All posts by Frances Marion Platt

Explore the islands of the Hudson River

Explore the islands of the Hudson River

Did you know that Schodack Island was the site of the central council fire of all the Mahican peoples? Or that British mystic Aleister Crowley claimed to be meditating and writing on Esopus Island, but he may have been spying on behalf of the US government during WWI?

New Paltz’s Scarborough Fare expands specialty grocery items in new space

New Paltz’s Scarborough Fare expands specialty grocery items in new space

Tasting some unfamiliar cheeses at your favorite deli or wines at your neighborhood liquor store are all well and good; but where do you get to slosh together samples of flavor-infused oils and vinegars to see how different combinations work together? In New Paltz, those in the know will point you to Scarborough Fare Fine Olive Oils & Gourmet Specialties, the North Front Street emporium for serious salad-makers. Only now, they’ll have to point slightly to the south: As of April 1, Scarborough Fare has moved across the street to #15.

Jim Jarmusch brings zombies to the Catskills in The Dead Don’t Die

Jim Jarmusch brings zombies to the Catskills in The Dead Don’t Die

Here’s the cast lined up for Jarmusch’s soon-to-be-released The Dead Don’t Die: Adam Driver (star of his most recent fiction feature, Paterson), Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Rosie Perez, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Glover, Luka Sabbat, Tom Waits and RZA. Carol Kane, Iggy Pop and Sara Driver all play zombies. So does a young actress from New Paltz, Sophia Weinman – one of many locals hired as extras for the movie, filmed mostly in and around Fleischmanns in Delaware County.

Refugee discussion follows screening of Sky and Ground in Rhinebeck

Refugee discussion follows screening of Sky and Ground in Rhinebeck

Saturday, April 13: Amidst the current furor over the inhumane treatment of refugees detained and families separated at the US/Mexico border, public attention has been diverted away from what is undeniably the largest-scale humanitarian crisis of this time: the plight of the millions fleeing civil war in Syria. Following the noon screening, filmmaker Joshua Bennett will join a panel discussion that also includes Lea Matheson, senior advisor on migration and humanitarian issues in the Office of the President at the UN.