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

Sprouts for the Win

This is the season of sprout. As  a verb, sprout is synonymous with spring, and means both the fresh growth itself and the activity it’s engaged in. The sprouts are sprouting up all over the place, tough but tender, on a sunward journey to transformation. Grab a rake on any patch of dirt and you’re […]

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: 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 […]

Getting grounded: Food Security in Kingston and Beyond

We refer to an idea or theory as well-grounded when it’s clearly based on facts, and to be on our own ground commonly means being in a place—physically or metaphorically—where we have competence and knowledge. When we call a person grounded, we’re saying they’re solid—stable, sensible and reasonable. It’s a trait that can seem vanishingly […]

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 […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: A Life with Wood: Ellis Bradley of Sage Studios

Ellis Bradley’s relationship with wood began early. “My dad put tools in my hands as soon as I could walk,” he says. “My family have been woodworkers, barn builders and farmers for 300 years. Now it’s all been left to me, that legacy. I grew up into it throughout my life; it’s not just work. […]

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 […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Adventures In Kindness And Connection:

How The Current’s Been Making Waves This January marks the tenth anniversary of the official founding of the Hudson Valley Current, although a few Currents had already changed hands. (The first-ever Current spent, in 2013, is still here in the Hudson Valley.) Since then, over 1.5 Million Currents have flowed from hand to hand, really […]

Warming up to you

In physics, heat is a measure of change. Temperature measures how much kinetic energy is happening in a given group of atoms or molecules; heat is the transfer of that energy to a cooler group of atoms or molecules. It’s thermodynamics, and its renowned “First Law” states that energy can’t be created or destroyed, just […]

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 […]

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 […]

Member Spotlight: At BjornQorn (and Skate Time) things are really poppin’

The first batches of BjornQorn were popped with reflected sunshine. But before too long, Bjorn Quenemoen and Jamie O’Shea realized they had a popcorn tiger by the tail. Just like their fellow Bard students back in the day, it was love at first nibble for folks in the wider world. A Modern Farmer story from […]

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 […]

Practical Magic of Roots

Just about every plant needs roots. Even Tillandsia, air plants, sprout roots that allow them to anchor themselves to whatever’s handy; when you buy an air plant, its roots have been trimmed off, but the good folks at Air Plant City advise against trimming them too close, lest you damage the plant. But for the […]

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 […]

Tilda’s Seasonal Grain Recipe

AMARANTH WITH PEPPERS AND CABBAGE This Latin American Heritage dish is a delicious way to utilize cabbage, one of our favorite winter vegetables. The mild heat from the poblano peppers perfectly complements the peppery amaranth grains, but feel free to substitute bell peppers if you prefer. INGREDIENTS • 1 cup uncooked amaranth grains • 2 […]

WHOLE GRAIN OF THE MONTH: AMARANTH

May’s Grain of the Month, the pseudo-cereal Amaranth, makes up for what it lacks in size and perhaps recognition by packing a nutritional punch. Mentioned in Aesop’s fables and Milton’s Paradise Lost and sometimes called the “food of immortality” by the Aztecs, this resilient and visually striking plant has recently gained popularity in the health […]

The State of Main: What Makes A Village Vibrant

When we travel to other Hudson Valley Main Streets outside of Kingston, it’s easy to assume that downtown districts are making a rebound everywhere. But that’s not the case. There are communities across the country that are completely boarded up. The buildings and storefronts are beautiful, but every store is closed—except for a maybe a […]

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, […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]