The Hudson Valley is set to enter Phase Four, the Re-Opening is Upon Us.


New York State’s battle with the COVID-19 Coronavirus has, for the moment, proven largely successful. Testing is free and easily available and cases are way down. Let’s pause and appreciate all our time, all our sheltering, all that we have missed and not done in the last 3-4 months and thank ourselves, and care for ourselves. It has been sad and difficult and we have found so many creative ways to add life to our quarantine.

Here in the Hudson Valley, we are re-opening. We are in Phase Three and we see our neighbors in five counties entering Phase Four. But what will re-opening mean? How comfortable are we with increased exposure to our friends, neighbors and community-members? Are we more used to Zoom than sitting next to a friend?

Here at Opus 40, we offer several ways to engage the re-opening with natural beauty and calm:

  • Our remarkable site, with recently cleared trails. With our COVID-19 attendance restrictions, one can safely spend a day on site without coming within 6, or even 100, feet of another person.
  • Friday Picnics with The Dutch Ale House: Spread out, find a picnic table on our 15-acre meadow and enjoy fresh food, chilled wine and some of the most remarkable views in the Hudson Valley.
  • Stockade Saturdays: Get a perfectly made cocktail, made to order and delivered on ice, and watch the sky turn pink behind Overlook Mountain.
  • Sunday Brunch with Bina Cafe. Enjoy a leisurely brunch on site with cold brew or iced herbal teas, starting July 19 at 10:30 AM.
  • Our (yes, virtual) Re-Opening Workshop on July 18 featuring intention meditation, aromatherapy, yoga and more…sign up now. Your class includes a bath-bomb and fresh lavender to help you calmly enter the re-opening and what lies ahead.

Resource Roundup #9

Shout Out To:

  • Radio Kingston/Dollar Bin Radio’s Tribute to Black Music Month HERE.
  •  HERE.
  • Ulster County’s Project Resilience HERE.
  • Rondout Valley Growers Association helps small farms survive Coronavirus HERE.
  • YMCA Farm Project,  an urban, educational farm located at the YMCA in Midtown Kingston, New York.  HERE.
  • Local Restaurants with new outdoor service! Hello, Dutch Ale House, Olsen & Company, Bina’s Cafe!

Practical Information & Grant Information etc:

  • New York Forward, the guide to a re-opening State and State of Mind HERE.
  • The Community Foundation’s Resources HERE.
  • Coping with COVID: Centering Wellness and Self-Care for Creatives HERE.
  • The Authors League Fund grants HERE.
  • Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators HERE.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund HERE.

Ideas from Around the InterWebs:

  • A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond explores contemporary black life through stories about the social, economic, political, and cultural experiences of African Americans at the at the National Museum of African American History & Culture HERE.
  • The Kaiser Chiefs at Royal Albert Hall HERE.
  • PRIDE Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall HERE.
  • Max Vernon: Existential Life Crisis Lullaby – Joe’s Pub Live! From the Archives HERE.
  • Online Life Drawing Classes from Unison HERE.
  • These Truths: Round and Round Together with Fatima Shaik, Amy Nathan, and Sharon Langley HERE.
  • Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, #LecturasEnCasa HERE.
  • Japan’s Kabuki plays in empty theater to online broadcasts amid virus HERE.
  • Live Platypus Camera at San Diego Zoo HERE.
  • Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration HERE.
  • Worldwide Concert for Our Culture: 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala HERE.
  • You Live, You Learn: A Night With Alanis and Jagged Little Pill HERE.
  • Twilight: Los Angeles, Marc Levin’s film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s play HERE.

Thank you, readers! We look forward to seeing you on our gorgeous site soon!