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Tivoli mayoral race under way

Congressman-elect Chris Gibson goes to Washington

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

On Sunday, the Rhinebeck Savings Bank Plaza became a winter wonderland, with a host of holiday festivities taking place throughout the day.

The Gentle Giants 4-H Club takes patrons on horse-drawn carriage rides through Rhinebeck.

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Pictured, clockwise: Debbie Tierney and her dog, Cleo, are ready for the holidays; Olivia Breen and Samantha Sherwood, actors from the for Center for Performing Arts’ “A Christmas Carol” (running through Dec. 19), promote the show; J. Scott Tumblety plays the saxophone during the festivities. Photos by Christopher Lennon.






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The Gentle Giants 4-H Club and Southlands offered horse-drawn carriage rides through the village, local Boy Scouts sold wreaths and actors from “A Christmas Carol” at the Center for Performing Arts strolled the area. Later in the day, at 5 p.m., the children’s Parade of Lights made its way down Market Street, and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived shortly after to light the Christmas tree. The event was organized by the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Rhinebeck Savings Bank.


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One of Hyde Park’s more popular restaurants closed its doors Saturday for good. Twist, an upscale restaurant, had taken over the space previously occupied by Coco’s Pizza and turned it into a very successful restaurant that attracted highend diners from around the Hudson Valley. Rumors have swirled for months about the eatery’s financial problems, even as it continued to do significant business. Hudson Valley News has confirmed the restaurant’s owner is significantly in arrears on his sales tax and was about to be shut down for non-payment of taxes. As recently as last week, representatives of the restaurant assured the Hudson Valley News all was well and the restaurant was in no danger of closing. They also told us they intended to pay the considerable advertising bill owed this newspaper. We’re going to assume the check’s not in the mail. The real losers, other than the The popular Hyde Park eatery Twist shuttered its doors Saturday night, stiffing numerous irresponsible owner, Ben Mauk, are the creditors. Photo by Jim Langan. many excellent employees who are paying It is rumored the management Poughkeepsie. If they do, we will give the price for Mauk’s mismanagement. intends to open another restaurant in you an opportunity to avoid it.

CONGRESSMAN-ELECT CHRIS GIBSON HEADS TO WASHINGTON BY JIM LANGAN When we first reported on Chris Gibson last winter, he was a recently retired Army officer intent on seeking Rep. Scott Murphy’s 20th Congressional District seat. Conventional wisdom around the district was Gibson was an impressive candidate with an exemplary background, but not well enough known to knock off a well-funded incumbent like Murphy. Well, knock him off he did and last week, Congressman-elect Gibson was in Washington measuring the proverbial drapes. The way it works for freshman legislators is they draw straws for office space. Gibson drew number 70 out of 85 and chose an office on the fifth floor of the Cannon Office Building. The fact that

the office has limited elevator service actually appealed to the athletic new congressman. (Gibson was an all-state basketball player in Kinderhook.) Gibson participated in a six-day orientation program for freshman legislators. He will assume office in January. One of Gibson’s first decisions is very much in keeping with his frugal fiscal persona. The congressman-elect has decided he will use a small inner office with a private bathroom as his Washington residence. Gibson has said he will sleep on an air mattress when in D.C. Traditionally, most congressmen take an apartment or share a house with other members of Congress. When Congress is not in session, he

will return home to Kinderhook, where his wife, Mary Jo, and their three children will continue to reside. As he proved during the campaign, Gibson is a very grounded and unpretentious man. Having served four combat tours, the 46-year-old Gibson finds an air mattress and a private shower just fine, thank you. Hudson Valley News is making plans to visit our new Congressman in January once he gets himself established. Gibson’s 24-year career in the Army should make it likely he is appointed to the important Armed Services Committee. Gibson began his military career as a private and emerged a full colonel last February.

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Two employees of a local deli have been arrested for allegedly stealing a number of items from their employer. On Saturday, Nov. 27, at approximately 4:39 a.m., the employees were observed removing various items from K&D Deli on Route 9G in Hyde Park via the back door, according to police. Among the items stolen were cheese, cigarettes, bread, cereal, laundry detergent and soda. According to police, a representative of the business reported that a review of the store’s surveillance video system revealed over a dozen previous incidents in the last few weeks involving the same suspects. The alleged thieves, Raymond M. McCauley, 46, of Wallkill, and William Hapeman, 48, also of Wallkill, were taken into custody and charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. Both men were released and are due to reappear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 23.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Jason E. Bierer, 39, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Nov. 23 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. • Simone E. Quick, 25, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Nov. 24 for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Michael G. Connolly, 24, of Port Jefferson Station, was arrested on Nov. 25 for DWI, a misdemeanor.

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GUEST COLUMN for the Resource Recovery Agency net service fee that the county is legally required to pay; insufficient monies were put in for housing out inmates and for the overtime costs for transporting inmates; the county executive included closing the Beacon and Pawling Department BY SANDY GOLDBERG of Motor Vehicles offices, despite the AND DAN KUFFNER fact that the county clerk showed both offices create more revenue than they Recent articles have painted a one- cost; the elimination of two auditors sided view of the current county budget in the county comptroller’s office, the process. It is our hope that this article financial watchdog of the county, would will point out the shortcomings of this inhibit that office from performing its charter function. budget and what has been done to date. The slashing of county funding to The tentative proposed budget “non-mandated, non-reimbursable” received by the Legislature on Nov. 1 left programs provided by contract agencies is many services underfunded and followed one of the most serious issues the Budget a policy that will increase county and Finance Committee had to address. costs in the coming year(s). That was The services these agencies provide are unacceptable to the Democratic caucus. The county executive, in his eagerness delivered at a much lower cost than if to present a budget that he could say had the county provided the same necessary no tax increase, left out key elements service. The list of questionable and and has put stress on service providers. incomprehensible budget-cut decisions The Republican caucus did not want to by the county executive goes on. Both caucuses provided amendments to be blamed for a tax increase, so they the Steinhaus proposed budget. As already made cuts, some of which further stress reported by the local media, restorations county departments so the Legislature to the Beacon and Pawling DMV offices could later add back some positions and were approved, the two auditors in the services. For the Republican caucus, the comptroller’s offi ce were reinstated, priority was not human services. and positions were restored to the jail The Budget and Finance Committee and sheriff’s department. Additionally, has adopted a tentative budget that will $25,740 was restored to fund the Fire go before the full Legislature on Dec. 7 Investigation Division. There were some at 7 p.m. There will be a hearing on this restorations of funding to some contract budget on Thursday evening, Dec. 2, at agencies, Cornell Cooperative Extension the Bardavon. Funds for essential programs and/ being among them. The Democratic or binding legal commitments were caucus supported all of these amendment either excluded or underfunded by the resolutions, which were put forward by county executive. For example, all three the majority caucus, and rightly so. The Democratic caucus members are contracts the county has with its unions keenly aware of the current economic have already expired or will expire on conditions. The caucus members fully Dec. 31, but no funds were included for believe that Steinhaus’s proposed a settlement; no funds were provided budget and the Budget and Finance Committee’s amended budget with a zero tax levy increase goes way beyond the practical and is outwardly political Wishing g you y a Warm in its motivation and construction. As a and Fuzzy Holid Holiday l day Season Season result, the Democratic caucus proposed amendment resolutions to the budget to restore funding for positions in the Youth Bureau, The Human Rights Commission, the Health Department Water Lab and other county positions that were eliminated. Vacant positions were not restored. Amendments were proposed by the Democrats to restore county funding 2 0 We s t Ma rk e t St . to some long-standing, effective Rhinebeck, NY 12572 programs that had been severely reduced (845)876-7557 or eliminated. County judges and t h e r u g g a rd e n @ f ro n t i e r. c o m commissioners of several departments

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explained the implication of reducing and eliminating these programs. Cost avoidance that these programs provide runs in the millions. In our view, each of the following programs provide services that, in the long run, save county taxpayers from being saddled with exorbitant tax increases in the coming years. As explained by Commissioner Robert Allers of the Department of Social Services, the Wheels to Work program provides reconditioned vehicles to public assistance recipients so they are able to get to work and maintain employment, thus coming off the public assistance rolls. This non-mandated, non-reimbursable fully county-funded program costs the county $245,000 a year. Allers was asked how much it would cost the county if all of the persons supported by this specific program were to re-enter the public assistance rolls again. His response was an astonishing $6.5 million a year. To date none of the participants has re-entered the system. The GED program at the jail helps reduce recidivism. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program has proven essential for our court system. The Mediation Center has had great success in obtaining better outcomes in Family Court and has helped reduce the backlog of cases; this center also has had successful outcomes in working with the probation department with youthful offenders. Severe cuts to the Mid-Hudson Library Systems and the Dutchess County Arts Council, both of which provide services for disadvantaged children that help keep them out of the criminal justice system, were also of concern to the Democratic caucus. The Democrats offered amendments restoring these essential services, knowing that in the long run, they saved county taxpayers significant money. All were defeated by the majority caucus. This is the type of budgeting logic with which the Democratic caucus does not agree. Spending a reasonable amount of county dollars on an annual basis to save huge expenses in the future just makes sense. This is why the Democratic caucus continues to fight for all of the county’s residents, to maintain a dignity and a quality of life for everyone. Cutting programs so drastically in a recessionary time is a recipe for financial disaster in the future. County Legislator Sandy Goldberg (D-Wappinger) is minority leader in the Dutchess County Legislature, and Legislator Dan Kuffner (D-Hyde Park) serves as assistant minority leader.

Gibson names district director BY HV NEWS STAFF Congressman-elect Chris Gibson has announced a Clifton Park man will serve as his district director when he takes office Jan. 3. Steve Bulger, who has served in a number of leadership roles in different organizations throughout the district, was appointed to the position. During the recent campaign, Bulger served as Gibson’s Saratoga County coordinator. According to Gibson, Bulger will be responsible for “ensuring that the residents of the 20th Congressional District receive outstanding constituent services.” Bulger previously served as president of the Troy Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and the Greater Troy Jaycees. He currently serves as planning board chairman in Clifton Park and on the Saratoga Bridges Board of Directors. Professionally, he is a former manager for the Stryker Corporation, specializing in total hip and knee replacements and trauma fracture fixation implants. He has also worked for Johnson & Johnson and Synthes and has a total of nearly 20 years’ experience in the medical manufacturing industry. “Steve Bulger is a great example of a citizen dedicated to selflessly improving our community,” said Gibson in a press release. “His volunteerism has already made a difference in countless lives and I’m honored and proud to have him serve as my District Director. He has demonstrated an ability to work with all people and has shown compassion and empathy for their struggles and challenges. Steve’s dedication to his fellow man and his superior organizational and business skills will serve our constituents well.” “I was attracted early on by Chris’s dedication to service and immediately knew that he would make an excellent congressman,” Bulger added. “He served our nation for 24 years in the military, taught at West Point, earned a PhD and serves as a great example to future generations of what someone can achieve in this great country. The more time I spent with him, the more impressed I became. It is an enormous honor to join his team and become his district director.” Bulger is a Clifton Park resident. He lives with his wife, Mary Beth, and three children, Laura, 19, Kevin 17, and James, 9. He grew up in Brunswick, graduated from Troy High School and earned a BA in government and law from Lafayette College.


Tivoli resident Bryan Cranna has been working and volunteering in Tivoli practically since the day he moved there, and now, he’s hoping to become the village’s next mayor. The current mayor, Tom Cordier, has served two terms and recently announced he would not seek a third. Cranna said after hearing Cordier would not seek re-election and after speaking with some village residents, he decided to seek the post. “I didn’t just make the decision overnight,” he said. “This, to me, is my next step in serving the village. I think the time is right.” Cranna, who is running on the Tivoli First party line, moved to Tivoli in 2002 and almost immediately began volunteering on the Tivoli Recreation Committee. Seven years ago, he was elected to a seat on the village board, which he has held since. Until March of this year, Cranna served as deputy mayor under Cordier. He stepped down from that post in order to become chairman of the village Recreation Committee. “I’ve seen village government from a lot of different angles,” he said. Professionally, Cranna works as deputy Dutchess County clerk, where he oversees the legal division of the clerk’s office. Prior to that, he worked as assistant to the chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature. Cranna says these positions have given

him experience working with the county officials he would likely have to collaborate with as mayor. Cranna is also the former executive director of Taconic Resources, an organization that serves people with disabilities. In that position, he oversaw the organization’s day-to-day operations and managed its budget, among other duties. “I think my tenure as executive of that organization prepares me to be executive of the village,” he said. Cranna said one of his prime goals as mayor would be to develop a riverfront park in Tivoli. The village has been trying, for some time, to establish a park on land previously owned by CSX Railroad. As it currently stands, the village now owns the property and has been studying riverfront parks in other communities and consulting with residents to determine how it will be developed. “I think one of the major issues the new mayor will face is development of that park,” he said. Cranna said he wants to continue holding visioning sessions with residents and allow the people to be part of the process of developing the park. “We really want this conversation to include village residents,” he said. Cranna said another difficult issue will be the village budget, saying communities all over the country, including Tivoli, are learning to do more with less. He said he’d


like to look into sharing services with the Town of Red Hook and take a close look at some taxpayer-funded programs that could be reduced. “We’re going to need to look at our spending and planning for the future,” he said. He praised Cordier and Deputy Mayor Susan Ezrati, saying through their leadership, the village was able to cut taxes in 2010. “We were able to do that by taking a very close look at our budget,” he said. Cranna also wants to reinstate Tivoli’s summer recreation program for children. He said the village had its own summer rec program that was funded by the Town of Red Hook, which was recently canceled. He said he’d like to restore it using Tivoli funds. “That’s something we definitely want to reinstate,” he said. Cranna, a Woods Road resident since 2002, is married to wife Christine and has two sons, Kieran, 7, and Shane, 4. He was born and raised in Hudson and moved to Red Hook in 2000 before relocating to Tivoli. L








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Imprisoned for pregnancy Women being imprisoned for becoming pregnant is the stuff of horror stories from faraway places with totalitarian rulers and patriarchic chiefdoms. One might read about these horrific state policies in memoirs such as “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali author who experienced horrible tragedies as a Muslim woman in Kenya and Somalia. But most Americans sleep soundly knowing our government would never take such actions – it would be a complete violation of any woman’s rights according to the Constitution. But in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, it

is considered a violation hospital, where she died of parole to become a few weeks later from pregnant, and women on complications relating to probation are shipped untreated pneumonia. The But to imprison hospital stated in its report back to prison if such a a woman for condition arises. that the jail’s failure to In a particularly tragic getting pregnant treat Gillespie in a timely recent case, Amy Lynn manner led to her death. is a direct Gillespie, 27, became The issues in this case violation of her are obvious: first, why did pregnant during her workrelease program from the the prison guards ignore human rights, county jail, where she cries for help as well as equal Gillespie’s had been imprisoned for for over two weeks? protection laws. But secondly, and more retail theft. The halfway house where Gillespie importantly, what was she was being paroled lists doing in prison in the first as a policy that becoming place? Gillespie engaged pregnant is violation of the terms of an in sexual relations while she was on incarcerated woman’s release and that the parole and the resulting pregnancy is expectant mother should be returned to against policy in Allegheny County. But prison to finish the term of her sentence. to imprison a woman for getting pregnant Gillespie entered prison on Dec. 2, is a direct violation of her human rights, 2009, after halfway house personnel as well as equal protection laws. How can discovered her pregnancy and the county justify imprisoning pregnant immediately began complaining of women when no such condition exists for difficulty breathing and fluid discharge their male counterparts? Unquestionably, from her lungs. After being ignored for this is an anachronistic policy that should several weeks and told by prison guards swiftly be relegated to the history books. that she should “stick it out,” Gillespie But the incident highlights an even was finally admitted on Dec. 29 to a local

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greater concern: the United States still has a long way to go in protecting the civil and human rights of all of its citizens. The fact that many politicians still feel strongly that they have the right to legislate what a woman does with her body is indicative of the slippery slope upon which we still find ourselves perched. The fact that we have finally elected an African American as president does not mitigate the countless struggles that exist across our country with relation to gender and race – from where mosques can and cannot be built to the protection of a woman’s right to choose. Those who are fighting for the protection of human rights must remain vigilant and active in the struggle. Amy Lynn Gillespie is a casualty of that struggle and nothing is more difficult to accept than the fact that the state is largely responsible for her death. But the policy that led to her passing should not be left in place and the struggle to secure equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, creed or gender must continue. Jonathan Smith can be reached at


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ago committed themselves to preserving the historic and rural charm of their community. Hyde Park, on the other hand, has had a love-hate relationship with its OPINION remarkable heritage. For some reason, USUALLY Hyde Park’s character has come to be defined by political affiliation. Democrats RIGHT seem to be the champions of historic preservation and moderation, while all BY JIM LANGAN too often, the Republicans appear to want to pave it over. There’s also a very ugly undercurrent of class and wealth envy. Yet in Rhinebeck, everyone seems to be rowing the same boat, regardless of economic Like many people, we had friends circumstance. The perfect example is the and family in from out of town over aforementioned Walmart on the site of the Thanksgiving. None had ever spent much bucolic drive-in. Those favoring a Walmart time in the area, if at all. As part of my consider themselves pro-business and obligatory host duties, I gave them a tour opponents are vilified as tree huggers. One needn’t go any of the area. As we live further than comparing the in Hyde Park, we toured governance of both towns. … why two towns the FDR Library and ValIn Rhinebeck, Supervisor Kill, drove through the with basically Tom Traudt and his board Vanderbilt Estate and the same run a very civilized, toured Mills Mansion. A respectful town meeting, topography came couple of the younger kids regardless of the matter at were wowed by the Hyde to be so markedly hand. Great consideration Park Drive-In as they’d different. is given to every citizen never seen one. There were and every suggestion and also a couple of audible everything is out in the gasps when I said there were a number of open. In Hyde Park, transparency is a dirty local residents who want to put a Walmart word and the current board has a barely on the site. The consensus was FDR would concealed contempt for any resident who likely not approve. disagrees with them. With the exception We also drove around a bit and the of Councilwoman Sue Serino, Supervisor preponderance of strip malls and mobile Tom Martino has assembled a board homes struck everyone as being somewhat comprised of men more motivated by anger at variance with the town’s historic and resentment than any common vision. reputation. I reminded everyone that FDR As a long-time resident pointed out about himself never carried Hyde Park in four Hyde Park, Republicans historically spend presidential elections. I recounted what someone told me shortly after I moved down any financial surplus they inherit to here. “Hyde Park may have had the make it appear they’ve lowered taxes. Then Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts, but it’s still they get voted out, leaving Democrats to raise taxes to address the shortfall. Then a blue-collar town.” Later, we drove to Rhinebeck the Democrats get voted out for raising and everyone had the same reaction. taxes; whereas in Rhinebeck, everyone is Rhinebeck is so charming and quaint. much more on the same page. They may I remember during the Chelsea Clinton differ on how to get there occasionally, but wedding frenzy having a network reporter they have a common vision. The bitter partisanship in Hyde Park say to me, “Rhinebeck looks like the town is evidenced by the hodge-podge of on a model railroad set.” Unlike Hyde strip malls and empty stores you see on Park, Rhinebeck has a clearly defined Routes 9 and 9G. Until some of these town center with tasteful retail stores and things are addressed, newcomers are restaurants. Hyde Park is still debating going to be attracted to the charm and where to put a town center. civility of Rhinebeck. All of this got me thinking why two


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The month of November holds special significance for my family. While the month’s transition from early political excitement to the advent of the holiday season is truly meaningful, November is also Epilepsy Awareness Month. Six years ago, my wife Christy and I were blessed with our first child, Abigail. However, our daughter has faced, and will continue to face, significant challenges. The loss of oxygen at birth caused minor damage to Abigail’s brain. She lives on the Autism Spectrum with impaired motor skills, jumbled speech and a limited attention span. For nearly four years, Abigail has experienced a frightening element of epilepsy: seizures. But Abigail’s story is one of love, hope and gratitude. The love Abigail’s family and friends have for her is boundless; and she reciprocates. Each passing day with younger brother, Jack, she seems to enjoy her childhood a little bit more. We are grateful for the support offered by family, friends and organizations dedicated to enriching Abigail’s life and assisting her with her obstacles. One such organization has been the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. Christy and I are pleased to join them in participating in Epilepsy Awareness Month. A key first step is spreading the word. One of the major challenges facing epilepsy is overcoming the myths associated with the condition in order to change attitudes toward those with epilepsy. This year’s theme of “Get Seizure Smart” seeks to educate individuals on recognizing and responding to seizures. Another critical role is filled by volunteers. These individuals distribute materials, organize individual events like garage sales, and staff special events like the “Dutchess to Ulster Stroll for Epilepsy.” Passionate local citizens have been the most effective supporters of the epilepsy community. Finally, everyday giving is needed to support epilepsy research, services, medication, and training. To participate or learn more about these efforts, please visit www. The hardship associated with epilepsy is substantial. Yet Abigail’s difficulties have been mitigated by the tremendous commitment of her school, family doctors and selfless groups such as the Epilepsy Foundation. Their extraordinary work, combined with a compassionate community, can make Epilepsy Awareness Month a resounding success and help us ensure that every one of our children achieves their greatest potential. Assemblyman Marcus J. Molinaro Red Hook Hudson valley news | | december 1, 2010 {7}



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and leave refreshed rather than pumped up. There’s a difference. Refreshment means where you’ve had a chance to open yourself up and allow God in. Pumped up is where you’ve gotten a rush and are ready to run out and get into the battle (even if only figuratively). I remember going to a retreat once, where for the first hour we simply sat in a room together and silently invited God in. I mean, we sat there in silence for an hour. We weren’t really supposed to be looking at each other, but man! You should have seen all those people who were used to constant action, constant tension. They were just sitting. Squirming. It was like going through withdrawal. The hot sweats, the jitters ... until like a fever it broke. And calm set in. It turned out to be a wonderful retreat that filled my soul in ways no action movie could. I’m not suggesting that church should be a place where nothing happens at all. The monastery is a great place for that (go to a service at a monastery and see how much sitting in silence you can do! It’s great once you get used to it.) I am suggesting, however, that church can be a place where we can move a little more slowly, where we can devote a little more time to looking at God and the world around us, where we can talk without the distraction of adrenaline. It takes some getting used to and can seem very off-putting at first. But the rewards are great. Perhaps that can be the church’s great contribution to society in the 21st century – it can be a place where adrenaline does not flow. If that seems too radical, then why not try an experiment. This week is the first week of Advent. Advent is a time of quiet reflection and preparation. It also happens to correspond with that insane period in American life known as the “Shopping Days Left Til Christmas.” Why not go to church – one of the boring ones – as a refuge far from the madding crowd? It doesn’t matter if the music isn’t snappy, or if the liturgy doesn’t make sense, or if the preacher drones on. What you’re there for is to sit still and feel the adrenaline ooze out of you. When that happens, you’ll be open to something quieter yet bigger. Advent is the perfect time to remember that it is in the quiet places of our hearts that all the growth happens. Give yourself a gift and find a nice adrenaline-free zone where you can refresh and grow.

Last week, I watched the new Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.” It’s only going to have a Part II, so I’m giving you better value for your dollar – I’m giving you a Part III! The funny thing about the movie was it lasted two and a half hours and was over before I even had a chance to fidget. The teenagers I saw it with (five of them) said the same thing. It was a festival of tension, interrupted by periods of exploding spells that really got my adrenaline flowing. Then I read the reviews. I was shocked to learn that a lot of reviewers found it boring because of the lack of action! Because they actually sat down and, gasp, talked! Could it be that, for some people, there will never be enough action? Could it be that some people cannot sit still for more than five minutes of conversation without feeling as though they are drowning? What I’m getting at is this: We live in a world of fast action, high-tension video games and YouTube with its 9-minute videos. Everything is fast and furious, whether at work or at play. We have our adrenaline working pretty much every waking hour. So my questions from last week’s column stand: Is it always good to be on that adrenaline rush? Or is there a place in the world for a slower heart rate? Enter those boring “mainline” churches. Or at least our church (again, I don’t want to speak for the other boring mainline churches). We worship in a building that is roughly 160 years old. It was not built with stadium seating, and there isn’t even room to fix a PowerPoint projector. We would have a hard time putting in a rock band (wouldn’t fit), let alone an orchestra. I suppose I could yell from the pulpit, maybe tell people that the church is under attack from this group or that (a little paranoia always gets the juices flowing). I could rile folks up with some sin that others are committing – and that we should condemn. But that’s not my style, and it is not what I believe we are called to do or be. In a world that does not know the meaning of “calm,” I believe the church’s role might The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. be to be that space where a slower heart James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You rate is seen as a good thing. Where you can leave a comment for him at rector@ can go, be part of the community of faith {8} december 1, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

BY JIM LANGAN • A fellow passenger took a photo of Michigan Congressman John Conyers perusing a Playboy magazine as the 81-year-old was returning to Detroit for the holidays. He was not reading the articles. • Ryan McNames, a 19-year-old Columbia, Missouri man, was very unhappy over the holidays. It appears McNames had paid $60 for two hookers and felt one of them didn’t give it her best effort. So he called the police and demanded he get $40 back for nonperformance. Instead he was arrested and fined $500. Plus, what’s with $60 for two hookers? Charlie Sheen would be appalled. • Here’s one for you dog lovers. Daniel Vaugh, a 25-year-old resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, got drunk and smashed a bottle of vodka over the head of his Staffordshire terrier and then tossed the soaked dog in a dryer. Cops arrived and tossed Vaugh in the pokey for animal cruelty. The dog suffered thermal burns but is expected to make a full recovery. Let’s hope this guy never reproduces. • The insufferable Sen. John Kerry has rented out Boston’s Symphony Hall in order to throw a lavish birthday party/ fundraiser for himself. Guests will be expected to pay between $75 and $4,800 to replenish Kerry’s political war chest. Kerry has a net worth of $276 million. He’s up for re-election in two years. • Once again, a Muslim nut job has been arrested for attempting to kill hundreds at a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The Somali-born Muhamed Osman Mohamed is 19 and believes killing random people makes him a good Muslim. Until one of these cretins turns up looking like your grandmother, let’s keep watching these guys like a hawk. • The annoying Angelina Jolie wasn’t exactly in the holiday spirit when asked why she doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. The former Mrs. Billy Bob Thornton says, “It’s about murder, the domination of one culture over another.” Oh, get over yourself. • The World Health Organization says over 600,000 people die every year in America from secondhand smoke. What nonsense! If secondhand smoke killed people, both my kids would have died years ago and I

would have put a few dogs and cats in the ground. The WHO and other anti-smoking Nazis simply attribute any death of a person exposed to a smoker as smoking related. I no longer smoke, but this stuff is absurd and hurts their credibility on a serious topic. • A Spanish woman, Angeles Duran, has registered the sun as her property with a notary. She says she will charge all residents of earth a fee and donate 50% to world governments, 20% to Spain’s pension fund, 10% each to world hunger and research, and 10% to herself. I hope she uses her 10% for a good shrink. • Is it just me, or are the same sniveling liberals who object to any attempt to profile Muslims the same ones whining about the TSA putting them through a body scan? • Here’s a Christmas present for art lovers. In France, 271 previously unknown paintings and sketches by Pablo Picasso have been discovered. An elderly electrician who once worked for Picasso says the art works were given to him as gifts and he’s stored them in a garage for years. Needless to say, everyone’s suing everyone now. • I’ve finally figured out how these topsecret intelligence leaks got out. A soldier named Bradley Manning stationed in Baghdad would bring a Lady Gaga CD to work, erase the music and then download classified information all day. He then put the data on a memory stick and gave it to the Guardian newspaper in London. Hmmm … I knew Lady Gaga was behind this all along. • The liberal Nazis at Harvard must have been asleep at the switch when Harvard invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lecture at the university this week. She will lecture on foreign policy and the black experience, whatever that means. • Another Harvard liberal is quitting the Obama administration after only nine months. Constitutional lawyer and former Obama mentor Lawrence Tribe has apparently had enough. The publicity loving Tribe had been given a relatively obscure job in the Justice Department and is returning to the classroom, where people have to listen to his drivel.

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VOICES OF THE SEASON LOCAL PERFORMANCES INSPIRE DURING THE HOLIDAYS AMARCORD | 8 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 3 | Cost: $25; $12.50, student; free, under 12. All Saints’ Chapel, Trinity Pawling School, 700 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-3100. Courtesy photo. Hudson valley news | | december 1, 2010 {9}

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Friday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. in Poughkeepsie. See holiday calendar starting on page 14 for full listing. Courtesy photo.


20th Annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Fair Dec. 4-5: Local master craftspeople and fine artists will be displaying and selling their work including handcrafted gift items, ceramics, jewelry, leatherwork, photography, woodwork, dried flower arrangements, wreaths, blown glass and much more. $3 admission includes craft raffle ticket. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New Paltz Middle School, 196 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

Holiday Boutique and Book Sale Dec. 3-4: Holiday decorations, including ornaments, wall hangings, table pieces and more are available. Mint-condition books and holiday-related books are also for sale. Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Starr Library lower level, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4030 or


Holiday Art Sale Through Jan. 1. Discounted price on the current exhibition of paintings and photographs by Ellen Stockdale Wolfe. Upstairs Gallery at the Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook. 845-677-5857.

“Pinocchio” by Kids on Stage December 4 and 11. Performed by The Center’s Kids on Stage Performance workshop, directed by Lisa Lynds. Saturday, 11 a.m. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 children. The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.



“Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS 2010” Dec. 3-5: See page 12 for more information. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

2010 Italian Film Festival Through Dec. 7. “The Wind Blows Round” (Diritti, 2005). All films begin at 6:30 p.m. Screenings are free and open to the public. Films will be shown with English subtitles. Preston Theater at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-6822.

EVENT 5th Annual Home for the Holidays Through Dec. 11: Bid on a variety of unique gifts including jewelry, handmade pocketbooks, goat milk soap, gift baskets and gift certificates from local merchants in a silent auction on view the library gallery. Hours: Monday, noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook. 845-677-3611.

THEATER “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 3-5; Dec. 17-19. A CENTERStage production co-directed by Cait Johnson and Emily DePew with new sets by Andy Weintraub. Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and children. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080.

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December brings many opportunities to get into the festive frame of mind, to mix and mingle with the teeming masses. If you’re in the mood for something a little more subdued, but no less inspiring, consider adding classical music to your holiday repertoire. Five male singers make up the quintet Amarcord; the group performs as part of Pawling Concert Series’ 37th season on Friday night. Founded in 1992 by former members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, the men sing a capella works from all periods of Western music, from the Middle Ages to modern compositions. Amarcord has been lauded at many international competitions, such as Tolosa in Spain, Tampere in Finland and Pohlheim in Germany. In 2002, the ensemble won the German Music Competition, having joined the ranks of the BA KJK (young musicians who have been singled out by the German Music Council for special support) two years before. In 2004, Amarcord became the first group of singers to be awarded the Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival. Care to hear something really rare? Kairos: A Consort of Singers will be performing Claudio KAIROS: A CONSORT OF Monteverdi’s early Baroque masterpiece “Vespers for the Blessed Virgin (Vespers of SINGERS 1610)” this weekend. Commemorating the 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 4 400th anniversary of the work’s publication 3 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 5 in 1610, the concerts will feature the 23-voice Kairos consort and an orchestra of period Tickets: $25, general; $20, adult; instruments including sackbuts (an early $15, seniors; $7, youth/students version of the trombone), cornettos (ancestors Holy Cross Monastery, Rte. 9W of the trumpet) and a theorbo or bass lute. The (1615 Broadway), West Park. “Vespers” are rarely performed, especially in the Hudson Valley. A pre-concert talk on the 845-256-9114 history and performing style of the piece by musicologist and SUNY New Paltz Professor CAMERATA CHORALE Emerita Dr. Mary Jane Corry will be offered one hour before each performance. 3:30 P.M. | Sunday, Dec. 5 Finally, Camerata Chorale will be celebrating Suggested $10 donation the genius of masters like Brahms and The Reformed Church of Mendelssohn as part of the Tower Music Series at the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, but Poughkeepsie, 70 Hooker Ave., the group will also be honoring and celebrating Poughkeepsie the life of Dr. John A. Davis Jr. from the 845-452-8110 sanctuary where Davis served as organist and choirmaster for 24 years. “He and I had a strong professional relationship over the years,” said Lee H. Pritchard, artistic director of Camerata Chorale, who will also be conducting the concert. “We asked each other’s advice. We also made him a life member of Camerata (because of his longtime association).” Davis had performed with Camerata Chorale as the organ accompanist on many of their programs over the past 47 years. Of the pieces to be performed on Sunday (which include Psalm XIII, Opus 27, and Two Motets, Opus 74, by Brahms; and five Australian carols by William G. James), Pritchard said, “He (Davis) had performed some of these pieces in past years. We perform there (the Reformed Church) quite often and performed with Dr. Davis. Because of our long association, we’re donating our services. He was a longtime friend and collaborator with all of us.”

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DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The first event of Half Moon Theatre’s New Play Development Unit (the brainchild of literary manager Ed Napier) is a reading “REACH FOR THE SKY” of “Reach for the Sky” by actor, writer 8 p.m. | Dec. 3-4 and professor Joe Cosentino, which will 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday be directly followed by a wine and cheese Admission: $15 reception. This arm of Half Moon Theatre aims to cultivate new work in the Hudson Parish Hall at Grace Church Valley in order to present world premieres. 3328 Franklin Ave., Millbrook. The initial step along that process begins To reserve seats, call 845-235with a Millbrook reading series to give these plays their first step into the sun. 9885 or e-mail halfmoon@ Cosentino has had a long and varied career in performing and education. He has performed in Off-Broadway shows, and shared the stage with Bruce Willis and Nathan Lane in regional theater presentations. He has appeared in film and on television, and is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. While earning his theater credentials, Cosentino also earned an MFA from Goddard College and an MA from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently the head of the department of Performing, Visual Arts, and Communications and professor of speech and theater at Dutchess Community College. He said he was drawn to the credentials of Half Moon Theatre when looking for a group with whom to work. “It’s an Equity company,” he said, referring to the fact that actors with Half Moon Theatre are members of the Actors Equity Association. “There are only three in the summer: New York Stage and Film (Powerhouse) at Vassar, Hudson Valley Shakespeare and River Valley Rep at Marist. During the year, there’s no other actors’ equity company up here – that’s how Half Moon fills the niche.” Cosentino joined the group for its informal and private Sunday play readings, where actors gather to read writer’s new works absent of an audience and critical feedback. “One Sunday a month, they meet and read new work. A lot of groups don’t do new work,” he commented. Cosentino said he enjoyed participating as an actor, and was then inspired to unearth a play of his own to share with during the Sunday sessions. While Cosentino has written and presented other plays, this particular one had sat hidden in a drawer for 30 years. “The first draft (of ‘Reach for the Sky’) was in 1980 – I did it as a reading in Manhattan, and got a good response and critique. And I put it away,” he said. “I took it out for Sunday Best this year, but since its set in 1977 already, time hadn’t dated it.” His experience with the Half Moon Sunday Best reading was extremely positive: “The actors read it – everyone was laughing so hysterically!” At the end of the session, Artistic Director Geoff Tarson, Managing Director Kristy Grimes and Producing Director Molly Renfroe Katz approached Cosentino about presenting “Reach for the Sky” as the first play of the new reading series. The plot, said Cosentino, is loosely based on his own family and his experience growing up as an Italian American in New Jersey in the 1970s. The play revolves around a family that gathers for a wedding between a young Italian American man and a wealthy Protestant woman – Cosentino said it was a true story, though in his family, it was his cousin; in the play, he made the fiancé the brother of the main character to tighten the drama. The reading will feature Molly Renfroe Katz, Ryan Katzer, Amy Lemon Olson, Nicola Sheara, John Summerford, Michael Siktberg, Justin Stockslager, Briana Alessio, Tim Dowd and Douglas Wooley. Cosentino said he feels like this third draft, after 30 years, has improved the work. “I’m really, really happy – it’s funnier, more focused, with more pathos. You do laugh and cry.” The reading series continues on Feb. 11 and 12 with “Good Deeds for a Weary World” by Gary Sunshine.


E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page “Reach for the Sky” Dec. 3-4 p.m. A reading of a new play by Joe Cosentino. See story at left. Parish Hall at Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave., Millbrook. 845-235-9885.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 DANCE

“Making and Doing” and “Thought and Action” 5-8:30 p.m. The Bard College Dance Program and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company present two public events featuring Bill T. Jones, artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The two-time Tony Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” visits campus just days before being honored in Washington, D.C. at the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. “Making and Doing” invites the audience to view, critique and discuss three student dance composition projects with the student choreographers and Jones. “Thought and Action” offers a live performance of Jones’s “Floating the Tongue” as the touchstone for a discussion of the philosophy of thought, action and consciousness as they relate to art and the act of creating. Free and open to the public. For reservations and information, contact the box office at 845-758-7900. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson.

Susso and three special guests — Adjaratou Tapa Demba (vocals/dance), Balla Kouyate (balafon), and Alhassan Susso (kora). Free and open to the public. Villard Room of the Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

Thursday, Dec. 2 ART

“Late Night Leaves the Lehman Loeb” 6 p.m. Take an unusual tour of the Vassar College campus with Art Center docents. They will discuss works of art throughout the campus with surprises along the way. Participants should meet at the entrance to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

LECTURE Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art: A Hudson Valley Artists Dialogue Series 7:30-9 p.m. “Motivation and Inspiration” with Carol Flaitz and a special interview film on Audrey Chibbaro. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Suggested donation: $5. Beahive, 291 Main St., Beacon. “Money Smarts – What Every College Student Should Know to Thrive in Any Economy” 12:30 p.m. Personal finance expert and author

EVENT Fair Trade Market Place Celebration Noon-7 p.m. More than 20 vendors and nonprofit organizations will be selling fair trade products, disseminating information for activism, volunteerism, and raising awareness as it pertains to interests and issues of women and girls. Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. www.

FILM “Still Here” 5:30 p.m. In honor of World AIDS Day, a screening of the Cannes award-winning short documentary film by Vassar alumnus Alex Camilleri. A discussion with the filmmaker and his subject, AIDS awareness advocate Randy Baron, follows. Free and open to the public. Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film’s Rosenwald Film Theater (room 109), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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A Christmas Carol Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4 at 8 pm, Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 pm Friday & Saturday, Dec. 17 & 18 at 8 pm, Sunday, Dec. 19 at 3 pm Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors & children

An all-new rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, featuring your favorite holiday carols! A CENTERStage Production co-directed by Cait Johnson and Emily DePew with new sets by Andy Weintraub.

Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers Friday & Saturday, Dec. 10 & 11 at 8 pm, Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors & children

Travel & Adventure Series: Explore the World! 6:45 p.m. Travel with John Holod along the ‘backbone of North America. from New Mexico to Montana. Travel on scenic old railroads in New Mexico and Colorado, including the world-famous Durango/Silverton Narrow Guage Railway. Cost: $5. Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie. 845-224-3153.

Tickets: $8 for adults; $6 for children in advance or at the door


PINOCCHIO by Kids on Stage

Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring The Walker Family, performing folk music. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

PERFORMANCE “An Evening of West African Music and Dance” 8 p.m. With Gambian master kora player Alhaji Papa

Loosely based on the on the Petipa/Tchaikovsky masterpiece, an enchanting journey through a young girl’s eyes told through classical ballet, jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop and magic. A wonderful holiday treat for theatergoers of all ages.


Saturday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 am From the moment Pinocchio wrecks Mastroni’s puppet show until he becomes a real boy, the excitement never abates in this charming adaptation of a classic tale. Performed by The CENTER’S own Kids on Stage Performance workshop, directed by Lisa Lynds.

The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308, 3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck

See you at The CENTER!

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Jordan Goodman lays out the simple, economyproof steps for any young adults or college student to fix current money problems, avoid future money missteps and start your investment strategy now. Free. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000. “Tivoli Bays Talks” 7:30-8:30 p.m. Steve Ruff, a free-lance Hudson River interpreter, discusses how the works of the Hudson River School of Painting inspired preservation of iconic landscapes. Free. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Watts dePeyster Visitor Center, Tivoli. 845-889-4745, ext. 105.

NIGHTLIFE Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. Free. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Friday, Dec. 3 EVENT

Second Annual BRAWL Ball 8 p.m. Meet the women of the Hudson Valley B.R.A.W.L. (Broad’s Regional Arm Wrestling League) and try out your arm in arm wrestling matches. Costumes encouraged. $5 suggested donation at the door. Bridgewater Bar & Grill, 50 Abeel St., Kingston.

LITERARY First Fridays Open Mic: Poets 8 p.m. Calling All Poets (CAPS), hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic and Robert Milby. Two-Poem open mic follows featured readings. Refreshments available. Every first Fri. $4, donation. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988 or 831-0077.

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Reading by Michael Korda 5 p.m. Best-selling author Korda reads from his latest book, “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.” Free. Vassar College Bookstore, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

MUSIC Amarcord 8 p.m. The Pawling Concert Series continues. See story on page 10. Cost: $25; $12.50, student; free, children under 12. All Saints’ Chapel, Trinity Pawling School, 700 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-3100. Vassar College Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m. James Osborn, director. Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7000.

NIGHTLIFE DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-896-5286. Greg Brown 8:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter. With special guest Montgomery Delaney. Tickets: $40, advance; $45, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. The Spampinato Brothers 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Saturday, Dec. 4 ART

“Eye on Images: Photographer Charlie Jacobs” 1-4 p.m. Artist’s reception. The annual solo fall artist show features guest Berkshire artist-photographer Charlie Jacobs, whose work covers a diverse range of topics and images. On view through Dec. 18. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 845373-8557, ext. 246. Le Petit Chateau Inn Art Gallery Opening 1-7 p.m. Reception with refreshments. Live music courtesy of Gypsy Nomads, 5-7 p.m. Art for sale from Paola Bari, Jurg Lanzrein, William Noonan and Mary B. Summerlin. Le Petit Chateau Inn, 39 West Dorsey Lane, Hyde Park. 845-437-4688. “Trinkets: A Members’ Exhibit” 5-8 p.m. First Saturday opening reception. The show displays small works of art, 12”x12” maximum, at affordable prices. In addition to the Members’ Exhibit, ASK also features “A Tribute to Meyer Lieberman” in the Front Gallery. Both exhibitions will run until Dec. 28. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

EVENT Fair and Luncheon 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring ethnic foods, baked goods, craft items and more. Lunch and take-out foods available. St. Gregory’s Orthodox Church, 1500 Rte. 376, Wappingers Falls. 845-462-3887. > continued on next page {12} december 1, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

Grumpuses make their way through Rhinebeck during last year’s Sinterklaas parade in Rhinebeck. File photo.

SINTERKLAAS CELEBRATION DAY IN RHINEBECK ALL DAY, Dec. 4 “The Illuminated Book” The Beekman Arms, Rte. 9. by Nadine Robbins, Grace Gunning, and Molly Ahearn with help from James Gurney, Richard Prouse and Andy Neal.

ALL AROUND RHINEBECK Performances by fire jugglers, the Bond Street Theatre Coalition Stilt Band, Slackwire Sam, Bard Shape Note Singers and the Raya Brass Band. The Pokingbrook Morris Team performs Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, the cast of the Center for Performing Arts’ “A Christmas Carol” go a-caroling, Carl Welden recites “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and Grumpuses will be about making mischief.

FUNDRAISERS 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch at the Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St. 5-8 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner by the Whale Watch at the Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St.

EVENTS Bear Beauty Contest 10:30 a.m. | Samuel’s of Rhinebeck, 42 East Market St. Dress up a favorite bear and maybe win a prize; all children and adults invited to submit entries. Brunch With The General 11 a.m. | Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) House, 77 Livingston St. Revolutionary War re-enactor Gary Petagine depicts Gen. George Montgomery and tell first-hand stories from his life. “Words Before All Else” 11 a.m. | The Beekman Arms, Rte. 9. Roland Mousa delivers a Native American blessing. Then hear the Iroquois story of Turtle Island, followed immediately by the legend of St. Nicholas and Dutch New York by Jonathan Kruk. Following, see a special performance of “St. George and the Dragon.” Paper Bird Ornament Making Workshop with Jenny Lee Fowler 12 noon - 2 pm - Wing & Clover, 22 East Market St.

MUSICALE Performances for adults 1-4:30 p.m. | The Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston St. 1 p.m. - Woodstock Renaissance 1:30 p.m. - Pamelech Klezmer Orkester 2 p.m. - Jonathan Kruk: Stories of Dutch New York 2:30 p.m. - Kartuli Ensemble 3 p.m. - Bard Shape Note Singers 3:30 p.m. - Mystic Minstrels Crowns And Branches Workshop 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Reformed Church Hall, 6368 Mill St. All children are encouraged to make a crown to wear and decorate a branch carry in the parade. Parents can purchase their star to participate in the Children’s Star Celebration following the parade. “Festival Of Light: A Holiday Spectacular” Noon, 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. | Reformed Church Sanctuary, 6368 Mill St. Three half-hour shows featuring giant puppets, tell a holiday story of a young girl’s journey. Presented by the Vanaver Caravan and the Arm of the Sea Theater Entertainment for All Ages 1-4:30 p.m. | Town Hall, 80 E. Market. 1 p.m. - “Grumpus Magic” by Andy Weintraub 1:30 p.m. - Rhinebeck School of Dance: “Nutcrackers and Sugar Plums” 2 p.m. - Astral Alert and Byrdsong with ukelele accompaniment 2:30 p.m. – “St. George and the Dragon” 3 p.m. - URU (Underage Rockers Unite) 3:30 p.m. - Mid-Hudson Mexican Folkloric Group 4 p.m. - Solas an Lae: An Irish Sugar Plum and more Sinter Cirkus and Vaudeville Show Noon, 1:15 , 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. | Upstate Films, Rte. 9. Presented by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and the Hey-Ya Brothers. Live music by David Arner. Ice Sculpting 3 p.m. | The Beekman Arms, Rte. 9. Silhouette Portrait Salon 3-5 p.m. Your profile portrait will be hand-cut from heirloomquality paper, mounted, and signed by the artist. $25. Wing & Clover, 22 East Market St. > continued on next page

< continued from previous page Capella Festiva Seasonal Concert 3:30 p.m. | Church Of The Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St. Marionette Show 3:30 pm | The Beekman Arms, Rte. 9. Ukranian Baba Liuba, Roots and Earth Marionette Show with music by 5th Generation Korinya Folk Ensemble. For all ages. Living Nativity 5 p.m. | Dutch Reformed Church, Rte. 9. All are invited for hot chocolate and cookies. Havdalah Candle Lighting 5:45 p.m. | Dapson/Chestney Funeral Home Parking Lot, 51 West Market St. Led by the Northern Dutchess Hebrew School and West Temple Emmanuel.



LOCAL EFFORT SUPPORTS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN This week, the Dutchess Community College’s Masquers’ Guild is adding its talents to a national cause – Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. The collective depends on the talents, resources and generosity of the national theater community – since 1988, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, audiences can enjoy variety acts from Broadway theater as well as music courtesy of the DCC Jazz Band. The money raised from the Masquers’ Guild production will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.


Children’s Starlight Parade 5:30 p.m. Line up. 6 p.m. W. Market St. The historic recreation of an Old Dutch Parade with Sinterklaas on his Horse, the Turtle, the Snow Geese, the Seven Sisters, giant figures, music, stilt walkers, The Wild E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Women, the Grumpuses, creatures of the woods, Rip Van Winkle, the dancing bears, fire jugglers and all < continued from previous page the children and town folk. Holiday Wreath-making Class Silver Tea and Craft Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Drop in; call for groups. Green Oak Grand Finale Circle and Children’s Star Ceremony 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Selected craft vendors, homemade Florist, 4403 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-2296:30 p.m. | Municipal Parking Lot food, music and raffles. Free entry. St. Denis Parish 9111. Hall, 604 Beekman Rd., Hopewell Junction. 845Family Hoedown 227-3949. FAMILY 7:30 p.m. - Town Hall, 80 E. Market St. For families, “A Day for the Kids” with John Kirk & Trish Miller Sugar Plum Shoppe Noon-5 p.m. Barrett Clay Works will be conducting 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artisan craft fair with more than 50 wheel throwing demos, play with clay for kids, and Dance For Adults vendors. Fresh poinsettias and wreaths, pictures promoting local ceramic artists. Poughkeepsie 8-11 p.m. | Starr Place, 6417 Montgomery St. taken with Santa, raffles, door prizes and luncheon Plaza, 2600 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. Featuring a battle of the bands between the fabulous cafe. Free entry. St. Joseph School, North Ave., 845-471-4265. Dixieland sound of the On The Lam Band and the Millbrook. 845-677-3670. wild Balkan rhythms of the Raya Brass Band. LITERATURE MUSIC Poetry Reading Senior Recital 3 p.m. Poetry reading of work by Rainer Maria Rilke 4 p.m. Nina Vyedin, soprano, performs the music of in English and German to mark the poet’s birthday. Brahms, Rodrigo, Rachmaninoff and others. Skinner Hyde Park Library Annex, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., 845-229-7791. Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7000.

DCC PRESENTS BROADWAY CARES-EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS 2010 Dec. 3-5 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. | Sunday Donations suggested. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall Dutchess Community College 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000

2011 CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL Tickets for the 2011 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) are on sale now at The festival will be held on June 18 and 19 at Croton Point Park. In addition to musical performances on several stages, there will be the Working Waterfront (rides on tall ships and small boats), juried crafts fair, Green Living Expo, activist area, market place and activities for families. Children 12 years old and under are admitted for free. For more information, go to or call 845-418-3596

NIGHTLIFE The 26th Annual “Champagne Party” 9 p.m.-2 a.m. An evening of glamour, dancing to live music and DJs, fine foods and champagne. Costumes mandatory. Tickets: $39, advance; $45 at the door. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. The Marc Black Band & The Amy Fradon Band 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

OUTDOOR Giant’s Workshop Winter Hike 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Join Gail Moran and Steve Schwartz, Mohonk Preserve Volunteers, and experience the spectacular Ridge in winter. Hike through forested woodland, past stunning views of the Catskills, and challenge yourself with a rock scramble. Children ages 12 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 6-mile hike, with scrambling. Bring lunch and water and dress for the weather. Reservations required. Free to Mohonk Preserve members; $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Singles and Sociables – Beacon Hill Loop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the -Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike, led by Tonda Highley (2559933). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free to Mohonk Preserve members; $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Sunday, Dec. 5 BENEFIT

Kamell Memorial Concert 2-5 p.m. Pete Seeger, David Amram and a host of other Hudson Valley musicians will perform at a memorial concert in Beacon on Sunday, December 5, to celebrate the life of local social justice activist Art Kamell. $20 contribution will be requested at the door, though no one will be turned away. St. Luke’s Church Annex, 850 Wolcott Ave., Beacon.


Amos Lee 7 p.m. Taking inspiration from soul greats, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, and folk legends, John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Amos delivers a unique brand of folk-soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. Cost: $33. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. “Conservatory Sundays” 3 p.m. The Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Harold Farberman, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” (Overture – Fantasy after Shakespeare); Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite”; Martinů’s Oboe Concerto; and Gershwin’s “Catfish Row.” Tickets: $20-5. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900. “Shades of Blu” 3 p.m. Composer and pianist Tony Regina and singer Marc Alexander perform. $25, includes show, wine and cheese. Vassar Alumnae House, 161 College Ave., Poughkeepsie. For tickets and information, go to or call 845-235-3402.

NIGHTLIFE John McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) with David Amram 7:30 p.m. With special guest David Kraai and Amy Laber. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Swing Dance 6:30-9 p.m. Dance to live music courtesy of The Deane Machine. Beginner’s dance lesson, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $8, student. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-298-0854.


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Through Dec. 26 EVENT

“Holiday Whodunit” at Mills Mansion Every Sunday through December, young detectives roam Mills Mansion, receiving clues from first person interpreters dressed in period appropriate clothing to solve a Gilded Age mystery. This year’s theme is “Haley’s Comet.” Geared for 6-12 years old. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $5, general; $4, senior, student; age 12 and under, free. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845889-8851. Wilderstein Holiday Mansion Tours In the yuletide tradition, each year florists and designers transform the mansion into a holiday spectacular. Many rooms display period ornamentation and appear as though the Suckley family still resided. Other rooms showcase modern and even unexpected holiday decor, juxtaposed dramatically against the home’s Victorian backdrop. Tour the mansion at your own pace and talk to guides in each room. Saturday

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Through Dec. 31 EVENT

Locust Grove Estate Go back in time and re-live the romance of Christmas past, as in the classic tale “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In each room, Christmas trees decorated in seasonal splendor showcase passages from this Hudson Valley story. Tour the mansion, with guides available to share information on the showcased museum collections and decorations. Saturdays, Dec. 4-18; Sunday through Friday, Dec. 26-31. Tours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last tour starts at 3:15 p.m.). Admission: $10; $6, children under 12. 845-454-4500, ext. 17. “A Gilded Age Christmas” at Mills Mansion Guided tours of the lavishly decorated 79room Mills Mansion highlight family history and showcase turn-of-the century decorations. Many Christmas trees, floral arrangements and spectacular dining room decorations. Wed.Sun., Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 1631: open daily, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 26: evening hours, 6–8 p.m. Admission: $5, general; $4, senior, student and groups; age 12 & under, free. Tours every half hour; last tour begins at 4 p.m. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. > continued on next page

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The arrival of Santa at the end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The lighting of the first advent candle marked the beginning of the Christmas anticipation season. Humble candles in paper bags will become luminaria on Christmas Eve. Tonight, the lighting of the first candle on the menorah will mark the beginning of Hanukkah. Since the first star led the way to the first Christmas, it’s obvious that lighting plays a role in our holidays. Our own tradition of lighting the outside of our homes, our Christmas trees, our mantles, menorahs and manors began with red white and blue bulbs handwired by Edward Johnson in 1882 (he worked for Edison). We’ve come a long way from Christmas lights that required a “wireman” to wire together, and the open flame of candles on the tree, to the safe, simple strands that we use liberally. Today, it’s easy to illuminate our craft projects as well as to make a dramatic statement. Perhaps our love of lighting is linked to the timing of the holidays. Dec. 25 was chosen as the day to celebrate Christmas. Just as with Halloween (remember our discussion of a few weeks ago), it seemed prudent to marry the Christian holiday to the pagan one. Before then, the solstice on Dec. 21 called for celebrations, as did Saturnalia, the feast of Saturn from Dec. 17 through 25. Lighting of any kind, whether candle or bonfire, helped to dispel the darkness of winter. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrating eight days of light from oil enough for only one, adds to the merry mix. Whether you’re making a pretty, scented candle as a gift, fire starters from “found” objects (from our first discussion a year ago), or decorating your home with electric lights complete with blinkers, chasers and timers, it seems extra appropriate at this time of year to add some twinkle to our lives.


• Natural or artificial evergreen wreath • Set of battery-powered lights (white or colored) plus batteries • Shiny decorations (I chose mine all in gold but silver and gold or colors would be just as lovely.)

1. Just as interior decorators suggest considering lighting early in a design, begin with your lights. I chose a 10-light strand of white lights but you might choose 20 lights in colors. Just consider the weight of the battery pack for wreaths that will be hung. (If you’re using your wreath as a centerpiece, this is less important). Secure the battery pack to the back of the wreath and use the branches to hide it. Arrange the lights more or less evenly around the wreath, facing forward. > continued on page 19

< continued from previous page Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Holiday Tours Tours of the decorated Gilded Age mansion daily, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 per person. On Sunday, Dec. 5, the mansion hosts a free open house, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Listen to the festive music, and learn about the Vanderbilt tradition to hand out gifts to each child in the town of Hyde Park as some of these gifts are on display. Refreshments served from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Vanderbilt Mansion, 4097 Albany Post Rd., (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-9115.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 EVENT

First Night of Hanukkah: “Evening of Inspiration & Song” 6 p.m. Singer Rachel Ravitz leads the Jewish Women’s Circle through Jewish spiritual stories and songs. Suggested donation: $12. For more information and reservations go to www. or call at 845-2460177.

Friday, Dec. 3 EVENT

Celebration of Lights Parade 5:30 p.m. Marchers include the Poughkeepsie High School Jazz Ensemble and Middle School Choir, Poughkeepsie Exempt Fireman’s Association Color Guard, DARE, Arlington Rotary, Columbia School PTA, Girl & Boy Scouts and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles. Thunder Road Cruisers supply classic cars, plus several floats and a hay ride. Santa arrives on a fire engine. Two Christmas trees are lit, on Main near Market streets and at Dongan Square. The fireworks finale is at Waryas Park, 1 Main St. on the Hudson River. The film “A Christmas Story” is screened at the Bardavon, 35 Main St., at 8 p.m., preceded at 7:30 p.m. with a concert on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All seats $5. or 845473-2072. Millbrook Tree Lighting 6 p.m. Meet Santa Claus; see the beautifully lit tree at the ceremony. Millbrook Village Hall, 35 Merrit Ave., Millbrook. www.Village.Millbrook. or 845-677-3939. Pawling Tree Lighting 6 p.m. Music is provided by the local schools, as well as hot chocolate and cookies. Kids even have a chance to get a gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves. Pawling Chamber of Commerce, 55 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. or 845-855-0500. Public Menorah Lighting 3:30 p.m. Hot latkes, hot apple cider, doughnuts, singing and dancing. Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking, Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666.

MUSIC “Christmas Concert in Little Italy” 8-9:30 p.m. The first-ever Italian Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will herald in the Christmas Season. This event is under direction by noted Sicilian Sax Player & Composer Salvo Guttilla and is headlined by the Bernstein Bard Quartet. Free. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 11 Mount Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie. 845-483-7300.

NIGHTLIFE RockaBilly Xmas Party 8:30 p.m. With The Luster Kings. Cost: $5. The Rhinecliff, 4 Grinnell St,. Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590.

Dec.3-12 EVENT

Decemberfest at John Kane House Candlelight tours are offered, as well as entertainment and refreshments. Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 5-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission: $3 donation. John Kane House, 126 E. Main St., Pawling. 845-855-5355.

Saturday, Dec. 4 ART

Holiday Windows Unveiling 2:30-5:30 p.m. Artist’s reception. Created by set designer and artists Paul O’Connor. Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St., Ste. 3, Rhinebeck. 845-876-1117. Holiday Celebration: Mixed Media and Crafts 5-7 p.m. Opening reception. Featuring work by Anita DeFina-Hadley, Mira Fink, Vindora Wixom and more. The exhibit is on view through December. Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Duck Pond Gallery at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845338-5580.

EVENT Brewster Holiday Caroling and Lighting Festival 4:30 p.m. Holiday ornament workshop for children. $5 materials fee; 5 p.m. Meet at the Southeast Museum (67 Main St., Brewster) for free hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Sing along and tree lighting on Main Street, Brewster. For more information, call 845-279-7500.

Fourth Night of Hanukkah: Grand Hanukkah Menorah Lighting and Celebration 6:30 p.m. Celebrate with Hanukkah gelt, latkas, doughnuts and a hot dairy dinner. Enjoy music and arts and crafts. All children receive a gift. Suggested donation: $8, adult; children free. Congregation Agudas Achim, 254 Lucas Ave., Kingston. For more information and reservations go to or call at 845-246-0177. LaGrange Tree Lighting 4:15. Music by area students. Refreshments provided. LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Road, Lagrangeville. or 845-452-1830. “Photos with Vintage Santa” and “Christmas Quest” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For the third year in a row, Santa in all his vintage jolliness, visits the Street. This year, he’ll be found at the hearth of the Jean Hasbrouck House. Photos by professional photographer

France Menk. Fee: $15 per sitting; The Deyo House manse, in all its Victorian splendor, will be turned over to the kids for two special days. Hidden among the holiday decorations will be items taken from the popular holiday favorites “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “These Are A Few Of My Favorites Things.” All are invited to hunt for these hidden treasures and a holiday prize awaits all who do. Ages 4 and up. $7 per child; accompanying adults free. Historic Huguenot Street, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660. Public Menorah Lighting 7:30 p.m. Hot latkes, hot apple cider, doughnuts, singing and dancing. Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking, Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666. Sinterklaas, an Old Dutch Tradition 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. See page 12 for the full lineup. or 845-901-2445. > continued on next page




“Candlelight Christmas”: Holiday Tours of the Deyo House 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. At night, the Deyo House is the setting for very special holiday themed tours. Enjoy the house by the soft light of candles and Christmas light and see the Broadheads preparing for a turn-of-the-century holiday celebration. $12 per person in advance; $14 at the door. Historic Huguenot Street, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660. Eight Annual “Cold Spring by Candlelight: Holiday Festival and House Tours on Main Street America” Noon-5 p.m. A day and evening event with tours of 12 unique and historic houses and sites in the Village of Cold Spring and nearby Nelsonville. Cold Spring’s stores and shops will be open late for holiday shopping and the village restaurants will offer specials to event attendees. Expect carolers, holiday music concerts, visits from Old St. Nick, and holiday storytelling throughout the event. And all proceeds from the event will go to Partners with PARC, which provides funding to programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout Putnam County. Advance tickets: $25, adults; $20, seniors; $12 for children age 12 and under; age 4 and under, free. If still available, day of tickets can be purchased at Cold Spring Village Hall, 85 Main St., Cold Spring, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, log onto www. or call 845-278PARC, ext. 287.

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< continued from previous page Third Annual “Bells on Broadway” Arts and Crafts Show and Children’s Holiday Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring live music, storytelling, a Festival of Wreaths, Santa’s Workshop, photos with Santa and a holiday-themed arts & crafts show featuring wonderful gifts from local and international artisans. Ritz Theater Lobby and the historic Green Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh. or 845-562-6940. Union Vale (LaGrange) Festival of Lights 3-6 p.m. Children’s dinner with Santa. 6:30 p.m., carols by the fife and drum corps as the tree is lit. Tymor Park, Union Vale. unionvale or 845-724-5691.

Dec. 4-5 EVENT

“A Child’s Christmas” at Clermont After a tour of the mansion, children will be lead to the oak paneled library to hear “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” read aloud by the Livingston’s nanny, play holiday games, and enjoy oldfashioned goodies. For ages 3-10. Tickets: $3 for children; $4 per family member accompanying a child. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon; public tours of the mansion in holiday finery will also be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fee: $5, adult; $4, senior (62 years and over); children 12 and under are free. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240. “Holiday Candlelight Tours” at Bevier House Both floors of the Bevier House, one of Ulster County’s largest stone homes, are decorated in lavish Victorian splendor and partly decorated in simple Dutch Colonial. Trained Museum Educators, dressed in period costumes will escort guests through both floors of the home, describing how the Bevier Family would have celebrated Christmas for over 200 years in their home. Live classical music, candlelight, the museum shop and light refreshments add to the event. Children’s craft activities will be held on both days. Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $5; family rate, $20. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Rte. 209, Marbletown. 845-336-4746.

Dec. 4-18 EVENT

“Storytime in the Deyo House” New this year is a unique opportunity for kids to enjoy holiday stories at the foot of the decked-out holiday tree in the Deyo House. A local actor and storyteller will delight kids with a wide variety of multi-cultural holiday favorites, including many loved standards and others such as “El Regalo de Navidad (The Christmas Gift)” and the story of the Maccabees triumph and the Hanukkah miracle. Saturdays, 11 a.m.- noon. Limited to 25. Free. Historic Huguenot Street, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660.

Sunday, Dec. 5 ART

Holiday Art Exhibit 4-6 p.m. Artists’ reception. Exhibiting artists include Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, Dutchess Arts Camp and Arts For Healing artist educators, alumni and friends. Live music provided by Plan 9 Jazz Guitar Trio. Mill Street Loft, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.

EVENT Amenia’s Holiday Open House 2:30-4:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa, who arrives by fire truck. Activities and refreshments follow. Tree lighting at Fountain Square at 4:30 p.m. Amenia Free Library, Rte. 343, Amenia. www.AmeniaNY. gov or 845-373-8273. Fifth Night of Hanukah: Woodstock Public Menorah Lighting at the Green 4:30 p.m. Apple cider, latkas, doughnuts, music and gifts for every child. For more information, go to or call at 845-246-0177. Holiday Candlelight Festival 1 p.m. Presented by the Friends Committee at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. The event features lighting of memorial candles and the reading of tributes. This year’s Candlelight Award will be presented to Carole C. Chambers. Snow date: Dec. 12. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site/ Val-Kill, Rte. 9G, Poughkeepsie. For reservations, call 845-454-0811. “Home for the Holidays in Hyde Park” 12:30-4 p.m. Tour begins at Cranberry’s at Tilley Hall, 1 West Market St., Hyde Park. For details, e-mail Hyde Park Candlelight Walk 4:45 p.m. Join the candlelight walk from Hyde Park Methodist Church to the town hall, with caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 1 Church Street, Hyde Park. or 845-229-5111. Public Menorah Lighting 4:30 p.m. Hot latkes, hot apple cider, doughnuts, singing and dancing. Millbrook Holiday Display, Franklin Ave., Millbrook. 845-876-7666.

MUSIC “Service of Lessons and Carols” 7 p.m. A Christmas service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony, performed by the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir. Free; seating is first come, first served. A free will offering will be taken to support Dutchess Outreach of Poughkeepsie, via the college’s “Community Works” campaign (see http://communityworks. Vassar Chapel, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

Monday, Dec. 6 Public Menorah Lighting 6 p.m. Hot latkes, hot apple cider, doughnuts, singing and dancing. Information Booth, Red Hook. 845-876-7666.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 Seventh Night of Hanukah: Ellenville Public Menorah Lighting at Liberty Square 5:45 p.m. Apple cider, latkas, doughnuts, music and gifts for every child. For more information, go to or call at 845-246-0177.

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Holiday literary round up 1 BY ANN LA FARGE

Bo Books for gifts! I’ll be talking about those for the next tthree weeks, highlighting books that will make truly memorable holiday gifts while, at the same time recommending books I’ve loved reading and time, wan to share with you. So, let’s begin with one of want my very favorite all time authors, Adrianna Trigiani, who has ventured for the first time – and very suc successfully – into the realm of nonfiction with “D “Don’t Sing at the Table – Life Lessons from M Grandmothers” (Harper, $22.99). When My yo finish reading this delicious and wise book, you y you’ll know Viola and Lucia … if you don’t st stray, as I did, into long memories of your own g grandmothers, replete perhaps with linoleum floors, breakfast nooks, maybe a Nash roadster and a blue and white polka-dotted dress in that effortless style known in Italian as sprezzatura. When the author learned, from her grandm grandmother, how to sew – to create something from nothing, as it were – she “imagined words in a novel like stitches. Words should flow seamlessly, without a tug or a pull.” Lucia died at 99; Viola worked right up until she died. “I plan to work,” Trigiani writes, “until they wrestle the pencil out of my hands.” Then, she shares the life lessons she has learned from her grandmothers, e.g. “Being each day in a state of calm. Eat a good breakfast. The best years of a woman’s life are after forty. Walk everywhere.” She goes to share advice about marriage, raising children … life in general. Wow. If you haven’t read Trigiani’s novels, trot on over to the bookstores and pick up a copy of “Brava, Valentine” (now in paperback). And, for the young reader on your list, give “Viola in Reel Life” and “Viola in the Spotlight.” Who remembers Mark Dunn’s totally adorable novel, “Ella Minnow Pea?” Well, he has veered off in quite another direction this time, gifting his readers with the first contemporary Dickensian thriller and, indeed, one of the most innovative books in years – “Under the Harrow” (MacAdam/Cage, $24). Welcome to Digby Dell, a community hidden (really hidden) from the rest of the world, a place where, if you leave, you are lost forever: In 1890, all the adults fled, leaving the kids to their own devices with only an old encyclopedia, a Bible, and the complete works of Charles Dickens. Now, a young man named Newman has disappeared; his father goes looking for him, while, behind, the natives wonder if “the cavalcade of time marched itself forward and left us all behind as antiquities. Is that what we are?” Is it? This richly populated, highly plotted novel about an experiment in civilization will hold you breathless as you read … and wait for the answer to the question “How does language and culture develop?” and the outcome of the experiment. Quirky? You bet. Perfect for the inveterate novel reader(s) on your list. One more personal favorite: Fran Lebowitz. Remember when her books first came out – back in the ’70s? Now, just in time for the movie “Public Speaking” to appear on HBO (I watched it last night. Wow. ) Vintage has reissued “The Fran Lebowitz Reader” ($15.95), comprising her two bestselling books, “Metropolitan Life” and “Social Studies.” I smiled, encountering, once again, such one-liners as “There is no such thing as inner peace,” “All God’s children are not beautiful” and my all-time favorite (remember when everyone was wearing

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sweatshirts with mottos on them?): “If people don’t want to listen to you, what makes you think they want to hear from your sweater?” Lebowitz, who does not like animals and thinks “pets should be disallowed by law, especially dogs, especially in New York City,” nevertheless empathizes with Fido, saying, “If you are a dog, and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.” She descants upon breakfast cereals that “come in the same colors as polyester leisure suits” and remarks, “Brown rice is ponderous, overly chewy, and possessed of unpleasant religious overtones.” Suitable for reading aloud and sharing with family and friends, Lebowitz’s words echo delightfully down the decades. Let’s leave her with this excellent exit line: “When smoke gets in your eyes, shut them.” Louis Auchincloss, who died last year at the age of 92, wrote 60 books in his long lifetime. Here’s his last one: “A Voice from Old New York – A Memoir of My Youth” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25). Still chronicling society (maybe a capital S?), he remarks that “it is commonly said that they have been relegated to the past. That is not so. They have simply lost their monopoly; they have had to move over and share their once closely guarded powers with the new rich … see any Ralph Lauren ad.” That’s the tone. He speaks of his education (Groton, Yale); the war; practicing law and trying to combine law with literature; he speaks of women, of animals, and, always, of “class” – “whether real or imagined, always a subject of interest in America.” The most fascinating revelation, to this inveterate Auchincloss fan, was his denial that “the rector” in “The Rector of Justin” was based on the real rector of Groton, Endicott Peabody. “He’s modeled on Learned Hand,” Auchincloss reveals, “the greatest man I ever knew.” Slip this neat little book into Grandpa’s Christmas stocking. It’s always fun to give an author-signed copy of a new book as a Christmas present. Simon Winchester, beloved author of “The Professor and the Madman,” among other books, will be speaking and signing his new book at Millbrook’s Cary Institute on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:00 p.m. The book, “Atlantic – Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories” (Harper, $27.99) is, in the author’s words, “a biography of the Atlantic Ocean.” Borrowing from Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, he chronicles man’s first encounters with the Atlantic, pre-Columbian crossings by curragh and on into the Age of Exploration and then the age of travel. He takes the readers on journeys to Greenland, the Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego, Iceland – all the far reaches of our glorious ocean, and also into New York Harbor and the English Channel. Read about pirates, shipwrecks, fishermen and whalers, soldiers and explorers, immigrants and slaves, and the writings about the great ocean – plays, paintings, music. “It will always be in motion,” he writes of the Atlantic. “It will always be present.” I’m reading it now. It’s wonderful. Let’s end this first holiday roundup with a neat little stocking stuffer of a book, with a title that made me laugh. Why? Because I have always thought of the Pilates reformer machine as “the bed of Procrustes.” Remember the Greek myth about that guy who had a bed and when his guests came, he saw to it that they fitted the bed. If they were too short, he stretched them; too long, he cut off their heads. Lovely. Now, seeing that myth as a metaphor for how we live our lives – adapting to boxes that don’t fit, or stretched and cut by ways of thinking that don’t correspond to the real world – Nassim Nicholas Taleb has written, for our holiday delectation, “The Bed of Procrustes – Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms” (Random House, $18). Perfect for the word lover on your list. I will resist the temptation to quote the whole thing. Here’s a selection: •Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone. •People often need to suspend their self-promotion and have someone in their lives they do not need to impress. This explains dog ownership. •Definition of a NERD – “someone who asks you to explain an aphorism.” Don’t forget that one, readers ... and enjoy. I’ll be back with more holiday ideas next week (if I can get my nose out of “Atlantic”). That is, if you’ll forgive me for using the expression “wow” twice in one column.



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Cost: $42.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for a four-course dinner and wine pairings. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0590.


Wednesday, Dec. 8

“The Lion in Winter” 3 p.m. The Over The Pond to Poughkeepsie Ensemble presents a staged reading; the cast includes Linda Roper as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Chuck Muckle as Henry II. Suggested donation: $10; donations support the restoration of Maple Grove. Mid Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9651.


Student Audio-Visual Show 7:30 p.m. Communication and Media Arts students show off their best works at this end of semester film showing. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

Monday, Dec. 6

Bard Symphonic Choir & Chamber Singers 8 p.m. Bard Conservatory of Music and Fisher Center present the Bard Symphonic Choir & Chamber Singers .The Bard Chamber Singers perform “Arvo Pärt Magnificat” and Igor Stravinsky “Motets.” Tickets: $5. The Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandaleon-Hudson. 845-758-7900.


“Leap of Faith” 5 p.m. The feature-length documentary film profiles four different families with members who converted to Judaism with no prior Jewish ancestry or experience. The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a panel discussion with two converts to Judaism: Rabbi Carol Levithan, director of education, JCC of Manhattan; and Agnes Veto, Skirball Judaic Studies Program, New York University. Rockefeller Hall, room 200, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 EVENT

Iron Grad II 6:30 p.m. Heat two. Future Iron Grad II dates are Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. The grand finale is March 8.


OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Walkway Over the Hudson 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability. No reservations are required. Meet at the parking lot on the Highland side. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. There is no fee for this program. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-2550919.

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7 p.m. Join Simon Winchester, author of “The Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories,” for an armchair expedition around the shores and the islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Books available for purchase. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. 845677-7600, ext. 121.

Saturday, Dec. 4

4-6 p.m. A cookie swap and signing with Molly O’Neill, author of “One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs” (reviewed in Local Reader last week). Tweak your favorite cookie recipe, or invent a new one, then enter it on the website, then bake a batch to bring and share. Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797. 5 p.m. Author Michael Korda reads and discusses his new book, “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.” Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook. 845-677-5857

Sunday, Dec. 5

1-4 p.m. Meet Maya Kaimal and experience her all natural Indian Simmer Sauces and cookbook “Curried Favors.” Free. Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St. (Ste. 3), Rhinebeck. 845-876-1117. 2 p.m. Author and illustrator Mercedes Cecilia reads from and discusses “Kusikiy A Child From Taquile, Peru.” Merritt Bookstore, 7496 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-2665. 2 p.m. An author talk and book signing with former investigative reporter for The

Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. Washington Post and Time magazine Ted Gup, who speaks about his new book, “A Secret She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@ Gift: How One Man’s Kindness - And Trove Of Letters - Revealed The Hidden History Of The Great Depression.” Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library-Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-486-7770.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM It’s becoming a tired refrain, but no matter how often I complain, they continue to release decent, if not down-right charming, movies in 3-D. For as often as I was amused and entertained by “Tangled,” Disney’s newest “boyfriendly” reboot of the Rapunzel legend, I was ever irritated by the senselessness of the 3-D effect. Have a little bluebird whiz by my face did nothing to enhance the overall impact of the story, and the 3-D actually accented the plasticity of the digitally animated characters. I’m sure the animators were going for utter verisimilitude with veins and individual eyelashes and what not, and all that effort was undone when their strange, rubbery mugs were blown out 3-D style. I honestly look forward to seeing this movie in 2-D: I’m confident it will be Weekend rating: Three frying pans even more enjoyable. Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard “Tangled” is the 50th animated movie Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, produced by Disney, and this one is Donna Murphy worthy of the mark. It doesn’t hit the Runtime: 92 min. highs of, say, “The Lion King,” but I put it Rated PG for brief mild violence. squarely up against “The Little Mermaid”


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and give “Tangled” the prize. Our little heroine, Rapunzel, could best that fish girl with one good smack of the frying pan (her preferred, and profitable, weapon of choice). As with all the best of the Disney canon, this film soars on the benefit of beautiful music (courtesy of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater) and an excellent vocal cast. Mandy Moore might have found her ideal niche – her voice is clear as a bell, but she’s also got the acting chops to pull off a strong and sympathetic character. To her credit, I very easily stopped thinking of her as “that little pop singer” and got lost in Rapunzel’s story. Perhaps it was also satisfying to know that all the voice actors also recorded the music – Moore’s voice is bright and smooth, and she had two good songs to contribute, of particular note, “I See the Light,” a duet with her rogue hero, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi). Levi, best known as the lead in the TV show “Chuck,” offered an equally fun (if far more sly) character – he’s part Aladdin (a thief) and part Iago the naughty parrot, quite a departure from the normal, square (boring) Disney prince. Flynn offers the best opening line of any Disney animated movie: “This is the story of how I died.” (Though it could be argued that they stole this line ruthlessly from “Doctor Who’s” Rose Tyler – if anyone gets this reference, write in for a shout-out.) Immediately, I was intrigued, especially as I imagined which animator was a Doctor Who fan. Donna Murphy (maybe best known as Doc Ock’s doomed wife in “Spider-Man 2”) is perfectly cast as the most interesting villainess in ages, Mother Gothel, who kidnaps Rapunzel early on in the tale. Murphy’s voice is delicious, and she’s at home with the evil as she is with the witty. Mother Gothel also has some wonderful songs – ready-made for the stage. If anything beyond the 3-D was distracting, it was how almost every scene of this film seemed tailored for easy transition to the stage. That’s not necessarily a criticism – the songs are beautiful and there are a handful of great group numbers – but it felt a little like some Broadway director/choreographer was sitting right behind the animators saying, “Great, great, now give us an Act 1 closer that brings everyone on stage … perfect!” The stranger side-effect as a result of the 3-D is that while I felt like I was watching the preparation for a Broadway show, I also felt like I was on a ride at Disney World, with “things” flying past me as I tried to take each scene in. In the most beautiful of all the scenes (and that’s a challenge to deem, because the palate of colors in this movie is impressive) involves Flynn and Rapunzel in a boat (one of many “Little Mermaid” moments) watching a brilliant display of flying lanterns. The scene is lush, the song is gorgeous, and yet, I kept feeling the need to crane and dodge lanterns floating in my face. At least in a Disney ride, you can sense the gears moving the pieces around, and are reasonably sure that they’ll get out of your way in time to enjoy the moment. Here, you’re entirely too distracted by the floaties to thoroughly appreciate the beauty of the scene.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • No more “Sweet Child O’ Mine:” Axl Rose is so put out with Slash, his former Guns N’ Roses bandmate, that he’s suing Activision, maker of “Guitar Hero,” for including any imagery of Slash and his band, Velvet Revolver, in “Guitar Hero III.” He’s trying to recoup the losses from “Chinese Democracy.” • Surely he’s got glaucoma: Country superstar Willie Nelson was arrested last week for … wait, sit down for this … alleged marijuana possession. Nelson was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint at 9 a.m. last Friday, and, when the door to his tour bus opened, an officer believed that he could smell something fierce and decided to search the bus. Nelson and two others were arrested; he was released on bail. • The Silver Fox cannot hold his liquor with the Lady: Anderson Cooper says that during his “60 Minutes” interview with Lady Gaga (which we won’t see until next year’s Grammy Awards), he and the singer wound up in a London pub knocking back Jameson. Lightweight Coop said that after two drinks, he was pretty much hammered and couldn’t interview her anymore. Now this is Must See TV. • James Franco is making more friends in New York City these days – after giving what may be his best film performance in “127 Hours,” Franco filmed an episode of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” with host James Lipton for an episode that will air next month. A run on seats meant that even many industry professionals were turned away, but Franco didn’t leave after the shoot was over – he stayed for another hour and a half and met with every student and fan who wanted to talk with him. No one has been so generous with their time since Paul Newman, who was the first performer to sit down with Lipton when the Bravo show debuted. • You’ll always be our Shirley: Leslie Nielsen, the star of such comedy hits as “Airplane” and “Naked Gun,” died this weekend at a hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was 84.

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2. When choosing decorations, you can get good value by considering many strands or picks as assemblies. Think about how many individual pieces you can disassemble from the piece. I actually spread my “finds” out on the floor of the craft store so I could see different combinations and envision what the individual leaves and fronds would look like when cut away from the whole. Fortunately, there weren’t many shoppers in that aisle while I was “designing.” Using wire cutters or pliers, disassemble the pieces, keeping in mind how large of a piece you’ll want for your wreath. The bigger the wreath, the larger the cluster of decorations. 3. While attaching the decorations, match them up with the light bulbs. By having a something shiny behind each light you’ll multiply their impact. 4. If you’d like to finish your wreath with a bow, make one from a metallic or colored ribbon, spray it with adhesive and sprinkle it with glitter. 4. Finish decorating and hang your wreath. 5. Now, do a final safety check. Make sure that each light bulb is free and clear of the wreath material and decorations. Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at

weekend horoscopes DEC. 1-7 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You are full of anticipation over a trip you’re planning to take – your daydreams are keeping you from focusing on several important tasks that have to get done before you can have fun. It’s especially important for you to pay attention to financial issues, which could put a serious damper on your vacation plans if you aren’t careful. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): It’s been a while since you’ve heard from a good friend, and you’re starting to get a little concerned. The last conversation you had with them didn’t go very well, and now you’re letting every little “sign” or “symbol” get you worried. You’re overreacting a bit, but it’s also okay for you to reach out to your friend first. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You’ll have to play host when you’d much rather be relaxing (or even working around the house) – it’s important for you to make a good impression on your impromptu guests. Family obligations will also seem to get in the way of your desire to go out with friends – devote enough time to let them know you care, and schedule a group activity for this weekend so you can let off some steam. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): It feels like you’re drowning in all the little details, like running errands and returning phone calls, but don’t let yourself become complacent: Those mundane tasks can pile up into a big problem if you let them. Plan to devote some time this weekend to helping a close friend or family member with a domestic project. Getting out of the house and forgetting about your own “to-do” list will be good for you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Focus your attention of financial issues this week – there’s a task you want to accomplish that is going to take a bit of an investment, and you need to plan ahead to make sure you’re ready to fund this adventure. While you consider your financial situation, take time to plan out all aspects of the project, and keep good notes. You’ll be grateful later that you took time to organize in advance.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): If someone visits you this week and requests your help, be sure you know everything about the issue before you say yes. Try not to less emotional issues with a family member bring you down – while you might not have a lot of energy right now, your creativity is still focused and there’s a lot you can contribute. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Concerns about others are weighing heavily on your mind these days. Part of the problem is that you feel helpless because you can’t just “fix” the situation and make everyone feel better. The other part of the problem is that you are assuming that things are much worse than they are. Avoid running big errands this weekend – you’ll encounter more frustration than is necessary. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You are really just not in the mood to be social right now, even with close friends and family – in fact, if others would just leave you alone, you could be a couch potato all weekend. You don’t have to be the life of the party; you can find more enjoyment by listening and watching those around you. A quiet, intimate conversation will occur later that will give you great comfort. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Don’t let your anger get the better of you this week. If someone asks you to do something that seems ridiculous (but harmless), just go with the flow. If someone’s tries to bait you with nasty comments or gossip, ignore them and walk away from the situation. Think about treating yourself to dinner out or a movie for putting up with the irritations and not losing your cool. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You might be surprised how certain thoughts keep popping into you mind, or how your day-dreams keep veering in a certain direction. Don’t dismiss this: Your subconscious is likely trying to get you to work out something that’s been at the edge of your mind for a long time. Try creative options like drawing or journaling – you don’t have to frame your work, you just want to get it out of your head and onto the paper. Then toss it away.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You will be successful in helping everyone come to a consensus at a group event or meeting this week – you’ll be able to see common ground while everyone thinks there can only be dissent. Someone close to you is moody and generally irritable, and it would be very easy to let their discontent influence your mood. Find ways to limit your contact with them until they get some perspective and a fresh attitude. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You’re feeling a charge in the air right now – it feels like a storm is coming, but it’s more likely that you will have disturbance among friends to deal with. Persuade people to keep their cool and not to let emotions take over; a candid conversation could solve the problem quickly. But you have to practice what you preach, and not take careless words to heart. For entertainment purposes only. Hudson valley news | | december 1, 2010 {19}

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This week’s winner: Scott Patrick Humphrey with his photo of a Thanksgiving sunrise in Kerhonkson. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to each Sunday. Photos should be at least 3”x4” at 300 dpi. Include your name, location of photo and town of residence.

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MacCana, featuring the McCann brothers – Terry, Brendan, Ryan and Colin – joined by fiddler Dave Cafasso, offered a vibrant performance on Sunday night at Mahoney’s in Poughkeepse. Their lively Irish beat had the diverse crowd, including many youngsters, clapping (and occasionally dancing) along. MacCana has opened for popular Celtic bands including Black 47, The Wolftones, Enter the Haggis and The Prodigals. Their set mixed a mainstream Celtic sound with more archaic sounds every so often. To learn more, go to Photo by Dana Gavin.

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regardless of his dicey recruitment history. Auburn will likely face Oregon in the BCS title game, which should be a barn burner.

Local girl cheers in Macy’s parade

• The woeful Knicks are showing signs of life and have managed to get to .500. They beat the Detroit Pistons in double overtime the other night instead of themselves. • Clear your schedule for Monday night as the Jets and the Patriots duke it out for first place. This will be one of the few Monday Night Football must-see games in years. • Boise State proved critics of their weak schedule right as they lost to Nevada over the weekend, dropping them out of contention for the title game. The loss will make it even tougher going forward to convince anyone they’re a top team.

• In Sanford, Florida, Maurice Hayden, an employee of the Mayfair Golf Club, was killed when he was hit in the temple by an errant golf ball. The 42-year-old was working on the par-5 second hole when a golfer teed off. No word on the club • For those of you men out there jealous selection. of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, this little tidbit will make you feel better. • Also in Florida, it appears LeBron While he has the Super Bowl rings, a James and his highly paid posse aren’t $20 million salary and a supermodel happy with their Miami Heat coach. The for a wife, all is not well in Bradyland. lackluster Heat is 9-8 and clearly these The Boston Herald is reporting Tom is guys aren’t going to say it’s their fault. considering hair plugs for his thinning My guess is Pat Riley is behind these hair. That might account for his recent rumors and will get behind the bench caveman look as he may be taking one after New Years. last look at the flowing locks. I guess you • The great Bob Feller is in a Cleveland can’t have it all. hospital suffering from pneumonia. The • It’s a tale of two teams at Marist these former Indians pitching great is 92 and days. The men’s basketball team just lost has had a few recent health problems. its 24th straight game, while the women Let’s hope this American icon gets back beat Big East powerhouse Villanova at on his feet very soon. Villanova. Not surprisingly, attendance at men’s games is down along with morale. • Lastly, the Jaybird would like to appeal Maybe it’s time for the men to play the once again to all you parents, coaches women. That would put some tushies in and players to send us your stories and photos. We’re particularly interested in the seats. high school sports and related activities. • There was some great college football Your kids and their athletic efforts are over the holiday, but none better than important to us and we want to showcase Auburn’s dramatic comeback win over them. Simply e-mail us at editorial@ Alabama. QB Cam Newton pretty much We can’t be insured himself the Heisman Trophy, at every game but you are.

Red Hook High School cheerleader Aggie Traudt (front row, far right) recently cheered at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City with the group Spirit of America. Traudt spent the week prior to the parade training in the city with cheerleaders from all over the country. Photo submitted.

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Salisbury Bank hosting toy drive BY HV NEWS STAFF Salisbury Bank is asking the public to contribute to its 25th annual “We Believe” toy drive. The bank started collecting toys for this year’s drive last Friday. To kick off the program, the bank provided staff members with $1,000 to shop for new children’s gifts. Members of the public are asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift of a toy, book or game suitable for a girl or boy, from birth up through mid-teens, to any of the bank’s eight branches and place them beneath the decorated tree. The bank will be collecting gifts through Dec. 15. Staff members will ensure gifts are delivered on Christmas to homes of children in need throughout the communities served by the bank. “In the past, toys that were donated brought smiles to children from all over the tri-state region during the holidays. We hope you will help in this effort to bring joy to a local child this holiday season,” said Michael Dixon, executive vice president of Salisbury Bank, in a press release. For more information, call 860-435-9801.

St. Francis home care gets high marks BY HV NEWS STAFF St. Francis Hospital’s Home Care Certified Agency was named among the nation’s “Elite” home-care providers, nationwide, according to a survey by Outcome Concept Systems and Decision Health. The survey names the most successful home-care providers in the nation based on publicly available information. Providers are scored in three categories: quality of care, quality improvement and financial performance. “We’re very pleased that our certified agency has once again received the distinction of being named an ‘Elite’ homecare agency, which classifies the top 25% of agencies in the country,” said Nicole Peluse, the hospital’s home care services manager, in a press release. Data used in the study comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Home Health Compare database and cost reports for freestanding and facilitybased agencies, including agencies affiliated with hospitals or nursing homes.

Attendees of Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church’s annual Thanksgiving Pie Night sample a variety of pies. Photo by Ray Oberly.





Cut-your-own trees are available in Clinton. Why not select one early while there are many to choose from and the weather is nice? Make it a family activity and a tradition for the children to remember. There are two Christmas tree farms in Clinton. Primrose Hill Farm is owned and operated by Viola Schoch at 203 Fiddlers Bridge Rd. (about one mile from Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church on Hollow Road). She has Douglas and Concolor fir trees, Norway, Colorado blue, white spruce trees and Scotch pines. Carts are available to help you bring your cut tree from the fields. No chain saws are allowed. In the carriage house is a Christmas shop with wreaths and many other holiday decorations available. On the walls are the many ribbons won over the years at the Dutchess County Fair. It will be open only two weekends this year, due to limited availability of suitable trees, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead for more information or directions at 845889-4725.

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P.S. Lent Tree Farm is owned and operated by Paul and Sheri Trusz at 29 Deer Ridge Drive near the Fiddlers Bridge Road end. They have only large (12 to 18 feet) Fraser, balsam firs and blue and green spruce trees. Trees will be available starting on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Call ahead to schedule a time to pick up your tree. Next year, the farm will have all sizes of trees available. The farm can be reached at 845-889-4237. Help support your local Christmas tree farmers. They help protect the open space we love.


activity was started more than 20 years ago. Attendees sang “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” followed by Pastor Way reading a proclamation for Thanksgiving. Caitlynne Scotti accompanied on the piano. Several people spoke about what they are thankful for, and after another song, “To God Be the Glory,” the year in review was shown. Brian Bovee took pictures over the year of the church’s activities and made a slide show. The half-hour show of 488 pictures was accompanied with background music and floating captions and comments with some of the pictures. A quick prayer was said before attendees enjoyed the pies. A table was laid out with 21 pies, ranging from the traditional apple, cherry and pumpkin to crème brulee. The pies quickly disappeared as the teenagers circled the table.

Santa Claus will be visiting the East Clinton Firehouse on Saturday, Dec. 11 starting at 5 p.m. at Fire House Lane in Clinton Corners. Santa and his elves will distribute presents to children up to 10 NEED TO REPAIR years of age. YOUR CAR? Entertainment and refreshments will Have you ever wondered if your car be available for children and adults. Bring your cameras to record the smiling faces has a recall? You can get the full Chilton Manual for any car through the Clinton of the children. Community Library’s web page, www. Use your library card THANKSGIVING EVE for access to information on every SERVICE Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church domestic and foreign automobile and held its annual Thanksgiving Pie Night on light truck. Winter is quickly approaching Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 24, at the church. and you want your automobile to be in Associate Pastor Dave Way, who good condition. Many people do not have the luxury of originally founded the church, welcomed a heated, dry garage in which to do work, attendees, including many children and teenagers, and mentioned the pie night so do it now before the snow comes.



giveaways and hors d’oeuvres, and the U.S. Marine Corps will be there starting at 5 p.m. Please bring an unwrapped toy, join in the fun and help the Marines with this annual charity event. For more information or directions, call the store at 845-677-1004.


It’s here! The Holiday of Lights Parade is this Saturday, Dec. 4. Line-up begins at SPARC Park at 4 p.m. and the parade will kick off at 6. After the parade, come on down to the firehouse for the annual Community Party. This is always a grand time with hot cocoa and cookies, music, photos with Santa and gifts for the children. It’s all free thanks to our generous sponsors, the Stanford Lions Club, Stanford Fire Company and the Ladies’ Auxiliary. I’m not sure about anyone else, but it is the Parade of Lights that gets me in the holiday spirit each year. The floats are simply beautiful, from the simplest to the most bedazzled, and if nothing else, you need to see Duffy Layton’s calliope wagon pulled by his four Percheron horses. The wagon is lit and the horses themselves even wear lights on their harnesses. It’s incredible and Santa usually rides along with Duffy. This is always the highlight of the parade and you don’t want to miss it. I’ll be there, of course, never one to miss an opportunity for free coffee and cookies. If there is bad weather on Saturday night, the parade and party will be rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

The big news this week is that the Bangall Whaling Company restaurant in Bangall is finally open! Owner Joanne Palombo had a difficult time obtaining all the necessary permits to open, but she persevered and we now have another excellent choice for local dining here in town. My Costume Committee friends and I are going to have our monthly “meeting” there next Saturday (well, OK, we do more gabbing and eating than actual costume planning), so I’ll be sure to report on our experience. I know there has been some controversy over this restaurant opening in the tiny hamlet of Bangall, and to be honest, I can understand the concerns of local residents. But I can also tell you that I’ve known Joanne Palombo for 20 years and she is, without question, one of the most considerate and caring people I know. She will make every effort to keep her business from disrupting the people who live nearby. Please give her a chance to prove this and I am certain it will all work out just fine. Joanne is a great gal and she told me her chef is extremely talented, so I am very LOCAL SHOPPING much looking forward to checking out the TIP #1 new restaurant next weekend. By now, you all know I’m a big fan of Other local events coming up this week McKeough’s Farm and Home Center. I get and weekend: all my pet food and pet supplies there as well as hardware and bird seed. But, what STANFORD HEALTH about gifts, you ask. What sort of gifts could COMMITTEE SCREENING I possibly get at a farm and home store? Hah! Not even a challenge. First, and TODAY most obviously, you can get nifty wellToday, Wednesday, Dec. 1, is the first made garden supplies like the bird feeder Wednesday of the month and as such the I bought just a few weeks ago. And Stanford Health Committee will be having here’s the cool thing. The prices are the its free blood-pressure screening at Town same as the big stores and are cheaper Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. If you missed it than buying online. this month, mark your calendar for Jan. 5, Here’s your proof: The bird feeder and which is the first Wednesday of next month. To get more information about the free garden pole I recently purchased cost me screenings, check for weather cancellations $56 for both. Online, after extensive price comparison, the cheapest I could find a or get directions, call 845-868-1373. similar assembly was $38 for the feeder and $30 for the garden pole. Add $16 for TOYS FOR TOTS AT and the total would have been $84. ALTERNIVERSE COMICS shipping Plus, mine is classier looking and probably The Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive better made. And Larry McKeough showed at Alterniverse Comics in Washington me how to disassemble it and he carried it Hollow is coming up this Sunday, Dec. 5 to the car for me. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hourly

Intrepid volunteers Mark Germond and Keith Sartorini brave frigid temperatures on Saturday to string the lights on the town tree in Stanfordville. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

Could I have gotten the same item at Home Depot? Maybe. But, I’d have had to find a store clerk to locate it for me, wait in a checkout line and then lug the bulky items to the car myself. Other gift possibilities include handmade wooden toys (made by the proprietor himself), Schleich animal figures, warm hats and gloves and Schrade pocket knives. If you have nature and/or pet lovers in your family, do not shop at the big box stores or online. McKeough’s is very likely to have a unique gift for you. At least check it out first, won’t you? Also, a reminder for those of you who didn’t read last year’s column about Christmas tree stands. McKeough’s carries the absolute finest Christmas tree stand on the market. It is called “Santa’s Solution Original” and costs about $30. We purchased one of these babies on the advice of Elizabeth McKeough last year and it was like a gift from heaven when the time came to set up the tree. Just be sure to read the directions because it isn’t a standard

stand and includes a couple of tricky steps to ensure proper installation. But, what used to take the better part of an hour to do – setting up the tree – now takes all of five minutes and the end result is much more stable. So, if you need a new tree stand, get a Santa’s Solution. I swear by its ease of use and it comes with a lifetime warrantee. Finally, for the tree itself, as well as wreaths and roping, head to Big Rock Farms on Creamery Road. They have the finest and freshest trees around. Hours for early December are Friday, from noon until 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s it for this first week of December. Hard to believe 2010 is almost over and the holidays are already upon us. Feels like just yesterday I was writing about the school play (in March) or summer events at the rec park. See you all at the firehouse for the party on Saturday and I’ll be back next week with more local holiday gift ideas. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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Rabbi Hanoch Hecht watches as youngsters make their candles. Photos by Christopher Lennon.


This week Clinton Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club will meet Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the library. This combined meeting for November and December is being held due to holiday season conflicts. Bring an original or favorite poem to share and discuss or just come enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Budget Hearing The Dutchess County Legislature will hold a county-wide public budget hearing on the 2011 budget on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. The forum will give residents an opportunity to learn more about the budget and weigh in on the financial challenges confronting the county. For more information, visit www., or contact the Legislature at 845-486-2100. Tivoli Bays Talks On Thursday, Dec. 2, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1Tivoli Commons, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Research Reserve and the Village of Tivoli continue the monthly series entitled Tivoli Bays Talks. The topic will be “Scenic Preservation and the Hudson River School of Painting.” Steve Ruff, Hudson River interpreter, will discuss how the Hudson River School of Painting inspired preservation of iconic landscapes we enjoy today. Admission is free. For more information, call 845-889-4745, ext. 105. Sinterklaas Lunch Saturday, Dec. 4 is Sinterklaas Day in Rhinebeck. The Rhinebeck Reformed Church will be selling lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the children’s crowns and branches workshop for the evening parade. Lunch will be reasonably priced with children in mind. There will be tables and chairs for eating comfortably. The church and Great Food & Company Caterers are working together on this lunch event. For more information, call the church at 845-876-3727. Too Many Toys? On Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m., Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Rd., Rebecca Gallo will provide simple solutions for making a clean sweep of toy closets and chests. Discussion will include easy methods for sorting; criteria for deciding what to keep and what to let go; suggestions for what to do with the things you don’t want; and how to enlist your child’s cooperation. This event is open to the public and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact the Staatsburg Library 845-889-4683. Gift for the Animals The Dutchess County SPCA is hosting its annual Holiday Gift for the Animals dinner and auction on Dec. 5 at Christo’s. The event raises funds to

support services for animals at the shelter. Among this year’s auction items will be vacations to Cabo San Lucas and St. Maartens, a 1.5-carat diamond pendant and an opportunity to experience some of the highlights of the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding for yourself and a loved one. For tickets or for more information, contact the DCSPCA at 845-454-5346, ext. 100. Christmas Wreath Sale The Town of Clinton Women’s Republican Club will be selling large handmade wreaths made from fresh greens and decorated with ribbons and ornaments. They will cost $20 and can be ordered by calling Barbara at 845-876-6842 or Luise at 845-889-8740. Pick-up will be Sunday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Schultzville General Store in Schultzville and Deerview Deli at 1915 Route 9G in Hyde Park. Some extra wreaths will be available at the stores until all are sold. Author Talk The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present an author talk and book signing with Ted Gup, former investigative reporter for The Washington Post and Time, at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Gup will speak about his new book, “A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – and Trove of Letters – Revealed The Hidden History of the Great Depression.” Following the presentation, Gup will be available to sign copies of his book. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Cliff Laube at 845486-7745 or e-mail with questions about the event. Women in Transition Women in Transition Hudson Valley will host an Evening at the Spa with Marlene Weber on Monday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. For more information, see

Upcoming Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come and learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library and enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets Thursday, Dec. 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive,

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Local kids get early start on Hanukkah celebration BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Rhinebeck Jewish Center has been holding its Dreidel House event for kids for three years now, and according to Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, it’s been growing in popularity each year. This year’s Dreidel House, held on Sunday in The Courtyard in Rhinebeck, attracted more than 100 youngsters and their families. “This year is our best year by far,” the rabbi said. The event aims to teach young Jews about their heritage and introduce nonJews to a new culture. It is a celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins this year on Dec. 1. “It is an interactive, hands-on Hanukkah experience for the kids,” Hecht said. During the event, youngsters made their own dreidels, candles and menorahs while playing games and enjoying homemade donuts and pizza. Hanukkah is a celebration of the Jewish Maccabee warriors’ triumph over the oppressive Syrian Greeks in the second century. Following the Maccabees’ victory, back in Jerusalem, the Jews found the Syrians had contaminated all of their oil except for one small cruse, which would normally only be enough to provide light for one evening. The oil, though, burned for the eight nights it took to make more oil. The Jews saw this as a miracle, and thus, Hanukkah is celebrated each year in accordance with the Jewish calendar. On each night of Hanukkah, Jews light

9-year-old Mendel Hecht shows off one of the candles he made at the Dreidel House.

candles and place them in a menorah, a special candelabrum that holds nine candles (the ninth candle is used to light the other eight). According to Leah Rapoport, who made fresh donuts at the Dreidel House event, Jews also eat foods fried in oil on Hanukkah to remember the oil that burned for eight nights in Jerusalem. Hecht says Hanukkah represents the triumph of good over evil and as an American Jew, this is an ideal that resonates with him. To celebrate Hanukkah, the Rhinebeck Jewish Center will host a number of public menorah lightings around Dutchess County. On Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. and on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., lightings will be held at the Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot in Rhinebeck; on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m., one will be held at the Thorn Building on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook; and on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., a menorah lighting will be held at the chamber info booth in Red Hook. Call 845-876-7666 for more information.

community < continued from previous page Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202.

The Breezy Hill Orchard Farm Store, which officially opens Saturday, will feature an array of products from local farms. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Rhinebeck’s new farm store focuses on local products BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Ever since the local IGA closed its doors, finding fresh produce in the Village of Rhinebeck hasn’t exactly been easy. That’s all about to change this week, when Breezy Hill Orchard opens its yearround market at the site of the former Sportsmen Barber Shop on East Market Street, next to CVS. Proprietor Elizabeth Ryan, who since 1984 has been operating Breezy Hill Orchard – as well as other successful agricultural operations like Stone Ridge Orchard and Knoll Krest Farm – says she’d like to offer the types of items available at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market. Unlike the farmers market, though, the store will be open all year. “I think in Rhinebeck, the farmers market is a tremendous local institution,” she said, “but it’s only open for four hours on Sundays.” Ryan, a Cornell graduate and founding member of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, said she envisions the market helping to support local farmers and the local economy while giving shoppers a place to purchase healthy, local produce and other products. “I have an interest and a commitment to sustainable agriculture,” she said. Along with an array of local produce, the Breezy Hill Orchard Farm Store will also offer local eggs and dairy products, as well as a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, artisan cheeses, tamales and fresh-pressed apple cider, all made from local ingredients. Ryan says she’ll be inviting every vendor from the Rhinebeck Farmers Market to display their goods at her store. “We’ll certainly have a diverse array of local products,” Ryan says. Ryan says while many of the products will be natural and/or organic, the focus will be on local products.

She said prices at the store will vary, but will be in line with prices you’d expect to pay at a farmers market. The store will also be donating a portion of its proceeds to local non-profit groups, such as the Rhinebeck Science Foundation, Winnakee Land Trust and Northern Dutchess Hospital. One person who is certainly excited to see the business open is Joe Cassarino, who, along with his wife, purchased and restored the former barber shop. Cassarino said he turned down a number of potential tenants because he felt their businesses were not a good fit for the community. “We were waiting for the right use,” he said. “This market is a perfect fit for the Village of Rhinebeck. We couldn’t be more excited.” Cassarino says after he purchased the property, he spent weeks restoring “every inch of the place” in an attempt to replicate an 1840s Victorian. “We did all that because we felt the location is one of the most wonderful, incredible locations in the village,” he said. “We love what Joe has done with the building,” Ryan added. Cassarino says in the spring, he plans on restoring the building’s exterior and utilizing about 1,000 square feet of grass behind the building for outdoor shopping space and a sitting area. The store will officially open on Saturday to coincide with the Sinterklaas parade. Ryan will be giving away hot apple cider and homemade gingerbread babies (like gingerbread men, but smaller). Before Christmas, the store will be open seven days a week, but will close on Mondays after the holidays. Ryan says the store will likely be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet Friday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Novices to experienced knitters of all ages can participate. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play card games. The Club meets Friday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Cookie, Candy and Ornament Sale St. James’ Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, will host a Cookie, Candy and Ornament Sale on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a raffle for a gingerbread church. Call 845-229-2820 for further information. Candle Lighting Ceremony Burnett and White Funeral Homes of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends, will be holding the Seventh Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony for anyone in the Hudson Valley area who would like to remember a child who has died. This year the ceremony will be on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Rhinebeck. Those wishing to participate should come to Burnet and White Funeral Home, 91 East Market St., Rhinebeck, at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. A remembrance table will be available, and those who attend are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia to display, as well as letters, poems, music or favorite readings to share. For additional information, call 845-8763193 or 845-758-5042. Meditation Workshop Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, will host Rabbi David Cooper, noted Jewish meditation teacher and author of “God is a Verb,” who will share his teachings and offer a workshop on contemplative practices on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 to

9 p.m. The focus of the workshop will be the contemplative fundamentals of concentration, mindfulness and awareness, which are basic to all spiritual traditions. Meditators from all traditions, as well as those who have never meditated, are welcome. There is no charge for this workshop; however, voluntary contributions would be welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact or 845-454-2570. Fireside Chat A Fireside Chat, “Who is St. James,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. This is the first in a series of historic lectures to be held at St. James. A reception will follow. Call 845-2292820 for additional information.



This Week Swing Dance The Dukes and Duchess, a local swing band, will perform at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Everyone is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800. Church Luncheon for Seniors The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all local seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 7 starting at noon. The church is located at 37 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP, call the office at 845-266-5310. The next luncheon will be on Feb. 1.

Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents 60 years of age and older may obtain senior citizen identification cards on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. Cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an identification card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555 for additional information.

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Comparatively few residents in the eastern counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley realize they are in proximity to the largest town park in New York State. Tymor Park is a grand expanse of lush, green forest generously interspersed with a network of well-mapped trails and dotted with early 20th century structures that stand in perfect comportment with their bucolic surroundings. And it is open to all Hudson Valley residents. Mainly lying within Union Vale, the park stretches southeastward into the geographical limits of Beekman. It is readily accessed by proceeding in an easterly direction on Route 55 to the first traffic light past Route 82. Take a left turn onto County Route 21 (Bruzgul Road) and proceed east 1.6 miles to Duncan Road. Turn right and drive south for about a third of a mile past the Union Vale Town Hall to the main entrance at Tymor Park Road on the left. There is ample free parking for all and no charge for admission. Union Vale Parks and Recreation Director Rob Mattes oversees a thoroughly competent staff that maintains year-round programs and activities of the highest order. If you’re looking for a brief respite from the daily grind, Tymor Park is the place to visit for exceptional four-season activities, which range from winter snowmobiling to

spring, summer and fall family camping and hiking forays. The Big Barn near the entrance has large meeting halls to accommodate wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, graduation parties, organizational meetings and senior citizen activities. In the warmer months, people congregate for picnics, cookouts and general recreational fare in the sheltered pavilions located around the expansive grassy field harboring the public swimming pool, family camping ground, food service building and entertainment stage. The park has remained an immensely popular venue for a bevy of family oriented events, ranging from spring wedding receptions to the fall Oktoberfest. For the outdoor enthusiast, Tymor Park has some of the most scenic and best-groomed trails in the Northeast. It’s hard to believe that you’re anywhere near a populated area when you are hiking along certain parts of these well-marked woodland paths. If you proceed in a southeasterly direction on one of the secluded paths that lead toward the Town of Beekman, you will come to a scenic pond with a boathouse. Here you can launch a canoe or rowboat to enjoy fishing, leaf-peeping or simply a general atmosphere of solitude enhanced by a thickly foliated backdrop. If the company of others is preferable to contemplation and solitude, the annual spring fishing derby is the event for you. As spring turns into summer each year, a whole host of families and visitors gather at the stream just behind the Big Barn to take part in the wildly popular fishing contest. Trophies are awarded to anglers of all ages and virtually everyone finishes as a winner. This delightful event is capped off with a barbecue for all in attendance. Throughout the spring, summer and fall months, scores of town residents and non-residents populate the baseball and

softball fields, volleyball courts, bicycle trails and equestrian paths. During the winter season, the park staff maintains some of the best ice-skating rinks in the region for general recreation, skating lessons and to accommodate several local hockey teams. As winter turns to early spring, people gather at the sugar shack near the park entrance to see firsthand how the sap that had been tapped from the park’s maple trees is processed into syrup. Throughout the academic year, many students at the local schools attend the closely supervised after school program. Here are some of the seasonal Tymor Park activities recently touted by the department staff:


If you’ve grown tired of outrageously high prices and overwhelming crowds at your local theater, there is a great solution at a convenient location nearby. The people at the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department invite you to join them on the First Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. for Family Movie Night on the big screen at Tymor Park. Only G and PG movies that the whole family will enjoy are slated for presentation. Admission is a modest $2 at the door and free popcorn is available all night. Other refreshments will be available on sale for your accommodation. For additional information, contact the department offices at 845-724-5691.


The Parks and Recreation Department would like all students in grades six through eight to join them on the second Friday of every month (7-10 p.m.) for a full night of music, dancing, games, prizes, refreshments and much more. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Refreshments are on sale all night.


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games, activities, contests, prizes and more. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Refreshments will be served all night.


Santa has made special arrangements to have dinner with our Hudson Valley youth on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Tymor Park. This event is free to residents of the Town of Union Vale and only $6 for non-residential youth and $8 for non-residential adults. Also on Dec. 4, at approximately 6:30 p.m., all park-goers are invited to congregate in front of the Big Barn building right across from the parking lot. For the past several weeks, the Parks and Recreation staff has been strategically positioning several thousand Christmas lights on the buildings and trees in the park. In the past, when the lights have been turned on, it was a spectacular sight to see. This year, with the advent of hundreds of more lighting components, it promises to be even better. For additional information, contact the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691.


No matter what the season, Tymor Park offers recreational activities and a welcome period of respite for practically all Hudson Valley residents and visitors. Here, depending upon what time of the year you visit, there are great numbers of indigenous types of animals and plants to observe. From an occasional black bear to the ubiquitous deer, it is hard to hike or bike anywhere in the park’s confines without witnessing the native animals going about their business. Indeed, in the spring and fall, there have even been reports of loons stopping by on their semi-annual pilgrimages between the Adirondacks and the southern nesting areas. If you’re a plant enthusiast, you’ll surely enjoy the vast and diverse range of native conifers and deciduous trees in the park. The uncompromising dedication of the Union Vale town supervisor and board members, as well as the park staff, have insured Tymor Park will maintain its peerless integrity for your continued edification and enjoyment in the seasons to come. For additional information on programs and activities, contact the Parks and Recreation Department offices at 845724-5691.


Dr. Antonio Marquez, 87, a longtime resident of Hyde Park, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Born in Arriate (Malaga), Spain, on October 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Juan Marquez and Ana Dominguez. On October 25, 1958, he married Margaret Logan of Hyde Park, who predeceased him on November 13, 2007 He is survived by a sister, Dolores Marquez, and several nieces and nephews of Malaga, Spain. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jose Marquez and Francisco Marquez, also of Malaga, Spain. In Spain, he studied under the Jesuit order. He then went to Ecuador, as a member of a religious society for men founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, as a missionary. In 1953, he came to the United States and attended the Seminary of St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Hyde Park, NY. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Philosophy of Religion from La Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Professor Marquez was an accomplished author and artist. His literary achievements consisted of the publishing of some books of poetry, others about the Spanish Inquisition (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los Alumbradosâ&#x20AC;?, 1972) and text books in his native language. He was dedicated to his students and challenged them to defend their thoughts, support their theories and question the norm. The art work of Dr. Marquez has graced the galleries of Spain and New York. Dr. Marquez taught as a Professor of Spanish at Bennett College and Vassar College. He was also the chairman of the Foreign Language Department at Dutchess Community College. There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services and burial of his ashes will be on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11am at Union Cemetery, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Antonio can be made to the Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY, 12538. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Lucille E. Miscione, 94, a lifelong area resident, entered into her eternal rest on Friday, November 26, 2010 at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Miscione graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and was a 1936 graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. A practicing registered nurse for over 40 years, she began her career at the Doctors Hospital in New York City, and continued at St. Francis Hospital along with private duty nursing. Later in her career, she worked for the office of Drs. Pletcher and Hanley in Poughkeepsie until her retirement. Lucille was a communicant of Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park, and in her younger years, was active at both Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Regina Coeli Parishes. Born in Poughkeepsie on September 3, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Mary DeFiglio Carfarone. On November 12, 1939 in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Poughkeepsie, she married Ernest L. Miscione. Mr. Miscione predeceased her on January 24, 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Louise Rice and husband, John, of Salt Point; two sons, Ernest L. Miscione II and wife, Barbara, of Apalachin, NY, and Vincent S. Miscione and wife, Lynnette, of Gravois Mills, MO; ten grandchildren, Suzanne Rice Schopfer and husband, John, of Manhattan, Michael Rice and wife, Mary, of Pleasant Valley, Kathleen Rice of Salt Point, Maria Visco and husband, Tony, of Constancia, NY, Michael Miscione of Las Vegas, NV, Lisa Puzo and husband, Eric, of Apalachin, Michele Ramey and husband, Scott, of St. Augustine, FL, Robert Neesz of Charlotte, NC, Kristen Huggins and husband, Philip, of Marlboro, and Angela Hunstad and husband Dan of Zumbrota, MN; ten great grandchildren, Thomas, Nicholas, Katherine, Matthew, Bailey, Aubrey, Sasha, John Owen, August and Caleb; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Miscione was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Fr. Michael Palazzo will officiate. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made


Melissa M. Molt, 42, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Born on June 13, 1968 in Tarrytown, NY, she was the daughter of Robert A. and Patricia A. Wood. Her parents survive in Myrtle Beach, SC. Melissa was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She married Joseph P. Molt on February 13, 1989 in Hyde Park. Mr. Molt survives her in Wappingers Falls. She is also survived by her daughter, Ashley N. Molt of Poughkeepsie; two sisters, Kimberly Cipriano and her husband, Joseph, of Salt Point, and Allison Urbank and her husband, Thomas, of Highland; and brother, Robert Wood, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA; and her loving nieces and nephew, Alyssa and Elaina Cipriano, and Justin and Payton Urbank. Melissa loved her daughter most as well as her nieces and nephew. She was a very loving mother and free spirit who always enjoyed life to the fullest. She was an exceptional person and was

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Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation board member Karen Volino, Leah Stickle and Dr. Maureen Terranova. Photo submitted.

Fashion show a success


BY HV NEWS STAFF The Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club held its annual “Fashion Forward” fashion show in November, inviting local women to check out some of the latest fashions available from local merchants. The event, held at The Rhinecliff on Nov. 10, was a sell out, according to the hospital. The event featured a cocktail reception, seated three-course dinner, silent auction and the main event, a 30-minute runway fashion show.

Proceeds from the event support the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. “This event not only raised important funding for Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation, but also, it showcased the fabulous and very generous merchants in the Rhinebeck community,” said Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Executive Director Deborah Breen in a press release. “Clearly, Rhinebeck is a ‘Fashion Forward’ village.”

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