Nancy Howell’s paintings on show at Cabane Studios, Phoenicia, Sep 19
The home stretch at the Dutchess County Half Marathon, Lagrangeville, NY, Sep 27. I took two minutes off my PR, finished 59th out of 504 and yet was still only 10th in the 45-49 year old males group. It’s a crowded old age range.
Cabernet Franc grapes struggling to ripen at the end of an exceptionally cool and wet vintage, Millbrook Winery in Dutchess County, Sep 27. Click on picture for larger-than-life-size grape picture.
Linda Pitmon, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey at Valentine’s in Albany, Monday September 28. A small crowd in a delightful dive (upstairs) bar saw the all-star line-up storm through a two and a half hour set of songs by The Minus 5, Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn – and their new collective, The Baseball Projest. Best (and latest) Monday night out in ages. Note that while Valentine’s serves good microbrews, lighting is not its strong point.
Noel and his new old retro record player, complete with Beatles single once owned by my parents, Wednesday September 23rd. Here’s one kid who’ll always know what his dad’s 45rpm adaptor tattoo stands for.
Chris Trapper at the Skytop Inn just outside and above Kingston, Friday September 25th. Trapper’s heartfelt and personable lyrics can be a little literal for my tastes, but his guitar playing is deft, his character endearing, he’s found his niche (and, by his own admission, some happiness) and a crowd of 100 or more at the Skytop welcomed him as if a returning hero.
The Amphicar at Woodstock’s British Car Show, Saturday September 26. Only 3200 of these were made, in the 1960s, in Germany – with a British engine – and about 400 are still in existence. The owner of this vehicle says he’s taken it into the Hudson 30 times already. Note the propellors. The Amphicar won the Best “Other” category. No wonder.
Not your parents’ MG. Well, actually, maybe your grandparents. A beauty, huh?
Campbell’s favorite car, other than the Amphicar, was the most modern of them all: this rather luxurious Lotus.
There was no dispute about this 1955 Jaguar XKD winning Best of Show. One of the judges thought it might be worth as much as $3,000,000, though its owner insisted there are several still in competition. It has a grand total of 26,000 miles on it – some of which were added when the owner drove it on the public roads from Gloversville to Woodstock for the Show. Hands down, this is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. Click on all car pictures for full-size images.
The line-up at the Kermit Lynch wine tasting at Hudson Valley Wine Merchants, Saturday September 26. A great way to taste through a Saturday night.