From Solstice to Santa Claus: How Christmas Became Christmas


-by the Hillsdale Historians

December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year and a holiday observed since the late Neolithic and Bronze Age. The Winter Solstice was immensely important in agrarian societies. In December, farmers enjoyed a period of leisure. The harvest had been gathered, the deep freeze of midwinter had not […]

By |2020-12-21T15:03:08-05:00December 21st, 2020|History, Main Street|

The Fifteen Gifts of Christmas

Berkshire Theatre Company presents Holiday Memories by Truman Capote

CB Wismar

Just when the year seemed to be ending, as T.S. Eliot observed “… not with a bang, but a whimper,” Holiday Memories appears in the courtyard of Berkshire Theatre Group’s (BTG) Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA, and the entire game changes.

For fifteen performances scattered […]

By |2021-01-12T13:36:25-05:00November 30th, 2020|Main Street|

Post Office Pentimento

-by the Hillsdale Historians

A pentimento, in painting, is “the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.” Even the greats, like Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Titian, revised their paintings to eliminate figures, reposition compositional elements, or change backgrounds. The original elements, the pentimenti, survive in the […]

By |2021-01-12T13:37:36-05:00November 23rd, 2020|History, Main Street|

Best-Selling Hudson Valley Author Poised for New Release

After thirteen novels, it may be tempting to describe best-selling author Jennifer Donnelly’s career as something akin to a literary fairy tale. However, like many aspiring creative minds whose ambitions venture into the fictional realm, Donnelly’s journey has taken her down many arduous roads. Donnelly was born in Port Chester, New York. Eventually, […]

By |2020-10-20T16:07:35-04:00October 20th, 2020|Author Profiles, Main Street|

The Polymathic Mrs. Pulver

by the Hillsdale Historians

Over the years, there have been a number of prominent women who have had a large and lasting impact on Hillsdale and Columbia County. One of them was Ida Haywood Pulver, a well-educated (for her time) woman whose many professions — photographic hand-colorist, dressmaker-to-the-stars, Parisian milliner, fundraiser, gardener, historical society founder and […]

By |2021-01-12T14:01:42-05:00September 25th, 2020|History, Main Street|
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