Stephen Kaye

June 6- A tech meet up open house at 5:30 on June 10 at SUNY New Paltz will focus on the recently installed 3D manufacturing facility at the college’s engineering division.  It will, however, draw a wide variety of young entrepreneurs according to Kale Kaposhlin, himself a young techie who has embraced the Hudson Valley.  

Kaposhlin’s firm Evolving Media is one of several young internet companies who are promoting the meet-up as a way of sharing ideas, technologies and opportunities.  They have received promotional assistance from the Hudson Valley Development Corporation (HVEDC).

Millbrook was knee deep in authors Saturday, May 30, gathered under the banner of the Millbrook Literary Festival that was held partly in the library and partly on its lawn.  Authors talked with authors, authors talked with readers, books were sold, authors were discovered, stories exchanged, but more mysteries remained unsolved than were solved.  

The cooking section moderated by Rona Boyer, was the most popular, drawing a foodie audience anxious to hear what the experts would say. Writers Robert Sietsema, author of several books on the ethnic foods of New York, Dana Cowan, editor of Food and Wine, and Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein the authors of innumerable cookbooks most recently The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book all told funny stories but gave away few secrets. They all agreed that many of their readers failed to follow the instructions they had labored over with often disastrous results.  

 The town’s official announcement on its website:

 A Public Hearing is scheduled for the Town Board to accept comments on the DGEIS and to accept comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan, Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Town of Washington Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Dr., Millbrook, NY.  Written comments will be accepted if received by 3:00 p.m. on June 24, 2015.

After two years of sitting on its draft plan, the town board has finally made the moves that will end the process by setting a date for the SEQRA hearing.  A draft generic impact statement was prepared by the town’ consultant, Neil Wilson.   The public can comment on the draft plan and the draft impact statement either at the public hearing on June 11 or by a written statement submitted by June 24.  The town will then issue its findings statement and then the town board can formally adopt the plan as presented or as it might be amended in light of public comments.

Following a tradition of book or lit fairs, the Millbrook Literary Festival will once again host authors and their books in a series of discussions on topics from food and cooking to the state of print media to children’s’ books, poetry, mysteries and histories.

Over 50 authors under tents on the library lawn will be on hand to talk about their books one-on-one, to sign their books and to be interviewed by the press and anyone else who happens along.

Fourteen different programs will be presented in the Millbrook Library starting at 10 a.m.

The gathering that is generating the most gossip in the village is the noontime session entitled “Cookbooks: Trends, Tips, and Tidbits” arranged and moderated by Rona Boyer with Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, authors Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein of The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book, and Robert Sietsema, author of New York in a Dozen Dishes.

The quote I like about Christopher Wool is from an article by Richard Prince: 

“Christopher is one of the five or six every decade that got to the corner and painted himself in and stayed and thrived and managed to survive and tell the tale. The ‘corner’ is called the Promised Land.”

The paradox is that Prince sees Wool’s corner as an enviable place. As a viewer, I see it as a place I find far from a promised land, despite the attention it gets and the prices it brings.

I saw a show of recent paintings by Christopher Wool at the Luhring-Augustine Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  More Wool paintings and sculptures are in the gallery’s Chelsea location until June 2.  

A show layered with meanings, connections and bold conceptions opened at two historic houses on Saturday, May 2 - Olana and the Thomas Cole house.  First is the idea that American art essentially began with Thomas Cole who saw the American landscape disappearing before his eyes in the 1820’s as population brought change.  He was conscious that he wanted to capture that landscape for an historical record and to elevate it as an expression of something uniquely American.  His charming house on the Hudson with its two studios was where the Hudson River School had its beginnings.  

 It is now where 32 works by living artists are displayed.  Kiki Smith, Stephen Hannock, Cindy Sherman, Angie Keefer, Thomas Nozowski and Stephen Petegorsky are some of the artists you will meet in the rooms of Thomas Cole’s restored house in Catskill, just over the Rip van Winkle Bridge.  They are a good cross-section of working, but established artists, most having connections to the Hudson River Valley.  Outside, in the grounds, two sculptures by Don Gummer look as natural in their surroundings as the trees that shade them. 

The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park was framed by a sky so blue and a background of foliage of such a hue of green that it must have been the creation of Claude Monet sent down from heaven with angelic interns, for no one else could have created the scene. The water cascading over the fountain into the pond was all the noise the city was making at that early morning moment, mimicking Debussy and his friend Monet, both with a light touch, both loving water.  The runners making their way around the park may have been oblivious, but their silence shows they respect the museum quality of the landscape they were running through. 

In early 2014 the NYS Public Service Commission invited developers to submit proposal that would solve congestion in the grid serving the area in and north of New York City and bring more power from points north into our area that was thought to be in a power deficit zone.  Public meetings in Milan, Clinton and Livingston attracted crowds of concerned citizens and anxious politicians who were appalled that high voltage power lines, new pylons and wider right of ways might threaten the Hudson Valley. 

Citizens who were happily retired or in home occupations all of a sudden became experts in the arcane world of power distribution and the procedures of the PSC.

The town of Clinton held regular meetings attended by experts, public relations personnel from the power companies, engineers and lawyers from the developers and frightened citizens.  

For almost a year the controversy disappeared from the media as the PSC reconsidered and asked for new proposals.  Time for comment on those proposals ended April 22. 

Pine Plains Memorial Hall, owned by Jack Banning and a group of local investors, is moving ahead with a renovation plan that should please the citizens of Pine Plains and the entire northeast corner of Dutchess and nearby Columbia counties.

Banning, owner of the Pines Plains Platter and an adjacent restored house now an architect’s office, told TMI that the development plan is in response to listening to comments from citizens of what they would like to see in this old, long abandoned and neglected brick building at the center of the town. 

Recreating a laundromat that was the most recent use in the building was high on the list of preferred uses.  A laundromat has been designed by architect Doug Larson for the basement level where work is nearing completion. It is expected to open for business in late April.  Access will be via the parking lot at the rear of the building.  

Joshua Groffman, the impresario behind One Quiet Plunge, hosted his second mod music concert Saturday, March 21 at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie.  It was billed as a multi-media event.  Three screens were set up to show visuals prepared by four video artists with music by four composers using electro-acoustics. 

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