Rhinebeck SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING EVENT: Hillary Rodham Clinton – “What Happened” photo blog of M.Salamone

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.


“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened

Oblong Rhinebeck

6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-0500


It certainly does take a village and that’s what it took to help welcome Secretary Clinton to Rhinebeck and Oblong books tonight.
I was told that there was 1000 copies of Hillary’s new book “What Happened”
With the signing  line out the door, all the way down to the Rhinebeck department store, I soon realized that Hillary Rodham Clinton had started to sign, and I better get in there and take a few photos. Thanks, Maggie




Sinterklaas 2017




A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade , featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers  closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.












T-Spoon A Very Sweet Food Truck

We visited T-Spoon (Desserts) A very Sweet Food Truck this weekend,

In the Chef’s World –  2018.  A look on how it’s done, a photo blog by M,Salamone in the Hudson Valley Restaurant and Food Truck world! We’ll talk with

 Terese Taffy Fantasia the chef behind T-Spoon Desserts.



Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/T-Spoon-Desserts-278504592469/

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(914) 388-7921


A visit to New World Home Cooking with Chef Ric Orlando – 2017

Ahead in 2018 , We’ll be back at New World Home Cooking.

Here’s a few pics of our last visit in November, 2017.

The Website : Ric is a chef and activist working in the Hudson Valley of New York. He directs the Hudson Valley and Capital Region’s award winning New World Restaurants.  HE BEAT BOBBY FLAY and he can also claim two victories on the Food Network series CHOPPED. He is a people’s choice winner BEST CHEF,  CAPITAL REGION, ALBANY TIMES UNION 2015, 2016 and 2017.   BEST CHEF,  HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE 2014, 2015, 2017!  Read On – The Website :  http://ricorlando.com/

That’s right, Ric opened the recipe vault to some kickass dishes.

You can find them here – The Blog : http://ricorlando.blogspot.com/








SINTERKLAAS NAMES 2017 HOLDERS OF THE FLAME; HONOR TO BE BESTOWED AT NOVEMBER 4 STAR PARTY- Carrick Photography loves to photograph our friends at Sinterklaas!

By Marybeth Cale, Living Rhinebeck magazine

Photo Credit M. Salamone of Carrick Photography

Rhinebeck, NY…. Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley, now in its 10th year, today announced that Lorrie Kruger, Tim Hoolihan, and family will be the 2017 Holders of the Flame for this year’s December celebration. The honor will be bestowed upon the Kruger/Hoolihan family at the Star Party on November 4 at the Beekman Arms (about one month prior to the Sinterklaas event).


“This honor is bestowed upon a local family who represents the true spirit of our event – the spirit of love that drives all of us to come together for the non-denominational Sinterklaas event year after year – the kind of love and friendship that fosters a sense of belonging and helps build connections,” Says Jeanne Fleming of Hudson Valley Community Productions, who coordinates Sinterklaas every year (and is also the artistic and producing director of the famous New York Village Halloween Parade each year). “We look forward to celebrating as Keepers of the Flame George and Phebe Banta (owners of the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn) pass the Flame to Lorrie Kruger and Tim Hoolihan, this year’s Holders of the Flame.”

Kruger’s parents, Lila and Steven Michael Pague, are part of the core group that organizes the Sinterklaas event each year (this year, Sinterklaas will be held on December 2), and Kruger’s daughter Kylie has participated in the Children’s Starlight Parade (which will step off at 6pm in the Village of Rhinebeck at this year’s December 2nd event); the parade features two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, and Kruger, Hoolihan, and family will lead the parade as “Holders of the Flame.”

The Sinterklaas event also features children’s Crowns & Branches workshops, dance, theatre, and music all over the Village of Rhinebeck, as well as a Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. This year’s honored animal is the elephant. Following the day of activities and evening parade, a Family Hoedown is scheduled to take place at the Town Hall, followed by a dance party at 9pm.

“Sinterklaas is so magical,” said Kruger. “When you see those lights coming down the hill from the Starr Library into the village and realize that hundreds of people worked to put it all together, it’s just amazing.”

Hoolihan added, “and when you look out at all of the people who line the streets – it’s just incredible. Such a wonderful event.”

“It helps many small businesses out and introduces new people to our area,” Kruger says of the event. “And all of the memories children bring home with them because of Sinterklaas – that’s amazing too – and of course for grown-ups as well. It teaches all of us about our Dutch heritage; we are lucky to have it here in our community.”

The “Holders of the Flame” designation will be made official at a pre-event Star Party on Saturday, November 4th at The Ballroom at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, just 4 weeks before the Sinterklaas event will take place. The Star Party serves as a fundraiser for Sinterklaas; tickets cost $50 per person.

For more information on Sinterklaas (including schedule), visit sinterklaashudsonvalley.com.


Listings for Event Calendars:

Sat., Nov. 4

Star Party to benefit Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

The Illustrious Star Party! Our most elegant gathering of the year at which the Snow King and Queen Bring the Celestial Flame to light the First Star that is presented by the Star Child to the Keepers of the Flame; the announcement of the new Family who act as Holders of the Flame for the Sinter Season and the Honored Animal. Stories, dances, live music, prizes and much, much more! Libations and Hors d’oeuvres are served. Our biggest fundraiser of the year! All welcome!

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: The Ballroom at the Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck

Donation: $50; includes libations and hors d’ouevres

Tickets available online at sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

Sun., Nov. 19

Annual Artisan Craft Fair to benefit Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

Works for sale by 25 local artists and craft Artisans including framed art, pottery, glass, woodworking, jewelry, photography, textiles, and more. Get your Holiday gift shopping done before Thanksgiving. Find something special for yourself!

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY

Admission: Free; includes gift-wrapping on purchases

Contact: Joanne Gelb, hana527@gmail.com

Sat., Nov. 25

Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley Send-Off Celebration in Kingston

Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (playing “Spain” in our story) after a full day of store and gallery “open houses”, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful Crowns and Branches, and the Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas on a tugboat across the river to his destination (Rhinebeck). After his send off, there will be a Sinterklaas Soiree and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants.

Time: Activities begin at 11am in Kingston; Send-off parade steps off at 4pm

Location: Historic Kingston Waterfront, Kingston, NY

Cost: Free of charge, open to the public

More information: sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

Sat., Dec. 2

Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

A day-long, colorful, non-denominational celebration for people of all ages that features children’s Crowns & Branches workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade steps off at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers; closes the day at twilight.

Time: Activities all day, 10am-10pm; Children’s Starlight Parade at 6pm, Family Hoedown at 7pm, Adult Dance Party at 9pm

Cost: Free of charge, open to the public

More information: sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

Parking: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck High School, the Rhinebeck Highway Department, and Starr Library. Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. Parking is suspended along the parade route (Market Street) at 3pm. Arrive early and get good parking!

 contact: sinterklaashudsonvalley@gmail.com

Photo Credit M.Salamone of Carrick Photography 1-DSC_5880

Woodstock Film Fest Wows


By Marybeth Cale, writer/publicist/certified life coach, Living Rhinebeck magazine and calecommunications.com

Photos by M. Salamone of Carrick Photography, http://www.carrick-photo.net/

Carrick/ M. Salamone photo blog – https://gr8full.wordpress.com/


Rhinebeck, NY (The Hollywood Times) 10/12/17 – The 18th annual “Fiercely Independent” Woodstock Film Fest is underway in New York State’s exquisite, vibrant Hudson River Valley Region with an incredible lineup of screenings, parties, music, and panels in Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties, Woodstock, and Rosendale.

Locals would say that it is kind of in the region’s DNA to host the celebration of all things creative year after year, and there is definitely consensus among the actors, filmmakers, movie lovers, and directors with whom we have spoken since people starting arriving this past Wednesday. The area is home to a rich history of culture, film, music, and art, and today attracts celebrities, writers, and producers who are working collaboratively to strengthen the film industry in WFF’s native Ulster County and surrounding areas. (Read more about Mary Stuart Masterson’s efforts here.)

Looking forward to enjoying a number of films over the next few days, but here’s the first review:

My Name is Pedro (World Premiere, Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, New York 10/12/2017)

From the moment Pedro Santana walks across the screen in the first scene of this uplifting, eye-opening documentary, you feel as if he is walking right into your heart. His effervescent personality, candor, honesty, unwavering love for life, and contagious optimism is captured beautifully, skilfully, and deliberately throughout the film as first-time director and longtime talent manager Lillian LaSalle and her brilliant team follow Pedro, a former special education student, through his unexpected rise to a powerful position as school administrator, his near-demise in the face of brutal, devastating bureaucracy, and his ongoing quest (and innate ability) to connect deeply with students, and all humans, in a way that transforms the way they see themselves and the world. With a captivating, authentic, larger-than-life presence, Pedro illuminates the fact that successful educators must first speak to the hearts of their students if they are truly going to shape their minds. He describes early learning experiences with Ms. Torres, a teacher who believed deeply in him and who loved him like a son; Torres surprised the filmmaker, crew, and audience during the Q&A when she vocalized the joy she felt as a result of the relationship she developed with Pedro – a reminder that ultimately, the teacher-student relationship is most successful when it is a symbiotic one.

Pedro embodies everything beautiful about humanity, and throughout the film’s twists and turns (some of which were totally unexpected), the team captured his essence, clearly embracing the opportunity to give his story the justice it deserves. As LaSalle shared in the Q&A following the premiere, “(When I was with Pedro), I felt like a better version of myself but couldn’t explain why.” Everyone in the theater felt the same way as we watched his journey take shape; it was the main topic of discussion at the after-party.

This film sheds light on our social responsibility to build an education system designed to inspire our children, teachers, and communities to be the best version of themselves as well; Pedro’s captivating, moving story deserves to be shared far and wide with school districts across the country and beyond. Gratitude to LaSalle and her exceptional team for giving our country the gift of Pedro’s wonderfully told story; indeed, it is a powerful and empowering documentary that could be a “change agent” as its subject was.