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Friday, February 28, 2014

Get Juiced in Red Hook: Juices, kale chips & a healthy lunch

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Get Juiced in Red Hook invited me for lunch last week for a tasting of their most popular dishes. It’s a very inviting small cafe space in Red Hook. Husband and wife team owners Margarita and Carlos Carreras are very welcoming and eager to educate their customers on good nutrition. Margarita has many talents: graphic designer, Kundalini yoga teacher, nutritionist, and savvy juice maker.

When I arrived around 12 noon last Friday, customers were starting to come in for lunch. First I was served the Lean Greenie, which is their most popular smoothie. The creamy taste surprised me a bit. (It’s made of pineapple, banana, spinach, protien, almond milk, fiber, chia, and 8.8 alkaline water). I love how they serve their juices in wine glasses. Next came, a steaming bowl of “The Cure” soup, which is a puree of garli onion seet potato leeks, carrots, black pepper & a pinch of cayenne. It was very soothing. I can imagine that this could help someone fend off a cold. I tried the kale chips that were very crunchy and not chewy like the ones I’ve tried making at home. (The chips aren’t baked, but they go through a special dehydration prep and then are seasoned with red pepper, sunflower seeds, Himalayan salt, and cayenne pepper).

Then I tried their famous Kale salad that was topped with a veggie burger made from brown rice, mushrooms, eggplant, cashews, garbonzo beans and other veggies. It was all delicious. I also tried Carlito’s Way wrap (feta cheese, spinach, beans, avocado). I finished everything, which was substantial, but I didn’t have that bloated feeling I get sometimes when I have a big lunch. The vegetarian lunch at Get Juiced definitely gave me an energy boost that I needed on a slushy cold Friday.

Vanessa Ahern writes about her adventures in the Hudson Valley at Hudson Valley Good Stuff.

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Hudson Valley Weekend: The Lowdown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Treat yourself this weekend with theatre, maple, and mead.

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"Buried Child" at Parker Theater

Frank Trezza directs a SUNY New Paltz Department of Theater Arts student production of “Buried Child” at Parker Theater. Sam Shepard’s breakthrough drama documents the death of the American Dream against the backdrop of one family's disintegration in the 1970s. Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm, now through March 9.

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Ashokan Center Maple Fest

Tap a tree and watch syrup being made, then slap it on some flapjacks at the all-day pancake breakfast. Blackmithing demos, singing and dancing with Jay and Molly, Mike and Ruthy, puppetry with the Ivy Vine Players, guided hikes, Cajun-themed jam session and dance party in the evening. Saturday, March 1.

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Open Rehearsal of “Pike Street”

After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force one-woman show “No Child,” Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop “Pike Street,” a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Discussion with the performers following the show. Reservations required. Saturday, March 1.

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March Mead Madness

A small but dedicated band of local mead enthusiasts has put together a slate of mead-dedicated events, the first of which takes place at Hopped Up Café in High Falls, with tastings and a lecture on the beverage’s history. Our recent feature on the resurgence of mead-making in the region can be read here. This Sunday.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pony in the Pancake Headlines in Hoosick Falls

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Perhaps, somewhere back in the swirling mists of your hazy memory, you recall my January 2013 Chronogram profile of local psychedelic metal trio It’s Not Night: It’s Space. Well, recently the band’s guitarist, Kevin Halcott, contacted me with the news of very cool concert he’s organizing next month at the newly opened Gnostic Church of L.V.X. in Hoosick Falls.

Headlining the March 22 event is one of my fave under-the-radar Upstate outfits, Pony in the Pancake, who hail from Troy and play melodic, lo-fi pop that makes me think of the glory days of New Zeland’s Flying Nun record label. Also on the bill, which will benefit the church, is Albany instrumental hard rock quartet Yoma; a third act is TBA at the time of this posting.

Open your ears to Pony in the Pancake’s “All I Do is Cry” right here:


Pony in the Pancake, Yoma, and one other act will perform at the Gnostic Church of L.V.X. in Hoosick Falls on March 22 at 7pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (845) 430-7305 or visit www.gclvx.org.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ashokan Center Hosts Scottish Music Camp and Concert

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Since February of last year, when I profiled Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and discussed the then-impending opening of the newly revamped Ashokan Center, the facility has been an unyielding hub of musical activity—witness last month’s installment of the always-popular Winter Hoot. This month, the harmonious hubbub continues with Ashokan’s Scottish Fiddle and Cello Camp and the concert that follows the weekend-long happening.

The camp takes place March 14-16 and features world-class Scottish traditional musicians and teachers Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. In addition to leading workshops, Fraser and Haas will perform a special concert on the camp’s final afternoon, March 16 (for non-campers, tickets are available for the concert only).

Take a look at this BBC performance by Fraser and Haas of “Grand Etang” and “Hull’s Reel”:



For camp registration, concert tickets, and more information, call (845) 246-2121 or visit http://ashokan.org/.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Giselle Potter on the Cover of NYT Book Review

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

An illustration for a review of Lorrie Moore's book of short stories, Bark. - GISELLE POTTER/NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
  • Giselle Potter/New York Times Book Review
  • An illustration for a review of Lorrie Moore's book of short stories, Bark.

We're big fans of Rosendale-based illustrator Giselle Potter. The Year I Didn’t Go to School, chronicling the time she spent as a child traveling with her parent's circus troupe, is the kind of magical story children's books were invented for.

In Sunday's New York Times Book Review, Potter illustrated a review of Bark, Lorrie Moore's first collection of short stories in 16 years. If you want to see some of Potter's work in person, her Illustrations will be up at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson as part of the group exhbiitin "Modern Artists," through this Sunday, March 2.

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Body Be Well Pilates in Red Hook

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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  • Owner Chelsea Streifenede and pilates instructor Tricia DeSario of Body Be Well Pilates in Red Hook & mascot

Pilates Studio at Body Be Well Pilates in Red Hook

I checked out Body Be Well Pilates Studio in Red Hook last Wednesday. I have a friend who tells me that pilates has transformed her life so I am curious, and would like to take a few different pilates classes. I bumped into a Rhinebeck acquaintance who had just left the earlier class when I arrived for my 10 am Wednesday mat class. I think most of the women in my 10 am class were regulars, and I had to smile when the woman on the mat next to mine asked me if this was my first time. Chelsea Streifenede, the owner of Body Be Well, led our class and guided us through work with exercises using the circle. We squeezed the circle with different limbs to tone different areas, and then we did teasers, and a few exercises where we kind of rolled back and forth. About half way through the 60 minute class, I realized that it’s not as easy as it looks. Even though, I wasn’t sweating profusely as I do in yoga or my indoor cycling class, I was definitely feeling it in certain muscles, mainly my arms and abs.

While I was trying to concentrate on my “teasers” I was distracted by this incredible bakery scent. It smelled like someone was making really good toast. I asked one of my classmates where the bakery was, and she pointed me in the direction of J.B. Peel’s Coffee, a coffee roasting company in Red Hook, which I will write about later this week. (Great coffee, but not a bakery!)

Body Be Well has a cute little boutique where you can buy cool pilates tank tops and other accessories. Streifenede also teaches a Pilates Sports Center Teacher Training Program at the studio. Next week I will be trying out a Group Reformer class. Stay tuned! I may become a pilates convert.

Writer Vanessa Geneva Ahern has been blogging about all the good stuff she finds in the Hudson Valley since January 2009 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com. Follow her blog on Facebook, and sign up for the HVGS newsletter to find out more.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Free End-of-Life Doula Training Comes to the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

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Our culture has precious few resources to help us cope with death and dying. Hospice nurse Suzanne O'Brien is working to change that. The Pine Plains-based RN has created the End-of-Life Doula Program to help train volunteers to become a resource and support to individuals and their families during one of life's most important journeys.

"Special care and preparation is given when we enter this world," says O'Brien. "Why not do the same when we leave this world?" The word doula calls to mind someone who assists a mother with emotional and physical support during childbirth. Yet the kind of assistance required at the end of life can be similar. "Both require special love and preparation."

Nine out of ten people who are terminally ill say they want to die at home rather than in a hospital, according to a National Hospice Organization Gallup Poll. Yet most of us are ill-prepared to help our loved ones with their passage, and are often held back by our own fears of death. O'Brien has an unusual talent for removing the taboo aspects of dying, and for revealing its beauty and power. She has written books, given talks, and traveled as far as Africa to help train people to support others in their most critical moments.

Eventually, O'Brien hopes to have a volunteer End-of-Life Doula resource network in every county. In the meantime, she also leads "Death Cafe" meetings where people come together in a safe setting to share thoughts, questions, and philosophies about death and dying.

O'Brien will bring her End-of-Life Doula training to Pine Plains on Sunday, March 23, from noon to 6pm. For more information and to RSVP, call 845-337-0389. The next Death Cafe will take place in Hyde Park on March 10, from 6 to 8pm. Both events are free. To learn more, visit Suzannebobrien.com.

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India, Italy, Australia...Saugerties?

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Saugerties has been getting so much press lately, thanks to Saugertiesian Jimmy Fallon taking over the Tonight Show desk. But did you hear about this one? Lonely Planet, one of the best traveler insider’s guides out there, recently came out with their top 10 most extraordinary places to stay in 2014, and guess what? The Saugerties Lighthouse B&B made the number 9 spot on the list. It’s in great company, too: Other picks include a sand castle in India, a cluster of thatched huts in Botswana, tree house orbs in British Columbia, and a water front lodge in South Africa. Next year, we’re hoping to finally see a Sullivan County yurt on the list. Fingers crossed! By the way, doesn’t the above photo make you long for warmer weather? It’s coming. Eventually. It has to, right?
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Hudson Valley Weekend: The Lowdown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Kick back this weekend with memorable music, imaginative theatre, and a bowl of chili.

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"Love Letters" at The Beacon

A. R. Gurney’s Broadway hit presents an imaginative unrehearsed piece in which two actors read notes, letters, and cards passed between a couple attempting to keep in touch romantically while physically growing apart. Emmy-award winning daytime producer Thomas DeVilliars directs an impossible love affair in Beacon. Takes place Friday through Sunday.

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"Romeo & Juliet" at Bard's Fischer Center

Director Pavol Liska’s decision to call people at random, asking them to recount the well-known tragic love story, reveals how comically little we know about Shakespeare. Performed by members of Nature Theatre of Oklahoma at Bard’s Fischer Center, the play contains eight different interpretations of the romantic original. Friday through Sunday.

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17th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta Fundraiser

The Women’s Studio Workshop will transform the Rosendale Recreation Center into a colorful fiesta to showcase over 800 locally crafted ceramic bowls, tumblers, and mugs of all shapes and sizes. Each purchased item comes with a hearty helping of chili. The event includes live entertainment and raffle drawings. This Saturday.

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Peter Wolf at Bearsville Theater

Vocalist Peter Wolf, former member of J. Geils Band, is known for hits like “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame.” Wolf has toured and collaborated with groundbreaking rockers like The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Aerosmith. He will return to some of his Geils Band gems in Woodstock on Saturday.

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The Pembles

Dogwood in Beacon presents the acoustic-based folk rock group with a wistful and autumnal style. Singer and guitarist Kathleen Pemble has been a full-time songwriter for the past seven years; her group is known for winning melodies, strong supple vocals, and carefully crafted songs. This Saturday.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bermiss Plays Marlboro Brunch on Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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  • Akie Bermiss

Keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and former Bard College student Akie Bermiss was in funk-soul unit theFoundation, one of my fave local bands back in the day. Since heading south to his native Brooklyn several years ago Bermiss has been leading his own projects, performing with the quartet Aabaraki and other acts, and sometimes helming Akie B. and the Falcons, the house band at the Falcon. And it’s to that Marlboro venue that he returns this Sunday to serve up his soulful sounds during a special brunch-time slot.

“To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order,” reads the bio on Bermiss’s website, “to his enemies—a musical charlatan of the basest variety.” No wonder I dig the guy.

Check this clip of Bermiss getting down at the Falcon in 2010:

Akie Bermiss will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on February 23 from 10am to 2pm. Donation requested. For more information, visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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