Tuesday, Oct. 16: Shorto was one of the first historians to be allowed access to Albany’s rich archive of primary documents from the era of Dutch colonization of what is now New York, as they were being translated into English by the New Netherland Project. The best-known product of those early researches was his 2004 blockbuster The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, and the Founding Colony that Shaped America. It’s an engaging tale of how the philosophical fruits of the European Enlightenment, borne to New Netherland by Dutch settlers, seeded New York City’s destiny as a cradle of diversity and liberalism and a welcoming harbor for immigrants.
You go there when you want privacy. Lagrangian points are very cool. So why haven’t we ever explored them in the 44 years this column has run?
It’s not my time to stop. Not yet. I still have plenty of bounce in me.
By the time Washington Irving moved to Sunnyside, he was renowned on two continents as “the first American man of letters.” He had already written both of his most famous stories, “Legend” and “Rip Van Winkle”; covered Aaron Burr’s treason trial for a newspaper; co-founded the literary magazine Salmagundi; coined the phrase “the almighty dollar,” as well as the nicknames “Gotham” for New York City and “Knickerbocker” for one of its residents; spawned the fiction that Christopher Columbus’ contemporaries believed the Earth to be flat; and, with his accounts of traditional Yorkshire Yuletide celebrations in his Bracebridge Hall stories, planted the seed of inspiration in Charles Dickens that would soon lead to the writing of A Christmas Carol.
Wednesday-Sunday, October 10-14: This preview of WFF’s 2018 offerings (about half of them made by women, overall) focuses solely on works by female directors whose narratives explore relationships among women.
Ever see the statue of Sojourner Truth in Port Ewen? Trina Greene’s statue of a young Sojourner Truth is filled with surprises. Look carefully at the ground on which Truth walks.
Sunday, October 14: Members of the public are invited to attend for a short or a long time between 2 and 5 p.m. to observe, and perhaps respond to, The Psalms R Us at the Saugerties Reformed Church, part of the Shout Out Saugerties month-long arts festival.
Oct. 11-Nov. 4: Stephen Nachamie will direct Denizen Theatre’s inaugural production, Cal in Camo. Dialectics & the dead on stage in Rhinebeck, Ellenville, Phoenicia and Kingston.
Friday, October 12: Participate in a sunset magick ritual bonfire garden party and vegetarian potluck at Shivastan to celebrate and discuss renowned/reviled British-born archmage Aleister Crowley, who spent 40 days in the summer of 1918 camping out on Esopus Island in the Hudson River.
Saturday, October 13: Hudson Valley Philharmonic opens its 59th season with Puccini, Verdi and Rossini gems.