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Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrate Spring at the Spiritual Arts Fair

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM


Come elevate your consciousness and perhaps find healing (or at least a crystal for your altar) at the Spiritual Arts and Consciousness Fair in Orange County this weekend. Local psychics, healers, workshop presenters, and food, craft, and clothing vendors will come together for this indoor-outdoor event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (UUCRT).

Get a tarot card reading. Walk the labyrinth. Try a Chinese Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong session. Shop for jewelry, creams, essential oils, and yoga clothes. Meet holistic experts at informational tables and tents that can help you realize your personal and family health and lifestyle dreams and visions.

Song, dance, and delicious foods enhance the experience. Joy Robertson will lead a Sacred Goddess Dance at 12:15pm. From 1:15 to 2:00pm, you can chant and sway to kirtan music by BlisSing, the duo of local chanteuses Eileen O'Hare and Cat Guthrie.

Learn more and view the fair schedule.


Spiritual Arts and Consciousness Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (UUCRT)

9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY

$5 Entrance fee

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mirah and Jherek Bischoff Collaborate in Kingston

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Mirah and Jherek Bischoff
  • Mirah and Jherek Bischoff

Here’s an intriguing pairing: Brooklyn indie singer-songwriter Mirah and Los Angeles musical sage Jherek Bischoff, who will kick off a collaborative tour with a performance at BSP on May 10.

Mirah has been creating music since the late 90s, releasing on labels such as K and Kill Rock Stars and working with artists such as Tune-Yards, Phil Elverum, and others. Bischoff is a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist who’s collaborated with David Byrne, Neil Gaiman, Kronos Quartet, Amanda Palmer, and more and has composed for stage and screen. For the tour, the two will reimagine tracks from both of their catalogs as well as new tracks from their upcoming albums. They’ll be joined by a string quartet and such guest musicians as Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier.

Here’s Mirah live in 2014:

And here’s a Jherek Bischoff piece from 2012:

Mirah and Jherek Bischoff will perform at BSP in Kingston on May 10 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call (845) 554-3809 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Independent Bookstore Day: April 30

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 3:39 PM

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson
  • The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson

Between 2000 and 2007, 1,000 independent bookstores closed in the US. Big-box bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders forced smaller, independent booksellers out of business. Chain bookstores were pressured by the demands of the market, pushing them to grow and expand. In 2001, Borders sold its online distribution to Amazon. Barnes & Noble created the Nook to compete with Amazon's Kindle. The results: a competition based on profit and market demand rather than on reading and literary appreciation. And now the big-box bookstores themselves are facing trouble in the wake of Amazon's dominance online. (And, in a bit of a twist, Amazon has opened a brick-and-mortar store.)

Since independent bookstores can't compete with expensive technology created by larger chains, bookstore owners have chosen to get creative, mixing beer with books, or using their bookstores as event spaces for music and/or parties.

Independent Bookstore Day is a nationwide celebration of all things literary. With independent bookstores, readers can find kindred spirits walking among the aisles, as well as within the pages. The experience of being in an independent bookstore is a process of discovery and excitement—time mysteriously slows down and seems to disappear while roaming amid a myriad of books.

On April 30, participating independent bookstores will have exclusive offers, merchandise, and discounts available. Here is a list of Hudson Valley area bookstores that are participating:

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
The Golden Notebook
Oblong Books & Music (in Rhinebeck & Millerton)
Merritt Bookstore

For more information, visit here.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Horse Lords Ride into Bard College

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Horse Lords
  • Horse Lords

Baltimore-based band Horse Lords visited the Hudson Valley last year in support of their acclaimed album Hidden Cities. On May 2, the experimental rock outfit returns to the region to flaunt Interventions, their new release, when they perform at Bard College venue Smog.

Comprised of saxophonist and percussionist Andrew Bernstein, drummer Sam Haberman, guitarist Owen Gardner, and bassist Max Eilbacher, Horse Lords uses the system of just intonation identified with LaMonte Young and other minimalist composers while referencing krautrock, West African, sub-Saharan, and postpunk styles for their hypnotic, proggy instrumental music.

Here’s a trailer for Interventions:

Horse Lords will perform with Delta and Cal Fish at Bard College’s Smog in Annandale-on-Hudson on May 2 at 8pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/smogbardcollege/info?tab=page_info.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Saving the Soul of Education

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM


On April 30th, there will be a meeting of the minds in Red Hook. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and community members from public, private, and home schools are invited to spend the day exploring both the problems and counter efforts in 21st century education. Discussing topics such as Common Core standards, testing, parental rights, student data mining, digital education, and government and corporate interests, speakers will take an inspiring tone that centers around counter proposals for appropriate measures to education.

Hosted by the Avalon Initiative, an educational think-tank co-sponsored by the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, this is the fourth gathering (the second day-long conference) in a year that seeks to connect people interested in the well-being of students. “The direction of education should be self-determined by educators, just like businesses are run by businesspeople,” says Gary Lamb, Avalon Projects Coordinator. Lamb, and many others, feel the soul of education is under attack from government engagement with corporate interests, and that creating space for teachers to converse about that in a deeply politicized and socially engaged atmosphere will thwart it. “Education should not be run by CEOs and corporations, but by the knowledgeable and experienced people engaged in education.”

“I will speak about government overreach and the corporate dismantling of education,” says Katie Zahedi, Principal at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook and an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz. “We should protect the schools as nurturing places where we cooperate rather than increase competition.” Highlighting the immeasurable aspects of education, the conference will inspire those involved with education towards local reforms.

Enough Already! Saving the Soul of Education at the Taconic Retreat and Conference Center, 64 White Drive in Red Hook: Saturday, April 30th, 8:45a-5p, tickets are $45/$25 for college students and teacher trainees. Register online until 8 pm, April 28 at Eventbrite. After April 28th, contact glamb@thecenterforsocialresearch.org or 518-697-9167 for space availability. Learn more at their website.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clarinetist Paul Green to Play Berkshires Concert

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Paul Green
  • Paul Green

Occasionally in the arts world there occurs the confusing instance of several individuals having the same name (I share a moniker with the photographer Peter Aaron, who, to make things even more befuddling, lives in the same town as I do). And then there’s the case of clarinet virtuoso Paul Green, who should not be confused with the founder of Woodstock’s Paul Green Rock Academy. The former Paul Green will perform at the Lee Meeting House in Lee, Massachusetts, on April 30.

Clarinetist Green performed with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic at the age of 13 in 1962. He’s coming to the area in celebration of International Jazz Day and the release of his third album, Music Coming Together, which fuses jazz and klezmer styles.

Dig Green and his trio as they swing Benny Goodman’s “Slipped Disc”:

Paul Green and his sextet will perform at the Lee Meeting House in Lee, Massachusetts, on April 30 at 7:30pm. A reception with the band will follow. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (413) 243-0852 or visit http://leemeetinghouse.com/.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Connor Kennedy Cuts Cool Cover, Plays Marlboro Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Connor Kennedy and Minstrel
  • Connor Kennedy and Minstrel

For anyone reading this who’s somehow not aware: Today is the 2016 New York State Presidential Primary. So if you haven’t done so yet, please get out and vote.

In observance of this hotly contested and incredibly important occasion, Hudson Valley rocker Connor Kennedy, who continues his “Third Thursdays” series at the Falcon with his band Minstrel this week, recently recorded a fine version of the John Lennon classic “Gimme Some Truth.” Check it out:

Connor Kennedy and Minstrel will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm. A donation for the band is requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Summer Adventures at WDS

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of Woodstock Day School

We’ve spied hints of its return: a few warmer days and the sun still shining on our dinner tables. The inevitability of time’s march assures us that it will one day be summer, and we will again fill our days with ice cream and swimming and summer camp.

Summer at the Woodstock Day School (WDS) is packed with adventure. Between the nature center and the café, the outdoor stage and the two campus swimming pools, there’s a ramble of colorful buildings around a central green with views of Overlook Mountain. Science happens in the garden and at the pond, and campers swim twice a day in organized lessons and during free period. Three days a week, there’s African drumming and dance. Every Friday there’s an All Camp Gathering with student-led showcases of the week’s activities and ice cream (sometimes from a visiting ice cream truck).

Summer programs practice the Woodstock Day School’s signature Tribes program, where five agreements emphasize appreciation, and there are often two circle times each day to build community. Understanding the importance of role modeling, the counselors and camp director meet each morning before the campers arrive to set the tone for the day. Every age group is headed by a trained teacher with experience in educational settings. Most are at the school year-round, and teen counselors and visiting teachers all receive special training in the Tribes method. “It’s idyllic and not always evident in the outside world,” says summer camp director Pam Camara, “But we give them the skills to find a solution when they hit an impasse.” With campers from France, California, China, and a large population from New York City, being open to new people and learning intentional social skills for group interactions is an important piece of the WDS summer experience.

New to WDS summer programming are expanded offerings for upper age groups. Adding to long-running media, photography, music, and Wayfinder specialty camps, this year there are also options in writing, drama, fairy magic, art, engineering, and nature-based ecology and survival skills. It springs from campers who are aging out of the regular summer camp, which is geared for 3-11-year-olds, and who don’t want to stop spending their summers at WDS. The weeklong experiences extend the adventure up to age 14 with focused workshops in fields of interest.

Woodstock Day School Summer Adventure and Specialty Camps on Glasco Turnpike between Saugerties and Woodstock: July 4th-August 12th, Monday through Friday 9a-3p (with some exceptions), ages 3-14, $390-740. Register early for best choice. Learn more at their website. Ask about pre-care, after-care, After Camp Swim Lessons, and day rates for your children’s summer visitors.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Farm-Fresh to the Rescue, with Long Table Harvest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 2:44 PM


It was while working at farms in the Hudson Valley that Audrey Berman and Laura Engleman discovered just how much food gets left behind at harvest time. "On average, 20% of what is grown doesn’t make it out of the field," says Berman. In an aha moment, the pair realized that these farm-fresh leftovers could go a long way toward feeding people in need in their home communities of Columbia County.

This was the seed that sprouted the idea for Long Table Harvest, a new food rescue program cofounded by Berman and Engleman last fall. Now partnered up with 16 local farms and serving 14 distribution sites, Long Table Harvest is poised to deliver this year's leftover harvest to food-insecure individuals across the region.

The pair notes while that Columbia County has over 52,000 acres of farmland yielding an abundance of high-quality produce, it also has about 7,000 people who are food-insecure and another 10,000 who live 200% below the poverty line. Together, this accounts for about 25% of the population, with many elderly people and children affected. The new food-rescue program is serving to bridge the gap between wholesome farm food that would otherwise go to waste and the people who need it most.

To make it work, Long Table Harvest needs our help. The group has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $20,000 to purchase a delivery vehicle and to register, insure, and fuel it. Funds are also needed to cover liability insurance costs for all of the volunteers working on the farms.

The 2016 growing season has only just begun, and the Long Table Harvest website already notes that they've rescued 435 pounds of food. Imagine what summer will bring - and imagine the impact of all that farm-fresh produce on the health and the hearts of our local communities.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Long Table Harvest Launches IndieGoGo Campaign

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Long Table Harvest

Long Table Harvest has created a new food program that plans to deliver the surplus produce from local farms to people who don’t have access to healthy food. 7,000 Columbia county residents are food-insecure. 10,000 residents live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. The farm-food rescue program serves Columbia county—where Long Table Harvest has access to more than 52,000 acres of farm land and a variety of local produce.

Long Table Harvest is an effort to bring the average 20 percent of produce that doesn’t make it off the farm to people in need. They have created an IndieGoGo Campaign, seeking $20,000 in donations. In order to fund this project, they will need a fueled, insured delivery vehicle by June so they can begin the process. For more information, visit their campaign.

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