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Mohonk and the Smileys chronicles 150 years of stewardship

Mohonk and the Smileys chronicles 150 years of stewardship

Not only alcohol but also cards and dancing were prohibited at the original Mohonk (quite a change from the tavern of John Stokes, from whom the Smileys bought the original chunk of property, and who was known to chain unruly drunks to a tree). But the resort also served as the site of numerous conferences and social initiatives that were, by the standards of the time, progressive if not downright incendiary.

How a kid from Newburgh became a mega-best-selling author

How a kid from Newburgh became a mega-best-selling author

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one best-sellers (67 at last count) and was the first to top The New York Times’ best-seller lists in both the adults’ and kids’ categories simultaneously. His novels account for roughly six percent of all hardcover novels sold in the US – more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined.

The Woodstock Flaneur

The Woodstock Flaneur

Michael Perkins’ latest book, The Woodstock Flaneur: A Saunterer’s Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Famous Small Town, will be celebrated with an Oriole9 reading Thursday, December 13, featuring a quintet of topnotch readers

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.