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A Guide to Red Hook’s Annual HARDSCRABBLE DA Y Plus Area Events Calendar


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13th Annual

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Village Building photo by Jen Kiaba

Welcome Letters begin


Jim Weider & Project Percolator


Col. Bruce to the Rescue by Scott Freeman


Hardscrabble Day Schedule of Events


Big Red Dog on Parade


Fall Happenings Calendar begins


HARDSCRABBLE POST a publication of

P.O. Box 178 Red Hook, NY 12571 845-546-3051

Jim Gibbons: Publisher Heather Gibbons: Creative Director Contents ©2013 Rising Tide Communications, LLC No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of the publisher

Hardscrabble Day Committee: Ed Blundell, Matt Donohue Jim & Heather Gibbons Sue McCann. Jen Norris Doug Strawinski

Jeffrey Cella Scott Freeman Jen Kiaba Ed Blundell Bryan F. Cranna Kimberley McGrath Gomez Marcus Molinaro

On the Cover: Background photo of Catskill Mountains as seen from Red Hook by Jen Kiaba; overlay images from top to bottom:‘Soybeans’

illustration by artist James Gurney created for the July 1987 issue of National Geographic to illustrate a story on the many uses of soybeans. Gurney, a Rhinebeck resident, used Red Hook’s corner pharmacy for inspiration; face painting photo by Jeffrey Cella; looking down E. Market St. photo by Jen Kiaba; sheep shearing photo by Jeffrey Cella; seed head photo by Jen Kiaba; glass balls photo by Jeffrey Cella; bagpipers photo by Heather Gibbons; Red Hook sunset photo by Jen Kiaba. Special note: Each year, Gurney has generously agreed to let the Hardscrabble Committee use his art to help promote Hardscrabble Day. To see more of Gurney’s work, visit his website


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Celebrate Hardscrabble Day! Photo by Jen Kiaba

There is a lot of new energy showing up in Red Hook and it is based on the underlying good will and spirit of our residents, business owners and community leaders. Our exceptional Red Hook schools are back in session and the Bard community is into a new semester. The village is active with new commercial enterprises that cater to trends of locally raised, healthy and creative food and goods, along with farmers markets and relocating professional services. Also, the Town of Red Hook recently passed its Centers and Greenspace zoning, an award winning project, which further protects our farmland and encourages this type of development in the villages. This zoning concept is very progressive and will lead to a more sustainable community for all of us, especially as the villages adapt and complement that new zoning. One of our keynote street festivals is Hardscrabble Day and this year we have worked hard to again celebrate what is unique about living here. It arrives at the end of Summer just as the full harvest of fruits and vegetables come off the farms. It also arrives on Homecoming weekend when Red Hook schools feature football and soccer and alumni events. The Village of Red Hook serves as host and coordinator with help from the Town of Red Hook and multiple business sponsors. Look and listen for our radio ads, read the Hardscrabble Post, and look at our banners and posters, all developed and printed by local businesses with support from our sponsors. The event is designed to showcase Red Hook as well as attract and entertain our residents, visitors and tourists. The parade at 4pm will be on Broadway. The Hardscrabble Committee members work year round to plan, fund and accomplish the goals of the day. I’d like to thank Matt Donohue, Jen Norris, Doug Strawinski and Sue McCann who serve with me as the core group to make this event happen.

If you can, please walk, bike or carpool in, check out our year-round merchants and the street vendors, local organizations and free live music. More importantly, gather your family and friends and show off our hometown in the height of the harvest season and the Red Hook Renaissance. Thanks, Ed Blundell Mayor, Village of Red Hook

Welcome to Hardscrabble Day 2013! Hardscrabble Day is an event full of fun for young and old, with live music, vendors, kids’ activities and so much more! It is a day we pay tribute to Red Hook’s rural heritage and celebrate the community that we treasure today. Hardscabble Day represents all that is good in Red Hook...the collaboration of two villages and a town to provide its residents a day of fun and laughter... the smiles on the faces of young children delighting in having faces painted and watching a parade in awe...the reminiscing of seniors who remember community past, celebrate their neighbors today and feel confident our community will remain vibrant for the future. As County Executive, I have the honor and privilege of participating in wonderful events throughout Dutchess County all year long, but none will compare to the enthusiasm and delight my family has for our hometown’s own Hardscrabble Day. Marc Molinaro Dutchess County Executive


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Connecting the arts & community

Dan Baxter’s ‘Fala’ is currently part of RHCAN’s ‘Small Works’ show.

More than 3 years ago, Red Hook Chamber President, Ed Pruitt, thought it might be a good idea to make Red Hook an arts destination as a way to promote our town. With the overwhelming number of artists, writers, musicians, and performers that called Red Hook their home, it seemed to make sense to create a forum for all of these people to connect. This connection would allow the talent in our area to showcase their work, and simultaneously create a new level of buzz in the town. The offshoot of this idea was Red Hook Community Arts Network or RHCAN, as it’s more commonly known. The initial launch of RHCAN was a huge success, quickly followed by a series of ARTpop galleries that temporarily inhabited vacant stores in Red Hook. This was made possible with no small amount of cooperation from prominent landlords, the Baright Family. Just over a year ago, RHCAN became more permanently fixed in a gallery in the Village, that houses an artists’ collective

as well, and is led by local painter Kari Feuer, and photographer Juliet Harrison. RHCAN’s energy has been unceasing with regular gallery openings, workshops, and large scale events including a hugely successful Literary Festival with reknowned authors and actors, a tremendously successful film festival collaboration, and most recently an outdoor sculptural exposition that was awarded the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award. In spite of all that they do, the group remains cognizant of its mission to not only showcase the arts, but to work with the community and all of its entities. The Village and Town of Red Hook, Bard College, The Red Hook Rotary, The Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook Central Schools, and the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce are but a few of the partners that RHCAN has attached themselves to. It has proven to be an important component of a town that has experienced serious challenges during the economic ups and downs of the past few years. What was once a simple idea, has blossomed and grown into a project that includes all that is rich and complex about the Town of Red Hook, and is a perfect example of the direction in which the town is headed. Kimberley McGrath Gomez Executive Director, Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce

A celebration of collaboration Dear Friends:

Photo by Jen Kiaba.

Always a highlight for the Northern Dutchess area, Hardscrabble Day continues to bring families from Red Hook, Tivoli, and our neighboring areas into our community for this popular annual celebration. With its strong community feel and festive atmosphere, Hardscrabble Day continues to be one of the area’s must-

attend events of the year. There is something special about this time of year in Red Hook. With the many farms, colorful foliage, soccer games in full swing, and a crisp feel in the air, autumn and Red Hook go hand in hand. Hardscrabble Day certainly is a wonderful way to kick off the autumn season. As Mayor of Tivoli, I am proud to see that the Villages of Tivoli and Red Hook, and the Town of Red Hook are working so closely together now. Leaders in all three municipalities share a common goal; to do what is in the best interest of our communities.

By leaving political labels at the door and focusing our energies towards what is best for those we represent and how we can work together, the three governments are seeing progress and our communities are better for it. Hardscrabble Day is a perfect of example of governmental leaders and dedicated volunteers working together to ensure that our community is a great place to call home, visit, and work in. I’m proud to be part of the Hardscrabble celebration. My sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to all those who made today possible. Great job! Sincerely, Bryan F. Cranna Mayor, Village of Tivoli


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Upcoming Happenings September 29 Catharine Street Community Center presents


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This is a special matinee fundraiser for the children and families of Catharine Street Community Center. Includes a pre-show brunch at Shadows on the Hudson is being offered as part of a brunch/theater package.

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October 11-13

October 18-27 CHAC presents

See Rock City A 2011 Drama Desk Award Winning Musical, See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across the United States.

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Jim Weider & Project Percolator Jim Weider, a master of classic telecaster guitar, is renowned for his rock and blues-based signature sound. He is among a select group of musicians with an endorsement from Fender and, for the past three decades, he’s earned enormous respect from fellow musicians and music fans throughout the world. Born and raised in the famed arts colony of Woodstock, NY, Jim received great acclaim during his long tenure (1985-2000) as lead guitarist (replacing Robbie Robertson) for Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Band. During 15 years of international touring with original members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko, Jim was featured on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Jim furthered his reputation as a versatile and talented guitarist in performances and recordings with Scotty Moore, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Graham Parker, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog, Johnny Paycheck, James Talley, Kim Wilson, Paul Butterfield, Robbie Dupree, among many others. In 1997 Jim produced and played on Paul Burlison’s CD, Train Kept A Rollin’ (Sweetfish Records) with special guests, The Band, Kim Wilson, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples and Rocky & Billy Burnette. He also recorded and filmed All The King’s Men, Scotty Moore’s Sweetfish Records release, including the track “Deuce and a Quarter” with Levon Helm, Keith Richards, D.J. Fontana. On the new 2004 Alligator release, Jim co-wrote the single and Title of Mavis Staples new album (Have -a- Little Faith)and played guitar on five tracks. In addition to touring with The Band, Jim has fronted his own bands since the late 1980s and released his first solo recording of “Many Rivers To Cross” on Woodstock Holiday (Pioneer Records, Japan) in 1993. Since 1997, Jim’s devoted much of his time to his current band. This high-energy band has toured extensively throughout the northeastern US, including festivals, concert halls, clubs like B.B. King’s, and an appearance on CBS-TV’s Early Morning Show. Jim’s been a featured guest twice on both “The House of Blues

Radio Hour,” hosted by Dan Akroyd, and on “The Guitar Show,” hosted by Kevin Bacon. Jim Weider’s first CD, Big Foot (EKG), was praised by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “the highest-quality recording we’ve heard in a very long time. Any guitar purist will be impressed with Weider’s varied styles -- rock, rockabilly, slide, good old blues, and even some ‘chicken-pickin’ country. This is a celebration of guitar at its best.” Remedy, Jim’s second recording with his band, features eight of his originals, including the title cut (first released on The Band’s Jericho CD where it became a Top Ten Single in Canada). Jim’s distinctive guitar tone, his improvisational talents and powerful solos, and his prowess as a songwriter are evident throughout this CD, notably on “Twister” and “Freedom Walk.” The Band’s classic rocker, “The Weight,” reveals Jim’s ability to put their unique stamp on timeless favorites: the latter cut includes special guests Merle Saunders, Mavis Staples, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino, Sid McGinnis and Tony Levin. Jim recieved the 2005 W.C. Handy Award for co-writing Mavis Staples’ hit single and cd title song, ‘Have-a-Little Faith.” Jim has written songs and produced for many artists including The Band’s top ten hit, ”Remedy.” Percolator represents Jim’s musical venture into a powerful groove and atmospheric guitar-driven band. Jim blends rock and blues with funk and jazz grooves, combining modern drum loops and samples, to playing beautiful melodic ballads. “Percolator” was released in Europe in 2006 with BHM Productions. The Hardscrabble Day Committee is thrilled that Jim Weider & Project Percolator will perform on the Hardscrabble Main Stage in the Village Lot on Saturday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. This not-to-be-missed concert will be followed by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends. To learn more about Jim Weider, visit his website, Read on (pages 14 & 15) to learn more about Col. Bruce Hampton.


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Col. Bruce to the Rescue

detail of photo by Brato Ganibe

by Scott Freeman

legendary jam band rocker takes the hardscrabble stage

You want to talk failure? Col. Bruce Hampton may well be the single most important figure in the history of rock music in Atlanta. And yet he will talk about failure until he throws up his hands in defeat and succumbs to a fit of laughter. He talks about his first band in high school, and how he’d get onstage and jump around like a madman, and about how he got so crazed during one school dance that the chaperones turned the lights on and told everyone — especially the band — to go home. You want failure? He helped form the first significant rock group in Atlanta, the Hampton Grease Band, in 1968. Before long, they were playing free concerts in Piedmont Park with the Allman Brothers Band and eventually signed a deal with Columbia Records. Their first, and only, album — 1971’s Music to Eat — became infamously known as the label’s second-worst-selling release in history — just above a spokenword yoga record. Failure? Try living out of your car during the 1980s because your music isn’t earning you a living, even when one of your albums is being lauded on the front page of the arts section of the New York Times. Col. Bruce added it up once — he made approximately $28,000... the entire decade. The Colonel shares those experiences because he wants to remind me that we all fail. In fact, he encourages failure. Failure is not only a teacher; it denotes that something meaningful was attempted. His eyes are piercing, and his voice reassuring. “It’s OK to fail, man,” he says, “if you’re reaching for the impossible.”  

SUNLIGHT SUDDENLY SPRINGS into the darkened bar as the side door swings back. A foot steps in to prop it open. A hand pushes through a heavy Vox amplifier. The Colonel’s thick mop of silvery hair appears behind it, and he finally steps inside lugging a guitar and a carry-on bag. He is a bear of a man — 6 feet tall and stout — and he walks with a limp because of a bad back. He’s dressed as though he inherited Oscar Madison’s wardrobe, oblivious that his blue, plaid shirt is only partially tucked into his brown slacks. Tonight, he and a group of musicians will perform in the Atlanta Room, a small space downstairs at Smith’s Olde Bar. If 50 people came in, most of them would have to stand. But this gig really has nothing to do with the size of the crowd. Col. Bruce is working himself back into shape after a heart attack and angioplasty last spring. “It changes you 100 percent. Your values become really valuable. Time is quick now,” says the man who once co-wrote a song called “Time Is Free,” still a concert staple. “It’s made me realize how fragile life is.”

His band is anchored by guitarist Jeff Caldwell and Motown veteran Ike Stubblefield on organ and piano. Col. Bruce barely knows the rest of the musicians he’ll perform with tonight, but they certainly know of him. They primarily know him as the founder of the Aquarium Rescue Unit (ARU), one of the first of the second-generation jam bands. In fact, he is widely known now as the father of the jam-band scene. But it was through the Hampton Grease Band almost 40 years ago that Col. Bruce helped create the rock scene in Atlanta. Because there were no clubs where bands could play in the city when the group formed in 1968, the Hampton Grease Band began to perform free concerts on Sunday afternoons in Piedmont Park for the burgeoning hippie population. After a couple of months, the Sunday-afternoon jams took on legendary status when they began featuring another new group that was based out of Macon: the Allman Brothers Band. Like the Allmans, the Hampton Grease Band featured two lead guitarists and long, improvised jams. But the Hampton Grease Band had the Colonel and back then, the Colonel was as “out” as “out” can get. Some nights, he’d “gargle” peanut butter while the guitarists played their solos. There was often a VW bug parked onstage (when it wasn’t parked in the living room of the band’s communal house). The group once opened a show for Fleetwood Mac and Col. Bruce decided that he was going to play a new instrument: a gas-powered chainsaw. “We had it miked and figured out it sawed in the key of D,” he says. “So we played every song in D, and I’d take solos with the chainsaw.” Columbia Records released the band’s only album in 1971. Not only did the album not sell, but top Columbia executives disliked the album so much that they fired the A&R guy who had signed the group. “The band was on fire, it was full bore,” says the Colonel. “But there were no tunes for the masses to grab on to. It was all experimental.” Then he says...“Personally, I’ve always felt I’m 30 years behind the times, or else 22 years and three months ahead,” he says. “We were somewhere in between the 30 years behind and the 22 ahead.”  

THE COLONEL LEARNED the blues from a woman who was born a slave. Her name was Liza Mae Williams, and she worked for the Colonel’s grandparents when he went to live with them on Myrtle Street near Piedmont Park. His grandfather was Col. W.A. Cunningham, who was the fifth generation of that family to graduate from West Point. He later served as the head football coach of the Georgia Bulldogs from 1910 to 1919. Col. Bruce wasn’t born Bruce Hampton at all; he was born Gustov Berglund III in 1947. His birth mother became ill, and he went to live


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It’s OK to fail, man, if you’re reaching for the impossible. ~ Col. Bruce Hampton with his grandparents, where he and Liza Mae slept in the servants’ quarters in the basement of the house on Myrtle Street. “She was in her 90s, and I’d hear her sing all these incredible songs,” he says. “I can’t remember the songs, but I can remember the flavor of them. They were like field hollers. She was from Biloxi, Miss., born in 1860. And she was born a slave, an actual slave.” He was later adopted by his aunt, and his first name was changed to Bruce. “She married a guy named Hampton and I thought, that’s more my name than Berglund,” he recalls. His mother was later institutionalized because she had multiple sclerosis (it turned out later that she was misdiagnosed) and she died when he was 16. He lost himself in the music that Liza Mae had sung to him as a child. He would drive his mo-ped down to Auburn Avenue to the Royal Peacock club to see his heroes: Bobby “Blue” Bland, Otis Redding, James Brown, B.B. King, Albert King. Sometimes, a friendly maitre d’ would sneak him in; after a while, the musicians began to recognize him and would usher him inside. “I was only 16,” he says. “I’d lie under the stage with a little mirror so I could watch them; sometimes I’d hide behind the curtain off to the side. And guess how many white people were there? But who cared? I’d park my mo-ped outside on Auburn Avenue, with no lock. And it’d be right there when I came back out.”  

THE COLONEL BOUGHT his first guitar from a neighborhood kid in Decatur. The kid was named John Huey, and he grew up to be president of Time, Inc. He was so close to Duane Allman that he can recount in detail the late guitarist’s amplifier modifications. He got to know Billy Bob Thornton in the ‘70s, when Thornton was a drummer in a band from Arkansas called Los Tres Hombres; 20 years later, Thornton created a character based on Col. Bruce in his breakout 1996 film Sling Blade, and then had the Colonel play the role. The Colonel once played regular poker games with Newt Gingrich and touch football with Stan Kasten, who went on to become president of the Braves and the Hawks. He regularly sat next to Zell Miller at Braves games, and they’d chat away about baseball and bluegrass. RuPaul was once his roadie. “You’ve got to live a life,” Col. Bruce says. “I don’t think I’ve ever lived my life; I’m living someone else’s life. I’m an accountant trapped in somebody else’s body. And no complaints. I act like I’m crazy, but I am.”  

The final piece was a percussionist named Larry Jones, whom Col. Bruce immediately dubbed “Count M’Butu” the first time they met. The memory still unnerves Jones -- M’Butu happened to be the name of the family he had lived with when he went to Africa to study drumming, and there was no way the Colonel could have known that. It marked the birth of the band that would finally put Col. Bruce on a national map -- more than 20 years into his music career. “It was just a magical time,” Mosier says. “Great art is created when a tradition is broken. Bruce is the greatest permission giver. He expects, and allows, those around him to completely be themselves without judgment.”  

Col. Bruce reined himself in; he pulled back the wild antics and focused on setting up a framework to exploit the musicianship that surrounded him. And he let the blues that he first heard as a child from Liza Mae inform his music. The success of the ARU was, in most ways, completely incongruous and totally unexpected. When the band formed, guitar solos and long jams were about as hip as beanie caps — Madonna ruled the charts and the synthesizer was the instrument du jour. But the Colonel had tapped into something: a burgeoning second-generation “jam band” movement in the tradition of the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead that included Widespread Panic in Athens, and Phish, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors in the Northeast. Phish would come to the South and open shows for the ARU and Widespread Panic; then the Southern bands would go up north and open for Phish. Eventually, they combined with Blues Traveler and a few other bands in 1992 for a tour they called the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere), and they were all suddenly playing in front of 3,000 people. When both Widespread Panic and the ARU had landed recording contracts from Atlanta’s Capricorn Records by 1991, the jam-band tours grew exponentially. The annual H.O.R.D.E. tours lasted until 1998 and eventually included such groups as Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule, Sheryl Crow and Béla Fleck. Col. Bruce quickly became the Yoda of that scene. During the ARU set on the H.O.R.D.E. tours, all the other band members would gather around the stage to watch and soak up his influence. “He impacts our lives every day in every way,” John Popper of Blues Traveler has said. “I don’t see an end to the impact. So really, it’s not an impact anymore, it’s seepage.”  

Jeff Mosier, who now fronts the jam band Blueground Undergrass says of Col. Bruce,“You don’t find many people who are true individuals, and he is. He’s truly like no one else.Just look at all these musicians who have played with him or been influenced by him.” The list is extensive. There’s Bobby Lee Rodgers, co-founder of the Codetalkers. John Bell of Widespread Panic refers to Col. Bruce as “my pappy.” Derek Trucks attributes much of his advanced musical education to the Colonel. “I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Colonel,” Trucks has said. “He always seemed to be there at the right time with the right record or the right book. He’d say, ‘You’re 15 now, you’re ready for this.’” At one point, the front line of the Allman Brothers was Jimmy Herring and Trucks on guitar and Burbridge on bass, and they joked that they were the “leftover Hamptons”; Trucks and Burbridge are still with the Allmans, and Herring is now the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic.

The ARU (Aquarium Rescue Unit) was born out of the Colonel’s regular Monday-night gigs at the Little Five Points Pub (now the Corner Tavern) where he performed in the late ‘80s with a rotating group of musicians. Jeff Sipe (better known to ARU fans as “Apt. Q258,” the apartment number of radio evangelist Prophet Omega) was the regular drummer. Then Oteil Burbridge, a friend of Sipe, became a fixture on bass. They performed under a different moniker every week, most of which had to do with Arkansas. One week, the band would be Col. Bruce Hampton and the Arkansas Travelers. Another week, it would be the Arkansas Tourists or the Arkansas State Birds. But whatever the name, the music swung and Col. Bruce’s gig at the Pub became the hip place to be on Monday nights in Atlanta. The next musician to enlist was the Rev. Jeff Mosier, known for the bluegrass show he hosted on WRFG-FM. Mosier was walking with a friend past the Pub one night in 1989 and saw on the marquee: “Col.  Bruce Hampton and the Arkansas Florists.” Mosier’s friend told him Hampton was a legend. Mosier nodded and said, “Well, then we’d Excerpted from a feature written by Scott Freeman in 2007 for Creative better go in and meet him.”  

The band was eventually rounded out by a mandolin player named Matt Mundy, and a young guitarist named Jimmy Herring, who had heard about the Colonel’s talent for reading minds and putting together hot bands.

Loafing Atlanta, an alternative newsweekly based in Atlanta, Georgia nationally known for its coverage of news, culture, contemporary music and the arts. Freeman began his writing career as a journalist, built a reputation for long-form feature writing and is the author of four books, including well-received biographies of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band. Used with permission. To read the full feature, visit:


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Red Hook’s Annual


A Community Celebration

Saturday, September 21, 2013 VILLAGE OF RED HOOK 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thank you, Community Sponsors! Each year the community celebration that is Hardscrabble Day is attended by thousands of our neighbors and friends. But this important opportunity to share our Hometown Pride with one another is only made possible by the generous support of business and civic leaders. To that end, we are enormously grateful to the following businesses and organizations:

Special thanks again this year to the Village of Red Hook, the Town of Red Hook, the Friends of the the Red Hook Public Library, The Red Hook Central School District, NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro


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HARDSCRABBLE DAY schedule of events | saturday, september 21

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10 AM – 2 PM

10:30 AM – 4 PM (cont)

11:15 AM

red hook library Arts & Crafts for kids and face painting! Plus, library card sign-ups until 3 p.m. Friends of the Red Hook Public Library give-aways, T-shirt sales and more—until they run out!

clothing to round out your closet! For all ages & sizes

Local Bands Main Stage, Village Parking Lot Chocolate Jam Band (11:15 a.m.-noon) Local bands (noon-2 p.m.) Joakim from Futu Futu & Friends (2 p.m.)

10 AM – 4 PM

Read Local! Red Hook book sale Red Hook Library lawn All proceeds support the Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival 2014. Paperbacks $1, hardcovers $2, and coffee table books $3. 10 AM – 7 PM

artscrabble RHCAN Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway (near CVS) Local artists exhibit their work in “Big Show, Little Art,” featuring small works (no bigger than 16 inches). 10:30 AM – 4 PM

Treescrabble Next to Neko’s Red Hook Tree Committee Tree-related activities for children, raffle, free Tree Owner’s Manual and tree information. Plus, small trees and shrubs will be handed out. Antique Cars Historic Brick Building, Corner North Broadway & St. John St. St. Margaret’s Committee Farmscrabble Elmendorph Inn, North Broadway Exhibit featuring farm animals and farm products; wool spinning and weaving Historyscrabble Elmendorph Inn, North Broadway Pie a la mode fundraiser

Kidscrabble Key Bank Green Lot Girl Scout Cadette Troop 10208 offers wide range of activities focusing on a variety of community issues, including early childhood literacy, animal welfare, disability awareness, and exploring the world of performing arts.

Energyscrabble Tent in Village Municipal Lot Local action groups and vendors: Red Hook Village Green Committee; Covanta Energy; Hudson Solar; Bard College

Free Clothing Swap (11 a.m.-3 p.m.): Bring gently used articles of clothing to trade for new (to you) article of

Opening Ceremony Main Stage, Village Parking Lot

4 PM

Hardscrabble Parade Rt 9 from Fraleigh Street to Memorial Park 5 PM

Opening Act: iS Main Stage, Village Hall Parking Lot touring band featuring Matt Donohue 6:30 PM

Headliner Acts Main Stage, Village Hall Parking Lot Jim Weider and Project Percolator and Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends featuring Col. Bruce Hampton (guitar/vocals), Rick Loller (guitar/ vocals), Nick Rosen (keyboard/bass), and Darren Stanley (drums) All Day

Food Court Village Hall and Main Stage areas

11 AM

Hardscrabble Day is a village-wide festival. Parking is available on side streets, Middle and High School lots. Restroom facilities for handicapped and regular use are provided at the Village Lot area near the Main Stage, on Broadway, and at the KidScrabble area. Handicapped parking is available at the Key Bank lot. We encourage reducing your carbon footprint by carpooling or biking in.



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September 29 Catharine Street Community Center presents

CHUCK MUCKLE as satirist, composer, and raconteur Oscar Levant in

At Wit’s End This special one-performance matinee is a fundraiser for the children and families of Catharine Street Community Center. In addition to the performance, a pre-show brunch at Shadows on the Hudson is being offered as part of a brunch/theater package.

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big red dog on parade Friends of Red Hook Public Library Construct Clifford Float for Hardscrabble Day Children and adults alike will be thrilled with the new float the Friends of the Red Hook Public Library are creating for this year’s Hardscrabble Day parade. “Making a replica of the Big Red Dog, Clifford, has been the most difficult of all of the floats we have created to date,” said Frank Campagna, designer and builder of the float. “The structure for the big red dog was a real challenge, as was covering such a large piece with paper mache. But we persevered and feel we have a really great replica for the children to enjoy.” Clifford will stand about seven feet tall and is nine feet long from head to tail. “Children love Clifford and all he stands for – we think it will create a real ‘wow!’ factor, and we are looking forward to the response we will get from the children,” said Loretta Campagna. “The Hardscrabble Day Parade gives us the opportunity to focus on children and promote the children’s library and the many services our library offers to children,” said Sandy Martin, President of the Friends of the Red Hook Public Library. The Friends of the Red Hook Public Library help to promote the Red Hook Library through various events throughout the year. Thanks to the support and generosity of our sponsors and donors, this year’s Friend’s main event, currently under construction, is the new “Children’s Learning Garden” project. To learn more, visit the library’s website,

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fall happenings Don’t miss the annual Apple Pie Contest at the Mongomery Place Orchard farmstand October 20. Photo by A. Fincke.


The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through September 29, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents “Camelot,” the timeless and powerful romantic journey that forever alters the fate of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere and his best friend Lancelot. Tickets: $26; $24 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080;

Tai Chi/Qigong with Jim O’Rourke

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Wednesdays, 9-9:45 a.m. and 9:45-11:15 a.m.: Popular, free weekly classes. Early class, Advanced Tai Chi; later class, Chi Kung (Qigong), all levels. Information: 518.537.5800;

Tasty Tunes open mic

Taste Budd’s, 40 West Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Hosted by Darian Rivera or Marcy Currier, musicians can sign up for 2 songs, or 10 minutes. Mixer and surround speakers provided for acoustic electric instruments. Some events feature guest performers. Information: 845.758.6500;;

Little Wings Preschool Music

Time and Space, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Enter into a magical, musical world! Songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes, instruments, scarves, puppets, beautiful books and great pieces of music from all over the world are a part of every lesson. Classes are engaging for the whole family and will keep you smiling all week. Through joyful play, children will explore musical elements such as high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow as well as early music literacy. Fee: $15/drop in Information: 505.401.8882;

Mixed Level YOga w/Barbara Eichin

Tivoli Library, 3rd flr, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Fridays through October, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: This level 1 and 2 class is designed for students who are familiar with yoga basics, as well as more experienced practitioners. Class typically begins with Sun Salutations and then moves to standing, seated and reclining poses. Balancing poses, inversions, breathing and meditation will also be incorporated. Class ends with relaxation. Students should wear nonrestrictive clothing and bring a yoga mat. Class size is limited to 10 students, therefore pre-registration is required. Fee: $50 for four sessions; $15 /class Information: 845.757.2767;

Agriturismo Dinners

Gigi Hudson Valley Market @ Grieg Farm, Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. through October: Gigi Hudson Valley brings this charming, rural Italian tradition of outdoor, family style dining to the Hudson Valley. Laura Pensiero and her

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talented team source ingredients from nearby farms and orchards to create sublime rustic fare. Enjoy three courses of local farm flavors for $34. Children 10 and under eat for only $10. Space limited, reservations encouraged. Information: 845.758.1999;

Downtown abbey themed tours

Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Dr., Staatsburg, NY 12580 Saturdays in September & October, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.: This tour will explore the role of the mansion’s servants and their interactions with their wealthy employers and houseguests. This tour will showcase the house, but it will also highlight the real life counterparts of the Downton Abbey characters, noting the specialized role each servant played and how the house functioned during a busy week of entertaining. Tickets: $8; $6 students/seniors; kids 12 and under, free Information: 845.889.8851 x 300;

Hudson Valley farmers market

Greig Farm, Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Purchase delicious local products direct from the farmers and artisans who produce them: Highland Farm premium venison products, Twisted Jane’s pretzel rolls; Greig Farm apples; Bearsville Bakers’ fresh baked pies, cookies and scones; Me Oh My Pie’s cookies, pies and more; Aberdeen Farm’s syrup and honey; and so much more! Plus live music every week. Info:

Red hook village outdoor farmers’ market

Municipal Lot, 7467 S. Broadway @ Prince St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays through Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Village residents and visitors can purchase the products of local farmers, artisans and local business.Vendors include: Hudson Valley Homestead with locally crafted sauces & mustards; Starling Yards’ veggies and flowers; Kerley Homestead Farm’s organically grown vegetables; Platte Clove Naturals’ handmade granolas; Tom’s Heritage Baked Goods & Jams; Northwind Farms’ poultry, pork, beef, fish, and smoked meats and eggs; and others. Closed Hardscrabble Day. Info: 845.464.3598;

teen geek squad

Tivoli Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Do you have questions about how to operate your NOOK, iPod, iPad, Kindle, laptop, or other electronic device? Bring it in to the library and one of our trained “Teen Geeks” will help you! Need help using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint? Want to learn how to download books from Overdrive to your e-reader, or audiobooks to your MP3 player or iPod? Can’t figure out how to post pictures to Facebook? Need help creating an email account? Come on over and get the tech help you need! Information:; continued on page 30 g

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Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Through November 3: “Potential Fields...a meandering algorithm,” The outdoor, site-specific sculpture exhibit is a collaboration between Friends of Clermont, CR10 Arts, and the historic site. The participating artists were hand-selected by guest curator Francine Hunter McGivern, founding director of CR10 Arts, each of whom created a work specific to its setting with a great respect for the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. These artists include Alice Adams & Bill Gordy, Bob Braine, John Cleater, Bain Dewan, Laetitia Hussain, Daniel Rothbart, William Stone, and Hap Tivey. Each artist’s work in “Potential Fields” is a response to the idea that the Livingstons left the land in a conservancy with all of its vast potential. Now, the potential of sharing the land to engage the public in a dialogue between nature and art has been reached! Each sculpture has been located in a former agricultural field surrounding the Ice Pond, where guests may wander and explore the art surrounded by the peace of nature. Information: 518.537.6622;

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Live music @ taste budd’s

40 West Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays & some Sundays, 1-3 p.m.: Live music weekly at the cafe. 9/14, Great Blue; 9/15, Maggie Rothwell; 9/21, Christine DeLeon; 9/28, Ken Allred; 9/29, Maggie Seligman; 10/5, Rainbow Fresh; 10/6, Joe Tobin; 10/12, Caroline Spence; 10/13, The Stacks; 10/20, Maggie Rothwell. Information: 845.758.6500;

Harvest of Light

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck Courtyard, 43-2 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through September: New watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso and Cross River Artists. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. Information: 845.516.4435;

Red Hook CAN/Artist’s Collective Gallery

7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Through October 6: “Big Show: Little Art,” small works (no bigger than 16 inches) by local artists. Through November 20: Award winning “Sculpture Expo 2013,” outdoor juried sculpture exhibition featuring a series of eight large, mixed media sculptures in the Village of Red Hook. A mapped walking tour of the sculpture circuit will take viewers along the paths of schools and markets, businesses and green areas and into a direct experience of art through a physically transformed landscape. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. and by appt. Information:;

The hudson valley in the ice age

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.: Join Professors Robert and Johanna Titus on a tour of the Hudson River Valley and see this familiar region with new eyes—the eyes of geologists who see a half-mile-thick sheet of ice grinding its way down the valley and overtopping even the highest mountains. In their book, “The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geological History and Tour,” the Tituses take the reader through the Catskills, the Shawangunks, the Taconics, along the banks of the Hudson River, to Bash Bish Falls and Lake Taghkanic—to all those unique and beautiful places that make the Hudson Valley “the landscape that

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defined America”—and demonstrate that all this beauty we see every day rose phoenix-like from the devastation caused by the slow, inexorable advance of a grinding, half-mile-thick bulldozer of ice and the raging flood that followed its retreat. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. Information: 518.537.5800;

The Children’s Hour

Cunneen-Hackett, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Fri. & Sat., Sept. 20 & 21, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.: Trinity Players presents “The Children’s Hour.” Written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Philip Corso. Tickets: $14.95, advance; $15.95 door; $12.95/$13.95, seniors, students, children. Information: 845.227.7855;

Pulitzer Prize Recipient Paul Harding Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Harding shares his latest novel, “Enon,” in which he follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. A stunning mosaic of human experience, “Enon” affirms Paul Harding as one of the most gifted and profound writers of his generation. Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel “Tinkers.” Information: 845.876.0500;

envisioning emancipation: Black americans and the end of slavery

FDR Presidential Library, Henry A. Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sunday, September 22, 2 p.m.: The FDR Presidential Library and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project will host an author talk and signing with Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer, coauthors of “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery.” Following this program, event attendees can visit the Roosevelt Library’s new permanent museum exhibits free of charge. Information: 845.486.7745;

Framing the viewshed: groundswell Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, September 22, 2-6 p.m.: The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM are pleased to announce “Framing the Viewshed: Groundswell,” a groundbreaking event, featuring site-specific works in sound, text, installation, and movement.

Tivoli Street Painting Festival Village of Tivoli, Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Artists of all levels and community members are invited to “paint” their own 8’ x 8’ square of pavement using pastels and sidewalk chalk provided by Festival organizers. Squares assigned on first-come, first-served basis. There will be live musical entertainment and food vendors. Those wishing to participate must complete a short artist application available at Rain date, Sunday, October 6. Info: Photo by Andy Wainwright.


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red hook library • 7444 S. Broadway • red hook Toddler Romp & stomp

every move matters fitness talk

Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Interactive music and movement program for toddlers. Perfect for children who are not yet ready to sit through an entire story time. A literacy element is included each week.

Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m.: It’s well-documented that staying active, even moderately, can help prevent disease and disability, keep us sharp, and improve our moods. Come for a lively discussion with local fitness instructor, Diane Brent, on living actively into our middle and senior years. Free.

Rock, Rattle & Read: Lapsit Story Time

Tuesdays, 11:30-11:45 a.m.: Infants and their caregivers are invited to this gentle introduction to literacy. Bond with your baby during a series of exercises and fingerplays.

La dolce lingua: beginners & conversational italian Thursdays through October 31, 6 p.m.: Interested in learning the basics of

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beginner’s Italian? This class is for you! Patrizia, a native Italian speaker will introduce attendees to basic Italian conversation during this informal program. Free and open to the public.

Petite Picasso

Saturdays, 10:30-11 a.m.: An introduction to painting for toddlers. Dress for a mess!

More than a dozen artists will reflect and react to Olana, Frederic Church’s ambitious 250-acre early environmental work. Audiences will explore the property’s undiscovered roads and iconic views as they encounter each project site. All proceeds benefit The Olana Partnership and WGXC. Installation, performance, and participation from: DJ Spooky, Pauline Oliveros, Japanther, eteam, robbinschilds, Bobby Previte, Maximilian Goldfarb, Greg Fox, Nadja Verena Marcin, David Kermani, Archie Rand, Nancy Shaver, Beth Schneck, and Cara Turett. Audiences will explore the property’s undiscovered roads and naturalistic scenes as they encounter each project site. Picnic lunches can be purchased at a spectacular clearing overlooking the Hudson River, the Catskill Mountains, and beyond. Tickets: $20 advance; $30 day of Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

God of carnage

The Black Swan, 66 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Sunday, September 22, 6 p.m.: Tangent Theatre is back with its popular FREE pub readings! This time it’s Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” with Summer Corrie, Christopher Hahn, Amy Lemon Olson, Michael Rhodes, and stage direction by Steven Young. Information:

Third annual volunteer fair & Farmer’s Market

Bard College Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Monday, September 23, 5-7 p.m.: The Volunteer Fair provides an opportunity for community agencies to connect with interested volunteers and represents services for: children and adolescence, culture and the arts, families, historic preservation, housing, literacy, medical emergencies, mental health, senior citizens, and sustainability. More than 50 organizations plan on attending including: Community Big Read, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Make a Wish Foundation, NY Sheep and Wool Festival O+ Festival, Panda23, Red Cross, and more. Organized by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. Info: 845.758.7453;

Middle school film club Tuesdays, starting September 24, 3-4 p.m.: Weekly club where participants learn how to plan, shoot and edit their own short films. Flip Minos will be provided by the library - just bring your good ideas!

Information: 845.758.3241;

conquering the college admissions essay in 10 steps

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m.: Writing a college admissions essay is no easy task—but with college essay coach and New York Times contributor Alan Gelb’s accessible and encouraging step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to write an honest, one-ofa-kind essay that really shines. Information: 845.876.0500;


Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Fridays, starting September 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: With Regina Simmons, ryt. All levels welcome. Donations welcomed. Information: 518.537.5800;

Pulp: Works on paper

Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 September 27-October 20: Paintings, prints, collage, photographs, digital art and mixed media by 15 artist members of the Tivoli Artists Gallery. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.757.2667;

Bow wow! dogs in the fire service

FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, September 28, 1-3 p.m.: Kids will spend the afternoon learning all about dogs in the fire service, and will have the chance to meet a dalmation and a certified arson dog. There will be a live demonstration illustrating how arson dogs investigate fires and ask the arson investigator questions about his dog and their work together. Learn about fire safety and dog safety and have fun creating dalmation and fire safety crafts during this afternoon of learning with man’s best friend. Tickets: Free! Information: continued on page 32 g

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At Wit’s End

league of extraordinary readers

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, September 28, 4 p.m.: A monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12 (and those who are kids at heart). Come to the bookstore to meet your favorite children’s book authors, with giveaways, snacks and fun at every event! This month’s guest authors include Kate Messner (“Wake Up Missing”, “The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.”), Mary G. Thompson (“Wuftoom”, “Escape from the Pipe Men.”), Valerie Martin (“Anton & Cecil: Cats at Sea”), and Amy Herrick (“Time Fetch”). Information: 845.876.0500;

ArtsWalk 2013

Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, September 28-Monday, October 14: In its 19th year, ArtsWalk 2012 will kick off early this year with “The Postcard/ Small Gems Show,” the Columbia County Council on the Arts’ annual fundraiser featuring small original artworks by CCCA member artists. Then, for two weeks, through October 14, more than 250 CCCA member artists’ works will be on display in the storefront windows of Hudson’s galleries, shops and restaurants in the annual “Windows on Warren.” On October 3-5, watch 30 of the nation’s top plein air artists paint the awe-inspiring views of Olana. On Saturday, October 5, there will be a show of the artists’ works followed by a cocktail reception and live auction of their masterpieces at the Olana Wagon House Education Center. Events continue throughout the week as Hudson plays host to dance, music, literary readings, and family-oriented activities. On Saturday, October 12, a street festival atmosphere takes over Warren Street at teh “Artists Marketplace.” Artists show and sell fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, crafts and more! There will also be an impressive lineup of music and performers throughout the day. On Sunday, October 13, “The Performance Arts Festival” featuring play readings, takes place at the Hudson Opera House. Go to the website for complete event listings! Information:

A Tour of Olana’s Geological Landscape

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Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, September 29, 1-3 p.m.: Join Robert Titus, Hartwick College geology professor in an exploratory walking tour of the Ice Age forces that shaped the 19th Century artists’ landscape. Learn too, about the bedrock geological history of the site. Space is limited, please pre-register. Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

Cunneen-Hackett, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m.: Chuck Muckle as satirist, composer, and reconteur Oscar Levant in “At Wit’s End.” This special one-performance matinee is a fundraiser for the children and families of Catharine Street Community Center. In addition to the performance, a pre-show brunch at Shadows on the Hudson is being offered as part of a brunch/theater package. Tickets: $45 brunch/theater package; $35, show only. Information: 845.473.2272;

Conservatory sundays: Music alive!

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m.: More than 40 musicians present a colorful selection of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, with works by Louis Andriessen, Osvaldo Golijov, Joan Tower, Daniel Wohl ’03, and a premiere by Conservatory student Tamzin Elliott ’17. Tickets: $20 orchestra; $15 parterre Information: 845.758.7900;

Creating landscapes in the landscape: en plein air paint-out

Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., October 2-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: A plein air paint-out, art show, and auction to be held on Saturday, October 5. The event will kick-off the exciting CCCA Artswalk, a celebration of the arts and activities in Columbia County. Artists will paint the wonderful landscape of the Olana State Historic Site for three days beginning on October 3, culminating on Saturday, October 5 with a reception, art show and auction at the Olana Wagon House Educational Center. Tickets: $10 for Art Show & Auction Information: 518.671.6213;;

Woodstock film festival

Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, Woodstock, NY Wednesday-Sunday, October 2-6 p.m.: 14th Annual Festival with more than 125 events, including film screenings, panel discussions, concerts and parties. Programming at the Woodstock Film Festival encourages those who use film as a way to explore social, environmental and political themes, while challenging their inherent boundaries. The 2013 schedule will feature many locally-produced films. Highlights this year include: a concert with legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins; a “Talk with Peter Bogdanovich” on October 5; and an actor’s dialogue featuring Andy Garcia and Stephen Dorff on October 6. Check website for

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roosevelt’s second act: the election of 1940 and the politics of war

America. Tickets: $25; $5 for all students Information: 845.758.7900;


FDR Presidential Library, Henry A. Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m.: The FDR Presidential Library hosts an author talk and signing with Richard Moe, author of “Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War.” Following this program, event attendees can visit the Roosevelt Library’s new permanent museum exhibits free of charge. Information: 845.486.7745;

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 October 4-27, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: This musical comedy sensation is an hilariously irreverent parody of the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. “Spamalot” was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning 3, including Best Musical. Tickets: $26; $24 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080;

Kill me now

Annual apple festival

Cross Street Theatre Center, 41A Cross St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 3-13, check website for times: The U.S. premiere of Brad Fraser’s “Kill Me Now,” a funny, shattering and heartbraking story about caring for, and ultimately saying goodbye, to those we love. Widower Jake Sturdy works hard to take care of his severely disabled son Joey with occasional help from his younger sister Twyla and Joey’s best friend Rowdy. A clandestine affair with Robyn, a married woman, is the only respite from the pressures of his life. But when Jake himself is stricken with a crippling condition they are all forced to face some very hard questions about pain mortality and the true price of Love. Performance contains nudity and adult situations. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets: $25; $20 for students (with I.D.) and seniors; $15, disabled patrons (with parking permit); $15 for 10/10 performance including talkback with the actors and director; $10 for 10/3 perview performance. Information:;

no child...

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., Oct. 4 & Sat., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 6, 2 p.m.: Actress and writer Nilaja Sun is a teaching artist at a high school in the Bronx, where every day the students face huge challenges in simply coming to school. She directed them in a play, and their trials and triumphs form the basis of “No Child...” In this remarkable solo performance, Sun herself takes all the parts, transforming into the students, teachers, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our public schools and shape the future of

Rhinebeck Reformed Church, Route 9 & South St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fresh apple pies for sale, crafts, bake and second-time-around tables. Lunch available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.. Information: 845.876.3727

apple, corn & pumpkin leaves

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m.: The Storycrafters present a live participatory seasonal storytelling performance for the whole family! A collection of stories and songs just right for the fall, with images of apples, pumpkins and harvest dotted throughout. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults and seniors Information: 845.876.3080;

The Mandala: A Self Discovery Workshop

Cunneen-Hackett, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, October 5, 1:30 p.m.: Art therapist Ulana Salewycz presents a self discovery workshop in which participants will be creating a Mandala. No artistic training is required. Materials are supplied. Bring a journal or pad and a sense of play. Tickets: $40 Information: 973.851.9722;

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Hudson Valley Arts Festival Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., Oct. 4 & 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: A celebration of artistic expression in its many forms with a main focus on craft and visual art. Much more than a craft show, much more than an art show, it will be a celebration of the very concept of creativity. In addition to America’s top artists, the festival will present a line-up of exceptional musicians, interactive music and art projects, book signings, craft and art demonstrations, children’s art activities, food, wine and more! Tickets: $10; $9, seniors; $4, kids 6-16; free, kids under 6. Information:


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Fi l m Co lum b ia F es t i val Chatham, NY 12037 Wed.-Sun., Oct. 23-27.: Hosted by The Chatham Film Club and Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia offers film buffs an exciting long weekend of film screenings and meet the filmmaker events. In their 14year history, FilmColumbia has screened many films that have gone on to garner industry and critic awards and nominations. This year’s selections will introduce audiences to an outstanding group of new films before they are released to the general public. There will also be screenplay workshops, industry mixers and the opportunity to volunteer or host a filmmaker. Tickets: day films, $10; evening films, $15; discounts for members; Saturday Children’s Program, free. Information: crowds outside Crandall Theater at the 2012 festival. photo submitted. continued from page 33 i

star wars reads day

Oblong Books, Millerton & Rhinebeck, NY Saturday, October 5, 4 p.m.: Fans of reading and a certain galaxy far, far away have reason to rejoice: Star Wars Reads Day, a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars, is returning! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and enter the Costume Contest, then play Star Wars Mad Libs, and have a ton of fun creating whacky galactic stories. This event takes place in both Oblong store locations. Information: 845.876.0500;

Love it or swap it!

Lindy Wright’s, 21 Platt Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, October 6, 2-5 p.m.: Clothes swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Swap the same number of items that you bring, i.e., bring 10/swap 10. Includes women’s clothes (all seasons), accessories, jewelry, handbags and shoes! Plus, small regift items: candles, soaps, perfume (unopened), etc. Items should be in very good condition and on hangars. Bring your clothes that day, or drop off before (Oct. 2-5). Information: 678.595.7725;

Masters of Disaster

Tivoli Library, 3rd flr, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Wednesday, October 9, 4 p.m.: This award winning Red Cross program provides lower elementary through middle school students (K-8) with educational tools that teach them how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and emergencies. This fun, interactive student program contains information that encourages families to develop a “culture of safety” at home in the event of fires, floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, power outages, and more. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.2767;

Sunset sensations

Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: A unique wine and food sampling series. Guest Chef Bruce Kazan of Main Course will design three creative tastings inspired by fresh produce from Locust Grove’s heritage vegetable garden. Tickets: $8/person Information: 845.454.4500;

Eat the farm II

Holmquest Farms, 516 Spook Rock Rd., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.: The second farm greenhouse dinner bringing together the culinary talents of Helsinki Hudson Executive Chef Hugh Horner, and the bounty of Holmquest Farms. A new twist on the trendy “farm-to-table” dining experience that literally brings the table to the farm! The goal is to strengthen and enhance the connection between what is on our plates and where it comes from. The entire meal will be sourced from Holmquest Farm’s fields and livestock. Registration required. Tickets: $85/person for four-course meal with four wines Information: 518.828.4800;


Cunneen-Hackett, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Fri.-Sun., Oct. 11-13, times tba: Next Quest presents the musical version of the international phenomenon set at the old New York High School for Performing Arts. Information:

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest

Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, October 12, noon-4 p.m.: A perfect place to showcase a tried-and-true chili recipe, or to simply come to taste and vote for your favorite! Information:

rhinebeck antiques fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: In its 37th year, the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair features exceptional antiques dealers -- the best of the best -- and is a favorite amongst antique lovers and tresure hunters alike. Rain or shine. Tickets: $10; kids under 12, free. Information:

welcome park

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m.:Welcome Park is opening a new visitor center and Bunny and his friends want to get in on the act. They approach Park Ranger Ned with the idea that they could teach visitors about the seasons. An Up in Arms production. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults and seniors Information: 845.876.3080;

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Helena Baillie, violin, Viola & Piano

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m.:With her “brilliance and poignance” (The Strad), London-born Helena Baillie has emerged as an artist of exceptional communicative depth and a rare ease on both violin and viola. A prizewinner in international competitions, she has performed throughout Europe and the United States, including collaborations with Pinchas Zuckerman, the Tokyo Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Recently honored by an Artist Fellowship at Bard College, she produced and performed “Bach Among Us,” a collaborative project with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Accompanied by Tanya Gabrielian on piano. Tickets: Call for information. Information: 518.822.1438;

Autumn in Austerlitz

Old Austerlitz, Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017 Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: This annual event features volunteers dressed in early 1830’s costumes, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, many different vendors and a variety of hot and cold foods to satisfy your hunger. Tickets: $6; kids under 12, free Information:

Legends of candlelight spook tours Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., (off Route 9G) Germantown, NY 12526 Fri. & Sat., Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 6-9 p.m.: Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds featuring ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. Tours every half hour; reservations required. Tickets: $10; $5 children Information:

See Rock City & Other Destinations

Arteast open studio tour

Eastern Dutchess County, from Patterson to Millerton Two weekends: Oct. 13 & 14, and 20 & 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Visit more than 30 artist studios and galleries on this self-guided tour. Plan a road trip for a day, or two weekends of studios, barns, garages and galleries along the back roads of Dutchess County. Celebrate the arts and make connections with the artists when you go on this behind-the-scenes tour. The artists’ styles range from traditional to outsider to contemporary, including painting, pastels, watercolors, drawings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, pottery, video and installation art. Learn about their creative process, and what fuels their creativity. Information:

workshop: writing effective nonfiction with lisa iannucci

Vehicle & How to Query an Editor”; Class III: “Writing the Piece.” Lisa Iannucci has been writing freelance non-fiction articles since she was 18 years old. Three decades later, she’s an award-winning writer and her articles have appeared in USA Weekend, Shape, Parenting, Frequent Flyer, Los Angeles Times Travel Section, and so many others. She is the author of “Ellen DeGenerers: A Biography,” and “Will Smith: A Biography,” and co-author of “Bowling for Dummies,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Building and Remodeling,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Success as a Property Manager.” Pre-register. Fee: $125 all three; $50/class Information: 845.876.0500;

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Wednesdays, October 16, 23 & 30, 6-8 p.m.: This three-class workshop is presented as part of Oblong’s “Fall Writers’ Forum.” Class I: “Identifying a Good Idea”; Class II: “Finding the Right

Cunneen-Hackett, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Oct. 18-20 & 25-27, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A 2011 Drama Desk Award Winning Musical, “See Rock City & Other Destinations” is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across the United States. Information: 845.486.4571;

wild world of reptiles with wildman jack

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m.: Wildman Jack DiMuccio gives the audience an opportunity to become familiar with the natural history of many strange and interesting animals. Learn about the survival of reptiles (snakes, crocodilians, lizards, turtles and tortoises) with lots of audience participation and hands-on opportunities.Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults and seniors Information: 845.876.3080;

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NYS Sheep & wool festival Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sat., Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Annual familyoriented festival featuring fleece-bearing livestock -- sheep, llamas, angora rabbits, alpaca; sheep dog herding; cooking demos & seminars; canine frisbee demos;“Frogs, Bugs & Animals” show; “Mad Science”; “Ed the Wizard”; fiber arts demonstrations; Two by Two Petting Zoo; hundreds of vendors and more! Tickets: $12; $9 advance; children under 12 free Information:

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9th annual apple pie contest

Montgomery Place Orchards Farmstand, Route 9G & 199, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m.: Try your hand using one of the many varieties of antique heirloom apples available at the farmstand. Double crust and crumb top categories. Or, just stop by for a taste! Information: 845.758.8005;

David Caldwell Mason Jazz Trio

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m.: Brooklyn based jazz pianist David Caldwell-Mason will be bringing his trio to HOH, performing a program of jazz standards, Bulgarian folk music, and original compositions. Joining him will be two Chilean jazz phenoms bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Felix Lecaros. Tickets: Call for information. Information: 518.822.1438;

moby dick-rehearsed

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 24 & 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 26, 3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., Oct. 26 & 27, 7 p.m.: 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. In Welles’s dramatic experiment the rehearsal is the performance, and a door is opened on the act of theatrical creation. Presented by Bard Theater and Performance Program. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.758.7900;

American symphony orchestra: concert one

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., Oct. 25 & 26, 8 p.m.: Conducted by Music Director, Leon Botstein, the American Symphony Orchestra performs works by Stravinsky, Dorman and Mendelssohn. Tickets: $25 | $30 | $35 | $40 Information: 845.758.7900;

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three wishes & wolf in sheep’s clothing

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m.: Enjoy two puppet shows in one morning! What would you do if a magic elf gave you three wishes? That’s just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in this Spring Valley Puppets production of “Three Wishes.” In “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” a hungry wolf tries to outwit the savvy shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little lamb. Helpless? Maybe not! Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults and seniors Information: 845.876.3080;

Sciencetellers - potions!

Tivoli Library, 3rd flr, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, October 26, 1:30-4:15 p.m.: Screaming quarters? Jets of gas to taste? Popping potions? Showers of smoke-filled bubbles? You’ll get to see all of this and more when you join us and ScienceTellers for a special Halloween production of their AWESOME “Potions” show! We will use science and storytelling to discover the secrets of a spooky hidden laboratory, perform narrow escapes, and witness surprising feats of scientific wonder. This event is free and open to people of all ages. Wear your costume and go trick-or-treating down Broadway after the show! Information: 845.757.2767;

Annual Red Hook Halloween

Village of Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, October 26: Trick-or-treating at Village merchants from 3-5 p.m. Other activities tba. Information:

Hudson Air: Radio Plays

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m.: This popular theatrical presentation of radio plays with live sound effects will be in collaboration with PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Hudson Opera House, and WGXC. The performance at HOH will be recorded live for future broadcast on Hudson’s community radio station WGXC 90.7FM. Hudson Air recreates the atmosphere of a radio broadcast studio. 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 oldfashioned sound effects are created.Tickets: Call for information. Information: 518.822.1438;

bats and halloween animals Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Wednesday, October 30, 4 p.m.: Bats, wolves, spiders, toads, owls, and rabbits. A lot of animals are tied up in the myths surrounding the tradition of Halloween. Come join Mud Creek Environmental educator Chelsea Benson and learn about the origins of these myths and if there are any truths to them. Participate in a scavenger hunt as we look for our Halloween friends (furry and otherwise!) and make a flying bat to take home. Please register at Information: 518.537.5800; Photo source:






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