Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Father and daughter

Film maker Richard Kroehling with his daughter Lina at their house on a hilltop overlooking other hilltops outside Cold Spring, New York. Lina is a biologist and artist. I first saw Richard at Dogwood, a pub in the neighboring town of Beacon. I thought what a distinguished looking man. His daughter was in the shadows but Caroline told me she would only add to the picture. She knew them from Facebook.

Richard's wife Laura makes very good coffee. Straight, strong, dark stuff, nothing artisan or fancy flavored. She also makes her own bread, the no-knead recipe from the Sullivan Street Bakery, Little Italy, NYC. 

Their house is one of the friendliest and warmest that I have visited in the Hudson Valley. I was going to leave the prints I gave them on the doorstep and scram, but they saw me coming. I accepted their invitation for coffee without hesitation.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Our night in Jamaica

The Friday night bartender at Untouchable Bar and Restaurant on Liberty Street in Newburgh. If you love anything Jamaican, I urge you to go the Untouchable for warmth and chat. Friday nights and party nights you go for the music.

Except for the Reggae classics, everything that the proprietor, Leford Robinson, plays is recorded in Jamaica on his trips back home. Then there are the guest DJs from downtown Newburgh with their choices and immense skills in lighting up the guests.

On party nights you are frisked at the door (and why not, let's be safe), and nobody under 23 is admitted. We left at 3:45 a.m., while Veronica, our sound person for the evening, said she would stay, as she thought things were just getting going. We saw that she left around five according to her Facebook post.

I was exhausted by the time we left. We have some pickup shots to do and we are looking forward to that, but we'll try to be home earlier.