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Friday, October 17, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...


'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Plaque
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I'm a long-time advocate of the luncheon walk. I learned years ago that a one hour walk at noon-time does wonders for me.  It clears my mind and answers to problems just pop in my head.  So, even when I'm extremely busy, I take the luncheon walk.  Several days ago, I went strolling through downtown Troy and spotted the above plaque on the front of 225 River Street -- Some Girls boutique.


A Visit from St. Nicholas (credit: New York Historical Society)
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225 River Street, Troy

See also
Twas The Night Before Christmas Began in Troy

A Visit from St. Nicholas

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hoo-hah!


On the way back from my recent trip to the Hudson Valley, I stopped at Golden Harvest Farms in Valatie and stocked up on  Honey Crisp apples and apple cider.  Oh... yeah.... and I stopped in their Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery.  I figured it would be interesting to see.  It was.  I partook of the taste test.  I left with a bottle of  Cornelius Apple Jack (named after Cornelius Murray a long-time Golden Harvest Farms Jamaican migrant worker).  Yes mon, just ask Roy Thompson.  As Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) would say: Hoo-hah!! By the way, if you haven't watched Scent of a Woman in a while I strongly recommend you enjoy one of the best films of all time.  Filmed, in part, at Troy's Emma Willard campus.

Click here for the story of how 60 pounds or 1-1/2 bushels of apples and two years of aging is turned into one bottle of Cornelius Apple Jack at Golden Harvest Farms.  Grown, harvested, pressed, fermented, and distilled at Golden Harvest Farms.

Click here to learn how to drink whisky apple jack "like a Sir."  (Click here to order those glasses.)

Click here for apple jack sipping music.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Locust Grove

Locust Grove
I recently attended an event in the mid-Hudson Valley and stayed at a hotel in Poughkeepsie.  Returning on a gorgeous day, I decided to visit Locust Grove, the home of artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse.  In the 1990's, I used to drive by this place on the way to work and never took the time to visit. While I don't think it's worth a drive just down there just to visit this house, I do think it's worth it if you have other reasons for being in the area.  One might be to visit the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt or Val-Kill the home of Eleanor Roosevelt -- both  Hyde Park.  Yes, separate homes.  Another reason might be to experience the new Walkway Over the Hudson.

I've taken quite a few tours of historic homes, but I place this one near the top.  Excellent tour guide and excellent access.  Plus beautiful grounds.  There's also a small museum of his artwork and morse code paraphernalia.







Friday, September 19, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)
White Snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol.  Swallowing milk from cows that have ingested White Snakeroot can be fatal There was an epidemic of this in 19th century northeast United States.  Lincoln's mother reportedly died after ingesting snakeroot-contaminated milk.