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Colin Quinn's connection to Woodstock goes back to childhood. “When I was a kid, I went to Woodstock Elementary School for six months, and I almost went to Onteora Junior High School, but we moved back to Brooklyn,” he says. “My favorite thing to do was to go to the Millstream and watch the nude skinny-dippers.”

Comedian Colin Quinn to perform benefit for Woodstock Land Conservancy

“Yeah, I guess it all comes down to your mom,” says comic Colin Quinn, when asked about his connection to Woodstock and how the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) scored him as its benefit…

While New York’s Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected public land in the country – bigger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Parks combined – the state’s list of NPS-administered sites seems pathetically short at six. Fortunately for mid-Hudsonites, half of those are located right here in Hyde Park: the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and the (above) Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. (Will Dendis | Almanac Weekly)

Free National Park Week to celebrate centennial of “America’s best idea”

In case you hadn’t heard yet, 2016 marks the centennial of the founding of the National Park Service (NPS). To celebrate, NPS sites throughout the US are waiving entrance fees on 16 days…

(Photo by Bruce Irving)

Celebrate Earth Day in New Paltz & Poughkeepsie

The 14th annual Earth Day Fair, slated for this Saturday at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on Huguenot Street, promises to be a fun-filled and thought-provoking event. Sponsored by a trio of…

Built for Janet Livingston Montgomery in 1805 and renovated by Gothic Revival proponent Alexander Jackson Davis in 1844, the Montgomery Place mansion has views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. (Charles Eggert | Courtesy of Historic Red Hook)

Bard College hosts Preservation Forum on future of Montgomery Place

Last September, Bard College acquired the Montgomery Place property adjacent to its campus in Annandale-on-Hudson. The early-19th-century estate on the 380 acres of land becomes the third historic former residence in Bard’s holdings,…

Hudson Opera House Performance Hall (above) and exterior (below). (Will Dendis | Almanac Weekly)

Hudson Opera House begins work on historic performance hall restoration    

It may seem to the City of Hudson’s residents and visitors that restoration of the historic Hudson Opera House has been going on forever – since 1993, anyway – but the most important…

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Hudson Woods’ Drew Lang works to integrate architecture and nature in Kerhonkson

Hudson Woods is a development of architect-designed homes that’s attracting the kind of buyer who despises developments. Located a few miles from the hamlet of Kerhonkson, on a remote, rocky, wooded 301 acres,…

Originally known as “The Point” for the finger-shaped piece of land that it occupies, but more commonly known by the name of the only family who ever lived there, the Hoyt House sat for most of the past half-century ignored and left to the ravages of time, vandalism and indifference. (Julie O'Connor | Almanac Weekly)

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance & the restoration of Staatsburg’s Hoyt House

Calvert Vaux – the English-born co-designer of Manhattan’s Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn – designed Hoyt House in Staatsburg in 1855. The Dutchess County home was, in its original state, a…

The public is invited to bring their treasures to this April 7 event in New Paltz and have local experts identify and value their items, for a suggested donation of $5 each. (Photo by Andrew Campbell)

Antiques Roadshow-style appraisal event to benefit newly formed New Paltz Historical Society

If the phrase “New Paltz Historical Society” gets you thinking that it’s the former name for Historic Huguenot Street, before that entity rebranded itself, you wouldn’t be alone. Even a Google search tends…

Lee pruning his blueberries

Now’s the time to prune shrubs before spring growth begins

In years past, when I went outdoors this time of year, it was usually with skis strapped to my feet. Or wearing snow boots. Or snowshoes. With this snowless, warm winter, I’m mostly…

Augusta Allen with her daughter Ruth Brown (in Woodstock Dress).

Mother of invention: Augusta Allen & the Woodstock Dress

In her later years, Augusta Allen’s daughter could still recall the whirring of her mother’s sewing machine echoing throughout the house well into the early morning hours. She could see her also, working…

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