Amy McTear

Celebrating New Year’s Day with sound in New Paltz

Consider ringing in the New Year surrounded by sound: drums, flute, didgeridoo, symphonic gong, crystal singing bowls, guitar and bass. Add the spoken word, some songs and chants and the all-important ingredient: silence….

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (photo by Dion Ogust)

Swing in the New Year at Ashokan Center dance fest

Can you think of a better place for the New Year’s countdown than a fabulous lodge surrounded by 374 acres of forest in the Catskills? If not, registration is now open for the…

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…


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…


Kaatsbaan addresses space crunch for dancers

The founders of the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center have dedicated nearly a quarter of a century to the cause of preserving and advancing dance. The nonprofit Kaatsbaan (Dutch for “playing field”), located on…

(Courtesy of Lucoli)

Fresh from the oven: Nobile opens Lucoli in Red Hook

It’s all about the oven, when it comes to making a truly traditional bread product; and for a good slice of pizza, the baking process is paramount. So says Nobile, master designer of…

Inside the kiln (photo by Tim Rowan)

Tim Rowan holds open studio in Stone Ridge

Fragment, vessel, box, cup: These are the categories assigned to pages on Tim Rowan’s website where examples of his work are photographed and displayed. Such assignations fall short in telling the story of…

(Courtesy of Hudson Opera House)

Winter Walk in Hudson

Whoever says that a chilly evening in December is not the best time of year to stroll up and down Warren Street in Hudson might just be mistaken. They might have never experienced…

Inside Nina Paturel and Luc Moeys’ newest creation, Lekker in Stone Ridge (photo by Dion Ogust)

Oriole9/Yum Yum Noodle Bar owners open Lekker in Stone Ridge

Nina Paturel and Luc Moeys, an entrepreneurial couple who own Oriole9 and Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Woodstock and another Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Uptown Kingston, recently bought what used to be…

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Elaine Rachlin sings cabaret to welcome Beaujolais Nouveau in Rhinecliff

What qualities of voice are evoked when one is compared to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday? Both divas sang from somewhere below the heart and reached into the hearts of fans everywhere. They…

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