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18 while you were sleeping

44 testing, testing

Global increase in chicken consumption, fizzy drinks linked with unruly behavior in chiildren, poverty lowers your IQ, and more.

21 beinhart’s body politic: what’s next for syria?

Larry Beinhart on the uneasy detente between Russia and the US in Syria and the hundreds of thousand of Syrian lives that hang in the balance.

feature 22 marina abramovic is dying The legendary perfromance artist is erecting a temple to house her legacy in Hudson. Jamie Larson talks to the uber-busy Abramovic at her home in Chatham about her plans for the Marina Abramovic Institute.

home 26 fish creek tales: irish sod in saugerties

A fifth-generation fixer-upper for Ulster County power couple Ed Gerard Himberger and Brigid Walsh.

35 spores and spores of mushrooms

Michelle Sutton explains how to get started growing mushrooms at home.

efficient heating 92 the heat is on: radiant heating Erik Ofgang talks with local installers about getting the most out of radiant heat.

Anne Pyburn Craig explores the current mania for standardized testing.

Community pages 58 company towns no longer: hopewell and wappingers

Two Dutchess County communities that have reinvented themselves post-IBM.

82 evolving landscape: poughkeepsie, pleasant valley, & hyde park

History and modernity iweave brilliant strands in Central Dutchess County.

Kids and Family 54 life, meet death

Robert Burke Warren asks parents how they talk to their kids about death.

57 kids and family events A listing of family-friendly, local happenings.

Whole Living 98 The mighty mushroom

Just look under your feet for one of nature’s most potent prescriptions.

Community Resource Guide 92 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 94 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 102 whole living Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

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Food & Drink

64 Gallery & museum GUIDe

88 nun better: making cheese at regina laudis

70 music: o+ festival preview Peter Aaron previews the upcoming festival of music, art, and health. Nightlife Highlights include Syd Straw; Montgomery Chamber Series; UFO; Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche; and Merle Haggard. Reviews of When the World Was New by Dean Jones; Postcards from Vermont, Volume 1 by Michael Veitch; and So in Love by Perry Beekman.

74 books: dear life A profile of Abigail Thomas’s memoir-writing group for cancer survivors.

76 book reviews Anne Pyburn Craig reviews Blythewood by Carol Goodman and The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark. Jay Blotcher reviews Boy About Town by Tony Fletcher.

78 Poetry Poems by Louis Altman, Avery Anderson, Jan Castro, Michelle Diano, Richard Donnelly, E Gironda Jr, Nick Greenleaf, Billy Internicola, Lisa Drnec Kerr, Robert Kilcrease, Christian King, Priscilla Lignori, Max Ritvo, and Darlene Rivais. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

128 parting shot Beacon Incline Railway, an illustration by John F. Gould. This month at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, a survey of over 50 works by John F. Gould (1906-1996), painter, illustrator, and longtime resident of Cornwall.



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the forecast 108 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 107 The Hudson Valley Dance Festival takes the stage in Catskill on October 12. 109 Stageworks/Hudson stages “Kill Me Now” October 3 to 13. 110 Shawn Hartley Hancock previews the Film Columbia festival in Chatham. 112 The ArtsWalk Literary Festival hits Hudson October 4 to 13. 113 Nilaja Sun brings her one-woman show “No Child” to Bard College this month. 114 The fifth Woostock Invitational Luthier’s Showcase touches down this month. 115 The TMI Project’s “What to Expect...” is staged this month in Rosendale. 116 Battlefield Band plays the opening weekend of the new Towne Crier Cafe. 118 Million Women Drummers Gathering converges in New Paltz on October 13. 120 Cider Week puts apples front and center the week of October 18-27.

planet waves 122 Backstage: astrological hurricane season Eric Francis Coppolino previews two powerful eclipses headed our way.

124 horoscopes

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EDITORIAL Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney creative Director David Perry Books editor Nina Shengold health & wellness editor Wendy Kagan Poetry Editor Phillip X Levine music Editor Peter Aaron food & drink Editor Peter Barrett EDITORIAL intern Joseph Mastando proofreader Lee Anne Albritton contributors Larry Beinhart, Jay Blotcher, Stephen Blauweiss, John Burdick, Eric Francis Coppolino, Anne Pyburn Craig, Larry Decker, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Michael Eck, Jennifer Farley, Roy Gumpel, Jennifer Gutman, Shawn Hartley Hancock, Maya Horowitz, Annie Internicola, Celia Krampien, Jamie Larson, Jennifer May, David Neilsen, Thomas Smith, Erik Ofgang, Michelle Sutton, Robert Burke Warren

PUBLISHING FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky publisher Jason Stern chairman David Dell Chronogram is a project of Luminary Publishing advertising sales advertising director Maryellen Case ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Mario Torchio account executive Robert Pina account executive Ralph Jenkins account executive Jack Becker ADMINISTRATIVE director of operations Amara Projansky; (845) 334-8600x105 business MANAGER Ruth Samuels; (845) 334-8600x107 technology director Michael LaMuniere marketing & events coordinator Samantha Henkin PRODUCTION Production director Jan Melchior; (845) 334-8600x108 pRoduction designers Kerry Tinger, Mosa Tanksley Office 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 | (845) 334-8600; fax (845) 334-8610

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Abshalom Jac Lahav began his “Great Americans” series in 2008 after seeing a Discovery Channel documentary that was based on a poll asking viewers to vote for the greatest American. Chagrined that Oprah Winfrey placed higher than polio vaccine discoverer Jonas Salk, Lahav created his own idiosyncratic list, painting larger-than-life surrealist portraits of 39 celebrities, from George Washington to Lindsay Lohan. (Oprah made the cut, as did skewed versions of Susan B. Anthony, Dick Cheney, and Notorious BIG.) Charlie Chaplin is indicative of Lahav’s style of painting, which employs well known images of the famous in new contexts, but still references historical modes of painting and black-and-white photography through its use of monotone imagery. “Even though it looks like a photo, it’s actually paint,” says Lahav. “Paint allows me to deconstruct the concept of how important realism is for the audience. The closer you get, the more it’s deconstructed—it looks drippy up close. It deconstructs itself.” Daniel Belasco, curator of exhibitions and programs at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and curator of the show “Screen Play,” in which Lahav has two paintings, believes the artist is bent on rendering 20th-century celebrity as ancient myth. “Lahav considers American fandom as something classical, not the fleeting matter of tabloid news, but consisting of enduring icons that take on significance beyond the immediate pleasures of their celluloid image,” says Belasco. Lahav spends most of his time at his home in the Greene County town of Lexington. Although he’s hampered by spotty cell reception and no Internet connection, Lahav finds the languid pace of life more enjoyable than Brooklyn, his former home. And there are small country rituals that Lahav and his wife find charming. “Every Sunday night we go to Town Hall to get their wireless [Internet] like homeless people,” say Lahav. Two paintings by Abshalom Jac Lahav are being shown through November 10 as part of the group exhibition “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Portfolio: —Brian K. Mahoney

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9/11/13 10:50 AM video: Abshalom Jac Lahav Chronogram videographer Stephen Blauweiss continues his documentary quest to travels to the Greene County studio of painter Abshalom Jac Lahav to talk with the painter about deconstructing contemporary celebrity through his surrealist works. Lahav’s latest series, paintings of famous slaves—Lahav acknowledges “famous slave” is a problematic phrasing—includes a portrait of Hattie McDaniel, who starred as a slave in Gone With the Wind and who was herself the daughter fo former slaves. In his “Famous Slaves” series, Lahav explores the idea of achieving notorierty through suffering and celebrating the triumph of identity over the attempt to eradicate it. Pictured left, a portrait of Benjamin Franklin, along with famous slave owners George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. podcast: October Conversations We have some very cool guests lined up this month for our weekly podcast, Chronogram Conversations. Prior to the US premiere of his film, Doomsdays, at the Woodstock film Festival, Eddie Mullins joins us, along with the apocalyptic comedy’s costar, Justin Rice (left). O+ Festival cofounder Joe Concra speaks with us about the music and art fest that barters art for healthcare in Uptown Kingston. Calliope Nicholas, director of Film Columbia, stops by to chat about the movies slated for this year’s fest. Author and memoirist Abigail Thomas talks about the art of the memoir with us and her cancer survivors writing group. A new episode of the Chronogram Conversations podcast is available every Thursday—find it on our website or subscribe to it on iTunes.

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PLUS • A slideshow of iconic Hudson Valley images by legendary illustrator John F. Gould, whose work glorified the region. • Tracks from the CDs reviewed in this issue: “I Happen to Like New York” by Perry Beekman, from So in Love: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Cole Porter; “When the World Was New” by Dean Jones, from When the World Was New; “First Snow of the Year,” by Michael Veitch, from Postcards from Vermont, Volume 1. • A slideshow of images of local radiant floor heating installations. • A trailer for The Artist is Present, a documentary about pioneering performance artist Marina Abramovic. • Clips from films screening at this year’s Film Columbia Festival, including Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie, August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Hanna Sawka’s Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock, Stephen Frear’s Philomena, and the Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis. • Music videos by featured bands at the third annual O+ Festival in Uptown Kingston, like Spiritualized, Buke and Gase, Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, Dan Bern, and Kristin Andreassen.

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esteemed reader Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: “Be in the world, but not of the world.” —Proverb. Recently, on a sunny, early autumn day, I worked in the yard with my son, who’s seven. We were cleaning up the piles of bark remaining from splitting several cords of winter firewood, and chatted as we loaded the wheelbarrow. “I’ve decided what I want to be when I grow up,” he said. “What?” I asked with interest. “I either want to be a world champion pogo-sticker and break the record for the most bounces; or a mountain biker and ride over Mount Everest. Which do you think I should do?” We walked together across the grass as I pushed the wheelbarrow toward the woods for dumping. “Both of those sound awesome,” I replied. “Maybe you can do both. But do you know what I think you should be when you grow up?” “What?” he asked, his voice carrying the melodic lilt of piqued interest. I put down the wheelbarrow and looked him in the eyes. “Yourself.” He looked surprised, and then incredulous, and then his face split into a broad grin. “You always say stuff like that, Dad!” By the look in his eyes, I knew my meaning had reached home. We didn’t talk much for the rest of our work session, but the atmosphere had a quality of interior richness. There is, in children, a preponderance of this simple being. They haven’t been overwhelmed with the conditioning and education that mostly governs us as adults. What is more, they haven’t yet made the mistake of believing they are what they do. Children are just too busy being their essential selves to get caught in that state of mistaken identity. Recently, a friend with a younger child than mine asked advice about how to handle getting her son into his car-seat when he resists, struggling and arching his back to prevent being buckled. “Should I bribe him with sweeties? Should I simply force him in?” she wondered. I remembered the experience of having one or two-year-old children, and the epiphany that arose after similar struggles and quandaries. It was that children live in a different world from us. It is a world that is natural and immediate—a reality unmitigated by the artificial schedules and agendas of adults—and it is qualitatively better than my synthetic reality. “You should be ready to change your plan, or at least leave lots of extra time,” I suggested to my friend. “What’s the hurry to make your child into a manageable adult? Instead strive to enter that magical world of childhood.” In other words, put being first. A pithy hint from the Christian Bible suggests that “only when you are converted, and become like a little child, can you enter heaven.” I take this to mean that we need to strive to let go of the conditioning about who we are, what we are to do, and when things need to happen, and simply stand in the presence of our own being. In the presence of our essential selves is the doorway to the place called heaven. The personality (from persona, meaning mask) is a random collection of all the acquired knowledge, skills, and techniques we need to navigate in the “civilized” world. It is the nurture of the nature-versus-nurture dichotomy (yes, both are true, in their ways). In itself, personality is not good or bad. Like any good toolbox, we can use the selection of tools for good or ill. Personality becomes destructive when we mistake our identity for its contents, believing we are what we know or can do. This is the chief error of the current state of society—there is an almost total emphasis on outer performance, conformity, and capitulation, and very little importance placed on the world of being, real individuality, and freedom. In the world of being is the meaning of things—not the descriptive meaning, but the intrinsic, essential meaning that is more sensual and emotional than it is analytical. It is where we experience the wisdom that can only arise in the moment, and not through any process of analysis. It is where we can know the innate qualities of things, and understand the relationship between parts. We can know them because these qualities are already in us. In reality, the world of being and its qualities are infinitely more real and substantial than the outer world of objects and functions. Recognizing that in being is where our treasure lies, is—in the sense of the Bible quote—to be converted. —Jason Stern For more on this topic, including practical techniques and exercises, consider attending Jason Stern’s lecture,“Remembering Ourselves: Learning to Stand in the Presence of Being,” at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street,Woodstock, on Thursday, October 17, at 7pm.

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Clockwise from top left: The Felice County Fair at Opus 40 on 9/1. Photo: Bryan Archbold/Radio Woodstock. DIIV performing at the Basilica SoundScape festival on 9/13. Photo: Erez Avissar. An art installation by Catello Somma and Rick Rogers at the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival on 9/22. Recipients of Transition Marbletown's Signs of Sustainability awards at the Common Ground Celebration on 9/15. Photo: Ilene Cutler. Laura Marling perfroming at the Bearsville Theater on 9/6. Photo: Lois Dysard/Radio Woodstock. Bobcat Goldthwait at the Woodstock Comedy Festival on 9/21. Photo: Alan Carey.

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Anxiety of Influence


t’s a mile and a half to the top of Shaupeneak Ridge from the trailhead on Old Post Road off Route 9W in Esopus. Starting out before first light, I’ve come this pleasantly cool fall morning (accompanied by my trusty canine sidekick, ever-faithful Shazam) with the explicit intention of hiking up to the overlook, watching the sunrise, and writing this column. Normally, I work in my office, staring onto the backyard out the second-story window, taking in a familiar scene—the dog toys spread across the patchy lawn, the bushes in need of trimming, the tool shed, the potted plants on the back deck. I’m concerned that this cloistered environment may be leading to stale thoughts, pedestrian ideas, hackneyed prose. I’ve come to free myself of reigning influences, to imagine something new, perhaps find a new metaphor to contextualize the magazine and what it means. I’ve come in search of inspiration. On the 20-minute drive here, I left the radio off, wanting to keep my mind free of unwanted stimulus. No catchy songs, no clever talk, no advertising jingles. Just my intellect, open to the universe. Leaving the parking lot with a simple notebook and pen, Shazam and I set off into mental terra incognita. The dog noses in the marshy sides of the trail, undoubtedly trying to sniff out some small creature to throttle, while I focus on my breathing, trying to deepen it and thereby calm myself as my yoga instructor Cassandra has taught me. Ujjayi breath it’s called. Part of why I started practicing yoga again was to take at least one hour each week to focus inward, to let go of my mind—and also my body. Yoga has become the yin to the yang of my exhausting workout routine of weightlifting and crunches and running. Cassandra says that we should show compassion to ourselves—a difficult concept for someone coming from the push-your-body-past-its-limit athletic tradition. It doesn’t help that when I looked up “ujjayi,” Wikipedia told me it means “victorious breath” in Sanskrit. Not peaceful breath, not calming breath, not the breath that passeth all understanding, but boot-on-the-neck-of-your-adversary breath. Perhaps there is another way to envision victory without adversaries crumpled underfoot. Perhaps my attitude is part of my problem. So I practice my ujjayi breath and we amble along, paralleling the railroad tracks. After a half mile, the trail turns sharply upward. As Shazam and I start our ascent, a passing line of freight cars chuffs along, the train horn bleating persistently in a minor key. The horn sounds sour, like it’s pissed to be at work at this hour. As we climb, I wonder what time normal people wake up. Halfway up the steep trail is a short spur path to a waterfall. As I’ve seen it before, I decide to pass it by. This too could be part of my problem. Thinking this, I look around at the plants and birds and rocks and things for inspiration. Sponsored by Chronogram As part of our ongoing commitment to nourish and support the creative, cultural, and economic life of the Hudson Valley, Chronogram helps promote organizations and events in our pages each month. Here’s some of what we’re sponsoring in September.

I picture the word “inspiration.” And then the mental jukebox kicks in. In this case, Madonna’s ‘80s dancefloor rave-up “Get Into the Groove.” I don’t even realize why it comes to mind until the third time the chorus comes around and I seize on the lyric “you can dance for inspiration.” And I reflect on this as we near the top of the ridge. I could dance for inspiration. Perhaps I should dance for inspiration. Why did I come to the woods at the crack at dawn? I don't know the names of the trees or the mosses or the birds that flit from branch to branch. What if I had stayed home and put “Call Me Maybe” on repeat and danced myself into a dervish-like frenzy of altered consciousness that might spur a new metaphor? Maybe that’s the ticket. Then the mental library kicks in—I’m stuck on this idea of a new metaphor—and I remember Borges once saying something about there being no such thing as new metaphors and you shouldn’t try to make new ones because that would be stupid. (What the Argentine essayist and fabulist actually wrote was this: “Perhaps it is a mistake to suppose that metaphors can be invented.The real ones, those that formulate intimate connections between one image and another, have always existed; those we can still invent are false ones, which are not worth inventing.”) Once the top is reached, however, perhaps I’ll feel differently. This is what I’ve come for, after all, to look out, to expand my view. The trail deposits us in a clearing on a ledge facing east, overlooking the short stretch of valley between the hillside and the river. Mills Norrie State Park is directly across the Hudson, which is covered in a long, low worm of fog. On the eastern shore, the fog hangs in pools of low-lying trees, the dregs spilled from a saucer. The sun (“the orange ball of fire that makes everything happen,” as my friend Taylor is fond of describing it) is breaching the horizon and warms my face as I jot notes—about the distant sound of cars, about the animal exploded on the double yellow line highway we passed on the way here, about my excitement at identifying a woodpecker and wondering if there is a market for woodpecker migraine medicine, about the two cigarette butts I find in a hollow of the rock I’m sitting on. Not to mention Madonna and Borges and ujjayi breath. And just like that, it’s time to go, no a-ha moment of inspiration to speak of, no new metaphors in tow. Maybe Borges was right. Maybe the best I can do is keep a record. To paraphrase Christopher Isherwood’s brilliant metaphor, I am a camera—at least of my own frenetic psyche, taking snapshots of snatches of consciousness and the surroundings that penetrate it. As Chronogram is a camera, pointing its lens at the Hudson Valley.

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An Evening with Philip Glass: A Concert to Benefit the Garrison Institute Renown composer, Philip Glass, will be performing at Town Hall in New York City on October 24 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Garrison Institute.

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Have you ever been to a foreign country and wondered why the food tastes so fresh? Chances are, you’re on to something. It seems that the American food industry has reverted back to the days of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but instead of finding human appendages in dinners across the country, Americans are likely to find harmful chemicals. Foods such as farm-raised salmon and meat tainted with ractopamine (a chemical used to promote leanness in animals), proven to cause illnesses ranging from poor eyesight to human cardiovascular disorders, are banned outside of America, the latter product being banned in over 160 countries. Drinks containing flame-retardant chemicals, including citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, arseniclaced chicken, and dairy products containing recombinant bovine growth hormone can all be found in groceries across the US, though they remain illegal in countries across the world. Source: REALFarmacy Are those in poverty stuck within a vicious cycle they cannot escape from? Researchers from Harvard, Princeton, and other universities say yes. In a recent study, research has shown that poverty not only shrinks the size of one’s wallet, but also the size of one’s brain. The study revealed that cognitive functions are dulled since those in poverty focus heightened levels of mental energy on their immediate circumstances, leaving little room for mental growth. Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan claims, “Our results suggest that when you are poor, money is not the only thing in short supply. Cognitive capacity is also stretched thin.” With IQs decreasing up to 13 points, those in poverty are more likely to make bad decisions and therefore perpetuate the cycle of poverty. In another test evaluating those in low and middle income families, participants exhibited a decrease in mental capability when confronted with poverty-like circumstances. Source: Huffington Post

It seems that 2013 has called for an influx of chicken consumption that has spread across the globe. With a 262 percent increase in their population, chickens outnumber humans nearly three to one with more than 20 billion versus our approximate 7.2 billion. With a variety of ways to be cooked and in multiple forms, UC Davis professor and poultry expert Dr. Rodrigo Gillardo claims chicken and eggs act as the perfect meal for humans. And, as they are produced in number and account for the cheapest protein on grocery shelves, there is no wonder why humans are gobbling down the feathery creatures more than ever. Source: Mother Jones Epitomized by TLC’s hit television program “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the consumption of fizzy drinks at an early age may dictate the rambunctious behavior of those who consume them. A team from Columbia University presented a questionnaire to mothers of five-year-olds that evaluated the role of soda in their children’s lives. Out of the near 3,000 children examined, aggression linked directly to more than half the kids that consumed one fizzy drink daily. The study, through evaluating children of families more susceptible to break-ups and poverty, may suggest researcher Dr. Shakira Suglia’s argument that the desire for sugary drinks could be a result of illnesses that cause aggression and mood swings. However, the consumption of sugar and products high in caffeine remains consistent with multiple health ailments. Such implications have fueled food campaign group Sustain in their attempts to apply a sugary drink tax to such products. Source: Daily Mail (UK) Talk about blurred lines. It seems that geography is not a strong suit for many Americans, but when you have members of the Department of Defense failing to identify the location they might soon bomb, that’s a recipe for disaster. In a game designed by Us Vs Th3m, participants provided with a blank map were expected to identity Damascus, Syria. Though more than half of US citizens who participated were within a 200-mile range, only 57 percent of answers from the DOD employees displayed the same accuracy. With the exception of the reasonable answers of Damascus, Oregon and Damascus, Maryland, hotspots for the location appeared in Greece, areas east of the Caspian Sea, Libya, and Egypt. Source: Us Vs Th3m

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Society has come a long way since the days of the Stonewall riots and Harvey Milk. The IRS now promises federal recognition for same-sex spouses to claim taxes regardless of state marriage laws. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in June, leaving the question of federal benefits up for Washington to decide. As of August 29, same-sex spouses will no longer be permitted to file their taxes as “single,” but must select either “married filing jointly” or “married filing separately.” Place of residence and marriage certificate remain entirely insignificant so long as the marriage is identified on a national level. Couples with higher incomes will surely suffer from the “marriage penalty,” paying more in taxes than would they if single. However, couples that make less of an income can apply for amended refunds for years past, though couples that suffer the marriage penalty can choose not to have their taxes revised. Both Medicare and Social Security rights are also granted to same-sex couples, the latter differing depending on state laws. Source: New York Times A study performed on nations across the globe measures the level of sustainability of each country, not solely in terms of energy, but rather in terms of survival. With Sweden ranking first, the US ranking ninth, and Nigeria ranking last, the study as performed by RobecoSAM considers seventeen factors, including renewable energy sources, education, labor participation, and income equality. The central differences between better-placed countries, such as Norway, Denmark, and the UK, as opposed those in last, including Russia, Venezuela, and Egypt, are the quality of institutions and political stability. Source: Fast Company Product placement in music videos has become a growing trend in the pop culture scene, but did anyone realize the overt endorsements found in the song lyrics themselves? A recent study led by Dr. Michael Seigel of the Boston University School of Public Health found that out of 720 hit songs from the pop, rock, country, and urban genres, 167 refer to alcohol and 46 quote specific brands. Seigel claims that artists receive revenue from these companies in exchange for endorsing their brand. More than two-thirds of these cases come from urban genres, consisting of an R&B/Hip Hop/Rap hybrid, while rock music surprisingly did not mention one particular brand. Source: Salon Compiled by Joseph Mastando

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yria is ruled by a dictator, Bashar al-Assad, the son of the dictator before him, Hafez al-Assad, who was famous for the quality of his secret police. There was a joke about it. There may be more, but this is the only one I’ve ever heard: The Angel of Death goes to Aleppo in search of Hafez al-Assad, but he’s caught by the Syrian secret police. They send him back. When God sees his angel, battered, bloody, and missing some body parts, God cries out, “You didn’t tell them who sent you, did you?” Such methods worked for Hafez. He stayed in power from 1970 to 2000, when he died of natural causes. Bashar graduated from medical school in Damascus and then studied ophthalmology in London. He has a very beautiful English wife, though, as all articles about her point out, she has Syrian parents and she’s a Sunni. All of this implied modernity and Western values. They expected him to be a reformer. I’m not sure who “they” are, but they have a terrible track record. Twelve years later, when Amnesty International wrote a report on Syria, they gave it the title “Torture Archipelago.” In 2011, a group of teenagers were arrested for writing graffiti. Once in custody they were treated in the manner that made the Syrian secret police so famous. The Arab Spring was already in full bloom across the region and the Syrian youths imagined they could demonstrate the way their neighbors had been doing. Bashar had learned the efficacy of violence at his father’s knee. He would have been fairly certain that he could handle any local unrest. It was something his family had been doing for over 40 years. Ultimately, and inevitably, he responded with violence. Let’s not kid ourselves—riot too often in a democracy and they’ll call out the troops, and the troops will shoot. But democracies have checks and balances and the safety valve of removing a regime with an election. Yet dictators in regimes roughly the same age as his own, and equally vicious, had already fallen, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Quadaffi in Libya. Ali Abdullah Saleh had been deposed in Yemen, but he would soon make a backdoor reentry. What had transformed the protests from events that rebels always lost, to movements that pushed the leaders from their pedestals, was support from the West. Assad had a couple of advantages over his fellow autocrats. He had backing from another great power. During the Cold War, Syria had been a Soviet client, and after the fall of the USSR, it remained close to Russia. As an Alawite, facing a largely Sunni rebellion, he had an ally in the Shiite land of Iran, a country that enjoys sending its forces out into the world to engage in mischief. Even with all that, if the rebels managed to present themselves as peace-loving centrists, aspiring to a secular democracy, and to paint Assad as the murderous, torturing tyrant that he really is, even though he’s well spoken and adorned with an elegant Western wife, the United States might very well launch their missiles, drop their bombs, even send in troops. Assad had fairly sophisticated media advisors, including the PR firm Brown Lloyd James, and Luna Chebel, a former Al Jazeera anchor.

Someone understood that one of America’s great weaknesses is a Manichean mentality.Things must black and white and short enough for a bumper sticker. Shades of gray are only good for soft-core porn. For women. Not for war. So Assad opened the doors of his prisons and released the extremists, but kept anyone likely to be moderate behind bars, so that the opposition would be filled with the kind of radicals that give Western politicians the creeps. Obama, who had been elected to find some way to ease America out of both Afghanistan and Iraq, without admitting both wars were failures, didn’t want to get into a whole new quagmire. In a memo released by WikiLeaks, Brown Lloyd James wrote to the Syrians: “The Obama Administration wants the leadership in Syria to survive. However, the tone of the Administration’s statements has grown noticeably harsher in recent weeks and may be nearing a tipping point.” It was fairly well known that Syria had chemical weapons and there were rumors of their use. During a press conference, Obama said that would be a “red-line.” If it was crossed, he seemed to say, that the United States would act. Then it happened. There was a gas attack by the government that was too big, and too well documented, to deny. Now the United States had to act. But the waters had been muddied. The supposed good guys had been portrayed as Al Qaeda-linked radicals. So we wouldn’t want to topple Assad and have them take over. In Iraq, we’d been careful to pretend that Shock and Awe never hurt innocent civilians. This time it was clear that no missile would only kill the precise people who launched criminal gas attacks. But Obama had spoken. Modern drama was invented in a brief 50 years, during the Golden Age of Greece. The three giants of Greek tragedy, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, like their lesser competitors, sometimes wrote themselves into corners. So, with the help of set builders, they also invented the ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός, which, since no one can read it, became better known by its Latin name, deus ex machina, a god that was lifted from behind the skênê, then lowered to the stage by a machine. Zeus or Athena, Dionysus or Demeter, would use his or her divine power to simply announce what the characters had to do to make the story come out right. And here he came a real live deus ex machina, Vladimir Putin, bare chested, carrying an olive branch in his left hand, and leading a bear, which he had personally captured and tamed, with his right hand. Actually the first announcement was made by Sergei Lavrov Russia’s foreign minister, fully clothed. Russia would command Assad to give up his chemical weapons, which would protect the Syrian people from additional chemical attacks. It would let Obama off the hook. It would let Russia act like it was, once again, a world power. It was a Win! Win! Win! We all breathed a sigh of relief and prepared to leave the theater. About 80,000 to 100,000 have died thus far in the Syrian conflict, many of them children. The killings continue. If Assad stays, so do the secret police, arbitrary arrests, and torture. If he falls, what follows? Chaos? A theocracy? Civil war? A peaceful democracy? Is it strictly their own business? Should the UN act? The United States? Just with pressure? Or with force? 10/13 ChronograM 21

Marina Abramovic

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arina Abramovic is dying. No faster than the rest of us, but eventually the 66-year-old, undisputed, international queen mother of performance art will die. In preparation, she’s erecting a temple, here in Hudson, which she hopes will help her live forever. A monument to her method for creating long-duration ephemeral performances, the Marina Abramovic Institute will train both artists and audiences in how to experience her kind of performance. Though she has had a long and celebrated career, the Yugoslavian-born Abramovic brought performance art as close to popular culture as it has ever come during her 2010 career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. During, “The Artist Is Present,” she sat at a table in the main gallery for three months, as thousands of visitors waited in line for a chance to sit across from her and absorb her eye contact. It is said that her gaze contains an unnatural intensity, one that brought numerous attendees to tears. With the retrospective over, Abramovic has now turned her eyes to the Hudson Valley and the strange legacy she plans to leave with us. In 2005 Abramovic bought a cavernous old brick building in the pleasantly art-saturated river city of Hudson.The old community tennis building lay dormant for some time, until 2012, when Abramovic announced the plans for the institute, to be designed and renovated by rock-star architectural firm OMI. Since, local residents have grown ever more skeptical of her plans, especially as specific operational details have emerged. Performances will last no less than six hours. A visitor will have to sign a contract, bound by their word to stay the duration. They will be given a lab

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coat and trained in how to be an art recipient. They will lie over crystals and relax for performances in designer wheelchairs. The audience will be observed themselves, from a second viewing level, and if they fall asleep during the performances they will be wheeled away to a designated sleeping area. Hudsonians have continued to wonder if she can deliver on her multimillion-dollar promises and what terrors might befall the city if she succeeds.They may know the answers sooner than later, as she has raised over $600,000 via Kickstarter in phase one of the fundraising campaign for the MAI. I met Abramovic at her six-pointed-star-shaped home in the northeast corner of Columbia County in early May. My visit had been forgotten in a heavily scheduled day of telephone interviews promoting the operatic stage play about her life, “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic,” starring herself and Willem Defoe at the Luminato Festival in Toronto. She had also slept in, she had guests, and the photographer Annie Leibovitz had spent the whole afternoon at the house the day before, dragging Abramovic through the woods and a freezing stream to shoot photos for a planned book on the Hudson Valley. Abramovic ran down the spiral staircase breathlessly in a black robe, her hair in a white towel. “I’m so sorry,” she said, holding her robe together. “My life is crazy, everything is crazy.” She ran back upstairs to dress and I sat on the least uncomfortable of her low, color-form furniture and chatted with Serge Le Borgne, Abramovic’s longtime galleriest and the new director of the MAI. A half hour later, Abramovic reemerged and splashed down on the couch dressed in black, with a white undershirt. Her black hair now dry, she smelled of freshly applied makeup.

And Hudson Will House Her Remains By Jamie Larson Portrait by Jennifer May

Marina Abramovic: The problem is, I’m doing this big piece in Toronto and I have to

think that that’s something we have to think about, because we don’t even know where

do interviews every half hour. I have no time in my life.

life comes from.

[To Serge:] Give me some nuts, can you please? I’m so tired.

C: So you’re looking for the unknown?

Chronogram: Are you okay?

MA: I was just talking to a scientist on the radio a couple days ago about the brain and

MA: No I’m not, I’m just working. Did you get coffee, tea—anything? C: I had coffee on the way here. MA: No, I mean here in this house? [To Serge:] Can you give him something, please? He’s been working too, and it’s not good. Yesterday I was shooting all these things.” C: When do you get to slow down? MA: Never. When I die.

I asked him, "What is the brain?" He said we have no idea! It’s such a big unknown thing. To me that’s such a fascinating subject: to find out if you really have some good ideas and experiences in your life. C: How will these ideas manifest themselves at the institute in Hudson? MA: It’s very important to me that I can actually articulate what I want to leave. I’m going to be 67 in bloody November. It’s a big period. You’re in the last stage

C: Everything seems to be about your death. The play is about your death—

of your life. I don’t know...well, it’s not like you’re in the beginning. The thing is: How

MA: There’s also the biography, When Marina Abramovic Dies [James Westcott, MIT

can you put this all together in some kind of conclusion and leave that for the other

Press, 2010]. C: The institute is also about death in a way, right? It’s about what comes after you or, at least, what will be in the absence of you. Is your death on your mind a lot? MA: Every day, every day. I think about death every day. I wake up in the morning thinking about death. This is what Americans don’t do. You think you’re immortal. And you think you’re ever young, and this is the wrong culture. In my culture death is a part of life. And I think that is very important, because when you think about death every day you cut the bullshit away from your life. You just concentrate on how much time you have to do what is important. And this is what I’m doing. I’m incredibly focused and I cut all the rest out. It’s really like I’m a soldier. [Serge brings nuts.] Oh god nuts! Thank you. C: Your performances seem to be about heightening sensations that we may not pay much attention to in life. In death, all that goes away. Are you trying to preserve those moments with the institute?” MA: No, this legacy is about so much more. First of all, the history of art is full of three basic subjects: pain, suffering, and temporality—and life after death. So every artist is busy with this, because the moment you are born, you’re going to die, and every single day is actually passage to death. If you go to the East, the Balkans, the Middle East, India, China, this is such an important subject. The Sufis say that life is a dream and death is just waking up, and I

generations so that they can benefit off it? What we don’t have in this society right now is time. We don’t have time, and technology has absolutely put us in prison and we don’t have any connection to ourselves. The institute is a kind of tool to give a glimpse, even for a short time, to any person who wants to come, to experience something different, a different state of consciousness and then he can go back to his own life and do whatever he’s doing and see how this experience can apply to his own life and to his own work, or not. That’s what I want to do. It’s also a union between art, science, technology, and spirituality. So it’s much larger than just performance. Performance is just my tool. I think that artists have to give unconditionally, whatever it is they give. That’s their function in society. C: Of all the places you’ve been, what drew you here?” MA: I came to America because I did everything in Europe I could do. I did every museum you could possibly imagine, so I was thinking it’s time to go to America. Plus, America is such a disturbed society. I think it’s good to be in places that are disturbed, because there is where you function the best. And New York is the worst! I’m rushing around like crazy! But, I understand that if I don’t come to the countryside a few days and walk in the landscape, and climb in the trees, and swim in the rivers, I’m not going to make it. I really need this kind of place. And Hudson, to me, was such an ideal location, between Bard, Mass MoCA, Williams College, Hobart, [and] very easy to access from New York. 10/13 ChronograM feature 23

Artist renderings of the Marina Abramovic Institute, to be built in Hudson. All images are © OMA.

C: Many people in Hudson view you as a strange outsider. What do you know about

doors to these kinds of people and do workshops with them. Simple. I’m really shocked

the Hudson community? How will you address that perception?

at how polarized it is. It’s like two alternate realities and no one is going anywhere.

MA: The community has to accept the institute. To me the only way is to reach out to the community. I’ve already heard so many rumors that we are only getting money from the rich guys and we are just an exclusive thing, but it’s not at all like that. I want to really raise the money by social media and totally by the people who want to be inside, not to have the jet set situation—that’s what I hate. I don’t want that. With rich guys you have to sell your soul, then they always want something more. C: What have you learned about Hudson in recent years? It’s a complicated town. MA: I really like Hudson, the people are wonderful, but one thing that I see as a problem in Hudson that will be very interesting for me to solve is, I see very strong division between the poor and the rich neighborhoods. It’s amazing, I don’t even see the black people walking on Warren Street—it’s like two parallel realities. I’m working on this whole concept of how my institute will function in a way that will change and break these borders and what the institute should do for children’s education.

It’s such a project. There are so many things to do. But I really want to start opening this year partially. I’m really lucky so many people believe in this project. C: Where is your home now? Is this your home? It’s an interesting place. MA: Look at this house. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a six-point star—every single space is a triangle. Nothing fits. My work is so much with stars. When I saw this house I could not believe it. It’s like it was made for me. For four years nobody wanted to buy it because it’s so strange. For 30 seconds I saw it and I bought it. I thought: Oh my god, this is a dream. C: It seems like you have very little time to be here between projects. You just got back from South America and you’re off somewhere else tomorrow. When do you have any time to be introspective? MA: I have no time in my private life; I have all my time in the performance. I don’t have a private life to start with, I don’t even have a private e-mail. I have no time for anything. I have decided that from now until I die I will just work, and that’s it.

This institute will not function if it’s international and everyone’s coming in from

I just did three months in Brazil, working like hell, but it was the most wonderful

Switzerland or wherever. I have to first reach the community. Everybody in the

thing, seeing all the places of power and shamanism and spirits. I’m making a

community has to pass through the institute training and understand it themselves.

huge film.

Then they can actually be the ones that protect it and promote it.

C: So, even more stuff about your death and the afterlife.

C: How do you plan on reaching out to these communities?

MA: Yeah, exactly. I wanted to know. And I tell you, the afterlife exists. because I saw it

MA: It’s all about change. I am absolutely sure I can do this in Hudson—I will open my

with my own eyes.

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This page: Finishing work and floors by local contractor JH Construction. Opposite (above): The 1850s farmhouse on Fish Creek Road. Below: Himberger, Walsh, and Chester the yellow lab o the porch.

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d Gerard Himberger, a musical-talent manager, and wife Brigid Walsh, director of special events and partnerships for Vogue, divide their time between Manhattan and Saugerties, where his family has lived for five generations. His client roster includes jazz star and Woodstock resident Cassandra Wilson; pop-flamenco masters Gipsy Kings; and six-time Grammy Award winner Dr. John. She’s originally from Temecula, California; he’s a native of Brooklyn, born to Saugertesian parents. Himberger and Walsh have known each other for 20 years and have been married for eight. Recently, the departure of a long-time tenant, who had lived for 13 years in the two-bedroom, one-bath 1850s farmhouse on winding Fish Creek Road gave the couple a chance to renovate the property. Built by and for bluestone industry folks when mere survival was a real challenge, the pert 1,100-square-foot clapboard two-story had weathered the years and elements with much grace. Nevertheless, it hadn’t been substantially freshened in 30 years. The timing of the vacancy was fortuitous. This summer, the busy couple had schedule space and money to invest in the income-producing property, which Himberger owns outright. (He bought it from his uncle Henry Furboter in 1984.) The talent manager doesn’t remember exactly what he paid for his first house, but Uncle Henry financed the deal. “We’re family like that,” says Himberger. “I own Impact Artist Management with my brother; we’ve been in business together 25 years.” Another catalyst for renovation: Hudson Valley real estate market conditions are finally improving. And in particular, both fortune and fashion have lately smiled upon centrally located “Saugerstock,” the semi-bucolic residential area east of Woodstock and west of the Thruway. Some of the couple’s friends own homes they rent lucratively on a short-term basis to the HITS hunter-jumper show crowd.

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“My brother and I and our area relatives descend from stonemasons originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, who settled right here, along the creek, in the 1850s. My Uncle Henry, my mother’s brother, lives in a stone house on nearby Echo Hill that one of them built.” —Ed Gerard Himberger

Above: Bluestone foundation most likely quarried on Fish Creek; Below: Light colors allow the outdoors to pop into the room.

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To The Irish, The Land They Live On Is Like Their Mother “I never get tired of hearing about old Saugerties and Ed’s family,” says Walsh. “Every weekend we go driving around, it seems like I learn something new. Ed’s heritage is Irish-German, and mine is mostly Irish—see the red hair—but we did some research and it turns out our ancestors came from practically the same ‘patch of sod’ back in the old country.” “We just had a family reunion. I think we have ties, past or present, to at least 20 houses still standing along Fish Creek and its side roads,” says Himberger. “In recent years, Fish Creek’s become the principal artist’s row, too, I think five homes here were on the annual Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour,” says Himberger. “But my brother and I and our area relatives descend from stonemasons originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, who settled right here, along the creek, in the 1850s. My Uncle Henry, my mother’s brother, lives in a stone house on nearby Echo Hill that one of them built. It used to be part of a 64acre tract they owned. Henry knows everything there is to know about our family and its various real estate holdings over the years around here.” According to Gerald O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, to anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them, “the land they live on is like their mother.” Certainly the deep affection the Himberger-Furboter-Lanigan (Uncle Henry’s mother’s maiden name) clan has for Fish Creek Road proves the adage. They Live in a Bigger House, Directly on theWater, a Few Houses Away Himberger and Walsh live in a larger and more contemporary home on the same street. Their residence is “farmhouse style,” built in the `40s, and sits directly on the creek. Walsh says she and her husband don’t like to have a lot of stuff around. “No clutter,” she says. “Hate it.That’s probably part of the reason I’m so in love with the way Ed’s rental house looks right now.” Himberger’s extremely handy, and Walsh is resourceful, thrifty, and good with color. They’re also plugged into a network of reliable building-trade professionals and trusted materials suppliers. “We’re all about buying and hiring locally,” says Himberger. “I’m an ice skater and I still play community hockey over at the Kiwanis Ice Arena. I didn’t have a lot of money growing up, I worked lots of odd jobs. I know what it means to people to spend our money right here in Saugerties.”


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The initials of Matthew Bambrick, who resided in the home in the early 1900s.

Dior Gray and Alice Cooper Ten weeks and $30,000 later, Himberger’s old bachelor pad has been lovingly updated into a soothing—and newly swanky—rural getaway. Immaculate, comfortable, and wheelchair accessible too, the now-gleaming mismatched antique pine floors were refinished and stained dark with Minwax “Jacobean.” Most of the hardware, including cast-iron thumb latches on the doors, was replaced. The refurbished antique lighting fixtures in the kitchen, $60, came from Fed-On Lights on Market Street in Saugerties. The new stainless steel appliances throughout the house all came from H. L. Snyder & Son Inc., also in Saugerties. The house is freshly painted inside and out; the couple was very pleased with the quick, professional job done by Kellogg’s Painting Company, based in Leeds. The exterior shade is Benjamin Moore & Co.’s Dior Gray, chosen by Walsh and purchased from P. C. Smith & Son Hardware, a Saugerties landmark. “I thought the Dior was sort of appropriate, because of my interest in fashion,” says Walsh. “This house has been in Ed’s family for 50 years. It’s now kind of high-low, like us, like the way I dress, mixing designer pieces with bargains from H&M,” she adds. “We updated the windows with top-quality vinyl replacement units for thermal efficiency, but where we could, we also kept the original wooden ones on the outside, to preserve the period look. We’re going to put in a bluestone patio and maybe add some retaining walls, which will wrap around the front of the house,” says Walsh. Walsh points out names and initials carved into a pavement stone at the front of the house. “There’s a lot of stuff like that, heritage artifacts, inside and outside of these homes around Fish Creek. Kind of makes you feel connected to all of them,” she says, referring to Ed’s ancestors and their long-ago neighbors, most of whom left some kind of mark on their surrounds. “We’ve had a really great time doing this together, too. It’s really satisfying to transform a place you already love into the best it’s ever looked. Of course it makes sense financially, but it makes you feel good too,” says Walsh. “Some couples go a little nutsy doing renovation projects, but we’ve discovered we really enjoy it.” “Being in the music business—I sort of got my start with Alice Cooper— I’ve really seen it all, and traveled everywhere. But there’s no place as beautiful to me as the Mid-Hudson Valley, and no street more dear to me than this one,” says Himberger. Himberger says he enjoyed living in this house when he was single, before moving to California for his career. It’s been easy to rent, also. Freedy Johnston, a New York-based singer-songwriter known for his craftsmanlike tunes about troubled loners—“Bad Reputation” was a minor hit in the `90s—rented the place for a couple of years. “He really liked to come home here after being on the road,” says Himberger. “And he was a great tenant. Hopefully we’ll get someone like that in again. And lately I’ve been venturing into the movie business, so that’s another potential rental market.”

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Kit Me At their home in Olivebridge, mushroom enthusiasts Marc Eisenson and Nancy Castleman showed us a cake with shiitake mushrooms growing out of it. Rather, it looked like a cake, but the “icing” was actually a luxuriant white mushroom mycelium growing over a compressed log of sawdust and wood chips. The mycelium is the vegetative, or non-fruiting, part of the organism which gives rise to the fruit or reproductive structure of the organism—aka the mushroom. The second specimen was a bag of mycelium-covered straw with holes in it, from which oyster mushrooms had emerged, and the latter were busy sporulating over the kitchen table. Marc and Nancy normally grow their shiitake and oyster mushrooms in logs and straw, respectively, but for the purposes of our interview they had ordered these pre-inoculated kits so as to have a perfectly timed, fresh crop of homegrown mushrooms to show us. This was a very kind gesture, as Marc and Nancy don’t themselves have need of kits, since they both forage for wild mushrooms and have a freezer full of sautéed homegrown mushrooms. The economics:The shiitake kit was $26 and the oyster kit was $24, plus $10 each for shipping. Judging from the modest first flush, though lovely to behold and exquisite to taste (they sent us home with some to sauté that night), the

more persuasive reasons to buy kits are (1) education and (2) entertainment. Eisenson says, “If you’re interested in learning about home mushroom production, this is a great way to start. In that respect, it’s not all that expensive. If you become more interested, you can take it to the next step.” Castleman suggests that the kits would make an excellent gift for young people who are into science. As to entertainment value, photographer Larry and I can attest that we found the mushroom colonies emerging from these kits endlessly fascinating to look at. The kits come from companies like the highly regarded Fungi Perfecti in Olympia, Washington. You’ve tried out a kit, and your interest is piqued. The next step? Join the Mid Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA). Eisenson says, “The ‘Mushroom Club’ is a great group of people, all very willing to share knowledge.” This is especially important if you are thinking about foraging for mushrooms—something you don’t want to attempt to learn in isolation. In a club like the MHMA, you can learn with a group to distinguish the edible-palatable from the poisonous. In the case of the MHMA, you will also learn about home growing, as “culturing fungus” is part of the group’s mission. Then, while making friends in the MHMA, you can scope out where to get some oak logs for growing shiitakes, the type of mushrooms many people start with when getting into home production. 10/13 chronogram home 35

Left: Marc Eisenson with shiitake mushroom kit. Right: Shiitake mushroom plugs, covered in fungal mycelium.

Spawning Shiitake After becoming more proficient at foraging for wild mushrooms, Eisenson and Castleman started growing shiitake mushrooms about 20 years ago. Eisenson helped a friend cut some oak logs from his land and brought some home. Oak is not the shiitake’s only potential host wood but it is the preferred one, and among oaks, white oak wood is thought to be primo. It’s suggested that the logs should be harvested a few weeks prior to inoculation with mushroom mycelium so that the natural fungicide in the wood has time to dissipate. But don’t wait too long—you want to maximize the available stored sugars and other nutrients that the mushrooms will need. Those first logs Eisenson brought home were large and heavy (10 to 12 inches in diameter and about 4 feet long), and they got really unwieldly once they were soaked in water to speed development. The advantage of using bigger logs was that the amount of stored food in the wood allowed annual mushroom “flushes” for 20 years!—though the crops got progressively smaller and are down to a stray mushroom here and there. Now, Eisenson and Castleman use more manageably sized logs that are a few feet long and about 6 inches in diameter. They are small enough to be tossed into an old kiddie pool for soaking, and then they lay the logs on the ground around a flower bed in the shade. From these smaller logs, they can expect up to about five years of mushroom harvests, twice a year, in spring and fall, for about a month each. They do the wood prep in summer or fall to enjoy mushrooms starting the following season. Eisenson says, “The method is simple but not easy, especially drilling into hard oak wood. Have a good drill and keep extra drill bits around. In addition to drill and bits, you’ll need a hammer and wooden plugs with mushroom spawn growing on them.” (Eisenson and Castleman buy their plugs from Fungi Perfecti.) 36 home ChronograM 10/13

Next, Eisenson says, “Drill 5/16” holes, about 4 inches apart, all around the log (about 50 holes in our typical logs). Then hammer one plug into each hole. Put the logs in a shady spot. After that, water them when you can (we get busy and pretty much rely on rain) and wait. In about a year, shiitakes pop out!” Eisenson and Castleman skip sealing the plug with wax, something that often appears in instructions as a means to keep the spawn moist and prevent entry of competing spores. “It’s really a pain,” Eisenson says, “and we haven’t found it necessary.” In fact, the last time they sealed with wax, for whatever reasons, those logs failed to produce well. When ordering shiitake spawn (as in the plugs described above), you’ll find there are many strains of the mushroom from which to choose. The different strains vary in appearance, quickness to flush and length of fruiting period, tolerance of cold or humidity, specific wood preference, and so on. Mushroom Lowdown • Mushrooms are a significant source of fiber, protein, potassium, niacin, and amino acids. • For food safety reasons, edible mushrooms should always be cooked; eating raw is not recommended. • Even when you’ve established that a mushroom is edible, if you’ve never eaten it before, you should only eat a very small taste at first to see if you are allergic. • Mushrooms generate trillions of spores. Spore prints—the pattern and colors when the spores are allowed to settle on paper—are one of the means of identifying mushrooms. • Most mushrooms do need some indirect sunlight.


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Radiant heating system by John Abularrage of Advanced Radiant Design in Stone Ridge, installed on top of a plywood sub-floor with a finished wood floor above.


hen John Abularrage installed a radiant heating system in his home, his family quickly grew used to the warm floors and other comforts the system afforded. “Both of our children were December babies. They learned to walk in bare feet in the winter,” he says. “I remember the time we visited a friend’s house for dinner and brought our son over and we put him down on the floor and I thought, ‘Oh I can’t put him down here.’ It was winter and the floor was too cold.” Radiant heating is a system where, instead of heating the air, the heat source warms the floor or other objects in the room and the heat then emanates slowly and steadily from those objects. Forms of underfloor radiant heat were used during ancient Roman times. (The Romans would light fires in open spaces beneath raised stone floors and the floors would be warmed.) In modern times underfloor radiant heat is generally created through hydronic or electric heating systems that create noninvasive warmth. “A traditional heating system, whether it’s forced air or baseboard, delivers concentrated heat from small areas. Radiant heat is a diffuse heat that’s everywhere. So it’s very gentle and it’s very even,” Abularrage says. “You walk into a radiantly heated house and you can’t see it, you can’t hear it, to some extent you can’t even feel it, you just know that you’re comfortable.” Abularrage knows a thing or two about radiant heating systems, his Stone Ridge-based company, Advanced Radiant Design, Inc., has been installing these systems since the 1980s. When he first started he says that the concept of radiant heat was alien to a lot of people. “In the ‘80s, I had to educate people about radiant floor heat. They wouldn’t come to us requesting radiant floor heat, so I would have to introduce them to it,” he says. “As we moved into the ‘90s, people started to become more aware of it, and in the last 15 years, the advantages of radiant heat have become a lot more well-known.”

Abularrage and other heating experts say that radiant heat is a more comfortable, more energy efficient, and a healthier option—it doesn’t dry out the air and spread dust the way most traditional heating systems do.Though radiant heating is generally more expensive to install than other heating systems, because of their efficiency, radiant heating systems can reduce your yearly heating costs. In addition newer products, such as electrically powered floor mats, now provide more affordable radiant heating options. Rick Alfandre, owner of Alfandre Architecture in New Paltz, had Abularrage’s company install two radiant systems in two different homes, one in the early ‘90s and again in 2005. Alfandre was drawn to radiant heat because of the comfort it affords and says he recommends it for clients when appropriate. “We explore various options with clients depending upon the use of the building, the client goals, and the budget,” Alfandre says. “It is important to note that all buildings typically require heating, cooling and ventilation. Therefore radiant is not always the first choice for some applications. That said from a comfort point of view I find it the best, most comfortable form of heating.” Beyond comfort one of the major advantages of radiant heat is its energy efficiency. “The main efficiency advantage of radiant heat is its ability to deliver heat at much lower water temperatures than conventional heating,” Abularrage says. “It also creates energy efficiency in that you can be more comfortable at a lower air temperature than you would be with a traditional system.” Abularrage adds, “People are confused when they say, ‘heat rises.’ Heat itself will go in any direction. What rises is warm air. With radiant heat, you don’t get that buoyant hot air, so you’ll actually have cooler ceilings. In buildings with vaulted ceilings with a conventional system you can end up having 95 degree air up at the top of the vault, while it will be 60 degrees in the room.” 10/13 ChronograM efficient heating 41


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Beyond efficiency there’s also strong health advantages to radiant heat. “Being in the heating business for about 20 years now I’ve removed a lot Reduce Your Carbon Footprint of old ductwork,” Cavanagh says. “If you actually see what’s going on inside them it’s a horror story; we’re talking dust balls and dead mice carcasses. It’s With the Clean, Comfortable Warmth especially tough for people with allergies. I lived in a an apartment building in of Radiant Floor Heating Kingston and every year when they turned that heating system on I couldn’t breathe for the next week, because what’s happening is you’re essentially just Conserve energy and save on your fuel bills, with up to 30% breathing in all the dirt that was in the ductwork from the year before. Radiant greater efficiency over conventional systems. is a much cleaner heat and it doesn’t produce dust. ” Advanced Radiant Design, Inc., a fully certified and national When a homeowner is building a new house there are several radiant heataward-winning company, has been designing & installing radiant ing installation options. heating systems in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years. “It can be installed into the concrete, it can be installed underneath the flooring of the home, or it can be installed on top of the flooring. Installing it 845-687-0044 on top of the floor is the best way because you’re literally stepping right on it,” he says. “There’s a product out there—it’s prefabricated plywood panels with metal backing and you screw it down to the top of the floor. Then you can put any surface over these panels you want such as tile, carpet, or hardwood flooring.” Though radiant heat has become more popular in recent years Cavanagh says his installations peaked before the recession in 2008, likely because there are less new homes being built now. However, more and more people are retrofitting radiant systems to their existing homes. If you have a hot water 8/6/08 11:18:40 AM boiler in your home already, a radiant heating system can sometimes be ret-ARD_FOOT_AD_color.indd 1 rofitted with relative ease. 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Testing, Testing Does Assessment Make Better Students? By Anne Pyburn Craig Illustration by Celia Krampien


t used to be that back-to-school meant writing a paper on your summer vacation. This year, students in New York public schools were very shortly elbow-deep in benchmark tests, pretests, Star tests, and more. There will be more tests in the middle of the year, still more at the end. The data thus derived will play a role in your child’s education on several levels, from how her teacher spends class time to how much extra federal money her district receives, to be shared by the State Education Department with testing vendors. How did we get here? Is it a good place to be? Some believe all the emphasis on objective data is part of a larger scheme to discredit, defund, and generally destroy public education, to replace it with a privatized system. Others say it’s just not the best way for teachers and students to be spending time.

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How It All Began Standardized testing began in the 19th century and ramped up in the early 20th as the military sought ways to figure out who had leadership potential, and a grading machine invented in 1936 sped things up. Soon after, the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills were born, and standardized tests—the Iowas and the SATs—remained a fairly minor element of public education up until the dawn of the 21st century. In 2002, the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandated high-stakes standardized testing nationwide as a way of finding out what children knew and which schools and teachers were doing a good job. Students were suddenly assessed more than ever before. “Data-driven curricular alignment” and other such buzzwords became a big part of school board and faculty discussions.

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everything a race?” Tanis wonders. “Who cares? The real issue is poverty and discrepancy in opportunity.” For-Profit Test Taking Last spring, New York tested students using assessments based on the not-yetimplemented Common Core curriculum. In a March 2013 field memo to administrators, the NewYork State Education Department said that low scores were likely and that districts should tread lightly in considering spring 2013 results as an actual measurement of anything. Parents were livid, some mailing their child’s state test scores right back with a note of protest. “It becomes test mania,” says a 14-year veteran seventh-grade teacher in a large Hudson Valley district, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Pretests at the beginning of the year, then the end of the year is full of tests—and these were so hard. When you have 30 percent passing and 60 percent labeled failures, and that information gets tied to your work evaluation, people get demoralized.” In the NYSED memo are numerous mentions of consulting with “vendors,” whose unfettered access to student data is part of what some see as the solution, and others, the problem. New York’s major vendor is the multinational Pearson Education, decidedly for-profit and with a “global education strategy designed to produce faster growth, larger addressable market opportunity and greater impact on learning outcomes,” according to its website. “Pearson’s a monopoly,” says Schniedewind. “They create the test, they score the test, they sell you the modules and the prep materials.” Onetime Pearson-division employee David Wakelyn is currently serving as Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary of Education; Pearson’s current five-year agreement with New York State for testing services cost the state $32 million. Opting Out of Testing That standardized testing is not the only path to rigorous, excellent education is proven by the example of Finland, whose public schools have consistently amazed the Finns themselves with top scores on an international student assessment, despite never having had to take any sort of standardized tests before. The emphasis in Finland is on small class sizes and the relationship between learner and teacher, fitting the education to the individual child. Teachers are carefully chosen, highly educated, and well paid. The Finns aren’t racing anywhere; they’re already there. Interestingly, the other “best system in the world” by rank is South Korea’s, where rote memorization and centralized curriculum and testing are the rule and teachers can make big money as tutors in a privatized market. Private schools in the US don’t do Race To The Top—for which, as a report from SUNY’s Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach found, “the aggregate cost just to get ready for the first year in September 2012 was $6,472,166, while the aggregate funding was $520,415. Districts had to make up a cost differential of $5,951,751 with local taxpayer dollars.” Testing as Symptom But despite never having taken standardized tests, a group of students at the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School tested in the top 10 percent nationwide on the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test); one student tested in the top 2 percent. “We are really fortunate that we get to know students on a different level than is often possible in large state schools, where teachers are changed more frequently,” says GBRSS teacher Pamela Giles. “We’ve got continuity; the class/teacher/student relationship can continue for eight years in core subjects. We’re constantly assessing every child through observation and written work—our students do a tremendous amount of writing. We give tests—essay tests, multiple choice tests, spelling tests, printed tests—we’re not afraid of them; they’re tools. We have many eyes viewing this one child, and if we see any red flags we give diagnostic tests, do oral testing. We just don’t use standardized tests. “Testing in itself is not necessarily traumatic. We just don’t need those. I think our alumni worldwide prove that children thrive on expectation, not pressure, and being surrounded by people who are completely dedicated to them doing the best they possibly can. I think that’s what public school teachers want to do, too—all this testing is just a fingernail clipping of a larger social issue.”

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Life, Meet Death

Talking to Kids about Mortality by Robert Burke Warren

Children have their picture taken during a celebration of the Day of the Death or “Dia de los Muertos” in Los Angeles. Hector Mata/Reuters


very parent enjoys sharing life’s bounty with a child. In the early years, so much is new, fascinating, and often cause for joy: Bird! Butterfly! Ice cream! Generally, the teaching moments are more sweet than bitter. Until, of course, the subject of death rears its cowled head. Like sex and money, death presents a fact of life difficult to discuss, especially with innately inquisitive children. Yet, just like families all over the world, local households are finding ways to broach the subject of mortality with the ones who only just got here. Latham social worker Betsy J. Osborn specializes in bereavement counseling and family therapy. In her 40-year experience, she’s seen many parents struggle with revealing end-of-life issues to kids, in part because they fear a loss of control. “Silence is a defensive mechanism,” she says. “People are afraid they’re going to be emotional—they don’t want to appear weak. I tell them it’s okay to show your emotions. I always say, ‘This is human; you have to help kids learn about feelings. What you share with them is what helps them learn.’ It’s part of a larger health and wellness discussion. If you don’t talk about that, what else do you not talk about? Sex?” 54 kids & family ChronograM 10/13

According to Osborn, parents’ own religious, ethnic, and/or secular childhood experiences tend to inform their methods, or lack thereof. When she worked in hospice in ethnically diverse Schenectady in the early `80s, she says, “Italians and Greeks had more familiarity with grandparents living with them and dying at home, not being shuffled off to hospitals.” For them, death presented less of a taboo, and they freely discussed it with children. But many latter-20th-century Americans were raised in secular households, and modern-day parents often recall their own childhoods as lacking in ritual. The result: troubling silence, even a reluctance to say, “I don’t know what happens when we die.” Washingtonville’s Leah Byrons, mom of three kids under seven, recalls her parents avoiding her paternal grandmother’s funeral. Byrons was 12 years old. “We saw my grandmother quite a bit,” she says. “She was the only grandparent I ever knew, and when she died, I think they worried we’d ask too many questions if we went to the funeral, questions they couldn’t answer. Now my mom regrets it.” By contrast, Byrons has taken her brood to several funerals. Her kids deal remarkably well with open-casket viewings and burials. In fact, she

says, they not only behave, they “lighten the mood.” And, while her family is not religious, she welcomes the chance to field their inevitable questions: “Because they’re so young, we just say, ‘The body gets sick and dies, but the spirit goes to Heaven,’ and they accept that explanation. I believe in reincarnation, and when I feel they’re old enough, we’ll talk about that.” Perdita Finn, of Woodstock, has raised her two teenage children Buddhist. The family’s belief system includes reincarnation, but also acceptance of the body’s fragility, which includes touching corpses (pets and humans), allowing bodies to lie in state before saying good-bye, and incorporating hospice when her father was dying at home. “My dad was a surgeon, and he talked about death all the time when I was a kid,” she says. “He got cancer, and he invited us to see him. He was very weak. He got all the grandkids in bed with him and told them, ‘I’m going to die, but it really isn’t a very big deal. It’s what everybody does. My mother did it, my father, your parents—we’re all going to do it, and it’s okay, but saying goodbye is hard.’ A day later he was dead. It was the biggest gift to his grandkids, the way he died with such openness. They spent the day after lying in bed with him and holding his body, unafraid. It was amazing.” Finn has seen plenty of parents shy away from such things. “People say it’s ghoulish; they’re really scared of death, and part of that fear is in the not

“You have to help kids learn about feelings. What you share with them is what helps them learn. It’s part of a larger health and wellness discussion.” —Betsy J. Osborn knowing. We’re not confronted by it on a daily basis the way we were 100 years ago, when babies, children, and old people were dying around us more frequently. People used to be laid out on the dining room table.” Betsy J. Osborn agrees that our culture has gone through a period of anxiety about death, particularly in regard to teaching kids about it. But, as a mental health professional, she’s seen improvement in the last few years. “I think it’s getting better,” she says. “Hospice has changed things; among other things, they teach how to talk about it. And communities are more open, with counselors and materials.” Osborn is that rare elder who extols the virtues of the Internet, and Facebook in particular, as a means of helping kids (of a certain age) deal: “It’s wonderful in terms of finding a place where people can go to express themselves, to communicate. It has an organic, dynamic ability to enable kids to feel like they’re part of a whole.” Osborn says parents who had unsatisfactory childhood death experiences inevitably get another chance with their own kids. “Sometimes people remember seeming fine at the time [of a loved one’s death], but they’re coming back as adults, they’re getting married, having kids, and they have to go back and rework it, because they’re making bad choices, using bad judgment. I kid people and say, ‘If you don’t get it right the first time, it’ll come back and hit you in the head, and then you can come and see me.’” She says she advises parents to give kids—and themselves—six months to grieve before considering bereavement counseling. What all of these women agree on is this: Sorrow, which can encompass a myriad of emotions, is normal. Just like death itself. And while our ever more youth-obsessed culture denies its existence, we can fill in the gaps for our children, who may cry and grieve, but who will thank us for the time we took to face it in some way. They’ll remember the intimacy of a parent sitting with them and allowing the questions, regardless of what the answers may be.

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Bill Robinson Wildlife Show Feel the gust of a bird’s wings and the stroke the scales on a reptile’s back as Bill Robinson brings his World of Animals to Unison in New Paltz. On October 26, certified New York State teacher Bill Robinson will expose children to the creatures of their imaginations, bringing in live hawks, owls, vultures, falcons, snakes, and lizards. Kids will learn the animals’ adaptations for survival, as well as the unity between the animals and nature. (845) 255-1559; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Workshops Get over the hump of your week with a little family fun as each could be spent learning the age-old art of the circus. Spend every Wednesday between October 3 and December 18 defying gravity and human expectations by towering on stilts, spinning on unicycles, and perfecting the feat of acrobalancing. With both introductory and advanced courses, kids can hone their improvisation and clowning capabilities, while conditioning fitness and mental growth. Through working in groups, children can learn leadership skills, build their peer mentorship abilities, and mature their confidence. Both the City of Hudson Department of Youth in Hudson and Morris Memorial in Chatham will host this interactive event. 18th Century Autumn Festival Take a trip back in time and experience autumn in the ways of 18th-century Americans on October 5 at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston. From 11am to 3pm, guests can act as an apprentice and learn blacksmithing, press apples into homemade apple cider, and smoke meat in wooden barrels. Hang up your kids’ dipped candles, cornhusk dolls, and dried-apple wreaths at home after they have engaged in the day’s arts and crafts activities. Guests will further be transported in time as the 3rd Ulster County Militia treads the ground demonstrating camp life, while Salamgundi performs music of the period. (845) 338-2786;

11th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival Enjoy the merriment of live folk music as Friends of Forsyth Nature Center hosts the ideal fall family afternoon. The fundraising event will include crafts, games, home-baked dishes, and an opportunity to win prizes. Guests can venture into corn mazes, relax on hayrides, and delight in the many animal exhibitions featured by the event. Though small payments will be necessary for food, games, and crafts, many of the activities will be free of charge. Proceeds will help benefit the Forsyth Nature Center, an environmental habitat located in Kingston for 77 years, in their quest to repair and maintain on site buildings and animal exposures.


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Children’s Day at Headless Horseman Hayrides On October 12, Headless Horseman will feature Children’s Day: A Tiny Taste of Terror at the highly acclaimed Headless Horseman Hayrides in Ulster Park. The park adapts its award-winning level of scare to a PG-oriented crowd, presenting a daylight hayride with gentle readings of spooky tales. Families can venture through corn mazes and haunted gardens, while enjoying country games and face painting. The Headless Horseman park will run on Halloween day and every Friday through Sunday through the month of October, with the exception of October 6.

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Company Towns No Longer Hopewell Junction and Wappingers Falls By David Neilsen PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS SMITH


n June 1962, IBM purchased 450 acres in the Town of East Fishkill, which includes the village of Hopewell Junction and is next door to the village of Wappingers Falls. Almost overnight, the entire area became a company town, as IBM hired thousands of people in what was, at one time, the largest microchip manufacturing center in the world. The ensuing years of IBM’s downsizing forever altered the economic landscape of the region, but the villages of Hopewell Junction and Wappingers Falls have evolved from their roots to embrace the next chapter in their respective stories. “It’s become much wealthier and affluent than it was when IBM first moved in,” explains Malcolm Mills, director of East Fishkill Historical Society. “It’s almost become a dormitory town for New York City and Westchester.” Steeped in History Hopewell Junction owes its existence to an 1873 decision to drop a railroad depot in the middle of what was then empty land. The village grew up around the depot, becoming a center of locomotive repair in the 1880s and eventually growing into a larger population center during the heyday of the railroads. But the community has not forgotten its roots. In 1995, a group of locals began work on the restoration of the original depot building with the hopes of keeping the past alive. “We are trying to create a museum that will tell the story of Hopewell as it began,” says Paul Stich, the museum chairman of the Hopewell Depot Restoration, who has lived in Hopewell Junction for 40 years.

Post-IBM Rebirth Even though IBM is no longer the only player in town, it retains a strong presence in the region. “I always considered IBM to be more or less our anchor store,” says John Hickman, supervisor for the Town of East Fishkill, which includes Hopewell Junction. “We have a lot of businesses, a lot of vendors that work for IBM on or off the site.” Still, IBM alone is no longer enough to sustain the village, and their troubles threatened the town. “When IBM downsized in the `90s, we expected that the whole village was going to die and we were going to have a serious problem,” says Stich. “Didn’t happen. Those young couples from Peekskill and Ossining bought the houses that were being vacated by the IBMers who were being bought out for their retirement. All of a sudden, we have a whole new generation living here.” Hopewell Junction’s proximity to the Taconic Parkway allows residents to commute into New York City, making it a destination for families looking for room to grow. The influx of people moving in from Westchester and Putnam Counties has turned Hopewell Junction into a family town. The turnaround was so extreme that it was nationally recognized when the village was ranked #31 on Money magazine’s Most Desirable Places to Live for 2005. “We’re very happy with what we feel is the quality of life here,” says Hickman.

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Veteran Alfredo Delossantos at the Hopewell Junction Depot.

A Recreation Haven Central to that quality of life, and one of the major draws for families, is the immense amount of importance and attention paid to recreational opportunities. “I would say that those who’ve moved into town in the last 25 years are very interested in the recreation facilities for their children,” says Mills. “One thing the town has always been proud of [is that] we have a lot of different fields and facilities,” says Hickman. “It seems a lot of people have moved here for the quality of life, for the sports.” The Town of East Fishkill has eight different recreation sites, including a swim park, a roller hockey rink, a skate park, six baseball/softball fields, and a large sports complex complete with basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a fully lit utility field for football, soccer, or lacrosse. In all, five outdoor town fields have lights. One project near and dear to Hopewell Junction is the expansion of the Rail Trail, a walking trail that follows one of the old railroad lines. It begins a few hundred yards from the site of the Hopewell Junction Depot restoration project and, once work is completed on a bridge over a section of Route 55, will lead 12.5 miles to the Walkway Over the Hudson; the bridge is expected to be completed this fall. The completed Rail Trail, and the access to miles of nature along its route, fits right in with the town’s objective to maintain a rustic atmosphere even while transforming into a suburb of New York City. “One of the things that we’ve been working on for the last few years is an open space preservation plan,” says Hickman. “One of the things I don’t want to lose is the beauty of the town. This really is a beautiful town and we’re working hard to maintain that old country type of charm.” A Tale of Two Villages Travel about eight miles west from Hopewell Junction, either on Route 376 or along Old Hopewell Road, and you will arrive in the village of Wappingers Falls, another former IBM company town. The village is unusual—it actually exists in parts of two different towns, Wappinger and Poughkeepsie, and if you 60 Hopewell junction + Wappingers falls ChronograM 10/13

race past it on the massive, six-lane Route 9 lined with strip malls and bigbox stores, you might never even know you’re driving through such a special, picturesque community. “We’re pretty challenged here to keep that Main Street feeling going because we’re so close to Route 9,” says Matt Alexander, mayor of Wappingers Falls. “But we’re very dedicated to keeping that lifestyle here.” For those looking for the real Wappingers Falls, simply turn in on Route 9A and enter another world. A Walk Down Main Street USA “Many people speculate that the village was the setting for It’s aWonderful Life,” says Mayor Alexander. “We definitely want to keep that atmosphere going. We want to maintain that Hudson River mill town feel.” Wappingers Falls is a walking town. A focus on smart, mixed-use development has led to the village becoming the second most densely populated municipality in Dutchess County. People live above local shops in the center of town and walk to stores, schools, churches and other services. “There are a lot of people who are moving to Wappingers Falls because they want a walkable, sustainable community,” says Alexander. “They can have their own business and be in the center of everything in Dutchess County.” “It’s a very pleasant village. People seem to be comfortable here,” says Jane Pells, a resident of Wappingers Falls since 1969. “When I moved here and worked at IBM, Route 9 was a two-lane road and you used to have to get out in the morning and run the geese off the road so you could get through and go to work. Wappinger Falls is still the comfortable place it was when I moved here.” A Waterfront Village Though Wappingers Falls is not on the Hudson River, it has a strong connection to open water. “The other thing that’s nice about Wappingers Falls is our

Gamberetti Al Pomodoro Fresco at Aroma Osteria in Wappingers Falls

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Wappingers Falls Ron Moran at Whortlekill Rod & Gun in Hopewell Junction.

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opposite, clockwise from top: basketball at Cantine park in saugerties; after a wedding party at the bearsville theater; paul green rock academy; orpheum theater in saugerties; Patrick Tigchelaar prepping a horse at hits in saugerties.

Rick Meyer, Jim Granger, Michael Froenhoefer, Doug Woolley, Ryan Katzer, and Paul Coleman—the cast of “Bach at Leipzig” at County Players at the Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls.

access to our waterfront,” says Mayor Alexander. “We have a lake, we have Wappinger Creek that goes upstream of the lake. We have waterfalls, a gorge, then there’s the tidal Hudson River Estuary, which is the lower Wappinger Creek. Our entire village is considered by us to be a waterfront community.” Kayaking is popular in the village, as it offers multiple levels of difficulty and speed in such a small area, from slow and lazy on Wappinger Lake to quicker and more energetic kayaking along lower Wappinger Creek and even faster rapids on Upper Wappinger Creek. The diversity of the village’s waterfront opportunities has kickstarted a bourgeoning industry. “Dutchess County tourism is a very profitable, pride-producing industry for this area,” says Pells. An International Gem All of this has made Wappingers Falls a popular destination for residents and businesses. “We have a pretty diversified group of employers for the citizens of our village and they work all over the place,” says Alexander. In addition to those who commute into New York City, plenty of residents work in Poughkeepsie, Westchester County, even across the Hudson River at West Point. Alexander considers Wappinger Falls the population center of Dutchess County, being equidistant to most of the more developed sections of the county. Its central location has also helped it grow a diverse, multicultural population. At 26.2 percent Latino, it has the largest percentage of Latino residents in any Dutchess County community, but there are also large numbers of different Asian and European cultures within the village. “The community is very international,” says Christine Pattantyus, Children’s Librarian at Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls. “There are a lot of families from different areas.” While Hopewell Junction and Wappingers Falls have shed their companytown roots, they have also managed to successfully straddle the fence between maintaining the small-town feel and values of their roots and welcoming the next generation of young families who have moved from the city into Dutchess County. 62 Hopewell junction + Wappingers falls ChronograM 10/13

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Put New Paltz on your Calendar THEATRE Box Office 845.257.3880 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Sept. 26 - 28, 8:00 p.m. Oct. 3 - 5, 17-19, 8:00 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6 & 20, 2:00 p.m. Box Office opens Sept. 16 Tickets: $20, $18, $9 The Tempest by William Shakespeare Nov. 14 - 16, 21 - 23, 8:00 p.m. Nov. 17 & 24, 2:00 p.m. Box Office opens Nov. 4 Tickets: $18, $16, $10 MUSIC 845.257.2700 Music in the Museum Electronic Music Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Dorsky Museum Tickets at the door: $8, $6, $3 Music in the Museum Jazz and Classical Singers Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Dorsky Museum Tickets at the door: $8, $6, $3


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The Dream, Khara Gilvey, oil on wood “Bouyant Sea,” an exhibition of paintings by Khara Gilvey, will be display at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon on October 13.

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Out of Here West, Jane Dickson, oil on Astroturf An exhibition of Jane Dickson’s paintings, “Out of Here,” will be exhibited at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent through November 30. A reception for the artist will be held on October 5, from 4-6pm, with DJ Jeannie Hopper of Art on Radio. 510 WARREN ST GALLERY

510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510.

“April in Paris.” New work by Eleanor Lord. October 4-27. Opening reception October 4, 5pm-7pm. AI EARTHLING GALLERY 69 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679 -2650.

“No Wave Heroes.” Works by Pat Place, Richard Boch, Bob Bert, Tommy Turner. Through November 24. AKIN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM AKIN LIBRARY AND MUSEUMS, PAWLING 855-5099.

“Meeting Past.” 82 contemporary artists find resonance between their work and the historic artifacts. Through October 27. ALBERT SHAHINAIN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578.

“The Luminous Landscape 2013: 16th Annual Invitational.” Thomas Sarrantonio, Kate McGloughlin, Carl Dempwolf. Through October 20. ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146.


“Bruce Dorfman: The Italian Kimono.” October 5-November 20. Opening reception October 5, 2pm-5pm. ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136.

“Seldom Scenes.” Photographs by 23 local artists. Through October 26. BARBARA PREY GALLERY 71 SPRING STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA 516-922-7146.

“Barbara Ernst Prey: New Works.” A compelling collection of 40 never before seen watercolors, dry-brush and oil paintings. Through October 20. BARD COLLEGE: HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART ROUTE 9G BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7598.

“Haim Steinbach : Once Again the World is Flat.” Comprising a number of the artist’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, as well as a series of reconfigured historical installations and major new works created in relation to a selection of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, the artworks in the exhibition span Steinbach’s 40-year career. Through December 20. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550.

“Keeping Track: Collection, Recollection and Reflection.” Recent work by Rebecca Zilinski. Through October 5. BAU GALLERY 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584.

“The Work of Russ Ritell and Gamble Staempfli.” Ritell and Staempfli articulate subjects of personal interest through the language of representation. October 6-November 3. Opening reception October 12, 6pm-9pm. BCB ART 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539.

“The Wonder Verified and Fulfilled: New Paintings.” October 12-November 10. BEACON 3D 164 MAIN STREET, BEACON.


“Scenes of the Hudson Valley.” Plein-air paintings by the Kristy Bishop Studio. October 10-29. Opening reception October 10, 6pm-8pm. BOSCOBEL 1601 ROUTE 9D, GARRISON

“Robert W. Weir and the Poetry of Art.” Through November 30. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915.

“New York City: A Glance at Fifty Years.” William Clutz, Edward Avedisian, and Richard Merkin. Through October 27. D&H CANAL MUSEUM 23 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS 687-9311.

“The Art of Manville B. Wakefield.” Through October 20. DAVIS ORTON GALLERY 114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 697-0266.

Photography Exhbition. Charlee Brodsky ‘Monster’ and Other Tales, photography and artist books. Ellen Feldman “The Dancer as the Invisible Girl,” photography and comic book. Portfolio Showcase: Stefan Petranek and Tony Bowen. October 11-November 10. DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STreet TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580.

“Glens & Gardens.” Watercolors by Cross River Fine Art members. October 5-26. Opening reception October 5, 5pm-8pm. ELLENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 40 CENTER STREET, ELLENVILLE 647-1497.

“Barns & Churches.” Works by Art Stockin. Through October 31. FIELD LIBRARY 4 NELSON AVENUE, PEEKSKILL (914) 737-1212.

“The Heads: 1986.” Charles McGill. October 5-November 17. Opening reception October 5, 1pm-4pm. FLAT IRON GALLERY 105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894.

Digital Dance, Expressions from the Artist’s Fingers. Works by Chuck Davidson. October 3-27. Opening reception October 4, 7pm-9pm. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237.

“Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints.” Fifty-seven eighteenth- and nineteenthcentury Japanese woodblock prints and books. Through December 15. FRIENDS OF HISTORIC KINGSTON 63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON 339-0720.

“Greetings From Kingston: A Story in Postcards.” Exhibit of 100 vintage Kingston postcards. Through October 26. GALLERY 66 NY 66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 809-5838.

“A-Line-Ment.” Photographer Cali Gorevic and mixed media artist Jaanika Peerna explore the elements of light and line. October 4-27. Opening reception October 4, 6pm-9pm. GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255.

Sculpture Installation. Works by Ed Benavente, Tadashi Hashimoto and Insun Kim. Through October 15. BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

“Tampering with the Seals:” Abstract photography by Jonathan N. Pazer. October 2-30. Opening reception October 12, 2pm-4pm.

“Keeping Time: The Photography of Don Hunstein.” Through December 31.

“Photocentric 2013.” Juried photography exhibition. Through October 6.

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After Chernobyl Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart


If you worked at Chernobyl, would you stay? To the world, Chernobyl seems a place of danger, but for locals, Chernobyl is simply a fact of life.

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OCT 12 6-8PM

Glass artists, Wayne Strattman and Joyce Roessler of the Boston area will be present to discuss the techniques of creating their works of art on display in the Galerie.

OCT 26 7-9PM

We will have a Steampunk Art event featuring Steampunk artist Bruce Rosenbaum and Steampunk jeweler Beverly Coniglio, both from the Boston area. Both have works in the Galerie.

NOV 2 6-8PM

Potter Stephen Procter of Brattleboro, Vermont, will discuss the creation of his large scale classical-type urns currently on display in the Galerie.

Hues and Views • Oct 1 - Nov 18 a fresh look at contemporary fine art.

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CIP Showcase. Artists: Ilene Spiewak & CIP Students. Through October 30. GRAY OWL GALLERY

“Legacy of John Gould.” Through October 6. ROOS ARTS

40 MAIN STREET, LEE, MA (413) 394-5045.


449 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE (718) 755-4726.

“Hues and Views.” A fresh look at contemporary fine art. October 1-November 18. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY

“Keiko Sono: Saunter and Repose.” Through October 19 SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART

“Cancer Journeys: Expressions of Hope and Transformation.” Survivors, caregivers, doctors and healers tell their stories in this inclusive exhibition. Through November 2. THE HARRISON GALLERY

“Anonymous,” contemporary Tibetan art. Through December 15. “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013.” Through November 10. SAUNDERS FARM

398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400.




Works by John Traynor. October 5-30. HUDSON BEACH GLASS

162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068.

“Buoyant Sea.” Paintings by Khara Gilvey. Through October 13. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100.

“Art at the Core: The Intersection of Visual Art and Performance.” With works by Chen Zhen, Ben Schumacher, Jeff Wall, Marina Abramovic, Lisa Hoke, Italo Scanga, Phil Wagner, and Susan Frecon, among others. October 27-July 27. Opening reception October 27, 5pm-7pm. HUDSON VALLEY LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER, INC. 300 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 331-5300.

“The Beauty and Wonder of the Hudson Valley.” Mohonk Preserve volunteer photographers. Through October 30. JULIA L. BUTTERFIELD LIBRARY 10 MORRIS AVENUE, COLD SPRING 265-3040.

“Galelyn Williams: Collage Works.” Through October 17. KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079.

“Alan Siegel Retrospective Exhibition.” October 18-December 1. Opening reception October 19, 4pm-6pm. Longyear gallery 785 main street, margaretville 586-3270.

“Ghosts and Shadows.” Mixed media by Susan Whittenburg. October 18-November 10. Opening reception October 19, 3pm-6pm. LOOK|ART GALLERY 988 SOUTH LAKE BouLeVarD, MAHOPAC 276-5090.

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“Mixed Perception.” Works by Christopher Staples and Elizabeth Winchester. October 4-27. Opening reception October 5, 6pm-8pm. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241.

“The New Hudson River School: Painting in the 19th Century Traditon.” 14 artists that epitomize the unifying of the 19th century tradition with what it means to paint in the 21st century today. Through October 19. MID-HUDSON HERITAGE CENTER 317 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 485-8506.

“Collaborative Concepts: The Farm Show 2013.” The artist-run nonprofit hosts its 8th-annual outdoor sculpture exhibition on Garrison’s functioning Saunders Farm, featuring work by over 90 artists. Through October 26. SHARON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 18 MAIN STREET, SHARON (860) 364-5688.

“Vanishing America: The Disappearing Commercial Landscape of the 20th Century.” Paintings by Jeffrey L. Neumann. Through October 25. STARR LIBRARY 6417 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-4030.

“The Cannon Roar all Night: Profiles of Local Civil War Soldiers.” An exhibit profiling soldiers who wrote letters home as well as photographs, maps, and the 150th New York State Infantry’s Regimental Flag. Through October 31. STOREFRONT GALLERY 93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON

“Escapes.” Paintings and mixed media works Patti Gibbons. October 5-26. Opening reception October 5, 5pm-8pm. SUNY ULSTER 491 COTTEKILL RoaD, STONE RIDGE 339-2025.

“Movin’ It and Framin’ It.” Keiko Sono uses natural materials, video, and online media to create events and projects that focus on connections. October 10-November 8. THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-7465.

“Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England.” Paintings. Through November 3. THompson giroux gallery 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336.

“Shape-Shifter.” Works by Benigna Chilla, Jenaette Fintz, Mona Mark, D. Jack Solomon. Through November 10. Tremaine gallery at the hotchkiss school 11 interlocaken road, lakeville, ct (203) 435-3005.

“After Chernobyl.” Photographs by Michael Foster Rothbart. October 11-November 22. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 757 2667.

“The Air Show.” The air: it covers a lot..and so does this breakthrough group show of painting, photography, animation and sculpture. October 25-November 18. UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY

“Dutchess Treasures.” Exhibition of artifacts and artwork curated by over a dozen local historic sites, individuals, and historical societies in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Dutchess County. Through October 31. MILFRED I. WASHINGTON ART GALLERY


“100 Artists/100 Dreams The Exhibition.” An international dream exploration project focusing on recurring, prophetic and creative dreams of visual artists, performers and musicians. October 7-November 9. Opening reception October 9, 5pm-6:30pm. MOUNTAIN TOP ARBORETUM

“The Five: Contemporary Arts From Japan.” Through October 27. UPTOWN GALLERY


6006 MAIN STREET, TANNERSVILLE (518) 589-3903.

“Anthropoliths.” Stone sculpture by Harry Matthews. Through October 14. NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 ROUTE 183, STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 298-4100.

“Jarvis Rockwell: Maya, Illusion, and Us.” Tour the exhibition with the artist and help install “Maya V,” Jarvis Rockwell’s latest assemblage of figures, characters, and toys from his own personal collection. Through October 20. OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE 5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON (518) 828-0135.

“Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin.” Through October 31. OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT (518) 392-4747.

“Out of Here.” Paintings (1999-2013) by Jane Dickson. Through November 30. ONE MILE GALLERY 475 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON 338-2035.

“Genesis Chapman: New Works.” Through October 26. ORANGE HALL GALLERY SUNY ORANGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790.

“On & Off the Wall Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions.” 56 sculptures by 29 sculptors in various media. Through October 26. Orphic gallery 53525 state highway 30, roxbury (607) 326-6045.

“Except the Dolls.” Photographs by Allan Tannenbaum. October 12-November 17. Opening reception October 12, 5pm-7pm. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE

“Leonard Freed Photos of 1963 March on Washington.” Through October 12. POCKETBOOK FACTORY NORTH SIXTH STREET, HUDSON

“ArtsWalk 2013 Non-Juried Members Show.” October 4-13. Reception October 12, 4pm-8pm. 68 arts & culture ChronograM 10/13

“Impressions of the Hudson Valley.” A multimedia exhibit of paintings, environmental and small sculpture. Through October 12. UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559.


“Franz Heigemeir.” Paintings and Sculptures. Through October 31. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS.

“Gaggle of Artists”. Group exhibit of represented artists and teachers for the Orange County Studio Tour. October 1-31. WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS 84 LIBERTY STREET, NEWBURGH 562-1195.

Unpacked and Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection. Through December 31. THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART 15 LAWRENCE HALL DRive, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 597-3055.

“72°: LA Art from the Collection.” Work by artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. Through December 1. wired gallery 1415, Route 213, High Falls (646) 564-5613.

“The Show of Shows.” Group show. October 12-December 15. Reception October 12, 5pm-7pm. WOMeN’S STUDIO WORKSHOP 722 BINNEWATER LANE, ROSENDALE

“Works by Alison Byrnes.” October 24-November 17. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940.

“Color Field” Sculpture. Shelley Parriott. Through October 6. WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 679-2218.

1st Annual Fall for Art Event. October 13-December 8. WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 RTE. 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388.

“The Woodstock School of Art, Then and Now.” 56 paintings of Woodstock by 51 artists, from the past and present curated by Kate McGloughlin. Through November 2. X ON MAIN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 159 MAIN STREET, BEACON

“Splattered.” Paintings by Rick Rogers. Through October 7.


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The Perfect Prescription

By Peter Aaron

The 2013 Kingston 0+ Festival


recent network news broadcast featured an item about Chicago’s innovative Community Glue Workshop. It’s a regularly held, sustainabilitythemed neighborhood repair clinic staffed by volunteers who, for free and for fun, help attendees fix the broken appliances and other items they bring along. Some online trawling indicates the concept was inspired by the “repair cafe” movement started in Amsterdam in around 2007. It all mirrors the spirit behind the 0+ Festival, which, now in its third year, takes over Kingston for three days this month and will be headlined by legendary UK space-rock band Spiritualized. But while repair cafes are about people helping fix each other’s busted toasters and computers, 0+ is about people helping fix each other:To call attention to the reality that most musicians and artists can’t afford health care, 0+’s all-volunteer staff of “art-loving doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals” will once again provide free health and wellness services to the musicians

and artists (including internationally renowned street artist Gaia) who lend their talents to the event, which takes place October 11, 12, and 13. “Removing commerce is inspiring,” says audio engineer and guitarist Matthew Cullen, the head of the O+ music-selection committee. “Participants can look forward to being taken care of at the pop-up clinic and the general good vibe.” Thanks to coverage in the New York Times and other high-profile publications—starting with Chronogram, of course—the gathering’s good-vibe virus has now spread west: San Francisco’s inaugural 0+ Festival will be held November 15, 16, and 17. “We curate at a high level,” Cullen explains. “We have limited performance slots, so competition is tough. You may not recognize every name on the bill, but I can guarantee that they are all awesome. So come with an open mind and prepare to discover something new.” Below, then, are some hand-picked highlights from the 2013 Kingston 0+ Festival roster.


Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea Signed to Columbia Records, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins’s style has won her comparisons to Roy Orbison and Loretta Lynn. Raised in Neptune, New Jersey, she made her name via a residency at Manhattan club Pianos and has appeared on TV’s “Late Night with David Letterman.”

One of the world’s leading modern psychedelic bands, Spiritualized is led by Jason Pierce, a veteran of the equally influential drone unit Spacemen 3. Combining the experimental rock sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators and the Velvet Underground, minimalist composers La Monte Young and Steve Reich, and the hypnotic feel of gospel music and Middle Eastern mantras, the group conjures lush, expansive, shimmering fields of sonic atmospherics that touch the deepest realms of space—and beyond.

Dan Bern

Buke and Gase Iowa folkie Dan Bern follows in the “new Dylan” footsteps of songsmiths Steve Forbert, John Prine, and Loudon Wainwright III, winning ongoing, emphatic critical acclaim starting with his self-titled 1997 debut on Work Group Records. His 11th album, Drifter, appeared last year on the Continental Song City imprint. 70 music ChronograM 10/13

Profiled in the December 2012 issue of Chronogram, Hudson duo Buke and Gase (Aron Sanchez and Arone Dyer) make music that’s as unique as the hand-built instruments on which they play it: the buke, a six-string baritone ukulele with a metal pipe neck, and the gase, a guitar-bass hybrid fashioned from cast-off car parts.

Simone Felice with Simi Stone

A founding member of the Felice Brothers and the Duke and the King, Palenville-bred musician and poet Simone Felice made his solo debut on the Team Love label in 2012. Felice will perform with his erstwhile collaborator Simi Stone and her band, which also stars Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie), Sara Lee (Gang of Four, Robert Fripp), and Richard Barone (the Bongos).

Miracle Falls


Described as “a romantic clash between your dad’s long lost favorite psych record and the soundtrack to a John Hughes film,” Heaven hails from New York. The trio is comprised of scene vets Matt Sumrow (the Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD), Mikey Jones (the Big Sleep, Snowden, Swervedriver), and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan).

Alexander Turnquist

Ex Cops

Formed around the core duo of Bryan Harding and Amalie Bruun, Brooklyn band Ex Cops came together in 2011. The group’s deceptively sugary lo-fi pop recalls the Feelies and 1980s underground New Zealand rockers like the Chills, the Verlaines, and the Bats.

Kristin Andreassen

Miracle Falls is the latest project from Paul Dillon, formerly of Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, and Longwave. The outfit’s self-released, eponymously titled debut features guest performances from members of the Dandy Warhols, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Warlocks, and others.

Kris Perry’s Machines Still another Hudson artist covered right here—August 2012, to be exact—sculptor and metal worker Kris Perry will transport a truckload of his clanging contraptions to Kingston for a special 0+ exhibition-cum-engagement.

Richard Barone Also profiled in Chronogram (see the August 2011 issue), Hudson acoustic guitar god Alexander Turnquist recently returned from a European tour promoting his latest offering, the dazzling EP Like Sunburned Snowflakes (2013, VHF Records). If you caught his previous O+ appearance, you’re already well aware of his otherworldly artistry.

Kristin Andreassen cut two albums as a member of the oldtimey string band Uncle Earl before making her solo break. In addition to playing her own brand of traditionally inspired music, she has worked with Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) and Ruth Ungar Merenda (Mike and Ruthy) in the “folk noir” trio Sometimes Why.

The Bunnybrains

Raccoon Fighter

Dubbed “the thinking man’s Stooges” by CHAOS Magazine, Raccoon Fighter bashes out scraping, modern garage punk and calls the bowels of Brooklyn home. On the heels of a wellreceived EP and a pair of singles, the threesome will unveil its first album, ZIL (Independent), this month. Richard Barone has graced our pages in the past, as we’ve eagerly highlighted his frequent area shows. The singer and guitarist of vital postpunkers the Bongos, he’s also collaborated with the likes of Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Donovan, and producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex) and in 2007 published Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth (Back Beat Books).

Hudson is certainly well represented on this year’s 0+ roster with Buke and Gase, Alexander Turnquist, and Kris Perry. The 2013 schedule also promises a reliably memorable set by Columbia County’s kings of freaky surrealist noise and performance art, the one and only Bunnybrains. Consider yourself warned.

2013 Kingston 0+ Festival

.357 Lover

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Formed in the Dallas, Texas, area, glammy five-piece .357 Lover has served as the backing unit of Hedwig and the Angry Inch star John Cameron Mitchell and singer Andrew W K and opened for They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds. On its bio page, the band is touted as “a homunculus of Queen and Tiny Tim.”

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

Syd Straw October 5. Hosted by Chronogram’s Michael Eck, the American Roots Series at the Linda presents five programs by artists drawing from the deep and varied well of traditional folk idioms. Here’s a date by singer-songwriter Syd Straw, who initially made her name in the mid 1980s as a member of alt-rock super collective the Golden Palominos. She next parlayed her Palominos notoriety into a string of critically adored solo albums that begins with 1989’s Surprise, and has also contributed guest vocals to music by Wilco, Even Dando, Rickie Lee Jones, and others. (Walt Wilkins returns October 3; the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Don Flemons drops by November 6.) 8pm. $18. Albany. (518) 465-5233;

Montgomery Chamber Series: Masters of the Flute and Piano October 6. Another five-concert cycle, Orange County’s Montgomery Chamber Series is held at the Montgomery Senior Center and has been staging exceptional classical concerts for 25 years. This installment, which also serves as an event benefitting music-student scholarship organization Music for Humanity, features the highly accomplished flutist Gary Schocker and pianist High Sung. A silent auction will raise additional funds for the extremely worthy cause. 7:30pm. $10, $15, and $20. Montgomery. (845) 457-9867;

UFO October 10. A paragon act of British hard rock, UFO was launched in the late 1960s and for several years notably included ex-Scorpions lead guitarist Michael Schenker. Although it’s the Phil Mogg-fronted band’s slicker, late `70’s LPs with Schenker—Force It, Lights Out, Obessession, the live Strangers in the Night—that sold best in America and England, it’s UFO’s first two albums, the spacey, Sabbathy UFO 1 and Flying, that remain lost gems of the psych-metal canon. Check YouTube for some prime clips from this hallowed period. With Kristen Cappolino, Awaken, and Three for All. (Richie Scarlet riffs October 4; Dying Fetus tops a seven-band death metal blow-out October 30.) 7pm. $22, $25. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1966;

Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche October 11. The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and her accompanist for this Rosendale Cafe engagement, Roches founder Suzzy Roche, singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche initially rebelled against the family folk business by becoming an elementary school teacher. It didn’t last: In 2007, she decided to become a full-time musician. Besides releasing a pair of well-received studio albums (2010’s Lucy and this year’s There’s a Last Time for Everything), she’s since toured as an opener for her half brother, Rufus Wainwright, as well as the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, and Amos Lee; Wainwright Roche also occasionally sings backup for Neko Case. (Tuva’s Alash Ensemble visits October 4; Slam Allen sings October 19.) 8pm. $20. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;

Merle Haggard November 6. Tipping the calendar into next month, what can be said about the immortal Merle Haggard? Considered by many to be country music’s greatest songwriter, Haggard emerged from Bakersfield, California’s rich country scene in the 1960s and has penned such American classics as “Mama Tried,” “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and, of course, the hilarious and controversial “Okie from Muskogee.” No doubt he’ll revisit many of the above, as well as other jewels from his vast, shining catalog, when he makes this long-awaited return to the region at UPAC. (Diana Krall sings October 13; comedian Brian Regan yuks it up October 24.) 7pm. $54, $59, $74. Kingston. (845) 339-6088;

Merle Haggard plays the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on November 6.

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cd reviews Dean Jones When the World Was New (2013, Idependent)

Aumoe is a Hawaiian word meaning “midnight.” Dog on Fleas leader Dean Jones’s exemplary 2007 solo debut, Napper’s Delight—not surprisingly, given its title—had a sweet, lulling aumoe feel to it. Gentle, dusky and warm, like a twilight beach. Jones’s latest solo disc, When the World Was New, wakes up to bright sunlight, sonically and lyrically. It’s a very different record, marked by the same instincts. In addition to the bolder aural colors, the album boasts less fauna. It’s largely about people, and the way people interact. Thankfully, Jones, who ostensibly makes music for kids, doesn’t pander. He does ponder (pun intended), breaking his songs down to simple concepts. A few sound academic, almost like lesson plans, but most zero in with fun in mind as well as education. The title track and “Prehensile Grip” muse on the human animal at its most basic level. “Human Bean” takes the idea even further. Jones, abetted by a bevy of musical pals, also urges young ones to do the right thing and “Join a Rock and Roll Band.” The latter isn’t so much a call to arms as a silly proposition, but it works. Vocalists Eli McNamara and Marianne Tasick, in particular, assist Jones, with Tasick helping to make “Absurd” into something of a Zen riddle. Pukana la. That’s “sunrise.” That’s When theWorldWas New. —Michael Eck

Michael Veitch Postcards from Vermont, Volume 1 (2013, Burt Street Music)

Although Woodstock’s erstwhile Vermonter Michael Veitch honors his roots by titling this album Postcards from Vermont,Volume 1, these 12 contemporary folk gems gracefully evoke a landscape familiar to anyone acquainted with longing, desire, anger, sadness, amusement, or exhilaration.With true troubadour verve,Veitch wraps deep emotion in irresistible melody, elegant lyricism, and his soaring, burnished tenor. The opening cut, “Close Enough to Touch,” a paean to long-ago love, offers all of the above in a single song, going from major to minor and back again. Local luminaries—drum god Jerry Marotta, multi-instrumentalist Julie Last, and bassist Kyle Esposito—occasionally help out, but Veitch mostly plays everything. His nimble acoustic work, honed over a couple decades on stages from the Hudson Valley to Munich, anchors it all; delicate on gorgeous ballad “First Snow of the Year,” muscular on the calloused “Quarryman,” and assured on new folk standard “Irene Meets the Bartonsville Bridge.” Thematically, Veitch, crystallizes telling details; “The Last Farmer in Vermont” is doomed, but he’s “sittin’ watchin’ TV/ And eatin’ pizza and looking mighty relaxed,” and the wistful narrator in “Sunday Drive,” an impressive live performance, conveys fathoms when he quotes his father: “Son, put a long road behind you / See what this living is for / Don’t surrender when the world surrounds you / Here’s the key to the Pontiac door.” Veitch took that advice, and, lucky for us, sent postcards. —Robert Burke Warren

Perry Beekman So in Love (2013, Independent)

On So in Love, Woodstock-based jazz guitarist and vocalist Perry Beekman offers 15 lucid and swinging readings of Cole Porter songs in a drum-less trio setting. If you let it, it will slide by pleasantly enough—standards like “It’s Delovely” and “Anything Goes” are played and sung in high-classicist jazz style. Pianist Peter Tomlinson and bassist Lou Pappas purr along agreeably. Beekman sings with only a modicum of jazz-naningans, respecting as scripture the flawless metrics, the astonishing exactitude of Porter’s inventive phrases. From a distance, it appears less a personality-stamped act of interpretation and more an efficient Cole Porter delivery system.This is hardly a bad thing. Porter was a genius, and anything that channels his craft and imagination, relatively unembellished by the vessel, is welcome. Porter concealed radical sophistication within his swanky urban pop, and Beekman also sports depths that he makes optional for the listener, especially as a guitarist. As an interpreter, Beekman finds Porter’s art songs especially congenial. The conceptually daring “I Happen to Like New York” was experimental chamber pop before there was such a thing, and is a real stunner here. Beekman struggles a bit to connect with Porter’s louche, Prohibition-age naughtiness, but that element is so often over-sold it is almost refreshing to find it muted. The rightful star of this record is Cole Porter, but it took ninja skill and deeply empathic musicality to deliver him so fittingly. —John Burdick Listen to tracks by the artists reviewed in this issue.





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Memoir Writers Hold On, Let Go, and Bear Witness By Nina Shengold Photograph by Roy Gumpel

Members of Abby Thomas’s memoir-writing group: Front Row, L to R: Kathy Burgher, Perri Ardman, Suzanne Dean, Annie LaBarge, Ruth Wahtera. Middle Row: Nancy Henry, Micky Shorr, Sharon Stonekey, Phyllis Silvers, Craig Mawhirt, Barbara Sarah. Back Row: Abigail Thomas, Carol Dwyer, Robert Smith. Not pictured: Roberta Jehu, Nancy Juretie, Marjorie Leopold, Marge Roberts

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e are a storytelling species. Every human being has tales to tell, and the impulse to pass them along—both to loved ones and strangers—is primal. So is the urge to leave something behind when mortality calls. The remarkable new anthology holding on, letting go (OSP Memoir Group, 2013) collects stories by people who’ve learned to look death in the eye and to savor life’s gifts. It’s hard to imagine more meaningful work. Abigail Thomas (A Three Dog Life; Safekeeping) leads the Memoir Group at Kingston’s Oncology Support Program of the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. In 2011, after her daughter was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, the bestselling memoirist volunteered to lead a five-week writing workshop. Nearly two years later, it’s still going strong, with a waiting list forming for a second group. “There was just so much talent,” she says. “Extraordinary talent. How could you stop?” The Oncology Support Program was founded by Barbara Sarah, a breast cancer survivor and one of holding on, letting go’s 15 contributors. Now in its 20th year, OSP offers support groups and counseling, with Healing Arts programs in photography, theatre, art, writing, and music; Ellen Marshall MS, LCSW, is its director. For the past five years, this vibrant program has been housed in the Reuner Cancer Support House at 80 Mary’s Avenue, across from the hospital. The butterscotch-yellow house is modest and welcoming. Inside, the lighting is soft.There’s a sectional couch draped with chenille and crochet throws, a coffee table with dishes of pretzels and fruit, a door to a deck overlooking a burgeoning garden.You might not notice it right away, but there’s also a striking sculpture of a female torso with one full breast and a red rose where the second should be. Three women sit on the couch, talking with the writer they all just call “Abby”—it’s all first names here. Everyone wears dangly earrings and sensible shoes; a woman named Ruth is wearing a beautiful pastel silk headscarf. More writers arrive, trading news as they settle: Roberta’s in the hospital, Bob is away on vacation, Perri’s at Rosh Hashana services, Craig will be late. “None of us like to miss Thursday afternoons,” explains Carol, who’s bright-eyed and willowy. “Something’s got to be wrong.” Every Thursday, this group—17 at last count—gathers to share work aloud. Most, though not all, have been writing for years; many have published in various genres. But this is different, a place where lives touch. You can sense the excitement and warmth in the room. A strong-featured woman with a tumbleweed of blonde hair and big silver rings, Abby kicks off the meeting by reading three excerpts from books. “This is from My Struggle by Karl Ove Something-or-Other...Knausgaard. It’s 800 pages of every sandwich he ever chewed and it’s riveting.” She reads a passage in which the writer watches a woman in a coffee shop and imagines what she’s thinking. Then she gives a writing prompt for next week: “Two pages of what you don’t think about in a coffee shop.” Abby’s “two pages” assignments are legendary; her 2008 book Thinking About Memoir is full of them. She offers two more, both inspired by poems. (There are always three choices; the fourth choice is “anything you want.”) Then she starts calling on writers. No one demurs, and only one person has not brought new pages. The group keeps expanding. Phyllis and Marge arrive, dressed in bright colors, like tropical birds. They’re followed by Craig, whose peppery beard and bandanna conceal scars he alludes to in his author bio: “After losing his vocal cords to cancer, he has found a new voice in Abigail Thomas’s Oncology Support Memoir Group.” Just as Kathy starts reading, Nancy Henry enters, her husband pushing her wheelchair. She’s followed by Marjorie, who’s brought her white poodle and an armload of notebooks. “Are you supposed to be carrying all that crap?” someone asks her, concerned. “Oh, probably not,” says Marjorie blithely. “I forget. Which is a good thing, till I feel stitches pulling.” Everyone settles, and Kathy starts over. Each reading is met with appreciative sighs and a flurry of comments; heartfelt thank-yous are frequent. Annie’s piece portrays a beloved aunt with an impossible husband. “You show the dark and the light, and it’s seamless,” sighs Marjorie. Craig notes that the uncle is never named; a lively discussion ensues. Sharon, a lesbian activist, reads a moving remembrance of a woman named

Rita. Margie uses a flashlight to highlight the words on her pages, passing around her pencil illustrations. Phyllis reads about her husband catching a runaway horse by kneeling still and enticing it with a hand movement. She gets up to demonstrate what he was doing. “Could you all see that?” We could. Nancy is next; she and Micky joined the group after the book was completed. It takes her a long time to dig through the tote bag of folders hanging off the arm of her wheelchair, and she apologizes. “I should have been more on top of this.” She can’t find the poem she wants, but picks two others. As soon as she starts reading, her breathy voice gains power.The first poem begins, “I measure time by the length of my hair,” and ends, “When it rains, I taste its champagne.” The second elicits such an impassioned response that Barbara Sarah trots upstairs to make copies for everyone. Returning, she reads a piece about Rosh Hashana traditions and her evolving relationship to Judaism. Barbara’s known for her earthy, comic riffs about body parts (“Dewlap” appears in holding on, letting go; the first one she wrote was about her bladder) but today’s piece digs deeper. When Phyllis notes that Perri hated to miss today’s group for services, Sharon offers, “I came because this is a life-giving experience in the spirit of the holiday.” Heads nod, and someone echoes, “This is my church.” Craig reads about attending a food truck festival at Fiberflame. His piece begins, “I’m a little bit happy,” which he attributes to pulled pork and beer. When he finishes, Abby flags a brief section that “goes soft in the middle,” following up with a wide-eyed, “I didn’t know they had pulled pork!” Everyone laughs. Marjorie reads last, sharing a love letter to her late husband, her voice briefly beached by tears. “I always cry,” she says with a no-big-deal shrug. In this room, it isn’t. From Ruth’s author bio: “Preparing an individual story to read to the group each week brings us the opportunity to share laughter and tears—both essential ingredients for healing.” No one can remember exactly when the anthology idea emerged. “We were all reading, and Abby said, ‘God, this should be a book!’” is the closest anyone gets. It became a refrain: whenever a piece was especially strong, Abby would say, “Turn that in for the book.” But nobody took concrete steps until a friend in OSP’s Metastatic Support Group died. “We said, let’s not wait,” Carol says. “Let’s share the work and get it done.” She, Craig, and Marjorie formed an organizing committee to research printing options. “Some of us operate from a more urgent place,” Phyllis explains tactfully. “This group has many speeds, and the type A personalities swept along the slower ones, like a big wave.” Some of the book’s pieces were chosen by Abby; writers were also encouraged to bring in work they especially wanted to print. Marjorie says, “It was important to us that it wouldn’t all be about death and dying,” and others concur. In fact, few of the pieces in holding on, letting go deal directly with cancer; some that do, like Carol’s “The Wrong Line,” are unexpectedly funny. Other topics range from childhood (Suzanne’s “The Church Ladies”) to marriage (Annie’s poem “When Your Husband Leaves You with Every Section of the Times”) and burial (Sharon’s “Stopping Seven Times”)—the whole gamut of lives fully lived. “There’s been a lot of singing in here, and laughing so hard we were all doubled over,” says Abby. More than anything else, the work is honest. Renowned writer Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) wrote a book-jacket quote that says in part, “You will never hold a book that is richer in love, life, death, family, the human heart, and humanity.” “When you walk into a house called Oncology Support Project, you’ve already dropped a lot of pettiness,” says Sharon. Phyllis nods, adding, “We’re writing about scars we didn’t want anyone else to know we had, and the showing of the scars allows them to heal.” Annie agrees. “Everybody’s vulnerable. It’s scary to admit how vulnerable you’ve been. It’s hard to go deep. I said so to Abby, and she said, ‘I don’t see that you have any choice.’ It blew the ceiling right off.” “I think we’re addicted,” Carol says, grinning. “But it’s a good addiction,” says Craig. “We’re already planning another book.” Community Reading by the Memoir Group, 10/25 at 7pm in the Auditorium of the HealthAlliance Hospital, Mary’s Avenue campus (formerly Benedictine Hospital), Kingston. $10 donation; $7 students/seniors; $5 OSP members. (845) 339-2071x 100. 10/13 ChronograM books 75

SHORT TAKES Six Hudson Valley authors examine the many meanings of “spirit”: soul, essential principle, strength of character, and supernatural presence. Afternoon of a Sadhu: A Memoir of India Violet Snow Lucid Press, 2012, $10

Blythewood Carol Goodman Viking, 2013, $17.99

The Angel Stone Juliet Dark

Ballantine, 2013, $15

At 22, Phoenicia journalist and actress Snow went on a spiritual walkabout in India, shaving her head and giving away all her money. The young sadhu is plagued by self-doubt: Is seeking charity from the poor a lesson in humility, or a sham? Though she’s a phone call away from parents who’d wire her money, the risks she takes are real, and Snow’s clear-eyed evocations of predatory men and openhearted villagers are indelible. Appearing 10/19 at 5pm, Woodstock Library Forum. Love Your Enemies: How To Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman Hay House, 2013, $24.95

Tibet House founder, Columbia professor, and Woodstocker Thurman joins with bestselling author and Insight Meditation Society cofounder Salzberg, teaching readers how to transform the destructive cycle of anger into compassion. Alternating their voices, this lucid, accessible book offers meditations and practical steps to victory over outer and inner enemies, including the “super-secret” foe, self-loathing. Workshops with Thurman 10/3-6 & 10/11-13, Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia. Serafina’s Promise Ann E. Burg Scholastic Press, 2013, $16.99

A spirited Haitian girl dreams of becoming a doctor, like the woman who tends her ailing baby brother at a clinic. Serafina is no plaster saint—she begs to attend school, then finds French lessons dull—but she’s determined, loving, and resilient when a flood and earthquake strike. Rhinebeck resident Burg, award-winning author of All the Broken Pieces, expertly channels young voices from diverse cultures. Written in clean, evocative blank verse, Serafina’s Promise is a miracle of empathy. Ecstatic Healing: A Journey into the Shamanic World of Spirit Possession and Miraculous Medicine Margaret De Wys Inner Traditions, 2013, $14.95

Composer De Wys’s memoir Black Smoke details her involvement with the Amazonian shaman who cured her cancer. Ecstatic Healing follows that thread, starting when touching an African necklace at a friend’s Rhinebeck home sends her into a convulsive possession. She goes on to work with Brazilian psychic surgeon Joao de Deus (John of God), Umbanda priest Pai Lazaro, and Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, becoming an ecstatic healer herself. Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism Evan T. Pritchard Bear & Co., 2013, $18

Everyone knows birds sing in the morning; to Native American elders, they pray at dawn, greeting Grandfather Sun. Snowy egrets dance in a circle; crows gather in councils. Pritchard, an academic of Mi’kmaq heritage, examines Traditional Bird Medicine from a scholarly and spiritual perspective. The gatekeepers of the four directions are Eagle, Hawk, Crow, and Owl; their feathers are used in shamanic rituals. Other birds serve as messengers, omens, and spiritual allies. Haunted Catskills Lisa LaMonica History Press, 2013, $19.99

Halloween is the perfect time to discover why Washington Irving called the Catskills “a spellbound region.” LaMonica details 17 local tales of perturbed spirits—many torn from their bodies by murder— from Maggie Houghtaling, wrongfully accused of killing her baby and hanged in Hudson’s jail, to the extravagantly haunted Vanderbilt Hotel. Appearing 10/18 at noon, Hudson Fortnightly Club; 10/26 at 11am, Chatham Bookstore; 10/26 at 1pm, Chatham Winery, Ghent; 10/27 at 4pm, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson.

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obody has more fun with brilliant women facing enchantment and skullduggery than Dutchess County author Carol Goodman. And whether you like your paranormal with or without erotic spice, the literary shapeshifter also known as Juliet Dark has a treat for you this fall, having just published both The Angel Stone, the conclusion of her decidedly grown-up Fairwick trilogy, and Blythewood, the beginning of a new epic for young adults. As Blythewood begins, Ava Hall has lost her mother to suicide, barely survives the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, and is locked in an asylum. Liberated by her wealthy, estranged grandmother, she brings an outsider’s perspective to her mother’s mysterious alma mater in Rhinebeck, the only new student with a lower-class day job and a madhouse on her permanent record. The castle is no ordinary ladies’ academy. Most of the curriculum involves magical arts; the young ladies are being educated to protect humanity from the denizens of Faerie. Ava’s got an agenda of her own—to uncover the identity of her mysterious father—and she quickly realizes that matters at Blythewood are even more perilous and morally ambiguous than the adults around her realize. Friends, foes, wise folk and fools, two attractive boys—one human, the other not—and her unusual background lead her to stranger adventures than she could have imagined. Goodman weaves poetry and reflection into a twisting plot that puts Ava into ever more precarious circumstances. Characters and motives are layered with thought-provoking nuance. Although the book opens with the Triangle fire and closes with the sinking of the Titanic, its themes are as fresh as next week’s news. While Goodman seduces us off to Blythewood without so much as lifting a hem, her “Juliet Dark” alias writes erotic scenes that some might deem inappropriate for teens. But yin and yang pulsate through this boarding school saga too, shining a light on such multigenerational questions as character, loyalty, and life’s ultimate purpose. That light illuminates The Angel Stone, a funny, sharp, and moving tale that continues Dark’s tale of professor Callie McFay’s efforts to bring peace and justice to a small upstate liberal arts college that’s the magic-infested center of an epic struggle between light and darkness, and her complicated love for a more-than-mortal man. The Angel Stone opens with Fairwick College under siege. The fey-folk have vanished and the new administration is toxic; there’s much bad juju afoot for Callie and friends. To set things right she needs to spend time in 17th- century Scotland, where she meets her incubus before he becomes an incubus. Along with witch hunts and the danger facing Fairwick, it’s a tangled mass of challenge that builds to a delectable climax. In both books, the villains intend to breed humans like livestock. The transcendence results when our heroines embrace their own agency, sexually and otherwise, and emerge empowered. Goodman/Dark’s lucid and lovely voice makes this crystal clear without cliches or noisome politicking. It’s tempting to say that no one old enough to be intrigued by sexuality could possibly be damaged by visiting Fairwick; Dark’s evocations of Eros are explicit but never crude. Certainly no one with a pulse is too old for Blythewood. Both are fantastic fun. Appearing 10/13 at 4pm at the Hudson Valley YA Society, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck. —Anne Pyburn Craig

Experience What will you experience at Mirabai?

Boy About Town Tony Fletcher

Random House UK, 2013, $19.95


any of us spend our adolescence rebelling against parents, sampling drugs, looking to get laid, skipping school, and listening to music that echoes our discontent. Tony Fletcher observed all of these coming-of-age rituals—but he did so in London during the mid-to-late 1970s, while writing a popular fanzine and interviewing the top bands of the era. It doesn’t hurt that Fletcher is a powerful writer and a restless self-chronicler, thus making his memoir Boy About Town both a touching personal document and a propulsive historic record of England on the edge. The Yorkshire teen (now a Mount Tremper resident) is the yearning antihero of this recollection. Short, chubby, sporting a bowl haircut, late to puberty, picked on by bullies, and the product of a broken home, Fletcher finds solace in music. After a couple of false starts buying David Cassidy and Alice Cooper records, he eventually embraces The Who. He even scores an interview with Pete Townshend for Jamming, an upstart rag that he mimeographs at school. As the magazine grows, so does Fletcher’s capital on the scene, earning him chats with other musical giants. A keen sociologist, Fletcher artfully deconstructs the era’s volatile cultural landscape. The music scene was a scrum of warring factions: mods vs. punks vs. skinheads vs. rude boys, each claiming their own favorite bands, echoing the tribal mentality of British football games. Young Fletcher eschews the racist skinheads and gravitates toward the nihilistic punks. Then, The Jam arrives. The trio—dressed like mods but singing punk anthems—becomes Fletcher’s favorite band and he develops an endearing bromance with lead Paul Weller, a literate songwriter and political figure. It is a quick jump from the first Jamming interview to sitting in on recording sessions and enjoying backstage access. While Fletcher tallies each Jam gig and new LP release with breathless superlatives, he does so with an eye for detail that places the reader at every concert and in every studio. (The author has drawn from diaries, notebooks, letters, and personal interviews to bring the past alive.) The occasional dip into sycophancy, however, is offset by Fletcher’s evenhanded criticism of his idols, the schoolboy growing emboldened as his zine draws plaudits. Weller becomes his role model and, eventually, business partner. Boy About Town is a British import, so while Fletcher introduces us to fledgling legends like The Clash, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, and Gang of Four, he also gives equal exposure to famed bands that never charted big across the Atlantic: Sham 69, Cockney Rebels, Crass, Spizzenergi, and The Homosexuals. No attempt has been made to translate London life for the uninitiated; stateside readers will need a UK slang dictionary to navigate talk of bovvers, saveloys, and O levels. Fletcher’s saga careers between his personal and public lives—curiously giving short shrift to his family, but offering vivid descriptions of school life, the London indie label scene, and the inner workings of putting out a zine, as well as his own dismal track record on the dating scene. After seeing off another failed date, he muses, “What was the point, then, of having a good-looking, older girlfriend if she wouldn’t even let me inside her bra?” The book relies too much on Jamming interviews, resulting in longwinded passages that increase the page count but offer little illumination (Fletcher needs a more judicious editor). However, this indulgence never dulls the cumulative power of Boy About Town, a ripping tale of the unlikely Zelig of London `70s rock. Appearing 10/5 at 6pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock; 10/19 at 4pm, Orphic Gallery, Roxbury; 11/3 at 4pm, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson; 11/9 at 3pm, Phoenicia Library. —Jay Blotcher


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Edited by Phillip X Levine. Deadline for our November issue is October 5. Send up to three poems or three pages (whichever comes first). Full submission guidelines:

Marbles show you how to dance, they wiggle around in the jar.


—Avery Anderson (almost 3 years)

i know this thing, it’s at this place. you wanna go? —p

Why Old Men Must Watch Baseball


It’s not entertainment we’re after. This isn’t football after all, there’ll be no violence and most likely no reason to stand up or even raise one’s voice. We are going quietly and baseball is the only thing as long as life itself.

I hold my face in the bed.

Night after night, in and out of consciousness it’s hard to tell each game being so similar to a hundred others that you might think you accidentally wandered into a Phillip Glass organ solo or perhaps a particularly meandering episode of “Doctor Who” that no one bothered to script a resolution for. The shortcomings of this year’s particular allotment of talent is paraded about over and over countless reminders of how we fall short— the only surprising thing being our complete lack of anger. We are leaving soon but this watching will go on like some Copernican clock winding down into infinity without an observer. There is little argument in baseball, little strategy one accepts the fatality of the task at hand. It is tiring for us all. It wasn’t nearly as fun as we thought it’d be. Baseball doesn’t promise fun. It promises only persistence. The luckiest of us might be watching during the auspicious and rare “perfect game.” It will be perfect only if, like some yogi’s instructions somewhere, no action is performed, no offense achieved with its inevitable karmic backlash a sterile whole, like when God and the universe were the same. The tall man on the mound near the precipice of this glory makes a cranky face beneath his sweating bangs as if his lawnmower just stalled as if the heat, not greatness is what’s imposing upon him here. Perhaps he’s not sure whether it’s death or eternity all these men are standing around waiting for with the sun in their eyes their crotches itchy in their pants begging history to call in to them from the kitchen to bring them a glass of water to remind them that someone knows that they’re alive only a little word perhaps a woman something to mark the passage of time to dull the ache of this silence pounding in their ears. —Billy Internicola

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Me: What is my future? Shon: Flowers. You are marrying flowers. —Max Ritvo

It Isn’t How You Say It, It’s What You Say We can talk about the right Order of adjectives all night, It may very well be, as you seem to say, A question of consequences unintended, But I propose that we remain silent anyway, Until such time as morning among us like a moth Comes to light, But as the tar-patched Roof Is happily drummed by the rainy spell and the darkest dawn, No moths around here For miles, no truth here but desire— Red, happy and like a puckered currant, I eschew commitment. But whoa! Let’s not learn to turn each other Off before the lees of our morning tea Hit the bottom of our cups. There you sit now In the maple-dappled light of the bay window That turns your black hairs to auburn And your auburn hair to gold, Fresh cream in your cup, amber honey in mine, We are pleased together getting old, As the whistle of the pot rests from screaming. —Louis Altman

Rogers Park In the closed halls and small doorways of Chicago we had a child, and the Mejovics came and Mr. Liška gave me five crisp dollars counted into my hand. This is the little whip he said pointing to his own garden, a collection of delicate fruit invading signposts out to Cicero. How would I know this fruit if I had not raised it from the root itself, he said. Apricot trees lined the chain link, espalier clutched brown brick higher than the power lines. This is my city, I thought, and the baby cried on the back porch like a stray cat. The misses made sweet flower tea but spoke no English. She held my hands together in one wide palm and patted my arm, as if she were introducing me to myself at long last, as if my young life might come together in one wordless meeting. —Lisa Drnec Kerr

I’ve been bad.

What I’ve Learned

I’m deprogramming the functions of my limbic system. It’s largely a pruning process really. I am passing new variables to be a better animal.

—one last song of summer—

One pair of gloves can last longer than a man’s love.

for Seamus Heaney

My reward circuit has been hacked. My amygdala has constrained the attribute of happiness to women. Now disassociated, I am interpolating love.

A home is an island that must be fed and cultivated daily.

I am rewiring the executive functions of my frontal lobe. The cognitive classes I have constructed are erroneously connected to my base self. They confirm my BIOS. My love has been object oriented, projected onto the perky, perverse, and risqué. I am now the object to which I am oriented, reprogrammed to project my own pixels. I am a part and purveyor, both apart and parcel.

On subways, eyes conceal and shoes reveal all souls. Baudelaire’s windows, his eyes, crept inside souls crusty with scabs.

a green-grey turtle pushes out from the lee shore rippling and bubbling the water a toy boat on an enormous hammering sea

I have been executed; I am in process, running rampant. What is hard equals what I add it up to be. In a flash, I’m unzipped; initiated, I’m so ready to mount.

The shadows things cast should remind us to thank the sun.

My central sulcus has explored her superior gyri, sensing gyrating signals with my digits, my probatory tendrils. They traversed her, decoded her information, and brought me to a solid state.

—Jan Castro

dying in a pall of light

Floating on Faith

the trees dance

My tube is analog; it cannot be quantified completely; though, relative to severely, it pulsates, throbs, and gravitates toward quite nearly anything other than me. i, an iteration, a function for set; she, among we, just yearning for a bet. Probability abandoned me and .05 percent means little more than nothing plus buzzing panties at the MET.

Doubting Thomas came to believe and cast himself upon the sea. He never did buy the part about walking on water but he sure could float.

My parietal is preprogrammed to lose itself. I am neither hither nor dithered. I am a blotch, a blip, a blit.

—Darlene Rivais

My temporal lobe is merely another transistor, a gate for transient truths, momentary expressions soon to be transferred to memory. I am a switch, turned on to turn her out.

I Phone

Her defaults are dirty, sincere and surreal, passed through for the world wide wonder to pine and to deal. I have spawned millions of nanomes, would be progeny, into oil rags: all the lube, none of the fuss, bits of my programming drying in the corner, bytes in half, collecting dust. Her cache is sketchy. Her history went viral and her cookies are crumbling. I am left dejected, and only for asking to lock up .dat ASCII. Was my query really so queer? Her returns quickly turned ridiculous. At high speed, my connection rerouted to a perkier proxy. The vision is riveting. When she’s bare, her radial variability causes my vectors to bend and flex, blur and vex. 100,000 neurons per voxel, my picture is pixelated. I need to attenuate; I need to atone. Wild while loops clutter my logic. If only statements leave me longing and alone. My brain is being debugged so I can be a better bot. —Christian King

Untitled sky disintegrates into light, into clouds, and on hills, shadows.

because we can’t be together we have this but why can’t we be together —Richard Donnelly

The Love Poem As I’m a writer, words mean more to me Than anything of worth, not even gold Could take away my pen; to be so bold I’d even sell my soul before I’d be Left speechless, but all words begin to flee When blood inside my veins is running cold At feelings unrequited when I’m told That love cannot survive this heresy. If I could have one wish it’d be a poem That made you love me now as I love you; That just for one sweet day you’d feel it too And make my heart your resting place and home; But even if I wrote the longest tome You’d feel it not, so this will have to do.

the mist is thick but rising

sparks of dandelion flit about the tall grass silently moving in the wind. —E Gironda Jr

Magnolia i am so evolved appearing before the bees encouraging madness— why else would i unfurl on bare branches— if leather feels like a leaf, then watch my startlets fall! —Michelle Diano

Autumn Reflections Field full of pumpkins each one still attached to its umbilical cord He sharpens his beak on the metal shopping cart— sparrow in autumn Into the clear pond along with dozens of leaves the clouds have fallen

—Robert Kilcrease —Priscilla Lignori

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Poughkeepsie Train Station

Adam Lancaster at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park.

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Christopher Connors at the Poughkeepsie Skatepark.


estled in the central, western region of Dutchess County are three municipalities with a rich collection of history, as well as a trove of modernday treasures. Landmarks and businesses, spanning the gamut of historic, nostalgic, and new, are peppered throughout the Hudson River communities of Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and Pleasant Valley. Many of the businesses, sites, and monuments that we see today had a very different look and purpose when they were first constructed many years ago. In other instances, new businesses have come to fruition, shaping the local economy and community. The Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and Pleasant Valley landscapes have changed over time, helping nudge the Hudson Valley into the 21st century while preserving its cherished and colorful history. Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie was first settled by the Dutch in 1687, and its name, although still debated among historians, means “reed-covered lodge by the little watering place,” according to City of Poughkeepsie Historian, George Lukacs. The name comes from the Wappinger Indians, and has been spelled several different ways over the years, Lukacs says. The first sighting of the name was spelled Pooghkepesingh, and was listed in a 1683 deed between a Native American and two Dutchmen in a deal concerning the construction of a mill near Fall Kill creek, according to Lukacs. The Queen City also spent nearly three years as the capital of NewYork State during the revolutionary war, says Lukacs, after the British torched Kingston, the original capital. Poughkeepsie was later incorporated into a village in 1799 and eventually swelled to a city in 1854. The boundaries of Poughkeepsie are chockfull of notable monuments, homes and sites. The city has several landmarks, such as the Glebe House (635 Main Street) and Clinton House (549 Main Street), home to New York’s first governor George Clinton. One of those landmarks is Vassar College, which was established in 1861 by Matthew Vassar. The renowned university located on Raymond Avenue touts a free art museum near its gates, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The center has an exhibition on display called “Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints,” which runs

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through December 15. “People should take advantage [of the Loeb Art Center],” says communications manager at Dutchess County Tourism, Nancy Lutz. “The college offers a lot of art and it’s all free.” Other landmarks in the city include the Bardavon (35 Market Street), which opened as an Opera House in 1869. Moving into the 1900s, The Chance (6 Crannell Street) was built in 1912, and began hosting performances in 1926 as a vaudeville house, then dubbed the Dutchess Theatre. Both venues still host shows today. Upcoming highlights on The Chance calendar include comedian Jim Breuer on October 12 and horror-punk band The Misfits on October 27. As Poughkeepsie marches into the new millennium, the places of its past are sometimes reinvented, rediscovered and reused. The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, for example, which was built in 1888 and officially opened in 1889, was relaunched in 2009 as the Walkway Over the Hudson. The roughly mile-and-a-quarterlong pedestrian bridge is elevated more than 200 feet above the Hudson River, and is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. As the 21st-century unfolds, new businesses are popping up around the city. The Pour House (206 Main Street), for example, is a new wine bar that opened in May. “We’re going for that more mature feel,” says co-owner of the wine bar, Anthony Jolly. The bar offers specialty drinks, light fare, as well as local meats from Elia’s Meat Market in Highland and cheeses from nearby Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie. The menu also includes sandwiches and handmade, thin-crust focaccia pizzas. The Pour House also hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. Hyde Park Just north of Poughkeepsie is Hyde Park, the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. Although most historic sites in Hyde Park are intertwined with the legacy of the former president, such as the presidential library— which just underwent its first restoration since opening in 1941—there are several other quaint, hometown gems situated within the historic burg. One of those well-known sites, located almost directly across the street from the FDR home, is the Hyde Park Drive-In (4114 Albany Post Road). The theater opened in 1949, and has been a staple in the town ever since. Recently, the drive-in was forced to convert to digital, as 35 millimeter film is now extinct. “You don’t see many outdoor

theaters anymore,” says Ida Wacker, snack bar manager at the drive-in. “It’s a nice experience for any family to come out [to the drive in],” Wacker says. The Hyde Park Drive-In closed its doors for the season in September, but will reopen again in the spring. A little more than a stone’s throw from Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s summer home, the property that eventually became her full-time residence after the presidential mansion was designated as a tourist site, is a restaurant whose foundation also offers a vibrant history, Joseph’s Steakhouse (728 Violet Avenue). The former first lady once owned the property that is now Joseph’s Steakhouse, and the restaurant’s front dining area is where her cook operated a tea room until 1949. “Royalty visiting the Roosevelt’s would enjoy afternoon tea in the Val-Kill Tea Room,” writes owner of Joseph’s Steakhouse, Joseph Wilson, in an e-mail. The restaurant still carries on the tradition, and offers afternoon tea in their tea room, according to Wilson. “The Tea Room where Queen Elizabeth once had tea still has the original wooden rafter,” he writes.    The steakhouse, which specializes in dry-aged certified angus beef, will take part in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week this November. The event is an ideal opportunity for foodies to experience three-course meals at some of the premier restaurants across the Hudson Valley for a set price of $29.95 per person. (For more information: Pleasant Valley The first settlers that made their way to the Town of Pleasant Valley were Presbyterians hailing from Connecticut in 1737, according to Pleasant Valley Historian Fred Schaeffer. The town was dubbed Pleasant Valley because the first settlers simply thought it was a pleasant place surrounding the Wappinger Creek. There are several notable landmarks in the town, such as the Mill Site Museum on Route 44, where a mill was first constructed around the mid-1700s, as well as James Baird State Park, home to a renowned 18-hole golf course that opened in 1948 and was designed by well-known golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. In addition to these historic sites, Pleasant Valley is also home to a slew of familyowned businesses that have been operating for generations. The Pleasant Valley Department Store (1585 Route 44) is one of the last small, family-owned department stores in the region and beyond. The store was opened in 1946 by business partners 10/13 ChronograM poughkeepsie + pleasant Valley + hyde park 83

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and US Army veterans Harold Hommel and Walter Bogatis, and has evolved since the 1940s when it was a pharmacy with a soda fountain. Today, the Pleasant Valley Department Store focuses on clothing and footwear. “People come in and they say, ‘Thank you, I don’t have to go to the mall,’” says Pleasant Valley Department Store owner Caroline Dolfi, Hommel’s daughter. “What used to be the norm is now a specialty,” says Dolfi regarding the rarity of small department stores nowadays. The store sells brands such as Woolrich, Dockers, Calvin Klein, and Levi’s, among others. “We’re here for hopefully many years to come,” says Dolfi. A little further down Route 44 is Quattro’s Game Farm and Farm Store (2251 Route 44), a local poultry and game farm that has been in business for more than three generations. The farm store includes a butcher shop, a specialty section with imported Italian products, and an ammunition and hunting supplies store. “The butcher at Quattro’s will take out a band saw and cut you a steak the size of your head,” says Dutchess County Tourism’s Lutz, jokingly. The farm is run by the Quattrociocchi family, who shortened the farm name to Quattro’s, which is slightly easier to pronounce. Eighty-four-year-old Carmella Quattrociocchi, whose parents started the business, still works on the farm today. “This has been her life,” says store manager Joyce Quattrociocchi. “[Carmela] is the only one who takes care of her birds.” Joyce is married to Carmella’s son, Sal, and they have two children, 24-year-old Maria and Catherine, 20. Both daughters help in the store and run the Quattro’s booth at various farmers’ markets in New York City and Rhinebeck. The farm is currently taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. All of the birds at Quattro’s are free of hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics. Some newer Pleasant Valley-based family establishments include Madison’s Pizza (17 North Avenue), which opened in 2004. The restaurant expanded last year, and is now equipped with a full bar. Menu highlights at Madison’s include wings and pasta dishes, such as their penne ala vodka. “We kind of make you feel at home, even if you’re not from around here,” says owner Jason Kiggins of what makes Madison’s a unique dining experience. “We’re family-owned and operated, and the family is here working all of the time.” The restaurant got its name from Kiggins’s daughter, Madison, who was two-yearsold when he opened up the restaurant. She’s now 12. The Publick House is a hometown bar on Maggiacomo Lane, which opened five years ago. The bar features American cuisine, and has a heavy emphasis on chicken

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Making Cheese at the Abbey of Regina Laudis Text and photographs by Peter Barrett

Top: Mother Noella Marcellino in the aging room, holding a wheel of Bethlehem. Bottom: Mother Telchilde Hinckley moves the cows to fresh grass.

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other Noella Marcellino has been a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, for 40 years, and has been making cheese for almost as long. In 1977, she received instruction from a visiting French cheese maker, invited by the abbess, in traditional techniques. In 1987, along with several of her sisters, she entered a PhD program at the University of Connecticut. Hers was in microbiology; initially, she planned to get a degree in nutrition, but an adviser, upon visiting the abbey’s cheese-aging room, said: “Your doctorate is in this cellar.” Subsequently, Mother Noella won a Fulbright to study cheesemaking in France, and ended up staying three more years on a French government grant. Her focus was the Auvergne, in central France (whence her tutor had come years before), and the study of fungal populations in the many cheese caves of the region. She attained notoriety in 2002, when PBS released “The Cheese Nun,” a documentary about her time in France and work at the Abbey. She is most well known for a study she performed after a serious listeria outbreak in the late 1970s, which prompted new requirements that she use stainless steel vats instead of her beloved wooden barrel and stirring paddle from the Auvergne. “All of a sudden, we were finding E. coli in our cheese,” she remembers, “after never having a problem with it before.” Her experiment proved that the porous old wood, anathema to the regulatory sterility fetish, in fact harbored colonies of the lactic acid bacteria indigenous to the raw milk; their metabolism of milk sugars into acid created an environment in which pathogens could not survive. Despite the attention her work brought her, Mother Noella is quick to deny being a raw milk activist. “It makes better cheese, without a doubt, but it has to be handled carefully.” And pasteurized milk is not without hazards, she hastens to add: Contamination after the fact represents a real risk, since sterile milk can easily be colonized by harmful microbes.  Mother Telchilde Hinckley, who earned her doctorate in animal reproductive physiology, cares for the cows: a small herd of Dutch Belted and one Milking Shorthorn, all rotationally pastured in fields surrounding the dairy. She minimizes the risk of contamination by keeping the animals clean. “We get wood shavings from local woodworkers

Clockwise from left: Gwyneth Owen, a former intern who is now a Postulate, stretches mozzarella curds; the Abbey’s cheddar, one of several excellent varieties in regular production; The ricotta, fresh from the vat and ready to eat.

and change them twice a day, and the cows sleep outside every night, so they lie down on grass.”The cows are handmilked every morning, each by a different person, she says, since “we have to fit it in between Lauds and mass.” Manual milking is vitally important, she continues, because the Benedictine way of life requires living from the work of one’s hands. Every member of the community is expected to find their “elemental area,” a facet of the life that grabs their interest and offers them a way in to experience the divine. “When you focus on one aspect of creation and see the mysteries unfolding, you can identify with them and the universe opens up to you.” Regina Laudis has an internship program, with a capacity of about five people, which offers postgraduate adults a chance to immerse themselves in a monastic environment. “We ask for them to give us a year,” says Mother Noella. “It’s a commitment, but it can be very rewarding.” One need not be Catholic, or even female, to be an intern; Brother David Aeschliman interned as a cheese neophyte a few years ago and is now an accomplished cheese maker and member of the community; after leaving to study at Jasper Hill in Vermont, he returned to Regina Laudis as an oblate brother, a lay member. “I rediscovered myself here, through making cheese.” Recently he developed a white mold-ripened cheese similar to Camembert, called étoile, which has been added to the Abbey’s repertoire. The étoile, because it is aged less than the 60-day requirement, is not legal for sale, but a new pasteurizer, being custom built for the small facility, will change that. It will also allow him to make cheddar all at once, easily, instead of in two pots side by side on the old electric stove in a corner of the kitchen. Though the nuns and their guests eat most of what they produce, some cheese is occasionally available in the Abbey store. Mother Noella strongly recommends that people call ahead to see if there’s any in stock. They also sell their pastured beef, as whole cows, to people willing to buy an animal on the hoof and split it with one or more friends. Their herd of sheep provides meat and wool, but no milk; the dairy is strictly bovine. From the raw milk of their five cows, they make a variety of exemplary products: butter and yogurt, mozzarella, ricotta, cheddar, and the new étoile, all in a cramped, low-ceilinged kitchen beneath the barn. The butter, aged as cream for a

couple of days before churning, never lasts long enough to develop a tangier flavor, since it gets eaten up. The ricotta, sweet and fluffy, is made when time permits, and without the addition of any milk to boost the yield. Dipped in a bowl of the salt and vinegar-spiked whey, a glistening slice of the fresh mozzarella makes a sublime treat. At three months old, the compelling cheddar boasts a silky texture and mild edge that begs to be aged for a year. The star of the show, though, and the cheese that has brought so much attention to both the Abbey and Mother Noella is their Bethlehem, a ringer for Saint-Nectaire, the famous mold-ripened cheese of the Auvergne. Splitting the difference between tender youth and assertive age, the Bethlehem is subtly perfumed by the intricate interactions of the myriad microbes that populate each plate-size wheel. The cheese is made without inoculation with any commercial cultures, bacterial or fungal, and yet the strains that mottle the surfaces of the yellow discs in the basement aging room are virtually identical to the species that adorn their French counterparts, imparting the same nutty complexity and firm, creamy texture. “It’s all about creating the right environment,” explains Mother Noella, elaborating with astonishing detail the ways in which humidity, temperature, salinity, and other factors all promote or inhibit the growth of various microbial populations, and how these organisms alter the flavor and texture of the result; some metabolize sugars, others specific proteins, and each has a different effect on the pH. “There’s more biodiversity in a handful of soil than there is in the rainforest,” she says, smiling broadly, surrounded by screened wooden cabinets filled with maturing Bethlehem. It’s clear as she lovingly names all the different molds on each one, offering a look through her little microscope at the tiny black pinheads of sporulating Mucor, that they’re like pets to her, much as the cows are to Mother Telchilde. She excitedly points out a dusty pinkish area on one cheese. “In the Auvergne they call Trichothecium Roseum ‘the flower of molds.’ They use rye straw to make their cheese mats, and this mold grows on rye.” She holds it to her face, still grinning, closes her eyes, and breathes deeply. “It smells like the earth.” She speaks passionately about how the wonder of

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Mother Noella examines the Bethlehem’s surface molds with a portable microscope.

creation can be experienced through these microbes; seen from this point of view, each yellow wheel of cheese becomes its own ecosystem—a planet, even—with the ministrations of the makers’ hands guiding the whole towards ripeness. Mother Telchilde, expounding on the spirituality inherent to contact with the earth, says: “When you engage with creation it enables you to grow and ask what’s sustainable, what’s a good value, what works for us? Technology has surpassed our ability to integrate it. It’s a huge loss if you can’t have that contact.” And, lest you forget you’re speaking to a PhD who went to school to strengthen the Abbey’s stewardship of its 400 acres, “The future of New England farming is in value-added [fermented] products.” Postulate Gwyneth Owen joined the community in February after interning at the Abbey and then pursuing a career in food; she left the Momofuku test kitchen behind, however, choosing to return to a contemplative monastic life after a taste of New York’s frenetic restaurant scene. Looking very much like a Vermeer painting in her headscarf and apron (not so much the rubber boots), she slowly kneads and stretches 110-degree mozzarella curds with bare hands and explains how she found her calling in fermentation. “It was my entry point. It’s a transformation that isn’t visible in the moment, a dying in order to preserve. I kept seeing myself in what was fermenting: something that had to be broken down and decomposed in order to preserve what was important.” It’s unlikely that any more nuns will be earning PhDs any time soon—a rigorous academic schedule is incompatible with regimented monastic life—but all are encouraged to pursue professional fulfillment in the area they choose. Standing at the central counter in the kitchen, leafing through the large notebook where each day’s cheese making notes are diligently recorded (taking care not to bump the adjacent containers of cream and yogurt, swaddled in blankets to keep them warm), Mother Noella stresses the usefulness, both pragmatic and spiritual, of fermenting foods to people in all walks of life, since most people are no more suited to a monastic existence than they are to getting a doctorate in microbiology. “Our immune systems have really changed; we’re not our grandparents.” (Biodiversity in our guts has proven indispensable to good health.) “People feel a split between secular and holy, but whatever you do honestly in your life, with integrity, is your path to God.”

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Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

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Irace Architecture

The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004

Warwick, NY (845) 988-0198

A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and CPF since 1991, has 25 years’ experience in the framing industry. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

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

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Diamond Mills 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 247-0700

Windham Mountain Ski Resort Windham, NY (518) 734-4300 edewi

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

Crafts People 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859

Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts; the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc.

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

Dorsky Museum SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New PaltzNY, (845) 257-3844

Advanced Comfort Systems

Exposures Gallery

(845) 943-9564

1357 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY (845) 469-9382

Advanced Radiant Design (845) 687-0044

Lighthouse Solar (845) 417-3485

Wittus-Fire By Design (914) 764-5679

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

Antiques Hyde Park Antiques Center

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Internationally recognized photographer Nick Zungoli has been capturing iconic images of the Hudson Valley and world travel since 1979. Current special exhibit “Tuscana”. Fine art for residential and commercial spaces offering interior design services and installation. Commissions, Stock, Photo Workshops.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 437-5632

Gallery 66 66 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 809-5838

Mark Gruber Gallery

Ulster Savings Bank

New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241

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Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 431-8610

Red Hook Community Arts Network 7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-6575

Storm King Art Center (845) 534-3115

Thompson Giroux Gallery 57 Main Street, Chatham, NY (518) 392-3336

Vassar College: The Frances Lehman Loeb Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250, Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251

Artisans Neumann Media LLC 65 Col Water St, Hillsdale, NY (413) 246-5776

Attorneys Traffic and Criminally Related Matters Karen A. Friedman, Esq., President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys, 30 East 33rd Street, 4th FL, New York, NY (212) 213-2145 fax (212) 779-3289

Audio & Video Markertek Video Supply

Auto Sales & Services

Beverages Binnewater/Leisure Time Spring Water 25 South Pine St, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0237

Esotec (845) 246-2411 www.thirstcomesfirst. com

Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 25 year,s we’ve carried a complete line of natural, organic, and unusual juices, spritzers, waters, sodas, iced teas, and coconut water. If you are a store owner, call for details or a catalog of our full line.

Body and Skincare Quench New York 2 Union Street, Montgomery, NY (845) 457-2411

Book Publishers Monkfish Publishing 22 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861

Bookstores Golden Notebook 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY

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

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies Cabinet Designers 747 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200

Cord King

Fleet Service Center

(845) 797-6877

185 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4812

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H. G. Page & Sons

4192 Albany Post Road,, , (845) 229-8200

Gray Owl Gallery Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

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Longyear Gallery

H. Houst & Son

314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0030

85 Main Street, Margaretville, NY (845) 586-3270

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Rhinebeck Bank

Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2115

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John A Alvarez and Sons 3572 US 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917

L Browe Asphalt Services

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MarkJames & Co. 199 Rt. 299, Suite 103, Highland, NY (845) 834-3047

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199 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0869

Senate Gymnasium SUNY Ulster Community College Stone Ridge Campus

Come see and learn from many regional suppliers and manufacturers! REGISTER AT WWW.GREENUPSTATENY.ORG New York Upstate Chapter Hudson Valley Branch Sponsored by:

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Williams Lumber & Home Centers (845) 876-WOOD

Cinemas Rosendale Theater Collective Rosendale, NY

Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery Street, Route 9, Rhinebeck (845) 876-2515, 132 Tinker Street, Woodstock (845) 679-6608, NY 10/13 ChronograM business directory 95 (845) 876-2515

Home Improvement Certapro Painters

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

(845) 987-7561

99 Route 17K, Newburgh, NY (845) 567-0111

Gentech LTD 3017 US Route 9W, New Windsor, NY (845) 568-0500

William Wallace Construction (845) 750-7335

Interior Design New York Designer Fabric Outlet 3143 Route 9, Valatie, NY (518) 758-1555

Internet Services DragonSearch (845) 383-0890

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206

Teece Torre Elizaville, NY

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

The Hudson Valley’s culinary emporium for anyone who loves to cook or entertain. A selection of fine cutlery, professional cookware, appliances, barware and serving pieces. An assortment of machines for fine coffee brewing.  Expert sharpening on premises. Open seven days. 

Landscaping Augustine Landscaping & Nursery 9W & Van Kleecks Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 338-4936

Coral Acres, Keith Buesing, Topiary, Landscape Design, Rock Art (845) 255-6634

Webster Landscape Sheffield, MA (413) 229-8124

Lawyers & Mediators Pathways Mediation Center 239 Wall St, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0100

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

Eisenhower Hall Theatre - USMA West Point, NY

Falcon Music & Art Productions 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-7970

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Starling Productions GlenGarry Glen Ross The Rosendale Theater, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8410

The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233

The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personnel with worldrenowned artists, academy award winning directors, headliner comedians and local, regional, and national artists on the verge of national recognition. An intimate, affordable venue, serving beer and wine, The Linda is a night out you won’t forget.

Pet Services & Supplies Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital 8 Nancy Court, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 227-7297

Pet Country 6830 Rt. 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-9000

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JTD Productions, Inc. (845) 679-8652

Kingston: (845) 331-5357 New Paltz: (845) 255-0615 Stone Ridge: (845) 687-4355 Windham (518) 734-4200 Woodstock: (845) 679-2255,

The Gardens at Rhinebeck (845) 516-4261

Schools Awaken Teen Leadership Life Coaching (413) 212-2030

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

Green Meadow Waldorf School 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY (845) 356-2514

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7092

Located in central Columbia County, NY and situated on a 400-acre working farm, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School supports the development of each child and provides students with the academic, social, and practical skills needed to live in today’s complex world. Also offering parent-child playgroups and High School boarding. Local busing and regional carpools.

High Meadow School

Indian Mountain School

1830 South Rd Suite 101, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-5600

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40 Bulls Bridge Road, South Kent, CT (860) 927-3539

Storm King School Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (845) 534-9860

The Randolph School

(845) 569-3496

The Ulster County Photography club meets the 2n Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm. Meet at the Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen, NY. 845-338-5580. All interested are welcome.

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South Kent School

Bishop Dunn Memorial School

11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-3663

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New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3860

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Rudolf Steiner School

P.O. Box 867, Lenox, MA (413) 637-0755

Hotchkiss School

Aqua Jet

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SUNY New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts

Ulster County Photography Club

Pools & Spas

Poughkeepsie Day School

Berkshire Country Day School

Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4855

(845) 534-7668


Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty

Saugerties, NY (845) 802-6109

Ranni Law Firm 148 North Main Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-0999

Real Estate

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

Maplebrook School Route 22, Amenia, NY (845) 373-9511

Millbrook School 131 Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-8261

Montgomery Montessori School 136 Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY (845) 401-9232

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

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

Wild Earth Wilderness School (845) 256-9830

Woodstock Day School 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties, NY

Specialty Food Stores Kingston Candy Bar 319 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 845.901.3927

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms Route 9W, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1235

Wine & Liquor B&R Wine and Liquor 153 New York 94, Warwick, NY (845) 988-5190

Merchant Wine and Liquor, the 730 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-1923

Miron Wine and Spirits 15 Boices Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5155

Workshops Center for Metal Arts 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-7550

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MUSHROOM For one of nature’s most potent prescriptions, look under your feet.

by wendy kagan

illustration by annie internicola


he woods of Chichester, off Silver Hollow Road, look like woods to me— but to Larry “Veg Shroomdog” Litt they are one big pharmacy. In this lofty cathedral of ash and hemlock, the medicine we’ve come to find is mushrooms. Litt—an amateur mycologist and alternative-healing researcher, teacher, and writer—has taken me here with his partner in fungi crime, Eleanor Heartney, primarily to hunt for polypores, the shelf-like mushrooms that grow on trees and are believed to deliver potent medicinal value. At the very least, we might come up with some dinner. “We’re looking for reishi, chicken of the woods, or early maitakes,” says Litt as we step into the forest on this late-August afternoon. Because of their antiseptic properties, polypores like these have traditionally been used to dress wounds; some research suggests they can also be antitumor, antioxidant, and anticancer. “If you see four reishis in a summer, that’s a good year,” says Litt. “It’s like finding a parking space in the East Village on a Friday night!” Apparently, the wild variety can go for $300 a pound—but this avid forager doesn’t like to take money (“I’d rather trade for flowers, or bad carpentry”). Meanwhile, in the earth under our feet lies a network of mycelium, just one cell wall thick—a diaphanous magic carpet from which the mushrooms grow. “No drug company can take the mushrooms away,” says Litt. “The forests could burn down but the mycelium would still be under the ground. After fires and nuclear holocausts, what comes back first are mycelium and mushrooms.” Ancient Wisdom, Modern Promise It was the Ancient Greeks who first identified mushrooms as medicinal; around 450 BCE, the Greek physician Hippocrates classified the amadou mushroom as a potent anti-inflammatory. In 13th and 14th-century Asia, wandering Taoists studied the properties of mushrooms and recorded their medical effects as well.Yet it’s not just barefoot herbalists who have found health benefits in mushrooms; modern science, too, has its latex-gloved hands in fungi. Cordycepin, a cancer medication that’s now produced synthetically, was originally derived from the cordyceps mushroom. Other fungi offshoots include Cyclosporine, which prevents organ rejection in transplant patients, and the multiple sclerosis medication Gilenya. Recent studies have given strength to the idea that mushroom supplementation can boost the immune system. Yet many mycologists and researchers believe there’s still a lot of untapped potential in mushrooms; clinical trials are expensive and often sponsored by a market-driven pharmaceutical industry. It doesn’t help that a certain level of mycophobia—fear of fungi—prevails in our culture. “Mushrooms are ephemeral and not as familiar to us as plants and animals that we see every day,” says Paul Stamets, an internationally known mycologist, researcher, inventor, and author based in Kamilche Point, Washington. “Some can feed you, some can heal you, some can kill you, some can get you high. If you’re not familiar with something so potent, then the natural reaction is to avoid it.” 98 whole living ChronograM 10/13

Like mushrooms, Stamets himself is a force of nature; an entrepreneur through his natural-products company Fungi Perfecti, he has written six books, holds more than 7 patents(with more pending), and gives TED talks about how mushrooms can save the world. One of his products, a version of the turkey tail mushroom available in pill form under his Host Defense label, was the subject of a recent $2.2 million phase I breast cancer clinical study funded by the NIH. “The study shows strong statistical significance that on a dose-dependent basis, when you consume turkey tail mushroom mycelium, there is a direct enhancement of the immune system, specifically with natural killer cells and cytotoxic T cells,” says Stamets. “These enhance immunity to help keep cancer at bay.” One of his favorite stories is about his own mother, who at 84 years old had metastatic stage 4 breast cancer and treated it by complementing conventional Herceptin drug therapy with turkey tail mushrooms; her case has been written up as a best-outcome scenario in medical journals. Four years ago she had been given six months to live. To this day, she’s tumor-free. Close Encounters of the Forest Kind Popular in parts of Europe and Asia, hunting for wild mushrooms isn’t exactly an all-American pastime; it’s a fringe activity that might gain play among back-to-theearth types. For Litt, though, ’shrooming is in his blood. On summer vacations out of New York City, his Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrant grandparents took him foraging in the Fleischmanns area. “They knew which mushrooms would make you sick and kill you, and which ones were edible and really good,” he says. “If as kids we picked a bad one, they’d knock it out of our hands.” All the years of experience paid off, and Veg Shroomdog seems to sniff out fungi in the darkest of forest corners. Heartney, his consort, is the designated “blade”; she hacks the mushrooms off with a knife and stashes them in a foraging bag. Early on in our hike, we spot tall trees ringed from trunk to tip with polypores—the medicine we’ve come to find. No need for a close look: Litt has dozens of samples at home in preparation for a course he’s teaching this fall on medicinal fungi at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Now it’s onward to satisfy our gourmet appetites for mycophagia (mushroom eating). It’s a slow start, but eventually Heartney hits pay dirt with a beautiful beard mushroom that looks like undersea coral. “These are fabulous to eat—a little bit of oil, a little bit of Earth Balance, and you are living the good life,” says Litt. Gradually, Heartney’s bag fills up with beards, puffballs, and wine-cap stropharia. Along the way, Litt and Heartney point out the poisonous mushrooms—round, harmless looking toadstools that split open to reveal an ominously black interior. Even experts can make mistakes, and the couple has their own foraging war story that landed Heartney in the ER—a puffball error they’ll never make again. Mostly they credit their good health to mushrooms and veganism. (“I can’t afford to eat meat, because then I’ll get cancer or diabetes or heart disease,” says Litt. “Every so often I’ll have a fish. Fish are seaweed with eyes.”)

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Just when the foraging excitement is starting to flag, we round the bend to an unexpected sight. “DON’T MOVE!” booms Litt. Suspecting a snake, I do exactly the opposite and start hopping around like the ground is on fire. But what he spots is a small patch of harmless, sunset-yellow mushrooms. “The last chanterelles of summer!” he croons. To this Shroomdog, it’s Christmas morning. My, Oh My, Mycelium Fungi are intriguing, and to many tastes delicious, but the real medicinal powerhouse beneath them lives inside the earth. “Mushrooms are the fruit of the underground network called mycelium,” says Stamets, who has devoted much of his career to the study of this natural phenomenon. While mushrooms can come up and produce in four or five days, the mycelium from which they arise can be there for decades or hundreds of years. Stamets credits its survival to a potent immune system that allows it to thrive and sometimes grow to thousands of acres in size. The largest organism on Earth is the mycelial mat in eastern Oregon—2,200 acres and more than 2,000 years old. “It’s made up of these threads, about 8 miles of them per cubic inch,” he says. “We have five or six skin cell walls that protect us from infection; the mycelial mat has just one. It’s surrounded by hundreds of millions of hungry microbes that try to consume it, yet it keeps them at bay. This speaks to the concept of host defense; the organism can stave off competitors to live this long and grand life.” Could mycelium be the Earth’s own expression of health and wellness? “We are an ecosystem, we live in an ecosystem, and we are born from an ecosystem. I see it as a continuum—the environment to our own individual health,” says Stamets, who writes passionately about environmental remediation in his book Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Powerful absorbers of toxins, mushrooms may well be nature’s vacuum cleaners; they also break down plant tissue to create the soil that gives us life. “The complexity of the species literally under our feet as we walk is critical for human survival. The loss of biodiversity, the loss of soil, the loss of humus, overpopulation, deforestation—this is really unraveling the very fabric of nature that is essential for us to survive.” The old-growth forest is one habitat that Stamets is eager to protect. It’s here, in the Pacific Northwest, that the uniquely potent agarikon mushroom grows. Stamets’s newest patent centers around the antiviral properties of this enormous and extremely rare mushroom. “We had the mycelium of agarikon, the longest living mushroom in the world and growing exclusively in old-growth forests, tested against avian flu viruses and got astonishing results,” he says. “From the mycelium, we’re finding a whole new repertoire of active constituents that interface and potentiate modern medicine in unexpected ways.” Power to the Mushroom Drinkers Back at Litt’s house, he’s just brewed a pot of reishi tea, which he warns me in advance might offend my palate: “It tastes ooky, but I believe ookiness is good.” After such a lead-in, I’m pleasantly surprised to enjoy the earthiness of the reishi, which he had foraged himself, dried in a dehydrator, and crushed into powder for the brewing of this healing tea. From it comes the long list of polypore mushrooms’ potential health benefits—but Litt steers clear of magical cure-all talk. “We have the option not to drink this,” says Litt. “We can just go to the doctor and get pills. We don’t know what the reaction to medication is going to be for a person’s particular anatomy, but no one has died from reishi tea.You have to have faith, as with all medicines, scientific and otherwise. Why not try this, too, on top of Pilates?” Yet science does support the mushrooms, particularly their biological compounds of beta glucans, polysaccharides, and glycoproteins. All of these have health benefits that seem to work in concert, making a good case for a whole-food approach to fungi. “I think people should eat mushrooms at least three times a week, and at least three different species,” says Stamets, who likes to cook shiitake, maitake, and lion’s mane. “Mushrooms are fabulously rich in nutrition: They can have up to 40 percent of protein, can be a great source of fiber and vitamin D, and have virtually no cholesterol and less than 5 percent fat.” Portobello burger, anyone? For Litt, mushrooms are about self-reliance. “We live in an era where corporations want us to rely on them, and I want to do the opposite. I want to rely on myself and the forest—myself and the knowledge I can get from history and traditional medicine. And what I’ve discovered is that, at 67 years old, I can live pretty well. I can be a pretty healthy geezer.”

At Kripalu, we invite you to breathe—to intentionally pause the ongoing demands of life, bring your attention inward, and rediscover your authentic nature. Conscious engagement with the breath connects you with the intelligence and power of the life force within and around you. Whenever you are faced with a challenge—on the yoga mat, in a relationship, at work, or with your health—you can draw on a deep sense of ease, purpose, and mastery to create positive change. We call it the yoga of life. To learn more: 800.741.7353 or Stay connected: Watch a TEDMED talk by mycologist Paul Stamets.

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Body and Skincare Columbia Beauty Supply 66 North Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-4996 Dermasave Labs, Inc. 3 Charles St. Ste 4, Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-4087

Counseling Julie Zweig, MA, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Imago Relationship Therapist and NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566 Kristen Spada, LCSW (845) 419-2378 The Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy (845) 646-3191

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Asperger's Support Kent Babcock, MSW, CSW, Woodstock Therapy Center 15 Pine Grove Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 807-7147

An older man with a suspected or recent diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome faces unknown territory. Individual counseling or small groups (3-4) offer essential support for meeting these personal and social challenges.


Empowered By Nature (845) 416-4598

Lorraine Hughes, Registered Herbalist (AHG), offers Wellness Consultations that therapeutically integrate Asian and Western Herbal Medicine and Nutrition with their holistic philosophies to health. This approach is grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine with focus placed on an individual’s specific constitutional profile and imbalances. Please visit the website for more information and upcoming events.

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Cassandra Currie, MS, RYT‚ Holistic Health Counselor

Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

41 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 532-7796

Overeating and Food Addiction Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy While sometimes endlessly alluring, overeating doesn’t actually satisfy any of our true and deepest hungers. These deep hungers are messages from the soul. We need to listen deeply to hear those messages. Learn how to deeply listen to your soul by being deeply listened to and discover how to gently and effectively unravel the pattern of overeating and food addiction.


The Accord Center has been successfully helping people to dissolve the pattern of overeating and food addiction since 1986. 845 626 3191 • Both in-person and phone sessions are available.





Helping the alcoholic and addict find the gift of sobriety for over 4 decades and 4 generations. WOMEN’S PROGRAM

(845) 626-3555

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Licensed by NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

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The Sedona Method‰ Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy Discover how to effortlessly turn fear, loss, grief, stress, trauma, addiction, spiritual crisis, and any other life challenge into courage, joy, peace, love, creativity, abundance, self mastery, life mastery and flow.

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The Sedona Method is an elegantly simple yet remarkably profound and effective way to effortlessly dissolve any obstacle to having the life that we all desire. For the only certified and authorized Sedona Method coaching in the Hudson Valley call The Accord Center, 845 626 3191. Phone sessions are available. Find more information and testimonials at


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New Office Announcement! Lorraine Hughes, RH (AHG) Registered Herbalist Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Reflexology, Reiki & Qi Gong New office location at: 1129 Main Street, Fishkill, NY (2nd Floor) (845) 416-4598

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Hudson Valley Center for Neurofeedback 12 Davis Avenue, Vassar Professional Building, Poughkeepsie (845) 473-4939 John M. Carroll 715 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420

John is a spiritual counselor, healer, and teacher. He uses guided imagery, morphology, and healing energy to help facilitate life changes. He has successfully helped his clients to heal themselves from a broad spectrum of conditions, spanning terminal cancer to depression. The Center also offers hypnosis, and Raindrop Technique. Kary Broffman, RN, CH

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(845) 876-6753

15 plus years of helping people find their balance. As a holistic nurse consultant, she weaves her own healing journey and education in psychology, nursing, hypnosis and integrative nutrition to help you take control of your life and to find True North. She also assists pregnant couples with hypnosis and birthing. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Stone Ridge healing Arts, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 332-9936 Movement 4 Life Beacon, NY (845) 386-8343 Nancy Plumer, Energy Healing and Mystery School Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-2252

Energy Healing and Mystery School with One Light Healing Touch in Stone Ridge begins October 2013. The School is based in Shamanic, Esoteric and Holistic teachings across the ancient wisdom traditions. Learn to increase your intuition; release old programming - hurt, grief, sadness, pain; become empowered, grounded, and heartcentered; access Source energy and increase spiritual awareness and more. Also, private OLHT energy healing sessions are available.

Priscilla Bright, MA Rhinebeck & Kingston, , NY (845) 417-8261 Stone Ridge Healing Arts 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-7589 Won Dharma Center 361 Route 23, Claverack, NY 518-851-2581 www.wondharmacenter.or

UPCOMING RETREATS In the Garden of the Medicine Buddha Living Unto Death: Dying Into Life David Crow, Jai Dev Singh, & Robert Thurman Mark Epstein & Robert Thurman October 3 – 6, 2013

August 16 - 18, 2013

Buddha & the Martial Arts:

Medicine Buddha Healing Retreat Combating the Enemy Within Justin Braun & & Robert Lama Palden RobertThurman Thurman October19 11-–26, 13, 2013 August 2013 Sufi Dance of Oneness Retreat The Art of Happiness Banafsheh Sayyad Howard October 18 –Cutler 20, 2013


September 20 – 22, 2013

Health Alliance 396 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 334-4248 Health Quest 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 283-6088 Sharon Hospital 50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon, CT (860) 364-4000

Martial Arts New Paltz Karate Academy, Inc.


Tibetan Bön Healing Retreat Tempa DukteWomen’s Lama Joy of the Yogini: Retreat October Saidman 24 – 27, 2013 Colleen Yee

September 27 – 29, 2013

The Power of a Loving Heart: Devotional Chanting and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat In the Krishna GardenDas of & the Medicine Buddha Sharon Salzberg David Crow, November Jai Dev Singh, & Robert Thurman 15 – 17, 2013

October 3 – 6, 2013

Annual New Year’s Retreat: Real Happiness— Discovering of Reality Buddha &the theNature Martial Arts: Sharon Salzberg, Thurman, Combating theRobert Enemy Within Carolyn Christie, & Brooke Myers Justin Braun & Robert Thurman December 27, 2013 – January 1, 2014

October 11 – 13, 2013 To register or for more information, visit us at or call 845-688-6897

22 North Front Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4523

Massage Therapy Botanica Massage and Wellness 21 South Chestnut Street, Suite 108, New Paltz, NY (845) 594-7807

Amy Mosbacher, LMT and her associates offer a peaceful environment that allows for healing treatments such as Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Oncology and Pregnancy Massage. They use Warm Stones and Crystals, Aromatherapy and Herbal Compresses. Whether you need healing of acute or chronic physical injury, or are looking to relieve anxiety and stress, Massage is a great way to help achieve wellbeing in many different areas of life. Joan Apter (845) 679-0512

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

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Oct 4 thru Oct 27, 2013 Reception for Artists Friday, Oct 4 6-9 pm featuring

Cali Gorevic and Jaanika Peerna 66 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 845-809-5838

Two artists utilizing the elements of light and line to inform their visions

Kristen Spada, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

243 Main Street, Suite 230, New Paltz, NY phone: (845) 214-8477 fax: (845) 419-2378 email:

Individual ~ Marital ~ Substance Abuse ~ Depression Codependency ~ Self-esteem ~ Relationships In a respectful, compassionate environment we will work towards understanding and healing the source of your pain so that you may experience greater happiness, enhanced self-worth, and improved relationships.

Mid-Hudson Rebirthing Center (845) 255-6482

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO, 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge; 138 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 687-7589

Drs. Tieri and Rosen are NY State Licensed Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Osteopathic Manipulation and Cranial Osteopathy. Please visit our website for articles, links, books, and much more information. Treatment of newborns, children, and adults. By appointment.

Psychics Psychic Readings by Rose 40 Mill Hill, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6801

Psychotherapy Amy Frisch

Janne Dooley, LCSW Brigid’s Well New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081

Brigid’s Well is a psychotherapy, coaching and supervision practice. Janne specializes in childhood trauma, addictions, codependency, relationship issues, and inner child work. Coaching for Life Transitions and Practice Building for Health Professionals. Starting in 2013 monthly Trauma Training Workshops for therapists and healers and Circle of Women Workshop Series. Call for information or consultation. FB page: facebook. Sign up for Newsletter on Website. Judy Swallow, MA, LCAT, TEP

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Mindfulness in Education: Cultivating the Social and Emotional Competencies of Educators, November 15-17, and Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Cultivating the Kind Heart as the Path to Liberation, December 5-8.

Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center Phoenicia, NY (845) 688-6897 ext. 0

Spirituality Mesayok Medicine Spiral 9 (845) 831-5790 Spirit Root Services



Tarot-on-the-Hudson‚ Rachel Pollack Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5797

Yoga Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Stockbridge, MA (800) 741-7353

25 Harrington Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-7502

Clear Yoga Iyengar Yoga in Rhinebeck 17b 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY

Kent Babcock, MSW, CSW, Counseling & Therapy for Men

(845) 876-6129

Woodstock & Stone Ridge, NY (845) 807-7147

Classes for all levels and abilities seven days a week including meditation, restorative, prenatal and regular weekend workshops with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. Iyengar Yoga builds strength, stamina, peace of mind, and provides a precise framework for yoga practice based on what works for you.

Therapy is the time-honored process of self-examination with the non-judgmental, confidential support of a dedicated professional. At 63, late in my career, I am limiting my practice to working with men in this endeavor


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Legga, Inc. New Paltz, NY (845) 729-0608

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SunY new PAltz DiStinguiSheD SPeAkeR SeRieS PReSentS… Co-founder and president of The Tibet House, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and president of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

RobeRt A. F. thuRmAn Tibetan Culture as World Treasure: What It Is, How It Came to Be, What Are Its Gifts Today Explore the resilient Buddhistic culture of Tibet, which has a unique role to play. In his timely lecture, Professor Thurman presents its characteristics, a lightning sketch of its genesis, a survey of what it is contributing to the world today, and expected future contributions.

the speaker. Faculty panel discussion follows event.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 · 7:30 p.m. Lecture Center 100 · SUNY New Paltz Parker Theatre Box Office Open through October 18 (closed October 14 & 15) & November 4: Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Parker Theatre lobby. Also open one hour prior to the event in the Lecture Center lobby, where online purchased tickets may be picked up at Will Call. $13 SUNY New Paltz Alumni/Faculty/Staff; Seniors (62+); non-SUNY New Paltz students $18 General Public 845.257.3880 or 845.257.3972

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Please be sure to visit Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art through December 15th.

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Sarah Silver A member of the Stephen Petronio Company, one of the participants of the 2013 Hudson Valley Dance Festival

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A Cause for Dancing On Saturday, October 12, Dancers Responding to AIDS, the producers of the annual Fire Island Dance Festival, will turn their sights north to create a twin, an annual Hudson Valley Dance Festival, in a restored 19th-century warehouse on the Hudson River in Catskill. Proceeds from both events raise money for DRA, which is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Founded by former Paul Taylor Dance Company members Hernando Cortez and Denise Roberts Hurlin, (now the director), Dancers Responding to AIDS has raised over $3 million through its Fire Island festivals, featuring performances by world-renowned modern dance and ballet companies. The hope for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival is that it will be just as prodigious a fundraising event, with the proceeds going to (among other agencies), the AIDS Council of Northeastern NY, which provides services to more than 750 people living in the Hudson Valley with HIV/AIDS, providing access to medicines, counseling, meals, supportive housing, and emergency financial assistance, as well as administering a prevention program for at-risk individuals. In what promises to be an evening of diverse, high-quality dance, the program includes some of the best dancers and choreographers from New York City: Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, the Stephen Petronio Company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Marcelo Gomes (principal dancer from American Ballet Theatre), presenting his witty romantic duet Endlos for ABT members Jessica Saund and Thomas Forster. With works in the repertories of his Brooklyn-based company as well as dance companies worldwide, Ronald K. Brown’s dances traverse the range from tragedy to ebullience, with an essence of spirituality. Combining influences from traditional Caribbean, Latin American, and African dance with urban dance, spoken word and his modern dance training, his choreographic style is hailed for its uniqueness. Brown will be performing with his company in excerpts from TORCH, an homage to dancer Beth Young, who passed away in 2012, set to music by female South African dance mix artist, DJ Zinhle. Dancing in Trisha Brown’s troupe for seven years, Steven Petronio began choreographing for his own company in 1984. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship,

he has been commissioned by some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies and has collaborated with visual artists as varied as Cindy Sherman and Anish Kapoor, and musicians as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, and Sheila Chandra. Known for edgy, angular, and sometimes risqué choreography, Petronio will be presenting excerpts from UNDERLAND, a dark, yet hopeful work to music by Nick Cave. Theatrical, fey, and with a healthy dose of the comedic, Monica Bill Barnes’s choreography has delighted audiences in New York City and afar. Her choreographic ingenuity is carried off with such aplomb by her quartet of female dancers that audiences are easily drawn into their wacky and whimsical world. As one of the first communities struck by AIDS, dancers had to learn to care for their own. In 1988, as the disease became rampant in the dance and theater communities (taking ballet star Rudolph Nureyev, creator/choreographer of “A Chorus Line” Michael Bennett, and dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey, among hundreds of others), performers banded together to create Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to raise funds via benefit events and collection buckets at performances nationwide. They have since collected over $225 million and awarded grants to over 450 service organizations throughout the US that help people with HIV/AIDS. The Hudson Valley Dance Festival will take place on Saturday, October 12, at 5pm at Catskill Point. Tickets range from $40 to $250 (which includes cocktails and a post-performance reception with the dancers and choreographers at a private home in Catskill). (212) 840-0770x229; —Maya Horowitz

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TUESDAY 1 Lectures & Talks Art and Archive: Laurie Anderson 7pm. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921. How Mathematics is Taught in a Waldorf School 7:30pm. Come see what makes a Waldorf Education unique. A presentation by Lisa Krogh and Harlan Gilbert, GMWS Mathematics teachers. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514 ext. 311.

Music Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fis 7pm. Dancers shine your shoes and hit the floor for some moves to the bluesy vibe of this local favorite. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Catoberfest 2013 7:30pm. $40. Come to Catoberfest 2013 for an evening of music and fun to help support Mid Hudson Animal Aid. Door prizes, items for sale and auction, music by The Judith Tulloch Band. the Hop at Beacon, Beacon. 831-4321.

Spirituality Channeled Guidance to Further Your Journey 6:30pm. $20/$15. We are all on a spiritual journey and need guidance on that journey. An excellent way to receive that guidance is from a spirit guide who has distance from our worldly cares and who is understanding, wise, loving, compassionate, supportive, and above all, empowering. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice & Open House with Dharma Talk 6-7pm, meditation instruction available. 7:15-9pm Dharma Talk and Dharma Café. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Workshops & Classes Create Your Sentence of Passion 7pm. $20/$15 in advance. Join psychic medium, channel and inspirational speaker Corbie Mitleid for an inspiring workshop, ready to dig into your history, your beliefs and your dreams. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. The Nuts & Bolts of Self Publishing 6pm. $225 series/$50 class. Presented as part of Oblong’s “Fall Writers Forum.” Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

WEDNESDAY 2 Film Woodstock Film Festival Kick Off Screening 8pm. Dick Fontaine’s feature documentary Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes. Q&A to follow the screening. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 339-4340. Film Screening 7:30pm. A rare screening of Samuel Beckett’s extraordinary Film, starring Buster Keaton in one of his last roles, followed by curator and film theorist Ed Halter’s talk launching the film series, A Door Ajar. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

Health & Wellness Hope After Neonatal Death through Sharing First Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm. Open to all who have suffered the loss of a child, before, during, or after birth Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie.

Kids & Family Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School Session 3-4 & 4-5:30pm. $174. Through Dec. 18. Cirkus Skills as taught by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu are a non-competitive way for youth to explore healthy movement, cross-body activity, and fun interaction with peers. Morris Memorial, Chatham. (518) 392-4622.

on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012. Private Soul Listening Sessions with Celestial Channel Kate Loye First Wednesday of every month, 12-6pm. $75 hour/$40 hlaf hour. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Workshops & Classes Adult Writers’ Workshop 7pm. $90/$60 members. A practical workshop for adult writers. Explore ideas or experiment with works-inprogress. Material will be read in class with moderated peer feedback. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Medicare 101 6:30-8pm. Beekman Library, Hopewell Junction. 724-3414.

THURSDAY 3 Clubs & Organizations Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads First Thursday of every month, 10am-2pm. Drop-in for an informal social gathering Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771. Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Dance Beginner Belly Dance Class 7pm. $12/week. Learn the beautiful and mysterious art of belly dance with instructor Willow, who has been studying this art form for over 20 years Artspace at Ed Dempsey Tattoos, Woodstock. 594-8673. International Folk Dancing 7-8:30pm. $10/$5 children. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Line Dancing 7:30pm. $5. With Diane and Gary. 18 and over please. Lessons and open dance The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.

Film Marinsky Ballet: Swan Lake 7pm. $10. For the first time ever the world’s most loved ballet Swan Lake is being presented live from the city where it was created. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Put It Into Words 7pm. $30 includes cocktail reception. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The School: Humanity’s New Future 7-9pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. Woodstock Film Festival Check website for films and times. Locations, Woodstock.

Food & Wine Open Mike 7pm. Every other Thursday. Hosted by Jack Higgins of Die-Hardz. Sign ups at 7pm Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills. (845)928-5384. Wrap and Roll 6pm. $45. Stuck for something simple to serve or bring for lunch? Looking for ways to involve kids in mealtime? We’ll explore delicious and different vegan fillings and creative ways to wrap them up. Hands-on participation. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.

Health & Wellness Meditation in Everyday Life 7-9pm. $120. Thursdays through Oct. 31. MindfulnessAwareness Meditation practice and how it affects our own lives and the world in which we live. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.



The Big Takeover 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Drew Bordeaux 8pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Akie B & the Falcons 7pm. First Thursday of every month. American souljazz. Doors, bar, and restaurant open at 5:30. No cover, donations welcome. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Joe Satriani 7:30pm. $38/$58/478. With special guests the Steve Morse Band. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Danny Whitecotton 6:30pm. Folk. American Glory BBQ, Hudson. (518) 822-1234.

Singer/songwriter Richard Thompson 8pm. $200 VIP/$56/$46. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

John Simon and the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. John Simon, a noted composer and jazz pianist, leads the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Vienna Teng with Alex Wong 8pm. $45/$30. Vienna Teng has shared the stage with Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn, to name a few. Her music mixes classical, folk, pop, jazz and Americana. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Spirituality Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert 7pm. Acoustic. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. The Marshall Tucker Band 8pm. $65-$80. Southern rock. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (860) 542-5531. The Midtown Men 7:30pm. 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Oct. 5, 8pm. $20/$18/$9. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.

In Our Own Words 8pm. $10/$8 students and seniors. Hudson River Playback Theatre. audience members are invited to speak about times when they’ve spoken up--or wished they had. Actors, facilitator, and musician listen to the stories carefully, then create theatre and music, weaving a network of memory and viewpoints. Deyo Hall, New Paltz. 532 3853. Kill Me Now 8pm. $25/$20 students and seniors/$15 disabled. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. 8pm. $25. $20 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 or older) $15 for Disabled with Parking Permit $10 for Thurs, Oct 3 Preview $15 for Thurs, Oct 10 (includes a talkback with actors and director). KILL ME NOW is a funny, shattering, and heartbreaking story about caring for and ultimately saying good-bye to those we love. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Workshops & Classes Community Drawing: Ink Wash From Life First Thursday of every month, 6pm. $25/$15 selfguided. Come enjoy an evening of large-scale still life drawing from observation, with teaching artist, susie tarnowicz. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis 2-day, international conference on the crisis in education. Olin Auditorium at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. Teen Tech Tutors 5-7:30pm. First Thursday of every month. Computer help by appointment Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. The Woods in Your Backyard 7-8:30pm. $20. Learn to enhance or create natural areas and woodland on your lot. Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, Millbrook.

FRIDAY 4 Art Galleries and Exhibits ArtsWalk 2013 Non-Juried Members Show 4-8pm. Opening reception October 12. Pocketbook Factory, Hudson. Caitlin McCourt 5-8pm. One night-only show. Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville. 614-4066.

Clubs & Organizations HV:CREATE 8:30am. Come check out why over 40 accomplished creative people from both sides of the Hudson and from NYC show up at 8:30 in the morning at a cafe. With Jeffrey Davis. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 679-9441. Satr Nations Sacred Circle 7pm. $5. A positive, not for skeptics, discussion group for experiencers of the paranormal. Open to all dreamers, contactees, abductees, ET Ambassadors & those interested in acknowledging the extraterrestrial presence on earth. Center For Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8083.

Comedy Jerry Seinfeld 7pm. $48/$63/$78. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Fairs & Festivals Burning of Kingston Festival 7-9pm. Reenactment of this historical event. Includes tours, concerts, demonstrations, and a grand ball. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. Hudson Valley Arts Festival at Rhinebeck 10am. $10. A celebration of artistic expression with a main focus on craft, visual art and music. Featuring 200 of America’s top artists and craftspeople and highlighting the culture, food and music of the Hudson Valley. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 331-7900.

Film Peter Gabriel: New Blood Live 8pm. $10. New Blood Live In London In 3 Dimensions captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New Blood Orchestra. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Health & Wellness Yoga with Anna Dec. 31, 12-1:30pm. MountainView Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. A Grief Recovery Weekend for the Widowed and Divorced 7pm. The Beginning Experience of the Hudson Valley, is holding their fall grief recovery weekend for the widowed and divorced. This self-exploratory weekend has helped many wounded individuals develop a new life. St Lawrence Retreat Center, Beacon. 264-4577.

Lectures & Talks Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley 7pm. With author Anthony P. Musso Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie. 485-8506. House of Style: Boscobel and Duncan Phyfe, America’s Most Famous Cabinetmaker 6-8pm. Peter M. Kenny, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator of The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Boscobel, Garrison.

Literary & Books Book Signing and Reading: A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. CCCA ArtsWalk Spotty Lit 7pm. An evening of readings by emerging and established writers featuring Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Sarah Kilborne, Karen Crumley Keats, Sara Kendall and Kenji Suzuki hosted by Karen Schoemer. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Michael and Barbara Schacker: Global Awakening: New Science for the 21st Century 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music Alash Ensemble 8pm. An evening of Tuvan world fusion music and multi-tonal throat singing. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Bill’s Toupee 10pm. Covers. Hurricane Grill & Wings, Poughkeepsie. 243-2222. CKS 7pm. Featuring Randy Ciarlante, Bruce Katz & Scott Sharrard. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Get The Led 8pm. $45. Led Zepplin tribute band. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Groovy Tuesday 8pm. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Leo B. 8pm. Acoustic. Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh. 561-2327. Rockapella @ Infinity Music Hall & Bistro 8pm. $60, $80. Gleefully, they are NOT your childhood Rockapella. Rather they’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups. With the wild success of the TV smash “Glee” and a cappella groups reigning in the Corner of Cool on college campuses, there is clearly a hunger for exciting live vocal performance. A single concert opens a window on practically the whole history of vocal music from vintage Mills Brothers through jazz and rock to current Hip Hop. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Tony Velez 8pm. Latin. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Nightlife Pokemon Game Night for Adults 6:30pm. For participants ages 18+. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Building the Way for Net-Zero Energy in the Hudson Valley 11am-2pm. By Greenhill Contracting. The Preserve at Mountain Vista, New Paltz. The Grand (Slambovian) Opening Grand opening of the new cafe featuring The Grand Slambovians. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. (914) 588-9654. Saugerties First Friday 6-10pm. Art, music, book signing, Woodstock Film Festival screenings. Downtown Saugerties, Saugerties. (347) 387-3212. Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. Annual Gala 6pm. $150. Special gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of SUNY Ulster. Enjoy a silent auction, complimentary cocktail hour, and elegant dinner. Hillside Manor, Kingston. 687-5283.

Theater Bach at Leipzig 8pm. $17/$14 seniors and children under 12. In this hilarious farce—the 18th Century’s American Idol 6 musicians vie for the coveted position of Leipzig’s Chief Organist. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 291-1491.

Kids & Family

Kill Me Now 8pm. $25/$20 students and seniors/$15 disabled. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. 8pm. $25. $20 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 or older) $15 for Disabled with Parking Permit $10 for Thurs, Oct 3 Preview $15 for Thurs, Oct 10 (includes a talkback with actors and director). KILL ME NOW is a funny, shattering, and heartbreaking story about caring for and ultimately saying good-bye to those we love. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Kids’ Yoga 4:30-5:30pm. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Monty Python’s Spamalot 8pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Prenatal Class 6-7:15pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Story Time 10:30am. Ages 1-3. Age appropriate stories and songs. Just bring a lap to sit on! Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Workshops & Classes Title: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30-8:30pm. $350. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie.

theater kill me now

john sowle Steven Patterson and Samuel Hoeksema in Brian Fraser's "Kill Me Now," which will be staged this month in Hudson.

Theater for the Apocalypse What’s in a name? When it comes to the Catskill-based theater company Kaliyuga Arts, there are multitudes. The Hindi term describes our current era as one of imminent annihilation. So why attend a play on the cusp of the apocalypse? For John Sowle and Steven Patterson, Kaliyuga co-founders, creating theater is the best response to the current chaos. “We believe that the theater in particular is one of the things helping us to hold back the dark—that it is, indeed, one of the few remaining places on Earth where people still gather to celebrate, affirm, and uphold everything that makes us human,” Sowle has written. The pair, artistic as well as life partners, brings to Stageworks/Hudson “Kill Me Now” by Brad Fraser, a play that encompasses the myriad conflicts of life: Fighting for love even when it sucks, holding on in the face of pain, and giving up when it’s time. The American premiere, directed by Sowle, runs October 3 to 13 at the Cross Street Theater in Hudson. “Kill Me Now” depicts a family in crisis. Jake, who lost his wife in a car accident, is the sole parent to severely disabled Joey. Offering some assistance are his sister Twyla and Joey’s best friend Rowdy, the latter still coping with fetal alcohol syndrome. When Jake himself is suddenly incapacitated, the primary caregiver must ponder the fate of those dependent on him. The play tackles the wrenching topic of end-of-life choices with irreverent humor, unbridled emotions, and salty talk. This is the signature style of Canadian playwright Fraser, who has been scaring the horses for decades with unflinching looks at the flaws that make us human, the insecurities that drive us, and sex—which further complicates things. Winner of The London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, Fraser is best known to American audiences for writing and producing Showtime’s

“Queer as Folk.” His 1989 play “Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love” became a critically acclaimed film by Denys Arcand. In addition to Patterson, the cast of “Kill Me Now” features Molly Parker-Myers, Samuel Hoeksema, Kay Capasso, and J. D. Scalzo. Fraser based the character of Joey on his own nephew. Refreshingly, he refuses to depict disabled people as moral paragons, Sowle says. “In so much of TV, film, and theater dealing with the disabled, they are saintly and we learn so much about them. But these are very human characters. Joey is a kid of brat. Rowdy has his issues.” “It’s really dealing with disabled characters as flawed and as human as the rest of us,” Patterson says. Kaliyuga Arts has staged Fraser plays before, starting with a 1997 San Francisco staging of “Poor Super Man,” a tale of a married man giving in to homosexual desires and a pre-op transsexual in the last stages of AIDS. Even for the Bay Area, the production was unsettling. “His plays are generally hated when they first come out,” Patterson says. “Several years later, people get the message.” In Fraser’s works, Sowle says, “Emotion and comedy confront the darkness.” For Kaliyuga Arts, the motivation is the same. “We have that impulse as a theater company; we like to push boundaries.” “We want to keep audiences—and ourselves—off balance,” Patterson says. “You don’t want to preach to the converted.” The American premiere of Brad Fraser’s “Kill Me Now” will be staged by Kaliyuga Arts at Stageworks/Hudson’s Cross Street Theater in Hudson October 3 to 13. (518) 822-9667; —Jay Blotcher

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Celluloid Columbia film columbia preview

Decapoda Shock

Film Columbia, held in the cozy Columbia County village of Chatham, opens October

The festival will screen multiple films from both Sony Pictures and the Weinstein

22 and runs through October 27, screening more than 25 top flight independent and

brothers this year, including the latest Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, about

foreign films, with plenty of star power from major studio releases, too. Over the course

a down-and-out folksinger, set in Greenwich Village circa 1961. Lauded by critics, and

of its 14-year history, industry insiders say that Film Columbia has become the best

winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this sweet, sad, and funny movie has excellent

small film festival on the East Coast. “I can truly say this is going to be the best festival

music by T. Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford, as well as a cast of household names.

we’ve ever had,” says Peter Biskind, executive director of Film Columbia and one of its

Like Father, Like Son, a film from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, so impressed

co-programmers. “The festival keeps getting bigger and bigger and better and better.”

Cannes Jury President Steven Spielberg that he awarded it a special jury prize and

Opening night features a screening of Philomena, a new film by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity), starring Judi Dench. Foreign, independent, and major studio releases—dramas, documentaries, and even action/thrillers—will be screened over the course of the five-day event at the 800-seat, single-screen,1920s-era Crandell Theatre on Main Street, and at the Morris Memorial building around the corner, where the gymnasium transforms nicely to seat 150. “Tiny Chatham has a population of approximately 2,000, yet the festival sells upwards of 8,000 tickets, making it the second most popular event in the county after the Columbia County Fair,” says Robyn Coe, spokesperson for the festival. Because the festival is concentrated, there’s no need to drive from one film to the next like other festivals. “People know each other here and there is a family atmosphere,” says Biskind. Nabbing great films doesn’t happen by itself. “Partly it’s relationships [which Biskind and Laurence Kardish, former senior curator of films at MoMA, have in abundance] and partly it’s persistence,” Biskind says of the festival’s ability to attract top-flight releases.

already has an American version in the works. Mandela, a drama from the Weinstein Company about the great leader’s early days as a fiery revolutionary, stars Idris Elba of “The Wire” and “Luther” fame. The Book Thief, a movie version of the best-seller by Markus Zusak, stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Its director, Brian Percival, well known for his TV work in Britain, including episodes of “Downton Abbey,” will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A. The festival closes with a screening of August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comic play, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan McGregor. “The film got a standing ovation at the Toronto Festival,” says Biskind. “We purposely close with it so that people will stay through the weekend.” The organizers hope Film Columbia will not to grow too much and lose the camaraderie in the audience that pervades the festival now, but they plan to expand to Hudson, which, as Biskind says, “Is a great festival town waiting to happen, and

“Any festival is dependent on whatever films are coming out that year. We have a surfeit

it’s walkable like Chatham.” Coe recalls the screening of last year’s hit, Silver Linings

of good movies this year.”

Playbook. She was sitting in the balcony at the Crandell, and of course the house was

“All the films we show are not yet released, and all evening films are big studio releases, many of them Oscar contenders,” Biskind says. (Last year featured screenings of The Sessions and Rust and Bone.) “We have Academy members in our region, too, so producers want to get their movies to them. It helps that we’re shouting distance

packed. “It was just a blast to be in the audience,” she says. “There was wall-to-wall excitement and we were all cheering.” Film Columbia takes over multiple venues in Chatham October 22 to 27.

from New York City and half the cost of other festivals.” Tickets to films are $10 to $15. Ballin' at the Graveyard

Inside Llewyn Davis

Bending Steel

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—Shawn Hartley Hancock

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Like Father Like Son

The Oath

Le Weekend

7 Boxes

August: Osage County

The Rocket

Beyond Iconic

In The Name Of

When I Walk

Climb to Kathadin

Animation for Grownups

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SATURDAY 5 Art Galleries & Exhibits Artswalk 12-4pm. Tour the park from new perspectives with docent-led tours. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. Jane Dickson: Out of Here 4-6pm. Artist's reception with road music by DJ Jeannine Hopper of Art on Air Radio. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. Wandering & Wonderings 3pm. Join artist Christopher Ho on an imaginative exploration of Storm King. Please Bring a smart phone. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

Comedy Colin Quinn’s Unconstitutional 8pm. $50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Dance The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 7:30pm. $30/$10 children and student rush. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2 or 10. Swing Dance 8pm. First Saturday of every month. $10. Workshop at 7:30pm with Linda and Chester Freeman. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 853-7377.

virtual exhibition, Augmented Reality: Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

Literary & Books CCCA ArtsWalk Literary Festival Noon. Come hear our finest NY poets & writers read from their recent work: Rebecca Wolff & Greg Hrbek, Djelloul Marbrook & Tracie Morris, James Lasdun & Lydia Davis. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Author Tony Fletcher 6pm. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Authors Talk and Book Signing 4:30pm. $15/$10. Mitchel Levitas hosts a discussion with Elizabeth Graver (The End of the Point), Katherine Hall Page (The Body in the Piazza), and Robert K. Massie. New Marlborough Village Association Meeting House, New Marlborough, MA. Book Party with Author Marilyn Oser 4-6pm. Ancram Opera House, Ancram. (518) 329-7393. Jack Miller 3pm. Discussing his autobiography The Alchemy of Grief: The Life Story of Dr. Jack Miller and His Creation of the Phoenix Project. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Leaf Peeper Concert 7:30pm. $20/$70 series pass. Clarion Concerts in Columbia County’s Leaf Peeper series presents “The Music of Bach” with Sanford Allen on violin, Virginia Brewer on oboe, and Edward Brewer on harpsichord. Copake United Methodist Church, Copake. (518) 329-5613. The Met: Live in HD Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. The Met: Live in HD with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin 12:55pm. $10-$25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Neon Moon 8pm. Country. Pickwick Pub, Poughkeepsie. Ray Blue Quartet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki 8pm. $45/$30. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Scotland’s Battlefield Band 8:30pm. $35/$30 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654.

ArtsWalk Literary Festival in Hudson Held concurrently with the Columbia County Council on the Arts’ annual ArtsWalk, which takes place this month in Hudson over two weekends (October 4 to 6 and October 11 to 13), the 2013 ArtsWalk Literary Festival offers readings by authors and poets at several venues. It kicks off on October 4 at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale with a four-writer program titled “Spotty Lit”; the weekend continues at the Hudson Opera House with afternoon readings on October 5 and 6 by Rebecca Wolff, Djelloul Marbrook, Lydia Davis, and others. The festival closes October 11 at Stoddard Corner Bookshop with poet Irene Mitchell. (518) 671-6213;

Burning of Kingston Festival 9am-10:30pm. Reenactment of this historical event. Includes tours, concerts, demonstrations, and a grand ball. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s 12th Annual Shindig: A Festival of Vegan Living! 11am. $3-$10. Meet rescued farm animals, take a hayride, enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, hone your culinary skills at vegan cooking demos. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Children of the World 10am. $15/$10 in advance/children under 7 free. To benefit children of hardships and struggles in life. Musical bands, comedians, christian dancers, food and craft vendors, and a large childrens area with bounce houses and slides. His Word Revealed Church Grounds, Kingston. 706-5331.

Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701. 13th Annual Tivoli Street Painting Festival 9am-5pm. A day-long “paint-in” by artists of all ages. Materials provided, and acoustic music by Joe Tobin’s Acoustic Medicine. Tivoli Artists Co-op, Tivoli.

Food & Wine Wine Festival At Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 11am-4pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Kids & Family Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. National Star Wars Reads Day 4pm. A day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars, is returning for a second year. Oblong Books & Music, Millerton. (518) 789-3797. Open Mike Night 7pm. First Saturday of every month. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Saturday Arts Lab 9am-3:30pm. Eight-class sessions in the visual arts, theater, music for ages K-12. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3850.

Lectures & Talks Dharma Study Group 10am. 1st class free/$15. We are also a Buddhist Sangha which offers support for all who wish to be part of a sangha community. Call center for specific class topics. Greymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison. 235-5800. New Docent Programming Noon. Tours and workshops range in topic, length and subject matter. At 2 PM there is a scheduled tour or event, and just before dusk there is a guided tour of the

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Workshops & Classes AARP Driver Safety Course 10am-5:30pm. Beekman Library, Hopewell Junction. 724-3414. Teen Geek Squad 10am-2pm. Get help with your technology problems. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

SUNDAY 6 Clubs & Organizations 19th Annual Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer 9am. A 3-mile walkathon held each year to bring attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Proceeds fund Support Connection’s free support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402.

Dance Class Sampler 7pm. $75/$60 members. With Evan MacDonald. Different styles of dance will be covered. Two four week sessions. No partner necessary. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

18th Century Autumn Festival at Senate 11am-3pm. Demonstration, hands-on activities, visit with the 3rd Ulster County Militia during their demonstrations, live period music. Senate House and Museum, Kingston.

Kingston Rock and Roll Flea Market 10am-5pm. $3. Vintage and new vinyl records, cds, memorabilia, vintage toys, collectibles, outsider art, handmade jewelry, guitars, t-shirts, DJ music. Andy Murphy Rec Center, Kingston. Rocknrollfleamarket. com/vendors.html.

Monty Python’s Spamalot 8pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Fairs & Festivals

Beets to Feed the World with Pete Seeger and Farm-Loving Friends 12-11pm. $16/$8. Local harvest & music celebration to benefit Brook Farm Project, Slow Food, & Oxfam. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052.

for Thurs, Oct 10 (includes a talkback with actors and director). KILL ME NOW is a funny, shattering, and heartbreaking story about caring for and ultimately saying good-bye to those we love. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. 518-822-9667.

Scoville Speaker Series: Sarah S. Kilborne “American Phoenix” 2pm. American Phoenix is the story of 19th-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood—and his improbable, inspiring comeback to the pinnacle of the business world. Oblong Books & Music, Millerton. (860) 435-2838. Tony Fletcher: Boy About Town 6pm. The author of highly acclaimed Keith Moon and Smiths biographies now tells his own story of a life in love with music, taking the reader back to the glory days of the 1970s. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Voices of Poetry 5pm. Featuring poetry by Tony Howarth, Mark McGuire-Schwartz, Natasha Scripture, Ravi Shankar, Neil Silberblatt, & music by Buzz Turner. House of Books, Kent, CT. (860) 927-4104.

Music Archie Fisher 8pm. $20. Master guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. The Bar Spies 9pm. Acoustic, electric rock. Shea O’Brien’s, New Paltz. 255-1438. Blues Brews with the Jonny Monster Band and Livin’ the Blues 8pm. $35-$50. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Bohemian Slacker 9pm. Original jam/rock, featuring Seth Fallon, guitar vocals, Tom Williams, guitar vocals, Eugene Ditri drum, vocals and Mike Persico on bass. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Brews Blues with the Jonny Monster Band and Livin’ the Blues 8pm. $15.00. A perfect way to cap off the day at Peekskill’s Second Annual Hops and Harvest Fest. Kick back, sip some craft beers and enjoy a night of blues featuring the Jonny Monster Band and Livin’ the Blues. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Bryan Gordon 10pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Ed Palermo Big Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

World Music 8pm. $25/$21 in advance and members/$17 members in advance. With Steve Gorn, Peter Blum & Naaz Hosseini. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: En Plein Air Exhibit and Auction 5-7pm. A ‘paint-out’ benefit in collaboration between the CCCA and Olana Partnership, featuring a cocktail reception, art show and live art auction. A group of 30 juried artists will be selected to participate, painting onsite at Olana over the three day period with their works shown and auctioned during the cocktail reception. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. First Saturday of every month. ASK’s openings are elegant affairs with wine, hors d’oeuvres and art enthusiasts. These monthly events are part of Kingston’s First Saturday art events. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. Ten Broeck Commons Resident Council Penny Social Noon. Calling starts at 2, new/specials tables, door prizes, gift certificates, raffles, bake sale. Ten Broeck Commons, Lake Katrine. 943-6877.

Outdoors & Recreation Woodland Adventure 1:30-4pm. Patti Rudge will lead participants ages 6-12 and accompanying adults or teens in a Woodland Adventure. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Swing Dance 7:30-10:30pm. $10. Basic lesson at 7:30 with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 236-3939.

Fairs & Festivals Burning of Kingston Festival 10am-5pm. Reenactment of this historical event. Includes tours, concerts, demonstrations, and a grand ball. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. Beets to Feed the World with Pete Seeger and Farm-Loving Friends 10am. $16/$8. Local harvest & music celebration to benefit Brook Farm Project, Slow Food, & Oxfam. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052. Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701.

Health & Wellness Baby Yoga 11am-noon. $16.50. Non-walking babies —including newborns through crawlers, along with their caregivers, establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Toddler-Preshcool Yoga 3:15-4:15pm. $16.50. Toddlers through age 4 and their care-givers establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Kids & Family Little Painters: All About Color 10:30am. $48 3 class series/ $20. Draw, trace, stamp, paint, spray and splatter with color. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Lectures & Talks CCCA ArtsWalk Literary Festival Noon. Illya Szilak and Paul LaFarge, 12pm-1:30pm. Cara Benson andJoydee Roy-Bhattacharya 1:453:15pm, and James Lasdun and Lydia Davis, 3:305pm. Q&A and book signing to follow each reading. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 828-4058.

Literary & Books Bruce Hopkins and Howard Horii 2pm. Truth in the Rivers, an illustrated collection of essays and poetry focusing on human resilience, determination in the light of adversity, and the human ability to sustain the creative voice. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Mala Hoffman 4pm. Reading poems from her new book, A Year of Wednesdays. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.



Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

American String Quartet 3pm. $20/$5 students. Performing the first of their Ode to Beethoven series. Presented by Newburgh Chamber Music. St. George’s Church, Newburgh. 231-3592.


Bela Fleck NY Banjo Summit 7pm. $30-$70. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Bach at Leipzig 8pm. $17/$14 seniors and children under 12. In this hilarious farce—the 18th Century’s American Idol 6 musicians vie for the coveted position of Leipzig’s Chief Organist. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 291-1491. Kill Me Now 8pm. $25/$20 students and seniors/$15 disabled. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. 8pm. $25. $20 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 or older) $15 for Disabled with Parking Permit $10 for Thurs, Oct 3 Preview $15

Capital Jazz Center Orchestra: Tribute to Benny Goodman with Patty Barkas 1:30pm. $50-$75. Featuring Ken Poplowski on clarinet. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (860) 542-5531. Commander Cody 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Fall Concert Series 3pm. $12/$10 seniors/children free. Featuring Randy Burns. St. James Church, Hyde Park. 233-5437.

theater no child

Nilaja Sun brings her one-woman show “No Child” to Bard’s Sosnoff Theater October 4 through 6.

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Beautiful Human Beings As a theater major at Franklin and Marshall College, a private, predominately white liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania, Nilaja Sun wrote a play featuring an interracial cast. “All of the characters were black and Latino,” Sun says. “I had no one to play any of the characters.” So started Sun’s career as a solo artist. In her award-winning one-woman show “No Child”—which will be staged at Bard’s Sosnoff Theater October 4 through 6—Sun seamlessly embodies the usual suspects of an inner-city public high school: class rabble-rousers, idealistic teachers, sage janitors. The play is based on Sun’s 15 years of experience as a New York City public school teaching artist—a professional artist who teaches temporary, intensive courses in artsdeprived schools. In the play, Sun plays a version of herself—a teaching artist named Ms. Sun—at the fictional Malcolm X High School in South Bronx. Sun’s dynamism as a performer is apparent in her ability to portray every character—from fiery teenagers to blue-collar workers—as convincingly as the one that’s based on her own life. From replicating physical details, like distinctive facial features, expressive postures, and authentic accents, to capturing individual personalities and attitudes, Sun invokes characters with such heartfelt precision that she seems to momentarily become each person—a shapeshifter of the stage. “I love physical comedy,” says Sun. “I can literally embody someone in a second.” Sun’s affecting portrayals of the students, teachers, administrators, and personnel at Malcolm X High are complemented by the piece’s thematic resonances. In the play “No Child,” Ms. Sun is teaching a play, “Our Country’s Good,” that is about Australian convicts who are staging a play while behind bars. The overlapping structure—a play within a play within a play—is one way that Sun asks us to consider the impact of art

on our lives, the relationship between fiction and reality. “‘Our Country’s Good’ is about convicts doing a play,” Sun says, adding that while seemingly unrelated, the play’s setting strikes a chord with students who spend so much of their school day passing through security checks. “It’s almost like we’re setting them up to go to prison,” says Sun. “In ‘No Child,’ I can talk to the student characters about what it means to be imprisoned, what it means to feel imprisoned.” While “No Child” touches upon many political themes—it’s named after the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, after all—there is no overt agenda. “It’s not didactic,” Sun says. “Hopefully, your heart is opening to the challenges that the kids and teachers face.” In her attempt to accurately portray the spirit and humor of these students—so often marginalized and misunderstood—Sun simultaneously pays tribute to them. “People call them ‘at risk.’ ‘Beautiful human beings who are young art thespians’—that’s what I want to call them.” Sun also celebrates the dedicated teachers and administrators in “No Child” by depicting them not as inflexible taskmasters, but as people who believe in the transformative power of the arts—like Principal Kennedy. “She’s tough as nails, but she believes in the work that Ms. Sun is trying to accomplish,” Sun says. Nilaja Sun is a Live Arts Bard resident artist, and she will also teach a solo performance class at the school in the spring. During her residency, Sun will be working on a new play, “Pike Street.” She says, “It’s about a family in the Lower East Side during the storm of the century and what happens when personalities collide.” “No Child,” directed by Hal Brooks, will be staged at Bard’s Sosnoff Theater October 4-6. (845) 758-7900; —Jennifer Gutman

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JB’s Soul Jazz 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jeremy Denk, Piano 3pm. $42.50/$15 students. Chamber Music Concert Series. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. The Defibulators 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. (914) 588-9654.

Nightlife Average White Band 7:30pm. $40-$55. Soul and funk bands. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (860) 542-5531.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Love It or Swap It 3-5pm. $20. Private Residence, Stone Ridge. (678) 595-7725.


Workshops & Classes

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck 8pm. $45-$115. With Al Jardine & David Marks. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Hands-on Ergonomic Hammer Work with Hofi 9am. $600. Three days of demonstration and hands-on time at your own Hofi-tooled anvil. Learn the efficient power stroke hammer swing to protect your body from repetitive motion injuries, different uses of the hammer and anvil surface, and the most productive ways to go about moving metal. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Italian Singer Patrizio Buanne 8pm. $75/$58. Reception to precede concert at 7:15pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Music in the Museum: Electronic Music 7pm. $8. Professor Bob Lukomski will be presenting new works for multichannel electronics by students and faculty. 7pm. $8/$6/$3. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz.

Workshops & Classes


Spooky Series-Make Your Own Candelabra with Donna Davies 7pm. free. Spooky craft workshop for ages 16 & up. Program is limited to 12 people. All supplies provided. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

Business & Networking

Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30-8:30pm. $60 series/$15. Led by Iris Litt. 21 Cedar Way, Woodstock. 679-8256.

Clubs & Organizations

Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640.

Health & Wellness

Friends of Grinnell Library Meeting 6pm. Monthly meeting to plan fun and worthwhile activities that support the library and its programs. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

Eating For Energy with Thea Harvey-Barratt 7pm. $15. What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? Learn what factors rob you of your energy and which foods are best to

Kingston-Rhinebeck Toastmasters Club 7-9pm. Second Thursday of every month. Practice public speaking skills. Ulster County Office Building, Kingston. 338-5184.


Theater Kill Me Now 2pm. $25/$20 students and seniors/$15 disabled. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. 8pm. $25. $20 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 or older) $15 for Disabled with Parking Permit $10 for Thurs, Oct 3 Preview $15 for Thurs, Oct 10 (includes a talkback with actors and director). KILL ME NOW is a funny, shattering, and heartbreaking story about caring for and ultimately saying good-bye to those we love. Stageworks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Scene Study Workshop with Christine Crawfis 7pm. $90/$60 members. A practical workshop for adult actors. Explore intention, objective and style in scenes from contemporary and classic plays. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Michel Pellerin's harp-guitar played by Claude LaFlamme.

Monty Python’s Spamalot 3pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Music William Parker 8pm. Jazz. Quinn’s, Beacon.

Theater Concert Reading of Kilty’s Revolt 7:30pm. $176 with reception/$76. Featuring Broadway performers. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Workshops & Classes Creative Music Studio’s 40th Anniversary Workshop 9am-5pm. Through October 11. Features renowned musicians and educators to explor CMS’s “Music Mind” practice that focuses on the common elements of all music, inspiring awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication. Full Moon Resort, Big Indian. Creativemusicfoundation. org. Learn to Meditate with Raja Yoga Meditation 6pm. First Monday of every month. Enhance or begin a meditation practice. Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga is an ancient spiritual discipline that is used for relaxing, refreshing and clearing the mind and heart to experience peace and positivity in the life Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center, Haines Falls, Hunter Mt. (528) 589-5000. Sparks Inspiration Monthly Class 6:30pm. First Monday of every month. $25. Learn to do what sparks your interest by transforming life challenges into opportunities! Join a supportive community where you can be yourself in order to learn and be happier Maria Blon, Middletown. 313-2853. Teen Skeleton Halloween Costume Craft Workshop 3:30-5pm. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212.

TUESDAY 8 Health & Wellness Yoga with Anna Dec. 31, 12-1:30pm. MountainView Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Now in its fifth year, the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase will take place at the Bearsville Theater from October 25 to 27. A show and sale of fine hand-made acoustic guitars and other stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers, the event is a celebration of the acoustic guitar community that features live concerts of acoustic music, clinics, exhibits, and other special events. Adjunct happenings include the Tonewood Festival, a free “pre-showcase shopping opportunity” featuring fine wood and tool dealers and their wares at Utopia Soundstage; and the String Sampler Concert at the Woodstock Playhouse. (845) 679-9025; eat to increase it. The Chinese Healing Arts Center, Kingston. 338-4325. When Wounds Won’t Heal 6pm. Francine Brooks, MD, FACEP, Interim Medical Director, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Wound Care Center. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (877) 729-2444.

Lectures & Talks Dance and Finance: Social Kinestetics and Derivative Logics 6pm. A commissioned talk by New York University professor Randy Martin that finds connections between dance and finance. Presented in conjunction with Bureau de l’APA’s Death and the Young-Girl. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

Literary & Books The Glaring Omissions Themed Reading Series 7pm. Three Hudson Valley authors reading from their recent work. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Sunset Reading Series: TC Boyle 7pm. Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Cold Spring. 265-5537.

Music Casey Erdman 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Colin Hay 8pm. $60/$41. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


Literary & Books

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Poetry & Fiction Reading Series: Dana Spiotta 7:30pm. Author of Stone Arabia. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.

Malidoma Somé $250. Through October 11. Sharing sacred knowledge for unification, healing and transformation. Location availble, High Falls.

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

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Workshops & Classes Garden Wrap-Up 10am-noon. $27 non-members. Elisabeth Cary. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.

FRIDAY 11 Comedy Ralphie May 8pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Zydeco Dance with ZydeGroove Lesson at 7pm, dance 8pm-11pm. $15/$10 FT students. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 255-7061.

Fairs & Festivals Woodstock Nights 6pm. Woodstock’s own version of a night market. Businesses will offer special night time deals, restaurants will create small bites or special menu items, artists will be recruited to create pop-up art shows and musicians invited to perform. Woodstock Nights, Woodstock. 594-6518. O Positive Festival Check for times. Music and art. Multiple venues. Uptown

Food & Wine

Kids & Family

The Science of De Rerum Natura: Then and Now 3:30pm. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.

Community Gathering and Talk with Malidoma Somé 6-8pm. $30. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

Plan 9 From Outer Space 7:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Dutchess Peace 5:30-7pm. First Monday of every month. All those interested in peace, social justice, and the revolution of the 99% are invited Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 876-7906.

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Business & Networking

Lego Club 6:30pm. We’ll supply the bricks, you supply the creativity. Ages 7 - 12. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Take 6 8pm. $50, $70. Take 6 heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.


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Farm Music Round Robin and Potluck 4pm. First Sunday of every month. Farm music round robin and potluck. You’re welcome to bring a song to share, an instrument (or two!), your voice, or just your good cheer. Potluck at 6:30pm. Music until 9pm Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052.

Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Dance Beginner Belly Dance Class 7pm. $12/week. Learn the beautiful and mysterious art of belly dance with instructor Willow, who has been studying this art form for over 20 years Artspace at Ed Dempsey Tattoos, Woodstock. 594-8673. International Folk Dancing 7-8:30pm. $10/$5 children. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Line Dancing 7:30pm. $5. With Diane and Gary. 18 and over please. Lessons and open dance. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.

Film Special Effect 8pm. Experimental film directed and peformed by Peter Burr. Basilica Hudson, Hudson.

Food & Wine Eat the Farm 2 7pm. $85. The second farm greenhouse dinner bringing together the culinary talents of Helsinki Hudson Executive Chef Hugh Horner and the bounty of Holmquest Farms. Holmquest Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-9629

Health & Wellness Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Field To Fork Gourmet Supper Club 7pm. $65. Harvest menu features Rogowski Farm’s produce, paired with local artisanal specialties. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574.

Health & Wellness Essential Waves: A Moving Meditation 7:30-9pm. Second Friday of every month. $15/$10 students and seniors. 5rythms-Bob. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255.8212.

Kids & Family Kids’ Yoga 4:30-5:30pm. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Story Time 10:30am. Ages 1-3. Age appropriate stories and songs. Just bring a lap to sit on! Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Lectures & Talks Elder Abuse: A Hidden but Pervasive Problem 2-3:30pm. Beekman Library, Hopewell Junction. 724-3414.

Literary & Books David Cleveland: Love’s Attraction 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music Acoustic Sludge 9pm. Shea O’Brien’s, New Paltz. 255-1438. The Bar Spies 7pm. Classic rock. Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7026. The Bobs 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654. The Chain Gang Band 10pm. Classic rock. Hurricane Grill & Wings, Poughkeepsie. 243-2222. Coco Montoya 8pm. $49/$34. A self-taught guitar slinger who plays left-handed and up side down in the style of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Happy Trauma 8pm. $8-$12. The Hudson Valley Fork Guild's Friends of Fiddler's Green Chapter presents Happy Trauma in concert. Hyde Park Methodist Church and Church Street, Hyde Park. 758-2681.


Hugh Brodie & The Cosmic Ensemble 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Bruce Molsky 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654.

Keith Newman 6pm. Acoustic. Wildfire Grill, Montgomery. 457-3770.

John Simon and the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. John Simon, a noted composer and jazz pianist, leads the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Lisa Marie Presley 8pm. $35/$45/$100. With special guest The Alternate Routes. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Live at the Orpheum 7:30pm. Multi-generational jazz spectacular. Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville. (518) 263-4246.

Lucy Wainwright Roche 8pm. $20. Singer.songwriter, featuring featuring Suzzy Roche. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

performance what to expect when you're not expecting

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Julie Novak and the cast of "What To Expect When You're Not Expecting," which will be performed in Rosendale this month.

Unplanned Parenthood “Our culture’s focus on reproductive rights is in the zeitgeist—and lucky for all of us that Eva Tenuto and Sari Botton have their fingers on the pulse.” Nurse practitioner, psychotherapist, and co-author of Mothering and Daughtering Sil Reynolds spoke these words to Chronogram after witnessing the TMI Project’s original production “What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting!” With 44 Planned Parenthoods closing in the past year and political leaders, such as Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, supporting the demise of women’s health clinics, “What to Expect” lifts the veil on one the era’s most heated topics. Under the direction of executive director Eva Tenuto and editorial director Sari Botton, Hudson Valley theater organization TMI Project tackles reproductive rights head-on as it performs “What to Expect” at the Rosendale Theatre this month. The project was birthed from the many workshops offered by TMI. In each class, Tenuto, Botton, and TMI cofounder/instructor Julie Novak work seamlessly to help students uncloak the secrets within their hearts, ultimately constructing each tale into a performance. Botton reaches inside the students and helps to reveal their hidden truths, while Tenuto then shapes the tales to fit the stage. TMI stands for “Too Much Information,” and each workshop reveals that information by asking, “What is the part of the story you usually leave out?” Tenuto noticed a trend among TMI workshops that paralleled topics found in the press; stories of incest, sexual abuse, terminated pregnancies, adoption, and other such narratives poured from the lips and hearts of those attending the classes. Reproductive rights became an inevitable portion of each session. “It is the topic that is most unspoken,” says Tenuto. With the help of Botton, Tenuto compiled these remarkable tales into “What to Expect.” Seventeen featured readers will expose their own reproductive stories of heartache and excitement on the Rosendale stage. The performance will tell of a woman who, upon

being raped by her brother at 14, hid the story until her attendance at a TMI workshop. A set of five elderly women will reveal their tales of illegal abortions before the fateful Roe v. Wade, and their years of secrecy. Accounts of young men and women can be heard, highlighting the journey of teenage parenthood, though the writers, all minors, themselves will not be performing themselves. Though intense in subject matter, the tone of the piece is balanced by light-hearted and humorous musical interludes. The piece debuted in June on the Bearsville Theater stage in Woodstock and left Tenuto and Botton awestruck by what they helped create. “I didn’t realize how special it was until after the first performance,” Tenuto notes. And special it was, though perhaps more for the performers than anyone else. Dark secrets that once weighed down the hearts of each actor became a source of empowerment as audience members confessed the level by which each tale uplifted them after the show. Tenuto and Botton both wish to take the show on the road, and the TMI Project is seeking help from the community. With proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and TMI’s Community Outreach Initiative, the TMI Project has created a crowdsourcing page on with the hopes of raising over $100,000. Botton and Tenuto hope the piece will join ranks with Ensler’s work in both its style, message, and reach. “The time is now to secure a woman’s right to choose for all time,” Reynold says, “and I imagine ‘What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting’ will inform many audiences and keep our spirits up as we fight the good fight.” “What to Expect” will be staged at the Rosendale Theatre from October 25 to 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Other October TMI events include TMIdol, an ongoing story slams series on October 3, and a Women’s Week Retreat in Provincetown, Massachusetts October 16 to 20.; —Joseph Mastando 10/13 ChronograM forecast 115

Second Friday Jam with Jeff Entin & Bob Blum 8pm. They’ll be doing their usual unusual thing, but with a guest or two sitting in, not to play their usual stuff, but to see what happens through the magic of Jamming. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Simply Pat Tomasso & Company 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. An Evening with Michael Bernier 7pm. $20. Presented by Troubadoor Promotions. Unison, New Paltz. (917) 250-0573. Vanilla Fudge 8pm. 60’s rock. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Woodstock Nights 6-10pm. Peter Cody plays piano. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Theater Fame 7:30pm. $15. Presented by NextQuest Productions. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 418-9751. Spamalot 7:30pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Hudson Valley Wine & Leaf Peeping Fest 1pm. Several wineries will be offering complimentary tastings, and the tasting rooms of several other wineries are nearby. Enjoy free entry to the event, culinary samples, special deals, special prizes, and more. A portion of sales will benefit Scenic Hudson. Hudson Valley Wine Market, Gardiner. 255-0600. Say Cheese: Take Home a Blue Noon. $65. Join Peter, Kindel, Hawthorne Valley Farm cheesemaker, in the farm’s Creamery to make your own blue that will age out in our cellars. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent. (518) 672-7500.

Health & Wellness Medicine Making: Fall Herbs for Colds & Illness 2-4pm. $35. Cough, sore throats and the flu are just some effects of the change of weather in the fall and winter. Join me for an interactive workshop of herbal medicine making. We will make a warming tea, salve, tincture and syrup to aid our bodies during these trying months. Learn how the herbs can enhance our immunity and decrease the unpleasant symptoms of being sick. Tara Gregorio Holistic Healing, Cold Spring. (617) 512-9501.


Outdoors & Recreation

The Bean Runner Jazz Project 7:30pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Open Days Program Garden Tour: Pawling Noon. $5/children under 12 free. Explore the private garden of Duncan & Julia Brine in Pawling, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy and the Friends of the Great Swamp. The Brine Garden, Pawling. (888) 842-2442.

Betty & The Boomers: Paying Our Respects 8pm. $25/$21 in advance and members/$17 members in advance. The Boomers will pay homage to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and other great singer/songwriters from that era. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Catskill Jazz Factory: Aaron Diehl Ensemble 8pm. In advance $23/$18 seniors/$7 students/ at the door $27/$21 seniors/$ students. Aaron Diehl and his ensemble will explore the works of Nat King Cole. Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. (518) 263-2066. Celtic Fiddle Festival 8pm. $25. Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany), André Brunet (Québec) and Nicolas Quemener (France). Accompanying them is Nicolas Quemener, a master open-tuning guitarist. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. Four Nations Ensemble 3:30pm. Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Polonaises of Chopin, Couperin, Rameau and Schobert. Guest artists: Vassily Primakov, piano, Liv Heym, violin. Private Residence, Upstate. (212) 928-5708.

CinergE: Communication, Energy Healing and Love for Animals 2-4pm. $20/$15 in advance/$10 members. Learn the basics of animal communication, energy balancing and Reiki with animal communicator and Reiki master Cindy Brody. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Art Galleries & Exhibits 2013 Open Studio Tour 11am-5pm. A self-guided tour of local visual art studios, venues, and galleries featuring 66 artists. Orange County. 469-1856.

Clubs & Organizations The 21st Annual Columbia County Golden Gathering 9:30am-12:30pm. Co-sponsored by C-GCC & State Senator Kathy Marchionne. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481.

Comedy Rolling in the Aisles 8pm. $20-$30. Comedian, Bobby Collins, headlines this evening of stand-up comedy. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Rolling in the Aisles: Featuring Bobby Collins 8pm. $20-$30. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Dance Bureau de l’APA: Death and the Young-Girl 7pm. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Hudson Valley Dance Festival 5pm. $40-$250. An evening of world-class dance performances. The event is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Historic Catskill Point, Catskill. (212) 840-0770 ext. 229. Pilobolus Dance Company 8pm. $35-$80. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Fairs & Festivals Bethel Woods Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off 12:30pm. $40. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701. Painting Kent Paint-out (9am-2pm) and auction (3pm). Kent Art Association, Kent, CT. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 10am-5pm. $10. Delivery service, food court. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. O Positive Festival Check for times. Music and art. Multiple venues. Uptown

Food & Wine Fire Roasted Catering 10th Anniversary Party 4pm. $40/under 15 pay your age/$15 music and dessert only. A robust feast served family style followed by live music in a comfortable tented outdoor setting. Music: The Easy Ridin’ Papas, The Lucky Five, and others, Ingredients for the meal will be sourced from local farms. The Meat Market, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 525-2022.

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Private CinergE Animal Energy Healing/ Communication Sessions 11:30am-6pm. $40 hald hour/$70 hour. In these sessions, Cindy will be helping to answer unsolved questions to bridge the communication gap between dogs and their owners and teach basic energy work to help aging or ailing dogs. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Theater Fame 7:30pm. $15. Presented by NextQuest Productions. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 418-9751.

Spamalot 7:30pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Workshops & Classes Advanced Toolmaking with Uri Hofi 9am. $550 includes tool steel and other materials. In this 2-day weekend session you will learn to make some of those tools to take home with you, and learn how to take your toolmaking skills back to your own workspace. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Healing Relationships with Ancestors: A Fire Ritual $500. Through October 13. With Malidoma Some. Location availble, High Falls.


Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Gong Show 9:30pm. Amateur talent contest. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Workshops & Classes

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30-8:30pm. $350. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952


The Battlefield Band at the New Towne Crier Headlining the grand opening weekend of fabled music venue the Towne Crier’s new location in Beacon is club favorite the Battlefield Band, which will break in the relocated stage on October 5. Haling from Scotland, the Battlefield Band’s members are masters of their homeland’s traditional music. Combining older and more recent influences, the group’s joyful, raucous, and accessible performances led the Washington Post to praise the quartet for its “uncanny chemistry.” Active for more than four decades, the band is revered as the winner of the inaugural edition of the Scots Trad Music Award. (845) 855-1300; Kids & Family Fall Fair 10am. $1 activity tickets. With children’s activities including cider pressing, pumpkin carving, and hayrides, plus unique vendors, live music, organic food, and much more. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514 ext. 304. Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. SAT/ACT Practice Test 10:30am-2:30pm. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 7371212. Saturday Arts Lab 9am-3:30pm. Eight-class sessions in the visual arts, theater, music for ages K-12. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3850.

Lectures & Talks New Docent Programming Noon. Tours and workshops range in topic, length and subject matter. At 2 PM there is a scheduled tour or event, and just before dusk there is a guided tour of the virtual exhibition, Augmented Reality: Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. Sexual Aberration or Instinctual Vicissitude? Revisiting Freud’s ‘The Sexual Aberrations’ 9:30am-noon. $25/$20 WMAAPP members. Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA. (800) 517-4447.

Literary & Books Book Signing with Sheila Bridges 4-6pm. Author of The Bald Mermaid. Finch, Hudson. (518) 828-3430. Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples Book Signing with Lucianne Lavin 2pm. Lucianne Lavin will sign copies of her new book Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples at House of Books on Saturday, Oct 12 from 2-4pm. She will also be on hand to identify any local archeological artifacts customers have come across in their own backyards. House of Books, Kent, CT. 860-927-4104. Jean Zimmerman: The Orphanmaster: A Novel of Early Manhattan 2pm. In 1663 in the hardscrabble colony of New Amsterdam—today’s lower Manhattan—orphan children are going missing and residents suspect a serial killer. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Kingston’s Second Saturday Spoken Word 7pm. $10. NY Poet Laureate Marie Howe. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884.

John Lennon Birthday Celebration 8pm. $35/$30 in advance. featuring The Nutopians. Compelling 8-piece ensemble Re-Imagines Lennon’s best Beatles and solo songs. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855 1300. Keller & The Keels 8pm. $74/$54. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. The Kurt Henry Parlour Band 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Mr. Ian & the Blue Rays 9pm. Mr. Ian and the Blue Rays are a four piece harmonica and saxophone fronted traditional blues band influenced and holding true to the originators of the real blues of the 50s and 60s. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. The Police Files 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Sonando 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Nightlife Pure 10:30pm. $5. featuring Stef Luva, Tara & Savia London. Miss 360 & Lady Alchemy. Supertouch & Madam Mozart. Watch. Listen. Feel. Experience. Drink. Unwind. Dance. Laugh. Have Fun & Enjoy! Brought To You By high ON 6th. Havana Club Bar and Grill, Woodstock. (212) 920-1221.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Annual Gala Auction 5-8pm. TO benefit the Hotchkiss Library. Lionrock Farm, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-5007. The Culinary Experience 6-10pm. $10. An evening of art, tastings by local restaurants, cooking demos, and live music by Passaro, Breakfast in Fur & Stevie and the Lion to benefit the Queens Galley. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. Benefit Concert for the Bar Harbor Music Festival 4pm. $175 concert and dinner/$100 concert only. Featuring The Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra. Saint Peter’s Church Lithgow, Millbrook. Won Dharma Center Open House and Annual Meditation, Health and Wellness Festival 9am-4pm. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581.

Digital Photographic Artistry Workshop 10am-4pm. $90/$80 members. 10am-4pm. $90/$80 members. With Fred LeBlanc. Students will learn to apply traditional photographic values, composition, and storytelling to the new era of digital photography. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA. (800) 17-1137. Growing Garlic 10am-noon. $27/$22 members. Ron Kujawski will give you the information needed to grow the best garlic in town. Ron will cover selecting varieties, growing conditions, planting and cultivation, as well as curing and storage. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Managing Private Woodlots: A Workshop for NY Master Forest Owner Volunteers and Woodlot Owners 8:30am. $10. Participants will learn strategies and resources to help them better manage their property to meet land management objectives. Anyone with an interest in forest stewardship, or interested in becoming a trained MFO Volunteer, is especially encouraged to attend. Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, Millbrook. Photographing the Nude in the Studio 10am-4pm. $120/$100 members. For beginner or advanced photographers. You will work in our gallery space with live models. With Dan McCormack. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Teen Geek Squad 10am-2pm. Get help with your technology problems. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Traveling Mural of Community Dreams Workshops 10am-1pm. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

SUNDAY 13 Art Galleries & Exhibits Tea for ETs 3pm. Artists Paula Hayes discusses her artworks. Afterwards, enjoy tead and cobbler overlooking her installation. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent.

Comedy An Evening with Bill Cosby 7:30pm. $80/$150/$250/$750 with reception. Benefit performance. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Dance Dance Class Sampler 7pm. $75/$60 members. With Evan MacDonald. Different styles of dance will be covered. Two four week sessions. No partner necessary. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Swing Dance 8-11pm. $20. With a beginner’s lesson by Chester and Linda of Got2Lindy. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Fairs & Festivals Forsyth Nature Center’s 11th Annual Fall Festival 10am. Visit with our animals, play games, make crafts, listen to live music, get lost in the corn maze, take a hay ride. Home-baked goods, burgers, dogs, and beverages available. Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston. 339-3053.

Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival 10am. Activities for all ages include hay mazes, slides, jumps, rides; apple cider pressing; meet the animals; pie baking contests; storytellers; puppet shows; carving pumpkins; making scarecrows; and more. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent. (518) 672-4465.

Spamalot 3pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701.

Fairs & Festivals

Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 11am-4pm. $10. Delivery service, food court. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. O Positive Festival Check for times. Music and art. Multiple venues. Uptown

Health & Wellness Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 10:30am-12:30pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Kids & Family Little Painters: All About Shape 10:30am. $48 3 class series/$20 drop-in. Draw, trace, stamp, paint, spray and splatter as we learn about shapes. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Literary & Books Bill Harvey: Mind Magic: Doorways into Higher Consciousness 4pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Book Signing & Story Reading with local author Vincent LaFontan 1pm. First time children’s author Vincent LaFontan will read his new book The Little Boy Who Ate Dirt Pudding and Roasted Pine Cones at House of Books on Sunday October 13th from 1-3pm. House of Books, Kent, CT. 860-927-4104. Chefs Winnie Stein & Joan Adler 11am. Presenting some ideas for healthy dishes— many made with free, local ingredients at a cooking demonstration. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Second Sunday Salon Series: Writing Home 2pm. $25/$20 members/$20 in advance/$15 members in advance. Chronogram books editor Nina Shengold will lead a lively discussion featuring Jennifer Castle, Owen King and Greg Olear as they discuss the role setting plays in creating fictional worlds. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.


MONDAY 14 Columbus Day Ironfest and Demos with Uri Hofi 10am. $60 includes lunch with Uri Hofi. There will be demos of ergonomic hand hammering and use of the power hammer, interspersed with vintage Hofi stories and other festivities. Come for the day and stay for the ceremonial Ringing of the Anvil. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Health & Wellness Community Holistic Healthcare Day 4-8pm. A wide variety of holistic healthcare modalities and practitioners are available FREE to the community. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Literary & Books Writer’s Group for Youth Literature 6:30pm. Second Monday of every month. Ever thought about writing for children and young adults? Bring you work to our writer’s group. We will give one another constructive criticism. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Music Celtic Fiddle Festival 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. (914) 588-9654. Chris Kelsey & What I Say 8pm. Jazz Quinn’s, Beacon.

Workshops & Classes How to Find your Soul Mate 7-9pm. $30/$20 in advance. With Coach Cary Bayer. Center for Being, Doing & Knowing, Poughkeepsie.

TUESDAY 15 Film Murnau’s “Nosferatu” 7:15pm. $7. “Nosferatu” is one of the silent era’s most influential films, a masterpiece, eerie and gothic with a tour de force perfomamce by Max Schreck as Count Orlock. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Health & Wellness Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Carrie Newcomer Benefit Concert for the Rural Migrant Minisrty 7pm. $25. Carrie Newcomer’s music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 453-6927.

Total Hip and Knee Replacement 6pm. What’s happening now with Russell Tigges. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. (877) 729-2444.

The Compact 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Big Joe Fitz & the Lo-Fis Blues & Dance Party 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll World Tour ‘13 7pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.

Jonas Brothers 8pm. $39.50-$89.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Fleurine 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Jazz at the Falls noon. With Bill Bannan, Paul Duffy, John Menegon & T Xiques. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Art Galleries & Exhibits Million Women Drummers Global Gathering 10am-7pm. $15 adults/$10 children/free elders, toddlers, and babies. Precussion workshops and performances. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. Pianist Peter Muir and Cellist Nancy Donaruma 3:30pm. Tower Music Series. Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8110. Rickie Lee Joness 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654. Sybarite 5 3pm. Presented by Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. The Wallflowers 8pm. $75. Rock. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Will Evans Band 7:30pm. $44/$29. With Special Guest Jeff Howard. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Outdoors & Recreation 3rd Annual Fall Foliage 1/2 Marathon and 5K 10am. $25-$70. Presented by Running Away Inc and its charity partners, Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. (561) 470-7966.

Theater Fame 3pm. $15. Presented by NextQuest Productions. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 418-9751. Kill Me Now 2pm. $25/$20 students and seniors/$15 disabled. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. 518 828 7843.


Channeled Guidance to Further Your Journey 6:30pm. Third Tuesday of every month. $20/$15. We are all on a spiritual journey and need guidance on that journey. An excellent way to receive that guidance is from a spirit guide who has distance from our worldly cares and who is understanding, wise, loving, compassionate, supportive, and above all, empowering. He will help you to tap into the wisdom in your own heart. We all have all the wisdom in the universe at our finger tips--the trick is to be able to access it. When the formal session is over, you may stay to ask questions about, or discuss your experience. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

Theater London’s National Theatre in HD: Othello 6:30pm. $15-$25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Workshops & Classes Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30-8:30pm. $60 series/$15. Led by Iris Litt. 21 Cedar Way, Woodstock. 679-8256.


Music Carmen Pascucci 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Singer/Songwriter Joshua Payne 7:30pm. $28. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. POPS Concert 7:30pm. Enjoy SUNY Ulster’s Community Band, the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble and invited area ensembles under the direction of Chris Earley. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Library Knitters 7-8pm. Third Thursday of every month. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Workshops & Classes Dirty Girls: A Crafty Night Out 6:30pm. Third Wednesday of every month. $35 includes materials. Surround yourself with women, make a mess, get those creative juices flowing and emerge with something beautiful. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Adult Writers’ Workshop 7pm. $90/$60 members. A practical workshop for adult writers. Explore ideas or experiment with works-inprogress. Material will be read in class with moderated peer feedback. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Ergonomic Hand Hammer Workshop 9am. $600 includes materials. Three days of demonstration and hands-on time at your own Hofitooled anvil. Learn the efficient power stroke hammer swing to protect your body from repetitive motion injuries, different uses of the hammer and anvil surface, and the most productive ways to go about moving metal. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Songrwriters’ Workshop with Bill Pfleging 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Remembering Ourselves 7pm. $5 donation. Ecounter the reality of being that is presented within every person with instructor Jason Stern. Kleiner/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 527-6205. Spooky Series- Things that go Bump in the Night with Julia Drahos 7pm. FREE. Join us as Julia Drahos, from Miss Fanny’s Victorian Party House, discusses life with the dead, things that go bump in the night and her life as a medium. Whether you are an experienced ghost hunter or you are just curious, come sit for a spell. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

FRIDAY 18 Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Richard Lewis 8pm. $65. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Film Beetlejuice 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.

Health & Wellness Meditation Retreat: Cultivating Resilience Through October 20. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581.

Clubs & Organizations

Kids & Family

Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads Third Thursday of every month, 10am-2pm. Drop-in for an informal social gathering Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Kids’ Yoga 4:30-5:30pm. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300. OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) 6:30-8:30pm. Third Thursday of every month. A potluck dinner followed by a discussion or program. All lesbians 60 years old or older are welcome. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Dance Beginner Belly Dance Class 7pm. $12/week. Learn the beautiful and mysterious art of belly dance with instructor Willow, who has been studying this art form for over 20 years Artspace at Ed Dempsey Tattoos, Woodstock. 594-8673. International Folk Dancing 7-8:30pm. $10/$5 children. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Line Dancing 7:30pm. $5. With Diane and Gary. 18 and over please. Lessons and open dance The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.

Film Yumen 8pm. Documentary located in China's northwest Gansu province. Basilica Hudson, Hudson.

Food & Wine Open Mike 7pm. Every other Thursday. Hosted by Jack Higgins of Die-Hardz. Sign ups at 7pm Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills. (845)928-5384.

Health & Wellness Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

GaiaWolf 6pm. Acoustic. Main Street Restaurant, Saugerties. 246-6222.

Writing Effective Non-Fiction 6pm. $125 3 classes/$50 per class. With Lisa Iannucci. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Oct. 19, 8pm. $20/$18/$9. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3880.

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Literary & Books


An Evening of Spirit with Jame Van Praagh 7pm. The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville. 223-1000.

Able Together 6:30-8:30pm. Third Wednesday of every month. A support group focusing on helping to support mothers with disabilities and families who have children with disabilities Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie.

Bob Berman - Wonders of the Autumn Sky on the Walkway Over the Hudson 7pm. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

Spiritual Salon 7-9pm. $20/$15. Channeled messages w/Maureen Brennan Mercier. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.


Health & Wellness

Kids & Family

Shamanic Facilitator, Raimondi provides healing to the whole person. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

John Simon and the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. John Simon, a noted composer and jazz pianist, leads the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Judi Silvano-Tribute to Thelonius Monk 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Spirituality Anna Raimondi 7:30pm. $75/$50/$45. Clairvoyant medium, spiritual counselor, teacher and healer Reiki Master, Chios Master, Advanced IET practitioner, hypnotherapist, and

Kingston Night Market 6pm. Third Friday of every month. Parisian-style antique market, food & drink, artist meet & greet, historic tours, garden tour, photo booth, free tastings, music, art shows, WDST giveaways and more. Rondout Waterfront, Kingston. 338-8473. Story Time 10:30am. Ages 1-3. Age appropriate stories and songs. Just bring a lap to sit on! Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Lectures & Talks A Federal Case: Living, Loving and Learning 6-8pm. Mitchell Owens, Decorative Arts and Antiques Editor, Architectural Digest. Boscobel, Garrison. Lessons Learned From the Deepwater Horizon Disaster 7pm. Marine scientist Samantha Joye will discuss how oil spills impact ocean life. Impacts to the ocean animals, post-spill recovery, and the need for improved oil-removal technologies will be discussed. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-7600 ext.121.

Literary & Books Book Launch Party and Reading 6-8pm. A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley with authors Lucia Cherciu, Judith Saunders, Margo Taft Stever, and others. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie. 485-8506. Sue Davis: Love Means Second Chances 7pm. Explores themes of love and loss, yearning and abandonment, forgiveness and acceptance as mothers and daughters struggle with the issue of abortion. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music ASK for Music 8pm. $6. Featured this month are Melinda DiMaio, The Ya Yas and Chris Walsh. Music starts at 8 and refreshments are served. This event is hosted by Michael and Emmy Clarke. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. Jez Lowe & James Keelaghan 8pm. $20. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. Over the Rhine, Tift Merritt 8pm. $24. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Simon Boyar 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Spero Plays Nyro 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654. Tisziji Munoz & Paul Shaffer 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Trio Mio & The Kurt Henry Band 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

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Theater Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours 6pm. $10/ $5 child. Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. This is a rare After Dark tour at Clermont Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. Sons of The Prophet 8pm. $14-$20. Mohonk Mountain Stage Readers Theater. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Spamalot 7:30pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Workshops & Classes Title: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30-8:30pm. $350. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie.

SATURDAY 19 Art Galleries & Ehibits ArtEast Open Studio Tour 11am-5pm. Free. Art exhibits featuring 36 artists across 26 studios and galleries. Southeastern Dutchess County. 855-1676.

Annual John Lennon B’day Beatle Bash 8pm. $5. Hosted by Pete Santora of BeatleMania fame, with special guest Peace Troubador Cecilia St King. Open mike opportunities. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. Campcreekband 10pm. Dance music. Inn at Leeds, Leeds. (518) 943-6451. David Kraai & Amy Laber with Fooch Fischetti 8pm. David Kraai and Amy Laber have each been performing their original material over many a mile and storied year. 8:30pm. Country folk. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Esopus Chamber Orchestra 8pm. $30/$15 students. Featuring guest percussionist Garry Kvistad. The evening will include sonorous and colorful chamber orchestra masterpieces by Ginastera, Rodrigo and De Falla. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Jason Darling 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Clubs & Organizations

Kirk Franklin 8pm. $39.50/$69.50/$99.50 with meet and greet. Gospel and contemporary Christian. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Voices of Diversity 12-2:30pm. Third Saturday of every month. A social network for LGBTQ people of color. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Leaf Peeper Concert 7:30pm. $20/$70 series pass. “String Music From Three Centuries” showcases the music of Mozart, Schubert, and Dohnányi, with Sanford Allen on violin,

Spirituality Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Theater Jeremy Xid: Angola Project Trilogy 4pm. a three-part solo performance that uses the tradition of 19th century travel lectures to chronicle Jeremy Xido’s personal journey to finance a film and confront the truths of mortality. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours 6pm. $10/ $5 child. Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. This is a rare After Dark tour at Clermont Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 10:30am-12:30pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Kids & Family Little Painters: All About Shape 10:30am. $48 3 class series/$20 drop-in. Draw, trace, stamp, paint, spray and splatter as we learn about shapes. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Needle Felting: Harvest & Halloween 12:30pm. $40. With Kate Essery, and needle felt your way to sweet harvest bounty, spooky Halloween decor, or anything you can imagine. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Literary & Books A.J. Schenkman and Elizabeth Werlau Presents Murder & Mayhem 3pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Marathon of Dreamers 3-6pm. An afternoon of short performances, readings and dream action. Deep Listening Institute, Ltd, Kingston. 338-5984.


Sons of The Prophet 8pm. $14-$20. Mohonk Mountain Stage Readers Theater. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

The Cupcakes 3pm. $12/$10 seniors/children free. Folk trio. St. James Church, Hyde Park. 233-5437.

Spamalot 7:30pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Dave Stryker 3pm. Jazz guitar. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

Comedy truTV Impractical Jokers Tour 7:30pm. $85 VIP/$35. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

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Bullet for my Valentine 6:30pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Ensemble Congeros 3pm. The Shirt Factory, Kingston. 340-4660. Gustafer Yellowgold 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Fairs & Festivals

The Jonny Monster Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Craft Fair 9am. Come shop for crafts by local artisans. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 331-3070.

Robert Cray Band 8pm. $65. Blues rock. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Fun Fall Family Festival 11am. $5. Proceeds going towards the Educational Programs at The Ashokan Center. Apple cidering, blacksmithing, broommaking, pumpkin painting, 1885 Covered Bridge Walk, 1817 Schoolhouse visits, hikes, music, and food. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 246-2121.

Tribute to Thelonious Monk 5-8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701.

Kids & Family 7th Annual Pumpkin Walk 4pm. $5. Family entertainment, including Roger the Jester, face painting and more. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481. 7th Annual Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Show 10am-5pm. $3/children under 12 free. Display of woodworking items, demonstrations of woodworking techniques. Gifts for kids. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121.

Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4pm. $7/$5 members. Sign ups at 3:30pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Million Women Drummers Gathering in New Paltz On October 13, the Million Women Drummers Gathering, a convergence “of drummers, environmentalists, earth stewards, artists, musicians, women, men, and children for the love of drums and trees,” makes its debut at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. The day-long convergence includes performances by local and national musicians, workshops and “playshops,” a “Blessing of the Trees and Instruments,” children’s events, a drum and instrument swap, and more. The festival is sponsored by the Million Women Drummers Gathering Initiative, a “a global, community-based, shared leadership initiative of concerned women drummers, musicians, artists, community members, and visionaries.” (518) 291-6129;

Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

Daniel Panner on viola, and Fred Zlotkin on cello. St. James Catholic Church, Chatham. (518) 329-5613.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Puppet People 10:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Leo & the Lizards 8pm. Classic rock. Gail’s Place, Newburgh. 567-1414.

Saturday Arts Lab 9am-3:30pm. Eight-class sessions in the visual arts, theater, music for ages K-12. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3850.

Live at the Fillmore 8pm. $25-$30. Join us on October 19th at 8pm for LIVE AT THE FILLMORE, the definitive tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band featuring Duane Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley. 8pm. $25-$30. Live concert featuring the definitive tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Lectures & Talks New Docent Programming Noon. Tours and workshops range in topic, length and subject matter. At 2 PM there is a scheduled tour or event, and just before dusk there is a guided tour of the virtual exhibition, Augmented Reality: Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

Magnets 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Sissinghurst: Portrait of a Garden 10am-noon. Alexis Datta, former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.

Music in Tone & Word 3pm. Free. The Hadley Lyre Ensemble presents an afternoon of lyre music and poetry. Solaris Camphil, Hudson. (518) 672-4389.

Literary & Books

Neil Sedaka 7:30pm. $175/$135/$125. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Book Signing with Connecticut authors: EJ Simon & Bob Flanagan 2pm. Connecticut author EJ Simon will sign copies of his first book: Death Never Sleeps “a deeply imagined and richly detailed crime novel in which virtual reality and the real world intermingle”. Bob Flanagan will be signing copies of the first volume in his Young Adult novel series Chronicles of Ragg. House of Books, Kent, CT. 860-927-4104. Linda Zimmermann: Ghost Investigator 3pm. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000.

Music Albert Cummings 8pm. $35-$50. Blues singer/guitarist. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (860) 542-5531. Anatomy of a Melody: Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenfield 6pm. $45/$25. Close Encounters With Music featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, and a world premiere by eminent American composer Paul Schoenfield. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

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Pril Smiley and Lisa B. Kelley 7pm. Deep Listening Institute, Ltd, Kingston. 338-5984. Robben Ford Band 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 2nd Annual Scarecrows at Frog Alley 10am-2pm. The event will feature elaborate and stylish scarecrows crafted by area businesses and artists, pumpkin carving and children’s activities. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 339-0720. The Great Gatsby Themed Harvest Moon Ball 6pm. Hanah Country Resort, Margaretville. 586-6000.

Outdoors & Recreation Walking Tour of the Byrdcliffe Colony and White Pines 1pm. With Henry T. Ford. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Workshops & Classes Free-form Power Hammer Forging with Uri Hofi 9am. $550 includes materials. 3-day class. Work with the combination and radius dies, designed by Hofi for their aggressive bite and their use in free-form forging. Demonstrations of techniques and elements, and plenty of hands-on time to try your own hand at the power hammer. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Teen Geek Squad 10am-2pm. Get help with your technology problems. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Shalom! On Grand: A Jewish Festival for the Whole Community 12-4pm. Poetry slam, cooking demonstrations, live music, magician, food and more.

Theater Spamalot 3pm. $18/$14 students and seniors/$12 families and groups. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 325-0313.

Workshops & Classes Making Art Your Business 2pm. $35/$50. Professional development workshops for artists led by Honie Ann Peacock artist coach and small business consultant. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Raku Clay Workshop with Bill Shillalies 11am-1pm. $100/$85 members. 2nd day Nov. 3. You will learn to make functional and sculptural objects out of clay and glaze and fire your work in a Raku Kiln. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Strategic Business Planning: Vision, Goalsetting and the Marketplace 12-2pm. Presented by Honie Ann Peacock. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400.


SUNDAY 20 Art Galleries & Ehibits

Business & Networking

ArtEast Open Studio Tour 11am-5pm. Free. Art exhibits featuring 36 artists across 26 studios and galleries. Southeastern Dutchess County. 855-1676.

Marc Penziner 7:30am. Join us for a look at how the decision-making process affects the investment choices we make, and the impact those choices have on the market and our investment outcomes. Howard C St. John Distinguished Lecture series. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5283.

Dance Dance Class Sampler 7pm. $75/$60 members. With Evan MacDonald. Different styles of dance will be covered. Two four week sessions. No partner necessary. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fairs & Festivals Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701.

Food & Wine A Lil’ Bit Country 2-6pm. Hospice Foundation fall event with food, drink, and silent auction and entertainment by Little Creek. The Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 486-4700.

Health & Wellness Mind, Body & Spirit Health Fair 12-4pm. Taekwondo & Akido demonstrations, an interactive Zumba class and a Piloxing demonstration by Jenna Pearson of BlueShield as well as nutritional & healthy cooking presentations. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Clubs & Organizations Structure for Winter Gardens 7pm. Speaker: Deb Gray from Victoria Gardens Nursery and Garden Center in Rosendale will talk about how to keep your winter vistas beautiful and interesting even through the cold and snowy months New Paltz Garden Club, New Paltz. 255-8856.

Film The Rocky Horror Picture Show 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Health & Wellness Early Detection and Management of Ovarian Cancer 6pm. Heidi Godoy, MD Women’s Cancer Care Associates. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (877) 729-2444. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

LongDock Our inaugural event was an unqualified success. The energy in the filled-to-capacity room was electric. The love was palpable. (You may have already heard.) Thanks to our presenters, attendees, supporters and volunteers for your support. Watch the talks online. See you next year! @TEDxLongDock

TEDxLongDock Supporting Organizations


publicprograms LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. 518.779.3511 Windham, NY October 26th Yoga & Music

Marine scientist Samantha Joye will discuss how oil spills impact ocean life. Recovery from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the need for improved oil-removal technologies will be covered. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served.

Fall Workshop Series at the


Blacksmithing, repousse, foldforming, beginner & master classes in the metal arts

Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

Center for Metal Arts

Register online at More info: Open Saturdays 10-2 for Studio Tours at the 1890’s Icehouse, 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY. (845) 651-7550

Cary Institute’s Steward Pickett will discuss his pioneering work directing the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, which seeks to understand the ways that buildings, nature, and society intersect in an urban watershed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served.

Learn more at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44)|Millbrook, NY 12545|845 677-5343

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Lectures & Talks Legacy Letter: Passing Life’s Lessons on the Next Genertation 2pm. Beverly Sloane Board Member, Town of Rhinebeck Committee on Aging. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.

Music Tani Tabbal and Ben Newsome 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon.

Spooky Series - Make your Own Beaded Spiders 7pm. FREE. Spooky craft workshop for ages 16 & up. Program is limited to 12 people. All supplies provided. Sign up today! Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428. Tango Dance Class 6-7pm. 4-week program. Class every Wednesday with Got2Lindy Dance Studios guest instructor Brian Lawton. Lindy Hop 7pm, swing performance class at 8pm. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.


Spirituality Private Ayurvedic Counseling 11:30am-6:30pm. $75/hour. The session includes individual tri-dosha assessment and pulse diagnosis, seasonal and dosha balancing food information (including Ayurvedic herbs and spices), daily and seasonal lifestyle and self-care routines, as well as guidelines for a 4-day detox cleanse. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Theater London’s National Theatre in HD: Macbeth 6:30pm. $15-$25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

TUESDAY 22 Health & Wellness Yoga with Anna Dec. 31, 12-1:30pm. MountainView Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Clubs & Organizations Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Dance Beginner Belly Dance Class 7pm. $12/week. Learn the beautiful and mysterious art of belly dance with instructor Willow, who has been studying this art form for over 20 years Artspace at Ed Dempsey Tattoos, Woodstock. 594-8673. International Folk Dancing 7-8:30pm. $10/$5 children. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Line Dancing 7:30pm. $5. With Diane and Gary. 18 and over please. Lessons and open dance The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 8th Anniversary Dinner and Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 5:30pm. For Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows. Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls. 787-4127.

Auditions fro Equus 7pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. Live Nation presents Brian Regan 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Moby Dick: Rehearsed 7pm. $15. A 1955 play by Orson Welles in which a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

FRIDAY 25 Fairs & Festivals The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 12-6pm. Fine handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. Live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances, clinics and workshops. Utopia Soundstage, Woodstock.

Workshops & Classes

The Catskill Forest: a History 7pm. The historian and author of The Catskill Forest: a History explores the connection between Native American and European influence on one of the East’s great forests. Michael Kudish, Ph.D Paul Smith’s College. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.

Literary & Books Writing Effective Non-Fiction 6pm. $125 3 classes/$50 per class. With Lisa Iannucci. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Music Eric Burdon and The Animals 8pm. $70. Blues rock. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Jeff Entin’s Open Mike Night 7pm. Bring your instrument and talent for Open Mike night hosted by Jeff Entin. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Spirituality Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Workshops & Classes Scene Study Workshop with Christine Crawfis 7pm. $90/$60 members. A practical workshop for adult actors. Explore intention, objective and style in scenes from contemporary and classic plays. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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Workshops & Classes The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30-8:30pm. $350. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952


Fourth Annual UlsterCorps Service Sprint 10am. $20/$15/$12. 5k trail winding its way through the spooky woods, tunnels and caves of Williams Lake. Runners in the Zombie Escape will be given a health flag belt; avoid the zombies and get through the woods with at least one flag win. WIlliams Lake Project, Rosendale. 625-9338.

Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure 7:15pm. $12/$10 members. Theatrical series of events, bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinema screens worldwide. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

Moby Dick: Rehearsed 7pm. $15. A 1955 play by Orson Welles in which a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Clubs & Organizations

Auditions fro Equus 7pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

Kicking The Sugar Blues 7-8:30pm. $15. You will leave this class understanding the causes of your sugar cravings and you’ll receive practical tools for dealing with them. The Chinese Healing Arts Center, Kingston. 338-4325.

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours 6pm. $10/ $5 child. Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. This is a rare After Dark tour at Clermont Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 5374240.

The Wassaic Project 3pm. Last Saturday in every month. Walk through the barn and meet the 10 artists each month who are participating in the Wassaic Artist Residency Program. The Maxon Mills, Wassaic. (347) 815-0783.




ArtEast Open Studio Tour 11am-5pm. Free. Art exhibits featuring 36 artists across 26 studios and galleries. Southeastern Dutchess County. 855-1676.

Music in the Museum: Jazz and Classical Singers 7pm. $8/$6/$3. 6:30pm. $8. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Edward Lundergan, and the students of the Vocal Jazz program, directed by Teri Roiger, present a varied program of vocal and choral music. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.

Health & Wellness

Baam Bada House Music Parties 8pm-midnight. Last Friday of every month. $5 includes a drink. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.

Art Galleries & Ehibits


Spooky Series - Paranormal Activity with Donna Parish-Bischoff 7pm. FREE. Donna Parish-Bischoff is a local author sharing her life about the paranormal.Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, now a resident of Dutchess County. She has written two books about her paranormal journey, The Lee Avenue Haunting & Growing Up Paranormal. She strives to find answers and help those also in need of an explanation. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 7371701.



Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Introduction to Digital Photography 6-8pm. 6-session course. Red Hook High School, Red Hook. 876-8199.

Duke Robilard Blues Band 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 914 588-9654.


Cider Week Returns to the Hudson Valley It’s not as big an industry as it was in days of yore, but cider making—hard cider, specifically—was a staple industry of the earliest European settlers in the Hudson Valley and many of the following generations. And thanks to Cider Week (October 18-27), an effort launched in 2011 by Glynwood, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable local agriculture, America’s oldest libation is making a crisp comeback. With events both Upstate and in New York, Cider Week 2013 presents dozens of special programs at participating bars and bistros that feature cider and dishes made with the sweet spirit. Health & Wellness


Learn About GERD Lecture 6pm. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (877) 729-2444.

Bidder 70 7pm. In inspirational, prize winning documentary which follows Tim DeChristopher, and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor.

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Sleep Divine Yoga Nidra 6:30pm. Fourth Thursday of every month. $10.00 nonmembers. Participate in gentle movement to relax the body. Allow the guided meditation to soothe you into deep relaxation, presented by Jean Wolfersteig. YMCA, Kingston. 338-3810 ext. 110.

“Big Read” Friday Night at the Movies Film and Lecture Series: Orchestra of Exiles 7pm. Beekman Library, Hopewell Junction. 724-3414.

Lectures & Talks

Food & Wine

Lincoln Gettysburg Address and the Meaning of the Civil War 7pm. Professor Ted Hilscher. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481.

Talking Tea 201: White Teas 6pm. $20. Come join tea expert Kim Bach in this hands-on class as she teaches the basics of white teas—their origin, preparation, and taste. Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, Hudson. (518) 828-3139.

Revisioning Local Energy 7pm. Sustainable Saugerties Transition Town presents a panel of experts in the fields of solar, geothermal, and wind energy. Panelists will focus on comparing these technologies and discussing how they can work together for maximum benefit. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 514-0194.

Hunchback of Notre Dame 7:30pm. 1923, with Wurlitzer Organ. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Health & Wellness Women’s Wellness WEekend Through Oct. 27. The Won Dharma Center, Ballo Dance and Bodhi Holistic Spa & Yoga team up to bring you the best in women’s wellness. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581.

Literary & Books

Kids & Family

“Big Read” Book Discussion 6:30-8pm. “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick. Beekman Library, Hopewell Junction. 724-3414.

Story Time 10:30am. Ages 1-3. Age appropriate stories and songs. Just bring a lap to sit on! Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.


Literary & Books

Gina Sicilia 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Sandy Gardner: Halley and Me 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

John Simon and the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. John Simon, a noted composer and jazz pianist, leads the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.


Nightlife Tim Reynolds and TR3 8pm. $30/$45. Acoustic guitar. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Aztec Two-Step 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Bar Spies 7pm. Classic rock. Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7026. Camille Brown & Dancers 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

BalletNext 7:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. With Michele Wiles, former ABT principal dancer and celebrated soloist, in a program of new contemporary ballets by Brian Reeder. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 10.

Fairs & Festivals The 26th Annual Miller Craft Fair 9am-5pm. Miller Middle School, Lake Katrine. Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701. Pumpkin Festival 11am. Games, crafts, raffles, prizes, candy fall fun. Come in costume. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428. The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 11am-6pm. Fine handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. Live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances, clinics and workshops. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.

Film Nocturnes 8pm. Hypnotic, ambient, slowly evolving tape loop manipulations culled from 30-year-old decayed recordings. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

Food & Wine 2013 Old Fashioned Cider Tasting 12-5pm. $25/$12 ages 2-12. Tours of historic cider mill (c1880) with antique cider press, cider making, cider tasting (including tasting glass), bobbing for apples, raffles and cook out. Kimlin Cider Mill, Poughkeepsie. 462-2516.

Kids & Family Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. SAT Practice Test 10:30am-2:30pm. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212. Saturday Arts Lab Eight-class sessions in the visual arts, theater, music for ages K-12. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3850. The Three Little Pigs 11am & 2pm. $15. See the play and have the actors sign the book. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Unity Jam! An Interactive Music Experience For Children and Families 2pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. Musical storytelling, group drumming, freestyle dancing, calland-response singing, listening and other interactive activities. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 867-8707. Wildlife Show 2pm. $5-$14. Bill Robinson returns with his inspiring and educational “World of Animals” show which includes reptiles and birds of prey. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Lectures & Talks Artist Gallery Talk: Rabkar Wangchuk 2pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. New Docent Programming Noon. Tours and workshops range in topic, length and subject matter. At 2 PM there is a scheduled tour or event, and just before dusk there is a guided tour of the virtual exhibition, Augmented Reality: Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

Literary & Books Archer Mayor: Three Can Keep a Secret 2pm. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Book Signing with David Rich 2pm. Connecticut author, David Rich will sign copies of his new thriller Middle Man, a Lieutenant Rollie Waters novel on Saturday, October 26 from 2-4pm. “Middle Man is a rapid-fire read; so make sure you’re locked and loaded when you start, because the pages are going to fly by in this kinetic and compelling burst of a book.” -- Craig Johnson, NYT bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mysteries. House of Books, Kent, CT. 860-927-4104. Laura Ludwig Presents Performance Art and Poetry 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music The Fab Four 8pm. $38/$35 in advance. Beatles tribute concert. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Halloween Dance Party with Selden 9pm. Selden will be entertaining the ghosts and ghouls with their classic rock sound. Dress in costume. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Hudson Valley Philharmonic Harmonica Virtuoso 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Joe Louis Walker Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Masters on the Mountaintop 8pm. $7-$27. Legendary saxophonist Lew Tabackin and the Aaron Diehl Trio. Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. (518) 263-2000. Shaktipat: Ecstatic Grooves, Hypnotic Kirtan, Tribal Drumming 8pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. Come join a growing community of ecstatic warriors united in the thunder of pulse, voice and spirit! Raise your voice in hypnotic kirtan, move your body to the sacred rhythms, drum your way to ecstasy, and help create a collective sacred space. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-8707. String Sampler Concert: Fingerstyle Circle 8pm. $40/$30. With Genfan, McManus, Miler, Nelson and Petteway, plus The Secret Trio. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 339-4340. TR3 8pm. $37.50. Featuring Tim Reynolds. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Valerie Capers Quartet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 7371701.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Candlelit Ghost Tour! 9pm. $25. Fundraiser for Wallkill River School. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. 457-ARTS. The Great Poughkeepsie Costume Carnival 8pm-1am. Creepy vintage carnival complete with side shows, go-go carnies, live DJ’s and, of course, aweinspiring costumes. Sponsored by Big Gay Hudson Valley. Downtown Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie.

Outdoors & Recreation Colors of Fall Trail Hike 10am. $10. With Dave Holden. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Spirituality Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

Sports rUNDEAD HVR 8:30am. $30 - $100. Special Olympics NY is proud to be partnering with Anderson Center for Autism where proceeds benefit both Organizations! rUNDEAD is a 5k trail run through the park where runners are trying to escape hungry zombies. Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags. These flags represent your lifelines. Zombies throughout the course will be attempting to take these one at a time. If you lose all three, your dead and the zombies have won. Join us

for this wild new event! You can sign up as a zombie or a runner, so there’s something for everyone! Anderson Center For Autism, Staatsburg. 765-2497.

Theater Hudson Air Live Radio Drama 7pm. $15/$12 members/$10 students. This popular theatrical presentation of radio plays with live sound effects will be in collaboration with PS21. Audience members get a chance to close their eyes and use their imaginations the way radio audiences did for decades, or they can watch the technicians and see how old-fashioned sound effects are created. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181. Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours 6pm. $10/ $5 child. Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. This is a rare After Dark tour at Clermont Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. Moby Dick: Rehearsed 7pm. $15. A 1955 play by Orson Welles in which a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Workshops & Classes Hedgerows and Windbreaks for Farm, Garden & Home Landscapes 10am-noon. $27/$22. The focus will be on hedgerow design and function, species selection for productive edges, specialty crop management at the edges and incorporating habitat elements and windbreaks. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees 9:30am-12:30pm. $35/$30. Demonstration/workshop will focus on pruning both evergreen and deciduous hedges, including when, why and how to shape, renovate, train or rejuvenate your woody plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Teen Geek Squad 10am-2pm. Get help with your technology problems. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.



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Pet 1st Aid, CPR & Disaster Preparedness $40. Course provides instruction for basic pet first aid, choking maneuvers, CPR techniques and how to be prepared for your pet in the event of a disaster. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. 475-9742.

Poetry & Fiction Reading Series: Major Jackson 7:30pm. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA. (800) 235-7186.

Spirituality Erica’s Monthly Spiritual Pregnancy & Adoption Circle 6pm. Fourth Sunday of every month. Gathering of currently pregnant or adoptive mothers-to-be to help awaken the relationship between you and your child. Together we will explore and practice ways to intuitively connect with this being. Reservations required Wyld Acres, New Paltz. 255-5896. Private Channeled Guidance with White Eagle 11:30am-6:30pm. $115/60 minutes. Relax and receive spiritual healing energies and techniques specifically channeled and guided by White Eagle to help us expand beyond our current life limitations and to come more fully present to our personal power; love and wisdom. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Theater Moby Dick: Rehearsed 2 & 7pm. $15. A 1955 play by Orson Welles in which a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Workshops & Classes Making Art Your Business 2pm. $35/$50. Professional development workshops for artists led by Honie Ann Peacock artist coach and small business consultant. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Marketing, Promotion, and Presentation, Including Artist Statement 12-2pm. $50/$35 members. Presented by Honie Ann Peacock. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. Sand Mandala Workshop 10am-4:30pm. $10. With Rabkar Wangchuck. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3844.


Art Galleries & Ehibits ArtEast Open Studio Tour 11am-5pm. Free. Art exhibits featuring 36 artists across 26 studios and galleries. Southeastern Dutchess County. 855-1676.

Dance Dance Class Sampler 7pm. $75/$60 members. With Evan MacDonald. Different styles of dance will be covered. Two four week sessions. No partner necessary. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fairs & Festivals Oktoberfest Celebration 12-6pm. German foods, music, crafts and beer. See website for music schedule. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701. The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 11am-6pm. Fine handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. Live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances, clinics and workshops. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.

Health & Wellness Death Cafe 2:30pm. Fourth Sunday of every month. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends for the Dying. Part of a global movement to increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) life. Hudson Coffee Traders, Kingston. (914) 466-5763. Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 10:30am-12:30pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Kids & Family Monster Collage for Kids & Grownups 12-2pm. $30. Christina and Zoey Brady, for a fun paper collage workshop, inspired by the monsters of Ed Emberley’s children’s books. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Music Claude Bourbon 4pm. Medieval & Spanish blues. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Erik Lawrence Quartet 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Fab Four 7:30pm. $60. Beatles tribute band. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Funk Junkies 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jazz at the Falls with The Bernstein Bard Quartet Noon. Eclectic in their repertoire, imaginative in their arrangements, and captivating in their sound, BBQ plays a diversity of music ranging from swing, latin and tango to winning versions of traditional folk and popular melodies from around the world. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Film Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Film and Discussion: Screening of Battleship Potemkin 3:30pm. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.

Health & Wellness Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Problems 6pm. Nicholas Renaldo, MD, Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (877) 729-2444.

Spirituality Getting to Know the Dead 7-9pm. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Theater Auditions for Equus 7pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

WEDNESDAY 30 Literary & Books Stories for Inquiring Minds With Janet Carter 7pm. Last Wednesday of every month. Rediscover the timeless world of story through the voice of the storyteller. Join Janet Carter, and guest storytellers, while they regale us with tales of fear, love, fantasy, humor and history. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Writing Effective Non-Fiction 6pm. $125 3 classes/$50 per class. With Lisa Iannucci. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Music Gregg Allman 8pm. $92.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Reggie Washington Trio 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Spirituality Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

THURSDAY 31 Clubs & Organizations Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

Dance Beginner Belly Dance Class 7pm. $12/week. Learn the beautiful and mysterious art of belly dance with instructor Willow, who has been studying this art form for over 20 years Artspace at Ed Dempsey Tattoos, Woodstock. 594-8673.

Lectures & Talks

International Folk Dancing 7-8:30pm. $10/$5 children. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Distinguished Speaker: Robert A. F. Thurman 7pm. The JeyTsongKhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Lecture Center, New Paltz. 257-3844.

Line Dancing 7:30pm. $5. With Diane and Gary. 18 and over please. Lessons and open dance The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.



Bern Nix and Francois Grilliot 8pm. Jazz. Quinn’s, Beacon.

House (Hausu) 7:30pm. A screening of Ôbayashi’s 1977 psychedelic Japanese cult horror classic on Halloween.Seven girls, a bloodthirsty piano, and a demonic cat inside a haunted house. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

The Met: Live in HD with Shostakovich’s The Nose 6:30pm. $15-$25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Pets Ulster County SPCA Home for the Holidays Adoption Event Every 15 days. Adopters Name Their Price. The Ulster County SPCA looks to find all shelter animals a home before the holidays and the shelter is offering a special promotion to do so. Beginning the week of Dec. 1st through Dec. 15th, they will allow adopters to “Name their Price” opposed to adhering to their regular adoption prices for their Holiday Adoption Event. Ulster County SPCA, Kingston. 845.331.5377.

Spirituality An Evening with White Eagle 7-9pm. $30/$25. Group healing/channeling with White Eagle channel James Philip. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Private Channeled Guidance with White Eagle 2-4:30pm. Channeled by James Philip. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

TUESDAY 29 Health & Wellness Healing Steps Support Group 5pm. Last Tuesday of every month. Join in to encourage patients, family members, and caregivers emotionally and spiritually through all steps of wound healing Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.

Food & Wine Open Mike 7pm. Every other Thursday. Hosted by Jack Higgins of Die-Hardz. Sign ups at 7pm Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills. (845)928-5384.

Health & Wellness Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Music Chris O’Leary Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. John Simon and the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. John Simon, a noted composer and jazz pianist, leads the Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Night Life Blakk Ballon Ball 8pm-2am. Halloween night even with Yamantaka, Sonic Titan, and Jenny Hval and special guest Tanz Praxis featuring C. Lavender. Basilica, Hudson.


Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Lectures & Talks

An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe 7pm. $50. Conceived and directed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Founding Artistic Director, Terrence O’Brien. TO be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Carriage House. Boscobel, Garrison. 265-9575.

Guided Walking Tour of Main Street 2pm. $3/children free. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121.

Documentary Filmmaker Josh Fox 7pm. Fox will speak and show clips to the Gasland sequel. Lecture Center, New Paltz. 729-3728.

London’s National Theatre in HD: Frankenstein 6:30pm. $15-$25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Practice 6-7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

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t’s now hurricane season, a time of year when the conditions are correct for the formation of big, cyclonic storms. Hurricanes get their energy from the ocean’s warmth, and as the oceans have increased in temperature, more energy is available. You might describe the positions of the planets this way as well: The hotter they get, the more energy is available here on Earth. The short version of the story is that the Sun is now moving through the UranusPluto square—what I call the 2012-era aspect. We are also about to experience two powerful eclipses concurrent with Mercury retrograde in Scorpio. The combined result will be a sustained phase of planetary energy that will make itself known many ways. In one sense the whole year has led to this moment—the extended moment of autumn 2013. In reality the setup goes back a lot further; let’s see if I can bring you up to date. (If you want further background, search for an article called “The Road to Xibalba” in the Chronogram archives.) Around 2008, an aspect pattern started forming, which involved Pluto ingressing Capricorn. If you were following astrology blogs at the time, it was just about the only topic going. Pluto is a slow-mover (the slowest-moving planet used by most astrologers, who will be catching up to the Kuiper Belt and Eris in their next lifetimes). Slow means influential; slow means that Pluto events last a while. Pluto means that nothing is the same after he’s come through town. Speculation about Pluto in Capricorn goes back many years; it was perceived in advance as one of those really ominous transits, and now we are in the midst of it. Pluto in a sign helps define a whole era of time, concentrating and focusing change in the topic areas associated with the sign in question. Depending on where Pluto is in its orbit, it can take between 12 and 20 years to make it through one sign. It will be in Capricorn till about 2019. The subject area of Capricorn is the structure of society. Corporations, governments, families, and traditions all are covered by Capricorn. Pluto is both creative and destructive. It brings change, and in the path of those changes there can be considerable progress. Yet the door can also open up for some serious negativity. One example was the Saturn-Pluto opposition of 2001-02. A few astrologers predicted terrorism for this era; none that I am aware of predicted a world war lasting 12 years and counting. The first year that Pluto touched the foothills of Capricorn, we experienced the financial collapse of 2008. I can still see the smirk on Henry Paulson’s face as he announced that the bailouts would begin, trying so hard to suppress his glee. I remember well John McCain suspending his presidential campaign, allegedly to solve the problem with his own bare hands. Financial institutions were collapsing in house-of-cards style, and the money was flowing freely.

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Astrologers around the world muttered, “Pluto in Capricorn has begun.” (Banking policy spotters around the world muttered, “Yep, I told you so.” They had.) In 2011, another (somewhat quicker) slow mover—Uranus—ingressed Aries. On that very day (March 11, 2011), within hours of the ingress, a tsunami and earthquake took out a chunk of Japan, causing a huge mess at several nuclear power plants, the most famous of which was Fukushima. Astrologers around the world muttered: “Oh shit, Uranus in Aries. And oh: Uranus square Pluto. Here we go.” Those who follow global astrology no doubt noticed the connections of both transits to the Aries Point—the first degree of Aries, where all things political intersect with all things personal. Everyone remembers 2011, the year the Uranus-Pluto square really began: the protests that spread through the Middle East and across North Africa; the protests in Wisconsin; and then, that autumn, the worldwide Occupy movement began in a private park in New York City. Real people were taking their bodies to the scene of the crime and demanding action. And you may remember, if you haven’t suppressed it, the agony of that first month after the meltdowns in Japan, as the truth slowly came out. People who understand nuclear power know that it’s perhaps the most personal-as-political thing there is if, for instance, a little strontium-90 lodges in one’s bones. The Uranus-Pluto square has been working its way across the signs Aries and Capricorn, and will make a total of seven contacts. The next one is on November 1. It is the midpoint of the cycle—the fourth of seven events. There will be another during the next eclipse season, on April 21, 2014; and then another on December 15, 2014. The last will be on March 16, 2015. Then the energy of the aspect will slowly wane, though it can do so with considerable influence, even for another five years. Every now and then (quite a bit, lately), other planets get into the aspect pattern, and bring its properties out into the open. For example, Jupiter is now in Cancer, making what’s called a T-square with Uranus and Pluto. Recently Venus and then Mercury passed through Libra, completing a grand cross. Challenging events associated with Mercury’s passage through the aspect were the Colorado floods and the mass shooting at the Navy Yard. When that Libra leg of the cross is filled, it can be intense. Part of that is because the grand cross is the most powerful aspect pattern. Adding to the energy is the fact that there’s a little-known slow-moving planet, similar to Pluto, already in Libra opposite Uranus and square Pluto—Typhon, the namesake of typhoons. The first thing that happens this autumn is that the Sun in Libra passes through the aspect structure. On October 1, the Sun will square Pluto (that is, deep, introspective, and compelling changes that can take root on the soul level). On October 3, it

will make an opposition to Uranus (surprises, shocking developments, revelations, inventions), and the next day, a conjunction to Typhon (perhaps passing through the eye of the storm). On October 12, the Sun will make a square to Jupiter, which tends to magnify things and also provoke decisions. Even if these aspects were happening in isolation to one another, we would feel them. That they are happening concentrated within a few days means there is likely to be a global effect. You don’t need a crystal ball to guess what that effect might be—some lunatics in Congress are threatening to hold the United States, and by extension the world financial networks, hostage. Their issue is that they don’t want the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare, invented by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, enacted by Congress, signed by the president, and approved by the Supreme Court) to be any further entrenched. This autumn is the time that the health insurance exchanges open in all 50 states. If you live in England or Canada or Sweden or someplace civilized like that, this must sound awfully weird—to threaten to push the country into default, and/or to defund and therefore shut down the government, because a small minority of legislators don’t like a law that provides health services for people. I wish I was making this up, then I could edit it and things would be different. If that happens, we will certainly experience the Uranus-Pluto square full on, in solar style. Note that the Sun, which is doing all the passing through, in mundane astrology (the astrology of worldly affairs) represents the head of state. The fact that the head of state is going to have a wild ride for at least the first two weeks of October means that the whole government may be in turmoil. Speaking of October 1, that’s the day that Mercury enters what’s sometimes called shadow phase—the earliest measure of the Mercury retrograde effect beginning. The retrograde itself—the peak of the event, when Mercury appears to move in reverse longitude through the zodiac—begins on October 21 and ends November 11. The second shadow phase ends November 27. This is definitely something to plan around. Follow the Planet Waves blog, my webcast, and Chronogram’s 8-Day Week for ongoing details, which will be useful. This is actually pretty good timing for most purposes in the Western world, since we leave Mercury retrograde behind around Thanksgiving, and well before the endof-the-year madness reaches its peak. However, as this happens, Venus is warming up to one of its relatively rare retrogrades (Venus is retrograde least of all the planets). That takes place December 21 through January 31 (not including shadow phases). I will come back to that one next month. Right in the mix of Mercury retrograde, making things especially interesting, is a pair of eclipses. Both are impressive in their own right. All eclipses come with a sense of acceleration, concentrated experiences and the feeling that fate is in operation. Eclipses are points of no return—and these two occur in the mix of much other astrology. As for the eclipses—the first is the Aries Full Moon, which is a penumbral lunar eclipse. The Moon will pass through the outermost edge of the Earth’s shadow on Friday, October 18. One of the most interesting features of the eclipse is that the Moon will be conjunct a major new discovery, Eris (the planet that got Pluto “demoted”). Then as the Moon is waning, the Sun ingresses Scorpio on October 23. About 10 days later on November 3, we experience the corresponding New Moon event—a part-annular, part-total eclipse that is one heck of an impressive chart. The eclipse (a conjunction of the Moon and Sun) will be conjunct Mercury, the North Node, and Saturn. That’s a lot of planets concentrated together, during what’s already one of the most profound times of year even when nothing special is going on. It will be essential, in the midst of all of this, to keep your focus, to maintain emotional grounding, and to stay in balance—all of which will be easier said than done. When the astrology is acting up, a good astrologer can be helpful. Through this whole season, I plan to be working on my 2014 annual readings for all 12 signs and rising signs. For the past few weeks I’ve been studying and casting charts for the next 12 months, and they are pretty special, even by contemporary standards. What’s interesting about the autumn of 2013 is that it closely resembles what will be happening all through 2014—the peak year of the Uranus-Pluto square. My annual will be called The Mars Effect. When I say that Mars will be passing through the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto-Typhon configuration not once but three times, that will be meaningful—we are about to go on one heck of a ride. We are, as of this moment, embarking on what may be the most profound phase of the extended 2012 era; I would estimate this stretches from October through August of next year. Confronted with this information, some astrologers will say hold on and some will say let go. I will say: Stoke your vision, pay attention, and look where you want to be. Read Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column.

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Others will have little choice but to deal with the fact that you cannot be anyone but yourself. Now, from one point of view, is it really possible to ever be anyone but yourself? Yet we all know how much faking so many people do. You’ve even done a little yourself every rare once in a while. You can count on opening your mouth and saying exactly what comes to mind, and trusting that the results will sort themselves out. I suggest you notice what you say to whom. Rather than being far flung and out of control, you’re being more precise than you may think. It just may take you some time to have respect for your own point of view, especially if you manage to send out some ripples or have a few objections sent your way. Pay attention to who says what; notice who is turned on by your outbursts of authenticity. The one thing that nobody can complain about is that you’re getting a lot done. I suggest you engage that fully, and focus an agenda of everything you want to get done for the rest of the year (assuming you’re on such a schedule) and set about doing it sooner rather than later. Get a solid start on every project; get your research and your facts together; make progress while there’s progress to be made.


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You could set free an enormous amount of passion, of creativity, of karma—perhaps all three. This is less likely to happen following a conscious plan on your part, but is more likely to follow the path of one thing leads to another. Taurus is often described as a reserved sign, and on the surface may seem to be that way. Yet right below your exterior is an ocean of energy; you know it and so does everyone around you. In some ways it’s amazing that you manage to keep yourself contained—though for the next few weeks, I don’t suggest you try too hard. Rather, do what you can to sense where you’re experiencing a buildup of energy. Vital force is vital force, though it takes a number of forms, and can be directed many different ways. You might think you’re experiencing anger when you’re really feeling the drive to connect. You might think you’re experiencing fear when you’re experiencing desire. If you can pay attention to the content of your feelings below the form they seem to be taking, it’ll be easier for you to use your energy productively and avoid a mishap—such as directing your emotions in a direction that might not be appropriate. You still have the power of choice, and with it the ability to access wisdom—which will become stronger the more you use it.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Maintain your boundaries, especially at work. You may not be able to mind your own business but it will be helpful if you give the impression that you’re doing so. Rather than asking questions, listen to what people say. You’re likely to find that people voluntarily tell you everything you need to know. All you’ll have to do is assemble the pieces, though be aware that on any matter of real significance, this could take until the second week of November. That’s when the forthcoming Mercury retrograde ends. Mercury, as the planet associated with Gemini, has personal relevance to you. Apart from the usual de rigueur stuff about making commitments or major purchases, the movements of Mercury are closely related to information coming to the surface of consciousness. Because this Mercury retrograde is in Scorpio, that relates to what is concealed below the surface. The retrograde is about going deeper, though there will be bursts of revelation both around the 21st of this month and the 11th of next month. I suggest, therefore, that you not finalize decisions, plans or even opinions about pending matters until you’re fully informed. What is brewing looks important enough to take seriously. This astrology could represent an opportunity, the solution to a problem, or an insight about a health matter. Most notably, it represents the emergence of a currently concealed option you will be happy to have available.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Take advantage of unusual developments in your professional life to stake out new territory. Your chart has been pointing you in the direction of new horizons for a long time. By that I don’t mean a change of career but rather the exploration of your talent. I also mean establishing yourself on a new level as a respected member of your profession, and one known and valued for what you do. This is a sensitive phase, and rather than being about guaranteed achievement, it’s a time to preserve what you’ve gained, build on your achievements, and notice the specific opportunities that are available to establish yourself. You may notice some contrast between what you’re capable of and what others are capable of—which is not an invitation to be competitive. Rather, you’re at a phase of your work where teaching and learning are emphasized strongly. Stabilize yourself and build your confidence by both working with a mentor and taking one or two people under your wing. The process of developing your own talent will be greatly enhanced by engaging with the skills, ideals and approach to life that others use. Your professional success depends less on your standing out than it does on making yourself an integral part of what you do—what you might think of as your inner reputation as opposed to your outer one. As you’ll see, the two are related. 124 planet waves ChronograM 10/13

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LEO (July 22-August 23) You may think it would be wonderful if you could resolve that tension between dreaming big and wanting a perfect sense of security about the future. At the moment there is plenty of it— the bigger your vision, the less “safe” and stable you may feel. Yet much as an electrical battery depends on those two polarities holding a charge, you are depending on this tension. In physics it’s called potential difference—with voltage. I suggest you work with the seeming contradiction between the way things are and the way things could be; between having your life be good enough and taking a risk to create something better. Much of this is in the realm of developing ideas that may “threaten” your old ideas, or the mental patterns of the people around you. This, too, will present you with a form of tension that you can work with as a source of energy. At the same time, you seem to have no shortage of creativity and drive to move your ideas and plans forward. Here is the thing I would caution about: When you shake things up, that can come back to you as self-doubt, and in a weird way, as guilt. I suggest you proceed with the feeling that you’re entitled to express yourself as you are called to do, and to work with the formula “improvement is a form of necessary change.”

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) Treat joint finances and “permanent” commitments with more care than usual. I don’t mean hesitancy—I mean scrutiny. Inaccuracies that slip into the mix, whether intentional (deception) or seemingly unintentional (overlooking details) or careless (skipping over due diligence) will cause problems in the future, so there is an added necessity to proceed with impeccability. With Mars soon to be in your sign that would not normally be an issue, though an opposition to Neptune is saying that your mantra needs to be “reality check.” Check the facts, investigate your doubts; if everything seems perfect, get another opinion; if you find a problem, solve the problem and then find two others to fix. The heart of the matter, however, is how you handle negotiations with close partners. This is especially true if you don’t know they’re negotiations. However any time there is an agreement on the table, especially if it involves money, pause, remember that you’re actually in a negotiation-commitment process, and then invoke your “reality check” mantra. You need to take your time discerning the motives of the people around you. Even if your intuition gives you good information, make sure that you back it up with evidence collected from observation over time. When you’re dealing with Neptune, which you are at this time in your life, taking careful, dated notes is one of the most useful ways to stay awake.




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LIBRA (September 22-October 23) An eclipse in your opposite sign Aries will give you a new perspective on a relationship. It’s like a veil will be pulled back allowing you to gaze into the unknown. The underlying reality is different than the one you can see under normal circumstances. You have experienced plenty the past couple of years that you don’t fully understand, spread throughout a diversity of situations. They all have something in common, and this is what I suggest you look for when you have those momentary opportunities to peer beyond the facade of existence. What you learn will help you sort out the issue of what you seem to want versus what you seem to get. You will feel better taking even small steps in this direction; I can offer you a clue—what you (really) want is unlikely to be the standard scenario of a comedy ending in suburban marriage. You have something edgier in mind; something more creative; something with more potential. Along the way, I suggest you evaluate your experiences not on whether they add up to your fantasy but rather how you feel about yourself. Each experience you have with another person has a way of influencing your inner relationship. This has nothing to do with the storyboard of expectations—it’s all about the real chemistry that you share with others, which in turn shapes your life and your experience of living.

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SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Consider any and every change you’ve avoided making the past few years. Consider everything that’s stuck in your life, the places you experience boredom, and the ways you want to break free. Make some notes on all the promises you made with yourself about what you would be doing by the time you reached your current age. Astrological influences are gathering that may incline you to catch up on everything, all at once. I don’t recommend that as a method. Saturn is still in your sign; as much as that is reputed by astrologers to represent something that will not move, in fact Saturn never stops moving, and is your most dependable long-term influence when it comes to making real changes. Saturn’s presence is about focusing your energy and directing your passion in a way that’s directly integrated with that elusive thing known as logic. If you set out to accomplish a long-term goal, you need to be willing to take the necessary actions on the days that you don’t feel like doing it; on the days when that particular goal is not high on your priorities. This is a form of discipline that’s not inherent in your emotionally dominated sign—though I suspect it’s a personal goal for you to be able to focus on this. You now have an incentive. I’ll remind you in a month, but please don’t forget.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22) You seem to be pursuing some recognition or success, which you’re associating with money. Is this a valid connection? What if you considered the participation-visibility aspect of your work as one idea, and the business success as another? I know that the two are often conflated—for example, fame (a form of participation, based on acclaim) is associated with fortune (financial success). They’re not the same thing, on any level. Acknowledgement for what you do, and the opportunities that opens up, is its own critter. Along with this you may include the integrity you put into your work, the message, and the ways in which you grow as a result of expressing yourself. Success in business is not assured from any of this, nor is it a matter of luck. It’s a matter of careful planning, conscious decision-making, a learning process and the careful choice of partners. Looked at this way, it’s clear why scrambling up these two kinds of success ladders doesn’t work so well. No matter how well-known a person is, no matter how well respected, that does not ensure or even hint at cleverness when it comes to handling money and business arrangements. And, sadly, skill with money is often associated with lack of integrity—that is not inherently true. Take these two sides of the equation separately and you will make a lot more progress—of the kind known as maturity.


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It will be a good idea to step back from the festivities, the fuss and the fireworks that develop later in the month and into early November. You’re focused on certain specific tasks right now, and you know you’re operating within the constraints of time and resources. Your astrology suggests you have enough of both, but not if you squander them on a drama that, in the end, you will discover had nothing to do with you. There are many ways to use the substantial astrology that’s rapidly approaching—astrology that will grant you visibility, the potential to meet new friends, and most of all, that will focus your sense of purpose. Therefore, start with purpose, which is similar to intent, and then rather brutally, evaluate every situation on whether you think it will advance your cause or work against it. As the next few weeks develop, this will be especially true of social situations, in which I would include parties, partying, going out and mindless diversion on the Internet. Alternately, the environment you’re in is very well suited for establishing your reputation based on real accomplishments, developing working relationships with people and carving out your special niche in the culture. Some of this is subject to serendipity and synchronicity; none of it is casual or haphazard. The temptation to be popular is more likely to work against you than it is to help. Therefore, keep your focus.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) You may be thinking: Is this all some kind of test of character, or of my integrity? I don’t know if it’s a test, but you may be experiencing the consequences aspect of life more than you’re experiencing its promise or potential. They are all related. All consequences are results, and what they are results of is, precisely, some form of potential. This works for “good” things and for “bad” things. The law of cause and effect is in action all the time. The difference between a sleeping person and an awake one is consciously using causes (motives, intent, decision) to get an effect (a result of some kind). This implies becoming conscious of all the superstition that is used as a substitute for good, old-fashioned karma. You are moving into a time of increased power of manifestation—what some astrologers might call success, but I think it’s edgier than that. Your choices will get results, though those results are the product of something. You are also living with the effects of what you have created—and the astrology I’m describing will grant you extra power to make adjustments to what currently exists. This will be especially true if you develop your understanding of how things got to be the way they are. And once you arrive at that understanding, consider it a rough draft and go deeper. Cause and effect are never separate, which is an idea that could save the world.


(February 19-March 20)

You would be amazed, if you could see the truth, the extent to which your choices today are based on beliefs that are many years or many generations old—and which are no longer applicable to the world in which we live. Some of these may masquerade as traditions, respect for the way things are done, morals, ethics, and “fundamental values.” I suggest you put the lot of it up for evaluation. It’s impossible to question a belief unless you know you have it, so the first step is knowing what it is you think is true. Then take the next step and evaluate why you think it’s true. Question every assumption until it’s a habit, which may lead you to reject assuming anything at all. The very most important thing you can question is anything—anything and everything—taught to you by your parents. Questioning it does not make it, or them, or you, wrong—rather, it’s once you start clearing the clutter, you will discover windows and doors, and the light and fresh air they allow into your awareness is known as a vision. I don’t mean this as a metaphor, but rather as a direct idea: what has the strongest potential is what you can actually see, and visualize, down to the details. Visualizations might “come to you” or you might construct them like a draftsman makes a drawing. Either way or both—have at it.


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