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  • Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19
    Dance by Joanna Kotze
    It happened it had happened it is happening it will happen: choreography by Kotze,a recipient of the 2013 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, who dances along w/Stuart Singer & Netta Yerushalmy. Fri at 7:30pm w/ artist discussion following; Sat 2pm and 7:30pm. $25/$10. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, April 18
    Bardian Ensemble
    Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Premiere season of new Bard College Conservatory and College Music Program faculty ensemble; at 7:30pm. Email: kiesewet@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/news/events.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Conservatory Faculty Recital
    Bard Conservatory faculty Ida Kavafian and Peter Serkin in concert. Schubert's Sonata in A major for violin and Piano ("Duo"), D574; Wolpe's Sonata for Violin and Piano; Nielsen's Prelude and Theme with Variations for Violin FS104; Schumann's Sonata No. 2 in D minor for Violin and Piano Op. 121. At 8pm. Phone: 845-758-7196. Email: conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/conservatory/events.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Sheep & Wool Show
    Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demos, exhibition of various breeds of sheep, wool artisans & shops, music & food, and YARN BURST decoration all over the estate. 11am–4pm. ($8 per car). Email: info@friendsofclermont.org. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, April 19
    Wilderstein Landscape Day
    Help clean up gardens & trails. Refreshments. 8:30am. Phone: 845-876-4818. Email: wilderstein@wilderstein.org. Url: http://wilderstein.org.

  • Saturday, April 19
    KEEP Nature Walk
    Learn about plants/animals that inhabit the preserve. Bring a picnic lunch for after walk. Led by Linda Atkins of KEEP Conservation. 9am–noon. Phone: 518-537-5800. Email: germantownlibraryevents@yahoo.com. Url: http://germantownlibrary.org.

  • Monday, April 21
    Family Matinee
    PG movie for the whole family! Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult. Title TBA. Free. 1pm. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivoliprograms@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org/calendar.html.

  • Tuesday, April 22
    Earth Day Crafts
    Start seeds with us for the Tivoli Community Garden, and make some recycled crafts in honor of Earth Day. For kids in kindergarten and up. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivoliprograms@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org/calendar.html.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    Germantown Kindergarten Screening
    Check G'town Central Schools' website for more info. Phone: 518-537-6281. Email: kharlow@germantowncsd.org. Url: http://www.germantowncsd.org.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    World Book Night
    Oblong Books & Music in Millerton & Rhinebeck are proud to serve as the local book pick-up point for this national, community event held on Shakespeare's birthday: "givers" sign up in advance to distribute free books to light readers and non-readers. Phone: 845-876-0500. Email: info@oblongbooks.com. Url: http://oblongbooks.com.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    "My Name Is Ruth"
    An evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson's HOUSEKEEPING. Excerpts from the novel read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn, and Mary Caponegro. Discussion and remarks with Bard professors Deirdre d'Albertis and Wyatt Mason. Free and open to public, but reservations necessary. Contact Fisher Center box office, 845-758-7900. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: bhollenb@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/hannaharendtcenter/bigread.

  • Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26
    Rummage Sale
    Annual spring event. Thu 6–8pm; Fri 1–4pm. Sat 9am–noon/$5 per bag. Phone: 845-758-1184. Email: office@stjohnsreformed.org.

  • Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27
    Faculty Dance Concert
    Choreography by Bard dance faculty, performed by students. Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30pm. Sun at 2pm. Tickets: $15/free w/ Bard ID; reservations. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26
    Verdi's Messa da Requiem
    Conducted by Leon Botstein; James Bagwell, chorus master; w/members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College & Longy Conservatory Orchestras, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale. Fri & Sat at 8pm. $20/$15 suggested donation; free w/Bard ID. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, April 25
    Hudson Valley in the Ice Age
    Authors Johanna and Robert Titus on the geology of the Catskills, Shawangunks, Taconics, & the Hudson. 7pm. Free. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Friday, April 25
    Mills of Landsman Kill
    Marilyn Hatch and David Miller offer a "virtual hike" along the kill, discussin the history of each mill along the way. Refreshments. 7:30. Rhinebeck Historical Soc. talk. Phone: 845-876-0246. Email: dhmny@aol.com. Url: http://rhinebeckhistoricalsociety.org.

  • Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27
    The Rocky Horror Show
    The Castaway Players Theatre Company presents its nearly annual production of Richard O'Brien's rock musical classic. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, April 25
    Literary vs. Genre Fiction
    4/25: Panel discussion hosted by Jenny Milchman: literary vs.genre fiction; is there a real distinction or no difference at all? With Kelly Braffet, Carla Buckley and Therese Walsh at 7pm. Phone: 845-876-0500. Email: rsvp@oblongbooks.com. Url: http://oblongbooks.com.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Penny Social
    10:30am. Calling starts at 12 noon. Join us for many wonderful items and larger raffle items. Lunch/Desert items available for purchase. Email: gbrowne@hvc.rr.com.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Preview Party for Wilderstein & the Whitehouse
    Opening for six month exbition displaying, in part, many in-house collections which have never before been publicly seen and which show connections between Wilderstein and U.S. presidents over two centuries. 4–6pm; $25pp. Please RSVP. Phone: 845-876-4818. Email: wilderstein@wilderstein.org. Url: http://wilderstein.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

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

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

Brand development. Strategies. Integrated marketing programs. Advertising, graphic design, web & SEO, and social media integration. If you’re serious about growing your business, contact me directly for a no-obligation consultation to see if there may be a good fit. We’ll transform your business for greater success!

193 Mill Rd., Red Hook
845-548-4872

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

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

TIVOLI :The Making of a Community, written by village historian Bernard Tieger, can be purchased at local bookstores and historic sites. This engaging history, containing over 150 pages, details the history of Tivoli from its founding in 1795 through the recent gentrification of the 1990s.

845-757-2665

All types of excavation, stone driveways & repair. Septic installation, cleaning, inspection, repair foundations & drainage. Stone retaining walls. Land clearing. All types of earthmoving. Modern Technology with old-fashioned values.

518-537-4472

Save money on taxes. Reduce property maintenance costs. Create an agricultural assessment. Eliminate expensive brush hogging. Convert your woodlands and overgrown pastures into hay production or other agricultural uses. We will perform all phases of land preparation, including drainage, excavation, fencing, planting, as well as cutting at no expense to landowner. Please call for free property consultation and estimates.

129 Yantz Rd., Red Hook
845-532-2152

Thinking of a modular home? Let us handle the headaches from start to finish. Quality work.

Germantown
518-537-4521 or 518-965-1922

Taste the difference. We provide high quality food and catering with attention to detail and exquisite presentation. Seasonal fresh, local ingredients used. Call to discuss your upcoming event.

One E. Market St., Red Hook
845-758-9030

The Red Devon's menu celebrates local food with the best that Hudson Valley farms have to offer. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the market café or on the porch, dinner in the bar, restaurant or on the terrace. The weekly specials honor the seasons with inspired creations from the chef, but you can always find your local favorites as well! Red Devon supports local farmers, heritage breeds and artisanal producers.

108 Hunns Lake Rd., Stanfordville
845-868-3175

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

Former college admission director helps students discover and gain admission to best-fit, affordable colleges, while minimizing senior-year stress. Complimentary first consultation; hourly sessions and comprehensive value plans available. Sandra M. Moore, M.A.

845-424-8336

All styles, all levels, all ages. Theory, composition and reading. Altered modal concepts, chord melody, and poly-tonal applications. Also available for weddings and your special events.

845-758-8542

Eagle Hill Day Camp is conveniently located in the town of Elizaville, N.Y. We have a great facility with a lake, 2 pools, terrific sports fields and courts, swim instruction, tennis instruction, all sports, golf, gymnastics, mountain biking, archery, arts studios, ceramics, woodworking, theatre, dance and much more. Small camp groups and excellent supervision provided. A Full Buffet Lunch is included each day (and gluten-free food service is available). Hours are Monday through Friday 9am–5pm, rain or shine. Camp starts this season on June 30. Partial season plans available; also ask about our 1/2 day program for younger campers. Call or e-mail us!

White Oak Rd, Elizaville
914-725-4876

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