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  • Wednesday, March 4
    Philadelphia Flower Show Trip
    Book reservation for CCE's annual bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s theme: Lights, Camera, BLOOM! $70 inc transportation and admission. Leaving Millbrook promptly 8am, returning around 9:30pm. Pre-registration required. Phone: 845-677-8223 x115. Email: nh26@cornell.edu. Url: http://cce.cornell.edu.

  • Wednesday, March 4
    "Death and Doughnuts"
    Safe open forum about death and dying, led by Pastor Will Starkweather; guest speaker from Hospice. 2–3:30pm. Free. Phone: 845-876-4471. Url: http://rhinebecklutheran.org.

  • Thursday, March 5
    Jack Kelly Talk
    From the author of Band of Giants, on the American Revolutionary War. 7pm. Refreshments, free. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Diana di Grandi directs this Up In One Production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. This show is of an outrageously funny and touching story—one of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Tkts: $27/ $25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Email: upinoneprod@aol.com. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7
    Haydn's The Creation
    Conducted by Leon Botstein, chorus directed by James Bagwell. W/members of American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra & Festival Chorale & Chamber Singers &Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and Longy Chorale. 8pm. $25–40. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
    Dance Concert
    Choreographed and performed by Bard students. Fri–Sat 7:30pm, Matinees: Sat 2pm & Sun 4pm. Free, reservations required. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, March 6
    Morton Talent Show
    Local residents perform on stage .. .visual art on walls and edible art on table. 6pm. Suggested donation, $5. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Saturday, March 7
    HV LGBTQ Gala
    10-year anniversary of founding of LGBTQ's Hudson Valley Center. Cocktails, fine dining, auction, and dancing at 6pm. $150/$75. Phone: 845-331-5300. Url: http://LGBTQCenter.org.

  • Saturday, March 7
    Backyard Wildlife
    Learn how to attract birds, butterflies & endangered local animals. W/ecologist Casey Tompkins. At 1pm. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Saturday, March 7
    Scrabble Rabble
    Open scrabble games for all ages. 1pm. Phone: 845-758-3241. Email: redhookpr@gmail.com. Url: http://redhooklibrary.org.

  • Saturday, March 7
    Opening, Paperwork
    Reception for show of works on/with paper using various different mediums. 5pm–7pm. Phone: 845-758-6575. Email: redhookcan@gmail.com. Url: http://rhcan.com.

  • Sunday, March 8
    Geography and Gender
    Part of Olana's "Deep Air" Art Series, featuring poet, artist bookmaker, curator, and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka exploring complex issues of geography and power (gendered, nationalist, and resource-based. 3–5pm. $5 per person; Ages 10 and up. Phone: 518-828-1872 x109. Email: shasbrook@olana.org. Url: http://olana.org.

  • Sunday, March 8
    Gilded Age Tea and Talk
    Tea & refreshments in the servants' dining hall served during talk about visiting etiquette and such paraphernalia of the Gilded Age as calling cards. $30/$25. Reservations req. 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Tuesday, March 10
    Erik Larson's Dead Wake
    Book launch including author talk for new novel by NYTimes bestselling author about the sinking of the Lusitania 7pm. Tickets required and available online. Phone: 845-876-0500. Email: rsvp@oblongbooks.com. Url: http://oblongbooks.com.

  • Tuesday, March 10 - Thursday, March 12
    Faculty Dance Concert
    Along with Zvi Gotheiner, artistic director of ZviDance, a NYC based contemporary dance company, who will stage excerpts from his 1991 seminal work, Chairs. Fri–Sat 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 4pm. $15; free w/Bard ID. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Thursday, March 12 - Saturday, March 7
    How do you Feel about Money?
    Workshop w/Ceil Berlin LCSW and Carol Light PhD. 7pm. Phone: 845-876-4030. Email: starrdirector@starrlibrary.org. Url: http://starrlibrary.org.

  • Thursday, March 12
    Richard Price Talks with Joe Donohue
    Price (writing as Harry Brandt) will discuss his new book THE WHITES w/WAMC'S Joe Donohue, host of the Roundtable, followed by a Q&A & book signing. Tkts required, which may be purchased via Oblong's website; $10 (can be applied towards purchase of book at event). 7pm. Email: info@oblongbooks.com. Url: http://oblongbooks.com.

  • Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Diana di Grandi directs this Up In One Production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. This show is of an outrageously funny and touching story—one of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Tkts: $27/ $25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Email: upinoneprod@aol.com. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, March 13
    Live at the Elmendorph
    Free concert w/locals Roger & Lenny (joined by Maggie Rothwell): Songs from the Everly Brothers, Beatles & more. RH Library program. 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-3241. Email: redhookpr@gmail.com. Url: http://redhooklibrary.org.

  • Saturday, March 14
    Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes
    Olana's "Armchair Travel" Series: Join designer and author Hermes Mallea for a nostalgic celebration of the glamor of warm-weather destinations as Mallea focuses on some of the most exclusive resorts of the mid-twentieth century, the subject of his new book, Escape. 3–5pm. $5. Phone: 518-828-1872 x109. Email: shasbrook@olana.org. Url: http://olana.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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Mette Coleman is a New York State–licensed physical therapist who has been practicing physical therapy and Pilates for more than 20 years. Mette Coleman has extensive clinical experience and advanced formalized training in soft tissue injuries and dysfunctions. Mette Coleman treats a diverse population in her practice ranging from performing artists, chronic pain patients and athletes. By appointment only.

6423 Montgomery St. Suite 17A, Rhinebeck
845-876-3220

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

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

Highest quality wallpaper hanging. 30 years experience in the New York metropolitan area, now installing wall coverings in the Hudson Valley also. Skilled in all types of wallpaper. Excellent references. Insured.

845-679-8305 or 917-574-7002

Life change from the inside out: loving support and guidance during transitions; healing for issues around food and body image; self-empowerment, intuitive readings. Trained with the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Rhinebeck
845-876-0449

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

Taste the difference. We provide high quality food and catering with attention to detail and exquisite presentation. Seasonal fresh, local ingredients used. Call to discuss your upcoming event.

One E. Market St., Red Hook
845-758-9030

Classical guitar lessons. Classical guitarist David Temple offers lessons for all ages and levels. Lessons will emphasize both popular finger style and formal classical techniques, music theory and composition.

845-758-0174

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

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

STAMP COLLECTIONS WANTED!! Serious stamp collector looking to purchase: single stamps, collections and old envelopes. Will travel.

62 Daisy Ln., Montgomery
845-494-2751

We are a full service remodeling and new construction firm. Our projects range from windows and doors, kitchens and bathrooms, interior and exterior work, all the way up to new home construction and whole house remodeling.

With a 2-year degree in architecture, owner Jason Jones can help with the design process as well. Call us for a free consultation visit.

11 Ackert Hook Rd, Rhinebeck
845-224-5936

Quatrefoil...Stewardship for your property. We are a residential building and design firm specializing in the restoration and renovation of historic homes. Reach us at the number below.

845-773-9234

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

Lawn care, spring/fall cleanups, field mowing,rototilling, backhoe service. Owner operated. References available. Free estimates. Fully insured. Call or text Brendan.

175 Cemetery Rd, Germantown
518-944-1163

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