Lee, trimming his hedge

Serendipity in the garden

I first learned the word “serendipity” when I was in junior high school; it was the clever name of an ice cream shop that my parents had come upon in New York City….

wfas @

July Jamboree at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary will host its eighth annual July Jamboree on Saturday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy veggie food trucks serving vegan ice cream and chickpea-based sandwiches…

Making summer box guitars at Poughkidskie

Kids’ Almanac (July 3-10)

“We the People…” – The Declaration of Independence   Poughkidsie offers all-day imaginative fun for kids, coffee & wi-fi for parents I went to Poughkidsie yesterday with my daughter, and we both loved…

gn @

White alpine strawberries fool winged marauders

Earliglo strawberries are on the wane. Time to move on to other fruits, still strawberries but very different strawberries in all respects: alpine strawberries. The largest of them are the size of a…

Jessica and Joshua Applestone (photo by Jennifer May)

Fleisher’s Meats founders start Applestone Meat Company

Joshua and Jessica Applestone are gearing up to offer home delivery of charcuterie and other meats to Hudson Valley customers soon. The former owners of Fleisher’s Organic and Grassfed Meats are spending the…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (June 26-July 3)

“I hold you as high as the stars.” – Steve Maraboli   FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum celebrates summer The annual refrain of No more pencils, no more books… means that it’s…

An artist’s illustration depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

A black hole over Rosendale

When darkness falls, look east. The brightest star in that direction is blue Vega. Directly below it hovers the absolute number-one strangest thing in the universe. First envisioned in 1798, black holes epitomize…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Your garden is no place to be doctrinaire

Good gardening is not religion. Balancing and rebalancing is what’s needed, not the constraints of dogma. You want to garden naturally? Dogma would dictate doing nothing – in which case you wouldn’t have…

Tara Johannessen  and Brian Farmer, co-creators of the Rail Trail Café in Tillson

Rail Trail Café opens in Tillson

The new Rail Trail Café parked next to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail about a mile south of the Rosendale Trestle has only been in business for a month, but it already has…

If you’re looking for fresh excuses to eat more of that delectable combination of sauce, cheese and dough, head for the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie for the Hudson Valley Pizza Fest on Sunday, June 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.. Admission includes samples from area pizzerias, live music, games and raffles. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (June 19-26)

“What we do is subtle, mysterious, magical. We can be kind, gentle, soft, but not confused.” – Barry Kantrowitz, 365 Meditations for Teachers   FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Stefan Bolz book-signing at Inquiring Minds…

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly © 2014 All Rights Reserved

An Ulster Publishing publication