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Monday, September 30, 2013

Bank Square Coffee House in Beacon

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Bank Square Coffeehouse

We stopped at Bank Square Coffee House in Beacon for a cup of coffee and tea before the ride home on a recent day trip. It must be great to just park yourself here with a big cup of java and a laptop for a few hours. I like the high ceilings and relaxed vibe here. Everyone was very friendly here and the coffee hit the spot. We sat at a table outdoors with the kids. Bank Square Coffee House in Beacon is a fun place to people watch or get work done. Follow their Facebook to keep up with their live music events.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Towne Crier Re-opens in Beacon

Posted By on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The new Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon.
  • The new Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon.

While the grand re-opening of the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon doesn't happen until next weekend—The Slambovians on Friday, October 4 (already sold out!) and Battlefield Band on Saturday, October 5—the cafe is using this week for a soft opening to get the kinks out with some free shows. Tonight, TriBeCaStan, one of contemporary music's most musically diverse bands, goes on at 7:30pm. See the rest of the event sked ref="">here.

The kitchen is open seven nights a week, featuring dishes made from farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients by new executive chef, James Kane. Some examples: arugula and watermelon salad; rigatoni with broccoli rabe and sausage; Middle Eastern salad with tomatoes, cuccumber, red onion, pine nuts, and parsley. And don't forget Mary Ciganer's legendary desserts.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Adie Russell Artist's Talk at Dorsky Museum

Posted By on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Untitled (from the series "The Reveal"), Adie Russell, 2012, flashe and ink on vintage film still, 9 x 12 1/8 inches.
  • Untitled (from the series "The Reveal"), Adie Russell, 2012, flashe and ink on vintage film still, 9 x 12 1/8 inches.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz hosts an informal artists' talk featuring artists from the "Screen Play" exhibit, including Diann Bauer, Steve Rossi, and Adie Russell. Russell's Oui Oui, Non Non appeared on the cover of our June 2011 issue.

In "Screen Play" exhibit, curated by Daniel Belasco, 15 artists respond to or use screens as a material, process, or metaphor. Screens as varied as textiles, painted canvases, projected images, and digital monitors serve as poetic and practical means to translate pictures from one realm to another. The show continues through November 10 at the Dorsky.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Adventure Date: Big Bear Ziplines in Hyde Park

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sipping away at Big Bear Ziplines for the first time!

The 2nd Fire Truck Ladder leads to the Grand Finale--Zipline #8

Last Sunday my husband Tom and I went on a Canopy Tour at Big Bear Ziplines in Hyde Park for the first time. We booked ourselves on the 2pm tour, and arrived there very early around 1pm. (You must get there 30 minutes prior to your tour to receive the safety demo otherwise you must pay a $20 fee and have to reschedule). The Big Bear Ziplines Office is right on 9G North as you drive through Hyde Park so it is easy to get to. (If you are coming from the NYC, they will even pick you up from the Poughkeepsie train station). After we checked-in, and the zip pilots helped us put the gear on and showed us a safety demo, we hopped into the shuttle van that took us to the 50-acre zipline course. (It was about 10 minute ride). I have a bit of fear of heights, but I was most nervous about climbing the 2 fire-truck ladder.

Tours are limited to 8 people, but we had a group of 6. Tom and I were joined by two young women from NYC, and a couple from Pearl River. When we got there we went on a short, but steep hike for 10 minutes to our first Zip. We were about 10 feet above the ground, but it was tough stepping off the platform. It’s the whole fear of falling phobia, and here you are virtually falling on purpose! I got stuck in the moment right before jumping off. Then I heard one of the NYC girls say,”It’s okay. You got this!” The instant camaraderie in the group of 6 helped me during the tour. To get to the second zipline, we had to climb up a fire-truck ladder, but since we were hooked up to a rope the whole time, I wasn’t nervous about falling. It’s a good leg workout though! I really had to catch my breath when I got up to the platform.

I couldn’t help but shriek every single time I zipped though! I zipped over to the other side, and Mike, the zip pilot caught me, and set me up for zipline #3 , which was connected to Zipline #4. The canopy tour includes 2 Tarzan descents to the ground when you have to walk on the ground to the next zipline. Again, you are always attached to the rope, gear, and everything is done with great safety! The Zip Pilots, Mike and Bre were very patient, professional, supportive, and had a great sense of humor. There are 8 Ziplines on this tour, and the last one, we called the Grand Finale was my favorite. By the end, I was feeling comfortable in the air, even though I couldn’t master the handle twist you need to make if you want to straighten yourself out when you are spinning. The last Zipline is a quarter mile long, and 60 feet above ground. It’s really the most exhilarating feeling to fly through a valley like that. You know when you have those dreams when you can just remove yourself from a bad situation by flying away? That’s what it felt like! We were all superheroes for the 2 hours. (A group of 8 would typically take 3 hours).

We hopped back into the van, and returned to the Big Bear Ziplines Office where we got to dip our hands with Crayola paint and stamp our handprint on the Survivor wall. We were all giddy by this time! I told the group to check Hudson Valley Good Stuff for a blog post about the experience and Joe, from our group said, “Oh, that’s you? That’s how I heard about Big Bear Ziplines!” Well, that made my day! Check the Big Bear Ziplines website for more info. Tickets for the tour are $99, which does not include the gratuity for your awesome instructors. I will post more photos on the Hudson Valley Good Stuff Facebook Page.

HVGS Tips:

If it’s your first time, you will probably be anxious. Try to relax, let the instructors guide you through each step. Don’t rush the process because you are silently freaking out!

There are no restrooms along the course so make sure use the restroom at the Big Bear Office before you put your gear on.

There is a water a stop on the course so don’t worry about lugging a big bottle of water. Besides there are no restrooms.

Bring an energy bar and put it in your pocket. Wear a sweater with zipped pockets if you want to take a small camera or smartphone along.

You must be between 80-250 pounds to go on this tour. Everyone gets weighed at check-in. The numbers on the scale are blacked out though so your actual weight stays private as long as you are within the requirements.

For the really adventurous, Big Bear Zip Lines has Zombie Tours at night in time for Halloween season.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

No Wave Art Show Hits Woodstock

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM


A select swath of readers may know that I’ve been lucky enough to play in the Chrome Cranks with the god-like drummer Bob Bert on and off for the past 20 years. I’ve actually known Bob for nearly 30 years; we first met in 1986 when he was in Pussy Galore, the band he joined not long after he left Sonic Youth. But not enough folks know that Bob’s talents also extend to the visual arts (a painter and silk screener, he once worked for Andy Warhol’s Factory). Hopefully, though, the inclusion of several of his pieces in “No Wave Heroes,” a group artists show that opens at Woodstock’s Ai Earthling Gallery with a reception this week, will change that.

Also featured in “No Wave Heroes” are works by Contortions/Bush Tetras guitarist Pat Place and writer and Mudd Club doorman Richard Boch, as well as a screening of underground filmmaker Tommy Turner’s new opus, The Black Knights of Skillman , and a trailer for Where Evil Dwells, Turner’s collaboration with the late David Wojnarowicz.

Here’s some hot footage of Bob Bert performing with Lydia Lunch’s Retrovirus, a band that’s set to pay its second visit to Europe starting in November:


“No Wave Heroes” is on view at Ai Earthling Gallery at Ye Olde Hippie Shoppe of Woodstock through November 24. Opening receptions take place on October 4 and 5 from 4pm to 7pm. For more information, call (845) 679-2650 or visit http://www.aiearthling.net/.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Scrumptious Lunch at Homespun Foods in Beacon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Kids Cheese Panini at Homespun Foods

Beet Apple Curry salad at Homespun Foods

The lovely garden patio at Homespun

On a recent Saturday we took the family on a short day-trip to Beacon. It was my first time in Beacon. When I polled my Facebook readers the night before, a few people recommended Homespun Foods for brunch, and also a stop at Dora Zora Ice Cream & Palateria, popsicle boutique. We went for a long walk along Main Street, but didn’t walk the entire block because we were hungry. Beacon is a very friendly town with art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and coffee shops. We’ll come back one day when we have more time, and make a late breakfast or lunch date out of it.

I got the warm and fuzzy feeling as soon as I stepped into Homespun Foods. The entrance has a kitschy 1950s kitchen decor. We sat at a table in the garden patio since the kids like to eat outdoors. The patio has a backyard Brooklyn feel to it. You order your food at the counter, and the server brings it out to you. Tom had the avocado and shrimp salad sandwich special. The kids loved the Mexican chicken soup, and the kids cheese panini. I was very happy with my curried beet, and apple walnut, goat cheese salad.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sonny Rollins Documentary Screens in Woodstock

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sonny Rollins

It’s been over two years, but I’m still reeling from interviewing Sonny Rollins for our August 2011 issue. A Germantown resident for many years, the jazz legend relocated to Woodstock not too long ago. Fittingly, to kick off this month’s Woodstock Film Festival, the saxophonist’s new hometown will host the October 2 East Coast premiere of Dick Fontaine’s feature documentary Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the subject himself and a performance by the J.D. Allen Trio.

Rollins is the only remaining jazz icon who played with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane during the glory years of bebop and hard bop. Nominated for a Grierson Award in the UK, Beyond the Notes celebrates this octogenarian who still plays to sold-out concerts worldwide. Rollins has received a myriad of awards for excellence around the world, culminating in the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Award he received from President Obama in 2011.

Here’s a trailer for the film:


Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes will screen at the Woodstock Playhouse on October 2 at 8pm. Tickets are $35 and $50. For more information, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

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Scenes from the Woodstock Comedy Festival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

  • Bobcat
Dick Cavett and Bobcat Goldthwait discussing their therapists:

"My psychiatrist once told me that I was most defended person he had ever met," Dick said, wonderingly.

"I told my therapist that basically I hate myself, and he started to laugh hysterically," Bobcat recalled. "I said, 'At least one of us is getting better!'"

I was sure no one would attend this festival — because Woodstock is a town without a sense of humor — but I was absolutely wrong. The Playhouse was almost filled the first night, and the Bearsville Theatre was standing room only the second. And the audience actually laughed, especially when the comedians insulted Woodstock!

Bobcat: "You know, I've been on in movies, on television. I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to play a barn..." [He meant the Bearsville Theatre.]

Scott Rogowsky: "If you can make it in Woodstock, you can make it in Saugerties!"

Bobcat: "What kind of name is Pegasus Shoes? That doesn't even make sense! Unless they sell horseshoes..."

Mario Cantone performs a style of humor that is almost extinct: "singing comedy." He does a wonderful impression of the Bob Dylan Christmas album. "There's beautiful music, flutes, harps, angels singing — and then Dylan comes on," Mario explains, perfectly evoking the aged rasp of the cigarette-smoking Bard croaking:

"Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus
Right down Santa Claus Lane.."

In Woodstock, this is the ultimate taboo — to criticize Bob Dylan. For this reason, it was extraordinarily funny. Also notable was Mario's re-creation of a TV special featuring Tina Turner, Cher, and Kate Smith. He stood stock still, as the Teutonic Smith, intoning: "We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band..."

Dick Cavett: "Everybody loved Jack Benny. He was the kindest, most patient man, and certainly a genius. Once I was in an elevator with him after a show — it was supposed to be a celebrities-only elevator — but two of the audience members somehow stumbled on. They recognized Benny and asked him, 'Do you really play the violin?' 'Are you really cheap?' The comedian nodded and smiled. After the fans left, I remarked: 'Mr. Benny, that must get tiresome after a while?' Jack smiled and said, 'Sometimes you just want to tell them to go fuck themselves.'"

As I was leaving on Saturday night, I ran into a young, curly-haired fellow in a plaid suit jacket. "How did you like the show?" I asked.

"It was quite good," he replied.

"Have you seen Mario Cantone before?" I persisted.

"No, not really," he answered.

"You're English!" I realized, from his accent.

"Yes, yes, I live in London."

"Do you have a house around here?"

"No, I don't."

"You came all the way from England for the Woodstock Comedy Festival?"

"Why not?" the youth replied.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Indoor Cycling Class: SlimCycle class at IXL Health & Fitness in Rhinebeck & Saugerties

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Jenna Seeleys before and after photos speak for themselves

I like group fitness classes, but I don’t like a whole lot of jumping around. I was looking for a fun way to get back into an exercise routine. I found out about SlimCycle, a 6-week indoor cycling class at IXL Health and Fitness that is geared towards weight loss. Jenna Seeley, the marketing director at IXL created SlimCycle, and invited me to come check it out.

SlimCycle is 6-week class that includes 2 SlimCycle indoor cycling classes a week. Jenna Seeley, teaches 4 SlimCycle classes weekly, in addition to regular indoor cycling classes at IXL Health and Fitness. You choose which 2 SlimCycle classes work for you on that particular week. After my 1st class, I felt tired, but I knew it was going to be do-able. The class runs 45 minutes, and it is a total body work-out. We do hills, race downhill, race uphill, and uphill sprints. (I’ve learned to enjoy the times Jenna shouts “Your legs should feel like they are peddling through wet cement now!”) Jenna has great playlists. Her songs include a good combination of current hits, 80s music, 90s music, a little Jay-Z, classic rock, and a little Pink Floyd. It keeps things interesting. She also coaches you through the class, motivating you to focus on your goals. By Week 3, I was getting a better handle on the rhythm of the classes, and feeling less winded during the class. I looked forward to getting on the bike. During Week 3 Jenna added arm reps with light weights at the end of class. She also ads push-ups to certain songs. (I hate push-ups, but these exercises have helped me trim my arms). We did about 300 push ups on the bike in our last class!

Getting measured is optional, but I went for it. (You get measured on Week 4 & at the end of Week 6) On Day 1 Jenna measured my neck, thighs, hips, chest, waist, and arms. I was a bit skeptical. Come on, I’m going to lose inches in my neck? Really? She measured me again Week 4. I had lost 2.5 inches in my neck, and 1.5 inches in my right thigh, and 1.5 inches in my chest. At the end of Week 6, my weight has remained the same, but I lost more inches, a total of 10 inches total. I notice it most in my face and top half of my body. My clothes are feeling looser. I didn’t alter my diet too much, and I didn’t do any other form of exercise during the week. The next SlimCycle class starts today, September 23rd. It has has been a fun experience, and I’m looking forward to more indoor cycling with Slimcycle.

Whether you are looking to lose 10-15 pounds or 100 pounds, this class can help you. In my class there were mostly women of all ages and sizes Sara Ramsey has taken 2 sessions of SlimCycle, and has lost a total of 30 pounds so far. “From the start of the first session to the end of the second session, I lost just under 20 inches between my neck, arms, chest, hips, waist and thighs. The combination of Jenna’s positive attitude and energy, the music choices, and the diversity of the workouts are what keep my coming back for more. I can’t say enough how motivating Jenna is. She is always encouraging me to get out of my own way and push through barriers. The one thing I want people to know is that they can do this! The classes will challenge your mind and body in a way you never thought possible. Just when you can’t go on, listen for Jenna’s encouraging words to push you forward. You’re not alone! SlimCycle has an amazing group of women and men that commit themselves to under 2 hours each week of cycling and hard work. Even if you do just 2 classes, you will see results!” says Ramsey. I know have! For more information on SlimCycle, check out their Facebook page or call IXL Health and Fitness directly. Cost is $69 for IXL members and $79 for non-members.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Michael Asbill's "Raft": From Trash to Treasure

Posted By on Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM


One man's trash is another man's treasure, or so the saying goes; and in certain cases, one man's treasure-trash becomes another man's inspiration. While walking along the Hudson River, New York installation artist Michael Asbill witnessed the homes of many fisherman crafted from the abundance of flood debris found on the banks of the water. During his experience, he conceived an artistic revelation that began his newest project "Raft."

Featured in SUNY Ulster's Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, the exhibition merges deconstructive and reconstructive techniques, creating a unified mishmosh of rubbish, from metal and wood to plastic and cloth. The ending result? An impractical raft-like vessel that evokes visions of shipwreck and decomposition. A clothe mast stands amidst the chaos, strangled in rope as broken and uneven panels of wood extend along the raft's bottom. Beneath the panels, plastic bottles and containers lay trapped. Larger wood panels and scraps of metal and plastic encase the broken vessel, evolving the immovable raft into a decaying ship. A wave made of construction waste holds the piece, adhering it to the confines of the museum. Through his work, Asbill applies emotional intensity and beauty to the grim nature of waste and pollution.

A master of Fine Arts, Asbill has taken on the Hudson Valley art scene by storm. Over his many years of experience, he has maintained relevance in his field, featuring exhibitions since 1987. His recent works include “The Cloud,” an installation compiled of rectangular photographs and interactive computers asymmetrically situated upon a wall of sky and clouds located in New Paltz, “How Much? How Little? The Space to Create,” a collaborative effort with Habitat for Artists for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 5x5 Temporary Public Art Project in Washington, DC, and “Elevations In Transition” a permanent piece for Oregon City Elevator in Portland, OR.

Asbill's exhibit at SUNY Ulster's Muroff Kotler Visual Gallery will be open on weekdays from 11am to 3pm until September 27. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (845) 687-5113.


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