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contents in every issue 6 Calendar of Events » Summer 2013 14 Our Backyard » Local gems to visit 41 Off the Beaten Path » Lovely Ridgefield, Conn. 46 Just the Two of Us » Where to go for a breakfast date 50 Last Call » Sam the Bugler loves San Antonio

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DANCE 24 Enter the Mo-Zone » MOMIX artistic director Moses Pendleton brings his Botanica to SPAC, Aug. 1 ARTS 28 The Art of the Show » The Berkshire Arts Festival features textiles and artwork

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calendar summer 2013 Music Classical Bard College

30 Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson Friday, June 14: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. The Art of the Chalumeau (early clarinet). Friday, June 21: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. J. S. Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. Friday, June 28: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. Masterworks by J.S. Bach and Marin Marais. Friday, July 5: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. Shades of Love Lost — Madrigals of Monteverdi and Wert. Friday, July 12: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. Music from the Library of Thomas Jefferson.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

200 Hurd Road, Bethel (866) 781-2922 Friday, Aug. 16: Yo-Yo Ma. 8 p.m.

Darrow School

110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon Saturday, June 8: Tannery Pond Concert. 8 p.m. Sebastian Baverstam, cello and Yannick Rafalimanana, piano. Saturday, July 27: Tannery Pond Concert. 8 p.m. Miro String Quartet. Music by: Schubert, Puccini, Beethoven, Saturday, Aug. 17: Tannery Pond Concert. 8 p.m. Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova (two pianos).

The Glimmerglass Festival

7300 State Hwy. 80, Cooperstown (607) 547-0700 Saturday, July 6 - Saturday, Aug. 24: The Flying Dutchman. Inspired in part by a harrowing ocean voyage, Wagner based his fourth opera on the story of a ghostly vessel doomed to traverse the seas for eternity. Saturday, July 13 - Friday, Aug. 23: Camelot. Lerner and Loewe’s musical version of The Once and Future King follows King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot as they strive to pursue their passions and embody chivalric ideals. Saturday, July 20 - Thursday, Aug. 22: Passions. Love and loss echo through two oneacts in a juxtaposition of


18th- and 21st-century musical masterpieces. Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, Aug. 24: King for a Day. Giuseppe Verdi’s second opera centers on a royal replacement who, in addition to serving as a decoy for the king, affects the happy coupling of two young lovers and secures a pretty widow as his own bride.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle St. Great Barrington, Mass. (413) 528-6415 Saturday, June 29: Aston Magna Festival. 8 p.m. Masterworks by J.S. Bach and Marin Marais.

Maverick Concert Hall

Maverick Road, Woodstock (845) 679-8348 Saturday, June 29: Liderworks. 6:30 p.m. Verdi and Wagner Rarities. Sunday, June 30: Miro String Quartet. 4 p.m. England and Romanticism with Melvin Chen, piano. Sunday, July 14: Voxare String Quartet. 4 p.m. Kindred Spirits, Britten: Simple Symphony (version for string quartet); Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 4. Sunday, July 21: Jupiter String Quartet with Ilya Yakushev, piano. 4 p.m. Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, The Rider, Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1, Britten: Night Piece (Notturno) for piano solo. Saturday, July 27: Maverick’s 2013 Chamber Orchestra Concert. 6:30 p.m. Conducted by music director Alexander Platt. Sunday, July 28: Escher String Quartert. 4 p.m. Britten in Britain, Elgar: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 83. Saturday, Aug. 3: Jazz at the Maverick. 6:30 p.m. Perry Beekman and Friends. Songs of Rodgers and Hart arranged for guitar, piano, bass and vocals Sunday, Aug. 18: Parker Quartet. 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1: Daedalus Quartet, with Rufus Muller, tenor. 4 p.m.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

108 Ave. of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-9330 Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8: Albany Pro Musica:

Pops Goes the Chorus! 7:30 p.m. Showtunes, old standards and popular songs. Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, July 6: Opera Saratoga: H.M.S. Pinafore. Gilbert and Sullivan’s other topsy-turvy high-seas comedy. Thursday, June 27 - Sunday, July 7: Opera Saratoga: Lucia de Lammermoor. Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic opera. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Saratoga Chamber Music Festival: Gil Shaham and Friends. 8 p.m. Featuring Beethoven’s Duo for Viola and Cello “with two obbligato eyeglasses”; Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115; Bartok, Julian Milone and Henryk Wieniawski selected violin duets. Wednesday, Aug. 7: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Opening Night with Stephane Denève, conductor, and Gil Shaham, violin. Featuring: Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen’s Return, from Four Legends from the Kalevala, and Violin Concerto. Also, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. Thursday, Aug. 8: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. The 150th Anniversary of the Race Course Concert. Keith Lockhart, conductor. Friday, Aug. 9: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. A Bernstein Extravaganza with the New York City Ballet; sponsored by Skidmore College. Stephane Denève, conductor and Jamie Bernstein, host. Also featuring vocalist Rob Lorey. Saturday, Aug. 10: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Stephane Denève, conductor, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma present pieces by Elgar, Frank and Debussy. Sunday, Aug. 11: Saratoga Chamber Music Festival: A Delightful Afternoon. 2:15 p.m. David Kim, violin, Yumi Kendall, cello, Marc Rovetti, violin, Kerri Ryan, viola and Andre-Michel Schub, piano, perform pieces by Stravinsky, Mozart and Brahms. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Saratoga Chamber Music Festival: Four Hands. 8 p.m. Davyd Booth, violin/piano; The Wister Quartet. Wednesday, Aug. 14: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Pops: A Tribute to Elton John & More. Thursday, Aug. 15: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. The Night of the Drum with Bramwell Tovey, conductor, and Colin Currie, percussion. Friday, Aug. 16: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Featuring Sarah Chang, violin and

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor. Saturday, Aug. 17: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. The Rite of Spring with Gianandrea Noseda, conductor, and Jonathan Biss, piano. Wednesday, Aug. 21: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. An Evening with Bela Fleck. Thursday, Aug. 22: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Johannes Moser Da! with Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor, and cellist Johannes Moser. Friday, Aug. 23: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Fantasia without film, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Night on Bald Mountain. Saturday, Aug. 24: Philadelphia Orchestra. 8 p.m. Closing Night: Tchaikovsky Spectacular.


297 West St., Lenox, Mass. (413) 637-1600 Monday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 2: String Quartet Marathon. Friday, July 5: Boston Symphony Orchestra: AllTchaikovsky Program. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6: Boston Symphony Orchestra: John Oliver — Mahler Symphony No. 3. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7: Boston Pops Orchestra. 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos — Turina Kodaly & Beethoven. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11: Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 13: Bernstein West Side Story. 8:30 p.m. Sat, Jul 13 Friday, July 12: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Leon Fleisher — Wagner Ravel & Rimsky-Korsakov. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Stravinksky, Haydn & Beethoven. 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 15: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Vivaldi & Telemann. 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17: Borodin String Quartet: Brahms & Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18: Bryn Terfel & Natalia Katyukova. 8 p.m. Friday, July 19: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Vladimir Jurowski & Jean-Yves Thibaudet — Wagner Liszt & Beethoven. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Lothar Koenigs — Wagner. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21: Boston

Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach & Christine Schafer — Vivaldi Telemann & Bach. 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 22: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: AllDebussy Program. 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24: Mahler Chamber Orchestra: Dean Schumann Mozart & Sibelius. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25: Garrick Ohlsson. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Beethoven & Poulenc. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Lang Lang — Ravel & Beethoven. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Yo-Yo Ma — Stravinsky & Dvorak. 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Tanglewood on Parade. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7: Christian Zacharias. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 11: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents George Benjamin, Written On Skin. Friday, Aug. 9: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius & Brahms. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Carter & Brahms. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Christan Zacharias. All-Beethoven Program. 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15: The Goat Rodeo Show: Yo-Yo Ma Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16: Boston Pops Orchestra: Keith Lockhart & Michael Feinstein. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Bernard Haitink Isabelle Faust & Camilla Tilling. Mozart & Mahler. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Emanuel Ax — Mozart & Mahler. 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20: Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Marcelo Lehninger & Menahem Pressler — Carter, Copland & Mozart. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22: Daniil Trifonov: Scriabin & Liszt. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23: Tanglewood Festival Chorus: John Oliver. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23: Boston Symphony Orchestra. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24: Boston Pops Orchestra: John Williams’ Film Night. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25: Boston Symphony Orchestra. 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25: Monty Alexander Trio. 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra: Thomas Wilkins. 2:30 p.m.

Times Union Center

51 S. Pearl St., Albany (518) 487-2000 Thursday, June 13: Andrea Bocelli. 7:30 p.m.

Pop, Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz Altamont Fairgrounds

129 Grand St., Altamont (518) 861-6671 Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30: Old Songs Festival - Music With Roots. The three-day Old Songs Festival celebrates music with roots including traditional folk, Celtic, blues, gospel, oldtime and world music. Saturday, July 13: Countryfest. 10 a.m. Includes Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Joe Diffie and Sheryl Crow.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

200 Hurd Road, Bethel (866) 781-2922 Saturday, June 15: Celtic Woman. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20: Hot Tuna. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22: Joan Baez and Indigo Girls. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29: Heart. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20: Hudson Valley Philharmonic: Natalie Merchant. 8 p.m. Friday, July 26: Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert, Love and Theft. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27: Bad Company with Lynyrd Skynyrd. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: George Thorogood and the Destroyers. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: Blake Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17: Zac Brown Band. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20: John Mayer. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23: Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4: Esperanza Spalding. 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. 6 p.m.

Times Union Center

51 S. Pearl St., Albany (518) 487-2000 Wednesday, June 19: Fleetwood Mac Live 2013. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1: New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. 7:30 p.m.

Dance Performance Jacob’s Pillow Dance

AMERICANARAMA: Wilco (pictured) performs with Bob Dylan and My Morning Jacket at SPAC on July 21.  — PHOTO BY MICHAEL SEGAL

The Colonial Theatre

111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. (413) 997-4444 Saturday, June 15: Audra McDonald. 8 p.m. Broadway legend. Thursday, July 25: Power Balladz. 7:30 p.m.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza, Albany (518) 473-1845 Tuesday, Aug. 6: Justin Hayward. 8 p.m. English musician, best known as singer, songwriter and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues. Tuesday, June 11: Son Volt. 7:30 p.m. Jay Farrar, who along with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy spearheaded the alt-country movement. Friday, June 21: Hot Tuna. 8 p.m. American blues-rock band.

The Linda

WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave., Albany (518) 465-5233 Saturday, June 8: Charlie Mars. 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter. Saturday, June 15: Stephen Kellogg with special guest Seth Glier. 8 p.m. Folk tradition with modern rock.

Palace Theatre

19 Clinton Ave., Albany (518) 465-3334 Friday, July 19: Alice Cooper. 8 p.m. Iconic hard rocker.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

108 Ave. of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-9330 Sunday, June 2: Brad Paisley with Chris Young and Lee Brice. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16: Rascal Flatts with the Band Perry. 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 23: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25: Rush. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26: Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30: Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival. 12 p.m. Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7: Phish. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 1 p.m. Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth. Sunday, July 21: Americanarama. Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Saturday, July 27: Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice. 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28: O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3: Lil Wayne with T.I. and Future. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 21: Bela Fleck with the Philadelphian Orchestra. 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25: Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30: John Mayer. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31: Zac Brown Band. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4: Kid Rock. 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5: Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. 7 p.m.


297 West St., Lenox, Mass. (413) 637-1600 Friday, June 21: Melissa Etheridge. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23: Joan Baez & Indigo Girls. 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Jackson Browne and Sara Watkins. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23: Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster. 7 p.m. Monday, July 29: Steve Miller Band. 7 p.m.

358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. (413) 243-0745 Wednesday, June 19 - Sunday, June 23: Dance Theatre of Harlem. Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, June 30: Compagnie Kafig. The all-male cast returns from Brazil for an encore engagement of AGWA/Correria, packed with irresistible personality and astonishing dancing. Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, June 30: Leo. This fantastical, touching, one-man show from Berlin blends physical theater, acrobatics, and animation. Wednesday, July 3 Sunday, July 7: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Company members hail from Brazil, Korea, France, Portugal, Romania, and across the U.S. Wednesday, July 3 - Sunday, July 7: Shantala Shivalingappa. Classical South Indian dance style, Kuchipudi, are steeped in expressive narrative, with flowing lines, nimble leaps, and percussive footwork. Wednesday, July 10 - Sunday, July 14: Companhia Urbana de Danca. The all-male cast fuses urban, contemporary, and Brazilian social dance. Wednesday, July 10 - Sunday, July 14: Brian Brooks Moving Company. Wednesday, July 17 - Sunday, July 21: Ballet BC. From British Columbia, a program of three diverse works. Wednesday, July 17 - Sunday, July 21: Tere O’Connor in Cover Boy. Explores the closeted gay experience and universal feelings of “otherness.” Wednesday, July 24 Sunday, July 28: L-E-V. With

choreography by Sharon Eyal, an eclectic soundtrack by experimental musician Ori Lichtik, and lighting by acclaimed designer Bambi, HOUSE is an alluring spectacle of hypnotic sensuality and raw physicality. Wednesday, July 24 - Sunday, July 28: Dorrance Dance. The Blues Project, premieres at the Pillow. Wednesday, July 31 - Sunday, Aug. 4: 3e etage: Soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet. Le Pillow Thirteen, a suite of new ballets. Wednesday, July 31 - Sunday, Aug. 4: Bodytraffic. Dance to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, and other jazz greats. Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug. 11: O Vertigo Danse. An award-winning contemporary work. Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug. 11: Jessica Lang Dance. The ensemble of ballet virtuosos performs a diverse program, including the poetic dance i.n.k., with video by Japanese artist Shinichi Maruyama and music by Polish composer Jakub Ciupinski. Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Sunday, Aug. 18: Wendy Whelan/ Restless Creature. Together with her collaborators, Whelan will perform a suite of four contemporary duets each with its own distinct style and artistry. Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Sunday, Aug. 18: La Otra Orilla. Wednesday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 25: Martha Graham Dance Company. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the original iconoclastic dance The Rite of Spring, by composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Wednesday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 25: in Pavement. Kyle Abraham layers urban and classical dance influences, bold imagery, and gripping, voluptuous movement.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

108 Ave. of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-9330 Tuesday, July 9: New York City Ballet: Opening Night. 8 p.m. Garland Dance (from The Sleeping Beauty), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Barber Violin Concerto, Year of the Rabbit, and Theme and Variations. Wednesday, July 10: New York City Ballet: Mixed Repertory. 8 p.m. American Girl Doll Night. 7

calendar summer 2013 Thursday, July 11: New York City Ballet: Mixed Repertory. 2 p.m. Hallelujah Junction (Adams/Martins); Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Tschaikovsky/ Balanchine); Barber Violin Concerto (Barber/Martins); Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/Balanchine). Thursday, July 11: New York City Ballet: All Balanchine. 8 p.m. Serenade (Tchaikovsky/ Balanchine); Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/ Balanchine); Theme and Variations (Tschaikovsky/ Balanchine). Friday, July 12: New York City Ballet: Mixed Repertory. 8 p.m. Hallelujah Junction (Adams/ Martins). Saturday, July 13: New York City Ballet: Mixed Repertory. 2 p.m. Year of the Rabbit (Stevens/Peck); Garland Dance (From The Sleeping Beauty) (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine);

Barber Violin Concerto (Barber/Martins); Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/ Balanchine). Saturday, July 13: New York City Ballet: The Ballet Gala, The Ruby Ball. 8 p.m. Bal de Couture (Tchaikovsky/Martins); This Bitter Earth (Washington and Richter/Wheeldon); Rubies (Stravinsky/Balanchine); West Side Story Suite (Bernstein/ Robbins) Tuesday, July 16: National Ballet of Canada. 8 p.m. The Four Seasons (Vivaldi/Kudelka) and Emergence (Belton/Pite). Wednesday, July 17: National Ballet of Canada: Giselle. 8 p.m. Girls’ Night Out. Complimentary massages, mini mani-pedis, yoga, make-up consultations, hair blowouts, nutrition advice, tarot card reading, palm reading, complimentary fine wine, chocolate tastings and more.

Thursday, July 18: National Ballet of Canada: Giselle. 2 p.m., 8 p.m., Thu, Jul 18 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday, July 25: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 8 p.m., 2 p.m., Return to a Strange Land (Janacek/ Kylian); Overglow (Mendelssohn, Beethoven/Elo). Thursday, July 25: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 8 p.m. Square None (Noto, Sakamoto, Ross, Handel, Twin/De La Cruz); Overglow (Mendelssohn, Beethoven/Elo). Thursday, Aug. 1: MOMIX Botanica. 8 p.m. Square None (Noto, Sakamoto, Ross, Handel, Twin/De La Cruz); Return to a Strange Land (Janacek/Kyliann); Overglow (Mendelssohn, Beethoven/Elo).

SEE ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION, a modern dance performance combining urban and classical dance influences, at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass. — PHOTO BY IAN DOUGLAS

Fairs & Festivals Altamont Fair Grounds

Rte 146, Altamont Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Sunday, Aug. 18: The Altamont Fair. A three-county fair representing Albany, Schenectady and Greene Counties.

Bowe Field

Rte 8, Adams, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 1 - Sunday, Aug. 4: Adams Agricultural Fair. A four-day event showcasing Agriculture in Berkshire County. Features Battle of Bands, magic, knife throwing, antique tractors and more.

Butternut Ski Area

380 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass. (413) 528-2000 Thursday, July 4 - Saturday, July 6: Berkshires Summer Arts Festival. Gourmet food, live demonstrations, jazz and art.

Camelot Village

1545 Route 9, Bennington, Vt. Friday, Aug. 2 - Sunday, Aug. 4: Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. Over 150 juried artisan exhibitors selling fine furniture, designer clothing, ceramics, photography, jewelry, home decor and more.

Clifton Common

Clifton Common Blvd, Clifton Park parks-rec/parks.asp (518) 371-6667 Thursday, July 4: Clifton Park’s 4th of July Celebration. 12 p.m. Parade, live music, rides, games, food, craft vendors and fireworks at dusk.

Columbia County Fairgrounds

6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck (845) 876-4001 Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 25: Dutchess County Fair. Rides, games, food, entertainment, vendors and much more.

Fort William Henry

48 Canada Street, Lake George (518) 668-5471 Friday, Aug. 9: Surrender of Fort William Henry. 12 p.m. The 256th anniversary of the Surrender of Fort William Henry in 1757. Reenactors representing British forces under Colonel Munro will march out of the Fort William Henry with fife and drum.

Gavin Park

10 Lewis Road, Saratoga Springs Saturday, July 13: Wilton Community Day and Parkfest. 11 a.m. Live entertainment, crafters, rides, food, contests, games and fireworks at dusk.

Glens Falls City Park

Maple St. and Ridge St., Glens Falls Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16: Larac June Arts Festival. Juried art and craft festival.

Herkimer County Fairgrounds

133 Cemetery Road, Frankfort (315) 895-7464‎ Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28: The Great American Irish Festival. A three-day celebration of Irish contemporary and traditional music, along with cultural offerings, such as step dancing, educational events, athletic competitions, a bagpipe band competition, Irish Mass, events for kids and teens, food and fun.

Historic River Street

Route 66, Chatham (518) 392-2121 Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Monday, Sept. 2: Columbia County Fair. Food, rodeo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull, competitions, exhibits, carnival rides and more.

River St., Troy Saturday, June 15: RiverFest. 10 a.m. River Street from Fulton to Congress will be alive with one of the county’s largest street festivals. The event is anchored by 100 artisan craft vendors from across the Northeast.

Deepwells Farm

7975 Main St., Hunter Saturday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Aug. 18: The Emerald Isles, plus more Irish-American bands.

Pine St., Granville Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21: Deepwells Farm Summer Arts & Craft Festival. Over 100 artisans will be featured.


Dutchess County Fairgrounds

Hunter Mountain

Lark Street

245 Lark St., Albany larkfest.cfm (518) 434-3861 Saturday, June 8: Art on Lark. 11 a.m. The street art festival features art of all media, music, food, vendors and more.

Mabee Farm Historic Site

1080 Main St., Rotterdam (518) 887-5073 Saturday, Aug. 3: Wags and Whiskers Family Fun Fair. 10 a.m. Outdoor event to benefit the programs of Schenectady County SPCA. Activities to include: agility dogs, teptiles, minature horses, food, vendors, music, kids zone, pet costume contest and more. Saturday, Aug. 24: Mabee Arts & Crafts Festival. 10 a.m. Fine arts and crafts along the Mohawk River, kids’ crafts, artisans, fine art, wood, handwovens, pottery, flowers, jewelry, glass, porcelain and more.

Maple Ski Ridge

2725 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam (518) 381-4700 Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 9: Rhythm on the Ridge Roots Music Fest 2013. Local performers on two stages performing original works, Bluegrass, Americana and roots music crafters and vendors attending. Food and beer for sale.

Mowry Park

Main St., Greenwich Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15: 2013 Whipple City Festival. Musical entertainment, bounce houses, free horse and wagon rides, carnival and new artisan market.


2980 RT-66, Chatham Friday, July 12: Just For Fun: Storyteller Eshu Bumpus. 1 p.m. African, African-American and World folktales with music, humor and mystery. Friday, July 26: Just For Fun: Jamal Jackson Kids. 1 p.m. Jamal Jackson and the young dancers participating in his week-long intensive workshop will present a program of African, African-American, and African-inspired dance accompanied by an African drum line.

Round Lake Village (518) 899-2800 Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, June 23: Round Lake Antiques Festival. This show features hundreds of dealers offering a wide variety of antiques and vintage merchandise, as well as food, music and more. Saturday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Aug. 18: Round Lake Arts and Crafts Festival. Featuring 125 skilled artists and craftsmen.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs (518) 584-2110 Wednesday, July 3: Annual Independence Day Celebration/ Fireworks. 5 p.m. Harness racing and a free fireworks show at dusk.

Saratoga County Fairgrounds

162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa (518) 885-9701 Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, June 23: Parrot Head Festival. The ode to Jimmy Buffett features island-inspired events, food, drinks, live music and more. Tuesday, July 16 - Sunday, July 21: Saratoga County Fair. A display of agricultural and life in the county area with rides, games, shows and more.

Saratoga Springs

Downtown, Saratoga Springs Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9: 2013 SaratogaArtsFest. A four-day annual celebration of the arts — music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. Thursday, July 4: All-American Celebration. 10:30 a.m. Features parade, music, history and fireworks. Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 20: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival. 7 p.m. Live music throughout the city to celebrate opening weekend of the Saratoga Race Course.

Schaghticoke Fair Grounds 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Monday, Sept. 2: Schaghticoke Fair. Vegetables, fruits, animals, antiques, baked goods and homemade crafts. The third oldest Fair in New York State.

Shaker Heritage Society

Meeting House Road, Albany (518) 456-7890 Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, July 14: Shaker Summer Craft Fair. Hand-crafted items reflecting Shaker traditions.

Shepard’s Park

Canada St., Lake George Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23: Lake George Summer Fest. Arts and crafts show with over 100 artisans.

Troy Riverfront Park

274 River St., Troy Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, July 14: Troy Pig Out. Barbecue vendors and live music, plus a special fireworks show on Saturday night over the Hudson River.

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site

Mt. McGregor Road, Gansevoort (518) 584-4353 Sunday, June 16: Father’s Day Picnic. 12 p.m. Bring along a picnic lunch while enjoying the period tunes of Magpie played from the porch where Grant spent his final days.

Washington County Fairgrounds

392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich (518) 692-2464 Monday, Aug. 19 - Sunday, Aug. 25: Washington County Fair. Food, carnival rides, rodeo, petting zoo, live entertainment and much more.

Waterford Harbor Visitor Center

1 Tug Boat Aly, Waterford (518) 233-9123 Friday, Sept. 6 - Sunday, Sept. 8: TugBoat Roundup. Tugboats gather in Waterford to illustrate the maritime history of interior New York State. With tugboat parades, tours, boat rides, kids activities, arts and crafts.

Stage Albany Civic Theater

235 Second Ave., Albany Thursday, June 20: Who Murdered Who? 8 p.m. Stephen Foust directs. This is a paywhat-you-will performance. Sunday, July 21: Playwright’s Showcase. 3 p.m. The theater showcases two short plays by

local playwrights. A pay-whatyou-will showcase. Friday, Aug. 30 - Sunday, Sept. 15: Big Maggie revolves around the domineering mother of four grown children who are determined to go their own ways and likely headed in the wrong direction. Maggie’s often-drunk, womanizing husband has died so now she is free to exercise some control over her life and her children, much to the consternation of the young people.

Barrington Stage Company Mainstage

30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass. (413) 236-8888 Thursday, July 18 - Saturday, Aug. 3: The Chosen. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok’s award-winning adaptation introduces us to Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders, both passionate, intelligent young boys on opposite sides of a baseball game. When the game takes a turn, and Reuven is injured by Danny, a unique friendship is born. As the boys grow up, they learn important lessons about their fathers, their community and themselves.

C-R Productions at Cohoes Music Hall

58 Remsen St., Cohoes (518) 237-5858 Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 16: My One and Only. Captain Billy Buck Chandler, a transatlantic aviator, flies around the world in pursuit of the championship swimmer Edith, whom he loves. Claiming to possess certain compromising photographs, Prince Nicolai blackmails Edith into staying with the Aquacade. In the end, Billy persuades her to return with him to America and to get married. Thursday, Aug. 15 - Sunday, Aug. 25: Sugar. Based on the film Some Like It Hot, Sugar chronicles the zany lives of two unemployed musicians, of the prohibition era, who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. In order to escape gangster Spats Palazzo and his henchmen they disguise themselves as women and join an allfemale orchestra, Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters.

The Colonial Theatre

111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. (413) 997-4444 Monday, July 1 - Saturday, July 20: Oklahoma. Set in the heart of

America, where the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, this is one of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s most cherished musicals. Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 18: Peter Pan.The musical based on the play by James M. Barrie about a boy who will never grow up.

Curtain Call Theatre

210 Old Loudon Road, Latham (518) 877-7529 Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 22: Miracle on South Division Street. The Nowaks of Buffalo always thought they were special, ever since Clara’s father, an immigrant from wartorn Poland, had a miraculous vision in his barbershop. But 65 years later, Clara’s youngest daughter has stopped going to mass, her son is dating a Jewish girl, and a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel with unexpectedly hilarious results. Friday, July 12 - Saturday, Aug. 10: Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Five actresses present 28 vignettes about life’s journey and the clothes they wore along the way. Friday, Sept. 6 - Saturday, Oct. 5: One Slight Hitch. A smart modern farce from The Daily Show’s Lewis Black. Life in Cincinnati is good for Doc and Delia Coleman on the morning they plan to throw their eldest daughter the lavish wedding they never had, until one slight hitch wreaks glorious havoc on all of their plans.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza, Albany (518) 473-1845 Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 20: Spring Awakening presented by Our Own Productions. From the producers and director that brought “Rent” to the Capital District in 2011 comes this musical that takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial masterpieces. Intended for mature audiences.

Fort Salem Theater

11 E. Broadway, Salem (518) 854-9200 Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23: Man of La Mancha. The Rose Center Theater, Westminster, California, presents The Impossible Dream musical based on the story of Don Quixote. Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 14: I Do! I Do! Tom Jones/

Harvey Schmidt musical about a long-term marriage. Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21: No Boundaries. WNYT news anchors Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn star in musical revue featuring female barbershop quartet, Friday, Aug. 2 - Sunday, Aug. 11: Winning the Lottery. An original collaboration (their sixth) by Al Budde and Jay Kerr. A light-hearted look at a trio of office workers who play the lottery every week and discover that winning isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be.

Mac-Haydn Theatre

1925 Route 203, Chatham (518) 392-9292 Sunday, June 2 - Sunday, June 2: The Fantasticks. The 45th season opens with the world’s longest-running musical, and one of the six shows that made up MacHaydn’s first season in 1969. The story of two young lovers, their interfering fathers, a swashbuckling rogue, and the illusions and disillusionment they go through before reaching their enlightened finale is told with equal parts charm and comedy. Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 16: 9 to 5: The Musical.Mr. Hart, the boss, stops at nothing to prove his chauvinism, until the “girls” in his office declare their rights and put a stop to it all, in a very daring way. Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, June 30: La Cage Aux Folles. In this Tony-winning musical adaptation, two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs when the fiancee and her parents come for dinner. Thursday, July 4 - Sunday, July 21: Singin’ in the Rain. Based on the legendary MGM movie, this is the story of the first Hollywood movie musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies, and some of its stars, behind. Thursday, July 25 - Sunday, Aug. 4: Les Miserables. A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel of social warfare in 19th-century France. Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 18: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. A longstanding Texas establishment is threatened with closure after a campaign by a publicity-craving

evangelist in this musical comedy. Thursday, Aug. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 1: Gypsy. The musical by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. (413) 551-5111 Saturday, July 20 - Saturday, Aug. 17: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s comic tale of mixed up love and lovers manipulated by woodland fairies. From Shakespeare & Company.


432 State St., Schenectady (518) 346-6204 Sunday, June 2 - Sunday, June 9: Doubt. Written with an uncanny blend of compassion and detachment, it is an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama. Tuesday, June 4 - Sunday, June 9: Billy Elliot the Musical. The joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever. Tuesday, July 9 - Sunday, July 14: Anything Goes. Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy continues a triumphant run on Broadway.


2980 Route 66, Chatham Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 21: Long Ago And Far Away and other short plays By David Ives. Walking the Dog Theater is returning for its sixth season at the Tent with an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright David Ives.

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Rose Footprint Theatre Wednesday, June 26 Saturday, Aug. 24: Les Faux Pas or The Counter Plots. 5:30 p.m. A new adaptation of Molière’s madcap comedy, complete with pirates, clowns, sword fights and hilariously failed schemes. 9

calendar summer 2013 Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre Thursday, June 13 - Sunday, Sept. 1: Heroes. Three World War I veterans confined to a retirement home in their twilight years reminisce, gossip and bicker, until they begin to plot one last epic adventure. Thursday, July 18 - Sat., Aug. 3: None But the Lonely Heart: The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck. The Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents an original theatrical concert that interweaves drama with live chamber music. Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 15: The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Martin McDonagh’s black comedy about the battles between an Irish spinster and her manipulative mother.

Tina Packer Playhouse Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, Sept. 1: Love’s Labour’s Lost. In Shakespeare’s early comedy, a king and his pals swear off women to concentrate on their studies until a princess and her ladies arrive in town. Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 21: Richard II. The historical play by William Shakespeare based on the life of King Richard II of England. Friday, July 26 - Sunday, Aug. 25: Mother Courage and Her Children. Bertolt Brecht’s classic anti-war play.

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654 Us 20, New Lebanon (518) 794-8989 Friday, June 28 - Sunday, July 7: Don’t Dress for Dinner. A farce by Marc Camoletti about how a man’s plans for a rendezvous with his mistress are complicated when his wife decides to stay in town for a tryst of her own. Thursday, July 11 - Sunday, July 21: Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest. A stranger walks into a house to find a man murdered, and his wife standing over him with a gun — and that’s just the beginning of this thriller. Thursday, July 25 - Sunday, Aug. 4: The Taffetas. Four singing “sisters” perform a nostalgic ‘50s tribute to the sounds of Patti Page, the McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 18: They’re Playing Our Song. A love story about a pop music songwriting duo who meet and fall in love, with a book by Neil Simon, music by


Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. Thursday, Aug. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 1: Young Frankenstein. Mel Brooks’ classic movie comedy becomes a stage musical.

Washington Park Playhouse

Madison Ave. and New Scotland Ave., Albany (518) 434-0776 Sunday, June 2 - Sunday, Aug. 18: Shrek The Musical!. Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, a faraway kingdom gets turned upside down when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 28: Monty Python’s Spamalot. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail in song, the show is a musical adaptation of the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival

1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. (413) 597-3400 Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, July 14: Animal Crackers. The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief. This new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Wednesday, July 17 Saturday, July 27: Pygmalion. A sharp satire on class and women’s independence, Shaw’s century-old masterpiece features Robert Sean Leonard as Henry Higgins in an uproarious, poignant, and unforgettable battle of wits between two of theatre’s most iconic characters. Thursday, Aug. 1 - Sunday, Aug. 18: The Bridges of Madison County. The simple story of Francesca, a beautiful Italian woman who marries an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy. Her new life in Iowa is common until she encounters Robert, a loner and artist. Their three days of

flirtation, memories of Naples, food, and laughter inspire a timeless love, and an impossible choice.

Comedy Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

200 Hurd Road, Bethel (866) 781-2922 Thursday, Aug. 15: Cheech & Chong. 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winning comedy duo best known for their pot smoking films from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The Egg

Empire State Plaza, Albany (518) 473-1845 Friday, June 28: Tracy Morgan. 9 p.m. Stand-up comic best known for his work on NBC’s 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

Museums Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

25 Quackenbush Square, Albany (518) 434-0405 Thru Friday, June 21: A Garden Wonderland: Photographs by Sandra Belitza-Vazquez. Sandra Belitza-Vazquez searches for the interesting, unique, extremely colorful, poignant design aspects of flowers and plants that segregate them from the garden elements.

Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany (518) 463-4478 Thru Sunday, Sept. 29: Ancient Egypt: The Albany Mummies. Three key concepts, “The Nile,” “Daily Life,” and “The Afterlife,” are explored through objects, text, and hands-on activities to give an overview of ancient Egypt. Thru Saturday, June 15: The Legacy of Currier and Ives: Shaping the American Spirit. Pays tribute to the popular nineteenth-century printmakers Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives and their role in establishing printmaking as a form of media that was inexpensive and sought out by people from every kind of household. From 1834-1907, Currier and

CUTE OVERLOAD: The Wags and Whiskers Festival includes games, animals, food and more at Mabee Farm in Rotterdam, Aug. 3. — PHOTO BY CINDY SCHULTZ/TIMES UNION ARCHIVES Ives gave testimony to national art trends, historical events and technological progress through their popular prints. Thru Sunday, Aug. 18: The Making of the Hudson River School: More than the Eye Beholds. Brings together more than 150 works from private collections and the museums holdings by well-known artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand and William Hart. Thru Sunday, June 30: Robert Hewson Pruyn: An Albanian in Japan. This exhibition features highlights from the Albany Institute’s collection of private papers from Pruyn (1815-1882).

The Hyde Collection

161 Warren Street Glens Falls (518) 792-1761 Saturday, June 15 thru Sunday, Sept. 16: Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George combines two themes: a world-famous, instantly recognizable artist coupled with a well-known, beloved geographical location.

New York State Museum

264 Madison Ave., Albany (518) 474-5877 Thru Sun, Sept. 22: I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell. Doctor and Mary Tarbell were typical of many New York

couples who endured the hardships of the Civil War. This small exhibition tells the story of the Tarbells’ courtship, marriage, and service during the war. Thru Sunday, Sept. 22: Russel Wright: The Nature of Design. Explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley — Manitoga — is now a national historic landmark. The exhibition focuses on one of Wright’s most pervasive preoccupations: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. Thru Sunday, Sept. 15: Best of SUNY 2013. The student art exhibition returns to the New York State Museum, showcasing art created by SUNY’s top student artists from across the state.

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9 Massachusetts Rt 183, Stockbridge, Mass. (413) 298-4100 June 8 - Oct. 27: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic. Celebrates the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film. July 13-Oct. 14: Norman Rockwell: Happily Ever After. Explores Rockwell’s vision for a kinder, gentler world, as evidenced in the relationship-inspired subjects that emerged in his art.

University Art Museum at University at Albany

1400 Washington Ave., Albany (518) 442-4035 Thru Saturday, Sept. 7: William Lamson. This exhibition will include recent videos, photographs, and a site-specific installation that center on Lamson’s ongoing quest to reconcile two opposing views. Thru Saturday, Sept. 7: Michelle Segre. For over 20 years New York-based artist Michelle

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200 First St., Troy 518/326-3946 Thru Wednesday, July 3: Influences & Collaborations. Mary Wheeler invited 10 artists that have influenced her work/life.

Clifton Common Court

Vischer Ferry Road, Clifton Park (518) 383-1343 Thru Friday, June 28: Out and About, a Unique Point of View. Photographer Bob Coppola presents his vision of the world, encompassing beauty in daily life, from the local streets to historic architecture.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council

7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls (518) 798-1144 Thru Friday, June 28: LARAC Members Show. Featuring the eclectic artwork of LARAC

members (anyone can join). Thru Friday, Aug. 9: Sigmund Abeles. A solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Sigmund Abeles. Thru Friday, Sept. 20: Story Untold. Featured Artists: Valerie Patterson (painting); Suzanne Reed (assemblage); Nicole M. Santiago (painting).

Salem Art Works

19 Cary Road, Salem Thru Saturday, June 29: Fiber 2 Form Exhibition. Works including a site-specific wrapped pillar piece by Claudia Sbrissa, a meticulously cut fiber installation from Derek Parker and hand knitted sculpture by L.A. based Ben Cuevas. Thru Saturday, June 29: Anne Roecklein. Roecklein’s work combines micro parts into dynamic germ-like collages and circular wall sculptures, and will be exhibited in The Cary House Gallery. Thru Friday, Aug. 23: Larry Alice. Alice brings humor to the dark side of the human psyche using cartoon-like imagery. Thru Wednesday, Aug. 28: salem2salem Inter­national Artist Collaborative Exhibition. Inter­ national artist exchange. E

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Alive at Five  

What’s a better way to start your weekend a little early than going out for dancing, drinks and music with coworkers and friends on a Thursday evening? Alive at 5 at the Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve is the perfect place for that. Enjoy local, regional and national musical performances each week from different artists. In true block-party fashion, attendees can sample an array of food and drink from OPEN: Thursdays, 5 p.m. the Capital Region’s favorite local ven8 p.m., June 6 through dors. Parking lots and garages are open on Aug. 8, except for July 4 Broadway and the rain location is QuackADMISSION: FREE enbush Square Parking Lot. Check online CONTACT: (518) 434-2032 for a list of who’s performing each week. or



Water Slide World  

Water Slide World in Lake George has over 35 slides and attractions the whole family can enjoy. If you’re an adventure-seeker, go for a ride down the Blue Bomber Slide, race a friend on the Caribbean Cannonball Slides or ride a wave in the Hurricane OPEN: Daily 10 a.m. Harbor Wave Pool. Traveling with a younger 5 p.m., June 22 crowd? No problem: Pirate Ship Cove and Aruthrough Labor Day ba-Scuba-Duba Bay are perfect for the little ADMISSION: $12-31.95 ones. You can buy lunch at the concession CONTACT: (518) 668-4407 stand or bring your own picnic. Tubes and life or jackets are available and parking is free.




Bottle Museum  

One of the first major industries in the United States was bottle making. Millions of glass bottles were made by hand in the 1800s at a glasswork set in the woods above the town of Greenfield. Men worked away for 12 hours a day, six days a week to create bottles for water, spirits, and fine essential oils. The National Bottle Museum has thousands of these glass bottles on display in different shapes, sizes and colors. With access to bottle collections from all over the United States, the museum exhibits are always changing and feature a wide variety. One wall on the first floor has over 2,000 bottles alone. The latest program at the museum is the development of a Museum Glassworks in a separate nearby building. OPEN: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Glassworks allows visitors to Friday through Tuesday see the process and equipment used ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation in glassmaking, such as torches, CONTACT: (518) 885-7589 or glass rods and a full-sized furnace.



USS Slater  

The USS Slater Destroyer Escort was built in the early 1940s for use by the United States Army in World War II. Over 500 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic and stood in line to defend naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks in the Pacific. The ship was decommissioned in 1947 and was transferred to Greece under the Military Defence Assistance Program. Today the USS Slater is the only Destroyer Escort still afloat in the United States. It was brought to Albany in 1997 and has since undergone extensive restoration. Volunteers spent years chipping away the rusted paint and bringing the ship back to its 1945 OPEN: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., glory, full with historical artifacts and Wednesday through Sunday personal belonging of sailors who once ADMISSION: Children 6-14, $6; called it home. The museum offers houradults, $8; seniors (65+), $7 long guided tours which requires visitors CONTACT: (518) 431-1943 to climb ladders and pass through tight or spaces. Tours are given rain or shine.



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Home to more than 500 animals of 45 different species, Adirondack Animal Land is the largest zoo in Gloversville, New York. Situated on over 80 acres of land, Animal Land is fun and educational for the whole family. Visitors can hand-feed many of the animals or head over to the petting OPEN: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. zoo. Animal Land also has a Safari ride where every day, late May visitors can look eye-to-eye with ostriches, through September zebras, and camels. Grab lunch at the CounADMISSION: adults (12+), try Kitchen or bring a lunch to enjoy in the $14.75; children (1-12), “1800s Western Town.” With picnic areas, $11.75; cash only playgrounds, and pony rides, safaris and a vaCONTACT: riety of animals the Adirondack Animal Land has fun for the whole family. E


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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Saratoga Race Course! america’s oldest sports venue is 150 years old


by brianna snyder

his summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course. To commemorate this birthday, the city is hosting a summer of events celebrating Saratoga’s rich history. And oh what a history it is. “This is such a significant anniversary,” says Maureen Lewi, co-coordinator and public information specialist for Saratoga 150. “[The Saratoga Race Course] is the oldest sports venue in the U.S.” She and her husband, Ed, began planning in May of 2010, collaborating with various Saratoga nonprofits and organizations to put together this summer’s


many happenings. “We said, ‘We need to do a community-wide celebration, not just a track celebration,’” Lewi says. “Charlie Wait, who is the president of Saratoga 150, put together a very strong group of community leaders ... and it kind of just grew and grew and grew from there.” The Saratoga Race Course was founded in 1863 by an Irish immigrant named John Morrissey, who was a champion boxer and legendary gambler, writes Brien Bouyea, communications officer of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. (He and a handful of other historians were asked to put together an ex- 17



The Hart-Agnew Act passes, prohibiting solicitation or recording of bets in a fixed place; two years later, racing would come to an end in New York State.

It’s ruled that the HartAgnew Act cannot be enforced; the track re-opens in 1913.



Saratoga Race Course is closed for financial reasons.


Saratoga Race Course opens under the ownership of Gottfried Waldbaum; things go downhill for several years.


Saratoga gets home delivery of mail!



And They’re Off! Saratoga Gets Its Start


Opening Day


Skidmore School of Arts begins operation. Before this, the school was known as the Young Women’s Industrial Club. (In 1922, the name changed again — to Skidmore College.)

Saratoga Race Course is closed as the Hart-Agnew Act is fought.


William Collins Whitney becomes president of the Saratoga Association in 1901, and is credited for significantly rejuvenating and expanding the Saratoga Race Course.


First motor car in town.


Blizzard of 1888 buries Saratoga under 50 inches of snow. This storm lasted three days and paralyzes the entire northeastern United States.


Saratoga gets telephone service.


The Saratoga Race Course is founded by Irish immigrant John Morrissey.



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Saratoga Springs is chartered. (Prior to this, Saratoga Springs was considered a village.) The charter created a commission form of government which is still in place today.


tensive timeline of the course’s history at Morrissey’s vision of entertaining people with thoroughbred racing, writes Bouyea, was realized on Aug. 3, 1863, when he launched a four-day meet at an old trotting track on Union Avenue. Twenty-four horses competed over those four days, and more than 5,000 people attended and gambled on the races. Because it was such a success, Morrissey and a few partners bought 125 acres across the street from the trotting track and built what we now know as the Saratoga Race Course. It opened officially a year later, on Aug. 2, 1864. Saratoga “prospered tremendously as a result,” writes Bouyea. Not long after the course took off, however, a movement against gambling began gaining momentum. And after Morrissey’s death in 1978, ownership and management changed hand many times. Eventually, in 1890 a group of men took over, including Senator George Hearst, great-great-grandfather of Times Union Publisher George Hearst, who presided over the track until his death in 1891. In 1892, Gottfried Walbaum took over the track. “While it was the Gay ’90s elsewhere, the final decade of the 19th century was the darkest period for racing in Saratoga Springs,” writes racing historian Mike Kane. Mismanagement of the track and rumors that the races were fixed brought controversy to the place and the seasons were shortened. For financial reasons, the course closed in 1896. Teresa Genaro, founder of, writes that the purchase of the course by Williams Collins Whitney began a period of “expansion and rejuvenation.” “Whitney became president of the Saratoga Association in 1901,” she writes, “and his name is a byword for the re-development of the historic track.” During Whitney’s tenure, according to Genaro, the track expanded to include what’s known today as the Oklahoma, and the grandstand was renovated. Private stables were built on the track’s grounds — or Clare Court, as it’s


known now; the saddling shed and backyard saddling area were all built under Whitney’s oversight. But just as business at the track began picking up again and flourishing, the Hart-Agnew Act of 1908, which prohibited gambling “in a fixed place,” brought racing to a halt. The track was closed for two years until 1912, when the law was overturned. Saratoga has prospered ever since. Ed and Maureen Lewi have loved the course since they started working as marketers for the track in 1978. Both say they were immediately enamored of Saratoga’s appreciation and respect for history and the city’s overall generous attitude toward charity and volunteerism. “[The track has] been our baby,” says Ed. “We’ve watched it grow and mature as the years went on. It’s become the most successful race track in America.” E


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So Many Events, So Little Time! a look at some of the top saratoga 150 events by brianna snyder


t’s going to be an exciting, festive four months of events this summer to celebrate Saratoga Race Course’s 150th anniversary. (See our calendar on page 22 for the full listing.) We talked to events organizers Maureen and Ed Lewi about the events they recommend for couples, arts fans, history buffs, and more. “We’ve got some great plans,” Ed says.

Here’s what you should make sure you do if you’re ...


... a family “Definitely every kid likes a parade and ice cream,” Lewi says. This summer look for the Floral Fete Promenade, during which Saratoga garden clubs dress carriages in fresh flowers, a replication of a Saratoga event of the same name in the early 1900s. Once the carriages are adequately adorned, they’ll parade down Broadway and into Congress Park, Lewi says, where they’ll be on display with antique automobiles. Kids and families can register online to join in the festivities; kids can decorate their bikes and wagons (and parents can decorate baby carriages) with fresh flowers. It all ends with free ice cream provided by Stewart’s and live music for kids. “That’ll be a fun night for families,” Lewi says. (Aug. 2, Congress Park)

... a history buff Local students at Saratoga High School put together a historical walking tour, in conjunction with Garnet River, a tech consulting firm, to make a complementary app. The app guides revelers on three different walking tours of the city: Broadway, East Side and Congress Park. (Download the app on iTunes.)


... a racing fan If you’re a big racehorse fan, be sure to check out the Hoofprints Walk of Fame, which honors 30 of the most accomplished thoroughbreds in the race track’s 150 years. “There are some very important horses here,” Lewi says. (

... a couple Tour music of different eras — starting with swing and on through the present day — at the $2 Bettors Ball. “The city center is so big; it has different ballrooms, so if you want to go dance to ’70s for an hour and then do some other era you can,” Lewi says. And: “It’s not a dress-up type thing.” (Aug. 17, Saratoga City Center)


... an arts fan Maureen Lewi recommends two events for arts fans. First? The Saratoga Arts Festival. “That encompasses all of Saratoga,” she says. “It’s the visual arts, the performing arts, it’s really one of the largest arts events.” (June 6-9, Fans of the arts also won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by — PHOTO BY LUANNE M. FERRIS/TIMES UNION ARCHIVES Keith Lockhart and premiering a specially commissioned work written for this occasion. “That’s going to be another very, very big night,” Maureen Lewi says. “All of the program pieces that night will be somehow equine-related.” (Aug. 8, at SPAC)

Turn to page 22 for our calendar of Saratoga 150 events  



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Arts National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame 191 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-0400 Tuesday, June 25 through 2015: Alfred Z. Solomon Sesquicentennial Exhibit. Highlighting 150 years of history at the Saratoga Race Course, sponsored by Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1935 Through Nov. 3, 2013: BMW, The Ultimate Driving Machine exhibit. Significant BMW cars and motorcycles from 1930s to present. Saratoga Town Hall 12 Spring St., Schuylerville (518) 629-1214 Saturday, July 13- Sunday, July 14: “And They’re Off” Garden Show, featuring almost 200 arrangement/exhibits themed to Saratoga 150. Saratoga Springs History Museum @ Canfield Casino in Congress Park (518) 584-6920 Thursday, July 11 through 2014: The People Behind the Track: The Founders of Saratoga Race Course. Throughout Saratoga Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9: SaratogaArtsFest. A four-day annual celebration of the arts, delivering the brilliance and energy of art in its many forms — music, dance, visual art, film, theater, and literary art.

Galas, Fundraisers, Auctions Fasig Tipton 14 East Ave., Saratoga Springs Saturday, July 20: Saratoga Bridges Annual Gala: The White Party (saratogabridges. org/fundraising-events/ annual-gala, 518-587-0723) Friday, Aug. 9: The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (racingmuseum. org, 518-584-0400)


Gideon Putnam 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs (866) 890-1171 Tuesday, Aug. 6: Everything Equestrian. A brunch and sale of equestrian items held by the Race Track Chaplaincy. Thursday, Aug. 22: Miss Kitty’s Saloon. Fundraiser for Anna House Early Childhood Education Center for Children of the Backstretch Workers. Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1935 Monday, Aug. 19: Annual Summer Gala. With special guests artist Frank Stella and former racecar driver Sam Posey. Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-0027 Saturday, Aug. 17: 2-Dollar Bettors’ Ball. Four live bands, food, dancing and more presented by Saratoga 150 as part of the biggest birthday party Saratoga has ever seen. Saratoga Golf and Polo Club 301 Church St., Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8121 Saturday, June 1: The Wesley Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser: A Black and White Affair ... Hollywood Style. Saturday, July 20: Old Friends at Cabin Creek Annual Kickoff Cocktail Party. Saratoga Polo Fields 2 Bloomfield Road, Greenfield Center (518) 584-8108 Monday, July 22: An Unbridled Affair: CAPTAIN Salutes Saratoga 150. Live auction of commissioned art. Tuesday, July 30: “Polo by Twilight.” The 34th Annual Palamountain Scholarship Benefit

Sports Cantina 430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 583-8340 Sunday, June 2: Cantina Kids Fun Run. 9 a.m. Fundraiser to support the Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital.

East Side Recreation 226 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs Friday, June 7: Saratoga Springs Relay for Life. Overnight relay walk to benefit American Cancer Society Saratoga Casino and Raceway 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs (518) 584-2110 Monday, Aug. 12: Monday Night Mile. Fundraiser for the programs of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

THE 99TH RUNNING of the Sanford Stakes takes place July 21. — PHOTO BY SKIP DICKSTEIN/TIMES UNION ARCHIVES

Family Fun Congress Park 315 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-6920 Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9: Revolutionary War Encampment. Saturday, June 15 Sunday, June 16: War of 1812 Encampment. Saturday, June 22-23: French and Indian War Encampment. Friday, Aug. 2: Floral Fete and Ice Cream Social. Features promenade of carriages, bikes, etc., decorated with flowers, followed by a free community ice cream social in the park. Pre-registration required. Grant Cottage Grounds 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Gansevoort (518) 364-4308 Saturday, July 6: Ulysses S. Grant, A Renowned Horseman. Portrayal of Ulysses S. Grant, music, a picnic and cakewalk.

Saratoga National Historical Park 648 Rt 32, Stillwater (518) 664-9821 Saturday, June 1: Inauguration of the Sword. On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne ceremoniously handed over his sword to American General Horatio Gates, ending the Battles of Saratoga. Saturday, July 20, Saturday, August 17: Traditional evening campfire. Sunday, August 11: 18th Century Day. Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs (518) 580-5632 Tuesday, June 11 - Sunday June, 23: The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show Friday, July 5-7: Circus Smirkus. A youth circus brought to you by the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Sunday, July 21: 99th Running of the Sanford Stakes. Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitors Center 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-3241 Sunday, June 30, Sunday, July 21, Sunday, Aug. 18: Saratoga Cakewalk. “Life and Times of Saratoga Race Course,” featuring oldfashioned Sunday amusements. Skidmore College Zankel Music Center 815 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 580-5000 Tuesday, June 11: Saratoga 150 Film Festival presents Seabiscuit. Wednesday, June 12: Saratoga 150 Film Festival presents Secretariat. Thursday, June 13: Saratoga 150 Film Festival presents Saratoga.

McMahon Thoroughbreds 180 Fitch Road, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-3429 Sunday, June 16: Sundae on the Farm. Features family farm fun, animals and rides. Saratoga County Fairgrounds 162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa  NIMALS, music and fun are plentiful at A (518) 885-9701 the Saratoga County Fair. Tuesday, July 16 - Sunday, — PHOTO BY CINDY SCHULTZ/TIMES UNION ARCHIVES July 21: Saratoga County Fair.

History and Walking Tours Cabin Creek Farm 483 Sandhill Road, Greenfield Center (518) 698-2377 Tuesday, July 23: Tuesdays at Cabin Creek Saluting Saratoga 150. Tours and talks by racing experts. Canfield Casino @ Congress Park Sunday, July 7: An Evening with a Descendant of U.S. Grant: great-great-grandson Ulysses Grant Dietz. Wednesday, Aug. 21: The History of Racing at Saratoga. Presented by award-winning author William Nack. Saratoga National Historical Park 648 Rt 32, Stillwater (518) 664-9821 Saturday, June 1: guided natural history walk. Wednesday, June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug. 14: guided evening bike tours. Throughout Saratoga Sunday, June 16, June 23, June 30: summer Sunday strolls. Presented by Saratoga Preservation Society.

Music Brookside Museum 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa (518) 885-4000 Friday, June 7: Benefit Concert Saluting Saratoga 150. By Saratoga County Historical Society Congress Park 315 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-6920 Sunday, July 7: Jazz in July. Tuesdays in August: Concerts in the Park. Downtown Saratoga Springs Friday, July 19: Hats Off Music Festival. Variety of musical acts and entertainment throughout downtown to celebrate Saratoga Race Course opening weekend. Saturday, Aug. 31: Final Stretch Music Festival. A variety of musical acts and entertainment for the whole family. Opera Saratoga 19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 215, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-6018 Sunday, July 28: Dave Brubeck Memorial Tribute Concert. With the Saratoga Choral Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the Eldar

Djangirov trio performing rare jazz choral works of Brubeck including the popular Pange Lingua variations, and the unpublished Canticles of Mary. Sundays & Tuesdays, August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20: The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival at Spa Little Theater.

Saratoga Performing BUDDY GUY performs at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. — PHOTO BY CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP

Arts Center 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-9330 Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, with David Sanborn & Bob James, McCoy Tyner Quartet, Gregory Porter, Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. Thursday, Aug. 8: The Philadelphia Orchestra. The 150th anniversary of the Race Course Concert sponsored by New York Racing Association. Wednesday, Aug. 7 Saturday, Aug. 24: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Thursday, August 8: The Philadelphia Orchestra. World Premiere of Saratoga 150 Composition.

Theater Congress Park 315 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-6920 Tuesday, July 16 - Sunday, July 28: Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespearean comedy set in Saratoga with names of local characters and horses. Downtown Saratoga Springs Thursday, July 25, Thursday, Aug. 1 : Barber Shop on Broadway. Racing City Chorus of Saratoga Springs performs. Opera Saratoga 19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 215, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-6018 Sunday, June 23 - Sunday July 7: Summer Opera Festival. Opera Saratoga salutes Saratoga 150 at the Spa Little Theater.

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s a Northern Vermont farm boy, MOMIX artistic director Moses Pendleton grew up surrounded by nature. “That’s been my aesthetic and scientific interest forever,” says Pendleton, 64, from the MOMIX offices in Litchfield County, Conn. “I’ve always been energized and influenced by the country and the natural elements.” Pendleton swims an hour a day, and walks for three or four more hours on top of that. He’ll be out tonight, carrying buckets of water into his front yard, pouring them into holes, hoping for one last night of freezing temperatures. With some luck, the water will crystallize; he’ll take his brand-new Nikon, praying on hands and knees to unlock the secrets of a marvelous, macro universe. “It’s all there, if you can train the eye and be patient and be still and let the picture come to you,” he says. “But you need to have free time. You need to unwire and de-plug.” Spring, it turns out, is the perfect time to talk to Pendleton about Botanica, a four-season-themed show coming to Saratoga Performing Arts Center August 1. Botanica translates his interest in gardening into a surreal, visual journey, one that begins in the dead of winter, working its way through the buds of spring and into summer, repeating itself in a never-ending cycle. “It has that feeling of metamorphosis and change,” Pendleton says, “and then creates images, as you would if you were Vivaldi trying to interpret the four seasons.” The work is evocative, with physical and visual imagery that creates interest in the audience’s imagination. At times, you can’t quite figure out what you’re seeing, but that’s nature. And that’s MOMIX, the theater company the dancer, choreographer, photographer, filmmaker and gardener founded in 1980, after nine years of working with the renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. When beginning any new production, Pendleton works like a sculptor or painter, with a vision that’s not fully formed and never with actual dance steps.


As a show begins to evolve into a dance, the forms and movements take on lives of their own. “That’s what you want to accomplish,” he said. “Any plant, any animal, any stone, if you look at it in a different light, will change into something feathery and birdlike, depending on the lighting. All of this has life and spirit and elements, almost the invisible forces, the fairy-land, the unknown, the dream world. Hopefully it’s not a nightmare.” Pendleton found all the inspiration he needed for Botanica — now in its third year of touring — right in his own backyard. He spends most of his time in gardens, photographing, filming and planting giant fields of sunflowers and marigolds, and occasionally he’ll invite his dancers to participate. “I try to get them to find their soul in the soil,” he says. “If I spend so much time on it, I should make some artistic use from it. Botanica is a bit of a reflection of that interest.”

OPEN YEAR ROUND! MOMIX Botanica, August 1, 8 p.m., Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, 518.584.9330,

Most audience members attend a MOMIX production without a sense of the progression from concept to show. For Pendleton, the most important element of a show’s evolution is the enthusiasm and energy needed to approach the unknown. “We really go into a child’s vision of the world, or we don’t really say how the world is but how it might be in a fantasy, which is an integral part of reality.” Of course, abstraction doesn’t always translate well to a group of dancers waiting for instructions. Pendleton starts by telling them to do something, anything. “The biggest problem with many choreographers is it’s too intellectualized,” he says. “It’s not organic. I like to come in and then be surprised by what is revealed once you give that vision to a collective, in MOMIX’s case.” A show that’s already in production, such as Botanica, often requires the director to step in and decide what is and isn’t working. Pendleton calls it “pruning.” “Now it’s without an intermission,” he says. “We’ve taken about 16 minutes out of it in three years. We’ve added and taken things out, for sure. It’s a live show.” He tells the dancers that, as with any great show, Botanica always merits further rehearsal. Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, MOMIX’s associate director, videotape and discuss every performance, regardless of where in the world it’s playing. “Just like a football game on Monday morning,” he says, “the coach watching with the team, looking at all the mistakes they’ve made. Once [the performers] know I’m watching every show that they do, no matter where they are in the world, that might be a nice bit of pressure: Big Brother is watching.” Pendleton’s system has served him well; MOMIX has several shows going out on tour in November. Botanica will run in Germany for four months, and Alchemia, a newer show, will play in Rome for three months. “It all has to be worked and cast and scheduled,” Pendleton says. “There’s a lot of nuts and bolts to running an international dance company like MOMIX, including 42 dancers and three sets of technicians. With a staff of one, it stretches us out. But it’s our work, so it’s not the time or anything. It’s the enthusiasm and energy. You’ll make it happen if you really believe in it, like anything.” E

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The Cynthia and Oliver Curme Concert Boston Symphony Orchestra Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano DVORˇ ÁK Carnival Overture PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 DVORˇ ÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Boston Symphony Orchestra Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor Gil Shaham, violin SIBELIUS Violin Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with very special guest Josh Ritter

Boston Symphony Orchestra Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano CARTER Sound Fields BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

july 29 mon, 7pm An Evening with Steve Miller Band One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band brings their classic blues-rock sound to Tanglewood.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus Piano Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

The Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert

Boston Symphony Orchestra Stéphane Denève, conductor Lars Vogt, piano Lucy Crowe, soprano Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 POULENC Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus, and orchestra

august 15 thu, 8:30pm The Carol and Joe Reich Concert

The Goat Rodeo Sessions Yo-Yo Ma, joined by bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan, as well as singer Aoife O’Donovan, creates a new kind of chamber ensemble with strong bluegrass influences.

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The George W. and Florence N. Adams Concert

Boston Pops Orchestra Keith Lockhart, conductor Michael Feinstein and Friends Program to include a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and centennial celebrations of composer Jimmy Van Heusen and lyricist Sammy Cahn. Sponsored by Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club

Boston Symphony Orchestra Charles Dutoit, conductor Lang Lang, piano Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Charles Dutoit, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello STRAVINSKY Fireworks DVORˇ ÁK Cello Concerto STRAVINKSY The Rite of Spring Sponsored by EMC Corporation

The Jean Thaxter Brett Memorial Concert

Boston Symphony Orchestra Bernard Haitink, conductor Isabelle Faust, violin Camilla Tilling, soprano MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 MAHLER Symphony No. 4

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Tanglewood on Parade The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation Concert

Tanglewood Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting, Hawthorne Tent

Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Pops Orchestra Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams, conductors BORODIN Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor GERSHWIN An American in Paris BERNSTEIN Music from On the Waterfront TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture Fireworks to follow the concert

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Boston Pops Orchestra John Williams and David Newman, conductors Audra McDonald, soprano A beloved summer tradition continues with John Williams’ Film Night. Mr. Williams and the Boston Pops will be joined by guest conductor David Newman and renowned vocalist Audra McDonald for what has become one of the signature events of the Tanglewood season.

The Great Gatsby (7/11) Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music Borodin String Quartet (7/17) Bryn Terfel & Natalia Katyukova (7/18) Paul Lewis (7/24)

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Emerson String Quartet (8/14) Boston Symphony Chamber Players (8/20) Daniil Trifonov (8/22)

august 29 thu, 8pm Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! NPR’s oddly informative weekly hour-long news quiz program is live at Tanglewood. The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced irreverent look at the week’s news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score keeper Carl Kassell.

Family Concert (8/24) Monty Alexander (8/25)

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The Art of the


the berkshire arts festival features textiles and artwork

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ichard Rothbard was tired of seeing people get rejected. This was in 1980 and he and many artists like him (he’s a woodworker) relied on arts festivals to sell, exhibit and market their work. One show in particular, the still-popular Rhinebeck Craft Fair, “was the show to do” at the time, Rothbard says. It was a juried show, where entries are judged and accepted (or rejected) by a committee. Because the show was so big, many people were turned away. So: “I opened up a show for all the rejects right across the street.,” Rothbard says. “It was a big, big hit and it launched the careers of the people who were pretty fed up” with the old system. That was the woodworker and curator’s first show. Today, with his wife Joanna, Rothbard produces as many as four arts festivals at any given time, including the Berkshire Arts Festival at Ski Butternut, which he’s been running for 12 years. His work, which he calls “boxology,” comprises wooden boxes in dozens of shapes: animals, moons, hearts, stars, even teeth, turkeys and Charlie Chaplin. Rothbard started out as a struggling actor in New York City, “crafting my version of rustic Colonial furniture and paneling for my apartment,” he says on his website. “In response to flyers posted backstage in Broadway theaters, I received small assignments — bookshelves, tables — that I made in my living room.” For years, he worked on his craft. “I wanted to be a woodworker and make a living,” he says. “But building furniture, there’s way too many challenges. ... At a point when I realized the woodworking career was something I was going to continue to pursue, I wanted to make a living at it. I figured out how to make these cool boxes and when I put them out on a table, people bought them and continued to buy them.” It was a necessary business revelation: Making furniture did not mean making money. Plus, trying to haul big, complex, wooden pieces all over the country


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from show to show wasn’t practical. Boxes, however, could be easily transported, and he was selling a lot of them. “I’m very impatient,” he says, laughing. “A piece of furniture could take days or longer to make. I can make a box in a half hour.” Rothbard’s boxes will be on display at the Berkshire Arts Festival July 4-6 and 12-14; 175 artists’ work will be featured on the first weekend and 125 artists the second weekend. “We’ve got glass blowers and potters and enough jewelry to choke any woman’s wallet,” he says. “And a lot of good clothing, nice wearables and a lot of really, really, really great painters.” Visual artists in particular are a big feature of the festival. Established painters are traveling from New York City this year, which Rothbard says is very exciting. People really love to see art, he says. And everything here is original. Artists aren’t allowed to bring in anything that’s been manufactured somewhere else. Some of this year’s artists include Camille Benjamin, who handweaves brightly colored clothes; Rusty Dorr, who fashions jackets from deerskin; Peter Handler, who custom-makes contemporary-style furniture; Michael Indorato, an abstract, conceptual painter; jeweler Steven Kolodny; basketmaker Samuel Yao; and hundreds more. “We also have some really outstanding world-class painters doing very, very large work,” Rothbard says. “We have one woman who has work that’s 10 feet by 10 feet; it’s as big as a room. And we have some really, really great glass artists and new artists coming from far away — they come from Florida; they come from Maine. Twenty-five to 30 percent of the show is all new.” It’s an exciting year for the festival, too, because for the first time they’ve added a second weekend. The fest draws hundreds of thousands people a year, for which Rothbard is grateful. It puts food on the tables of hardworking artists. “You can’t be in this business unless you have people who buy things,” Rothbard says. “The reason the show continues is because people keep coming [to it]. It’s a terrific mix.”  E


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wo thousand miles of asphalt — roughly 30 hours of driving — separate Nashville, Tenn., from Bakersfield, Calif., its country-music cousin. (Or better: its red-headed stepchild.) Musically, that distance sounds even greater. Country music produced in Nashville in the late ’50s was slick, polished, nonthreatening, easily digestible to a huge swath of listeners. The Bakersfield Sound, meanwhile, rocked a little harder, lifted more rear ends off of barstools and started more fights than its crooning, preening Tennessee rival. Son Volt’s Jay Farrar isn’t from either of those places. But on Honky Tonk, the group’s new album and the first since 2009’s American Central Dust, it’s obvious his country heart beats in Bakersfield. And the pedal steel guitar — a stringed, amplified instrument, played with a metal bar, that’s known to torture any guitarist foolhardy enough to try to play it — is what took him there. Farrar was playing the pedal steel around town, with a local band called Colonel Ford. It was trial by fire. Some of the places they played were an hour or more away. On those trips, Farrar listened to country music from the 1950s and early 1960s: Buck Owens, Lynne Stewart, Ralph Mooney’s pedal steel. He also discovered Ray Price, a ’50s honky-tonker (he veered toward Nashville in the early ’60s), whose records taught Farrar the twin-fiddle sound, featured prominently on Honky Tonk. “They really brought more of a rock ’n’ roll sensibility to country music, and that’s something that I could really identify with,” Farrar says from his home in St. Louis. When Son Volt reconvened in the studio, Brad Sarno and Mark Spencer handled the pedal steel parts, and twin fiddle duties fell to Gary Hunt and Justin Branum. Farrar and Son Volt play The Egg in Albany on June 11. While those textures sweeten many of the Honky Tonk tracks, however, Farrar was wary of going overboard. “I wanted to acknowledge that country music that I was listening to,” he says, “but through the mechanics of actually getting into the recording part of it, we realized that it’s great to acknowledge that music, but we didn’t want to feel limited by its parameters.” Some of the songs veer

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away from Bakersfield; the first song, » SON VOLTplays The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, “Hearts and Minds,” 518-473-1845. June 11, 7:30 p.m., $24, draws upon Cajun musical traditions, while “Livin’ On” conjures soul legend Solomon Burke, by way of Bob Dylan’s distorted harmonica. The last song, “Shine On,” incorporates a tremolo-soaked pedal steel. “That and the distorted harmonica were not used within the honky-tonk framework very much,” Farrar says. “It was a matter of trying different instrumentation to find what worked.” Farrar co-founded Uncle Tupelo with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in the late ’80s before leaving the group for Son Volt and a solo career. Honky Tonk, Son Volt’s seventh album, arrives on the heels of an extended period of collaboration for Farrar. He worked on One Fast Move or I’m Gone, a soundtrack to a 2009 documentary about Jack Kerouac, with Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. More recently, he teamed up with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Varnaline’s Anders Parker and Centro-matic’s Will Johnson on New Multitudes, an album of songs set to texts by Woody Guthrie. Finding the balance between collaboration and working on his own, Farrar says, is essential. “Those collaborative projects: you can learn from each one of those experiences and you’re able to push yourself in a direction that maybe you’re not used to being in,” he says. “You bring back things you learn from those experiences and then it’s time to get back to Son Volt.” Honky Tonk also follows Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs, Farrar’s book of memoirs, published earlier this year by Soft Skull Press. “I’ve never written anything but songs and extended postcards,” Farrar says. “Getting into it was like cognitive medicine for me. It was a matter of taking stock of where you’ve been, and that helps you map out where you’re going. It seemed like the right time. I think of it more in terms of folk writing. It’s something I’ve thought about for years.” E 31


Water Ways

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addling small streams is a delightful way to experience the wild, but the views are often limited by the closeness of the forest or alder thickets. So it is with the Kunjamuk River until you reach Elm Lake, where a broad mountain vista unfolds beyond a vast marsh. On a sunny day with a few puffy clouds on the horizon the scenery is about as good as it gets. To get the most out of the trip, start in the village of Speculator. Put in at a boat launch on the Sacandaga River and paddle downstream for 1.6 miles to Kunjamuk Bay, where the two rivers join forces. For a shorter trip, you could put in at Kunjamuk Bay from Route 30 south of Speculator, but you’d miss out on a delightful stretch of the Sacandaga. The Sacandaga channel is narrow at the outset, full of pickerelweed, water lilies, and friendly ducks, but it soon broadens to offer views of nearby Oak Mountain, Cave Hill, and Rift Hill as well as more distant peaks. After a half-mile, you’ll notice a dock on the left. If you feel like a walk on the way back, you can leave your boat here and follow a nature trail known as the Sacandaga Pathway. Beyond the dock, the river meanders through an expansive marsh that teems with herons, ducks, and other birdlife. As you enter Kunjamuk Bay, Speculator Mountain is due south. Turn left and paddle a few hundred feet to find the The following mouth of the Kunjamuk. article is Heading upriver, you excerpted from encounter several beaver Adirondack dams, but most of these Paddling: 60 have been breached in Great Flatwater recent years. If you’re Adventures, lucky, you’ll have to get published last out of your canoe only fall by Lost once or twice on the way Pond Press and to Elm Lake. the Adirondack The land bordering the Mountain Club. Kunjamuk is owned by a timber company, but you won’t see evidence of logging from the water. The habitat along the twisty stream varies from marsh to alders to hardwood forest. In midsummer, you’ll see a lot of cardinal flowers, turtlehead, joe-pye weed, buttonbush, pickerelweed, and pond lilies in bloom. About 1.8 miles from the mouth, you come to the first of two logging-road bridges. The mysterious Kunjamuk Cave, a local curiosity, can be found just a quarter-mile up the road. No one knows for sure who created the small cave or why. A hole in the roof lets in sunlight. To visit the cave, land your canoe at a small muddy strand on the left just beyond the bridge. Cross the bridge and head east along the road to a signpost on the left. The cave lies just a hundred feet off the road at the end of a well-worn path. continued on page 35  


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outdoors continued from page 33 Continuing the journey upstream, you pass under the second bridge in another mile or so. Soon after, you start to see views of Dug Mountain and East Mountain. The river widens as you wind through fields of pickerelweed before entering Elm Lake, about 3.7 miles from Kunjamuk Bay. Except for three small camps on the east shore, the lake is wild. A large marsh on the far end affords fantastic views not only of Dug and East, but also of more distant peaks, including Upper Pine Mountain and Mossy Mountain. For the best scenery, paddle to the head of the lake and pick up the river again. You’ll soon reach a large beaver dam, but it’s worth carrying over to see a little more of the Kunjamuk. The second impassable beaver dam is about a half-mile from the lake — a good spot to turn around. Those not put off by frequent dams can push on deeper into the marsh. If you start in Speculator, the round trip is 13 miles. If you launch in Kunjamuk Bay, the trip will be ten miles. E Phil Brown is the editor of the Adirondack Explorer, a nonprofit newsmagazine that focuses on outdoor recreation and environmental issues. For more information, visit

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camping for those who don’t want to rough it


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nterested in sleeping under the stars but not on the ground? Love a good campfire but not intrigued by cooking over one? Looking for solitude but not willing to hike for miles with a heavy pack to find it? Welcome to glamping. Short for “glamorous camping,” glamping is for the rest of us — aka those unwilling to rough it. Glamping is a way to get outdoors without leaving the comforts of home behind. Options vary from the somewhat primitive to the somewhat luxurious, and from the affordable to the expensive. Some locations even include meals, leaving glampers with nothing to do but relax and enjoy themselves. Michele Quirk and her partner, Jim Hanley, own Falls Brook Yurts near Minerva, in the central Adirondacks. The two vinyl yurts are each 20 feet in diameter and include beds and propane for cooking, heating and lighting. A Plexiglass dome on the roof of each yurt offers renters a view of the stars. “We do get people who are outdoors people and have been backpacking and camping and maybe they’ve decided they don’t want to sleep on the ground anymore,” Quirk says. “Or they’re newbies and they’ve never really camped before in the woods and they don’t want to buy all the equipment. They don’t really know what they’re doing and they just want to try it out.” Quirk says the yurts also work well for couples where one person is interested in camping and the other one isn’t. “It’s a great alternative because it’s comfortable enough for the person who really isn’t a camper but yet the other spouse gets their little niche of backcountry camping,” she says. Quirk calls the Falls Brook Yurts glamping, but “on the rustic side.” Renters use an outhouse (cleaned after every guest) and there’s no shower. They also need to bring and prepare their own food and haul their own water from the GLAMPERS frequently stay in yurts, or rounded tents.

Upstate glamping options Here are a few different places to check out if you’d like to give glamping a try.

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WILLOWEMOC WILD FOREST YURT, Livingston Manor (Sullivan County)

A yurt is a large circular tent set up on a collapsible frame. The rental yurts listed here are all built on platforms and have windows and doors; meals are not provided.; 845-439-4367

FALLS BROOK YURTS, Minerva (Essex County), 518-761-6187 Two secluded yurts require a 2/3 of a mile hike in. Propane heating, lighting and cooking. Linens not included. Gas stove top, pots and pans, but no refrigerator. Drinking water needs to be carried in or filtered from the brook. Facilities: Private, composting outhouses, no shower. Cost: $95 per night for two people; $15 each additional guest. Open year-round except for hunting season.

LOOMIS LAIR, Waterville (Oneida County); 203-676-8448 Single drive-up yurt near the Nine Mile Swamp. Bed linens provided, but not towels. Electricity, heating, air conditioning. Microwave, toaster, coffee maker, two-burner electric stove (no oven), small refrigerator, and dishes and pots and pans. Facilities: Semi-private shower and toilet facilities inside yurt. Cost: $80 per night during the week; $100 on weekends. $500 weekly. Open all year.

TOPRIDGE OVERLOOK AT ISLAND BRIDGE, Upper St. Regis Lake (Franklin County); 518-327-3470 Reachable only by boat. Electric heater and woodstove. There’s electricity and cell phone reception. Full-size refrigerator, hot plate, toaster oven and gas grill with burner in the indoor kitchen. Facilities: Hot shower and toilet facilities in separate bathhouse.

In the Catskill Forest Preserve. Bed linens provided, but not towels. Short hike to yurt from parking area. Handicapped accessible. Food cooler for storage; outdoor grill for cooking. Solar lights. Facilities: Composting toilet, shower.   Cost: $125 per night on weekends for two; $40 each additional adult. $15 for kids under 12. $700 week. Open all year.

Tent cabins A tent cabin is a canvas tent on a frame, typically built on a platform. They’re tall enough to stand up in and often have screened windows as well as a screened “fly” on the door flap.

CAMP ORENDA, Johnsburg (Warren County); 347-287-7359 Five custom-made, furnished canvas tent cabins adjoining Mill Creek. Accommodate 2 to 4 guests. Woodstoves for cooler months. Linens provided. Facilities: Double-toilet bathhouse and a heated outdoor shower. Food: All meals, including snacks and beverages, provided. Cost: $160 per night per adult; $85 for children 10 and under. 18 percent administrative fee added to all charges. Open May through mid-October.

BLUE HILLS FARM TENT BED AND BREAKFAST, Narrowsburg (Sullivan County); 845-252-3864 Single canvas tent cabin in a rural setting. Accommodates two. There’s electricity, but no phone, TV or heat. Open June-October. Linens provided. Facilities: Attached heated bathroom with oversized shower and spa jets. Food: Breakfast only; refrigerator provided. Cost: $200 per night.

Lean-tos A lean-to is a three-sided shelter with a roof that slopes in one direction. The fourth side of the structure is usually open to the outside, though it may be covered with screen or netting.

SUNDAY POND BED AND BREAKFAST, Saranac Lake; 518-891-1531 Lean-to offers screen and curtain for privacy. Two queen beds. Electricity. Facilities: Outdoor shower and toilet facilities. Food: Breakfast included; trail lunches and dinner menus are available at extra cost. Cost: $50/night double occupancy. 37


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outdoors nearby stream for cooking and drinking (the water must be boiled or treated before use). The beds have mattresses and pillows, but visitors should bring lightweight sleeping bags to sleep in, as linens are not provided. Other glamping options offer more amenities. Jane Luchsinger, owner of Blue Hills Farm Tent Bed and Breakfast, says her “very luxurious” tent cabin is located on former farmland in Narrowsburg, Sullivan County. The 16-by-20-foot tent has electricity, a queen-size bed with a Tempur-Pedic mattress and an attached heated bathroom featuring a two-person shower with spa jets. “You have a sitting area, you have a dining room table, you have everything,” Luchsinger says. “There’s [electricity], so if you wanted to sit on the loveseat or chair in the evening, you can sit and read or play a board game.” For those who want all their needs provided for, Camp Orenda in Johnsburg is all-inclusive, offering furnished tent cabins, all meals and activities. Camp Orenda’s five-canvas tent cabins and two open-air pavilions are scattered over an acre of land. Owner David Webb once worked as a chef in New York City; now the camp offers meals made with local ingredients, cooked over an open flame,

and served at a communal dinner. Webb says the camp is attractive to those who might be lacking outdoors gear but still want a wilderness experience. Tents include beds with linens, including down comforters, and wood stoves for cooler nights. “They can come in and don’t really have to worry about anything. They can bring some clothes and everything else is taken care of,” Webb says. All visitors need to focus on is getting a real taste of the outdoors. “There’s a river running right through the middle of Orenda,” says Webb, noting that some of the cabins are located on the river’s banks. “People just absolutely love it. It’s very peaceful and serene.” Best part of glamping say aficionados? Bugs hardly matter. Yurts have screened windows while tent cabins feature mesh “flys” that keep the bugs out. Animals generally aren’t a problem either, although the sound of them moving around outside may carry through the canvas wall. “You do hear animals, which is nice,” says Webb. “It gives people that feeling that, wow, we’re out there. But then they roll over in their down comforters and think, ‘This is not so bad. I can do this.’” E

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magine how different things would be if, in 1946, the village of Ridgefield, Conn., was chosen as the site for the United Nations headquarters. For reasons that defy easy explanation, this quiet, historic village was indeed among the candidates for that honor. Suffice it to say, had the plans gone through, the words “Ridgefield” and “off the beaten path” would not be used in the same sentence today. Thankfully, wiser heads prevailed and the charming, tree-filled town of Ridgefield was spared that fate. Instead, it remains one of the most fascinating, sophisticated and appealing towns in western Connecticut, filled with history, art, drama and recreational opportunities that reward any weekend getaway. For residents of upstate New York, Ridgefield should also hold a special place of honor as a guardian angel. That is, the town’s guardian angel-ship is housed inside the ≈ (ca. 1717), which was caught in the crossfire between colonials seeking independence and British troops standing in their way. This exchange took place during the Battle of Ridgefield, on April 27, 1777, when colonials led

by David Wooster and Benedict Arnold withstood an attack by a superior force of British troops who, though winning the day, ultimately lost their mojo in Ridgefield. Indeed, because of the stiffness of the resistance by the Ridgefield fighters, the British never again tried an inland offensive in western Connecticut. By simple fact of geography, this meant the Hudson River Valley was also safe from British incursions. Today, the Keeler Tavern embodies Ridgefield’s storied past and a piece of town history (a British cannonball) is embedded in a corner post of the building. The tavern was renovated as the summer residence of famed architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934), who added a spacious “Summer House” in 1915. The tavern building itself houses a museum filled with fascinating artifacts of the town’s history and material related to the life of Gilbert, whose best-known architectural works are the U.S. Supreme Court Building and Manhattan’s Woolworth Building. The museum is open on Wednesdays and on weekends, and docents sporting period costume will gladly point out the cannonball on the tour of the property. The Summer House is available for catered events and is a particularly popular site for weddings. continued on page 43   41

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off the beaten path continued from page 41 “Sophisticated” Ridgefield dates back to the Gilded Age, when wealthy Manhattanites discovered that the then-farming community’s elevated location (the “ridge” in Ridgefield is 1,000 feet above sea level) provided a perfect promontory for lavish summer residences they quaintly called “cottages.” These Victorian and colonial-revival “cottages” (read: mansions), surrounded by vast expanses of land, rivaled estates found in Newport, R.I. Two of these estates eventually became state parks — Outpost Farm, now part of Bennett’s Pond State Park, a popular destination for hikers; and “Twixthills,” now Seth Low Pierrepont State Park, popular with fishers and boaters (Lake Naraneka is on the property). Pierrepont, a U.S. diplomat in Lisbon and Paris, gave the property to the state on his death in 1956, sparing it the subdivided fate of so many of the contemporaneous estates in Ridgefield. Another prominent family and estate is responsible for the only National Park Service site in the entire state of Connecticut — Weir Farm National Historic Site. Julien Alden Weir (1852-1919) was responsible for the only National Park Service



off the beaten path site in the entire state of Connecticut — Weir Farm National Historic Site. Julien Alden Weir (1852-1919) was an American Impressionist painter who consorted with other more renowned artists such as Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder and John Twachtman. Two more generations of artists were inspired by the farm, which was inherited by Weir’s daughter, Dorothy, also a painter, and her husband, the sculptor Mahonri Young (1877-1957), followed by Sperry and Doris Andrews, both painters, who tirelessly worked to preserve the farm for perpetuity. The artistic legacy of the family, as well as the rural spirit of the place that inspired them, has been preserved at the 30-acre site, which is also home to Weir Farm Art Center and a gallery. It is the only National Park site dedicated to American painting, a companion to the only other National Park site dedicated to the arts, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H., devoted to the work of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Works by Weir and by other artists that were painted at, or inspired by, Weir Farm are on view in

the former Weir house, currently undergoing extensive renovations. A visitor center remains open as do the 60 acres of grounds that include lovely Weir Pond, the inspiration for generations of American artists. Yet another distinguished former town resident is responsible for Ridgefield’s real hidden jewel, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Larry Aldrich (1906-2001), was a renowned Manhattan fashion designer and art collector who kept a summer residence in Ridgefield. A great benefactor to the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Aldrich had amassed enough contemporary art in his own collection to open a small museum in Ridgefield. Initially called the Larry Aldrich Museum, it was opened in 1964 and housed in “Old Hundred,” a stately 18th-century building on Main Street. From its inception, the Aldrich exhibited only contemporary art. Since that time, the museum has become one of the essential venues for emerging artists in BALLPOINT ILLUSTRATION by Russell Crotty, on view at the Aldrich Museum. PHOTO BY CHAD KLEITSCH

if you go … Eat Here: BERNARD’S,20 West Lane, Ridgefield, 203-438-8282. Housed in a former inn (ca. 1875), this top-notch French restaurant and wine bar was opened in 2000 by the husband-and-wife team Bernard and Sarah Bouissou, both of whom are chefs of renown. LUC’S CAFÉ,3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield, 203-894-8522, This is another French restaurant, with a more relaxed neighborhood-bistro feel. Owner Hervé Aussavis grew up outside of Paris before coming to America, where he opened three successful cafes in Manhattan and then moved to Ridgefield with his family in 2001. Lunch and dinner is served daily, featuring les plats du jour and some signature dishes. DIMITRI’S DINER,16 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, 203-438-5338, dimitrisdiner. com. Equally relaxed and welcoming is this family-owned Greek diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served (Dmitri’s is open 7 a.m. to midnight).


Stay Here: WEST LANE INN,23 West Lane, Ridgefield, 203-438-7323, Built in 1849, this sizable 18-room country inn is the logical choice if you want to stay in the town’s historic district (especially now that Elms Inn, the town’s oldest continuously operated business is being transformed into condominium units). This has the added bonus of being neighbors with Bernard’s restaurant. GREEN ROCKS INN,415 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, 203-894-8944, An eco-friendly bed and breakfast located just over a mile away from the center of town. Rooms each have organic bedding, organic towels and “eco-yoga mats,” according to the Green Rocks website.

Do This BENNETT’S POND STATE PARK:Located on Bennett’s Farm Road, off Route 7, this 460-acre park has numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty. Serious hikers use the park as a jumping-off point to Ives Trail, which leads through Pine Mountain State Forest and into the city of Danbury. For more information, call 860-424-3200

America and a leader in innovative arts education. In 2004, the museum expanded into a handsome, airy and light-filled modern addition large enough to host several exhibitions simultaneously, as well as contoured grounds spacious enough for major outdoor sculpture displays. This summer and fall, the Aldrich will play host to several slightly quirky new exhibitions, including Robert Longo’s The Capitol Project; Amelie Chabannes’ Double Portraits and a Fourth Hand; Dan Miller and Judith Scott’s Creative Growth; and Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, which includes (yes) works drawn with ballpoint ink pens by the likes of Alberto Giacometti, Dawn Clements, Russell Crotty, Jan Fabre, Il Lee and others. All of these exhibitions are on view until August 25. For more details about the visions of these artists, see Arts of a different sort are served at the Ridgefield Playhouse, which hosts a unique blend of cinema, live music and theatrics. The Cass Gilbert, Jr.-designed concert hall was brought back to life in recent years, replete with a lobbyfilling mural depicting scenes from Ridgefield’s history. Among the artists who’ve graced the newly refurbished stage are Diana Krall, Gregg Allman, Brian Wilson, Joan Baez, Michael Feinstein, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, Ira Glass and Stephen Sondheim. Coming in the next few months are Lucy Arnaz, Bruce Hornsby, the Bacon Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Rita Rudner. Getting back to that story about the United Nations. The true story is that a Downton Abbey-sized home called Sunset Hall, built in 1912 by former U.S. ambassador James Stokes, was eyeballed by officials of the UN, largely because of its 110-acre estate. Though they decided against the site, rumor has it that you can see the UN Building and the Manhattan skyline from the “widow’s walk” at the top of Sunset Hall’s main residence. For many years afterwards, the hall served as a home for novitiates for Catholic priests and then, in 1967, was purchased by the actor Robert Vaughan (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). E

The art and science of an extraordinary material June 15 – October 26 SETH LOW PIERREPONT STATE PARK:Located on Barlow Mountain Road, this 313-acre park offers hiking trails, fishing, and boating opportunities. There are five different blazed trails, including one around the south end of Lake Naraneka (Pierrepont Pond). The white trail traverses the edges of the lake and climbs to the park’s highest promontory, returning to the parking area. Unmotorized boating is permitted in the lake, as is fishing (with a state fishing license). For more information, call 860-424-3200 or, toll free, 866-287-2757. WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE,735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton-Ridgefield, 203-761-9945, THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM,258 Main Street, Ridgefield, 203-438-4519, RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE,80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, 203-438-5795, RIDGEFIELD GOLF COURSE,545 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, 203-748-7008. This 18-hole course, designed by George and Tom Fazio, opened in 1974. For a hole-by-hole view, visit

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hat better time of year than summer for a little romance revival? No need to complicate or overthink it. Adding a little spice can often be as simple as a break in the routine. Dinner dates will always have their place in the dating realm. But whether you’re in the budding phase of early romance or closing in on a golden anniversary, you’ll be able to appreciate the merits of the breakfast date. Not only does it offer a glimpse into the other half of a restaurant’s menu, but you’ll have the entire day ahead of you just waiting to be discovered. Here are some spots in the region worth checking out.

Albany   The main course: CAFE MADISON 1108 Madison Ave., Albany (518) 935-1094 Cafe Madison is known for putting an imaginative spin on the traditional. Witness the King Slayer Benedict: spicy shrimp with peppers and onions over chorizo sausage, and black bean bread pudding topped with two poached eggs and a drizzling of peppery cheese sauce. Or the Pecan-Pear-Bacon-Date Crepe. Or the Brie and Vegetable Frittata. You get the picture. The afterglow: NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM 260 Madison Ave., Albany (518) 474-5877 Après-brunch is the perfect time to test the theory of Albany being one of the country’s most underrated walking cities. Nearby are Lark Street, Washington Park, and the Empire State Plaza. Or venture down to the river for some cardio at the Corning Preserve. And if it’s a sweltering (or rainy) day, beat the heat at the New York State Museum.

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The main course: PERIGEE RESTAURANT 1575 Pleasant St. (Route 102) Lee, Mass. (413) 394-4047 Perigee has become a favorite of the Berkshire brunch crowd because of the romantic ambiance of the 17th-century brick edifice that once served as a post office and general store. Brunch features $3 bloody marys and mimosas, and dishes such as Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Lump Crab Quiche, Chocolate-Stuffed Challah French Toast with Whipped Cream, and Vegan Enchiladas. PERIGEE RESTAURANT in Lee, Mass. — PHOTO BY GREG NESBIT PHOTOGRAPHY



The afterglow: THE NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 Route 183 (Glendale Road) Stockbridge, Mass. (413) 298-4100 Perigee is just down the road from the Berkshire Theatre Group, and nearby is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on Route 20 with its free “Inside Out at the Pillow” performances. The picture-perfect walking village of Stockbridge is noted for The Norman Rockwell Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of Rockwell’s most famous paintings and sketches. The museum also features traveling exhibitions, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (June 8 - Oct. 27) which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Disney animated classic.


Hudson Valley   The main course: CAFE LE PERCHE 230 Warren St., Hudson (518) 822-1850 Inspired by the Le Perche region of France, this decadent boulangerie will leave you sated and possibly toting a loaf or two of their crusty baguettes for the road. Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches, Pain au Chocolat, Ham and Gruyere Omelet, Spiced Brioche French Toast, and the Roasted Mushroom Tartine bear an elegant touch.

The afterglow: TIME AND SPACE LIMITED 434 Columbia St., Hudson (518) 822-8448 You could walk off the meal browsing through the antique stores and home decor emporiums on Warren Street, or catch a live broadcast performance from London’s West End with Dame Helen Mirren reprising her Oscar-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. Time and Space Limited will broadcast The Audience with 1 p.m. Sunday performances through June.

Lake George The main course: SUTTON’S COUNTRY CAFE 1066 Route 9N, Queensbury (518) 798-1188 With an on-premises bakery, it’s no surprise that Sutton’s breakfast reputation centers on cider donuts and cinnamon-raisin-bread french toast. But it’s their stuffed french toast (whipped strawberry cream cheese between two thick pieces of french toast and topped with strawberries and powdered sugar) that gets the most buzz.

The afterglow: LAKE GEORGE STEAMBOAT COMPANY 57 Beach Rd., Lake George (518) 668-5777 At Lake George, during peak season, the options are many. The Great Escape is a stone’s throw from Sutton’s, as are the Factory Outlets of Lake George. And then there’s the lake itself, with parasailing, swimming, or a zip across the waters in a rented jet ski. But probably the most majestic way to experience Lake George is aboard The Lake George Steamboat Compan’s Mohican. The century-old steamship travels north past Bolton Landing to some of the lake’s most unspoiled coves. continued on page 49  

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The main course: MAX LONDON’S 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 587-3535 As if the Fontina-stuffed Breakfast Calzone, Pulled Pork Hash, Blue Corn Buttermilk Pancakes, and Ranchero Pizza topped with an egg from American Masala Farm in Hebron weren’t enticing enough, consider the dessert menu. It’s all derived from Max’s mother, Wendy, at Mrs. London’s Bakery and Cafe next door.

The afterglow: THE ROOSEVELT BATHS AND SPA Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs (800) 452-7275 Ext. 4 There’s plenty to do this time of year: a visit to Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum, a few hours of people-watching at the track, or an afternoon spent at the Spa State Park — an underrated jewel where you can golf, stroll, or cycle through the scenery. If you’re in the mood for R&R, slather on the sunscreen for a swim in the Victoria Pool or “take the cure” at The Roosevelt Spa’s mineral baths.

Washington County/Southern Vermont The main course: RATHBUN’S SUGAR HOUSE 1208 Hatch Hill Rd., Whitehall, N.Y. (518) 642-1799 Rathbun’s Sugar House may not exude romantic ambiance, but it’s the abundance of homemade maple syrup and mouth-watering pancakes that have put this remote breakfast spot on the map since the early ‘60s. During the summer, pancakes and Belgian waffles are topped with berries from nearby farms. The afterglow: THE SOUTHERN VERMONT ARTS CENTER 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive (West Road), Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1405 Manchester, Vt., is about 20 miles east of Rathbun’s. There you’ll find dozens of factory outlets, and the venerable Northshire Bookstore. There’s also the world-class gallery space of The Southern Vermont Arts Center with nationally recognized traveling exhibitions, and a permanent collection of 800 works of 19th- and 20th-century art.


  Woodstock The main course: ORIOLE 9 17 Tinker St.. Woodstock, N.Y. (845) 679-5763 This funky village cafe has its own organic farm and is certified by the Green Restaurant Association as an environmentally responsible restaurant. The socially conscious clientele favor unusual items such as Bread and Butter Pudding (made with croissants) with Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup, Heart of Palm Salad,

French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Coulis, and Baked Eggs with Smoked Ham. The afterglow: OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN Aside from the main street where unique shopping abounds, Woodstock has Overlook Mountain. Work off your bread pudding with a hike up to its 3,000-foot summit. Overlook is the southernmost peak of the Catskill Escarpment and has one of the Catskills’ five remaining fire towers, as well as ruins of the Overlook Mountain House, a hotel built in 1871. 49

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or 11 summers, Sam Grossman has been heralding the start of each thoroughbred race at Saratoga Race Course. If you’re a fan of the track, you’ve probably seen the official bugler for the New York Racing Association clad in a red and white fox-hunting uniform, standing deadcenter in the winner’s circle as he trumpets the U.S. Army’s “Call to the Post,” while the horses take their places at the starting gate. Grossman lives in Long Island and works at Aqueduct and Belmont for most of the year. He describes the six weeks spent in the Spa City each summer as an intoxicating mix of work and play. “I love coming to Saratoga each year and seeing all the pretty women in their beautiful dresses,” he says. “It’s like a step back in time, with men wearing seersucker suits and the women in their elegant hats. What I love about Saratoga is that the people are all in a great mood, whether they’re winning or losing. They wait all year to have good times in Saratoga Springs, and there’s no other track like it. When I bring friends here for the first time, their eyes bug out because of the amazing scenery.” After hours, Grossman, who holds music degrees from the University of Miami and C.W. Post College, can be found with his trumpet, putting his own smoothly rendered spin on jazz and blues standards at Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille on High Rock Street. “I get asked all the time if I can play more than just the ‘Call to the Post,’” he says. “Of course I can!” During his off-season downtime, Grossman’s favorite retreat from the chilly, gray climate of the Northeast is a visit to San Antonio, Texas, where he’ll spend a week soaking in the sun, Tex-Mex cuisine, and the down-home friendliness of the locals.


The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza (210) 225-1391 “They say everything’s bigger in Texas,” Grossman says. “Well, this isn’t.” The stucco building is known for being where a band of Texans held out for 13 days against the Centralist Army. “It’s a much smaller structure than what you’d expect, but still a must-see when visiting. It’s also right near the River Walk.” A MEMORABLE MARGARITA

La Fonda 2415 N Main Ave. (210) 733-0621 “Every restaurant has a happy hour every day in San Antonio; La Fonda is a lot of fun,” says Grossman of the city’s Tex-Mex institution, which

opened in 1932. “Juan, the bartender, will tell you it’s his birthday every time you go in because he wants a better tip. He also makes one hell of a margarita. ... Two of those and you’re halfway to the moon.” GETTING IN THE TEXAS SPIRIT

The San Antonio Rodeo AT&T Center 1 AT&T Center Parkway (210) 225-5851 Grossman says there’s nothing quite like an evening of steer wrestling and bare-back riding to help him jump feet-first into the Texas spirit. “It’s a different culture. The people are very passionate about things like wearing cowboy boots and country music. And the women are gorgeous, whether I’m at the rodeo or in the airport,” he says. “There’s a headturner every few minutes.”


A Spurs Game AT&T Center 1 AT&T Center Parkway (210) 444-5000 “It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m in town. The spirit of the Spurs’ fans is amazing,” says Grossman. “And it’s not unusual to see the players at restaurants around town. They’re just down-to-earth, regular guys.” A MEAL WITH MEDITERRANEAN FLAIR

Paesanos Riverwalk 111 W. Crockett St. (210) 227-2782 “It’s great Italian food,” says Grossman, who’s particularly fond of the Shrimp Paesano with Garlic Butter, and the Cheese Tortellini with Bolognese Sauce.

“I grew up in the New York City area where people are pretty rough around the edges,” he says. “The first time I went out for Mexican food in San Antonio, an elderly lady sat down next to me and began talking to me. I must have looked stunned because she smiled and said, ‘It’s all right honey, you’re in God’s country. ... We’re nice here.’” E

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