hudson valley en "The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War" By Vernon Benjamin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain’s name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor—drawing comparisons to another fertile cultural haven built around a might mighty river in Western Europe.</p><p>As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles in <em>The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War</em>, the Hudson River Valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Discovered by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies—the Island of Manhattan—even as the rest of the valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93409 at "The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War" By Vernon Benjamin Arts Mid-Hudson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, <a href="">Arts Mid-Hudson</a>, with a 50-week tour that includes visits to 50 locations across Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The yearlong celebration was announced on March 18 at the first stop on the tour, the Locust Grove Estate in the Town of Poughkeepsie.</p><p>The Dutchess County Arts Council was incorporated by the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie on March 18, 1964. In 1985 the council began providing services to artists and cultural organizations in Ulster County through New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program funding for grants, and beginning this year will provide service to Orange County.</p><p>Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.</p><p>Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90765 at Arts Mid-Hudson "One Hundred Miles from Manhattan" By Guillermo Fesser <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Guillermo Fesser is a Spanish television and radio journalist known in his country for his humorous but compassionate news reporting, and especially for an innovative Madrid-based national morning radio talk show that ran for 25 years and had over 1 million listeners.</p><p>Fesser now lives with his family in Rhinebeck, New York, where he broadcasts weekly stories on life in small-town America to Onda Cero Radio in Spain.</p><p>He has written a book, as well, <em>One Hundred Miles from Manhattan</em>, which is an affectionate portrait of life in small-town America—and beyond.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89550 at "One Hundred Miles from Manhattan" By Guillermo Fesser Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival 4/11-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.</p><p>The <a href="">3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival</a> will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.</p><p>We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of <a href="">Oblong Books and Music</a> and Juliet Harrison of <a href="">Red Hook Community Arts Network</a>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87444 at Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival 4/11-12 A Bridge In His Honor <p></p><p>A town official in the Hudson Valley is writing to New York state officials, urging them to consider naming a bridge in honor and in memory of Pete Seeger, who passed away today.</p><p>Pete Seeger employed his music in a push for a cleaner river in the 1960s (long before others took on the cause).</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:56:20 +0000 Dave Lucas 82713 at A Bridge In His Honor Hudson Valley Election Results <p></p><p></p><p><strong><em><u>Justice of the Supreme Court-9<sup>th</sup> Judicial District:</u></em></strong></p><p>John P. Colangelo [D]</p><p>Victor G. Grossman [D]</p><p>Mark C. Dillion [R</p><p>John W. Sweeney, Jr. [R]</p><p>Daniel D. Angiolillo [R]</p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong><em>Dutchess County:</em></strong></p><p><strong><u>Dutchess County Comptroller:</u></strong></p><p>James L. Coughlan [R]</p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dutchess County Family Judge:</u></strong></p><p>Joseph A. Egitto [R]</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:18:07 +0000 Joshua Natoli 77150 at Hudson Valley Election Results Kingston's Oncology Support Program Memoir Group <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a remarkable new anthology - </span><a href=""><em style="line-height: 1.5;">holding on, letting go</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that collects stories by people who've learned to look death in the eye and to savor life's gifts.</span></p><p>Bestselling author Abigail Thomas leads the Memoir Group at <a href="">Kingston's Oncology Support Program </a>of the <a href="">HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley</a>. In 2011, after her daughter was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, Thomas volunteered to lead a five-week writing workshop. Nearly two years later, it's still going strong.</p><p>Abigail Thomas joins us along with Barbara Sarah, a breast cancer survivor, and one of book’s 15 contributors who founded the Oncology Support Program. We are also joined by two other contributors: Carol Dwyer and Craig Mawhirt.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77075 at Kingston's Oncology Support Program Memoir Group 14th Annual FilmColumbia Festival <p>This year’s <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> Festival kicked-off last night with a screening of <em>Philomena</em>, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.</p><p>Throughout the rest of this week and coming weekend, the 14th annual festival will show yet-to-be-released independent and foreign films, shorts, and some studio films in a lineup that includes the much buzzed about <em>August: Osage County; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</em>; and the new Coen brothers’ film Inside <em>Llewyn Davis</em>.</p><p>Here to tell us more about the line-up are Peter Biskind, Executive Director and Co-Programmer of the FilmColumbia Festival and Calliope Nicholas, Director of FilmColumbia.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76164 at 14th Annual FilmColumbia Festival Esopus Chamber Orchestra 2013-2014 Season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="">Esopus Chamber Orchestra</a> is a 25-member professional chamber orchestra based in the Hudson Valley. It was founded in 2009.</p><p>On Saturday at 8 pm at the Quimby Theater at the SUNY Ulster on Stone Ridge campus, the Esopus Chamber Orchestra will perform their 2013 Season Inaugural Concert. The concert will feature guest soloist Garry Kvistad (of <a href="">Woodstock Chimes</a>).</p><p>Music Director Nadege Foofat joins us now to tell us more.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75847 at Esopus Chamber Orchestra 2013-2014 Season Jane's Ice Cream <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Call it tradition, one again we ease into the Spring/Summer sweet treat season by having Jane’s Ice Cream join us on the air to share their signature product with us.</span></p><p><a href="">Jane's Ice Cream</a> was founded by sisters Amy and Jane Keller and Bob Guidubaldi in 1985 in Phoenicia, NY.</p><p>Amy Keller and Bob Guidobaldi join us now to tell how business has been this year and – of course – to allow us to taste some of their fantastic flavors.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64924 at Jane's Ice Cream