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contents Summer Sizzles in the Hudson Valley Calendar begins


Seasonal Palette Calendar begins


Recipes for Remembering: History of the Julia & Isabella Chicken Cutlet by Meri Puccio


Take the Kids Calendar begins


Live! On Stage Calendar begins


Summer Camps


Long Days, Short Years by Brian PJ Cronin


Sounds of the Season Calendar begins


Readings, Signings & Screenings Calendar begins


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Mercantile a publication of

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

Contributors: Brian PJ Cronin Kristen Cronin Meri Puccio

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

On the Cover: ‘Top of Haines Falls,’ photograph by Larry Gambon, whose show ‘Wild America!’ is on exhibit at Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in the Village of Hunter through July 28. A selftaught photographer whose subjects are mostly landscapes and wildlife, Larry hopes that his photographs allows the viewer to gain a sense of the love, respect and wonder of the natural world that drives his photographic work. He will be giving an artist’s talk at the gallery on Saturday, June 29 from 1-2 p.m. To learn more about his work, visit

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summer sizzles in

Clockwise L to R: John Gallagher Jr. performs in the Powerhouse Theater Readings Festival; Annabella Sciorra stars in ‘Downtown Race Riot’, one of this season’s Powerhouse plays; pig racing is a favorite attraction at many county fairs; the Millbrook Horse trials attract eventing’s top talent to Millbrook at the beginning of August, photo by H. Gibbons; celebrate the 4th at one of the many area fireworks displays; the annual Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival takes place outdoors on the grounds of the spectacular Boscobel Historic site overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 Through September 1: In its 26th year, the critically-acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style. The festival takes place entirely outdoors on the grounds of the Hudson River estate, Boscobel, under a specially-designed tent theater. This year’s productions include King Lear, The Three Musketeers, and All’s Well That Ends Well. Tickets: $29-$75, depending on day and seat location; discount packages and subscriptions available. Information: 845.265.9575;

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

358 George Carter Rd., Becket, MA 01223 Through August 25: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). The Pillow is home to America’s longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, Jacob’s Pillow hosts more than 50 dance companies from around the world as well as 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, exhibits, films, classes, tours, and community events. This year’s dance featured dance companies include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Compagnie Kafig, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Shantala Shivalingappa, Companhia Urbana De Danca, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Ballet BC, Tere O’Connor Dance, L-E-V, Bodytraffic, Martha Graham Dance Company, and others. Tickets: starting at $22, see website for details; packages and subscriptions available; free outdoor “Inside/Out” performances every Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 6:15-7 p.m. Information: 413.243.0745;

Village of Red Hook Outdoor Farmers Market

Municipal Lot, Red Hook Village, NY 12571 Saturdays through October, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Local seasonal produce and fruit, poultry, beef, pork, lamb, venison, seasonally prepared dishes, local dairy products, artisinal cheeses, pesto, fresh pasta, wine, baked goods, jam, salsa, sauces, pickles, honey, flowers, herbs, local crafters, live music and more! Information:

Powerhouse Theater 28th Season

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 June 21-July 28: During an intense eight-week summer residency on the Vassar campus, up to 20 different projects are publicly presented, typically engaging more than 250 professional artists and theater students. Plays, musicals, and screenplays are presented in a variety of forms: readings, workshops, and fully staged productions. The line-up of new works for the 29th Powerhouse season includes a musical by actor, writer, and prolific Grammy Award® winner Steve Martin and fellow musician Edie Brickell, as well as the latest from Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Broadway’s In the Heights (full season calendar available online). Information: 845.437.5599;

MHV 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Rhinebeck Branch, 6567 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Wednesday, June 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Help MHV celebrate 50 years of serving the Mid-Hudson Valley. Bring the whole family for free food, fun and giveaways. Featuring two special promotions for two hours only. Spin theWheel of Amazing Rates and pick up a cupon for an exclusive discount on loans. Information:

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Clockwise L to R: Irish step dancers perform at the International Celtic Festival at Hunter Mountain, photo courtesy Great Northern Catskills of Greene County; Dutchess County Fair midway ride, photo by Joel Weisbrod; Bash Bish Falls in Copake is a favorite summertime attraction, photo by H. Gibbons; The YaYas will take the stage at this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in August; Stephanie Roth Haberle plays Margarita in Bard SummerScape’s ‘The Master and Margarita’; Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal performs at Jacobs Pillow Damce Festival in Beckett. MA, photo by Benjamin Von Wong.

Music in the Parks 40th Anniversary

Mills Mansion, Staatsburg, NY & Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., Mills Mansion: The Saints of Swing Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m., Mills Mansion: The Greyhounds Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m., Vanderbilt Mansion: Four Guys in Disguise, popular music Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m., Mills Mansion: Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange Program, international and popular music Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m., Vanderbilt Mansion: The Jim Osborn Orchestra, popular music Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m., Mills Mansion: Thunder Ridge, country rock band Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m., Vanderbilt Mansion: USMA Concert Band, show tunes and popular music Information: MusicInTheParksSchedule.pdf

Copake Community Weekend

Copake Memorial Park, Mountain View Rd., Copake, NY 12593 Thurs. & Fri., June 27 & 28, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 1-10 p.m.: Rides, games, food and family fun! On Saturday there will be a one mile Kids’ Run at 9 a.m., a 5K at 10 a.m., a parade at 11:30 a.m., 60 vendors, free kids’ activities, live music all day by local bands, demonstrations, food, and fireworks at dusk! Information: 518.325.5932;

2013 Summer Party at Thomas Cole Historic Site

218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.: Known as “the party of the year,” enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and fireworks, all while overlooking a 180-

degree view of the Hudson River. Tickets: $175 Information: 518.943.7465;

Beacon Riverfest 2013

Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.: Fourth annual outdoor music concert in the city’s Riverfront Park features a line-up with twice as many artists as last year, including: Chichi Libre, Higher Animals, Hollis Brown, Krewe De La Rue, Tracy Bonham and Friends, Matuto, Erin Hobson Compact, Mamie Minch and Her Business, Pontoon, The Beacon Music Factory House Band, The Costellos, and Van Hayride. Tickets: free, donations accepted Information:

Millbrook Arts Group Summer Concert Series

Village of Millbrook Bandshell, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturdays, June 29, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 7p.m.: Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for a night of live music under the stars. 6/29, Mojo Myles Band; 7/6, The Big Band Sound; 7/20, Thunder Ridge; 8/3, Long Steel Rail; 8/17, Chain Gang; 8/31, Chris O’Leary Band; 9/7, Stolen Heart. Information:

Garden Conservancy Open Day: Columbia & Dutchess County

Millerton, Stanfordville, Millbrook, Amenia, and Hyde Park, NY Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Visit Helen Bodian’s garden in Millerton; Zibby and Jim Tozer’s Uplands Farm garden in Stanfordville (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Roseview Dressage’s house and barn gardens in Millbrook; Belinda and Stephen Kaye’s garden in Millbrook; Jade Hill, Paul Arcario and Don Walker’s garden in Amenia; the 10-acre

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formal classical style gardens at Wethersfield in Amenia; and the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield in Hyde Park. Tickets: $5/garden Information:

An Old-Fashioned Independence Day

Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Thursday, July 4, 2-10 p.m.: 18th Century crafts, reenactors, music, entertainment, hot food. Tickets: $10/car Information:

Walkway’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Walkway Over the Hudson, 87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY | 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.: Walkway Over the Hudson’s annual family-friendly Fireworks Spectacular takes place as the City of Poughkeepsie celebrates Independence Day. Tickets are on sale for the “best seat in the house” when it comes to viewing fireworks; nothing beats the Walkway’s birds-eye view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s dazzling display! Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunset before the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 Information: 845.454.9649;

Mid-Hudson Balloon Festival

Locations throughout Dutchess County Fri.-Sun., July 5-7: County-wide hot air balloon festival organized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The festival begins with a dozen evening launches scattered throughout Dutchess County at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5. On the morning of July 6, there will be a mass launch over the Hudson River, with balloons taking off from the docks of the Hudson River Rowing Association. This year marks the return of the Moon Glow to Waryas Park -- launches take place after dark and feature a specially-treated balloon shining brightly against the night sky as it rises. After the morning launches on Saturday, July 6, the Chamber’s Health and Wellness Club is staging the first ever Freedom 5K in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson Runners Club. More details available soon at the Chamber’s website. Tickets: All events are free and open to all. Information:

Tannersville Parade & New Orleans Jazz Concert

Main Street & Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St., Village of Tannersville, NY 12485 Saturday, July 6, 3 p.m.: In collaboration with the Tannersville 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade, the phenomenal Trumpeter Etienne Charles and his Ensemble will march in the Parade and lead the audience into the Orpheum for a family friendly New Orleans Jazz performance. All

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are welcome to march in the parade and participate in this exciting celebration of our mountaintop community! Tickets: $5 Information: 518.263.2000;

Independence Day Fireworks

Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 6, 6-10 p.m.: Live music, food and evening view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson. Information:

Bard SummerScape

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 July 6-August 18: Seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, films, and cabaret. The hub of these offerings is the 24th annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 20th-century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. From ballet to chamber works, from sacred music to symphonies, the festival will explore Stravinsky’s long and illustrious career, along with many works by his contemporaries. Other season highlights include include Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia, an opera based on Aeschylus’ tragic Greek trilogy; a collaboration by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company celebrating Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring; a theatrical adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita; an adventurous film festival; and the return of cabaret at the Spiegeltent. Information: 845.758.7900;

Music Under the Stars: Independence Day Celebration Trophy Point Amphitheater, West Point, NY 10996 Sunday, July 7, 6-8 p.m.: Free concert by the West Point Band overlooking the Hudson River at West Point. Information: 845.938.2617;

Lecture: Douglas Brinkley, Franklin D.Roosevelt: The Renewal of America

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m.: Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley presents, “FranklinD. Roosevelt: The Renewal of America.” Following the program, attendees can visit the Roosevelt Library’s new permanent museum exhibits free of charge. Tickets: Free Information: 845.486.7745;

Belleayre Music Festival Bellayre Mountain Resort, Highmount, NY 12441 July 6-August 31: Dwight Yoakam and rock icons the Doobie Brothers highlight the diverse lineup for the Belleayre Music Festival’s 22nd season. 7/6, Dwight Yoakam; 7/13, The Manhattan Transfer; 7/20, The Doobie Brothers; 7/27, Belleayre Festival Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen”; 8/1, Catskills Mountain Jazz Series opens with Sammy Figueroa Latin Dance Explosion; 8/3, Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band; 8/4, Car Show benefitting The Belleayre Conservatory; 8/9, Piano Master Bill Charlap; 8/10, Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet; 8/17, song and dance legend Ben Vereen; 8/23, Belleayre Comedy Club presents rising standup star Harrison Greenbaum; 8/24, veteran funny woman Rita Rudner; 8/31, The Music of Pink Floyd: A Rock Symphony. Tickets: prices vary Information: 800.942.6904; photo: Dwight Yoakam

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Farm, Food & Music Festival

Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Fridays, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, 4-7:30 p.m.: Country farmers’ market featuring locally-farmed products & locally-made crafts, dinner fare and local live music. Information:

Free Friday Outdoor Family Movies

Pocket Park, 300 Block Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fridays, July 12-Aug. 30, sunset: Time and Space Limited in association with the PARC Foundation and the City of Hudson with additional funding from Columbia County Tourism, present free outdoor summer film screenings for the 5th year in a row. People are invited to bring a chair, a blanket, some popcorn, pizza or other refreshments and enjoy the show. 7/12, Young Frankenstein; 7/19, Percy Jackson & The Olympians; 7/26, Ramona & Beezus; 8/2, Like Mike; 8/9, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8/16, Adventures of Tintin; 8/23, Life of Pi; 8/30, Kung Fu Panda 2. Information: 518.822.8448;

Hidden Gardens of Amenia Tour

Amenia, NY 12501 Friday, July 12, 5 p.m.: Meet the Gardeners wine & cheese party. Mix and mingle with Hidden Gardens of Amenia garden hosts. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Self-guided tour of eight private gardens, and two technical gardens. Nationally know, prize winning plants and gardens. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.373.9953;

Annual Monastery Vinegar Festival

Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, 246 Barmore Rd., LaGrangeville, NY 12540 Sat. & Sun., July 13 & 14, 11 a.m.-4 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 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. During the festival there will be an opportunity for tasting and sampling the different vinegars, as well as an explanation of its traditional making and its long time fermentation process. Other food products from the Monastery farm, gardens, and kitchen will also be available for purchase, including: tapenade, homemade pesto, chutney, tomato sauce, salsa, apple butter, apple sauce, relishes, and dried culinary herbs form the monastery garden. Also, plants and perennials. a variety of herb plants, books (including the monastic cookbooks), food products from other monasteries and local vendors including bread and olive oil. Plus, original art work by local artist, painters, and friends of the monastery. Information: monasticvinegars.htm

Antique Car Show

Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, July 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Take a step back in time as Locust Grove presents an antique and classic car show. More than 250 cars from all automotive eras up to 1988 are expected, including early antique vehicles, cars from the roaring ‘20s, ‘30s classics, fabulous ‘40s, and plenty of vehicles from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Antique trucks, sports cars, and other foreign cars will be there as well. Awards given to the top cars from each of the decades represented in the show. All show

cars on the field by noon; judging begins at 1 p.m., award ceremony at 3 p.m.Tickets: $7/person; kids under 12, free. Information:

Bronck Family at Home with the Mohicans

Bronck Museum, Route 9W, Coxsackie, NY 12051 Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m.: Historian Shirley Dunn explores the relationship between the first European settlers and Native Americans. Tickets: Free, thanks to a grant from Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation Information: 518.731.6490;

Music at the Lake Summer Concert Series

Lions Club Pavilion, Stissing Lake, Pine Plains, NY 12567 Sunday, July 14, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m.: Friends of the Pine Plains Library brings back their Music at the Lake concert series. Pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and enjoy the beautiful Stissing Lake. 7/14, Big Joe Fitz and the Lofis plays blues; 8/4, The Greyhounds play rockabilly music; 8/25, The Kennedys bring a combination of rock and folk to their original songs. Information:

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Rd., Oak Hill, NY 12460 Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21: Four-day outdoor festival featuring a Who’s Who of bluegrass and acoustic music, dancing, workshops, family activities, camping, jam sessions, food, vendors and more. This year’s line-up includes The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys, The Steel Drivers, The Duhks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Monroeville, James King Band, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Milk Drive, 23 String Band, Berklee Roots Road Show, and many others. Tickets: full festival including camping, $170; day tickets, Thurs.-Sat., $55, Sun., $25 Information: 888.946.8495;

Movie in the Village

Firehouse Plaza, Village of Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.: The Village of Red Hook and the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce host an outdoor screening of “Back to the Future.” Free family-friendly community event -- just bring your own chairs! Information: 845.758.0824

FarmOn! Fundraiser Dinner & Festival

Copake Country Club, 44 Golf Course Rd., Copake Lake, NY 12529 Friday, July 19, 6:30 p.m.: Fundraising dinner on Friday held in the field at sunset overlooking Copake Lake and the country club to raise funds for educational programs and scholarships in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension for Hudson Valley students to continue studies in agricultural education. This year it is hosted by Zakary Pelaccio of Fish & Game in Hudson. He will prepare a meal using food from local farms. Tickets: $150, includes dinner, drinks, music, and local sundae bar. Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival celebrates farmers and strives to raise awareness about food choices and the benefits of eating local. Features local artisinal producers, farms and restaurants. Meet your farmer and learn about community supported agriculture (CSAs) and agricultural non profits. Live music by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Tickets: $20 advance Information: 518.325.9437;; continued on page 8 g

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Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials

632 N. Mabbettsville Rd., Millbrook, NY 12545 Fri.-Sun., July 19-21: Fitch’s Corner is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will be awarding $20,000 in prize money! The approximately 350 competitors are tested in three disciplines: dressage, cross country jumping, and stadium jumping. In addition to the equestrian competition, the shops at Fitch’s Market are open all weekend, plus there will be the annual Blue Jean Ball, Spectator Luncheon, and Collector Car show and parade. Tickets: Free for spectators; Blue Jean Ball, luncheon ticketed events Information:

Picnic in the Park

Palatine Park, Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m.: A day for community fun organized by the Germantown Park Commission. Local organizations will have informational tables, games and prizes, live music by Camp Creek Band. The day begins with a 5K. Information:

4th Annual Car Show & Street Fair

Old Stop & Shop Parking lot, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Organized by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Information:

Warrior Dash

Windham Mountain, Clarence D. Lane Rd., Windham, NY 12496 Saturday, July 27: Red Frog Events and Windham Mountain host this extreme 3.2 mile obstacle course throughout Windam Mountain’s terrain. There are 13 obstacles including high wall climbs, fire jumps, pond swimming and mud crawling! The ultimate challenge for extreme athletes. Information: 518.734.4300;

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Semiseptcentennial Sunday

Bronck Museum, Route 9W, Coxsackie, NY 12051 Sundays, July 28 & August 25, 1-4 p.m.: Join a costumed guide for a trip back in time 350 years to the Dutch “colonie” of New Netherland. Tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Tickets: $6; members & kids, $3 Information: 518.731.6490;

Ulster County Fair

Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 Tues., July 30-Sun., Aug. 4: Exhibits galore and a wide variety of demonstrations, petting zoo, horse show, agricultural exhibits, draft horse pull, racing pigs, fireworks and more! Headliner acts: Easton Corbin, Joe Diffie, Cook and Belle, Lost Trailers, and Jason Michael Caroll. Tickets: $15, includes all midway rides, shows & entertainment. Information:

Millbrook Horse Trials

Coole Park Farm, 1031 Bangall Amenia Rd., Millbrook, NY 12545 Thurs.-Sun., August 1-4: The Northeast’s most prestigious equestrian event with more than 475 horses competing at all levels. Top riders vying to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. The rider and horse compete at the division level appropriate to their experience, in three different phases: dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. Vendors sell horse-related items, food tents and ice cream. Tickets: free for spectators Information:

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017 Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 14th Annual Festival will feature early 19th century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music, entertainment for kids, and of couse, lots of blueberries! A blueberry pancake breakfast is held from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tickets: $6; kids under 12, free; pancake breakfast, $7; kids under 12, $3 Information:

Dodds Farm, 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY 12529 Fri.-Sun., August 2-4, all day: A three-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires. Main Stage concerts, all day and into-the-night dancing, craft village, international food court, workshops, song swaps, comedy, spoken word, Family Stage, Activities 4 Kids tent, more than 40 acts on four stages. Emerging Artist Showcase, on-site camping and more. Featured artists include: George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, The Clayfoot Strutters, Annie Wenz, Dan Navarro, Dar Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, Ellis Paul, The Grand Slambovians, Mary Gauthie, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Red Molly, The Storycrafters, Vance Gilbert, The YaYas and many others! Tickets:Fri., $45; Sat., $50; Sun., $40; 3-day passes available; camping available; kids 12 and under, free Information: 866.325.2744;

Garden Conservancy Open Day: Columbia County

Tour of the Catskills Pro-Am Bicycle Road Race

Austerlitz Historical Society Blueberry Festival

Canaan and New Lebanon, NY Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Visit Rockland Farm’s 10 acres of gardens in Canaan; and The Tilden Japanese Garden in New Lebanon. Tickets: $5 suggested donation/garden Information:

Annual Benefit Progressive Dinner

The Tannery, 437 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 28, 4-7:30 p.m.: Sponsored by The Museum of Rhinebeck History and The Rhinebeck Historical Society. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner served in the historic Tannery, a beautifully restored barn and house, with dessert at Sepascot Farm home and wheelhouse barn. View two privately-owned extraordinary sites in Rhinebeck, enjoy wonderful food and visit with friends. Tickets: $40 advance; $50 after July 22 Information: 845.876.2436;

Various locations throughout Greene County Friday-Sunday, August 2-4: The Tour of the Catskills is one of America’s premier cycling events held in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Held over 3 days, beginning with a Friday individual time trial, and two epic road stages on Saturday and Sunday in Greene and Ulster Counties, the event captures the essence of the history, culture, and scenery of the Catskill Mountains. The addition of the famed ‘Devil’s Kitchen Climb’ in 2012 re-established the event as one of America’s toughest cycling events for amateurs and professionals alike. The event draws hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators who line the streets and roads as racers pass through the region in an exciting parade of colors! Information:

The Wassaic Project Annual Summer Festival

Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Rd., Wassaic, NY 12592 Fri.-Sun., August 2-4, all day: A free, multi-disciplinary celebration of

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art, music, film, dance and community featuring more than 80 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, a new performance art series and much more. Camping available on site. Programming is cutting-edge, yet family friendly. Information: 347.815.0783;

Two Row Wampum Festival

Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m.-dusk: Bring your family and spend the day experiencing the energy and wisdom of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. Enjoy Native American music, authentic craft, storytelling, food and history as we welcome Two Row canoe flotilla to Beacon. The flotilla will consist of passionate Native Americans and other Americans rowing side by side as they make their way from Albany to the United Nations in New York City. Thousands of people will gather at the river’s edge to celebrate the very simple yet vital message of the Two Row Wampum Treaty: We will come together to embrace a commitment of friendship, ecological stewardship, peace between peoples and living in parallel forever. There will be live music by such artists as Annie Roland, Hugh Brodie, Kenneth Little Hawk, Mamalama Band, Pete Seeger and others. Enjoy a ceremonial bonfire. Tickets: $5 suggested donation Information:

Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Monday, August 5, 5-8 p.m.: Annual showcase for all that is great about food in the Hudson Valley. Attendees sample fare created by top local chefs using Hudson Valley products. Information:

Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert Series

Long Dock Park, Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Thursdays, August, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Popular summertime concerts overlooking the magnificent Hudson River. Presented by Local 845 in collaboration with Scenic Hudson. 8/1, The Latin Jazz Explosion; 8/8, Bill Malchow and the Go-Cup All Stars; 8/15, Tin Pan; 8/22, The Big Takeover. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273;

Hudson Music Fest

Hudson, NY 12534 Fri.-Sun., August 9-11: The Hudson Music Festival is a three-day weekend celebration of music with free performances throughout the city. The festival will showcase some of the best artists from around the region and beyond, representing all genres. Performances will take place in wide range of venues: nightclubs, restaurants & bars, galleries, tents up and down Warren Street, at the riverfront, and in the streets and parks in the City of Hudson. A complete schedule will be available on the website in the coming months. Information:

German Alps Festival

Hunter Mountain, Route 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11: Annual event featuring traditional German-American foods, Schuhplattler Dancers, entertainment, vendors, fun activities for kids and more. Fireworks display Saturday night. Information: 800.486.8376; continued on page 10 g

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Ancient Wisdom Rising 2013

Blue Deer Center, Margaretville, NY 12455 Fri.-Sun., August 16-18: A weekend of teachings, stories, ceremony to enliven your connection with nature and spirit. Gather along the banks of a sacred river to honor and learn with indigenous elders from around the world: Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Eliot Cowan (Huichol/Plant Spirit Medicine), Tom Porter (Mohawk), Eda Zavala (Peru), Sobonfu Some (West Africa) and more. Retreat from the city to Blue Deer Center in Margaretville, NY. Information:

Jazz Under the Stars

East Lawn, Olana, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, August 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Bring a picnic, watch the sun set, and listen to great music all in one of the most beautiful Hudson Valley settings. Tickets: $15; $5 children under 12 Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;


Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 Saturday, August 17, 7 p.m.: Celebrate the artist Albert Bierstadt with a tasting from local and award-winning breweries along with German food, music and fun. Details to be announced. Information: 518.943.7465;

Farms to Forks: Plant-Stock

Esselstyn Family Farm, 56 Willowdale Farms, Claverack, NY 12513 Sat. & Sun., August 17 & 18: On the Esselstyn’s idyllic 400-acre farm in the beautiful Catskills, “Farms 2 Forks” brings you the ultimate plant-strong experience. Plant-Stock’s mission is simple: take control of your well-being through diet and nutrition. Understand how food can be one’s medicine. Learn from world-class speakers how to implement and follow a plant-based lifestyle. The weekend will feature all the plant-strong heavyweights, including Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Jeff Novick and many more special guests to be announced. Enjoy delicious plant-powered meals. Information:

Hudson Valley Rib Fest

Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: The region’s larget and most unique barbecue food event for the whole family. Live music by country artists Chris Janson, Phil Vassar and Samantha Landrum. Tickets: $5; kids under 12, free. Information: 845.306.4381;

International Celtic Festival

Hunter Mountain, Route 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18: Entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and beverages. This year’s musical line-up includes Derek Wakefield and the Young Wolftones, Andy Cooney, Cherish the Ladies, Celtica Pipes Rock, Shilelagh Law and more. Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison. Fireworks display Saturday night. Tickets: $16; kids 12 and under, free Information: 800.486.8376;

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Dutchess County Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12571 Tues.-Sun., August 20-25: The second largest county fair in New York State with more than 144 acres of manicured gardens and grass creating the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays. Plus, giant midway, live entertainment, petting zoo, dock diving dogs, racing pigs, Hilby the Skinny German juggler, talent search, cooking demonstrations, hundreds of vendors, every fair food imaginable, and more! This year’s headliner acts include Larry Marshak’s Tribute to The Marvelettes, Platters and Coasters; Loverboy and Nightranger; and Eli Young Band. Plus JCB Dancing Diggers, Xpogo Stunt Team and FMX U.S. Freestyle Motocross Championship Series. Tickets: $15; kids 12 and under, free; $10 seniors and military w/ID; discounted ride tickets: 12 rides for $20 (must be purchased by Aug. 19. Information:

Kingston Festival of the Arts

Kingston, NY 12401 Fri. & Sat., August 23 & 24: All inclusive city wide celebration of the arts and culture. With the entire city of Kingston as its canvas, it is an invitation to creative individuals and groups from near and far to create and explore. Jam packed with exciting events for the whole family taking place across the city, and simultaneously with “A Taste of Kingston.” In summer of 2014, the Festival will increase dramatically in scope to become an 11-day festival. This year’s one-day Festival will be a sampling of what’s to come. The Festival kicks off on Friday, August 23, with a World Beat Dance Party at San Severia (Henry & Broadway). Information:

Old Austerlitz Music Festival

Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017 Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: “First” Old Austerlitz Music Festival welcomes all those interested in old time music. The day will be filled with opportunities to participate in both large group performances and small group music gatherings. Bring your instruments, your voices and your enthusiasm! Enjoy the company of fellow music lovers, singers and musicians. There will be gatherings for musical instruments and voice, jam sessions in the barn, Contra Dance lessons and a Contra Dance. Tickets: Free and open to adults and children. Information: 518.392.0062;

Columbia County Fair

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Wed.-Mon., Aug. 28-Sept. 2: Six days of end-of-summer excitement. Live music, Painted Pony Rodeo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull, midway, agricultural displays, arts & crafts, live animals, open horse show, Columbia County’s Got Talent show, contests, demos and so much more! Information:

Art Studio Views

Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Staatsburg & Tivoli, NY August 31-September 1: The 6th annual Art Studio Views is a free, self-guided tour designed to promote the artwork and talents of local artists in the Northern Dutchess area. Artists from Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Staatsburg, and Tivoli will open their studios to the public, share their creative environment, and help visitors understand the inspiration that drives their passion. Enjoy “behind the scenes” visits with the artists and experience the unique opportunity to purchase works of art directly from the artists. Information:

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Photograph by Karl La Londe on exhibit at Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon in ‘Leaving on Track 9: The Train Show’ through July 8.

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Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park

ACHP Gallery, 4338 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park 12538 Through July 21: “Summer Dreams,” all new art from the Collective’s 25+ member artists in painting, sculpture, photography, mosiacs, stained glass and more. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Information:

Bard Hessel Museum of Art

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 June 22-December 20: “Haim Steinback: Once Again the World is Flat,” an expansive exhibition of works by Haim Steinbach. Comprising a number of the artist’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, as well as a series of reconfigured historical installations and major new works created in relation to a selection of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, the artworks in the exhibition span Steinbach’s 40-year career. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22, 1-4 p.m. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.758.7598;

Barrett Art Center

55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through June 22: 2nd Annual “Half Your Age Show” featuring collaborative work by artists paired with a partner that is half their age (or twice their age). 2nd Floor Gallery, through June 28: Solo show, Dan McCormack “Nude at Home,” pinhole camera portraits. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & by appt. Information: 845.471.0407;

beacon artist union (bau)

506 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 7: “bau 102: Color and Dimension,” work by artists Carol Flaitz and Kirsten Lyon. Solo show by Laura Kaufman in The Beacon Room. Hours: Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.7584;

Beacon Institute Gallery

199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through October 7: “Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World,” photographs by Robin Dana. A vivid collection of images from the Hudson, Potomac and other watersheds around the world. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. Second Saturdays. Information: 845.838.1600 x 19;

Belvoir Gallery

3278 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY 12545 Through June 30: “Water Works,” featuring work by Claudia Gorman, John Pirnak, Jeanine Schoeffer, Brett Smith, Francis White and others. Featuring pastel paintings by Marlene Wiedenbaum. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.605.1130;

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery

The Courtyard, 43-2 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through August: “Essence of the Valley,” new watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso and Cross River Artists. Hours: Thurs. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and by appointment or chance Information: 845.516.4435; continued on page 16 g

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Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Permanent Collection: In addition to the permanent collection, Dia Art Foundation is currently exhibiting: Ongoing: “24 Farben – fur Blinky (24 Colors – for Blinky), 1977,” Imi Knoebel’s cycle of 21 shaped paintings. Becher Gallery, ongoing: A collection of 17 photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher will be reinstalled. Ongoing: Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” returns following a national tour that included the Arts Club Chicago and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculptural Garden. Dia acquired this series of 102 paintings in 1980. Presented as a singel monumental work, it demonstrates Warhol’s interest in shadows that engaged him throughout the 1970’s. Through February 17, 2014: A new installation of embroidered works and large-scale works on paper by Alighiero e Boetti selected from Dia’s collection. Admission: $12; $10 seniors; $8 students; children under 12 free Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100;

EB’s Hudson Valley Finds

41 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through August: “Local Color,” featuring the work of 19 Hudson Valley artists in the categories of painting, photography, ceramics/glass/mixed media, jewelry and furniture. Hours: Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.; or by appointment Information: 845.876.3020;


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143 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 7: “falling into place: self portraits,” a first person visual exploration into the day-to-day life of a person with a disability, photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey. July 13-October 6: “The Gun Show,” curated by Neil Harris. Film Screening, Saturday, August 10: “A Son Down After Sun Down,” a documentary that looks into the rapid growth of gun violence in the areas of Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, followed by a talk with the director and guests. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information:

College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through June 30: “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation,” a groundbreaking survey exhibition organized by the museum that will bring together Polaroid pictures by 39 artists and collectives from 1972 through the present. Among the many wellknown artists whose work will be featured are Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and William Wegman. July 12-September 8: “Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection,” exhibition of key abstract works from the Vassar museum’s collection tracing the evolution and development of abstract art from nine decades of the 20th century, through close to 50 artworks in such media as painting, sculpture, photography, and prints. The exhibition divides the art into three sections -- focusing on gesture, geometry, and pattern -- in order to highlight the different formal characteristics among these groups of works. Informal Gallery Talk & Walk-Through, Thursday, July 18, 4 p.m.: Led by curator Mary-Kay Lombino. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.437.5632;

Hessel Museum of Art

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Through December 20: “Haim Steinbach: Once Again the World is Flat.” Comprising a number of the artist’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, as well as a series of reconfigured historical installations and major new works created in relation to a selection of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, the artworks in the exhibition span Steinbach’s 40-year career. Guided public tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. during the summer. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.758.7598;

Howland Cultural Center

477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 July 6-28: Annual Member-Artists of the Howland Cultural Center Exhibition, featuring the work of 39 artists: paitnings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and fabric art.

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Re-Imaging #12, photographic assemblage by Yale Epstein.

Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market St., Ste 301, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through August 11: Solo exhibition, “Yale Epstein: Re-Imaginings: ReContextualized Photographs.” Two years in the making, Yale Epstein’s solo exhibition of new work represents a dramatic change in direction for an artist known as a master print maker and painter. Using photographs drawn from his many travels in and outside of the United States, his keen, perceptive eye for design and high craftsmanship have created a stunning series of photo-collages. The exhibit features 24 pieces from this series in the main gallery, and new and recent, related works by the artist, in the back gallery. An exhibition catalog is a companion to the show, which will be traveling to various venues in Italy and the United States during the coming year. Artist Talk: July 27, 5-7 p.m. Meet Yale Epstein and hear his thoughts on his latest work. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. and by appointment or chance. Open until 8 p.m. third Saturday of month Information: 845.876.7578;

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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 3-5 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.831.4988;

Hudson Beach Glass

162 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 28: “New York Water Towers,” photographs by Ronnie Farley. Through this exhibition of her large digital black-and-white and color photographs, smaller gelatin silver prints, a grid of 55 small paintings, and a partially reconstructed water tank, Farley’s work encourages a more visceral approach to water, away from commoditization and towards the sacred. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Second Saturday until 9 p.m. Information: 845.440.0068;

Matteawan Gallery

Rhinebeck Bank

1476 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Through July 30: “BeaconArts @ the Bank: Gail Robinson,” exhibition of paintings by the artist. Information: 845.831.0300;

RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 Through July 8: “Leaving on Track 9: The Train Show,” featuring photography by Karl LaLonde and paintings by Peter Tassone. July 13-August 4: “Celebrating 10 Years: RiverWinds Artist Group Show.” Artist Reception & Anniversary Party: July 13, 5-8 p.m. Hours: Wed.-Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880;

RiverWinds Gallery @ Wells Fargo Advisors

464 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through June 29: “Greg Slick: New Work,” abstact paintings and works on paper. Slick will be introducing a new artist’s book titled Head Arrangement that focuses on his recent series of gouaches. On view are works from the 16-piece series of gouaches on paper titled Head Arrangement. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun. by appt. Information: 845.440.7901;

6423 Montgomery St., Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through July 22: “Along the Hudson,” a group exhibit celebrating the Hudson Valley, the River and its environs. Images are from New York City up to the Hudson-Athens area. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.838.2880;

The Mid-Hudson Heritage Center

Tastes Like Chicken Skateboard Shop, 380 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 11: “Sigils,” work by Randy Aragon. Reminiscent of Rorschach imagery, Sigils is an exploration of symmetry and mathematical concepts seen in ancient Greece. Sigils are used for casting spells as well as the creation of thought forms—often abstract and chaotic—however, in Randy’s work, the equilibrium of his artistic process is found in the fusion of hard line angles, ink and water color to portray what is intrinsically an algorithmic design. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.464.3230;

317 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through June 28: “Change and Transformation: Asian Art and Heritage in the Hudson Valley,” Hudson Valley artists of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean descent present aspects of their cultures and traditions through a variety of media. July-August: “Textures,” an exhibition exploring the overlap of art and handicraft and featuring textiles and ceramics, works of art in forms that originated from practical necessity. The exhibiting artists have created works that defy and transcend original purpose and achieve aesthetic delight. Examine the fine and changing line between craft and objet d’art. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: 845.214.1113;

Montgomery Row

6423 Montgomery St., 2nd Flr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through July 27: “As the Crow Flies,” a solo exhibition of aerial landscapes of the Hudson River Valley by Linda T. Hubbard. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543;

Red Hook CAN/Artist’s Collective Gallery

7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Through November 20: “Sculpture Expo 2013,” outdoor juried sculpture exhibition featuring a series of eight large, mixed media sculptures in the Village of Red Hook. A mapped walking tour of the sculpture circuit will take viewers along the paths of schools and markets, businesses and green areas and into a direct experience of art through a physically transformed landscape. Through July 21: “Exploring the Third Dimension,” sculpture and other three dimensional art exhibit held in conjunction with the “Sculpture Expo 2013.” Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. and by appt Information:;

Short Walls Gallery

Theo Ganz Studio

149 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 July 7: “Symbiosis,” sculptures by Insun Kim. Over the years Kim has worked with clay, wax and plaster but her true love is working with metal. While some of her pieces are cast, most of her work is fabricated with metal and various found objects. Hours: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and by appointment Information: 917.318.2239;

Tivoli Artists Co-op

60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Through June 23: “No Constraints,” art exhibit including fiber art, sculpture, paintings and more by Hudson Valley artists. June 28-30: Pop-Up Art Sale and Show. Small works in a variety of mediums including monotypes, oil paintings, photography, etc. July 5-28: “The Allure of Water,” featuring work by Gregory Martin and Tarryl Gabel. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.757.2667;

Vassar College Art Library

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through August 15: “Franc Palaia Solo Exhibition,” a solo survey show featuring 40 years’ worth of Palaia’s artist books. Information: continued on page 18 g

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The Wassaic Project

Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Rd., Wassaic, NY 12592 Through September 2: “Homeward Found,” work by more than 80 emerging artists in a former grain elevator, the historic seven story Maxon Mills building. Featured artists include Jonathan Schipper, Louie Hinnen (top floor installation), Kevin Cyr, Ghost of a Dream, R. Justin Stewart, Sarah Hardesty, Amelia Biewald and Rachel Barrett. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 347.815.0783;

X on Main Contemporary Art Gallery

159 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through July 28: “Between The Scenes: New Photographs by Ron English. World renowned Pop Surrealist and Street Artist Ron English will exhibit his first new series of photographs in 25 years. Information:

Co lum b ia 510 Warren St. Gallery

510 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through June 30: “An Asian Journey,” new mixed media paintings by Doris Simon. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.0510;

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 7: Two exhibits: “Abstracts,” a new series of sophisticated, light-saturated abstract collages by James O’Shea; “Soft Focus: Paintings and Photographs,” in which artists explore the depiction of light as it transforms and blurs. Featuring work by Chad Kleitsch, Betsy Weis, Jeri Eisenberg, Lynn Butler, Lori Van Houten, and paintings by Patty Neal and Bruce Murphy. July 11-August 11: “The Summer Exhibit,” featuring landscape paintings by Leigh Palmer and photographic studies by Shelly

works on paper from “Across the Board” by Kenneth Polinskie will also be on display. Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915;

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

1 North Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 14: “Places of the Heart: Iowa, France and Columbia County” exhibition featuring the works of Julia Johnson Rothenberg of Canaan, New York. This selection of oil paintings of landscapes demonstrate her interest and love for the varied phenomena of naturefigural, sculptural and geological features of color, and the foundations of landscape. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.4417;

Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery

209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 28: “Colors of Columbia County Landscape Show,” a group show featuring the colors of beautiful Columbia County in every season. Juried by Joan Damiani, artist/photographer well known for her exquisite landscapes and for capturing the daily complexities of life. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213;

Hudson Opera House

327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through August 11: “Art Meets Art: Perspectives On and Beyond Olana,” curator Richard Roth invited contemporary artists to respond to Olana’s art, architecture, landscape and views. Works are at the Hudson Opera House and at the Coachman’s House Gallery at Olana. Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438;

John Davis Gallery

362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 June 20-July 14: Craig Olson’s new paintings will be in the front galleries. Jon Isherwood will have three new works in the sculpture garden. The Carriage House will have paintings by Jenny Snider, Gregory Amenoff, Peter McCaffrey and Jason Stopa. Reception: Saturday, June 22, 6-8 p.m.

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July 18-August 11: The Main Galleries and Sculpture Garden will feature Bruce Gagnier’s “Made for Bronze” sculpture work. Other featured artists include: paintings by Kyle Staver; an installation by Cordy Ryman; painted stones by Merrill Wagner; mixed media work by Tom Nicol. Reception: Saturday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.5907;

Joyce Goldstein Gallery

16 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 June 29-August 3: “Bart Gulley: New Works on Paper.” Information: 518.392.2250;

Limner Gallery

123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through July 28: “Tsunami Mommie,” paintings, drawings, notebooks, sculpture by Michael Jay Heinrich. Information: 518.828.2343;

Olana State Historic Site

5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery, through October 27: “Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin.” Oil and pencil sketches from Church’s travels to Maine. This exhibition includes works from Olana’s collection, and works on loan from private collections and public institutions. Tickets: $6; $5 seniors/students with I.D. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coachman’s House Gallery, through October 31: “Art Meets Art: Perspectives On and Beyond Olana,” a joint exhibition with the Hudson Opera House in which curator Richard Roth invited contemporary artists to respond to Olana’s art, architecture, landscape and views. The artists spent time within the iconic house and throughout Church’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape, utilizing the 19th-century painter’s home on the Hudson as muse. Artists featured include Peter Aaron, Marina Abramovic, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, R.O. Blechman, DJ Spooky, Makoto Fujimura and Annie Leibovitz. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1872;

June 30-July 31: Paintings by Frances Wells. Information: 518.794.6227;

Omi International Arts Center

Charles B. Beneson Visitors Center Gallery & Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Charles B. Beneson Visitor Center & Gallery: “Southern Exposure” by Larry Poons, considered to be one of the top painters working today.Architecture Omi, through May 2014: “Urban Gesture: Janet Echelman Sculpts the Space in Between,” a kinetic installation at the Visitors Center; “Drawing us out: Drawing in the Woods (for Lebbeus) by Architectonics Design Studio; “Omi Rock Pavilion,” a site-specific installation by Brian Brush, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP and founding partner of noted design firm E/B Office; “Interfere,” by Oliver Kruse in collaboration with students and staff at Peter Behrens School of Architecture; “Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air: Augmented Reality at Architecture Omi, curated by Johm Cleater; “Alice Aycock: A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels.” Through October 31: “2013 Annual Summer Exhibition,” an installation of new and recent works by Nathan Carter, Tom Doyle, Paula Hayes, Allan McCollum and Erwin Wurm. Year ‘round, The Fields Sculpture Park, during daylight hours: 120+ acres of contemporary art. Information: 518.392.4747;

Roe Jan Community Library

9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 Through mid July: “Personally: A Gathering of Figurative Drawings and Paintings” work by Maj Kalfus. Information: 518.325.4101;

Spencertown Academy Arts Center

790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 Through June 30: “Beauty and the Feast,” gallery exhibition by artist Ellen Hoverkamp. Ms. Hoverkamp creates her scanner photographs by arranging selected botanical cuttings on the glass plate of a digital scanner. The resulting images are simply stunning. Information: 518.392.3693;

Old Chatham Country Store Cafe Gallery

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Davis orton gallery 114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 June 28-July 28: Tamara Staples, “The Magnificent Chicken,” photography; Rebecca Doughty, “Ink,” ink on velum and paper; Portfolio Showcase: Dianne Yudelson, “Antique Aviary,” and Jim Nickelson, “Hope Elephants.” Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.697.0266; ‘Blue Cochin Bantam’ photo by Tamara Staples.

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Upstairs Gallery @ American Glory BBQ

342 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through August 18: “Heaven Above - Earth Below,” featuring the works of West Taghkanic artist Valerie Hoffmann. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Information:;

Gr e e n e GCCA Catkill Gallery

398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Upstairs Gallery, through July 27: “Jerry Miller, Street Photographer.” A memorial exhibition by Palenville artist Jerry Miller (1931-2011) curated by fellow photographers Jill and Dan Burkholder. Through July 27: “Plowshares, Living Close to the Land,” group photography exhibit. Participants utilize the fine art and documentary photography exploding old concepts of beauty and the sublime, sharing their love of place while simultaneously exploring the creative possibilities of the photographic medium, from tin types to iPhone imagery. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.943.3400;

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery

Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main St., Village of Hunter, NY 12442 Through July 28: “Wild America! Photography by Larry Gambon.” Larry Gambon’s photography displays his love of nature, even when nature is savage and uncompromising. The moments he captures when a bear or a wolf stares calmly into the lens, or the instant a pair of stallions engage in battle, or an eagle takes wing, bespeak the patience and discretion of the skilled observer’s passion for his subject. Artist Talk: Saturday, June 29, 1-2 p.m. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m. and by appt or chance Information: 518.263.2060;

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will be invited to play upon a gallery-selected quote. This month’s quote is, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” ~ Rumi July 12-August 18: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Information: 518.589.7500;

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 Through November 3: “Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England.” While Bierstadt is best known for his iconic images of the American West, this exhibition will offer a rare chance to see the artist’s faithful depictions of botanical and geological details in the unspoiled wilderness, mountains, and meadows in the White Mountains, Hudson Valley, and in New England and New York. Hours: Through November., Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $10; $9 seniors; kids 12 and under, free; grounds, visitor center and gift shop, free and open to the public. Information: 518.943.7465;

Workshops & Special Events Plein Air Art Club

Columbia County locations Saturdays, June 22 & 29: This newly formed Columbia County Saturday morning Plein Air Art Club will tour Columbia County land conservancy sites throughout the summer. Events are free and open to all, but no instruction will be provided. Artists must bring in and carry out their own supplies. Young children must be accompanied by adults. 6/22: Drowned Lands Conservation Area, Ancram; 6/29, Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area, Ancram. Information: 518.671.6213;

Say What? Contemporary Art Gallery

6042 Main St., Tannersville, NY 12485 Through July 8: The mission of Say What? Contemporary Art Gallery is to pair visual expression with the written word. Each month artists

M Gallery 350 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 July 13-August 31: “Retrospective: Works by Patrick Milbourn,” a 30-year retrospective of artist Patrick Milbourn’s career in illustration. Patrick is an award-winning artist whose work has appeared in many notable magazines – The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Flying Magazine, Golf Illustrated, etc., as well as on book jackets produced by Ballantine, Fawcett, Random House. The show features selected original paintings paired with the printed work it appeared with in the publication itself. It’s a fun, humourous and informative offering of works featuring politics, theatre, sports and the rich and famous! Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m. and by appt or chance Information: 518.943.0380; ‘Brits Without’ by Patrick Milbourn. Photo submitted

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Cat’n Around Catskill During the Dog Days of Summer

Main Street, Village of Catskill, NY 12414 Through September: This is the 7th year for the famous Catskill cats. Juried artists decorate fiberglass cats (and this year, dogs too), which will then be displayed throughout the Town and Village of Catskill, and auctioned on Septemer 28, at the Auction & Gala. Profits from the auction support arts education, participating artists, animal welfare, local not-for-profits, and local food banks. Information:

The Wassaic Project: Last Saturdays

Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Rd., Wassaic, NY 12592 Saturdays, June 29, July 27, August 31, 3-5 p.m.: Artists in Residence open studios on the last Saturday of every month in the repurposed livestock auction barn. Ten artists each month, who are participating in the Wassaic Artist Residency program, share their work and experiences. Information: 347.815.0783;

Community Free Day

Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 13: Residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester are invited to explore the museum free of charge. Driver’s license or other government-issued ID necessary. Information: 845.440.0100;

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.: Frances Richard on Louise Lawler. Tickets: Free with museum admission Information: 845.440.0100;

Creative Process: Artist Dialogue with Robin Dana

Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 13, 5 p.m.: Join photographer Robin Dana at the Beacon Institute’s Gallery as she discusses the inspiration and creative process behind her photography. Pre-register via email: Information:

Second Saturday Beacon

Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 13, noon-9 p.m.: A city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month when galleries and shops stay open until 9 p.m. Gallery openings, music are just some of the ongoing events. Information:

Reused, Renewed, Repurposed Jewelry Workshop

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Mon.-Fri., July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Everyone has a piece of jewelry that’s been inherited, gifted or broken that we just don’t wear anymore. This is your chance to learn how to recreate this item and make a personal statement piece to add to your collection. Led by artist Emma Crawford. Fee: $50 per session Information: 845.592.0170;

Masters on Main Street: Eastern Standard: Indirect Lines to the Hudson River School

300 and 400 blocks of Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414 July 20-September 20: Curated by Kate Menconeri, Exhibitions and Collections Manager at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, this storefront exhibition includes siteworks by contemporary artists who draw on the landscapes and artists of the Hudson River School with shared interests in the environment and development, wildness and the sublime. Paintings, photographs and site specific works will be installed in vacant storefronts along the 300 and 400 blocks of Catskill’s Main Street. Reception: Saturday, July 20, noon-4 p.m. Gourmet street food will be available from Hudson Valley food trucks that will be on hand for the reception. Information:

Hudson River Exchange: Made + Collected!

Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: This curated, independent craft fair, whose artists are drawing on the mercantile history of the Hudson River, will showcase contemporary local craft, design, art, and a selection of vintage wares. Also represented will be an excellent selection of food vendors, community organizations, and great live music. Free admission. The inclusion of vintage sellers highlights the importance of finely crafted objects and promotes sustainability. It will be a celebration of all things handmade and locally sourced, showcasing the highest quality selection of makers, products, and projects to be found in and around Hudson. Information:

Queen City Arts Festival

Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 20: Featuring artists, musicians, local food makers and restaurants in a festive atmosphere along Poughkeepsie’s Main Street. Organized by the Dutchess County Arts Council. Information:

Arts Power Portfolio with Randi Chalfin

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Mon.-Fri., July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: High school/ precollege summer portfolio workshop with artist Randi Chalfin. Need help developing a portfolio for art school or college admission? Each one week session begins with a review of your existing work to ge a feel for your skills and aptitude, discussion of your interest and possible college and career goals, and determination of new work necessary for admissions to the college(s) of your choice. Participants will also create an artist’s statement/essay. Chalfin is a fine artist and arts educator. Fee: $100 per session Information: 845.462.2216;


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recipes for remembering

History of the Julia & Isabella Chicken Cutlet by Meri Puccio My friend Theresa lived in a railroad apartment in a tenement building in Bushwick, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. I lived a few blocks away in a four room wooden house built in 1899, so getting buzzed into the dark hallway, with polished wooden banisters and wallpaper from another time, was a novelty for me. Walking past the second floor landing, ascending to the third floor where Theresa lived, was like walking into an aromatic cloud of garlic sauteeing or meatballs being browned and just about ready to be plunked into a steaming pot of bubbling tomato sauce. I’d go to Theresa’s after school under the guise of doing homework, but instead we’d play 45’s by the Four Tops or The Temptations and talk about boys. Connie, Theresa’s mother, would greet us with samples of fried eggplant, or a slice of potato and eggs flavored with slivers of garlic (now called Fritatta). The apartment was bright and busy. From the kitchen windows you could see the backs of the tenements. Clothes lines crisscrossed ‒ crowded with work clothes, pajamas, underwear, sheets, and towels. And everything was fastened to the weathered rope line by worn wooden clothes pins that would double as toy soldiers for little boys. Below were kitchen gardens crammed with any vegetable that could or would grow there, decaying sheds, or heaps of debris. Connie’s kitchen was painted a high gloss white that was as shiny as egg whites beaten just the right way for an angel food cake. An olive green enamel top table with four matching chairs fit nicely between the two windows in the kitchen. A painting of The Blessed Virgin Mary wearing the blue veil hung on the wall over the kitchen table on which many a delicious meal was consecrated. Theresa’s mother, Connie, was a prolific cook. She was a short woman with a big smile, light olive skin and dark curly hair. There was amusing disarray in her kitchen ‒ sheets of aluminum foil taped up behind the stove to protect the walls from spatters, wooden spoons of all shapes and sizes used to stir and keep order in the house, a colander of salted eggplant draining and ready to be turned into caponata, Sicilian olives marinating in her husband Frank’s father’s vinegar made from homemade wine – but my favorite was the brown paper bag torn open and laid flat on the counter next to the heating frying pan full of shimmering olive oil, waiting to receive the chicken cutlets that were fried and put there to absorb any excess oil. Chicken cutlets were a staple in just about every household in the neighborhood. Some were better than others, and Connie’s were superb. In fact, they were irresistible. Crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Chicken breast bought at the butcher shop, sliced and pounded while you waited. Homemade breadcrumbs from the bread store up the corner. Flecks of parsley and hints of romano. Not too thick, and not too thin. Coming out of the hot olive oil and onto the brown paper, the first cutlet would be torn apart and shared even though it was almost too hot to handle. You just couldn’t help yourself. They were irresistible and they were always there for the eating. Seemed like everyone was eating chicken cutlets ‒ with a squeeze of fresh lemon, a big bowl of salad, or a little broccoli. Leftover chicken cutlets made delicious sandwiches. On a piece of Italian bread, sometimes with lettuce and mayonaise, American style; or with sliced tomatoes slathered with good olive oil. But the double treat of a chicken cutlet was its transformation into Chicken Parmigianna. With a whoosh of leftover tomato sauce and some fresh mozzarella made by a friend’s father at the neighborhood cheese shop, this meal was sacred, especially if it was served with a little side dish of rigatoni. This humble presentation of the chicken breast bound us together in some nurturing way, spanning time and place, and made its way into the Julia & Isabella Deli that Ray and I operated in Rhinebeck in the ‘90s. The aroma of frying chicken cutlets permeated Market Street, luring in

the unsuspecting customers who might have been familiar with cutlets at some point in their lives. And for those who may have never experienced a cutlet, it was usually love at first bite. Our kitchen angels, Pedro, Jose and Chrisantos became experts at preparing the chicken cutlets. We fried and fried, day after day, barely keeping up with the demand. The tellers at the bank would tell us our deposits smelled like chicken cutlets. We sold them by the cutlet, made sandwiches from them, and took special orders. Hard not to love a good chicken cutlet. It is not a dish that people prepare too often these days ‒ we’re all so afraid of fried foods, of breadcrumbs and the like. But I guarantee you ‒ if you take the time and the trouble to prepare these cutlets ‒ you will be transported to a comforting and nurturing place. You will experience a satisfaction that is rare in today’s crazy world because there are still some things that are beautiful and perfect.

Julia & Isabella’s Chicken Cutlet Local ingredients are always the best ‒ local chicken, locally baked bread turned into crumbs, local eggs & flour, fresh local parsley!

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breast (take each breast and fillet it horizontally so you get two pieces of chicken ‒ approximately 6 pieces, depending on the size of your chicken breasts) lightly pound between two sheets of plastic wrap 1 1/2 cups of plain breadcrumbs ‒ please DO NOT use seasoned bread crumbs, EVER. 3 tablespoons of raw sesame seeds 1/2 cup of grated Romano cheese a very large handful of Italian Parsley, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to taste) 1 teaspoon of black pepper (more or less to taste) 1 tablespoon of garlic powder (I use Frontier organic), more or less to taste flour for dredging 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (you might have to go for a third egg) olive oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS After filleting your chicken and pounding it, rinse and dry well. Dredge in flour, dip into beaten egg and then into breadcrumbs. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of olive oil in a large frying pan. To test if oil is hot enough, drop a breadcrumb into the oil and if it browns nicely the oil is ready. When the oil is ready, carefully place your cutlets into the hot oil, do not crowd the pan and if the chicken is browning too quickly you must lower the heat to medium. Fry on one side until nicely golden browned, turn over and finish the process. It’s hard to say how long this takes - depends upon the thickness of your cutlet and how hot your oil is, but it’s pretty quick. Unfortunately, you should not use brown paper bags to drain your cutlets because they might be treated with insecticides, so drain on paper towels. Now is the time to take a taste! Serve with wedges of fresh lemon.

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take the kids

Up in Arms performs a new puppet musical, ‘Welcome Park’ at Cunneen-Hackett in Pouhgkeepsie on July 20. Photo submitted.

Bluebird Housing Youth Project

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat., June 22, 29, July 13, 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Participants learn about bluebirds and their special houses as well as taking part in constructing some bird houses. Bird houses will be on sale at the end of the workshop. All proceeds go to supporting the youth programs at TSL. Information: 518.822.8448;

Knee High Naturalist Program: Pond Pals

Schor Conservation Area, Pavilion, 58 Shoreview Dr., Canaan, NY Thursday, June 27, 10 a.m.: Explore the pond and the wet and wiggly creatures that call it home. Use nets to get a closer look at noisy bullfrogs, twitchy tadpoles, and crazy crayfish then make a frog mask to take home. It’s this season’s kickoff for the Knee-High Naturalist series – all events include story time, arts and crafts, an educational program, and free play. Upcoming: 7/18, Scavenger Hunt, find cool discoveries in nature; 8/8, Animal Autographs, look for animals and their ‘autographs’ in different habitats; 8/29, Where Butterflies Grow, magnificent monarchs @ Harrier Hill Park. Information:

Science Club for Kids

Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeystr Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Thursday, June 27, 4 p.m.: Scientists from Bard visit for some fun, hands-on science. The Science Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, and each week there is a different experiment. Information: 845.757.3771;

Family Canoe Trip

Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeystr Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m.: Paddle in Tivoli Bays with library staff and Brianna Rosamilia, DEC Environmental Educator from the Norrie Point Environmental Center. For families with children ages 6 and up. Pre-registration required. Canoes, safety vests, paddles and instruction

provided. No previous experience necessary. Information: 845.757.3771;

Toddler Art Exploration with Julie Carino

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fridays, June 28, July 12, 19 & 26, 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Artist Julie Carino introduces youngsters to the joy of art making. Free. Information: 518.822.1438;

Dan Liebel’s Reptile Show

Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeystr Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Friday, June 28, 6 p.m.: Summer Reading Program kick-off featuring Dan Liebel and his reptiles. Dan will be bringing his albino Burmese python, a 15ft. lavender albino reticulated python, an American alligator and other exotic reptiles. Snacks, games, prizes and a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Fun for all ages! This event will take place at the park under the pavilion. Information: 845.757.3771;

Firefighters in Action!

FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, June 29, 1-3 p.m.: Watch a live demonstration of a vehicle extrication done by the firefighters of Greenport Fire Department. This demonstration will show children how and why safety belts can save their lives in the event of an accident. Parents will have the opportunity to have an ID made for their child which will assist law enforcement in finding their child should they ever become missing. Meet real firefighters and do crafts with fire safety themes while having lots of fun! Information: 518.822.1875;

Graphic Novel Summer Workshop

Roe Jan Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 Saturdays, June 29, July 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Make your doodles into a story with writing...and a plot! Learn about your own

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personal creative process. Whether you have characters you have already drawn in your sketchbook or in your head, or doodles, we will learn the basics of making a double page spread for a graphic novel of your own! Ages (10-12) and (13-up) (we can make this into two groups if we have five teens signed up.) An interest in graphic novels and comics is important. Information: 518.325.4101;

Living History at Locust Lawn

Locust Lawn Farm, 436 South Route 32, Gardiner, NY 12525 Sat. & Sun., June 29 & 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Living History demonstrations, guided tours of the historic mansion, kids’ games and more! Tickets: $7/person; kids under 12, free. Information: 845.454.4500;

Storyteller Eshu Bumpus

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Friday, July 12, 1 p.m.: Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience with the telling of African, African-American and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery. He is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization weaving music and drama to bring age-old tales to life. Tickets: $10; $5 youth, 18 and under Information: 518.392.6121;

The Secret Garden

Red Hook Firehouse, 42 Fire House Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.: The Red Hook Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Kick-Off celebration features a performance by the Hampstead Stage Company of the children’s classic story, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “The Secret Garden” tells the story of a young girl, Mary, the daughter of wealthy parents, who is spoiled and foul-tempered. After the death of her parents, Mary is sent to live with her uncle. She begins to befriend the servants while unraveling the secrets of her uncle’s house and its mysterious garden. Information: 845.758.3241;

Fairy Houses

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: This session encourages children to see gardens as magical places to enjoy and explore nature. Using found materials such as sticks, twigs, grass and rocks, museum visitors will build fairy houses in nooks and crannies outside, around the museum. Part of a 4-part gardening series designed especially for families with young children, in collaboration between CCEDC Master Gardeners and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Information: 845.677.8223;

All About Snapping Turtles

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Rd., Chatham, NY 12037 Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.: Ever wonder what snapping turtles eat or what they do in winter? Join Casey Tompkins, wetland biologist and owner of Tompkins Ecological Group, and explore Sutherland Pond. Check special turtle traps to get an up-close and personal look at snappers’ behaviors, habitat needs, and diet. Get your picture taken with a snapper and then release it back into the pond. Information:

Predators of the Wild with Bill Robinson

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.: An exciting, interactive show that explains how birds of prey and reptiles have their own unique adaptations for survival. Learn the importance of birds and reptiles in the balance of nature, and how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. Live animals include birds of prey such as hawks, owls, vultures, and falcons as well as reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Tickets: $9; $7 children Information: 845.876.3080;

The Goat in the Garden

Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 13, 3:30 p.m.: The Ivy Vine Players Puppet Theater presents a cast of charming puppets in a delightful performance of “The Goat in the Garden,” an adaptation of a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Information:

Bring Your Kids to Meet Cats View Farm’s Kids

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Wednesday, July 17, 3:30 p.m.: Cats View Farm of Germantown is bringing some of their adorable kids to meet yours! Interact with the baby goats, and even bottle feed them. Cats View farmers will discuss the process they use to turn goats’ milk into natural soaps. Part of the Germantown Library’s Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program. Information: 845.537.5800;

Learn to Fish

Kayak Pavilion at Long Dock Park, Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Thursday, July 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation staff will supply everything needed to catch a whopper. Also learn about the ancient art of gyotaku - fish prints - with Scenic Hudson educators. Information: 845.473.4440 x 265; continued on page 30 g

League of Extraordinary readers Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.: Monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12. Kids will have the chance to meet their favorite children’s book authors, participate in giveaways, have snacks and fun at every event! This month’s authors include Kristen Kittscher (The Wig in the Window); Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm/Nerds); Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike Series). All events are free, RSVP required. Information: 845.876.0500;

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Off Leash for Kids

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Friday, July 19, 1 p.m.: A family version of Walking the dog Theater’s hilarious and imaginative improvisation performance where the audience gets involved in getting the actors thinking on their feet! Tickets: $10; $5 youth, 18 and under Information: 518.392.6121;

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Wednesday, July 24, 3:30 p.m.: Chelsea Benson from Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will teach kids all about these fascinating creatures. After reading a story about worms, the group will observe worms, have a worm race, and even make a worm painting! Part of the Germantown Library’s Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program. Information: 845.537.5800;

Children’s Play Day

Jamal Jackson Dance

Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Learn to play croquet on Clermont’s historc croquet courts. Recommended for children ages 6-12. Free. Information:

The Secret Garden with Hampstead Stage Co.

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.: The Hampstead Stage company presents the enchanting story of Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl who comes to live with her uncle in the English countryside. Based on the timeless novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Tickets: $9; $7 children Information: 845.876.3080;

Meet Smokey the Bear and His Forest Friends

FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, July 20, 1-3 p.m.: Does your child enjoy wildlife? Come interact with a local Wildlife Rehabilitator and her rescued wildlife friends and learn how fire destroys their habitats and threatens their lives. Kids will learn about match and lighter safety and other fire prevention skills. Smokey the Bear will be on hand to greet and pose for pictures. Kids can make Smokey the Bear crafts and learn why, as Smokey says, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” Information: 518.822.1875;

Welcome Park

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m.: The inhabitants of Welcome Park are excited about the new visitor’s center. Park Ranger Ned needs a staff that will teach young visitors about the four seasons Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Bunny thinks he and his friends Dog and Bee would be perfect for the job but Ned is worried because each has a bad habit that could interfere with them doing their best work. Can they convince Ned that they are right for the job? Up in Arms presents a 40-minute musical puppet adventure, plus Q&A with the artists. Tickets: $10 Information: 845.486.4571;

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Friday, July 26, 1 p.m.: Jamal Jackson and the young dancers participating in his week-long intensive workshop will present a program of African, African-American, and African-inspired dance accompanied by an African drum line. The Jamal Jackson Dance Company explores the connections between African and American cultures with energy, joy, and dedication. Tickets: $10; $5 youth, 18 and under Information: 518.392.6121;

Digging Dinos Stories

Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 27, 3:30 p.m.: Storyteller Diane Edgecomb educates as she entertains with her dinosaur adventures! Humor, science and audience participation make for a winning combo. Information:

The Little Mermaid

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 27 & Aug. 3, 11 a.m.: In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Performed by The Center’s Kids on Stage Performance ensemble. Directed by Diana di Grandi. Tickets: $9; $7 children Information: 845.876.3080;

Magical, Mysterious Herbs

Field Apothecary & Herb Farm, Main St., Germantown, NY 12526 Wednesday, July 31, 3:30 p.m.: Meet at Field Apothecary & Herb Farm for a program on the “Magical & Mysterious World of Herbs.” After reading from a children’s herbal book with Dana Eudy, one of the farm’s owners, explore the garden and harvest some lemon balm or chocolate mint for making tea. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cup or mug for a tea tasting. Part of the Germantown Library’s Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program. Information: 845.537.5800;

nurturing a family storytelling tradition with the storycrafters Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 13, 3:30 p.m.: The award-winning, internationally renowned musical storytelling duo, The Storycrafters, presents “Nurturing A Family Storytelling Tradition,” a multi-generational ‘playshop’ where families will be invited to participate in story games and storytelling. Fun for the whole family. This is the library’s kick-off event for their Summer Reading Program. Registration recommended. Information: 845.537.5800; photo: The Storycrafters, submitted

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live! on stage

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company Members perform ‘A Rite’ at Bard SummerScape, July 6 & 7. Photo by Paul B. Goode.

Pub Readings of Favorite Plays

Tivoli, NY 12583 Summer 2013: Tangent Theatre Company presents character-driven, contemporary plays at their Carpenter Shop Theater in the heart of the Tivoli’s village center. During the summer, they will be holding free pub-readings of favorite plays on select dates. For more information and for other upcoming news, please visit their website. Information: 845.230.7020;

Downtown Race Riot

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 June 26-July 7: There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight. Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year-old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive. Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (The Flatted Fifth, Servy-n-Bernice 4ever; HBO’s How To Make it in America) and director Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Ecstacy) bring us this electric portrait of a city and a boy in crisis. Tickets: $40 Information:

La Cage Aux Folles

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 June 26-30, check website for times: A long-together couple rediscover their love while their son discovers how much family means in this “mad extravaganza” that admits “just who is who and what is what” is quite a question at La Cage Aux Folles. Tickets: $29 & $30, evening performances; $28, matinees; $12 kids under 12. Information: 518.392.9292;

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Thursday, June 27, 8 p.m.: The hilarious new musical that brings the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters comes to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show cocktails then stay to meet the cast and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself. Tickets: $37.50-57.50 Information: 845.473.2072;

Hudson Air: Radio Plays

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.: An evening of live radio theater performed by members of Hudson Air, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Nancy Rothman and James Occhino directed by Andrew Joffe. This is the first in a series of live radio performances to be presented in alternate seasons by PS21 and Hudson Opera House. The programs will be recorded live for future broadcast on Hudson’s Community radio station WGXC. This evening’s program of comedy will include Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal, adapted for radio by Andrew Joffe, as well as the contemporary pieces: As In Aphrodite by Steve Somkin, At Your Service by Byron Nilsson, Hospital Corners by Nancy Rothman, Transubstantiation by Andrew Joffe and The Interview by Lora Lee Ecobelli. Tickets: $18; $10 youth (18 & under) Information: 518.392.6121;

Don’t Dress for Dinner

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 June 28-July 7, Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.;

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Sun., 2 p.m.: In this “gut-busting, hilarious” farce by Marc Camoletti (Boeing Boeing), Bernard’s plans for a rendezvous with his mistress are complicated when his wife decides to stay in town for a tryst of her own. This sets the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities. Tickets: $24; $22 matinees Information: 518.794.8989;

Girlfriend from Hell: The Musical

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., June 28 & 29, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 3 p.m.: The Castaway Players Theatre Company (The Wedding Singer) present Sean Matthew Whiteford’s critically acclaimed horror-romantic-comedy ‘80s rock musical. Tickets: $26/$24 Information: 845.876.3080;


Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 June 28-30; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: Written by Samm-Art Williams, directed by Jerry Maple Jr., produced by New Day Repertory Company. Tickets: $20; $18 seniors; $16 students; kids under 12, $10 Information:

Singin’ in the Rain

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 July 4-7, 10-14, 17-21, check website for times: “What a glorious feeling!” The most requested show of the season has the most famous dance scene ever, plus lots of laughs and romance as the “talkies” hit 1920’s Hollywood in Singin’ In the Rain. Flashy tap-dancing as only MHT can do it and a score full of fun songs Tickets: $29 & $30, evening performances; $28, matinees; $12 kids under 12. Information: 518.392.9292;

Spiegeltent Cabaret: Sandra Bernhard

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.: The utterly original comic, singer, and writer Sandra Bernhard opens the 2013 Spiegeltent season with her raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and cabaret. Tickets: $30-$60 Information:

Jekyll & Hyde

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 July 5-28; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: Currently being revived on Broadway, the musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create an evil counterpart. A theatrical phenomenon, this powerful show attracted legions of fans even before it began its smashhit Broadway run. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Book for A Musical. Book & Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Music: Frank Wildhorn. Tickets: $26/$24 Information: 845.876.3080;

Long Ago and Far Away and Other Short Comedies by David Ives PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 July 5-21, Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m..: Walking the Dog Theater is returning for its sixth season at the Tent with an evening of comedic short plays

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by contemporary American playwright David Ives. His plays’ verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor have made him popular with audiences and critics alike. The evening’s program includes Long Ago and Far Away, A Singular Kind of Guy, Dr. Fritz, Degas C’est Moi, and Arabian Nights. Tickets: Previews (Fri.-Sun., July 5-7), $20/$15 members & students; Thurs., $25/$20 member, $15 students; Fri.-Sun. (July 12-21), $30/$25/$18 Information: 518.392.6121;

Spiegeltent Cabaret: Justin Vivian Bond is MX America

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Saturday, July 6, 8:30 p.m.: Tony-nominated cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond returns to the Spiegeltent to offer a unique take on the American experience through the lens of a Miss America pageant. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Siti Company: A Rite

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sat., July 6, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 7, 3 p.m.: A Rite is a collaboration between choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and director Anne Bogart (a Bard alumna). Their respective companies of dancers and actors have come together to develop a contemporary response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece. A Rite explores the revolutionary context of The Rite of Spring, which premiered months before the outbreak of the First World War, and at the dawn of Cubism, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Part of SummerScape 2013. Tickets: $25 | $40 | $45 | $55 Information:

Agatha Christie’s The Unexpectd Guest

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 July 11-21, Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: In this classic thriller a stranger walks into a house to find a man murdered, and his wife standing over him with a gun. Enter “The Unexpected Guest” to try and help her. Christie opens a Pandora’s box of loves and hates, suspicion and intrigues as the murder is revealed. Tickets: $24; $22 matinees Information: 518.794.8989;

The Master and Margarita

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sat., July 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 14 & Wed., July 17, 3 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., July 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 20, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 21, 3 p.m.: A contemporary of Stravinsky, Mikhail Bulgakov wrote The Master and Margarita in the 1930s, but its satirical vision of the Soviet Union under Stalin was so acute that the novel was suppressed until 1967. The internationally renowned Hungarian film and theater director János Szász will apply his opulent theatrical vision to this new stage adaptation of Bulgakov’s beloved novel, now justly regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. Suitable for audiences 15 and older (contains nudity). Part of SummerScape 2013. Tickets: $30 Information:

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Bright Star

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 July 12-14: Renowned actor/playwright/composer Steve Martin returns to Powerhouse as the creator of this stirring story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, co-written with iconoclastic musician Edie Brickell and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago and Venus in Fur). Tickets: $30 Information:

Inside Look: Found

Susan Stein Shiva Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 July 12-14: Based on Davy Rothbart’s Found magazine, a new musical comedy about the things we’ve lost and the ways they bring us together. Tony-nominated Hunter Bell and Eli Bolin create the semiautobiographical account of Davy’s life and loves as he performs around the country and imagines the stories behind the discarded notes, diaries, love letters, lists, photographs -- all glimpses into someone else’s life. Tickets: $25 Information:

When the Lights Went Out

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 July 17-28: On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. Mozhan Marnò will be joined for her playwriting debut by director Kate Whoriskey (world premieres of Ruined, The Piano Teacher, Fabulation). Tickets: $40 Information:

Inside Look: Mother of Invention

Susan Stein Shiva Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 July 19-21: When Dottie Rupp’s children come to move her into assisted living, they end up having to deal with more baggage than just her Samsonite. As her memory fails and the truth about her life blurs, a mysterious stranger arrives and the Rupps face big questions: was Dottie more or less than they imagined her to be? How do we go on living after our own stories have disappeared? And where do we look for new ones? A warm-hearted comedy from the Emmy-nominated writer of Further Tales of the City, Word of Mouth, and the film Trevor and director Michael Wilson (Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man). Tickets: $25 Information:

Young Actors Summer Workshop: Life of Pi

The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 Sat. & Sun., July 20 & 21, 3 p.m.: Production students ages 5-8 perform. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.6470;

Les Miserables

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 July 25-28; July 21-Aug. 4, check website for times: The area’s premiere professional production. Tickets: $29 & $30, evening performances; $28, matinees; $12 kids under 12. Information: 518.392.9292;

The Taffetas

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 July 25-Aug. 4; Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: Take a musical journey through the fabulous ‘50s with Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna, four singing sisters in a nostalgic tribute to the sounds of Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. Featuring a hit parade of memorable tunes like “The Tennessee Waltz”, “Mr. Sandman”, “Lollipop” and many, many more! Tickets: $24; $22 matinees Information: 518.794.8989;

A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Hero Supply Company

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 July 26-28: Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever. Director Michael Mayer (Side Man, American Idiot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new musical. Tickets: $30 Information:

Oresteia by Sergey Taneyev

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., July 26, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 28, 3 p.m.; Wed., July 21, 3 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 2, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 4, 3 p.m.: Sergey Taneyev (1856–1915) defied tradition when he composed his musical trilogy Oresteia. Rather than calling upon Russian history or folk tales, as most Russian operas had to that point, Taneyev looked to Greek antiquity, basing the libretto on Aeschylus’ powerful trilogy—Agamemnon, Choephorae, and Eumenides—which chronicles the calamities that befell the accursed House of Atreus. This production at the Fisher Center is the first time this towering work has been staged in its entirety outside of Russia since its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Sung in the original Russian, Oresteia is directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, who returns to SummerScape after his acclaimed productions in previous seasons of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, and Emmanuel Chabrier’s Le roi malgré lui. Tickets: $30 | $60 | $70 | $90 Information:

Hilary Chaplain in A Life In Her Day

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.: Unconventional and outrageously funny, A Life In Her Day is a wonderful mix of physical comedy and serious theatre about a Jewish woman chasing the elusive promises of happily ever after. An original amalgam of Lucille Ball and Charlie Chaplin, Hilary Chaplain is a quirky physical comedienne. In transforming simple objects into human companions, Hilary’s character gets caught up in an alternate reality. The show is a lovely, humorous portrait of a woman who wants the same thing as everyone else – to be loved. Tickets: $25; $15 youth Information: 518.392.6121;

Summer Happenings July 8 - 26

June 21-30

join Emma Crowfard for a

New Day Repertory Company presents

Reused, Renewed, Repurposed Jewelry Workshop

HOME “New Day elevates social issues to new dramatic heights with HOME” Mike Hagerty of the Taconic Newspapers. Written by Samm-Art Williams & directed by Jerry Maple Jr.

For information call 845 485-7399

July 8 - 26

Everyone has a piece of jewelry that’s been inherited, gifted or broken that we just don’t wear anymore. This is your chance to learn how to recreate this item and make a personal statement piece to add to your collection. 3 oneweek sessions.

For information call 845-592-0170

email Emma at

High School/Precollege Summer Portfolio Workshop with Randi Chalfin. Need help starting to develop a portfolio for art school or college admission? It’s never too early. 3 one-week sessions.

For information call 845-462-2216 email Randi at

PLUS... Summer Camp with Star2B Performing Arts & Ongoing classes in Ballet,Tai Chi, Jazz, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Journaling & More!!

Massage, Reiki & Reflexology Services Available

cunneen-hackett arts center is a funded member of DCAC

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The curtain is going up...on a summer filled with excitement and the magic of theater at Star 2 B Performing Arts

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Summer Camps

Camp Ramapo

Salisbury Turnpike, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 A traditional summer camp experience for children ages 6-16 who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults, and who would struggle in a less supportive setting. The program is carefully structured to help children with special needs learn to live within a group, form healthy friendships, make good choices, develop self-confidence, and experience success. Information: 845.876.8403;

Camp Taconic

52 White Drive, Milan, NY 12571 Our theme this summer is The Amazing Race! At Camp Taconic during Summer 2013 we will be learning how to run the race to WIN! We’ll have the games and activities you love plus a bunch of new ones! Stay tuned on Facebook. Information: 845.758.8764;

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck offers one-week and threeweek summer camps for ages 5 through adult. One-week camps include Little Kids on Stage, Intermediate Stagecraft, The Magic of Disney, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Auditioning, Voice and Tech Camp. More advance performers will enjoy Performance Camp: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Contact Babette Fasolino, Education Director Information: 845.876.3088 ext. 13; Like us on Facebook: The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

The Community Music Space

The Chocolate Factory, Elizabeth St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Founded to provide a voice for music in the Hudson Valley, our goal is to prepare people for a musical life – refining and building skills for professional and aspiring performers while providing an educational center in the community for all ages. Learn about a wide variety of summer camps our website. Information: 845.444.0607;

Dutchess Arts Camps

Poughkeepsie, Millbrook, Red Hook, and Beacon Dutchess Arts Camps offer a creative and fun experience for children ages 4-14, focused on visual and performing arts. Your child will work with professional artists in an atmosphere that celebrates every child’s talents. Information: 845.471.7477;

Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp

2000 Frost Valley Rd., Craryville, NY 12725 Our summer camps provide people of all ages and abilities with enriching outdoor experiences. Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just 2

hours north of NYC, we provide access to nature, adventure, environmental education and fun. Information: 845.985.2291;;

High Power Soccer Camp

Community at Brookmeade soccer fields, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Camp is held June 24-28, and provides a fun learning environment for children of all ages and skill levels. Morning sessions feature skill development and competitive scrimmages culminating in a camp picnic and awards ceremony on the final day. Information: 845.876.4300;

Impact Basketball Camp

First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck Gym, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Held July 8-12, Impact provides an intense training camp for 7th through 9th grade boys. This is a demanding and rewarding camp for serious players, with highly competitive tournaments and a camp cookout and awards ceremony on the final day. Information: 845.876.4300;

Rock Band Boot Camps

Beacon Music Factory, 50 Liberty Street Beacon, NY 12508 Beacon Music Factory’s ever popular Rock Band Boot Camps are not only available for teens and adults this summer, but we’ve also just added a MIGHTY MITEY Boot Camp for kids ages 9-11. Register your kid (and your ADULT self ) to play in a ROCK BAND this summer. It will change your life. Information: 845.202.3555;

Star to Be Performing Arts Workshop

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 For ages 8 to 13, this two week long “day camp” provides an opportunity for an exploration of the craft of Theater. Each camper will be introduced to vocal techniques, audition skills, improvisation, scene study, theater games, character development, diction/projection, theater & dance movement, monologue work and much more. The workshop will culminate in a performance in the unique, 130 year old Victorian theater at the Cunneen Hacket Arts Center. Information: 914.804.3946;

Woodstock Day School Summer Adventure Day Camp 1430 Glascow Turnpike, Saugerties, NY 12477 This day camp is located in the scenic Catskill Mountains. African drumming, yoga, swimming and gardening are some of what makes our camp unique. The view of Overlook Mountain on a summer day from campus is stunning. For information on our list of specialty camps see our website. Dates: July 1 - August 9. Information: 845.246.3744, x 120;

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Long days short years by Brian PJ Cronin, photograph by Kristen Cronin I’ve been told that the concept of the “terrible twos” was a myth. This is true, if you use the Joseph Campbell definition of myth as “the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” A two-year-old knows all about inexhaustible energy. The change was immediate. The day before Cooper’s 2nd birthday, he was all smiles and hugs and kisses for everyone. When it was time to go to sleep, he joyously ran down the hall, jumped into bed, and instantly fell into a deep slumber. He was the most content one-year-old around. He woke up the next morning as a demon from the ancient world, a foe beyond any of us. There is nothing that can prepare you for the tantrums of a twoyear-old. They are not like the tantrums you see older kids throwing at the grocery store because their parents won’t buy Cookie Crisp. Those are logical tantrums. The kid has a goal (Cookie Crisp), an obstacle (parents), and a method (screaming) to wear down the second thing in order to get the first thing. If the parents break down and buy the cereal, the issue resolves itself. It is a delicate yet solvable equation, elegant in its simplicity. You cannot solve the tantrums of a two-year-old without resorting to superstring theory. The solutions are not of this world. Cooper began his birthday by screaming his head off about the spoon we gave him to eat his yogurt. Apparently it was too small. We gave him a bigger spoon. It was too big. He wanted the yogurt to be in a bowl, not a cup. We poured it into a bowl and he screamed “NO NO WHYYYYYYY.” My parents came over and took him upstairs to get him ready for his big birthday party. He screamed that his shirt hurt. Not, you will note, that the shirt was hurting him. The shirt itself hurt. We got Cooper to his party where he continued to scream and cry and give the general impression that his world was crumbling into ashes. Fortunately, he was surrounded by 25 other two-year-olds, so maybe no one noticed. Our friends all assured us that this was normal. “At OUR child’s second birthday party, he screamed the entire time and threw his cake at the dog and punched a cop,” they said. Still, I could not help but be nostalgic for the Cooper of 12 hours ago. After the party we brought him home for a nap and Cooper acted like we were sending him on a forced death march. He wanted to go outside. We brought him outside and he asked to go inside. We brought

You can do a rain dance, sacrifice a goat, read the tea leaves, and pray to Zeus, but the storm will follow its own course all the same. All you can do is stand fast and endure. him inside and he asked to go outside. He screamed for Mommy, so I handed him to Kristen. He continued to scream for Mommy even though the only way he could have been any closer to Mommy would be to crawl back inside her uterus. Every question we asked him – “Do you want something to eat? Do you want to read a book?” – was met with a glass shattering, paint peeling “NOOOOOOOO!” Finally, in a moment of either sheer desperation or divine intervention, Kristen said, “COOPER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO AN AIR SHOW?” Silence. Blessed, blessed silence. Then, meekly: “Yeah?” We were in the car in 45 seconds flat. Turns out there was, in fact, an air show that day, at the Dutchess County Airport. It was open for another hour. I drove through six red lights to get there while Cooper happily sang to himself about helicopters and airplanes. We got to the airport and had a blast. There were helicopters to watch, planes to sit in, and a behemoth of a fire truck that they let Cooper pretend to drive. He could not have been happier. He was all smiles and hugs the rest of the day. I know this is normal. There will be other tantrums like this. He will grow out of it. It does not signify a character flaw on his part or a moral flaw on our parts as parents. It’s just a storm. Terrifying, unpredictable, but it passes. It is out of your hands. You can do your rain dance, sacrifice a goat, read the tea leaves and pray to Zeus, but the storm will follow its own course all the same. All you can do is stand fast and endure. Even so, I now keep a schedule of local air shows in my pocket at all times. Just in case.

❂ Brian PJ and Kristen Cronin live in Beacon with their three cats, and their son Cooper James Cronin. Check out their blog A Rotisserie Chicken and 12 Padded Envelopes at, and view more of their photos at teammoonshine and

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Renowned pianist Kotaro Kukuma performs at Piano Performance Museum Festival at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter on July 20. Photo submitted.

Tony Trischka Territory

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.: Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka’s latest elease, Territory roams widely through the banjo’s creative terrain. Tickets: $30; $18 students Information: 518.392.6121;

Sparkle! Music of Chinese-American Composers

Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main St., Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.: Perspectives Ensemble has created a concert with Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, focusing on the works of composers who came of age during the Cultural Revolution. Recently awarded First Prize by the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize, Huang Ruo has been cited by the New Yorker as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of AsianAmerican composers.” Tickets: Advance, $23; $18 seniors; $7 students; Door, $27|$21|$7 Information: 518.263.2000;

Highlights of the Sau-Wing Lam Collection of Historic Stringed Instruments: The Cremona 1734 Stradivari

Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main St., Hunter, NY 12442 Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m.: This concert features a very special performance on the Scotland University “Cremona 1734” violin made by the renowned instrument builder, Antonio Stradivari, now part of the Sau-

Wing Collection. The Sau Wing Lam Collection of Historical Stringed Instruments is one of the finest collections of violins currently in private hands. The collection was on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting from December 2012 through spring 2013. Tickets: Advance, $23; $18 seniors; $7 students; Door, $27|$21|$7 Information: 518.263.2000;

Summer Sings

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Monday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.: Gwen Gould directs a community sing with Michael Clement at the piano. The sings are open to all and meet three Monday evenings in a row. Upcoming sings: 7/15, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga directs a community sing mostly for youth; 7/22, David Grunberg directs. Tickets: $10; $25 for series of three Information: 518.392.6121;

Thursday Night Live: Buke and Gase with Special Guest Sarah Neufeld from Arcade Fire Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.: This Hudson- and Brooklyn-based duo creates gorgeous electric rock anthems with their homemade instruments, including the “buke” (an electrified six-string baritone ukulele) and the “gase” (a guitar-bass hybrid). Joined in this special concert by Arcade Fire’s violinist Sarah Neufeld. Tickets: $20 Information:

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Spiegeltent Cabaret: The Hot Sardines

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.: The collective, including a blustery brass lineup and a just-one-of-the-boys front-woman, creates music reminiscent of wartime Paris via New Orleans: a sound steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong used to make. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Spiegeltent Cabaret: Eviyan

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Saturday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.: EVIYAN is a new trio that joins three world-class musicians in an intimate, acoustic blend of world root, jazz, rock, and cabaret. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Thursday Night Live: Hungry March Band

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.: Hungry March Band blares forth with a totally original sound that digests music from wherever brass bands are heard—the Balkans, India, New Orleans, Latin America—and combines it with big band, free jazz, and punk rock. Tickets: $20 Information:

The Bernstein Bard Quartet

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, July 12, 8 p.m.: An eclectic repertoire of music ranging from Swing, Latin & Tango, versions of traditional Folk and Popular melodies from around the world. Featured: Steve and Mark Bernstein on mandolin and guitar, Robert Bard on upright bass, and Brian Melich on percussion. Tickets: $15; $12 seniors & students Information: 845.831.4988;

Recital by Russell Cussick

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.: Baritone Russell Cussick with soprano Theresa Cincione perform a repertoire of art songs, opera and musical theater. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.831.4988;

Spiegeltent Cabaret: John Kelly: Rebel Songs

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, July 19, 8:30 p.m.: John returns to the Spiegeltent to perform Rebel Songs of a Range Queen, featuring music by Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour, The Incredible String Band, Mister Bungle, Jacques Brel, Holcombe Waller, and The Shins. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Solo Piano Concert: Kotaro Kukuma

Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main St., Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m.: The Piano Perfomance Museum Festival is thrilled to present this solo piano recital by Mr. Fukuma. Japanese – born, now living in Berlin and Paris, Mr. Fukuma has garnered international acclaim as one of the world’s great young pianists. Tickets: Advance, $23; $18 seniors; $7 students; Door, $27|$21|$7 Information: 518.263.2000;

Sunset Concert and Crusin’ Night

Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, July 20, 5-8 p.m.: Live music, classic cars & family fun! Band tba. Information:

Thursday Night Live: Ikebe Shakedown

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown delivers a driving set of tunes featuring signature Afrobeat elements. The band’s mighty horn section is anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves. Tickets: $20 Information:

Spiegeltent Cabaret: Taylor Mac Sings The American Songbook (1920s)

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.: Obie-winning playwright, actor, and singersongwriter Taylor Mac returns to the Spiegeltent with a chapter of his most ambitious performance yet. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Miró String Quartet

Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village & Darrow School, 110 Darrow Rd., New Lebanon, NY 12125 Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.: Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Tickets: $30 & $35 Information: 888.820.1696;

Summer Interlude: Manhattan in the Mountains

Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main St., Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.: Featuring Tatiana Goncharova, Joanne Polk, pianists, Grigory Kalinovsky, violinist. Verbal program notes presented by Dr. Jeffrey Langford. Tickets: Advance, $23; $18 seniors; $7 students; Door, $27|$21|$7 Information: 518.263.2000;

Spiegeltent Cabaret: Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Saturday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.: Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann makes his Spiegeltent debut with Hello Earth!, a journey into the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse and cult hero Kate Bush, who first won acclaim at age 18 with her 1978 hit Wuthering Heights. Tickets: $20-$35 Information:

Pete Wagula Acoustic Guitar Performance

Wagon House Education Center, Olana, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.: Solo acoustic guitarist Pete Wagula offers an afternoon guitar concert that combines live instrumental guitar with his use of live looping. He covers blues, jazz, bottleneck and original pieces from his 2009 “Seventeen” CD and his forthcoming “The Other Side” CD inspired songs from the Hudson Valley. Tickets: free (vehicle use fee applies) Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

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readings, signings & screenings Movie Tuesdays: Music and Dance Films

PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesdays through August, 8:30 p.m.: Free movies under the stars. Most are introduced by Frank Farnham, adj. professor of communications, FIT, NYC. 6/25, Give Me The Banjo; 7/2, Meet Me in St. Louis; 7/9, Humoresque; 7/16, Cover Girl; 7/23, Round Midnight Tickets: Free Information: 518.392.6121;

Double Love and L’or des mers; 7/19, The Burning Brazier and Passing Shadows; 7/20, The Late Mathias Pascal (2 p.m.) and The Lower Depths (7 p.m.); 7/21, The Living Image (2 p.m.) and The New Gentlemen (5:30 p.m.); 7/26, L’inhumaine; 7/27, Rapt, Autumn Mists and Chason d’Armor (2 p.m.), The Truth and Altair (6:30 p.m.), Pierrot le fou (9 p.m.). Tickets: $12 single ticket; $30 weekend pass; $110 season pass Information: 845.758.7900;

Film: Towheads, 2013

An Evening with Author Charles Dubow

Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, June 28, 8 p.m.: This modern-day tale of motherhood as told through the eyes of a Brooklyn mom with two towheaded blond boys playfully probes the age-old gender roles ascribed to women and mothers and depicts the modern family unit in all its function and dysfunction. Filmmaker Shannon Plumb will be on hand for Q&A. Information:

Words, Words, Words

Maple Grove Historic Site, 24 Beechwood Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, June 30, 3 p.m.: The sixth annual edition of this summerlong afternoon event, features local Hudson Valley authors reading from, and talking about, their own work. This first session will feature a poet, Theresa Senato Edwards; a thriller novelist, Kitty Pilgrim; and a nutrition educator, Joan Dye Gussow, EdD. Book copies provided by local independent bookstore ‘The Three Arts’. The second session on 7/28, features Robert and Johanna Titus reading from The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geographical History and Tour; Ina Claire Gabler, from Poughkeepsie, reading from her collection of short stories, Unexpected Return; and Daphne Uviller, from Poughkeepsie, reading from her mystery novel, Hotel No Tell. Information: 845.471.3248;

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Wednesday, July 10, time tba: In Akers’ and Dupre’s captivating documentary, cameras follow performance artist Marina Abromovic as she works to open a retrospective of her life’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The central performance of the exhibition requires her to sit silently at a table with a single museum-goer at a time. With no talking, no touching, and no outward expression of any kind, Marina strove to create a luminous state of being and then transmit that to the guest through an “energy dialogue.” Abromovic will be present for a screening and Q&A in the midst of her latest endeavor — opening the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) in Hudson, NY. Information: 866.345.6688;

Bard SummerScape Film Festival: Stravinsky’s Legacy and Russian Émigré Cinema

Bard College, Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 July 12-August: No 20th-century composer has had a greater impact on cinema than the protean, perpetually adventurous Igor Stravinsky. To provide an appropriately multifaceted exploration of Stravinsky’s world and legacy, the SummerScape 2013 Film Festival will be broken into two overlapping parts: a retrospective of Russian émigré filmmaking and a series of films influenced by the composer’s work. 7/12, The Red Shoes; 7/13, The Lion of the Moguls (2 p.m.) and Casanova (7 p.m.); 7/14,

Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton, NY 12546 Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.: Charles Dubow presents his first novel, Indiscretion. Information: 845.876.0500;

Author Reading: Ian Doescher

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook, NY 12545 Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m.: A reading and signing with author Ian Doescher for his latest book, Shakespear’s Star Wars. Information: 845.677.5857;

Margaret De Wys: Ecstatic Healing

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.: Margaret De Wys is a composer and sound installation artist whose works have been performed at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. She has traveled extensively and worked closely with traditional healers throughout the world. Her new book is Ecstatic Healing: A Journey into the Shamanic World of Spirit Possession and Miraculous Medicine. Information: 845.876.0500;

Author Reading: Richard Haass

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m.: American diplomat Richard Haass will discuss his writings. He has been president of the Council on Foreign Relations since July 2003, prior to which he was Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State and a close advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Information: 845.677.5857;

Hudson Valley YA Society

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m.: This month’s event features Young Adult author Phoebe North as she hosts a book launch party for her latest release, “Starglass.” RSVP required via email or Facebook. Information: 845.876.0500;;

Roosevelt Reading Festival

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Saturday, July 27, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m.: Concurrent sessions with 12 authors of recently published works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives. Author talks are followed by book signings. This year, Eleanor Roosevelt historian Allida Black will deliver the keynote address on he work reissuing Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1963 book, “Tomorrow is Now,” for which Professor Black penned the introduction. Following this event, attendees are invited to visit the Roosevelt Library’s new permanent museum exhibits free of charge. Tickets: Free Information: 845.486.7745;

Hudson Valley Mercantile Summer Preview Issue  
Hudson Valley Mercantile Summer Preview Issue  

Our June-July issue contains an extensive "Summer Sizzles in the Hudson Valley" calendar of events.