Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Stone House In The Fall

Some of the trees here have now lost their leaves. But this just opens up the views.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Farmer John Gill on his tractor

Until the end of October you can go for beautiful hay rides in a wagon pulled by this tractor along the far side of the Esopus Creek behind our house. The rides start from Gill's Farm Stand at the end of our road. Watch out for ghosts, monsters and witches......and just lift your feet up when he fords the creek!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hurley Fun

Mr Levon Helm walks to the stage at The Levon Helm Band's free concert at Gill's Farm, Hurley NY this afternoon.

Farmer John Gill prepares to fire his pumpkin cannon with a 97-foot-long barrel that shoots pumpkins nearly 1 mile at a speed of 600 miles per hour.

The audience for the gig stretches into the Pumpkin Patch.
It was a beautiful Fall afternoon here on the banks of the Esopus, just a few hundred yards from our house. We were told "Levon doesn't have his voice today, but it will be back!", and it was a great show anyway. Everyone loved it, it was a privilege to be there. Thank you Levon!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Levon Helm Band at Gill's Farm this Sunday

It's that time of year again. The Fall Farm Festival at Gill's Farm Stand on Route 209 - walking distance from our house! The Levon Helm Band is playing a Free Concert on Sunday, October 11th, from 2-4 pm. http://www.levonhelm.com/john_gill_farm.htm

The Making of Electric Dirt, his latest album: http://www.levonhelm.com/electric_dirt.htm

Monday, October 5, 2009

High Falls

These photographs are from the "Country Seats Tour" (see last post). They were all taken yesterday in High Falls, NY - about 5 miles from here.
The bottom picture is The Jacob Hasbrouck House. Jacobus B. Hasbrouck, a descendant of one of the 12 French Huguenot patentees of New Paltz, built this house some time before 1797. Hasbrouck, who was from a wealthy family with large landholdings, owned and operated a grist mill on nearby Rondout Creek. Beginning as a two-room house, with a kitchen wing added later, the house has Georgian characteristics such as a center hall and plastered ceilings. Georgian features in Huguenot houses outside of New Paltz are not uncommon. Signs of a granary door still exist on the west gable end.
The middle picture is of The Elmendorf Barn. This traditional Dutch timber-framed barn was built in 1851 by James Henry Elmendorf on land owned and lived on by the Elmendorf family since at least the late 18th century. The barn’s framework of massive posts and beams leads the eye to the soaring rafters above, echoing the vaulted nave and side aisles of Gothic cathedrals. The anchor beam of the middle bent was recycled from an earlier Dutch American barn. Late Dutch timber-framed barns are rare and this example testifies to the persistence of the Dutch tradition well into the 19th century.
The top most photograph is of the proud owner inside the Van Wagenen House. The Van Wagenen House was built in the late 18th century, replacing a house that may have dated to 1682. It was likely built as one unit except for the kitchen addition on the south end gable wall. The enclosed staircase is original. With its symmetrical fa├žade–a door in the center leading to a spacious central hall, it is a classic example of a Dutch house with a strong Georgian influence. The house has been meticulously restored.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's Dutch

Hudson River Heritage and Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture combined forces this weekend to present the "21st Annual Country Seats Tour. Dutch-American Rural Architecture– from Hurley to High Falls –Ulster County, NY." We were honored to be part of this tour today and met many interesting people visiting our house. The tour continues tomorrow and you can learn more about it here: Whats Dutch .

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Woodstock Film Festival

10 miles up the mountain from here - The 10th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 30th-October 4th, 2009. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. For more information visit: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/ .

The 10th Annual Woodstock Fillm Festival will present the World Premiere of Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni's REDLIGHT, Sunday October 4, 7:00pm at the Bearsville Theater. Narrator and producer Lucy Liu will be in attendance for Q&A. Ms. Liu will also partake in the ACTOR'S PANEL with Vera Farmiga, Sunday, October 4, 12:00pm at Utopia Studios at the Bearsville Complex.