It Takes a Community to Run a Railroad, or, “The Greatest Job Ever!”

About a half hour out of Pine Plains, in Kingston, a grass-roots organization runs a railroad. A real one, as you can see for yourself in this film about their seasonal theme ride, The Polar Express. And then, after watching it, ask yourself: Is this any way to run a railroad?  Enjoy! You could always […]

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Shop Class!

Because it is not your grandfather’s world anymore. It’s theirs! To thrive in their world, they need new skills to cope with changing technology.   The challenge is not only learning new technology — anything they learn now  will be different in a few short years — it is learning how to change.  A challenge for students […]

Riding High in Copake!

A whole world converged on Copake, NY, — the world of antique bicycle collectors! Why neighboring Copake which, unlike Pine Plains, does not even have ONE traffic light? Because of the 26th annual Antique Bicycle Auction at Copake Auction. They came from all over the country and Canada and parts of Europe just to buy, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!  Braai, rhymes with “fry” means grill in Afrikaans.   Check out this New York Times article about the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Joeseph Szilaski bladesmith Pine Plains, NY

So, Let’s Make a Knife!

A working conversation with Master Bladesmith Joseph Szilaski I heard that there was this guy who lived somewhere in Pine Plains and made knives — great ones — although no one had ever actually seen one. His name seemed too difficult to remember.  Not much to go on.  As small a town as Pine Plains is, I assumed that I would run into […]

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 […]

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).

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.

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!

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.

“Those Gangsters Were No 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.