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Best BandBest Band   Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams Cold Spring, Putnam County In July the lease on the house they were renting in Ossining ended, leaving Joziah Longo and Tink Lloyd, the husband-and-wife centrum of the mildly eccentric rock quartet known as Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, with a […]
Best New BuildingBest New Building   Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, Westchester County Susan T. Rodriguez, of Polshek Partnership Architects in Manhattan, gave this writer an assignment: find and study the book Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudolfsky. It turned out to be a scavenger hunt of sorts, […]
The Best of the ValleyBest of the Valley   The votes are in, and here are the winners — some 200 in all — in our 18th annual poll   by Anitra Brown, Lynn Hazlewood, Marilyn Mark, Ann Morrow, Rita Ross, Evan Sparling, Polly Sparling, Reed Sparling, Elizabeth Trickett, & Aubrey J. Whitten       APPETIZERS TERRAPIN Rhinebeck, […]
Restaurant Review: Ca’MeaMore Than Antiques   A bevy of new restaurants — including Ca’Mea, featuring simple yet artfully prepared Northern Italian dishes — offers visitors another reason to visit Hudson   By Anitra Brown     Tell people that you review restaurants, and you always hear the same thing: “I wish I had that job.” No one […]
Bushwacking in the BackyardBushwacking in the Backyard   A thirst to explore sends the writer and his children on a mission up a local stream ¡ªand proves that adventure can be found anywhere By Reed Sparling   by Reed Sparling     I  am an armchair adventurer. I love accounts of exploration, reading about people who flirt with […]
Spa SensationsSpa Sensations   Those in need of a little pampering have never had it so good. Valley spas now offer a host of treatments ¡ª from traditional massages to permanent eyelining and meditation in a sweat lodge ¡ª bound to improve body and soul   By Anitra Brown     A  FEW YEARS AGO, fun […]
Graphics GuruGraphics Guru   For more than 50 years, Milton Glaser has been making images that have captured the American zeitgeist. Next month the Woodstockresident receives an award for a lifetime of achievement     By Joanne Furio  Photographs by Elliott Landy   When we came here, it was a place that had sort of lost the […]
Changing ScenesChanging Scenes   Whether your tastes run toward a dude ranch in the country, a mansion in downtown Albany, or a mountaintop lair, the Valley¡¯s bed and breakfasts offer a host of thrilling opportunities to get away from it all   By Valerie Havas     SO YOU¡¯RE READY FOR a change of scene, but […]
To the RescueTo The Rescue   Saving farmland, reviving a downtown, protecting the Shawangunks, and offering an antidote to the fast life  ¡ª four ways people are working to preserve the Valley¡¯s unique character    By Rita Ross   Farmland Forever   Indian Ladder Farms is an inspiring example of how private and public groups are uniting […]
Restaurant Review: NinaUnexpected Oasis   Eclectic Nina is a welcome addition to Middletown’s burgeoning downtown   By Anitra Brown   Middletown’s center of commerce long ago shifted from the old downtown to a sprawling collection of malls and big-box stores that now cling to either side of Route 17 in Orange County. But a brave group of […]
Dancing in the DarkDancing in the Dark   From the paso doble to the Peabody, ballroom dancing is alive and well in the Hudson Valley, as our footloose writer discovered   By Graham Blackburn   I  raised my hand tentatively to shoulder height, and with a smile she walked right into my arms. Taking my upheld hand in […]
All Through the NightAll through the Night   A minute-by-minute look at what¡¯s going on while most of us are sound asleep     7:55 p.m. Sunset     7:57 p.m. Streetlights go on, triggered by photoelectric ¡°eyes¡± that sense the gathering gloom. Dawn¡¯s early light will cue each eye to turn off the lights.     8:00 […]
ClubbedClubbed   In need of a little night music?Here¡¯s a roundup of some of the Valley¡¯s hippest,most happening venues   By Steve Hopkins   It¡¯s a Saturday night, in the summer of 2004, and here you sit, looking blankly at the nightlife pages of your local arts rag, stumped. You¡¯re a demographically attractive, culturally aware, […]
Night PatrolNight Patrol   Shadowing a Poughkeepsie policeman on the midnight shift yields lots of surprises   by Reed Sparling     It¡¯s 12:23 a.m. We haven¡¯t been on duty for more than five minutes when a car shoots past us on Poughkeepsie¡¯s eastbound arterial. In­stantly, Patrolman Jeffrey Lee flicks on the flashing lights and gives […]
Restaurant Review: Cafe Les BauxTout va bien in Millbrook   Café Les Baux brings classic bistro fare to Dutchess horse country   By Bernadette Vail   Imagine if you turned down a side street in Paris and happened upon a small neighborhood bistro,” was Hervé Bochard’s response to my inquiry about the atmosphere of year-old Café Les Baux. Sadly, […]