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(Photos of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House in Hudson courtesy of  Historic Hudson)

Historic Hudson walking tour spotlights rescued architectural gem

Consider this little drop of a story as a symbol for something larger happening up and down this valley, as well as very specifically within the fast-renovating City of Hudson. There was once…

(Photo by Julie O’Connor)

Open House Day at Slabsides

David Schuyler, author of Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909, will speak about the shaping of John Burroughs’ nature philosophy and his importance in the quickly changing late 19th…

Sojourner Truth c. 1870

Follow in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps

For many years I’ve been maintaining that if the Town of New Paltz had a white male hero associated with it of the historic significance of Sojourner Truth, a big statue of him…

Frustrated duck at Lee’s house (photo by Lee Reich)

This season’s fruitless & fruitful garden endeavors

Early autumn is a good time for me to find a sunny spot on the terrace with a comfortable chair, pluck a bunch of grapes from the arbor overhead and ponder the fruits of this…

(Photo by Michael Tutton)

Why I plant my garlic earlier than recommended

Into the ground goes the stinking rose. That’s garlic. As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, my garlic cloves will have been in the ground for a while –…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Andrea Barrist Stern)

How to see an aurora

Last week a powerful X-class solar flare erupted smack in the middle of the Sun. It was optimally positioned to affect Earth. We broadcast live solar views the next day on our community…

Neptune on Triton’s horizon (NASA)

Neptune is more interesting than you think

Neptune – which these weeks lies at its brightest and closest of the year – is an amazing place. Give me a chance to prove it. Neptune is an enormous blue ball 58…

(Cesar Maxit)

Climate change activist Bill McKibben in New Paltz

Climate change activist Bill McKibben, one of the main organizers of the Climate March, will speak on the SUNY-New Paltz campus on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. There…

Carolyn Haeberlin (1913-2000), Self portrait, 1964, Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 (photo by Dion Ogust)

Unburied treasure in Woodstock

One of the great paradoxes and frustrations of a career in museum curation is often the fact that the space available for exhibition is grossly inadequate to display an ever-growing collection. Many such…

(Photo by Jim Sorbie)

Super Harvest Moon – or is it?

This weekend, the media will proclaim a SuperMoon. You can’t blame them; NASA sent out a press release saying that the Full Moons of July, August and September are all SuperMoons. By that,…

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