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It’s Worth The 3-Month Wait

Food

Each winter, Carmello Penna performs a yearly ritual of making pancetta in his home kitchen. 
Penna has been the head salad chef at the Tanglewood music festival in Lenox, Mass., going on 20 years. Originally from Rome, Italy, Penna now lives in Pittsfield, Mass. He is a retired welder, having worked mostly for General Electric, but also on steel bridges and other structures in the area. 

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Antiques Show Coming To Fairgrounds

On the Trail

If you’re looking for antiques, you should consider heading to Rhinebeck, N.Y., over Memorial Day weekend.
Barn Star’s Antiques at Rhinebeck will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. This weekend has been a tradition for great antiques shows for many years under various promoters, but more than 140 exhibitors — offering the most popular styles in antiques, art and home décor — are expected this year under the direction of Frank Gaglio.

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Rock Doc Gives Fun Look At The Stooges

Streaming: ‘Gimme Danger’

For anyone who was 14 in 1975 and forming a rock band, the song to start with was Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water,” because it had a very simple riff.
Move ahead a few years and a similar kid was probably taxing his brain with “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges because every punk band in the world covered it, and the riff was even simpler.
But what none of the punk pretenders had was a shirtless, bug-eyed, twitching freak apparently in the last stage of a complete mental breakdown for a lead singer.

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Dutchess County’s Busy Day

Outings

Saturday, May 20, is a day packed with art, entertainment and family fun in Dutchess County.
Wassaic
In past years, the Wassaic Project has hosted a multi-day festival every summer. This year, the organizers have decided to instead host four one-day festivals throughout the season.
One of these day-long festivals will be held on May 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at Maxon Mills in Wassaic. Events will include a parade, an art exhibit opening, games, music, food and more. For the full schedule, go to www.wassaicproject.org.

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Eating Hot Peppers For Fun And Glory

Food

It’s 5 p.m. and the stage is set for the main event. The competitors are called out one by one and stare down a paper tray of chili peppers, the color of which are almost impossibly, brilliantly scarlet — like lipstick.
These are no ordinary peppers. They are Carolina Reapers, the world’s hottest, rated at about 1.5 million Scoville units, the standard measure of hotness. You read that right: million. Your average run-of-the-mill jalapeño is a few thousand.

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Star Wars, Comics, Games and More

Pop Culture

The next couple of weeks are packed for fans of geek-
related pop culture.
• Thursday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. (May the 4th Be With You. Get it?)  The Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury will celebrate with a screening of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” at 5:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
• “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters on Friday, May 5. The Marvel sequel features the return of the superhero team led by Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. 

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A Sleepy Town Awakened By Antiques

On the Trail

Brimfield, that unique trading mecca for antiques enthusiasts, will soon be heating up with good collections from the exhibitors and reasonable buying from the customers. 
The first of three seasonal installments will be held May 9 to 14 in the otherwise sleepy Massachusetts town of Brimfield, where about 2,000 exhibiting dealers and many thousands of shoppers will appear for the nearly week-long round of markets offering antiques as the mainstay, along with collectibles, textiles and much more.

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Hudson Valley Comic Con Returns to Poughkeepsie

As a huge fan of comic books and science fiction (and the unending wave of related TV shows, movies, games and collectibles), I never pass up a good pop culture convention. I have attended New York Comic Con multiple times, and I’ve even made the trek to Toronto for Fan Expo Canada.

Enjoy A Scenic Route 7 Drive While Shopping For Antiques

On the Trail

You can visit many stores with great selections of antiques and décor — both furniture and accessories — in a short trip down Route 7 on a weekend morning. 

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Home Décor Options, From Millbrook to Massachusetts

On The Trail

There’s a new home décor store in our area. It’s called Absolutely Wild Home, and it’s located in Millbrook at 3300 Franklin Ave. This site used to be an antiques shop that closed a couple years ago. It was sold to Peter Cunningham and Paolo Mizrahi, who are partners in this new enterprise. 

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