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

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.

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.

It’s All in the Flow: Creative Pandemic Responses Around Our Valley

Farewells are tough. Change is tough. And if tough times make tough people, well, we’re getting to be a pretty tough bunch. Not tough as in hard and dried up—tough as in strong and adaptable. Wiser. The world is coming into focus in new ways.  People planning weddings have chafed at gathering limits and then […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Electric Vehicles: Closing the Hype Gap?

By Melissa Everett The New York Auto Show serves as a launch event for the coming year’s new car models. This year’s show sent a loud and clear signal about electric vehicles: that  the auto industry is investing, inventing, and preparing to scale up electric transportation—at some point in the future. How soon? That part […]

Changing to Match the Region’s Rise

Why We’ve Moved Livelihood to the Fore     After nearly a decade of success, we’ve decided to make some changes within the publication you’re reading. We want to better reflect the goals and mission of our parent entity at Hudson Valley Current, and rise with the new tide of socially responsible entrepreneurship that’s driving […]

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 […]

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 […]

Positive News Briefs

More Debuts Than Ever In Maverick’s 102nd Year! Woodstock’s Maverick Concert Hall is a historic wonder, built of a mess of windows as a temporary shelter and now a reminder of a looser, highly creative time when Midwestern poet Hervey White came East to help found the Byrdcliffe Colony, then branched off to begin his […]


The Valley’s Pride Tradition Takes A Stand     Pride parades started the year after Stonewall, that now-epochal NYC riot against police raids and societal harassment of the LGBTQ communities of our world. The big parades across the globe, including the grand Greenwich Village’s (now called, simply and elegantly, The March) take place the last […]