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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rex Fowler Presents Elvis Film in Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Rex Fowler
  • Rex Fowler

Upstater Rex Fowler is one half of the venerated folk rock duo Aztec Two Step, an outfit that’s been a firm favorite of the coffeehouse and folk festival circuit since forming in 1971. And now Fowler’s added another role to his creative endeavors, that of a filmmaker. Recently, he completed work on 200 Cadillacs, a feature-length documentary focusing on Elvis Presley that screens next week as part of celebration of his 80th birthday at the Towne Crier.

Conceived and co-produced by Fowler, 200 Cadillacs showcases the often forgotten generosity of Presley, one of the biggest pop culture icons of the 20th century. Following the film, the director will lead a Q&A session. The evening will conclude with a live concert of the King’s early Sun and RCA records classics performed by Rex and his Rockabilly Kings, who are comprised of Fowler and Hudson Valley favorites Billy and Muddy Roues on electric guitar and slap-back bass and Joe Geary of the Wiyos on drums. The venue will also offer some special “Eat Like Elvis” selections on the evening’s menu.

Watch this trailer:

The event takes place at the Towne Crier in Beacon on January 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

And a Happy New Year

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Kids often struggle to wrap their minds around the concept of the New Year. Children’s brains are still developing the characteristics of self-reflection and long-term goals that resolutions require, and younger kids might still be working out the idea of time itself. But offering a fresh start for the New Year can be a great way to reinforce a child's self-esteem. And finding creative ways for kids to access that part of themselves can offer parents an enhanced sense of positivity. Here’s a collection of ideas to try.

Supplies to make a resolution chain (cutting board, construction paper, markers, stapler) - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Supplies to make a resolution chain (cutting board, construction paper, markers, stapler)

Make a resolution chain

This project might be a memory from my own school days, but it’s so easy, I’ve never had to look it up again. Simply gather some construction paper of any and all colors, and cut them into long strips. On one strip, write a resolution (for young kids, it might help to phrase it as “wishes” for the New Year). Help shape a child’s resolutions or wishes so it's attainable or encourages new habits (ie. “Keep my room organized” could become “I’ll clean my room a little bit every day”) to save them from the feeling of failure that comes around February 1st. Bend the strip into a circular shape and staple the short ends together. Write a different resolution on a second strip and feed it through the first strip’s opening before stapling the second strip into a circular shape. The third strip feeds through the second's circle, so as you add more strips, you’ll see the chain begin to grow. Hang the finished chain in your children’s room where they can see it daily and be reminded of their goals for the New Year.

A finished resolution chain - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A finished resolution chain

Do a candle ritual

Aromatherapy and candles has to be the best combination for any ritual, so this next activity is adapted from the last project in this article. Grab a bunch of tea light or votive candles with holders, as well as essential oils in different flavors. Each essential oil contains certain properties that can help improve certain moods. Talk about the attributes associated with the different scents (ie. lavendar for balance or pine for confidence) using this handy reference guide, then invite kids to think about qualities they might like to increase in the New Year. Light the candle and invite kids to place a few drops of their chosen scent around the melted wax beneath the candle’s wick (using different candles for different aromas as sometimes scents don't mix). Try Om’s essential oils from Savor Spa, just $14-28 for an ounce. They’re organic and made in New York.


The season of giving is such a beautiful thing... except if you have a lack of storage space. You can minimize the clutter (and increase your children’s appreciation for what they have) by editing the toy collection before or after each round of present-giving. Encourage kids to pass along their gently used toys (the ones they’ve outgrown or just don’t need anymore) by reminding them that there are other kids around who will love and appreciate them. It can be hard to find a place that will redistribute old toys due to safety concerns, but The Thrift Store at the Tibetan Center accepts them, or check out this local resource list.

Make it a Retro Year-in-Review

If you use your phone as the family camera, making snapshots of the kids at every instance of their delightfulness throughout the year, there’s an app that will help you sort through it all. Printic is accessible through iPhone or Android with lots of easy-to-make keepsake options like calendars and photo books. The easiest one, though, is the photo box - 50 prints with white borders (which look like your dad’s old polaroids) in a trademark orange box for just $26 with free international shipping.

Make a Positive Jar

There was a graphic, now lost in the Facebook scroll, that offered a simple directive: set an empty jar in a common area of your house and, as wonderful things happen throughout the year, write them down on a piece of paper, fold them up, and put them inside the jar. On the first day of the next year, open the jar and read them for a literal positive note to start off the New Year.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! High on Fire Pummels Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

High on Fire
  • High on Fire

Few bands today do heavy metal like High of Fire. The California trio’s molten brand of boulder-hurling, stoner-metal rawk is truly something to behold, a monolithic, earth-shaking roar capable of sending their panty-waisted, so-called hard rock competitors scurrying under the bed like frightened puppies in thunderstorm. And next month Hudson Valley headbangers who live for such punishing sounds will be in high heaven—or perhaps holy hell—when the group lays waste to the Chance Theater’s Loft.

Assembled from the ashes of singer-guitarist Matt Pike’s previous outfit, Sleep, in 1998, High on Fire blasted out of their home city of Oakland with 2000’s exalted The Art of Self-Defense (Man’s Ruin Records). The band has since unleashed six studio albums of wailing, doom-laden riffage, the standouts being 2002’s Surrounded by Thieves and 2005’s Blessed Black Wings (both Relapse Records), the latter recorded by underground rock studio maven Steve Albini. Presently, the group is touring on the three-volume series Spitting Fire Live (Entertainment One Music/Century Media).

Grandma, put your earplugs in—here’s a video for “Rumors of War,” from 2007’s Death is the Communion (Relapse):

High on Fire will perform with Mountain of Wizard, Geezer, and Rooms of Ruin at the Loft (Chance Theater) on January 13 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12. For more information, call (845) 471-1966 or visit http://www.thechancetheater.com/.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Woodstock Legend Cited by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Paul Butterfield
  • Paul Butterfield

Not long ago in this space I heralded the release of the Legacy label’s Michael Bloomfield box set From His Head to His Heart to His Hands. Last week it was announced that the group that brought that fiery guitarist to the world at large, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, had finally received its long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The leader of that seminal outfit, the legendary late blues harpist and singer Paul Butterfield, was a long-time Woodstock resident and mainstay of the local music scene, making a guest appearance with his running buddies The Band in 1976’s The Last Waltz.

Formed in the harmonica man’s native Chicago in the early 1960s, the interracial Butterfield band was instrumental in turning young white audiences onto authentic urban blues and pioneered psychedelia with their Middle Eastern-influenced 1966 sophomore album East-West (Elektra Records). The group is also remembered for backing Bob Dylan during his infamous electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Savor this footage of the band, with Elvin Bishop on guitar, at the 1967 Monterey Pop festival:

Chronogram congratulations go out to Paul Butterfield’s Woodstock-area family.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Camp

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Snow tubing at Frost Valley YMCA - SARA MUNOZ
  • Sara Munoz
  • Snow tubing at Frost Valley YMCA

Making new friends, trying new things, a safe way to explore some independence: everyone loves camp! And it’s not just for summer anymore. Winter camps are cropping up to provide creative childcare during the holiday break.

Frost Valley YMCA, the classic country summer camp in Claryville, presents three ways to do camp in the winter. All three offer lots of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors (something kids never seem to get enough of), including winter sports adventures like snow tubing, snowshoe hikes, broom ball, and survival skill classes. There’s also indoor archery, a climbing tower, and arts and crafts like candle-making.

Two of the programs allow kids some independence (and parents, a break or chance to work). First, a classic sleepaway program runs from December 28th-January 1st, where kids ages 7-16 can unroll their sleeping bags in a heated cabin and enjoy the winter realm. There’s even a ball drop on New Year’s Eve! It’s just $500 for the week and includes all meals and activities. The second is the day camp option, where kids ages 4-15 can enjoy all the trappings of the sleepover camp, just during daylight hours. It’s $165/4 days or $185/5 days, and includes lunch.

The third program from Frost Valley YMCA is great for those hoping to use the holiday break as an opportunity to reconnect and spend more time together. It’s a family program, where everyone can go to camp! “Actually, every weekend is family weekend here,” says Dan Weir, Frost Valley’s summer camp director. People enjoy three-seasons of lodging and seasonally-geared activities (the exception being summer, when campus is only open to child campers), but from December 26th-January 1st, cabins are half price! You can stay for anywhere from 2 to 5 days with family and friends of all ages. With four activity periods per day to choose from, plus evening programs, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Visit http://frostvalley.org/camp/winter-camp/ or call (845) 985-2291 x. 450 to learn more about any of these three programs and to register.

In Kingston, check out Cornell Street Studios’ Children’s Winter Arts Program. On December 30th and 31st, kids ages 5-11 can sign up for a full day of art and movement with specialty instructors from the area. At the request of parents satisfied with their summer week-long program, the Winter Arts Program is an outgrowth, now in its second year. It offers new things to try like hula-hooping, kickboxing, and winter-themed art projects with local artists. Each child is just $65 for one day or $100 for both! Check it out on Facebook or email Renee at rdarmstadt514@gmail.com. Register by December 27th!

Choose a half day, whole day or whole two weeks of gymnastics and crafts at The Little Gym of Kingston, where day camps are themed extravaganzas! Each day offers 3-12-year-olds a new course, new music and new set of tumbling skills to be learned. Camps run December 22nd-January 2nd (with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day) and always include gym time, a healthy snack, and crafts projects with exuberant instructors. In keeping with their registration flexibility, the Little Gym is family-budget friendly, too, with package pricing, sibling discounts and a generous sick credit policy, so you never have to worry. Call (845) 382-1020 to sign up.

For families who want to explore while burning some healthy energy this holiday break, winter camp is just the thing.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

House Calls Are Back, Virtually

Posted By on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The LiveHealth Online app, with Dr. Mia Finkelston.
  • The LiveHealth Online app, with Dr. Mia Finkelston.

Want to see a doctor from the comfort of your home, or even on the go at your convenience? There's an app for that. In fact, there are now two or three apps offering online doctor visits, or "telemedicine," as they say in the industry.

Mobile applications such as LiveHealth Online and MDLIVE use two-way video to connect you over the Internet to a board-certified doctor in your state. The so-called virtual doctors can answer questions, make a diagnosis, and even prescribe medicine in most states (including New York).

Naturally, a virtual doctor won't conduct a hands-on examination, so the service can't replace an in-person visit in every instance. Yet for common complaints such as colds and flus, allergies, sinus infections, digestive issues, and family health, an online appointment can save people the time and hassle of getting to a doctor's office.

The service can also help to cut down on ER visits, and can be a great boon to those who have trouble getting to a doctor, such as the disabled or the elderly. Parents, too, can benefit. Imagine that it's 3am, your baby has a fever - and you can reach a doctor online right away.

A typical online doctor visit through the LiveHealth Online app costs $49 and lasts 10 to 15 minutes. The service is covered by some insurances, including Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Tempted to become an early adopter? Don't wait until you're sick: Download an app now, and the virtual doctors will be at your service when you need them most.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Shindig Opens in Woodstock

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM


A new restaurant rolls into Woodstock, offering home-style food using organic, local, and seasonal ingredients. The Woodstock Shindig paired their menu with local beers, ciders, a selection of wine, and Soju cocktail specials. Chef Page Mill uses skill, professionalism, and Midwestern love to cozy his mountain menu which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Local products are sourced from Astoria Wheatfields, Kingston Keegan Ales, and Woodstock’s Bread Alone. Woodstock Shindig is open from 8am until 9pm everyday except Tuesday. They are located at 1 Tinker Street in Woodstock.



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tommy Stinson Headlines Hudson Housing Benefit

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Tommy Stinson
  • Tommy Stinson

Last year I wrote up a post for Home Bass, the all-star benefit for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity that took place in Hudson. Well, here we are again for the appetizing sequel Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, which happens January 3 at Club Helsinki and which I’m only too happy to talk up.

Returning from last year is local headliner Tommy Stinson, hot on the heels of his recent shows with the reunited Replacements (Stinson also toured for years with Guns ’N Roses and Soul Asylum). For this show he'll be backed by members of Deer Tick and share the stage with Rhett Miller (Old 97s), Jesse Malin, the Dust Bowl Faeries, his daughter Ruby Stinson, and others.

Here’s Stinson, his band, and guests at last year’s Home Bass performing the country classic “Green, Green Grass of Home”:

Home Bass 2 will take place at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on January 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $20, $30, and $50. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hudson's Meshell Ndegeocello Nominated for Grammies

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Fion Reilly
  • Meshell Ndegeocello

No wonder Meshell Ndegeocello hasn’t been seen much around her Hudson hometown lately. Besides promoting her newest album, Comet, Come to Me (Naiive Records; reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Chronogram), the iconoclastic bassist and singer-songwriter has been mad busy as a producer. In fact, she just received not one, but two Grammy nominations for her work in the control room.

One is for Jason Moran’s All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Blue Note Records), which she co-produced with Don Was and has been nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, while the other is for Ruthie Foster’s Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn Music), which is up for Best Blues Album.

“I decided it should be a dance party,” says Moran about the making of All Rise. “If you think about Fats, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines—all of them were making the popular sounds of their era: dance music. That’s when I reached out to Meshell. She was my only choice.” For Foster’s Promise of a Brand New Day, Ndegeocello was fully in charge, overseeing the choice of players, takes, and mixing. “I wanted this album to highlight Ruthie’s voice and also communicate her vibe, give a fuller picture of her artistry and ability,” explains Ndegeocello, who also plays bass on the album.

Here’s an intimate clip of Ndegeocello performing the Fats Waller standard “The Joint is Jumpin’” with Moran’s band at Harlem’s Lenox Lounge in 2011:

Big congrats on both nominations, Meshell. Fingers crossed!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Hudson Valley’s Vintage Holidays

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Sparkle! at Boscobel House & Gardens - LAURIE SPENS PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Laurie Spens Photography
  • Sparkle! at Boscobel House & Gardens

Some of the Hudson Valley’s most prominent families arrived by train, steamboat, or horse, and built grand houses along the Hudson Riverfront. Visiting them is like time traveling, and there’s no better time to visit than during the holidays when their grandness includes candles, holly and bonfires. The weekend of December 19-21st is the last weekend for many history-steeped holiday events where your family can celebrate like an old timey Livingston or Moran.

It’s the last chance to catch Sparkle 2014, Boscobel’s luminous annual event, on Friday and Saturday, December 19th & 20th. From 5-9p, the house and grounds will be lit with thousands of lights and candlelit pathways. Catch dazzling attractions like a Sparkle Queen stilt walker, illuminated hoop dancers, period music and an a cappella group. There’s also free photos with Santa! Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Children): $45; children under 3 are free.

Locust Grove will host its final treasure hunts of the season on Sunday, December 21st, from 12p-4p. Explore the mansion, all decked out for the holidays, while spying animals in Samuel Morse’s art collection. Catch the carolers at 1p, 2p and 3p, while enjoying cookies, cider, and the romance of a vintage Christmas. Adults $10; children $8; children under 4 are free.

You won’t regret the travel to Westchester when you take advantage of this two-for-one holiday deal. There are still tickets available for the final performances of the storytelling spectacular, Dickens’s Christmas Carol at the Old Dutch Church. In the ever-haunting Sleepy Hollow, let master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, bring the tale to life in the perfect setting. Tickets include entry to the final Holiday Open House at Philipsburg Manor, just across the street. With winter-themed crafts, live fiddle music, free sweets and warm drinks around the bonfire, the kids will love it! Saturday and Sunday, December 20th & 21st. Performances at 3:30p, 4:45p and 6p; open house from 4-8p. Adults $24; children under 18 are $20.

On Saturday, December 20th, from 11a-4p, the Clermont will be open for history buffs to step into the Revolutionary War story of a British attack and American success. “There are tickets for guided tours in season (ends Dec 28th until spring), but this is special because it’s self-guided, so you feel like you’re getting away with something and sneaking behind the scenes!” says Anne McGrath, Director of Programs & Community Relations for the Friends of Clermont. Outside, there are ample grounds to romp and explore with the beautiful Hudson River always in view. It’s free, and cider and cookies will be served in the Visitor’s Center.

Happy holidays!
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