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Friday, May 25, 2018

TONIGHT: Stick to Local 2018 Launch Party at Arrowood

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 11:20 AM


"Eat local" is a mantra to live by—for our health, for the environment, for the strength of our economy and community. The brainchild of Accord-based artist Maria Reidelbach (the genius behind Kelders Farm's giant gnome), Stick to Local, is a fun, gameified way to keep this mantra alive in our consciousness while getting to know area farms.

The project is a map of Hudson Valley farms and food businesses. Participants must visit each farm to earn a colorful sticker to complete the map. The free folding maps have spots for each colorful, theme-shaped sticker from places like Kelder's Farm, Westwind Orchard, and the Kingston Farmers' Market. There are also incentives for collecting stickers like free mini golf passes and a chance to win a stay at the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch.
Stick to Local will celebrate its fourth birthday and the launch of the 2018 stickering season TONIGHT at Arrowood Brewery in Accord. Set amid the climbing rows of hops, with the sounds of ducks quacking and sheep baahing in the background, this farm brewery is the perfect location for this launch party. 

Aside from the delicious beers (cash bar), there will be food from Stick to Local Farms Cookbook, made from the bounty of Rondout Valley farms annd bubble tea from The Den of Marbletown. Seed Song farmer Creek Iverson will be onsite with the Tinhorn Calico Farm Band to sing traditional field work songs, along with a bunch of other area producers. Grab a beer, get your map, and meet some farmers while you do. 

Stick to Local Farms Launch Party
Friday, May 25, 5-7:30pm
Arrowood Farms

Location Details Arrowood Farms
236 Lower Whitfield Road
Accord, NY
(828) 308-1634
Farms and Breweries
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Breakfast at the (New) Love Bites in Saugerties

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Artwork by Justin Love at Love Bites

Smoked Salmon Benedict

Open-faced Egg sandwich

Over five years ago, I launched Hudson Valley Good Stuff with a review of a delicious breakfast at Love Bites on Partition Street in Saugerties. Back then it was a tiny cozy European-style breakfast/brunch place with four or five tables. You saw the chef cooking your breakfast seconds after you ordered it. In Spring 2014 Love Bites expanded the space, and it now has over a dozen tables including one table that can comfortably fit a group of eight. Art work by local aritst Justin Love currently adorns the walls. I liked the Rolling Stones portrait the best.

Last week my husband and I had breakfast at their new place. I was happy to see that quite a few of their popular breakfast items remain on the menu. My husband ordered the salmon benedict, and really enjoyed it, and he was hoping for a heartier portion. I ordered the open faced "egg" sandwich, a light and healthy option, which was what I was in the mood for. Love Bites has gluten free, organic, and vegan options on their menu as well. I have heard through word of mouth that the dinners are delicious too. Next time I go I will live a little, and try their carrot coconut french toast.

Vanessa Ahern has been covering all the good stuff in the Hudson Valley on her Hudson Valley Good Stuff blog since January 2009.

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Come Travel the Milky Way

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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This fourth of July, Catskills Family Creameries will be holding their second annual open house tour of seven small family farm dairies located in Deleware, Ulster, and Schoharie counties. Combining every young parent's two favorite words: fun and affordable, from noon to five participating dairies will be open to the public, offering visitors an opportunity to tour the dairy facilities, and meet the cows and goats that produce their milk. There will also be demonstrations of how butter, yogurt, cheese, milk, and gelato are made.

The Hudson Valley has long been home to such family run farms, but recent decades have seen a sharp decline in local dairy farmers, Dutchess County for example, went from having 275 dairy farms in the 1970s to 26 today. The Catskills Family Creameries tries to counteract this trend. It is a regional collaboration of nine family run dairy farms dedicated to encouraging sustainability and promoting the local farm industry. Its small farm model aims to encourage farmers to take responsibility for their animals and the food they sell, and make it easier for consumers to understand the source of their food and the way the animals are raised. It also means visitors on the tour will get a more up close look at the process than they would at a corporate dairy farm.

The participating farms will be Betty Acres Farm/Modern Milkmaid, Byebrook Farm, Cowbella Creamery, Dirty Girl Farm, Harpersfield Cheese by Brovetto Dairy & Cheese House, Lazy Crazy Acres, and Sherman Hill Farmstead. Visitors are advised to come in jeans and comfortable footwear, come early to receive a complimentary soft-sided insulated cooler to hold their on-site purchases (while supplies last). For more information, checkout their website

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Art That's Locally Mined

Posted By on Sun, Jun 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM


The Century House Historical Society in Rosendale has come up with a truly original way to celebrate the history of its town. Today, June 29, will see the opening of MINERS, a new sculpture exhibition at the society's Snyder estate, but this is an exhibition that comes with a special requirement. Each participating artist had to “mine” the property, exploring the geological and industrial history of the Rosendale natural cement region in order to create their work.

The Snyder Estate began in the early 1800s as a family farm. With the discovery of limestone rock suitable for the production of natural cement, the site experienced substantial industrial growth until the 1970s. At its hight in the 19th century Rosendale Cement was used in the construction of many of our nation's most important landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, Federal Hall, and one of the wings of the United States Capitol.

This exhibit brings together work by several artists, including Michael Asbill, Lorrie Fredette, Norm Mangusson, to explore the history of the Rosendale cement region. Maps of the property with all the sculpture's locations will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Old Songs, New Tricks

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM


The Old Songs music festival is coming to the Altamont Fairgrounds! (And hopefully that's where the Altamont '69 parallels end.) In all seriousness, this is a three day music festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, that sets itself apart from other festivals with its relaxed, family friendly, atmosphere.

With music from Appalachia, Ireland, Quebec, Brazil, the Netherlands, and more, this festival features three mainstage concerts, 120 interactive workshops, a craft show, and instrument vendors. And if you’re looking to trade your jaw harp for a bodhran, its instrument exchange is just for you.

The festival runs from June 27 to June 29. Single day admission tickets can be purchased, so even if it's too late to commit to the full festival experience, you still don't have to miss this chance to introduce your kids to the one-of-a-kind experience of live music.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Powerhouse Theater Powers Up

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater celebrates its 30th season with five weeks of new plays, musicals, theatrical readings, and apprentice performances. Powerhouse offers an array of fledgling pieces by Broadway-caliber writers for a fraction of the price. Over the past three decades, Powerhouse has cultivated a following of well-educated theatergoers who welcome experimental storytelling, by valuing the public's role in the development process. Mainstage productions often end with "talkbacks," a post-show discussion in which the artists and viewers can ask questions of each other. During workshops and readings, writers and directors monitor their audiences reactions and make note of what scenes need tweaking.

The season kicked off on June 20, and will continue with a production of Richard Greenberg’s "The Babylon Line," starting Friday, June 27. Set in 1967, the play follows a 38-year-old Greenwich Village bohemian who commutes to Levittown, on Long Island in New York, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student reawakens him to his own artistic impulses. Josh Radnor of "How I Met Your Mother" stars in this development production.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Brooklyn's TEEN visits Woodstock This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  • TEEN

If there’s ever been a frustratingly underutilized Hudson Valley music venue, it’s the Colony Cafe. A beautiful, historic structure with a healthy-sized performance space, during the decade I’ve lived in the region, at least, it’s rarely maintained consistent hours and has been endlessly dogged with unreliable booking and management. So it’s been extremely gratifying to see the Colony’s programming reigns picked up by studio engineer and drummer Pete Caigan, who has lately cleared the way for some refreshingly cool shows at the Woodstock nightspot. One of them is Saturday’s date by Brooklyn quartet TEEN.

Started by former Here We Go Magic member Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (vocals), TEEN finds her joined by her sisters, Lizzie (keyboards) and Katherine Lieberson (drums), and Boshra AlSaadi (bass). While the band’s 2012 debut, In Limbo (Carpark Records), offers sunny, psych-tinged modern pop sounds, TEEN’s newly released follow-up, The Way and Color (Carpark), is a dramatic shift into the realm of contemporary R&B inspired by D’Angelo and Erykah Badu.

In this April live-in-the-studio performance, the group does the new album’s “Not for Long”:

TEEN will perform at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock on June 28 at 8:30pm. Chris Maxwell and Adrien Reju open. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 679-5342 or visit www.colonycafe.com/.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Three New Shows at Bard CCS/Hessel Museum

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Ilene Segalove, Detail of "All of My Pants Except The Ones I was Wearing - Backs," 1974. Photograph by Jessica Eckert, Image Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
  • Ilene Segalove, Detail of "All of My Pants Except The Ones I was Wearing - Backs," 1974. Photograph by Jessica Eckert, Image Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

On Saturday, Bard College’s CCS/Hessel Museum brings three new exhibits to its galleries: “Score!,” a curatorial project by Amy Sillman and Cheyney Thompson; “Amy Sillman: one lump or two,” a survey of the artist’s development; and a collection of photographs by Anne Collier.

“Score!” and “Amy Sillman: one lump or two” will be on view, in conjunction with one another, in the Hessel Museum of Art. In the former, Sillman (the head of Bard’s MFA painting program) and Thompson began with the word “score” as their impetus, considering its many connotations—sequence, status, sex, sport, for example. The two artists play with the simultaneity of these notions in their presentation of selected works from Bard's Marieluise Hessel Collection by Nicholas Africano, William Copley, John Cage, and more. The second exhibit, curated by Helen Molesworth, features more than 90 of Sillman’s works, be they drawings, paintings, and moving images, and traces the progression of her style since the mid-‘90s.

“Anne Collier” is a compilation of close to 40 of the photographer’s works and deals with some of her most common themes: pop psychology, generic conventions of commercial photography, and autobiography. An illustrated catalog of essays will join the exhibition in Bard’s CCS Galleries.

The Bard Center for Curatorial Studies makes it its mission to encourage and explore more experimental approaches to the contemporary visual arts, particularly those with a multidisciplinary focus—a focus shared by its graduate program and, certainly, by the larger college.

A reception opens the exhibitions and a series of works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection on Saturday, June 28 from 1 to 4pm. Public tours every Sunday at noon in July and August; reservations at (845) 758-7562. On display until September 21.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stagnant Pools Open for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Stagnant Pools
  • Stagnant Pools

I try not to write about any one local club in particular here. I really do. Not prudent to show favoritism. But in the case of BSP Lounge, which has been consistently bringing in cool, edgy, intelligent stuff, well, what are you gonna do? Case in point: Midwestern shoegazers Stagnant Pools, who open for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this Thursday.

A duo formed in 2010 by Bloomington, Indiana-bred brothers Bryan (guitar/vocals) and Douglass Enas (drums), Stagnant Pools struck critical gold two years later with their lo-fi masterpiece debut, Temporary Room (Polyvinyl Records). After high-profile tours opening for David Bazan, Maximo Park, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and others, the pair recorded their newly released sophomore set, Geist (Polyvinyl), which drinks deep from post punk and noise pop acts like Joy Division, Ride, and Lush.

Dig Stagnant Pools playing “Illusions” live on Seattle radio station KEXP in 2012:

Stagnant Pools performs with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at BSP Lounge on June 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Blue Notes Art Show

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Sonny, by Thomas Cale
  • Sonny, by Thomas Cale

“My hope is that the viewer will see and feel this emotion and somehow share in the excitement of recognizing these truly remarkable artists or, even better, that I managed to capture some of their notes on my canvas.”—Thomas Cale

Rhinebeck resident and artist Thomas Cale brings 52nd Street back to life with his new show, “Blue Notes.” Inspired by Cale’s recent exposure to jazz music and history, the series is a tribute to some of the genre’s greats: Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Chet Baker, to name only a few.

Known for previous collections such as “Village People,” portraits of Rhinebeck locals, and “Infamous Mugs,” a series of painted celebrity mug shots, Cale paints with a distinctive style of striking outlines and bold brushstrokes against vibrant backdrops. Many of his paintings feature alternative media, including chalk, photographs, and spray paint. “Blue Notes” is also the work of an artist inspired by what he sees in his own local environment; the show will feature not only the big names of blues, swing, and bebop, but the faces of non-celebrity musicians who bring jazz to the streets every day.

Thomas Cale’s “Blue Notes” kicks off at the Church of the Messiah Parish Hall in Rhinebeck on June 27, with an opening reception from 6-9pm. The show will remain open and free to the public through the weekend. (845) 750-5808.

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