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Lindsey Storm and Mikel Martiararena with a selection of beverages from Brooklyn Cider House in the tasting room and farm market at Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz. (Lauren Thomas | Almanac Weekly)

“Ugly apples,” lovely view at Twin Star Orchards

Close enough to the Thruway exit to be convenient for travelers, but far enough down the road to feel like a day in the country – even for locals – the Twin Star…

(Beth Blis | Almanac Weekly)

Smorgasburg Upstate launches at old Kingston brickyards

After months of building anticipation on Instagram, with tantalizing photos of food and shots of the Hutton Brickyard’s haunting beauty, Smorgasburg Upstate will unveil its eclectic selection of culinary delights and vendors in…

The Iroquois Indian Museum is located in Howes Cave.

Kids’ Almanac (Aug. 4-11)

“August is like the Sunday of summer.”   Super day trip: Iroquois Indian Museum/Secret Caverns Here’s a day trip I enjoyed so much with my kids that I had to share it with…

Walnut twig beetle (Kathy Keatley Garvey | UC Davis)

Black walnut trees in peril from thousand cankers disease

Citizen scientists (that could be you and me), look up at the black walnut’s leaves! At the recent meeting of the New York Nut Growers’ Association (www.nynga.org), Karen Snover-Clift of Cornell University went…

(SSG Robert Stewart)

Will it rain?

Last week we explored the statistical probabilities of global destruction and winning the lottery. Let’s now make it a two-parter and talk about something much more commonplace, namely: Will it rain? This idea…

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Monthly Historic Tavern Trail meetups

If the walls and floorboards of the Hudson Valley’s hundred-plus-year-old inns and restaurants could only talk, we’d have thus-far-unimagined versions of history to consider. And even though they can’t, there’s enough lore and…

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Kids’ Almanac (July 28-Aug. 4)

Stargaze to music, design a game, make wampum, ID butterflies, skate for diversity or see kids sort out racial strife   “This is the real secret of life: to be completely engaged with…

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Inquiring Minds to host The Fermented Man

Derek Dellinger, brewmeister at the Kent Falls Brewing Company in Connecticut, followed a growing interest in the process of fermentation all the way off the deep end, to a conclusion that a human…

Lauren Thomas | Almanac Weekly

Kids’ Almanac (July 21-28)

Make a music video, check out chalk art or be a summer-camper-for-a-day   “You’re indescribable. We writers spend our lives trying to conjure you from every angle. We get close enough to keep…

(Photo by Garry Knight)

Chances are… Of lotteries and global destruction

A caller on last week’s Vox Pop show on WAMC worried about Nibiru. That’s the planet supposedly on a collision course with Earth. Like other wacky conspiracies making the rounds, this one insists that…

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