Roughing it for the rich: Camp Awosting on the Shawangunk Ridge (1900-1934)

  How do you make a man of a boy? At the turn of the last century, the answer for some was, “Send him to Camp Awosting.” The rustic boys’ camp, in operation…


Museum at Bethel Woods reopens with Mysteryland-inspired exhibit

On Saturday, April 4, the Museum at Bethel Woods will open for the 2015 season featuring a new exhibit “Peace, Love, Unity, Respect: The Rise of Electronic Music Culture in America.” Inspired by…

Popcorn in Lee’s kitchen. (photo by Lee Reich)

Patent for popcorn

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn may be an “exclusive kernel hybrid that pops up lighter and fluffier than ordinary popcorn,” but my popcorn – non-hybrids whose seeds I’ve saved for many years – tastes better….

The old Post Office on Broadway in Kingston before it was razed.

Kaaterskill Postcard Club show & sale in Kingston

The Kaaterskill Postcard Club will be hosting its semi-annual show and sale at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston on Sunday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event…

(Photo by Steve Jurvetson)

Look up: Astronomy made easy this Saturday & Sunday

I’m going to prove how easy astronomy can be – and how dramatic. I guarantee that you will not fail. All you need is a mostly clear sky either Saturday night (March 28) or the…


Walk this way: Hike the Hudson Valley with Mike Todd

  Mike Todd | HiketheHudsonValley.com   HiketheHudsonValley.com contains 62 step-by-step trail guides (with more to come) of the best hikes in the Hudson Valley, organized by location east or west of the river…

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Tropical plant can be propagated from pups

Do I smell spring in the air? Must be. And the calendar confirms that it’s just around the corner. These hints finally stir longings for that season – even for a skier. And what…

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

This total eclipse, and the one coming up

Friday, March 20 marks not just the Vernal Equinox but also a total solar eclipse. This best spectacle in all of nature can only be seen along a narrow path that skirts past…


Legs, kegs & a famous missing person: Kingston’s Barmann Brewery

If the name “Judge Crater” means anything to you, you’re probably not so young anymore. Though superseded in the popular imagination by Jimmy Hoffa after the Teamsters’ Union honcho vanished in 1975, State…

(Clockwise from top): Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art at the north end of the Dutchess Community College campus; Inside the Ritz Library in Hudson Hall; and DCC president Dr. Pamela Edington. (photo by Will Dendis)

DCC’s Pamela Edington champions largest student body in the valley

Last August, Dutchess Community College (DCC) got a new president: its fifth since its founding in 1957 and its first woman. Since taking the job at the college with the largest student population…

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