Beating chestnut blight requires genes from two or three continents

The chestnuts are big and fat and tasty – obviously not American chestnuts. I harvest so many chestnuts, also big and fat, each year from my Colossal-variety trees that I never bothered to…

Martin Van Buren purchased his 137-acre estate, Lindenwald, in 1839. (National Park Service)

Kinderhook, Martin Van Buren and the First Lady Who Never Was

As you drive north through Columbia County, you reach Kinderhook, home to the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren. Just outside of town is the Kinderhook Cemetery, where, next to…

Postcard from the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadow

Kaaterskill Postcard Club Fall Sale & Show in Kingston

There’s a special charm that attaches itself to old postcards: artifacts of the past, created to be ephemera but often preserved as mementos, evoking journeys through time as well as space. The things…

Thanks to the Halloween timing of 2015 TB145’s close approach, and the bone chilling nature of the threat it poses to our planet, Slooh named the asteroid “Spooky,” a moniker that has caught on with many in the press. But “Spooky” isn’t the whole story. (Courtesy of Slooh)

Eerie times and a near miss by an asteroid named Spooky

Halloween will be spookier than usual this year. It’s already a dark and sort of creepy time in the heavens, but arriving exactly on Halloween, a giant asteroid named Spooky will come fairly…


Friends of Historic Kingston to launch The Street that Built a City

  Lowell Thing’s The Street that Built a City: McEntee’s Chestnut Street, Kingston and the Rise of New York, just published by Black Dome Press, was more than 30 years in the making….

Eleanor Roosevelt holds a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Archives)

FDR Library marks United Nations’ 70th anniversary with panel discussion & light show

October 24 is United Nations Day, the anniversary of the international diplomacy organization’s founding. And this year marks the 70th anniversary of this body, conceived during World War II by Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Philip Kamrass | Albany Times Union)

See the brightest planets in 2015’s best conjunction

Antimatter? The strange effect that observers have on their experiments? The non-reality of time? Mind-stretching topics are fun. But sometimes the actual sky is so compelling, we’re forced simply to focus on what’s…


Wild morning display continues with the year’s best look at Mercury

It all happens at 6:30 a.m. Even if you’re up then, will you really go outdoors, or maybe even drive to a place with an unobstructed view towards the sunrise? If you do,…

(Will Dendis | Almanac Weekly)

The British are coming! Prepare for the Burning of Kingston

Be on the alert for Colonial Era British soldiers marching in the streets of Kingston this weekend: It could signal the retaking of our nation by the Redcoats! Or not. Our national status…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Nation’s largest sheep & wool festival at Dutchess Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck

Even in a region bursting at the seams with fall festivals, the annual New York State Sheep & Wool Festival is in a category all its own. Held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds…

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