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

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 […]

Keeping it Vibrant: How to Make Friends with Your Soil

Generally, being compared to dirt isn’t considered especially flattering. We strive mightily to keep dirt out of our houses and off of our clothes, call it “the dirt” when nasty secrets come out. Cleanliness is said to be “next to Godliness” and being “dirt poor” is hardly a happy state of affairs, while being filthy […]

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 […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: WHAT ARE YOUR ROOTS?

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 roots are: soil – family – compost – music – art – good food – community that grounds me – […]

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 […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: EVERYDAY MAGICK SHOP

It never hurts to have some magick on your side. Note the spelling: we’re not talking about magic tricks, such as those performed by Harry Houdini, David Blaine or Penn and Teller (although it’s probably fun having them on your side, too). Those folks do illusions. Magick is the real deal, the art of lining […]

APRIL EVENTS 2023

PETER & THE WOLF AND CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Peter and the Wolf, a lyrical symphonic fairy tale for children composed by Sergei Prokofiev, will be narrated by David Gonzalez while Frederick Chiu accompanies on the piano. Followed by a performance of composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a musical suite of fourteen movements, […]

TILDA’S SEASONAL GRAIN RECIPE

GREEK GREENS AND CHEESE PIE WITH SPROUTED WHOLE WHEAT CRUST INGREDIENTS Crust: • 4 cups sprouted whole wheat     flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup olive oil  • 2 cups water Filling: • 1 small red onion, finely chopped • 3 scallions, thinly sliced • 6 cups […]

WHOLE GRAIN OF THE MONTH: SPROUTED GRAIN

Until about a hundred years ago, humans harvested their grains, tied them into sheaves, and left them in the field until the grain was needed. Exposed to weather, inevitably at least some of the grain would begin to sprout. Then just a byproduct of harvest, sprouted grain is now a health-food trend that has continuously […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LA VOZ MAGAZINE

Imagine the feeling: making a fresh start thousands of miles from home, learning a hundred new things a day and trying to make all the right moves. It’s made many times more challenging because you don’t speak the majority language; some agencies and places are bilingual, but many aren’t, and finding the ones that are […]

BLOOMING ON THE INSIDE

It’s the season of the blossom. Tight buds burst into brilliant, silky color. Leaves are unfurling. In the northern hemisphere, baby animals are being born, from bear cubs designed to pack on hundreds of pounds to scrappy featherweight shrews. We’re swapping out the big coats for T-shirts and hoodies, feeling our shoulders relax a little […]

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, […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MY KINGSTON KIDS

From the beginning, MyKingstonKids has focused on one goal: making Kingston a great place for children. It’s turned out to be a popular mission. “We just hit our sixth year, and it’s going fantastic,” says Executive Director Frank Waters. “We’ve been growing rapidly since we started and we haven’t stopped yet. We’re still moving along. […]

FALLING IN LOVE WITH POSSIBILITIES

Potential greatness always shows up small at first. The trees start their springtime with tiny buds, a hint of purplish red in the woods before that blast of golden green. Baby birds and lots of animals start out looking completely ridiculous and mature into eagles and cats. Love starts with a few sentences, a shared […]

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 […]

TILDA’S SEASONAL RECIPE: MAAFE (WEST AFRICAN PEANUT STEW)

INGREDIENTS • 2 lbs chicken or beef, cut into chunks To Marinate the Meat: • 1 tsp paprika • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped or minced • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped or minced • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper For Maafe:  • 1 large onion, chopped • 1 Tbsp […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION

Come on out and dance. Or act. Or beat the drum. It’s all right here in Midtown, extremely affordable, welcoming to all, and the kids will love it too. The Center for Creative Education is all about finding and living your possibilities—and expanding them by nurturing your mind and body until those possibilities open up […]

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH $1,000,000? Community Fund Taking Shape in Kingston

On February 25, you’re invited to Tilda’s Kitchen to take part in the ninth and final open forum that will help determine the shape of the Kingston Community Fund, an initiative led by the Good Work Institute that aims to help democratize the distribution of wealth in these parts. Initial funding for the fund will […]

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, […]

TILDA’S SEASONAL RECIPE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH STEAKS WITH GARLIC BUTTER

INGREDIENTS • 1 large butternut squash with a long and thick neck  – peeled, seeded • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces • 3 fresh oregano sprigs • 4 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper INSTRUCTIONS   1. […]

WINTER LIFE HACKS: TIME TO GO DEEP

And just like that, boom, it’s 2023. The frenzy of the various holidays, which impacts just about everyone who’s not living in a cave, has passed; we made it through the odd week between Christmas and New Years. Mainstream media, as they do every year, goes from pushing feasting and drinking and carrying on to […]

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, […]

DECEMBER EVENTS

HOLLY BERRY TRAIL The Holly Berry Trail is a Holiday home tour — with local homes decked out in their finest Holiday splendor. This year’s Trail has six Kingston homes, each with their own unique and festive Holiday style that’s guaranteed to inspire your own decorating spirit. Tickets to this event may be found on […]

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 […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: SAMADHI RECOVERY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER

There isn’t a Samadhi Recovery Community Outreach Center everywhere, but in a saner world, there would be one within reach of every human being, deploying their blend of timeless wisdom with research-based, best-in-class people and methods to increase our individual and collective peace, joy and freedom. Addiction, depression and anxiety are pervasive lately, and it’s […]

OCCUPY REVERENCE

It’s a beautiful word. Reverence, a blend of deep fondness and admiration. It’s a warmer, friendlier word than awe, which suggests amazement and even outright fear. They’re powerful feelings this time of year, as we get to watch the cosmic drama of the Solstice unfold in all its merciless beauty. Winter is awe-inspiring, as is […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: DO YOU PRAY? AND TO WHOM?

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 pray for all the sentient beings, all of the world. I pray every day, to all of them (dieties).   – Min […]

NOVEMBER EVENTS

BRAIDING BREADS & TRADITIONS The transformed Reher Center unveils a new exhibition that celebrates multicultural bread and wisdom. Featuring mouthwatering visuals by food photographer Aaron Rezny, visitors and passersby can learn about distinct breads and the cultures they represent. From Filipino Ensaymada and Guatemalan Pan Dulce to Rondout Rolls and Traditional Challah – there are […]

HOLIDAY RECIPE: CHEESY ROOT VEGETABLE GRATIN

NGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened • 1-2  long sweet potatoes (about 2 inches thick), peeled • 3-4 large parsnips, ends trimmed and peeled • 3-5 small beets, peeled • 14 tablespoons heavy cream, divided (whole milk is fine, but mixture won’t thicken as much or be as creamy) • 4 ounces grated Parmesan, […]

GROWING THE MAGIC CIRCLE

It’s officially gifting season, starting with a feast of gratitude, moving on to the Solstice and the sun’s return. What a wonderful human response to the shortening days: present the ones you love with some special token of your fondness, a visible symbol of your feelings. As far as anyone can tell, gift giving is […]

MIDTOWN TALKING: WHO IS THE MOST GENEROUS PERSON YOU KNOW?

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 would say Tilda’s for what they do for the people. That’s why I consider myself an honory member of Tilda’s. […]

OCTOBER EVENTS

U-PICK PUMPKINS & SUNFLOWERS Come on down to the farm for fall fun. Pick a pumpkin from our patch or make a bouquet from the flowers. Admission includes 1 Sunflower! Other U-pick Flowers priced per flower. Pricing (sliding scale): Regular/Sliding Child(2-15) $7/ $4. Adult $10/ $8. Family of 4-5 $30/ $20. Family 6-8. $45/$30. If […]

DREAMS

Dreams are something that we all know about, no matter our age, language, or nationality. Dreams are a part of everyday life, and when we rest our heads and fall asleep, they always happen. For some reason dreams are difficult to remember, but nonetheless, they always are a very unique experience. Whether it could happen […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CIRCLE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Human beings are born to work with our hands. Centuries of human existence demanded it, and being the wonderful creatures that we are, we gathered together to do it and made all kinds of beautiful things, and creating something beautiful is still the best known cure for a whole host of troubles. Organizers Melissa Hewitt, […]

ROCK SOLID REBELS: ROSENDALE’S FLOURISHING UNDERGROUND

Under our feet is a 32 square mile swath of limestone stretching from Kingston down to High Falls. And from 1825 till 1910, the earth here gave up sixteen million bags a year of the finest natural cement you could buy. The cement industry literally made the town of Rosendale. Rosendale cement, was used in […]

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. […]

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

MyKingstonKids at the Kingston Farmers Market The MyKK booth at the Kingston Farmers Market will feature community mural painting, and spin art activities. Children and all ages are welcome. Check out our MyKK Club Guides, RED-K Apparel, and more. www.mykingstonkids.com. When: Saturday, September 10, 9am-2pm. Where: Kingston Farmers Market, 285 Wall Street, Kingston. Hodgepodge Collage […]

GRAVITATING ABUNDANCE

Gravitating abundance is bringing good things into your life, and sharing that with others. I would like to share with you some good things that have happened to me during Summer, and how to gravitate abundance yourself. First off, I went to overnight summer camp for the first time! It was a lot of fun. […]