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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Guide to Hudson Valley Fireworks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 4:59 PM


Commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in every nook and cranny of the Hudson Valley. Exercise your right to a low-key stroll on the heels of a local parade, to enjoy sprightly live music, to eat delectable local dishes, and, of course, to gawk as sparks mingle with stars in the night sky. All ages, abilities, and interests will be charmed by the efforts of local towns to sustain a close-knit community vibe in this historic region. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all events have been created equal, that they are endowed by their creators with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of the loudest fireworks.

Here are some events to plan your weekend around:

Wednesday, July 1


The 4th of July Extravaganza at the annual Woodstock Farm Festival promotes farming and local produce while entertaining the kids with a marching band, face painting, crafts, and music on the main stage at 5pm.

Thursday, July 2

New Paltz

Fireworks blast off at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz on Libertyville Road at dusk after the kids have scrambled over the free bouncy houses. Food vendors appear at 5pm and music starts at 7pm.

Friday, July 3


Accord Speedway hosts a fundraiser and raffle for Sparrow's Nest, a non-profit Hudson Valley charity that provides meals to families whose caregiver is battling cancer, along with a fireworks extravaganza, chicken BBQ, dance party, and stock car racing. Admission for adults is $16; seniors are $14; and kids 11 and under are $1. There is a family four-pack for $45 that includes two adult admissions, two child admissions, and $20 of Accord Bucks to use at the Main Concession and Emma's Sweets and Treats.

East Fishkill

The town of East Fishkill will host Adam and the Newhearts, performing rock and roll hits from the 50s and 60s, at Hopewell Recreation at 392 Route 376. The band will play from 7 to 9pm and there will be fireworks at 9:15pm. Admission is free.


At the Town Field from 6 to 10pm there will be live music with Touch of Rhythm and DJ Rick Knight, food vendors, bouncy houses and other kids' activities, and fireworks to bring the night to a close with a bang.


Town of Kent Fireworks Day commences at 11am at Kent Library with Super Heroes Training Camp for kids. Music at the Art Center begins at 5pm with local band Whiskey Neat playing an amalgamation of blues, folk, and punk. Summer Concert Series kicks off with Kati Mac and Southeast Station performing Americana folk, blues, and rock music at 7:30pm. Fireworks over Lake Carmel will end the concert at 9:15pm.


The annual fireworks display over the town of Wallkill Golf Course at 40 Sands Road in Middletown will launch at dusk; gates open at 6pm and buses begin at the same time from Circleville Elementary school to the golf course.

Wappingers Falls

Hudson Valley Renegades take on Brooklyn Cyclones at 7:05pm at Dutchess County Stadium; celebrate with post-game fireworks.

Saturday, July 4


Memorial Park in Beacon hosts the annual 4th of July Celebration with live music, food vendors, kids' activities and more from 3pm to dusk. Local donations have made a free fireworks show possible.


Cornwall Town Hall grounds host a day full of family activities—including an Independence Day breakfast from 7 to 11am, a children's art show, a pie eating contest from 12 to 12:45pm, Sam the Magician, Macaroni the Clown, music, a parade at 5pm, a flag ceremony, and fireworks at 9:30pm to send everyone off to bed with their ears ringing.


Ellenville's largest public event involves marching bands, floats, fireworks, and old-fashioned garb for the annual 4th of July Parade; the free festivities begin at 12pm at the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport.


Goshen honors Independence Day at the Historic Track from 10am to 5pm with a free museum, 150 craft vendors, an antique show, children's rides, road races, and amateur driving races.


Kingston's 4th of July celebration at the Rondout Waterfront features live music performances by Breakway, featuring Robin Baker, starting at 5pm and a fireworks display at 9:30pm. Shuttle buses pick up at Kingston Plaza and Cornell Street Parking lot and drop off at Abeel St and Broadway in the Roundout.


Fireworks launch at 9pm over the Newburgh skyline at the former Consolidated Inn site (adjacent to Gully's restaurant) following an afternoon of art and food vendors and music by Dr. Magneto at UNICO Park.


Walkway Over the Hudson opens to ticket holders only (adults $12.50/children under 5 free) at 6:30 pm at the east and west approaches—hunker down for the evening with picnic dinners, folding chairs, and anything else to entertain your family while you wait for fireworks to go off around 9pm.


Saugerties High School hosts the annual 4th of July parade at 10am, sponsored by the Saugerties Fire Department. Fireworks will follow the parade at dusk.

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Top Sidemen Line Up for Hudson Gig

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:32 PM


Lucky listeners get a look inside when accomplished working sidemen get together to let their guards down and, essentially, play for each other. And along those lines, here’s an enticing Columbia County combo packed with veteran sidemen: pianist extraordinaire John Esposito (Second Sight, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, others), drummer Peter O'Brien (Edgar Winter, Brother Jack McDuff, Roy Buchannan, otehrs), bassist Terrence Murren (Relations, Doc Marshalls, Eternal Now), and flutist Stu Quimby (not a known sideman, but a toy designer by day, believe it or not). The four will convene on July 3 for a rare one-off gig at the Spotty Dog Books and Ale.

There’s not a lot of info about the program on the venue’s newly revamped website, but it seems reasonably safe to assume this will be a jazz session—with all the requisite revelations and explorations that promises.

Stu Quimby, John Esposito, Peter O'Brien, and Terrence Murren will perform at the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, New York, at 8pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit www.thespottydog.com.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Inspiring a Love of Music

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Pianist, Marilyn Crispell, with her audience at the Young People's Concert series at Maverick Concerts - RENEE SAMUELS
  • Renee Samuels
  • Pianist, Marilyn Crispell, with her audience at the Young People's Concert series at Maverick Concerts

It was a hundred years ago when a few men went into the woods just outside the town of Woodstock to make a clearing and hand build, from the fallen trees, a concert hall. The father of the Maverick artists’ colony (which held bacchanal music and arts festivals every year, leading to the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 that laid claim to the Woodstock legacy), Hervey White and friends had decided that the painters, writers, actors, and dancers of the Maverick needed some music. So began the seasonal Sunday concerts at the music chapel in the woods.

When, fifteen years ago, the Maverick Concerts began programming for children, it was because the current all-volunteer board (the same people who take tickets, usher, write the newsletter, and hand out snacks) felt they had a duty to help parents with their children’s musical education. The musicians are often the same Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Orchestra professionals who are there to perform for adults on Saturday nights and Sundays. And they're thrilled to be there performing for children. “People learn about music when they’re young. And they learn to love it,” says David Segal, Chairman of the Maverick Concerts board. “Because a lot of public schools don’t offer music anymore, it’s kind of a public service. And it’s way to introduce people to something so valuable and wonderful.”

Designed for school-aged children, it’s a special introduction to live music. The small hall is in a park setting where the sound of wind and crickets gently mix with the music. Families can sit in the hall seats or picnic just outside in the woods while enjoying the concerts. There’s also a mosh pit of cushions right in front of the stage, where children can relax on their own and learn to love to listen.

Celebrating its 100th summer season this year, Maverick Concerts offered a re-creation of the original first 1916 concert on Sunday, June 28th, at its classic 4p Sunday concert. And opened its Young People’s Concert series on Saturday, June 27th, with the master percussion ensemble, NEXUS. Next up is the locally-based (and beyond-locally-loved) Elizabeth Mitchell & Family on July 4th. Mitchell was the first new children‘s music artist signed to Smithsonian Folkways in the 21st century. Following on July 18th is the Bari Koral Family Band, an interactive program with catchy, friendly tunes and creative movement. The series culminates on August 8th with the Miro Quartet, which performs worldwide on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, including at Carnegie Hall. The lineup this year proves, yet again, that the Young People’s Concert series at Maverick Concerts is a unique gem and special treat for Hudson Valley families.

Young People’s Concert series at Maverick Concerts: 120 Maverick Road in Woodstock, NY; Saturdays, July 4th & 18th, and August 8th; All concerts begin at 11a; Free for children under the age of 16, $5 for adults. No advance ticketing or reserved seats. Arrive early to claim your spot. You can bring your own food and drink, and free snacks are also provided. Bug spray is always a good idea at any woodsy venue in Woodstock. Find out more on their website.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Performance Piano Museum Now Open in Hunter

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Vladimir Pleshakov and wife Elena Winther at Piano Performance Museum
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Vladimir Pleshakov and wife Elena Winther at Piano Performance Museum

In 2008 I wrote a Chronogram feature on the Pleshakov Piano Museum in Hunter. Founded by pianist Vladimir Pleshakov in 2002, the facility has since been renamed the Piano Performance Museum and expanded its collection of more than 20 historical pianos and is open weekends this summer for walk-in tours (private group tours can be arranged and occasional concerts are held on site).

The museum contains a piano from Mozart’s era, a piano owned and signed by Liberace, a rare Beethoven-era 1842 John Broadwood semi-grand, a Liszt-era 1873 Erard Paris grand, a 1783 Stein Viennese pianoforte, an 1803 Muzio Clementi square grand, an 1869 Henri Herz upright, an 1896 Bechstein 6-foot parlor grand, and others.

Here’s some audio of Pleshakov playing Asioli’s 1795 Sonata on a 1795 Broadwood grand piano:

The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum is located in the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, New York. The museum is open for walk-in tours Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm. For more information, call (518) 263-2036 or visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/index.html.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mike & Ruthy Shine for 'Bright As You Can' in Bearsville

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Mike & Ruthy Band
  • The Mike & Ruthy Band

Even this far ahead of the return of their popular Summer Hoot music festival this August, roots Americana couple nonpareil Mike & Ruthy have reason to do some hootin’ of their own. The West Hurley duo and their fourth album, the Mike & Ruthy Band’s Bright As You Can (Humble Abode Music/Thirty Tigers Records), which they’ll celebrate this Saturday with a show at the Bearsville Theater.

Featuring guest appearances by Amy Helm, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Marco Benevento and Ruthy’s dad, Grammy-winning fiddler Jay Ungar, Bright As You Can is available in CD, digital download, and gatefold double LP formats. The 14-song collection has drawn advance accolades from many a media organ, including the Boston Globe, who called it “a joyful document of a band rounding a corner and into a wide-open field of possibilities.”

Dig Mike & Ruthy playing the new album’s “Goin’ Out” at last year’s Summer Hoot:

The Mike & Ruthy Band will perform with special guests Tracy Bonham, Happy Traum, and Adrien Reju at the Bearsville Theater in Bearsville, New York, on June 27 at 8pm. Tickets are $17.95. For more information, call (845) 679-4406 or visit http://bearsvilletheater.com/.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Coney Island’s Got Nothing on Rosendale

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Louisa Duffy

The town summer camp that’s housed at the Rosendale Rec Center complex makes a home base in the pavilion, and when it’s 100 degrees, the kids sit at the picnic tables and stare at the empty pool just on the other side of the chain link fence. Tara Burke, the Recreation Director at the Town of Rosendale, says it’s like torture. The swim team has relocated, and there are no swimming lessons offered to Rosendale children. The Brookside School, which bussed from Cottekill 100 children each day, can’t hold their summer physical and occupational therapy gym classes there anymore, which got kids out of their wheelchairs and into the pool. “It’s in the heart of Ulster County, in a central location. There’s not another pool like this that’s town-operated, open to the public, and on a beautiful park,” says Burke. “It’s one of a kind, and it’s a sorry loss. And it’s agony not to be able to provide it for our children.”

  • John Fischer

What started as a sand-bottom pool prior to the 1970s, the current one is 40 years old, and for the past 5-10 of those, the town’s been patching it and praying. When the bottom of the pool began to crack, and the federal standards changed, the town had to close the pool. That happened with a lot of local pools nationwide. Holding a bill in their hands for $1 million replacement costs, the town’s leaders couldn’t stomach asking the taxpayers for more money. Their grant-writing and fundraising campaign brought in over $1 million, but by that time, inflation had brought the price of construction up, and there was a gap in the funding. So Louisa Duffy, a Rosendale resident and a manager at the New York Blood Center, decided to do something about it.

Thinking of a water theme and how the words sort of rhyme, Duffy conceived of the First Annual Rosendale Mermaid Parade, which will take over the town on Sunday, June 28th, for an event to raise money, through private donations and mermaid sponsors, for the pool rebuild. Duffy says she only just learned of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade that annually draws over half a million people to Brooklyn for the World’s Largest Art Parade. And the First Annual Rosendale Mermaid Parade will be different. “This is women and children on a Sunday afternoon dressing like mermaids to raise money for our town pool.” And it’s something to unite the community. Something it’s already done. The Rosendale Farmer’s Market is donating table space for two mermaid registration desks and acting as a starting point for the parade. Amy Trompetter of the Redwing Blackbird Theater has, for the past few weeks, been running workshops at the theater so volunteers can help create giant puppets for people to carry in the parade. The Mid-Hudson Misfits roller derby team will carry a giant seahorse puppet in the parade. The Women’s Club of Rosendale has been a major sponsor of the event. In taking action to get back their town pool, these folks hope the Rosendale Mermaid Parade will teach kids to be creative and dream big.

Join them all weekend! On Friday, June 26th, the last puppet workshop will be held at the Redwing Blackbird Theater from 5-8p, with a Mermaid Parade dress rehearsal. On Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th, the Rosendale Theater will be showing the 1984 flick, Splash, with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, at 5p and offering reduced ticket prices for anyone dressed as a mermaid.

Then on Sunday, June 28th, spend the day in Rosendale. Main Street, the Rosendale Flea Market, and the Rosendale Farmer’s Market will be open about 10a so people can eat and socialize prior to the parade. Check in at the Mermaid desks at the Farmer’s Market with your sponsorship and donations. The top fundraisers are the Mermaid Parade King and Queen. Line up for the parade around 12:30p. The First Annual Rosendale Mermaid Parade kicks off about 1p, with the Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club leading the way to the tune of water-themed songs. The event is free, but donations to the rebuilding efforts of the Rosendale town pool are encouraged. Find up-to-the minute updates on Facebook, and donate online.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bringing Local Food to Families in Need

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Not just for privileged palates, local food is coming to Hudson Valley's food pantries. A new educational program will help families in need, offering free information, cooking demos, and of course, healthy local food on their plates.

Eat Local NY partnered this spring with the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown to bring the program to the community as part of Eat Local NY's "Local Food For All Project." The project helps emergency food outlets make fresh, local, and seasonally grown produce available to children and families in need by connecting them to family farmers throughout New York State.

An educational component aims to raise awareness about the benefits of eating local, healthy food, emphasizing the direct relationship between food and wellness. Interactive workshops, chef-led cooking demonstrations, farm visits, and other resources will help to build the knowledge of food pantry clients as well as staff and volunteers.

Eat Local NY has also partnered with the Food Bank for Westchester to distribute farm-fresh produce to more than 110 families through the Green Thumb Program. The community will learn recipes, basic nutrition, culinary skills, and the value of local food and sustainable food systems.

To learn more and to donate to the project, visit eatlocalny.com/projects or call (914) 400-4113.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Opera Performances at Basilica Hudson This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Claudio Monteverdi
  • Claudio Monteverdi

Live opera in the cavernous, industrial space of Basilica Hudson? An amazing an idea, for sure. And so it will transpire this Saturday and Sunday, when the former-foundry-turned-arts-center stages “The Enchanted Pomegranate,” a self-described “storytelling concert” presented by New York opera-training organization Il Cuore Canta.

Promising music “from Monteverdi to Handel,” the concerts will feature four singers—sopranos Valentina Fleer, Alexis Rodda, and Angela Dinkelman, and tenor Jordan Pitts—in a program in which “Enchanted pomegranates weave their magic, intoxicating the senses, igniting love, soothing rancor, healing injury, and reuniting sundered hearts.”

Listen to Alexis Roddis in this 2014 performance:

“The Enchanted Pomegranate” will be presented at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York, on June 20 at 7:30pm and June 21 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students). For more information, call (518) 822-1050 or visit http://basilicahudson.com/.

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Dorsky Museum Digital Database Launch

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 4:00 AM


June 15 saw the highly anticipated launch of a public digital database of art collections by the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and Women's Studio Workshop. Images and information regarding more than 7,000 objects now make their home in this database that Ariel Shanberg, executive director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, calls “an exciting next step in the way arts organizations in our unique region of the world are working together.”

The institutions involved have dedicated themselves to sustaining and growing the artistic traditions of the Hudson Valley—Women's Studio Workshop has expanded into the country's largest publisher of artist hand-printed books and the Dorsky Museum devotes much of its time to the augmentation of student work.

Funding for the database was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant supported by New Paltz alumnus and former US Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who believes this collaborative effort to be a foremost step in protecting and promoting Hudson Valley art. Additional support for the project was provided by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kate Pierson of The B-52's Releases New Music Video

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Down the sound hole of Kate Pierson’s guitar is, according to the music video for her new song “Matrix,” a world populated by wooden rabbits, animated lions, carrot-colored yarn people, and stick figure wizards. The founding member of The B-52’s released her debut solo album Guitars and Microphones in February, and has been supporting the record on tour for the past few months. Pitchfork has described Pierson’s voice on the new album as having “a resonance that feels born of a life well lived.” New tour dates were recently announced and include a June 20 show at the Clearwater Festival. Get your tickets here!
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