirer of Thoreau and avidly searched out pristine natural settings for his work. He voyaged to Alaska and Greenland, and daringly navigated Cape Horn in a small craft. The illustrated travelogues that he produced were to lend him a mythic stature among his art world peers. In between expeditions, he documented the jazz age with droll illustrations for magazines such as Harper’s Weekly and Vanity Fair under the pseudonym “Hogarth Jr.â€? In midlife, Kent settled in the Adirondacks and bought a dairy farm with a clear view of Whiteface Mountain, which he termed “the noblest single mountain in New York State.â€? The region itself would inspire proliďŹ c output and also prove an ideal place to rework subjects that were derived from distant locales; Inuit with sled dogs that bustle diminutively in front of massive glaciers, for instance. His paintings drive home the ecological insight that nature should not be thought of as separate from human experience. The aesthetics by which we mediate nature were a concern of this artist—and his landscapes often cast a glance at the social collective. A utopian socialist, labor activist, and Stalin sympathizer, Kent was harassed by the US government from the onset of the Cold War. In a characteristically radical move, he gave 80 paintings and 800 drawings to the Soviet Union in 1960. During his heyday, Random House printed a trade edition of Moby-Dick with only Kent’s name on the cover, inadvertently leaving Melville’s o. By the time he died in 1971, his outspokenness had left him unsavory and his reputation had receded. Though less known now, his work retains its heroic solemnity and grace. “Rockwell Kent: This Is My Ownâ€? will be exhibited through July 5 in the West Gallery of the New York State Museum in Albany. —Marx Dorrity

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CONTRIBUTORS Emil Alzamora, Peter Barrett, Peter Belfiore, Larry Beinhart, Jay Blotcher, Steve Clark, Eric Francis Coppolino, Jan Larraine Cox, Jason Cring, Jeff Crane, Amber S. Clark, David Morris Cunningham, Marx Dorrity, Andrew Scott Dulberg, Carl Frankel, Meggie Freund, Marie Gauthier, Owen Harvey, Maya Horowitz, Samantha Hughes, Annie Dwyer Internicola, Susan Krawitz, Noah Kucij, Robert Leaver, Jennifer May, Matt McFadden, Sophie Michalitsianos, Sharon Nichols, Anne Pyburn, Fionn Reilly, Anne Roderique-Jones, Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Michael Ruby, Keli Stafford, Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson, Bethany Saltman, Sparrow, Edwin Torres, Christina Lilian Turczyn, Barbara Ungar, Lynn Woods

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For Ellen Sribnick, Linda Gluck, their families, and the other founding members, Legacy Farm Cohousing is already home even though after five years of intense, cooperative planning, barely a twig has been disturbed on its 56 acres of rolling meadows, ponds, and woods. The Rosendale property holds the promise of a 37-unit, clustered, multigenerational, cooperative community. No pesticides have been used on the farm for 83 years and the new owners hope to continue the trend by employing green construction technologies, including geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water powered by photovoltaic cells. Units at Legacy Farm will range from 800 to 1,650 square feet and housing costs are expected to range from around $250,000 to under $400,000 per unit. In its business plan, Legacy Farm is described as a “cooperative intergenerational” neighborhood. The cohousing concept isn’t new. Cohousing—a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods— originated in Denmark in the late 1960s at Sættedammen, the oldest known community of its kind. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground, and a common house. There are an estimated 113 cohousing communities in the United States today (the Cantine’s Island cohousing community in Saugerties is 12 years old), and approximately 100 in development. Hundreds of others exist around the world. For more information, go to —Diane Pineiro-Zucker

What is the cohousing concept and why does it appeal to you? Sribnick: Cohousing is more of a grassroots development model than a typical housing project. We’re participants in a cooperative decision process and, though this may take longer, the benefit is that by the time people are living in community, they have created the foundation for living together. We value the importance of green and sustainable living and design and the balance of privacy and community, where each household has independence and yet is encouraged to participate in community meals and events. The common house is the epicenter of activity within the cohousing model. Gluck: Cohousing gives me a deep sense of belonging, of community, and of the satisfaction of living my values, and of being part of the solution. That means living simply and sustainably, close to the land, and it means learning to live cooperatively with people who know, accept, and support me. Tell me about the individuals and families that make up your group. Gluck: Cohousers tend to be pioneers, self-employed, independent idealists and, some say, overeducated and underpaid. So, we have all those types among our nine founding households—helping professionals, a nutritionist, a social worker, a school psychologist, a hand therapist, and a carpenter. Ellen’s a massage therapist and I’m a graphic designer. What were some of the major obstacles you’ve encountered in getting this project under way? Gluck: It has been a long [planning] process with many surprises, but throughout we could feel how much [the town planners] understood how great this would be for Rosendale. They understood it, but they had to deal with their own regulations and process. Also, real estate development is very highly regulated by the New York State Attorney General’s office and requires extensive protocol and documentation, which was very time-consuming and expensive. How about sharing meals and a common living area, how does that work? Sribnick: We hope to share meals about four times a week. If you’re a working person and you have kids, at the end of the day, if you’re exhausted and don’t want to be

thinking about a meal, you just run over to the common house. You sign up, it’s cheap meals, healthy meals. And, if you’re in a cranky mood and you don’t want to be with people, you go over and pick up your food and go home. It’s not like you’re forced to participate, but I think it’s very inviting to be part of what’s happening. We’ll share this fantastic common house— Gluck: So the extra square footage you would have in your house to accommodate company, to have an exercise room, a place for teens to hang out, a place for kids to play— Sribnick: We’ll have all of that in the common house. What’s the next step for Legacy Cohousing? Sribnick: Our priority is to bring in new membership in order to be able to get financing. We’ll break ground in either late 2009 or early 2010. In addition to the nine founding households, we project that we’ll need another six by the end of the year in order to start building. Has the economy made things more difficult for the group? Sribnick: Actually, it’s been good for us. If we follow the path of where the economy is going and really pay attention to it, our timing couldn’t have been better. If we were building now, we would be in serious trouble because people could not sell their current homes in order to buy in. My projection is that the first houses will be available in late 2010, early 2011—by then the curve will be coming up again and people will be able to find value in their current homes and be less fearful of making this kind of commitment. Also, because there is a trickle down from the administration about the value of green and sustainability, it makes it much easier of us to market our community. Gluck: When Obama talks about what has to happen, we feel like we fit the bill. The country is being forced to look at these issues and problems, which are the issues and problems we’ve addressed in designing what we want to do. Sribnick: Cluster development is the wave of the future in communities and so, within the years of planning, the new Rosendale master plan was developed and we now fit those standards that the community is striving for. Our priorities for accessibility, for green, sustainable living and community are becoming mainstream.










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Esteemed Reader Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: In the early days of Chronogram some 5th graders visited the office on a field trip. The group of young explorers crammed into our one-room, between the tightly packed desks, computers, and pile of papers. A gangly boy with dreadlocks and bright eyes asked, “What is a publisher?” The question took me by surprise, and I realized I had been too busy starting a magazine to consider it. After a long pause I answered the question with a question. “Did you ever hear the expression ‘the pen is mightier than sword’?” “Um, yes,” he replied. “What do you think it means?” I asked. “Well, I’ve heard of ninjas killing people with a matchbook cover…” We laughed, and began a conversation about the power of ideas to effect change in the way people think and live; about how it is no coincidence that the word conception refers to both to the arising of a seminal thought and the beginning of a new life. We talked about Johannes Guttenberg and Mein Kampf, about E. E. Cummings, and the Bhagavad Gita, and the power of publishing to foment both divisiveness and unity, violence and peace, hatred and love. We talked about the Fourth Estate, a term referring to journalists in relation to the other three power centers of church, nobles, and commoners, and the oft-quoted words of Parliamentarian Edmund Burke—“Yonder sits the Fourth Estate, and they are more important than us all.” Publishers create the forums for the storytellers of the tribe. And there are innumerable ways for stories to be told. The emphasis can be on the limitations or the possibilities, the failures or accomplishments—for all sides of a story are present and available for amplification. The story the writer and publisher chooses to tell gives us our frame of reference and creates the mythologies to which we collectively subscribe and from which we live. But sadly ours is a time when the role of publishing and journalism, like most real needs, have been co-opted by the interests of the financiers and their political proxies. Massive mainstream media consolidation has created a singular corporate agenda-driven voice that places focus selectively and often reinforces falsehoods, rather than bringing them to light. This is a disservice to the communities that support these organizations with subscriptions, attention, and advertising, and their failure to serve highlights a certain justice in their increasing demise. Real journalism, as a reflector and sounding board for a community, is a societal need. It should not be provided based on profitability to corporations. It should be guaranteed, and guaranteed to be transparent about its agenda, for no media enterprise can avoid having a point of view, and advocating for it. There is no true objectivity in this realm, as a writer and publisher will, even unconsciously, highlight one set of facts over another. This is why I depend on Democracy Now! for my regular source of news, for example. It has an overtly progressive, people- and worker-centered focus, which aligns with my own values much more than the corporate-controlled media’s reportage. As well, DN! is run by a not-for-profit organization and has no advertising interests to accommodate. Chronogram too, has an agenda. It is expressed in a statement we worked long and hard to formulate—“to nourish and support the creative, cultural, and economic life of the Hudson Valley.” We aim to strengthen the community by using our ink to help build a stable local economy, as well as fomenting social awareness and interdependence. The impact of a local media organization is not only in the realm of coverage given to the community. There is money involved. When a business spends advertising dollars locally, almost all that money is recirculated into the community through local employees, vendors, contributors, and owners—often into his or her own cash register. By contrast, budgets spent with national media companies like Gannett, Clear Channel, and Journal Register keep 30 percent in the community, at best. The rest is siphoned off to headquarters, and often to service crippling corporate debt to banks and private equity groups. My conversation with the 5th graders taught me another thing—I am always publishing, and so are we all. Every word we speak, and each action we take, is broadcasting an idea, sentiment or desire. So yes, the official publishers have to take responsibility for what we express in media, and so do each of us individually have the chance to broadcast something truthful and positive through everything we think, do, suffer, and say. —Jason Stern 6/09 CHRONOGRAM 17



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In May, Coke announced that it will test a new plastic bottle in North America that’s partly made from sugar cane and molasses later this year with its Dasani and Vitaminwtare brands. The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials that are by-products of sugar production. The bottled water industry has received harsh criticism in recent years for creating vast amounts of plastic waste. Scott Vitters, director of sustainable packaging for Coke. “This innovation is a real win because it moves us closer to our vision of zero waste with a material that lessens our carbon footprint and is also recyclable.” It is estimated that over 85 million plastic bottles are used every three minutes. Source: Sustainable Business In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered General Electric to over 100 tons of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the Hudson River. It is estimated that 1.3 million pounds of PCBsflowed into the Hudson north of Albany from two General Electric factories for three decades before they were banned, in 1977. (In high doses, PCBs cause cancer in animals and federal agencies list PCBs as a probable human carcinogen.) A 200-mile stretch of the Hudson River, from Hudson Falls to the tip of Manhattan, was declared a federal Superfund site in 1984. On May 15, the initial phase of the dredging of PCBS from the Hudson began along a six-mile stretch across the river from GE’s former industrial site in Fort Edward. Twelve dredges are to work round the clock, six days a week, into October, removing sediment laced with PCBs. Mile-long freight trains running every several days will carry the dried mud to a hazardous-waste landfill in Texas. As per the requirements of the Superfund law, GE is supervising and paying for the cleanup. Estimates on the cost of the clean-up range from $750 million to more than three times that amount. The project is expected to extend through 2015. A responsible party in 52 active Superfund sites across the country, GE has a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Superfund law working its way through federal court. Mark Behan, a company spokesman, said that the challenge to the Superfund law “has no bearing on the Hudson project.” Source: New York Times May 15 was National Bike-to-Work Day, but at outdoor-gear giant Patagonia, everyday is Bike-to-Work Day. Out of 165 full-time employees who work at the company’s distribution center five miles from downtown Reno, Nevada, more than half of them get there everyday in some form other than by driving a car. The building is equipped with showers and lockers, plus dozens of bike racks. Patagonia offers incentives to employees who bike, walk, carpool, or even ski to work. They can spend their earned credits on clothing and products at the Patagonia outlet store. Patagonia is consistently ranked near the top in “Best Places To Work” polls. Source: KOLO TV-8 According to a Justice Department report released in early May, the FBI has incorrectly kept 24,000 people on its terrorist watch list—comprising 1.1 million names and aliases. One of the biggest problems identified in the report was the government’s use of outdated information to keep people on the list. People with names similar to actual terrorists have voiced concern that it took months to be removed from the list. Other errors include Senator Ted Kennedy and Representative John Lewis both appearing on the list, as well as subjects of terrorism investigations—such as one Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan who was ultimately convicted of stealing thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosives for what was suspected to be the makings of a domestic terror plot—who did not make it on to the list at all. Source: New York Times On the day after Thanksgiving last year, Jdimytai Damour, a temporary worker at a WalMart store on Long Island, was trampled to death by a crowd of 2,000 people who broke the down the doors of the store just before it was scheduled to open. Instead of facing a trial in the death of Damour, Wal-Mart agreed in early May to pay $2 million and to implement a crowd-management plan for post-Thanksgiving Day sales. The agreement did not include an admission of wrongdoing by Wal-Mart. Source: Associated Press

File these two quotes under political bigotry in a polite mask: Arkansas Senate Minority Leader Kim Hendron, who is running for the US Senate on the Republican ticket, apologized for calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer “that Jew” at a county Republican meeting. “I was attempting to explain that, unlike Senator Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’,” Hendron said. He added that there is a Jewish person in history he admires—Jesus. The District of Columbia Council voted 12 to 1 in May to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in the country in early May. Former mayor Marion Barry, a council member representing Ward 8, was the sole dissenting vote. Prophesying a same-sex marriage-incited conflagration, Barry said, “All hell is going to break loose. We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.” The DC Council has seven black members on its council. Despite the council’s decision, as of late May, no internecine fighting was reported in the vicinity of Ward 8. Sources: Arkansas News, Daily News, Washington Post, Atlantic In mid May, Senate Democrats rejected President Obama’s request for $80 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, voting to withhold funding until the president determines what will happen to the 240 detainees once they leave the facility. At issue is a concern raised by Republicans that the detainees should not enter US prisons and be tried in US courts. “US jails are typically for US citizens,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “These are foreign terrorists, detained on the battlefield in the war on terror.” A Justice Department task force which assessed the detainees earlier this year, determined that 30 prisoners were suitable for release. But except for France and Britain, who’ve agreed to take one detainee a piece, no other countries are willing to accept shipment of Gitmo prisoners, many captured in Afghanistan. European leaders have told the US that they are unwilling to accept those cleared for release from Guantanamo if the US will not do the same. In an unreleased report published by the New York Times on May 21, Pentagon officials concluded that of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad, one in seven has returned to “terrorism or militant activity.” Sources: Washington Post, New York Times Compiled by Brian K. Mahoney


LETTERS Agitated by Ads To the Editor: I have been a big fan of Chronogram since I moved here in 2004. Your politically aware writing, your evident respect for all artists and performers, and the community healing represented in your pages have pleased and surprised me many times over the past few years. As a poet and artist, I have encountered much to enjoy, and learned of many whose work I am glad to search out in our area and the wider world. But as a feminist, I must tell you that I have reached my limit of the advertising that depicts women in your magazine as sexualized body parts. [Ed Note: Enclosed with this letter were four ads featuring nude or seminude women from our April issue.] I am shocked and pissed off every time I turn a page in Chronogram and encounter one. How much more of a contradiction could there be than to feature page after page of antiviolence politics and self-nurturing information and then lay us women out like meat in your photo ads?! Please, please show more respect for women and formulate a new advertising policy that does not reduce us to tits, ass, and pubic areas. And notice that men in ads are not depicted as penises; they all have faces and clothes on. How about the same human treatment for images of women? —Tina Porte, Canaan

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS In the May issue, we misspelled the name of poet Nicole Guisto. Our apologies. We really dislike it when our own names are misspelled and can appreciate Ms. Guisto’s upset at our mistake. The Barrett Art Center’s

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Little Green


his month, we’re kicking off a new section in the magazine, Green Living. Type “green living” into Google and you get 108 million results, offering websites devoted to all things sustainable, environmentally friendly, and eco-whatever, from tips on how to drive your car to minimize your carbon footprint to where to source biodegradable picnic utensils. Green is the new black. (Or, green is the new green—ka-ching!) Part of this greening of our culture is just capitalism going about its business, commodifying a demand where it exists, as sustainability has bubbled to the surface of consumer consciousness in the past decade. If people want energy-saving light bulbs and composting toilets, someone will build them and sell them for a profit. But where did this eco-demand come from? This is the question I’ve been pondering since we decided to launch an explicit section of Chronogram devoted to the best ideas for living constructively— not destructively—on the planet. But to get to that simple query, a circuitous path backward through time must be traced, charting the efforts of those who were green before green was green. Those who understood that industrial and post-industrial society could not go on indefinitely ignoring the toll that progress (that loaded word) was taking on the earth, the organism that sustains us and all life. Like ur-environmentalist John Muir, who advocated for the preservation of the American wilderness. Rachel Carson, whose Silent Spring, which exposed the polluting power of synthetic pesticides, is a pillar of the modern environmental movement. Pete Seeger, who started Clearwater, the model grassroots organization upon which so many other environmental groups have based themselves. Capitalism doesn’t create the demand, it merely stokes the furnace of an existing need and attempts to find an efficient way of making a buck on it. (Though it certainly can create demand out of whole cloth—pet rock, anyone?) The demand exists because of explicit efforts at consciousness raising by those who could not help but do it. While some may become activists because they long for the spotlight or a showcase for their righteous anger, no one remains involved in advocacy

Chronogram Sponsors in June:

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 is what we’re sponsoring in June. 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 comapnies from around the world. Rondout Valley Growers Orchard Association Dinner and Wine Tasting On Saturday, June 27, the Rondout Valley Grower’s Association will host its sixth annual Orchard Tasting and Wine Dinner—featuring a menu created by local chefs from Rondout Valley grown farm products paired with New York State Wines—at the Stone Ridge Orchard. Proceeds will benefit the association’s marketing efforts.

work for many years without acknowledging that it could not be otherwise—one realizes it’s what required to help society along, whether it be marching with a placard or ladling out soup or handing out leaflets. Chronogram has been handing out leaflets for over 15 years. While we are a business—we look at the balance sheet as keenly as the editorial direction—we also have been advocating for the “green lifestyle,” before there were any green dollars to chase. Our Green Living section—debuting with our resident sustainability expert Carl Frankel’s exploration of local alternative currencies and the nifty ideas that support them (p. 54)—is our commitment to planetary constructivism (which paradoxically necessitates an intensely local focus) explicitly stated. Just as Ellen Sribnick and Linda Gluck, two visionaries who are spearheading the Legacy Farm Cohousing project in Rosendale (cohousing being one of the smarter modes of cluster development) are profiled in the current issue (p. 13), in our November, 2000 issue we featured the then truly pioneering Cantine’s Island cohousing community in Saugerties. In the past few issues we’ve interviewed Woody Tasch, founder of the Slow Money Alliance, about the need for wealth to be connected to the soil, profiled local genius-farmer Mark Adams, talked to proponents of the new victory garden movement, heard from Don Lewis at Wild Hive Farm about his fierce determination to localism, asked localism guru Michael Shuman why localism is so important, and found out from local bankers the reason our regional financial institutions are on such solid ground (no TARP money needed) is that they make business decisions based on a number of factors, profit being just one among many. We agree with the bankers. While we all have to make a living, how we make it is up to us, and in our power more than we realize. We hope to help bring to light new ways in which we can all make it together, perhaps in ways not yet dreamt by the engines of commerce. Think of us as the personification of the character from the Joni Mitchell song: “Little green, he’s a noncomformer.”

Barrett Art Center Spring Paint-Out On June 13, Barrett Art Center hosts its annual Spring Paint-Out at Lakeside Park in Pawling. A live auction to benefit the art center will follow at 6pm. Bruce Schenker Memorial 5K Run/Walk The second annual run/walk on June 20 is in honor of Dr. Bruce Schenker, who had finished work on a children’s book promoting peace, The Story of Turtle Woman & Eagle Man, prior to his death in 2007. Proceeds from the event go to Hospice of Ulster County, the New Paltz Police Department, and the New Paltz Rescue Squad. Ride the Ridge The High Meadow School’s Performing Art Center is the beneficiary of the third annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge on June 7 in Stone Ridge, consisting of three classes of ride: a 5-mile family ride, 25-mile countryside ride, 50-mile Shawangunk Ridge Challenge. Pride March and Festival The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center celebrates the fifth

annual Pride March and Festival in New Paltz on June 7. New Paltz Third Saturday New Paltz’s Art Along the Hudson evenings happen the third Saturday of each month. On June 20, galleries, museums, and cultural venues will be open from 6pm to 10pm, with an art mixer at the Water Street Market from 8pm to 10pm. 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. Global Medicine Show and Earth Concert Music, prayers, healing ceremonies, stories, speakers, and exhibits focusing on the environment and spirituality at the Bearsville Theater on June 20. Hudson Valley Green Drinks This month’s installment of the moveable sustainable networking event is at Terrapin Catering at Dinsmore in Staatsburg on June 10.


NEWS & POLITICS World, Nation, & Region



ooner or later, you have to draw a line. We’ve spent the last 20 years in the opening scenes of what historians will one day call the Global Warming Era—the preamble to the biggest drama that humans have ever staged, the overture that hints at the themes that will follow for centuries to come. But none of the notes have resolved, none of the story lines yet come into clear view. And that’s largely because until recently we didn’t know quite where we were. From the moment in 1988 when a NASA scientist named James Hansen told Congress that burning coal and gas and oil was warming the earth, we’ve struggled to absorb this one truth: The central fact of our economic lives (the ubiquitous fossil fuel that developed the developed world) is wrecking the central fact of our physical lives (the stable climate and sea level on which civilization rests). For a while, and much longer in the US than elsewhere, we battled over whether this was true. But warm year succeeded warm year and that fight began to subside. Instead, the real question became, is this a future peril, the kind of thing you take out a reasonably priced insurance policy to guard against? Or is it the oh-mylord crisis you drop everything else to deal with? Will Hitler be happy with the Sudetenland, or is the world going to spend every cent it has, not to mention tens of millions of lives, fighting him off? Trouble, or trouble? These last 12 months, we’ve found out. It was September 2007 that the tide began to turn. Every summer Arctic sea ice melts, and every fall it refreezes. The amount of open water has been steadily increasing for three decades, a percent or two every year—it’s been going at about the pace that the hairline recedes on a middle-aged man. It was worrisome, and scientists said all the summer ice could be gone by 2070 or so, which is an eyeblink in geologic time but an eternity in politician time. In late summer of last year, though, the melt turned into a rout—it was like those stories of people whose hair turns gray overnight. An area the size of Colorado was disappearing every week; the Northwest Passage was staying wide open all September, for the first time in history. Before long the Arctic night mercifully descended and the ice began to refreeze, but scientists were using words like “astounding.”They were recalculating— by one NASA scientist’s estimate the summer Arctic might now be free of ice by 2012. Which in politician years is “beginning of my second term.”



TIPPING POINT The key phrase, really, was “tipping point.” As in “I’d say we are reaching a tipping point or are past it for the ice. This is a strong indication that there is an amplifying mechanism here.” That’s Pål Prestrud of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo. Or this, from Mark Serreze, of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado: “When the ice thins to a vulnerable state, the bottom will drop out...I think there is some evidence that we may have reached that tipping point, and the impacts will not be confined to the Arctic region.” “Tipping point” is not, in this context, an idle buzzword. It means that the physical world is taking over the process that humans began. We poured carbon into the atmosphere, trapping excess heat; that excess heat began to melt ice.When that ice was melted, there was less white up north to reflect the sun’s rays back out to space, and more blue ocean to absorb them. Events began to feed upon themselves. And in the course of the last year, we’ve seen the same thing happening in other systems. In April, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report showing that 2007 had seen a sudden and dramatic surge in the amount of methane, another heat-trapping gas, in the atmosphere. Apparently, one reason is that when we burned all that fossil fuel and began raising the temperature, we also started melting the permafrost—melting eight times more of it in some places over two decades than had thawed for the previous 1,000 years. And as that frozen soil thaws, it releases methane; enough of it now bubbles out to make “hot spots” in lakes and ponds that don’t freeze during the deepest part of the Siberian winter. The more methane, the more heat, the more methane. Wash, rinse, repeat. The final piece of the puzzle came early this year, and again from James Hansen. Twenty years after his crucial testimony, he published a paper with several coauthors called “Target Atmospheric CO2.” It put, finally, a number on the table—indeed it did so in the boldest of terms. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted,” it said, “paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm.”




THE MAGIC NUMBER Get that? Let me break it down for you. For most of the period we call human civilization, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hovered at about 275 parts per million. Let’s call that the Genesis number, or depending on your icons, the Buddha number, the Confucius number, the Shakespeare number. Then, in the late 18th century, we started burning fossil fuel in appreciable quantities, and that number started to rise. The first time we actually measured it, in the late 1950s, it was already about 315. Now it’s at 385, and growing by more than 2 parts per million annually. And it turns out that that’s too high.We never had a number before, so we never knew whether we’d crossed a red line. We half guessed and half hoped that the danger zone might be 450 or 550 parts per million—those were still a little ways in the distance. Therefore we could get away with thinking like the young Augustine: “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” Not anymore. We have been told by science that we’re already over the line. And so we’re now in the land of tipping points.We know that we’ve passed some of them—Arctic sea ice is melting, and so is the permafrost that guards those carbon stores. But the logic of Hansen’s paper was clear. Above 350, we are at constant risk of crossing other, even worse, thresholds, the ones that govern the reliability of monsoons, the availability of water from alpine glaciers, the acidification of the ocean, and, perhaps most spectacularly, the very level of the seas. It is at least conceivable that instead of a slow, steady rise in the height of the oceans, we could see rapid melt in Greenland and the West Antarctic, where much of the world’s frozen water resides. We can’t rule out, warns Hansen, a sea level rise of up to 20 feet this century. Plug that into Google Earth and watch waterfront developments turn into high-priced reefs. We can’t rule out, in other words, the collapse of human society

as we’ve known it. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted...” We should add the phrase to the oath of office for every politico on the third planet. So what does this mean? If you took 350 to be the most important number on the planet, what would it imply? In essence, it means that we’ve got to transform the world’s economy far more quickly than we’d hoped. Almost everyone knows that this transformation is coming—that by century’s end we won’t be relying on fossil fuel, both because the oil will have run out and because the environmental damage will be intense. But the question is how quickly. The kind of change envisioned before last year was still a little leisurely—maybe the developed world cutting its carbon emissions 15 or 20 percent by 2020. That’s far more than the Bush administration or its energyindustry cronies would go for, of course—at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting last spring, CEO Rex Tillerson said he envisioned a world that still used fossil fuel for two-thirds of its power in 2030. A world where change came slowly enough that everyone could make every last penny off their sunk investments in coal mines and oil platforms. And a world where politicians didn’t need to raise the price of carbon steeply, and hence didn’t need to arouse voters. THE DANGER ZONE But the 350 world looks different.We’re not worried we might have a weight problem. We’ve been to the doctor and the doctor has said, “Your cholesterol is too high. Scaring me.You’re in the danger zone.You need to change your diet and then you need to pray that you get back down where you’re supposed to be before the stroke that’s coming at you.” When that happens, you clean the cheese out of the refrigerator and go cold turkey.





In energy terms, that would look like this: [ 1 ] No more new coal plants, because although the world still has immense amounts of coal, it’s immensely dirty. And the people who tell you about clean coal are blowing smoke—literally. [ 2 ] A cap on the amount of carbon the US can produce—which, in essence, is a tax. America would say, just as it does now with sulfur from coal plants, “We’re only going to release so much carbon every year.” CO2 would stop being free; in fact, it would become expensive. In order to simplify the process, the upstream producer who mines, imports, or sells the fossil fuel would get the tab. ExxonMobil would have to pay dearly for a permit to release x amount of carbon, a cost it would pass on to consumers. Then those consumers would use less, and markets would go to work figuring out all the possible ways to cut demand and boost renewables. [ 3 ] An international agreement, including China and India, to do the same thing around the world. A MARSHALL PLAN FOR CARBON Now, these are three of the hardest tasks we’ve even thought about since we took on Hitler. They go to the very heart of the way our economy operates:We get most of our electricity from fossil fuels, any increase in the price of energy affects every single part of the economy, and China and India are pulling people out of poverty largely by burning cheap coal. If you’re a person who uses a lot of fossil fuel, i.e. an American, then they’re unappealing. If you’re a person who would like to use even a little energy, i.e. almost anyone in the developing world, then they’re maddening. And yet they are what the physics and chemistry of the situation dictate. So the question becomes, how to make them happen? The logic imposed by 350 is fairly straightforward. In order to keep Americans from rebelling, we need to take the money we’re charging ExxonMobil for those pollution permits and return it to the taxpayers—everyone needs to get a check every month to, in essence, buy us all off. To help make us whole for the price rises that will inevitably come, the price rises that will do the work of wringing fossil fuel



out of the economy. ExxonMobil would pay, then we’d pay—but we’d get some of the money back in the mail. We’ve got to make the switch so fast that it’s going to be brutally expensive—think $10 gas—and our democracy will never support it for long without that monthly check. But we can’t give ourselves back all the money. Because some of it is needed to make the rest of the world whole—to build windmills for the Indians so they won’t use the same cheap coal that we used for 200 years in order to get rich. That is, we’re going to need a Marshall Plan for carbon—with the same mix of idealism and self-interest that motivated the Marshall Plan in Hitler’s wake. We also need serious investment in infrastructure, both technological and human. For instance, concepts like concentrated solar power—those big mirror arrays in the desert—have gained real momentum in the last 18 months. Former Clinton administration energy analyst Joseph Romm recently calculated that such arrays could provide America with all of its electricity from a 92-square-mile grid in the Southwest desert—but only if promoted via loan guarantees for the entrepreneurs who build them and a new generation of transcontinental transmission lines. Meanwhile, demand is skyrocketing for small rooftop solar panels, but increasingly there’s a shortage of trained installers, which means our community colleges need money to start training them. No matter what the price of energy, homes aren’t going to insulate themselves—this is the great opening for a green-jobs revolution. You’ll note here I’m talking more about what we should do in the US House (and Senate) in the next year or two than which bulbs you should be changing in your house. DIY conservation makes great practical sense, but we won’t save the planet that way. One by one, trying to do the right thing, we add up to...not nearly enough. You cannot make the math work that way—there are too many sockets and too many tailpipes and most of all too much inertia for voluntary action to do the trick. It didn’t work when President Bush made voluntary reduction by corporations his global warming “policy,” and it won’t work fast enough with individuals either. Which is not to say that life at home doesn’t need to change. It does—and it will, once we’ve taken the political step of making the price of carbon reflect the

damage it does to the environment. Look at what happened this past year when the price of gas finally rose far enough to get our attention. We began riding trains and buses in record numbers. Total miles driven fell, sharply, for the first time since we started keeping records in 1942.We groused and moaned and we started to change. General Motors decided to sell its Hummer factory. If we get that check every month to cover some of the damage, it will help attenuate the very real heat-or-eat dilemma that will grip many people this coming winter, but the incentive to change will still be there. Buses and bikes. Smaller homes that are easier to heat. Solar panels, bought on the installment plan with loans paid off from the power generated on your roof. Local food (and lots more local farmers). Vacations in the neighborhood—no more jetting off for the weekend. You can see every one of these trends in embryo already, driven by the run-up in energy prices that we’ve seen so far.The quick contraction of the airline industry. The collapse in home values in the distant suburbs, while homes along the commuter rail lines fare better. Again the question is all about pace—what will make them happen fast enough, across a wide enough swath of the planet. Al Gore set the example with his call for a 10-year conversion to noncarbon electricity. It’s at the outer edge of doable, and the outer edge is where we need to be. We’ll have plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on sale by 2010. The question is, can we have nothing else on sale by 2020? We built more than half of the interstate highway system in a decade. Would rebuilding our rail networks to a European standard be all that much harder? Can we get the price of energy up quickly enough to get markets on the task of finding a low-carbon way of life that works? And by works, I mean reverses the flow of carbon into the atmosphere. Because physics and chemistry won’t reward good intentions. Methane is seriously uninterested in compromise. Permafrost, notoriously, refuses to bargain. Even the absolute political power represented by King Canute couldn’t hold back the rising seas. Those forces will only pay attention if we can scramble back below 350. Forcing that pace requires a new kind of politics. It requires forging a consensus that this toughest of all changes must happen.The consensus must be broad, it must come quickly, and it must encompass the whole earth—they don’t call it global warming for nothing.




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COKE IS IT The list of things on which we’ve achieved a broad and deep global consensus is pretty much limited to...Coke Is It. And that took billions of dollars and several decades, and it involved inducing people to drink sugar water. The odds against a strong global movement about anything tougher than that are low, with language barriers, religious barriers, cultural barriers. And we start from such incredibly different places—Americans use 12 times the energy of sub-Saharan Africans. And yet we do have this one tool that at least offers the possibility, a tool that wasn’t fully there even a few years ago. The Internet—and its attendant technologies, like cell phones and texting—does link up most of the known world at this point.You can get pretty far back of beyond in most of the world, and someone in that village has a mobile. And we have a number—350.The most important number on earth. If the Internet has a cosmic purpose, this could be it—to take that number and spread it everywhere on the planet, so that everyone, even if they knew little else about climate change, understood that it represented a kind of safety, a bulwark against the monsoon turning erratic, the sea rising over their fields, the mosquito spreading up their mountain. I’m part of a group of people calling ourselves Our goal is simple—to try to get people everywhere to spread that number.We’ve started finding musicians and artists, athletes and video makers, and most of all activists, the kinds of people who are working to save watersheds or babies, or to educate girls or to block dams, or any of the other thousand lovely things that won’t happen if we allow the basic physical stability of the planet to come unglued.We need a lot of noise, and we need it fast, in the scant months—14 now—before the world meets in Copenhagen next December to draw up a new climate treaty. Because one clear implication of 350 is that that treaty is our last real chance to get it right. If we don’t, then all we’ll be dealing with is the consequences. Once the ocean really starts to rise, dike building is pretty much the only project. It’s not clear if a vocal world citizenry will be enough to beat inertia and vested interest. If 350 emerges as the clear bar for success or failure, then the odds of the international community taking effective action increase, though the odds are still long. Still, these are the lines it is our turn to speak. To be human in 2008 is to rise in defense of the planet we have known and the civilization it has spawned. This article originally appeared in Mother Jones. 6/09 CHRONOGRAM NEWS & POLITICS




Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic

MARCH OF THE SECULARISTS The Pope is out to get me.Worse than that, he wants to round up all the monotheists and send them after me. A few weeks ago in Jerusalem, he spoke about it in secret when he was trying to set up a conspiracy with the Grand Mufti. Word leaked out. I heard about it through the grapevine. My personal grapevine is Northeast Public Radio. Here’s what they told me: The Pope spoke of a theme dear to him, which is a grand alliance of the three monotheistic religions: the Christians, plus the Muslims, plus the Jews. Against what he sees as the march of secularism in the West. That’s me. A marching secularist. A lot of people will say that I shouldn’t take it personally.That he didn’t mean it personally. That he doesn’t even know who I am. But that’s how state and religious terrorists do it. They never mention anyone “personally.” They never even know anyone “personally.” Then boom! Jets out of the sky! Bombs! Missiles! Hijacked planes! Secret policemen! Regular policeman, with guns, clubs, Tasers, and prisons. Some people will say, “Ah, come on, he’s the pope. Nobody listens to the pope. Calm down, Larry, you have nothing to fear!” To which I say, “Hah! Have you no sense of history? How quickly you forget. 9/11. That president who thought he was on a crusade.” As to the future, Monty Python said it best: “Nobody expects [the next] Spanish Inquisition.” Why? Why is the pope out to get me? Why is he trying to organize a vast international conspiracy? Benedict spoke of moral relativism and the offenses it spawns against the dignity of the human person. Moral relativism? From a guy who was a member of Hitler Youth. And now he claims to be the divine successor to the Prince of Peace. The Catholic Church’s relationship to Hitler and the Holocaust was an exemplary exercise in moral relativism. Do we stand up to this guy because he’s a monster? Or do we go along to get along? For the greater good of the survival of our institution. The “moral relativism” that has the pope quivering beneath his yarmulke goes like this: There is a wide variety of moralities around the world. That supposes that each one is a cultural construct.There is no way to say one is better than the others. Therefore they are all arbitrary. If that’s true, nothing is demanded, nothing is forbidden. Anybody can do anything they want. Yikes! We’ll screw with wild abandon! That’s what it really boils down to. The pope is not selling the Vatican treasures to feed the poor, demanding war crimes trials for Bush and Cheney, asking for higher taxes on Exxon and Chevron. It’s about marital monogamy, no contraception, and no abortion (make sure there’s a serious penalty phase for sex). Nonetheless, let us look at the philosophical issues. The version of moral relativism in question comes from modern anthropology. Anthropology was preceded by ethnology. Ethnology assumed that Western Civilization was the peak of human development. It often included a version of social evolution that presumed other—lesser—societies were in some less evolved stage on their way to learning to become like us. Our political philosophy still believes exactly that. Other systems and cultures are stuck in some backward place.With time, and the removal of obstacles 26


(like Saddam Hussein), they will move forward to political enlightenment and become just like us. Then everything will be perfect. At the beginning of the 20th century, Franz Boas said that different societies were differently evolved. That Native Americans, for example, were not just hanging about in the forests waiting for Europeans to show up and teach them how to move forward. They had gone their own way. There was no inherent or logical or developmental hierarchy involved. Call it different but equal. The things that people in these different cultures believed—including their moral standards—were a product of their culture. Different but equal. On one level, this is a great insight. Refreshing, liberating, respectful, and humane. It is also fundamentally flawed. Morality is a set of rules that allows people to live in groups. Indeed, all species that live in groups have “morality”: rules that include obligations and limits on behavior, group supervision of individuals, and enforcement of the rules. What is different about humans is that within our own species we are able to come up with quite a variety of ways to live in groups. There are certain fundamentals—child care, elder care, obligations to the group, hierarchy, property rights, limits on sexual access, a prohibition on rape (within the group), no unauthorized killing (murder). But beyond that, the rules develop to fit the specifics of the group and their environment. Religion has many functions. One of them is binding the group together. We can easily imagine a society that is unstable and feels under threat. In such societies religious adherence can be very important. If the priestly class has political power, they can impose or demand severe punishment for anyone who questions their theology. Imprisonment, exile, confiscation of money and property, taking away children, torture, execution, burning at the stake. Like the Catholic Church used to do. When it could. It called them holy duties. Now they speak out against such things. Because they can’t do them themselves. Goddamn moral relativists! Anyone with any knowledge of history should be aware that the moral history of Christianity is a history of moral relativism. Once for the divine right of kings, in favor of democracy today. For slavery, against slavery. The idea of an absolute and absolutely correct morality rests on the revealed word of God, which is to say, the Bible. I don’t like to attack the Bible. It’s like kicking a cripple. It’s a mass of contradictions and incoherence. Religious leaders pick and choose. They treat what they’re not interested in as if it doesn’t exist, and use what sells at the moment.When even the bizarre rantings of Revelations don’t support their positions, they make them up. Like the idea that sex should be within a one man/one woman marriage. (Biblical marriages are one man and however many women are appropriate and there are several instances of Godendorsed extramarital sex.) Or that God is adamantly against abortion (though He forgot to mention it, ever). Many good things are said by religious figures. Many good things are done in the name of religion. But in moments like these we are reminded that religion is based on a form of lunacy and that religious leaders frequently, casually, thoughtlessly, take lunatic positions, like trying to form a worldwide conspiracy against me. We must organize a defense. Form a group committed to counterlunacy. We’ll call it the Illuminati.

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n my first approach to Pawling on Route 55, an old Mahican Indian hunting trail that ran from the Housatonic River to the Hudson, I’m greeted by significant landmarks: On the left is America’s oldest municipal nine-hole golf course, which was built by Pawling resident and New York senator John Dutcher in 1890; on the right, one finds Kane House, which served as George Washington’s headquarters in 1778, while he was planning key strategies to win the Revolutionary War. The town of Pawling was founded that same year, but the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) had settled there earlier, in 1730, and built the Oblong Friends Meeting House, which can still be seen today. “The Oblong” refers to the two-mile-wide strip of land that New York received in exchange for Connecticut’s Panhandle following a series of territorial disputes in the late 1600s. The Quakers of the Oblong Friends Meeting are historically noteworthy because they abolished slavery almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, on the grounds that subjugation of one’s neighbor runs counter to Christian virtues. Just before the entrance to the village of Pawling stands best-selling author Norman Vincent Peale’s Center for Positive Thinking. The approach to life that Peale promoted through his book The Power of Positive Thinking, which has sold over 22 million copies, permeates the town of Pawling, where he lived with his family for nearly 50 years, and where his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret continue to be active in the community. Other notables who’ve lived in Pawling include Governor Thomas Dewey, who lost a close popular vote to Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential race; publishing giant William Ziff, Jr. who, at 25 years of age, took control of his father’s Ziff-Davis Publishing Company and built it into a conglomerate; author, broadcaster, and world traveler Lowell Thomas, who created in Pawling a “History of Civilization” fireplace out of beautiful stones gathered and donated by presidents and celebrities from around the world at the clubhouse of the Quaker Hill Country Club. Today’s residents include broadcaster Sally Jesse Raphael, actor James Earl Jones, and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas Hoving.

GROWTH SPURT Meeting Chamber of Commerce volunteer president Peter Cris near the railroad stop at the McKinney & Doyle eatery, I quickly surmise this is a center of activity for Pawling. Folks are busily coming and going from the restaurant, which is owned and operated by local Shannon McKinney, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Cris describes himself as a “gunslinger who has sometimes been accused of putting a positive spin on the facts” and says he bases his philosophy for municipal success on John Tisch’s The Power of We, as well as Peale’s bestseller. He explains, “You have to work together to accomplish things; together, you have more clout and ability to achieve goals.” In the past five years, Cris has connected previously unrelated organizations and groups, and he has grown the Pawling Chamber of Commerce from 140 to 253 members. A Westchester resident who operates Phoenix Marketing Services in Pawling and in Somers, Cris learned about Pawling while working with Dutchess County Tourism for 12 years and says he got sold on the ambience of the place, mostly derived from its scenic attractions and “cohesive, warm, and inviting community members.” One of these vital members is Marie Stewart, proprietor of the cozy Yarn & Craft Box, who draws as many as 15 participants from Connecticut, Brewster, and Upper Putnam County to her ongoing knitting classes. Next door to Marie is independent bookstore owner Chuck Werner, who divides his time between Manhattan and Pawling. His Book Cove, established 35 years ago, includes several sections of out-of-print books, which he says patrons love to browse while in town to attend author talks and book signings—some, he adds, even travel up from Manhattan to hear renowned authors. On June 13 at 1pm, The Book Cove will stage a Hudson River Quadricentennial Celebration. Newbury-honored children’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott will read and sign his River of Dreams; best-selling author Sheila Buff will discuss and sign her Insiders’ Guide to the Hudson River Valley. Lucey Bowen’s Great Rivers of the Mountains, Joanne Michael’s HudsonValley & Catskill Mountains: An Explorer’s Guide, and Kevin Woyce’s Hudson River: Lighthouses and History will round out the event. 6/09 CHRONOGRAM PAWLING




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Portfolio Milton Glaser

In a career spanning more than half a century, Milton Glaser has been responsible for some of the most memorable logos, labels, posters, and magazine illustrations of modern times. Some have become classics: the I ♥ NY logo; the design of New York magazine (Glaser co-founded the publication in 1968 and was design director until 1977); the redesign of Paris Match; and the Bob Dylan poster with the silhouette and swirling, brilliantly colored hair (the image was inspired by a Marcel Duchamp cut-out and an Islamic painting). Nothing, it seems, has been beyond the reach of his protean graphic talents: he has designed restaurant, hotel, and museum interiors; lamps, cutting boards, jewelry, and a time capsule; stationery, annual reports, signage for a shopping mall, a children’s park, and countless periodicals and newspapers around the globe. His clients have run the gamut, from The Nation to Grand Union (he redesigned all of the supermarket chain’s packaging, interiors, and architecture). Born in the Bronx in 1929, Glaser attended the High School of Music and Art, and Cooper Union. As a Fulbright scholar at the Academy of Arts in Bologna, he studied etching with a modernist master, the painter Giorgio Morandi. Upon his return to New York he co-founded Pushpin Studios, which revolutionized the world of graphic design. Fifty-five years later, Glaser shows no signs of slowing down. His recently published book, Drawing Is Thinking (Overlook Press, 2008), is a compendium of his drawings and prints, arranged in a loose sequence of themes. It reflects his fascination with various styles and traditions of art, ranging from Chinese brush painting to the Renaissance to Matisse, his marvelous imagination, and his inimitable qualities as a draftsman. His works are currently being exhibited in Southampton, Paris, Milan, and Slovenia. A movie, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight, is about to be released, and he has just completed the design for a movie house at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), where he has taught for more than 50 years. On a recent afternoon, I met with Glaser in his Manhattan studio, which he has maintained since 1965 (he is also a weekend resident of Woodstock). We sat at a table in a sunny room with butternut walls. A paper model of the bar he designed as part of the SVA movie house was displayed on one shelf, while another was cluttered with bibelots and samples of his work, including bottles of Brooklyn Lager Beer (the logo is currently peppered all over the city). Tall and lanky, Glaser moves gracefully, like a cat, and his voice is eloquent, with just a trace of New Yorkese. More excerpts from this interview can be found at Portfolio: —Lynn Woods

MILTON GLASER ON HIS WORK Drawing as Meditation We spend most of our time deflecting information that the world offers us, because it’s too complex to deal with. A censoring process occurs, which prevents us from understanding what we’re looking at. The conscious attempt to see is a form of thinking. Visually, you have to make the decision to do it, and then the mind mysteriously shifts and you recognize what you’re looking at. Drawing is a form of meditation. The same absence of prejudice that occurs in meditation occurs when you draw. Art is about being put in a meditative state, so you can look without judgment. The criteria for the use of drawing is based upon another moment in history, when you couldn’t represent things in any other way. What’s happened with the computer is that it shifts the attention from making to gathering. Technology just sweeps things aside. Whether you have an ethical, moral, or any other basis for trying to cling to them, it’s over, and it’s over for so many parts of the visual world. There’s still no greater instrument for understanding form than drawing, but in the absence of that you can now find anything or photograph anything you want. But interestingly enough, it also comes back another way: The merit of drawing, in terms of the way you think as opposed to the way you execute or assemble, is becoming more apparent. More and more kids are studying drawing in school than they were before. It’s strange; just as



it becomes least relevant in terms of professional practice, it has returned simply because of the recognition that your view of what you look at is different when you know how to draw.

whether it puts you in that place where you see what’s real. We are programmed to be susceptible to beauty, but that’s only the trick, that’s the bait that gets you to attentiveness.

Being in a mind state that you are not judging what you are looking at is a very important part of that. Meditation itself is an ancient practice. It enables us to understand something that is not attainable through any other thought process.

Questioning the Orthodoxy of Modernism

The Secret of Art The issue of high and low art is complex. Art has a spiritual purpose, or it’s not art. So it ain’t between high and commercial art, it’s between not-art and art. So what is art? According to my field theory, art is a survival mechanism. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be around so long throughout every culture in history. The secret of art is attentiveness. It makes you able to see what is in front of you. Being able to see objectively what is real has some human benefit, as opposed to coming to everything with preconceptions. If [a work] helps you see what’s real, it’s art; if it doesn’t, it’s not. The real impurity of art you find is the marketplace, where some stupid painting is selling for $10 million because the dealers have been able to make people feel they’re important by having it hung in their living room. You see all these objects that are supposed to be art, but I’m sorry, they’re not. So when people talk about commercial art or high art, it’s all one family. The only judgment you can make is

I was a child of Modernism. I was studying Cezanne when I was in high school. What I realized when I went to Europe for the first time was how parochial I was. I thought I knew everything about art, but I realized that a Baroque church was infinitely more interesting and complex than a modernist factory. History is a great teacher, and I began to distrust style and its relationship to truth. I began to [question] very early why one had to elevate one idea or one style, or categorize types of art as having increasing virtue. It’s like eating three kinds of food. I like a roast beef sandwich, I like boiled cabbage, and I like tofu. Why should I have preferences so narrow that they prevent me from experiencing the world? This idea that you don’t have to be fixed in any system is so appealing. Spiritual Mentors The two big influences on my life were Morandi and Picasso. Picasso, because he was willing to abandon every success he had. When he was asked, “What’s your style?” he said, “I

Opposite: Mother Nature, pencil, 1981; this page: Hermann Hesse, pen, ink, and celotak, 1975 have no style.” It didn’t matter if [the work] was naturalistic or from the Blue Period or Cubist or Surrealist. What’s the difference? It’s a big table. Morandi was the opposite. You could say everything you wanted in one style. Picasso wanted everything in the world, every woman, all the money, all the reputation; Morandi wanted nothing. He would teach in the morning and paint all day, living with his three sisters. He was profoundly not ideological even though he was painting in a very narrow and extraordinarily powerful way. Between the two of them there’s a very nice position.

was] because it was a long campaign, and partially because it came out of New York, [which] has a terrific advantage over every place else on Earth. And then, the “I” is a word, the heart is a symbol for a feeling, and “NY” are initials for a place. There are three modes of thought. There’s a shift. I always try to include something in any graphic solution that moves the mind, that makes you pay attention. The cheapest way to get that effect is to present the little puzzle. If it’s too difficult, it’s over. It has to be a beat. The next time you see it, it’s confirmed in the memory bank and the neurons go off, and before you know it, it becomes memorable.

Inventing a Memorable Logo


The phrase “I Love New York” already existed. [The deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce] said, “What we need is a visual equivalent.” I did something very simple, two lozenges, and they accepted it. The next day I was in a taxi and I thought, there’s a better way of doing that. I wrote “I ♥ NY.” I called the assistant commissioner of commerce and I said, “I think I have something better.” He came up here, and he said, “You’re right.” He submitted it and they accepted it.

You teach because you want to hand it on and you want to have others benefit from what you’ve learned. It’s just so much a part of my life that I can no longer ask myself why I teach, and it’s very complicated, and like most things, you don’t know in any case. But I like teaching. I like the experience of being in a classroom, and I’m good at it.

I depend on the stuff back there to come forward at its own pace, and it does, if you believe it. Partially [the logo’s success

Citizen/Designer It’s important for people in communications to be concerned about being a good citizen. You take a role, stand up for what you believe, and use whatever skill you have. The difficulty is

access to the world. How do you do something that [makes] people see and pay attention? And that’s complicated. I’ve done it any way I could—by doing posters and billboards. After 9/11, I had a thing made [that said] “I ♥ NY More Than Ever.” It was all around the city, because the kids from school posted it. You have to figure out the entry point. That becomes the real design problem. Childhood Miracles I grew up in the Bronx. My father was a tailor and I remember seeing him cutting a pattern. The idea of him picking up those pieces and putting them together to make a dress, something that provided warmth and display, [was] miraculous. The most glorious thing one can imagine is seeing something you thought of become real. The brilliant experience of my childhood was being in bed [for a year with rheumatic fever] and having my mother bring me this board, which was about this long [stretches out his hands]. It had a big knothole in the middle and several lumps of clay. Every day I would start by making horses or houses or trees or something and create a little universe. And at the end I would pat it down and look forward to the fact that I could start all over the next day.



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Anita Young, Paint Fight, from the Kingston High School Seniors Scholarship Exhibit at the Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, through June 30. Opening Saturday June 6, 5-8 pm.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART 415 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4346. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush.â&#x20AC;? Works by Yale Epstein. June 27-August 16. Opening Saturday, June 27, 5pm-8pm.


ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 562-6940 EXT. 119 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hood Scrapers: Low Rise & High Fall.â&#x20AC;? Graffiti Art Installation from Trust Your Struggle. Through June 27.

ART IN THE LOFT MILLBROOK WINERY, MILLBROOK 677-8383. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art in the Loft: Spring 2009.â&#x20AC;? Through June 28.

ARTISTSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PALATE 307 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 483-8074. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Above So Below.â&#x20AC;? Works by Jennifer Axinn Weiss. Through July 31. Opening Saturday, June 13, 3pm-5pm.

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BCB ART 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539 Christopher Quirk. June 6-July 12. Opening Saturday June 6, 12pm-6pm.




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38 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-5490. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Me to the River.â&#x20AC;? Panoramic photographs of the Hudson River by Tom Sobolik. Through June 22.

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22 ROCK CITY ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-5342. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lollypops and Dragons.â&#x20AC;? Works by Barbara Graff. Through June 30.

CORNELL ST. STUDIOS 168 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON 331-0191. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude to a Summer Festival Group Art Show.â&#x20AC;? Watercolors, oil paintings, prints, encaustics, drawings, and photographs. June 6-July 13. Opening Saturday, June 6, 6pm-9:30pm.


DIA: BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 440-0100. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Resources of Rhetoric.â&#x20AC;? Works by Antoni Tapies. Through October 19.







12 VASSAR STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 452-7067. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Along the Hudson Art Show.â&#x20AC;? Through June 30.

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318 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-7655. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Halliday: Two Decades.â&#x20AC;? June 4-July 12. Opening Saturday, June 6, 6pm-8pm.



93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-8473. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Space Out of Time.â&#x20AC;? Work by Contemporary Artists Andrew Cooper and Kim Fielding. June 6-27. Opening Saturday, June 6, 5pm-8pm.

DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET, PORT EWEN 338-5580. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring at the Pond.â&#x20AC;? Watercolors by Barbara Bergin and Jusy Pedatella. June 6-27. Opening Saturday, June 6, 5pm-8pm.

FOVEA EXHIBITIONS 143 MAIN STREET, BEACON 765-2199. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Gorillas of the Congo.â&#x20AC;? Photographs by Brent Stirton. Through August 2.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-7745. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection.â&#x20AC;? Through July 26.



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196 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 486-4592. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jose Acosta: Cuban American Paintings and Sculptures.â&#x20AC;? Through June 14.

GALLERY LEV SHALEM WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION, WOODSTOCK 246-1671. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aleph-Bet: Sculptures by Willy Zeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ev Neumann.â&#x20AC;? Through July 15.

GALLERY LODOE 6369 MILL STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6331. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemporary Burmese Art.â&#x20AC;? Group exhibit. Through June 8.

GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMERS TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scarlett Letters (and Numbers).â&#x20AC;? 36 photographs by Nora Scarlett. Through June 26.

GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Current: Within.â&#x20AC;? Group sculpture exhibition. Through June 21.

GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aquatic New York.â&#x20AC;? June 6-July 25. Opening Saturday, June 6, 5pm-7pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blooming Color: Flowers Real and Imagined.â&#x20AC;? June 6-July 25. Opening Saturday, June 6, 5pm-7pm.

HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET DU BOIS HOUSE, NEW PALTZ 255-1660. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before Hudson: 8,000 Years of Native American History and Culture.â&#x20AC;? Through December 31.

HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil on Canvas Nina Montezinos.â&#x20AC;? Through June 14.



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327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myths and Muses.â&#x20AC;? New works by John Musall. Through June 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let it be in Sight of Thee.â&#x20AC;? Hudson River photography by Carolyn Marks Blackwood. June 13-July 31. Opening Saturday, June 13, 6pm-8pm.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Origins.â&#x20AC;? Use of primal materials such as clay, fiber, wood, aluminum, stone, and soil as mediums. Through July 26.


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362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosanna Bruno: Paintings.â&#x20AC;? Through June 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpture Garden: Mary Ellen Scherl.â&#x20AC;? Through June 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by EJ Hauser.â&#x20AC;? Through June 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Molly Herman.â&#x20AC;? Through June 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Sharon Butler.â&#x20AC;? Through June 21.

KINGSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 105 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON KMOCA.ORG. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Molting.â&#x20AC;? New works by Lu Heintz in steel, hair and thread. June 6-30. Opening Saturday, June 6, 5pm-7pm.

194 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-2633. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Paltz High School A. P. Art Show.â&#x20AC;? Through June 19.

LOCUST GROVE HISTORIC SITE 2683 SOUTH ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE 454-4500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land, Sea, and Sky.â&#x20AC;? Pastels by Ann Sherer. Through June 14.

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MILL STREET LOFT 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every 71 Seconds: A Memory of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Michelle Muir photo exhibit. June 20-July 31. Opening Saturday, June 20, 3pm-6pm.

MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6670. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscapes by the Hudson Valley Daily Painters.â&#x20AC;? June 5-July 15. Opening Friday, June 5, 5:30pm-8pm.

THE MOVIEHOUSE 48 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON (860) 435-2897. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformations.â&#x20AC;? 20 large scale Giclee photographs Anton Kuskin. Through August 6.

MUROFF KOTLER VISUAL ARTS GALLERY SUNY ULSTER, STONE RIDGE 687-5113. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future Voices IV Art Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? Art exhibit featuring Ulster County high school student art. Through June 12.

NICOLE FIACCO GALLERY 506 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5090. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monuments of Ur.â&#x20AC;? Works by Joan Banach. Through July 4.

PARK ROW GALLERY 2 PARK ROW, CHATHAM (518) 392-4800. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passionate Lives/Passionate Lines.â&#x20AC;? Sigmund Abeles. Through June 27.

RITZ THEATER 111 BROADWAY, NEWBURGH 562-6940 EXT. 107. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vintage Bodies.â&#x20AC;? Photography by Elizabeth Muise Devlin Shand. June 2-30. Opening Saturday, June 13, 3pm-5pm.

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RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Along El Camino de Santiago: A Photographic Journal.â&#x20AC;? By Mary Ann Glass and Christine Irvin. Through June 8.

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SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3858. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Analog Catalog: Investigating the Permanent Collection.â&#x20AC;? Through June 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bradford Graves: Selected Works.â&#x20AC;? Through June 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eva Watson-Schatze: Photographer.â&#x20AC;? Through June 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hudson River Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones.â&#x20AC;? June 13-September 6. Opening Saturday, June 13, 5pm-8pm.


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60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faces in Nature.â&#x20AC;? Landscapes of barns, animals, Koi and Woodlands. Through June 21.

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UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awakening Colors.â&#x20AC;? 25 established and emerging local artist in traditional and new mediums. Through June 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm of Light.â&#x20AC;? Featuring interpretations in a variety of media. June 20-August 9. Opening Saturday, June 20, 5pm-8pm.

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UNISON GALLERY WATER STREET MARKET, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Warren: Paintings.â&#x20AC;? June 2-28. Opening Friday, June 5, 5pm-12am. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photography of Claudia Gorman.â&#x20AC;? June 7-28. Opening Sunday, June 7, 4pm-8pm.




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137 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Thomas Sarrantonio and Lyndon Preston.â&#x20AC;? Through June 1.

VARGA GALLERY 130 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-4005. â&#x20AC;&#x153;May Showcase.â&#x20AC;? Works by the Visionary Art Collective members. Through June 7.



RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5370. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voyages: The Art of Evelyn Metzger.â&#x20AC;? Paintings of Evelyn Metzger. June 25-July 31. Opening Thursday, June 25, 5pm-6:30pm.

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WINDHAM FINE ARTS 5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-6850. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A River Runs Though It: 5th Annual Plein Air Event.â&#x20AC;? June 27-July 27. Opening Saturday, June 27, 3pm-6pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Figure in Its Glory.â&#x20AC;? Collaborative exhibition with the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. Through June 22.

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WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Sis through the Red Door.â&#x20AC;? Through June 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Members Show.â&#x20AC;? Through June 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larry Lawrence.â&#x20AC;? Kinetic sculptor. Through June 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Christine Varga.â&#x20AC;? Through June 7.

WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 246-1671. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Zeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ev Willy Neumann.â&#x20AC;? Through July 15.

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es, Hudson Valley winters are long and terribly brutal. So much so that our bagel-munching, fume-inhaling, downstate neighbors frequently question our sanity for wanting to live here. And, admittedly, right around mid February, when we’re shivering while digging out our cars and dealing with bursting pipes, many of us might be tempted to join them. But then, every year, just when we’ve given up hope, come the rewards: the lush, blindingly green spring that’s likely all around you as you read this, and the comparatively temperate upstate summer, a period spanning from, roughly, mid June to early September. Summer, filled with lazy weekend afternoons and star-filled, short-sleeved nights. Then we can look our vain Manhattanite nemeses in the eyes and tell them: The deep freeze has all been worthwhile. And to top it off, there’s music. Just about any style of music you could want, played for just you—and a few hundred or thousand other enthusiastic revelers—in the gorgeous outdoors, a regional tradition so famously rooted in the first Woodstock festival, in 1969. Here, then, is Chronogram’s handpicked roundup of the best of this year’s upstate summer music festivals—served alfresco of course. Bethel Woods (June 14-August 26) When it comes to a connection to the original Woodstock festival, look no further. Holding forth on the hallowed grounds of the legendary event’s very site, now home to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, this year’s series marks the 40th anniversary of 1969’s three-day run of peace, love, and music, making a preconcert visit to the complex’s recently opened museum a must. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bulk of the current calendar takes steady aim at baby boomers: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago (June 14); Bad Company/Doobie Brothers (June 27); Peter, Paul & Mary (July 31); Loggins & Messina/Poco (August 21). But a few dates do cater to their offspring—Dave Matthews Band (August 5); O.A.R./Matt Nathanson (August 12)—and even their mothers (Tom Jones, July 27). The double bill of B. B. King and Buddy Guy (August 27) is a rare summit of blues royalty, and an appearance by the New York Philharmonic (July 11) promises Ravel, Berlioz, and selections from Bizet’s Carmen. Clearwater (June 20-21) Although it can be said that the local summer music festival season really kicks off with last month’s (fifth annual) WDST Mountain Jam, the Clearwater Festival, aka the Great Hudson River Revival, held at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, has been helping usher in the warm days since folk legend and activist Pete Seeger helped found it in the 1970s. The granddaddy of all green-themed musical events, Clearwater, an ecological fundraiser, it is this year celebrating several significant milestones: the 40th anniversary of the launch of the sloop Clearwater, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river, and Seeger’s recent 90th birthday. “I grew up with the festival, and after playing at others I’ve realized how the message behind it and the overall community feeling make it so special,” says the Mammals’ Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Pete’s grandson. “[Musician and organizer] John Dindas has really done a terrific job of putting it together.” Among many others, 2009’s lineup boasts Susan Tedeschi, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alejandro Escovedo, A. C. Newman, and, of course, Grandpa Pete. 44


Tanglewood (July 3-September 6) Begun in 1934 in Lenox, Massachusetts, as a venue for outdoor summer concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival has taken place every season since, with the exception of the World War II years. At first, the more modest concerts took place under a large tent, but in 1938 the opening of the 5,100-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed saw a quantum leap that made the classically oriented festival (rock acts and September’s jazz roster are relatively recent forays) one of the nation’s most prestigious programs. Along with the BSO’s presentations of Nielson, Beethoven, and Brahms (July 10), Wagner (July 11), and Mozart and Mahler (July 17) are dates by the likes of Diana Krall (July 4), Tony Bennett (July 21), James Taylor with John Williams and the Boston Pops (August 30), Paquito D’Rivera (September 4), and the Dave Holland Octet (September 6). And Garrison Keillor’s annual Tanglewood broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” (June 27) has become another tradition. Belleayre (July 4-September 5) Highmount’s Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is the stunning setting for this annual summerlong happening established nearly 15 years ago by the Belleayre Conservatory, a group of community and business leaders. Since then, the organization has brought in well over a hundred top-drawing artists from the fields of folk, rock, opera, classical, Broadway, jazz, and dance. This year’s schedule blasts off on July 4 with the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights (plus fireworks!), and is followed by Michael Feinstein (July 11), the Belleayre Festival Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus (July 25), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (August 1), tango pianist Pablo Ziegler (August 7), bossa nova queen Leny Andrade (August 8), reggae legends the Wailers (August 22), a benefit for Snuffy’s Food Pantry with kids’ music king Uncle Rock (August 23), the Supremes’ Mary Wilson (August 29), and tribute act Abba the Tour (September 5). Maverick (July 4-September 6) Started in 1916 by Maverick Art Colony founder Hervey White, Woodstock’s Maverick Concerts is America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival, and its acoustically perfect, hand-built wooden hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The setting in the woods is so utterly unique, the values and traditions of the place, so completely removed from materialism,” says Music Director Alexander Platt. Though best known for its small-ensemble classical chamber music, Maverick also presents opera, jazz, folk, and avant-garde (John Cage’s infamous 4’33” was premiered here in 1952). This season offers the Tokyo String Quartet (July 4); the Shanghai Quartet (July 5); the Paul Winter Consort (July 11); trombonist Roswell Rudd (July 18); violinist Timothy Fain (July 19); folkies Mike & Ruthy and Mike Seeger (July 25) and Elizabeth Mitchell (August 1); Bartok, Brahms, and Philip Glass by the trio of Maria Bachman, Andrew Armstrong, and Wendy Sutter (August 8); the quartet Antares, performing works by George Tsontakis and Messiaen (August 15); and the soaring Daedalus Quartet (September 6).

A panoramic photo by Chris Ramirez of the Bethel Woods pavillion.

Bard SummerScape/Bard Music Festival (July 9-August 23) Okay, it may not be your traditional outdoor series, but Bard College’s Annandaleon-Hudson campus is Shangri-La in the summer. This 20th installment of the Bard Music Festival and its seven-years-and-running multi-arts companion Bard SummerScape celebrate the life and music of Richard Wagner. Among other highlights, conductor, and Bard College President Leon Botstein leads the American Symphony Orchestra through the composer’s key pieces (August 14, 15, 22, and 23), while choral and chamber affairs reprise his other compositions and those of his contemporaries. One of SummerScape’s recurrent themes—and one explored by Wagner via his Ring cycle and other works—is how ancient myths and events affect the present, to which end this year’s schedule features Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots (July 31 and August 2, 5, and 7) and Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul (August 9). The multimedia Dance features a score by Philip Glass, choreography by Lucinda Childs, and film by Sol Lewitt (July 9, 10, and 12), and the magical Spiegeltent returns with cabaret and dance nights, the New Albion Weekend of experimental music (August 14 and 15), and regional performers. Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (July 15-August 1) NewYork new music organization Bang on a Can has been holding its Summer Music Festival for young performers and composers at North Adams, Massachusetts’s, knife-edge MassMOCA arts center since 2002. For this world-renowned gathering, fellows and faculty use every available space on the campus and throughout the community (indoors and out) to create and perform highly innovative music, and offer free daily (except Sundays) gallery recitals and instrument-making art classes and other events, including stuff for kids. Headlining this summer is minimalist master Steve Reich, whose landmark “Music for 18 Musicians” will be performed by the BOAC ensemble on July 25; earlier that day Reich will offer a talk on his work with the late visual artist Sol LeWitt.The culmination of each year’s festival is the raucous excitement of the closing six-hour marathon (August 1), which utilizes upwards of 30 musicians; on the card for this year’s marathon are George Antheil’s futuristic 1924 “Ballet Mecanique” and John Adams’s pivotal “Shaker Loops.” Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (July 16-19) The premier such event in the Northeast, the 33-year-old Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival moves this year from its longtime home at Ancramdale’s Rothvoss Farm to its new digs at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill. Featuring four performance stages and three learning venues, the camp-out-friendly Grey Fox presents the world’s greatest living bluegrass artists in an infectiously down-home scenario whose central theme is aimed at preserving and passing on the music’s traditions—while having a hoot, to boot, naturally. Like those before it, this July’s three-day fete allows bluegrass fanatics the chance to watch and get in on the spontaneous jam sessions that blossom at every turn, as well as get their feedbags on at the refreshment stands. And how about these acts (check website for days and times): Del McCoury, David Bromberg, Ricky Skaggs & KentuckyThunder, Marty Stuart, Pete Rowan,Tim O’Brien, the Red Stick Ramblers, Bill Keith, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Crooked Still, to name but a sliver.

Rosendale Street Festival (July 18-19) It may not have the international-artist pull of the other festivals covered here, but the wildly popular, local-music-heavy Rosendale Street Festival is without a doubt one of the Hudson Valley’s most anticipated events. With the entertainment starting at noon and running until 10pm, the nonprofit program proffers a staggering 74 bands across five stages, all surrounded by vendors dispensing everything from ethnic cuisine to microbrews, CDs to handmade jewelry, cotton candy to Native American crafts. Reflecting the area’s wide-ranging styles, the acts comprise rock, jazz, folk, heavy metal, oldies, funk, blues, Latin, pop, alternative, children’s music, reggae, jam bands, and anything else that moves. “One of the great, unique things about the festival is that [attendees] can pick and choose who they want to hear,” says festival chairman and musician Charlie Knicely. “We get so many band applications that it’s always hard to narrow it down.” Among this year’s first-time and returning favorites are the Trapps, Voodelic, the Virginia Wolves, the Rhodes, Mr. Rusty, and the Saints of Swing. Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (July 23-26) Kicking up its heels for the last 20 years at the foot of the Berkshires in Hillsdale, New York, is the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, which was recently declared Folk Festival of the Year by the esteemed International Folk Alliance Conference. In past years this rabidly awaited outing has drawn as many as 15,000 folk-music lovers, and like Grey Fox, it caters to here-for-the-duration campers as well as single-day attendees. Its three stages plus a dance tent featuring various group and partnered dance styles is home to a constant flow of song swaps, workshops, and less-formal, small-scale performances. Confirmed so far this time out are Janis Ian, Susan Werner, Lisa Haley & the Zydecats, Dan Navarro, the Refugees, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, the Clayfoot Strutters, and Wild Asparagus, with more artists being added as the fiesta approaches. All Tomorrow’s Parties (September 11-13) Jumping ahead a bit, maybe, but you’ll want to plan early for the second upstate coming of vanguard indie fest All Tomorrow’s Parties at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello. Started in the UK in 1999, this three-day summit of edgy alternative greatness, each episode curated by a different headlining act, has expanded to stage sanctioned events in the US and Australia. This year’s schedule is handpicked by headliners the Flaming Lips and includes Animal Collective, Panda Bear, the Melvins, and the resurrected Jesus Lizard. Besides its artist programming, another signature ATP facet is its “Don’t Look Back” segments of acts playing one of their influential albums in its entirety. September’s billing boasts Suicide performing the duo’s eponymous debut, the re-formed Feelies doing Crazy Rhythms, and the Dirty Three dishing up Ocean Songs. Also on board: comedian David Cross, Akron/Family, the Drones, Anti-Pop Consortium, and others. In lieu of camping, revelers can opt to spring for next-level tickets that include weekend accommodations at Kutshers’s gloriously Borscht Belt-era facility—which, given the shindig’s several late-running bars and dance clubs, may just come in handy. 6/09 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC







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CAJUN/ZYDECO MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL June 12, 13, 14. Billed as Ulster County’s first festival of its kind, this fete features nine bands (four from Louisiana) at Kerhonkson’s Mountain Valley Resort, locally known as the Peg Leg Bates resort, where Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sammy Davis Jr. all appeared in the lounge. This zyde-cool event features the real-deal bands of Roy Carrier, Jesse Lege, Corey “Lil Pop” Ledet, and Leroy Thomas, among others. The spacious resort offers affordable rooms, camping, RV space, Louisianastyle food and other amenities. Music and dancing in the freestanding performance space promise to roll late into the night. First show is June 12 at 6pm; resort opens at 8am that day. (Upcoming this summer are shows by Saints of Swing, Big Joe Fitz, and others.) $90 weekend, 80 advance. June 12: $20, 15. June 13, 14: $25, 20. ( 845) 626-7673;

PETER YARROW June 13. Folksinger and peace activist Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, kicks off the implementation of his Operation Respect’s “Don’t Laugh at Me” program in the Spackenkill Public School District. The program incorporates elements of music and the arts to reach the hearts of practitioners and students alike, encouraging acceptance of differences and sparking a vital and affirmative school spirit. Since Yarrow founded Operation Respect in 1999, the program has been deployed in over 22,000 schools in the US, translated into four languages, and utilized in schools as far away as Hong Kong, South Africa, and Croatia. The performance will take place at the congregation Shir-Chadash’s temporary home in Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church on Route 55, across from Arlington High School. 8pm. $100, $25. Poughkeepsie. (845) 486-9969;

JAZZ AT JACK AND LUNA’S June 6, 27. The harmonic convergence that is Jack and Luna’s Cafe has an ace up its sleeve, with the deep jazz roots of the venue’s co-designer and builder, drummer Chris Bowman, who along with his wife Julie have created another oasis of gentility along Route 209. The Bowmans present one to two sessions per month in the warm weather that feature Chris’s cronies from his many ensembles. On June 6, kick back to fave guitarist Mark Dziuba fronting the house band of Mike Kull on piano, boom-bassist Charlie Kniceley, and Bowman on drums. On June 27 Chris reunites Urban Survival, his old-school New York unit featuring Jim Donica on bass, Eric Olsen on piano, and Mike Lee on sax. 6:30pm. $10. Stone Ridge. (845) 687-9794;



June 27. Benson is well worth just about any admission price, and tonight it’s for a good cause: the Paramount Center for the Arts’ sixth annual Red Carpet Night Gala Benefit. Eight-time Grammy winner Benson has mastered just about every modern guitar style, from the hard swing of Wes Montgomery to down-home funk, rhythm & blues, and pop. And did you know he sings pretty well, too? Expect to hear Benson hits from his fourdecade career, like “This Masquerade,” “On Broadway,” “The Greatest Love of All,” and “Give Me the Night,” at this ultrarare appearance, his first in the Hudson Valley in many moons. 8pm. $90, 65. Peekskill. (914) 739-2333;

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I Michael Doucet’s mind, the Hudson Valley In aand the Gulf Coast of Louisiana aren’t that far aapart. Perhaps that’s why the legendary fiddler oopted to record his latest release at Rhinebeck’s C Clubhouse Studios with a bevy of the region’s bbest musicians sitting in. Alligator Purse kicks off with some classic Cajjun drones courtesy of Doucet’s driving bow on Dennis McGee’s “Reel Cajun/451 North SSt. Joseph St.” The track sets both the mood and the bar, and the rest of the record has little difficulty measuring up. Who exactly is here? Well, Natalie Merchant duets on Julie Miller’s “Little Darlin’,’’ leaning a little deeper into the roots than we expect from the former Maniac; John Sebastian blows mighty harp on the latter and meshes nicely with Jimmy Breaux’s accordion on “Valse a BeauSoleil,” which features Doucet’s best vocal; and banjo man Bill Keith adds sparkle to the laid-back groove of J. J. Cale’s “The Problem.” Other guests include saxman Andy Stein, trombonist Roswell Rudd, The Band’s mad genius Garth Hudson on organ, and Happy and Artie Traum on backing vocals (the record is rightfully dedicated to the late Artie’s great spirit). But, given all of the local firepower, this is still BeauSoleil’s show, and Doucet, producer Michael Pillot, and the band crackle consistently, whether Frenchifying Bobby Charles’s “I Spent All My Money Loving You” or taking tradition forward with the set-closing “Valse a Thomas Ardoin.” —Michael Ruby


B expatriate music maker Christopher Hicken, Brit aaka Cantinero, has declared that he hates heavyhhanded music and has a sweet tooth for melody, sso it’s no shocker that his sophomore recording ssmacks of carefully crafted pop tunes that cling ttenaciously to your brain like a barnacle. Shamellessly accessible, this Manhattan-to-Catskill ttransplant spews catchy tunes and perceptive llyrics reminiscent of Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainw wright, Joe Jackson, and the Beatles. His soulful, ssometimes harmonizing vocals even sound a bit llike Sir Macca. d h knack k k for melody and hooks on track one, “My House,” He wastes no time introducing his an infectious drums/bass/guitar-driven anthem of narrow-minded superiority that will thwack all mainlining alt-pop junkies in the face. Through the slinking vibes and finger snapping of “Go Getter,” he presents social commentary on America’s attitude toward entitlement, while “Goodbye Life,” a duet between Hicken and Jennifer Glass, boasts a Spanish-flavored, cabaretesque strut. The sky starts to darken with the acoustic guitar-based “Selfish” (based on a journal entry by Charles Darwin), which despairingly melds into “Sometimes,” a pensive, selfdeprecating ode awash with melancholy cello, guitar, and keys. No worries though, the thunderclouds soon pass and he snaps back into ditty-mode right quick. Hicken is riding high on Amazon Top 40, NPR, and MTV, and he damn well deserves it. —Sharon Nichols


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F Four months after its opening, New Paltz’s M Muddy Cup coffeehouse lent its high ceilings tto the high art of Wet Paint, an improvisational uunit formed in 1995 by percussionist, vocalist, aand visual artist Doug Elliot. The live recording PPeriphery is energy music at its best. On the day of tthis recording, Elliot and band members master ssaxophonist, trumpeter, and flautist Daniel Carteer, guitarist Tilman Reitzle, bassist Don Pate, and ddrummer Mark E. Johnson (aka Rhythm Man), reacted instinctively to the bodies and force forces within their surroundings. The opener, “Triumph Ant,” awakens with Carter on flute, breathing out rounded, caressed phrases as Elliot rumbles on various hand-percussive instruments. As the tune bleeds into the title track, both are shaped by Elliot’s and Carter’s free associations with man-made space. Elliot vocalizes on several songs, like the blues-seasoned “Hover Shoes.” He’s ever so reminiscent of the late vocalist Richard B. Boone as he scats from within; nothing feels contrived or confined. Reitzle casually picks at notes as he winds up for a flurry of fuzzy solo lines in the middle to the end of the piece. The effervescent Carter bubbles and swivels on saxophone during “Reveal Her Reign in Light,” as Elliot lays down a soulful plea. In recording live music, it isn’t just about documenting sound. It’s about containing a feeling, a mood— minds and music in motion. Capturing the force and flow of Wet Paint and its Periphery was great luck. —Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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WOMAN OF THE WORLD Susan Orlean Brings It All Back Home by Nina Shengold photographs by Jennifer May




usan Orlean is not a fictional character.True, Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for playing someone by that name in the 2002 film Adaptation, one of the loopier high dives in the annals of screenwriting, and seven years later, readers still tell The Orchid Thief author how much she resembles Streep. “Talk about power of suggestion,” Orlean laughs. “There is not one feature we have in common!” The nonfiction Susan Orlean is a fine-boned, incandescently friendly redhead with a freckled outdoor complexion, wide-set blue eyes, and a welcoming smile. She opens the door of her Columbia County home in a lacy blouse over a turtleneck, jeans, and black cowboy boots. As she introduces her rowdy Welsh Springer spaniel, apologizes for her cold, and offers tea, it’s easy to see how she disarms her interview subjects: Somehow her manner simultaneously implies that she can’t wait to meet you and that you’re already old friends. Though Orlean has done some celebrity journalism, interviewing such media-savvy subjects as Hillary Clinton, Bill Blass, and Martha Stewart, most of the people she profiles are not household names. When an Esquire editor asked Orlean to interview Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin for a feature titled “The American Man, Age Ten,” she offered instead to profile a more typical kid the same age, and chose one from the New Jersey suburbs. “I often write about things where the first response is, ‘How weird—why would you want to write about that?’” she notes. But Orlean has made curiosity into an art form. As a writer for the NewYorker and other A-list periodicals, she’s toured the South on a gospel choir bus, climbed Mount Fuji in pounding rain, accompanied Spain’s first accredited female matador, and detailed an inventor’s tireless pursuit of the perfect umbrella. She has a gift for putting her readers right in the room with her subject; she gives good phrase. “It’s just that people are so interesting,” she wrote in the introduction to her 2001 collection The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People. “Writing about them, in tight focus, is irresistible.” Orlean followed Bullfighter with My Kind of Place:Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere. Its very first line, “I travel heavy,” gives the lie to the bookjacket photo, in which the unburdened author, wearing a natty black suit and stiletto heels, tips her fedora as she strides off on her next adventure. Orlean, who’s accumulated over a million frequent flyer miles, describes herself as a “reluctant packer” who ritually overfills suitcases, makes fruitless attempts to winnow, and winds up packing even more “just to be safe.” On the other hand, she says, “I’m a maniac unpacker. I find unpacking really tedious and just drudgery, so I get it over with as fast as I can.” Orlean just returned from Morocco, where she was researching a Smithsonian piece about donkeys. She brought home a carved wooden donkey saddle, shaped like the roof of a tiny pagoda, which sits on a Chinese red end table. The house she shares with husband John Gillespie and their four-year-old son Austin is filled with mementos. It may be an architectural showpiece featured in the New York Times, with soaring glass windows framing a jaw-dropping view, but it’s also a place people live, with toys on the floor and crumbs on the table. There are books and rural-themed artifacts everywhere. Four Warhol silkscreens of cow heads overlook a transparent anatomical cow model, several vintage toy tractors, and a virtual aviary of carved ducks and geese. Even the bathroom boasts glass jars of feathers and bones, antique dice and mah jong tiles, and a chicken poster illustrating Mendel’s law of genetics. Orlean met writer, Democratic Convention consultant, and investment banker Gillespie through a mutual friend in 2000. Their courtship was supersonic:Two of their first four dates were on different continents, and their wedding in 2001 made the Times “Vows” column. Orlean had owned a weekend cabin in Pine Plains since 1989, and when a 55-acre parcel across the road came up for sale, she and Gillespie bought it immediately, hiring Seattle-based architect James Cutler to design a house with “the feeling of being outside even when you’re inside.” Orlean and Gillespie’s neighbors include Eliot Spitzer, Coach Goat Farms, and a thoroughbred stud farm; late mystery grandmaster Donald E. Westlake lived just down the road. At this point, they’re “90 percent local,” also spending time in New York and Los Angeles.

Orlean’s life wasn’t always quite so high-flying. She grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, attended the University of Michigan, and moved to Oregon right after college. “Portland was the town time forgot,” she recalls with affection. Though most of her friends moved to New York, “I wanted someplace groovy, where I could go camping. I wasn’t a hippie, but I wasn’t sold on the idea of living in New York.” Orlean waited tables and worked as a legal aid volunteer before landing a job at a new magazine called Paper Rose. Though she’d only written a few book reviews for her college newspaper and some poetry, she was formidably determined, telling her interviewer, “This is all I want to do, you have to hire me.” Since the magazine was a start-up, Orlean got to propose and write stories immediately. She was in heaven. Eventually she moved on to the venerable alternative Willamette Week and soon started freelancing for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She relocated to Boston, where she wrote Sunday columns about New England idiosyncracies for the Boston Globe (collected in her first book, Red Sox & Bluefish), and then to NewYork. In 1990, she published Saturday Night, a cross-country portrait of America’s favorite night out. Meanwhile, the New Yorker hired her to write “Talk of the Town” pieces; her first feature for the magazine was a profile of a Manhattan cabdriver whose other day job was king of the Ashanti tribe in America. She became a staff writer in 1992. With rare exceptions, she has free rein to write about whatever she likes. It seems like a very charmed life, and Orlean enjoys it with palpable zest. She’s a world-class enthusiast, stopping in midsentence to exclaim over cardinals at a birdfeeder or the long-winged soar of a great blue heron over the meadow; she seems to be paying attention to everything at the same time. Indeed, she rarely sits still. She perches on her sectional couch with her legs folded under her, frequently bobbing up to refill a teacup, answer a phone call, or fetch a throat lozenge.When Austin charges into the room in his underwear, pursued by a laughing au pair, Orlean doesn’t tell him that Mommy is busy, but welcomes him onto her lap and gives him her undivided attention. It’s not just that she’s a doting mother; this, she implies, is the genuine stuff of the life she’s discussing—as is what to wear to tonight’s Yaddo benefit dinner, when she should feed her two chickens, or whether the cat’s gotten out. “I like seeing someone’s life truly unfold, rather than asking about it,” Orlean says of her own interviewing technique. “I do a lot of throat-clearing– aimless, pointless chitchat, which isn’t pointless at all, really—it’s much more natural than specific questions.” She avoids tape recorders whenever she can, and often spends weeks hanging out with the people she writes about, preferably at their home or workplace. “What people do is interesting,” she asserts. “Ask them about their work or vocation, and in a roundabout way, they’ll tell you who they are.” That approach won’t work with Orlean’s current project, a biography of canine star Rin Tin Tin. While researching a NewYorker piece about Hollywood animals, she was amazed to discover that Rin Tin Tin was an actual dog, born on a World War I battlefield, and not just a fictional character on a TV show (the nonfiction Rin, it would seem, had his own Meryl Streep). This won’t be the first time she’s profiled a dog—her New Yorker piece “Show Dog” begins with the unforgettable line, “If I were a bitch, I’d be in love with Biff Truesdale.” But aside from some juicy portraits of Victorian plant collectors in The Orchid Thief, it’s the first time she’s written about a subject who’s no longer living. “I welcome the challenge–I’m so used to seeing and hearing and touching what I’m writing about,” Orlean says. “It’s a learning curve for me to be writing this book. That’s probably not the worst thing in the world. It’s perfectly okay to put yourself in peril a little bit.” Though she still writes poetry occasionally, and recently published her first children’s book, Lazy Little Loafers, Orlean feels no urge to write fiction. “I have a very concrete relationship to the world. If I see a door—a fiction writer might fantasize about the family who might live behind the door, their crises and dramas. My instinct is to knock on that door and see if the people will let me come in.” Susan Orlean will read with Da Chen and Walter Keady at 3pm on July 19 at Maple Grove in Poughkeepsie. For more information: 6/09 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS








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

I missed you so much

sometimes we fall together

I thought my heart was going to stop beating.

sometimes we fall apart

—Izaak Savett (5¾ years)





They closed the Brandywine Diner. No more four-in-the-morning milk and pancakes, no more careless reubens to break up a workless afternoon. No more fries with cheese and gravy, no more hoping the coffee comes in its worn white sneakers. No more old acquaintance stopping you on the way to the john, no napkins, ketchup, ashtrays, pepper, no more sticky red-brown leather or chicken souvlaki or muffins. Elena Sikamiatios won’t ring you up up front, you won’t push your arms through your coat, your self out into the slush because you weren’t here, you didn’t spend every final dime beneath heaven and cushion on home fries, an omelette and tea with lemon wedged in a corner booth with the three other people on earth who would live forever.

We were young, in a large city. I slept on the floor, and you brought books. Jazz combed my hair. You played the sax. I did not care if the snowstorm outside whirled moths in circles, smashing wings. Here, my youth stood on the sidelines: In the past, two neighbors dead of alcohol, like cut trees stretching toward sky’s water. (It had been a block of churches and secrets, love in attics, sirens, incense, and tattoos.)

I’ve been gnawing this leg off for years. You made your trap, now lie in it.

—Noah Kucij

A WINTER POEM A forgotten river holds the spilled moon, the night ice resting on a frozen estuary; Mouths with gloved hands blow words like ships stuck and a lip-less river hibernates beneath our night drive; The bridge guardrail reminds me that “life is worth living” and I turn from the window to watch you concentrate on the road— I permit my teeth to move: Love holds us above the Hudson at forty-five miles per hour. —Owen Harvey

SPRING CLEANING Within this single stalk of grass The cool wind has lodged held tight in green it hibernates until the sun comes around and beats it out with her broom —Samantha Hughes

Years before, when I was mugged while walking home from school, some part of me drew back, became resistant to remembering. And so-from here to there, not looking back. Imagine approaching philosophy with Questions. Imagine, studying great universals: Love, war, Crime and Punishment. when I knew what the hands knew— that the unquiet eyes of birds, were always larger than their circles of flight. In this city, women disappeared. Angels walked through doors in their used coats. And you, whom I loved, took care of me— understood that grief was merely a sleeve of light. —Christina Lilian Turczyn

You lie. He lies. She lies. We lie. Half the double beds in America will one day spring shut with these steel teeth— & kids get caught in the mangle. Driven frantic, I worry my own anklebone, while the hunter draws his bead. Once he chased me for sport, for my soft pelt, his words like snares. Now it’s murder. Around and around the court we go, ridiculous as Elmer Fudd with his blunderbuss—I’ll get you, you wascawy wabbit—except that Bugs had no bunnies. —Barbara Ungar

CHEMICAL WARFARE The yellow jackets seek crevices, openings in loose clapboards.


Yes, I kill them. These are our walls. Inside we read to children.

Serendipity must have missed me, as she twirled upon this stage that’s built to share.

Yellow jackets practice trophallaxis. They scavenge for protein, barter it for sugar.

Though, huddled in this corner under blankets, thinking black, I can’t say that I’ve gone to meet her, either.

They are silhouettes that hover, red in the late-day sky. Have you heard a child before he rounds the corner? He clutches his hand, approaching, wailing. Have you seen our murderous selves, our perplexed vanity?

—Matt McFadden —Steve Clark 52





shiny in the spine this gift what you get from giving

It’s quiet when the rain ends, she said, he said I like it when it rains.

Before the boy & his early morning wails—I’m too big too big— as if sleep’s dark magic has turned him giant-sized.

let’s change and keep breathing what we get from breathing

I saw a homeless man with bottled spring water, he said, she said I saw him catching rain.

is that light or tunnel, can’t tell without landing this image amazed by clarity what embraces clarity do we ask what we know or what we want to hear the parable chosen before the gift

A lithograph’s a good impression for greatness people can’t afford; I knew a man who bought the real thing, but then he sold when he grew bored. The drops fall silent on the avenue, only so much is washed away. The city’s inside when it’s raining, she said I like it when it rains.

Before the baby & his staccato sobs, little red body curling & arching like a rubber band being plucked. Before the sun & its attendant duties, before the strident high & low of the mockingbird’s song. Before the neighbor’s shoe-clatters above, before traffic, after love— your breath rumbles hot in my ear, the bass note our life is strung upon.

—Andrew Scott Dulberg —Marie Gauthier

—Edwin Torres

FOR GREENNESS AND WARMTH WHAT I HATE ABOUT CAGES what i hate about cages is how they trap purity they are a cold stare they box in movements they box in colours they cap flight they hear their own they separate me from holding your hand and they separate me from the walks and talks we could have they separate me from Union i am wheeled away and i can not reach you and hold you Within the bars, within the Keeper is Father Within the reach is Mother —Sophie Michalitsianos

Sit and take in the color of heat and shine, pretty and wet Wet your hands and wash away the last of the chill The sun glinting off your eyes and dew in the green —Meggie Freund

ANGLING Let the line go out farther than you have ever cast it. Let it go like Noah’s raven. When it comes back to you it will be changed, dampened by rivers, frayed by the air it has passed through. It will have learned the geography of rain. It will long for what it has touched on its way

EMERGENCY You should know It exists In case of emergency Where to find it How to make it work It could be The difference Between you And me. —Robert Leaver

EVEN ACROBATS AND CLOWNS GROW OLD We teetered on the edge of precipices, ballet dancers with no fear, stood beneath falling buildings, in just the right, safe spot, and now, the oddity of mere balance fascinates, long bone teetering atop long bone, the mere fact of walking. —Peter Belfiore

and not given name to. —Keli Stafford




SEEDS OF CHANGE Complementary Currencies Are Ushering In a Vibrant Local Economy

By Carl Frankel Illustration by Jason Cring


hese are, to put it gently, unsettling times. A triple whammy confronts us: climate change, peak oil, and a global economy in a possible death spiral. With things spinning so badly out of control, it’s easy to feel daunted. A century ago, the poet William Butler Yeats described chaos’s onset this way: “The center cannot hold.” While his words still resonate, they don’t quite capture the current crisis, whose cause lies precisely in this: The global economy has no center. It’s a system in which capital sloshes from money center to tax haven, and corporations, in the words of writer David Ehrenfeld, are “everywhere and nowhere.” The result: From the Hudson Valley to Hong Kong, people are plugged into an economic matrix that has no face and is indifferent to yours. Talk about your primal helplessness! Here we are, attached to the same global teat, the milk is slowing to a trickle, and Mama’s on crank and doesn’t care. Is it end-game time?Yes, if we’re referring to the era of plentiful, cheap oil. But don’t assume a high-tech Dark Ages is upon us. Out of the rubble of the old, a new, postglobal economic arrangement is emerging. This is bracing in and of itself, and there’s more good news chugging along behind it. Though still very early-stage, this transformation is picking up momentum rapidly, and it has the potential to deliver deep renewal, not just marginal survival. Raise your hands if you prefer community to consumerism, 54


empowerment to infantilization, autonomy to anonymity! I thought so. The seeds of this next economy are sprouting in the Hudson Valley and a thousand other places, too. Though the particulars vary from region to region, the underlying principles are the same. Focus on local—local businesses, local agriculture, and local energy. Bring heart into the economy by strengthening the networks of connection among people. Do it on a grassroots level—people power!—and do it structurally, through institutions that keep the local system thriving and resilient. TIME = MONEY One such institution is the Time Bank. The concept, which was invented by lawyer Edgar Cahn close to three decades ago, is as simple as it is innovative. People volunteer their time, but instead of just giving, they also receive. For every hour of service they provide, they get an hour back.Throw a couple hundred people with a wide variety of skills into the pot, and you can get anything you want at the Time Bank restaurant, maybe including Alice. For Woodstock resident Kristine Flones, the Time Bank was love at first listen. She first heard about the concept in late 2006 at a Newburgh presentation by Edgar Cahn. “I had an instant connection with what I heard,” she says. “Time Banks offer a paradigm shift to a different, heart-based way of living. They can take us beyond our scarcity-based money system to a culture of abundance,



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sustainability and, dare I say it, happiness.” Flones was so taken by the concept that she decided to launch a Time Bank in her hometown. The rest, as they say, is history. In the roughly two years since its founding, the Woodstock Time Bank has blossomed into a thriving and rapidly-growing community of over 200 members. “We’re one of the wunderkinds of the Time Bank world,” says Flones. Woodstock resident Harriet Kazansky speaks glowingly of the Time Bank. She has tapped into it to have (deep breath, now!) the outside of her house stained, her new kitchen plumbed, electrical work performed, rooms painted, gardening done, furniture moved, fixtures hung, a skylight repaired, and an outside water spigot installed. “Pretty much anything you can imagine, I’ve used the Time Bank for,” says Kazansky. Heidi Washburn is another booster. A year ago, a significant birthday was approaching for the Bearsville resident. Her daughter kept pushing her to throw a big party, but it felt like too much work. Then a light went off: the Time Bank! Volunteers prepared the house—no small matter, by Washburn’s account—and cooked for and photographed the event. A nonevent became a grand success. In addition to networking volunteers, Time Banks build community. The Woodstock Time Bank hosts regular social events, and what’s more, participating in an informal “gift economy” has its own special magic. Reports Washburn, “Volunteers helped out with my birthday party with a wonderful, generous spirit you rarely get when you’re simply hiring people.” Time Banks are also a great resource for nonprofits. This is because charitable organizations often rely on volunteers—more so than ever during these cash-strapped times—and it’s much easier to recruit people when they know they’ll get something back, even if it’s not a paycheck. Family of Woodstock is one of several nonprofits that are partnering with the Woodstock Time Bank. “It’s been a very positive experience,” says Family’s Jess Robie. In their own quiet way, Time Banks are powerfully subversive. Culturally we are steeped in hierarchy. Brain surgeons earn more than plumbers who earn more than house cleaners. We tend to view this as a law of nature, but it’s not. It’s a social custom that’s gotten embedded in our heads, and it can be dislodged where there’s a will and a way. Time Banks value hours equally, whether you’re snaking a drain or saving a brain. They’re the Great Flattener. In fact, they’re almost, dare I say it, socialist! But what about the IRS, you ask? Aren’t these transactions taxable? The surprising answer is: no. Because volunteers aren’t guaranteed a quid for their quo, timebanking transactions are no more taxable than your usual one-way volunteering. Technically, timebanking is what is known as a “complementary currency.” This is because, like the currency we all know called the dollar, it’s a medium of exchange. But it isn’t only hours that can stand in for Treasury issue. Local forms of money can, too. This is perfectly legal, and it’s been happening for a long time. In Wörgl, Austria, in 1932, the city issued scrip that had a sort of financial entropy built into it: it became less valuable over time. Because people didn’t want to pay what amounted to a hoarding fee, the scrip circulated rapidly. The result, during the height of the Great Depression, was a surge in employment and the completion of local government projects such as new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump, and a bridge. FAIR SHARES Complementary financial currencies like the Wörgl scrip generate local economic resiliency because they decouple the communities they serve from the global economy: They release them, so to speak, from the global teat. If a currency isn’t accepted in Bentonville, Arkansas—which just happens to be where Wal-Mart is headquartered—the company will shun it. About 2,500 local currencies are currently in use worldwide. A compelling nearby example can be found in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where people can swap dollars for BerkShares at five local banks. For every 95 US dollars, they get 100 BerkShares, giving them a built-in financial incentive to go local. Since their launch in mid-2006, $2.4 million in BerkShares have circulated through the community. Some 375 businesses, from acupuncturists to wineries, accept the currency. At this point, BerkShares are used by 10–15 percent of the greater Great Barrington population. Higher participation would be better. “We underestimated the extent to which a full-fledged educational campaign would be nec56


essary,” says Sarah Hearn, the office manager for the Great Barrington-based E. F. Schumacher Society, the organization behind the endeavor. The long-term goal is for BerkShares to take root through the Berkshire mountain area that inspired their name. “The greater Great Barrington area has a population of 19,000. Our total target area has 139,000 residents,” Hearn says. “We already have 20 businesses in Pittsfield and are looking for more.” The Schumacher Society’s ambitions extend beyond the region. According to Hearn, the organization hopes to “expand the currency nationwide, as a model to be replicated by communities everywhere.” When that happens—and we’re into long-term visioning now—additional programs will be tacked onto the initiative. One example: the currency, says Hearn, “will be issued as productive loans to new or expanding importreplacing industries.” Getting BerkShares launched has had its challenges. Start-up costs have been considerable, creating an ongoing need to drum up foundation support. To a significant degree, reports Hearn, this is because the Schumacher Society “is conducting research and development into best practices and procedures, so other communities can take these steps more easily and affordably.” The number of BerkShares in circulation has tailed off lately due to the economic downturn. Hearn remains optimistic, though. “Interest has been spiking in the concept.” Indeed it has, and in Time Banks, too. Local currency initiatives are underway in Rhinebeck, where the currency is called Rhinebucks, and in Kingston, where Uptown resident Sean Griffin is putting together plans for a Hudson Valley-wide currency called the Hudson Valley Current. (Clever names seem to be de rigeur). Time Banks are in development in the Red Hook/Rhinebeck area and Great Barrington. Why this flurry of activity? For one thing, it’s part of the natural flow of things. These concepts have been around for a while; it takes time for them to travel from the margin to the mainstream. This evolutionary process is being aided and abetted by the current economic implosion, which is transforming perceptions—what once seemed radical now seems practical and necessary— and lighting a fire under creative economic alternatives. So pause for a moment, if you will, and imagine what it would be like to live in a Hudson Valley with its own robust and resilient economy. It would still be connected to the world beyond—the global village isn’t going away—but we’d all be leaning on one another more (cue the Rolling Stones) instead of scrabbling to get to the shriveling global teat. Lots of us would be using a local currency and giving (and getting) at the Time Bank. BANKING ON IT The resilient local economy of the future would receive additional bolstering from institutions that haven’t made it to the Hudson Valley yet. Imagine a financial institution that takes the locally owned bank concept one step further by providing innovative services like free local credit-card processing for local businesses and microloans for new businesses and community projects—and that also dedicates all profits to schools and other nonprofits. If you find this hard to do, then wait a bit. If Kingston resident Sean Griffin has his way, a Common Good Bank designed along precisely these lines will be available to local residents before the year’s end. Of course, there’s still the wee challenge of getting from where we are now to the vibrant local economy of our imagination. How to do it? First: Keep the faith. This promised transformation is getting more real by the day. Second: Make it happen. If we’re going to be weaned from the global teat, the only people who can do it are…that’s right, us. Nothing comes for free. Empowerment and autonomy bear a price: responsibility. Is this a burden? A little, maybe. But it’s also an opportunity, and an upbeat one at that. Creating a resilient local economy isn’t a dour, solitary, Sisyphean exercise. It’s about working alongside our friends and neighbors to create a better future. It’s about connecting more, and better. Sounds like fun to me. FOR MORE INFORMATION Woodstock Time Bank BerkShares Common Good Bank



Food & Drink

Full Bottle in Front of Me HUDSON VALLEY WINE TOUR By Peter Barrett photographs by Jennifer May


think that we can safely say that the Hudson Valley has never been a better place for a foodlover to live. Artisanal cheeses, grass-fed, humanely raised animals, and the extraordinary variety and quality of our produce are now in plentiful supply at the thriving and multiplying farmers’ markets around the region. With the much-needed arrival of spring, and the attendant burgeoning of parties, weddings, and barbeques, the locavore in our area can indeed take great pleasure in the worldclass bounty that is available to us. What should we drink with it? Wine is an important part of New York State’s economy, especially in rural areas; we rank fourth in wine production nationally, and wine tourism has never been more popular. Riesling from the Finger Lakes is regarded by some as the best example of the grape produced in America. A wine from Long Island recently broke the $100-per-bottle price mark. Wineries are proliferating, and more vines are going in the ground every year. So how well does the Hudson Valley provide for a locavoracious oenophile? I’ve known musician John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood fame) more than 10 years, and in that time we’ve spent a lot of time drinking wine—together and separately. In his travels, he has met and befriended many winemakers all over the world, and tastes extensively wherever he goes. He’s also a genius, so his ability to retain and analyze information on the subject is astonishing. Simply put, John knows more about wine than anybody I know who is not in the wine business (and more than many who are). Given our love of wine and the fact that we’ve lived up here for a while now, it seemed wise to go out and acquaint ourselves with the Hudson Valley scene, and fi nd out who is making wine that rises above the drink-it-because-it’s-local category and becomes something to seek out on its merits as wine. Our survey was in two parts: a tasting tour of wineries, and a dinner later on with a sommelier friend where we tasted about a dozen more bottles. On balance, we were underwhelmed, but there were a few bright spots and there’s reason for some optimism going forward. In general, it seems clear that much of what is being produced is picnic wine: simple, affordable whites and a few reds that make for pleasant sipping at a concert or cookout. But in terms of wine that is world-class, which could hold its own against examples from more famous parts of the world, there is not much to be found.



Hybrid hoopla In addition to well-known varietals like Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, hybrids—crosses between Old World wine grapes and New World wild grapes— are also widely grown and vinted in the area. Some are old, going back a century or more, and some have been recently developed at Cornell University in Ithaca, whose Enology and Viticulture Program is an important resource to winemakers in the state. The hybrids are highly resistant to cold and disease, making them attractive to many producers in the region. There’s some controversy surrounding the use of hybrid grapes. Advocates say that they can make excellent wine and are better suited to the harsh winters than the more fragile French varietals, while opponents disagree about the quality of the wines and decry the conservatism they see as implicit in the choice to grow hybrids. We were agnostic on the subject, and concerned ourselves exclusively with whether the wine was good or not. Some are showing promise here; Traminette, a hybrid of Gewürtztraminer, the famously perfumed grape used so well in Alsace and Germany, is popular and makes for some quaffable whites, though they all seem to be a bit overpowered by lychee aromas. It’s hard to say what true-to-type is with the hybrids, though, since neither of us had any experience drinking them. Several of the producers we spoke with were enthusiastic about Noiret, a new hybrid developed at Cornell, and the Brimstone Hill Noiret we tried at our tasting seemed to have potential; we put it aside to retry a couple of hours later after it had a chance to open up. But it didn’t budge an inch—the fl avor simply sat exactly where it had been before. Having said that, their Chardonnay and méthode champenoise didn’t impress us much either—both the whites had a strange candied quality—so it may have nothing to do with the varietal. At Benmarl we barrel-tasted several reds: a cabernet franc, Frontenac, and DeChaunac. The Cab Franc had a surprising amount of funk, though time will tell if it delivers on it. The two hybrids were both interesting, and offered possible glimpses of the kind of fat, grapey profi le that has thus far eluded the region’s reds. All were unfi ltered, which had a lot to do with their depth of fl avor.


King Kir Millbrook is widely regarded as the most prestigious winery in the area, and we had high hopes. We tasted our way through just about all of their regional wines, though some of them had been open for days already. Everyone else opened fresh bottles for us, but at Millbrook they did not, so it was hard to judge the whites especially. The Millbrook wines are not flawed; there’s nothing wrong with them. There’s just nothing very special about them either, at least in comparison with wines from outside the region. We asked about Riesling, a cold-climate grape that achieves phenomenal heights in Germany (and does very well in the Finger Lakes) and were surprised to learn that it had been very successful but they ripped the vines out in the 1980s because it didn’t sell well, thanks to the stigma from substandard mass-market Rieslings like Blue Nun. Notwithstanding how old and potentially great those vines could be now, we didn’t understand why they aren’t planting more to take advantage of the very different market today. Ben Feder of Clinton Vineyards—who is clearly passionate about wine, and a great raconteur—makes a pleasing and affordable ($25) sparkling Seyval Blanc in the traditional méthode champenoise; his craftsmanship is such that his fruit-based dessert wines (which are not normally something I enjoy) have beautifully balanced sweetness, fi nishing, for example, like a real raspberry does, with a lingering gentle acidity. If I were getting married here this summer I would order cases of the Seyval Naturel to combine with their excellent cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur) to make a first-rate (and completely local) kir royale for the toast rather than some generic French fizz that costs $40 a bottle and is made in quantities that preclude any personality. Michael Migliore, the owner and winemaker at Whitecliff, is also president of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association. As such, he’s active in promoting and increasing local viticulture, working as a consultant for those looking to start or expand operations. His work seems very close to the efforts that Cornell is making in the valley: productive, economically viable agriculture that takes advantage of the latest technology to produce the best results. He’s a scientist by training, and speaks about “always experimenting to see what does well here.” He’s clearly on a mission, and his enthusiasm is palpable, but his technical acumen may inhibit his winemaking, especially with reds; between the fining, filtering, and American oak, they have a similarly uniform character.

Northern extremes Steven Kolpan is a professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, a writer for the Valley Table, and James Beard award-winning author of WineWise. His assessment is frank: “It’s painful, because it is possible to make great wine here, and people are dedicated to the craft, but they need more exposure to great wine. If they want the reputation for [Hudson Valley] wine to equal the level that the restaurants and small farms have for their food, they are going to have to make wine that can show well with wines from California and Europe.” Why such a provincial attitude? It seems revealing that so many of the local wineries are also making wine with California fruit. While the frequent use of Finger Lakes or Long Island grapes is perhaps understandable, the widespread practice of importing grapes from out West is essentially an admission that what they grow here is not in the same league. Now given the climate and soil here, there’s no question that Hudson Valley wine will never be like California wine. But it’s a truism of winemaking that all of the best expressions of the great wine grapes around the world are grown at the northernmost extreme of their growing range, and in a changing climate the Hudson Valley could be uniquely positioned to produce some superlative wine. An off-the-record survey of retailers on both sides of the river revealed attitudes about regional wine that run the gamut from “It sucks” to “Most people make at least one decent wine.” Most sellers agree that the whites are far better—several spoke well of Millbrook’s Tokai Friulano (an Italian varietal that seems to like it here) and Whitecliff ’s Awosting White, a lip-smacking blend of two hybrids, Vignoles and Seyval Blanc that was also a favorite at our tasting. Warwick Valley’s Black Dirt Red was another popular bottle with stores and with us: The 100 percent Baco Noir is a simple, tail-waggingly tasty mouthful of juice for $12. Toward an identity There are some more ambitious efforts, and some succeed, but they’re expensive. Millbrook’s Block 3 East Cabernet Franc, a 2005, the oldest bottle we tasted, which Kolpan calls “the best red wine made in the Hudson Valley” was closed at our tasting, but after three days open on my kitchen counter (an imperfect but still reliable test 6/09 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK





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for aging potential) opened up into a satisfying, layered effort that will clearly reward five years of cellaring. But at $35 a bottle, it costs far more than wine of comparable quality from elsewhere. Equally, Benmarlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $30 flagship Baco Noir is balanced and nuanced, but there are hundreds of bottles from all over the world that offer similar pleasure for significantly less. Despite the long tradition of winemaking here, it seems that the region is still searching for its identity. Apart from friendly, fruity whites, the most promising directions seem to be mĂŠthode champenoise sparklers and Beaujolais-type friendly reds meant for young drinking; Migliore and others are optimistic about Gamay Noir, the grape of Beaujolais, and hope to reach the level of cru Beaujolaisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wine from 10 villages within the region, and a very different drinking experience from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beau Nouveauâ&#x20AC;? that we all see crowding the wine store endcaps every November. We undertook this project with no agenda other than pleasure and knowledge, and a desire to fi nd bottles we could proudly serve to guests in the future. In that, we succeeded; simple, tasty whites and a few good reds are being made, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll buy and drink them in the future. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll both continue to explore and taste locally to develop a better understanding of the grapes that are new to us, and follow the evolution of some wines and producers. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of room for improvement. We certainly understand that winemaking is a business, and do not presume to tell people how to do their jobs. Selling wine to tourists is clearly a viable business model in our region. And Cornellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of profitable agriculture makes good sense; nobody wants to lose vines to the cold every winter, and we all have a vested interest in seeing our farmers prosper. At the same time, stressed vines make the best wine. And the thing about winemaking is that it is not simply agriculture and chemistryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art, and passion, and the goal is to create an experience of sensual beauty. Great wine is a collaboration between nature and humans. The Hudson Valley awaits its first great winemaker.

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

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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!

Ginoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant Route 9, Lafayette Plaza Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-8061

Gomen Kudasaiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.

Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub at Catskill Mountain Lodge 334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101 Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub offers fine food and drink at reasonable prices. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and on weekends for dinner. The fireplace pub boasts13 taps and a great wine list. Visit www.catskillmtlodge. com to see our menus and call (518) 678-3101 for reservations.

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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.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hudson Valley Magazine, **** Poughkeepsie Journal. Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights. Check our website for our menu and special events schedule.

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.



Sukhothai 516-518 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 790-5375 Sukhothai Restaurant, located in Beacon, NY, offers a delicious menu full of authentic Thai cuisine. From traditional dishes, such as Pad Thai and Som Tam, to custom dishes created exclusively by our master chef, our menu is sure to please any palate. Takeout is also available.

Suruchiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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 Discountâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;In-house (check web site 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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of the Hudson Valleyâ&#x20AC;? by Chronogram Magazine. From far-flung origins, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Towne Crier Cafe Pawling, NY (845) 855-1300

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

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A Home Away From Home


rom the sprawling acres of the Mohonk Mountain House to the posh niceties of the Emerson Resort and Spa, the Hudson Valley has no shortage of places to rest your head. The area also has the privilege of being host to an abundance of bed and breakfasts and inns that can bring the traveler (or local looking for a getaway) an entirely new experience that’s often unique to this type of lodging. Each of these smaller and more personal lodging options has their own distinct personality, many of which stem from the original owners and have since grown and developed over time.With smaller and individually owned properties, styles are left up to the imagination, and travelers are left with less homogenous bedspreads and desks that are often found in your run-of-the-mill chain hotels. For some, modern furnishing—even in a quaint B&B—is where comfort is found. For others it’s tucking in to a nostalgic firehouse, climbing the ladder to a top bunk, or a making the half-mile hike out to a lighthouse to call it a night. Chronogram profiles different aspects of the area’s lodging accommodations— most of them are small, some are considered quaint, others are actually willing to share their homes, and every one of them will cook you a homemade breakfast. Red Lion Inn The Red Lion Inn, built in 1773, has been a part of the social fabric of the Berkshires since the days of yore. Writers, presidents, and artists have all graced the grounds that once served as the center of business and entertainment between Boston and Albany. The Fitzpatrick family has owned and expanded the business for the last 40 years and are celebrated for their support of the community. The word “inn” does 66


By Anne Roderique-Jones not do the Red Lion proper justice, for it’s more of a village. A total of eight annexes make up the property, and each has its own charm. (Who wouldn’t want to stay the night in the old town firehouse?) Carol Bosco Baumann, Director of Marketing and Communications for the inn, says that the Fitzpatricks were “buying local way before that was the hip thing to do.”The rooms reflect the longevity of the Fitzpatricks’ passions: they are a mix of antiques and locally made furniture, and each bathroom has an individual vanity made by a local craftsman.The airy coverlets are made from recycled fabric by a local artist.The pub is one of the biggest draws there; guests and locals come to have a pint and listen to the live music every evening. Saugerties Lighthouse The lighthouse is a curious creature.Visitors come from far away to catch a glimpse of the enchanting buildings often painted by artists and depicted on postcards, but having the chance to actually spend the night in one is a rarity and a treat. The Saugerties Lighthouse overlooks the Hudson River and can only be accessed by hiking a half-mile trail. It’s maintained by innkeeper Patrick Landewe, who not only makes a bountiful breakfast for his guests but will also give you a history lesson about the lighthouse and the lowdown on the best places to go in town. With only two modest bedrooms and a shared kitchen and bath (with a composting toilet), the lighthouse is cozy—especially in the winter months, when the coal stove is there to keep you toasty. Guests are often found tucking in to books, picnicking on the outdoor decks, and admiring the views from the lantern house above. When the weather permits, swimming is ideal.

Minnewaska Lodge Outdoorsy types (and those who can appreciate an uncompromised view of the great outdoors) will find Minnewaska Lodge to be an idyllic retreat. The lodge lies on 17 acres of forest at the bottom of the Shawangunk Mountain Range, not far from the Mohonk Preserve and wooded trails of the Minnewaska State Park— perfect for a hike, ski, climb, or bike. The homespun lodge, decorated with earth tones and mission furniture, has cathedral ceilings and soaring windows, the better to appreciate the beauty of the view. Patrick, a Minnewaska staff member, described the lodge as “a B&B with hotel amenities for outdoor lovers looking for peace and quiet.” When you’re not outside enjoying all that the area has to offer, you can appreciate it from your balcony. Storm King B&B The Storm King Lodge prides itself as a country bed and breakfast, with the happy owners cuddling on their homey front porch; you’d imagine them to be as welcoming as your own family. The Storm King Lodge, which began as a barn in 1801 and was converted into a residence in 1920, is owned by two lovable country folk, Hal and Gay Janks. Hal is a retired bass trombone player for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Gay is a retired French teacher. They loved staying at inns and lodges so much that they decided to work toward owning their own. They took inspiration from everything that they admired from everywhere they’d stayed, and voila—the result was a welcoming hearth, four lovely bedrooms in the main lodge and two in the cottage (all with private baths), a mammoth swimming pool, and sweeping views of the mountains from the covered veranda. How does this compare to life at the Met? Hal Janks says, “The only way you succeed at this B&B life is if you enjoy sharing your home with guests. And we love this life.” Onteora Mountain House As the retreat where mayonnaise mogul Richard Hellman once summered, the Onteora Mountain House is more romantic lodge than bed and breakfast. It is fitting that many couples decide to celebrate their marriages here. Rooms are clean and large, with cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, and many have features such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, big windows, and impressive views of the Catskills. (One room offers a view of the stars through a speculator skylight over the whirlpool.) In the warmer months, you can have your breakfast on the 60-foot wraparound dining porch (against a backdrop of more of those gorgeous views), and when it’s chilly, you can take your meal fireside, in the “great room.” There is a koi pond on the grounds, along with plenty of trails to wander. There’s also a championship billiard table downstairs, if you’re feeling a different kind of sporty. The Inn at Hudson “We’re low on the doily factor,” says co-owner Windle Davis when describing the vibe of the Inn at Hudson. The historic mansion was completed in 1906 and restored from its shell by both Davis and his partner Dini Lamont. Although the inn does not lack antiques, the owners are all for the simple aesthetic—sparse furniture and all-white bedding make up the four palatial rooms. Each day, the cotton sheets are linedried outside for the freshest possible scent. Organic products are found in the shower and baths, and the garden on the grounds supplies many of the vegetables used in the kitchen. Dini’s menu often features such tempting delicacies as sautéed tomato with fresh pesto, or organic chicken sausage, and he also readily whips up a batches of blueberry, banana, and mango pancakes each morning. Prior to flipping flap jacks at the B&B, these two gentlemen were leading a much less simple life. Davis and Lamont were singers in the early ‘80s band Post Modern Sexual Response, and Lamont’s alter ego, Musty Chiffon, has led him around the world. Ask him nicely and he might give you the juicy details. Pig Hill Inn Pig Hill Inn, supposedly named after an Irish pig farm, is nowhere near such a place; in fact, it’s located about as close to the town center in Cold Springs as one could be. Like most cozy inns, there’s no shortage of antiques, but at Pig Hill, almost anything can be yours if the price is right. Love your ultracomfy sleigh bed or the original art that hangs on the walls of your room? Most likely there’s a price tag hanging from it. Something else that will make you take a second glance?


estled in the peaceful village of Stone Ridge, with Woodstock to the North, New Paltz to the South, and the Catskill Mountains and Shawangunk Ridge all around, we are only 95 miles from mid-town Manhattan. Fine Dining, Cozy Tavern, and Excellent Accommodations Available.



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Belleayre Mountain Rt. 28, Highmount, NY (800) 942-6904, ext.1344 e-m:

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West Point Jazz Band Knights Sat. Jul. 11 8pm

Michael Feinstein Sat. Jul. 18 8pm

John Covelli and Justin Kolb Sat. Jul. 25 8pm Festival Opera—

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Frequented by leisure and business travelers, long-term or short stay guests since its opening as a Holiday Inn Express in 1990, the Poughkeepsie Holiday Inn Express continues its time-honored tradition for exceptional service and facilities. Our spacious, comfortable guestrooms feature your choice of 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed. All accommodations feature free high-speed wireless access, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and movies on-demand. Complimentary breakfast, 24-hour fitness room, and a business center with computers, printers and copier machine add convenience and value to your stay. Outdoor Seasonal Pool open Memorial Day through Labor Day 10am - 8pm for registered guests. 2750 South Road (Rte 9)


Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


The inn is run by 27-year-old Kyle Gibbs, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;stumbled into this job by mistake. After walking out of a lot of kitchen jobs out on Route 9, I found this.The kitchens along there are filled with egos, and everyone wanted to be chefs. I wanted to cookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and here, I can cook.â&#x20AC;? Gibbsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast and baked goods are raved about, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll often find guests enjoying the fruits of his labor in their pajamas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best compliment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guests would never be able to roam around that comfy in a hotel.â&#x20AC;? Pinegrove Ranch The dude ranch might just become the next new â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;? vacation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun, affordable, and high on the kitsch factor. Pinegrove Ranch in Kerhonkson gives you the dude-ranch vacation without having to schlep it to the western end of the country. Pack up the family (or a group of friends who enjoy being around children) and plan a weekend of horseback riding, cattle driving, campfires, and sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores. There is no roughinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it at this ranch, and the spacious rooms at Pinegrove often include space for multiple families who want to stay together, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to see bunks, foldouts, and futons among the comfy regular beds. Rates include three all-you-can-eat country-cooked meals and a chuck wagon snack bar. Thankfully, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll burn off those calories with the head-spinning number of actives offered on the ranch (aside from â&#x20AC;&#x153;pudding eatingâ&#x20AC;?). Rock climbing, horseback riding, a pool complete with waterslides, and even a cattle drive can only begin to describe what Pinegrove offers its guests. And if the adults need a stiff one to wind down, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy the nightly cocktail party with free hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ouerves and drinks while the kiddies are entertained with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coke-tailâ&#x20AC;? partyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;complete with their own DJ.






business directory Accommodations Catskill Mountain Lodge

Louis Fiorese A.I.A.

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.

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.

Holiday Inn Express 2750 South Road (Route 9) Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-1151

Inn at Stone Ridge 3805 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-0736

Rhinecliff Hotel 4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff, NY (845) 876-0590

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Storm King Lodge B&B 100 Pleasant Hill Road Mountainville, (Cornwall), NY (845) 534-9421 Come, enjoy and relax in our Lodge, a converted 1800 post and beam barn, or the Guest Cottage. Country setting with spacious lawns, gardens and mountain views. Six lovely guest rooms with private baths, huge swimming pool and most creature comforts. Located nearby: Storm King Art Center, Dia:Beacon, West Point, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Great Restaurants and Hudson Valley Attractions.

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

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

Mountain Flame, Inc. 42825 Route 28, Arkville, NY

Solar Generation (845) 679-6997

Total Green, LLC (845) 774-8484

Animal Sanctuaries Catskill Animal Sanctuary 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 336-8447

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary 35 Van Wagner, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5955




Art Galleries & Centers Ann Street Gallery 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-6940, ext. 119 Hood Scrapers: Low Rise & High Fall. Graffiti art installation by artist collaborative Trust Your Struggle. Artist Reception with DJ/H20 Saturday, May 2, 2009, 6-11pm. Exhibit runs May 2 through June 27.

Barrett Art Center 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-2550

be Gallery 11 Mohonk Road, High Falls, NY (845) 687-0660

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

Center for Photography at Woodstock 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957

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

Gallery on the Green 7 Arch Street, Pawling, NY (845) 855-3900

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

include: Dutchess Arts Camps for ages 4-14 at 3 locations; the Junior Art Institute for ages 11-14; the Summer Art Intensive, a pre-college portfolio development program at Marist College.

Mass MoCA 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA (845) MoCA-111

Mill Street Loft & Dutchess Arts Camps 45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477 A community based multi-arts educational center offering a wide range of arts programs for children and adults in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook and Red Hook. Summer programs

1 (866) 440-0391


New Paltz Arts New Paltz, NY


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

Rhinebeck Photography & Art Center (914) 388-7778

Space 360 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 697-3360

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

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply

(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!

Bicycle Sales, Rentals & Services Pawling Cycle & Sport 12 West Main Street, Pawling, NY (845) 855-9866

Book Publishers SUNY Press


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

Riverview Office Services

Manny’s Art Supply

Mirabai of Woodstock

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

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.

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.

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

Ulster Savings Bank


(914) 912-1202 Financial stress can be relieved. With my 20 years plus experience, I may be able to handle your bookkeeping needs in just a few hours each month. Your information can be organized, ready to give to your accounting professional for Tax preparation.


The Book Cove 22 Charles Boulevard, Pawling, N (845) 855-9590


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

WBPM Classic Hits 92.9

WDST 100.1 radio Woodstock

Auto Sales & Services Ruge’s Subaru Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1057

Banks Rhinebeck Savings Bank 2 Jefferson Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY

P.O. Box 367, Woodstock, NY

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

10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8731

Kitchens 2 Baths, Inc. 964 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-3801

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

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

Clothing & Accessories 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.


Magnolia’s 30 Charles Coleman Boulevard, Pawling, NY (845) 855-5664

Pegasus Comfort Footwear 27 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 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

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

Consignment Shops Past ‘n’ Perfect Resale & Retail Boutique 1629 Main Street (Route 44) Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-3115 A quaint consignment boutique that offers distinctive clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and a unique collection of high-quality furs and leathers. Always a generous supply of merchandise in sizes from Petite to Plus. Featuring a diverse & illuminating collection of 14 Kt. Gold, Sterling Silver and Vintage jewelry. Enjoy the pleasures of resale shopping and the benefits of living basically while living beautifully. Conveniently located in Pleasant Valley, only 9 miles east of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.


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.

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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...

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!


Green Courage, LLC

Custom Home Design and Materials Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY 1 (888) 558-2636

Events Bruce Schenker Memorial 5K Run/Walk 3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (914) 474-5258

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

Locust Grove–The Samuel Morse Historic Site (845) 454-4500

New Genesis Productions

Watershed Agricultural Center

Farm Markets & Natural Food Rondout Valley Growers



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Thompson-Finch Farm 750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram, NY (518) 329-7578

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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Sunflower Natural Food Market 75 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5361

Financial Advisors Parnassus Investments

La Bella Pasta

5 Mulberry Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0620 Located in the Historic Huguenot Street.

(845) 331-9130 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.

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.

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

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

Robert Hales Fine Woodworking 502 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 821-2556


Third Eye Associates, Ltd


38 Spring Lake Road, Red hook, NY (845) 752-2216

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

Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens 389 Salisbury Turnpike, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2953 A retail nursery nestled in the back woods of Rhinebeck, where local growers produce an extraordinary variety of annuals, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables and organic edibles. Servicing the horticultural needs of gardeners throughout the Hudson Valley for nearly thirty years. Open from the end of April through September.

The Garden Conservancy P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-5384 The Garden Conservancy is a national organization with a mission to preserve exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment. The Open Days Program’s private garden tours serve as the primary educational outreach for the Conservancy and includes several self-guided tours in the Hudson Valley each year.

Graphic Design Annie Internicola, Illustrator



1 Market Street, Suite1600, San Francisco, CA

Gardening & Garden Supplies


Italian Specialty Products

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.

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

Earthlore/Amber Waves of Grain 2 Fairway Drive, Pawling, NY (845) 855-8899

Hummingbird Jewelers 23 A. East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4585

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

Landscaping Coral Acres (845) 255-6634

Ninebark, LLC (845) 758-4184

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.

David Temple, Classical Guitar (845) 758-0174 Classical guitarist and private instructor. Music for concerts, weddings and occasions. Solo performances have included Mohonk Mountain House’s Festival of the Arts, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and the Ulster Chamber Music Series. A graduate of the music school at Eastern Michigan University.

Deep Listening Institute, Ltd (845) 338-5984

Raymond Albrecht (914) 213-2395 Acoustic Artist Raymond Albrecht entertains Hudson Valley audiences by performing wellknown classic rock music by legendary artists. Known for his signature sing-along style or enjoyable background music, he will work closely with clients to customize a song list to suit every occasion. Specializing in private parties, events and festivals.

Networking Hudson Valley Green Drinks (845) 454-6410

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc.

Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 42, 23F East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5904 We are a professional business membership organization which represents approximately 400 businesses, large and small, primarily in northern and central Dutchess County. We provide a variety of services, including health insurance; provide opportunities for businesses to promote themselves; and interact with government representatives on behalf of the business community.

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

Wellspring (845) 534-7668

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 Burt’s Electronics 549 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-5011

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

Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4406

Hudson River Performing Arts 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.

Lehman-Loeb Art Center/ Powerhouse Theater Vassar College Box 225, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 437-5902

NYSTI (845) 274-3256

Shadowland Theater 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY (845) 647-5511

WAMC—Linda 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 ext. 4

Pet Services & Supplies

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.

Resorts & Spas

Dog Love, LLC

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

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.

220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA (845) 795-1310

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

Photography 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.

David Morris Cunningham Woodstock, NY (914) 489-1991

Fionn Reilly Photography

Lorna Tychostup (845) 489-8038

Michael Gold The Corporate Image Photo Studio New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5255

Photosensualis 15 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5333

Upstate Light 3 Water Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3155 Art reproduction, large-format exhibition printing, film and flatbed scanning. We photograph 2D or 3D artwork in our studio or on location. Quality and expertise you would expect in the city, dedicated personal service you’ll find upstate. By Appointment.

Hudson Valley Weddings

64 East Main Street, Pawling, NY (845) 855-7338

(845) 336-4705 The only resource you need to plan a Hudson Valley wedding. Offering a free, extensive, and online Wedding Guide. Hundreds of wedding-related professionals. Regional Bridal Show schedule, links, wed shop, vendor promotions, specials, and more. Call or E-mail for information about adding your weddingrelated business.

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

Trinity-Pawling School 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY (845) 855-4825

Mister Snacks, Inc. (845) 206-7256 Call Vinny Sciullo for distribution of the finest snacks in the Hudson Valley. Visit our Gift Shop at

Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: The Heart of Meditation, June 25-30, and Mahamudra Level 1, June 30-July 5. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is one of the most celebrated of the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters. Author of the internationally acclaimed The Joy of Living, he teaches throughout the world and is known for his ability to convey the Buddha’s teachings in a fresh, profound and straightforward style.

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

Tourism Adirondack Trailways/Pine Hill Trailways 1 (800) 225-6815 or (845) 339-4230 ext.169

Historic Hyde Park

Schools Bard College Center for Environmental Policy Bard College, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 758-7073

Beacon Institute For Rivers and Estuaries 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1600

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-5343

Eagleton School 446 Monterey Road, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-4385

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

Institute for Integrative Nutrition (877) 730-5444

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

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY

Old Rhinebeck Aerodome Museum 9 Norton Road, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 752-3200

Retro Arcade Museum 412 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-8494

Southeastern New York Library Resource Council 21 South Elting Corners Road, Highland, NY (845) 883-9065

Town Tinker Tube Rental 10 Bridge Street, Phoenicia, NY (845) 688-5553

Web Design ICU Publish ICU Publish specializes in intensive care graphic design. On-site personalized consultation and training for both Mac and PC’s, web design, and publishing with customized data base driven web sites created with the artist and/or collection in mind.

Weddings ASO Limousine Service, Inc. 1032 Main Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-1696 www.asolimo,com

Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm 13 Rainbow’s End, Pawling, NY (845) 832-6749

ROOTS & WINGS P.O. Box 1081, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2278 Rev. Puja A. J. Thomson will help you create a heartfelt ceremony that uniquely expresses your commitment, whether you are blending different spiritual, religious, or ethnic traditions, are forging your own or share a common heritage. Puja’s calm presence and lovely Scottish voice add a special touch. “Positive, professional, loving, focused and experienced.”

Seed to Fruit 528 Main Street, Beacon, NY (914) 382-1159

Woodstock Weddings

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.

business directory

(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.

Retreat Centers

Mizzentop Day School

Village Wine & Spirits 45 Front Street, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3311 Open every day.

Workshops Daniel Mack Rustic Furnishings

Writing Services CENTER TO PAGE: moving writers from the center to the page (845) 679-9441 Our small team works with writers nationwide— memoirists, scholars, novelists, and people seeking to develop an authentic writing practice. We mentor, edit, ghostwrite, and more. Director Jeffrey Davis is author of The Journey from the Center to the Page and teaches in WCSU’s MFA program and at conferences nationwide.

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whole living guide

A Mineral with Issues

Picking a Bone Over Calcium Supplementation What could be controversial about a material that makes bones and teeth strong and is essential for nerve signaling, muscle contraction, and blood clotting?

by lorrie klosterman

illustration by annie internicola


ainstream medicine and nutrition guidelines deliver these messages: Meet calcium intake recommendations when you’re young or your bones won’t develop well, and they’ll fracture when you’re old. To get enough calcium you’ll need dairy products or supplements. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, a bone scan will tell if you need medication, possibly for the rest of your life, to strengthen bones. But holistic health professionals question these dictums. Some of their concerns and recommendations are discussed here.

HOW MUCH CALCIUM? Calcium’s level in the bloodstream is regulated by a complex interplay of organ systems and hormones. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) elevates calcium if it gets too low by enhancing absorption from food, minimizing loss in urine, and orchestrating release from bones. The hormone calcitonin opposes those same actions, working to lower blood calcium if it gets too high.Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, works in concert with PTH. Maintenance levels of calcium in healthy people varies, as does urinary loss, suggesting that each person’s internal environment functions at a somewhat different set point—a concept called bioindividuality, as described in books such as Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams and Nutrition Solution by Harold Kristal and James Haig. The daily intake of calcium recommended by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services ranges from 500 to 1,500 milligrams, depending on age. Many people in other parts of the world with healthy bones and bodies have intakes below this, but in the western world we’ve grown up with the notion that we need calcium supplementation— whether in pill form, vitamin-enriched foods, or milk products. And while it may seem harmless to assert that everyone needs a lot of calcium, in excess it can accumulate in atherosclerotic plaques and kidney stones, and cause irregular heartbeat, confusion, and even death. Calcium supplements interfere with certain medications for heart disease, diabetes, and epilepsy, and hinder absorption of certain other essential minerals while causing bloating, gas, and constipation. Perhaps most importantly, the focus on calcium intake overshadows other essential bone-sustaining components and the importance of natural methods of bone health.

DAIRY AT YOUR SERVICE The dairy industry continues to have a powerful influence on national dietary guidelines. The National Dairy Council’s 3-a-Day Dairy program encourages consumers to have “a total of three servings of calcium-rich milk, cheese, or yogurt every day.” The program was developed in conjunction with the Ameri74


can Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, and National Medical Association (the National Dairy Council gives presentations at the national meetings of these organizations). The program recommends flavored milk products to get children to meet the goal, and though a cup of chocolate milk has about 24 grams of sugar compared to 13 in unflavored milk, the council says its studies find that “kids who drink flavored milk, overall consume more milk and calcium without increasing sugars or total fat in their overall diet.” The council’s website advises people who are lactose intolerant (unable to digest milk’s predominant sugar, lactose) to choose hard cheeses or yogurt, whose natural lactose content is lower, or to eat specially created lactose-free products. However, dairy products, especially pasteurized cow’s milk, evoke health problems in their own right. Dr. Frank Oski, pediatrician and author of Don’t Drink Your Milk, makes the case that cows’ milk is a poor food for humans, especially children, because of allergies, changes in intestinal bacteria, links with iron deficiency, and lactose intolerance. He reminds readers that about 70 to 90 percent of people of Asian, Arabian, or African descent are genetically lactose intolerant and so cannot digest milk well, while only 8 percent of American whites are intolerant. Other nutritionists concur: Milk isn’t for everybody. Dylana Accolla is a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in the Hudson Valley who counsels clients in nutrition. “For people who have dairy sensitivity or allergy, the milk they are consuming to help their bones is a problem,” she says. “I see it all the time. The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation [a nonprofit that researches the scientific basis of ancestral wisdom on nutrition, agriculture, and health] recommends whole milk that is not pasteurized because that process denatures proteins and makes it somewhat indigestible, even for people who are okay with digesting the lactose.” Accolla has a different suggestion altogether: “I recommend making a nutritious broth by picking up five pounds of bone from free-range, organically raised animals—never from industry-produced meat—and simmering it in water for four to six hours with a tablespoon of vinegar. The vinegar pulls calcium out of the bone, giving it more nutrition. It’s a good source of phosphorous and vitamin B12, which are also important to bone health. Then freeze it and have a little each day or use it to cook with.”

TOO MUCH ACIDITY Many of today’s popular foods are acidic, overly taxing the body’s natural acidbuffering ability. As a result, calcium is dissolved from bone as an alkaline ma-



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A lot of calcium conversation is about building strong bones and teeth. But calcium is only one player. While some clinical trials have reported reduced bone loss and fracture with calcium supplementation alone, most studies that follow people in the real world do not support this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The medical profession has been throwing 1,500 milligrams of calcium at women for a long time,â&#x20AC;? says Susan Willson, a certified nurse-midwife in Stone Ridge who works with women to achieve healthy bones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the types of calcium they are taking are not absorbed well, or are not the right kind.There are a lot of other minerals to take into accountâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, boronâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everything is trying to balance itself. So when you take a huge dose of calcium, it disrupts the mineral balance.â&#x20AC;? If a supplement seems warranted, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to use a microcrystalline hydroxyapatite supplement that has all the minerals in the right ratio. Several companies put out a formula (like Now brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bone Strength).â&#x20AC;? Price concurs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem when we come to bone health is whether there are enough of the cofactors to build that tissue appropriately. I love to give tissue salts, like Dr. Schuesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biochemic Cell Salts, which are supplements containing mixtures of minerals appropriate for different tissues. They are a very benign supplementâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt you but have lots of good things for the body. There are also herbs for helping build bone. I use a lot of homeopathics in my practice. Birch, sequoia, and silver fir are wonderful for generating bone and for healing fractures.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To make healthy bones we have to have a healthy adrenal system and functional thyroid, which needs iodine,â&#x20AC;? Accolla says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seaweeds have iodine and so does saltâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but use sea salt, not commercially iodized salt. Apples, nuts, and whole grains are good sources of boron. Magnesium in trace amounts is in many of the yellow-colored foods. And fluorideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of course we know that in the water itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good for us, but drinking hard water from your well probably has enough to build your bones. Organic green tea has trace amounts of fluoride. And even if you have a great diet with whole grains and legumes, you want to soak them first, which neutralizes acid in them that blocks calcium absorption. Our ancestors did this to their food, so we can utilize the foods we eat better.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Carol Robin, a chiropractor and certified clinical nutritionist in West Shokan, says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much harder to get magnesium than calcium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a widespread deficiency in foods because the way we do [industrialized] agriculture in this country depletes crops of magnesium.â&#x20AC;? Organically grown whole grains, nuts, and seeds are the best sources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can get trace amounts of boron from fruits and nuts,â&#x20AC;? she adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a good natural diet, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting other necessary minerals.â&#x20AC;? Vitamin D isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a mineral, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential for calcium balance as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re becoming rampantly deficient in that, too,â&#x20AC;? says Robin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty serious problem, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for so many things besides bone health. The use of sunscreen has caused a good deal of the deficiency. We evolved to make vitamin D in our skin with exposure to the sun, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become afraid of it. And people living in the northern areas of the world canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough sun in the winter. Where we are, you can lie naked in the sun in December and not

make enough vitamin D.You can get your blood level tested easily, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re deficient, you really need to take the supplement separately to get enough.â&#x20AC;?

THE OSTEOPOROSIS SCARE Bone is a living organ. Its cells are constantly at work making an organic matrix of proteins onto which minerals crystallize in a specific proportion. Together, the proteins, minerals, and other molecules make bone strong and resilient. Throughout life, bones are remodeled on a microscopic scale. Older or worn parts are digested away by cells called osteoclasts, and rebuilt by cells called osteoblasts. This continual remodeling allows for the renewal of the organic matrix as well as deposited minerals, and allows bone to strengthen or slim down in response to pull from muscles. Perhaps one of the strongest polarizations in calcium-related health is over the need for pharmaceutical intervention to maintain skeletal strength after menopause. Bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax (alendronate) and Aredia (pamidronate) have been prescribed for millions of women to enhance bone density. They are toxic to osteoclasts, so they shift the bone remodeling cycle to more deposition. The drugs actually become incorporated into bone as well. Clinical trials have shown increases in bone mineral density and reduced fracture incidence in women taking the drugs for five years, but the changes are small, and concerns have been raised about the safety of the drugs and durability of bones subjected longterm to this imbalance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young and growing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building bone faster than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re breaking it down,â&#x20AC;? Willson explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and women naturally have increased bone density during childbearing years, which stores excess minerals for the fetus to use. At around age 35, the ratio shifts from building extra to breaking down a little more. The body wants you to be as light and efficient as you can be. For the first four or five years after menopause you have an accelerated loss. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural process. If you are exercising and eating a good diet, it will stabilize, and you can start building again. Where you get osteoporosis is people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exercise or have a poor diet thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really acidic, or you have many cups of coffee, lots of processed foods, or sodas all day.â&#x20AC;? Willson points out that in Europe, bone density tests arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t considered that significant or reliable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The test compares your bone to that of a healthy 25-year-old woman. It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean anything. And then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re given drugs as though only bone density matters. But in fact, it makes bone with distorted architecture.â&#x20AC;? Many of Accollaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients are health-conscious women who have just gotten a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia after a bone-density scan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been given a prescription for one of these drugs but are hesitant to take it,â&#x20AC;? Accolla says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctors often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain how these drugs work. They just say your bone density is low, and you need to increase it. But if you disable osteoclasts, you keep bone from doing the constant readjusting it needs to do. What are the long-term effects? Women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that this drug is linked to ulcers and liver damage. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still guinea pigs.â&#x20AC;? Accolla instead uses Chinese herbal formulas that have been treating osteoporosis for 1,500 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The beauty of them is that, depending on the other symptoms along with osteoporosis, I can use herbs that are tailored for a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual picture. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a supplement, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Perqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bone Guard Forteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the few products on the market shown to build matrix.â&#x20AC;?

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BEST ADVICE: EXERCISE! All health experts recommend exercise, for diverse reasons: For bone health, it is considered more important than supplementation. It stimulates osteoblasts to fortify areas where contracting muscles pull, building density naturally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can build bone at any age,â&#x20AC;? says Willson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miriam Nelson from Tufts University did studies with women in their eighties, doing strength training at home and building bone mass, and there are several books about this, such as Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strong Women, Strong Bones. So we really know that strength training is important.â&#x20AC;? Exercise also improves balance and agility overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women can be at risk of fractures because of poor muscle strength and flexibility and balance. Strength training makes a huge difference, so women are less likely to fall in the first place.â&#x20AC;? A little trampolineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the kind you can step onto and bounceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a good tool for improving all of those. With that inspiration, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t despair that your skeleton will dissolve just because of age or because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat dairy. But do put these recommendations into practice and continue to bone up on good calcium maintenance.




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

Picking and Choosing: Mindful Eating for Kids and Families, Part 2


n last month’s column, I indulged my obsession with feeding my toddler by interviewing three experts on kids and/or food and/or mindfulness. I promised that I would consider what they said during the following month, and conduct a little anecdotal research, then report back. As a recap, these are my wonderfully willing experts: Dr. Harvey Karp: Dr. Karp is the best-selling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block. He is a professor of pediatrics of UCLA School of Medicine and travels extensively, talking (lovingly) about kids. Nina Planck: Nina wrote the critically acclaimed Real Food: What to Eat and Why a couple years ago. Her most recent book is Real Food for Mother and Baby. Both are gems. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Osho (Ryushin Osho): Before moving into Zen Mountain Monastery in 1991 to become a monastic/priest/teacher, Ryushin Osho was a pediatrician and a psychiatrist. I asked them all the same three questions, based on my own concerns, as well as what I hear from other parents. This is what I gleaned from their answers and how it all played out at our table. What is the best way to raise a mindful eater—someone who appreciates food but is not obsessed with it? Dr. Karp: “Each child is different, but many go through seriously picky eating stages. And others just aren’t that into food.” Nina Planck: “Don’t be obsessive about wanting your kids to be mindful.” Ryushin Osho: “Remember that food isn’t just food. It’s love, it’s attention and it’s play.” I got the message pretty loud and clear on this one: Re-lax! Why I ever thought that being a robot— no-dessert-if-you-don’t-eat-your-meatball-justtry-it-okay-lick-it-good-job-you-did-it…repeat— would encourage a shred of mindfulness for any of us is beyond me. Poor Azalea, innocently enjoying a bit of space in that clear mind of hers and I am filling it with the kind of control-seeking anxiety I have been trying to let go of for years on my medi78


tation cushion. What was I thinking? So now I am more willing to let Azalea find her way through her meal, and if she wants to be excused before she has eaten what we consider a satisfactory meal (which varies depending on the day/ menu, etc.), I will simply remind her (once, maybe twice) that the food on her plate is all that is being offered, so if she is hungry later, she won’t be having applesauce, dessert, or anything else. Unless, of course, we decide to throw the whole thing out the window and just bring on the ice cream. I don’t have any hard data on whether or not her eating has “improved,” but our time together sure has! Indeed, it has been intriguing to consider the possibility that preparing food is not the only way to offer love at mealtimes. There’s also this thing called…um…let me look at my notes…I think it’s fun? I had heard of this before, but I was pretty skeptical. But then one night Azalea insisted she was finished receiving my love, I mean eating her salmon, and I recalled Ryushin Osho’s Polish grandfather doing the whole whale routine (see last month’s column). I felt ridiculous and not at all optimistic, but I gave it a shot: Look, it’s a whale going into the cave—fish on fork, aimed at her mouth, as if she were a…baby…or small child! Immediately, she opened up and ate. Okay. That totally worked. Just this morning, with her cream of rice cereal, she said: “Mommy! Pretend it’s a bunny hopping in!” Gulp. In order to get a picky eater to try new food, is it okay to bribe kids—for example, “If you eat your broccoli, you can have ice cream”? Dr.. Karp: “Absolutely.” Nina Planck: “I don’t think it’s fatal, but it seems sort of limited as a tactic.” Ryushin Osho: “I think I would be cautious, but at the same time, what the hell do I know?” Thanks, Dr. K.! Just last night we told Azalea that she could have dessert (apple juice; should I feel guilty about this?) after she tried her roasted red pepper. So she started with the lick, then we told

her she had to take one bite and swallow it (recently she has developed the spit-out avoidance technique). So she did. “It’s good,” she announced. Then we all let it go. So it may take 50 more appearances for the red pepper to become part of her repertoire, but at least they’ve been introduced—Azzie and the pepper—and they’re even kind of friendly. Should we serve picky eaters special foods at mealtimes? Dr. Karp: “It’s not wrong to indulge your children as long as when you have to set a limit, they know they have to respect your limit.” Nina Planck: “We don’t have a separate shopping list for [real] kids’ foods. In deciding what’s for supper, I treat my son’s considerations with equal weight to mine and my husband’s. Ryushin Osho: “I never experienced that, so it would be difficult for me to imagine what that would feel like.” This was the most thrilling part of my interviews. Ryushin Osho’s family never offered special meals, and he didn’t starve, so if I don’t want to, I don’t have to! Nina Planck says that “kids’” food—cheddar bunnies and the like—are unnecessary (her genteel way of saying gross), but that doesn’t mean we don’t try to please our kids’ palates. We can all eat real, tasty food together. And Dr. Karp spun the whole question in a very helpful direction. He basically gave me permission to be as indulgent or persnickety as I want when it comes to the dinner table, because it’s not the rules that matter as much as our ability to enforce those rules skillfully. When our family sits down to eat, of course, nutrition is vital, but so are our relationships that form around the food. So what have I learned? I’d say that raising a mindful eater doesn’t mean that Azalea won’t always be picky or have strong preferences or even be that into food. She may never swoon over bright green olive oil the way her mother does. But by creating a loving, playful, nourishing environment, maybe she can be relaxed enough to truly taste it.

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Massage Therapy Conscious Body—Ellen Ronis McCallum, LMT 692 Old Post Road, Esopus, NY (845) 658-8400 Offering deep, sensitive and eclectic Massage therapy with over 22 years of experience as a licensed Massage Therapist 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). Hot Stone Massage and aromatherapy are also offered. Gift certificates available.

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.

Mid-Hudson Rebirthing Center (845) 255-6482

(845) 485-5933 Integrated Kabbalistic Healing sessions in 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.

Judy Swallow

Shirley Stone, MBA, Certified Empowerment Life Coach

Life & Career Coaching 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 leave with a strategy, a plan and the tools to achieve their goals. Contact me for a no charge consultation now.

Meditation Zen Mountain Monastery 871 Plank Road, Mount Tremper, NY (845) 437-5831 Offering year-round retreats geared to all levels of experience: introductions to Zen meditation and practice; programs exploring Zen arts, Buddhist studies, and social action; and intensive meditation retreats.

Nutrition Counseling Ilyse Simon RD, CDN Nutrition Therapist 318 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-6381 Do you feel fat? Ilyse works with ‘stress eaters’ and those with chronic eating disorders. A Bastyr University of Natural Medicine gradu-

ate, her counseling has a holistic approach. Eating disorders are not about food. Eat what you want and feel good about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is not black and white. Living is the full spectrum in between.â&#x20AC;?

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge 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 Center for Physical Therapy 2 Delavergne Avenue, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-4789

Roy Capellaro, PT 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY (845) 518-1070

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.

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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.

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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, and mat classes available.

Psychics Psychically Speaking (845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125


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

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Listening. Touch. Quiet. The interface of structure and energy. There are optimum ways of working with out 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.

Emily L. Fucheck, PsyD

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Janne Dooley, LCSW, Brigidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Well New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081 Facebook Group: Brigidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Well Brigidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Judy Swallow, MA, LCAT, TEP



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Julie Zweig, MA, NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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.

New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566 Verbal Body-Centered Psychotherapy, for individuals, couples and families. Julie has 20 years of experience as a therapist, with many areas of expertise. Although Julie also practices Rosen Method Bodywork, this verbal

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modality does not involve touch. It is termed “body-centered,” as the breath and muscle tension of the client is observed visually to enhance and deepen the work.

K. Melissa Waterman, LCSW

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

845.626.4895 212.714.8125

Dooley Square, 35 Main Street, #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 and relationship problems, and spirituality issues. Certified EMDR practitioner, Sliding scale available. Groups offered.

Kent Babcock, MSW, LMSW— Counseling & Psychotherapy (845) 679-5511, ext. 304 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.

Laura Coffey, MFA, LMSW

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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

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

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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.

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Flowing Spirit Healing 33 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-8989

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.

Tarot Tarot-on-the-Hudson—Rachel Pollack 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.


Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW

Jai Ma Yoga Center

Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-8808

69 Main Street, Suite 20, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0465

Rosen Method Bodywork Julie Zweig, MA, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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.

New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

The Rosen practitioner focuses on chronic muscle tension and constricted breathing. With gentle, direct touch; unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories may emerge, allowing the client to recognize the purpose of unconscious tension. Old patterns may be released, freeing the client to experience more aliveness, well-being, and new choices in life.

Lenox, MA 1 (800) 741-7353

Satya Yoga Center

Speech Language Pathology

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Patricia Lee Rode, MA, CCC-SLP

521 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8212

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Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine


Speech Language Pathologist with over ten years experience providing diagnostic/therapeutic services for children/adults with speech/ language delays, and neurological disorders. Specializing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, PDD, ADHD, memory, and language related disorders. Trained in P.R.O.M.P.T., and Hippotherapy. Offer individual therapy and social skills groups. Offices in NYC/Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck and Catskill, NY (845) 876-2528

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, acupuncture, sauna, and organic Yoga clothing. Route 299, across from Econo Lodge.

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Cornelius Brown (standing), Javier Dzul, and Robin Taylor of Dzul Dance. Dzul Dance will perform in the Morrison Theater of the Millbrook School on June 5 and 6.

Hanging by a Thread Dzul Dance began as a love story. Robin Taylor grew up in Millbrook, where she was an avid athlete. At the age of 14, she entered the Millbrook School. Because they didn’t offer field hockey, Taylor switched to dance. She became obsessed with dancing, and after graduation joined the Lori Belilove Company, touring with “The Art of Isadora Duncan.” Taylor also became a competitive ballroom dancer. But the dance world can be limiting, so Taylor entered college to study forensic psychology. Eventually, she graduated John Jay College with a master’s degree in the field. Taylor went on to work for the FBI and the Manhattan district attorney. Taylor met Javier Dzul in 2001 at an exercise class. Dzul had been born into a Mayan tribe in the Yucatán, where he was trained as a tribal dancer. His actual name is Wayol Kikin Bi Kukul Balan Dzul Chiquini, meaning “Son of the Moon, Feathered Snake Jaguar.” Each such dancer has an animal spirit, called a wayob. Dzul’s is the jaguar. He stalked these beasts to learn their movements, which he incorporated into his dances. Dzul went on to formally study dance at the Universidad de Veracruz, and to be a principal dancer in the Ballet Nacional de Mexico. After studying ballet in Cuba, Dzul moved to New York City, where he attended the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and performed with numerous companies, including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. In Dzul’s solos, the range of his study is visible. He moves with the undulant muscularity of a jaguar, and with the rigor of a trained dancer. Echoes of Martha Graham’s heroic tableaux are visible in his choreography, as are elements of Mayan cosmology. Like pre-Columbian Mexican art, Dzul’s imagery is intricate, epic, and profuse. Meeting Dzul, Robin Taylor suddenly had a reason to dance again. She ditched

forensic psychology, and helped found Dzul Dance in 2003. In addition to dancing, Taylor functions as publicist, fundraiser, and rehearsal director for the company. “I’m the staff,” she jokes. Taylor and Dzul were married in 2005. Dzul creates evening-length dances, which usually begin with a ritual and weave narrative themes into a spectacle. Over time, Dzul’s dance pieces have involved more aerial elements: trapezes, rings and sashes. “He deals with Mayan mythology a lot, in his choreography, so he wanted to take it up in the air, to represent the celestial plane,” Taylor explains. “This way, he could depict the heavens, the human plane, and the Underworld.” Celestial dancing involves risk. “We don’t use safeties. What we’re doing, you could die,” says Taylor. “I mean, it’s serious, serious circus aerial arts. It’s tricks, it’s drops. Javier needs at least 22 feet to perform his silk solos. It has that ‘wow’ factor.” Their current show, “The Symbol Bearer,” includes guest aerialist Chelsea Bacon. “She does a piece on a chandelier that’s metal, with chains that hang down in loops,” narrates Taylor. “She does this very painful but very beautiful routine. It doesn’t look painful, but metal chains are painful when you’re hanging on them.” There’s also a guest contortionist: Anna Venizelos, formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Now Dzul Dance returns to the Millbrook School, where Taylor first became a dancer. Dzul Dance will perform “The Symbol Bearer” June 5 and 6 at the Chelsea Morrison Theater of the Millbrook School in Millbrook. (212) 352-3101; —Sparrow



MONDAY 1 ART Equestrian Views with Carien Schippers ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 338-0331.

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BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Senior Qigong 11am-12pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Amma Sri Karunamayi 6:30pm. Spiritual discourse & blessings. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.


Healing Circle 7pm-9pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Abstraction and Drawing: Interpreting and Form 9am-Wednesday, June 3, 4pm. $270. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Academic Co-Director Surgeon, Founder of ECaP (a therapeutic program humanizing cancer treatment) and the author of “Love, Medicine, and Miracles”,“How to Live Between Office Visits”and others.

Steve Horowitz, M.D. Academic Co-Director Chief of Cardiology at Stamford Hospital, and past Chief of Cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital. Director of Planetree, a holistic, patient-centered care program.

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Finding Spirit through Matter—a Jungian approach to MAKING Using natural materials to discover old personal storylines by making Cards and Tools Stone Ridge Healing Arts, Stone Ridge, NY Saturday, June 20, 1-3PM


Be Your Own Explorer: The Joy of Hiking or a Walk in the Woods 7pm-8pm. Middletown Thrall Library, Middletown. 341-5454.

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

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.


DANCE Barefoot Dance Company Auditions 4:15pm. Barefoot Dance Center, West Park. 384-6146.

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.

WEDNESDAY 3 The Laughter Club 10:30am-11:15am. Combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. $5. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 516-4330. Amma Sri Karunamayi 8am-6pm. Silent meditation retreat. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.



Tutoring 5pm-6pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

Modern Dance Call for times. Classes with the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. $15/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

MUSIC Jazz/World Jam 7pm-9pm. With percussionist Doug Elliot. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Dominic Lydon 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.

David Kraai 10:30pm. Singer/songwriter. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

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http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Hip Hop Dance 3:30pm-5:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

rustic artist Daniel Mack

Musician’s Open Mike 7pm-9pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Jazz Jam 7:30pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Marvin Bu-Ga-Lu Smith. Terrace Lounge, Newburgh. 561-9770.


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Hudson Juggling Club 6pm-9pm. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. John L. Edwards Elementary School, Hudson. (518) 828-7470. Garage Band Lesson 6pm-7pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664. African Drum 7pm-8pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring Studio Stu. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7509.

http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


Hudson Community Book Group 6pm-7:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.



Poetry Writing as Self-Translation with Tomas Urayoan Noel Call for times. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144.

Songwriters in the Round 7pm. Steven Lane, Cupero, Margarita and Nicola. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Introduction to Digital Photography 6pm-9pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Energy Healing for Your Pet 7pm. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

Story Time, Music & Movement 10am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Trevor Exter, John Reddan, Matt Colligan, Nicola 8:30pm. $23/$20. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Sarah Morr 9pm. Acoustic. Sweeney’s Irish Pub, Walden. 778-3337.




Dennis Fox Salon Hair ∙ Nails 6400 Montgomery Street, 2nd floor above the Rhinebeck Dept. Store

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Fiber Arts Group 6:30pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Amma Sri Karunamayi 9am-1pm. Individual blessings. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Drop-In Meditation 5:30pm-7pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Healing Path Yoga 6pm. $14. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

CLASSES Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 281-6734. Studio Painting with Robert Lahm 6pm-9pm. $168. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Women’s Moon Lodge 6pm-8pm. Brighids Bough, Saugerties. 246-7205.

CLASSES Euro Dance for Seniors and Others Call for times. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348. Beacon Figure Drawing Session 7pm-9pm. $10. Floor 1, Beacon. 765-1629. Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

DANCE Barefoot Dance Company Auditions 5pm. Barefoot Dance Center, West Park. 384-6146.



Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

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


I Am a Rock, I Am an Island Artist Olafur Eliasson is interested in what happens when you bring people together. His work is intensely collaborative—his studio team in Berlin is comprised of up to 40 specialists in fields of science and technology, including mathematicians, technicians, carpenters, architects, and a resident philosopher. The resulting works, which can often seem like the products of a kind of laboratory exploring the nature of human perception (which, in fact, they are), usually require collaboration on the part of the viewer as well, who is asked to meet the artist halfway. In 2003, Eliasson created an artificial sun in the vast Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London. The work was composed of hundreds of yellow light bulbs arrayed in a half circle and reflected in the ceiling, which he covered with mirrors to form a glowing yellow orb. The Weather Project was viewed by over two million visitors, many of whom lied down on the floor to view themselves reflected in the mirrored ceiling, watching themselves looking. Closer to home, Eliasson’s New York City Waterfalls, four enormous steel armatures for cascading sheets of water, were visible from the banks of the East River in Manhattan and Brooklyn. His most recent project, which opened at Bard College on May 15, is the somewhat ponderously titled The parliament of reality. It is the artist’s first permanent public outdoor commission in the United States. A 100-foot-diameter man-made island, it is surrounded by a 30-foot-wide circular lake, 24 trees, and wild grasses. It is composed of a cut-granite, compasslike floor pattern (based upon meridian lines and navigational charts) on top of which 30 boulders create an outdoor seating area for students and the public. The island is

reached by a 20-foot-long stainless steel lattice-canopied bridge, creating the effect that visitors are entering a stage or outdoor forum. At night, the installation is bathed in a precisely focused, moonlike light, creating deep shadows behind the pattern of the rocks. Eliasson is of Danish/Icelandic descent, and the “topography” of the Bard island echoes the Icelandic terrain, of which the artist as has said, “In Iceland, everything is such a drama. A little rock in a field casts a long shadow.” The parliament of reality is located directly opposite architect Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Designed specifically with the college and its site in mind, the installation is based on the original Icelandic parliament, the Althing (literally a “space for all things”), one of the world’s earliest democratic forums. The artist envisions the project as “a place where students and visitors can gather to relax, discuss ideas, or have an argument. The parliament of reality emphasizes that negotiation should be the core of any educational scheme. It is only by questioning that real knowledge is produced and a critical attitude can be sustained.” Though the bridge to the island with its lattice of interlacing ellipses is sculpturally elegant, The parliament of reality functions more as architecture than as sculpture. Once you get to the island, there really isn’t that much to look at, so you start to wonder what to do while you are there. As the landscaping matures and the piece becomes integrated into the social, cultural, and political life of the college and the community, it will be interesting to see what happens on Bard’s new island. —Jeff Crane



KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. Featuring Dorraine Scofield and Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Michael Eck 6pm-7pm. Folk. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Johnny Fedz & da Bluez Boyz Invitational Jam 8:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

SPOKEN WORD Conversations in French 11:30am-12:30pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Audience 8pm. $12/$10 members. Lake Carmel Art Center, Kent. 225-3856.

WORKSHOPS Working with Your Enemies: Finding Freedom from Hostility and Fear Call for times. $425/$383. Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia. 688-6897.

FRIDAY 5 ART 12th Annual Peekskill Open House 12pm-5pm. 25+ artists in their studios and over 100 artists in 10+ museums, galleries, and art sites. Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. (914) 734-1292.

Frank Vignola 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Plan B 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277. The Crossroads Band 9pm. Pamela’s on The Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. The McKrells with Brian Melick 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. U4EA 9pm. Dance music. Diana’s After Dark, New Windsor. 567-1890. Marc Black/Mike Esposito 9pm. Two venerable Woodstock musicians. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Chimps in Tuxedos 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Dave Fields 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Anything Goes 8pm. Shandaken Theatrical Society. $12/$10 children, seniors and members. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279. The Fantasticks 8pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Audience 8pm. $12/$10 members. Lake Carmel Art Center, Kent. 225-3856. Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisations of audience stories. $8. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118. Shear Madness 8pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

WORKSHOPS Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Design 9am-5pm. $75. SUNY Sullivan CC, Loch Sheldrake. 434-5750 ext. 4398.

Landscapes by the Hudson Valley Daily Painters 5:30pm-8pm. Montgomery Row Second Level, Rhinebeck. 876-6670. Barbara Warren: Paintings 5pm-12am. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Women’s Sacred Moonlodge 7pm. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

CLASSES Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962. Beginner Bellydance 7pm. $75/$15 each. Brid’s Closet, Cornwall-onHudson. 458-8726. Intermediate Bellydance 8pm. $75/$15 each. Brid’s Closet, Cornwall-onHudson. 458-8726.

DANCE Dzul Dance 8pm. Dance, contortion and aerial circus arts company. $15. Chelsea Morrison Theater, Millbrook. (212) 352-3101.

EVENTS The Circles of Caring Call for times. Educating, Inspiring and Empowering the Care Giving Community. $12. Mt. Saint Alphonsus, Esopus. 338-2980. Girl Scout Camping Adventure Weekend Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Art in Bloom 10am-4pm. Floral designers interpret works of art. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Newburgh. 569-4997. 12th Annual Peekskill Open House 12pm-5pm. 25+ artists in their studios and over 100 artists in 10+ museums, galleries, and art sites. Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. (914) 734-1292. Aquatic New York 5pm-7pm. GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Blooming Color: Flowers Real and Imagined 5pm-7pm. GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Molting 5pm-7pm. New works by Lu Heintz in steel, hair and thread. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston. A Space Out of Time 5pm-8pm. Work by Contemporary Artists Andrew Cooper and Kim Fielding. Donskoj and Company, Kingston. 338-8473. Spring at the Pond 5pm-8pm. Watercolors by Barbara Bergin and Jusy Pedatella. Duck Pond Gallery, Port Ewen. 338-5580. David Halliday: Two Decades 6pm-8pm. Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (518) 828-7655.

Sullivan County Farmers’ Market 3pm-6pm. Municipal Lot, Liberty. 292-6180 ext. 115.



Rocky Horror Picture Show 11:30pm. $6. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

Calming the Anxious Mind 9:30am-12:30pm. $45. Mental Health America, Poughkeepsie. 473-2500 ext. 1208.


Energy Medicine and You! 2pm-4pm. Body Shop Massage Supplies, Hyde Park. 229-9998.

Acoustic John Muller 6pm. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Phoenicia Phirst Phriday 7:30pm. Fran Palmieri, Barbara Dempsey & Co. and The Big River Band. $3. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2142.



Prelude to a Summer Festival Group Art Show 6pm-9:30pm. Watercolors, oil paintings, prints, encaustics, drawings, and photographs. Cornell Street Studios, Kingston. 331-0191.

An Afternoon of String Quartets in the Gallery 5pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.



The Healing Sounds of Instruments from Around the World 7:30pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

DANCE Adult & Teen African Drumming 10:15am-11:15pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Bjorn Again: The Music of ABBA 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Family African Dance 11am-12pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Mellow Madness and Mike Benninger 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717.

New York Academy of Ballet 2pm-6:30pm. $15/$12 students, seniors and members. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Dzul Dance 8pm. Dance, contortion and aerial circus arts company. $15. Chelsea Morrison Theater, Millbrook. (212) 352-3101. 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.

EVENTS Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Sunset Benefit & Lighting Call for times. Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, Hudson. (518) 828-5294. Dutchess County Historical Society Silver Ribbon House Tour Call for times. Area around Carroll Square. Call for location. 471-1630. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Pakatakan Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326. Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am-5pm. Lindal Cedar Homes Display Model, Cold Spring. (888) 558-2636. Hudson Bush Plant Sale and Garden Exchange 10am-2pm. Locally grown plants and plant materials for gardeners, collectors, and horticulturists. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. 12th Annual Cornwall-on-Hudson RiverFest 11am-7pm. Music and entertainment, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, craft and food fair. Donahue Park, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Bridge Music Ribbon Cutting 11am. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. 8th Annual Shindig 12pm-6pm. $10/$5 CAS members. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Fifth Annual Beacon Hat Parade: 400 Years of Hats 1:30pm. Parade and contest. Beacon, Beacon. 838-1737.

MUSIC NCM Call for times. The Basement, Kingston. 331-1116. Sullener 11:30am-1:30pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Music and Dance of India 2pm. $15/$12 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. David Kraai & the Saddle Tramps 6pm. Singer/songwriter. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847.

Storm King Mountain 9am. Strenuous 4 miles. Call for location. Walks on the Land 10am-12pm. Explore the biology and wildlife of Plattekill stream and ravine. Watch Hill Road, New Paltz. 255-2761.

SPOKEN WORD The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Round Table 10am-12pm. Offers men an opportunity to share information on parenting and other issues which impact the family. Mental Health America, Poughkeepsie. 473-2500 ext. 1208. Hillary Jordan 4pm. Author of Mudbound. Merritt Books, Red Hook. 758-2665. Poetry Reading: Rebecca Schumejda 4pm. Baby Grand Bookstore, Warwick. 986-6165. Reading from Dirt 7pm. Presenters will be Mindy Lewis, Laura Shaine Cunningham and Rand Richards Cooper. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Reading of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House 7pm. Laura Shaine Cunningham, Rand Richards Cooper, and Mindy Lewis. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Shear Madness Call for times. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Audience 8pm. $12/$10 members. Lake Carmel Art Center, Kent. 225-3856. Anything Goes 8pm. Shandaken Theatrical Society. $12/$10 children, seniors and members. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279. The Fantasticks 8pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Forbidden Broadway 8pm. $45/$40/$30. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. I Got Sick, Then I Got Better 8pm. $15/$12 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

WORKSHOPS Talking with Plants 10am-5pm. $75. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

Mark Donato 7pm-9pm. Americana. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. The Jesse Janes 7pm. Acoustic. Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 876-0590. The Overflowing Cup 7pm. Christian. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300. Guy Davis 8pm. Blues. $21/$16 members/+ $2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Triple Play 8pm. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847. Mighty Girl 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717. The Adam Nussbaum Trio 8pm. $20. Uptownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Sugar loaf. 469-4405. Mezzo-Soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and Friends 8pm. $25/$20 members. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Hurley Mountain Highway 9pm. Pop/soft rock. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277. Moya Brennan Band 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

SUNDAY 7 ART The 34th Annual Artists on the Campus Outdoor Art Show & Sale Call for times. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 569-3337. Artist on Campus 11am-5pm. 34th annual outdoor art show and sale. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 569-3136. Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement 2pm. Garden historian Judith Tankard gives an illustrated talk as part of the Fourth Annual Bellefield Design Lectures. $25. Henry A. Wallace Educational and Visitors Center, Hyde Park. 229-9115 ext. 26. Works by Randall Bentley 2pm-4pm. Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. (518) 674-2007. Kingston High School Senior Projects 2pm-5pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664. Photography of Claudia Gorman 4pm-8pm. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559.


The Upstart Blues All Stars 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277.

Group Manifesting with Full Moon Energy 2:30pm-4pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Commander Cody/Professor Louie 9pm. A rare solo piano show; the Commander and the Professor. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.


The Crossroads Band 9:30pm. Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Millbrook. 677-8188. The Blues Buddha 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Rho 10pm. Cabaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, New Paltz. 255-3400.

THE OUTDOORS The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. New Paltz Area, New Paltz. (888) 842-2442. The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Saugerties, Saugerties. (888) 842-2442. The Annual Snapping Turtle Walk 7:30am-9am. Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison. 265-3638.

Swing Dance Jam 6:30pm-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. $5. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 339-3032.

EVENTS Ride the Ridge Call for times. 3 bike rides to choose from. $15-$35. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855. 5th Annual Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center Pride Festival 12pm-5pm. New Paltz Middle School, New Paltz. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Rosendale Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market 9am-2pm. Community Center, Rosendale. 658-3467.

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Labyrinth Walk 2pm. Roots & Wings, New Paltz. 255-1559. Hurley Heritage Society Annual Dinner 5pm. $39. Twin Lakes Resort, Hurley. 331-7228.

MUSIC The Most Wonderful Music 2pm. Piano recital directed by Barbara McGivney. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-4181 ext 5513. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 4pm. Cantata No. 37, Wer da glaubet und getauft wird. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660. Rick Altman and David Oliver 7pm-9pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Kat Larios 9pm. Minimalist ukulele player. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

THE OUTDOORS Mills Mansion to Norrie Point 1pm. Easy hike. Call for location. 373-8202.

SPOKEN WORD Reading of New Works by Samuel Reifler 4pm. Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff. 876-2903. Sunset Reading Series 4pm. Nick Flynn excavates the terrain between prose and poetry. The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Cold Spring. 265-4555.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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Shear Madness 2:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. The Fantasticks 3pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Audience 3pm. $12/$10 members. Lake Carmel Art Center, Kent. 225-3856. Anything Goes 4pm. Shandaken Theatrical Society. $12/$10 children, seniors and members. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

WORKSHOPS Hands-On Herbal Medicine, Early Summer 10am-5pm. $75. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081. Mindfulness and Communication Workshop 10am-5pm. Day of contemplative practice and communication skills. $45-$100. Saugerties, Saugerties. 246-5935. In Edition: An Artist’s Book Workshop 1pm-4pm. $200/$175 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Drawing Workshop 1:30pm. Randall Bentley, Galapagos inspired drawing. Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. (518) 674-2007.

Hudson Community Book Group 6pm-7:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

TUESDAY 9 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Healing Path Yoga 6pm. $14. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Channeling the Master Teachers 6:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

DANCE Swing Dance 7pm-10pm. Lesson, dance and performance. $10/$6 students/children free. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 236-3939.

EVENTS Introduction to Shamanism 7pm-9pm. Three week series. The Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

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

SPOKEN WORD http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Forbidden Broadway 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

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. $75 series/$15 session. Call for location. 679-8256. Be Clutter Free 7pm-8:30pm. Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz. 255-5030. Jewelry Making with Shelia Soares 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

MONDAY 8 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Senior Qigong 11am-12pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Hip Hop Dance 3:30pm-5:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

KIDS Tutoring 5pm-6pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Vashti Poor 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. Java Jam II 7pm-9pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Eddie Vedder 7:30pm. With Liam Finn. $75. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Greg Westhoff & The Westchester Swing Band 8pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

SPOKEN WORD http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Laughter Club 10:30am-11:15am. Combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. $5. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 516-4330.

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.



CLASSES Modern Dance Call for times. Classes with the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. $15/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Hudson Juggling Club 6pm-9pm. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. John L. Edwards Elementary School, Hudson. (518) 828-7470. Garage Band Lesson 6pm-7pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664. African Drum 7pm-8pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring Steven Michael Pague voice and guitar, fiddle music with Deb Tankard and Friends. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7509.

KIDS Story Time, Music & Movement 10am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Sarah Morr 9pm. Acoustic. Sweeney’s Irish Pub, Walden. 778-3337.

SPOKEN WORD Green Drinks - SPEED Networking a la HVGD 6:30pm-9pm. Terrapin at Dinsmore, Staatsburg. 454-6410.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Staged Readings of New Plays 8pm. Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.


Hollywood on the Hudson 7pm-11pm. Hudson Valley Film Commission mixer benefit. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. Annual Meeting & The Battle of Midway 7:30pm. Dewey Hall, Sheffield, MA. (413) 229-7907.

FILM RiP: A Remix Manifesto 7pm. Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (518) 828-7655.

MUSIC Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 6pm-12:30am. $15-$90. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson. 626-7673.


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

Euro Dance for Seniors and Others Call for times. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

NCM 7pm-9pm. Acoustic punk. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348.

BeHappy 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717.

Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Benedictine Hospital’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament 8:30am. $165. Apple Greens Golf Course, Highland. 334-3186. Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500. After-Hours Mixer 5:30pm-7:30pm. New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. $5 non-members. Frank Guido’s Little Italy, Kingston. 255-0243. How to Discover and Use Your Money Mantra with Cary Bayer 7pm-9pm. The Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

Two Guitars Now 8pm. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300. Emerging Artists Series 8pm. Nicola, Elza & The Guggenheim Grotto. $18/$15. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Dan Stokes 8pm. Pop, soft rock. Beeb’s, Newburgh. 568-6102. Tim Moore 8pm. Colony Café, Woodstock. The Organiks 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277. Culture - A Night of Reggae 9pm. Featuring Kenyatta Hill And Bluesman Corey Harris. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Sonny Landreth 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Creation 9pm. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277. The Bowmans 9pm. Fast rising American Twins. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Vito & 4 Guys in Disguise 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. XCalibur 9:30pm. Rock. Scruffy Murphy’s Pub, Marlboro. 236-2822.

Connor Kennedy 7pm-9pm. Rock. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Creation 10pm. Dance music. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277.

Dan Stokes 7pm. Pop, soft rock. Big Easy Bistro, Newburgh. 565-3939.


Guggenheim Grotto 8pm. $17. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.


The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. The Fantasticks 8pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Kayaking: How to get started 6pm. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 457-4552.

Shear Madness 8pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Page and Stage 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. $16/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Urinetown: The Musical 8pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790.



Going Green: A Solar Energy Seminar 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.


FRIDAY 12 CLASSES Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962.

Columbia County Community Free Day Call for times. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 400-0100. Opening of the Fields Sculpture Park 1pm-5pm. The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent. (518) 392-4568. Vintage Bodies 3pm-5pm. Photography by Elizabeth Muise Devlin Shand. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 562-6940 ext. 107.

Beginner Bellydance 7pm. $75/$15 each. Brid’s Closet, Cornwall-onHudson. 458-8726.

As Above So Below 3pm-5pm. Works by Jennifer Axinn Weiss. Artists Palate, Poughkeepsie, 483-8074.

Intermediate Bellydance 8pm. $75/$15 each. Brid’s Closet, Cornwall-onHudson. 458-8726.

Hudson River Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones 5pm-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.


Let it be in Sight of Thee 6pm-8pm. Hudson River photography by Carolyn Marks Blackwood. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

First Annual Ulster Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 7pm-12:30am. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson.

EVENTS Quilting in the Castle Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. Sullivan County Farmers’ Market 3pm-6pm. Municipal Lot, Liberty. 292-6180 ext. 115.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT SpiritPlay Open Drama Therapy Group 10:30am-12:15pm. $10/$20. Call for location. 679-4140. Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine 2:30pm-5:30pm. $40. Body Shop Massage Supplies, Hyde Park. 229-9998.



DANCE First Annual Ulster Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 10am-12:30am. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson.

Junior Brown 9pm. Country. $25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Family African Dance 11am-12pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Jill Stevenson 9pm. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

Work/Learn Day at the Wise Woman Center Call for times. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326.



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The Chris O’Leary Band 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277.

Adult & Teen African Drumming 10:15am-11:15pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.



Hurley Mountain Highway 9pm. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277.

Saugerties Giant Flea Market 9am-3pm. Grand Union/CVS, Saugerties. 1 (800) 957-0124. Antique Machinery & Motorcycle Show 10am-4pm. $25/$15. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Art Institute Summer Art Intensive Open House 10am-1pm. Ages 14-19. Steel Plant Studios, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Vanderpoel House Restoration Tour 10am-2pm. James Vanderpoel House, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9265. Dutchess Arts Camp Open House 10am-12pm. Ages 4-14. Dutchess Day School, Millbrook. 471-7477. Double Dutch: Two Days of Dutch History and Culture 11am-4:30pm. Outdoor festival of Dutch history and culture. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.

Big Kahuna 10pm. Dance music. Cafe International, Newburgh. 567-9429.

THE OUTDOORS The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Amenia. (888) 842-2442. The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Hudson, Hudson. (888) 842-2442. Morning Bird Walk 8am. Norrie Point, Staatsburg. 698-0297. Rondout Creek Paddle 9am. Call for location. 564-3825.

SPOKEN WORD Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival 2pm. Poet Judith Saunders and poet William Seaton. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-6345. Readings by Nava Atlas and Daphne Uviller 5pm. Authors of Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, and Uviller and Super in the City. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Contradance 8pm. Eric Hollman calling, with music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. $10/$9 members/children 1.2 price. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

A Healing Hands Forum 12pm-5pm. By the Godiva Connection. Brighids Bough, Saugerties. 246-7206.

Shear Madness Call for times. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Catskill Cabaradio 6pm-9pm. Local poets, personalities, live music, history and good old fashioned family fun. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Page and Stage 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. $16/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Common Ground Farm Benefit Auction 7pm. $25/$40 couple. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

The Fantasticks 8pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Drawings, Sculpture and Photographs Solo show by Joan Lesikin, works by Carey Conaway. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. Frogs: A Chorus of Colors The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-7171.

Urinetown: The Musical 8pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790.



The Living Arts Apprenticeship Call for times. Program will focus on advanced level drum-set study with Amir Ziv and Aikido with Gadi Shorr. Call for location.

Carolyn Marks Blackwood Photography Exhibition 6pm-8pm. Opening. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 882-1438

Naked Raku Workshop 12pm-2pm. $100/$85 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

KIDS The Magic Comedy Show 10:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

MUSIC Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 10am. $15-$90. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson. 626-7673.

Gallery Tour of Hudson Valley Artists 2009 2pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sacred Chanting 10am-11:30am. $10. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Uncle Rock 12pm. $12/$10/$8 children. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.


Metropolitan Hot Club 3pm. Jazz. Water Street Market, New Paltz. 255-3976. Garden. Set. Fire. and Trouble at the Border 7pm-9pm. Acoustic rock. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. An Evening With The Princes Of Serendip 7:30pm. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 338-0331. Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle: Concert 1 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Peter Yarrow 8pm. $25. Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, LaGrangeville. 486-9969. Pleasant Bud 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717. Rupert Wates 8pm. A.i.r. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. Rebel Red 8pm. Americana. A.i.r. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. California Guitar Trio 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.



Project Mercury 12pm. With Deuces Child, Howie Tavin Trio, Rod Owens. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300.

Deuces Child 3pm. Folk. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300.



First Annual Ulster Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 10am-6pm. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson.

EVENTS Work/Learn Day at the Wise Woman Center Call for times. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081. Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance, and Science Festival Call for times. Earthdance, Plainfield, MA. (413) 634-5678. 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. Antique Machinery & Motorcycle Show 10am-4pm. $25/$15. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Double Dutch: Two Days of Dutch History and Culture 1pm-4:30pm. Outdoor festival of Dutch history and culture. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.


No Rest at the Pillow The hosts at Jacobs Pillow have been busy. Once again, they’ve prepared a season packed with genre-bending performances plus talks, tours, classes, and exhibitions. Works will be performed by some 50 companies from around the world. Fresh from his 90th birthday celebration in April, which included the premiere of a new work, the legendary Merce Cunningham will present three works representing three decades of his career. For his dance “eyeSpace,” the audience will get to create the score by using iPod Shuffles provided during the performance. Kinetic choreography by Doug Varone and Dancers will include the sumptuous “Lux,” set to music by Phillip Glass. Varone is one of those rare artists who offers both insight and elucidation when he explores emotional terrains. Whether he’s being thoughtful or humorous, his fluid movements and exceptional energy make for breathtakingly beautiful choreography. The New York-based Ballet Hispanico is known for creating its own kind of fusion between ballet, modern, and Latin dance. In this poignant program, dedicated to director Tina Ramirez, who will be stepping down after almost 40 years, a revival of their renowned “Club Havana” is set to spice things up and reveal their true, feisty style. Somewhat lesser-known but sensational nonetheless, hip-hop company Rennie Harris Pure Movement (with live bucket drumming) and Barbara Duffy’s all-female tap company (inspired by the late Gregory Hines) are sure to draw crowds this season, and Doug Elkins and Friends promise some side-splitting humor with “Fräulein Maria.” Danced to the soundtrack of The Sound of Music, the score is the only thing this piece has in common with the musical. Spanish-born flamenco dancers Belén Maya and Rocío Molina will perform with master musicians and vocalists, and Romanian choreographer Edward Clug offers a new take on Shakespeare with “Radio and Juliet,” set to music by Radiohead. A US premiere by the Taiwanese company LAFA & Artists combines humor and

acrobatics with modern choreography that is powerful, elegant, and witty. Canadian Crystal Pite, former dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, brings her company Kidd Pivot, dancing in a similarly complex and fluid style. Based in New York but composed of dancers and choreographers from several countries, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet burst on the scene in 2003 with a unique blend of modern and ballet simmered to perfection. The edgy and whimsical choreography they present continue to make them one of the hottest tickets in dance. Budget-conscious ballet-goers can take advantage of the free performances on the Inside/Out stage, or some of the 20 free talks by performers and other dance professionals. Topics include: Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, Mapping Movement (discussing both dance notation and how world leaders move), Erick Hawkins’ life and work in what would have been his centennial year, Doug Varone on making dances during these complicated times, and a salute to the illustrious, departed dancer-choreographer, Ulysses Dove. Exhibition highlights include Jules Feiffer’s dance cartoons, Cunningham’s artistic collaborators, a tribute to the Alvin Ailey Company’s 50th anniversary, and the art of tap—plus the Pillow’s public archives of 70 years of dance memorabilia are always on view in Blake’s Barn. The only dance organization declared a National Historic Landmark, the 163-acre site offers enough activities that you can plan to spend all day there. Nature trails and gardens are available for your enjoyment, and morning Pilates and dance classes are offered regularly, as are afternoon talks and outdoor sunset performances. Casual fare and libations are available at the on-premises café and pub to tide you over till the show. (Preshow talks are 15-minutes before ticketed performances, postshow Q&As right after.) Delicious. (413) 243-0745; —Maya Horowitz



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Working with Crystals 1pm-3pm. A beginners class with Diana Rose. The Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206. Corazon de Dahlia Benefit Auction 3pm-6pm. Benefit to open a home for street children in Cusco, Peru. Pritzker Gallery, Highland. 691-5506. Insiders Behind The Scenes Gala 4:30pm. Dinner, silent auction, preview performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). $125. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-onHudson. 265-3638. Magical Cabaret with Mark Mitton 7pm. $30/$25 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

SPOKEN WORD http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Hudson Community Book Group 6pm-7:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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


FILM Drawing Revealed- Artists in Conversation 4pm. Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster. 278-0230.

KIDS Mark Mitton Children’s Show 2pm. $10/$7 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Earth, Wind & Fire Call for times. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 1 (800) 745-3000. Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival 10am-6pm. $15-$90. Mountain Valley “Peg Leg Bates” Resort Club, Kerhonkson. 626-7673. Acoustic Medicine Show 12pm. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Brian & Laura 12pm-2pm. Folk. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. New York Sings 2pm. Jerry Silverman lecture and performance. Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. An Afternoon of Chamber Music 3pm. Joseph Genualdi, Sophie Shao, and Richard Wilson. Music of Mozart, Wilson, and Beethoven. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7690.

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Michelle Barone 7pm-9pm. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

SPOKEN WORD Gallery Talk: Joan Lesikin 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

THEATER The Price Call for times. Orson Bean & Staphanie Zimbalist. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Shear Madness 2:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. The Fantasticks 3pm. $22/$20 students and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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Healing Path Yoga 6pm. $14. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Cleansing with Sound of the Crystal Bowl 6:30pm-7:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.



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Urinetown: The Musical 3pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Moon for the Misbegotten 4pm. The Over The Pond to Poughkeepsie Ensemble. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

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

Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 281-6734. Studio Painting with Robert Lahm 6pm-9pm. $168. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136.

FILM Carefree 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Reality Check 6pm. Acoustic. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847. 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 Disney Keys to Excellence 8:30am-4:30pm. Experience the business behind the Disney magic, proven strategies and best practices that are easily adaptable to their organizations. $359. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 255-1000. Disney Keys to Excellence 8:30am-4:30pm. $359. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 255-1000. http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

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

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The Laughter Club 10:30am-11:15am. Combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. $5. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 516-4330.

Healing Circle 7pm-9pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

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


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

Adult Beginner Hip-Hop 7pm-8pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

KIDS Tutoring 5pm-6pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Abi Tapia 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.



Senior Qigong 11am-12pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.



CLASSES Garage Band Lesson 6pm-7pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664. Hudson Juggling Club 6pm-9pm. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. John L. Edwards Elementary School, Hudson. (518) 828-7470. African Drum 7pm-8pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Chef demonstration with Holly Shelowitz, music with Bar Scott. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7509.

KIDS Story Time, Music & Movement 10am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Sarah Morr 9pm. Acoustic. Sweeney’s Irish Pub, Walden. 778-3337.

SPOKEN WORD Unsolved Mysteries of Henry Hudson’s Voyage 7pm. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

THURSDAY 18 CLASSES Euro Dance for Seniors and Others Call for times. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348. Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Gathering of the Peacemakers 2pm-Sunday, June 21, 2pm. Nightly concerts and “green” daytime workshops. $145. Epworth Center, High Falls. 687-0215. Dutchess Art Camp Open House 4pm-7pm. Ages 6-12. St. Paul’s Parish Hall, Red Hook. 471-7477. Sunset Sensations 5:30pm-7:30pm. Unique wine and food sampling. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

FILM Consuming Kids 7pm. $6. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

SPOKEN WORD The Pledge of Allegiance 7pm-8pm. Origins of the Pledge will be discussed including rare material not found in most books. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

FRIDAY 19 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Huatou Chan Retreat Call for times. Led by Guo Ru Fashi. $520. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-5712.

CLASSES Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962.

DANCE A Night at Studio 8pm-11pm. ‘70s and ‘80s dance music. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.

EVENTS Sullivan County Farmers’ Market 3pm-6pm. Municipal Lot, Liberty. 292-6180 ext. 115. Quadricentenniel Relay for Life 6pm. All Sport Fishkill, Fishkill. 896-5087.

MUSIC Just 3 6pm. Rock. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847. The Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm-10pm. La Porcini Cucina, Tivoli. 757-1015. Boston Early Music Festival 7pm. Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. $125/$95/$65/$30. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Rick Z 7pm. Acoustic. Guido’s Little Italy, Kingston. 340-1682.

The Kurt Henry Band 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717. Hurley Mountain Highway 9pm. Pop, soft rock. Pamela’s on The Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Vito & 4 Guys in Disguise 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277. Ramblin’ Jug Stompers 9pm. Featuring former Blotto members and a jug. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Jon Schrader Band 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. The Blue Rays 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

SPOKEN WORD Philosophy Discussion Group 6:30pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

THEATER Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Shear Madness 8pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Urinetown: The Musical 8pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Kimberly Akimbo 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage. $16/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Mombo 8pm. Comedy. $25/$20. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

SATURDAY 20 ART Antique Hat Exhibit 1pm-3pm. Sheffield Historical Society, Sheffield, MA. (413) 229-2694. Every 71 Seconds-A Memory of Alzheimer’s 3pm-6pm. Michelle Muir photo exhibit. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Michelle Muir: Photo Exhibit 4pm-6pm. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Rhythm of Light 5pm-8pm. Featuring interpretations in a variety of media. Unframed Artists Gallery, New Paltz. 255-5482. Surprise 6pm-10pm A group show featuring the work of Ronny E Jae in the Solo Room. Arts upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2142.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Finding Spirit Through Matter 1pm-3pm. Using natural materials to discover old personal storylines by making Cards and Tools. $40. Stone Ridge Healing Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-7589.

DANCE Adult & Teen African Drumming 10:15am-11:15pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Family African Dance 11:15am-12pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. 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.

EVENTS Clearwater’s 2009 Great Hudson River Revival Call for times. Music and environmental festival. Croton Point Park, Croton-on Hudson. 454-7673 ext. 112. Public Sails: Great Hudson River Revival Call for times. $50/$35/$15. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon. 454-7673 ext. 107. Old Rhinebeck Aerodome’s 50th Anniversary Call for times. Special Father’s Day Admission & Biplane Ride Package. 752-3200. Bruce Schenker Memorial 5K Run/Walk 8am-9am. Gilded Otter Parking Lot, 3 Main Street, New Paltz.

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Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 227-1154. Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326. Shakespeare Family Fun Festival 10am-5pm. $5/$15 family. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0447. Old Fashioned Day 11am-5pm. Walker Valley Fire House, Walker Valley. 744-2827. Open House 12pm-5pm. Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley, Wappingers Falls. 632-3200. Summer Solstice Family Picnic & Energy Fair 12pm-4pm. Crellin Park, Chatham.

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2009 Hudson Valley Summer Theater Round-Up By Jay Blotcher As another Hudson Valley summer commences, farm stands throughout the region have posted signs that exhort neighbors to Buy Local. The advice is sound; by purchasing produce, dairy, and meat from area farmers, the benefits are numerous: support for the shrinking number of farms, keeping capital in your area, limiting pollution by not trucking in goods from elsewhere, and savoring fresh goods. Those dedicated to such ecological imperatives are known as locavores. When it comes to summer theater-going, why not observe the same pledge to buy local? The advantages are similar: supporting local artists and keeping entertainment money in the community, saving gas by not venturing into New York. But what about freshness, you ask? Aren’t Valley offerings simply warmed-over chestnuts? Not at all. While some local companies play it safe with crowd pleasers, more are introducing new playwrights. Whether your yen is for high drama, avant-garde pieces, or old favorites, the Valley offers it. If you demand star wattage, take heart; film and TV actors regularly take to local stages to keep their acting chops honed. Herein is a survey of the most compelling theater offerings from Putnam County to Greene County this summer. It offers a potent argument for joining the ranks of Hudson Valley locavores.

Making everything old new again is the mission of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, now in its 23rd season. Each year, Artistic Director Terrence O’Brien and company reimagine the Bard, refusing to let the dust settle on 400-year-old works. Rather than treating the plays as museum pieces, O’Brien tells actors to “presume the play is written by someone alive today; then you connect the work to the world around you.” For the first time this season, the HVSF will perform its productions in repertory for the season, which runs from June 14 through September 6. They include the war drama “Pericles”—which O’Brien promises will be played as an action movie—the farce “Much Ado about Nothing” and the chaotic, irreverent Shakespeare 101 piece “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” This manic romp zips through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes. The HVSF has a setting as grandiose as its productions: the grounds of the Boscobel mansion, perched on the banks of the Hudson River, where audience members can enjoy picnics before each performance. Another venue where nature enhances the theatergoing experience is Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, known to habitués as ps21. Now in its fourth season, this Chatham performance tent stands in a 107-acre apple orchard with the Catskills rising in the west. According to founder Judith Grunberg, the “spaces” in the name refers to the long-term



plan to build an environmentally sensitive year-round facility. ps21 offers an eclectic schedule of films, live music, dance pieces and theater. Parents will welcome the high-toned offerings for children. Mask-and-theater troupe Arm-of-theSea offers a more thoughtful take on the giddy Hudson River Quadricentennial. “Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson and the River That Discovered Him” (June 13) will emphasize the downside of that historic milestone: Native American genocide and ecological destruction. On June 28, children can join dancer Rod Ferrone, who combines song, dance, vaudeville, and hat tricks in “Feet 2 the Beat.” Also for families is “Those Two Guys,” starring Patrick Ferri and acrobatic clown Dave Cox (August 1). But leave the kids at home for “Mombo” (June 19–21), in which Chatham playwright Alan Gelb dissects the relationship between mother and child in vignettes that range from farcical to poignant. Shadowland Theater, a stately Art Deco house in Ellenville, continues to bring classics and new works to weekenders and summer vacationers. Artistic Director Brendan Burke, a veteran of the Manhattan stage, brings professionals to Southern Ulster County. Past artists include Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” and Judd Hirsch in Yasmine Reza’s “Art.” This summer, Burke seeks to mount works that “deal with the economy, the Depression, and the American psyche.” Fittingly, the 25th anniversary season opens with Arthur Miller’s “The Price” (May 29–June 14). Two warring brothers are forced to take inventory of the achievements of their father, who lost everything in the Great Depression. “The Price” stars veteran actor-author Orson Bean and Stephanie Zimbalist, best known for TV’s “Remington Steele.” The season closes with David Mamet’s sacred and profane “American Buffalo,” in which three desperate men plan a heist. “It’s another view of American business, from the underbelly,” says Burke. Between these powerful bookends, however, are two comedies and a mystery: “Almost Maine” (June 19–July 12), “Gutenberg, The Musical!” (July 17–August 9), and “Accomplice” (August 15–September 7). Stageworks/Hudson, now in its 15th season, seeks to showcase fresh dramatic voices. “Our mission has never changed,” says Founder and Artistic Director Laura Margolis, “[It is] to bring highquality adventurous productions to the community and to perpetuate development and production of new plays on a national level.” Playwright Lucile Lichtblau, 77, has penned a show as relevant as today’s headlines. “Car Talk” (July 22–August 9) concerns an elderly Jewish couple that has just learned that their daughter is preparing for marriage. The lucky groom, however, is a female taxidermist. Self-identified liberals, the parents must confront their mixed feelings on their drive to Vermont. Equally tied to current debate is the drama “Nowhere on the Border” (August 26–September 13) by Carlos Lacamara. An American border cop meets a Mexican man in the Arizona desert. The man is looking for his daughter, who crossed over illegally. Unlike a Lou Dobbs harangue, this drama takes no sides. “It focuses on the human aspect of the story,” says Margolis. If becoming lost in theater is your goal, then book a hotel room for the duration of July near Vassar College. Powerhouse Theater (June 30–August 2) offers a veritable orgy of readings, plays, and musicals in development that feature marquee names from TV and film. Since 1985, New York Stage & Film has used the Vassar theaters as a petri


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dish for nascent works by new and veteran playwrights. This approach yields as many misses as hits, but intrepid theatergoers welcome the challenge. For the 25th anniversary season, Pulitzer winners John Patrick Shanley and Beth Henley returns with new works: “Pirate” and “The Jacksonian,” respectively. Or consider the musical “The Burnt Part Boys,” slated for Broadway next year; “One Slight Hitch” by savage satirist Lewis Black; a new musical by “Spring Awakening” composer Duncan Sheik (pictured above); or “Tina Girlstar,” a musical about African-American artists in the contemporary music industry. After years of writing scripts for TV (HBO’s “In Treatment”) and film (Disney-Pixar), Poughkeepsie native Keith Bunin arrives in his hometown with a new play: “Vera Laughed,” a comedy-drama about a Russian émigré who flees his country during World War II with his wife and mistress in tow. They settle in the French countryside and create a workable ménage a trois. The lead character, a famous Russian writer named Ivan Bunin, may have been distantly related to the playwright, hence the initial fascination. But Bunin completed the tale because it contained universal themes: “Refugees making a home and therefore needing so much from each other,” he says. Bunin began his professional theater career with a 1985 reading at Powerhouse titled “The Principality of Sorrows,” which netted him his first agent at age 23. He would be welcomed back three more times for workshops and readings. “Vera Laughed” is his first full Powerhouse production. Theater on a community level is America at its democratic best. Root on neighbors as they get in touch with their inner showman before handmade sets. Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) has exemplified that can-do spirit since 1976. The results are more than worth the $12 ticket for a seat in a refurbished 1887 Odd Fellows Hall in the mountain town of Phoenicia. STS president Dot Penza will direct the summer musical “Anything Goes” (through June 7), a candy-colored romantic comedy on a cruise liner, featuring Cole Porter songs. Casting the roles was easy, Penza says, with one exception: She had difficulty finding teen boys who could play tap-dancing sailors. Penza’s plans for next season include offbeat choices for community theater: 17th-century French playwright Moliere and Tennessee Williams. But STS will retain its core spirit. “We are dedicated to keeping the community feel of the theater—to stay inclusive,” says Penza. “We find a space for everybody.” A festival for the unabashed egghead is Bard College’s SummerScape. Each season, classic works are restaged by visionaries in world theater. Scotsman Gregory Thompson brings “The Oresteia,” the Greek trilogy by Aeschylus, into the 21st century (July

15–August 2). This harrowing suite of plays—“Agamemnon,” “Choephori,” and “The Eumenides”—deals with a dysfunctional family ready-made for reality TV. Agamemnon kills his daughter Iphigenia, then goes off to war. When he returns in triumph, his wife Clytemnestra kills him. Angry siblings Electra and Orestes in turn slay their mother. Finally, Orestes is hounded by the Furies, demanding payback for the bloodshed. Speaking from London, Thompson explains why his collaborator, set, and costume designer Ellen Cairns, dressed the cast in 21st-century clothes. “If you put it in modern dress, the modern parallels are going to strike everyone,” he says. Those parallels involve hoary debates over capital punishment and cycles of revenge that pass through a family. “What do you do with the desire for retribution, that harsh kind of justice? That is as relevant now as it was when Aeschylus was writing.” The director cites the American invasion of Iraq and the subsequent war—“started by a father and completed by a son.” Thompson and Cairns raise difficult questions, then slyly leave the audience to confront their own beliefs. Literally. Cairns has installed a traverse that juts out into the theater. Audience members, placed on either side of the extension, will be forced to watch one another’s reactions as the tragedy plays out. “It reflects the fact that this is a play about debate, of opposing views confronting each other,” Thompson says. “And the traverse is great for that.” Now in its seventh season, Woodstock Fringe was cofounded by Manhattan theater professionals with eyes trained on fresh talent in theater and music. Pieces are performed in the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock. Artistic Director Wallace Norman may have reined in the number of offerings this year but continues to shape offbeat pieces in workshops. “The opportunity for a playwright to hear his new work is so rare,” Norman said. “Our sense of purpose for doing new work is ever stronger.” The 2009 season of Woodstock Fringe includes "The Night the Cardiff Giant Sang Ruffini on the Lawn" (August 13–23) by Charles Traeger, a founding member of the Fringe. For history buffs, the Giant in question is part of New York lore. When exhumed in 1869 in the western part of the state, it commanded national headlines as well as the attention of showman P. T. Barnum. Trager’s comedy, as the title suggests, is a surreal foray into the subject and takes place in Cooperstown, where the behemoth remains on display. Bard SummerScape (845) 758-7900

Shadowland Theater (845) 647-5511

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (845) 265-9575

Shandaken Theatrical Society (845) 688-2279

Powerhouse Theater (845) 437-7235

Stageworks/Hudson (518) 828-7843

ps21 (518) 392-6121

Woodstock Fringe 845- 679-0167 6/09 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST


Animal ER Open House 1pm-4pm. Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley, Wappingers Falls. 632-3200. 2009 Season Opening Gala 6pm. Dance performances, dinner, live music. $350-$750. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37.

FILM My Favorite Year 2pm-5pm. Q&A, wine and cheese reception with actor Mark Linn-Bake. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.


Exhibition of the Hudson Valley 7 G.A.S., Poughkeepsie. (845) 486-4592.

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


Bike Tour of Historic Fishkill 12:30pm. 3 different tours with varying distances. Call for location. 896-4079.

Battle of the Bands 7pm. Features teen bands. $10/$7 students/$5 network members. The Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury. A Slice of the Big Apple 7:30pm. Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. $10/$5 students and seniors. Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck. 229-4021 ext. 1238. Shakuhachi Concert 7:30pm. Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper. 437-5831. Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle: Concert 2 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Montgomery Delaney & Marc Von Em 8pm. $20/%14 students and members. Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster. 278-0230.

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MUSIC Billy Manas 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Boston Early Music Festival 2:30pm. Antiochus und Stratonica. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Boston Early Music Festival 2:30pm. Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. $125/$95/$65/$30. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. An Afternoon of Chamber Music 3pm. Music of Beethoven, Grieg, and Smetana. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7690. Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4pm. $6/$5 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Greg Melnick 5pm. Acoustic. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300. Naked 9pm. Julia Nichols’s voice leads this eclectic trie of musicians from Woodstock. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.


The DownTown Ensemble 8pm. $15/$12 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

The Dyer Switch Band 8pm. Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. (518) 674-2007.

Shear Madness 2:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Frank Carillo & The Bandoleros 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Urinetown: The Musical 3pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790.

Guitar Phenom Bobby Messano 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277. Happy Traum 9pm. A Woodstock guitar legend. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Lady’s Night 80s Night 10pm. Steel House, Kingston. 338-7847.


Mombo 8pm. Comedy. $25/$20. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

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

PM MH-ADK’s 8th Annual PaddleFest 10am-4pm. Plum Point, New Windsor. 229-0595.


Rondout Valley Garden Tour 10am-4pm. Davenport Farms, Stone Ridge. 687-4567.


THEATER Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Shear Madness Call for times. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Kimberly Akimbo 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage. $16/$12 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Public Sails: Great Hudson River Revival Call for times. $50/$35/$15. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon. 454-7673 ext. 107.

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

Boston Early Music Festival 7pm. Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. $125/$95/$65/$30. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

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Clearwater’s 2009 Great Hudson River Revival Call for times. Music and environmental festival. Croton Point Park, Croton-on Hudson. 454-7673 ext. 112.

Detritus/Imprint An installation by E. Elizabeth Peters. G.A.S., Poughkeepsie. (845) 486-45.

Arthur Danzy CD release Party 7pm. $20/$10. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.



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

Global Medicine Show and Earth Concert 5:30pm-9:45pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

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Hudson Valley Healing Arts Salon 3:30pm-5pm. An Introduction To Living Foods For Body, Mind, & Spirit. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Abstractions by Joanne Klein G.A.S., Poughkeepsie. (845) 486-45.

The Rhodes 4pm. Rock. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.



Urinetown: The Musical 8pm. $22/$16/$14. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Mombo 8pm. Comedy. $25/$20. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

WORKSHOPS Replenish the Well: Self care for Caregivers Call for times. Will help participants to formulate individualized self care plans. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Naked Raku Workshop 12pm-2pm. $100/$85 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Camp Omi, Session 1 Call for times. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Senior Qigong 11am-12pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Color Confidence 9am-Friday, June 26, 4pm. $400. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Hip Hop Dance 3:30pm-5:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

KIDS Tutoring 5pm-6pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.



Francine Ciccarelli 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.

Gallery Tour of Hudson Valley Artists 2009 2pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.



http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Business Luncheon 12pm-1:30pm. Featuring Dr. Ronald J. Tatelbaum Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Health Quest. $25/$18 members. 36 Main Street, New Paltz. 255-0243.

Hudson Community Book Group 6pm-7:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

TUESDAY 23 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Yoga as Muse Call for times. The Writer’s Sword: The Fifth Annual Hudson Valley Yoga As Muse Retreat. Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale. 338-6418. Shamanic Herbal Apprentices, Mid-Summer Call for times. 6 weeks. $550. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081. Healing Path Yoga 6pm. $14. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124. Channeling the Master Teachers 6:30pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

CLASSES Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 281-6734. Studio Painting with Robert Lahm 6pm-9pm. $168. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136.

FILM Amadeus 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm. Featuring music by Deb Tankard and Friends. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7509.

KIDS Story Time, Music & Movement 10am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC The Harvest Band 7pm. Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park. 242-6104. Sarah Morr 9pm. Acoustic. Sweeney’s Irish Pub, Walden. 778-3337.

THEATER Forbidden Broadway Call for times. Created and written by Gerard Alessandri. Stageworks, Hudson. (518) 828-7843. Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

THURSDAY 25 ART Voyages: The Art of Evelyn Metzger 5pm-6:30pm. Paintings of Evelyn Metzger. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. Contemporary Works by Ian George 6pm-9pm. Avalon Seafood Gallery, North Adams, MA. (323) 868-1949.



Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

Euro Dance for Seniors and Others Call for times. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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

SPOKEN WORD http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

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. $75 series/$15 session. Call for location. 679-8256.

WEDNESDAY 24 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Laughter Club 10:30am-11:15am. Combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. $5. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 516-4330. Reiki Clinic 10am-12pm. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

CLASSES Garage Band Lesson 6pm-7pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664. Hudson Juggling Club 6pm-9pm. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. John L. Edwards Elementary School, Hudson. (518) 828-7470. African Drum 7pm-8pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

DANCE The Ballets Russes and Ballet West 5pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Ballet Noir 6:30pm. Inside/Out. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Mujeres: Belan Maya & Rocao Molina 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37.

Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348. Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

DANCE Ko-Ryo Dance Theater 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Mujeres: Belan Maya & Rocao Molina 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37.

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

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

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National Theatre’s Phadre in HD 7pm. $23/$21 seniors/$16 children. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Phedra 7pm. $22. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

SPOKEN WORD The History of the Catskills Tanning Industry 7:30pm. Phil Ryan. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121.

THEATER Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Shear Madness 7:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

FRIDAY 26 ART A Little Space for Artists 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.








Regarding Henry His name is inextricably linked with the identity of a region and the river that runs through it, but Henry Hudson the man has faded to little more than a footnote to a halfremembered history—an antiquarian character who bossed around a motley crew in a tipsy wooden ship with a fairy-tale name. But now the English navigator is stepping out from the shadows—his first mate’s journal is being read and reinterpreted, his role in history reassessed, and even his marriage subjected to dramatic speculation. The occasion is the Quadricentennial Celebration of Hudson’s epoch-making 1609 journey up the river that bears his name. Communities from New York City to Albany are presenting reenactments and exhibitions of colonial Dutch culture and the indigenous peoples who came before them; fanciful public art displays involving carousel horses, fiberglass cats, and canvas banners; tours of stone houses, lighthouses, and heritage boats; performances of traditional folk music; shows of new and old art inspired by the Hudson River; and dramatic performances, including a piece utilizing giant puppets and colorful sets by the Arm-of-the-Sea Theater to recreate Hudson’s arrival from the standpoint of the native peoples. The climax of the event occurs in early June, when a fleet of heritage ships—including replicas of a 17th-century Dutch sloop and Hudson’s Half Moon along with the Clearwater —retrace Hudson’s journey, with lots of pomp and circumstance. The heritage ships depart from New York Harbor on June 5 and will arrive in Albany eight days later, stopping in Kingston (June 10), Hudson, Athens, and Catskill (June 11), and Castleton (June 12) along the way. Escorted by a menagerie of tugboats and other work boats, military vessels, and private cruisers, the fleet will be attended by booming cannons, fireworks, and other festivities upon arrival. History will also be made on the first weekend of October, when the Walkway Over the Hudson, located on a former railroad trestle that spans the Hudson from Highland to Poughkeepsie, opens with a gala parade and dramatic illumination. The walkway will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, and it preserves a structure considered an engineering marvel when it opened in 1888. For complete information on these events and others, visit Here’s a brief description of seven Quad-related events this summer that promise to delight and stimulate new insights into our region’s past and present: —Lynn Woods Before Hudson: 8,000 Years of Native Esopus Culture The timelines and displays of Native American artifacts in a pair of upstairs rooms at the Visitor Center for Historic Huguenot Street illustrate a startling fact: The Hudson Valley has been inhabited for thousands of years. The oldest projectiles on display—all the artifacts were dug up on the site—date from 6,000 to 8,500 BC. There is a striking 28-inch-long pestle, beads, pottery shards, the ancient skeleton of a dog, and an original land treaty signed by the Leni Lenape and the British. The show also does an excellent job explaining the chronology of precontact cultures in the region and describing what little is known about them. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, through Oct. 31 River Views of the Hudson River School What could be a more ideal setting for an exhibit of 19th-century Hudson River School landscapes than the home and studio of the movement’s founder? The 15 paintings on display at the Thomas Cole Historic Site include a Cole painting of the Catskills entitled Indians Viewing Landscape and a picturesque view of the prerailroad city of Hudson at the foot of Mount Merino by Arthur Parton. After getting an eyeful of the painted images, you can check out the real thing by taking one of the guided hikes to the actual landscapes the artists painted (scheduled June 6, July 18, August 1, September 5, and October 3). If you love these painters’ preoccupation with luminosity and sublime imagery, don’t miss the show of Hudson River School paintings at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, at SUNY New Paltz. Forty-five paintings on loan from the New York Historical Society are arranged as a “grand tour” from the lower Hudson all the way to Niagara Falls. The paintings will be on display through December 13. Thomas Cole House, Catskill, through Oct. 11 Bridge Music Ever wonder what a steel bridge would sound like if you struck its girders, suspender cables, spindles, and other parts with a bunch of different mallets? Composer Joe Bertolozzi did just that on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, recording the sounds, sampling them

into a computer, and using a software musical notation program to compose a piece. The result is a sonic site installation that has garnered press coverage from around the world. Starting June 6, the 40-minute piece will be broadcast continuously from Waryas Park, on the Poughkeepsie side, and from Johnson-Iorio Park, on the Highland side; there are also two listening stations on the bridge’s walkway, consisting of 12 buttons installed on the bases of two towers. The park broadcasts are permanent; the bridge listening stations will be dismantled on October 31 and reinstalled next April. Mid-Hudson Bridge; Listening stations installed June 6 Dutch Festival at the Senate House State Historic Site The Scions of Patria, a group of re-enactors wearing authentic colonial Dutch clothing, will encamp on the grounds of the Senate House on Saturday, from 11 am to 4:30 pm, while spinning wool, cooking over a firebox and demonstrating other necessities of existence in the 17th century. A maker of wampum will display his tools and the various items his currency would have been traded for, and recipes from the Van Cortlandt family will be shared. There will be a firing demonstration of flintlock guns, and a “sutler”—a Dutch merchant who accompanied the army—will peddle her goods. On Sunday afternoon, foodways historian Peter Rose will give a talk on New Netherland cookery, clog dancers will perform, and two bands will play period music and period instruments. All activities are free, as is entrance to the Senate House. Kingston, June 13 & 14; (845) 338-2786 Ahoy! Where Lies Henry Hudson? To compensate for Hudson’s horrific end and lack of a proper burial—his crew defected during a 1611 voyage, and the explorer was set adrift in a small boat off the coast of Labrador, never to be seen again—16 local architects are designing and constructing memorials for him, displayed on the grounds of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild through October 12. Don’t expect staid slabs of granite; the architects are taking great liberties. For example, Byron Bell and Les Walker are collaborating on a dreamlike depiction of Hudson’s voyage, complete with storms, sharks, birds, and serpents that will meander around White Pines, the 1903 home of the arts and crafts colony’s founders. The installation’s theme will inspire music performances, poetry readings, puppetry shows, and scholarly discourse throughout the summer. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, opens June 13 Heritage Parade, Film Shorts, and Vaudeville The spirit of the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration, which attracted thousands of spectators to Hudson River downtowns that have in many cases since vanished, will briefly materialize on July 18 when a parade of marching bands and groups in ethnic dress representing various countries march down Market Street. The occasion is the opening of the 1891 Armory, a national landmark that has been restored to its former glory. Inside, there will be Poughkeepsie’s first annual honey festival. Earlier in the week, on July 11 and 12, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will host the Under the Bridge film festival, featuring historic shorts of Poughkeepsie in decades past. The ghost of vaudeville, circa 1911, will be brought to life at The Chance on August 29, with a performance by Dr. Muir’s Spectacular Musical Revue, Shiny Shoes, and standup comedian Tom Dreesen. Poughkeepsie, July 11 & 12, 18 & August 29 Namesake Celebration A replica of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon will be docked for five days and available for tours on Saturday and Sunday (and for special groups on Friday). There’s also a festival, which will commemorate the waterfront’s finally getting a proper name: Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Volunteers are busy sewing the ruffs for the Henry Hudson look-alike contest. Definitely bring the kids: Roger the Jester and Mr. Twisty are two dudes guaranteed to get loads of laughs, the Bindlestiff Family Circus will hold workshops, and Dutch colonial crooners Nonne and Ankie will add to everyone's repertoire of songs. Meanwhile, ferries will convey people across the river to Athens, and then from there to the lighthouse. Trolley service around Hudson means you won’t have to get in your car. On Saturday night there will be fireworks, a light show, and a concert. Hudson, July 24, 25 & 26



BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Jivamukti Yoga Vacation: with Sharon Gannon, David Life & Shyam Das Call for times. $290/$261. Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia. 688-6897. The Star Children and Extraterrestrials in our Midst 7pm. $15. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

CLASSES Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962. 'UEST3PEAKER$EEPAK#HOPRA



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DANCE Avi Scher & Dancers 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Night Swing Dance 7:30pm. Live music. Lesson at 7pm. $10/$8 members. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Mujeres: Belan Maya & Rocao Molina 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Swing Dance 8pm. Featuring Annie and the Hedonists with Peter Davis. $15/$10 students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

EVENTS Sullivan County Farmers’ Market 3pm-6pm. Municipal Lot, Liberty. 292-6180 ext. 115.

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

Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Exit 19 9pm. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277. Reality Check 9pm. Rock. Quiet Man Pub, Wappingers Falls. 298-1724. Slaid Cleaves 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Machan Taylor 9pm. Brazillian based tunes. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068. Todd Boyle 9:30pm. Acoustic. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. XCalibur 9:30pm. Traditional Irish. Scruffy Murphy’s Pub, Marlboro. 236-2822.

THEATER Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511. Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Shear Madness 8pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 8pm. We Cannot Know the Mind of God and Fully Committed. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

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DANCE Adult & Teen African Drumming 10:15am-11:15pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Family African Dance 11am-12pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Ballet’s Magic Kingdom 4pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. The School at Jacob’s Pillow - Ballet 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37. Mujeres: Belan Maya & Rocao Molina 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37.

Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326.

The Rhodes 6:30pm. Rock. Muddy Cup, New Paltz. 338-3881.

The Providers 8pm. Motown. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985.

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Women’s Empowerment Class: The Red Temple 10am-5pm. $85. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.


Oliver Olive-Eyes 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-4717.

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Aston Magna 8pm. Music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Early Childhood through 8th grade

Go Figure 6pm-8pm. Group exhibition of painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, photography. Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro. 888-2519.

CRUMBS Nite Out at The Linda 7pm. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

Keller Williams 8pm. Solo cult hero, one-man jam band. $32/$27 members. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

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Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush 5pm-8pm. Works by Yale Epstein. Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Hudson. (518) 828-4346.


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

The Berkshires Green and Healthy Living Expo 10am-10pm. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. 1 (800) 834-9437. Ann Street Market 10am-4pm. Ann Street Municipal Lot, Newburgh. 562-6940. Orchard Dinner & Wine Tasting 6pm-9pm. Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge. The Paramount’s 6th Annual Red Carpet Night Gala 8pm. Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill. (877) 840-0457.

GALLERY Consider the Lobster Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7598.

MUSIC The Doobie Brothers Call for times. With Bad Company. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Frances Kramer 12pm. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Don Egry Trio with Rosemary Sepe Neilson 7pm. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook. 894-7291. Betty and the Baby Boomer 8pm. New CD of river songs celebrating the Hudson. Norrie Point, Staatsburg. 889-4745. Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle: Concert 3 8pm. Emerson Quartet. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7216. George Benson 8pm. Jazz. Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill. (877) 840-0457. Kelleigh McKenzie in Concert 8pm. $12. Kleinert/James Art Center. Woodstock. Bobby Messano Blues Band 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Alexis P. Suter Band 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Stoney Clove Lane 9pm. Killer tunes and musicianship. Alchemy, Woodstock. 684-5068.

THE OUTDOORS The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Kent, Kent, Connecticut. (888) 842-2442. South Mountain 9am. Moderate hike. Call for location. 246-2006.



Five Friends Art Exhibit 1pm-3pm. Walter Bogard, Hans Heuberger, Sean Ryder, Lois Ryder, and Lois VanClef. Sheffield Historical Society, Sheffield, MA. (413) 229-2694.

Robert Lubar on Antoni Tapies 1pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

A River Runs Though It: 5th Annual Plein Air Event 3pm-6pm. Windham Fine Arts, Windham. (518) 734-6850.

Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Kinetic Art: Mark Davis 5pm-7pm. The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-1700.

Shear Madness Call for times. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Works by John MacDonald 5pm-7pm. The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-1700.

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

WORKSHOPS Trans-Experiential Playwriting Workshop with Chiori Miyagawa Call for times. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144. Drawn Home: A Life Drawing Experience 9:30am-Sunday, June 28, 5pm. $200/$180 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drawing Workshop 1pm-4pm. Brid’s Closet, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 458-8726. Copyright Law for Visual Artists 2pm. $10. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 400-0100. Beautiful Breads & Seasonal Soups 3pm-6pm. $30. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.

SUNDAY 28 ART Gallery Tour of Hudson Valley Artists 2009 2pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sacred Chanting 10am-11:30am. $10. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Women’s Empowerment Class: Womb Speak 10am-5pm. $85. Wise Woman Center, Woodstock. 246-8081.

DANCE Mujeres: Belan Maya & RocÃao Molina 2pm. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 37.

MONDAY 29 ART Silent Walks on the Half-Moon 6pm. Collaborative art performance. Storm King Trail Head, Cornwall. 304-3142.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Senior Qigong 11am-12pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Hip Hop Dance 3:30pm-5:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

KIDS Little Kids Camps 1 and 2 Call for times. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Express Yourself-Plus 10am-Thursday, July 23, 2pm. Art camp for children ages 6-13. Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster. 278-0230. Tutoring 5pm-6pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

MUSIC Steve and Pete Adams 7pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.



http: hudson teen theatre project 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

Hudson Community Book Group 6pm-7:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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


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

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

Shandaken in Bloom 10am-4pm. A garden tour. $20. Catskill Rose, Shandaken. 688-2893. The Berkshires Green and Healthy Living Expo 10am-10pm. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. 1 (800) 834-9437. Hudson Valley Clearwater Sail 2pm-5pm. Historic Rondout Waterfront, Kingston. 454-7673 ext. 107. Olde Hurley Guided Walking Tour 2pm. $3. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

TUESDAY 30 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Drop-In Meditation 5:30pm-7pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Healing Path Yoga 6pm. $14. Madhuri Therapeutics, New Paltz. 797-4124.


David Kraai 12pm. Singer/songwriter. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500.

Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 281-6734.

Phedra 2pm. $22. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Studio Painting with Robert Lahm 6pm-9pm. $168. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136.




The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Call for times. Self-guided tour of private gardens. Great Barrington, Great Barrington, MA. (888) 842-2442.

KIDS Tutoring 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.



Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness Call for times. Walking the Dog theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Shear Madness 2:30pm. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 4pm. We Cannot Know the Mind of God and Fully Committed. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. Red Ferrone! in “Feet 2 The Beat” 5pm. One-man tour de force of song, dance, vaudeville schtick. $20/$15 members/$7 children under 14. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

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An Evening of Dance Shorts 8:30pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Chodikee Lake Paddle 9pm. Easy 3-4 miles. Chodikee Lake, Highland. 255-6005.

Almost, Maine Call for times. A series of love stories told by John Cariani. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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Star Mountainville Group Double Bill 7pm. The Unseen Hand and The Artist at Work. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

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

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

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The Road to Xibalba


ately, I am hearing the discussion about 2012 just about every day. The concept of this being an important year was introduced to popular culture by Jose Arguelles at the time of the Harmonic Convergence in 1987. His work is inspired by Mayan astrology, and in that system we experience a turnover in the calendar, which—so far as I have been able to discern, from the best source I have—reaches the date on December 21, 2012. That 13 at the front tells us that on the winter solstice of 2012, the 13th baktun will have ended. A baktun is 5,125 years, and five of them represent a “great cycle”—the precessional cycle of about 26,000 years. (Our scientists still cannot calculate an exact length of one precessional cycle.) This is one full wobble of the Earth’s axis, which makes the backdrop of the cosmos seem to slide along and which causes the astrological ages to change. When you hear about the “Age of Aquarius,” that is a reference to precessional movement. There are no exact dates when these ages begin and end. Generally, when people talk about an astrological age, they are making reference to the position of the Sun on the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This will come about one day earlier every 70 years. However, a Mayan scholar and New Age author named John Major Jenkins has proposed that what we need to be looking at if we want to understand the Mayan system is not the first day of spring but rather the first day of winter—the position of the Sun at the Winter Solstice. When you look at that, you find that it aligns closely with the center of our galaxy. That position is retrograding towards the Galactic Center and in particular the dark band at the center of the galaxy, which is known to some modern-day Mayan thinkers as the Road to Xibalba. It is the opening to another dimension, the Mayan underworld; and the symbolism is distinctly yonic in nature. Cave systems in Belize and Guatemala have been referred to as the entrance to Xibalba, though one physical expression referred to by K’iche’ peoples is the dark rift visible in the Milky Way. Let’s set aside the Mayan symbolism for now and consider the Western astrology on the road to 2012. As of June 1, 2009 we are exactly 1,300 days from the winter solstice of 2012. During that time we experience many significant changes. For example, Uranus, Neptune, and Chiron all change signs. We recently experienced the sign change of Pluto, which transited from Sagittarius to Capricorn (were it will remain until about 2023). As the other outer planets follow suit, our perception of the world will shift again and again with each of the transits. Then there exists a wide diversity of aspects that tell the story. The most significant of which is occurring right now, as you read this: Chiron conjunct Neptune in Aquarius. Jupiter also happens to be in the mix and even through June these planets are within one degree. Through the month of June they remain in an exact conjunction. My sense is



that this is astrology that will shape our time in history. More to the point, it is helping open up a new dimension of reality wherein we have increased creative authority over our lives. And we can, together, create a space where we can meet in psychic space and physical space and restructure our patterns of social interaction. When we talk about the need for humanity to get free of its current moribund spiral into fear, materialism, and darkness, opening up such a living space, and re-creating our relational patterns, is essential. Aquarius, where this conjunction occurs, is the sign of both mental and social patterns. Neptune, which has been there for a decade, has melted away the structure of our old patterns, though for many introducing a layer of pure fantasy, media haze and drug haze that makes it impossible to see reality. Chiron focuses Neptune energy, at once applying it precisely and providing an antidote, if necessary. Chiron is like a utility that helps us work with the energy of the outer planets. Its conjunction to Neptune draws in and clarifies Neptune energy like a laser, which can be applied to awareness, to healing, and to creative endeavors. Jupiter adds a wisdom factor, the quality of expansion and a global theme. This aspect is big, and it is rare that we actually get to live through astrology consciously as it shapes our generation. Such is one of the powers granted by the Internet, and I am certain that the Net is one of the most important platforms for the changes we are witnessing. Yet what I am really describing is an entirely natural network in consciousness that is opening up and that we can access. I described this recently as a phenomenon of sixth dimensional morphogenetic fields in my weekly magazine. This aspect holds well into 2010 and is a threshold to what follows next, leading to the first full-on 2012 astrology, which occurs in June 2012: the Venus transit of the Sun, and Uranus square Pluto. The Venus event is a precise conjunction to the disk of the Sun, a rare event the Mayans revered. Uranus square Pluto is astrology that says liberation and revolution like nothing we have seen since the mid-1960s. While there is a lot of noteworthy astrology on the way to 2012, that is the year that the really interesting movement begins. However, I can assure those who wish to participate in the strange, the new, and the unworldly will find plenty of intrigue and growth opportunities as these aspects unfold on the road to Xibalba. All in all, what we need to give up is our attachment to our fears, our defenses, and our inert fantasies. We don’t need to give these things up all at once—the place to start is with our commitment to them. What I am saying here is that the reason we tend to have so much negativity in our lives is because we’re attached to it. That doesn’t mean we want it, but it does mean we tend to cling to it like it was some precious thing to be proud of, rather than something to let go of and embrace the framework of the next phase of reality.

One other crucial quality we must embrace is the feminine side of our brains. I don’t mean gender bending, but rather a true encounter and integration with the biophilic (sensitive to all of life) quality that is distinctly female. I would propose that this is something essential particularly for women; through this process they can bring in their natural healing gifts and allow them to flourish. The following is an abbreviated list of events between now and 2012. More examples are available at Chariklo square Chiron (2009-2012) These are two very small planets orbiting our Sun in the relatively new centaur class. They are currently in a square (90 degree) aspect. This aspect repeats in seven separate events between now and 2012, and as such is a constant companion along the way. The square is currently from Scorpio to Aquarius. It will gradually shift to an aspect between Sagittarius to Pisces. In mythology, Chiron and Chariklo were consorts; she was a nymph and the wife of the famous surgeon, healer, and mentor. Their story contains none of the philandering, mockery, and hubris that are so common to the Greek myths. Yet they endure the many pains of the world and endure the flaws of both humanity and the gods. Chiron is about healing processes that benefit from or demand the raising of awareness and a humble approach to life, as tempered by awareness of both mortality and immortality. In a square aspect, they are here to help us work out a dynamic in our relationships that is held internally. Our issues with fear, abandonment, psychic pain, physical sickness, inferiority, and jealousy are all internally mediated. Chariklo’s presence is calling us to be present for our own healing process. She is holding devoted space for us to make peace with our dualistic human/animal nature, and to gradually integrate the two without judgment. Saturn square Pluto (2009-2010) In November, Saturn transits from Virgo to Libra. Once there, it will begin a series of three squares to Pluto in Capricorn. This will take place in aspect to the Aries Point; that is, the first degree of Aries, which magnifies the connection between the personal and the political. When Saturn and Pluto get together, the results can range from violence to a conservative backlash against our inherent freedom as humans. In 2001, we experienced the opposition of Saturn and Pluto and we all saw the results, which lasted for the ensuing decade and created damage we are still dealing with. Indeed, we will for a long time. We now have an opportunity to see how our own obsession with fear and suppressing our life force contributed to the catastrophic aftermath of 9/11. People who fancy themselves “conservative” will have a chance to see the fear that is at the core of that ideology. Those who fancy themselves “liberal” will have an opportunity to apply structure and discipline to their lives in the way that is essential to existing in an actual state of freedom. Through this aspect we will all have a significant opportunity to assess our relationship to fear. We will get to bear personal witness to the idea that trust is the key to love. Chiron and Neptune enter Pisces (2010-2012) Both planets are now at toward the end of long passages through Aquarius, in a conjunction. As this conjunction separates, Chiron will lead the way into Pisces, beginning in 2010. Neptune will follow over the next two years (slow planets take a while to go into a new sign, usually retrograding back into the prior sign once). In effect this is one transit and represents the full activation of Pisces energy. We are accustomed to all the toxic forms of Pisces, from violent films to television advertising to wanton consumption of alcohol to every mood-altering pharmaceutical to spill out of corporate laboratories by the train carload. We obsess with status, fashion, appearance, glamour, and living fantasy lives. Then to this we try to add a little sprinkling of “spiritual” as if that would magically open the way to God. Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. Its presence there will refresh the spiritual waters, flooding through both society and consciousness with revitalizing life. Chiron will make us aware of how toxic our ways of living and thinking are, and introduce—often poignantly—awareness of how we need to feel our emotions, our bodies, and our souls.

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Uranus enters Aries (2010-2011) The mighty liberator Uranus, the planet of foresight, technological advance, innovation, and revolution, will personally cross the Aries Point three times starting in 2010, ending up in Aries to stay for seven years in 2011. If we are looking for a tipping point where the signs of change are inevitable, and this odd thing known as ‘the public’ actually wakes up, this is the event. On the personal level, this aspect says we have to think of ourselves differently. The real revolution is not a news event but an awakening of who we think we are. Eric Francis Coppolino writes daily at



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Mars has entered your birth sign, which is putting some fire in your belly. I trust you will give that famous Taurean complacency a run for its money. I know a lot of people born under your sign, and I do mean know and love. They all admit the same thing: It’s difficult to make changes. The comfort zone can feel like climbing out of a canyon. On the most basic level, Taurus grounds stability for the whole astrological system. Yet deep beneath the crust of the Earth is a tectonic power that you know you have but rarely tap into. That strength would enable you to make vast changes as if this were no big deal at all. What I believe entices you to keep things stable, is less about fear of the future and more about an attachment to the past. But fear plays a role you need to address. On and off for the past several months, you’ve had a tour of what tends to freak you out. There’s another aspect to fear, however, which is feeling the emotion but losing touch with what creates it. Here is the key to your astrology this month: Use fear as a source of energy. Go right into it and confront it directly; or let it propel you to make the decisions that you need to make. If fear is not an issue for you per se, then make a list of your perceived limits and, one by one, take them out.


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Often people try to be spiritual without addressing this elusive thing called the unconscious. But since it’s unconscious, it’s understandable how we might not be conscious of it. At the moment, you seem to be waking up to this level of awareness, which most would regard as deep, dark, and too complicated to be much fun. Yet awareness of this dimension is precisely how we grow. It cannot be taken in especially big chunks, though at the moment, if the unconscious is a country, you now have access to the equivalent of a major city. Taking this equation in parts, consider that we usually deem spiritual growth being more open to love; and this, most people struggle with. But who in a spiritual process would show reverence for the darker emotions? Usually, the first impulse is to get rid of them. So what might you be encountering for the next few weeks? One is attachment. Beneath that breezy personality of yours, you can cling tightly, and that has a way of driving people out of your life. Another is a fear of change that seems to directly contradict breezy, open-ended way you prefer to live. The two are related, and if you can get sight of that relationship and acknowledge it honestly, a dimension of love will open before you even know what happened.


(June 21-July 22)

In a world where people try to impress others with how many Facebook friends they have, I am here to remind you that popularity is not what you need, and it’s not what matters. The only, and I do mean only, thing you need, at least as far as I’m concerned as an astrologer, are clear agreements. An extremely popular New Age philosophy has grown up around the concept of “sacred contracts.” Your astrological moment now points to an opening for the energy of grace. This quality has the power to dissolve old agreements and help you form new ones that are far more humane in nature. I suggest you look closely at your life and determine who profits based on what you do and what happens to you. Ask yourself, day to day and hour to hour, if what you experience is equitable; if you have enough of what you need; and look at the arrangements where those limits are contained. If you pay attention, you will discover yourself in relationships that contain a kind of infinite potential. You will get a look at how those relationships work at their best and, most significantly, you will see the ways in which you can turn the old-style experiences into something where actual benefits to everyone involved are available not only to the direct participants but also to everyone. Indeed, you would be stunned if you could see the potential—and I trust that you will.



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LEO (July 22-August 23)

Put you your highly evolved sense of justice to work, for yourself. Be demonstrative about your firm understanding that mutual respect is the only way that the world is going to function, or work its way out of its current hole. The truth has a way of perpetuating itself. We like to think this is true of lies, but whether a person places their faith in one or the other says just about everything you need to know about who they are. There are the people who cannot tell the difference, and worse yet, those who don’t care. Yet integrity is obvious, if you are looking, listening, and paying attention to the information sent by your third eye. If certain people show up seem to have a broken mind be very discerning about how you handle them. Meanwhile, everyone knows the rules are changing, and that the structure of society is being re-created as we speak. For you this translates to relationships. Along with that new model is your coexistence with to two factors—your work and your health. The people admitted to your life must be committed to both, as they apply to you and to themselves. We have come through a time when the decay of integrity and accountability have rarely ever been more severe. You at least are accountable to yourself. Others who share this value are gradually arriving in your life—notice them.



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VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

You have the ability to move mountains, and the way you do this is by being committed to labor and unceasing toil. Your charts say that your real gift is organizing; that is, getting others to work in coordination, to get a large job done. Your only reluctance to put this talent to full use is that it might give you the feeling that you’re not working enough. I know you well enough to know that even if you had 50 people coordinated on a project, you would save a slice of the most challenging work for yourself. So you can scratch that off of your list of things to worry about. I consider you one of the social engineers of our planet. You know, and I mean you really do know, that the only way we are going to move through our very serious, dangerous, and rich-with-potential phase of history is to fully embrace the need to cooperate. You are also something of a natural-born psychologist (rivaling only Scorpio in this regard) and you know that many people have their reasons why they think it’s better to take an “every man for himself” approach to existence. Please help lead humanity out of this darkness. Remind the people around you that all we have is one another. Remind yourself often that you are part of something much larger than your own life.

LIBRA (September 22-October 23)

Venus has finally worked its way out of the retrograde that had, until lately, dominated the year’s astrology, and you have learned one thing: not to live your life based on what you think that others think. This includes your lover or lovers, or any relationship interests; it involves your parents and it involves the way you present yourself to the world at large. Most people spend their lives either trying to impress others by being who they think others want them to be, or by arrogantly being whoever they feel like being without regard for anyone’s feelings. There is a vast middle ground, which involves factors like empathy, rapport, respect, and authentic individuality. I would guess that by now, you’ve figured out that unless we make space for all of us to be who we are, there is not much space for anything else. One of the things you appear to have done is to create space for yourself in the context of your relationships. I strongly suggest you keep doing this, that is; pushing open a wider and wider space for yourself to exist within the lives of the people around you. This should not be a problem, but be aware that with your creative powers maturing, the only people who are going to seem spacious are those who are committed to their growth and their own creative process.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)

You must be emotionally grounded to be free; to be emotionally grounded you need to either feel like you belong somewhere or be consciously, firmly devoted to it not mattering whether you do or don’t. Ultimately, most environmental issues relate to some internal factor. The planets are conspiring to help you work out what that factor is, and to align you with a kind of therapy process to get you to where you want to be. You seem to be edging ever closer to actually anchoring yourself in a measure of creative freedom—closer, but (so far) never quite getting there. My point is that you most certainly will, and you will sooner than you think. But the territory you are covering now is essential to making sure you are actually stable enough to be freer than you are today. Part of that freedom involves your emotional world. While nobody would doubt that you are an emotional person, the theme of the planets is how you structure your emotions, and the extent to which you try to hold a consistent pattern. To the extent that any lingering old patterns remain, you are now being keyed into the existence of another kind of strength, one that does not require control so much as it requires awareness. This includes awareness of where you will not let your feelings go, and an invitation to enter precisely that space.



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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22)

Stop trying to prove that you exist in theory and get down to practical reality. One attribute of that is about either deciding where you want to be on the planet, or getting yourself to where you know you need to be. There is no distance on the planet that is too great to cross or to cover. No matter where you are, you can get yourself somewhere else, though at this time, that is not about making a random choice; there is an element of precision to the conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune that is so closely related to your sign. If you are finding yourself running ragged, slow down and reassess your priorities. Notice the decision points in your life, and take each one as consciously as a chess move. I suggest that you raise the level of the game above whether you win or lose, and notice whether you are paying attention or not. The current astrology could be so psychically overwhelming that you somehow fail to notice just how amazing it is. There is one other point of potential distraction: You may be looking to others for confirmation of who you are. Most of the people around you think slowly or in reverse compared to yourself, so you don’t want to do too much comparing, or seeking advice. The theme of your life now could be summed up in two phrases, “Know what you know” and “Action is the fruit of knowledge.”

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CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Turn up the passion. I’m not kidding. Turn it up twice as high as you think “high” is supposed to be; if you play guitar get an amplifier that goes up to 11; make sure people notice you and for Goddess’s sake, make sure that if you love someone you tell them about it. Early in the month you get some positively luscious opportunities to make moves, as long as they are driven by something very pure and lusty. To the extent you’ve been typecast as a calculating, stoic person, the time has arrived to break the mold. I am suggesting this at a time when you are under less pressure rather than more; at the moment you are being delivered a saucy dose of inspiration, gusto, and thirst for life, rather than the usual kinds of complications or confrontations with authority that make life on Earth so special. The kinds of steps you want to take will thrive in an atmosphere of free choice rather than mandatory action. This makes a truly interesting and, after about a day, fun psychological exercise. Each time you reach a juncture of choice, decide whether you’re doing it because someone says you should be doing it, or because you want to. Sort out desire and necessity—at times this can be subtle, and at times it can be glaringly obvious. Most of all, really, truly understand what is important to you; then write it on the wall


(January 20-February 19)

I would not be surprised if you felt your life has been running out of control, or at least if your mind has been. This year has melted from one kind of intensity to another to another, all designed to leave you where you are today: out on the edge, in totally unfamiliar personal territory, and, moreover, in a place without a map. I think you need this absence of familiarity as much as you need food. However, the map known as astrology reveals several things: one is that you are breaking through the shell of your personality, only to discover that not far beneath the surface is this too-often-elusive thing known as soul. This awareness necessarily requires a kind of ego death, where the familiar version of yourself and all its references to the past start to melt like ice in the light of the Sun. The second thing is that while you will be occupying this edge for a while, you are retreating a bit now, and this ever-so-slight pulling back is on time. Last, it is not air or an abyss beyond the edge of what you know, but an ocean, a world of feeling and experience and indeed a whole new cosmos beneath the waves. It may be a while before you sail out on the high seas on your own; for now, some of that energy is coming to you in waves, to acclimate you to this new cosmos that you will soon see is your life.

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We’ve all had these experiences, you’ve probably had a hundred of them, where the normal rules of life suspend themselves and suddenly something highly unusual seems possible. Or indeed something impossible seems perfectly plausible. It’s amazing when it happens and it can be frustrating when you reach for the metaphysical key and cannot find the key or the lock. Yet at the moment, the planets are aligned in a way that is highly auspicious for Pisces, if you can handle the energy, and if you have the nerve to dare. If you are the kind of Fish who gets stuck on the negative emotional bandwidths, this would include the nerve to dare holding a positive wavelength and remembering that of all the signs, yours is the one that knows the only actual purpose humans have is to love. I don’t mean to put on the groovy; I mean to state the most basic metaphysical law that there is, and the one that opens up all the other dimensions and potential realities. On the practical level, know what you want and make sure you get it. Don’t be afraid that one desire will come at the expense of another; this is time-bound, linear thinking. Be clear what you want to happen in your life and leave the door open. When the people and things you want to attract come to you, welcome them, and let your fears fall away like a tight old shoe.


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