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  • Thursday, November 20 - Sunday, November 23
    The House Is Open
    Pop-up exhibition of installation and performance at multiple locatioins within the Fisher Center. Featuring: Jack Ferver/Marc Swanson in Chambre; Ralph Lemon in Scaffold Room; Jennifer Monson/iLAND with Live Dancing Archive; John Kelly w/The Escape Artist Redux; Tad Beck's Double Document; and Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Empire. Thu from 5–10pm, Fri from 2–10pm, Sat & Sun Noon–10pm. Presented in collaboration with CCS Bard. Admission $30/$10. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23
    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.

  • Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23
    Veteran Arts Showcase
    Now in its second year, Showcase features visual artists, craftsmen, writers, poets, musicians and performers who are veterans, family members of veterans, or military connected. Contact for info on weekend workshops which take place sat and sun from 10am to 5pm. Free and open to the public. The Opening Reception and Ceremony is on Friday from 5:30-8:30pm, refreshments will be served. Phone: 845-876-0655. Email: windijoy@frontier.com. Url: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

  • Sunday, November 23
    Sinterklaas Artisan Faire
    Annual Artisan Faire to benefit Sinterklaas. Combination art exhibit-crafts market-café, door prizes, etc. 10am–4pm. Email: hana527@gmail.com. Url: http://sinterklaasrhinebeck.com.

  • Sunday, November 23
    Pinocchio
    Free family concert by Yates Musical Theater. 3pm. Phone: 845-876-2870. Email: info@rhinebeckmusic.org. Url: http://rhinebeckmusic.org.

  • Tuesday, November 25
    Anthony Musso Book Signing
    Musso will show a DVD and speak about Staatsburg: A Village Lost in Time. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase.Refreshments and business meeting to follow. Phone: 845-229-2559. Url: http://townofhydeparkny-historicalsociety.org.

  • Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
    Farm & Flea
    Showcase for the agricultural bounty & craft making richness of our region. Shop, hear music, taste local treats, attend a workshop or lecture. All day: 9am–7pm. Email: info@basilicahudson.com. Url: http://basilicahudson.com.

  • Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
    A Gilded Age Christmas
    Lavish holiday decoration, special programs & holiday shopping at the Mills Mansion 11/28–12/31.Tours Fri–Sun from noon–4pm; then every Thu–Sun in December; also every day 12/29–12/31. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Saturday, November 29
    ARTspace Holiday Gift Fair
    Opening reception 5–7pm. Continues Sat & Sun thru 12/13. Phone: 518-537-4469. Url: http://germantownartspace.com.

  • Saturday, November 29
    Holiday Show Opening
    2014 show opening from 5–7pm. Winter gallery hours: Thu–Sat 11–5pm; Sun 11am–4pm. Phone: 845-516-4435. Email: betsyjacaruso@gmail.com. Url: http://betsyjacarusoartist.com .

  • Saturday, November 29
    Magic, Mind Reading & Comedy
    llusionist David Garrity and mind reader Denny Corby present awesome illusions, magic and mind reading w/a comic twist. $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Sunday, November 30
    Village Tree Lighting & Activities
    Family fun throughout the day w/ tree lighting taking place at Rhinebeck Bank parking lot on East Market St around 5:30. Phone: 845-876-5904. Email: info@rhinebeckchamber.com. Url: http://rhinebeckchamber.com.

  • Sunday, November 30
    Naughty Sweeties
    A 1920s cabaret: Molly Parker-Myers (w/Joel Flowers on piano) presents an afternoon of songs and stories from the Roaring 20s. $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Wednesday, December 3
    Bard College Symphonic Chorus
    Handel, Esther; chamber singers, and baroque ensemble. Directed by Alexander Bonus, conducted by James Bagwell. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Wednesday, December 3
    RB Honor Society Induction
    National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in auditorium at 7pm. Phone: 845-871-5500. Url: http://rhinebeckcsd.org.

  • Wednesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 4
    ND Hospital Poinsettia & Wreath Sale
    Holiday décor available to purchase including poinsettias, wreaths, swags, kissing balls and handmade decorations. To benefit ND Auxiliary. Phone: 845-871-1720 ext. 4.. Url: http://health-quest.org.

  • Thursday, December 4 - Friday, December 5
    Brookmeade's Winter Wonderland
    Annual holiday bazaar, craft fair, penny social, tree lighting, hot cocoa bar, holiday treats & pictures w/Santa! (Need appt: from 3:30–5pm on 12/5) Drawing on Fri at 3:30pm. Thu and Fri 8am–4pm. All ages invited; free. Phone: 845-876-2071x107. Url: http://communityatbrookmeade.com.

  • Thursday, December 4
    The Murder of Richard Jennings
    A talk for true crime buffs! Join author and detective Michael J. Worden as he examines the first murder for hire (in 1818) in New York State. 7–8pm: Free. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Thursday, December 4
    Conservatory Orchestra
    Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses, Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. $15/$20 at 3pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Heartwarming, Christmastime entertainment about a small town man who forgoes his big dreams to help others. On Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm: $24/$22. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.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

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

The Chocolate Factory is the place to come for your framing needs! Renée Burgevin, CPF since 1990, combines a beautiful selection of molding styles and mats with expert design & technical advice, conservation quality materials, and skilled workmanship. Handling repairs as well as new work. Mirrors ready to go or design your own. Offering French matting & calligraphy.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
845-758-1004

Jazz up your property with a freshly paved drive. In our second generation, with over 40 years experience, we specialize in driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, and private roads, all built to last. Ask about our ornamental finish options. Residential & commercial. Call today for a complimentary consultation or request an estimate on our website.

518-479-1400 or 518-794-0490

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

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

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

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

1845 Federal style house in the village of Rhinebeck. Stroll to shops, restaurants, and cinema. Five elegantly-furnished guest rooms with private baths, air conditioning, gourmet breakfast, with homemade delicacies. Complimentary refreshments.

6487 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
845-876-4133

I am fully committed to providing a high level of service aimed at successfully buying or selling your house or land at a satisfactory price, in the shortest time possible, and with the least hassle. My website provides instant access to region-wide MLS listings and municipal property data. Contact me anytime; I welcome the opportunity to serve you anywhere in the AboutTown region.

Red Hook
845-532-1204

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

ART parties are a fun and creative way for adults, teens or children to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. Imagination Station also offers after school programs, weekend workshops, and summer camps. Come join us for some artisistc expression!

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

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

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

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

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