John Stern reimagines Storm King, the 500-acre sculpture park created by his family

These days, the Storm King Arts Center isn’t your father’s or even your grandfather’s 500-acre outdoor museum/sculpture park. But it is John Stern’s father’s and grandfather’s 500-acre outdoor museum/sculpture park, and he’s only…

National Book Award-winner & journalist Andrew Solomon to speak in Rhinecliff

The world – especially as we know it through the cloudy lens of social media in the midst of a poisonous electoral season – is a place of polarizing and alienating information, much…

Cutting-edge Catskill: American Dance Institute breaks ground at former lumberyard

The Village of Catskill, like so many other communities in the mid-Hudson region, was once a haven for Mom-and-Pop businesses, with a wide, attractive Main Street that charmed as well as provided everything…

Step out for Slabsides

When the literary naturalist John Burroughs first began writing about Nature, as he called it, the country looked askance. Where he saw beauty, where he found repose, the vast majority of Americans still…

Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker of Poughkeepsie earns new artistic honor

His name conjures the memory of a great black boxing champion. And though Joe Louis Walker wasn’t named after the Brown Bomber, he has this quality in common with him: Joe Louis Walker…

Marwencol’s Mark Hogancamp to discuss his new book in Saugerties

Mark Hogancamp had much of his life’s memories kicked and beaten out of him one night in 2000. But he remembers with crystal clarity the moment that he began to rebuild his life…

(Courtesy of Ulster Hose Company # 5)

Portrait of a born firefighter

Some people know what they’re going to be when they grow up even before they grow up. Sam Appa leans back behind the paper-strewn desk that he occupies at Ulster Hose Company #5…

Duane Ragucci and Betty Mensch of the Storybrook program. The all-volunteer program helps inmates at the Dutchess County Jail to choose, read aloud and record a children’s book, which is then sent to their children on a CD. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Storybook program helps Dutchess County Jail inmates read aloud to their kids – via CD

Every story about children and parents and what stands between them should have a storybook ending – especially when what stand between them are jail cell walls. Once upon a time, in 2011,…

Tap great Brenda Bufalino to perform in New Paltz this Friday

Another person would have retired years ago, content to rest on her laurels. But Brenda Bufalino, who has been dancing professionally for 70 years, isn’t one for letting the years dictate her days….

The moving line: Calligrapher extraordinaire Barbara Bash at Unison in New Paltz

  Barbara Bash has always known that she loved the experience of writing. Even before she could read, before she’d ever attended school, she knew. Her mother had rescued and brought home a bedraggled…

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