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62 a warm reception

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Anne Reynolds offers guidance on some top-notch party spaces in the Hudson Valley to celebrate your nuptials.

Lorna Tychostup talks about the economy’s structural problems with Rick Wolff.

18 beinhart’s body politic: happy new year, mr. president Larry Beinhart thinks Obama is playing chess in a checkers tournament.

regional notebook 13 local luminary: mary riley .

26 new paltz: Hudson valley quintessence Brian K. Mahoney profiles the funky college town at the foot of The Gunks.

34 gardiner: contentious, spirited, wonderful .

72 vigil: notes from the end of a life A chronincle of a death of a loved one.

76 Flowers Fall: the december dilemma What’s a Buddhist/Christian/Jewish family to do? By Bethany Saltman.

Wendy Kagan chats with doula extraordinaire Mary Riley.

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whole living guide

business services 56 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 66 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 77 whole living directory For the positive lifestyle.

Anne Pyburn Craig profiles the little town that could.


Women’s Day, NYC, August 26,1970, Ellen Shumsky, from “Portrait of a Decade: 1968-1978,” at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

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Peter Barrett revisits some of the local farmers, purveyors, retailers, and tastemakers we covered in 2009 for a look at what’s on tap for 2010.

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96 parting shot

Peter Aaron catches up with Little Sammy Davis, one of the last remaining Missippi bluesman and a regular at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble. Nightlife Highlights by Peter Aaron, plus CDs by Mitch Kessler Erratica. Reviewed by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson. Sara Milonovich Dasiycutter. Reviewed by Robert Burke Warren. The Duke & The King Nothing Gold Can Stay. Reviewed by Mike Wolf.

46 BOOKS Nina Shengold profiles Shalom Auslander, author of Foreskin’s Lament, who likens his Orthodox Jewish upbringing in Monsey, NJ, to that of a veal calf.

48 BOOK reviews Pauline Uchmanowicz reviews Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin. Plus this month’s expanded round-up of poetry books.

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the forecast 84 daily calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at PREVIEWS 83 The post-contemporary paintings of Michael Rose at KMOCA in Kingston. 85 Vassar College’s annual celebration of the avant garde, Modfest. 87 Renée C. Byer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo essay A Mother’s Journey opens at SUNY New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum on January 30. 89 Jazz fusion guitar legend Larry Coryell plays gigs in Newburgh and Rosendale.

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We’re all familiar with infographics, though we may not know them by that name. Subway maps, newspaper weather graphs, street signs—all infographics. They’re a clever way of displaying complex information in a visual, rather than a textbased way. They’re used extensively by computer scientists and mathematicians to convey conceptual information. (A revered example of the genre: Charles Joseph Minard’s flow map of Napoleon’s disastrous campaign of 1812, displaying several data sets—troops size, direction, weather—simultaneously in two dimensions.) Graphic designer and illustrator Jason Cring wanted to create something slightly different from a traditional infographic for our January cover, using calendrical elements as points of departure. “Infographics have an expected tone,� says Cring. The voice is scientific and sometimes dry. I wanted to come at it from more of an irreverent angle.� That being said, Cring believes infographic purists like information design guru Edward Tufte (whose sculpture appeared on the cover of the July issue), would be appalled. “Tufte’s very opinionated about the right and wrong ways to present information,� says Cring. “He would not approve of any of this, I’m quite sure.� It should also be noted that the words that appear over the masthead—Make Me Xenophilous—are a chronogram (small “c�). A chronogram is a phrase in which specific letters, interpreted as Roman numerals, spell out a date. If the MMX in Make Me Xenophilous are added together as Roman numerals (M=1,000; X=10), they equal 2010. The cover chronogram was written by Sparrow. (Xenophilous means to be attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures; we are interpreting it as an aspiration toward tolerance.) Sparrow also penned some alternates: Money Meets eXtinction Make Me a Xerox Minnie Mouse X-rated? Meet My Exes Plus one double chronogram: Marilyn Monroe xenophobic? Meet Malcolm X! And this from plea for increased dosage from production designer Adie Russell: Much More Xanax. —Brian K. Mahoney

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All across the Hudson Valley, swollen-bellied women are treading the ancient path from labor to birth—some with animal intensity, others with focused calm, and many with Mary Riley at their side. Through touch, emotional connection, and an uncanny knack for saying exactly the right thing that a laboring mother needs to hear, Riley has established herself as a diva among doulas, or birth assistants. Over 25 years, Glenford-based Riley has attended some 1,600 births, bringing wisdom, respect, and nurturance to families at a time when traditional doctors and midwives are hardpressed to offer more than catchthe-baby services in a medical world saddled with liability issues, paperwork, and brimming maternity wards. Like an adventure guide in the Himalayas, Riley has escorted parents through the varied terrain of childbirth: three-day marathon labors, two-hour delivery-room sprints, serene water births, emergency C-sections, fireside home births. Watching Riley in action, steadying the effects of a ripping contraction through voice or touch, it’s not hard to see how the presence of a labor-support doula has been shown to reduce the rate of unnecessary cesareans, the use of pain medications, and other interventions. Everyone from doe-eyed teens to late-nesting 40-somethings and squeamish dads-to-be has benefited from her skill to create a safe and sacred space in the birth room, no matter how loud, messy, and frenzied that it gets. For Riley, it’s about empowering families, and restoring intimacy and meaning to an experience that’s as old as humankind—yet more momentous and life-affirming than anything else on Earth. —Wendy Kagan

What is a doula? It’s said to be someone who offers emotional and physical support for a mom or partner, but it varies so much. With some people I do more emotional support and with some I do more physical support. I’m an advocate for the mom and a liaison between the family and the medical world. I also educate people in their choices and help them see what their responsibility is in those choices—whether they’re going to have a hospital birth, a home birth, or a birth-center birth. These days you don’t want people walking away from a birth feeling like, “Oh, look what they did to me, look at what happened.” If people are going to go into hospitals they have to know what is going to happen when they get there, so they can make the choice to do that or take an alternative route. Have you seen the medical world change in response to childbirth? Hospital births are definitely more medical. There is more fetal monitoring, and everything for doctors is about liability and covering themselves. The nurses, they’re constantly doing paperwork; they need to have everything documented. And obstetricians—it’s really hard for them. But in response, home birth is growing more to balance that. So with that [countertrend] I think we’ll pull it back a little bit in other places, too. We need hospitals and we need home births. How can we make birth a more positive and empowering experience for women? First we have to acknowledge that it’s a woman’s right to give birth. Some moms are like, “I can’t do this,” and I say, “I know, honey, but you get to do this.” However we choose to do it is very personal, and some women will just go and have a cesarean section. As hard as that is for me sometimes, I have to honor that. And some women have to have C-sections when they don’t want them. Someone once said to me, “Women all over the world always are just going off into the woods and squatting and having babies and throwing them on their backs and getting

back to work. What’s the big deal?” I’m like, “Okay, first of all, that doesn’t really happen very much. Second, those women are dead by the time they’re 35, because who could do that?” We shouldn’t put that kind of pressure on ourselves. It’s a hard thing we do, bringing life into this world. We have to respect it and keep fighting for that respect, and for the ability to make choices. What changes would you make to our birth culture? I would have a place where people could go after they had their baby, like [Anita Diamant’s] The Red Tent, with women there to feed them, massage them, help with the breast feeding, and take some pressure off the dads and partners too. It all falls on them, and they have to work and keep things going in life and take care of our nursing moms and babies. That’s too much; we need help. There are aftercare doulas who offer those services, but we have to pay for them just like we have to pay for me, which is another amazing thing—that people will actually pay to have you there, and it’s usually out of pocket. What’s in it for you, besides a living? Here’s what I love about it: You step out the door and you don’t know what the heck is going to happen. Where am I going at three in the morning? Is the baby going to come out? People ask, “Why don’t you go be a midwife?” That’s not the piece for me. The piece for me is the emotional part, getting through that. I love—love—the journey of labor; I just think it’s incredible. For everybody—the mom, dad or partner, their families, friends. We do really funny, crazy things. So I tell my moms and partners to give each other a lot of room, because you’re going to do silly things and it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be awesome, all of those things. I love people, and I love the craziness of us and the greatness of us, and it all comes out in that kind of experience.

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Esteemed Reader Hey! Noble one, you named So-and-so! Now the time has come for you to seek the way. Just as your breath stops, the objective clear light between will dawn. Your outer breath stops and you experience reality stark and void like space, your immaculate naked awareness dawning clear and void without horizon or center. At that instant, you yourself must recognize it as yourself, you must stay with that experience. —Tibetan Book of the Dead Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The winter wind shoots tiny stinging snowflakes into my face as I stand at the top of a hill waiting for my children to drag their toboggans back. They work hard, and suffer extreme conditions, for the chance to fly down the hill again. As the small figures of the two boys near, I first see little clouds of hot breath puffing like the steam engines they love, and then their red cheeks come into view. As they arrive I remove my glove to wipe away the clear snot that drips from the younger one’s nose, and flick it into the crunchy frozen snow, wondering how fast it will freeze. And then they are off again, flying down the hill. The urge to sled, to shoot down and climb back, is too much like descriptions of the cycles of reincarnation. Too similar to When I get to the bottom / I go back to the top of the slide / Where I stop and turn / and I go for a ride / Till I get to the bottom and I see you again—to be ignored. We have a deep love of the momentum of living, and we are compelled to return to it again and again. On his way upstairs in his pajamas the younger boy, three, stops. “Dad,” he says, “Listen!” I look up from my magazine. “The higher you die, the more you be alive.” Then he turned and continued up the stairs. “Goodnight…” I called after him. Children sleeping, I slough off procrastination and set some traps for the mice that have been ravaging the pantry and pooping in the silverware drawer. Within minutes I hear snap! snap! Then some thrashing and struggle. Then silence. Retrieving the corpses I consider how to dispose of them. The garbage is too disrespectful. Throw them into the snow? No, I cremate them in the fiery furnace of the cranking wood stove and watch their tails curl, and feet extend, as the little bodies roast and vaporize in flames on the red coals. Here in the pregnant insularity of winter, the penumbral season in which darkness is winning against the light, is a good time to die. The outside world is contracted, with life withdrawn, conserving enough energy to survive the term and emerge renewed. It is a time when patient gestation may look like death, though it is preparation. It is the Christmas season and reminders of death and rebirth are everywhere for now is when Jesus chose to die (to be reborn in springtime). It is a magical time, a time of possibility, when there is a glimpse of a choice about what in ourselves and in our lives will live, what will die, and what will be reborn. What can I leave off that does not serve? What have I been wishing to experience, to manifest that I can carefully introduce into the balanced machinery and cycles of my life? I’m not talking about resolutions. I’m talking about the totality. Here in the darkness we can plant the seed of something new, though they may not sprout until springtime. The spiritual traditions say that the one inner habit that we can leave off without upsetting the total balance is our negativity. This is very different from losing weight or giving up chocolate. Negative emotions are extra, and have no natural place in the organism, so if we allow, we can simply drop cynicism and criticism, greed and resentment, envy and jealousy. That’s right! Drop it and its gone, like so much garbage thrown over the side of the vessel. Though as one 20th century philosopher observed, the hardest thing for a person to sacrifice is their suffering. We will give up almost everything beside the self-indulgence of negativity. But we can let these negative impulses die, for they have never been alive. First is to stop animating with expression. Stop making snide remarks; stop angry outbursts; stop criticizing in front of, or behind the backs of, others. Just let it go, and let the sweetness of praise replace critique; allow expressions of gratitude to replace complaint; let ourselves be, for in being we are our positive, abundant selves. The ride of life is compelling and ultimately utterly mechanical, but we can make the ride serve for more than a thrill. Every small instance of replacing accidental happening with intentional doing is a tiny but meaningful step toward rebirth. As Thoreau says in Walden: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” —Jason Stern 1/10 ChronograM 17


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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note So What?

Maybe 2009 was your year. The year everything came together for you. You fell in love with the guy / girl / transgendered person of your dreams. You graduated from college / massage-therapy school / a solar-installation training course. You got married / divorced / laid. You secured the job you’d been hoping for / got a fat severance package / came into a fortune via the death of a distant relative. You came home from a war. You got cash for your clunker / no late blight on your tomatoes / breakfast in bed for your birthday. You moved to Maui / Paris / the country. You published your novel / released your CD / gained readers on your blog. You were too big to fail. You won the lottery / a tennis match in straight sets / the respect of your peers. You quit smoking / complaining / caring what other people think about you. You gave birth to a child. You read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People / between the lines / a restaurant menu in another language and understood it. You found God / enlightenment / a $20 bill in a coat you hadn’t worn since last winter. You paid off your credit-card bills. You bowled a perfect game / lowered your handicap / didn’t break your arm. You learned how to cope with loss / regret / love. You adopted a dog / cat / Cambodian orphan. You’re a Yankees fan.


or some of us, however, 2009 was a bit of a pill.The year started out well enough—Obama was inaugurated in January and we crowded around our computer screens and watched him orate polysyllabically. A real delight after the tortured speeches of his predecessor. (And I mean merely rhetoric, not content; I would have settled for that alone after eight years of “nuke-ular”—which I’ve always suspected was Bush shorthand for “nuke u later.”) Two days later, Obama signed the order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. At the end of the month John Updike died and things seemed to spiral downward from there. Swine flu was declared a global pandemic, our first since the Hong Kong flu of 1967. (The fact that hardly anybody got swine flu, or anything other than the fear of the flu and the jockeying for position in the vaccine queue, went mostly unreported.) Merce Cunningham,Walter Cronkite,Ted Kennedy, John Hughes, and Les Paul died. My former Chronogram colleague, Jim Andrews, died after a three-year battle with cancer. Senator Joseph Lieberman continued to draw breath, husbanding his strength to better derail substantive health care reform late in the game by strutting his independence. (Connecticut voters: A little help here in 2012, please?) Conde Nast shuttered Gourmet magazine. (Admittedly, I had let our subscription lapse.) There was the absurd spectacle of Michael Jackson’s death and memorial Chronogram Sponsors:

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service in Los Angeles. (The event did help catalyze my understanding of what Twitter’s purpose is, when a friend, tweeting commentary every few minutes from the Staples Center wrote: “DEFINITELY smell weed in the bathroom.”) Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize too soon, and couldn’t find a satisfactory way to extricate the US from two wars. The New York state legislature couldn’t muster the votes to pass a same-sex marriage bill. The economy has continued to shed jobs. Most of us know someone who’s been out of work for six months or more. The “Hopenhagen” climate talks were largely a failure, more symbol than substance. (This, the same week Reuters published photos of polar bears gone cannibal as their food sources dwindle like the ice cap.) And so what? The year that was seems like a reality check to me now. The going that was getting tough in 2008 got tougher in 2009. No more extensions on the home equity line, no more expense account, no more job in many cases. This is the new us. We can’t borrow and buy our way out of fundamental inequities in our economic system any more. (See “Capitalism Hits the Fan” on page 22.) All the core values we say we cherish most— family, community, the earth and water that sustains us, hard work (gulp)— we’ll return to, out of necessity if not desire. And in 2010, Chronogram we’ll manifest versions of those values, in print, online, and with events. If we seem overly earnest, please bear with us, we’re keenly interested in making 2010 better than 2009.

Beahive Beahive is a collaborative workspace with two locations— Beacon and Kingston—with community events afterhours. This month, music and film dominate are on tap. For a full schedule visit the Beahive websites:; Hudson Valley Green Drinks The traveling networking event for the eco-committed meets at Chill Wine Bar in Beacon on January 13. (845) 454-6410;

Hudson Valley Brawl The outrageous ladies of Hudson Valley BRAWL (Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League) wrestle for you live at the Steelhouse in Kingston on January 29. Woodstock Writers Festival Literary heavy-hitters Susan Orlean, Jane Smiley,Shalom Auslander and many more read, perform, and offer advice and guidance February 12-15. 1/10 ChronograM 19

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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic

Happy New Year, Mr. President

If you’re on the Left, you’re angry at Obama. The Senate version of the health care bill is infuriatingly weak. It is, like our present health care system, a method of delivering excessive profits to the health insurance companies, Big Pharma, and large scale health care providers. “It’s legislation that could have been important and meaningful and instead is a neutered industry—a friendly cup of weak tea with a Draconian anti-choice amendment.”* We’re still in Iraq. We’ve sent more troops to Afghanistan, committed to unachievable goals. We still rely on private contractors in the military and intelligence services. The standard for gays in the military remains Don’t Ask/ Don’t Tell. The “stimulus package” has saved the banks, made the top layers on Wall Street rich, but has done nothing for ordinary people. Obama’s kept his hands off the crimes of the Bush Administration, torture, the manufacture of evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq, firing of the US attorneys, the collusion between regulators and the regulated. He’s failed to stop home foreclosures. He has not restored limits on executive power and the Justice Department still plays the “national security” card to protect crimes and incompetence. Guantanamo is still open. There’s no significant action on global warming. He didn’t get the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. If you’re on the Right, you’re still convinced that Obama is plotting to turn America into a Stalinist, Fascist, Muslim, gay, atheist state that taxes the rich and redistributes their hard earned money to worthless, lazy layabouts who want abortion at will. He’s closing Guantanomo—moving terrorists to American soil! We’ll all be targets! Obama bows to foreign leaders, reads from a teleprompter, and, he did not get the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos) proposed this thought experiment: Pretend for the moment that it wasn’t President Obama who was elected in 2008 but President Karl Marx along with his running mate Friedrich Engels. The Marx/Engels ticket promised sweeping change.Workers would control the means of production, banks would be nationalized, lending at interest would be abolished, the wealthy would be taxed out of existence, marriage would be 100 percent civil and open to any who were of age, and imperialism tossed into the ash can of history. Once they’re elected, reality strikes. Both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans and conservative Democrats. Together they hold over 60 percent of the House and Senate seats and they oppose just about everything President Marx intends on doing. Actually, the House, with elections every two years and proportional representation, is substantially more liberal than the Senate. The House’s version of the health care bill, for example, leans toward sanity. (It doesn’t get there, but it does lean in that direction.) The Senate version is close to useless. The Senate is the big problem. It gives small states disproportionate power. Wyoming—very conservative—with 500,000 people, has as many senators as liberal California which, with a population of 36 million, is 73 times bigger. All the Southern states and all of the most conservative Western states are among the smallest 27 states. During the darkest days of the Bush years, key Democratic players—led by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel—set 20 ChronograM 1/10

out to recruit candidates for their party who could win in conservative areas. Hence, Blue Dog Democrats. Good for the party, good for fund raising, good for the privileges that accrue to the majority in the House and Senate, but committed to conservative positions. In addition, the Senate, modeled on the House of Lords, is a place of protocols and privileges. Lone senators, committees, and the minority, all have ways of blocking and stopping appointments and legislation. This includes the right to filibuster. It takes three fifths of the Senate to stop a filibuster, 60 out of 100 votes. Without parsing how blue the various blue dogs are, there are 59 Democrats in the Senate. The Republicans stand united. They are committed to defeating any liberal legislation and any legislation that would reflect well on President Obama. This leads to the ludicrous spectacle of the world revolving around Joe Lieberman—an independent who “caucuses” with the Democrats—because he is the sixtieth vote. Lieberman supported John McCain for president in 2008 and was McCain’s personal choice as a running mate.They are very alike: old, cranky, in love with themselves and with the spotlight. Then there’s money. For health care, there are “six lobbyists for each of the 535 members of the House and Senate. More than 1,500 organizations have health-care lobbyists, and about three more are signing up each day. Every one of the 10 biggest lobbying firms by revenue is involved in an effort that could affect 17 percent of the US economy. “These groups spent $263.4 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group, more than any other industry. They spent $241.4 million during the same period of 2008. Drugmakers alone spent $134.5 million, 64 percent more than the next biggest spenders, oil and gas companies.”† My sense is that Barack Obama is a man playing chess in a world where everyone else is playing checkers. He proved this during the primaries and the election. We should look at his conduct of the presidency in the same light. Obama counts the votes. He knows what he can pass and what he can’t. No proposal that he has personally backed has been voted down.The big proposals that he has publicly backed have passed. The economic recovery—a real recovery, not just riches for the richest— will be in place before the 2010 election cycle. By then the stimulus package will take effect, buttressed by a natural upswing of the business cycle. It is not time to abandon Obama or the Democratic Party. It is time to give it more enthusiasm and more support. To add more Democratic senators—a super-majority without Joe Lieberman—and more Democratic congressmen. To make them know they’re in office because of the support of the left. What Obama needs, and more to the point, what we need, is to give him room to place his best game. * † Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary, Bloomberg, 8/14/09

The US government put on hold its plans to sell most of its 34 percent stake in Citigroup in early December when wary investors offered to buy its stock for a mere $3.15 a share, 10 cents below the price the government paid for its 7.7 billion shares. The government agreed not to sell any of its shares for at least 90 days to calm nervous investors. Analysts said the lack of enthusiasm from investors could be a sign that Citigroup shouldn’t have been so quick to exit the Troubled Asset Relief Program. In other bailout news, the government agreed to allow Citigroup to forego billions of dollars in potential tax payments this week, an exception to longstanding tax rules pertaining to claiming past losses. Source: Wall Street Journal According to a study published in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, near-sightedness is on the rise in the US. Researchers compared eyesight information from more than 4,400 people tested in 1971 and 1972 with data from another set of 8,300 people tested from 1999 to 2004. In the early 1970s, 25 percent of those examined were found to be nearsighted, while 42 percent of those examined three decades later received the same diagnosis. (The latter tests were conducted using the same technology available in the `70s to avoid a biased data comparison.) The cause of near-sightedness is poorly understood, though past research has linked hereditary disposition and excessive amounts of “near work”—tasks that require peering at written words or small objects—to the condition. Source: Science News

A study by the Stress Research Institute of Stockholm University and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that men who bottle up their anger at being unfairly treated at work are up to five times more likely to suffer a heart attack, or even die from one, than those who let their frustration show. The study followed 2,755 employed men who had not suffered any heart attacks from 1992 to 2003. At the end of the study, 47 participants had either suffered an attack or died from heart disease, and many of those had been found to be “covertly coping” with unfair treatment at work. (Covert coping was listed as “letting thing pass without saying anything” and “going away” despite feelings of being treated poorly by colleagues or bosses.) The researchers said they could not answer the question of what might be a particularly healthy coping strategy at work, but listed open coping behavior when experiencing unfair treatment or facing a conflict as “protesting directly,” “talking to the person right away,” “yelling at the person right away,” or “speaking to the person later when things have calmed down.” Source: Reuters According to TowerGroup, a financial services consulting firm, nearly $5 billion worth of gift cards will go unspent this year. The unspent money usually reverts back to the retailers and banks that initially loaded the plastic. Two examples: Best Buy cleared $38 million in unspent gift cards last year; Home Depot grossed $37 million. Source: New York Times For the past 17 years, world leaders have been trying to hammer out a deal on how to curb greenhouse gas emissions and halt climate change. Each year, they get together to try and hash out the details of the agreement. In December, 200 countries sent delegations to Copenhagen for the latest round of negotiations. The summit itself, from heating the convention facilities, to taxi rides around the city, to the electricity it takes to power the meetings, produced 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide. (Ninety percent of the emissions came from the airplanes delegates took to Denmark.) On average, Danes produce 10 tons of carbon emissions per person annually; Americans produce twice as much. The Danish government has agreed to pick up the tab, climate-wise, for the conference, and buy offsets for the total carbon emissions produced by the conference. It’s funding the building of fuel-efficient kilns to make bricks in Bangladesh. This will cost the Danish government $1 million. Source: NPR

Florida’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee recently ruled that judges may not “friend” lawyers on Facebook who may appear before them in court. The committee said, it creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, since it “reasonably conveys to others the impression that these lawyer ‘friends’ are in a special position to influence the judge.” Lawyers can, however, still declare themselves Facebook “fans” of judges, the committee said, “as long as the judge or committee controlling the site cannot accept or reject the lawyer’s listing of himself or herself on the site.” Source: Legal Profession Blog In late November, Swiss voters passed a referendum banning the construction of new minarets in Switzerland. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People’s Party, the largest party in parliament, which says minarets are a sign of Islamization. “This was a vote against minarets as symbols of Islamic power,” said Martin Baltisser, the Swiss People’s Party’s general secretary. Supporters of a ban claimed that allowing minarets would represent the growth of an ideology and a legal system— Sharia law—which are incompatible with Swiss democracy. Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims and has just four minarets. Source: BBC Irving Picard, the liquidator for Bernard Madoff’s investment advisory business, asked a judge to approve $22.1 million in fees for him and his team with the law firm Baker & Hostetler. The fees, which include a 10 percent “public interest discount” from the firm’s normal rates, cover work performed on the liquidation from May 1 through September 30, according to a filing on November 20 in US Bankruptcy Court in New York. The fee request averages $4.42 million a month for five months of work, or about $210,476 per business day. Picard’s share of the fee request is $835,605, based on 1,198 hours of work on the case at a rate of $697.50 per hour. Picard spent 385 hours reviewing claims, 68 hours working on previously filed lawsuits, and 92 hours responding to press inquiries. Picard has recovered about $1.4 billion in assets for victims from Madoff’s purported $65 billion in holdings. Source: Bloomberg News Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which has been developing commercial space travel over the past five years and just unveiled its spacecraft Enterprise, has signed Spandau Ballet to perform on the ship’s maiden voyage, making the New Wave band the first to perform in space. Approximately 300 people have already paid the $200,000 ticket price to reserve a seat on a future flight. Enterprise will reach a height of 65 miles above the earth during flight, and the passengers— there’s room for six aside from Spandau Ballet, their gear, and two pilots—will experience several minutes of weightlessness. Perhaps the band will play their 1984 UK hit “I’ll Fly for You.” Source: Daily Mail (UK)

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NEWS & POLITICS World, Nation, & Region

Capitalism Hits the Fan

An Interview with Economist Rick Wolff by Lorna Tychostup


ow convenient. President Obama calls a meeting of US banking titans in mid-December and three of them—Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein, Morgan Stanley’s John Mack, and Richard Parsons of Citigroup—are fogged in at JFK and unable to meet the president in person. The fog wasn’t thick enough, however, to prevent the “too big to fail” banks run to repay the billions of bailout dollars American taxpayers loaned them. (Joseph Stiglitz recently countered this moniker with “too big to live.”) Repayment before the new year will not only free the financial giants of the government regulatory chains attached to the bailout, but also allow the traditional year-end tribute payout to their top executives—sums unfathomable to most Americans. Having one of its most profitable years in its 140-year history, Goldman Sachs has put aside a record $16.7 billion toward this money bath— not to be paid in cash, but instead in shares of Goldman stock that cannot be sold for five years, not to mention taken away if the executive screws up. Is this self-regulation? Or scraps fed to hungry American workers who wonder just what does one person do to deserve the $67.5 million bonus Goldman’s Blankfein received in 2007? (Blankfein passed on his 2008 bonus.) Such shocking perversions are not limited to the purview of the financial sector, but pervade corporate America, where the real wage for average workers has not risen since the 1970s, according to Rick Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In his latest book, Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It (Olive Branch Press, 2009), Wolff provides historical context for today’s economic crisis and outlines the historical debate liberals and conservatives have fueled since FDR’s New Deal. Conservatives insist that the private market not be interfered with and liberals demand government intervention to provide jobs, incomes, healthcare, and subsidized housing. One side winning triggers the other to work to derail the victory. Nothing substantial changes because the framed rhetoric of the debate is popularized via a media owned by the extremely wealthy. Any quest for alternatives is stifled.Yet the economic disasters continue to occur, people continue to suffer; the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer, with American workers believing their suffering is due to some personal failing, like not working hard enough or not having the right degree. Nothing could be further from the truth, claims Wolff, because in fact, the odds against the survival of the working class have been gradually growing ever longer. And may grow even larger if the latest assessment on economist Nouriel Roubini’s website——proves to be correct. Analyst Mikka Pineda recently wrote that current events eerily resemble the psychological and economic backdrop of the mid-1930s when recovery was thought to have begun and premature retraction of economic stimulus pushed the US back into recession. Senior Editor Lorna Tychostup talks with Wolff about the decline of real wages for the working class, tax injustice, and an alternative to the way America does business. Lorna Tychostup: You begin Capitalism Hits the Fan by stating that the crucial shift in the capitalist system occurred in the 1970s, when the average real wages of US workers permanently stalled after 150 years of steady increases. How did this happen? 22 news & politics ChronograM 1/10

Rick Wolff: The American dream states the US is magical and special. If you work hard, you will do well, better than your parents. You can promise your kids delivery of a higher standard of living than you have. For the last 150 years most people measured goodness, success, and achievement in terms of consumption—rather than, say, relationships with other people. What you could afford, buy, and display became emblems of what was good about the US and your successful participation in it. So when the real wage stopped increasing in the `70s, you had a psychic trauma made all the worse because it was not discussed or debated. People hoped this trauma wouldn’t last but it did. Since there was no discussion that this was a social problem, Americans viewed it as a personal problem. “I didn’t work hard enough, didn’t get enough degrees at the right schools, didn’t apply myself. Everyone else is succeeding. I’m not, so it’s me.” Americans responded by working more hours, particularly women. In the 1970s, 40 percent of adult women were in the paid labor force. Today it is twice that. There was a dramatic shift as families sent out more people to work more hours to compensate for stagnated real wages. This did not work. The women who went out to paid work required another set of clothes, a second family car—the net income gained from extra work disappointed and so US families turned to borrowing money like no working class has done in world history. Today, we can no longer postpone the traumatic impact of the end of rising wages in the `70s by still more work or debt. We are at the end. Workers can’t work more. They physically can’t handle it. Families are stressed beyond words, largely because women left the household where they had been holding the emotional life of the family together. And families literally can’t carry the debt. Everything implodes. That is where we are. Why did the real wage stop rising? Four things. First came the 1970s US technological revolution, associated mostly with the computer. Humans were replaced by machines—30 to 40 people tracking inventory in a supermarket were replaced by a scanning system and one person watching a computer. This substitution happened everywhere and the number of jobs was greatly reduced. Next, jobs were cut by the worldwide revolution in telecommunications and the Internet, which made it more feasible to move production out of the US. Corporations increasingly chose to take advantage of cheaper workers, less stringent environmental regulations, lower taxes, and more bribable officials overseas.Then, two things produced more workers looking for these fewer jobs: the massive movement of American women into the paid labor market and waves of immigration— people wanting to participate in the 150-year rising real wage. This confluence produced labor market conditions that had US employers, for the first time, in the enviable situation of no longer being required to raise wages to acquire or keep employees. And they stopped doing so. This is crazy, literally. For the last 30 years American workers have been delivering more goods and services per hour, productivity has been rising steadily, yet wages have not risen. We had a wild ride in the stock market and an explosion of profitability of the `80s and `90s because the corporations— the employers—were profiting more than they had ever dreamed of in their wildest fantasies as MBA students—getting ever more out of employees with-

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A makeshift homeless persons structure is seen, with General Motors headquarters headquarters in the background, in Detroit, March 31, 2009 .

out having to pay them more. Not only producing trauma in workers, this produced a countertrauma in employers who had never seen this before and didn’t understand what was happening or why. So they made up self-flattering explanations, concluding (which is hysterically funny looking back at it) that this profit explosion was happening not because of the reasons mentioned, but because they had all suddenly become genius managers and brilliant entrepreneurs! Which justified the extraordinary explosion of pay packages given to top executives and completely crazy bonus systems: They have this immense pot of profit money, attribute it to their own prowess, and pay themselves accordingly. At the same time, workers were working harder, borrowing money, imagining there was no crisis, taking on sole responsibility for their financial stress, and were not able to face the situation or talk about it. But now that it has hit the fan, suddenly everybody’s outraged. Goldman Sachs, which allocates roughly half its annual revenue for compensation, recently said it will bar most top executives from cash bonuses and instead give long-term stock, which could be enormously lucrative should their stock continue to do well. Huge corporations give out huge bonuses and severance packages to top executives. What are the “real” costs of these money grabs? One kind of history sees a feeding of the economy: workers paid rising wages, sharing in the growing wealth that rising productivity makes available. Another history sees a starving of the economy: Wages stop rising and instead wealth emerging out of growing productivity is concentrated into the hands of a tiny number of people who get stratospheric incomes. Everything shifts.You can’t produce for a mass market because your mass market isn’t growing. This is what is happening today. Over the last 30 years, the staples of American retail life have disappeared. Sears, Roebuck is dead. Kmart is gone. All the middle retailers, stores, and production can’t find a market.The whole country divides into the boutique shops on Madison Avenue on one hand, and Walmart for everyone else. We increasingly replaced the middle of life, shopping, buying, and producing, and bifurcated our economic system into 1) a highly profitable, tiny

group of people at the top who drive the fancy cars and live with the Cuisinart, and 2) the vast majority who go to Walmart. Implications? Walmart is the great success story because it figured out, better than everyone else, how to get cheap stuff for the American masses to buy—by moving production to China. The rise of Walmart over the last 30 years is the rise of China. Walmart cut a deal with China—produce cheaply and we’ll distribute to every corner store in the US. Thus, the Chinese accumulated an immense export boom and with it a vast hoard of dollars. What to do with the dollars? To cement this relationship with the US so that China would become an industrial powerhouse, China took these excess US dollars and loaned them to the US government and workers in the form of credit, thus allowing Americans to continue to buy things that they otherwise could not afford.This bizarre, symbiotic but also tension-laden relationship is becoming, and will be, for the foreseeable future, our number one foreign policy issue. Another huge cost is that the American working class has had to forego a growing portion of what it wants. For example, the tax structure of most of the 50 states and towns in the US depends on the working class, because states and communities tend to rely more on regressive taxes such as local level sales and property taxes than the federal government. State and local taxes do not fall on those most able to pay in the way that the federal income tax does. The end of rising wages saw wealth become highly concentrated at the top and less dispersed overall. Cities and town are now sliding into crisis because their revenue base is being squeezed. People are furious at local governments because they are not getting the services and yet are being asked to pay higher tax rates. You get this bizarre rage of the average American where they vote against the bond bill for the local school or sewer. This displaced rage really stems from the broader situation of being squeezed by the end of raising wages, and a fundamental change in the relationships between employer and employee and wage and profits. We keep tilting, as a nation, against windmills, because we don’t identify the problem for what it is—namely, the flawed way we organize our businesses and the division of benefits that flow from them. 1/10 ChronograM news & politics 23

You claim that the passage of the 1910 income tax law was aimed exclusively at the richest Americans. How do the tax rates of that time compare with what they are now? When the income tax bill was passed there was furious public debate. Its supporters stressed that it would only hit the top one or 1.5 percent of top income earners—those most able to pay. The masses were rendered exempt. As opponents at the time feared, the federal income tax burden has now been spread from the top holders of wealth to most of the rest of us.This tax burden falls on two entities: the mass of people as a personal income tax, and on corporations in the form of a corporate income tax. When Reagan became president, the highest income tax rate, paid by top earners, was in the 70 to 80 percent range. Reagan dropped that rate to approximately 35 percent—an unbelievable gift to the richest, who became his greatest boosters for the rest of his political career.We are still within that much-reduced rate. Corporate income tax, which used to pay much more, only brings in about 10 or 15 percent of the total US income tax revenue. Over the past 100 years, rich people moved the tax burden off themselves and onto everyone else. And corporations moved much— not all—of their burden onto the individual. The result has been a double shift from the corporate to the individual, and from the richest to everyone else, with the exception of the very poor on the bottom. The burden was supposed to be on the top richest and them alone—a longdead part of our history. When the average American gets upset by taxes going up they are making an error. The taxes aren’t going up so much as they are being shifted. The tax may have gone up on you, but it has gone down on others. Because of the fear, politically, of facing the question of what we call in economics “tax incidence”—whom does the tax fall upon?—and discussing how it is distributed among the people. Our political leaders prefer, because it’s less politically dangerous, to talk about taxes as if the issue is high or low, rather than who pays and who doesn’t. When we are told “we” are getting tax cuts people celebrate, yet these cuts benefit the rich more— Way more. Reagan was the perfect example—it was wonderful politics. He gave a big tax break to corporations and a huge tax cut to the richest. But he was smart enough to know that if that’s all you do you’re going to get crucified politically. So he added a mass tax cut for everybody. However, this tax cut for the average citizen was not only very small, but played a little trick. While [the Reagan Administration] lowered the income tax rates on the average person a little, they raised the amount of their income that the Social Security tax applied to. So the government got to put back into Social Security most of what it gave to the mass of Americans in the lowering of the tax rate—which is why people’s checks didn’t change much. The mass of Americans were so thrilled that this bad news got lost in the shuffle. Not only was the cut given to the richest and the corporations much more substantial, but the masses were being hit with a rising Social Security cost. Average people in this country rail about the level of taxes and don’t face the fact that everybody’s history with the tax law is not the same. A person works 20 years at a job he likes or doesn’t like, is promised a pension, feels he is set and will not be a burden on anyone once he retires, living on Social Security and his monthly payment. There has been an atrophy of pensions, a reduction in their number and the number of workers getting them, and a decrease in pension quality. Pensions originally set up by unions that forced them and a few companies that gave them are called “defined benefit pensions.” A worker signs up, and part of their benefit, along with health care, holidays, where to park their car, is a pension with a defined benefit—you will get paid x dollars per month upon retirement. Wage money is withheld weekly by the corporation, which supposedly contributes a matching sum, the total of which is to be judiciously invested, grow, and be made available upon retirement. This assumes the company will always make a contribution (an iffy situation based on a company’s rules). Corporations have varying rights to dip into the accumulating fund, and can make bad investments—which is what happened when the stock market tanked in 2000 and 2008. Pension funds invested in things that lost value were hit terribly— the money was gone. Corporations have shifted to a “defined contribution” system. They no longer commit to give a defined benefit upon retirement, but only to negotiate 24 news & politics ChronograM 1/10

the contributions of the worker and the company. The pension is still dependent on how good the investments turn out, which relieves the company of the obligation to deliver a set sum.The worker becomes a gambler in the stock market even if they don’t know how it works. More and more jobs do not offer a pension. Often desperate to have a job in the first place, new workers will take what they can get. Recruiters say, “We don’t offer a pension but we can pay you more,” which is not true, because wages are not rising. As workers get older and reach the age of retirement they will be shocked to discover they have inadequate or nonexistent pensions and will increasingly turn to their children for help at a time when their children will have their own struggles with this growing economic situation. People are turning more to state lotteries. You say lotteries are a disguised tax injustice. Over the years, squeezed by business structures and traumatized by fixed wages, stressed out, and drowning in debt, people become furious at increasing taxes. They express anger at politicians who want to get elected and therefore won’t raise taxes. The problem is these same people who don’t want taxes raised want their schools to be decent and the police to be there when they call. Politicians, using sleight of hand, invent the lottery! Basically a tax, lotteries get large numbers of people, those who represent the bedrock of opposition to paying taxes—all statistics prove that the poorer the neighborhood, the more per capita money is spent on lottery tickets and gambling—to give the government lots of money every day. A tiny number will win, but the rest of the money is taken by the state to run services. Where a tax is imposed on people equally, the lottery actually taxes those at the bottom at a higher rate that everybody else. People are suckered on this mirage—a chance of winning the prize that will help them escape the squeeze already on them. Money is shoveled into the state in a way that would cause outrage if it were called a tax. Lotteries have become patriotic, while the Puritan ethic that argued that lotteries represent sinful gambling and told Americans to save money and not go into debt has been thrown out. We’re told lottery money goes into education. You write: “The democratization of higher education had been notably advanced after WWII when the states built up first-rate institutions that often outperformed the best and oldest institutions. Now that short-lived democratization is unraveling and with it the quality of US students.” The pent-up rage of those who had gone through the Depression, followed by five years of wartime rationing, instigated an explosion of demand after WWII. The US was the only country to come out of WWII with an intact economy. No war had been fought here, we hadn’t been bombed, and we had supplied the rest of the Western world with armaments. We were in pretty good shape while the rest of the world had been destroyed. King of the hill from 1945 to 1975, America had jobs, income, growth—it was a pretty heady time. The working class grew accustomed to having all this, plus access to higher education. Until WWII, only a small elite in America went to college. After WWII, via the GI Bill that for the first and only time in US history gave every returning soldier a free ride to school, the working class could begin to think about sending their kids to school. But there weren’t any schools they could go to—private schools were too small, elitist, and expensive. The solution? Each of the 50 states began to build massive public higher education systems. Today, there are 15 million kids in US colleges and universities, roughly three million in private schools and 12 million in public. Public higher education became successful, dominant, and significantly less expensive than private schools.The end of rising wages, and the crunch of state and local finances resulted in erosion of public higher education over recent years. Larger classes, fewer services, less faculty for growing numbers of students, and instead of professors, something called “adjuncts”—poor creatures who get paid $4,000 to $5,000 per course teaching two here, 3 there, and one more in the evening. Adjuncts have no time to do research, keep up in their field, or treat students as human beings but they save universities a bundle. More like consultants than real professors, they get no benefits, and are paid less resulting in a severe diminution of quality.The future of the US in the world economy pivots on the quality, education, and skill of its labor force. Public institutions of higher learning educate three quarters of our college students. We are killing our own future by this misplaced economy.

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You state that the debate between conservatives arguing for less government intervention in private markets and liberals demanding government intervention to provide jobs, incomes, health care, and subsidized housing is a smokescreen that simply results in the oscillation between the two phases—each phase hitting a new crisis and then being replaced by the other. What do you suggest as an alternative? We must face a very painful, difficult, and politically explosive question and look at the way we organize production. Today, most people work nine to five, Monday through Friday, working where and how they are told, and with what equipment they are given. The goods and services they produce belong to somebody else—the corporation, which is run by a board of directors, a tiny group, usually 15 to 20 who have been selected by the “major shareholders,” another tiny group of 15 to 20. The board of directors decides what to produce, where, and most importantly what to do with the net revenue—the profits. This is a peculiar institution where the vast majority has no power to make key decisions. Instead, a tiny minority that doesn’t work at the enterprise has this power. The interests of these two groups are different and often clash. Suppose such American enterprises were organized differently along the lines of the old cooperative model that existed throughout American history. In the cooperative model, the enterprise would be run by the people who work in it, not others. The average person would work Monday through Thursday at the particular task they have always done. Friday they would have meetings with the other workers to decide collectively and democratically where, what, and how to produce, and what to do with the profits. If we would have organized business this way in the `70s you can be damned sure that the real wages of American workers would not have stopped rising. Workers running their own business, enjoying the rising productivity of the `70s, would not have taken advantage of the labor market conditions and undermined their own wage increases. They would have given themselves the rewards for rising productivity that they had gotten for the last 150 years. There would be no executives deciding to give themselves hefty bonuses, and production would not have moved abroad. The whole history of the American economy would have been radically different. Instead, we’ve always left in place the existing organization of production, as if it were God-given, or necessitated by technology, or unmovable and unchangeable. We’ve never questioned the system. To do so has been taboo, like sex or religion.

Why taboo? Because it challenges the assumption that the boards of directors—I advise boards of directors so I really do know what I am talking about—have some special competence, background, special genius that they somehow deserve to have all the power that the mass of workers is denied. This is especially peculiar here in the US where we make at least a verbal commitment to democracy—the idea that we should not have decisions made about us that we don’t have some participation in making.We don’t want our political leaders to make decisions that we can’t vote about, but we are willing to work in a company where the decisions are made by people whose names we don’t even know, and over whom we exercise absolutely no control. The people who run our society are very worried about this becoming something that’s publicly debated so it is kept off the agenda. Some might label this communism or socialism—frames that invoke specters of repression, gulags, worker exploitation, and huge disparities between the elite and the rest. Much the same way liberals and conservatives cling to their outdated “debate” frames, I don’t see the frames of communism and socialism being shaken off anytime soon—the specter of the “evils” of socialism is being raised right now. I agree. I used the terms cooperative and cooperation, and spoke of a democratic workplace or enterprise. What I am talking about was never realized, neither in Russia nor in China, where the organization of production was never questioned or changed. All they did was get rid of the private boards of directors and send in a group of government officials who performed the same functions and contributed to the failure of those societies that was as bad or worse than the failure we are experiencing here. They created a large language about a worker’s society but didn’t actually enact it. When people ask, “Aren’t you advocating socialism or communism?” I launch into the explanation I just gave. These days talk of socialism is falling on deaf ears. The right wing claims that Obama is a socialist have really backfired. People scoff at these claims. With young people it is having the opposite effect. Since they like Obama they have begun to ask, “So what’s wrong with socialism?” They don’t have a clue but their basic instinct says, “ I like Obama. If those nasty old folks are calling him a socialist, I’m going to check it out.” 1/10 ChronograM news & politics 25

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Hudson Valley Quintessence New Paltz By Brian K. Mahoney Photographs by Teresa Horgan and France Menk New Paltz jumped on to the international stage in 2004 when the village’s 26-year-old mayor, Jason West, married 25 same-sex couples. Reporters from national news organizations flooded the streets. Images of the village’s Main Street, lined with funky shops and gently sloping down to the Wallkill River were broadcast worldwide. (No marriage licenses were ever issued, as the town clerk refused to do so.) Of course, gay marriages are not New Paltz’s only claim to fame. There’s the Mohonk Mountain House, supposedly the inspiration for the hotel in The Shining, and also where The Road to Wellville was filmed. In Dirty Dancing, it’s mentioned as the place where the character Penny gets an illegal abortion. Until only 10 years ago, the state university had a reputation as a bit of a party school, and was cited enthusiastically and often during the 1980s in the magazine High Times. (As an alumnus of SUNY New Paltz—class of ’96—I can attest to the veracity of the claim.) Acts like Jefferson Airplane and The Who played on campus, often grand outdoors affairs held in the “Tripping Fields.” New Paltz was also the longtime home of boxing champion Floyd Patterson, who died in 2006. The town gets written up as a weekend getaway in the NewYork Times travel section on an irregular but frequent schedule, as if the newspaper had a financial stake in the local tourism industry.The coverage may or may not have to do with the fact that Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger owns a house in the area.

Media hype aside, New Paltz is really the perfect example of why so many people love the Hudson Valley. “It’s a melting pot between the city and the country,” says photographer G. Steve Jordan, who runs a gallery featuring his nature photography in the Water Street Market downtown. “It’s got all the elements—bohemian student character, proximity to New York City, Main Street buzzing with shops, critical mass of intellect and artistic expression— that make it a great place to live and work. We’re very lucky.” Stuart Bigley, director of Unison Arts Center puts it this way: “It really isn’t like other places; it’s very much its own thing. The town hasn’t been commodified and chopped up and spit out in the commercial way that so many other towns have been.” New Paltzians are proud of the funky character of the town, comparing its quirkiness favorably against the Hudson Valley’s more well-heeled burgs. “Rhinebeck is prettier than New Paltz, but I don’t see a lot to do there,” says Rich Gottlieb, a legendary figure in the rock climbing community who owns the outfitting store Rock and Snow. “We’re a little more of a frontier town. New Paltz is not too precious. Everybody contributes. Nobody owns the place.” Bigley puts it this way: “It’s real here. New Paltz has its pimples here and there. If you go to some other places in the region, there’s a kind of hipper-than-thou quality. [Admittedly, some have accused New Paltz of being hippier-than-thou.]You don’t have to be cool in New Paltz. Maybe you are, but you’re accepted if you’re not.” 1/10 ChronograM new paltz 27

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And friendly people—don’t forget the friendly people. “One of the biggest compliments we get from visitors is that the people here are just so friendly and helpful,” says Joyce Minard, president of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. “And it’s true! Residents here are very much in love with their community.” The Oldest Street in America Let’s start at the beginning. (Ignoring the displaced indigenous residents, of course.) French Huguenots, fleeing persecution in their Catholic-dominated homeland, founded a settlement in 1678 on the banks of the Wallkill River. (An interesting ethnic variant in an area almost exclusively settled by the Dutch after their founding of New Amsterdam in the early 17th century. A few of New Paltz’s street names—Dubois, Hasbrouck—attest to the town’s French Protestant heritage.) The Huguenots built a cluster of stone houses along present-day Huguenot Street (regarded as the oldest street in America); seven of the surviving structures date from the early 1700s, and the other houses on the street are similarly styled. The six-acre site is a National Historic Landmark District, and also contains a cemetery and a reconstructed 1717 stone church. Historic Huguenot Street, the association that oversees the buildings and grounds, hosts events throughout the year, from croquet parties to historic reenactments. In January, HHS will present a talk by historian Walter Wheeler, “Constructing Slavery: Beginning Investigations into the Housing of Slaves in NewYork State, 1620-1827,” on January 9, and an evening of music with violinist Marka Young and guitarist Jim Bacon (also a town justice) on January 23. The next significant date in New Paltz history is probably 1828, when the New Paltz Classical School was founded, the forerunner to the current col-


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Killing for Traffic When asked what the biggest problem facing New Paltz is, the dozen or so people I interviewed for this article said the same thing: Traffic. Driving in New Paltz can be a bottlenecked, rage-inducing experience. To get anywhere in New Paltz, you most likely need to drive on Main Street (a tight two lanes), but that road has three state highways and the Thruway converging on it, and it’s the primary east-west corridor in the area. On Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, for instance, when the New Paltz/Woodstock Crafts Fair hits the Ulster County Fairgrounds, cars can be backed up in the hundreds trying to get in and out of town. “There are communities that would kill for our traffic,� says Mayor Dungan. “That people want to come to the area is one of the driving factors in our local economy.� When asked what might be done about the traffic problem, Dungan sighed. “There is no easy solution,� he said, explaining that the village was laid out before the advent of the automobile. The charm of the village’s narrow streets and late 19th-century storefronts rely on this crowded, antiquated quality. Stuart Bigley remembers a sleepier version of New Paltz in the 1970s.


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lege. Until the mid-1950s, the school—known as the Normal School and then the State Teachers College—specialized in teacher training. SUNY New Paltz has a robust Education department to this day. The college, with an enrollment of 8,000, in many ways dominates the life of the community. (The population of the village is only 6,000.) The 216-acre SUNY New Paltz campus is situated on a hill above the village’s downtown, and the economy of the surrounding businesses is largely driven by the needs of the students (coffee, art supplies, pizza, beer, cigarettes, socializing with other students in liquor-available environments) and visiting parents (food, lodging). (Interesting, unverifiable fact: Jacobson Faculty Tower, the highest point on the campus at 120 feet, is thought to be the tallest building on the west side of the Hudson between New York City and Albany.) In any college town, there’s bound to be town-and-gown tension. The concerns of an academic institution and its thousands of transient, barely-in-theirmajority attendees do not overlay perfectly with those of a municipality and its citizens, who may not take kindly to packs of inebriated college students making merry outside their window at two in the morning. But Mayor Dungan thinks that the days of mutual distrust are over. “There’s a lot less tension than there used to be,� says Dungan, a SUNY New Paltz alumnus, citing the close communication between his office and the college, and his attendance at student association meetings, as the well as the college newspaper’s coverage of village government. “We’re a college town,� says Dungan. “Students are transient; they’re only here for four years. But students as a segment of the population are a permanent fact of life in New Paltz.�



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“When I first moved here, you could walk down the middle of the street blindfolded,” he says. “You could hear a car coming from a long distance away. There wasn’t what anyone would refer to as traffic back then.” One of the causes of all this traffic lies outside of town. It’s the Shawangunk Ridge, or The Gunks, as they are affectionately known. Amazingly, most of this land, which is on the Nature Conservancy’s list of the Earth’s “Last Great Places,” is undeveloped. Twelve thousand acres of protected land stretch from Cragsmoor in the west through Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve just above New Paltz. The Gunks are a world-class rock climbing destination, as well as a recreation hub for hikers, bikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. The scenic beauty of the region draws visitors in such numbers that Minnewaska State Park has to turn people away on summer weekends. It’s that beauty that G. Steve Jordan has been chronicling in his photographs for over 10 years. “I try and transcend the landscape itself,” says Jordan. “I hope my photos evoke a feeling similar to the feeling of being out there.” He’s also witnessed the amazing connection people have to the landscape. “More than once, people have been looking at my images and tears have come to their eyes,” says Jordan. “And I don’t think it’s anything I did. People have a such a strong connection to the natural beauty of the area.”

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Social Capital Every town in the region has had to wrestle with development pressures, and New Paltz is no different. What makes the town such an inviting place to live has also led to a mini construction boom in recent years. (Or what passes for one in New Paltz.) The town’s citizens, however, are actively engaged in how the town will grow and what type of growth is in keeping with the character of their community. Dave Porter, a professor of sociology and a board member of the Association for Intelligent Rural Management, dates the birth of New Paltz’s self-awareness to the mid-1990s, when a Wal-Mart was proposed in a development abutting the Thruway exit. Porter and Chet Mirsky wrote about the town’s tussle over that proposal in Megamall on the Hudson: Planning,Wal-Mart, and Grassroots Resistance (Trafford, 2003). That development never happened—a local group, led by Porter, waged a two-year campaign and convinced the planning board that allowing a Wal-Mart to be built on the outskirts of town was not in the best environmental, social, or economic interests of New Paltz. “It really changed the politics of the town,” says Porter. “There’s been good momentum since then.” Ten years later, and another developer is now trying to build a mixeduse project on the same site, though the development, The Crossroads at New Paltz, is on hold, a fact Porter believes has to do with the economic downturn. But if the developer ramps up the project again, Porter is inclined to believe that New Paltzians will be up to the challenge. “There’s really an astonishing percentage of people who get involved on any issue. And there are so many younger people that are getting involved as well, to carry the torch.” The reason Porter is optimistic about the future of New Paltz has to do with the tremendous social capital the town has accumulated. “There really is a very strong interest in participating in the community in all kinds of ways—Little League, school activities, the fire department, volunteer work,” says Porter. “People take an interest in the fate of the community.”

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all it the Little Town that Could. In the early 1990s, Gardiner’s central hamlet consisted of a post office, liquor store, hardware store, and a deli/grocery that could barely afford to stay open in winter. Oh, there were sporadic efforts made to open other businesses, but most withered on the vine. Quality local manufacturers like Kiss My Face cosmetics and Utility Canvas survived precisely because they were not dependent on the local community to buy their wares. In the surrounding town, some farmland was giving way to subdivision; a couple of stalwart restaurants served up steaks and spaghetti as they had for years. To all appearances, the town was evolving toward a fairly standard farming-turned-bedroom-community area, defined more by surveyors’ lines than by any noticeable personality. It was, as artist/teacher/gallery owner Patty Eakin observes, one tough place to make a living if you weren’t in either education or corrections—or, perhaps, in construction. It was the sort of wide spot in the highway where you might expect locals to leap at the possibility of any business adding to the tax base. But when a Stewart’s Shop was proposed for the center of town, a good-size contingent of Gardinerites spoke up in opposition. The gas tanks were planned too near the aquifer, they said, and besides, the Stewarts chain did not suit their vision of the hamlet’s character. “What character?” said some. “Stop being a bunch of cranky-pants NIMBYs,” said others. But Stewart’s ended up a few miles away in Modena, and the folks who believed passionately that Gardiner did have a character went on to challenge a subdivision they didn’t believe was being done right. Gardiner, with its bodacious fertile bosom of river valley beneath a proud peak of world class climbing rock, seemed to them to be far too special to be carved up into another stretch of sprawl. “You’re killing us!” said some folks, especially as the words “building moratorium” began to be noised about. Just as the issues were beginning to be defined and the battle lines drawn, along came the Awosting Ridge proposal—350 homes for the wealthy to be built atop the Shawangunks. It was an epic fight, complete with an eccentric millionaire—John Atwater Bradley, who ruled the Reserve from “a former Girl Scout lodge with a parrot named Thisbe, a stuffed black bear and, lately, a mannequin dressed in 1890s fashions he’s named Vicky,” according to the New York Times.

Opposing Bradley was Save The Ridge, a local coalition that was part kitchen-table shirtsleeves, part big-city communications savvy. “This moratorium debate was well under way when the Awosting Reserve proposal was announced in the autumn of 2002. Using ‘red-hot’ as a term to describe the upped intensity of the debate is a considerable understatement. What the ‘red-hot’ did for Gardiner was to take a gangly, adolescent town and force it to ask itself what it wanted to be when it grew up,” observes Phil Ehrensaft, a local resident and an expert on rural economic development. In 2004, a Democratic ticket swept the town election, riding the urgency of the Ridge battle. The moratorium was enacted, and a planning and zoning committee pondered for many months over regulations for future growth. The new administration set a number of plans in motion, and supporters had the wind at their backs: besides the moratorium and zoning rewrite, there would be renovations to the historic and dilapidated town hall, bonding for open-space preservation, a town-owned stretch of rail trail, reed beds at the sewer plant, and full-on governmental support for helping to realize the library’s dream of a new building, to name just a few of the developments that had naysayers shaking their heads. Save the Ridge ultimately prevailed, and the land where Bradley envisioned development is now part of Minnewaska State Park. “Woe is us,” said some. Five years later, woe is hard to find in Gardiner. Fine wine and liquor, grass-fed meats and artisanal cheeses, expertly crafted jewelry, exquisite painting and sculpture, ambrosial baked goods, fresh produce, consignment designer gear for pennies on the dollar, wellness practitioners who will heal you from scalp to toenails, dance lessons, a fine new library and renovated town hall—these, and more, you will find in Gardiner. And despite the ongoing and sometimes heated dialogue over individual property rights vs. zoning restrictions, the anticipated woe has largely failed to materialize for most. “Since day one, it’s been fantastic,” says Jodi Whitehead of the central hamlet’s business community. “I opened in March, and Gardiner has been nothing but wonderful— there has been total support from the community and the town. This is exactly what I dreamed of—I wanted a store in a cute, close-knit small town where people were big on community. I love this town, I really do.” Whitehead’s Uptown Attic consignment 1/10 ChronograM gardiner 35


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shop is the newest addition to the central hamlet family, which now includes nearly a dozen small businesses. “It’s happening. Believe it, and it will happen,” says Heidi Haddad-Hill joyfully. Haddad-Hill’s HiHo Home Market, an eclectic décor and furnishings place as singular as its irrepressible owner, was one of the first of the new wave of hamlet shops. HaddadHill is newly installed as president of the Gardiner Association of Businesses (GAB), the town’s informal chamber of commerce, a grassroots local group that’s flourished in the past few years. In 2009, GAB had five Gardiner-based member businesses named Best of the Hudson Valley: the HiHo Home market, Patty Eakin’s Bruynswick Art Studio and Gallery, Ralph Erenzo’s Tuthilltown Spirits distillery, Skydive The Ranch (best outdoor adventure, owned by some of the earliest promoters of Gardiner’s growth spurt), and the Mountain Brauhaus restaurant. “The Gardiner community really supports us,” says Haddad-Hill. “There’s a segment that comes out for everything we do. I think it’s because our businesses are conceived, designed, and priced with the local community in mind.We serve their needs. If we get tourists, that’s gravy. I can walk to work with my dog, or ride my bike. It’s paradise.” “We just had a Holiday Stroll event, and 12 businesses participated,” says Main Street property owner Robin Hayes. “There were groups of people wandering all over town, bumping into each other, having little treats at each place. Everybody decorated so beautifully! We all collaborate—there are several groups that overlap, all promoting one another. We come together around common goals and take action—and we have a blast doing all of it. It’s such a great vibe.”The town that once suffered tumbleweed jokes has exactly one storefront in need of a tenant; the once-pedestrian grocery has been reborn as the Village Market and Bakery, with a quaint historic façade.The stalwart local restaurants have just recently been joined by Café Mio—local eats, served up by a Culinary Institute grad who earned his stripes at the famed Depuy Canal House under the “father of new American cuisine,” John Novi. “A few years ago, Gardiner just stepped it up a notch. It’s been a great decade. Now the energy is starting to gather again—I can feel the next wave coming, and it’s exciting.” “We’d do it all over again,” says lifetime resident Joe Katz of the long-ago decision to say no to Stewarts. Katz was elected town supervisor in 2007, successor to the Democratic regime under whose leadership the wave of change swept town government. He himself is determinedly nonpartisan—he campaigned as “Joe Katz for Gardiner,” and says he is looking forward to working with the two Republicans who gained board seats in 2009, ending years of what was effectively one-party rule. “More and more stuff is coming in to our industrial park—Amthor from Walden is bringing in 40 jobs, Gillette Creamery is bringing in 50 or 60 more. Kimlin Propane is expanding. SUNY New Paltz called, and they’re bringing a group of visiting Russian mayors to see Gardiner’s town hall and transfer station. Building permits went way up in the second half of 2009. We’re watching every dime of taxpayers’ money, believe me—but there are some big bucks coming into this town.” One of many issues on the new board’s plate, to be discussed, studied, previewed, and reviewed by town and other related boards and by the loyal opposition, who rarely miss a meeting or a chance to sound off, is an application for a 22-acre solar farm. It would be the first such in New York State. It sounds like something the woe-is-me crowd would have scoffed about years back: “Whaddya think, we’re gonna start building solar farms or something?” “What I love,” says Katz, “is that you literally never know what’s next. For a solar farm, there are no rules, so we’re being extremely careful as we proceed. One thing I can predict. There will be a bunch of people who live right near it, who won’t want it.” “His job,” says a Gardiner entrepreneur, “is to listen to those people, hear their concerns, smile and say, ‘If this will be good for Gardiner, we’re going to let it happen.’ That’s how we built the library and how we bought the Rail Trail.” Not everyone, of course, will agree—and there will no doubt be scholarship and passion on both sides. “Contentious, spirited, and wonderful, with a huge, huge heart— that’s Gardiner,” says Hayes. “I was at a party last week, a very Gardiner party, and it was people from both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere in the middle—mixing it up and having a blast. Bipartisanship is a way of life here—just add vodka!” RESOURCES Bruynswick Art Studio and Gallery (845) 255-5693 Café Mio Gardiner Association of Businesses HiHo Home Market Kiss My Face Mountain Brauhaus Skydive The Ranch Town of Gardiner Tuthilltown Spirits Uptown Attic Village Market and Bakery

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Geoffrey Owen Miller, Dividual, oil on poplar panel, 5.5˝ x 5.5˝, 2009 From the exhibition “Dividuals,” at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, January 7 through 31.

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Delaware County Dykes Softball Team, NY, 1972, Ellen Shumsky. From the exhibit “Portrait of a Decade: 1968-1978,” at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, through March 30.

ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT (203) 438-4519 “Bike Rides: The Exhibition.” Through January 3. Gerard Hemsworth: Hidden Agenda. Through January 10. “Edward Tufte: Seeing Around.” Through April 12.

BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550 “Holiday Members Exhibition.” Through January 9.

THE BEACON INSTITUTE FOR RIVERS & ESTUARIES 199 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-1600 “Reflections on the River.” Mixed media art and drawings Linda Cross. Through March 7.

THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM 39 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 443-7171 “25th Annual Festival of Trees.” Through January 3. “Armed & Dangerous: The Art of the Arsenal.” January 23-June 6.

BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO 54 ELIZABETH STREET, RED HOOK 758-9244 “Harvest to Holiday.” Botanicals and landscapes from the Hudson Valley and Italy by Betsy Jacaruso as well as works by Cross River artists. Through January 30.

CABANE STUDIOS FINE ART GALLERY AND PHOTOGRAPHY 38 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-5490 “Group Show.” January 6-February 12. Opening reception Saturday, January 16.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915 “Traditional/Postmodern.” Paintings by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams and mixed media by Ragellah Rourke, Tony Thompson and Russell DeYoung. Through January 1. “Winter Exhibition.” Featuring Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Russell DeYoung, Tony Thompson, Ragellah Rourke. Through January 3. “Nature Abstracted.” Paintings by Elise Freda, Joseph Maresca, Nancy Rutter; drawings by Madelon Jones. January 7-February 15. Opening reception Saturday, January 9, 6-9pm.

CARRIE HADDAD PHOTOGRAPHS 318 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-7655 “Photographs by Valerie Shaff.” Through January 10. Birgit Blyth and Michael Sibilia. Photographs. January 14-February 21. Opening reception Saturday, January 16, 6-9pm.

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59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957 “Landscape Forever.” Group show curated by Dion Ogust. January 9-February 28. “Vanitas.” Justine Reyes solo show. January 9-February 28. Opening reception and panel discussion Saturday, January 9, 5-8pm.

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DAVIS ORTON GALLERY 114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 697-0266 “Collage & Constructions.” Photographs by Nadine Boughton, Emily Corbato, Carol Krauss. Through January 3.

DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET, PORT EWEN 338-5580 “Watercolors.” Karl Volk. January 2-January 31. Opening reception Saturday, January 2, 5-8pm.

FLAT IRON GALLERY 21 Winston Drive Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-876-3200

105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894 “Eclectic Illusions.” Mixed media paintings and mirrored wall hangings and bowls by Doris Renza. Through January 10.

FOVEA EXHIBITIONS 143 MAIN STREET, BEACON 765-2199 “Faith.” Photographs by Christopher Churchill. Through January 10.

GADALETO’S RESTAURANT 246 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-1717 “Winter Visions.” Group show. Through January 10.

GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027 “Skylight Views.” Rita Maas. January 15 – February 22.

THE GALLERY AT R & F 84 TEN BROECK AVE, KINGSTON 331-3112 “Poetics of Pattern.” Paintings, prints, and installations by Paula Roland. Through January 23.

GARDINER BRANCH, ULSTER SAVINGS BANK 2201 ROUTE 44/55, GARDINER 255-4262 “It’s a Wild World.” Photographs by Peter Geller. Through January 28.

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GAZEN GALLERY 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-4278 “Half Price Show.” January 16-February 8.

GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400 “Salon Show 2009.” Annual exhibition of small art works by GCCA member artists. Through January 9. “GEOgraphy.” Group show: Art Murphy, Ken Hiratsuka, Liz Horn, Ron Zukor, Carolyn Bennett, Leonard Seastone, Kris Corso Tolmie. January 16-February 13. Opening reception Saturday, January 16, 5-7pm.

GCCA MOUNTAINTOP GALLERY 5348 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-3104 “Holiday in the Mountains.” Pottery, quilts, toys, clothing, jewelry. Through January 10.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100 “Double Dutch.” Contemporary Dutch installation art. Through July 26.

HUDSON VALLEY LGBTQ CENTER 300 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 331-5300 “A Decade of Transformation: 1968-1978.” Photographs by Ellen Shumsky. Through March 30.

IRIS GALLERY 47 RAILROAD ST, GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 644-9663 “The Paintings of Lewis Scheffey.” Through January 1.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362½ WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907 “Dividuals.” Paintings by Geoffrey Owen Miller. January 7-31. Opening reception Saturday, January 9, 6-8pm.

JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY 16 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-2250 “What is Beauty: A Desire to Decorate.” 4 emerging artists question the form beauty takes in a desire to arrange and decorate paintings, wall reliefs, florals, plastics, lashes, hair and silicone. Through January 2.

KAATERSKILL FINE ARTS HUNTER VILLAGE SQUARE, HUNTER (518) 263-2060 “Wanderlust.” Recent works by Dina Bursztyn. Through January 30.

JOIN THE ROSENDALE THEATRE COLLECTIVE AS WE SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE THEATRE YOU KNOW AND LOVE—AS IT EVOLVES INTO A NOT-FOR-PROFIT FILM AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, Snake Rock Pond (June 14, 2009, 2:08 pm), pigmented inket print, 2009 From the exhibit “Landscape Forever,” curated by Dion Ogust, in collaboration with the Woodstock Land Conservancy,at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. January 9 through February 28.

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LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 28 RENNE AVENUE, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 499-9348 “Drawn Together.” A group show of Berkshire County artists. Through January 9.

LIFEBRIDGE SANCTURARY 333 MOUNTAIN ROAD, ROSENDALE 338-6418 “Cosmic Daughters: The Art of Sadee Brathwaite.” Through January 5.

FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632 “Hole in the Wall.” Site-specific installation by Harry Roseman. January 29-May 18. Opening reception on Friday, January 29.

MILL STREET LOFT GALLERY 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE. 471-7477 “Patterns.” Group show of National Art Honor Society young artists. Through February 13.

MUROFF KOTLER VISUAL ARTS GALLERY VANDERLYN HALL, SUNY ULSTER, STONE RIDGE 687-5113 “Landscape.” Photographs by Jared Handelsman and Phil Underdown. January 28-February 26. Opening reception Thursday, January 28, 5-7pm.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 ROUTE 183, STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 298-4100 “Photo Finish.” Exhibition of model photos used by Rockwell. Through May 31.

ORANGE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 23 WHITE OAK DRIVE, SUGAR LOAF 469-1856 “Extraordinary Forms of the Sea.” Annie Leibowitz solo exhibition. January 29-February 14. Opening reception Friday January 29, 7-9pm.


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103 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON WWW.KMOCA.ORG New Works by Michael Rose. January 2–January 31. Opening reception Saturday, January 2, 5-7pm.

“Haute-Kraft.” Anique Taylor, Sally Rothschild, Denyse Schmidt, Lora Shelley, Amy Saidens, Zoya Geacintov, Olek, Laura Hughes, Margie Darrow, Dave Channon, Beth Carey, and Olivia Lawrence. Through January 6. “Making a Scene.” Michael Cohen, Mary Anne Erickson, Katarina Gerkman-Holbrook. January 9-February 15. Opening reception Saturday, January 9, 3-6pm.

STONE WINDOW GALLERY 17 MAIN STREET, ACCORD 626-4932 “Engaging Surface.” Tracy Leavitt solo exhibit. Through January 30.

Surprenant art & design 324 wall street, kingston 383-1279 Sean Sullivan and Joseph Verditti. January 2February 28. Opening reception Thursday, January 28, 5-7pm.

UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482 “Gaia: Earthmother.” Through January 3.

UNISON 58 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559 “Collaged Drawings and Monotypes.” Keum Won Chang. Through January 10.

VAN BUREN GALLERY 215 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5463 “A Year with Picasso.” Paintings by Rob Couteau. January 9-February 6.

WINDHAM FINE ARTS 5380 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-5860 “Iconic Landscapes and Portraits of Everyday Icons.” Through January 24. “Landscape: It Begins With Color.” Thomas Paquette solo exhibit. January 30-March 1.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940 “11 Pick 2.” Featuring prominent WAAM artists. Through January 3.

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by peter aaron


n addition to the fantastic music one hears at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble events, there’s another type of magic in the air. The celebratory collective spirit filling Helm’s timber-hewn Woodstock studio has a vibe that borders on the sacred. Somehow, each of the performances always brings with it the intangible, but undeniable, feeling that everyone here—audience and musicians—is part of something truly special. It’s like Christmas Eve, church, and a rock ’n’ roll show, all in one. This particular night, however, is a little more special than usual. It also happens to be the 81st birthday of Ramble regular Little Sammy Davis, one of the few remaining authentic Mississippi bluesmen. And he’s late for the party. But just when everyone’s starting to worry, the stocky Davis shuffles in, looking every bit the part in his black hat and fur-collared coat. He’s followed closely by his minder and sideman, guitarist Fred Scribner, who helps the singer and harmonica player to his center-stage stool before tuning up his own acoustic. With the okay from Davis, the pair at last gets down to playing, and it’s tremendous. As Scribner rips it up behind him, the elder bluesman honks and groans his way through “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “Sitting on Top of the World,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and other classics. While a 2007 stroke has obviously impacted his voice, Davis’s legendary prowess on the harp remains undimmed, and the way he fingers and moves air through the thing makes it sound like, take your pick, a lonesome train, a dying wolf, or a cat in heat. One might even say that the way Davis now croaks out the words makes him sound almost implausibly authentic, like he stepped out of one of Keith Richards’s wildest dreams. But know this: Every last grain of that rough, sage, and lived-in grit is indeed all too real, and extremely hard won. And amassing it has been a long, long journey. Davis was born in 1928 in Winona, Mississippi, where his 100-year-old grandmother raised him. He took up the harmonica at age seven after hearing the records of his hero, Sonny Boy Williamson (the first Sonny Boy, aka John Lee Williamson, that is; not Aleck Ford Miller, the one who adopted John Lee’s stage name and recorded for Chess), on the family’s hand-cranked Victrola. “There wasn’t no one else playin’ harp in Winona back then,” Davis recalls, adding, with a puckish smirk, “Well, maybe there was some that tried.” When he was 13, after a few years of performing on street corners and with traveling medicine shows, Davis left Mississippi on the back of a chicken truck headed south. He ended up Florida, where he worked picking oranges by day and playing the clubs at night. Word about the fantastic young harpist began to make its way up and down the chittlin’ circuit, and before long Davis was playing with the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Ike Turner, and, incredibly, a band that featured both Earl Hooker and Albert King. Unfortunately, the latter outfit lasted only a few weeks, as tensions between the mighty guitar rivals eventually erupted into blows and the group split up. Davis opted to stay with Hooker—who made and sold zip guns as a sideline, he says—for the next nine years, and cut a few sides under his own name (with Hooker accompanying) for the obscure Rockin’ label. By the early 1950s he was living in Chicago and performing regularly with no less than Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed. After the great Little Walter had him arrested for impersonating him on the bandstand, the two harmonica men later became close friends, and Davis often found himself called in to front Little Walter’s band when the famously erratic genius was too drunk to play. “[Little Walter] told me, ‘Man, you really do sound like me,’” says Davis, still visibly proud. In the late ’60s family ties brought him to the Poughkeepsie area, where he fathered two children and went to work in a cinder block factory for “a looong time,” running the machine that stacked the blocks onto pallets for shipment. He still played music casually and made one 45 for the local Trix label, but when his wife died in 1970 he was too shattered to continue, and he put down his harp. “Wasn’t nothin’ gonna bring her back, and I just had to quit playin’ then,” Davis laments. But after 20 years went by, it was a familiar spark that got him fired up to play the blues once more. “I heard a Sonny Boy record, and that got me to thinkin’ about playin’ again,” says Davis, and by the early ’90s he was back on stage, sitting in for jam sessions at the now defunct Sidetrack and other local blues spots. News of his reemergence made its way to Doug Price, who put the word out via his “Blues After Hours” on Poughkeepsie’s WVKR. It wasn’t long before Davis met Scribner, the leader of the syndicated “Imus in the Morning” radio show’s erstwhile house band, Midnight Slim. “My brother Brad plays

drums in my band, and one night when he was out playing at one of the jams Sammy got up and played with him,” recounts Scribner. “So when Brad called me up, raving about this amazing guy who’d played with Little Walter and Earl Hooker, I just had to go and find him.” And, from the first notes they played together, the two have been inseparable. Don Imus was also impressed with Davis, inviting him to appear regularly on the air and even penning liner notes for I Ain’t Lyin’, the bluesman’s long-overdue 1995 debut on the vital Delmark imprint. Full of exhilarating harp workouts and reliably mournful odes to the tougher sides of life, the album was nominated for a W. C. Handy Award, and soon after its release its maker picked up both Living Blues magazine’s Comeback of the Year award and, appropriately enough, the Blues Foundation’s Little Walter Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002, Davis was even the titular subject of documentary by filmmaker Arlen Tarlofsky that screened at festivals in Europe and the US. The recognition may be late in coming, but there’s little question from blues lovers as to whether it’s deserved. “Sammy’s the real deal, alright,” says Big Joe Fitz, himself a harpist and the host of WDST’s “The Blues Break.” “And he’s unique. He’s got an easy, smoother style on the harp—he doesn’t just blow his brains out like a lot of guys do. Plus, he’s just a magical character, with this childlike innocence. If you talk to him long enough, he’ll start taking out pictures of his cats to show you.” When one of Scribner’s guitar students introduced Davis to Levon Helm, the former Band man was instantly besotted and invited Davis to play with his Barn Burners (now known simply as the Levon Helm Band). “Sammy’s just the best,” says Helm. “And he’s almost limitless in his knowledge and in his abilities. He can go from rock to R&B to gospel.” Being the bluesman’s steady foil, Scribner returned the favor by connecting Helm’s band with Imus’s program. A mainstay since the Ramble’s 2003 inception, Davis waxed the acclaimed Midnight Ramble Sessions,Volume 1 (Levon Helm Studios, Inc.) with Helm’s band in 2005. These days Davis lives in a group retirement home in Maybrook, and Scribner drives over from his Middletown residence every Saturday to pick him up for the duo’s opening sets at the Ramble. As Little Sammy Davis and Midnight Slim, the pair recently released Travelin’ Man (Independent), which compiles tracks recorded between 1988 and 2008. Among the rocking set’s highlights are the steamy instrumental opener “Juke Walkin’” and the desolate title cut, with confessional lyrics composed by Davis on the spot. “It’s really an honor and a privilege to be able to work with a living legend like Sammy,” Scribner says. “And we help each other out. I’ve had some tough times and Sammy’s helped me a lot.” “Well, you been a good friend to me,” confides Davis to his lanky partner. Spend a lifetime listening to music, rock ’n’ roll in particular, and one will always come back to the blues. It’s inevitable, unavoidable. Why? Not an easy question to answer. Just like the music itself, that answer is seemingly simple but at the same time eternally elusive; right in front of you but forever just out of reach. Short of playing the reader a record by someone like Blind Willie Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt—or, indeed, Little Sammy Davis—there’s really no adequate way to demonstrate the depth and power of this noblest and most fundamental of musical art forms. And sadly, even then, too many listeners still just might not get it. They’ll fixate mainly on the idiom’s structural elements and other signifying motifs. They’ll say it’s all the same, and won’t pick up on the subtle shades of craft and personality its individual practitioners bring to the music, or the raw, bottomless, and utterly naked emotion they so naturally and unselfconsciously infuse it with. But once the connection is made, however, it becomes unshakable, and the stylistic children of the blues—jazz, rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, and whatever’s next—can seem like flashy, overly ornamented redundancies. When asked about his own creative motivations Neil Young likes to quote his late producer, David Briggs: “Get closer to the source. Make the music purer.” The blues are the source. And Little Sammy Davis is one of their purest living ambassadors, a national treasure right in our own back yard. “When a person say he ain’t never had the blues, he’s wrong,” Davis says in Tarlofsky’s film. “Everybody’s done had the blues, believe me when I tell ya.” And, somehow, you’re not inclined to argue. Little Sammy Davis and Fred Scribner perform regularly at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in Woodstock. Check for an updated schedule. Travelin’ Man is available now through 1/10 ChronograM music 43

nightlife highlights Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

First Sunday Afternoon Dance Party January 3. It’s freezing outside, but the windows of beloved K-town hang Keegan Ales will steam up good when the dance floor ignites for this inaugural installment of the brewery’s monthly First Sunday Afternoon Dance Party series. Tango goddess Ilene Marder invites you to move and groove to the spiciest Latin, swing, and world beat rhythms. Come early for the 2pm “Intro to Tango” lesson. Cover includes snacks. (The Retro Rockets, featuring Jimmy Eppard, Charlie Knicely, and Pete Levin, blast off on January 24.) 3pm. $10. Kingston. (845) 331-2739;

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JAN/21 6pm



Crooked Still January 8. Imbued with the haunting voice of Aoife O’Donovan and the banjo of erstwhile Bruce Springsteen sideman Greg Liszt, Boston’s Crooked Still lost founding member and cellist Rushad Eggleston in 2007. But the band, which visits the Egg this month, bounced back immediately, adding new cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas to continue its reign as one of America’s greatest modern roots units—just ask anyone who caught the Still’s set at last year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. (Gregg Allman plays on January 3; Al Di Meola’s World Sinfonia weaves its spell on January 30.) 8pm. $24. Albany. (518) 473-1845;

Fred Smith Jazz Ensemble



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January 16. Not to be confused with the local vintner and Television bassist or the late MC5 guitarist of the same name, Peekskill trumpeter Fred Smith is the former director of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band and has worked with such hallowed acts as Lloyd Price, Lou Donaldson, Panama Francis, Etta Jones, King Curtis, Hugh Masekela, and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. This engagement sees Smith leading his own crack band at hometown venue the Beanrunner Café. Swingin’! (Skin Against Metal brings Afro-Cuban sounds on January 22; bassist Harvey S. performs on January 29.) 7:30pm. $10. Peekskill. (845) 737-1701;

David Malachowksi & the Woodstock All Stars January 22. Guitarist David Malachowski is one of the scene’s most ubiquitous figures, gigging constantly with his own groups and sitting in with just about everyone else. A storied musician with a highly attentive ear, he’s been the go-to player for Shania Twain, Commander Cody, and others. This date at WAMC’s Linda Performing Arts Studio by his changeable Woodstock All Stars features Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby and drummer Gary Burke, Pink Floyd and Sting backup singer Machan Taylor, Levon Helm saxophonist Erik Lawrence (Malachowski’s fellow Chronogram scribe), and organ king Pete Levin. (Power popper Willie Nile rocks on January 23.) 8pm. $20. Albany. (518) 465-5233;

vetiver January 23. A paragon of the freak-folk faction, Vetiver is a loose cooperative headed by Andy Cabic, a frequent collaborator of the scene’s breakout leader, Devendra Banhart. The group’s critically adored fourth album, the all-covers Thing of the Past (Gnomonsong Records, 2008), features lulling, shimmering chestnuts by Bobby Charles, Hawkwind, Ian Matthews, Townes Van Zandt, and Loudon Wainwright III, plus guest vocals by Vashti Bunyan and Michael Hurley. Currently on tour in support of 2009’s Tight Knit (Sub-Pop Records), Vetiver makes its soft landing at Jason’s Upstairs Bar for this much-awaited date. With Kevin Barker. (Bears with Wings fly in on January 16.) 8pm. $10. Hudson. (518) 828-8787;

vetiver performs at jason’s upstairs bar on january 23.

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cd reviews Mitch Kessler Erratica (Sunjump Records, 2008)

“Wait for it.” That suspenseful phrase heard in countless cinematic moments seems to have been echoed by alto and tenor saxophonist Mitch Kessler for some time. Recorded in 2008 at NRS Studio in Catskill, the Albany resident’s long overdue debut release, Erratica, is comprised of eight originals that tumble out of the post-bop bag and feature Hudson Valley jazz stalwarts pianist John Esposito, bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Peter O’Brien. Erratica is technically adventurous (“The Sixth Marx Brother”) as well as arrestingly cerebral (“Brain Freeze”). But it also has its strikingly tender parts, like the ballad “Bibi Andersson,” with Kessler’s wilting, wavering tones draped by the glistening runs of notes from Esposito, who produced Erratica for his Sunjump label. This group, though, seems to groove at a high-thermometer reading. After Esposito’s opening solo, “Goblins in Love” becomes aglow in white heat, tempered by the loping, melodic lines of Kessler. “Panic” is an arm-wrestling match between O’Brien and Kessler. O’Brien brings about as much smack and crackle as Kessler can propel, in short, jabbing statements. In “Deconstructing Post Modernist Dilletantism,” the ensemble jumps through narrow portals with an abandonment of fear. It’s Esposito’s proximity to Thelonious Monk and Kessler’s to saxophonist Charlie Rouse that harkens back to Monk’s tenure at the Five Spot in New York in the late ’50s. Like Monk, Esposito holds you suspended in the air during his solo, wondering when he’s gonna drop you dizzily to the ground. Erratica points straight ahead to another release by Kessler in the future. —Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

Sara Milonovich Daisycutter

Music every weekend

Bearsville Theater

“committed to bringing music back to Woodstock”


Bluegrass Clubhouse 8-10pm Miss Angie’s Karaoke LIVE!

Saturday Jan. 2

Reggae New Year Party: Jamaica’s Starcade Sound

Friday Jan. 22

WDST Presents Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

This show has been changed from January 8th. Please call if you purchased tickets and cannot attend the January 22nd show.

Saturday Jan. 30


Saturday Feb. 13

WDST Presents... Assembly of Dust

(Loonymusik Records, 2009)

Full Bar, Streamside Lounge, Gourmet Dining at

The Bear Cafe! 2 miles west of Woodstock on Rt. 212.... Tickets (845) 679-4406


On Daisycutter, her impressive solo debut, roots music veteran Sara Milonovich hits the ground running with the up-tempo, fiddle-fueled “Country Life,” a powerhouse lament that takes on class, the plight of family farms, countryside gentrification, and the UK foot and mouth epidemic of 2001. Sound intense? It is, but as a bracing opener, it serves well, priming listeners for a deft mix of literate folk, plaintive Celtic-tinged balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking. Milonovich is a fiddler of much renown—with additional chops in the vocals and guitar department—and a life spent mostly on the road has yielded the skills to take on a wide range of material and a bevy of extremely talented friends. The high-profile pals adding to the bounty of Daisycutter include singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, who executes a gorgeous solo on her own beautiful ache of a love song, “Last Dance.” Even without the star turns, however, Milonovich emerges as both a gifted artist in her own right and an unpredictable song interpreter. The Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday” becomes a zydeco raveup; KT Tunstall’s wry but sweet “Under the Weather” is a deceptively simple ballad with tasty political overtones. The unexpected Peter Gabriel tune, “Here Comes the Flood,” offers a nice slab of electric guitar while evincing Milonovich’s penchant for the post-apocalyptic. But any lingering darkness is quickly dispersed by a rollicking take on “The Lake Arthur Stomp.” These scene changes offer a chance to process the considerable depth of the material and most importantly, to dance. —Robert Burke Warren


The Duke & the King Nothing Gold Can Stay (Ramseur Records, 2009)

There’s nothing coy in the outward presentation of local duo the Duke & the King’s Nothing Gold Can Stay, its title under a rabbit-eared TV set showing Old Glory in washed-out sepia. On the album itself, though, the faded, forfeited American Dream gives way to deception, malfeasance, and post-dramatic emotionalism of a more personal nature. “A regular boy in the Reagan time / And boy did I want my MTV / Everything was easy, so easy,” Simone Felice sings wearily on “Union Street” over a slow, bittersweet folk rock tune. It’s poignant and evocative—no surprise, since the vocalist, ex- of his namesake band the Felice Brothers, is also a published author. It’s odd, then, that the Duke & the King (the band’s name comes from the pair of grifters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) are most effective when Felice is at his least wordy. The stirring “Lose Myself,” the album’s centerpiece, starts with a few soft electric piano chords caught between half-received radio signals before opening into a crescendo reminiscent of mid-’70s Pink Floyd, with Felice mournfully repeating the sole lyric, “It makes me wanna lose myself.” But while there’s little to fault technically on Nothing Gold Can Stay—the band comports itself with flair and restraint throughout—songs like “Suzanne” (not a Leonard Cohen cover) and “Still Remember Love,” bracing on the lyric sheet, are performed as if from a slight emotional remove, dampening their power. Perhaps that’s hair-splitting, but with Felice’s beautifully sandy vocals and his band’s obvious skill, it’s hard not to imagine how this solid debut could’ve been even better. —Mike Wolf


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SHALOM, STRANGER Auslander’s American Life by Nina Shengold photograph by Jennifer May


nine-year-old boy goes to a swimming pool Snack Shack and orders a Slim Jim. No biggie. Unless, of course, he’s an Orthodox Jew. In Shalom Auslander’s furiously funny memoir, Foreskin’s Lament (Riverhead, 2008), the nonkosher meat stick looms huge: “I was about to cross a line that nobody I knew had ever crossed, a line Rabbi Shimon barYochai said that God said could never be uncrossed.—He who eats forbidden foods, God said to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai,—can never be purified. Once you go Snack Shack, you never go back.” Auslander grew up in Monsey, an ultra-orthodox enclave in Rockland County. He’s a frequent contributor to NPR’s “This American Life,” reading short fiction from his collection Beware of God (Picador, 2006) and essays about an upbringing he likens to that of a veal calf. From Foreskin’s Lament: “The people of Monsey were terrified of God, and they taught me to be terrified of Him, too—they taught me about a woman named Sarah who would giggle, so 46 books ChronograM 1/10

He made her barren; about a man named Job who was sad and asked,—Why?, so God came down to Earth, grabbed Job by the collar, and howled,—Who the fuck do you think you are?” If this raging authority figure was omnipresent, he also came in a scaleddown model for home use: Auslander’s punitive, hot-tempered father. The family dynamic was also burdened by the mysterious death of a two-year-old son, whom young Shalom sometimes envied for getting out early. Auslander got out too, at least physically; he still fears God’s wrath so acutely that his preternaturally understanding wife Orli calls him a victim of “theological abuse.” Though the poolside Slim Jim was a gateway drug to other rebellions (shoplifting, pornography, pot), he didn’t escape Orthodoxy without a fight. Early in their marriage, he and Orli moved to a community in New Jersey where they kept kosher and observed Sabbath prohibitions against work or driving, once going so far as to walk 14 miles to a Rangers game at Madison

Square Garden. They now live outside Woodstock with their two young sons, Paix and Lux, and two much-walked dogs. It’s easy to spot Auslander at Bread Alone in Woodstock—he’s bent over a notebook, frowning. He’s just come from the writing office he rented on Tinker Street a few weeks after Paix was born, where he’s been wrestling with a novel tentatively titled Leopold Against the World. “It’s about a genocide, but funny,” he says. “It’s really about the family it’s happening to. It’s not the first genocide they’ve been through. They have terrible luck.” Today’s wrestling match did not go well. “I’ve basically wasted two years,” he says grimly. “I’m throwing it out.” Asked if he’s really abandoning the novel, or just in a cycle of beating himself up, he says without missing a beat, “That’s a 40-year cycle.” Auslander’s metaphors for his creative process are grueling. “I’ve spent the last year and a half wielding a scalpel, cutting through bone, wincing as I reach inside and fiddle around with the organs,” he says. “It’s Kafka’s Hunger Artist— you lock yourself in a cage and starve to death. That’s the job. You perform open-heart surgery on yourself.” What fun. Auslander is wearing a dark shirt and jeans with motorcycle boots—he likes riding on racetracks. His hair is cut short and his brows knit over dark eyes with unusually long lashes—it’s easy to picture him as a bright-eyed, bewildered boy in a yarmulke who learned to protect himself by being funny. He heads into an interview wielding a smart-ass, outrageous persona he gradually sheds, revealing a thoughtful, sensitive man who reveres Samuel Beckett and Voltaire’s Candide, and who isn’t afraid to say, “What makes me happy? My sons—seeing them together. And I couldn’t go more than a few days without taking long walks with my wife, just talking together. Book tours are hell on me. I love solitude, but not from her.” Is Shalom Auslander getting, God forbid, mellow? Not quite. Asked how he feels when he sees Orthodox Jewish families at Thruway rest stops, he deadpans, “That’s why I keep a handgun in my glove compartment. I try to stay as far away from Rockland County as possible.” When a New York Times reporter wanted to take him on a roots cruise to his old school and shul on Rosh Hashana, Auslander told him, “Okay, but we’re taking your car, not mine. I know these people. They throw rocks through windshields.” These days, Auslander’s young family celebrates Rosh Hashana each year with a distinctly unorthodox ritual: picking apples at the Stone Ridge Orchard and inviting friends over to cook. “I often forget about holidays,” Auslander reports with some pride. “My shrink reminded me. He said, ‘Happy NewYear.’ He’s just trying to keep me crazy to drum up work for himself.” Therapy has been a lifesaver. Auslander calls it “my new religion” and says of his therapist, “He’s wise and centered, two things I’m not.” His therapist also urged him to start writing, at first in a journal, then for publication. “Before that I just ranted and raved, often aloud. Every job I ever worked in, I was asked to leave.” He does have a talent for burning his bridges. While writing Foreskin’s Lament, Auslander severed all ties with his family, becoming a very black sheep to the faithful herd. He’s often accused of being a “self-hating Jew,” but that misses the point; his beef is not with Judaism but with fanaticism, and the notion that “God-fearing” should be a compliment. “I get pegged as dark, angry, whatever—all I’m writing about is, why does it have to hurt?” Auslander says. In an interview with Bookslut, he observes: “It would be a much better religion—any of them—if it was ‘We shall not kill.’ Including Himself in the commandment. The way we have it now, it’s more like, ‘You don’t kill, I’ll do whatever the fuck I need to.’” Auslander is raising his sons to know that parental love doesn’t depend on whether or not they eat cheeseburgers, but sometimes the “anything goes” spirit of his new hometown makes him squirm. “I have—no surprise here— a love/hate relationship with Woodstock. Tuesday I want to burn it to the ground. Then Wednesday we go to the Farmers’ Market and see lots of people we like, walking around, playing music. We go to the playground, my son is happy, contented, safe—I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Shalom Auslander will appear at theWoodstock Writers Festival (see sidebar) on Sunday, February 14 at noon with John Bowers, Dani Shapiro, Marion Winik, and panel host Laura Shaine Cunningham.

WOODSTOCK WRITERS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 12-15, 2010 Woodstock has lent its name to three music festivals and a thriving film festival. Now it’s the writers’ turn. Shalom Auslander is among dozens of nationally known authors slated to appear at the new-minted Woodstock Writers Festival from February 12 to 15. Though future festivals will embrace other genres, this inaugural outing celebrates the art of the memoir. The “Valentine’s weekend literary love affair” will kick off Friday night with a tapas party and keynote speech by New Yorker writer Susan Orlean, whose book The Orchid Thief inspired the film Adaptation. On Saturday night, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres) will discuss fiction and memoir. Sunday’s headliner is Julie Powell of Julie & Julia fame, whose new memoir Cleaving explores fleshly pleasures, including studying butchery at Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston. Writing workshops will be led by Festival founders Abigail Thomas (A Three Dog Life), Laura Shaine Cunningham (Sleeping Arrangements), and Susan Richards (Chosen by a Horse). New York Times bestseller Richards says, “When my first book was published, I promised myself I would help others the way I had been helped. I’m here to share what I know about craft and keep the publishing dream alive for anyone who feels discouraged.” Cunningham, author of two acclaimed memoirs that first appeared in the New Yorker, will demonstrate “how to take some of the angst out of writing memoir. There are ways to overcome emotional barriers and find the release and pleasure.” Thinking About Memoir author Thomas offers advice on “what to do about that delicious improvising imp that is our memory.” Award-winning writer Martha Frankel (Hats and Eyeglasses) will teach “Marketing Your Book,” a workshop that solves the mysteries of Twitter and Facebook and helps writers use the web to promote their books. “Finally, something to do in Woodstock in winter that doesn’t involve shovels or skis!” Frankel grins. “The idea of writers and readers getting together in an informal setting is such a thrill.” “Aspiring and established memoirists will find inspiration and bonhomie at the Woodstock Writers Festival,” agrees Cunningham, who’s also hosting a family-memoir themed panel entitled “The Home Front” featuring Auslander, John Bowers (Love in Tennessee), Dani Shapiro (Devotion), and Marion Winik (First Comes Love.) Other panels include “The Family Politic” with Cornelius Eady (Hardheaded Weather), Charles Laurence (The Social Agent), Katherine Russell Rich (Dreaming in Hindi), and Douglas Rogers (The Last Resort) discussing memoirs driven by international and racial issues, and “The Heart of the Business” with noted agents, editors, and publishers. Additional offerings include video screenings, a multi-author dramatic reading, a performance by singer/songwriter/memoirist Bar Scott, a talk with renowned artist Mary Frank, and a “Moveable Feast” Monday brunch with festival authors. Events will be held at the Kleinert/James Art Center, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Bearsville Theater, with book signings sponsored by Golden Notebook. Registration is limited. For a full schedule and author list, visit

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poetry for the new year

Chronogram’s annual roundup of outstanding publications by Hudson Valley poets, reviewed by Marx Dorrity, Lee Gould, and William Seaton.

Fire Exit

The King

Robert Kelly

Rebecca Wolff

Black Widow Press, 2009, $19.95

W. W. Norton & Co., 2009, $24.95

Bard professor Kelly, author of 60-some books, once wrote “Language is astrology indoors,” and Fire Exit, a novel-length group of linked lyrics, reads sometimes like conjuring or incantation. One poem says, “The words come in like crows to wake us,” and awakening may range from gnomic pronouncement to arresting image to exquisite enigma. The flexible three-line stanzas are strewn over the pages like flower petals or constellations. Attentive and off-hand graceful, the language is redemptive. In a single poem, he moves from subatomic particles to apocatastasis to erotic images to “scissor up the Visa card and rest in peace / death is the opposite of cash / the mortgage that you can pay off never.” —WS

In this collection of poems on pregnancy and motherhood, Rebecca Wolff avoids preconceptions and conventions and provides the reader with on-the-money sketches of maternal moods cast in focused colloquial language that takes, at times, surprising turns. Her chiseled language handles ugliness or anxiety with aplomb. Instead of sentimentality or neomythic goddessworship, the reader finds the startling title “I am on drugs,” in which the persona declares her “irresponsibility,” saying the coming child’s life (like our own) will be “a test.” In another piece, Wolff says “having had children” is what Buddhists call suffering. That suffering, of course, is nothing other than life. —WS

Hurricane Hymn H. R. Stoneback

Thirsting For Peace in a Raging Century Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War

Codhill Press, 2009, $20

Edward Sanders

With the first poem on the flooding of New Orleans, the reader is tossed into the hurricane’s maelstrom, which in Stoneback’s rendering includes an unsettling variety of voices. His unashamedly ornate rhetoric runs a broad gamut of tone, rich with music and passion. Prior to joining the professoriat, he collaborated with Jerry Jeff Walker and played with Dylan at Gerde’s Folk City, and this background is evident not only in references to Fats Domino and Hank Williams but also in the poet’s highly accessible engagement. One poem’s title links the Fisher King with Delta Recon, and the language throughout runs smoothly from recondite to colloquial. —WS

Coffee House Press, 2009, $20/volume

In reading Woodstock Poet Laureate Ed Sanders’ two-volume Selected Poems, one marvels at the synergetic fusion of his poetic calling and his laudable career as an activist. The power of the righteous utterance to mutate reality is an article of faith for the countercultural leader, who famously led chants to exorcise the Pentagon. His lyrics ring forth optimism—“And this is the age of left-wing epics with happy endings!”—even while chronicling the villainies of J. Edgar Hoover and Dick Cheney. Antiquity is also relevant to him: Sappho and Aeschylus make frequent entries, and the poet’s playful neohieroglyphics have astounding poignancy. —MD

Quantum Jitters Patricia Carlin

Or To Begin Again

Marsh Hawk Press, 2009, $15

Ann Lauterbach

Stone Ridge resident and Barrow Street editor Patricia Carlin’s voice is both erudite and subtle. The poems in her second book with Marsh Hawk Press, Quantum Jitters, slyly navigate Cartesian quandaries and calmly ruminate on the dubious outcomes of history and human evolution—all the while darting, with a personal avidity that seeks a certain quality of air or light, into the fearful zone between death and desire: “The time of spiders arrived: / that seemed pure play of light, / ideas borne on light.” —MD

Penguin Poets, 2009, $18

The Breakup of My First Marriage Bruce Weber

National Book Award finalist and Bard professor Lauterbach’s poems enact the “twirling destructive glamour” of our political and personal environments. Her poems move from dread (“names of the dead in tiny print, in alphabetical order”) toward rapture (“I am thinking of coming back as / part of your coat as a tree is part wind”). Through “the tricky ordeal of words,” we reveal ourselves: in each “core” an “ore,” as young Alice, in the brilliant centerpiece “Alice in the Wasteland,” discovers through a witty dialogue with a voice that goads her toward self-knowledge. One of our most innovative writers, Lauterbach is a poet of great “moral imagination.” —LG

Winter Crows

Rogue Scholars Press, 2009, $13.95

Woodstock resident Bruce Weber is a poet, curator, and longtime fixture on the downtown spoken-word scene. His latest book provides a perfect storm of deadpan self-slighting admixed with tenderness and naiveté: “you’re too big / to get in this poem / especially when I’m trying to sneak it in my back pocket / on my way out of cuba.” There is urgency in these poems (which often take the form of monometric columns of words), whether it be a strip-club lament, an Abbie Hoffman elegy, or invectives, including one against the New Yorker magazine and one against his parents. —MD

Barry Sternlieb Codhill Press, 2009, $16.00

Barry Sternlieb’s Winter Crows (winner of the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition) has a few nice erotic pieces (“the smell of that hair like the inlet”), but, as the title might suggest, much of the work is not so heated. An advocate for craftsmanship, Sternlieb compares poetry to carpentry: “How much goes into making words / like level and true feel workable as prayer.” Most characteristically, he contemplates the cold and spare, even the void, expressing the appeal of absence and silence. His ideal is the “nameless” mountain hermit in a “one room shack / where a candle / is left burning.” —WS

Notable 2009 anthologies including work by Hudson Valley poets An Introduction to the Prose Poem edited by Brian Clements and Jamey Dunham Firewheel editions, 2009, $26 Prose poetry combines two apparently dissimilar forms into something hard to categorize but powerful, like a centaur. This meaty 328-page anthology includes works by Pablo Neruda, Charles Simic, Margaret Atwood, and Jorge Luis Borges alongside local contributors John Ashbery, Jeff Davis, Cornelius Eady, P.P. Levine, and Philip Pardi. 48 books ChronograM 1/10

Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude edited by Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, and Pamela Mittlefehldt Holy Cow! Press, 2009, $16.95 Featuring local contributors Joseph Bruchac, Judith E. Prest, Ken Salzman, and a diverse group of poets including Lucille Clifton, Li-Young Lee, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Rumi.

Wildflowers: A Woodstock Mountain Poetry Anthology Volume X: Small Press Revolution! Shivastan Poetry, 2009, $10 16 local iconoclasts cavort in this limited edition, craftprinted in Nepal. The roster of poets includes Lee Ann Brown, Andy Clausen, Jom Coh, David Cope, Hettie Jones, Donald Lev, Louise Landes Levi, Shiv Mirabito, Thurston Moore, Ed Sanders, Janine Pommy Vega, and Peter Lamborn Wilson.


Unfinished Desires Gail Godwin

Random House, 2009, $26


cclaimed Woodstock author Gail Godwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertaining novel Unfinished Desires draws upon her own youthful experiences at an all-girls secondary school in North Carolina and reprises several of her favored literary themes, including Southern gentility, intergenerational female dynamics, and religious confinement. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a juicy page-turner, with Godwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature strong character development and stylistically inventive narration directing and sustaining its plot. We first meet octogenarian Mother Suzanne Ravenel, nearly blind and isolated in a suburbanBoston retirement home in 2001. Between prayerful ruminations and restorative strolls, she tape-records a memoir (denoted by a font deviating from the main) of Mount St. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, an all-girls school in the Appalachian Mountains where she spent more than 50 years, rising from scholarship boarder (class of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;34) to imperious headmistress. The tone of her recordings slowly evolves over the course of Unfinished Desiresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the staid history of her Order, St. Scholastica, to intimate epistles addressed to a former student and dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;confessional cassettes.â&#x20AC;? Intrigues harkening back to her halcyon student years at St. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thus resurface, their resonances ever-deepening as the novel unfolds. Recollections rewind and fast forward foremost around the â&#x20AC;&#x153;toxicâ&#x20AC;? year 1951, when â&#x20AC;&#x153;poisonous elements convened as the class of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;55â&#x20AC;Ścame under her charge.â&#x20AC;? This â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot spotâ&#x20AC;? (as Godwin has described her own inspirations) triggers frequently nonlinear, unresolved associations that Mother Ravenel harbors in relation to principal students in that ninth-grade class, notably daughters of her own onetime classmates from St. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Within these psychic replays, rival characters emerge; in between, competing storylines boomerang through space and time, rendered through protean gestures including excerpts from student papers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;talksâ&#x20AC;? featuring God. Twenty years after the opening of St. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Suzanne (destined to remain until its closing) is president of her freshman class, and her closest friend Antonia Tilden vice-president. Suzanne writes a play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Nun,â&#x20AC;? which honors founders of the school and its Order, which she and Antonia plan to join together at the end of their senior year. Cementing their religious vow, they create a secret society, which includes Antoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twin sister Cornelia, who ultimately clashes with Suzanne. By 1951, a new flock of freshmen girls descends on the campus, poised to replicate their eldersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mistakes. Another fresh face, their beautiful young teacher Mother Molloy, models studied restraint. Weak in constitution but strong in faith, the younger nun serves as an inverse foil to physically vigorous yet haughty Mother Ravenel. Corneliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, the vivacious and undisputed class leader Tildy Stratton, rejects her grade-school attachment to brainy Maud Norton, befriending recently orphaned yet brilliantly artistic Chloe Starnes in her stead. Chloeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caretaker-uncle, the gentlemanly Henry Vick, serves as the sole leading man in Unfinished Desires, his romantically tragic past a reprieve from the novelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s layered female entanglements. Uncle Vickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tempering masculinity is enhanced by his interactions with Tildyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charmingly coolheaded older sister Madeline. Recently expelled from St. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the unorthodox Madeline meanwhile seeks a covert mentor in Mother Molloy, each admiring the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensibilities and graciousness. Spot-on depictions of country traditions and period fashion likewise recommend Godwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13th novel. For instance, at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Swag,â&#x20AC;? the Stratton family hunting cabin, children â&#x20AC;&#x153;blacken and blisterâ&#x20AC;? campfire marshmallows as a sickle moon rises on the eastern horizon. Elsewhere, Madeline dons â&#x20AC;&#x153;her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raccoon cap atop a silk scarf loosely draped about her shoulders, Arab keffiyeh-style, to conceal her rag curlers for the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas dance.â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the central charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; varied nondisclosures that compel this satisfying tale of near ruin and renewal of friendship, in which Godwin demonstrates how in concealing we ultimately reveal ourselves. Gail Godwin will read from Unfinished Desires at Barnes & Noble, 1177 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, on January 9 at 3pm. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pauline Uchmanowicz

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

To like this music, you need wings. You know, like birds, like butterflies.

a year in the life i was trying to live

You need wings to like this music.


—Pangaea Clark-Jerez (2½ years, upon hearing some sacred Jewish music)

Apocalypse I lay on the ragged couch facing the window facing the road beyond itthe contemporary waste known as city and think of grandfather rocking his chair toward the east staring at the blue-gray horizon What direction is this that can keep you here eyes fixed on that narrow line at the edge of all things Horns beep people wave Grandma bends over the tomato soup in the kitchen and yells Grandpa’s dead but I have seen his eyes wander smoldering steel gray, edging out light like storm clouds over the ocean Once he touched my arm and whispered “You will be rained upon by stars” so I too faced east waiting for his strange thing to appear to rid us of colds and commies and venereal disease Still today I wait for it thinking I will be the first to see it To offer my humblest salutations while my husband fights circumstances out of his control questions my feminine integrity Outside a shrill voice yells God is not due until 2085 inside a deeper voice booms Brace for the flood. —Lorie Greenspan

Near Winter Harbor, Maine

True Indian Summer

My daughter, who lives with her mother, wanders Schoodic point with my sister-in-law, and me. Mist surrounds us. Spruce and jack pine recede behind the weathered air. They don’t grow on the ledge, but warn us against being fooled by breakers who’s song will distract us from our footing on those pink granite dunes.

Pine & hickory fresh cut trees of two weeks back fell where they lay, making an obtrusive V on the front lawn. One nest lay among the ruins, where neighboring birds tried vainly to rescue its contents. This morning of true Indian Summer brought us closer in bed. Dry humping in bed clothes still half asleep as rays of a new sun blister through windows of glass and tall laughing plants. We get up savor each other and take notice of the two chunky white tailed deer dance in morning dew. The garden recently put to bed snuggled under mulch awaits next years abundance, I hear the click of the muzzle.

My daughter, who lives with her mother, forages above the sea’s edge. Steps over pools collected in shear rock spoons. Balances herself on basalt blocks, volcanic dikes that divide the stumbled granite leviathans. Fractured millions of years ago, lava filled their cracks black, bound them apart. My daughter, who lives with her mother, perches on the far end of a pink and black bevy of stone pedestals, her arms outstretched. My sister-in-law holds the camera, waits for a rogue wave to hit the broken crags below. Sprays of froth and brine smash into the soft sky, complete the scene. My daughter, who lives with her mother, poses for my sister-in-law. She will not pose for me. For me she will clown and gawk, or blush and hide. The basalt dikes, crushed by the granite they divided, crumble into steps that span old fissures between the worn monoliths. My daughter, who lives with her mother, smiles, elevated from where I stand, crowned by stolid haze, peers down at me. One arm raised higher than the other, like a ship’s signalman in need of flags, she pierces the fog collected above the stone, the pools, the dikes, message heavy on her arms. —Glenn Werner

Two shots later I see legs furiously kick the air. It’s lungs will soon collapse. My glorious morning badly shattered. There will be fresh venison in the freezer this winter... —Teresa Marta Costa

Agnosticism I can be convinced. But he’ll have to do it in person. —J. R. Solonche

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This Old Man

Orange Sky Road

I wish I could have not seen her tumble down to darkness, for after that there was (it seemed) only silence as she stumbled over the tracks in her drunken fog to reach the dim lights of life above wailing to her, although that could have been the train (or rather its breaks screeching) patiently expecting to inhale its customary load and spit them out according to their wishes. But I wish I could not have seen her body on the news later because they could not (obviously) lift the train right then and there to get her out from under it, and so trailed it anxiously, waiting on the machine to finally excrete it. I did not see on the news what happened to the train, but I assume it was (naturally) too much of a hassle to clean the blood off of its stomach.

No one wanted his poetry His only appearance more or less Permanently in print Was the sign scrawled outside his door That began This government Those thieving bastards The poems themselves After endless rejection He tore into pieces And flung into the wind Where they would from time to time Reappear Blown against wet windows Or stuck to a shoe And when held to the light Read in fading phrases Things like Time passeth and I lost her and He loved

Late spring, mud season We were young Back then, still in college— Men on the cusp of becoming men.

—Tamas Vilaghy

In the Crease The girl shot twice in the face died with a locket round her neck of Edwardian gold engraved with an immigrant name not hers In the gullet of a wild dead bird is a piece of hard candy red as a brake light in the swerve that feathered flat the track down to the water’s curve In the crease of the wallet in the pocket of the pants on the body in the car at the bottom of the lake in a bubbling gush of air is an envelope holding a single curl of hair —Tarssa Yazdani

Pine Tree This pine tree does not end At the tips of its needles. Its shade soothes feverish grass. Its seeds feed a squirrel And a family of grosbeaks. Its progeny can be found As far as the next ridge. Its sap sticks to my fingers And binds these words together. —Yana Kane

—Clifford Henderson

July If I were a girl and you were a firefly and it were summer, would I find you? Would I follow you through wet grass to moss under the chestnut tree? Would you let me catch you? Singing, would I place you in a jelly jar, aluminum foil top, feed you twigs, broken leaves, and chocolate? Take you to my room and whisper until your wings grew cramped and you lay still, camouflaged by darkness? Or would I release you back to chestnut leaves, mist rising off the brook, to blue-white light of seven sisters shimmering? Alighting on my arm, would you drink the summer plum of my skin? Would wings emerge from that hidden place under shoulders? Would I forget the warmth of red knit socks? Could we live hidden in the folds of the rotting Norwegian pine? Or would you hover over dew-filled columbine and tall grass? Your deep brown wings the color of my eyes. You whispering: What are you? Me responding: I am awake.

Was it you, Paul, oldest of the bunch Who drove your car down that country road As we sat on the roof Laughing, smoking, calling out Potholes, boulders— And who was it that pointed out the sun Was setting, and the sky Had become wild with color? —A.f.bradley

Nude With Flowers I found the painting exciting and like everyone else thought he was a great artist but then I thought how could you ruin a girl with flowers a smooth skinned girl naked with long stemmed flowers a smiling dreaming naked girl cradling long deep throated lilies her hair dark her skin white the rose tipped lilies in her hand fragrant on her arm it was just what it was there could be no duality of vision which makes painting great no aside no hidden gem it was simply a lovely naked woman standing with flowers a naked dreaming woman finally you just have to close the book —Richard Donnelly

Bon Fire For Shiv Mirabito A bon fire started with a big teepee of logs, a small teepee of twigs, some paper and a match, kept us a little warm in this unseasonably chilly August night. The teepees smoked. The smoke rose. Follow the smoke to the moon and stars and there we are, the distance that is God that God refuses to close; though we shout some tearful angry poems at Him, or at the distance He refuses to close. —Donald Lev

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Food & Drink

A New Year’s Miscellany catching up with the food scene

strawberry truffles from lucky chocolates. (reilly)

By Peter Barrett Photographs by Fionn Reilly and Jennifer May


f there’s one thing the New Year reminds us, it’s that time does not stand still—if anything, it seems to accelerate. The 21st century is already 10 percent over, and “change” is the modifier of choice when talking about politics, the climate, technology, or the economy. Even when one focuses on our little piece of the world, it’s still hard to keep up. With that in mind, we’re checking in on some of the local producers we’ve profiled in 2009 to learn about new developments. There is a lot to report, and the Hudson Valley independent food scene is rapidly assembling itself into something deserving of our pride and increased support. Gerard Viverito, professor at the Culinary Institute of America and cofounder of the sustainable seafood advocacy group PassionFish (profiled in February), has started a business. The Hudson Valley Fishmonger sells only sustainably caught seafood sourced directly from the people who caught it. Viverito refers to it as a CSA, for “Community Supported Aquatics” and explains that it offers customers a chance to buy properly harvested fish as fresh as it can be. Most of what he offers is delivered within 24 hours of landing. Due to the nature of the supply chain, fish markets generally carry seafood that is at least a few days older than that, and the difference in quality is astonishing. Currently, Viverito is taking orders via phone or e-mail and making weekly deliveries in Woodstock and Red Hook, but in the spring he plans to have tables at both the Woodstock and Rhinebeck farmers’ markets. Don Lewis at Wild Hive Farm (April) is in the process of moving to his new grinding facility down the road from his café and store in Clinton Corners. His new 30-inch mill has arrived—a big step up from the 20-inch he’s been using—and he expects to be grinding with it beginning this month. A dehuller and other machines are scheduled for installation in the spring, and Lewis looks forward to doubling his production once all the equipment is up and running. In anticipation of the increased supply, Lewis has been working on a new model for structuring demand along CSA lines. Customers can buy shares, different denominations of which will entitle the buyer to a certain 52 food & drink ChronograM 1/10

amount of grain and flour over the course of the year. There’s no minimum buy-in, and the plan includes gift cards, so it allows for more flexibility than a traditional CSA. Lewis urges people to participate. “Food security begins with the farmers,” he says. “If customers pre-order, I can tell them to plant more acres of grain.” The Amazing Real Live Food Company (July) has encountered some setbacks, but Rory Chase and Peter Destler are on the verge of having their new facility fully operational. Problems with the boiler that heats the milk tank (the unit originally installed was not powerful enough to heat the full tank, so it had to be swapped out for a bigger one) helped contribute to the delay, but it also heightened their desire to hit the ground running. They’ll be using milk from Chase’s family farm to make much more of their current line, and also to branch out; they have plans to make cheddar, as well as fresh mozzarella (and its divine cousin, burrata, which is mozzarella encasing a near-liquid mixture of cheese and cream). In keeping with their name, they’ll also be offering kombucha (fermented tea) and dramatically increasing their production of probiotic ice cream—which Destler guesses is likely the only such ice cream available. On the permaculture front, both Lee Reich and Ethan Roland (August) are offering a variety of courses to those seeking a deeper understanding of gardening and home food production. Starting in April, Reich will begin holding workshops on fruit and vegetable gardening, pruning, and landscaping with edible plants at his home in New Paltz. Reich also holds an annual plant sale in May, offering a selection of fruit varieties chosen for their yield, flavor, and ease of cultivation. Roland has a full schedule of classes and events beginning this month, with both introductions to and immersion courses in edible forest gardening and a permaculture design certificate course. Details can be found on their websites; see the end of this piece for a complete list of resources. On the heels of last month’s piece on local distillers, comes more exciting news. Stephen Osborn of Stoutridge Vineyard in Marlboro is gearing up to

the wines of cereghino smith. (may)

Marinated Feta and Radish Salad at the Wild Hive Farm Store. (may)

Six-month aged camembert from The Amazing Real Live Food Co. (may)

an espalied Asian pear in lee Reichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. (may)

Bass, Barramundi, and Arctic char from hudson valley fishmonger. (May)

lucky chocolates coming off the line. (reilly)

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begin a large-scale distillery alongside his winemaking operations. His solarpowered facility will produce a wide range of spirits made and flavored with entirely local ingredients: vodkas flavored with fruit from specific trees on various nearby farms, gin made with local botanicals, grappas and eaux de vie from grapes and other fruit. Bourbon and rye will follow, after some time aging in oak barrels, and he expects to be fully operational by September. Osborn says that having a distillery in the winery makes a lot of sense in this climate: “We can’t afford to have down vintages; we have to utilize the harvest every year. A bad wine year is excellent for brandies.” He plans to offer customers their own 7.5-gallon barrel of whiskey, made to order—three and a half cases of bespoke booze, with the barrel it was aged in. These CSA-style pre-orders will help Osborn secure contracts with farmers that benefit both parties. Whitecliff Vineyards (June) in Gardiner, using the stills at Tuthilltown Spirits, is making brandy from their Frontenac grapes, aged for a year in threeyear-old Chardonnay barrels at the winery. The first 10 cases are now a year old and available for purchase. There’s also a grappa made from a variety of their red grapes in the traditional way: the pomace (skins left after pressing) is rehydrated and distilled. Whitecliff winemaker Michael Migliore also makes a traditional Port by adding neutral spirits to wine before fermentation is complete, leaving residual sugar and a final alcohol level of about 20 percent. He’s done some experiments with aging the port in Tuthilltown’s Bourbon barrels, and a collaboration may be in the offing. Also in the drinking department, Cereghino Smith (March) have released their first wine made from New York grapes. The 2008 Cabernet Franc comes from Martini Vineyards in the Finger Lakes, and is blended with 10 percent Petite Sirah made from California fruit. The elegant, strawberry-scented structure for which Cab Franc is renowned, buttressed by the jammy opulence of the Petite Sirah makes for a wine that promises to go famously with winter stews and braises—especially after decanting for a few hours. The wine is now available on their website, as well as from local merchants. Something not previously covered but worthy of mention is the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Ken Greene and Doug Miller are beginning their third season of carefully sourcing and selling seeds from their farm in Accord. Their focus is on finding New York-specific heirloom varieties that grow well in home gardens, and their goal is to carry 100 percent New York grown seeds in about five years. “Over time, seeds grown here will adapt and perform even better,” says Greene. He goes on to underscore that rescuing heirloom species with a history in the state is an essential response to increasingly monocultural industrial agriculture, but that ultimately it’s all about the taste. “Someone might not share or care about my politics, but if a tomato is delicious, we can all agree on that,” Greene says. The Seed Library offers memberships—again, on the CSA model—that allow for discounts on purchases. The new 2010 catalog is up on their website this month. And last, for dessert, Lucky Chocolates has moved to a new site on Partition Street in the village of Saugerties. Owner Rae Stang wanted to be in a pedestrian area with lots of foot traffic, and she’ll be living over the store for good measure. Lucky 2.0 will offer classes for adults and kids, and maybe expand to include other products beyond their organic, fair-trade chocolates. The grand opening of the new store will be on January 30. It’s no coincidence that the term “CSA” appears as often as it does in this piece. Producers are settling on it as a model because it pushes money up the supply chain, offering some financial stability to the growers who risk the most. Our power as consumers cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to building the second story of our local food movement. By making the choice to source more and more of our food locally—which, because of the ever-higher quality, is an easy one—and then putting our dollars behind that decision, we’re contributing tangibly to our gustatory pleasure and food security all at once, and helping our talented producers to turn the Hudson Valley into one of the world’s great food regions. RESOURCES Amazing Real Live Food Company Cereghino Smith Winery Hudson Valley Fishmonger Hudson Valley Seed Library Lucky Chocolates Lee Reich Ethan Roland Soutridge Vineyard Tuthilltown Spirits Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Wild Hive Farm

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homemade desserts, sophisticated four-star

The Alternative Baker

Sheridan. Off-premise full-service catering and

407 Main Street, Rosendale, NY

event planning for parties of all sizes.

(845) 658-3355 or 1 (800) 399-3589

food by Chefs Richard Erickson and Jonathan

The Crafted Kup

100% all butter scratch, full-service, small-

44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY

batch, made-by-hand bakery. Best known for

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

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

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Terrapin Catering

Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub

Staatsburg, NY

334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY

(845) 889-8831

(518) 678-3101 Escape from the ordinary to celebrate the extraordinary. Let us attend to every detail of your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, corporate Live music and authentic curry dishes each

event or any special occasion. On-site, we can

weekend make this steakhouse, located in

accommodate 150 guests seated, and 250

Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first art colony, a standout. The

for cocktail events. Off-site services available.

pub boasts 13 great beers on tap. Call for

Terrapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom menus always include local,

specials, to make reservations, or arrange a

fresh, and organic ingredients.

catered affair.

Delis Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meats and Deli 79 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2244

Kyoto Sushi 337 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 339-1128 THE best place for Sushi, Teriyaki, or Tempura in the Hudson Valley. Delectable specialty rolls;


filet mignon, seafood, and chicken teriyaki.

36 Main Restaurant and Wine Bar

wines. Elegant atmosphere and attentive

36 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

service. The finest sushi this side of Manhattan!

(845) 255-3636

Open every night for dinner and every day but

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

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Japanese beers. Imported and domestic

Sunday for lunch. Takeout always available.

Momiji 3649 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-2110

Baba Louieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodfired Organic Sourdough Pizza

Osaka Restaurant

517 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

(845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278

18 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY

(518) 751-2155

Barnabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Route 32 North Chestnut and Academy Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2433

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(845) 255-2772 "This food is heaven on an earthly plane." Fresh & homemade Indian cuisine from finest ingredients including local & organic, in beautiful, calm atmosphere. Free-range chicken, wild shrimp, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. Fine wine/ crafted beer. Regular seating or cushioned

9 Maple Street, Kent, CT

platform booths. Everyday 10% Early Bird &

(860) 927-3810

Student Discounts. Nightly Specials. Zagat

Rated. Wednesday - Sunday dinner.

Gilded Otter

Terrapin Restaurant

3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY

(845) 256-1700

(845) 876-3330

A warm and inviting dining room and pub

River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu,

Voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of the Hudson Valleyâ&#x20AC;? by Chronogram Magazine. From far-flung origins, the

and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold

worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most diverse flavors meet and mingle

Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier.

here, in this room, at your table. From elements

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both historic and eclectic comes something

Gomen Kudasai â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Japanese Noodles and Home Style Cooking 215 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

Sunbird SnacksÂŽ

5 Church Street, New Paltz, NY

Docâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trattoria

overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill HIGHEST QUALITY

Suruchi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fine Taste of India

surprising, fresh, and dynamic: dishes to delight both body and soul. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

(845) 255-8811

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

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Come and experience Japanese Homestyle

807 Warren Street, Hudson , NY

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sai. Our menu features homemade Gyoza

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Cooking served fresh daily at Gomen Kudadumplings, hot noodle soups, and stir-fried noodles made with either Soba or Udon. All

(518) 822-1128

Yobo Restaurant

of our food is MSG free, GMO free, vegan

Route 300, Newburgh, NY

friendly, organic when possible, and locally

(845) 564-3848

produced when available.

The Division Street Grill

The Division Street Grill Restaurant & Caterers restaurant & caterers

DOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Trattoria

Brick Oven Pizza

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District, The Division Street Grill offers contemporary Artist Cuisine District, Th andPeekskillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International ineaDivision New York A taste of ItalyAmerican in Grill offers contemporary American the Litchfield Hills. style setting. Street Live entertainment every Friday and Thursdays @ DOCS and International in a Newavailable. York Saturday evening. On and OffCuisine Site Catering 4 Course Prix Fixe Dinner offered with one bottle of pre selectedPrivate wine per couple room for style setting.Reservations Live entertainment every parties. requested. $35 per person (tax & gratuity not included) Please call to inquire for menu & wine offChristmas ered Friday and Saturday 4:30 evening.-On and Off Eve 9:00pm Reservations Recommended Catering available. Private room-for New Years Site Eve Dinner 5:00 9:00pm Closed Mondays Tuesday-Saturday Lunch 12-3p Tuesday-Thursday Dinner 5-8p parties. Reservations10:0 requested. Friday & Saturday Dinner 5-9:30p Sunday DinnerYears 1-8p New Eve Party 0 - 1:00am

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Private rooms available for special occasions Off-site catering also available

See Website for Full Music Schedule

Momiji Sushi and Japanese Cuisine

Bucky Pizzarelli

& jerry Bruno 26 North Division StreeUtPeekskill, New YorLt See Website for Full Music Schedule

3649 Main St Stone Ridge, NY 12484 (845) 687-2110 Open 7 days a week

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HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley™ “HealthAlliance is committed is a multi-campus healthcare system. It to providing the best quality includes the Benedictine Hospital, The healthcare, state-of-the-art Kingston Hospital, Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and technology and compassionate care. Woodland Pond at New Paltz. HealthAlliance of the Hudson Physical Rehabilitation was the first department to align clinical services under Valley™. Your Partner in Health.” HealthAlliance. August 4, 2009 marked the one-year anniversary of the combined unit on the Benedictine Campus as one department under HealthAlliance. The new state-of-the-art maternity unit at The Kingston Hospital Campus is complete and actively delivering babies. The Family Birth Place has come together utilizing staff from both Hospitals. The Family Birth Place offers a comfortable environment with beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains making the experience even more special. A new Hyperbaric Oxygen Center is now offered at The Kingston Hospital Campus. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an essential part of some chronic wound treatment plans. The chamber resembles a reclining bed inside a large clear acrylic shell. While undergoing treatment the options of listening to music or watching a movie is available. Sleep. For approximately one-third of Americans who suffer from some type of sleep disorder, the peaceful slumber of a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream. Whether its difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or being excessively sleepy during the day, The Dr. Joseph and Ester B. Hartman Sleep Center at the Benedictine Campus is here to help people with sleep disorders get a good night’s sleep. The Kingston Hospital Diabetes Education Center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting its high educational standards and for offering quality self-management diabetes education. The Center is committed to providing the skills and knowledge that are necessary to manage diabetes from day to day to live a healthy life free from complications. If you are 50 or over HealthAlliance Healthy Lifestyle Wellness Club for the contemporary adult is the right choice. Members receive unique opportunities which are built on wellness and prevention. Benefits include free screenings, lectures and many social activities. The Center for Orthopedic Specialties is located at the Benedictine Hospital Campus. Our team of Orthopedic Surgeons specializing in Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Hand Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Treatment. When your body is in need of repair... we care. HealthAlliance offers two women’s centers. The Fern Feldman Anolick Breast Center and The Greenspan Center for Women’s Health offer Digital Mammography, Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy, Bone Density Scans, Clinical Breast Exams and Genetic Counseling. Both Centers are providing healthcare needs for women in the Hudson Valley. The Thomas A. Dee Cancer Center, on the campus of Benedictine Hospital, was developed so our community can have access to a state-of-the-art facility that provides early detection and treatment of cancer. This facility houses some of the latest technologies available today. Their mission is to detect and treat cancer, and to help patients and their families understand cancer and its impact. The Oncology Support Program is located at the Herbert H. and Sofia P. Reuner Cancer Support House. The House features an extensive lending library with books, journals and DVDs, and a computer station for patients, as well as the Beth Davies sunroom and the Linda Young Healing Garden. Both group and individual support programs are offered.




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A Warm Reception

hudson valley venues By Anne Reynolds Photograph by Hillary Harvey

Laura Viggiano pauses for a picture with friends during her wedding at Full Moon Resort in Shandaken.


here was once a time when wedding planning meant choosing a gown, a few bridesmaids, and a couple of coordinating colors, and booking a room that was big enough to hold your allotted guest list. Now the reception has become as much as an event as the ceremony and the entire production is customized to reflect the personality of the couple, with themes that only begin with a color palette. These 10 suggestions on regional venues offer top-notch party spaces. They are each unique by way of size, location, décor, and vibe—each as individual as the couples who choose them. What does remain constant is that each venue’s common goal is to make sure that the couple’s day is exactly what they wish—whatever that may be. Though the marriage is meant to last a lifetime, a good party should last until the break of dawn. Mohonk Mountain House: Everything but the Kitchen Sink A stay at the Mohonk Mountain House is the equivalent of an all-inclusive resort without the watery drinks or mosquito bites. This picturesque family owned, megaresort, sprawling over the Shawangunk Ridge on the waters of Lake Mohonk offers almost as many wedding options as it does activities on the property (don’t underestimate the frame-worthy ice skating and carriage ride photo ops). From the American Gothic to the Edwardian Splendor, each package can be customized to the couple’s needs. There are also packages for smaller weddings and an environmentally friendly option. Mohonk also offers an on-site flower shop and luxury transportation (in case Mr. Ed gets a bum knee). Belvedere Mansion: Steel Magnolia Meets Upscale New York An intimate reception with your nearest and dearest is important, but can you really ask your Aunt Bea to host your oversize party in her backyard? The Belvedere Mansion, where the current owners Nick and Patricia, treat guests (star roster included) like family and make them feel as if it’s their own home (if only your home were

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a mansion set on immaculate grounds with a pool and tennis court). The home has been filled with antiques that have been hand-picked by the owners so that no two rooms look alike. Couples can hold the reception near the formal English garden or in the mansion for a more intimate feel. Opus 40: Looking For a Rocky Start? This bluestone quarry covers over six acres of land that that attracts both visitors and engaged couples who want a less-than-average reception site. The environmental sculptures, created by Harvey Fite, feature rocky dips, pools, and formations that reflect those who are looking for an artistic aesthetic for a warm weather outdoor venue. The vista in the background is nothing short of spectacular. Pat Richards, who coordinates weddings at Opus 40, says, “It’s a 50/50 mix of what attracts couples here. Some like the unique setting and others love the history and art.” Receptions are BYO-everything, so if it’s a local winery that you love (or your Two Buck Chuck), you get to supply your own liquor…as well as a caterer and tent (because you’ll need a rain backup plan). Richards will be there to guide you through and make sure the day is prefect for you and up to 300 guests. Onteora Mountain House: A Woodsy Weekend Retreat The former summer getaway of mayo mogul, Richard Hellman, the Onteora Mountain House becomes your weekend wedding retreat. The lodge sits on 250 acres of forest preserve in Boiceville and while cocktails are usually sipped on the terrace enjoying this view, dancing happens in the 3,600 square foot timber pavilion that can easily accommodate 200. The wedding party will have their run of the house for the weekend, complete with seven cozy bedrooms, and a great room with a massive stone fireplace for gathering your loved ones. The downstairs is a grotto-like game room with a championship billiards table that makes for the perfect after-party.

The Inn at Stone Ridge: Wed like a Prez The Inn at Stone Ridge Hasbrouck House is a classic 18th-century Colonial mansion with white columns, manicured lawns, and an operating orchard. Upon arrival, the picture looks straight out of a Life magazine cover where you’d find the Kennedys lounging on the serene lake sipping highballs. If you’ve dreamt of a classic tented affair, then this would be the perfect place—not to mention, a perfect photo backdrop with the mansion in the background and 1920s-era swimming pool. A variety of packages are available for couples, from cocktail receptions to full meals ending with cognac and dessert. Fireworks on the 150 acres of grounds make for the perfect ending to a picture-perfect wedding. Lefevre House: For the Anti-Bridezilla Weddings can be stressful. In fact, they are stressful, and planning a full-blown affair may not be your cup of tea. This does not mean that anyone should be forced to be married in a downtrodden courthouse or by an Elvis impersonator. You can still have your proverbial wedding cake and eat it too. The staff at Lefevre House Bed and Breakfast will plan a delightfully personal day that you’ll not only remember, but can afford. Whether you’re eloping or gathering with your nearest and dearest, the beautiful guestrooms, full spa treatments, and gourmet dining at the Lefevre House will make for a memorable event that your bridesmaids will never hate you for. Full Moon Resort: For the Treehugger Who Knows How to Throw a Party If exchanging vows on a hillside covered with wildflowers is your idea of a dream wedding, then Full Moon Resort is where you’ll want to host your reception. The resort, a forest preserve in the Catskills, is about as laid back as the couples it hosts when it comes to planning and can easily work with a family gathering or 200-plus guests. The rustic and remodeled barn has loads of character, and tents are a popular outdoor option. Full Moon specializes in weekend-long events, with plenty of choices for accommodations on its 100 acres. Couples who really want to get in touch with Mother Nature will love the yurt for their honeymoon suite. weddings & celebrations

Cascade Mountain Winery: Cru with a View Whether you’re an oenophile or simply love the idea of a wine-themed wedding, the Cascade Mountain Winery will cover all bases. Bill and Margaret Wetmore, along with their children, planted the vineyard in 1972 as a school project and started the winery five years later. The lush green rows of vineyards perched at the top of the Berkshire foothills makes for supremely distinct scenery. The wine bar not only guarantees good boozing but also adds extra character to what will already be a unique reception. (There also happens to be a simple art gallery on the property.) Bill says that most couple who host their reception here are “people who love the country. The wine is a major bonus.” He also mentions that they are not in a commercial zone like most restaurants and describes the setting as “rural splendor.” They can accommodate smaller receptions upstairs or the wine cellar downstairs. A group of any size can have a tented reception outdoors.You might feel sorry for that friend who gets married at the generic reception hall the weekend after you. Locust Grove: He’s a History Buff and She Likes to Smell the Roses Not only is the Locust Grove a national landmark, it also happens to be the former home of Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, who bough the Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and 100 acres of land surrounding it in 1847. Just think of the ultra-unique wedding themes you can run with here. (Ticker tape confetti instead of rice, perhaps?) This 19th-century country estate in Poughkeepsie offers a reception room that will comfortably accommodate 150 for dinner and dancing on the lovely herringbone-patterned oak floor. The French doors open to views of sensational gardens and landscaping that have been bringing students, tourists, gardeners, and history buffs for years. The Rhinecliff Hotel: If Antiques Aren’t Your Thing The Rhinecliff Hotel gives couples a fresh option and a clean look for those who’d like a more modern affair. Its shiny new exterior sits just off the Rhinecliff Amtrak stop over the Hudson River with patios perfect for socializing (they’ll even provide ear plugs for the train noise). Though the hotel was renovated by James Chapman and his brother in 2008, it’s not to say that it doesn’t have a seedier past. The Rhinecliff may be a looker now, but not long ago the place was an eyesore down by the river that was once a boxcar hub for famous musicians. The rooms have been gutted and replaced with airy, yet minimalistic décor. Honeymooners usually opt for the suite offering the hotel’s signature simplistic décor, but it also features a private outdoor sundeck with corner whirlpool. The brothers pay homage to the past by keeping the original bar where you can host a casual reception or rehearsal dinner. Chapman’s own past, studded with stints hosting events at Cipriani and the famed Rainbow Room, make a nice résumé when it comes to throwing a wedding reception. 1/10 ChronograM weddings & celebrations 63

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30 acres with beautiful views of the Taconic range, perennial gardens, manicured lawns, orchards, all overlooking a large pond.

Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy this special setting that is easily reached, located between Albany, NY and Pittsfield, MA. 200 Guests max.

contact: Heidi Case at 914-864-2371 email:


129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie

(845) 452-3501

CafĂŠ & Catering

(845) 471-8555

Food to Rave About Under the Walkway Over the Hudson

Reverend Diane Epstein Interfaith Minister Certified Imago Educator

I welcome, respect and embrace all paths, from the spiritual to the secular. I will help you create a unique, meaningful ceremony for your rite of passage: weddings, baby namings, coming of age celebrations and memorials.

(914) 466-0090

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Bed by the Stream

Pomarico Design Studio

George Sickle Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2979

181 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-0448

Catskill Mountain Lodge 334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101 Dinner guests will be entered in a vacation giveaway to be raffled off May 1, 2010. The prize is one week in a two-bedroom condo in one of 5,600 resorts around the world. Our website has details We are open for dinner starting at 5pm every Friday & Saturday.

Minnewaska Lodge 3116 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-1110

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

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

Art Galleries & Centers Ann Street Gallery 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 562-6940 x119 Encaustic Group Exhibit with an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 20, 2010 6-9pm. Hours: Thurs – Sat, 11am – 5pm or by app’t.

(845) 679-6997


45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477

84 Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston, NY

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

Vassar Haiti Project 555 West Hartdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY (845) 639-0468

Windham Fine Arts

59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957

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

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

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

Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-0100

Water Street Market (Antiques Center)

JW ArtWorks, LLC: Gazen Gallery

10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1403

6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4ART (4278)

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R & F Handmade Paints

Center for Photography at Woodstock

Country Gallery

Solar Generation

Mill Street Loft

Art Supplies

(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.

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

Freaky Fish Beads P.O. Box 723, Stone Ridge, NY

Ingrained Woodworking, Inc. (845) 246-3444

Catskill Art & Office Supply

Kathy’s Creations

Kingston, NY (845) 331-7780

(845) 496-7765

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

Audio & Video Markertek Video Supply

Auto Sales & Services

Manny’s Art Supplies

Ruge’s Subaru

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

Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1057

Banks Ulster Savings Bank (866) 440-0391


White Rice 531 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 697-3500

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

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

Bookkeeping Riverview Office Services (914) 912-1202


Collaborative Workspace Beahive Kingston 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (917) 449-6356

The Mac Works (845) 331-1111

Consignment Shops

Building Services & Supplies McMahon’s Home Improvement 1062 Bruynswick Road, Gardiner, NY (845) 616-5525

Calligraphy Geneva Claire Hamilton: Calligraphy & Lettering Art P.O. Box 646, Poughquag, NY (845) 264-0850 Certificates, awards, announcements, invitation envelopes, quotations, bookplates, illuminated letters, family tree custom designs.

Cinemas Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery St. Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2515

Clothing & Accessories Christina Faraj—The Bra Fit Expert

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.

Cooking Classes Natural Gourmet Cookery School

Gifts with a Twist 299 WALL STREET • KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 • 845-338-8100

In The Heart of Uptown Kingston LIGHTING • JEWELRY • ART • GIFTS • SWELL STUFF

4170 Albany Post Rd. (Rt. 9) HYDE PARK, N.Y. 229-8881 229-2143 Don’t forget about our newest location!

Molloy’s Medical Arts Pharmacy St. Francis Medical Arts Pavilion 19 Baker Ave. Suite 207 POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. 12601 Phone: 471-PILL Fax: 473-MEDS

We Offer PDME items to rent or own POn site surgical fitting for compression garments PBraces, canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs PDaily savings on vitamins and OTC products

Open Daily Mon-Fri 8am to 9pm Saturday 8am to 8pm Sunday 8am to 6pm

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

Custom Home Design and Materials Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

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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.

Ruth Samuels Riverview Bookkeeping Services OUTLINES 914-912-1202 email

Computer Services

Mirabai of Woodstock 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100

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Internet Services

Astor Square, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY

Hudson Valley Brawl

(845) 876-0400


The Steelhouse, Kingston, NY (845) 338-7847

Under The Magenta Moon

(845) 757-4000

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

8 N. Front Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0900

Geothermal Heating & Cooling

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

Total Green, LLC

Woodstock Writer’s Festival

Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems throughout

the Northeast. Our focus is utilization of ‘DX’

(845) 774-8484 Total Green designs & installs Geothermal and

& Water Loop Geothermal Systems for resi-

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores

vast knowledge of building performance allows

La Bella Pasta

for your application, structure & location‚ we

(845) 331-9130

design and implement ‘turn-key’ Geothermal

Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330


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

Mother Earth’s Store House 440 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY Founded in 1978, Mother Earth’s 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.

Hair Salons Androgyny 5 Mulberry Street, New Paltz, NY

Dennis Fox Salon 6400 Montgomery Street 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1777

Metamorphosis Salon 29 East Main Street, Washingtonville, NY (845) 496-9785

Shear Intensity 5455 Route 9W, Newburgh, NY

75 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5361

(845) 562-4074

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


Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Bop to Tottom

(845) 255-1575

Home Furnishings & Decor

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

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

Landscaping Coral Acres

Lawyers & Mediators Wellspring (845) 534-7668

pets.” Direct importers since 1981. Newly expanded store. Natural-dyed Afghan carpets, Balouchi tribal kilims, Russian sumaks, antique

146 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-8958

MUSIC FOR EVERYBODY! The Community Music Space The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street Suite #12, Red Hook, NY (845) 444-0607 We are a new music space created to develop and support musical community by offering private and group lessons, master classes, musical gatherings, hang out space, and performances in an open, supportive and social environment that is inclusive of all skill levels and is a hub connecting performers, educators, and students in one big open space.

Networking Hudson Valley Green Drinks (845) 454-6410

16 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 737-2780

(845) 679-5311

Miss Vickies

Dreaming Goddess

Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings

Director, Peter Fagiola. 26 years experience. Offering private and group lessons, workshops and residencies in all aspects of the percussive arts including hand drumming, mallets, drum set, East Indian pakhawaj, tabla, rhythmic studies, improvisation and music theory. All levels. Flexible rates, barters most welcome.

Peekskill Business Improvement District

(845) 255-6634

54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY

(845) 895-8726

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

101 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

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

(845) 256-0620

Sunflower Natural Foods Market

Organic, local, farm fresh produce. Supplements, homeopathy, bulk coffee, beans, rice, and granolas. Fertile eggs, non HMO dairy, teas, and all natural body & skin care! And so much more.

Italian Specialty Products

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Adams Fairacre Farms

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

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dential & commercial properties. Total Green’s

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.

Academy of Percussive Arts

Music Lessons

Veterans of Foreign Wars 101 Rt. 208, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8497

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

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

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

Community Playback Theatre Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland, NY (845) 691-4118

Burgevin Florist

Caucasian carpets, silk Persian sumaks, Turk-

245 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0874

ish kilims. Hundreds to choose from, 2’x3’ to

A Music Place

Powerhouse Theater

9’x12’. Kilim pillows, $20-$55. We encourage

34 Main Street, Chester, NY (845) 613-0064

Vassar Campus, (845) 437-5599

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customers to try our rugs in their homes, without obligation. MC/Visa/AmEx.

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

als, 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.

Pet Services & Supplies


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

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B (845) 687-0330 The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! B&B for cats, with individual rooms-lower cost than caged boarding. 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 since 1971. Bonded and insured.

Photography 400 Square LLC

Ellen Crane

Sky Acres Airport 30 Airway Drive, LaGrangeville, NY (845) 677-5010

Mountain Skills Climbing Guide (845) 853-5450

There are moments that occur once in a life time and we wish that they could be tastefully remembered. We have a deep commitment to understand client’s personality, objectives, budgets and happy to produce images that are going to remain forever. Call us for portraits, weddings and events.

Picture 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 materi-

500 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY (800) 333-6393

Woodstock Weddings

We package the finest and most healthy packaged snacks on the market. Includes trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, yogurts, chocolates, candy, and even hot and spicy mixes. Also, have gift items and bulk foods available.

Wine & Liquor Fox and Hound Wine & Spirits (845) 255-7475


In Good Taste

(845) 614-5053

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

Dutchess Community College

1723 Route 9W, West Park, NY (845) 255-0013

211 Indian Mountain Road, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-0871

Institute for Integrative Nutrition (877) 730-5444

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

The Randolph School Atelier Renee Fine Framing

Mister Snacks, Inc.

(845) 758-7151

Indian Mountain School 40 Carpenter Road Hopewell Junction, NY (845) 592-0807

(914) 864-2371

Orange County Tattoo

Hudson Valley School of Massage & Skin Care

Zupcu Photography

Lebanon Valley, NY

Bard MAT

Fionn Reilly Photography

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

Shaker Hill Farm


20 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY

Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 431-8000


27 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY, and, 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 256-0788 and (845) 679-2373


(646) 498-8453

Pegasus Comfort Footwear

Mohonk Preserve (845) 255-0919

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.”

2467 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-5600

Westchester Community College (914) 606-7300


45 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0110


Adirondack Trailways/Pine Hill Trailways

Wallkill Valley Writers (845) 255-7090

(800) 225-6815 or (845) 339-4230 ext.169

Historic Huguenot Street

Creative writing workshops in New Paltz led by Kate Hymes, poet and educator. Aspiring and experienced writers are welcome. WVW provides structured time, a supportive community and a safe place for you to fulfill the dream of writing your stories, real or imagined. Many writers find the community of a workshop benefits their work and keeps them motivated.

Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1660

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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 wedding-related business.

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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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 work deserves ATTENTION!! Chronogram music editor and AP award-winning journalist Peter Aaron can deliver a great, custom-composed bio for your press kit or website. General copy editing and proofreading services (academic and term papers), and consultations also available. Reasonable rates.

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Notes from the end of a life illustration by annie internicola

The following notes were sent to me recently by a friend. She wrote them during a 10-day period she and her father spent at her mother’s bedside, at home, after her mother had two strokes a month apart. After a hopeful and “miraculous” improvement following the first stroke, within a week of the second one it was clear that it was time to stop medical interventions and take her mother home for a natural transition from life to death. As a partial view into one person’s end-of-life vigil for a loved one, we hope these notes will be of meaning to others who will, or have already, done the same for someone, as well as to those of us who wonder what their own end of life transition might be like. In this woman’s case, a living will that specified no tube feeding was key to easing the decision to take her home.The family, aware and in agreement with that choice she had made years ago in sound mind, were more confident in the difficult choice to decline medical intervention to sustain her body artificially, and to bring her home for whatever natural process would ensue in the care of loved ones, aided by hospice guidance, and with comfort-focused medications as needed. —Lorrie Klosterman SELF As I lay to rest, shifting and trying to settle, each movement is something I’ve seen her do today.They say each of us more closely resembles our parents as we age, and now in our last days together, she and I take the same bent-arm clasp to our chests, or a forearm across the brow, and gaze at the ceiling in very different states of repose. The hand at her throat might not be pain but a gesture of selfreassurance, as I instinctively did once I lay back to rest. We’ve carried our bodies differently for years, she the lovely and modest wife of a generation ago, me with long strides and casual postures that she long ago counseled me against. But here she is, her limbs unlady-like to her generation, but beautifully natural to mine. When a mother’s advice so many years ago was to avoid the word “I,” so as not to appear self-centered, now what do you chat about through the long days as she views you, unable to speak but deserving a familiar voice talking of familiar things? I’m not having onions on today’s salad, or tomorrow’s sandwich, or anytime while the vigil continues. No need to subject her to horrid breath. This will be me, one day, sprawled in repose beyond what a self-conscious body would allow.Vanity is meaningless—your body is its true self without shelter. It does things in passing from life to death that most people have never witnessed. They are pure expressions of the human animal, beautiful in their way, but unfamiliar. I hope someone is there to attend me without judgment of what my body does. Judgment crumbles in knowing this fate awaits us all. 72 whole living ChronograM 1/10

PEOPLE Other daughters and mothers are out shopping together, two by two. I notice them like never before, and jealousy pricks at me. “Where is mine?” We have made a fun afternoon of shopping many times, me and Mom. So have I with my own daughter. As I recall the many adventures and misadventures, gratitude grows, jealousy eases, and I silently wish each mother and daughter joy in those precious times. I notice white-haired women as never before. How old could they be? What have they endured? What are they enduring now? Why are they still here, and my mother leaving? At a crowded café I invite a woman to share my table, and she doesn’t need to say a word to melt my heart. Out in the “normal” world, beyond the vigil in our livingroom, people watching becomes a surrender to poignancy. The pair of stylish high school girls laughing together evoke a sweet appreciation, for their innocence and youth, like that of my mom’s in her high school photo, though she is radiant in the `40s style of wavy, side-clipped hair, prim white collars, and bobby socks. An elderly woman, skinny and dressed oddly, nonetheless shuffles her aged frame across the street and evokes my admiration, but also love. HOSPICE A survey of Americans once showed that nearly everybody hoped they could die at home surrounded by loved ones. Statistics show that nearly everyone dies in the unfamiliar glare of a hospital. It takes courage to bring someone home to die.You are a ship setting out from harbor, with a shred of a map and a few frightened family members as crew, and probably nobody at the helm. A day or two out, a fog settles in and obscures familiar landmarks. The winds cease and even the sun is a wan question somewhere. But there is a buoy out there, with a lifeline tied to it of both literal and metaphorical sorts: hospice services. Hospice is not about death per se, but about comfort and dignity in life, up to the end of it. These services are one facet of the health-care system that is working right. It is even covered for elders by Medicare—paid for by the government. HUMOR Fatigue, thankfully, contributes to slapstick among us caretakers. All morning I’ve been mistakenly wearing two different slippers—one delicate white and one fluffy black—because there was no time to complete the slipper-change at the time. Later, while brushing my teeth and roving the house and checking in on mom, I discovered her eyes are open. I want to stay and talk with her, so I spit into the nearest handy container: a nearly empty coffee cup. Dad comments later on how awful his last swig of coffee tastes.

Laughter blurts out—a release valve accidentally knocked open as, nearby, screws that fasten grief’s door shut inexorably work themselves loose. Example: arranging the limbs of a sleeping person gently, hoping for a restful pose but finding an arm or leg oddly askew, like a Barbie doll in an awkward pose. It isn’t really laughable, but in a way, it is.

Is she looking askance at me now because I said too much? Too little? Am I boring because I am here every day and night, while my sister’s less frequent visits make her a dearer treat to behold?

LEARNINGS There are so many layers of family etiquette to peel away, before just “being real” with each other sets in. On a vigil, there is growing tension to become real, or to flee. Day by day, as we settle into the fog of the vigil and all the world becomes about being us, with her, the layers fray off and fall onto the dinner table, demanding explanation. Mom is transitioning, and so is the foundational mythology of our family. In this raw state I dare to say what has been unsaid, and we glance at each other as lost strangers united by our love for the one who keeps us sitting here, striving to find a better way, orchestrating our paths always back toward caring, as we care for her, when it would be easier in some ways to abandon each other in the debris.

I know you so well in some ways, Mom, and in other ways, know nothing of you.

DOUBT Doubt washes in and out, over huge decisions as well as tiny details. Am I too close to her face? Too far away? Is it time to stop the intravenous drip that brings her the only fluids she can take in?

Breathing changes over days, in cycles, but also in progression to the end: deep breathing of a deeply resting brain; feather-light breathing of a diminishing physical frame; apneaic staccato of a body in transition; gurgling wheezing you’ve heard about but have never heard a body make, until the final days.

In the dim of night, does this familiar livingroom, beautifully appointed with collected treasures, become mysterious and puzzling for her? Does she wonder, “Why am I here at night? Why is my daughter sleeping on the couch?”

Whispers in my mother’s ear, in the deepest nights of the vigil, seem as loud as shouts. But they are even more powerful—I hope—in the intention and care they speak to her.

Will having raised my own child, then caring for ailing parents, sandwich into just a few years the chance to make choices that consider myself only?

SOUNDS Birds and squirrels find the new feeder in view of Mom’s bed—for our entertainment if not hers—and their voices, even sometimes raucous, are a sweet percussion of living things. Saving and guarding lives becomes so very loud at night in the hospital: the electronic chirping of the IV drip, when another batch of sustenance runs out; the authoritative, calm voice over the intercom calling codes in the hospital as someone’s crisis is flaring; the whining alarm on Mom’s bed whenever I lean over the bar, closer to her.

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A surprising sound: a shaky “hello” that my Mom utters one morning, carried on a flickering smile, when I greet her open eyes. It is her only word for days, tucked in the middle of long stretches of silence. MONEY Don’t talk to me about monetary assets now. Tell me all her other assets. RELIEF The healthy, hefty neighbor’s cat comes in to purr like an engine and offer his silky coat to my mom’s ever-slowing hand. At the local café, a worker asks the usual “How are you?” and I find myself summing up the truth: My mother is dying. Etiquette broken, not giving the usual “Fine,” but he takes it with kind empathy and insists I dine for free. Friends who have offered to be “on call” anytime for moral support are wise and warmer than I already knew them to be. One of them, now in her own struggle with serious illness, courageously reads me a frank yet luminous passage about the moment of death, so that I may imbue that crossing for my mom with the grace that she and I both hope for not just my mother, but this remarkable friend as well. The “inconvenience” of taking a few weeks off to be fully in the transition from life to death is supported by coworkers, who take on the extra load that I should be doing. DEEP PEACE At her deepest resting times, Mom at 80 looks 20 years younger. I whisper compliments of her beauty to her and know she’d like to hear it in spite of her lifelong deflection of praise. The overlay of personal carriage—the modesty and concern of appearances—dissolves as she deepens into unconscious rest, becoming simply the human animal at its common denominator: eager airways, diligent heart, limbs at angles neither feminine nor masculine. Beneath her demure self is the pure animal power I knew was in her all along. It will be a long time before my father and I reach a deep peace in my mother’s passing, but we are soothed after her death, to my surprise, by continuing to play the same tender music, and lighting the same host of candles, that carried our little trio through this vigil for days, around the clock. SACRED The room in which a person is passing becomes a sacred space. Or, it should. Sometimes you have to fight to maintain that. You have to assert yourself over others who haven’t realized it yet. Certain conversations, ways of being, noises, people—they don’t fit anymore, in this sacred space. You are a mother and a child at the same time, as you care for your mother in her last days, tending the helpless, wide-open soul that birthed you— ushering her back across the threshold she opened for you. It is nauseating, literally, to have on your left the loved one dying, and on your right the surviving one talking afterdeath banking and taxes. Candle flames, even in the 2010 technorich world, are still a magical sustenance for the soul. When my mother finally stopped breathing, we lay next to her for an hour, in the same position as when we supported her last days of life. No tears for now, just silence, holding her hands, kissing her sometimes. Later, when hospice women come to bathe her and I join them, we are three women of today suddenly immersed in the sacred, ancient ritual of honoring one woman in the eternal lineage of women. The sloshing of washcloths in the water basin and the gentle tending to limb and face and hair is a farewell of another kind. I kiss her face and wish her eyes would stay closed, and tears pour out of me. But with this ritual, she is finally the goddess I’ve seen her as, in my new-agey ways, which she never would have allowed herself to be.



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Flowers Fall By Bethany Saltman

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


— Dogen Zenji, Genjokoan

love holidays.They include all my favorite things: cooking and eating, hanging out, giving and receiving stuff. And yet there is something sad about this time of year too. Before becoming a parent, my adult holidays felt a little random. I would always enjoy whatever fun came my way, but the people and celebrations changed each year, depending on where I lived, who was in my life, or what kind of mood I was in. And that was fine with me, as I appreciated my independence. But since getting married and, especially, having Azalea, not only is any fantasy of independence dead in the water, but I also actually enjoy the intimacy of being in a family. And I feel a great urge to develop some family tradition, some happy, holiday thread woven through Azalea’s life, year after year. The problem is that I don’t know which holidays to celebrate. Between growing up Jewish, being totally immersed in our Buddhist community, and feeling very connected to T’s “Nutcracker”-loving WASP-y parents, it’s hard to know whether we should be eating latkes, stuffing stockings, or just hiring a babysitter so we can sit in the Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil all by ourselves, in silence. T is very flexible, and not too attached to the way his family celebrated holidays growing up, so in past years we have attempted to do it all as a way of not leaving anything out, but as Azalea gets older, I wonder if there is a better way. One of my favorite Zen teachers, Charlotte Joko Beck, writes, “Suppose I don’t know whether I should marry one man for his money or another man for no reason—I just like him. If that question can even occur to me, there’s something about myself I don’t knowI don’t know who I am.” And so it is, as I ask myself whether we should celebrate this holiday or that holiday: Who am I? Even though it confuses my in-laws, who are quite comfortable, even proud of the fact that their son and his wife are Buddhists, I do still consider myself, and thus Azalea, Jewish. My mother converted to Judaism before marrying my father, and growing up, we totally acted like Jews. We went to temple on Fridays, my brothers were bar-mitzvahed, we didn’t eat pork in the house (thus my lifelong obsession with ham), and we never had a Christmas tree. We spent all the religious holidays with the Voights and Saltmans, maybe at Grandma Beryl’s, or my Great-aunt Babe and Uncle Sam’s, or at our house. And it was fun! People seemed kind of happy and there was food galore: Chopped liver, crackers and pickles on every table, Spanish peanuts on the piano bench, grape juice, a little red wine for the adults, nut-covered cheese balls, maybe some sweet kugel, some blintzes, and, of course, latkes with sour cream and apple sauce. And presents in blue and silver foil wrapping. Depending on the hosting home, the boys wore yarmulkes as we said the prayer to light the menorah. It’s not like Hanukkah in and of itself was some peak experience

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(though chopped liver always is), but it was, indeed, something. Or more specifically, it was some place. And my presence was an assumption there, a kid who belonged to the physical body of history, one more Saltman in the funky parade of peddlers that came before me. When I was pregnant with Azalea, I actually made an appointment with a rabbi to discuss this conundrum: Even though my mother converted, I don’t believe in God, I am not particularly drawn to the spiritual practice of Judaism, and I am a Buddhist—will my daughter still be Jewish? Can she still belong? Is she yet another Saltman? Or have I cheated us both out of a tribal connection? His answer was: Well, since you are Jewish, your daughter is too. She could live in Israel should she so desire (not exactly what I was after, but okay…). And yet, Judaism is something one does. To be a Jew by name only is not quite Judaism. He offered to do a naming ceremony for her when she was born, and of course invited us to shul. It’s been four years, and the closest I have come to anything of the sort is buying a menorah at Marshall’s, and lighting it. Tomorrow is the first night of Hanukkah. I am still toying with the idea of schlepping the whole family to the local temple for a latke party with a bunch of people we’ve never met. (T is such a mensch!) Oy. I guess I just can’t let it go. As Joko Beck writes, “The problem isn’t out there.” This is not exactly about Hanukkah vs. Christmas, or Buddhism vs. Judaism. I am Jewish in some ways and Buddhist in others. Azalea has grandparents who want to share Christmas with her. What’s the big deal? The problem comes when I am looking at all the different celebrations as expressions of who I am and, by (narcissistic) extension, who Azalea is. I am afraid of losing touch with my family, even though it is a gathering of ghosts more than anything: my mother, in Michigan, who worships nothing, my brothers to whom I seldom talk, grandparents long gone, my dead father, a genealogical trail that leads to Flint, Michigan and, then, vaguely, Latvia, which may as well be Plant Xenon for all the connection I feel to the place. And yet, these are my ghosts. They look like me. Azalea looks like them. I am crazy like them. We have the same small feet. Even so, it’s not like I ever felt some great sense of belonging. And that is the problem. And it’s becoming clear that going somewhere, even somewhere superJewish like a synagogue, will not give me what I long for. I think instead I will just go to the store and pick up an onion, some liver, and maybe some herring, and come right back home. We have potatoes, and the Marshall’s menorah of course. I need to wrap Azalea’s first night-gift. And then tomorrow night, at sundown, instead of worrying about where I fit in, we can stay right here. We can teach Azalea how to light the first candle and celebrate the possibility of belonging everywhere.  

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Classical & Chinese Herbs 303 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 853-7353

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts, Oriental Medicine, Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. 87 East Market Street, Suite 102, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2424

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Rhinebeck Acupuncture and Zero Balancing- Philip Brown MA L.Ac. 26 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4654 Philip is a graduate of TAI/Sophia Acupuncture School class of 1994 and also practices the bodywork modality known as Zero Balancing. For over 15 years Phil has helped many people with a very wide range of concerns. Please see the testimonial page on his website. In addition to his private practice, Phil is available for appointments at the Omega Institute from May through September. Free Consultations.

Transpersonal Acupuncture (845) 340-8625

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

New Paltz Community Acupuncture — Amy Benac, L.Ac. 21 S. Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2145 $25-$35 sliding scale (you decide what you can afford). As a community-style practice, treatments occur in a semi-private, soothing space

Apothecaries Molloy Pharmacy 4170 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY (845) 229-8881

Molloy Pharmacy 19 Baker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY

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with several people receiving treatment at the same time. This allows for frequent, affordable sessions while providing high quality care. Pain management, relaxation, headaches, TMJ, smoking cessation, Gyn issues, anxiety, depression, trigger point release, insomnia, fatigue, recovery support, GI issues, arthritis, muscle tension, chemo relief, immune support, allergies, menopausal symptoms, general wellness, and much more.

Aromatherapy Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 See also Massage Therapy.

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

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Body-Centered Therapy Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services (845) 485-5933 By integrating traditional and alternative therapy/healing approaches, including BodyCentered Psychotherapy, IMAGO Couplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Counseling, and Kabbalistic Healing, I offer tools for self healing, to assist individuals and couples to open blocks to their softer heart energy. Ten-session psycho-spiritual group for women. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz.

Chiropractic Dr. David Ness (845) 255-1200 Dr. David Ness is a Certified Active Release Techniques (ART(r)) Provider and Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner specializing in helping athletes and active people quickly relieve their pain and heal their injuries. In addition to providing traditional chiropractic care, Dr. Ness utilizes ART(r) to remove scar tissue and adhesions in order to restore mobility, flexibility, and strength faster than standard treatments will allow. If you have an injury that has not responded to treatment, call Dr. Ness for an appointment today.


Circles and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mysteries Retreats throughout the world. Kingston and NYC offices. Appointments sign up at:

Crystals and Gifts Notions-N-Potions 175 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Pixie Dust 18 Main Street, Chester, NY (845) 469-3940

Dentistry & Orthodontics Beacon Dental Fishkill Landing Plaza, 1020 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, NY (845) 838-3666

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

Holistic Orthodontics ­â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dr. Rhoney Stanley, DDS, MPH, Cert. Acup, RD 107 Fish Creek Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2729 Dr. Rhoney uses expansion and gentle forces, not extraction, not heavy pressure, and offers early treatment for children to harness growth and development and enhance the natural beauty of the face. Dr. Rhoney considers the bones, teeth, face and smile, components of the whole â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the functional matrix â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and improves the bite with fixed braces, removable appliances, and InvisalignŠ, available for teenagers and adults. Insurance accepted. Payment plans available.

The Center For Advanced Dentistry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD 494 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-5600

Fitness Trainers GunxCrossFit 680 Albany Post Rd., New Paltz, NY

IONE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Healing Psyche (845) 339-5776 IONE is a psycho-spiritual counselor, qi healer and minister. She is director of the Ministry of MaĂĽt, Inc. Specializing in dream phenomena and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, she facilitates Creative

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Healing Centers Woodstock Integrative Health 2565 Route 212, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6210

Holistic Health Damsel Fly Center (845) 489-4745

Fertile Heart Studio (845) 678-5469

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

The Graduate Institute (203) 874-4252

Hospitals Columbia Memorial Hospital

Health Alliance (845) 331-3131

Northern Dutchess Hospital Rhinebeck, NY

Vassar Brothers Medical Center 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-8500

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

Kary Broffman, RN, CH Hyde Park, NY (845) 876-6753

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

Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC (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.

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

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Life & Career Coaching Dynamic Change Life Coaching (800) 741-7353

Jessica Thayer, Insight Dynamics LLC (800) 291-5576

Shirley Stone, MBA, Certified Empowerment Life Coach Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2194 Want to convert fear into courage, stress into power, depression into joy, worry into satisfaction? Consider empowerment life coaching. Get clarity on the life you want plus the tools and techniques to make your dreams a reality. Stop being a problem solver and become a vision creator.

Massage Therapy Bodhi Holistic Spa 323 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2233

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, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and non-toxic cleaning products. For information, contact Joan Apter.

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

Holistic Orthodontics in a Magical Setting Fixed Braces Functional Appliances â&#x2C6;&#x2122; Invisalign Children and Adults Insurance Accepted â&#x2C6;&#x2122; Payment Plans Rhoney Stanley LicAcup, RD, DDS, MPH 107 Fish Creek Road | Saugerties, NY 12477 2 miles from NYS87 exit 20 0.5 miles from 212 845-246-2729 | 212-912-1212 (cell)

Mid-Hudson Rebirthing Center (845) 255-6482

Meditation The Center 372 Fullerton Avenue, Newburgh, NY              

Midwifery Jennifer Houston, Midwife (518) 678-3154

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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 Roy Capellaro, PT Tuesday Evenings New Paltz, New York

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

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

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Rosendale Pilates: Pilates, Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Studio 527 RT 213, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-2239 Rosi Landau loves sharing her enthusiasm for physical education with people of all ages, backgrounds, levels and ability to help them gain greater strength, flexibility and mobility, guiding them to work towards their full physical capability. Each session is personally tailored to meet your individual goals. Private and group sessions.




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Psychic Readings 13 Church Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 665-1263

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

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

substantial fee reduction. Located across from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

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

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

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

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

Jamie O'Neil, LCSW-R 30 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845)876-7600, 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (at train station) (845)483-7600, NY Regain a sense of meaning, connections, and personal control in your life. Offering a variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR. Treating anxiety, trauma, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, relationship issues, advanced recovery, ACOA, eating disorders. Individuals and couples; specializing in work with college students.

Janne Dooley, Brigid’s Well New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081 Facebook Group: Brigid’s Well Free monthly newsletter. Brigid’s Well is a psychotherapy and coaching practice helping people grow individually and in community. Janne specializes in healing trauma, relationship issues, recovery, codependency, inner child work, EMDR, and Brainspotting. Janne also coaches parents and people in life transitions. Groups forming: Mindful Parenting and Psychospiritual group, combining guided imagery and teachings from the book “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach.

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

Julie Zweig, MA, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Imago Relationship Therapist and NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566

Marlene Weber Day Spa 751 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-5852

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Laura Coffey, MFA, LMSW

Garrison Institute

Rosendale & Beacon, NY (845) 399-0319

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Family Therapist specializing in Narrative Therapy. Practice includes eclectic interventions tailored to suit individual clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 a clinical hour.

Retreats supporting positive personal and social change, in a monastery overlooking the Hudson River â&#x20AC;˘David Frenette: Deeper Center, Living Prayer, March 12-22, 2010. An intensive retreat on the Christian contemplative practice of Centering Prayer, and how to use it through lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritual journey.


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Residential Care Mountain Valley Manor Adult Home

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Aspects Gallery Inn & Spa Woodstock, NY (917) 412-5646 The new Aspects Gallery Inn & Spa resides in the heart of the historic artists colony of Woodstock NY, nestled in the famed Catskill Mountains ski and summer resort region. Aspects Gallery provides a unique and exclusive sensual retreat with two private luxury two bedroom apartments conjoined to a 2000 sq ft cedar and glass enclosed climate controlled spa with 40' saline pool, 64 jet jacuzzi and therapeutic infrared sauna. Enjoy a leisurely poolside bar brunch or order an organic gourmet candlelight dinner prepared by your host French chef Lio Magat- sommelier for famed international chef Paul Bocuse. Bienvenue et bon appetit!

Body of Truth 85 Kyserike Road, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-7721

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

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King Kong vs. Moby Dick II, Michael X. Rose, oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2009

An Agreeable Kind of Horror "An agreeable kind of horror" was how the early 18th-century English man of letters Joseph Addison described the Alps. To Addison, the mountains were too massive and forbidding to be beautiful. Fifty years later, Edmund Burke furthered his countryman's notion in A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1756), delineating the dichotomy of beauty and this "agreeable kind of horror" (which Burke termed the sublime). The beautiful can fit in the palm of your hand and provides pleasure, an appreciation of aesthetic harmony. The sublime is more complex. It provides pleasure as well, but through the emotion of fear and attraction. Sublimity is the train wreck of aesthetics—you're terrified and yet you can't look away. When encountering the odd, beasty-filled folk-arty paintings of Michael X. Rose, sublime is not the first word that comes to mind. In fact, a reasonable reaction to the man-eating dinosaurs, menacing ghosts, and nude women beset by crawly sea creatures might be: How on earth did this guy get a gallery show? It's tough to know what to make of these paintings. Is it an elaborate joke? (Rose's press materials hint at this. Rose's bio includes apochryphal stories of his childhood, spent in the Sisters of Mercy Home for Boys in Newfoundland where he suffered "active discouragement from all pleasureable habits and repeated, prolonged physical abuse at the hands of older, stronger boys." Not to mention his direct descent from "Earl Hugh Rose, the last pirate publicly hanged in Charleston, South Carolina." When asked about the transparent fiction of his bio, Rose says that he was inspired by musician like David Bowie, who created alternate stage personas. "It seems funny to me that artists don't take stage names," Rose says. "Fine art is showbiz too.") Rose, however, is in deadly earnest. An art-school grad who teaches art to Special

Ed students, he doesn't seem to have an arch bone in his body. His work isn't some meta-commentary on the Death of Painting, it's just what he likes to paint. Monsters. Lots of them. Biting and clawing and bleeding and dying. Rose relates the story of being in a painting class and asking the teacher, "How many zombies do I add? Won't it get ridiculous?" The instructor, no doubt with a thought to the unbounded, unlimited quality of the sublime, told Rose to keep those zombies coming. "I'm always trying to add more," says Rose. "For instance, what if Moby Dick was wrapped in ropes and harpoons, and Ahab dead and tangled in the ropes, and the Pequod smahed on the shore? What if you had a painting that was so good, you could look at it for 15 years rather than 15 minutes?" Rose is inspired by some obvious sources—the grand Romantic paintings of Gustave Moreau and Arnold Bocklin, filled with ruins and mythical and human drama, and Gothic horror novels (Rose recommends The Monk by Matthew Lewis)—and some atypical ones, like Shakespeare. "The mother dies, the stepfather dies, Ophelia dies, Hamlet dies, the play opens up with the father already dead," says Rose. "Everybody's dead. I wanted to apply that to painting." "Realism for its own sake is boring," says Rose. "I only paint realistically so I can add a monster. And the monsters evoke the sublime—it has a bit of terror in it." "The Crown of Creation," an exhibition of paintings by Michael X. Rose, will be displayed January 2 through January 31 at the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, 103 Abeel Street, Kingston. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 2, from 5 to 7pm. —Brian K. Mahoney 1/10 ChronograM forecast 83

FRIDAY 1 Body / Mind / Spirit The Brahma Viharas and Iyengar Yoga Call for times. Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia. 688-6897. Community Harmonic Choir 4pm-5:30pm. Joining together in heartfelt chorus with the crystal singing bowls. $10. The Living Seed, New Paltz. 255-8212.

Dance Ashokan Fiddle & Dance: New Years Winter Camp Call for times. $495/$465 no lodging. Ashokan Field Campus, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

Events Holiday House Tours 11am-3pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-0135.

Kids Kids' Winter Camp Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Music Red Rooster 8:30pm. W/Kinney and Storms. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Theater StarDUST [Adventures in Consciouness] 8am. Conscious comedian Doug Motel performs his one-man play. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Community Playback Theater 2pm. Playback uses improv to bring audience members' stories to life. $8. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118.

Workshops New Year's Day Clairvoyant Channeling 1pm. Group channeling with Rev. Betsy Stang. $15/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

SATURDAY 2 Art Karl Volk Opening Reception 5pm-8pm. Watercolors. Duck Pond Gallery, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Long Reach Opening Exhibition 5pm. Group show. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. Sean Sullivan & Joseph Verditti Opening Exhibition 5-8pm. Surprenant Art & Design, Kingston. 383-1279. Michael Rose Opening Exhibition 5-8pm. New work. KMOCA, Kingston.

Body / Mind / Spirit Spiritual Offering: The Heart of the World 6:30pm-8:30pm. With Grandmother Barbara Threecrow. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock.

Dance English Country Dance 7:30pm. With Hurley House Band. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121. Old Songs Contra Dance 8pm. Live music by Fennig's All-Stars; caller: Paul Rosenberg. $10. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197. Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-1am. Dance barefoot to eclectic DJ's spinning R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, more. $5. Knights of Columbus, Kingston.

Music Breakaway 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Johnny A 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble 9pm. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779. The Woodcocks 9pm. Americana. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. New Year's Reggae Party 9pm. With Jamaican band Starcade. The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. XCalibur 10pm. Rock. Mahoney's Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie. 471-3027.

Theater Wicked Call for times. $30. Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

SUNDAY 3 Body / Mind / Spirit Subtle Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation 9:30am-11:15am. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143.

Dance Tango-Salsa-Swing-Latin-World Beat Dance Party 3pm-7pm. Dance. Keegan Ales, Kingston. Swing Dance Jam 6:30pm-9pm. Dance to CDs. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie.

Events Rosendale Winter Farmer's Market 10am-2pm. Meats, cookies, wine, more. Rosendale Recreation / Community Center, Rosendale.

Music Lincoln Mayorga: Pianist 3pm. Senior and Community Center, Montgomery. 457-9867.

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Greg Allman 7:30pm. Rock legend; ex-hubbie of Cher. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

The Outdoors Vanderbilt Estate Walk 1pm. Mid-Hudson ADK Chapter. Mid-Hudson Adirondack Club, Hyde Park.

Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Jazz Jam 9pm. Marvin "Bugalu" Smith and his drum band. $6. Market Market Cafe, Rosendale. 658-3164.



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Wicked Call for times. $30. Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

Trance Journeying With Peter Blum 6:30pm-7:30pm. Going into a shamano-hypnotic journey guided by soundscapes and voice. $20 suggested donation. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

MONDAY 4 Body / Mind / Spirit Soul Readings 12pm-6pm. W/intuitive Bente Hansen. $10 for 30 minutes. $75 for 60 minutes. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Healing Circle with Peter Blum 7pm-9pm. Talking stick, singing, drumming, guided meditation. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, woodstock. 679-5650.

Events Dutchess Peace Coalition Meeting 7pm-8:30pm. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Film Raiders of the Lost Ark 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

TUESDAY 5 Body / Mind / Spirit Spirit Readings With Psychic Adam Bernstein 12pm-6pm. Call for appointment. $40 for 30 minutes. $75 for 60 minutes. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. High Frequency Channeling 6:30pm-7:30pm. With Suzy Mezoly. $20 suggested donation. 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, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734.

Music Abercrombie, Versace & Nussbaum 7pm. Live@The Falcon, Marlboro. David Kraai with Sean Powell 7pm. Singer/songwriter. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400. Rupert Wates 7pm. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Bruce Molsky 8pm. Master of fiddle, guitar, banjo and song. $20. Philipstown Depot Theatre , Garrison. 424-3900. Pine Leaf Boys 8pm. Youthfully exuberant Creole music. $15. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Crooked Still 8pm. Folk, traditional, bluegrass. $24. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. The Crossorads Band 9pm. Favorite hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s. Starr Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. Livesay 9pm. With Mindcrime. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Big Kahuna 10pm. Dance. Cafe International, Newburgh. 567-9429. Vixen Dogs Band 10pm. Barking Frog, Beacon. 831-1337.

Theater Children's Festival 8pm. One-act festival featuring Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. Dragonfly Performing Arts Center, Cairo. (518) 731-3340.




Beginner Tango Series 7pm. Learn to tango. Body Bar, Poughkeepsie.

Open Hive/Game 6:30pm. Socialize, laugh, think, play. Beahive, Beacon. 917-449-6356.

Opening for "A Year with Picasso" 2pm-5pm. Reinterpretations of Picasso by Rob Couteau. Van Buren Gallery, New Paltz. 256-8558. "Making a Scene" Opening Reception 3-6pm. Group show. Posie Kiviat Gallery, Hudson. (518) 653-5407. A Gaggle of Artists 5pm-7pm. Live demonstration by numerous artists. Wallkill River School & Art Gallery. Montgomery. 457-2787. Landscape Forever Opening 5pm-8pm. Group show curated by Dion Ogust. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Wings Gallery Opening Reception 6pm. Wings Gallery and Shop, Rosendale. (646) 229-7889. "Dividuals" Opening Reception 6-8pm. Paintings by Geoffrey Owen Miller. John Davis Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-5907. "Nature Abstracted" Opening Reception 6-8pm. Group show of paintings and drawings. Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-1915. "Transitions" Opening Reception Call for time. Kary Broffman photography exhibit. Montgomery Row Second Level, Rhinebeck. 876-6670.



Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-1am. Dance barefoot to eclectic DJ's spinning R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, more. $5. Knights of Columbus, Kingston.

Music Blues and Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz 7pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Spoken Word Words Before Music Lecture 6pm. R. Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Der Rosenkavalier. Lee Library, Lee, Massachusetts. (413) 243-0385.

WEDNESDAY 6 Body / Mind / Spirit The Creative Spirit Study Group 5pm-5:30pm. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143.


The Outdoors Bob Babb Wednesday Walk: Undercliff/Overcliff 9:30am-1:30pm. Meet at the West Trapps Trailhead, New Paltz. 255-0919.

THURSDAY 7 Body / Mind / Spirit Core Strengthening 10am-11am. With Andrea Pastorella, director Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Classes Pastel Studio with Shawn Dell Joyce 6:30pm-8:30pm. $100/4 classes. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. (845) 457-2787.

Dance Modern Dance 4:30pm-6pm. With Andrea Pastorella, director of Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

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

EVENTS Habitat Newburgh Volunteer Ope House 9-11am. Kimball Building, Newburgh. 568-6035x110. Randolph School Open House 10am. Pre-K to 8th grade. Randolph School, Wappingers Falls. 297-5600.

Film Afghan Women: A History of Struggle 7pm. Screening followed by audience discussion. Friends Meeting House, Poughkeepsie. 454-6431.

Kids Michael Buckley 12pm. Author of "Nerds" and "The Sisters Grimm" reads and signs. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Music Met Live in HD: Der Rosenkavalier Call for times. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Drum Circle 4pm-6pm. The Gallery, Stamford. 353-2492. Stewart Lewis 7pm. Singer/songwriter who's opened for Sheryl Crow and Ani DiFranco. $5. Cafe Bocca, Poughkeepsie. 483-7300.

Rebecca Martin & Larry Grenadier 7pm. Jazz. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. John Street Jam 7pm. Red Peralta, Marc Black, The Ya-Yas, Stephanie Nilles, Rupert Wates, David Ray, Reed Waddle. $5. 16 John Street, Saugerties. Two Guitars with Gus Wieland 7:30pm. Blues. BeanRunner CafĂŠ, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Open Mike/Stage 7:30pm-11:30pm. Open mike offers a grand piano, two sets of congas, two djembes, one drum kit, and sound system. The Gallery, Stamford. 353-2492. Anthony DaCosta 8pm. 18-year-old rising folk artist. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 8pm-10pm. Bach Cantata series performance. New Paltz Reformed Church, New Paltz. Gato Loco 8pm. 12-piece NYC jazz band. $12. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. Solas 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Mr. Rusty 9pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Sanctuary 9pm. Iron Maiden tribute. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. The Stoners 9:30pm. Classic rock. Copperfield's, Millbrook. 677-8188.

The Outdoors Bashakill Hike 9:30am. Mid-Hudson ADK Chapter. Hike or show shoe. Wurtsburo. Mid-Hudson Adirondack Club, Hyde Park. 594-9545. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Ski: Rhododendron Bridge 10am-3pm. 7-mile trek. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

spoken word Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival 2pm. Featured readers: Bruce Weber and Laurie Byro. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

Theater Children's Festival 8pm. One-act festival featuring Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. Dragonfly Performing Arts Center, Cairo. (518) 731-3340.

Workshops Hardie Truesdale Winter Photography Workshop 9am-6pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SUNDAY 10 Body / Mind / Spirit Subtle Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation 9:30am-11:15am. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143. ECK Worship Service: Transforming Your Life with the Sacred Word HU 2pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

Music Pete Kennedy & Mark Stuart 7:30am. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Mark Dzuiba Trio 1pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Babette Hierholzer & Jurgen Appell 2pm. Music Inspires Dance series: music for two pianos. $20. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107. Tessera Quartet 4:45pm. Mendelsohn, Liebermann and Sibelius. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck.

The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Storm King Mountain Call for times. 10-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Overlook Mountain/Echo Lake Hike Call for times. Mid-Hudson ADK Chapter. Mid-Hudson Adirondack Club, Hyde Park. 339-7170.

Theater Children's Festival 2pm. One-act festival featuring Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. Dragonfly Performing Arts Center, Cairo. (518) 731-3340.

MONDAY 11 Film Rethink Afghanistan 7am. Glenn Greenwald documentary. Powell House Quaker Conference and Retreat Center, Old Chatham. (518) 794-0259.

Workshops Introduction to Landscape Design 6pm-9pm. 3-session series. $140/$126 members. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-6822 ext. 7179.

TUESDAY 12 Body / Mind / Spirit High Frequency Channeling 11pm-11pm. Archangel Metatron and master teachers with Suzy Meszoly. $20 suggested donation. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

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images provided Clockwise from left: Harry Roseman's Hole in the Wall, early rendering; Unearth the Bog Willows by Cameron Lussier. Dancers: Alexandra Spyropoulos, Dana Christy; Biava Quartet

If It’s Tuesday, I Must Be Modern The age of specialization has hit the arts. Poets and painters go to separate bars, to discuss their separate “career tracks.” Dancers don’t date violinists. Modfest, now in its eighth year at Vassar College, opposes this trend. This “festival of the modern” encourages novelists to study sonatas, choreographers to view photos. Artists get their best ideas by stealing from other unsuspecting artists. Harry Roseman is a case in point. Two years ago at Modfest, he heard violist Adrienne Elisha perform. Roseman, a painter and sculptor who is also chairman of the art department at Vassar, was impressed. “I thought it was wildly spectacular, so I e-mailed her, and we met,” Roseman recounts. The musician and artist collaborated on a performance and wall-painting (Woven Walls) at the Kleinert/James Gallery in Woodstock in July 2008. As part of this year’s Modfest, Roseman will create a blue, brown, and orange abstract “wall drawing” on two 30-foot-high walls in the atrium gallery of the Loeb Art Center. He and six assistants will spend a month painting Hole in the Wall, an act of “unintentional performance art.” On January 29, Elisha will perform a piece for solo viola and voice titled “Circle Voices” in front of Roseman’s installation. She and Roseman have been conferring about their respective works, using Skype, while the musician was at a residency in Edenkoben, Germany. Music, like painting, may employ circular forms, straight lines, and repetition. “The 30-foot-high ceilings actually make for wonderful acoustics,” notes Mary-Kay Lombino, contemporary art curator at the Loeb Center. On January 23, Joe McPhee and Friends (Richard Teitelbaum on keyboards and Thurman Barker on drums and percussion ) will perform. McPhee is a multiinstrumentalist (and Poughkeepsie resident) who solos on tenor, alto and soprano

saxophone, trumpet, pocket trumpet, trombone, clarinet, cornet, didgeridoo, and flugelhorn. He also sometimes sings. Though McPhee, at 70, is a major figure in avant-garde jazz, his music is not hysterical or ear-splitting. His playing is gracious and considered. I asked McPhee what he calls his genre. “I call it ‘Po music,’” he replied. “’Po’ is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used to move from a fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones. It refers also to words like possible, poetic, positive, etc.” Electronic music pioneer Milton Babbitt, who is 93, will engage in a public conversation with Vassar music professor Richard Wilson, followed by a performance of Babbitt’s work by the Argento Ensemble (January 24). The Modfest is recession-proof. While many festivals have cut back in the past year, it has expanded. Modfest allows a first-rate art faculty, and their promising students, to strut ’n’ shimmy in the public eye. For the first time, Modfest will include the theatrical arts. The Woodshed Theater Ensemble, a student-run collective, will present a staged reading on January 30. (At press time, they had not yet voted on a particular work.) Another innovation this year is a multilingual reading of Arabic, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and Swedish poems, with translations by Vassar students. The event will begin with the Mahagonny Choral Ensemble singing the Latin song “O Vos Ommes,” composed by Pablo Casals (January 27). All events are free. Modfest 2010 will take place on the Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie from January 21 to February 7. (845) 437-5370; —Sparrow

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Classes Healthy Suppers 7pm. $55. Beacon, Beacon. (917) 803-6857.

Dance Beginner Tango Series 7pm. Learn to tango. Body Bar, Poughkeepsie.

Events Open House 5pm-6pm. Presentation of graduate programs in health and wellness, holistic thinking, consciousness, and sustainability. The Graduate Institute, Bethany, Connecticut. (203) 874-4252. Rhinebeck Women's Circle Event 5:30pm. Opportunity to meet members and start off the New Year on the right track. Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 876-2194.

Music Frederic Hellwitz 12pm. Classical guitar. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-0038.

Alexis Cole 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Cafe Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Stephen Kaiser Group 8pm. The Depot, Cold Spring. 265-5000. “Dr. Dirty” John Valby 9pm. Nasty little ditties. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. The New Guys 9pm. Starr Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. The Living 9pm. With Wood Burning Stove and Blanket Truth. The Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Spoken Word Words Before Music Lecture 6pm. Bizet’s Carmen. Lee Library, Lee, Massachusetts. (413) 243-0385.

WEDNESDAY 13 Body / Mind / Spirit Introduction to The Sedona Method 7pm-8:30pm. Simple but highly effective way to let go of stress and obstacles to success. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 626-3191.

Events Green Drinks 6:30pm-9pm. Networking for people in the environmental fields and sustainably minded. $5. Chill Wine Bar, Beacon. 454-6410.

Music Dancing on the Air Live at the Linda 8:45pm. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's monthly radio program live at WAMC. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

The Outdoors Bob Babb Wednesday Walk: Black Creek 9:30am-1:30pm. Black Creek, Esopus. 255-0919.

THURSDAY 14 Body / Mind / Spirit Core Strengthening 10am-11am. With Andrea Pastorella, director Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Classes Pastel Studio with Shawn Dell Joyce 6:30pm-8:30pm. $100/4 classes. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. (845) 457-2787.

Dance Modern Dance 4:30pm-6pm. With Andrea Pastorella, director of Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Events Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing: An Information Session 5pm-6pm. The Graduate Institute, Bethany, Connecticut. (203) 874-4252. Solopreneurs Sounding Board 6:30pm. Ad hoc advisory board meets group therapy for your work. $5/free for members. TBA. Beahive, Kingston. 917-449-6356. Middle East Crisis Response 7pm-8:30pm. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Harry Manx 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Matt the Electrician & Jess Klein 8pm. Folk singer-songwriters. $12. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. Jazz Jam 9pm. Marvin "Bugalu" Smith and his drum band. $6. Market Market Cafe, Rosendale. 658-3164.

Theater The Musical Box: A Trick of the Tail 8pm. $42.50-$60. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

FRIDAY 15 Body / Mind / Spirit New Moon Ceremony 8pm-9pm. With special musical guest and group participation. $15 suggested donation. Bliss Yoga Center, Woodstock. 679-8700.

Music Open Hive/Game 7-9pm. Stephen Johnson and Kyle Davidson. Beahive, Kingston. $10 suggested donation. 917-449-6356. David Wilcox 8pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

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SATURDAY 16 art Rita Maas Opening Reception 5-7pm. "Skylight Views." Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027. "GEOgraphy" Opening Reception 5-7pm. Curated by Fawn Potash. Catskill Gallery, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Birgit Blyth and Michael Sibilia 6-9pm. Photographs. Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (518) 828-7655.

Body / Mind / Spirit Free Reiki 11am-1pm. Hudson Valley Reiki. New Paltz Recreation Center, New Paltz. Introductory Presentation: The Call of Soul 2pm. Learn how the teachings of ECKANKAR can help you. Newburgh Mall, Newburgh. (800) 749-7791 x2.

Classes Healthy Suppers 11am. $55. Beacon, Beacon. (917) 803-6857.

Dance Peter Stix with Chiddleflu Call for times. Dance. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-7050.

Music Met Live in HD: Carmen Call for times. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Doug Marcus 11:30am. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Dean Jones CD Release Party 2:30pm. "Rock Paper Scissors," featuring the Felice Brothers, Earmight. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Dominick Farinacci 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Rick Altman and David Oliver 7:30pm. New music for vibes and marimbas. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. The Renowned Fred Smith Jazz Ensemble 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Stephen Kaiser Group 8pm. Jazz. Babycakes Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411. Mark Brown and Uncle Buckle 8pm. Tales of woe and more. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Every Avenue 9pm. The Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. November Rain 9pm. Guns & Roses tribute. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Pitchfork Militia 9:30pm. Psychobilly. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Soulmate Attraction: Calling Your Life Partner January 17-19. With Margo Davis-Hollander and Martha Williams. Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA. (800) 741-7353. Akashic Records Revealed 2pm-4pm. With June Brought. The recording of our soul imprint revealed. $20 suggested donation. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Events Woodstock’s 20th Annual Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. 2:15pm. With Dr. Modele Clark, Pam Africa, Michael Monaterial, Ras T and the Asheber Posse, more. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock.

Kids Winter Tracking for Kids 9:30am-12pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Music Marji Zintz 1pm. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5155. Winds in the Wilderness 2pm. Woodwind concert. $10/children free. Church of St. John, Copake Falls. (518) 329-1577. Babette Hierholzer & Jurgen Appell: Two Pianos 2:30pm. Trail Mix concert series. Olive Free Library, West Shokan. 657-6864. Vinca String Quartet 3pm. Saugerties Pro Musica. $12/$10. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Saugerties. 246-5021. Kate McGarry 7pm-12am. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro.

Spoken Word Don Lattin Call for time. Author of "The Harvard Psychedelic Club" reads and signs. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857. Annual Members Meeting 7pm. GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400.

Theater Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

SUNDAY 17 Body / Mind / Spirit Subtle Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation 9:30am-11:15am. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143.

Solopreneurs Sounding Board 6:30pm. Ad hoc advisory board meets group therapy for your work. $5/free for members. TBA. Beahive, Kingston. 917-449-6356.

Music Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

THURSDAY 21 Art ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

Body / Mind / Spirit Core Strengthening 10am-11am. With Andrea Pastorella, director Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Singing Bowl Meditation 7pm-9pm. W/Valerie Legeay. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Classes Pastel Studio with Shawn Dell Joyce 6:30pm-8:30pm. $100/4 classes. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. (845) 457-2787.

Dance Modern Dance 4:30pm-6pm. With Andrea Pastorella, director of Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.


The New York Dolls 8:30pm. Featuring David Johansen. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

Strega Nona 10:15am. Based on the children's books by Tomie dePaola, Active Arts Theatre for Young People. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

The Outdoors


Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Peters Kill 9:30am-3:30pm. 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 2pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 3pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

Workshops Reiki II Certification 12pm-5pm. W/Lorry Salluzi. $70/$80. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.


Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Rocky 7pm. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind/Muddy Cup, Saugerties. 246-5775. Jazz Jam 9pm. Marvin "Bugalu" Smith and his drum band. $6. Market Market Cafe, Rosendale. 658-3164.

FRIDAY 22 Art At the Heart of Progress Exhibit Symposium 5:30pm. Opening for the "Heart of Progress" exhibition. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745. ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

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Healing Circle with Peter Blum 7pm-9pm. Talking stick, singing, drumming, guided meditation, more. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock.

Lisa Williams 8pm. Medium and clairvoyant. $20-$65.50. Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.


Eight to the Bar 6:30pm. Swing dance. $15. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Glory 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Kids School's Out Winter Fun Day 10am-2pm. Guided snowshoe treks featuring tips on building snow caves and Native American fires. Esopus Meadows Point Preserve, Esopus. 473-4440 ext. 270.


The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Panther Mountain Call for times. 9-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Vassar Campus Walk 1:30pm. Mid-Hudson ADK Club. 471-9892.


Dance Beginner Tango Series 7pm. Learn to tango. Body Bar, Poughkeepsie.

events Open Hive/Game 6:30pm. Socialize, laugh, think, play. Beahive, Beacon. 917-449-6356.

Music Blues and Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz 7pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

WEDNESDAY 20 Body / Mind / Spirit The Creative Spirit Study Group 5pm-5:30pm. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Call to verify. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.


Music Willie Nile 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Skin Against Metal 7:30pm. Latin. BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. David Kraai & The Saddle Tramps 8pm. The Wherehouse Restaurant, Newbrugh. 561-7240. For Never Yours 8pm. With Suffer Before the Fall. The Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. DBR & The Mission 8pm. Violinist and composer inspired by classical and hip hop music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. The Woodcocks 9pm. Americana. Starr Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. The Chillieburgers 9pm. Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Spoken Word Read for Food 7pm. Featuring poet Michael Sean Collins. Boughton Place, Highland. Bill Maher 8pm. Comedy. $50-$85. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

photography a mother's journey

Captions (clockwise from top) Waiting at Full Speed: Racing barefooted after kicking off her flip-flops, Cyndie French pushes her son Derek Madsen up and down hallways in the UC Davis Medical Center, distracting him before his bone marrow extraction on June 21, 2005. A Heavy Burden: Derek tries to cheer up his mother, who has retreated behind a closed door to cry February 6, 2006 after one of his doctors recommended she contact hospice workers. Long Embrace: Cyndie embraces Derek on July 25, 2005, after learning Derek needs surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.

Dying a Day at a Time Renée C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 for her series "A Mother's Journey." The photos chronicled the final year in the life of 10-year-old Derek Madsen, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that affects 1 out of every 100,000 children. Derek's mother Cyndie French was by his side constantly during this period. The portrait of the mother-child relationship that emerges from the photographs is intimate, uncomfortable, and ultimately devastating. Byer, who grew up in Rosendale, is the 2010 Ottaway Journalism Fellow at SUNY New Paltz. She says of her experience shooting Derek and Cyndie for a year: "In a

situation like this, your instincts as a person are to try to help," says Byer. "But as a journalist, you have to step back and let things unfold as they naturally would. It can be very painful. I was documenting a story that needed to be told, and it was a gift to be allowed to be there." "A Mother's Journey," along with other early and recent photographs by Renée C. Byer, will be exhibited at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz January 30 through April 11. (845) 257-3844; —Brian K. Mahoney  1/10 ChronograM forecast 87

SATURDAY 23 Art ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

Body / Mind / Spirit Sharing Shabbat 9am-10:30am. Torah study. Shir Chadash. Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, LaGrangeville. 227-3327.

Music Dan Zanes & Friends 3pm. Rock for parents and kids. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Fred Gillen, Jr and Matt Turk 7:30pm. BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm. The Marriage of Figaro. $15/$10. F.D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park. 635-0877. Terrence Martin 8pm. With Arlon Bennett. Living Room Music Series. TheLiving Room, Hyde Park. 229-7791. 1964... The Tribute (Tribute to Beatles) 8pm. Paramount Theater, Middletown. 647-1772. Patty Larkin 8:30pm. With the Ya-Yas. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Saints of Swing 8:30pm. Foot-tapping swing classics. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. David Kraai and the Saddle Tramps 9pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Outdoors Winterfest Snowshoe 11am. Mid-Hudson ADK Chapter. Leisurely hike at Carnwath Farms. Mid-Hudson Adirondack Club, Hyde Park. 298-8379. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Millbrook Mountain 9:30am-4pm. 8-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

Workshops Wilderness Survival Skills Workshop 9am-5pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.


Body / Mind / Spirit


Angelic Channeling 7pm-9pm. Group channeling w/Margaret Doner. $15/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Jazz Jam 9pm. Marvin "Bugalu" Smith and his drum band. $6. Market Market Cafe, Rosendale. 658-3164.

TUESDAY 26 Art ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Photographer Lori Adams 7pm. Artist's salon. Canvas, Poughkeepsie.

Dance Beginner Tango Series 7pm. Learn to tango. Body Bar, Poughkeepsie.

film Open Hive/Film 6pm. Film with a message. TBA. Beahive, Kingston. 917-449-6356.

Music The Friday Night Boys 9pm. With The Ready Set. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Spoken Word Intro Lecture on Honeybees & Organic Beekeeping 6pm-8:30pm. With HoneybeeLive's Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale.

Theater Monteverdi’s Orfeo Call for times. Opera Series in Cinema. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703.


Body / Mind / Spirit Sedona Method Support Group 7pm-8:30pm. Simple but highly effective way to let go of stress and obstacles to success. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 626-3191.

Classes Winter Braising 7pm. $55. Beacon, Beacon. (917) 803-6857.


Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

The Outdoors Bob Babb Wednesday Walk: Mossy Glen 9:30am-1:30pm. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Theater Hairspray 7:30pm. Broadway's musical comedy hit. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-4663.




The Metropolitan Hot Club 12pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Jorma Kaukonen & David Bromberg 7:30pm. Acoustic blues, folk and original music. $34.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Opening Reception for "Landscape" 5pm-7pm. Photographs by Jared Handelsman and Phil Underdown. Muroff-Kotler Gallery, Stone Ridge. 687-5113.

Theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 2pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 3pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

Workshops Sourdough Breadmaking Workshop 12:30pm-3am. Learn all you need to know about how to make sourdough bread. . $10/$15. Common Ground Farm, Fishkill.


Body / Mind / Spirit Core Strengthening 10am-11am. With Andrea Pastorella, director Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. The Dark Radiance of the Chod 6:30pm-8:30pm. With Dr. Craig Lennon, psychologist. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Pastel Studio with Shawn Dell Joyce 6:30pm-8:30pm. $100/4 classes. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. (845) 457-2787.

Dance Modern Dance 4:30pm-6pm. With Andrea Pastorella, director of Movita Dance Theater. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Events Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing:An Information Session 5pm-6pm. The Graduate Institute, Bethany, Connecticut. (203) 874-4252.



ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

Open Hive/Film 6pm. Film with a message. TBA. Beahive, Beacon. 917-449-6356.

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The Outdoors Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Snowshoe: Ashokan High Point Call for times. 8-mile trek. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Undercliff Snowshoe or Hike 1pm-4pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Spoken Word

Shir Chadash Shabbat Dinner 6pm. Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, LaGrangeville. 462-2858. Hudson Valley BRAWL 8pm. Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League. Steel House Restaurant , Kingston. 338-7847.

Radicalesbians: Then and Now Call for times. Queer scholar Flavia Rondo and photographer Ellen Shumsky with artist Fran Winant. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300. Barbara Schroder on Gerhard Richter 1pm. Gallery talk. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100. John Bowers 3pm. Author of Love in Tennessee. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.




Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey Call for times. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Open Hive/New Music Salon 7-9pm. W/Stephen Johnson. $10 suggested donation. Beahive, Kingston. 917-449-6356. The Legendary Harvies 7:30pm. $5. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Hurley Mountain Highway 8pm. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant and Pub, Newburgh. 565-4277. Larry Coryell 8pm. Jazz fusion guitar wizard. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Cliff Eberhardt 8:30pm. Singer-songwriter. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Paul Dianno 9pm. Formerly of Iron Maiden. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. The Crossorads Band 9pm. Starr Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. Blue Food 9:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Catskills Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Ski: Copes Lookout 10am-3pm. 8-mile ski. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Andrew Nemr & CDP Plus: Echoes in Time 8pm. Protégé of Gregory Hines. $24/$20 seniors/$12 children. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.


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The Outdoors


ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. "Landscape" Opening Reception 5-7pm. Photographs by Jared Handelsman and Phil Underdown. Muroff Kotler Gallery, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5113.

ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Subtle Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation 9:30am-11:15am. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143. Healing with the Sound of Crystal Bowls 11:15am-12:30pm. With Philippe Garnier. $20 suggested donation. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. Ecumenical Bible Study 7pm. With Rabbi Polish & Rev. Lent. Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, LaGrangeville. ECK Worship Service: A Guide to the Most Secret Part of Yourself 10pm-10pm. Newburgh Mall, Newburgh. (800) 749-7791 x2.

ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. "Harry Roseman: Hole in the Wall" Opening Call for time. Part of Vassar College's ModFest. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632. "Extraordinary Forms of the Sea" Opening 7pm-9pm. Ann Leibowitz paintings. Orange County Council on the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-1856.


Open House 5pm-6pm. Presentation of graduate programs in health and wellness, holistic thinking, consciousness, and sustainability. The Graduate Institute, Bethany, Connecticut. (203) 874-4252.



An Evening with Larry Coryell 8pm. Jazz fusion guitarist. $25. Ritz Theater, Newburgh. 562-6940 ext. 107. Old Songs Sampler Concert 8pm. With Christopher Shaw, Thomasina Winslow, Three Quarter North. . $20. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197. Cheval Sombre 8pm. With Gabriella Sprenkle. Two Alices Coffee Shop, Cornwall. 534-4717. CB Smith Bluegrass 8:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Woody Mann & Ed Gerhard 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. War Pigs 9pm. Black Sabbbath tribute. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Theater Sesame Street Live: When Elmo Grows Up 7pm. $34/$14. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

SATURDAY 30 Art ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Opening Reception for "Black and White" 5pm-7pm. Thomas Paquette solo exhibit. Windahm Fine Arts, Windham. (518) 734-6850. Opening Reception for "Landscape" 5pm-8pm. Group show. Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson. (518) 671-6213.

Body / Mind / Spirit Full Moon Gathering & Drum and Dance 6:30pm-12am. Celebrate the Full Moon with an evening of wisdom and prayer. Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Wappingers Falls. Full Moon Ceremony 8pm-9pm. With special guest musician and group participation. Bliss Yoga Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Dance Adina Gordon with Foot in the Door String Call for times. Dance. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. Woodstock Tango 6th Anniversary Milonga 9pm. Tango social dance. Workshop at 3pm with Enriqueta Kleinman. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 338-7664.

Music Bruce Katz 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Neil Alexander and NAIL 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Al Di Meola 8pm. Jazz guitar master with World Sinfonia band. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 Sesame Street Live: When Elmo Grows Up Call for times. $15-$34. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Workshops Planning a New Hive for Spring 10am-6pm. Hands-on beekeeping workshop for beginners. $95. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale.

SUNDAY 31 Art ModFest 2010 Call for times. Multi-disciplinary arts festival. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Fendry Eckel and Folkert de Jong 4-6pm. Artists's lecture moderated by Benjamin Genocchio. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.

Body / Mind / Spirit Subtle Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation 9:30am-11:15am. $10. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-4143. Ecumenical Bible Study 7pm. With Rabbi Polish & Rev. Lent. Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, LaGrangeville.

Film Trust Call for times. Hal Hartley film, with director Q&A following. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Music Joe Giardullo's Triangle Trio Call for times. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Back to the Garden: 1969 4pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Danielle Miraglia 7:30pm-12am. Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Winner. $12. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-7501.

The Outdoors Winter Sports Versus Wild in the Catskills Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. Winter Wildlife Tracking 9pm-9pm. $30/$20. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116.

Theater Sesame Street Live: When Elmo Grows Up Call for times. $15-$34. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 2pm. Monty Python-esque romp through the 39 plays. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Jesus Christ Superstar 3pm. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s musical of Christ’s passion. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 Cabaret 3pm. Pavilion Theatre at Lycian Centre, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Workshops Understanding and Caring for Your Honeyebees 10am-6pm. The second level of organic beekeeping with Chris Harp of HoneybeeLives. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. Embracing the Great Shift 2pm-4pm. W/Rand Shields. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

MUSIC larry coryell IMAGE PROVIDED Larry Coryell plays the Rosendale Café on January 29 and the Ritz Theater in Newburgh on January 30.

Cool Fusion It fast became the province of directionless noodlers, but at its beginning jazz-rock fusion (or simply fusion) was a bold and truly forward-thinking form; one that saw young jazzers break with tradition by drawing inspiration from psychedelic rock to create some of modern music’s wildest and most inspired sounds. And guitarist Larry Coryell, who will perform at the Rosendale Café on January 29 and the Ritz Theater in Newburgh on January 30, was right at the forefront. In fact, through his mid-’60s tenure with pioneering proto-jazz-rock outfit the Free Spirits many see Coryell as the man who kicked off the whole shebang. “That’s really nice that people say that but I don’t agree,” says Coryell on the phone from his Florida home. “I mean, the whole jazz-rock thing happened organically and I wasn’t the only one doing it. [Younger jazz players] were just products of our time. We wanted to make music that was relevant, and at that time we really believed that what was going on in rock—the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan—was more relevant than a lot of the jazz stuff we had started out playing.” Coryell was born in Texas and grew up in Washington, where he studied guitar and fell under the spell of master players Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith, and Tal Farlow. He headed east to New York in 1965, where he formed the unheralded Free Spirits, for whom he also sang, and made his recording debut on drummer Chico Hamilton’s 1966 album, The Dealer. From there he hooked up with vibraphonist Gary Burton to form Burton’s groundbreaking quartet. “It was pretty radical stuff for a lot of audiences,” Coryell recalls. “We got booed at some of the festivals we played.” After waxing some searing duets with fellow guitar genius Sonny Sharrock for

Herbie Mann’s 1968 Memphis Underground LP, Coryell formed Foreplay with pianist Mike Mandel and saxophonist Steve Marcus, a group that later mutated into the quintet Eleventh House. Between bands, he cut some stunning solo LPs, including Barefoot Boy and Live at the Village Gate (both 1971), and later recorded with Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and other greats. Although he’s always flitted between, much of Coryell’s more recent output has seen him shying away from singing and concentrating more on his intricate acoustic playing. Coryell’s newest release, the live Earthquake at the Avalon (2009, Inakustic Records), however, marks a return to his heavy, Hendrixian days of yore, and even finds him stepping up to the mike once again. The disc includes ace drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and the guitarist’s son Julian Coryell on guitar, voice, and keyboards (his other son is local blues rocker Murali Coryell), plus a guest appearance by Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo. But it’s the intimate solo acoustic mode that area listeners will be treated to for the two dates this month. “I usually do at least one Gershwin tune for these kinds of gigs,” says Coryell. “Probably also Ravel’s Bolero, ‘Spain’ by Chick Corea. I might even try [John Coltrane’s] ‘Giant Steps’—hopefully, I won’t fuck it up!” Highly doubtful, Mr. Coryell. Highly doubtful. Larry Coryell will perform at the Rosendale Café on January 29 at 8pm and the Ritz Theater in Newburgh, as part of the Tom Humphrey Guitar Series, on January 30 at 8pm. Rosendale Café: (845) 658-9048; Ritz Theater: (845) 784-1199; —Peter Aaron 1/10 ChronograM forecast 89

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Planet Waves by eric francis coppolino

Surely Some Revelation: The Astrology of 2010


n 12 years of writing annual horoscopes—as of this year, one edition for every sign of the zodiac—I’ve never looked at the charts and thought: Man, I’m glad I’ve been at this for a while. Not until now, that is. Given the care with which my words are read, I do my best to get it right. I do this knowing there’s not really a right to be got. Astrology is interpretive. When I suggest what is happening in your life or what theme might offer some insight or comfort, I’m using intuition to guide me through a wide range of choices shown in the charts. So I need an internal ideal to aim for; and for me, that is following the planets in the direction of a compassionate unfolding of our personal stories. I look for the best possibilities in the aspects, and at the same time I view them as calculus equations to be resolved creatively. The planets never present a problem without offering a solution. The art of astrology is about working your way from one to the other, then putting that into words. When the sky is really, truly, amazingly exciting, I’ve learned to take a mellow approach to describing it. It would be easy to get caught in all the promise and forget the obstacles that so often crop up on the way to getting there. Those are generally interior: false beliefs we hold about ourselves; our relationship commitments, which are not designed to help us open our potential as much as to offer a kind of delicate stability; our emotional entanglements, which eat energy but which don’t feed us; our fears and that lurking sense of not quite belonging. I try to get underneath these and see them as the temporary situations that they are; not as actual problems. If I’ve addressed the points of resistance or the stumbling blocks, maybe I’ve helped open the way to your potential. I offer some ideas; you do the work (and often send back some great ideas). Now, part of me knows I’ve got a lot of nerve believing we can live the lives we want, when everything is getting so weird. But living a good life is economical. For

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anyone aware, it amounts to food, creative love, and an authentic way to connect with the world around us. That world, however, is currently a mess, and we know it’s going to get a lot messier if we don’t do our part. So why focus on reaching for the best life has to offer? Well, what else are we supposed to do? I believe we’re a lot more useful to our community and the process of humanity’s growth when we’re in creative mode rather than hung up, depressive, creatively malnourished robotic mode. Obviously. Well, maybe not so obviously. I will explain; or perhaps seduce you with a few ideas. For the past few years, the astrology has been gradually ramping up. We left behind the challenges that defined the Cheney-Bush years: aspects that came along with the stolen election and September 11 and the big hurricanes of 2005. With those aspects came plenty of crisis and growth, but even more deferral of the real material we need to be addressing. That is twofold: one, our inner struggle for healing and awareness; and two, taking part in a creative solution. Most of the cost we’ve paid is pretending we can put off taking care of inner problems that delay our lives, and pretending that we don’t make a difference. Through 2009, the astrology shifted into what I am describing as the 2012 configuration, and we are now in a brief, relatively calm moment before the energy ramps up exponentially. True, the planets between the December solstice and mid-January are like a teacup ride. But that’s very small stuff compared to what is coming. I don’t have time for the details here, but at the end of this article I’ll tell you where to find them. Twenty-twelve configuration means that some of the most energetically packed planets are aligning with Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn: the cardinal points, or summarized in astrology as the Aries Point. The focus is on the first degree of Aries: a conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in the first degree of Aries. This meets up with Pluto, newly in Capricorn; and Saturn, newly in Libra. That happens on June 8, with

plenty of excitement along the way there. The last time we experienced anything vaguely resembling this was the summer of 1969: Woodstock, the Moon landing, the Manson murders, and much else changing not just the world, but our cosmology. We know the cultural ethos back then was more about getting involved; getting together; thinking in terms of potential and not just survival. The energy of 2010 is the first experience that makes the `60s astrology look like a walk in the park. Our survival is indeed at stake, but we need a creative approach. We need to face our own challenges and those of humanity with the idea that we can, if we try, create a much better world than the one we now know of. When the energy rises like this, many people feel it as something passionate. Yet for

those who are struggling with obstacles, it can be extremely frustrating. We can find ourselves at a moment of awesome potential with nothing but chores to take care of. I suggest we remember that we’re in a moment of quickening. There are no shortcuts to growth, but there are moments of rapid acceleration, and we’re about to stroll into one of them. The horoscopes you have below are the short version of Cosmic Confidential, the 2010 annual edition of Planet Waves. The full edition (available at offers you a truly excellent, extended astrology reading at a very economical cost. Astrology is efficient. And borrowing from Tim Leary, the current map says: Tune in, turn on, and get involved. Surely some revelation is at hand. Eric Francis Coppolino writes daily at

Planet Waves Horoscopes January 2010 Eric Francis Coppolino

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Gemini (May 20-June 21)

Yes, you are still searching for yourself, and still trying to find your voice. This takes a while, and it’s always worth the effort. But I would ask you: How much of your struggle “finding yourself” involves figuring out what you want? And how much involves being honest with yourself about what you want? In another universe, one where personal volition (and its twin, personal responsibility) were actually honored, this might not be the primary question. Yet in a world where we have the right to desire, but so little self-awareness and nearly no sense that our choices matter, that is another question. You’re becoming bolder about your quest for inner awareness, if only out of dire necessity, though more likely you’ve felt what a rush it is to wake up to your own beauty. Yet at times I am sure you wonder where you’re going to find the energy and motivation to work through the kinds of limitations you feel confronted by every day. Recently, you’ve been willing to look right into the face of your internal challenges, and not be as daunted as in the past. You see your challenges as an obstacle to something, which means something you want; and as a result you’re noting that it in fact exists. You could far more easily be direct with yourself, and suspend the guilt trip that stands between you and your right to exist. You’re in a focusing phase right now. You are literally learning to see, to feel, and to sense the future. Much of this involves an evaluation of your environment, and the ways in which you’re influenced by the people around you. You’re also deeply impacted by numerous messages that come from advertising, so-called news and from imitation culture. Choose your influences carefully. Be careful who you look to for a reflection. Even as you find your freedom, you have the not-so-small matter of authority creeping into your life everywhere. One of the most significant themes of your immediate and long-term astrology involves redefining your relationship to that which has power over you: and beware, most of these factors are hidden. Find the courage to challenge any authority when your moment of absolute awakening arrives—and that moment is approaching rapidly.

How is your intuition? I mean: Do you listen? Do you even know when it’s doing the talking? Do the hints you get tend to work with or against the things you know intellectually? Or do you override what your subtle sense tells you? Most likely, you alternate among the possibilities, never quite sure what internal voice to accept as valid. This, you call confusion. Yet because your intuition so often proved itself correct in hindsight, you probably fight with yourself about this issue on a fairly regular basis. You have powerful analytical skills, though analysis does not proceed by itself; it’s guided by beliefs. Often enough, your intuition contradicts your established beliefs, or your notion of what you want to be true. That’s the issue. More lately, what other people want from you contradicts your sense of what is right for you, though it’s been surprisingly challenging for you to stand up to those influences. They seem to carry so much gravity. So there are really two matters on the docket: one is your relationship to yourself, as described by the intuition versus intellect issue, and the other is how you’re influenced by people who seem to have extraordinary power in your life—most lately, financial and sexual power. Both money and sex experienced as power have one thing in common: fear. We could boil this discussion down to one theme: how do you handle fear? I suggest you start by calling it what it is. Drop the concepts anxiety, agitation, judgment, embarrassment, and uncertainty. They are all forms of one thing, which is rarely grounded in reality. See if you can spot the habit of self-attack, and notice how much it costs you in the way of life force and peace of mind. Study when you go into automatic mode. You justify this as being “on the go” or a way to “get it all done,” but the cost is taken from is the self-awareness necessary to keep you in a loving and relatively clear state of mind. The decision to go into automode, while it has mental effects, is actually an emotional response. And now for the payoff question: From whom did you learn that habit? Once you know that, you will learn a lot more besides.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

What keeps your mental horizon so narrow, when all you want to do is open your perception and experience your life for what it can truly be? You seem to live within two entirely different perceptual frameworks, which alternate and at times conflict with each other. You might say you have two different values systems that are trying to function at the same time, independently of each other. I would propose that this split runs in two-month cycles. You seem to alternate in your goals and intentions a little more often than once per season, which constantly knocks you out of focus and seems to put you at cross-purposes with yourself. Yet you can use these fluctuations like a rock climber uses gravity for leverage. If you opened the doors to self-perception, you would see the world as a place that constantly changes, and you would embrace yourself as someone adapting to this as an ongoing adventure. You don’t need stability; you need immediate flexibility, particularly in your beliefs. You know you’re not someone who embraces change warmly or easily, and this alone is a source of resistance. One frequent result of this tension is the constant, subtle fear that everything is going to be different, which could be alleviated by embracing the truth that if you seek growth, you must be friends with movement, progress, and the unfamiliar. Resistance has an energy source. The emotional tenor of what you’re working through is fear. This in turn is disguised as guilt, obligation, and the choking feeling that “someone is running my life.” If that someone is one of your parents (whether near or far, dead or alive), first check in with your mother. Describe her karma to yourself: her life story, expressed as what she never did that she wanted to do (and why). Note how religion shaped her mind, and consider how those values, whether dressed in religious language or not, are the ones you might need to address the most directly. Guilt is a religiously generated emotion, meaning that it would not exist without the underlying fear of what some remote, impersonal “god” might think of you. Certain people in your life have their own ideas; you have yours. You will be a lot happier when you recognize the difference.

You have so much to offer, and the deep need to share it. If you could make peace with this fact of your existence, your life would be so much simpler. And if astrology is any indication, you will have some extraordinary opportunities to share and make your mark as the next few seasons unfold. These are likely to be disguised as unprecedented success and an expanded role in the world. Yet often you have your doubts that role. Simply put, you have long been nursing an injury to your confidence. And when you look at it and question that sense of injury, it can seem ridiculous. Here is an analogy. On Earth, people and industry are constantly digging their energy out of the ground as coal and oil, which we burn, to our detriment. The Sun is giving off energy constantly, but the notion of gathering that energy still seems like an exotic concept. Now, if you were the Sun, would you take this personally? As a person, especially one as sensitive as you are, you do take it personally. You not only wonder why people are not more receptive of your generosity; you also devote yourself to life, then make value judgments about yourself based on their lack of response. Here’s where what I will call the fictional piece enters the equation. You make up a story about your personal worth based on what you think that others think. This is, in turn, colored by your perceptions. Consider this equation as you continue your long-overdue overhaul of your outdated ideas about relationships. Focus on trust, above all else. There is a vast issue in the world about people not trusting being nourished, not trusting those who offer nourishment, and a good bit of resentment to go along with this global emotional mess. You may think you need love and be loved. What I propose you need are bonds based on mutual understanding, grounded expectations and a foundation of goodwill. If you falter in your trust of yourself, you will open the door to those who you don’t trust. You can be sure this has happened when you encounter resentment. Therefore, if you want to enjoy your success—or even notice it—you must be vigilant, and hold yourself in high esteem.

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Planet Waves Horoscopes Leo (July 22-August 23) Nobody would accuse you of being an introvert, but sometimes the most outgoing people are the most inwardly focused. You know this about yourself, and it’s challenging because you feel like it’s your destiny to have attention focused on you. The circumstances of your life call you out into the world of leadership. Yet your sensitive heart and soul call you ever inward. Your transits this year provide support for that deep inner search, one that could best be described as an exploration of your spiritual beliefs. By spiritual, I mean that which defies the world’s expectations, laws, and rules; that dimension of you that identifies with ethics: considered by most something impossible to attain. I just described this as “spiritual,” but for you it’s one of the worldliest things you think about: the necessity for personal responsibility. This is one reason why traditional religion holds so little appeal to you. Nearly all religions project what they think of as God outwardly, and in a way that is parental and removes one’s own direct involvement. Religion is most often used as a way to dump responsibility for our personal choices. Your natural tendency is to be in direct relationship with God or Goddess within. That divine entity, expressing itself in human form, is what embraces every facet of human nature. That is your first mission of the coming seasons of your life: to directly experience and understand the light and dark aspects of who you are, and to act only when you’ve checked in with both “sides” of yourself. As you move through this territory, you may experience the sometimes-tense relationship between you and your potential. You know you’re capable of so much, and while it would not be fair to say you think you fall short, you know that you’re capable of far more. There’s an adventure for you here, more than there is a learning task. The way to do better work is to go deeper into the quest. You seem determined to develop habits that make you more efficient, though I would suggest that work methods that allow spontaneous growth and your passion for a challenge are the ones to experiment with. As usual, much in the world depends on your contribution, and for that grounding and sense of purpose, you can be thankful.

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The ancient story of Virgo is about giving birth to yourself every day, and this is the focus of your spiritual journey right now. You nourish the inner seeds of your creative process, which is a self-creative process; and these seeds emerge into the world as things with a life of their own. When you take responsibility for this process, you create things that nourish you. When you step back and don’t take responsibility, the results can be damaging. You know that self-expression is a two-edged sword; but rather than being afraid of this, a more useful approach would be to grow in your self-mastery. To say you’re actively working to liberate yourself would be the understatement of your lifetime. Thanks to Pluto in Capricorn, you can now free energy from all the stuck places in your creative and sexual core. You’re learning how to take chances; and finally updating the stale tradition of being terrified of yourself (or feeling guilty for existing) that was inflicted on you as a child. You’re learning to both grow up and contact the passionate kid you were at the same time. As you do so, you will need to confront and process some of the toxic emotions that come along with having had your creativity stuffed down when you were younger. Working through those murky shadows is precisely what will drive your creative process forward. Many adults feel that “personal expression” is at best childish and egotistical, and at worst a distraction from what really matters. This is a cover-up for how anyone taking an authentic creative risk threatens their ego. Regardless, you’ve discovered that if you don’t indulge in actual expression of your ideas and feelings, you feel trapped; and if you open up, you experience life as a happier, more grounded person. Nothing will do more to set you free from the past, and from your own sense of past limitations. You will be more inclined to notice the incredible gifts that are being offered to you. Those gifts—if you receive them—are opportunities to respond, to mature, and most meaningfully, to you, to serve. For you who know that you have no choice but to serve others, you will do this the most effectively when you are at your most passionate.


(September 22-October 23)

I’m flying to Paris to write your annual horoscope this year. Paris, that museum city, with its formal elegance and its occasional bursts of the completely outrageous. It’s a place where everything is tastefully done; where the store windows are worth the whole trip. There is something serious about these strongly Libra-influenced people. While they can be annoying at times, their creativity will almost always manifest as dedication to both aesthetics and quality. There is a difference between these two things, of course—and that difference is part of what you’re now discovering. It’s no longer so easy for you to hide behind your shell; you’ve become acutely aware of when you’re doing so. You can retreat; you can hide away; but you keep finding yourself there. The profound change to your psychic structure (that is, your personality shell) is that the facades that used to work so well no longer make you feel safe; they no longer convince anyone of anything, particularly yourself. As a result, you may feel especially vulnerable; and that’s just part of the story. Your whole inner emotional structure is being rearranged. Compartments of suppressed feeling are cracking open. Memories you had no concept of are coming back to you. Your relationship to your history is changing as a result. Assumptions about the meaning of past events that long went unquestioned are suddenly yielding to vital new information. All of this is leading in one direction—profound self-renewal. If you think this process is going

Planet Waves Horoscopes too fast, I suggest you take a bold step and allow it to go a little faster. Get out of your own way. Other factors in your astrology suggest that by June, your world will be rocked by extraordinarily exciting events (including relationships, opportunities for travel or involvement with some kind of international culture) that will challenge you to be as alive as you can be. When these experiences come your way, you will want to respond to them in the most direct way; to miss nothing, and to embrace the journey with your full being. This will call for vulnerability and the willingness to embrace change passionately—qualities that will initiate from the inside out, and which before long you will be meeting face to face.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22) Somewhere deep in the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien is the idea that in our tenuous lives here on Earth, we should be glad that even the least of our desires comes to fruition. Most of us want more than that; we are a society composed largely of people that want everything, and for whom nothing is ever enough. I say this because of the extremely delicate state of your professional ambitions, and in honor of the thin line you are walking. In some ways, it seems that you’re barely entitled to an “ambition,” and even like the desire for more could jeopardize the little that you have. The planets suggest you take your quest for success inward for a while, seeking an understanding of your true motives. You can no longer act on desire without a strong concept of why that desire matters, which is another way of saying you need to discover what you want. This involves not merely diving into your emotional world (you’ve done plenty of that lately) and seeking clarity (you have succeeded in many ways) but also projecting yourself into the world and determining who you must be in relationship to everything that surrounds you. You’re being called to connect who you are on the deepest level with the world you see around you. Clearly, this is not going to happen in the usual blaze-ahead, take-it-off-road method of our society, or by doing what you were told to do. Neither method was as productive as they promised. Imagine, instead, that time has stopped, and that what a second ago was the present moment has instantaneously become the past. You’re able to move around and explore in this frozen world. You’re seemingly alone, in a dimension that you can only see but with which you cannot interact. Now, at least, you’re relieved of the mirage of an exchange. Move slowly through this world. Look carefully, remembering that what you see is colored by your vision. Feel deeply into your senses for any sign of heat or movement. Look carefully for what actually responds to your awareness: for what speaks to you directly and wants to exchange energy with you. What responds to your presence in this crystallized world is what’s truly part of you.


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Of all the challenges you’ve faced during the past decade, seeking emotional stability ranks highest on the list. For you, this is the promised land of personal sovereignty. You’re something of a high roller. You like that feeling of roller-skating on a slick floor as you make an airplane reservation on your BlackBerry. And that, to my thinking, has concealed not only a deep desire to be stable, but also your lurking fear that it may not be possible. Yet much has changed in the past 12 months. You seem to have been through something that has granted you an actual measure of peace of mind; that is the main ingredient of a balanced existence. Along the way, you have given up certain trappings and seeming necessities that were not working for you. One of them is your relationship to your family; it took you a while to be honest about the deception lurking there, or at least about why that environment was so difficult for you. It’s come down to you deciding that you were not going to believe the lies that other people believed. It’s easier not to believe lies you’re told. Yet to cast off what a whole culture (in this case, your family of origin) accepts as the stock-in-trade of wholesome truth is the work of a revolutionary. And the result can, indeed, be destabilizing. This, by the way, is why those who adhere to what is obviously not true tend to do so: They at least have ground beneath their feet, even if it’s not solid. You have given up this chaos in exchange for something far more useful: the ability to sustain awareness no matter how little you have to stand on. Not content to live on quicksand, you have learned how to dive deep into your feelings. Refusing an easy answer, you have taken years to explore your personal truth and where it connects to some much greater truth. And you are still changing as fast as ever. Yet now, having cultivated yourself this way, you are confronted by the issue of how, exactly, to express yourself in a productive way. And I would ask: What are you afraid of the most? That is the invitation.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20) Your mission is to be who you are independently of the momentum or intentions of your family of origin. I recognize that, among modern writers and certainly among astrologers, I am suspicious of the “hidden” (but blatantly obvious) negative influences of family on individuals; such is not currently in vogue. On the surface, the taboo involves how people who are themselves parents are less likely to openly question the neglect and abuse at the hands of their own parents, recognizing how difficult it is to raise children. We need to go deeper than denial, if we have any plans of healing the world or healing our lives. I’m suggesting that it’s time for you to wage a revolt against your early socialization, regardless of anyone’s opinion.

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Planet Waves Horoscopes Eric Francis Coppolino Family affects us several ways, all of which deserve a careful, extended review. First, family grants us life, though it often assumes that we owe our life back to it. Then family imprints us with its values, in its own chaotic, narcissistic image. Last, the Trojan horse of guilt is installed, so that we go into paralysis any time we try to digress a single millimeter from the agenda. Fear kicks in, because we are terrified of being without the structure that allegedly supports us, though we’ve done no actual study of whether this is true. More often the “support” manifests as a battle waged when we try to make up our own minds about anything at all; or an internal conflict ensues, as if we were being challenged by some absolute authority. The combined action of Saturn and Pluto says that you are the only actual authority in your life. This is a matter of both growth and opportunity, which at this point depend on each other. You’re being called upon to stand up to the challenges of your own evolution; indeed, to define your whole existence as one who evolves. You’re evolving past the “every man for himself” attitude that’s been pounded into humanity for so long. You are replacing it with a more elegant vision of tribal awareness, where cooperation is honored and where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. In such a world, freedom is not a privilege but a precious responsibility. And in a word, this is leadership.

Aquarius (January 20-February 19) You depend on your intelligence; there are few more valid astrological truisms than descriptions of that unique Aquarian gift of reason, rationality and the kind of cleverness that lends itself impeccably to engineering. Yet your astrology is now calling you in a different psychic direction. You have by now felt the strong pull toward organizing your life around hearth and home. You have observed your intuition go from something that you doubted to something that you depend upon like a trusted friend. This journey is related to something else you’re going through, which is evaluating, questioning, and rejecting so many of the things you believed in the past. What you are seeing is that often, you perceived they were true because you believed in them. You’ve learned to take nothing for granted. Now a new clarity is taking over your life, based on a deep devotion to accurate perception that you’re embracing eagerly. For years along the way to this moment, it has seemed as if something was being taken away from you—as if your ideals were losing validity, which was a personal loss. Yet having discarded so much as false, you now have room for what is true and authentic. Having seen yourself for who you are, you can afford to allow others to witness your life. You have no need for “idealization.” One theme you’ve become concerned with is justice, which is a worthy mission on Earth. There seems to be so little of it in the world, and you know you have something to offer here. I suggest you start on the controversial subject of love, where supposedly all is fair and which, for many, is akin to war. This is the first place to seek justice; love bestows incredible power, particularly over those whose lives have been defined by isolation. You’re the one in the position of holding a standard of fairness, which begins with authenticity. You are the one who sets the conditions on unconditional love, and the truth is, you can afford to be generous. This will connect you with a deep part of yourself that doesn’t always get a voice: a passionate maternal quality, which nourishes existence from the inside out.


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(February 19-March 20)

For years, you’ve worked to set yourself free from something: perhaps from the lies that you believed; from your sense of being trapped or isolated; from a world that does not appreciate how subtle and beautiful life is. Though that setting-free process is not over, you’ve made progress—far more than you recognize. I suggest you sum up what you’ve learned in the simplest possible terms. For example, it is easier to come up with an innovative solution to a problem than it is to go back and “fix” the past. Remember that one; it will be useful. Another thing I trust you’ve observed is that it pays to be direct. People have a hard time fathoming what you’re thinking, even though it seems clear to you. You can afford to be even more transparent, including with yourself. In fact, you can afford and will thrive on radical honesty: about who you are, what you value, and your vision for your life. Everyone will benefit; many of the things you understand easily are difficult for others to grasp, or to even admit the existence of; yet much depends on your ability to make yourself understood. Transparency involves letting go of any attachment to your image. It’s necessary to match your outer appearance with the actual person you are, especially with your friends and partners. This seemingly daring move will liberate your energy, and help you feel safer on the planet—and this, you know, is a real challenge for you. You’re finally getting a handle on your fears. In this time when everything in your life is poised to become larger, more successful, and more visible, processing fear at the point of origin is far easier than facing it in magnified form. Here is something you can count on as you take your next bold steps. In your relationships, trust is more important than love, and both are more important than sex. Trust is the most challenging aspect of any human equation, and a tragically scarce commodity in the world. You’re personally working to break the tradition of broken trust. You’re on the hunt for many other dysfunctional traditions, yet what matters more are the innovations you create for yourself and offer to those around you. One of them involves self worth. On this theme, you’re on the verge of your greatest breakthrough, akin to any of the brilliant inventions that have changed the world— only this is your world.


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CrossFit Affiliate : CrossFit C2E

27 Main St, Historic Chester, NY | 845-610-3235 | | 1/10 ChronograM chester/washingtonville 95

community pages: chester/washingtonville

Spiritual Counseling • Readings & Channelings • Hands-on Healing • Guided Meditation • Breathing Techniques • Music/Aroma Therapy • Crystals • Books • Incense • Healing Jewelry

Parting Shot

Untitled, Camille Hebert, black-and-white photograph, 2009 A recent graduate of SUNY Ulster, Camille Hebert is now an undergraduate at SUNY Purchase, where she is studying arts management. The untitled photo above was taken at the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, outside the village of Wallkill. The refuge is the site of the former Galeville Military Airport, which the Department of Defense transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999, is one of New York’s top 10 areas for grassland-dependent migratory birds, including short-eared owls, bobolinks, and many species of sparrow. Hebert’s photographs will be shown as part of “Student Works 2010” at SUNY Ulster’s Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery in Stone Ridge, April 28 through May 19. —Brian K. Mahoney 96 ChronograM 1/10

Beacon Exhibitions

Gallery Talks

Zoe Leonard

You see I am here after all, 2008 Through September 2010

Sol LeWitt

Bettina Funcke and Johanna Burton on Zoe Leonard February 27, 2010, 1pm

Yasmil Raymond on Donald Judd March 27, 2010, 1pm

Drawing Series . . . Through November 2010

Franklin Sirmans on John Chamberlain

Robert Ryman Galleries

Jenni Sorkin on Michael Heizer

April 24, 2010, 1pm


A new presentation of works conceived by the artist January 15, 2010 and ongoing

Agnes Martin Galleries A presentation of works from 1957–60 and 1999–2002 March 1, 2010 and ongoing

May 29, 2010, 1pm

Karina Daskalov on Gerhard Richter June 25, 2010, 1pm

Community Free Days

Residents of neighboring counties Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester are invited to visit free of charge twice a year on select Saturdays.


June 12, 2010 December 11, 2010

Trisha Brown Dance Company

St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

February 13–14, 2010, 12pm and 2pm May 1, 2010

Magical History Tour, February 28, 2010, 2pm Love Notes, April 25, 2010, 2pm

Sites Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street Beacon NY 12508 845 440 0100

Membership For information visit or call 845 440 0100 x19

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Chronogram January 2010  

A regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley.

Chronogram January 2010  

A regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley.