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Bidding for a piece of The Rolling Stones

The seedy riff of the Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” wailed through the Stair Galleries in Hudson Saturday as antique wonks peered at rugs from the South Caucus and Persia and aimed their iPhone flashlights at imperfections on sets of Venetian rococo gilt chairs. Drug-fueled 1960s rock might not be the most natural choice for an auction…

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A Glimpse of Gay Pride in the Hudson Valley

After entering my normal coffee joint to purchase a sugary caffeinated drink the day before Pride, I asked one of the baristas whether they would be attending “the parade” in Hudson. She didn’t know what I meant, so I specified I was talking about the annual Gay Pride Parade. “Aerg,” the other barista chimed in,…

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Drag Queen Story Hour with Ella Ghent

As I entered the vast interior of the Hudson Area Library, I could already see the altitudinous Ella Ghent rising above the other figures in the children’s area. She was conservatively dressed for the occasion, wearing an apron, thick stockings and flats. Besides her was her ukulele. Ella spends most of her time as Michael…

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Tales from Hudson’s Shantytown

If you walk past the boutiques and antique stores of Hudson’s Warren Street until the boulevard terminates, then hang a right, you will eventually come upon a scene ripped from time: two rows of dusty shacks leaning over the water around a bay. The shacks are on stilts and are constructed with scrounged materials: roofing…

Columbia County vs. The Cidiots

I am in a unique position to write this article, because I am neither a cidiot or a Columbia County native. I was raised in Connecticut, but spent my 20s in Ulster County, which had its own cidiot vs. native feud. The difference in Ulster County was you were considered a cidiot only if you…

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Into The Three Cities of Hudson, NY

I spent a day last week ambling around the City of Hudson. I didn’t find a single long story in the municipality, but instead numerous short ones. I also found that Hudson was split into three distinct areas—geographically, architecturally, demographically—and that this seemed like the best way to order my impressions. Therefore, the stories are not…