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Vladimir Feltsman

Vladimir Feltsman and the genesis of PianoSummer

For three weeks in July, gifted young musicians from all over the world come to SUNY-New Paltz to study at the PianoSummer Institute, run by Vladimir Feltsman, the world-renowned, Russian-born pianist who made his debut at…

Franklin D. Roosevelt gives the first broadcast from his study in the FDR Library on Labor Day in 1941 declaring ,"We shall do everything in our power to crush Hitler and his Nazi forces." (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum)

FDR Library in Hyde Park turns 75

When construction began back in 1939 on America’s first Presidential Library, our nation and our president were still resisting involvement in the conflicts raging in Europe and Southeast Asia. But for America and…

(Winniepix)

Use free Web Soil Survey to learn about your backyard

G, as I’ll refer to him, has a blank canvas: about ten acres of mostly open field. His vision is, essentially, for a Garden of Eden, with fruit trees, bushes and vines, vegetables,…

Work in progress at the Smorgasburg Upstate site in Kingston

Smorgasburg Upstate to set up shop at Kingston’s Brickyards

It has been a long time since the once-busy Hutton Brickyard in Kingston has seen much activity. The rusted buildings and piles of bricks near Kingston Point are relics of the city’s industrial…

The Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The self-guided tour around the Association’s 500-acre working farm invites visitors to poke their heads into the barn, visit the pigs, stroll through the Corner Garden, visit the Creek, hike Phudd Hill. The tour guide brochure is available near the Farm Store’s checkout counter.

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is not just about yogurt anymore

Visitors to the Hawthorne Valley Association can be forgiven their confusion when first visiting the place. It’s a farm, a school, a theater. It’s a funky-looking, beautifully maintained mystery buried deep in the…

In Dutchess County, visitors can explore Dappled Berms, the garden of Scott VanderHamm. Situated on a one-acre property within a 1950s (IBM-era) suburban community, the garden includes a collection of more than 105 different hosta cultivars. VanderHamm will host a pop-up plant sale in conjunction with Adams Fairacre Farms, including some of the same plants grown at Dappled Berms.

Garden Conservancy Open Days this Saturday

The Garden Conservancy Open Days program was created in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, by providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice and proving…

(A. Siegel)

Is Earth flat?

I just got back from the Wanderlust Festival in Vermont.  My company, Slooh, wants to expand our audience. They thought it would be a great idea to do a Solstice and Full Moon program during…

(Natasha Maria Brooks-Sperduti)

Exhibition at Rosendale’s Snyder Estate & Widow Jane Mine

“When we chose our artists, we were pretty intentional about wanting people who were not just going to bring different work to the site, but would invite people to experience it in different…

On the Rondout in Kingston by the restaurant Ole Savannah (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Saturday is Hudson River Day in Kingston

Does the arrival of sultry summer weather make you dream of getaways to charming harbor towns where you can stroll the waterfront, enjoy the breeze and watch the boats go by? When you…

Portrait of John Jay by Gilbert Stuart (The National Gallery of Art)

Learn about John Jay this Sunday

  While being homeschooled wasn’t as unusual a thing back in the 18th century as it is nowadays, historian Dr. Ray Raymond, who is currently working on a new biography of John Jay,…

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