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


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 weekend in June. Here in the Hudson Valley things kick off a bit earlier to free folks up for the trip down to the City for June 25, and squeeze themselves in to other events such as the huge “Equality March for Unity & Pride” in Washington, DC on June 11. The annual New Paltz parade, in one of the world’s first communities to perform same sex marriages, this year’s parade kicks off a whole Pride Month under the title, “Taking a Stand,” organized by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston (Best-selling author and LGBT activist Tim Murphy will be Grand Marshal this year). In Hudson, meanwhile, the big Out Hudson events run June 16 through 19 with a “Wild Queendom” theme, including cabaret nights, tea dances, events for kids, and the big parade itself on Saturday. Talk about a special month, and blooming era, for the Hudson Valley!

Getting To Know The Artists Of Gardiner

    Over 50 artists, artisans and craftspeople will be participating in this year’s grandly-expanded Free and Fabulous Progressive Gardiner Art Crawl on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, part of a collaborative marketing initiative that will bring together three local art events by Gardiner Open Studio Tours, the Gardiner Association of Business, and Sunflower Art Studios, whose Liz Glover Wilson has helped steer this year’s extravaganza. The Gardiner Art Crawl concept is simple—come to the town just below the Gunks high crags and drive or walk to a rich variety of music, food, and art events. Meet artists, artisans and craftsmen. Maps are available at Wilson’s newly-moved Sunflower Art Studios at 2694 Route 44/55 or DM Weill Art Gallery, 208 Bruynswick Road for the tour. There’ll also be a community shopping, food, and fun event in the Hamlet of Gardiner on Saturday, complete with a one-mile Craft Market Walk stretching from the Gardiner Library, to the Farmers Market Grounds, across the Gardiner Rail Trail, and onto the Yard Owl Craft Brewery. For more information visit GardinerOpenStudioTour.com or GABNY.com, or just stop on by and join in!

Eric’s Ride: A New Charity Event Races Forward

    The Ride for Mental Health is the region’s latest charity bike ride, but also one of the first in the country where the proceeds will go to fund education, research, and treatment of mental illness including anxiety, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. It takes place over two days, with various lengths one can take—and plenty of rest stops and support vehicles to make the day smooth and fun for all. Plus… the first 150 riders to have registered will also be treated to dinner at a site within the Mohonk Preserve. Loops include one of 25 miles through the Wallkill River Valley; two 50-mile choices, either winding through vineyards, apple orchards, and horse farms on mainly rolling terrain; or another that climbs up and over the Shawangunk Ridge and touches on the Catskills’ Ashokan Reservoir; as well as a 100 mile loop that combines the two 50 mile routes. It runs June 24 and 25 with a $100 registration fee and $1,000 fundraising goal for each rider. Eric’s Ride is dedicated to the memory of a young man who died at the young age of 21 from mental illness; all proceeds go to McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Visit www.ericsride.org for more info and registrations.

Makers Spaces Popping Up Everywhere

    When Midtown Kingston’s new Possibilities Studios maker space opened its doors with a reception and Q&A last month, the member-based tool and project shop with shared on-site access to tools, techniques and knowledge was but the latest in a “maker movement” wave that’s built on the DIY phenomenon and gone a few steps further towards new industry than the repair cafes taking place in Gardiner, Kingston, New Paltz and other sites the last few years. Possibility Studios is the brain-child and longtime dream of Martin Elting, a plumber and contractor by trade looking to give back to his native area (possibilitystudios.com) and joins the Beacon-area’s Hudson Valley Maker & Artisan Cooperative (hudsonvalleymac.com), Squid Wrench in Highland (squidwrench.org), the  Hudson Valley Makery in Poughkeepsie (“a launch pad for local, creative firms to grow and expand through the utilization of ‘insourced’ business resources and knowledge”—hudsonvalleymakery.weebly.com), Catskill’s Maker Syndicate (facebook.com/makersyndicate), and biggest in the region, in Troy, the big downtown Tech Valley Center of Gravity (www.tvcog.net). Just stop on by one of these outposts to get an image of the new frontiers of grassroots entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and communitarian industry. Onward!

Charting EMS’ Changing Face

    Later in the summer, on July 14, the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center will be putting on a day-long forum, “Navigating The Business of EMS—A Strategic Vision,” for the region’s leaders in Emergency Medical Services to continue the conversation prompted by “The Changing Face of Emergency Medical Services in New York State,” a recent report that saw growing challenges for our ways of treating emergency responses in a world where volunteerism is dwindling in some areas. Panels will look at everything from the EMS field’s self-promotion to academic and state official’s programs to make our ability to deal with everything from floods to fires more efficient and humane. There’s a registration deadline of July 3 for this event at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Call 883-7260 or visit www.chahec.org to sign up for this professional workshop that could end up having a major effect on all our lives over the years to come.

Help Others Enjoy Homegrown Nutrition

    What feels better in summer than sharing nutritious foods grown right here in the Hudson Valley? Or helping those not eating as well as they should? Would you like to help increase access to nutritious foods in your own communities? If so, please join Family of Woodstock for its upcoming volunteer orientation  on Monday, June 26 from 10-11:30am at the main Family of Woodstock offices at 39 John Street in uptown Kingston. The Orientations will include presentations by local food pantries, soup kitchens, and Farm to Food Pantry initiatives with participants learning all about the many opportunities to help support and grow local initiatives to address food insecurity and improve the quality of food available to those in need. Volunteer opportunities include helping to grow, glean and distribute fresh produce donated by local farms; help preparing lunchtime meals at a soup kitchen; food pickups from local grocery stores; stocking/organizing shelves and preparing food packages at local food pantries; assisting with food drives and more. The Kingston Orientation will include presentations by Angel Food East, Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, People’s Place Food Pantry, and the Rondout Valley Growers Association Farm to Food Pantry Program. To register or get more information call 331-7080×157 or visit www.fowinc.org.

A New Season Of Farmers Markets Arrives

    It’s Farmers Market time—and there’s a growing realization of the importance these bastions of grassroots commerce play in our changing Hudson Valley economics. Why, just last month the Rosendale Farmers Market completed a semester-long collaboration with the Design Program at SUNY Ulster to create a new logo for the Farmers Market, culled from a series of meetings with farmers market board member Megan Sperry, who said the hardest part of the entire process was choosing between so many great ideas (Congrats to student Elizabeth Galeano for the winning logo!). The new look premieres on the first day of the 2017 season at the Rosendale Farmers Market on June 4, located at the community center on Route 32 (and repeating every Sunday morning through October). Other big markets around the area to check out starting the first week in June include the Woodstock Farm Festival, on Wednesday afternoons at 6 Maple Lane in Woodstock; the Gardiner Greenmarket on Friday afternoons at the Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner; the Kingston Farmers Market on Saturday mornings along Wall Street between John and North Front streets in uptown Kingston; the Saugerties Farmers Market, also on Saturday mornings at 115 Main Street in Saugerties; the Heart of the Hudson Valley on Saturday mornings in Cluett-Schantz Park, 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; the Ellenville Farmers Market at the corner of Center and Market streets in Ellenville on Sundays from noon to 4pm; the New Paltz Farmers Market from 10am to 3pm on Sundays at 25 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz; as well as big Dutchess County farmers markets on Thursday afternoons near Vassar College in Arlington, on Sundays at the Beacon train station, on Saturday mornings across from the Hyde Park town hall, on Friday afternoons at the Milan town hall, on Saturday mornings at the Red Hook village building, and on Sunday mornings in Rhinebeck at the parking lot on East Market Street. Yum.

Clearwater’s Great Revival Gets Revived

    After a year’s sabbatical, the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival—which Wikipedia label’s as America’s oldest and largest annual festival of its kind— returns June 17 and 18 to Croton Point overlooking the Tappan Zee, a bit to our region’s south but very much a continuing part of its soul. Founded in 1966 by the late Toshi and Pete Seeger, the Revival brings together music with family-oriented entertainment and storytelling, a juried craft show, a Green Living Expo, a working waterfront featuring the Sloop Clearwater itself, environmental education sites, seven sustainable bio-diesel-powered stages, the recycling of food waste, volunteer meal preparation, and sustainability on generational display. Among those performing this year are Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Arlo Guthrie, Nick Lowe, and the reunion of Cry Cry Cry (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, and Dar Williams). On Sunday, the Clearwater itself—the old Hudson River sloop revived by the Seegers to draw attention to the then-polluted waters of the Hudson—will set off to sail to Washington, DC with “a our cargo of concern and strong message of support for environmental protection, especially the gains we have made since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972.” Visit www.clearwaterfestival.org for more info and tickets.

Honoring Chef Novi For More Than His Food

    On the evening of Sunday, June 11, Mohonk Consultations will present its annual Distinguished Achievement Award to John Novi, the “fearless and imaginative” chef celebrated as one of the founders of New American cuisine via his Depuy Canal House restaurant in High Falls, the community where he grew up and became a tireless advocate for the preservation of family farms and Hudson Valley history while also donating his skills and catering services to agricultural, arts, educational,  environmental and historic group fundraisers for decades. Among other things, Novi helped save sections of the old D&H Canal, whose museum will be moving into his former restaurant building in the coming years. The awards event will take place at Mohonk Mountain House with a locally-sourced buffet, and the opportunity for guests to bid for a private dinner for six to be prepared by Chef John. Congratulations Mr. Novi!

SUNY Ulster Stretches Its Wings… Again

    Building on the success of its new Kingston campus, Ulster County is helping its celebrated community college expand again through new partnerships with the southern county Marlboro Central School District and the Town of Marlborough for the creation of a Marlborough SUNY Ulster extension to be co-located with the Marlborough Town Hall in what was formerly the Milton Elementary School. “As we continue our focus on providing valuable tools to help our residents compete in an ever-changing global economy, improved access to higher education is essential,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein at an event announcing the new plans in May. “I am thrilled that Ulster County Community College, which is ranked as a top ten New York Community College, continues to adapt and evolve to best serve our residents.” The Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster opened in 2015 at the site of the former Sophie Finn Elementary School on Mary’s Avenue in Kingston and hosts day and evening classes for students, continuing education classes for adults, and the home to the Hudson Valley P-Tech Academy, an advanced science and technology program for high school students and the only one of its kind located at a college facility.