Be Here Now: Hudson River Valley Ramble, Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2010

September 10th, 2010, 3:41 pm by Sara

The Hudson Valley Ramble

Leaves are turning and the days are getting cooler, so you’ll want to put on your walking (and biking and paddling and hiking) shoes as the 11th Annual Hudson Valley Ramble gets underway this Saturday, with three full weekends of guided landscape walks, historic tours, festivals, family fun, hikes, paddles and biking adventures up and down the Hudson River from Yonkers to Granville.

Check the schedule for details: some events require registration. Most events are free, although some include a modest fee. Here’s a map of events.

Here’s just a few of the events that caught our eye:

Legends and Lore of the Pinebush: An afternoon program of tales of burglary, ghosts, fire and the human history of the Pine Bush tat weaves between fact and fiction, imagination and reality. Sunday, 9/12 10:30am. $2.00/person 5years and older, $5.00/family

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Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

October 2nd, 2009, 5:29 pm by Greg

EXTREME MAKEOVER, BRIDGE EDITION: The Walkway Over the Hudson is scheduled to open to the public at 3pm on Saturday (October 3), with a weekend-long celebration that features fireworks, parades, music, a night circus, biking and of course, walking. The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railway Bridge has been transformed into a linear pedestrian park, connecting the city of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to the town of Lloyd in Ulster County. There are the numbers: The bridge is 6,767 feet long (approximately 1.25 miles). The top of the bridge deck is 212 feet above the water and the width expands from 24 feet over land, to 35 feet over the Hudson River. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Pretty cool…

SAD NEWS: It seems as though musicians and nightclub owners are natural born enemies, but that certainly wasn’t the case with Peter Paquet, who owned and ran the Metro in Saratoga Springs throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Formerly known simply by its address – 17 Maple Ave. – the nightspot hosted lots of great local talent (soul singer Jill Hughes practically lived there) as well as national stars (Joan Osborne turned in some of the most electrifying performances I’ve ever seen there) before Paquet decided to leave the nightclub business behind and devote himself fulltime to making art in 1996. Peter Paquet died on Monday after a lengthy, brave battle against cancer. Jill Hughes and Peter’s wife Melissa are organizing a memorial service at Skidmore College on Sunday, October 11. “I’d like to get the word out to the many musicians who played at the Metro in the hopes of making his memorial a musical event,” says Hughes. Contact her at

A collage by Pam Hollinde

A collage by Pam Hollinde

BAD DOGGIE. NO, GOOD DOGGIE: When artist Pam Hollinde had a secret collaborator to help her with the new work that she’s exhibiting at the Albany Art Room.

“Early last spring, I was feeling that artistically I was in a rut so I began pulling out old prints and watercolors for ideas,” Hollinde recalls. “I left the pile on my studio floor only to come home the next day to find my dog had torn many of the pieces up. I sat on the floor amid the torn work and began to reassemble and play with the pieces. I added handmade paper; the texture and color complimented the torn edges of the images. Suddenly, this happy accident helped me see many new possibilities and directions that my work could go in. It was as if the icons I had created in my prints had been freed from the page they were trapped in.”

Hollinde celebrates the opening of her new exhibit, “Serendipity” with a reception at the Albany Art Room from 5-9pm tonight in conjunction with the monthly First Friday arts walk.

HEY, WHO’S THAT GUY?: If you check out Solid Smoke at the Ale House in Troy on Saturday (October 3), you might do a double-take at the bandstand. (If there was actually a bandstand, of course.) Yup, that’s Boston-based saxman Sam Kininger of Soulive sittin’ in with Nippertown’s own solidly smokin’ funk ‘n’ soul combo.

Annea Lockwood: Take me to the river…

September 16th, 2009, 2:55 pm by Greg

AnneaLockwoodAnnea Lockwood was born nearly 9,000 miles away in New Zealand, but she is on more intimate terms with the Hudson River than most of us who have lived near its banks for our entire lives.

During 1980 and 1981, composer and sound artist Lockwood explored the length of the Hudson, stopping at 15 different sites along the river to collect tape-recorded sound samples of the water. Commissioned by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, she wove the recordings together into a captivating two-hour audio installation, “A Sound Map of the Hudson River,” which became part of the museum’s permanent “Riverama” exhibit in 2003.

A condensed, 72-minute version of the installation has also been issued on compact disc by the adventurous, NYC-based new-music label, Lovely Music, Ltd.

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