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Lee using his Dragon Weeder, whose three-inch-diameter nozzle attaches, via a ten-foot-long hose, to a 20-gallon propane tank. Fire roars out of this dragon’s mouth like a jet engine, and all that’s needed is a quick pass. (Deborah Goldman | Almanac Weekly)

Waging weed warfare

Recently sown vegetable seeds that have sprouted are growing slowly; weeds and lawn are growing fast. Give weeds an inch, and they’ll take a mile. Ignore growing lawn grass, and soon you’ll need…

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Craft Brew Boogaloo & Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Saugerties

Sometimes we find that good ol’ American “rugged individualism” ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that seeking strength in unity, leveraging the unique talents and specializations of diverse partners, is more…

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Ale for sail: Day at Sloop to benefit restoration of sloop Woody Guthrie

It’s the perfect matchup: They both have “sloop” in their names and on their logos. Both entities are deeply invested in historic restoration projects: the Sloop Brewing Company in the 19th-century Elizaville barn…

(Lauren Thomas | Almanac Weekly)

Thousands expected at Gardiner Cupcake Festival

The eighth annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14, rain or shine, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Cupcakes from more than a dozen bakeries in the area will…

(Don Stahl)

Kids’ Almanac: May 12-19

“The Dandelion’s pallid tube Astonishes the Grass.” – Emily Dickinson   Swap a bike, catch a fish, make a kite or munch a cupcake   FRIDAY, MAY 13 Caregivers’ conference in Kingston Are…

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Another not-so-showery April

“April showers bring May flowers.” Where? Not here. I had many years of gardening under my belt before I realized the falsity of that little saying. Yes, it happens to be raining as…

Mabel the Whale by Jocelyn Gayle Krodman. Krodman's PetitFelts is just one of many vendors at this weekend's juried Farm & Flea Spring Market at Basilica Hudson. “Picture spring dresses, vintage garden sets, wild edibles and maybe even a maypole,” says Basilica Hudson director/co-founder Melissa Auf der Maur.

Makers make their mark at Basilica Hudson’s Farm & Flea Market

For Mothers’ Day weekend 2016, there’ll be some changes made at Basilica Hudson. The freestanding Ramp Festival of the past five years has been subsumed into a new Farm & Flea Spring Market:…

Unlike the transits of Venus in 2004 and 2012, a Mercury transit cannot be seen without a telescope. And it can’t be an ordinary telescope; it has to be equipped with a safe solar filter. The Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association will set up the correct instruments on the promenade in front of the Coykendall Science Building at SUNY-New Paltz, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 9. (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Monday’s transit of Mercury: The year’s biggest sky event?

If you know any backyard astronomers, you’ve heard them rant and rave about the upcoming transit of Mercury. It is purportedly the biggest celestial event of the year. It’s when the smallest, speediest…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac: May 5-12

Go fly a kite, make your own seed packet, get a free comic book or clean up your favorite park   “Some people seem to understand this – that life and change take…

Business partners and craft-beer devotees Dann Gavaletz  and Ray Hannon (shown above) recently launched Hudson Valley Craft Beer Tours. The cost of a tour is $75 and includes samples of craft beers produced at three breweries.

Hudson Valley Craft Beer Tours & the regional microbrewery trail

A visit to one of the many breweries in the Hudson Valley offers the ideal way to enhance the experience of enjoying a handcrafted brew. Sampling and sipping in the location where the…

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