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Haws cans are still made; my two-gallon galvanized Haws watering cans have served me and my plants well for over 20 years. (photo by Lee Reich)

Three great gardening books to while away the winter

I’ve been gardening for more than 30 years. Don’t be impressed: The number of years spent with hands in the dirt doesn’t necessarily confer any particular expertise in the field (pun intended). Some…

Rossetti, Christina. Speaking Likenesses. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874.

Vassar’s Modfest highlights Alice in Wonderland sesquicentennial

Now in its 13th year, Modfest is Vassar College’s annual winter series of free programs and performances celebrating 20th- and 21st-century arts, typically featuring the work of many Vassar faculty members, alumnae and…

International Space Station Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti answer questions posed by reporters last month (courtesy of Nasa)

Private rockets to space… and the Halloween accident

On October 31, a deadly high-altitude accident destroyed the SS2 space plane. The test flight had been conducted by one of several private spaceship companies founded by multi-billionaires and receiving taxpayer dollars. A…

Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei in Blackhat

Slick cyberterrorism thriller Blackhat is mostly empty calories

It’s always a little intriguing when a new movie is released and its reviews are all over the map, from one star to five. What did one critic see in this flick, one…

DC Comics’ Nightwing pursues a cadre of brainwashers and rogue geneticists, headed by villainess Talia al Ghul, to their base at Bannerman’s Castle

Many comic book heroes have Hudson Valley roots

New York has always been an activity hub in the Marvel Universe. The company was founded by a City kid, Stan Lee, and the bulk of its classic characters were drawn and fleshed…

(On cover and above): Architect Frances Halsband at home in Woodstock

Pioneering architect Frances Halsband got her start on Woodstock’s Village Green

  Frances Halsband began working as an architect when few women were in that profession. Four years after graduating from architecture school at Columbia University in 1968, she and her husband, Robert Kliment,…

Interested in both the social and the societal value of art, Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr. (above),  founded the Dutchess County Art Association and invited local artists to meet in his own home at 55 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie.

How WPA artist Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr. changed the region

When American regionalist painter, muralist and printmaker Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr. (1902-1947) came home to his native Poughkeepsie after working as a muralist for the Treasury Relief Art Project and the Works Progress…

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BSP in Kingston hosts Americanfilmhistory

On Americanfilmhistory’s debut release The Grizzliest Thing I Know, the prolific and ambitious songwriter Frank McGinnis delivers what can only be described as a folk record, though it is a kind of folk…

C.B. Smith and the Lucky Devils

C. B. Smith & the Lucky Devils celebrate new CD in Woodstock

The music of C. B. Smith and the Lucky Devils rather perfectly illustrates a point I have been trying to make about the contemporary roots genre for a while now. How convenient. Smith’s…

Postcard of the D&H Canal with the Depuy Canal House in the background. The main part of the stone structure now housing the restaurant, originally an inn, was built by Simeon Depuy in 1797 and sold to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company during the 1830s for use as offices, a store and overnight accommodations for locktenders and passing canalboat operators. (courtesy of D&H Canal Historical Society and Museum)

D&H Canal Historical Society awarded grant to acquire Depuy Canal House

For the past 45 years, thanks to the genius of chef/owner John Novi, the Depuy Canal House Restaurant in the center of the High Falls hamlet has had a well-earned reputation as one…

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