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Dancing with Dasein... by Mark Morganstern
Dancing with Dasein... a book by Mark Morganstern
A collection of fourteen stories
by Cafe co-owner Mark Morganstern
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The Rosendale Cafe's Getaway Apartment for Rent
Beautiful Newly Renovated Vacation Apartment
A large three bedroom apartment, just renovated.
It has ten foot ceilings, lots of light, and a very open layout.
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The Rosendale Cafe's Famous Japanese Salad Dressing
Our famous Japanese Salad Dressing
Bring home a bottle or two of this
popular feature of the Cafe.
They make great gifts!

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Webcam of our specials board
Our Online Specials Board!
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Greg and Michelle and a Burrito, click for larger The Rosendale Cafe offers some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley, serving weekly entrees, assorted salads, exciting homemade desserts, organic coffees, three tap micro brews, and wine. Weekend concerts feature both local and international musicians: singer-songwriters, jazz, blues, world, and experimental; and every other Tuesday we host Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays, a showcase of local musicians. Enjoy delicious, whole vegetarian cooking and hear great music in an intimate, smoke free restaurant environment.

Recognized by Chronogram Magazine as Best Vegetarian Restaurant and Best Performance Space, we also received a four star rating for food and value in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

After a concert by The Hunger Mountain Boys, enthusiastic audience member Ammuse wrote "... The Rosendale Cafe holds a special place in my heart, being among one of my favorite intimate music venues in not only my surrounding area, but in NY State itself."  Click here to see the full review, including some great photos.

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Saturday, November 28 at 8:00pm  Cost: $10.00   iCal +Google

MilkweedBorn out of the tight knit and rising Folk music scene of Binghamton NY, the band Milkweed has been drawing crowds and critical acclaim through their first year of full time touring. Their unique shows stand apart from the norm, with the raised platform and attention to lyrics, and their depth of three part harmonies. While both whimsical and melancholy, Milkweeds music bridges the gaps between genres, combining storytelling with poetry, flat picking with Piedmont blues, and gospel with some hints of rock and roll. Through great dynamics the band can produce fragile spellbinding moments, and then create a full sound far surpassing the expected limits of a trio. With the imminent release of their first full length album, Dream of an American Family, recorded by the great Don Sternaker (Railroad Earth, From Good Homes, Peter Gabriel, Blues Traveler) and mastered by the legendary Gene Paul (John Prine, Nora Jones, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack) Milkweed is on the list of 'must sees' and 'bands to watch for'. Comprised of Peter Lister, Jacqueline Colombo, and Joseph Alston, Milkweed can be seen and heard at the many great listening rooms and theaters in the Northeast and beyond. Bring your open ears and open hearts. You won't leave disappointed.

... and then...
Mark Morganstern Reads from His New Book
Sunday, November 29 at 3:00pm  Cost: Free   iCal +Google

Mark Morganstern Reads from His New BookIn this collection of fourteen stories -- mostly set among working folks in the Hudson River Valley of New York -- music, food, philosophy, and magic weave through tales that are by turns gritty, aching, and comical. Characters grapple with unfulfilled dreams in a dizzying, often alien culture. Meet a Bronx Italian Zen master with a baby and an ex-football-star partner... a young curator assigned to coddle an infamous avant-garde artist whose assistant threatens her marriage... a Homer scholar who disappears in a blizzard over a stone wall, never to be seen again... a failed graduate student who nearly gets paralyzed delivering a case of gourmet cat food to his Heidegger professor to settle a vague psychic debt... a reincarnating Ancient Egyptian chef who travels thousands of years from the banks of the Nile to a surf-crazed town in Southern California to open a bakery... and others. All are drawn with empathy and wry humor, observed through a sharp lens as they wrestle and waltz with the blunt challenge of being human... Dancing with Dasein.

Mark Morganstern left a budding music career behind when he realized he didn't want to play weddings in a cover band. He parlayed a long-term literary interest into an MA in Creative Writing from the City University of New York, subsequently adjuncting in a college, subbing in a high school, and booking music acts in his family cafe. When off duty, he writes, submits, files rejections, and even gets published. He believes in fiction.

The book can be ordered by clicking on the photo.

"'Of all the tofu joints in the world, he'd walked into mine.' Morganstern's funny, sad, exceedingly human stories set in the Hudson Valley and their portrayals of our foibles, vanities and dreams, nascent and crushed, bring to mind such classic regionals as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Salinger's Upper West Side, and Trollope's Barsetshire. Dancing with Dasein will make you want to live in a place like Rosendale, New York, or stay as far away as humanly possible." --Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of 'High Maintenance' and 'The Seven Year Bitch'

"Mark Morganstern has an original voice and every story displays his great talent. The stories are original and quirky-and very enjoyable." --Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of 'Sleeping Arrangements'

... and then...
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Thursday, December 3 at 7:30pm  Cost: $10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing   iCal +Google

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on Thursday nights, each starting with an all-levels lesson from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, and dancing until 10:30pm. Argentinean instructor Maia Martinez leads dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Bachata. Click on Maia's photo for more information about her work.

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The Rosendale Cafe®
434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays)