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Town Board Meeting October 16, 2014

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This website does not have any official (or non-official, for that matter) relationship to the Town of Pine Plains. It is a personal documentary project as described on the right-hand sidebar. The filming and presentation of the public meetings is only for artistic purposes and is not authorized — or even recognized — by the […]

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Planning Board Meeting, September 10, 2014

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Let’s Remember Sal….

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Sal passed away in May, 2013, at the age of 77. Although I would run into Sal at one of his jobs in town, either at at Deuel’s hardware or at the vet clinic, I used to look forward to seeking out Sal each year up on the Hill at the Dutchess County Fair where […]

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Braai May Mean BBQ in South Africa, but in Pine Plains it Meant a Tasty Fund Raiser

Braai

For the second year, Will Carter, of Pine Plains Fine Wines and Spirits, hosted a tasting of South African wines and food to raise money for the Pine Plains Food Pantry.  We hope it becomes an annual tradition!  

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An Old Building Brings New Life to Pine Plains

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To people "from" Pine Plains — whatever that means — the empty Memorial Hall held a treasury of warm memories.  But for anyone else, particularly potential entrepreneurs, the decaying building in the center of town was a mark of a community that could not get it together.  Until 3 businessmen with stakes in developing and preserving the community bought […]

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Burgers with the Herd

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Burgers with the cows at Chaseholm Farm. The first in what I hope will be an on-going event. We had a great time, hung out with our favorite herd of cows, some old friends, and met new ones. If this farm looks at all familiar, perhaps you have seen it here on Pine Plains Views! You […]

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Everyone Loves a Parade!

Fire Department Parade

And this proves it! Usually parades are held to honor, remember, or celebrate something. I’m not sure about this one. How aboutthat there were no fires that day? Or that the town has a fire department? That it was a splendid day? Well, how about just that everyone loves a parade! And 13 other departments from […]

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The Next Chapter: The Library Moved. The Story Goes On…

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You know you’re from Pine Plains if you have an opinion about this library situation. And if you are wondering why I am covering this story as it drags on and on, well then, you’re not from Pine Plains, are you?

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You Know It’s Spring When…

Black Sheep Hill Farm

It’s time to shear the sheep! There are all sorts of signs of Spring, but I’ve picked this one to show on Pine Plains Views:  the annual sheep shearing on Black Sheep Hill farm. These American Black Welsh Mountain Sheep are special for many reasons not the least of which is that they decorate Route […]

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“Going… Going…. Wait! It’s Coming Back!

Memorial Hall Auction

So long known as “That” building”,  Memorial Hall — or whatever you called it in the past — now has a new future.  And one that will help Pine Plains with its future.  

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Memorial Hall: Ever Wonder What’s Inside?

Memorial Hall

Movie theatre?  Dance studio?  Commercial mall?  Barber shop?  Laundromat? All of the above and then some. For years, I’ve been curious about the insides of this building. For years it’s sat empty holding only memories and attracting rumors of what it’s like inside. Located in the center of downtown Pine Plains. A handful of us came to satisfy our […]

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Yikes! They’re Packing up the Library!

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Yes, packing up the Library to move to…. the Library! What’s happening here? Don’t ask me, I haven’t the slightest idea and I don’t think anyone else in Pine Plains does either.

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Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck

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OK, so you’re wondering what “Sinterklaas” is, right? Well, Google it and you’ll find out that it’s a Dutch Christmas tradition but you need to watch this this video to feel the spirit that the Rhinebeck community has put into the celebration. The Rhinebeck, NY, Sinterklaas Parade is a huge demonstration of community participation yet […]

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A Farrier? What’s That?

The Farrier

Here in northeast Dutchess County, it was dairy farms and we were the Milk Bottle of New York City. But the dairy farms closed and different animals were brought to graze our pastures — horses. Now we’re Horse Central. And along with the new animals came new people and traditions. And new trades. One of […]

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Once… Twice… Three Times… SOLD!

Dutchess County Court House

They said it would be sold on the court house steps. They were not exaggerating. Just not the front steps, the back ones. I had to see it with my own eyes. If you want to see what a foreclosure auction of a community center and library building looks like, take a look:   The […]

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The Parade of Lights in Pine Plains, 2012

Parade of Lights

It’s the tradition. Every year, at 3PM the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Pine Plains decorates itself with Christmas Lights. And then, at 5, just when it is dark, Pine Plains becomes the Center of the Universe…. well, at least the Northeastern Dutchess County part of the universe. Neighboring fire companies, ambulance corps, farms, businesses, organizations, they […]

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A Halloween Story: Those Pumpkins on Patchin Mills Bridge

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Every year, come Halloween, Jack O’ Lanterns, dozens of them, show up and glow on the bridge at Patchin Mills. This is the story behind them. If you have a good connection, enjoy the show full screen in HD! The music is the Symphonie Fantastique, the fifth movement with the Dies Irae theme, conducted by […]

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Sheep and Alpacas and Llamas and Goats and Wool and Food Festival

Sheep and Wool Festival

Seems like they had everything! Particularly, a large crowd on a sunny October day at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.      

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Picking Pumpkins on a Fall Day

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A fun way to get some fresh air, some good food, and get to know a local farmer —  visit a local farm!  Here, at Rocky Reef Farm, the public is welcome to enjoy the bounty of the Hudson Valley. There are many local farms in our area to visit and Pine Plains Views will […]

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A Touch of Country: The Fall Fair

2012 Fall Festival Fair

Every year the Stissing Mountain High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America runs an ag fair.  I’ve filmed different parts of it before, but this year I’ve pretty much stuck to the tractor pulls and the barn where kids show cows.  Also, this year a new agricultural business introduced itself to the community: […]

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Last Night at the Wild Hive

Last Night at the Wild Hive

After a four year run, the Wild Hive Farm, Store & Café Bakery closed. I made this film on its last night to preserve how its customers celebrated its contribution to the community. I could ramble on about how much this place meant to me, but I think the film shows it. Every meal was […]

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Where Every Car Has a Story

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Wheels of Time, the shop of dreams and fond memories. Whether you prefer stories about people over cars or cars over people, you can’t go wrong here! See for yourself! A Pine Plains treasure.

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Roseland Ranch Resort — All the Good Times Have Gone….

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It finally had to happen! This much-beloved resort where friendships and even families were formed closed down a few years ago. The regulars hoped that somehow it would re-open and they could get their memories back. I hate to be the bearer of bad news…

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“Those Gangsters Weren’t Dummies”

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If this looks as if a man is trying to disappear into that hole in the brush, well, that was the whole idea. It leads to where a huge moonshine operation had been hidden since The Prohibition in a warren of underground rooms and tunnels. I’ve heard about this for years and was finally able to take a tour. Come on along.

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For the Sake of History

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It’s great when a community pulls together for a cause. In this case it was pulling pork as a fund-raiser for the local historical society. Two hundred tickets were sold and late-comers had to be turned away. Perhaps some vegetarians had to look away…

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The Porsches Have Landed!

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Right here in Pine Plains! A fleet (what do you call a flock of Porsches, anyway?) of all vintages of Porsches as the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Porsche Club of America landed on our own John Corson’s lawn to visit his garage.

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Scenes and Behind Them at Lime Rock Park

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Although it is a race course, it really is a park where the public can watch from under the trees and on the hills without the confines of grandstands. They can meet the drivers, crews, all the people who put the cars on the track.

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Chop Shop Suey

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They’re always talking about what we import from China. Well, here’s what we export to back to them. WARNING: Not for the mechanically squeamish!

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Roll Your Own — Chinese Dumplings!

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For those of us in Pine Plains who crave good Chinese food it means hitting the road. But we are fortunate that just up the road is a chef and caterer who will not only bring the food but can show us how to make it. This is an entertaining series about making Chinese dumplings. Another thing you can do in Pine Plains!

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Everybody Loves a Parade

Memorial Day Parade

A great introduction to Pine Plains is the Memorial Day Parade. If they’re not actually in it, they’re watching it! This was in 2000. The rest of the world, but not the parade, has changed a lot since. See for yourself as it is in 2011.

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This Old Mill

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I often drove by an old building on the outskirts of Pine Plains and wondered about what it used to be.  It was by a mill pond so I naturally assumed it was some kind of abandoned water mill.   When I saw some activity going on around it (actually more underneath it) my curiousity got […]

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The Family Farm

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This is about a dairy farmer, Barry Chase, who is about to sell his herd of milking cows. I visited with him and his wife, Rosey, a few days before their herd leaves.

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It Takes a Community to Run a Race

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The first triathalon of Pine Plains. The race itself was the shortest part of the story. It took months of planning, organizing, recruiting and training local residents to be part of something they had never even seen before.

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Wednesday Jam

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Local folks who like to play bluegrass, they have been getting together on Wednesday nights for over 40 years. They never had a name for their group so I just call it The Wednesday Jam. When I came across them they had been playing in Pete and Cindy Howe’s kitchen where I took these videos.

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Howe They Farmed

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In 1939, Carolyn Howe got married. One of her wedding presents was a 16mm movie camera. She took pictures of life around her in Falls Village, Connecticut. These are absolutely amazing scenes of farm life and equipment of that time.

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Moving On

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An old farmhouse was resting on a warped frame that could no longer support it. But this house is not going to be torn down. It will be restored after it is jacked up and moved onto a new foundation. Ever wonder how they jack up a whole house and move it? Well, see for yourself! It’s all revealed in this story.

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The Culture of Agriculture

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The farmers may be leaving their farms and the farmland, even if preserved, may be left only as viewscape.  But a culture and tradition of agriculture remains.  Each year the Agriculture Fair, put on by the Future Farmers of America in Pine Plains, grows as an area attraction.

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The Tree Couple

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WARNING: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! We had this tree… well, up until recently it had been 3 trees, a triple crown, but when two of them came down in the field the third one was leaning more and more perilously over our backyard and… We had to call the Wallendas of Pine Plains.

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Chopping Rock

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A video visit with Verne Tower, stone-cutter, as he re-creates an elaborate marble stoop for a historic mansion in Hudson, NY. While Verne may be doing wonderful restoration and preservation of historical buildings, he is also preserving skills and technology that are disappearing faster than the buildings he works on.

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Farming the Future

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The 4- H Club dairy cow competition was a proud event for Pine Plains at the Dutchess County Fair. Gina Brooks and her brother, Patrick, showed two of her cows, a Brown Swiss and a Holstein, which she has been keeping in Barry Chase’s barn.

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Love Where You Live: The Story of Hammertown

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Because it sets itself apart from the ordinary by striving to do things better and living up to its motto: Love Where You Live, it was able to invite its customers in the community to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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That Old House

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It’s often referred to as “that old house by the bank parking lot” by people who do not remember the name, Louis Graham/Brush House. I confess that I was, up until I started filming its restoration, one of them.

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Food For Thought

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Field work — literally — when Vassar College students milked cows, fed turkeys, picked fruit, mucked stalls and wrote ethnographies as part of an anthropology course.

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Nanjing on the Hudson

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Once the world was flat then it became round. Now it is flat again… The high school cafeteria was filled with the sounds and sights of Chinese in a welcome to the delegation from High School #29 in Nanjing (China).

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