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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Local Health Experts in the Lyme Light

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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Hudson Valley-ites have been talking about the controversies over Lyme Disease for years. After all, we live in what is perhaps the Lyme-heaviest region in the nation, so many of us are familiar with the questions and ambiguities that swirl around this tick-bourne scourge. Antibiotics or alternative therapies? One bacterium or many? Acute or chronic?

This week the New Yorker enters the fray with Michael Specter's article "The Lyme Wars," which uncovers modern medicine's perplexity and general lack of consensus in the face of a fast-growing public health threat. The story gives voice to a couple of local experts: Richard Ostfeld, a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook; and Richard Horowitz, a physician at Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park. Ostfeld has studied the deer tick Ixodes scapularis for more a decade, while Horowitz, board certified in internal medicine, has a robust practice in treating Lyme patients with a holistic approach that's at odds with the conventional antibiotics-based therapies endorsed by the infectious Disease Society of America.

The article calls to mind former Chronogram health and wellness editor Lorrie Klosterman's extensive reporting on this subject in previous issues - and proves that everything she said five years ago is still relevant today. See "Twist of Lyme" for an exhaustive look at alternative therapies aimed to bring relief to the Lyme-plagued.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bard SummerScape 2013 Kicks Off July 5

Posted By on Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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  • Peter Aaron
  • Fisher Center for Performing Arts At Bard Colege

Bard SummerScape's 2013 season kicks off its summer-long schedule on July 5 with comic, singer, and writer Sandra Bernhard. Backed by a live rock band, Bernhard will perform a political satire cabaret and pop culture commentary in the style of the biting standup comedy that she's known for. The 11th annual summer-long festival will continue with explorations of Europe’s far-reaching impact on 20th-century culture, including midsummer nights of opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret, keyed to the theme of the 24th annual Bard Music Festival, Stravinsky and His World.

The music festival highlights will explore the life, work, and cultural milieu of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. From ballet to chamber works, sacred music to symphonies, the commemoration will examine Stravinsky’s long and influential career, along with many works by his contemporaries. To provide an appropriately multifaceted journey of Stravinsky’s world and legacy, SummerScape film festival will be broken into two overlapping parts: a retrospective of Russian émigré filmmaking and a series of films influenced by the composer’s work. Work by some Russian filmmakers living in early 20th-century Paris, Jean Cocteau, Jean Renoir, and Claude Chabrol, will be screened at the festival.

Early July performances include an array of evenings that will take place in Bard's Fisher Center for Performing Arts and authentic Belgian Spiegeltent. Choreographer Bill T. Jones and Bard's theater director Arnie Zane's “The Rite of Spring” celebrates the centennial of the ballet's debut revolutionizing performance by Stravinsky. Hungarian director János Szász's adaptation of The Master and Margarita, a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, stages the political satire of the Soviet state that combines elements of fantasy and romance in a mayhem-causing visit the Devil pays Moscow in the 1930s. Watch Sergey Taneyev’s rendition of Greek trilogy Oresteia—a tantalizing story about the cursed House of Atreus. Other performances include the Tony nominated Justin Vivian Bond in a musical presentation of a Miss America pageant. Activities to look for at the Spiegeltent, under velvet canopies and stained glass windows, include Bindlestiff Family Cirkus with Kinder Spiegel and midsummer dancing accompanied by house band, The Mayday Kingdom.

Click here for more information; look for Jay Blotcher's preview of the 2013 Bard SummerScape season in the July issue; and listen to our interview with Gideon Lester, director of Bard’s Theater and Performance Program and co-adapter of Bard SummerScape’s production of “The Master and Margarita.”

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Top Five on Friday: Fourth of July

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

A view of fireworks from the Walkway Over the Hudson.
  • A view of fireworks from the Walkway Over the Hudson.

That special midsummer weekend is approaching—school's out, the office is closed, and you've got a few days to enjoy summer in all its glory. No matter what you do on the Fourth of July, it's the perfect time to get outside—whether lounging by the river or plummeting through the sky with a view of the Hudson Valley in its awe-inspiring entirety. Here are our top five picks for celebrating America's birthday:

1. Fireworks
There's just nothing quite like watching multicolored, pom-pom-shaped explosions in the sky, and the Hudson Valley's got a number of opportunities to do it on the Fourth. The Walkway Over the Hudson offers some of the best views of the Hudson River and surrounding area. On Independence Day, these sights serve as the perfect backdrop for fireworks. Sit on your lawn chair or picnic blanket as you enjoy the show from 212 feet up. On the other side of the river, you can catch the Ulster County Fairgrounds fireworks. Park your car at the Shawangunk Ridge overlook on 44/55, just past the hairpin turn, for the best seat in the house.

2. Swim 'n' Camp
Try some local camping near one of the Hudson Valley's famed swimming spots, like Peekamoose Blue Hole. The swimming hole on the Rondout Creek gets its name because of the water's crystal-clear, cerulean hue. There's free camping along Peekamoose Road in three different areas (upper, middle, and lower fields). Lounge waterside all day, then cozy up by a campfire when night falls. For some neat DIY camping ideas, click here. For more info and directions to this summer oasis, click here.

3. Kayaking
During the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River was a very important transportation route. To celebrate the Fourth, relive the days of the historic waterway with a kayaking trip. Storm King Adventure Tours is offering a kayak tour out to Bannerman Island on the fourth, with a picnic and live music at the historic castle. You can also rent kayaks at A Day Away Kayak in Kingston or Mountain Tops Outfitters in Beacon to venture out on your own.

4. Three-Day Weekend
Wear your red, white, and blue all weekend for patriotic fun throughout Kingston during the city's Independence Day Celebration from July 4 to 6. In addition to the traditional waterfront fireworks display on the Fourth, performers like the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The Cagneys, and Mister Kick will play free sets and local restaurants offer special discounts.

5. Skydiving
While some people are looking up at the sky at fireworks, you can be falling through it. What better way to celebrate the day of our nation's freedom than with a free-fall over the Hudson Valley. At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, you can jump from 13,500 feet, and see the Shawangunk Ridge in true panoramic view. A videographer can even film your epic fall.

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Kid Around Consignment Shop in Saugerties

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Claire Raper, owner of KidAround Shop in Saugerties

Kid Around Shop in Saugerties is a consignment shop that opened in the Summer of 2010. They have really expanded since then. They sell used clothes, new and used toys, used strollers, bouncy seats, cribs, the entire line of Melissa & Doug, vintage baby clothes, and handmade bags from local Hudson Valley designers. Owner Claire Raper says, "Grandmas love us!" There is really something for every kid. I was excited to see that they even sell used VHS videos. The only place I find these are at yard sales or eBay.com. In the Fall, Kid Around will continue to offer story time, and will offer mommy and me classes as well.

Also, if you are pressed for time, just let Claire know what you need and she will gather up a few items for you to see (at no obligation). They also sell cute kids costumes. The best way to keep up to date with their happenings/events is to follow them on the Kid Around Facebook Page. To learn more about Kid Around Shop, including how to become a consignor, visit their website. You will also find out about cool events such as story time, mommy and me classes, and even a toy workshop. Zoe Rowan, also known as OwlieCat, a craftsman who wants to bring back handmade toys to the Hudson Valley, taught a toy workshop on Father's Day. Follow their Facebook page for more cool events for kids and parents.

Visit Hudson Valley Good Stuff for where to eat, play & recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lucky Tubb Returns to Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Lucky Tubb
  • Lucky Tubb

Lucky Tubb is about as real-deal honky tonk as it gets. Which is how it should be, since in his particular case the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree: The Texas-born singer’s great uncle was none other than country legend Ernest Tubb. With his twang-hungry band, the Modern Day Troubadors, the younger Tubb has been raising a righteous ruckus on the roots music scene these last few years. And no doubt he’ll be doing the same when he hits McAuley’s Tavern in Poughkeepsie on July 12.

Like the best country standards, Tubb’s tunes are tempered with tough, real-life experience: It was at age 17, while serving a five-year prison sentence, that the singer learned the guitar and began writing songs. Generations, his 2002 debut, is a heapin’ helpin’ of classic, high-energy, blues- and Western swing-infused gems, and it topped the True Country charts for three weeks.

Here, Lucky and band pick one out live on the air at Michigan radio station WYCE:

Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadors will perform at McAuley’s Tavern in Poughkeepsie on July 12 at 9pm. For ticket prices and information, call (845) 486-9483.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Escape: Pine Hill Lake Beach at Belleayre Mountain

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

The Beach at Belleayre Mountain in Pine Hill

Belleayre Beach at the lake at Pine Hill is one of my favorite places to take the kids on a warm summer day because even when it is very crowded, the ambiance still feels mellow. It's our little piece of paradise. There is something very timeless about it. I love looking out at the diving dock even though I haven't jumped off of it yet. It is the place where I'll bump into a mom I know. It is the ideal place to be when the temps reach 90 and above because it always feels breezy there. We went for our first family outing of 2013 on Saturday, June 8. As we were pulling in to the parking lot, I only saw a few people on the beach. I panicked thinking that maybe I got the opening weekend date wrong, but in fact, it was just not that crowded.

This season they started accepting credit cards at the snack bar, which I was pretty impressed with, and my cell phone worked there too. After your swim, you can have a picnic, barbecue, unwind on the playground, rent a paddle boat, and of course, there are many pretty photos to take! Park your car for $8.

Visit Hudson Valley Good Stuff more ideas on where to eat, play & recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Historic Rosendale Railroad Trestle Reopens as Walkway This Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Rosendale Trestle pre-restoration.
  • Greg Miller, courtesy OSI
  • The Rosendale Trestle pre-restoration.

History isn't something that exists merely in the past: it breathes, it lurches, it changes, it grows. This Saturday, Rosendale's 118-year-old railroad trestle will begin a new chapter of its story as it reopens to the public as a pedestrian walkway over Rondout Creek. The rail trail is a nearly continuous 24 miles, running from Gardiner to Kingston. Standing at 150 feet and spanning 940 feet across, it boasts views of the Shawangunk Ridge, Jopenbergh Mountain, and the Binnewater Hills.

The truss bridge was originally used to connect the railways of New Paltz and Kingston, but fell into disrepair in 1977. Since then, there have been a few other attempts to reappropriate the trestle. Of these was a businessman who bought the structure in the '90s, for just $1, with the intention to make it into a bungee-jumping platform. He was unsuccessful. Luckily, the Open Space Institute (OSI) and Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) were more persistent in their efforts to bring the trestle into use, and now locals can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Speakers from the OSI and WVLT, along with other sponsors and local dignitaries, will kick off the day at 11:30am. Once they cut the ribbon, the bridge is open for business. You can stick around and be one of the first to set foot on the walkway, or travel around the town for other festivities memorializing this historic event. From 12 to 3pm, there will be face painting, opportunities to tie-dye "Track the Trestle" shirts, music at Willow Kiln Park, and guided nature hikes up Joppenbergh Mountain. At 2:30pm, kids and adults can meet at the park to join the Rosendale Brass Band in a parade that will conclude the celebration.

The walkway will be open every day from dawn until dusk and is open to hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders. Though this Saturday marks the opening of the trestle, the 11.5 miles of railroad bed surrounding it remains part of OSI and WVLT's ongoing project. The organizations are moving forward with the design and development of this trail which will run under the bridge and alongside the river. Ultimately, their hope is to extend the trail 32 miles from the village of Walden up to Kingston.

Donations to the project can be made at Trackthetrestle.org or through the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. OSI has committed a 4:1 matching challenge grant for additional money raised for the Trestle’s grand opening.

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Set to Detonate in Albany

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

If you’ve never caught the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, you’ve been missing one of the best live bands of all time. An unrelenting, precision-blasting rock ’n’ roll machine whose shows kick out a manic manna of infectious grooves, howling, preacher-like testifying, and deafening, diamond-hard riffs caked with squalling noise. So take note, newbies and long-time JSBX fans in the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, and Western Massachusetts: The blistering trio is set to torch Valentine’s in Albany next month.

The “blues” in the band’s name is a bit of an ironic red herring—no fedoras or constipated Stevie Ray worship for these youngish white boys. Rather, the New York threesome of crazed vocalist/guitarist/thereminist Jon Spencer, pummeling drummer Russell Simins, and stoically simmering guitarist Judah Bauer (Cat Power) is the flagship act of the punk blues movement that took hold in the ’90s. Following the demise of his previous outfit, influential scuzz-rock quartet Pussy Galore, Spencer formed the Blues Explosion in 1990 with ex-Honeymoon Killers members Simins and Bauer. Constant touring and early albums like Extra Width and Orange cemented the group’s tough-as-nails status, and subsequent releases add further dashes of hip-hop and electronica to the mix. After a few years off, the band reemerged last year with the mighty Meat + Bone.

Get a load of the trio layin’ it down on “Late Night with David Letterman” in January:

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays Valentine’s in Albany on July 9 at 7pm. Bloodshot Bill opens. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit Valentinesalbany.com.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

A Music-Packed Saturday at Beacon Riverfest

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

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Nothing says summer like a waterfront concert—and if you're from southern Dutchess County, Beacon Riverfest is the place to be.

On June 29, Beacon Riverfest brings more musicians than ever to Riverfront Park. Twelve acts will perform on three stages from 12pm to 8pm, allowing concert goers to enjoy their favorite music in the hot sun of the afternoon all the way until the cool summer night.

Brooklyn's top Peruvian music combo, Chicha Libre, will pack Latin rhythms, surf, and psychedelic pop into one exciting set, and Beacon-based band the Costellos will add some local flare. Tracy Bonham and Friends, Mamie Minch and Her Business, Matuto, Hollis Brown, Higher Animals, the Erin Hobson Compact, Pontoon, Krewe De La Rue, Van Hayride, and Tiki Daddy will join them for a day filled with folk, indie, rock, and more.

There will be food from local vendors such as the Beacon Natural Market and Tito Santana Taqueria and crafts for kids.

Admission is free, so bring the whole family—and then some!

To find out more information about music festivals in the Hudson Valley, click here.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bike New York Hosts Fourth Annual Discover Hudson Valley Ride

Posted By on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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On Sunday, June 30, explore the Hudson Valley by cycling along winding countryside roads with Bike New York, producers of America’s largest cycling event, the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. The fourth annual Discover Hudson Valley Ride guides bikers north along the scenic Hudson River Valley for a non-competitive bike tour.

Bike New York promotes cycling through education and public events for individuals of all ages. The Discover Hudson Valley Ride offers five route options on winding roads and farmlands throughout Ulster, Dutchess, and Columbia Counties. Routes include 15, 33, 50, 75, and 100-mile options. This bike tour will be the first time that Discover Hudson Valley Ride participants will have the option to challenge themselves with a noncompetitive time trial in designated sections along the 30, 50, 75 and 100-mile routes. The time trial will begin at Gretna Hill Road and will continue for a distance of 1.4 miles.

Each route offers views of the Hudson Valley's scenic landscape as well as notable sites and landmarks, such as the historic Rhinebeck mansions. One memorable rest stop featured in the tour is the 1.28-mile long Walkway Over the Hudson, which provides expansive views of the river and mountains. All routes start and finish at Victor C. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie.

Bike New York will host a post-ride festival open to the public at Dutchess County Community College with refreshments and live music. Each registered rider gets a free souvenir T-shirt.

For more information please visit Bike New York's website.

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