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Slabsides in West Park is the name of the cabin that John Burroughs built in 1895. It was in this building that Burroughs (shown below) wrote some of the essays that made him America’s foremost nature writer of his time, as well as entertaining such callers as Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, up until his death in 1921. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, Slabsides is preserved today much as Burroughs left it. Slabs of lumber with their bark still on cover the exterior walls, and the rustic red cedar posts that Burroughs helped set in place still uphold the porch. Inside the cabin, the furniture that Burroughs used (and much of which he made) remains as it was. (photo by Julie O’Connor)

Slabsides in West Park to host more public programs

Slabsides, the rustic retreat of 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, is a Hudson Valley shrine. So the fact that the West Park cabin itself was only opened for visiting twice a year was a…

Portrait of Levi P. Morton by George Hughes

Framing Levi Morton in Rhinecliff

Despite his illustrious past, not many people really know much about Levi P. Morton. That will change on Saturday, May 16, when the Morton Memorial Library and Community House in Rhinecliff will honor…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

The grim pruner

Deb gets a little nervous every time I go into the garage for some pruning tools this time of year – not because she’s afraid that I might hurt myself, but for what I…

The 12-meter racing sloop Eleanor is entered in the US National Register of Historic Places (1982) and the New York State Register of Historic Places (1983), and is the last known example of a “raceabout”: a class of boats designed for speed. (Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society)

Edwardian party to help fund restoration of 1903 sloop Eleanor

Louise Bliss spends her days and nights fulfilling the responsibilities that you normally expect from the leader of a non-profit organization: grantwriting, public speaking, administrative duties…but wait – is that her scraping paint…

(Illustration by Will Lytle)

Turtle Day this Saturday, stargazing next Friday in Gardiner

Those of us who are mourning the recent death of Sir Terry Pratchett have no difficulty associating stars with shelled reptiles, since the great British humorist/fantasy author set his imaginary planet of Discworld…

Esopus Meadows Preserve (photo by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. | Scenic Hudson)

Volunteers needed for this Saturday’s Riverkeeper Sweep

Still got some cabin fever to shake off (or superfluous poundage to lose) after a long, cold, snowy, classic Northeast winter? Besides opportunities for exercise, more outdoorsy weather also means that it’s time…

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Byrdcliffe revives use of historic looms for Isabel Wilson’s textile workshops

Photos by Dion Ogust Before Ralph Whitehead left England for America, where he co-founded the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, he had wanted to apprentice himself to English textile designer William Morris, ardent…

Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal is a documentary film in progress about the urban renewal program that demolished much of downtown Kingston, known as “the Rondout,” in the 1960s. (photo by Eugene Dauner)

Bulldozed beauty: Rondout urban renewal documentary

A fundraiser for Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, a documentary film about the urban renewal program that demolished much of downtown Kingston in the 1960s, will be held on Tuesday, May 12…

Yew berries (photo by Liz West)

Give seeds a chance

Control yourself, Lee! Growing seedlings this time of year is too easy. Within a single packet of seeds is the potential for a gardenful of vegetable or flower plants, even shrubs and trees. As such, a…

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Cliff-top creatives & the artist colony of Cragsmoor

  The history of the Hudson River School of painters is a familiar one. So is that of the Byrdcliffe art colony that took root in Woodstock. But in between the Hudson River…

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