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Monday, November 30, 2015

Historic Holidays

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Staatsburgh State Historic Site

One of the best things about a place where historic homes still stand aplenty is that some of them are so fantastically maintained and restored. They enliven our landscape, especially from a riverboat view, and we can bring our families there to breathe in the previous lifetimes that our valley has known.

Formerly (and sometimes locally) known as Mills Mansion, Staatsburgh was the Gilded Age country home of financer and philanthropist Ogden Mills and his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, a prominent figure in New York society. And every December, a “history mystery” takes place in its 79 rooms. This year, as families move through the Gilded Age mansion, they’ll have to interview costumed interpreters, who portray houseguests and servants, to find out who would draw a mustache on the portrait of Mrs. Mills during a recent weekend party. “It’s a fun and interactive way to introduce children to history while enjoying the decorated mansion,” says site manager Pam Malcolm. “The Holiday Whodunit has become an annual tradition for many families, who come each December to enjoy the holiday decorations and explore the mansion and park together.” Children submit their deduction of “whodunit” at the end of their tour for the chance to win prizes provided by The Friends of Mills Mansion and Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck.

The Holiday Whodunit at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park: December 6, 13, 20 and 27; drop in anytime between 1-3:30pm for the open house, self-guided, interactive tour; Children ages 12 and under are free; admission for adults is $8, and senior admission is $6. For more information and to find out about special evening hours and other holiday tours, call 845-889-8851 or visit their website and Facebook page.

  • Courtesy of Clermont State Historic Site

Make a day of it with a trip to Locust Grove at 2683 South Road (US Route 9) in Poughkeepsie. There will be Holiday Scavenger Hunts on Sundays, December 6, 13 and 20, from 12-4p, where your family can decipher clues to find some of the Young family’s favorite objects, which are rarely on view. Once you’ve completed the hunt (staged through the historic mansion’s 20 lavishly-decorated rooms), return to the visitor center for cider, cookies, and story-telling. $8/person, kids under 4 are free. Visit their website for more info.

Also check out A Child’s Christmas at Clermont, happening at 87 Clermont Avenue in Germantown on December 5th and 6th from 10a-12p, for a stocking-foot tour, stories by the Christmas tree in the Livingstons’ oak-paneled library, and treats in the historic kitchen. Ideal for ages 3-10; $4 per person.

And don’t miss Boscobel’s annual Sparkle! event, at 1601 Route 9D in Garrison, happening Fridays and Saturdays starting this weekend through December 19th. For details and tickets, visit their website.
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dar Williams Sings in Beacon Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams

Acclaimed Cold Spring singer-songwriter Dar Williams recently released Emeralds (Bread & Butter Music), her first album in three years. To tout the new disc, she’s hitting the road for a tour that includes stops on the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and East Coast—including one on December 4 at the Towne Crier.

Featuring guest appearances by Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, and the Hooters (!), Emeralds is another fan-delighting collection of new original material. It also includes some perhaps surprising covers, such as Big Audio Dynamite’s “Johnny Appleseed.”

Hear and watch her sing the album’s “Slippery Slope” in Germany this past May:

Dar Williams will perform at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on December 4 at 8:30pm. Joe Crookston will open. Tickets are $45. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tommy Stinson Kicks Off Hudson Event Series

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Tommy Stinson

With the Replacements now back on ice again, the band’s founding bassist—and current Hudson resident—Tommy Stinson continues to keep bust in other ways. One such way is “Friday Night Is Killing Me,” a new events series he’s hosting at Club Helsinki in Hudson beginning tomorrow night, November 25.

The shows will feature “surprise musical guests” and “will be filmed to capture the spontaneous magic that happens when Stinson, a cult indie-rock figure in his own right as a rock singer-songwriter, meshes his personality and considerable musical chops on bass, guitar, and vocals with an ever-changing lineup of friends and collaborators—both musically and otherwise. The shows will have an informal, off-the-cuff feel and will emphasize plenty of musical and verbal give-and-take between Stinson and company.” Having caught previous Helsinki happenings emceed by Stinson, I’ve no doubt that this series will be a real—as ’Mats fans might say—hootenanny.

Here, he and some friends perform at the club in 2013:

Tommy Stinson’s “Friday Night is Killing Me” series kicks off at 7pm on November 25 at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York. Tickets are $10 and $25. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Sinterklaas Strikes Again!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Doug Baz
Every year we at Chronogram write about the Sinterklaas events in Kingston and Rhinebeck. It embodies everything that’s great about the Hudson Valley: collaborative communities, art workshops, parades, history, and homegrown fun! For those who already familiar with it, and for those who are new to the land and looking for a little awesomeness, here are the details around Sinterklaas coming to town this time. So you can join the fun, carry a puppet, and thank the artists, businesses, families, and communities of the Hudson Valley for this sweet holiday tradition.

All month there were benefit artist fairs and free Crown & Branches workshops where children become Kings and Queens as they create their own crowns and staffs for wish-making. Catch the last of them this weekend at Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck. Kids can work on their own creations or with master puppeteers, Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, on the giant puppets for the Rhinebeck parade.

On Saturday, November 28th, a whole day of festivities in Kingston are planned around Sinterklaas’ send-off. Parrots for Peace, balloon sculpting, storytelling, a puppet show, wine tasting, Music Together, and a chorus of traditional holiday songs will be happening all around the city. Plus, workshops all up and down the Rondout, like ornament making at Jay Teske Leather Co., Shrinky Dinks at Olivieri’s, and cookie decorating at Milne at Home Antiques, plus the Crown & Branches at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The parade to launch Sinterklaas into the Rondout Creek and on his way to the Hudson River starts at 4p at the corner of Broadway and Garraghan Drive/Spring Street, just outside the Arts Society of Kingston.

On Saturday, December 5th, Sinterklaas arrives after his sail across the river in Rhinebeck to a festival of epic proportions. There are all kinds of shows like the teddy bear beauty contest at Samuel’s, dance performances at the Town Hall, children’s book author readings at Oblong Books, and more Crowns & Branches workshops at the Fire House. New this year is the Sinter Underground, a space for teens! Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The Children’s Starlight Parade starts at 6:00p in the Municipal Parking Lot and features two-story tall, animated puppets. It ends in dance parties all over town.

At both events, look for the honeybee activities, to celebrate this year’s Sinterklaas honored animal. From noon til 4p, kids can learn strange and fascinating things in the Secrets of the Hive at the Rose Garden on the corner of Broadway and Abeel Street in Kingston on November 28th. And on December 5th, if they enter The Hive decorated by Red Hook and Rhinebeck students, which awaits them in Foster’s Parking Lot in Rhinebeck from noon til 6p, they’ll hear secrets written by local writers and whispered by the Queen Bee.

From the whole story to the whole lineup, learn all about it at Sinterklaas Hudson Valley. And buy your honey bee-themed stars at one of the local shops to support the event.
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Milking It: Support for Breastfeeding Moms in Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 4:00 AM

  • Aurimas Mikalauskas

Women today can hardly escape the message: When it comes to feeding your baby, breast is best. And while the vast majority of women start out breastfeeding after birth, most find that it's not smooth sailing on the milky white sea. A 2013 study at UC Davis surveyed 418 new mothers and found that by day three, 92 percent of them experienced some trouble breastfeeding, such as latching problems, nipple pain, or low milk production.

Help is on the way. Earlier this month, the Dutchess County Department of Health opened its Breastfeeding Support & Education Center, offering information and training to new mothers and mamas-to-be. The Center's walk-in clinic will be open on Fridays from 10am to 2pm. Appointments and breastfeeding support and education services will also be available by phone, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (845) 486-3419.

It truly takes a village when comes to breastfeeding. The UC Davis study surmised that the biggest reason why women struggled with breastfeeding was lack of support in the first few weeks. Access to certified lactation consultants like the ones at the new Center can make all the difference.

For more information, contact the Department at (845) 486-3419 or email Healthinfo@dutchessny.gov.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Felice Brothers Unveil Holiday EP, Play Benefit Show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Felice Brothers
  • The Felice Brothers

In a commendable Thanksgiving tradition, local folk rock favorites the Felice Brothers will headline Foodstock 8, an all-ages concert at the Chance Theater to benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The Palenville-birthed band has also announced the impending arrival of Felice Navidad, a self-released digital EP of five new, original, Christmas-themed songs, which will be available online November 20.

Digital downloads of the full EP are $5 each, and net proceeds from the sales will be likewise donated to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. If you pre-order the EP now through the Felice Brothers' online store, you’ll receive an instant free download of the new song “Country Ham.” Have at it here: http://thefelicebrothers.kungfustore.com/

Watch the boys in this promo clip for the song “Lion,” from last year’s Favorite Waitress (Dualtone Records)

The Felice Brothers, Lindsey Webster, Sirsy, Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones, and Snaphammer
will perform at Foodstock 8 on November 21 at 6pm at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 471-1966 or visit http://thechancetheater.com/.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Satoko Fujii Brings New Band to Troy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Satoko Fujii
  • Natsuki Tamura
  • Satoko Fujii

The music of Japanese avant-jazz pianist and composer Satoko Fujii takes in European classical as well as the folk music of her homeland, moving as well between Cecil Taylor-inspired dissonance and Keith Jarrett-esque contemplation. One of her outlets is the quartet Tobira, which will perform at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on November 21.

Tobira’s debut, Yamiyo Ni Karasu, was released last summer on the Libra label. “With Fujii tunes, there is often the mood of entering an unsettled weather system,” writes All About Jazz reviewer Dan McClenaghan about the disc. “With full force gales giving way to eye-of-the-storm tranquility, then a wafting breeze and gentle raindrops, then a huge rumble of thunder that shakes you down to your soul.”

Here are some snippets of Tobira live in Europe in 2013:

Tobira will perform at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York, on November 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 272-2390 or visit http://www.mediasanctuary.org/.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Handmade Sweetness to Start the Holiday Season

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of Safe Harbors on the Hudson

Handmade confections are definitely the sweetest part of the holiday season. Not only by their sugary natures, but also because it’s a time when we especially like to make them to share. And to start the holiday season off right, two events in Newburgh invite you to celebrate it sweetly.

At the Bells on Broadway Holiday Market and Children's Festival, a free festival now in its 8th year, there will be live music, storytelling, and puppeteering, a holiday musical and dance adventure to the North Pole, and crafts. Families can get photos with Santa and Frosty and decorate their own cupcakes for a nominal fee. And services like kids fingerprinting and spinal assessments will be available. Not to mention all the holiday shopping opportunities with local vendors featuring handmade crafts, gourmet foods, and gift items. New this year to the festival is a gingerbread house competition, where gingerbread artists’ intricate creations will be on display. The houses are donated to a silent auction to benefit Safe Harbors of the Hudson, a non-profit re-development project in the City of Newburgh with the mission of transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s 8th annual Bells on Broadway Holiday Market and Children’s Festival at 107 Broadway in Newburgh, in the Lobby of the Ritz Theater and the Historic Green Room: Saturday, November 21st, 11a-4p, free! For more information, contact June Henley at (845) 784-1110, jhenley@safe-harbors.org or visit www.safe-harbors.org

Commodore Chocolatier on Broadway in Newburgh has been inviting kids into the kitchen to watch them hand-pull candy canes for years, and for the last 16 in an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition that families have come to anticipate. It’s a free demonstration of the art of candy cane making, where people get to design their own pieces to take home. Just watching the process is an all-senses event. The candy first cooks in a big copper kettle and gets worked on a marble table. It's then mixed with pure flavors that perfume the kitchen with peppermint fragrance. The magical process of coloring and striping transforms the mass into candy canes right before the eye. And, as if that’s not enough, the shop next door sells holiday goodies like solid chocolate Santas, chocolate gift boxes, and more.

Make Your Own Candy Cane Demonstration, an annual Holiday Happening in the Candy Kitchen at Commodore Chocolatier, 480-482 Broadway in Newburgh: Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th, with half-hour demonstrations at noon, 1:30,p 3:00p, & 4:30p. Call (845) 561-3960 for more info.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stephen Merritt Steps Out for Mass MoCA Concert

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Stephen Merritt

Today marks the second Hudson-oriented post this week, and once again it concerns a local musician who’s very active outside the town that was once the largest red light district in the Northeast but is now known for upscale restaurants and high-end antique dealers: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stephen Merritt, a Hudsonian since 2012 who will perform at nearby Mass MoCA on November 21.

For the occasion, Merritt, the mastermind behind the Magnetic Fields (best known for the 1999 opus 69 Love Songs on Merge Records) and offshoots the Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes, and the 6ths, will deliver a rare minimalist concert in which he will be accompanied only by regular Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Deval.

Here, Merritt croons a solo version of “The Book of Love” in 2012:

Stephen Merritt will perform at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on November 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $29 in advance, $35 day of show, and $44 preferred seating. For more information, call (413) 662-2111 or visit http://www.massmoca.org/index.php.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Here We Go Magic Reveals Hudson Video

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here We Go Magic
  • Here We Go Magic

I saw Here We Go Magic when they played in Hudson about a year ago and they killed me. All jittery, jangly guitars, cubist riffs, and precise, caffeinated rhythms reminiscent of the Feelies, but with interwoven psych synths and the distant vocals of leader Luke Temple. Temple himself lives in Hudson nowadays, and it’s there that the video for “Be Small,” the title track of the band’s fourth album, was shot.

The wistful, meandering “Be Small” is a bit of a departure from the HWGM sound as described above. I hear a bit of Young Americans—era Bowie in there, but maybe that’s just me. Check it out and see what you think:

Be Small is out now on Secretly Canadian Records. For more information, visit http://herewegomagicband.tumblr.com/.

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