MUNCHING. At Catskill Point tomorrow, from , comes GreeneLand’s Shad Festival. This will be the final party (for 2005) in a series sponsored, at suitable places, from
The American shad, Alosa sapidissima (translation, shad most delicious) is an anadromous fish, meaning it spends its life in salt water, but returns to spawn in fresh water. This glistening silvery fish has been part of culinary life in the
(The Shad Festival is cited in our Promotions Department’s on-line calendar, but the cyber link sends visitors to the wrong place: Cornell Co-operative Extension, a shad-free site).
WITNESSING. “Artists’ Studios Past and Present” is title of symposium this weekend under joint sponsorship of Olana (over in
ENDORSING. County Judge George Pulver Jr solidified last night his already-strong prospect of re-election. By 127 votes to 56, at a meeting in the courthouse (followed by convivialities at the golf club), he became the endorsed candidate of GreeneLand’s Republican Party. His challenger for party endorsement, Greg Lubow, former Chief Public Defender, had thrown his hat in the ring just recently after Peter Margolius, Catskill lawyer and Town Judge, withdrew from the race. Prominent among Lubow’s backers, in addition to Hunter-Tannersville friends and neighbors, was Ed Barber, former chairman of GreeneLand Republicans. So far it looks as if Pulver will face no opposition on the November ballot. A run by Coxsackie lawyer Eugenia Brennan, by way of Democratic Party endorsement, has not eventuated. And the foregoing recitation leaves out the zesty undercurrents, mutterings, intrigues….
RENOVATING. After complications galore, ownership of the former Todd Martin Media building at
OPENING: folksy, funky Durham Center Museum and research library, on Route 145 in East Durham; for its 44th year; tomorrow (Saturday, 5/21) from 1 pm and Sunday, 1-4 pm.
MOURNING, over sale of “Kindred Spirits,” the Asher B. Durand landscape painting, to WalMart heiress Alice Walton: eloquent
Now we know how Egyptians feel about the Rosetta Stone…. Our treasure has been lost… Moving a Catskills painting to the Ozarks seems comical, and [this loss of a “regional monument” gives painful] cultural confirmation of what the marketplace has been telling us for decades now: the small cities, towns, and villages of the Northeast have become vast grazing lands, colonies for plunder by more prosperous sections of the country. We have been losing industry, jobs, population, and brainpower…as if we were bathing in a tub with a slow leak, wondering why we are feeling chilled. Our cultural artifacts seep into the heartland via Ebay. The time is not distant when our steepled churches and clapboard and fieldstone houses will survive only as part of a historical theme park for the rest of the nation, aThat “Catskills painting” was in the New York City Library, though, not the Catskills. And aren’t we enjoying a counter-current of immigration to mid-Hudson towns, by brainy solvent people? Buck up, John.
Yosemiteof quaint lifestyle and vernacular, a time capsule of an that used to be. --“Walm-Art.” Saugerties Times, 5/20. America