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Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on Fareground Community to discuss hunger and food insecurity in the Beacon/Newburgh/ Wappingers Falls areas of New York’s Hudson Valley, and how Fareground has been supporting those communities. Kara Dean-Assael is co-founder of Fareground and Karen George is Fareground Board President.

Bard College Creates Option For Local Applicants

Apr 2, 2020
Bard College campus
Courtesy of Bard College

Given the COVID-19 crisis, a college in New York’s Hudson Valley is adjusting its application window for local students.

Jessica Gulotta in Italy
Courtesy of Jessica Gulotta

The coronavirus pandemic spans oceans. And one state legislature employee in the Hudson Valley not only worries about her family and friends in the Northeast, but her much bigger family in Italy.

From the dinosaurs and the glaciers to the first native peoples and the first European settlers, from Dutch and English Colonial rule to the American Revolution, from the slave society to the Civil War, from the robber barons and bootleggers to the war heroes and the happy rise of craft beer pubs, the Hudson Valley has a deep history.

“The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years” chronicles the Valley’s rich and fascinating history and charms. Often funny, sometimes personal, always entertaining, this collection of essays offers a unique look at the Hudson Valley’s most important and interesting people, places, and events.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davisdon are producing a new Storyhorse Documentary Theater piece on Veterans Day Weekend (November 8, 9, 10). It is called "Rancich" and is based on recorded conversations with Navy SEAL Commander Tom Rancich and his family from Red Hook.

Tom was head of Naval Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and his family’s journey with the military and PTSD is an important story to share. The theatre is producing the piece four times next weekend - all as a benefit for the VFW in Red Hook, including one “Pay What You Wish” performance.

To tell us more we welcome: Brian Williams, Commander of VFW Post 7765 in Red Hook, who served with the Marine Corps in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and is also a veteran of the NYPD.

Jeremy Davidson and Mary Stuart Masterson are co-founders of Storyhorse Documentary Theater. Davidson is the writer of "Rancich" and Masterson is directing.

Hudson Valley Vegfest debuted in September of 2017. This year’s Vegfest will take place at BSP in Kingston, New York October 19 and 20 and will feature food vendors, plant-based and innovative products, animal rescues and advocates, educational speakers, films, environmentally friendly businesses, and music, art and poetry of vegan artists.

All proceeds from the two-day event will support the work and growth of The Institute for Animal Happiness in Woodstock, New York.

We are joined by Founder of Hudson Valley Vegfest and Founder of the Institute For Animal Happiness Rebecca Moore and Co-Producer of Hudson Valley Vegfest and Co-Founder of the Institute For Animal Happiness Brian Normoyle.

Green leaf with a yellow edge photographed against a black background
Christopher Griffith

LightField Arts aims to use the power of visual art to illuminate environmental and social issues. The organization mounts an annual exhibit in Hudson, New York that showcases the work of photographers and multimedia artists through exhibitions, moderated talks, and educational outreach.

This year’s exhibition is “Photo + Synthesis” and for it, LightField Arts has chosen seven artists to make or exhibit work focusing on the Hudson River Valley and climate change. Alongside these works, LightField exhibits the art produced in its annual Young Photographers Workshop.

We are joined by LightField Arts Director and President Anna Van Lenten and Vice President Saskia Kahn. Kahn runs the Young Photographers Workshop.

LightField Arts “Photo + Synthesis” Opening is this Saturday, October 12 from 5-7pm at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York. The exhibition is on display through December 21.

The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York and UPAC in Kingston, New York have a very exciting slate of events this autumn.

This coming Sunday, seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight and her band will perform at The Bardavon’s 150th Anniversary Gala.

Other events this season include: The Mystical Arts of Tibet: “Sacred Music Sacred Dance;” the stage musical “Once;” stand-up comedy from Jay Leno; David Bromberg Big Band with Los Lobos; Dino Light; a play starring John Malkovich; former White House photographer Pete Souza – and so much more.

Bardavon Presents Executive Director Chris Silva joins us.

The Woodstock Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary will be taking place from October 2–6 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties, and Rosendale, New York.

Widely acknowledged for showcasing passionate, creative and thought-provoking work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers, this year’s festival will showcase more than 50 features from around the world, as well as many short films, and will include panels, live performances, and other special events.

The festival has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

The Woodstock Film Festival takes place in the fall at venues in several towns in New York’s Hudson Valley. This year marks the festival’s 20th Anniversary and festival organizers are offering more year-round programming than ever before.

Meira Blaustein is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival and she joins us to tell us about The 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22, The Diverse Voices in Film & Media Panel on June 1, and the solar-powered outdoor screening of “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" and “Growing with the Grain” on June 14.

The mission of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York is to preserve and interpret the history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, its industries and its communities. They work closely with other organizations such as Clearwater, Riverkeeper, DEC and Scenic Hudson.

This year marks the museum’s 40th anniversary. Lisa Cline is the Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and she joins us along with Ellie Burhans, the museum’s Development and Communications Manager.

Jewish Voice for Peace -Hudson Valley has scheduled a panel entitled “We All Belong Here: Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women,” the event is a panel discussion with Muslim women to examine the intersectionality of diversity and “otherness” and how those inform our perceptions and governmental policies.

The discussion will be based on the personal experiences and narratives of Muslim women living in our region. This event will take place on Saturday, May 4th 1:30-4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Kingston.

Our guests are Cheryl Qamar - an Arab-American & social activist from Saugerties, New York who is the Chair of the Anti-Islamophobia Committee for Jewish Voice for Peace-Hudson Valley and Susan Smith, Director of operations at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, community liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship, and a member of the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, New York, an intentional residential community of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Next year, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from Amenia to Copake Falls without dealing with traffic or detours.

The final stage of construction on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will connect the two segments of the former Harlem Valley rail line turned hiking and biking trail.

The eight-mile segment, the construction of which began last month, will create one continuous, 23-mile trail. The newest segment will begin begin at Main Street on Route 44 in Millerton and end at Under Mountain Road in the Town of Ancram.

Tree clearing to begin the project is underway, with October 2020 slated as the estimated date of completion. The total trail will begin at the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia and end at the Copake Falls area of Taconic State Park in Columbia County. Dick Hermans is the Chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association.

Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York will hold a screening of "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" followed by a discussion with documentarian Seth Kramer on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m.

"Heading Home" is the upbeat and crowd-pleasing story of Team Israel as they compete as underdogs for their first time in the World Baseball Classic. Seth Kramer’s films include: "The Linguists, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie," and "The Anthropologist." Local to the mid-Hudson Valley, Seth lives in Red Hook and works at Ironbound Films with collaborators Daniel Miller and Jeremy Newberger.

The new Congress is off to a rocky start.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th House district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Life Along The Hudson

Nov 29, 2018

Pieter Estersohn is a leading photographer of architecture and interiors. His work regularly appears in major shelter magazines, including Architectural Digest, and he has contributed to many interior design and lifestyle books.

His new book is: "Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family." It is a gorgeous over-sized coffee table book that features thirty-six sublime country homes, many overlooking the Hudson River.

This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The edition's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and more. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Formerly country homes for eighteenth-century landed gentry and nineteenth-century industrialists: the Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos, Roosevelts.

Pieter Estersohn will be signing his new book on Saturday, December 8th at noon at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck.

Storyhorse Documentary Theater is a documentary theater project based in the Hudson Valley founded by Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson, stories are inspired by transcribed conversations with the people in local communities, historical documents, and other primary sources, focusing on the social, political, environmental and medical issues we face. The stories are brought to life by actors in multimedia staged readings.

"The Face of It," a new series of three one-act documentary plays: “The Call of the Sasquatch," "The Weight," and "In Her Shoes" will be performed November 9-11 at Hudson Hall.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson join us.

Hudson Valley Vegfest debuted in September of 2017, bringing in 2500 people -- and now they are doing it again – November 3-4 in Poughkeepsie, New York.

We welcome co-founder of Hudson Valley Vegfest, co-founder of the Institute for Animal Happiness, long-time activist for social causes, and musician, Rebecca Moore and co-producer of Hudson Valley Vegfest, co-founder of the Institute for Animal Happiness, and worker on humane education and various publishing initiatives, Brian Normoyle.

Artist and author, Hudson Talbott, join us now to tell us about his new book, “Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art.”

It is a fascinating look at artist Thomas Cole's life and takes young readers from his humble beginnings to his development of a new painting style that became America's first formal art movement: the Hudson River school of painting.

Hudson Talbott depicts the immigrant artist falling in love with, and fighting to preserve, his new country.

Talbott has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including Newbery Honor winner “Show Way,” ALA Notable Book and VOYA Honor Book “Leonardo’s Horse” (by Jean Fritz), and “We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story,” which was adapted into an animated film by Steven Spielberg.

The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival will showcase 9 World Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 12 East Coast Premieres and 8 New York Premieres on October 10-14th

The iconic Woodstock Film Festival was created in the year 2000. Since then, it has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

Garlic bulbs with faces drawn on them
hvgf.org

Let’s celebrate garlic! It is the 30th anniversary of the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am till 6 pm and on Sunday, September 30th from 10 am till 5 pm.

Follow your nose to Cantine Field in Saugerties, NY for acres of garlic farmers selling this year’s harvest, food vendors with scrumptious garlic offerings (including garlic ice cream and coffee!) and craft vendors galore. There will be day-long entertainment and special demos by chefs and garlic growers.

This morning we welcome Festival Chairperson Richard Kappler and Publicity Committee member Pat Praetorius.

Exhibition photo: "Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance" in Cole’s New Studio
Peter Aaron/OTTO / thomascole.org

The 2nd annual Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival is on Sunday, September 30 at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Olana.

This is the 200th Anniversary of Thomas Cole's arrival in America, which is a pivotal moment for the birth of American art, as is reflected in the major exhibition of Cole's work, organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is now on view at the National Gallery, London. The Thomas Cole site also has two exhibitions on display “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” and “SPECTRUM.”

To tell us more we welcome Betsy Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, and Kate Menconeri, Curator at the Cole Site.

Voters in New York’s Hudson Valley have a chance to decide the future of the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado of the 19th district wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Hudson Valley is a political battleground this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Representative John Faso of New York’s 19th district continues his discussion WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Stephen Petronio Company - "Hardness 10"
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The Petronio Residency Center is a new dance retreat in the Catskill Mountains created by choreographer and head of the Stephen Petronio Company, Stephen Petronio. It is located on a 175-acre farm in Round Top, New York. Residencies allow artists time for creation, discussion, and critical thinking, free from the mandates and responsibilities of daily life and any specific deliverables.

Stephen Petronio Company is announcing its arrival in the Hudson Valley with a program of signature works at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York this Friday through Sunday, July 6-8. The Company will perform three dances by Petronio, featuring the music of Nick Cave, Nico Muhly, and Rufus Wainwright, and a revival of choreographer Steve Paxton’s virtuosic Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (1986).

New York Stage and Film Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer
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Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film have been partners in the Powerhouse season, a collaboration known for being the springboard for new stories that go on to theaters across the country and around the world. The 2018 season begin this weekend with the first of two Readings Festivals and continues through July 29 bringing some of the most influential theatrical voices working today to Poughkeepsie, NY for fully-staged and workshop productions of new plays and musicals, and readings of other works in progress.

Johanna Pfaelzer is the Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film and she joins us with a preview.

Ink bottles - one part of Kazumi Tanaka's "INK: The Color of Manitoga"
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Manitoga is the house, studio, and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright. Its Artist Residency program began in 2014. This summer’s residency project is entitled “INK: The Color of Manitoga” by artist Kazumi Tanaka. Tanaka is creating natural inks from plant specimens she collects in Manitoga’s woodland garden. Her lab and art space is in the main house at Manitoga.

Tanaka was born in Osaka, Japan and graduated from Osaka University before relocating to New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY and her art has been shown all around the world. Manitoga’s Executive Director Allison Cross and Kazumia Tanaka join us.

Manitoga’s Member Opening Celebration and the official Artist Residency launch will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Information about that event and ongoing hikes and tours and other special events is available here.

Jane's Ice Cream

May 31, 2018

Call it tradition and allow us to slip into summer by having Jane’s Ice Cream join us on the air to share their signature product.

Jane's Ice Cream was founded by sisters Amy and Jane Keller and Bob Guidubaldi.

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream has grown from its beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, New York into a regional ice cream powerhouse. Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s most posh hotels and restaurants.

Jane and Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi join us now to tell how business has been this year and – of course – to allow us to taste some of their fantastic flavors.

South Jersey, circa 1983: A distinctive sub-region, as if a section of the south or Midwest was grafted onto the east coast. Francis, a defrocked college student who has made a mess of both his scholastic career and his life, finds himself back home at the Jersey shore and gainfully employed at a sprawling, subterranean gas station.

“Petroleum Transfer Engineer” is not just Francis’s story, but is also the chronicle of a time and place that is slowly disappearing: The farmland, little eateries, and raucous bars giving way to development; the resorts of Atlantic City morphing into its soulless casino incarnation. Francis must navigate a terrain that is simultaneously familiar and off-kilter. Somehow, he must struggle to piece his life back together.

Richard Klin lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is the author of “Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America and Abstract Expressionism For Beginners.” He will be at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, New York for a reading and signing on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.


  The 2017 Woodstock Film Festival begins tomorrow and will feature documentary and narrative films, panels, and parties in the Hudson Valley through the 15th. The new musical film, Stuck, directed by Michael Berry, will screen at the Woodstock Playhouse tomorrow at 7pm and at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on the 14th at 9:30pm.

 

In Stuck, six strangers trapped together on a stalled New York City subway car confront their assumptions of one another under the scrutinizing eye of Lloyd, a mysterious homeless man, played by Giancarlo Esposito.

 

Esposito is likely best known for his roles in Spike Lee films such as Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo' Better Blues. Other notable films include Fresh, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York. He plays Gustavo “Gus” Fring on Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul.

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