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Arm-of-the-Sea Theater co-founder Patrick Wadden preparing for this weekend’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite in Saugerties

Esopus Creek Puppet Suite in Saugerties

I’m interested in finding the universal in the particular,” says Patrick Wadden, co-founder of Saugerties-based Arm-of-the-Sea Theater. “For many years, a lot of our shows were very symbolic, abstract kind of things; that’s…

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Summer Hoot at Ashokan Center

The ironic thing about folk and roots music is that, for all its association in the popular mind with progressive politics and social change, it is fundamentally conservative in nature – in the…

Still from 'A Will for the Woods'

Learn more about green burial in Rhinebeck

Ever go for a drive through central Queens or along Long Island’s Southern State Parkway and feel amazed that so many square miles of real estate are dedicated to rows of headstones? Not…

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Send a letter for free with the new Hudson River School stamps

The US Post Office will release a new series of Forever Stamps on Thursday, August 21 that commemorates paintings of the Hudson River School. Amy Hufnagel, Olana’s new director of education, will be at…

(Photo by Jenny Downing)

Growing darkness: How it really works

Of course you’ve noticed that we have less daylight than we did in July. Maybe you listen to public radio and hear the meteorologist recite the number of hours and minutes of sunshine today….

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The 169th Dutchess County Fair, Aug. 19-24

  In a region with so many county fairs every summer, what sets one apart from the other? When it comes to the Dutchess County Fair, it has both longevity and size on…

Kingston Greenline hike last June along the future site of the Kingston Point Rail Trail. (EA Photo)

Tracking history: Take a Kingston Greenline Tour

Rail trails have been a big hit since they began appearing 20 years ago, and now they’re expanding into trail networks. Here in Ulster County, the obvious hub for such a nexus is…

Artifacts from the Abeel Street dig in Kingston by the Armadillo restaurant

Secrets in the soil in Kingston & New Paltz

Stone houses, 350-year-old documents in old Dutch, even a wampum belt: The Hudson Valley doesn’t lack for history. But it turns out that human presence in the area goes back much, much further:…

Lee’s favorite hoe, the winged weeder.

Plentiful rain demands the right weeding tool

Part of my weedless gardening technique (which I thoroughly fleshed out in my book Weedless Gardening) involves – sad to say, for some people – weeding. After all, no garden can ever be truly weedless….

(Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center)

Outdoor Supermoon Screenings at Storm King Art Center

The Storm King Art Center has always been a great place to stroll the grounds admiring great sculpture, enjoy a fine summer day, let your kids run around and burn off some energy,…

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