Do it for Daisy: Wilderstein needs volunteers

When Evan Quimby began volunteering as a docent at the Wilderstein Historic Site, it was kind of a retirement thing where she had some time on her hands and the desire to give…

WSW Chili Bowl intern Allora McCullough in action

WSW’s Chili Bowl Fiesta this Saturday at Rosendale Rec Center

Each of the handcrafted ceramic bowls at the 19th annual Chili Bowl Fiesta on Saturday, February 27 will be unique: a one-of-a-kind addition to any collection of pottery. Not only that, its purchase…

Rehearsal photo of Jennifer Delora, Norm Magnusson and Cat Barney in A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck. The production involves a series of staged readings written and performed by men and women. The cast includes Delora (left), a deaf actor who will not only speak and sign her monologue, “Conversations with my Son” by Susan Miller, but also remain on stage throughout the readings to sign the performances of the other actors. (photo by Abigail Carney)

Eve Ensler work to be performed/signed on Rhinebeck stage

“In the telling, women take their power back,” writes Eve Ensler in her introduction to A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer. The anthology of poetry and prose on the topic…


Marist fashion students undertake Six-Item Challenge

As visiting professional lecturer and special projects coordinator for the fashion program at Marist College, knitwear designer Melissa Halvorson teaches her students that fashion is not just about the look; clothing is a…

The ten paintings on display at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park through May 25, installed throughout the rooms of the 19th-century home, are part of a unique collaboration between the historic site and artist Angela Fraleigh.

Contemporary art at Vanderbilt Mansion examines the role of women

The women are seen from behind, their faces turned away from the viewer, their features indistinct. Creamy complexions, upswept hair, a luminous expanse of bare shoulder. A suggestion of a life, a woman’s…


A riot of color at Kingston’s R&F Handmade Paints

Most painting materials are intuitive for an experienced artist. Give a painter something in a tube or a jar, some type of support to work on, something to apply the material with and…

Bryan Graham of Fruition Chocolate Works (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Chocolatiers of the Hudson Valley

Chocolate has been consumed as a beverage for most of its 4,000-year-plus history: The Aztecs and Mayans drank chocolate, considering it an aphrodisiac, and so too did Marie Antoinette, who brought her own…

"I enclose two copies of prints enlarged from a Kodak, showing me at the helm of the ice yacht Hawk," FDR wrote. "I suggest that you have this framed and hung on the wall over the spars. It can be labeled 'FDR at helm of ice yacht Hawk off Roosevelt Point, 1905'." Photo courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park.

Learn more about the Hudson Valley’s illustrious history of iceboating

For some iceboating enthusiasts, it’s about the adrenaline rush: the exhilaration of being propelled across a sheet of ice at up to five times the speed of the wind, cold air whipping at…

(Photo by Basheer Tome)

Local Ingredient Chili Challenge in New Paltz this Saturday

The courtyard at the Water Street Market on Main Street in New Paltz will host the eighth annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge fundraiser this Saturday, January 23 from 12 noon to 3 p.m….


Horses reign at Red Hook’s Equis Art Gallery

The focus is on horses at the Equis Art Gallery in the Village of Red Hook. But when gallery-owner and photographer Juliet R. Harrison gets inquiries from artists who want to show their…

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