Results for category: Feature Stories

Alternative Medicine in the Hudson Valley
3/1/2011

Modern medicine has done wonders for many people around the world. As a result, we can expect to live longer. However, experts in alternative medicine say many Americans have come to rely on medicatio...


Saugerties sanctuary expands its fight against animal cruelty
3/1/2011

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) has made a name for itself by rescuing more than 2,000 abused, neglected and abandoned animals since opening its doors in 2001. The Saugerties-based organization, r...


The Hudson Valley’s sweetest destinations
1/20/2011

The mad rush is on among the region’s confectioners. For weeks, their businesses have been bustling, as they prepare for the sweetest day of all. Valentine’s Day. If the holidays were any indication, ...


Dating in the Middle Ages
1/20/2011

Dating. It’s not easy at any stage, but for baby boomers who may be giving love a second or third go round, it’s more of a challenge. The generation that began the free love revolution in the 60’s, ha...


Romantic getaways leaving from Stewart Airport
1/20/2011

The snowstorms that have battered much of the Hudson Valley in recent weeks are a harsh reminder of how long and laborious winter can be in this region. Shoveling out from the mountains of snow, can e...


Dutchess County painter reunites with his first love
12/23/2010

Over the doorway leading to the painting studio in his Poughkeepsie home, Charles Geiger has affixed a sign that reads, “Fear No Art.” It is not only a come on to the art lovers who visit his Poughkee...


Learn it at the library
12/23/2010

Where can you learn how to knit or do origami; how to cook or do beading; how to use a computer or a digital camera; watch a foreign film or learn scrap-booking; get some job hunting advice or join a ...


Skyping with the grandkids
11/23/2010

Are you connected yet? As more and more people join social net-working sites to keep in touch with loved ones, the face of communication as we know it is changing in drastic ways. Whether you see tech...


Industrial aesthetic
10/22/2010

Connie Verrusio’s creative impulse has been with her since she can remember. “I was always making stuff. Even when I was a littler kid I was getting rocks and decoupaging butterflies on them and paint...


A bushel a day!
9/2/2010

    It may have been off limits for Eve, poor girl, but it would truly be a sin to miss out on the enticing bounty offered at our local pick-your-own apple orchards. In addition to apples, you may als...


Fitness over fifty
9/2/2010

Noreen Christiansen of Gardiner got some bad to the bone news several years ago. “After a bone density test showing bone loss in my hips and femur, I knew I needed to start doing weight bearing exerci...


Pro tip: a quick home workout
9/2/2010

Some people think that the opportunity to get in shape is lost by the time a person hits fifty. Ron Paglia of Gold’s Gym in LaGrange begs to differ. “Muscle responds at every age,” Paglia says. The ke...


The impact of a single image
9/2/2010

“Moving,” “important,” and, most of all, “thank you,” — these are the words that are penned over and over again in the guest book at Fovea Exhibitions. Fovea has brought the work of world-renowned pho...


A Beacon art gallery fights to keep it's doors open
9/2/2010

While their enthusiasm and idealism has fueled Fovea through its first three years, it has been a bumpy road as founder's Stephanie Heimann and Sabine Meyer  learned how to run a non-profit from the g...


What's New?- Out of Print
5/3/2010

Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. The shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts,...


What's New?- Summerweight wafers
5/2/2010

When two full cases of various Q.bel chocolate bars arrived at our Hudson Valley Life world headquarters not long ago, it was thought to be a bit of overkill. They were placed next to the office micro...


What's New?- Historic Benches
4/29/2010

If you take your outdoor decorating seriously, you will not be happy with the patio and garden offerings from the likes of Target and Walmart. Assuming you have the budget, the Almodington bench by Mu...


Springtime renewal
4/28/2010

It’s been a while since Maria McCabe has gone for the full beauty treatment. For her, it’s been “mall cuts and do-it-yourself trims” says McCabe, 44, who has three children and lives in Unionville. Sh...


Spring awakening
4/28/2010

Getting the right look   Our next stop is Handmade and More in New Paltz. The shop is filled with home décor, jewelry, and of course clothes. We are greeted by shop owner Melinda Minervini, who lead...


What's New?- Pop Mom art
4/27/2010

At just over 4 by 5 inches The Art of Motherhood is more of a nightstand book than a coffee table book. Still, at 448 pages, it’s packed with 224 color illustrations of art through the ages depicting ...


Visionary vintners
4/23/2010

In these days of marketing illusions, the Whitecliff Wines brand name could just as well have sprung from the fertile mind of a copywriter with a fondness for alliteration. But the vineyard is nestled...


Wine=science plus trial and error
4/23/2010

Michael Migliore's, owner of Whitecliff's wines, scientific side has continued to shape Whitecliff's wines. In the mid-90s, the Migliores started working with the Cornell Cooperative Exension – NY Sta...


The true cost of food
4/12/2010

Years ago I was a student in a small city in France. While I don’t recall much from my studies, I still vividly remember a gigantic strawberry tart my boyfriend’s grandmother made with berri...


Every Seed Tells a Story
3/31/2010

Six years ago Ken Greene decided to expand his home garden. Curious by nature, it wasn’t long before he was reading about the consolidation of seed resources and the subsequent loss of genetic diversi...


Profile of the The River Bank Banjo Band
3/30/2010

Every Monday evening, in the banquet hall at the back of Umberto’s restaurant in Poughkeepsie, a door onto American musical history swings open wide. Amid diners savoring family-style portions of spag...


A musical family: The River Bank Banjo Band
3/30/2010

The Riverbank Banjo Band is more than entertainment; it is a tight-knit family, said Sylvia Long of Wappingers Falls, whose husband Dan is band treasurer. She was elected the group’s “Sunshine Lady.” ...


Woodstock couple Kate Hyman & Kevin Salem, create record label just for kids
2/19/2010

Romantics of a certain age will remember creating mix tapes: a compilation of music, painstakingly recorded onto a cassette tape for a sweetheart. And since these were your favorite songs, giving them...


Making Beautiful Music Together
2/19/2010

If Little Monster Records founders Kate Hyman and Kevin Salem weren’t exactly sure what style of music they wanted, Kevin Salem was pretty sure what he did not want. His biggest pet peeve is the ‘Kid’...


Balancing work and family is hard (but worth it) for Woodstock Couple
2/19/2010

Woodstock residents Kate Hyman and Kevin Salem created Little Monster Records as a passion and continuously work hard at juggling both life and work. While Kate puts in a full work week in the publici...


What Music Can’t Kate and Kevin Live Without?
2/19/2010

Combined, Kate Hyman and Kevin Salem possess a half-century of experience in the music industry and an encyclopedic knowledge of music. If banished to a desert island, they would take along these reco...


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