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
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?“ If an event happens in
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.
Students enrolled in Mr. Murray’s Military History course are bringing their research and studies of the American Revolution to life. Through historic interpretation and documented
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
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
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:
A whole world converged on Copake, NY, — the world of antique bicycle collectors! Why neighboring Copake which, unlike Pine Plains, does not even have
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”
Pine Plains has a lively history of live theatre — a story in itself. And now, every year, like high schools all over the country,
Once a week for many years Greg McEldowney would come and wind the Town Clock and keep it running. He recently passed on November 11,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
We don’t often get a chance to see what goes on in the schools because everything is tucked away in brick buildings. When I heard
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
What do you do when it’s cold outside? Stay indoors? No way — get outside and go ice skating! Another attraction to Pine Pains was
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is a video archive of Town Board, Plannng Board, and other public meetings starting in 2012, about 170 videos. Although I am no longer filming the meetings on a regular basis, I will continue under the NYS Open Meetings Law to film what I feel is appropriate.
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
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
Seems like they had everything! Particularly, a large crowd on a sunny October day at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
A fun way to get some fresh air, some good food, and get to know a local farmer — visit a local farm! Here, at
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.
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,
After a four year run, the Wild Hive Farm, Store & Café Bakery closed. I made this film on its last night to preserve how
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
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!
What I hope will become a tradition in the future, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted an evening for the community to hear candidates for
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
It’s sad to see any business close, but in a small rural town the only hardware store is a vital necessity.
It was a large red barn right by the side of the road. It was so well-known it was a landmark for directions. Then, on
So long known as “That” building”, Memorial Hall — or whatever you called it in the past — now has a new future. And one
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
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