Duane Ragucci and Betty Mensch of the Storybrook program. The all-volunteer program helps inmates at the Dutchess County Jail to choose, read aloud and record a children’s book, which is then sent to their children on a CD. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Storybook program helps Dutchess County Jail inmates read aloud to their kids – via CD

Every story about children and parents and what stands between them should have a storybook ending – especially when what stand between them are jail cell walls. Once upon a time, in 2011,…

Jim Ottaway, Jr. (photo by Dion Ogust)

A call to volunteerism

I’ve been interested for a long time in American volunteerism and the truly exceptional role played by philanthropy in American society and its economy. If you add up the generous contributions of American citizens,…

The Mighty Diamonds

Celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s 73rd birthday with reggae’s Mighty Diamonds at Bearsville

What’s better than combining legends with a reggae beat, the day after Thanksgiving? Realizing that the day is none other than Jimi Hendrix’s 73rd birthday, in what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th…

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan to play UPAC

Sarah McLachlan has spent more than two decades at the top of the recording industry and sold over 40 million albums to date. The Canadian-born singer, songwriter and pianist earned a gold record for her…

(Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Turkey Trots in New Paltz, Kingston and Phoenicia

Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot launches chip timing for 5K race this Thanksgiving The New Paltz Turkey Trot benefiting Family’s food pantries and crisis programs is about to celebrate its 12th outing…

Brooklyn Rider (photo by Sarah Small)

Brooklyn Rider String Quartet to perform on Sunday in Rhinebeck

The string quartet Brooklyn Rider’s conscious bid to energize serious chamber music and amp its popular appeal begins with the simple decision to play standing – except of course for cellist Eric Jacobsen,…

Rosendale’s annual International Pickle Festival will be held at the Rosendale Recreation Center at 1055 Route 32 on Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A brine time: International Pickle Festival in Rosendale

If it’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it must be time for pickles. And not just your garden-variety cucumber dill and sweet pickles, but deep-fried pickles, chocolate-covered pickles, pickled jalapenos and pickle ice cream….

Eric Redd (photo by Julien Boudet)

Dance party with Eric Redd Movement at Bearsville this Friday

Eric Redd has lived in the Hudson Valley for about a decade, and three years ago, Amy Helm told him, “You need to do your thing up here, something dancier.” She invited him…


Kids’ Almanac: Peer through a telescope, play a board game, make a crown, a menorah, an Advent calendar or a kissing ball

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault   What are you reading? Love the book that you’re reading? Are…

Laura Stevenson (photo by Christopher Hainey)

Laura Stevenson and Cocksure’s splendid isolation

The first wave of critics weighing in on Laura Stevenson’s vibrant and surprising new pop/rock record Cocksure are all a-flutter about its confessional candor, its sustained tone of self-indictment, its publicly processed expiations….

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