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7/22/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Power of books, community:

A tribute to Scott Meyer

by Kate Goldsmith

(Continued from cover) Many in the Millbrook community have come forth to recall the extraordinary yet unassuming man.

“I’ve known Scott for over 30 years,” said David Greenwood, historian for the Town of Washington and Village of Millbrook. “His bookstore always was a meeting place for anyone who loved literature, the arts, illustration and local history. His children’s books section was the first place I’d stop—even after our sons were grown up. His insights were always perfect. Generations built their libraries with his recommendations.”

“He was a sort of a walking book,” said Ann La Farge, an author and columnist who lives in Millbrook. “He knew everything there is to know about books and loved everything about books. He was just a person for whom books are like candy, what the sweetness of life is all about. He was also a great guy, great father, husband, friend and a great success at selling books.”

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

Ag Committee honors former Fair director Sam Lloyd

The family of Sam Lloyd, who served as director of the Dutchess County Fair from 1964-78, stands by a plaque honoring Lloyd at the Commercial Exhibition Building at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 22. From left are, Art and Nancy Mamazza, Duane Watson, Mil Haskins, Linda Watson, Richard Lloyd and Susan Marquet. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

Members of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society honored several individuals for their service to the Dutchess County Fair during the annual Summer Meeting held at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 22.

In a presentation prior to the meeting, the Commercial Exhibition Building was dedicated to Sam R. Lloyd, Dutchess County Fair manager from 1964 to 1978. The plaque was unveiled by his son, Richard Lloyd, who attended the meeting with several family members.

Tom Angell presented the Ag Committee’s annual scholarship to Amanda Fastiggi, a senior at Arlington High School, who plans to attend Wells College. She has been a 4-H club member since elementary school. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Irene Decker, who has served as a 4-H club leader and co-leader for more than 40 years. A 50-year award was presented to Everett Rood, who has volunteered with the horticulture and floral committees. NYS Department of Public Safety Officer Darren Forbes was given a Lifetime Pass to the fair for his many years of service.

In a presentation, Richard Lloyd noted that his father had a great love for the fair and was responsible for many of the upgrades, structures and marketing advancements that are pare of the fair and fairgrounds today.

Up In One Productions’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ may just be the best musical of the year.

From left: Joe Martino, Melissa Matthews, Grace Obee and Zack Marshall are featured in “Singin’ in the Rain” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Photo by Joanne Contreni

Up In One Productions’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ may just be the best musical of the year.

Tap Dancing, thanks be to God, is alive and well on Rhinebeck’s best known musical stage. With this new Up in One production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” Kevin Archambault’s choreography lights up the night. The rest of the show does pretty well, too.

This isn’t actually a warmed-over Broadway show. “Singin’ in the Rain” started life as a movie that came out in 1952. That great “hoofer’s hoofer,” Gene Kelly, directed and choreographed (with some help in both roles from Stanley Donen) the show. He also starred in the Don Lockwood role. It has gone on to be generally considered the finest movie musical of all time.

The casting for this production is superb, without a weak spot anywhere. The leads carry the show but are ably assisted by a very strong supporting cast.

The orchestra led by Matt Woolever is superb.

The overall staging is a joy. The dancing is so energetic that the audience begins to feel worn out in sympathy with the dancers. One wonders if the director had somehow provided his cast with a healthy dose of “extract of energizer bunny.” They just kept going and going.

ALSO in the July 29-Aug 4, 2015, issue:

  • PSC rules power lines need further review
  • County legislators call on Albany to identify pet abusers
  • Bellefield developers, Hyde Park officials push overcoming challenges
  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Electronics Recycling event set Aug. 1
  • Dutchess Tourism presents Awards of Distinction at first anniversary celebration

Dutchess Tourism Inc. presented Awards of Distinction during a reception at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on July 14. Pictured are award winners, local officials and tourism representatives. Photo by Franc Palaia

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Ant-Man’
  • SummerScape opera review: ‘The Wreckers’
  • Historic Fiat to be featured at PV Lions car show
  • Get Growing: Highlights of 2016 flower varieties
  • Tony Award-winner Ripley to perform at Center Gala
  • Love to Cook: The beauty of produce is more than skin deep
  • Skyllkill needle arts to be displayed at East Fishkill Community Library

The Skyllkill Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA) will present a Needle Art Showcase at the East Fishkill Community Library during the entire month of August. The exhibit will have 70 pieces. There are 35 hanging embroideries showing examples of cross-stitch samplers, cut work, pulled thread work, crewel, Brazilian embroidery, thread painting, reticello, hardanger, saskiko, silk ribbon work, blackwork and other canvas techniques. There are also other three-dimensional works showing beadwork, smocking, knitted items, trapunto, tatting and Japanese temari balls. Pictured: Japanese Temari Balls by Ginny Thompson, Temari Master. Courtesy image

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