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Art Museum Round-Up

Because our October issue is celebrating art and design, we are recommending a few art and history museums in the tri-state area. The NY/MA/CT area has a rich history of art and culture and that is evident in the sheer number of museums and historical estates we have in this area. This by no means is an exhaustive list, but highlights […]

Planting More Than A Seed

Autumn might not seem like the busiest time in a gardener’s calendar. Surely with the fading of blooms and dropping of leaves, this must be a quiet time compared to spring and summer. Actually, few things could be further from the truth. Fall is on a par with my busiest spring weeks. You’d be hard pressed to find a serious […]

Branchwater Farms Discuss the Art of Distilling

When Kevin Pike and Robin Touchet moved to the Hudson Valley in 2012, they were in search of the land that would later become Branchwater Farms. “The goal was to find a place that we could preserve and make economically viable for future generations,” Kevin says. 

From cheese to spirits

In 2014, they closed on an 80-acre plot of land in Milan, […]


Art Museum Round-Up

September 29th, 2023|Main Street Recommends|

Because our October issue is celebrating art and design, we are recommending a few art and history museums in the tri-state area. The NY/MA/CT area has a rich history of art and culture and that is evident in the sheer number of museums and historical estates we have in this area. This by no means is an […]

Planting More Than A Seed

September 28th, 2023|Home & Garden|

Autumn might not seem like the busiest time in a gardener’s calendar. Surely with the fading of blooms and dropping of leaves, this must be a quiet time compared to spring and summer. Actually, few things could be further from the truth. Fall is on a par with my busiest spring weeks. You’d be hard pressed […]

Branchwater Farms Discuss the Art of Distilling

September 28th, 2023|Farm Feature|

When Kevin Pike and Robin Touchet moved to the Hudson Valley in 2012, they were in search of the land that would later become Branchwater Farms. “The goal was to find a place that we could preserve and make economically viable for future generations,” Kevin says. 

From cheese to spirits

In 2014, they closed on an 80-acre plot […]

Sounds of Age

September 28th, 2023|At Large|

Somehow, “spring cleaning” got passed over this year. Perhaps it was the end of a strange New England winter and the slide into a rainy summer season that let the annual rite of purging slide by, unfulfilled. So, we decided to institute another annual tradition – fall cleaning.  

Closets are always a great place to start. […]

Graceland Tattoo

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

Graceland Tattoo, located off of Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, NY, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. “It’s pretty wild. It’s quite an accomplishment, and I think in some ways it ages me,” laughs Adam Lauricella, proprietor. 

Adam has had years of experience in the profession. His interest in tattooing started all the way back in […]

Hilarie Burton Morgan talks Magic and Mischief in Grimoire Girl

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

Actress and author Hilarie Burton Morgan is releasing her second book, Grimoire Girl, on October 3, 2023. 

A grimoire is typically known as a spell book or a textbook of magic. Hilarie describes it as, “a book of life-saving knowledge.” Her spin on the book is a collection of memoir essays, stories from childhood, magical practices, and […]


September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

For Margaret Ahearn of M+A NYC, good design creates products with intention and community that enhance beauty, function, and utility in our homes.  

Designing life changes

This philosophy has evolved from decades of experience as a designer. Educated at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ahearn started her career as a clothing […]

D.W. Miller & PAleoArt

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

One thing’s for certain, a dinosaur or ancient fish envisioned and drawn yesterday by a paleoartist may look like one thing today, yet it may look a little different the day after that. It’s tricky business fraught with the possibility of change.

Early in life, paleoartist David Miller, now living and working at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, […]

Mystery Buildings 2023

September 28th, 2023|Real Estate|

Our readers responded so enthusiastically to the first Mystery Buildings article in 2019 and to More Mystery Houses in 2022 that Main Street plans to return every October to check up on the status of previous mysteries and identify new ones, including commercial buildings. We appreciate the help of real-estate agents, town officials, local residents with long […]

A Passage to India – John Robshaw, Textile Designer

September 28th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The elephant on John Robshaw Textiles’ sign in front of the moody, gray house in Falls Village, CT, subtly suggests what awaits the visitor to the shop. Inside are the Indian-inspired block-print textiles that have created John Robshaw’s international design reputation – pillows, duvets, blankets, and sheets of cavorting elephants, tropical blossoms, trees, and south Asian patterns […]

I’m Drawing as Fast as I Can

September 28th, 2023|Featured Artist|

Where do you get your ideas?

If you look at the world with a satirical perspective, you realize ideas are all around us. When I first came to New York City in the mid 1970s, the latest fashion for women was large, puffy, purple down coats. It inspired me to draw a parade of women in those […]

Ravines Winery Riesling

September 28th, 2023|Weekly Feature, Wine of the Week|

I read a cute line the other day that has stuck with me for this week’s selection: A crisp white for a fall night. It sounds so inviting, and it’s perfectly suited to harvest season in New York State, where Riesling proliferates. So, Riesling it is, and with pleasure. Get your hands on a bottle (or several) […]

Ten Mile Table and Vitsky Bakery Supply Artisanal Pantry Finds and Baked Goods

September 28th, 2023|Main Street News, Out and About|

Ten Mile Table Supply is home to a variety of unique pantry finds, independent food publications, and the undeniable star of the show, the bakery counter that houses Vitsky Bakery.

“It’s been amazing to watch the business grow through word-of-mouth in the community,” owner Erika DaSilva says. “Ariel from Vitsky [Bakery] is amazing, and we’ve been looking for […]

Hometown Heroes: Mike Cooper

September 28th, 2023|People Profiles, Weekly Feature|

Mike Cooper is a lifelong resident of Pine Plains, NY, where he works as a teacher, coach, and recreation director. He currently serves as the Second Lieutenant in the Pine Plains Fire Co., but he has been an interior firefighter (which means he goes inside the structures while they are on fire) since joining the hose company […]

51 Craryville Rd, Copake, NY 12521

September 27th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

THREE OAKS Step onto this 18-acre property situated on a quiet country road, and you’ll find yourself in a peaceful, park-like setting with undulating lawns, lovely gardens, magnificent trees, a pristine pond, and a quiet stream. Enter the house, and a mural depicts the surroundings in the style of turn-of-the century itinerant painters. Follow the flow […]

Two Icons, One Night: Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks at Gillette Stadium

September 27th, 2023|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

When my parents and I set out for Foxborough, MA, on Saturday afternoon, the weather prognosis was not good. Rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia was circling New England and the temperatures were clocking in at about 52 degrees.

But I couldn’t bring myself to care because we were going to see Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks perform on […]

Binge Watching

September 27th, 2023|The OTIS Feed, Weekly Feature|

I don’t really have much say about what’s on TV as it’s basically just background noise during my catnaps. However, Mom’s been hogging the TV more than usual lately, or should I say binge watching as she calls it, “scripted reality love TV”. In no purrticular order her go to’s are Married At Furrst Sight, Love […]

3rd Annual Hudson Valley Rodeo Brings Cowboys and Cowgirls to Amenia

September 26th, 2023|Main Street News|

The 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Rodeo returned to Keane Stud in Amenia, NY on Saturday, September 16. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Amenia-Wassaic Community Organization (AWCO) and its programs and is powered by the Silo Ridge Community Foundation (SRCF), was sold out with approximately 5,000 people in attendance between the rodeo and the concert, […]

Housatonic Grad Sydney Segalla Talks College Sports and Sponsors

September 25th, 2023|Main Street News|

Sydney Segalla has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember.

“Both of my parents played sports, so I think it was in their cards to have their kids play sports as well. For me, soccer was what I looked forward to as a kid. I couldn’t wait for the weekend to play in my little […]

A delicious new dining option. New eats at Fern in Lakeville, CT

September 22nd, 2023|Main Street Recommends, Restaurant Review|

For close to a year, those passing by the old fire station in Lakeville, CT, have wondered what the construction would result in. We had heard that it was definitely going to be a restaurant, but then the question was whether it would be an Italian restaurant, or maybe a pizza joint – but then we also […]

Rose Hill Discordia

September 21st, 2023|Weekly Feature, Wine of the Week|

Fall is upon us and it’s time to celebrate the harvest. I wrote an article on Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook for Main Street several months ago and fell in love with the place. It’s time to return, both to the beautiful farm and to its unique and fruit-forward libations. I’m going to get a bottle […]

Hometown Heroes: Brian Walsh

September 21st, 2023|People Profiles, Weekly Feature|

Brian Walsh has been the Chief of the Pine Plains Fire Company for the past eight years. Additionally, he has also held an Officer’s Position for the past 13 years. When asked why he decided to join the volunteer fire department, he shared that his grandmother was one of the founding members of the Ladies Auxiliary. “It […]

Fuzzy Flops

September 20th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

As I sit on the back of the couch aimlessly staring out at the backyard door at the eyesore of a mess Dad has made in purrepurration fur the pool, I’m also watching summer slip away. The leaves are slowly starting to change color and fall and the chill in the air is starting to settle […]

A Final Decision Has Finally Been Made on Sharon Hospital

September 14th, 2023|Main Street News|

On August 28, 2023, Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy (OHS) announced its Final Decision to reject Nuvance Health’s application to terminate the labor and delivery services at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT.

The community, politicians, physicians at Sharon Hospital, and Save Sharon Hospital—a nonprofit community organization committed to supporting and maintaining the full range of services at Sharon […]

Plungerhead Old Vine Zinfandel

September 13th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Well it’s a marvelous weekend for a fire pit gathering, with or without the stars up above in your eyes. (Apologies to Van Morrison’s Moondance.) A delicious fireside wine? It’s gotta be a deep, dark Zinfandel that can hold its own, no food needed. I love the label on the Plungerhead Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, which […]

I Miss Mom, Too! 

September 13th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Since I’ve been so laser focused on Mom’s recovfurry, I furrgot to tell you Ellie started Kindergarten last week. That’s right, my kid sister is officially a big kid! School started off great, but Ellie has slowly expurressed missing Mom more so than usual and has even come off the bus crying fur Mom.

Mom and Dad […]

Fifth Annual Wine Dinner and Auction to Benefit Housatonic Valley Regional High School International Travel Club

September 11th, 2023|Main Street News, Travel|

The annual Wine Dinner and Auction at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT will be held on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. The event is held by fundraising organization Northwest Corner: Students Without Borders in support of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) International Travel Club.

HVRHS is a public high school located in Falls […]

How I Spent 48 Hours in Boston

September 9th, 2023|Out and About, Travel|

My best friend and I were lamenting the end of the summer a few weeks ago when it occurred to us that we hadn’t taken a single trip together at all this summer. As that realization sank in, we immediately took to the Internet to search up interesting places that […]

Come to the Skywalk Arts Festival

September 8th, 2023|Main Street News|

Come to the Skywalk Arts Festival

The Hudson River Skywalk is one of the most picturesque areas in the Northeast. So picturesque it gave birth to the art movement, the Hudson River School, begun by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church whose homes are located at either end of the Hudson River Skywalk.

Our 7th annual Skywalk Arts Festival, on […]

Ruffino Prosecco

September 7th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Football season is back! That’s cause for celebration in my book, and Prosecco is the perfect pairing for a day of finger foods. One that’s a winner every time, whether you drink it straight or make a Sunday cocktail with it like a mimosa or a bellini, is Ruffino. From the winery that’s been making fine wines […]


September 6th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Here we are; six days post op and as purromised, an update on how things are going with Mom. Furrst and foremost, surgery went very well. Just as the ultrasound had shown, Mom had hundreds of little stones in her gallbladder, which was causing her constant discomfurrt. Doc also caught a glimpse of Mom’s heart through […]

Recent Pine Plains Grad Reflects on Time as First Student Board Representative

September 6th, 2023|Main Street News|

According to the National School Boards Association (NSBA), 31 states mostly in the Northeast and the Midwest reported having student board members as a local option.

This past year, the Pine Plains Central School District in Pine Plains, NY had its first ever student representative of the Board of Education (BOE): John Bopp.

As a student member of the […]

The Importance of Library Card Sign-up Month and How to Celebrate

September 5th, 2023|Main Street News|

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and libraries in the region are doing their part to celebrate, both during this month and year-round. And it’s significant, now more than ever, to recognize just how many resources a library card can give members access to, free of cost! As Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, director of NorthEast Millerton Library, says, “It […]

Contemporary Elegance With Mountain Views: Renovated Home On Expansive Lot In Lakeville

September 2nd, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Thoughtfully planned high-end design is the hallmark of this newly renovated country home located in one of Salisbury’s most desirable neighborhoods off Wells Hill Road. The open floor plan is centered around spectacular mountain views ranging from Mount Riga to Mount Everett and beyond. Professional landscaping and mature specimen trees throughout the double lot totaling 2.35 […]

A Year of Shaker-style Flowers at Stissing House – Garden to Table Flowers

September 1st, 2023|Home & Garden|

The Stissing House Inn at the crossroads in the center of Pine Plains has been a focal point for both sustenance and celebration since 1782, operating almost continuously as an inn, tavern or restaurant since its inception. In March 2022 came a new keeper of the Inn to give a new lease of life to this historic […]

Mr. Pine Plains

September 1st, 2023|People Profiles|

Talking All Things Pine Plains With Dominick Calabro

From the Best Bench in TownIf Norman Rockwell were still with us today and he were in search of inspiration for his next great piece of Americana art, he might want to consider sitting on a bench with Dominick Calabro outside of Factory Lane Auto Repair in Pine Plains. From […]

Portable Privacy

September 1st, 2023|At Large|

“It’s been quite a summer.” It’s an innocent enough line delivered by a total stranger, offered to pass a few moments while waiting for the barista to fulfil a request for a very large iced coffee. And, with brief reflection, the statement was quite true. Heat, humidity, raging thunderstorms, flooding … just the weather would justify the […]

Pine Plains – A Snapshot in Time

September 1st, 2023|History|

For many, the name “Pine Plains” evokes a dot on the map while driving along the Taconic State Parkway, but to relegate the Hudson Valley town to a bypassing point on a map is to commit a history lover’s faux pas.

For those who have benignly wandered into that particular offense, and I’m forced to include myself, there’s […]

The Stissing Center is Alive and Well and Waiting for You

September 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

I don’t know that I’ve spoken with anyone more enthusiastic about a place than Brett Bernardini is about The Stissing Center in Pine Plains. He is the executive director of the Center, and his passion for what’s happening and what’s possible there are palpable. It turns out he’s far […]

The Pines – A Victorian Mansion Frozen in Time

September 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

When I take a left turn onto Maple Street, I am admittedly unsuspecting. I’ve seen dazzling pictures of the glorious mansion where Jorge and Eileen Yajure operate The Pines, and I’m confident these photos capture the beauty of the place quite accurately. But the residences and businesses I pass […]

Extracurricular Programs at PPCSD Cover a Wide Range of Interests

September 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

The Pine Plains Central School District offers an expansive list of extracurricular activities in both of the elementary schools, as well as in the junior/senior high school. Dr. Brian Timm, the superintendent for the Pine Plains Central School District told me that the school community recently defined their mission […]

Remembering 9/11 – The Stissing Mountain Fire Tower Flag

September 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

For four years now, the Stissing Mountain Fire Tower in Pine Plains, NY, has unfurled a brilliantly striking American flag on September 11 in honor of the tragedy that occurred 22 years ago. In anticipation of its fifth commemoration, I spoke with Matt Zick and Joe Schmidt, who explain […]

Catching Up With the Pine Plains Real Estate Market

September 1st, 2023|Real Estate|

In 2018, the last time Main Street looked at real estate in the Town of  Pine Plains on the northern border of Dutchess County, we predicted that real estate activity and prices were poised to move upward. COVID, low interest rates, and a national housing shortage fueled the town’s real estate market from total sales of […]

Demeter Home Celebrates its Two Year Anniversary

September 1st, 2023|Business|

Demeter Home opened towards the tail-end of the pandemic in September of 2021 in a relatively small space. “When I opened, it was slow because I had to get my name out there. Starting off on the small side of the building, it was hard to get people to notice that there was a new business in […]

A New Leaf in an Old Town

September 1st, 2023|Business|

Books! Yes, hooray for books! I love libraries, and I love bookstores. If you ask my preference for an amusement park or a bookstore, it’s no contest: bookstore hands down. So it was with a great sense of excitement and anticipation that I entered A New Leaf Used Books on East Church Street just off of Main […]

Pine Plain’s Distinguished Pharmacist Nasir Mahmood

September 1st, 2023|Business|

Before Stissing House was a refined restaurant, before the Pine Plains Platter and the Stissing Center, Nasir Mahmood arrived in Pine Plains in 1989 to take over an existing pharmacy. He heard about the Pine Plains Pharmacy while working at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and within two weeks had moved with his young family to […]

Tony Henneberg

September 1st, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

“I don’t necessarily consider myself an artist, I like to represent things on paper or canvas.” –Tony Henneberg

A downy woodpecker, a red-tailed hawk, a winter warbler, chanterelles, king boletes, black trumpets, and even the occasional bovine, Pine Plains painter Tony Henneberg pays attention to nature, in particular birds and mushrooms, wherever he goes. Ethology (the study of […]

Marques de Caceres Verdejo

August 31st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Labor Day weekend already,and the weather is looking good! Let’s not say goodbye to summer yet. In fact, with peaches tasting so delicious right now, it’s the perfect time to kick back with a white sangria. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 bottle of dry white wine, preferably from Spain. The Marques de Caceres Verdejo is perfect (buy […]

Spilling The Tea

August 29th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Before you assume – no, I don’t have any juicy gossip fur you. But while I’m sipping on my pretend princess tea, I thought I’d fill you in on Mom’s health. Going back to 2018, only a few days after Ellie was born, Mom had a gallbladder attack. She was scheduled to have surgery soon after, but […]

Vital Ocean Current Projected to Collapse in the Near Future

August 28th, 2023|Main Street News, Our Environment|

In case you weren’t worried about the climate yet today, here’s a reason for you to be.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – AMOC for short – is projected to collapse in the near future, meaning any time between 2025 and 2095.

Why is this important? The AMOC is a very important ocean current – that is part of […]

230 Greenwoods Road West, Norfolk, CT 06058

August 27th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This spacious, well maintained home is located on 14.5 acres above Route 44 in Norfolk. Private setting with shared driveway. Freshly painted with new lighting fixtures. Large Living Room with propane fireplace, hardwood floors and built-ins. New stainless steel appliances and flooring in Kitchen. Large primary bedroom with slider leads to a covered porch with private […]

Willow Roots Launches New Flea Market Event in Pine Plains

August 23rd, 2023|Main Street News|

On August 12th, Willow Roots saw the first day of its flea market, which the organization is running every second and fourth Saturday of the month (excepting Sunday, September 10th) until the end of October. On these days, you will find a variety of local vendors and their products at 8 North Main Street, across from the […]

Clean Slate Riesling & Pinot Project Pinot Noir

August 22nd, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Oh no – it’s the end of August already!! It’s a time of change and juggling and trying to soak up the last of the summer. What wines work for this? Easy ones. Ones that you can pull from the fridge or the wine rack without having to think twice about them. Suggestions: For a white wine, […]

House Purrojects

August 22nd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

If I had thumbs, I’d be sitting here twiddling them. This past week there has been a lot of commotion going on at the house. This has really put a monkey wrench in my cat-napping schedule, but to continue living my best indoor kitty life I’m willing to forgo a nap or two.

Although it’s been […]

70-98 Ryan Road, Pine Plains, NY

August 21st, 2023|Deal of the Week|

An intoxicating opportunity to own a 343 acre swathe of spectacular farmland, proudly eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, that encompasses several impressive barn structures, plus a fully functioning distillery and tasting room. Built in 1932 toward the end of the Prohibition Era, it was Dutchess County’s largest bootlegging operation, owned and operated by […]

Dr. Konstantin Frank, Semi-Dry Riesling

August 16th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

In wondering what wine to feature for this weekend, I went to a website that lists what’s being celebrated nationally on any particular day. Who comes up with these things? Did you know August 19 is Chef’s Appreciation Day? National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day? Coco Chanel Day? And so many more! My wine selection will celebrate the […]

Purrthday Week

August 15th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Whatta week. Mom, Dad, and Ellie, made the trek to Iceland fur Ellie’s purrthday only to purractilly turn around and come home due to Mom not feeling her oats. (Not to worry, she’ll be fine. It’s just her gallbladder.) Anyway, Ellie rang in her fifth purrthday with a total of five purrthday parties of course.

Mad Rose Gallery Brings Interactive Gallery Space to Millerton

August 14th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Robert and Kerry also mention the vital role that the Millerton Business Alliance plays in making Millerton a lively and dynamic community.

Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blanc

August 9th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s not easy to impress a fellow bubbly lover with an economically priced bottle, but I did. What’s always most important in a memorable bottle is taste, and this sparkling wine has it, from the first sip to the last. My bubbly snob friend agreed. I gloated. And I have to share.

The wine is French (mais oui!), […]

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Perform Alongside Balourdet String Quartet at Music Mountain

August 8th, 2023|Main Street News, Music|

On Sunday, August 20th at 3pm, Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT, will present a special concert event that you won’t want to miss. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the Balourdet String Quartet will perform J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052, in addition to works by Felix Mendelssohn, Karim Al-Zand, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Jean-Philippe […]

Farms & Flooding: How Rock Steady Farm Has Been Navigating the Changing Climate

August 8th, 2023|Main Street News, Our Environment|

This is part two of a series of interviews with local farms about how the recent weather conditions have been affecting them and their crops.

Last week, we took a look at how Full Circus Farm in Pine Plains, NY was navigating the recent flooding they experienced due to the excessive rain. This week, we took a […]

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie

August 4th, 2023|Movie Reviews|

I’ll start this recommendation by saying I cried on four separate occasions during this movie…but please don’t let this scare you away! This film was incredibly heartfelt, incredibly well-executed, and incredibly enjoyable to watch. As a part of my Barbie/Oppenheimer double feature, I showed up to the theater decked out in hot pink and had a wonderful […]

Rob’s Records & Audio

August 4th, 2023|Main Street Recommends|

If you share my experience of owning a record player, then you likely also share an insatiable need to collect new vinyl at any chance you get. When I was living in London for a few months this spring, I would come across an album I’d been wanting for ages, and excitedly set it aside while I […]


August 4th, 2023|Main Street Recommends|

There are few things in this world that make me happier than a bowl of guacamole and a basket of tortilla chips, and there’s one place that does it the best – Gaby’s on Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. Making guacamole is a precarious process – you need to ensure that you have the right ratio of lime […]

International Cat Day

August 3rd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Happy (belated) international cat day furriends! I hope all my fellow feline furriends felt all the love as much as I did yesterday. But to be fair, evfurry day feels like internation cat day at my house. My family goes above and beyond making me truly feel like the only cat in their lives…actually I am the only cat in their lives.

Lindsey in London: A Travel Series – Part 1

August 3rd, 2023|Out and About, Travel|

About a month and a half ago now, I returned from a four-and-a-half-month study abroad experience in London. While I certainly cherished my time in the city while I was there, I’ve been reflecting more and more on my past experiences and, quite honestly, trying to figure out all the ways I can go back again. In […]

Cat Days Of Summer…Or?

August 2nd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Purrdon me fur the stink eye, but I have a good reason fur it. I have a bit of a bone to pick with my K-9 furriends (pun intended). I’m sure you’ve heard about the “dog days of summer”. But what does that even mean? According to Google the 'dog days' are considered to be the hottest and most unbearable days of the season, which are furrom July 3rd to August 11th each year. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about the cat days summer…or any season fur that matter?


August 2nd, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Annie, an adorable 8-year-old feline, brings joy and playfulness into the lives of her loving humans. This spirited cat is known for her endless enthusiasm for playtime, with her favorite activity being the exhilarating pursuit of cat wands.

But Annie isn’t all about constant movement and excitement. She also has a softer side. During quieter moments, […]

Lainey Wilson Performs First Arena Show to Sold-Out Crowd at Mohegan Sun

August 2nd, 2023|Music, Out and About|

For her first headlining arena show, Lainey Wilson brought the house down at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

It may be important to note that Mohegan Sun isn’t a huge arena – it only has 10,000 seats – but it’s definitely important to note that the show was completely sold out and almost every single seat was […]

Estate Gruner Veltliner from Millbrook Winery!

August 1st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

What a delightful surprise to learn that Millbrook Winery in Dutchess County has an estate Gruner Veltliner! This grape is grown most widely in Austria and is prized for making a wine that is crisp and bright with notes of white pepper, lime, and lemon that yield a delicious zing on the finish. Gruner is a great […]

Farms & Flooding: How Full Circus Farm Has Been Navigating the Changing Climate

August 1st, 2023|Main Street News, Our Environment|

This is part one of a series of interviews with local farms about how the recent weather conditions have been affecting them and their crops.

Farmers rely on good weather to be able to grow the food that feeds all of us. Extreme weather in any form makes it more difficult for farmers to keep crops alive.

Last […]

Supporting All Students: Gaschel-Clark and Holmes Start their New Positions in Region One

July 31st, 2023|Main Street News, Profile|

This July, my mom, Rebecca Gaschel-Clark, and her new colleague, Ashley Holmes, began their new administrative roles as Director of Pupil Services and Supervisor of Special Education, respectively, in Region One (CT). I spoke with them to learn more about how they first got into the field of special education, what these careers mean to them and […]

48 Sheffield Business Park, Sheffield, MA 01257

July 30th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This large industrial building located in the Sheffield Business Park on 4.212 acres offers many opportunities, a potential division of the building for tenants and room for possible expansion. Large warehouse space with 35′ ceiling at peak and two 12′ overhead doors. There is a separate production area with another 12′ overhead door. Two separate finished […]

Making Scents

July 29th, 2023|Home & Garden|

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. While Charles Dickens may well have been talking about two cities, my tale of hope and despair is about two scents – or rather one distinct lack of scent. However, the shared moral of both our stories is that things are not always what they […]

Relax and Rejuvenate

July 29th, 2023|Wellness|

It’s always a good idea to schedule time to pamper yourself, unwind, and indulge in some serenity. Haven Spa in Rhinebeck, NY, is the ideal destination for the art of self-care.

Annika Barriteau, PA-C is the visionary behind the recently revamped spa, which has been serving the Rhinebeck community for 21 years. She now serves as owner of Haven Spa […]

About to Bloom – The High Road

July 29th, 2023|Our Environment|

The “high road” is one of those brilliant rhetorical turns of phrase that simultaneously depicts a useful metaphor and manipulates an audience. Politicians love to tag legislation with similar flourishes that practically guarantee passage of something like the No Child Left Behind Act, because who could possibly vote to leave a child behind?

Similarly, no one ever wants […]

THE POWER AND IMPACT OF TikTok on Pop Culture and the Economy

July 29th, 2023|Featured Article|

Social media platforms are a dime a dozen in today’s world. New ones rise and fall but there is one certain app that continues to grow and grow in popularity: TikTok. Since its release in 2018 the social media platform has grown to a usership of over one billion […]

Read-A-Romance Month – A Deep Dive into the Genre and its Authors

July 29th, 2023|Featured Article|

You may not know this, but among the many observances and holidays in the month of August, there are two celebrations perfect for all the romance lovers out there. When I discovered that August is dubbed not only Romance Awareness Month, but also Read-A-Romance Month, I immediately thought about […]


July 29th, 2023|Featured Article|

With school out and vacations abounding, summer is arguably the best season to spend time outdoors. With August also being National Family Fun Month, it’s only appropriate that we round up some of the best places to spend time outdoors with your family to end summer the right way. […]

Alive with Energy Edvard Munch – Trembling Earth at the Clark

July 29th, 2023|Featured Article|

The Clark is on a roll. Last summer, it gave us a spectacular Rodin exhibition, and this summer’s stunning visual feast is Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth. In a word–go! 

The collection will reward you with richly hued multi-dimensional explorations of Munch’s relationship with the natural world that go far […]

The Sideward Glance, the Nervous Two-step

July 29th, 2023|At Large|

Near the end of the interview on CBS Sunday Morning, Dani Izzie put her life as a quadriplegic in clear, direct perspective: “I don’t want to go to the grocery store and have somebody randomly come up to me and say, ‘You’re so inspiring.’ Why? Because I’m at the grocery store? I want to be seen as […]


July 29th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Victoria (Torrie) and Doug Larson arrived in Stanford, NY, seeking more space 15 years ago and created an extra rural life for their family and businesses. I first met Doug Larson, an architect, when he assisted the North East Community Center in obtaining a $500,000 grant to expand its program space in Millerton, NY. Since then, these […]

Gardens of the Anthropocene

July 29th, 2023|Featured Artist|

“I have to work from life. If I work from a photograph or make it up it’s not the same.” The life that artist Marilla Palmer is referring to is nature, and very often, the gardens she cultivates. Palmer comes from a long lineage of garden enthusiasts and nature lovers, in particular her father, who instilled in […]

Guido’s Fresh Marketplace: Shopping Done Locally and Sustainably

July 28th, 2023|Our Environment|

With Plastic Free July coming to a close, now is the perfect time to take a look at another local business doing their part in reducing plastic waste production and taking a comprehensive approach to environmental action. This month, we’ve covered the Rural Center Refillery in Pine Plains, NY, and the Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington, […]

Romance Author Interviews: Maggie Rawdon

July 27th, 2023|Author Profiles|

In honor of Read-A-Romance Month and Romance Awareness Month, this August we’ll be sharing the insights of four romance authors who have been navigating the world of the genre and writing all about love in their latest novels. Here, you can read the full interview with Maggie Rawdon. For her website and social media, see below!

How did […]

Romance Author Interviews: Jade Dollston

July 27th, 2023|Author Profiles|

In honor of Read-A-Romance Month and Romance Awareness Month, this August we’ll be sharing the insights of four romance authors who have been navigating the world of the genre and writing all about love in their latest novels. Here, you can read the full interview with Jade Dollston. For her website and social media, see below!

How did […]

Romance Author Interviews: Brooke O’Brien

July 27th, 2023|Author Profiles|

In honor of Read-A-Romance Month and Romance Awareness Month, this August we’ll be sharing the insights of four romance authors who have been navigating the world of the genre and writing all about love in their latest novels. Here, you can read the full interview with Brooke O’Brien. For her website and social media, see below!

How did […]

Romance Author Interviews: AK Landow

July 27th, 2023|Author Profiles|

In honor of Read-A-Romance Month and Romance Awareness Month, this August we’ll be sharing the insights of four romance authors who have been navigating the world of the genre and writing all about love in their latest novels. Here, you can read the full interview with AK Landow. For her website and social media, see below!

How did […]

The Bar on West & Main Brings Good Vibes to Pleasant Valley

July 27th, 2023|Out and About|

Alexandra Occhicone and Arianna Milanese always talked about opening a restaurant together, but neither of them thought they’d actually go through with it.

Until they did.

“I saw this place was for rent and I sent the video to Alex as a joke,” Ari says. “But then my fiancé pushed us to do it, so we met with the […]

Wine of the Week(end) with fruit!

July 26th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Have you been to a farmer’s market recently? The fruits and vegetables are abundant and so delicious! Blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon, and almost any other fruits are beautiful and healthy additions to a glass of wine. Here’s one way I like to do it. Cut fresh strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Using wooden skewers, make fruit kabobs […]

One Word: Reba

July 25th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

I hope you’re not sick of me talking about music. I can’t help myself. Music runs strong through my veins thanks to Mom. So last week was the 50th CMA Country Music Fest and while Mom simultaneously pampurred her nails and be-bopped, I too enjoyed the lineup of country stars. While evfurry one put on a […]


July 24th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

A marvelous, move-in ready 19th century Greek Revival farmhouse on 18 acres off coveted Craryville Road, Three Oaks enjoys an idyllic landscape of undulating lawns, blossoming gardens, a pristine pond and a stunning ancient stone wall. Lovingly reimagined and restored in 2006 by the acclaimed Wagner Van Dam design firm, this 2,758 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, […]

Practicing Sustainability in Every Respect at the Berkshire Food Co-op

July 21st, 2023|Our Environment|

In another installment of our Plastic Free July features, we’re putting the spotlight on the sustainability work being done at the Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington, MA. Their approach to both environmental awareness and the business model itself is deeply embedded in the needs and well-being of the community as a whole.

Their strategies aim not only […]

DiamAndes Perlita Rosado

July 20th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

E-gads is it really Thursday afternoon?? I was so far ahead last week that I forgot about this week. Well, here goes.

With sunshine predicted for the full weekend, there’s no excuse not to get outside and soak up the sun – and then cool down in the evening with a great glass of wine. It really is […]


July 20th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Athena With her enchanting presence and easy-going nature, well-mannered Athena is sure to steal your heart from the moment you meet her. Athena’s friendly personality and eagerness to please make her a delightful addition to any family.

Athena’s gentle disposition and patient nature make her an excellent choice for families with young ones. Athena understands the importance […]

My Swiftie Side

July 19th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Switfting, purrdon me, switching gears furrom Mom’s Shania Twain high, this week I’m getting in touch with my inner swiftie. What is a swiftie you ask? A swiftie is a true Taylor Swift fan. I know I might not strike you as someone who’s into Taylor Swift music, but she loves cats and oftentimes includes cat […]

Upstate Art Weekend at the Wassaic Project

July 19th, 2023|Main Street News|

The Wassaic Project is hosting a day chock-full of events for Upstate Art Weekend on Saturday, July 22 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Wassaic Project, which was founded by three artists in 2008, is a non-profit organization that uses art and arts education to foster social change. “We love this community, we love art, and we […]

The Millbrook Inn Offers Luxury Lodging and Dining Near the Heart of Millbrook

July 18th, 2023|Out and About|

The Millbrook Inn blends two worlds together. The Inn is a luxury boutique hotel set on a picturesque country road, surrounded by farmland and grazing horses. The Inn was once a dormitory for the Greer School, but was reborn as The Millbrook Inn in 2010.

The Inn has also recently added its bar and restaurant, The Vintage, and […]

1015 Lakeview Rd, Copake, NY 12516

July 17th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Views X 2. 3 BR + home on two lots at Taconic Shores, a private lake community. There are farmland views off the back deck and a partial lake view from the front. TS surrounds Robinson Pond, that is about 110 acres. There is a hp maximum and two community beaches.

Close to the Massachusetts boarder and […]

Rural Center Refillery Brings Eco-Friendly Options and Sustainability to the Pine Plains Community

July 14th, 2023|Our Environment|

“A small step forward.”

That’s how Corey and Nicole Clanahan, owners of the Rural Center Refillery in Pine Plains, NY, describe their business’ mission.

“One thing we’ve come to learn about the store, ourselves, and community members is that everyone can do so much,” Corey says. “It’s a big impact on a smaller scale.”

The idea for Rural Center Refillery, […]


July 12th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Gabby Introducing the ever-charming Gabby! Gabby’s name is no accident – she’s a conversationalist who loves engaging with her human pals. Not only is she a master of chatter, she’s also affectionate and loyal, sticking by your side through thick and thin. Despite her manageable thyroid condition, Gabby’s spirit is simply unstoppable! She’s armed with a […]

The Big Concert

July 12th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Mom has been looking forward to seeing Shania Twain in concert fur the third time since Novempurr. While I wasn’t purrsonally there to witness the queen of country-pop put on an unfurrgetable purrformance, Mom used her purrfessional photoshop skills to indicate otherwise.

Like a kid on Christmas, this is all Mom can talk about these days. […]

Twisted Love

July 10th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

What a weird summer so far! The perfect wine for Summer 2023 is Sabba Vineyard’s CabFranc, Twisted Love. I mean, the weather has been totally twisted – one day roasting the next pouring. Twisted Love wine, however, goes with whatever direction you’re flowing, and does it with panache and a full palate. Sabba Vineyard is in Old […]

Housatonic Riverfront Post And Beam Home With Luxurious Amenities

July 9th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Presenting a rare and unique opportunity, this sophisticated 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Bensonwood-designed home, built by Hudson Valley Preservation, located in Sharon, CT, is beautifully situated on the banks of the Housatonic River and features a heated gunite saline pool. Bensonwood uses Net Zero design principles and no fossil fuels, with the intent of living lightly off the […]

Plastic Free Alternatives For the Household

July 7th, 2023|Main Street Recommends, Our Environment|

The start of this month officially kicked off Plastic Free July. What initially started as a charity organization based in Australia has expanded into a global challenge to forego single-use plastics for the entire month of July, and ideally, forever.

The background of Plastic Free July

According to their website, Plastic Free July “provides resources and ideas to […]


July 6th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Chaz Is there a sweeter dog than Chaz? Chaz is an 8-year-old Beagle boy who loves people and other dogs. He’s a wise older gentleman so would do well in a quieter home and with other small dogs. If you are looking for a loyal companion to watch Netflix with or go on easy walks, he’s […]

Trinity Church’s 150 Year Anniversary

July 5th, 2023|Main Street News|

On July 9th, Trinity Episcopal Church at 484 Lime Rock Road in Lakeville, CT, will begin celebrating their 150 years as a parish. Events will continue for the rest of the year and into 2024, but will commence this Sunday with the rededication of the church’s cornerstone and the blessing of Trinity’s new Mary Chapel. In light […]


July 5th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Poolside is the place to be this time of year, and a crisp, cold white is the perfect accompaniment. There are so many fabulous Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand on the shelves of any wine store, and they’re popular because they have a lovely “pop” to them. A […]

The Stissing Center Presents “Our Town” – A Pine Plains Bicentennial Celebration Event

July 3rd, 2023|Main Street News|

The Stissing Center is presenting a staged reading of the classic American play “Our Town” on Sunday, July 9. The event is a part of the larger Pine Plains bicentennial celebration that is taking place through various events all year long.

“Our Town” is a three-act play created and written by playwright Thornton Wilder in 1938. The play […]

Millerton’s Summer Stroll

July 3rd, 2023|Main Street News|

Coming up on Saturday July 8th from 2pm-5pm, the village of Millerton, NY, will truly come to life—and you won’t want to miss it. The Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) will be sponsoring an exciting event this year highlighting a plethora of local businesses and providing tons of great entertainment: Millerton’s Summer Stroll!

Dana at the MBA describes the […]

Teach Your Parents Well

July 3rd, 2023|At Large|

Remembering Tina

When Tina “the Queen of Rock ’n Roll” Turner died recently, the digital music universe reverberated in tribute by presenting her feisty renditions of Proud Mary, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, and You Better Be Good to Me. Ranging from her early, turbulent days with Ike Turner to her supercharged career revival complete with […]


July 3rd, 2023|Home & Garden|

I hate starting an article as a killjoy – especially when it comes to anything floral – but for this food and drink edition of Main Street Magazine before I get on to the waxing lyrical bit of how to incorporate flowers into your dining beyond those gracing the table top, a few words of warning.

Probably best […]

Bliss Brings Fresh Juice & Smoothies to Red Hook and the Hudson Valley

July 3rd, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

When Annie Sullivan and her partner Michael Kelly took over their local juice bar during the global pandemic in 2020, their main goal was to provide an outlet for overall wellness to the Red Hook community. 

“Overall wellness from within by feeding your body good things seemed like a noble endeavor, and that’s really been our guiding […]

Celebrating 30 Years – The Millerton Antiques Center

July 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

It seems that 2023 is a big year for many businesses in our area, and they have a lot to celebrate! In this very issue we are featuring not one but two local businesses who are celebrating big birthdays this summer. The Millerton Antiques Center on Main Street in […]

Jammin’ Out with Silda Wall Spitzer of Silda’s Jam

July 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

This is not your grandma’s jam! This is the jam of former First Lady of New York State, Silda Wall Spitzer, whose love of jam-making morphed into sharing her delicious jam with the Hudson Valley and beyond when she created Silda’s Jam. We were able to catch up with […]

The Many Lives of Rose Hill Farm

July 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

It was one of those days when everything sparkles. A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, temps in the upper 70s, and no humidity. A day to fall in love and be in love, and the perfect place to do it: Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook […]


July 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

When Giuseppe and Antonina Mirto opened Lia’s Mountain View in Pine Plains, NY, they could have only hoped that it would become the community hub that it is today. 

Giuseppe and Antonina – better known by friends and customers as Joe and Nina – opened Lia’s Mountain View in […]


July 3rd, 2023|Real Estate|

Founded in 1824, the Town of Copake, the Mohican word for snake pond, is busy planning its bicentennial celebrations for next year. Located on the eastern edge of Columbia County, Copake is an all-season sporting playground, which still retains its agricultural feel. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail winds through Taconic State Park. There’s skiing and zip lining […]

July 2023 Recipe – Marinated Grilled Chicken

July 3rd, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Here’s something for your July barbecue. Our family has a delicious sounding name for it: green chicken. The origin of the name is somewhat muddy, but my oldest daughter, Claire, desperately wanted it for a birthday dinner one year. We hadn’t had it for a while and the only way she knew to describe it was by […]

The Little Store – and its Proprietors Kelsie Reed and Abby Jennings

July 3rd, 2023|Business|

The diversity of small businesses and risk-taking entrepreneurs make our corner’s region thrive. In Main Street’s last two issues, we interviewed a balloonist banker and a money manager with a garage full of Porsches. This month for our food issue, we talked to Kelsie Reed and Abby Jennings, two young sisters who always dreamed of having their […]

The Hills Are Alive – Labspace Celebrates Our Local Artists

July 3rd, 2023|Featured Artist|

Although not an artist myself, I have always admired and loved being around artists because of the way they continue to celebrate the imagination and maintain a sense of wonder that many of us leave behind in our childhoods. And they do it despite the fact that pursuing a career as an artist can be an incredibly […]

41.3 Acres – Roxbury, Connecticut

July 1st, 2023|Deal of the Week|

A Long Driveway Leads to this Totally Private Modern Shingle Style on 41+ Acres. Heated Gunite Pool. Central AC. Graciously Proportioned Living Room with Fireplace & Vaulted Ceiling. Wonderful Library. Large Main Level Primary Suite with Full Bath & Walk-in Closet. Separate Formal Dining Room. Welcoming Country Kitchen with Fireplace & Seating Area. Sweet Horse Barn […]

My New Furriend

June 29th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

The fam-bam is away on their annual beach vacation this week. But please, don’t feel sorry fur me – I wasn’t really home alone. Grandma came to check on me daily, fed me, administered my medicine, cleaned my litter box, and gave me endless amounts of pawty-mix. Oh, and my new furriend, Pepé Le Pew also […]

The Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon

June 28th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Here comes July!! To help celebrate our nation’s birthday on the 4th, I have to go with this Cabernet Sauvignon from California: The Federalist. The winery claims the wines are “made like America: bold.” This Cab is indeed bold, with big black cherry and cassis notes and firm yet supple tannins. I love the label, too. Benjamin […]


June 28th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Cassie Cassie is a delightful 2-year-old tortoiseshell cat with an endearing personality and a heart full of love, Cassie is the perfect feline companion for anyone seeking a cuddle buddy and a purr machine.

From the moment you lay eyes on Cassie, you’ll be captivated by her stunning tortoiseshell coat, adorned with patches of rich chocolate, warm […]

Introducing Dr. Ellie

June 27th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Whoop Whoop! School’s out fur summer. But if you recall, back in Septempurr, chapter fourteen started with Mom crying like a baby because her human child was starting purre-k. Fast forward to this past Furriday, and now Ellie has graduated. Mom and Dad are so purroud of how much Ellie has grown and learned ovfurr the […]

Pride Business Spotlight: Kent Hunter and Jonathan Bee of Hunter Bee

June 26th, 2023|Business|

If you’re from the area, you’ve most definitely heard of Hunter Bee in Millerton, NY. Couple Kent Hunter and Jonathan Bee, owners and—of course—the antique store’s namesakes, opened up the shop 15 years ago.

Before starting their business, and having spent time in the Berkshires, Kent and Jonathan quickly learned of a town called Millerton. While they initially […]


June 22nd, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Leah Meet Leah, a charming 5-year-old Beagle currently seeking her dream home. This medium-sized bundle of joy weighs in at 42lbs and is sure to steal your heart with her super-sweet demeanor and captivating eyes. Leah’s playful spirit and love for people shine through every interaction. While she may have grown out of her puppy years, […]

Pride Business Spotlight: Alex Athanasiadis of Demeter Home

June 21st, 2023|Business|

When Alex Athanasiadis first had the idea of opening Demeter Home, he knew he had to find just the right location for his shop. After spending weekend after weekend making trips to various Hudson Valley towns, villages, and hamlets, he found himself in Pine Plains and knew that this was the location he had been searching for.

Alex […]

North East Ford Will be Holding Their First Car & Motorcycle Show

June 21st, 2023|Main Street News|

Mark your calendars and start your engines! On Sunday, June 25th from 12pm-4pm, North East Ford at 182 Route 44 in Millerton, NY, will be holding their first Car & Motorcycle Show. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!

Owner of North East Ford, Lann Rubin II, describes that the atmosphere of […]

235 McCagg Road, Kinderhook, NY

June 20th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Belvedere House is a transformative contemporary by architects Clark & Green that engages the senses with exceptional design and one-with-nature setting, while cocooning you in the luxury of a sophisticated country retreat. This 6800 SF move-in-ready masterpiece of glass, stone, and curved metal, built in 2005, sits on 96 private acres with panoramic pastoral views of […]

Happy (Belated) Father’s Day

June 20th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Happy (Belated) Father’s Day

I play a good Momma’s boy when I need to. Purrimary when I want something – like extra pawty-mix, or to be brushed. But in all reality, I’m one hundred purrcent a Daddy’s boy. I know Mom is the one who wanted to adopt me, but Dad and I have this undeniable […]

Cranberry Bog

June 19th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

This Saturday is June 24. Fast forward six months and it’ll be December 24. Yikes! Only six months to Christmas Eve! Whether that thought fills you with excitement or dread, there’s a wine for that. It’s from Montezuma Winery in the Finger Lakes, and it’s one of their most popular offerings. It’s called Cranberry Bog, and it’s […]


June 15th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Introducing Tortellini, a radiant 10-year-old dilute tortoiseshell cat. Found as a stray, she now blesses DCSPCA’s shelter with her sweet nature and elegant demeanor. Age hasn’t dimmed her playful spirit. Her tender purrs and affectionate nudges speak volumes about her loving heart. This lovely lady has hyperthyroidism, a condition common in older cats, which can […]

237 Main Street, Copake, NY 12516

June 13th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

1800’s farmhouse on Main Street in Copake hamlet. Protected farmland is your backyard neighbor. 4 bedrooms, country kitchen, and enclosed front porch. In need of work. Many original details of days gone by.

Over the winter the house froze up. Plumbing and heating work will need to be done. Appliances are not being represented as working, although […]

Coming or Going?

June 13th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Mom doesn’t furget much at all. That is until recently she furrgot what day her doctor’s appointment was on. She showed up an entire day early. I guess that’s better than missing it all together? The point I’m trying to purrove is that our schedules are so busy right meow, we don’t know if we are […]

Greta Bunberg

June 8th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Greta Bunberg

Greta Bunberg doesn’t want much from life, she just wants to save the planet. While she’s working through her plans, she would appreciate a nice cozy place to live and lots of hay to munch. She also enjoys cat fishing rod toys!

Greta is a super-fun bun who […]

1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel

June 8th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and in thinking about a wine worthy of the celebration, an obvious choice occurred to me: 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel. First, there’s the name. 1000 Stories. Think about all the stories you have about your dad, or stories you want to share with the dads in your life, or stories […]

Riverfront Bensonwood Home With Net Zero Design Principles And Luxurious Amenities

June 7th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Presenting a rare and unique opportunity, this sophisticated 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Bensonwood-designed home, built by Hudson Valley Preservation, located in Sharon, CT, is beautifully situated on the banks of the Housatonic River and features a heated gunite saline pool. Bensonwood uses Net Zero design principles and no fossil fuels, with the intent of living lightly off the […]


June 7th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Psspsspss, may I have your attention please! In case you haven’t noticed already, due to wildfurrs in Canada, the outside air quality here in our Tristate area has reached dangerous levels. With that said, it’s recommended you and your pets limit your time outside, so now is the purrfect time to hunker down and purractice being […]

How to Condition Your Flowers

June 3rd, 2023|Home & Garden|

Over the last year of this column, I have talked a lot about growing flowers to cut and enjoy inside your home. Growing or sourcing local seasonal flowers has become the drum I like to beat (to death my husband would say!) be it for the environmental benefits and/or the emotional joy of creating your own beauty […]

Author Jodé Millman Has More to Say About True Crimes in the Hudson Valley

June 3rd, 2023|Author Profiles|

If you live in the Hudson Valley and enjoy reading true crime novels, then you are undoubtedly familiar with attorney and author Jodé Millman’s Queen City Crimes series that takes place in our very own city of Poughkeepsie. What you may not know is that Millman was personally connected to two of the crimes. 

The first book […]

Overnight Adventures

June 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

It’s a celebratory year for Gatherwild Ranch – a glamping destination that initially opened in New York’s Germantown area in 2017. After operating for six years, the luxe habitat faced challenges regarding zoning legislation, which prompted the business to cease operation.

Luckily, the close-knit community surrounding Gatherwild Ranch pitched in […]

Just say No

June 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

We are all too familiar with that uncomfortable feeling of rushing in to respond with a “yes” when we want to say “no” to a request. Most of us can easily recall the guilt we experience after declining an invitation to a birthday party, wedding, holiday gathering, or meet-up […]

Finally, Dallas

June 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

This article is a little bit … different(?) from what you might be used to, but we love history around here, so I thought this would definitely be interesting or at least a bit of a head-scratcher making you go, “Hmm?” Jesse proposed this article based on his curiosity […]

Making Scents

June 3rd, 2023|Featured Article|

This summer Hudson and lots of other towns in the Hudson Valley will be brimming with locals and visitors who are eager to explore, engage with others, and indulge in new experiences. Whether you’re a local resident entertaining weekend guests or a visitor from afar, be sure to visit […]

Ten Years of Real Estate in Sharon & Northwest Litchfield County

June 3rd, 2023|Real Estate|

Exactly ten years ago Main Street Magazine looked at the real estate market in the “consistently quiet” town of Sharon, CT. Not very much has changed except for real estate prices, super-charged by COVID. The construction fence around Hotchkiss Library on the Sharon Green has been removed and the multi-year renovation is almost complete, with hopes to […]

June 2023 Recipe – Key Lime Pie Creamsicle

June 3rd, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Summertime is officially upon us! Our recipe idea for this month was born while shopping in one of our favorite grocery stores. I love collaborating with Caroline on these recipes. It’s not just the making of them; it’s the behind-the-scenes shopping and preparing for each recipe we create. 

We were together one evening at Adams in Kingston, […]

Up, Up And Away

June 3rd, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

June is the month of adventure for Main Street Magazine, and of Father’s Day. Darrel Long spoke to Main Street early on a Saturday morning about his passion for hot-air ballooning and Spirit Ballooning, the business that brings his family together.

Why do you only fly at sunrise?

For ballooning, winds are safest below five knots per hour. A […]

Balance Amidst Uncertainty

June 3rd, 2023|Featured Artist|

“Throughout my life, the best things have happened because I took a risk, not a foolhardy risk, but one that was necessary or calculated. So although we might want a direct path, a clear destination, we must be careful not to be overly cautious.” – Steven Careau

The word that the artist Steven Careau most often uses to […]

Bird Bath Wine

June 2nd, 2023|Wine of the Week|

If you haven’t been, I highly recommend a visit to Rose Hill Farm in Dutchess County. It’s just off Route 9 in Red Hook. The team there has created something really special – Rose Hill is a working farm with an expansive list of hand-crafted libations featuring its fruits and offered in a taproom that is […]


May 31st, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Gia Meet Gia, a ridiculously cute 8-year-old dog with an adorable underbite. She’s part Akita and part English Bulldog. Gia weighs 52 pounds and is looking for a dream home where she can be the only dog.

Gia’s cute and quirky looks will make anyone fall in love with her. She will be by your side through […]


May 31st, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

HUDSON, NY – Join The Olana Partnership and Site-Specific Dances for “UNFOLDING OLANA: A Day of Dance” at Olana State Historic Site on Saturday, June 17th. This unique event will immerse visitors in a captivating celebration of movement and artistry, set against the stunning backdrop of Olana’s 250 acres of artist-designed landscape.

“UNFOLDING OLANA” is led by acclaimed […]

Geary Contemporary presents “Who’s To Say I Am Awake; Are You?” opening June 10

May 31st, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Who’s To Say I Am Awake; Are You? asks the question about the state of consciousness today. What is currently rising to visibility from our unconscious minds? 

For Carl Jung, consciousness is like a small island in the ocean of the unconscious, while the unconscious is part of the primordial condition of […]

10 Church Terrace, North Canaan, CT 06018

May 31st, 2023|Deal of the Week|

10 Church Terrace, North Canaan, CT 06018
Victorian, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, 1.11 Acres

Charming Victorian with beautiful perennial gardens and stone walls abutting Church Hill in North Canaan. A spacious floor plan includes a remodeled eat-in kitchen with French Doors leading to a pergola covered patio, Den with 1/2 bath, Living Room with fireplace and Dining Room […]

Test Driving

May 30th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Mom traded in her beloved Volkswagen GTI just shy of four years ago fur a mom-car. The Kia has served its purrpose but has definiatlly sported the typical “mom-mobile” look. Needless to say, Mom is ready fur a mom-car glow-up. The purroblem is Mom is supurr picky about what she wants. (Who’s wearing the picky pants […]

Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

May 26th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, Wellness, WOTS|

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is very personal to me, since I have been living with it for over 15 years. And the month of May – even though we are the very end of it at the time of this writing – is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month.

Despite being late to the party with this article, it is […]


May 24th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Bowie Meet Bowie, a charming 16-year-old black cat! He’s a low-maintenance, quiet, and relaxed feline looking for his dream home. Bowie loves treats, gentle pets, and once he feels at ease, he’ll be your loving and loyal companion. Bowie has early stage chronic kidney disease, but it’s easily managed with a special diet. He just needs […]

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

May 24th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Happy Memorial Day weekend! How to celebrate with wine? There just happens to be a wonderful festival in Chatham (the heart of Columbia County) where you can try wines from the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes (and other craft beverages, too!). Support local! Try new wines! Learn about where the grapes are grown and the wine is […]

638 Rodman Rd, Hillsdale, NY 12529

May 23rd, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Oasis – Sited on 50+ acres on a road less traveled, you’ll find this 3 BR, 2 BA ranch with a full basement. Reborn in 2015 from top to bottom. New mechanicals, Runtal baseboard radiators, closed cell foam insulation, Marvin windows, quartz kitchen counters, gas cooktop, convection oven, refrigerator with ice maker/filtered water, dishwasher. The kitchen […]

Picky Pants

May 23rd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Hey furriends, I’m down here – in the pile of clothes. Mom was in the middle of sorting laundry and thought I’d try to model my new pants fur you, but it appears they won’t be ready to wear again until supurr time. I’m refurring to my picky pants. Purrsonally I think Mom can return them, […]


May 18th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Joey Introducing Joey, a friendly 12-year-old mixed breed dog who is looking for his dream home. Sadly, Joey’s previous owner was no longer able to provide him with the care he needed, but he’s eager to find a new home to call his own.

Joey is a spunky and lively golden boy who enjoys his daily walks. […]

Happy (Belated) Mother’s Day

May 17th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

I hope all you Mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. We celebrate Mom evfurryday here at the homestead. Afterall, she is the glue to our family. She makes sure the house is always spic and span (but mostly because she has an OCD purroblem), appointments are scheduled and met (except fur her own – […]

Stella Rosa Wines

May 17th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

I’m looking forward to the running of the Preakness Stakes in Maryland this Saturday. Let’s see if Mage can win this one! I’m not a fan of mint julep, but that won’t keep me from having something fun in my glass. I’ve discovered Stella Rosa wines, and I like them because they are light (just 5% alcohol […]

3.49 acres in Woodbury, CT

May 16th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

While traveling to see this home you will find the unexpected. It’s in a quiet location; down a nondescript lane. Did I say private? Yes! The home is built on a hillside overlooking dynamic views, it includes a magical vanishing edge pool that was built to be incorporated with nature. Simply designed gardens bring less maintenance […]

Ancram Opera House Announces 2023 Summer Season!

May 11th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Co-Directors Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi are proud to announce the 2023 spring/summer season at the Ancram Opera House in Ancram, NY.

“Through bold, inventive theater productions and vibrant community storytelling, we create opportunities for our rural region to connect through the performing arts,” Ricciardi said. “For our 2023 season, we are taking inspiration from our community’s bountiful […]


May 11th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


If you’re looking for an independent kitty who is happy keeping to themselves most of the time (or hanging with other cats in the house) Falcon might be the perfect low-maintenance cat for you.

This handsome guy’s a very docile kitty who is extremely cat friendly and would love to go to a home with other […]

Who Let The Dogs Out?

May 10th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Sorry fur the semi-action shot this week. I was trying to catch the dogs. And when I ask who let the dogs out, I don’t mean the animal kind. Although that would be a valid question, I’m in fact refurring to human toe beans. You see, with the climbing tempurratures recently Mom is all about wearing […]

Mother’s Day Rosé

May 10th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

What better to celebrate a beautiful May Mother’s Day than with a beautiful and delicious rosé? There are so many to choose from these days, not just from France, but from all over the United States and Italy and Argentina, too. Here are a couple I love. The first is a classic French rose from […]

The Belgo Tag Sale

May 8th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Lakeville Community Group Organizes its latest 
Neighborhood Initiative – the Belgo Tag Sale.

On June 3rd, +12 families will hold simultaneous tag sales
 at multiple houses on Belgo Road.

Lakeville, CT – May __, 2023. The Duchy of Belgo, a community group of neighbors living on and near Belgo Road in Lakeville, CT, today announced a multi-family, community tag […]


May 4th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Meet Robin, a handsome boy who is searching for his dream home. Robin is a cedar-colored beauty with a white spot on his chest. He was found as a stray in Poughkeepsie, but he’s done with walking the streets and is ready for a comfy life in a home with a loving human family.

Robin would […]

Kendall Jackson

May 3rd, 2023|Wine of the Week|

This Saturday, May 6, is the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby. Wow! Turns out Kendall Jackson is the “preferred wine of the Derby.” Just as the Triple Crown is about being the best in your field, so Kendall Jackson wines are consistently winners. The Chardonnay has been America’s top-selling Chard for about 30 years. The company […]


May 2nd, 2023|Home & Garden|

If I say the words onion, garlic, and shallot, your mind might not automatically spring to images of beautiful perennial flower borders or even stunning floral arrangements. You are more likely to be picturing vegetable gardens or your kitchen counter. Allium is the Latin word for garlic, and these stalwarts of most people’s culinary repertoire are all […]

Relief Chiropractic and Wellness Center

May 2nd, 2023|Wellness|

Have you ever experienced vertigo? A few months ago whenever I would exercise, stand up too quickly, or even roll over in bed it felt like the world was spinning. After losing my balance a few times and feeling nauseous, I went to my doctor who gave me a prescription medication for motion sickness. 

I did some […]

Float Away – Yes You Can

May 2nd, 2023|Wellness|

Remember the jingle, “Calgon, take me away!”? It became a motto for stressed-out women. Stepping into a tub of bubbles was any and every woman’s way to escape her problems: the job, the kids, the housecleaning, the husband. Tranquility was just a bathtub away. For many of us, a soak in the tub is still a great […]

The Flâneur and the Saunterer

May 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

A first, stumbling step beside the coffee table. A wobbly turn of the pedals. An unexpected lurch when you step on the gas: the great milestones in life –  and in human history – involve transportation, but none more so than the initial steps taken by our African […]

The Museum Road Trip – Taking in the Sights, From New York to Florida

May 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

There’s no arguing that New York City has some of the best museums in the United States. One may maintain that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the cream of the crop. It has two iconic locations, with the main museum stationed at 1000 Fifth Avenue and The Met […]

The Taconic State Parkway

May 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

The Taconic State Parkway never quite got to where it was going. 

While some drivers love it and others hate it, at 105.3 miles in length, it is the longest parkway in New York State, we’ll give it that. If there’s anyone here who’s not driven the road, I’m […]

Driving into Summer

May 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

Summer is the ideal time for drive-in movies. After recapping the history of the drive-in movie, Main Street shares news on a local spot in Amenia that offers films, food, and so much more. There are lots of other movie nights in the Hudson Valley region, so grab your […]

Love, loss, and a 1954 Hudson

May 2nd, 2023|At Large|

We are a nation divided. Deep chasms have opened in our society, stretch-ing the boundaries of decorum and decency. It is not helpful that major corporations, those behemoths with countless resources, have taken sides in this debate, leaving individuals struggling to find and cement alli-ances in the face of seemingly relent-less advertising and incentives.

Politics? They have little […]

New York State Property Taxes – What to Know About Assessments

May 2nd, 2023|Real Estate|

It’s happening again. Revaluation is increasing assessment values based on top of the market sales. What’s worse is that people don’t know how much their taxes will be until county and school budgets are finalized months from now. This month’s real estate feature will try to explain the complex assessment process in New York. Each state has […]

May 2023 Recipe – LENTIL SALAD

May 2nd, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

This may not be the sweet treat you are accustomed to getting from us, but this lentil salad has a sugary element to satisfy that sweet tooth. In addition to being delicious, lentils provide fiber, plant protein, polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), and folate; are low in sodium and saturated fats; and are high in potassium. This […]

Investing for the future

May 2nd, 2023|Business|

James Demmert had to run after our early morning conversation to appear on the Yahoo Finance channel, where he’s a frequent talking head on stock markets. In our brief 45-minute interview, he explained that attending Berkshire School had turned his life around and made him return to set up a New England office of his successful California […]


May 2nd, 2023|Featured Artist|

The first time I met the artist, curator and gallery owner Kathleen Kucka was at a dinner at The White Hart in Salisbury, CT. I overheard her describing her artistic process, which involved using hot objects to burn canvas. I was immediately intrigued yet couldn’t quite understand how it worked – wouldn’t it just look like a […]

Purretty Packed Schedule

May 1st, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Furrst off, how are you all? We haven’t spoken since last month – paw slapper! Boy they aren’t kitten when they say April showers bring May flowers. We have dandelions galore here at the homestead and the grass is ready fur its second mowing. There’s just something about the way furreshly cut grass satisfies the sniffer.


176 Main St, Claverack, NY

May 1st, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This home has the living space you need inside, and the entertainment space you desire outside. Lilacs, rose bushes and more surround the custom made bluestone patio and stone work all around the property. The ample front porch leads inside to a mudroom/foyer. From there enter the sunny living room with a bedroom or private office […]

The Familiar Unknown Opens May 6 at Bernay Fine Art

April 29th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

On May 6, Bernay Fine Art will open The Familiar Unknown, a new show curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll. The show will feature work by twenty-two artists from the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, and the New York Metropolitan area. The artists in the show are: Max Miller, Faile, Amanda Marie Mason, Susan Bee, Jenny Kemp, Matt LaFleur, […]


April 26th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Meet Rocky, a sweet and friendly 3-year-old feline currently in foster care. Rocky is a snuggler at heart and loves nothing more than curling up around your legs or sleeping next to you on the pillow. He’s always eager for attention and affection, and will never say no to a good cuddle session.

Although Rocky has […]

Brilla Prosecco

April 26th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It seems April showers have brought April flowers, and we’re in full spring bloom. There’s a crisp sparkle to the morning, and it puts me in a bubbly kind of mood. A sparkly sparkler that’s as good as it looks is Brilla! Prosecco. It’s easy to find, very affordable, and complements all kinds of foods. Prosecco is […]

Laundry-The Nevfurr Ending Story

April 25th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Poor Mom. Her weekends always go something like this: vacuum, grocery shopping, and tackling an avfurrage of five loads of laundry. It’s ameowzing the purroduction that goes specifically into laundry. Sort into multiple piles, switch the loads as they finish, hang some clothes, fold the rest, and put them away.

I guess I can’t feel too bad […]

Soaring Souls Philanthropy Photo Exhibit at The Hotchkiss School

April 24th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|


Currently on view at The Hotchkiss School is Soaring Souls – Honor our Heroes, a charitable photography exhibition by Quisha Lee ’24 and the Hotchkiss Special Olympics Club. Installed on the walls of the […]

77 Craryville Rd, Taghkanic, NY

April 24th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

An instant classic: this enchanting 1820 Greek Revival Farmhouse has been re-equipped and re-imagined as a move-in-ready country home with every 21 st century luxury amenity. Situated on a picturesque, pin-drop quiet dirt road, it’s only 20 minutes from the hip and happening towns of Hudson and Great Barrington. 77 Craryville’s 12.86 acre property is like […]


April 20th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Introducing Batman, a charming 3-year-old medium-sized pittie. He has a delightful and playful personality that is sure to brighten your day. When he looks at you with his endearing eyes, you can’t help but feel a connection. Batman is a fan of toy chasing and pouncing, especially when it comes to balls. He also adores […]


April 19th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

An Opening Night Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 22 headlined by ORVILLE PECK with support from IDA MAE Followed by a weekend-long gathering including the banner event SHAG WITH PRIDE presented with Pride in the Hills on Friday, June 23, and a free TOWN PARTY on Sunday, June 25.



April 18th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Let’s just cut right to the chase this week. Even though I’m feeling absolutely fine, paranoid Mom insisted on keeping my check-up appointment fur my hypothyroidism this past Furrsday. Ellie was off furrom school last week so she helped Mom bring me to the dreaded four-letter word place (the vets). Usually I get to ride shot-gun […]

Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay

April 18th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

If you’re like many and waited til this week to complete and submit your taxes, you need a good wine to celebrate! Order in some Chinese food, get in your comfiest clothes, and pop a bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay. It’s a lovely pale golden color in the glass, and opens up with an almost tropical nose and […]

352 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT

April 16th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This spacious, well maintained home is a must see! The first floor includes a mud room with 1/2 bath, large working kitchen with breakfast bar, island and plenty of cabinet storage! The living room has a beautiful bow window and fireplace. The dining room has pocket glass doors to separate a sitting area/den and foyer. There […]

Twisted Love Cabernet Franc and Coldsnap Blueberry

April 12th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

And just like that, it feels like summer. Yippee! Get thee to a winery this weekend. Sabba Vineyard in Old Chatham is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, offering tastings and outdoor seating at its lovely location. Try their Twisted Love Cabernet Franc, a medium-bodied, smooth dry red with notes of black currant and ripe red berries. Home […]

Hoppy (Belated) Easter

April 12th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Hey peeps – hope you had a hoppy belated Easter. I’ve failed miserably fur a couple years in a row trying to catch a glimpse of Santy-Paws so I was trying to surpurrise you all with details on the Easter Bunny. I even went as far as putting on this ridiculous costume to blend in. Smart […]


April 11th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Sheeba, the gorgeous 14-year-old feline, is seeking a new home (possibly with some feline friends). She’s a bit shy at first, having spent most of her life in a domestic environment, but with a little patience and care, she’ll show you just how loving and affectionate she can be. Treats and gentle caresses are her jam, […]

2 Bloody Hill Rd, Craryville, NY 12521

April 9th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Conveniently located just off the Route 23 Corridor, between Hudson, New York, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, you will find this 3 BR ~1200 sf home sited on ~17 acres. Close to Taconic Hills Central School and also Catamount Ski Area/Aerial Park/Zip Line.

Granite floor tiles and wood floors. Wood-burning fireplace. Full basement with garage underneath. Separate 2-car […]

“Blessing of the Animals” in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, May 6 at the Lutheran Church in Rhinebeck

April 9th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

For 108 years Americans have been celebrating “Be Kind to Animals Week”, the oldest commemorative week in US history. Traditionally, the first week in May is designated to honor the human-animal bond and we mark this week across our Nation […]

Weaving Exhibition and Residency at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Art Gallery

April 7th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|


The Language of Looms — Weaving Human Tapestry presents works by Brooklyn-based artist Cynthia Alberto at the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., from April 15 through June 7, 2023 […]

This Is 40 – Is this what a midlife crisis is?

April 6th, 2023|Main Street News|

Before you begin reading, please note that this is an opinion piece – and everything here was written in jest and poking fun at mostly myself at a realization of how age affects me. There is no judgment here even though some comments may seem flip and judg-y. All this article is is fun. Fun and having […]


April 5th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Bean is a super-sweet and not-too-big dog who loves to hang out with his human friends and play. Bean is the perfect hiking, walking, or exploring companion and can’t wait to meet that special someone or family who will invite him to be a part of their lives. He would be the perfect pet for […]

Going Organic

April 5th, 2023|Farm Feature|

Organic practices are better for us, and they’re also a safer alternative for the environment. Here’s some information for a crash course on the organic industry. 

Within the last few decades, we have been hearing more and more about organic farming. Compared with conventional agriculture, organic farming uses fewer pesticides, reduces soil erosion, decreases nitrate leaching into groundwater […]

Forests of the Northeast and Climate Change

April 5th, 2023|Our Environment|

For at least 15,000 years, we residents of planet Earth have been living in a relatively stable and warm world. Before that, five ice ages came and went. “Glaciologically speaking,” the BBC’s online Science page tells us, we are experiencing an “interglacial” age, defined as such because the Arctic, Antarctica, and Greenland still exist – more or […]

Love, laughter, and the Lasso effect

April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

There can be something mildly satisfying about standing in the check-out line at your go-to grocery store, waiting for Jill, or whoever your favorite checker might be. We can recognize that “self check” might save time and certainly save the grocery management salaries, but waiting (im)patiently in line allows […]

Balance Needed as Development Encroaches on the Environment

April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

There’s a truism in life: Once a piece of land is developed, built upon, altered, exploited – feel free to insert whatever verb you think describes the scenario best – it’s gone forever. It can never be reclaimed, returned to the wild. No matter how a person feels about […]

Meadowscapes – Shifting Our Vision of Lawn & Land Care

April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

We have a lot of lawns in our predominantly rural tri-state region. Keeping those plots and rolling acres verdant and orderly has a high cost – not just to our wallets but to the health and diversity of our land and ourselves. However, the lawn-based paradigm of beauty we’ve […]

US Farm Bill Update & Scenic Hudson

April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

Congress is getting ready to shape the 2023 Farm Bill.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the agriculture industry’s hot topics. 

The 2023 Farm Bill supports family farms through conserving natural resources and promoting the agricultural economy. Approximately every five years, America’s farm-related businesses are affected by this federal […]

Tear Downs, Demolition Real Estate

April 5th, 2023|Real Estate|

Recently it seems like houses, modest and grand, have been disappearing. Here one day and gone the next, including one of Main Street’s mystery houses. For our environmental issue, this article explores why demolition is occurring, how long it takes, and how much it costs. 

It’s not worth saving

Why do owners make the decision to tear down […]

April 2023 Recipe – Mixed Berry Breakfast Enchiladas

April 5th, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

We. Love. Breakfast. We could eat breakfast for every meal. Ranging from sweet to savory, the options are endless. We tend to prefer the sweeter option, especially on the weekends. During the week we try to eat healthier and save our sweet tooth for Saturday or Sunday – or both if we are able to get extra […]

Staged Ryte

April 5th, 2023|Business|

As the real estate market gets ready for an uncertain spring season, savvy sellers and their real estate brokers are once again considering staging to present a property for maximum advantage and to outshine the competition. I spent a morning with Dawn Trachtenberg in her packed Ashley Falls, MA, warehouse learning about this creative business, which requires […]


April 5th, 2023|Featured Artist|

On May 4 Bernay Fine Art will open The Familiar Unknown, curated by Sue Muskat Knoll and Phil Knoll and featuring 25 artists from the Hudson Valley, Berkshires, and New York City. 

Behind every endeavor, whether it is selling art or curating shows, Sue Muskat Knoll and Phil Knoll’s process always begins with the intention to […]

Spurring Vibes

April 5th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Hey furriends, how are we all doing? Aside furrom Sunday’s temperatures, which were brutally cold and supurr windy, spurring is in the air! You know how I know? On Caturday – pardon me – on Saturday, Mom went to town on cleaning. The music was crankin’ (any guesses who she was rocking out to?), the windows […]

Lamb-n-Ham Wine

April 5th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Easter is upon us, and with it the seasonal foods that celebrate the occasion. Eggs play a big part in Easter meals from start to finish – you have to do something with those colored eggs! – and typically the main course is ham or lamb. The wine-pairing juices really start to flow when thinking of these […]

Art Exhibition: “Florescence” by Alexis England

April 5th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Troutbeck is pleased to present “Florescence””, a solo show by Alexis England curated by John-Paul Phillipe.

“This new series is an affair with color and a departure from my restrained ‘mono palette’ – it’s loud, slightly psychotic and unapologetically pretty.” – Alexis […]

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

April 5th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

The saying goes that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Did you know that in New Zealand the ratio of sheep to people is about seven to one? Raise a toast to the lamb with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Known for its distinctive grapefruit note on the palate, a […]

Country Compound on 7 Acres in Sharon

March 30th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Country Compound in Top Location – House, Cottage & Pool. Rambling 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath Main House. Large Eat-in Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling & Commercial Range. Generous Living Room with Fireplace. Den with Fireplace. Screened Porch. Potential Main Level Primary Bedroom/Bath. 3-4 Bedrooms Up + 2 Updated Full Baths. Wonderful Separate 1-Bed/1 Bath Cottage with Fireplace. […]


March 29th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Tortilla is a delightful cat who is just like a burrito, filled with all kinds of goodness. She’s a friendly and chatty kitty who loves to greet her human friends every morning during breakfast time.

Tortilla is a big-time talker and enjoys having a little hangout and chat with her human companions. She loves to play, especially with […]

An Independent, Dependent

March 28th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Mom came home furrom filing this year’s taxes and was a little upset – and rightfully so! Quite frankly, I’m upset fur her. Want to know why? Mom and Dad can’t claim me on their taxes. What the fluff is that all about?

Fur 13 years Mom as always refurred to me as her furrst born […]

Millbrook Chardonnay

March 27th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s back to the States and the many, many, many wonderful wines made here. I’m settling back in with a local favorite, a ringing-in-spring Chardonnay from Millbrook Winery. Millbrook has been named the Best Hudson Valley Winery for some 20 years. The Chardonnay is made from estate-grown fruit and undergoes partial barrel fermentation and complete malolactic fermentation. […]

Sharon Contemporary With Gunite Pool

March 25th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This 3 bedroom light filled contemporary affords Main floor living with 2 first floor bedrooms and a full bath. The sun-filled open floor plan has a living room with wood burning fireplace, and vaulted ceilings and is surrounded by windows and a wrap-around deck overlooking the private setting with a gunite pool. The kitchen with breakfast […]

Daylight Savings Dinner

March 22nd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

You’re purrobably wondering why I’m wearing my sister’s scarf. The story goes like this: I’m far furrom a night owl like Mom. I’m one of those early birds. As soon as the sun starts to shine is when I wake up and start meowing fur the whole house to hear. In the words of my Great […]

Chateau Guillon Graves

March 22nd, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Chere amateurs de vin: When you read this post, think of me in Paris, which is where I’ll be. Magnifique! You, too, can transport yourself to France by simply enjoying a glass of French wine. Classique. My suggestion? A Bordeaux, bien sur. There are many affordable and delicious Bordeauxs available in your favorite wine store, so see […]


March 21st, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Meet Nanook, a beautiful one-year-old Husky. He’s a sweet and shy boy who’s looking for a patient and understanding dream home. Nanook needs someone who will help him navigate the world and build his confidence.

As a Husky, Nanook is an active and intelligent dog who thrives on exercise and mental stimulation. He’s looking for a family who […]


March 15th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Every morning, 9-year-old Tortilla joyfully greets her human friends during breakfast time. She is a big time talker and always happy to hang out and chat with DCSPCA’s volunteers. Full of energy, Tortilla LOVES to play, especially with cat wands! However, yummy treats are the best way into her heart.

Submit an application to adopt TORTILLA: […]

Snow Day 

March 15th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Evfurryone else is talking about the weather and how much snow we got, so I might as well chime in. Evfurryone seems to be up in arms about all the snow old man winter brought us. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s still winter furriends. I’d say we have a good […]

Wild Irish Rose

March 15th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Wine on St. Patrick’s Day? Buck the beer and whisky and go grape! Which doesn’t mean you can’t drink wine with a nod to the Irish. My choice? Believe it or not, it’s Wild Irish Rose. This is a fortified wine at 17% alcohol by volume (think Port or Sherry), but it has a lovely and lively […]

392 Route 7 North, Falls Village, CT, 06031

March 14th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

A sweet house tucked away in a country location, yet close to amenities in the area for all. Surrounded with an open yard to enjoy, yet with a large wooded area as well in the rear and a babbling brook on the southern border. Nature touches you in this peaceful place. Close to shopping, private schools, […]

5 Homestead Farm Lane, Millerton, NY

March 12th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the last remaining unrestricted working farms in Northern Dutchess County, NY. Choice building sites, panoramic views and seclusion yet convenient to New York City, Metro North commuter train and nearby area amenities including Millerton, NY, Litchfield County, CT, Troutbeck Inn, Millbrook, NY and Silo Ridge. Link […]

Congratulations On 60 Years!  

March 8th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

It’s been 60 years (that’s ten human years) and a lot has happened both purrsonally and purrofessionally. Dad has built several houses furrom the ground up (that’s a lot of nails, Nailed It!), we moved into our furrever home, I became a big brother, had some dental work done (thank you again turkey God’s fur the […]

What is Daylight Saving Time?

March 8th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

When is it?
 This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023, and ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

What is it?
Our planet turns on its axis at an approximately 23.4 degree angle as it rotates around the sun. Both the northern and southern hemispheres lean towards the sun […]


March 8th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Aged to perfection, this older gentleman is a big fan of the great outdoors, but also appreciates the coziness of home. He would love to be by your side on a hike, or curled up on the couch with you for a Netflix binge. Diesel needs to be the only animal in the home but […]

Sparkling Queen

March 8th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s International Women’s Day and Month, so it’s only fitting that the focus be on women-made wines. Fortunately, that’s not hard to do these days. I found an excellent article from about many of the women in the Finger Lakes who are making wonderful wines (The Women of Finger Lakes Wine Country). Here in the […]

Magical Setting for Historic Farmhouse

March 5th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Enchanting restored 18th century farmhouse is nestled on a dead-end country lane in a most desirable Hillsdale location. On nearly 10 breathtaking acres, included is a building lot directly across the road. The classic center hall house and barn are a tranquil reminder of the peaceful farm life, charmingly located among huge old maples, stone fences, […]

The Name Game

March 2nd, 2023|History|

For this special tenth anniversary issue, Main Street Magazine uncovered the interesting history behind some of our local towns and how they were granted their names – and this is just a tiny sampling!

As we go about our daily lives – going to work, shopping, attending cultural events, and gathering with friends – we often find ourselves […]

Whitney Joseph – Thank you for your years of dedication and service to the community

March 2nd, 2023|Profile|

For all avid Millerton News readers the name Whitney Joseph is a very familiar one. For those not familiar with who Whitney is, she was the editor of the local paper for well nearly 20 years. In her time reporting the news, she had a major impact on the small community of Millerton and beyond. She not […]

March Flowers Bring April –

March 2nd, 2023|Home & Garden|

Flower friends it is March! We are almost there. Lighter evenings, warmer temps, maybe just maybe we will get an early spring? Either way it is definitely time to start thinking seriously about the growing season ahead and make some decisions about what we want to have flowering in our gardens this year. 

If I have said […]

Say Aloha to Aloha Tacos

March 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

Part of what Main Street Magazine has been delivering every month for the past ten – yes, ten! – years, is fresh and interesting local content. If the magazine were a buffet, it would be all kinds of deliciousness. So here’s another addition to the fresh, exciting, local offerings […]

Through the Years

March 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, we invite you to glance back at the last decade. While we’re looking at where we’ve been, let’s also take time to look ahead with optimism for what’s to come. 

A decade is a long time. Think about all of the events that […]

First Person Singular

March 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

Many tear-sodden, crumpled papers ago, I wrestled with the geometry of diagramming sentences (yes, I went to Catholic school). A two-word sentence was simple enough, all horizontal and vertical, but when things went all 45 degrees, and sentences became complex and compound, my diagrams resembled a thicket more than […]

Main Street Magazine 10 Years in the Making

March 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

As you may have noticed, we’re in party mode over here! That’s right, Main Street Magazine has officially turned ten years old! Wow, what a journey it has been. And it’s really hard to believe that it’s been ten years, 120 issues, and countless stories that we’ve written and […]

Real Estate 10 Years Later

March 2nd, 2023|Real Estate|

Ten years ago, when Main Street planned its first issue, we realized that readers wanted news about real estate activity, which was still suffering from the Great Recession of 2008. Initially our editorial focus was very specific, and monthly articles tracked the characteristics, performance, and trends in specific towns and villages in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. […]

March 2023 Recipe – Coconut Cream Bars

March 2nd, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

I was at work when I received a text from Caroline saying, “Mom, I just made coconut pudding. We should make coconut cream bars.” I immediately responded, “Heck yeah! Let’s see what we can come up with.” So we went to work. 

Caroline had already made a perfect pudding with two cans of coconut milk that were […]

Three Businesses 10-Years Later

March 2nd, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

I am grateful to the three entrepreneurs, Joan Osofsky, Michael Fallon, and John Harney, who so generously talked to a writer they did not know for a magazine that was just beginning ten years ago. They started their careers as a schoolteacher, a car dealership service manager, and an innkeeper and then created destination home stores, a […]

John Harney Keeps It Simple

March 2nd, 2023|Featured Artist|

The first thing John Harney said to me when I arrived at Provisions for our interview was, “I want you to know that I’m an amateur and there are much better photographers than me.” He then insisted on paying for my coffee, and after warmly greeting the numerous patrons […]

Calling all animal lovers and artists!

March 1st, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Dear artists,

Red Horse Rescue in Amenia, NY is presenting an art show “The Webster Diaries” with submissions featuring Webster, our white donkey, as the subject. Webster is nearly 50 years old and rules Windrock Farm located on Bangall Amenia Road in Millbrook, New York. Webby is often considered the angel of the farm, always offering comfort and […]

Artist Visit at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT

March 1st, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

In April, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Connecticut will welcome back artist and author Pieter Lefferts, who inaugurated the library’s ArtWall exhibit space in 2011. Lefferts’ new exhibition features pastel paintings inspired by his recent book, “What the Kek Kek Saw,” an animist fable of braided plot twists that grew out of Lefferts’ many […]


March 1st, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Ruffles An adorable polydactyl, Ruffles doesn’t have ridges, but she does have lots of extra toes! She came to us as a kitten from living outdoors but thrived in a foster home and will grow up to be a wonderful, unique-looking cat.

Submit an application to adopt RUFFLES: apply here

Then,come to meet her! DCSPCA is open […]

Feline Nostalgic  

March 1st, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Birdie was gifted to me when I was a kitten by Mom and Dad. This beautiful red bird, with a bright yellow beak and feet, fluffy green feathers that repurresented its hair and tail, and a pop of white and blue on the wings, quickly became my most favfurrite toy of all time! Although Birdie is not […]

Juggernaut Hillside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

March 1st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Welcome, March! Will it come in like a lion and go out like a lamb? We’ll soon find out. A wine to pair with that theme is the Juggernaut Hillside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery, in Clarksburg, CA, claims to be harnessing the power of nature with fruit grown in challenging conditions, yielding exceptional flavor. The […]

Island Living at its Best

February 26th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Island Living – 3 BR, 1, BA, ~1,000 sf home in private lake community. Convenient to skiing, hiking, golf, cultural attractions, farmers markets and more! Amenities include private beaches and roads.

Link to listing



Predator Old Vine Zinfandel

February 23rd, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Looks like we’ll be snuggling up against the cold again this weekend. A fine time for wine! Go big with a juicy Zinfandel. Considered a quintessential California grape, it thrives in the Lodi area where it’s grown on vines dating back in many cases to the Prohibition. My pick to pack sunshine and jammy fruit in […]


February 22nd, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


This sweet, low-maintenance 11-year-old boy is an oldie but goodie who has been bounced around quite a bit and deserves to catch a break. A lovable goofball who is always up for a game of fetch, he’s still pretty spunky for his age but would be an easygoing companion. He is a fun and playful […]

An Unexpected Makeovfurr 

February 22nd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

The subject line this week purrobably purrked your interest, so I’ll cut right to the chase.

Ellie had another cousin sleepovfurr this past weekend. Unlike the last sleepovfurr with three cousins, Ellie just invited Wizabella (as she’s dubbed her) this time. I much purrfurr it this way; it was so much quieter and speaking on Mom’s behalf, […]

Meltdown – It’s not too late

February 21st, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with Basilica Hudson, Hudson Hall, Partners for Climate Action, and Upstate Films, is proud to present a special screening of the 2021 film Meltdown at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 4 at Hudson Hall. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with trailblazing […]

Dramatic Modern Shingle-Style in Sharon, CT

February 21st, 2023|Deal of the Week|

A mature garden welcomes you to this smashing mini estate. 3 bedroom/3.5 bath main house. Gunite pool with pool house. Separate 3 bedroom/2 bath guest cottage sits privately away from main house with its own driveway. Jaw dropping great room with fireplace & cathedral ceilings. Luxurious primary suite with Turkish-style bath. 3 fireplaces. Eat-in chef’s kitchen […]

The Relentless Patience of Priscilla Cranberry

February 15th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Filmed entirely in Pine Plains, this new short comedy film tells the story of Priscilla Cranberry, who attempts to navigate the challenging romantic landscape of being a single woman in the […]

I Love My Entire Family

February 15th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

This past weekend Mom and Dad decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a couples massage, a dinner date, and shopping. When they arrived home I was starving! They were late feeding me dinner. Once my belly was full I realized something was diffurrent in the house.

Spurr of the moment, Ellie had her very furrst sleepovfurr […]

Tiny Dancer

February 15th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Tiny Dancer

This big, fluffy, ebony beauty is super-affectionate and cuddly. She’s also very chatty and would love a human she can devote herself to and serenade with her sweet meows. At only 4 years old, Tiny Dancer is upbeat and friendly. She is looking for a new beginning with a fresh family. Will you give […]

Ventoux Vidal-Fleury

February 15th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day with a wine that suited the occasion. My post-Valentine’s question is always, Why not make more days this special? A meal that you take time to enjoy accompanied by a nice wine and a candle or two is all you need. A wine of choice for me for this […]

Blue Jay

February 9th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Blue Jay

Blue Jay is an energetic sofa seal who loves stuffed toys and a good game of tug. This cutie-pie came into the shelter with her brother Charlie after their owner passed away. She is a happy 4-year-old girl, who needs to work on her manners a bit and is looking for a human who […]

14 Yonder Way, Lakeville, CT

February 8th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

Introducing this completely renovated home just a few minutes away from the quintessential New England town of Lakeville, CT. The house with its 3,468 sq. ft living space provides plenty of space for smaller or bigger gatherings. Still cozy and warm with two propane fireplaces and radiant heat, you will find all of the bells and […]

A Doggie Bag

February 8th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Wouldn’t you agree it’s nice to be fresh water-bowled and dined? This seldomly happens to me; purrobably once evfurry two years. That is until last week; I got treated twice.

Seldomly Mom evfurr treats herself to anything, but last week while delivfurring the February issue of Main Street Magazine, which also happens to be the animal […]

Rhinebeck Department Store is now Rhinebeck Mercantile

February 8th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Rhinebeck Mercantile, formerly Rhinebeck Department Store, is now open in Rhinebeck.

The original Hudson Valley Department Store was founded in 1946 and became the Rhinebeck Department Store in 1992, owned and run by Barbara and Dick Schreiber. The store stocks popular brands such as Pendleton, Habitat, Tribal, April Cornell, among many other country classics. They are known for […]

Introducing the New Leadership at The Sharon Playhouse!

February 8th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The Sharon Playhouse, the arts and entertainment showcase in the Northwest Corner is pleased to announce its new leadership. Newly appointed Artistic Director Carl Andress, Managing Director Rodney Christensen, and Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Michael Kevin Baldwin, will continue its tradition of pairing extraordinary talent from […]

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

February 6th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! Wine isn’t usually a beverage associated with football, and I like and appreciate a good beer on game day to wash down salty snacks. But wine does go well with football party foods – including chips, dips, chili, pizza, subs, cocktail franks and all the usual crowd favorites (munchies that are […]

A Naturalist, Naturally

February 6th, 2023|Our Environment|

Naturalist. It is a word synonymous with the great observers of nature like Charles Darwin, E.O. Wilson, Maria Sibylla Marien, and Henry David Thoreau. A title reserved for the history books when the natural world was uncharted and misunderstood. It is time to throw out that silly notion.

A new generation of naturalists

Technology has always been thought of […]

352 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT

February 4th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This spacious, well maintained home is a must see! The first floor includes a mud room with 1/2 bath, large working kitchen with breakfast bar, island and plenty of cabinet storage! The living room has a beautiful bow window and fireplace. The dining room has pocket glass doors to separate a sitting area/den and foyer. There […]

Life After You

February 4th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The film Life After You, will be showing at The Moviehouse in Millerton NY Saturday, February 11th at 2pm and at 5pm.

Directed by Sarah T. Schwab of Cardinal Flix Inc., (CFI) this original independent feature is centered around a suburban family’s struggle with the death of their 19 year-old […]

Meltdown – It’s not too late

February 2nd, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with Basilica Hudson, Hudson Hall, Partners for Climate Action, and Upstate Films, is proud to present a special screening of the 2021 film Meltdown at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 4 at Hudson Hall. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with trailblazing […]

Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon

February 1st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s February, and here comes Valentine’s Day, a stand-out occasion for wine. Why not make celebrating the loves in your life about more than one overdone day (the 14th)? How about leading up to it in lots of little ways? Breakfast in bed just because. Leaving love notes around the house. Making dinner when […]


February 1st, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Playful and sweet Lanaya is full of surprises! One moment she might be rubbing against your legs, and the next she’s chasing a dust particle through the air. You would never guess that this spirited sweetheart is a 12-year-old golden girl. She is eager to find a forever home where she can make […]

Sharon Land Trust

January 31st, 2023|Our Environment|

Right about this time, 17,000 years ago, the Main Street distribution area was covered by hundreds of feet of ice. From the Housatonic to the Hudson, South Taconics to Catskills, the Laurentide Ice Sheet shaped our area at literal glacial speed, scouring bedrock and depositing minerals in places that would determine the character of this land for […]

The Kent Flower Market

January 31st, 2023|Featured Article|

Regular readers will know I am a bit of a stuck record regarding the importance of finding local seasonal flowers. Firstly, flowers are no different from fruits and vegetables. They ALWAYS grow, look, smell, last – and even taste – better in season. However, even more importantly, out-of-season, flown-from-afar […]

Hop in to the Year of the Rabbit

January 31st, 2023|Featured Article|

January 22 was the official start of the Chinese New Year, which extends to February 9, 2024. Each year is celebrated with a different animal, and each animal cycles through only every 12 years. This year – 2023 – is the Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit is assuming […]

Farming Legislation

January 31st, 2023|Featured Article|

Oftentimes it has crossed my mind how much new legislative effort is being undertaken to help make life better, as in profitable, for farmers. While many folks tend to equate farming with the wide open spaces of the Midwest, those of us who live in the Hudson Valley and […]


January 31st, 2023|Featured Article|

Based on information published by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), 6.3 million companion animals, mostly dogs and cats, enter US shelters every year. Even more sobering, “Each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats).” These unsettling numbers, gathered […]

February 2023 Recipe – Coffee Crumb Cake

January 31st, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Happy February! This month is all about the LOVE! For Valentine’s Day we are making something that neither one of us can say is our favorite. This dessert is specifically for our main squeezes. Both Caroline and my (Olivia’s) significant others love coffee cake. Now, Caroline has been making coffee cake for her beau’s birthday and Valentine’s […]

Not Your Average Farmers Market

January 31st, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

When it comes to local businesses, they come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Most are for-profits, while there are numerous not-for-profits and non-profits too that strive to contribute and help our communities. We were thrilled to be able to catch up with Laura Griffin of the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market and learn more about the impact […]

For Jason Middlebrook, Nature Always Prevails

January 31st, 2023|Featured Artist|

I first learned about the artist Jason Middlebrook while assisting Deborah Goodman Davis, an art advisor based in Lakeville, CT, and New York City, with a show she curated for James Barron Art in Kent, CT. The show, currently on view until March 11 is titled Mosaics, and it brings together a body of work by “artists […]

What’s Cookin’?

January 31st, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Mom’s least favfurrite room in the house just happens to be one of my favforrite rooms: the kitchen. Why you ask? Well I love the kitchen because my food is there – duh – and as the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I know exactly where the turkey is […]

19th Century Farmhouse in Hillsdale

January 29th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

19th century farmhouse in a coveted Hudson Valley location, perched just on the Hillsdale-Copake town line, on a road known for its open farmland and beautiful country homes. Many original details, gorgeous hard wood floors, sun drenched interiors, and a semi open floor plan kitchen – dining room […]

The Language of Flowers

January 27th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Sue Adams, Vice President of Adams Greenhouses is hosting a lecture and flower reading on February 11 at the Locust Grove Estate.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it’s an ideal time to have some fun with flowers. While some people enjoy getting readings via tea leaves or tarot cards, Sue Adams, Vice […]

Mid-day Music and Meditation at Salisbury UCC

January 27th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The Congregational Church of Salisbury, UCC will present its monthly Mid-day Music
and Meditation on Friday, February 3 from 12:00 to 12:30 pm at 30 Main Street, Salisbury.

“Music has many wonderful benefits for stress management and overall health. It can help you calm your physiology without […]

Stories of the Amistad with Storyteller Valerie Tutson

January 27th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

The David M. Hunt Library will host storyteller Valerie Tutson’s “The Story of the Amistad” on Tuesday, February 21st at 2 pm in honor of Black History Month. Tutson is a multiple award-winning storyteller who has been performing in schools, churches, libraries, festivals, and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on […]


January 26th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|

Archer is a beautiful 69lb blue-eyed boy who was found running loose alone. He is only 3 years old and is looking forward to spending the rest of his years in a home where he can get the love and attention he deserves. Archer is an active boy who loves to play […]


January 26th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


You couldn’t ask for a more affectionate, cuddly cat than Dandelion. This 1-year-old super-sweetheart is friendly to both humans (including children) and other cats. Her distinctive markings give her an especially wonderful expression! She would be so happy to find her FURever family this holiday season. Apply to adopt DANDELION: […]

Man! I Feel Like A Shania Twain Fan!

January 25th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

We all know Mother loves music (almost) as much as she loves me. As the story goes, Mom’s music obsession started back in the 90’s (yikes Mom, that means you’re old)! Cassette tapes (what are those?!) turned into CD’s, digital downloads, and hours of singing her heart out to so many talented artists, but nobody beats […]

Porto Kopke Fine Tawny Port

January 25th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Winter is upon us this week, and that calls for a fireside sipper, something to warm you to the bones after shoveling. My pick is a port, and my port pick is this one: Porto Kopke Fine Tawny Port. Tawny ports are aged longer than Ruby ports, and this one shows it, with lots […]


January 18th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Meet Lulu! This sweet, stunning senior Himalayan cat was surrendered at the age of 14. She is a loving girl who only wants a quiet home with a warm lap she can curl up in for hours. If you’re looking for a beautiful, cuddly, supersweet cat, Lulu is the golden girl for you.

Apply to adopt […]

Valentine’s Violets

January 18th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Support Locust Grove by shopping its African Violet fundraiser sale, which is being held through February 3

Embrace local history and send a gesture of love to that special someone while supporting Locust Grove—a National Historic Landmark estate located in Poughkeepsie.

The 200-acre park-like estate, which overlooks the Hudson River, includes homes, a carriage house, ice […]

The Stump Jump

January 18th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Hey, the holidays happened, and we spent on the big, special bottles of wine for our special occasions. For me they were definitely worth it. But here we are in January, and I’m trying to go with more affordable choices. This is one at the top of my list. It’s an Australian Rhone-Valley style […]

More Bugs

January 18th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Happy Wednesday furriends. I’m going to keep it short and sweet this week. It wasn’t that long ago my whole family had the rona. Thank goodness were in good health fur the pawlidays. But now, my poor kid sister isn’t feeling so well. Mom has been working furrom home; doing her best to keep up with […]

Millerton Antiques Center’s 7th Annual Red Tag Sale

January 13th, 2023|Main Streets Presents, WOTS|

Now entering its seventh year, the Millerton Antique Center and its hive of skilled antique vendors will once again host the annual Red Tag Sale that begins Saturday, January 14 and runs throughout the month of January until February 20. The annual sale will house deals for shoppers and antiquarians alike. “It is a once-a-year opportunity for […]

Prophecy Wines

January 12th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Here goes!
What better way to start a new year than with a wine that makes you wonder about what’s ahead? If you want to think deep thoughts about life – and wine – then here’s one (or some) to turn to this week: Prophecy. There are many varietals, including favorites like Cabernet Sauvignon, […]


January 11th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Meet Gomez the Great. Sweet 1-year-old Gomez was found tied to a tree and is a wiggly cutie pie who just wants to be loved. He adores affection and is an enthusiastic explorer. We think 53lb Gomez may have been deprived of affection in the past, so he is looking for an active […]

Whatta Day

January 11th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Yesterday started off just like any normal day – Dad left for work, Mom brought Ellie to school but then she returned. I thought that was supurr sweet of Mom to take the day off to spend with me. She spent the morning pampurring me; petting me, scratching under my chinny-chin, gave me a sponge bath, […]

Living in the Real World

January 6th, 2023|Featured Artist|

Artist John Morra arrived in the Hudson Valley about two decades ago with two pugs in tow. He soon took up residence and set up a studio in an old church in Stuyvesant where he currently lives with his wife Isabelle Bosquet-Morra – a floral designer who initially hails from France.

Knowledge and experience are sources of inspiration […]

Foreign Concepts

January 6th, 2023|Featured Article|

The holidays are behind us. We spent our time gathering with loved ones, sharing meals, exchanging gifts, baking and gifting cookies, and indulging in all the feel-good festivities that make the season bright. As we approach the rest of the winter season, we can continue to create ambiance and […]

The Iceman Cowereth

January 6th, 2023|Featured Article|

In most publications, this is the part of the article that usually includes a disclaimer meant to either dissuade the reader from engaging in the about-to-be-described activities or at least distancing the writer or publication from any kind of liability for the reader’s suggestibility and – let’s call a […]

Bread and Beyond

January 6th, 2023|Featured Article|

Is there anything more intoxicating than the smell of bread baking in the oven? Is there anything more magical than a first slice from a fresh-baked loaf, warm and welcoming and begging for butter? For anyone who’s experienced the rewards of baking bread, the answers are clear – resounding […]

A Perfect Echo

January 6th, 2023|Featured Article|

If you are a regular Main Street Magazine reader, you will likely already know something about Carrie Chen. Perhaps you have worn one of her beautiful Casana Designs cashmere scarves or sipped tea at her former tea house in Hillsdale, NY. Perhaps you have stayed at her exquisite Bed […]

Starting 2023 Off Happy and Healthy

January 6th, 2023|Wellness|

To many, a new year marks a fresh start and a new opportunity to set and achieve goals – some call it resolutions others call it a commitment to oneself. Regardless of what you call it, I’m all for it! I’d just like to advocate that any other day of the year works just fine too, not […]

Aging and Attitude

January 6th, 2023|Wellness|

After celebrating the New Year (and for most of us, when we celebrate another birthday), we become even more conscious of time and how quickly it’s slipping away. In my opinion, there’s no point in lamenting about aging. There’s nothing we can do to stop time from ticking on. Rather than focusing on all the perceived negatives […]

January 2023 Recipe – Buffalo Chicken Chowder

January 6th, 2023|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2023! That said, we are changing things up for January. Instead of a sweet treat, we are switching gears and spicing things up a bit! The chilly weather is just right for this chowder, which packs the perfect amount of heat depending on your tolerance level! Chowder is a hearty soup […]

Beauty, Community and Fun

January 6th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The backbone of our communities is that of small businesses: the often more visible brick-and-mortar as well as the service sector and specialty businesses, and everything in between. These businesses are run- and staffed by hardworking people who are devoted to their respective communities and the people who live and work in them. This month we are […]

Ryan Frank Likes His Space

January 6th, 2023|Featured Artist|

I first met the visual artist Ryan Frank last summer during a show titled Baggage at the Icehouse Project Space in Sharon, CT. The concept of the show stemmed from the great shift of people from their lives in New York City to the Hudson Valley and elsewhere. Baggage featured works by 18 artists who had all […]

Join us at James Barron Art for the opening of Mosaics

January 6th, 2023|WOTS|

Please join Deborah Goodman Davis at James Barron Art to celebrate the opening of Mosaics a group exhibition she curated.

Saturday, January 21st
1:00 – 3:00 pm
215 South Kent Rd, South Kent, CT

*Please do not put James Barron Art in your GPS or it will direct you to their former location. If […]

Furrst week of 2023

January 4th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Hey furriends! How are you? We haven’t spoken since last year. Paw slapper – that joke nevfurr gets old! It’s been a busy week here at the homestead.

With the pawlidays officially ovfurr and the helping paws of Dad, Ellie, and myself, Mom de-Christmas’d until Novempurr (25th to be exact). Spoiler alerted! She scored a […]


January 3rd, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Rocky is an affectionate and happy cat who loves everyone.  He will curl up around your legs and sleep next to you on the pillow. Rocky has a neurological condition that affects his mobility sometimes, so he would need regular monitoring by a vet to make sure his condition is properly managed. He is the perfect […]


December 29th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Super-friendly, outgoing, and handsome Roki is a German Shepherd mix who was rescued from an overcrowded shelter in the South and transported here for a chance at a happy life. At only 1 year old this charming guy still has a lot of fun puppy energy but is grown up enough to know how to […]

Adiós 2022

December 27th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news furriends, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open to get a glimpse of Santa Paws. I purromise one of these years I will make it happen!

Boy, Mom wasn’t kitten all year telling me I’m such a good man. Santa Paws exceeded my expectations. I got the catnip […]

Pawliday Hustle And Bustle

December 20th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Furrst, I want to start off by thanking each and evfurry one of you who DM’d (direct meow’d) Mom and commented last week on my recent diagnosis. Please know Mom and I feel comfurrted by your outpouring support. And I’ve been a really good man (so far) taking my medicine. But not to worry, I’ll be […]

Nationwide Search Yields New Executive Director For The Stissing Center

December 15th, 2022|WOTS|

After a six-month nationwide search, Brett Bernadini has been tapped to lead The Stissing Center as its new Executive Director, taking over for the retiring Brian Keeler. Leading a staff of five, Brett will begin his new role on December 15.