Booksigning w/H. Daniel Peck – “Thomas Cole’s Refrain”

June 25th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Over twenty years, Cole painted one view of the Catskill Mountains at least ten times. Each work represents the mountains from the perspective of a wide river bend near Catskill, New York. No other scene commanded this much of the artist’s attention.

Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, which include works central to American nineteenth-century landscape art, are an integral series. In Thomas Cole’s Refrain, H. Daniel Peck explores the patterns of change and permanence in the artist’s depiction of a scene he knew first-hand. Peck shows how the paintings express the artist’s deep attachment to place and region while illuminating his expansive imagination. Peck finds significant continuities―personal and conceptual―running throughout the Catskill Creek paintings, continuities that cast new light on familiar works and bring significance to ones never before seen by many viewers. Read More

Booksigning w/Robert Stone – “Chasing the Moon”

June 27th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books & Music

A charismatic young president issued the historic Moon landing challenge. This book, which greatly expands the companion PBS series, tells the stories of the visionaries—based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material—who helped America win the space race with the first lunar landing fifty years ago.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy proposed the nation spend twenty billion dollars to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. For the first time, Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the fascinating individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America’s momentous achievement. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the Moon landing—now celebrating its 50th anniversary—grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses and rule-breaking scientists. Going in depth to explore their stories beyond the PBS series, writer/producer Robert Stone—called “one of our most important documentary film makers” by Entertainment Weekly—brings these important figures to brilliant life. Read More

Booksigning “Under the Bridge” & Conversation w/Rebecca Godfrey & Gary Shteyngart

June 29th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Rebecca Godfrey will talk with author Gary Shteyngart about the new edition of her acclaimed true crime book – the shocking true story of a group of teenagers who savagely beat a classmate to death and then tried to cover up the crime.

Under The Bridge has won multiple awards and found a range of admirers since its original publication in 2005. Now reissued with an introduction by National Book Award nominee Mary Gaitskill, this groundbreaking true crime book remains timely and important with its look at high school violence and the hidden anger and desires of young girls. Highlighting along the way the deeply entrenched social tensions that provoked the murder, Under The Bridge is more than a true-crime book—it is an unforgettable wake-up call.

REBECCA GODFREY’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge received one of Canada’s largest literary awards, the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, as well as the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. In 2016, she edited and curated the multimedia exhibition, Girls In Trees. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.

GARY SHTEYNGART is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Lake Success, Super Sad True Love StoryAbsurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. His memoir, Little Failure, was named one of the best books of 2014 by more than 45 publications and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineGranta, Esquire, GQ, Travel + Leisure, and many others

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Cut-a-Thon Fundraiser

July 7th, 10 am – 4 pm
Xanadu Hair Studio

Please join us at Xanadu in supporting long-time friend, Cara with her fight against Cancer. Xanadu will be hosting a Cut-a-thon Fundraiser to benefit Cara. $20 hair cuts. Raffles. Gift Baskets. No appt necessary. More Info

Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 12th – 14th, 4 pm – 8 pm

Within walking distance from Montgomery Row, this year’s Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held at Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Balloon Fest tickets. Check out our summer promo, EAT & SHOP INDEPENDENT starting June 14 – July 15, earning you gift cards with every $55 spent at Montgomery Row.

Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt Party

July 31st, 4 pm – 5 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Hand in your Where’s Waldo Passport it’s time to celebrate! Join us for a great Where’s Waldo celebration & prize-drawing party! More Info or call 845.876.0500

Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt

July 1st – 31st, 10 am – 8 pm
Oblong Books & Music

The popular ‘Where’s Waldo’ hunt is back – Pick up a Waldo Passport at Oblong and then hunt for Waldo(s), the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs at local businesses in Rhinebeck all through the month of July. Spot him to win prizes, including buttons, books, and more!

Its free to play, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. Finish up the hunt with a Waldo Prize-Drawing party on Wednesday, July 31 at 4pm. Instructions & More Info at 845.876.0500 or Where’s Waldo Hunt