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Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest returns to Highland for 22nd annual chili cook-off

Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest returns to Highland for 22nd annual chili cook-off

Loretta Miller remembers when the first Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest was held in Highland. Organized by local bed-and-breakfast owners Jerry and Geri Luke, attendees back then sat at makeshift tables assembled from plywood and sawhorses. Twenty-two years later, WinterFest is still a pretty casual affair, but now has a permanent home under the sturdy Highland Rotary Pavilion, adjacent to the circa-1915 train caboose on the trail at 101 New Paltz Road.

Rosendale woman combines activism and puppets

Rosendale woman combines activism and puppets

Political theater sometimes has “that didactic tag on it that turns people off,” Amy Trompetter says. “But our vocabulary, of puppets, is simple; simple-minded in a certain way. A giant Mother Earth puppet can inspire a feeling of where we came from and be more inspiring to the truth of our existence on this earth and how we expend our energy on that path than a verbal approach.”

Saving the world, one stitch at a time with “slow fashion” advocate Katrina Rodabaugh

Saving the world, one stitch at a time with “slow fashion” advocate Katrina Rodabaugh

Friday, December 7: Book signing/discussion at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck: I’d “left fashion out of my own quest for a sustainable lifestyle. I’d been thinking a lot about food and housing, but not so much about clothing.” Katrina Rodabaugh went on a “fashion fast,” pledging not to purchase any new clothing for a year, focusing instead on making simple garments, buying secondhand and mending what she already owned.