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Community Rodeo Event to be Held in Amenia this October

In the first of what is slated to become an annual event in the picturesque town of Amenia, NY, the Hudson Valley Rodeo, supporting the Amenia-Wassaic Community Organization and sponsored in part by the Silo Ridge Community Foundation, will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Keane Stud. The 275 acre state-of-the-art thoroughbred breeding farm will provide the perfect backdrop […]

Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk Enters 38th Year

With food insecurity having increased greatly for many people in the area and around the world, and many local friends and neighbors struggling to buy food for themselves and their families, members of Salisbury’s United Congregational Church (UCC) are gearing up for Northwest Connecticut’s 38th annual, a second virtual, CROP Hunger Walk.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities […]

Wine for Mild Weather

Ah, mid-September mild days. They are so wonderful and so fleeting.

What to pair with this special time of year?

Splashes of summer – Sauvignon Blanc and Sangria.

For the former, go with something simple and satisfying and maybe even a bit silly. Monkey Bay from the Marlboro region in New Zealand is perfect. It’s as crisp and clean as a September blue sky.

As […]

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Contemporary Home in North Canaan

September 24th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

39 Carlson Road, North Canaan, CT 06018
Contemporary
2 bedroom
2.5 bathroom
6.60 Acres
PRICE: $790,000

Two homes are nestled on this 6.6 acre parcel in Canaan Valley – a custom contemporary home built in 1990 with access from Carlson Road and a smaller tenant house built in 1880 with access from Moses Meade Road. The property also includes a 30×30 horse […]

Fall is in the Air

September 23rd, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Fall festivals are everywhere, and that means apples!

If you’re looking to pair a wine with an apple pie or crisp, consider something that will complement the sweetness and the slight tartness of the dessert. A semi-dry Riesling is a great choice.

The Finger Lakes are famous for making great wines from that grape, so go local and ask […]

Stickin’ Around

September 22nd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I don’t have a southern accent, but I feel obligated to say this; Happy furrst day of fall, ya’ll!

I was really hoping summer would stick around just a little bit longer. You might not know this about me, but despite being a pampurred indoor kitty, deep down I’m a big nature guy. Aside furrom watching the birdies […]

Community Rodeo Event to be Held in Amenia this October

September 22nd, 2021|Main Street|

In the first of what is slated to become an annual event in the picturesque town of Amenia, NY, the Hudson Valley Rodeo, supporting the Amenia-Wassaic Community Organization and sponsored in part by the Silo Ridge Community Foundation, will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Keane Stud. The 275 acre state-of-the-art thoroughbred breeding farm will […]

Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk Enters 38th Year

September 21st, 2021|WOTS|

With food insecurity having increased greatly for many people in the area and around the world, and many local friends and neighbors struggling to buy food for themselves and their families, members of Salisbury’s United Congregational Church (UCC) are gearing up for Northwest Connecticut’s 38th annual, a second virtual, CROP Hunger Walk.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk […]

Wine for Mild Weather

September 16th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Ah, mid-September mild days. They are so wonderful and so fleeting.

What to pair with this special time of year?

Splashes of summer – Sauvignon Blanc and Sangria.

For the former, go with something simple and satisfying and maybe even a bit silly. Monkey Bay from the Marlboro region in New Zealand is perfect. It’s as crisp and clean as […]

Food Fest

September 15th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I’ll keep it short and sweet this week.

I’ve seen a few purrmotional pieces on the 1st annual Millerton Food Fest happening this Saturday, September 18th. Mom, Dad, and Ellie are going to eat to their hearts’ content, that’s fur sure!

I think Mom wants to take Ellie to a corn maze too. That sure does sounds like fun, […]

The Moviehouse Presents Special Screening of FAUCI with Director Meet and Great

September 14th, 2021|WOTS|

With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr. Anthony Fauci became America’s most unlikely cultural icon during COVID-19. On Wednesday, September 15, Millerton’s Moviehouse will offer moviegoers the opportunity to meet director of the film FAUCI John Hoffman at 6pm at the Screening Lounge Bar, a 6:30 PM introductory talk by Hoffman himself and […]

Hillsdale Concert Series to Bring Children’s Program to Hamlet Park

September 14th, 2021|Main Street|

Grammy nominee Brady Rymer along with Claudia Mussen will play family-friendly children’s rock on Saturday Sept. 18 as Hillsdale’s Hamlet Committee continues its Jams in the Hamlet concert series.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Hamlet Park with the Roe Jan Library presenting a storytelling program in the park. Food and soft drinks will be available from […]

Fall is Here

September 9th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

I’m caught up in the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the onset of fall, and I need a BIG red wine.

Something deep. Something dark. Something soothing. Something velvety.

There’s nothing more appropriate than The Prisoner Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Napa Valley.

From the moment it hits the glass you’re in deep, with bold notes […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Vacant Land

September 9th, 2021|Advice|

Do you have a parcel of land that is vacant? If so, are you ready to sell it? Selling vacant land can seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, there are some things to keep in mind before doing so.  

 

This blog post will provide tips on the do’s and don’ts of selling vacant […]

Too Cool Fur School

September 8th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Furrom what I gather, school is back in session fur many kiddos. Lucky fur me, I’m too cool fur school. Plus; I doubt reading, writing, and arithmetic would be my strong suits. And as we all know, my strength is cat napping. On the other paw, if I were to go to school this year, I would […]

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Salisbury Brokerage

September 8th, 2021|Testimonials|

I just wish to thank you and Christina Bates for your article regarding local private airstrips in the May issue of Mainstreet Magazine. The focus was on viewing these private airstrips as real estate investment opportunities and your coverage of the North Canaan airstip was excellent. I was handling the marketing of this property through William Pitt […]

Moviehouse Creates Opportunity to Meet Local Filmmaker

September 8th, 2021|Main Street|

In a cinematic quest to find the 52 Hertz Whale, which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale, The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52, Directed by Joshua Zeman with Executive Producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier will be specially screened tomorrow September […]

So Long Summer

September 1st, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Purrdon me fur giving you the stink eye, but are you kitten me right meow? I can’t not believe we are bidding farewell to summer. I don’t know about you, but I have mixed feelings about this. I’m certainly going to miss basking in the windowsill sun but, then again, my summer bod was nevfurr really summer […]

Community Park Receives Groundbreaking Award for Renovations

September 1st, 2021|WOTS|

“I like baseball. I like parks. I love communities like this and that’s why we are here today.” were the words of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as he helped to stage the groundbreaking event for the revitalization of Millerton New York’s historic Eddie Collins Memorial Park. Along with an afternoon of entertainment provided by local favorites […]

Modernist with Lake Access in Lakeville, CT

August 30th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Town: Lakeville, CT
Price: $865,000
Rooms: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3
Style: Modern
Acreage: 1.2 +/- acres
Age: 1972

Private & Updated Modern with Deeded Lake Access to Long Pond Lake. 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath Modernist Tucked Discreetly Down Private Lane Arm’s Distance to Everything. Light & Bright Throughout. Vaulted Living Room with Fireplace & Skylight. Welcoming Eat-in, Renovated Kitchen with Access to […]

A Village Delight

August 28th, 2021|Restaurant Review|

There is almost a Brigadoon moment when one wanders off of Route 7 into Falls Village, CT, these days. To be sure, this town will not disappear after one day, to wait 100 years to reappear as in the Lerner and Loewe musical. The resurgence of the town, however, is magical in its own way. With the […]

Summer 2021-To Europe – and Back?

August 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

Our trip to France was planned for late March 2020. My younger brother, Michael, and I needed to get over to see our mother in the Maison de Retraite that she had been transported to the previous December because her cognitive deterioration made it impossible for her to live on her […]

A Graceful Life Set in Stone

August 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

One of the most impossibly difficult aspects of the human experience is not only death itself, nor comprehending the idea that those we love will at some point no longer be with us, but how our enduring ability to love transforms death into something tragically beautiful. When the car […]

Nothing Is Impossible To Her Who Will

August 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

In 2018, when Republican Senator Kathy Marchione announced that she would not seek re-election in Senate District 43, the news immediately raised the collective temperature on a seat suddenly in play for a traditionally competitive district. But for Marchione’s eventual successor Daphne Jordan – competition is in her DNA. […]

SEL-Why is My Kid’s School Teaching About Emotions?

August 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

Consider the following exchange I had with “Joe,” the owner of an unnamed inn in the western Adirondacks:

It was roughly 9am, and I was waiting for Joe’s wife, who served as hostess, waitress, chef, and (remarkably, still) a charming bartender, to put the finishing touches on the meat lover’s […]

Tara Sullivan-First Female to Lead the New York State Bridge Authority, Retires

August 28th, 2021|Profile|

In the best of times it’s important to recognize those who are good leaders. In these challenging times, it’s even more important to recognize those who are selfless, smart, and committed to excellence, and encourage the best from others. Tara Sullivan was that kind of leader at the New York State Bridge Authority. Sullivan was appointed deputy […]

You Get Everything

August 28th, 2021|Real Estate|

Even though the residential real estate market everywhere is booming with record low inventory, commercial real estate prices and activity remain sluggish. We wondered how to go about selling your real estate if it’s attached to your small business. One local entrepreneur explained, “I didn’t get much for the business, but I did really well on the […]

September 2021 Recipe – Fresh Peach Cobbler

August 28th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

A cobbler is a deep-dish baked fruit dessert with a thick biscuit topping. Traditionally, the rich fruit stew is the base. Some like to bake a cobbler with the biscuit on the bottom too, but we feel that isn’t a true cobbler. That’s more like a deep-dish pie! It is believed that the name “cobbler” got its […]

Keeping the Land

August 28th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Before it started to rain and after the last Sunday lunch was served in the dining room, Tim Bontecou, President of Tamarack Preserve Ltd., took me for a SUV drive over the gravel roads and fields of the preserve, which have been in the Bontecou family since the late 1930s. 

Starting out at the clubhouse and sporting clay […]

Here Comes the Sun

August 28th, 2021|Featured Artist|

“I was fascinated by the sun as a child … the way light and shadows would move on the wall as sunlight filtered through the venetian blinds.” Robert Adzema has a long and tender relationship with the way the sunlight appears to move throughout the day, how those changes cast precise shadows and the artistic spirit that […]

Sunny Days

August 26th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Summer is still here, and there is nothing like a crisp, cold, white wine at the end of a sunny day to keep the warm-weather vibes alive.

I had a wine last night that hit every positive note when I paired it with steamers and soft-shelled crabs bought from a fish vendor at the farmer’s market. The wine […]

Finally, Feline Fine!

August 25th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Well furriends, I’ve lived to tell about my visit to the vet…by the skin of my teef!

Mom and Dad waited as long as possible to feed me dinner Sunday night because I was required to fast prior to my procedure on Monday morning. I must admit, I really wanted my 4AM breakfast, but held it together as […]

Community Spotlight: Jacquie Rice

August 24th, 2021|Main Street|

Local ambulance services have been integral to healthy, happy, and safe towns. The volunteers that make up the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) greatly contribute to this effort, and with the struggles of the pandemic, it is doubly important to recognize just how much they serve the community and help those in need. We spoke with Jacquie […]

Privacy in the Hartland

August 23rd, 2021|Deal of the Week|

2 Hi View Pond Rd, Hartland, CT 06065
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
1,270 SQ FT
6.12 Acres
$285,000
MLS # 170431058

Very private, well kept home that overlooks a pond and is located at the end of a private road on 6.12 acres. Many updates in the last few years include the furnace, roof and
laminate flooring. One level living that offers a […]

Sweet Pumpkin

August 20th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service celebrates 50 Years this Weekend

August 20th, 2021|WOTS|

Incorporated in 1971, the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) was founded when a group of Salisbury, CT, citizens realized that an ambulance was needed in town. We spoke with the Chief of Service, Jacquie Rice, to learn more about this organization as it celebrates its 50th year.

Prior to the SVAS, the Sharon Hospital was responsible for ambulance […]

National Pinot Noir Day

August 19th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

In case you missed National Pinot Noir Day on August 18, the weekend is a great time to get caught up.

Pinot is a cool-climate red wine grape that produces medium-bodied, vibrant wines with bright fruit notes on the finish. They pair well with almost everything as they’re light enough to be enjoyed with fish but big enough […]

Millerton Antiques Center

August 18th, 2021|Testimonials|

For 5 years, we promoted our annual Red Tag sale the traditional way with weekly ads in local papers for the duration of the month long event. It chugged along and did OK. Two years ago, we decided to try something different. I contacted Thorunn and her team at Main Street Magazine/Thorunn Designs where we have been […]

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday Returns for 175th Dutchess County Fair

August 18th, 2021|WOTS|

After last year’s fair cancellation, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Fairgrounds President Andy Imperati are eager to invite individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to the return of ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday at the Dutchess County Fair on August 26th, 2021. Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will be able to enjoy the Dutchess […]

Pre-Teen

August 18th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Do I look diffurrent to you? Because I should. I’m 12 now!

I had a purretty low-key purrthday. I was even home alone while Dad and Ellie had a Daddy daughter day and Mom went out shopping fur the purrfect present for me. I’m shocked I didn’t receive something furrom Amazon. I was really hoping fur a new […]

Review-Nina Simone:Four Women

August 17th, 2021|Backstage, Main Street|

Nina Simone:Four Women

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, MA

BRILLIANT

It’s not often that one word can capture the essence of a theatrical evening. The word most often overheard as the audience left Berkshire Theatre Company’s production of Nina Simone: Four Women, on stage at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA until Sunday, September 5 … was “brilliant.”

Like any […]

Historic Opportunity in Smithfield Valley

August 16th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

Historic Smithfield Valley, off market for almost 50 years this charming two over two” New England 1850 dwelling is situated on 40 acres of rich pastures, wetlands, woodlands and the Millbrook Hunt trails. Expanded in 1928 and again in 1986 with two wood stoves and a second floor master bedroom en suite […]

Summer in a Bottle

August 12th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Yes, there is a Summer in the Bottle, and you better enjoy it while you can – and when you can – as, sadly, summer is starting to kiss us all goodbye.

Everything about this wine is bright and beautiful, so stock up.

It’s New York State’s Wolffer Estate Summer in […]

It’s Official

August 11th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

It’s official. My kid sister is three!

Yesterday, Mom was running around decorating, baking cupcakes, cleaning up the house fur Ellie’s cake and ice cream pawty which was held last night fur family and furriends. Since I’m a cat, I obviously can’t have cupcakes or ice cream, so mom added furresh catnip to one of my […]

More than 160 Dutchess County Youths Attend Summer Youth Employment Program Summit

August 9th, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro earlier last week welcomed 165 young people from throughout Dutchess County who attended the Department of Community & Family Services’ (DCFS) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Youth Summit, coordinated by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Dutchess Community College (DCC) hosted the event at its new DCC at Fishkill campus.

The SYEP […]

Million Dollar Deal of the Week

August 9th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

Spacious 5 bedroom home centrally located between Lakeville and Salisbury in a private neighborhood on 5.9 acres. Near everything, yet very private. Close to Salisbury Central School, swimming and picnicking at the Grove, and 4 minutes from grocery shopping and sidewalk cafes, town hall, shops, and library in Salisbury village. This 3,000+ […]

Postponed Hillsdale Flea Market Returns Saturday

August 5th, 2021|WOTS|

With the wet weather apparently having abated, Hillsdale’s popular but twice postponed flea market will take place Saturday August 7, offering a wide array of goods ranging from household items and clothing to antiques and collectibles.

Held in Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park, located at the intersection of Rts. 22 and 23, it will open at 8 AM. for early-bird […]

Elegant ART

August 5th, 2021|Backstage, Main Street|

The Roman Garden Theatre

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

In a summer of hesitancy and uncertainty, of recrimination and instability, Shakespeare & Company has deftly placed a brilliant production of Yasmina Reza’s ART in the Roman Garden Theatre and invited us all to contemplate its beauty.

Whether it was serendipity or simply the expected genius of Allyn Burrows, Shakespeare & […]

The Big 100

August 4th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I nearly couldn’t wait until Whisker Wednesday to share this with you.

This is my 100th post! Can you believe it?!

I bet you didn’t know a cat could talk about 100 diffurrent subjects. Did you also know it’s my burrthday month! That’s right. Along with my grandmothers, a couple aunts, a few furriends, and my kid sister.

Let the […]

Millbrook Horse Trials Return in August

August 3rd, 2021|WOTS|

The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT), a recognized United States Eventing Association (USEA) event, is an important part of a long equestrian tradition in Dutchess County. Recognized among the region’s most prestigious annual sporting events, it attracts world-class competitors from throughout the United States and brings some 400 riders […]

Film Review- Stillwater

August 2nd, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

STILLWATER

Rated “R”

Playing at theaters locally

Stillwater is a film that offers so much that the handful of critics that have decided to be, typically, “snarky” and show off their critical credentials may have truly missed the point. Matt Damon stars in the film as Bill Baker, an Oklahoma oil rigger prone to stupid decisions and dead-end jobs. He […]

Business- Starting or Expanding?

July 29th, 2021|Advice|

The fabric and backbone of America are its small businesses, and lucky for us, we have an abundance of them in our area. It’s the American dream after all. But when it comes to starting and or expanding a business, the devil is in the details. It is the minutia that can become cumbersome, and may seem […]

A Walk In The Woods

July 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

Mark Twain is credited with the pronouncement that “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Truth is that the judgement was first rendered 38 years after Twain’s death … but the presumption continues. True or not, the balance to that invective might well be that Art Omi in Ghent, NY, […]

Urgent Progress

July 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

“Home is a place not only of strong affections,” Harriet Beeche Stowe once said. “But of entire unreserved.” The famous sentiment has since encompassed the entirety of the nation’s romantic ambitions for home ownership. It is not only a place we value as a “dressing room” for the outside […]

Reaping and Sowing For Good

July 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

What was your family doing 100 years ago? That’s four or five generations back. Past your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and on to your great-great grandparents. Think about it. How far back do your family stories go? If you’re the average person who knows something about two or […]

New Traditions

July 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

There is a lot to be said about the terms “routine” and “tradition” after the collective experience of 2020. For over a century, generations of local families have fastened themselves to the tradition of attending the Dutchess County Fair so much so that the annual event has ingrained itself […]

Flip Intent

July 29th, 2021|Real Estate|

According to national statistics an estimated 6% of homes sold in the US are flipped properties – although from all the flipping, flopping, and fixing shows on television, flipping fascination seems much higher. For this issue of Main Street Magazine, we decided to explore the flipping phenomenon in our region at this moment in time. Who […]

August 2021 Recipe – Frozen Lemon Pie

July 29th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

It’s summer. It’s hot. And we feel we need to keep the no bake or minimal bake theme going.

Frozen Lemon Pie is a cinch to whip up. With very few ingredients and just a couple of minutes whisking egg yolks and sugar over the double boiler, you’ll have a refreshing summer dessert in no time!

The filling vs. […]

Growing A Business

July 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Tom Scott, the founder and owner of Falls Village Flower Farm, sat down with me in his home office on a Sunday morning, to talk about the business he has built – or perhaps planted – over the last 24 years.

How did you arrive in Falls Village in this idyllic location?

I grew up in Dover Plains and when […]

Alive With The Sound of Music

July 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Sharon Ruchman is living proof.

There has long been the contention that nestled in the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley, there are literally armies of brilliant writers, artists, musicians … most of whom found their separate ways to this bucolic part of the country to find the calm and quiet that allows creativity to blossom.

And […]

Ulster Savings Bank Installs Solar Panels at Red Hook Branch

July 29th, 2021|WOTS|

Ulster Savings Bank recently installed 43 solar panels on the roof of their Red Hook branch. This solar initiative is part of the bank’s commitment to lessening their impact on the environment by incorporating sustainable and green business practices.

The project was installed by Aries Power, Inc. from Albany, NY a company that specializes in renewable energy development […]

My New BFF

July 28th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

It’s no secret I love being brushed. In fact, next to catnapping, this is a favurrite activity of mine. Mom is usually in charge of making sure I really am the most handsome pants in the world. My brush time usually takes place after Ellie has gone to bed, ensuring that my grooming goes uninterrupted. It’s not […]

Millbrook Community Partnership to Hold July 29 Meeting on Plans for Bennett Park, Thorne Building

July 27th, 2021|WOTS|

As plans for creating a park on the former Bennett College property and renovating the Thorne Building proceed apace, the Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) is inviting the public to a meeting at the Millbrook Village Firehouse on Thursday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event, which will be accessible online as well as in person, promises […]

Spring Hill Arts Gathering Announces Line-Up for In-Person Festival this Summer

July 27th, 2021|Main Street|

Seven-Day Gathering Culminates in Free Day-Long Celebration for Washington Town Residents

Spring Hill Arts Gathering, also known as the SHAG Festival, has revealed its line-up for its summer 2021 gathering. Slated for July 29 – August 1 and August 6 – 8, this celebration of community and the arts will take place at Spring Hill Vineyards. This first […]

Ridley

July 26th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Youth Film Challenge Launches with $3,500 in Prizes

July 22nd, 2021|Main Street|

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has partnered with the Civic Life Project and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative to launch the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge. Residents of Berkshire County, MA, Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties, NY, and northwest Litchfield County, CT, ages 14 to 24 are invited to submit a 6-minute film that […]

Film Review-PIG

July 22nd, 2021|Movie Reviews|

PIG

Playing at The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY and Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington, MA

Rated R

Fair warning. Pig is not a film for everyone. The “R” rating should be enough to steer families looking for an evening out with the kids to look elsewhere.

Which is not to say that Pig is a film that should be ignored, avoided or left […]

It’s Show Time!

July 21st, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Ladies, gentleman, and cat lovers alike – get your paws on some popcorn! 

As purromised, I have more infurrmation on the Cat Video Festival happening at The Moviehouse in Millerton this weekend!

Apparently, it’s a phenomenon that’s taken the world and theaters across the U.S. by storm. To paraphrase furrom the latest story from Main Street Mag, “It […]

The Moviehouse to Screen Cat Video Festival 2021: Percentage of Proceeds going to Support Local Cat Shelter

July 21st, 2021|WOTS|

The Cat Video Festival is a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm and will once again make its much anticipated return this month in theaters across the USA and around the world. Critics laud the festival as a delightful compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions […]

Country Get-A-Way in Claverack

July 20th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

26 Norwood Drive, Claverack NY
3BR 2BA
1400 Sq Feet
7.58 Acres
Proudly Offered at $475,000

Looking for a peaceful country get-a-way? Come enjoy complete solitude in this beautifully maintained single story home sitting on over 7 acres. The home is surrounded by stone walkways with landscaped gardens, a deck for entertaining and an outdoor fire-pit for […]

SUMMER OF SOUL …Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised

July 20th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

On screens locally and streaming on Hulu

There was a time when “I was there” referred to being one of the 400,000 at the four days of rain, mud, music and mayhem that was known as Woodstock. The event has been revered as the turning point for rock and roll … the moment the “counterculture” found its stride.

Lost […]

King Lear; Shakespeare & Company

July 19th, 2021|Backstage, Main Street|

The Season Begins … At Long Last

There is something momentous about the production of Shakespeare’s King Lear currently in The New Spruce Theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Beyond the heroic efforts of the acting company, headed by international superstar Christopher Lloyd in the title role … beyond the introduction of a new, stunning amphitheater on the company’s […]

Family of Legendary Musician Sing Support for Sheffield Park

July 19th, 2021|Main Street|

Family members of legendary musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer Stevie Ray Vaughan have banded together to support the continuation of a local park in Sheffield MA, famous for its own chapter in the nation’s history. In February of 2015, the town’s long-standing covered bridge became an official part of US history when the Great Barrington Historical […]

Two People Rescued from the Ten Mile River

July 19th, 2021|WOTS|

On Sunday, at approximately 4:30pm, Dutchess County 911 dispatched the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Wassaic Fire Department and Town of Amenia EMS to the Ten Mile River for a report of a male and female in the middle of the river holding onto a log.

Due to the complexity of this technical water rescue, a unified command system […]

Reliant Realty Becomes Ally with Event to Honor Veterans with $7,500 Donation

July 19th, 2021|WOTS|

Reliant Realty, the property management team behind Admiral Halsey Senior Village in Poughkeepsie, NY, hosted a special event to help veterans locally.

Dubbed Admiral Salutes Veterans, the event honored VetZero, the veterans support initiative of Hudson River Housing. Reliant Realty Managing Director Mathew Holladay, following remarks from State Senator Sue Serino, VetZero founder Tommy Zurhellen and Hudson […]

This Week Hits Different

July 14th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Oh hey furriends! Happy Whisker Wednesday to one and all! 

I’m feeling a little diffurrent this week. My “licky thing” is flaring back up and as a result, Mom has purrchased new medication furrom the vets. The only purrk to come from this development is that I didn’t have to go there myself. Although appurrently […]

Dutchess Invests Over $2.2 Million in Community Infrastructure, Programs and Affordable Housing Projects

July 9th, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced more than $2.2 million to be awarded for 21 projects through Dutchess County’s 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment partnership programs.   The funded projects will improve accessibility, address critical community needs, and expand affordable housing options throughout Dutchess County.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County […]

Hillsdale Flea Market Returns this Weekend after Weather Delay

July 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Hillsdale’s popular flea market, dubbed The Hillsdale Flea, will make its highly anticipated return this Saturday July 10, after a week-long weather delay. The locally celebrated event offers a broad array of goods ranging from household items and clothing to antiques and collectibles.

 

The market, in Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park, just southwest of the traffic […]

Furrth of July

July 9th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Wow this week has been crazy fur me.

The Furrth of July was purretty low key at our house. Mom even furrgot to dress us all in our pawtriotic attire – thank God fur the filters that assist Mom during her photo ops!

The neighbors decided to light off fireworks (which we couldn’t even see). They […]

Seriously Delicious

July 8th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

After experiencing the longest day of the year, and basking in a full moon, it’s worth noting that there are so many wines with which to celebrate summer.

At the top of my list this weekend is a fantastic Vinho Verde called Santola.

Made in Portugal – the home of Vinho […]

Beloved Connecticut Movie House Set to Reopen as The Bantam Cinema & Arts Center in September 2021

July 6th, 2021|Main Street|

Newly Established Non-Profit Seeks Community Support for Restoration and Renovation of Historic Theater Site

The Bantam Cinema & Arts Center, Inc., a non-profit theater and arts space, is slated to open in September 2021. The cinema, located in the Borough of Bantam in Litchfield, originally called The Rivoli, opened to the public in 1929, quickly becoming a […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Chip and Molly

July 5th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Columbia Land Conservancy to Host Trail Session in Overmountain’s Conservation Area

July 2nd, 2021|WOTS|

The Columbia Land Conservancy and Sustain Music and Nature partner to bring Twisted Pine to Ancram:

Local and visitors to the Hudson Valley are invited to take a hike and enjoy great music in a beautiful location. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) and Sustain Music and Nature are excited to present a hike and concert with Americana funk […]

Millbrook Community Partnership to Create New Park at Bennett College Site, Restore Thorne Building as Community Center

July 1st, 2021|WOTS|

Capitalizing on a once-in-a-century opportunity to re-imagine two Village of Millbrook icons, The Millbrook Community Partnership, Inc., (MCP), a 501c3 organization, has been established to create a new park on the former Bennett College property while simultaneously renovating and restoring the Thorne Building into a community center. The new partnership, which represents a collaboration between the Thorne […]

May the Spark(ler)s Fly!

July 1st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

It’s the 4th of July already. Summer is in full swing.

With pandemic restrictions lifted, it’s party time!

Enjoy getting together with family and friends again (minding safety protocols around or with un-vaccinated people). There’s no one wine that works for a holiday weekend, so I’m going with something different but fun: canned wine.[…]

Prime Painting Season

June 30th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Fur as long as I can remempurr, Mom has been asking Dad to paint the house. She has apparently grown tired of the dark brown weathered siding and would like to see something furresh and inviting. Dad started by fixing the furront steps last summer. They look great, but I have to side with Mom on […]

A Consummate Life

June 29th, 2021|Main Street|

As America entered the Henry Ford age of industry, so too did the concept of the 40-hour work week and with it, the separation of “work life” and “home life.” For many Americans, the distinction between the two made the twentieth-century professional’s personal life a safe respite from the daily expectations forged behind the monolithic walls of […]

Slice Of Heaven

June 29th, 2021|Restaurant Review|

The summer season ushers in long days filled with sunshine and lots of leisurely activities. It’s the time of year when we yearn to escape our own kitchens and sneak in a few more hours of hiking, swimming, or town hopping. After a long day, most of us prefer to unwind at a sidewalk café with an […]

July 2021 Recipe – Fruit Pizza

June 29th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Hello summer, hello FRUIT PIZZA! Fruit pizza is the perfect summertime dessert. Seriously, this dessert is delicious. Hit up your local farmers markets or stands, the grocery store, or even your backyard garden (if the critters haven’t gotten to it first). Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, watermelon, blueberries all bountiful in our area and just begging to be […]

Keeping It Simple

June 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Gunther Fishgold and I talked over a picnic table at the Tierra Farm headquarters in Valatie, NY, for Main Street’s food issue. Tierra Farm is a profitable food manufacturer specializing in certified organic and fair-trade nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit, spices, coffee, and tea. Starting from an organic farm stand in the Finger Lakes, the business has experienced rapid growth while striving […]

Catchy Caviar in Millerton

June 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Does it seem unlikely that fine caviar from all over the world is shipped to Millerton, NY, to be repackaged and sold to American consumers? After seeing Pointy Snout Caviar tins in Westerlind Pantry I wanted to find out more and interviewed Alex Du Cane and Michael Kline. They started this boutique, caviar business ten years ago […]

Artistry…Naturally

June 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

If the world is your classroom, then moments of learning and education can blithely appear anywhere. For fabric artist Joy Setton, circumnavigation of the globe after her father sold his French company and took the family on a two-year cruise was the foundation for lifelong learning.

Back on land, Joy studied journalism and film at NYU and embarked […]

A Journey Through Area Farmers Markets

June 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

In an area like ours, where you can easily stumble across a local farm’s produce stand or a small business selling unique goods, farmers markets are a perfect way for the community to come together and appreciate these nearby offerings in one place. There are endless benefits to these […]

Where Farm Meets Table

June 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

Emerging from our COVID has left us hungry – for experiences and joyful connection. For more than a year, we closed in on ourselves, threw ourselves into gardening and growing food, and found solace in the outdoors, perhaps becoming more curious about the natural world. It would be good […]

Millerton’s The Moviehouse

June 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

How does one properly pay homage to a symbol? As a child, I visited Millerton, NY’s The Moviehouse and gaped at the clock tower perched on its peak like a homing beacon for those in search of an escape into the world of film. It was a treat for […]

Roasting In Pine Plains

June 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

There’s something about watching someone do something they love with their hands that’s mesmerizing. It’s like watching ballet or like watching a child put a puzzle together. You become fully engaged yourself and can’t look away.

I didn’t know roasting coffee beans was as hands-on an experience as it is […]

Must See Home in Salisbury

June 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|

357 Twin Lakes Road, Salisbury, CT 06068
Colonial, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bath
3,888 SQ FT
5.01 Acres
$1,150,000
This spectacular home is a must see! Built in 1998 with extraordinary detail including a lifetime metal roof that has a slate appearance. A spacious floor plan, […]

What Did High School Look Like Before Zoom?

June 28th, 2021|History, Main Street|

by the hillsdale historians

Now that secondary education in the Roe Jan region by Zoom is becoming the exception instead of the rule, it’s worth remembering that for the first 114 years of its existence, Hillsdale had no high school at all. Until 1903, an eighth-grade education had been deemed adequate — the “Three Rs” equipped most people […]

Theatre Review-THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST :Berkshire Theatre Group

June 24th, 2021|Backstage, Main Street|

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Berkshire Theatre Group (Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, MA)

Through July 10, 2021

It needs to be said. The subtitle that Oscar Wilde gave to his best known play The Importance of Being Earnest which is on stage at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA through July 10th is “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.”

It’s about time! […]

Summer is…here?

June 23rd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I thought summer was here?

Monday I was all sprawled out, basking in the windowsill sun. Tuesday it rained cats and dogs (pun intended), and this morning was just plan furreezing cold!

Mom has been brushing me almost evfurry night, which feels great! But this leaves me with even less fur to keep yours truly warm. I guess I […]

Charming Colonial in New Milford, CT

June 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Town: New Milford, CT
Price: $950,000
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
Style: Colonial
Acreage: 5.26 +/- acres
Age: 1850

Charming 1850 home that has been loved and cared for beautifully by the current owners for over thirty eight years. Amazing huge kitchen with wonderful dining area overlooking mature gardens and long western views. Magnificent Master Bedroom suite on main floor. Renovations and additions […]

Theatre for Good Presents “Almost, Maine” featuring Tony-nominated Broadway star

June 21st, 2021|Featured Artist, Main Street|

As Connecticut starts to come alive again, Almost, Maine one of the most popular plays in America comes to the charming town of Washington, CT July 17 and 18 as part of Caroline Kinsolving’s Theater for Good series which donates all it’s proceeds to charity. The playwright himself, Tony-nominated Broadway actor John Cariani, will be starring in […]

Wine Sharing

June 18th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Wines are interesting in so many ways.

One of them is in being shared. One of the nicest ways to share wine is to go to a local winery with friends.

That’s exactly what we did last weekend, and I highly recommend it for any weekend.

We went to Sabba Vineyard in […]

Toe Beans

June 16th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I’ve been bunking in Ellie’s room recently – on the floor of course. Mom comes tip-toeing in at ungodly hours to check on her, but also to give me goodnight kisses as well.

So there I was, purropped up against Ellie’s dresser, comfortably laying on my back. The next thing I know Mom is on the […]

702 Center Hill, Copake, NY

June 14th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

The finish is in the detail. This stylishly remodeled three bedroom home in Copake is the perfect place to enjoy country life in Columbia County. Nearly the entire house has been upgraded. The stainless steel kitchen includes a Thermador stove / convection oven, cherry floor, tile backsplash, Corian countertops with inlaid butcher […]

Film Review-IN THE HEIGHTS

June 11th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

IN THE HEIGHTS

PG

At local theaters and streaming on HBO Max (one month)

If, as singer/songwriter Harry Chapin once observed, “All my life’s a circle …” then let’s begin where we end. Full circle.

DON’T MISS THIS FILM!

There, now that we’ve settled that, let’s give you a few of the thousand reasons to head out to a cinema near you […]

Ledgewood Kennel: A Haven for the Hudson Valley Dog

June 11th, 2021|Main Street|

Ledgewood Kennel in Millerton, NY, is owned and operated by Chip Barrett and his wife Kirby. Barrett is a fourth-generation farmer in Dutchess County, and the couple has grown up on farms and taken care of animals all throughout their lives. This passion inspired the two to create an ideal place in the Hudson Valley […]

It’s Pinot Again!

June 11th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

When the temps go up and down and your plans get turned around, there’s one thing you can count on for this time of year – a light-bodied, just fruity enough dry red that can be served at room temp or chilled.
That’s a Pinot Noir.
America’s oldest […]

Health Update

June 9th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Nothing about my vet appointment on Monday was pleasant.

I was awoken furrom my afternoon cat nap and forced into that god-awful carrier, my mortal enemy. Your neighborhood feline fought tooth and nail with mother but needless to say, my efforts purroved futile. My only chance for reprisal came during the car ride where I made […]

BERKSHIRE CHILDREN’S CHORUS ANNOUNCES NEXT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

June 9th, 2021|Music, WOTS|

After a year bereft of singing, the 30-year-old children’s chorus will reopen in September under the direction of Ryan LaBoy.

When the Berkshire Children’s Chorus reconvenes to sing this September, it will be launching its 30th season and a new chapter of its history. The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has hired Ryan LaBoy […]

Nuvance Health’s Get Fit Challenge returns as Contestants Gear up.

June 8th, 2021|Main Street|

Nuvance Health’s Get Fit Challenge returns from June 6 to July 18 while local contestants gear up to start logging fitness activities, compete for leader board status and enter prize raffles. For doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a few times per week, Get Fit participants in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut are entered […]

SHARON PRIVACY WITH POOL

June 7th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Sharon Privacy with Pool Beautifully sited among stone perennial gardens, this private homestead on 12.52 acres offers an In-Ground Pool and incredible Privacy abutting Audubon Society Protected land in Sharon, CT. A spacious first-floor layout is thoughtfully oriented to enjoy the ease of indoor-outdoor living with the Great Room, Kitchen, and Dining areas all leading to […]

Film Review-A QUIET PLACE PART II

June 5th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

A QUIET PLACE PART II

PG-13

Currently in theaters and streaming in July

 

Movie “franchises” are intriguing. Think Godfather or Terminator or the paragon, Star Wars. Once the gauntlet is thrown and viewers have become hooked on the characters, the challenges, the risks and the inevitable triumphs, filmmakers have to contend with the ultimate crowd-killer “I liked the first one […]

Backyard Chickens: Local Towns Seek Balance in Managing Trend of Uncommon Pets

June 4th, 2021|WOTS|

Given the rural nature of the Hudson Valley and its neighboring miles of countryside in both Berkshire and Litchfield Counties as well as the history of farming and agriculture that remains deeply embedded throughout the area, it’s hard to imagine the keeping of what would be traditionally describe as “farm animals” could be seen as […]

Film Review-Dream Horse

June 4th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

DREAM HORSE

PG

In local theaters and streaming on June 11th

 

It only seems fair that one of the first forays into in-theater film viewing in a post-pandemic summer should be a “feel good” film about real people who do everyday (read “dull”) jobs and end up getting hit with “the lucky […]

Hot and Sticky

June 3rd, 2021|Wine of the Week|

It’s officially summer – hooray!

Sunshine and heat are returning to the area, the days are long, it’s a great time of year.

This week’s wine selection pairs perfectly with late nights on the patio or by the campfire looking up at the stars. It’s a locally made dessert wine that is pure pleasure.[…]

An Amazon Order Fur Me?

June 3rd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Sorry fur the delay in weekly blog post folks. With evfurry one being home on meow Monday, my week is all jumbled.

So without any further ah-do, fur the furrst time evfurr, a Furrsday post.

Like we do evfurry night, Mom and I snuggled up on the couch while catching up on our favfurrite shows. Especially since I learned about my […]

Molinaro Announces “Dutchess Invests”

June 2nd, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today announced “Dutchess Invests” – providing a broad overview of the priority areas into which the County will direct the $57 million in one-time funding allocated to Dutchess County through the Federal Government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) over the next two years.

“We have a singular opportunity to address big challenges and make […]

RiverTown Trade offers Amenia a New Retail Destination

June 2nd, 2021|Main Street|

The latest creation from mastermind Samuel Gold and his long-time creative collaborator Aimee Rabinowitz, RiverTown Trade is a new concept-boutique located in the heart of Amenia, New York. “The shop opened over Memorial Day weekend. Despite the weather being very damp and chilly, we did alright,” says Gold. “Some of the local business owners and politicians stopped […]

Hudson Hall Presents: The Marcus Strickland Quartet

June 1st, 2021|WOTS|

What JazzWise Magazine calls “One of the most creative and adventurous saxophonists on the NYC scene,” will bring his otherworldly talents to Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY, this coming June. On the weekend of June 5, Hudson Hall will present two performances of the Marcus Strickland Quartet, led by the eponymous GRAMMY-nominated jazz […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for The Dutchess

June 1st, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Didi Barrett: Championing the Hudson Valley

May 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

After almost a decade in New York State’s Assembly representing District 106, which includes parts of Dutchess and Columbia Counties, it’s easy for residents to feel as though Didi Barrett has been present for most of their lives – and in a way she has. Barrett was elected to […]

Getting Schooled at Work

May 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

I’m the Coordinator of the Career Experience Program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in Falls Village, CT. This initiative helps students become more career aware and expose them to opportunities to gain that awareness. In this Covid year, it’s been a challenge to create opportunities for worthwhile […]

An Off-World Incident in the Berkshires

May 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

Thom Reed

There are times when the universe thrusts a moment upon us that possesses the capability of forever altering the course of our lives. As if thrown by some cosmic legionary, fate’s javelin can pierce a quiet life, leaving difficult choices, harsh lessons and unknown paths in its […]

Blissed in the Berkshires

May 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

I recently read a book called The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream, by Heather Cabot. Essentially, the book challenges the conception by people of my age and generation, who may have experimented with marijuana and other drugs in their 20s but have been wine […]

The Call of the Wild

May 28th, 2021|Featured Artist|

There is the realization in exploring the vivid, breathtaking photography of Thomas Blagden, that he is much more than a simple recorder of nature’s most profound and elegant moments. He is part of them. As Jack London declared in his landmark 1903 novel The Call of the Wild  “he was sounding the deeps of his nature, and […]

Building Houses for 46 Years

May 28th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Once we decided to do a real estate feature on new house construction in this June issue, it was logical to interview Rick McCue who has been building custom homes in New York and Connecticut for 46 years. We had an early morning conversation at his office on Walton Street in Lakeville, CT, before he hit the […]

It’s Not Your Imagination

May 28th, 2021|Real Estate|

It sure seems that houses are popping up all over our region. Main Street’s June monthly real estate feature looks at new house construction, and explores the reasons for this sudden burst of activity. How long will it last?

Who is building? Why?

At the same time that many Americans can’t pay their rent, a brew of economic, market, […]

June 2021 Recipe – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

May 28th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Summer has arrived and with it are fresh, seasonal fruits (and vegetables) like strawberries (and rhubarb)! With that in mind, there’s no better match for our June recipe than a can’t-go-wrong-with-this-pie… pie. Strawberry rhubarb pie is a classic, and has just the right combination of tangy and sweet.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup flour
2 cups sliced  […]

Summer-Enter Stage Right

May 28th, 2021|Backstage|

How long has the year been? How deep the winter? We have plumbed the depths of streaming videos, watched endless re-runs of programs we once loved, learned how to squint at a computer screen to watch dancers, tiny and flickering … and longed to be present, to be in the moment, to be consumed with the experience […]

Getting Grounded

May 28th, 2021|Great Outdoors|

As the summer season heats up, we’re all yearning to spend time in the great outdoors. Our leisure time is gleefully filled with a host of fun activities – from kayaking to swimming, camping, biking, and hiking.

By now, the trees are covered in verdant green leaves and the flowers have blossomed in a rainbow of hues. It’s […]

How and Why Your Business Should Stand Out

May 28th, 2021|Advice|

When times get tough (or prosperous) for a business, the first thing to go (in most cases) seems to be marketing. Money gets tight, and the business pulls back all “unnecessary” spending, with any and all forms of advertising being the first on the list. The oxymoron in this scenario however is that this is often the […]

Memorial Day and Getting Outside

May 27th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

After some August-like temps, it looks like Mother Nature’s bringing us back around to early May weather for the weekend that officially kicks off summer.
But who cares??
What a difference a year makes. Get-togethers are BACK, and that is cause for (still […]

Getting Creative with Family Time

May 26th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

It’s been supurr nice out lately. That means the windows have been wide open and window-sitting season is officially in full swing!

It’s a bittersweet feeling fur me. Don’t get me wrong – with everyone outside enjoying the weather, I have a bit more time to myself while not having to catnap with one eye open […]

HOT for the summer! Look no Further for your Top 5 Summer Romance must-reads.

May 25th, 2021|Author Profiles, Main Street|

It’s time to get HOT for summer with these top 5 summer romance books. We’ve partnered with Oblong Books & Music to bring you our 5 favorite authors and their books that are sure to raise the mercury.

Bow-chicka-bow-wow!!

These books are sizzlers – you’ve been forewarned – so find a quiet spot, a wine glass in hand is […]

The Farm at Bulls Bridge in Dover, NY

May 24th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Town: Dover, NY
Price: $3,200,000
Rooms: 9
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4/1
Style: Farmhouse
Acreage: 175 +/- acres
Age: 1750

First Time Offered in 21+ Years. Very Special Gated c1750 Antique Estate. 175+ Acres of Light Woods & Open Pasture Spanning Kent, CT & Dover, NY & Abutting Protected Property. Lovingly Restored 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Main House with 5 Fireplaces & Exposed Beams. Separate […]

Looking for Color, Promoting the Untold Story of a Free Family in Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut.

May 24th, 2021|Main Street|

Students from Salisbury School’s Searching for Slavery class, in conjunction with the Upper Housatonic Heritage Area, are excited to screen the premiere of their film, Looking for Color on May 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. for Noble Horizons. Among several class projects, this film is one of three documentaries students have created over the course of the […]

Thor

May 24th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are closed for walk-ins and only accepting appointments for approved applications. If you have any questions, please email animalwelfare.socty@snet.net or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 […]

Wine for a Balmy May

May 21st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

For this lovely stretch of August in May that we’re having, nothing hits the spot like a bright, lively, and very cold white wine.
If you’re having barbeque – and I hope you are! – have some fun with a fruity and light moscato.
The sweetness doesn’t complement […]

Scoop

May 20th, 2021|History|

The building that houses the Hillsdale General Store was built in 1852.  The original part of the Hillsdale House dates back to 1797. And the Closson farm’s ice house that gradually evolved into today’s Passiflora was almost certainly a 19th century structure.  So it would be understandable if one assumed that the building nestled between the General Store […]

Don’t Look At My Teefers!

May 19th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Mom came charging through the front door yesterday furrom work, and instead of greeting me with an annoying kiss pur usual, she started prying my mouth open.

“Fridrik, his gums look a little red,” she said nervously. “I’ll call the vet.” Talk about waking up to a real life nightmare.

Next thing I know, Mom is […]

Critically Acclaimed Local Author Phoebe North Adds Strange Creatures to Celebrated Young Adult Collection

May 17th, 2021|Author Profiles, Featured Artist, WOTS|

Writing from their home in the Hudson Valley, author Phoebe North, graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program in poetry, gears up for the release of their brand-new young adult fiction novel Strange Creatures in June. North’s latest outing focuses on the characters of Annie, her older brother […]

The Wheeler House

May 17th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

The Wheeler House ~ Circa 1850 Side Hall Colonial is defined by its stunning details and is one of Hillsdale’s most iconic properties. It features three (could be four) bedrooms, two baths, a dining room, living room, den, enclosed front porch and spacious kitchen absolutely filled with natural light. The home is […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Family Dog Jax

May 14th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Wine for the In-Between

May 13th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

We’re in that delicious in-between period, where it can feel like summer one minute and early spring the next.

It’s the perfect time for a wine that’s not too light and not too heavy.

In other words, a Pinot Noir. And not just any Pinot Noir. A Hudson Valley Pinot Noir, because the climate here yields a more delicate […]

The Best Mom Evfurr

May 12th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Another Mother’s Day is in the books. I know I said it last year, but I’m supurr lucky to have the human Mom that I do. She really is the best and deserves all the kisses and snuggles in the world; too bad I don’t like either of those things.

This year fur Mother’s Day, Dad […]

Ulster Savings Bank Celebrates 170th Anniversary with 170 Random Acts of Kindness

May 5th, 2021|Main Street|

Hudson Valley Bank Marks Milestone by Spreading Kindness All Year Long 

Since 1851, Ulster Savings Bank has been serving customers throughout the Hudson Valley region – and this year marks the bank’s 170th anniversary. Ulster Savings is the oldest bank headquartered in the Hudson Valley and the eighth oldest bank in New York State.

[…]

A New Selfie Technique

May 5th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Evfurry one takes selfies these days. Until now —due to my status as a cat sans thumbs— I’ve struggled in this department. That is, until I asked fur a sponge bath recently, which then led to an impromptu photo shoot. While Mom was trying to get the purrfect set up, she left her camera on and, boom! […]

Mother’s Day Virtual Run Empowers Moms Everywhere

May 3rd, 2021|Main Street|

This Saturday, May 8, locals across the area will gather virtually to run or walk in the 4th Annual Run to Believe virtual run. Since its inception four years ago, the virtual race has raised over $13,000 for Every Mother Counts, an organization founded by international supermodel Christy Turlington Burns to raise awareness and to […]

Glamping Tents Appear at Iron Mine Pond: Local Petition Garners Support

May 1st, 2021|WOTS|

Longtime residents of the Village of Millerton and the Town of North East suddenly found themselves face-to-face with tourist-driven vacation tents erected on the trail running along the historic Iron Mine Pond area in New York State’s Taconic State Park this week. New York City based Tentrr, the company responsible for the presence of the […]

Art Takes Shape in Austerlitz

May 1st, 2021|Main Street|

An ambitious season of exhibits is planned for the town of Austerlitz New York this summer from May 1 through September 30, 2021 at the historic church on route 22 in Austerlitz and at the Morey-Devereaux barn at Old Austerlitz Village where local and regional artists will display contemporary art and sculpture. Local artist Ryan […]

Pink Moon Wine of the Week

April 29th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Was that a gorgeous moon on Monday night or what?

In fact, it was a Super Pink Moon (super moons appear larger in the sky than normal, and this one did not disappoint). It’s called a pink moon after the moss pink wildflower that blooms this time of year in the Northeast.

What better to celebrate a pink super […]

Dry Food Review

April 28th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Not only does Mom make sure my wet food, turkey, and paw-ty mix (Friskies Party Mix) are stocked at all times, she also keeps a close eye on my dry food as well. Like any good mom, she’s always trying to get me to eat supurr healthy, but honestly, there aren’t many dry foods that satisfy […]

Fighting for Sensible Solutions

April 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

As May floods into the Hudson Valley and winter’s levee breaks, its cold, barren seams burst giving way to an overflow of boundless greens and fertile earth. As it is each year, residents of rural upstate New York begin to fantasize of warmer temps, the scent of a freshly […]

Advocacy in Motion

April 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

The human body, and its ability to endure, will never cease to captivate and inspire with each story of struggle and perseverance. As the dust settles upon the events of the past year, these stories seem to be more present than ever and continue to hearten the human consciousness […]

Walk the Line

April 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

French high-wire artist Philippe Petit speaks so passionately about his desire to learn, that it’s ironic to hear him discuss his experiences as a schoolboy.

“When I was a kid, I was thrown out of several schools because I was caught practicing magic under the desk or stealing my teacher’s […]

The Legendary ’69 Hemi

April 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

As a kid, I was always brought along to big, loud car shows and flashy, bustling car auctions. Meanwhile, I never really understood why anything besides the fried food was so important. Cars haven’t been a huge part of my life by any means, but attending these events while […]

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

April 27th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Rebecca Bloomfield loves to help things grow.

That may seem like an off-beat way of introducing a talented photographer who is gaining local notoriety because of her work on Small Town Big Talk currently on display at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT, as well as on the library’s website. It is, however, the truth. […]

May 2021 Recipe – Gluten-free Molten Lava Cake

April 27th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

There are so many chocolate desserts to enjoy: chocolate cakes, chocolate cookies, chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse, chocolate pastries, chocolate donuts, the list is endless! So, given all these delicious options, how did we decide which chocolate recipe would be our May dessert of choice?

Easy, we picked one that is simple, quick, warm, and – well – very […]

Up Up and Away

April 27th, 2021|Real Estate|

For Main Street’s transportation issue our monthly real estate article explores the stories of our region’s private and public airstrips. There are many more than you might think and some are even for sale.

Passionate pilots build private airstrips

Since the early days of aviation, private airstrips have been created by those with an aviation passion whether it’s for flying […]

Sky King

April 27th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

When did planes first fly from this airport?

A couple of farmers started flying from their potato field here in 1909, not so long after the Wright’s first flight in 1903. The Modolo brothers created an actual airstrip in 1914. In those days it was called “anywhere” airport. Walter Koladza, a former test pilot, purchased the airport at […]

Litchfield County’s Railroads

April 27th, 2021|History|

Connecticut, long known as the Land of Steady Habits, came late to the railroad craze that swept the country in the 19th century. In fact, neighboring states had to prompt Connecticut into its first railroad ventures. When completed, however, these lines provided both a much more efficient means for the industrial and agricultural products of Litchfield County […]

Nature’s Road Trip

April 27th, 2021|Our Environment|

Spring is an exciting time for most people. After months of cold weather and cabin fever, the warmth rolls in, and the classic signs of spring begin to emerge. The bees will return, the flowers will grow, and people will be out and traveling with more frequency. However, humans will not be the only ones taking advantage […]

Dutchess County to Resume use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine following CDC and FDA Guidance

April 27th, 2021|Main Street|

Dutchess County Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health, Dr. Anil Vaidian has announced Dutchess County will resume vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation to resume use of the J&J following a thorough safety review.

 “In […]

String of Late Night Thefts hit Millerton

April 27th, 2021|WOTS|

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several larcenies from vehicles, three vehicle thefts, and an attempted burglary all occurring in the north eastern Dutchess County Town of Amenia as well as the Village of Millerton.

Each incident is reported to have occurred recently during the late-night and early-morning hours, […]

Sweet Senior Pets

April 26th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Must See Home in Salisbury

April 26th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

357 Twin Lakes Rd, Salisbury, CT 06068
Colonial
5 bedrooms
3.5 bath
5.01 Acres
3,888 sq ft
$1,150,000
This spectacular home is a must see! Built in 1998 with extraordinary detail including a lifetime metal roof that has a slate appearance. A spacious floor plan, perfect for entertaining, includes a living room with fireplace, […]

Harlem Valley Rail Trail Phase IV Completion Celebrated with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Millerton

April 23rd, 2021|WOTS|

On Thursday morning, Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, joined by local officials and rail trail enthusiasts, celebrated the completion of the fourth and final phase of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HVRT) with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the trail head at the Village Green in Millerton. The Phase IV project, which has been open for […]

An Educator’s Journey; In her own words

April 22nd, 2021|Main Street|

-by Wendy Miller, Education Program Manager at Sharon Audobon Center

It was the middle of sugaring season when the world seemed to shut down last year. Two school field trips to the Sharon Audubon Center in Sharon CT (SAC), for a sugaring program were cancelled that day in March — as well as every […]

Let’s Take a Trip

April 22nd, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Wouldn’t it be nice to be somewhere else?

Somewhere on the other side of the world, perhaps, where it’s summer turning into fall instead of spring turning into summer.

How about Argentina?

What a beautiful country, bookmarked by the Andes and the Atlantic. If we can’t be there in body, we can […]

I Can’t Believe My Ears!

April 21st, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Remember awhile back how Mom was talking about someone named Stella?

Yeah, well, I thought that was just a phase she was going through but recently I became aware of another feline in her life, apparently sporting the name Phoebe.

Who the fluff is Phoebe?! And why does Mom talk about how cute and little she […]

Copake Officials React Angrily to Developer’s Decision to Switch to New Siting Process

April 18th, 2021|WOTS|

Developer Hecate Energy announced this week that it would transfer its application to build a 60 megawatt industrial solar power plant in Copake from “Article 10” to a new process called “94-c“. Hecate is seeking to build a utility-scale solar installation on farmland in Craryville, a hamlet of the Town of Copake.

“Hecate’s announcement that it is switching […]

Millerton Gears up for Earth Day, 2021

April 18th, 2021|Main Street Presents Aditorial, Main Streets Presents|

April 22 is International Earth Day. It all started in 1970 in the US as the first major public effort in the modern environmental movement. That first Earth Day brought focus to a growing concern about our environment inspired in part by the publication of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring several years earlier and the increasing volume […]

Back to Bordeaux

April 16th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Last weekend called for a spring fling wine, white and wet and cold.

This weekend, however, we’re back to hibernating, and that’s ok. Let’s pop a Bordeaux and indulge.

You can’t go wrong with a red from this region in France, world-renowned for quality. It’s where the new Musee du Vin is located, too. You can visit it virtually […]

The Baby of the House

April 14th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Ellie is supurr into her baby dolls lately. She holds, hugs, kisses and tells them, “don’t cry. It’s ok, I’ll help you.” When she lays them down to go night night, she even says “sweet dreams”!

It’s actually quite cute how she looks after them.

I would purresume she gets these fantastic motherly qualities furrom Mom – because let’s […]

Northern Dutchess Middle and High Schoolers Invited to Take Active Role in Local Addiction Prevention

April 13th, 2021|WOTS|

Northern Dutchess Community Coalition Seeks Area Youth to Join Effort:

In an effort to deepen its connection with youth in Hyde Park, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, Millbrook, Webutuck and Amenia schools, the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC) is inviting middle and high school students within these districts to serve on its youth leadership committee. The NDCC, a […]

Antique Estate in Washington, CT

April 12th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Town: Washington, CT
Price: $1,200,000
Rooms: 15
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3 Full, 2 Half
Style: Greek Revival
Acreage: 13.25 +/- acres
Age: 1870

Situated on over 13 acres in tony Washington, CT is the estate of iconic fashion photographer, William D. Helburn. The impressive antique Greek Revival is expansive and airy with over 4,700 sq. ft. of living space and includes a guest/caretaker apartment.

The […]

Bright White Wines

April 9th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Sunshine and summery temps call for crisp, bright white wines, preferably enjoyed outside while soaking up all of the above.

A recommendation for the weekend?

Go to a local winery and indulge in a bottle of something you might never have tried before.

At Milea Estate Vineyard in lovely Staatsburg, NY, you can try the 2019 Traminette, a dry white […]

ArtWall Encourages Big Talk from Falls Village Community

April 9th, 2021|Featured Artist, Main Street|

Where do you feel a sense of belonging?⁣
What are some of your hopes for our town and our country?⁣
What is a belief you hold that has changed over time?⁣
What are some of your concerns about the future?⁣
Have you ever felt misunderstood?⁣

Perhaps most importantly, what does it take to feel like you’re a member of a […]

Hoppy (Belated) Easter

April 7th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Have any of you evfurr seen the Easter Bunny?

I purrsonally haven’t and this year, I was determined to stay up and wait fur him. After waiting (somewhat impatiently) under the blankets of the couch, and with no sign of the elusive hare, I quickly came up with a new plan of action — hiding behind the doorway. […]

Furnace Opens with a Burning Desire to Bring Art on Paper to Falls Village

April 6th, 2021|Featured Artist, Main Street|

Beginning on May 1, the small town of Falls Village CT, who in the 18th century was central to the early production of iron on the east coast, will return to its fiery roots this time, in the artistic realm. Local artist Kathleen Kucka, whose work has been featured in numerous one-woman and group shows and is […]

Town of Hillsdale Approves Jams in the Hamlet: Free Monthly Concert Series will run May-October in Hillsdale Hamlet Park

April 5th, 2021|WOTS|

At its March 9th meeting, the Hillsdale Town Board approved a proposed monthly concert series to be held in Hillsdale Hamlet Park and hosted by the Hillsdale Hamlet Committee on the third Saturday of the month from May to September, and on the second Saturday of October (with Pumpkin Fest). The series will feature professional musicians performing […]

For Easter…Pinot Is Perfect

April 1st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

There’s the succulence of a big California Cab; there’s the earthiness of a yummy Merlot; and there’s the perfect pitch of a lovely Pinot Noir.

With spring in the air and Easter tables laden with ham, lamb, young potatoes, asparagus, peas – or whatever! – Pinot is the wine you’ll want.

I love how this wine is described on […]

Passiflora Pentimento

April 1st, 2021|History|

-by the Hillsdale Historians

In November 2020 we wrote about the history of the Hillsdale Post Office in Post Office Pentimento. In painting, pentimento is defined as earlier images that have been changed or painted over and are no longer visible to the naked eye but still exist, under the surface, like ghosts.

Buildings also have these hidden elements […]

When will it be my turn?

March 31st, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

When the TV is on at home, Mom is either catching up on her reality shows, Dad is watching UFC fights, car or nature shows, and Ellie either wants to watch Paw Patrol or purrimpresses.

Talk about purredictable!

Because I’m a cat, the laws of nature dictate that I’m obligated to sleep half the day away. What the laws […]

Rest in Trees

March 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

Many of us are making choices about how we live that are more environmentally sound and kinder to the Earth. These decisions can include the end of our lives too. There are many options for making your final journey a green one. While green practices might seem at odds […]

Be The Change You Want To See

March 29th, 2021|Our Environment|

April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day – however, in all reality, we really should celebrate the Earth every day! Every single day we have the privilege of living here and being the beneficiaries of Mother Nature’s gifts. And with that in mind, it is not too much to ask that we do something in return. […]

Climate Change Solutions

March 29th, 2021|Our Environment|

Although climate change is a global concern that is being tackled by governments and activists worldwide, there’s much that we can all do within our own communities to make an impact.

Melissa Everett, Ph.D., co-founder of Sustainable Hudson Valley is helping to lead that mission in the Hudson Valley community. She believes in the power of tackling climate […]

A Different Kind Of Compost

March 29th, 2021|Our Environment|

Few things are as proactive while being simultaneously one of the easiest ways to help the environment as the process known as composting. Made popular in recent years by city dwellers looking to corral large amounts of refuse in big cities, the environmental trend has found its way into homes and onto farms across the country.

Composting is […]

Education In Sustainability

March 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

The concept of sustainability touches many aspects of society. From personal growth to economic development, the idea of maintaining a certain standard of principled development is viewed by most as one of the keys to existence. The same can be said of our environment and the ways in which […]

The Ground We Walk On

March 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

History is the greatest irony that pervades the human experience. It defines who we have become and is the method of transportation toward our future – yet often forgotten in the present. For those who watch history’s tidal cycles, it has become the answer to a very familiar riddle:

Die without me,
Never thank me.[…]

Preservation, Protection & Profundity

March 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

The Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area is one of ten that is maintained by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) in Columbia County, NY. It might be one of the smallest, and it might be one of the least varied, with its simple mile-long loop that is mostly flat. It’s easy […]

Could Climate Change Be Good?

March 29th, 2021|Real Estate|

Researching the impact of climate change on real estate values in our area seemed like a great idea with a clear answer. There’s no doubt that rising temperatures and extreme weather events will increasingly impact human life on Earth, from the historic fires in California and Australia to snow in Houston. But locally, where, what, how and […]

April 2021 Recipe – Carrot Cake

March 29th, 2021|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Carrot cake can be hit or miss, it seems people either love it or hate it. This cake, however, might just be capable of winning over even the pickiest of eaters! Unlike some other carrot cakes we’ve tried, this cake doesn’t rely on its icing for flavor. The cake could be eaten completely naked or half naked […]

Environmental Problem Solvers

March 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

For Main Street’s environmental issue, we interviewed Daniel Rukakoski, head of Environmental Consulting for regional engineering firm Tighe & Bond. The multi-disciplinary firm is known for its expertise in engineering, design, and environmental consulting. In this interview we discover what these specialized consultants do and why environmental consulting might be a career to consider (but not if […]

An Actor’s Actor – A Cop’s Cop

March 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

There’s an intriguing phenomenon that occurs when actor Robert Clohessy walks into a room full of strangers, strolls by shoppers in the local market, stands idly pumping gas into his car or waits on the train platform, ready to board Metro North. Double takes. Whispered “I know that guy…” to those nearby. Or, the self-fulfilling pronouncement–“He’s somebody…”

Of […]

Adorable Canaan Cape

March 29th, 2021|Deal of the Week|


60 College Hill Road, North Canaan, CT 06018

Cape Cod, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
2.25 Acres
$242,000
MLS #170361792
Adorable cape located in the country with apple trees, a river and a large backyard. There are beautiful hardwood floors and built-ins throughout the home. The first floor is complete with a living room, bedroom, full bath, dining room with […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Winnie!

March 26th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Embracing Warmer Weather

March 26th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Warmer weather calls for whites. Break out a classic can’t-go-wrong wine and welcome spring.

My choice?

A buttery California Chardonnay that slides through your mouth like silk and tastes like summer.

That would be a good ol’ Kendall Jackson, the Chard that made believers out of us from way back! Vivid, crisp and bright, Kendall-Jackson always delivers a fresh and […]

Cover Kitty

March 24th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Fur obvious reasons, I’m an animal lovfurr. Which means Main Street Magazine’s March animal themed issue is my undisputed favurrite and most anticipated issue each year. I’ve submitted head shots purractically evfurry year in hopes of gracing the covfurr, and each year I have been passed over.

Allow me to present a few important reasons that necessitate my […]

Maple Weekend at Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park

March 23rd, 2021|Main Street|

The Dutchess County Parks Division will host a Sap Happy Maple Weekend with tasty, educational, and fun events for all ages, in collaboration with the Office for the Aging, Poughkeepsie Public Library, and Farmers and Chefs restaurant, this coming Friday, March 26 through Monday, March 29 at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town […]

Jake’s Great Barrington Barber Shop Celebrates Five Years of Service with Community Contribution

March 22nd, 2021|WOTS|

by C.B. Wismar

When Jake Hunker hung out his shingle for Jake’s Barber Shop at 87 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, it was, in many ways, a leap of faith. The shop where he had served customers for several years had closed abruptly. Jake had to make a career decision. “I could have rented a chair at another […]

Piper

March 19th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The Mission of the Little Guild is to shelter and care for homeless cats and dogs, to find them loving new families, and to support their transition into homes through education and enrichment for both animals and adopters. They also serve the broader community through such programs as reduced-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, a free […]

Wine O’ the Week

March 18th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

With St. Paddy’s on a Wednesday it’s a party into the weekend.

I figured there had to be a cocktail that masterfully mixed the drink o’ choice for the Irish – whiskey – with the vin du jour of the rest of us – a simple dry red.

Of course there is.

And with the name of the New York […]

Close to Home: Slavery in Columbia County

March 17th, 2021|History|

-by the Hillsdale Historians

Black History Month spurred us to investigate the institution of slavery in the Hudson Valley and, more specifically, Hillsdale. Like most Americans, we’ve been inclined to think of slavery as largely a Southern institution. But it was hugely important in the colonial North. From the earliest days of Dutch occupancy right up to the […]

Weekly Recap

March 17th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

What a week it’s been!

Just to refurresh your memory; last Furrsday I had a terrifying trip the vet. Mom couldn’t go in with me to hold my paws and I could only hear her voice through a walkie-talkie. The ladies that took care of me were nice, howevfurr I didn’t appurreciate having part of my hind-leg shaved […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Pearl!

March 12th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Health Exam

March 10th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I was recently enjoying one of my morning catnaps the other day, when what was once a pleasant slumber transformed -as happens- into a nightmare. After finally managing to open my eyes, I soon came to the realization that I was, in fact, caught in a living nightmare.

You see, my mother was on the phone with the […]

Classic Antique 19th Century Home in a Beautiful Spot.

March 8th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

28 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

Antique, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath

NEW PRICE: $510,000
 
2,784 SQ FT
 
1.13 Acres
 
MLS# 170300295

A classic Antique 19th century home in a beautiful spot. Enjoy a huge back yard along the Salmon Kill River […]

A Pioneering Wine

March 5th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

With International Women’s Day coming up on March 8, it’s only fitting that this week’s wine selection is from Hudson Valley’s own Clinton Vineyards, run by a pioneering personality in what is now a booming Hudson Valley wine scene, Phyllis Feder.

Phyllis and her late husband, Ben, recognized decades ago that the Seyval Blanc grape could flourish on […]

Showing Off

March 3rd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

So apparently there is another so called trend making the rounds on social media again. This #bellychallenge, has been going around Facebook and seems to be right up my alley. Yet, surpurrisingly, Mom hasn’t entered me.

Not sure what the hold up is. I’m purretty confident I’d win this challenge, paws down!

Okay – so it might not be […]

Moviehouse Announces New Stewardship: Plans to Re-Launch Stronger Than Ever.

March 1st, 2021|WOTS|

On Thursday, organizers at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY, announced that — after closing on March 15, 2020 — the acclaimed local theater will re-open under new stewardship this Spring. Former owner Carol Sadlon and her late husband Robert opened The Moviehouse in 1978 on Memorial Day weekend, having renovated a shuttered historic property in the heart […]

Putting Winter on Ice

February 25th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

February is nearly over, and our hopes improve for spring and its warmer temps and longer days.

But it’s not over yet. B

Before we all kick winter completely to the curb (at least in our wine glasses), let’s celebrate with something so delicious it’ll rekindle your love of the cold.

I’m talking about ice wine.

It’s made from clusters that […]

Chores

February 24th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

As you all have come to know, my Mom is constantly cleaning and picking up after us here at home; as one might assume, she has become quite skilled in this arena.

The house always looks spotless.

I’ve seen commercials on TV featuring this Mr. Clean character. I think he and Mom are related? Any who, a couple times […]

Hillsdale Hamlet Park Redesign Plan Approved by Town Board

February 23rd, 2021|WOTS|

A draft design for the renovation of Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park was approved by the Town Board on February 9, setting the stage for a fundraising effort that will seek government and foundation grants as well as individual donations to pay for the renovation.

The Town Board meeting, held via Zoom, featured a brief presentation by Chazen Associates, a […]

Gina’s K-9 B&B

February 23rd, 2021|Testimonials|

Main Street magazine is the best magazine in Duchess and Columbia counties, actually the Tri-state area! Not only are they informative, educational and entertaining but they are also highly professional, courteous  and so easy to deal with. Their advertising department is absolutely phenomenal. They work with you on so many different levels. They truly are a magazine […]

A Blossoming Business

February 22nd, 2021|Featured Article|

Colorful blooms in shades of red, blue, white, and other vibrant hues are the focus of business for F.W. Battenfeld & Son – a family-run farm in Red Hook, NY. The company, which is currently helmed by Fred Battenfeld, his son Lance and daughter Morgan, traces its history back […]

Farming for the Future

February 22nd, 2021|Featured Article|

My introduction to Hudson Hemp was at a pop-up market in the round barn at Churchtown Dairy outside of Hudson, NY. It was late fall of 2018. The round barn is a marvel in and of itself, an already magical space, and having local vendors in it with a […]

A Different Kind of Rescue Mission

February 22nd, 2021|Featured Article|

Winter can be tough on many folks. From the moment the first frost settles in the Northeast to the early emergence of the progeny of green flora, the interim months of winter doldrums can have an isolating effect on even the most cheerful. For many, the past year seemed […]

Rock Steady Farm

February 22nd, 2021|Featured Article|

When they started out, D. Rooney, co-owner with Maggie Cheney of Rock Steady Farm on Kaye Road in Millerton, NY, both hoped the Millerton farm could increase food equity in the food system and create safer spaces for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual/ally queer) and […]

Going to the Dogs

February 22nd, 2021|Real Estate|

All things dogs is the subject of Main Street’s real estate column for our annual “animal” issue. Whether selling, renting or buying, man’s best friend needs to be considered.

Dogs have been sharing their lives with humans for at least 20,000 years. The relationship may have started when wolves scavenging food scraps from humans gradually began assisting humans […]

March 2021 Recipe – Best Ever Pound Cake

February 22nd, 2021|Jessie’s Monthly Recipe|

Pound cake is not the sexiest of treats, I’ll give you that, but it is one of the most comforting and satisfying. Moreover, it is the perfect blank canvas and takes beautifully to being zhuzhed up with a dollop of whipped cream and a handful of berries or a scoop of your favorite ice cream. This particular […]

Dog Whisperer

February 22nd, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Lee Sohl has been looking after animals in the Litchfield Hills for thirty years. For Main Street’s annual animal issue we wanted to find out what Animal Control Officers do and learn about the rewards and challenges of the position.

How would you describe your job?

Officially I respond to citizens’ concerns regarding problems with all domestic animals. People contact […]

A Happy Hippo Dashes By

February 22nd, 2021|Featured Artist|

Sandra Boynton demurs. “I don’t think it’s a question of talent at all; it’s a question of interest and temperament.” This from the fountain of talent and playful temperament that has created hundreds of greeting cards, musical programs, stage productions, videos, and over 60 books that have sold well over 75 million copies.

Nestled in the Litchfield Hills […]

Cozy Ranch in East Chatham

February 22nd, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

$235,000

Cozy Ranch at the intersection of the ‘Tri-Villages’, i.e. East Chatham, Old Chatham & Canaan. Three bedrooms/one bath, forced-air heating + woodstove, hardwood flooring, beautiful long distant views, wood shed and barn, circular driveway, full unfinished basement with additional parking, bordered by open fields and beautiful homes. Convenient to Chatham, Hudson, Albany […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Faith!

February 19th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

College During the Coronavirus: Juggling University Life and a Global Pandemic

February 18th, 2021|Main Street|

-By Lindsey Clark

The global pandemic has left devastating impacts on the health, safety, and general well-being of society. We have all been forced to fully adapt and reevaluate our lives in the face of the coronavirus, and organizations like schools have had to adjust to ensure the protection of their communities. The virus’ impact on the college […]

Pampurred on Valentine’s Day

February 17th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

I was once again lucky enough to be pampurred furrom the top of my ears to the tip of my tail the entire weekend thanks to my one and only Valentine – Mom.

Furriday evening, after Ellie went night-night, Mom invited me onto her lap to be brushed. Being a […]

Forest Bathing, Seriously? Yes!

February 17th, 2021|Advice, Great Outdoors, Our Environment|

by Melanie McGinn, RN, MBA, CHC, Founder of Health Through Time Nurse Consulting and Coaching

Had you asked me a month ago if I would ever write a blog post on forest bathing, that would have been a definitive no. I am very open to Eastern, Western, and alternative modalities to ease stress, anxiety, and improve overall wellness, […]

Wobble

February 12th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are closed for walk-ins and only accepting appointments for approved applications. If you have any questions, please email animalwelfare.socty@snet.net or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 […]

To All Small Business Entrepreneurs Free Help has Arrived

February 11th, 2021|Advice|

By Lauren M. Trager, SCORE Volunteer

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, particularly for business owners. Many businesses can no longer conduct business the way they used to before COVID-19 and are finding they need to reinvent themselves or sharpen their entrepreneurial skills in order to survive but lack the knowledge or wherewithal to do it.

Starting or […]

GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST BECOMES IUCN MEMBER

February 11th, 2021|Great Outdoors, Our Environment, WOTS|

Membership Gives GMF Access to International Natural Conservation Union

On February 10, 2021, Great Mountain Forest (GMF) in Falls Village, CT, was granted membership into the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global organization dedicated to assessing the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

 

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Love is in the Glass

February 11th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Hallmark holiday or not, who can resist a move to more love?

Here’s the Wine of the Week sure to delight and stimulate:

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the perfect opportunity to pull out all the stops for seduction. Those include, of course, wine and chocolate (and so much more, but that’s for your imaginations to come up with!).

The pairing possibilities […]

Furrozen Blankie

February 10th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

As you may recall, Ellie has really been getting into Disney purrimpresses (that’s how Ellie purrnounces princesses) lately. Elsa and Anna furrom Frozen seem to be her favfurrite. Well, recently, Mom purrchased Ellie some big-girl hooded purrimpress bath towels fur bath time. When Ellie saw them come out of the wash, she thought they were blankies.

[…]

Beautiful Ranch with Mountain Views.

February 10th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

32 HOUSATONIC AVENUE, NORTH CANAAN, CT 

A beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath one level ranch, located on a corner lot, on a dead end road, with mountain views, large back yard, shed and a 2 car attached garage. This home has so much to offer. A full basement, […]

A DIY Life: Local Business Owner Inspires Other to Find their Creative Side

February 7th, 2021|Main Street, Main Streets Presents|

For two years she has toiled as a small business owner, and for two years Charlotte Sheridan, owner of Merwin Farm and Home in Millerton, NY, has come to define her own style within the small village. “I grew up here,” she says. “To not only run my own business in Millerton, but to be doing it […]

Summer Dreams

February 4th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

I’m staying with wine from warmer climates this week so that at least my palate can pretend it’s summer.

I love picking wine by the label, and that’s how I discovered this week’s all-around winner. It’s Lisbonita, with an irresistible drawing of a trolley car full of winos heading toward the sea in Portugal.

I want to be there!

Joy […]

Snowed In Fur Days

February 3rd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Thanks to the latest Nor’easter, Mom and Ellie were home with me for two whole days this week! I definitely fell behind on my usual catnapping quota, but on the other paw, it was kind of nice having some extra company at home – which also meant extra turkey and treats!

Mom spent most of the time reorganizing […]

Filet Mignon Root Vegetable and Red Wine Soup

February 3rd, 2021|Our Recipes|

When it’s fluffing cold out (just like now after this latest Nor’easter) there’s nothing better than coming in after shoveling to a warm soup… or maybe to some this might be considered a stew? Call it what you will, the point is this: it is hearty and delicious!

To start off with, you can make this […]

The Season Getting You Down?

January 29th, 2021|A Healthier Life|

As we wind down the month of January – the month that we here at Main Street have dedicated to health and wellness – I thought it fitting to also include one of my write-ups – but this one won’t be quite so focused on me or my health but tackles a different health concern.

I don’t know […]

Brownie Cookies That Are Almost Too Yum!

January 29th, 2021|Our Recipes|

My daughter and I found ourselves at home on a cold Sunday and wanted something “yum!” So my daughter asked if we could make some cookies. When do you ever say no to fresh-baked cookies? Like, seriously!

We flipped through my new cookie book that I bought myself for Christmas, and even though there are some cookies there […]

It’s Cold, Let’s Head to Chile!

January 29th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

I know some people like winter, and kudos to them.

Maybe they’re reveling in the snow we got mid-week and the way the sun bounced off it under blue skies today (Thursday).

Forecast for the weekend? FREEZING.

No, less than freezing. Single digits.

I’m one who decidedly does not like the cold, so […]

The Biggest Hits

January 27th, 2021|Real Estate|

In each of our region’s communities the year of 2020 showed record median prices and sales volumes; however, for our February issue, Main Street decided to just highlight the single most expensive property sold in each town in our circulation area.

Spectacular trophy properties can appear anywhere, at any time. The highest sale, $10,470,000, was the former home […]

February 2021 Recipe – Lemon Sugar Dutch Baby Pancake

January 27th, 2021|Jessie’s Monthly Recipe|

A Dutch Baby Pancake is not only a sight to behold, what with its light and eggy batter that miraculously climbs the sides of the vessel it’s baked in, but it is easy-peasy (like a billion times easier than making individual pancakes on the stove top), one-bowl (okay, one blender) and incredibly delicious. And – in case […]

A Quiet Partner

January 27th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Many of the stories in Main Street’s February issue relate to families and our greater shared community. The Foundation for Community Health (FCH), located in Sharon Valley, is a not-for-profit foundation that supports many rural health-related initiatives behind the scenes providing grant money and expertise to health and social service non-profits in both New York, Connecticut and […]

And the Story Continues

January 27th, 2021|Featured Artist|

There is a term used freely in analyzing novels, screenplays, even 30 second commercials for use on television. “Story arc.” It’s really shorthand for the always critical questions of “How does the story start, what happens and how does it end?”

Patty Ewald has not come to the end of her story arc, but the adventures, so far, […]

A Cosmic Idea

January 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

What could possibly be more difficult to resist when we resolve ourselves for the new year than temptation? Be it a new weight-loss goal, abandoning an unhealthy habit like smoking, or simply managing a few spending tendencies – temptation will eventually make its unwelcome presence known at some point […]

The Millbrook School Was Founded

January 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

“Our motto is Non Sibi Sed Cunctis, meaning not for oneself but for all or, for all others,” said Cameron Hardy, who serves as the school chaplain and is co-director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the school. “In its early days (the school was founded in 1931 during […]

Listening Beyond Differences

January 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

The year 2020 was an extraordinary one. COVID-19 and the political and social landscape have exposed the best and worst in what humans are capable of. We simultaneously feel torn further apart and drawn closer together. We rely on virtual interpersonal connectivity in ways we might not have considered […]

One Family’s Tragedy Helps Restore Hope In A Community

January 27th, 2021|Featured Article|

As we emerge from the hazy fog of 2020, its lessons shall not soon be forgotten. Tragedies in every community across the globe have been impossibly innumerable – almost too many to bear. However, through the scourge of a lifetime’s worth of fearsome challenge has been forged a renewed […]

Homemade BBQ Sauce and Vegan Stuffed Peppers from the Berkshire Co-op

January 27th, 2021|Our Recipes|

Founded in 1981, the Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington, MA, has held strong to its commitment to provide the community with a place to shop, gather, eat and learn by offering good food and sustainable products. The result has produced a veritable cornucopia of community engagement with food in the Berkshires and the introduction of versatile […]

A Catnapping Furrst

January 27th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Yesterday afternoon Mom and Ellie arrived home earlier than usual due to what Ellie described as, “snow everywhere”. My sister isn’t much of a snow bunny (yet), so playing outside in the freshly fallen snow wasn’t an option fur her. Instead, Mom suggested a catnap — an idea I can easily get behind. Once Ellie fell […]

Ai Weiwei Modern in Ancram, NY

January 26th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Town: Ancram, NY
Price: $4,995,000
Rooms: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3
Style: Modern
Acreage: 37 +/- acres
Age: 2006

Also Available for Rent: $125,000 for June 4 thru Sept. 7

Livable Art. The only Ai Weiwei-HHF Architect Designed Residence in USA. Totally Private on 37± Acres with Major Views. 3 Fireplaces. Boffi Kitchen. Generator. 3 Bedrooms/3 Bath Main House + 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Guest […]

The Possible Origin of Anthony Street

January 25th, 2021|History|

-by the Hillsdale Historians

One of the things we really enjoy about being the town historians is finding a particular facet of Hillsdale history and learning everything we can about it, and then sharing it with you. We select our topics in either of two ways: we see something and wonder about it, or someone asks us about […]

Be Well In 2021 With Chelsea Streifeneder Of Body Be Well Pilates – Week 4

January 22nd, 2021|Wellness|

Congratulations! You’re almost through a whole month. Now let’s keep you on track.

The trick to staying on track with any new routine is to mix things up. Changing up your daily workouts not only stops you getting bored, but it also exercises different muscle groups and keeps your body on its toes! The same applies to your […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Nitro!

January 22nd, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Wellness Teas and Infusions from Harney & Sons Fine Teas

January 22nd, 2021|Wellness|

Courtesy of Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders

Minding your body should be both simple and delicious. Using wholesome and powerful herbs and adaptogens like turmeric and hemp, our Wellness Infusions will elevate your health and make it just that much easier to start that new daily ritual. Whether you struggle with insomnia, live with anxiety, are fighting […]

Buddhi Tribe 25-Minute Power Flow

January 21st, 2021|Wellness|

With zoom and screen overload these days (and the major emotional exhaustion!) a short, quicker paced yoga asana practice can be just what you need to warm up, get blood flowing, invite restorative energy in while boosting your energy and creativity.

Enjoy this 25-Minute Power Flow. “Power” because of its pace and the energetic vibe of it, but […]

Yes, Zoom Juice

January 21st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Every visit to a wine store is a good one, let’s be honest.

A recent one for me yielded a special delight – a wine called Zoom Juice! What a great name!

The packaging is perfect, too. The label is friendly and refined. The wine dubbed on the front as a Social Cab, described on the back as, “Life […]

Feline Fine

January 20th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Ovfurr the years I’ve caught many glimpses of myself in the mirror. Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve always thought I was a purretty good looking fellow. Still, if I’ve evfurr had any doubts when it comes to my own self-image, my Mother has always reassured me that I am without a doubt “too handsome” […]

Millerton Antiques Center’s 5th Annual Red Tag Sale

January 19th, 2021|Main Streets Presents|

Millerton Antiques Center – Featured Items

As part of our presentation of Millerton Antiques Center’s 2021 Red Tag Sale, Main Street will be featuring lots of items being offered by the Antique Center’s 36 dealers.

Check out new featured items each week that will be marked down this year!

Featured Items […]

Cozy Copake Ranch

January 19th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

Cozy Ranch built in 1965 in excellent condition with a beautiful sun room (currently used as Master bedroom) with own heat and 2 sliding French doors on either end.

1,044 square feet of living space, open floor plan, attached garage, electric heat.

A short walk to a gorgeous lake as this home is in […]

Be Well In 2021 With Chelsea Streifeneder Of Body Be Well Pilates – Week 3

January 17th, 2021|Wellness|

Keep it Going! Plus, Myth Busters for the “Pilates Curious.”

So now you should be moving twice a day and doing a short workout at least 3 times per week. You have restocked your pantry and you’ve reset your thinking about food. I bet you’re feeling so much better just from making these small changes.

The benefits and myths […]

Paul Walker

January 15th, 2021|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are closed for walk-ins and only accepting appointments for approved applications. If you have any questions, please email animalwelfare.socty@snet.net or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 […]

Wine (alternative) of the Week

January 15th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

These first weeks of 2021 call for something stronger than wine, so I’m taking a detour this week.

It’s a chance to sing the praises of a wonderful place in Columbia County, too. This weekend I highly recommend making your way to Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm for an artisan cocktail.

I’d go for The Queen’s Toddy […]

Better Posture, Better Breathing, Better Mood

January 14th, 2021|Wellness|

Sarah Getz

This winter, more than ever before, we’re concerned about our health.

We’re all seeking ways to support ourselves – our immune function, our respiratory systems – as well as our emotional resilience. A simple yet frequently overlooked aspect of our health is the interplay between posture, breath, and mood. You know how you slump when you’re sad, […]

Free Your Neck & Shoulders

January 14th, 2021|Wellness|

Sarah Getz

Tightness around the neck and shoulders is a common modern woe. Sometimes it’s the fault of poor posture: if we work online or spend too much time gazing down at our device, we often end up with a slouched, rounded spine and forward head position. Sometimes it’s the residue of chronic stress or anxiety (like, the […]

Ma! Where’s the Turkey?!

January 13th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Like most humans during this time of year, my purrents are trying, for some reason, to resist temptation when it comes to food consumption. Apparently, for the entire month of January, the humans who work with my mother are focusing on health and wellness. Sounds harmless, right?

Wrong my furriends.

Recently, I have begun to notice a strange decline […]

Oblong’s Top Wellness Books for the New Year- Part 3

January 12th, 2021|Wellness|

Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide

By John Cleese

The legendary comedian, actor, and writer of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda fame shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill.

“Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they […]

Oblong’s Top Wellness Books for the New Year- Part 2

January 12th, 2021|Wellness|

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World

By Lewis Hyde

A modern classic cherished by many of the greatest artists of our time, The Gift is a brilliant, life-changing defense of the value of creative labor.

Drawing on examples from folklore and literature, history and tribal customs, economics and modern […]

Into the Woods – Why Your Kids Need Nature

January 12th, 2021|Our Environment|

-By Great Mountain Forest

An attachment to the natural world is a critical component of childhood development. Spending unstructured time outdoors is therapeutic and restorative. It can boost creativity, ease anxiety and depression, build attention spans, and help develop capacities to self-soothe and be comfortable with solitude. Yet, increasingly children spend […]

Fractals Over Pixels: Nature’s Healing Patterns

January 12th, 2021|Our Environment|

By Great Mountain Forest

Remember taking high school geometry? You thought it was terrible for your mental health and something you’d never need in the “real world” – once the final exam was over. Well, what if you found out that geometry in the form of fractals has positive health effects and that […]

COUNTRY HOME WITH AMAZING LONG VIEWS

January 12th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

$1,065,000 • 2,738 sq.ft. • 10.64 acres • 3 BR • 2 BA • 1 ½BA
A very private and lovely country home located in charming West Cornwall Connecticut is now available for sale. Situated up a long driveway on 10 plus acres, this home has amazing long southwestern views.  The […]

Be Well In 2021 With Chelsea Streifeneder Of Body Be Well Pilates – Week 2

January 11th, 2021|Wellness|

Now you’ve started moving, it’s time to get your eating habits on the right track – starting with your pantry!

Congratulations! You made it through Week 1 and you’re now moving twice a day and incorporating a short workout three times per week. Now let’s tackle the food thing.

Your body needs good nutrition to operate at its best. […]

Bringing the Global Community Home

January 10th, 2021|Featured Artist, Wellness|

The places we call home are as unique and diverse as the very world we share. For Abigail Marcelo Horace, owner and founder of Casa Marcelo, a burgeoning design firm in Falls Village, CT, unique interiors help to define human connection. Starting in 2017, Abigail has used her skill for aesthetically and structurally sound design […]

Oblong’s Top Wellness Books for the New Year- Part 1

January 7th, 2021|Wellness|

As we stock up on resolutions and hope for 2021, local literary institution Oblong Books & Music is here to recommend a few titles that will sharpen the mind and help sustain total wellness throughout the year:

Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age

By Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

Keep your […]

Immune Boosting Tips

January 7th, 2021|Wellness|

The cold and flu season is upon us and this year, sustaining a healthy immune system might be more important than ever before. Nourishing your body with not only healthy foods, but activities and attitudes can help keep your immune system strong. Planning your meals and learning to love what you eat can not only improve your […]

Off to a Good Start

January 6th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I must say 2021 is off to a purretty good start aside furrom not feeling my oats on Saturday night — I think I rang in the New Year with a little too much wet food.

Mom has “de-Christmased” the house and cleaned furrom top to bottom. Meanwhile, Ellie has been busy playing with all of the new […]

Dutchess County Supreme Court Sides with Town of Fishkill, Dismissing Developer Lawsuit

January 6th, 2021|WOTS|

The Honorable Judge Christi J. Acker of the The Dutchess County Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Town of Fishkill on Monday in a lawsuit filed by the Hudson View Park Company (Hudson View) against the Town in July of last year concerning the proposed Rolling Hills Development. Hudson View asserted a breach of contract claim […]

It’s a New Year

January 5th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Well, it’s 2021. Cheers to that!

I hope you raised a tasty and toasty glass of bubbly on New Year’s Eve – and New Year’s Day. Now we settle into this new year.

For me, it’s a time of reflection but also a time for steeling myself for the cold weather […]

Week 1 of 2021 – Here We Go!

January 4th, 2021|A Healthier Life|

So how’s the “new you” project of 2021 coming along? I say that in jest of course, because I’m referring to how so many of us feel that January 1 is like a clean slate and a fresh start, and we tell ourselves, “The diet starts Monday!” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I’m kind of […]

Be Well In 2021 With Chelsea Streifeneder Of Body Be Well Pilates – Week 1

January 2nd, 2021|Wellness|

Setting Attainable Goals is Key

Here it is! The the New Year we’ve all been waiting for. You woke up on January 2nd vowing that “THIS is the year I’m going to get fit, lose weight and fit into those jeans from high school once and for all!” You vow to cut out carbs, take 13 spin classes […]

2020 is (Finally) Ovfurr

December 30th, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

I hope Santa Paws was good to you all!

I, of course, got evfurry thing on my list and then some — and by that I mean Ellie got this really cool purrsonalized chair. It looks expensive, but hey – if it fits, I sits. Might I add it is the purrfect height fur bird watching, all while […]

Privacy & Views in Cornwall, CT

December 29th, 2020|Deal of the Week|

Town: Cornwall, CT
Price: $1,249,000
Rooms: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3
Style: Barn
Acreage: 5.53 +/- acres
Age: 1989

Private & Quiet Barn Style Home with Views! 2-3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths. Super Light & Bright with Open Floor Plan. 2 Fireplaces. Major Western & Southern Views. High Ceilings Throughout. Unique 2-Story Screened Porch. Master Suite with Full Bath & Dressing Closet. Home Office. […]

Brand New World

December 28th, 2020|Mommy Blog|

We have made it – we have gotten through 2020. This year was probably one of the most stressful and challenging for all of us, and perhaps especially for parents. No school, no daycare – then virtual school – and all of this while still working… from home in a lot of instances. Phewww, what a year!

On […]

Great Barrington Public Theater

December 28th, 2020|Backstage|

“There’s such and incredible pool of talent up here… from Connecticut through Massachusetts into Vermont and throughout New York.” Jim Frangione is very expressive when talking about regional theater in the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires, and the Hudson Valley. “We’ve got great theater here that draws incredible talent from New York and Boston. It’s the local talent […]

Cooperative Recipes

December 28th, 2020|Our Recipes|

As winter begins it’s three month offensive on our collective attitudes and – potentially – our waistlines, it can be hard to resist temptation. However, just because the temperatures outside may cause many of us to yearn for comfort food does not mean we have to sacrifice a healthy diet.

Founded in 1981, the Berkshire Food Co-op in […]

How You Can Breathe Easier

December 28th, 2020|Wellness|

At Food + Mood NYC, we create and lead customized wellness programs for our clients, which range from individuals to corporate employees. Now more than ever, wellness – from food and fitness to spirituality and social life – is critical as we navigate this unprecedented and stressful time in which home and office are one and the […]

Help Is Only A Click Away

December 28th, 2020|Wellness|

There are few pieces of furniture as loyal as a couch. Part-time seating support, part-time napping support, they endure the clawing of cats, the gnawing of dogs, the marathon binge-watching sessions, and the rambunctious kid who trampolines all over them. Apple founder Steve Jobs famously spent a decade in search of the Goldilocks sofa, preferring to live […]

Digging Deeper Into Who You Are

December 28th, 2020|Featured Article|

Welcome 2021! There is so much about 2020 that we all want to kick to the curb forever. Turning the calendar to a new year feels like a way to make a new start; this is true of all years, but this one especially so.

A new year is also […]

Spiritual Healing

December 28th, 2020|Featured Article|

In 2006, after over two decades in the business world, I did something previously unimaginable to me. I began to study the spiritual healing practices of the Apache people. Equally if not more remarkable, in 2019, my wife and I founded a 501©3 non-profit organization, The Pinchas Foundation, to […]

Going Nuclear

December 28th, 2020|Featured Article|

Caution: This article contains a trigger warning and a spoiler alert. 

Trigger warning: Your unconscious emotional triggers and emotional reactivity can harm your psychological and physical health. 

Spoiler alert: The happy ending is that addressing your reactivity is within your control, and with practice and perhaps some professional help, you can […]

Come On, Get Happy!

December 28th, 2020|Featured Article|

With 2020 unfolding as it did, 2021 couldn’t arrive quickly enough. Over the past year, the pandemic has dominated our lives, lifestyles, media, social media, and conversations. All the uncertainty and fear of this novel coronavirus has certainly compromised our happiness and wellbeing.

It’s a new year, so let’s scrap […]

January 2021 Recipe – Best Ever Blondies

December 28th, 2020|Jessie’s Monthly Recipe|

Blondies, for those not in the know, are essentially chocolate chip cookies in the form of a brownie. I adore a chewy chocolate chip cookie, with crispy edges and soft middles and pools of molten chocolate, as much as the next person, but I just might love these particular blondies a tiny bit more. You might think […]

The Reformer

December 28th, 2020|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Main Street in Millerton, NY, is home to numerous small, independent businesses, many of them owned and run by women – from Carol Sadlon at The Moviehouse to Joanne Scasso at Country Gardeners Florist. We selected Masha Loucks, who trained as a ballerina in Moscow, Russia, as the subject for Main Street’s wellness issue, and conducted a […]

How much is your house worth today?

December 28th, 2020|Real Estate|

If you’re a real estate agent a question friends often ask you – casually over drinks – is “How much is my house worth? I’ve heard the market is going crazy.” Especially today when housing prices have had a Covid-run-up after years of a buyer’s market, people want to know how much more their house is worth. […]

Deconstructed, Revitalized… Reconstructed

December 28th, 2020|Featured Artist|

Perhaps Oscar Wilde was correct. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Should one be in need a living example, please welcome Richard Griggs. An artist who finds elegance and beauty where others see pieces that should be consigned to the local transfer station, Griggs creates pieces that take on new and whimsical dimensions.

And, as […]

Local Families Receive Vehicles from Community Program

December 28th, 2020|WOTS|

On Friday Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro joined the County Department of Community & Family Services (DCFS) and the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) to present three local families with vehicles as part of the Community Solutions to Transportation (CST) Way to Work program, formerly known as Wheels to Work. Since 2001, the program has helped […]

Christmas Weekend Wines

December 26th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

MERRY CHRISTMAS one and all!

However and wherever your meals are coming together for this very special time, you’ll want them to include special wines.

Harker House Wine & Spirits in Clinton Corners, NY, is a serious go-to for recommendations. Hal Newell has owned the store since July of 2016, and he has a very loyal following as he […]

Dear Santy Paws

December 23rd, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

I understand this letter to you may be arriving at the last minute, but I’ve been purretty busy holding down the Christmas tree skirt here at home — among other festive activities. My catnip toys have all disappeared and although Mom cleans like a crazy lady, she has yet to retrieve them furrom under the couch. Therefore, […]

Oblong’s Picks for Perfect Holiday Reading

December 22nd, 2020|Book Reviews|

Thanks to store manager Carissa Unite, the staff at Oblong Books & Music in Millerton, NY, has put together the perfect list for folks looking to break from the annual stress the Holidays bring and and escape into a good book. Here are a few engaging staff recommendations for the discerning reader as well as the entire […]

Local Author Unearths the Follies of the Legal World in Bombshell new Satire

December 22nd, 2020|Author Profiles, Main Street|

What’s left to do — but laugh? In a year filled with overbearing consternation, uncertainty and yes, tragedy, we could all benefit from literary escape as we inch closer toward a new year. Luckily for readers in the Tri-Corner, a new author has burst onto the scene with a scathingly funny satire that taps into […]

From Solstice to Santa Claus: How Christmas Became Christmas

December 21st, 2020|History, Main Street|

 

-by the Hillsdale Historians

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

Local Community Center Clears Final Legal Hurdle: Work on Historic Building Moving Forward

December 18th, 2020|WOTS|

A vote by the Village Board of Trustees in Millbrook, NY, last month removed the last major legal impediment toward the conversion of the landmark Thorne Building into a community center that will serve both the Village as well as all of central Dutchess County. The decision completes a process that began in March 2019, when the […]

Christmas is Next Week!?

December 17th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

Christmas is next week!!! Must buy wine!!

For this week’s selections I called a local purveyor in Sharon, CT – Rick’s Wine & Spirits on Gay Street.

There’s a new owner there now – David – who had these mouth-watering suggestions. For bubbly (because it’s always appropriate), he said he recommends the 2015 Gusbourne Brut Reserve.

Get this – it’s […]

The Pawlidays are Stressing ME-OWT!

December 16th, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

One might think that just because I’m an indoor kitty, my pawliday stress levels are lower than your avfurrage feline — Wrong!

With Christmas day inching closer with evfurry catnap, there is still so much left on my to-do list.

Fur starters, there’s oodles of wrapping to do and quite frankly, my little paws are getting tired furrom holding […]

Spacious Antique Colonial

December 15th, 2020|Deal of the Week|

7 OLD TURNPIKE ROAD SOUTH
EAST CANAAN, CT 06024
 
Spacious Antique home built in late 1700’s. Home includes large living room with fireplace, five bedrooms (two with fireplaces and shared bath on main floor), three full baths and family room with cathedral ceiling. Two car garage. Property consists of 1.55 […]

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Lucy!

December 11th, 2020|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

December is for Wine

December 10th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

December is such a perfect wine-drinking month.

Every day feels like a celebration of sorts, so why not?

Even though we aren’t gathering in ways of days gone by, we can still make toasts over zoom…or to our newfound friends on streaming shows. A trip to the wine store is practically a vacation these days, too, as the promise […]

The 13 Santa Paws are coming furrom Iceland

December 9th, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

Allow me to break a bit of unique pawliday tradition down for you dear reader:

My dad is furrom Iceland, and in Iceland they have 13 Santa Paws, or Yule Lads as they are sometimes called elsewhere in the world. Since I’m half Icelandic, the 13 Icelandic Santa Paws come all the way to America to visit me […]

Don’t Scare me Like That!

December 7th, 2020|A Healthier Life|

Your body is constantly talking to you. It is telling you how it feels, what it is lacking, what it has too much of – and it tells you if something is wrong. The problem is (or can be) that we don’t always listen – but further, we may not know how to. Some of us don’t […]

CLASSIC RANCH STYLE HOME

December 7th, 2020|Deal of the Week|

$339,000 • 1,234 sq.ft. • .61 acres • 3 BR • 1 BA • 1 ½BA

Classic Ranch style home in Litchfield County. This quaint 3 bedroom cottage sits in the heart of Lakeville, Ct. and is a short distance to the beautiful Lake Wononscopomuc (Lakeville Lake) a short distance to Salisbury Central School, as well as […]

Diana

December 4th, 2020|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are closed for walk-ins and only accepting appointments for approved applications. If you have any questions, please email animalwelfare.socty@snet.net or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 […]

The Gift of Wine

December 4th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

Here we are just past Thanksgiving with Christmas a few weeks out.

Sure, there are gifts to think about, and wine is always a good one, but at this time of year, it’s about stocking up for yourself, too, so you know that when you get home from work and it’s as dark as 10 pm at 5:30 […]

O Christmas Tree

December 2nd, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

Well folks, the Christmas tree is up and might I say it looks purrfect!

I think Santa Paws will appurrove, too.

Ellie and I only helped a little bit with the decorating, though she was excited to put the balls on the tree (aka ornaments) and to play with Mom’s elf decorations. Silly Ellie, she thought they were babies. […]

Basilica Hudson Announces Virtual Holiday Market

December 1st, 2020|WOTS|

For the past eight years, Basilica Hudson, the city’s beloved arts center, has held an epic, large-scale community market celebrating the Hudson Valley’s creative entrepreneurial pursuits through the Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market. This year, with the pandemic causing many venues to pause 2020 in-person programming, Basilica Hudson will co-present, alongside creative studio LikeMindedObjects, the first […]

The Fifteen Gifts of Christmas

November 30th, 2020|Main Street|

Berkshire Theatre Company presents Holiday Memories by Truman Capote

CB Wismar

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

For fifteen performances scattered across Fridays, […]

Home Grown Magic

November 25th, 2020|Our Environment|

No disrespect to mountain laurel as the Connecticut State shrub, but perhaps it’s time to pass the torch to the humble, medicinal, and magical witch hazel.

This wonder shrub finds a suitable home in the woodlands of the northeast part of the country. While mostly present on the eastern side of Connecticut, you can find a healthy dose […]

The Trail Less Traveled

November 25th, 2020|Our Environment|

It’s a brilliant fall morning. You wake up, look out the window at the maples ablaze in yellow and decide to go for a hike. You throw a water bottle and a granola bar in a day pack, lace up your trail runners, and dash to the nearest trailhead, only to find it crammed with cars from […]

A Gift of Place

November 25th, 2020|Backstage|

It was a gift, created out of love, respect and the spirit of the community. After 133 years, the gift endures and continues to honor the man whose name it bears – Orville Dewey.

Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, MA, is no common effort at celebrating the life of a stalwart community resident. It is not a statue […]

An American Christmas

November 25th, 2020|History|

Much like the memories of yore, the origins of many beloved customs often get lost within the fog of passing time. Each year, as the calendar turns to December, we collectively search our attics for the yuletide decor that will adorn our homes but once a year. Almost unconsciously, families around the country venture out in search […]

Not a Fore Gone Conclusion

November 25th, 2020|Real Estate|

Are you someone that would like to combine high investment returns and your favorite outdoor hobby? Have you ever considered buying a golf course? Could it possibly be a good idea or just a sand trap? Main Street Magazine’s real estate feature explores the trends in golf course real estate, the history of local golf courses, and […]

December 2020 Recipe – Meyer Lemon Upside-down Cake

November 25th, 2020|Jessie’s Monthly Recipe|

Upside-down cake is one of my all-time favorites to bake due to its stunning good looks, its easy-peasy assembly, and its scrumptious caramelized fruit topping. Perhaps the most famous of the upside-down cakes is that of the pineapple variety (and truth be told, I’ve actually never taken a stab at one), but I have made them with […]

What a Deal

November 25th, 2020|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Main Street Magazine’s monthly business column is usually an interview with an entrepreneur or the executive director of a regional not-for-profit. December’s subject, just in time for Christmas shopping, is a conversation with the staff, volunteers, and customers of a thriving not-for-profit thrift store that has always operated as a meeting place and service to everyone in […]

A Moment of Whimsy

November 25th, 2020|Featured Artist|

It’s unclear whether Eric Martin was channeling his inner Thoreau when he returned to the United States from an intense year of graduate study at the University of Limerick in Ireland. After long hours of practice on his instrument of choice, the viola, he sought to recapture some of the simplicity and innocence of summers passed in […]

The Sports Enthusiast

November 25th, 2020|Featured Article|

The easiest aspect of Christmas shopping for a sports enthusiast (whether it be a spouse, significant other, best friend, brother, sister, boss, whomever), is that there are so many toys and so much equipment on the sports market.

The smart approach is to make sure you know what your giftee […]

In the Holiday Spirit

November 25th, 2020|Featured Article|

Just a few miles from the Village of Rhinebeck, NY, is The CENTER For Performing Arts – a local theatre whose actors are eager to spread some holiday cheer through their annual presentation of Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol.

The production, which runs from November 19 through December 20, […]

Community Traditions Continue

November 25th, 2020|Featured Article|

Brightly-colored poinsettias fill the greenhouse. Trees cover the lawn. Holiday music brings the sounds of joyful and industrious elves tying and decorating wreaths, bows, bows, and more bows, and of course the cheese, milk, and eggnog! Welcome to a shopping experience at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Agricultural […]

The Spirit of Giving

November 25th, 2020|Featured Article|

In a year marred with tragedy, mountains of anxiety and a landslide of mass confusion, perhaps the most enduring notion of 2020 has been humankind’s uncanny ability to combat chaos with compassion. As fear and uncertainty grew at an historic rate this year and loved ones as dependent as […]

Thankful fur Turkey and more

November 25th, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

2020 has been a year fur the history books, but as I wash up fur Turkey Day, I must say, there’s so much I’m thankful fur this year.

Despite having to spend more time with the family than evfurr befurr, I want say thank you to my purrents fur putting a roof ovfurr my head, an […]

The Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

November 25th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!

Must. Have. Wine. My advice? Gobble up Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Riesling has been called the perfect Thanksgiving wine because it goes so well with so many different flavors, and all of our feasts

include lots of those! A nice, dry Riesling is best, but one with a bit […]

111+ Acre Compound in Salisbury, CT

November 23rd, 2020|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

Town: Salisbury, CT
Price: $1,750,000
Rooms: 11
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4/1
Style: Colonial
Acreage: 111 +/- acres
Age: 1765

111+ Acre Horse Farm – 2 Separate Parcels. Encompassing Views. Flat, Useable Pastures with Multiple Paddocks. Prime Farmland. 45+ Stalls & Indoor Riding Ring. 2 Additional Houses on Property, Each with 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths. 8 Minutes to the Center of Salisbury […]

Post Office Pentimento

November 23rd, 2020|History, Main Street|

-by the Hillsdale Historians

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

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen for Dozer!

November 23rd, 2020|Shelter Pet of the Week|

ORGANIZATION

The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & […]

Community Rallies to Keep the Spirit of Hudson’s Winter Walk Alive in 2020

November 23rd, 2020|Main Street|

What was once one of Columbia County’s biggest block parties, Hudson New York’s beloved Winter Walk has evolved into the area’s most festive event of the year and crucially, the busiest night for many local shops and restaurants. For the past two decades, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House has produced Winter Walk and […]

Animal Lovers

November 19th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

You animal lovers out there will know the feeling of relief that comes when the veterinarian tells you the problem is nothing to worry about. The feeling that leads you to raise a toast in relief and gratitude.

That was me this week, and I turned to a special wine for the occasion – a 2007 Empire Reserve […]

Dutchess County sees Recent Rise in Auto Crime

November 18th, 2020|WOTS|

A string of auto-related crime has broken out recently as The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a series of vehicle break-ins that have occurred in the Town of Pleasant Valley and the Town of LaGrange during the overnight hours as well as some recent thefts of high-end automobiles. Although most of the vehicles […]

The Battle of Bedtime

November 18th, 2020|The OTIS Feed|

Ellie has made huge strides when it comes to her sleep patterns -knock on wood- thanks to Mom.

Honestly, over the last few weeks, she’s been a saint!

This means I get to spend more quality time with my purrents watching the boob-tube before beddy-bye.

Though, I am beginning to wonder if sleep regression is contagious. […]

Spacious Antique Home

November 16th, 2020|Deal of the Week|

7 OLD TURNPIKE ROAD SOUTH
EAST CANAAN, CT 
Spacious Antique home built in late 1700’s. Home includes large living room with fireplace, five bedrooms (two with fireplaces and shared bath on main floor), three full baths and family room with cathedral ceiling. Two car garage. Property consists of 1.55 acres that include a second […]

Ode to an Icon: Millerton’s Moviehouse Seeks New Stewardship

November 13th, 2020|WOTS|

While the announcement that Millerton’s Moviehouse — the village’s longstanding cinema and cultural epicenter — will be seeking new ownership in the coming months may seem like the appropriate capstone to 2020, there is a silver lining. That unique sense of hopeful optimism is represented in the spirit of owner Carol Sadlon herself. “The Moviehouse […]

Back to Bubbles

November 12th, 2020|Wine of the Week|

Every day, any time, bubbles make everything better.

Splash local as much as you can.

Tousey Winery in Germantown (touseywinery.com) has two amazing sparkling wines – The Loic (with aromas of apple, brioche and honeydew with a crisp, refreshing acidity) and The Sparkling Queen (an off-dry sparkler with a taste of luscious melon. […]