Bard’s 2014 SummerScape: Rediscovering Schubert

Bard’s 2014 SummerScape: Rediscovering Schubert

Walter Pater defined Romanticism as “the addition of strangeness to beauty,” and the Romantic artist’s obsession with passion, poetic reverie, melancholia, and the mystical journey was never so achingly expressed as in the lieder of Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828). Schubert wrote … Continue reading

Road Kill in Athens

Road Kill in Athens

Athens, New York, is as picturesque a river town as you will find in Upstate New York and definitely worth the detour it would involve if going to Hudson from the southern counties. Athens is on the west side of the … Continue reading

<span class="dquo">“</span><span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">LIAR</span>” <span class="caps">OFFERS</span> <span class="caps">CHARMED</span> <span class="caps">DUPLICITY</span> at <span class="caps">HUDSON</span> <span class="caps">VALLEY</span> <span class="caps">SHAKESPEARE</span>

THE LIAROFFERS CHARMED DUPLICITY at HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE

If you’ve ever felt squeamish about the sing-​​​​songy rhymes of iambic pentameter, be assured that the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production of The Liar uses this poetic form and is delightfully entertaining. The play has been wonderfully adapted and revived … Continue reading

Scars on 45: Making Music, Having Fun… <span class="caps">UK</span> Band will play Pleasantville Festival for Second Year

Scars on 45: Making Music, Having Fun… UK Band will play Pleasantville Festival for Second Year

If you were on one of the less-​​​​traveled highways of the U.S. this summer, you might have come upon a van parked on the shoulder and a group of people lying in the middle of the road.  As you get closer, however, … Continue reading

Aaron Comess’ Blues for Use: Telling Colorful Stories without Words

Aaron Comess’ Blues for Use: Telling Colorful Stories without Words

Aaron Comess has been one of New York City’s most in-​​​​demand drummers for more than 20 years. A founding member of the Spin Doctors, he has also recorded with and played in the bands of Joan Osborne, James Maddock and Marc … Continue reading

Worlds of Wonder at the Dorsky Museum

Worlds of Wonder at the Dorsky Museum

One of the most anticipated art events in the Hudson Valley region is the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art’s annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, now in existence for over twenty years. This year’s exhibition entitled, Worlds of Wonder: Hudson Valley … Continue reading

Hudson Valley Art Go-​​round

Hudson Valley Art Go-​​round

With summer now well established, like my Tickseed Moonbeams (Coreopsis verticillata) in the garden which will provide my family with a long summer of golden entertainment at no cost, the latest crop of art exhibitions has proliferated all over the valley … Continue reading

Learning to Taste Wine

Learning to Taste Wine

In my early to mid-​​​​twenties, before enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America, I had already started exploring wine with keen interest. By the time I arrived at Hyde Park, I was familiar with many of the major grape varieties and some basic … Continue reading