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Ed Sanders unveils new biography of eminent historian Alf Evers

Ed Sanders unveils new biography of eminent historian Alf Evers

A true Renaissance man, Evers’ first big success as an author was in the field of children’s books, illustrated by his wife, Helen Bryant Baker. Together they published some 50 of them over a 23-year period, which came to an end in the early 1950s with the advent of the mass-produced (and much cheaper) Little Golden Books. By then Evers, who first moved to Woodstock in 1931, had begun writing articles on historical subjects on a regular basis for local newspapers and the New York Folklore Society, which eventually caught the attention of Ellin Roberts, a senior editor at Doubleday. It was she who recruited him to write a comprehensive history of the Catskills. It ended up taking him nine years, but the legwork paid off: The book is still considered the go-to source on its subject.

In Flight: The Dance of Freedom, Susan Slotnick chronicles prison dance program

In Flight: The Dance of Freedom, Susan Slotnick chronicles prison dance program

Flash back 45 years to a stretch class in the Dancing Theater, the studio space above Handmade & More in New Paltz that former owner Ann Rodman used to make available to the Arts Community’s dance and fitness instructors, under the auspices of Brenda Bufalino, before the second floor became a clothing boutique. It was worth sacrificing the luxury of sleeping in on a Sunday morning to practice those yoga, ballet and Feldenkrais postures for 90 minutes in exchange for the reward of feeling a week’s worth of stress drain away before brunchtime.

New Paltz restaurateur, songwriter and storyteller plumbs troubled past in new book

New Paltz restaurateur, songwriter and storyteller plumbs troubled past in new book

In his stunning new memoir The Trouble with Kim: On Transcending Despair and Approaching Joy, the New Paltz writer, musician, and restaurateur Seth David Branitz goes deep into a troubled personal past. It is the story of a wildly dysfunctional New York City family from the 1970s through the end of the century, a family mired in poverty, violence, mental illness, and deepening cycles of futility and struggle. From these antecedents, the youngest child traces his own descent into addiction and inexpressible despair and longing, describing a circuitous route toward — not to — redemption, stability, forgiveness and something like happiness.

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.

Rae Stang’s Daily Mouse offers uplift in time of pandemic

Rae Stang’s Daily Mouse offers uplift in time of pandemic

Last weekend, the 115 Partition Street storefront in Saugerties that used to house Lucky Chocolates and its accompanying café – before founder Rae Stang sold the business and its new owners moved it around to the back of the building – became a pop-up gallery. The occasion was an art show titled “Images from The Daily Mouse: Tails from the Crisis,” and the painter whose works were on display was Stang herself.

Carole Ford of New Paltz publishes journals of touring US, Canada by camper

Carole Ford of New Paltz publishes journals of touring US, Canada by camper

Mention Carole and Steve Ford to Paltzonians of a certain vintage – those who attended the Campus School, the New Paltz Middle School and/or High School between the mid-1970s and early 1990s – and you’ll see eyes light up and hear fond memories recalled of the Arts Community Youth Theater. The Fords created a nurturing backstage family for many a creatively inclined youngster, introduced more than a few future thespians and theater professionals to the stage, and provided the community with years of high-quality live entertainment.