The Rhinebeck and Red Hook arts communities are hosting the 10th annual Art Along the Hudson (AAH) Spring Kick-off Media Event on Wednesday May 15, 2013. It’s an opportunity to showcase the expanding arts community in the northern area of Dutchess County. The purpose of this AAH event is to bring together business owners, elected officials, artists, arts patrons and the media with a focus on the many and varied cultural opportunities available and how they generate economic growth.
The evening begins in the Rhinebeck High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m., with guest speakers celebrating the role the Arts have in our lives. We are very fortunate to have NYS Senator Terry Gipson and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro share a few words about the Arts and Economic Development in our region. Keynote speaker Liza Donnelly, local cartoonist with the New Yorker, will share her views concerning the Arts and Education.
The celebration continues at the Juried Art Exhibit reception at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market Sreet (in the courtyard behind Bread Alone) in Rhinebeck, with refreshments donated by village restaurants and live music.
The art exhibit was juried by Dennis Anderson, who served as the Director of Curatorial & Tour Services at the Empire State Plaza Art Collection in Albany for 22 years, and Mary-Kay Lombino, who is The Emily Hargroves Fisher ‘57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. They selected artwork representing each of the AAH communities along the Hudson River corridor: Ossining, Peekskill, Garrison/Cold Spring, Beacon, Newburgh, Greater New Paltz Area, Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park, Rhinebeck/Red Hook, Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock.
Art Along the Hudson, now expanded to 11 neighborhoods, is a unique year-round collaborative marketing effort to promote towns on or near the river as vibrant arts and cultural communities. It also promotes seven Hudson Valley Studio Tours offering art lovers great opportunities to meet the many artists living and working in the Hudson Valley. A new 2013 brochure will be available at the Kick-Off Event describing the art venues and studio tours.
The Arts are now more than ever a significant economic factor in the revitalization of Main Streets. It is in large part the arts and cultural organizations that help fill restaurants and lodgings, and bring dollars and jobs to the Hudson Valley. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, the research shows to what degree the nonprofit arts and culture industry attracts audiences, spurs business development, supports jobs and generates government revenue. Locally, as well as nationally, the arts mean business.
Join us to celebrate our vibrant cultural communities and a year of arts events that will stir the soul and engender prosperity. The Juried Art Exhibit will be on view from Thursday, May 9–Saturday, June 1, at Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market St (the courtyard behind Bread Alone) 845-516-4435. Gallery Hours: Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information on the exhibitions and offerings of the Art Along the Hudson Kick off evening contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artalongthehudson.com
by Joanna Hess
April. Images of Spring, daffodils blooming, the sense of renewal. It is also National Donate Life Month. Established in 2003, this designated month commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants.
The New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN) celebrates this April with increased outreach efforts in hospitals, schools, and Motor Vehicle Agencies. While NYODN works year round to educate New York residents about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors, each April, these efforts are enhanced during National Donate Life Month. National Donate Life Month was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003 with the support of then Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson.
Across the United States, Donate Life Month features local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Show your support by wearing the colors of the organization and celebrate National Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 19th.
In my experience speaking to people at public events, despite our efforts to raise awareness about being a donor, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. This month serves not only to honor the lives of those who have given and received, but it’s also an opportunity to educate the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation, and an opportunity to dispel the myths.
Nationally, more than 115,000 women, men, and children wait for a life-saving transplant—nearly 10,000 of them are New Yorkers (for specific numbers visit unos.org). For many, tragically, the gift will never be received. Nearly 6,000 people die a year – about 15 per day – awaiting the gift of life. Yet, every 2½ hours a person is added to NY State Donor Registry.
As of March 1, 2013, only 21% of eligible New Yorkers (age 18 and older) were enrolled in the New York State Donor Registry, compared to the national state average of 44.5%. New York State ranks near the bottom of the list on number of total enrollments.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. Out of tragedy, much good can be done for another human being waiting for a life-saving organ or tissue transplant. One person can save up to eight lives with organ donation. A tissue donor adds upwards of 50 additional lives – especially for burn victims.
New York residents can add their names to the organ donor registry when applying for or renewing their driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. There is a box to check off to say “yes” to being an organ donor. It will be filed with the NYS Department of Health and you will have a small red heart on your new license. This simple action while renewing your driver’s license could some day save someone’s life.
For me, my transplant is a “rebirth” to a healthy life. What better way to help one another than pledging to be an organ donor. I have been given 8 additional years to enjoy life and I thank my anonymous donor daily. My hope is that by bringing more awareness to the desperate need for organ donors through Donate Life Month, we can increase participation in the organ donor database and help the thousands more on the waiting list.
To learn more about NYDON Donate Life’s month-long activities, please visit www.SaveLivesNewYork.org.
About the Dutchess County NYODN Chapter:
Jon Nansen, Dutchess County Team Leader:
Jon’s energy toward the effort to enroll people in Dutchess County to be organ donors is endless. Heart issues run in his family, and his kidneys crashed in 2005 from high blood pressure. He had end stage renal failure, and needed to start dialysis.
After several years, his mentor Elaine Ling at Dutchess Dialysis Center in Poughkeepsie firmly told him that it was time to seriously consider transplantation, or face the loss of his kidney, or even his life.
Jon was on the waiting list for three years before getting that all-important phone call. “I was in dialysis when I heard my cell phone ringing. It was in my pocket, but I was all hooked up with hoses and tubes. When I answered the phone I heard, ‘You feel lucky today? Come on up, we have a match for you.’ This was in July, 2008.”
Jon strongly encourages people on dialysis to go through testing to be approved for their transplant. It can take seven months to be approved for the list, and that’s when the clock begins. “Get to a nephrologist, don’t mess with your kidneys,” Jon adds.
Jon is active throughout Dutchess County. He initiated DMV drives in Poughkeepsie and at Adams Fairacre Farms. He speaks at college health fairs, the Poughkeepsie Plaza, and Naturalization Ceremonies.
Barb Adams, co-owner of Adams Fairacre Farm:
The importance of organ, tissue and eye donation came to the forefront of awareness at Adams Fairacre Farms last year, when owner Pat Adams received a heart transplant. One year later, Adams is healthy and active as ever. He and his wife, Barb, as well as many others at Adams, are committed to helping spread the word about the need for donors.
Barb enrolled the Dutchess County group in the recent Campaign4Life, a friendly competition between the 10 counties in NYODN’s district. The intent was to increase the number of designated organ, eye and tissue donors through registration. Surprisingly, the Dutchess County group won with more than 100 new registrations.
“We are proud of our efforts. The $1000 prize will be used to help our education campaign with the purchase of a flat screen TV showing interviews and updated information for the various health fairs we attend, especially the Dutchess County Fair,” Barb explained.
Barb also created a Facebook page for the local group, and continues to write a blog describing local activities and recent news about transplantation. To learn more, ‘like’ Donate Life of Dutchess County on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DonateLifeOfDutchessCounty
Joanna Hess inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) from her father, who inherited it from his father. She focuses much of her volunteer time educating people about organ donation. Her transplant occurred in February 2005, which she considers her “2nd birthday,” giving her the opportunity to help and support others in similar situations. She considers each day a blessing and encourages others to keep an open mind and an open heart.
There is no clearer evidence that the end of Winter is drawing near than the realization that Adams Fairacre Farm’s annual Garden Shows are only days away. Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in their greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region attend the shows to answer all questions with regards to planning your spring gardens and landscape projects. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles.
Some of the designs that will be on display at the Poughkeepsie show this year include: Rosetta Patio with Firepit featuring Adams’ new line Rosetta Hardscapes, which offers the look and feel of nature; a Stone River Mosaic designed and created by Adams Landscaping using Connecticut stone, crushed bluestone, barn red stone and small river rounds with a Unilock Brussels dimensional border; Rosetta Pond and Waterfall featuring the Rosetta Outcropping Collection Pond Kit and bordered with Rosetta Belvederre; Cedar gazebo and foot bridge designed and custom-built by Adams Landscaping; Unilock Fireplace and Patio with a Unilock Elements Tuscany fireplace – a pre-built modular, fully functioning wood- or gas-buring fireplace – and Unilock Beacon Hill flagstone for the patio and Unilock Brussels Dimensional bluestone caps on the walls and pillars. Be sure to attend the family-friendly Garden Shows at all four Adams’ locations and get a taste of Spring!
by Carole J. Wolf
When I reflect back on Dutchess Arts Camp over the last 30 years, I recall so many creative and amazing experiences, memories that will last forever, and friendships that will continue to enrich my life. Thousands of children throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond have participated in this unique program which has always maintained the philosophy of Building self-esteem, while learning through the arts. How did it all begin?
In 1981 I opened my art studio on Mill Street in the City of Poughkeepsie on the 4th floor of a historic factory building and sublet space to 12 other visual artists. We named the studio Mill Street Loft. As an artist, art teacher, and mother, I recognized the need for an innovative summer arts camp which would totally engage children in the creative process through the visual and performing arts. At that time, there were almost no summer camps for kids in the region and no Arts programs in the area. As a result, I created the Dutchess Arts Camp to fulfill this community need and also to provide a unique and imaginative multi-arts program for my own children. It soon became the first program of Mill Street Loft with our professional studio artists as teachers and 19 children in attendance. It was an amazing success!
Over the last 30 years, Dutchess Arts Camp continued to blossom, serving thousands of children ages 3– 14 at multiple locations. Many of those children are now professional artist educators while others have come back as parents, bringing their young children as campers. I am so excited that this summer my five year old granddaughter will be attending the Poughkeepsie campus, and I can so easily remember back to 1982 when our daughter was a major part of the first years of creating Dutchess Arts Camp.
Dutchess Arts Camps now have campuses in Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Millbrook and new this summer, Beacon; at The River Center, where we will provide multi-arts programs to children and adults throughout the year.
Children Explore, Discover, Create and Have Fun as they stretch their imaginations and make new friends in a nurturing environment. At Dutchess Arts Camp professional artist educators engage children in the creative process and empower them to express their own ideas. The program is developmentally designed for each age group and activities include clay, stained glass, puppetry, printmaking, fiber arts, animation, digital film, robotics, drawing, painting, set design, music, drumming, dance, magic, mime, drama, creative writing, cartooning, photography and more…
For more information, visit http://millstreetloft.org/dutchess-art-camp/
by Heather Gibbons
Route 9G, Rhinebeck
Popular sledding spot rises to a 550-foot hilltop with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley including the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain and the Berkshires. Protected by a Scenic Hudson conservation easement, the park is owned by Winnakee Land Trust and managed by the Burger Hill Committee. Several sledding areas with varying degrees of steepness. Open 9 a.m.-dusk.
Clermont State Historic Site
One Clermont Ave. off Route 9G, Germantown
Annual sledding party with bonfire and snowman contest held in late January/early February. http://www.friendsofclermont.org
Seigel Kline Kill Conservation Area
Route 21, Ghent
Newly cleared public sledding hill on land protected by the Columbia Land Conservancy. http://www.clctrust.org
Staatsburgh State Historic Site/Mills Mansion
Old Post Road, Staatsburg
A favorite and prime sledding area with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Catskills beyond. Grounds are open daily January-March, dawn-dusk. Sleds with metal runners not allowed. http://www.staatsburgh.org.
Kiwanis Ice Arena
Cantine Memorial Complex, Washington Avenue, Saugerties
Public skate sessions of 1.5 hours each, Monday-Sunday, check website for specific times.
Learn to skate instructional Sundays, 8-9 a.m.; hockey skills instructional: Sundays,s 7-8 a.m.; figure skating lessons, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The rink is enclosed, but not heated. Admission: $6 adults; $4 students; 5 and under, free; skate rentals, $3.
Info: http://kiwanisicearena.com; 845.247.2590
McCann Ice Arena
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie
McCann offers skating lessons, a hockey skill development clinic, and even speed skating lessons. There are Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs.
Holiday skating schedule: Mon., Dec. 27-Fri., Dec. 31, noon-2 p.m.; New Year’s Day, 2-4 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 2, 2-4 p.m.
Check website for full schedule. Friday DJ Skate from 7:15-9 p.m., $10, includes admission and skate rental.
Admission: $7, $4 (children under 10); Skate Rental: $3
Info: http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.com; 845-454-5800
Hudson Park Outdoor Ice Skating Area
3521 Route 9, south of Hudson
Stop by Restaurant to sign waiver before heading to ice rink. Bring your own skates and equipment. Thursday night Pond Hockey. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. & Tues., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Free, donations accepted.
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Exit off Taconic State Parkway in town of Ancram; or, 1528 Route 82, Ancram
Skating permitted when conditions are appropriate. Call to check ice thickness. 518.851.3631
Palatine Park Road, Germantown
ice skating conditions permitting
Rhinebeck Recreation Park
Located behind Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck