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(Dominic Alves)

Best week for shooting stars and other streakers

Normally we watch the summer meteors on August 11. Indeed, our annual Night of the Shooting Stars program will unfold that night at Mohonk Mountain House. But listen up: The Moon will then…

(Storm King Art Center)

Kids’ Almanac (July 31-August 7)

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” -Eleanor Roosevelt   Swim across the Hudson to benefit Beacon’s River Pool The…

Mexican bean beetle threesome (photo by Lee Reich)

Jumpin’ Mexican bean beetles!

Every year it seems that some new plague is ready to attack plants. A few years ago, late blight of tomato moved to the fore. Emerald ash borer, threatening ash trees, was first found…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Going faster: How we did it

When we gaze into the night sky, we always observe superfast motion – even though nothing seems to be moving at all. But starting just ten human generations ago, we ourselves began traveling…

See a free public performance of Arm-of-the-Sea in The Rejuvenary River Circus on the lawn of the Saugerties Historical Society’s Kiersted House on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. (photo by Jim Peppler)

Kids’ Almanac (July 24-31)

“Sometimes you have to look at the shrub from a different angle to see the fruit.” – Jenny Lee Fowler, Mom/educator/artist   Winnakee Nature Preserve Trail The Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout is…

(Stan-one)

Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge in New Paltz

Used to be, not long ago, if you asked for a fancy cocktail in the Hudson Valley, you were screwdrivered. “Five, ten years ago you couldn’t get a cocktail only two hours north…

Sai-thing (Lee Reich)

Rei-King and Sai-Thing: New exercise regimes for gardeners

Among the many benefits of gardening is the opportunity that it offers for enjoyable, productive exercise in the great outdoors. And now we can add an exercise called Rei-King to Boot Camp, Pilates,…

(Photo by Paul Kline)

The darkest starry skies are this week

It’s now the dark of the Moon – and the warmest fortnight of summer, climatologically. Our typical nighttime low is now 60 degrees, making for comfortable stargazing. But where do you find the…

(Photo by Valentina Storti)

Boice Brothers Dairy aims to break ice cream record

Who knew that there were so many world records having to do with ice cream? There’s one for the most scoops of ice cream balanced on a cone (71, a record set on…

The Hudson Valley Chalk Festival takes place in New Paltz from 9:30 a.m. until dusk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18 through 20. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Kids’ Almanac (July 17-24)

“Did you know that ocean waves arrive every eight seconds, on average, and generally match the speed of cars in moderate traffic?” – Bob Berman, astronomer   Chess at Kingston & New Paltz…

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