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Winter Recreation for the Whole Family The Hudson Valley Offers a Diversity of Icy Adventure by Rochelle Riservato


Mohonk Preserve photo by Roberta Forest

This enchanting winterwonderland is the historic Hudson River Valley—the unrivaled habitat that’s imbued with history—the go-to place for coldweather activities for centuries. Mohonk Preserve photo by Roberta Forest

Let’s talk hiking…

Imagine a nighttime ramble, gazing up at a chaste spectacle of stars as they brightly reflect across snow-covered paths. At Frost Valley in Claryville you can do just that at their Night Awareness Hike, or spend a weekend at their winter camp and enjoy all that the 6,000 acres deep in the Catskills imparts. Your winter wanderlust is satiated with cross-country skiing and many winter-themed activities for all ages and abilities on miles of backcountry trails or skiing beside pristine streams. Mohonk Preserve photo by Roberta Forest

Trekking by Snowshoe or Cross-Country?


And now, with winter upon us the Valley is beckoning for those who possess fervor for adventure, action and activity.

When it comes to snow-shoeing, crosscountry skiing, ungroomed backcountry skiing, or hiking—picture yourself in heavenly environments on acres and acres of snowcovered hills and slopes at Lake Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve, Mohonk Mountain House, or Frost Valley.

While at Mohonk Preserve soak in the serenity of the snow-icing on the branches of the winter woods or the natural ice-flow sculptures cascading from the rocks into the streams. Whether you are an experienced or novice hiker you can choose a journey from over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Shawangunks that link onto the adjacent lands of Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Mountain House resort. You’ll marvel at the untarnished

Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow ­–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

there was a magnificent and quite magical place that people from far and wide would visit. They’d come to hike and frolic atop snowcapped mountains during the cold winter season. They’d ice-skate on ponds and lakes summoning to mind the scenes of a Hans Christian Anderson novel. They could don their snowshoes to trek across landscapes that would awaken in spring with floral abundance. Or go sledding, snow tubing, and downhill skiing on the many mountain ranges, hills, and fields these environs offered.

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Cross Country Skiing at Frost Valley

Mohonk Preserve photo by John Mizel

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magnificence of these preserved lands with its diverse scenery ranging from open snowfields to valley views. So don’t forget to take your camera. The Mohonk Mountain House also offers the epitome of old-fashioned skating with a pavilion set amidst spectacular scenery—you’ll almost feel as if you should have brought a 19th-century fur muff with you as you glide across an award-winning 9,375-square-foot refrigerated ice rink. Afterward, a perfect combo warmup would be to drink a cup of hot


Mohonk Mountain House photo by Jim Smith

If you’re into crosscountry skiing and snowshoe treks, the Mountain House is the place to explore over 30 miles of the finest groomed trails in upstate New York while soaking in the sweeping views of distant mountain summits. And if you’re a snowshoe bunny, strap on a pair and discover the many trails that are too difficult to reach on skis. You’ll discover miles of unchartered skiing territory and gorgeous views. Another virtue of the Valley is the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, which boasts the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail that stretches 12.2 miles south from the New Paltz/Rosendale town line to the Gardiner/Shawangunk town line. This is a not-to-miss, multi-use trail for hikers, snowshoers and cross-country enthusiasts. And not too far from the rail trail is Franny Reese State Park in Highland that’s known as “the mother of the modern environmental movement.” Not only are the 250 acres of impressive ridgeline perfect for snowshoe or cross-country ski invigoration, but you are close to a fantastic

When it comes to sledding, snow-

“after-event” at the Walkway over the Hudson. Frost Valley in Claryville offers 6,000 acres of cross-country skiing through forests and streams. You can also go ice fishing... yes ice fishing! They also offer snow tubing, snow shoeing, and even naked eye astronomy.

Heard of winter Disc Golf? Okay—so golf is your bag and it’s winter. Well, keep on those snowshoes as there’s a whole new mountaintop game at Mohonk called Disc Golf. It’s like golf—sans the clubs, balls and holes, but it’s an 18-hole, or basket as it were, course that

Just drive around and you’ll tubing and tobogganing, there are so many “unofficial” hills in the Valley—so we suggest checking be sure to find many of out the locals to see if they’ll share favorite hints on the hills, these local hot spots for cold their such as Woodstock’s Slide Hill on Route 212! Just drive around and weather fun. you’ll be sure to find many of these local hot progresses through the woods with scoring just like typical golf. A fun time for every age.

Downhill Diversity

Now, if you’re a serious winter-warrior infatuated with the downhill thrills of skiing and snowboarding, the Belleayre Ski Center has it all. Along with having the only Catskills Cat-access skiing and snowboarding, their mogul trails range from intermediate to expert

spots for cold weather fun. However for official places in Ulster County, remember Highland’s Rocking Horse Ranch during warmer seasons? Well winter opens up this ranch for skiing, snow-tubing and ice-skating, so bring your sleds and snow tubes. Plus it won’t be hard to convince everyone to get aboard a horsedrawn sleigh for a ride over snow-glazed terrain. You know how it goes: “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!”


bumps with extensive glade skiing. And when it comes to entire family adoration of downhill and winterwonders—go to the Sawkill Family Ski Center in Kingston with its super carpet lift, a fabulous snow-tubing run, and 55 trails of parks and glades with eight lifts—including the new High Speed Quad. But be advised you have to rent snow tubes at this venue and cannot bring in your personal tubes.

Tubing Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House Ice Skating


Sawkill Family Ski Center

Challenging Ice Climbing

The art of ice climbing in the Valley is definitely for the most adventurous winter explorer. It’s one of the most challenging winter escapades— as one ascends inclined ice formations such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, cliffs and rock slabs covered with iced-over water flow.

Both Alpine ice and water ice climbing are available in the mountain ranges of the Shawangunks, the Catskills and the Trapps at Mohonk Preserve. However these excursions are best accompanied with an accredited guide service with trained professionals and instructors. See Alpine Endeavors listed below for information.

Hills and History

In Dutchess County you can transform sledding and tobogganing into both an historical and physical activity by going over the river and through the woods to the majestic properties of the famed estates along 16

Route 9W. The descending hills on the back lawn offer a sensational sweep at The Mills Mansion at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site while treating guests to an incredible view of the Hudson as you jettison down the hills on this 192-acre estate. To note: sleds with metal runners are not permitted. For other famous mega-mansions, the numerous trails that thread through the combined 1,000 acres of the Ogden Mills, Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park, and Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park in Staatsburgh are ideal for fabulous winter hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with a backdrop of the Hudson River. And for a warming touch to the end of your cold-weather fun, visit the gift shop for hot chocolate or coffee. Pleasure-seekers should

also check out Burger Hill in Rhinebeck. It’s part of the Scenic Hudson Park system with a 550-foot hill that rises up to swag and brag panoramic vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain, and the Berkshire Mountains. Heading south? Lower Dutchess County is the location of the 14,086-acre Clarence Fahnestock State Park in Carmel with fantabulous hills summoning sledders to slip, slide and glide across their Winter Park on sleds, snow tubes and toboggans. Note: no sleds with metal runners.

Alpine Endeavors, guided ice climbing tours/equipment, Rosendale; 845-658-3094 Belleayre Winter Snow Park, Highmount; 845-254-5600 or 845-254-5601 Franny Reese State Park, Highland; 845-473-4440 Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville; 845-985-2291 Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson.; 845-255-0752 Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz 845-255-1000 Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center, Gardiner.; 845-255-0919; 845-255-1000

Walkill Valley Rail Trail, New Paltz Walkway over the Hudson, Highland and Poughkeepsie.; 845-454-9649

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Burger Hill, Rhinebeck; 845-473-4440 Clarence Fahnestock State Park’s Winter Park, Carmel; 845-225-7207 Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park, Mills Norrie State Park, Ogden Mills, in Staatsburg.; 845-889-4646 Staatsburgh State Historic Site at The Mills Mansion, Staatsburg. or on Facebook at StaatsburghSHS for updated info; 845-889-8851

Health: If the winter expedition includes youngsters—most parents are painfully aware that if the kids are not happy, this will hinder everyone’s enjoyment. Often forgotten is to make sure to keep a child hydrated by offering plenty of fluids. Warm, winter clothing causes children to sweat, and youths and the elderly are particularly prone to dehydration even in the frigid temperatures of winter. Safety: Some facilities require helmets for children when skiing or snowboarding. Even if the venue has a “helmet-optional” rule—it’s a good idea to protect kids with helmets. Also make sure the location is safe. Avoid hills close to streets or bodies of water that are too icy or steep, and try to locate a sledding area that provides a good stretch of flat ground at the hill-base for slowing down.

Attire: Wear temperatureappropriate, waterproof clothing. Hypothermia and frostbite are risks in extremely cold weather. Layering clothing is a good rule of thumb, which safeguards the entire family, and also provides a “cushion”. Wear coats, sweaters, long-sleeved T-shirts, and don’t forget thick socks, boots with breathing room (this circulates body heat), hats, earmuffs, and gloves or mittens. Many facility directors can attest to the fact that if a child is cold and miserable there’s less of a chance that everyone will have a thoroughly enjoyable day. Adult Supervision: When taking young children it’s critical to keep an eye on your youngster at all times. Keep older children on different paths than the younger ones and make sure they stick to the rules. Most of all—educate your children on sledding safety and what to do if there is a mishap.


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Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland; 845-691-2927

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Winter is wonderful at Mohonk Preserve! Explore the many ways you can enjoy the Preserve during the winter months. Whether you prefer a brisk hike, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, the Preserve is the place for you. Our Visitor Center is open free of charge daily 9am-5pm; the land is open daily, sunrise to sunset. Memberships and day passes are available at all trailheads.

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hristmas holiday rituals vary from family to family, from country to country. Here in the Northeast, the hunt for the ideal holiday tree takes many forms. Some trek bravely through the aisles of department ñ stores, looking for the perfect tree in a box. Father and son at Bell's Trees Others wait for a man in a truck to circle their neighborhood so that they can select a tree that was felled a week ago. Then, there are some who turn their tree quest into a family outing to a local tree farm where they use a hatchet to personally harvest the evergreen that catches their fancy. 22

The Hudson Valley is rich in Christmas tree farms, each vying to be the place where you start—or continue—that age-old tradition of cutting down your own tree. (These days, in a quest to be green, people seek out an ecological alternative: balled trees that can be planted after the festivities are over.) Two Ulster County neighbors in the business are Bell's Christmas Trees of Accord and Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm of Ulster Park. The proprietors of both enterprises, bursting with the generosity of the holiday season, happily shared their business stories and insider tips on selecting the perfect tree.


Randy at Hardenburgh Farm



While the first years were rocky, due to voracious deer, Bell’s has become an Ulster County tradition; families flock to their grounds from soon after Thanksgiving to hours before Christmas Eve.

“In the first planting year we lost about 80 percent of trees due to drought. And as trees grew, the deer ate the new growth.” The massacre was halted in 1995 with the addition of a deer-proof fence. Now Bell’s offers 24 acres of trees that include nearly 12 different varieties.

"Starting the farm was a leap of faith and youthful enthusiasm," Marz explained.

Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm, occupying a space that was a farm as far back as 1791, also had a rickety first season. In 1985, Randy and Margaret Marz decided to restart the farm with a twist: by growing and selling Christmas trees. They named the new venture for the road that led to the property.

That April, Randy recalled, “We planted our first seedlings with little fanfare and even less experience. We made plenty of mistakes but the trees persevered.”

“We realized it was a success when word traveled, customers came and had a good time, and then they referred their family and friends to us,” Gordie said. Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm now has 31 acres of growth. Varieties include various Spruce (White, Blue and Norway), as well as Douglas Fir. The Marz family also grows Pines and true Firs (Fraser, Concolor and Canaan). The couple learned the virtues of patience, since tree growth cycles take up to ten years. “Starting the farm was a leap of faith and youthful enthusiasm,” Marz explained.

Paula and Gordie Bell of Bell's Christmas Trees are fourth-generation farmers who switched from dairy cows to growing and selling trees. The inaugural year of the new strategy, 1991, was less than stellar, Gordie recalled.

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The Hardenburgh Gift Shop Those looking for immediate gratification in the form of healthy payoffs are disappointed, because success often comes to the second or third generation of growers, he added.

“ There are many places to buy a tree,” Marz said. “A visit to our farm is as much—if not more— about the experience as it is the tree.” 24

The challenges often outweigh the joys from the start. Among the potential hazards: Fickle weather in the form of a drought, excessive rain, or crippling early snows. Then there’s always the unwelcome factor of hungry deer that nibble on tender young trees. “Mother Nature constantly tips the scales,” said Marz. In order to create a festive atmosphere to complement the tree-hunting experience, Bell’s offers numerous business improvements, from sleds to transport your tree to your car to the convenience of charge cards. Wreaths were also added to the inventory. Over a period of ten years, the Marz family has

Randy at Hardenburgh Tree Farm


established a loyal following of return customers. To lure them back, Marz keeps introducing changes and improvements to the product mix. “There are always different tree types to try, new seed sources, and better genetics and growing techniques.” A visit to Hardenburgh includes a tractor ride to the field to harvest a tree and a stop at the Wreath Shoppe, offering country holiday decorations, hot cocoa, and a tree shaking to jettison any loose needles.

“The cooperative spirit amongst growers is an excellent tool for progress,” said Randy Marz. There are care tips that will guarantee the longevity of a tree, Marz said. “In general, treat a cut tree much like a bouquet.”


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Trees should be kept in water in a cool, moist environment, away from wind and sun. Ensure the tree stand water reservoir is between two to three gallons, so that the base is not exposed. The first bowl should be warm to open the capillaries in the tree base, which permits quick water uptake. Fraser and Douglas firs do well across the board. Spruce and Pine do fine if you have freshly cut them yourself.

“Our goal,” said Paula Bell, “is to offer warm memories on cold days.” Bell's Christmas Trees 647 Mettacahonts Road Accord, NY 12404 845-626-7849 Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm 206 Hardenburgh Road Ulster Park, NY 12487 845-658-8894



Randy Marz stresses that Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm sells memories in addition to trees and wreaths. The staff watches the march of time in these annual customer visits as the tradition of tree harvesting is passed to another generation. When he sees a younger taking his first swing of the ax to a tree, Marz can think back to just a few years earlier when this same child was “a newborn, bundled against winter's weather.”

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There is an ecological aspect to maintaining a Christmas tree farm, and the Bell and Marz families are committed to learning how to keep their offerings attractive and sustainable. Both profit from important cutting-edge growing information offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension and attend meetings of the New York State Christmas Tree Association, where they can exchange experiences and information with other tree farmers across the state.


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5. Saunderskill Farm Accord 845-626-2676 6. The Apple Bin Ulster Park 845-339-7229

9. Jenkins - Lueken Orchards New Paltz 845-255-0999 10. Kingston Farmers' Winter Market Kingston 845-853-8512

7. Wallkill View Farm 11. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market

Ulster Park 845-658-8894 4. Hurds Family Evergreen Farm Clintondale 845-883-7825

New Paltz 845-255-8050 8. Barthel's Farm Market Ellenville 845-647-6941

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mounds of leftovers. These tasty bits can be put to work to make a tantalizing, intimate meal. With a butternut squash soup to start and roasted apples to finish, turkey potpie is a simple meal to enjoy after you’re all tuckered out. Jam packed with the produce and poultry bounty of our valley, prepare to dive into a meal to remember.

Butternut Squash Soup 1 large butternut squash, peeled and carefully seeded 2 tablespoons butter 1 chopped medium onion 6 cups chicken stock 4 tablespoons sour cream a dash nutmeg a dash cinnamon

Chop squash into roughly 1-inch chunks. In a stock pot melt butter, add onion and sauté until translucent and slightly golden brown. Add squash and stock to pot, bring to a gentle simmer and cook until squash is completely tender to the fork (15 minutes). Place in blender with slotted spoon and blend until smooth. Return blended squash to pot and combine with nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper. With a dollop of sour cream to finish, this soup will make the perfect start to a post-holiday meal.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for more reasons than one. Sweaters and jackets have come down from the attic; the earthy and wonderful scent of crackling fireplaces is ever-present. Soon we’ll be welcoming in the season’s snow, and enjoying large special meals with loved ones. After a complete holiday meal we are always left with

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tender, about 5 minutes. Add in sliced carrots and cover allowing the mixture to cook until the carrots become tender. Add leftover vegetables and begin to add diced turkey, gravy and dried thyme. Bring mixture to boil and then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer at this temperature until the filling has reached optimal thickness. Mix in peas and pour filling into glass pie dish and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the fridge. Brush rim of filled pie dish with egg glaze. Gently place pie dough atop mixture and carefully fold the edge of the dough over the edge of the pie dish. Decoratively pinch dough rim to seal crust all around the pie plate and chill for an additional 10 minutes.

1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup thinly sliced peeled carrots 1 cup diced cooked leftover vegetables (mashed potatoes, cranberry, string beans) 2 cups diced cooked turkey 1 1/2 cups turkey gravy 1 teaspoon thyme 1/4 cup thawed green peas 1 egg white whisked with 1 tsp water for glaze 1 9-inch pie crust dough (thaw if frozen) 34

Turkey Potpie Turkey potpie is warm and soothing. It will chase away the winter chill and warm you up from head to toe. This stuff really sticks to your bones while charging you up with essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. Carrots, peas, corn, and succulent roast turkey combine for a truly divine dish. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high heat. Throw in onions and salt/pepper and sautĂŠ until golden brown and

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and brush top of pie with more glaze. Create 4 small slits in the center of the pie. Bake until crust is golden brown and the filling begins to bubble through the slits (30 minutes). Cool and serve by the slice for endless smiles.

This Turkey Potpie will chase away your winter chill with its succulent roast turkey.


Roasted Apples with Ice Cream

When we cook with love we create dishes that can be enjoyed over and over again. So sit down with family and friends and prepare to celebrate winter’s bounty with a delectable and delicately rich butternut squash soup, satisfying and delicious potpie, and a simple roasted apple dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll be glad you did.

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 4 tablespoons melted butter 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 pints vanilla bean ice cream 6 cups local apples. Try to choose a variety with a nice crunch. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract a dash of cinnamon

There is truly nothing better than a delicious meal spent with those who you love.

Keep dessert simple with luscious roasted apples topped with your favorite vanilla ice cream. Begin by turning on your broiler. Gently toss your apples with lemon juice, butter, and three tablespoons of sugar. Arrange with even spacing on a baking sheet. Broil for about 10 minutes until the apples have turned golden brown and are sufficiently tender. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and continue to broil until the granules have liquefied. In a sauce pan heat local maple syrup on low. Mix in a half teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon and drizzle over your apples once the mixture is combined. Top with a hearty scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and voila, a perfectly simple postholiday dessert.


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Winter’s a time for winter sport excitement, but also backbreaking snow shoveling. The chill of winter encourages making cozy wood fires; yet it’s also a time for splitting and gathering wood.


he winter season is a bit of a dichotomy. It’s a time for the holidays—that is a joy to some and a headache to others. And for those who love shopping, it spurs an occasion for blissful gift buying. But, for those who dislike crowds, the obligatory store-hopping is not something pleasurable.


And then there’s the merriment of choosing a yuletide tree—coupled with who wants a small one and who wants one to reach the ceiling. It’s an opportunity for hibernation and curling up and reading that best-seller, but also when the kids get winter break. However, one thing is certain. Winter is definitely a time for some self-pampering. So get out of your comfort zone after wrapping those gifts or stacking that wood. After all the compulsory responsibilities of the holiday season, isn’t it time to treat yourself to some guilty pleasures?

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Barnaby’s Steak House – Decadently smooth and creamy Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake—topped off with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry garnish. What better way to end a holiday meal? New Paltz.; 845-255-2433. Bacchus Restaurant and Bar – The High Spirit Cocktail is the go-to drink for raising the spirits during the holidays. The spicy bite of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Rittenhouse 100 rye is perfectly balanced with a

citrusy flair of lime and pineapple juice, pumpkin ale syrup, and a dash of Angostura Bitters. New Paltz.; 845-255-8636. Bear Café – Sweet and Spicy Mulled Wine is, undeniably, a “sit and sip” by a warm holiday fire type of beverage. The warmed mulled red wine is spiced with cloves, cinnamon, fresh orange, and a touch of nutmeg. Combined with a little brandy and Grand Marnier it’s sure to make the holidays quite memorable. Woodstock.; 845-679-5555. The Big Cheese – Give your taste buds a gift for the holidays and stop in for Maria’s Mascarpone Treat. Especially for those who savor the naturally sweet, creamy texture of this celebrated Italian cheese. This delish delight is a dessert in a cup crested with the contrasting crunch of walnuts and a thick coating of pure local maple syrup. Rosendale.; 845-658-7175.

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Asia Restaurant – A Mai Tai is a favorite and the most popular drink to bring holiday cheer to the table. Mouth-watering white rum, dark rum, pineapple and orange juice, amaretto, and triple set orange liqueur. Stone Ridge.; 845-687-9800.

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Bistro-to-Go – The French traditional Yule Log called Bouche De Noel is a virtual holiday celebration within a lusciously, lavish dessert. Shaped and textured like a Yule Log, this flourless, chocolate cake is rolled up with a chocolate whipped cream filling. Kingston.; 845-340-9800.

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Cheese Barrel – Head straight to the Espresso Cappuccino bar to kick off the holidays with a warming medley of savory flavors—from French Vanilla and Raspberry to Kahlua and Irish Cream. Or try a favorite Chai Latte and remember that calories don’t count during the season of cheer… so combine your beverage with a delectable slice of pie for complete fulfillment. Margaretville.; 845-586-4666.

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China Rose Restaurant – The Nutcracker is a seasonal cocktail that instills the holiday spirit to the max. This warm and tasty beverage is a blend of Frangelico, Crème de Cocoa, cream, and Bacardi 151 with a cinnamon dusting. Served chilled— but evokes a warm and cozy way to celebrate. Rhinecliff.; 845-876-7442. Diamond Mills – Master Baker Andrew Comey serves up the Baked Alaska Buche de Noel this holiday season. Chocolate mint ice cream rolled in a light yellow sponge cake & meringue. Photo credit: Lindsay Yandon. Saugerties.; 845-247-0700.

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Henry's at Buttermilk Falls – Their fresh Apple Cider Martini will warm up your taste buds even though this straight-up vodka special is served chilled. Brings cheers

High Falls Cafe – For something different and delish—try a Pomegranate Cosmo with pomegranate vodka, Pama, lime, and cranberry. This drink certainly brings in a citrusy celebration. High Falls.; 845-687-2699. Land & Sea Grill – This Italian family serves up desserts and drinks with a beautiful twist on traditional recipes. Try their Ginger Pumpkin Mousse or the Panetone Pudding with a Bayleaf Slide Martini on the side, perfecto! Saugerties.; 845-246-0355. Lucky Chocolates – Liquid Truffle is a sweet treat of heavy cream and chocolate heated and whipped together then topped

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Friends and Family II Hillside Restaurant – Denise said that her favorite holiday dessert is Chocolate High Falls Café Amaretto Terrine. It's a creamy chocolate almond flavored dessert that's wrapped up in dark chocolate ganache served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and homemade strawberry sauce. It's a little slice of heaven! Accord.; 845-626-7777.

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Dominick’s – A novel twist on classic lemonade—the Canadian Steamed House-Made Lemonade served up freshly steamed in a cappuccino machine. Transforms lemonade from a warm weather beverage into a delightful drink that takes the chill out of the winter holidays. Kingston.; 845-338-4552.


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Northern Spy – A cheerful seasonal beverage, suggested by George, is named Winter by Trial. It’s a warm bourbon drink perfect for making chilly days into warm holiday celebrations. High Falls.; 845-687-7298.

Peekamoose Restaurant – “Hands down, the most popular cold-weather dessert is our Steamed Pumpkin Pudding,” said Mary Beth. Made in the tradition of an English pudding it’s richly flavored with classic pumpkin pie spices and fresh, local RSK Farm pumpkins. This steamed cake is extravagantly moist and light and topped with a cider caramel and whipped cream. Guests make some interesting sounds from sheer delight at its texture and flavor. Big Indian.; 845-254-6500. Phoenix Restaurant – Chef Mike serves up his special Ginger Blingtini made with Hudson Valley Apple Vodka spiced up with cinnamon Schnapps, fresh ginger slices, and ginger ale is fun and local. Garnished with a rim of sugar cinnamon and ginger powder, this beverage is a perfect mate to an AppleBlueberry Ginger Crumb. It’s an adult way to celebrate the holidays with a twist of youthful memories. Mt. Tremper. dining-at-the-emerson-1/the-phoenix; 877-688-2828.

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Rock & Rye Tavern – All the best flavors of the holidays in one glass! The exclusive Apple Daisy cocktail made with un-aged tequila, fresh local cider, Clement Creole Shrub (a delightful orange liqueur), fresh lemon juice, cinnamon tincture, and orange bitters. Served on the rocks…it’s a celebration in itself! New Paltz.; 845-255-7888.

Savona’s Trattoria – Ring in the season with a Pumpkin Spice Martini. Stoli Vanilla Vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Godiva liqueur, and heavy cream with a pinnacle of nutmeg spiced whipped cream. It’s like eating a spiked pumpkin! Kingston.; 845-339-6800. Sportsman's Alamo Cantina – Try this take on the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Martini, served straight up with Vanilla Vodka, Pumpkin Crème Liqueur, a tasty hint of Bailey’s, and a cinnamon sprinkling. It’s the perfect après-ski way to warm up after a day of winter activity. Phoenicia.; 845-688-5259. Terrapin – A Holiday Mojito is a classic, but this one is warmed up with cider and spices for holiday cheer. The white rum, mint, and lime juice is blended with local apple cider and brandy infused with

Rock & Rye Tavern cinnamon and star anise. Topped off with a brown sugar rim and a cinnamon stick, this is the supreme seasonal sweet treat. Rhinebeck.; 255-876-3330. Tuthillhouse at the Mill Restaurant – The Local Tuthillhouse at the Hudson Baby Bourbon Cider Smash is a seasonal Mill Restaurant smash for sure—with a holiday cinnamon stick garnish. Served either over ice or hot for a real warm up for those chilly holiday eves. Gardiner.; 845-255-4151.

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The Hudson Valley is famous for a number of things. Our art-inspiring scenery, fascinating historical heritage, and amazing produce continue to attract visitors and new residents. But one thing you might not often associate with the Hudson Valley is its nightlife. Mostly rural, this area might seem like it’s bereft of much in the way of hopping clubs and live music venues. But nothing could be further from the truth. Now, if you grew up around here, you know this and probably already have your favorite hotspots figured out. But, if you’re new to the area, or if you simply want to step outside your familiar stomping grounds into territories unexplored, this article will provide you with some modest guidance as you seek your own slice of nightlife nirvana. 50


If you’re looking for density when it comes to nightlife, the Village of New Paltz is one of the best one-stop locations in the entire Mid-Hudson Valley. And the fact that it’s a college town means that the place is pretty much always jumping, at least when school is in session. And for collegetype fun, nightclubs like McGillicuddy, the legendary P&G’s, and Fitzpatrick’s offer everything you’ll need if you want to tackle a pitcher of beer and a big plate of chicken wings.



Perhaps my favorite of the New Paltz night spots is another Main Street staple known as Snug Harbor. And the reason for this is that it tends not to attract as many college students who are out simply to have a good time. Newly renovated, and with a stage that provides weekend performance space to some of this area’s best up-and-coming musicians, Snug’s is the kind of corner tavern that our parents used to enjoy back in the day. While the weekends are usually devoted to live music, you’ll feel just as comfortable catching a ballgame on a weekday night while you enjoy a pint of Guinness. Of course, given its density, Main Street in New Paltz is also a great spot for a pub crawl, having close to a dozen different bars from which to choose. Central to all of this, and a good waystation betwixt the madness of the rest of Main Street, is Bacchus, beer emporium extraordinaire. With approximately 200 different beer labels available at any given time, Bacchus is a



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If you’re after music, however, two clubs stand out. Oasis Cafe’s Cabaloosa Live Room on Main Street brings in bands on most weekends (though you should call ahead to double check). The club on occasion also hosts poetry readings, has a fantastic saké bar, and delves into the depths of old-school insanity with its 70s & 80s Dance Night every Thursday. Oasis, though, has less of a clubby feel, and is instead a welcoming combination of nightclub and neighborhood bar. Definitely worth checking out.



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“Of course, given its density, Main Street in New Paltz is also a great spot for a pub crawl, having close to a dozen different bars from which to choose.”

Kingston New York State’s first capital is well known for its colonial architecture. But this also means that the older, more densely-built parts of town, specifically the Stockade District and the Rondout, are ideal places for a bar hop. And Kingston has much to offer the evening visitor 52

Sean McCann Band when it comes to fine restaurants, taverns, cafés and bistros. Live music, of course, is also readily available.

of fine arts in our area, acting as a place where people of all artistic backgrounds can come together and have fun.

The Lounge at BSP on Wall Street has an intimate feel and is another great spot if you want to get a feel for what’s happening in the local music scene. With an intimate and artistinspired ambience, BSP has rapidly become one of the places to be seen — for hipster and musician, alike. BSP also has a number of different rooms that can be rented for different occasions. Be sure to check out their events calendar regularly, as you never know what might pop up. BSP is also a strong supporter

If you’re looking for something a little more “garage,” Snapper McGee’s on Front Street (just a couple of blocks from BSP, it’s worth noting) has been called Kingston’s CBGB. Indie, punk rock, and rockabilly are its staples. You’ll also be hanging out with the locals; so, if you’re new to Kingston, Snapper’s is a good place to get to know some of your neighbors. The club also has drink specials regularly, as well as a Happy Hour, so be sure to call ahead to what’s in store.


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Rosendale & High Falls The Rosendale Café has become a staple for live performance in the heart of Ulster County. The venue recently hosted the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, for example. But there’s more to the Rosendale Café than traditional folk music. The café has also been hosting salsa dance classes, Cajun accordionist Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew recently came through, as well as Iranian vocalist Mamak Khadem. And Rosendale Café

The Falcon is also a great place to sit down and grab a bite to eat, with a menu that goes out of its way to use locally grown, organic ingredients whenever possible. A little further to the west on Route 213 is the High Falls Café. And this is the place to be if the blues are more your style. Every first and third Tuesday of the month the café hosts Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi’s, featuring local musicians Mark Dziuba on guitar, Robert Bard on bass, and Brian Melick on percussion. The café also has an acoustic jam on Thursday evenings, and artists from throughout the Northeast stop in to perform. High Falls Café is also a restaurant that opens for breakfast at 9 a.m., so it’s a good spot if you’re looking for a Bloody Mary to go with your scrambled eggs.

Another café worth checking out is Jack & Luna’s in Stone Ridge, especially if jazz is your thing, as they attract top performers from throughout our area. Unlike the clubs in New York City, however, you’ll be able to get home at a reasonable hour, as J&L’s is really more of a restaurant that occasionally hosts music. Be sure to call ahead if you want to check out their Jazz Night, as it’s not held every weekend. In the mean time, stop in and enjoy their excellent menu, which includes quiches, salads, and some terrific panini.

Other Worthies Ellenville’s Aroma Thyme Bistro is another venue worth checking out if you like live music. And if you yourself like to get up on stage, be sure to check out their Open Mic Night on the first Friday of each month throughout the winter.

Last but certainly not least in the Kingston scene is Rondout Music Lounge on Broadway. With an eclectic mix of old-school classic rock, blues, and a sprinkling of punk, RML should have what you’re looking for. They also sport a large menu of bar food, including burgers and wings — don’t forget wing night every Tuesday. And the T McCann Band’s weekly gig every Monday will give you a chance to enjoy Irish folk music.

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Towne Crier Café Aroma Thyme also has live performers most Saturday nights. And be sure to enjoy a menu that includes a Kobe beef cheeseburger, and huge menu of beers from around the world.

“The Falcon is like a Village Vanguard right here in our very own Hudson Valley.” Down in the southern part of Ulster County is one of the newer additions to the music scene. And this is the place to go if you are very serious about jazz. The Falcon is like a Village Vanguard right here in our very own Hudson Valley. A quick glance at their recent lineup sports names such as The Chris Bergson Band, Delta Moon, and the Erik Lawrence Trio. The Falcon is also notable for not having a set cover charge; there is instead a donation box that leaves it up to


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the individual, with the proceeds going entirely to the musicians up on stage. It’s a way you can directly support the arts here in your own community. And if you’re okay with a bit of a drive, be sure to make a road trip over to Pawling over in Dutchess County. Pawling is the location of the legendary Towne Crier Café, one of the besttravelled venues outside of the nearby New York City market. The New York Times, in fact, published a profile of club owner Phil Ciganer, who said that, after 40 years of hosting live music, he “isn’t getting any younger.” Hopefully Phil will be able to pass the torch to another generation so that we can continue to enjoy performers like Edgar Winter and Al Stewart, both of whom recently performed. The club has a full lineup of live music, so you should definitely check out their website for more information.

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Founder and Executive Director of the Queens Galley (QG) in Kingston, Diane Reeder, believes that access to wholesome food is a right and should be available to every man, woman and child… “Just as the air we breathe,” she added. A former Long Islander, Reeder came up to the Hudson Valley to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and luckily for communities from Westchester to Albany, she decided to stay to

When Reeder hit rock-bottom with no food in the house she realized people sometimes have to swallow their pride and ask for help. Reeder

Said Reeder, “We had to prove that we were poor enough to be worthy of assistance and any assistance that we did get would come in such limited and restricted ways. We had used the food pantries (limited to once per month for many of them) and out of desperation the only thing I could come up with was the most humbling experiences in my life.” Those drastic humbling experiences included something she’s not proud of—attending the funeral of a town firefighter as she realized food would be served after the service and, ultimately, this man would actually be her savior for the day because her children would have sustenance. She was that desperate. “I was sickened by the experience, so ashamed to have basically stolen from a dead man,” she said, adding this scenario created anger and resentment towards a system that was supposed

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for produce. Having gone without fresh fruit or a crisp green salad for a year-and-a half she said, “I felt like a kid let loose in FAO Schwartz with grandma’s credit card.”

to help people, and that help, when received, came with a price of emotional hurt and a feeling of disgrace. She found out about WIC, the supplemental nutrition program for women, and was eligible with a one-year-old daughter. “The WIC foods were limited in quantity and type, but extremely helpful. Because I was nursing Olivia, we qualified for the extra protein in the form of peanut butter, tuna and beans. WIC also allocated milk. A LOT of milk. More than enough to drink and use on cereal,” she said, explaining that she used her ingenuity to make small amounts of ricotta cheese from the extra milk. Subsequently WIC started the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) with coupons she could use at the Farmers’ Market 60

She met another WIC mom who was despondent as the only veggie she knew how to cook was a potato. Reeder, being a CIA alumnus gave her a tour of the market, explaining how to cook different produce items. But, truth be told, Reeder realized this woman would not understand a quick cooking lesson and decided to invite her newfound friend for some lessons at the Reeder home. And she did this week after week. Soon her friend brought more friends.

“We all pitched in a little something and were eating better; as they were learning I was feeling better in a new found physical therapy of teaching.” And each week, Reeder said, as she grew stronger, her friends became better cooks. Eventually her husband suggested finding a neutral place to continue these cooking lessons and her friend suggested the Trinity Lutheran Church kitchen. Thanks to the church’s gen-

erosity, classes took on a life of their own and Reeder’s husband Jay suggested looking into a 501(c)3 status. Not having an organization name to put on the non-profit IRS 1023 application, she realized she’d have to come up with one. “I knew the name should reflect a way to say ‘thank you’ to my husband for being so kind and patient. Jay owns a renaissance-era garment company called Knightly Endeavors. So I thought…if I was a galley wench working in the kitchen of royalty, such as a Queen, there would always be scraps and leftovers around and we would never go hungry,” she said. “And there you go—The Queens Galley got its name.” So from a cooking group, which Reeder had no intention of growing to the size and importance it’s experienced—she and groups of volunteers have served almost a half-million nutritional meals to people in need. QG’s present location on Kingston’s Washington Avenue is a perfect fit. It offers bus, bike and walking travel access—however Reeder has recently been told they must find a new location. “A few months ago the landlord gave us notice that they would not be renewing our lease for the shelter,” she said. Since that time a potential buyer’s plan to turn the building into a high-end assisted care facility has

A few offers for new locations have been in the works—some are viable with a bit of creativity and some not appropriate at all, Reeder explained. She said that Ulster County and Jennifer Fuentes at Kingston City Hall really understand the Galley’s needs and are helping to find a new home for the organization. However, with no exact timeframe to vacate at the present time, The Queens Galley will remain at its Kingston “home” with myriad volunteers and food and service donations to continue to be a champion of community generosity. But they’re not sure for how long. Although Reeder works a solid 75-hour work week, either physically on-site at QG or on-site at a QG program, she also works another 35 hours after hours deep in digital communications. But she declared, “I’m so grateful to be doing what I’m doing.”

Just reading her duties is enough to make a person tired! But she humbly articulates that it’s not all about her and notes QG has help from myriad selfless people and other food-based organizations.

She gives much praise to the YMCA, People’s Place, Kingston Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative, Family of Woodstock, and the school system, which often provides food for low-income children. And she said, “If we gave out engraved awards they’d certainly go to Mike Berg of Family of Woodstock, the Bruderhoff, and honestly Paul Alley of Pestmaster of the Hudson Valley—they donate thousands of dollars of services to us.” Besides meals, QG also offers five different programs: “Cooking Matters,” a hands-on culinary nutrition education series teaching preparation of affordable healthy foods on a limited budget (this was the initial program offered by the Galley when they partnered with “Share Our Strength” to provide curricula and training for volunteers). The second program is “The Soup Kitchen” that serves chef-prepared restaurant-style plated


“No one organization can solve food insecurity. We must work together to provide the best possible access, to better distribute, to better provide for our entire community.”

“Currently the rental of this space is $8,750 a month. If we had a mortgage for upwards of $700,000 our monthly payment would be half that amount,” said Reeder.

A typical day for Reeder includes checking available donations and what’s needed to get through the week. Then there are the phone calls, emails, scheduling of speeches and panel discussions, meeting with the bookkeeper and board members, talking to reporters, reviewing catering requests, doing a nutritional analysis of the following week’s menu and making any needed changes. While those duties are being tended to, Reeder may have meetings with attorneys about the building, program managers, staff meetings, and tending to what may have broken down in the building overnight.

fallen through and Reeder has asked the Galley’s attorney to make an offer to buy the QG location.


meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year—with no questions of income required or asked about. The third program is the “Food Pantry,” giving access to wholesome foods for households to cook at home; this program works in tandem with Cooking Matters, an off-premises workshop. “Hudson Valley Second Harvest” is the fourth program—educating and advocating for food rescue that connects food producers and food service operators to acquire nutritional foods to be donated to feed those in need. And lastly, the fifth program is “Job Readiness” that teaches youths and displaced older workers the basic skills needed to either enter the food service industry as a career or to enter a culinary degree program. Reeder explained that this program connects people to jobs in the industry and creates a new gold standard for pre-admission experience for the CIA.

If someone is hungry we should feed them. If you think that QG services stop there you’re wrong as they also get the youths of the community involved with learning how to help their fellow man. Said Reeder, “The DIG Kids at the Hodge Center through Kingston Cares run by Megan Weiss through the Family of Woodstock [profiled in VISITvortex’s Spring Issue] is another way we involve the community.” DIG Kids shows youths how to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage starting their own businesses, make something beautiful to be proud of, and reap the benefits of eating well and staying healthy. Reeder said that they also partner with the South Pine Street City Farm project, which has a small community garden that provides produce for meals at QG. With so many community businesses participating, Reeder wants to give thanks to the following for contributing foods and services that donate extremely critical and valuable services to help keep QG going: Rondout Valley Grower's Association, Panera, Omega Institute, Diamond Mills, Hillside Manor, Twin Lakes, Hickory Smokehouse, Northwind


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The New Economics by David McCarthy

If you tune into the news about the economic turmoil in the world today, you may wonder if anything is going on in the field of economics that presents any real hope of solutions. Turns out, there are folks who’ve been talking sense about such things for a very long time. What is now called the New Economics has deep historical roots, but it really emerged with seminal efforts of E.F. Schumacher in the 1970s. His groundbreaking book, Small is Beautiful, has a telling subtitle: Economics as if People Mattered. Schumacher was a contrarian in regard to the established economic theory of his time (and largely, ours). He disagreed with an emphasis on large-scale, centralized production, and with letting materialism overshadow human values. As well, he passionately brought concern for the environment into the economic conversation. As such, he broke not only with neo-classical economics (the folks who believe that free-market capitalism solves all problems) but with the socialists as well, with their emphasis on centralization and government control. He talked about localization, decentralization, and even “Buddhist economics.” Sadly, Schumacher lived only until 1977, but his ideas have taken firm root. Writers like Hazel Henderson, Her64

man Daly, and many others have continued to develop this line of economic reasoning, forming an impressive (if mostly under the mainstream radar) body of thought well known to those concerned with the environment, social justice, and sustainablility.

Economics is no longer the exclusive domain of academia and government policy wonks. Schumacher’s personal collection of books and papers are preserved in Great Barrington, Massachusetts by a group originally called the E. F. Schumacher Society, and which was re-named in 2010 as The New Economics Institute. In addition to a highly regarded annual lecture series which now takes place in New York City, the group has pioneered work in land conservancy, and helped launch Berkshares, one of the most successful local currencies ever.

As a result of deep and authentic roots laid down by patient smallscale, local work, The New Economics Institute is blossoming as an organization capable of catalyzing and leading real movement for change on the regional, national, and international stages. An affiliation with the British-based New Economics Foundation has deepened their programmatic resources and extended the human network that is really at the core of these sorts of organizations. In June of this year, the Institute sponsored a conference called Strategies for a New Economy at Bard College. The conference was a tremendous success, selling out a month or more in advance and attracting hundreds of activists, leaders, and thinkers from all over the world. On the opening evening of the conference, world-renowned climate activist Bill McKibben set a tone of both urgency and optimism as he described extraordinary efforts taking place to build a worldwide movement to address the climate crisis (see

New Economics Institute President Bob Massie kicked off the first full day of the conference by expressing the excitement he felt at the energy of the participants, and pointed out that this new approach to economics truly is a movement, and that we can act as a movement. He emphasized that we are not just concerned with pointing out what is wrong with the failing economic models of the past, but with laying down a path toward an approach to economics that is based in wisdom, however long it takes. The success of the June conference at Bard says a lot. One lesson to be learned is that economics is no longer the exclusive domain of academia and government policy wonks. Indeed, what has come to be called the New Economics is as much an activist movement as an intellectual one. It is concerned with work for economic justice, with financial and monetary reform (and particularly local currencies), with

This democratization of economics is a reflection of the fact that we can no longer expect (and actually never could expect) that solutions are simply going to be handed to us. We have to be part of the solution. New approaches to livelihood, community involvement, and finance are certainly ready to be explored. Are we ready to make a shift? The Transition Movement is directly related to these sorts of directions and is gaining a lot of participation here in the Hudson Valley. Tina Clark, a veteran Transition Trainer, spoke at the June conference, and she met with local Transition folk at Bard afterwards. I was fortunate to be in that group, and was struck by her incredible enthusiasm and patience for working with people. She emphasized that to do this work we have to soften our hearts. It’s about engagement and cooperation. This dimension of human openness and kindness is at the heart of the spirit of the New Economics. Are we going to live in opposition to each other, to nature, and even to reality, or are

This spirit of the New Economics starts with personal responsibility. If you haven’t started there, you haven’t started—but there’s always the possibility of starting. Once we have that sense of personal engagement, to enter into the spirit of the New Economics is to see the work before us with a feeling of optimism and possibility. The fact that there is a real community, a real movement, of people already engaging in this work is a tremendous source of confidence and inspiration, such that we could each find our place in it. The New Economics Institute: § The New Economics Foundation: § See Bob Massie’s inspiring speech online at: §


The New Economics is about going the distance in terms of honesty and depth.

we going to find the honesty and the wisdom to see things clearly and live together on the planet? It may seem like feel-good talk to suggest that there even is a way that we could do that, and that may be so if we merely look at things superficially. But the New Economics—speaking of it here as a discipline—is about going the distance in terms of honesty and depth. It is about looking at the implications of human and ecological interdependence with clarity. Given the complexity of the problems we face, that’s the only approach that’s going to work. And with our honesty, we have a shot at transcending our learned dogmas and assumptions, not to mention our cynicism.

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n an era when companies with folkysounding family names are usually owned by huge corporations, it is comforting to know that Potter Brothers Ski & Snowboard Shops are still owned by a pair of cousins who answer to the family name. Kyle and Jake Potter are the third generation of family members to own what has grown into a six-store empire—with four establishments thriving in the Hudson Valley. Potter Brothers opened its doors in 1945. Basil Potter and his brother Jack launched the store and then handed it down to their sons, Dan and John Potter.

For co-owner Kyle Potter, entering the family business was an inevitability. Beginning in high school, he would work in the store on the weekends and during the Annual Swap & Sell, a controlled-mayhem event that has become a regional tradition. After a brief detour into banking after college, Potter felt the irresistible draw of the Valley. “I decided it was time for the family business in July of 2000,” Kyle said. The endless racks and shelves of skis, winter jackets, pants, snowboards and fleece accessories currently in Potter Brothers is a far

cry from the original store in Kingston, which offered traditional sporting goods. The odds were against this fledgling store, Potter said. “But somehow we survived, despite being one of several sporting goods stores within a 10mile radius.” It took a few years but a Poughkeepsie store was added to the family, followed by Fishkill and Middletown. By now, it was the early ‘90s and winter sports sales were through the roof. (Potter Brothers had shifted its inventory mix to favor skiing in 1967.) When snowboarding had gone big in the late 1980s, Potter Brothers was

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unique in a service industry where turnover is a monthly occurrence. “Most of our key staff have been with us for over 15 years,” he said. “We have 10 people with over 25 years of service.

quick to capitalize on a trend that would exceed all expectations. They now had established their reputation as the go-to full service specialty ski and snowboard shop. Soon afterward, Potter Brothers planted a flag beyond the Valley, opening the retail concession at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts. The most recent addition— significant during a putative recession—was at Bromley Mountain in the southern Vermont town of Peru. Potter Brothers will hold its annual Demo Day at Jiminy Peak on December 16, offering customers a chance to test-drive the latest model skis and snowboards. How does Potter Brothers battle the mall behemoths? The secret weapon, according to Kyle Potter, is a knowledgeable veteran staff,


I like to think our staff is the key ingredient to the loyalty and trust we’ve built with our customers." At the peak of the winter season, Potter employs 50 salespersons. In the summer, staff reduces to 15 year-round employees and sells patio furniture out of the Kingston and Fishkill locations. An online store operates 24 hours a day. To stay on top of a sport that changes with technological advancements in equipment and clothes, Kyle Potter attends the annual ski industry trade show in Denver with three key buyers. Each year, they review hundreds of new products from different manufacturers before selecting items that will appeal to northeast customers.

Potter Brothers makes sure it gives customers incentive to head for the mountains. They offer more than 80 different discount


Attitude is crucial to retail success for Potter Brothers, Kyle Potter said. “It’s about continuing to share our passion for winter sports with our customers and to give them every reason to want to hit the slopes again this season. We do everything we can to make it affordable, too.” Potter Brothers Ski & Snowboard Shops 845-338-5119

While mild winters certainly pose sales challenges for winter sports merchandisers across the board, Kyle Potter asks skiers and snowboarders to remember that snowmaking machines saved the day last season. (Meteorologists have already predicted heavy snows this winter, to the delight of hot-doggers everywhere.)

days, known as Flex Days, when customers can ski or ride at local ski areas for up to 50% off. They’ve also expanded seasonal and daily rental offerings to encourage novices to take their first steps onto the bunny slopes.

Among the new items for the 2012-13 ski season, Kyle lays his bets on IPO snowboard binding from NOW Snowboarding as the most innovative. “It pivots like a skateboard to give the rider the ultimate energy transmission from toe to heel. It’s definitely cool.”


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inter is a magical season—a sparkly landscape of fun and coziness. Of course, there is also the freezing cold, backbreaking shoveling, and ice-covered windshields. Well, that is why the perfect getaway is essential in recapturing that special enchantment that only the winter beholds. There’s no better place to find your winter wonderland than the Hudson Valley’s Catskill Mountain villages. Margaretville and Phoenicia are lined with charming streetscapes set among the white peaks and slopes of the Catskills, where life seems simple and majestic at the same time.

For a postcard town with fantastic shops and that quintessential holiday spirit spend some time in Margaretville. In the blue of dusk, stroll past Margaretville’s beautiful Catskill shops with unique artisan character. Stop into 768 Main, a newly restored storefront with exquisite antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, fine teas, organic chocolates, and crafts from local artisans. Up the road, Bed and Bath Shoppe is a must stop for simple little luxuries and unique gifts for your bedroom and bath—to soak in the joys of life this season. As you stroll further down the street you may notice the passersby smiling, enjoying the winter oasis—that’s just because Margaretville has a way of making people feel good. Margaretville’s Cheese Barrel Cafe is a fine contemporary grocer with anything you need, as well as a breakfast-lunch joint with specialty coffees and teas. Walk in and you will be reminded of an old-timey General Store, adding to Margaretville’s vintage village quality.


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WildFlowers, also on Main Street, is an innovative floral and event design company, where you can work with award-winning florists for an arrangement that will bring some color and vitality to this white season. If you are staying overnight, enjoy the nightlife at The Roxbury, a "boutique motel resort" in the nearby historic village of Roxbury. Their rooms offer the discerning traveler a dramatic, thematic contemporary twist on the old country lodging experience. One key element to any winter getaway is amazing outdoor recreation—and the Catskills have a ton to choose from. The Margaretville/Phoenicia area offers a plethora of ski resorts and outdoor activities to exceed the expectations of every kind of winter enthusiast—from the timid to the adventurist. Visit Belleayre Mountain, Windham Mountain, or Hunter Mountain for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, moguls, terrain parks, and even ski jumps with oversized stunt bag pillows to land in. Relish the stunning, panoramic views and the pinch of the bittersweet air on your nose at the top of the mountains. Soar down at your own pace past glistening trees on your way to the base lodge. Enjoy warming your toes at the fireplace with your hands wrapped around a hot cocoa. Or grab a beer and


Windham Mountain hamburger après ski at the lodge and soak in the satisfying feeling after a hard day of fun in the snow.

The Margaretville/ Phoenicia area offers a plethora of ski resorts and outdoor activities to reconnect you to nature. Another gem of the region, Frost Valley, must not be overlooked when considering recreation in the great wild. A full immersion in the wonders of winter, Frost Valley offers lodging, outings, and retreats and has a huge range of exciting, rejuvenating winter activities that will reconnect you to nature and all the glory that winter beholds. With 6,000 acres of cross-country skiing terrain going through forests and gliding next to streams, you can slide your way through the picturesque landscape. Ever try ice fishing? Frost Valley staff will cut you a perfect hole in the ice and you can tap into the unfrozen underworld! They also have snow tubing, snow shoeing, naked eye astronomy, and many indoor activities to add to your retreat, including facials and spa treatments.

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If you stay overnight, try the Phoenicia Belle Bed and Breakfast, a Victorian B&B with a beautiful and restful environment. Make sure you leave time to visit Phoenicia’s eclectic mix of shops. The Nest Egg, an old-time country store, carries a little bit of everything for the Catskill shopper. They are packed to the rafters with practical and hard-to-find merchandise—including Minnetonka Moccasins, Lazy One Pajamas, books on local history and hiking, nostalgic candies and games, jewelry, and so much more. Tender Land Home is another must-see for some marvelous home products. They offer the refined shopper a variety of high quality and stunningly beautiful goods—perhaps some of their specially stamped wax candles and a new throw rug would add that winter-wonderful quality to your home this season. After shopping get your hunger and thirst satisfied at Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room in nearby Big Indian. Enjoy a beautifully restored country farmhouse with exceptional farm-fresh foods, set among the bucolic Catskills. No retreat would be complete without submersing yourself in the lap of luxury.

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Near the slopes, the ideal charm of Phoenicia will make you fall in love with winter again. Walking down large sidewalks arm in arm with your partner, watching the huge snowflakes fall, you begin to feel like you are a miniature in a snow globe. Day or night Phoenicia has something going on that will leave you satisfied both in body and soul! If you’ve had a hard day on the slopes, some beers at Brio’s Restaurant and Pizzeria are like medicine for your cold, achy body. You’ll be ready to head back out tomorrow, after you fill up on some of their traditional homemade comfort foods, too. If you are in the mood for something spicy, head to the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina for award-winning Mexican cuisine with a flair—from Tex-Mex burgers to Alamo wings and everything in between. If cocktails are your fancy, they boast the largest selection of tequila in town, and a fantastic array of delectable frozen concoctions—guaranteed to set the mood in any season. Or, perhaps after a day of activity outdoors, you desire

a comforting fireside dining excursion; Ricciardella’s Restaurant will pamper you with exquisite plating and fine service.

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A retreat to the Catskill region is the perfect cure for any winter blues. Don’t hide inside this winter, spend some time outdoors and be reminded of the stillness and quiet beauty that only winter can offer, or connect with the charm and excitement of the season. That wonderful childhood feeling of making a snowman and then going inside for some hot cocoa can easily be recaptured during a winter getaway to the Hudson Valley.

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Winter conjures images of snow-covered mountains, soft bulky sweaters, and hot chocolate by the fire. The cold, brisk weather inspires thoughts of all things warm and cozy. Your skin and soul yearn for comfort too, which makes now the perfect time to begin a preventative care program with your local spa to keep you healthy and soothed throughout the winter. Ayurvedic massage therapies are designed to remedy both body and mind, resulting in a deep sense of calm. Winter worries disappear and rough, chapped winter skin is moisturized and left silky smooth following an Ayurvedic therapy. Ayurveda, roughly translated from Indian as “science of life,” uses individualized therapeutic measures relating physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Considered by many researchers to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. It has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years and has recently become popular in the West.


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Some Ayurvedic massage treatments partner warm herbal-infused oils with aromatic herbal poultices. The therapist uses this combination to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin through massage techniques that are intended to eliminate toxins from the body and provide inner balance and peace. Herbs such as cardamom are used to purify the skin, while liquids such as sesame oil and coconut milk soothe irritation and dryness. Rock Massages at Oil Treatment at the Emerson Spa

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During the winter months, the healing properties of ginger and ginseng can be used with any treatment method to relieve arthritis symptoms, improve circulation, and cleanse the system of toxins. Try treating yourself to a Hot Stone Massage. A Hot Stone treatment combines heated oils with warm stones that are then used to massage the body. The heat from the warmed stones loosens tight muscles and improves circulation to induce a deeply relaxed state of mind and body. Putting our best face forward isn’t so easy if it has been over-exposed to bitter temperatures and chilling winds. Your skin’s radiance is often replaced by either patchy red irritation or a pallid complexion. In older Facials at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

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SORELLA A Hidden treasure in the heart of Woodstock. Sister owners offer Clothing & Accessories to express your own individual style and creativity. Open 7 Days. 8 Old Forge Road, Woodstock 845-684-5074

PEGASUS SHOES The UGG Adirondack is made of waterproof full-grain leather with a sheepskin lining. Where fashion meets performance. For the largest selection of UGG Boots, come to Pegasus Footwear. 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock 845-679-2373

The Tea Shop of Woodstock tea... and so much more... M-F 11:00-6:00 Sat 10:00-6:00 • Sun 10:00-5:00 7 Maple Lane, Woodstock 845-679-4100

D'VasH D’VASH is Woodstock’s newest women’s boutique offering a mix of styles from flirty dresses to everyday basics and everything in between. 17 Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-417-1209

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Peace, Love & Cupcakes Yummy Cupcakes and Cookies for the Holidays!!! Winner of Food Network's Best Cake in the Country! Open Thurs. through Sun. 12-7

FiberFlame Studio Local, handmade and fair-trade gifts for the whole family. An eclectic, affordable array of treasures for the home, body, and creative spirit! Or, come make your own gifts in the walk-in art studio.

54F Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-247-3687

1776 Route 212, Saugerties 845-679-6132 WALLKILL VIEW Choose a great gift from the Market, Bakery, or Holiday Giftshop. The Santa collection is a must see!

LUCKY CHOCOLATES Homemade Toffee, Turtles, and Truffles‌Oh my! This and so much more deliciousness at Lucky Chocolates.

15 Route 299 W, New Paltz 845-255-8050

115 Partition Street, Saugerties. 845-246-7337 Tuthilltown Spirits Bringing the tradition of small batch distillation back to the Hudson Valley. A great local gift for your spirits fans. 14 Grist Mill Lane, Gardiner 845-633-8734

WHITE BARN Sheep & Wool A rustic oasis of color & beauty, featuring local, hand dyed & handspun roving & yarn. Visit the farm store for the perfect cozy gift or give a gift certificate for classes. 815 Albany Post Road, New Paltz 914-456-6040

HiHo Home Market ...making your house a home. An assortment of quality pillows sure to add personality to any room.

B&L JEWELERS Express yourself with Reflection Beads. Choose from our wide selection of beads to give a truly personal holiday gift.

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101 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-8919

Water street market Take your pick from distinctive antiques, artisan chocolates, hand-crafted jewelry, fine clothing, and so much more at Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-1403

Moxie Cupcake Gourmet cupcakes and baked goods made with the finest ingredients found locally and around the world. Try the 12 Cupcakes of Christmas Mini box that includes 12 holiday flavors in one box. 215 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-CAKE (2253) EDEN BOUTIQUE Beautiful clothing, accessories and truly unique handmade jewelry by local artists. Everyone will want to know where you got it!

HIMALAYAN ARTS Traditional Tibetan Design Coral & Turquoise Necklace. Also offering genuine and fine quality handmade Tibetan rugs, furniture, arts, and clothing. 10 Main Street, New Paltz Water Street Market 845-256-1940

Water Street Market 10 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-1100

Rhinebeck artist’s shop Stocking stuffers for your favorite artist. Choose from excellent art materials, cool gifts, and expert picture framing. 56 E. Market St, Rhinebeck 845-876-4922 188 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-5533 CANDY CANDY Fill their Christmas Stockings with their favorite candy! They have a large selection of hard to find old-fashined favorites, super sour candy, and jars filled with lots of yummy candy to choose from. Or come to Water Street Market to pick out a sweet gift basket.

10 Main Street #202, New Paltz 845-255-6506

Handmade and more Trillium Scarves are handwoven from highgloss rayon chenille yarn, which come in three lengths and many color combos. They make wonderful gifts for women and men!

6 North Front Street, New Paltz 845-255-6277

Maglyns dream for all that glitters this holiday season. A stunning array of elegance and creativity. Representing local and American artists.

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Hudson Valley Seed Library Heirloom seeds and contemporary art, all in one pack. Each pack designed by a different artist. 20 new Art Packs for 2013! Full seed catalog, gift memberships, and creatively green gifts at Sow Local!

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Downtown Accord Primative to industrial. Lighting, mirrors, Ironstone, paintings, cupboard and architectual elements. Sundays and by appointment. 23 Main Street, Accord 845-706-1070

CLEARMETALS Introducing the Aegis, a talisman for the home designed by jewelry designer Barbara Klar. With its origins in many mythologies as a protective shield to be hung in the home to protect its inhabitants and contents.

Local Gift Certificates With so many great restaurants, spas and accommodations in the area, a gift certificate to a favorite spot is truly a perfect holiday gift.

Stoutridge VINEYARD Visit the vineyard for a tasting and pick up a bottle for everyone on your list. Give the gift of the authentic taste of the Hudson Valley with these delicious slow local wines.

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Hardenburgh Farm This Country Holiday Shoppe is an excellent place to share some quality time. Enjoy a tractor ride, a cup of cocoa, beautiful farm-made wreaths, and country gifts in an atmosphere of Christmas past. 206 Hardenburgh Road, Ulster Park 845-658-8894

BELL’S christmas trees Pick up a beautiful handmade wreath, kissing ball, or specialty gift from the gift shop all while on the mission to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. 647 Mettacahonts Road, Accord 845-626-7849

NECTAR IMPORTS Beautiful and unusual gifts as well as organic teas & teaware, handcrafted jewelry, journals, soy candles, ornaments, toys & more! A feast for the senses.

SPRUCE DESIGN + DECOR How about giving something rare and unique... You'll always find an amazing collection of West German and Italian pottery from the 1950s and '60s.

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Genesis Florist Don’t forget to bring flowers to the host or hostess of the holiday party. Or if you’re throwing the party choose a locally made, fresh centerpiece.

HIGH FALLS MERCANTILE With 19 scents to choose from there’s a “House and Home” diffuser or candle for every room—and more holiday gift choices than ever at High Falls Mercantile.

3835 Main Street, Stone Ridge 845-687-0070

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THE BIG CHEESE A gift certificate here will be sure to please. Choose from domestic and imported cheeses, tasty delicacies, and an amazing assortment of interesting clothing! 402 Main Street, Rosendale 845-658-7175

EMMANUEL’S PETAGREE Pamper your pet with a New Pet Toy from Emmanuel’s Pet Agree in the Stone Ridge Towne Centre. 3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge 845-687-2500

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center Tools to Transform our World Drums, Crystals, Jewelry, Incense, Artworks by local Artists, Antiques, Drum Repair, Classes, Drum Circles and more. 415 Main Street, Rosendale 845-658-4136

VICTORIA GARDENS These adorable and fair trade ornaments are made by artisans in Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan in the traditional felting methods first developed by Kyrgyz nomads. Give the gift of cultural as well as environmental sustainability, while helping to revive traditional artisans and methods of production. 1 Cottekill Road, Rosendale 845-658-9007

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Williams lumber A Williams Lumber Gift Card is the perfect gift. Williams has everything you need: Paint, Tools, Electrical, Lawn & Garden, Building Materials, Hardware and More! 6760 Route 9, Rhinebeck 845-876-WOOD

WADDLE n SWADDLE A mother and baby essentials boutique. Natural toys and unique gifts, maternity, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, swaddling. Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck 845-473-5952 845-876-5952

AGWAY Keep the feathered friends happy with this Green Feeder. Or the gift of an Agway gift certificate will make anyone happy. Red Hook New Paltz 845-876-1559 845-255-0050 MARIGOLD Home Interiors Spicy Apple Botanical Candles and many more fine gifts for the holiday home. 747 Route 28, Kingston 845-338-0800

Leisure Time Spring Water Give the gift of Fresh Water. Binnewater Ice will deliver right to the home. Keep everyone hydrated and healthy with pure drinking water. 25 South Pine Street, Kingston 845-331-0504

Need that tool to finish up that project you've been working on? HERZOG’S HOME CENTER 845-338-6300 A&M Hardware 845- 626-2788

PET COUNTRY Everything for the care, fun and well-being of your pet. Commercial, super premium, natural and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as horse and farm feeds, bird, small animal and aquarium supplies. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm • Sun 9am-4pm 845-876-9000 6830 Route 9, Rhinebeck

BARCONE'S MUSIC Give the gift of music! Choose from all kinds of instruments and accessories. Lessons are also available. 528 Broadway, Kingston 845-331-6089

Quality Headwear & Blues Music Choose from CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, Harps, Tees, Ties, Suspenders, Prints, Posters, Great Hats & Gifts. Hat Cleaning & Blocking. Voted #1 in the Hudson Valley.

Stone Ridge Jewelers Show your love with a one-of-a-kind piece of Jewelry at Stone Ridge Jewelers. 2821 Route 209, Kingston 845-331-8543

320 Wall Street, Kingston 845-339-3174 KENCO Ibex is making the finest Merino wool clothing for mountain living. The perfect material for both the most extreme of adventures, or sitting by the fire. A great gift. 1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston 845-340-0552

Fireside warmth A Lantern is a great gift for any friend with a country home. Also choose from many other hearth accessories. 901 Route 28, Kingston 845-331-5656

LOUNGE FURNITURE Pick out the perfect piece of furniture for your home and pick out gifts for your favorite people, like these all-natural exquisitely scented Claus Porto Soaps. Stores in High Falls, Hudson and now in Kingston! 1094 Morton Boulevard, Kingston 845-336-4324

POTTER BROTHERS Choose from the hottest ski & snowboard gear, plus sweet discounts on lift tickets and rentals. Now that’s a holiday gift! 57 City View Terrace, Kingston 845-338-5119

The Art Riot Local. Alternative. DIY. 60+ artists and crafters bring you their best—all handmade, all Hudson Valley. Feed a starving artist. Shop The Art Riot.

36 John Street, Kingston 845-331-2421

NEST EGG Country Store Fudge makes a great gift for family, friends, teachers and service providers. All fudge made on premises! 84 Main Street, Phoenicia 845-688-5851

Emerson Country Store Carrying unique gift items for the holidays. The Vermont Bubble Evergreen collection from Simon Pearce is just a sample of the perfect gift ideas from our many vendors! 5340 Route 28, Mt. Tremper 877-688-2828

TEnder land home Scarves are this season's best way to make a stylish statement. Color and texture add excitement to any outfit and make you look great no matter how cold it is! Just perfect for that holiday gift! 64 Main Street, Phoenicia 845-688-7213

LOCAL FARMS & Markets Bring along fresh all-American baked goods like pies, cakes, breads, and doughnuts. Most stands also have great gift shops! Try from Saunderskill, Kelder’s, Jenkins-Lueken, Apple Bin or Barthel’s Farm

CHEESE BARREL Create a fun gift basket from a huge selection of candies, cheeses, gourmet teas & coffees, and local specialties! 798 Main Street, Margaretville 845-586-4666

Bed & Bath Shoppe This charming gem offers bed and bath essentials, simple little luxuries and unique gifts too! We look forward to your visit. Gift Certificates Available. Open Daily at 11am 746 Main Street, Margaretville 845-586-1887

768 MAIN An eclectic collection of lovely things awaits...from locally handcrafted jewelry and gourmet food items to vintage clothing, home furnishings, decadent chocolate, lush handknits, and other great gifts! 768 Main Street, Margaretville 845-586-6166

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The rhythmic process of interweaving warp and weft has always had a meditative quality for me. Working on a vertical tapestry loom allows an intimate, tactile relationship with the materials. The process of creating a solid textile out of separate threads, building the piece slowly and helping it to grow feels almost magical.

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Walks in the woods and the view of the Shawangunk Mountains from my home in New Paltz have a direct impact on my creative process. In addition, the art of David L. Johnson and Sheila Hicks has had a strong influence on the direction of my work. Designs begin with a

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I learned to weave in 1975, making pillows and ponchos and experimenting with art. Life took over and my loom went in the basement when I went to graduate school in Social Work. After a busy and rewarding career in that field, I retired in 2004 and felt a yearning to return to weaving; I studied tapestry weaving at the Fiber Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, and I found my passion for the process, for the materials, and for creating my own style.



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Spruce Design and Decor, High Falls

Photos by: Roy Gumpel


he hamlet of High Falls is the type of sleepy, small (population 600) place you expect to find in the Hudson Valley.

While the eponymous waterfalls on Rondout Creek draw the curious, tourists are surprised by the sophisticated gift shops in town. Spruce is an oasis of Mid-Century Modern design. Co-owners John Krenek and Jamie Niblock share a keen eye for style and design. “Spruce Design + Decor represents an

unexpected blend of 20th-century American and European furnishings, art, lighting, and decorative objects,” says the Texas-born Krenek, who graduated from showing pigs at county fairs to a career in fashion and home decor. “The shop essentially is the result of our passion for collecting and seeking out the rare and unique.” Before Spruce, Krenek was the International Creative Visual Director for Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion house based in Florence, Italy. His duties included designing

the stores with architects and creating window displays worldwide and merchandising standards. It was a logical progression from previous work for Gucci, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Niblock’s career route was more circuitous; he had worked at Gucci as a management trainee. For several years thereafter, he did real estate sales and marketing until becoming retail manager for eyewear designer Robert Marc’s second store. Niblock went deep into the enterprise, becoming a licensed optician


John Krenek & Jamie Niblock:


Our Local Business Owners... Creating a Strong and Thriving Community


while opening seven new stores. He would eventually ascend to director of retail operations. At the start of the new millennium, both Krenek and Niblock, now life partners, began to consider their own retail establishment, inspired by the unique stores visited in their world travel. “When we started Spruce, it was from both our inherent needs to create it,” Niblock said. “We kind of didn't have a choice. We were driven.” The pair settled in High Falls, which had attracted them for its combination of Colonialera quaintness and cosmopolitan character. In 2003, they established their new business in a barn behind the celebrated Depuy Canal House restaurant. “We loved the idea of filling this old historic barn with Mid-Century Modern furnishings,” said Krenek. “It was an unexpected combination that really worked well and the

response was positive.” At a time when ‘50s furniture was just gaining favor, Spruce offered a contrast to farmhouse antiques. Word spread quickly among locals and discerning weekenders. “I never thought Spruce would not be a success,” Niblock said. “My perspective is that, provided you have talent, acumen, and you are not afraid to work hard, you will do well.” Two years later, Krenek and Niblock added interior decorating services in response to customer requests. When a Spruce interior design project was featured in Elle Décor magazine, the business leapt forward decisively. “This was huge,” said Krenek of the tenpage spread in the December 2007 issue. Overnight, Spruce Design + Decor went from being a small business in the Hudson Valley to handling projects for highprofile clients on both coasts. The duo became known for their upbeat professionalism and creativity.


“I generally tell every potential client that the project is going to be fun,” Krenek said, “otherwise, we are not meant to work together.”

“We honestly live and breathe the Spruce Design + Decor aesthetic,” Krenek said. “We always ask ourselves, ‘Would we put that in our own home?’” “We are tough critics,” Niblock said. “The only way inventory works is if we are pleased with our choices.”

Over the years, Mid-Century Modern has become a trending aspect of home design. Accordingly, Spruce flourished, especially because it offered vintage items, not reproductions. But Niblock was still working in the city, leaving Krenek to run the booming business solo. Two years ago, Niblock left his city job to share Spruce operations. “Now, we have the luxury of being able to team-run the business,” said Niblock. “We’re both fully involved in the running and decision making, which is fantastic.”

Some may question the wisdom of working with a romantic partner. Not Jamie Niblock. “Getting to work with John everyday— how could that not be enjoyable? He is the best, not only as a person, but also, his professionalism is unparalleled. We share the same aesthetic and goals.” Spruce opened a pop-up store in Uptown Kingston last summer to test the waters. The response

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“Our philosophy,” Niblock said, “is that there are no bounds as to what the future holds for us.”

Growth continues. Spruce relocated down the street to a larger storefront, divided up into three separate rooms with vignette settings. Spruce has expanded its offerings; on a given day, a shopper may find a Chesterfield sofa, Tudor chairs, African art, or industrial furniture.

was strong and the couple is considering a permanent second location.

“The business is now a true partnership,” Krenek said.




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Pet Purrrrfect Interior Design… Emphasis on the décor & less worry about the fur

Here are some simple ideas and tips to make your home pet-friendly and still a contender for House Beautiful…

Carpets and Rugs

When designing with accent rugs, easy-care, affordable cottons are a great choice. Most cotton rugs are machine washable with line dry or a low heat drying, so that a puppy, kitten or older pet’s "accident" doesn’t have to be a tragedy. According to Dave Pillard, owner of Tender Land Home in Phoenicia, “Pets require practicality when accessorizing with rugs for your home. Flecked or tweed patterns hide pet hair much more effectively than solid colors. And two or three smaller

rugs in a room rather than one large area rug make for much less furniture moving when cleaning up a mess.” However, if you prefer a room size or wall-to-wall carpet you should keep in mind the colors that blend with stray pet hair. Orientals, modern color-block patterns, and subtle tweeds are best. Incidentally, cat owners beware—those great sisal rugs are considered roomsized cat scratchers by your felines!

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You know the tale—you’ve decorated your home in the flawless style that not only embodies your taste, but may also be family friendly if you have the pitter-patter of little feet. However if those tiny footsteps include pets, have you thought about the fact that this verified member of your family may require pet-friendly décor? Perhaps not. Nevertheless, if you want a totally harmonious lifestyle between humans and critters, this should be a major factor when decorating your home. Fear not. It’s not a major feat. From furniture and rugs to pet bedding, feed bowls and even the art on the walls—you can design your rooms with a furry-friendly edge and still exhibit the most upscale interior.

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Upholstered Furniture

When it comes to upholstered furnishings, Don LaFera of Lounge in High Falls, Hudson and his newest store in Kingston says that micro-suede fabric “really makes ease of living really high.” It’s easily spot-cleaned with any water-based upholstery shampoo and any removable covers can be machine washed then dried on a cool setting. However, when it comes to just wet paws—because micro-suede is not woven, it doesn’t absorb water. A quick wipe-down with

a clean towel or even letting it dry on its own and then fluffing up the nap with your finger will renew the texture. In addition, being nonwoven it won’t unravel under a cat’s claws. Of course you can also choose prints and patterns in many other fabrics that will work with your décor as they camouflage pet hair between de-furring clean-ups.

Furniture Accessories

When it comes to occasional tables, coffee tables, and other furnishings that are often wooden, it may be a decorator’s dream to get some older, shabby chic items from flea markets and yard sales. After all they’re already “distressed”. And, who’s going to see one more puppy gnaw or cat scratch? Vintage accessories are the perfect, stress-free accent


pieces. They’ll also save you money for those items you wish to splurge on.

Consider the colors, fabrics and styles that’ll coordinate with your décor. Pet Beds and Sleepers

Co-owners at Pet Country in Rhinebeck, Ira and Kathy Licht said they’re often asked to address issues concerning pet accessories in relation to interior design, which include pet beds and sleepers, bowls and feeders, and cat furniture and scratchers. They suggested when selecting sleepers and pet beds it’s all according to the size of your pet. They said, “Also consider the colors, fabrics and styles that’ll coordinate with your décor. You can choose from cuddlers, mats, pads and mini sofas. For those seeking the ultimate comfort for your pet you can purchase steps, available in a variety of heights and styles for the furry member of your household to step onto and enjoy the family bed.”


Wall Art and Collectibles

Many pet owners love dog and cat oriented artwork and figurines. A few symbolizing your favorite breed on a side table, shelf or bookcase— whether new or hunted-down at antique stores, flea markets and yard sales—it’s an expression of your love for your pets. For those who wish to bedeck walls with portraitures—there are many pet photographers and painters who can expertly capture your beloved pet’s image, thus showcasing them as art.

Many pet owners love dog and cat oriented artwork and figurines.

Preventative and Environmentally Safe Hair Removal The optimum plan in the prevention of pet hair build-up on furnishings is to brush your pets as often as possible. For canines, the shedding seasons are July through December and January through June. As for the feline—they seem to shed all the time as cat owners can attest to—so brushing them daily is a good course of action.

A terrific, fast and environmentally safe hair remover for both dogs and cats is the Furminator. It not only produces incredible results but it’s a pleasurable way to bond with your furry friend and give them daily attention. One brushing can yield the size of a small dog’s worth of hair from a medium-sized dog. These can be special ordered at the New Paltz Agway.

However, as prudent as you may be with brushing your pets, we all know carpets and rugs can turn into furry floor coverings in a short time. There are several tools on the market to use in between vacuuming. One is called the carpet rake. Just a few passes over your floor décor and this amazing tool transforms a, seemingly, “faded” Oriental or patterned carpet into its colorful vividness.

When it comes to hair removal on couches, chairs, ottomans and other upholstered furnishings you don’t have to spend one dime. Just go with the tried and true old standby—the “really green” damp washcloth! Just briskly whisk the cloth over upholstery to gather stray hairs into clumps to revive the colors and textures of your furnishings. No chemicals or special products needed.

When it comes to feeding accoutrements, like most fine china, pet bowls and feeding stations should be carefully selected to fit your décor. The Lichts said the most popular are ceramic dishes

with traditional to modern graphics as well as the double-bowl diners or feeding stations that come in oak or cherry wood. These look like furniture and can definitely complement your kitchen cabinets and wall colorings.

Recreation and Feeders

When it comes to choosing activity accessories for indoor cats it all depends on the amount of room available and if you wish to have them blend in with your living quarters’ style of décor. Cat furniture ranges from simple hookon window sleepers to floor-standing single pole platforms—all the way to more lavish cat perches with many layers and complicated configurations. Most have carpeted platforms and natural woods that can easily be chosen to meld in with your home’s color palette. And don’t forget cat scratchers—also in many carpet shades to eliminate furniture scratching.


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Be Winter-Wise

Home Improvement and Preventative Maintenance

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January, when the holidays are over, is a great time to tend to bathrooms and kitchens. Ingrained Woodworking

Interior and Exterior Remodeling and Spring Preparation: According to Mike of Mike’s Earthworks, prepping a site for an upcoming building event, such as taking down trees for a driveway or structure, is something that can be done in winter. “We do this year-round,” said Mike. Off-season prepping can be a really astute move for homeowners. Winter is also a great time for indoor projects such as kitchen and bath renovations or spruce-ups. Said Jason from Ingrained Woodworking, “January, when the holidays are over, is a great time to tend to bathrooms and kitchens.” He added that replacing interior doors or doing interior carpentry such as crown moldings, chair-rails, stair railings, or even built-in bookcases are excellent winter projects. It’s an optimum time to paint while the family isn’t traipsing in and out of the house allowing pollen, dust and other outdoor debris in. Jesse from Cabinet Designers

Although you may presume winter’s a time to lie back and hibernate from home chores and improvements—that’s not the case. Winter may even be the perfect time to get special deals or save valuable time by getting a jump-start on springtime projects. Preparations will expedite your planned nice-weather endeavors so once the crocuses start emerging through the soil your project can promptly begin. There are so many preventatives you should engage in—mainly because winter sometimes serves up many conditions that wreak havoc on your home. Tending to these possibilities before they become a reality is definitely called for. Here are some ways that you can make winter a productive time of year while you are basically homebound.

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believes that the most important winter project can be closets. “Winter is a time for a change of wardrobe and a nice time to transition to reorganization with organized closet shelving systems.” He also added that after the holidays, the nice lull in winter gives homeowners a chance to start the design process of a kitchen that can be done in the spring: “Although we do kitchens year-round, a family can always start grilling outside once the weather allows while we complete the design concept planned during the winter season. He said bathrooms can also be planned and remodeled any time of year.

Another way to turn winter into a warm and cozy season is to add a supplemental form of heat to your primary one. John from Fireside Warmth advised, “The many styles and sizes available on wood and coal burning stoves will not only provide major savings on overall heating costs—they can add a whole new dimension on interior décor to any room in the home.” He also mentioned that they last 20 to 30 years.

For those who loathe the claustrophobic feeling of a wintry cabinfever, Chris, owner of Four Seasons Sunrooms, said these outdoor sanctuaries are able to be built year-round. “I have, literally, had people who were ill from lack of sunlight and Vitamin D that had sunrooms built during the winter.” And with all the medical research on the wonders of Vitamin D, a sunroom enables the sun’s rays to healthfully beam down on people and pets, as well as a garden of flowers and plants if you’re so inclined to love four-season botanicals. It’s like bringing the outdoors in—presenting a warm and cozy environment in the middle of the winter. Chris also mentioned he has a brochure dealing solely with the health issues that the lack of sunlight can cause. “It’s also a mental boost; I had some customers tell me I saved their sanity!”

Since there’s always a spring rush for outdoor projects, Sean at Authentic Stone Works explained that winter is a time that people should think spring and plan ahead on any project involving specialty stonemasonry such as patios, walls, fireplaces, and other custom stonework to avoid the springtime rush. “I can meet a client in winter and design a project with a structural integrity that’ll stand the test of time—along with a design that mirrors the client’s vision.” This way a homeowner can be scheduled for their exterior enhancements when weather permits.

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An Ounce of Prevention Eliminates that Pound of Cure: When it comes to preventatives and maintenance, winter is the premier time Jack Frost presents many a quandary. There’s snow removal, the urgency of preventing ice dams, gutter and roofline

or corn, both Aaron and Tonya from A&M Hardware agree that a furnace, boiler or gas heating system needs an annual inspection. Aaron said to always check your flues and chimneys when cleaning boilers. Tonya suggests preparing for electrical outages by stocking up on flashlights, batteries,

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Speaking of annual inspections, The Mad Hatter’s owner, Flynn, explained that although they service year-round, most people try to have this vital, safety maintenance done prior to winter. “We try to get people to do it before winter arrives. Besides getting the advantage of our off-season discount, it’s also a safety issue—and chimney maintenance will protect your furnace or stove as they’ll no longer work once blocked from buildup.” Flynn explained that chimney blockage can lead to a major blow-back of soot and creosote into a home’s interior, which is a much more expensive and tedious process.

Sue at Sanitall said, “Indoor pollution is worse in the winter months.”

When it comes to a more invisible type of pollution homeowners can prevent, Sue at Sanitall said, “Indoor pollution is worse in the winter months. Houses are bottled up with closed windows making a perfect environment for dust mites, pet dander, and mold due to a lack of air circulation and heat.” The use of a super heated dry steam vapor system that’s used in hospitals, schools and other industrial applications is the “greenest” way to kill and remove indoor pollutants and bacteria with no toxic chemicals or Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) off-gassing. And their use of HEPA vacuums pick up microns invisible to the eye. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure when it comes to discovering if a home’s electrical and mechanical systems, roofs, boilers, and many other parts that make your house a home are working correctly or starting to fail. Using the latest infrared imaging

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defrost, and myriad other tasks that you can either attempt alone or call in the experts. But one thing is for certain—you must start with some preventative maintenance. Aaron from Rice Plumbing explained that it’s vital to remove garden hoses from the outside and store them indoors. Why? “Water can get trapped and crack the frost-free faucet on the inside. It cannot drain itself and might freeze and break.” He also suggested At home a Jøtul connoisseur keeping yourwith thermostat above 52 degrees as heating systems burn more fuel in attempting the climb from 52 degrees to a comfortable 67 degrees on cold days. “You’ll end up burning more fuel trying to get the temperature up—in addition, at a temp lower than 52 degrees your pipes can freeze,” he said. Rice Plumbing works throughout the winter with a 24-hour emergency service.


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technology, problems in efficiency can be identified for a wide range of applications, including detection of moisture. Eric at Thermal FootPrint, which is an impartial, third party consultant, said, “We’re certified infrared thermographers and because we do not perform repairs you’ll get an unbiased straightforward report.”

Snow Removal is S’now Joke:

Danger! Eliminating the hazard of slipping on snow and ice or embedding your car in a mound of snow is a topic Kim Williams of Williams Lumber and Home Centers spoke about. “Keeping your walkways and driveway clear of new fallen snow is a great way to prevent injury. Use salt to prevent ice build-up and make sure the salt you use is appropriate for the surface being cleared.” Williams said when it comes to expediency and convenience a snowblower is great.

Paul Gallo says, “It's very important to remove the roof snow about two or three feet up from the gutter with a roof rake.”

Whether you go with the blower or an ergonomic back-saver snow shovel that Gary at Agway recommends, it’s prudent to start snow removal as soon as possible for safety issues. Gary said not to let your gutters freeze up to reduce damage to roofs, gutters or sidewalks where the drain spout is located. He recommended the use of urea, an organic nitrogen product that not only melts the ice in the gutters, it protects blacktop, shingles and cement. And it’s better than rock salt he explained. However there are cases where some type of salt is essential and A&M Hardware’s Tonya gave tips on which salt is best for what purpose and surface. “Rock salt is good for driveways and walkways up to about 5-degrees below zero.” However, she said it’s not safe for concrete; needs the sun to be really


effective; and dries-out and cracks precious pet paws. Tonya advises the use of Magnesium Chloride, packaged as Safe Step, as it’s the best thing for pet paws; good for all surfaces; doesn’t need the sun to work; and is effective up to 15-degrees below zero. Another recommendation is Calcium Chloride flakes or pellets. It’s safe on all surfaces including wood, concrete and greenery; doesn’t need the sun for results; and is effective up to 25-degrees below zero. It’s also okay for pet paws, but not as safe as Safe Step. When it comes to “ice dams,” Herzogs’ Paul Gallo explained what this term actually means. “Ice dams are any buildup of ice that occurs in eaves or corners on the cooler side of the house.” This build-up can be very destructive as the ice lifts up shingles, making soffits and the interior of the home vulnerable to leakage. He added, “It’s very important to remove the roof snow about two to three feet up from the gutter with a roof rake. This implement is invaluable as it extends and eliminates the need to over-reach or stand on a ladder in the snow.” Another beneficial remedy that Gallo proposes is the gutter cable, which is a heat-producing cable that comes in various sizes. They plug into exterior, grounded outlets and are

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Steve at S.A.P. Exteriors also had some winter roof precautions: “People can save their roof by not going up on ladders and chopping-up ice with axes and hammers. They may not even know it, but come springtime after the thaw, and after they’ve had their kids chop away, they may find there’s a leak from a hole in the roof made by chopping. I see that a lot.” However, Steve said many people call to take care of snow and/or ice removal or damage on their roofs during winter. “We’re insured; we know what we’re doing; and it’s safer for the homeowner.” But when it comes to the greatest prevention of all—he said the best way to prevent any roof damage is to have a tin roof installed as you’ll never have any snow or ice problems again.

to relieve some of the burden of the rising cost of oil, which is out of the company’s control, it’s also a good idea to have a contract with your fuel company and an annual inspection of your mechanicals. However, what she thinks is the most important issue during winter that homeowners should address is to make sure driveways are clear so deliveries can be made safely and there’s a path to the fill. “If you know you have a bad driveway and there’s a delivery and storm approaching—call and give our drivers a heads-up,” Kiley advised.

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Icy Catskill Climbs:

Burroughs Range High Peaks

by Eric Ortner

For most people living in the Northeast, November is the end of the camping season and the beginning of the ski season. But there are a select few hearty souls who know that the best camping occurs between the months of December and April because there are no bugs and the mountain views are spectacular. This is especially true in the Catskills, where the magnificent peaks are shrouded by leaves for most of the year. The Catskills’ terrain is surprisingly deceptive to those inexperienced with the forest preserve’s 35 high peaks. When traveling highways like Route 28, the Catskill summits appear to be gently rolling slopes. I was once fooled by this illusion, which is created by the area’s abundant deciduous trees. However my reality was suddenly altered when I decided to backpack the Burroughs Range in late January of 2012 as part of my quest to climb all of the Catskill’s 35 highest peaks in under six months. ï Anna Romanovich, and Jola haul a 60-pound beast up Cornell Crack, while Jill Morgan Collura and Sudah Pamidimukkala watch from above. Photo: Eric Ortner


Eric Ortner ascends Wittenberg Mountain Photo: Jill Morgan Collura

The path quickly began to climb and turned into a rather vertical rock scramble coated in a thin, but slick sheet of ice. These are the moments when one generally realizes the fragility of existence—a feeling that would become all too familiar to me over the next day and a half. In addition to the perilous icy conditions, the 60-pound backpack I was attached to was starting to seem like a colossal mistake. Oh, why did I bring


Eight of us started our journey from the Woodland Valley Campground. It was a cool clear January morning, but the light winter caused us to delay putting Microspikes (ice traction) over our hiking boots. There may not have been much snow, but the cold nights had left the Catskills covered in a thin layer of ice. So we immediately realized that spikes would be required as we started our first steep ascent up Wittenberg Mountain. The trail became more gradual much to our relief, but this respite did not last for more than a mile or two.

I had climbed Slide Mountain several times before I decided to winter camp on the Burroughs Range. The popular Phoenicia East Branch Trail, which I had ascended in the past, is a fairly gradual ascent. I foolishly underestimated the challenges that lay hidden below the Catskill foliage. My foolishness was further compounded by the unseasonably light winter of 2012. There was hardly any snowfall, and my past experience with winter camping had taught me to bring plenty of warm clothes. This all added up to a very heavy and large backpack filled with all of life’s necessities with no regard being paid to the weight of the burden that was to be carried. The necessities included two coats, two pairs of gloves, two hats, extra cooking pots, a camp stove and enough fuel for a week, tons of food, an incredibly heavy negative 20-degree sleeping bag, and a seven-pound,

three-season tent—all adding up to about a 60-pound pack.

The Burroughs Range is located in Shandaken, NY and has two access points either via Big Indian-Slide Mountain Road to the west or Woodland Valley Road to the east. The range is named after the famed early conservationist and naturalist John Burroughs who frequented the area and wrote about his experiences there. The Burroughs Range is comprised of three of the Catskill High Peaks over 3,500 feet, including its tallest summit, Slide Mountain at an elevation of 4,190 feet. The other two summits are Wittenberg (3,780 feet) and Cornell (3,860 feet).


the whiskey, the extra food, the extra clothes, that friggin’ saw? I had vastly underestimated the rugged terrain of the Catskills. After two or three more rock scrambles the expedition broke for lunch. None too soon; I needed to get some of that weight out of my pack and into my stomach. We continued on up to the summit of Wittenberg, traversing more treacherous areas where missteps would easily result in serious injury. Then suddenly, out of nowhere the misery I was experiencing for the past several hours all became worthwhile. We were blessed with one of the most scenic views in the Catskills The summit of Wittenberg Mountain opens up to an amazing and flat stony vista overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir. The party basked in the warm sun and the accomplishment of completing our first of three summits. Our journey was far from over, however, and we needed to start our decent into the col between Wittenberg and Cornell. This leg of the trail proved to be a great opportunity for sledding. Several members of the expedition decided to use the ice and gravity to our advantage and slide down the steep inclines on our rear ends. The fun and games were short lived since the descent to the base of Cornell Mountain is only approximately 500 feet, so we were soon faced with traversing our next peak. Cornell Mountain’s ascent proved to be even more challenging than Wittenberg’s. After two or three more menacing scrambles where the 132

group was forced to cling to trees in order to avoid catastrophe, we met our match, Cornell Crack. The Crack is a very distinct geological feature. It is a 20-foot rock wall with a triangular wedge carved out of it from thousands of years of glaciation. It has limited foot and hand holds making it difficult to scale even on warm days. However the two inches of ice that coated it in the winter seemed insurmountable in Microspikes.

We were blessed with one of the most scenic views in the Catskills. Fortunately, our expedition Ashokan Reservoir from Wittenberg Mountain leader Sudah came prepared Photo: Eric Ortner with ice climbing crampons. She made short work of the crack as she dug her toes into the ice and met a challenge that required a rope, and here shimmied her way onto the summit of Cornell it was two and a half hours north of New York Mountain. The remaining seven of us were stuck, City. Once again on the Burroughs Range, I had unable to travel any further. It was decided that a established a whole new respect for the Catskills rope was required. This was the first time in my terrain. Sudah began to hoist our packs up to 15 years of backpacking experience that I ever the summit. Then the remaining members of the

Such a challenging trip leaves you with such a great sense of accomplishment. Wittenberg Mountain from Cornell Summit Photo: Eric Ortner party used the rope for assistance in reaching our second objective, Cornell Mountain. It had been a long day and we all looked forward to setting up camp at designated areas on the col between Cornell and Slide mountains. The descent down Cornell, although steep, was relatively uneventful. We reached camp and set up our tents, then we began to focus on dinner, melting snow and ice for water, and the prospects of creating a fire to warm up on what was becoming a very

After a cold night we broke camp and prepared ourselves for the ascent up the east side of Slide Mountain. Traveling along the col we enjoyed a clear day and a spectacular view of Slide Mountain sprinkled with a blanket of snow. Piece of cake, I thought to myself; I’ve already climbed this thing several times. Wrong! Slide Mountain proved to be the most menacing ascent of the entire journey. Upon reaching the first steep section I realized I had met my match. The trail, which was basically perpendicular, was covered in a sheet of ice with nothing but a tiny 3 to 6 inch ledge for a foothold. There was no way I could safely make this trek with my heavy pack. Fortunately, there was a small bushwhack route to the left of the actual

The summit of Slide is always sort of a disappointment. There you are on one of the highest points of the Northeast and there really is no view to speak of. Still, such a challenging trip leaves you with such a great sense of accomplishment that it is impossible to be disappointed with your location. We ate our lunch as we mingled with other groups of hikers on a beautiful sunny day. We then began to hike back down the mountain to complete our loop back to our cars safely parked on Woodland Valley Road. All told our Burroughs Range loop totaled 14.81 miles with approximately 6,500 feet of elevation gain. Would I do it again? Probably, but next time I will bring a much lighter pack. I might also spot a car at the parking area on Frost Valley Road in order to skip the stretch of trail that runs along Route 47. This section is relatively uneventful unless you decide to make a side trip up to Giant Ledge, adding approximately two or three miles to your trip.


trail with plenty of trees to brace what certainly would be a fall to one’s doom. Once again my over-prepared backpack was a serious detriment. I slowly dragged my sleep-deprived body up the side of Slide Mountain. Small saplings, which promised to rip out of the thin topsoil, were the only things keeping me from meeting my maker. Somehow I survived this stretch of trail, and I vowed to start bringing a lighter backpack the next time I camped in the Catskills. I slowly clawed my way up the near vertical side of Slide and reached summit.

chilly evening. Spirits were high as we drank the whiskey I had been lugging all day and we warmed ourselves around a small fire that struggled for existence in the extremely wet fire ring.


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Entertainment at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden—comes to the stage of the Woodstock Playhouse for a celebration of the "Christmas spirit," outstanding musical theater, and the joyous celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. Tickets: $28, $32 & $36. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900;

November 23, 24, 25 & December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 1-4pm

Victorian Holiday Tours at Wilderstein Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion into a magical holiday spectacular. Tour the mansion at your own pace, with guides in each room to share information and answer questions. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Jingle all the way TO WILDERSTEIN! Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818;


Saturdays Beacon Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. Citywide celebration of arts, second Saturday monthly. Main Street, Beacon. 845-546-6222.

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November 24, 8am-11am

Phoenicia Turkey Trot To benefit Shandaken Food Pantry. 2 mile run/walk will wind through scenic Phoenicia. 9am. A free Tot Trot for kids five & under will precede the main race at 8:45 a.m. 2011’s inaugural event boasted 300 runners. Registration 8-8:45am at Parish Hall, Main St., Phoenicia. To register go to: www. (search for Phoenicia Turkey Trot); Heather - 845-6887046; Patti - 845-254-4126;

November 23-25, 8pm Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday

The Nutcracker Start your holiday season with award-winning director/choreographer Michele Ribble's 4th annual presentation of this Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker. Sure to please every age! A CENTERstage production. Tickets: $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhine-


November 25-December 23, Fridays 6-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 5-8pm

ings," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and the title song, "White Christmas." An uplifting holiday show for the entire family! Produced by Diana diGrandi; directed by DJ Salisbury. Tickets: $26, $24. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

A Frosty Fest Enchanted Forest with animated light displays, glistening gardens, magical mansion, Santa’s North Pole, Frosty’s Adventures (a 3-D experience), food, cafes, gift shops, and more! 778 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park. 845-339-2666;

November 30-December 16, 8pm Friday and Saturday; 3pm Sunday

White Christmas by Irving Berlin Up in One presents this area premiere, based on the beloved, timeless film. A heartwarming musical featuring a dazzling Irving Berlin score with favorites such as "Sisters," "Count Your Bless-

December 1

Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck Village-wide celebration, festival and parade. Entertainment throughout Rhinebeck all day and evening. Children's Starlight Parade 6pm. More details on live music, dance, theater, puppet shows, jugglers, and all kinds of performances will follow. Sinterklaas arrives by boat to the

A Gilded Age Christmas See the Mills family mansion decorated for A Gilded Age Christmas. Lavish holiday decorations, many decorated Christmas trees, and special programs. Please call for special hours. Sundays in December, 1 to 4pm: The Holiday Whodunit. Children ages 6 to 11 become detectives, questioning Gilded Age servants and guests (costumed interpreters) to solve a mystery. No extra charge, included with regular admission price (children must be accompanied by an adult). Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851;

will donate $2 to St. Joseph’s food pantry. Water Street Market, 10 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-2551403;

December 1-2 & 8-9

December 1

High Falls Holiday Tree Lighting 2012 Join us for this holiday classic featuring carols, hot soup, and a visit from Santa. Gather at 5:30pm and when Santa arrives, participants will light the tree and sing some carols. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Fire Department's toy drive. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow the event at the High Falls Community Church.

December 1, 12-3pm

One Warm Coat 5th Annual Fundraiser Coat Drive. Please bring your unwanted coats, hats, scarves, etc. to donate to Family of New Paltz. Bring your family and pets for a free photo with Santa. For each photo taken, WSM

to Route 28 West and right onto Zena Road. One mile to firehouse on left. 7 Zena Road, Kingston. 845-246-2203;


Festival of the Holidays Come for a variety of winterthemed activities, and lunch. If you would like to stay for dinner, the cost is $8 per person. Then enjoy a performance by The Bronx Opera from 7:30-10pm in the Castle, also free to the community. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. 845-985-2291;

December 1, 10am-6pm & December 2, 10am-5pm

13th Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration A juried sale of fiber arts by local artisans, filled with unique handmade home and fashion accessories. Ongoing demonstrations both days at the Woodstock Firehouse #4 in Zena. NYS Thruway exit 19

Wreath Fineries Swing into the holiday season with a ticket to the Wreath Fineries at the Wineries! Travel the trail and soak in the festive holiday atmosphere at each winery, while you sample award-winning wines and holiday recipes and take advantage of exclusive Wine Trail specials designed for this gift-giving season. Each participant receives a grapevine wreath, limited edition Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament, and a souvenir wine glass at each starting winery. At each subsequent winery, receive a unique holiday ornament to complete your collection. The two-day ticket is recommended; this will allow adequate time to experience each winery and soak in the festive atmosphere. 845-255-8456;

December 1

December 1, 9am-4:45pm

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December 2, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 12-4pm

Holiday HuntTwas the Night Before Christmas Get in the holiday spirit as you enjoy glittering decorations throughout the historic mansion, where each room features a different passage from the holiday classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Children and their families are invited to Locust Grove on Sunday afternoons for this holiday special. With your story in hand, collect the clues as you tour the mansion’s decorated rooms. Then join us at the visitor center for cookies, hot cider and readings and stories by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. Event fee: $8/children; $10/adults. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500;

December 7, 5-8pm

Uptown Holiday Open House Holiday Parade to begin the Uptown Kingston Open House. Strolling carolers, ice carvers, horsedrawn carriage rides, and Santa! Fireworks at 8pm. Wall, John, Fair and North Front streets, Kingston.

December 8, 2-4pm

December 8 & 15, 11am

Story Theatre Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Aesop come to vivid theatrical life in Paul Sills' innovative script, performed by The Center’s theater workshop company. Here you will meet again Henny Penny, the


Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, the Bremen Town Musicians, and other favorites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. The Saturday Morning Family Series is made possible by Stewart's Shops. Tickets: $7 for children, $9 for adults & seniors. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

Geocaching Hike (Free Community Event) Providing an introduction to geocaching, a pastime that uses GPS technology to participate in a kind of treasure hunt. Participants will learn how to use GPS receivers, then put the skills to the test by searching for hidden treasure. Reservations are required for this event. Please contact Heather Bowman at hbowman@frostvalley. org or call 845-985-2291 x397. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. 845-985-2291;

December 8, 12-9pm

Second Saturday Beacon Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites, and entertainment. Citywide celebration of arts, second Saturday monthly. City of Beacon, Main Street, Beacon. 845-546-6222;

December 8, 1pm

Yuletide Tea Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Cynthia Owen Philip, author of Wilderstein and the Suckleys, to be the featured speaker. Admission $30 per adult and $20 per child. Reservations are necessary, as seating is limited. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck. 845-8764818;

December 21-23, 8pm Friday; 3pm & 8pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday

A Christmas Carol The CENTER’s perennial favorite returns with a twist on Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring Scrooge, the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, an unusual ghost, and your favorite holiday carols! Our family invites you to bring your family to “Deck the Halls” this holiday season! Written, directed and produced by Lou Trapani for CENTERstage Productions. Tickets: $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080;

December 22, 11am

The Puppet People's "A Christmas Carol" Warm your hearts with Dickens’ classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not HUMBUG! The Puppet People’s spectacular show features beautiful marionettes, holiday music, and guaranteed smiles! Part of The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series, sponsored by Stewart's Shops. Tickets: $7 children; $9 for adults & seniors. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080;

Winter Sleepaway Camp Come spend five exciting, actionpacked days in the Catskills with new and old friends. Experience the magic of the BEST SUMMER CAMP in the WORLD with the option of a 4 or 5 night camp experience! Be sure to tell all your friends about this exciting opportunity. There will also be an all-star counselor line-up. Bring your photos, memories and smiles. Available to Kids Ages 7-15. Price starts at $380 plus bus fee. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. 845-985-2291;

December 28, 8pm

The Holly and the Ivy George Conrad accompanied by the masterful Joel Flowers on The CENTER's Steinway, returns in a special holiday concert of old (mostly) English Carols. George promises a spirited British evening but adds that there may be a few Continental surprises. Tickets: $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

December 29-30, 8pm Sat, 3pm Sun

Simple Gifts Classical guitarist David Temple returns, showcasing music of the Americas in celebration of the season of joy, hope and peace. David's arrangements will include the music of Aaron Copeland as well as original compositions.. A terrific gift for you and your loved ones! A CENTERstage presentation. Tickets: $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080;

December 31

New Year’s Eve at Terrapin Ring in the New Year with Terrapin! A Prix Fixe Dinner & Champagne Toast will be offered in Terrapin’s dining room, with early and late seatings. Terrapin Red Bistro will be open regular hours on a first come, first serve basis. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330;


December 27-January 1

Holiday Beer Dinner A favorite of Terrapin’s regulars year after year, the Holiday Beer Dinner returns! A perfect chance to take an evening and relax from the stress that comes with the holiday season, the Holiday Beer Dinner features a four course dinner of soul warming food, paired with festive local beers. Reservations are highly recommended. Terrapin Restaurant, 6426 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330;

December 18-20



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