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04/27/16 Highlights of this week's edition...

40 years of ‘great scenery & wine’:

Clinton Vineyards sets two parties

by Kate Goldsmith

(Continued from cover) “If you think you have to go 3,000 miles for great scenery and wine, think again: it’s right in your back yard,” Phyllis says.

It’s been her mantra from day one.

“I was a little ahead of myself with wishful thinking [at first]; now it has become quite a winemaking region,” she says. “I am so thrilled that the Hudson Valley has really made it.”

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Clinton Vineyards has partnered with the Dutchess County SPCA for two special events. On Friday, May 6, in the historic vineyard barn, Phyllis will share some of her personal reminiscences as a champion of the Hudson Valley winemaking scene during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include champagne and wine tasting, delicious locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and music.

The celebration continues on Saturday, May 7, with the Wags to Vintage Dog Day at the vineyard. From noon to 6 p.m., guests will enjoy Clinton’s breathtaking scenery with their furry best friends as well as wine tastings (for the two-legged variety), specialty foods, music and goodies for humans and dogs.

“We’re going to have dog tasting bars, with different sized bowls for the dogs to have a drink, and wonderful treats made for the dogs,” Phyllis says.

Tickets are $45, with wine tastings at noon and 3 p.m.

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Local artist honors ‘amazing’ family heritage

The Rhinebeck Jewish Center (RJC) features stained-glass windows created by local artist Doris Cultraro. The center window is a replica of the main synagogue in Lida, Poland, which was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Cultraro’s mother and her immediate family lived in Lida and were among those from their hometown who survived the Holocaust. Photo courtesy of Doris Cultraro

by Kate Goldsmith

RHINEBECK—For years, Germantown-based stained-glass artist Doris Cultraro knew she wanted to pay tribute to her mother’s hometown of Lida, Poland, and the town’s main synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. A few years ago, when Rabbi Hanoch Hecht and Rebbetzin Tzivie Hecht asked her to design and create the windows of Rhinebeck’s first synagogue, Cultraro knew the opportunity had arrived.

In the main sanctuary of the Rhinebeck Jewish Center on Montgomery Street, colored light streams through a 12-foot-square window depicting the Star of David, Cultraro’s re-creation of the one which graced the Lida synagogue.

As the world prepares to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) on May 5, Cultraro reflects on the significance of that window and how it honors her mother, Bella Stoliwitzki-Goldfischer-Wagner, and all the others whose lives were irrevocably altered by the events of that dark period of history.

But this story has its share of light, as well: of surviving against the odds, thriving in a new country and inspiring younger generations to keep the heritage alive.

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‘Tower Music’ CD and book release set at Barnes & Noble this Friday

by Kate Goldsmith

Percussionists just can’t stop tapping on things. It comes with the territory. There are so many amazing sounds to be discovered, and in places most would never think to look.

Acclaimed Beacon-based composer Joseph Bertolozzi has the soul of a percussionist and the heart of an adventurer, and it’s reflected in his work. Example: The average person looks at the Eiffel Tower and thinks, “C’est magnifique!” Doubtless, Bertolozzi would agree; but when he gazes at the world-famous landmark he also hears a symphony of sound and rhythm. He calls it “Tower Music (Musique de la Tour),” his latest composition that uses only the natural sounds of the Eiffel Tower, which were recorded in 2013 and then sampled and written into a suite of musical pieces.

Three years in the making and much older than that in concept, Bertolozzi’s “Tower Music” CD will be officially released this Friday, April 29. In addition, a photography book by Rhinebeck artist Franc Palaia about the making of “Tower Music” will be launched the same day.

Bertolozzi and Palaia will discuss the “Tower Music” project at Barnes & Noble (2518 South Road/Route 9) in Poughkeepsie on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be prizes, special cafe drinks and specially priced CDs. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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ALSO in the Apr. 27-May 3, 2016 issue:

  • Photos from Autism Walk

Hundreds of individuals from all over the Hudson Valley illustrated their resiliency and made the annual trek to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the 15th Autism Walk of the Hudson Valley on Sunday, April 24. In the photo, Walk Chairperson Ellen Cordaro leads the beginning of the walk through the arch of balloons. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

  • Interfaith celebration set at Innisfree
  • Tancredi chosen as Aging Office director
  • County marks Earth Day with highway cleanups
  • After-school programs thrive at CLS in Rhinebeck
  • 1st Meyer Award tops 8th Millbrook Literary Festival
  • Taste of Rhinebeck raises funds for Northern Dutchess Hospital
  • DEC announces $1.8 million in conservation grants to land trusts
  • Roe Jan Creek Boat Club to hold benefit race for American Cancer Society
  • Miles of Hope to announce groundbreaking IBM presentation at May 1 event
  • Local environmental groups announce step forward for Great Swamp conservation

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘The Jungle Book’
  • That’s Italian! Creamy Artichoke Hearts with Shells
  • Earth Wise: Coal production exacerbates water scarcity
  • Theater Review: Half Moon Theatre’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

From left: Spike (Peter Keller), Masha (Amy Lemon Olson) and Vanya (Geoff Tarson) react to Sonia’s (Samantha Jones’) grand entrance as she unveils her costume for a neighbor’s costume party. Half Moon Theatre’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” runs though May 8 at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America. Photo by Jennifer Kiaba

Schools of the Week: Webutuck Elementary, Amenia

  • If your school has a program you’d like to see featured in School of the Week this session, e-mail and put “School of the Week” in the subject line.


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