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Join 150 musicians at UPAC for sing-along Messiah

The Euro knockabout composer George Frideric Handel wrote his famous Messiah in a mere 24 days of feverish composing, setting to music scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens. Some suggest that the German-born,…

Emily Tschiffely, Amber Sloan and Jeffrey Kazin of David Parker & the Bang Group (photo by Nicholas Burnham)

Cheeky Nut/Cracked at Bard’s Fisher Center

It’s a hazardous assignment, taking on the deconstruction, parody and transfiguration of a beloved cultural icon – especially one so deeply intertwined with so many people’s happy memories of the year-end holidays. But…

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Tony Trischka to play benefit for Unison

Banjoist Tony Trischka made his name developing his own form of newgrass: progressive bluegrass with an expanded harmonica and stylistic taste for jazzy jamming. But when Trischka lends his talents to a benefit…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (December 18-25)

“I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.” – John Burroughs, naturalist   THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 Children’s Holiday Tea, candlelight tours at Mount…

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The Black Keys to headline Mountain Jam

It might seem strange for Mountain Jam – the yearly jam and roots/rock bacchanalia on Hunter Mountain – to be making headlines in December, but Mountain Jam’s initial 2015 lineup announcement is a…

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Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (December 18-27)

Note to our readers: Every page marks a different date in our online Almanac Weekly calendar of events.  The weekly post includes: premier listings on the first page; the events for Thursday on page 2; Friday…

Suzukis American persimmons hardly look edible, but they have rich, sweet flavor. (photo by Lee Reich)

Persistent persimmons: Sweet fruits come in shriveled packages

As I write this, on December 1, the Rabbi – that’s the Rabbi Samuel fig – is still ripening fruit in my barely heated greenhouse. That’s commendable. Not so commendable, however, is the flavor;…

The Blue Collar Brewery at 40 Cottage Street in Poughkeepsie. The 19th-century building once housed a paper and box storage concern,  a meatpacking operation, and a garment factory. (Courtesy of Blue Collar Brewery)

Restored Poughkeepsie factory now houses Blue Collar Brewery

By his junior year at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Business and History major Randy Marquis knew that pursuing a postgrad Law degree was not the attractive proposition that he’d thought…

Global temperatures have climbed only 1.5 degrees since 1900, despite the huge amount of carbon that we’ve put into the atmosphere. This very small rise is something that no one can explain. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Climate change: Maybe we shouldn’t worry

A couple of weeks ago, in the wonderful HBO series The Newsroom, a climate expert told the news anchor that it’s now too late to save Earth. Catastrophe cannot be avoided. We needed…

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Hudson Opera House commences final phase of restoration

  In a 14-year-long effort, local residents have worked to restore the Hudson Opera House, New York State’s oldest surviving theater. Situated at the base of Warren Street, the 1855 structure, designed by…

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