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THE PROM Opens at Sharon Playhouse, Starring Kate Baldwin

THE PROM opens at the Sharon Playhouse on Friday, July 26 and runs through Sunday, August 11. The show stars Broadway veteran and two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin. We sat down with Kate ahead of the show to get the details on the show and why you should get tickets! 


Noah Kahan’s poignant, inspiring Madison Square Garden debut

When I first listened to Noah Kahan’s “Homesick” in late 2022, I was struck by how I felt so seen by an artist who, at that point, had just released a triumph of a third album, Stick Season. I hadn’t heard any of his other songs at the time and had no concept of the […]

Stylish Country Home in Ancram



THE PROM Opens at Sharon Playhouse, Starring Kate Baldwin

July 23rd, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, Out and About, The Arts|

THE PROM opens at the Sharon Playhouse on Friday, July 26 and runs through Sunday, August 11. The show stars Broadway veteran and two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin. We sat down with Kate ahead of the show to get the details on the show and why you should get tickets! 


Noah Kahan’s poignant, inspiring Madison Square Garden debut

July 23rd, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

When I first listened to Noah Kahan’s “Homesick” in late 2022, I was struck by how I felt so seen by an artist who, at that point, had just released a triumph of a third album, Stick Season. I hadn’t heard any of his other songs at the time and had […]

Foo Fighters Perform an Ever-Short Show at Citi Field

July 19th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

When I left Millerton on Wednesday around 3 o’clock to head towards Citi Field in Queens, the weather prognosis for the evening did not look good. 

Despite the soggy weather, I was in incredibly good spirits. Why, might you ask? Because I was heading to see my favorite band live for the first time. […]

The Bear Butter shop officially opens in Great Barrington

July 19th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Out and About|

The idea for Bear Butter all started with creator Jon Vella’s acai bowl and smoothie shop, The Spot, in Pittsfield, MA. He opened the juice and smoothie bar, located on Tyler Street, in 2018, and while trying to grow The Spot’s brand, Jon found himself eating a lot of protein balls from a coffee shop […]

Swim Lessons

July 17th, 2024|The OTIS Feed, Weekly Feature|

Hi furriends. Hope you’re staying cool! Furrom what I hear it’s been supurr hot out there. TGFBAIK! (That stands fur, “thank goodness fur being an indoor kitty!”) Mom has kept the house at a comfurrtable 73 degrees around the clock with the help of the A/C’s and keeping the shades drawn. She’s also been brushing me […]

Album Review: Zach Bryan’s The Great American Bar Scene is a portrait of small-town America

July 16th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music|

Zach Bryan released his fifth studio album, The Great American Bar Scene, on July 4. Feels pretty patriotic to me. 

Bryan spent almost a decade in the United States Navy, where he spent his nights writing music until he earned an honorable discharge in November of 2021 to pursue a […]

Extra Special Teas employs adults with special needs in Great Barrington

July 15th, 2024|Main Street News|

When Cherri Sanes’ son Jache turned 21, she was trying to decide what the next steps were going to be for him. Jache has autism and in the state of Massachusetts, once a student turns 22 years old, public school is no longer an option.

Cherri was concerned that Jache would have no place […]

Popsicle Spritz with Mionetto Prosecco

July 11th, 2024|Weekly Feature, Wine of the Week|

Mid-July and we’re in the dog days of summer. Yikes! Hopefully you can find yourself poolside on these sweltering days, and here’s the perfect poolside refresher: a popsicle spritz! Spritzes are quite popular these days, and it’s no wonder why. They’re basically sparkling wine added to a liquor of your choice, such as Aperol or St. Germaine […]

Your guide to picnicking in the region

July 11th, 2024|Great Outdoors, Main Street News, Out and About|

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month in the United States? We at Main Street love a good picnic and put together some of our recommendations for creating the perfect picnic below. 

Best picnic locations 

Before we can even enjoy our picnic, we have to find a place to […]

Tyler Childers Performs a Dynamic Show at SPAC

July 9th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

Last Wednesday, we once again ventured to Saratoga Performing Arts Center for what was one of my most highly anticipated concerts of the summer: Tyler Childers. 

I know, I know, another country concert. I’m sure by now you’ve gathered that I’m a pretty big country music fan, and yes, my […]

All about organic at Deep Roots Farm in Copake

July 9th, 2024|Farm Feature, Great Outdoors, Main Street News|

Deep Roots Farm is a family run farm in Copake, NY. Run by farmers Scott and Stormie O’Rourke and their two daughters, Scarlet and Fiona, they grow organic food with regenerative and sustainable practices at the forefront.

Scott got his first interest in […]

The Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon

July 4th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Happy 4th of July! If you enjoy a big red with grilled burgers, steaks, ribs, or anything else that makes its way to picnics this weekend, be sure to have […]

Sharon Butler’s Buildingdrawing show at Furnace – Art on Paper Archive

July 3rd, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Sharon Butler’s solo show, Buildingdrawing, at Furnace – Art on Paper Archive, located at 106 Main Street in Falls Village, CT, is a unique experience. Her double-sided drawings, a rare sight, welcome you as you enter. They hang at a 90-degree angle from the wall, offering an intimate view of both sides. This arrangement allows the […]

High Spirit Community Farm provides residential farm living for adults with intellectual disabilities

July 2nd, 2024|Farm Feature, Great Outdoors, Main Street News|

High Spirit Community Farm is a therapeutic residential and farm-based work program for adults with intellectual disabilities in Great Barrington, MA.

The organization was founded back in 2014 when parents of young adults with intellectual disabilities were struggling to find placement for their children after they aged out of other residential programs in the […]

Big Gay Hudson Valley: Fostering Queer Community in the Region Since 2008

June 28th, 2024|Main Street News|

In honor of Pride Month this June, we will be highlighting local Pride organizations that support and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began with The Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th, 1969, in protest of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars. According to the Trevor Project, […]

SPARC Park in Stanfordville Has Official Grand Opening

June 27th, 2024|Main Street News|

SPARC Park in Stanfordville, NY, held their formal grand opening on Wednesday, June 26. 

The town of Stanfordville just completed an all-volunteer rebuild of the iconic playground at the recreation center. The original SPARC Park was built over 30 years ago as a community-led and built project, and a group of community members organized […]

Family Farm: Migliorelli Farm Has Been Feeding the Hudson Valley’s Residents for Nearly a Century

June 27th, 2024|Farm Feature, Food, Main Street News|

The Hudson Valley is renowned for its abundance of food, restaurants, and chefs from the crops that are cultivated and grown on its land to the many chefs and food-, beverage-, and hospitality-industry employees who graduate from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to the farm-to-table restaurants and the foodies who enjoy indulging in dishes […]

The Struggle to Sustain a Salubrious Scullery with Zero Food Waste

June 27th, 2024|A Healthier Life, At Large, Food, Main Street News, Our Environment|

For readers who may remember my article from last July’s issue that like this one centered around food and drink, this is a follow-up to the challenges I face as a foodie trying to buy fresh, local, and primarily organic ingredients I can whip into Michelin-star-worthy meals that miraculously remain healthy. I’ve been trying to cook […]

Tees and Trees: Disc Golf for Newbies

June 27th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Exercise, Main Street News, Sports|

My journey with disc golf began last month, but the sport has been on my mind for years. I have the UDisc course locator app on my phone and a starter set of discs, but they were just collecting dust – until a chance encounter at the Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station. There, I reconnected with Earl Dakers, my […]

Take a Tasting Tour of Places Near and Far

June 27th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Travel|

Who doesn’t like wine? Or maybe rather than being an oenophile (a connoisseur of wines), you are a zythophile (someone who loves beer and all things beer-related), or a cocktail connoisseur (a keen appreciator of spirits). 

Napa Valley has nothing on the Hudson Valley and its environs; you can barely twirl a corkscrew without it pointing to […]

Community (and Beer) is Brewing at Lasting Joy Brewery

June 27th, 2024|Farm Feature, Food, Main Street News|

The Hudson Valley is a great place to be if you’re a beer lover. The region is brimming with breweries, and in Tivoli, Lasting Joy Brewery just celebrated its second anniversary in June. 

Lasting Joy owners Alex and Emily Wenner opened the brewery on 31 acres off of Lasher Road in Tivoli, NY. The brewery boasts a […]

Dinner on Speed Dial

June 27th, 2024|At Large|

Managing a move from the Litchfield Hills to the outlying suburbs of Boston is no mean feat. In our case, it involved the standard “tag sales,” farewell dinners with friends, all of which ended up with the de rigueur “We’ll see you soon,” and multiple visits to the town transfer station to make deposits on the “gift […]

Ugly Donut Co. Brings Specialty Crafted Donuts to Stanfordville

June 27th, 2024|Food, Main Street News|

Glynis Carpenter stumbled upon the idea to start Ugly Donut Co by accident. 

While she doesn’t necessarily have a sweet tooth, per se, if she’s going to pick up a sweet treat, it’s going to be a donut. Her 11-year-old son, who inherited his love of donuts from Glynis, recently asked her for ‘special’ donuts for his […]

American Dream: Christopher Dorsey Brought His Talent to Kips Tavern in Rhinecliff

June 27th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Restaurant Review|

The riverside town of Rhinecliff is home to Kips Tavern – an American eatery with sweeping water views and all the charm that one would expect from a century old building located across from the Rhinecliff train station.

The quiet town boasts all the wonderful sights and sounds of country living. From the vistas that include quaint hillside […]

Salute Mobile Bar + Cocktails Brings Curated Drinks to the Hudson Valley

June 27th, 2024|Food, Main Street News|

Madison Kiggins grew up in the hospitality business. Her parents, Jason and Madeline, own two restaurants: Madison’s Pizza Cafe & Catering in Pleasant Valley – which is actually named after Madison – and Jason Patrick’s on 44 in Poughkeepsie. 

So when she graduated from Marist College with her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2023, it seemed […]

Estuo and Kae Iwamoto of Hana Sushi: Japanese Fare Created from the Heart

June 27th, 2024|Featured Article, Food, Restaurant Review|

Estuo and Kae thirty years ago

What I was most excited about when I first moved to Rhinebeck, NY, last August was getting to try the variety of restaurant options in the towns along the 9G corridor. Prior to moving to Rhinebeck I lived in a rural spot in […]

Talk of the Towne: Feeding the Millerton Community for 18 Years

June 27th, 2024|Featured Article, Food, Restaurant Review|

If you’re familiar with Millerton, NY, then chances are, you’re also familiar with the Talk of the Towne deli, located off Route 44 near the NY/CT border. 

Sisters Mary Hosier and Sandy Sherman the owners of Talk of the Towne, are no strangers to food service. They previously ran the Village Diner in Millerton for 13 years […]

Dassai Blue is Sake Gold

June 27th, 2024|Featured Article, Food|

It was a beautiful day for a scenic drive from Troy to Hyde Park, through Rensselaer and Columbia Counties into Dutchess County. I was traveling with a special friend, sun roof open, soaking up the sunshine and gasping at how green everything was for mid-May. All was right with the world on that sunny Sunday. 

It […]

Pick Your Own Real Estate: Orchards & Agrotourism

June 27th, 2024|Real Estate|

The Hudson Valley is orchard land. Ulster County on the west side of the Hudson River is the second largest apple producer in New York and the second biggest apple-growing state in the United States, which is the second biggest producer of apples after China. The Hudson Valley, according to Elizabeth Ryan, owner of Breezy Hill Orchard, […]

A Red Fox’s Guide to Eating In and Around Poughkeepsie, NY

June 27th, 2024|Featured Article, Food|

This past May, I graduated from Marist College with a BA in English writing. Despite an unconventional start to my undergraduate career because of the pandemic’s restrictions and fears, it was an extremely rewarding four years. I was able to form an incredibly supportive community and pursue fulfilling academic opportunities that I would not have imagined as […]

Chef to Mushroom Entrepreneur: Devon Gilroy, Founder of Tivoli Mushroom

June 27th, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

We sat down with Devon Gilroy, the founder of Tivoli Mushroom in Hillsdale, NY, to learn about the mushroom business and how he made the switch from being a chef to a mushroom entrepreneur.

How did you go from being the acclaimed chef at The Corner at Hotel Tivoli to growing mushrooms?

Maybe it started when I worked at […]

A Moment in Time

June 27th, 2024|Featured Artist|

Linda Stillman grew up in the Hudson Valley in Orange County, NY. She and her husband discovered their home in Hillsdale in 1980. “It was a rundown, beautiful farmhouse, inexpensive because no one wanted a big, old farmhouse in that era as fuel was prohibitive. We were young and naive and didn’t know how hard it was […]

Riunite Lambrusco

June 27th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

I get such a kick out of looking at the “national days” and discovering all kinds of weird and wonderful things that are celebrated. It so happens that […]

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is Hosting its 26th Annual Sharon Book Signing

June 25th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Out and About, The Arts|

With this year’s highly anticipated summer book signing event in Sharon, CT, on the horizon, I spoke with Hotchkiss Library of Sharon executive director Gretchen Hachmeister to learn more about the organization’s upcoming programs and events, culminating in the long-awaited author festivities in early August.

The significance of a local, community library

Founded in 1893 […]

Full Circles: The Evolution of Post Malone’s Music

June 24th, 2024|Main Street News, Music|

Some people were surprised to hear that Post Malone is making a foray into country music, but once you learn a bit about his background, you’ll realize that it was a fated genre switch all along. (And that’s also besides the fact that everyone seems to be making the switch to country music right now.) 


Are Naps Good For You?

June 20th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

We’re all guilty of an occasional afternoon nap. You lay down on the couch, maybe only intending to close your eyes for a few minutes, and then boom, you wake up an hour or two later with no idea what time it is, how you slept so long, or what you were supposed to be […]

OutHudson Celebrates Array of Pride Festivities in Hudson, NY

June 20th, 2024|Main Street News|

In honor of Pride Month this June, we will be highlighting local Pride organizations that support and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began with The Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th, 1969, in protest of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars. According to the Trevor Project, […]

Echoes of the Past Resonate in Copake’s Bicentennial Exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society

June 20th, 2024|History, Main Street News|

This July and August, Copake continues to celebrate its 200th birthday. In many cases, this year’s celebratory events mirror those that took place in Copake’s past. This will be one of the themes explored in the 2024 Summer Exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. The exhibition, Mementos, Maps & Milestones: Copake at 200, opens […]

Frozen Sangria with Barefoot Pinot Noir

June 20th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

What better to help with the heat than a refreshing frozen sangria? It’s a drink that’s lots of fun to put together and has a lot more flavor […]

Sparrow’s Nest Builds New Location in Beekman

June 19th, 2024|Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

Sparrow’s Nest is a 501(c)3 charity that was founded by Krista Jones in 2012 with the simple idea of cooking for the families of local moms diagnosed with cancer. Since then, Sparrow’s Nest has assisted more than 600 families in the Hudson Valley, feeding more than 3,500 individuals. 

Sparrow’s Nest delivers two home cooked […]

Dearest Gentle Reader

June 19th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

Dearest gentle reader. Oh my goodness, purrdon me! I’ve been binge watching too much Bridgerton with Mom recently…evfurry episode starts out that way. What I meant to say is, how’ve you all been? Let’s bring each other up to speed.

My flabbers are gasted, AKA I’m flabbergasted that June is already more than halfway ovfurr. We, […]

Chappell Roan is My Favorite Midwest Princess

June 18th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

When my friend first came to me with the plan, it genuinely felt too good to be true. We’d fly into South Carolina the day of Chappell Roan’s show, get ready at the hotel, go to her concert that night, and fly home the following afternoon. This felt all the more surreal considering that Chappell […]

Day Trippin’: Our Guide to Spending the Day in Millbrook, NY

June 14th, 2024|Day Tripping, Main Street News, Out and About, Travel|

Millbrook is one of the loveliest small towns in the Hudson Valley – with no shortage of things to do. The Village of Millbrook has a strong sense of community and has been a getaway destination for city residents and tourists alike. Millbrook boasts lots of friendly, family-run farms, gardens, shops, and restaurants, making for […]

Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel

June 13th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Classic Father’s Day fare leans toward big, juicy steaks or barbecued ribs – meats that taste great off the grill. An excellent wine choice for a backyard gathering to […]

Good Eats at Gaby’s in Rhinebeck

June 13th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Out and About, Restaurant Review|

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very big fan of Mexican cuisine. I’m an even bigger fan of margaritas, and there’s one place that (in my humble opinion) does it the best: Gaby’s in Rhinebeck, NY. 

I think that every girl in her early twenties should have a restaurant that she […]

House of Books: A Curated Community Fixture in Kent, CT

June 12th, 2024|Main Street News|

“We take the books seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” 

House of Books general manager Benjamin Rybeck illustrates the bookstore’s approach as striking just the right balance between curated and welcoming. And although the store has changed hands over the years since its founding in the 1970s, the longevity of House of […]

Marcus King Rocks College Street Music Hall in New Haven

June 11th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

South Carolina native Marcus King rocked the house at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT, on Tuesday, June 4. 

The 28-year-old performer is both a solo musician and the lead singer, guitarist, and founder of The Marcus King Band. He studied jazz theory and jazz performance at the Fine Arts Center in […]

To Berkshire Pride, Every Day is Pride

June 8th, 2024|Main Street News|

In honor of Pride Month this June, we will be highlighting local Pride organizations that support and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began with The Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th, 1969, in protest of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars. According to the Trevor Project, “Thousands took to the streets in […]

Ancram Center for the Arts Looks Forward to Upcoming Summer Programming and Expansion

June 7th, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, The Arts|

This spring, the Ancram Center for the Arts released its plans for the 2024 season, illustrating an exciting range of performances, concerts, workshops, and more. To help provide ample space for this organization’s variety of programs and events, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) recently awarded a […]

Dutchess County Pride Center Kicks Off June With This Saturday’s Pride Parade and Festival

June 7th, 2024|Main Street News|

In honor of Pride Month this June, we will be highlighting local Pride organizations that support and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began with The Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th, 1969, in protest of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars. According to the Trevor Project, “Thousands took to the streets in […]

This Friday’s Porch Concert at The Music Cellar

June 6th, 2024|Main Street News, Music|

In 2015, when The Music Cellar moved to their new location at 14 Main Street in Millerton, NY, they put on their first Porch Concert. Now, despite being a touring musician, Music Cellar owner and instructor Jonny Grusauskas has aimed to organize one Porch Concert each year to spotlight their music students’ talents while bringing the town […]

Strawberry Rossini

June 6th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

It’s strawberry season, and a great way to enjoy this delicious and beautiful fruit is by adding it to sparkling wine. You can do this by simply slicing fresh […]

Rhinebeck and Red Hook Join Forces in BeckHook Pride’s Upcoming Celebrations

June 5th, 2024|Main Street News|

In honor of Pride Month this June, we will be highlighting local Pride organizations that support and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began with The Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th, 1969, in protest of the NYPD’s raids on gay bars. According to the Trevor Project, “Thousands took to the streets in […]

Charley Crockett Brings the Honky-Tonk to Albany

June 4th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

Charley Crockett played a sold-out show at Empire Live, which has a capacity of about 1,000 people, in Downtown Albany on Monday, June 3. 

Charley’s deep vocals and honky-tonk musical style is reminiscent of 1970s and 1980s country music, which has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. 

He and his band […]

Dancing Greens Farm Hosts Farm-to-Table Shindigs in the Berkshires

May 31st, 2024|Farm Feature|

Jamie Nadler and Madison Warren were in Italy together pursuing their master of arts in food studies: policies for sustainable production and consumption when they realized that they shared a common dream. 

Creating a farm.

But it wouldn’t be just a farm. No, Jamie and Madison wanted to create an agriturismo, which is an Italian concept that involves […]

The Gardener’s Sweet Spot

May 31st, 2024|Home & Garden|

June, June, June! The month every gardener spends the rest of the year dreaming about. The longest days of the year. Generally reasonable weather with frosts behind us and droughts/flash floods still to come. And, after months of planning, sowing, potting up, and planting out, the garden is a go. We have finally hit the sweet spot. […]

Share a Cab

May 31st, 2024|At Large|

For the moment, let’s consider it “accidental intersection.” Coincidence seems too grand a designation, so it could only have been a simple twist of fate that the first song emanating from the car stereo speakers after we had emerged from a screening of Alex Garland’s Civil War was Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi. The irony was not […]

Help Dover Dive Into Summer – Support the New Rec Center Referendum

May 31st, 2024|Main Street News|

Splash into summer and enjoy the ample activities throughout the area available for individuals and families alike, as well as the many events ideal for friends hoping to connect. Whether one wants to head to New York’s Hudson Valley, Connecticut’s Northwest Corner, or Massachusetts’s Berkshire Foothills it matters not, for there’s no shortage of choices during this […]

Behind the Billboard: The Salisbury Garden Center

May 31st, 2024|Business, Main Street News|

I’m pretty okay with words. But for some reason, when it comes to plant names, my mental dictionary has a gaping hole. The best gardener lingo I can muster is “forsythia,” and I only remember that because I face a wall of it every time I look out my front window. There is a small, bushy plant […]

Abode Home Goods Celebrates One Year

May 31st, 2024|Business, Main Street News|

Abode Home Goods, located on Main Street in Millerton, NY, is celebrating its first anniversary in June. 

Susan Maloney opened Abode Home Goods after a lengthy career in design. She previously worked as a fashion editor, set designer, stylist, and entrepreneur and has renovated multiple homes. Throughout her career, one thing has remained constant: her love of […]

Mt. Washington Church Fair Celebrates 91 Years

May 31st, 2024|History, Main Street News|

The town of Mount Washington is nestled in the Berkshires along the Massachusetts/New York border and boasts a population of only 144 people, per the annual town report. But at the start of the summer, the population more than doubles as part-time residents come to bask in the comfort of the mountains for the summer season. 

The […]

Copake Celebrates Its 200th Birthday With a Bang

May 31st, 2024|History, Main Street News|

The Town of Copake is celebrating its bicentennial with a jam-packed schedule of events throughout the remainder of the summer. In February 2023, Copake formed an all-volunteer committee that has been working hard to create a line-up of events to celebrate Copake’s 200th birthday. 

The planning process

The bicentennial committee, led by Kellie Nardin, wanted to play to […]

The 2024 Season at Chatham’s PS21

May 31st, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, The Arts|

Stir in a moral dilemma, add oranges and watermelons, and sprinkle in a pinch of Shakespeare in a freshly imagined way, and off we go into the 2024 season at Chatham’s PS21, the handsome theater – or make that two theaters: a state-of-the-art black box and an open air pavilion – tucked away amidst the apple trees […]

Arts in Western Mass

May 31st, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, The Arts|

Thinking about where I might go and what I might trot out to see in the realm of live performances given my druthers this summer, it was time to poke around and make a few decisions. In the event anyone’s asking, after a bit of whittlin’ here and some slicing and dicing there, I hereby present my […]

Flying Free at Mt. Brace

May 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

The yearning to be as free as a bird and to soar on wings in the sky has been with humankind since the dawn of time. One of the best-known legends about that lure – and the danger inherent in its pursuit – is that of the ancient Greek father and son, Daedalus and Icarus. 

Daedalus, a […]

Flying Cloud Turns 40

May 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

This year, Flying Cloud Institute, based in Great Barrington, MA, turns 40. For decades, Flying Cloud has been inspiring young people and educators through dynamic science and art experiences that ignite creativity. Main Street Magazine sat down with executive director Maria Rundle to find out more about the organization’s history and programs. 

What is Flying Cloud, and […]

The Dream That Became a Meme: Jaws at 50

May 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

51 years ago very few Americans knew much about sharks, much less about great white sharks.

All that changed in early 1974.

A first novel from a 33-year-old writer jump-started awareness of sharks to the point that many people refused to go swimming, or, in some cases, even take a bath.

The creation

The author of the novel, Peter Benchley (my […]

55 Years Old and Mac-Haydn Theatre is Stronger Than Ever

May 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

“It was start a theater or drive to Alaska,” Linda MacNish said of the decision she and Lynne Haydn faced before opening The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY.

Mac-Haydn is the flagship of live theater in Columbia County. In 1969, seeing a professional musical meant either going to New York City or attending a rare tour stop in […]

Milan, NY – Real Estate in an In-Between Town

May 31st, 2024|Real Estate|

Some towns are drive throughs or fly overs. You don’t know exactly where they are, where they begin, or where they end. There’s no center, no bank, no traffic light, no school – sometimes there’s not even a post office. 

Milan, NY, is one of those in-between towns on the way to the Taconic Parkway or Millerton. […]

Talking Wilderness Therapy with Ed Thorney

May 31st, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Ed Thorney has an affinity for the woods; as he says: “I’ve always wanted to be outside.” 

Ed is a certified Gestalt therapist, wilderness guide, experiential educator, and life-long advocate for people and nature. He has worked in the outdoor education field since 1982 in various capacities and founded Wilderness Therapy & Mentoring to blend his passion […]

In the Beginning Was Clay

May 31st, 2024|Featured Artist|

My directions to Eve Kaplan’s Taghkanic studio were to turn at the pink mailbox. Originally red, it has now faded to a fabulous electric pink. Eve Kaplan hails from an artistic background. Her Norwegian mother was a ceramicist whose first husband was a painter. Her brother was also a painter. Her father, Richard Kaplan, was a […]

Meet the 2024 Top Nurse of the Year, Rich Tamburrino

May 30th, 2024|People Profiles, Weekly Feature|

Mr. Pine Plains baseball – also known as Rich Tamburrino – sat down with me last week to discuss all things Pine Plains, baseball, and what it’s like to be voted 2024 Top Nurse of the Year. 

Scrubbin’ up 

Rich went to college for pre-med at SUNY Cobleskill and later transferred to Cornell University. Initially […]

Summer Water Rose

May 30th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

It’s looking like another sunny skies kind of weekend. I can’t help it. At this time of year I just love to drink pink. Rose goes with everything – […]

K9 Fit for Life Brings Dog Training Back to Ledgewood Kennel

May 24th, 2024|Animal Tips, Main Street News|

Melissa Brady has always had a passion for training dogs. She’s always worked with animals, particularly horses and dogs. When she was in the tenth grade, she designed a dog training resort and spa for a class assignment. Little did she know, that would essentially become her business plan as an adult. 

“I always […]

Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition Addresses Substance Abuse in Local Communities

May 22nd, 2024|Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

According to Hannah Calhoun, the executive director of the Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition, the organization’s main goal is to support communities affected by substance use disorder. 

CGAC was first established over a decade ago in response to the opioid crisis. The creation of the coalition was initiated by Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY, and […]

Hozier Plays Sold Out Show in Saratoga

May 21st, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music, Out and About|

In the summer, one of my favorite things to do is buy lawn tickets to a concert at an outdoor venue. Being located in Dutchess County, one of my favorite venues to go to is Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

On Sunday, May 19, we headed north to go see SPAC’s first big show […]

Foxtrot Farm & Flowers Emphasizes Sustainable Blooms

May 21st, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News, Our Environment, Out and About|

Since childhood, Kate Farrar has been surrounded by flowers. 

“I grew up growing flowers with my family and working in the gardens, and now I’ve returned to growing flowers again,” she said. 

Kate has been farming in the Hudson Valley for over ten years. She worked on a variety of farms in the […]

Housatonic Valley Regional High School Debuts “Blue & Gold” Art Show

May 21st, 2024|Main Street News|

Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s annual art show, “Blue & Gold,” is on display now through the remainder of the school year. 

The art show is in its 17th year and was previously hosted at The White Hart in Salisbury, CT, for many years. This year, the show is on display in the Kearcher-Monsell […]

Bear Creek Farm Farmers Market Debuts in Bangall

May 20th, 2024|Main Street News, Out and About|

Bear Creek Farm debuted their farmers market on Saturday, May 18 in Bangall, NY. 

“At Bear Creek Farm Farmers Market, we envision more than just a market – we’re cultivating a vibrant hub where community, sustainability, and quality converge,” Bear Creek Farm wrote on their website. “Our mission is to connect Stanfordville […]

Celebrating World Bee Day

May 20th, 2024|Great Outdoors, Main Street News, Our Environment|

World Bee Day takes place on May 20 and celebrates the importance of bees and other pollinators in our environment and ecosystems. World Bee Day was officially declared by the UN in 2018 thanks to the efforts of the Slovenian government and the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. 

The […]

Gatherwild Ranch Offers Luxury Stays Immersed in Nature

May 17th, 2024|Great Outdoors, Main Street News, Out and About|

Laura Sink was inspired to create a place where people could stay that would invoke feelings of creativity, calm, and inspiration. After living in New York City for five years, she and her husband Paul Jacobsen, who had grown up in Brooklyn, were naturally drawn upstate to the beautiful Hudson Valley. It was in Germantown, […]

Stissing Mountain Mock Trial Program Fosters Interpersonal Communication Skills

May 17th, 2024|Main Street News|

The mock trial program at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains, NY has been in existence since 2004, when John Schoonmaker started teaching in the district.  

Schoonmaker, who teaches AP European History, Government, and Economics, and Ryan Orton, who teaches seventh grade history, serve as the co-advisors for mock trial. Also involved in […]

Blue Zones: Co-housing Creates Community for Seniors

May 16th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

It’s so important to stay connected. As people age, it often becomes more difficult for them to stay connected. Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are public health risks currently affecting a large population of people in America.

Psychology Today defines loneliness as a state of distress or discomfort that results when one perceives a gap between […]

Main Street Moxie’s Own Mary O’ Neill on “Intro to Podcasting” at the Scoville Library

May 16th, 2024|Main Street News|

Mary O’Neill, one of our moxie podcast experts, is hosting an “Intro to Podcasting” workshop at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, CT, on Sunday, May 19 from 2-4pm. 

In the workshop, participants will learn about the basics of starting a podcast from Mary, the co-creator and co-host of Main Street Moxie […]

Acrobat Oregon Pinot Noir

May 16th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

May is Oregon Wine Month, and this is the perfect month to enjoy a Pinot Noir. Pinot is a wine that is lighter-bodied and very food friendly, so it’s […]

Going to War

May 15th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

Whelp furriends, it’s time to batten down the hatches, slick back your fur, and put on your helmets because we are going to war…against the spongy moth caterpillars. I had no idea they were going to be this bad this year. Consequently, I wasn’t nearly as purrpared as I should have been, so I grabbed the […]

Fibromyalgia: An Invisible Medical Syndrome

May 12th, 2024|Health & Beauty, Health Issues, Main Street News, Wellness|

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by chronic and widespread body pain. It affects about 2% of the population, or about 4 million adults in the US, according to the CDC. The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) however states that it affects anywhere between five to eight million Americans. It is one of many medical syndromes that I consider “invisible” […]

Pink Champagne for Mother’s Day

May 9th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! If you or your mom enjoy a good bottle of wine, here are some special picks: 1. Pink Champagne. What’s more beautiful, delicious, and festive […]

It’s Time to Celebrate Mom

May 8th, 2024|Main Street News|

She’s the one who encouraged you to aim high and always do your best. She never failed to show up to support you at every play, recital, and sporting event you starred in. In the wake of every break-up, she was always there to listen. There are countless reasons why we will remember to honor our moms […]

Rhinebeck Hosts Blessing of the Animals on May 18

May 8th, 2024|Main Street News|

On Saturday, May 18, the Third Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinebeck, NY will be hosting their annual Blessing of the Animals event. 

For 109 years, Americans have been celebrating “Be Kind to Animals Week,” which is the oldest commemorative week in United States history. It was started by American Humane, an organization that was […]

Bomber Boosters Host Golf Tournament Fundraiser

May 6th, 2024|Main Street News|

The Pine Plains Bomber Boosters, a group of parents of student athletes at Stissing Mountain High School, are hosting their first annual Bomber Booster Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 19 at the Red Hook Golf Club. 

The Boosters are a group that have been around for over thirty years and who work to produce […]

Why We Could All Benefit from a Little Therapy

May 6th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

The month of May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed since 1949 and provides the opportunity to raise awareness, combat stigma, and promote mental health resources. 

The way we view mental health, and therapy in particular, has changed dramatically in recent years and a lot of that has to do with […]

Brilla Rose Prosecco

May 2nd, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Hooray for May! Bring on the blooms. Tulips are out, lilacs are close behind, and pansies are peeking their pretty heads out of planters everywhere. What a great time […]

Spring Offers Hope – Even for Those with the Black Thumb of Death

May 1st, 2024|At Large, Main Street News|

Ahh, spring. 

Every time I utter the word my body instinctively takes a profoundly deep breath. You know the kind I mean, the type of breath doctors instruct you to take while sitting on their exam table waiting for your annual physical. 

“Now inhale deeply,” my doc will say while placing an ice-cold stethoscope on my chest […]

Your Future Home

May 1st, 2024|Main Street News, Op-Ed|

Well, huh. Nothing like the Law of Unintended Consequences to gouge a hole in the boat. The initial plan here was to proffer a rash of innovations that would coalesce into what any reasonably lucid individual would consider a Dream Home, when, honestly, this should really be billed as the quest for the Home of the Future. […]

Bringing the Outside In

May 1st, 2024|Home & Garden, Main Street News|

For the two years I have been writing this column (how time flies), the focus has always been on sustainable seasonal flowers: how to grow them, where to source them, and why they are so important in our quest to reduce our great environmental clod-hopping footprint. Today is no different; although this month we are going to […]

The Museum Effect

May 1st, 2024|At Large|

‘Tis the season. Winter is now a fading memory. With warmer temperatures, windows and doors open, and the brackishness of closed houses drifting away, it’s time to offer up our trinkets and treasures to the annual tradition of yard sales.

Based on the geographic origin of our childhoods, our designation for this rite of spring can be quite […]

Southern Charm

May 1st, 2024|Business, Main Street News|

Once you enter House SFW in Rhinebeck, NY, you’ll be enveloped by bold pink and yellow floral-patterned walls topped by a deep green ceiling. Upon first glance, you’ll notice that the vivid colors, busy patterns, and eye-catching displays at this home furnishings shop are markedly different from other Hudson Valley destinations. Sunshine floods in the oversize windows […]

Trade Secrets Event Benefits Project SAGE & Domestic Violence Awareness

May 1st, 2024|Main Street News|

The 24th Annual Trade Secrets event in support of Project SAGE will take place on May 18 and 19 at Lime Rock Park in Falls Village, CT.

Project SAGE is a nonprofit organization based out of Lakeville, CT, that serves northwest Connecticut and neighboring towns in New York and Massachusetts. 


Trade Secrets started in 2000 when renowned interior […]

Plant and Sip to Soothe the Soul

May 1st, 2024|Featured Article|

It was a Tuesday night in March, before daylight saving time, so it was dark at 6 pm as I headed for the Plant & Sip event in downtown Troy, NY. And it was cold the way it can be in March. But when I stepped into the room where the event was being held, there was […]

Le Jardin Flower Farm Emphasizes Effortless Floral Design

May 1st, 2024|Featured Article|

Originally from France, Romane Recalde moved to the United States to pursue a career in modeling. After the pandemic, she and her husband moved upstate and planted their roots – pun intended – in Amenia, NY. 

“We moved here because this area reminds me so much of home,” Romane said. “I grew up in the remote French […]

Brews & Blooms at Slow Fox Farm Brewery

May 1st, 2024|Featured Article|

In 2016, Matt and Miranda Mobley began their search for land in the Hudson Valley region, looking for a place where they could grow food and create a gathering place for the local community.

Matt, who grew up in Florida, was raised working on his family’s cattle ranch and in a number of restaurants they owned in the […]

Columbia County Recovery Kitchen Tackles Food Insecurity in Columbia County

May 1st, 2024|Featured Article|

Carole Clark worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years – 19 of which were in Hudson, NY – so feeding people was something that she was more than familiar with. While she wasn’t working in the restaurant business at the start of the pandemic, she had been the chef proprietor of Charleston Restaurant in Hudson […]

Curb Appeal

May 1st, 2024|Real Estate|

A gradual movement away from fertilized, mown green lawn with a band of spirea hiding foundations towards an intentional, sophisticated approach to residential landscaping is happening all around us. At the same time that sellers are “upgrading” bathrooms and kitchens to increase the value of their home and enjoy the improvements themselves, they are paying more attention […]

Mystery Business – Dutchess Millwork

May 1st, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Inspired by the popularity of our series on “mystery houses,” Main Street decided to extend the category to mystery businesses whose products, customers, and purposes elude our attention. Dutchess Millwork, in existence for almost 50 years, is our first mystery business and, as with so many mystery houses, change is coming. 

What’s in that building on Route […]

An Encounter with Chance

May 1st, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Marthe Keller and I had lengthy conversations in both her studios, firstly in her downtown artist loft in New York City and secondly in Falls Village, CT. Her studio loft building originally manufactured sail canvas for shipping; huge bolts ran the depth of the building. Later it provided a space for artists to purchase their canvas. Marthe […]

Heather Dell’Amore’s “No Hope for Oz” is a Powerful and Realistic Depiction of Motherhood

April 30th, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, The Arts|

Heather Dell’Amore debuted her one-woman show, “No Hope for Oz,” at the Stissing Center in Pine Plains on Sunday, April 28. 

The show, which is centered around Heather’s life thus far, addresses the ways in which motherhood mirrors childhood and how the way we grow up impacts the ways in which we treat our […]

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau Hosts Second Annual Gratitude Gala

April 26th, 2024|Main Street News|

The Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB) is hosting its second annual Gratitude Gala on Saturday, April 27 from 5-10pm, celebrating and honoring Lisa Carter, the outgoing Superintendent of Schools for Region One.

The Gratitude Gala is a fundraising dinner and auction to benefit HYSB and its programs. This year’s gala will take place at […]

La Vielle Ferme Rose

April 25th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

It’s time to commit to drinking pink again. Rose is so often the just-right wine of choice for every day meals and get-togethers. I love that Rose is crisp […]

What is 4/20 and Where Can I Celebrate?

April 20th, 2024|Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

Saturday is a big day for marijuana lovers. 4/20 (April 20th) is the day where marijuana fans rejoice in clouds of smoke, or with gummies, or cookies, or however else you like to partake in your weed. 

Since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, there are now 24 […]

Heather Dell’Amore Debuts No Hope for Oz at Stissing Center

April 18th, 2024|Backstage, Main Street News, The Arts|

Heather Dell’Amore’s No Hope for Oz debuts at the Stissing Center in Pine Plains, NY, on Sunday, April 28 at 4pm. 

The show addresses the ways in which motherhood mirrors childhood and how the way we grew up impacts the ways in which we treat our own children later on […]

Frey Wines

April 18th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

However you choose to celebrate or participate in Earth Day (April 22), the wine you’ll want to have in your glass is a selection from Frey Vineyards. From the […]

Emotional Support Animal

April 17th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

This last month has not been easy fur Mom in purrticular. Her paternal grandfather passed away recently, and although Mom is purretty good when it comes to hiding her emotions, I’ve seen her breakdown more than I’d like to admit lately. Although this is completely understandable, I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing. So I shed […]

Go Green! Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

April 16th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Our Environment|

With the climate crisis in full swing, our individual actions can often seem inconsequential on the larger picture, but the truth is that a lot of little actions do add up and make a positive difference for the environment. 

With the April issue being environmentally themed, we thought it would be helpful to talk […]

Rural Center Refillery Sparks Conversation About Sustainability and Wellness

April 12th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Presents Aditorial, Our Environment, Wellness|

Since opening the Rural Center Refillery in Pine Plains, NY, in early 2023, owners Nicole and Corey Clanahan have focused on having conversations with community members and refining their products to match what people want to see on the shelves. 

“We’ve really worked hard to cultivate the products that people want to see and […]

The Prisoner Red Blend

April 11th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

If you’re stressed about finishing up your taxes, here’s a bottle of wine you can relate to: The Prisoner. There are several variations of this wine – a Cabernet […]

Fulton & Forbes Opens With Local Wines and Spirits in Ancram

April 11th, 2024|Main Street News, Out and About|

Fulton & Forbes, a wine and spirits store, opened last month in Ancram, NY. The name is a callback to owner Rachel Merriam’s grandfather, who opened his first business at the crossroads of Fulton Avenue and Forbes Street in New Haven, CT. Now, more than seventy years later, it’s the name she has chosen for […]

Antiques Appraisal Day at Locust Grove Estate

April 11th, 2024|Main Street News|

Over the centuries, many families have called the Hudson Valley home. From the Vanderbilts to the Roosevelts to the recent wave of people who fled the city during the pandemic, many people have packed up the contents of their homes and relocated here while others have moved away.

In a frenzy to establish a new residence, […]

Billy Joel’s 100th Residency Show at Madison Square Garden

April 10th, 2024|Main Street News, Music, Out and About|

Over six months ago, following our trek out to see Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, I decided to purchase tickets for my parents and I to go see Billy Joel’s 100th consecutive residency show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. With his residency coming to an end […]

This is 40 … plus-something … again!

April 6th, 2024|Main Street News, Op-Ed|

I’ve made it another rotation around the sun. No, no, this is not a solar eclipse thing. This is an age thing. You see, on this exact day last year it was my birthday. And to commemorate that milestone (aka that crisis) I wrote an op-ed similar to this, talking about a midlife crisis. (To read that […]

Why is Monday’s Solar Eclipse Such a Big Deal?

April 5th, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. This is particularly exciting because the last time we had a total solar eclipse was in August of 2017, whereas the one before that occurred in 1979. The next total solar eclipse won’t occur until August of 2044. 

This eclipse […]

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

April 4th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Welcome to April – it’s both Jazz Appreciation month and National Poetry month. Nice! Did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island (and many other […]

Paley’s Farm Market Starts Their 42nd Year in Business

March 29th, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News, Our Environment|

Paley’s Farm Market in Sharon, CT is going into their 42nd year in business this season. They offer a variety of fresh produce in the market, hundreds of hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, and more in the greenhouse, and a vast selection of perennials, shrubs, and trees in the nursery, Paley’s has everything you need […]

Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose

March 28th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Here comes Peter Cork-in-Tail! It’s Easter this weekend and thank goodness it doesn’t look like another wacky winter storm will be impacting our area. With pastels in full […]


March 27th, 2024|Op-Ed|

We here at the Main Street headquarters had a good chuckle with this one. We hope you will too. Jesse and yours truly (this magazine’s editor) had an entertaining conversation about conspiracy theories some time ago that then resulted in Jesse taking pen to paper, err, fingers to keyboard rather. There are so many theories out there. […]

Important Lessons for the Growing Season

March 27th, 2024|Home & Garden, Main Street News, Our Environment|

I love the April environment edition of Main Street Magazine. For it means I get to shout my mantra as the headline and not have to bury it subtly in the text! Readers, flowers are meant to symbolize love, sympathy, joy, and celebration, not be the poster child for massive carbon footprints, with a sideline in social […]

If Wishes Were Horses

March 27th, 2024|At Large|

If it had happened once, it likely would have simply been an anomaly – an odd moment in the universe when reasoning got temporarily suspended. It was, however, the third time in less than two weeks that a similar moment had presented itself.

“That’ll be six dollars.”  

The total of two “senior citizen” admissions to the local […]

Organic Gardening 101

March 27th, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

As spring arrives, many of us are anticipating warm weather gatherings in our outdoor spaces. Eager to plant colorful flowers and shrubs and tend to our lawns, we head to our local nurseries or farm stands and rehire our landscapers, some of who employ traditional practices like using fertilizer and planting species that aren’t native to our […]

Eco-Anxiety: The Environmental Issues We Face, the Human Anxiety About It All, and the Ways We Can Make a Difference

March 27th, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

In the most romantic day of the year, February 14, The New York Times published a love letter to me. It moved me, pulled at my heartstrings, and set flight to butterflies in my stomach. 

The title of it was, “A Collapse of the Amazon Could Be Coming Faster Than We Thought.”

Awe, Times. You shouldn’t have.

On […]

Food Waste

March 27th, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

Ever paid any attention to how much and how food goes to waste in your household over the course of a week? No matter whether it’s a family of one or of 13, it’s going to happen. The question is, to what extent? And what are the impacts on your household finances and the global environment?

Let’s take […]

Housatonic Valley Association Installs Rain Gardens in Dover

March 27th, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

The Housatonic Valley Association recently installed two rain gardens on the McDonald’s property in Dover Plains, NY. The purpose of the rain gardens is to protect streams from pollution coming from Route 22 and filter the stormwater that is collected from the McDonald’s roof and parking lot. 

“This is incredibly progressive landscaping on the cutting edge of […]

Berkshire Environmental Action Team Connects Community and Nature in the Berkshires

March 27th, 2024|Featured Article|

Berkshire Environmental Action Team is a non-profit environmental justice organization based in Pittsfield, MA. BEAT began back in 2002 when founding executive director Jane Winn joined with a group of concerned citizens to protest the poorly sited building of a soccer field at Berkshire Community College. “The environmental faculty at Berkshire Community College said ‘this is great, […]

Thrift 2 Fight Champions Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

March 27th, 2024|Featured Article|

Thrift 2 Fight founders Jillian Reed (she/her) and Masha Zabara (they/them) were at very different points in their lives when they first started organizing pop-up thrift sales in 2020.

Jillian was still a student at Bard College, where she was in the dual-degree program studying flute in the conservatory and human rights in the college. Masha had just […]

Musk’s Satellite Offers Hope for Environment

March 27th, 2024|Featured Article|

In an age where AI is rapidly overtaking man’s ability to solve the world’s problems, Elon Musk – the brains behind Tesla, PayPal, X (formerly Twitter), and so many other successful endeavors – is working feverishly to help solve one of mankind’s greatest dilemmas through another of his masterminds, SpaceX. The challenge he’s hoping to help NASA […]

Homegrown National Park: Go Small and Go Homegrown

March 27th, 2024|Featured Article|

Homegrown National Park® is determined to save biodiversity one privately owned land at a time. Seventy-eight percent – that’s 1.3 billion acres – of all land in the lower 48 states of the US is privately owned. That’s a lot of land we have direct control over, and Homegrown National Park empowers all of us to make […]

The Greenest Town in Connecticut

March 27th, 2024|Real Estate|

The hilly, rocky rural Town of Cornwall and its five Cornwallian hamlets – Cornwall Bridge, Cornwall, West Cornwall, East Cornwall and Cornwall Hollow – are described as quirky, different, bohemian, artistic, intellectual, remote, private, and outdoorsy.  East of Kent and Sharon in Litchfield County, Cornwall is lightly populated with only 1,379* residents spread out over 46 […]

Ridgway Farm: The Business of a Family Farm

March 27th, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Being a farmer is hard work. It requires long hours and deep dedication. But the rewards of cultivating the earth and feeding people cant be quantified. We were able to catch up with Gordon Ridgway of Ridgway Farms in West Cornwall, CT, to learn about his journey to becoming a farmer, how he contributes and gives back […]

The Many Planets of Lothar Osterberg

March 27th, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Stepping into the red barn where Lothar Osterberg and his wife, Elizabeth Brown, live feels otherworldly; one has the sense of a journey’s beginning. After migrating from Brooklyn, they rebuilt their home and studios into this hand-hewn building – a shared collaboration of space, life, and creativity. Elizabeth is an extraordinary musician, composer, and teacher, while Lothar […]

Pelvic Health at Danica Center for Physical Therapy and Movement Education

March 27th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News|

You may have heard the term “pelvic health” floating around more frequently, but what exactly is pelvic health? How do you know if you need pelvic floor physical therapy and what does it entail? I sat down with Dr. Bente Dahl-Busby, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of the Danica Center in Sharon, CT, […]

Stonewood Farm Addresses Food Insecurity in the Hudson Valley

March 22nd, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News, Our Environment|

Stonewood Farm, located off of Bangall Road in Millbrook, NY, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that champions environmental stewardship, social justice, and community well-being in the Hudson Valley. 

Prepping for the upcoming season

With the weather warming earlier and the growing season rapidly approaching, Stonewood is […]

Gulp / Hablo Orange Wine

March 21st, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Hooray, it’s officially spring! And yet the forecast is looking, well, wintery. Of course it is – this is the Northeast, after all. And that’s ok. We’ll get there. With […]

Come Dine and Experience Willa, the Newest Eatery in Millerton, NY

March 20th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Restaurant Review|

Chef Daniel Meissner. Photo by Colin Bazzano.

When the town of Millerton, NY, and its environs learned that 52 Main bartenders Alanna Broesler and Jim Buhs were buying the business and opening a new restaurant in its place, it was as if the entire community breathed a huge […]

My Paw Hurts

March 20th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

At furrst, I thought my right furront paw hurt furrom either catnapping on it fur too long or jumping off the bed wrong, but it turns out it was furrom signing so many autographs of Main Street Magazine. Not to worry, limping fur a couple days was totally worth it after receiving so many compliments and […]

Maitri Farm Champions Sustainable Farming and Community Connections

March 15th, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News, Our Environment|

Maitri Farm, set back a ways off of Amenia Union Road, may seem quiet and modest at first glance, but the farm is anything but. 

Maitri, which is named after the first of the four sublime states taught by Buddha, previously served as a dairy farm for many years. When the current land owner […]

19 Crimes Revolutionary Red

March 14th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s a good weekend to tap into the spirit of the Irish. There aren’t any green-colored wines that I know […]

Moreish Opens with British Classics in Beacon

March 13th, 2024|Main Street News, Out and About, Restaurant Review|

Moreish, the newest addition to the Hudson Valley Food Hall, located at 288 Main Street in Beacon, NY, officially opened on Saturday, March 7. 

The term moreish in regards to food is defined as “having a very pleasant taste and making you want to eat more.” 

Moreish is the brainchild of English chef […]

Bear Creek Farm Nurtures Beauty from the Ground Up

March 8th, 2024|Farm Feature, Home & Garden, Main Street News, Our Environment|

“Up to this point, I had a black thumb,” laughed Debra Kaye, owner of Bear Creek Farm in Stanfordville, NY. 

Bear Creek Farm first began when Debra was getting married in 2013 and needed someplace to get flowers from for the wedding. She asked a friend who owned a flower shop in Southampton, but […]

Vina Santa Rita Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon

March 7th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

In our neck of the woods, vineyards are being pruned and readied to bear the crop that will be the 2024 vintage, which will be harvested in about 7 months. In […]

The Stissing Theatre Guild Presents “Matilda” March 8-10

March 5th, 2024|Main Street News|

The Stissing Theatre Guild is presenting “Matilda” at Stissing Mountain Jr/Sr High School on Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10. 

The Stissing Theatre Guild (STG) is a volunteer-led school theater organization that is part of the Pine Plains Central School District and has been producing shows since 1989. 

This […]


March 4th, 2024|History, Main Street News|

All our lives we have been inundated with moving images: television, film, social media. We are so inured to the constancy of the motion, color, and sound, that when an image holds still, it causes a momentary catch – the need to register what we are seeing.

It was a moment like that that captured the attention of […]


March 4th, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News|

Many people are drawn to the Hudson Valley for its booming food culture and variety of farm-to-table restaurants. The region is also home to The Culinary Institute of America, which honed the talents of David Burke, Todd English, Michael Mina, and the late Anthony Bourdain, among other luminaries.

Agriculture has a long history in the region and remains […]


March 4th, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News|

It’s a balmy Friday in the beginning of February. The sun is shining, the air is unseasonably warm, and Sarah Chase is about to milk the small dairy herd at Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains, NY.

Each cow has a sign above its individual stall with its name on it. Names like “Tuesday” and “Burrata” decorate the signs. […]


March 4th, 2024|Home & Garden|

Ask any flower farmer what is the most common misconception they hear about their business and nine times out of ten it will be “your fields must look so beautiful when they are all in full bloom.” 

The thought of a field of billowing flowers? Well, that’s enough to make a flower farmer cry. Flowers blown fully […]


March 4th, 2024|At Large|

Childhood memories of black and white television. The Lone Ranger.  “Hopalong” Cassidy. Wyatt Earp. Gene Autry. Gabby Hayes. Bass Reeves.


Bass Reeves. He was not on the list of western heroes who filled the screen with 30-minute installments of fantasies about the taming of the frontier. His moment came many decades later when, after a lengthy development process, […]


March 4th, 2024|Featured Article|

While we at Main Street Magazine haven’t exactly been hounded by folks seeking stories on how to go about boarding their pets for the first time, we do know there are many animal lovers living in the Harlem Valley, Northwest Corner, and Berkshire Foothills with active lifestyles who will, at some point, very likely need to do […]


March 4th, 2024|Featured Article|

When Melissa Smith and her son Jake were on vacation in Puerto Rico in 2019, the last thing they expected was to bring home three stray dogs. 

“We knew the stray animal situation was bad in Puerto Rico, but I don’t think we realized just how bad,” she said. “We got lost one of the days we […]

Animal Smarts

March 4th, 2024|Featured Article|

My name is Lily and I am a dog. Yes, it’s my real name, but I do my best to keep up with whatever Grampy calls me, be that Willie, Shorty, Beans, or Stinkweed (I unequivocally do not stink, unlike the other doggy here, who smells like a dead goat half the time). Sometimes, he calls me […]


March 4th, 2024|Featured Article|

Columbia County’s landscape is represented by farming and nature. We tend to look at those twin features of the area as distinct, separated by fences, stone walls, and field borders. Where the corn stops is the end of the farm, and where the trees start is the beginning of the woods. Yet, the animals, insects, trees, […]


March 4th, 2024|Real Estate|

Summer rentals are beginning to show up on realtors’ websites and Zillow. They stand out from the yearly rentals by their attractive furnishings and monthly price, which is usually upwards of 100% more than an annual rental. No one wants to sleep on the floor for the summer. Seasonal immigrants have already started signing leases and will […]


March 4th, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Erica Weiner’s website clearly states “the weirder the better” when describing its antique jewelry from the twelfth through the twentieth century. Weird? Maybe. Beautiful? Most certainly! We were able to catch up with Erica to learn about her company’s origin story and the development of its jewelry designs and business. 

How did you and your partner Lindsay […]

Transatlantic Cow-incidence?

March 4th, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

A recent visit to the Dutchess County Historical Society has haunted me. In a good way. I was so impressed with the amount of information there about anything and everything Dutchess County, a reservoir of resources dating back over 100 years, that I haven’t stopped thinking about it. While I was there to write about the DCHS […]


March 4th, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Horizontal and vertical become
interchangeable allowing the
circle square to be continuous and

Once initiated, the life traveler
journeys in an everland of awareness
Of past, present and future
Traverse p 124 Laurence Carr

I first saw the book Traverse at an exhibition at Furnace Art on Paper Archive, Falls Village, CT. The project unravels an embedded trust between two […]

Cold Spring Celebrates Heart Month With Second Annual Cub Cafe

March 4th, 2024|Main Street News|

Cold Spring Early Learning Center in Stanfordville, NY, hosted its second annual Cub Cafe on Thursday, February 29. 

The Cub Cafe is an idea born from Renee Shea, the building’s secretary and building principal, Kristen Fischetti, and from there they worked closely with Food Service Director Larry Anthony and Cold Spring Nurse Jenn Heath […]

Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon

February 29th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

The saying goes that March comes in like a lion, so what better wine to start the month than with the Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon? Made with fruit from select hillside vineyards in California, the […]

The Update … The Covfurr

February 28th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

Purrdon me fur being a week late on my monthly post. February has not been nice to my family. If Ellie hasn’t been sick, then Mom has been. And if Mom hasn’t been sick, then Ellie has. Fevers, coughing, chills, pink eye, ear infections, the flu…what symptom or condition haven’t we had? But as I write […]

Druthers Brewing Co.

February 27th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Out and About, Restaurant Review|

On Saturday afternoon, with nowhere in particular to go and nothing to do, my best friend and I decided to take a ride up to Albany to visit Druthers Brewing Co. My friend and I are particularly susceptible to targeted marketing, and we had both been getting ads on our respective Instagram feeds for Druthers, […]

Will Hutnick’s “Satellite” Exhibition Opens at Geary Contemporary

February 22nd, 2024|Main Street News, Out and About, The Arts|

Unknown Pleasures in a Blood Red Summer, 2024. Acrylic, colored pencil, ink, marker and wax pastel on canvas. 40 in x 30 in.

Artist and curator Will Hutnick’s exhibition, “Satellite,” opens at Geary Contemporary in Millerton, NY on Saturday, February 24. 

The exhibition features a selection […]

Stella Rosa Pineapple Chili Wine

February 22nd, 2024|Wine of the Week|

One of the wine newsletters I subscribe to led with the headline that the top new wine of 2023 is a Pineapple-Chili wine from Stella Rosa. How fun is that? So for this in-between, still cold, still stuck […]

Bruce Knickerbocker Raises Money for Cancer Care in Lake Placid Ironman

February 21st, 2024|A Healthier Life, Exercise, Main Street News, Sports|

Bruce Knickerbocker, a Pine Plains, NY, resident, will be competing in the Lake Placid Ironman race in July. He’s currently raising money to support cancer care on a local level throughout his training leading up to the race. 

Bruce, who works in the nursing supervision department at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, […]

Oblong Books Recommends These Books for Black History Month

February 20th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends|

The month of February marks Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. According to the World Economic Forum, “this month-long observance in the US and Canada is a chance to celebrate Black achievement and provide a fresh reminder to take stock of where systemic racism persists and give visibility to the people […]

Australian Shiraz

February 15th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

If your Valentine’s celebration left you feeling like any day could be that special, congratulations. It can be, and it should be. Really, all you need is love. But a good bottle of wine doesn’t hurt, either. With the temps dropping and […]

Oblong Books Recommends These Romance Reads

February 13th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends|

February is the month of love. With Valentine’s Day just a day away, we reached out to the folks over at Oblong Books to give us their best romance novel recommendations so that we can all celebrate the holiday the best way possible – by reading! 

Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend (The Mischief & […]

Demeter Home Hosts “Meet the Artists” Event

February 12th, 2024|Business, Main Street News, Out and About|

Demeter Home in Pine Plains, NY, hosted their first “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, February 10. Alex Athanasiadis, owner of Demeter, hosted the event as a way to connect artists with the folks who purchase their work. “For us, it’s all about community building,” he said. “We always carry so much art from local […]

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness

February 12th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Main Street News, Wellness|

February 7th through 14th is Congenital Heart Awareness Week, which recognizes children and adults living with congenital heart defects, celebrates their journeys, and increases public awareness of these heart conditions. 

“I gave birth to her, and then she turned blue,” Stacey Burlingame of Stanfordville, NY, said of her first daughter, Olivia. Olivia was born […]

From Spartan to CrossFit: Emeric Harney’s Fitness Journey

February 8th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Exercise, Main Street News, Wellness|

Emeric Harney, originally from Salisbury, CT, is currently living in both Salisbury and Raleigh, NC. He has worked for his family’s business Harney & Sons Fine Teas in varying capacities and currently serves as the Marketing Director. In addition to his work at Harney, he’s also a […]

Diatom Chardonnay

February 8th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Like many of my wine discoveries, this one was made because I liked the label. Then I read that it was a Wine Value of the Year from Wine Spectator, so I bought a bottle. (OK, I bought two bottles – and I’m […]

New Music Releases

February 6th, 2024|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Music|

We may only be just over a month into 2024, but we’ve already been blessed with some seriously good music. If the remainder of the year keeps the same energy, 2024 is shaping up to be a big year for music. 


Green Day released their 14th […]

Ted Howley’s Weight Loss Journey

February 1st, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Health Issues, Main Street News, Wellness|

Pre-diabetic. Fatty Liver. High cholesterol. Three knee surgeries. Depressed.

This was Ted Howley’s life prior to January 17, 2022. “Two years ago, I was staring death in the eyes,” he said. 

Ted had struggled with his weight for years, often yo-yo dieting and cycling through different forms of exercise. “I would go hard […]

Skouras Saint George

February 1st, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Welcome February! If we’re not going to see much of the sun in the sky, we can look for it – and taste it – in a glass of wine from a sun-baked place. Like Greece. A lovely and widely available dry […]


January 31st, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

It’s time to confront the great myth about Christmas. 

No, not that one.

The one about it being white. Perhaps the most persistent and potentially misleading lie we tell about Christmas is that it is accompanied by snow. Despite the increasing rarity of an actual White Christmas like the ones Bing Crosby “used to know” in the 1940s, […]


January 31st, 2024|Home & Garden|

Congratulations – we made it through January! Now we’ve just got February and March to get through and we’re home free and back out in the garden. I’m guessing most people have not yet given a huge amount of thought to the garden so far this year. As I’m writing this, mine is deep under a foot […]


January 31st, 2024|At Large|

With the shorter days and early darkness of winter, the screening of Napoleon began as an afternoon matinee and ended as night fell. It is a long film, spanning years of turmoil and combat in the early years of the 19th century.  

The “Reign of Terror” had finally come to an end and the new “rock […]


January 31st, 2024|History, Main Street News|

Historians understand better than the rest of us that there is nothing in the present that hasn’t been in the past. For the Dutchess County Historical Society, that goes back to the inquisitive nature of Helen Wilkinson Reynolds (1875-1943). 

Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, from a young age she developed a deep love of the history […]


January 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

Love is in the air! This month it’s all about passion, the color red, paper heart cut-outs, and cupids drawing their arrows. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14, partners search for the ideal gifts to express their devotion and convey their love. In the busyness of the season, many […]


January 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

On May 29, 1780, subsequent to the fall of Charleston, SC, to the British less than three weeks earlier, Abraham Buford’s Patriot forces suffered an overwhelming defeat at the hand of British commander Banastre Tarleton’s men at Waxhaws, SC. When they attempted to surrender, a number of Buford’s troops were attacked and killed by Tarleton’s men. While […]


January 31st, 2024|Featured Article, Op-Ed|

This is an op ed piece. In it Whitney discusses the topic of stressful triggers, primarily divorce and moving. She then shares her personal life experiences in dealing with these two stressors. This article is purely based on her experiences and opinions. Although it addresses heavy topics, she tries to bring levity to these stressors now […]


January 31st, 2024|Featured Article|

For the protection of those still dating, all names in this article have been changed. 

There’s no denying that dating has changed. With everything moving online, it’s become increasingly difficult to meet potential partners in person. Sure, perhaps you can still meet people in bars, through mutual friends, and at other kinds of events, but dating in […]


January 31st, 2024|Real Estate|

After the real estate boom years of 2020 to 2022, some buyers expected that 2023 home prices would decline. That did not happen everywhere in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. The high, low, and median prices of recent sales vary enormously from town to town. Here we examine the 2023 residential real estate market in six Northwest […]


January 31st, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

{pretty to think so} – a fine farm-to-table restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY, may seem like a new venture, but there’s a lot of history behind the eatery, which opened in May 2023.

The restaurant’s inception was an act of “pure serendipity.” Like a good book, the {pretty to think so} story began unfolding years ago when a chef, […]


January 31st, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

A line, or mark, etched onto a copper plate allows for the reproduction of images by transferring the embedded ink onto handmade paper through a printing press. This skill takes years to hone, bringing to life these hatchings, acid bite marks, and thoughts rendered by another for collaboration.

Master printmaker Gregory Burnet is a native Australian from the […]

Pine Plains Food Service Director Stirs Up Soup at First Community Connections Event

January 31st, 2024|Main Street News, Out and About|

Larry presented to a cafeteria full of community members and school employees

Larry Anthony, the food director for the Pine Plains Central School District, Red Hook Central School District, and Rhinebeck Central School District, led the much anticipated “Souper Bowl” at Stissing Mountain High School on Tuesday. […]

The Importance of Good Sleep

January 30th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Wellness|

Anyone who knows me knows that there’s nothing I love more than a good night’s sleep. I’m talking at least seven hours – at the minimum. At the ripe old age of 22, you can usually find me tucked in bed no later than 11 p.m. (unless it’s a Friday or a Saturday) and I […]

How Nature Benefits Our Overall Wellness

January 28th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

Have you ever wondered why you feel so much better when you’re outside? 

With many of us living our lives behind screens – whether it be phones, computers, or tablets – we are rarely able to get outside. 

Too much time spent indoors and behind screens can impact not only our eyesight, but […]

Science Says Swearing Can Be Good for Your Health

January 26th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

F#ck. Sh!t. Son of a… 

You get the point. 

If you’re a frequent swearer, we have some good news for you: it just might be good for your health. 

Is swearing a sign of intelligence? 

A 2015 study found that the use of swear words is “positively correlated with other measures of verbal […]

Stissing Center Hosts a Night of Fire & Ice

January 25th, 2024|Main Street News|

On Saturday January 20, 2024, Stissing Center in Pine Plains, NY, hosted a beautiful evening entitled “Fire & Ice”. It was dubbed “a signature cocktail event celebrating our new branding, and the exclusive unveiling of our 2024 season!” – and unveil they did. 

Event program and champagne

Upon arrival […]

Student Feature: Ellie Wolgemuth

January 25th, 2024|Main Street News|

Elinor (Ellie) Wolgemuth doesn’t know how to not be busy. Ellie, who is a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in Falls Village, CT, is actively involved in a variety of extracurriculars that keep her busy year-round.

“I have participated in cross country […]

Barefoot Wines

January 25th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Any of you who are football fans know that Barefoot is the official wine of the NFL. With just 3 games left in the season – two championship games this weekend and the Super Bowl on February 11 – it seems only […]

Main Street’s Workout Mix

January 23rd, 2024|Main Street Recommends|

With January being health and wellness themed over here at Main Street Magazine, we decided it was only appropriate for us to put together a workout playlist for you to listen to while you bike, hike, walk, or lift. This playlist has all of our favorite genres, including some early-2000s pop, 90s hip-hop, and even some good […]

The Bank of Greene County Celebrates 135 Years

January 23rd, 2024|Main Street News|

The Bank of Greene County celebrated its 135th anniversary on January 22, 2024. 

On Monday, bank officials and employees made a special trip down to Times Square in New York City to ring the bell to close the Nasdaq stock exchange in celebration of their 135th year. The celebration also marks the bank’s 25th […]

Farm Feature: Daisey Hill Farm

January 23rd, 2024|Farm Feature, Main Street News|

Daisey Hill Farm, a local family-run farm, is currently running a fundraiser to offset the loss in profits due to weather and inflation in the past few years. 

Daisey Hill Farm, located in Millerton, NY, is run by James and Jessica Cookingham. James started working on the farm when he was 17 years old […]

Fonseca Tawny Port

January 18th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

With the cold air coming through this weekend, it’s time to cozy up by the fire. My idea of the perfect fireside indulgence? A glass of port with a plate of cheese, crackers and fruit. Heaven! Get to a market and buy […]

Happy New Year

January 17th, 2024|The OTIS Feed|

While purreparing to write this post, I realized I haven’t spoken to you all since last year! How are you all doing? Hopefully your year is off to a good start. Mine is purretty good thus far (but even if it wasn’t, no one would understand me because they aren’t fluent in meowing.) Anywho, it does […]

What is Ozempic and Why is Everyone On It?

January 14th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

If you spend any time on the Internet or watching TV, the names Ozempic and Wegovy will likely sound familiar to you. The injectable drugs, which are used to treat diabetes and weight loss respectively, have gained viral attention across the Internet as a “quick fix” for weight loss. 

The drugs have become so […]

Healthyish in a Hurry Serves Up Easy Recipes

January 12th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

We all have to eat, but after coming home from a long day at work, sometimes the idea of having to cook a full meal from scratch seems completely unbearable. Enter: Healthyish in a Hurry, a blog that serves up easy, seasonal, healthyish recipes for people who are short on time. 

The […]

“It’s not for the weak-minded:” Anna Wright Shares Her First Bodybuilding Competition Experience

January 12th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Exercise, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Sports, Wellness|

Brain fog. Exhaustion. Insatiable hunger. 

These might sound like symptoms of COVID or the flu, but they’re actually symptoms that Anna Wright suffered while preparing for her first bodybuilding competition. 

Anna is currently a college student and was a gymnast all throughout her teenage years. She got weightlifting as soon as she graduated […]

Storybook Cafe Opens With Books, Breakfast, and Brews in Pine Plains

January 11th, 2024|Food, Main Street News, Out and About|

Mackenzie and Jess at the grand opening of Storybook Cafe

Mackenzie Killmer has wanted to open a coffee shop and bookstore for as long as she can remember. “That dream was supposed to come to fruition ten or so years down the road, but things just seemed […]

Hometown Heroes: Jacqueline Rice

January 11th, 2024|People Profiles|

Jacqueline Rice is Chief of Service of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance based in Salisbury, CT. She first took the EMT class in college in 1978, and after that, she joined the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service.

“My neighbors, Michael and David Brenner were on the ambulance squad already and they encouraged me to join,” she […]

Orange Wine

January 11th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

New year, new wines to try. How many of you have tried an orange wine? They’ve become increasingly popular, and chances are likely your favorite wine shop carries at least one. What’s an orange wine? It’s a designation that’s been made to […]

The Benefits of Stretching

January 9th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Exercise, Main Street News, Main Street Recommends, Wellness|

We’ve all heard that stretching is good for us and should be done on a daily basis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we heed that good advice. 

In the interest of the new year and of our January issue being health and wellness themed, the three of us here in the office have […]

Body Be Well Pilates Makes Pilates Accessible

January 5th, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Main Street News, Wellness|

Make no mistake, while Pilates may seem like an easy workout due to its popularity, it is anything but. It has a lot in common with yoga – they’re both low-impact workout options, and both feature precise poses and utilize breath control – but it’s a challenging workout that has countless benefits. From strengthening your […]

Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac

January 4th, 2024|Wine of the Week|

Welcome, 2024! For many, this month is about abstaining from wine and other alcoholic beverages as part of what is now officially known as Dry January. When anything that means something to you is given up, it shows you how much you […]

Pari Forood Discusses the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

January 3rd, 2024|A Healthier Life, Health & Beauty, Health Issues, Main Street News, Wellness|

Pari Forood has been the executive director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation since its inception in 2004. 

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundations funds support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, as well as providing education and outreach services. 

About Pari 

Pari received her Bachelor of […]


January 2nd, 2024|Real Estate|

January is the month for starting fresh. Like people, houses can have new beginnings, with a creative vision of their potential. For this issue, we interviewed designer Carol Neiley, co-owner of Maison Collab, who transformed a vacant caretaker’s cottage at Great Elm in Sharon, into an elegant and functional Federal-style sanctuary.

Were you looking for a house to […]


January 2nd, 2024|Monthly Entrepreneur|

For this month’s health issue, Main Street has its eyes on vision care and those “O” professionals who provide a wide range of eye-care services. In our region there is a choice between medical doctors, independent optometrists, corporate-owned retailers staffed by optometrists, and independent and retail chain opticians.  

Which kind of O do you need?

Ophthalmologists are […]


January 2nd, 2024|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Ted Perotti of Pig Iron Films has his feet firmly planted in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, both in his connection to the area as well as through his work with local organizations, businesses, and individuals. It is from that home base that he captures moments in time and creates beautiful films, commercials, and more that have […]

Gardening For Your Health

January 2nd, 2024|Home & Garden|

Ahh January – here you are again. My favorite month – not! Horrible weather, not enough daylight, no outside gardening, and all those infernal good intentions. Not that there is anything wrong with facing the new year with optimism, fortitude, and enthusiasm; it’s just that feeling come mid-February when we have maybe not kept on track, that […]


January 2nd, 2024|Main Street News, Wellness|

It is 5pm on a Monday, and I am trying to decide if it is too dark to split another piece of wood. I’ve been at it for half an hour, quartering log after log from the pile I amassed over the summer when I felled the first of a dozen dead ash trees in the back […]


January 2nd, 2024|Main Street News, Wellness|

By now, we’ve all celebrated or commemorated the arrival of 2024. Many of us have already taken the time to assess our goals and explore those areas that we need to improve upon. That way, we can make some adjustments for the year ahead. That includes getting happy! 

Collectively, we’ve all been through a lot. Today’s media […]


January 2nd, 2024|Main Street News, Wellness|

The end of daylight-saving time officially means shorter days with more darkness and less sunlight. For many of us, that means we’re getting up in the morning in the dark and coming home in the dark, which can take an undeniable toll on mental health and make us feel tired and generally uninspired. 

For some, a change […]

Three Massage Therapists Talk Business in the Region

January 2nd, 2024|Featured Article|

Massage therapy is an integrative medicine that has been around since the beginning of time and was one of the earliest methods of relieving pain. Now, a massage is a luxury that few of us splurge on, but one that many of us could benefit from. We spoke to three massage therapists in the region about their […]


January 2nd, 2024|Featured Article|

Happy New Year! Was yours celebrated with a glass of champagne at midnight? With a decadent dinner over which the hopes and dreams for 2023 were summarized and those for 2024 were discussed and agreed to with a toast, preferably with a glass of a bold red wine? For me, these traditions have marked my adult life. […]


January 2nd, 2024|Featured Article|

Welcome to 2024 – where the possibilities of our high-tech future have melded with the realities of patients’ medical present. In fact, according to, “global artificial intelligence in the healthcare market was valued at $16.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of […]

Happy Health

January 2nd, 2024|Featured Article|

“Modern medicine falls short of your complaint.” – Kajagoogoo, “Too Shy”

Baaaahahaha. Tee-hee-hee. Giggle-giggle-cackle-snicker-chortle-chuckle-snort. Guffaw!

Feel better now? Of course you do. I know, I know, it may not be the best idea to laugh out loud while standing on your favorite local street corner, but hey, in the interest of enjoying a healthy existence, it might not hurt.

I […]

Veuve Cliquot and Moet Chandon

December 27th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s time to bid 2023 goodbye and welcome in 2024. Champagne is a must. For me, there are a couple of stand-outs that are available everywhere. They are Veuve Cliquot and Moet Chandon. Go for the Brut of either or both, which […]

New Year, BIG Changes!

December 27th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Hi furriends! How was your Christmas? Santa Paws really outdid himself this year. I got a new catnip kicker, pawty-mix treats, a Fancy Feast Broth, and a new brush! I guess Mom isn’t kitten when she tells me I’m a good man. Speaking of Santa Paws though, after all these years, I was finally able to […]

Hometown Heroes: Dawn Klingner

December 21st, 2023|People Profiles|

Dawn Klingner has been a member of the Amenia Fire Department since 2006. She first started as the fire district’s secretary, and after some encouragement from the fire chief, she decided to join as a volunteer member. “I started by taking the fire police class and loved it,” she says. “After that, I signed up […]

Far Niente Chardonnay and Paulo Scavino Barolos

December 21st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Merry Christmas! An occasion as merry and bright as this one calls for wines that are their own presents on the table. There are lots of them. I will offer mine, of course, and I’m sure your local wine store has recommendations that they are […]

My Gift to Mom

December 20th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Instead of going to the store or ordering something online, I thought I would get a little creative this year, get my paws a little dirty, and make something furrom the heart. Purrsonally, I think I’m giving Mom the gift under the tree – sorry Santa Paws! Now that it’s finally dry, I wanted to share […]

Warren Prindle’s “Through the Artist’s Eye” Retrospective Opens at HVRHS

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

Painter and art educator Warren Prindle’s exhibit “Through the Artist’s Eye” opened on Friday, December 8th at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT.  

The exhibit is a retrospective of Prindle’s work that goes back “at least” 20 years and is being displayed at the Kearcher-Monsell Gallery. 

The retrospective features work […]

Gruet Champagne

December 14th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Parties, parties, parties! Such a great time of year to celebrate friends and family and the joy of the season. A wine that brings sparkle and smiles to any and all occasions is, of course, champagne! While true Champagne can only come from the Champagne […]

Bring on Santa Paws

December 13th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Well folks, good news: Santa Paws will have a beautiful Christmas tree to see on Christmas Eve! Mom strung a new set of lights and the plan is to get a new tree next year. Phew, that was a close one.

The next order of business is making sure the family’s gifts are all purrchased […]

Hometown Heroes: Jeff Galm

December 7th, 2023|People Profiles|

Jeff Galm is the chief of the Milan Fire Department, which he initially joined when he was 16 years old. “I had some older friends who were members of the department and my dad had been a volunteer firefighter, so I was raised with the concept of helping others.” 

Being a part of the […]

Poinsettia Cocktail

December 7th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

I believe in having bottles of bubbly at the ready no matter the season, but at this time of making merry, it’s especially relevant. There are all kinds of fun cocktails you can make with sparkling wine. Here’s one that’s called a Poinsettia – how […]

Oh, Christmas Tree!

December 6th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Sorry if I seem a little distracted this week, furriends. I’m currently furreaking out because Santa Paws will be here before you know it and our poor Christmas tree seems to be on the fritz. This is less than ideal timing. You know the part of the Grinch where he stole Cindy Lou Who’s Christmas […]

Main Street’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 5th, 2023|Main Street News, Main Street Recommends|

We here at Main Street have been busy gift shopping for all of our loved ones and we know that you’ve likely been doing the same. We’ve done extensive research about what the gift giving trends are this year, reached out to some local businesses to share their recommendations with us, and even given you some of […]

Prepared Food Stores Round-Up

December 5th, 2023|Food, Main Street News|

We all live a life on-the-go nowadays, with little time to slow down even for our meals. This is especially true if you’re someone who is constantly on the road for work. For those of us who are constantly in motion, we’ve rounded up a list of the best places for grab-and-go and prepared foods […]

In Flight Hosts Annual Holiday Formal For People With Disabilities

December 4th, 2023|Main Street News|

In Flight, Inc. is an organization located in Red Hook, NY, whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to “achieve their life goals and aspirations in order to lead richer, fuller lives within their communities.” In Flight was also the recipient of the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Non-Profit of the Year Award […]

Berkshire Food Co-Op Holiday Prep Tips

December 2nd, 2023|Food, Main Street News|

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we’ve reached out to some of our local markets and restaurants to give us their favorite holiday food preparation tips and recommendations. The Berkshire Food Co-Op has given us their favorite holiday prep tips below!
Turkey Tips:
  • Choose a turkey that’s about 1lb for each guest when weighed raw
  • If frozen, defrost by […]


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

One of the most beautiful and heart-warming realities about the holiday season is that it carries with it a magic and mysticism that seems to surpass any church wall, temple vestibule, or mosque ground. No matter what religion one practices – if one practices a religion at all – this time of year allows people […]


December 1st, 2023|Main Street Recommends, Music|

Every year, we’re gifted with a variety of new music. New singles, new albums, re-releases, reunion tours … you name it, we got it this year. Aside from a bunch of new stuff to listen to, we also lost plenty of talented individuals who changed the music industry in ways that are hard to articulate. Here are […]


December 1st, 2023|Home & Garden|

Here we are again! Christmas time and apparently open season for my kids to try their luck at asking for anything and everything that’s nabbed their attention for even a nano-second over the last 12 months. Gone are the days of hoping that they will like their surprise – if it’s not on an itemized highlighted […]


December 1st, 2023|At Large|

Ah, it’s December! It’s time to roll out the traditional holiday favorites:  Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, and that all-time classic, Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof?

True, the musical based on Tevye and His Daughters by Sholem Aleichem, is not a Christmas story. Far from it. Set during […]


December 1st, 2023|Main Street News, Wellness|

For many, the holidays are the happiest time of the year. Chock full of gift shopping, preparing meal after meal, and spending lots of time with family, the holidays can occasionally feel a bit stressful but are generally thought of as the most joyful time of year. For some, though, the holidays bring dread, anxiety, and […]


December 1st, 2023|Op-Ed|

Ho Ho Ho! Greetings from the North Pole! 

We’re heading into the busy season up here at the North Pole. I’ve been making my list and checking it twice, and you’d better believe that I’ve found out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! My workshop has been buzzing with the elves working hard at making toys, […]


December 1st, 2023|History, Main Street News|

In 1823, a dismayed Clement Clarke Moore would learn that his poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, nowadays popularly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, had been published in the Troy (NY) Sentinel, albeit lacking attribution.

The poem has since been published in the neighborhood of 2,500 times and illustrated by such luminaries as Jessie Wilcox […]


December 1st, 2023|History, Main Street News|

Most of us in the Northeast know the winter solstice as the shortest day of the year. This is because the Earth’s poles reach their maximum tilt away from the sun, which results in the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the northern hemisphere, it takes place in December, and […]


December 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

Set against Hudson Valley’s dark, twinkling nighttime sky is The Wonderland of Lights – Rhinebeck – A Memorable Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Come celebrate the season and witness the kaleidoscope of colorful lights at this holiday festival, which kicks off November 22 and runs through December 30.

This unforgettable journey will whisk […]


December 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

We all have love-hate relationships with aspects of the seasons, and so it goes with me and winter. My hesitation is brief when asked if I like winter. “No!” I exclaim. “It’s cold, it’s dark, and it seems to last forever.” And snow? If I see a flake in the forecast I shiver with worry about driving […]

JOLABOKAFLOD – An Icelandic Holiday Tradition Gone Global

December 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

For those who don’t know this about me, I hail from the small and isolated North Atlantic island of Iceland. Yes, yes, that country that’s been in the news since November due to the thousands of earthquakes and impending volcano (at the time of this writing there hasn’t been an eruption … yet). But Iceland is known […]


December 1st, 2023|Featured Article|

All aboard! It’s that time of year when the Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express takes a series of fun and festive journeys to the North Pole from right here in the Hudson Valley. Passengers of all ages are welcome to hop on board for this annual adventure. The holiday event, which will run from November 17 through December 29, departs from Westbrook Lane […]

The Gift of Land

December 1st, 2023|Real Estate|

“We are so lucky to live here in Dutchess County – with its incredible tapestry of open meadows, wooded hillsides, streams meandering through hidden valleys, orchards, and cornfields. It is a tapestry rich in natural resources and stunning scenic vistas. The work the DLC does helps to provide us all with clean water, local farm produce, […]


December 1st, 2023|Business|

When Emily Van Steenbergen’s husband Tyler opened a chiropractic office on Main Street in Millerton, NY, he only needed half the allotted space for his practice. Emily decided they should do something with the extra space that aligned with the needs of his clients. So she created a wellness store and brought in natural body products, supplements, […]

A Holiday Pop-up Shop in North Canaan – JACLYN RYAN OF HITHER LANE

December 1st, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Main Street discovered Hither Lane at a party in Lakeville, CT, not on Instagram or while searching for cocktail glasses on the Internet. This is the story of an international fashion professional who worked for luxury brands like Saint Laurent, only to leave New York City behind to start her own business in the country.

What is […]

Handcrafting at Its Finest: Ingrained ‘N Wood – Melissa Fournier

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

Growing up in Stockport, NY, as the second child of four girls, Melissa Fournier spent most of her time outdoors with her sisters riding bikes, swimming, and exploring the woods around their home. Her favorite memories are the summers she spent with her aunts, uncles, and cousins vacationing in an RV and traveling from campground to […]

Mary Rotella Offers Inclusive Dance, Voice, and Acting Classes in Red Hook

December 1st, 2023|Exercise, Main Street News, Wellness|

Mary Rotella is the owner of Dance and Theater Arts, an adult performing arts studio located in Red Hook, NY. She started in the fall of 2020 with a group of tap dancers and a few private classes. As more people shared their interest, the classes began growing steadily until Mary had to split the […]

Barefoot Pinot Noir

November 30th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Was it just a week ago we were gathering for Thanksgiving? I hope it was a blessed and happy day for all. If you’re feeling “spent” from the holiday, then Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and – yes – the reality of just over […]

Waiting Fur Santa Paws

November 29th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Normally the Saturday after Thanksgiving evfurry year is our designated date fur decking the halls, but this year Mom and Dad hosted Turkey Day, so we got to decorate early fur all to see. Which, by the way, I hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day. I fur one am still digesting and coming […]

Ashley’s Complete Christmas Playlist

November 28th, 2023|Main Street Recommends|

While many of you may be aware, for those of you who aren’t, Ashley, our director of advertising, is something of a Christmas connoisseur. She puts the Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving and starts playing the Christmas stations in the office sometime around mid-November when she thinks we won’t notice. Now that we’re officially in the swing […]

Journey of Holistic Medicine: Fundraiser for Local Mom Battling Lymphoma

November 26th, 2023|Main Street News|

“In the beginning, it took me a while to come to terms with it. I got diagnosed, and I remember laying in bed and thinking about how I didn’t want to do chemotherapy,” said Erica George of Pine Plains, NY.  

The start of the journey

Erica first noticed a lump on her neck while she […]

Veteran Profile: Meghan Bornes

November 25th, 2023|Main Street News, People Profiles|

In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, we are profiling veterans from around the area all month long to honor their service. This installment features Meghan Bornes, a recent graduate of Norwich University who is about to start her service in Washington. 

Meghan Bornes is a recent graduate of Norwich University in Vermont […]


November 22nd, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Happy Turkey Day Eve furriends! Tomorrow is my most favfurrite day of the entire year. Thanksgiving. But before we can sit down to enjoy a nice feast, Mom is making sure evfurrything in the house is purrfect – down to evfurry last detail that no one will even notice. Hey Ma! Did you wash the […]

Guide to Local Holiday Events & Parades

November 21st, 2023|Main Street News|

With the holidays rapidly approaching, there are a variety of events and parades coming up all across the region. While this is by no means a complete guide, we’ve rounded up as many fairs, parades, and events that we could find for the surrounding area.

New York 

Winter Walk in Hudson
Saturday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m. […]

Veteran Profile: Les Funk

November 21st, 2023|Main Street News, People Profiles|

In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, we are profiling veterans from around the area all month long to honor their service. This installment features Les Funk, an Army veteran. 

Les Funk served in the U.S. Army for three years in active duty, and then in the National Guard for an additional three […]

Veteran Profile: Brian Coons

November 18th, 2023|Main Street News, People Profiles|

In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, we are profiling veterans from around the area all month long to honor their service. This installment features Brian Coons, an Army veteran. 

Brian Coons retired as a Master Sergeant from the U. S. Army in 2017 after 28 years of service. A Pine Plains native, […]