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Although the Woodstock Film Festival (October 2-6) is centered in Woodstock, film screenings and other events are also held at venues in Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties. Actress Melissa Leo (above) during the filming of last year’s WFF trailer.
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or many of us, the gorgeous foliage, bright blue skies and crisp air of autumn are the more potent possible reminders of why we choose to live here, or visit frequently. As we put the hazy, hot and humid days of summer behind us, we feel invigorated and ready to enjoy the manifold blessings of a Hudson Valley harvest. Here for your consideration are some of the many enticing excuses to get out and about in this beautiful region in October and November:
World, will have a screening and a panel discussion on the techniques and legal implications of guerrilla filmmaking. As always at WFF, movies about music, documentaries about political and environmental issues and films made in the Hudson Valley get special attention, and there are multiple programs of short liveaction and animated films. Though tickets for keynote events and many highly anticipated screenings tend to sell out early, it’s often possible at short notice to get in to see films with relatively unknown casts and novice directors. Ticket prices range from $5 to $75. Check out the schedule at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com, or call the box office at (845) 810-0131.
October 2, 9, 16 & 23: Woodstock Farm Festival Every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to dusk, rain or shine, Woodstockers celebrate local agriculture and pick out some fresh produce for the week’s meals while being serenaded by live music at the Woodstock Farm Festival. Vendors from Ulster, Dutchess and Greene Counties offer organic and heirloom vegetables and fruits, free-range meats, poultry and dairy products, smoked fish, local honey and maple syrup, artisan breads, gourmet pickles, wild mushrooms, microdistilled spirits and more.
October 2-6: Woodstock Film Festival In early fall, head for the various venues in Woodstock – plus Kingston, Rosendale, Saugerties and Rhinebeck – where the screenings, panel discussions, concerts and parties of the Woodstock Film Festival are being held. Highlights will include a talk at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock on October 5 by veteran director Peter Bogdanovich, who will be honored with this year’s Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award at the WFF Gala at BSP in Uptown Kingston later that evening. Director Mira Nair will receive the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award. The full lineup – way too long to print here – includes world, US, East Coast and New York premieres, Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, John Sayles’ latest fiction feature and new documentaries from Haskell Wexler and Barbara Kopple. The buzzworthy Escape from Tomorrow, Randy Moore’s controversial film noir shot without permission at Walt Disney
Columbus Day HudsonFest Weekend Friday, October 11 – MoonWalk – Family Evening Event 7-9 PM - Hudson Valley Rail Trail - 101 New Paltz Road, Highland Saturday, October 12 – An Evening Under the Stars Gala 6-10 PM - The Would Restaurant, 120 North Road, Highland Sunday, October 13 – HudsonFest - Festival 10 AM-5 PM - Hudson Valley Rail Trail - 75 Haviland Road, Highland Monday, October 14 – Move Your Caboose Fun Run 9 AM-12 Noon - Hudson Valley Rail Trail - 101 New Paltz Road, Highland
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The farmersâ€™ market season wraps up this month, with special features each week: David Baggett performs on the 9th, and thereâ€™ll be pumpkin-painting for kids on the 23rd. Check the website at http:// woodstockfarmfestival.com for updates. The WoodstockÂ Farm Festival convenes at 6 Maple Lane, just two blocks off the Village Green in downtown Woodstock.
October 4-6: The 1777 Burning of Kingston
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Every two years, redcoats and Colonial bluecoats occupy Kingston for three days, commemorating the torching of the city by the invading British under Major General John Vaughan in October 1777, when it was an infant New York Stateâ€™s first capital. The reenactment weekend begins on Friday evening, October 4 with a Committee of Safety Meeting at the Hoffman House Tavern in the Uptown Historic Stockade District. A candlelight cemetery tour and an organ recital will follow at the nearby Old Dutch Church. On Saturday morning, October 5 at Kingston Point Park, there will be a reenactment of the British landing, a skirmish with the local militia and some symbolic small-scale arson. Fighting continues in the Stockade District in the afternoon, including a siege at the Matthew Persen House, built in the 1660s and one of the structures at the last surviving street crossing in the US where all four corners are occupied by preRevolutionary stone buildings. Cannons will be fired
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â€œA celebration of the very concept of creativityâ€? is how its presenters â€“ Artrider Productions of Woodstock, Dutchess County Tourism, the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Woodstock Film Festival, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, The Valley Table and FiberFlame â€“ are billing the Hudson Valley Arts Festival at Rhinebeck. Sure, youâ€™ll be able to shop until you drop for high-end crafts at the sprawlingÂ Dutchess Fairgrounds. But docent tours, demonstrations and hands-on art projects for both kids and adults are also on the menu, and the culinary and winemaking arts will not be left out. Highlights of the live music schedule include local faves Mike + Ruthy on Friday at 4 p.m., Myles Mancuso on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Lindsay Webster on Sunday at 1 p.m. Festival hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. Entry costs $10 general admission, $9 for seniors, $4 for kids age 6 to 16 and free for kids under 6; parking is free. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck. For more information call (845) 331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com/HVAF13.html.
October 5: Catskill Animal Sanctuaryâ€™s Shindig in Saugerties Considering going vegan or vegetarian? Appalled by what youâ€™ve been learning about the horrendous conditions in factory farming? Or do you just have a soft spot for cute critters? If you havenâ€™t yet paid a visit to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), where beasties once intended for someoneâ€™s dinner table get to enjoy a safe and comfortable retirement, then CASâ€™s annual â€œShindig: A Festival of Vegan Livingâ€? is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to the Saugerties-based refuge and the joys of meatless living. This 12th annual celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Wellness coach and Main Street Vegan author Victoria Moran will be the eventâ€™s keynote speaker, and there will be demonstrations of vegan cooking from guest chefs Nava Atlas, David Hall, Jenne Claiborne and CASâ€™s own Chef Linda Soper-Kolton. Two Dollar Goat and Emiko will supply the live music. And of course, youâ€™ll be able to meet an endearing crew of rescued farmed animals. There will be hayrides for kids, vendors and a silent auction as well. All parking will be off-site at Cantine Field in Saugerties; shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the Sanctuary.Â Advance tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for CAS members and $3 for kids aged 5 to 12. At the door, youâ€™ll pay $15 for general admission, $10 for members and $5 for kids aged 5 to 12. Kids under age 5 get in free. For more information, visit http://casanctuary.org.
October 5: Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty Festival in Milton Everything from apples to zucchini and artisan cheese to Zumba is included under the heading of Hudson Valley Bounty at this eclectic Festival held in the charming hamlet of Milton in southern Ulster County. Farm-to-Table Restaurant AgriCuisine is a central theme, but thereâ€™s a lot more going on than just the usual farmersâ€™ market stuff: live music and dance; magic, puppet and fashion shows; a pet parade; karate and yoga demonstrations; a car show; bocce, baseball and basketball tournaments; kayaking; homemade goods and talent contests; and tons of activities for kids.
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ties go on from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 at Riverfront Green Park, which is just around the corner from the Peekskill Metro North station. Come by train, and you won’t even need a designated driver! For more information, visit www.hudsonhopandharvest.com.
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The Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties will hold its 12th annual “Shindig: A Festival of Vegan Living” on October 5. In short, there’s something here for just about everybody. Best of all, many of the activities raise funds and awareness for a variety of local causes and not-for-profit organizations. The Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 at the Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park at 18011805 Route 9W in Milton. Admission and parking are free. For more information call (845) 616-7824 or visit www.hvbountyfestival.com.
October 5: Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival If a celebration of the local harvest season doesn’t seem complete without a cornucopia of re-
gionally microbrewed beers and ales, then the Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival in Peekskill is the place for you. There will be delicious farm-to-table food offerings, a farmers’ market and live music from the likes of the Saints of Valory, Mary C and the Stellars, Evan Watson and the Fundimensionals. But perhaps you’ll find the beer list more intriguing: There will be fresh brews on tap from the Peekskill Brewery – including a Festival Beer created specially for the occasion – as well as the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Elmsford, Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang, the Newburgh Brewing Company, the Bronx Brewery, the Victory Brewing Company of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Kingston’s Keegan Ales and Long Island’s Blue Point Brewery, not to mention Doc’s Draft Hard Cider from Warwick. Entry is free; you just pay as you taste. The festivi-
Then again, maybe a glass of local wine with your locally sourced repast is more your cup of tea. In that case, head over to Bethel Woods in Sullivan County for the Wine Festival, featuring 21 different wineries and vineyards from the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes. Tasting will go on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, and of course you’ll be able to buy bottles of your favorites to take home. There will be food, cheese and craft vendors on hand, as well as live music. There will be a $15 tasting fee, which includes a wine glass; designated drivers can tag along for $5. Parking is free. You can pay at the gate or order tickets by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.bethelwoodscenter.org. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel.
October 5: Rhinebeck Reformed Church Apple Festival The rarest and choicest apple varieties are the ones that ripen last, so what better time than early October for an Apple Festival? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, located at the corner of Route 9 and South Street, will offer fresh apple pies and other baked goods for sale, crafts and “second-timearound” tables. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (845) 876-3727.
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This year’s lineup of visual and performance artists at Kingston’s O+ Festival on October 11-13 includes the internationally known street artist Gaia.
October 5, 12, 19 & 26: Historic Graveyard Tours in Hyde Park Each Saturday evening through November 2, you can meet the most interesting dead people in the graveyard at St. James’s Episcopal Church in
Hyde Park. Guests will be led by lantern though the cemetery as actors play the parts of its “residents.” Tours provide entertainment, education and insights into the life – and death – of the Hudson Valley’s past. Featured characters include a suffragette, a professional baseball player, a lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s father.
The Historic Graveyard Tours last approximately one hour and begin every half-hour between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15; children under age 12 get in free. The tour groups are small, and advance purchase is strongly recommended. The churchyard is located at 4526 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park. For more information, call (845) 229-2820 or visit www. stjameshistoricgraveyardtours.com.
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musicians – including Polka King Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra on October 12 – and Schuhplattler dancers in full regalia of dirndls and lederhosen. The entertainment goes on from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. And then there’s the food that you’ll need to sate the appetite brought on by the crisp mountain air: hearty traditional German fare and the fresh new batch of the season’s beer that inspired Oktoberfests in the first place. There will also be a farmers’ market, craft vendors and lots of activities for kids, including pumpkinpainting and a wildlife show. Admission, amazingly, is free! Hunter Mountain is located at 7740 Main Street (Route 23A) in Hunter. For more information visit www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/festivals/summerfestivals-oktoberfest.aspx.
October 6: Mum Festival in Saugerties
Take a MoonWalk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Highland on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. and enjoy a bonfire, storytelling and snacks, but remember to bring your flashlight.
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Following the playing of the Mum Bowl football game at Saugerties High School the day before, Seamon Park, ablaze with thousands of chrysanthemums in their full autumnal glory, becomes headquarters for the annual Mum Festival. The Mum Queen and her court will present flowers, courtesy of the Saugerties Society of Little Gardens, and a live band and chorus will give a concert at the Pavilion. There will be Campfire Girl exhibits, wild-
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November 2013 8 | October– Explore Hudson Valley life shows, arts and crafts booths, martial arts demonstrations, face-painting and refreshments. The Festival runs from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, and will be postponed to October 13 in the event of heavy rain. Admission is free. Seamon Park is located at 5 Malden Avenue in Saugerties. For more information visit http://village.saugerties.ny.us/ content.
Autumn in the mid-Hudson is laden with opportunities to eat food that someone else has harvested, or to harvest some of your own at a pick-it-yourself orchard. But have you ever had an opportunity to take that middle step of being the one who turns the harvested crop into the true fruits of the season – such as wine? Between the picking and the fermenting, some folks need to take off their socks and get stompin’ a roomful of grapes. Why not you? What could be more cathartic? And those purple feet of yours will be the talk of the water-cooler crowd when you head back to the office after a relaxing Columbus Day weekend. Your opportunity to stomp grapes comes Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Benmarl Winery, located at 156 Highland Avenue in Marlboro. The $20 entry fee also includes winetasting and dancing to live music. And if you buy your tickets far enough in advance, you might be able to snag a 25 percent discount when you enter the promo code Earlybird at http://octobergrapestomp.eventbrite. com. For more information, call (845) 236-4265 or visit http://benmarl.com/events.
October 11: Rickie Lee Jones plays for breast cancer research in Bearsville Pink may not be the color that one normally associates with autumn, but at WDST Radio Woodstock, Pink October has been a tradition for the past 15 years. On-air programming for the weekend of October 25 to 27 will be devoted to the FM station’s annual Request-a-Thon, during which song requests are accepted in exchange for donations of $25 or more toward breast cancer research at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. As a lead-up to that fundraising marathon, singer/ songwriter Rickie Lee Jones will be performing at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Friday, October 11, with proceeds also going to the Pink October campaign. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are priced at $45, $69, $79 and $150 and can be purchased online at www.radiowoodstock.com.
October 11-13: O+ Festival in Kingston “A grassroots, Band-Aid solution to inaccessible health care for the creative community” is the modest description that its organizers put out for the O+ (pronounced Oh Positive) Festival, a brilliant concept that was birthed in Kingston but has since spread to San Francisco and is being considered as a model by other cities. The basic premise is that, in an economy where artists typically can’t afford health insurance, their contributions to our communities can best be rewarded on a barter basis. The O+ Festival brings health care providers, both mainstream and alternative, together with artists and performers of every stripe on the streets of Uptown Kingston for three days: Friday through Sunday, October 11 to 13. The artists get medical, dental and complementary care services at a pop-up clinic and health screenings at a private indoor site, while the rest of us get entertained. This year’s lineup of visual and performance artists includes the internationally known street artist Gaia, Linda Montano, LMNOPi, Kris Perry’s Machines and the Deep Listening Institute. Musical acts include Spiritualized, And the Kids, Dan Bern, Buke & Gase, Nicole Atkins, Simone Felice with Simi Stone and many more. Paste-up artworks will blossom on building exteriors all around Uptown Kingston, and concerts and performances will happen at various venues indoors and out. Yoga, sound healing, qi gong, meditation and dance classes will be offered to wristbandwearers. And lest all this sound too serious, the Festival will close with a wild and wooly competition by the Broads’ Regional Arm-Wrestling League (BRAWL). A $25 suggested donation gets you a wristband for access to all regular-programming festival events throughout the three-day weekend (There are no oneday passes. There are no VIP tickets). All O+ shows are first-come, first-served. Special events may cost an additional fee due to capacity issues. To order a wristband or see the full schedule of events, visit www. opositivefestival.org.
October 11: Moonlight stroll on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail All aboard at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot – located at 101 New Paltz Road, just off Route 299 between New Paltz and Highland – at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 11 to join the annual MoonWalk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. This evening of fun and camaraderie with friends and family, held “rain or moonshine,” includes a bonfire and a storyteller. Popcorn, donuts and cider will be served.
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers’ Showcase will be hosted by the Bearsville Theatre and Utopia Soundstage on Friday through Sunday, October 25 to 27. Please bring a flashlight, but leave bikes, scooters and pets at home. There’s a $5 admission fee; children age 6 and under get in free. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net or call (845) 691-2066.
October 12: Food Art Show to beneﬁt Queens Galley at Kingston’s Cornell Street Studios Sometimes a work of art just looks good enough to eat. Join Cornell Street Studios and friends on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. for “The Culinary Experience,” an evening full of beautiful art, tastings supplied by local restaurants, cooking demos and live music provided by Passero, Breakfast in Fur and Stevie and the Lion. The group art show will feature about 30 artists and fine craftspeople who are inspired by the culinary arts, displaying pastels, oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics, drawings, mosaics and wearable art. Admission costs $10 per person, 25 percent of which – plus all proceeds of the event’s silent art auction – will benefit Kingston soup kitchen the Queens Galley. Cornell Street Studios are located on the second floor at 168 Cornell Street, the Darmstadt Overhead Doors building, in Midtown Kingston. For more information call (845) 331-0191 or visit www.cornellstreetstudios.com.
October 12-13: Rhinebeck Antiques Fair For many visitors, one of the greatest pleasures of a visit to the Hudson Valley is crawling the many antique shops and yard sales, seeking the perfect vintage object to transform some corner of your dwelling. Housed entirely indoors at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, the semiannual Rhinebeck Antiques Fair brings “the best of the best” all together in one place to make it easy for you to find that special something. It returns on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, with well over 100 antiques dealers from all over the Northeast expected to exhibit a diverse array of fine furnishings and collectibles. The Fair goes on rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $10 for adults; children under age 12 get in free. For details call (845) 876-1989 or visit www. rhinebeckantiquesfair.com, where you can also find a printable discount entry coupon.
October 12-13: Grape-Stomping Festival in Marlboro
October 13: Trek the trail or walk the Walkway at the Highland HudsonFest The fourth annual Highland HudsonFest is meant to celebrate both the continued expansion and enhancement of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the contributors of taste, sound, vision and artistry to the Hudson Valley and the hamlet of Highland. Following its Friday night MoonWalk and Saturday night Rail Trail Gala, the culmination of the HudsonFest happens on Sunday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the eastern access point to the Walkway over the Hudson, at 75 Haviland Road in Highland. Showcasing the hamlet and valley merchants, farms, vineyards, restaurants, artists and more that make the community special, food, drink and craft vendors will line the eastern spur of the Rail Trail leading to the Walkway entrance, and a main tent will be available for relaxation, entertainment and dining. Residents and visitors are invited to walk, bike or drive to the entrance of the trail and explore it in either direction: eastward over the Hudson or westward toward New Paltz. Fine views of fall foliage can be expected which-
Explore Hudson Valley Fall in the Valley Editorial editor: Julie O’Connor contributors: John Burdick, Erica Chase-Salerno, Will Dendis, Ann Hutton, Dion Ogust, Frances Marion Platt, Paul Smart Lauren Thomas, Lynn Woods Ulster Publishing publisher: Geddy Sveikauskas associate publisher: Dolores Giordano production and technology director: Joe Morgan advertising director: Genia Wickwire advertising project manager: Sue Rogers display ads: Lynn Coraza, Pam Courselle, Elizabeth Jackson, Ralph Longendyke, Linda Saccoman production: Karin Evans, Rick Holland, Josh Gilligan circulation: Dominic Labate Explore Hudson Valley is a special seasonal publication produced by Ulster Publishing. It is distributed in the company’s five weekly newspapers – Woodstock Times, New Paltz Times, Saugerties Times, Kingston Times & Almanac Weekly – and separately at select locations throughout Ulster & Dutchess counties. Its website is www.explorehudsonvalley.com. Ulster Publishing (est. 1972) is a Hudson Valley media company with offices in New Paltz and Kingston. For more info on upcoming special sections, including how to place an ad, call (845) 334-8200, fax (845) 334-8202 or e-mail info@ ulsterpublishing.com.
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Saugerties kicks off the Halloween season with a zombie village invasion, in which folks get dressed up and moan hungrily for human brains on the night of October 19.
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October 13: Million Women Drummers in New Paltz Efforts are afoot to get a million women all over the world to take drums in hand on Saturday, October 13, and make the air vibrate with rhythm “for the love of drums and trees,” “honoring sacred Earth” and “creating a new mindful model for a sustainable future for drums, wooden musical instruments and the trees they are made from.” Locally, the Million Women Drummers’ Global Gathering will convene at the Ulster County Fairgrounds at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz. The gathering will feature world music performers – including such drumming luminaries as Edwina Lee Tyler, Ubaka Hill and Spirit of Thunderheart – workshops, speakers, sacred ceremonies, a drum swap, parade and Children’s Village. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for children; elders, toddlers and babies get in free. Bring a drum or other wooden instrument if you already have one! For more information, visit www.millionwomendrummers.com.
Dutchess Hospital Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, participants in the Fall Foliage Half-Marathon and 5K will run from the Dutchess County Fairgrounds through historic downtown Rhinebeck and journey to the shores of the Hudson River in neighboring Rhinecliff. The Half-Marathon will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, and the 5K will follow B-Tag chips will be used for timing runners; there will be Tech shirts for all runners, cash prizes and a post-race party. Race registration is ongoing at www.fallfoliagehalf. com, and registration will be available on race weekend provided that the race does not exceed 1,000 participants. Packet pickup will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Matt Linick at (561) 470-7966 or info@ fallfoliagehalf.com.
October 19: Mid-Hudson Woodworkers’ Show in Hurley If you’d like to get some tips from master wood-
October 19: “Carnival of the Dead” Village Invasion of Saugerties Zombies are all the rage these days; and for the past three years, Saugerties has kicked off the Halloween season with a fun Village Invasion, in which folks get dressed up in their best torn clothing and fake bloodstains to drag themselves around town moaning hungrily for human brains. This year, the spooky roleplaying event will have a special theme:
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October 13: Beacon Sloop Club’s Pumpkin Festival Each year at the Beacon Riverfront Park, one of the Clearwater sloops – either the mighty mothership herself or her smaller offspring the Woody Guthrie – unloads a cargo of golden autumnal treasure: pumpkins for the buying. It’s the centerpiece of the Beacon Sloop Club’s Pumpkin Festival, which also features live entertainment (including Pete Seeger), environmental displays, food and fun for all ages. You can even sign up for a short sail on the Hudson. The Festival runs from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 13. For more information visit www.beaconsloopclub.org or call (845) 4634660 or (845) 242-7822.
workers or just admire their handiwork, visit the Hurley Reformed Church at 11 Main Street in Hurley from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 17 th annual MidHudson Woodworkers’ Show. There will be informative displays and demonstrations of techniques and technology, toy cars and plane for the kids, a raffle of woodworking items and a hands-on opportunity to make a wooden pen. Admission costs $3, and children under 12 get in free. For more information, visit www.midhudsonwoodworkers.org.
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October 13: Mangia al fresco at the Kingston’s Italian Festival Not to be outdone, Kingston’s Rondout waterfront has its own festival lined up for Sunday, October 13 – this one promising “the best Italian food in the Hudson Valley,” with live music from 1 to 8 p.m. The sixth annual Italian Festival takes place along the Strand, at the foot of lower Broadway. An Italian Wine-Tasting with live entertainment at Madden’s Fine Wines and Spirits will be part of the fun. For information, visit www.kingstonswaterfront.com.
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October 19-20: Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck The largest sheep and wool festival in the country takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck on October 19 and 20, and it’s not just knitters, crocheters, fiber artists, spinners, weavers and dyers who show up for this annual celebration of all things wooly. Sure, there are plenty of competitions, talks, demonstrations and booksignings for the professional or serious hobbyist; but the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests. You can watch a llama parade, learn to make cheese from ewes’ milk, check out a natural-fiber fashion show, thrill to a live demonstration of dogs’ sheepherding (or Frisbee-catching) skills, taste some wines, take the kids to the Petting Zoo and much more.
And on Sunday, teams of engineering students from throughout the region will bring their homemade medieval siege engines to compete in the awe-inspiring Punkin Chuckin’ contest. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $12 per day at the gate, but you can order advance tickets online for $10.50 per day, $18.50 for a weekend pass at www.dutchessfair.com. For schedules, maps and other Festival information, visit www.sheepandwool.com.
October 19-20: Hunter Wine, Wing & Brew Festival Oenophiles and craft beer-fanciers have a number of options open to them in the Hudson Valley each summer and fall, so a festival dedicated to samplings of products from New York State wineries and microbreweries needs a way to set itself apart from the pack. Hunter Mountain has hit on a brilliant solution by asking the cosmic questions: Why should Buffalo, such a long drive away, get to keep the chicken-wing crown all to itself ? And what better way to work up a thirst than by nibbling on a tangy selection of Buffalo hots and barbecue-style wings from a variety of area restaurants? The ski resort will focus on beverages at its Wine and Brew Festival on Saturday, October 19, and introduce the Wing Fest on Sunday, October 20. Saturday’s activities will feature a Grape-Stomping Contest at 3 p.m., and there will be a Chicken Wing-Eating Contest at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
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Access to the Festival grounds, main bar and entertainment is free. On Saturday, for $20 at the gate, $17 in advance, you get five sample tokens, a wine-tasting bracelet and a glass; additional beer-sampling tokens cost $1 each. On Sunday, $10 will get you a souvenir Frisbee plate and one wing-tasting (good for three wings); additional wing-tastings cost $1.50 for three wings, and wine-tasting will cost $5. The Skyride and ziplines will be running both days. Reservations are recommended for zipline tours, and participants in either day’s contest should preregister. For details call (800) 486-8376 or visit www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/festivals/summerfestivals-microbrew.aspx.
October 19-20: Johnny Appleseed Cider Fest in Milton The larger-than-life historical character of Johnny Appleseed is mostly associated with what was then the Western frontier of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. But some sources claim that as a young man, the Massachusetts-born John Chapman sojourned for a while in Ulster County, planting a tree nursery on land that he owned in what is now Highland, Esopus or Marlborough. So it’s most fitting that the hamlet of Milton on Route 9W should celebrate the apple harvest with a festival named after the sometimelocal hero. The Johnny Appleseed Cider Fest will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20 at Prospect Hill Orchards, located at 40 Clarks Lane in Milton. It will feature old-fashioned hands-on cider pressing, hayrides and a chance to build your own scarecrow – all at no charge. For more information, call (845) 7952383 or visit http://prospecthillorchards.com.
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If the foot-dragging zombies didn’t get you at the Saugerties Village Invasion the week before, some friskier undead just might catch up to you on a five-kilometer trail winding its way through the spooky woods, tunnels and caves of Williams Lake in Rosendale on Saturday, October 26 – that is, unless you can run faster. Runners in the Zombie Escape, whose proceeds benefit UlsterCorps, will be given a health flag belt (two flags each, just like flag football). Avoid the zombies and get through the woods with at least one flag and all your brains intact and you win. Top finishers will receive certificates in gender- and age-group categories. Special awards will be given for Best Individual Costume and Best Group Costume. The cost to enter is $15 if you preregister, $20 on the day of the event. There’s a team discount rate of $12 per person; a team must have at least three members and register by October 15. On-site registration opens at 10 a.m., a one-kilometer Fun Run for kids starts at 11 a.m. and the timed 5K Zombie Escape shuffles off at 11:15. The rain date is October 27. Williams Lake is located at 434 Williams Lake Road, off Binnewater Road in Rosendale. Preregister and find more information at www.ulstercorps.org/?p=10838.
October 26: The Miller Craft Fair in Lake Katrine The largest sheep and wool festival in the country takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck on October 19 and 20. iature worlds, created in intricate, loving detail by dedicated hobbyists. Bring along the kids in your own life, or just come yourself to rediscover the delights of model railroading at the largest model train and railroad hobby show in Ulster County on Sunday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kingston. It will take place in the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center (the old Armory building) at 467 Broadway, at the corner of Hoffman Street. The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show will offer 11,000 square feet of operating layouts, dealer and vendor tables, model train exhibits, modular layouts, a large-scale garden railroad train display and all sorts of Railroadiana. For the little ones, there will be a Kids’ Corner play area, plenty of Thomas the Tank Engine stuff and a toy train set raffle. Food and refreshments will be available. Admission costs $6 for adults, $1 for children under age 12. For more information, visit www.kingstontrainshow.com.
October 25-27: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers’ Showcase Woodstock has long been a Mecca for musicians, but now it’s also making a name for itself as a place to seek out fine handmade musical instruments. That’s largely due to the growing allure of the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers’ Showcase, which will be hosted by the Bearsville Theatre and Utopia Soundstage on Friday through Sunday, October 25 to 27. The Showcase is billed as “a lowkey, laid-back event for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting…the absolute finest
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Plenty of schools in the mid-Hudson host crafts fairs in late autumn, but if you really want to get a jump on your winter holiday shopping, then the Miller Middle School in Lake Katrine is the place to begin. The 26th annual Miller Craft Fair is a juried show hosting vendors of choice gift items including jewelry, pottery, ceramics, fabrics, knitted and crocheted wearables, wood, photography, specialty foods, floral items, soap and candles. The Craft Fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, is an important annual fundraiser for programs at the Miller School, located at 65 Fording Place Road. To find out more, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 3: Taste of the Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie There are food festivals in the Hudson Valley that also serve wine, and wine festivals that also serve food. But isn’t it a rare treat to have the guidance of experts in choosing the perfect vintage to sip with each dish? Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Taste of the Hudson Valley has long made it its mission to be “the premier food- and winepairing event of the Northeast,” while raising funds for the Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers. Beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, November 3 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of more than 100 different food and wine pairings, with live music and an auction starting at 3:30 p.m. Such self-indulgence does not come cheap: Tickets cost $200 per person. But $75 of that
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November 3: Kaaterskill Postcard Club Show in Kingston This past September 9 was the centennial of the date when the filling of the Ashokan Reservoir began back in 1913, inundating a number of Catskill towns. Back in the day, photographers and artists captured images of the massive construction in process, as well as of the towns themselves that were destined for depopulation; and many of those images were preserved for posterity in the form of postcards. So in honor of this somber anniversary, the Kaaterskill Postcard Club is featuring an exhibit of postcards depicting the reservoir project and the towns displaced by its construction as the centerpiece of its annual show on Sunday, November 3 in Midtown Kingston. About 15 dealers will be on hand, with tens of thousands of antique postcards available to collectors. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center (the old Armory building) at 467 Broadway, at the corner of Hoffman Street. Admission costs $3. For more information call (845) 254-4104 or (845) 383-0061, or e-mail email@example.com.
November 24: Rosendale’s International Pickle Festival What garlic is to Saugerties, pickles are to Rosendale. If your concept of a pickle is that limp, lonely crinkle-cut green slice on your burger, the International Pickle Festival is the place to come to expose yourself to all the tangy possibilities that the wide world of fermented vegetables has to offer. From delicatessen-style kosher dills and Southern chow-chow to Pennsylvania Dutch corn relish and super-crunchy Japanese oshinko, you’ll find it here, along with sweet-and-sour pickled beets and hot Korean kim chi, old-fashioned dilly beans and cauliflower pickled in mustard. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, the Pickle Festival returns to the Rosendale Community Center, located at 1055 Route 32. Plenty of vendors will be on hand offering samples of pickled treats from many countries and cuisines. If you’ve never tried a deep-fried pickle on a stick, now is your chance. Home picklers can enter samples of their best batches for se-
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rious judging, or you can try your skill in competition at something silly like drinking pickle juice or catching slices in your mouth in the Pickle Toss. Even a sourpuss can have fun at the picklefest, which typically includes live music, folkdance demonstrations, prizes and giveaways and craft activities for the kids. For more information call (845) 658-9649 or visit www.picklefest.com.
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Does the enticing bounty of the Thanksgiving dinner table tend to saddle you with overeater’s remorse afterwards? Or does the head chef in your household grumble about you getting underfoot in the kitchen during the preparation of the great feast? Maybe this year it’s time for you to join the hundreds of Paltzonians who make it an annual tradition to run (or walk) five kilometers for a great local charity on Thanksgiving morning. The tenth annual Family of New Paltz 5K Turkey Trot steps off at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 28 from the intersection of Plains Road and Water Street, behind the assembly point at the Water Street Market. The mostly flat racecourse follows Plains Road to its end and then returns to the starting point via the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. It’s preceded by the half-mile Mashed Potato Fun Run on the Rail Trail for kids age 10 and under. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the day of the event in the upper parking lot at the Water Street Market. There are also several ways to preregister and avoid the long lines: by mail using the registration form available at the Turkey Trot website (which earns you a tee-shirt if you register by November 6); in person at the Jewish Community Center at 30 North Chestnut Street in New Paltz from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27; or online at www.active.com, which incurs an extra service charge. Up until 6 p.m. on the day preceding the event, the
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Rosendale will host its annual International Pickle Festival (left) on November 24; the tenth annual Family of New Paltz 5K Turkey Trot (right) steps off at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 entry fee for the Turkey Trot is $20 for runners/walkers ages 19 to 64 years and $10 for youths age 18 and under and seniors age 65 and over. On race day, the fee goes up to $25 for runners/walkers aged 19 to 64 and $15 for those 18 and under or 65 and over. Entry in the Mashed Potato Fun Run is free. The proceeds of the event benefit the Family of New Paltz food pantry. Popular kids’ music band Fuzzy Lollipop will perform at the Water Street Market beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the race, Moxie Cupcakes will help you carbo-load and there will be face-painting and family photos available for purchase. The awards ceremony and 50/50 raffle drawing are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., so everything wraps up in plenty of time to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner – minus the guilt. For more information contact Kathy at (845) 255-7957, or find registration forms and info online at www.newpaltzturkeytrot.com.
for kids to make crowns to wear and branches to carry in the Rhinebeck parade; plenty of street performers including musicians, carolers, jugglers and roleplayers costumed as Grumpuses and Wild Women; a treelighting ceremony at the Rondout Visitors’ Center on the waterfront; and lots of Open Houses, special sales and giveaways at the businesses lining lower Broadway. For updates on Sinterklaas Kingston as planning for the event progresses, visit www.facebook.com/sinterk-
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November 30: Sinterklaas arrives in Kingston The autumn harvest festival season segues with ample good cheer into the onset of the winter holidays when Sinterklaas – the original Dutch incarnation of Santa Claus – arrives by boat at the Rondout Landing in Kingston on Saturday, November 30 to kick off a two-weekend bicoastal celebration of children. Kingston stands in for “Spain” in this recreation of the Dutch festival of St. Nicholas, from whence Sinterklaas will set sail for “the Netherlands” (Rhinecliff ) the following Saturday for the concluding parade and festivities in Rhinebeck. The schedule for the 2013 Kingston Sinterklaas celebration had not yet been published as of presstime for this issue of Explore Hudson Valley. But in past years the popular event has included a procession of giant puppets, stars, fish, flags and boats; a crafts workshop
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mythologized businesses, and the myths run the gamut from the Spartan to the Caligulan. On one hand, one thinks of the top-selling acts camping out in studios for months at a time in label-footed boondoggles and Bacchanalias of legendary excess (on some occasions detained there at gunpoint by Phil Spector), and coming out the other side with something like Exile on Main Street, or perhaps a total bust. On the other hand, we read of Chess Records or Stax cutting hit after solid-gold classic hit in pretty much the time that it takes to play them back: no overdubs, no coddled “creative process.” We hear the accomplished and famously opinionated producer Steve Albini mocking the very idea that studios need to be conducive to mood and creativity, wondering publicly, “What’s with all the candles?” A scientist’s lab or an artist’s sacred haven? Both, of course. When bands and musicians are selecting a studio, they look for a well-equipped and efficiently run, cost-effective facility as well as place with at least a modicum of mojo. The professional studio scene these days is in a particularly fragmented state for several reasons. First, we are in the post-sales era of recorded music. No one buys records. Hootie and the Blowfish got booted from their label because their second LP sold “only” three million copies. It is quite possible that no record will ever sell three million copies again. Things have changed. Big studios that depended on major-label bands feel this pinch the hardest. For the smaller studios, this has represented an opportunity to lure in a higher grade of client than they might have been accustomed to. But the mid-size and small-project studios feel their own pinch as well. Computer-based recording and cheap Asian manufacturing have put credible recording equipment within the range of the Everyman. The Everyman typically does his records on a shoestring budget that allows for a couple days of tracking and a couple days of mixing, at best. Putting together your own studio buys you creative time and saves you money. What the Everyman can’t buy, of course, are ears, expertise and experience. But he can acquire all that the hard way. When bands and musicians seek a place to record, they’ll typically look at few critical factors: The gear list. Here, we like to see magic words like “Neve” and “Telefunken” and “Studer”: words that don’t mean much outside of our particular community of interest. Studios offer not only recording gear but also “backline”: instruments and amplifiers that can be a make-or-break part of the deal for potential clients. Everyone loves a good Steinway and a few vintage Fenders at the very least. The client list. Here, on the other hand, we like to see words that everyone knows, like “Bowie” or “Petty.” The fee schedule. You know, for scheduling your fees. Most studios post an hourly rate, but most also cut whole-project deals as well, and many offer an à la carte list of services to cater to all budgets. Finally, the physical environment: those candles, mandala rugs, wood paneling and lush isolation booths. We all want to feel like pros when we are dropping a hardearned couple of grand on these places. Our area is and always has been served by a tremendous variety of studios, from genuine “big boys” to all manner of agile, versatile regional facilities. Sometimes
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studios are associated with a particular sound or genre. Sometimes, studios are engaged for the credentials and skills of the engineer him- or herself, rather than for the facility. Studios are too numerous in the Hudson Valley for this story to cover even the tip of the iceberg, so apologies in advance to all the deserving names left off this list. Enjoy this “walking tour” of only a handful of the area’s reputable recording studios:
Salvation Recording, New Paltz Salvation Recording – a combined studio and indie record label – somehow manages to be inconspicuous in a house right in the middle of the Village of New Paltz, a stone’s throw from the bars. Salvation specializes not in evangelical modern Christian, but in music that is in some ways a close cousin: the evangelism of emo, art rock, noise rock, ecstatic roots and the many forms of electric venting and catharsis. Widely known locals such as the Nelsonvillans, Fairweather Friends and Porches have worked with both the production and distribution arms of Salvation, which is owned by Samantha Gloffke. Producer/engineer Christopher Daly twiddles the knobs in this surprisingly well-outfitted living room studio.
Salvation Recording, Inc., (845) 216-0238, http://salvationrecordingco.com
Marcata Recording, New Paltz Even though it is housed in an idyllic barn and silo outside of New Paltz, Kevin McMahon’s Marcata Recording tends to produce music that is anything but Ulster County barn rock in the hallowed school of Levon. Marcata is a hopping joint, gaining in national recognition and prestige due to McMahon’s highprofile production work with bands like Swans, Titus Andronicus, the Walkmen and (brace yourself ) the popular-against-all-odds Diarrhea Planet. Studios take all comers, though, and while McMahon specializes in combative, arresting and avant-garde soundwrangling, more rustic national/local acts such as Rhett Miller and the Felice Brothers have worked at Marcata as well – perhaps because McMahon is a committed analog freak who records to 24-track tape. Marcata Recording, www.marcata.net
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Roots Cellar operator and owner Todd Giudice wears all the hats: songwriter, guitarist, performer, engineer, studio-owner. In this case, the name of the studio advertises the aesthetic that prevails within. Giudice’s own music is an agreeable take on singer/songwriter, Americana and classic rock, and that sensibility tends to define the sounds coming up out of the Roots Cellar as well. Accomplished songwriters such as Mark Von Em and Mark Westin have laid down tracks here recently with Giudice, who studied engineering at the vaunted Berklee College of Music in Boston. Root Cellar Recording Studio, (845) 566-3781, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clubhouse, Rhinecliff The Clubhouse is one of the region’s several elite professional recording facilities, offering a large and sunny tracking room that has been used to record television orchestras (is there still such a thing?) and a variety of large isolation rooms, one of which harbors a Steinway, another of which contains an impressive library of serious literature. The droolworthy gear list points in both digital and analog directions. Spacious, homey accommodations for clients are available in an attached barn apartment. Paul Antonell’s rural aural paradise was built in 2000 around a 100-year-old building. It thus combines a kind of Old World architectural charm with all the advantages of a space that knew all along that it was going to be a studio. While all serious studios boast a lot of expensive recording equipment, few can match the Clubhouse’s collection of instruments and backline: Steinways, Mellotrons, Moogs and a vintage guitar and amp collection that is dangerous reading for any gear-obsessed player. Really, don’t even read it if, like me, you find these things upsetting. But when you record at the Clubhouse, it is all at your command; and in fact, the facility retains an expert amp tech, Chip Verspyck, whose shop is right in the basement. The Clubhouse, (845) 876-2653, www.theclubhousestudio.com
Dreamland Studio, West Hurley After five years of darkness, Joel Bluestein’s legendary studio Dreamland is doing business again, this time co-branded with the name of its new operator, the drummer Jerry Marotta. Recognizing a permanent ground shift in the nature of recording
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Rockers such as Coheed & Cambria, Blondie and Bad Brains have recorded at Applehead (left) in Woodstock; right, the legendary studio Dreamland in West Hurley is open for business once again. and of the music industry, Bluestein closed Dreamland because the revenues required to run a big studio were no longer flowing. Two of the area’s other large facilities, Bearsville and Allaire, closed their doors soon thereafter. But Bluestein didn’t sell anything, leaving the path open to some enterprising dreamer. Bluestein’s friend Marotta – known best for his work with Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates – saw an opportunity to bring the spacious, vibey church studio back to life and took it, enlisting the help of another drummer/studio owner well-known to locals: Pete Caigan, who runs Flymax studio. Now the room where the B-52s recorded “Love Shack” is rocking again. Marotta has revised Dreamland’s fee schedule and developed an à la carte variety of options to accommodate the different budgets and workflows of the digital present. The studio offers exactly the opulence of gear that you would expect, with, of course, an especially fine connoisseurgrade collection of drums and percussion. Dreamland Recording Studios, (845) 338-7151, www. dreamlandrecording.com
Applehead Recording, Woodstock When Applehead Recording co-owners Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner described their studio as “boutique,” they probably meant to characterize the facility as homey and intimate by comparison to the major studios in the same neighborhood. But now that many of those big players are either closed or scaled back, Applehead looks like a pretty deluxe place to get your work done. Rockers like Coheed & Cambria and Bad Brains and the uncategorizable keyboard wizard Marco Benevento all thought so. Rustic in setting (photos on its website include dogs, horses and a llama), the interior is warm, airy, wood-paneled and adorned with curios and rich imagery. Photos on the Applehead website highlight an abundance of analog mojo, including some big-ticket items like a custom 32-channel Neve console and 24-track twoinch tape machine sure to appeal to those of us who believe that things were better in the ‘70s. Applehead Recording, (845) 418-2370, http://appleheadrecording.com
Coldbrook Productions, Woodstock Coldbrook Productions is the umbrella name that engineer and singer/songwriter Julie Last uses to encompass her wide range of musical services and expertise. Modestly described as a “comfortable, intimate space for acoustic recording” catering to “singer/songwriters, small ensembles and instrumentalists,” Coldbrook’s main lure is Last
herself: a self-described “runaway from the LA music scene” and a gaudily credentialed audio engineer in a field that has been traditionally dominated by men. Last’s own 2004 CD Relics will tell you exactly where she sits musically: somewhere in the combined lap of Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and Shawn Colvin – all of whom Last has worked with, either as an engineer or as a background vocalist. Coldbrook Productions, (845) 679-7429, www.coldbrookproductions.com
Split Rock Studio, New Paltz Named for a popular New Paltz swimming hole, Jason Sarubbi’s Split Rock Studio is a particularly thoughtful and well-equipped example of the kind of professional studio that crept into the cracks of the end-of-empire music industry: small, affordable, efficient and results-oriented. What separates it from the big studios is space, mostly, or the lack of it. What separates it from the recording studio that
lives inside your computer unbeknownst to you is a) the gear list – one that the bigger studios would hardly be ashamed of – and b) the owner’s years and years of tracking and mixing experience in all kinds of studio settings and in all genres of music. Grammy-nominee Tracy Bonham has recorded at Split Rock, as has Old ‘97s frontman Rhett Miller and a Who’s Who of regional notables, including Kelleigh McKenzie and Sarubbi’s own bands, the Trapps and the Sweet Clementines. Split Rock Studio, (845) 430-4717, www.jasonsarubbi. com
West West Side Music, New Windsor If you evaluate a music facility by its client list alone, West West Side Music is likely going to win any shootout of studios in our area: Fleetwood Mac, Pete Townshend, Sufjan Stevens, GWAR, Animal Collective, Maya Angelou…Maya Angelou?
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Sound engineer Jamal Ruhe (left) at the perennially humming West West Side Music in New Windsor; engineer and singer/songwriter Julie Last (right) in her Coldbrook Production studio in Woodstock Game over. One reason is that this unassuming shopfront in a kind of out-of-the-way area of New Windsor is, first and foremost, a mastering facility. Mastering, for the uninitiated, is the very last stage of music production: the specialized, mysterious ninja art by which records acquire their sonic coherence and their radio-ready sheen. West West Side chief engineer Alan Douches is one of the handful of elite mastering engineers in the world, and his small staff of qualified seconds – Bill Colvin, Jamal Ruhe, Steve Watson, Mark Kramti – keeps WWS’s two state-of-the-art mastering suites humming pretty much around the clock. You have undoubtedly heard music that was mastered here. Why, you’re listening to it right now! West West Side Music, (845) 563-3094, www.westwestsidemusic.com
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was no parking. But the new No Parking – an unassuming one-room haybale studio with some parking, located a bit outside of town – is experiencing a rush of attention and business since owner Dean Jones won a Grammy for producing 2012’s Best Children’s Album, Can You Canoe? by the Okee Dokee Brothers. Jones is known as much for his composing, arranging and performance chops as for his engineering, and it is often for musical collaboration that clients seek him out. No Parking specializes in children’s music. Uncle Rock, Ratboy, Jr., Grenadilla and Jones’ own band Dog on Fleas have made CDs here. But by no means is this a kindie-only facility. No Parking Studio, www.facebook.com/noparkingstudio
Leopard Studio, Stone Ridge In the studio world, a reputation can be built upon one timeless classic. In the case of Leopard Studio, that classic is the Strokes’ debut, Is This It? an album known every bit as much for its movement-starting boutique garage sound quality as for its great songs and style. No, the Strokes didn’t record it in Stone Ridge. Leopard used to be in the City. In 2002, Jimmy Goodman moved the studio upstate into a tranquil, rustic environment in the woods. Leopard’s client list is all over the map, but there seems to be a specialty in luminous art-rock
of a distinctly non-Strokes flavor. Local heavies like Sarah Perrota and Shana Falana have recorded here, as well as Goodman’s own meditative, vibey project, A Viberatto. Leopard Studio, (845) 706.5726, http://leopardstudio. com/
Nevessa Production, Woodstock Even among the tech-savvy studio community, Chris Anderson of Nevessa Production is a geek’s geek, and his multiple fluencies are reflected in Nevessa’s diverse offerings: an outrageously outfitted mobile recording rig (which includes three huge trucks and a Beech C23 Sundown airplane), video postproduction, IP satellite connectivity and encoding services and – get this – welding and steel fabrication. But all of this should not distract us from the fact that Nevessa is also a storied recording studio where local/ national legends such as Orleans and NRBQ have done some of their best work. The recently expanded tracking room features an inspiring view of Overlook Mountain. The recording gear and in-house instruments are topnotch and, in Chris Anderson, you’ve got yourself an engineer who knows which knobs to turn. Nevessa Production, (845) 679-8848, http://nevessa. com Q
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to the 1676 Senate House in Kingston for a tour. This tranquil, verdant plot right in the middle of Uptown Kingston is a must-see. The building is so named because the first New York State Senate met there in 1777 – which really upset the British, who believed that their government was sufficient. In fact, when the British arrived in Kingston, they were so angry that the Senate and Stockade area had cleared out, they didn’t even loot; they just burned everything. On Friday through Sunday, October 4 to 6, you and your family can visit this oldest public building in America as part of the weekend’s commemoration of “The Burning of Kingston: The Empire Strikes Back.” Special military camps and reenactments, historic building tours and more take place in Kingston throughout the weekend in the Stockade, Forsyth Park, Rotary Park and City Hall. The Senate House’s 18th-Century Autumn Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, featuring free outdoor demonstrations of traditional activities such as pressing apples into cider, meat-smoking, dipping candles, cornhusk dolls, dried-apple wreaths and hearthside cooking, as well as music. Guided tours of the Senate House cost $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and are free for children age 12 and under. The Senate House is located at 296 Fair Street in Kingston, (845) 338-2786 and online at http:// nysparks.com. For more information about the Burning of Kingston military actions, visit www.lobsterback. org or e-mail email@example.com.
Fall Festival at Kingston’s Forsyth Nature Center Another popular celebration in Kingston is the Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival on Sunday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event has free admission all day, along with free face-painting, pinecone bird-feeder crafting, the A-MAZE-ing Corn Maze and of course free entry to visit and feed the animals at the Center (remember your apples, lettuce, carrots or popcorn treats) – except for Tulip, the potbellied pig: She has a special diet. Two stages of entertainment include live music, nature presentations and storytelling, and vendors and organizations will have tables for you to look through. Low-cost-ticket items include age-designated bouncy houses, old-fashioned hayrides, fun games, creative crafts, fabulous raffles, delicious fresh food and a bake sale. Forsyth Park is located at 157 Lucas Avenue in Kingston. Ample parking is available at the adjoining Dietz Stadium lot or on-site. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.forsythnaturecenter. org or call (845) 339-3053.
Cinco the squirrel at Kingston’s Forsyth Nature Center. There will be a Fall Festival at Forsyth Park on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with nature crafts and a corn maze as well as a chance to feed the animals. houses to help you get your fright on. Learn more at www.headlesshorseman.com. Be sure to mark your calendars for “Boo at the Zoo at the Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston. This free, family-friendly event takes place on Friday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and includes haunted storytelling at 5:45 p.m., followed by a Halloween Costume Parade around the Center at 6:15 p.m. There will be a campfire to make s’mores and a limited number of goodie bags for participants from pre-K to fifth grade. Preregistration is encouraged. Forsyth Park is located at 157 Lucas Avenue in Kingston. Ample parking is available at the adjoining Dietz Stadium lot or on-site. For more information or to register, call (845) 339-3053. Have you heard about the 5K trail run where zombies are the obstacles? It’s rUNDEAD and
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“The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite spectre of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard.” – Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween in the Hudson Valley? Yeah, we’ve got this. For starters, Historic Hudson Valley has an entire calendar of ongoing events planned throughout October to the beginning of November, from the “Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson to “Irving’s Legend” at the Old Dutch Church at Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, both in Sleepy Hollow. Visit www.hudsonvalley.org for more information. Upriver, we’ve got the Headless Horseman on Route 9W in Ulster Park offering spooky hayrides and haunted
takes place on Saturday, October 26th at the Anderson Center for Autism. “Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags representing life lines. Zombies throughout the course attempt to take these one at a time. If you lose all three, you’re dead and the zombies have won.” Participants can sign up as a zombie or a runner and all ages are welcome. Zombies will get make-up in the “Mob Tent” the day of the event from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. There are two types of zombies: Hunters which are allowed to chase runners; and Crawlers which will walk, stumble, etc. to get runners’ flags. Zombies are not allowed to physically touch runners. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the race begins at 10:30 a.m., and the Mob Tent is open until the race begins to help transform the zombie participants into, well, zombies. This event supports both The Anderson Center and Special Olympics. The Anderson Center for Autism is located at 4885 Route 9 in Staatsburg. For more information, contact Te-
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Fall for Awosting Falls in autumn One of my family’s favorite local hikes is Awosting Falls at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. It’s short and sweet, but it’s so beautiful to walk along the Peterskill. I love seeing the precipice where stream becomes falls. I love that I can usually squeeze in a visit, even on a busy day. My kids have grown up scrambling around on those rocks, and I have countless photos of them over the years with this thin 60-foot column of water as a backdrop. Jogging strollers do fine on this carriage-road trail; just be mindful of strapping your child in for the descent. It’s not always easy to push them back up the hill, but it’s mercifully brief. Whether it’s your first time to Awosting Falls, or you’re accommodating a group of mixed-ability hikers, Awosting Falls will impress, especially during foliage season. In the same park, more adventurous types can keep that same lower-lot parking space and bike out to Lake Awosting; or drive to the upper lot to do a lap around Lake Minnewaska. There are now bathroom facilities at both parking areas, and picnic areas next to the upper lot. Minnewaska State Park Preserve also offers regular educational programming and special events for all ages, as well as scheduled “Babes in the Woods” strollerfriendly hikes for young families. And remember, if you have the current Empire Passport sticker on your car, you can waive the $8 entrance fee. Minnewaska is located at 5281 Route 44-55 in Gardiner. For more information, call (845) 255-0752 or visit http://nysparks.com/parks/127.
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The Mohonk Preserve will host a “Not Your Thanksgiving “Turkey! Birds of Prey” program on November 16 featuring live falcons, owls, hawks and, just in time for Thanksgiving, a turkey…vulture.
lege Conservatory of Music student concerts, free senior dance concerts and No Child and Elephant Room plays. SUNY-Dutchess hosts free movies on weekends and a free monthly family-oriented performance – and more! See you in the stands! “We’ll see your father in Dreamland Boats leave most every night Climb aboard and we’ll wait for a fair wind Close your eyes, close your eyes and we’ll steer through the hemispheres that he laid for you when he was strong.” – The Sweet Clementines, lyrics from “Dreamland”
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Holiday Express with Jim Vagias takes place on Saturday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Unison Arts. Magician Vagias teaches how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays by taking the audience on an imaginary train ride around the world. With an emphasis on humor and audience participation, Vagias covers Kwanzaa, Diwali, the Solstice, Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas. Tickets at the door cost $14 for adults, $10 for members and $7 for children age 12 and under. A $2 discount is applied to advance reservations. Unison is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz. For tickets or more information, call (845) 255-1559 or visit http:// unisonarts.org.
Tips for family cooking this fall If you love hiking but wish that there weren’t so much walking involved, here’s a new incentive to consider: doing a geocache trail. The Epic Explorers 4H group has created a series of geocaches along Sojourner Truth’s walk of freedom in Ulster Park, with each cache containing an information scroll about a specific period in her life. Truth was born in Ulster County as a slave and later became an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Interested geocachers can bring a trinket to trade at one, some or all of the caches. Some are within walking or hiking distance of each other, and others require a car to cover the distances better. Another new Sojourner Truth tribute is the statue of Truth as a young girl by New Paltz sculptor Trina Green, recently installed this fall at the Sojourner Truth Park in Port Ewen. To learn more about geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com. “The question is not what you look at but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Check out our campuses After living here for decades, I feel like I’m beginning to scratch the surface of becoming aware of the community offerings at our local colleges: SUNY-New Paltz, Marist, Vassar, SUNY-Ulster, SUNY-Dutchess and Bard. To me, they’re like treasures hidden in plain sight! Both of my children are involved in sports, and last year we started attending men’s and women’s college basketball games. It had never occurred to me to take them before attending a special Girl Scout event at a Marist women’s basketball game. We’re hooked! Here is a list of Web addresses for local college sports schedules and information: www.nphawks.com; www.goredfoxes. com; www.vassarathletics.com; www.sunyulster.edu; www.sunydutchess.edu; www.bardathletics.com. Our local colleges also offer a variety of cultural events at free or low cost to area families. This fall’s schedule goes right into December and includes free Bard Col-
It turns out that there’s a huge difference between intellectually understanding that the Clearwater is a fine idea doing good work, and really feeling that passion myself after having sailed on it on its recent educator tour. In addition to having three eagle sightings (my first!), and steering the tiller, I sang “Heave Away, Haul Away”: the group’s sea chantey that helped pull our timing together to hoist the 3,000-pound sail. I learned some basic chart-reading (also discovered that maps on boats are called charts). I saw drops of water come alive with critters under a microscope, and completed a dissolved-oxygen water test that demonstrated the current good health of the Hudson River. I implore everyone reading these words to get a ride on the Clearwater. I think that every child who lives here should have this experience on the Hudson, but also clubs, organizations and businesses interested in group dynamics or a fantastic alternative or addition to the annual picnics or parties. Get on the Clearwater this fall before she’s docked for the winter, or reserve a date for your group in the spring. For those who don’t do boats easily, this one may be an entirely different experience for you, since it is so large and stable. Bring your cameras and a snack, and you might feel as excited as I was to get some time actually on the river this year. For more information, call (845) 265-8080 or visit http://clearwater.org.
More family-friendly Hudson Valley event highlights this fall: Mohonk: Not Your Thanksgiving “Turkey!” Birds of Prey with B. Robinson takes place on Saturday, November 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. “Live animals include falcons, owls, hawks and, just in time for Thanksgiving, a turkey…vulture!” This indoor program is open to all ages, and children must always be accompanied by an adult. Admission prices are $8 for ages 5 years and older; ages 4 and under get in free, and prepaid reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call (845) 255-0919 or visit http://mohonkpreserve.org.
It’s harvest time in the Hudson Valley, so I asked Holly Shelowitz, local culinary nutrition counselor and educator, for some tips and recipes for families this season. For over 15 years, Holly has been inspiring people to get into their kitchens and cook. In addition to creating Healthy Eating Education programs at Mother Earth’s stores, Whole Foods Market and more, she offers nutrition counseling and teaches adult and kids’ cooking classes in the Hudson Valley. Holly’s name may be familiar to you in another capacity; she has four children’s books published: three with Golden Books, titled Animal Babies, At the Playground and All about Food; and one book published with Walker Publishing, titled Oh Baby! Holly’s mission is for everyone to know how to take loving care of themselves with food choices, cooking and self-care, and to be a good Grandma to themselves and those they love. Holly says, “Autumn’s coolness invites us all into the kitchen to play, and what’s better than pancakes for kids to help with at the counter? I have always found that when kids help you in the kitchen, they will be more likely to taste and try new foods. You can purchase local cornmeal and spelt flour from Wild Hive in many of our stores up here. Sunflower and Adams often carry their products, as well as their spelt flour. Go local anytime you can!” For more information, including her calendar of events, visit www.nourishingwisdom.com. All recipes are by Holly Shelowitz.
Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal or Apple Cinnamon Cornmeal Pancakes “What’s cool about this recipe is that you can make lemon blueberry or apple cinnamon pancakes. Just swap out blueberries and lemon zest and swap in apples and cinnamon. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. When I go blueberrypicking in the summer, I freeze a whole lot so I can use them all winter long; and of course apple-picking is part of the Hudson Valley tradition! Westwind Orchards in Accord is organic and my first
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Three book picks I have three local books to recommend for your consideration this fall: one for the littles, and two for the grownups. Iza Trapani’s children’s books are full of whimsy and delight. They are creatively designed, and they are fun to read as well as to look at. Trapani’s latest release, Little Miss Muffet, takes the familiar nursery rhyme to a new level, encountering a vivacious frog and a squawking crow, among others. Let me know what you think! Little Miss Muffet is available widely wherever books are sold, including Inquiring Minds in New Paltz and Saugerties. To learn more about the author and illustrator, visit http://izatrapani.com.
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choice. I’m a big fan of palm coconut sugar, or keep it local with Lyonsville Sugarhouse maple sugar; they are both wonderful sweeteners that are much more gentle on the body than white sugar. With the flours, eggs, fruit and sweetener, this can be a mostly local breakfast! If your family is glutenfree, just swap out the flour for gluten-free flour, or grind oats to flour and add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to lighten it up. Enjoy!” Ingredients: 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups dairy or unsweetened almond milk + 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice) 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, or chopped, peeled apples 1 cup spelt or unbleached flour (preferably Wild Hive stoneground) 1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal (preferably Wild Hive stoneground) 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, or cinnamon 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (I like to use palm coconut sugar) 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon table salt 1 large egg 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly 2 teaspoons olive, coconut oil or butter for pan Method: In medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk (or lemon juice + milk) and zest or cinnamon; set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk egg and melted butter into milk until combined. Make well in center of dry ingredients; pour in milk mixture and whisk very gently until just combined (a few lumps should remain). Do not overmix. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat for three to five minutes; add one teaspoon oil and brush to coat skillet bottom evenly. Pour ¼ cup batter onto three spots on skillet; sprinkle one tablespoon blueberries or apples over each pancake. Cook pancakes until large bubbles begin to appear, 1 ½ to two minutes. Using wide spatula, flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on second side, one to 1 ½ minutes longer. Serve immediately, and repeat with remaining batter, using remaining vegetable oil only if necessary. Serve with butter or coconut oil and local maple syrup and enjoy. Yields: 16 four-inch pancakes Prep time: ten minutes Ready in: 15 minutes
on top of all. Bake in casserole or baking dish at 350 degrees, about 25 minutes. Or what about an apple salad? Just peel and seed apples, chop and mix with yogurt, cinnamon and raisins. Add walnuts or sunflower seeds if they let you. So yummy!
Ten-minute No-Bake Bars (adapted from fannetasticfood.com) Makes about 12 bars Ingredients: Dry (use scant measurements): 1 ¾ cup rolled oats 1 cup crisp crispy brown rice cereal ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup chia seeds ¼ cup unsweetened coconut 1/8 cup finely ground flaxseed Few dashes of cinnamon Pinch of sea salt ½ cup raisins Wet (use generous measurements): ½ cup brown rice syrup 1/3 cup creamy peanut or almond butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method: Add all dry ingredients to large bowl. Mix them together. In a small pot, mix together wet ingredients and warm on low for a few minutes. This will make it easier to mix and add to the dry ingredients, since it’s really sticky! Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix. Keep mixing until the wet binding ingredients are as well-distributed as possible. Get the kids to put some muscle into it! Put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Done and done! Cut them into about 12 bars (they are probably a bit crumbly still, but don’t worry – the fridge will bind them!) and store them in the fridge. You can either just store them together in the big pan (covered with foil) or wrap them separately for easy grabbing and going! “There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda
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Parenting in Your Own Voice: Finding Your Inner Parent to Bring out the Best in Your Child by Joan L. Reynolds, MS and Sheila Dinaburg-Azoff, PsyD offers parents some terrific tools for finding their own way. Designed to be read actively, the book is a Do It Your Way parenting book, not the annoying Do It This Way approach taken by so many other books in this genre, which is why many of us are so turned off to them in general: “As every parent knows,” the authors write, “plans and parenting don’t always go hand in hand.” This book is filled with reflective questions and exercises to keep redirecting us back to ourselves, identifying in a concrete way our own intuition, values, personality, learning styles, tendencies, tastes and preferences. Since I find books like this to be a bit daunting on my own, I’m reading through it chapter-by-chapter with a small group of Moms. The authors are also available to consult with local groups for additional insight and support. The awareness that I’ve gained about some of my own static patterns with each of my kids are helping me make progress in new ways by making new choices. I used to think that’s just the way it is. But these months of reflec-
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November 2013 24 | October– Explore Hudson Valley tion, insight and clarity are showing me that looking inward for guidance is the key. One favorite section is “Seeing How Far You’ve Come.” Instead of taking a mere black-and-white approach, that you’re either doing it “right” or you’re not, the book invites answers to prompts like “I notice that I have a different attitude about…” or “I felt confident when I made the decision to…” For more information, free downloadable worksheet templates and more, visit www.parentinginyourownvoice.com. Sue Sanders is a former Hudson Valley resident and author of Mom, I’m Not a Kid Anymore: Navigating 25 Inevitable Conversations that Arrive before You Know It. I appreciate Sanders’ personal sharing, dotted with plenty of humor. Isn’t that the key to parenting, anyway? The book is organized into three parts: “Mom, Have You Ever Smoked Marijuana?” (expected-but-still-surprising conversations); “Aren’t Family Values a Good Thing?” (modern family talk); and “Mom, I’m Not A Kid Anymore” (and everything in between). When kids are very young, opportunities present themselves easily to ask each other questions about diapers, baby food and babyproofing. This dynamic changes as the kids get older, and some of these topics are tough to discuss
with other people because they can be so personal. One appeal of Sanders’ book is that she’s living this herself, and just sharing some of her experience. Her friendly, open, accessible sharing invites the rest of us to examine these questions and begin answering them for ourselves. I enjoyed Sanders’ “supersecret decoder ring” chart to decipher what her daughter is really saying in various contexts: Mom: “Hi, sweetie. How was your day?” Lizzie: (looks down at plate, not smiling, not frowning) “It was good.” [Translation: “It was not especially good.”] Mom: “Oh?” [“I’d love to hear more. I know that you’re not telling all.”] Lizzie: “Yeah, I didn’t do such a great job on my English essay.” [“I’m not happy with it and I suspect you will be even less so.”] For more information and to read sample pages of the book, visit www.sue-sanders.com. “Don’t let them think that we’ve broken down; That we’ve cracked up. We merely dropped leaves, For a further spring.” – Rumi
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TMI Project encore at Rosendale Theatre As a regular attendee of the Too Much Information (TMI) Project performances, I was excited to hear about the encore presentation of the show that I had regretfully missed this summer: What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting: True Stories of Slips, Surprises and Happy Accidents. To me, these shows are the manifestation of personal empowerment. Because each storyteller reads his or her own words, written and crafted ahead of time “from page to stage,” the experience being shared feels genuine, not filtered. Some of the storytellers’ words feel directed straight at my heart, sometimes touching some deep part of myself that I’ve never expressed before, and other times resulting in fullon belly laughs. TMI takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Rosendale Theatre. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Community Initiative of TMI Project. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For tickets or more information, visit http:// tmiproject.org.
Potter Brothers Swap & Sell season In our family, fall used to mean apple-picking, cider donut-ing and soccer-ing. Now we’ve added Potter Brothers Swap & Selling to our annual list. During the fall, Potter Brothers host ski and snowboard swaps at their various locations, and you can get geared up at some great prices. They have sales on new merchandise and used bargain prices on ski and snowboard jackets, boots and gloves, as well as skis, poles and snowboards. If you have ski equipment that you’ve outgrown, bring it to the swap to sell. They can also adjust your bindings to fit your boots, and do any sharpening and conditioning that your gear may need. What sold me on the swap was outfitting my family for ski and snowboard season for less than it cost me to rent for that season. The Albany store hosts its swap in Empire State Plaza from November 1 through 3, and there’s another one in
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“In Our Own Words” at Hudson River Playback Theatre Something about fall just invites introspection. I enjoy escaping to nature, like exploring the new trails at the John Burroughs Slabsides Sanctuary in West Park or reflecting by the falls at the Falling Waters Preserve in Saugerties. But I also like hearing about other people’s experiences, which often reveal the uncanny similarities to my own; there’s a universal truth to deep group sharing, and it can be had at a fraction of the cost of therapy. On Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m., Hudson River Playback Theatre (HRPT) presents “In Our Own Words.” Playback Theatre is a chance to see an audience member’s moment in time acted out by the HRPT actors. The
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A New World Utopia: How Woodstock got to be an arts colony John Burdick
s mid-Hudson Valley residents,
it appears to be our solemn, lifelong burden to explain to non-locals that the Woodstock festival did not happen in Woodstock. Those three days of peace, love and music, we clarify, were spent in Bethel, a town not especially close to Woodstock geographically or spiritually. We might go on to observe that “Woodstock” was already an important and ideologically charged word in the American language, and thus a fitting, iconic name for the remote farm festival. Then comes the confusing part: explaining that, more than half a century before Woodstock became famous
Jane Whitehead and Lily (1905) by Eva Watson-Schütze (American 1867-1935)
as a counterculture Utopia, Woodstock was famous as a counterculture Utopia. Woodstock owes its colorful history and its outsize stature as a center for art, music and cultural experimentation to the turn-of-the-century relationship – a friendship and a falling-out – between two men: the wealthy Englishman Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Hervey White, a charismatic Harvard-educated Kansas farm boy 12 years Whitehead’s junior. For the best telling of this essential story, read Alf Evers’ account of it in his wonderful regional history, The Catskills. For the digest version, read on. It is a story that involves British intellectuals and the pervasive influence of Walt Whitman on thinkers and artists; a generation of idealists bent on undoing the damages and depredations of the Industrial Revolution, or at least finding an alternative for themselves; the disarmingly-named-but-revolutionary Arts and Crafts Movement; and an unlikely pair of art colonies that embodied these radical ideals in our own backyard: Byrdcliffe and Maverick. One was ambitious, wellfinanced and run somewhat autocratically; the other was scruffier, more truly communal and anarchic. Both attracted the attention of a Who’s Who of 20th-century artists and intellectuals, drawing them in force to the small community beneath Overlook Mountain. Revolutionaries are often groomed for the job by the very institutions that they design to overthrow. Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead roughly fits this mold. The man and the money behind the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Whitehead grew up in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, and was heir to a large Industrial Age milling fortune. Alf Evers conjectures that a tragic factory chimney collapse at the Whiteheads’ mill – which killed 11 workers, including an entire family of nine – might have instilled in Whitehead a distaste for the family business and for the ugliness and inequities of the industrial society. In any case, the radicalization of Ralph Whitehead began in earnest at Oxford, where he studied with the great Victorian thinker John Ruskin: a vocal critic of the
Inside White Pines at Byrdcliffe Industrial Age, its defilement of nature and its degrading social structures. In his own career, Ruskin had evolved from a lofty art theorist into a passionately engaged social and humanitarian activist. Ruskin’s vision of an alternative social order based on the cooperative values of the medieval craft guilds inspired a generation of fervent, reform-minded idealists. His own attempt to build a model community, the Guild of St. George, had proven unsustainable, but Ruskin’s followers – including Whitehead, the designer and poet William Morris and many others – would continue to pursue the practical application of Ruskin’s ideals in their own businesses and affairs. Like William Morris in News from Nowhere, Whitehead laid out his own ideal community and social order in his essay “Work.” It was a vision that placed a special importance on making the benefits of the arts available for all. Unlike Ruskin and Morris, Whitehead did not look to medieval Europe for his models, but rather to the ecstatic futurism of the American bard Walt Whitman, who had caught the ear of Whitehead and his Oxford buddies in the 1870s. In the 1890s, Whitehead headed toward America with a mind toward making “Work” a reality. He married a kindred spirit in the Philadelphian Jane Byrd McCall. After a false start in California and a lot of visits to embryonic arts communities nationwide (including Ruskin, Tennessee), Whitehead and his two closest collaborators – the young writer Hervey White and the painter Bolton
Ralph Radcliffe-Whitehead, ca. 1905 by Eva Watson-Schütze (American 1867-1935)
Coit Brown – chose Woodstock as the site of Whitehead’s experimental community, at Brown’s urging. “Well, all right then, let’s have it here,” Whitehead is reported to
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Maverick Concert Hall
The Maverick Festival of 1929 (Coursens Studio, gelatin silver print)
Historical photos courtesy of the Gaede/Striebel Archive, Center for Photography at Woodstock Permanent Print Collection, on extended loan to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New Paltz NY.
Hervey White at the Maverick have declared while sitting with White and Brown atop Overlook Mountain. Whitehead had met Hervey White through the agency of the prominent writer and feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman, whom White had gotten to know at Hull House, a famous settlement house and a center of progressive thought in Chicago. Gilman wasn’t alone in regarding White as one of the most promising novelists in turnof-the-century America. Another Midwestern writer, Theodore Dreiser, declared White’s Differences “one of the six great novels of the world.” Whitehead, Alf Evers suggests, found in Hervey White the perfect expression of Whitman’s America: educated but unpretentious and practical, committed to nature, experience and a life “off the grid,” as we would say today. At great expense of money and effort, Whitehead realized his dream, founding the expansive Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902 and quickly attracting a high grade of art teachers, students and residents, producing furniture, pottery and textiles and delivering affordable art to people of few means via printmaking. Byrdcliffe – on the surface, at least – modeled the harmony and productivity of a modern arts guild. But the seeds of Whitehead and White’s falling-out were planted even before ground was broken on the seven farms that Whitehead acquired in Woodstock. White and Bolton Brown had both supposed that the fickle attention of their wealthy British friend would eventually tire of communalism and move on to other things, leaving White to assume management the arts colony as he envisioned it and Brown to be its head painting teacher. Whitehead, for his part, had perhaps given White the misimpression that he was an equal partner in the venture, which turned out not to be case
once the ambitious 30-building Byrdcliffe settlement was up and running and Whitehead was fully ensconced as its unquestioned leader and “dictator” – a label that he reportedly enjoyed. Evers argues that, for all his reformer’s zeal and infatuation with the possibilities of Whitman’s America, Whitehead could never fully shed the old top-down class structures that he was heir to. Whitehead’s dictatorial tendencies gradually chased away many of his core community members, including his prize catch, the landscape painter Birge Harrison; and eventually Bolton Brown, who was dismissed; and Hervey White, who slipped out of Whitehead’s circle, using a squabble over milk supplies in the dry summer of 1904 as his occasion for setting out on his own. With money borrowed from his fleets of loyal friends and admirers, Hervey White and several friends, including the mysterious Captain Van der Loo, bought a 102-acre farm on the West Hurley side of Woodstock. Here, White would establish the Maverick: his own more modest, democratic and genuinely welcoming take on the arts-colony model. While the Maverick grew and prospered in its own shoestring way, welcoming artists and especially musicians and radical thinkers to its humble cabins, another development sealed Woodstock’s centrality in the story of 20th-century art. Inspired by a student who had been to Byrdcliffe on a scholarship, the Art Students’ League of New York City moved its summer school from Lyme, Connecticut right into the middle of Woodstock, where the bohemianism and wild behavior of these early Modernists shocked the old guard in ways that Whitehead and White never had. Together, these three institutions, cohabiting in Woodstock, formed the basis what would become known as the Woodstock Arts Colony. Although Hervey White would have preferred to have
been remembered as a novelist first and a social reformer second, the concert series that he started merely to pay for digging a well and that still bears the Maverick name is his chief claim to immortality. Ironically, although White’s wildly successful August festival paid the Maverick’s bills for years, it had to be shut down in the 1930s because it had gotten too well-attended – drawing upwards of 6,000 revelers – and too wild, foreshadowing that next chapter in Woodstock’s unique history. Q
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Explore Kingston’s vibrant neighborhoods Lynn Woods
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appeal to second-homeowners is just one of many signs that the renaissance of this small city on the Hudson is well underway. Indeed, many of us who live in this 352-year-old city, population 24,000, consider it a secret paradise. It has a healthy stock of well-built historic houses framed by verdant gardens; friendly neighborhoods; a beach on the Hudson River (where the crying of gulls and gentle crash of surf enable you to pretend that you’re at the ocean); access to rail trails, parks and other nature spots; and fantastic eateries. As a working-class city, it oozes local character and retains its rough edges. Kingston has two recreational destination areas, each containing a National Historic District. The Stockade, in the heart of Uptown Kingston, was laid out by Peter Stuyvesant. The Rondout, where the Rondout Creek meets the Hudson, was originally a separate port city. It is a haven for boaters, including some multi-milliondollar yachts that occasionally tie up at the city docks. However, because of Kingston’s famously confusing layout, a casual motorist taking Exit 19 off the Thruway could miss Uptown and the Rondout and see only Broadway, located in what’s called Midtown, the city’s third district.
Old Dutch Church in Uptown Kingston
Midtown Midtown is slated for a rehab under the city’s proposed new Comprehensive Plan, but it already shows signs of the artistic, culinary and civic energies that are infusing new life into Kingston. The restored 1927 theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), is a draw for national acts, including Diana Krall, Merle Haggard and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell this fall. Next door to UPAC, in the Hispanic grocery (it currently lacks a sign), is one of the city’s best Mexican restaurants, hidden in the back, behind a few tables. Across the street, another hole in the wall, the corner Salvadoran restaurant El Rey del Pollo, serves the most delicious tamales that I’ve ever had, along with tasty pupusas, a corn-flour patty embedded with bits of pork, cheese and beans hot out of the oven. The 721 media complex next to the county’s Probation Court is evidence of the tech-related small businesses that have taken root in Kingston, many of them founded by refugees from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Travel down Greenkill Avenue, which parallels the railroad that crosses Broadway on the overpass, and you’ll see evidence of the artisan businesses that are also helpjulie o’connor
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October– November 2013 Explore Hudson Valley With regard to civic attractions, there’s City Hall, a towering, red-brick and limestone replica of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio that was restored after years of abandonment in 2000, and the YMCA, whose athletic facilities attract a loyal clientele from all over the area. (The Y just broke ground for a youth-oriented community garden: one of the many community initiatives afoot in the city, including the planned conversion of an innercity rail line into a pedestrian walkway.) These are just a few of the hidden gems in Midtown.
Uptown The burgeoning café scene on Wall Street, in Uptown Kingston, is more obvious. For a cup of java, a healthy lunch and a home-cooked muffin, it’s hard to choose: Outdated, which serves comestibles in an antique shop; Gabriel’s, which offers South American-inspired food in a loft setting with abstract paintings; the Hudson Valley Coffee Traders, which takes particular pride in its coffee and also shows art in a unique space that was once a furrier’s showcase; Dominick’s Café, whose large corner windows offer the best street view; or Sissy’s Café, an updated diner-style spot lauded for its friendly staff, healthy entrees and gluten-free options. Thanks to the wildly popular Stockade Tavern, Boitson’s, a restaurant serving comfort food with a large deck with a view of the Catskills, and the night spots BSP and microbrewery Keegan Ales, both of which offer live music played by some of the most talented bands in the area and the US, Uptown has also become a center for nightlife. Several of the city’s biggest annual events occur in October, starting with the Burning of Kingston, a reenactment of the torching of the Dutch-founded settlement by British troops on October 17, 1777, on October 4 through 6. One of Uptown’s architectural jewels is the Dutch Reformed Church, a medley of Gothic, English Renaissance and Greek Revival styles in bluestone built in 1852. The church’s fabulous acoustics are showcased in a series of free classical music concerts, featuring various artists on classical guitar, cello, trumpet, organ, flute and organ, as well as accomplished vocalists. They’re held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. through November 14. Stop by the Senate House State Historic Site, where the first New York Senate met when Kingston was briefly the state capital. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday in October, with guided tours of the former 18th-century tavern. There is also a gallery of paintings and memorabilia related to painter John Vanderlyn, a native son who was the first American artist to be trained in Paris. The exhibition includes works by other family members, including his grandfather Pieter, whose primitivestyle paintings now fetch a fortune. For more information visit www.nysparks.com.
The best way to get a snapshot of the Colonial attractions and rich history of the Stockade area is on the walking tour offered by Friends of Historic Kingston (FoHK) on October 5. The tour includes a visit to the 18th-century Ulster County Courthouse and the 1812 Fred J. Johnston House, decorated with period antiques. On Friday and Saturday afternoons, stop in at the FoHK’s neighboring gallery for a show of vintage Kingston postcards, open through the end of October. The Friends are also sponsoring
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Artists Eric Anthony Johnson and Ian Davis at the Shirt Factory in Midtown
The Rondout The Rondout is no wallflower: Its cluster of restaurants attracts crowds of diners to their sidewalk dining rooms on warm weekend evenings. A pedestrian walkway along the creek built by the city has encouraged diners to hang around, feeding the ducks and admiring the dramatic view of the Wurts Street Bridge, the 1921 suspension bridge that connects Kingston to Port Ewen, soon to undergo a badly needed paint job. Much of the activity in the Rondout is seasonal, and businesses have traditionally had a tough time surviving the winter. More migrants from the city, drawn by Kingston’s cheap real estate prices, urban vibe and three-anda-half centuries of history, are helping create the critical mass of businesses need to stay healthy year-round. Much of the history of the Rondout, which boomed as a port in the early 19 th century after the building of a canal linking the Hudson to the Pennsylvania coalfields, is connected to the river, which is told at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM), located on the Rondout Creek. This year’s two exhibits at the HRMM focus on the heyday of the Rondout port and the wrecked ships scattered along the Hudson’s muddy bottom. Unfortunately, much of the old port city was torn down in the 1960s under a federally funded urban renewal program. Eugene Dauner was only in his 20s at the time, but he managed to catch the blocks of row buildings, some still adorned with painted signs from the 19th century, with his camera before they were torn down, along with their demolition. Dauner will be showing a selection of his amazing color slides at the museum
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The commemorative concert will continue inside the church. The event, under the aegis of the Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle, will bring together numerous exponents of the Italian/American and international arts community. All Verdi lovers are invited to participate in the parade in honor of the world’s greatest dramatist, composer, statesman, philanthropist and force for Italy’s unity.
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on October 9 at 7 p.m. On October 10, the museum offers a discount on admission to families and special activities for kids; it’ll be open until 8 p.m. The museum is open every day through the end of October. For more information visit www.hrmm.org. Besides visiting the museum, the best way to learn about the Rondout is to read the book Rondout: A Hudson River Port by Robert Steuding. He’ll be giving a lecture on the mid-19th-century boom years of the port city at the Senate House on October 18 at 5:30 p/m. Another Uptown cultural group, FoHK, will be offering a walking tour of the Rondout National Historic District on October 26, which leaves from the Kingston Heritage Area Visitor Center at 20 Broadway at 11 a.m. Afternoon boat rides down the Hudson on the Rip Van Winkle are offered every day through October 27 (except Mondays). Downtown is particularly lively during Kingston’s First Saturday gallery receptions, given that most of the city’s art venues are now concentrated in this part of the city. Opening receptions, held in the early evening, are held at the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Storefront Gallery, the Arts Society of Kingston, the Agustsson Gallery and One Mile Gallery. Check www.kingstonhappenings.org for details. On October 13, the waterfront restaurants are planning an Italian Festival, which in years past closed down the street and enticed crowds with its fried dough, plates of ziti and arcades. Live performances and games are planned. For more information visit www.kingstonwaterfront.com. October 18 promises to be another lively night in the Rondout, thanks to the booths of craft and artisan-food vendors, live music, wine-tastings and open antiques stores on the block of Broadway between Spring and West Union Streets. Held every third Friday, the Night Market has been successful in luring visitors up the hill to shop and hang out. It goes on from 6 to 10 p.m., and this is the final Night Market of the year, with the event returning in the spring. The Trolley Museum, located beyond the Route 9W bridge on East Strand, is hosting a model train and railroad hobby show on October 20, with trolley rides along the waterfront from 12 noon until 5 p.m. It’ll also be gearing up for Halloween, with a free ride on its “Fright Train” and visit to the trolley barn on October 26 and 27 to anyone who wears a costume. For more information visit www.tmny.org. In November things slow down considerably. But to my mind, a walk along the river is no less beautiful in the stark season of early winter. The graceful arabesques of bare trees frame the expansive river views like a fin de siècle Parisian shadow play when the sky’s on fire at sunset. On the other side of town, the bluish Catskills, visible from the city’s highest promontories, are dreamier than ever in the winter light. Q
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sidewalks into slippery obstacle courses, get out for a walk into the fresh air and brilliant colors of the season. The eastern shores of the Hudson River offer numerous trail systems connected to mansions up and down the Valley. The Vanderbilt and Roosevelt historic properties each boast 2.4- and 2.7-mile hiking loops to traverse. But if you live in Poughkeepsie, you don’t have to leave town to find a good walk. And if you live elsewhere in the Hudson Valley or beyond, Poughkeepsie is a great destination to explore on foot. This “Queen City of the Hudson” was first inhabited by Europeans in the 17th century: folks for whom walking was not an unusual mode of transport. Later to become a major shipping and industrial center, Poughkeepsie was once the capital of New York State (after Kingston was burned by the Redcoats and before the government relocated to Albany), and is now the Dutchess County seat.
Walkway over the Hudson The one-time railroad bridge, the Walkway over the Hudson, now allows pedestrians, bicyclers, rollerbladers, strollers and wheelchair operators to enjoy a magnificent view of the Hudson River. Situated 212 feet above the water and 6,767 feet from end to end, the Walkway is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the country, and is designated a State Historic Park. A soon-to-be-built elevator will carry people up and down from the riverside at the recently developed (but not open yet) Upper Landing Park. For more ambitious types, a 4.2-mile paved loop connects the Walkway to the pedestrian sidewalk of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge onehalf mile to the south and back again. To say that the panorama from each of these bridges is magnificent understates the experience. And if you take the loop, don’t miss the listening posts located in speakers at the two major arches on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, where Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music can be sampled. Back on the Poughkeepsie side, the loop weaves past the Metro North train station and up to the Walkway entrance (where free parking is available on Parker Avenue). If that two-to-three-hour-long stroll whets your appetite, the tangle of streets that make up Little Italy just above the train station offers many cafés and restaurants, most honoring Old Country flavors and foods. Below the train station, more eateries beckon, and Waryas Park spreads along the eastern shore, where sidewalk seating gives people a more leisurely view of the Hudson River. A fenced skateboard facility provides kids with a safe place to practice their moves, and next door on North Water Street, the Imagination Station at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) holds fascinating educational opportunities for curious kids.
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The Vassar campus Back on Earth, the Arlington neighborhood that boasts the Vassar College campus offers more pleasant walking paths. Hugging the east side of Raymond Avenue, the campus occupies a thousand bucolic acres of wooded land and is open to pedestrian traffic. You can wander the campus on your own or hook up with a student tour guide: a good idea for those who want to learn about the varied architecture and college history. Hourlong tours led by Vassar students are offered daily Monday through Friday year-round, and selected Saturdays in the spring and fall. Either way, the sweeping lawns, ponds and streams, the Shakespeare Garden and more than 200 species of trees make for an idyllic stroll. At the southern end of Raymond Avenue (there’s plenty of on-street parking), you can walk onto the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, across Hooker Avenue/ New Hackensack Road and down Vassar Farm Lane. The farm once provided food for the college dining hall. Now more than 400 acres are designated as an ecopreserve, with a field station for science research. The farm is home to the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP), a local member-supported organic operation that currently feeds 400 families. It is staffed by two or three farm apprentices and a manager, all of whom put in 40+
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hours a week to keep things growing. (PFP sells produce at the Farmers’ Market held in town on Fridays from 12 noon to 6 p.m., June through October. Excess foodstuff is donated to local shelters.) The Vassar Preserve also hosts a number of “community gardens”: small plots available to locals who wish to garden. Behind the farm, miles of trails, from easy to difficult, riddle the Preserve,
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about Warren Street, its long main thoroughfare that stretches from an escarpment overlooking the Hudson River to a small hill a mile or so to the east, on which a reservoir sits – along with great views of the distant Taconic Hills and Berkshire Mountains. But in many ways, it’s changing now, to equal centers down past the train station, where city folks come and go – many for the events at the burgeoning Basilica Hudson – as well as to Columbia Street, once known for its brothels, where nightclubs are proliferating, along with Marina Abramovic’s idea of a world-class museum. That means that it’s also changing back to its past in many ways, including the huge amounts of renovation going on in the small Quaker-founded city’s central, ward-dominated core. And it’s splitting, in other ways, as many of Hudson’s older families start to look up Route 9 as its new base of operations. Hudson, though, is a great walking place, no matter how you look at it – as evidenced by its ArtsWalk during the first two weekends in October, or increasingly, any Saturday night, year-round, when galleries and shops tend to stay open late, the restaurants become reservations-only and a host of nightclubs and bars earn Hudson its new reputation as the New Orleans of the North. But where to start a walk? I have three areas from which I like to begin exploring the core of this former whaling nexus, each leading to the others. There’s the waterfront, where one can park near the train station and start uphill or jumpstart one’s explorations at the Promenade, located at the base of Warren Street, which overlooks the river and mountains. There’s the park up at Seventh Street, where an actual train moves slowly through town a couple of times each day, and one can get an eye for the old theater/Community Tennis Center where Abramovic and über-architect Rem Koolhaas are planning their landing. Then there’s a quiet, off-central spot that I enjoy, near the historic domed county courthouse being renovated, on Union and Fourth or Fifth Streets in the midst of a neighborhood of classic Victorian and Empire-era homes, as well as the old Quaker Meeting House dating back to Hudson’s 18th-century roots. For simplicity’s sake, how about we start at the top and work down? The park here has a pleasant fountain; municipal parking not far down Columbia Street from the huge Community Tennis building that will be the performing arts museum; a great falafel restaurant and, across the park, new West Indian fare, along with the old St. Charles Hotel. Head south to Warren and you might as well saunter up the hill a bit further, past a mini-Restaurant Row that includes Wunderbar (German fare and a lively bar), Wasabi (Japanese), Crimson Sparrow (one of several million-dollar eatery investments making news in downstate foodie circles), Bonfiglio Bakery (open most days and famous for its wild mushroom toast/bread) and Rev, one of several high-end coffee spots in town to keep you upbeat for your day of wandering. WGXC-FM, the young community radio station whose offices are across the street from Abramovic’s
A view of Hudson building, has a running promo piece: about “stopping to have coffee with your coffee,” capturing the ethos of this caffeinated-by-day town. On the east side of the uptown park is a renovated old-style diner, Grazin’, that serves high-end locavore burgers and fries, great wine choices and salads: a real treat. Plus there are Animalkind, a unique animal shelter beloved by Hudsonians, and a growing number of fine dress shops featuring local fashions. From here on down the seven long blocks of Warren, you’ll find a heady mix of top-end antiques shops that draw a New York City designer-heavy clientele, new fashion shops, high-end makeup and spa products stores and more restaurants, several to each block. Stair Galleries, between Sixth and Fifth, is a toney auction house that often features works by modern masters; Le Gamin is a great daytime-only French bistro; then there are the stalwarts Mexican Radio, Mother Earth and Baba Louie’s Pizza. Between Fourth and Fifth Streets is Spotty Dog, a combination designer beer bar/coffeeshop/bookshop and music venue – with art supplies. Two more coffeeshops, Swallow and Nolita, with fine pastries, complete the block. Along with the old red-brick 1805 jail comes City Hall and later a theater and then a printing shop, now slated for renovation into an alternative school. There’s great architecture everywhere you look, including narrow 19th-century firehouses (as Spotty Dog once was), vintage storefronts given over to hipster design companies and old bank buildings that were featured in the 1950s film noir, The Odds against Tomorrow, starring Harry Belafonte and Robert Ryan (in which they manage to blow up the entire city). The old Hudson Opera House, which runs art shows and special events while under renovation in the 300 block
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November 2013 34 | October– Explore Hudson Valley – are filled with the region’s top artists, as more clamor to work and show in the many new museumlike studio, exhibition and performance spaces opening around town in old school and factory buildings. In the 300 block of Warren (Third Street being the main entrance into downtown from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the south and west), be sure to stop by Hudson Wine Merchants to see what oenophiles throughout the Northeast will be drinking this season and next. Check out American Glory for barbecue and popular Swoon Kitchenbar across the street, or the various food trucks and Northern Italian CaMea Restaurant up on the corner of Fourth. Ready for a couple of side trips? At Fourth, head south a block to the Georgian-style post office and the quiet square where the county courthouse sits. If you can get inside, check out the murals upstairs in the courtroom, painted during the Depression years and capturing the area’s history. Or just wander around the side streets of Allen and Union, taking in what a bit of money can do with fine old homes. You can also head north to Columbia Street, where you’re just downhill from Helsinki Hudson, a fine restaurant and amazing nightspot booking some of the best music to come into the Hudson Valley these days, along with weekly tango milongas and a busy bar scene. Across the street and up a few doors is Time & Space Limited Warehouse (TSL), which shows live televised opera, a host of cutting-edge films, avant-garde theater (including the Valley’s annual visits from Bread & Puppet Theatre) and art shows. Head south from Fourth on Columbia and you go by a pair of old brick warehouses, the second festooned with a subtle sign announcing it as the new Hudson home for Etsy. Hey, the place was once a cannonball factory! This area used to be known as Diamond Street, a notorious red-light district for Albany politicos and the region’s rumrunners and Mafiosi, before it was quietly renamed. Another block north and you come to State Street, an old and new elementary school and the former city
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