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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, September 1
    Mad Dash Race
    5K run/walk starts 8:30am; 10K run 9:15am. Starts at Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. Phone: 845-876-3533. Email: rhinebeck.episcopal@gmail.com. Url: http://rhinebeck-episcopal.org.

  • Wednesday, September 3
    "Death and Donuts"
    Gather for discussion about death and dying in a safe open forum, inspired by the good work of the "Death Cafe" movement. Led by Pastor Will Starkweather. Phone: 845-876-8180. Url: http://rhinebecklutheran.org.

  • Thursday, September 4
    18th Annual "Fall for Art"
    Juried art show/sale & cocktail reception. 6–9pm. $45/$40 in advance. Benefit for Jewish Federation of Ulster Cty. Phone: 845-338-8131. Email: info@fallforart.org. Url: http://fallforart.org .

  • Thursday, September 4
    Pot Luck Dinner
    Bring a dish and get to know the Rhinebeck Grange. Bring a canned good to support local food pantries. 5–7pm. Phone: 845-876-5738. Email: CSProductions@aol.com.

  • Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 7
    Grease
    Castaway Players Theatre Co. & in The CENTER stage this upbeat & beloved American musical. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, September 5
    Harvest Moon Stroll
    Join educator Fran Martino & enjoy the almost-full moon from the top of the hill cherished by landscape artist Frederic Church. Register by 9/4. All ages. $5. 8–9:30pm. Phone: 518-828-1872 x109. Email: shasbrook@olana.org. Url: http://olana.org.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Classical and Tango Evening
    Launch of new Classics on Hudson series featuring violinist Helena Baillie and guitarist Alexander Henry. 6–9pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, September 6
    "Local Color" Art Opening
    Paintings by Sally Lyon and Rosemary Hanson. 5–7pm. Phone: 845-876-6670. Url: http://montgomeryrow.com.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Essential Moments Opening
    Opening reception for exhibit of works by award-winning Hudson Valley photographer B. Doktor. 5–8pm. Phone: 845-331-5300. Email: communications@lgbtqcenter.org. Url: http://LGBTQCenter.org.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Battle of the Books
    Trivia competition with 300 student competitors, grades 6–9 from more than 20 mid-Hudson libraries. 9:30am–2pm. Free. Phone: 518-822-2027. Email: kovler@sunycgcc.edu. Url: http://sunycgcc.edu.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Age & Beauty: Part 2
    Open rehearsal for award winning choreographer Miguel Guttierrez's tragicomic dance meditation on middle age, youthful hopefulness, and the politics of queer performance. 2pm. Free; reservations required. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Watercolor & Words Opening
    Opening reception for exhibit of works by students in oncology support program at Kingston's Reuner Cancer Support House. The show's focus is on the beauty of the natural world of flowers and plants. Phone: 845-876-4030. Email: starrdirector@starrlibrary.org. Url: http://starrlibrary.org.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Iceboating Art Show
    A fundraiser from 5:30 to 9pm. $10 at door. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Saturday, September 6
    Aerodrome Fundraiser
    Fundraising dinner during Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society’s RC Jamboree weekend. Classic outdoor grill menu; reservations rec'd. $30. At 5pm. Phone: 845-752-3200. Email: info@oldrhinebeck.org. Url: http://oldrhinebeck.org.

  • Sunday, September 7
    What You See & What You Don't See
    Guided walk through Mills Mansion's cleverly designed landscape; registration required. No charge. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Sunday, September 7
    Barry Hopkins Run
    3.8-mile-course run at 9:30am through Olana's carriage roads, and 9am kids' run. $15/$10. See website for details and entry form. Phone: 518-828-1872 x109. Email: shasbrook@olana.org. Url: http://olana.org.

  • Sunday, September 7
    Imagined Histories
    Opening reception for show of paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Robert Hite; 4 –7pm. Email: info@friendsofclermont.org. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Tuesday, September 9
    Solar Energy Conference
    Learn how to save energy, money, increase your home value, help preserve the environment, and receive NYS energy grants. Presentation by 3 leading solar energy providers. Organized by Tivoli Green Committee. 7pm. Phone: 845-757-2021. Email: clerk@tivoliny.org. Url: http://tivoliny.org.

  • Tuesday, September 9
    Mark Vonnegut: The Myth of Mental Wellness
    Talk by son of Kurt Vonnegut, including reading of portions of his memoir, Just Like Someone with Mental Illness Only More So. 7pm–9pm. Free. Url: http://bard.edu.

  • Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14
    Grease
    Castaway Players Theatre Co. & in The CENTER stage this upbeat & beloved American musical. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. 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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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 Sara.

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

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

Haldora’s own clothing designs sold exclusively at Haldora or Haldora.com.  Handsewn in upstate New York. Quality, style, comfort that travels the globe well.  Also jeans, bras, panties, hair accessories and jewelry.

28 East Market St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-6250

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

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845-758-4088

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

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

Voted "Best Sushi of the Hudson Valley 2014" by Hudson Valley magazine. Also "Destination Restaurant" by Culinary Institute of America. Four and 1/2 stars from the Poughkeepsie Journal & "Best Sushi in the Hudson Valley" Zagat's. Tucked in the heart of Rhinebeck, Osaka has been the go-to-sushi restaurant for 18 years. Chefs work in rhythm to craft sushi, sashimi, and rolls from a vividly bright palette of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, squid, uni, and other varieties of fish. For diners looking to take a break from the raw dishes, Osaka serves a variety of tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, and noodle bowl dinners. Eat-in or take-out.

22 Garden St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-7338

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

Let me be your Home Personal Shopper, I can open every door & every listing, in the area—guiding you through the home buying process with 100% commitment 100% of the time. A Buyer’s Market deserves a 100% Buyer’s Real Estate Agency. Speak with Harvey Brown or email him, meet either upstate or in NYC, visit our website, connecting city and country living.

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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

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

The "go to guys" for all your landscaping, new lawn installation and maintenance, driveway repair, storm clean-up, interior and exterior home repair. Anthony Wallentine.

845-532-0122

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

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