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On Saturday, December 13, Speak Easy, a book about conversation, was launched at Merritt Bookstore. Written by Mathew Calkins, the new Rector of Grace Church, with Mary Lou Walker, the book offers practical advice on conversational...

Posted: 12/18/2015 

Every age has its own language; every artist seeks her own voice.   On Thursday, December 11,  Yuja Wang, a 27 year old Chinese pianist chose not to relive early 19th century Vienna when artists wrote and sang about modest maidens and rippling water....

Posted: 12/18/2015

On Sunday afternoon, December 14, the Bard College Conservatory gave its last concert of the season. Paul Hindemith’s 1944 Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber brought harmony and orchestration to Weber’s work, sometimes in an unexpectedly comic...

Posted: 12/18/ 2014

Jolliness is not a bad idea, no, not at all.  And there’s lots to be jolly about.  Our communities are safe and in a celebratory mood, our climate, though warming, is seasonally cold and our land is, as we write this, covered with a blanket of snow.  We...

Posted: December 3, 2014  

Jazzing Up the Classics was the Sherman Ensemble’s program for November 30 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Kent. Highlights of the program included Paquito D’Rivera’s Wapango, featuring Susan...

Posted: December 3, 2014 

We are one of many voices in the community that sincerely hope that the Silo Ridge golf – residential development succeeds. The benefits to the community will be substantial.  We also applaud the time being taken by the planning board of Amenia to...

Posted: December 3, 2014 

Gary Kleppel is both a small farmer and a professor of sustainable food at SUNY Albany.  His book asks, can our food supply can be sustainable?...

November 19, 2014 

We noticed that gas prices have suddenly broken the three dollar barrier.  Commodity prices are down in general.  This means that producers and consumers will benefit. Transportation will be cheaper.  More people will fly.  Factories will save...

November 19, 2014 

November is a month of contradictions; the brilliance of nature made all the more breathtaking by the inevitability of its wintry demise. It is a month of exhilaratingly cold midnights and deceptively bright days, a month of opposites and intricacies—of tension,...

November 19, 2014

Composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) enjoyed one great success in his lifetime: Carmina Burana (1937), a work that endures as a popular classic. One secret of its success lies in the rhythmic roots of children’s music, a subject Orff taught. But the choice of material was also...