Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bruce Molsky To Play Philipstown Depot Theatre

Event: Music Tracks Presents Bruce Molsky (guitar, fiddle, banjo)
"An annual favorite of Music Tracks events at The Philipstown Depot Theatre"
What: Concert
Host: The Philipstown Depot Theatre
Start Time: Saturday, January 17 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, January 17 at 10:30pm
Where: The Philipstown Depot Theatre

To see more details and RSVP via Facebook, follow this link.

From Nancy Montgomery: "Bruce Molsky is a master. His performance on the intimate stage at the Depot Theatre brings audiences a thrilling and memorable night of traditional music."

Monday, December 29, 2008

Year-End Donations to Protect Hudson Valley


The Hudson River Valley has a number of groups working to preserve its lands, and they all depend on donations big and small to do their work. We're lucky to have this land around us -- this gorgeous, mysterious shot looking at Osborn Castle by Christine Ashburn reminds us of that.

One group is Scenic Hudson, which is working to protect 65,000 acres of what it dubs the most important land along the river -- the "must save" landscapes that meet New York State's highest standards for ecological, scenic and agricultural values.

Another is the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, which has been working privately with landowners since 1989, when local residents united to form an organization that would provide conservation options for individuals.

A third is Open Space Institute. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, regional loan programs, fiscal sponsorship, creative partnerships, and analytical research.

Online donations are accepted for all three groups.

Here's a list of other organizations dedicated to the Hudson Valley and its environnment. Feel free to add others in the Comment section below.

Happy New Year...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Uncle Wade to Play Depot Theatre in Garrison

Event: Uncle Wade @ Depot Theatre
"More Simple Music for Complicated Times"
What: Concert
Host: Andy Revkin & the rest of Wade
Start Time: Friday, January 16 at 8:00pm
End Time: Friday, January 16 at 11:00pm
Where: Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison's Landing, Garrison NY 10524 // View map here.
Contact: membership@philipstowndepottheatre.org // 845.424.3900
Facebook RSVP: Click here (only if you're on Facebook.)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Video: Morning at Guinan's

While reporting my book Little Chapel on the River, I spent most of 2003 at Guinan's Pub and Country Store. Since my "job" for that year was to spend time at the place I loved most, I occasionally helped out behind the counter and met most of the regulars passing through.

This video I shot captures one morning I was there. Several faces are longer with us: Ken Anderson and his red car; Tip Dain, one of the Fearsome Foursome golf quartet Jim Guinan played with, and Jimmy Delaney whose two Bud Lights at lunch routine was more dependable than the Metro-North trains.

You'll see what the Hudson River looks like coming awake, and how the commuters helped John Guinan carry papers inside at 5 a.m. You'll see John bust my chops in front of Murray Prescott, a long and loyal Guinan friend who has helped open the store for many years.

These were the best days I've known.

Monday, December 15, 2008

75 Items Under $75 at Antipodean on Garrison's Landing


Antipodean Books Maps & Prints in Garrison, run by David (a.k.a "The Bookman" in Little Chapel on the River) and Cathy Lilburn, has 75 items under $75 on sale for the holidays.

Some of the suggested gifts include a first edition of Joseph H. Adams' "Harper's Outdoor Book for Boys" from 1907 ($45), a steel engraved plate of a trout with named trout flies shown below it from Bunney & Gold, 1801 ($75) and an 2008 updated version of Frances F. Dunwell's fantastic book, "The Hudson: America's River" ($29.95), which I may buy myself if no one beats me to it.

Click here to see the entire list.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Garrison Yacht Club 2008 Holiday Party

Neil Bloch sends these photos from last Saturday’s party and says thanks to Jennifer O'Toole, club manager, and to Eric Gabrynowicz, executive chef, at Highlands Country Club.

Neil says highlights of the event included the playing of 13-year-old harpist Alexandra Dow and the singing of countertenor Nicholas Tamagna (both pictured here with Olivia Wade) as well as the huge pile of gifts that were donated to Toys for Tots.









The Communion of Saints

By johnmac

It’s Irish Night at Guinan’s
first Thursday after the full moon
and the place is packed.

And there is a harp
And a badram
And a few accordions
And a whistle
And a few guitars
And a few fiddles
And some singers
And a lot of beer

There are some writers
And plumbers
And a Governor
(with a State Police Guard)
And restaurateurs
And real estate agents
And professors
And whoever else walks in.

And there is much talk and gaiety
until there is a hush when
Jim is ready to sing
“I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen”
And we all listen

Kelly’s behind the bar
Jim’s in the kitchen
And we all take turns
putting the money on
the deli register,

Trust abounds, laughter is king,
joy reigns, and we are friends
with people we don’t even know.

And then it ends
And we all go home
We are a funny people.

Copyright 2006 John F. McMullen