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Joys for tots

Finding the venues for family fun  It can be hard for parents to figure what to do keep kids entertained. It can also be hard to remind them that heading out into the wild…

Dakota Unity Riders in New York City.

On the Hudson: Piermont to Manhattan

Note: This week’s column is the final installment of a series recording my experience as a participant in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. I paddled my kayak down the Hudson River alongside…

Old cement plant near Saugerties. 
Photo by Rich Parisio.

On the river: Catskill to Kingston

This week’s column is part of a series recording author Rich Parisio’s experience as a participant in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. He paddled his kayak down the Hudson River alongside dozens…

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New beat on Water Street

Check out Chris Bowman’s custom CHBO Drums in New Paltz Drummers aren’t always as appreciated by their audiences as are the performers playing up front; almost out of sight onstage, half-hidden behind the…

ON bag

What’s in my overnight bag?

 I have eight essential supplies when our family goes on an overnight visit to see family and friends. 1. You have already read about my excitement about Wright Naturals Bug Stuff, a locally…

View from John Burroughs’ grave. Photo by Rich Parisio.

Woodchuck Lodge

I have always found that memories of places are hard to disentangle from memories of people in my life. Sometimes it seems as though the streams, fields, woods and seashores we have connected…

Ebony Jewelwing. (photo by Rich Parisio)

Mills-Norrie State Park

I must confess I had to steel myself for this walk in the blazing sunlight of a torrid July morning. But I was already at the park for a kayak tour from the…

Bill T. Jones & Anne Bogart will collaborate to create a new work, A Rite, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on July 6 & 7 at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher for the Performing Arts.

A cultural forecast of hot times on the horizon

Bard SummerScape Arguably the mid-Hudson’s premier summer performing arts showcase, Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and cabaret – as well as theater, dance and…


Weeds you can eat

Peter Dykeman and I are strolling through a sunny field in Rhinebeck looking for food – not garden crops, for which it is far too early, but edible wild plants. I’m expecting that…

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s 1909 Bleriot.

Explore with the Kids – Places to Go

In all the days and years that have followed, I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced that same utter certainty of the goodness of life that was as palpable as the sound of…

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