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Friday, May 31, 2013

Top Five on Friday: Ice Cream, Gelato, and Popsicles

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Gelato from Lazy Crazy Acres.
  • Andy Ryan
  • Gelato from Lazy Crazy Acres.

This weekend, the Hudson Valley will have its first summery heat wave, with temps reaching the high 80s. We feel it's an appropriate time, then, to report on our favorite ice cream joints in the region—from farm-to-stand creameries to artisanal, microbatch popsicle shops. Here are our top five picks for refreshing sweets to complement the heat:

1. Zora Dora
Zora Dora’s microbatch ice cream is the brainchild of Steven Astorino, a culinary school grad looking to create a distinctive quality product for other chefs to serve in their restaurants. It didn't take long for Zora Dora's to become a community favorite in Beacon, though. Specializing in small-batch, artisanal products, Zora Dora produces a wide-range of frozen desserts made with organic, local dairy and farm-fresh produce, including dairy-based gourmet popsicles and traditional Mexican paletas, or fruit-filled ice pops.

2. Artigiani del Gelato
In addition to their homemade, fine Italian gelato, this Rhinebeck shop also offers specialty products, like gelato shakes, macaroons, and "gelato burgers," which is exactly what it sounds like—scoops of gelato served on a roll. Gourmet flavors include amarena cherry, salted caramel, wasabi, and goat cheese and honey. Enjoy an espresso with your gelato sandwich, and call it a day well spent.

3. Go-Go Pops
Cold Spring's gourmet popsicle shop got its start when Lynn Miller, co-owner of the husband-and-wife-run-establishment, froze fresh grapes as a kid and ate them as mini-ice pops. Hence Go-Go's first flavor, Grapey-Grape—a pop with fresh green grapes suspended inside concord grape juice. Now, Go-Go features over 70 different recipes, with 20 or so available at their store (or local farmers' market) on a given day. Popular flavors include Green Faerie, a combination of avocado, kiwi, coconut water, and agave nectar; pumpkin pie; and a series called bubble tea, made with organic, fair-trade tea and fruit. All of Go-Go's products come in compostable packaging, and all of their fruit waste goes to local farmers.

4. Boice Brothers Dairy
The Boice family has been in the dairy business since 1914, and they make all of their dairy products on premise at their establishment in Kingston. Their hard- and soft-serve flavors rotate weekly, and they also offer fat- and lactose-free options, like Dole Whip. In addition to their ice cream stand—open year-round—they also supply fresh dairy products to local grocers. Stop in for a cone, sundae, or milkshake, or try one of their other dairy products, like homemade ice cream cakes, chocolate milk, or egg nog. You can't miss their spot on O'Neil street—just look for the big cow statue.

5. Holy Cow Ice Cream
The popular ice cream stand in Red Hook doesn't offer homemade products like the others that made this list, but its quality, affordability, and simplicity have made Holy Cow a local treasure. Offerings include hard and soft-serve ice cream, Razzles (Holy Cow's version of a McFlurry), egg creams, floats, malts, and milkshakes. Popular choices include their blueberry pie ice cream (vanilla with blueberries and bits of pie crust) and banana milkshakes. The cherry on top? They're open year-round.

Notable ice cream and gelato makers of the Hudson Valley
These places don't sell their products on premise, but it's well worth tracking them down at a local store or farmers' market:

Lazy Crazy Acres
A pint of Lazy Crazy Acres gelato begins with the milk—fresh daily from cows grazing on Catskill forage. The base mix combines milk with fresh egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla; never any corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors. The additional ingredients—honey cake, apple cobbler (from Karen’s grandma’s recipe), buttered rum sauce, sea-salted pecan brittle, and crushed oat praline, are made by hand (usually Karen’s) in the small commercial kitchen that shares space with the microcreamery in the Fairbairns’ 120-year-old heritage barn.

Jane's Ice Cream (available at Chronogam Kids & Family Fun Day this Sunday!)
The Rolls-Royce of Hudson Valley creameries, Jane's Homemade Ice Cream was inspired by a century of history, including a family chocolate syrup business at the turn of the century that sold to the soda fountains of Manhattan for egg creams. Check out their over 60 flavors of ice cream, including specialty flavors like Date Rosewater, Beet Dill, and Pomegranate Molasses, as well as their sorbets and frozen yogurts—all homemade.

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CPR and First Aid Certification at the Red Cross

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Red Cross office in Kingston

Last Sunday night I stood in the small foyer of Bearsville Theater after 8pm waiting online for my concert wristband with a dozen other latecomers. A middle-aged man standing right next to me suddenly collapsed to the floor. It happened so quickly. While a young man standing next to me sprung into action to help him, and another person called 911, I thought about the CPR/First Aid class I took two years ago. I was relieved when the patient regained consciousness on his own, and I could see him whispering something to the young man. The ambulance showed up within minutes, and I overheard the young man who helped him say that he was a volunteer EMT. I took a CPR/First Aid certification class two years ago, and I'm due for a refresher.

For ages, getting CPR certification had been on my to-do list, and in May 2011, I finally took the CPR Adult/Child First Aid Class at my local Red Cross chapter. (I took this class in Kingston, but the Red Cross has since moved, so I will have to either go to the Poughkeepsie location or find a local firehouse or contact the American Heart Association for CPR training classes.) The class started at 8:30am and ended at 5:30pm. It was a long day for me, as I'm not used to sitting at a desk for that amount of time anymore, and I haven't taken a test in 20 years.

Those who only signed up for the CPR Adult certification left at 1pm. There was a lunch break, and the class resumed around 2pm with Child/Infant CPR training, followed by First Aid. Diane was a great instructor. She gave our group of about 15 a lot of good examples from her years as a volunteer that helped me remember certain things. I found it very helpful to follow along with the DVD instructions during the training too. We paired up into "victim/responder" teams to practice different procedures like how to roll an unconscious patient face up or into recovery position.

Visit Ulster County Red Cross for more info on volunteering and classes. I was able to get a few good leads for CPR training classes by calling the Dutchess County Regional Chapter of the American Heart Association in Poughkeepsie at (845) 485-4703. Dale Seroff is a nurse and teaches American Heart Association CPR and first aid at Health Alliance, and also offers private classes. Her email is dsrff@aol.com.

Go get certified or re-certified! You never know when you might need it, and you do learn a lot in one day. From my own life in the past five years, I've been thrown into health emergencies at home in the middle of the night during a blizzard, on vacation in Florida, and most recently while waiting for concert tickets!

Vanessa Ahern is editor of Hudson Valley Good Stuff, a blog that covers where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rosendale's Dean Jones Releases New Record

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Dean Jones and friend.
  • Dean Jones and friend.

Back in February, I posted the fantastic news about the Okee Dokee Brothers’ Can You Canoe?, an album produced by Rosendale’s Dean Jones, winning a Grammy for Best Children’s Album of the Year. This month, Jones, one of the, er, deans of Hudson Valley indie music, released When the World Was New, his third solo album of cool kid-friendly sounds.

The disc was recorded at Jones’ straw bale-constructed No Parking Studio, where he also produced Can You Canoe?, as well as projects by the Deedle Deedle Dees, Recess Monkey, Elizabeth Mitchell (her Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie was also nominated for a 2013 Grammy), and his own band Dog on Fleas, a local kids’ music institution. When the World Was New boasts 12 new songs “loosely looking at the evolution of us silly humans” and features guest work by Gustafer Yellogold’s Morgan Taylor, Shamsi Ruhe, the Sweet Clementines’ Marianne Tasick, and others. Here’s a cute clip for the album’s “Snail Mail” (Dean, I’m jealous of that Hagstrom bass):

When the World Was New is available at local music shops and Dogonfleas.com. Dog on Fleas will play locally at Mountain Jam (June 9) and the Clearwater Festival (June 16).

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bread and Bottle in Red Hook: Light Gourmet Lunch and Wine

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Antipasti Plate at Bread and Bottle

The elegant wine bar and chalkboard menu at Bread & Bottle

My husband and I had a delicious light gourmet lunch at Bread and Bottle in Red Hook about a week ago. I heard great things about this new wine bar, so I was happy to have lunch there for the first time. It's a very airy, spacious, and sleek wine bar. The menu features mostly light fare including paninis, salads, bar snacks, and antipasti.

We shared a few items from the antipasti section (two veggies—hummus and curried cauliflower; two meats—wild boar pate and a mousse pate). We both ordered smoked salmon, goat cheese, and spinach panini sandwich for our entree.

I liked the presentation, and the charcuterie was very good quality. (I don't eat wild boar pate very often, but I enjoyed it.) The mustard was very intense—the kind of mustard that makes your eyes water, but you still want more! The smoked salmon had a softer texture than I'm used to, but it was delicious. The portions are on the small side, but the quality is excellent. I'd recommend the Bread and Bottle if you are looking for a place to have a quiet gourmet lunch and a glass of wine in Red Hook. Next time I go there, I will try one of their homemade pizzas.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hudson-via-Boston Band Releases Live DVD

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Human Sexual Response
  • Human Sexual Response

I was a high school freshman in 1980, when the big sister of one my classmates and fellow budding punks brought something wild back with her following her first year at Harvard: Fig. 14, the debut LP by Boston band Human Sexual Response. It was one of the weirdest records I’d heard at the time—fascinatingly creepy and unsettling to a 15-year-old, but also funny and pretty damn rocking. It had cool songs like the grinding “Dick and Jane,” the quirky “Jackie Onassis,” and the sleazy “What Does Sex Mean to Me?” I remember seeing the group perform soonafter on “Fridays,” a “Saturday Night Live” knockoff on ABC, and being struck by its novel set-up: a standard guitar/bass/drums trio behind a front line of not one but four vocalists—Casey Cameron, Larry Bangor, Dimi Lamot, and Windle Davis. The latter three have been Hudson residents for years, and on the heels of last year’s HSR reunion have released Unba Unba, a riveting DVD of a 1982 set at Boston club Streets.

A high-quality, 70-minute, professional multicamera job, Unba Unba takes its name from one of Fig. 14’s standouts (“Unba! Unba! Unba-leeevable!”) and includes vigorous romps through most of that album’s best tunes, as well as a suitably twisted version of the Balloon Farm’s psych-punk nugget “A Question of Temperature” and In a Roman Mood’s (1982) haunting “Land of the Glass Pinecones,” arguably HSR’s crowning achievement:

(This is the version from the Streets show, although it’s been cleaned up for the DVD, whose extras include a gallery of vintage gig fliers.)

Davis co-manages B&B the Inn at Hudson with Lamot, who in his drag persona, Musty Chiffon, hosts “KOOK,” a semi-regular DJ dance party. The next of those rollicking events takes place at the Half Moon in Hudson on June 14. For information on Unba Unba, visit Human Sexual Response of Facebook or e-mail mustychiffon@gmail.com.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Local UFO Documentary Featured at Hoboken International Film Festival

Posted By on Sun, May 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

One of Putnam Countys Stone Chambers
  • Courtesy abovetopsecret.com
  • One of Putnam County's Stone Chambers

In the Night Sky: I Recall a UFO is a locally filmed and produced documentary about UFO sightings in the Hudson Valley from the 1930s to the present. Directed and produced by Felix and Sarah Olivieri, a husband and wife team from Rifton, the film is a companion piece to a book by the same name by local author Linda Zimmerman, who also narrates the documentary.

The Hudson Valley is a hotbed for extraterrestrial interest. Over the past 75 years, the Hudson Valley has registered the third highest number of UFO reports in the country. Every year, Pine Bush hosts a UFO fair, and the small town is widely regarded as the UFO capital of the east coast. During the mid-1980s, there were countless reports of sightings in the area of a mysterious aircraft that came to be known as "The Westchester Boomerang".

In the Night Sky features dozens of witness testimonies, as well as a mock alien autopsy, an ultralight flight over the valley, a late-night stakeout, and an exploration of the Stone Chambers, a series of stone structures built into the hillsides of Putnam County whose origins are virtually unknown.

In the Night Sky, which premiered at the Rosendale Theater on February 5, won the People's Choice award at the 2013 International UFO Congress in Arizona. Now, it is an official selection of the Hoboken International Film Festival, which takes place May 31 to June 6 at Middletown's Paramount Theater. The film will screen at 10pm on June 4. Here's a trailer to whet your appetite:

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Farmers' Markets: Opening Weekend

Posted By on Sat, May 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Kingston Farmers Uptown Market opens this Saturday.
  • Courtesy Kingston Farmers' Market
  • Kingston Farmers' Uptown Market opens this Saturday.

Good news, Hudson Valley: this weekend is farmers' market weekend. Your moments of pining for fresh, local fruits and vegetables on a Sunday morning are over. Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of many area farmers' markets. The following open today, Saturday, May 25:

Millerton Farmers' Market hosts the opening day for its 7th season from 9am-1pm, and they'll have live music by Trio Candela, a chef demo with Tim Cocheo of No. 9 Restaurant, and live broadcasting by Robin Hood Radio.

The Kingston Farmers' Uptown Market celebrates its opening day with a vine-cutting ceremony at 10am, a plant giveaway by the Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and face painting by Sunny Bel from the Hudson Valley Smile Factory. The Kingston Farmers' Midtown Market celebrates its opening day on Tuesday, May 28.

The Saugerties Farmers Market starts its 12th season with special offerings, like exotic mushrooms, smoked fish, home baked pies, and cut flowers, as well as farmers' market staples, like local produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, and artisan bread. There will be a ribbon cutting with Senator Tkaczyk, a chef demo by James Tamayo from the Inn at Tamayo, live music by Passero, a children's art space project, and free soil testing by the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners.

The Pleasantville Farmers' Market opens for the season on May 25 for the first-ever summer market run by non-profit organization Foodchester. In addition to nearly 50 vendors, the market will also have 60 different events throughout the summer, including live music, kids’ activities, and sustainable programming.

Browse Chronogram's complete directory of farm markets and natural food stores in the Hudson Valley.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Top Five on Friday: Flea Markets

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Mowers Flea Market in Woodstock

It's the season of the curiously named flea market. The term, which was first introduced in Paris in the early 1920s with the colloquialism marché aux puces, stemmed from the idea that the secondhand goods being sold contained fleas. A different (perhaps even more disconcerting) understanding of the phrase is that we, the shoppers, are the fleas—wingless, bloodsucking insects that leap around, from table to table, feeding on warm-blooded animals (or in this analogy, vendors). In any case, flea market browsing is a classic Memorial Day weekend activity. Here are our top five picks for flea markets in the Hudson Valley for your holiday weekend. Bonne chance!

1. Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
The Stormville Flea Market started in 1970 with six tables and a handful of vendors. Now in its 42nd season, over 600 vendors offer merchandise, including antiques and collectables, arts and crafts, and jewelry and apparel. Six shows are held per year at the private, abandoned airport in Dutchess County—Memorial Day weekend being one of them. There will be food vendors as well as a kid’s area offering inflatable slides, bounce houses, and games for a nominal fee. Admission and parking are free.

2. Beacon Flea Market
Held every Sunday in one of the Hudson Valley’s most vibrant towns, the Beacon Flea Market features a wide array of vendors, with items ranging from furniture to vintage designer bags to retro cookware. Their website is updated every week with a sneak peak of the merchandise that will be available at the upcoming Sunday sale. As a way of supporting the local economy, the Beacon Flea doesn’t sell food on premise. Spend the day treasure hunting, then grab a beer at The Hop or tacos at Tito Santana Taqueria.

3. Mower’s Flea Market
Just one block from Woodstock’s Village Green (on Maple Lane right behind Bread Alone) is the outdoor weekend Mower’s Market, now in its 36th season. Shop for antiques and collectibles, crafts and jewelry, food and plants, home furnishings, and books by local authors. Vendors include Sharon London Vintage and Design and Paisley’s Country Gallery, specializing in baskets and ethnic textiles. The weekend market will be open on Memorial Day Monday, as well.

4. Rinaldi’s Flea Market
Located at 900 Dutchess Turnpike in Poughkeepsie, Rinaldi's market is run by local Bill Rinaldi, who has been in the auction and flea market industry for over 40 years. In addition to running his own auction firm and appraisal business, Rinaldi holds a flea market every Sunday from April to November, featuring furniture, tools, antiques, records, books, jewelry, and clothing.

5. Middletown Flea Market
If it's a rainy day, but you've still got an itch to shop, Middletown's flea market is indoors and open year-round every weekend. Located on Dolson Avenue, Middletown's is the Hudson Valley's largest Indoor flea market, with over 200 booths, a food court, snack vendors, and a kid's zone. They also sometimes host special events, like karaoke, petting zoos, and car shows.

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Living Eden in Red Hook: Boutique and Gluten-Free Market

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Living Eden boutique in Red Hook

Pendant for sale at Living Eden

I checked out a brand new store in Red Hook called Living Eden recently. The co-owners Bobbi Jo Forte and Bonnie Schweppe were both there, and their enthusiasm for the fair trade, made-in-the-USA, gourmet goodies they sell is contagious. (Watch out or you may end up buying a lot of cute stuff you didn't plan on buying!)

There are organic cotton shirts with foreign names with their meaning on them and gluten-free play-dough in their small kid's section. Tucked away in a side room is a gluten-free market, with shelves of super healthy gourmet gluten-free items. This beautiful locket with a local map got great buzz on the Hudson Valley Good Stuff page. It's a fun store for browsing and gift shopping. Stop in and check out Living Eden next time you're in Red Hook.

Visit Vanessa Ahern's Hudson Valley Good Stuff blog for more retail therapy suggestions, restaurant reviews, and things to do in the Hudson Valley.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Cello Retreats in Shokan

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Abby Newton
  • Abby Newton

Cellist Abby Newton has done much to re-introduce the instrument into traditional American folk and Celtic music. With Hudson Valley musicians Jay Ungar, Lyn Hardy, and John Cohen she formed the Putnam String County Band, which toured extensively and performed at major folk festivals; for a time she also served as editor of folk bible Sing Out!. Each summer Newton holds a series of special, immersive cello retreats for experienced and new students in Shokan.

Here, she performs some blazing sea chanteys with the group Ferintosh:

Each retreat is limited to eight students and promises “a cello-immersion experience,
with plenty of opportunities to hone skills playing by ear,…individual lessons, slow jams, a community ceilidh evening, home-cooked meals, and outdoor activities in the spectacular Catskill Mountains of New York.” The first session (June 27-30) is sold out, but openings remain for the second (July 25-28). A fiddle/cello weekend (August 1-4) features a weekend of jamming and master classes taught by Ferintosh fiddler Rosie Newton.

For more information, visit Abbynewton.com/retreat.

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