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Iced over: Crossing the Hudson in winter before the bridges were built

Though small in stature, Lloyd Plass took big risks – risks in business, with his own safety and, most assuredly, with the safety of others. During the 1920s, Plass, a Highland resident, came…

This next week is an ideal time for stargazing and especially exploring the Moon, which is now ideally illuminated for breathtaking detail. None of it costs a penny. Please also consider coming to my free 8 p.m. talk at SUNY-New Paltz’s Coykendall Science Building this Tuesday evening, February 16, for the Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association. (photo by Thomas Bresson)

Romance in the heavens: Where to find free Valentine’s gifts

When I was a teenager, I fell in love a couple of times. I’d sweep my hand towards the night sky and say, “That’s Arcturus. That’s your star.” Girlfriends loved that. (Yes, I…

The ten paintings on display at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park through May 25, installed throughout the rooms of the 19th-century home, are part of a unique collaboration between the historic site and artist Angela Fraleigh.

Contemporary art installation at Hyde Park’s Vanderbilt Mansion examines the role of women

The women are seen from behind, their faces turned away from the viewer, their features indistinct. Creamy complexions, upswept hair, a luminous expanse of bare shoulder. A suggestion of a life, a woman’s…


Mary Fahl & Leon Russell coming to Beacon’s Towne Crier

February brings a bevy of historic talent to the Towne Crier in Beacon, including singer/songwriter and October Project founder Mary Fahl (pictured above) on Saturday, February 13. Fahl’s recent solo work shares much…

C. Fraser Press and daughters in Theresa is a Mother

Upstate Films Rhinebeck screens locally shot Theresa is a Mother

The popularity of the Hudson Valley as a place to shoot movies – especially indie films – continues to grow apace; and it’s always great news for the local economy when a homegrown…


“The flash is like crack to them:” Mark Peterson’s photos from presidential campaign in Beacon

“The flash is like crack to them. They really don’t care if a picture is flattering or not.” So observes veteran photojournalist Mark Peterson of the 2016 presidential hopefuls whom he has been…


Piecing together the past: Free slide talks on historical quilts 
at FDR site and Vassar

Two events in our area this week train fascinating spotlights on the role of quilts in American culture. Once relegated to the dubious, dusty closet of “folk art,” quilts have been enjoying a…

Lisa Phillips

Alt-Valentine’s Day author panel this Saturday in Woodstock

Does Valentine’s Day depress you because you’ve never found Mr. or Ms. Right? Maybe what you need to lift your spirits and make you feel less alone is what Woodstock’s Golden Notebook has…


The Sun Parade plays Bearsville this Saturday

Brooklyn is inarguably the Seattle of the aughts and into the teens: the fertile delta of the new primitivism, dreampop dreams, eccentric retro, underground electro collectives and the cleverest conservatory-grade chamber-rock ever. But…

(Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Subzero Heroes Ice Jump in Highland this Saturday

What would you do to promote finding the cause and cure of a life-destroying disease? Would you donate a few bucks? Would you dedicate your life to research? Would you jump into freezing-cold…

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