10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Has the snow and cold got you down? Cheer up: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. From snowshoeing and swing dancing to bargain shopping, we’ve got ideas on how to defend yourself against the winter doldrums


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1. [Escape to a Movie]

the moviehouseNow playing: The Moviehouse in Millerton has a café and art gallery — as well as a lineup of first-run flicks


Looking to flee the winter doldrums? Your local movie theater can whisk you far, far away — for a couple of hours, at least. Visiting Ulster County’s Rosendale Theatre is like taking a trip back in time — before moviegoing became a corporate, multiplex experience. Family pictures of the owners line the walls of the lobby, where an ancient-looking vending machine dispenses Almond Joys, Skittles, and the like for just 75 cents. Inside the auditorium, small bags of freshly popped popcorn go for $1.50 — a welcome change from the exorbitantly priced buckets we’ve all come to expect. (While you’re waiting for the movie to start, check out the antique tin ceiling.) In January and February, the theater typically shows that year’s Academy Award-nominated films. “Most of our customers like to see the nominated movies before the awards are given out,” explains Michael Cacchio, grandson of the theater’s original owners.

upstate films

Equally charming is Upstate Films, located in the heart of Rhinebeck. In its 38 years of existence, Upstate has built a loyal following by showing the kind of indie and foreign flicks you won’t find at the mall. (Among the films being shown in January will be Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, starring Penélope Cruz.) The theater has two screens, as well as a concession stand featuring hot apple cider; organic coffee; and Lucky chocolates (made in Saugerties). A nonprofit, member-supported arts organization, Upstate also hosts guest speakers and special events. Past speakers have included novelist Ann Beattie, director James Ivory, and the late film critic Pauline Kael.

Located in a building with a historic clock tower, The Moviehouse in Millerton screens first-run, independent, and foreign films. “January is one of the best months of the year for films, because we play all of the big Oscar contenders,” says Carol Sadlon, who along with her husband Robert, owns this cinematic gem. While waiting for the movie to start, stop by the art gallery or the café, which offers hot drinks and locally made cookies and sweets. The Moviehouse also sponsors an independent film series, FilmWorks Forum. “We host screenings of interesting, timely, and informative films, very often by local filmmakers and producers,” explains Carol.

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