Category Archives: Culture

Hudson Valley Homeowner? You’re Eligible For Free Solar!

Vintage clothespins on Etsy

Spring is here in the Hudson Valley, and that means transitioning from folding drying racks that use your household heat (and help keep the winter air from becoming too dry) to your outdoor clothesline. Hanging clothes on a sunny day with a light breeze can be a truly meditative experience. There really is no excuse…

U-Rent it: Car sharing joins the social web (or hive?)

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EcoMash™ looks at the newest trend in car sharing First she helped create Zipcar, now Robin Chase is working with Mobivia Groupe to roll out Buzzcar in France. It’s all about leveraging excess capacity via smartphone application. In other words, you tap into the hive behavior to rent your car. Peer to peer renting seems…

Pete Seeger Action Hero Doll

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It’s a sad commentary on our culture that kids (and adults) now look up to characters from TV commercials to gauge heroic behavior. Rather than creating heroes whose job it is to promote consumerism, maybe we need a hero or two that promotes environmental and social justice. One such local Hudson Valley hero would, of…

Art That Speaks to Sustainability

Painting by Larry Brown, at the John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

This is the final weekend to see the paintings of Larry Brown at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY. See our event calendar for details. Statement of the artist: “These new paintings are a continuation of my long term interest in the fundamental interactions of science and nature…the new work has evolved towards a…

A Fire Starts in Beacon

Common Fire Beacon House

The Common Fire Foundation has landed in Beacon, specifically, in a rambling 5-family building at 67 Verplanck Avenue. This will be the central location for the organization’s Beacon/Newburgh community. When THVG visited on February 23, movers were busy helping the final resident move in—welcome to Beacon, Michelle! The group closed on the property in October…

Bicycling in the Hudson Valley

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We are blessed with a beautiful landscape, and recreational cyclists converge on the Hudson Valley in the warmer months to enjoy our back roads and byways. But what about “every day” cycling, like commuting to work or cycling into town on an errand? Many of our small cities and towns are compact enough for those…

Money For Art in Your Hudson Valley Town

Painting by Will Teran at the Daniel Aubrey Gallery in Beacon, NY

The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for towns looking to develop “creative placemaking” through the use of art. With so many Hudson River towns using art as a means to help revitalize local economies, the Our Town Grant Initiative is a great opportunity for  our region. One…

Organic Nursery for Hudson Valley Kids?

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The City of Beacon recently received a proposal to start an organic nursery at the University Settlement Camp, a site the City owns on Wolcott Avenue. Not an organic nursery school, but a place for kids to learn about plants and trees. The offer came  in January, when Beacon resident Richie Cabo outlined his idea…

Distracted Driving

FocusDriven.org has released a public service announcement advocating for cell-free driving. Some day we’ll look back on this era of talking and texting while operating a car in the same way we now view drunk driving, or  spittoons in public places. What does distracted driving have to do with sustainability? From a philosophical perspective,  living…

Clearwater Anchored in Beacon

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will continue renovating its Beacon headquarters at the University Settlement Camp. When an article appeared in the Daily Freeman reporting that Clearwater was trying to buy a restaurant on the Kingston waterfront next to the Maritime Museum, there was speculation online that the organization would be moving operations to that city….