It was very well-advertised for a Surprise Party, but the biggest surprise was how well this restoration, still under construction, is turning out. See for… Read More »The Stissing Center Surprises the Community!
This is Downton Pine Plains, New York. Well, some people might not call it a real downtown, but for us it’s where our traffic light,… Read More »An Old Building Brings New Life to a Community!
When Wynton Marsalis gave the opening concert for the new Stising Center, he also opened some hearts and minds of the local high school Jazz Band in a Master Class.
In a box of old 16mm films, Pete and Jim Howe found movies their mother had made of life on their dairy farm back in the 1940s. They are now sharing them here with you.
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...
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… Read More »It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Shop Class!
A whole world converged on Copake, NY, — the world of antique bicycle collectors! Why neighboring Copake which, unlike Pine Plains, does not even have… Read More »Riding High in Copake! The Antique Bicycle Auction
Pine Plains has a lively history of live theatre — a story in itself. And now, every year, like high schools all over the country,… Read More »It Takes a Play to Make a Community: Backstage at The Music Man
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.
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… Read More »A Live South African Braai Right in Pine Plains!
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.
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… Read More »A Halloween Story: Those Pumpkins on Patchin Mills Bridge
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… Read More »The Night They Lit Up The Lantern in Wassaic!
Seems like they had everything! Particularly, a large crowd on a sunny October day at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
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.
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Field work -- literally -- when Vassar College students milked cows, fed turkeys, picked fruit, mucked stalls and wrote ethnographies as part of an anthropology course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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… Read More »On the Steps of the County Court House…
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… Read More »The Long Haul Home: The Library Returns!
It's sad to see any business close, but in a small rural town the only hardware store is a vital necessity.
So long known as “That” building”, Memorial Hall — or whatever you called it in the past — now has a new future. And one… Read More »“Going… Going…. Wait! It’s Coming Back!
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… Read More »The Next Chapter: The Library Moved. The Story Goes On…