Author Ann Hood has written 15 books, and her essays and short stories have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Paris Review and the New York Times. Hood is just one of many writers who will be participating in the seventh annual Woodstock Writers' Festival, which runs from April 7-10.

Woodstock Writers’ Festival, April 7-10

Interesting things happen when writers congregate. They discuss craft and the logistics of the publishing business. They share their work with each other. They inspire and get inspired. And when they gather in…

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All in the family: Daughters Fare & Ale in Red Hook

It’s an unusual name for an eatery, so let’s establish right now that Ryan and Rachel McLaughlin have four daughters under seven; one set of twins came as a surprise, particularly timed as…

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SNL veteran Denny Dillon teaches improv at Kingston’s Old Dutch Church

You’ve probably walked away from a conversation and immediately thought of all the things that you could have said to make your point, and in the process, maybe even presented yourself more effectively…

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Go for the green: Celebrate St. Paddy’s day on both sides of the river

Shamrock Run & St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Kingston this Sunday Nobody does it better than the City of Kingston – celebrates St. Paddy’s Day, that is. For the past 27 years, the…

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Robert Burke Warren to launch first novel in Woodstock

Local singer/songwriter/stay-at-home dad Robert Burke Warren has penned a perfectly unbroken story of all the ways (or many of them, at least) that things can come undone. Some of these ways are instantaneous,…

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Sole survivors: You can still get your shoes repaired in the Hudson Valley

Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, you could find a shoe-repair shop in every community, and perhaps even one in every neighborhood in a large city. A pair of shoes was…

The Bread Alone café in Lake Katrine offers a full line of the company’s well-known breads, such as certified-organic French sourdough, nine mixed-grain and raisin-and-walnut levain, plus pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads, and has indoor and outdoor seating. (Will Dendis | Almanac Weekly)

Bread Alone’s new cafe in Lake Katrine

The story of Bread Alone Bakery has become a local legend. When Dan Leader built his first firebrick oven in a small building in Boiceville back in 1983, he just wanted to produce…

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Soup, speak & sketch with Jean-Marc Superville Sovak in Beacon

“I am more interested in the experiential than the informational,” writes Jean-Marc Superville Sovak of his abstract works of art. They ask the viewer to observe and consider. For example, consider the facial…

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Santacon in Poughkeepsie this Saturday

For the past five years, crowds of Santa-clad revelers have taken to the streets in Poughkeepsie to let their beards down before the Big Night – you know the one: the worldwide toy…

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Help out with the Christmas Bird Count

Citizen science is on the rise, perhaps no place more dramatically evident than in amateur birdwatching circles, where nonprofessionals conduct scientific research and report their findings to local and national birding organizations. In…

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