He’s smart and articulate, with a sheen of Silicon Valley nerdiness. Yang thinks that America’s biggest problem – and a major motivating factor for blue-collar workers is the loss of jobs to automation: the subject of his book The War on Normal People. And his prescription to solve that problem is a concept that economists call Universal Basic Income. He has lifelong ties to the Hudson Valley. He spent his early childhood, when his father was working for General Electric, in Niskayuna, and his middle and high school years in Somers after his father went to work for IBM.
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Saturday, Oct. 26: Those who avoid the zombies and get through the woods with at least one flag and all their brains intact will earn an UlsterCorps Zombie Escape Survivor wristband.
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. While a reenactment of the Redcoats’ landing and skirmish with the local militia at Kingston Point won’t be happening this year, some new features have been added to the semiannual commemoration of the disastrous sequence of events in 1777, when British forces took over the city, setting buildings afire as they moved from east to west.
Now, every town has its cool stuff, but some of these discoveries are mind-blowing. Did you know that the first stained-glass window commission undertaken by the William Morris Company for an American client, with panels designed by Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Morris himself, was the 1867 Vanderpoel Window that hangs in Saugerties’ Trinity Church?
Sunday, October 13: “Sustain Traditions” is the motto of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation, which hosts this festival of Italian cuisine, culture and music every year on the Kingston waterfront: a natural location for an Italian Festival, with over 150,000 Italian Americans in Ulster, Orange and Dutchess Counties.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Located in the heart of Woodstock for 70 years, Matt, Heather and Kathy Longyear’s farm has hosted a benefit for the Woodstock Land Conservancy for the last five years. This event is a celebration of community for all ages and features opportunities to learn about the farm and the environment while enjoying crafts, kids’ activities and local foods and music.
Are you a bottle collector, local history fan, or just have that odd bottle on your shelf? Consider attending the Hudson Valley Bottle Club’s fall open house on Friday, October 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Marlboro Presbyterian Church at 51 Grand St, Marlboro, to learn more about local bottles, Hudson Valley glass-producing industries, and the bottle collecting hobby.
Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 28/29: Expect dozens of vendors of every conceivable variety of garlic and garlic-flavored dish (yes, the ice cream is a real thing), plus lectures from chefs and growers, plenty of live music and entertainment.
Sunday, Sept. 22: More than 100 British-car-owners will display their classic and quirky British classics.
Saturday, September 14: New Paltz Kayaking is offering a special deeply discounted rate of $10 to rent a kayak for the day, for those who don’t have their own boats.