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The Northern Dutchess News is a member of the Southern Dutchess News group and is fast becoming a staple in the lives of individuals in communities north and east of Poughkeepsie. Already named an “official newspaper” of Stanfordville and Rhinebeck, it also serves Hyde Park, Red Hook, Tivoli, Milan, Pine Plains, Amenia, Dover, Millbrook, Clinton Corners, Salt Point and Pleasant Valley. The Northern Dutchess News provides coverage of local town, village and school news, the Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals, 4-H clubs , farming news, businesses and organizations.

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10/15/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Restoration takes major step at Wilderstein Carriage House

by jim donick

(Continued from cover) Wilderstein, with its elegant Queen Anne architecture, may be the most beautiful on the Hudson.
Interestingly, it may also have been created in record time, almost exactly one year.

The Carriage House at Wilderstein is a unique architectural artifact and Sokaris considers it an important part of the site’s legacy, as well as being a critical piece of their future planning.
A carriage house, like a garage, is classified, one assumes, as a utility building. The Wilderstein Carriage House is much more. Part utility building, part architectural masterpiece, part imaginative “man cave,” it’s got a romantic magic all its own. The Queen Anne architecture embraced many elements of earlier design schools so the structure’s visual impact is spectacular from nearly any angle. The onion-domed cupola could be straight out of “Doctor Zhivago” and must be particularly inspiring to view in a snowstorm.

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County ‘shepherds’ prepare for 35th Sheep & Wool Festival

Chuck Simmons feeds his sheep on his Wil-Hi farm in Red Hook. He and his wife, Heidi, just celebrated their 23rd anniversary of running the farm. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

Chuck Simmons has an easy smile as he leads his sheep into the pasture. He calls his Wil-Hi Farm north of Red Hook a “full-time hobby.”

The full-time Facilities Manager at Bard College says he enjoys the “relaxation” that the farm work provides, plus the camaraderie of working with other shepherds in the area and furthering the sheep-farming industry.

Simmons and other area shepherds are in the final stages of preparing for their signature event of the year: The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. This year’s event, the 35th annual, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Visit for a complete listing of events.

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Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society to kick off concert series Oct. 19

Soprano Julia Bullock opens the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society (RCMS) season this Sunday. Photo by Christian Steiner

by Kate Goldsmith

Autumn seems to be the time for kicking off chamber music seasons in the Hudson Valley, and why not? In the fall, we start to favor warm and cozy settings. Large outdoor gatherings give way to more intimate get-togethers inside. The nature of chamber music fits nicely into this picture.

For its 36th season, the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society (RCMS) will offer a variety of programming, from a soprano recital to a sextet to an all-women’s program and more, all in the acoustically superb Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck.

The series will kick off Sunday at 3 p.m. with soprano Julia Bullock accompanied by Renate Rohlfing on piano. Many local concert-goers will be familiar with Bullock, an alumna of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program. She completed the program in 2011 and is currently working toward her Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School.

“It’s a nice homecoming,” said Bullock of her RCMS debut. She came to Bard right after graduating from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

“It seemed like the curriculum at Bard was crafted just for me,” said Bullock, including poetry, repertoire study and language study. “I was also excited to have a lot of time to work on my own.”

Asked what were the most important things she learned at Bard, Bullock said, “One of them was to be adventurous in my programming, to not ever feel boxed in [by] how I needed to sound, the kind of repertory I needed to sing.”

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Oct 15-21, 2014 issue:

  • Legislature tables ban on fracking brine
  • Candidate profiles: Assembly District 106
  • DC Historical Society celebrates its centennial

This photo captures a gathering of the Dutchess County Historical Society at the home of Isaac Wheaton in Lithgow, Sept. 15, 1926. Courtesy photo

  • Rail Trail bridge named in honor of Renninger
  • Physicist to discuss need for major power lines project
  • Public hearing on two Hyde Park local laws set Oct. 20
  • Emotional crowds cheer debut of Castella’s Warrior Wagon

In Creative Living:

  • That’s Italian! 4-Cheese Polenta
  • Earth Wise: Virtues of organic produce
  • Comedy night to benefit Red Hook food pantry

Rhinebeck Granger Joe Baer stands outside St. John’s Reformed Church. “Laugh Out Loud for Hunger,” a benefit for the food pantry at St. John’s, will take place on Saturday. Courtesy photo

  • Antique cars to gather at Staatsburgh on Sunday
  • Hudson Valley Folk Guild to present ‘Beyond A Simple Folk Song’

Schools of the Week:

Bulkeley Middle School, Rhinebeck

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