Fantastic Weekend of Roots Music in Columbia County, NY 


OldTone Roots Music Festival Hillsdale, NY

Oldtone Roots Music Festival Sept. 7-10, 2017 features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians, instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations, and exceptional national & regional acts on our main, dance, & workshop stages.

Dancers, Pickers & Grin’ers Welcome! Enjoy Picking in the Campground! Camp all weekend or come for the day!

** Other than volunteering in the cookin’ area… I plan to check out the contra dancing in the dance tent, and hear several of the main stage bands.  Many of them will surprise you!  Maybe next year I’ll have some picking skills, enough to attend one of the guitar workshops !  

OldTone Schedule September 7 to 10 2017

New York State Now a Premier Craft Beer Destination

Oh Joy!  Oh Hops!  Oh Foamy frothy goodness!   I am not a beer person myself, but I do hear raves from locals in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region about Local Beer !

I’m not sure when it happened, or why it happened, but New York state has become a real destination for aficionados of Artisanal/ Craft Beers.  It seems that microbreweries abound.   Even the small town near me, Chatham, NY, has a “Must” go-to craft brewery, CHATHAM BREWING, that attracts many visitors to what is now an up-and-coming travel destination as part of the wider Hudson Valley tourism explosion.

Founder Tom Crowell and Jake Cunningham of the Chatham Brewery first opened their business in a small alleyway in the lovely town of Chatham, NY.   I remember walking past it and wondering what the large silver vat was in a back alley storage building.  They have certainly expanded!

To give you an idea of the kind of offerings out there, and for those that would drive many miles for a good beer, there is the NEW YORK STATE BEER TRAIL.   Just follow the map!    It looks like it could make for an exciting trip of several days – just remember to have at least one designated driver!

A stroll by the front of this Chatham landmark reveals both the main taproom area and to the right of that, another room containing  some of the vats.    The brewery has won several awards since its inception more than 10 years ago.    It is now a real Beer destination.    I am happy to report they have a food vendor and lovely outside seating area.  Menu includes a vegetarian and vegan option.

Is there a tour and description of the process?   I’ll find out!

For further information:

Additional company information can be found online at, on Facebook (, and on Twitter (@ChathamBrewing), and on Instagram (@ChathamBrewing).

Slow Food – Origins of the Movement

The Slow Food (Caps on the S and F) movement started in Italy.   While the experience of eating locally/ fewer miles between harvest and plate has always been a part of the food traditions all over the Italian peninsula, the actual Organization known as Slow Food began in 1986.   It was a movement away from the ever-growing fast food sectors, articulated in the three fundamental qualities of Slow Food.

  • GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food
  • CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
  • FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers

They created a manifesto, which elaborates on the principles of good, clean and fairly produced food, produced and consumed in ways that are also grounded in the principles of social justice.

Today there are Slow Food organizations worldwide, in 150 countries.

(Link to US slow food ..)