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Local author reads from her book Never Too Young! in Kingston

Local author reads from her book Never Too Young! in Kingston

Saturday, March 30: Aileen Weintraub tells the inspiring stories of early achievers in Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference. The book became a best-seller when it debuted on Amazon, and won a Parents’ Choice Award. The Accord-based author has written more than 50 children’s books, with her next, Secrets of the American Museum of Natural History, due out this spring.

Famed writer/arborist William Bryant Logan to read from Sprout Lands in Rhinebeck

Famed writer/arborist William Bryant Logan to read from Sprout Lands in Rhinebeck

Thursday, Mar. 28: Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again. Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them; rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known.

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.