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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Saturday, September 6 - Sunday, September 28
    Hudson River Valley Ramble
    Weekends in September; Annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. See the full schedule at hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

  • Wednesday, September 17
    Roswell Rudd, Mark Dresser Concert
    Renowned jazz trombonist and bassist. 7–9pm. Free. Phone: 845-758-7512. Url: http://bard.edu.

  • Thursday, September 18 - Sunday, September 21
    Falling
    This engaging play explores the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic young man. Semi-autobiographical, the play bravely asks "How do you love someone who is difficult to love?" Thu-Sat 8pm: $39, Sun 2pm: $34. Phone: 845-647-5511. Url: http://shadowlandtheatre.org.

  • Thursday, September 18
    Dutchess Heritage Talk
    Talk by Philip Otterness, author of Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York, followed by reception. $15 at door; kids under 16 free. $10 pre-order at dchistorical@verizon.net or 845 471-1630. Phone: 845-758-1920. Email: redhookhistory@gmail.com. Url: http://redhookhistory.com.

  • Friday, September 19
    Kingston's Buried Treasures
    Christopher Tappen - Kingston's Unsung Hero. Presented by Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack. 5:30pm. Free. Phone: 845-340-3055. Email: poneill@nycourts.gov.

  • Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21
    Grease
    Castaway Players Theatre Co. & in The CENTER stage this upbeat & beloved American musical. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, September 19
    Toddlers on the Trail
    Trees of the Shawangunks. 10am-noon. 1.5 miles at a toddler’s pace. $12, members free, children 12 & under free. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url: http://mohonkpreserve.org.

  • Friday, September 19
    Friends of Historic Rochester Annual Meeting
    7pm. Includes slide presentation by Neil Larson on his survey of the hamlet of Alligerville, important history and architecture. The survey is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Commission with potential for application for National Register status for a Historic District of Alligerville.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Vassar Bros. Diamond Gala
    At FDR Library and Museum. Starts at 6pm. For info call VBMC Foundation. Phone: 845-790-9360. Email: vbmcfdn@health-quest.org. Url: http://health-quest.org/VBMCFoundation.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Farmland Cycling Tour
    Pedal through rolling Dutchess & Columbia countryside. Water stations, fresh donuts, cider and apples. Bring bike, helmet, appropriate clothing & water. Bike techs on site. Riders under 18 require an adult. Ride is limited to first 300 cyclists who register. 9am for 45-mile riders; 9:30am for 25-mile riders; 10am for 10-mile riders. Free. Phone: 845-473-4440x273. Email: aconeski@scenichudson.org. Url: http://scenichudson.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Reception, The Spirit Within
    Reception for Kevin Conklin oil paintings & Graeme Leaf photographs. 5–7pm. Phone: 845-516-4435. Email: betsyjacaruso@gmail.com. Url: http://betsyjacarusoartist.com .

  • Saturday, September 20
    Country BBQ & Square Dance
    Fundraiser for Cornell Coop. programs. Come as you are or dress Western! Chicken BBQ starts 6pm; dancing 7pm. Adv. tickets $25/$15. Phone: 845-677-8223 x115. Email: cak97@cornell.edu. Url: http://ccedutchess.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Science on the River
    Nature talk & activities for general audience. 2–5pm; free. Phone: 845-889-4745x109. Email: jgherrin@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Url: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/HudsonRiver/.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Peterson Piano Demo Day
    Sign up for free 20-min piano lesson. Learn a calypso song! Refreshments! All ages; all day. Phone: 845-758-2225. Email: karenpeterson@frontiernet.net.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Hudson Valley Apple Festival
    Old style family fun with kids' games, face-painting, haybale maze, music and crafts, apple crate derby, chain saw carver, & more! Starts 9am; fireworks at 7:15pm. Organized by G'town Lions Club. Phone: 518-537-6687x301. Email: hudsonvalleyapplefestival@gmail.com. Url: http://hudsonvalleyapplefestival.com .

  • Saturday, September 20
    Sistema Side by Side Orchestra
    Young musicians from Massachusetts in concert honoring José Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the program from Venezuela that brings about social change through music. 3pm. Free: reservations req'd. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, September 20
    The Ten Thousand Things
    Five John Cage pieces composed from 1953 to 1946. Program presented by John Cage Trust. 8pm. $30. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Hardscrabble Day
    Annual all-day Red Hook Village festival. Vendors, flea market, food, and fabulous music at 6:30 by rock & roll Hall of Famer Gregg Rolie (presently on tour with Ringo Starr). Email: info@hardscrabbleday.org. Url: http://hardscrabbleday.org.

  • Saturday, September 20 - Sunday, September 21
    Charles Atlas, Filmmaker
    Screenings of work by the pioneer film/videomaker at. Hudson Opera House in partnership with Seond Ward & Luhring Augustine Gallery. Noon–5pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Turning 2012
    A 78-minute musical documentary featuring award-winning tour of the live multi-media performance concert by Antony and the Johnsons. $15/$12. 8pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

The Roots of Sinterklaas

by Jim Blackburn  

For casual visitors the annual Sinterklaas celebration centered in Rhinebeck may be a brief eruption of early holiday festivities, but for Jeanne Fleming and her volunteers preparing each year’s celebration is a year-round undertaking. Having attended the last two Sinterklaas celebrations (and having a good time), I was curious about the history of the event, how it is all put together, and what we can look forward to this year. Ms. Fleming was kind enough to explain many aspects of the festival. Her enthusiasm and passion for the community of Rhinebeck shine through the Sinterklaas celebration she has tirelessly helped Read more...

Iva's Accord Roots

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Iva Lawrence’s mind is as tidy and organized as the lovely home she and her late husband, Vincent, built. About to celebrate her 97th birthday, Iva speaks with authority about her wonderful neighbors and family. Many regularly drop by to chat or to inquire about this or that—local history, local news—how to make something, or just discuss the weather. But sometimes, as with Hurricane Irene (August 2011), they are there to ensure her safety. Read more...

New Englanders-on-Hudson

by Cynthia Owen Philip  

I have a confession to make. I am a somewhat unreconstructed New Englander. The Puritans drove my progenitors out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and into the wilderness of what would become Rhode Island. There they would stay generation after generation, including my own. Read more...

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The Food Truck Boom

by Barbara Jean Briskey  

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by Allie Cashel  

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Featured Community Businesses

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Cherry Hill Center 246 Main St, Suite 12, New Paltz
845-255-5180

Renovating or redecorating? Evelyn Bartin is well-versed in (and enjoys!) many decorating styles, from traditional to modern to contemporary rustic. EB's specialty is contemporary-eclectic, mixing unexpected elements that create rooms with singular personalities.

41 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-5646

Conservatory-trained pianist (Oberlin, B. Mus. Piano Performance) offers instruction at her Milan studio, ages 5 & up. FALL SPECIAL: four 30-minute lessons for $100. FREE 20-minute lessons on Demo Day (9/20), call ahead.

86 St. Paul Rd., Milan
845-758-2225

Our aim is to give you an authentic, integrated and transformative yoga experience. We welcome you to come just as you are and enjoy ongoing weekly classes. We offer: Yoga for Every Body, Vinyasa, Affordable $5 Community Class, Beyond Basics, Svaroopa, Tai Chi, as well as special workshops and teacher training. Find our schedule online or drop us an email.

403 Warren St., Hudson
518-828-1034

4200 sq. ft. multi dealer antique center. Antiques, primitives, vintage. 7 days. Surrounded by other interesting shops.

10 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-1403

Collaborative, strength-based psychological services. Services offered include family, couples, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy, women’s groups, and clinical supervision. Approved Supervisor, AAMFT.

6402 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
845-389-1861

Marty & Kathe Kraus invite you to contact us for EXCEPTIONAL travel service. Let us help you plan YOUR Dream Journey. We are American Express Travel Representatives and a full-service agency ready to provide your every vacation need. We’re not just cruises! Plan now for your holiday get-away.

845-489-5040

A 19th Century Victorian in a peaceful village setting with large lawn and mature trees. Located near the Mid-Hudson Bridge, Hudson Valley attractions and colleges (Vassar, Marist, New Paltz). Four guest rooms each with private bath, TV/VCR, AC and queen size beds. Rooms tastefully decorated and restored: Room with fireplace available. Breakfast served in dining room. On-line reservations.

34 North Road, Highland
845-834-3183

The Knitting Garage @ Stickle's, the new knitting boutique! Featuring yarns by: Blue Sky, Spud & Chloe, Madeline Tosh, Shuibui and more! At A.L. Stickle Variety Store: in the back through the red double doors!

13 East Market St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-3206

Since 1979, Sal's place has been a hub of good food and good cheer in our charming village. A real "neighborhood place" that welcomes everyone, and offers a menu to tempt every appetite. Eat in, or take out. Catering, too. Lunch 7 Days • Dinner Thur-Sat 5-10pm. Pub Menu Mon-Wed 'til 9pm. Mon-30 cent Wing Nite • Tues -Seasonal BBQ Thurs Dinner Buy 1st get 2nd Half Price. See website for Walkway discount coupon.

99 Vineyard Ave, Highland
845-691-2811

"Capturing the Heart of It". Imagine having the same photographer capture your wedding who got Joyce Carol Oates to glow, Ethan Hawke to calm down, Jay Z to smile and Bill Murray to fish in a swimming pool? Celebrity photographer Steffen Thalemann fell in love with weddings when helping a friend on the job one day. He has joyfully dedicated part of his career to this art ever since. Group shot or individual portrait, his passion for people allows him to truly connect on a human level, capturing the essence of every moment.

New Paltz
845-255-5787

Very private home decorated in the Shaker spirit of simplicity and grace. On 20 acres i apple country featuring pool, walking trail, gardens, beautiful views and sunsets. Meet our Scottish Highland cattle and chickens. Two suites, each with full private bath, AC, TV/DVD, fridge, seating and dining area. A delicious homemade breakfast is delivered to your suitel Close to New Paltz and all area attractions and activities. Check availability on website.

129 Patura Rd, Modena
845-883-7868 or 800-822-7868

Now celebrating over 1000 consignors! In an inviting and cozy atmosphere, we have hand-selected, name-brand clothing and accessories for women and children. You're sure to find that hidden treasure just for you.

133 Main St, Gardiner
845-255-0093

Family owned and operated in the heart of New Paltz. Imported meats & cheeses, catering, prepared foods, gourmet coffees, hot breakfast, specialty sandwiches, house-made bread & Gluten Free breads. Indoor & outdoor seating or DELIVERY.

164 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-1485

Got rot? Home improvements & repairs of all types, painting & staining. Historic restoration specialist. Furniture restoration. Serving the Hudson Valley since 1986. Fully insured.

Elizaville
845-756-2788

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