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  • Thursday, December 18
    Red Hook Band//Chorus II
    Sixth & seventh graders in concert 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-2241. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Friday, December 19 - Sunday, December 21
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Heartwarming, Christmastime entertainment about a small town man who forgoes his big dreams to help others. On Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm: $24/$22. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, December 19
    Board Games for Adults
    Free and open to all adults! Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Classic Christmas Concert
    Instrumentalists and vocalists celebrate the meaning of Christmas. A goodwill offering will benefit needy people through Samaritan's Purse. Free. 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-1184. Email: office@stjohnsreformed.org. Url: http://stjohnsreformed.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Clermont's Christmas Open House
    Enjoy the "home for the holidays" w/ volunteer docents answering questions. Mulled cider served in gift shop. Free admission; 11am–4pm. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 20
    Messiah SING
    Gwen Gould conducts Handel’s oratorio w/ string ensemble, vocal soloists while the audience becomes the chorus. Scores and refreshments provided. $15 donation/free 18 and under. At 4pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 20 - Sunday, December 21
    Bang Group's Nut/Cracked
    Edgy version of The Nutcracker w/music including many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, and versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Choreography: David Parker.Tkts: $30–$40 (suitable for ages 12 and up). Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Kwanza Umoja Celebration
    Hudson Opera House & Operation Unite present a festive Kwanza Celebration featuring candle lighting ceremony, crafts, vendors, performances. After a light "Karamu" community supper comes Zawadi (gifts for children). Free and open to public. 3–5pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    Clermont Open After Christmas
    The mansion will remain open for holiday visitation 12/27 & 12/28 from 11am–3pm. Tour tkts $5/$4 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    David Temple: Sambas in Season of Joy
    Guitarist/composer David Temple presents original work along with pieces from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and France. Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Tuesday, December 30
    Make a Mouse House
    12/27 & 12/30 only: Holiday Craft Workshop. Kids ages 6–10 inspect mouse houses on display, then build their own to take home. Adults must accompany. Call to reserve. From 2–3:30pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    Morton on New Year's Eve
    An evening of stories, short plays (read by Rhinebeck Readers Theatre) music & caroling. Donation $10, at 8pm, Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 4
    The Woman
    Staged reading of Clare Booth Luce's acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Pay what you will. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 10
    New Year/New Works: Opening
    Opening party for a joint show of artists from two galleries: the Tivoli Gallery and Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA). All work, in various mediums, will be new to the gallery. 6–8pm. Phone: 845-757-2667. Email: alanreich@juno.com. Url: http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com. .

  • Friday, January 16 - Sunday, January 18
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    Opening for CCCA Juried Show
    Juried art show presented by Columbia Co. Arts Council. Reception 5–7pm. (Snow date 1/24.) Phone: 518-671-6213. Email: info@artscolumbia.org. Url: http://www.artscolumbia.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    FIRST LEGO League
    Lego FLL Robot Tournament. Check for time. Snow date 1/18. Phone: 845-758-2241. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Saturday, January 17 - Sunday, January 18
    Hudson Valley Playwrights
    Staged readings: 1/17 at 7:30pm and 1/18 at 3pm. Suggested donation $10. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Sunday, January 18
    "Ladies' Night" Concert
    RB Chamber Music Society performance, with Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Babette Hierholzer, piano; Kimberly Kahan, soprano. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn's sister), and Amy Beach. Introductory remarks by composers Joan Tower, Victoria Bond, and Karen LeFrak. 3pm. $25/$5. Phone: 845-876-2870. Email: info@rhinebeckmusic.org. Url: http://rhinebeckmusic.org.

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credit Margaret Moebius

Cider Returns to the Valley

Fall 2013   


credit Margaret Moebius

In colonial times, every good housewife knew how to make cider. Back then, in the days before refrigeration, cider didn’t mean sweet, fresh juice from apples—it meant apple juice that had been allowed to ferment in a wooden barrel until it became cider, a beverage with a low alcohol content (usually around 5 percent). In the Hudson Valley, where apple orchards have been a part of the landscape since the late 1600s, cider was an important product for apple growers well into the 1800s. The growth of urban areas and an influx of beer-loving European immigrants reduced demand for cider over the years, and farm distilleries in the Hudson Valley gradually faded from the scene. Some continued to produce cider, but Prohibition put an end to legal production in 1920. Growers tore out their cider apple trees and planted apple varieties meant for eating and cooking instead. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the demand for cider was still low; burdensome regulations limited farm distilling, and the growers had moved away from cider and cider apples. Cider production languished.

In recent years, however, commercial cider production has made a vigorous return to the Hudson Valley. The resurgence was sparked by the happy confluence of changes in New York State’s antiquated alcohol laws and the eagerness of forward-looking apple growers seeking new ways to add value to a crop that faces increasing competition from imported eating apples. That combination has received a major assist from consumers, who are increasingly interested in searching out unusual and locally made products, and from the owners of wine shops and liquor stores who are always interested in bringing new products to the attention of their customers. Add in some help from the nonprofit sector, and you have a serious comeback in the production of cider and apple spirits in the Hudson Valley.

Liquid Apples

A number of excellent ciders and apple-based spirits are now being made in the mid-Hudson Valley on the east side of the river. In Columbia County, Harvest Spirits in Valatie makes distilled spirits from the apples and other fruit grown at Harvest Orchards. The distillery’s flagship product is Core Vodka, made from apples; other products include Peach Applejack and Hudson Valley Apple Brandy. The products are available at the distillery tasting room and at a number of wine and spirits shops in the area. 518-523-5917; www.harvestspirits.com

In Red Hook, Annandale Cidery, part of Montgomery Place Orchards, has been making Annandale Atomic Cider since 1999. The historic orchards at Montgomery Place still grow many old-fashioned cider varieties, so Atomic Cider has a lot of apples to choose from when making the juice blend. In cider as in wine, every batch every year is slightly different, depending on the varieties used, how the growing season went, and what happens during the natural fermentation process. The cider can be bought at the Montgomery Place farm stand at the intersection of routes 199 and 9G. 845-758-6338; www.mporchards.com

Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg is well known locally for its excellent eating apples, sold primarily at farmers’ markets and at greenmarkets in New York City. Owner Elizabeth Ryan currently makes Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, a flavorful French-style cider that must be refrigerated and stays fresh for only a few weeks. Going forward, additional ciders are planned. As the orchard is not currently open to the public, the most reliable place to purchase the cider is at Stone Ridge Orchard in Ulster County. 845-266-3979; www.hudsonvalleycider.com.

Sheila Buff is a freelance writer living in Milan. She is the author of the Food Lovers’ Guide to the Hudson Valley, published this year by Globe Pequot Press.

 
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Dutchess/Columbia Community Businesses

Health Quest Urgent Care offers WALK-IN URGENT CARE at two locations for a variety of illnesses with no appointment necessary. Pediatric and adult care. X-Ray onsite. Visit website below for information.

Lagrangeville: 1100 Route 55, 845-454-4455 Hours: Mon–Fri 8am–8pm; wknds 8am–2pm.
Wappingers Falls: 1530 Route 9, 845-297-2511 Hours: 7 days 8am–10pm.

ART parties are a fun and creative way for adults, teens or children to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. Imagination Station also offers after school programs, adult & teen painting classes, weekend comic book workshops, and summer camps. Come join us for some artisistc expression!

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
845-758-9719

Garden center, nursery, gift and floral shops, gorgeous indoor greenhouse. Thousands of annuals and perennials from our farm. Also: fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, deli, cheese shop, coffee. Everything fresh & delicious. Family owned since 1919.

1560 Rt. 9W, Kingston
845-336-6300

Enjoy the taste and sounds of Italy in an intimate and warm setting right here in Rhinebeck. Dishes from the Italian homeland with gourmet artistry and local bounty. Call about catering or to book your holliday parties. Find Puccini Ristorante on Facebook. Venite à trovarci presto! Grazie!

22 Garden St., Rhinebeck
845-876-3055

1750 sq. ft. in charming historical building near the "four corners." Hardwood floors, high ceilings, built-in shelving, two double exterior doors and large display windows facing street. Parking space behind store with ramped access into building. $1900 per month. Details upon inquiry.

845-532-1601

Your area professional since 1968, is always buying and selling coins currency, gold and silver, jewelry, old marbles, postcards, toys and many other small collectibles. Fair and honest dealings guaranteed. Bill and Ruth Blair. Call for appointment.

845-254-4717

The place to fill all your outdoors needs: fertilizers, feed, fencing, lawn, garden, & farm supplies, shavings, pet food & supplies, lime, bedding, straw, bird seed, feeders & birdhouses, clothing.

68 Firehouse Ln., Red Hook
845-876-1559

Consulting, design, and construction services for your landscape and home. Outdoor living space, additions, renovation. Please see our website and contact us. Fully insured, significant references. BBB member, A+ rated.

845-758-4088

Great selection and discounts on a world of art materials & studio supplies. Find office products, cards, novelty gifts, and award-winning custom picture frame shop and full-service copy shop (with graphics) in all three stores. Hours vary among the 3 stores in Woodstock, Kingston & Poughkeepsie.

328 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401, 845-331-7780 / 807 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603, 845-452-1250 / 35 Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498, 845-679-2251
845-331-7780

Furniture restoration, and repairs. Chair caning and seat weaving. Established in 1986. Fully insured. See also under “Carpentry & Custom Woodworking.”

Elizaville
845-756-2788

Old Farm Road R & R Psychiatry was founded by Dr. James Standefer to help those struggling with addiction to opiate pain-killers utilizing buprenorphine replacement therapy and a personalized treatment plan for a meaningful, productive way of life.

5 Old Farm Rd Suite C2, Red Hook
845-443-3699

A certified ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning coach, Catherine works with teens and adults to understand this brain-based condition and its outcomes. Replace defeating behaviors with positive patterns for success. Increase your focus, reduce overwhelm, implement effective action plans, and find a balance with time and task management.

23H East Market St., Rhinebeck
845-702-8329

The NY Center for Jungian Studies presents annual programs in Rhinebeck, Ireland and other extraordinary settings. Open to the general public, our programs are designed for individuals interested in applying Jungian psychology to their personal lives and/or professional activities.

Rhinebeck
845-256-0191

Pizza, calzones, stromboli, hot & cold & parmigiana heros—and full Italian dinner menu. Homemade sauces, pizza dough, & desserts (cheese cake, cannoli & specials). Directions from 9G: go east at Germantown light and take first left.

85 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown
518-537-6262

Haldora’s own clothing designs sold exclusively at Haldora or Haldora.com.  Handsewn in upstate New York. Quality, style, comfort that travels the globe well.  Also jeans, bras, panties, hair accessories and jewelry.

28 East Market St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-6250

AboutTown Ulster: PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-691-2089  EMAIL US
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