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Historic house tour highlights Plattekill and its hamlets

Historic house tour highlights Plattekill and its hamlets

Saturday, June 2: Tour-goers will visit simple farmsteads and houses from the Federal period, three-bay side-hall and five-bay center-hall structures. Seven of the town’s most interesting and unusual vernacular structures in a range of period styles dating to the 19th and 20th centuries will be featured, with the Greek Revival aesthetic and the diversity of its expression in the region a recurring theme.

Barn Star’s Antiques in Rhinebeck at Dutchess Fairgrounds

Barn Star’s Antiques in Rhinebeck at Dutchess Fairgrounds

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27: There will be 140 antiques dealers on hand, displaying their wares, including Americana, “High Country” and Mid-century Modern furniture and accessories, fine art, estate jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, Oriental rugs, garden decorations, marine accessories, books, toys, decorated stoneware and so on.

Is there such a thing as too much zucchini?

Is there such a thing as too much zucchini?

The maligned zucchini is the cliched veg of overabundance, spilling out of home gardens in great quantities, big as baseball bats, is the cliched veg of overabundance. You are advised to keep your car locked during zucchini season lest some gardeners get rid of their extras by sneaking a paper bag full of them into your back seat. August 8 is widely celebrated as National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Gardeners grate their supply into breads, cookies and cakes that mask the zucchini’s texture and taste.

Lee Reich’s new gardening book is another keeper

Lee Reich’s new gardening book is another keeper

Reich is highly regarded as a national expert, but even more exciting is the fact that he’s a local! He knows our pain. How can we trust an expert from New Jersey, or worse, someone from California (who is probably just a surfer) with our delicate apple blossoms? We can not.