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Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Last Waltz LIVE" Takes Great Barrington Stage

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The Last Waltz LIVE
  • The Last Waltz LIVE

In our September 2008 issue I profiled musician and producer Todd Mack. In the piece I focused on FODfest, the annual human rights-awareness-raising charity concert event Mack organizes in the name of his late friend and fellow musician, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (FOD stands for Friends of Daniel). On November 10, the compassionate Mack is presenting another benevolent affair, “The Last Waltz LIVE,” which will take place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Starring the Rev Tor Band and an all-star lineup of local musicians, “The Last Waltz LIVE” recreates the music of The Band’s 1978 concert film, The Last Waltz. Proceeds raised by this particular engagement will be used to produce more FODfest concerts and fund area school programs.

This clip from a 2013 “The Last Waltz LIVE” performance has the Rev Tor Band and Robby Baier playing Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and “Baby Let Me Follow You Down”:


The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will host “The Last Waltz LIVE” on November 10 at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.powderfingerpromo.com/.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fat Bikes arrive in Woodstock at Overlook Mountain Bikes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Billy Denter, owner of Overlook Mountain Bike and a Surly fat bike

I stopped by Overlook Mountain Bikes last week, and owner Billy Denter was very excited about his new inventory of fat bikes. In case you are wondering what a fat bike is, it’s a bike especially designed with fat tires that you can ride in the snow. (Billy says you can even ride it in the sand!)

Last year the store sold several fat bikes, but this year he has more inventory as demand is greater. Snow biking is becoming more popular. The store has Surly and Kona brands for sale. Yes, next time we get a good snowstorm, the morning after you can go out for an invigorating fat bike ride! This year Overlook Mountain Bikes in Woodstock will be renting fat bikes during the winter. (You can also rent snowshoes from them). Billy invited me to check out a snow bike rental this winter. I will report back to you when I do. It looks like a heavy bike to ride, but I’ll make it! Now all the Hudson Valley needs is a bit of snow, right? Well, not right away, but I hope we do get a real winter this year.

Follow Vanessa Ahern's blog Hudson Valley Good Stuff for where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Daryl Hall Moves "House" to Pawling

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Daryl Hall
  • Daryl Hall

Although he originally hails from Philadelphia, the city whose smooth soul sound influenced his hit music with Hall and Oates, singer Daryl Hall has kept a home in the Hudson Valley region for many years. In fact, in August he sold his place in Millerton, the site of his popular music-performance TV show, “Live from Daryl’s House.” But instead of moving the program to his new digs, in nearby Sherman, Connecticut, Hall is leasing the Pawling building that once housed the Towne Crier nightclub and plans to start shooting the show there; he’s even having the venue remodeled to look like his old home. (The Towne Crier opened its new location in Beacon last month.)

Hall has another connection to our area. In 1969, before he hit it big with Hall and Oates, he made one album for Elektra Records with Philly rock band Gulliver, which also included future Woodstock singer-songwriter Tim Moore. Here’s a “Daryl’s House” performance featuring another Philadelphian (and erstwhile Moore collaborator) with local ties, Todd Rundgren:


For more info on “Live from Daryl’s House,” visit http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Columbia Costumes: Halloween costumes for everyone

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Masks at Columbia Costumes


Instead of waiting until Halloween Eve to buy Halloween costumes, I went to Columbia Costumes in uptown Kingston today to see what they had. I left with something for everyone in my family. It was my first time inside Columbia Costumes. It looks small from the outisde, but it is a big store with a wide selection of costumes. As soon as my husband and I walked in, somebody asked us what we were looking for. We were told to go upstairs for children's costumes. The first floor has theatre make-up, costumes, and wigs. Upstairs you'll find aisles of costumes for toddlers, kids, teens, and grown-ups.

My husband Tom didn't want an entire costume, but found a cool serpent hat. It was $30, but it looks like it will last a a few years at least. I got a cute masquerade feather mask, and found 2 cute accessories I needed for the kids. I noticed the wide selection of costume wigs and regular wigs as I was leaving. I found out that women who are undergoing chemo come here for wigs, and can try them on in their private dressing room.

Halloween is their busiest time of year, but Columbia Costumes is open-year round for your costume/party/wig needs. They also have all kinds of costume rentals too! Go check them out!

Follow Vanessa Ahern's blog Hudson Valley Good Stuff for where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Local Halloween Events for the Family

Posted By on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The headless horseman rides again this year, with frights for the whole family.
  • The headless horseman rides again this year, with frights for the whole family.

All Hallow's Eve, a day once known as "Hallowed Evening" or "Holy Evening," has departed far from its original intent of celebrating the Saints and praying for departed souls who have yet to ascend to heaven. Instead, Western culture has molded this Christian tradition into a day of light-hearted and spooky activities. American culture specifically has become a feeding ground for this macabre sensitivity, birthing Edgar Allan Poe's twisted tales of horror and misery, as well as Washington Irving's infamous legend of a beheaded man riding upon a black horse. For the Hudson Valley, Halloween rises from its grave each year with intense celebration and fosters activities the entire family can enjoy.

This season, start your Halloween festivities a bit early with man's best friend. On Saturday, October 26, dress your dog up in his best canine costume and march through Rhinebeck with Pause Dog Boutique. From decorated collars and bandanas to outrageous outfits and attire, all doggie costumes will be warranted. Prizes for best canine costume, cutest costume, scariest costume, and most creative costume will be awarded to select guests. Dressing up is encouraged for all guests, not just for the pups, and a prize for best group themed costume will also be up for grabs. After winners are announced, subsequent activities will commence. Owners can learn of their dog's characters and destinies as Madame Crystal Bones will perform paw readings. Rubber duckies adopted by guests and decorated in style will float down a manmade stream with a prize rewarded to the winner of the race. Dogs, both small and large, can refresh themselves in a pail of water as they "bob for apples." And, other than a Howl'oween photo (Boo!)th, a Jenga-styled dog treat stacking contest will determine who can build the tallest tower in under 30 seconds. Proceeds received from all events will be used to purchase and distribute dog food for local shelters.

Although adorable and intoxicating, dog's don't have to steal all of the Halloween fun. Families can become bewitched in the wonder of sculpture found at the Omi International Arts Center on Saturday, October 26 as they create their own artwork and participate in trick-or-treating. The Fields, an outdoor installment of nearly 80 works of art extending over 120+ acres, wetlands, and woodland. Guests can arrive in their favorite costumes and craft their own treat bags that will accompany them while trick-or-treating. Fall refreshments will be present, including cookies, popcorn, apples, and cider.

Immediately after leaving Omi, families can travel to Rhinebeck and hear the spooky tales of children's stories at Oblong Books & Music during October's installment of League of Extraordinary Readers: Spooky Tales for Halloween. This monthly event features children's book authors reading and signing copies of their original texts. In this chapter, A.J. Paquette will capture her young readership with excerpts from Rules of Ghosting, the tale of 12-year-old Dahlia who has spent 50 years at Silverton Manor as its resident ghost. This 2005 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Award honoree received the 2008 SCBWI's Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award for her book Nowhere Girl. Eisner-nominated cartoonist and author of popular middle school graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table Frank Cammuso will accompany Paquette. His book The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. Book 1: Spelling Trouble tells of Salem Hyde, a witch who keeps a feline companion named Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. And lastly, Greg Ruth, who has written and drawn for Dark Horse Comics, DC/Vertigo, and a collaborative text with Barack Obama titled Our Ending Spirit, will present his Scholastic graphic novel The Lost Boys, the tale of Nate and Tabitha who partner together to solve the mystery of a boy who went missing many years ago.

The following day, the Storm King Arts Center in New Windsor will host the timeless treat of pumpkin carving and face painting. Surrounded by fascinating installment art, families can carve pumpkins in the likeness of all the sculptures they see, while later transforming into animals indigenous to the Hudson Valley. Provided by Newburgh's location of Adam's Fairacre Farms, pumpkins will present at the event, waiting for disembowelment. Refreshments, including pumpkin spice squares and Valhrona hot cocoa, will be available at the Storm King Café.

However, if you cannot attend Storm King, do not fret, pumpkin carving is in no short supply. The Bakery in New Paltz will host Night of 100 Pumpkins on the eve of All Hallows Eve. The 23rd annual pumpkin carving and painting contest will feature pumpkin bread, cocoa, and hot cider, as well as several prizes for winning pumpkins. Guests can then travel to The Baker on Halloween night and see their jack-o-lanters lit up on display for the city.

And, of course, us north easterners must not forget about the hay rides, corn mazes, and haunted mansions indicative of our region. Halloween would not be the same without the heavy beating that accompanies the fright and terror these attractions permit. This year, Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion in Wappingers Falls celebrates 37 years of fears. This interactive fright fest takes its guests through the streets of London after midnight, bringing to life many demented characters, including Jack the Ripper, Mr. Hyde, and Sweeny Todd. On November 1 and 2, Kevin McCurdy's features an exclusive zombie laser tag hunt. Ulster County residents can venture to The Barn of Terror in Lake Katrine. Behind the walls of this seemingly harmless barn lurk stark hallways and eight haunted rooms of terror. Adjacent to The Barn and down the hill stands a sea of corn stalks crawling with nightmarish creatures awaiting their next victims. Lastly, located in Ulster park sits the world-renowned Headless Horseman. Known for its innumerable awards and high tech terror, this Hudson Valley hotspot features six haunted houses, one hayride, one corn maze, and one walk-thru experience. Each event highlights its own narrative that propels audiences through the horror-havocked experience.

Whether dressing your pooch up as a dragon, carving a toothless smile into autumn's favorite vegetable, or flailing your arms while running for your life in a corn maze, you will never fine a shortage of Halloween-oriented activities in the Hudson Valley. Make sure to sport your kookiest costume and venture into the blood-curdling fright that fall has in store.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Yanni's Greek Food in New Paltz

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Yanni's is a great lunch spot on Main Street in New Paltz. Once in a while I get a craving for Greek food. I went to Greece on vacation once, and I lived in Astoria, Queens for 10 years so I know good Greek food. Yanni's in New Paltz has it! I first tasted taramosalata at Opa's in Astoria, Queens, and the taramosalata in Yanni's reminded me of my Astoria days.

For the entree I had the homemade veggie burger in a pita. Tom, on the other hand, ordered the Gyro Platter. The platters are generous here! Yanni's does have a rather extensive menu of Greek specialties for folks who want something fancier. We skipped dessert so I can't report on their baklava though it did look good.

Find more restaurant reviews at Hudson Valley Good Stuff: a blog about where to eat, play & recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Woodstock’s Elizabeth Mitchell Presents Christmas Album

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Elizabeth Mitchell

The ever-earlier onslaught of the holiday shopping season is an annual occurrence I’ve come to dread with every box-store door-buster item on November's nightly news. But when the Internet’s seasonal media hype bears mention of a Yuletide offering by a consistently great Hudson Valley recording artist? Well, let’s just say that takes much of the humbug out of the holi-daze. Case in point: The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs in and out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook, the brand-new album by Woodstock family folk great Elizabeth Mitchell.

Attributed to Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends, the all-star disc has been released on the legendary Smithsonian Folkways imprint and comprises 24 ditties drawn from American Folk Songs for Christmas, a songbook assembled by composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, the sister of Pete Seeger. Accompanying Mitchell on this sweet set are her husband and collaborator in the indie band Ida, Dan Littleton; the couple’s daughter, Storey Littleton; Natalie Merchant, who contributes liner notes; Peggy Seeger; Mike & Ruthy; Jay Ungar and Molly Mason; John Sebastian; Amy Helm; Dan Zanes; Chris Wood; Happy Traum; Marco Benevento; Aoife O’Donovan; Larry Campbell; Teresa Williams; Simi Stone, and others.

This 2012 video features Elizabeth, Storey, Daniel, and a friend performing the Woody Guthrie chestnut “Who’s My Pretty Baby”:


The Sounding Joy is out now on Smithsonian Folkways Records. For audio samples and more information, visit http://www.folkways.si.edu/.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin Picking at Gill's Farm in Hurley

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Off-roading at Gills Farm

Is there anything more fun than an off-road hay ride when the weather is so gorgeous out? The kids loved the hay ride at Gill’s Farm. The “off-roading” portion where the tractor driver drove us through a swampy marsh was the highlight. After the hay ride, we tested out the hay tunnel. (I barely made it out of there and got my knees nice and muddy! Dress accordingly if you are going to try this). We ended the morning with pumpking picking. Most of the pumpkins were in excellent shape. There is also a store on the site that sells apples, homemade cookies, jams, and other gourmet farm stuff. The only negative is that there is only a porto potty—no real bathroom on site. The “pumpkin shooter” launches pumpkins on weekends. I would call ahead of time to verify this as the season will be ending before you know it!

For more things to do in the Hudson Valley, visit Vanessa Ahern's site Hudson Valley Good Stuff.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Erik Lawrence Serves Jazz Brunch in Marlboro

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Erik Lawrence
  • Erik Lawrence

Anyone who’s been to one of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble sessions will recognize Erik Lawrence. Besides being a long-time member of the Levon Helm Band—and an occasional Chronogram music reviewer—the Upstate-based saxophonist, flutist, and educator has performed with Bob Dylan, Chico Hamilton, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Aaron Neville, Buddy Miles, David Bromberg, Eric Mingus, Bruce Hornsby, Sonny Sharrock, Allen Toussaint, and a laundry list of other big names. And between his higher-profile jobs for the past few years Lawrence has also been leading his own stellar jazz quartet, a band he’s bringing to the Falcon this Sunday.

The horn man’s side players in the Erik Lawrence Quartet for this date are keyboard great Pete Levin, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Rob Reich. Below are a few recent minutes of the quartet casting its spell at the Falcon. Even the poor lighting, attributed to a passing power outage, can’t quash the foursome’s virtuosity:


The Erik Lawrence Quartet will play during Sunday brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, this Sunday, October 27, from 10am to 2pm. Donations are requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Art Tour, Dinner & Concert to Benefit Woodstock Library Annex Project

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Painting by Hattie Iles
  • Painting by Hattie Iles

You've heard of a pub crawl. How about an art crawl? This kind of happening invites you to caravan by car from one artist's studio to the next - and while some venues have wine or cocktails waiting, it's mainly about imbibing creativity.

This coming weekend, on Saturday, October 26, an Autumn Art Tour kicks off in Woodstock. The art-crawl aspect of the event involves a peek into the studios of nine area artists: abstract painters Heather Hutchinson, Mark Kanter, Pat Horner, and Calvin Grimm; sculptor Lowell Miller; painter and sculptor Jenne Currie; fantasy painter Hatti Iles; painter Harvey Konigsberg; and potter Brinton Baker. Art crawlers will enjoy a light lunch as well as a drinks reception - then the party will continue with a fundraising dinner at The Red Onion followed by dessert and a live music performance by local singer-songwriter Rachel Loshak. On Sunday, art tour attendees can come along for a guided walk at the Comeau Property followed by brunch at Oriole 9 and a self-guided walking tour of Woodstock's art galleries.

A portion of the proceeds from this art lovers' extravaganza will benefit the Woodstock Public Library - in particular, the construction of its much needed additional space, the Library Annex.

For Art Tour tickets, contact Rachel Jackson of Ingenious Art Group Productions at 646-331-0908 or racheljackson.iag@gmail.com. While dinner is sold out, tickets are still available for the dessert-and-concert portion of the evening (with an array of sweets donated by Susan Gordon of Divine Desserts) at The Red Onion.

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