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  • Tuesday, January 27
    MAKOplasty Seminar
    Don’t let bad knees or painful hips keep you from learning about the cutting-edge technology of MAKOplasty® and how it’s changing the face of orthopedic surgery with smaller incisions and quicker recovery times. Come find out if MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing or MAKOplasty total hip replacement is right for your medical needs. Free informational seminar is presented by Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Phone: 845-483-6088. Url: http://health-quest.org.

  • Wednesday, January 28
    Mill Road Science Fair
    6pm–7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-2241. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Friday, January 30
    FDR's Birthday
    Rose Garden ceremony w/birthday cake. Free. 3pm. Email: clifford.laube@nara.gov. Url: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

  • Friday, January 30
    Rhinebeck During the Wars
    Former Mayor Peter Sipperley talkes about the home front during WWII & the Korean War. Refreshments will be served. Local History Rm at 7:30pm. Phone: 845-876-0246. Email: dhmny@aol.com. Url: http://rhinebeckhistoricalsociety.org.

  • Friday, January 30
    "Sing For Their Supper"
    Local church choirs & instrumentalists form the HV Ecumenical Ensemble & proceeds benefit the RH & Rhinebeck food pantries; pay what you will. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, February 6 - Saturday, February 7
    American Symphony Orchestra
    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4; Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Violin Concerto in D Major; and Carl Reinecke, Flute Concerto. Music direction by Leon Botstein. 7pm preconcert talk; concert at 8pm. $25–$40. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, February 7
    Opening, Erotic Art Show
    Opening reception & fundraising party. (Over 18 only, please.) Lively cabaret entertainment, creative/festive attire and erotic edibles. $10 at door; 6–9pm w/7pm performance. Phone: 845-757-2667. Url: http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com. .

  • Saturday, February 7
    Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics
    A romantic evening of timeless melodies from Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Orchestra is joined by four guest vocalists. Part of the Arts Mid-Hudson 50th Anniversary celebration. Phone: 845-635-0877. Email: info@ndsorchestra.org. Url: http://ndsorchestra.org.

  • Sunday, February 8
    WWI & the End of the Gilded Age
    Special tour explores how the Millses’ extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Pls. reserve. $10/$8. 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Thursday, February 12
    RHHS Prism Concert
    Check web for location. 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-2241 opt. #1. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Friday, February 13
    World of Animals
    Red Hook Library presents program w/Bill Robinson, biologist who founded NYS Falconry Assn. 6:30pm. Free. Phone: 845-758-3241. Email: redhookpr@gmail.com. Url: http://redhooklibrary.org.

  • Saturday, February 14
    Dan Tepfer's Goldberg Variations/Variation
    Variations on the Variations: a Valentine's benefit. Tkts include post-performance reception with the artist. Proceeds benefit Classics on Hudson. $35 at 7pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Sunday, February 15
    Horszowski Trio
    Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society concert featuring Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; and Rieko Aizawa, piano. 3pm. $25/$5. Phone: 845-876-2870. Email: info@rhinebeckmusic.org. Url: http://rhinebeckmusic.org.

  • Sunday, February 15
    Gilded Age Tea and Talk
    Enjoy tea & refreshments in the servants' dining hall while listening to a talk about picking the "right spouse" and other rules of courtship in the Gilded Age. $30/$25. Reservations req. 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Sunday, February 22
    Flamenco Guitar Concert
    Members of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society perform flamenco solos & flamenco-inspired works. $10. 3pm. Email: rnraustin@gmail.com. Url: http://MHCGS.blogspot.com.

  • Sunday, February 22
    Music Alive!
    Concert program by student composers at 3pm. Phone: 845-758-7196. Email: conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/conservatory/events.

  • Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Diana di Grandi directs this Up In One Production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. This show is of an outrageously funny and touching story—one of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Tkts: $27/ $25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Email: upinoneprod@aol.com. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Diana di Grandi directs this Up In One Production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. This show is of an outrageously funny and touching story—one of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Tkts: $27/ $25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Email: upinoneprod@aol.com. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Diana di Grandi directs this Up In One Production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. This show is of an outrageously funny and touching story—one of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Tkts: $27/ $25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Email: upinoneprod@aol.com. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Sunday, March 15
    Ferdinand & Friends
    Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting musically accompanied journey through classic tales. Joseph Luzzi (narrator). Free at 3pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.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

Simplify your process! Maximize quality and efficiency. We offer fully integrated services, design, consulting, and construction for your landscape and home. Completely insured, significant references. BBB member, A+ rated.

845-758-4088

Watercolor classes with Betsy Jacaruso for beginning and advanced painters. Four 3-hour classes on Mon, Wed & Sat, in a relaxed group setting w/focus on basic watercolor techniques while developing and cultivating a personal style. Classes in drawing and pastels also offered w/Keith Gunderson. See also under "Galleries & Studios" and in the calendar under "Classes & Workshops."

The Rhinebeck Courtyard 43 E. Market St., Suite 2, Rhinebeck
845-516-4435

Got rot? Home improvements & repairs of all types, painting & staining. Historic restoration specialist. Furniture restoration. Serving the Hudson Valley since 1986. Fully insured.

Elizaville
845-756-2788

Kathryn Whitman Architecture specializes in residential design—new construction, renovations and restorations. Combining overall design strength and fine detailing, we offer architectural and interior design services in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Let us collaborate on your vision for your home.

845-640-1636 or 845-640-1636

Our aim is to give you an authentic, integrated and transformative yoga experience. We welcome you to come just as you are and enjoy ongoing weekly classes. We offer: Yoga for Every Body, Vinyasa, Affordable $5 Community Class, Beyond Basics, Svaroopa, Tai Chi, as well as special workshops and teacher training. Find our schedule online or drop us an email.

403 Warren St., Hudson
518-828-1034

A wondrous world of discovery and imagination. Half day classes offered for two, three and four year olds.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
845-758-0889

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

Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, deli, cheese shop, gourmet grocery, delectable baked goods. Garden center, nursery, houseplants. Thousands of annuals and perennials grown on our family farm. Family owned since 1919.

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

Vicki L. Haak, CFP®, Financial Advisor—Personal financial planning, including planning for risk protection, taxes, retirement, estate preservation investments and asset allocation.

30 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-1157

Attorney in Rhinebeck and New York City with thirty plus years of experience. Specializing in Wills, Trusts, Estates, Elder Law, Real Estate Closings, and Tax Grievances, Income and Estate Taxes and Corporate and Business Law. Free initial consultation.

PO Box 343, Astor Square, Rhinebeck
876-4433 or 1-800-845-4403

See main listing in General section under "Art Supplies."

Rhinebeck: 56 E. Market St., 845-876-4922, fax 845-876-3801 New Paltz: 188 Main St., 845-255-5533

Whether for practical application or aesthetic collaboration with your home or sculptural elements in the landscape, simplify the process, enhance the outcome. We offer consulting, design, and construction services for the landscape and home. Fully Insured, significant references. BBB member, A+ rated.

845-758-4088

Offering on-site service for home and small business PCs and Macs in northern Dutchess and southern Columbia area. Services include installation, upgrade and repair of hardware and software. Instruction in Windows, Mac OSX, Internet and application software.

845-757-5619

Consistently voted Best Farmers' Market in the Hudson Valley. Open year-round with over 30 vendors offering​ a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products that showcase the very best of the Hudson Valley.

Winter Market in Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market St. Outdoor Market in Municipal Parking Lot, 61 E. Market St., Rhinebeck

Little Pickles Toys & Sweets Shop and Playhouse is a specialty toy and candy store to delight children of all ages. Discover beautifully crafted toys, a stunning variety of candies, and playhouse programs set in a gorgeous visual landscape.

7505 North Broadway, Red Hook
845-835-8086

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