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  • Friday, October 24
    Hudson River Brick Makers
    Filmmaker Jim Ormond documentary about the Hudson River Valley as the world capital of brick making, followed by Q&A. Refreshments. Phone: 845-876-0246. Email: dhmny@aol.com. Url: http://rhinebeckhistoricalsociety.org.

  • Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25
    American Symphony Orchestra
    Under the direction of Leon Botstein. Chopin Pinao Concerto No. 1 w/Maryna Kysla on piano. Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C, "Great." 7pm preconcert talk; concert at 8pm. $25. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26
    Dance Concert
    Choreography & performance by Bard students. 10/24 & 10/26 at 7:30pm; 10/25 at 2pm & 7:30pm. Free: reservations req'd. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26
    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 24
    Halloween Party
    For kids 12 & under. Come dressed as your favorite goblin. Games, goodies, stories, & more. 6–8pm. Free. Organized by Rhinecliff Ladies Auxiliary. From 6–8pm. For more info call Cynthia Baer at 876-5738.

  • Saturday, October 25
    Project 44
    All male dance group providing the artistic platform for choreographer Gierre Godley. Showcasing the beauty, versatility, and athleticism of male performers. $30/$10. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Saturday, October 25
    Gray Green Canals
    Concrete Temple Theatre showcasing their multimedia theatrical event in progress about women and water. Free and open to public at 7pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, October 25
    Giant Book Sale
    Sponsored by Red Hook Rotary and the Red Hook Library from 10am–4pm. Phone: 845-758-1000. Email: redhookrotary@gmail.com. Url: http://redhookrotaryclub.org.

  • Saturday, October 25
    Southern BBQ Dinner
    Cooked by Four Hogs! Take out orders will also be made available. Adults $15/ $13; ages 6-12 $10. Five and under free. 5–7pm. Call for tickets and info. Phone: 845-758-6900. Email: redhookumc@hvc.rr.com. Url: http://redhookumc.org.

  • Saturday, October 25
    "FDR&NYC: Bold, Persistent Experimentation"
    Free public forum and musical performance begins at 2pm with a moderated discussion on the interaction between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fiorello La Guardia, and Robert Moses—and their work in creating today's New York City. At 5pm: a special, hour-long musical performance by the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra performing the Gary S. Fagin original Robert Moses "Astride New York" and a selection of FDR's favorite songs. Registration required. Email: clifford.laube@nara.gov. Url: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

  • Sunday, October 26
    "Despite Troubled Times" Concert
    Featuring works by great American composers. 3–5pm. Phone: 845-635-0877. Email: info@ndsorchestra.org. Url: http://ndsorchestra.org.

  • Sunday, October 26
    Guitar Goes to the Opera
    Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar concert: transcriptions of famous operatic works. $10. 3pm. Email: rnraustin@gmail.com. Url: http://MHCGS.blogspot.com.

  • Sunday, October 26
    Fab Fashion Fun-Raiser
    Haute Cature! Benefit for homeless cats. All outfits will be auctioned off AND also a brand new 60" SHARP TV. Doors open at 5, show at 6pm. Phone: 518-822-8643. Url: http://www.animalkind.info.

  • Monday, October 27
    Julia Elliott Reading
    Author of The Wilds. Reading followed by Q&A. 1:30pm. Url: http://bard.edu.

  • Thursday, October 30
    Halloween Party
    For the younger set. Free. 4–5pm. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • 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.

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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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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

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

Since 1976 the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair has been the Number One show in the Hudson Valley and the best-known and favorite antique show on the East Coast! The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair keeps its customers coming back show after show! 200 dealers from all over the USA presenting rare, beautiful, and funky antiques in room-like settings. Expanding to include vintage and decorative arts! "Something for everyone's pocketbook." Free parking, food court, delivery service. INDOORS. Columbus Day Weekend October 11/12. Admission $10, $1 off with display ad. Hours: Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Call or write for info:

PO Box 838, Rhinebeck
845-876-1989

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

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

NDH is a Health Quest Affiliate, offering emergency, medical and surgical services, an award-winning birth center, nationally ranked Bone and Joint Center, Center for Healthy Aging, physical rehabilitation services, medical imaging, a Sleep Disorders Center, and specialty women's services through Women's View, as well as the NDH Breast Care Center and Dyson Center for Women’s Imaging. Log on to our website or “like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all our latest advances!

6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck
1-877-729-2444

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.

An architectural firm founded in 1971 with offices in Dutchess County and New York City, providing contemporary, award-winning site-specific residential designs: new houses, additions, renovations and interiors. See our website and/or call for brochure.

116 West 72 St. 16th floor, New York

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties, formerly Prudential Serls Prime Properties, is the area's leading real estate company for 22 consecutive years: 5 offices, 2 meeting centers, 225+ sales professionals servicing Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, Ulster & Columbia counties.

6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck
845-876-8600

A 185-acre farm in our family since 1916. Come pick plump pumpkins and many varieties of apples, Enjpy your own lunch at an orchard picnic table. then visit our rustic farm stand for a colroful array of fruits and vegetables—all grown right here. Weekends 10am–6pm. Off Rte. 9, four miles north of Red Hook light. More on website.

15 Scism Road, Tivoli
845-756-5641

Former Mughal Raj owner is now in Red Hook Curry House Restaurant and Takeout. All your favorites. Traditional Hundi buffet Tuesday & Sunday nights, 5–9:30pm, all you can eat. We have good quality food: 4 stars from Poughkeepsie Journal and Daily Freeman and "Best Indian Restaurant in the October 2005 issue of Hudson Valley magazine. Try our food and we hope you enjoy it.

28 E. Market St, Red Hook
845-758-2666

Poison Ivy Patrol is the only company that exclusively removes the notorious Poison Ivy; the one invasive weed that almost everyone is afraid of going near. After 5 years of serving Ulster we are expanding into Dutchess County.

845-204-8274

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

Collaborative, strength-based psychological services. Services offered include family, couples, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy, women’s groups, and clinical supervision. Approved Supervisor, AAMFT.

6402 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
845-389-1861

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