Elizabeth Potter, library director, of the Phoenicia Library (photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (Feb. 5-12)

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.” – Joseph Wood Krutch   Art retreats for kids at Olana Register now to secure your child’s…

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

J. K. Simmons terrorizes aspiring jazz musicians terrifically in Whiplash

What makes a great cinema villain? On paper we look for a bit of nuance and moral ambiguity, but on the big screen, we tend to like our bad guys to be at…

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

American Sniper offers simplistic view of Iraq War, veterans’ issues

Confession: I’m reviewing American Sniper this week only because every new movie opening last week was getting uniformly abysmal reviews elsewhere. Normally I’m reluctant to let any of my entertainment budget flow into…

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NDSO to perform Rodgers & Hammerstein at new CIA theater

Whatever happened to Rodgers and Hammerstein? Young theater fans these days may know all the songs from Les Mis and Rent and Avenue Q, but will likely draw a complete blank if you…

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…

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…

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…

Left to right: Kris Karl of Karl Family Farms with Bonnie and Nathan Snow of The Huguenot located at 36 Main Street in New Paltz. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

The Huguenot in New Paltz

Since its opening in 2011, Nathan and Bonnie Snow’s restaurant at 46 Main Street, A Tavola, has been racking up culinary awards along with great word-of-mouth. With a menu dedicated to the many…

Brian and Marie Murphy have recently opened Murphy’s Bistro and Tavern at 155 Main Street in High Falls, the former location of The Northern Spy. They have three daughters named Lily, Allison and Emma. Pictured with them is two-year-old Allison. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Murphy’s Bistro and Tavern in High Falls

For foodies in the vicinity of High Falls, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that two long-established popular local eateries have recently gone out of business. The good news…

The Russo family poses for a photo with some of the authentic Italian delicacies available at their deli located at 164 Main Street in New Paltz. Left to right: Vincenzo with rosemary foccacia, Carmine with Grana Padano, Marina with pizza rustica and Debbie with mini Italian cheese cakes. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Old-World gourmet goodies at Russo’s Italian Deli

There are certain types of businesses that are essential to have in a town the size of New Paltz, if you want to encourage people to “shop local,” and one of those is…

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