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Summer HAPPENINGS Saturday July 17

Sunday, July 18 The Rainbow Connection

CHAC presents

A Tribute to Dinah Washington

Richard Hunt - Gay Muppeteer

7:00 pm curtain

“Miss D’s” All American Blues, Jazz & Pop featuring Lillie Bryant Howard & Christopher Dean Sullivan’s Jazz Journey Ensemble

Author Jessica Max Stein’s 2-hour presentation includes over an hour of Muppet clips interspersed with details of Hunt’s fascinating story as a Muppeteer.

Thursday Aug. 5 - Sunday Aug. 8 From Stage to Screen Theater Company presents


Plus Visit the Gallery exhibits through August 16th Sam Rein

portraits & figuratives- retrospective & sale. Hallway gallery #9 Vassar Street

Ed Shurig

whimsical street scene abstracts and local landscapes in oils & acrylics. Theater gallery #12 Vassar Street.

Performing Arts Camps & Workshops through August 20th

For more information about events, camps & workshops call 845-486-4571 cunneen-hackett arts center is a funded member of DCAC

9 & 12 Vassar Street • Poughkeepsie, NY • 845-486-4571

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Learn How to Become a Locavore by Betsy Miller


Art in Historic Rhinebeck by Joel Weisbrod


Summer Palette Calendar begins


Ease on Down the Road: by Brian PJ Cronin; photographs by Kristen Cronin Bubby’s Burrito Stand Rolls Into a New Location By the Light of the Silvery Moon Garden by Luanne Panarotti

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Creativity Takes Flight at Wing & Clover by Alexander TC Batkin


Live on Stage Calendar begins


Concerts Calendar begins


Ruminations: The Grass is Always Greener by Owen O’Connor


Best Local Burger by Laura Pensiero


The Hunter’s Gift by Brian PJ Cronin; photograph by Kristen Cronin


The Dutchess County Fair’s Big Green Tent by Laurie Rich


Take the Kids Calendar begins


Stalking the Sun to Mark Germantown’s 300th Birthday


Readings, Signings & Screenings Calendar begins


Bright Green Valley Calendar begins


Miscellaneous Calendar begins


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


Alexander TC Batkin, Brian PJ Cronin, Kristen Cronin, Nan Eliot, Betsy Miller, Owen O’Connor, Luanne R. Panarotti, Laura Pensiero, Laurie Rich, Joel Weisbrod

Jim Gibbons: Publisher Heather Gibbons: Creative Director Marc Molinaro: Associate Publisher Contents ©2010 Rising Tide Communications, LLC No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of the publisher

On the Cover: Best Local Burger, photo by Leonardo Frusteri, from “Hudson Valley Mediterranean” (pages 103-4) by Laura Pensiero, Chef/Owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck and Gigi Market in Red Hook. Published by William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2009 by Laura Pensiero. Used with permission.

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locavore learn how to become a

at a Taste of Columbia County Bounty by Betsy Miller

One of the best (and worst) parts of dining out, is the incredible

selection offered on the restaurant menu. A quick perusal will often suggest three or four choices that sound terrific and mouth-watering. But, sadly, when the server arrives to take your order, you have to make a choice – leaving behind the alternate selections and zeroing in on just one entrée. Not so at next month’s premiere “foodie” event. At A Taste of Columbia County Bounty, diners can try a little of everything – and even go back for seconds – and thirds! The dinner, held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Monday, August 2nd, is designed to showcase the best produce of Columbia County by giving the ingredients to the best chefs in the county. The result: really great recipes matching up those two components. Here are just a few examples from last year. Josephine Proul, chef at Local 111 in Philmont, used lamb from Heron’s Roost Farm, cherry tomatoes and French beans from The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, and corn and garlic from White Oak Farm. The result? Marinated Lamb Sausage with French Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and Corn. Personal chef Jeff Loshinsky chose goat from Wind That Will Farm. Then, he marinated the goat in yogurt, seared it over charcoal to impart smokiness, and braised it with a spice mixture called Vadouvan. His recipe? Smoky Braised Goat with Vadouvan and Roasted Eggplant. Sounds good, doesn’t it? So good, you’d probably want to try both. And, here’s where the “Taste of.....” from the event’s name comes into play. Each chef makes 400 “tastes” of each recipe. It might be a spoonful of braised goat atop a spoonful of broth-soaked couscous with a tiny cherry tomato on the side. Or a portion of lamb sausage accompanied by a slice of homemade French bread (made from local ingredients, of course). Ticket holders can wander from serving station to serving station, sampling what looks appetizing, filling their plates with gourmet, healthy, local food, then sit and savor their selections. When their plates are empty, they can try different selections, or go back for more of their favorites. It’s a meal full of wonderful food. And you can eat all you want of anything you want. YUM. Plus, delectable selections don’t stop at the main course. Last year’s desserts included Rhubarb and Black Currant Pies baked by Micosta Farm – supplying their own fruit. Strawberry Shortcake Cookies were made in a partnership between Tanzy’s Restaurant and Love Apple Farm’s fruit. And a three-tiered wedding cake from Verdigris Tea Shop included layers flavored with fruit, cheese and locally roasted coffee from Strongtree’s. Not only was it scrumptious, it was beautiful besides.

photo courtesy Columbia County Bounty

Columbia County Bounty considers this their showcase event. And they’re right. This is the one chance to really let all the best parts of the County food industry shine. From milled grains to homemade syrups, organic eggs and yogurts to locally produced wines and ales, the variety is astounding. And foodies are always eager to taste what’s new. Not only do they use “Taste of...” to fill up on great food, they use it as a resource of fine local foods for months to come. Want to know where to buy locally produced corn meal? Garlic? Goat cheese? Heirloom vegetables? Bounty offers a directory that lists all the farms, where they are located, and what they offer for sale. It’s a locavore’s dream come true. The word Locavore was coined in San Francisco at the 2005 World Environment Day to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested within a 100-mile area. The Locavore movement encourages people to grow their own food; buy from farmer’s markets, CSAs, and other local food programs; and to patronize restaurants, caterers and other food preparers that feature local ingredients. And it’s true, those local ingredients do take center stage at A Taste of Columbia County Bounty. But great musical entertainment, beautiful, home grown flowers and a fund-raising auction add to the festivities - as do the surroundings. Held in the historic Fairhouse of the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, the wrap-around porch, tall shade trees, and lush natural setting puts the entire evening into perspective. Not only is there delicious food, but by supporting local farms, the agrarian nature of this rural county is being preserved. It’s a win-win situation. How scrumptious is that? The Taste of...evening, beginning at 5 p.m. on August 2nd, takes place on the Columbia County Fairgrounds in the main Fairhouse off Route 66 in Chatham. Tickets can be purchased on-line at, by calling (518) 392.9696, or at the door. They are $50 each, $25 for children 7-12, and $10 for those under age 7. Bounty membership of $25 per person, $40 per couple is required.

The word Locavore was coined in San Francisco at the 2005 World Environment Day to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested within a 100-mile area.

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Art in Hi s toric rhinebeck by Joel Weisbrod

A s I mentioned in my last column, Rhinebeck is once again a part of “Art Along The Hudson”, a group of towns located in the Hudson Valley that feature art events on different weekend days throughout the year. Rhinebeck has chosen the “Third Saturday” or “Third Weekend” of every month to have Art Events (see Well, Third Weekend for Art is in full swing in Historic Rhinebeck. This past weekend, Rhinebeck was host to four openings at locations including Hammertown, Blue-Cashew, Montgomery Row-Second Level, and Gazen Gallery. Gazen Gallery was especially fortunate to have a solo show featuring the works of world renowned sculptor Anthony Krauss. Anthony has been the artist commissioned for huge indoor and outdoor sculptures in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and of course many here in the United States including Kingston, Hudson, Woodstock, and the Hirshhorn Museum of Art and Sculpture at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. When asked about his work, Anthony says: My series of pyramidal structures are intrinsically related to the architectural environment. They feature triangular and circular geometric forms. By incorporating mirrored surfaces, the shapes of these forms are at once solid and transitory as they reflect the changing light patterns and abstract glimpses of urban and rural landscapes. My pyramid form has a large base that is grounded on earth, with the point ascending toward the heavens, documenting the nature of existence through the silence of reflective timeless shapes, is passage to the eternal. My artworks are constructed with Hudson Valley bluestone and cedar, mirrored aluminum and mirrored stainless steel specifically selected for permanent outdoor display. These materials are all impervious to the effect of the weather and are designed to clearly reflect the surrounding urban architecture and rural landscape. Anthony Krauss currently lives and has his studio in Woodstock, New York and is available for custom commissioned work to decorate homes, offices, or other indoor and outdoor locations. To contact Mr. Krauss, send email to and we will get the information to him. This is just one example of the fabulous artwork on display at the Gazen Gallery and other art venues in Rhinebeck. Be sure not to miss the works on display at the galleries throughout the Village – you will see some great and inspiring art from local artists.

 About the Author: Joel Weisbrod is a published author of a book on digital photography and the owner of jwArtWorks Photography in Rhinebeck. In addition to portrait, commercial, event, and other photography, Joel teaches private one-on-one photography classes and can be reached by email at Joel and his wife Linda also own Gazen Gallery in the Historic Village of Rhinebeck.

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The Beacon Institute

199 Main St., Beacon, NY, 12508 Through October 3: “Water, Water, Every Where,” Hudson River region artists explore the ubiquity of water. Featuring work by Joel Adas, Peter Brauch, Erica Hauser, Laura Moriarty, Richard Sigmund, and Shawn Snow. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: 845.838.1600;;

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery

The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Through June 30: “New Works on Paper” and The Cross River Artists Group. Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment or chance. Information: 845.758.9244;

CCS Bard Galleries

Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Through Sept. 26: “Philippe Parreno,” part of a series of retrospectives taking place from 2009-2010 at Kunsthalle Zurich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and the Serpentine Gallery in London. Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard is curated by Maria Lind. Information: 845.758.7598;

CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art

See Chantelle Norton’s “Cleopatra” at Barrett Art Center’s ‘Printwork 2010’


Back Room Gallery/Gallery 475

475 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 31: Hanging landscape wall sculptures by Charles Zigmunds. Reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-9 p.m., with music played by the artist at 8:15 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Fri., noon-7 p.m., or by appointment. Information: 845.838.1838

Barrett Art Center

55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 17-August 14: “Printwork 2010” the 5th annual national juried printmaking exhibition. Juror: Asher Miller, Department of 19th Century Modern & Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of ARt, NYC. July 17-August 17, Upstairs Solo Gallery: “Woodcuts: Roger Bucvk at the Montross - 1934.” Reception: Saturday, July 17, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tues. & Wed., by appt. Information: 845.471.2550;

Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Through December 19: “At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg.” The Eisenbergs have been collecting contemporary art for over 25 years. Their collection features major works by artists including Kai Althoff, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Elizabeth Peyton, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Curated by White Columns director and CCS Bard faculty member Matthew Higgs, At Home / Not at Home will present an extensive selection of works from one of New York’s most extraordinary private collections, on public view for the first time. Information: 845.758.7598;

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

9 & 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through August 16, Hallway Gallery, 9 Vassar: Sam Rein’s portraits and figuratives - a retrospective and sale. Through August 16, Theater Gallery, 12 Vassar: Whimsical street scene abstracts and local landscapes in oil & acrylics. Hours: Call for hours. Information: 845.486.4571;


Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Permanent Collection: Dia:Beacon is a museum for the Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960’s to the present. In addition to the permanent collection, Dia Art Foundation is currently exhibiting: Through September 6, 2010: Zoe Leonard: “You see I am here after all.” New York based artist Zoe Leonard presents an installation of several hundred postcards of Niagara Falls.

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David Coalburn’s photorealistic oil paintings are on exhibit at Marion Royal Gallery in Beacon through August 8.

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Through November 2010: “Drawing Series...” Sol LeWitt. Dia’s presentation of wall drawings b Sol LeWitt from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s was selected by the artist himself. Ongoing: “24 Farben – fur Blinky (24 Colors – for Blinky), 1977,” Imi Knoebel’s cycle of 21 shaped paintings. Ongoing: “Beacon Point,” George Trakas’ project for Beacon Point. Tickets: $10; $7 seniors and students; under 12 free Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100;

photograph these women and their children, and allow them to tell him their stories. The exhibition is comprised of 13 stunning individual portraits of the women with their children accompanied by their testimonies – intensely personal accounts of the daily challenges they continue to face, and their conflicted feelings about raising a child who is a reminder of horrors endured. A book of the same name has been published by Aperture, and brings together Torgovnik’s powerful stories of these women. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 845.765.2199;;

Dirt Floor Gallery

G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space

56 Church Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 17: “The Beast Within,” an exhibition of work by three artists − Marko Mäetamm, Michael X. Rose, Caroline Ruttle − who open doorways to dark and unexplored chambers of the human psyche. Co-curated by Marsha Aliaga, Stephen Dickens, and Greg Slick, “The Beast Within” explores phobias, fantasies and, ultimately, provides revelations through painting, video, and works on paper. Information: 516.633.1719


143 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through August 8: “Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children born of Rape,” work by photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik. In February of 2006, Torgovnik traveled to East Africa to report on a story for Newsweek coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the outbreak of HIV/AIDS. While in Rwanda, he heard the testimony of Margret Mukacyaka, a survivor who was raped during the Rwandan genocide and as a result of the rape had a child and contracted HIV/AIDS. Over the course of the next three years, Torgovnik made repeated visits to

196 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through July 11: “Musicians Who Mke Art,” a group exhibition of paintings and sculptural musical instruments by Ken Lovelett, Bucky Milam and Studio Stu. Three performances (6/6, 6/19 & 7/10) with Ken and others playing the sculptural instruments on view. July 10-August 7: “Jose Acosta: 7 Year Survey of Paintings.” Artist’s Reception: Saturday, July 24, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m., and by appointment. Information: 845.486.4592;

Gazen Gallery

6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through July 11: “Sculpture Concepts,” by Anthony Krauss. Works by world famous sculptor Anthony Krauss. July 17-September 12: “Love Our Local Landscapes” show featuring artwork from many Hudson Valley highlighting local landscapes. Opening Reception: Meet the artists and sample wine and snacks while experiencing some spectacular art!

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Hours: Sun., Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed Tuesday. Information: 845.876.4ART (4278);

The Ghost Army Gallery

6030 Village Centre, Stanfordville, NY 12581 July 29-August 5: “Youth at War.” Opening Reception: Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m. Information: 845.235.5598;

Howland Cultural Center

Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 July 3-25: “Time for Art: Senior Artists Exhibition.” Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845..831.4988;

Hudson Beach Glass

162 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 11: “Blown Away,” an exhibition of artwork by Andra Samelson and Suzy Sureck. Closing Event: Saturday, July 10, 6-9 p.m., with performance and spoken word by Steve Clorfeine from 6-7 p.m. Hours: daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0068;

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 17 Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., by appointment. Information: 845-765-0731;

Paper Trail

6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Ongoing: “Texture Con Texture,” paper art by Linda Filley and Ramon Lascano. Information: 845.876.8050;;

The Re Institute

1395 Boston Corners Rd., Millerton, NY 12546 Through July 30: Michael Davidson Paintings. These are paintings that, in terms of structure, meaning, and substance, create their own boundaries, and make their own sense within their own gates. The visual sensibility and described world in these works can be simultaneously confounding and convincing, persuasive yet elusive. This state of simultaneity is existence materialized, yet critically slowed. These paintings give us a chance to pause, look, and embrace questions. The Re Institute is a 2000 square foot exhibition space situated in the hay loft of a 1960s barn. Hours: By appointment. Information:;

Locust Grove

2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through July 25: “Night and Day: Landscapes and Nocturnes” paintings by Robert James Hacunda. “Mostly perceived as impressionistic or semi-abstract, his canvases, however, contain more than meets the eye.” ~Afrizala Malna Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.454.4500;

Marion Royael Gallery

460 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 July 10-August 8: “Four by Six,” an exhibit of 30 oil paintings by photorealist David Coalburn, and introducing Jack Thornton., Hy Suchman and Ivan Suchman. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-10 p.m. Hours: noon-7 p.m., Thurs.-Sun. Information: 541.301.0032;

Mill Street Loft Gallery 45

45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through July 10: “Retrospective and Art Installation of Works by Elizabeth M. Dama.” Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. Information: 845.471.7477;

Montgomery Row Second Level

6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through July 30: Mimi Graminski’s drawings, paintings, wall installations and sculpture. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543;;

Open Space Gallery

510 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 July 24-August: “Electric Walls,” featuring the work of the Electric Windows artists.

“Nantucket Grasses” photo by Linda T. Hubbard

RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 July 5-August 9: “Celebrating Summer - New Works by Linda T. Hubbard,” a collection of new works and images never shown before that demonstrate how light showcases the extraordinary and the ordinary parts of life and the world we live in. Artist Reception: Saturday, July 10. Help celebrate RiverWinds’ 7th Anniversary. Hours: Wed.-Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Second Saturdays, until 9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880;

RiverWinds Gallery @ Wells Fargo Advisors

6423 Montgomery St., Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through July 27: “Photography Now,” featuring a group of advanced photographers who meet once a month at the Photography Critique Seminar at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. Led by Dan McCormack and Eric Lindbloom, the seminar has been meeting for almost 30 years. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.838.2880; continued on page 14 g


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Bard SummerScape presents seven weeks of opera, dance, music, drama, film, cabaret, and the 21st annual Bard Music Festival, this year exploring the works and world of composer Alban Berg. SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid-Hudson River Valley campus.


Bard Music Festival


Twenty-First Season

July 30, August 1, 4, 6 Music and Libretto by Franz Schreker American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger




JUDGMENT DAY July 13 – 25 By Ödön von Horváth Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin



TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY July 8, 9, 10, 11 Foray Forêt, Twelve Ton Rose, You can see us, L’Amour au théâtre Choreography by Trisha Brown

August 13–15, 20–22 Two weekends of concerts, panels, and other events bring the musical world of Alban Berg vividly to life.

July 8 – August 22 It’s the perfect venue for afternoon family entertainment and rollicking late-night performances, dancing, and intimate dining. Join our mailing list or become an e-member and receive SummerScape 2010 early ticket offers and discounts. or 845-758-7900

Operetta THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER August 5–15 Music by Oscar Straus Conducted by James Bagwell Directed by Will Pomerantz

Film Festival PABST AND AMERICAN NOIR Thursdays and Sundays July 15 – August 19 Films range from Weimar expressionism to 1920s modernism and Hollywood film noir.

Annandale-on-Hudson New York

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Mercantile July 2010’s the burritos that are justifiably the stars of the show...After the first bite, you’re wondering if you’ve ever had a better burrito in your life.

ease on down the road

Bubby’s Burrito Stand Rolls Into a New Location by Brian PJ Cronin photographs by Kristen Cronin


re you lost? Have you been driving by the Montgomery Place Orchards fruit stand just south of Bard College, sniffing the air in vain for the tell-tale scent of onions, lime, and freshly pressed tortillas? Have you spent the last few Saturdays driving up and down Route 9G with a half-eaten jar of supermarket salsa in your lap and tears in your eyes, wondering why Bubby’s Burrito Stand has deserted you? Ease up, point the car southeast, and head down Route 199 towards Red Hook. When you see Hardeman Orchards, pull over. Your long days of sorrow have come to an end. After three summers at Montgomery Place Orchards, Bubby’s has moved down the road to Hardeman Orchards. The other major change is that the name is now officially “Bubby’s Burrito Stand” (there’s a “Bubby’s Burritos” in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which has led to some confusion and a few lost burrito pilgrims.) Besides that, everything is just as you remember it. And, if you have never been to Bubby’s Burrito Stand, you have a treat in store. Like all great eateries, Bubby’s is a labor of love, with an emphasis on the love. Life long Hudson Valley resident Bjanette Andersen had been going to Mexico for ten years when she met her future husband in San Miguel de Allende. They soon opened a café there called Café Media Naranja, a phrase that literally translates as “half orange” but colloquially is often translated as “better half ” or “soul mates,” much like the English phrase “two peas in a pod.” The café specializes in healthy fare, serving breakfast and lunch to locals and tourists alike. Missing summers in the Hudson Valley, the couple bought a 1970s camper and took their show on the road, rolling burritos in Northern Dutchess County from midMay to mid-September. “I love it here in the summer,” she told us “but I appreciate not being here in the winter.” This year, for the first time, Media Naranja is staying open down in San Miguel while Bjanette rolls up in Red Hook.

Ordering at Bubby’s is a breeze, as there are only two decisions to be made: “With or without?” (as in with or without guacamole); and “Soda or homemade agua de frutas?” (you want the agua de frutas). There is also a quesadilla on the menu but it’s the burritos that are justifiably the stars of the show, packed to the brim with rice, black beans, extra sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, fresh salsa, and sour cream. After the first bite, you’re wondering if you’ve ever had a better burrito in your life. By the second bite, you’ve decided that you probably haven’t. After the fifth bite, you’ve re-arranged your daily schedule in your head so that you can make it to Bubby’s for lunch every day, even if it means quitting your job and/or moving to Red Hook. Is that obsessive? It’s par for the course. As we finished our interview and Bjanette strolled back to the camper, an SUV came tearing into the parking lot. The doors flew open and a woman with a dazed look on her face stumbled out, saw the camper, and threw her arms up in the air. “THANK GOODNESS I FOUND YOU!” she said. There are no regulars at Bubby’s, only devotees. Bubby’s Burrito Stand is located at Hardeman Orchards, 194 West Market Street, Red Hook, New York. The stand is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noon to 5 PM, until mid-September. Please note that they will be closed for a week beginning July 19th. Cash only.

There are no regulars at Bubby’s, only devotees.

 Brian PJ & Kristen Cronin live in Beacon with their cats and garden. Check out their blog A Rotisserie Chicken and 12 Padded Envelopes at and view more of their photos at

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“extinction” by Janet Jappen on display at Tivoli Artists Co-op

Tivoli Artists Co-op

60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 July 2-August: “Animals, Birds and Insects - The Creatures we Live Amongst,” 15 artists share their thoughts - expressed in paint, sculpture, photography and assemblages - on the creatures we share the plant with. Reception: Saturday, July 3, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.757.2667;

The Upstairs Gallery at Merritt Bookstore

57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 July 10-October: “Lens & Brush: The Natural Year in Photographs and Paintings,” over 50 pieces in digital and film photographs, watercolor and oil paintings by Ellen Stockdale-Wolfe. The photographs and paintings span a period of ten years and endeavor to portray the splendor of the Millbrook countryside and its inhabitants in all four seasons. Ellen’s work is an attempt to capture the abstract in nature as well as the stunning beauty of the Millbrook/Millerton area with a plea for its conservation, as well as the preservation of its wilderness and wondrous creatures. Reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.677.5857;

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 July 8-August 8: “Summer Group Show” featuring new works by David Konigsberg, Joseph Maresca, Monica Mechling and Shawn Snow. Reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915;

‘Olivia and Tina’ mixed media photocollage on wood by David Seiler

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Carrie Haddad Photographs

318 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 11: “Lependorf & Shire: Field of View.” Shelly Lependorf and Stan Shire. July 15-August 15: “Works by David Seiler and Adrian Fernandez.” Opening Reception: Saturday, July 17, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.7655;

Coachman’s House

Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Through October 31: “In the Footsteps of Frederic Church: Photos by Larry Lederman.” Larry Lederman is a photographer and writer who has traveled to many of the locations Frederic Church visited. This exhibition displays photographs of a number of sites that Frederic Church painted and seek to evoke his artistic vision and explore his art. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily Information: 518.828.0135;

Columbia County Council on the Arts

CCCA Gallery 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 30: “Face to Face,” artists answer the question: How do you portray a face in a personally expressive way? Guest curator, Joan Damiani of J. Damiani Gallery in Hudson. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12, 5-7 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213;

Davis Orton Gallery

114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 25: “Beyond Words,” photographs by Vaughn Sills; “Recent Work,” paintings by David Moore. Sills joins together the world of nature - objects found outside her family’s Prince Edward Island cottage - with

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the world of intellect - a 1932 Oxford English dictionary. Sills opens the aging pages of the dictionary to the word for the object, then, using wire, pushpins, tape and thread, as the “grammar” with which she works, she creates fragile constructions that, like each object, is delicate and cannot last. For over 30 years, David Moore has explored the daily ritual of place, realized in his paintings by dramatic lines, gesture, and color which become micro and macro metaphors for topographical and biological synapses. Much of Moore’s recent work has been inspired by the Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland which he visited during a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Information: 518.697.0266;;

Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery

Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Through October: “Fern Hunting among These Picturesque Mountains: Frederic Edwin Church in Jamaica.” In 1865, Frederic Church, an avid traveler with a special passion for the tropics, journeyed to Jamaica. This was unlike his previous expeditions, as he and his wife, Isabel, were escaping from intense personal grief: the loss of their two young children. Throwing himself into the exploration and documentation of the island, the renowned artist produced a variety of works ranging from delicate pen sketches of palm trees to oil sketches of the atmospheric Blue Mountains and brilliant sunsets. The importance of the trip is reflected in the number of studies Church chose to mount, frame, and display at Olana, which became a major attraction for visitors to his home. The best of the related sketches and paintings from Jamaica comprise the exhibit. Gallery Tours: $6; $5 seniors & students; children 12 and under, free. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 518.828.0135;

The Gallery at B&G Wines

Route 23, Main St., Hillsdale, NY 12529 Through July 31: “A Disappearing Icon,” an exhibition of barn paintings by Bob Crimi. Bob Crimi’s oil paintings capture the serenity and zen-like quality of barns as aesthetic images. The paintings are a personal record that celebrates the barns’ graceful beauty; a beauty that lies amongst trees and fields. Some of the barn paintings are silent sentinels within the change that is the experience of life, while others present barns in interplay with foliage and open spaces. Hours: Mon.-Wed., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: 518.325.4882;

Hudson Opera House

327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through August 14: “Local Self Portraits,” brings together the work of 34 painters, photographers and sculptors from Hudson and the surrounding area, demonstrating that the 19th-century birthplace of the Hudson River School continues to attracts some of the world’s most accomplished artists. Participating artists include Marina Abramovic, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, R. O. Blechman, McWillie Chambers, Mihail Chemiakin, Judy Glantzman, Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, Nancy Hagin, Phyllis Hjorth, Ellsworth Kelly, Dylan Kraus, Annie Liebovitz, Barbara Lehman, Reggie Madison, Gerard Malanga, Maria Manhattan, Richard Minsky, Sedat Pakay, Ken Polinske, Lucio Pozzi, Eric Rhein, James Rossant, Dan Rupe, Edwina Sandys, Barbara Slate, Tim Slowinski, Ed Smith, Bill Sullivan, Earl Swanigan, Benjamin Swett, Franklin Tartaglione, Tony Thompson, and Arthur Yanoff. Hours: Daily, noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438;

John Davis Gallery

362 1/2 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 18: Robert Juarez, “Summer Show: Oil Paintings.” July 22-August 14: Brenda Goodman paintings, 1990-2010; sculpture by Ben Butler; group show of gallery sculptors in the Carriage House; installation by Dionisio Cortes and Leticia Ortega-Cortes in the atrium; paintings by Leticia Oretga-Cortes and Beth Gilfilen; painted collages by Suzanne Ulrich and sculpture by Luis Castro. Reception: Saturday, July 24, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.5907;

Limner Gallery

123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 31: “Slowinski Dogma,” a selection of paintings from the Slowinski collection dealing with subjects of Dogma and Religion. Hours: Wed.-Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m. Information: 518.828.2343;

Nicole Fiacco Gallery

336 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 17: “Myths of the Near Future,” an exhibition that takes its title from an inspired collection of short stories written in 1982 by J.G. Ballard. Also on view in the street level space is a solo showing by gallery artist Linda B. Horn who will exhibit digitally manipulated photographs from her Audubon Series. July 31-September 4: “Terra Firma” a solo exhibition by the photographer Victoria Sambunaris. The exhibit explores geophysical and manmade upheavals in the landscape of the American West. Hours: Tues-Sat., noon-6 p.m.; and by appointment Information: 518.828.5090;

Omi International Arts Center

Charles B. Beneson Visitors Center Gallery & Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Ongoing, The Fields Sculpture Park, during daylight hours: Approximately 400 acres of farmland of which 100 acres are dotted with internationally recognized contemporary sculpture. The Fields’ mission is to expand the experience of what contemporary art viewed in a natural environment can be. Information: 518.392.4747;

Park Row Gallery

2 Park Row, Chatham, NY 12037 Through July 31: “Light and Astigmatism,” a solo exhibit by Roger Mason featuring vivid paintings of the local region in Mason’s polychromatic style. The color of light and shadow are painted through the prism of his visceral experience. Reception: Saturday, July 10, 4-6 p.m. Hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.392.4800;; http://www.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center

790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12017 July 31-August 29: “Revisit,” group show of artists who have exhibited at Spencertown Academy during the past five years. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 31, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.392-3693; continued on page 17 g

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Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery Classes in Watercolor & Drawing Gallery Hours: Gallery Hours

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Workshops & Special Events

Julie Carino, Jeanne Heilberg, Inga Lincoln, Helen Sacco, Maribeth Tuton and Vallarie White. Information: 518.755.9904

Olana State Historic Site, Wagon House Education Center/Farm Complex, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Sundays, 1-4 p.m.: Create art in the landscape-not such an outlandish idea! Frederic Church sketched outside noting details in nature and went back to the studio to paint. Drop-in for sketch paper, pencils and clipboards. Head out into Olana’s picturesque landscape to sketch your very own view. Fee: Free, $5 vehicle use fee applies. Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

Mid-day Art Mixer with Tilly Strauss

Sketching & Plein Air Painting

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Germantown Library, Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Sundays, noon: Meet at the library for outdoor sketching or painting with artist and community member Jim Aneshansley who has generously offered his time to work with other artists. All skill levels welcome. Bring any media you wish. Information: 518.537.3200;

Second Saturday Beacon

Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 10, noon-9 p.m.: City-wide arts celebration with gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. Information:

Art on Sundays Open Studio

Indian Rock 1858 Schoolhouse, Mygatt Rd., Amenia, NY 12501 Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Midday art mixer with Tilly Strauss. Visit the one room schoolhouse museum, plan a picnic, join other artists making art under the pavilion, and participate in a drumming circle. Bring supplies. Some snacks, water and lots of picnic tables available. Information: 845.373.8338; IndianRock/index.html

510 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 31, noon: One-day live art and music event featuring the work of 28 of the country’s most prolific street artists. They will converge on Main Street to create original, large-scale works that will be permanently installed on the exteriors of vacant 19th century buildings. The line-up of live music includes: Ben Neill, Aabaraki, Hart Costa, DJ Birds in the Building, DJ Bobby Collins, DJ Krisis, Dr. Ambassador, Gold Monkey and Scrambler Seequill. Information: 845.765.0731;

Gallery Talk at Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 31, 1 p.m.: Alexander Dumbadze on Dan Flavin. Tickets: Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. Information: 845.440.0100;

Street artist Elbow Toe works on his piece for the 2009 Electric Windows in Beacon.

1185 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526 Sunday, July 18, noon-4 p.m.: “The World According to Women,” featuring paintings and mixed media by Diane Bauer, Laura Brown,

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the night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. Frederick L. Knowles

moon garden By the Light of the Silvery

A Landscape for Evening

by Luanne Panarotti


s children, my cousin and I spent most summer nights catching lightning bugs in our adjoining backyards. We’d punch holes in the lids of mayonnaise jars, gradually filling them with our quarry, and then sit in a hammock to enjoy the gentle glow of the makeshift lanterns. Eventually, when parents and bedtime beckoned, we would reluctantly release the bugs, only to begin the hunt again the following evening. Recapture the magic of nighttime spent in the backyard. With long work hours and sweltering daytime heat, most of us find ourselves finally getting to enjoy our summer gardens in the evening. Why not create a moon garden near porch or patio, with plants that reveal their true charm after dark? In the delicate radiance of moonlight, bright colors turn to black, while pale blooms and variegated leaves glow; fragrant plants perfume the evening air, enticing nighttime pollinators. Plants that shine once the sun has set For a stunning focal point in your moon garden, start with an unusual Wolf Eyes dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’). This compact, spreading tree has large, pristine flower bracts in spring and soft green leaves with prominent white margins; in fall, the foliage turns a lovely pinkish-red. For shrubs, choose from many white-blooming hydrangeas, including the Snowflake oakleaf hydrangea (Hyd. Quercifolia ‘Snowflake’), the popular Annabelle (Hyd. arborescens ‘Annabelle’) or the White Dome (Hyd. arborescens ‘Dardom’), whose clouds of blooms drift above deep green leaves; its flowers are perfect for both fresh and dried arrangements, and will add winter interest to the garden. Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a native with sweetly-scented white flowers in racemes that wave above the leafy shrub, followed by peppercorn-like fruit capsules. For perennials, there are endless choices. White swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’) attracts butterflies galore by day and glimmers by night. Radiant David garden phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘David’) offers fragrant, tubular blooms from June through September, resisting both deer and the powdery mildew that often plagues phlox. Various cultivars of false spirea (Astilbe x arendsii) put on a snowy floral display in shady areas, with feathery plumes waving above deeply-cut foliage; try ‘Deutschland’, ‘Bridal Veil’ or ‘Snowdrift’. White catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Alba’) draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to its fragrant stalks of flowers, while its

photo by Luc Viatour,

aromatic foliage will have a euphoric effect on your cat. For the edge of your moon garden, try one of the variegated hostas; ‘Blazing Saddles’ has medium green leaves, edged in cream. Silver Brocade artemisia (A. stelleriana ‘Silver Brocade’) produces dense mounds of finely-cut, frosted foliage with a gentle fragrance, the felt-like leaves adding texture as well as shimmer. For ongoing interest, incorporate long-blooming annuals and other tender plants. The dramatic woodland tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) sends up towering stems through basal rosettes of enormous green leaves; the slender, luminous flowers have a relaxed elegance by day, and a heavenly perfume by night. Cleome hasslerana has heavily-scented, spidery blooms held aloft on tall stalks of narrow, dark green foliage; try the ‘Sparkler’ cultivar for a more compact presentation. Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is a climber that can reach 15 feet in a season, its pale, fragrant flowers opening at dusk from midsummer to frost. Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’, known as African mask or Amazon elephant’s ear, is a striking tropical with large glossy leaves and dramatic lime-white veining; lift plants from the garden to enjoy inside for the winter. Maintaining and enhancing your evening garden As with any gardens, take an organic approach to caring for your plants, and do likewise when warding off nuisance insects. Treat your yard with products such as Ecosmart’s Organic Mosquito and Tick Control spray or granules. For individual protection, Neptune’s Harvest Best Yet spray and Liquid Net’s Ultimate Insect Repellent employ cedar oil to fend off pesky biters, and can safely be used on children and pets. Some accessories can enhance the comfort and beauty of your outdoor space. Consider a cozy bench or swing from which to view your garden, or a fire pit to bring the rustic warmth of a campfire right to your patio. Soji Solar lanterns add Asian-inspired appeal, turning themselves on by night to cast a festive glow without the hassle of electrical cords – or the need to chase after all those lightning bugs....

 Luanne Panarotti fills her days with work at The Phantom Gardener, preaching at area churches, mothering, cat wrangling, and cryptic crosswords.

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wing clover creativity takes flight at

oney begins as a worker bee, in search of nectar, gathers pollen in the baskets on its back legs. As it moves from flower to flower—or in our example, clover blossoms—the bee works to pollinate, an indispensable step in the reproduction of flowering plant varieties. It is this symbiosis, inherent to the creation of honey and the process of pollination, that has inspired Wing and Clover in Rhinebeck: A storefront and workshop space dedicated to art, creativity, and the process of documentation through creative work. Recall, if you will, Socrates’ assertion during his trial, as reported by Plato in Apology, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” We believe it. And we’d like to encourage you to create the work that might help to document and examine your life—or its moments of beauty, at least. Our storefront (22 East Market Street) is full of things to get you started: Our carefully curated selection of books, art supplies, gifts, and work from local artists and artisans are informed by our classes and chosen to inspire creativity. We offer an ongoing series of workshops in a variety of subjects and artistic disciplines, all taught by talented and local artists and professionals. It continues to be an important part of Wing and Clover’s mission to draw inspiration from the hard work of those artists living in the Hudson Valley—and those artists who love it. The diversity of the subjects covered in our workshops are all linked by their attention to the creative act, and the process of seeing, reporting, and documenting through craft. Attendees have written stories with local author, Edie Meidav, whose last novel, Crawl Space, came out in 2006 with Picador Press; made beautiful papercuttings with Jenny Lee Fowler, who is a careful observer of detail, and an expert at cutting traditional, freehand silhouettes; and learned embroidery and appliqué with Cal Patch, clothing designer, creator of her own line, Hodge Podge, and author of the immensely helpful “Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.” And this is just the beginning: Check out our website,, for a full listing of our workshops, and to register on-line.

The diversity of the subjects covered in our workshops are all linked by their attention to the creative act, and the process of seeing, reporting, and documenting through craft.

This summer, we’re taking full advantage of our workshop space as an exhibition site for the work of our teachers, and the students who create with us. On July 17th, local painter Temre Stanchfield begins a six-week show of her new work: An incredible body of oil paintings that has emerged out of her attentive study of nature, mostly in its flowering examples. Stanchfield’s paintings, however, while they pay close attention to objects like the rose, are never too precious or delicate in ‘BOP’ oil on panel by Temre Stanchfield their representations of beauty. On the contrary, her work represents a new evocation of what is beautiful in nature, even though it sometimes resides in decay: It shows the remains of a rose after her children had removed its rotting body from the compost, a wild and pink flower that looks most aptly like a gregarious body part, a flower represented by the yellow explosion (its petals? its pollen?) that surrounds it. And with titles like “Burst,” “Internal,” and “Delish,” it is clear that Stanchfield is dealing with an incredibly beguiling physicality. A sense of body that, for anyone lucky enough to stand in front of one of her pieces, is felt in the very texture and working of the paint itself. Come join us to celebrate and experience Temre Stanchfield’s new exhibition. And come see the rest of the shows we have in mind for the future: Leah Woolner and Alex Batkin think about maps and the notion of chance occurrences; Jenny Lee Fowler displays her wonderful scenes of nature in a series of papercuttings; Oliver Wasow photographs what seems spatially unbelievable, though his documentation will convince you otherwise. That’s just the beginning. Cheers to summer!

 For a complete schedule of upcoming workshops at Wing & Clover, visit, call 845.876.1035, or stop in the store at 22 East Market Street in the Village of Rhinebeck.

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Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tues.-Sat., July 6-10, 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., July 10 & 11, 2 p.m.: By actor and playwright Tracy Thorne, directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller, offers a glimpse at three generations of a family possessing wit, endurance, and compassion in the face of unimaginable loss. Tickets: $35 Information: 845.437.5907;

Our Town

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 July 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 22-25, 29-31 & Aug. 1, 8 p.m.: Walking the Dog Theater stages one of the most enduring American plays ever; a classic portrait of small town life with all of the sadness, joy, truth and stark profundity that defines it. Tickets: $15-$25 Information: 518.392.6121;;


The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 July 8-10, 14-18, see website for times: Murderesses or merely stagestruck flappers? You decide in this show filled with excitement and Fosse dance. “All That Jazz”, “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango”, “Mr. Cellophane.” Information: 518.392.9292;

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 8-18, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: River Valley Rep presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” the musical story of the legendary Billie Holiday. The provocative and often humorous two-person show is set in a small bar where Holiday performed four months before her death in 1959. The return to her old stomping grounds sets the scene for this last-chance gig, where she performs such favorites as God Bless the Child, Don’t Explain and What a Little Moonlight Can Do. Tickets: $30; $25, students and seniors. Information: 845.575.3133;

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sat., July 8-10, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 11, 3 p.m.: Trisha Brown brings to Bard and SummerScape one of her newest dances, L’Amour au théâtre, along with two of her legendary Rauschenberg collaborations. Tickets: $25-$55 Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010

A Long and Happy Life

Susan Stein Shiva Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 9-11, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Cass thinks she’s finally found happiness -- perfect job, perfect apartment, perfect fiancé -- until a brush with death forces her to reconsider. From Bekah

Brunstetter, the award-winning writer of Oohrah!, You May Go Now: A Marriage Play, and To Ninevah, comes a play with humor, heart, and a high school step team! Tickets: $20 Information: 845.437.5907;

Extreme Ballet Summer Showcase

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, July 10, noon: Performance by students participating in Session I of the Extreme Ballet summer proram. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

Bard SummerScape presents Judgment Day (1937): Ödön von Horváth’s “Gripping Moral Fable” of Emergent Nazism and Ordinary People

We Are Here

Judgment Day

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Two, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 July 14, 18, 21 & 25, 8 p.m.; July 15-17 & 22-24, 8 p.m.: This thrilling 1937 drama was written in Nazi-ruled Berlin by Ödön von Horváth, one of the most talented playwrights of his generation. Presented as part of SummerScape. Tickets: $45 Information: 845.758.7900;

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Spider’s Web

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 July 15-25, Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A classic Agatha Christie whodunnit filled with comical characters and murderous intrigue. As a web of deceit startsto unravel, Christie’s heroine pulls her friends into a desperate race to unveil the murderer and solve the mystery. Tickets: $24; $22 matinees Information: 518.794.8989;

A Bit About It

Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., July 16 & 17, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 18, 3 p.m.:An evening of modern dance and original choreography created and performed by Cocoon Choreography Workshop: Shianne Dierkes, Julia Jardine, Marie Uridia, Rebecca Venezia-Kamen and Cocoon Artistic Directors Andrés & Marguerite San Millán. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.6470;

mud from the bottom of the sea so the earth can grow. The character Sapling creates all the earth’s delightful things; his brother Flint brings us mosquitoes and thorns and sharp rocks. The abrupt arrival of Hodu’i, a whimsical crack-pot who claims to have created it all, spells the readiness of the earth from the arrival of human beings. The production will incorporate many puppets representing the spirits and creatures of this young world. Information:

Imagining Madoff

Stageworks, 41 Cross St., Hudson, NY 12534 July 21-Aug. 8, Wed. & Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A new play by Deborah Margolin. Mystery and intrigue unfold in this brilliant fictional unmasking of Bernard Madoff! Imagine . . . from within his prison cell, the now notorious Ponzi-ist is entangled in the memory of a profound, psychologically erotic evening spent with the renowned poet and venerable humanitarian, Solomon Galkin. In the presence of the righteous, can Madoff overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of his last chance at redemption? Deborah Margolin is the recipient of the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. Tickets: $18-$29 Information: 518.822.9667;


Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 21-August 1; Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.: Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley returns to the Powerhouse with PIRATE – a funny, provocative and wildly theatrical tale of a guy who keeps showing up. Yes, it’s true, he looks a lot like Adolph Hitler, but Hitler is gone and Pirate is still with us...There will be a post-show discussion on Tuesday, July 27. Tickets: $35 Information: 845.437.5907;

Damn Yankees Maria Cassi in My Life With Men - And Other Animals

Susan Stein Shiva Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 16-18, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Internationally acclaimed performance artist Maria Cassi offers an exhilaratingly intensive course on love, seduction, death, and . . olive oil, and explodes the American myths of Italian romance and womanhood created through movies and television, exemplified by iconic stars like Gina Lollobridgida, Anna Magnani, and Sophia Loren. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.437.5907;

Martel Musical: Bonfire Night

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Fri. & Sat., July 16 & 17, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 18, 2 p.m.: In this scrappy, hilarious and thought-provoking new musical, a rousing band of English Catholics revolt against a tyrannical King James, with book, music, and lyrics by Justin Levine, directed by Obie winner Alex Timbers. The cast features Drama Desk Award winner Santino Fontana and Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee. Presented as a concert reading. Tickets: $30 Information: 845.437.5907;

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 17, 8-10 p.m.: This outdoor production is drawn from the Iroquois creation tale in which the Sky Woman falls from the spirit would and lands on the back of a turtle. Water animals brign up

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 July 22-25, July 28-Aug. 1, see website for times: The national pastime with devilishly good fun and songs, as their biggest fan tries to help out the losing Senators! Information: 518.392.9292;

The Light in the Piazza

Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 22-Aug. 1, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: River Valley Rep presents a romantic musical set in 1950’s Italy featuring a cast of talented Broadway veterans and directed by Donald Brenner. After winning 6 Tony’s and 5 Drama Desk awards, this will mark the show’s local premiere. This gem in contemporary theatre, a beautifully moving and musically complex piece, sparks hope for the future of all Broadway musicals.Tickets: $30; $25, students and seniors. Information: 845.575.3133;

Interviewing the Audience

Susan Stein Shiva Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 23-25, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Playwright and director Zach Helm (Good Canary, Stranger than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) returns to Poughkeepsie with a unique theatrical experience. Inspired by author, actor, and storyteller Spalding Gray, Helm invites audience members on an intimate, hilarious, and occasionally shocking journey as he gently guides volunteers through a series of onstage interviews. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.437.5907; continued on page 24 g

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That I Don’t Have,” along with a surprising new twist will delight Powerhouse audiences in the re-imagined On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, with new book by Peter Parnell, based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, re-conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Side Man). Presented as a concert reading. Tickets: $30 Information: 845.437.5907;

Powerhouse Reading Festival 2

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 July 29-August 1: 7/29, 8 p.m., “I Am An Emotional Creature”: the secret life of girls around the world, by Eve Ensler; 7/30, 8 p.m., “F to M” by Patricia Wettig; 7/31, 2 p.m., “A Short History of Women” by Kate Walbert; 7/31, 5 p.m., “Over Martinis, Driving Somewhere” by Romulus Linney & Eleanor Cooney; 8/1, 2 p.m., “Friends with Kids” by Jennifer Westfeldt (screenplay); 8/2, 5 p.m., “UMBRAGE” by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik. Tickets: Free to the public, with reservations strongly recommended. Information: 845.437.5599;

The Distant Sound (Der Ferne Klang)

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 July 30 & Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Aug. 1 & 4, 3 p.m.: SummerScape presents the first staged production in North America of Franz Schreker’s glorious 1910 opera. Tickets: $25-$75 Information: 845.758.7900; Costume sketch for a showgirl from Bard SummerScape’s production of The Distant Sound.

Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 July 29-Aug. 8, Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: More than any other popular songwriter in recent history, Harry Chapin was a storyteller. Here, the most theatrical of Chapin’s songs have been assembled to show how he celebrated the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk. Tickets: $24; $22 matinees Information: 518.794.8989;

Evening Cabaret: Weimar New York

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., July 30 & 31, 8:30 p.m.: Tony-nominee Justin Bond returns to the Spiegeltent as the emcee for the alt-cabaret extravaganza Time Out called “subversive, sexed-up, slashingly political—the kind of material the Nazis called ‘degenerate art.’” Presented by downtown impresario Earl Dax, the show features a live band, the notorious Pixie Harlots, and performers culled from the worlds of contemporary music, burlesque, performance art, and traditional Kabarett. 18+ only. Tickets: $25 Information: 845.758.7900;

Grimm Tales

Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., July 30 & 31, 7 p.m.; Sun.,Aug. 1, 3 p.m.: An original play, sharing classic tales from the brothers Grimm - Rumplestiltskin and others. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.6470;

Extreme Ballet Summer Showcase

‘On A Clear Day’... director Michael Mayer

Martel Musical: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs. & Fri., July 29 & 30, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Familiar tunes, including “Come Back to Me” and “What Did I Have

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, July 31, noon: Performance by students participating in Session II of the Extreme Ballet summer proram. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

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the family & run around on the grass. Park in the Village and walk over. Don’t forget a chair or blanket and light beverage. Support the Village merchants! Presented by the Village of Red Hook. Information: 845.758.1081

5th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Sunday, July 11, 3 p.m.: The program, Two Harpsichords, includes the two double harpsichord concerti, the solo harpsichord concerto in d minor, and several works for solo harpsichord. Tickets: $30 Information: 518.392.6121;;

Our Lady J. photo by Ken Kiehl

Music in the Parks: Free Lawn Concert

Evening Cabaret: Our Lady J

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.: New York–based singer-songwriter and pianist extraordinaire Our Lady J promises to blow the roof off the tent with her visionary, post-religious gospel music. A favorite at Joe’s Pub and the Zipper Factory in New York and London’s Southbank Centre, the Lady is joined by two other musicians, back-up singers, and an eight-member gospel choir. Not to be missed! 18+ only. Tickets: $25 Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010

Great American Songbook: Richard Rodgers

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12017 Saturday, July 10, 4 p.m.: Explore the life and music Richard Rodgers in a relaxed setting that combines lecture, live performance, and even a chance to sing along. Led by cabaret performer and musical historian, Harvey Granat. Series concludes 8/14 (Irving Berlin). Tickets: $25 Information: 518.392-3693;

Music on the Squares

Beacon, Old Beacon Theatre, 445 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 10, 6-9:30 p.m.: Free summer concert series kicks off with a special appearance by Anthony K. Also performing, Victoria Louise and Thundershirt. Tickets: Free! Information: 845.440.8958;

Music in the Park: Summer Music Series @ Abrahams Park

Park Avenue, Village of Red Hook 12571 Sunday, July 11, 3 p.m.: Country rock with the Stringmasters. Bring

Mills Mansion, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580 Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m.: Enjoy a free lawn concert featuring jazz variety by Saints of Swing. Information: 845.229.8086

Evening Cabaret: John Kelly: Paved Paradise Redux

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., July 16 & 17, 8:30 p.m.: Two-time Obie Award–winning multimedia artist John Kelly’s reverent homage to Joni Mitchell is a true retrospective. 18+ only. Tickets: $25 Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010

Millbrook Arts Group Presents Thunder Ridge

At the Bandshell, Franklin Ave., Village of Millbrook, NY Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m.: Kickin’ new country and country rock. Free admission. Information:

A Tribute to Dinah Washington featuring Lillie Bryant-Howard

Theater of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m.: “Miss D’s” All American Blues, Jazz & Pop featuring Lillie Bryant-Howard & Christopher Dean Sullivan’s Jazz Journey Ensemble. Tickets: $20 advance; $25, door. Information: 845.486.4571;

Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Saturday, July 17, 5 p.m.: Diane Walsh, piano - Eugene Drucker, violin - Roberta Cooper, cello have been heard on NPR and WNYC-FM. Ms. Cooper and Mr. Drucker appeared previously at PS/21 with Ken Cooper’s Berkshire Bach Ensemble. Program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. Tickets: $30 Information: 518.392.6121;;

Sunset Concert: Remember the 1950s

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave. (off Route 9G), Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.: Free cncert on the lawn. Food available. Information: 518.537.4240;

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Catch Red Molly. at Falcon Ridge. Photo by BrendaWirth.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

An Afternoon of Chamber Music

Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sunday, July 18, 3 p.m.: The Vassar Music Department concludes its 15th Annual Free Summer Concert Series with a concert featuring violinist Joseph Genualdi and pianist Richard Wilson performing works by Bach, Mozart, Wilson and Beethoven. Information: 845.437.5370;

2010 Summer Lawn Concert Series: BUA

Locust Grove, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, July 18, 1-3 p.m.: The 11th Annual Lawn Concert Series at Locust Grove kicks off with BUA, one of America’s premier traditional Irish music ensembles. Tickets: Free. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Information: 845.454.4500;

Music in the Parks: Free Lawn Concert

Vanderbilt State Historic Site, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m.: Enjoy a free lawn concert featuring popular music by Four Guys in Disguise. Information: 845.229.8086

Dodds Farm, 44 County Route 7D, Hillsdale, NY Friday-Sunday, July 23-25: A three-day festival of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires. Performers include: Annie Wenz, The Clayfoot Strutters, Eliza Gilkyson, Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, John Gorka, The Kennedys, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Red Molly, The Storycrafters, Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert and more! Tickets: single day, $40-$50; weekend packages available. Information: 866.325.2744;

2010 Summer Lawn Concert Series: Acoustic Medicine Show

Locust Grove, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, July 25, 1-3 p.m.: The Acoustic Medicine Show with special guests Laura MacLean and The Gypsy Jazz Gang. The Acoustic Medicine Show features guitar, fiddle, mandolin, standup bass and 3-part harmonies on original homespun music, as well as wellknown tunes like Catfish John, Pony Boy and Ophelia. Tickets: Free. Information: 845.454.4500;

Music in the Parks: Free Lawn Concert

Mills Mansion, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580 Wednesday, July 28, 7 p.m.: Enjoy a free lawn concert featuring big band and swing music by Jazz Pioneers. Information: 845.229.8086

Hudson Harbor Fest

Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Series of free outdoor concerts presented in partnership with Time and Space Limited, the City of Hudson and Musica’s Rob Caldwell. Hudson Harbor Fest takes place on 4 Saturdays beginning July 31. Future dates are Aug. 7, 21 and 28. On the 31st, enjoy live music by Bella’s Bartok, western Massachusett’s premier Gypsy Balkan Rockabilly Fusion Party in a Box! Tickets: Free! Information:

Millbrook Arts Group Presents Boreal Tordu

Vickie Russell

Howland Cultural Center, Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, July 23, 8-10:30 p.m.: New Paltz-based singer/songwriter performs her stunningly original heartfelt songs.Tickets: $12 Information: 845.831.4988;

Evening Cabaret: Wau Wau Sisters

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., July 23 & 24, 8:30 p.m.: The bawdy, trapezetwisting, guitar-strumming Wau Wau Sisters return with their “irreverent, sacreligious, lascivious” (New York Times) vaudeville act. 18+ only. Tickets: $25 Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010 Photo by Don Spiro.

At the Bandshell, Franklin Ave., Village of Millbrook, NY Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m.: Original and traditional music of Acadian Maineiacs. Free admission. Information:

Violinist Eva Ingolf and Visual Artist Ektoras Binikos Spencertown Academy , 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12017 Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m.: Featuring J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D Minor for solo violin with video projection created by visual artist Ektoras Binikos. Tickets: $15 Information: 518.392-3693;

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village & Darrow School, Darrow Rd., New Lebanon, NY 12125 Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m., doors, 7:30 p.m.: Concerts at Tannery Pond presents pianist Kirill Gerstein. Program includes works by Bach, Chopin and Schumann. Tickets: $25-$30 Information: 888.820.1696;

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here is a lot of buzz these days about “Grass-Fed” meat, and even many conventional supermarkets are starting to carry grass-fed beef or lamb. A number of popular books and movies have highlighted the problems with the commodity meat system in America, and a growing consciousness around personal health and environmental impacts has inspired consumers to seek out more grass-fed meat. But what does “Grass-fed” mean, really? Part of the confusion stems from the fact that almost all beef cattle, lambs and goats eat some grass or forage during their life. Forage is often the lowest-cost food option, and because of that, most cattle and sheep spend significant portions of their life out on pasture. For many beef animals, it is only in the later part of their life that they are shipped to feedlots to be fattened, or “finished.” It is the finishing stage in the process that is the most centralized and industrialized, and is concentrated in grain-growing areas because of the corn and soybean rations that are fed to cattle while they are at the feedlots. Some producers that finish their own animals with grain while on pasture describe their meat as grass-fed, and it must be admitted, these animals are fed with grass. This inspired some producers that are trying to promote the exclusive feeding of grass or forage, even through the finishing stage, to label their products as “grass-fed and finished.” In October of 2007, the USDA put out a statement of what “Grassfed” means when used on meat labels. Grass (Forage) Fed – Grass and forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Hay, haylage, baleage, silage, crop residue without grain, and other roughage sources may also be included as acceptable feed sources. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen. If incidental supplementation occurs due to inadvertent exposure to non-forage feedstuffs or to ensure the animal’s well being at all times during adverse environmental or physical conditions, the producer must fully document (e.g., receipts, ingredients, and tear tags) the supplementation that occurs including the amount, the frequency, and the supplements provided.

by Owen O’Connor

In summary, meats labeled grass fed should be from animals that received only grass, hay or other forage, and not just some grass. Besides the USDA, there are a few other organizations that provide more detailed standards, as well as third-party certification such as the American Grassfed Association. There are a number of benefits gained from solely feeding sheep and cattle grass and forage. It reduces the need for conventionally grown soybeans and corn, which take fossil fuels and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to grow. The industrial raising of these grains is a major cause of soil erosion and fertilizer run-off in the middle of America. Creating an animal agriculture which does not need feedlots avoids the pollution and animal treatment concerns that have been raised about these institutions. It also reduces the need to ship animals long distances to feedlots, and allows the animals to finish their life without the antibiotics and growth hormones standard in industrial feedlots. Grass-fed advocates such as Jo Robinson and the Weston Price Foundation also cite health benefits for the consumer from eating grass-fed meats. But doesn’t grain-finished beef and lamb taste better? In a word: No. Good tasting meat is a combination of flavor, tenderness and fats. Longer finishing times give grass-fed steers plenty of time to develop flavor. With proper finishing, grass-fed animals can be just as tender and develop sufficient fat as well. Of course, if you slaughter any animal before it is ready, or expose them to nutritional or environmental stress, you can wind up with tough meat. But grass and forage is the time-tested feed for sheep and cattle, and with careful management, it can produce fine meat. A common mistake that can turn people off to grass-fed meat is cooking the meat to too high a temperature. For tips about cooking grass-fed meat, check out: If you are interested in finding out more about grass-fed meats, or finding local producers, you can visit Jo Robinson’s website:


Owen O’Connor runs Awesome Farm, ltd with his partner KayCee Wimbish. They raise and sell grass-fed lamb and beef in Red Hook, NY. Owen grew up in Clinton Corners, and was working in organic vegetable farms before he and KayCee started their own project. In this continuing column, Owen offers his reflections on starting and running a livestock farm in the Hudson Valley

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bu rg e r by Laura Pensiero, Chef/Owner Gigi Trattoria and Gigi Market

Wherever you live, try to source pastured beef from a local farm. There are numerous environmental and health-related reasons to do so, but let’s focus on flavor. Grass-fed or grass-finished humanly raised beef is untouchable in its level of quality. For burgers, look for ground chuck or round with 15 percent fat, 20 percent max; more is not better, it just drips into the grill. We buy our ground beef from Northwind Farm, where Richie, Jane, and their son, Russel, put enormous love and care into all their products.

photo Leonardo Frusteri

Makes 4 servings 1 medium onion, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 11⁄2 pounds locally raised ground beef (antibiotic and hormone free) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft and lightly golden, about 7 minutes. Let cool. Mix the onions and garlic into the beef, Worchestershire, Old Bay and season with salt and pepper. Form four 6-ounce patties (larger burgers stay moist; suggest cooking them larger and splitting them if the portion is too large). Do not mash or press the patties together, simply wet your hands (to prevent the meat from sticking to them), then pat the meat together to 3⁄4-to-1 inch thickness. With your knuckles, make indented imprint in the center to help cook the burgers evenly and prevent the hockey puck look after cooking. If grilling, thoroughly clean the grill rack and place it about 5 inches over the heat source. Preheat the grill to medium-high. With the grill covered and the vents opened, grill the burgers until nicely marked and cooked to your desired doneness (about 8 minutes total for mediumrare). If pan cooking, heat a nonstick grill pan or cast-iron pan over high heat until very hot. Place the burgers on the pan, making sure there is

space between them. Cook 4 or 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or longer to the desired doneness. Serving suggestion: Enjoy hot off the pan or grill. Variations: • Summer: Garnish with sliced beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, garden cucumber slices, roasted eggplant, or zucchini. • Fall/winter: Try pickled vegetables or caramelized onions. • Spring: Serve with baby lettuces, mache, watercress, caramelized leeks, or mushrooms. • In any season: Offer great-quality breads or buns, onion slices, avocado, large crunchy lettuce leaves (bibb, Boston, Romaine), or locally made cheeses. • Condiments for any season include locally made ketchups or BBQ sauces, gourmet mustards, tapenades, salsas, and pestos. Nutrition: Antibiotic- and hormone-free beef can fit into a healthy diet. It’s all about balance. Economy: $$

 Used with permission. Excerpted from “Hudson Valley Mediterranean” (pages 103-4) by Laura Pensiero, Chef/Owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck and Gigi Market in Red Hook. Published by William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2009 by Laura Pensiero.

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We may pride ourselves in trying to grow organically and bio-dynamically, but sometimes in order to work with nature you have to fight back.

The Hunter’s Gift by Brian PJ Cronin

‘Dusty’’s Paw’ Photo by Kristen Cronin


one. Just days after we transferred three squash seedlings from our dining room to the garden, one of them was completely gone. No hoof prints, no sign of digging. The trellis was intact, but the seedling was missing. The perp may have not left any evidence, but it forgot the rule about not returning to the scene of the crime. As we looked out over the garden and tried to figure out our next move, a monstrous crow swooped down, plucked off two golden sage braches, and flew off. The birds. The birds were against us. Well, it’s not like Hitchcock didn’t warn us. We wrapped the trellises with twine, but still they found their way inside. We hung CDs from the trellises so that sunlight reflecting off of them would scare the birds away. It was nice to finally find a use for those terrible Wu-Tang side projects, but the crows were undeterred and the seedlings kept vanishing. It was time to unleash the big guns. We opened the front door and let Dusty out. Dusty is our eldest cat. He is the only one we let outside because he is, to be blunt, the only one smart enough to find his way back. We had been trying to keep him inside since he has a habit of bringing back fleas and ear mites with him, but perhaps a Dusty-free yard was just the opportunity the crows had been looking for. We pointed him in the direction of the garden so that he could act as a living scarecrow. He took off for the garden, and the birds scattered to the trees. We never thought he’d actually catch one, because birds can, you know, fly, which Dusty can not (last we checked). But the next day, he trotted up to us with a dead Eastern Kingbird clenched firmly between his jaws. Not a crow. We probably should have shown him a picture of the suspect before we hired him for the case. Despite the mistake, we

petted him and praised him, which is what you’re supposed to do when your cat brings you a gift. If you scold him, your cat will interpret your displeasure as being unimpressed, and resolve to catch something bigger. The last thing we need is to find Dusty dragging a Chihuahua down the street. We were not thrilled with Dusty’s gift, but getting upset with him would have been useless. He’s a cat. We pointed him in the direction of some birds. Our intention may have been to have him simply frighten the birds off, but it would have been naïve of us to assume that those were Dusty’s intentions as well. We may pride ourselves in trying to grow organically and biodynamically, but sometimes in order to work with nature you have to fight back. If we did not have a fence, the deer would pick our garden clean in twenty minutes. The birds are just trying to eat and build nests, and our cat is simply following his natural instincts. We are all just trying to survive. All of our food, even the things we don’t grow, is at the expense of other life. Whether it’s the hungry deer that are fenced off from our CSA, the groundhogs who have their warrens plowed over by tractors, or the cows on our local farms who are destined for the slaughterhouse. They may be humanely raised and grass-fed, but they still have to die in order to feed us. None of us like to think about this much. Joseph Campbell famously wrote that all primitive religions arose from this “shock of the food chain”; the realization that our ancestors had that without the death of others, there would be no life for us. Modern life has made it very easy for us to ignore this fact, as the majority of us are totally cut off from the production of our food. The dead bird at our feet was a potent reminder of this. Maybe that was Dusty’s real gift after all.

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by Laurie Rich Did you visit the Green Tent during last year’s Dutchess County Fair? You know, the big tent in the infield with the 30-foot-tall wind turbine out front? Across from the Ag tent where the cows give birth live and in person to anyone who has their timing right, or a lot of time to sit and watch? You didn’t? Well, okay. It was the first time The Dutchess County Agricultural Society (DCAS) offered the Big Green Tent (well actually, it’s a white tent…but SO green inside!) as a tangible statement of the importance the DCAS places on its commitment to make the Fairgrounds entirely environmentally sustainable over time. What did you see (or miss) last year? Cutting-edge technology companies from the Hudson Valley, Canada and the Left Coast (as in Washington State), as well as NY State’s own Department of Environmental Conservation. We had a 30-foot-tall wind turbine outside as our calling card, and, one late evening, New York Senator Charles Schumer inside talking to those firms and taking a group photo. We reached out to thousands of Fair goers, who learned about everything from bottle and e-waste recycling to the benefits of solar, geothermal and wind power. This year, the Green Tent and the Green Initiative are not content to sit on their laurels. The Tent is back, bigger and better (now, caveat read-or, this writer is biased, since I run the Fairgrounds Green Initiative program, and it is “my” tent…), with much more to see and do. For starters, a major new theme we’re promoting in the tent is local, organic and natural farms, farmers markets and CSA farms (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture). Because late August is a big harvest time, it has always been difficult for farmers to make a commitment to staff a booth for a full

big green tent week—who will bring in their crops, water what still has growing to do, and take care of their farm stands at home? As a solution, every farmer/farm/market will be at the booth for one 5- to 6-hour shift, one or two days of the week. ALL our farmers’ materials will be there for you to see all week long, and the farmer(s) staffing when you walk in will be glad to talk to you, and help you sign up for 2011 CSA shares (if you want them) at a farm near you. But each day, the display will change, as each farmer uses their time to highlight their unique farm offers. Find out why local and organic farming is so important to our economy, your health and the Valley’s well being!

Find out why local and organic farming is so important to our economy, your health and the Valley’s well being! Also new: Rain barrels (buy one and roll it out to your car!), energy audits, a green insulation company whose product is so lightweight, it will be lining part of the tent – feel for yourself how much cooler your house could be on a hot summer day – and more… Our major sponsors, Hudson Valley Clean Energy (back for a second year—and we thank them for their support!) and the Northeast Region Soybean Board, will be exhibiting inside and outside the tent. DEC will be back with a bigger presence. And that’s just for starters… more companies are signing up all the time. Plus, Dutchess County BOCES and the Fairgrounds Green Tent are teaming up to bring you food tastings and short presentations about green jobs in the Hudson Valley, solar power, and much, much more.

Zero Landfill Goes Prime Time At the Fair For the Hudson Valley 40th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds piloted a first in the County – we made it a Zero Landfill Event. Well, that worked. Beautifully. So we believe that Zero Landfill is ready for prime time: The 165th Annual Dutchess County Fair will be a Zero Landfill Event. Royal Carting Service Company, with the help of the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy, will ensure that no solid waste generated during the Fair will be put into a landfill. End of story. The Fairgrounds will recycle whatever it can (as it always does), and the items that cannot be recycled or composted will be turned into electricity at the Poughkeepsie waste-to-energy plant. That’s going to be tens of thousands of pounds of solid waste kept from landfill and turned into electricity. Check the Fairgrounds’ website (www. in September or October to learn just how many tons of solid waste were turned into energy.

How can you find us? Walk to the infield and look for the Model Green Home outside between the Green Tent (lit up like a Christmas tree with LED and compact fluorescent lights) and BOCES tent and the student-built Solar Car. We’re between the Talent Tent and Dog Tent, across from the Ag Tent. Now you know. So don’t miss us!


Laurie Rich is an environmental sustainability and strategic marketing specialist who works with companies and organizations within the Hudson Valley and across the country. She serves as the Coordinator of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds’ Green Initiative. She is President of her company, Greening Fairs and Expositions, and is the National Director of Business Development for the Clean Technology Trade Alliance. Visit to learn more.

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Olana State Historic Site, Wagon House Education Center/Farm Complex, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.: Go on a family tour of the house to be inspired, then come down to the farm to be an artist. Music, storytelling, dance, movement and open art studio time for our youngest artists. New projects every Saturday. To celebrate Columbia County Historical Society’s “Inked Over” theme, stamping and printing activities will also be included in our projects. Monthly Themes: Architecture; Farm History; Art and Nature; The Hudson River. For ages 3-5. Fee: Free, $5 vehicle use fee applies. Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

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Olana State Historic Site, Wagon House Education Center/Farm Complex & Museum Shop, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m.: Explore the Olana landscape with self-guided activities to enrich family visits. Take your sketches home, or donate them to our ongoing public exhibit. Must leave a photo ID until backpack is returned. Fee: Free, $5 vehicle use fee applies. Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

Beginning Sight Singing with Sheri Bauer Mayorga

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 & 12: Music lessons centered around the voice rather than an instrument. Director Sheri Bauer Mayorga leads singers through the study, and work and practice at home will be required to build familiarity with concepts and develop an ear for the concepts. Open to adults and youth ages 13 and up. Tickets: $5 adults; free for youth. Information: 518.822.1438;

Song Session with Sheri Bauer Mayorga

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 & 12: This workshop centers around the learning basic choral vocal technique, familiarization with song anthologies (both traditional folk and classical from around the world), learning how to bring a song to life, and working on material in preparation for a community sing at the end of the workshop. Open to adults and youth ages 13 and up. Tickets: $5 adults; free for youth. Information: 518.822.1438;

Outdoor Movie: Where the Wild Things Are

Pocket Park, 328 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, July 9, 8 p.m. (or when it becomes dark, whichever is sooner): Nine-year-old Max runs away from home, his sister’s mean friends, and his mother’s dinner to sail across the sea and become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters, but being king may not be as care-free as it

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Annual Country Fair and Auction

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Family Tour at Olana

5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 10, 11:30 a.m.: Explore the house, its paintings and treasures from a child’s perspective. Tours are geared for families with 6-12 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. the preceding Friday. Repeats July 24. Tickets: $9; $8 students and seniors; free, children under 12. Information: 518.828.0135;

Red Hook Pool Fun Fest

Red Hook Rec Park Pool, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, July 10, 1-7 p.m.: Bounce house, arts & crafts, hair braiding, ice cream by Stewarts, food by J&J gourmet, raffles for adults and kids with great prizes offered by local businesses. Tickets: $12 advance; $13 gate; $5/$6 kids. Information:

The Wisest Man in the World

The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m.: Michael has lots of important questions, but doesn’t understand the answers grownups give him. So he’s setting out on a great adventure to find The Wisest Man in the World! Tickets: $8 adults; $6 children in advance or at the door. Information: 845.876.3080;

Summer Creative Writing for Teens with Kathe Izzo

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Mon.-Wed., July 12-14, 1-4 p.m.: Student writers ages 13-18 explore their own voice and style through writing games and activities designed to bring their writing to the next level. The end of writer’s block forever. Excellent for all writing genres. Led by poet Kathe Izzo. Tickets: Free! Information: 518.822.1438;

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Celebrate blueberry season at the Blueberry Festival in Austerlitz on July 25.

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Poet’s Walk Park. photo by Jim Gibbons

Toddler Stroll @ Poet’s Walk Park

Poet’s Walk Park Parking Lot, River Road, Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, July 16, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: It’s never too early to introduce children to the wonders of nature. Enjoy a stroller-friendly walk through the park followed by a brief story time in its shaded hilltop pavilion. Please bring: clothing appropriate for weather, sturdy, closedtoed shoes, water and a snack. No pets, please. Information:


The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 Fri. & Sat., July 16 & 17 and 23 & 24, 10:30 a.m.: Two genies and a crystal ball help an unlikely hero! Tickets: $9 Information: 518.392.9292;

Ecology Walk at Hawthorne Valley Farm

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sat. & Sun., July 18 & 19, 3:30 p.m.: Bard SummerScape presents three master clowns—Paul Wildbaum, Brian Foley and Matthew Duncan—take Mom, Dad, and the kids down a rabbit hole of comedy, mime, clowning, juggling, magic, and music in a fun-filled hour of friendly diversion. Hilarious wholesome entertainment presented by three expert physical comedians who have performed from New York to China and back again. Tickets: $15; $5 kids Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010

Summer Performance Workshop for Teens: Adaptation of MacBeth

Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Mon.-Fri., July 19-23 & 26-30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with dress rehearsal Aug. 2 and performance Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Teens 13-21 are welcome to audition for this avant-garde theater workshop. Students must be open to experimental ways of working and be willing to move, speak, and adapt to daily changes and new ideas. The workshop is designed to be rigorous - and fun. Directors are Linda Mussman and Claudia Bruce, who have worked in theater for more than 35 years. Enrollment limited to 10 participants. Information: 518.822.8100;;

Meet at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, July 17, 2-4 p.m.: Join Conrad and Claudia Vispo, Farmscape Ecology Program, on a walk at the farm to explore “Who Lives in the Ponds and Streams.” No need to register. Information: 518.392.5252 x 210;;

Children’s Life and Games in the 18th Century

Magic and Beyond with Illusionist David Garrity

Cinderella by Kids on Stage

The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m.: A one-man illusion show features unique theatrical and visual magic, audience participation, comedy and a custom-edited musical soundtrack. Sunglasses appear in a flash of fire, a table mysteriously floats around the stage and into the audience, and ordinary Hula Hoops perform extraordinary magic!. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 children in advance or at the door. Information: 845.876.3080;

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave. (off Route 9G), Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m.: Learn about the lives of children 200 years ago. Try out their chores, clothes, and games. Recommended for children 7-12. Tickets: Free Information: 518.537.4240; The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 24 & 31, 11 a.m.: This timeless, musical tale is brought to life by The CENTER’S own Kids on Stage Performance workshop and features characters who have delighted generations of children, plus a few surprises! Directed by Diana di Grandi. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 children in advance or at the door. Information: 845.876.3080;

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Spying on Nature

Schor Conservation Area Pavilion, Chatham, NY 12037 Thursday, July 29, 10-11 a.m.: Columbia Land Conservancy invites kids ages 3-5 and their parents and caregivers to explore, interact, and discover nature in an outdoor setting through fun-filled sessions this summer. Create art, collect insects, catch frogs, splash in Jon’s Pond, play outdoors and more! Programs include story time, arts & crafts, an educational program and free play. Information: 518.392.5252 x 210;

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Princess Moxie

Spiegeltent, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sat. & Sun., July 24 & 25, 3:30 p.m.: With beautiful hand-sewn puppets and original music, puppeteer Jennifer Levine tells the story of a hip young princess’s search for a true friend amid a trio of crazy suitors, including Prince Perfectus and the Kickin’ Cowboy. Audience participation is encouraged—in fact, their enthusiasm is tracked with a Silly-O-Meter! The show will be followed by a puppet workshop. Ideal for three- to seven-year-olds. Tickets: $15; $5 kids Information: 845.758.7900; summerscape/2010

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 Fri. & Sat., July 30 & 31 and Aug. 6 & 7, 10:30 a.m.: Magic beans lead Jack to an enchanted giant’s kingdom! Tickets: $9 Information: 518.392.9292;

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Save, Spend, Share Workshop

The Mid Hudson Childrens Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, July 29, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: For ages 8-10 and presented by the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Children will learn the smart ways to save, spend and share their money. In addition, the they will


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Old Austerlitz Historical Society, Austerlitz, NY Sunday, July 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Early 19th century craft demonstrations & wares, live music and of course - lots of blueberries! Plus a wide variety of vendors. Pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m., additional $6/$3 kids under 12. No pets allowed on the grounds. Tickets: $6; kids under 12, free. Information: 518.392.0062;;

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Stalking the Sun to mark Germantown’ s 300th birthday J ust beyond the lakeshore in Palatine Park, (affectionately known in Germantown as “Lake George South”), the sun casts a sharp shadow of a bare spruce pole installed there on the first day of winter, the winter solstice, in 2009. About 12 feet tall, the pole has three knobs below the peak, turned from red elm. Every day, the pole’s shadow moves, but the pole is still. It is called a ‘gnomon,’ (nomon), and it is the first step in an “analemma” sculpture being created by two Germantown artists, Dea Archbold and Kurt Holsapple, as their contribution to the town’s 300th birthday this year – the Palatine Analemma. An analemma is an ancient design marking the positions of the sun through the seasons of the year. “It will be in the shape of an elongated figure 8,” Holsapple explained. “The long loop marks the path of the sun from autumn through spring; the short one marks the summer, when the sun is high.” Archbold and Holsapple are marking the shifting positions of the gnomon’s shadow at the same time each week. The markings will eventually create a pattern for a low stone wall in the precise shape of the analemma -- which has appeared for generations on antique globes of the world. Dea Archbold went to SUNY Buffalo. After a long apprenticeship in the ancient art of stained glass, she creates and sells unique stained glass designs. Kurt Holsapple, a Fine Arts graduate of SUNY Alfred, is an expert cabinetmaker and woodworker. Both artists exhibit frequently at ArtSpace, Tivoli Arts Co-op, and other galleries in the area. Archbold and Holsapple, third cousins, are tenth-generation descendants of the original Palatine settlers who came to Germantown in 1710. The Analemma and the early-October birthday celebrations will honor the Palatines, their often harsh lives, and their endurance. Holsapple explains: “We’re not clearing the land, as they did.” The sculpture “will probably look very much like a dry stone wall, which our ancestors used to mark their pastures and meadows. In a way, we’re doing what they did.” Practical astronomy was crucial to the Palatine farmers.

“They had to be very aware of where the sun was in the sky, when to plan for the harvest,” says Archbold. Holsapple adds, “We want to mark, in stone, the actual time of the Palatines’ arrival and other significant events in Germantown history. The height of the sculpture will vary, reflecting changing angles.” Hundreds of people from around the region and the nation are coming to enjoy Germantown’s 300th birthday bash. The first weekend, October 2-3, includes a major Palatine History Seminar, historical exhibitions, and the debut of a new Harold Farberman composition at a gala Palatine Concert featuring local amateur and professional musicians and singers. A huge Palatine Oktoberfest will run through the second weekend, October 8-10, with a wagon parade and big bonfire on the first night, dozens of crafters and food vendors, bands, a Saturday night dance for teen-agers, free wagon rides throughout the weekend, and spectacular fireworks to close the celebration on Sunday night. Oktoberfest admission and parking are free. By the first two weekends in October, the Palatine Analemma will be nearing completion, due on the winter solstice in December. Visiting the Analemma will be a meaningful highlight of the Palatine celebration, and the unusual stone sculpture will live on into the future. Lodging information for visitors is available on the web sites of Columbia County Tourism, Dutchess County Tourism, Green County Tourism, and Ulster County Tourism. Visit for Palatine History Seminar scheduling and ticket information and other 300th Anniversary information. Further details are available by telephone to 518-537-6687, ext. 308.

An analemma is an ancient design marking the positions of the sun through the seasons of the year.

 Original text and photos courtesy of “Palatine Packet,” published by the Germantown and Saugerties Historical Societies, Vol. 1, No. 3, April/May 2010.

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Author Reading & Signing: Alan Schwartz

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thursday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.: Author Alan Schwartz, a veterinarian, songwriter, and poet reads from his new novel, “Amos and the Cosmos,” a young man’s journey of self-discovery through America’s tumultuous ‘50s and ‘60s in pursuit of a secret hidden in his father’s ancestry. Information: 845.876.0500;

Film: The Art of the Steal

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sun., July 8-11, 5:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., July 24 & 25, 3:30 p.m.: An un-missable look at one of the art world’s most fascinating controversies. A celebrated selection of the Toronto, New York, and AFI Film Festivals, Don Argott’s gripping documentary chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. 2010. Tickets: $7; $5 students and members Information: 518.822.8100;

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” 50th Anniversary Celebration

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m.: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” turns 50 and Oblong Books is having a party with trivia, refreshments and prizes. It’s also a fundraiser for the Starr Library and 20% of the proceeds of any merchandise sold during the party will go back to the library for collection development. Information: 845.876.0500;

Author Reading: Lauren Belfer

Merritt Bookstore, 7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, July 10, 2 p.m.: Belfer reads from her new novel, “A Fierce Radiance,” named one of Oprah’s 7 Books to Watch for in June 2010 by the June issue of O Magazine. Information: 845.677.5857;

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Film: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fri., July 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 10, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.: This movie delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects. A labyrinthine mediation on nature, beauty, philosophy, and Japanese culture that might just make you question if your ‘instinctive’ repulsion to bugs is merely a trick of Western conditioning. Like a detective story, the film untangles the web of influences behind Japan’s captivation with insects. Tickets: $7; $5 students and members Information:

Outdoor Movie: Fame

Pocket Park, 328 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, July 9, 8 p.m.: Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame. . .the kind that comes only from

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, July 10, 5 p.m.: Belfer reads from her new novel, “A Fierce Radiance,” named one of Oprah’s 7 Books to Watch for in June 2010 by the June issue of O Magazine. Information: 845.677.5857;

Author Reading: Joe Wallace, “Diamond Ruby!”

The Book Cove, 22 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling, NY 12564 Saturday, July 10, 1 p.m.: Local author Joe Wallace reads from his new novel, “Diamond Ruby!” chronicling the life and times of a girl who rises from utter poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bring. But fame comes with a price... Information: 845.855.9590;

Free Movie Tuesday: Les Choristes/The Chorus

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a choir, leading to the discovery of a young boy’s extraordinary talent. Original score by Bruno Colais. Tickets: Free! Information: 518.392.6121;

Author Reading & Signing: Lauren Belfer

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Wednesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.: Belfer’s new book, “A Fierce Radiance” is at once a thriller, a love story, a family saga, and a window into American history, evoking the pure essence of war-time New York. It portrays the tumultuous early days of World War II, when individuals clung fiercely to their loved ones, because no one could predict what tomorrow would bring. In addition, the novel recreates the era before antibiotics, when fatal infections were so common that parents could never count on their children surviving into adulthood. Belfer’s historical exploration of the origins of these life-saving drugs, whose efficacy has since been reduced through over-prescription and the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, is a natural segue to today’s heated debate in the medical community over antibiotic use. Information: 845.876.0500;

in her early drag queen days. Hunt died of AIDS-related complications in 1992, only 40 years old. Tickets: $5 Information: 917.502.4098;;

The ABC’s of Writing for Children

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Mon. & Wed., July 19 & 21, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Learn how to get started in children’s publishing from children’s book authors, Della Ross Ferreri (How Will I Ever Sleep In This Bed, Star of the Show)and Karen Kaufman Orloff (I Wanna Iguana, Talk, Oscar, Please!). Fee: $85 Information: 845.896.8038;

Launch Party: Bruce Murkoff

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Tuesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.: Reading, signing and book launch party for the release of Murkoff’s newest novel, “Red Rain.” Information: 845.876.0500;

Free Movie Tuesday: Singin’ in the Rain

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.: Who needs an umbrella when you’ve got love in your heart & wings on your feet? Not the incomparable Gene Kelly as he treats us to some of the finest moments in movie dance history. Tickets: Free! Information: 518.392.6121;

Guided Walking Tours of Millay’s Gardens

Steepletop, 436 East Hill Rd., Austerlitz, NY Thursday, July 15, 3 p.m.: Guided walking tour of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s gardens at Steepletop with poetry related to different sites along the way; conversation and a glass of wine at the tennis court. Reservations necessary. Repeats 7/22, 8/11 & 8/25. Tickets: $15 Information: 518.392.EDNA (3362);

Film Festival: The Best of G.W. Pabst

Ottaway Film Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursdays and Sundays, July 15-August 19, 7 p.m.: Bard SummerScape presents an intriguing series of German expressionism and American fim noir. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.758.7900;

Author Reading & Signing: Mary-Beth Hughes

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Friday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.: Celebrated author Mary-Beth Hughes’ new collection of stories, “Double Happiness: Stories,” is a seductive, deeply human and sophisticated story collection about the universal need to be loved and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us. Information: 845.876.0500;

The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, July 18, 2 p.m.: Author Jessica Max Stein, who is working on a biography of Richard Hunt, gives a 2-hour presentation that includes over an hour of Muppet clips interspersed with details of Hunt’s fascinating story as a Muppeteer who happened to be a gay man. Hunt joined the Muppets at 19 and went on to be a central perfromer on the international blockbusters Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock, creating such beloved characters as Scooter, Janice, Beaker and Statler (in the Muppet balcony), even briefly performing Miss Piggy

Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander played by Noomi Rapace

Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs. & Fri., July 22 & 23 and Thur.-Sat., July 29-31, 5:15 p.m.: Winner of “Sweden’s Oscar” - the Guldbagge Award. Based on the international best selling novel by Steig Larsson. Forty years ago Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, but her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate what becomes a search that leads to the dark underside of Swedish society. Double-feature! The sequel, The Girl who Played with Fire screens afterwards. Tickets: $7; $5 students and members Information: 518.822.8100;

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Film: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs. & Fri., July 22 & 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 25, 5:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., July 29-31, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 5:15 p.m.: The second installment in Steig Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” finds journalist Mikael Blomkvist about to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society. Join us for a double-feature! The first installment in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo screens beforehand. Tickets: $7; $5 students and members Information: 518.822.8100;

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Reading: Katherine Rosman, “If You Knew Suzy”

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.: Faced with the loss of her mother to cancer at sixty, Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Rosman spent a year investigating the life of a woman she only knew as a parent. Along the way, Rosman discovered another side to her mother—a woman whose life was intricately connected to a host of characters her daughter hardly knew. Information: 845.876.0500;

Conversations with Neighbors: Alan Chartock

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12017 Saturday, July 24, 4 p.m.: Meet some of the fascinating people who make their home in Columbia County and the Berkshires in a relaxed and intimate setting. This month’s guest, Alan Chartock - broadcaster, syndicated columnist, newspaper publisher, musician and President & CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio - in conversation with Steve Hamilton, author of the Alex McNight series. Reception follows the discussion. Tickets: $12 Information: 518.392-3693;

Free Movie Tuesday: Bells Are Ringing

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.: A nostalgic look at the New York of the 1950s when to have an answering service counted as a major status symbol. Re-creating her Broadway role of flibbertigibbet telephone operator Ella Peterson employed at Susanswerphone, a hole-in-the-wall answering service run by her cousin Sue (Jean Stapleton) this was Judy Holliday’s last screen appearance. Tickets: Free! Information: 518.392.6121;

Author Reading: Ann Hood, “The Red Thread”

The Book Cove, 22 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling, NY 12564 Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m.: Author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed “Knitting Circle,” Hood’s new book is already receiving rave reviews. Information: 845.855.9590;

Outdoor Movie: Men in Black

Outdoor Movie: Top Hat

Pocket Park, 328 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, July 9, 8 p.m. (or when it becomes dark, whichever is sooner): A musical comedy full of high style, romance, mistaken identity. . . and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing and singing 11 of Irving Berlin’s best songs. Tickets: Free! Information:

Pocket Park, 328 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, July 30, 8 p.m. (or when it becomes dark, whichever is sooner): In the 1950s a super-secret government agency was formed to monitor and police the activities of extraterrestrial aliens on the planet Earth. Some 40 years later a founding father of the agency, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), finds himself with a new smart-mouthed partner fresh from the NYPD who is soon dubbed Agent Jay (Will Smith). Their first mission is to save the Earth from destruction by a giant insect-like alien (Vincent D’Onfrio) that, incidentally, drives an exterminator’s truck. Armed with their matching Ray-Bans, skinny ties, and spaceage weapons, the new duo begin another average day of fighting intergalactic terrorists. Tickets: Free! Information:

Reading: Robert Kelly, “The Logic of the World”

John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Friday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.: Kelly celebrates his new book, “The Logic of the World and Other Fictions,” his fifth collection of short fictions. Information: 845.876.0500;

Ancram Opera House, 1330 Route 7, Ancram, NY 12502 Sat., July 31 & Sun., Aug. 1, call for time: Reading of John Ashbery’s contemporary poem, “Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror” by six voices. Tickets: call for information. Information: 518.329.7393;

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bright green Millerton Farmers Market

Main St. & Dutchess Ave., Millerton, NY 12546 Saturdays through October 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Locally grown greens, fruit and vegetables, meat, honey and maple syrup, eggs, herbs and flowers, baked goods, pickles, sauerkraut and kim-chi, yogurt and cheese, and live music almost every week! Information:

The Green Wave: Sustainability & Found Object Exhibition

Local pies made with seasonal ingredients, Hudson Farmers Market. Photo by Amy Brown.

Beacon Farmers Market

Sloop Clubhouse at the Beacon Train Station, Beacon, NY 12508 Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Fresh Produce, Meats, Fresh Flowers, Bread, Cheese, Wine, Gifts, Pottery, Baked Goods, Honey, Maple Syrup, Prepared Foods, Live Music. Information: 845.597.5028;

Chatham Farmers Market

Outside at the Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, 15 Church St., Chatham, NY 12037 Fridays, through October15, 4-7 p.m.: A wonderful community event with a wide variety of fresh, local produce and other locally produced goods, great prepared foods, kids activities and live music. Information: 518.392.3353;

104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 Through August 7: 10 artists work to communicate new meanings and interpretations about sustainability: David Borenstein, Rik Catlow, Deborah Colotti, David Edgar, Janice Gordon, Brooke Holve, Julie Kornblum, Todd Knopke, Patianne Stevenson, and Stuart Wagner. Sustainability here means utilizing and amplifying resources without depleting or destroying their long-term promise. Of course, this definition is broad and far reaching, as sustainability also resonates with environmentalists and eco-artists. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.562.6940 x 119;

Rhinebeck Farmers Market

Municipal Parking Lot, East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: This week’s special events: Jazz/Pop music with Brazilian flavor by Machan; community group, Astor Services for Children. Information:;

CEIE Third Thursday Series: Andrew C. Revkin

1820 Route 9 @ the Old Hettlings Farm Stand, Clermont, NY 12526 Fridays through October 29, 3:30-7:30 p.m.: Local seasonal produce & fruit, poultry, beef, pork, lamb, venison, american buffalo, ostrich, local dairy products, artisinal cheeses, baked goods, granola, organic mushrooms, wine, pesto, fresh pasta, seasonally prepared dishes, homemade soups, savory sauces, stove top jam & jellies, salsa, pickles & pickled veggies, honey, maple syrup, native plants, local crafters, jewelry, weaving, yarn, soap & skincare products, textiles, woodcarvers, pottery, paintings, and so much more! Information: 845.464.3598;

Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, 199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508 Thursday, July 15, 7-9 p.m.: Participate in a dialogue with Andy Revkin, Senior Fellow in Environmental Understanding at Pace University and former Environmental Reporter for The New York Times. His global perspective on natural resources, the environment, climate change and sustainability has led him to be a pioneer in multimedia journalism, blogging, podcasting, shooting still and video imagery for stories from far-flung places. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter as well, chances are excellent for a stellar performance by an award-winning journalist! Registration is required, Information: 845.838.1600 x 16;

Hudson Farmers Market

Woodstock Film Festival Special Presentation: Gasland

Clermont Country Farmers Market

6th & Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays through November 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Fresh, local fruits and veggies, baked bread, honey, maple syrup, meat, eggs, milk, cheese, mushroms, wine, locally-prepared foods and more. Events are planned throughout the season. Information:

Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School, Boiceville, NY 12412 Saturday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.: An important and timely exposé, Gasland, reveals the practices of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Developed by Halliburton, “Hydraulic Fracturing,” or “fracking,” has swept across the United States, opening up new territory in 34 states to extensive drilling, including the Marcellus Shale, a vast

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celebration that brings together everyone from local farmers, chefs and food artisans, to members of the community and sitting them all together to explore the connection between the earth and the food on our plate. Guests will enjoy a five-course family style meal prepared by Megan and Charlie Fells of The Artist’s Palate, using only fresh, local ingredients for the meal. Participants of the fundraiser will also be given a tour of the farm and will have a chance to view educational materials and exhibits set up about the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, food and farming. For more info visit web site. Tickets: $155/person Information:

Rhinebeck Farmers Market

Municipal Parking Lot, East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: This week’s special events: Swing dance music with Crazy Feet; community group, Sinterklaas - find out what’s planned for the 2010 celebration. Bring your baubles, ribbon, “jewels”, buttons, bows and other shiny stuff to donate for this year’s Crowns and Branches workshop. Information:;

Cooking with the Season’s Bounty with Chef/Author Amy Cotler

formation that underlies most of New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the New York watershed and the Catskills/Poconos. “Nowhere is it more important for citizens to see Gasland and get engaged in fighting unregulated hydro-fracking than in the Catskills.” ~ filmmaker Josh Fox Tickets: $5 Information: releases/2010_06_gasland.htm

Farm to Table Dinner

Katchkie Farm, 34 Fischer Rd. Ext., Kinderhook, NY 12106 Saturday, July 17, 1-2 p.m.: A memorable evening under the stars in the fields of Katchkie Farm. Taste the 100-Mile Menu showcasing the best our region has to offer and representing a commitment to celebrating local flavors while supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices. Co-hosted by Katchkie Farm and Columbia Land Conservancy. Tickets: $125-$150 Information:;

Rain Barrell Building Workshop

Fall Kill Partnership Gardens, behind the Family Partnership Center on N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 17, 1-2 p.m.: Build your own rain barrel. Workshop limited to 15 participants. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.437.5313

A Seat at the Table: Fundraising Celebration

Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Raymond & Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 17, 4-8 p.m.: The inaugural “A Seat at the Table” local food feast and fundraising celebration will be an al fresco dinner

Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.: This is the second of four in the “Locavore Way” series and focuses on Flexible and Forgiving Recipes and Improvisations for Your CSA Share. Tickets: $70/class Information: 518.672.7500 x 105;

Rhinebeck Farmers Market

Municipal Parking Lot, East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: It’s Tomato Day at the market and Gigi Trattoria & Gigi Market will prepare a delicious dish featuring local tomatoes. Tastings will be provided! ( Live music featuring the Willie Smith Jazz Trio. Information:;

Bringing Nature Home with Douglas W. Tallamy

Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpke., Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, July 30, 7-8 p.m.: If you have a yard, you can make a difference. Douglas W. Tallamy will discuss methods of turning your property into a sanctuary for wildlife by utilizing native plants. Copies of his book, Bringing Nature Home, will be available for purchase. Information: 845.677.7600 x 121;

Taste of Columbia County Bounty

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, NY Monday, August 2, 5-8 p.m.: This dinner matches the area’s best chefs with produce from the area’s best farms. Add in wine from area wineries, special coffees from a local coffee roaster, a silent auction filled with elegant selections, and the up-tempo music of Cathy Grier and her trio and you’ve got one terrific evening. Last minute tickets will be available at the door beginning at 5 p.m. Celebrate and preserve Columbia County’s farmlands. Tickets: $50, members; $75 non-members (includes membership); $25 kids ages 7-12; $10 kids under 7. Information:

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CPR: Conservation, Preservation and Restoration

Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through October 31: New exhibition showcasing 30 years of Conservation, Preservation and Restoration work at Wilderstein. A major focus of this exhibition is the process involved in the remarkable restoration of the exterior of the mansion. Recent conservation work in the dining room, entry hall and library, as well as the treatment of objects in the collections will also be featured. Tour tickets: $10; $9 students & seniors; children under 12, free Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: 845.876.4818;

Family Survival Series Workshops

Adriance Memorial Library, Ground Floor Meeting Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m.: The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County presents a series of family life skills workshops, this, the second in the series, is “Eating Healthy on any Budget”. Future workshops include: 7/20, “Credit and Debt Management”; 7/27, “The Balancing Act.” Information: 845.677.3445, ext 3303;

Dance History Public Lectures

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Thursday, July 15, 6:15-7:45 p.m.: “Hip Hop Party Dances: From BK to the Screen” with Emilio “Buddha Stretch” Austin and dancers. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

Critter Control: Outwitting Deer & Other Pesky Mammals

Hudson Athens Lighthouse photo by Paul R. Abitabile

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Tour

Departs from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 10, departs on the hour: Emily Brunner tells tales of living on the Lighthouse. Self guided or guided tours of the interior. Souvenirs, picnic table, 360 degree views of the Catskills and Hudson River. Tour time, approx. one hour. Tickets: $20; $10 children. Information: 518.822.1014;;

Summerfest 2010

Village of Chatham, Chatham, NY 12037 Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Sidewalk sales, informational tables for local not-for-profits, food, MacHaydn Children’s Worksho at 11:30 a.m.; Ghent Band at the Gazebo from noon-2 p.m.; Newberry Award winning author, Emily McCully at Chatham Bookstore from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Chatham Cornet Band at the Gazebo from 2-4 p.m. Information:

Antique Car Show

Locust Grove, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, July 11 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Take a step back in time as Locust Grove presents a car show on the lawns of the historic estate. Awards will be given to the top cars from each of the decades represented in the show. Tickets: $6/person, kids under 12 free. Information: 845.454.4500;

The Phantom Gardener, 6837 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.: One of the many joys of living in our region is the abundant wildlife. Yet you don’t need to allow rabbits, rodents, moles, opossums, raccoons, and deer to treat your property like one big salad bar. Neil Soderstrom is the author of the most comprehensive book on the control of furry garden pests, ranked by the Boston Globe as one of the 10 top garden books of 2009. Based on the latest scientific research and his own observations and testing of mammal behaviors, Neil provides guidance for every season, including fencing options, plant selection, sensory deterrents, scare devices, and live traps of his own design, based on low-cost repurposed materials. (Neil’s book will be available at the workshop for purchase and signing.) Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.8606;

Monastery Vinegar Festival

Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, 246 Barmore Rd., LaGrangeville, NY 12540 Sat. & Sun., July 17 & 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The organic-artisanale vinegars based on an ancient medieval monastic recipe are crafted from different types of wines and spices, as well as from pure local Apple Cider. These monastery vinegars, depicted in the NY Times, Food Arts, and other local press, are the only ones produced in the Hudson Valley following this ancient method. Well known restaurants, as well as some gourmet food shops, occasionally make these vinegars available to their customers, especially in NY State and New England. Present varieties include: Red Wine Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, Rose Wine Vinegar, Apricot-scented Vinegar, Raspberry Wine Vinegar, Pure Apple Cider Vinegar, and Sherry Wine Vinegar. Also available: Tapenade, Homemade Pesto Sauce, Chutney, Tomato Sauces, Salsas, Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, Relishes, and dried culinary herbs from the monastery garden. Also: books, plants, artwork and food products from other area vendors. Information:

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and historian Victoria Geduld. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

Car Show & Street Fair

4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; rain date, July 25: Car show, music, food, vendors, street fair and Chinese auction with great prizes. Presented by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Information: 845.229.8612;

Dance History Public Lecture

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Tuesday, July 20, 6:15-7:45 p.m.: “Staging the Spanish Other in 19th Century European Dance: Lola-Montez Between Romanticism and Modernism” with Dr. Claudia Jesche. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

Evening in the Garden

Martha Graham with Bertram Ross; US Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Division

Locust Grove, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, July 20, 5:30-7 p.m.: Immersed in color and scent at every turn, enjoy the gardens’ evening magic on this horticulture tour at the height of the season. Iced tea and lemonade served. Tickets: $6/person Information: 845.454.4500;

Dance History Public Lecture

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Wednesday, July 21, 6:15-7:45 p.m.: “From Martha Graham’s Revivalist to the Avant-Garde and Lincoln Kirstein: Merce Cunningham. 1944-1949” The Preacher solo from Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” with Oliver Tobin and selections from early Cunningham works with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Paradise Found: The Olana Summer Party

5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 24, 7-11 p.m.: The Olana Partnership’s summer partywith amazing food, spectacular views, and dancing under the stars, this is the not-to-be-missed event of the summer. Tickets: $85 Information: 518.828.1872;

Summer Magic Rhinebeck Antiques Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Held entirely indoors. The show is best known for its unique mixture: furniture, decorative accessories, statuary, garden, painted cupboards, tables, blanket chests, paintings, quilts, vintage clothing and antique jewelry, metals, books, weathervanes, vintage posters, folk art and more! Tickets: $7; discount card available on website. Information:

Bike New York Harlem Valley Rail Ride

Harlem Valley Rail Trail, start area at Eddie Collins Memorial Field, Millerton, NY 12546 Sunday, July 25, start times vary between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., depending on route choice: Self-paced cycling tour with start times based on distance. Enjoy incredible scenery and quiet roads, choose among five distances: 18, 30, 55, 75 or 100 miles. Festival at the end of the day at Eddie Collins Memorial Field with food, swimming, art fair, entertainment, fix-a-flat lessions, bike maintenance workshop, and informational booths. Tickets: Advance, $50; $25 children 14 and under; day of ride, $60/$30 Information:

Wonderful Weeds & Other Useful Herbals

The Phantom Gardener, 6837 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 25, 10 a.m.: Utility, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder: when it comes to plants, one gardener’s weed may be another’s medicine, and one gardener’s kitchen herb can be another’s favorite tool in fighting off the common cold. Let permaculture educator and simple-living blogger Anya Raskin open your eyes as she demonstrates how to concoct easy medicinal, cosmetic and domestic preparations from garden plants and common weeds. You’ll find reasons to cultivate plants you might not otherwise consider, and learn more uses for those you already grow - or weed out. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.8606;

Dance History Public Lecture

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Monday, July 26, 6:15-7:45 p.m.: “From Ballet to Broadway” with Oliver Tobin. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

The Baby Care Fair

Northern Dutchess Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, August 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: For new parents, children and parents-to-be, hosted by Neugarten Family Birth Center and the Northern Dutchess La Leche League. Featuring: experts hosting mini workshops on everything from childbirth, nutrition, breastfeeding and more; car seat checks; tours of the Neugarten Family Birth Center - and more. Information:


The waiting is the hardest part.

Over the past 25 years, the Neugarten Family Birth Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital has had the distinct honor of being one of the first to say “happy birthday” to nearly 17,000 new babies. This year, we need a little help celebrating someone else’s birthday—our own! To keep up to date on all of our contests and events, visit often.

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, September 15th, from 4pm-6pm 25th Birthday Bash at Northern Dutchess Hospital We promise it will be worth the wait!

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Hudson Valley Mercantile July 2010  

Hudson Valley Mercantile is a monthly lifestyles magazine highlighting arts and entertainment events throughout the mid-Hudson Valley, from...