The cast of Grinder’s Stand, left to right: seated, Nancy Rothman, Steven Patterson, Stephen Jones; standing, Jon Lee, William Dobbins, Phillip X. Levine, Brett Owen. (V. James dePerna Photography)

Catskill play explores cryptic death of Meriwether Lewis

Mrs. Grinder: Have you lost someone? Meriwether Lewis: Some thing, although I’m not sure what it was. I had it on the trail to Oregon, But sometime after that, it disappeared.  Mrs. Grinder:…

horse-@

Big doings on Bridge Street in Catskill

Photos provided by Bridge Street Theatre   Sometimes, more is more. A good case in point is “Big Works in the Big Room,” the current exhibition in the gallery space at Bridge Street…

Artist Bob Schuler outside his styrofoam dome home in High Falls. (photo by Mookie Forcella)

Last of the Cubists

The aurochs, deer and horses that have animated the cave walls of Lascaux for more than 17,000 years have begun to fall prey to bacteria. The odds of them lasting another 17 millennia…

IMGP0566 @

John Wolfe paints what happens when worlds collide

Photos by Mookie Forcella   John Wolfe says that he’s always considered himself a folk artist. While it’s true that his dreamlike canvases often depict larger-than-life characters from that wavering zone where the…

Michael Rhodes, Tangent’s artistic director (photo by Andrea Rhodes)

Off on a Tangent: Intimate theatre thrives in Tivoli

The Black Swan, with its low black beams and Guinness on tap, is Tivoli’s answer to the classic Irish pub. You can dine on shepherds’ pie, seated in old church pews, or discourse…

Bart Plantenga, left, with the late yodeling cowboy Kenny Roberts.

Bart Plantenga and the gnosis of yodeling

One of these fine days, when the thrashing grounds are free and clear, it must be thrashed out whether the yodeler is an artist or a freak. — from Closing the Gap, by…

Rugose Coral

The fossil photographs of Art Murphy

For most people, “local history” means names and events dating back at best a century or two. But for Art Murphy, a fine art photographer who lives on a winding, wooded road in…

Satchel Paige, seen here warming up, was a pitcher of almost mythical prowess who made several barnstorming appearances in Kingston. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Barnstormy weather: Legacy of black baseball celebrated in Poughkeepsie

On the sultry summer evening of August 27, 1941, the Kansas City Monarchs, a perennial powerhouse of the Negro American League, and their ace pitcher, Satchel Paige, squared off against the Kingston Recreations,…

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly © All Rights Reserved

An Ulster Publishing publication