Michael Padgett and Emily Wexler in The Fantasticks. (photo by Diane Stredicke)

Kids’ Almanac (Apr. 30-May 7)

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” – Marcel Proust   SATURDAY, MAY 2 Family Day at the Lehman Loeb One easy, accessible and free way to…

In an artist’s rendering, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft is shown orbiting Mercury. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution)

Mercury at its best: While its explorer is destroyed

NASA’s wonderful Messenger reaches the end of its life the day this newspaper hits the stands. Out of fuel and unable to fight the nearby Sun’s powerful gravity, it’s predicted to smash into…

(Photo by Lauro Roger McAllister)

Dark energy, dark matter

We’ve known since 1998 that 96 percent of the cosmos is made of unknown stuff. Not merely unknown as in “We know nothing about virtually all of the 100 billion planets in our…

Lee’s simple plan for a small garden requires full sun and almost “no time.” (photo by Lee Reich)

How to plant your own starter garden

It seems like everybody’s a gardener, or is becoming one, this time of year. And a lot of people have been asking me questions. Like my niece Lana, for instance, who moved along…


Sweet Bunny in New Paltz serves gluten-free treats

Photos by Dion Ogust Next time you’re strolling down Main Street in New Paltz, climb the pink stairway to the little shop at number 56 called the Sweet Bunny for something…well, sweet. Choose…

Danny Shanahan

Kids’ Almanac (April 23-30)

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston presents Green Friday This week, you can say TGI-Green-Friday by wrapping up your…

Lee’s blueberries (photo by Lee Reich)

Soil acidity is the key to abundant blueberries

My 16 blueberry plants keep me in blueberries year-‘round, so I’m not planting any this year. But you are, or should be. The bushes are attractive in every season, with white blossoms in spring, foliage…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Philip Kamrass | Albany Times Union)

The end of an era: Explore the Universe comes to a close

Since 1978, some 1,200 local residents have joined me at my home and observatory to explore the universe. It has been quite an adventure. As I now conduct the final series – the first…

View of the Shawangunk Ridge and Preserve lands (photo by Dafna Tal)

Kids’ Almanac (April 16-23)

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe   FRIDAY | APRIL 17 Free one-month Healthy Ulster passes at Mohonk Preserve The Mohonk Preserve’s “Toddlers on…


Perk up your palate

When the first warm flutterings and tweets of actual birds arrive, it’s time to awaken our bodies, naturally. You might notice that you need a bit of a boost to increase your energy….

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