Archive for the ‘The "finer" things’ Category

Last Thursday night I was treated to The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Giselle. Performed on the large stage of the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf, the story of the ballet is set in a Rhineland Village and tells of a peasant girl, Giselle, who falls in love with a Count and of a hunter who is crazy for her. The magic of the perfect unison and flawless technique of the Corps de Ballet was a considerable match for the excellent Giselle, performed by Ekaterina Egorova, who literally flew through the air and across the stage with the grace of a Giselle. The young ballerinas in the audience were transfixed as were we all. The costumes were to die for.

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Congratulations to Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids and Friends for their big win last night! “Tomorrow’s Children,” a CD by Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids and Friends, featuring former students from J.V. Forrestal Elementary School in Beacon, won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children.








We were lucky to interview Mr. Seeger in our  December 2010 issue and we send out our warmest wishes to him and these talented students.

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You don’t know that it is a fifty year old instrument that is a little like a tuba, only smaller and has a higher pitch?  On January 23 the well-known local Euphonium player, Jason Ham ( in his ninth year with the West Point Band) gave us a wonderful cross-section of pieces on the Euphonuium last Sunday, January 23 at The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music & Theater Series at the Montgomery Senior Center.  With humor and grace, Ham played Taffanel to Gershwin and thrilled the mostly senior audience with his narrative talents as well.  Ruthanne Schempf was on the piano and Bonnie Ham on the flute and between the three of them we were treated to several masterful duets. For treats that are FREE, show up for the  next concert on March 13th which features classical marimba player, Nagano Makoto.  To learn more, go to: www.villageofmontgomery.org click on “Our Community” and then “Music and Theater” to see the fine array of free performances throughout the year.

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On Sunday Oct 3rd, a beautiful fall day here in the Hudson Valley, I went to Museum Village in Monroe to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The play was good, not broadway, but worth going.  You are greeted at the door by Bruce Roman who is the artistic director and then proceed into the theater to find a seat, any seat, there are two sides with 20 rows in each and 6 seats in each row, the best is when someone needs to get in and out, you don’t have to move, there is enough room!

During intermission we were  invited into the Tool Building next door for hot coffee, iced tea, homemade apple pie (regular or crumb) and ice cream, this is included with the price of your ticket. The show ran exactly 2 hours, including intermission. At the end of the show when we left Bruce was again shaking hands with everyone outside the building. I highly recommend going at least once if you can, it was a great find and we plan to go back for more shows. Shows run from til mid-November. If you interested in finding more Hudson Valley theater information, check out these articles from our site.

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  Antique sign in Saugherties, NY


Don’t wait for the Antique Road Show to come to town to find out if you’re sitting on a gold mine!

How to use library resources to evaluate antiques will be demonstrated this month at the Newburgh Free Library.  The first class entitled Using Library Resources to Evaluate Antiques will take place on Sat., Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.  Discover what library books and other print resources are available to help you find out the value of your antiques and collectibles. 

Learn about antiques in Saugherties, NY

 Do-It-Yourself Antique Appraisals using “Price-it” will be offered on Sat., Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.  Patrons will find out how to use the library’s database, “Price It”, to evaluate their antiques and collectibles.  Bring in a small antique or collectible and we will try to find its value during the demonstration.

 Due to limited space, registration is required.  For more information, call the Library at 563-3600 or go to www.newburghlibrary.org and click on “Calendar of Events” to register.   Both classes will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Orange County still has many bucolic roads, and there is no better way to enjoy them than cruising on your bicycle, and no better time of year than fall. As fate would have it, the Orange County Bicycle Club realizes this:

Save the Date: Oct 3, 2010

Country Roads Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour

The Orange County Bicycle Club and Occupations, Inc., join forces to bring you to the 2010 Country Roads Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour, the ride with the camels, celebrating open space in Orange County, NY. Take any of four choice routes on uncrowded roads the varied landscape of Orange & Ulster Counties in the Hudson Valley. Proceeds benefit the Orange County Land Trust for open space, the Sanctuary for Animals, for animal rescue, and Occupations, Inc., for children with special needs.

Choose from:
1) 14 mile route for older children and once-in-a-while riders
2) 24-mile offers pleasant day trip through the countryside
3) 48-mile routes offers a longer pleasant day trip through the countryside
4) 69-mile ride goes through rolling farmland and over forested ridges

Register Now: Active.com Pre-registration is $30 and goes toward the causes listed above.

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Celebrate this year’s fabulous tomato harvest at the Rosendale Farmers Market on Sunday, August 22! There are currently at least two dozen different tomato varieties—both heirloom and new introductions, and all will be available for sampling free of charge at the next market.

 Market visitors will also be able to try  pasta with tomatoes and fresh herbs and Kenny’s Killer Gazpacho, all for  free. Great cajun music will be played by Cleoma’s Ghost.  The market  offers a selection of fruits, veggies, dairy, breads, desserts and meats. Every week there’s something new to discover—an heirloom white peach, a special honey, a hand-crafted cheese,  a new variety of squash or home-made pretzels. 

For more information look for the market’s FaceBook page, or call 339-0819.  The market runs every Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM, rain or shine, in the parking lot of the Rosendale Community Center at 1055 Route 32, Rosendale.

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