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  • Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2
    Peter Pan
    Musical based on J.M. Barrie’s immortal tale w/music by Mark Charlap & Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sat and Sun at 3pm.Tkts: $26/$24/Sat mat $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, October 31
    Rip Van Winkle Club Halloween Hike
    At Olana State Hist. site! Costumes are opt, but the more, the more fun for the whole group. 9am in parking lot behind house.; multiple trails, fantastic views, lunch on the back porch at noon. Phone: 518-248-2579. Url: http://newyorkheritage.com/rvw.

  • Saturday, November 1
    Red Hook Chocolate Festival
    First annual day-long festival featuring chocolate bomb skateboard race, demos and tastings, bake-off competitions, chocolate fountain, & more! Check website for times & locations. Phone: 845-758-0824. Email: info@redhookchamber.org. Url: http://redhookchamber.org.

  • Saturday, November 1
    Sun Ock Lee
    This master of Zen philosophy & mind/body dance technique returns to the Kaatsbaan stage. $30,/$10. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Saturday, November 1
    Wilderstein Landscape Day
    Help clean up gardens & trails. Refreshments. 8:30am. Phone: 845-876-4818. Email: wilderstein@wilderstein.org. Url: http://wilderstein.org.

  • Saturday, November 1
    breath, song
    Award-winning solo performer John Bloomfield plays works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, and Johannes Brahms. Also post-performance reception w/artist. $25. 7pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Sunday, November 2
    Conservatory Sunday
    Program to include Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Reger's Four Tone Poems after Boecklin, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique." 3pm. $20/$15. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Sunday, November 2
    Maya Dance Theatre
    "Dedicated to collaborations, openness and experimentations. . . . inspiration from Asian traditions and aesthetics." $30/$10. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Wednesday, November 5 - Sunday, November 9
    Bard Theater & Performance Program
    Original, work-in-progress musical theater production conceived by Amanda Palmer, directed by Steve Bogart, performed by Bard students. 11/5, 11/6, 11/7 & 11/9 at 7pm; 11/8 at 2pm and 7pm. $15/$10/free. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Thursday, November 6 - Sunday, November 9
    NEWvember New Plays Festival
    The 4th NEWvember Festival w/plays from emerging playwrights, w/veteran actors and directors! Tangent Theatre Co. and AboutFACE Ireland. Thu & Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 6pm. $15 per show, or $60 for the whole festival. Phone: 845-230-7020. Email: info@tangent-arts.org. Url: http://tangent-arts.org.

  • Friday, November 7 - Sunday, November 9
    Peter Pan
    Musical based on J.M. Barrie’s immortal tale w/music by Mark Charlap & Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sat and Sun at 3pm.Tkts: $26/$24/Sat mat $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, November 8
    American Dance Machine
    W/Artistic Director Margo Sappington; Dance Machine's mission: to create a "living archive" of the great masterpieces of American musical theater. $30/$10. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Saturday, November 8
    4th Annual Family Concert
    The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents the 4th Annual Family Concert featuring Faculty and Students of the Bard Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. This Free Concert will include fun chamber and solo music for the whole family. Kids of all ages are welcome and they are invited to sit up close to hear the musicians! Phone: 615-498-4996. Email: bardprep@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/conservatory/preparatory/.

  • Sunday, November 9
    Love It or Leave It Swap
    Women’s clothing swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Bring women’s clothing in good condition on hangers, shoes, handbags, accessories and swap for new things you love! Lots of fun! Phone: 678-595-7725. Email: coordinator@sinterklaasrhinebeck.com . Url: http://sinterklaasrhinebeck.com.

  • Wednesday, November 12
    Kay Jamison Author Talk
    Author of An Unquiet Mind, about bipolar disorder. 7pm. Url: http://bard.edu.

  • Thursday, November 13
    Mothers' Club Fashion Show
    A night of fashion, food and fun to benefit NDH! Proceeds benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club. For reservations please call. 6pm. Phone: 845-871-1711.

  • Friday, November 14
    Stony Creek Nature Walk
    Meet at Tivoli North Bay, Kidd Lane parking area, Tivoli, at 10am. Free and for general audience. Phone: 845-889-4745x109. Email: jgherrin@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Url: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/HudsonRiver/.

  • Friday, November 14 - Sunday, November 16
    The Sunshine Boys
    One of Neil Simon's funniest comedies, about two aging, bickering performers, A Johnny Dell production, directed by Tracy Carney. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm.Tkts: $24/$22. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, November 15
    Concerto Competition
    Conservatory students compete for the chance to perform with conservatory & American Symphony Orchestra. 10am. Free and open to public. Phone: 845-758-7196. Email: conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/conservatory/events.

  • Saturday, November 15
    "The Red Violin"
    Elizabeth Pitcairn performance on Stradivarius's 1720 "Red Mendelssohn" violin to include Schubert's Rondo for violin & piano; Gabriel Fauré's Sonata No. 1; Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3; and Beethoven's Sonata No. 9. 8pm. $25. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

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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 Medical Practice (HQMP) is a multi-specialty medical group offering  Primary Care in many locations: Boiceville, Carmel, Fishkill, Highland, Hopewell Junction, Hyde Park, Kingston, LaGrangeville, Millbrook, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck and Woodstock. Specialists within the group include: Behavioral Health, Breast Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Geriatrics, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, OBGYN, Pulmonary Medicine, Surgery, Thoracic Oncology and Urgent Care. Meet our providers before your appointment by visiting our website and find the right doctor for you. Call for scheduling and information.

1-888-525-HQMP (4767)

Indulge yourself in massage and other bodywork treatments, in a unique environment on the Hudson River. More than 20 years' experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist and educator. Offering Swedish, Foot Reflexology, Hot Stone Therapy, Perinatal, Aromatherapy, Couples Massage, and Infant Massage. Available for individual and group instruction. Ask about our Bridal Packages. Gift Certificates Available. See Riverview Massage ad.)

Tivoli
845-757-4187

The Atwater Gallery, located above the Rhinebeck Artist's Shop in Rhinebeck, is a beautiful light-filled exhibition space showing changing exhibits of professional, quality modern art from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

56 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-4922

Ann Lombardozzi C.P.E. and daughter Michelle Lombardozzi-Strollo have over 30 years combined experience. Computerized equipment thermyolosis, electrolysis and blend methods. Disposable needles used. Gender friendly. CDC sterilization methods. Electrolysis—the only method of permanent hair removal.

22 E. Market St., #201, Rhinebeck
845-876-4878

Iyengar Yoga in Rhinebeck: Provides a precise framework for yoga practice that builds strength and flexibility based on what really works . . . for you. Convenient and reliable class schedule with options for beginners, all levels, restorative and pre-natal. Find out what's possible for you so you can move better, and feel better.

6423 Montgomery St 17B, Rhinebeck
845-876-6129

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

I travel to your home to provide personalized service for your family pets: food, fresh water, clean cat litter, dog walks, and some love & attention. Kennel Pick-up/Drop-off service. Bonded, insured, references. Serving Rhinebeck and surrounding areas.

Rhinebeck
845-876-6411

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

Family owned & operated serving the Hudson Valley since 1973. We provide quality service & installations to homeowners, contractors, architects & commercial businesses. Let the "only real door company in the valley" exceed your expectations. Full showroom & parts counter. Like us on Facebook!

40 Arlington Ave, Poughkeepsie
845-471-1130

Ginny and Charles, formerly of At The Top, have moved to the beautiful Xanadu hair studio. In additon to accepting salon appointments they will travel to locations throughout the Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley regions for wedding parties.

Xanadu 4623 Montgomery St, #16, Rhinebeck
845-876-0330

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

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

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

Serving Dutchess and Columbia counties. Residential and commercial snow plowing, sanding, and snow removal. Seasonal clean-ups, gutter cleaning, tree trimming, lawn mowing. Free estimates, fully insured.

518-537-5526

Quality work for 35 years. Call Raymond Bauer for all your excavating needs; foundations, septics and land clearing. Firewood for sale.

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

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