Friday, September 24, 2010

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Good Friday morning,

It's been a glorious week as far as the weather goes even down to that wicked thunderstorm on Wednesday night.

But fall is coming and winter is close behind so it's time for those end-of-summer chores like getting your house sealed up and your firewood split and stacked. And it just so happens that two of our supporters (over there in the sidebar) can help you with both. TaconicArts is a painting company, (licensed and insured with Putnam County,) with special rates for "News That Matters" readers and "Out on a Limb" can provide you with seasoned firewood. Give them both a call.

As the fall season comes on and our trees drop their leaves it's important to remember that blowing them out into the street (your grass clippings, too) poses a threat to our water supplies, lakes, streams and rivers. All that harbored carbon and nitrogen and phosphorus break down and end up flowing down the road to the lowest point - which is usually one of our lakes - causing increases in the very chemicals we're trying to avoid. And you know what happens when that happens! Run them over with a lawn mower instead (a double-bladed thatching mower is best) and then if you must rake that up, find a handy corner and compost them. Come next spring you'll be happy you did!
For more information on stormwater and what the common mistakes homeowners make in that regard, check out the Town of Kent's Stormwater Management Committee's website. There you'll find some good information but more important, are four short Public Service videos that I am certain will entertain and inform at the same time. Watch them with your kids, too!

The local Congressional race is heating up with Nan Hayworth running on $141,330 from the American Academy of Ophthalmology(?) and $667 from the NRA. On the other hand, John Hall did not get any money from the health industry (I guess they're upset they only got a trillion dollar hand-out and not more) and the NRA has spent $351 against him.
I have to wonder if support for Republicans is a knee-jerk reaction for the NRA or if support for Republicans is a knee jerk reaction for the NRA because when it comes down to it I haven't seen Hall advocating the disarming of the American public. So what is it with those guys? "News That Matters" has at least two NRA members as readers that I know of so maybe they'll pipe in on this.
in the State Senate race, the Kaplowitz camp has been going gangbusters and running an active and aggressive campaign. I'm guessing the Ballster is still in the race though he's been vewy vewy quiet.
Don't me wrong, I love all of you but how can you, being educated, vote for Greg Ball? Here's a guy who costs taxpayers over $800,000 a year in salary, mailings and office expenses and has generated, well... um... nothing in terms of legislation or his much touted reform. He sure as heck talks the talk but he's not walking the walk and he never has.

If you intend to vote for the Ballster in November please write and tell me why.

(Now after what I've just written I wonder if he'll come to the party tomorrow evening?)
I'm in need of a new(er) refrigerator. Mine is running just fine. Problem is that it won't stop for more than a few minutes before taking off again. And let me tell you, I'm tired of chasing it! (and paying an electric bill more inline with a family of 6 than a family of two (if you count the dog). If you've got one you need to get rid of that's a tad newer than the one here in the Asylum, please drop me a note. I can get a pickup or a trailer (thanks MG!) and take it off your hands.

See y'all tomorrow.

What's Going On

Friday, September 24


8PM at Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel, NY. Presented by the Liberty Free Theatre. Directed by Paul Austin and featuring Janna Comando and Kate Warren, Dolores presents the fraught, adult relationship between two very different working-class sisters. When Dolores shows up with a black eye from husband #3 at her sister Sandra’s 1983 Rhode Island home, what began as a quiet Sunday alone for Sandra turns into a confrontation of skeletons through humor, wit, and pain.

Dolores has been described as a dramatic work “with the rough Rhode Island demeanor of The Sopranos and the irreverence of Laverne and Shirley.” The play is one of numerous Baker one-act plays, including North of Providence, Rosemary with Ginger, and Mafia on Prozac, that have been produced across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. His Off-Broadway works include full-length plays such as Prairie Avenue and American Storage, among others.

Tickets to Dolores may be purchased in advance on the Arts on the Lake website: and reservations may be made by email to or by phone: 845-228-2685.

Saturday, September 25

Featured Event:

2010 Garden Party at the Asylum

From 3PM onward. In the beautiful Free State of Western Kent.

It's that time of year again! Celebrate the harvest and the coming of autumn.

It's an all day pot-luck BYOF/B type of thing. Kids, dogs, and whatever during the day, (and not so) raucous debauchery at night around the fire. If you've been here before you know the drill. If not, there's nothing to know other than to show up and everyone, even Greg Ball, is welcome.

Bring the kids and the dogs, friends and family and make a day of it. Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Nuclear War cancels. And I will have the grill running this year.

More information and directions are here.

The Facebook invite is here.

Gallery Talk: Jenelle Porter on Agnes Martin

2pm at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508. 845 440 0100
Free with museum admission. For reservations click here.

Jenelle Porter is curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, where she recently organized shows including "Dance with Camera," "Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay" (with Ingrid Schaffner), "Trisha Donnelly," "Locally Localized Gravity," and "Gone Formalism." She has also served as curator at Artists Space, New York (1998-01), curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center (1997-98), and curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1994-97). She has contributed essays to numerous publications and produced books on Trisha Donnelly, Joshua Mosley, Stephen Prina, Matthew Ritchie, and Uri Tzaig.

Frogs Plein Air Painting Day

Calling all artists to the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) Second Annual Plein Air Painting Day on Saturday, September 25th.  Locations in this beautiful watershed area include the east branch of the Croton River and Turtle Pond in Patterson; and Ray Lake and Quaker Hill in Pawling, among many others. The artists’ works will be auctioned off on October 2nd for the benefit of the artists and FrOGS research and education programs.  For information and registration forms visit or call Laurie Wallace at 845-279-8858.

Sunday, September 26

International Day of Peace Celebration

2PM-5PM The Bard College Chaplaincy presents Voices of Light, the inaugural concert of a Sacred Music Festival Series on Sunday, September 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Bard College Chapel. This interfaith celebration, brought together by the Bard College Chaplaincy, Kathleen Mandeville’s IgniVox Productions, and United Religions Initiative consultant Linda Lauretta, is the inaugural event for an ongoing sacred music festival series. The concert coincides with the International Day of Peace, honoring humanity’s eternal longing for peace. Voices of Light will bring together musicians, celebrants, and performers from a diverse range of cultures and beliefs.

Featured is Paul Winter’s “Earth Mass” (Missa Gaia) performed by the Con Brio Choir of Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, New York. From sophisticated to indigenous, traditional to contemporary, the musical selections include full orchestral offerings, rousing SRI Kirtan with Sruti Ram and Ishwari, and stunning Sufi vocalist Bisan Toron. Also in the lineup is a performance from the Wappinger’s Falls Islamic Youth Community and the Shalom Singers & Friends, from Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The three-hour festival event also includes sacred religious offerings including a Homa Fire Ceremony, the Dances of Universal Peace, the Bard College student group The Circle smudging participants with burning sage, and a blessing song from Grandmother Barbara Threecrow. The festival is free and open to the public. Fire and light refreshments will follow the musical events. For more information, please call 845-863-6712.

Bereznak Brothers

[Ed note: These boys are from Lake Carmel and they're hot. If you haven't checked them out, here's your chance. Just don't let Dave sing "Car Show".]

7:30PM At the Towne Crier in Pawling, NY.  You may say to yourself "what's so out of the ordinary about that?"  Well, here's the twist.... We will be sharing the stage with a talented young newcomer Hailey Knox in a show that's been labeled a "Brothers and Sisters" show.

Hailey Knox and her younger sister will open the show... then The Bereznak Brothers will take the stage.

We are also working in a new format.... something that the majority of our fans have never experienced before.. We will be sitting down, playing guitars, singing harmonies, and telling stories... catching the vibe of the room instead of standing up and trying to pitch a baseball game of music to you all.

We will be joined by Peter Pellegri on percussion and Howlin' "Mad" Marty on Harmonica.  We played last Sunday at 12 Grapes in Peekskill, NY and it was complete and total serendipity.

Please come out and hang with us... if you don't experience this, you will only be torturing and punishing yourself.  Why deny yourself the pleasure of a good time?

Showtime is 7:30pm.... Tickets are $15.... we urge you to make reservations in advance because this show is selling out fast just based on word of mouth.  Call 845-855-1300 or go to for reservations

Into The Future:

Tuesday, September 28

Candidate's Forum

7PM at the Mahopac Library. CRCM presents their a candidates forum for the 2010 general elections. Those invited are candidates for Putnam County Executive, Putnam County Legislator from Districts 5 & 9, NY State Senator, NY State Assemblyman, and Congressional Representative have been invited to participate on the panel.  

Friday, October 1

Party at the Boathouse

5-9PM - A benefit for Arts on the Lake at the Sedgewood Club Boathouse in Kent. 6:30 Buffet Dinner, 7PM Silent Auction. Donation, $40 per person.

Party at the Boathouse will feature music, food, drinks and entertainment including a silent auction and will honor Kent residents James and Wilma Baker whose early support through PLAN  Kent and recognition of the potential for the arts to being a community together enabled Arts on the Lake to open its public doors in 2007. More information is here.

Sunday, October 3

Kent CC Annual Mt. Nimham Hike

10 AM - The Kent CAC invites you to join us on Sunday October 3 for this pleasant, moderate family hike through the fall woods capped by a climb up the restored 90 foot fire tower. This hike has two options, depending on how much of a hike you'd like: Start at 10:00 AM from the Mt. Nimham DEC parking lot on Gypsy Trail Rd. Hike 1 mile through the Nimham forest to DEC gate and meet hikers beginning the hike at option B. Start at 11:00 AM at the DEC gate at the end of Mt. Nimham Court and hike 0.7 miles through the woods to the tower. It's hunting season, so wear bright clothing and stay together. Bring lunch and beverage and wear comfortable hiking boots. Heavy rain postpones to October 10. In that case, I'll send an e-mail to subscribers to this news service and post the news on the Kent CAC programs page <> about an hour before the scheduled start. For further details contact Dave by phone at 878-7592 or by e-mail <>

Raising Voices to Raise a Hall

7PM — Tony-winner Donald Pippin (“Oliver!”) directs “Best of Broadway!” an evening to aid the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition, a local organization committed to renovating the theater in the upper level of Old Town Hall in Brewster as another venue for the performing arts in our community. Where: Brewster Performing Arts Center,  Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road, Brewster. Contact:   For information contact: <>  or email Tickets are $25.

Tuesday, October 5

Clearpool Camp Model Forest Presentation

6:30 PM - Chris Hendershot is the the Assistant Director of Programs at Clearpool Education Center in Carmel, NY. He would like to invite interested parties to their Model Forest concept mapping meeting at the Clearpool Camp. Clearpool is a candidate to be a part of a model forest that demonstrates the proper management and balances between working forests and water quality while maintaining the relationship of a healthy ecosystem. Clearpool would be the only east of Hudson model forest.

A Public Screening of "Gasland"

7:30 PM - You are cordially invited to a screening of "Gasland," the Sundance award-winning documentary depicting the dangers of extracting natural gas by horizontal hydrofracking, at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. This issue is of unparalleled environmental, health, economic and political importance. Sponsored by environmental, community, and religious organizations * the program will begin at 7:30 PM promptly so please arrive early to check your name off the list and be seated. Introductions will be followed by the screening of "Gasland." Questions will be answered afterwards by our panel: Pennsylvania homeowner who experiences daily the drilling that is now devastating Pennsylvania, Dr. Jannette Barth, an economist who has written about the economics of fracking, and Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) Marcellus Organizer

A post-screening catered reception will follow offering an opportunity for guests to meet with our panelists, learn about the actions to take now, and the kick-off of the CWCWC New York Gasland Education Project which will be made available, free of charge, to grassroots organizations and concerned citizens in early December.

Tickets are $12 for the evening's affair.

Wednesday, October 6

Future of the Hudson River Watershed

6:30-9pm. Sandy Galef will be joining NYS Assemblyman Frank Skartados at the Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, for a community forum on the Future of the Hudson River and its Watershed.  The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda provides crucial planning to protect one of our greatest local and state resources. Fran Dunwell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Coordinator will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the Action Agenda. It is critical that we are all aware of the issues that threaten our environment and the plans to protect it so we can work together to ensure a successful future.

Friday, October 22

Crossroads at Mike's

8 PM at the Roy Arias Theater, 300 W43rd, 4th floor. Broadway Briefs presents. One Bartender, One Bar...if those walls could talk....this is what they would say... 12 plays, 25 actors, 4 playwrights, 3 directors and 1 stage manager (yours truly!). Tickets $16 in advance $18 at the door. Also runs Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 4PM. Room for only 75 attendees each performance so head over to and reserve your place now... before it's too late. Would you like that shaken or stirred?

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