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.
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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.
We have met to talk about the unprecedented journalistic conditions of the Trump Age, in which the press finds itself demonized, discredited and (often literally) attacked. Meantime, digital media have created all kinds of new sources, opportunities and venues for journalists, who, in the podcast and oral history age, enjoy latitude for opinion and personal identity as never before. And no one really gets paid much for any of it. New media companies still appear to work in spacious, urban, open-plan offices, but it is a stock Getty image. Everyone’s actually holed up in a bedroom somewhere drinking Monster.
Unlike their former cozy spot on Partition Street, this incarnation of Olsen & Company is spacious enough to invite in a crowd of shoppers and eaters.
“We’ve always admired this building. We spoke with the Masons, who were operating on a much smaller scale by then. We saw what it could be and took the risk.”