New Book collects Millay’s diaries

THROUGHOUT THE 1920s and 1930s, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poems sold in the thousands, and public readings across the country were quickly sold out. From 1925 until her death in 1950, she lived at Steepletop, a 700-acre homestead and farm at the upper end of East Hill Road in Austerlitz.

Since her death, biographies, critical studies, and collections of her letters and poetry have heightened awareness of her literary work. This month Daniel Mark Epstein, one of her most recent biographers, has released nearly all of her known diary entries, previously available only at the Library of Congress.

Millay’s diaries, originally written in multiple notebooks, open doors for a more complete appreciation of her life and poetry. In “Rapture and Melancholy: The Diaries of Edna St. Vincent Millay” (Yale University Press, $35), Epstein brings into public view Millay’s private activities, personal impressions, and literary thoughts. Read more…

ENTERTAINMENT: Student art contest, Crandell, virtual play reading, artists funding, Art Omi, Murder Café, Club Helsinki, Bard orchestra

Students look at Covid-19

Image credit: Madison Mastro

Image credit: Caitlin Owen

Madison Mastro and Caitlin Owen are the winners of a student art contest run by Council 82, Local 3828 of the Columbia County Corrections Union.

The Union wanted to credit children for “their hard work during these times of isolation,” Matthew Hogencamp, Local president, said in a press release.

Participants submitted an artwork that, in their eyes, related to COVID 19. On May 23 Union membership chose a winner from each of two age groups: 8 and under, and 9 to 18 The prize was a $50 gift card.

The Union congratulates and thanks all who participated, and the area teachers who shared the contest with their classes. For more information see the Local’s Facebook page.










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ENTERTAINMENT: Virtual movies, Mac-Haydn, furthermore, Drive-by Art, Bindlestiff

The whole world is a movie palace

GHENT—The whole world—or any room in your home—is a movie theater these days, thanks to virtual screening rooms. The Crandell Theatre and TSL present regular screenings, and “Ella the Ungovernable” makes its international debut.

In stay-at-home cinema this week, the Crandell presents the coming-of-age drama “Fourteen,” the stranger-than-fiction documentary “The Painter and the Thief,” the Georgian romance “And Then We Danced,” plus a holdover of “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint.”

Watch the trailers and buy a virtual ticket through the links offered on the Crandell’s website,, with 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre. Read more…

ENTERTAINMENT: Two of Us Productions, PS21, Clermont Comics, Bard Upstreaming, Bard award recipient

Hear two classic radio plays Saturday

COPAKE—The Two of Us Productions invites all to “a blast from the past” Saturday, May 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. when the theater group reads two classic radio plays via Zoom.

In “Trouble at the Circus,” super-detective Dick Tracy investigates the sudden death of a talented elephant trainer who dances with her elephants until the night she is trampled to death for no apparent reason.

In “Justice Wears a Blindfold,” handsome, dashing newspaper publisher Britt Reid learns that a well-respected local judge is apparently going out of his way to not send a local hoodlum to jail. Donning his alter ego as The Green Hornet, Britt and his assistant Kato intervene to see that justice is served. Read more…

ENTERTAINMENT: Crandell, Claverack concerts, Moviehouse, Art Omi, PS21, Bindlestiff, Helsinki

The Crandell Theatre marquee. Photo contributed

Crandell sets stay-at-home cinema

CHATHAM—This week in stay-at-home cinema, the Crandell Theatre presents a portrait of an abstract art pioneer in “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint,” holdovers of last week’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” and the French comedy “On a Magical Night,” plus a new selection of Crandell’s Kanopy favorites.

Purchase a virtual ticket through the links offered on the Crandell website,, with 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre.

The Crandell appreciates viewers’ continued patience with the technical hurdles the Virtual Screening Room may have presented in their homes. “This is new for all of us, and we understand your frustrations.” Refer to distribution partners’ technical support links (on each of the film pages) for any problems that might arise.

Claverack summer concerts canceled

CLAVERACK – The Claverack Republican Club has cancelled the 2020 Summer Concert Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summer Concert Series has been a staple of the Claverack community for the past nine years, offering free concerts by local bands Thursday nights in July and August at the Claverack Town Park. Read more…