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Farmers’ Markets Swimming Holes Eating Out Summer Entertainment Protecting Your Garden Interior Design Tips WHAT’S HAPPENING

SUMMER GUIDE to Hudson Valley Living by visitvortex.com


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Do Streams Remember? They trickle down from the mountains and tickle your toes. They pound the same rocks year after year. Within Ulster County’s 750,000 acres of protected lands, there are hundreds of streams and 350 miles of trails. Explore our county and you will uncover a beauty that is part of America’s imagination. From the vibrancy of its arts and culture to its historical past, Ulster County is a jewel waiting for you to uncover. Visit mountain villages, enjoy waterfront vistas, and hear music that never stops. Stay a day and sample our farm to table cuisine or treat yourself to a night at one of our comfortable lodges, B&B’s, resorts or our more than 50 campgrounds. There is an event almost every weekend, so visit our web site at ulstercountyalive.com to find out how alive we can be. And, don’t forget to sign up for our online newsletter so that you won’t miss any summer fun. The streams are waiting for you.

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WHOweARE VISITvortex IS COMMUNITY. It’s a portrait of the people and places that make the area unique. Get in-depth info about the Mid-Hudson Valley, local perspectives, events, and businesses right from the source—its people. And in a most interesting way—through video and images! Resourceful information is taken to a whole new level, to support community and the local economy.

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tell your story & spread the word. We produce great little videos about the area and its businesses. We promote those videos and slideshows on www.visitvortex.com. And we publish this magazine to keep you all abreast of the latest updates and local events not to be missed in the Valley. VISITvortex PO Box 82 High Falls, NY 12440 visitvortex@gmail.com www.visitvortex.com 845-687-3470 Art Direction: Melissa Hewitt Sales: Jesse Marcus, Diane Raimondo Editor: Chris Fenichel-Hewitt Contributing Writers: Rochelle Riservato, Melinda Chiavelli, Maria Reidelbach, Laura Angelini, Susan Perrin, Allyson Levy, Scott Serrano, Laura Pensiero Cover Photo: Eric Francis. Based in Kingston, Eric’s photos appear at BookofBlue.com. See also PlanetWaves.net.

SHOP LOCAL, LIVE BETTER MY DAUGHTER MIRABAI RECENTLY ASKED, as we were driving toward Ellenville, “When

is that Walmart opening here? I wish it was going to be like the Kingston Mall.” I started to tell her about what would happen to the community if the Walmart did open, or if there were a mall there. We spoke about how most of that money would funnel straight out of our communities into megacorporate pockets. We spoke about the pride of small business owners, how much they care about their products or services—how they add value to a community in so many ways. We discussed the pristine surrounding farm fields and ridge views. We continued to drive and imagine all of the places that need local support to thrive. We noticed the tire shop, the little clothing shop, the locally owned market, and the little hardware store. We talked about why money stays in the community when we spend locally.

It’s all about where we put value. Do we value our people and our parks, our land and the ecosystem it supports? If we look to the Gulf we see a perfect example of misplaced priorities. But these ideas are so ingrained in us that it will take some effort to shift gears. Yes, Mirabai, I know you love shopping, so try to look at the big picture. Let’s support each other and our land in a way that lasts into the future. —Melissa Hewitt

I SAW YOU A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video speaks volumes. Images help us remember things in rich, exciting ways. Local business owners working with VISITvortex reach out to the community to illustrate what they do with striking imagery, both moving and still. Community members or visitors seeking something to do in the area have the opportunity to take a glimpse through VISITvortex, either online or in the magazine. VISITvortex is like a virtual meeting place. You can virtually meet the owners and enter their places of business, virtually take a hike, or tour a town. This makes you a more educated consumer or visitor so that your time and money will be best spent. We want to match up what you want with who or what can meet your needs locally. Let them know, “I saw you on VISITvortex.” —Jesse Marcus


CONTENTS 11 HOME: Let the Sun Shine In

RESTAURANTS: Lighter Side 66

Farmers’ Markets 21

78 Cooking with Cucumbers

26 Farm-To-Food Pantry

THE LAND: Mushrooming 84

GARDEN: Plant Protection 31

92 HEALTH: Nature’s Medicine

37 SHOP LOCAL: Economic Current

WHAT’S HAPPENING Hudson Valley 97

Fresh Air Showers 43

101 July Fourth Celebrations

47 OUTDOORS: Swimming Holes

Mid-Hudson Valley MAP 105

Summer Entertainment 55

106 Business Listings

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Amar Jamal RK Royal King Cleaners

Maria Reidelbach Homegrown Mini-Golf

John Krenek Spruce Design & Decor

Douglas Shippee The Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop

Gary Magley Hudson Valley Footwear

Laura Pensiero Gigi Hudson Valley

Samuel Ullman Bywater Bistro

Debbie Gioquindo Hudson Valley Wine Country

OUR LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS...

Brendan Burke Shadowland Theatre

Greg Black Mountain Wings Hang Gliding

Mark & Neva Suszczynski Harvest Cafe

Dawn Deevy Dawn’s Dog Boarding

Allyson Levy Hortus Conclusus

Scott Serrano Hortus Conclusus

Noah Gullickson Clove Cottages

Michelle Gullickson Clove Cottages


Emmanuel Gerondaras Emmanuel’s Market Place

May Saldana Stylista Salon & Spa

Rae Stang Lucky Chocolates

Sal Guido Mariner’s Harbor

Mark Guido Mariner’s Harbor

Brigitte Nagle Northern Spy Cafe

George Nagle Northern Spy Cafe

Barbara Bogart Touché Restaurants

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David Pillard Tender Land Home

Buffy & Brian Gribbon High Falls Cafe

Chris Seche Ugly Gus Cafe

Larry Ruhl High Falls Mercantile

Reverend Diane Epstein Interfaith Minister

Marie Murphy Catherine Gerry Brian Murphy Restaurant at Inn at Stone Ridge Restaurant at Inn at Stone Ridge Catherine Gerry Interiors


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1209 State Rt. 213 High Falls, NY 845.687.4481 sprucedesigndecor.com

Spruce design + decor represents an unexpected blend of 20th century furnishings, art, lighting and decorative objects. the eclectic mix includes an ever-changing vintage selection by both american and european mid-century masters, along with many hand selected pieces that simply have incredible style. the shop is the result of two men’s passion for collecting and seeking out the rare and unique. they now offer their finds to you.


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WelcoMe. Step iNSide. take a look arouNd. High Falls Mercantile offers everything needed to furnish a home, with a well selected array of new and antique dinnerware, rugs, table linen, farm tables, upholstered furniture, beeswax candles, lamps, and one-of-a-kind accessories. there are always interesting and ever-changing collections that have included antique lusterware, vintage apothecary jars, classic garden ornaments, prints, metal ware, textiles…who knows what will be next.

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Reclaimed wood furniture, architectural items, Fair Trade gifts, jewelry, tea, and furnishings in a range of prices. • Interior Design & Decorating Services • Custom furnishings (as seen at The Emerson Resort) • Unique Bridal Registry A celebration of beauty!


Let the Summer Shine In Home is more than just where the heart is—it’s where we spend most of our time. There are plenty of ways to make our homes feel more comforting to ourselves and to our guests. Invite the influence of the new season to spend some time inside. Try implementing some of these quick and easy summer adjustments for your home—brought to you by local design experts.

JOHN KRENEK

Owner/Interior Design Spruce Design & Decor High Falls The easiest way to “spruce up” your home for summer is to add a splash of color. I find a lot of people are afraid to use color and shy away from it. Most tend to keep things very safe and monochromatic. However, I always advise my clients that color infuses the real personality into a room or home and creates a bit of unexpectedness. For a very easy and quick remedy, group a collection of colorful vases or objects on a table. Instantly, there’s a splash of color in the room. I also tend to switch out the decorative pillows on sofas and beds from season to season. This is such an easy way to change the vibe of a room. Another option is to hang a grouping of vibrant pieces of art on a white wall or, better yet, paint the entire wall a color first and then layer on the art. Paint is one of the easiest ways to create a major impact without changing the existing architecture.

DAVID PILLARD

Tender Land Home Phoenicia The best way to bring summer into your home is to do it with color! Small decorating touches can make a big difference—bright dishtowels in the kitchen, a vibrant vase in the living room, a bold runner for your dining room table. A lightly floral scented candle is the perfect compliment to summer color. And, of course, there’s nothing that says summer in the Catskills more than a vase or pitcher brimming with beautiful, freshly cut flowers. 11


CATHERINE GERRY

Catherine Gerry Interiors High Falls With the abundance of natural beauty just outside our doorways, it’s easy to change our interiors to reflect the seasons. In summer, filling a tall cylindrical vase with cuttings of long graceful branches, grasses or sunflowers makes a huge impact in the entry or dining room tables. As a designer I love to recommend the Victorian habit of switching out the winter fittings for fresh, light, cool elements that absolutely say, “Celebrate, summer is here.” Start by taking down all the heavy or dark colored drapes and replace with simple gossamer Photo by Catherine Gerry

cotton or linen sheers or shades. Replace heavy winter rugs with Sisal, woven grass, or cotton flat weave rugs or nothing at all. Cover upholstered furniture with white or light colored canvas or duck slipcovers. Switch the color and shape of lampshades. Choose throw pillows with your favorite summer colors. Try this: leave everything bare for a week. See how nice it is to have removed the visual clutter, and then start to bring in truly favorite things. Most importantly, choose accessories that say something about you.

LARRY RUHL

High Falls Mercantile, High Falls There is no better way to usher summer into your home than by rejuvenating your bedding. Cool crisp cotton or linen sheets, a fun striped cotton throw, a fresh set of vintage French linen pillow shams, or even a vintage linen sheet to throw over a couch or bed. Bring a fresh summer feeling into any room with 20-inch square Belgian linen pillows available in eight colors, beautiful bedding from Pine Cone Hill, and a selection of cotton, wool, and linen throws. Sometimes all it takes is a simple layer to completely update a space.


JENNY WONDERLING

Nectar, High Falls

WALTER MARQUEZ Antiques Barn at Water Street Market New Paltz

Bring summer into your home using your garden antiques. Bring in cool old planters and plant them with your favorite houseplants or summer annuals. You could also bring in your favorite old comfortable outdoor chair and put it in the living room for the summer. Put a coat of paint on your old wrought iron table and chairs and a bright flowery fabric on the seats—use them in the kitchen for the summer. Have fun indoors with your outdoor antiques.

What do we miss most in the long, gray absence of summer? The abundance of color, the whimsy of butterflies and flit of birds, and our family and friends who are suddenly willing to make the trek to visit us country dwellers! So to bring these elements indoors, and allow for their continued presence throughout the year, Nectar recommends finding art, strong colors, and home accents that represent summer with similar flourish. For example, bird candles, pillows, or platters and tabletop items that celebrate and capture our natural world at its peak. These are also great ways of bringing an affordable face-lift to a room. To transport the magical evenings of summer indoors, try using lanterns and votives for a more forgiving light. Nectar


HEIDI HILL-HADDARD

HiHo Home Market, Gardiner

LISA RISO

The Greenhouse at Rhinebeck

Summer is a wonderful time to lighten up the colors, fabrics and accessories in your kitchen. Mix and match placemats, table runners and even your dishes. It’s the time of year to bring in the colors from your garden and have fun. Break the rules, use your imagination and add some personality to your counters. Gather vintage bottles for single stems, add ribbon tie backs to the curtains, display some retro aprons, change out the dish towels and prepare to pour some lemonade. Here at HiHo we have a delightful assortment of fresh kitchen textiles waiting to add summer flair to your home. HiHo Home Market

Traditional floral arrangements aren’t the only way to brighten the indoors during the summer! Why not take what you love from your favorite spot in the yard or garden and make it the focal point of a room? From lilacs and cherry blossoms in the spring to any combination of wild flowers and twigs in the summer, you can have an image of the outdoors in your living room at any time. For a vase, we recommend reusing a nonconventional container like a wine bottle, favorite glass, or even a watering can. Collect a few blossoms from your favorite plant, tree, or shrub and place it in a container to match the room. If color is not your style, cut a small bunch of tall wild grass and surround it with unique tea lights to give the ambiance of being outdoors on a summer evening.


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Ingrained Woodworking Inc. has been serving the Hudson Valley for over a decade with services including new construction, additions, remodeling, and custom architectural woodworking. We are committed to creating the spaces our clients envision through fine craftmanship, careful planning, thoughtful dialog, and durable building practices. Ingrained Woodworking is also continually striving to advance our knowledge of new green practices to better serve our clients.

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A Quaint Shopping Village in New Paltz

WATER STREET MARKET

10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-1403 www.waterstreetmarket.com

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Set along the beautiful Wallkill River overlooking the dazzling Shawangunk Ridge, Water Street Market evokes the charm of a Swiss Mountain Village. The Water Street Market features over 20 award-winning shops offering antiques, arts and crafts, fashions, food and gifts. The quaint open air shopping village is situated on Main Street, by the corner of Historic Huguenot Street and Water Street. Its friendly merchants welcome visitors to relax and stroll, enjoy the views, and possibly pick up a “find� or two along the way.


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armers’ markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. Now folks the world over are rediscovering the rewards of purchasing local foods. It’s fresher than anything you could buy at a local supermarket—which means better taste, enhanced culinary flare, and more nutrition. Plus, it’s good for the economy. Buying directly from your local family farmers helps them stay in business and keeps a place like the Hudson Valley a countrified place to live and visit. What’s more, shopping at local markets is a fun and frugal weekly shopping ritual offering many advantages and products!

ULSTER MARKETS LLOYD FARMERS’ MARKET.

A mid-week Wednesday market offering organic and traditional farm produce, orchard vendors, local wines, organic cheeses, bakers, flavored butters, potted plants, cut flowers, and music to fill the fresh open air. June 23 to October 20 from 3 to 7pm Tillson Ave Ext. at intersection of Route 9W north and Haviland Road in front of Highland Beverage. Lloyd Town Hall: (845) 691-2144.

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MILTON’S HEART OF THE HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET.

Saturdays, 9am to 2pm. Mid-June thru October 31. A true farmers’ market showcasing local Hudson Valley farmers and businesses offering organic and traditional farm-fresh produce, eggs, cut flowers, cheeses, baked goods, art/painting, demos, local wines, and music. Cluett-Schantz Park, Route 9W, Milton. Call Sheila at (845) 616-7824 for special events and special product weeks or visit www.hhvfarmersmarket.com.

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ELLENVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET.

A healthy bounty of vendors ranging from traditional farmers, organic farmers, Italian baked goods and Mexican food. Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm rain or shine. June 20 to October 10. Corner of Market Street and Center Street. Michael Siegel, (845) 647-5150.

KINGSTON FARMERS’ MARKET.

A Hudson harvest of certified organic, naturally grown and traditional farm fresh fruits, veggies, field-cut flowers and potted plants. Plus a potpourri ranging from cheeses, meats and herbs to baked goods, honeys and jams. First monthly Saturdays feature artisans and crafters. Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm rain or shine. May 29 to November 20. Uptown Kingston on Wall Street. (845) 853-8512 or kingstonfarmersmarket.org.

NEW PALTZ FARMERS’ MARKET.

Luscious locally grown farm produce—seasonal fruits, veggies, and flowers. Local vineyard wines to go with meats, cheeses and homemade breads. Plus the sweets of fresh jams, desserts, maple syrup, honey, and a full crop of other goodies. Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm June 13 to October 31. Main Street across from Wachovia Bank. (845) 255-6093. 22

PINE BUSH FARMERS’ MARKET.

Celebrating the 10th season of fresh air filled with sounds of local musicians and fresh fare for-the-picking. Local veggies, fruits, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, meats and more. Featured artists each week showcase paintings to pottery and wood crafts to hand-woven baskets, along with quilts and hand-spun yarns. Saturdays, 9 am to 1:30 pm rain or shine. May 22 to October 16. 62 Main Street in Pine Bush in municipal parking lot behind the Crawford Cultural Center. Jacque Carter, (845) 744-6763 or pinebushfarmersmarket.com.

ROSENDALE FARMERS’ MARKET.

Weekly acoustic entertainment sets a country mood for local fruits, vegetables, honey, granola, Italian breads, cookies, muffins and cakes, cheeses, local organic goat cheese and soaps, organic lotions and body oils, dried flower arrangements, bedding plants, huge sunflowers, pastured beef and pork, free-range chicken eggs, organic quiches and soups, and much more. Sundays, 9 am to 2 pm rain or shine. June 6 to October 31. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32. Annie, (845) 658-3467, amardiney@gmail.com

SAUGERTIES FARMERS’ MARKET. 

Freshly harvested take-home at its best! Naturally and

conventionally grown produce, orchard fruits and berries, artisan bread, fresh laid eggs, maple syrup, honey, jams, and home-baked pies and pastries. Plus pasture raised meats and free range poultry, local wine, herbs, locally roasted coffee, and much more. Weekly demos with local chefs. Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm Opens May 29. The Cahill School parking lot on Main Street. Rickie, (845) 246-9371, saugertiesfarmersmarket.com.

WOODSTOCK FARM FESTIVAL.

A different twist on the typical market with a mid-week, late day Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to dusk. Offerings of fresh local produce, outdoor dining, live music, special events and kids’ activities. Rain or shine. May 27 to October 27. 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock. Cheryl Paff, (845) 679-7618, www.woodstockfarmfestival.com, or info@woodstockfarmfestival.com.

DUTCHESS MARKETS ARLINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET.

A different flair for the college crowd located at the corner of Raymond Ave. and Fulton Ave. on the Vassar College Alumni House Lawn. Visitors savor traditional and organic farm products, plus a market favorite—ready-made foods from local restaurants with a choice of Greek, Middle Eastern, Carib-


bean, or Latino cuisines to take home or eat at many comfort areas provided. Also fresh-cut flowers, basket flowers, Amish furniture, handcrafted jewelry, homemade ice cream, honey, and beeswax candles. Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. June 10 to October 21. Robert Raisch, (845) 559-0023 or www. arlingtonbid.org.

BEACON FARMERS’ MARKET.

Year-round in-and-outdoor comfort on the banks of the Hudson River located at the Beacon Ferry dock (next to Beacon Train Station). Staged with fresh produce, meats, flowers, bread, cheese, wine, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, and prepared foods. Plus gifts, pottery, and live music. Outdoors from spring warmth until cool weather sets in; Indoors at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse when raining or too chilly. Sundays 10am to 4pm (845) 838-4338 or thebeaconfarmersmarket.com.

CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE FARMERS’ MARKET.

This market provides fresh, quality fruits and veggies, local breads and cheeses, potted and cut flowers, prepared foods, and music and art—a perfect spot for positive community interaction and special events. Fridays 10am to 3 pm rain or shine. June 4 to October 29 in Mural Park at 253 Main Street, 1/2 block east of Market Street. Special events are planned

throughout the market season. Accepts debit and credit cards, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupons (FMNP), WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks and SNAP/Food Stamps. Susan Grove, (845) 473-1415 or farmproject.org.

FISHKILL FARMERS’ MARKET.

Fruits, veggies, herbs, fresh eggs, baked goods, flowers, potted plants, organic produce, cheese, wines, and ethnic foods. May 27 to October 31, Thursdays 9am to 4pm Main Street Plaza on Route 52, Fishkill. (845) 897-4430.

HYDE PARK FARMERS’ MARKET.

A versatile market with not only traditional and organic produce to bring home, but Mexican foods such as pulled-pork and BBQ fare to eat while marketing. Also local wines, artesian breads, cheeses, local honey and maple syrup, goat soaps and lotion, and crafts—plus a massage therapist and reflexology professional on board. June 5 to October 31, Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm Hyde Park Town Center, Route 9. (845) 229-9111.

LAGRANGE FARMERS’ MARKET.

A small but diverse market with a large yield of organic and traditional farm-fresh produce, seasonal orchard fruits, baked goods, breads, potted plants, cut flowers, artisan cheeses, and goat milk soaps and lotions. June 19 to October 2, Saturdays 9am to 2pm Route 55, M&T Bank Plaza, LaGrangeville. (914) 204-0924.

MILLERTON FARMERS’ MARKET.

Locally grown greens, fruits and vegetables, meat, honey and maple syrup, eggs, herbs and flowers, baked goods, pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi made through lacto-fermentation, yogurt, and cheeses. Events include cooking demos, spinning demos, and musical performances. Dutchess Ave. just off Main St., Millerton. May 29 to October 31, Saturdays 9am to 1pm (518) 789-4259 or neccmillerton.org/farmers.htm.

MOUNT CARMEL FARMERS’ MARKET.

A sidewalk stroll at Mount Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie. May 2 to October 31, Sundays 9am to 2pm. Local organic and traditional veggies, fruits, produce, cheeses, meats, and Cascade Mtn. wines. Also seeking more vendor diversity. Contact Erik for vendor or market info, (845) 483-7300 or erik@cafebocca.net.

RHINEBECK FARMERS’ MARKET.

Farm fresh fruits and veggies, raw honey and bee products, local wine, cider and fruit juices, jams, jellies, cheeses, flowers, and baked goods. Plus free-range poultry and eggs, farm-raised meats, smokehouse products, herbs and nursery plants, and much more. Sundays 10am to 2pm. May 9 to November 25. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market Street. (845) 876-7756, www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com.

MILLBROOK FARMERS’ MARKET.

An open-air showcase of locally produced fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, fresh-baked breads and pies, jams, and homemade products. Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook. May 29 to October 31, Saturdays 9am to 1pm, rain or Shine. (845) 677-4304 or MillbrookFarmersMarket.com. 23


A Good Ol’ Time

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KELDER’S FARM

Rt 209, Kerhonkson, NY www.kelderfarm.com 845-626-7137

Homegrown fruitS AnD vegetAbleS At greAt priceS

Growing: cantaloupe, strawberries, gourds, pumpkins, herbs, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cucumber, eggplant, greens, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, summer squash, sweet corn, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, winter squash... U-Cut Flowers and Herbs. Flowering Baskets. Vegetable Plants. Burd’s Farm stand 6611 Rt 209, Kerhonkson 845-626-7620


HOMEgROWN aPRiCOTS, PEaCHES, NECTaRiNES, BlUEBERRiES, STRaWBERRiES, TOMaTOES, CORN aNd SO MUCH MORE... BREakFaST aNd lUNCH TOO!!

APPLE BIN

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THE BOUNTY OF SUMMER


may all be fed FROM FARM-TO-FOOD PANTRY

BY SUSAN PERRIN

The Rondout Valley Growers Association is a regional grower’s organization formed to support and promote the viability of local farms and farmland. But these are not our only goals; for several years, RVGA has organized volunteer harvest-time field gleanings of excess farm produce for donations to local soup kitchens and food banks. In 2009 RVGA expanded this program to further help the region’s hungry. With the assistance of volunteers organized by FAMILY of Woodstock, more than 22,000 pounds of fresh vegetables were distributed weekly and biweekly to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Ulster County. Additionally, with help from the Woodcrest Community in Rifton and community volunteers, 4,000 pounds of sweet corn was processed and frozen for distribution. Over 2,000 pounds of bread and packaged dry goods were donated by our farm stands as 26

well. Many of our farms donated “seconds” produce all summer long, and in order to make this process easier for them, in 2008 we wrote a small grant to launch a summer internship program that put student interns on participating farms to assist with the work involved with donations. The interns, Carrie Carson and Mark Davenport, worked hard, and helped us develop the program over the summer. This program directly benefited food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the region. A web of connection and support was provided for those who received the donated produce, which included the volunteers and interns who participated. Communities that support each other thrive; and the Rondout Valley Growers Association is committed to every facet of creating a thriving, sustainable agricultural community.

A web of connection and support was provided for those who received the donated produce. Funding for the 2010 RVGA internship and the Farm to Food Pantry Program has not been secured for this year. Without the financial support necessary to defray costs of coordinating and managing this project, a reduced amount of produce will be handled this year, which also means less produce donations. The RVGA doesn’t require a lot of funding to make these programs run but we do need management help and workers. If you would like to donate money for these projects or would like to help, please contact us at info@rondoutvalleygrowers.org.


The Hudson Valley

HUNGER BANQUET This past spring hundreds gathered to help raise awareness of hunger in our community and to help raise funds for several Hudson Valley organizations that provide assistance for those in need, including:

RVGA Farm-To-Food Pantry 2009 Program highlights: • Signed on three RVGA member farms, who provided TWICE WEEKLY DONATIONS beginning mid-July and continuing through Thanksgiving. • Sought out support from Michael Berg at FAMILY, who arranged for volunteers to handle DISTRIBUTION OF DONATIONS throughout Ulster County, but primarily in the Rondout Valley region between Ellenville to Kingston. • Organized farmers, RVGA volunteers, staff, and summer interns in COLLECTION AND INVENTORY of donations, and organization of all produce at one regular location, the Davenport Farm packing house in Stone Ridge, for pick up and distribution by FAMILY volunteers.

• In addition to the weekly donations, solicited one-time donations of over 4,000 POUNDS OF FRESH SWEET CORN from four RVGA farms for processing at Woodcrest Community in Rifton. Over 35 community volunteers worked along with several Woodcrest volunteers to produce over 1,000 TWO-POUND BAGS of frozen corn (for winter distribution), and we provided lunch. •

GATHERED OVER 26,700 POUNDS OF FRESH FOOD VALUED AT OVER $17,000.

On behalf of the Rondout Valley Growers Association and everyone in our community who has benefited from your generosity, we would like to extend our deep gratitude for your donations to RVGA’s Farm to Food Pantry Program.

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here is nothing worse than watching backyard fruits and veggies get devoured by deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, or insects. After all that time spent weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and pampering our plants in anticipation of eating homegrown food, we’d like to keep it for ourselves. While there are never sure answers to stop every garden pest, there are several efficient and cost-effective methods to stop critters from destroying crops. These are strategies for protecting a handful of trees, bushes, or small plants when you don’t want to fence in an entire yard, or field.

BIRD NETTING: This is thin plastic netting that is draped over fruit-bearing bushes and trees. It can be purchased at home improvement centers. The advantage of using bird netting is that it is inexpensive and weighs very little when draped over crops. The disadvantage is that the fine netting tends to get tangled in branches and leaves, and small animals can get stuck in it.

TULLE: This fine transparent netting, usually made

from nylon or rayon, is the common material decorating frilly dresses. It is inexpensive and easily purchased in most fabric stores. Tulle can be gently draped over fruit bushes, trees, and vegetable plants and then gathered and clipped together using clothespins or string to make the fruit inaccessible to birds. Blueberry and tree fruits are good candidates for this technique. The only drawback is viewing fruit through a veil of gauze.

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CAGES: These work well when you just have a few younger trees to protect from deer. Cages can be constructed out of four-foot tall wire fencing purchased by the foot or roll. This material is often sold by home improvement centers as garden or deer fencing. We prefer the rigid fencing coated in green plastic that’s four feet high and sold in 50-foot rolls. A 10 to 14 foot section of fencing cut off in one piece and brought together end-to-end 31


provides a circular enclosure for a tree. Secure the ends with wire. A slight overlap will help keep the cage rigid at the seam. Stake cages to prevent movement. A cage prevents a full frontal assault by deer, although they might nip at a branch or two. The advantage of wire cages is that it is a relatively inexpensive method of protecting a tree until it gets bigger. The disadvantage is that to do any maintenance or care you must either lift the cage up to reach underneath it or untwist the metal ends to have access to the tree.

FLOATING ROW COVER: This is a lightly spun

FRUIT TREE MAGGOT BARRIERS: These

TREE TANGLEFOOT: This is an insect barrier

are individual nylon bags made out of the same material as hosiery. These bags are individually slipped over each fruit when it gets about the size of a nickel, and the edge of each bag is gently twisted together sealing the fruit from insect damage. Individually wrapping each fruit may seem extreme but may be worth it when your fruit is so delicious that you will do anything to eat it! These barriers were originally designed for apple and pear trees to prevent maggot fly infestations and codling moth damage. This product can be purchased through mail order garden suppliers.

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white polyester film that gets draped over your crop and can be secured down by pins, stones, or small logs. This allows the fabric to lie loosely over the crop to allow water and light to get through the delicately spun fabric, but discourages fruit stealers. This is a good techinique for deterring chipmunks from raiding strawberry beds. Row cover is sold at garden supply centers and mail order garden suppliers. The disadvantage of row cover is that it is aesthetically unappealing.

used in situations where ants and other insects crawl up the side of a tree to feed on the fruit that has been broken open by other pests. Tanglefoot is a gooey barrier that stays sticky, thus repelling crawling insects. It is very simple to use. Tie a piece of fabric securely around a tree trunk and squeeze the Tanglefoot barrier onto the fabric like caulk in a circle around the trunk. It can be purchased through mail order specialty garden suppliers.

SURROUND: This is a clay-based product that is mixed with water and sprayed on fruit trees to deter insect predators. The main ingredient is kaolin, a

nontoxic natural clay. The light clay coating interferes with insect feeding and egg depositing on fruit. It was designed to protect against apple maggot, plum curculio, pear psylla, Japanese beetles, and other pests. This product works well when used consistently. There are two drawbacks to this product: Surround needs to be reapplied after storms, and it looks aesthetically unappealing, as if your tree has been sprayed lightly with white paint. Surround can be purchased through mail order specialty garden suppliers, often listed as an organic insecticide.

CATCH-AND-RELEASE TRAPS: For those

unstoppable chipmunks that strip fruit from lowlying fruit bushes, or those persistent groundhogs that love eating squash, a catch-and-release trap is the best solution. Baited with a small piece of fruit the critters can be caught and released in an area where it is legal to do so. These traps can be purchased at hardware stores and garden centers.

Gardening is supposed to be a rewarding experience. If the critters have been getting in the way of this, try some of these pest management techniques. The results are often immediate, and your plants will thank you for it.


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THE ECONOMIC CURRENT Investing In Our Communities An old saying suggests that fish don’t think about the water they swim in until it’s polluted. The same holds true when it comes to our thoughts on money and economy. While some people may panic about the fluctuations of the market, others are asking, “What is money, and what gives it value?”

WHAT IS MONEY? Webster’s defines money as something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment. The evolution of our money has gone from the actual trading of a cow or some wheat to representations of those things. Our current form of money is an efficient, reliable way of spending across the US. However, there are other currencies in the country—known as complimentary currencies—that help support the economy of a specific region. In the strong economies of Germany and Japan, there are over 300 complimentary currencies in each country being spent alongside the national currency. They help to encourage local spending. Two local examples of complimentary currencies include the Ithaca Hour from Ithaca and the Berkshare in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. This type of money is

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not intended to replace federal currency. Its use helps strengthen the sense of economic community and builds the regional economy by enhancing locally owned businesses, local manufacturing, and local jobs. By creating a local currency, we reduce the region’s dependence on an unpredictable global or national economy. We increase economic security and lower transportation costs by sourcing locally. And we increase the prosperity and well being of the whole region.

WHERE’S IT GOING? The movement to shop locally stems from a desire to see our communities thrive. After large malls in the ‘80s lured shoppers away from Main Streets across the nation, we began to see the effect on suffering downtowns. Revitalization efforts over the last two decades have helped illustrate the importance of spending with the businesses that our neighbors own. When we spend with our neighbors there are no corporate headquarters where the money is being sent to, there are no large CEO salaries to cover, no national advertising expenses, no lobbying expenses, or other extravagant reasons to funnel money away from our communities. When you shop locally the money keeps moving around the community, as long as the people who you support are also local spenders. 37


VOTE WITH OUR DOLLARS A corporation is simply a business. We support corporations every day, and when we do we make a vote with our dollar about what we value. As we’ve recently seen, when a business gets so large that its closure can cripple a national economy, US citizens are forced to “bail them out.” Small business owners receive no such stimulus, so support comes from the community. Most multinational corporations find the cheapest workers in the world. Small, local corporations hire people from our region and must pay at least minimum wage (benefits used to be standard). Most multinational corporations seek countries with weak (or no) environmental laws. Local businesses must conform to the strict environmental laws that were created to keep our world clean. Multinational corporations can afford to buy millions of units in order to drive prices so low that local businesses can’t match the price.

The best first step for developing a strong local economy is to shop with local business owners. The true cost of spending a dollar is not on the price tag. Ask yourself next time you’re deciding between buying at the local grocery or at a big box store: Which place do I want here in 10 years? Will you pay the extra dollar to support your community character? During the holidays or birthdays, buy a handmade toy at a local toy store instead of a mega-corporate toy store. The toy will most likely last longer and was not produced with toxic 38

chemicals. The little changes make all the difference in the world.

WHAT NOW? Those interested in developing a local currency can join forces with the group forming The Current. The Hudson Valley Current is a currency for the Hudson Valley that will issue its first paper bills later this year. Currents will function the way that national currency functions but locally, on a regional scale. The Current is 100% legal and will be convertible with US dollars. The attractive, compelling bills will convey a sense of dignity, history, and community. Money needs to inspire trust, and the Current will build that trust on the rich legacy of civil society in the Hudson Valley. A list of participating stores will be published prior to the first run of The Current. To get Currents, anyone will be able to go into a participating bank to receive 10 Currents for $9 US, or ask to receive your change in Currents at participating stores. Visit hudsonvalleycurrent.org for more info. The best first step for developing a strong local economy is to shop with local business owners. Turn shopping into a social event of strolling with a friend through farmers’ markets and small shops in our beautiful downtown village centers. Chris Fenichel-Hewitt is a founding member of The Current, board member of Phoenix Action Network, the fiscal sponsor of The Current, and editor of VISITvortex. He has been interested in printing and publishing since running his first printing press at 12 years old.

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Use your imagination and feel what it would be like to have a shower in your favorite spot in the yard. is mounted on. The best source of water is your home’s plumbing system, which can simply be extended to the exterior and out to the shower. The runoff of shower wastewater, gray water, needs to be channeled to a safe place where it returns to the water table and away from the foundation of the home. If the soil does not have much sand, you have to dig a dry well and fill it with layers of gravel and sand so the water percolates down into the earth. As far as the structure around the shower, just about anything goes, or you can choose to have no enclosure at all, as in the bamboo shower

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SWIMMING SPOTS by Rochelle Riservato

If you’re longing for some cool, refreshing water adventures or remote swimming experiences, you’re ready for this good ol’ fashioned glimpse at local swimming holes.

Kaaterskill Falls

Vernooy Falls

An honest-to-goodness natural swimming hole has got to be the ultimate water happening—as, most often, everywhere you turn the views are magnificent. From waters majestically streaming from a waterfall to the lazy stillness of a lake, there is a calming beauty awaiting us. It’s satisfying to discover obscure swimming holes, but it’s also sometimes nice to enjoy a barbecue with family after swimming at the town beach, where local folks relish the reward of chilly waters washing away the sweat of the day. Whether hiking to a swim spot or parking yards away, going to a swimming hole is like entering the nostalgia of nature—something you may have only thought possible in the times of Huckleberry Finn. So take the plunge and try one or more of our favorite swimming holes. 47


Otter Falls

ULSTER COUNTY: Flowing streams run off the Catskill Mountains throughout Ulster County, carving rocks to create a multitude of beautiful water holes.

GLENARIE

An easy, short stroll down to the creek brings you to this delightful swimming area bordered with lots of large flat rocks for sunning. And although there’s not much water here during a dry winter and spring, this year has been flowing strongly. Glasco, lat=42.02036, lon=-73.98136

KAATERSKILL FALLS

A double drop waterfall near Hunter, these falls cascade 260 feet down two falls. Hike to the bottom, the mid point, or to the top for an amazing view.

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Stony Kill Falls One of the most popular waterfalls in NY, you can find many little swimming holes at Kaaterskill Creek. Palenville, lat=42.17660, lon=-74.04739

OTTER FALLS

Located on state land, a small, but adventurous, side trail leads to the spectacular falls cascading down about 30 feet to a large deep basin measuring about 20 to 30 feet in diameter with a center depth between 6 and 8 feet. With recent rains it should be like a giant, cold-water Jacuzzi, say the locals. Otter Falls is only about a half-mile from the popular Giant Ledge trail parking area, making it an excellent stop after a hot, sweaty hike. Sundown, lat=42.0314, lon=-74.4201

Peekamoose BLUE HOLE

Located on the Rondout Creek, locals call this just

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Vernooy Falls plain “Blue Hole” because the water’s so frigid it can make one blue. However, in actuality, it is called “blue” by reason of its unpolluted clarity—when standing on rocks above, the hole appears a hue of true blue as the purity reflects the sky above. With waters rushing through a gap in a rock, a very deep pool of certifiably refreshing and invigorating water awaits you at the end. What’s even better, it’s a short path to the creek and the hole is hidden! Peekamoose, lat=41.9182, lon=-74.4215

SPLIT ROCK HOLE

A diverse swimming area in Coxing Kill where the creek plunges into a small gorge of solid rock and streams out on the other end into a pool. One has the choice of jumping into the gorge, which is allowed, to take in the waters or have a less adventurous swimming experience in the creek, or go further downstream. Split Rock Hole requires


Peekamoose Blue Hole

Split Rock Hole

a significant parking fee, but if you haven’t been there, it’s worth it. lat=41.73961, lon=-74.20356

Woodstock, you’ll find some great little swimming holes along the Sawkill Creek. Woodstock.

STONY KILL FALLS

THE BIG DEEP

Locally called “Hole 32,” this spot features a spectacular, 87-foot high waterfall in the town of Warwarsing. However the swimming hole is above the falls, not below. And up behind a rock dam, there’s a traditional clothing-optional place for swimming in the rough. This pool is known as “Nudist Pool” as it is traditional to skinny-dip in the clean spring waters. Beyond the pool the river can be followed upward for several miles, where the hiker will come across many pools and small cascades as the river winds up the hill. Kerhonkson.

TOWN PARK Just off Zena Road before getting into mainstream

A trail takes you to a stream and a swimming hole— You can dive in off rocks without fear of touching bottom or do a cannonball off the rope swing. All this in a secluded setting, just minutes outside of Woodstock.

VERNOOY FALLS

Locals sometimes call this “Trails End.” This combines a scenic, two-mile hike (one-way) to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole in Vernooy Kill surrounded by hemlocks and shrubs on state land. A local fan described this as a wonderful place in the Catskill Park Preserve, where visitors can camp anywhere away from streams and trails. The hike into

Al GPS coordinates are approximate. Go to VISITvortex.com to see the maps, videos, and slideshows.

Kaaterskill Falls the swim hole sports an elevation gain of about 600 feet in a one-mile stretch ending at the refreshing cold water—even in summer. If the 45-minute hike doesn’t get your blood flowing, the fresh, cold water will. Kerhonkson, lat=41.87194, lon= -74.37083

SECRET SWIMMING HOLES... NO GPS NEEDED— JUST ASK A LOCAL! There are several “locally known” swimming places hidden within the back hills and valleys of Ellenville, Accord, Kerhonkson, and Alligerville that are enjoyed by many. So if you’re not in-the-know about them, we suggest you shout out to a local as you’re taking a drive and enjoying the picturesque scenery of these areas. We’re sure someone will share the secret!

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Rudd Pond

DUTCHESS COUNTY: The lands extending east of the Hudson River are dotted with lakes and ponds perfect for cooling off on any summer day.

TACONIC STATE PARK, RUDD POND AREA 225 country acres featuring a sandy beach and clear water swimming. Also boat rentals, children’s play area, flush toilets, picnic tables, fishing, forestland, and skating. On County Route 62, Millerton. Hours: May-Labor Day, 8am to 9pm. Parking: $7. Camping rates: $13 per night on ground; $14 per night on platform. RVs up to 20 feet accepted. Contact: 518-789-3059; Reservations: 1-800-456-CAMP. 50

Wilcox Park

River Pool

WILCOX MEMORIAL PARK

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Refreshing lake swimming is yours for the day. But if you want more, there’s boat rentals, fishing, children’s play area, hot showers, shelters and pavilions, picnic tables, open athletic fields, nature trails, and miniature golf. Plus 27 campsites, including 10 RV trailer sites with water and electric hook-up. On Route 199, Stanfordville. Hours: May-Sept. Call for rates. Contact: 845-758-6100.

A really cool pool—actually an old-fashioned beach basin that is drained seasonally, so it’s more like natural swimming. Open weekends from May 29 to June 12 and daily from June 19 to August 22. Contact for residency requirements: 845-677-8278.

LAKESIDE PARK A 280-acre park featuring a lake for cool, crisp swimming. Kayaking and canoeing also a treat. Located in Pawling at 2 Lakeside Drive. Hours: Open year round from dawn ‘til dusk. Rates: Non-resident day rate for swimming: $10 for individual and $15 for families. Contact: 845-855-1131.

BEACON RIVER POOL Innovation at its best! Created from an old concept of a floating structure in larger bodies of water, this pool provides safe swimming with wading areas in the Hudson River. Partially submerged in the water, the pool allows river waters to flow through. A ramp from the rivers’ shore leads swimmers to the pool. Floatation/seats line the pool’s perimeter for spectacular river views. The pool is used from early July to Labor Day. Contact: 914-6294598 or 845-494-2174.


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Over 300 years ago, a small band of Huguenots founded a new community — New Paltz. Their independence came out of their conviction. That spirit remains strong in New Paltz today. See their colonial stone houses in their orginal village setting. professionAl instruction aNd Guided trips fOR All levels Of aBilitY iN: Rock Climbing area Hikes ice Climbing Snowshoe Outings alpine Climbing team Building Events Mountaineering Wilderness Medical Courses AMGA Accredited AMGA Certified Guides

Alpine endeAvors

PO Box 58, Rosendale, NY 877-GUNKS-NY www.alpineendeavors.com 845-658-3094

Visit our museum shop. Hike our marshland nature walk. Walk the Rail Trail. Make a day of it with shopping and dining in our funky, charming downtown, which is just steps away.

DuBois Fort Visitor Center 81 Huguenot Street Downtown New Paltz 845.255.1889 or 1660

www.huguenotstreet.org


Let Us Help You Get Out & Ride!

Creating a center for cycling that enhances the riding experience of enthusiasts and beginners alike. Check out our awesome line of cool weather gear for autumn and winter fun! Sales, Service & Rentals. Call or stop in and see us! PLAY THE VIDEO at visitvortex.com

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Learn To Hang Glide

Teaching the sport of hang gliding since 1981 Flying starts just five feet off the ground

Mountain Wings inc. Ellenville, NY 845-647-3377 www.mtnwings.com Come in and try our virtual reality simulator

Tasting gardens! World’s largest garden gnome! Farm animals! Open 10 to 6 every day

Route 209 between Accord and Kerhonkson www.HomegrownMiniGolf.com 845-626-7137


Great Theater!

June 4–June 20

Two Jews Walk Into a War… New Comedy By Seth Rozin

July 25-July 18

Guest Artist By Jeff Daniels Starring John Astin

July 23-August 15

The Marvelous Wonderettes By Roger Bean 50s & 60s Pop Hits

Great Prices!

August 20-Sept 12

Sept 17-Oct 3

Red Herring

Yankee Tavern

Zany Comedy By Michael Hollinger

By Steven Dietz NY Premiere

Thurs-Sat, 8:00 pm, $28; Sun, 2:00 pm, $24 $2 off seniors & students.Subscribe & save18%. Group sales available.

845-647-5511

157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY 12428 www.shadowlandtheatre.org


CULTURE IN THE COUNTRY

Fine-tuned Summer Performances A most welcoming and astonishing aspect of entertainment in the Valley is the diversity offered within small towns where one would least expect it. The fact that top-quality performers and performances can be experienced at country prices is even better. Our Valley’s cultural offerings enable area residents, visitors, and their entire families to witness and appreciate talented artists in unique venues instead of being confined to major cities.

photo by Lorna Tychostup

SHADOWLAND THEATRE – The Premier Professional Theatre of the Catskill/Hudson Valley Region is entering its 26th season of live theater in downtown Ellenville. A preview list for summer includes: June 4 to June 20, Two Jews Walk Into a War…, by Seth Rozin; June 25 to July 18, Guest Artist, by Jeff Daniels and starring John Astin; July 23 to August 15, The Marvelous Wonderettes, written and created by Roger Bean; August 20 to September 12, Red Herring, by Michael Hollinger and directed by Brendan Burke. Located at 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. For Shadowland show descriptions, showtimes, and ticket prices visit shadowlandtheatre.org or call 845-647-5511.

PIANOSUMMER FESTIVAL at New Paltz – Now in its 14th year, PianoSummer is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman. Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music. Concerts will take place at the Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall and McKenna Theatre. Ticket prices vary and go on sale on June 7. For more information call 845-257-3880 or visit newpaltz.edu/piano/.

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intellectually stimulating of all American summer festivals and frequently is one of the most musically satisfying” by the Wall Street Journal. During the summer, along with sensational performances, the Spiegeltent offers perfect casual summer fare a la carte—burgers from the grill, salads, and more. Dine indoors or alfresco in the lovely garden. Call the box office for dining reservations. For more information or ticket purchases call the box office at 845-7588700 or visit fishercenter.bard.edu/ THE BARDAVON OPERA HOUSE – The oldest continuously operating theater in New York state and among the oldest in the nation. This summer’s lineup includes such stage performances as Jeff Beck, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The New York Conservatory of the Arts presentation of Annie, and more. Located at 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. Complete info at bardavon.org or call the administration office at 845-473-5288 or box office at 845-473-2072.

BARD SUMMERSCAPE – From July 8 to August 22, the Richard B. Fisher Center of the Performing Arts at Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, offers seven weeks of opera, theater, dance, music, film, and cabaret. Called “one of the most

BETHEL WOODS Center for the Arts – An outdoor performing arts center and museum located approximately 90 minutes from New York City at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. There are two venues: The outdoor Terrace Stage and The Pavilion stage that accommodates 15,000 guests both under cover or on the lawn. The summer is replete with star performances ranging from Yes and Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band, and Brooks and Dunn to The New York Philharmonic, The Moody Blues, Santana, and so much more. For a complete schedule of events, tickets, directions, and more visit bethelwoodscenter.org or call 1-866-781-2922.


ULSTER COUNTY FAIR – Fantastic entertainment is headlining this year’s county fair from August 3 to 8. Admission from 10 am to closing includes parking, stage entertainment, and midway rides. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Wed., Aug. 4 at 8pm; Bucky Covington of American Idol fame on Thurs., Aug. 5 at 8pm; Jay and the Americans on Sun., Aug. 8, two shows 3 and 6pm. Fairground at 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz, NY. For information on Free Sr. Day and Carload Night call 845255-1380 or visit ulstercountyfair.com. $15.

ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (UPAC) – Formerly known as The Broadway Theater, UPAC came a long way with a transforming renovation that turned it from a movie house to a majestic venue hosting top performers and performances. Now affiliated with The Bardavon, UPAC hosts plays, rock musical performances, symphonies, comedians, and more. Located at 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY. For more information and list of summer performances call the administrative office at 845-331-1613 or box office at 845-339-6088 or visit bardavon.org.

DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR – Besides the fair’s country flair of rides, foods, farm animals, and exhibits, one can also see some great musical performances. The fair takes place from August 24 to 29 from 10am to 11pm. Tent performances are free with paid Fair admission and The Grandstand line-up (priced separately and do not include admission to the Fair) are George Jones, Foreigner, Joe Nichols with Special Guest Gloriana, and more to be announced. The fairground is located at 6550 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY. For complete listing visit dutchessfair.com or call 845-876-4000.

Small and informal venues for unique performances:

Photos provided by the venues

The Maverick Concerts – America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its rustic 1916 concert hall that’s uniquely located within the woods. The perfect acoustics are ideal for chamber music and live performances. Maverick’s summer line-up is replete with a full schedule—amongst

them the 19th Annual Woodstock Beat Concert benefiting the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (WBG) with Steve Reich and musicians Nexus, and So Percussion. WBG is a multi-arts artists’ organization presenting local and national performances in an intimate 150-seat venue. Although there’s no schedule planned for this summer, The Maverick is hosting this special benefit for the WBG—the steward of the 1903 Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. The Maverick Concert Hall is located at 120 Maverick Road (off Route 375) Woodstock, NY. For concert schedule, more info and ticket purchasing call 845-679-8348 or visit maverickconcerts.org. UNISON ARTS: A community supported arts center – For those who relish a more eclectic mix. Some scheduled performances will take place at the Unison Theatre—others are at different venues. All brought to you by Unison Arts. On June 4 at 8pm, Dala, a folk-pop lady duo with perfect harmony at Unison Theatre; On June 19 at 8pm, MacTalla Mor, called the only Celtic group that performs reggae on bagpipes, will perform at the McKenna

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John Mayer & Sting at Bethel Woods

Sea directors Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden, featuring whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper maché masks and puppet figures that range from one-foot to a 16-foot-tall Tree of Life. An inventive musical score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp, and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. For more on the July14 event, call 845647-5530. For the full performance schedule call 845-246-7873 or visit armofthesea.org.

Jeff Beck at UPAC

Theatre at SUNY New Paltz; On July 3 at 8:30pm, New Found Road, a bluegrass and acoustic gospel band will perform a free concert at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. For performance schedules and locations call Unison Arts at 845-255-1559 or visit unisonarts.org.

Maverick Byrdcliff

photo by Sean Stewart

photo by Roy Gumpel

ARM-OF-THE-SEA THEATER – Great for the kids! A large-scale, highly visual theater style incorporating masks, puppets, and live music celebrating and defending the beauty of our living planet. A featured free public performance on July 14, 7pm of Turtle Island Medicine Show will be performed in Ellenville at the open market space. It’s a contemporary fable and cautionary tale created by Arm-of-the-

THE BEARSVILLE THEATER – Flaunting the famed Woodstockian flamboyance, the theater, which opened in 1989, has been the core in the Valley for showcasing productions, plays, and musical events. The stage has seen the likes of famed actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and award-winning plays such as Edward Albee’s Tonybedecked Three Women. In addition to a continual round-up of local musical artistes, The Bearsville also features such favorites as The Band, The Pretenders, Natalie Merchant, Astrud Gilberto, Richie Havens, and Warren Zevon to mention a sampling of what’s played above the footlights. Summer is sated with a full schedule—and don’t forget Dweezil on June 24. For the summer line-up and schedule visit bearsvilletheater.com or call 845-679-4406. Located at 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock.


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Take advantage of this great opportunity to live in unspoiled beauty with breathtaking views. Situated on 90 acres this community enjoys the use of trails, the Equestrian Center, views of horses grazing in open fields, Mohonk Views and the beauty of our resident wild life. • Private Home sites, estate parcels available • Only two home sites left in phase I & II • Offering a full service boarding facility with the areas largest indoor arena. • Featuring “Connor Homes, New-Old Farmhouses” • Open to the public • Lessons available

Duchess Farm

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Three Great Restaurants. One Great Town.

Main Street, Phoenicia ricciardella’s: 845-688-7800 www.ricciardellas.com Sportsman’s: 845-688-5259 www.alamocantina.com Brio’s: 845-688-5370 www.brios.net

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Steers and Spears Harvest Café sunday brunch • lunch • dinner

16 N. Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY 12561 p. (845) 255-2433

restaurant & Wine Bar Water Street Market 10 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-4205

The Harvest Café Restaurant and Wine Bar is a full service restaurant and wine bar featuring an expansive New World Wine List and seasonal New American menu with vegetarian selections available including a healthy children’s menu. Dine outside on the deck for great views of the Shawangunk Ridge.


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Barnaby’s Salmon Special

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The Big Cheese Mediterranean Platter

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Gigi Trattoria Insalata di Pollo

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Bywater Bistro Shrimp & Summer Squash


EATING OUT on the lighter side

Yes, it’s been HARD work, going around to all of these local restaurants to find just the right thing to recommend to you all!!! But we did it. Here are our choices for lighter summery dishes that will please your pallet, your wallet and your waistline! Here are a few to get you inspired to eat out and still keep it on the lighter side. See Their Videos

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1 BARNABY’S, New Paltz

4 GIGI TRATTORIA, Rhinebeck

2 THE BIG CHEESE, Rosendale

5 HARVEST CAFE, New Paltz

Barnaby’s will not only satisfy meat lovers, but seafood and veggie lovers too. Try their Fresh Seafood Specials in the ambiance of the landmark Village Hall Theater, built in 1861. And their two gorgeous bars give any cocktail a festive flair.

At The Big Cheese we always get the middle eastern platter, Uval makes almost everything fresh daily. Choose any three from hummus, baba ganoush, turkish salad, tabouleh, roased eggplant, labane, grape leaves, and more! Sit out on Main St. Rosendale and enjoy this tasty exotic meal.

3 BYWATER BISTRO, Rosendale

Strolling and dining in the gardens of the Bistro with friends make for perfect summer fun. Everything on the summer menu is delicious. We tried the soft shell crabs, and for the entree, the Sauteed Shrimp and Summer Squash with angel hair pasta in a light basil and garlic tomato sauce—perfection.

There is no question why this restaurant is always packed. Nothing we’ve ever tried here has been less than amazing. This summer we recommend the Insalata di Pollo, poached free range chicken breast, asparagus, and cauliflower with Ray Tousey’s honey and pommery mustard vinaigrette. Yum!

After searching the Water Street Market for Treasures, dine outside on the deck with great views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Our recommendation: the Roasted Veggie Stuffed Portobello with the Granny Smith Apple Salad. You just might make the Harvest Cafe a weekly spot.

6 HIGH FALLS CAFE, High Falls

We really like their Blackened Salmon and Flat Bread Pizza. A great alternative to the traditional pizza, try this pita topped with hummus, spinach, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and melted cheddar.

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Harvest Cafe Granny Smith Apple Salad

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Friends & Family II Hillside Chop Chop Salad with Shrimp

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High Falls Cafe Blackened Salmon

Inn at Stone Ridge Lobster Spring Roll


7 Friends and Family II HILLSIDE,

Accord

The Chop Chop Salad with Grilled Shrimp is really out of this world! Packed with fresh fruits and veggies, on a bed of greens and topped with your choice of grilled shrimp, chicken, or scallops. Healthy and filling!

12 RICCIARDELLA’S

Restaurant, Phoenicia

No summer is complete without your fill of lobster. Sample this and any of their other classic Italian specialties while visiting the sweet town of Phoenicia.

8 THE INN AT STONE RIDGE Restaurant 13 SAVONA’S TRATTORIA, Whether enjoying brunch on the porch of this Historic Inn, sipping cocktails by the firepit over the weekend, or enjoying a fine dinner in the dining room, you will certainly leave here telling your friends about this gem. Our pick for this season... The Lobster Spring Roll!

9 MARINER’S HARBOR,

Kingston Rondout

Sitting out on the deck watching the boats go by while tasting from the raw bar or cracking into a fresh lobster—now this is summer! Mariner’s captures the feeling of being on a waterfront vacation. Also visit their other restaurants, Frank Guido’s Little Italy in Midtown Kingston and Port of Call on the waterfront in Catskill.

10 NORTHERN SPY,

High Falls

If we need to recommend the Tofu Wings then you’ve never been to the Spy. Definitely try the Roasted Chicken withOrange Piri-Piri Sauce, always cooked to perfection. Somehow it feels like vacationing.

11 RESERVOIR INN,

West Hurley

This summer try the Soft Shell Crabs at the Reservoir Inn. Prepared any way you like over a bed of pasta or atop a green salad. Perfect

Kingston Rondout

Head down to Kingston’s Rondout and watch the world go by while tasting from Savona’s menu of both classic and progressive Italian dishes. Fresh fruits and vegetables available from local farms make it a unique and satisfying dining experience. Try their Zia Insalata with arugula, beets, gorgonzola cheese, baby corn, and artichokes.

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THE CANAL HOUSE, High Falls

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TOUCHÉ, Woodstock

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UGLY GUS, Uptown Kingston

Try the new taste selections of Little Plates at the Canal House in High Falls. The seasonal menu features an introduction to their course meals, to be enjoyed in little plates at very affordable prices.

Touché is a new restaurant in Woodstock that you really should get to this summer. We tried the fluke over chanterelle mushrooms with herb beurre blanc sauce, and it was delicious!! Local fare with a modern twist.

Our absolute favorite here is the Turkey Pot Pie. For a simple light meal try the Fresh Asparagus Salad with Roasted Red Peppers. Or get the salad with the pot pie!

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Mariner’s Harbor Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna and Raw Bar

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Reservoir Inn Soft Shell Crabs

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Northern Spy Chicken with Orange Piri Piri Sauce

Ricciardella’s Steamed Lobster


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Savona’s Trattoria Zia Insalata

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The Canal House Little Plates

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TouchĂŠ Fluke over Chanterelles

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Ugly Gus Asparagus Salad


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SAVONA’S Savona’STRATTORIA TRaTToRIa

Broadway, KingstonNY NY 1111 Broadway, Kingston, 845-339-6800 845-339-6800 www.savonas.com www.savonas.com

The Reservoir Inn Basin Road

Open Thurs-Mon West5pm-closing Hurley, NY Open Thurs-Mon 5pm-closing Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm

845-331-9806 Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm

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diningClassic room, and beautiful Sun. Breakfast Special creek-side garden sample 2 eggs any style to with toastfrom ~ Fine Family Dining our diverse menu, or just drop by and potato pancakes: $3.50 to enjoy cocktails, wine, and local ~ Serving Lunch & Dinner micro~beers onDinner tap. Specials Weekly

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Frank Guido’s PORT OF CALL

Casual Waterside Dining on the Hudson 7 Main Street, Catskill 12414 portofcallcatskill.com 518-943-5088

MARINER’S HARBOR

Casual Waterfront Dining in the Historic Rondout! 1 Broadway, On the Rondout, Kingston 12401 marinersharbor.com 845-340-8051

Frank Guido’s LITTLE ITALY

Celebration-Style Dining 14 Thomas Street, Midtown Kingston 12401 frankguidoslittleitaly.com 845-340-1682


CanCelliere’s Pizzeria

6320 Route 209 Kerhonkson, NY

845-626-2441

Specialty Pizzas • Italian Dinners ColD Heros: Try Our Italian Combo! Hot Heros: Chicken, Meatball Parm Eggplant, Shrimp, Sausage Parmesan Philly steak, Chicken Steak, Pizza Steak Daily lunCH sPeCials Appetizers & salaDs

Full Service Deli • Catering • Party Subs Sandwiches • Wings • Burgers • Fries Hard & Soft Ice Cream • Frozen Yogurt Homemade Custom Ice Cream Cakes

CHERRIES Deli & Ice Cream Bar

4162 Rt. 209, Stone Ridge 845-687-9121


The Northern Spy Cafe is nestled among waterfalls and apple orchards in the beautiful village of High Falls. The Spy offers guests an inviting comfortable atmosphere to dine and relax. Whether you’re looking for Duck Confit with a Port Glaze, Free-Range Tofu Wings or a great burger, the Northern Spy Cafe will make your dining experience most enjoyable.

NortherN Spy Cafe Rt. 213 and Old Rt. 213 High Falls, NY 12440 Call: 845-687-7298 northernspycafe.com

Delicious hand-crafted continental cuisine prepared with only the finest ingredients.

friends & family ii

Hillside

4802 Route 209, Accord friendsandfamily2.com 845-626-7777


Fresh, fun and delicious tacos & burritos made just like you like them! Made to order Tex-Mex in Uptown Kingston.

Lucy’s Tacos

38 John Street, Kingston 845-338-2816 8 East Market St, Red Hook 845-758-8055 OPEN EVERY DAY 11-9

Bistro Mountain store 3124 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY bistromountainstore.com 845-255-2999

Home of the Crankin’ Sandwiches The Bistro Mountain Store is a full service deli and grocery store located at the foot of the Shawangunk Cliffs! We have everything you need for a great day in the mountains! With this and an epicurious approach to world cuisine, the Bistro Mountain Store is a delicious choice! SEE US ON www.visitvortex.com


Great Food. Great Music. Good tiMes.

Saturday & Sunday Brunch Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7 Wednesday Pasta & Wing Night acoustic Thursday every Week Wireless internet

HIGH FALLS CAFE

route 213 and Mohonk rd., High Falls 845-687-2699 www.highfallscafe.com

YOU’LL LEAVE HAPPY EVERY TIME! Music Brunch 11-2 Sunday Courses for $25 on Sunday 3-6pm • Lobster Bake $24 on Thursdays • Cocktails by the Fire Pit on Weekends • Fresh Squeezed Juices at the Bar • Live

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The ResTauRanT at the Inn at stone Ridge

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CUCUMBERS

TOMATO-CUCUMBER PANZANELLA SALAD

The Underrated Ingredient of Summer Laura Pensiero

Chef/Owner/Author, Gigi Hudson Valley

Adapted from Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook, Pensiero/HarperCollins 2009

Makes 6 to 8 servings

4 CUPS DICED SEEDED FRESH TOMATOES (from 3 large tomatoes)

CUCUMBERS are botanically similar to watermelons, both of which are in the gourd family of fruits. They have a high water content, which makes them especially refreshing to eat during the dog days of summer. Here in the Hudson Valley we always get a stretch of the three H’s: hazy, hot, and humid. The Valley traps the heat, and the air is thick and sticky. Cucumbers are usually eaten fresh during the season and then pickled to enjoy for the rest of the year. There are varieties of cucumbers grown for pickling alone, including squat kirbies, gherkins, and cornichons. All kinds of cucumbers are grown in the Valley, including your typical classic garden cucumber, long English cucumbers with few seeds, and some smaller Mediterranean and Persian varieties. I grow cucumbers myself, my favorite being the round lemon cucumber, which is sweet and flavorful and doesn’t contain much of the chemical that can make other cucumbers bitter and hard to digest. 78

Cucumbers are high in potassium, silica (a vital mineral) and vitamin A, which is found mostly in the skin. The silica in cucumbers is an essential component of healthy connective tissue. Supermarket cucumbers have often been waxed which means they must be peeled before eating. That is our nutritional loss. Buying cucumbers in season from your local farmers’ market means you get more flavor and nutrition, as they do not require peeling. The watery flesh of a cucumber contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. That may explain why cucumber slices are considered a good beauty treatment for swollen eyes. Cucumbers’ high water content makes it naturally hydrating. Anyone who has crunched on a cold sliced cucumber during a hot summer afternoon can attest to that. Here’s one of our recipes for you to try at home. At Gigi we use Mr. Mink’s local tomatoes and Migliorelli Farm cucumbers to prepare this salad. It is refreshing during the heat of the season and makes appearances at Gigi Trattoria, Gigi Market and at our catered events. Serve it with grilled or roasted fish and shellfish (such as shrimp, snapper or  tuna) as well as grilled Northwind Farm baby chickens. 

1/2 CUP SMALL-DICED RED ONION (from 1 medium onion) or green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced 1 MEDIUM CUCUMBER (about 10 ounces) halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into ¼-inch thick half moons 1/3 CUP FRESH LEMON JUICE 1/2 CUP EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 2 SMALL JALAPENOS, halved, ribs and seeds removed, and finely chopped 1/3 CUP CHOPPED FRESH FLAT-LEAF PARSLEY 1 TEASPOON SALT 1 ½ CUPS CROUTONS, torn day-old PEASANT BREAD, or grissini broken into segments Combine all the ingredients except the croutons in a large bowl. Mix well. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in the croutons, bread or grissini into the tomato-cucumber mixture.


Creating a “farm to fork” culinary experience that promotes local sustainability and a healthy lifestyle.

“HUDSON VALLEY MEDITERRANEAN” best describes the Gigi Hudson Valley menus. We proudly present delectable fare prepared with seasonal ingredients that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and food artisans of the Hudson Valley. Enjoy Mediterranean flavors at Gigi Trattoria, the award-winning restaurant in Rhinebeck, Gigi Market, our farmer’s market and café at Greig Farm in Red Hook, or at the location of your choice with Gigi Catering.

www.gigihudsonvalley.com

Touch Restaurant serves local organic fare with a modern twist. Enjoy two-for-one Happy Hours and a variety of specials throughout the week. Join us Sundays for our extended menu including brunch and prime rib. Touche Restaurant offers casual contemporary dining in a rustic setting. GiGi Catering Brianna Drohen, Director of Catering & Sales 845.758.8060 brianna@gigihudsonvalley.com

GiGi Trattoria 845.876.1007 6422 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572

GiGi Market 845.758.1999 227 Pitcher Lane Red Hook, NY 12571

1633 Glasco Turnpike in Woodstock 845-679-2121 toucherestaurant.com Open Tuesday-Saturday 5-10pm | Sunday 12-8pm | Closed Mondays


The Reservoir Inn

157 Basin Road Basin Road West Hurley, NY West Hurley, NY 845-331-9806 845-331-9806 www.reservoirinn.biz

~ Fine Family Dining  ~ Serving Lunch & Dinner  ~ Weekly Dinner Specials  ~ Daily Lunch Specials  ~ Parties & Meetings  ~ Fine Family Dining

Over 1000 Wines • Boutique Tequilas Single Malt Scotches • Small Batch Bourbons Monthly Tastings • Wine Dinners

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Stone Ridge Wine And SpiRitS Stone Ridge Towne Centre 2853 Main Street Route 209 Stone Ridge, NY 12484 StoneRidgeWineAndSpirits.com 845-687-7125


Rich in old world flavor.

Authentic, Home-style cooking; A cozy cafe cornering the busiest section of Uptown Kingston. Watch the world go by while savoring anything from “the best coffee in town” with a flavorful biscotti to a hearty meal that could include a build your own panini, sandwich, or the daily special. All created right on the premises by Dominick’s own family recipes rich in old world flavor and fresh, quality ingredients. “If my grandmother wouldn’t serve it, you won’t find it here.” Catering for special events and private parties. SEE US AT visitvortex.com and dominickscafe.com

Dominick’s cafe 34 North Front Street Corner of Wall St. Kingston, NY 12401 845-338-4552

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Visit the wineries of the Hudson Valley

Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent Clinton Vineyards Clinton Corners

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, Gardiner

Millbrook Vineyard & Winery, Millbrook

Adair Vineyards New Paltz

Glorie Farm Winery Marlboro

Baldwin Vineyards Pine Bush

Stoutridge Vineyards Marlboro Benmarl Winery Marlboro

A visit to to the Hudson Valley Wineries offers hospitable winery tasting rooms, where you can often meet the owners and taste award-winning wines made from classic European varieties, regional hybrids and even delicious fruit wines. Experience the wines of the Hudson Valley - The Roots of American Wine Wineries

Adair Vineyards Applewood Winery Benmarl Winery Brimstone Hill Veineyard Brookview Station Winery Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery Clinton Vineyards Glorie Farm Winery Hudson-Chatham Winery

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Oak Summit Vineyard Palaia Vineyards Robibero Family Vineyards Stoutridge Vineyard Tousey Winery Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery and more...

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Warwick Winery Warwick

Brotherhood Winery Washingtonville

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THE HUDSON VALLEY IS AMERICA’S OLDEST WINE MAKING AND GRAPE-GROWING REGION. Less than an hour and a half from New York City, a visit to the Hudson Valley Wineries offers hospitable winery tasting rooms, where you can often meet the owners and taste award-winning wines made from classic European varieties, regional hybrids and even delicious fruit wines. Hudson Valley Wine Country members are: Adair Vineyards, Robibero Family Winery, New Paltz; Whitecliff

Hudson Valley Wine Country Members Vineyard & Winery, Gardiner; Baldwin Vineyards, Brimstone Hill Winery, Pine Bush; Brotherhood “America’s Oldest” Winery, Washingtonville; Applewood Winery, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Warwick; Millbrook Vineyard & Winery, Oak Summit Vineyard, Millbrook, Clinton Vineyards, Clinton Corners; Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent; Brookview Station Winery, Castleton-on-Hudson; Glorie Farm Winery, Stoutridge Vineyard, Benmarl Winery, Marlboro; Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills.


by Maria Reidelbach

MUSHROOM HUNTING The Extreme Sport of Foodies In what other hobby do you have the fun of a treasure hunt, the beauty of nature, the geekiness of deep research, the discipline of detailed observation,the pleasure of dining on gourmet food, as well as an exercise regimen to work off those extra calories—for free? I think that hunting mushrooms is a wonderful activity. Of course, all this delight doesn’t come without its challenges. As we all know, some species can be deadly. But so can crossing the street. When I was small, my mother taught me how to hunt mushrooms, how to distinguish the good mushrooms from the not-so-good. Just like crossing the street, you can learn how to be safe.

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First, there’s a reason it’s called “hunting” rather than “picking”. You’ll need to actively search for these sometimes elusive organisms. Mushrooms are not plants or animals—they are a third life form called fungus. They have their own unique growth patterns, and they fruit at different times, places, and under certain conditions. The Hudson Valley is a great place to hunt,

with many different types of habitats and felicitous weather conditions. Next, you can’t get poisoned by merely touching a toxic mushroom. It’s true that we have a few deadly varieties in this area but they must be eaten to kill. There are more delicious edible species growing here. If you want to gather for the table, first learn the delicious species and the deadly species. Don’t eat anything unless you know for sure. Forget any adages or folk wisdom about how to sort edible mushrooms from toxic ones—none of them are dependable. There are very few generalizations you can make about mushrooms—they’re fascinatingly unique. Also, it’s good to know that collecting mushrooms doesn’t harm the parent organism. Like apples on a tree, mushrooms are the fruit of the fungus itself, which exists (usually as a thready white mass) in the soil or wood from which the mushrooms grow.


Honey Mushrooms

TO BEGIN A HUNT

YOU’LL WANT TO HAVE: • comfortable hiking or walking shoes; • a pocket knife, or even a plastic disposable knife; • a wide basket or paper shopping bag; • some small and medium-sized paper bags (mushrooms turn to slime in plastic); • some small wax paper bags are great for separate specimens; and • a guide book or two, or access to the Internet. Take a walk in a natural area—an old mixed forest with lots of moss is a good place to start. Look for fungus on the forest floor, on dead wood, and on the sides of trees. When you find an interesting mushroom use your knife to carefully unearth the base of mushroom. Put your specimen in a little bag, and remember or make a note of what it’s growing on—forest floor, dead wood, living wood, mulch, or whatever. When you return from your walk you can study your finds. You’ll want to lay them out under good light. A hand lens is useful to see details. Group the

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mushrooms by physical characteristics; this will help you learn to observe differences and similarities. Learn how to make a spore print by placing a cap on paper until it drops its spore or seed. Try to match your mushrooms with photos and descriptions in guides. There are two books I recommend for beginners. Mushrooming Without Fear, by Alexander Schwab, introduces a limited number of varieties that can be safely identified and eaten by beginners. You could learn only these mushrooms and be a happy hunter. The complement is the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, by Gary Lincoff, which contains most of the species of mushrooms you are ever likely to find. Both are available at your local public library. Two great websites are David Kuo’s www. mushroomexpert.com and Professor Tom Volk’s http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/. Also available are several iPhone aps that use hyperlinks to help quickly identify mushrooms—the best one, Fungi, is only $1.99 and is fun to use. There’s also a fantastic local group dedicated to the study of mushrooms, the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association. Joining a group like this is

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the quickest way to learn a lot about mushrooms. Expert members can help you make identifications as well as search out varying habitats. The MHMA can be found online at www.midhudsonmyco.org and on Facebook (search “midhudsonmyco”). They welcome beginners. The appreciation of the important role of fungus in our environment is really in its infancy. A great mat of fungi underlies much of the earth we live on. It’s only now that science understands that, far from being the parasite once thought, most fungi have symbiotic relationships with other life forms—there are many organisms that can’t exist without them. COUNT ME IN!

LOCAL MUSHROOMS BLACK TRUMPETS

Delicious Black Trumpets are a type of chanterelle and grow throughout our region in July and August. They may be hard to spot on the forest floor, but they are one of the most easy to identify, once you know what to look for, with no toxic look-alikes. And luckily, when you find one there are likely to be more.

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PUFFBALLS

Puffballs are another easy to identify species and they are sometimes enormous! They can be found from early summer into autumn in meadows and on lawns.

Puffball Mushroom Yellow Morels

Black Trumpets

Lobster Mushroom

MORELS

Morels are a delicious early spring mushroom. Look in old apple orchards and under tulip trees and dying elms. Lisa Jessup, Director of Common Ground Farm in Beacon, happily shows off a couple of prime examples of Yellow Morels.

BEAR’S HEAD

Bear’s Head mushrooms are beautiful. They don’t have a lot of flavor, but make up for it in texture.

HONEY MUSHROOMS

Shiitake-like honey mushrooms are sometimes found in profusion, but it takes an experienced mushroomer to distinguish them from poisonous varieties.

Hedgehog Mushroom Chicken Mushrooms

Bear’s Head Mushroom Honey Mushrooms

Remember, eat only mushrooms you have identified as edible using authoritative guides.

Oyster Mushrooms

DELICIOUS SUMMER MUSHROOMS TO LOOK FOR IN THE HUDSON VALLEY: Chicken Mushrooms (Laetiporus sulphureus) Black Trumpets (Craterellus fallax) Cinnabar Chanterelles (Cantherellus cinnabarinus) Golden Chanterelles (Cantherellus cibarius) Porcini, aka King Boletes (Boletus edulis) Lobster Mushrooms (Hypomyces lactiflourum) Puffballs (Calvatia species) Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) Hedgehog Mushrooms (Hydnum repandum) Bear’s Head Mushroom (Hericium coralloides) Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria mellea)

Author and artist Maria Reidelbach is president of the New York Mycological Society (www. newyorkmyc.org) and a member of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association. She is the creator of Homegrown Mini-Golf, featuring edible landscaping, and Chomsky the giant garden gnome at Kelder’s Farm (www.HomegrownMiniGolf.com). She’s never gotten sick from eating mushrooms.


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e walk in to the doctor’s office and read about achieving optimum health in the magazines. The ads on television are talking about it; politicians are making speeches about staying healthy. A consistent topic is our diets and watching what we eat. Here in the Hudson Valley we have the bounty of our area to nourish us and to bring us good health. It’s like taking the farms and putting them on our plates. The season runs from around May to the end of November. During this time, if we shop at local markets, we can see the changes in our produce matching the changes of our seasons. Think of asparagus, an early spring sprouting vegetable that is the first to hit the farm stands. Sprouted herbs are

also a common spring sight. We get the chance to ingest the young, new growth of spring. In the summer we see berries and succulent juicy fruits that cool us and keep us going. Then in November we see heartier vegetables like pumpkins and squash. They are warm and hearty foods to warm us and prepare us for the colder months ahead. There’s no coincidence—nature knows best. If people eat in-season and locally there is a reduced risk for heart diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and some cancers. Choosing to eat more local foods does not require a lot of effort. We have numerous farm stands, farmers’ markets, and CSAs (community supported agriculture) to guide us. Start with foods you know, then ask questions to learn more about the abundance of food choices growing in our area.

SUMMER IN THE HUDSON VALLEY IS A PERFECT TIME TO BECOME A LOCALLY GROWN, HEALTHIER YOU. Connect with the food source and local growers to learn about their practices. Get out to our local grocers and spend more time at our farmers’ markets. Each market has its own charm and offers its local produce and home goods. You can pick from various seasonal produce and even local honey, maple syrup and jams,

free range, hormone-free meats, homemade baked goods, pickled vegetables, herbs, eggs, specialty cheeses, and many other high quality items. I can’t express the difference enough between savoring a local plump blueberry, bursting in my mouth, versus a blueberry that I might find at the store from Chile. The long journey that some foods take diminishes the nutritional value. Local blueberries are a part of the nature around me, that I see every day—the same recycled country air and sunlight. Farmers’ markets are found in most areas, somewhere close to your community. It’s a perfect start to a day, meeting up with friends and making new ones. Bringing the children can help them benefit by learning more about sustainable living. Help them on their way to understanding good health, growth, and community-based support for local business. It has been proven that a child who sees where food comes from and who assists a parent with healthy food choices can make him or her think twice about always going for that cheeseburger with fries.

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Should you have a mammogram? Recently, new guidelines by a US Task Force, suggested that women be screened for breast cancer after the age of 50 every other year. That is a major and critical change to the established program of care, which advises screening every year starting at age 40. These new guidelines have created uncertainty among many woman, as mortality rates have dropped, due, in large part, to the increased use of mammography. Reasons to question the new guidelines include that early detection reduces mortality, lessens anxiety, and saves lives. In addition, the exposure to radiation does not pose any significant risks. On the other hand, the new guidelines also reduce anxiety and positive test results can lead to unnecessary biopsies. As a breast surgeon, I want to keep you healthy. Please consult your health care provider, or call me so that I can help you come to an informed decision about preventive screenings.

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Opening day June 12. An original 110-acre airfield with an incredible array of airplanes—from the 1909 oldest flying airplane around and other pre-World War I planes to World War II aircrafts. Plus automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, and memorabilia from 1900 to 1935. In addition to the air shows, there are four museum buildings displaying aircraft from the Pioneer Era, World War I, and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. Open cockpit biplane rides available from 10am. Shows are only on Sat. and Sun. from 2pm-4pm. Museums open daily, 10am5pm. $15, $10/Sr. Stone Church Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200; oldrhinebeck.org.

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CRAFTS AT RHINEBECK

June 19 & 20. Saturday, 10am6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. Over 350 high-end juried artists from around the country. An impressive array of handcrafted items including jewelry, blown glass, pottery, musical instruments, and wearable art is for sale. Plus a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, farmers’ market, wine tasting, and specialty foods. Indoor at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. $7, under age 12/Free. 845876-4001.

CLEARWATER FESTIVAL

June 19 & 20. Since 1966 the Clearwater Festival has attracted activists, musicians, and locals to one of the largest environmental celebrations in the country. Founded by musician Pete Seeger to help protect the waters of the Hudson, the Clearwater Fest is the perfect place to realize the importance and support that we can give to our communities. This year there will be a green living expo, multiple music stages, the working waterfront—where you can sail on the sloop Clearwater—an activist area, and great food. Music includes Pete Seeger, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Felice Brothers, and much more. Tickets are $40/$60, kids under 12 are free. Open 10am to dusk. Croton Point Park. 845-2658080; clearwater.org. Key:

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WHAT’S HAPPENING hudson valley FATHER’S DAY HALF MARATHON AND FAMILY 5K June 20. Inaugural New

Paltz Challenge. Registration begins at 7:30am at Water Street Market, New Paltz; Half Marathon begins at 8:45am; Family 5K begins at 9am. Race packets may be picked up on June 19 at Shawangunk Running Company, 2 North Front Street, New Paltz. Entry fee is $40 for the Half Marathon and $20 for the Family 5K. A portion of the proceeds will support educational scholarship and outreach efforts of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz. Call 845-255-0243 to register or visit newpaltzchamber.org.

HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES BASEBALL

Opening day June 21. Over the past 15 years the team has seen nearly 50 major leaguers begin their careers as a Renegade. Tickets start at $8; $10 on fireworks nights. 1500 Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls. Group ticket prices, schedule, info at hvrenegades. com or 845-838-0094.

BELLEAYRE MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 3 to August 29. Each summer Belleayre gathers the top names in rock, country, jazz, and alternative music for an outdoor performance in the heart of the Catskills. The festival also features theatrical and Broadway-style productions Key:

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in its covered tent performance area. This year’s performances include Patti Lupone on July 10; the Regina Carter Band on July 31; a ‘50s dance party, “The Day the Music Died,” in honor of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, and Richie Valens on August 21; and Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on August 28. Belleayre Ski Center, Highmount. 800942-6904 x1344; belleayremusic.org.

HURLEY STONE HOUSE TOUR July 10. Some

of America’s oldest stone houses, now all private homes, are opened to the public. Several of the 200 to 300-year-old homes in the old Dutch village of Hurley, settled 348 years ago, will be open for your enjoyment. Get treated to the history of the homes, its furnishings, and other historic facts by some of the homeowners who proudly welcome you to their homes. Other attractions include a 1777 Ulster Militia Encampment, guides in colonial attire, crafts and demos, and a Town Library Fair with collectibles and books sale. 10am-4pm rain or shine. Ticket prices at stonehouseday.org.

“SUMMER MAGIC” RHINEBECK ANTIQUES FAIR July 24. 10am-5pm. Indoor

show with exceptional antiques dealers in a pristine venue. There is furniture, ranging from quality formal, English, French and American, decorative accessories, statuary, and garden. Painted

cupboards, tables, blanket chests plus hooked rugs and Americana. Extensive food court. Admission is $9; under 12/free. Dutchess Fairgrounds. 845-8761989 or rhinebeckantiquesfair.com.

BOUNTY OF THE HUDSON WINE FEST

July 24 & 25. Get a taste of the wineries throughout the Hudson Valley, including wines from all 11 Shawangunk Wineries. Accompanied by local food, live music, and cooking workshops, you can enjoy the best wines in the area. The festival is open noon to 5pm both days, with a “wine taster’s” ticket $27/$35, and a designated driver ticket $5.40. This year’s festival will be held in the heart of Orange County’s black dirt country at Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick. 845-258-4858; shawangunkwinetrail.com.

HITS ON THE HUDSON

June to Mid-September. Headquartered in Saugerties, HITS produces a series of horse shows over contiguous weeks, in desirable destinations, with first-class competition facilities and unmatched, professional operations. Check out this year’s display of worldclass equestrian show jumping. View website for schedule of events and directions. Saugerties. 845-246-8833; hitsshows.com.

PEEKSKILL CELEBRATION August 6-8.

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HURLEY CORN FESTIVAL

August 21. Craft vendors, food, children’s activities, craft demonstrations, and cooking contest. 10 am-4pm rain or shine. Adults $3; under 12/free. Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley. 845-339-4758 or 845338-1661; hurleyheritagesociety.org.

WILD BLUEBERRY AND HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL

August 21. After being harvested for hundreds of years by Native Americans—and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by communities of European-descended pickers atop the Shawangunk Ridge in western Ulster County—the blueberry is now getting the recognition it deserves. At the peak of its season, this festival is host to music, crafts, and what else?—amazing food dedicated to the blueberry including the annual pie judging. Ellenville. 845-647-4620.

HUDSON VALLEY RIBFEST

August 21 & 22. In its sixth year, this cavalcade for carnivores is an appetizing experience featuring everything barbecue—ribs, chicken, briskets, burgers, and specialty items from the best Key:

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vendors in the area. The event is family friendly, ROSENDALE STREET featuring live music, drinks, and desserts to round FESTIVAL out a lip-smacking meal. Contestants will also August 24 & 25. Once again compete for $10,000 in the New England Barbethe region’s favorite block cue Society Grilling Contest on Saturday and the party is back. Be part of the Kansas City Barbeque Society Barbeque Contest excitement as Main Street, Rosendale transforms on Sunday. Ribfest will take place Saturday itself into a small town festival. With previous per11am-10pm and Sunday 10am-5pm at the Ulster formances by kids’ band Dog on Fleas, self-proCounty Fairgrounds in New Paltz. 845-306-4381; 9th AnnuAl claimed “apocabilly” band Pitchfork Militia, David hudsonvalleyribfest.org. Kraai, Uncle Funk, and the Trapps. Also serving great food and drinks. It’s more or less tradition. INTERNATIONAL CELTIC 845-943-6497; rosendalestreetfestival.com.

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August 21 & 22. As if straight from the Emerald Isle, this festival brings the traditions of Ireland to Hunter Mountain once again. With traditional Irish foods, drinks, and music, this year Celtic Crossroads will be performing, hailed as the most authentic show to come from Ireland in decades. You’ll be chanting Erin Go Bragh before you know it. Hunter Mountain. huntermtn.com.

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September 11 & 12. Saturday 11am-6 pm, Sunday 11am-5 pm. A celebration of wine, food, music, and fun all set within the beauty of the Hudson Valley. The Fest offers the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from all over New York and the World, taste culinary delicacies from the Valley’s best restaurants and caterers, learn ARTISTS’ SOAPBOX the secrets of celebrity chefs and wine experts, Wine Music - Fun! DERBY August 22. - Food - as well as shop for gourmet specialty foods, fine The next raciestSeptember artiscrafts, and listen to live music. Sample special 11th & 12th tic event in Kingston dishes in thenY Gourmet Food Showcase and take DutchessisCounty Fairgrounds - Rhinebeck, scheduled for this summer part in lots of free cooking demonstrations and on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 1:00pm For when wine seminars. Enjoy live music and other special tickets & Information visit the 16th Annual Artists’ Soapbox Derbywww.hudsonValleyWineFest.com careens performances while relaxing in the Music Tent. inexorably down Broadway towards the Rondout Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Creek. artistsoapboxderby.com hudsonvalleywinefest.com. sponsored by:

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Ready For The FOURTH! If you’re tired of catching distant firework shows that you quickly pull over to watch, plan ahead for a professional display. Choose from a number of Ulster and Dutchess county Independence Day festivities and firework displays. June 27—Fireworks in Kingston. The City of Kingston will host their annual fireworks at the usual Rondout location—at approximately 9:45 pm. At this point in time, all events and festivities are in the planning stages. However, more information will be available closer to event time by calling the Kingston Visitors’ Center, 845-331-7517. July 1—Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Majestic display follows the annual “Baby Boomers” game that starts at 7:05pm. hvrenegades.com or 845-838-0094. July 3—Beacon Fireworks Show at Beacon Memorial Park. Spectacular sky-brightening display starts approximately 9:30pm. The park is located on Beacon’s Wilkes Street in the center of the city, serving as the community’s “Central Park.” July 4— The Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s Melodic Fireworks. Orchestra will perform at 7:30pm and synch up its 1812 Overture with a fireworks display at dusk. Dutchess Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck. Carload admission is $40 at gate; $30 in advance. Walkup admission is $11 per person at gate and $7 per person in advance. Info/ directions at 845-876-4000; dutchessfair.com.

July 4— Concert and Fireworks. The Peekskill Fire Department hosts a full night of fun activities and music with a blast of fireworks ending a most festive evening. Events from 6pm-9pm; fireworks at dusk. Riverfront Green Park, Route 9 and Hudson Avenue, Peekskill. July 4—Independence Day Celebration at Waryas Park. This event will include music from the Michael Dell Band. Celebration from 6-9pm followed by a fireboat water and laser show and fireworks display. 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. July 4—Hopewell Junction Holiday Fun. Come for the day and stay late for the free concert by Adam and The Newhearts at 7pm and fireworks following at 9:15pm. Plan the day to enjoy all the amenities in this 60-acre recreation area. From baseball/softball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a roller hockey rink to a skateboard park, two concession stands, pavilions with picnic tables, gazebo and picnic area, two playground “Water Misters,” and a walk/jog trail and fishing. East Fishkill Recreation Park, Routes 376 and 82, Hopewell Junction. Info 845-226-8395. July 4—Parade and Fireworks. The Saugerties Fourth of July Parade begins at 11am at Saugerties High School and ends at Cantine Field. Entertainment follows the parade and fireworks take off at dusk. Cantine Field is a great place to spend the day awaiting the firework festivities.

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84 Main Street Phoenicia, NY 12464 Shop Online: thenesteggcountrystore.com 845-688-5851

An Old Fashioned Country Store We are located in the heart of The Catskill Mountains. We carry Minnetonka Moccasins, chimes, puzzles, local books & maps, gemstones, jewelry, candy, t-shirts, games, crafts and so much more. We are packed to the rafters with fun, practical, and hard-to-find merchandise. Come visit us for a unique shopping experience.

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“I LOVE THIS TOWN� photo

contest

Submit from 3 to 6 photos about a Mid-Hudson Valley town you love. Winning images will be shown as slideshows on the VISITvortex.com Local Towns pages. Write a description to go with your PHOTO GROUPING, and submit via email to visitvortex@gmail.com before August 15.

you could

win a staycation at the Rhinecliff Hotel on the Rhinecliff Waterfront.

*Judging Criteria: (a) ability to communicate the diversity, beauty, and/or geography of the location through photos; (b) showcase unique features, landscapes, and village life; and (c) creativity and originality; (d) the photo grouping must read as a story about that town, and fit with its text. Winner gets a one night stay at the Rhinecliff Hotel and dinner for two at the Rhinecliff Restaurant. Voucher is based on availability and some black-out dates.

photos by Rochelle Riservato


Shandaken

Katsbaan Phoenicia

rk

mid-hudson valley

Saugerties Tivoli

28

Woodstock

9W

9G

87

375

W. Hurley Shokan

Red Hook Pine Plains

Ashokan Reservoir

32 28

Millerton

Kingston Peekamoose

Rock City

199

Olivebridge

9

Rhinebeck

Hurley Port Ewen Eddyville

213

Bulls Head

209

Stone Ridge

Ulster Park Rosendale

Clinton Hollow Clinton Corners

Staatsburg

213

High Falls

Kerhonkson

Tillson

Accord

Amenia

Millbrook

87

209 44/55

Napanoch

299

9W

Ellenville

Minnewaska State Park 44/55

208

Pleasant Valley

9

New Paltz

Clintondale

Dover Plains

44

Moores Mill

Poughkeepsie

Gardiner

Clove

55

Milton Wingdale

52

Pine Bush

Wallkill

Walden

Beekman Marlboro

Wappinger Falls

Hopewell Junction

W. Pawling Pawling

Yes, we do think that Kingston is a great town, but just as great as so many other local towns. We chose Kingston as a reference because of its central location in our region. MILES TO/FROM KINGSTON: 8 MILES TO ROSENDALE 11 MILES TO RED HOOK 11 MILES TO WOODSTOCK 11 MILES TO RHINEBECK 13 MILES TO SAUGERTIES 35 MILES TO MILLERTON 55 MILES TO ALBANY 100 MILES TO NEW YORK CITY 14 MILES TO NEW PALTZ 23 MILES TO MARLBORO 25 MILES TO PHOENICIA

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SEE VIDEOS or SLIDESHOWS of these GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES on VISITvortex.com ACCOMMODATIONS & SPAS Clove Cottages Emerson Resort & Spa Harmony House Hudson Valley Resort and Spa La Duchesse Anne Minnewaska Lodge Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort Stylista Salon & Spa The Rhinecliff Hotel ART & CULTURE Bard College/Summerscape Briada Traditions Fall For Art Historic Huguenot Street Shadowland Theatre ASSOCIATIONS Kingston Uptown Business Association Rondout Valley Growers Association Hudson Valley Wine Country Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Ulster County Tourism FARMS & MARKETS Apple Bin Farm Market Burd’s Farm Davenport Farms Emmanuel’s Market Place Jenkins & Lueken Orchards Kelder’s Farm Merchant Wine & Liquor My Market 106

Peters Market Saunderskill Farms Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits Wright Orchards FARMER’S MARKETS Ellenville Farmers’ Market Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market Kingston Farmers’ Market HEALTH & MEDICAL Always There Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts Dr. Samira Y. Khera Essence MediSpa Mountain Valley Manor Adult Home HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Northern Dutchess Hospital Lez Rx Pharmacy Rosendale Acupuncture HOME & GARDEN A&M Hardware Agway-Mac’s New Paltz & Red Hook Bare Furniture Bell’s Topsoil Catherine Gerry Interiors Compact Excavation Country Flowers Country Wisdom Caretakers Croswell Enterprises Dawn’s Dog Boarding DCN Woodworking Duchess Farm Equestrian Community

Four Seasons Sunrooms Gallo’s of Woodstock Greenman Garden Design Herzog Home Center High Falls Electric Hudson Valley Clean Energy Ingrained Woodworking J.R. Logging & Bulldozing Jeff Collins Stone Supply High Falls Mercantile Masseo Landscape, Inc. Mike’s Earthworks Nectar Imports On The Hill Antiques Sanitall Spruce Design & Decor Tender Land Home The Greenhouse at Rhinebeck The Mad Hatter The Nest Egg Rice Plumbing Ulster Savings Bank Victoria Gardens REAL ESTATE Heather Martin Realty Mary Collins Real Estate PRG Realty RECREATION Alpine Endeavors Belleayre Mountain HITS Horse Shows In The Sun Mountain Wings Hang Gliding

RESTAURANTS Barnaby’s Steakhouse Bistro Mountain Store Brio’s Restaurant Bywater Bistro Cancelliere Pizzeria Cherries Deli Depuy Canal House Dominick’s Cafe Frank Guido’s Little Italy Frank Guido’s Port of Call Friends and Family II Hillside Gigi Hudson Valley Trattoria Gigi Market & Catering Gina Marie’s Timeless Sweets Gomen-Kudasai Japanese Noodles Harvest Cafe High Falls Cafe Lucy’s Tacos Mariner’s Harbor Northern Spy Cafe Reservoir Inn Ricciardella’s Savona’s Trattoria Skytop Steak House & Brewing Co. Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina Suruchi Restaurant at The Inn at Stone Ridge Touché Restaurant The Alternative Baker The Big Cheese Ugly Gus Cafe

SCHOOLS High Meadow School SHOPPING Alan’s Affordable Computers Archer Fine Art & Framing B&L Jewelers Binnewater Ice Company Campers Barn Colonial Subaru Columbia Beauty and Costume Favata’s Table Rock Tours & Bicycles Genesis Florist George Cole Auctions Hansen Caviar Company Hudson Valley Footwear Lotus Jewelry Designs Lucky Chocolates Pegasus Footwear Potter Brothers RK Royal King Cleaners Sav-On Party Center Stone Ridge Jewelers The Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop The Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop of New Paltz Water Street Market SPIRITUAL Christ the King Episcopal Church Reverend Diane Epstein


BARDSUMMERSCAPE july 8 – august 22, 2010

Bard SummerScape presents seven weeks of opera, dance, music, drama, film, cabaret, and the 21st annual Bard Music Festival, this year exploring the works and world of composer Alban Berg. SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid-Hudson River Valley campus.

Opera

Bard Music Festival

THE DISTANT SOUND July 30, August 1, 4, 6 Music and Libretto by Franz Schreker American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

Twenty-First Season

Theater

Film Festival

JUDGMENT DAY July 14 – 25 By Ödön von Horváth Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin

THE BEST OF G. W. PABST Thursdays and Sundays July 15 – August 19 Films range from Weimar expressionism to 1920s modernism and Hollywood film noir.

Dance TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY July 8, 9, 10, 11 Twelve Ton Rose (excerpt), Foray Forêt, You can see us, L’Amour au théâtre Choreography by Trisha Brown

Operetta THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER August 5–15 Music by Oscar Straus Conducted by James Bagwell Directed by Will Pomerantz

BERG AND HIS WORLD August 13–15, 20–22 Two weekends of concerts, panels, and other events bring the musical world of Alban Berg vividly to life.

For tickets: 845-758-7900 or fishercenter.bard.edu

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Spiegeltent CABARET and FAMILY FARE July 8 – August 22 It’s the perfect venue for afternoon family entertainment and rollicking late-night performances, dancing, and intimate dining.

Image © Peter Aaron/Esto


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