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Taconic Music opens Summer Festival

MANCHESTER — Taconic Music Summer Festival concerts kick off Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester Village. Artistic directors …

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Michael Epstein | BookMarks: Celebrating Shirley Jackson's legacy If you read Shirley Jackson's 1959 classic, "The Haunting of Hill House" (Penguin, 2004 with an introduction by Laura Miller), it is unlikely that you will accept that next invitation to spend a …
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Dear Readers: As you may know, our region is blessed with a number of fantastic independent bookstores. What follows is the first in a regular series of staff reviews from those stores, from … more
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