No Last Words

In the hands of a skilled author, even the details of a humdrum existence can seem exciting. How fortunate for Tara Kelly, a resident of Amenia, that not only is she a talented and witty writer, but her life has also been filled with the highs and lows that make for what editors call “great copy.”

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Beyond Ritual

The Re Institute is pleased to present the work of Judith Braun and Rowan Willigan. Both artists have a history of making large mural-based pieces. Each will be showing work that continues this interest.

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Play for Pink

On Friday, July 7th co-chairs Cathy Franklin, Meghan Klopp, Beth Ledy, Alexandra Traber McNamara, and Stephanie Quartararo hosted the Annual Play for PINK Millbrook Luncheon at Mashomack Preserve Club.

Rob Dyson was honored with the Millbrook Humanitarian Award along with speakers Dr. Jedd D. Wolchok and Dr. Taha Merghoub from Weill Cornell Medical Center; Donna McKay, President & CEO of BCRF; and Dr. Lisa Curcio of Vassar Brothers Medical Center.  

This year’s PFP Millbrook event raised over $220K, breaking records for individual giving. PFP donates 100% of its proceeds to Breast Cancer Research Foundation which goes directly into the hands of the researchers.


 The Lantern Shines Bright

Great Food and a Great Vibe in Wassaic
By Charles Dubow
Photos by Erika Dasilva

I want to move to Wassaic, just so I can eat at The Lantern Inn every weekend. That’s only a slight exaggeration. The food, the wines, the cocktails, the ambience are just so…great. And, judging by the tables of happy diners, filling up its indoor and outdoor seating, I am clearly not the only one who really digs coming here.

Just driving by the place you can tell there is something special about it. The town of Wassaic is tiny and The Lantern is the only reason anyone would come here after 5 pm. Then you see BMWs, Teslas, Subarus, and pickups lining the sidewalk. You walk up the old porch and enter what had once been a local bar (and which still looks very much like a local bar—pool table and all) where people with beards and tattoos are drinking and laughing while their food is being prepared. There is no mâitre d’. No reservations. You just roll up. Check out what’s on the menu and make your order directly to the kitchen. Have a drink. When your food is ready, they bring it out to your table. Depending on the weather, you can sit inside or out. (They also do a healthy takeout business.)

And there’s plenty of seating. All tables are intended to accommodate large groups and they are almost continuously filled. The restaurant is in constant flow, thanks in part to people walking to get refills at the bar, the large numbers of young children running around, families, friends, the occasional cyclist, and several well-behaved dogs. 

General manager Mihn Le and his wife Erika DaSilva, who is the beverage manager, welcome returning guests like old friends and make newcomers feel right at home. They have been, as Erika puts it, “stewards of The Lantern” for six years. Veterans of the NYC restaurant world, where they worked at places like Momofuku, Otto and Joseph Leonard, they have fully embraced a laid back country aesthetic that gives The Lantern its California-meets-Brooklyn-meets-upstate-New-York vibe. 

But the food is what makes The Lantern more than just a hip family-friendly joint. The kitchen, led by chef Johnny Dearth, is best-known for its wood-fired pizzas. Favorites include the Green Lantern, made with fresh garlic, kale, pecorino, house mozzarella and lemon oil; and the Smokehouse, with house-smoked pork, red cabbage, and pickled red onions. But it’s not all pizza. The ricotta-filled Caramelle (so called because they look like little wrapped caramels) with English peas and Calabrian chili was so good that I couldn’t help but exclaim “Holy S—!” when I took my first bite. I had similar reactions to pretty much everything that came out of the kitchen. Minh just got a smoker and they are making what might just be the best eggplant dip I’ve ever eaten. Other highlights include the Lantern Burger, the Fried Chicken Sandwich, and the Gnocchetti with local pork sausage and kale. Even if I don’t live in Wassaic for now, I will be coming back as often as possible.

Open Thursday-Sunday. Dinner only.

10 Main Street, Wassaic,

Millerton Bygone Era

History lies deep in the surroundings of Millerton, where buildings like the Millerton Inn, 52 Main, and The Moviehouse can be traced back to the village’s formation in 1851.

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Summer Weekend Roundup August 18-20


Rhinebeck Summer Sidewalk Sale
This weekend August 18-20, Rhinebeck area merchants will bring their wares to the sidewalks! Merchants throughout the Village and the area will set up outdoor tables to offer bargains or display signage as to what is special inside!

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and Californian cellist Natalie Haas bring their near-telepathic understanding and joyful spontaneity to traditional music to The Stissing Center on august 18th at 7:00 PM.

Friday Night Food Trucks
On August 18 from 5-8 PM, head over to Millbrook Vineyards and Winery for their “Friday Night Food Trucks” featuring Forno Rosso & Ground Up Food Truck with live music from Sierra Ashley.


Meet the Writers of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 
On August 19 at 5:00 PM, meet one of the writing teams selected from 210 applications to the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. You’ll enjoy food and drinks, and the writers will talk about the musical they are writing that week and share a few songs.

Erika Lewis
Head over to Chaseholm farm on August 19 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM to hear music from singer/songwriter Erika Lewis! Food trucks and build your own picnics available!

Evening in the Rainforest featuring Monkeys and Mojitos
On August 19 at 6 PM, Two By Two Animal Haven will host its annual event Evening in the Rainforest fundraiser at Tymor Park. Enjoy delicious food and drinks alongside the organization’s leaping lemurs, hopping kangaroos, vibrant macaws, and more!

Deep in the Valley Fest
On August 19 from 11:30 AM to 9 PM, Deep In The Valley Fest returns for a second year of cross-sectional musical genres with a common thread of experimentation and exploration!

Art Studio Views “Sampler Exhibit” Opening Reception
On August 19 from 5-7 PM preview the artwork of the 30 participating artists opening their studio doors for Art Studio Views on Labor day Weekend!


NT Live: Fleabag
The hilarious, award-winning play that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, was captured live on stage from London’s West End in 2019. Head to The Moviehouse on August 20 at 1:00 PM for a screening of NT Live: Fleabag!

Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius at Hardeman Orchards
Head to Hardeman Orchards on August 20th at 7:00 PM to watch the performance of multi Grammy winner and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien who has traveled the world and delighted audiences since 1975 with his warm vocals, string wizardry, and heartfelt original songs. Performing with wife Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals.

Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Head to the Rhinebeck Farmers Market on August 20 from 10-2 PM to munch, meet, mingle, and revel in the bounty of the seasons.