volume 4 Issue 22

Millbrook Free Library: Off The Wall Series presents “Horizons,” watercolors by Donna Rutlin. Opening reception 6:30-8 p.m. Exhibition extends through the month of June.


Nine local food markets in nine towns or villages are petitioning their opposition to a new Hannaford supermarket in Millerton, citing loss of business as a threat to community character and resources.

From LaBonne’s in Salisbury to Elvin’s in Stanford; from Cornwall Bridge General Store in Cornwall to Peck’s in Pine Plains, the impact of a new supermarket will be felt, threatening the survival of the small, local stores that have traditionally been part of small communities. Many say their future is at stake. If they just lose 10 or 15 percent of their business to a rival supermarket, that can mean the end of their business. They point out in their petition that the loss of their business would have an impact on the main streets of their towns. The towns would lose their philanthropy, as they regularly give to local causes. They support local fire companies, provide meeting places, and support local farms and small producers. 

Peter Buffett, who has won an Emmy Award for his musical compositions, will perform an innovative concert series, Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, at Bard College on June 9.

Buffett gained fame as the son of Warren Buffett, but he has made his own way and is recognized as a composer, musician, philanthropist and author. 

178 Kelly Morgan rides her mare, Holly[[wysiwyg_imageupload::]]
177 Boyd Martin talks to the crowd

Whooping cough, an old-fashioned-sounding disorder is back in our midst. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is an extremely contagious disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis,  a distant relation to the bug that causes kennel cough in dogs. While an effective vaccine is available, pertussis is still one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. Prior to the availability of the vaccination, whooping cough was often fatal in infants. Nowadays, children are routinely vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough using the DTaP vaccine. The booster, called Tdap, should be readministered around 11 to 12 years of age. In February of this year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that a Tdap booster be given to all adults aged 19 and older who have not received it as an adult.

It is always privilege to watch an artist like Francesca Marina Palumbo evolve. We first discovered her work several years ago on a visit to her studio in Stanfordville.  At the time she was creating large somber paintings of attenuated faceless figures who inhabited a world of deep forests.  172   From there she went on to explore her interest in 19th century military history with works depicting Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. These monumental winter scenes recalled a time when “people travelled so far in such a vast land,” she said.  “It creates a very vulnerable feeling when you’re out there in the wilderness.” 173 174  

The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is displaying a selection of magnificent prints by Julie Mehretu. Six of her paintings and drawings from the collection of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Vassar ’89, and her husband, Nicolas Rohatyn, early Mehretu collectors, are also on view.

Ken Musselman lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Johannes Vermeer; he communicates the heart of the American spirit with magnificent success, yet he portrays the idealized side of everyday-life. His crisp compositions are alluring.

To quote 81 year old William, “Today, the torch is passed to a new generation” as his daughter, Joanie takes the reins at the winery. To mark the occasion, I interviewed them together at their rustic site as we sipped the fruits of their labors. So, William, how did you get into wine making? I was a novelist with 5 books published but little income. I made my own wine from grapes we grew ourselves. We started selling the wine and it became more lucrative than writing. Banks in those days would lend money to start a winery but not to start a book. So you started the winery. Yes, my son had done his senior project in high school on “Winery Construction and Design”, so we had the research already done. Our first vintage was in 1979.
There are few spots for a summer lunch as lovely as the outdoor garden at Charlotte’s on Route 44 between Millbrook and Amenia. I had lunch there last week. We enjoyed everything we ate (particularly the barbecued pork). Alicia and Mikael suggested I taste one of their signature dishes:  Swedish Shrimp Salad known as “Skagen.” It was marvelous. The distinctive combination of flavors brought back fond memoires of my years in Scandinavia and will bring me back to Charlotte’s – quite often. 
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