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  • 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
    Inaugural Multi-Media Event
    Eclipse, a performance, featuring the choreography and light installation of award-winning multi-media artist Jonah Bokaer in collaboration w/ avant-garde artist Anthony McCall. 7:30pm. Tkts $20. Email: info@basilicahudson.com. Url: http://basilicahudson.com.

  • 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.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Senior Citizen Prom
    Contact Rhinebeck Central School District for more info. Phone: 845-871-5500. Url: http://rhinebeckcsd.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Songs for Unusual Creatures
    Michael Hearst and his five piece band bring some of the planet's most bizarre animals to life. At 2pm and 7pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Buglisi Dance Theatre
    "Buglisi…works in images that seduce the eye as much as the imagination, with shapes, luminous textures, and stilled moments in time that offer an adventure in perception. " (DANCE Magazine). 7:30 pm. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Sights and Sounds of Africa
    Free event that aims to promote an appreciation of difference through storytelling, drumming, dancing and the creation and display of decorative and ceremonial masks. Sponsored by the US-Africa Partnership. From 2–5pm for ages 6–12 and their parents or caretakers, For more info please visit sandsofa.eventbrite.com or call (845) 389–7950. Phone: 845-876-3533. Email: rhinebeck.episcopal@gmail.com. Url: http://rhinebeck-episcopal.org.

  • Sunday, April 27
    Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society
    Vegan pizza party (15% off) at Two Boots restaurant at 6pm. Phone: 845-876-2626. Email: rsvp@mhvs.org. Url: http://mhvs.org.

  • Sunday, April 27
    Classical Guitar Concert
    Mid-Hudson CG Society presents program of original compositions & arrangements by its membersat 3pm; $10. Email: rnraustin@gmail.com. Url: http://MHCGS.blogspot.com.

  • Sunday, April 27
    HV Autism Walk & Expo
    Call for more info. Phone: 845-331-2626. Email: info@autismwalkhv.org. Url: http://autismwalkhv.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

Full range of tree services; small or large projects. Serving Columbia and Northern Dutchess Counties. Locally owned and operated. Robert Everhart, ISA-certified arborist, with over 20 years experience in tree care, preservation and maintenance.

23 Orchard Rd, Hudson
518-822-9154 or 845-489-3572

The Augustine Nursery has been creating landscapes of distinction throughout the Hudson Valley for 40 years. We specialize in larger scale, estate-grade trees and plants that you simply won’t find at the typical garden variety nurseries in the area.

9W & Van Kleecks Ln., Kingston
845-338-4936

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

For children 4+ and adults (newly forming!) Innovative ART classes in drawing, illustration, cartooning, painting, print-making, clay, sculpture, etc. Art history & world culture. Year-round after-school sessions, weekend workshops, summer camp, art parties or events!

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

Spring classes include: belly dancing, Reiki, SAT and ACT prep, photography, piano, pickleball, basketball, collage art, Tai Chi, zumba, gluten-free cooking, organic vegetable gardening, babysitter certification, defensive driving, and 5-hour pre-licensing.

Red Hook
845 758-2241x3505

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

The place to fill all your outdoors needs: fertilizers, feed, fencing, lawn, garden, & farm supplies, shavings, pet food & supplies, lime, bedding, straw, bird seed, feeders & birdhouses, clothing.

68 Firehouse Ln., Red Hook
845-876-1559

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

Rhinebeck Artist's Shop offers the finest of fine art materials, beautiful cards and clever gifts as well as the services of our fully-equipped professional frame shop for all your framing needs.

Rhinebeck: 56 E. Market St., 845-876-4922, fax 845-876-3801 New Paltz: 188 Main St., 845-255-5533

We're a small boutique agency specializing in antique country homes and historic Hudson townhouses. We're sophisticated, honest and creative professionals who enjoy matching our customers with the most charming and interesting houses in the Hudson Valley. Check out our website, and see why people are saying it's the best real estate site anywhere. Or stop by and see us in Tivoli, Hudson, or Catksill.

58 Broadway, Tivoli
845-757-5672

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
845-453-0457

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

Located in Rhinebeck, Hill offers full service brokerage based on a tradition of listing and selling fine homes, farms and land in No. Dutchess and So. Columbia Counties for over 15 years.

6808 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
845-876-8888

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

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

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