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Get matched for a Friend Date, if you dare, at Dakota Lane’s Lovefest in Woodstock

Get matched for a Friend Date, if you dare, at Dakota Lane’s Lovefest in Woodstock

Saturday, Feb. 16: “When I was a kid in Woodstock, I got my little brother to write these secret notes with me. We’d write love notes, notes of positive affirmation, like ‘You’re doing great; just keep going!’ And we would spread them all over town, slip them into chocolate -bar wrappers in the Grand Union and put them into library books – just dozens of notes everywhere.”

Hudson Jazz Festival this weekend

Hudson Jazz Festival this weekend

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17: In an age when Aerosmith has headlined major jazz festivals and the lineups tend to be stacked with non-jazz acts, the Hudson affair is micro and boutique, small and intensive and truly designed for aficionados on the cutting edge of jazz aesthetics.

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.