A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

MIDTOWN TALKING: How do you show warmth towards someone?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: I show warmth by being present, and creating enough space to listen and meet people where they are. I can only […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: The Kindness Meter

I never dreamed that I’d be honoring people for their kindness, but that’s exactly what we’re doing this month down on Seed Song Farm in Kingston. I think it’s a revolutionary concept—recognizing people simply for how nice they are and how they treat other people. In fact, I would love it if kindness becomes a […]

Letter from the Publisher: Grounding the Mind

Please join me for a moment on a journey to the center of your mind. Where are your thoughts residing, and where are they coming from? If you think about it for a moment, you can kind of feel where your thoughts come from. But the feeling starts to get really small. This got me […]

Midtown Talking: What does it mean to you to be “grounded”?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: To take care of yourself holistically. Being one as mind, body, and spirit. And if you’re in a place where you […]

August Events 2023

135th Ulster County Fair: Promoting local agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and fun! Admission includes all entertainment, shows, and exhibits. WHEN: August 1-6, 10am-10pm WHERE: Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. ulstercountyfair.com Phoenicia Festival of The ArtsA 3-day event celebrating The Arts with live performances, Night & Art Markets, Psychics, Community Yoga & Tai […]

July Events 2023

Let Freedom Ring: Commemorate American Independence with American music and a ceremony featuring historic speeches on American freedom. Outdoor event FREE! WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 11am–4pm. WHERE: Senate House, 296 Fair St, Kingston. 845-338-2786. senatehousekingston.org Kingston July 4th Celebration Music, food and fun starts @ 4pm FREE! Join us for food and fireworks! Ole Savannah […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kimmunity Kombucha

Nobody’s really sure who brewed up the first batch of kombucha; it may even have been a happy accident, but it was a long time ago. It was as early as the third century BCE, during China’s Qin Dynasty. It was discovered that tea, sugar and specific strains of yeast and bacteria came together in […]

GLORY, TIME & CHOICE AND HOW HUMANS CAN BUILD WISDOM

Glorious is a luscious word. It fits the big things, like a perfect skyscape or a reunion with someone you love. According to Oxford Languages, though, that’s its second meaning, “having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.” The first meaning, “having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration,” is trickier. […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: What does the word “glory” spark in you?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: I honestly think of it in a negative connotation, because it feels very war like. It gives me themes of dominance. I think […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: The many tones of glory

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I grew up going to church religiously. My parents made us kids do it, right up until we headed off to college. The word “glory” was peppered throughout the church hymns, but it also came through in patriotism, featured highly in The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  As we dive a bit deeper into the […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: The Vibrance of Humanity

I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a person vibrant—that little glow that certain people have. Other people seem to repel the people around them. What is it about us that attracts and repels like a magnet? I came up with the below drawing to try to understand the difference between vibration and frequency. […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: Who is the most vibrant person in your life?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: My niece Faith. She is studying medical science in Malaysia. She’s in a foreign country, different religion, there by herself, and […]

June Events 2023

Queer Summer Nights | Orchard Disco: Dance under the stars!  Big Gay Hudson Valley’s Queer Summer Nights events series is returning for Summer 2023 with an Orchard Disco. Spend a queer summer night of dancing with the full spectrum of our community as Superior Sounds serves up the beats & the tap room offers pizza […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: I’ve Got My Roots Down Deep

Creating this issue of Midtown Lively has been a joy, because people think about the word “roots” differently. Sometimes it’s about the people who we come from, but it’s also about who we are as an individual—where we’ve been and what we’ve learned. Try to think about all of your parents, grandparents, and then your […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: THE ART OF BLOSSOMING

I saw a magnolia today, gently unfolding. It looked so simple and effortless. Just the day before, the flower was bundled up, ready to burst forth. And this morning happened to be the day that is easiest to become a full blown blossom.  It reminded me of the Art of Allowing, the conscious, gentle guiding […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: WHAT’S BLOSSOMING IN YOUR LIFE?

Life! My collaborations with the community and nonprofits. Our goals are to raise kids with a village mentality for a better outcome for the future of these children.  – Chukie and Anita Everything is blossoming for me. The weather is better, and it’s nice to see everything opening up again. I’m back at my old, […]

MIDTOWN TALKING:ARE YOU LIVING UP TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: I think I have a lot more skills and gifts that I’ve been given that I could be maximizing but I’m […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: What would you do with a million dollars?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: If I had a million dollars I would carry on with helping some of the needy people to change their lives, […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: HOW DO YOU HANDLE STILLNESS?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: For one thing I pray, spiritually. Then I sit back and I remind myself, I say, ok, take a deep breath, […]

TILDA’S HOLIDAY RECIPE: TRIPLE POTATO GRATIN CUPS

INGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon butter • 2 heads of garlic, split in half • 1 quart heavy cream • 1 1/2 pounds peeled white potatoes,    1/4 inch slices • 1 1/2 pounds peeled blue potatoes, 1/4 inch slices • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, 1/4 inch slices • 2 cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT DARKNESS?

A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: I don’t like darkness. I am a child of the light, and darkness is devoid of light, which I don’t like. […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: DOES YOUR CUP FLOWETH OVER?

Does your cup floweth over? A philosophical question we’d like to discuss. Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: Yes. I believe it does. Hearing that, off the jump my first thing is my resources, […]

Midtown talking: What Keeps Your Family Strong?

What keeps your family strong? Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: When you say “my family” I’m going to say “the human family”, because that’s my true family. And what keeps it strong is […]

JULY EVENTS 2022

July 4th Fireworks Display The City of Kingston plans to celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a fireworks display. Sponsored by Ole Savannah and O’Connor & Partners, the fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rondout Creek and will be visible from TR Gallo Park, just after dark. There will […]

JULY RECIPE

INGREDIENTS – English Cucumbers quartered and cut into 1 inch pieces – Sugar – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – Green Beans trimmed – Scallions cut into 2 to 3 inch pieces – Olive Oil – Lemon Zest plus 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice – Chopped fresh Dill DIRECTIONS Set-up grill for direct […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: CAN YOU DESCRIBE INDEPENDENCE?

How would you describe independence? Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors and visitors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions: Independence is the ability to do something freely, without the implicit support of someone else. Or perhaps the passive support of someone else […]

June Recipe

INGREDIENTS For the salad – 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar – 2 Tbsp. honey – 8 cups of mixed salad greens – 1 Tbsp. olive oil – 3/4 lb. sugar snap peas – 1/2 cup whole unsalted roasted almonds – 1/4 tsp. coarse salt – 1 cup sliced strawberries For the crostinis – 1 baguette – […]

Midtown Talking: Room for Growth?

Does the Kingston population have room for growth? Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions:

Venture Fest: SUNY New Paltz

The Venture Fest at SUNY New Paltz on October 13th will be a showcase of many of the makers and innovators in our region. One exciting component of the day-long educational event is the Evergreen Water Solutions Accelerator. The Evergreen Water Solutions Accelerator supports cohorts of early-stage companies addressing water challenges with innovative manufactured products […]

Seed Saving Techniques

An ancient way of life finds its way into modern society Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2011 Each year a garden or farm produces many more seeds than vegetables. These seeds have the potential to become a new plant, bursting with thousands of its own seeds, and so on. This is precisely how plants carry […]

Three Garden Edibles Go Wild

Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2010 We all love vegetables. From the early harvests of spinach to the gathering of pumpkins before the first frost, vegetables provide us with a healthy and (hopefully) bountiful season. The sight of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and other staples in a home backyard is always a pleasure. However, there are […]

Bumper Crop Seeks Preservation

Mason jars and food mills reappear in homes throughout region Reprint: Originally published in September 2010 in the original issue of Country Wisdom News A combination of warm dry stretches and periods of light rain this summer have resulted in abundant harvests and content farmers and gardeners. After last year’s somewhat miserable weather that resulted […]

Peace and Power to the People: Celebrating Mohonk’s 150th

By Anne Pyburn Craig Peacemaking is an art and science with a lot of moving parts. It’s not the absence of conflict—there will always be conflicting needs—it’s the ongoing management of conflict in positive ways, the crafting of just outcomes that satisfy and don’t result in bitter loss. It’s been said, over and over, that […]

Vitis Vinifera

By Jennifer Muck-Dietrich “The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.” -Thomas Love Peacock Grapes are a berry of a deciduous woody vine of the flowering plant Vitis. The name is old English and comes from the tool used to harvest them—“grap hook.” Grapes are eaten fresh, or squished for wine or juice. […]

ARE WE THE NEW TECH VALLEY? Some Hints & Warnings For Our Future

By Paul Smart A southern Hudson Valley startup looking to better safety and efficiency in our airline industry, has started focusing its innovations on a new software program that makes renewable energy even more cost-effective than ever, in the hybrid markets many are looking to spur our move away from fossil fuels. A Capital District […]

Harvesting Our Valley’s New Ag Future – Hudson Valley Startup Funds Consolidated Harvest

By Paul Smart You know agriculture’s shifted when it becomes the apple in the eye of key investment firms. Take Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s recent announcement of its decision to invest in Consolidated Harvest Company LLC, following earlier investments in a variety of innovative online businesses and a shrimp farm, among other regional entities. Consolidated […]

“Earthday Everyday” Eco-mural Project on Display at Kingston City Hall

Kingston, NY – The “Traveling Mural”​ was created by youth in the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) with local interdisciplinary artist, Star Nigro. The eco-mural was created with everyday objects and recycled materials, such as wood pallets and bottle caps, and carries the message, “No matter our differences, we always have something […]

Educating All Educators – John Dewey’s Reach Keeps Growing Longer

By Paul Smart If there’s anyone from the past whose leadership could help us all now, one need look no further than John Dewey. A Vermont native known for his writings as a philosopher, a pioneer of more practical and therapeutic forms of psychology, and most of all, a progressive ideal for a truly democratic […]

STOCKADE WORKS

By Jodi La Marco In 2015, Beth Davenport was in a colleague’s office when she noticed notes on his whiteboard left over from a previous meeting. “There were all of these ideas about bringing film here, and creating jobs and equal opportunities,” says Davenport. Her colleague explained that the notes came out of a brainstorming […]

Daddy Debrief:  Going Screen less

By David DeWitt When I was a teenager my family would sit down to Sunday dinner and my Dad would take the phone off the hook. The teenagers would protest. “What if our friends try to call us?” “They’ll call back,” he’d say. “What if there’s an emergency?” “Everyone’s eating dinner,” he’d say. Sometimes he’d […]

POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS AND OPPORTUNITIES – SEPTEMBER 2019

Ashokan Watershed MonthThe Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) has declared that September 2019 is Ashokan Watershed Month. Celebrate the unique characteristics that make the Ashokan watershed so special for those who live and visit here. Take a self guided “Ashokan Watershed Adventure” to important stream sites from the top to bottom of the watershed […]

On Villaging: The Pulse of Human Kindness

By Helen Zuman Last October, as part of my perpetual intermittent book tour (for my memoir, Mating in Captivity), I traveled to Bishop Hill—the site, from 1846 to 1861, of a communal utopia founded by Swedes fleeing religious persecution—to present at the annual conference of the US-based Communal Studies Association. At this conference, I learned […]