Taylor Bruck, who age-wise is the polar opposite of his predecessor— at age 31, he is one of the youngest city historians in the state — is a pro who cut his teeth learning how to handle historic documents at the Senate House State Historic Site when he was still a child.
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Ah, the summer of 2021. New York State is open! If you planned to get married last year but couldn’t have your dream wedding with friends and family to cheer you on, you probably postponed your nuptials. This summer, we can let loose, drink, dance and hug a little, right?
He asked the young woman, named Lola, to dance. He soon felt himself gliding across the floor. “She was a wonderful dancer, and I was smitten,” he said. After that night, Arthur, who lived in Brooklyn, was determined to see her again.
If ever a massive display of blooming plants, shrubs, and trees was called for to perk up the winter blahs, now is the time. Wandering an Adams Fairacre Farms greenhouse bursting with color and horticultural artistry is a familiar Hudson Valley tradition for many Hudson Valley gardeners which always comes as a welcome event in late-winter, and particularly so this year after nearly a year living with an isolating pandemic.
Scenic Hudson, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve land and farms and create public parks that serve to connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River and the natural resources of the Hudson Valley, recently closed on a 303-acre parcel in the Town of Lloyd that borders on the Black Creek, Illinois Mountain and the Hudson Valley rail-trail.
Eighteen years ago, Ward Mintz and his partner, Floyd Lattin, bought an 1850s house in Kingston overlooking the Hudson River. Since then, the two have assembled a significant collection of contemporary and historic art, including many works by artists living in Kingston and the region. Mintz is more than a local art patron. He’s contributed significantly to the enrichment of the city’s arts and cultural community.
In 2016, a five-year federal Drug-Free Communities grant enabling the creation of the position of Greater New Paltz Community Partnership coordinator ran out. “Once we lose her, we’ll never get her back,” said town supervisor Neil Bettez said of Phoenix Kawamoto, “Someone’s going to snap her up somewhere else.” Although the town government did figure out a way to keep Kawamoto on staff as community education coordinator, Bettez’s glowing endorsement proved prophetic.
Bard College announces the appointment of award-winning author Masha Gessen as Distinguished Writer in Residence. Gessen, who will join the faculty in fall 2020, will teach courses that integrate literature, writing and contemporary culture and politics.
“It’s going to continue being a skating rink, but there are also going to be lots of other programs that we’re excited about,” says Apkon. “We really think of it as a community center.”
Many of the old Game Farm buildings still stand, and the site’s 3.5 miles of paved walkways – which connect to a 20+ mile trail system that leads to waterfalls and swimming holes – are open to visitors.