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Newburgh Illuminated Festival fêtes city’s sesquicentennial

Question: Where can you go to hear 12 hours of live music, delve into foods ethnic and sublime, visit bona fide American historical sites, shop arts and crafts ‘til you drop and bask…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Les Gerber’s Maverick Memories

During my first season reviewing Maverick Concerts, in the mid-1970s, I was surprised and gratified by the quality of the series. However, one concert turned out to be a serious disappointment. It was…

(Photo by Kristine Paulus)

The Solstice conjunction will dazzle

Planets are making the news: Saturn’s rings are bigger than previously thought. Pluto is about to be visited for the first time. The Messenger spacecraft crashed into Mercury. But thus far, these have…

Hervey White outside the Maverick Concert Hall with log buttresses. (postcard photography by Louis E. Jones, copyright 1919. Courtesy of Stuart Kline.)

Maverick Centennial: The Reconciliation

“Strangers used to marvel — and still do — that such music as the Maverick concerts was to be found in a rude hall in the woods far from any center of population….

Japanese barberry (above) is a commonly planted ornamental that was introduced into this country almost 150 years ago. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently banned the sale, purchase and transportation of 126 species identified as invasive. Among the prohibited plants are garlic mustard, Japanese barberry, Oriental bittersweet, phragmites, Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, yellow iris, privet and Japanese stiltgrass. To read more about spreading barberry and its role in Lyme disease, go to “The quite invasion” on our Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly website at: http://bit.ly/1MIUYhG. (photo by Sheila Sund)

How Japanese barberry bushes could lead to more deer ticks & mice

Uh-oh! I was pulling an odd weed here and there in my heath bed and came upon a seedling of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunburgii). Should I start checking myself for deer ticks? Are…

Bob Dylan, Woodstock, NY, 1968 by Elliott Landy (Collection of Center for Photography at Woodstock)

Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium is an online treasurehouse

Just the choice of images now up on the homepage for the new Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium (HVVACC) website tell great stories: A 1930s-era painting of the Ashokan Dam by Arnold…

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Maverick turns 100: Centennial season for Hervey White’s “Cathedral in the Pines”

  One hundred years! That’s the age both of Hervey White’s magnificent Maverick Concert Hall and of the concert series that he originated to be presented in it. In some ways a century…

(Photo by Gene Dauner)

Fundraiser/screening for Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal at Savona’s Trattoria

Savona’s Trattoria will host a fundraiser for Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, the new film by Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods about the 1960s urban renewal program that destroyed much of…

“Planting” these shiitake mushrooms involved nothing more than pounding short lengths of wooden dowels, purchased with shiitake mushroom spawn growing in them, into numerous holes drilled in freshly cut pin oak logs. (photo by Wendell Smith)

Nice weather for ducks and mushrooms

Wouldn’t you know it: I write about the extended dry spell one week, and the next week – which is now – the rain comes and doesn’t let up. Not that all this…

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Planetary potpourri: Random observations from the observatory

The sky will get pretty spectacular later in June. So this particular moonless week is a good time to clear out some miscellaneous notes. To the ancients, the number six was unlucky but seven brought…

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