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Come to the Faire, the Renaissance One

Excursions

The temperature is dropping, Halloween decorations are already in stores and school buses have filled the streets, but it’s still technically summer. And that means there’s still time to enjoy the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY.
I’ve been attending it for years. Faithful Compass readers may remember that I dressed as a peasant gnome last summer. I didn’t rent a costume during my latest visit, but that didn’t stop me from taking part in all that 16th-century Elizabethan England has to offer.

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When Art And Fashion Collide

Excursions

Punk: Chaos to Couture, the current exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum, transported me back to CBGB. Pulsating images of dancers and blaring music recreate the atmosphere of the club where punk ruled. In the mid -’70s, when punk was born in New York and London, this fashion statement prevailed. Of course it was really an anti-fashion statement.

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Trade Secrets, It’s Back!

Gardening

Garden and design enthusiasts descend on the Northwest Corner every year for the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, a fundraiser for an important local nonprofit, Women’s Support Services. This group aids victims of domestic abuse and helps them rebuild their lives.

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Leading the Charge . . . Or Not

Fun and Games

Darryl Gangloff seems perfectly grown up during his weekday job as associate editor at The Lakeville Journal. But come the weekend . . .

Ah, spring. That wonderful time of year when you can finally open the windows, get some cleaning done, enjoy some gardening and partake in a tag sale or two.

Or, if you’re like me, you can crawl through the mud with hundreds of people to overtake a massive castle using only a paintball gun.

Perhaps you’d like to pick up an Airsoft gun and trek through the woods with your teammates, competing with other factions over medical supplies.

Good Eats, “Downton Abbey”

Tara Kelly attends a feast for “Downton Abbey” fans
 
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Good Eats, “Downton Abbey”

Food

In season three of Downton Abbey, the PBS television series, when Edith gets left at the altar, her father returns to the estate and orders the servants to rid the house of all evidence of the wedding that didn’t happen. Restore the rugs that had been taken up for dancing; remove all the elaborate flower arrangements; and for God’s sake get rid of the cake!

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Donna McKechnie Brings a Spark Of Broadway to Hudson

Nightlife

Broadway dancer and singer Donna McKechnie is best known for her performance as Cassie, in “A Chorus Line,” as well as for originating roles in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Company,” “Promises Promises” and “State Fair.” She brings her cabaret show, Same Place, Another Time, to Club Helsinki on March 24.
Q: How did you come to create your new cabaret show, “Same Place, Another Time?”

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Traces of the Past

History
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

East of Mabbetsville center, outside of Millbrook, NY, hidden in the woods, is the small White Family cemetery. Centuries ago, families buried their dead in the backyard, or at least in the back 40. Many of these family burial grounds have been swallowed up by brush and bramble as farms failed and families moved away, leaving the care of their dead to strangers.

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Get Out Your iPhone, And Make a Movie

The Berkshire International Film Festival, known as BIFF, and the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield will take part in the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield, MA, Feb. 14-24.
BIFF and the Beacon Cinema will present the Smartphone Film Festival — a growing part on the festival scene. BIFF is looking for submissions of films shot on the iPhone, iPad and various alternative cinematic apps.
Experimental, action, drama and even music video are some of the genres to be considered. 

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. . . And the Plans to Put What Remains to Good Use

The History Scene
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For generations, people in and around New York’s Dutchess County have watched the Harlem Valley State Hospital, later renamed the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center, and the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital, fall into disrepair and ruin.
While many people were aware of the hulking facility, few, aside from employees, patients and developers, have ever seen the inside.
Now we can take in its grim and rotted interiors in Avery Danzinger’s photo essay, on view at the White Gallery in Lakeville, CT, through Dec. 2, see story opposite page.

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