Lee with pear espalier in Mt. Vernon, WA

Fruit nut cluster: Inspiration at the NAFEX meeting

Are there organizations for people who make and eat cheese, build and ride motorcycles, write and read books, grow and savor fruits? All I know is that the answer to the existence of the…


Summer’s best weekend: Worth looking up

Time for easy astronomy – loveliness that soothes the soul but require no charts, no knowledge. It’s right now, the next clear night. The Moon is absent. Skies are dark and starry. All…

Visitor at the new WonderDome at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Kids’ Almanac (Aug. 21-28)

Refurbished: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum adds new exhibits & activities If your family includes anyone from baby to six years old, and it has been a while since you’ve had a visit to the Mid-Hudson…

(Photo by Jenny Downing)

Growing darkness: How it really works

Of course you’ve noticed that we have less daylight than we did in July. Maybe you listen to public radio and hear the meteorologist recite the number of hours and minutes of sunshine today….

(Photo by Dan McKay)

The hole thing: Bagel Festival in Monticello

Native New Yorkers take fierce pride in certain foodstuffs brought here when Ellis Island was the prime gateway for European immigrants – foods whose essential nature got tamed and watered down once they…

(Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Hudson Valley RibFest in New Paltz

It’s mid-August? Time to head over to the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, where the tenth iteration of the Hudson Valley RibFest will be found Friday through Sunday, August 15 to 17….

(Photo by Julie O’Connor)

Kids’ Almanac (Aug. 14-21)

“Ninety percent of success is achieved by knowing you have something incredible to offer and having tenacious persistence.” – Jesse Saperstein, best-selling author and autism/anti-bullying advocate   Get in the swim! Now that…

Murray’s in Tivoli (photo by Roy Gumpel)

Murray’s in Tivoli serves brunch all day

It’s about the community, they say. “We’re not a coffeeshop and we’re not a restaurant,” says Jake Stortini of the place that he co-owns with Jesse Feldmus. But Murray’s, their place in Tivoli,…

Lee’s favorite hoe, the winged weeder.

Plentiful rain demands the right weeding tool

Part of my weedless gardening technique (which I thoroughly fleshed out in my book Weedless Gardening) involves – sad to say, for some people – weeding. After all, no garden can ever be truly weedless….

(Zoom Flume)

Kids’ Almanac (August 7-14)

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air’s salubrity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Watery wonderlands: Zoom Flume & SplashDown Beach We’re lucky to have two dedicated water parks in…

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