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A S E A S O N A L G U I D E TO T H E M I D - H U D S O N VA L L E Y

BEAUTIFUL BRUNCH A guide to the most civilized of meals

SEEING GHOSTS The Hudson Valley’s haunted locales

36 HOURS IN RHINEBECK Where to eat, stay, shop, and play

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Letter from

Michael Smith

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he Hudson Valley region is charming in all seasons, but many would argue that autumn and winter are its most beautiful. In autumn, our vibrant fall colors are everywhere, surrounding you in dazzling reds and golds as the region transitions to snow-blanketed winter. Fall is a time to celebrate the harvest, and our farms, orchards, vineyards and wineries are must-see destinations. This is a delicious season to sample the region’s bounty and enjoy the farm-to-table character of the Hudson Valley’s renowned cuisine. We’ll give you an insider’s glimpse into some of our area’s tastiest and best-kept secrets with an overview of enticing brunch options on page 20. The crisp autumn weather is also ideal for outdoor recreation, antiquing, bird watching or just about anything that strikes your fancy. There is no better time to stroll, hike or climb our region’s world-renowned trails while soaking up the scenic beauty of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson Highlands and the Shawangunk Ridge (read more on page 14), or become bewitched by the Valley’s famously haunted history (page 6). Winter in the Valley has plenty to offer, as well. Spend a long winter night beside the fire in one of our many romantic lodges or bed and breakfasts, followed by a quiet winter’s morning walk through the quaint towns and trails of the Hudson Valley. Winter is a great time to visit the Valley for workshops and seminars (read more on page 22) and go green in some of the area’s eco-friendly B&Bs, lodges, and inns (page 24). Even with our region’s cold winter temper-

atures, there’s still plenty for families to see and do. Plan your weekend in the historic village of Rhinebeck with our 36-hour itinerary on page 28. For the outdoorsy type, we’re an excellent jumping off point for Hunter and Belleayre mountains and the Catskill ski region, and we’ve got some of the area’s best cross-county skiing right on the Shawangunk Ridge. This is just some of the good stuff Hudson Valley residents enjoy every day throughout the autumn and winter. Sojourn can help you find the good stuff, too. The Chamber is proud to serve as a resource to visitors to our region, providing literature, tips and advice year-round in our Visitor Center and through our popular website, www.newpaltzchamber.org. We hope you stop in to see us at 257 Main Street in New Paltz, or drop us a line through the Contact Us section of our website. Sincerely,

Michael Smith, President, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

On the cover: The brunch plate at Mohonk Mountain House. Jim Smith Photography

Sojourn is published twice yearly by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Publishing services provided by Luminary Publishing, publishers of Chronogram. Luminary Publishing: 845-334-8600; www.info.chronogram.com. Information in this publication was carefully compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. However, the New Paltz Regional Chamber cannot guarantee the correctness of all information provided herein. Readers noting inaccurate information should contact the Chamber with corrections and updates. © 2012 New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce is strictly prohibited. The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at 257 Main Street, New Paltz, NY, 12561. 845-255-0243. Fax: 845-255-5189.

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FALL 2012 / WINTER 2013 CONTENTS

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EAT

BEAUTIFUL BRUNCH

The most civilized of meals, brunch is neither breakfast nor lunch but a wondrous mix of the two—with cocktails! A guide to some of the region’s notable brunch spots. Above: The Lobster Chorizo Frittata from the Tavern at Diamond Mills.

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HISTORY Seeing

Ghosts

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LODGING Lay Down in Green Minimize your carbon footprint on vacation with these eco-friendly accomodations.

Part of the region’s rich history lies in the paranormal. We visit some of the Valley’s supposedly haunted locales.

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F ESTIVALS

36 Hours in Rhinebeck

Fall/Winter Taste of New Paltz, Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Woodstock Film Fest, Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain, New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, and more.

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Trekking the Valley Four hikes to get you out and walking: Mount Beacon, Schunemunk Mountain, Smiley Fire Tower, and Mount Tremper.

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L EARNING The Smarter

Souvenir

How about a learning vacation? The region is home to many schools and centers for continuing education, from cooking to the fine arts and beyond.

One of Dutchess County’s most charming hamlets has enough to do to keep you and the family entertained all weekend.

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EVENTS Fall/ Winter Exceptional happenings in the region this fall and winter: Taste of the Hudson Valley, Headless Horseman Hayrides, Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest.

35 Information Resources for your visit to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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22nd Annual Taste of New Paltz Sunday, September 16, 2012, 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.; Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz Taste of New Paltz is one of the Hudson Valley’s finest outdoor food festivals, celebrating the region’s renowned restaurants, farm markets and wineries. The Taste offers culinary delights to satisfy any palate; the adventurous gourmet, the elite epicurean and the family-oriented traditional diner will all find what they seek among the Taste’s tents, where more than two dozen local restaurants, farm markets and wineries offer generously portioned samples of their finest fare. This year’s event will feature everything from fresh, inventive Italian and satisfying Contemporary and Eclectic American cuisine to sweet indulgences and pub-style comfort food, distinctive Caribbean flavor, passionate Global Fusion, sushi and Japanese favorites, and sophisticated Continental cuisine. Locally grown herbs, vegetables and fruit put our region’s seasonal bounty on display and, of course, no Taste is complete without the chance to sample some of the area’s famous pizza offerings. While food and wine are the main focus of the event, the Taste also offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Take a break from tasting to check out the Antiques Expo for a wonderful variety of antique and vintage items from some of the area’s best-respected dealers, the Artistic Taste for paintings, drawings and photography by regional artists, the Craft Expo for three-dimensional work in ceramics, metal, wood, paper, glass and more, and the Country Store for scrumptious pre-packaged local comestibles. Connect with dozens of local businesses and organizations in the Business Expo, get health and relaxation info and demonstrations in the Wellness and Recreation Expo, and enjoy live music all day by Peter Morrison, Bernstein Bard Trio and Big Joe Fitz. Visit the Kids Expo for face painting, rides, demonstrations and giveaways. Antique motorcycles, classic cars and vintage Bluebird Motor Homes will also be on display. Come and enjoy the Taste and be a part of a decades-long Hudson Valley tradition! All gate proceeds benefit the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, its members and community programs. Proud sponsors of the 2012 Taste of New Paltz are: The Kempner Corporation (Gold Sponsor); Gentech LTD (T-Shirt Sponsor); CDPHP (Special Event Sponsor); Chronogram magazine, Hudson Valley magazine, Mix 97.7, Generation Monthly magazine (Media Sponsors); Hampton Inn - Kingston (Business Expo Building Sponsor). For more information about these or other Chamber events, including Visitor Center hours of operation, call 845-255-0243 or e-mail info@newpaltzchamber.org.

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LEADING PARTNER COBESO, Inc. ASSOCIATE PARTNER Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Ulster Savings

The programs and services of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce are made possible, in part, by the generous support of its members at the Corporate Partnership level. We deeply appreciate their loyal support.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS Empire State Bank Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Health Quest Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union KIC Chemicals Luminary Publishing Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC M&T Bank Ulster Savings Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, LLP, CPAs

THANK YOU ALSO THE CHAMBER’S 750 PROJECT FOUNDING MEMBERS: Water Street Market, C2G Environmental Consultants, Catskill Hudson Bank, Empire State Bank, Jackson Lewis LLP, Luminary Publishing, Mohonk Mountain House, Rocking Horse Ranch, Win Morrison Realty, Fox & Hound Wine and Spirits, McGillicuddy’s Restaurant & Tap House, PDQ Business Printers, Ulster Savings Bank, Hurds Family Farm, Apple Hill Farm, Wright’s Farm, Minard Farms, and Tantillo’s Farm Market

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1st Vice Chair Frank Curcio

Bank of America 2nd Vice Chair Mindi Haynes Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell LLP, CPAs Secretary Connie Harkin Ulster Savings Treasurer Kay Hoiby Freefall Express, Inc. Legal Counsel James Yastion Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC Past Chair Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Edwards Fox & Hound Wine and Spirits Lydia FitzGerald Charmed Places Michael Frayler Austin Ryan Optika Richard Heyl de Ortiz Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Barry Henck Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Glen F. Kubista Glen F. Kubista & Associates Walter Marquez Water Street Market Dr. David Ness Performance Sports and Wellness Craig Shankles PDQ Business Printers Glenn Sutherland Catskill Hudson Bank Susan Van De Bogart St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Sue Van Voorhis M&T Bank Emeritus Members

Robert Leduc Mohonk Mountain House Rick Lewis Riverside Bank Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz Board ofFICERS

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Chair Sue VanVoorhis M&T Bank Secretary Teresa Thompson Main Street Bistro Treasurer Michael A. Smith New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Past Chair Kathy Ferrusi, Hudson Vallley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors

Joanne Fredenberg Marsha Jones New York Life Joyce Minard Cathy Sifre Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

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history

SEEING

GHOSTS

A History of Hudson Valley Hauntings By Anne Pyburn

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t’s common knowledge that Ulster County and the Hudson Valley are steeped in some of the oldest written history to be found in the United States. Here the Revolution blazed and New York’s constitution was written, and a freed slave named Sojourner Truth won her son back, to name but three of the most famous dramas enacted.

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Opposite: The Abraham Hasbrouk House on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz.

The Huguenot Street hauntings, as well as those at the nearby Rock and Rye Tavern ( formerly the Locust Tree Inn), are featured in the first edition of Hudson Valley Hauntings, a guidebook produced by a onetime research scientist, Linda Zimmerman, who has found her bliss exploring and documenting Hudson Valley spook tales. “We live in a very haunted area,” she confirms. “It’s a lot more prevalent than I initially imagined. At first I wondered where I’d get enough for a book. A dozen books later...” Speaking of books, the Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz was the site of an unexplained sighting of an amorphous specter in 2007. The odd blob, captured on security cameras, became an overnight YouTube sensation generating over 300,000 views and never has been explained. The old library continues to be an anchor of the community. Zimmerman offers advice for those who’d like to experience a haunting first hand. “Be open minded, but keep a dash of healthy skepticism,” she says. “Some people wouldn’t know it if a ghost sat down in their lap. Others see a ghost in every shadow. A middle ground is best—be observant. Be quiet and still, and minimize your distractions—don’t be chattering up a storm. Listen for footsteps, doors closing—the sounds of people just going about their business. Those are more common than full body apparitions.”

A moment’s thought about the conflict and passion and tragedy inherent in those four centuries of history will lead one to understand that naturally (or supernaturally!) such a region would be positively infested with ghosts, whether one believes them to be spirits of the restless deceased, leftover snippets of emotional energy, or simple folktales woven by the credulous or cynical to frighten or entice. Sure enough, along with the many abundant signs of history that are more easily verified and socially accepted, we’ve got ghosts up the yin yang. Once you start to talk about it with folks, you begin to wonder if anywhere around here isn’t haunted. “Of course!” says the proprietor of one upscale hotel, who asks not to be named—he’d rather the place be famous for other qualities. “When I was first spending nights here, I heard things all the time. I finally just introduced myself. I said, ‘Hi, I’m ____, the new innkeeper, I jut want to take good care of things,’ and I think it satisfied them. They haven’t bothered me since, or any of the guests.” Not everyone considers their haunts a private matter. The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, for example, has taken the opposite approach and markets its Class A rating among spook hunters with enormous flair. It seems only logical that a “The Spirits are Inn,” boasts its sloneighborhood that’s managed gan of the 40 or so ghosts in resito retain its houses longer dence. Paranormal investigation than any other street in the US nights are Shanley’s stock in trade; might have retained a few lost the spirits and the current managesouls as well. ment seem to be collaborating to show guests a good time, in keeping Not every haunting is so benign that a comwith the Shanley family tradition. (James Shanmunity Halloween tradition results, as has deley, an Irishman born on Halloween, ran a hostelveloped at Huguenot Street and at the Shanley ry that welcomed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt Hotel. “Ghosts are fun to visit, but you wouldn’t and Thomas Edison right alongside the working want to live with one,” says Zimmerman. “I’ve folk of southwestern Ulster County.) “The spirits worked on cases where people have been drivhere are very active, and want to see the hotel en out of their homes by spirits with attitude. succeed,” remarks current management on the Death doesn’t automatically improve the perhotel’s website. “Many are still the ‘good old boys’ sonality. Somebody who tries to take advantage and like to have fun. The ladies love to tease as all of their life is not going to become a sweetwell and sometimes play practical jokes.” heart just because they’ve passed on.” Napanoch is a quiet and unassuming place, A noteworthy and picturesque Kingston where you might well expect spirits to roam unhaunting exists at the Rondout lighthouse, where disturbed. But even bustling New Paltz, with the young widow of a drowned lighthouse keepits constant infusions of new young life, is not er supposedly still awaits his return. Whether without hauntings.
 The best known, naturalor not Catherine Murdoch is still around, you ly enough, are on Huguenot Street. It seems can hear the inspiring and dramatic story of her only logical that a neighborhood that’s managed tenure as lighthouse keeper after her husband’s to retain its houses longer than any other street death and see the meticulously restored lightin the US might have retained a few lost souls house for yourself on a tour that fits fabulousas well, and this is famously the case. The Abraly with exploring the Maritime Museum and the ham Hasbrouck House, for example, seems to be overall Kingston waterfront. favored by the unsettling appearance of a man Zimmerman is far from the first to note carrying an axe and trailed by a ghostly dog. that we live in haunted hills here. A tantalizThe nearby Dubois House is home to a headless ing New York Times abstract dated July of 1878 woman in a brown dress. SOJOURN FALL 2012/WINTER 2013 7


The “Spirits are Inn” at the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, famous for its paranormal visitations.

is titled “Old Man Rose’s Ghost.; The Apparition That Is Startling a Remote Neighborhood In Ulster County,” and begins “Ulster County seems to be a favored neighborhood for ghostly visitations, and other things of a marvelous nature. The widespread excitement last Winter regarding the Dunn dwelling, which for a long while was believed by many credulous persons to be haunted, has already been followed by another similar sensation.” The name Dunn is still prominent in the Kerhonkson area, where the article is datelined. Perhaps the reason spirits are so comfy here is because while we may find them startling, there is a matter-of-fact tone that prevails. “When Dietrich [Werner] and I took over the property of the AJ Snyder Estate,” says Gayle Grunewald of the Century House Historic Society in Rosendale, “it was written into the required disclosure agreement that there were two ladies dressed in gray who showed up on the lawns sometimes. People have seen them. One time, a visitor was snacking on the lawn and a loaf of bread rose off the table. They never bother us, we never bother them.” It would seem, then, that if you’d like to see a ghost, you’re in the right place. You needn’t dis8

pense with your rationality, either; most of the haunted natives haven’t. “There’s absolutely no reason not to be as rational as possible about this,” says Zimmerman. “Some of the best people I know who are into it are highly educated and didn’t believe a thing until the evidence just grew too great. And just like any other situation, you never know what to expect—every case is different. I have run into some who were exaggerating stories for attention, and there was one poor woman whose electrical outlets were improperly wired and she was experiencing weird stuff. I told her, ‘You don’t need an exorcist, you need an electrician.”

haunted EVENTS Haunted Scavenger Hunt for Kids and Families On October 27 from 2-4pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host a history-based scavenger hunt. Sleuths will receive the first clue at the DuBois Visitor Center and there will also be music, a paper craft activity table, and refreshments. www.huguenotstreet.org Graveyard Tour at St. James Church in Hyde Park Through November 3, lantern-led tours of the graveyard of FDR’s church with actors in costume. www.stjameshistoricgraveyardtours.com

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FALL WINTER

FESTIVALS By JENNIFER GUTMAN

Above: Moxie Cupcake at Taste of New Paltz

Taste of New Paltz September 16 Sample the best from local restaurants, farm markets, and wineries including Neko Sushi, Moxie Cupcake, Tantillo’s Farm Market, and Mohonk Mountain House. While savoring the tastes, mingle about the Antiques, Fine Art, Business, Craft, and Wellness Expos and enjoy live music from Peter Morrison, the Bernstein Bard Trio, and Big Joe Fitz. The event’s 22nd year will be held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds from 11am to 5pm, raine or shine. Proceeds benefit the New Paltz Chamber of Regional Commerce and its community projects. Admission is $7; kids under 12 get in free. Newpaltzchamber.org

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Hudson Valley Garlic Festival September 29-30 Silverskin, artichoke, porcelain, and purple stripe—this festival celebrates garlic in all of its varieties. In addition to garlic-based dishes and treats, there will be presentations from chefs and lecturers including experimental garlic farmer Ted Maczka, Kevin Archer of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, the acclaimed chef Ric Orlando, and co-founder of the Garlic Seed Foundation David Stern. Entertainment throughout the weekend includes music by the Mojo Myles Band and Mark Rust, and performances by the One World Puppetry and Performance Act and Morris dancers. Local organizations like the Saugerties Art Lab and Teachers Association will help out in the children’s craft tent with pumpkin decorating and face painting, and a climbing wall will be set up for older children. Tickets purchased in advance, $7, at the gate, $10 per day. Hvgf.org

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Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty October 6 Organizations and individuals raising money for charitable causes in the Hudson Valley will run each section of this multi-function event held at Cluett Schantz Memorial Park in Milton. Events and activities include a talent contest, zumba, a magic act with Jim Perry, Anita-Jeans Dance Theater, drills and a scrimmage hosted by the Marlboro United Soccer Club, and Marlboro Youth Basketball pick-up games. Hudson Valley farmfresh bounty will be incorporated in some of the dishes from this year’s restaurants and bakers, like Kirky’s Deli and Henry’s Farm to Table in Milton. A farmers’ market will offer local wine, produce, cheese, meats, honey, maple syrup, and more. A grand finale of fireworks celebrates the money raised throughout the day to keep the Hudson Valley’s Bounty alive and thriving. 10am-4pm. Hvbountyfestival.com

Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain.

Wine Festival at Bethel Woods October 6 The second annual festival at the Bethel Woods Market Sheds will host 20 wineries from the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions whose products will be available for tastings and sale. Speciality food, cheese, and craft vendors will also be available, as well as live musical performances throughout the day. Formaggio Cheese, the sponsor of the Wine Festival, will be introducing a new product line for sampling and purchasing. Tasting fee with complimentary wine glass is $15, general admission, including designated drivers, is $5. 11am-4pm. Bethelwoodscenter.org

Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain October 6-7 Get out your Lederhosen, dirndls, and bier steins for an authentic German. Enjoy traditional German foods, like knackwurst and bratwurst, and beer, like Spaten Oktoberfest and Fransizkaner Weiss. Live entertainment includes Grammy award-winning polka musician Jimmy Sturr & his orchestra, Rochester-based Die Lustigen Almdudler, and ALWIND from Germany. The young ones can get in on the festivities too with Mike the Juggler, puppet people, wildlife shows, and crafts in the kids’ tent. Vendors will offer European gifts, candles, scarves, clothing, fudge, olive oil, nuts and dried fruits, jewelry, honey, cigars, soap, and bath products. Free admission. 11am-6:15pm. Huntermtn.com

CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS October 6 The annual celebration returns to Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz where it got its start six years ago showcasing work from over 100 fine artists. In addition, there will be live painting throughout town with NYC graffiti artist outfit Pure TFP, large-scale sculptural installations, and live music by Dylan Emmet Band and Rhet Miller. For the first time, guest jurors Carl Van Brunt, Josephine Bloodgood, and Michael Asbill will review submitted works for a winner who will be awarded a portfolio review. Through the month of September, COTA Corridors will exhibit 22 site-specific art installations at New Paltz businesses including Brooklyn street artist, GILF, at Main Street Bistro. Readings by local authors include Jacky Davis and David Soman, Iza Trapani, Jennifer Castle, and a OneBook reing of New Paltz author Amy Waldman’s The Submission. Famous artist-themed children’s activities will include chances to create Picasso-inspired collages, Michelangelo drawings, and Monet watercolor paintings. 11am-5pm. Celebrationofthearts.net

Woodstock Film Festival October 10-14 The Hudson Valley’s biggest independent film event attracts filmmakers, actors, industry executives, producers, musicians, writers, and critics every year. The weekend showcases more than 130 films, concerts, workshops, and celebrity-led panels in Rhinebeck, Rosendale, and Woodstock (with additional special events in Kingston and Saugerties). This year, films will be premiered from as far as Russia and Denmark to as close as the Hudson Valley including locally shot In Our Nature starring Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone, and Zach Gilford and the world premiere of New York City environmental activist film Idle Threat. As usual, music in film will be highlighted with members of Bad Brains performing live to support the New York premiere of the documentary Bad Brains: A Band in DC, and musician David Bromberg will play alongside the screening of his documentary. The annual Maverick Awards Gala, which in previous years has honored Mark Ruffalo, Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Buschemi, will take place on Saturday, October 13. Woodstockfilmfestival.com

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Warwick Applefest.

Warwick Applefest October 14 Warwick opens its village streets and parks for a day devoted to the region’s most prized bounty. Since 1989, the festival benefits the Warwick Valley Community Center and the Warwick Chamber of Commerce, as well as about 50 local nonprofit organizations. Over 200 craft vendors selling jewelry, photography, pottery, leather, dried and silk floral, bath and body products, and candles, dozens of homemade food vendors, and 50 local nonprofit exhibitors participate in the festival. There will also be live music and entertainment on several stages throughout town. Kids can enjoy a carnival and demonstration course on dog agility hosted by the local kennel club at Lewis Park. The festival’s prized tradition, an apple pie baking contest, donates proceeds from sales of pie slices to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, raising $300 last year. Warwickapplefest.com New York State Sheep and Wool Festival October 20-21 The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association offers a Little House on the Prairie experience Hudson Valley style. Competitions include Make it with Wool fashion show, chop stick knitting, and spinning wheel. Attend workshops on basket making, crocheting, felting, and weaving. Demonstrations by local authors and farmers include “Sheep’s Milk Cheeses of the World” from Debbie Decker of Adams Fairacre Farms and “Wokking Your Way to Low-Fat Cooking” by Norma Chang. Displays will showcase llamas and alpacas, sheep breeds, and angora and cashmere goats. Children’s entertainment: herding dog and canine Frisbee demonstrations; Steve Charney and Harry’s magic, music, and ventriloquism show; leaping llama and pumpkin chuckin’ contests; make-yourown scarecrow; and much more. Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Two-day ticket package available at the gate, $17. Sheepandwool.com 12

International Pickle Festival November 18 Through the preserving powers of the pickle, culinary traditions and international customs will be honored at the 15th annual event to be held at the Rosendale Community Center. Traditional Japanese and German dancing and cuisine, as well as live bagpipes, drums, German music, and a roaming accordionist make the event about more than just pickles—though pickles there will be. Contests include pickling—in categories like pickled fruits, sweet pickles, canned dills, and hot dills—pickle eating, juice drinking, and tossing. Plus: Kids pickle coloring contests and pickle balloons. Picklefest.com Sinterklaas November 28-December 5 A Bishop’s tall hat, red cape, shiny ring, and jeweled staff: Here comes Sinterklaas. Each year at the beginning of December, Rhinebeck honors the Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage with the secular festival that brings to life the myth of the charitable saint. Arriving on November 28 by boat at the Rhinecliff Dock, he proceeds up the hill to the Rhinecliff Hotel for a dragon play, music, and the dance of his half-man, half-beast sidekick, Grumpus. For three evenings, he rides through the streets of Rhinebeck, and ends his journey leading the Children’s Starlight Parade where community members carry handmade stars to create a moving constellation in the streets. A workshop is held from 12pm-4pm at the Dutch Reformed Church for children to create their own crowns and branches for the parade, which begins at 5pm. Read the story of Sinterklaas in the illuminated manuscript created by Namaro Graphic Designs on display at the Beekman Arms throughout the holiday season. Sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

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Trekking the Hudson Valley

FOUR HIKES By Tod Westlake PHOTOS BY CHRIS CRING

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f you’re looking to get moving, and in vertical direction, then picking a good hiking spot here in the Hudson Valley really presents an embarrassment of riches. And just how do you narrow down too much of a good thing? It ain’t easy, let me tell you. But do it we must, especially with the fall foliage season close upon us. So, if you’re one of those who wants to get your legs working while you enjoy nature’s leafy pageant, here are four hiking spots that will make you sweat a little bit—and which offer some of the finest vistas on the East Coast.

Mount Beacon You’ll have to wait a bit longer if you want to take the funicular that was destroyed in a 1983 fire to the top of Mount Beacon (Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society is working on it), but this means you’ll get to burn off a few calories as you take the mile-plus hike up to one best views you’re likely to encounter. Part of Scenic Hudson’s terrific assortment of parks, Mount Beacon’s overlook offers visitors a chance to see a long stretch of the Hudson River in a single glimpse. With a westward-looking vista, you can also see deep into the Catskill Mountains. But you don’t need to stop there. A little further along you’ll arrive at the north summit, at which you will encounter a monument to the reason Mount Beacon got its name; an obelisk maintained 14

mount beacon: A short hike to one of the best views in the valley. by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the stone commemorates the mountain’s strategic importance as a location for signal fires during this nation’s war of independence. And about a mile further on, if you’re in relatively decent shape, is the fire tower, from which you can see Manhattan to Albany on a clear day. Mount Beacon is one of over two dozen parks in the Hudson Valley maintained by Scenic Hudson. The park recommends that you set aside three hours for your trek. It is open from dawn to dusk daily. The trailhead for the park is located at Route 9D (Wolcott Avenue) and Howland Avenue in the City of Beacon. www.scenichudson.org.

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Opposite (top): View looking south from the summit of South Beacon Mountain, which features a viewing range of 75 miles on a clear day. Opposite (bottom): Remains of the funicular railway on the top of Mount Beacon that was destroyed in a 1983 fire. Below (clockwise from top left): One of two lean-tos located near the summit of Mount Tremper; The Mount Tremper Fire Tower sits at 2,740 feet; The 3-mile Phoenicia Trail that leads to the summit; Mount Tremper trailhead sign.

Mount Tremper

Visitors to mount tremper will make a strenuous six-mile hike to the fire tower, and enjoy 360-degree views of the catskills to the north and west and the hudson river to the east.

At the other end of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and on the west side of the river, sits Mount Tremper, a 2,700-foot peak just a stone’s throw from the delightful Phoenicia. Visitors here will enjoy a fairly strenuous hike of nearly six miles if you want to make it to the fire tower (built in 1917) the main feature of this hike—though you should be advised that the tower’s volunteers are there solely on summer weekends. The 360-degree view from the tower rewards hikers with a limitless scan, including the Smiley Fire Tower to the southwest, the Catskills to the north and west, and the Hudson River to the east. Called the Phoenicia Trail, this route is actually part of the Long Path, a 350-mile trail that begins at the George Washington Bridge and continues all the way to Altamont, New York. To get to the trailhead, take Old Route 28 (Plank Road/Mount Tremper-Phoenicia Road) north from Mount Tremper. Parking for the trail is located 2.3 miles ahead on the right hand side. SOJOURN FALL 2012/WINTER 2013 15


Schunemunk Mountain As seen from across the river, Schunemunk Mountain looks like the discarded shell of a vast turtle as it looms over its surroundings in the middle of Orange County. (The mountain is composed of a white quartz and pink sandstone conglomerate that’s been eroded by glacial action into what at times resembles a smooth sidewalk.) Visitors will encounter approximately 25 miles of trails that offer some of the best ridge hiking in the area, particularly a three-mile stretch along the ridge of the Baby Brook Valley. The main trail through Schunemunk, known as the Jessup Trail, is a strenuous nine-mile hike that will take you along the full length of the ridge. However, there are some linkups, such as the 2.2-mile Otterkill Trail and the 2.1-mile Barton Swamp Trail, that will give you a chance to see what’s going on in some of the lowlands that separate these ridges. It should also be noted that the Jessup Trail, too, is part of the Long Path. Whichever trails you choose, Schunemunk 1,600-foot peak offers spectacular views, as well as a chance for amateur geologists to examine some of the unusual rock formations along the ridge. The Jessup Trail can be accessed via the trailhead on Taylor Road in Mountainville. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference publishes a comprehensive guide that is available for purchase at www.nynjtc.org.

schunemunk mountain boasts 25 miles of trails that offer some of the best ridge hiking in the area, particularly the Baby Brook Valley.

Above (top to bottom): Marker for Sweet Clover and Jessup trails; wooden bridge that leads toward the start of Jessup Trail; field of wildflowers at the base of Schunemunk Mountain.

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Smiley Fire Tower If you live in the lee of the Shawangunk Ridge in the New Paltz area, you can see Smiley Fire Tower pretty much every day atop its prominent location at Paltz Point. And hiking to the tower—which is a monument to Albert Smiley, one of the twin brothers who founded Mohonk Mountain House on the lands of which the tower sits—is a relatively low-key affair. The hike from the gatehouse to the main house is a pleasant walk of approximately two miles. From the main house to the tower, the path continues another mile or so up a trail that also isn’t particularly difficult (though it’s likely you will be winded by the time you reach the top). But that’s the easy way. For those who like their path fraught with obstacles—in this case, the massive boulders that have broken off the ridge over the past few millennia—you will want the Labyrinth. This is a scramble not for the feint of heart. Thus, it’s important for those who are considering this route to really be sure that they know what they are doing. Proper clothing and footgear are a must. And, if you’re worn out, no one will think less of you if you decide to take the easy route down. Visiting Mohonk as a day guest costs $25 per adult on the weekends, and $20 per adult during the week. Children are $20 and $15, respectively. There are also family rates that offer a good discount. Mohonk’s main gatehouse is located on Mountain Rest Road, in the Town of New Paltz, just a couple of miles from the village. Please call (845) 255-1000 for general information about the resort, or you can visit them on the web at www.mohonk.com.

The hike from the gatehouse to the main house at mohonk is a pleasant two-mile walk. From the main house to the tower, the path continues another mile or so up a moderately graded trail that is accesible to all.

Clockwise from top: A view southwest along the Shawangunk Ridge from a tower window; a commemorative plaque at the base of the tower; Mohonk Mountain House; the tower. For more info on hiking destinations, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org.

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Brunch Neither Breakfast Nor Lunch

in the Hudson Valley By Jeff Crane

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reater than the sum of its parts, brunch is more than a mere portmanteau of “breakfast” and “lunch.” It is that most civilized of meals. Idyllic, dappled with mid-morning light, cooled by summer breezes, cozy in the autumn air, warmed by a hearth in winter, a celebration in spring. It is usually eaten on Sunday, the cares of the past week left well behind, in the brief interlude of repose before those of the next take root in our consciousness. Special occasions such as weddings, graduations and birthdays always call for brunch. It is leisurely, sumptuous, savory, and sweet. The Hudson Valley features an array of dining establishments that offer really first-rate fare for brunch on the weekend. Adding to the ambiance is the natural beauty and country charm that frames the experience. Having the sort of sophisticated dining that is usually associated with the big city available in this pastoral environment is one of the things that makes our region so special. “Brunch is all about that relaxed Sunday vibe— friends and family, eggs, bloody Marys, no cares for a couple of hours,” says James Chapman, owner of the Rhinecliff Hotel. “Our Sunday Jazz Brunch is 20

one of our best success stories.” Outstanding talents such as guitarist Perry Beekman and The Will Smith Trio create just the right atmosphere. The menu at The Rhinecliff features brunch classics like eggs Benedict—de rigeur for any brunch menu—shirred eggs and French toast. For Chef Giuseppe Napoli at the Tavern at Diamond Mills, an upscale eatery in the boutique hotel recently built in Saugerties, the farmto-table movement is nothing new. The focus of his mother’s kitchen was the pick of the day, which she found ripe and ready in the family garden. The brunch menu includes a decadent Maker’s Mark brioche French toast with caramelized apples, apple butter, and whipped goat cheese cream. Chef Napoli’s take on eggs Benedict features gently poached eggs perched atop crab and asparagus, in place of Canadian bacon, napped in a delicate Hollandaise sauce. The languorous atmosphere of Sunday brunch can be found all week long at The Village Tea Room in New Paltz. Located in a landmarked, 200-year-old building that was formerly the village tailor shop, chef/owner Agnes Devereaux’s restaurant features seasonal, traditional

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Chef Daniel Rabiner of Violette in Woodstock grew up in a household where good food and wine were a way of life. He has always had a great respect for ingredients, preparation and presentation and works with classic techniques and local products whenever possible. Perhaps the secret ingredient hearty dishes from a variety of European cookin Violette’s kitchen is Daniel’s mother, Gladys, a ing traditions. “I would say that our philosophy for graduate of the French Culinary Institute. The Mibrunch is the same as for our whole menu. Our fritmosa Brunch reflects Gladys’ French training, featata is made with organic local eggs and Vermont turing a French Rolled Omelet, a classic Nicoise salcheddar and of course comes from the Italian tradiad with grilled tuna, haricots verts, and hard-boiled tion. You can order it with a latke that would make egg, and the classic Croque Monsieur sandwich any Jewish mother proud, or a corn muffin made with warm black forest ham and gruyere. with local corn and dairy.” Another spot for pull-out-all-the-stops Just a short stroll down Main Street in New Palbrunching is the Mohonk Mountain House. tz is the Main Street Bistro, a village institution Like the Thayer, Mohonk puts out a lavish spread that’s won Best of the Hudson Valley Best Breakwith carving stations, fast honors so many times omelettes made to order, we’ve stopped counting. “Brunch is all The funky setting is a faabout that relaxed smoked salmon, peel-andeat shrimp, and a bounvorite of college students Sunday vibe— tiful dessert buffet. The and rock climbers for its friends and family, true piece de resistance, tasty, affordable fare like the Zoo Canoe (scram- eggs, bloody Marys, however, is the rustic dining room’s perch atop the bled eggs, bacon & tomato AND no cares for Shawangunk Ridge. Giant stuffed in a slab of walnut a couple of hours.” citron bread topped with —James Chapman, Owner of the Rhinecliff Hotel banks of windows frame the Catskills just beyond melted cheese and hollanthe Rondout Valley below. At Mohonk, you’re not daise) and the Breakfast Club (scrambled eggs, avjust eating brunch, you’re eating the view. ocado, basil pesto, sprouts, red onion, tomato and The aptly named Brasserie 292 in PoughMuenster cheese on triple-decker 12 grain toast). keepsie at 292 Main Street offers the diners the The scenic stretch of Route 9W between Route look and feel of a real French brasserie, complete 299 and Port Ewen is dominated by monasteries, with grand mirrors, high ceilings, banquets and and there are very few places to dine, but Global bentwood chairs. The menu is vraiment French, Palate in West Park is something of an oasis. They with classics such as steak tartare, escargot, and are dedicated to giving their customers all-natural, tuna Nicoise salad. On the sweeter side, there’s hormone free meat, wild or organic fish and poulcinnamon sugar Pain Perdu (how the French say try from local farmers. The majority of the vege“French Toast) and buttermilk pancakes. Clastables they use are gardened locally from sources sic cocktails, a thoughtful wine list and domestic such as their own garden, RSK Farms in Prattscraft and imported beers are there for those who ville and Maynard Farms in Ulster Park. Specialties go from the sumptuous—two poached eggs might need a hair of the dog. over sautéed lobster & onions topped with lemon aioli served with a choice of potatoes or salad and RESOURCES in this article toast—to the humble comfort of buttermilk pancakes or biscuits and gravy with eggs. Boitson’s www.boitsons.com “I love brunch, and it was hard to find in Kingston,” says Maria Philippis, owner of BoitBrasserie 292 www.brasserie292.com son’s in the heart of the Uptown area, the vitality Global Palate of which has been emerging gradually for many www.globalpalaterestaurant.com years. “I wanted to do a great brunch because I Main Street Bistro wanted to see uptown Kingston active on a Sunwww.mainstreetbistro.com day afternoon.” Diners can enjoy incredible view Mohonk Mountain House of the Catskills from their new huge deck with a www.mohonk.com/dining full bar. Try their twist on the breakfast classic, The Rhinecliff Hotel bacon and eggs, with deep fried poached eggs www.therhinecliff.com over pork belly on cheesy grits. Tavern at Diamond Mills The luxurious Sunday Champagne Brunch www.diamondmillshotel.com at The Thayer Hotel in West Point is legendary The Thayer Hotel and includes unlimited Champagne, Mimosas or www.thethayerhotel.com Bloody Marys. If you’re feeling fishy, there’s giant The Village Tea Room www.thevillagetearoom.com shrimp and smoked salmon. The monster layer Violette cakes are downright dangerous. Don’t forget to www.violettewoodstock.com look out the windows and enjoy the incredible views of the Hudson River and the stunning forFor more info on area eateries, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org. mal landscaping. Opposite: A menu favorite of Chef Napoli at the Tavern at Diamond Mills, the Lobster Chorizo Frittata is prepared with fresh spinach, sweet pepper, goat cheese, arugula salad, and house made toast.

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LEARNING

The Smarter Souvenir Take a Learning Vacation By Meghan Gallucci

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went to the Hudson Valley and all I got was...” Any vacationer seeks a memento to remember the journey. The t-shirt will fade, the apples will be eaten, the keychain will rust. Finding an enduring souvenir can be a challenging (or costly) endeavor. There’s a solution. While knowledge may not be infinite, it’s much more likely to survive the ride home than the apple cider donuts. Artists have long flocked to the Hudson Valley. The traditional logic behind this movement is that the painter’s palette is present in the natural beauty from the mountains to the valleys to the waterways. A great number of art classes available for locals and visitors alike adds to the attraction. The Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, Wallkill River School in Montgomery, and Woodstock School of Art have multiple opportunities for painters and photographers. Shutterbugs may also be interested in the Center for Photography at Woodstock for more specialized lessons. If you’d like to take a piece of scenery home with you, a photograph may last longer than a leaf from the tree itself. In this active snapping season, most art centers offer classes focusing on the awaited foliage-change 22

phenomenon. Options include the Fall Foliage Tour with Phil Mansfield at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, or a landscape painting class at Woodstock School of Art with Christie Scheele or Joan Jardine. If you want to take advantage of the clear Hudson Valley atmosphere, plein air classes are growing in popularity. An October class will take place at Woodstock School of Art. If the foliage is your draw to the area, you can take full advantage of the landscape with Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville. The organization offers a free guided hike in the Catskills each month. “You can take part with a naturalist who is knowledgeable about local plants and wildlife. It’s a safe environment,” explains Frost Valley’s Ben Snyder. “The Hudson Valley and Catskills offer lush forests, beautiful brooks, and amazing vistas. There is always a new area to explore and nature leaves us feeling rejuvenated.” For an atypical hands-on experience, consider the Center for Metal Arts. Located in the Orange County village of Florida, the Center offers metal-working classes for beginners and experienced craftspeople, including blacksmiths. “Tool geeks appreciate being in a well-tooled

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Cookies classes (there’s a gluten-free version, too) are taken, there’s still a plethora of other treats to be taught. Baking at Home, Chocolates and Confections at Home, and Creative Cupcakes are sweet temptations, but the CIA also offers staples like Skill Development, Gourmet Meals in Minutes, and Vegetarian Cuisine. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties meanwhile, not only ofprofessional studio space,” says the Center’s fers tours, but also vegan cooking classes, sweetly Rhoda Mack. Ergonomic hammer techniques, titled, the “Compassionate Cuisine” series. pipe forging, and copper foldforming are a samMohonk Mountain House, voted #2 Reple of workshops. If the rest of your party is less sort Spa in the US by Conde Nast, allows an inadventurous at the forge, “Artisans will also enside peek into holiday preparation. Winter projoy access to roaming the upstairs gallery and grams Mohonk Behind the Scenes: Watch the metal arts museum,” Mack assures. Holidays Come to Life, and “How to” Holidays, Want a great story to tell your friends? You will provide you with plenty of holiday spirit. Afcan write one with Wallkill Valley Writers. Based in ter watching the prepaNew Paltz, Wallkill Valley ration of the seven-story While knowledge Writers holds Write Sat19th-century castle and urday events throughout may not be infinite, the Hudson Valley, ofit’s much more likely grounds, you’re sure to get some ideas for your fering seven pure hours to survive the ride own homestead. of writing and support home than the apple A new skill provides taught in the Amherst immediate and longcider donuts. Writers tradition. term benefits. Whether Unison Arts Cenyou learn landscape painting, Catskills geograter in New Paltz has the visual and spiritual arts phy, the creation of gluten-free cookies, or Tai covered. You can take classes in framing, phoChi, not only will it result in something to comtography, or drawing, in the same place as Qi memorate the journey, but also new knowledge Gong, Tai Chi, and Sacred Chanting. “Unison to share. Once you’ve taught foldforming to evitself provides such a welcoming atmosphere,” eryone on your block, don’t hesitate to plan your says the Center’s Kitty Brown. ”What makes the next trip—the Hudson Valley is ready to teach, programs appealing ultimately is the incredible when you’re ready to learn. quality of our instructors, with deep and personal skill and commitment to their work.” Martha Cheo, Amy McTear, Dan McCormack, Cathy RESOURCES in this article Law, and Meriel Hoare are current instructors. Barrett Art Center Unison also attracts musicians such as the www.barrettartcenter.org Conor Kennedy Band, and Mikhail Horotwitz Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Gilles Malkine for performances and events www.casanctuary.org like Taste of Greece, and Acoustic Open Mic. For Center for Metal Arts children, there’s a clay pottery workshop, wildwww.centerformetalarts.com life show, and performance by Fuzzy Lollipop on Center for Photography at Woodstock www.cpw.org Unison’s fall/winter schedule. Culinary Institute of America There are also sanctuaries for spiritual www.ciachef.edu growth. Menla Mountain Retreat in Phoenicia Frost Valley YMCA and Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremwww.frostvalley.org per emphasize rekindling spiritual connections. Menla Mountain Retreat Omega in Rhinebeck holds retreats throughout www.menla.org most of the year. Upcoming events include focus Mohonk Mountain House on meditation and drumsong, as well as the Conwww.mohonk.com ference on Sustainable Design for a New Earth, Omega and Recreating the Garden of Eden, in October. www.eomega.org A retreat may revive you just in time for the Unison Arts Center www.unisonarts.org holiday season in all its joy...and anxiety. “People Wallkill River School go into culinary overdrive during the holidays,” www.wallkillriverschool.com explains Jay Blotcher of the Culinary Institute Wallkill Valley Writers of America. The Hyde Park campus is the secwww.wallkillvalleywriters.com ond most popular destination in the area, just Woodstock School of Art after FDR’s home. “People come from all over www.woodstockschoolofart.org the country to tour the grounds, eat at our resZen Mountain Monastery taurants, shop in our bookstore, or take a class,” www.mro.org/zmm Blotcher continues. “But people start making resFor more info on area workshops, ervations in August for the holiday cooking classvisit www.newpaltzchamber.org. es.” If those in-demand Holiday Pies and Holiday Opposite (clockwise from top left): Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Intro to Digital Photography Workshop; CPW’s Photogravure workshop, in collaboration with Women’s Studio Workshop; Zen Mountain Monastery’s Zen Training Retreat, a weekend program designed for those new to Zen.

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STAY

Top: Bear Mountain Inn. Left: Bear Mountain Inn guests paddle Hessian Lake. Right: The 1915 Cafe offers local, organic cuisine in a casual setting at Bear Mountain Inn.

Lay Down in Green Eco-Friendly Lodging Evolves by Anne Roderique-Jones

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co-friendly lodging: What constitutes such status? If images of outdoorsy huts and mosquito nets, necessary for a bug-free rest, come to mind; think again. The chicest hotels, homiest bed and breakfasts and most historic of inns are embracing eco-friendly options for a more sustainable way of doing business. Many in the Hudson Valley-area are utilizing a historic past as a way of embracing a greener future. Reclaimed wood from a bar’s past to sun-dried linens or geothermal energy—going green is almost mainstream. You can leave the bug spray at home.

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the Bear Mountain Inn’s mission is to support a sustainable, healthier world while delivering an experience that guests will cherish with the most non-intrusive, eco-friendly products and services.

Thyme in the Country

Bear Mountain Inn

Morning begins with eggs plucked straight from the coop, veggies from the garden and yogurt made from the milk of their Dutch Belted cows. An eco-friendly bed and breakfast in Columbia County, Thyme in the Country, practices sustainability in all aspects of its life. This undertaking not only makes for a better carbon footprint, but allows the guests reap the spoils. The efforts outdoors are impressive for such a quaint home; with three solar panels for heating, and water barrels to collect for the thirsty garden’s daily water intake. The refreshing swimming pool is filtered through a washable paper filter and connected to a salt system so that no chlorine is needed. Inside, the “bed” aspect of the bed and breakfast is reserved for getting the best possible night’s sleep. The organic mattresses are topped with bedding made of all-natural fibers, void of perfumes or harsh chemical cleansers and dried out in the fresh, country air. www.thymeinthecountrybandb.com

Surrounded by the peaks of Bear Mountain and pristine waters of Hessian Lake, the historic Bear Mountain Inn has been a family vacation fixture in one of Hudson Valley’s most charming state parks since 1915. The hotel took a seven year hiatus to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation, reopening in 2011 with a new spa, locally sourced restaurant, gym and updated hotel rooms. Additions such as geothermal cooling and heating only strengthened the Inn’s commitment to be a green as possible. Its mission is to support a sustainable, healthier world while delivering an experience that guests will cherish with the most non-intrusive, eco-friendly products and services. The Inn works in conjunction with our planet, employee program focusing on the three R’s of environmental sustainability: reducing consumption, reusing items and recycling items that cannot be reused. www.visitbearmountain.com

The 1850 House inn & Tavern

Nestled at the foot of the Shawangunk Ridge, Roots & Wings prides itself on being a simple, peaceful and non-traditional bed and breakfast; claiming that if you want elegant or romantic with a gourmet breakfast, they’ll happily refer you somewhere. With only two cozy rooms, each with its own patio, privacy is relished. Guests wake each morning on sheets washed with non-toxic cleaning products that have been sun-dried—a habit that owner, Puja Thomson carried over with her from Scotland, she says, “Because, not only is it green, but smells so fresh.” Organic fruit and fair trade coffee are stocked in the each room and readily available for a pre-hike picnic. Roots & Wings involves guests in its environmental efforts by asking them to separate recyclables and composting— all which they happily oblige to do. www.rootsnwings.com

Eco-chic meets historic tavern: the recently renovated 1850 House Inn & Tavern in Rosendale is now a boutique hotel. Modern amenities and a welcoming atmosphere offer the perfect respite for those guests looking for sleek, yet affordable accommodations. (Think flat screens, clean lines and antique-free.) Guests are often found coziedup with books on the sun-soaked porch in the afternoon and mingling over craft beers and wine in the evenings. This nod to simple living extends to a greener, and more giving way of a business model. The Inn purchases local eggs and vegetables from the area that are found on the breakfast table each morning, which you may find incorporated into breakfast casserole or French toast. The hotel also has programs in place to give all leftover amenities, such as toiletries, to local families in need. www.the1850house.com

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Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa guests relax beside the geothermic heated pool.

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa Buttermilk Falls has managed to effortlessly marry the ultimate in luxury with historic charm—all while keeping a keen eye towards sustainability. With only 10 suites on the property, guests see more goats, chickens, llamas and alpacas, than they do of each other (and most prefer the privacy). The 75-acre estate features a working farm—where many meals are sourced. What’s not grown on the property is procured from local farms, artisanal product producers and wineries. Mindful thinking continues at the Buttermilk Spa by using only natural and organic products for treatments and utilizing solar and geothermal energy to heat the sauna, steam room and endless pool. Even the beehives on the spa’s sprawling lawns have produced honey for their signature facials. www.buttermilkfallsinn.com

the guesthouse at woodstock sanctuary Care to lie down with dogs...and pigs and chickens? Not literally, of course, but at the recently opened Guesthouse at Woodstock Sanctuary, you’ll be across the sheep meadow from the Woodstock Sanctuary, home to hundreds of rescued animals. Opened by Jenny Brown and Doug Abel in 2004 on 23 acres in Willow, the sanctuary started renting out rooms in a renovated farmhouse with four bedrooms this past April. The building, which dates to before the Civil War, 26

was updated with modern conveniences and eco-friendly features like soy-based foam insulation and an on-demand hot water heater. The inn serves a vegan breakfast and touts the ecological benefits of a plant-based diet. The farmhouse uses all-natural cleaning products, as well as hanging its laundry out to dry whenever possible. www.woodstocksanctuary.org

Minnewaska Lodge A cozy lodge in set in quaint town of Gardiner might just be the perfect getaway for guests looking for rustic beauty and a bed they can sink into at the end of the day. Minnewaska Lodge, offers 26 guestrooms; those featuring private balconies with mountain views are prime real estate. Minnewaska has taken simple steps in becoming a more eco-friendly lodge by participating in the standards: placing cards so that guest can choose if they want their towels or sheets switched out daily (or not). But they’re also rewarding them with organic coffee and local apples from Wallkill farms, and a bottomless jar of cookies is readily available. Front Desk Administrator, Sarah Rydin says, “We’ve recently started a program called “Clean the World” where we donate the used soap, shampoos and toiletries to those less fortunate.” www.minnewaskalodge.com For more info on lodging of all types, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org.

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alk to any of the business owners in Rhinebeck and they’ll all tell you the same thing: while locals love everything the sweet town has to offer, the real fans of the area migrate down from Upstate New York or up from Lower Manhattan for a weekend getaway that’s just a stone’s throw from home. Once you drive into the hub of the village, you can park and stroll for practically the entire day. Just about everything is located within walking distance from each other, with the exception of a few scattered parks and activities that are worth the super short journey. Rhinebeck is charming and inviting every month of the year, whether the air is filled with the smell of honey and roses or twinkling snowflakes are raining down. Guests who want to make the rounds to scenic outlooks or bop from eatery to eatery won’t have a problem filling in 36 hours in lovely Rhinebeck.

FRIDAY The classic, timeless Beekman Arms (6387 Mill Street, 845-876-7077, www.beekmandelamaterinn.com) is the country’s oldest continually operated hotel. While the inn may date from 1776, amenities are refreshingly modern. Each of the 23 vintage-style rooms comes outfitted with a decanter of sherry. Guests of the Olde Rhinebeck Inn (340 Wurtemburg Road, 845-871-1745, www. rhinebeckinn.com) enjoy considerate comforts, like complimentary streaming Netflix, ecofriendly toiletries and fresh cut flowers. Rooms at the Veranda House Bed and Breakfast (6487 Montgomery Street, 845-876-4133, www.verandahouse.com) are decked out with lace curtains and wooden beds. Breakfast includes orange French toast, berry blintzes and tomato-sausage tarts. If man’s best friend is along for the weekend, book a room at pet-friendly Whistlewood Farm Bed and Breakfast (52 Pells Road, 845-8766838, www.whistlewood.com). After a few hours of traveling, you’ll undoubtedly want to take a breather. Head to 28

charming and inviting every month of the year, whether the air is filled with the smell of honey and roses or twinkling snowflakes are raining down. Omega (150 Lake Drive, 845-266-4444, www.eomega.org) for a yoga class, bout in the sauna, massage, Henna body art application or Microexfoliation with crushed diamonds. All that pampering is bound to make you famished. For dinner, Le Petit Bistro (8 East Market Street, 845-876-7400, www.lepetitbistro.com) has French delicacies like escargots, frog legs and roast rack of lamb. If your taste buds are craving American cuisine, Foster’s Coach House Tavern (6411 Montgomery Street, 845-876-8052, www. fosterscoachhouse.com) has plenty of seafood dishes, sandwiches and pub fare to choose from. Entertainment for the evening doesn’t get more trendy than catching an indie flick at Upstate Films (6415 Montgomery Street, 845-8762515, www.upstatefilmsorg). Rather see the action live? The Center for Performing Arts (661 New York 308, 845-876-3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org) runs a variety of plays throughout the year.

SATURDAY Now that you’re rejuvenated, squeeze a bit of conditioning in by renting a bike from the Rhinebeck Bicycle Shop (10 Garden Street) or hiking through Ferncliff Forest (www.ferncliffforest.org). If you don’t want to break a sweat, it’s a short stroll from the parking area to the pond. Stock up on your favorite New York craft beers at the Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market (6384 Mill Street, 845-876-6992, www.grandcru-

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rhinebeck.com). Take a growler back to the hotel room, pick up smoked meats and artisanal cheeses, or sample a pint and a cheese plate in the cafe. Still hungry? One of Rhinebeck’s best kept secrets is the beloved Matchbox Cafe (6242 Route 9, 845-876-3911). Try their famous burgers or renowned red velvet cake. The best time to pick up rare gifts and uncommon items is when you’re traveling. At Paper Trail (6423 Montgomery Street, 845876-8051, www.papertrailrhinebeck.com), everything from high-priced paper art to unique salt and pepper shakers for $15 are sold. Artists can invest in new materials at the Rhinebeck Artists’ Shop (56 East Market Street, 845-8764922, www.rhinebeckartistsshop.com) as well as novelty gifts and blank journals. Foodies won’t want to skip over bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy (6423 Montgomery Street, 845-876-1117, www.bluecashewkitchen.com), which sells designer cookbooks, exceptional kitchen tools and specialty foods. They also have book signings and chef meet-and-greet events. Nosh on sushi and Japanese dishes for dinner at Momiji Sushi and Grill (43 East Market Street, Suite 4, 845-876-5555, www.momijius.com) or Osaka Japanese Restaurant (22 Garden Street, 845-876-7338, www.osakasushi.net). Leave room for hand-dipped truffles or fresh baked cookies from Calico Restaurant and Patisserie (6384 Mill Street, 845-876-2749, www.calicorhinebeck.com) for dessert. Unless you plan on turning in early, stay up late with the Rhinebeck Night Owls, a collection of shops and restaurants that extend their hours for late-night shopping and dining, along with live street music.

SUNDAY Wake up early and dine inside or outdoors at Bread Alone Bakery (43 East Market Street, 845-876-3108, www.breadalone.com). Pair your espresso with whole grain pancakes or crispy toast with an over easy egg right in the center. Breakfast is served until 2 p.m. for later risers. Step back in time at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (9 Norton Road, 845-752-3200, www.oldrhinebeck.org) to watch an air show complete with vintage planes and a World War I dogfight overhead. Tour the Wilderstein Historic Site (330 Morton Road, 845-876-4818) for stunning landscape views that rival the glorious 1852 mansion itself. Since the weekend is winding down, you may as well score some goodies to take back home with you. The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market (61 East Market Street, www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com) runs year-round, every Sunday from May to November and every other Sunday during the winter. Sample before you buy at Pure Mountain Olive Oil (23 East Market Street, 845876-4645, puremountainoliveoil.com), which sells flavored sea salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Grab a book or CD for the ride at Oblong Books and Music (3797 Montgomery Row, 845876-0500, www.oblongbooks.com). Fill your tummy before you embark on your return road trip at Gaby’s Cafe (6423 Montgomery Street, Suite 7, 845-516-4363, www.gabyscafe. com), a Mexican grill with all of your favorite guacamole, salsa, and spicy cheese-laden dishes. For more info on what to do in the Hudson Valley, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org.

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EVENTS By MEGHAN GALLUCCI

EIRIK JOHNSON: SAWDUST MOUNTAIN Through December 9 “Sawdust Mountain” is the photographic documentation of Eirik Johnson’s three years exploring the dependency of the Pacific Northwest on the logging and fishing industries. Johnson captures a culture in question—a crashing economy in a once-booming field of labor. The story is relatable throughout the nation but holds a poignant, involved twist from the eyes of the environment. Johnson’s photographs are skillfully executed, while also masterfully emotional, leading viewers through naked forest clearings, hazy bogs, and sore-eyed shanties. The exhibition, a dire call for action for our nation’s landscape, is on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Fllac.vassar.edu/exhibitions/2012-2013/sawdustmountain.html RUSSEL WRIGHT: THE NATURE OF DESIGN Through December 16 Starting with dinnerware and expanding into textiles, furniture, and architecture, Russel Wright created artistic, practical goods in the Modernist style. Wright’s designs emphasized his idea of American easier living, straddling the lines of the informal and artistic, epitomized in Manitoga, his Garrison home. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz will house Wright’s more experimental, nature-influenced designs from 1945 through 1968 in the exhibit “Russel Wright: The Nature of Design.” A 30

$5 donation is suggested during museum hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm. www.newpaltz.edu/museum/exhibitions/future.html

STARLAB PLANETARIUM September 26, October 20, November 6, 17, 23 The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum encourages interaction and education with a working model of tidal estuary, a Morse telegraph display, a cast of the Hyde Park Mastodon, and an alternative energy carousel—to name a small selection. The Starlab Planetarium reaches far beyond the Hudson; your little one can experience the constellations up close with a helpful museum educator to narrate the skies. Admission to the planetarium is $4; paid reservations are required. Presentations take place at 6 and 7pm on Saturdays, and 10am on weekdays. www.mhcm.org AMERICAN BALLET THEATER October 5, 6, 7 The dancers of the American Ballet Theater have performed in more than 132 cities worldwide, from Havana to Seoul, Washington, DC to Moscow. Mikhail Baryshnikov is a past artistic director. Kevin McKenzie now leads the company. In addition to multiple New York performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, the nation’s famed classical ballet company will offer a special local performance at the Fisher Center at Bard College. Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Falling, José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, and In the Upper Room by Twyla Tharp will be performed. Tickets range from $20 to $50. www.fishercenter.bard.edu

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Historic Huguenot Street, an early French settlement, includes six 18th century stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 French church, a burial ground, a research library, a portrait gallery, and ten landscaped acres. Rotating exhibits feature our original documents, paintings, and photographs. For hours and tour information, visit www.huguenotstreet.org.

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At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, the Walkway over the Hudson is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. This once abandoned railroad route turned park attracts roughly 750,000 visitors each year (nearly 2,600 of which helped break the Hokey Pokey Guiness Book World Record this past June). This year, the scenic alternative to the Mid-Hudson Bridge’s engines and exhausts turns three. The weekend celebration begins with the Starry, Starry Night private fundraising dinner on Friday evening at the Park’s west entrance. A weekend filled with family-friendly entertainment and activities follows, all free of charge. www.walkway.org

BEEKEEPER TOURS OF PETER COFFIN’S UNTITLED (BEES MAKING HONEY) October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10 What does light taste like? Peter Coffin attempts to answer this question, among others, in his work for Storm King Art Center, Untitled (Bees Making Honey). Coffin’s creation is part of Storm King’s current “Light and Landscape” exhibition, featuring 14 artists, each striving to exemplify how light is used as an artistic medium. On weekends, a beekeeper guides tours of Coffin’s constructed apiary, and explains the value of light to honey bees in their creations. A sample of local honey further involves your senses in Coffin’s project. The free tours are offered three times each Saturday: 12, 1, and 2pm. www.stormking.org/events

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CRIMES OF THE HEART October 11-14, 18-21 Beth Henley’s 1978 Southern Gothic tragic comedy set in a small Mississippi town depicts the emotional and mental states of three sisters after one shoots her abusive husband. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981, the award for Best American Play of 1981 from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and earned a nomination for a Tony Award. The screenplay adaptation, starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek, was also nominated for an Oscar. Directed by Connie Rotunda, the acclaimed play comes to Parker Theater at SUNY New Paltz. www.newpaltz.edu/theatre/productions.html CHILDREN’S DAY AT HEADLESS HORSEMAN October 13 The Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is known throughout the country as the Halloween frightfest. The annual horror inspires many attendees to leap off the hayride mid-trip or attempt to tear their way through the corn maze. For anyone too young (or too scared) to attempt the big event, “A Tiny Taste of Terror” is offered earlier in the month from 12:00-3:30pm with a friendly atmosphere, daylight hayride, low-stress walks through the corn maze and gardens, and festive activities. Tickets are available for $11. www.headlesshorseman.com HUDSON RIVER HERITAGE 2012 COUNTRY SEATS TOUR October 13 The Hudson Valley is idealized for its landscape, but the Country Seats Tour highlights the architecture within the views. Now in its 24th year, the event is presented by Hudson River Heritage, which advocates for the preservation of Hudson Valley landmarks. The tour is led through the historic gem-towns such as Rhinebeck, Redhook, Clermont, and Hyde Park, as head-turning homes are showcased. This year’s theme, “20th 32

Century Country Seats,” will feature houses constructed in the past century in both modern and traditional styles. www.hudsonriverheritage.org

THANKS LIVING BANQUET October 14 The 7th annual Thanks Living Banquet at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary reverses the traditional take on the holiday feast: rather than serve turkeys, they are the feast’s honored guests. Chef Kevin Archer, Certified Vegan Chef and General Manager of JivamukTea Cafe in Manhattan, will cater a vegan banquet with all foods free of anything from an animal. Vegan Treats from Pennsylvania will provide dessert. The Sanctuary’s turkeys will have a feast of their own with vegetables and squash prepared by volunteers and staff members for them to enjoy. The event is the Sanctuary’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it includes a silent auction and raffle. In addition to the feast, there will be free information about veganism and the sanctuary, as well as opportunities to visit with the animals who call it home. www.woodstocksanctuary.org THE SMITHEREENS October 20 Radio Woodstock presents the Smithereens at the Bearsville Theater. Well-known for hits “A Girl Like You,” “Too Much Passion,” and “Only a Memory,” the Smithereens have, in recent years, been developing Beatles cover albums in addition to their original, 2011. The band appears as part of the Woodstock Guitar Festival, headed by Rennie Cantine. Over the summer months, the festival attracted musicians and guitar enthusiasts to performances at Woodstock’s Concerts on the Green, and featured an exhibit of 40 guitar sculptures in the design of Johnny A’s Gibson at nearby Sweethart Gallery. The Smithereens show is the final blowout for the festival this year. Tickets range from $30 to $40. www.bearsvilletheater.com

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KEB’ MO’ October 21 Keb’ Mo’ is rarely seen without a guitar, particularly a red one—an homage to his first electric. Though also dextrous with the banjo, harmonica, and keyboard, Keb’ Mo’ has established himself as a leader in post-modern blues, incorporating jazz, soul, and folk influences into his music. The three-time Grammy-winner was featured in Martin Scorsese’s 2003 The Blues, and has worked with the Whodunit Band, Big Joe Turner, Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt over decades in the industry. Tickets range from $44 to $64 for his 7pm show at the Bardavon. www.bardavon.org TASTE OF THE HUDSON VALLEY November 4 The Grandview in Poughkeepsie will host the region’s biggest food and wine pairing event of the year. Fifty restaurants and purveyors create dishes to be paired with two world-class international wines each, resulting in nearly 100 food and wine pairings. All proceeds benefit Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Poughkeepsie, home of the busiest level II Trauma Center in New York State. Over $1.5 million has been raised since Taste’s inception in 1988. In addition to the gourmet pairings, a live and silent auction of fine art, rare wines, exclusive trips, and more will be held at 3:30pm. This year’s featured auction item is a Taste of the Track Driving Experience from the Monticello Motor Club. Individual tickets are $200, reservations only. Doors open at noon. www.tastehv.org HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK November 5-18 For the first time, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will be held twice in one year. Since the inaugural weekend in 2006, the number of participating restaurants has increased from 70 to 204 in March of 2012. Restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley will offer three-course, prixfixe dinners for $29.95 and three-course lunches for $20.95 for 14 days. Chefs will prepare meals using local produce from the fall harvest like squash, pumpkins, and apples. Winners of the Crown Maple Syrup chef challenge in March will give demonstrations of their dishes at Modava Farm in Dover Plains on October 14, and during restaurant week, The Movie House will host a food art exhibit and film festival. While in the area, enjoy everything else the region has to offer: natural preserves, antiques, historic landmarks, wineries, theaters, and art galleries. Full restaurant listings will be posted on their website at the end of September. www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com

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Winter Walk on Warren Street in Hudson. Photo by Peter Blandori.

WINTER WALK ON WARREN STREET December 1 While it’s unlikely you’ll make it to the North Pole, you can visit Hudson—a pretty close second during the annual Winter Walk on Warren Street. Cars are replaced with trolleys, citizens with elves, and Scrooge-like attitudes with jolly welcomes. The multiple vendors, restaurants, and select eateries offering outdoor heated dining areas ensure that you enjoy a good meal beyond the chestnuts roasting, sugar plums dancing in your head, or milk and cookies pilfered from Santa’s plate. Music, decorations, and holiday cheer begin at 5pm. www.hudsonoperahouse.org/winterwalk.html JUDY COLLINS December 15 Like most of the Hudson Valley, Judy Collins counts Pete Seeger among her heroes—not only for his environmental work, but for his influence of the folk revival. Initially performing as a classical pianist, Collins was so inspired by Seeger’s guitar, she traded in the ivories. In a career that covers and continues over half a century, Collins has come to her own in singing, songwriting, producing, performing, and social activism. Equally acclaimed on Broadway, at the Grammys, and among folk fans, Collins is known for her collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman, as well as her covers of essential Americana including “Amazing Grace,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Doors open at 6:30 for her Bethel Woods performance; tickets can be purchased online for $69.50 to $74.50. www.bethelwoodscenter.org KATHLEEN MADIGAN January 12 If you aren’t familiar with Kathleen Madigan yet, that’s likely to change. Not only has her name flowered throughout the media, be it on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” a special on Comedy Central, the USO Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, or her weekly show on Sirius Radio, she’s also the winner of the American Comedy Award’s “Funniest Female Stand-Up Comedian” and was a finalist on 34

“Last Comic Standing.” Madigan’s performances favor the relaxed optimism of her Midwest roots with some local taste of wherever she performs (Shawangunk jokes, anyone?) and the occasional goodhumored Irish reference. Madigan will perform at 8pm at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall Theater. www.ikehall.com/tickets.htm

HUDSON VALLEY RAIL TRAIL WINTERFEST January 12 Celebrate winter on the trail this season. The event includes the Best of Fest chilli contest, with dishes donated by over 20 local restaurants. People taste and vote on their favorite, but all of the hearty varieties will be available for sale along with hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate, and other cold weather comforts. Lowe’s will provide games and activities for children, and the $2 admission includes toasted marshmellows and roasted chestnuts over a bonfire, and a wintery wagon ride on the rail trail. www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net US CHEFS’ CLUB RACE February 6 A ski race where chef aprons become sportswear. The US Chefs’ Ski Club partners with Hunter Mountain for a day that allows restauranteurs to feel wind against their face instead of steam. Anyone can participate in the race, but the fourperson teams must include a chef or restauranteur as captain. Though there will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner—including hot sausage, burgers, and cold cuts waiting at the finish line—it will be provided by sponsors like Grand Marnier and Hunter’s own Van Winkle’s Restaurant, not the participating chefs. According to Jacky Ruette, who founded the Chef ’s Race in 1975, “We don’t want them to be cooking. We want to get them out of the kitchen for one day and enjoy.” Trophies will be awarded to the winners, but all registered racers are eligible for the grand prize, which, according to Ruette, could be anything from a pass to Hunter Mountain to a European vacation. Breakfast and registration starts at 8:30am; race starts at 11am on Madison Avenue. www.huntermtn.com

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Northern Dutchess Hospital 6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck 845-876-3011 St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers 241 North Road, Poughkeepsie 845-483-5000 St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital 70 Dubois Street, Newburgh 845-561-4400 19 Laurel Avenue, Cornwall 845-534-7711 Vassar Brothers Medical Center 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie 845-454-8500

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Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm John Cage: On & Off the Air!

Tickets: $15, 25, 35, 45

On & Off the Air! celebrates Cage’s centennial year under the auspices of the John Cage Trust. In John Cage: On & Off the Air! its theme, the performance means to spotlight Cage’s ever-prescient work with technology; in its

On design, & Off the Air! celebrates Cage’sdevotion centennial year undercreativity, the auspices of the John Cage Trust. In it means to extend Cage’s to multiplicity, and responsive living. Produced its by theme, the Cage performance to spotlight work with technology; in its the John Trust andmeans The Richard B. Fisher Cage’s Center ever-prescient for the Performing Arts. design, it means to extend Cage’s Produced Saturday, November 17 at 8 pmdevotion to multiplicity, creativity, and responsive Tickets:living. $15, 25, 35, 45 by the John Cage Trust and The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Conservatory Saturday, NovemberSundays 17 at 8 pm

Tickets: $15, 25, 35, 45

Join us at the Sosnoff Theater for a series of delightful concerts performed by the talented students Conservatory Sundays of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, with faculty and special guests.

JoinChamber us at theConcert SosnoffSunday, TheaterOctober for a series of3delightful concerts performed by the talented students 14 at pm of The Bard College Conservatory ofOctober Music, with faculty andDecember special guests. Conservatory Orchestra Sunday, 21 and Sunday, 9 at 3 pm Chamber Concert Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm Music Alive! Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm Suggested donation: $15, 20

Conservatory Orchestra Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm Music Alive! Sunday, 28 Sosnoff at 3 pmTheater. Additional informationSuggested donation: $15, 20 All performances takeOctober place in the is available on our website. All performances take place in the Sosnoff Theater. Additional information is available on our website.

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Sojourn, Fall 2012/Winter 2013