Hudson Valley Lifestyle

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From style to sustainability, Chronogram’s Lifestyles section follows how those in the Hudson Valley live their lives.

What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?

What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?

A talk with Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing, on alternatives to our current police framework.

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Nature & The Outdoors Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Nature and Outdoors category.

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Weddings Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Wedding category.

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Retail Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Retail category.

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Fashion/Design Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Fashion/Design category.

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Grocery Store Spotlight: Adam's Fairacre Farm

A spotlight on Adam's Fairacre Farm, Chronogrammies winner in the Retail category.

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Remote Work Outpost Spotlight: Rough Draft

A spotlight on Rough Draft, Chronogrammies winner in the Retail category.

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Officiant Spotlight: Pastor Tobias Anderson

A spotlight on Pastor Tobias Anderson, Chronogrammies winner in the Wedding category.

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Wedding Venue Spotlight: Red Maple Vineyard

Whether you’re going to be showing up early in sweats to do your own floral arranging or you want a seamless, stress-free wedding package where you don’t have to lift a finger, our readers concur: Red Maple Vineyard is a fabulous place to tie the knot. “It’s definitely a magical spot,” says Shay Stone, who came home from wandering the globe to help her parents transform the West Park winery, a one-time dairy farm operated by the Christian Brothers, into a boutique wedding venue. “It’s a breathtaking spot in the first place, and we’ve renovated and transformed it.” Stone’s parents, Gary and Liz, met as students at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. “They started their own catering company when I was five, so I grew up around events and hospitality,” she recalls. “As they got into doing weddings, they were looking to expand. They found this lovely old dairy-farm-turned-winery where a guy named Lou had been growing Chardonnay grapes for 20 years and breathed new life into the land.” The family replanted the vineyard and added a three-acre vegetable garden, which supplies much of the produce for catered onsite events. “We source as much as we can from right here on the property, from side dishes to the eggs for the wedding cakes,” Stone says. “This year we’re launching our wine and cider. We’re excited to see what people think!” The cider is made onsite with apples from neighboring Maynard Farms. And maple sap from the property’s trees is made into craft beer at Kingston’s Great Life Brewing and then served at events. Full circle. The ideal wedding is about so much more than the sum of its parts, and the hospitality at Red Maple Vineyard is all sincerity, sweetness, and warmth, letting couples feel fully at home on their special day. “We’re all about giving people the freedom to create,” says Stone. “We’ve got the venue, the catering, the rentals and the talent to make it all seamless for you. It’s a labor of love, and it shows in every way.” Future couples will enjoy a new reception center designed to “bring the outdoors in,” along with the venue’s commitment to zero food waste and their superb Hudson Valley rustic-chic backdrops. “Our whole philosophy, from gardening to hospitality, is regenerative,” says Stone. “It’s all about positive creative energy. We’re so grateful to our team and our couples and glad to be part of this community.” ...

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Green Business Spotlight: Bread Alone Bakery

A spotlight on Bread Alone Bakery, Chronogrammies winner in the Food category.

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Picnic Spot Highlight: Vanderbilt Mansion

A spotlight on Vanderbilt Mansion, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.

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Campground Spotlight: North/South Lake

A spotlight on North/South Lake, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.

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Men's Shop Spotlight: Last Outpost

A spotlight on Last Outpost, Chronogrammies winner in the Fashion/Design category.

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Outdoor Apparel & Gear Shop Spotlight: Kenco

A spotlight on Kenco, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.

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The Future is Now: Toward a Better New Normal

Business as usual is no longer an option.

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The Future of Food & Farms

Groups in the region are working on creating a more just and equitable food system.

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Container-To-Table

Farmers & Chefs Grows Greens in a Shipping Container in their Parking Lot
John Lekic of Farmers & Chefs is growing greens in a shipping container in his parking lot.

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Pause, Pivot, Reimagine

Now is the time to follow through on ideas we’ve had for years but not acted on.

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Basic Income Guarantee: A Pilot in Hudson

A pilot program in Hudson associated with Andrew Yang’s nonprofit is going to give away free money.

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Remote Work: A Home-Based Climate Solution

The benefits of remote work extend beyond workers and employers to the environment.

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Free Stimulus for the Hudson Valley

The community economics visionary explains how to move our money from Wall Street to Main Street.

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Pandemic Pivot: Educators Re-Examine Long-Held Assumptions

Schools across the region—from kindergarten to higher ed—are questioning long-held assumptions.

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How to Join the Antiracist Future in the Hudson Valley

White people must turn listen to the pleas of Black and non-Black people of color.

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Who Watches the Watchmen?

The repeal of 50-A, which concealed police records from the public, was just the start of reform.

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Statues of Limitation: The Commemorative Justice Movement

Monuments in Academy Green Park in Kingston spark a call for commemorative justice.

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Why Abolish the Police?

All the nonabolitionist reforms to policing have failed. What about neighborhood pods instead?

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Just Transition

The Good Work Institute believes the way forward is by aligning around a clear framework of values.

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Taking Back the Streets

Between March 5 and May 31, 260 cities on six continents had expanded municipal public space.

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Fossil Fuels on the Brink

The renewables sector has shown that it can be an engine of well-paid, community-based jobs.

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Threshold Moment: Q&A with Ned Sullivan of Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson’s initiatives across the region present a model for collaborative engagement.

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Healthcare Reimagined

Three local changemakers explain their ideas for responsive, resilient, hyperlocal wellness.

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Future is Now 2020 Sponsors

A big thank you to the 2020 sponsors of our Future is Now section. Architecture + Construction, PLLC / A+C A+C is a NYC and Hudson Valley New York based architecture firm founded by Joshua Pulver in 2005. We pursue work of varied size, type and aesthetic. Clarity in communication, precision and creativity are constants through our process of managing and exceeding client expectations. Ashokan Architecture We are a full-service architectural and interior design firm located in Woodstock, New York, in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. Our work brings state-of-the-art design and building technology to the practical challenges of getting good buildings completed on time, and on budget. We aim for subtle and playful sophistication using American vernacular forms and local traditions, but 21st Century ideas and tools for living, working, and using our buildings. Both our residential and commercial work tend to be literate, friendly, livable and generous in detail, our design approach practical rather than conceptual in nature. Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing The Dharmakaya Center is a haven for those who want to open their hearts, awaken their minds and revitalize their bodies. In a natural spiritual setting, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing provides a wide range of practices drawn from ancient wisdom, for all levels of interest, in order to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing in the greatest number of people. Healing Path to Health Healing Path to Health discovers your balance from within, in a more holistic, organic and intuitive approach that taps into your own resources. We’ll start with your own internal compass and see where the journey takes you to healing. Discover your wellness from within. Reflexology | Reiki | Raindrop Treatment | Medical Intuitive Healing | Hypnosis | Integrative Wellness Consultations | Past Life Regression H Houst & Son Start your projects off right with quality tools, products and expert advice from our True Value Hardwarians. We have the know-how to answer your questions, assist with projects, and find ways to make your home maintenance and improvement ventures a whole lot easier. Whether you tackle projects weekly, monthly or yearly, True Value is your one stop destination for all your hardware needs. Kerns Landscape & Nursery In 2020, we now have a large and very unique nursery, where the environment you shop in is like a well cared for garden – not a supermarket. More than that, we are a nursery for gardeners because the plant selection we offer makes it worth coming from a good distance away. Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers, Inc. Since 1958, one family of insurance agents in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley has become synonymous with putting the customer first; the Ryan family. Ryan & Ryan Insurance continues that 60 year tradition by being your hometown, independent insurance agent. We put the needs of our "Customers First". We respect and value each other. We work as one team. We are committed to building lifetime relationships with all of our customers. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, The Dorsky Museum comprises more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The museum was launched more than 65 years ago by a dedicated committee of faculty members to enhance the teaching mission of the university. Originally known as the College Art Gallery, The Dorsky Museum was dedicated in 2001. The opening of The Dorsky Museum transformed the original College Art Gallery into one of the leading art museums in the region. Stacey Schaffer Reiki Master Teacher ~ Holistic Health Coach ~ Whole Foods Chef ~ I’ve been a Holistic Health and Reiki Practitioner since 2002, but have been around alternative medicine my whole life. Throughout my childhood, both my parents instilled in me the important values that I apply to my treatments, such as the importance of integrity for well-being. Every day, I strive to both educate and heal my patients, empowering them to live better and healthier lives. ...

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Popular Hudson Valley Wedding Venues Await Reopening

Stuck in limbo, popular Hudson Valley wedding venues are dealing with their closures by finding alternative income
In the past decade, the Hudson Valley has become a hot destination for weddings, offering venues in every flavor from American pastoral to industrial chic. The industry has become a huge driver of economic revenue for the region, with the average Hudson Valley wedding costing $57,501. In addition to the money that the bride and groom spend on the venue, caterers, florist, and other vendors, the festivities bring droves of out-of-town guests to the area. These visitors often turn the wedding weekends into a getaway, staying in local hotels, shopping with small businesses, and eating out at restaurants. With the lion’s share of 2020 weddings postponed or cancelled, the local economy is poised to take a hit. While venues are precluded from reopening for onsite nuptials until Phase 4, they are preparing to come out of their months-long hiatus in other ways and working to consider what the future of weddings will look like. Lambs Hill in Fishkill and Hayfield in Green County are the only two venues we spoke with that are scheduled to move forward with weddings in August, while the rest have put off events till winter or the coming year. “If we’re legally allowed and we feel like it’s safe and a couple is super eager then we’re always eager to accommodate our couples and their desires and wishes,” says Christiana Arnold, owner of Hayfield, which had 12 weddings postponed and three canceled. Across the river, Lambs Hill has postponed five weddings, one of which switched from spring to fall. “We know how important that day is for couples that plan months, sometimes even years in advance, and we would never want them to cancel if we could accommodate other options,” says Kristen Caputo, director of marketing and communications at Lambs Hill. "We have created different packages for our couples to accommodate their needs and still remain safe and healthy through the whole process. We also have the flexibility to use many of our beautiful outdoor spaces." Repurposing Spaces While these venues have postponed nuptials, many are pivoting to use their spaces for alternative events that comply with social distancing protocols. The cozy Forsyth B&B in Kingston, which usually hosts 10 to 12 events between May and October, has postponed most of this year’s weddings to 2021, with only one outright cancelation. "We will of course be following all recommended guidelines in order to host the safest events possible," owner Tamara Ehlin says. "Our space is a more intimate venue so we may require that the host limit the guest list if social distancing is in effect." This year, the dual purpose bed & breakfast/venue will focus on its roots as an inn. The Forsyth is just a block from the historic Rondout waterfront and guest room has a mix of modern chic and vintage styling. The venue has re-conceptualized their barn to be a guest lodging, which allows them to focus on longer stays of two weeks or more while being safe for both guests and staff. The barn is completely self contained with a private entrance as well as a small kitchenette. Similarly, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, which has postponed six weddings to the spring of 2021, will return to a focus on wine sales and tastings this year. “When tastings resume, the loft will be used in this capacity,” says Kelly Holliman, marketing and customer relations manager at Millbrook Vineyards. “We will of course, limit the number of people in the loft at a given time, and we have protection shields installed at all the tasting bars.” At Lambs Hill in Beacon, the Equestrian Suite is usually included in event packages as lodging for newlyweds, but with no weddings taking place, the guest room is being rented out through Airbnb. The venue is also using this time off to spiff up the grounds and undertake some construction projects, like increasing the size of their poolside deck and building a pavilion. “We also created two additional stone patio areas and created a swing garden with cedar swings and concrete bistro tables made by the owner,” says Caputo. “We also have a full time gardener who is constantly cultivating her babies (plants and flowers).” Hayfield is a rustic venue that offers pastoral field and barn weddings with charm in the Catskills, with magical views of the mountains. Arnold describes the venue to be more of a passion project rather than a main source of income, so they have been able to withstand the closures. "We are in a more flexible situation than many of the other venues I've talked to. That's why we were happy to give any 2021 to 2020 couples," she says. "We're just really lucky we never max out our season anyway. We always leave some wiggle room, which served us really well this year because we didn't have every weekend to think about, just a handful of events." Looking Forward Holliman, Caputo, and Ehlin believe that future events will likely stray from the average wedding size of 131 people in favor of more intimate events. “The pandemic and social unrest has certainly made all of us re-evaluate our priorities,” says Ehlin. “So many people are and will be planning smaller, less costly events for just family and close friends, from elopements to weddings for a few dozen people.” Arnold, on the other hand, actually believes that guest lists are likely to get bigger as a response to months of social distancing and self-isolation. "I really believe people are going to be eager to celebrate and to get together to see each other and be a part of joyful situations as much as possible," she says. Though it’s been a hard season, venues owners feel hopeful about the future. “Unfortunately, there are people that have had the worst experiences in the last six months, and illness is never something to be taken lightly,” says Arnold. “I’m very hopeful. I believe in science and a vaccine will be developed and hopefully people will be respectful of the community and take precautions.” ...

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Cabin Fever Fix: Newburgh Vintage Emporium Ware-House Reopens for Business

Phase 2 of New York’s four-part reopening process is finally underway in the Hudson Valley. With the return of activities like outdoor dining and in-store shopping, we’re slowly getting back to a state of normal we’ve all been missing. And when it comes to newly reopened activities to indulge in, few satisfy quite like a trip around the lively Upstate antique-store circuit. Regulars of the scene will already know the Newburgh Vintage Emporium, a must-visit vintage and antiquing location on Route 9W in Newburgh that boasts over 11,000 square feet of shopping space and over 50 individual dealers. But in December 2019, owners Anthony Vesnaver and D. Matt Smith outdid themselves by opening the Newburgh Vintage Emporium Ware-House just across town, which is over three times the size of its sister store. The new 30,000-square-foot location plays host to an impressive 125 dealers of vintage and antique furniture, clothing, vinyl records, and other wares, as well as repurposed and locally made goods. And since the Ware-House location was open for just three months before non-essential businesses closed, this summer’s in-person shoppers are in for a treat. “Our dealers have been restocking the store for three months straight,” says Vesnaver. “So there is a ton of fresh merch.” With so many individual dealers to visit, the process of selecting which treasures to take home can be overwhelming. That’s why Vesnaver and Smith are constantly curating vignettes and themed rooms (think “man cave” or “1950s milk truck”) around the store that mix and match goods from different vendors for customer inspiration. And if you’re loving what you see, you can snatch up any of the already-curated pieces for yourself. While it’s freeing to finally be back among the rows and racks of vintage and antique goods, Vesnaver and Smith want everyone to feel as comfortable as possible while shopping. At both stores, they’ve rolled out increased safety guidelines, including sanitation stations complete with locally made hand sanitizers, directional paths on the floor to decrease in-person interactions, and the option to wrap your own items at checkout. During Phase 2, both locations will be open five days a week, with the option to schedule a visit on appointment-only days on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

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Black-Owned Businesses in the Hudson Valley

People are angry and sad about the state of race relations in the US right now, and many of us are wondering how to help. We've compiled a list of local resources (also below), including actions to take, groups to support, and upcoming protests to attend, but another way to show your solidarity for Black empowerment is through supporting Black-owned business. Our list is far from comprehensive but still growing.

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"The Stove Lady" Rescues Years of Family Memories

Carlita Belgrove started her career in corporate finance for companies like GE Capital, JP Morgan Chase, and Goya Foods. Now she's known as "The Stove Lady," a specialist in the restoration of vintage and antique stoves from sought-after brands like Crown, Chambers, Caloric, Garland, and more.

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Riding the Curve: Hudson Valley Bike Shops Enjoy a Boom in Sales

Bicycles are the COVID-19 Hot Commodity that No One Saw Coming
Across the nation, during COVID-19, sales and repairs of bicycles have increased astronomically, leaving many bike shops booming in an otherwise quiet economic period. While increased sales in metropolitan areas have more to do with avoiding the pandemic petri dish of public transportation, in rural areas like the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, folks are turning to biking as a socially distant way to exercise, enjoy nature, and spend time with the family.

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Why We Stayed Home

We are staying home, we are staying safe, we are #flatteningthecurve. We are waking up to beg the children to go back to sleep—just five more minutes. We make strong coffee and divide the day on whiteboards. We color code to distinguish who needs to be working and who wrangling. We wait for the homework that the teacher sends each morning to rescue us. We look at our phones to reassure ourselves that other people are still there, that everyone we know and all the celebrities we love are all also sitting around with their hair too long and their eyebrows gone rogue. Someone has made bread! Someone has seen something delightful on a walk. Someone has illustrated a daily inspiration. Someone has organized their closet, their garage, their pantry, their freezer, their junk drawer. We are bored. We are terrified. We are running low on toilet paper, which we joke about without ever actually addressing what we are preparing to do in its absence. We keep calm. We carry on—though, what, exactly that means we don't have any idea at all. What should we carry? And to where? We have our worries, our lame jokes, our muted rage, and our insistence that this could all be worse. We hide in the bathroom to read the news because it's the only privacy left. In there, we can read the email from friends who work in medicine. There is nothing we can do to help them but listen and stay home—which we are mostly doing. We know that we are lucky, incredibly lucky, to be so far behind the front lines. Sometimes we go outside to verify that the world still exists, that our towns and city blocks are waiting for us. Hang on, we think, as we pass by. We are trying to get back to you. Every day we are losing uncles and grandparents and mothers and colleagues. We are furloughed, we are laid off. We are stranded in hastily rented vacation homes. We are sitting, and watching, and waiting. We make cakes for each other's birthdays and eat them together on a video chat. We spend most of our time figuring out when we will work and what we will eat. What is it like? We ask ourselves. Will it be like the last time the markets tanked, or the time before that? Will it be like waiting to be drafted into war, or like waiting for a hurricane to change paths? We solemnly declare that nothing will ever be normal again, but we remember saying that the last time too. We reread the library books that were due weeks ago. We change our Zoom backgrounds. We have all seen that meme, by now, but just in case we send it to someone who might not have, yet. We sew facemasks. We remain distant, socially. We wave to our neighbors from our windows. We wonder what we'll remember of this, in the end—when it ends. When the skies are clear we go out for long walks in the woods, stepping off the paths when others approach. We are more aware of springtime than we've been in years; the air has never been clearer. Everywhere there are signs of nature, happily filling the voids we've left. The sunsets are spectacular; we chart the phases of the moon before bedtime, because she at least keeps changing. At night, when the children are asleep, we unmake their pillow forts and clear their art projects from the table. We enjoy the first silence of the day. But soon we'll fill it, talking about the children and everything they said and did all day long. What else can we do? We drink whatever's handy. We call a friend who "has it" and lives alone; we sit up together until they can take Tylenol again. We check in with people we haven't talked to in years, and sign every email, 'hope you're well' in a way we've never really meant before. We lie in bed, rotating through the dark and silent night, waiting for sleep to fall over us, and to dream, again, of a world waiting for us to return. Kristopher Jansma is the director of the Creative Writing Program at SUNY New Paltz and the author of, most recently, Why We Came to the City. ...

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An Excellent Grocery Store

This will sound odd, perhaps, but when this crisis began my real worry wasn't that I would fall sick. My greater fear was that I wouldn't be able to get food for my kids. It was perhaps irrational, this fear. When I went to the large grocery stores in Poughkeepsie, I saw that people were tense. Some appeared to act in a near frenzy. I blamed myself when I saw that there was no chicken to be found on the shelves and no canned beans either. Not even any tofu, which baffled me for some reason, and certainly no wipes or gloves. For a few days, I felt all my fears had come true. I began to think I would have to serve my family canned sardines for a few weeks. I'm exaggerating a bit, but not by much. Then I stopped by my neighborhood grocery store, My Market, at the corner of Raymond and Fulton in Poughkeepsie. I live across from Vassar College campus and this grocery store is a five-minute walk from my house. In the past, we would go there to pick up ingredients we were missing. More than once I went there just to get ingredients for cocktails—lime, an orange, mint, soda, sugar—if friends said they were coming over for drinks. This was my routine: I would enter the store, and Ali, who usually works at the deli counter there, would ask me how I was doing. 'Excellent,' I would always answer. Sometimes, even without the exchange, Ali would see me enter and begin the chant. 'Excellent, excellent.' Now, maybe in the third week of March, I stopped at My Market and found there all that I had been looking for. Chicken, a variety of beans, greens, even tofu. The only thing I couldn't find were gloves. I mentioned this to Mohsin who was behind the counter and he took some gloves out from the box behind him and put them in my bag. He didn't accept any payment for them. Over these last two or three weeks, I have returned there often and the store has been a source of comfort to me. It would be accurate to say that I have come to regard the store as a refuge. All these years, 10 at least, I have been seeing the same four people working at the store. They are three men and one woman. I talked to them today, asking questions I had never asked before. I learned that all of them are from a town called Rasht in northern Iran. I discovered that the lady behind the cash register, a pleasant woman with a bird-like voice, is named Minoo. She said that business is down; they only have one-fourth the usual number of customers. Most Vassar students, eager customers of breakfast food and chips, are no longer around. Those items are not selling now. Nor are items like medicine or shampoo. But toilet paper sales are up. I asked Ali what the news was from Iran. That country has been particularly hard-hit. He said he has family there and he checks in with them on FaceTime. Things there are just like it is here. I didn't press him for details. We were both talking with our masks on. I then asked Ali if any customer had been rude or said anything racist. He said no, everyone has been nice. I'm glad that My Market is open for us. And that the four friends who work there are wearing masks and gloves. Today I saw that they had erected a plastic sheet in front of the cash register for protection. The people who are providing most of the essential services to all of us are hardest hit by COVID-19; they are also, overwhelmingly, working-class people of color. As I was writing this, I read of a 27-year-old grocery store clerk in Maryland, Leilani Jordan, who has died from the coronavirus. Earlier, she had complained to her mother that her employer, Giant Food, didn't provide masks or gloves. Jordan was forced to bring her own hand-sanitizer to work. After the young woman's death, Giant Food gave her mother a certificate for Jordan's six years of service and a paycheck for $20.64. Amitava Kumar is the author of the novel Immigrant, Montana and, most recently, Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style. ...

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Isolation To-Do List

1. Wake up. Optional. 2. Get dressed. Optional. 3. Coffee. 4. Grunt at family and confirm that elderly cat still alive. 5. News 6. Coffee and amphetamines and Xanax. 7. Eat breakfast. Or not. But probably. Most important meal of the day. (Insert random semi-structured intervals throughout day of child-centered madness and your inability to teach them anything because you can't even understand how they do division these days or what, exactly, the hell is an adverb again and how long, really, does it take this kid to read a paragraph and thanking the heavens above for your wife who is the brains and backbone of this operation and will certainly get us through the apocalypse.) 8. Coffee. 9. Stare at work computer screen for a while (without checking email because we know what happens then) and think about all the things I really should be doing. Like: designing ventilators in my garage, spending more time with my kids, trailblazing innovative approaches to vaccine production, dismantling the patriarchy, fabricating an entirely new career from scratch because I am not sure I will ever have a job again and am not qualified for any real jobs, quit sniffing glue, restructuring approaches to national healthcare, attacking income and racial inequalities head on, getting that weird bump on my back looked at, disrupting educational paradigms by designing an entirely new national curriculum and forcing Texas to just deal with it, working on my relationship, getting a responsible non-scumbag elected president, and finally dealing with global warming once and for all. 10. Do Facebook for a few hours instead. 11. Coffee. (Insert really long, semi-manic, rambling FB posts at random points throughout the day, but usually before 2PM. This one counts.) 12. Coffee. 13. 20-30 minutes of actual work, what little you have left, following 2 hr anxiety attack about same. (insert various randomly spaced medical, uh, "infusions" throughout day to help deal) 14. Think wistfully about last cup of coffee you had. 15. Remember that you forgot lunch right before having dinner (see item 6 plus infusions). 16. Remember all the shit you were supposed to think about doing earlier but didn't (see infusions). 17. As it is getting dark, think about what you should have worked on outside. 18. Go to bed for a while and ponder your mortality and what has become of you and your role in the world. 19. Get out of bed for dinner. 20. Kid bed time! (Alternatively: Yay, NyQuil Time!) 21. Spend 20 minutes "cleaning studio." 22. TV Time! 23. Bed Time! Where you spend an inordinate amount of time considering points 1-24 of the day and question all your decisions and vow to use your privilege do better the next day before falling asleep in a cloud of drug induced bliss and fear induced anxiety. 24. Get up and pee. Dammit. 25. Go back to bed. 26. Start all over again. Pete Mauney is a Tivoli-based photographer who can be found on Instagram at Instagram @pete_mauney. ...

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Letter from Buenos Aires

Every day starts the same. The beep of the thermometer while I sit on the toilet peeing. I don’t bother working out the math anymore. Less than 37 Celsius, I’m good. No coronavirus today! Sometimes after my pissing temperature routine I stand on the hot pink scale I recently had delivered from the local pharmacy chain. This math I usually do, even though it’s useless. Less than 60, I’m good. Without a way to run, 50 kilos is not getting any closer, and the siren call of Zoom Zumba has yet to enchant me. Even though I’m on the other side of the equator riding out the tail end of summer, I’ve been cooking up heavy, heavy winter foods—pork roasts and butternut bisques, creamy saffron risottos, bean stews, and four-hour bolognese sauces—as if anything lighter and I would just float away. Foods for grounding, foods for comfort. Foods for Fuck the World is Breaking. I make coffee and walk the dog. Or walk the dog then make coffee. I can never figure out which is better. Then I sit on my patio, with its swimming pool blue walls, roll a cigarette, and check the numbers. The daily dread rodeo. Though the streets are hauntingly quiet and everything screams NOT NORMAL, the sun chariot still makes its daily commute from east to west (although across the north here, which never ceases to befuddle my hippocampus). I compulsively trace its movement in shifting patches of light. The ray that falls on the kitchen floor at 9:20. That unreachable patch in the top right corner of the patio wall at 1:30. That time in late afternoon—5ish, I think—when its rays soak the upper floors of the buildings in front. The red one, matte like adobe, feels warm to the sight. I yearn to feel that primordial heat on my skin. The white one next to it casts a secondary brightness onto the patio walls. Sun reflected its better than no sun at all. Being outside has become a deep craving, a maddening addiction. And what a temptress nature has been. By and large, these days in quarantine have been exceptional. Big shining blue skies glimpsed through the cookie cutter of my walled patio. And the couple days of rain, necessary, right. A collective wail. Somehow—magically—the seasons still know to change, even though everything else is broken. Maybe the trees didn’t get the memo, because every day they strew the streets with golden leaves. Sycamore mostly, and ash too, which hasn’t yet met its emerald borer here. God praise the dog. The big, waggy, goldness of him. A hall pass in the time of corona, when cops patrol every second corner, managing to blend menace and disinterest in a single gaze. One exasperated Sunday morning, I tried to take him for a jog, and we both got sent home, tail between our legs. Bad girl! I am tired of being alone. I want to be hugged. I want to stand on Santa Fe Avenue on a warm sticky Friday night as the yellow cabs zoom by and the girls in miniskirts traverse the crosswalks in packs, leaving contrails of raw sex appeal in their wake. I want to rub elbows with strangers on the bus as we lurch down Las Heras. I want to dance, pouring sweat, in a sardine can club full of beautiful unfamiliar faces. I ache for the city to come alive again, to feel its vigorous thumping pulse. La ciudad de la furia. The city of fury, silent. It’s all wrong. Marie Doyon, Chronogram’s digital editor, is the world’s youngest snowbird; she lives in Argentina half the year. ...

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Online Summer Classes: Art, Music, Theater, STEAM @

Online Summer Classes: Art, Music, Theater, STEAM

Mondays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through July 6 — The Rye Arts Center has moved its award-winning classes online! Classes include...
New Paltz Art Studio at Unison ONLINE @ Unison

New Paltz Art Studio at Unison ONLINE

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Continues through July 7 — NEW PALTZ ART STUDIO AT UNISON ONLINE • 8 WEEKS Monday classes...

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Shopping and Style

Chronogram's coverage of Hudson Valley fashion in the Hudson Valley. Our shopping category contains information about local stores selling everything from antiques to cutting-edge clothing. Chronogram’s beauty and fashion category takes a look at seasonal styles, surveying what’s available in various communities throughout the valley.

Entertaining

Our entertaining coverage discusses how to throw a great party, ranging from informal garden parties to formal affairs. Our wedding coverage focuses on everything involved with that special day, from cake alternatives to entering into matrimony on a budget. Holiday and New Years Eve event listings keep Hudson Valley residents up-to-date on all of the options for celebrating in different communities.

Money & Investing

Our money and investing category reports on ways to spend money and invest intelligently, focusing on the local economy. Recent articles include an interview with mother of localism Judy Wicks, and how the thriving financial field of impact investing offers the possibility for fiscal growth and social change.

Nature

Chronogram’s outdoors and sustainability categories emphasize the Hudson Valley’s natural environment—and the necessity to protect it. Outdoors focuses primarily on events in the region, from skiing and snowboarding to hikes in the forest. Sustainability takes a look at green events (like the annual Rosendale EarthFest) and ecologically minded thinkers in our area (like Scenic Hudson’s Sacha Spector).