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


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 – […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


I came home last fall after ten years away, amidst a huge life emergency, and the minute our tires hit Catskills pavement I knew in my core that we’d be okay, and I was right. As sure as the river keeps flowing and the mountain winds blowing, there’s a broad, deep and wide Current of […]


Still I Rise by Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living […]


The last time the US economy saw high inflation, in the 1970s, President Gerald Ford attempted to rally the country to “Whip Inflation Now.” You could sign a pledge to conserve and cut back and receive a WIN button meant to evoke a sense of WWII-era solidarity.


By the last quarter of the 18th century, enough immigrants of various nations had established a toehold on the North American continent that the dominant Puritan influence of the 1600s had begun to fade. Life was still pretty dour in much of New England, with secular everything frowned upon, but the human spirit is stronger […]


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 […]


Releasing into Process $35 ($30 for ASK Members) 18 and up. In this class we will allow for spontaneous movement, stillness, and imagination. Using poetic imagery and various sound environments we can cultivate a heightened awareness of our integrated internal and external landscapes, bringing us into the present moment. Through our practice we create the […]

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:

Plants Grow Smart & So Can Towns

According to “Revitalization Opportunities Report for Kingston Midtown,” a 2019 study prepared by Ulster County, Midtown — defined as the 270 acres around the intersection of the CSX rail line with Broadway — had 3,413 residents at the time and was growing much faster than the city as a whole. It’s the most racially diverse part of Ulster County, the youngest (about a quarter of the residents at that time were 15 or under) and the brokest, with one in five households surviving on less than $15,000 a year.

What Grandmothers Gave

The sun is sinking fast now, and we’re on a completely unfamiliar road somewhere in Virginia. The exit sign promised a motel, but there’s none to be seen, and the commercial zone thins rapidly to large gated driveways—very pretty in the fading light. But the car’s engine feels wrong, like it’s gasping for air, and […]

Take a Seat at the Table

In the age of TV dinners and restaurant gatherings, for many, the tradition of sitting down at the table and sharing a meal is a thing of the past. As more aspects of everyday life become commodified, many practices and rituals are becoming less and less commonplace. Gathering together to eat has become a luxury, […]

Open Mic Fridays at Tilda’s Kitchen

I am personally so excited to throw the open mic at Tilda’s Kitchen. The idea of hosting an event that can really stimulate creativity and connection within the community is a joy!   We’ll be hosting an INCREDIBLY talented house band for our first night that is there to serve performers who may wish to perform […]

From Everywhere With Love: The Roots of Community-Inspired Global Cuisine

Global cuisine was born with the spice trade, which had its earliest beginnings around the 10th millennium BC. Cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric, among others, were popular trade goods in the Far East long before Christianity. When they first arrived in the Near East, clever traders kept their sources to themselves and made […]

Life Enhancements: Cure Your Cabin Fever with These Local Organizations

Even in normal times, the shortest month of the year can feel like the longest; it’s a rare soul who’s thrilled with a February snowstorm. This year, what with extra restrictions and so much stress swirling around, it can really start to feel like the walls are closing in. Soon, very soon, the buds will […]

A History of Valentine’s Day

Published in Country Wisdom News, February 2012 Ever wonder exactly how the modern Valentine’s Day got its original start? Well, so have a lot of other people. The fact is, no one is exactly sure about the real origin behind the holiday, though there are a number of plausible theories. And no one is really […]

Hudson Valley Towns: Kingston

Kingston, NY, located in Ulster County, was first settled permanently around 1652 by the Dutch under the name Wiltwyck, and was one of three large Hudson River settlements in New Netherland, the other two being Beverwyck (Albany) and New Amsterdam (New York City). A trading post was established by the Dutch as early as 1614 […]

Country Mouse, City Mouse: Independence Day by Day

Independence is not loneliness. It is more like solitude.  One of the loneliest feelings I have is “it’s all up to me.” I am not alone. A lot of parents these days think they have to be coaches, teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. I really don’t know how they do it and am so glad […]


Image: An early celebration of Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) in 1900. Juneteenth is celebrated every June 19, memorializing that date in 1865 when Union Army General Gordon Granger read orders in Galveston, Texas, stating that all previously enslaved people in that defeated Confederate state were free, completing the freeing of slaves in America. Unfortunately, that’s only partially true.  Going back […]

Forward to the New Normal

Nostalgia is not just another “algia”, like neuralgia or fibromyalgia. It is fun until it is not. Imagining the good old days right now could be dangerous to the truth. While February may have been better than April in this year, February was also not as great as we imagined it was. I prefer social […]

Business in the Time of Corona: Female Entrepreneurs and Mutual Support

Being a female entrepreneur has its challenges.  Women own 40 percent of all businesses; their businesses invest more in their communities and the environment, and generally have a higher percentage of liquid assets, but they only bring in four percent of annual revenues and grow more slowly. And for many women in business, a lack […]

Celebrating Local Creativity and Innovation: Nancy Copley and Harvey Fite

Water, Earth, Stone, Art, and Architecture The Mid-Hudson Valley is a known canvas for creativity and innovation—one of the main reasons I moved to the area. I am fascinated by the intersection of architecture, art, creativity, and freedom, and it is a privilege in this week’s column to pay tribute to two notable designers and […]

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Can there be love in the time of coronavirus? Of course that thought is informed by the great novel Love in the Time of Cholera, by the exceptional Columbian-Mexican writer Gabriel García Márquez. I’m now reading it for the third time, shut in my house, awaiting the results of my COVID-19 test, which I suspect […]

State of Emergence: Surviving and Thriving in Tough Times

Last October 4, Newsweek published a piece on how to survive the economic recession that pointed to the coronavirus as the biggest threat to the world economy. “The virus risks giving a further blow to a global economy already weakened by trade and political tensions,” Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development chief economist Laurence Boone […]

“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 […]

Cursed by David Crosby? What Happened to The Woodstock 50 Dream?

By Paul Smart It’s the month of the Woodstock Festival’s much heralded 50th anniversary. You could say the entire thing, including its long heralded memory, ended up seeping back into its chaotic Aquarian Generation roots.  At the time we were writing this, in the latter half of July, the festival was set to land at […]

On Villaging: The Warriors, the Weavers, and Me BY helen zuman

By Helen Zuman In late February, I flew to Scotland, with my husband, to learn from my ancestors. I knew that if I went far back enough I’d find humans who’d evolved along with their land, and relied on a tight tribal weave for their thrival. What, I wondered, could these ghosts teach me about […]

THE EARTH IS OUR HOME – Rematriation Puts the Mother at the Heart of Society

By Erica Paige Schumacher Long before James Lovelock published the controversial but prescient Gaia Hypothesis, the native Americans were culturally aligned with nature and its being. They sung to seeds and  let them “sleep” in the wintertime, they honored their lands and their ancestors, and they planted and nourished the seeds with a great spirit […]


How Is A Nation’s Greatness Measured? By Chris Hewitt My dad was on life support last month in Florida (he’s getting much better now), and I wanted to read to him while he was in bed. I was in the middle of reading the April issue of National Geographic at the time, which they called […]

Celebrating the Late Great Ben Wigfall

A new exhibit at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster celebrates the legacy of the late painter and printmaker Benjamin Wigfall, who was a forerunner of the contemporary Black Arts Movement that blossomed in the 1960s and 1970s to reflect pride in African-American history and culture.  Wigfall’s many accomplishments included his being a pioneering college professor, […]

Jazz in the Hudson Valley

A Very Personal Look By David McCarthy     The Hudson Valley stands in a special place historically and geographically in relation to jazz. We are the backyard of New York City, arguably the greatest jazz capital in history. By virtue of that, we have a unique cultural resource here in the Valley. And no, […]

Governing With Purpose

How Policy Changes Impact Our Landscape By Anne Pyburn Craig     Call it the art of intentional consequences. Changes in policy implemented by governing bodies and executives impact our lives in hundreds of ways, some of them scary (net neutrality, anyone?) and some of them refreshing.     Some policy decisions have unintended unfortunate […]

Race Relations in the Hudson Valley

Slavery, Emancipation, Dreams of Equality, and Now By Vinnie Manginelli     African American history in the Hudson Valley is a microcosm of black history in the United States. The first Africans set foot in the area in the early 1600’s, freely trading with local Native Americans. A dozen years later, the first African slaves […]

Wandering Potlucks

Building Community One Meal At A Time By Anne Pyburn Craig     Communal meals undoubtedly got started long before recorded history, with people collecting what they’d hunted and gathered around the fire. Over the millennia, all kinds of variations and embellishments have emerged; some form of breaking bread together has gone on in every […]

Laws Of The Land

  The Effect Of State Ag Regulations By Anne Pyburn Craig     Farming has been a vital part of the Hudson Valley economy for generations, supplying food for the tri-state metro area and beyond. A lot of hungry people means a large market. But neighboring a vast population center also means development pressure that’s […]

Academically Influenced…

They Came, They Saw, They Stayed Students Help Shape The Valley By Anne Pyburn Craig     The Hudson Valley’s 18 independent institutions of higher learning and eight state university outposts have huge economic impact. In 2013, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities counted almost 26,000 jobs, with a combined payroll of $1.4 billion. Student […]

Living With The Ursine

They Say a Fed Bear is a Dead Bear                By Harry Matthews     Ursus americanus americanus, otherwise known as the eastern black bear, is our local subspecies of the widespread American ursine. As many of us live within its range of habitation it is inevitable that there will be sightings, run-ins, and potentially […]