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    This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles
“Sea Wife” by Amity Gaige
“Beheld” by Tarashea Nesbit
“Notes from an Apocalypse” by Mark O’Connell
“Bird Therapy” by Joe Harkness
“Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes: A Cookbook” by Alison Roman
“Echo Mountain” by Lauren Wolk

Here is a story: New York specifically allows cities and counties to exercise a local option by public referendum whether to go dry. You know, no alcohol. One of those towns was Argyle, in Washington County, NY. In Argyle, the measure had come up for a vote for decades – only to be defeated by voters. That is until this past November when it was overwhelmingly passed at the polls.

The Argyle Brewing Company had been unable to open in their own town. So, they opened in neighboring Greenwich – with the slogan: Dry Town – Wet Basements. Apparently now, they need a new slogan.

The Argyle Brewing Company is a NYS Farm Brewery and has is quickly becoming the place to meet in town after opening in early 2014. The brewery operates under a New York Farm Brewery license, meaning a certain amount of our ingredients come from right here in New York.

The brewer trio joins us this morning: Matt Stewart, Chris Castrio and Rich Thomas.

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education in Cambridge, New York presents “Stupid F*%king Bird,” a new adaptation of Chekhov's “The Seagull” by Aaron Posner, weekends January 24 through February 2. The show is produced in partnership with Bennington College.

An aspiring director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

We were joined by Director Kirk Jackson, actor Jesse Pennington, and Executive and Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall David Snider.

      This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
"The Innocents" by Michael Crummey
"Kingdomtide" by Rye Curtis
"Ghost Wall" by Sarah Moss
"An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East" by Levison Wood
"Where’s Baby" by Anne Hunter
"Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis" by K. R. Gaddy
"Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet" by Veronica Carratello "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" (Young Readers edition) by Brad Meltzer
"Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II" (Young Readers edition) by Liza Mundy

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education in Cambridge, New York is in the midst of The Susan B. Anthony Project - a yearlong community and artistic collaboration to create a new play with music about Susan B. Anthony, Mary Hubbard and their time together at Hubbard Hall.

Hubbard Hall’s also has a new partnership with The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn and the participating residency artists will present showcases of their works-in-progress over the next few weeks.

David Snider is the Executive & Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall.

    This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
“Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo
“On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey” by Paul Theroux
“How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature” by Marc Hamer
“Marley” by Jon Clinch
“Home in the Woods” by Eliza Wheeler
“The Hundred-Year Barn” by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Kenard Pak
“Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist” by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education in Cambridge, New York will present “Annie,” the Broadway smash musical, April 5 through 14. Performances are Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

The production is a collaboration between Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Central School, which for the past three years have worked closely together to produce the musical at Hubbard Hall while giving students training in acting, singing, dancing, voice & speech, text and improvisation with Hubbard Hall artists. The CCS Drama Club at Hubbard Hall gives students opportunities to grow as individuals and artists while learning to take risks, work as a team and express themselves clearly and creatively in front of an audience.

We’re going to talk about “Annie” now – and preview Hubbard Halls’ 2019 Spring Gala which will take place on May 18 and will honor WAMC's Joe Donahue with the 2019 Making Art & Community Happen Award.

Here to tell us more: W.B. Belcher, chair of Hubbard Hall Board of Directors, owner of Word Horse Strategies, LLC and published author and David Andrew Snider, Executive & Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall and Adjunct Professor at Skidmore College.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

Argyle Brewing

Mar 25, 2016

  In all of New York State there are only 9-towns that are completely dry. No alcohol. New York specifically allows cities and counties to exercise a local option by public referendum whether to go dry. One of those towns is Argyle, in Washington County, NY. In Argyle, the measure has come up for a vote for decades – only to be defeated by voters.

So, what are brewers to do? Well, in the case of the Argyle Brewing Company – unable to open in their own town – they opened in neighboring Greenwich – with the slogan: Dry Town – Wet Basements.

The Argyle Brewing Company is a NYS Farm Brewery and has is quickly becoming the place to meet in town after opening in early 2014. The brewery operates under a New York Farm Brewery license, meaning a certain amount of our ingredients come from right here in New York.

The brewer trio joins us this morning: Matt Stewart, Chris Castrio and Rich Thomas.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Village elections were held across New York Wednesday. Two challengers in some of the only contested mayoral races in the region claimed victory over their incumbent opponents.