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In the Gloaming by Jim Gibbons

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Holiday Happenings Calendar begins

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Gratitude Photo Essay by Jen Kiaba

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Palette Calendar begins

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Handcrafted Holiday Calendar begins

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The Art of Appreciation by Linda Marston-Reid

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Time and Place Well Spent by Betsy Jacaruso

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Sounds of the Season Calendar begins

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Live! On Stage Calendar begins

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Take the Kids Calendar begins

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Long Days, Short Years by Brian PJ Cronin

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Gigi Root Vegetable Gratin by Laura Pensiero

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Readings, Signings & Screenings Calendar begins

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Bright Green Valley Calendar begins

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Historic Sights Calendar begins

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

Betsy Jacaruso Jen Kiaba Linda Marston-Reid

Jim Gibbons: Publisher jgibbons@hvrising.com Heather Gibbons: Creative Director calendarhog@hvrising.com Contents ©2011 Rising Tide Communications, LLC No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of the publisher

Laura Pensiero On the Cover: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Untitled, 2011, 20” x 20”, oil on panel. On view through December 11, at Carrie Haddad Gallery in the “Hudson River School of Women” show. Jane Bloodgood-Abrams pays homage to the ethereal landscapes of 19th century painter George Inness in her work, in which distant expanses of trees and sky are obscured by dense fog. Layer upon layer of glaze makes these paintings glow. She creates specific atmospheres that extend beyond the edges of her pieces, permeating the rooms in which they hang. Jane Bloodgood-Abrams has been showing with Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson for 20 years. Her work is in several museums and corporate collections. To learn more, visit http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com, or call 518.828.1915.


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...in the gloaming photo by Jen Kiaba

by Jim Gibbons I am so grateful for the gloaming – defined as twilight, that glow of the day just after the sun has set and magic colors endure briefly as the night descends upon the land. I love the concept of the gloaming - the warm residue of a day well-lived; the embers of contentment from a day well-spent. The gloaming makes me happy. Ironically, I only truly began to contemplate the full magic of “the gloaming” while watching the 1997 HBO movie In the Gloaming – a decidedly not happy movie about a young man dying from AIDS returning to his well-to-do parents’ home for the final months – the gloaming – of his life. My wife hates thinking about that movie. Not because it wasn’t well acted; to the contrary, it was acted too well. Glenn Close, the mother, reaffirming her bond with her homosexual son played by Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society) to the exclusion of a self-possessed father masterfully played by the Hudson Valley’s own David Strathairn. As the plot progresses the universally sweet perspective of a mother’s never-ending love for her child is projected wonderfully in Close’s performance. That movie and Close’s performance hit a nerve with my wife. I watched her feeling every turn, every emotion. I saw her imagining herself as that mother and wife agonizing over the sadness of her husband’s detachment from her son whose lifestyle was humiliating to her husband. Watching that movie, I saw projected in Heather’s eyes the unyielding and unconditional love of a mother for her son at any age; and finally the grief and hopelessness of the loss of a son to an equally unyielding and unconditional illness. We were just married in 1997, and I was still measuring my life with Heather against our respective reactions to pop culture, movies, music and the like. We rented In the Gloaming because we liked Glenn Close and Robert Sean Leonard from past movies. We were four years from having our first child and moving from Connecticut to Strathairn’s Hudson Valley. For me, In the Gloaming was heart-

wrenching and beautiful and provocative not only because of the compelling story that it told, but because of the wonderful glimpse it gave me into my future – a view of my wife feeling the feelings of a mother four years before the birth of our first child. Heather has always been very in touch with her emotions. But In the Gloaming was the first time that I saw my wife’s emotional connectivity in the context of her capacity as a mother and the gloaming has been happily imprinted on my psyche ever since. To this day, Heather groans whenever I mention that movie. Her plaintive response became more pronounced with the birth of our son; even more anguished with the arrival of his sister a couple years later. My wife’s reaction to the mere mention of the word gloaming is predictable. Equally predictable is my annual pronouncement at this time of year that Autumn is my favorite season, accented by my predictable proclamation that “we are in the gloaming of the year.” Heather groans. I chuckle. The kids don’t quite get it. But the kids are well aware that I love this time of year. And they say it’s their favorite time too – it is after all the threshold to the holiday season and the predictable pleasure of the traditions that we share each year together as a family. This magic all began in the gloaming for me. It persists in the gloaming every day, every year. Soon we will have a predictable Thanksgiving meal with familiar people who warm our hearts. We’ll repeat some of the same jokes and songs and stories that we have shared for many years and revel in their newness all the same. We’ll proceed with our holiday season, doing so many of the things that we do every year, experiencing them anew; creating wonderful new memories against a familiar backdrop of the fading light of a year well-lived, whose colors are being seen again for the first time. I am so grateful for the gloaming.


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HolidaY happenings Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Carolers at Hudson’s 2010 Winter Walk. Photo by Peter Blandori. This year’s Winter Walk is on December 3.

Shawangunk Wine Trail Sat. & Sun., Nov. 19 & 20; Dec. 3 & 4; Dec. 10 & 11 .m.: Self-guided tour of Shawangunk Wine Trail -- each winery will be decked out for the holidays. Receive a souvenir wine glass and handmade grapevine wreath at first stop. Ornament, food and wine tasting at each stop along the trail. Tickets: $38 single day; $60 two day Information: 845.256.8456; http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com

ReImagine, ReCycle and REJOICE Storefront Decoration Contest

Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Starting Friday, November 25, and throughout December: The Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA), the Beacon Chamber of Commerce, the Tioronda Garden Club, Zero To Go, School of Jellyfish and the City of Beacon are partnering with Beacon businesses to celebrate the season by encouraging festive and inviting storefronts. This year’s theme is recycling, and a special prize will be awarded to the window with the best/most creative use of re-purposed items. Judging by a panel of community volunteers will take place on November 25 and 26. Information: 845.863.9964; http://beaconarts.org

Columbia County Historical Society Gallery of Wreaths Silent Auction & Gingerbread Spectacular Gingerbread House Competition James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad St., Kinderhook 12106 Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: The Columbia County Historical Society holds a new gingerbread competition that will be held in conjunction with the Gallery of Wreaths. Hand-decorated gingerbread

houses in two categories: Historical and Fantasy will be judged in three age groups: children, teens and adults. Information: 518.758.9265; http://www.cchsny.org

25th Annual Town Decorating Day & Parade of Lights

Town Park, Route 199, Pine Plains, NY 12567 Saturday, November 26, starting at 3 p.m.: Help decorate the hamlet’s pine trees while sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday music. Bring the kids to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer. Parade of Lights at 5 p.m., from Smith Elementary School to the firehouse and back to center of town. Rain date, 11/27. Information: 518.398.7155; http://www.pineplains-ny.gov

Sinterklaas Arrives!

Rhinecliff Waterfront & The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 Saturday, November 26, 4 p.m.: Kick off the holiday season with the arrival of Sinterklaas. Entertainment from Vanaver Caravan, St. George & Dragon troupe, carolling from Rhinebeck Choral Club. Information: http://www.sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

Village of Rhinebeck Tree Lighting and Children’s Parade

Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot, Village of Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 27, 3-6 p.m.: Festivities begin in the Rhinebeck Savings Bank parking lot with 92.1 LITE FM’s Joe Daily, horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, cookies & cocoa, and much more! Little Creek Band performs at 4:30 p.m. Parade line-up at 5 p.m. on Mulberry Street. Information: 845.876.5904; http://www.rhinebeckchamber.com continued on page 8 g


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Fire eater at Sinterklaas Parade 2010. Photo by Doug Baz. continued from page 7 i

Holiday Whodunit 2011

Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion), Old Post Road, Route 9S, Staatsburg, NY 12580 Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.: “Holiday Whodunit,” a one-hour mystery adventure for families. Calling all detectives! Especially children ages 6-11. Go back 100 years in time to 1911. Ruth Livingston Mills wants to give a prize to her most important servant – but she can’t decide who the most important one is! She needs your help! Come interview the servants and the guests (our costumed interpreters) and help Ruth decide. All participating children will be entered into a drawing for prizes! Tickets: Free to children 12 and under; $8 adults; $6 students & seniors. No reservations required. Information: 845.889.8851; www.staatsburgh.org

The Eric Mintel Quartet, Charlie Brown Jazz

Hudson Opera House, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesday, November 29, 7 p.m.: From the beloved holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas this music has captured the hearts of generations for the last 40 years. Join the Eric Mintel Quartet as they perform this very special concert. Eric has performed at the White House, been featured in Down Beat Jazz Magazine, was a guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, and recently the quartet opened for Dave Brubeck. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

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Street scene, Winter Walk in Hudson, 2010. Photo by Peter Blandori.

performance adapts the theme of the original favorite by telling the story of a young girl named Zharah and presents her dreams through song, acrobatics, juggling, and the disciplines of classical ballet, classical jazz, rhythm tap, and hip-hop. Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers will thrill audiences of all ages! Tickets: $24; $22 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony Millbrook

Millbrook Firehouse & Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, December 2, 6 p.m.: Kick off the season with a festive evening featuring a family hayride through the beautifully decorated village streets. Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus at the firehouse. Refreshments courtesy of the Women’s Auxiliary of the fire company. Children preschool through third grade receive a gift from Santa. Information: http://www.millbrooknyonline.com

Celebration of Lights Parade

Shops and Galleries in Beacon, Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Thursdays throughout December, until 9 p.m.: Shop local and enjoy a candlelit ambiance. Information: 845.831.4318; http://beaconarts.org

Main & Market Streets, City of Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.: Every year, the Celebration of Lights Parade, tree lighting and fireworks kick off the holiday season. Join City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, the Amerscott Highland Pipers, Poughkeepsie High School Jazz Ensemble and Middle School Choir, Poughkeepsie Exempt Fireman’s Association Color Guard, DARE, Arlington Rotary Club, Columbia Elementary School PTA, Dutchess County Girl & Boy Scouts, and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles for the festivities. The parade will also feature performances by Arm of the Sea Theatre and IABAS Traditional Brazilian Band with 200 children from Warring, Clinton, and Circle of Courage elementary schools, and much more! And Santa will make a special appearance on a City of Poughkeepsie fire engine. Information: 845.473.2072; http://bardavon.org

Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers

Babes in Toyland

Candlelight Shopping

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 1-3, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m.: Awarding winning director and choreographer Michele Ribble, in collaboration with The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, brings you the 3rd annual performance of Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers, a classical ballet and variety performance drawn from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 December 2-4, Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.: Presented by From Stage to Screen. A musical wrapped in gold paper with spangles all over it and a card attached that says “Merry Christmas!” Filled with wonderful Victor Herbert music. Tickets: Call for information Information: 845.486.4571; http://fromstagetoscreen.net


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Ulster Ballet’s performance of A Christmas Carol at UPAC. Photo submitted. Puppet from The Puppet People’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Photo submitted.

Ulster Ballet Presents A Christmas Carol

snowman, a walking grandfather clock, Victorian carolers, clowns, jugglers, dancers or African drummers. Walkers will also see mammoth parade puppets leading the Santa Parade, a Gingerbread Witch, elves of all sizes, and even fireworks. Mr. & Mrs. Claus greet children in City Hall. Live reindeer, jesters, a brass quartet, a bagpiper and a stilt-walking toy soldier all vie for attention. This fantastic mélange draws thousands of delighted visitors to join in the fun. Enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. And, cap the evening off with a spectacular fireworks display. Information: 518.822.1438; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org/winterwalk

Sinterklaas: An Old Dutch Tradition

The Beacon Theatre Holiday Show: The Christmas Wish

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Fri. & Sat., Dec. 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m.: Artistic Directors Scarlett Fiero and Quiedo Carbone, together with Woodstock resident and former New York City Ballet dancer-turned choreographer Sara Miot, have produced an exciting, critically acclaimed ballet based on the classic Charles Dickens story. Featuring a cast of 65 dancers, actors, and stage professionals, this show is just what you’ll need to put you in the mood for the holidays!! Tickets: $19; $15 students/seniors; $12 members Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org

Village of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-midnight: All day village-wide holiday event, with a wide variety of performances, culminating in the Children’s Starlight Parade and Holiday Revel -- an historic recreation of an Old Dutch Parade with Sinterklaas on his white horse, giant figures, music, stiltwalkers, dancers and all the children and townsfolk. The parade begins on W. Market St. and moves down E. Market St. to the municipal lot. Hand-made glowing Stars are carried by adults as parade lanterns. The Town is aglitter with illuminated trees, decorated store windows and holiday treats. The Holiday Revel at the municipal lot follows the parade and features dragons, fire dancers, the Four Seasons, a Nutcracker, Peace Dove and revelers. Following the revel, see a Living Nativity at Dutch Reformed Church. There will be two dances: a Hoedown for families at Town Hall and a dance party at The Beekman Arms for adults. Watch for updates at the website. Information: http://www.sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

Winter Walk

Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, December 3, 5-8 p.m.: The Hudson Opera House presents their annual Winter Walk, the hip and happening community festival that kick-starts the holiday season in historic Hudson. This festive holiday celebration is now going into its 15th year. Hudson’s main commercial street becomes a fantastic wonderland on Winter Walk night. Many of the beautifully decorated store windows are animated by dancers, musicians or storytelliers. On the street, you might share a holiday greeting with a lumbering

The Beacon, Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sat. & Sun., Dec. 3 & 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: 4th Wall Productions and The Beacon Theatre present “The Christmas Wish,” a fun and heartwarming musical story of one girl’s determination to save Christmas with the help of her brother and a few other unusual guests. Tickets: $10 Information: http://beaconarts.org/info/the-bacon-calendar

Winter Wonderland

Columbia-Greene Community College, Professional Academic Center, Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.: Poetry reading. Tickets: Free Information: 518.828.4181; http://sunycgcc.edu

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Vassar College Chapel, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m.: Annual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” a Christmas service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols, culminates in a candle lighting ceremony. Drew Minter, James Ruff and Susan Bialek, conductors. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.437.7294; http://music.vassar.edu

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One of the many giant puppets featured in the 2010 Sinterklaas parade. Photo by Doug Baz. continued from page 9 i

New Paltz Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs., Dec. 8, 9:45 a.m., noon; Fri., Dec. 9, 9:45 a.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m.: The New Paltz Ballet Theatre returns for an 13th season to present this classic holiday event featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. Come along with Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets: $28; $25 students/seniors Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org

Candlelight Night House Tours

Village of Kinderhook, Broad St., Kinderhook 12106 Friday, December 9, 6-8:30 p.m.: Join in the festivities of the holiday season while strolling through the Village of Kinderhook decorated for the Holidays. Music, food and fun for the whole family Sponsored by the Kinderhook Business and Professional Association. Information: 518.758.9265; http://www.cchsny.org

Holiday Gingerbread House Making

Millbrook Firehouse, Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Bring the entire family to decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays. House and frosting provided -- bring your own cany and trim accents. Free refreshments. Preregistration required by December 1st. Fee: $13 residents; $15, non-residents Information: 845.677.8278

Winterfest Red Hook

Village Hall & Memorial Park, Route 9, Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, December 9, 5-7 p.m.: Meet at the Village Hall, where there will be food, music and crafts. Then stroll through the village with Carolers to the park for the tree lighting. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Information: 845.758.1081; http://www.redhooknyvillage.org

A Christmas Carol

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 December 9-17, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: A perennial favorite returns with a twist on Charles Dickens’ classic tale featuring Scrooge, the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, an unusual ghost, and your favorite holiday carols. Tickets: $18 Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

The Christmas Wish

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Dec. 9-18, Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A fun and heart-warming musical story of one girl’s determination to save Christmas with the help of her brother and a few other unusual guests. Presented by 4th Wall Productions. Tickets: $10 Information: 845.486.4571; http://4thwallproductions.net

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Fri., Dec. 9, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.: Decorate your very own gingerbread house. Houses made by a local baker and come


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fresh and fully assembled. Icing and candies are provided. Reservations required. Fee: $28; $22 members. Take home kits available for $30 Information: 845.471.0589; http://www.mhcm.org

Winter Wonderland

James & Betty Hall Theater, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m.: Join Flying Ship Productions’ modern-day Alice as she searches for the real meaning of the winter holiday season. Alice journeys to the beloved Wonderland, and meets all the diverse and zany characters. Through her adventures, she awakens with a new sense of charity and acceptance. Follow Alice as she discovers that the strange and unusual characters she encounters enrich her life, and that embracing differences truly is the holiday spirit. Tickets: Free Information: http://www.sunydutchess.edu

No Strings Marionettes

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, December 11, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.: Handsome & Gretel at 1 p.m.; Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, 4 p.m. Tickets: $10; children free when accompanied by adult. Information: http://howlandculturalcenter.org

Gift Wrapping Get Together

Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, December 10, noon-2 p.m.: Come to the library to wrap your holiday gifts with friends. Then, stick around for Winterfest! Information: 845.757.3771; http://tivolilibrary.org

Tivoli Winterfest

1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, December 10, 3-5 p.m.: Music and entertainment, crafts and activities. Tree lighting, followed by bonfire and fireworks. Information: 845.757.2021; http://www.tivoliny.org

Germantown Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

Germantown Village Center, Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, December 10, 4:30-9 p.m.: Holiday Gift Fair, Business After Hours, live holiday music and caroling, holiday refreshments and good cheer with neighbors! And much more, culminating in a tree lighting. Information: http://www.germantownny.org

Beacon Second Saturday Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, December 10, 5-9 p.m.: Galleries and shops are open late and will host holiday artist receptions, concerts and more. BACA will light up its recycled bicycle Christmas tree on the West end of Main. Celebrate and join in the sing-along. Reception follows at School of Jellyfish. Information: http://www.beaconarts.org

Valatie Winter Walk

Main Street, Valatie, NY Saturday, December 10, 6-9 p.m.: Annual holiday festival with storytelling, musicians, carolers, refreshments, Santa Claus and muc more. Information: http://www.valatievillage.com

Winterfest in the Village of Chatha

Main Street & Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY Sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Annual holiday festival sponsored by the Chatham Business Alliance. Just as in our memories of days long past, window displays will twinkle with lights and delights as the Village of Chatham becomes a winter wonderland. Santa, cookie contest, holiday decorating contest, music and food. Snow date Sunday, December 18. Information: http://www.chathambusinessalliance.org

Family Event: Peter Yarrow, “The Night Before Christmas”

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m.: Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame presents his newest book, “The Night Before Christmas.” Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Green Holiday

Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Wednesday, December 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m.: Have fun making holiday cards and crafts. Free, children must be accompanied by an adult. In conjunction with the Tivoli Free Library. Information: 845.889.4645; http://tivolilibrary.org

Mrs. Fezziewiggs’ Christmas Revue

Howland Cultural Center, 474 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, December 16, 8-10 p.m.: Presented by Broadway to Beacon. Tickets: $10 Information: http://howlandculturalcenter.org

The Puppet People’s “A Christmas Carol”

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, December 17, 11 a.m.: Warm your hearts with Dickens’ classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not HUMBUG! The Puppet People’s spectacular show features beautiful marionettes, holiday music and guaranteed smiles. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults & seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

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tree lighting & children’s parade Sunday, November 27 3-6 pm Rhinebeck savings bank parking lot 92.1 lite fm joe daily horse drawn carriage rides cookies & cocoa Little creek band @ 4:30 pm parade line-up @ 5 pm on mulberry street Sponsored by Rhinebeck Savings Bank & the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce


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gratitude is the finest blossom which springs from the soul.

~ Harriet Ward Beecher

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Menorah Lighting

Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot, E. Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri., Dec. 23, 3:30 p.m. & Sat., Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Sponsored by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center. All lightings will be followed by music, hot latkes and cider. Information: http://rhinebeckjewishcenter.com

Menorah Lighting

In Front of Thor Building on Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY 12545 Sunday, December 25, 6:30 p.m.: Sponsored by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center. All lightings will be followed by music, hot latkes and cider. Information: http://rhinebeckjewishcenter.com

Menorah Lighting 6th Annual Classical Christmas Concert

St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd. North, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, December 17, 7 p.m.: Professional musicians celebrate the season of giving to benefit the local community through the Red Hook Area Council of Churches. Harps, flutes, violin and piano join with singers to make a joyful noise. Admission is free. Good will offering will be taken. Information: 845.758.1184

Community Sing of Handel’s “Messiah”

St. James Church, corner Rtes 66 & 203, Chatham, NY Saturday, December 17, 7 p.m.: Lend your voice to this joyous holiday tradition. Information: http://columbiafestivalorchestra.org

Santa’s Workshop

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Wednesday, December 21, 5-7 p.m.: Enjoy tasty treats and hot cocoa with Santa then help him decorate a toy in his workshop! Children get to take their decorated toy home. Don’t forget your camera to capture all of the special moments! For ages: 3 and up. Space is limited. Fee: $10/child, $5/adult; $8/$4 members Information: 845.471.0589; http://www.mhcm.org

A Christmas Carol

Space 360, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Wed.-Fri., Dec. 21-23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 24, 3 p.m.: Now a tradition for six years with Walking the Dog Theater, the performance of this timeless story continues its evolution. Let Dickens’ classic inspire the spirit of the Holiday Season! Tickets: $20; $12 students; free, WTD members Information: 800.838.3006; http://www.wtdtheater.org

Celebration Through the Centuries

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 22 & 23, 8 p.m.: Guitar virtuoso David Temple returns this Holiday Season with music from around the globe spanning five centuries. Experience works of the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern periods. Ranging in feeling from peaceful meditation to exuberant joy these selections are the perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of the Holidays! Tickets: $18 Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Red Hook Chamber of Commerce Info Booth, Route 9, Village of Red Hook, NY 12571 Sunday, December 25, 6:30 p.m.: Sponsored by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center. All lightings will be followed by music, hot latkes and cider. Information: http://rhinebeckjewishcenter.com

Light Up the Winter Workshop

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Wednesday, December 28, 11 a.m.: Celebrate the winter season with crafts from all over the world. Create a clay menorah for Hanukah, a sun weaving for the winter solstice and more. Fee: $5/child, does not include museum admission Information: 845.471.0589; http://www.mhcm.org

Cathedral to Carol: A Holiday Celebration

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 29 & 30, 8 p.m.: George Conrad and accompanist Joel Flowers perform their first holiday concert at The Center! Delight in a combination of well-known carols and more classical pieces. Selections will include “Gesu Bambino,” “Pieta Signore,” “Mille Cherubini In Coro(Dormi, Dormi),” and well-loved carols “O Holy Night,” “Adeste Fideles,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Ave Maria.” Revel in the diversity of this duo in their holiday debut! Tickets: $18 Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Annual New Year’s Eve at Noon Celebration

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, December 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Let your children ‘pop’ in the New Year at 12:00 too -- noon that is! Enjoy music, arts and crafts and snacks including an edible New Year’s hat and yummy punch. Special bubble wrap countdown to “pop!” in the New Year. Reservations required. Fee: $15/person; $10 members Information: 845.471.0589; http://www.mhcm.org


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P ALETTE Cornucopia, painting by Dan Rothman at Twisted Soul in Poughkeepsie.

Art POP! Gallery

7505 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Through November 27: The Red Hook Community Arts Network’s (CAN) “pop up” gallery presents “AgriCULTURE” a juried exhibition featuring art depicting, or inspired by, the agriculture that is so much a part of the Red Hook community. The show will take place at ArtPOP’s new location next to Neko’s drugstore. December 1-23: “PaperWorks Holiday Show,” featuring media on paper works in sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, greeting cards and more. Artists Reception: Sunda, December 4, 2-4 p.m. Hours: Thurs. & Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 1-8 p.m. Information: redhookcan@gmail.com; rhcan.blogspot.com

Back Room Gallery

475 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through November 30: Six artists featured for month of November: Melanie Hall, award-winning artist/illustrator of more than 25 children’s books; Marie Krajan, acrylic landscape painter; Chris Stevens, popular blues & jazz singer and award-winning landscape, still life and portrait artist; Karl J. Volk, painter of pastels & watercolors; Deirdre Wexler, abstract 3-D fabric painter; Mary E. Whitehill, plein air painter. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. & by appointment. Information: 845.838.1838

Barrett Art Center

485 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through December 17: “3rd Annual National Cup Show,” focuses on interpretations of a utilitarian object both function and sculptural that has been part of daily life for centuries. The event celebrates the

creativity of contemporary ceramic artists through their interpretations of this simple form. Hours: Call for hours Information: 845.471.0407; http://www.barrettartcenter.org

BAU Gallery

161 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 November 12-December 4: “bau 83: Migrations” new works by Lisa Zukowski. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m., or by appointment Information: 845.440.7584; http://www.baugallery.com

Beacon Institute Gallery

199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through March 4: “Ted Spiegel: The Hudson’s Seasons & Spans.” An accomplished photojournalist, Ted Spiegel has covered assignments across the globe, but like the 19th-century artists of the famed Hudson River School, he’s made the Hudson River Valley the focus of much of his life’s work. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m., or by appointment Information: 845.440.7584; http://www.baugallery.com

CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Through December 16: “If you lived here, you’d be home by now,” a new exhibition co-curated by artist Josiah McElheny, Tom Eccles, and Lynne Cooke focusing on the theme of “the domestic” and the idea of differences in viewing, experiencing, and evaluating contemporary art in a public vs. domestic environment. The exhibition will include works by artists such as Carl Andre, Cindy Sherman, Gerhard Richter, and Agnes Martin drawn from the extensive Marieluise Hessel Collection


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of contemporary art, as well as new projects by Josiah McElheny and borrowed works by artists such as John Chamberlain. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.758.7598; ccs@bard.edu; http://www.bard.edu/ccs

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through November 17: “Yoram Gelman Photographs.” November 19-December 31: Chine Colle Prints by Emma Crawford (9 Vassar St. Gallery); Work by Randi Chalfant (12 Vassar St. Gallery). Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.486.4571; http://www.cunneen-hackett.org

Daniel Aubry Gallery

426 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through November: “The Motorcycle Diaries,” paintings by Thomas Chibbaro. Information: http://www.danielaubrygallery.com

Darkside Records and Gallery

782 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 November 19-December 18: “Tea and Strumpets,” new work from NY fashion artist Kathleen Marie. A vivid collection of paintings and photography inspired by Victorian ethics, haute fashion imagery and french symbolist poetry. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 6-9 p.m. Information: 845.452.8010; http://www.KathleenMarieCouture.com

Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Permanent Collection: In addition to the permanent collection, Dia Art Foundation is currently exhibiting: Through February 13, 2012: “Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action.” Through September 4, 2012: “Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive.” Circa 1971 presents a selection of video and film works by key figures in early video art from the collection of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), a nonprofit organization that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of moving-image art. December 17-December 31, 2012: Jean-Luc Moulène, “Opus + One,” the first comprehensive exhibition in North America devoted to the work of this Paris-based artist. The installation will comprise objects and images created over the past two decades and will be accompanied by a new project at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY, as well as a major publication. Ongoing: “24 Farben – fur Blinky (24 Colors – for Blinky), 1977,” Imi Knoebel’s cycle of 21 shaped paintings. Ongoing: “Beacon Point,” George Trakas’ project for Beacon Point. Tickets: $10; $7 seniors and students; under 12 free Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100; www.diaart.org

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143 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through February 11, 2012: “Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me,” visual and audio testimonials collected by photographer Vince Cianni of more than 100 US servicemembers and veterans whose lives were affected by the ban on homosexuality over the last six decades. Reception & Artists Talk: Saturday, November 12, 5-9 p.m. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: http://www.foveaexhibitions.org

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through December 11: “A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum,” 57 rarely seen works dating from the late 15th through the 19th centuries. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.437.5237; http://fllac.vassar.edu

Grand Foyer Gallery @ the Beacon Theater

455 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through December 4: “THEM,” scan portraits by Bo Gehring. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-9 p.m. Information: http://thebeacontheatre.org

James W. Palmer Gallery

College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through November 22: “Through the Student Lens: Photographs Of and By Vassar Students 1865-2011.” November 29-December 16: “Guatemalan Forced Migration,” a photo documentary by Manuel Gil and Oscar Gil. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m Information: http://palmergallery.vassar.edu

Locust Grove

2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 November 17-January 15: “River, Marshes, Fields and Mountains,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Barbara Masterson. Painting exclusively on location with a medium that she has been using for a short time - oil bars - Masterson no longer uses brushes, only the bars, her fingers and pieces of wood to scrape the pigment. Reception: Sat., Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.454.4500; http://www.lgny.org

Marion Royael Gallery

460 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through December 4: Rick Rogerts, Kathleen Erin Lee, Dave Dziemian and Jennifer Smith with special guest artist Grace Knowlton. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-10 p.m. Hours: noon-7 p.m., Thurs.-Sun. & by appt. Information: 541.301.0032; http://www.marionroyaelgallery.com

Mill Street Loft ARTS at the River Center

Long Dock Park, Red Flynn Road, Beacon, NY 12508 November 12-January 8: “American Bounty Exhibit & Ceramic and Glass Sale.” Artwork on a fall harvest theme -- autumn landscapes, fruit & vegetable still life, sculpture; plus, ceramics and glass including bowls, mugs, cups, platters and vases for sale. Reception: Saturday, November 12, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving weekend, 11/24-28 & for Holiday recess 12/23-1/2) Information: 845.471.7477; lclark@millstreetloft.org; millstreetloft.org

Mill Street Loft Gallery 45

45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through November 18: “Journeys Between Earth and Sky,” a solo show of art work by Rhinebeck artist Jennifer Axinn-Weiss. November 19-January 14: “Small Works Show.” Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and by appt. on weekends. Information: 845.471.7477; http://www.millstreetloft.org

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Holiday Happenings November 10 - 26

December 9 - 18

Half Moon Theatre presents

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Set in 1848, the story is of Jean-Francois Millet, a talented young painter, who is in love with Marie, but in debt to a villainous art dealer Andre. Hilarity ensues as Millet realizes the only way he can pay Andre and marry Marie is to “die” and pass himself off as his pretty widowed sister.

It is almost the “most wonderful time of the year”, and what better way to enjoy the holiday season than taking the whole family to a Christmas show? The Christmas Wish is a fun and heart-warming musical story of one girl’s determination to save Christmas with the help of her brother and a few other unusual guests.

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We’d like to wrap this musical in gold paper with spangles all over it and attach a card saying Merry Christmas! Remember the wonderful Victor Herbert music? Remember the lyrics? “Toyland, toyland, little girl and boy land.” For information call 845-227-3620 or visit

www.fromstagetoscreen.net

Gallery artist Randi Chalfant Pop Up Holiday Boutique December 10 -10am -4pm

one of a kind handmade jewelry, handbags, ornaments, cards, knitwear, vintage pieces and more.

cunneen-hackett arts center is a funded member of DCAC

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

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RiverWinds Gallery @ Wells Fargo Advisors

6423 Montgomery St., Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through January 23: “Reflections: A Group Art Show.” Artists have long been drawn to featuring reflections as the focus of their work. this show has an exciting mix of industrial, pastoral and still life images -both modern and traditional. Featured photographers include: William Bogle, Jr., Jeanne Childenbrand, Nelson Condé, Allison Cross, Linda T. Hubbard, Mary Ann Glass, Jennifer Konig, Les Muldorf, Rita Pignato, Anthony Volpe and Christopher Wisker. Featured painters include: Nicholas Bouteneff, Sandra Brandman, Anita Kusmierska-Gomez, Sally Lyon, Basha Maryanska, Roberta Rosenthal and Ed Vermehren. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.838.2880; http://riverwindsgallery.com

Tivoli Artists Co-op

60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Through December 24: “Holiday and Small Works Show.” Affordable art and fine handcrafted items. Paintings, sculpture, wood worked items, knitting, crochet, glass, painted textiles, pottery and more. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.757.2667; http://www.tivoliartistsco-op.com

Twisted Soul

47 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through November 16: “Gut Feelings,” new works by Brooklyn resident and former Putman County resident and student of the Mill Street Loft Art Institute, Kat Laranger. November 18-January 18: “The Study,” an art exhibition featuring new paintings by Dutchess County resident Don Rothman. The majority of the works are beautiful representational landscape paintings of Hudson Valley scenes, along with still life paintings. Reception: Friday, November 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: 845.471.7477; http://millstreetloft.org

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RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 November 12-December 31: “Buone Feste: Holiday Group Show.” Annual holiday show featuring one-of-a-kind gifts for those special people on your list -- original handmade gifts by local artists. We have brought in new artists for the holiday season – Marika Bossfeldt, Beth Weintraub, and others, plus we brought back some of your favorite featured artists: Janine Lambers, Hiro Ichikawa, Kari Feuer, Jennifer Konig and Ed Vermehren. In addition, many of our current artists have brought in new work. Reception: Saturday, November 12, 5-8 p.m. Hours: Wed. - Mon., noon - 6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880; http://riverwindsgallery.com

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ARTspace

212 Main Street, Germantown, NY 12534 November 12-27: “Larry Silver: Paintings and Drawings.” Oil paintings on clay panels and diverse drawings by the artist. Mr. Silver describes his paintings as “paradoxical mappings of a world that is at once subtle and aggressive”. His textures are achieved by the simultaneous use of oil paint mixtures, graphite, pastel which interact on the clay surface of each panel. Mr. Silver has shown world-wide and his paintings are in public collections including Citibank, NYC. Reception: Saturday, November 12, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: artsspace@gtel.net

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through December 11: “Hudson River School for Women,” featuring work by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Tracy Helgeson, Laura Von Rosk, Susan Stillman, and Juliet Teng. December 15-January 22: “Winter Eclectic,” an exhibit which reflects the great diversity of the many artists represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery. Showcasing contemporary art for more than 20 years, Carrie Haddad Gallery has a long history of exhibiting work across genres and in a variety of mediums, by artists young and old. “Winter Eclectic” brings together the narrative paintings of Ashley Cooper, portraits by Tracy Helgeson, contemporary landscapes by Tony Thomson, abstract paintings by Jenny Nelson, and outsider-art-inspired work by Judith Hoyt. Reception: Saturday, December 17, 6-8 p.m Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915; http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Columbia County Council on the Arts

CCCA Gallery 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 November 19-January 6: “Holiday Small Works Show,” for those who wish to “give the gift of art this holiday season.” All works by CCCA members, all 12” x 12” or smaller, and all priced at $250 and under. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 5-7 p.m. Information: info@artscolumbia.org; http://artscolumbia.org

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Hudson Opera House

327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through December 10: “D. Jack Solomon: 25 Years in the Hudson Valley on Paper,” a retrospective of work by D. Jack Solomon. Information: 518.822.1438; http://hudsonoperahouse.org

John Davis Gallery

362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through December 4: “RAUM,” solo exhibition featuring the work of Victoria Palermo. Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.5907; http://johndavisgallery.com

Limner Gallery

123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through November 27: “A Show of Heads.” December 3-31: “New Works by Crosby, Slowinski, Heinrich, Parker and Robinson.” Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 518.828.2343; http://www.slowart.com

Omi International Arts Center

Charles B. Beneson Visitors Center Gallery & Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Year ‘round, The Fields Sculpture Park, during daylight hours: More than 60 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands and wooded areas, The Fields Sculpture Park presents the works of internationally recognized contemporary and modern artists, offering the unique possibility to experience a wide range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment. Founded in 1998, The Fields offer nearly 80 works of art on view–with several pieces added or exchanged every year. Information: 518.392.4747; http://artomi.org

Philmont Beautification Inc Resource Center

113 Main Street, Philmont, NY 12565 Through November 18: “30 Years of Tim Smith Stonemasonry in Columbia County,” a photography exhibition featuring more than 1500 images taken during a 12-month collaboration between fine art photographer Steve Benson, and stonemason Tim Smith, both of whom live and work in Philmont. Benson’s photographs capture the majestic beauty of stone in the landscape and the intimacy of masons working together to create stoneworks and restore and preserve history across Columbia County. Information: http://www.pbinc.org

4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Blue Hill Gallery, through November 26: Greene County Camera Club members show. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kaaterskill Gallery, through November 28: Work by Carol Lloyd McCarthy. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 5-7 p.m., and by appt. Information: 518.828.4181; http://www.sunycgcc.edu

Time and Space Limited

Davis Orton Gallery

Workshops & Special Event s

114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 November 18-December 18: “Photobooks!! 2011.” The self-published photobook is an exciting new avenue for photographers to present their work directly to the public. In addition, the photobook itself can be a work of art. The exhibit features 20 photobooks selected from an international photobook competition. All photobooks and prints will be for sale during the exhibition. Reception: Saturday, November 19, 6-8 p.m. Information: 518.697.0266; http://www.davisortongallery.com

434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through November 30: “War, Materials, & Lies, Part 2.” This is the second part of a series dedicated to thinking about war -- and perpetual wars like those the US has engaged in over long periods of time. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Life Drawing with Model

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Sundays, through Nov. 27, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, through Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.: Artists work independently in a disciplined environment; no instructor or specified method is followed. Tickets: $12/session Information: 518.822.1438; http://hudsonoperahouse.org


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Community Free Day @ Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Rsidents of neighboring counties Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester are invited to visit Dia:Beacon free of charge twice a year on select Saturdays. The dates coincide with “Second Saturday Beacon,” a monthly city-wide arts and culture open house. Please bring a driver’s license or other government-issued ID for entry to the museum. Information: 845.440.0100; http://www.diaart.org

Closing Reception for War, Materials & Lies, Part II

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Monday, November 14, 6-8 p.m.: Celebrate the closing of TSL’s show, and the conclusion of the Iraq War. Live jazz music, poetry, and some wine to toast future works to be featured in the TSL Gallery. Information: 518.822.8448; http://www.timeandspace.org

Demystifying the Juried Art Show

ArtPOP Gallery, 7505 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Join professional photographic artist Juliet Harrison for a discussion on the nuts and bolts of entering your work in a juried art show. Harrison has been a Show Director for the past five years for an international juried competition. Registration required, space is limited. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.758.2667; julietharrison@earthlink.net

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m.: Joanna Kleinberg on Fred Sandback. Joanna Kleinberg has been an Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center in New York since September 2007. Since 2007, she has been a freelance critic for Frieze after receiving an Honorable Mention for the magazine’s annual Writer’s Prize. Tickets: Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. Information: 845.440.0100; http://www.diaart.org

The Red Hook Emporium Third Saturday

7392 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, November 19, 4-6 p.m.: The Red Hook Emporium is teaming up with other local galleries for this monthly event. Each month there will be wine tastings by Tousey Winery and a distinguished local artist will be showcased. Centrally located in the village of Red Hook with plenty of off-street parking, The Red Hook Emporium will have an assortment of items, from antiques, original artwork, handmade furniture and crafts, to candles and aroma therapy -- new offerings every week! Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and special holiday hours tba. Information: 845.758.0202

Second Saturday Beacon

Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, December 10, 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: http://beaconarts.org

Silent Auction Fundraiser & Christmas Party

Beahive, 291 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m.-midnight: Silent auction & party with live bands, DJs, beer and wine. Proceeds benefit fovea. Information: http://www.foveaexhibitions.org

‘Vintage - Cabellero’ by Juliet Harrison

Fine Art Equine Photographer Juliet Harrison

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Sunday, December 11, 1 p.m.: Fine Art equine photographer Juliet Harrison talks about her work and its evolution. She will show slides featuring some of her extraordinary work and answer audience questions. Her books, “White Horses,” “Track Life in Saratoga Springs,” and “Dressage” will be available for purchase. Or, place an order for her latest book, “Equiscape: A Modernist Nude” featuring 59 black-and-white and color plates from her ongoing series of abstracted equine images. Information: 518.537.5800; http://germantownlibrary.org; http://JulietRHarrisionPhotography.com

Reception for Jean-Luc Moulène Exhibit

Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, December 17, 2-4 p.m.: Public reception for Jean-Luc Moulène exhibit, “Opus + One.” Tickets: Free with museum admission Information: 845.440.0100; http://www.diaart.org


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Tivoli Artists Co-op 25th Annual Holiday Show

60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 November 11-December 24: A wonderful Holiday show of arts and artisan handcrafts. Works small and large in oil and watercolor, paintings by Marie Cole, Mary Untalan, Tarryl Gabel, Susan Miller, Ann Moring and Julia Aneshansley, photographs by Greg Martin, sculpture by Kurt Holsapple, crocheted hats and scarves by Janet Jappen, and mittens from Frana Baruch. Hand turned wooden bowls by guest artisan Terry Nelson. Pottery by guest artist Isabel Ezrati. Artist made jewelry in silver, brass & bronze by Laura Chkhetiani and Janet Jappen. Cards, prints and ornaments. New items appearing all during the six and one half weeks. Reception: Saturday, Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.757.2667; tivoliartistsco-op.com

Buone Feste: Holiday Group Show

RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon 12508 November 12-December 31: “Buone Feste: Holiday Group Show.” Annual holiday show featuring one-of-a-kind gifts for those special people on your list -- original handmade gifts by local artists. New artists for the holiday season – Marika Bossfeldt, Beth Weintraub, and others, plus some of your favorite featured artists: Janine Lambers, Hiro Ichikawa, Kari Feuer, Jennifer Konig and Ed Vermehren. Plus, current artists’ new work. Reception: Saturday, November 12, 5-8 p.m. Hours: Wed. - Mon., noon - 6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880; http://riverwindsgallery.com

Third Annual Holiday Auction

Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 13, 1-4 p.m.: Sponsored by the Museum of Rhinebeck History and the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the DAR. Gift baskets, home baked items, collectibles, antiques, household items, books, gift cards and much more. Information: 845.876.2436

Regina Coeli Parish’s 40th Annual Santa’s Express Art and Craft Fair

Regina Coeli School, 4337 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12533 Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Craft fair featuring more than 40 regional artisans, raffle baskets, a White Elephant sale, discounted gift certificates to local businesses, a bake sale, and door prizes. Lunch

available for purchase. Admission: $2; children free Information: 845.229.8589; rccraftfair@gmail.com

The Group Show and Sale: 2011 Fine Craft Show

Delamater Conference Center at the Beekman Arms, 25 Garden St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: The 34th annual Group Show and Sale is a collection of work by area artisans set in a gallery-like setting. This year there are 18 exhibitors. Considered one of the gems of the Hudson Valley -- crafts at their finest. Art work includes, but is not limited to: paper, wood, pearls, weaving and knitting, felted and beaded jewelry, decorative tiles, creamics, stoneware. Information: 845.876.7077; info@beekmandelamaterinn.com

Holiday Auction & Tag Sale

Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 19, 1-3 p.m.: Gift baskets, antiques, collectibles, gift cards, hand made items, baked goods, holiday decorations, new merchandise, small collectibles, and quality books. Cash or local checks. Presented by the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of DAR and the Museum of Rhinebeck History. Information: 845.876.2436; bklaproth@ymail.com

The Red Hook Emporium Third Saturday

7392 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, November 19, 4-6 p.m.: The Red Hook Emporium is teaming up with other local galleries for this monthly event. Each month there will be wine tastings by Tousey Winery and a distinguished local artist will be showcased. Off-street parking. Antiques, original artwork, handmade furniture and crafts, to candles and aroma therapy -- new offerings every week! Perfect for “buy local” holiday shopping. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and special holiday hours tba. Information: 845.758.0202

Dutchess County Arts Council Fine Art & Craft Market Clarion Inn & Conference Ctr, 2170 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Juried show featuring crafts and fine art by local and regional artists. Tickets: $5; $4 students and seniors Information: http://www.artsmidhudson.org


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Holiday Small Works Show

CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 November 19-January 6: Holiday show for those who wish to “give the gift of art this holiday season.” All works by CCCA members, all 12” x 12” or smaller, and all priced at $250 and under. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 5-7 p.m. Information: info@artscolumbia.org; http://artscolumbia.org

Artisan Faire to Benefit Sinterklaas

Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Shop for holiday gifts including art, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, needlecraft and much more. Free admission. Door prizes and treats. Information: 845.876.8799; http://www.sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

Columbia County Historical Society Annual Gallery of Wreaths Silent Auction and Greens Show

Columbia County Museum & James Vanderpoel House, 5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook, NY 12106 November 26-28, call for hours: Annual Gallery of Wreaths Silent Auction & Gingerbread House Competition. The public is invited to enter hand-decorated gingerbread houses based on one of two themes: historical (inspired by an historic home or building in Columbia County); or fantasy (limited only by your imagination!). Each category will be judged in three age groups: children, teens, and adults. Information: www.cchsny.org

Crafted

Historic Cottekill Church, 167 Cottekill Rd., Cottekill, NY 12419 Sat. & Sun., Nov. 26 & 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: A two-day curated holiday shop showcasing a diversity of wares, a range of prices, and ongoing demonstrations. Explore the open displays of ceramics, lamps, knit-ware, designer clothing, jewelry, ornaments, wood, farm preserves, heirloom seeds, chocolate and more. One central check-out makes it easy to take your time shopping with no pressure to buy from individual booths. Sit on the couch with hot cider and cookies, warm up by the fire, meet friends, and get to know each craftsperson. Optional holiday ecowrapping is also available. Information: http://craftedhudsonvalley.org

Dutchess Community College Annual Holiday Crafts Fair

Drumlin & Falcon Halls, DCC Campus, 54 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sat. & Sun., Nov. 26 & 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Annual Craft Fair featuring more than 100 artisans and specialty food makers. Items for sale include jewelry, fiber arts, clothing, candles, soaps and oils, decorative painting, photographs, toys, collectibles, ceramics, porcelain, floral arrangements and works in glass, metal, leather and wood. Door prizes. Refreshments. Tickets: $6; $4 seniors; free, kids under 12. Information: 845.431.8400; http://www.sunydutchess.edu/alumni/ foundationevents/annualcraftfair.html

Handmade Holidays Crafts Exhibit & Sale

GCCA Catskill Gallery, 398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Nov. 26-Jan. 7, 2012, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Finely made wearables, toys, cards, ceramics, prints, cards and other fine crafts in the Greene County Council on the Arts Artful Hand Gallery Gift Shop. All merchandise under $100. Information: 518.943.3400; http://www.greenearts.org

Handmade Holiday

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 November 26-December 18, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: This year’s holiday show is bigger and better than ever with a dazzling array of hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts, from funky to fabulous, handcrafted by local artists. Get in the holiday spirit with a cup of mulled cider and seasonal treats while you enjoy stress-free shopping. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 26, noon-3 p.m. Information: 518.392.3693; http://www.spencertownacademy.org

Annual Monastery Christmas Craft Fair

Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, 246 Barmore Rd., LaGrangeville, NY 12540 Sat. & Sun., Nov. 26 & 27 and Dec. 3 & 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Vinegars, food baskets and monastic products from the farm and gardens including: dried herbs, soups, dips, jams, green and red salsa, tomato sauces, relishes, apple butter, olive tapenade, and the famous Artisan

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Images L to R: work by Beth Weintraub @ Riverwinds; decoupage pendant by Retropage @ Bard Art & Craft Fair and Artisan Faire; bird necklace by RobinMarie of Soasa Designs at Bard Art & Craft Fair; Stationary by Marilyn from Pulp Sushi @ Bard Art & Craft Fair; Map pendants by Bethany Nohlgren @ Bard Art & Craft Fair; Tree by Janine Lambers @ Riverwinds.


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Images L to R: handbags by Barneche Design; detail of orchids photograph, & small celtic box by Arlene Wege. Available at Artisan Faire on 11/20 in Rhinebeck.

Monastic Vinegars. Plus: Nativity Sets from all over the world and other monasteries; Monastic crafts including gift items, icons, candles, decorations and more; Monastic cookbooks and other religious books autographed by the author. Information: http://ourladyoftheresurrectionmonastery.webs.com

Bard College Art and Craft Fair

Bertlesmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, December 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Buy local, artisan-made gifts for the holidays! Everything is homemade by local or student crafters. About 60 vendors participate each year. Information: http://bardcraftfair.blogspot.com

Annual Yuletide Fair

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Children and adults are invited to make stained glass ornaments and dip their own holiday candles. Quality crafts of all types available for sale by area artisans: handcrafted toys, pottery, jewelry, clothing, fabric, yarn and other items. Food and festive music. Gingerbread House Contest and Auction. Information: 518.672.5808; http://www.hawthornevalleyassociation.org

Christkindl Market

Germania Hall, 37 Old DeGarmo Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Friday, Dec. 2, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Germania of Poughkeepsie presents its annual traditional German market featuring: Gluehwein and pastry, imported German Christmas candies, homemade Lebkuchen and Christmas Stollen, herring salad, German potato salad, red cabbage and sauerkraut, plus many craft items and seasonal gifts. Information: 845.471.0609; info@germaniapok.com; http://www.germaniapok.com

St. Nicholas Day Craft Fair

Astor Home for Children, 6339 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, December 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The children, staff and volunteers at Astor Services For Children & Families work all year to create the unique hand-made crafts for the St. Nick’s Craft Fair. There will be a variety of childrens’ art, decorations, wreaths and arrangements, knitted items, ornaments, cards and much more!! A wide selection of raffle prizes and themed gift baskets will also be on display at this fun filled day for shoppers. All proceeds benefit the children’s recreational programs. Snow date: 12/10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 845.871.1171; http://astorservices.org

Columbia County Historical Society Annual Holiday Boutique

James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad St., Kinderhook 12106 December 9-11 & 16-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Fine handcrafted goods, family programs and more. Information: 518.758.9265; educator@cchsny.org; http://www.cchsny.org

Holiday Boutique and Book Sale

Starr Library Lower Level, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri., Dec. 9, noon-5 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Friends of Starr Library host this holiday boutique and book sale featuring holiday treasures for the house, tree and table; plus, gift-worthy books. Information: 845.876.4030; starr.rhinebeck.lib.ny.us

Pop Up Holiday Boutique

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: One-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, handbags, ornaments, cards, knitwear, vintage pieces and more. Information: http://cunneen-hackett.org

Hudson Valley Etsy Holiday Craft Show

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sat. & Sun., Dec. 10 & 11, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Holiday craft fair featuring the Hudson Valley Etsy Team. Locally made ceramics, jewelry, knitwear, glass, baby clothes and fine art. Information: http://howlandculturalcenter.org

Friends of the Germantown Library Holiday Gift Fair

ARTspace, 212 Main Street, Germantown, NY 12534 Sat. & Sun., Dec. 10 & 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Gift fair featuring homemade crafts, cookies and other holiday foods. Also, new and gently used ornaments, books, stocking stuffers, small toys, holiday decor, gift wrap, fresh and artificial wreaths and more. Purchases are tax free. Kicks off the membership drive for and benefits the newly formed Friends of the Germantown Library organization. Information: http://germantownlibrary.org

The Red Hook Emporium Third Saturday

7392 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, December 17, 4-6 p.m.: See November 19 listing. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and special holiday hours tba. Information: 845.758.0202


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The Art of Appreciation

Time and Place Well Spent

by Linda Marston-Reid President, Dutchess County Arts Council

by Betsy Jacaruso

With the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up in a few weeks, people begin thinking about feasts, families and friends. We reflect on our past year, and consider all that we are grateful for as the year comes to a close. Personally, I am grateful to have recently moved into this community and to be working in the arts, a field for which I feel great passion. On top of this, I am astounded by the great natural beauty of the Hudson Valley and find myself stopping to gaze at the river, the trees and the mountains. This is enhanced by the wonderful people I have met here, and the businesses and organizations at work in our community. Thinking about how all of this abundance came my way, I do reflect on those who built this community over the last several hundred years. Their concerns were not so different than ours today; caring for our families, having a place to live, good food to eat in a community where we can pursue the life we want to live. This freedom and pursuit of happiness is written into our Declaration of Independence, and as we come together during this season of gratitude, I am forever grateful for the freedom to speak our opinion, to vote for our political representatives, and for the creative freedom that artists need to thrive. Perhaps one of the most important facets of freedom that artists utilize in their work is the creative exchange of ideas – many times facilitated through travel. Whether it is across international borders or to the next county, US-based artists have the freedom to be able to share their work and begin a dialogue with others due to the freedom that we enjoy in our country. Artists have been acting as cultural ambassadors for years, but in 1954 President Eisenhower formalized the process in response to the Cold War. What this did was allow US artists to travel and share their art with people in countries where there were political tensions with the United States, creating a cultural bridge between societies. During the last ten years the notion of the artist as cultural ambassador has been reinvigorated, and during 2012, 15 artists will be selected to travel and live internationally while working on their artwork. The “smART Power” program allows visual artists the freedom to work across borders in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Venezuela, China, Nigeria and a Somali refugee camp in Kenya. What this cultural ambassador work program will also do is expose people in other countries to US-based artists, allowing citizens from outside of the US to engage with the artists and experience art from their perspective. As we reflect on what we should be thankful for this Thanksgiving, let us remember the freedom we have in our country that contributes to the joyful abundance in our lives. This January marks the 70th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s famous speech on the “Four Freedoms,” where he signaled the importance of Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Want. Whether we are artists or accountants, this Thanksgiving and every day, we can be thankful that we have these freedoms in our lives.

We are coming into a season when we begin to reflect on the year that’s coming to an end: what we’ve accomplished; what we’ve survived in this economy; how we want to move forward, and what we’ll accomplish in the upcoming year. As I reflect on the past year there are several things that I am grateful for. The first thing that comes to mind is all the students that I have the pleasure of teaching in my Studio at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook. Together we share a quest to expand access to the arts in Northern Dutchess County. As an artist myself, I am very grateful to have had the good fortune and opportunity to work every day in the Northern Dutchess arts community. But mine is still afterall a business that requires tough decisions every day and sometimes sacrifices to make ends meet. To that end, I have made the difficult decision to move my business to Rhinebeck. My new studio and gallery will be located at 43 East Market Street in Rhinebeck, and I will begin classes there on December 10. As I prepare to begin this new adventure, I find myself reflecting with great pride on my time in Red Hook at the Chocolate Factory, and I will miss many things about working within the Red Hook Community. I have been able to develop and grow my art school over the last 12 years in a beautiful space and setting hard to come by in most places. The Chocolate Factory is an historic resource that has been brought to life by Dr. George Verilli, and I am truly thankful for the vision and effort he has put in over the years. Thanks again to you, George, for all the work you do to keep the Chocolate Factory a unique and viable part of the greater Red Hook area. The Hudson River Valley is rich in history as well as beauty and has long been a valuable resource of inspiration for artists. I appreciate this as well as the cameraderie of the many talented artists that are drawn to the area. I have also found it a rich and rewarding experience to serve as CoChair of the Red Hook Community Arts Network working alongside Kari Feuer, Juliet Harrison, Lisa Pinto, Arlene Wege and Jen Bulay. Inspired by Ed Pruitt of the Red Hook Chamber, we are a group of artists on a mission to create Red Hook as an arts destination. “We are dedicated to creating an environment that engages creativity, art and culture as a catalyst for community transformation, sustainability, prosperity and livability.” I feel passionate about our mission and plan to continue to work and participate with the group. As a group we are also looking forward to contributing to the Red Hook Bicentennial Celebrations that are underway. The Bicentennial Committee has been working tirelessly, and it looks like Red Hook will have a very exciting year to celebrate starting this coming spring thanks to them!

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Donald Fagen will be a special guest at the Shelter From the Storm benefit concert. Photo submitted.

Benefit Concert: Pianist Michael Collier

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m.: A special evening of solo piano performed by Michael Collier to benefit Spencertown Academy Arts Center. An elegant program of works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann. Tickets: $20 Information: 518.392.3693; http://www.spencertownacademy.org

The Music of Laura Kaminsky Performed by Ensemble Pi

Hudson Opera House, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, November 12, 8 p.m.: The ensemble will be performing works by composer Laura Kaminsky including Duo for cello and piano, Vukovar Trio for violin, cello and piano, and Wave Hill for violin and piano. Ensemble Pi is a socially conscious new music group performing the music of living and undiscovered composers. Laura Kaminsky ‘is a composer with an ear for the new and interesting’ and whose works are ‘colorful and harmonically sharp-edged’ (The New York Times). Social and political themes are common in her work, as is an abiding respect for and connection to the natural world. She is Artistic Director of Symphony Space in NYC. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

The Jammin’ Divas

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, November 13, 4-7 p.m.: Four stunning voices from Ireland, USA, Israel, and Australia come together to perform traditional and contemporary music from their respective cultures. Tickets: $15 Information: http://howlandculturalcenter.org

Shelter From the Storm: A Benefit Concert

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Friday, November 18, 8 p.m.: The Bardavon, Radio Woodstock 100.1 and Levon Helm Studios present a concert to benefit our neighbors devastated by Tropical Storm Irene. Performers include Levon Helm and The Levon Helm Band, and special guests Donald Fagen, Natalie Merchant, Graham Parker, John Medeski, Chris Wood and more TBA. All artists are donating their time, and all net proceeds from this concert will benefit: Phoenicia Rotary/Sharp Committee Flood Relief; Prattsville Relief Fund; The Mark Project; and Ulster County Habitat for Humanity Flood Relief. Tickets: $50-$100 (Golden Circle) Information: 800.473.3000; http://www.bardavon.org

Amore...Dolore...Morte!!

Hudson Opera House, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m.: A musical journey that dives into the passions, pitfalls and joys of love and ventures from teh German Lied to Italian opera including composers Hugo Wolf, Verdi, Rossini and others. Enjoy the talented singers from the Vocal Studio of Professor Ilka LoMonaco of the Bard College Undergraduate Program accompanied by pianist Michael Bukhman. A perfect afternoon for those inclined to ponder the mysteries of love. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Hudson Valley Philharmonic II: Cliburn Winner

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, November 19, 8 p.m.: Works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tsontakis, and Prokofiev. Featuring 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winner Di Wu on piano. Tickets: $25-$47 Information: 800.473.3000; http://www.bardavon.org


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Mercantile November 2011 Hoot for Hurricane Help: A Benefit Concert for Catskills Communities

St. James Methodist Church, 35 Pearl St., Kingston, NY Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m.: Featuring multiple Grammy Award singer/songwriter Tom Chapin, Piedmont-style blues master guitarist and singer Roy Book Binder, and international touring performer and vocalist Priscilla Herdman. Tickets: $20 suggested donation at the door Information: 845.594.4412; http://heritageconcerts.blogspot.com

LARK Quartet

Pianist Di Wu joins HV Philharmonic on November 19. Photo by Sengzhong Gan

Love Raise Your Voice: Faculty & Guest Recital

Vassar College, Skinner Hall of Music, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Saturday, November 19, 8 p.m.: Faculty member Christine R Howlett, soprano; Patrick Wood Uribe, violin; Holly Chatham, piano. Music for soprano, violin, and piano featuring music of Donald Waxman, Richard Wilson, Leonard Enns, Tarik O’Regan, Carson Cooman, and others. Information: 845.437.7294; http://music.vassar.edu

Show for Respect

Cup and Saucer Restaurant & Tea Room, 165 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, November 19, 7-11 p.m.: Benefit concert for the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to aid the victims of domestic violence and abuse. Musicians from New York and the Hudson Valley including: Dan Lavoie, the Knox Sisters, Josh Taylor, Amy Vachal and others. Tickets: $35 advance; $40 door Information: 845.831.6287; http://www.beaconchamber.org/ TeaRoomBenefit.html

Conservatory Sundays: Concerto Competition Finals

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m.: Conservatory students compete for the opportunity to perform with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. Final round. Tickets: Free! Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Church of the Messiah, Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 20, 4 p.m.: The LARK Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and imaginative artistry. The members, all soloists in their own right, have come together to form a “polished and warmly communicative ensemble,” that delivers “a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance,” - Washington Post. Performing with a unique blend of excitement, individuality, and an unusually sonorous quartet sound, the LARK has won the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. Alonzo Smith was a native of our area, born in Glasco (just south of Saugerties). He graduated from Saugerties High School and then from Lincoln University, and got a master’s in English from Iowa University. For most of his career he did publicity for book publishing companies, though early on he was involved in early childhood education, and as his memory waned in late years that was the field he identified himself with. He was a lover of classical music who attended and supported music in the Hudson Valley. As our way of saying thank you for supporting and sharing his love of music, The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society dedicates this, it’s Second concert of the 2011-12 season to his memory. Tickets: $25; $5 students; under 13, free Information: http://rhinebeckmusic.org

Red Molly & Anthony DaCosta

The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, November 20, 7-11 p.m.: The dynamic female trio that started out as a “happy accident”, is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Special guest, singer/songwriter Anthony DaCosta was recently named on MSNBC.com, a “Top 5 Up & Coming Young Singer.” Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door Information: 845.226.8099; http://thebeacontreatre.org

Tim Fain, Violin

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sun. & Mon., Nov. 20 & 21, 4-6 p.m.: A winner of the Young Concert Artists competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Tim Fain is performing at many leading concert halls throughout the country as both an orchestra soloist and in recital. Tickets: $30; $10 students Information: 845.297.9243; http://howlandmusic.org

Chris Cornell

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Wednesday, November 30, 8 p.m.: Cornell performs unplugged, up close and personal - an event many fans have been eagerly anticipating for years. Within this alternative setting, he can easily interact with the audience and share insights about his music. Familiar songs emerge in a new context, showing that great songwriting translates to any idiom. Credited with the ability to connect with listeners like few others of our time, Cornell has maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a singer, songwriter, and lyricist. He has been heralded continued on page 33 g


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Adam Levy Solo Show

Open Space Gallery, 510 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, December 9, 8 p.m.: Local 845 presents solo songwriter and storyteller Adam Levy -- “a world class guitarist and a heartbreaking songwriter, with a Masters degree in subtlety. Prepare to swoon.” Tickets: $12 door; $9 advance Information: http://local845.com

Jenny Lin Benefit Concert

Martin Sexton. Publicity photo.

Martin Sexton

Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, December 3, 9 p.m., doors, 6 p.m.: Martin Sexton has a voice that emanates in a hundred possible shades. His songs are sweet, spirited and always soulful. Tickets: $45 Information: 6=518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com; http://martinsexton.com

Mac Miller with Pac Div & Casey Veggies

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m.: Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick is a rising star in the hip hop community and rapidly becoming a household name. At 19-years-old, this MC has gone from a local sensation to selling out venues across the United States. Tickets: $24 Information: 845.454.5800; http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

Bard College Symphonic Chorus and the Bard College Chamber Singers Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, December 7, 8 p.m.: With conductor James Bagwell. Includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B flat, “Harmoniemesse.” Tickets: $5 Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Jenny Lin. Publicity photo.

Hudson Opera House, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m.: HOH presents a benefit performance with pianist Jenny Lin, one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her concerts have taken her to Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center, the Salle Cortot in Paris, festivals worldwide, and most recently Le Poisson Rouge. At HOH, Lin will perform a work by Federico Mompou: Selections from his Musica Callada (Silent Music) with film screening and ‘Get Happy’: Broadway Song Arrangements from Marc-Andre Hamelin, Uri Caine, Stephen Hough, Stephen Prutsman, Christopher O’Riley and Earl Wild. Reception sponsored by Otto’s Market follows. Tickets: $25 Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Hudson Valley Philharmonic III: Winter Suite

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m.: Rossini La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Overture; Bartok Viola Concerto, op. posth op. BB128 with HVP 2011 String Competition Winner Yoshihiko Nakano on viola; Sibeilus “The Swan of Tuonela” with Joel Evans on English horn; Tchaikovsky Suite no. 4, op. 61, C major. The audience is invited to a pre-concert talk with Maestro Fleischer and members of the orchestra one hour prior to the performance. Tickets: $25-$47 Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org

Aviva & Dan: Hot Songs for Cold Nights

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, December 18, 7-10 p.m.: Aviva & Dan is an electrifying duo performing an eclectic musical mix combining rich & lustrous operatic vocals & flamenco guitar, creating a unique repertoire that spans the medieval to modern, classical to tango. Tickets: $12 Information: http://www.avivaanddan.com; http://www.howlandculturalcenter.org


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Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre in Ed Liang’s “Whispers in the Dark” © Vassar College/ Madeline Zappala ‘12

Bill Cosby Is Dead?

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, November 12, 8-9:30 p.m.: A musical comedy tribute to the man behind the icon written by Michael Monasterial. Staged reading. Tickets: Free admission. Information: http://howlandculturalcenter.org

Dracula

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebec, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through Nov. 13, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: Dracula, based on the Bram Stoker novel, is seductive, passionate and diabolical. The pulsing life force of this play will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Tickets: $20; $18 seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Is He Dead?

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Nov. 10-26, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & Sat., 11/26, 2 p.m.: Half Moon Theatre presents a play by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives. Set in 1848, the story is of Jean-Francois Millet, a talented young painter, who is in love with Marie, but in debt to a villainous art dealer Andre. Hilarity ensues as Millet realizes the only way he can pay Andre and marry Marie is to “die” and pass himself off as his pretty widowed sister. Tickets: $25/$22 seniors & students, 8 p.m. shows; $20/$18, 2 p.m. shows Information: 888.718.4253; http://halfmoontheatre.org

NEWvember New Plays Festival

Carpenter Shop Theater, 60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 10 & 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 2 p.m. & 8

p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m.: In association with AboutFACE Ireland, Tangent Theatre presents a new plays festival featuring work by the following playwrights: Meghan Kennedy, Fengar Gael, Craig Pospisil, Rachel White, and Jen Skura. Tickets: $10/reading, or $30 festival pass Information: 845.230.7020; http://tangent-arts.org

Once On This Island

County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main St., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 November 11-13, 18 & 19, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: Taking place on a Caribbean island divided by social prejudice, Once On This Island is a calypso-flavored retelling of the traditional “Little Mermaid” tale. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.298.1491; http://www.countyplayers.org

Theater Series: Senior Projects in DirectingWeekend One

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Resnick Theater Studio, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 10-13, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.: Two performances of four senior project plays presented over two weekends. Weekend One features “How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel; and “Passion Play” by Sarah Ruhl. Tickets: Free, reservations required. Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Ivy Baldwin Dance Open Rehearsal

Kaatsbaan, Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Thursday, November 17, 2 p.m.: Known for her vivid imagination, Ivy Baldwin’s interdisciplinary works break traditional boundaries, expectations and assumptions about dance performance. Through a broad range of mediums Baldwin and the company creates emotionally


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engaging dance works that awaken, provoke and inspire audiences. Tickets: Free Information: 845-757-5106 x 10; http://www.kaatsbaan.org

comedy features fast moving dialogue and a constant series of surprises. Tickets: $20; $18 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

In the Mood

Zvi Dance

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m.: In the Mood is the 1940s Big Band, Song and Swing Dance Revue that celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more with music arrangements, costumes and choreography that are as authentic as it gets! Tickets: $20-$39 Information: 800.473.3000; http://www.bardavon.org

The Tom Judson Show with Special Guest Trixie Starr

Hudson Opera House, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Thursday, November 17, 8 p.m.: A one-night-only special performance. Utilizing the skills that landed him on Broadway, Tom croons at the piano in a vintage tuxedo and sings an eclectic selection of songs from well known standards to some surprising obscure gems. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Kiss Me Kate

Dutchess Community College, James & Betty Hall Theatre, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 2 p.m.: This is the closest you’ll get to Shakespeare in musical theatre. Combine Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ with Porter’s music and lyrics to get “Kiss Me, Kate.” This is a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. Tickets: $10; $5 students & seniors Information: 845.431.8000; http://sunydutchess.edu

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre “Final Showings”

The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19, 8 p.m.: The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) presents its “Final Showings” workshop performance of ballet, jazz and modern dance repertoire featuring a selection from 14 works. The program includes two world premieres by internationally renowned choreographers Larry Keigwin and Edwaard Liang, presented as part of Vassar College’s sesquicentennial celebraions. Tickets: Free and open to the public, reservations recommended Information: dancetix@vassar.edu; 845.437.7470; http://dance.vassar.edu

Finding Fathers

Space 360, 360 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Nov. 18-Dec. 11, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A new theater piece devised and written by Eddie Allen and Rob Leo Roy, “Finding Fathers” follows the story of two men in remarkably similar situations and how they find friendship and a shared quest to know what it means to be a father. Tickets: $25; $22 seniors; $15 students; matinees, $22/$20 Information: 518.610.0909; http://www.wtdtheater.org

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 November 18-27, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: First produced in New York in 1939, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s tumultuous

Kaatsbaan, Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Sat., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m.: Zvi Dance is acclaimed for its passionate vision of community and its evocative, memorable dance works, including Zvi’s most recent work Zoom. The company’s works are a collaborative alliance among artists and celebrate diversity by melding movement genres into a distinct dance vocabulary of Zvi Dance. Tickets: $25; children, $10; student rush (with I.D.) at the door, $10 Information: 845-757-5106 x 10; http://www.kaatsbaan.org

Menagerie a ‘trois! Our Annual Panto!

The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 Nov. 25-Dec. 11, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: By Judy Staber and the Loons. Directed by Tom Detwiler. Tickets: $18; $10 children under 12 Information: 518.392.6264; http://ghentplayhouse.org

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Kaatsbaan, Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) presents the provocative and richly imagined choreography of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli. “Exuberant, serendipitous, gutsy and soaring” and “magicians in motion” are just some of the expressions used to describe ESDC dancers who delight audiences of all ages with movement that celebrates rhythm, energy and musicality. Tickets: $25; children, $10; student rush (with I.D.) at the door, $10 Information: 845-757-5106 x 10; http://www.kaatsbaan.org

Theater Series: Senior Projects in Directing Weekend Two

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Resnick Theater Studio, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sun., December 8-11, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.: Two performances of four senior project plays presented over two weekends. Weekend Two features “Gum” by Karen Hartman; and “Promenade” by Maria Irene Fornes. Tickets: Free, reservations required. Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Larry the Cable Guy

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, December 10, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.: With his signature catchphrase, “Git-R-Done,” Larry has become one of the most recognizable comedic talents in the country. Tickets: $43-$58 Information: 845.454.5800; http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

Black & White Holiday

Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, December 17, 3 p.m.: Cocoon’s “Silent Movie Workshop” returns in this original play written by M. San Millan for students ages 7-12, exploring the silent movie genre. Fun for the entire family. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.876.6470


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Art Studio for Young Artists

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m.: Get creative with HOH’s resident artist -- drawing, painting & more. Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Art in the Barn

Edmund, and Lucy transported through a magical wardrobe to the land of Narnia. The children join the colorful creatures of Narnia in combating an evil witch who has cast a perpetual winter across the land. Features lots of audience participation. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults & seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Wagon House Education Center/Farm Complex, Olana, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.: Music, story-telling, dance, movement and open art studio time for the youngest artists. Monthly themes: architecture, farm history, art and nature, the Hudson River. Tickets: Free; $5 vehicle use fee applies Information: 518.828.0135; http://olana.org

Peter and the Wolf

Open Barn

Church of the Messiah, Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 12, 3 p.m.: The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society is hosting a free young people’s concert, “Peter and the Wolf,” with music and narration. A reception with the artists concludes the afternoon. Information: http://www.rhinebeckmusic.org

Stony Kill Foundation, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Saturdays & Sundays through November, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Visit the barn and its adorable residents -- including some new piglets! Information: 845.831.1617; http://www.stonykill.org

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.: A live theater performance based on C.S. Lewis’ classic tale. The story finds four siblings, Peter, Susan,

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.: A free young people’s concert of Sergei Prokofiev’s music for children, with narration. Co-sponsored by the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and Hudson Opera House. Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Free Young People’s Concert: Peter and the Wolf

40th Annual Railroad Exposition

MH Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: The event of the year for model train enthusiasts. Tickets: $5; $4 students/seniors; $2 under 12 Information: 845.454.5800; http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.org continued on page 40 g


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Children’s Book Illustrator, G. Brian Karas

Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market, Municipal Parking Lot, E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 13, noon: Booksigning with children’s illustrator G. Brian Karas. His newest book, “Neville,” is written by Norton Juster of “Phantom Tollbooth” fame. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Pinocchio

Columbia-Greene Community College Arts Center Theater, Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.: Master puppeteers from The National Marionette Theatre bring this classic tale of a puppet who wants to become a real boy to life. Tickets: $6; $4 students & seniors Information: 518.828.4181; http://sunycgcc.edu

Pocahantas

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m.: An interactive show that invites the audience to be part of the show! Dance with John Smith, chant with Chief Powhatan, harvest the planting mounds and test your bravery in a bat-filled cave as you help Pocahontas prepare for her vision quest. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults & seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Thanksgiving Weekend Magic with Steve Johnson

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m.: Steve Johnson returns with magic, juggling, an amazing illusion, and a dramatic escape. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults & seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Family Free Night

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, November 19, 5-8 p.m.: Free museum admission. Starlab Planetarium Show at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information: 845.471.0589; http://www.mhcm.org

Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny

Columbia-Greene Community College Arts Center Theater, Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. & noon: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with a new puppet production of the classic and much-loved children’s books by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. For ages 3 and up. Tickets: $15; $10 youth Information: 518.822.1438; http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Pet Portraits Drawing Workshop

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, December 3, 2-4 p.m.: At this family-friendly workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create a unique portraits of their pets under the guidance of freelance illustrator Dan Baxter. Please bring a photograph of the furry family member whose portrait you’d like to draw. Completed portraits will make fantastic gifts! A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Dan Baxter has more than 20 years’ experience as a freelance illustrator, working with such clients as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, Forbes,

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Chronicle Books and others. He lives in the Hudson Valley. His dog, Lily is almost always by his side, especially at his drawing table. See more of Dan’s work at http://www.dogdrawnit.artsites.ca Information: 518.537.5800; http://www.germantownlibrary.org

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, December 3 & 10, 11 a.m.: Mystery, mayhem and plot twists will delight audiences of all ages. Directed by Lisa Lynds for Kids On Stage. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults & seniors Information: 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

artsVOYAGE Family Day Prince Ring: A Fairytale from Iceland

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 Sunday, December 4, 11 a.m.: A fun-filled program of storytelling, music, and art-making for the whole family. “Prince Ring,” a folk tale from Iceland, is performed by Tom Lee with musical accompaniment by violinist Eva Ingolf. An art-making project follows the story. Tickets: Pay what you wish. Information: 518.392.3693; http://www.spencertownacademy.org

Writing Workshop for Kids with YA Author Robin Palmer

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, December 10, 2-4 p.m.: For many of us, some of our earliest memories include being read fairy tales at bedtime. And while many of us might not have experience living in a castle in a faraway land, crossing paths with witches and fairy godmothers, or coming across big bad wolves, the structure of fairy tales -- a character on a heroic journey -- is just as relevant in books, movies and TV shows today. In this workshop, each participant will write their own modern-day version of a classic fairy tale and then share it with the group. Palmer’s first YA book “Cindy Ella,” was the first in a series of modern retellings of fairy tales set in a fictional Los Angeles high school. This was followed by “Geek Charming” (recently premiered on the Disney Channel starring Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop), “Little Miss Red” and the upcoming “Wicked Jealous.” In addition, she also has a middle grade series called “Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker,” about a twelve-year-old girl whose new stepsister is literally the most popular girl in the world because she’s a Hollywood superstar. Free and open to the public. Information: 518.537.5800; http://www.germantownlibrary.org

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party

Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Tuesday, December 13, 5:30-7 p.m.: In honor of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever,” the sixth book in Greg Heffley’s journey releasing, join us for snacks and a screening of the movie version of the first book in the series. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.757.3771; http://tivolilibrary.org


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Long days short years by Brian PJ Cronin, photos by Kristen Cronin

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aving a child turns you into a magnet for unsolicited advice. From the stranger who stops you on the street to critique your choice in baby carriers, to the relatives who always have a story about how their friend’s sister’s daughter did just what you’re doing and it caused the baby’s elbows to catch on fire, you soon learn one of life’s eternal lessons: You’re doing it wrong. Solicited advice however is a godsend for new parents, and we are grateful for every last bit we’ve received. But the best advice we’ve gotten so far was from a co-worker of mine a few months before Cooper was born. He was a new parent as well, and I asked him if there was anything he thought I should know. “The first three months are like Vietnam. Just keep your head down and get through it.” That proved to be true, although at least Vietnam got you out in the open air. Those first few months home from the hospital are an endless procession from the nursery to the bathroom to the laundry room, save the occasional trip to the grocery store that you’re too exhausted to remember. Sure you can plunk your baby down in a stroller and saunter merrily out the door with a song in your heart and a “World’s Best Parent” baseball cap on your head. In reality, you are simply chauffeuring a bomb; ready to explode if he gets hungry, or sleepy, or hot, or cold, or sees a particularly troublesome arrangement of clouds. And it’s not like things are easier at home; you’re just spared the added burden of trying to find matching socks. Three months we’d repeat to ourselves in between Cheerios for lunch and catnaps for dinner. Just hang in there. We weren’t the only ones struggling. Being a baby during those first three months is hard: You’re hungry but you have trouble digesting, you’re sleepy but you need help falling asleep, you’re immobile, you can barely see, and your only means of communication/defense is to scream. On top of that, your parents are fussing over you all the time, wondering if you know who they are and why you can’t grasp the concept that when it’s dark out it’s

solicited advice is a godsend for new parents, and we are grateful for every last bit we’ve received.

time to go to sleep. We needed to keep reminding ourselves that he was currently only about half as smart as our dumbest cat...and some of our cats are pretty dumb. But once a baby passes the three-month mark, aka “The Fourth Trimester,” they become more of a small human and less of a fetus that somehow fell out of the womb too early. Cooper started sleeping for long stretches at a time and finding delight in absolutely everything around him. Gone were the days when we couldn’t take him outside for more than ten minutes. Now as long as we kept his belly full, his diaper empty, and made sure he got a quick nap in every now and then, we could stay outside forever. Just like real people. We know it won’t last. Daycare might be successfully wearing him out so much that he sleeps like a log when he gets home and wakes up happy and refreshed at 7:30 AM, but soon there will be teething and then the night terrors and then the sixteen month sleep regression and then the junior prom. It doesn’t really get any easier. Put your head down and get through it. And ignore any unsolicited advice you get.

 Brian PJ and Kristen Cronin live in Beacon with their four cats, and new son Cooper James Cronin. Check out their blog A Rotisserie Chicken and 12 Padded Envelopes at hvmercantile.com, and view more of their photos at www.flickr.com/teammoonshine.


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Gigi root vegetable

GRATIN by Laura Pensiero, Chef/Owner Gigi Trattoria and Gigi Market

Root vegetables sing of the season. This colorfully layered gratin can be made up to 2 days ahead of Thanksgiving, making it a quick “re-heat” side dish on a busy cooking day or any day. Steeping the ancho chiles in the broth lends a smoky deep layer to the flavor, making this a standout among the Thanksgiving spread. Prepare it again throughout the autumn and winter, serving it with roasted pork, lamb or chicken. Makes 6 Servings

INSTRUCTIONS

INGREDIENTS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2 dried ancho or chipotle chiles 1 1⁄2 cups low-sodium broth (vegetable or chicken) 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 large baking potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 14 ounces), peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices 2 medium parsnips (about 8 ounces), peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices 3 medium turnips (about 12 ounces), peeled and sliced into 1/8inch-thick slices salt 2 cups (about 8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

In a small saucepan, simmer the ancho chiles in the vegetable broth for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steep while preparing the gratin. Rub a casserole or baking pan (about 12 cup) with the olive oil. Arrange the root vegetable slices, starting with a layer of slightly overlapping potatoes, followed by sweet potato, parsnip, .and turnips; repeat the sequence. Season each layer with salt and sprinkle with diced roasted pepper and shredded cheese; reserve about 1/3 cup of shredded cheese. Remove the anchos from the broth and pour evenly over the casserole. Cover with foil wrap and bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake for 15 more minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. **Thinly sliced vegetables are critical to even and complete cooking. Use a mandoline to slice vegetables quickly and uniformly. Made of stainless steel or plastic, they are usually sold with a variety of blades for thin slicing, julienning, and french-fry cutting. Inexpensive, good-quality plastic mandolines are available at most culinary stores.

Used with permission Excerpted from “Hudson Valley Mediterranean” (pg 170), by Laura Pensiero, Chef/Owner, Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck and Gigi Market in Red Hook. Published by William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright © 2009 by Laura Pensiero.


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readings, signings & screenings

Still from the film ‘Being Elmo’. Photo submitted.

From the Archive: Discovering Elizabeth Bishop

Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through December 15: A major exhibit and symposium have been organized by the Vassar College LIbraries to mark the centenary of the acclaimed poet Elizabeth Bishop, a 1934 Vassar graduate who earned the Pulitzer Prize and many other major US literary honors before her death in 1979. Information: 845.437.5760; http://vassar.edu

Tasty Tunes Weekly Open Mic

Taste Budds Cafe, 40 West Market St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Free weekly music and spoken word open mic. Sign-up at 6 p.m. Information: 860.823.8605

Author Talk: Susan Orlean, “Rin Tin Tin”

Stissing House, Corner Rte. 199 & Rte. 82, Pine Plains, NY 12567 Friday, November 11, 7 p.m.: Susan Orlean shares the tale of “Rin Tin Tin,” her latest work. At its hear, “Rin Tin Tin” is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals.But it is also a richly textured history of 21st-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Information: http://www.merrittbooks.com

Edwina Sandys Art

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, November 12, 2 p.m.: The first comprehensive volume about the witty, provocative, and beautiful art of Edwina Sandys—sculptor, painter, and passionate modern woman. This exciting chronicle, with

text by Caroline Seebohm, spans four decades of Edwina Sandys’ work. Copies of Edwina’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Original work used in the book will be on display during the talk. Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Author Talk/Book Signing: Tommy Zurhellen

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m.: Author Tommy Zurhellen reads from his novel, “Nazareth, North Dakota.” Described as a modern retelling of the story of the young messiah, Zurhellen’s debut novel weaves Lakota and Christian mythology into a contemporary setting -- the Badlands of North Dakota in the 1980s. Information: http://germantownlibrary.org

Special Presentation with Director Chris Metzler

Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 13, 5:45 p.m.: “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” a screening followed by Q&A with the director. With a blistering combination of punk and funk, Fishbone demolished the walls of genre and challenged the music industry to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, and others, Everyday Sunshine tells a moving story about music, fear, courage, and funking on the one. Information: http://upstatefilms.org

Movie: Being Elmo

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 24 & 25, 5:30 p.m; Sat. & Sun., Nov. 26 & 27, 5:45 p.m.: Beloved by children of


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all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. Tickets: $7; $5 students Information: 518.822.8100; http://www.timeandspace.org

Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library Annual Holiday Book Sale

Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd. (Rte 9), Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Fri., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., Nov. 19 & 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Annual Holiday Book Sale of gift-quality books and media. $4 or less for each item, and prices are half-off on Sunday. Divided into more than 30 categories, including fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, mysteries and more. Coffee table and other special books individuallypriced, plus a specially-priced group of “Rare but Reasonable” books. Information: 845.485.3445; http://poklib.org

Launch Party for Elizabeth Cunningham’s “Red-Robed Priestess”

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, November 19, 7 p.m.: Celebrate the final book in Elizabeth Cunningham’s “The Maeve Chronicles.” Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Met Opera: Satyagraha

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat., Nov. 19, Sat., Nov. 26, Sun., Nov. 27, 1 p.m.: The Met’ s visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft (right) once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass’s unforgettable opera, which the Washington Post calls “a profound and beautiful work of theater.” Tickets: $25; $15, students Information: 518.822.8100; http://www.timeandspace.org

Encore Presentation: The Met Live in HD: Satyagraha

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m.: A sold-out sensation when it had its Met premiere in 2008, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, tells the story of Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed his philosophy of nonviolence. The Met’s breathtaking production, which critics have called “a work of genius” (Los Angeles Times) and “a transcendent evening of theater” (Variety) returns for seven performances only. The Met’s visually extravagant production stars Richard Croft once again as Gandhi in a production the Washington Post calls “a profound and beautiful work of theater.” Tickets: $23; $16 children 12 and under Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org

Film: The Goonies

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, December 2, 8 p.m.: This family adventure-comedy follows a band of pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, and are hoping to save their homes from demolition. After discovering an old Spanish map, they head off on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17thcentury pirate. Tickets: $5 all seats Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org

Reading with Andy Borowitz: “The 50 Funniest American Writers”

Rhinebeck High School Auditorium, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.: A special evening with Andy Borowitz, editor of Library of America’s new collection, “The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion.” Andy will perform and sign copies of his book. Only books purchased from Oblong will be signed. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Met Opera: Rodelinda

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat., Dec. 3, Sun., Dec. 11, Sat., Dec. 17, 12:30 p.m.: Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She’s joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts. Tickets: $25; $15, students Information: 518.822.8100; http://www.timeandspace.org

Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style with Jeffrey Banks

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m.: The authoritative fashion history of the roots, growth, and offshoots of the quintessentially American preppy style. Co-authored by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle and foreword by Lilly Pulitzer, Preppy offers the first definitive and in-depth volume on preppy fashion, exploring its evolution from its pragmatic origins and presence on elite Eastern campuses in America to its profound influence internationally and metamorphosis on the runway. Information: 518.822.1640; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Eric P. Schmitt, “Counterstrike

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, December 10, 4 p.m.: In “Counterstrike,” Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of The New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government’s public posture. Adapting themes from classic Cold War deterrence theory, these strategists have expanded the field of battle in order to disrupt jihadist networks in ever more creative ways. Information: http://www.merrittbooks.com

Met Opera: Faust

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat., Dec. 10, Sun., Dec. 18, Sun., Jan. 8, 1 p.m.: With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod ‘s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Tickets: $25; $15, students Information: 518.822.8100; http://www.timeandspace.org

Film: Willie Wonka

Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.: The original musical film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Tickets: $5 all seats Information: 845.473.2072; http://www.bardavon.org


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Wolves of Yellowstone. Photo by Doug Smith. On November 18, Mike Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition speaks at the Carey Institute. Photo source:www.nps.gov

Beacon Farmers Market

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

Millerton Winter Market

Gilmor Glass, 2 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546 Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through the end of December, then monthly Jan.-April: Local producers offer everything from artisanal breads, locally-grown fruits and veggies, gourmet baked goods, wool & sheep skins, maple syrup, pickles, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and so much more. Sponsored by the North East Community Center. Information: http://www.neccmillerton.org

Winter Birds: Bird Walk, Picnic & Slide Show

Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.: Meet folks from KEEP Conservation at the Germantown Preserve off County Route 8 for a morning bird walk. A slide show and talk at the library follows. The KEEP Conservation Foundation preserve in Germantown is a 143 acre parcel of rivers, woods and old farm fields. Mowed paths provide an accessible walk through the preserve where many species of breeding, nesting and resident birds can be seen throughout the year. Information: 518.537.5800; http://www.germantownlibrary.org

Herbal Use of Common Weeds

Common Ground Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY Saturday, November 12, 2-4 p.m.: Last glance at eating your way to a nutritional and weedless garden with a hands-on workshop in the practical use of common weeds. Tickets: $15 Information: education@commongroundfarm.org

The Hudson Passive Project Open House

349 Millbrook Rd., Claverack, NY 12534 Sunday, November 13, 2-5 p.m.: “International Passive House Day” is a global event that opens the doors to passive houses from all over the world. The Hudson Passive Project demonstrates the energysaving potential of residential architecture, reducing heating energy consumption by a staggering 90%. It is the first certified passive house in NY state, and among the highest performing homes in the world. Information: http://www.hudsonpassiveproject.com

National Climate Seminar: Politics Down Under: Does Catastrophe Drive Change? Teleconference organized by Bard Center for Environmental Policy Wednesday, November 16, noon: Hear top scientists, analysts, and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions. This week’s talk features Special Guest Sed Henbest of Bloomberg who will discuss “Politics Down Under: Does Catastrophe Drive Change?” Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; conference code: 253385 Information: http://www.bard.edu/cep/ncs

Yellowstone Wildlife: Charting New Paths Forward

Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Gifford House parking lot, 2801 Sharon Tpke. (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.: Mike Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, will talk about some of Yellowstone’s most iconic wildlife, and discuss how climate change, shrinking habitat, and politics are shaping its future. Information: http://www.ecostudies.org/events.html

Bread, Wine & Cheese Festival

Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, November 19: Try and buy some of the outstanding cheeses made in the Hudson Valley -- and meet the cheesemakers! River Street


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Bakers offers hearty breads and incredible desserts. Information: 518.392.WINE; www.hudson-chathamwinery.com

Time to Talk: Dr. Helen Caldicott If You Love This Planet

Sprout Creek Farm, 34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Saturday, November 19, 1-5 p.m.: A day of activities on the farm celebrating the fall season. Geared for adults, experience first-hand the remarkable life of a highly diversified farm. Market and cheese tasting. Guided tour of barn chores with focus on the production role of each animal group. Information: http://www.sproutcreekfarm.org

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.: An articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr. Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last four decades to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Lecture will be followed by a Q&A. Tickets: $10 Information: 518.822.8448; http://www.timeandspace.org

November Winter Ecology Walk

Wednesday Wandering at Schor

The Dynamic World of the Diversified Farm

Location tba, one week prior to walk Saturday, November 19, 1-3:30 p.m.: Co-sponsored with the Farmscape Ecology Program, join ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo for walks at different natural areas throughout Columbia County to explore the winter ecology and land use history of our region. Destinations will be determined a week before the walk, depending on weather and footing. Information: 518.672.7994; http://clctrust.org/events

Late Autumn Hike

Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 Route 66, Ghent, NY Saturday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.: Explore the sights, sounds and smells of late autumn. While the natural world may appear to be shutting down for the winter season, this time of year is quite alive with change. Walk the trails and learn how nature s readying for winter’s cold. Registration suggested. Information: 518.828.4386; http://www.ccswcd.org

The Third Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl

Hudson Valley Yarn Shops and Farms from Hopewell Junction to Valatie Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, noon-4 p.m.: Eleven Hudson Valley yarn shops and farms are participating in this exciting event. Each shop and farm is unique and worth a visit. A social event for knitters, weavers and other fiber enthusiasts and artists. Information: http://www.HudsonValleyYarns.com

Red Hook Winter Market

Elmendorph Inn, North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 & 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Featuring many local farms and foods, fruits, veggies, meats, milk, speciality foods, gifts and more. Information: 845.399.4582; mckeonandny@yahoo.com

Pre-Thanksgiving Market

Rhinebeck Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot, E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Get locally-grown and produced foods for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Free butternut squash soup to take the chill off. Information: http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com

The Hudson Indoor Farmers Market

Christ Church, 431 Union Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, November 26-December 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Many of the Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors particiapte in this indoor market during the off season. A great way to continue to get farm-fresh, locally grown food stuffs in the winter. Information: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.org

Schor Conservation Area, 58 Shoreview Dr., Canaan, NY 12029 Wednesday, November 30, 10-11:30 a.m.: Learn about the history of the site, look for wildlife, and have a chance to familiarize yourself with the trails. Information: 518.392.5252 x 202; http://clctrust.org/events

Keynote Lecture with Majora Carter

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito ‘60 Auditorium, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, December 2, 8-9:30 p.m.: Public lecture with Majora Carter, President of the Majora Carter Group, an economic consulting firm dedicated to environmental quality and sustainable development. The topic of the lecture will be: How do you build a Leadership Career? Carter is the producer and host of the Peabody Award winning public radio series, The Promised Land, and serves on the Boards of the U.S. Green Building Council and The Wilderness Society. From 2001-2008, she was the Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx, an organization she founded that offered green collar job training and placements systems to one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the U.S. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.758.7073; http://www.bard.edu/cep

Trail Building Day

Stockport Flats Conservation Area, Almstead Rd, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Scenic Hudson, Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Stockport Trails Committee are looking for volunteers to help establish a trail linking Scenic Hudson’s Harrier Hill Park with the Greenport Conservation Area. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273; http://scenichudson.org

Winter Market

Rhinebeck Town Hall, E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sundays, Dec. 4 & 18, Jan. 8 & 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Many of the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market vendors participate in this indoor winter market--buy locally grown and produced food year-round. Information: http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com

National Climate Seminar Hot: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth

Teleconference organized by Bard Center for Environmental Policy Wednesday, December 7, noon: Hear top scientists, analysts, and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions. This week’s talk features Special Guest author and journalist, Mark Hertsgaard. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; conference code: 253385 Information: http://www.bard.edu/cep/ncs


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Boscobel

Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 December 1-31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Holiday House Tours. Friendly, knowledgeable docent guides direct and entertain visitors with stories of early 19-century yuletide traditions and at-home entertaining during the Federal period. Tickets: $16; $13, seniors; $8, kids 6-14; under 6, free; family of four, $40 Last Friday of the Month, all day: Costumed House Tours. Boscobel’s docents dress in various period costumes to guide visitors through Boscobel House on an interactive, interpretive tour. Step back in time for a fresh perspective on past & present life. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 6 p.m.: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Performed live in the grand entry hall at Boscobel House, this fast-paced production is a lively reading of excerpts from Dickens’ tale that opens up a fresh view of this familiar holiday material. Holiday feast with the actors follows performance. Tickets: $75 Sunday, December 11, 2:30 p.m.: Children’s Tea with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Mrs. Claus will delight children with storybook readings, and Santa will invite children to his knee to whisper their Christmas wishes. Sandwiches and sweets. Ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $25 Information: 845-265.3638; http://www.boscobel.org

Clermont State Historic Site

County Route 6, off Route 9G, Clermont, NY 12526 Sat. & Sun., December 3 & 4, 10 a.m.: “A Child’s Christmas.” Drop in for Christmas stories and treats for children ages 3-10. Tickets: $4 Sunday, December 11, 3-6 p.m.: Candlelight Tours. Crackling fire lit at 3 p.m. Tickets: $6; $5 seniors; free, children under 12. Sat., Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Christmas at Clermont Open House. Tickets: Free Information: 518.537.6622; http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Henry A. Wallace Center, Springwood Home of FDR & FDR Presidential Library, Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of FDR National Historic Site will host a series of free holiday events. The Roosevelt Library and the Home of FDR (Springwood) will be open to visitors free of charge. There will be holiday decorations, music, refreshments and special activities -- including the annual Children’s Reading Festival -- beginning at noon in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Holiday Open House at Val-Kill will run from 4-7 p.m., with a shuttle running from the Wallace Center. Parking at the sites is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool when possible. FREE Information: 845.486.7745; http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu

Locust Grove

2683 South Rd. (Rt. 9), Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, December 3, 5:30-9:30 p.m.: “Twilight Holiday Tour & Historic 4-Course Dinner.” Special holiday tour and dinner on the opening day of Locust Grove’s holiday season. Historically-inspired four-course holiday dinner presented by Chef Charlie Fells from the Artist’s Palate. Tickets: $110/person Saturdays in December (3, 10, 17) & the week after Christmas, Dec. 26-31: View Locust Grove’s historic mansion, decorated in seasonal splendor. This holiday season, the classic theme is “The Nutcracker.” In each room, Christmas trees decorated in seasonal splendor will showcase the passages from this tale. Tour the mansion with our guides available to share information on the showcased museum collections and decorations. Tickets: $10/adult; $6/child under 12. Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18, noon-4 p.m.: “A Holiday Hunt for Kids” featuring “The Nutcracker.” Collect the clues to the tale as you travel through the mansion’s decorated rooms. Then, return to the


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SIGHTS

Images L to R: snowy Olana driveway; Wilderstein White & Gold Salon, photos submitted.

Museum Pavilion for a holiday storytelling performance by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. Tickets: $10/adult; $8/child, includes hunt, storytelling performance, cookies & cider. Information: 845.454.4500 x 17; www.lgny.org

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

1013 Old Post Rd., Kinderhook, NY 12106 Friday, December 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: See Lindenwald adorned for the winter season. Warm yourself with hot cider while socializing with friends in the winterized tent, or enjoy the bonfire. Information: http://www.nps.gov/mava

Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.:: “Holiday Whodunit,” a one-hour mystery adventure for families. Calling all detectives! Especially children ages 6-11. Go back 100 years in time to 1911. Ruth Livingston Mills wants to give a prize to her most important servant – but she can’t decide who the most important one is! She needs your help! Come interview the servants and the guests (our costumed interpreters) and help Ruth decide. All participating children will be entered into a drawing for prizes! Tickets: Free to children 12 and under; $8 adults; $6 students & seniors. No reservations required. Information: 845.889.8851; http://www.staatsburgh.org

Olana State Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion

Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Fri.-Sun., November 25-January 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., house closes at 4 p.m.; closed Christmas Day and New Years Day: Tour the home of artist Frederic Church and family, hear excerpts of letters from family members about plans for the holidays, gifts and even the Christmas letter to Santa Claus from young Frederic Joseph Church on behalf of himself and his younger siblings. Tickets: $9; $8 students and seniors, free, kids under 12. Information: 518.828.0135; http://olana.org Sun., December 11, 10-11:30 a.m. & noon-1:30 p.m.: Victorian Wreathmaking workshop with Mary K. Hughes, Olana Flower Garden Caretaker. Exquisite natural materials will be provided. Tickets: $10; $5 members Information: 518.828.1872; shasbrook@olana.org; http://olana.org

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Old Post Road, Route 9S, Staatsburg, NY 12580 Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; special evening hours on Fri., Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m. (closed 12/25): Enjoy the sumptuously decorated historic mansion, house tours, an award-winning gift shop and majestic Hudson River setting! Tickets: $5; $4, seniors and students; 12 & under free.

Visitors Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12583 November 25-December 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day: Enjoy tours of the mansion lavishly decorated for a “Gilded Age” holiday season. Tickets: $8 Sunday, December 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Holiday Open House. Free admission all day. Music and refreshments provided by RooseveltVanderbilt Historical Association. Information: 845.229.7770; http://www.nps.gov/vama

Wilderstein

330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 November 25-27 & December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 26 & 27, 1-4 p.m.: Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion into a magical holiday spectacular. Tour the mansion at your own pace, with guides in each room to share information and answer questions. Tickets: $10; $9 students/seniors; under 12, free Saturday, December 10, 1 p.m.: “Yuletide High Tea.” Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Mansion tour included. Reservations are necessary. Tickets: $30; $20 per child. Information: 845.876.4818; http://www.wilderstein.org


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Mercantile November 2011

safe at home

welcomes Rhinebeck applications

Newly retired Rhinebeck resident Steve Plotnick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2006. While he is managing well with his daily physical activities, he and his wife, Alice, know that this may not always be the case. Because of this, they decided together to take advantage of a free program for Rhinebeck residents called “Safe at Home” sponsored by the Rhinebeck Town Board’s Committee on Aging and Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging. Safe at Home provides free assessments to seniors in the community to evaluate the overall safety and accessibility of their homes. An occupational therapist on staff at NDH works side by side with a volunteer licensed contractor to perform the assessment using American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)-approved guidelines. After the assessment, recommendations may be made for making the home a more senior-friendly environment. Tips may be as simple as adding grab bars in the bathroom or rearranging furniture to create wider walkways. “Steve is a great example of someone being proactive about his health and has a good approach to his future. We took a look at things like lighting, doorways, grab bars in the shower and tight corners that would be difficult to navigate should he need a walker or wheelchair”, said Laura Watson, Occupational Therapist at NDH. The couple is

Laura Watson and Steve Plotnick discuss space and grab bar issues within the bathroom of the Plotnick’s home.

currently working with a contractor for some recommended renovations in their home resulting from the Safe at Home analysis. Steve’s wife Alice is no stranger to Parkinson’s Disease. Her father as well as Steve’s father also lived with the disease for many years. “It’s important to stay positive. Both Steve and I, along with Deirdre and Stephen Fisher, run a Parkinson’s Support Group at Starr Library which meets once a month. Both patients and their caregivers share and network with each other,” says Alice. “We get a lot of great feedback from people. Often guest speakers are invited so it is a learning experience for us all.” Rhinebeck residents interested in the Safe at Home program can contact 845.876.3409. For information and schedule of the Parkinson’s Support Group, call Alice or Steve Plotnick at 845.876.4289.


Apparently everyone’s heard we’re the most popular hospital for bones and joints. When you receive the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award three years in a row (2008–2011), word gets around. It’s one of the many reasons more patients prefer our Bone & Joint Center.* Next time you’re looking for orthopedic advice or surgery, bring yourself to the Bone & Joint Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

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*SUNY New Paltz Preference Study 2010


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