The Car Corner2021-01-07T13:18:12-05:00



Bed Hog

Mom has been, and purrobably always will be, a night owl, making her the last one to crawl into bed. When she finally comes to bed, she expects to have at least half of the king size bed, which is almost nevfurr the case.

Us guys have our own bedtime routine. Furrst and foremost, find the TV remote and purromptly turn on […]

Guys and Dolls

Live theatre is back at the venerable Sharon Playhouse (Sharon, CT) where their full-blown production of Guys and Dolls is in place through August 14th.  Director/Choreographer Justin Boccitto, who is also serving as “Interim Artistic Director,” made the creative decision to have all of the dancing be tap, and the result is quite amazing.  This production marks the return of fully […]

Decay, the Good Way

There is something poetic, almost lyrical about compost, I’ve decided. True, most of the compost-conscious world focuses on prosaic matters like the ratio of nitrogen to carbon, feedstocks, and NYS DEC 360 permits. It elevates creatures that I’m guessing are voracious, called detritivores, and their taste for rotting food to levels that imply they are essential. And it gets worse. Many […]



August 10th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|



Beautiful 14-year-old Kallie still has plenty of love to give. A little shy at first, after a couple of minutes of your gentle petting, she will let you know she’s happy with her purring! She is looking for an owner who will show her unconditional love, and give her the opportunity […]

Purrthday Wishes

August 10th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

There are so many August purrthdays in the family, but today I am meowing furrom the rooftops…correction, furrom Dad’s nightstand, a very happy fourth purrthday to my kid sister, Ellie!

This past weekend Mom and Dad threw a little purrthday pawty fur Ellie. Purrincess themed of course. And what purricess pawty would be complete without cupcakes topped with […]


August 4th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|



Super-smart, 7-year-old Obie knows commands including: sit, down, paw, come, stay, drop it, and roll over. A fun guy who would love a human BFF to play with, Obie is a huge fan of toys and tennis balls. After his evening walk, Obie picks out the toy he wants for the night […]

Bed Hog

August 3rd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Mom has been, and purrobably always will be, a night owl, making her the last one to crawl into bed. When she finally comes to bed, she expects to have at least half of the king size bed, which is almost nevfurr the case.

Us guys have our own bedtime routine. Furrst and foremost, find the TV remote […]

Guys and Dolls

August 2nd, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

Live theatre is back at the venerable Sharon Playhouse (Sharon, CT) where their full-blown production of Guys and Dolls is in place through August 14th.  Director/Choreographer Justin Boccitto, who is also serving as “Interim Artistic Director,” made the creative decision to have all of the dancing be tap, and the result is quite amazing.  This production marks […]

Decay, the Good Way

August 1st, 2022|Our Environment|

There is something poetic, almost lyrical about compost, I’ve decided. True, most of the compost-conscious world focuses on prosaic matters like the ratio of nitrogen to carbon, feedstocks, and NYS DEC 360 permits. It elevates creatures that I’m guessing are voracious, called detritivores, and their taste for rotting food to levels that imply they are essential. And […]

Taking the Waste out of Food Waste

August 1st, 2022|Our Environment|

It is a dilemma that everyone has most likely experienced. You lean back from the table as your food baby protrudes in front of you. Your plate still features the remaining forkfuls of food. Despite your best efforts you can’t bring yourself to finish the meal in an attempt to avoid the same fate as Mr. Creosote […]

Time to Go Tubing

August 1st, 2022|Featured Article|

Picture this: Blue skies, warm sun, a tree-lined river gurgling and beckoning. It’s the ultimate outdoorsy lazy landscape, and all you need to enjoy it is a large tube.

The folks at Farmington River Tubing (FRT) in New Hartford, CT, understand the lure and appeal of a river float. They’ve […]

“You Kids Are Always on Your Phones”

August 1st, 2022|Featured Article|

Social media plays a prominent part in most, if not all, of our lives. It might have been a Facebook post that brought you to this article online, or maybe an Instagram story reminded you to pick up a copy of Main Street. Even if social media did not […]

Bodies in Motion – The Clark’s Rodin in the United States

August 1st, 2022|Featured Article|

Inertia is a body’s tendency to stay in motion. That principle is captured in the sculptures and sketches of Auguste Rodin, on view now at the Clark Art Museum. The exhibition, entitled Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, has two sides: the scholarly aspect, which meticulously documents […]

Save Sharon Hospital from Closing its Services

August 1st, 2022|Featured Article|

In September, 2021 Nuvance Health announced plans to shutter the Labor and Delivery Unit at Sharon Hospital – a 78-bed general hospital in Connecticut’s Litchfield County. At the time, Nuvance announced that it would also make cuts to the Surgical Department and Intensive Care Unit. The reason: reduced patient […]

Finding Joy through Flow and Play

August 1st, 2022|Wellness|

The last few years have certainly proved challenging for many. With COVID-19 circulating, and lockdowns and travel restrictions in place, many of us have felt “stagnant.” The term “languishing” describes the way many of us felt. The opposite of thriving, languishing leaves us feeling apathetic.

We can jumpstart our lives again. Each one of us holds the power […]

Maestros and Mountains at 93

August 1st, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

With the New England summer halfway through its creative arc, Music Mountain, the Falls Village, CT, treasure that has been celebrating live performances for 93 years continues to charm … and to evolve. “We’ve brought some of the finest chamber music groups and legendary jazz musicians together for another great season,” offers artistic director Oskar Espina-Ruiz. “With […]

August 2022 Recipe – Blueberry Crumb Cake

August 1st, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

What a perfect cake to have for breakfast or snacking. Perfect for a summer picnic and parties. Caroline and I made this after picking blueberries from a local farm in Red Hook, NY. I have been doing a lot of fruit picking this summer. Last month I picked some of the best cherries I’ve ever eaten. If […]

Collecting Forgotten History

August 1st, 2022|History|

Alexandra Peters gave me a private tour of her sampler collection on display at the Sharon Historical Society through October just after this enthralling exhibition opened in June. It was a very personal introduction to the art and meaning of needlework samplers which reveal the lives of American girls and their families from 1700 to 1850. The […]

In Focus

August 1st, 2022|Featured Artist|

“The Earth took me in, held me and taught me the wonder of my senses: to see beyond clouds to fantastic beings, to hear the weather in the wind, to smell the stories of trees, animals, streams, and to feel the soft mosses, waxy leaves, and sun-warmed stones below the skin – to feel them with my […]

Open Studios in the Hudson Valley

August 1st, 2022|Featured Artist|

Summer in the country brings endless opportunities for weekend entertainment across the towns and villages of our rural area. Whether you like music or art, farmer’s markets or yard sales, the Hudson Valley and Litchfield Hills offer something for everyone on nearly every summer weekend. We’ve had food festivals, book signings, and car shows already this summer […]

Wine of the Week(end)

July 29th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

If you’re heading to an outdoor event this weekend – and who isn’t? – the perfect take-along wine that pairs well with everything is a Portuguese Vinho Verde. The literal translation is “green wine,” but it’s named after the region in Northern Portugal where the grapes it’s made from are grown. Vinho Verde is renowned for its […]


July 27th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|



Incredibly sweet and friendly, five-year-old Ace enjoys the company of both humans and other cats. A very affectionate cat, Ace is the ideal pet for any household! Famous for requesting belly rubs, don’t be surprised when he expresses his love by rubbing his face all over you. Adorable Ace ended up in […]

Heat Wave vs. The Beach

July 26th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Holy heat wave Batman! Mom, Dad, and Ellie went to the beach fur their annual long weekend getaway. I’m not the weatherman, but I do know fur a fact they didn’t need to drive all the way to the beach to sweat their fur off. Despite Mom leaving the air conditioning on fur me, the heat index […]


July 25th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

Let’s start with the basic, unemotional information.  Hymn, a new play by British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti is running at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the campus of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA through August 28th.  The “two hander”  is directed by Regge Life and stars Kevin Craig West and “ranney.”

Now, for the emotional reaction.

Breath taking!

A […]

More Music on the Mountain

July 22nd, 2022|WOTS|

Forgive us.  We can’t pass up the chance to declare that concerts staged on two upcoming Wednesdays at 5:00 PM in Gordon Hall at Music Mountain in Falls Village  (July 27th and August 3rd) are ”going for Baroque.”  It is the summer, after all – shorts, watermelon and bad plays on words are all in season.

The Northwest […]


July 21st, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|



Three-year-old Dino is a goofy guy who loves to play. Toss him a ball and he couldn’t be happier. At the shelter, Dino inspires smiles in everyone with his enthusiasm for games of fetch and squeaky toys. An easygoing boy, 59lb Dino walks wonderfully on a leash. He […]

Hey Sweet Cheeks

July 19th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Sorry in advance to speak on such an awkward topic this week, but I could really use your thoughts on a purrticular subject. I’ve obviously been using the litter box fur my entire life, but out of nowhere Mom appurroached me asking if I’d be willing to ditch the box and use the toilet like appurrently so […]

A Walk in the Woods

July 18th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

A ticket to experience “A Walk in the Woods” on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA through September 4th is the invitation to witness a master class in acting cloaked in 2 hours of dramatic brilliance. Lee Blessing’s carefully crafted story of two arms negotiators – Andrey Botvinnick, a Russian played with unbridled enthusiasm and […]

Where the Crawdads Sing

July 16th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

There is a bit of irony in viewing the new film Where the Crawdads Sing in an air-conditioned New England theater. The atmosphere throughout the adaptation of the Delia Owens best-selling novel evokes a pervasive sense of being in the North Carolina marshlands. If nothing else, the entire film is quite successful in transporting us to a […]


July 14th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|



Playful Lanaya is a cat who is full of surprises! One moment she might be rubbing against your legs, and the next she’s chasing a dust particle through the air. At eleven and a half years old, Lanaya still has a lot of pep in her step. Energetic Lanaya’s big personality is […]

The Birth of Main Street Moxie-So You Wanna Start A Podcast?

July 13th, 2022|Advice|

What do you do when your magazine editor approaches you to start a podcast? One option is to run screaming from her office. The second option is to put her off for months with vague responses and avoidance until that’s no longer an option. Then you break down and say yes. I chose the latter path and […]


July 13th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Hi furriends! How has your week been? I’ve been supurr busy practicing my woodchuck hunting skills. We’ve had woodchucks at our house befurr, but we seem to have an entire village living under our deck recently. Purrhaps that’s a little dramatic – we only have three. But that’s three more than Dad purrfurrs to have living under […]

Much Ado About Nothing

July 9th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

There is a bit of everything in the current offering of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, playing through August 14 th in The New Spruce Theatre. In sumptuous blending, there is treachery and trickery, jealousy and jeopardy, love and loss and above all a wonderful blanket of comedy. The Bard knew […]


July 7th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]


July 7th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

It seems there are more New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs on the shelves in wine stores than there are sheep in that country – and that’s saying something!! How to choose from among the burgeoning selection? Here’s one that’s tasty, affordable, and widely available: Matua. I was skeptical about this one when I chose it at a seafood […]

Happy Anniversary

July 6th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

July 6th is a very special date in our household (in case you couldn’t already tell by Mom’s license plate). Can you believe Mom and Dad became official sixteen years ago today? To put it into purrspective, that’s literally half of Mom’s lifetime – making them true high school sweethearts. And nine years ago today, they tied the […]


July 5th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

“Once,” on stage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield runs through July 16th.  If your summer plans have an open evening, this is the place to spend it … wrapped in the music, the magic of this incredible production.  The closing ballad of this 8 TONY Award winning play celebrates the tsunami of emotion that […]

July 2022 Recipe – Strawberry Shortcake

June 30th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

We are both celebrating our birthdays this month, hence the Happy Birthday banner. We are sharing with you one of our all-time favorite desserts, strawberry shortcake! Strawberry shortcake screams summer. Strawberries are ready to pick and are just so sweet and juicy. If picked fresh, they taste like strawberries should! Pair them with this wonderful pound cake […]

5 Benefits of Getting Your Property Surveyed

June 30th, 2022|Home & Garden|

Bill Eggers currently works and lives in the Hudson Valley and has seen the spike in property sales. With this increase I hopes to provide valuable insight to homeowners on the benefits of getting their property surveyed.

His expertise stems from his experience as a licensed professional surveyor with over 40 years of experience. Bill currently works at Medenbach & […]

Clambake Fundraiser

June 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

It’s time to celebrate the life and legacy of Jane Lloyd – a self-employed gardener and landscaper who passed away from breast cancer in 2005. When Lloyd’s illness made it difficult for her to earn a living, friends and family responded by graciously providing her with financial assistance, which […]

Caffeine Capitol

June 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

In The Warden, novelist Anthony Trollope asks “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”

For centuries, coffee has been a daily ritual for people worldwide. Minutes after waking up, many people across the world eagerly anticipate their first sips of […]

All That Java

June 30th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

When coffee beans are picked from the stems of plants and removed from their protective coverings, they are green, tasting something like grass if they have any taste at all, and fibrous. The two species that dominate the coffee market, Arabica (coffea arabica) and Robusta (coffea canephora) did not rise to the top in their field (of […]

Yes Way Rose

June 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

Memorial Day weekend was a glorious kick-off to summer this year, with bright blue skies and limitless sunshine and temps in the 80s. And here it is July already, with summer in full swing. When you’re in a soaking-up-the-sun mood, there’s nothing better than a glass of Rosé. It’s […]

In Good Spirits

June 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to hop a flight to some exotic overseas locale to revel in the stimulation of new perspectives, flavors, and people. Many of us are craving novel experiences and, luckily the Hudson Valley has so many enticing destinations that are in proximity. […]

Scottish Spirits

June 30th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Several years ago, Main Street featured John Dyson and Millbrook Vineyards and Winery which Dyson and his wife started in 1979. Now he has created a new business with his daughter and son-in law – Tenmile Distillery in Wassaic, NY, and once again converted dairy acreage into a destination. It was time to talk again with this […]

The Importance Of Being Frank

June 30th, 2022|Restaurant Review|

Young Benjamin had been sitting, patiently, with his family at one of the community tables on the patio at “frank,” the captivating new restaurant in West Cornwall, CT. While the others had mastered a salad and an elegant asparagus with lemon ricotta appetizer, he was left to anticipate the Margherita pizza that appeared as entrées were fetched […]

Keeping It Local

June 30th, 2022|Main Street, Restaurant Review|

After spending over a decade in various culinary roles in the Hudson Valley and beyond, Mark Fredette unveiled Iron & Grass – a family-owned “chophouse” in Hudson, NY. The local farm-to-table restaurant and bar opened its doors in August 2021.

“We call it a ‘chophouse’ because ‘steakhouses’ focus on beef,” says Fredette, chef and owner of Iron & Grass. […]

Reflections Of An Aspiring Vegan

June 30th, 2022|Wellness|

Our lifestyle and eating choices are as varied and different as we are as individuals. Some of us couldn’t fathom giving up meat or sugar, while others couldn’t imagine having carbs be a part of their life. That combined with all of the diets that have come and gone, we’ve all gone through phases of lifestyle and […]

A Tournament of Lies in Wassaic

June 30th, 2022|Featured Artist|

The Wassaic Project’s Summer Exhibition currently on view at Maxon Mills brings together a dynamic group of international artists in all media – painting, sculpture, mixed media, video, charcoal, collage, neon, textile, and more. What’s striking about the show is the range of disciplines on display and the innovative use of materials, from traditional oil paint and […]

Mexican Corn, Pasta And Kale Salad

June 30th, 2022|Our Recipes|

Summer is the height of growing season for us here regionally, and in honor of that we asked Chelsea Streifeneder of Body Be Well Pilates and Nutrition to share with us a healthy, delicious, and (somewhat) local recipe that is perfect for those summer barbecues. Enjoy!

It has been so busy lately and I feel like there is […]

When The Family’s Away…

June 29th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Mom, Dad, and Ellie just took a trip to Iceland; purrimarly to visit family. Surpurrise surpurrise, they left me home alone fur an entire week with the exception of a daily visit furrom Nana around suppurr time.

I’m usually on my very best behavior when I’m home alone. I try to be mindful of the amount of fur I leave […]

Red Jacket Farm in Roxbury, CT

June 28th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Country compound and equestrian property. Set on 20.14± acres, this magnificent property includes the modern shingle-style main residence, heated infinity pool and spa, bath house, guest cottage, cottage, studio, horse barn, trout pond, 2 brooks, rolling lawns, pastures and paddocks. The main residence is a c1747 Georgian moved to property and rebuilt in 1991 and spacious […]

B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching

June 27th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|

It’s not your typical summer fare. “B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching” currently on the Larry Vaber Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Stage in Stockbridge has intriguing music, engrossing visuals, superb acting and a grip on the audience that lasts well past a thunderous curtain call into the Berkshire evening. It is not, however, light, breezy, escapist or […]

Wine of the Week(end)

June 24th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Summer is upon us and it’s the perfect season for sangria. There are many premade sangrias that can simply be chilled and served over ice. Super easy and convenient. You can then add whatever you want to make it extra fun – fresh fruit, additional fruit juice, a splash of brandy or triple sec, even seltzer or […]


June 23rd, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]

Becoming A Purrfessional

June 22nd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

This might come as surpurrise to some of you; but I feel like it’s time to finally come clean and tell the truth now that we’re 146 posts in. I’m not really a writer, nor do claim to be or think this would be the purrfect purrofession fur me. In between catnaps recently, I’ve been giving it […]

Come Home to Peace and Harmony

June 20th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

27 North Mountain Road, Copake Falls, NYMLS # 142414

This magnificent property boasts some of the finest Charming 1890’s Victorian farmhouse with two-story barn (w/horse fencing) on 5+/- acres with the Taconic State Park/Bash Bish Falls (i.e. walking distance to hiking trails, swimming & thousands of acres of protected land). Just steps away. […]


June 17th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]

Looking at Analog Mastered on Main Street

June 17th, 2022|WOTS|

In a world where we can access any part of the planet from a computer in our pocket, what does it mean to be “of a place”? For winemakers, this is “terroir,” the ultimate expression of not just a region, but even a particular plot of land and the micro and macro influences on the grapes that […]

Father’s Day

June 16th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Father’s Day is Sunday, and that calls for something special.

If you’ll be gathered around the grill and are looking for a wine that will pair perfectly with beef and that will have Dad saying, “Hey, wow, who brought this wine?” then here’s my recommendation:

Robert Mondavi’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet […]

The Man. The Myth. The Cat Dad Legend

June 15th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

So what if this isn’t the most flattering picture of Dad and I? It just so happens to be one of my favfurrites. Clearly we go way back. The only thing that’s noticeably diffurrent is the amount of white hairs we both have thirteen years later. Regardless of how we look and how old we are now, […]

260 E Canaan Rd, East Canaan, CT

June 13th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

2 Units, 0.28 Acres, Commercial Zoning
MLS: 170414932
First time on the market! Prime Commercial building that has been the home of an antique store for many years. Located directly on Route 44, this building has a large, spacious 2nd floor apartment for additional income. First floor includes a kitchen and full bath – potential to convert back to […]

Explore Anywhere!

June 13th, 2022|Main Street|

It’s time to get outside and support the Housatonic River Watershed with Explore-a-thon

The Housatonic Valley Association’s (HVA) Explore-a-thon event invites outdoors enthusiasts, families, friends, community members, and anyone who loves nature to participate in its inaugural Explore-a-thon—a month-long, virtual fundraising event that kicked off June 1 and lasts the entire month.

Explore-a-thon encourages people to explore any part of the […]


June 10th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]

Bad Timing

June 8th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Hopefully I’m not interrupting you right meow, but to err on the side of caution, I’ll make this post short and sweet.

You know when you’re out to eat and you’ve just taken a bite of your delicious meal when all of a sudden the waiter comes over to ask how everything is.

Talk about bad timing, right?

All you can […]

Picture Perfect Estate in Washington, CT

June 6th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

One of the Most Admired Homes in Washington CT. Ultra Top Location on Quiet Secondary Town Road. Picture Perfect Estate with Meticulous Main House, Converted Barn Guest House, Pool & Pool House. Set on 11+ Flat, Useable & Manicured Acres Dotted with Fruit Trees & Mature Gardens. First Time to the Market in Over 30 Years. […]


June 3rd, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]

Sun Bummin’

June 1st, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Memorial Day seems to be the unofficial kick-off to summer and when the fashion police lift the unwritten laws on being able to wear white again. Such a weird rule if you ask me. I wear white all year round and no one evfurr says anything about my attire. But as my Mom has always taught me, […]

Top Gun: Maverick

May 31st, 2022|Movie Reviews|

TOP GUN: MAVERICK!. Tom Cruise! Adrenaline pumping fighter jet sequences! Screaming motorcycles! Jennifer Connelly! Val Kilmer!. That’s apparently all need one recite to fill movie theaters for the first time in years.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is here. It’s out. And the cash registers across America’s challenged web of cinematic shrines are ringing. The nicest part of that affirmation […]

Keeping the Faith

May 28th, 2022|Author Profiles|

Within the last few years, many of us have experienced challenging times. With the arrival of the pandemic, we’ve all faced varying amounts of uncertainty, fear, and the effects of isolation. Many of us were overburdened as we juggled our jobs and the demands of family life during a time of remote work and home schooling. As […]


May 28th, 2022|Home & Garden|

As an English native who ended up gardening in the New England entirely by mistake, my gripping about the length of the gardening season here knows no bounds. I will bore anyone with ears about it. However, the one silver lining to enduring our interminable winters here to then be slapped with an utterly miserable cold and […]

Southern New England by Contrast

May 28th, 2022|Our Environment|

This is a beautiful part of the country, it really is. At least once a week, a certain slant of light or the fleeting glimpse of a fox reminds me how lucky we are to live amidst such natural wonders.

But March?

This year, that fifth month of winter nudged me toward a madness that inspired the writers of […]

Curated by the Community

May 28th, 2022|History|

As of 2021, according to statistics from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, little more than 240,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War ll are alive today. Last year marked the 80th anniversary of what President Franklin D. Roosevelt would famously call “a date which will live in infamy.” The Japanese attack on […]

Coloring Our Past

May 28th, 2022|History|

Last school year, our Searching for Slavery class was encouraged to explore ways to authentically share our work with the community. The idea of a public event appealed to us.

Fast forward to this year, nine community schools – public and independent, middle, and high school – gathered on April 28 and 29 at Troutbeck in Amenia, NY, […]

Balancing Change and Tradition

May 28th, 2022|Profile|

There’s a whirlpool of change currently swirling around the communities of the Hudson Valley and the neighboring townships of Berkshire and Litchfield counties. The events of the past two years have taken what was only recently a noticeable but measured trot from tradition to change in our area and has accelerated at a confusing pace thanks to […]

Getting into the Swing of Golf

May 28th, 2022|Sports|

Sometimes the Universe aligns in a particular way and propels you in a new direction. So it has been with me and golf. Friends applying positive peer pressure, a membership special at Canaan Country Club in Canaan, CT, and the discovery of a brand-new unboxed set of golf clubs. They had lain dormant in our garage attic […]

Second Saturday

May 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

In the hills of Connecticut’s Litchfield County is Kent Barns – a sprawling complex of antique barns that are home to a variety of stylish art galleries, shops, and top-notch eateries. Visitors flock there for Second Saturday – a family-friendly community event, which kicked off May 14 and runs […]

Making All the Difference

May 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

Whenever I see the title for this publication, Main Street Magazine, I think not just of the small businesses on “Main Street,” but of the sidewalks that connect the businesses and are a wonderful place to see familiar faces, be recognized by friends, and meet new acquaintances.

There are many […]

The Renaissance

May 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

To be at the intersection of Railroad and Main Streets in Great Barrington, MA, today is, for people who know the history of the town, like being at the graduation of one’s child from a Master’s Degree program. Thirty years ago, today’s scene was a dream and a plan.

Today, […]

Rising Up

May 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

As things heat up for summer and life continues to feel like it did pre-pandemic, we’ll all be yearning to go out and have some fun. While we’re reveling in our newfound freedom and embracing the summer season, we’ll want to crank up the music and dance. Whether you’re […]

Something is Going On

May 28th, 2022|Real Estate|

What has been happening over the last four years in our area’s real estate markets? This article analyzes sales in the Town of Ancram, NY, since Main Street’s last coverage four years ago to get a market snapshot in just one Columbia County town. (This feature is data intensive. For background on the community you can read […]

June 2022 Recipe – Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

May 28th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Fudge you’re thinkin’? Yes! Fudge for June. When I (Olivia) was down south last year for my stepfather Claude’s funeral, I was looking through his things and came across a fudge recipe. It was written on a yellow, tattered piece of paper with chocolate smudges on it. I have a vague memory of my stepdad making the […]

A Blooming Business

May 28th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The foundation of our local communities are its residents and businesses. We here at Main Street love nothing more than spreading their stories and the mantra of local as well as supporting local. With that in mind, we were excited to have a chance to learn more about Amanda Zick and Margaret (Greta) Anderson of A+M Flower […]

The Big Country Sky

May 28th, 2022|Featured Artist|

Last winter the Dell Eads Reading Room at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT, got some unexpected visitors. Renowned kinetic sculptor, Tim Prentice and his longtime artistic collaborator, Dave Colbert were looking up at the ceiling of the octagonal shaped room, considering the light. Prentice and Colbert were being shown a potential location for […]


May 27th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


The Dutchess County SPCA 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 […]

Memorial Day Festivities

May 26th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

There’s no better way to taste a whole lotta local in one place than to attend the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. Held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY, the festival attracts craft beverage makers from not just the Hudson Valley, but from all over the […]

Misheard Lyrics

May 25th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

As I’ve mentioned purreviously – Mom’s furrst love was music. Regardless if there is actually music playing or not, she’s a singing machine. Not to sound bias, but Mom’s singing voice is American Idol worthy. In fact, I’m purretty sure I inherited my beautiful singing voice (aka purring) furrom her. Mom and I have a few singers […]

Rare Direct Waterfront in Warren, CT

May 24th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Town: Warren, CT
Price: $3,495,000
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4
Style: Modern
Acreage: 1.19 +/- acres
Age: 1987

Rare Direct Waterfront Lake Waramaug 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom Home with Open Kitchen/Living/Dining Area Overlooking the Lake. 1st Floor Master Suite. Screened Porch & Balcony. Finished Walk-out Lower Level. Detached 2-car Garage with Office Above. Level Property to Gorgeous Lakefront. New Dock. Western Views. Must See!

For […]


May 20th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 a Hot Weekend

May 19th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

What? Temperatures in the 90s on Saturday, May 21?! This kind of day calls for a refreshingly cold, dry glass of wine.

The perfect choice is a crisp Chenin Blanc, and a delicious choice is the MAN Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Chenin Blanc is a very versatile grape that can be fashioned into everything from a crisp […]

Sour Then Sweet

May 18th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Evfurryone is entitled to their feelings, right? At least thats what Nana has always said. To put it into purrospective fur you humans, I tend to be like those Sour Patch candies at times. Furrst I’m sour, then I’m sweet. But allow me explain the reasoning behind my most recent cattitude.

Did you guys see the video Mom […]

Main Street Hillsdale

May 16th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

here are a number of special properties within the Hillsdale hamlet and this 3-family home has its place among them. As a 3-family, there are two 2-bedroom apartments and a 1-bedroom. As a conversion back to its original single family home the results could be spectacular.

Proudly sited in the heart of the […]


May 13th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 & […]


May 11th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Fur rather obvious reasons, I nevfurr went to public school; I was home-schooled. That’s not to say I didn’t receive the propurr education. Although the only thing I didn’t learn in my academic career was becoming a big brother – good thing that came naturally to me. It’s mind boggling that four years ago I was preparing […]

Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Event May 14th, 2022

May 11th, 2022|WOTS|

My name is Luis Abramson founder of (CHJI) Cultivating Healing & Justice Initiative Support Services Inc. I would like to extend an invitation to the entire Hudson Valley community to join us in Otisville, for a dynamic community awareness event highlighted with the Mount Sinai, Robert F. Smith Prostate Cancer Screening Mobile Unit. This is the only […]

Apple Lane Farm in Washington, CT

May 9th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Town: Washington, CT
Price: $2,995,000
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3 Full, 2 Half
Style: Colonial
Acreage: 10.2 +/- acres
Age: 1780

Full of history, character, grace and charm from the time of the Revolutionary war thru the Civil War where lore has it that it was part of the Underground Railroad to today Apple Lane Farm has taken its place in Washington as […]


May 6th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you have any questions, please email or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 6 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 PM

Visit AWS Online at[…]


May 4th, 2022|Main Street|

Dubbed the “Northeast’s Garden Event of the Year,” Trade Secrets™ Returns This Year to a New Venue

Lakeville, CT — It’s that time of year again to plan your annual trek to the Litchfield Hills of CT for Trade Secrets™ on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, 2022. Considered the Northeast’s “garden event of the year,” […]

Elegant Hilltop Home With Mountain Views

May 4th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Well-maintained home in move-in condition now available for sale in lovely Lakeville CT. This prime property is on 6+ acres and is quiet, spacious, and private. Sunlight-filled rooms are great entertaining spaces with 2 wood-burning fireplaces, a stone patio, and a fully equipped kitchen. Additional rooms include a Library/Den with built-in bookcases and alcove, a sitting […]

Purrivacy Please!

May 4th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Why is it that humans request, purractically demand, purrivacy when using the facilities? Even Ellie, at the age of three, now requires the door be closed when using the little girls room. (Fun fact Ellie; all purrincesses sit on a throne!)

Purrhaps I was wrong in assuming bathroom breaks were purrime time to catch up on daily conversations. […]

Hillsdale “Meme” Account Takes Off: Lampooning and Laughing Together

May 1st, 2022|Main Street|

Mark Twain once said that humor is the good natured side of a truth. In a time where both seem to have been cast aside in favor of whatever fancies our political discontent, obscure revolutionaries remain. In the small Hamlet of Hillsdale, New York, the typical small town disputes mixed with political lines in the sand have […]

Driven to Lead

April 29th, 2022|Profile|

How do you measure fortitude? It is a unique human attribute in that we all possess some measure of it, yet many of us rarely utilize this internal strength to its fullest potential. Even more poignant is the distinct imbalance between those who must retain fortitude in order to simply move forward in their lives. Hollywood films […]

Moving Heaven

April 29th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Moving is stressful. Upheaval, resurfacing of possessions that trigger memories, deciding what to keep, toss, and donate, guesstimating where the furniture will fit, and finding a mover all contribute to the angst. Even local moves in the same town stir up conflicting emotions and create drama. A recent local move brought all these issues and feelings to […]

The Heart of Cycling Returns

April 29th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The notion of combining tradition with passion is baked into the spirit of the Hudson Valley. The open air, along with the history of our area have made it one of the most attractive destinations in the state. When folks come, they cannot help but linger, and when they linger for long enough, they have a habit […]

All Aboard

April 29th, 2022|Featured Article|

Kingston, NY, is renowned for many things. Most noteworthy, it served as New York’s first capital in 1777. After the Battles of Saratoga, the riverside city was burned by the British on October 16, 1777. In the 19th century, Kingston became an important transport hub after the discovery of […]

Walk This Way

April 29th, 2022|Featured Article|

Tracing history back to the earliest civilizations, people always found ways of traveling from one point to another. Whether it was by walking, traveling by horseback, or via a car, boat, train, or plane, people have always been on the move.

In the same way that former lighthouses have been […]

True Believer

April 29th, 2022|Featured Article|

One can hear the energy and the excitement when Torsten Gross talks about his newest adventure. The Just Hands Racing Foundation is the latest in a string of challenging endeavors that has marked the very full life of Torsten. He is a true believer, 100% committed to this intriguing […]

Getting into the Flow

April 29th, 2022|Featured Article|

When interscholastic sports first appeared, it was in the form of school organizations that reached out to neighboring schools in the manner of colleges and universities. Track and field, baseball, and football clubs eventually became teams, which in turn spawned leagues, divisions, state championships, and cottage industries of coaches […]

The Down and Dirty

April 29th, 2022|Real Estate|

Many thanks to all of those who have shared their experience with dirt roads for this article including real estate agents, people who live on dirt roads, highway superintendents, town supervisors, first selectmen, and scientists. As usual, what I thought might be a clear conclusion about the impact of a dirt roads on real estate values, turned […]

May 2022 Recipe – Apple Pie Enchiladas

April 29th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

We first made this recipe years ago when there was some sort of celebration in a Spanish class. My kids were always bringing something into school for some function or another and it was always brought upon me at the last minute to whip something up for them to share. We always had apples on hand as […]

A Building Not Set in Stone

April 29th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The past few years have proved to be a time like no other for everyone around the globe – and businesses were effected in every which way, too. There were many businesses that struggled due to Covid, while others flourished. This can be said on a global scale and certainly at a local scale, as we all […]

Surrounded by Imagination

April 29th, 2022|Featured Artist|

There’s a certain inexplicability that comes with properly capturing a moment, scene or feeling. Perhaps that’s why the elusive action is so closely associated with the great artist. To funnel the world as it exists through the imagination, molded there into something that others connect with on a level even they cannot articulate.

That, perhaps, is what the […]

Historic Village Space Hosts Ukranian Fundraising Efforts

April 28th, 2022|WOTS|

As the war in Ukraine grows longer and more terrible with each passing day, efforts to support the war-torn country here in the states have become more passionate than ever. In the Village of Millerton, NY, residents and businesses have become familiar with the fervent humanitarian efforts of Polish-born André Wlodar and his wife Kim Schmidt-Wlodar. Since […]

A New Breed of Shark

April 27th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Baby sharks, Mommy sharks, Daddy sharks – that’s the extent of my knowledge on sharks (thanks to Ellie). So when Mom announced with excitement her Shark had arrived, I had no idea what to expect, but it is in my cat DNA to be curious.

I sat and watched as Mom carefully opened a box to a new […]

Easter Review

April 20th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Top of the afternoon to ya! (Sorry, my Mom’s ridiculous fake British accent is contagious!) I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I tried staying awake to catch a glimpse of the rabbit, but as the saying goes, he was ‘quick like a bunny!’ Better luck next year I guess.

The Easter Bunny outdid himself again this […]

Dream Land

April 13th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Mom, Dad, and Ellie had their furrst weekend getaway of the year this past weekend and left me to my own devices. I had no one to talk to, no one to play with, and no one to give the stink eye to when swooping in for a kiss. With so much time on my paws and […]

Giving Life to your Backyard

April 12th, 2022|Our Environment|

When I began my journey into wildlife photography about ten years ago, I was assuming I was entering into a field in which I’d have a new way to create beautiful photographs. Although this turned out to be true, I quickly realized there was so much more.  With each subject I captured, I returned home with my […]

Wonderful Period Home in Goshen, CT

April 11th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Town: Goshen, CT
Price: $1,095,000
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2/1
Style: Colonial
Acreage: 10. +/- acres
Age: 1850

Truly Wonderful Period Home Set on 10±Acres. Very Livable 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Colonial. All the Right Rooms Including: Instagramable Kitchen with Enviable Garland Stove, Built-in Banquet & Butler’s Pantry; Commodious Dining Room with Fireplace; Welcoming Living Room with Fireplace; Sun Room with Woodstove; Library […]


April 8th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 & […]

The Twenty-Furrst Century

April 6th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

You guys purrobably won’t believe me when I tell you we just got Internet at our house after living there fur four, almost five years. No, I’m not kitten. And no we don’t live under a rock. Purrhaps I should refurrase that. We’ve had very little internet service at our house; basically dial-up speed. We seem to […]

A Vegan Journey

March 30th, 2022|Wellness|

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on animals involved. For whatever reason, we are now asking the question: “Why should animals have rights?”  Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA

Veganism is a philosophy of living that seeks to exclude the exploitation of […]

Ways You Can Help Mother Earth

March 30th, 2022|Our Environment|

When we think of the challenges that the Earth faces – and let’s be honest, most of them are man-made – it seems at times to be an uphill battle to turn it all around. But we quickly saw at the start of Covid how cities that once had been smog-filled had clean air within a few […]

Climate Smart Communities

March 30th, 2022|Our Environment|

In an age of heightened climate consciousness, where political leaders and corporate enterprises have begun to feel the pressure of concerned citizens and scientists regarding the health of the planet, grassroot volunteerism has sprung up across communities everywhere. Residents in cities and towns across the country are coming together to identify and respond to the impacts of […]

Going Home Again

March 30th, 2022|Profile|

There’s a groundswell taking place within our snug corner on the edge of the New England corridor that, despite feeling overwhelmingly personal for our area, holds a mirror up to an entire nation feeling the anxiety of living affordably. Months into the unexpected era of pandemic lockdowns, families who had been working in the upscale neighborhoods of […]

Green Ideas for Gift Giving

March 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

As we embrace spring, we revel in the freedom that emerges with the arrival of warmer weather. With the darkest days of the pandemic hopefully behind us, we’re all anticipating more gatherings, parties, and celebrations. Of course, many of these occasions call for gift-giving – bestowing someone with that […]

Speaking for the Trees

March 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

We have a long, and at times, turbulent history with the trees and forests that inhabit our vast landscape. Even before Europeans sailed across the Atlantic in a vain attempt to tame the “pristine wilderness” of the New World, humans were utilizing American forests to help support their way […]

Let’s get started in the Garden

March 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

Hello, gardening enthusiasts! Welcome to April, the month to start getting serious about what you hope to grow this season. Whether your plot is several acres, some select beds, or even select containers on a patio, you can start dreaming and scheming now. And what better way than with […]

Going Carbon Neutral

March 30th, 2022|Featured Article|

Carbon neutrality sounds like an impossible goal, doesn’t it? The answer turns out to depend a great deal on where you live. It isn’t that hard if you happen to live in upstate New York. That’s because one of upstate New York’s best kept secrets is that it has […]


March 30th, 2022|Real Estate|

I thought some guidelines existed to estimate the dollar value of wetland properties when I began to research the impact of swampy land on real estate values for this April’s environmental issue. After talking to assessors, buyers of wetlands, owners of wetlands, environmental regulators, appraisers, land trusts, and realtors in Columbia, Dutchess, and Litchfield counties, I discovered […]

April 2022 Recipe – Sugar Cookie Cups

March 30th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Soft, sugar cookie base, creamy vanilla custard middle, and chocolate ganache topping! Who could resist these little bite sized delightful treats? These cookies seem like they require a lot of steps, but they really don’t. The cookies themselves come together in just minutes with minimal ingredients. The custard just takes patience, and the ganache is super simple […]

A Lifestyle Fusion

March 30th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

The concept of what “home” means to people might be the most broadly defined word in modern language. Mostly because the idea of a home is so intrinsically tied to other core human values – family, personality, even morality. For interior designer Abigail Horace, owner of Casa Marcelo, throw in a bit of chaos and uncertainty in […]

Simply Extraordinary

March 30th, 2022|Featured Artist|

Stephen Green-Armytage offers a most profound perspective on life, his career and the advice he would give to young would-be photographers. “You don’t always know what there is to learn until you learn it.”

That may be a spin on the traditional, “I don’t know what I don’t know…” but the hunger to learn, to experience and to […]

Reynolds Asset Management nears Completion of Stissing Farm Townhomes

March 30th, 2022|WOTS|

The New Jersey-based real estate investment firm Reynolds Asset Management (Reynolds) announced that it is nearing completion of the first 10 of its 38 planned residences on the Stissing Farms Townhomes property. With a total of 48 townhomes planned for the community, Reynolds’ move to bring the units to market will mark the first time that new […]

Many Pants

March 30th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

I’ve nevfurr quite understood how humans could wear “many hats” when in fact I’ve nevfurr seen anyone wear more than one at a time, or, none at all. Take Mom fur example. It’s a supurr rare occasion she actually wears a hat. It really only happens when temps reach sub zero or she’s going fur a convertible […]

Berkshire Food Co-op Announces New Manager

March 28th, 2022|Main Street|

The Berkshire Food Co-op has announced Jessica Bosworth as their new general manager. Jessica brings over 20 years of grocery, leadership and management skills to the table and has already rolled up her sleeves ready to lead. Previously serving as the center store manager, she’s overseen steady growth in her departments and is ready to bring that […]

Gorgeous Lake House – New Construction

March 28th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Stunning Lakehouse is newly constructed with all high-end finishes and central air. This lakefront home on Indian Lake offers abundant sunshine and amazing sunsets throughout the open floor plan to the kitchen, dining, and living room. The kitchen boasts all high-end appliances with lots of storage. Completing the first floor is a luxurious full bath and […]


March 25th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 354-1350
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals – we are not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you have any questions, please email or call the Shelter.

Appointment hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 11 AM – 6 PM
Wed- Saturday 11 AM – 2 PM

Visit AWS Online at[…]

Molinaro and Pulver Propose Cut and Cap of County Sales Tax on Gasoline and Diesel Fuel

March 24th, 2022|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver announced today they are proposing a resolution to the County Legislature to temporarily amend the County’s sales tax calculation on retail sales of motor fuel and diesel motor fuel, capping the amount of sales tax the County collects and offering residents much-needed relief as fuel costs […]

Great Barrington’s Perfect Steakhouse Experience: Number Ten

March 24th, 2022|Main Street, Restaurant Review|

It’s impossible to gauge what makes for a perfect experience of any kind. Such a thing is, in all likelihood, unattainable. However, when a restaurant commits itself to presenting diners with an atmosphere that compliments its menu so seamlessly, it may be as close to perfect as one can get. Thus, Great Barrington’s Number Ten, a steakhouse […]

The Garrison and Processional Arts Workshop Partner with Local Organizations to Announce, Highland Lights

March 23rd, 2022|Main Street|

Together with Processional Arts Workshop, The Garrison will host the first-ever Highland Lights, a celebration of art and nature. Highland Lights invites neighbors to create collaborative works during free public workshops and culminates in a spectacular outdoor procession of lights and lanterns through The Garrison paths.

Founded in 1998, Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) is a nonprofit arts ensemble […]

Spurring Cleaning: Plot Twist

March 23rd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Mom has a real OCD purroblem; no, I’m not talking about the obvious obsessive cat disorder. Our house literally looks like no one lives here because Mom is such a neat furreak. She enforces a strict household rule that when you’re done with something, put to back where it belongs, or else it runs the risk of […]

Sprawling Ranch on 12+ Private Acres

March 22nd, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

327 West Hill Road, New Lebanon.

Country comfort with all the amenities! Private on 12+ acres, located on a back country road w/gorgeous views in every direction, ‘horse country’ as the say. Chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, open living room, office/library with built-ins, 3++ bedrooms, 2++ bathrooms, radiant heat, hardwood floors throughout, MBR […]

The Stissing Center Presents THE VILLAGE CIDIOT Sunday, March 27th

March 21st, 2022|Main Street|

THE VILLAGE CIDIOT, a comedic solo show about a city dweller trying to adapt to rural living, presented by The Stissing Center and Oblong Books on will take center stage Sunday, March 27, at 3PM as part of the Local Produce Reader’s Series.

THE VILLAGE CIDIOT is touted as the ultimate fish-out-of-water story. After losing her job and […]

Bachelor Nation

March 16th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Mom has been watching The Bachelor since the shows inception 20 years ago (sorry fur aging you, ma). She’s purrobably the one who started Bachelor Nation she’s such a fan of the show. By default, purrimarily because I’m the only one who’s willing to watch each season as hopeless romantics take their journey to find love, I’ve […]

Town Partners with Renegades, Little League to Benefit Food Pantry

March 16th, 2022|WOTS|

The Town of Fishkill has announced a partnership with the Hudson Valley Renegades and Fishkill Little League to benefit the Fishkill Food Pantry, the largest food pantry serving southern Dutchess County.

The partnership, called Fishkill Serves, was announced Monday at Dutchess Stadium, the result of a coalition kickstarted by Councilman Brian Wrye, the town’s official liaison to the […]

A Tuscan Weekend

March 15th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Wouldn’t it be nice to be in Tuscany, Italy, this weekend?

A quick way to get there is with a Tuscan “stay-cation.” Cue up movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, A Room with a View, House of Gucci (or so many others); check out all the YouTube videos about Tuscany and its sites and culture, including wine; prepare […]


March 14th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 and Music

March 10th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

March can feel endlessly gray, so it helps to load it with bright spots when and where you can.

Wine counts! So does live music.

Put them together and you have a soul-lifting, sunshiny day no matter the weather. Milea Estate Vineyard in Staatsburg offers delicious wines across the board, from a lovely Chardonnay to a juicy Cab Franc […]

Dr. Otis

March 9th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

We’ve all heard the saying “sharing is caring”. Well, Dad took this quite literally when he came home a couple weeks ago with the common cold, which he promptly gave to Ellie. Poor kid was down and out fur a few days, but then bounced back after sharing the cold with Mom.

Mom sure knows how to make […]

Hilltop Colonial in Sharon, CT

March 7th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Town: Sharon, CT
Price: $1,995,000
Rooms: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3 Full, 1 Half
Style: Colonial
Acreage: 7.28 +/- acres
Age: 1989

Hilltop Colonial with Views, Pool & Cottage. This 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Home is Perched High with Wonderful Distant Southern Views. 2 Separate Parcels Totaling 7+ Acres. Super Quiet & Private Yet 6-7 Minutes to Village. Large Living Room with Fireplace. Welcoming […]

Local Volunteer Rallies Support for Ukraine

March 4th, 2022|WOTS|

For Millerton, NY resident Andrzej Wlodarczyk, time is of the essence. Over the course of one week, the Polish immigrant has gone from enjoying the prospect of Spring in the Hudson Valley, to finding himself in the center of an urgent humanitarian effort. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week, many in the West […]

Mulled Wine

March 3rd, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Watching the snow fall if you’re safe and warm inside is a special kind of magic. Getting out to shovel or clear it is a special kind of punishment. Coming back inside from snow removal is cause for reward, and here’s just the ticket: mulled wine.

Besides the great taste and the delightful warmth of this special drink […]

My Balding Belly

March 2nd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

You’re purrobably wondering why I’m spread eagle. Quite frankly, so am I. I can purromise you I’m not going into purrnography, I’d much rather model my handsome pants!

Ya see, Mom noticed my fur disappearing furrom my belly a couple weeks ago and became instantly paranoid about my balding belly. In true Mom fashion, she has to document […]


February 28th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Cyrano, I Love You

Those were the words that Peter Dinklage, title character in this brilliant interpretation of Edmond Rostand’s 19th Century play was longing to hear.  It took over two hours of sword fighting, soul searching songs, engaging choreography, consuming visual settings and a tour de force by a cast of beautifully matched actors re-framing the long […]

The Simple Joys

February 25th, 2022|Featured Article|

The reviews are in. The critics have spoken. And, the crowds have responded by making their way to Le Gamin, the pleasant French restaurant in Sharon, CT. Robert Arbor … owner and chef at Le Gamin Studio Agraire could not be more pleased. “The customers have been most kind,” […]

The Peregrine

February 25th, 2022|Featured Article|

I hope this finds you in a quiet place: the armchair by the window, a glass of cabernet at your elbow. Or under a baffle of comforters, with the bed stand lamp the only light on in the house. I’d even take a bathroom, so long as it isn’t […]

Future Farmers of America

February 25th, 2022|Featured Article|

In the January issue of Main Street Magazine Dutchess County Legislator, Gregg Pulver, indicated that the FFA organization (Future Farmers of America) played a crucial role in his development as a leader. We hear of the “farm-to-table” movement, the desire for fresh/local food and the need for local farms […]

Organic Farming in Hudson

February 25th, 2022|Featured Article|

Hudson, NY, also renowned as “Upstate’s Favorite Downtown” is a riverside town that is home to 7,000 diverse residents. Its urban center boasts over 300 independently-owned shops, bars, bakeries, and restaurants. Its burgeoning new economy is rooted in food, the arts, and culture.

In 2014, Letterbox Farm, a collectively-owned and operated […]

Real Estate Has Gone to the Dogs

February 25th, 2022|Real Estate|

The real estate market isn’t the only home-related business that is currently exploding. With the pet industry nearing 50 billion dollars, homeowners are always looking for a way to make their pets more comfortable. For their part, dog owners are willing to go the extra mile to protect man’s best friend from the backyard’s outdoor elements. As […]

March 2022 Recipe – Deep dish chocolate peanut butter cookies

February 25th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Deep dish chocolate peanut butter cookies – for two!

We know Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but here we are with a dessert for two! How many nights are you snuggled into the couch, having finished dinner and dishes but you’re left wishing you had something sweet?  You don’t feel like making an entire batch of cookies […]

Bird Man – Thomas JV Cullen IV of TC Management and Falcon Excursions, Goshen, NY

February 25th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

You and your father are nationally known as falconry experts. How do you describe your unusual business?

Simply put, our business is birds of prey. Our activities center around breeding falcons, owls, hawks, and eagles primarily for zoos and educators; wild bird control using birds of prey; and, through Falconry Excursions, introducing people to these wild birds – […]

Meet Patricia Powers, Artist

February 25th, 2022|Featured Artist|

True confession: When I first saw Patricia Powers’s paintings – giant canvases celebrating the beauty and majesty of the horse – my heart skipped a beat. Not just because the work was so powerful and immediate; not just because I, too, have a passion for horses that goes way back; not just because I was enjoying getting […]

Inner Vision

February 25th, 2022|Featured Artist|

“To the artist, from Santa.” KK Kozik has fond memories of a childhood  punctuated by that Christmas morning when none other than venerable Saint Nick validated the sensitivity she had to form, color, and things beautiful. She had been recognized as an artist. The package contained supplies that have informed her remarkable career.

Born to parents who were […]


February 24th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 or call the Shelter.

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

Local Leaders Seek Changes to Bail Reform Legislation, Discovery Rules to Protect County Residents.

February 24th, 2022|WOTS|

Citing an increase in crime over the past year and the need to protect Dutchess County residents, County Executive Marc Molinaro and Acting Sheriff Kirk Imperati were joined Wednesday by New York State Senator Sue Serino, County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver, County Legislator Mike Polasek and law enforcement officials at the Dutchess County Law Enforcement Center in […]

My Furrst Picnic

February 23rd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

I have a purretty strict diet. Mainly due to my considerly small palette that only consists of turkey, wet food, dry food, pawty-mix, and occasionally a pinch of catnip. Ellie enjoys whipping up some interesting entrées from her kitchen set on a regular basis. So when she invited me to join her for a picnic I figured […]

Prostate Cancer Support Group Launches in Hudson Valley

February 23rd, 2022|Main Street|

The Premier Cares Foundation has announced the launch of a Hudson Valley prostate cancer support group. The first meeting of this group will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Premier Urology at Eastdale Village in Poughkeepsie, NY. These groups are planned to occur several times throughout the year and will always be […]

Staff Shortages Create Unease for Public Schools

February 23rd, 2022|WOTS|

The month of January has meant something different for society over the past two years. Traditionally, the New Year celebration includes genial notions of health, happiness and career ambitions for many. Recently, geniality has been replaced by a greater sense of desperate hope. Thus far, 2022 has been no different as widespread anxieties continue to rise over […]

Norfolk Road, East Canaan

February 21st, 2022|Deal of the Week|

336 Norfolk RoadEast Canaan, CT 06024

One Family & Multi-Family Property Ranch

5 bedroom 2 full & 2 half bathrooms1.30 Acres 3,810 Square Feet

MLS #: 170464081$479,000

Extremely unique property with two separate, attached homes with their own private driveway entrance. The “West” home includes three attached garages with walk up attic storage and additional workshop space, three bedrooms, […]

Revisiting Slavery in Columbia County

February 21st, 2022|History, Main Street|

It’s February, Black History Month, and we’ve revisited and updated our 2021 post about slavery in the Hudson Valley. New sources helped us to better understand not just how widespread and tenacious the institution of slavery was in the Hudson Valley, but also to appreciate the magnitude of the struggle for freedom fought by those held in […]

Pleasant Valley Man Rescued from Apartment Fire

February 17th, 2022|WOTS|

Early Wednseday morning the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Pleasant Valley Fire Department at the scene of a reported structure fire with an occupant trapped at the Country Commons Apartments located at 216 West Road in the Town of Pleasant Valley. The first arriving sheriff’s deputies reported smoke showing from the apartment and the […]

She Loves Me

February 16th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

I always love updating you all, but I’m going to keep this week’s post short and sweet. 

Nevfurr have I evfurr understood the point of Valentine’s Day. Shouldn’t you show your love all 365 days of the year? Mom has mastered this concept. She’s constantly telling everyone how much she loves us a million times […]

Millbrook Community Partnership Receives $554,000 County Grant to Help Convert Bennett Campus into Community Park

February 15th, 2022|WOTS|

Park Expected to Open in Late 2022

The Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) is pleased to announce that it has has received a $554,000 grant from Dutchess County’s Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) towards converting the deteriorated Bennett College campus into a community park.

Demolition of the old campus, located at the southern gateway to the Village of Millbrook, was […]

It’s Complicated … And So Is Love

February 14th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Death on the Nile

The film may not be “perfect” in the aggrandized Hollywood critical sense, but it is an engaging, entertaining, challenging, beautifully presented film. And that, we would opine, is why we go to the movies in the first place. We want to be entertained. We want to be diverted. We want to think of something […]

Local Youths Deliver Special Valentine’s Treats to Seniors

February 14th, 2022|Main Street|

For most, Valentine’s Day represents the romantic expression of young love. The annual tradition usually brings with it the delivery of cards, chocolates or flowers between young couples who feel the need to express their unrequited love for their partner. For two young Millerton, NY, residents, Jai Ferguson and Nicholas Coburn, love means a bit […]

I’ve Got…Mail

February 9th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Retrieving the mail is a team effort in our household, but Mom is always the one sifting through determining what needs to be addressed (pun intended) and what is deemed as junk mail. Most mail is fur Mom and Dad, occasionally fur Ellie. I almost always nevfurr receive mail; that is, until yesterday. 

Mom excitedly […]

Love and Frustration … thy Name is OSCAR

February 9th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

It seems that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences love to fool moviegoers every year. The nominations for this year’s OSCARs provided the Academy with several opportunities to confuse … and they did not disappoint.

For most filmgoers, the real battle is for Best Picture … with the list of contenders seven strong, as opposed to […]

Molinaro Calls on Governor for Investigation ahead of Mask Mandate Annoucement

February 9th, 2022|WOTS|

On Wednesday Governor Kathy Hochul is expected to announce the expiration of New York’s mask mandate for businesses across the state. On Tuesday, the Governor said she had become comfortable with the latest data that showed “bed capacity at hospitals had improved and the statewide positivity rate was at about 4 percent, down from a peak of […]

Bronson Mountain in Roxbury, CT

February 7th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

Town: Roxbury, CT
Price: $2,400,000
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4/2
Style: Shingle-Style
Acreage: 42 +/- acres
Age: 2005

Stunning shingle-style architectural masterpiece on 42± acres. Beautiful open spaces are designed and detailed for fine country living. This home has five bedrooms, six baths, and four fireplaces. Award-winning infinity pool and spa overlook the professionally designed landscape with natural wooded land as its backdrop. […]

Author, Television Host, to Discuss New Book

February 3rd, 2022|Main Street|

Lisa Steele, author of the Fresh Eggs Daily blog and television host, will discuss her new book, The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook, in conversation with Bruce Weinstein on Zoom on Thursday, March 3 at 7 pm

The Hotchkiss Library, in collaboration with the Essex Public Library and the Darien Public Library, will host the “Queen of the Coop” […]


February 3rd, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

I’ve let the cat out of the bag before; Mom snaps 1,473 photos of Ellie and I in the hopes of that one purrfect photo for social media. You’re purrobably wondering what happens to the remaining 1,472 images? They stay on her phone, clogging up her storage. Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you are […]

Lessons in Achieving Longevity

January 28th, 2022|Wellness|

As we age, we yearn to remain healthy and retain our quality of life. Many believe that age is just a number, and that people are only as old as they feel.

Age doesn’t hinder some from pursuing an education, exploring an interest, or even engaging in an extreme sport. In celebration of his 90th birthday, the late President […]

Blue Moon

January 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

The night required a couple layers of wool but no headlamp. As I stepped down from my truck at the Undermountain Trailhead in Salisbury, CT, a row of pines stood before me like a curtain, awash in moonlight, blue and bare like a Hopper painting, though no work of […]

Are You a Sexy Senior?

January 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

It’s February and that means Valentine’s Day. In case you hadn’t noticed, the grocery store shelves cleared out Christmas and started stocking Valentine’s candy on January 1. Geez. Even if you want to, there’s no escaping Valentine’s Day.

What do we really want?

As adults, what do we really want on […]

Volunteering – Why Doing Good Is Good for You

January 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

Volunteerism is the engine that makes many of our communities run. Look around your town, and you’ll see what I mean. From houses of worship, fire and ambulance services, food pantries and soup kitchens, libraries, environment and conservation efforts, and social service agencies, lives are enhanced and needs are […]

A Full Life

January 28th, 2022|Featured Article|

For those of us who have grown up tucked within the congenial fabric of rural life, that which breeds the kind of familiarity whose beauty is only rivaled by the backdrop of our beloved local landscape, there are those figures who feel as though they can simply never leave […]

The Houses of Tudor

January 28th, 2022|Real Estate|

Tudor Revival-style houses capture the imagination. They are dramatic whether it’s a Snow White cottage, or Jay Gatsby’s mansion. These picturesque buildings with a distinctive architectural style stand out amongst the colonial, federal, Victorian, split levels, and farmhouses that crowd our region’s villages and roads. “Tudor” commands our attention and for this Main Street issue we look […]

February 2022 Recipe – Oreo Truffles

January 28th, 2022|Baking with Olivia and Caroline|

Valentine’s Day is this month, and we suggest you take notes. Food is, in fact, the way to one’s heart. Say “no thanks” to materialism and consumerism this holiday and whip up a batch of these for your sweetheart! Or just for you; treat yo-self. Oreo Truffles are quick to make, and no baking is required. All […]

Mountainside Cafe

January 28th, 2022|Monthly Entrepreneur|

It’s a modest place, tucked away on Route 7 South in Falls Village, CT. Clean white building, ample parking with overflow across the road, a simple sign and a warm welcome. Mountainside Café is one of those unique places where the community inside the building welcomes and builds the community outside the building. During the seemingly endless […]

A Writer Writes and Gives Back

January 28th, 2022|Featured Artist|

“Thank you, Mrs. Smith.”

Sally Cook is quick to give credit to the second grade teacher at Crystal Springs Elementary School in Roanoke, VA, who offered the decisive bit of inspiration that set her on the career trajectory of being a widely published and eagerly applauded author.

“It was Mrs. Smith who not only encouraged me to read … […]


January 28th, 2022|Shelter Pet of the Week|


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 & […]

The Hillsdale Family That Put A Man On The Moon

January 26th, 2022|History|

Sometimes a topic for a blog post comes to us through sheer luck. This happened recently, when we received an inquiry from Lance Fromm, an Andover, MA antiques dealer.

“Hello … I have come across a walking-stick with a silver engraved cap on top that reads ‘J. B. Collin Hillsdale NY.’ A Google search for that […]

Loved Ones

January 26th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Fur rather obvious reasons, I don’t get out much, but that doesn’t stop me furrom keeping in touch with my family across the miles (as my great-grammy would say). Thank goodness fur modern day technology replacing car rides.

Fur those of you who don’t know, my great-grandpurrents live in Vermont, purractically a toy mousy’s throw away […]

Simple and Affordable

January 26th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

I went looking for a simple, affordable wine that would give me a good vibe and also (hopefully) some good flavor.

I went with farmhouse (lower case intentional). For less than $12, this California red has a lovely label with a block-print design of a farmhouse stamped against a brown-paper background the the words, “trust in nature, trust […]

Concerned Citizens Rally Against Tree Removal at Housatonic Meadows

January 25th, 2022|WOTS|

As Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) pushes forward with plans to cut down centuries-old trees at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon, CT, concerned citizens and public officials are raising questions about the decision-making process that has already allowed for some 200 to be felled.

On Tuesday, January 13, State Sen. Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) and […]

Molinaro Announces 490 Acres Land Protected through Partnership for Manageable Growth

January 24th, 2022|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today announced Dutchess County’s Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Program will provide more than $2.2 million to permanently protect four farms, preserving working agricultural land, and assist a community organization in converting the deteriorated former Bennett College property into a new community park.

County Executive Molinaro said, […]

Being…Simply the Best

January 21st, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Being the Ricardos

Luci and Desi. They were giants. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. They are legends. Aaron Sorkin. He’s an undisputed genius. Add together, mix well and roll out onto the screen as Being the Ricardos and the recipe holds up from start to two hour and five minute finish.

It’s highly unlikely that many of us saw […]

A Wine for the Winter Blues

January 21st, 2022|Wine of the Week|

It’s cold, it’s January, and everyone’s in a funk.

Here’s a wine to go with the mood – and uplift it, for sure. It’s a Chilean red blend called The Seeker.

It’s made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah, so it’s almost a Bordeaux blend (Cab/Merlot), which is hearty yet smooth, but with a nice […]

Purrince Otis Joe

January 19th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

As I’ve purrobably hinted at before, Ellie and I have become purretty close. She’s the kid sister I nevfurr knew I needed—there, I said it!

This the blossoming purrother and sister relationship means sharing toasted butter bagels fur breakfast. So why do I get in trouble fur having a little taste? This morning Mom went through the trouble […]

A Big Slice of “Licorice Pizza”

January 16th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director (read “auteur”) of “Licorice Pizza” has a fondness of Los Angeles that infuses every scene of his latest film.  It’s 1973 in the San Fernando Valley – that vast string of bedroom communities north of the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive.  During the 2 hours and 13 minutes of this “coming […]

Millerton Antiques Center’s 6th Annual Red Tag Sale

January 14th, 2022|Main Streets Presents|

Now entering its sixth year, the Millerton Antique Center and its hive of skilled antique vendors will once again host the annual Red Tag Sale beginning Saturday, January 15 and running throughout the month of January into February. The annual sale will house deals for shoppers and antiquarians alike. “It is a once-a-year opportunity for dealers […]

Drive-Thru Food Pantry Keeps Hope Alive for Area Residents

January 14th, 2022|Main Street|

The past two years and the massive changes they have brought with them have forced many to reconsider how they view and interact with the communities around them. Coworkers, employees and even local members of government have adapted to unforseen challenges. Despite the volitility, community-based initiatives remain steadfast in their desire to help neighbors in need. In […]

To France in a Bottle

January 13th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Some wines are worth exploring if they call to you for some reason. Like the Domaine Chanson 2018 Vire-Clesse from France.

When I spotted this wine at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse, I was immediately intrigued. I discovered Vire-Clesse is a part of the Macon region of Burgundy, home to world-class Chardonnay. I also discovered this wine […]

Roe Jan Brewing Receives State Historic Preservation Award

January 13th, 2022|History, WOTS|

The Roe Jan Brewing Co., one of Hillsdale’s newer businesses, located in one of the older commercial buildings in the town, has been awarded a 2021 New York State Preservation Award by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Roe Jan Brewing is one of nine projects in the state recognized for their efforts […]


January 12th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

It seems as though you humans insist upon leaving the house in order to pampurr yourselves. For instance; getting your haircut, having your nails done, or a massage at the spa. If you ask me, that just sounds like too much trouble to me to have to leave the comfurrts of  home.

Not to rub it in, but […]

Local Ballet Notables to lead Q&A following Balanchine Documentary at The Moviehouse

January 11th, 2022|Main Street|


The new date is tentatively set for Sunday, April 24, pending confirmation. A new release will be forthcoming as soon as the date is confirmed.


The film In Balachine’s Classroom directed by Connie Hochman will screen on Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 PM at the The Moviehouse, on 48 Main Street, […]

Antique Colonial in Lakeville

January 10th, 2022|Deal of the Week|

441 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

Antique Colonial
4 bedroom
1.5 bathroom
0.51 Acres
1,344 SQ FT
MLS # 170446837
PRICE: $299,900
Well maintained four bedroom home with nice yard and paved driveway. First floor bedroom, large dining area, kitchen, living room and half bath. 2nd floor includes three bedrooms and a full bath. Large covered deck overlooks spacious back yard […]

I’m Feline 22’

January 5th, 2022|The OTIS Feed|

Purrhaps it’s because I’m my mother’s child, but to quote Taylor Swift, “I don’t know about you, but I’m feline 22’!”

Nothing too exciting happened while ringing in the New Year. Ellie and Dad slept right through it all. Purr usual, Mom and I snuggled and watched the ball drop together. Nothing feels more official than listening to […]

Time to Celebrate

December 31st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

It’s time to release 2021 and bring in 2022. Stay positive and be happy with the most celebrated of celebration wines, Champagne!!

An exceptional bottle is Pol Roger Brut. This family-owned company has been making luxury champagne since 1849.

At their site they have underground cellars where the wine is aged, and the low temperature of the deeper cellars […]

Christmas 2021

December 29th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Santa Paws sure was supurr generous this year! It must have been the extra treats I left out for Rudolph and the gang. Despite Mom’s Christmas camouflage décor, another year has gone by of me sleeping right through Santa Paws coming. He sure is sneaky!

I received everything on my […]

Immersed In Nature

December 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

Within the last few decades, technology has certainly kept the pace buzzing. While access to a wealth of information on our phones certainly has its advantages, we’re also continually distracted and interrupted by the constant flow of emails, texts, and phone calls. During our leisure time, we often scroll […]

Reading the Cards

December 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

It’s Sunday, and I’m on a walk and casting about for something to do. A manicure? Nah. Hmmm… what’s this? A drop-in tarot reading? Why not?

I’d been seeing posts about tarot on Instagram and in articles here or there. This year, Dior launched its spring/summer collection with an opulent […]

Make January a Jump-Start

December 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

The holidays are over. The lights will soon be coming down. The dreariness of January, February, March, and – yes – even April looms like a black hole of bah humbug. And yet, this seemingly dreary time of year in our beloved Northeast can be a great gift. A […]

Homegrown Leadership

December 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson once wrote “Agriculture … is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to wealth, good morals and happiness….” and, as he sat overlooking his famous gardens from his home in Monticello, VA, wrote to a friend saying, […]

Area Caregivers Tackle New Era of Challenge

December 28th, 2021|Featured Article|

Exploring the healthcare crisis in 2021 can be compared to taking a treacherous voyage toward the center of the Earth. There are layers upon layers of complex challenges that, despite their sturdy exterior, must be dug through and the closer one gets to the core, the hotter it gets […]

7 Ways to Achieve Your Resolution

December 28th, 2021|Wellness|

So many of us have in the past, or perhaps not-so-distant past, made New Years resolutions. Many of us have probably failed them too (supposedly only about 12% succeed). I hope more of you have succeeded at them than failed though. But there’s also a reason that gym memberships surge in January, and then slowly dwindle off… […]

Building In The Wrong Place

December 28th, 2021|Real Estate|

Real estate buyers frequently tell me that the house that fits their every need is “just too close to the road, too noisy, not private.” In Main Street’s May 2017 issue, I asked other realtors about the “road” discount on a home’s price. Experienced brokers estimated a discount between 5% to 30% with double the time on […]

January 2022 Recipe – Boiled Raisin Cake

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

Happy New Year! This month we’re bringing you the recipe for Boiled Raisin Cake, but don’t let the name stop you from making this yummy cake! This is a recipe that goes waaaay back to my paternal grandmother, Little Gram (1894-1993). She stood about 4’11”, hence the name. She would make this cake for the grandkids quite […]

Creation Through Inspiration

December 28th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Over the past 20 years, the Village of Millerton, New York’s commercial Main Street has transformed itself into the Hudson Valley’s epicenter of antique shopping. Despite the populous nature of design-inspired shops in town, Millerton native Charlotte Sheridan, owner of Merwin Farm and Home, has managed to carve out her own unique identity within the community. After […]

This Really is a Love Song

December 28th, 2021|Featured Artist|

“One of my first memories was being in my father’s studio – music playing – him working on a large canvas.” Bruce Smith has fond memories of his childhood, underscored by the experience of being the son of widely celebrated abstract painter Hassell Smith who, himself, was quoted as saying “I am concerned I’m bringing the painting […]

Hillsdale Postcards

December 27th, 2021|History|

We recently discovered that Hillsdale shopkeeper Matthew White has assembled one of the most complete collections of late 19th and early 20th century Hillsdale postcards. It gave us the idea for this blog post. And, as often happens, researching the topic led us to explore the history of a humble item that turns out to be richer […]

Dutchess County Distributing COVID-19 Test Kits to Every Municipality

December 27th, 2021|WOTS|

Free KN95 Masks Also Available for Residents, Organizations and Businesses

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today the County is distributing free at-home COVID-19 tests and KN95 masks to every town, city and village throughout Dutchess County. New York State has recently allocated a limited number of at-home COVID tests and masks to Dutchess County as […]

Meowy Christmas To All

December 22nd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Phew, I can’t believe Santa Paws arrives Furriday night. I can hardly contain my excitement! The family and I are basically ready. Just a few last minute gifts trickling in furrom the mailman. This means I’ll have to once again lend a paw to Mom wrapping the last few purresents. It’s alright though – I get to […]

Celebrate the Holidays Locally

December 22nd, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Don’t burden Santa’s sleigh with bottles from halfway across the world. Load up on LOCAL!

There are so many excellent wineries in the Hudson Valley, including many in Dutchess and Columbia Counties, that it’s easy, fun, and good kharma to drink and share their wines.

How can you resist the gift of Romance from Clinton Vineyards?

Stock up now!



Three Bedroom Colonial in Canaan

December 20th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

30 Prospect Street, North Canaan, CT 06018
3 bedroom
2 bathroom
1,620 SQ FT
MLS #: 170438289
PRICE: $299,000

Nicely maintained three bedroom Colonial with large fenced in yard. This 1860 Colonial has open, spacious rooms with exposed beams. Full bath on first and second floor. Open kitchen with island/breakfast bar and separate dining room. Three large bedrooms with a full bath […]

Tis the Season

December 16th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Tis the season of Rudolph, and what a great little reindeer he is. Sweet and innocent. Cute. Who doesn’t like Rudolph?

But today I want to talk about Donner. Donner is Rudolph’s dad – and his coach, and the lead reindeer of Santa’s sleigh. He’s focused and formidable. Well, I found a wine that’s deserving of Donner.[…]

My Christmas List

December 15th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Ellie has just about every single Disney princess toy on her Christmas list, but a princess Anna dress furrom Frozen and a watch are at the very top. I know this because I overhead her on the phone with the big guy himself!

Mom really wants a new pair of slippers, Ellie of course promptly reminded her to […]

Construction Commences at Historic Dutchess County School

December 14th, 2021|WOTS|

Construction is set to begin at the site of the former Arthur S. May Elementary School at Raymond Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The mixed-use redevelopment project, to be called The Arlington, will include residences, commercial and retail spaces – and the preservation of an important piece of the site’s history: the main portion of the historic […]

West Side Story

December 13th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Spielberg+ Bernstein+ Kushner+ Sondheim= AMAZING

The wait for West Side Story is finally over as the pandemic release of Steven Spielberg’s rendering of the class has finally hit the theaters, just in time for the holidays. And, it is …AMAZING

From the opening credits through to the final heart-rending high angle shot of the impromptu funereal parade, there is […]

A Touch of Holiday Nostalgia

December 10th, 2021|Backstage|

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Berkshire Theatre Group, Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA

Without question, this is the time of year that is flavored with nostalgia. The daily fusillades of pandemic numbers, employment crises, political caterwauling do little to “make the season bright.” To borrow a holiday standard, “We need a little Christmas … right this very minute.”

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, […]

Cat purroofing your Christmas Tree

December 8th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Not to brag or anything, but evfurr since I was a kitten, I’ve never attempted more than just nibble the Christmas tree when after it’s been initially being set up, (you know, just to make sure its not some sort of treat in disguise). And I swear on my favfurrite turkey snack, I’ve never laid a paw […]

The Power of the Dog

December 6th, 2021|Movie Reviews|

Streaming on Netflix

The Power of the Dog is a masterful, engaging, intricate film that serves as a bully pulpit for both director Jane Campion and actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Campion has long been considered one of the elite writer/ directors ever since The Piano debuted in 1993 and the awards community went on hyper-drive.

As for Cumberbatch, he has […]

Sharon Privacy with Pool

December 6th, 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 […]

How Green Was My River: A Portrait of Hillsdale’s Green River Hamlet

December 6th, 2021|History|

The hamlet of Green River in the northeast corner of Hillsdale has intrigued and puzzled the Hillsdale Historians for some time. Franklin Ellis’s History of Columbia County (1878) identifies it as “…a hamlet in the valley of the Green river … formerly known as Green River Hollow.” But immediately to the north, in the town of Austerlitz, […]

A New Theme

December 1st, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I hope you all had a wonderful turkey day. I fur one felt like a turkey myself by the end of the day and am just now officially coming out of my turkey coma.

Any who, on a more exciting note, the tree is up, which means Santa Paws is comin’ to town! The Saturday after Thanksgiving Mom […]

Ways to Have a Stress-Free Holiday

November 29th, 2021|A Healthier Life|

The holidays can be an extremely stressful time for a lot of people. To exacerbate the stress, pile on the pandemic and all that it entails. The very thought of the two can set any of us off in a panic. But there are ways that we can regain and maintain control, and calm our anxiety – […]

Red Hook Responds

November 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

By its very nature, volunteerism requires a sense of commitment often hard to come by. With families, careers, and the financial stress of “keeping up,” it can be hard to find time to volunteer. As the holidays approach, non-profit organizations look forward to the time of year when volunteerism […]

Pine Plains Brings Heroes Home

November 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

It is the season of giving. When we think collectively about this time of year, it can be hard not to conjure up visions of the holidays that have been baked into our modern DNA through tradition and commercialization. That is not to say those two elements are necessarily […]

The Triumph of Tradition

November 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

We are, at the core, a nostalgic lot. Through pandemics, wars and recessions, we have remained a culture that revels in traditions and ceremonies. We find some sort of resolution in repeating the symbolic dances of the end of the year.

Pumpkins carved at Halloween perched on the porch as […]

Community Counts On Blessings

November 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

It is once again the time of year when, in addition to the general merriment that comes with the holiday season, people across the nation collectively take stock of what they have and what they feel grateful to have attained. While we amass friends and family and take in […]

The Brief Craze For Octagon Houses

November 29th, 2021|Real Estate|

Nineteenth century America was a jumble of architectural styles from stately Federal homes and Greek Revival temples to Gothic cottages, Italianate villas, and rambling Victorian Queen Anne houses. The briefest and most curious style was the American fascination for eight-sided octagon structures found in public buildings, barns, and houses. Like geodesic domes in the twentieth century, the […]

December 2021 Recipe – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

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


Okay, folks, we really feel like we are giving you a special holiday gift by sharing this recipe! It was introduced to us about 14 years ago when my (Olivia’s) kids were younger, and we went to my friend’s house for a holiday cookie swap party. All of us moms (six or so in total) […]

Flowers For Every Season

November 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

At Christmas time as a teenager, I worked at our local florist carefully wrapping poinsettia flowers against the cold. The shop and attached greenhouse were a warm, tropical retreat from snowbanks and frigid temperatures in upstate New York. Those holiday memories led me to interview Terence S. Miller, the owner of Roaring Oaks Florist, for our December […]

Living at the Edge

November 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

“My father was a blacksmith and a carpenter. I learned at his side.”

Chelsea Miller is looking at an elegant carving knife of her own creation, remembering how she moved from New York actor to celebrated creator of highly sought after knives all within the sphere of family influences and support. As she so succinctly sets the stage, […]

Delicious, Deadly Dysfunction- House of Gucci Review

November 29th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Very early in the unfolding saga of the catastrophic decline of the Gucci family, it becomes obvious that Producer/Director Ridley Scott wants us to understand that the avalanche was internally created, simply waiting for the right earthquake to make the mountain tumble. Lady Gaga (Patrizia Reggiani) is the earthquake, and much to the delight of her multitudes […]

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Awarded Empire State Development Grant

November 29th, 2021|Main Street|

Following Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement that more than $81 million has been awarded to priority projects across New York State through the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) has announced that it is one of the 97 projects that will receive reimbursable funds from Empire State Development (ESD). The ESD grant, worth $2 […]

Turkey Time Wine

November 24th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

If you live anywhere near Le Caviste in Stanfordville, NY, go there for Thanksgiving wine suggestions.

If Antoine proposes the Irnacy – a red wine – don’t question his judgment.

He shared with me that it’s one of the favorite wines he has in the store, and when I tasted it, I understood why. It’s an outstanding Burgundian red […]

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

November 24th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Happy Thanksgiving Eve furriends! As we prepare to gather around the table, I would like to express evfurrything I am grateful fur this year.

Furrst and furmost – I’m SO grateful for my teef, or shall I say the ones I have remaining. Despite all the trips to the vets, and having dental surgery, I am able to […]

Local Historical Society Announces New Outdoor Exhibition

November 23rd, 2021|History|

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced a new permanent outdoor exhibit, the Early Heritage of Columbia County Outdoor Narrative Panel Exhibit, featuring eight narrative panels set along the treeline of its rural properties along Route 9-H including the c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse and the 1737 Luykas Van Alen House located in the Town of Kinderhook, […]

Canaan Mountain Scenery

November 22nd, 2021|Deal of the Week|

176 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT 06024

5 bedroom
2 bathroom
2.07 Acres
2,088 SQ FT
MLS # 170441326
PRICE: $579,000
Enjoy beautiful view of Canaan Mountain from this renovated circa 1825 home with new 56×56 insulated workshop. This 5 bedroom home sits on two nicely landscaped acres. Many newer upgrades include septic, roof, furnace, decking, water tank, appliances and front […]

Millerton’s Parade of Lights to Make its Return

November 21st, 2021|WOTS|

For residents of many small towns across the Hudson Valley, one of the most disheartening effects of the previous year’s shutdowns has been the absence of traditional and seasonal festivals and events. As the calendar begins its march towards 2022, and with many of us wishing 2020’s turmoil toward our collective rear view mirror, local volunteers and […]

Go with Beau

November 19th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Yes, the 2021 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!!

The release of the young wine from Burgundy on the third Thursday of November has been an occasion for anticipation and celebration in France and now around the world since the 1950s. The Nouveau is the first release of wine made from this year’s harvest of Gamay grapes in […]

Pine Plains Gears up for Community Christmas

November 17th, 2021|Main Street|

Saturday, November 27, will mark the 36th annual Town Decorating and Parade of Lights for the Town of Pine Plains. As part of the town’s annual celebration, and in preparation for the beloved holiday event, a team of organizers, volunteers, and youths from the local chapter of the National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFA), […]


November 17th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Mom’s purrthday was this past Caturday and besides receiving a dust-buster (which she is very excited about!), she really wanted Dad to fix the well pump. Kind of an odd birthday wish, but to each their own I guess.

Ya see, the purrressure in the house has not been keeping up as it should. So, Mom’s wish is […]

Charming c1740 Period Home in Sharon, CT

November 15th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Town: Sharon, CT
Price: $895,000
Rooms: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2/1
Style: Colonial
Acreage: .75 +/- acres
Age: 1740

Uber Charming c1740 Period Home with Views in the Heart of the Village. 2-3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths. Large Deck with Major Western Views. Sweet Eat-in Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling. Formal Dining Room with Fireplace and Access to Deck. Large L-Shaped Living Room. Gorgeous Period Details […]

Big Girl Bed

November 10th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

As we all know, my little sister isn’t getting any smaller, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Ellie is growing like a weed! She’s outgrowing some of her toys, clothes, and most recently, her bed. Dad was planning on keeping her in the crib until she turns 25 but Mom quickly vetoed that a few months back […]

Tragic Fire and Community Support

November 8th, 2021|Main Street|

The Millerton, NY, community suffered a terrible loss this past weekend when, early Saturday morning, a horrific fire destroyed a home and devastated a family living on South Elm Avenue here in our little village. While the effects of this tragedy are dark and sorrowful, the light of community support has shone through.

At […]

My Prima Primitivo

November 4th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Truth be told, Italian wines confuse me the way French wines confuse most. Barolo, Barbararesco, Montepulciano, Ripasso – lots of Os that always left me feeling like “Oh No, I don’t get it!”

It was with some trepidation, then, that I opened a bottle of Primitivo, not really knowing what to expect. It was one of those “aha” […]

Getting Cozy

November 3rd, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Hi furriends, and happy Novempurr to you all! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. I got lots of treats and luckily didn’t have to work fur them all. Thanks fur helping a brother out, Ellie!

Mom and Dad finally caved and decided to turn the heat on. Hallelujah! Now my toe beans aren’t furreezing evfurry […]

Community Leader Reflects on Impact of Hudson Valley Rodeo

November 1st, 2021|Main Street|

It’s a difficult tributary to navigate, that of community development. Attempting to balance the idea of providing economic enhancements for local programs with an event that will offer equal parts aid as well as fun is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, for towns like Amenia, NY, ambitious organizations like The Amenia-Wassaic Community Organization […]

Robbie Cooper

October 29th, 2021|Profile|

Perhaps no time period encapsulates the nation’s attitude towards government more than the past four years. On the heels of one contentious Presidential election, the country descended into vitriolic divisiveness, platforms like social media flaunted their ugly angles while friends and neighbors swore each other off. After four years of political tensions burning off a greasy top […]

Help Wanted

October 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

What is left to be said about the past year that has not already been learned, experienced, and shared? In the intervening months that sluggishly married 2020 with its successor, many facets of society experienced seed changes. From personal health to social interactions, the kind of daily life that […]

Of Magic Memories and Gifts

October 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

There is a theme that seems to run through the constant reinvention of The Stissing Center in Pine Plains, NY.


Kodak used the tag line “The gift that keeps on giving” for years in its promotion of cameras and film.  The Stissing Center could rightly request secondary use.

Originally created as […]

Getting (More) Social on Main Street

October 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

I knew interesting things were afoot at the iconic building that is 2 Main Street in Millerton, NY, when I came in to speak with Svend Lindbaek about his plans there, and the first thing he did was put Dexter Gordon’s album Montmartre 1964 on the turntable. “Do you […]

Rock Solid

October 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

An abandoned bluestone quarry in Saugerties, NY,  became home to Opus 40 – an extraordinary sculpture park and museum that boasts 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture and more than 50 acres of meadows and forest. Considered by many to be “the Stonehenge of North America,” the impressive site welcomes […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Houses Don’t Sell Quickly

October 29th, 2021|Real Estate|

With all the excitement and frustration of bidding wars and houses sold days after listing what about the houses that haven’t sold – houses that have been on the market for months or even years? Most real estate experts say a house that’s not moving in this market is priced wrong, but presentation, location, condition, and market […]

November 2021 Recipe – Caramel Corn

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

Maybe this is a weird recipe for November? Y’all were probably thinking more along the lines of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie to be a better choice for this month. But hear us out:

It’s already November, yes, NOVEMBER! It’s that time of year when people are getting together, and gift giving ideas are starting to swirl around […]

A Wine Store You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

October 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”

No wonder that it was a Frenchman who is credited with declaring this obvious truth. One could argue that the Italians are equally obsessed with wine and food, and that, yes, it’s a universal thing (it is!). But I’m partial to the French, so Brillat-Savarin’s quote not only […]

Amenia’s New Tent

October 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

How would you describe your personal style?

After doing interior design for twenty years that’s still the hardest question to answer. I’ve discovered that the words I would use to describe my style are not necessarily what others understand. I’m more a traditionalist than a modernist. I like rooms that are textured, warm, patterned, complex and layered and, at […]

Storytelling without Words

October 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Amber Maida does not simply enter a room. Fully aware of her surroundings and sensitive to the energy found there, she moves like the dancer she was trained to be. As an artist, her work is fully reflective of her spiritual and physical journeys, the triumph she had over what could have been debilitating disease and an […]

Apple Season

October 28th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

It’s apple season, and that means apple pie.

I started thinking about all the possibilities for pairings with this most American of desserts. So many wines came to mind that I realized there’s no “right” answer when it comes down to it, and the anticipation is part of the pleasure.

Riesling, though, is a stand-out choice. It’s made in […]

Molinaro Releases 2022 Executive Budget with Largest Property Tax Cut in Dutchess County History

October 27th, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today released his 2022 Executive Budget at the Dutchess Community College Aviation Center at Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Wappinger, unveiling a proposal that includes more than $20 million in annual tax relief, including the largest property tax decrease in County history. In addition to eliminating County sales tax on clothing and […]

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Hosts Gala to Honor its Past and Celebrate its Future

October 27th, 2021|Main Street|

In celebration of a successful 2021 season and post-pandemic comeback to live theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) hosted a celebratory gala on October 10 to showcase the plans for its new, permanent home at The Garrison as well as to honor and recognize extraordinary actors Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson for their 20 plus years of […]

Work Smarter, Not Harder

October 27th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I’ve been crying up a storm lately – and fur good reason!

Mom’s been stocking up on groceries again just in case fur hits the fan, which means a stock pile of treats fur yours truly. Lucky fur me, Mom just opened a new bag of pawty-mix and I can’t get enough of them!

This got me thinking of […]

Art as Meditation

October 26th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Richard Klein’s The Understory at ICEHOUSE Project Space, Sharon

Richard Klein is an artist of note who has cobbled together a life of creating, curating and writing about art and its influence. With a career that extends beyond 20 years as curator at The Aldrich Contemporary in Ridgefield, CT, he has embraced the awesome task of presenting works […]

Could You Pass This Test?

October 25th, 2021|History|

Our friend and fellow history buff Sally Laing recently gave us a copy of a news clipping from the April 17, 1889 edition of the Hillsdale Harbinger. The clipping is of an article listing half of the questions on the arithmetic exam that was given to the students, presumably eighth graders, at the Hillsdale School. We say […]

Local Community Center Receives Support for Child Services

October 25th, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Assembly Member Didi Barrett was on-hand last week at Millerton’s North East Community Center (NECC) to present the local organization with a $40,000 award from the state’s priority funding budget dedicated to understanding and assessing childcare. “I have been proud to support the NECC in a variety of ways over the years,” said Barrett. “Whenever […]

DUNE- Movie Review

October 25th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

“Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?”

There is something ominous about the closing line of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The film, delayed for release because of the pandemic and its likely influence on worldwide box office, has finally appeared in theaters and, simultaneously on HBO Max.

As Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica […]

Three Local Families Receive Vehicles from ‘Way to Work’ Program

October 21st, 2021|WOTS|

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 pre-owned vehicles as part of the Way to Work program.

Started in 2001, the program is designed to help low-income Dutchess County residents get and keep a job, providing them reliable […]

My Jam

October 20th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

I’m not sure if any of you dear readers know this, but my Mom LOVES to sing; almost as much as she loves me. She’s constantly singing and is actually really good at it. The only critique I have is how loud she likes her music; purrhaps that’s a story fur another day.

Occasionally, Mom makes up her […]

Majestic Property in North East

October 18th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

Deal of the Week

23 Shady Glen Lane
Northeast, NY 12546

Secluded small neighborhood setting facing a majestic conservation pond. Suitable for weekender home building, or a new home construction in the country. Located in a quiet neighborhood HOA, with additional 30 acres of free range wildlife preserve beyond the pond, maintained by the HOA. Quick 3 miles […]

Please Pass The Tort$ - A Comic Novel Poking Fun at Lawyers and their Frivolous Cases.

October 18th, 2021|Featured Artist, Main Street|

Renowned New York trial and appellate lawyer Thomas Morrison, known as the Dean of False Advertising Law, spent five decades in the courtroom where he argued and won numerous high-profile trials for major consumer brands such as Pizza Hut, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Hertz.  Please Pass The Tort$ is the second installment in Morrison’s new career as […]

Turkey Day

October 14th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Halloween is only a couple weeks away and I have yet to nail down a fur-sure costume, but I can’t be worrying about that right meow – I have bigger fish to fry. I can’t believe my ears but, appurrently, Mom and Dad are hosting Turkey Day…at our house!

Please feel furree to correct me if I’m a […]

Beautiful Views in East Canaan

October 13th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

176 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT 06024
5 bedroom
2 bathroom
2.07 Acres
2,088 SQ FT
PRICE: $595,000

Enjoy beautiful view of Canaan Mountain from this renovated circa 1825 home with new 56×56 insulated workshop. This 5 bedroom home sits on two nicely landscaped acres. Many newer upgrades include septic, roof, furnace, decking, water tank, appliances and front porch. First floor bedroom […]

The Long Goodbye- No Time to Die

October 12th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

The critic for The Guardian may have said it best. “… a neat and gripping thriller …” What was true in that send up of 1962’s Dr. No, the first of the James Bond film franchise, seems equally appropriate for No Time to Die, playing locally at most theaters.

This is Daniel Craig’s “goodbye” in the Bond role, […]

A Thought

October 8th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

It’s the end of another month. A time for reflection on a season past and the colder months to come. In this mood, I came across a passage from the critic Terry Theise’s book, Reading Between the Wines that I wanted to share for your enjoyment.

“Wine is like a shy dog. Lunge for it and it backs […]

Clayway … A Weekend of Delights

October 7th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Ah, it’s October! ‘Tis the season of cider donuts, leaves displaying their autumn finery … and of ClayWay … the pottery studio tour that winds its way through western Litchfield County, CT and eastern Dutchess County, NY. Nine potters’ studios hosting 19 clay artists will welcome guests on Saturday and Sunday, October 16th and 17th as ClayWay […]

Come Fall in Love

October 7th, 2021|Backstage, Main Street|

Shirley Valentine at Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge, MA

You will fall in love with Corinna May as Shirley Valentine at Berkshire Theatre Company’s current production. Running through October 24th at the company’s Unicorn Theatre location in Stockbridge, MA, the play is a “one hander” … a monologue … a solo performance that brought the opening night audience to […]

All Kinds Of Bugs

October 7th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Mom was right – school is back in session, which means evfurryone is apt to get a bug of some sort. Mom took Ellie to the doctors yesterday just to be on the safe side because when someone is feeling even just a little under the weather, sneezes sideways, or coughs because a piece of catnip went […]

Molinaro, Pulver to Propose Elimination of Sales Tax on Clothing and Footwear Purchases in 2022

October 6th, 2021|WOTS|

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver today announced their proposal to eliminate sales tax for purchases of clothing and footwear items under $110 each, in 2022, as part of their continued commitment to providing sustainable tax relief for County residents.

County Executive Molinaro will present the Legislature his resolution to enact the exemption […]

Scarecrows, Music, Food and More at 11th Pumpkin Festival in Hillsdale

October 5th, 2021|Main Street|

The 11th annual Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival will take place at businesses throughout the Town of Hillsdale and in its Hamlet Park, at the corner of Routes 22 and 23, on Saturday October 9 from 11 AM. to 4 PM. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live music, seasonal displays and activities, a bake sale, community tables, […]

Demolition of Former Bennett Buildings, Asbestos Abatement at Thorne Building both Underway

October 4th, 2021|Main Street|

Two major projects to revitalize Millbrook are finally underway, as asbestos abatement and demolition have begun at the old Bennett College Campus, and asbestos abatement has begun at the Thorne Memorial School Building.

These twin developments are the most visible of many milestones the Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) already has achieved in realizing its vision of creating a […]

Dutchess County Leaders Remember the Life of Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson

October 1st, 2021|WOTS|

It was with profound sadness and a heavy heart that Undersheriff Kirk Imperati announced that Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson had passed away at his home in the Village of Pawling Wednesday morning. Undersheriff Imperati said, “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Sheriff Anderson. This is a tremendous loss for all of us. Sheriff Anderson […]

The Birth of the National Park System

September 29th, 2021|Our Environment|

George Catlin hated the law. He was seventeen years old when his father sent him to study at the Litchfield Law School. The elder Catlin was born in Litchfield County but after he completed his legal studies under Judge Tapping Reeve, he moved to the fledgling community of Wilkes-Barre, PA. There, young George Catlin met trappers, hunters, […]

Race Relations in Fitch’s Home for Soldiers

September 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

In the winter of 1863, Lewis H. Starr was a 36-year old laborer from Sharon, CT. Finding it hard to support his wife and son, Starr took advantage of the cash inducements offered to men to join the Union Army. Starr traveled to Bridgeport, where he enlisted in the […]

Clermont-Reimagining the New York State Historic Site

September 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

Clermont State Historic Site, located in Germantown, NY, has belonged to the State of New York since 1962. We spoke with Susan Boudreau, historic site manager, and Jennifer Hemmerlein, executive director of Friends of Clermont, to learn about this historic location and how it has changed over time. In […]

America’s Oldest Winery

September 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

If you’ve never been to Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, in nearby Orange County, NY, put it on your itinerary for this fall. Not only are the wines well worth the visit, but the winery is steeped in history. Yes, America’s Oldest Winery is indeed right here in the Hudson […]

The Bridges of the New York State Bridge Authority

September 29th, 2021|Featured Article|

As most of us believe, we study history to determine how we arrived at where we are, and to help us determine what is working and what needs to change. The Bridge Authority has historically provided an invaluable, but mostly unrecognized contribution to the Hudson Valley and New York […]

October 2021 Recipe – Pumpkin Bread

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

Ahhhhhh, fall! It’s that time of year when our taste buds start shifting again. The air is getting a little cooler and crisper, we can start to see a change in color in the leaves and fall harvesting is beginning. We are so fortunate that we live in such a beautiful area of the country. Often, we […]

Halloween Phenomenon

September 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

For October’s history issue we researched the long history of October 31 celebrations and the increasing commercial importance of this holiday. Halloween is not only a night of fantasy – you can dress up as anyone or anything regardless of age, nationality, politics, or gender – it is a growing business opportunity. Internationally, Halloween is seen in […]

Chasing the Dream

September 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

“I did what any potter would do. I picked up the vase to see what mark it had.” Jane Herold is laughing while she recounts the story of her fateful appearance in the dean’s office at Sarah Lawrence College when she was an undergraduate. “I didn’t realize there was water in the vase … which then spilled […]

Instagram vs. Reality

September 29th, 2021|The OTIS Feed|

Rainbows and butterflies sure are beautiful, but life isn’t purrfect. I often times find myself scratching behind my ears, not just because of an itch, but because I wonder why evfurryone feels the need to post only purrfect photos on their social media? Mom is no exception to this annoying, unwritten rule. 

I know I’m […]

Accordion Collection Museum Relocates To Historic Canaan Union Railroad Station

September 29th, 2021|Main Street|

Over 400 spectacularly-beautiful accordions have been moved into the recently-restored Canaan Union Railroad station in the heart of North Canaan, Connecticut by long-time collector Angelo Paul Ramunni. As creator and owner of the New England Accordion Connection & Museum Company (NEACMC), Ramunni recently relocated the exceptionally-detailed and highly-ornate hand-crafted accordions from throughout the world dating back to […]

Plans in Motion for Second Senior Housing Development in Poughkeepsie

September 28th, 2021|WOTS|

Omni New York LLC (“Omni”), a real estate development company specializing in quality, affordable housing, together with Hudson River Housing, has announced plans for a second senior housing complex adjacent to Admiral Halsey Senior Village, located at 135 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. The project, which is referred to as Admiral Halsey Senior Village II, will bring […]

Spare Parts

September 27th, 2021|History|

by the hillsdale historians

Every now and then, we set out to research something, and while we may uncover some interesting facts and anecdotes, there isn’t enough to warrant an entire blog post. So, we chuck what we have found into a folder and stash it, like a jar of old screws and bolts, on a shelf in […]

Contemporary Home in North Canaan

September 24th, 2021|Deal of the Week|

39 Carlson Road, North Canaan, CT 06018
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 […]