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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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Enjoy the taste and sounds of Italy in an intimate and warm setting right here in Rhinebeck. Dishes from the Italian homeland with gourmet artistry and local bounty. Call about catering or to book a private party. Find Puccini Ristorante on Facebook. Venite à trovarci presto! Grazie!

22 Garden St., Rhinebeck
845-876-3055

Furniture restoration, and repairs. Chair caning and seat weaving. Established in 1986. Fully insured. See also under “Carpentry & Custom Woodworking.”

Elizaville
845-756-2788

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

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)

The Knitting Garage @ Stickle's, the new knitting boutique! Featuring yarns by: Blue Sky, Spud & Chloe, Madeline Tosh, Shuibui and more! At A.L. Stickle Variety Store: in the back through the red double doors!

13 East Market St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-3206

From a box-lunch picnic to a wedding, and everything in between, Red Devon can make your event delicious and memorable. Call 845-677-8757 to speak with Chef Gerard.

108 Hunns Lake Rd., Stanfordville
845-868-3175

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

Pizza, calzones, stromboli, hot & cold & parmigiana heros—and full Italian dinner menu. Homemade sauces, pizza dough, & desserts (cheese cake, cannoli & specials). Directions from 9G: go east at Germantown light and take first left.

85 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown
518-537-6262

When it's time for a break from the ordinary! Serving breakfast, lunch & grab & go prepared meals. We thrive to provide high quality food & catering with attention to detail & eye appealing presentation. Espresso and cappuccino drinks. See also, under "Caterers."

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

Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, deli, cheese shop, gourmet grocery, delectable baked goods. Garden center, nursery, houseplants. Thousands of annuals and perennials grown on our family farm. Family owned since 1919.

1560 Rt. 9W, Kingston
845-336-6300

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

See main listing in General section under "Art Supplies."

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

The Children’s Medical Group has a distinguished history of caring for the region’s children, with a tradition of excellence, accessibility and caring, offering comprehensive medical service to children of all ages. Kingston office now open; Monday evening hours in Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck Office Park 187 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-452-1700

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

Before you replace your windows or doors get a free estimate from Hobson. We do it all; vinyl tilt-in insulated windows, bows, bays, casements, patio doors, entry and storm doors/windows, custom wood windows, and porch retro-fits as well as a new full service glass shop. All products are energy tax credit certified.

51 Elizabeth St, Red Hook
845-758-0930

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