Saugerties festivities

Saugerties Lighthouse annual fundraiser

Saugerties Lighthouse annual fund raiser

The Saugerties lighthouse is built on a point of land that extends well out into the Hudson River. It is a good picnic spot, reachable by foot or by boat. There is a fine B&B in the brick structure beneath the light. www.saugertieslighthouse.com


Good art has life independent of the artist. That is almost a definition. Ze’ev Willy Neumann’s retrospective show at the Saugerties Perfoming Arts Factory has many such drawings, paintings, and sculptures. It is an extra pleasure to witness Willy’s achievement, over thirty-five years, of a joyful freedom from isolation and pain.

artist: Ze'ev Willy Neumann

artist: Ze’ev Willy Neumann


artist: Ze'ev Willy Neumann

artist: Ze’ev Willy Neumann


artist: Ze'ev Willy Neumann

artist: Ze’ev Willy Neumann

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s latest, is fast paced and visually pleasing, but it is not funny (by his standards), and it is unconvincingly tragic. The gorgeous Cate Blanchett plays a beautiful well-dressed woman, which is a bit like spending found money. She is coming apart under the strain of a previous marriage, the details of which seem contrived and are revealed in an extended series of flashbacks. Her “less attractive” sister by adoption (convenient) is working through her own love problems, a parallel story that is intended to provide emotional balance. The supporting cast does bring energy to a collection of stereotyped characters.

If there were any tears in the audience, they were shed by Tennessee Williams feeling sorry for Woody struggling in country for which he was not suited.

Saugerties

Last Night, Saugerties, NY

Last Night, Saugerties, NY

 

Saugerties is a small town on the west bank of the Hudson River. It is an interesting area at the southern edge of a fifty mile circle centered in Albany where the midwest, Appalachia, New England, and New York meet. I grew up ten miles away in Woodstock. It’s fun to be back in the only part of the world where people “don’t talk funny.”

There are more Hispanics and New Yorkers now than when I was a kid, but the mix of locals and newcomers from the city is familiar. People tend to be boisterous in diners, loud, competitive and helpful by turns. My maxim, Beware of men who speak softly, was born here.


 

Remembering John Herald

Guitar and mandolin,
the Lost Radio Rounders
dedicate a ballad to:
“the great John Hartford…”
I confuse names and see
John Herald
of The Greenbriar Boys
walking hand in hand
with Kim Chalmers
down the Bearsville flats,
young, so young, bright with love
on a sunny day,
fifty years ago.

Saugerties, New York

 


Kit Evers, behind his bookshop, Saugerties

Kit Evers behind his bookshop, Saugerties