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Vernal: a photo essay by Jen Kiaba


Seasonal Palette Calendar begins


Raising Public Awareness About Autism by Laurie Rich


Live on Stage! Calendar begins


The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus: Celebrating 50 Years of Singing in the Hudson Valley Concerts Calendar begins


Take the Kids Calendar begins


Ruminations: Worth His Salt by Owen O’Connor


Readings, Signings & Screenings Calendar begins


Bright Green Valley Calendar begins


Miscellaneous Calendar


Stork in the Road by Brian PJ Cronin


Photography Made Easy: Taking Better Vacation Photos by Joel Weisbrod


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On the Cover: Wonderment Floats on Pink Wings, by Kingston artist, ezerd. Ezerd crash landed in this area twelve years ago. While awaiting new and spare parts for repairs, ezerd studied at SUNY New Paltz and received a BFA in Printmaking. Since that time, Kingston, NY has become the Earth home in which ezerd resides while not traveling through space, time, and interdimensions. A solo show of ezerd’s work, “a glimpse into the ezerdian multiverse,” curated by guest curator Cary Janks is at Open Space Gallery in Beacon through April 7. To learn more visit or

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Albert Shahinian Fine Art Upstairs Galleries

22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through May: Solo exhibit: “Billy Name: The Warhol First Factory Prints from the 2010 Arles Photo Festial.” A set of black and white photographs by Andy Warhol’s primary Factory photographer documenting personalities and the space from about 1964-1968. Also, “Group Exhibit” - A mix of contemporary and historical paintings selected especially for the beginning and intermediate art collector with a focus on mid-and late-career regional artists. Hours: Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. and by appt. or chance Information: 845.876.7578;

Albert Shahinian Fine Art Gallery @ Prudential/Serls Prime Properties

6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through May: “Expansive Work,” major showing of regional landscapes and genre paintings by Gary Fifer, Arnold Levine, Eline Barclay, Yale Epstein, Christie Scheele, Leslie Bender and others. Plus, museumquality Cibachrome photographs by Jorge Hernandez. Hours: Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. and by appt. or chance. Information: 845.876.7578;

BAU Gallery

161 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through April 5: “bau 75: Gary Jacketti, New Work.” New paintings and graphic work by a progenitor of the Beacon art scene. Jacketti’s work constantly finds new ways to re-interpret classical themes. Never pedantic, always visually unique, his work has wit and grace. This new body of paintings breathes new life into and puts a very modern twist on Japanese art of the 18th and 19th centuries. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m., or by appointment Information: 845.222.0177;

Photograph by Eric Lind on exhibit at The Beacon Institute Gallery through October 2.

The Beacon Institute Gallery

199 Main St., Beacon, NY, 12508 Through October 2: “Revealed: Hidden Lives of the River,” the photographs of Eric Lind, Director of Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Garrison, NY. Lind developed his collection of photographs to bring to light some of our region’s lesser-known and inconspicuous wild residents. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: 845.838.1600;;

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery

The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook, NY 12571 April 2-30: “Annual Student Watercolor Exhibition.” Reception: Friday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs. & Fri., noon-4 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. & Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: 845.758.9244;

CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 March 27-May 22: “CLAP” a curatorial collaboration between CCS Bard graduate students Nova Benway, Michelle Hyun, Nathan Lee, Dylan Peet, and CCS Bard Executive Director Tom Eccles. Featuring works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, the exhibition includes many recent acquisitions on view for the first time, as well as a new commission by Tony Oursler. Reception: Sunday, March 27, 1-4 p.m. Information: 845.758.7598;

CCS Galleries

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 March 27-April 17: “Student-Curated Exhibitions: Group I.” Each Spring, second-year CCS Bard graduate students curate exhibitions and projects with leading and emerging contemporary artists in the CCS Bard Galleries. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the next generation of artists and curators. Information: 845.758.7598; continued on page 11 g

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The Culinary Institute of America

Hilton Library, The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Dr., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Through May: “In the Style of...American Pottery in the British Studio Tradition,” an exhibit of dinnerware and decorative ceramic platters by a dozen leading American potters working in the tradition of Bernard Leach, known as “the Father of British studio pottery.” Information: 845.471.6608;

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 April 1-May 6: Work by photographer Josephine Green. Information: 845.486.4571;

Daniel Aubry Gallery

426 Main Street, Beaon, NY 12508 Work by Grace Phillips, Kindergarten, Hagan Elementary Spackenkill Union Free School District, part of John Iyoya Through April 3: “Micro: A Group Show of Small Works” Children’s Art Show at Vassar’s James W. Palmer Gallery, curated by Carl Van Brunt. Information: 347.982.4210;


Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Permanent Collection: In addition to the permanent collection, Dia Art Foundation is currently exhibiting: Through June 26: “Koo Jeong A: Constellation Congress.” At Dia: Beacon, Koo Jeong A will present a new iteration of the work A Reality Upgrade & End Alone (2003-09), an outdoor sculpture that will be installed in the grass filed behind the museum. Through February 13, 2012: “Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action.” This presentation of works by Franz Erhard Walther features a selection of Handlungsstücke (Action Pieces) from the early 1960s, including the complete presentation of 1. Werksatz (First Work Set), 1963–69, from Dia’s collection. Acquired in 1978, 1. Werksatz comprises 58 fabric elements, or “instruments,” meant to be activated by visitors to the museum, drawing attention to the body as material form. Ongoing: “Drawing Series...” Sol LeWitt. Dia’s presentation of wall drawings by Sol LeWitt from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s was selected by the artist himself. Ongoing: “24 Farben – fur Blinky (24 Colors – for Blinky), 1977,” Imi Knoebel’s cycle of 21 shaped paintings. Ongoing: “Beacon Point,” George Trakas’ project for Beacon Point. Tickets: $10; $7 seniors and students; under 12 free Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100;

Electric Windows

510 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Ongoing: Art installation on the exterior of a 19th century factory building created by 27 street artists. This year, two additional installation sites were added: the Viera Building on the corner of Main & North Streets; and Roundhouse on East Main. Information:

Estuary Gallery

39 Front Street, Loft 7, Beacon, NY 12508 Through May 1: “Love is a River,” inaugural show featuring 25 contemporary artists working in painting, photography, video, sculpture and poetry. Hours: by appointment Information: 845.765.0747;


143 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through May 8: “Nothing Like My Home (The Iraqi Refugee Crisis)” photographs by Lori Grinker. For the past eight years, the Iraqi people have been forced to flee their homes and their country, creating one of the largest exoduses of refugees in the history of the Middle East. This exhibit looks at the personal and private trauma experienced by a few of these people since the war began in their country, as documented for an extended period by the celebrated photojournalist Lori Grinker. Hours: Weekends, noon-6 p.m. Information:

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through March 27: 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin work of three photographers highlight different aspects of campus life. April 8-June 11: “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England.” Rowlandson’s irony-laden look at the pleasures, both public and private, of late Georgian society is explored through this exhibition of 72 watercolors and prints. 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;

Gallery at Mondello

7 West Market St., Village of Red Hook, NY 12571 Through March 29: Cross River Fine Art and Betsy Jacaruso School of Watercolor. Information: 845.758.5555; http//

Howland Cultural Center

Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Through March 27: “Art Women @ Work,” an exhibit in celebration of National Women’s History Month with 13 artists of the Hudson Valley. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.831.4988;

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Ravel, silkscreen on cotton pillowcase, by Kayleigh Prest, whose work is on display at Twisted Soul Restaurant & Gallery in Poughkeepsie through May 18.

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James W. Palmer Gallery

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through March 26: “26th Annual Iyoya Show: A Celebration of Children’s Art.” The show highlights young children’s interest in the visual arts and encourages their use of the arts to express themselves. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.437.5370;

Locust Grove

2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through April 10: “Safari: A Solo Show of Paintings by Eva Van Rijn.” April 14-May 8: Solo photography exhibit, New Views of Our Old Neighborhood - Photographs of Dutchess and Ulster Counties, by Robert M. Lipgar is a photographic rediscovery of the two counties, focusing on the powerful elements of everyday life. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.454.4500;

Marion Royael Gallery

460 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through April 3: “Galleria Royael II,” 30 local artists exhibiting with artists represented by Marion Royael. Hours: noon-7 p.m., Thurs.-Sun. & by appt. Information: 541.301.0032;

Mill Street Loft Gallery 45

45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 April 15-May 18: “Exposure” annual photography competition and exhbition presented by the National Art Honor Society of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, open to students in grades 9-12. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and by appt. on weekends. Information: 845.471.7477;

Montgomery Row, Second Level

6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 April 1-29: “Spring Trio Paintings and Prints,” a group exhibition of paintings and prints by artists Alix Travis, Louise Kalin and John B. Hopkins. Reception: Saturday, April 16, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543;


510 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through April 7: “a glimpse into the ezerdian multiverse,” work by Kingston based artist ezerd. Guest curator Cary Janks. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., by appt; Second Saturdays, noon-9 p.m Information: 845.765.0731;

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RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 Through April 3: “Illusions,” paintings by Hiro Ichikawa. At first glance, most of his delicate, lyrical paintings appear to be abstractions. But after passing through a first impression, you see a sense of space as landscape and a feeling of time passing. Hours: Wed. - Mon., noon - 6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880;

Columbia County Council on the Arts

CCCA Gallery 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 March 26-May 13: “Student Art Showcase,” a collection of student works in all media from grades 6-12. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2-4 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213;

Columbia Greene Community College

6423 Montgomery St., Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through April 28: “RED: 14 Artists’ Interpretation.” Painters and photographers each chose images containing the color - sometimes hot and intense, sometimes subtle or whimsical. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.838.2880;

4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Foundation Gallery, through April 15: Sculpture of Jean Marc Superville-Sovak created from bricks found in abandoned brickyards that were once a dynamic part of the Hudson Valley economy. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue Hill Gallery, through March 30: Coxsackie-Athens Schools display of student artwork. Information: 518.828.4181;

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60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Through March 27: “COLOR!” Featuring work by Julia Aneshansley, Dea Archbold, Frana Baruch, Karl Volk, Susan Katz, Susan Picard, Janet Jappen, Ann Moring, Barbara Walter, Chad Wechler, Gregory Martin, Denise Saint-Onge, Alan Reich, Susan Lyons, Dot Chast, and Cheryl Lickona, among others. April 1-24: “Elements,” a group show curated by Chad Weckler. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.757.2667;

Twisted Soul Restaurant & Gallery

4747 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through May 18: “Bound II,” work by Mill Street Loft alumni, Kayleigh Prest. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., until 10 p.m. Information: 845.471.7477;

Columbia. Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 17: “Harry Orlyk and Marion Vinot,” the work of two artists with highly individual styles. April 21-May 29: “20th Anniversary Exhibit” featuring the works of David Paulson and Allyson Levy, with additional works by Vincent Pomilio, Darshan Russell and Louise Laplante. Party/Reception: All are invited to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary at a big party, Saturday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915;

Carrie Haddad Photographs

318 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 10: “Imagined Architecture,” David Trautrimas & Jim Kazanjian. Also, “The Uninhabited Landscape” by Richard Edelman. April 21-May 29: “The Emotional Landscape.” Reception: Saturday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.7655;

610 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 March 26-April 30: “Money,” an exhibition contrasting antique currencies from different cultures. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26, 6-8 p.m. Information: 914.466.4857;

Davis Orton Gallery

114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 1-May 8: “Person/Persona,” photographs by Meg Birnbaum; and “PortfolioX2” portfolio presentations by two photographers, Robert Kalman, “Larreynaga”; and Gordon Stettinius and Terry Brown, “Mangini Studio Series.” Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. Information: 518.697.0266;

Hudson Opera House

327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 26: “CCCA 15th Annual Juried Art Show 2011.” Mixed media show featuring 27 artists including. April 2-30: “A Survey: Gloria Garfinkel.” A solo show featuring an artist whose body of work is a provocative extension of both contemporary and historic painting traditions. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438;

John Davis Gallery

362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 27: Sculpture by Barry Bartlett. March 31-April 24: “The Work of Susan Heller.” The artist states, “A painting, like a walk, connects the physical experience (feet on the ground/paint on the canvas) to movement, energy, and space.” Reception: Saturday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.5907;

Omi International Arts Center

Charles B. Beneson Visitors Center Gallery & Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Ongoing, The Fields Sculpture Park, during daylight hours: Approximately 400 acres of farmland of which 100 acres are dotted with internationally recognized contemporary sculpture. The Fields’ mission is to expand the experience of what contemporary art viewed in a natural environment can be. Information: 518.392.4747; continued on page 15 g

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Spring time Happenings March 25-27

Thursday, April 14

From Stage to Screen

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By Agatha Christie A CHAC Fundraiser 5:30 - 7:30 pm The author comes forth with another hit about a group Beverages • Hor d’oeuvres • Silent Auction of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a Music & Loads of Fun All for only $35 snow storm - one of whom is a murderer. Another Proceeds enable CHAC to continue to Restore & famous Agatha Christie switch Finish! Maintain our 2 landmark Victorian Buildings For information call 845-227-3620 For information call 845-486-4571

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An Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word

By Sarah Ruhl Adapted from the play nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards. “Ruhl develops the story with the enticing blend of irreverent humor and skewed’s beautiful. Like most of the play, the end vibrates with sexually charged comedy and affectionate striving!” - San Francisco Chronicle For information call 845-486-4571

Featuring Poets “Rainmaker”, “Gold”, “Poetiklocks” & hosted by “Wordsmith Jones” Complimentary wine & finger foods after the show For information call 845-224-3461 or


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Workshops & Special Events Life Drawing

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Artists work independently in a disciplined environment; No instructor or specific method is followed. The Wednesday evening session offers one single pose for artists. Fee: $10 per session. Information: 518.822.1438;

20/twenty: Fundraiser for Beacon Open Studios

4 South Chestnut St. (Shambhala Yoga Center), Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, March 26, 7-10 p.m.: Beacon Open Studios, now in its third year, is a free, city-wide art event that invites the public into local artists’ studios, allowing visitors to chat with artists, view past and current works-in-progress, and get an up-close look at the spaces in which they create. In order to minimize costs for all participating artists, Beacon Open Studios is holding a fundraising art party extravaganza: 20/twenty. 20 artists. 20 artworks. 20 chances. 20 bucks. Hosted by the feisty and vivacious Miss Trixie Star, this fun-filled evening will culminate in a raffle that no art lover will want to miss. Each $20 donation entitles guests to 20 raffle tickets and 20 chances to win one—or more—of 20 original artworks donated by 20 talented local artists. Admission also includes a special “Double Vision” cocktail from the cash bar. Information:

Gallery Talk at Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.: Doryun Chong on On Kawara. Chong is Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Tickets: Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. Information: 845.440.0100;

100 for 100

Babycakes Cafe, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Monday, March 28, 6-8 p.m.: An annual fundraiser for Barrett Art Center, 100 donated works of art: paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works will be offered. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each. For every ticket you purchase, you will have the opportunity to choose an original piece of art! Raffle starts at 6:30 p.m. Music and hors d’oeuvres catered by Babycakes Cafe. Cash bar. Information: 845.471.2550;

Koo Jeong A: Perspectives from the Curator

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m.: Dia Art Foundation presents an exclusive series of gallery talks led by Dia’s curator Yasmil Raymond. These exhibitionrelated special events provide visitors a unique opportunity to view Koo Jeong A’s Constellation Congress from the curator’s eye, as Raymond distills her insights into the creation and realization of this three-part exhibition that marks the artist’s first major project in North America. Tickets: Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. Information: 845.440.0100;

Music and Art Without Borders

Bull & Buddha Restaurant, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, April 3, 4-9 p.m.: Benefit for Music and Art Without Borders, which fundraises, honors, and spreads awareness for Doctors Without

Borders. Silent art auction, raffles, wine tasting, appetizers, a short documentary, and live music. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 door Information: 845.337.4848;

Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art: A Hudson Valley Artists Dialogue Series

BEAHIVE, 291 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Thursday, April 7, 7:30-9 p.m.: This dialogue series feature local emerging and established artists in discussions with fellow artists about their work, their process and their views on issues in contemporary art. Meets on the first Thursday of the month through June 2011. This month’s talk: “Art as a Reflection of Self” with Lee Price explores the question, “Does art need to be personal?” Tickets: $5 suggested donation Information:

Community Free Days at Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 9, all day: Residents 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;

Second Saturday Beacon

Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 9, noon-9 p.m.: Tour Main Street to discover your favorite window decoration, warm yourself with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy all the creativity that Beacon has to offer. Support Beacon’s Main Street and find out how simple it is to Shop Local. Information:

Beacon Sloop Club Environmental Series Art of the Hudson River: New Visions of the Hudson River

Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Dr., Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.: With Cabot Parsons and Carol Flaitz. Information: 845.463.4660;

Third Saturday: Art in Rhinebeck

Montgomery & Market Streets, Village of Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 16, noon-9 p.m.: Village-wide celebration of the arts featuring gallery openings, author readings, performance and music. Information: 845.876.5904; rhinebeck;

Red Hook CAN Opener

Red Hook Firehouse, Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.: The Red Hook Community Arts Network hosts a cocktail party and mixer to introduce the community to its newly formed organization and what it hopes to achieve. Red Hook CAN is dedicated to creating an environment that engages creativity, art and culture as a catalyst for community transformation, sustainability, prosperity and liveability. Join them for an informative social evening featuring live entertainment and an opportunity to get involved in this exciting organization. Guest speakers include the Dutchess County Arts Council President, Benjamin Krevolin, and author and New Yorker cartoonish Liza Donnelly. Information:

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autism one event at a time raising public awareness about

by Laurie Rich, Director, Spectrum Services Foundation

april is a special month for so many families and organizations around the world, the country, and right here in the Hudson Valley. April is Autism Awareness Month. The event that begins the month is global: Each year since 2007 – when the United Nations General Assembly, in response to a call from its members, designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day – autism organizations around the world hold celebrations and awareness-building events and fundraisers to focus public attention on the growing global prevalence of autism. It’s very important work: Tens of millions of people in every part of the world are affected by autism, in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The number of those whose families, friends, co-workers and other community members’ lives are touched by autism is an unknown multiple of those figures. In the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conservatively estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And that number is reported to be still on the rise. According to the CDC, boys are four times more likely to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than girls. To date, despite ongoing and increased research for answers about the causes of autism, no one knows why this is so. Autism’s causes remain so puzzling and unclear, that the icon used by groups across the globe to depict Autism is a puzzle piece. Of course, for those of us who work in or for the agencies and organizations that help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, raising public awareness is a daily part of what it is that we do. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are a number of groups whose mission is to bring attention to and raise money for autism, from research, to education, to early intervention, and more. I head the Spectrum Services Foundation, the fundraising arm for the Center for Spectrum Services, one of the premier organizations in the Hudson Valley that helps students and people of all ages who have ASDs. Since 1976, the Center for Spectrum Services has assumed a leadership role in New York State. Our administrative staff members have been appointed

Learn More About Autism, and Autism Awareness Month Useful Web Links: Centers for Disease Control: Center for Spectrum Services: Hudson Valley Autism Resource Center: Global Autism Awareness Day: Autism Speaks National Autism Awareness Month: Autism Awareness Month in the Hudson Valley: Autism Society Hudson Valley Chapter:

to State committees to formulate policies and have co-authored State guidelines that have become a national model for the evaluation and education of students with ASDs. Each year, Spectrum Services serves approximately 270 individuals enrolled in our schools and through our clinic. Since our founding in 1976, our school program has had a cumulative enrollment of over 3,500 students with autism. We have worked with 54 school districts spanning 14 counties, and we have provided training to more than 4,000 education professionals and families. Since 2011 marks Spectrum Services’ 35th anniversary, we are celebrating and raising awareness about autism not only in April, but all year long. On March 12th, we held a ski and race for autism day at Belleayre Mountain; on Sunday, April 10th, we’re participating as we do every year in the Walk and Expo for Autism at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (information is below); and, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th, to celebrate Spectrum Services’ 35th anniversary, we are hosting a classical music gala benefit concert at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. With Bard’s generous support and hosting of our event, and the underwriting of a number of companies, including Covanta, Ulster Savings Bank, WMHT, WAMC, HouseSetters Home Staging Services, Rotavele Elevator, Inc., and WKZE, we hope to spread autism awareness across the airwaves throughout and beyond the Hudson Valley, and raise much-needed funds to help support Spectrum Services’ programs, facilities and to purchase state-of-the-art playground equipment specially adapted for children with disabilities. And other events will follow all year long. Raising public awareness about autism, one event at a time is what the Center for Spectrum Services’ events and those of the other autism-related entities in our area are each designed to accomplish. This April, I hope each person reading this article will take the time to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (you can start by accessing the web sites listed below), share your knowledge with others, and reach out in any way that you feel you can to support children and adults with ASDs, and their families. It will brighten your life, and theirs.

4/3: Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club: 5K Road Race/Walk for Autism: Hustle for the Puzzle, Thomas Bull Memorial Park Boat House, Montgomery, NY. Benefits the Autism Spectrum Fund and special events to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders. 4/4, 2:15-3 p.m.: free Screening of The Asperger’s Difference, a film for and about young people with Asperger Syndrome. Followed by Q&A with film maker Jamey Wolff, co-founder of Center for Spectrum Services. Dominican College, Casey Hall/ Palisades Room, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY 4/10, 9a.m.-1 p.m.: Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY. 4/30, 2-8 p.m. & 5/1, noon-4 p.m.: “The Eye of Autism,” an exhibit of photographs by students with autism from Center for Spectrum Services. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, 103 Abeel Street, Kingston, NY 12401 5/7, 7 p.m.: Save the Date for Artists for Autism, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. A benefit concert featuring world-renowned musicians celebrating the Center for Spectrum Services’ 35th Anniversary.;

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Garrison Keillor, host and writer of A Prarie Home Companion live at UPAC Sunday, April 3. Photo submitted.

The Comedy Works

Jackson’s Old Chatham House, 646 Albany Tpke, Old Chatham, NY Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.: Kelly MacFarland and Dave Cooperman Tickets: $15 advance; $20 door Information:

The Heiress

The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 March 25-April 10, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: A gripping drama set in 19th century New York City about a shy young woman, her controlling father, her flighty aunt and the suitor who enters their lives. Tickets: $15 Information: 518.392.6264;

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 March 25-27, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: The author comes forth with another hit about a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time. Tickets: $12; $8 seniors and children Information:;

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, March 26, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. Widely known for his redneck jokes, and host of ‘Are you smarter than a 5th grader’, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s. Tickets: $38; $58; $68 Information: 845.454.5800;

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through March 27; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The hilarious show-within a show begins when a die hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, the 1928 fictional smash musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens, the glittering Broadway show magically bursts to life in his drab apartment, complete with song, dance and colorfully comedic characters. Tickets: $24; $22 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080;

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Sunday, March 27, 7 p.m.: One of the best-loved women in America. Maybe she has enemies, but try to find one. Born in Detroit, she has won -- over a 40-year career -- two Tonys, two Peabodys, six Emmys, a Grammy, an Oscar nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, plus the Mark Twain Prize for American humor. Tomlin is a living legend. Tickets: $51 & $71, $46 members. Information: 845.473.2072;

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 April 1-17; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: William Shakespeare’s script in an upbeat 1920s version set in an elegant Athenian nightclub, showcasing the rich and famous, a comic wait staff, and the denizens of the Athenian underworld. Featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer” score played live on The CENTER’s Steinway. A CENTERstage production adapted, produced and directed by Lou Trapani. Tickets: call for information Information: 845.876.3080;

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Garrison Keillor

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Sunday, April 3, 5 p.m.: He is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac heard regularly on public radio stations across the country. This beloved author of more than a dozen books including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat returns to Kingston by popular demand! Tickets: $55-$85 Information: 845.473.2072;

La Ronde

Theater Two, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sat., April 7, 8, 9, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Written in 1900, La Ronde is a play about morals and social class structure of the day. Tickets: $15; $10 seniors, non-Bard students, and Bard Alumni/a; free, Bard community. Reservations required. Information: 845.758.7900;

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 April 8-17; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The show was nominated for three 2010 Tony Award. “Ruhl develops the story with the enticing blend of irreverent humor and skewed realism... It’s beautiful. Like most of the play, the end vibrates with sexually charged comedy and affectionate striving.”—San Francisco Chronicle Tickets: $18 Information: 845.486.4571;

King Lear

James & Betty Hall Theater, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs.-Sat., April 14-16, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 2 p.m.: Performing Arts Department presents the play known to all the world as “King Lear.” But in Shakespeare’s time it was announced as “The Exciting History of the Life & Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia.” That’s our title. Known for its dramatic impact on audiences, few people realize the play is filled with Shakespeare’s funniest comedy. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.431.8000;

Passport Performance Piece

Dia:Beacon, Riverfront Park, Red Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY 12508 Sat. & Sun., April 16 & 17, 8 p.m.: Passport, by Robert Whitman, will be an innovative, non-narrative, imagistic theater piece that includes live performance, video projections, sound, and props in original environments fashioned by the artist. Co-commissioned by Dia and Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ) this ambitious new work will be performed simultaneously in two places: outside on the banks of the Hudson River near Dia:Beacon, and indoors at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in New Jersey. During the performance, images generated at each site will be transmitted to, and projected at, the other performance site. Tickets: $25; $15 members, students & seniors Information: 845.440.0100;

Robin Hood

The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., April 22-23, 8 p.m.: A new version of the old tale, this time recounting how the famous Robin got his hood and became an outlaw. Little John, Friar Tuck, and the entire gang are on hand, led by David Temple as Alan a Dale playing period music as he swashes and buckles. Join us immediately after the April 23 performance for a discussion on the making of “Robin Hood.” Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & kids Information: 845.876.3080;

Lyrics: An Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.: Featuring poets Rainmaker, Gold, and Poetiklocks. Hosted by Wordsmith Jones. Complimentary wine and finger food after the show. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 door; $10 students and seniors. Information: 845.224.3461;;

Visible Fictions, Scotland: Shopping for Shoes

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Tim Crouch’s award-winning play, which won top award at the 2010 International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase. This visually witty, fast paced performance with an ever-changing kinetic set weaves a touching tale of newfound love, and global trade issues that helps youth to understand the implications of their own actions as global citizens. For ages 10 and up. Tickets: $10; $5 youth Information: 518.822.1438;

TAKE Dance Company

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.: TAKE Dance is a New York City based contemporary dance company that explores the integration of expressive and physical movement. Artistic Director Takehiro “Take” Ueyama, a native of Japan, graduated from the Juilliard School before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company. After eight years touring with the Taylor Company, Take founded TAKE Dance. Take Ueyama blends eastern and western sensibilities to communicate the universal human condition Tickets: $25; $10 student rush at the door Information: 845.757.5106 x 2;

Presentation: New Work

Heather Raffo in Sounds of Desire. Photo by Irene Young.

Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium, Room 212, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Monday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Artist-in-Residence and award-winning playwright and actress Heather Raffo presents new work that she is developing while in residence at Vassar. During her residency this spring, Raffo will be working with Vassar students from a variety of disciplines to share the process she used to develop her play Nine Parts of Desire as well as her latest work, exploring post-2010 occupied Iraq. Tickets: free and open to the public Information: 845.437.5370;

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celebrating 50 years of singing in the Hudson Valley T

his August, the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus will celebrate our 50th anniversary of singing in the Hudson Valley. The chorus will have a special anniversary concert on Saturday June 4th at Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park at 3:00 p.m. In case you’re not familiar with the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers or what Barbershop singing and harmony is, here is a little background about us. The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers are a chapter of the national Barbershop Harmony Society. What is a Barbershop Chorus? The Newyorkers chorus is a male a cappella group which sings in the uniquely American “Barbershop-style” of close four-part harmony. What is a Barbershop Quartet? A barbershop quartet is four guys, gals or both singing four different parts, which combine to form the wonderful harmonies of the Barbershop style. This can range from ‘woodshedding’ to impromptu chapter quartets to registered competition and performance quartets. Quartet singing is the purest essence of barbershop harmony. The Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, chartered in August 1961, was started by a group of seven men who were enthusiastic about bringing quartet and musical excitement−barbershop harmony style−to the Mid-Hudson Valley. From that beginning, the Newyorkers’ emphasis has been on quarteting, producing exciting shows and improving singing quality through competition. The young chapter grew quickly under the musical leadership of Bill James and was called colorful, exciting, unpredictable, and competitive. Two charter members remain on the roster, Rudy Veltre and Steve Plumb. We’ve also had many quartets over the years, The Footlighters is the longest active quartet still performing with the Chapter along with such other notable quartets as Swing Shift, Four To The Power Of One, Paradox and The Dover Boys. Soon after forming, the Newyorkers were staging some of the hottest shows in the area and competing vigorously at the District level. We won our first Northeastern District Chorus Championship in 1964 when we were only three years old and quickly followed with wins in ‘65, ‘68 and

Photo courtesy Steve Salamin.

The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus

The chorus performs around the Hudson Valley, singing the national anthem at the Renegades games and Marist basketball games, making appearances at nursing homes, and participating in benefit concerts for Hospice. ‘69. Our 6th Place international finish in St. Louis in 1969 remains the highest ranking ever achieved by a chorus in our District. We were also one of the first choruses in the country to compete under the direction of a woman, Renee Silverstein. The chorus performs around the Hudson Valley, singing the national anthem at the Renegades games and Marist basketball games, appearances at nursing homes, and benefit concerts for Hospice. We also sing for birthday parties, fairs, and anniversaries and on Valentines Day offer Singing Valentines. More recently on March 20th, 2010, the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers finished second in the Yankee Division Contest and Third in Combined Yankee and Mountain Division Contest, also capturing the Best Small Chorus Trophy. This year’s concert is very special as we are celebrating 50 years of singing in the Hudson Valley. We will be having past director’s reunite with the chorus and are looking for former members to come and enjoy the show too. There will be a special guest quartet, Our Town, the 2008 Northeast District Barbershop Harmony Quartet Champions. It promises be a great show, with something for everyone to enjoy. Guests are always welcome at our rehearsals and the chorus is always looking for new members. The chorus meets Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 110 Overlook Road in Poughkeepsie. Sight-reading is not required. Visit our web site to learn more about the chorus.


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Maverick composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin in concert at Club Helsinki April 1. Photo by Anna Rosenblat.

Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, March 25, 8-11 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m.: An artful mix of jazz, rock, folk, funk, blues, reggae, soul, bossa and more. Presented by Local 845. Tickets: $12 Information: 845.831.4988;

The Donal and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital

Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sunday, March 27, 3 p.m.: William Porter, professor of harpsichord and organ at Eastman School of Music, is widely known as a performer and teacher in the United States and Europe, and is a leader among organists working toward recovery of a historical approach to musical performance. Professor Porter’s program, “A Reconstruction of Felix Mendelssohn’s Bach Concert of 1840 in Leipzig” will be presented on the Fritts organ. Tickets: Free Information:

The Longy School of Music’s Chamber Orchestra

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Friday, April 1, 7 p.m.: Conducted by Julian Pellicano. The evening’s program includes John Adams’ “The Wound Dresser” featuring baritone Thomas Meglioranza and Jean Sibelius’ “Valse Triste” and Symphony No. 2. Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information: 845.758.7900;

Claverack Landing Classical Series

Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.: The Columbia Festival Orchestra presents Ljova and the Kontraband -- “Soulful, strikingly original” (NY Times). Genre-defying chamber-jam music mixing Gypsy, Latin, Klezmer, Jazz with Classical roots. Led by maverick composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin described as one of NY’s fastest rising composers” (Billboard). Tickets: $20 Information: 518.828.7513;

Mad Agnes

Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Route 9 & Church St., Hyde Park, NY 12538 Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.: The Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green Chapter presents Mad Agnes, in their final U.S. tour. The group brings harmony-driven performances offering an eclectic musical mix of contemporary singer/songwriter with influences of Celtic, folk/rock, PDQ Bach, and a touch of street theatre. Their lyrics, vocal intricacies and instrument prowess make their performances “music for thinking people”. Tickets: $10; $8 members/seniors Information: 845.758.2681;

Pawling Concert Series: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Trinity Pawling School, Gardiner Theater, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The incomparable sounds of the best in traditional New Orleans jazz have re-emerged with a post-Katrina newness and vigor to bring back America’s indigenous music. Tickets: $25; $12.50 students; free, under 12 Information: 845.855.3100;

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Hudson Valley Philharmonic IV: Russian Romantics

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.: Works by Russian composers, Mussorgsky, Glazunov, and Rachmaninoff. Pre-concert talk with Maestro Fleischer and members of the Orchestra one hour prior to the performance. Special guest violinist Judith Ingolffson. Tickets: $25-$47 Information: 845.473.2072;

Conservatory Sunday: Chamber Music

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m.: Program includes Richard Strauss’ Sonatina No. 1 for 16 wind instruments. Tickets: $20 orchestra; $15 parterre and first balcony. $5 minimum donation for orchestra seating. Information: 845.758.7900;

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Fundraiser

Elmendorf Inn, Corner Route 9 & Cherry St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m.: Featuring the Bard Chinese Music Ensemble, playing a selection of Ancient Chinese music on their beautiful and unusual instruments. Asian food will be served. Silent Auction. Information: 845.876.2870;

Matt Finley and Rio Jazz

Drumlin Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Come and join the DCC community as they celebrate the 24th Anniversary show of Matt Finley and Rio Jazz. Led by arranger and flugelhorn soloist Matt Finely, Rio Jazz will be playing tracks from Matt’s CD, “Brazilian Wish”. Refreshments will be served. Tickets: Free Information:;

American Symphony Orchestra

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., April 8 & 9, 8 p.m.: The orchestra’s final concert of the 2010–11 season is an all-Beethoven affair: the delightful, genial Eighth Symphony; and the jubilant—and somewhat mysterious—Ninth, whose choral finale is lifted from Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” Preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by Christopher Gibbs Tickets: $20; $30; $35 Information: 845.758.7900;

The Art of Song Deconstructed: Angels & Demons

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m.: A performance and discussion with Baritone Leroy Davis and Diamond Opera Theater Artistic Director Mary Deyerle Hack. The performance is followed by a discussion to deconstruct the program, discovering why certain pieces were chosen and how the singer fits the songs to his or her voice. Followed by a reception and a chance to meet the artists. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1438;

Beethoven: The Greatest Sonatas

Pleshakov Piano Museum, Hudson Valley Arts Center, 337 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.: Part of the Piano King of Instruments series. The Museum is being used as a base to help launch cutting edge music projects internationally, including new audio and video recordings, master classes and concerts at such sites as Carnegie Hall.Tickets: Free Information: 518.263.3333;

Opera Workshop

Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 3 p.m.: “The Known and the Unknown Mozart.” Opera workshop explores how Mozart developed his operatic writing before the brilliant collaborations with Lorenzo Da Ponte. Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director. Tickets: Free Information:

Tower Music Series: Emily Faxon & Ruthanne Schempf

KJ Denhart and Marc Von Em

Marc Von Em and KJ Denhart

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Friday, April 8, 7:30-10 p.m.: KJ Denhert is a unique artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter who calls her music Urban Folk and Jazz. Her voice is powerful; her lyrics full of intelligence and insight. Marc von Em is a soulfully energized singer/songwriter who’s sound is rooted in blues, folk, rock and reggae. Driven by his fluid acoustic guitar playing and rich powerful voice, Marc’s talents excite audiences of all sizes. Tickets: $12 Information: 845.831.4988;

The Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, April 10, 3:30 p.m.: Recital will include Beethoven 3 Sonatas Opus 30. Ms. Faxon holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. She has been the Assistant Concertmaster of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for longer than she ever dreamed possible, as well as a long-time member of the Poné Ensemble and the HVP String Quartet. With her pianist and partner-in-crime, Ruthanne Schempf, she is one of the original founders of the Hudson Valley Society for Music, a non-profit organization which produces the Potluck Concerts series and the Hudson Valley BachFest. Ruthanne Schempf is an active chamber and solo musician and has performed throughout the United States. She is on the faculties of SUNY-New Paltz and Interlochen Arts Camp, and is a member of the Poné Ensemble for New Music. She has also taught at Marist College and was the pianist for the Cadet Glee Club at West Point. She earned undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University and a D.M.A. from the Manhattan School. Her solo piano recording, An American Mirage: Exotic Piano Images, was released in March of 2009 on the MSR Classics label. Tickets: $10 suggested donation Information: 845.452.8110; continued on page 25 g

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the Sosnoff Theater, conducted by Leon Botstein, by members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Bard College Chamber Singers (James Bagwell, director), Vassar College Choir, and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir (Christine Howlett, director). Soloists: Faylotte Crayton, soprano; and Yohan Yi, bassbaritone. Pre-concert talk by James Bagwell at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20; $30; $35 Information: 845.758.7900;

Vassar College Madrigal Singers

Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.: Drew Minter, conductor. “For the Birds: Choral Works with Avian Themes.” Tickets: Free Information:

Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. Photo credit: Steve J. Sherman

Chris Cornell

Jupiter String Quartet

The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, April 19, 8 p.m.: Lead vocalist for Soundgarden, he is also the former lead vocalist for Audioslave and was founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog. He has released three acclaimed solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), and Scream (2009). A rare chance to see Chris Cornell in an intimate solo acoustic show. Tickets: $40 all seats Information: 845.473.2072;

Arthor von Blomberg Orchestra with a Tribute to Gene Krupa

Notes to Haiti

Howland Cultural Center, Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m.: Trained at New England Conservatory, the Jupiter Quartet has won many prizes and awards, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant. They will be playing Schumann and Kurtag, and will be joined in the Mozart Clarinet Quintet by Jose Franch-Ballester, a Young Concert Artists prizewinner. Tickets: $30; $10 students; $80 for three concert series. Information: 845.831.4988;

The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m.: Presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Big Band Swing Show featuring world famous drumming sensation Arthor von Blomberg and his 16-piece big band. Tickets: $50; $35 seniors Information: 845.473.2072;

A Weekend of Brahms

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., April 15 & 16, 8 p.m.: Brahms considered A German Requiem—which became one of his most beloved and frequently performed concert works—to be “a requiem for all humanity.” Preceded by a performance of Brahms’s Tragic Overture, this noble and comforting masterpiece will be performed as a side-by-side concert in

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m.: An evening of joyful entertainment to raise funds for the people of Haiti. Enjoy the sound sensations of Sasha and the Vocal Soul, Los Hijos De Canto, bluegrass performer Joe Tobin from Acoustic Medicine, New York singer-songwriter Tomas Doncker, award-winning spoken-word performer Tai Allen, MPOWER Elite Dance Company, Notes to Haiti Children’s Choir, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the Haitian People’s Support Project and to Haiti Community Support. Tickets: $15; $25; $5 students Information: 845.758.7900;

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Scene from Puppet State Theatre’s The Man Who Planted Trees. Experience this special production Saturday, April 2 at UPAC.

Open Studio for Young Artists

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.: Come with an idea or let resident artist, Amy Madden, help get your creative juices flowing with drawing, painting, pottery and more! For ages 7 and up. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1438;

Kids’ Day Out! Basketball Clinic

Marist College, James J. McCann Recreation Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: A one-day developmental basketball clinic designed for kids age 7 through 17 that allows them to spend an afternoon learning the fundamental skills of basketball. Staffed by players and coaches from Marist’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. Girls: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Boys: 2-5 p.m. Fee: $10 benefits Marist College Scholar for Students with Disabilities Information: 845.575.3174;

Family Festivals: Jeff Boyer “Bubble Trouble”

Dutchess Community College, James & Betty Hall Theater, 54 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.: This interactive show teaches kids the science inside bubbles. Find out different ways bubbles can be used to make our lives easier, softer and even taste better. Bubbles are beautiful, too. Have you ever seen a pyramid-shaped bubble? How about a cube-shaped bubble? How about bubbles within bubbles? Or bubbles walking a tightrope? As a finale, Jeff will even put a kid inside a bubble! Tickets: Free Information:

Children’s Book Author Susanna Leonard Hill: April Fool, Phyllis

The Book Cove, Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling, NY Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.: It might be April Fools’ Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn’t over yet. Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools’ Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Information: 845.855.9590;

Puss in Boots Puppet Show

The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.: “Puss in Boots,” a puppet production by Michael Graham’s Spring Valley Puppet Theater! Features beautifully crafted hand puppets, a life-sized Ogre and clever scenic design. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.876.3080;

Storytime & Guided Crafts for Kids

The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 27, 1 p.m.: March is Craft Month -- join us for storytime and a guided craft to celebrate. Information: 518.671.6006;

Hudson Valley YA Society Author Judy Blundell

Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, March 27, 4 p.m.: Reading and booksigning with Judy Blundell, will talk about her new young adult novel, “Strings Attached” continued on page 28 g

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at this month’s Hudson Valley YA Society event. This new monthly series brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun party-like “literary salon” atmosphere with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. Information: 845.876.0500;

Shakespeare’s Clowns

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.: Teaching Artist Sean Patrick Fagan and nearly 100 fifth 5th graders Kingston’s Sophie Finn Elementary School (fresh from a two week clown residency) delight audiences with iambic pentameter presented in the style of the contemporary circus. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.473.2072;

The Man Who Planted Trees

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender, and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight. Based on Jean Giono’s classic novel, this play is a unique blend of comedy and puppetry and tells the inspiring, ecologically oriented tale of a human being who saw a need and decided not to ignore it but “to put things right.” In spite of wars and hardship, a French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. This uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Tickets: $20; $10 children 12 and under Information: 845.473.2072;

African Dance & Drum Show with Kofi Donkor and Sankofa

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 2, 4 p.m.: Celebrate the sounds of West Africa with this dynamic drumming and dance ensemble. Tickets: $3 per person, does not include museum admission. Information: 845.471.0589;

Jewish Community Center’s Spring Tea Party

Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County, 110 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Sunday, April 3, 2-4 p.m.: An afternoon dedicated to allowing young girls to spend some quality time with the women in their life. There will be a tea ceremony as well as other light refreshments, snacks, and deserts served. Attendees will be treated to live music, crafts and entertainment, and the festivities close with the raffling of several themed children’s prize baskets. Children’s manicures will also be available for an additional fee. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 children Information: 845.471.0430;

Hip Hop Theatre

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Friday, April 8, 7 p.m.: This is the public culmination of a two week in-school residency with 100 sixth graders at Kingston’ Miller Middle School, led by Hip Hop’s Playback Theater NYC. Students get in touch with the rhythms of their bodies as well as explore the art of the spoken word. The basics of theater and storytelling from a performance context will be uncovered through their poetry and dance. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.473.2072;

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Taiko Drum Concert

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.: Hear young musicians make big sounds with taiko drums, traditional Japanese instruments. Performance by Subaru Honge, Kazuma Ban and Kenji Ban. Tickets: Free Information: 845.471.0589;

April Fools Olana!

Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Friday-Sun., April 1-3, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. daily: Olana has been pranked! Objects that just don’t fit in are scattered throughout the house, some better hidden than others. Bring the family and see who has the sharpest eye. Standard tours available on the hour and half hour except for the times listed above. Admission: $9; $8 students & seniors; free, children under 12 Information: 518.828.0135;

Juggling with a Magical Twist

The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.: Chris Chiappini combines skill and comedy in his face-paced magic and juggling show that is sure to be a crowd favorite! Tickets: $8 Information: 845.876.3080;

Barefoot Dance Company

The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.: This unique company of young dancers will perform several innovative modern dance pieces in a delightful concert. Bring your kids as the event is family friendly. Audience members of all ages will find the variety of work exciting and inspiring. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.876.3080;

Family Tour at Olana

Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.: Explore the house, its paintings and treasures from a child’s perspective. Take the family tour and then stop by the Wagon House Education Center for Art in the Barn, or borrow a backpack full of activities to do on the grounds - a family day at Olana couldn’t be more perfect! Tours are geared for families with 6-12 year-olds, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required by 4pm the preceding Friday. Admission: $9; $8 students & seniors; free, children under 12 Information: 518.828.0135;

http: hudson teen theatre project: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.: Interested teens (and parents too!) are invited to attend the orientation. All questions about the audition process, rehearsal calendar, production calendar, and contracts will be explained at the orientation! No previous theatre experience necessary. http is a theatre project for curious, enthusiastic, able and dedicated teens. In its ninth season, http will be exploring Shakespeare’s immortal delightful romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be presented in the park across from HOH on June 25 & 26. Rehearsal workshops will take place at HOH on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., April through June. The sessions are free and are under the direction of theatre director Carol Rusoff who has an extensive background in youth theatre. She has taught at the LaGuardia

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A s I refill the mineral feeder with salt, the sheep start to crowd around it. The cattle, who are even more skittish than the sheep, are still keeping a safe distance. But the sheep are craving the salt pretty bad, an experience that I think we’ve all had. Animals, you and I included, have a shockingly specific and strong desire for salt, one that I experience whenever I can’t resist buying a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, or can’t help thinking that these beans would be a lot tastier with a little soy sauce on them. As cooks, most of us have accepted salt as a given. A dash here, a teaspoon there. We’ve built it in to the American diet so much that many people struggle to reduce the amount of sodium in their diet. Sheep and cattle, much like us, have a taste for salt and a biological need for it. Processed table salt contains sodium and chloride, both elements that your body needs to keep fluids in balance and to perform other functions. Even if you didn’t add salt to your food, a person eating meat or animal products will naturally consume enough sodium in their diet. However, grazing animals must have a supplemental source to function at optimum health. In the wild, deer and other herbivores will travel far to access areas where salt rock has been exposed by the elements. This is also why some people put out salt licks for deer, either as a service or a bait. As an extreme example of animals seeking out salt, check out the Planet Earth segment on elephants teaching successive generations to travel deep inside a cave to mine for salt! Two springs ago, I had the pleasure of snooping around outside of the Cargill salt mine on lake Cayuga, near Ithaca, NY. My friends and I were sifting through rock fill, looking (successfully!) for trilobites, ferns, and other fossils. Beyond the gates, there were piles of salt that was being extracted from deep below the lake. The Finger Lakes region has a number of salt mines and refinery operations. The United States is itself the number one producer of salt in the world, though many countries produce both mined salt, and sea salt, which is evaporated from the brine of the ocean. Various salt products are available for those looking to feed salt to animals. There is loose salt as well as salt formed into blocks. You can get the salt plain, or mixed with other minerals. One can purchase pure salt,

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or pay handsomely to get unrefined salt that claims to provide important trace minerals. Fancier salt/mineral mixes include kelp, diatomaceous earth and other supplements. Because animals can only take in so much salt in a day (imagine yourself shoveling spoonfuls of salt into your mouth), salt can be used to limit the intake of some other supplement, such as grain or alfalfa meal. We’ve tried various home-made salt feeders, and not had much luck. My design/building skills have yet to produce a homemade feeder that can keep out rain, stand up to abuse by cattle, hold plenty of salt, and be transportable. The wooden one was too bulky and left us with wet salt. Another one was constructed using truck tire mudguards as a rain-protector and seemed very promising until it fell apart. I eventually buckled and purchased a premade one which is very sturdy and holds 100+ lbs, though its still a little cumbersome to move around the fields. Along with good grass and clean water, salt completes the trinity of vital needs for the ruminant herd. Salt also plays an important part in the history of meat because of its uses post-slaughter as a preservative. For us, it is one of the few inputs that is imported into our farm ecosystem. And as the sheep and probably hundreds of people seasoning their soups as you read this feel, things just taste better with a little salt.

ef Owen O’Connor runs Awesome Farm, ltd with his partner KayCee Wimbish. They raise and sell grass-fed lamb and beef in Red Hook and Claverack, NY. Owen grew up in Clinton Corners, and was working in organic vegetable farms before he and KayCee started their own project.

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LAURENCE JUBER Saturday, April 9 8:00 pm Former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings, Laurence fuses folk, jazz, pop and classical into a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.

Tickets: $25/general admission For tickets and information: (845) 784-1199

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High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in NYC, and has founded and directed numerous theatre projects in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Information: 518.822.1438;

Kids’ Event: Erin Hunter, author Warriors Series

Oblong Books, 26 Main Street, Millerton, NY Monday, April 11, 5 p.m.: Erin Hunter, author of the extremely popular Warriors series will be speaking about her books and the writing process and signing copies of her books. The latest book in the series is Warriors: Omen of the Stars #4: Sign of the Moon. RSVP required for this event. Information: 518.789.3797;;


The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.: This classic tale is an exotic adventure based on The Tales of the Arabian Nights. While traveling throughout the country selling his wares, Aladdin is fooled by an evil magician, Salabin, who convinces him to find an antique oil lamp. Aladdin rubs the old lamp and releases a Genie that can make all his wishes come true. Now Aladdin must outsmart the magician and save his family! For grades K-8. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.876.3080;

Family Free Time

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 16, 5-8 p.m.: All visitors free during this time! Information: 845.471.0589;

Plant a Seed Workshop

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m.: Learn about Mother Nature’s recipe for perfect plants. Decorate a plant stick and plant your own springtime seeds. For ages 3 and up. Tickets: $4 per child, does not include museum admission Information: 845.471.0589;

Bindlestick Bill

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m.: Bindlestick’s music is reminiscent of time gone by blending folk, ragtime and a touch of the blues! This show is jam-packed with sing-a-longs, juggling, dancing, a sock monkey and more! Please pre-register for tickets. Tickets: $6 per person, does not include museum admission Information: 845.471.0589;

Africa Week Reading: Nnedi Okorafor “Akata Witch” Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.: Special event with Nnedi Okorafor, author of Akata Witch, a new young adult novel. This event is part of the Chinua Achebe Center’s Africa Week. Information: 845.876.0500;

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011

Waddle n Swaddle, 41 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 and 32 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past 10 years, and it’s time to stand up and be noticed. Join the cloth diaper community to set a WORLD RECORD for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. Families from several continents will be joining us! Fun Earth Day event! Goody bags, discounts, food & more! Pre-registration is recommended. Gift bag given to first 50 registrants for each Waddle n Swaddle location. There are a few rules to keep in mind: 1. Arrive on time! 2. for this record, each baby must be changed from a cloth diaper or disposable diaper into a reusable cloth diaper that must be able to be purchased online or in a retail store. Homemade diapers that are not commercially available cannot be used. This is a very strict rule from Guiness World RecordsTM. 3. All babies and toddlers must be 39 in. or shorter. 4. Each baby must be paired with exactly one adult participant. Information:; 845.473.5952

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations, exhibition of various breeds of sheep and other wool bearing animals, wool emporium, music & food. Tickets: $8 per vehicle event fee Information: 518.537.4240;

Robin Hood

The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.: A new version of the old tale, this time recounting how the famous Robin got his hood and became an outlaw. Little John, Friar Tuck, and the entire gang are on hand, led by David Temple as Alan a Dale, playing period music as he swashes and buckles. Students of all ages will delight in this new show. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.876.3080;

Folk Art Series: The Kerhonkson Ukrainain Dancerrs

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m.: Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture with lively folk dances. Tickets: $3 per person, does not include museum admission Information: 845.471.0589;

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Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., March 24-26, 5:30 p.m.: “The Onkalo project of creating the world’s first final nuclear waste facility capable of lasting at least 100,000 years, transgresses both in construction and on a philosophical level all previous human endeavors. It represents something new. And, as such, I suspect it to be emblematic of our time - and in a strange way out of time, a unique vantage point for any documentary.” In English, Finnish, Swedish with English subtitles.Tickets: $7; $5 students Information: 518.822.8100;

At Home with the CIA: Italian Cooking

Millbrook Cabinetry & Design, 2612 Route 44, Millbrook, 12545 Saturday, March 26, 2-4: CIA instuctors Gianni Scappin, Alberto Vanoli, and Steven Kolpan present authentic, amazing Italian cooking made easy at the Millbrook Cabinetry & Design Center in partnership with the Merritt Bookstore. Meet them and taste their wonderful food prepared from their new book. Information:

Met Opera: Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat. & Sun., March 26 & 27, 1-5:10 p.m.: Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007 - 2008 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo. Tickets: $25; $15, children 13 and under Information: 518.822.8100;

Bang Ditto: An Afternoon with Amber Tamblyn

James & Betty Hall Theater, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, March 31, 12:30 p.m.: With an impressive resume for a young actress, Amber Tamblyn’s breakout role was the title character

Still from the film, My Dog Tulip screening at TSL March 31-April 3.

in the critically acclaimed television series “Joan of Arcadia”. Her work on the show earned her both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. She was recently seen in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” and in John Doyle’s “Main Street”. Ms. Tamblyn’s other film and television credits include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Boston Public”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and she’s currently on “House”. An acclaimed writer, Tamblyn has published two poetry books and is cofounder of Write Now Poetry Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds for poetry programming. She also collaborated on “Drums Inside Your Chest”, a performance poetry concert film. Tickets: Free Information: studentactivities/lyceumseries.html

Film: My Dog Tulip

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., March 31-April 2, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., April 3, 3:30 p.m.: Beautifully animated and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley’s 16-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip. A profound and subtle mediation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships, My Dog Tulip was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger and is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology. Tickets: $7; $5 students Information: 518.822.8100;

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Richard Ostfel on Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, April 2, 3:30 p.m.: Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute in Millbrook, will discuss the ecology of Lyme disease, focusing on his new book. This controversial book is a comprehensive, synthetic review of research on the ecology of Lyme disease in North America. It challenges dogma - for instance, that risk is closely tied to the abundance of deer - and replaces it with a new understanding that embraces the complexity of species and their interactions. The book is written in an informal style accessible to nonscientists interested in human health and conservation, as well as to ecologists and epidemiologists. Information:

Film: 8 1/2

The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.: Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is Fellini’s autobiographical tale of an Italian director (Marcello Mastroianni) who has lost all inspiration for his upcoming movie, and it’s too late to back out. He retreats into his dreams to conjure all the women he has loved and left in order to shelter himself from the pressure. There he finds inspiration to make his new film, and face the world. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.473.2072;

Three Short Women With Three Tall (True) Tales

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.: Three memoirists, Nancy Bachrach, Julie Metz and Alice Eve Cohen have each written compelling, highly praised memoirs about a central role in a woman’s life. Here are three complicated relationships: with a lying spouse...a lunatic mother...and an unexpected baby. From three short women...who’ve found humor in chaos. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1438;

Dr. Loren Fishman, “Yoga for Osteoporosis”

Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m.: Reading and booksigning with Dr. Loren Fishman, author of “Yoga for Osteoporosis,” a comprehensive, userfriendly medical yoga program designed for the management and prevention of osteoporosis, with more than four hundred illustrations. Information: 845.876.0500;

Film: Easy Rider

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: Two hippie drug dealers (Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda who, along with Terry Southern, also wrote the screenplay) set out cross country on their motorcycles encountering the 1960s counterculture, intolerance, and ... Jack Nicholson in his first Oscar nominated performance. Mind-blowing soundtrack. Tickets: $5 Information: 845.473.2072;

Reading: Emma Straub & Emily St. John Mandel

Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.: Reading and signing with Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married: Stories and Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Singer’s Gun. Both books are available in paperback. Information: 845.876.0500;

Met Opera: Le Comte Ory (Rossini)

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sat. & Sun., April 16 & 17, 1-4:15 p.m.: A hilarious comedy in twoacts this French opera tells the story of a count and his page who both love the Countess Adèle, who falls in love with the young page when the disguised count advises that she should fall in love. The count goes to great lengths - and a second disguise - in a vain attempt to win over the countess in this story about the pitfalls of love. Tickets: $25; $15, children 13 and under Information: 518.822.8100;

The Met Live in HD: Le Comte Ory

The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m.: Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Tickets: $23; $16 children 12 and under Information: 845.473.2072;

Michael Korda on Lawrence of Arabia

Stissing House, Corner Rte 199 & 82, Pine Plains, NY 12567 Saturday, April 9, time to be announced: Merritt Bookstore presents author Michael Korda in a discussion of his latest book, Lawrence of Arabia. Information:

Author Talk, Multimedia Presentation & Signing

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.: C. Edward Spann, coauthor of “Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns.” Information: 845.486.7745;

Opera and Vaudeville: A Surprising History of High Art on the Popular Stage Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m.: Trav S.D., author of the book No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, will discuss the common origins of opera and vaudeville and some American impresarios who straddled both worlds. He will also discuss current trends in opera and the revival of song in taverns. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1438;

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Still from the film, Gasland. Screening at Bard on March 31.

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Beacon Farmers Market

Rhinebeck Farmers Market Winter Market

Hudson Indoor Spring Market

Learn and Serve Stewardship Program: Dominican Camp Property

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;

Christ Church Episcopal, Union Street (between 4th & 5th), Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays through April, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Indoor farmers market featuring a variety of products from local producers: Cedar Farm Cut Flowers; prepared foods and Wicked Good Chips from The Red Barn in Ghent; essential oil-based soaps and body scrubs from Asia Luna; spicy mixed greens, sprouts, bottled sauces and more from Blue Star Farm in Stuyvesant; Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Hudson Chatham Winery, nuts and fair trade coffees from Tierra Farm in Valatie; pastureraised pork, lamb, chicken, and beef from Pigasso Farm in Copake and much more! Information:

The Ecology of Tonewoods: The “Roots” of Bluegrass Sound

Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Meet at Main Campus Parking Area, 2801 Sharon Tpke. (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Sunday, March 27, 2-5 p.m.: Learn to see the forest through bluegrass music. While on an interpretive hike, discover how tree species found in the forested communities of the Northeast contributed to the emergence and continued development of an American music genre. Participants with musical experience are encouraged to bring their acoustic stringed instruments, as this event will culminate in an informal bluegrass jam. RSVP is required. Information:;

Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sundays, March 27, April 10 & 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Enjoy a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products that showcase the very best of the Hudson Valley. Information:

4837 Albany Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580 Tuesday, March 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Scenic Hudson will host Learn & Serve Stewardship Programs at three of our spectacular parks. Each program will consist of three afternoon sessions in which students will begin to understand the impact of invasive species on biodiversity. After learning to identify several invasive species, participants will properly remove the plants and then help plant native species that will aid in restoring the parks’ natural habitats. As time permits, supplemental education opportunities, such as short hikes, may be available. Repeats Wednesday, April 6, 4-6 p.m. at Mount Beacon Park on Route 9D & Howland Avenue in Beacon. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273;

National Climate Seminar: Team 350

Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, March 30, noon: Join this National Phone-In Conversation linking educators, students and citizens with top climate scientists, political leaders and policy analysts. For this conversation, Team 350 -- the group behind -- discusses “Global Organizing.” Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385 Information: 845.389.2404;

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Gasland: A Screening with actor Mark Ruffalo and mountainkeeper Wes Gillingham

Olin Auditorium, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, March 31, 6-9 p.m.: Screening of Josh Fox’s Academy Award nominated documentary film, Gasland, followed by a discussion with Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Mark Ruffalo, actor, activist, and Sullivan County resident. Reception, refreshments and Marcellus Shale Q&A with Bard Environmental Collective and Bard Center for Environmental Policy at 6 p.m. Information: 845.758.7649

Columbia County Trails Conference

Columbia-Greene Community College, Professional Academic Center, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, April 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Columbia Land Conservancy will host the first countywide trail conference for Columbia County. Town officials, volunteers, and residents interested in developing a trail in their own community will meet, discuss, and learn from experts in the field. Conference highlights include a keynote presentation by Jeff Olson of Alta Planning, an internationally known trail planning firm; a panel of speakers from established, successful trails in Ulster and Saratoga counties, and the Champlain Canal region; and an update of activity by Columbia County trail groups. Local and regional trail groups will be on-hand with displays, handouts and other information. Handouts and CD’s of useful trail resources will be provided. The day will culminate with a visioning session for a countywide trail system and a discussion of next steps to support ongoing work. Registration required. Tickets: $15 by 3/23; $18 after Information: 518.392.5252 x 208;

Red Hook Winter Market

Elmendorph Inn, 7562 Route 9, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays, April 2 & 16 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Buy local and fresh from area farmers and artisans, including: Hearty Roots, Awesome Farm, Migliorelli Farm, Northwind Farm, Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool, Gigi Market, Tivoli Bakery, Tousey Winery, Hudson Valley Fresh, Wil-Hi Farm. Information: 845.399.4582;

Fundamentals of Organic Veggie Gardening: Spring Session

The Phantom Gardener, 6837 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m.-noon: Meet quarterly with Norbert Lazar, The Phantom Gardener, to discuss the timely subjects and activities for each season. Topics covered will include soil preparation to harvesting and everything in between, with ample opportunities for your own questions. Benefit from over three decades of experience with organic gardening, and share your own successes and challenges with one another as the year unfolds. The Spring Session covers garden planning and installation. Fee: $25; $60 for series Information: 845.876.8606;

One Year After the Greatest U.S. Oil Spill: Annual Ned Ames Honorary Lecture

Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpke. (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m.: As the anniversary of the BP oil disaster approaches, Frances Beinecke will explore whether America has taken the steps necessary to prevent another oil spill tragedy. Beinecke serves on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The commission recently finished its investigation, and Beinecke will discuss what caused the

disaster, as well as the commission’s recommendations for how the oil industry, federal agencies, and Congress can do more to protect Americans in the future. Information:

Sustainable Landscaping: Going and Growing Green

The Phantom Gardener, 6837 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.: Suddenly, “green” land care is all the rage, and some municipalities are even starting to regulate or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and inorganic fertilizers within their borders. A pioneer is this “green movement” is Brad Roeller. Now Manager of Outdoor Gardens at The New York Botanical Garden, Brad has spent decades finding more sustainable ways to manage both public gardens and his own home landscape. Join him as he shares his tested and easyto-implement tips for organic success in this comprehensive workshop. Bring your questions, and leave with the knowledge you need for having a beautiful landscape without chemicals. Fee: $15 Information: 845.876.8606;

National Climate Seminar: Majora Carter on Green Jobs

Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, April 13, noon: Join this National Phone-In Conversation linking educators, students and citizens with top climate scientists, political leaders and policy analysts. For this conversation, Majora Carter, one of the nation’s pioneers in successful urban green-collar job training and placement systems, on “Green Jobs -- Headed Where?” Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385 Information: 845.758.7649

Science and Management Forum: Regional Freshwater Issues

Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpke. (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Free and open to the public, the event will provide an overview of the quantity and quality of regional freshwater resources, pressures that existing supplies face (pollution, development, invasive species), and management options. Special attention will be given to green infrastructure and stormwater. Information:;

National Climate Seminar: Sarah Severn, Bill McKibben and Wahleah Johns

Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, April 20, noon: Special Earthweek Webinar featuring Sarah Severn, Director of Horizons, Corporate Responsibility, Nike, Inc.; writer and activist, Bill McKibben; and Navajo Activist Wahleah Johns. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385 Information: 845.758.7649

Earth Day Celebration

Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, April 21, all day: Learn what you can do to save the planet and have some fun at the same time. Join DCC’s celebration of Mother Earth on the DCC Main Campus Walkway. Information:

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miscellaneous Safe at Home Program for Seniors

Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Ongoing.: Northern Dutchess Hospital and Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Thomas Traudt announce a free program for Rhinebeck seniors focused on safety issues within the home. Seniors are invited to have a free home assessment performed by a licensed contractor and occupational therapist from the NDH occupational therapy department. Using a tool established by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), the team looks for no-cost and low-cost ways to improve the safety of the home, including things like removing throw rugs for fall prevention, installing night lights, and arranging furniture for easy paths within the home. After a review of the home is complete, a brief written report will be made to the home owner. In addition, recommendations may be made to correct the deficiencies with possible assistance of other entities available. Call to coordinate a free home assessment. Information: 845.876.3409

Red Hook’s Spring Fling Family Fun Night

Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Saturday, March 26, 4-10 p.m.: A night of family fun featuring live music by The Big Shoe band, Off the Hook, Mr. Roper and others. Plus, live theater improv with the Mop & Bucket Co. -- the “Capital District’s premiere improv comedy troupe.” Take the 10% Challenge Pledge to reduce the town’s energy use by ten percent over the next year, and get your co-workers, citizens, or social network involved. Tickets: $10/family--get 10% off by taking the 10% Challenge Pledge Information:

Maurine H. Beasley Forum

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.: In honor of Women’s History Month, the FDR Presidential Library, the Catharine Street Community Center and the Roosevelt Institute host the second Forum of the annual Eleanor Roosevelt “We Make Our Own History” Forums, featuring Maurine H. Beasley, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady, will be held in honor of Women’s History Month. The forum includes a book talk, signing and reception. Information: 845.486.7770;

Playful and Content Childhood Lecture Series

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.: Clermont’s educator Kjirsten Gustavson gives a talk entitled “Lace Me Tighter: 200 Years of Children and Corsets.” Tickets: $5 per adult, reservations encouraged Information: 518.537.4240;

Garden Rooms Lecture Series Inside Out: Origins of the American Backyard

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.: The Hudson River serves as the backdrop for the historic Clermont house. The Livingston family estate sits on over 500 acres and the landscape design and architecture is inspiring. The backyard of the manor gave children room to play, gardens, room to

grow, and adults space to relax. Aaron Ahlstrom speaks on the history of landscape design from the Romantic period to the early 20th century. Presented by Tivoli Bays Visitor Center. Tickets: $10 Information: 518.537.4240;

Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Annual fundraiser educates parents and teachers; helps spread awareness of Autism Spectrum disorders in the Hudson Valley community; raises funds for local respite, recreation and educational programs, and supports families recently receiving the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorder. Information:

An Afternoon in Old Ryn Beck

Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 16, noon: A traditional Dutch lunch with Isabella Scholte, a native of Holland, who will discuss the authentic menu selections. Post luncheon activities include guided tour of the historic 1809 church, interactive media presentation of Rhinebeck history and architecture, and a walking tour of the village. Tickets: $12; $15 door Information: 845.876.3727;

Framing the Viewshed: The Transformative Power of Art and Landscape in the Hudson Valley

Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 16, 1-5 p.m.: Viewsheds are an intrinsic part of every nationally significant region. America’s first art and conservation movement had deep roots in the Hudson Valley, and this symposium, hosted by The Olana Partnership, will offer a fresh look at iconic Hudson Valley scenes through the lens of art history, environmental conservation, and landscape architecture. Please join us as we span three centuries of thought and explore historic and contemporary perspectives on the famed “borrowed views” of the Hudson Valley. Admission: $50; $10 students with valid I.D. Information: 518.828.1872 x 103;

National Park Week: Fee Free Days

FDR Historic Site, Vanderbilt, Locust Grove, Clermont, Olana, Martin Van Buren Historic Site April 16-24: In these tough economic times, fee-free days give families many opportunities to enjoy our nation’s heritage and natural beauty in meaningful and affordable ways. National Parks Service waives admission fees on selected dates throughout 2011. Information:

Growing and Cooking with Asian Vegetables

Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545 Thursday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.: Norma Chang, The Traveling Gourmet®, is a food lover who enjoys sharing her skills and ideas with others through her many food related activities. Norma is an avid gardener specializing in Asian vegetables and organic gardening and incorporates her crops into her menus for family and friends. Fee: $10 per person, proceeds benefit CCEDC Community Horticulture Program. Information: 845.677.8223, x 115

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stork in the road by Brian PJ Cronin, photo by Kristen Cronin

w hen you begin researching what you are going to have to do to get

ready for a new baby, two things become clear: First, you are going to need a lot of stuff. And second, if you think you can get away with borrowing things from friends who are eager to give you their hand-me-downs, you are a monster who deserves to be locked in a steeple. Safety standards change fast. That $300 co-sleeper with safety approvals up the wazoo that your neighbors bought last year? It’s now considered a death trap, hell bent on crushing your helpless child inside its contemporary, stylish jaws. “It’s a good thing I didn’t save your old crib” my mom recently told me, “because apparently it’s a miracle that you survived it.” Most books that claim to be helpful guides as to what you need to get in preparation for a baby don’t think there’s anything wrong with blowing your entire discretionary budget on things that will be useless and outlawed by the Geneva Convention in six months. On the contrary, they revel in it. “Rev up your Visa card, girlfriend!” was the first line of one such book. I’m not sure what the second line was, because by that point I had already set the book on fire. When our travels recently took us by a big box store that specializes in baby gear, we decided that wandering the aisles for an hour or so would help us get a handle on what we needed and what we didn’t. This was a terrible idea. The stores are not designed to let you get a handle on anything. They are designed to overwhelm and break you, until you are a helpless pile of sobs and you put in your shopping cart whatever the nice people with nametags tell you you’re supposed to get. It looked like the last shot in Raiders Of the Lost Ark, if everything in the warehouse had a monkey on it and an MP3 jack (hope the baby likes drone metal as much as his old man!). Wipe warmers. Shopping cart covers. Infant sleep positioners. I grew up without any of those things and, except for some mild pyromania, turned out just fine. The problem is that as ridiculous as these things seem to me, there is the very real possibility that they are all incredibly useful. Some of you

“It’s a good thing I didn’t save your old crib” my mom recently told me, “because apparently it’s a miracle that you survived it.” may have a wipe warmer. Perhaps you consider it a lifesaver. Perhaps you are laughing right now about the guy who has no idea what he’s in for, and during those first three months, when he hasn’t slept for days, will be down on his hands and knees begging for any sort of modern convenience to come and save him. Because you know, if that wipe warmer can buy me five extra minutes of sleep a day, then I will be so grateful for its existence that I will draw a face on it and refer to it as a member of the family. And perhaps you are right. I have no way of really knowing. So all I can do is throw up my hands and be grateful. Grateful for generous friends and family members who are throwing us showers and getting us the things we truly need. Like a crib. Pretty sure we actually need that, unless the cats are willing to share their kitty beds for a few years. And I’m grateful to be married to someone who feels the same way about all of this as I do. Who, after looking at hundreds of plastic mobiles with cartoon characters all over them that play 46 different songs, bought some yarn and Styrofoam balls and made one herself. Together, we hung it in the corner of the room in our house that we’ve stopped referring to as “the back bedroom” and started calling “the nursery.” I don’t know if the kid’s development will be negatively affected by the fact that it doesn’t play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” but I hope that the fact that it was made for him by his mother, with love, will mean something to him in the long run. I know it does to me.


Brian PJ and Kristen Cronin live in Beacon with their four cats and a baby on the way. Check out their blog A Rotisserie Chicken and 12 Padded Envelopes at, and view more of their photos at

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Candid Images Tell the Real Story Even if you follow all the suggestions above, you will miss some of the most memorable moments of your trip. It may seem like a spoiled photo when you take it, but when you look back at a child crying because they were afraid of Mickey in costume at Disney World you will realize the value of capturing these special moments in time. Have your camera ready and shoot pictures of events as they happen! In this world of digital photography with seemingly limitless image memory, take those extra shots now – when you get home, you will be glad you did!


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hen venturing out with your partner or family on vacation, most people bring along a camera to capture the spirit of the trip and memories of fun family times. How can you be certain that the photos you take will invoke the fond memories of your trip? Consider the suggestions and tips in this column to help you capture images that will stand the test of time and always bring back the warm and fuzzy feeling you had when you first took them. Remember, expect the unexpected and have your camera ready! It’s Not the Mountains, Buildings, Monuments, or Other Landmarks We have all come home from a trip with dozens of pictures of beautiful places around the world that were great but when you look at them a few years later, they seem to “shrink” in importance. Photos of Big Ben in London are a dime a dozen on the Internet, and many of them will likely be better than any of yours. On the other hand, a photo of your children on the bridge over the Thames throwing popcorn to the ducks with Big Ben in the background will forever be a treasured remembrance of the trip. Do Not Forget Photos of the Photographer As a professional photographer, I have always taken lots of great vacation photos of my wife and my children. Until my Mother-in-Law asked “Didn’t Joel go on this trip?” we never realized that there were no photos of me. This did not really come as a shock since I am always holding the camera but ever since, we always make sure to take plenty of pictures of me while on our trips. When reviewing photos of past trips, it is important that everyone on the trip is represented in the photos, even if he or she is the photographer. Use a Tripod, A Friend, or a Stranger and get Group Shots When you travel as a group, there is a reason you are all together. Don’t forget to capture the “group concept” by taking whole group shots at special times during the trip. A group in front of the Grand Canyon is nice but a shot of the entire group hiking the rim trail or descending into the canyon is far better. A group shot in front of the “Colorado River Rafting Adventures” sign is nice but a photo of everyone in the raft with life jackets and paddles in hand is far better. If no one is around to help, mount your camera on a tripod (or prop it up somewhere) and use the camera’s “self-timer” so everyone including the photographer is in the picture.

Joel Weisbrod is a published author of a book on digital photography and the owner of jwArtWorks Photography in Rhinebeck. In addition to portrait, commercial, event, and other photography, Joel teaches private one-on-one photography classes and can be reached by email at

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Alta Log Homes Marks 40th Anniversary

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The Catskill Mountain log home manufacturer is a leader in innovative building techniques. A forerunner in the “green” building movement, Alta is an Energy Star partner. The company’s new log homes can qualify for Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building method based on third-party verification. As part of its milestone celebration, Alta is offering a special opportunity to “try out” its product at Log Home Lodging. Opened in 2010, adjacent to the Alta office complex, Log Home Lodging gives visitors a perfect taste of Alta craftsmanship and quality. Anyone staying at the lodging facility this year will receive a credit for the price of their stay off the cost of a home ordered in 2011. The company will be announcing other incentives throughout the year. Adding dealerships As the company marks its 40th anniversary, Alta is again looking to expand its reach by adding new dealerships nationwide. “Alta has a proven track record and we offer a unique product,” explained Vice President David Mann. “We are looking to extend our reach via dealers who will uphold our high standards. These new dealerships will be key to our continued growth.” To help achieve the company’s desired expansion, Margaretville native Tom Sanford has recently

joined the Alta sales team. Tom has an extensive background with 10 years in residential construction, and 17 years working with kitchen and bath design firms. “Alta has always been an innovative company and strong supporter of our local communities,” Tom commented. “I am looking forward to helping Alta’s continued growth.” The Alta difference The superior fitting double interlocking corner system and unique profiled logs are innovations that have helped set Alta apart from competitors. Like any company with a proud history, the combination of quality products and renowned customer service are keys at Alta. The log grading system utilized at the company’s Halcottsville site ensures only the finest logs are used in each home. Alta uses Eastern White Pine as its primary building material. This product provides superior insulating properties and resists shrinkage and checking. For customers who prefer a different look, Western Red Cedar is an option. The company also offers the choice of its standard Classic Log or the larger profile Frontier Log. Alta is a member of the Log Homes Council.

The same exacting attention to detail goes into every other element of Alta log homes - from laminated ridge beams to windows and doors. Alta features more than 50 standard models, but can modify any of those as well as create a totally custom plan. There are very few limitations when meeting a client’s design needs. In addition to supplying materials for thousands of homes, Alta has provided designs and materials for restaurants, stores and hotels. Contemporary styling that is a company hallmark means Alta log homes are equally appealing on a remote mountaintop location or in a suburban setting. Alta is located on Route 30, Halcottsville, about five miles north of Margaretville. For additional information, please call (800) 926-2582 or visit:


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