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Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Clark

The Clark
Last weekend, I got my periodic fix at The Clark, the amazing Clark museum in Williamstown.  I have to pinch myself every time I go.  I find it hard to believe I live in rural Grafton, NY and yet less than 15 miles from this world class art museum.  I never tire of the Winslow Homers, John Singer Sargents, George Inness's and Frederic Remingtons in the permanent collection.  And the special exhibits are always a joy.

If you haven't been there for a while, give yourself a treat.  And if you're on a tight budget, make it on the first Sunday of the month through May 1st since no admission will be charged.

One of my favorites: A Street in Venice - John Singer Sargent

Friends or Foes? - Frederic Remington

Autumn in Montclair - George Inness

Undertow - Winslow Homer

View from the inside of the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando Architects & Associates.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Coyote Flaco

Coyote Flaco - Williamstown

We drove over the Petersburgh Pass to Williamstown recently to try out Coyote Flaco, a Mexican restaurant on Route 7 (505 Cold Spring Rd.) about 1/2 way between the intersection of routes 2 and 7 (bottom of the Pass) and downtown Williamstown. The restaurant has a nice, fun decor with a wood stove blazing at one end. There's a bar, main dining room and secondary dining room. They ALL filled up that night, so do make reservations. Although a complimentary salsa and chips is quickly delivered to the table, Constant Companion and I shared a Coyote Guacamole that was served in two scooped out avocados -- superb!  We then both chose Quesadillas Linda for our entree -- Constant Companion going with the Vegetarian and I with the Chicken. Very good! (large serving -- 1/2 was doggy-bagged to take home). Very good selection of drinks and Mexican beers. Being partial to amber beers, I went with the Dos Equis XX Amber. CC chose a Sauvignon Blanc glass of wine. The meal was completed with a shared dessert serving of Churros -- my first, and not my last (yummmmmy!!!). Good thing we shared too, or I wouldn't have made it out the door. 

Okay... very good food, very good service (a tad rushed at first, but they got the message), very good value. My only complaint: the parking lot needs work. We were parked along the creek and retainers should be placed there so one doesn't inadvertently shift into forward when departing, or slide into the creek which is certainly possible. However, we both loved the place, were thrilled to find a replacement for the closed Rattlesnake Cafe in Bennington, and I would place it now in my "Williamstown Top 3": 1) Mezze for fine dining; 2) Pera Bistro (my favorite) for special "dinners-for-two"; and now 3) Coyote Flaco for "I got the munchies, I don't feel like cooking, I have a yen for a Williamstown fix" days.  

And, speaking of Pera Bistro, there's an excellent review of that wonderful restaurant in Rural Intelligence -- click here.

Coyote Flaco's main dining room

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Welcome to the Rensselaer Plateau

Click the play button on the image above to view the video

The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance just released this video offering a cool drone-filmed, bird's-eye view of their new community forest, accessed off Legenbauer Road in the Town of Poestenkill.

"The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance is happy to announce that the first U.S. Forest Service-recognized Community Forest in New York State is now open to public use, featuring miles of trails and varied recreation opportunities."

Kudos RPA and thank you!