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As Mercury spins, it has no axial tilt. (NASA)

It’s the year’s best time to observe the innermost planet

The innermost planet is weird in so many ways, it’s hard to find aspects that aren’t strange. This is the year’s best time to see Mercury as an evening star. It’s strangely satisfying,…

The Little Mermaid will be performed on stage at Coleman High in Kingston this weekend.

Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 31 – Apr. 7)

Enjoy giant puppets, catch a salamander, make a Peeps diorama and don’t get April Fooled!   “April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the…

Lee pruning his blueberries

Now’s the time to prune shrubs before spring growth begins

In years past, when I went outdoors this time of year, it was usually with skis strapped to my feet. Or wearing snow boots. Or snowshoes. With this snowless, warm winter, I’m mostly…

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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…

(Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Kids’ Almanac: Egg hunts & The Easter Bunny Express

  “Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” – Ellis Peters   Interesting egg hunts Here’s my round-up of interesting egg hunts for you and your crew. Remember your baskets, and…

(Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

How the Moon ties into Easter and Passover

Unlike today’s city folk, for whom moonlight is charming but useless, in the pre-electric centuries the Moon was vital. Although moonlight is 450,000 times less bright than sunlight, it adequately lights up paths…

(José Francisco Salgado)

HVP performs Borealis with Northern Lights projections at Bardavon

Canadian composer John Estacio had a startling experience when he moved to the city of Edmonton. It was “the first time ever I experienced the glorious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. Up until that…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 17-24)

Munch Haman’s hat, take things apart, care for critters or try Irish Zumba   “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina   Preview college life at Marist…

(pi pie by Eric Sonstroem)

Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 10-17)

Prepare for a salamander invasion, hone your basketball skills or recycle your jeans   Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m. Pi Day & Olympiad…

Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie is just one of 225 restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 7-20).

Grand prix fixe: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Founder The Valley Table still calls its affordable regional food celebration Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, even though the semiannual event now lasts a full two weeks each time it graces us with its…

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