Mark Prezorski waxes enthusiastic when it comes to the Olana landscape. He not only lives in the shadow of Olana, but he is its landscape curator, a job as vital to the preservation of Frederic Church's legacy as the preservation of Church's house. As Mark points out, Church considered the Olana landscape the work of art of which he was most proud. Mark calls Church America's first landscape preservationist. Prezorski was giving us a private tour of the carriage roads in his new GEM, an electric golf cart that seats six. 
 Prezorski recalls how Church identified the hill across the river from Catskill where he studied landscape painting with Thomas Cole in the years 1844-46. The impression of that landscape stayed with him so when he looked for a place to build his house in 1860 he returned to that place on the Hudson, then called Sienghenburgh. He built Cozy Cottage on the first farm he acquired.

1204 Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, a vew from the rear

1146 The Mediterranean seen over the railing in Porto Ercole - photo by Stephen Kaye


September 6: When Eliot and Susie Clarke started breeding fallow deer at Lithgow fifteen years ago, the animal was relatively unknown in the United States. Eliot Clarke remembers, “we began with 50 or 60 animals who then had babies so we had 110.” Among those first animals were two bucks from the celebrated herd at Petworth in Sussex England. Since then the herd has gown to some 200 deer. 

The Clarkes say Josef von Kerckerinck, who had a large herd of fallow deer at his 5,000  acre Lucky Star Ranch near the Canadian border, was their mentor. He not only gave them advice but four one-year-old bucks from Hungary which along with Argentina has some of the best bucks in the world. Fallow deer, who range in color from white to a deep brown, are hardy and tough enough to withstand the coldest of our winters. Their meat is organic, low in cholesterol with only three percent fat. 

1142 photo by Pat Ike

Over the past few years Amy Garapic has emerged as a leading percussionist. She has worked with Bard-based Sō Percussion, taught at Bard, Kent State, and other colleges. She will be producing John Luther Adams’ “Inniskuit” on September 12 for the Sharon Audubon Society. Thirty drummers will be drumming in an open clearing while the audience strolls about, surrounded by the ambient thunder of pounding percussion.

KM: When did you first meet John Luther Adams?

AG: In the summer of 2011 when I performed an Adams piece in Manhattan’s Morningside Park under the direction of Douglas Perkins.

KM: What was working with Perkins like?

August 14: At the rotary where Route 343 intersects with Old Route 82 a bronze eagle with outspread wings rests atop a stone column. No one is certain what the monument commemorates – perhaps World War I perhaps the American Revolution. 

Back in the day when the restaurant Charlotte’s was a theater, an actress with the extraordinary name of Atta Catania climbed the monument one evening and refused to come down until one of Millbrook’s more notable citizens came to rescue her. The citizen called the police who removed her from the premises. Subsequently the citizen’s wife bought the building that housed the theater and closed it down.

A few years ago when it became obvious the monument needed restoration, Millbrook Rotary raised enough money to have the monument cleaned and repaired. One of the Rotarians, Steve Roy, of Steve Roy Art Restoration, LLC, an expert in repairing metal works of art, he donates his services every two years to clean the monument and make any necessary repairs. 


August 13, 2015

One of my best friends is Antiguan.  She would tell me about Antigua’s beauty and I would hope one day I would get to go with her.

In the beginning of August my dream came true. Nedjra invited four of our friends including myself to accompany her. We were visiting the island during Carnival season when the island celebrates its Caribbean folklore, culture, religion and tradition. Nedjra’s family reunion had its own schedule that kept us busy. 

On arriving at the airport we were greeted by a man playing a steel band and a pink drink that was called Rum Punch. We would come to drink a lot of Rum Punch.  We  made our way through customs. Nedjra was already on island for a wedding and she picked us up, getting out of the right side of the car one of the many signs that we were staying in a once British colony.

1121 A breathtaking view of the English Harbor from Shirley Heights.

Aug 6 - Visitors to Cold Spring and Beacon now have a truly touristy conveyance that will help them cross county lines. A cadre of local dignitaries boarded a Putnam County Transit trolley Thursday morning as it made its maiden voyage from the Cold Spring’s Main Street to the entrance of Mount Beacon, linking up with Dutchess County’s (decidedly less charming) Route G local bus. 

“I feel like I’m in San Francisco!” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as he alighted the old-fashioned tram. Speeches were given. Two drivers shook hands. A ribbon was cut to goaded fanfare from a smattering of attendant press. No ice cream was served.

1104 County Exec Molinaro was an enthusiastic rider - photo by Janine Stankus
The trolley is touted by Putnam officials as “a safe way to travel between the two municipalities on weekends.” Safer than what? Walking 9D, apparently. Unless you’re Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimara, who reportedly boarded the trolley in Cold Spring, but had vanished by the time Molinaro attempted to hand her the podium in Beacon.

July 20, 2015

Saturday July 25th, eight exceptional gardens will be open to the public in Millbrook, Salt Point, and Amenia to Benefit Innisfree Garden.

Clove Brook Farm (857 North Clove Road, Millbrook) was rescued nine years ago by acclaimed potter Christopher Spitzmiller. A formal horseshoe shaped garden installed in 2014 is filled with a profusion of plants including white ‘Phantom’ hydrangeas, topiaries, Japanese willow, and choice magnolias. Spitzmiller will be on hand to to talk to visitors about the evolving development of the estate.

Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer (366 Ludlow Woods Road, Millbrook) This remarkable garden installed only two years ago is surprisingly mature.. A hornbeam-enclosed flower garden with formal bluestone paths is filled with a profusion of perennials and annuals. Like many passionate gardeners Ridder, a professional interior designer, does much of the work herself including starting many of the plants from seeds and cuttings in her greenhouse. A woodland garden leading to a pond is currently a work in progress. The house was designed Ridder’s husband, architect Peter Pennoyer. 

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