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Hozier Plays Sold Out Show in Saratoga

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 of the season: Irish […]

Foxtrot Farm & Flowers Emphasizes Sustainable Blooms

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 Germantown/Hudson area before purchasing […]

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

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 Gallery in the school’s […]


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|Weekly Feature, 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, Weekly Feature|

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, Weekly Feature|

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, […]

The Stissing Theatre Guild Presents Fall Performance of “Fools”

November 17th, 2023|Main Street News|

The Stissing Theatre Guild (STG) is presenting their fall play, “Fools” by Neil Simon, on December 1, 2, and 3 at Stissing Mountain High School.

This is the fourth year that STG has presented a fall play in addition to the annual spring musical, and this is the first year that the performance will be held […]

Beau Nouveau

November 16th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s that time of year – the Beaujolais Nouveau is here! While this annual release is no longer the novelty it once was, it’s still cause for celebration, and this year’s vintage is tres, tres bon (very, very good). Being in the biz, I got a bottle of […]

Veteran Profile: Stephen Valyou

November 16th, 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 Stephen Valyou, an Army veteran. 

When U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Valyou was shot in the chest, his first thought upon waking up from a two day coma […]

The Best Purrthday Purresent

November 15th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

In case you don’t recall, allow me to refurresh your memory. Mom always had at least one cat in the household since the day she came home furrom the hospital, so when Mom moved away furrom home (which was a whopping fifteen minutes away), she literally cried like a baby because she missed her cats […]

Marist Professor Babette Fasolino Represents Eastern Shawnee Tribe in the Native American Journalists Association

November 15th, 2023|Main Street News|

The New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts region has an abundant Indigenous history. This November, we’re celebrating Native American History Month with a series of features centered around Native American tribes and their people. 

“My purpose for joining this group is two-fold,” Babette Fasolino said of joining the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). “One, I’ve always been […]

Taconic Hills Decathlete Neil Howard III Reflects on His Athletic Career So Far

November 15th, 2023|Main Street News, Sports|

Taconic Hills’ Neil Howard III has been playing sports for as long as he can remember. 

“I was always an active kid. Whether it was just jumping on the trampoline or running away from my older sisters, I was always moving. I had to be doing something,” he said. “As soon as I got […]

Veteran Profile: Charlie Wilson

November 14th, 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 is Charlie Wilson, a Coast Guard veteran. I also feel that it’s pertinent to mention that this profile is particularly close to my heart, since Charlie is my grandfather. 


CT Parent Connection Seeks to Educate Parents About Youth Addiction

November 10th, 2023|Main Street News, Rehab|

When Dorrie Carolan realized that her son was suffering from addiction in 1993, she knew she had to do whatever she could to help him. 

“Around the same time that my son was in the beginning of his addiction, I had a lot of people who were talking about their kids experimenting with drugs, […]

Veteran Profile: Andy Anderson

November 9th, 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 Andy Anderson, a Marine veteran.

In 2003, at 17 years old, Andy Anderson gave up three sports scholarships that would provide him with a full ride to college […]

Tackitt Family Vineyards 2021 Gewurtztraminer

November 9th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

With Veteran’s Day falling on Sunday, November 11 this year, my thoughts for wine turned to wineries started or run by veterans. I couldn’t think of any in the Hudson Valley, off-hand, and a Google search didn’t help. I did find an article from Wine Enthusiast magazine that […]

Lickin’ My Chops

November 8th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

How’s everyone’s Novempurr going so far? With the pawliday’s coming up, the fam-bam has been supurr busy ironing out details of who’s hosting what holiday. As you know, Mom and Dad aren’t exactly social butterflies, so they usually get off the hook with hosting, but that’s all about to change. It’s been six years since […]

Veteran Profile: Marie Stewart

November 7th, 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. Our first installment is Marie Stewart, an Air Force veteran. 

“I enlisted because my dad and my grandfather served, so I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted […]

Hillsdale Unveils A New Mural

November 3rd, 2023|Main Street News|

On Saturday, October 28th at 2 p.m. the Hillsdale Economic Development Committee celebrated the completion of a mural project located in the heart of the hamlet on the east wall of the Hillsdale Supermarket at 2628 NY- RT 23.

The hand-painted mural was created as a town beautification project that also helps residents and visitors find […]

A Brief Overview of Native American History in the Region

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

The New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts region has an abundant Indigenous history. This November, we’re celebrating Native American History Month with a series of features centered around Native American tribes and their people. 

According to the U.S. Department Bureau of Indian Affairs, Native American Heritage Month is a time to, “c […]

2021 Bogle Family Vineyard’s Old Vine Zinfandel

November 1st, 2023|Wine of the Week|

We’re snuggling into red wine season and I, for one, am quite happy about this. While I’m not a fan of colder, darker days, there’s something liberating about coming home from work in the early evening and changing into pajamas knowing no one but your family will see you until the next day. Pajamas on? Dinner started? […]

No Tricks, All Treats!

November 1st, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Happy (day after) Halloween, furriends. I know you were hoping to hear all about my night out and seeing pictures of me rocking the unicorn costume Mom had helped me pick out, but there was a last minute change of plans. Cha-boy got suppurr lucky this year. I didn’t have to get dressed up or step […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Kyle Gillis

October 31st, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Our final installment of Photographer Appreciation Month features Kyle Gillis. Read on to learn more about his photography! 

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

Kyle Gillis. I originally started with a point and shoot camera, and then I moved onto a Canon 70D […]

Pots of Gold

October 28th, 2023|Home & Garden|

I’ve been thinking a lot about pots recently. As I write this, the first frost warnings are being whispered on all my fellow gardeners’ Instagram accounts. My bulbs, ordered way back in June when caution is always blown to the wind as the lessons of just having harvested 8,000 tulips are blatantly ignored, have started to trickle […]

Reclaiming Pine Plains – Dale Mitchell of Apex Modular Solutions

October 28th, 2023|Business|

I encountered Dale Mitchell after investigating the “mystery” house he owns on Route 83 just past Stewart’s in Pine Plains. (See the article on mystery buildings in last month’s issue of Maine Street Magazine.) Mitchell, a tall older gentleman wearing a flat cap and plaid shirt, agreed to meet me in his tiny office, surrounded by […]

Who Cares?

October 28th, 2023|At Large|

There are powerful rhythms in art, music, and literature that certainly don’t subscribe to a strict 4/4 time. Images will reappear years after we first see them. Passages from books that were favorites a decade ago will suddenly manifest themselves in an article, a quote on the late news, or a weather-worn bumper sticker on the car […]

Wreaths Across America – One Family’s Ambition to Honor Local Veterans

October 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

“This is my ‘why,’” Carol Hart says as she shares a photo of her son, Master Sergeant David Cookingham Jr., who served in the military from 1991 to 2011 and passed away in 2015. 

After her son’s passing, Carol learned of Wreaths Across America, a national program based out of Maine that works to honor fallen veterans […]

Where Beauty and Family Come “Full Circle”

October 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

’Tis the season to decorate, and if you love wreaths (and don’t we all?), then you’ll love the Hudson Valley Wreath Company and its super-talented and dynamic creator, Evelyne Kopp. 

Evelyne launched the Hudson Valley Wreath Company in 2021, and in its first year the company was named a Hudson Valley “Best of” in the category of […]


October 28th, 2023|Advice|

For those who aren’t aware, this magazine has a … well, could we call it a sister media source? Main Street Moxie is the name of our podcast, which launched in January of 2022. We are about to wrap up our second season and what a year it has been! I wanted to take a moment and […]

Affordable Housing? Buy Multi-Unit Properties

October 28th, 2023|Real Estate|

Buying a multi-unit property can be like sharing an entrée at a restaurant, buying a two-for-one special at the grocery store, or eating leftovers. You can pay about the same price, and often less, for a multi-dwelling property as you might for a single-family residence with the benefit of added income to help pay the mortgage or […]

Okay Boomer

October 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

An open letter to Gen X, millennials, Gen Z, Gen Alpha, and anyone else offended by the existence of baby boomers from a real life baby boomer.

It’s become abundantly obvious that we above the age of 59 are the direct cause of anyone and everyone’s problems. What I need right now is for millennials and Gen Zers […]

Finding Symbiosis Between Opposing Forces

October 28th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

“Working between printmaking, ceramic, wood, and textile, Janis Stemmermann employs craft processes in the creation of environments that interrogate links between media – and the fundamental, primal forces that unite them.” –Julia Silverman

I first became familiar with artist, printmaker, and designer Janis Stemmermann’s work when I saw her exhibition, Cut to Length, at Furnace – Art on […]

Dr. Irma Waldo Reflects on Practicing Medicine for Over 70 Years

October 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

At 98 years old, Dr. Irma Waldo has certainly lived a lot of life. Moreover, as a practicing physician serving the rural Columbia County, NY, community for over 70 years, she’s seen a lot of patients. 

Irma was born in Bronxville, NY, and grew up in Mount Vernon, NY. She went on to attend medical school at […]

Katie Baldwin Designs Brings Elegance and Flair to the Northwest Corner

October 28th, 2023|Featured Article, People Profiles|

“Interior design is the second chapter of my life,” says Katie Baldwin, owner of Katie Baldwin Designs. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked in the fashion sector for 17 years at places like the Gap and Ann Taylor. “When I left, I was burnt out. I was excited to move home to Lakeville, […]

Rocktober Feature: Rhinebeck School of Music Teaches Students of All Ages and Abilities

October 28th, 2023|Main Street News, Music|

This is the fourth feature in our Rocktober series, dropping every Saturday in October. This week, we chatted with Erin and Karl at the Rhinebeck School of Music about their workshops, classes, and concerts. 

After working together at a music store in Rhinebeck for many years, Karl Allweier and Erin Hobson aimed to create […]


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


Meet Sofie, a delightful 9-year-old, 68-pound doggie eagerly awaiting her dream home. Sofie found herself at the shelter when her previous owner could no longer provide the care she deserved. Despite her challenging circumstances, her heart remains open to new beginnings and unconditional love. Having lived with children before, Sofie adores the company of people […]

Hometown Heroes: Dani Seipp

October 26th, 2023|People Profiles|

Dani Seipp is the captain of the Milan Fire Department. As captain, she is the highest ranking female in the history of the Milan FD. “I fell in love with the work of fire service when my fiance and I started dating in high school. They had a summer where they were just really busy, […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Tony Stromberg

October 26th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Our next installment of Photographer Appreciation Month features Tony Stromberg. Read on to learn more about his photography! 

What type of photography do you most often do or prefer?

For 20 years, I was an advertising photographer based in San Francisco, CA. Somewhere around 2002, I closed my commercial studio and started photographing horses, and […]


October 25th, 2023|Op-Ed|

Editors note: This article is a slight departure from the standard Main Street articles you might be used to. We normally dont talk too much about politics or religion on these pages. However, in conversing with Whitney about an article for this month, thinking about all that is going on in the world, and then also thinking […]

If You’re a Unicorn, I’m a Unicorn

October 25th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Whelp, we’re officially less than a week away furrom Halloween and I still have no clue what I’m going to be. I suppose I’ve spent too much time working on my beauty sleep and not enough time focusing on important things like my costume. If I remember correctly, my costume idea from last year was a […]

Killer Red from Tousey Winery

October 24th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

It’s looking like a beautiful Halloween weekend, and what’s more appropriate for that than the Killer Red from Tousey Winery? Enjoy it and their other great wines handcrafted with love and care at their place in Germantown this weekend. In fact, if it’s not sold out, try to get tickets to their annual “Hallowine” party on Saturday […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Aly Morrissey

October 24th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

Our next installment of Photographer Appreciation Month features Aly Morrissey. Read on to learn more about her photography! 

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

My name is Aly Morrissey. I’ve always used Canon cameras and am currently shooting on a Canon R6.

What type […]

Pine Plains Softball Team Fundraising for Spring Training

October 23rd, 2023|Main Street News|

The Pine Plains Varsity Softball Team is currently fundraising for spring training. The team will be sending 18 players to Myrtle Beach, SC, for spring training at the Cal Ripken Experience in March of 2024. While there, the team will not only be training, but also competing. 

Spring training at the Cal Ripken Experience […]

The Best Apple Cider Donuts in the Hudson Valley

October 23rd, 2023|Main Street Recommends, Out and About|

I’m not sure what it is about autumn (other than it’s my favorite season), but as soon as there is a slight chill in the air, I immediately crave a visit to a local orchard in search of an apple cider donut. 

This year, I decided to put my hobby to work, and as […]

Rocktober Feature: PPCSD Music Programs

October 21st, 2023|Main Street News, Music|

This is the third feature in our Rocktober series, dropping every Saturday in October. This week, we chatted with the music teachers at the Pine Plains Central School District about their current curriculum, bouncing back from the pandemic, the importance of music education, and inspiring confidence and creativity in their students. 

Building the foundation

Amanda […]

Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel

October 19th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

More rain this weekend? And it’s dark around 6:30? Seems like perfect conditions for a hearty beef stew, with lots of potatoes and carrots. Dee-lish! A wine to go with it? Snuggle up to Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel. The back label explains what’s behind the name: “A renowned wine writer said the best wines must exhibit […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Gígja Einarsdóttir

October 19th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|


Our next installment of Photographer Appreciation Month features Gígja Einarsdóttir. Read on to learn more about her photography! 

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

My name is Gígja Einarsdóttir. I primarily use a Canon 1DX Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, and I’m considering the purchase of a Canon R5 or […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Project SAGE

October 18th, 2023|Main Street News|

Project SAGE (formerly known as Women’s Support Services) is a non-profit domestic violence prevention agency located in Lakeville, CT, and serving northwest Connecticut and neighboring towns in New York and Massachusetts. 

“That’s one of the reasons we changed our name. We are inclusive and serve all people,” said Dr. Betsey Mauro, executive […]

Cheesin’ Fur The Check-Up

October 18th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

Momma isn’t raising a fool. Despite her efforts of buying me a new cat carrier and opening a new bag of treats to try to lure me into the carrier, I knew something was up her sleeve. I made a run fur it and did my best to hide, but Mom found me. After a quick […]


October 17th, 2023|Shelter Pet of the Week|


Tortellini is a gorgeous and cuddly 10-year-old dilute tortoiseshell who was found as a stray. She now blesses DCSPCA’s shelter with her sweet nature and elegant demeanor, a true lap cat. Tortellini’s tender purrs and affectionate nudges speak volumes about her loving heart.

Tortellini has hyperthyroidism, a common condition that can be easily managed with daily […]

Boo Thru Returns to Stissing Mountain High School

October 17th, 2023|Main Street News|

The Pine Plains PTA is hosting their annual Boo Thru at Stissing Mountain Jr./Sr. High School on Saturday, October 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Boo Thru is a free outdoor walk-through event that features interactive, decorated displays that kids can visit to collect Halloween candy and other goodies. 

In addition to […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Ashlea Tamburrino

October 17th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

In honor of Photographer Appreciation Month in October, we’re highlighting some of our local photographers. For this installment, we’re featuring Ashlea Tamburrino. Read on to learn about her photography!

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

Ashlea Tamburrino. I use a Canon Mark IV. 


Classic Historic Colonial With Pond And Pool in Lakeville, CT

October 15th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This beautiful 1830 Lakeville home sits on 17+ gorgeous acres and includes a heated gunite Pool, a spring-fed Pond, mature landscaping, and a Barn with stone walls on 3 sides. There are 4 Bedrooms, 2 with Balconies, 3.5 Baths, 2 Studies, an absolutely lovely formal Living Room and Dining Room, and a 3-season Porch overlooking the […]

Rocktober Feature: lespecial

October 14th, 2023|Main Street News, Music|

This is the second feature in our Rocktober series, dropping every Saturday in October. This week, we chatted with Jonny Grusauskas of the band lespecial. 

lespecial is a three-piece progressive rock band made up of Jonny Grusauskas, Luke Bemand, and Rory Dolan. They’re based out of Millerton, NY, and Connecticut, and their new album […]

Hometown Heroes: Cary Farrar

October 12th, 2023|People Profiles|

Cary Farrar is a resident of Millerton, NY, where he currently serves as Fire Captain of the Millerton Fire Co. In addition to this, he works as a professional firefighter in Stamford, CT, and owns his own lawn care business, Farrar Lawn Care. Outside of his work, Cary is also a veteran and is involved […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Olivia (Libby) Valentine

October 12th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

In honor of Photographer Appreciation Month in October, we’re highlighting some of our local photographers. For this installment, we’re featuring our own Libby Valentine. Read on to learn about her photography!

Your name and the type of camera you use / prefer?

Olivia Valentine and I shoot with a Nikon d7500. Someday I’d like to […]

Furrtography Appurreciation Month

October 11th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

PSA: not sure if you’re aware, but Octopurr is Furrtography Appurreciation Month. I thought this would be an appurropriate topic to talk about this week, especially fur all you aspiring iPhone furrtography purrofessionals. There is one furrtographfurr in purrticular I would purrsonally like to highlight: my Mom.

Mom definitely appurreciates a good photograph when […]

Carpineto Dogajolo Tuscan Blend

October 10th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Who doesn’t love a landscape of autumn leaves in shades of deep red, yellow, and brown? It’s an awe-inspiring site and, like seeing a rainbow, never loses its magic and magnificence. When I first saw the label for this choice of my wine of the week, I had that same feeling of excitement. A beautiful arrangement of […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Brian Wilcox

October 10th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

In honor of Photographer Appreciation Month in October, we’re highlighting some of our local photographers. For this installment, we’re featuring Brian Wilcox. Read on to learn about his photography!

Your name and type of camera you use/prefer?

Brian Wilcox and the camera brand I use and prefer is DSLR Canon R3 & DJI Mavic 3 Drone

What […]

61 Beech Plain Road, Sandisfield, Massachusetts 01255

October 9th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

This Custom built home on 27.491 acres is on the market for the first time in 33 years! Built with love and exquisite details by the owners, this home has been used primarily as a vacation home. Tremendous views from both deck levels provides a relaxing atmosphere. The property borders the Clam River allowing you to […]

The Corner Counter Serves Up Goodies For Any Time of Day

October 9th, 2023|Main Street News, Out and About|

The Corner Counter in Red Hook, NY, only opened in April of this year, but they already have a loyal following from those who are looking for cheese, a quick grab-and-go lunch, or a craft beer, cider or natural wine.

Only the beginning

Lauren Cunningham-Housman began working on a plan for opening a shop years ago.

“I was in […]

Rocktober Feature: Half Pint

October 7th, 2023|Main Street News, Music|

Half Pint is the musical group made up of Pine Plains, NY, locals Joe Cort, Kaylie Jackson, and Gary Gent. They recently performed during Pine Plains Community Day on September 9 and are currently working on new music. Read on to learn about how each member of Half Pint got into music, who their biggest inspirations are, […]

Ruffino Pinot Grigio and Mondavi Merlot

October 6th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

Sometimes you just need something simple and straightforward that needs no second-guessing. For me that’s a dependable Pinot Grigio and a classic Merlot. My picks? Ruffino for the Pinot Grigio and Mondavi for the Merlot. These producers have been at it for years and know what they’re doing. You just can’t go wrong with their wines. A […]

“The Lifespan of a Fact” Dazzles at the Sharon Playhouse

October 6th, 2023|Main Street News, Out and About|

“The Lifespan of a Fact” is essentially an 85-minute argument between the three characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat and questioning where the truth actually lies.

The play centers around an essay written by John D’Agata about the suicide of a young man named Levi Presley. He submits it to a national magazine, […]

Kindness Doesn’t Cost a Thing

October 6th, 2023|Main Street News, Wellness|

Kindness is a super power, according to And I couldn’t agree more. But further, the sentiment rings true: kindness, in fact, doesn’t cost a thing. So why don’t more of us – our society even – practice it and show more kindness to those around us? I pose that […]

Pine Plains Ag Fair Returns on October 6th & 7th

October 5th, 2023|Main Street News|

The Pine Plains FFA Ag Fair returns to Stissing Mountain Jr./Sr. High School on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th.

As someone who graduated from Pine Plains, I can say that without a doubt, Ag Day is the best when you’re still a student. The day begins with waking up early to get decked out in your […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Lazlo Gyorsok

October 5th, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

In honor of Photographer Appreciation Month in October, we’re highlighting some of our local photographers. Our second installment is none other than Lazlo Gyorsok – read on to learn about his photography!

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

My name is Lazlo Gyorsok.  I use mainly Fuji digital cameras but have a couple of other […]

Summer In Octopurr

October 4th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

When I think of Octopurr I usually think of watching leaves changes colors and fall to the ground, tempurratures giving the air a chill, snuggling up with a good blankie, and blankly staring at Mom’s pumpkin decor. But here we are; Octopurr 4, 2023 and temps have been unseasonably warm this week. In fact, we’re expected to […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Grace Smith House

October 4th, 2023|Main Street News|

“Domestic violence is considered to be a pattern of behavior that is calculated in order to establish and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.” This is how Branka Bryan, executive director for Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie, NY, defined domestic violence.

Grace Smith House is a private, nonprofit organization that provides residential and non-residential services to […]

Photographer Appreciation Month: Sarah Blodgett

October 3rd, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News|

In honor of Photographer Appreciation Month in October, we’re highlighting some of our local photographers. For our first installment, we’re featuring Sarah Blodgett. Read on to learn about her photography!

Your name and type of camera you use / prefer?

Sarah Blodgett, Canon 5D Mark IV

What type of photography do you most often do or prefer (subject matter)?

I’m very […]

Hammertown Barn Celebrates Its 38th Anniversary

October 3rd, 2023|Main Street News|

“It was a passion for me,” says Joan Osofsky, owner of Hammertown Barn, about opening the first store in Pine Plains, NY back in 1985.

“I say 38, and I don’t feel as old as it is,” she laughs.

Just getting started

Joan’s daughter and Hammertown’s design director, Dana Simpson, shares that her mom started Hammertown out of her love […]

Karen Trunko’s Botanical Exhibit on Display at Noble Horizons

October 2nd, 2023|Featured Artist, Main Street News, People Profiles|

“I have a calendar that my mom made for me many years ago, and there’s a photo of me at two years old with a plastic camera, running around the house taking photos,” Karen laughs. “I guess I’ve always loved taking pictures.”

Indeed, Karen has spent her entire life observing the world through a lens. In college, she […]

Step Into the Hive: How to Help the Declining Bee Population

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

A few weeks ago, Gino Robustelli invited Lindsey and I to come visit his bee hives outside of the Harney tea factory. Lindsey, who has since gone back to college, is one of our summer writers and served as our cinematographer for our trip to visit the bees. The purpose of our visit was to see the […]

Art Museum Round-Up

September 29th, 2023|Main Street Recommends|

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

Planting More Than A Seed

September 28th, 2023|Home & Garden|

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

Branchwater Farms Discuss the Art of Distilling

September 28th, 2023|Farm Feature|

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

From cheese to spirits

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

Sounds of Age

September 28th, 2023|At Large|

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

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

Graceland Tattoo

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

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

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

Hilarie Burton Morgan talks Magic and Mischief in Grimoire Girl

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

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

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


September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

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

Designing life changes

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

D.W. Miller & PAleoArt

September 28th, 2023|Featured Article|

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

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

Mystery Buildings 2023

September 28th, 2023|Real Estate|

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

A Passage to India – John Robshaw, Textile Designer

September 28th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

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

I’m Drawing as Fast as I Can

September 28th, 2023|Featured Artist|

Where do you get your ideas?

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

Ravines Winery Riesling

September 28th, 2023|Wine of the Week|

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

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

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

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

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

Hometown Heroes: Mike Cooper

September 28th, 2023|People Profiles|

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

51 Craryville Rd, Copake, NY 12521

September 27th, 2023|Deal of the Week|

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

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

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

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

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

Binge Watching

September 27th, 2023|The OTIS Feed|

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

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

September 26th, 2023|Main Street News|

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