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In search of natural darkness

In search of natural darkness

In our 21st century, more than half the world’s population lives in an urban environment, with natural nocturnal darkness a phenomenon many only read about. But we who live in a rural setting still mostly enjoy the natural night and its splendors. Still, there’s dark and then there’s really dark.

Foraging, herbal medicine workshops in Woodstock & Red Hook

Foraging, herbal medicine workshops in Woodstock & Red Hook

The back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s spurred a revival of interest not only in organic farming, but also in foraging for wild foods and medicinal herbs. Now, with epochal climate change driving the desire to get off the grid and live as sustainably as possible, a whole new generation too young to remember Euell Gibbons is turning its attention to these same pursuits. This weekend brings several local events on these themes.

Join BioBlitz in Woodstock

Join BioBlitz in Woodstock

Citizen scientists of all ages (no special training or experience necessary) will be teamed with scientists and expert naturalists to study the wildlife, plants and biodiversity at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve.

Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

Friday-Sunday, May 24-26: Since Bard College acquired Montgomery Place in 2016, the former seat of one of the branches of the Livingston family has become the “salon” hosting public events. Famous names long associated with Montgomery Place include architect Alexander Jackson Davis and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, but now visitors will have opportunities to learn about a lesser-known steward of this magnificent site overlooking the Hudson River, Alexander Gilson.