Welcome to Philipstown Living

By Joe Dizney

Painted Betty

Welcome to the Philipstown.info’s Living pages. Sitting here on just-another-Friday in Cold Spring, trying to define our proposed areas of coverage, I was both encouraged and tickled by the fact that that night—within a scant 4 miles of my house in the village—I would first enjoy a screening of an internationally-acclaimed award-winning documentary, “The Cats of Miriktani,” with a post-screening Q&A by the director, Linda Hattendorf, at the Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison Landing.

THEN I had to rush off to Whistling Willie’s to catch local musical favorites, Painted Betty, and their sophisticated and eccentric blend of  “blues, tango, death-folk and twang”—IF, and that’s a big if, I could still get a seat as they are prone to sell-out. This was of course after bypassing the season now in performance at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel. (There’s plenty of time for that.)

This is all by way of saying that if you find yourself bored or under-stimulated here in the heart of the Hudson Highlands, it’s your own fault.

The breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds us is, in addition to being quite an entertainment in itself (witness the sightseeing hordes who descend on weekends), also an inspiration and comfort to the exceptionally creative and engaged artists, writers, musicians and artisans who make the area their home.

With our Living calendar, we intend to compile and present as complete and useful a listing of civic and local events as well as a comprehensive selection of art, music (pop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and world), literary, repertory and independent film, theater, dance and performance events in the area.

We will include events and exhibitions of historical and environmental significance, outdoor and sports activities, local food-related diversions, architectural and garden & landscape showcases and tours and seasonal and special events for the entertainment and enjoyment of all ages. In addition to this comprehensive calendar, we will offer a “Shortlist” of events of particular note for the week ahead.

While our focus is nominally the villages of Cold Spring, Garrison and Nelsonville, our cultural range will regularly include the greater Highlands area—river communities east and west of the Hudson; from Peekskill to the south and Poughkeepsie to the North—and when appropriate, the people, places and events of note from Rhinebeck/Kingston/Woodstock to Tarrytown/Nyack/Piermont. We celebrate both the creative and re- creational gifts afforded us by our exceptional setting.

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