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|Good Friday Morning, |
As we approach Labor Day Weekend and the traditional end of summer we open the door on the best time to travel since everyone is back at school (or in Europe, back at work). If you can get away, now is the time.
Congratulations go to Kent's Maureen Fleming for earning the endorsement of the AFL-CIO in her race for Kent Town Justice.
While the elections are generally calm in most of our towns it's not so over in Southeast where the vitriol continues unabated as the days move on towards the primary a week from next Tuesday. Really now, if I lived in that town I'd be embarrassed. Southeast replaced Kent several years back as the Town That Rankles and I'm happy they're working hard to keep that moniker. Keep it up, guys!
Congressman John Hall held another in a series of Town Hall style meetings last evening in Goshen and it had quite a different feel than the the one held the night before in Bedford. Not in attendance were those who don't know their Medicare is provided by the government and so the evening went rather smoothly, what with the screaming and yelling missing. Down in Bedford on Wednesday evening, John would answer a question and the audience would boo and yell. John would say, "yes, the sky is blue," and the audience would scream until they were blue-in-the-face. An audience member demanded the fat be taken out of the Medicare system and though the Congressman stated that was a particular point in HR3200, the audience booed anyway. I don't get it.
Bee keepers and farmers in the area are preparing for what they believe may be the largest die-off of out pollinating friends this winter. All spring long (which ran into July) the rains kept washing off the pollen from plants these critters need to make the food that gets them through the winter and so production of nectar is down significantly. Farmers and keepers have resorted to a mix of chamomile tea, dandelion root, cane sugar, sea salt, water and thyme to feed the hungry buzzers and reports say they're going through gallons a day of it.
If you don't think bees are important, the next time you walk into the grocery imagine the entire produce section - empty.We're looking at a three day weekend and I'm taking advantage of it. Parties, campaigning, splitting firewood and keeping the dog away from porcupines are all on the list.
Enjoy! Be safe. See you all on Wednesday.
8PM - Continues through Sunday at the Philisptown Depot Theatre. Tickets $15/$12(seniors). 20 one-act plays (no longer than 20 minutes long) will compete. One of the plays produced this evening, “Senior Moment” is by Bob Zaslow, a prolific local playwright. It’s a sardonic 1-act comedy about a patient with “selective Alzheimer’s" and stars Sagamore Lake's Kathie Freston as his wife. Call the Philipstown Depot Theatre at 845-424-3900
8 pm - An Evening with Friends: A Celebration of Paul Robeson. At Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill. Benefit Concert: David Amram, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Kenneth Anderson, Roy Haynes, Ty Jones, Beth Lamont, Jon Batiste Band, Ray Blue. Tickets: 877-840-0457 www.paramountcenter.org; Info: www.robesoncelebration.org
8PM - Pandit Ramesh Misra-Sarangi, Ray Spiegel, tabla. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 320 Sawkill Rd., Kingston. First a Tabla Solo by Ray Spiegel with Ramesh Misra on sarangi, second half Sarangi by Pt. Ramesh Misra with Ray on tabla. 845-679-8865 rameshmisra.com, simlahouse.com, www.uucckingston.org. $20 [Ed note: Ray is an amazing musician and well worth the drive and the cost.]
Celebrate the Spirit of the Catskills at Ashokan Center. Fri. & Sat. evening, dinner from 5:30pm, live music and dancing under the stars, 7pm. Saturday, September 5th, 11am-5pm At the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY. On September 4th and 5th, Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night, the Ashokan Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Catskill Mountain Eco-Heritage Festival. In a magical setting of 374 acres of streams, fields and forests in the foothills of the Catskills, this two-day festival will feature fiddle, guitar, and banjo music, ecology and nature photography workshops, hands-on colonial crafts, guided hikes -- a walk through geological time and wild plant walks --storytelling, dancing, and an alternative energy fair. The past, present and the future of Catskills and Hudson Valley culture come alive with performances by Rich Bala and the Barefoot Boys, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Mike & Ruthy, the Walker Family Band, the Woodstock Oral History Collective and much, much more! Contact: Jonathan Duda, firstname.lastname@example.org, (845) 657-8333 x12, Deborah Meyer DeWan, email@example.com, (845) 657-8333 x16 or Brian Joyner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (845) 657-8333 x14
4PM - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church has been an important part of Robert's family life here in Putnam County for over 40 years. He hopes you will join him and his colleagues for this special benefit concert on Sunday, September 13th at 4pm. A reception prepared by members of St. Andrew's will follow at approximately 5:30PM.
www.dos.state.ny.us or www.nywea.org Location: Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY
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