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  Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, NY began this summer season with John Cariani’s Last Gas. The are currently presenting the Hudson Valley premiere of John Logan’s RED – and the season to come includes Miracle on South Division St., 8-Track: Songs of the 70’s, and God of Carnage all of that and the Acting Academy at the Shadowland Stages is entering its ninth year.

Brendan Burke is the Artistic Director at the Shadowland Stages and he joins us. 

  One Hudson Valley Congressman is trading politics for the classroom.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  Upstate New York Women In Film & Television (UPWIFT) and The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, will present a screening of the film, Racing Daylight on Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a conversation with director Nicole Quinn afterward. The movie is part of the Reel Women in Film series sponsored by UPWIFT and The Linda.

Racing Daylight was filmed in the Hudson Valley and features Oscar award-winning Ulster County resident Melissa Leo as well as Oscar nominated actor David Straithairn. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time.

Nicole Quinn joins us.

  The 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley will decide if it wants another new representative this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s been busy working for the district. 

Nancy Fuller - host of  Farmhouse Rules - the #1 in-kitchen show on the Food Network will talk about America's yearnings for authentic comfort food & sign copies of her new cookbook in a pair of upcoming events in the region. She will be at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Claverack Library on Monday at 7 p.m.

  Warrior Productions in Rhinebeck was founded with a couple key goals. They want promote new works by emerging and established playwrights living in the Hudson Valley, to present artists with production opportunities and unique programs seldom found elsewhere and to create and provide programs in which emerging artists collaborate with accomplished mentors in a supportive, educational, and professional environment.

They also are looking to produce diverse and provocative new plays that explore contemporary issues and engage audiences and communities.

Elaine Fernandez is President and Founder of Warrior Productions.

 Many Hudson Valley residents are worried about contracting Lyme disease.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that vigilance is a must. 

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A new president and CEO will take over soon at The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, a philanthropic organizations that works to benefit Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties by raising money for scholarships, grants, endowment funds and charitable organizations. The Board of Trustees recently named March Gallagher as CEO and president effective Sept. 28. She is now with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

  The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

  Hudson Valley utility customers have been facing a rate hike.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that federal regulators are misguided.

  

  Figures In Flight is a professional modern dance company of 14-18 year olds in The Hudson Valley who have been dancing together for over 12 years.

Next month, Figures in Flight Dance Company is going to be performing its last concert ever. After decades of service to the community, director, Susan Slotnick, is retiring. Her choreography has helped thousands of children in the region learn the importance of attention and movement.

  Here is what happens at a Death Cafe - people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

To tell us more about Death Cafes in our region – we welcome: Barbara Sarah - Founder of the Circle of Friends for the Dying which has sponsored 21 Death Cafes in Ulster County and Laurie Schwartz, a Founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying.

They've been having monthly Death Cafe gatherings in Ulster County since August, 2013 and will be hosting one at the Rosendale Café in Rosendale on Sunday, May 31st.

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  Our friend John Fischer is a professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Mr. Fischer teaches the baccalaureate-level Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, and Spirits and Principles of Mixology courses.

Wines discussed and tasted on air:
1. Les Quarte Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2014
2. Wölffer Estate Rosé, North Fork of Long Island 2014
3. Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rhône 2014
4. Roederer Estate, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley NV

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 While offering full chef degrees and operating restaurants for the public, The Culinary Institute of America also offers other programs for food enthusiasts – Boot Camps, Cooking and Wine Classes, Demos and Tastings.

Mark Ainsworth is a professor of culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America. Chef Ainsworth teaches courses in both the college’s degree programs and in its Continuing Education division.

A 1986 graduate of the CIA, he holds dual certification from the CIA and the American Culinary Federation as a ProChef Level III and Certified Executive Chef.

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  Ted Russin is the associate dean of culinary science at The Culinary Institute of America . He oversees the college’s baccalaureate degree program in culinary science, and is responsible for the curriculum, instruction, and program development for the entire academic major. He is also an instructor for the Culinary Research & Development and Ingredient Functionality courses in the program.

Mr. Russin was host and creative development consultant for the Cooking Channel special Geek-A-Licious in 2011 and a consulting expert and editor for the gels, thickeners, and foams chapters in Nathan Myhrvold’s groundbreaking book, Modernist Cuisine.

So, how is the science of food different from the art of cooking and how does one get those ingredients to function?! Ted Russin joins us.

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This campus is swarming with diligent students – dead-set on becoming the best in their field. But how does a person decide that they want to make food and food service their career?

Darcy Sala is the chef-instructor for Dutchess County BOCES Career and Technical Institute in Poughkeepsie, NY. She graduated from The CIA in 2001 and she joins us now along with Kimberly Calle – an 11th grader at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction who is part of the culinary program at Dutchess BOCES to talk about how people find their passion for food prep and turn it into a career.

We had the great privilege of interviewing author Richard Price in March for WAMC's The Book Show at the Morton Memorial Library a few weeks ago. It was the first time we were there and we fell in love with the 1905 historic structure along Kelly Street in the hamlet of Rhinecliff, New York. They even have a library cat, Julio. He's not with us today, but Joanne Meyer is here, she is the Executive Director of the library.

We also welcome Tom Sloan, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System -- a consortium comprised of 66 libraries in Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, and Putnam counties. He joins us to talk about library systems and the bigger picture for libraries in this region.

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It’s not just about cooking. With the food landscape changing rapidly, companies are increasingly in need of expertise in food policy, community involvement, global issues, food systems, and much more.

That is why you can now study food history, cultures, and cuisines in the CIA’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in the Applied Food Studies program.

To tell us more, we welcome Beth Forrest - an associate professor of liberal arts here where she teaches the Introduction to Gastronomy course as well as History and Cultures of Europe, Food History, and Global Cuisines and Cultures.

  Also here is Deirdre Murphy who teaches History and Cultures of Asia, a course for juniors and seniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees in culinary management or baking and pastry management. Dr. Murphy also teaches electives in The Ecology of Food and Food and Culture.

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  There is a new kid on the block here at the CIA. Pangea, a pop-up restaurant is currently enjoying a limited run through June of this year. It opened in January.

Pangea showcases a menu that features an array of inspired dishes that both celebrate and bring together the most diverse cultural flavors and influences from around the world. Pangea explores the world’s interconnected foodways while uniting and transforming them.

Chef Theo Roe’s Contemporary Restaurant Cooking course teaches students to prepare and present a plant and grain focused cuisine that emphasizes the flavors and culinary possibilities of cooking with fewer animal proteins and more vegetal elements. And his classroom - is Pangea.

In more than a decade as a member of the CIA faculty, Chef Roe, a 1991 graduate, has also been chef and instructor in the American Bounty Restaurant, and taught several other courses in the college’s degree programs.

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 The Culinary Institute of America is one of the premiere culinary schools in the world. Founded in 1946, the Institute offers a wide array of degree options, including courses in culinary, baking and pastry arts. Classes are also offered to working industry professionals.

Today, we welcome one of the CIA’s leaders - Dr. Michael Sperling. Dr. Sperling is vice president of academic affairs at the CIA, responsible for providing leadership in academic administration and faculty management.

Dr. Sperling joined the CIA administration in 2012 after serving five years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He joins us this morning to talk about new academic programs and the pleasures of visiting campus.

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Today, The Roundtable broadcasts live from the balcony of the Caterina de' Medici restaurant in the beautiful Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

For today's abbreviated panel, Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue are joined by Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

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  Milton R. Mills, M.D., serves as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a North American group of doctors and laypersons dedicated to promoting improved health care, better and more appropriate nutrition, and higher standards in medical research.

Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society and Hudson Valley Vegans will present Dr. Milton Mills in a talk at Rhinebeck Town Hall in Rhinebeck, NY this Saturday at 2pm. The presentation is entitled "What's Wrong With the Paleo Diet?"

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  The Felice Brothers are a Hudson Valley based folk-country-rock band with a fervent fanbase. This Saturday they’ll play a Valentine’s Day show at BSP Lounge in Kingston, NY.

The Felice Brothers’ most recent album Favorite Waitress, is out now on Dualtone Records. Paste Magazine calls the album the band’s “best to date…a remarkably varied and well-paced collection of tunes” and American Songwriter calls it one of 2014’s best releases.

Here we speak with James Felice about studios, songwriting, and hometown crowds.

  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.

As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles in The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War, 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.

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  In Holland, the event, “Sinterklaas” has ushered in the season of joy and sharing and created childhood memories for centuries. And in colonial times, it was the one shared celebration that took place annually in New Amsterdam (now New York).

Drawing on the Hudson Valley’s Dutch roots, Sinterklaas in the Hudson Valley is entering its seventh year as a unique, community-built cultural event. It now takes place over two weekends in Kingston on Saturday, November 29th and December 6th in Rhinebeck.

Joining us on the Roundtable this morning to talk about Sinterklaas Hudson Valley, we welcome co-chair Susan Linn and Artistic Director of Sinterklass - Jeanne Fleming.

    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, presented by The Valley Table magazine, celebrates the region’s cuisine and diverse dining scene, which continues to have a strong focus on sourcing local, sustainable, seasonal products during Hudson Valley’s fall harvest season.

HVRW returns for its 11th bi-annual event from November 3 (that’s today!) to the 16 with two-hundred restaurants from the region’s seven counties expected to participate in the two-week dining experience.

Art Along The Hudson

Aug 26, 2014

  The Hudson Valley is known as an arts destination and the art communities along the Hudson River are known for their Art Days, Events and Studio Tours. The groups that represent the art towns and the art celebrations joined together 11 years ago to form a marketing collaborative effort to bring focus and awareness of their art activities.

Art Along the Hudson represents over 1000 artists, 400 studio tour participants, 250 art venues, 150 art festivals and community events – plus art receptions, performances, exhibits, and more. Joanna Hess, co-chair of Art Along the Hudson and Albert Shahinian, owner of Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck and co-founder of Art Along the Hudson join us to tell us more.

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    Voters in the Hudson Valley are liable to throw incumbents out.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s confident he has a better record than his November opponent.

Arts Mid-Hudson

May 19, 2014

    

  The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, Arts Mid-Hudson, 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.

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.

Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.

Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.

    

  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.

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.

He has written a book, as well, One Hundred Miles from Manhattan, which is an affectionate portrait of life in small-town America—and beyond.

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