Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

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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This past weekend my Dad, my friend and I all went to see Paranormal Activity.  Since it’s nearing Halloween and my Dad and I love scary movies,  Paranormal Activity seemed like a perfect fit. The basic summary of the movie is this: “After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.” It’s a low-budget horror flick that is surprisingly well made. Although there were some big scares I wasn’t absolutely terrified. I don’t know if it quite lived up to its hype, but I enjoyed it. However, I think I would have been more scared if I was watching the movie alone, in the dark and in my basement. My Dad agrees. One important thing to note is that this movie is Rated “R”, so it is definitely not a movie to take your young children or grandchildren to.

This leads me to a very important point. Someone had brought in their two-year old child. Why? The poor child was scared out of their mind and started crying. Eventually, she calmed down but it was hard to get back in to the scary movie vibe. That has to be my biggest pet peeve about movie theaters, how did that child get in if the movie was rated “R”? What about you, are you a movie buff like me, but find that something can easily ruin your movie-going experience? Leave us a comment and let us know. Also, make sure you check out Hudson Valley Life’s article on cool movie houses in the Hudson Valley, it’s a great read. In the meantime, I think I’ll stick to my scary movie watching at home.

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