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  • Monday, September 15
    Vassar Bros. Golf Invitational
    At Dutchess Golf Club. For info please call the VBMC Foundation Office. Phone: 845-790-9360. Email: vbmcfdn@health-quest.org. Url: http://health-quest.org/VBMCFoundation.

  • Wednesday, September 17
    Roswell Rudd, Mark Dresser Concert
    Renowned jazz trombonist and bassist. 7–9pm. Free. Phone: 845-758-7512. Url: http://bard.edu.

  • Thursday, September 18
    Dutchess Heritage Talk
    Talk by Philip Otterness, author of Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York, followed by reception. $15 at door; kids under 16 free. $10 pre-order at dchistorical@verizon.net or 845 471-1630. Phone: 845-758-1920. Email: redhookhistory@gmail.com. Url: http://redhookhistory.com.

  • Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21
    Grease
    Castaway Players Theatre Co. & in The CENTER stage this upbeat & beloved American musical. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Vassar Bros. Diamond Gala
    At FDR Library and Museum. Starts at 6pm. For info call VBMC Foundation. Phone: 845-790-9360. Email: vbmcfdn@health-quest.org. Url: http://health-quest.org/VBMCFoundation.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Farmland Cycling Tour
    Pedal through rolling Dutchess & Columbia countryside. Water stations, fresh donuts, cider and apples. Bring bike, helmet, appropriate clothing & water. Bike techs on site. Riders under 18 require an adult. Ride is limited to first 300 cyclists who register. 9am for 45-mile riders; 9:30am for 25-mile riders; 10am for 10-mile riders. Free. Phone: 845-473-4440x273. Email: aconeski@scenichudson.org. Url: http://scenichudson.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Reception, The Spirit Within
    Reception for Kevin Conklin oil paintings & Graeme Leaf photographs. 5–7pm. Phone: 845-516-4435. Email: betsyjacaruso@gmail.com. Url: http://betsyjacarusoartist.com .

  • Saturday, September 20
    Country BBQ & Square Dance
    Fundraiser for Cornell Coop. programs. Come as you are or dress Western! Chicken BBQ starts 6pm; dancing 7pm. Adv. tickets $25/$15. Phone: 845-677-8223 x115. Email: cak97@cornell.edu. Url: http://ccedutchess.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Science on the River
    Nature talk & activities for general audience. 2–5pm; free. Phone: 845-889-4745x109. Email: jgherrin@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Url: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/HudsonRiver/.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Peterson Piano Demo Day
    Sign up for free 20-min piano lesson. Learn a calypso song! Refreshments! All ages; all day. Phone: 845-758-2225. Email: karenpeterson@frontiernet.net.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Hudson Valley Apple Festival
    Old style family fun with kids' games, face-painting, haybale maze, music and crafts, apple crate derby, chain saw carver, & more! Starts 9am; fireworks at 7:15pm. Organized by G'town Lions Club. Phone: 518-537-6687x301. Email: hudsonvalleyapplefestival@gmail.com. Url: http://hudsonvalleyapplefestival.com .

  • Saturday, September 20
    Sistema Side by Side Orchestra
    Young musicians from Massachusetts in concert honoring José Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the program from Venezuela that brings about social change through music. 3pm. Free: reservations req'd. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, September 20
    The Ten Thousand Things
    Five John Cage pieces composed from 1953 to 1946. Program presented by John Cage Trust. 8pm. $30. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Hardscrabble Day
    Annual all-day Red Hook Village festival. Vendors, flea market, food, and fabulous music at 6:30 by rock & roll Hall of Famer Gregg Rolie (presently on tour with Ringo Starr). Email: info@hardscrabbleday.org. Url: http://hardscrabbleday.org.

  • Saturday, September 20 - Sunday, September 21
    Charles Atlas, Filmmaker
    Screenings of work by the pioneer film/videomaker at. Hudson Opera House in partnership with Seond Ward & Luhring Augustine Gallery. Noon–5pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, September 20
    Turning 2012
    A 78-minute musical documentary featuring award-winning tour of the live multi-media performance concert by Antony and the Johnsons. $15/$12. 8pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Sunday, September 21
    Downton Abbey Deluxe Tour
    Tour the mansion w/costumed guides & learn about the intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century (though not Ruth & Ogden Mills). Advance registration req. $15/$13. At 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Sunday, September 21
    Little Red Schoolhouse Open House
    Learn about the 1845 historic one-room school. Program to include student musical performance. Reservations requested. No fee but donations appreciated. 1–3pm. Email: Patsyc97@AOL.com. Url: http://townofhydeparkny-historicalsociety.org.

  • Sunday, September 21
    Beauty and the Beast
    National Marionette Series. 2pm. $6/$4. Phone: 518-828-4181x3326. Url: http://sunycgcc.edu.

  • Sunday, September 21
    Mannes Hot Shots
    Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar concert featuring performances and works by students of Maestro Terry Champlin. $10. 3pm. Email: rnraustin@gmail.com. Url: http://MHCGS.blogspot.com.

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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

NEW PAINTING CLASSES: ADULTS (FRI 7–9PM) & TEENS (SAT 3:30–5:30PM). Offered: cartooning, illustration, clay, mosaic, printmaking, silk painting, Japanese arts & more. ART Parties, perfect for birthday, any occasion or celebration. Year-round after-school sessions, weekend workshops, etc. Come to enjoy some artistic expression!

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

Beadzo offers an inspired, eclectic collection of ethnic, vintage and collectible beads, including select Tibetan, African, Asian and contemporary beads. There is also a unique selection of folk art, jewelry, masks, textiles, scarves and gifts. Class with Carol Cypher every other Thursday eve; mother-daughter Saturday workshops. Parties both in shop and at your home.

60 Broadway, Tivoli
845-757-5306

A place to meet, play and learn music! Lessons and Classes; Kids, teens and adults; Voice, guitar, saxophone, improv, music theater, vocal groups. Local and regional performing acts.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth Street, Red Hook
845-444-0607

Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children's book & toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong is sure to have something for everyone. Open daily. Author events calendar at oblongbooks.com.

Rhinebeck: 6422 Montgomery Street 845-876-0500 Millerton: 26 Main Street 518-789-3797

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

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. Red Devon supports local farmers, heritage breeds and artisanal producers. Weekly specials.

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

Make one stop to shop for all renovation and new construction needs. Homeowners, contractors, architects, and designers are offered a wonderful variety of the newest products on the market. Walls, countertops, vanities, custom cabinetry, and flooring, Corrado’s brand new showroom features it all. Corrado’s also specializes in granite, stone, eco -riendly products and other natural resources. Corrado’s is known for 3 generations of industry artisans, experienced staff and cutting edge design program.

854 Violet Ave., Hyde Park
845-229-5676

Come to our orchard for the best apple picking! We have Galas, Empires, Red Delicious, Cortlands, Macouns Jonamacs, and more, all clearly marked. Also: apple wood for sale. Enjoy unbeatable views of the Catskills while picking. Just 3 miles from the center of RB (follow 308 to just east of 9G; go north on Pilgrim’s Progress Rd.; veer right onto Cedar Hgts. Rd.; Crosby Ln. is first left.)

8 Crosby Ln., Rhinebeck
914-589-5245

Lovely country setting 10 minutes north of the center of Rhinebeck. 4 comfortable A/C rooms decorated with a combination of antiques and modern amenities. Hearty breakfast served from 8 AM. Lower rates mid-week/off season. Free WiFi.

339 Stone Church Rd., Rhinebeck
845-758-2427

You’ll find a little bit of aloha at Hemingway B & B. Comfortable, peaceful and tropical ambiance greets you inside and on the lanai (porch). Johanna's fond memories of Hawaii are in evidence. Private entrance and bath; great breakfast Johanna Bard, Innkeeper.

12 Hemingway Lane, Milan
845-901-2445

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

The Rhinebeck Arts Festival, September 26–28 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, will be a celebration of artistic expression focusing on craft and visual art including 200 outstanding artists, live music, dance performances, hands-on demonstrations, children's activities, gourmet foods and more! Hours: Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm.

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
845-331-7900

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

Your on-line resource guide for Northern Dutchess and Southern Columbia Counties—real estate, lodging, dining and more.


Live, quality music for all occasions: Jazz, dinner & cocktail music for weddings & corporate events. "The music was excellent; a wonderful time was had by all and the music contributed so much to the atmosphere of the event." —Dutchess County Arts Council. Sample available on CD or online. See also under "Music Instruction.

Tivoli
845-757-4187

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