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Mary Poppins Came to Town…

…and the town went for Mary Poppins! The scene for the last performance at the Stissing Theatre Guild was rampant adoration all around as this spontaneous pile on after the planned curtain call shows! Note: As I can’t post any of the performance or the music (don’t have rights) this will give you an idea […]

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The Long Haul Home: The Library Returns!

Talk about returning overdue library books… In what we hope will be the resolution of a long and complex story, books are coming out of storage and the library will be moved out of its old temporary home and back to its new home and… I said it was complex and convoluted! But you can […]

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Pine Plains on Parade: The Parade of Lights, 2015

I thought I would do something different this year for the Parade of Lights.  Instead of filming the parade itself, I would film Pine Plains from the parade.  I went to the High School parking lot while the parade was being assembled and joined our Town Clerk, Judy Harpp, for a ride on the Pine Plains Highway Department […]

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Chads Don’t Hang in Pine Plains

The 2015 Town Board election was very close.  Even for a small town like ours, only 3 votes separated the 2nd and 3rd place candidates.  Absentee ballots could change the outcome. Curious about the process, Sarah Jones, even though she was in first place by a substantial enough lead that would not be affected by […]

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A Day for Honor

Veterans Day, 2015 I can’t really say that it rained on our parade ’cause, well, it didn’t really rain as such and we did not have any kind of parade at all.  It drizzled on our ceremony? Explore more of Pine Plains by hopscotching with your mouse on the tiles of Pine Plains Views! Each tile […]

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It Was All Treats — Halloween 2015

I am sure that this goes on all over America in small towns, but I am so thrilled at how our community of Pine Plains celebrates Halloween with its children.  No committees or dot orgs.  Just those community values of friendship and inclusion where everyone belongs.

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Sergeant, Make It Happen!

There was a touch of Revolutionary War and black powder smoke right in the middle of Pine Plains the other day as Neil Murray was giving his students of military history some experience of what it was like to be Continental Soldiers. I grabbed a scene with my cell phone and then, so impressed with the […]

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Spinning Squash

It’s a yearly tradition that I’ve been going to for years: the 2015 Ag Fair hosted by the Future Farmers of America at the high school in Pine Plains.   This year I was hoping to find something a little different to film.  But the parade started out as it does every year, with the school band, tractors, politicians, tractors, kids […]

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Burger Night at the Farm

  Yesterday, September 19, Chaseholm Farm held its last “Burger Night” event of the 2015 season. Oh, how I wish there were more! It wasn’t just their “scrumptious” burgers or the cows or the people or the music… Well, see for yourself! Pine Plains Views has a history with this farm and the Chase family going back a generation and […]

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A Day to Remember

A video medley of Memorial Day in Pine Plains: The church BBQ chicken fund-raiser The Parade (of course) The opening of a new store in town People enjoying each other and the Lake. But it’s really about why we live here and, if you don’t, why you should come for a visit! The new store already […]

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Soldiers’ Tales

Master Sergeant (Ret.) David A. Cookingham Jr. August 8, 1971 to May 4, 2015 The official obituary tells only part of the story: PINE PLAINS- David Cookingham Jr., 43, of Broadway, NC and previously of Pine Plains, NY, passed away on May 4, 2015. Born on August 8, 1971 in Sharon, CT, he was the son […]

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The Man Who Makes Pine Plains Tick

  Pine Plains, like most small rural towns in America, has its traffic light, its destination restaurant, and its memorial clock tower. Every year, on Memorial Day, the town musters in front of the tower to honor our veterans who have served our nation in armed conflict.  We just assume the clock tower was built in their honor. But there […]

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The Night They Lit Up The Lantern in Wassaic!

Our own Job Yacubian, from The Farmer’s Wife, changed roles and served up some music the other night at The Lantern in Wassaic and sat in with some of his pals from Martha’s Vineyard, The Rattleslacks, consisting of Shawn Barber, lead, and Josh Campbell and William Thomas Lawrence. Job can usually be found in the […]

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Bombers Away!

A video of an historic occasion: The Stissing Mountain High School girls basketball team made it to the regional finals! I am waiting for the results of tonight’s game — which I will post here — and wish them the best of luck. Coverage of the game as well as an explanation of where the […]

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Let’s Remember Sal….

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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A Live South African Braai Right in Pine Plains!

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

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

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!

And this proves it! I was told that the Fire Department was going to hold a parade. Usually parades are held to honor, remember, or celebrate something. I’m not sure about this one. How about that there were no fires that day? Or that the town has a fire department? That it was a splendid day? […]

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You Know It’s Spring When…

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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Memorial Hall: Ever Wonder What’s Inside?

Movie theatre?  Dance studio?  Commercial mall?  Barber shop?  Laundromat? All of the above and then some have, at one time, been housed in this long empty brick building in the center of town. For years, I’ve been curious as it sat empty — holding only memories and attracting rumors of what it’s like inside. Located in the center […]

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Yikes! They’re Packing up the Library!

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

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?

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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On the Steps of the 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. Wherever. I just had to see it with my own eyes and that means share it with you. Soooo, if you ever wanted to see what a foreclosure auction of a community […]

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The 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

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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Picking Pumpkins on a Fall Day

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

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.   Related stories are at a previous Fall Festival Fair coverage and a […]

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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

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, Where All the Good Times Have Gone….

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”

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

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!

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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Time Marches On…

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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The Family Farm

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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Food For Thought

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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Scenes and Behind Them at Lime Rock Park

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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That Old House

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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Chop Shop Suey

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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Love Where You Live: The Story of Hammertown

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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Roll Your Own — Chinese Dumplings!

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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Farming the Future

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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Chopping Rock

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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The Tree Couple

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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The Culture of Agriculture

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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A House Moves Home

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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Wednesday Jam

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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It Takes a Community to Run a Race

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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Howe They Farmed

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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Nanjing on the Hudson

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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This Old Mill

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 […]