Friday, August 14, 2009

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Good Friday Morning,

A friend mentioned the other day that he's noticed there's a lot less commentary in this column over the past few weeks and he's right. It's not that I have a lot less to say, just that it takes a lot more time to say it, time I wish I had. But don't fret... it'll be back! Consider yourself warned.

The second show in the Summer Concert series was held at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center last evening. Featuring Roxy Perry, it was a hot night - and not just outside, but inside as the crowd danced to the two-hour set of hot blues by Roxy and her band, Jim, Frosty, Mike and Bob.

Next week on Thursday, August 20th, the series features Swamp Gumbo Mardi Gras Cajun Rock fronted by Lake Carmel's own Tim Ouimette, one of the very best horn players you'll ever hear. That show starts at 6PM on the north lawn of the Cultural Center and if the weather does not cooperate the show still goes on inside. In other words, rain or shine the lake is gonna rock! More information about the Summer Concert Series can be found at the Arts On The Lake website.

From the 'net:
Do you eat the moldy stuff?

My husband and I have battled continuously for years about whether scraping the mold off the top of -- well, anything -- makes it OK to eat, or if once a spot of green invades the top of a barely used jar of jam we've got to call it a loss and toss it out. I'm always willing to scrape off the top, cut off the moldy crusts, etc., and carry on with the meal. My husband, not so much.

Well, turns out the USDA has weighed in on the argument with interesting findings. My favorite part of the Safe Food Handling fact sheets is this chart on how to handle moldy foods (very, very carefully is not one of the answers): Read More Here.
Out For A Hike?
Wonder Lake State Park, which straddles the Kent/Patterson town line is a lot unlike the proposed Patterson Crossing development which also strides that line. The New York/New Jersey Trail Conference has been hard at work creating and formalizing a trail network within the park and the results are becoming obvious.

Here's a very brief description of an easy 3.6 mile loop hike:

After entering the park from the parking lot on Ludingtonville Road, follow the YELLOW trail up the hill a bit and past a stone wall. You'll notice a BLUE blazed trail entering on your right. Following that brings you around the southern end of Bare Hill (which is no longer bare) and reconnects with the YELLOW trail closer to the lake in a little over half a mile.

Turn right onto the YELLOW Trail here and walk about 5 - 7 minutes along and you'll see a WHITE blazed trail on your left. Following that will bring you down the hill and to the top of Wonder Lake where you'll cross the inlet on a small dam.

From there you'll reconnect with the YELLOW trail which is now on an old road that you'll follow to the RIGHT for about 1/5 of a mile when the BLUE trail cuts off again to your right. Turn onto that and you'll be walking along a ridge that quickly brings you down to, and then follows, the shore of Wonder Lake, eventually finding a dam (the outlet). It rejoins the YELLOW trail for just a bit before cutting off again, wrapping around the southern end of the lake and then, once again, rejoins the YELLOW trail.

Follow this up hill and you'll pass the WHITE trail you used earlier and after topping the ridge will meet the BLUE trail you came in on. You can either walk back to your car this way (for the 3.6 mile loop) or continue on the YELLOW trail which winds around the eastern flank of Bare Hill and eventually finds its way back to the lot in about 1.25 miles.

Bring bug spray.


Three Arrows Co-op Presents

8:30PM - The Three Arrows Co-op presents another in their series of "schoomzes", tonight with Jonathan Schell. Parking is at the corner of Barger and Roachdale Street in Putnam Valley (near the red barn) and the event takes place in the Norman Thomas Hall across the street. The event is free and reservations are not required.

Jonathan Schell is the 2005 Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He began his career at The New Yorker magazine, where he was a staff writer from 1967 until 1987. During those years he was the principal writer of the magazine’s Notes and Comments, and also wrote long pieces, many of which were published as books. His reflective work on the nuclear question The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982), which first appeared in three parts in The New Yorker, became a best-seller and was hailed by The New York Times as "an event of profound historical moment." It received the Los Angeles Times book prize, among other awards, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Critics Award. Schell's other books are The Village of Ben Suc (1967), The Military Half (1968), The Time of Illusion (1976), The Abolition (1984), History in Sherman Park (1987), The Real War, (1988), Observing the Nixon Years (1989), The Gift of Time (1998), The Unfinished Twentieth Century (2001), The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003) and A Hole in the World: A Story of War, Protest and the New American Order (2004). He received the Lannan Award for Literary Non-fiction in 2000.


The Wassaic Project Summer Festival

The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a FREE, annual, multi-disciplinary festival held in Wassaic, NY with over 75 national artists, 20 bands, 5 guest curators, poetry readings, film screenings, performances, and much more. This FREE convergence in Wassaic, NY, will inspire you to be a better person.

Housed in and around historic buildings in Wassaic, NY, The Wassaic Project's summer festival escapes the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances. This festival creates a weekend-long opportunity for the public, as well as artists of all mediums, to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend camping onsite.  Programming is cutting-edge yet predominantly family friendly.  The beautiful Hamlet of Wassaic is remarkably accessible from NYC and a short walk from the Wassaic MetroNorth train station.

Fine Arts and Crafts Fair

10AM - 5PM. The Garrison Art Center's 40th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fair (FACF) continues its tradition as a premier event in the Hudson Valley for collectors of fine art and craft. Organized by the Garrison Art Center, a not-for-profit community cultural organization, the event is a longstanding community event and the Art Center's largest annual fundraiser.

High standards, and the beautiful Garrison Landing Riverfront Park site, have attracted 90 regionally and nationally known artists with traditional and alternative crafts. Stately willows, views of West Point, free rides upon the sloop Woody Guthrie, regional food artisans and wineries, Acoustic Music Series live performances, a new Gourmet Food Court, and remarkable artists will likely attract over 5,000 visitors this year.

The best part? Proceeds fund Garrison Art Center's creative programming for adults and children all year!

Art After 75

1-4PM - Building "8" at Tilly Foster Farm, Southeast. The Putnam Arts Council welcomes the public to view our 18th Annual Art After 75 Exhibit Celebrating the creative original Fine Art by working artists 75 and over. Free Parking. Free Admission. More info:

2009 Inter-tribal Pow Wow

10 AM - 5:30 PM This years version of what has become one of Putnam County's best attended events, kicks off at 10AM this morning and runs until 5:30 in the evening. The event includes Native crafters from all over the country, a Birds of Prey exhibition, Native Foods, Story Tellers, a Tee Pee Display, Local Native History and performances by several Indian Drum Groups. The event repeats on Sunday following the same schedule.


7:30PM - Film. Putnam Arts Council at Tilly Foster. Free Admission. Two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim — meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages.

"Arranged" is based loosely on the experiences of Yuta Silverman, an Orthodox Jewish woman from Borough Park, Brooklyn. Seeing the Israeli film USHPIZIN, produced by Orthodox filmmakers, gave her the courage and inspiration to try and tell one of her many stories.

With no connections or experiences in the film world, and working from a directory on the Independent Feature Project's website, she began making random calls to New York-based production companies. She reached Cicala Filmworks in November, 2005. During a series of meetings — in which she used a pseudonym — she told Stefan Schaefer about her experiences of going through an arranged marriage process and also about her friendship with a Pakistani Muslim woman. Stefan, although he found the story elements very promising, would often remind Yuta that he was a man and non-Jew. He offered to write the treatment and then pass it along to his good friend, the director Jessica Sharzer (SPEAK). Yuta responded: "If she's not Orthodox, it makes no difference to me, you may as well direct it."


PHS Dog Wash

10:30 AM - When you're done washing your car (on the lawn so the dirty water doesn't flow into one of our lakes) bring your dog over to the Putnam Humane Society (Old Route 6 behind Put Plaza). The weather is going to be hot and sunny, so don't miss this chance to get your dirty dog cleaned up! We will be offering baths, nail trims and micro chipping from 11am to 4pm in the shelter courtyard. All proceeds go to help the homeless cats and dogs currently living at the shelter.

They can also use volunteers to staff the sales table and wash dogs. Can you help for a few hours? Send an email to Donations of old towels are much appreciated - please drop them off at the shelter today or tomorrow.

Into the Future:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Swamp Gumbo Mardi Gras Cajun Rock

6PM Free Admission. Fronted by Lake Carmel's own Tim Ouimette, one of the very best horn players you'll ever hear. On the north lawn of the Cultural Center and if the weather does not cooperate the show still goes on inside. In other words, rain or shine the lake is gonna rock! More information about the Summer Concert Series can be found at the Arts On The Lake website.

Documentary Film "River Webs"

7:00 PM The Kinderhook Watershed Alliance and Farmscape Ecology will sponsor a presentation of the documentary film “River Webs” at the Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale.  The 57-minute film will be shown at the Education and Recreation Barn at the Roeliff Jansen Park located on Route 22 in Hillsdale one-half mile south of the traffic light at the intersection of Route 23 and Route 22.  Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested.  Participants may want to bring their own folding chair.  The film is offered for viewing by the general public free of charge through a partnership with Hudson Basin River Watch, Inc. (HBRW) and Fran Martino, and the Farmscape Ecology Program, a research and outreach branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association that is coordinated by Conrad Vispo and Claudia Knab-Vispo.  After the film, results of stream assessments done at several locations in the Kinderhook Watershed area will be shared with participants.  In addition, Dr. Vispo will share information about surveys being done along stream corridors to study a variety of organisms in order to better understand the value of these streamside forests.  The film was produced by Freshwaters Illustrated, and chronicles the inspiring life and work of the pioneering Japanese ecologist, Dr. Shigeru Nakano.  For more information, please contact Fran Martino at

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Small Potatoes

8 PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents a special reading of "Small Potatoes" a play by Bob Rogers. Greed and stupidity jump track in a small town not unlike our own. Directed by Peggity. General Admission: $12 ($10 for AotL members). Reservations may be made by email: This production will be preceded by a celebratory pot-luck fund-raiser at 6 p.m. to close off our matching grant drive. A gift of $25 will include the performance and a good time. Email to indicate interest and for additional details.


The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center

The Fields Sculpture Park located at Omi International Arts Center, encompasses approximately 400 acres of farmland of which 100 acres are dotted with internationally recognized contemporary sculpture. It offers established as well as emerging American and international artists unique possibilities to create and exhibit a broad range of large-scale work. The Fields' mission is to expand the experience of what contemporary art viewed in a natural environment can be.
The Fields Sculpture Park is open year round to the public during daylight hours. Plan at least one hour to visit all of the sculptures. A golf cart is available for handicapped use and bicycles are also provided. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy picnic facilities located throughout the park. Guided tours are available to groups of six or more. The Fields offers educational workshops and tours for school groups and other organizations.  59 Letter S Road Ghent, New York 12075 (518)392-4747

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