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ON-GOING EVENTS:
For additional on-going happenings, visit our Art, Theater & Peforming Arts section, Community News Page, Recreation Page, Lessons & Enrichment Activities Page, Area Information Page, Township Pages, Local Libraries, Farmers' Markets, and peruse through our website pages for additional resources.

Art Along the Hudson.
  Each month the art cities along the Hudson River celebrate the arts - 100 miles of art.  The year is filled with great art shows, events, open studio tours, awards and more.   On the website, click on the different cities and to their websites for their current art shows, concerts, and more.  www.artalongthehudson.com

16th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble
. September Weekends 2015. www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY
Maverick Concerts.
  June 27, 2015 - September 6, 2015. America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org

Bird-On-A-Cliff's Woodstock Shakespeare Festival at Comeau Park.
   July 17, 2015- August 9, 2015 20th Anniversity Performance of Much Ado about Nothing.  August 14, 2015- September 6, 2015 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. Free, professional artistic entertainment for the entire family on the outdoor Elizabethan Stage.  Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a picnic. Comeau Property, 95 Comeau Drive, Woodstock; 845-247-4007; www.birdonacliff.org/index.html

Concerts on the Green, Woodstock. 
May, 2015 – September, 2015.  Share the music of local musicians and enjoy a free family oriented event on Saturdays. “The Green”, corner of Rt. 212 and Rock City Rd., Woodstock; 1-5pm; Check website for the entire summer schedule www.woodstockchamber.com/concerts-on-the-green/  or www.facebook.com/woodstockconcertsonthegreen/events?key=events 

‘Cruisin’ Around Saugerties.
June 2015 – September 7, 2015. This year's public art event are metal children's pedal cars designed and created by local artists and sponsored by local businesses are throughout the village business district.  A "  ‘Cruisin’ Around Saugerties Gala and Auction will take place on Saturday, September 19, at SPAF (Saugerties Performing Arts Factory), 169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties; 5pm; www.discoversaugerties.com

2015 Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival.  July 11, 2015 - August 22, 2015.   Contemporary artists working in dance, theater, poetry, music, and conceptual and visual art will share adventurous new works developed through intensive residencies.  Mount Tremper Arts, 647 South Plank Rd., Mount Tremper; 688-9893; Check website for the entire summer schedule. www.mounttremperarts.org

Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars
. June 12, 2015 - August 28, 2015.  A weekly Friday/Saturday night movie series.  Music, entertainment, food and, of course, movies. All movies start at dusk. For information call 481-7333. Check website for weekly dates and locations http://kingston-ny.gov/events/?FeedID=358

The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley
. Please check www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz for the next scheduled Repair Café. We can mend everything but broken hearts. Bring your broken but beloved things - small appliances, chairs, lamps, jewelry, books, china, clothes, toys, bikes and more. Watch how we mend them for free. Learn how to mend them yourself. Held in various locations in New Paltz, Kingston, Stone Ridge, Poughkeepsie, and other towns.

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival.
  May 21, 2015 – October 15, 2015. Monthly on the third Thursdays. In what could only be the greatest congregation of meals on wheels in all of history, the Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival joins food trucks from around the region to deliver their delicious dishes. Noodles, German-style pizza, hot dogs, and BBQ make up just some of the available fare. Guests enjoy music, entertainment, and a beer and wine garden, too. Organized by Pierre-luc Moeys & Marc Propper, of Yum Yum on Wheels, Oriole9, 'cue, Lekker & Miss Lucy's.  Cantine Field, Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties; 3:30-9:30pm; www.facebook.com/hvfoodtrucks?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

Milton’s 2015 "Concerts in The Park."
Friday Evenings in May 27, 2015 – September 2, 2015 . Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; 6-9pm. For more information, call the Town of Milton 302-684-4110, or the Chamber of Commerce 302-684-1101. www.historicmilton.com/events/event/291-summer-free-concert-series.html

The D & H Canal Historical Society's Sunday Flea Market.
  Mid April – November (weather permitting). This always-changing, eclectic flea market offers antiques and collectibles, local crafts, food and junque for the discriminating collector and the inveterate browsers. 9am-4pm; Grady Park, Rte. 213, High Falls; 9am-4pm; 810-0471 or email info@canalmuseum.org  or Jonicollyn@aol.com  www.canalmuseum.org/Sunday%20market.html

First Fridays - Village of Saugerties.
Great music in unusual places, lively cocktail tastings and sips of local microbrews.  Art lovers linger on the sidewalk while shoppers find designer clothing & great things for the home. It's a one-of-a-kind First Friday where elegance and apple pie mix it up, where scrappy meets sophisticated. 5-10pm; www.facebook.com/SaugertiesFirstFriday

First Fridays on Main - Margaretville. 
August – October. These events will showcase local art, local music and local food and will take place up and down Main Street. Main Street stores will be open late for your shopping pleasure. Local artists will showcase their artwork up and down the street. Local musicians will be filling the air with awesome sounds and local foods will be available for your mouth and belly to enjoy. There is no admission fee. Just come and enjoy your community and all it has to offer. 5-8pm; Visit www.MainStreetMargaretville.com for info on all Main Street events.

3rd Fridays - Kingston Night Market.
May - October. The shops and galleries on Lower Broadway will host a mix of fun, art, music, food, and wine in the form of a Parisian style antique market.  So come down to the Historic Kingston Waterfront and look for the bright lights and tents.  Lower Broadway between McEntee Street & the Strand, Kingston; 5-9pm; For more info, contact Rebekah Milne 845-331-3902 or Theresa Drapkin 412-508-0803.

First Saturdays - Kingston Art Receptions.
 Held throughout Kingston in various galleries.  Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.); 5pm-8pm; 338-0331; www.askforarts.org

First Saturday - 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour.
May – October.     Guided tour of the largest intact early Dutch Settlement in New York State. $10, $5 under 16. Friends of Historic Kingston, Wall & Main St., Kingston; 1pm; 339-0720; www.fohk.org

Second Fridays - Woodstock Nights.
June – October.  Stroll through Woodstock, visit shops, enjoy the food, listen to the music and view the art. Woodstock businesses will stay open late and offer special night time deals and promotions. Restaurants will create “small bites” for visitors to sample at reasonable prices, artists will be creating “pop up” art shows and musicians will perform at various spots. 6pm-10pm. 845-594-6518.

Second Saturdays - Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival.
  A Woodstock Second Saturday event featuring guest poets. The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street Road, Woodstock; 2pm; For info contact Phillip Levine at 246-8565; pprod@mindspring.com   www.woodstockpoetry.com

3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings.
Bring a beverage or snack, it's a pot-luck affair.  Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; 688-2142; info@artsupstairs.com

3rd Saturdays - Movies With Spirit.
Hollywood and independent films that awaken our sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, and evoke a deeper sense of connection with each other and with life itself. 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month across Ulster and Dutchess counties; 389-9201; Check www.movieswithspirit.com or www.facebook.com/MoviesWithSpirit for monthly films and locations.

3rd Tuesdays - Community Holistic Healthcare Days.
The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community (RVHHC, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic healthcare for all. Holistic practitioners and community members volunteer their services.  Visit our website for the kinds of services available, depending on which practitioners are available on a particular day. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Community service may be given by family and friends on behalf of the patient. We recognize that some patients will be unable to make donations or give volunteer hours. No one will be turned away. Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 4-8pm; www.rvhhc.org

Last Saturdays -  Rondout National Historic Walking Tour in Kingston
. May - October.   A narrated  tour of a thriving Hudson River port during the heyday of the Delaware & Hudson Canal. Departs Heritage Area Visitor Center, 20 Broadway, Rondout, Kingston. 1pm; $5 adult; $2 child under 16. For information call 339-0720;  www.fohk.org



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JANUARY 2015


1-February 13    Early Registration YMCA Indoor Triathlon.
  $20 early registration, $50 late registration after February 13. Event date: March 8. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 minute bike, 20 minute track run.  Registration Fee Benefits The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Register at the YMCA Office, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810 x103. www.ymcaulster.org

10    18th Annual Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.
 Providing wonderful entertainment for the entire family.  Twenty plus regional restaurants bring their best batches of chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award in both the meat and vegetarian categories.  The chili entries vary widely from mild to spicy. Children love the great number of free activities and games designed with them in mind.  In addition, there is a wagon drawn hayride along the trail, marshmallows for toasting and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy.  On sale are hot dogs, hot beverages and more. Ccome on out and enjoy the day.  Admission is $2 with children six and under free.  Taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road,  Highland; 11am-2pm; For more info call 1-781-640-0881 or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net  and visit us at www.facebook.com/hudsonvalley.railtrail  for updates.

10    Winter Wings. Birding For Children.
 Free. Learn how different birds have adapted to survive the winter, how to use your binoculars, and how to use field marks and flight patterns to identify birds. Binoculars will be provided or you may bring your own. Children ages 5 and up welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program with brief outdoor activity if weather permits. Reservations are required.  Mohonk Preserve, Rt. 44/55, Gardiner; Please call 845-255-0919 for info and reservations; www.mohonkpreserve.org/events

11    Scout Day at Belleayre Mountain. For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, rentals $TBD, group lessons $15. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; 9am-4pm; 254-5600; www.belleayre.com/company/calendar.htm

January 16-19    Frost Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Family Weekend.
 A winter wonderland of fun: skiing, skating, tubing, and hot cocoa by the fire. 2 or 3 night packages. Frost Valley YMCA. 2000 Frost Valley Rd. Claryville; 985-2291; www.frostvalley.org/group-and-family-retreats/family-weekends

17    Annual Brook's Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.
  Come and join us for 1/2 chicken or rib dinners. Eat in and visit with your neighbors or take to go, the choice is up to you. $13. Extra half chickens only are available for sale at $7. Woodstock Fire Co.1, 242 Tinker St., Woodstock; 3-6pm; For info call 845-679-2927.  

18    Woodstock’s 25th Annual Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Through reflection, celebration, education and song let us remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 2pm; 845-679-2113.

19    MLK Day: Celebration of Service.
  UlsterCorps is hosting a thank you party honoring all volunteers in Ulster County. We cordially all volunteers to be a part of the celebration. The event will be free and will include live music, refreshments and raffles. Marbletown Multi-Arts (MaMA), 3588 Main St (Route 209), Stone Ridge; 1-5pm; www.ulstercorps.org/events/mlk-day-of-serviceulster-volunteers-day/  www.facebook.com/events/1584555018431419/

19    Shandaken Primitive Biathlon.
  The event will consist of a 1.25 mile course and 4 shooting stations with 2 shots per station.   The course will  be a timed event where the number of scored targets will subtract time from a competitor's overall time.  An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s era attire. Competitors will be divided into 4 age groups: 1) 12-16 years old, 2) 17-40 years old, 3) 41-59 years old, 4) 60 years old & over. There will be prizes awarded for the first place in each age group, and a special prize will be awarded to the youth group winner. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to just snowshoe and shoot the course. Tomahawk and Sharpshooter competitions will be included as separate events. Registration Fees:  Advance  $15, Day of event $18, Woodswalk  $12. Early registrations must be postmarked by January 11th, 2015. The Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea; 9am-Noon; For more info and to register: www.shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net

26 (Snow Date January 27)   7th Annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge
.  Enter your best chili using at least five local ingredients for a chance to win in several categories including Best Home Chef, Best Vegetarian, People's Choice, Most Creative, and Best Professional. Friendly rivalries and snarky banter in the courtyard make this one of our best, most energetic events of the year. Tickets to taste will be sold at the event and all proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry which feeds hundreds of local families. Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz; noon-3pm; 255-1403 or to enter or volunteer email terryfall@gmail.com  www.waterstreetmarket.com

30, 31, February 1    3rd Annual Winter Hoot. 
With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages.  The community, one and all, are welcomed for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter. Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond.  Enjoy local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking & more throughout the weekend. Come for a few hours or the whole weekend. Indoor lodging is available. The Hoot builds community through music and dance & raises scholarship funding for the thousands of children whose lives are transformed by experiencing nature. The Winter Hoot is "pay what you want" this year. Suggested donation $30-60 per adult. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; For info and reservations call 845-657-8333; www.homeofthehoot.com/#winterhoot

31    Annual Wawarsing Winter Festival.
 Awesome Family Event. Food & Craft Vendors on a heated Midway. Bon Fires, Ice Skating, Broom Ball, Poker Run, Snowshoe Hike, Bike Race on Ice, DJ Vinny 'Boom Batz' Nigr, and Hay Rides. Free Admission. Sponsored by the Ellenville Wawarsing Youth Commission, Renegades Mountain Bike Club & The Lippman Park Committee. Lippman Park, Rt. 209, Wawarsing; 10am-4pm; Download Vendor Application at www.ewyouthcommission.org  Call the EW Youth Commission for more info 845-647-7800 ext 129.


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FEBRUARY 2015


1    3rd Annual Winter Hoot.  With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages.  The community, one and all, are welcomed for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter. Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond.  Enjoy local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking & more throughout the weekend. Come for a few hours or the whole weekend. Indoor lodging is available. The Hoot builds community through music and dance & raises scholarship funding for the thousands of children whose lives are transformed by experiencing nature. The Winter Hoot is "pay what you want" this year. Suggested donation $30-60 per adult. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; For info and reservations call 845-657-8333; www.homeofthehoot.com/#winterhoot

7, 8    23rd Annual DanceFest!  
This family-friendly, comunity-building event features performances by eleven of the area's dance schools. Participating dance schools:  American Youth Ballet, Ballet Arts Studio, Barefoot Dance Center, The D’amby Project, The Dutchess School of Performing Arts,  Figures in Flight, Gina Marie’z, New Paltz School of Ballet, New York Academy of Ballet, Rhinebeck Dance Centre, Saugerties Ballet Center, The Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute. Tickets are available as pre-sale orders through the individual dance schools as well as being sold at the door: Adults $18, children 12 and under, seniors $12.   McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz; Saturday 7pm and Sunday 2pm; for more info call 845-256-9300; www.vanavercaravan.org

February 8 - Family of Woodstock's Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Auction
February 8    4th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Auction.  
 Enjoy a decadent chocolate inspired brunch hosted by the exquisite Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, an exciting live auction and an opportunity to support the youth in our community.   A benefit to reduce the number of homeless children living in motels in Ulster County by supporting the expansion of our shelters to accommodate more families.  Preview auction items  www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock  Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; noon-3pm; For more information, please contact 845-331-7080 or nvillani@fowinc.org  Purchase tickets at www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=7801

12, 13    VDay Hudson Valley and the Anchor Present: Vagina Monologues.
The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Advance tickets $10, Door tickets $15, VIP $25. Proceeds from this event go to Family of Woodstock & The Washbourne House. The Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston; 7-10pm; Buy your  advanced tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1173993  www.familyofwoodstockinc.org

13    One Billion Rising: “What’s Your Revolution?”
 The event includes Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence,  the T.M.I. Project, musician Shana Falana and others. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to the Washbourne House, a domestic violence shelter located in Ulster County. For more information please contact Hale Advisors at: 845-383-1361; www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/

14    Subzero Heroes.
An icy dive to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee & snacks in heated tents during the event for observers.  Afterglow party with food and heat, music by WBPM radio. Berean Park, 1000 Reservoir Rd., Highland; Setup & Registration 10am-noon, Jump noon-1:30pm; Info and to register call 471-2655 or visit www.subzeroheroes.wordpress.com/jump-day/

17    New Paltz Clergy Shrove Tuesday Community Pancake Supper.  
The meal provides a traditional Fat Tuesday start to the Lenten Season and includes sausage and applesauce as well as pancakes.  Supper is free, although we gratefully accept donations. The entire community is invited to attend. It is always a good meal and lots of fun watching the local clergy flipping pancakes. St. Andrew’s will, as always, contribute proceeds after expenses to Family of New Paltz, a local emergency-services agency and walk-in crisis center. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main St., New Paltz; 5-7pm; For info call 255-5098.

21    Healthy Highland Day: A Health and Wellness Fair & American Red Cross Blood Drive. We want to provide our local community with information about a wide variety of items to  help promote Healthy Living. There will be a variety of healthcare professionals, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nutritionists, etc. as well as insurance and fitness professionals available. Each attendee will be provided with a Reusable Carry Bag to be able to gather information.  Sponsored by The Highland Rotary Club. Highland High School Gymnasium, 320 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland; 11am-4pm; For more information please contact Sue Naglieri at 914-489-2443 or suenaglieri7210@yahoo.com (put Healthy Highland Day in the subject line).

25    92nd Annual George Washington Dinner & Dance.
Kevin Quilty is the honoree. Lions Club is the music. Country style appetizers will feature "the best ham biscuits you ever ate" with assorted cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Dinner will consist of beef burgundy served alongside of horseradish infused mashed potatoes and a salad of mixed spring greens and pickled beets. Tickets $30/in advance $20. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston; 6:30-9:30pm;  For advance tickets click here or call (845) 338-6759; For more details click here.

27    2nd Annual Spring Fashion Show Benefit for Hudson Valley Autism.  
See the season’s new riding gear and fashion line, through the models of the Autism Society of HV. Music by Big Sister Band, and food, drink, raffle, 50/50 and, of course, fun.  Admission $10.  Hosted by Woodstock Harley-Davidson.  Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 949 St. Rt. 28, Kingston; 6-8pm; 845-338-2800, ext 110;  joi@woodstockharley.com    www.woodstockharley.com

28    18th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta Fundraiser.
The Women’s Studio Workshop will once again transform the Rosendale Community Center with a vast and colorful landscape of hand-crafted pottery.  Not only will Fiesta guests enjoy live entertainment, raffle drawings, and the satisfaction of supporting local arts, but they’ll also put their new wares to use with a complementary serving of delicious, piping hot chili. More than 20 Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs donate 50+ gallons of chili, satisfying meatlovers, vegans, and vegetarians alike. Guests can also buy a paper bowl, and bottomless bellies can purchase additional servings. All proceeds from the Chili Bowl Fiesta support artistic programming at WSW. Rosendale Community Center, 1055 New York Rte 32, Rosendale; $5 early admission 2-4pm, free admission  4-7pm, featuring live music by Dog on Fleas 4-7pm; www.wsworkshop.org/support-us/chili-bowl-fiesta/

27, 28-March 8    Annual Lawn & Garden Show.
 Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours; www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston/



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MARCH 2015


1-31    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. In Kingston, April 19. Online registration closes Friday, April 17 at 12pm. www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  www.hitsendurance.com

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8    Annual Lawn & Garden Show. 
Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours; www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston

3     The Hurley Reformed Church Youth Group is sponsoring The Famous Brook's BBQ
"The best BBQ ever!' March 3, 2015, Dinners include 1/2 Brook's famous chicken or ribs, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, dessert and beverage. Chicken or ribs: $12.00 Free delivery on 10 or more dinners at the Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley, NY.; 4pm-7pm; For reservations or delivery, call Kathy Burns at 845-399-1884. Walk-ins welcome!

March 7    Ashokan Center Maple Fest.
 A day of family fun, hand-on activities, hikes, pancakes and maple syrup and more. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 11am-4pm; (845) 657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org  
www.ashokancenter.org/events/mar-7-maple-fest


7    Sudbury Book Carnival. 
Carnival Games, Photos with Clifford, Book Sale, Face Painting, Bake Sale.  Free admission.  $1 game tickets. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Road, Kingston;10am-1pm; 845-679-1002; www.sudburyschool.com

7    Eighth Annual LGBTQ Spring Gala.
Join us for a wonderful evening of celebration, good company and community with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, awards and dancing. Individuals, partners and families welcome. You can even bring a group of friends and field your own table. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie; 6-11pm; For reservations and tickets visit www.lgbtqcenter.org/events/gala/

8    YMCA Indoor Triathlon.
  You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; First Wave starts at 8am;  338-3810; www.ymcaulster.org

Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Mary Poppins
8     Pancake Breakfast To Meet the Characters of the Coleman HS Musical Theatre Production Of Mary Poppins.  Benefits Coleman HS Musical Tehatre. 8:30am-12noon; Tickets: Adults $8; Children under 12 @ $5. Held at Coleman High School, 430 Hurley, Ave., Hurley, NY; Call 845-338-2750 for reservations. Click here for Reservation Form.

9-22    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2015.
Nearly 200 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many chefs use New York product on their Restaurant Week menus. Whether it’s trying a new place or returning to a true favorite — wherever you choose to dine — Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal. www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/home.php

15   27th Annual Shamrock Run. 
A  2 mile run to benefit Caring Hands  Soup Kitchen.  Parade and Post-race party at the Rondout Neighborhood Center following run.  From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway. Followed by St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check in across from Academy Green at Gov. Clinton Apartments, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston; Registration 10:30am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info www.shamrockrunners.org

15    Kingston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 
Parade kicks off from the Kingston Plaza and proceeds down Broadway to the Rondout Creek waterfront district in Kingston. Numerous bands, floats and community organizations celebrate the "wearing of the green" at this annual fun-filled Irish celebration. Sponsored by Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Con.  338-6622; 1-4pm; events@ulsteraoh.com   www.ulsteraoh.com

19, 20, 21, 22    Woodstock Writers Festival. 
This is one of the gems of spring here in Woodstock.  You can take workshops, attend lectures and meet some of the finest writers in the country.  For the complete schedule and to purchase individual tickets or full festival passes visit www.woodstockwriters.com

20    17th Annual Gateway Foundation Raffle.
 Cocktail Party and Drawing for ticket holders.  Winner need not be present. Many, many additional prizes awarded. Tax deductible portion of ticket is $90. 1st Prize $10,000, 2nd Prize $1,500, 3rd and 4th Prize $500. Tickets are $100 each. To benefit the programs of Gateway Industries, Inc.  Hillside Manor, 240 Boulevard, Kingston; 6-8pm; Tickets are still available, call 845-331-1261 Ext. 288.


20,21,22,27,28     Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Mary Poppins.  Directed by Lise Landis Hopson. Flying by Foy! March 20 @ 7:30pm; March 21st @ 7:30pm; March 22nd @ 3pm; March 27th at 7:30pm; March28th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets: Adults $16; Children under 12 @ $11. Tickets available at the door; Coleman High School, 430 Hurley, Ave., Hurley, NY; Call 845-338-2750 for reservations.

Ulster Ballet Company presents the 32nd Annual Festival of Dance at UPAC, Kingston, NY
21    The 32nd Annual Festival of Dance.
 Since 1984, the festival has showcased both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Each year, its stunning, original programs captivate dance enthusiasts of all ages. This will be an electrifying, explosive, and dynamic coming together of dance companies and dance styles from around the metropolitan area and around the region, who will be presenting works in keeping with an international theme. Tickets  are $22 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and UPAC/Bardavon members.  For groups of ten or more, and children 12 and under, tickets are $15. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston; 8pm; To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088; visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com  or call 800-745-3000. For information about Ulster Ballet Company  visit www.ulsterballet.org  or call  845-246-4316.

21    Ulster SPCA 16th Annual Fur Ball.
  Please join us for our biggest fundraiser.  Enjoy a silent auction, live auction, cocktails, and dinner. Join us in celebrating our Fur ever friends. Tickets $85. Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Parition Street, Saugerties; 5:30pm; Please RSVP by March 12 by contacting  Cindy Caporale: 845-246-5914 or email luckbea123@aol.com ; www.ucspca.org/?ai1ec_event=16th-annual-fur-ball

21, 22, 28, 29   Maple Sugar Open House. 
Visit one of Frost Valley’s maple sugar open houses to learn about how pure maple syrup is made. See the tap to table process, identify a sugar maple tree, see our evaporator, and try a sample of fresh syrup. Free and advance registration is not required. Our Maple Sugar/Sap House is 1 mi. east of our main entrance at 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville;  10am-4pm; For more information contact the Natural Resource Department at 845-985-2291 ext. 397; www.frostvalley.org/event/maple-sugar-open-house-5/#sthash.NlZ73fRJ.dpuf

21, 22, 28, 29   Maple Weekend.  See firsthand how real maple syrup is made and get a tour of our creek-side maple farm.  Marty’s Maple Products, 52 Bell Lane, West Shokan, 845-417-8448; www.mapleweekend.com

22    The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show. 
This show will again feature the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale. Admission Adults $6/Children under 12 $1. Andy Murphy Rec Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; www.kingstontrainshow.com

22    Family Fun Harmonica Fest. A musical program for all ages.
Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and most important you. Concert / Funshop / Jam session led by NY Blues Hall of Fame artists David Laks and his Masterful Music Mavens David Winograd, Larry Balestra, Rusty Boris, Melissa Lovaglio, and Dennis Yerry.  Ticket price includes: harmonica, learning guide, and refreshments: Kids 6-12 $10, Teens/Adults $15. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation & SUNY Ulster.  College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall,  SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge; 2-4pm; For more info  call 338-8131 or email info@ucjf.org; To register onlline please visit www.ucjf.org

28    Easter Egg Hunt at Forsyth Park
.  Arts and crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and a hat parade through the park before the hunt. The event is divided into three age groups: pre-k, kindergarden-second grade and third-fifth grades. We provide goody bags to participants as long as supplies last.. This event is free to the community and all residents, no matter what their age, are welcome. Free parking is available at Dietz Stadium.  The Forsyth Nature Center & Park, of Lucas Ave., Kingston;  11am, Egg Hunt starts noon; For more information call 845-481-3534 or email us at info@juniorleaguekingston.org 
www.juniorleaguekingston.org/current-projects/egg-hunt

28    Crazy Hat Bingo Party.
Attention, Hudson Valley’s Bingo mavens and Mad Hatters. The crowning glory of the High Falls Civic Association’s annual calendar returns: this year’s edition of the insanely popular Crazy Hat Bingo Party.  The event features a buffet meal with fresh homemade desserts, coffee and tea. BYOB (adult beverages allowed).  Eye-popping prizes will be given for all Bingo game winners, as well as for outstandingly decorative head coverings in the following categories: Most Environmentally Friendly, Most Humorous, Most Seasonal, Most Artistic, Best Couple, Most Topical (Current Events) and Most High Falls. People, start building your chapeau entries now.  Admission is $15, $12 for seniors.  Marbletown Community Center, Route 209, Stone Ridge; 7-10pm; Email your reservations early to eschoelwer6@gmail.com  or call 845-687-3473. (Yes, last year we had to turn away people from the full room.); www.highfallscivic.org

29    The Kaaterskill Postcard Club Postcard Show and Sale.
Tens of thousands of vintage and historic postcards will be available for sale.  Approximately 20 dealers will be present who carry cards and ephemera in all categories. There will be many dealers with local material for all collecting interests. The club is also assembling a special display of 1960s postcards (fifty years ago - folks).  Food will be available. Admission is $3. Murphy MidTown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 9am-4pm; For more information call 383-0061 or email kpcclub@gmail.com




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APRIL 2015


1-17    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier.  In Kingston, April 19.  Online registration closes Friday, April 17 at 12pm.  www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  www.hitsendurance.com

3    Celebrating Gail Kniceley’s Love: A fundraiser for her family.
Rosendale resident and always community minded Gail Kniceley passed away in February. To honor and celebrate her life many world class musicians and performers will be performing onstage. The funk and soul band Phelonius Phunk will take to the stage joined by world class musicians Jimmy Eppard, Pete Levin, Joey Eppard, Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine as well as other special guests for an evening of incredible music and remembrance. Phelonius Phunk features Danny Louis, Machan Taylor, Randy Ciarlante, Stu Cuttler, Charlie Kniceley.   There will be a raffle and refreshments available. The Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale; 7pm; For additional information or to make a donation please see www.charliebass.com or email carrie@eventsthatmatter.net

4    Easter Beagle Express/Catskill Mountain Rail Road.
  Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun. Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. There will also be plenty of opportunities for pictures, so do not forget your camera. Advance tickets are required, as seating is limited. All trains depart from Westbook Station at Kingston Plaza. Visit website for times. To purchase tickets and information www.catskillmtrailroad.com

5    Easter Egg Hunt.
  Frida’s Bakery, 26 Main Street, Milton; 10:30-Noon; 845-795-5550 or fridas@buttermilkfallsinn.com

April 11    Kingston Antique Show and Flea Market
. 10,000 square feet of indoor shopping space. Come and find your treasures. Murphy Mid-Town Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; Call 845-657-8563 for additional and vendor information.

11    Sugaring Off: 18th Century Style.
Demonstrations will include: Boiling maple sap over an open fire, hearthside cooking (waffles, maple cornbread, maple lemonade), making jackwax candy, whittling spiles and hewing a log into a trough for sap collection, making wooden sap buckets and an 18th century encampment by the 1st Ulster County Militia.  Music by Mark Rust playing instruments such as guitar, banjo, fiddle, spoons, and dulcimer.  At 11am we will be re-dedicating our exhibit, "With Malice Toward None: Ulster County and the Civil War" in the Senate House Museum. Guided Tours will be offered during the event at the usual rate of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, ages 12 and under are free.  Senate House, 296 Fair Street,Kingston; 11am-3pm; 845-338-2786;
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11    “Leith of Life: Reggae Benefit Concert for Leith Rogovin”.
 A reggae concert and benefit for Woodstock teacher Leith Rogovin at the Woodstock Day School for over 20 years and an involved member of the Woodstock community, helping kids on a daily basis. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer. The concert will provide a night of entertainment for families and reggae fans alike. There will also be a silent auction to raise money for Leith’s Compassion Fund open now at www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=233976382  There will also be a performance by the Woodstock Day School performers and alumni.  Tickets will be $25 (general admission ) and $50  (reserved seats) and will include admission to the family oriented early show, as well as the late night reggae show. Kids and seniors are free. Presented in conjunction with The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Route 212), Bearsville; Doors open at 2pm, Enjoy a family-friendly early show starting at 5pm.  A late-night show will kick off at 8:30pm. For tickets www.bearsvilletheater.com/events-calendar/leith-of-life-benefit-concert

11, 12    Annual Pasta Primo Vino.
 A self-guided tour of 14 of the best Hudson Valley Wineries in both Ulster & Orange County.  Visit each winery to sample wonderfully handcrafted regional wines and a different delicious pasta dish at each. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass for all wine tasters. Prices range from $16.20 to $37.80. You choose your starter vineyard; 10am-6pm; More information on the event and how to obtain tickets at www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/pasta-primo-vino/

14    11th Annual Taste of Rhinebeck
.  This event offers participants the chance to enjoy gourmet eats and raise money for a great cause. Participants can sample from about 25 local culinary venues. It is organized by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation.  All proceeds benefit the hospital. Guests enjoy strolling to the village restaurants, spirit shops and town eateries hosted by retailers. Each location features one menu item: an appetizer, main course, dessert or beverage. Some offer more. The cost is $75 per person through April 7 and $100 from April 8-14. Rhinebeck; 6-9pm; For information or to register, visit www.tasteofrhinebeck.com or call 845-871-1711 or email NDHevents@health-quest.org

15    Deadline to purchase or reserve tickets for the Catskills Humane Society Annual Spring Dance & Auction on April 25 at Belleayre.
You can purchase tickets at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, Now & Then Video in Margaretville or call Dale Trethaway to reserve tickets: 518-238-3592. Tickets are $60 per person. www.heartofthecatskills.org

April 18    Annual YMCA Kids Classic.  
Kids day of races to benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship campaign.  Entry fees includes t-shirt. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; Check in on race day begins at 7:30am; First race kicks off at 8am; 338-3810 ededovich@ymcaulster.org www.ymcaulster.org

18    Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Garden Day 2015:
“Beauty & the Feast”.  Welcome to Spring 2015.  This all day program is a gardeners’ dream come true featuring 16 gardening classes, a keynote speaker, vendors, free gardening information to take away for future reference, free soil tests (a must if you want to start your garden off right),  a fabulous bake sale featuring sweets and savory homemade goodies and door prizes. This year’s event features Keynote Speaker, Margaret Roach: gardener, author and garden guru of the popular “A Way To Garden” website and public radio show where she shares her own of brand of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo”.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as classes fill up fast. The cost is $35 for pre-registration or $40 at the door.  You can see all the details about Garden Day’s program and print out a registration form by visiting www.cceulster.org . SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30-4:30;  To request a printed brochure/registration call Carrie at 845-340-3990 ext. 311 or email cad266@cornell.edu

19    Kiwanis Kingston Classic. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis youth funds including scholarships. Awards and food. Presented by HITS Endurance. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; For more info contact info@kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  For early registration go to www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

April 22 - New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Business Showcase
22   New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Business Showcase.
The expo will celebrate the Hudson’s Valley’s diverse businesses while providing professionals with new networking opportunities. Speakers and workshops will be held throughout the day. Novella's, 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561; Showcase from 1pm-5:30pm, followed by a networking mixer 6pm-8pm; Contact the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional information and vendor applications, 845-255-0243 or Click Here for more details.

23    Annual Human Services Expo: Let's Get Connected. 
Stroll through the Expo and meet over 50 local service providers committed to serving the people of Ulster County. They will be on hand to discuss their services and answer any questions.  There will be free giveaways, table raffles, and information handouts.  Hosted by the Ulster County Department of Social Services with NY Connects & Ulster County Office for the Aging.  NYSUT Building (Ground Floor), t 201 Stockade Dr. (off Schwenk Dr.), Kingston; 10am-2pm;  For more info, please call Kate Cook at 845- 334-5581 or kcok@co.ulster.ny.us  or Gloria Ferraro at 845-340-3259 or gfer@co.ulster.ny.us

24    Annual Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow.
We will be plowing with horses and mules.  An ox will be on display.  Other activites will be wagon rides, vendors, live music, good food kids games and much more. Free admission.  Donations accepted. Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord; 10am-4pm; For more info call Robin:  845-294-9016 or dmjure33@frontiernet.net

24    Farm Fest.
 An annual family friendly community event meant to celebrate local agriculture and sustainability movements. Expect local farms, music, vendors, workshops, a plant sale, and lots of fun activities like face painting, yoga, and henna.  SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz; Noon-9pm; NPsustainableAG@gmail.com www.facebook.com/events/883765008347246

24    Dancing with the Stars Ulster Style.  
Come dance with us. There will be a DJ keeping everyone on the dance floor between performances.  Hors D’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Tickets $50 Advance, $60 Door.  Benefit for the United Way of Ulster County.  Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 7pm-10pm;  For info and tickets call 845-331-4199 or visit www.UlsterUnitedWay.org

25    The Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow.
 Something for everyone: live music, good food, wagon rides.  Free to the public, donations accepted. Saundersill Farm. 5100 Rt. 209, Accord; 10am-4pm; For more information call Robin 845 294-9016 or e-mail dmjure33@frontiernet.net

April 25, 2015 - HealthAlliance Foundation's Tulip Ball
25   The HealthAlliance Foundation Tulip Ball. HealthAlliance Foundation supports the programs, facilities and services of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. The Foundation’s annual fundraising gala will honor the accomplishments of Dr. James P. Corsones, as well as Barbara Connelly Cohen who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Robert Tonner will be presented with the fifth annual Community Service Award. Held at the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties. Reservations for the Tulip Ball are $210 and can be made by calling 
845-334-2760 or visiting www.FoundationUpdate.org

25    Spring in Bloom Fashion Show.
The Gallery will be transformed into a fabulous, high-style runway show – complete with passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne.  There will be new, exciting auction items, all with the goal to make Woodstock and beyond a bit more glamorous. Completing the ambiance, a full-size catwalk, will be paraded on by a diverse line-up of charismatic volunteer models and special local guests. The stars of the evening, however, will be the area's boutiques and designers who will put together an array of this year's spring looks. There will also be a Silent Auction of wonderful items donated by local artists, businesses and some fabulous vacation home rentals. And, as a special surprise, we will have a beautiful hand painted and hand sewn dress modeled in the show that will be put up for auction. Kleinert/James Center for the Arts,  36 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 5:30-7:30pm; www.woodstockguild.org/springinbloom.html

25     Catskills Humane Society Annual Spring Dance & Auction. 
Enjoy a great evening of fine dining, live music and dancing to DJ Tito. Exciting live & silent auction items. You can purchase tickets at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, Now & Then Video in Margaretville or call Dale Trethaway to reserve tickets: 518-238-3592. Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased by April 15th. No tickets will be sold at the door. Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort Lodge, Highmount;6-10pm; www.heartofthecatskills.org

26    14th Annual Complementary Medicine Conference.
 Spend one day with us and learn what you can do to stay healthy and reduce your cancer risk. Tickets: $25 Admission (includes lunch), $35 at the door (lunch is not be available unless you pre-register). Presented by Breast Cancer Options. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, New Paltz; 8am-4pm; For program and schedule visit www.breastcanceroptions.org/complementary_medicine_conference0.aspx   To purchase tickets visit www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8031

26    Annual Earth Day Fair 2015.  A community wide gathering and celebration of sustainability and earth wise practices. Family-friendly.  Music, healthy food, children’s activities, demos and more. Free. Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 11aam-3pm; 845- 255-6340; www.reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org




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MAY 2015


1    Free Children’s Bicycle Rodeo (Safety  Clinic). 
The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix will be hosting  a free Family-focused Bicycle Rodeo/Bicycle Safety Clinic. Not only will you learn about cycling and how to keep it safe on the road, you get to put new skill to the test with the bicycle obstacle course. The Woodstock Fire Department. 242 Tinker St., Woodstock; 3:30-5:30pm;  For more information please call 679-2422 or visit our web www.wwcgp.weebly.com

1, 2, 3    Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst.
 Showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite out-of-the-box shopping experience.  A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Lyndhurst, Rte 9, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions call 845-331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com

1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17    The Hudson Valley Fair.
Featuring the Fearless Flores Thrill Show from America’s Got Talent, award-winning illusionist Lance Gifford, a Las Vegas hypnotist show, the very popular Banana Derby, a huge carnival midway and more.  The fair also features a large petting zoo. Also available at the fair are camel and pony rides. Fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages and peppers, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn, pizza and more will be available. Admission to the fair is as low as $3.50 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount through the website before the start of the fair for $20 each. All shows are free with fair admission. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 New York 9D, Wappingers Falls; Fair gates open at 5pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends; www.hudsonvalleyfair.com

15th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo.
2    15th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo.  
Join thousands of women to learn, unwind, ask questions and get all the tools you need for healthier living! This is a day for women and their families. Over 150 exhibits. 20 free health screenings (osteoporosis, blood pressure, glucose, depression, body fat, and others). Informative seminars, workshops & fitness demos. Private mini-consultations with specialists at "The Doctor is In" booth. A healthy cooking food court. Spa area and more.  Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Rd., Lake Katrine; 8:30am-4pm; Visit www.womenshealthexpo.com or
e-mail us via the contact button on the site info for more information or to volunteer.

2    Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix Race Day and Family Fun Ride. Traveling through Woodstock, Saugerties, and Phoenicia, there is no beating the location of this race. As you ascend and descend Catskill mountains, one can appreciate this impeccably routed course and try to take in the scenery, (but watch your speed!)  The course begins and ends in historical Woodstock, rich in culture and musical history which has given birth to a beautiful and bustling town of art galleries, shops and eateries. The Grand Prix is a display of feminine sportsmanship covering over 50 miles of demanding terrain, touching and inspiring many communities, illustrating the wonder of cycling. Invite your friends and family to share in the spirit and enthusiasm at the finish line (while enjoying some rockin live music). Race Start 9am, Fun Ride 9:30am, Block Party Starts at 10:30am. Come have a bite after your ride and cheer the racers to the finish.  www.wwcgp.weebly.com/

2    Rock the Ridge 2015.
  A 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running, or any combination thereof. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve. Mohonk Preserve. Rte 44-55. Gardiner; Starts 6am; 845-255-0919. www.mohonkpreserve.org

2    2nd Annual Midtown Cino De Mayo.  Live performances, DJ, Spanish traditions, costumes,  folkloric music and cuisine.  Free. The event is in Midtown Kingston, between Cedar and Henry Street; 10am-8pm; Presented by Roca Floral and Center for Creative Education.  For more information please call Davis Sosa- Michoca at 845-242-9772 or email davidsosaroda@gmail.com

2    15th Annual Cinco de Mayo. Live music, food, dancers, excellent Mexican food, children's crafts, and novelties. This annual event continues to make our community a better place to live in by bringing people together of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Hispanic/Latino population has become an important part of our community and it contributes to the economic growth and to the rich cultural diversity of our city and region. Casa Villa, 395 Albany Avenue, Kingston; Noon-9pm; 845-331-7646; www.casavilla845.com/Events.html

2, 3    Spring 2015 GOST: Gardiner Open Studio Tour. Bigger and better than ever, with new artists and more than 15 artists' studios to explore in and around the rural hamlet of Gardiner.  Take your pick of photographers, painters, pastelists, ceramicists and more.  There will be demonstrations, refreshments and a chance to peer behind the many studio doors of Gardiner. Visit your favorite artists, or jump onto the tour at any studio that interests you, all while you enjoy the scenic forests and fields of Gardiner that lie below the Shawangunk Ridge. Free and open to the public. For instructions on where to pick up the free Map/Guide visit www.GOSTartists.org; 10am-5pm; More info call 845-255-3336.

3    60th Annual New Paltz Regatta. 
A homemade boat rally on the Wallkill River.  Get creative. Will it sink or float? Everyone welcome. Lots of prizes, lots of fun.  All canoes, kayaks & homemade crafts meet at Village Hall for parade down Main St. at 1pm, kayak race at 1:30pm, Family of New Paltz Duck Race at 2pm, Homemade watercraft race at 2:30pm. $10 early registration, $20 after. Race starts at  New Paltz boat launch on Plains Road, New Paltz; Call for info 845-532-8376, 845-255-3631; Reserve your duck numbers at Family, 51 North Chestnut St. ; 845-255-7957;  www.newpaltzregatta.com

9    YWCA Mother’s Day 5K. 
Race starts at Academy Green Park and ends at Keegan’s Ale.  A Celebration, Awards, & BBQ at Keegan Ales on Saint James Street follows with fun events and prizes. Open to all ages. Proceeds to benefit Girls Inc. of Ulster & Dutchess Counties.  Academy Green Park, Kingston; Race starts at 10am-3pm; 845-338-6844; www.ywcaulstercounty.org

9    19th Annual Spring Balkan Wassail.  A truly eclectic spring celebration.  Sing to the apple trees in an ancient Celtic Ritual for a bountiful harvest. Partake in a sumptuous feast of local and artisanal food to honor the farms. Taste hard cider from the barrel! Join the circle for traditional, folk-style dancing to live Balkan music, as we celebrate Djurdjevdan/Herdelezi (St. George's Day). Hard Cider Tastings, Lamb Roast and Balkan Food.  Admission: Adults $60/advance, $70/at door, Under 18/$15 , Under 6/Free. Evening after 8pm/$25 (Does not include dinner) Camping/$10 extra. Breezy Hill Orchard, 828 Centre Road, Staatsburg; 2pm until the wee hours; Tickets are on sale at www.breezyhillbalkanwassail.brownpapertickets.com   www.hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com

9    4th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. 
Join fellow volunteers and Riverkeeper for a cleanup of the Walkill River by land, a day of service for the Hudson River.  The by-land part of this project will take place along the flood plain at the Plains Road Boat Launch and Sojourner Truth Park. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes or boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. Please wear boots that can handle the mud. The by-land portion of this project is suitable for elementary-aged children with proper adult supervision.  9am-Noon;  For more info contact Riverkeeper at sweep@riverkeeper.org or site leaders Arthur Cemelli at ACemelli@yahoo.com  and David Sides at dsides@hvc.rr.com
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9    The {unexpected} Wedding Expo. 
A fun and fabulous way to meet and mingle with wedding professionals in your area, this is a bridal show for the senses.  This is your chance to experience your vendors and give local wedding professionals the opportunity to showcase who they are and what they do in a totally chill and super creative environment.  $5 to register in advance. ($10 at the door) $20 for VIP tickets. Free for Members of Cornell St. Studios. This event is sponsored by: Weddingvortex, And North, RUPCO, Kingston Happenings, Quigley's Lawn Care, and Grounded NY.  Cornell St. Studios, 168 Cornell St., Kingston; 6:30-10pm;  Call 845-594-4428 to register in advance for tickets and VIP Tickets. www.unexpectedexpo.wix.com/unexpectedexpo
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12    Free Restorative Nature Walk with Wild Earth. Let’s share an easy, mindful walk in our big, beautiful backyard, and be renewed through quiet connection with nature.  All sessions are held at easily accessible locations and offer 30-minute slow nature walks with shared intention to simply enjoy restorative time in nature together. The strolls aim to honor and accommodate a range of capacities and limitations that may accompany injuries, aging, and/or health challenges. Locations with lower tick populations have been selected, and mindful tick-safety practices will be shared and incorporated into our walks. Meet at the Rail Trail, near Soujourner Truth Park/Boat Launch on Plains Rd., New Paltz; Noon-1pm; www.wildearth.org/adults/restorative-nature-strolls

16    Gardiner Cupcake Festival.  A popular annual event that offers a variety of fun activities that features a variety of cupcake vendors who combined bring over 30,000 cupcakes. New to the festival this year is the 1st. Annual Cupcake Classic. In addition to the cupcake classic there will be the ever popular amateur cupcake contest. Amateur cupcake makers from around the Hudson Valley will be judged in such categories as: Best Decorated cupcake; Best Tasting cupcake and Most Creative cupcake.  Activities for kids including face painting, cupcake decorating, helicopter rides, pony rides, wagon rides and 5 bouncy houses. Wright's Farm. 699 Route 208, Gardiner; Cupcake Classic Race registration starts at 9am; Festival is Noon-6pm; 845-255-5300. www.gardinercupcakefestival.com

16    18th Century Spring and Garden Fair.
  Planting 18th century-inspired vegetable and herb garden. Sheep shearing demonstration and lectures, bee-keeping demonstration, kite-making, wool-spinning demonstration, and music. No registration required. Free. Senate House, 296 Fair Street, Kingston; 11am-3pm; For more information please call 845-338-2786.

16    Swing & Shine Dinner and Dance
. Two of the Catskills’ unique and renowned educational organizations team up for an evening of music, dining, dancing, a collector’s choice fine art raffle, and some fine samples of New York Moonshine.  Benefit for The Woodstock School of Art and The Ashokan Center.  The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org  www.woodstockschoolofart.org/events.html

16    High Falls Pet Show 2015.
  Pet Show Contest featuring prizes in several categories. Free admission. Contest entry $5 per furry friend. All pets must be on a leash, in a carrier or otherwise restrained by the owner.  Owners are responsible for their pets. Neither the HF Civic Association or the Town of Marbletown assume any responsibility for damages caused by or to pets, owners, or other parties. Sponsored by The High Falls Civic Association.  High Falls Community Church yard, 2nd St, High Falls; Registration and sign-up for the special category contests start 10am; Show starts at 11am; 687-4566; www.highfallscivic.org

16    Spring Fest 2015.  Waiters Race, Bed Races, and Block Party.  Spring fest is a family fun festival showcasing our local businesses.  Art Exhibit, food and craft vendors, carnival games, Dan and Harry’s Magic Show,  party and dance with DJ Rick Knight and more.  Sponsored by the Town Of Lloyd Events Committee and the HDBA.  Registration forms for the BED RACE and the WAITERS RACE are available at www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index . Highland; 11am-8pm; 845-691-2144 ext 100.

16, 17    Wildflower Festival. 
Celebrate native wildflowers, herbs, fruits, and local biodiversity. Heirloom vegetable and flower seedlings will be for sale from the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s greenhouses. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Catskill Native Nursery. 607 Samsonville Rd. Kerhonkson; 10am-5pm; 845-626-2758; www.catskillnativenursery.com

16, 17    Woodstock Spring Sidewalk Sale. 
Make it a date to come not only to enjoy the beautiful setting of this fabulous outdoor event, but to see all the new spring lines in the stores.  Have a yummy brunch, enjoy the whole village or come for the whole weekend.  There's plenty to do in Woodstock. 10am-6pm. www.WoodstockChamber.com

17  (Rain date May 24)    3rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes. 
Refreshments will be served. Free Will Offering to benefit The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen & Pantry. The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Ave., Kingston; 11am; 845-331-7188.

19    The Rondout Rowing Club May Informational.
The club is a not-for-profit, member supported, volunteer organization and this meeting is where the Learn-to-Row Sessions  are explained  in detail by experienced coaches and others who have undertaken to learn the sport. Hudson River Maritime Museum Clearwater Barn, Rondout, Kingston; 6-8pm; Anyone interested in attending should email RondoutRowingClub@gmail.com

20    3rd Annual Taste Of Woodstock. Come and delight your palate with the many different tastes that Woodstock has to offer. When you check in, you will be served a glass of wine (or another beverage), then handed your map of the participating eateries around town. At that point, you can stroll leisurely around town to take in as many of the food choices as your appetite will allow.  All participating restaurants will be within walking distance. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the Woodstock Film Festival & Hudson Valley Film Commission Film Center Capital Campaign. Rain or Shine. Start your tour in the heart of Woodstock at The Film Center, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 6-9pm; For tickets visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/tasteofwoodstock2015.php

HITS-on-the-Hudson 2014
May 20, 21, 22, 23, 24    HITS-on-the-Hudson I: $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.  World-class equestrian show jumping. Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County. View website for schedule of events.  HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

22, 23, 24, 25    Annual Ashokan Uke Fest. 
Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions and lots of fun. Beginner, intermediate and advanced instructional with Marcy Marxer, Joel Eckhaus, Ben Hassenger, Heidi Swedberg, Paul Hemmings, Ruthy Ungar and Gerald Ross. Music styles including Swing, Jazz, Blues, Classical and Rock. Learn to play the music of Miles Davis, the Beatles, the Stones and other greats. Just got your first uke? Try "Ukulele From Scratch" for absolute beginners.  Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; (845) 657-8333; For more information and to register please visit www.ashokan.org/camps/uke-fest/

23    Tannersville Rubber Duck Race & Crazy Boat Race & Festival. 
500 rubber ducks are launched into Gooseberry Creek on Main Street at 11am. Cash prizes for the first 3 ducks across the finish line. Finish line is across from Rip Van Winkle Lake where a festival with food, music and crafts will be held all day. Crazy Boat Race on the Lake at 2pm. Build a boat and join the fun. Free. Tannersville; 11am-4pm; www.tannersvilleny.org/index.htm

23 (Rain date May 24)    Craft Brew Boogaloo.
   Enjoy 150+ Craft Beers and 75+ Breweries. Gourmet Food. Craft Vendors and Live Music featuring: The Big Takeover, Connor Kennedy and Minstrel, and Elijah Wolf. Presented by Radio Woodstock.  Cantine Field, Pavilion St & Robert Moser Drive, Saugerties; 2-6pm; For info and tickets visit www.craftbrewboogaloo.com

23, 24, 25    Woodstock- New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair 2015.  Experience one of America's largest variety of art & craft demonstrations, be entertained by the best regionally based musicians, and enjoy the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both New York State wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods. Over 300 artists and craftspeople.  Exhibitions, demonstrations, children’s center, furniture, landscape arts, supplies, entertainment, specialty foods and health care products. $9/Adults, $8/Senors, Children 12 and under free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Rd, New Paltz; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm, Monday 10am-4pm;  246.3414; www.quailhollow.com

24    Annual Williams Lake Classic.
  Competitive riders will enjoy 4.2 miles of world-class single-track.  The challenging course rides on single-track and carriage trails through Williams Lake’s diverse and rugged terrain, including multiple climbs and descents, ridge views of the Binnewater lakes and, of course, the famous limestone cave. Williams Lake Hotel Road, off Binnewater Road, Rosendale; First races start at 10am;  Advance registration is $35 and riders can pre-register through May 22nd at www.williamslakeproject.com/wlclassic

24    The Williams Lake Classic Youth Races. 
Categories for Tike Bikers, ages 3–6 and Speed Racers, ages 7–14. Youth racers ride a shorter race course with timed finishes and podium award ceremonies. Youth races are free.  Pre - registration is strongly advised to make your race day run more smoothly. Williams Lake Hotel Road, off Binnewater Road, Rosendale; Race starts at noon;  Visit www.williamslakeproject.com/wlclassic

24    7th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration: Marking His 74th Birthday. 
An all-star evening of music to benefit Family’s Crisis Hotline and John Herald Fund.  Some of the finest musicians in the Hudson Valley will join together interpreting the songs of Bob Dylan.  Performers include Happy Traum, Cindy Cashdollar, Jules Shear & Pal Shazar, Jerry Marotta, Marc Black, Sarah Fimm, The Stacks, Lindsey Webster, Eric Redd, Zach Djanikian, Tim Moore, Kyle Esposito, Sin City with more special guests to be announced. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock; doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm; Tickets can be purchased at
www.bearsvilletheater.com/events-calendar?d=24&m=5&y=2015
or call 845-679-4406.

25    Kingston Memorial Day Service and Parade. 
Memorial Day service in front of City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston at 1pm. The parade will step off at 1:45pm on Andrews Street, next to Kingston High School, then proceed up Broadway and through the city’s Uptown business district before ending at Dietz Memorial Stadium, Kingston.  www.kingstonhappenings.org/events/kingstons-memorial-day-ceremony-and-parade/

25    Deadline to RSVP for the The 5th Annual Garden Party To Benefit The Dogs on June 7.  The cost is $35 per person and is all inclusive. All proceeds will benefit Have A Heart Animal Welfare Fund, Inc. The Armadillo Patio, 97 Abeel St. Kingston; Noon-3pm; For info and to RSVP contact Merle Borenstein at 845-339-1550.

27, 28, 29, 30, 31   HITS-on-the-Hudson II: $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping. Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.   View website for schedule of events. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

May 29,30,31 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oliver!"
29,30,31     Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oliver!". Charles Dickens’ beloved novel ‘Oliver Twist’ comes to life on the stage of the Woodstock Playhouse with all of the talent & character of rising performing artists from the New York Conservatory for the Arts of Hurley. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!oliver2015/chke

30    St. Peter’s School Annual Flea Market and Flower and Plant Sale.
Indoor and outdoor - 20+ vendors.  Food available.  Lots of treasures, new and vintage items, flowers and plants for sale, plus: $5 bag sale at the St. Peter's Tables of Treasues at 2 pm. Free admission.  1017 Keator Avenue (off Route 213), Rosendale; 9am-4pm; For more info: contact 845-687-7735.

30    Annual Woodstock PTA Yard Sale. Browse hundreds of items in this community-style yard sale. Rain or Shine.  Woodstock Elementary School, 8 West Hurley Road (Route 375), Woodstock; 9am-3pm; 845-901-6824 or ptawoodstock@gmail.com

30    The Fruits of Marlborough: From the Highlands to the Hudson.   Wallkill Valley Land Trust invites you to a historic house tour of houses on the land.  Our 2015 tour explores the rich and enduring cultural history, architectural traditions and agricultural heritage of Marlborough’s hamlets – Milton, Marlboro and Lattingtown, with sweeping views of orchard-crowned hills to the west and the Hudson River Valley to the east.  Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts. $40 / $35 in advance ($5 member discount).  Tickets available at www.WallkillValleyLT.org or day of tour at the Milton-On-Hudson Train Station, 41 Dock Road, Milton. 11am-4:30pm; For more information email INFO@WallkillValleyLT.org

31    6th Annual Music & Merriment.
 This is a benefit for the Family of Woodstock. The fun includes musical performances by Mountaintop parent songwriters, Neil Rosen and Rachel Loshak, Square Dancing, with a puppet show by The Niddle Naddle Puppeteers, at 4 p.m. to close the festivities. Mountaintop School, 68 Band Camp Road, Saugerties; 1-5pm; 845-389-7322  www.mountaintopschool.com

31    Pasta Palooza.  All you can eat pasta and sauce.  Sauces donated by local eateries. Salad, breads and desserts. $12 admission.  Cash Bar. Silent Auction. Music provided by DJ Van Richie.  To benefit The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen.  Keegan's Ales, 20 Saint James Street, Kingston; 4-7pm; 845-331-2739; www.keeganales.com



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JUNE 2015


1    23rd Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation Annual Golf Tournament.
All golfers that make a Hole in One on hole number 8 will have their choice of a trip to the 2016 Masters Tournament or Super Bowl XLIX. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and on four holes for Closest to the Pin. Additional prizes will be awarded for the Longest Drive for men and women and the winner of the Putting Contest. Raffles and a live auction will also be held featuring tickets to sporting events, golf outings and more. The format of play is four-person, two-best-ball with gross and net team scoring. Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Ln., Kingston; Registration and lunch begins at 11:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. For more information, please visit www.hvhospice.org or email hospiceevents@hvhospice.org or call Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation at (845) 473-2273 ext. 1109

 3, 4, 5, 6, 7    HITS-on-the-Hudson III:
$100,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix.  World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old; children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

4, 5, 6, 7    11th Annual Mountain Jam.
One of the top music festivals in the country featuring 40+ bands on 3 stages. Lineup includes Black Keys, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes & More. Presented by Radio Woodstock & Warren Haynes. Hunter Mountain, 84 Klein Ave., Hunter; For info and tickets visit www.mountainjam.com

5, 6    104th St. Mary’s Benevolent Society Bazaar.
Come enjoy authentic Italian Sausage & Peppers, Fried Dough and other great food. Live Music. Shuttle parking at Kingston Point Beach, Delaware Avenue.  St. Mary’s Benevolent Society, 188 North St., Kingston; Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 3-10pm; 845-338-9810;
www.facebook.com/events/371064549756094/

5,6,7     Country Living Fair.
Great shopping with over 200 dealers and makers, plus special guests, cooking demos, Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett, ideas, inspiration, and more. https://stellashows.com/event/country-living-fair-rhinebeck

6    Gardiner Community Dinner. 
Enjoy a pasta dinner with homemade meatballs, garlic bread, veggies and many great desserts. Gardiner Fire House, 100 Main Street, Gardiner; 4:30-7pm; 845-750-7729; mamagoodnow5@gmail.com                www.gardinerfireandrescue.org

6     17th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale.
  Bring only healthy, well cared for plants. A Master Gardener Cornell Cooperative Extension event. Forsyth Park Pavilion, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston; Drop off plants 9-10am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off. Swap only 11am, Swap & Sale 11:30am until all plants are gone. For guidelines on plants call Dona Crawford 340-3990 or visit
http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events/2015/06/06/great-plant-swap-and-sale

6 (rain date June 20)    Retro Rally 4th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show.  
Come dressed in your best retro. Live music and entertainment. Prizes. Cornell Street Studio, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston; 845-679-8348;
www.cornellstreetstudios.com/Cornell_Street_Studios/Upcoming_Events.html

7    The 5th Annual Garden Party To Benefit The Dogs.
  It will be a beautiful afternoon filled with friends, food, flowers, margaritas and Bee’s!  Yes, that’s right, Bee’s! ~ Megan & Yorik of The Hudson Valley Bee Supply will be here and they will be sharing everything they know about bee’s. They will have you buzzing with all sorts of information from how to create a bee friendly garden, to how to become a beekeeper, if you should so choose. They will teach you how to sweeten your life with your very own honey and the incredible importance of bees to mankind. They will be bringing the queen & her colony for all of us to see. We will have our wonderful silent auction items to bid on and bountiful garden plants offered for sale as well. A Buffet Lunch and Strawberry Margaritas will be served at 1pm and it includes aselection of sweet and savory delights. The menu will include vegetarian, vegan and nonvegetarian items. The cost is $35 per person and is all inclusive. RSVP by May 25. All proceeds will benefit Have A Heart Animal Welfare Fund, Inc. The Armadillo Patio, 97 Abeel St. Kingston; Noon-3pm; For info and to RSVP contact Merle Borenstein at 845-339-1550.

7    Old Fashioned Day.  This 26th annual event marks the beginning of the 100th anniversary activities for the fire company. A fun filled day of family targeted activities placing everyone in the atmosphere of days gone by.  Displays of local history & memorabilia, demonstrations of ‘how it was done in the old days’, antique vehicles, entertainment, local vendors, old fashioned games for all age levels, firematic demonstrations and food available at old fashioned prices.  Admission is free.  All those attending are invited to dress in old fashioned attire. Walker Valley Fire Department, 3679 Route 52, Walker Valley; 11am-5pm; 845-744-3119.  

7    Kingston Community Block Party Multicultural Festival.
Live ethnic music, dance, comedy, handicrafts, children’s activities, food and drinks.  Free. Hosted by The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. T.R. Gallo West Strand Park, off Broadway at Kingston Rondout Creek waterfront; 1-5pm; 338-8131; info.rehercenter@gmail.com

7    Touch a Truck.  
Come enjoy face painting, bounce house, cow train, fun family activities, and HV Strong Men. This interactive event allows children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles. Where kids can be kids and adults can be kids again.  $5 admission per person (under 3 yrs.- free). Rain or shine.  Presented by the New Paltz Rotary. Proceeds benefit New Paltz Rotary’s community and international giving. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; 9am-4pm.

7    Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March & Festival
. Join us for our huge annual celebration of LGBTQ pride in the Hudson Valley. Bring your family, friends and supporters. Come make new friends. Join us to march in support of equality and transforming lives for a new decade. Rally begins at noon at the New Paltz Middle School, and the March to Hasbrouck Park steps off at 1pm; The Festival will have live music, great food, exciting vendors, activities for teens, kids and families, and much more. New Paltz Middle School & Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz; Noon; www.lgbtqcenter.org/events/pride-march-and-festival/

June 12, 13, 14    3rd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival.
The Northeast’s first and only 3-day country music camping festival. For all the campers out there, new this year is an off-site car and RV camping option at Bear Creek, located a few miles from the festival grounds, with camping prices starting at $89.  The off-site camping passes come with free shuttle service to/from festival grounds. Hunter Mountain Resort, 64 Klein Avenue, Hunter; For line-up, schedule, tickets and more info visit www.tasteofcountryfestival.com

13     Annual Kingston Kayak Festival. 
From instruction in the basics, to advanced skills and technique, to a great deal on a new boat, The Festival is the place to be. Join Steve Noble, from Kingston Parks and Rec, on a guided kayak tour. Kayaks, paddles, pfds are provided.. Admission $10, proceeds benefit Kingston's Environmental Education Programs. Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave., Kingston; 10am-4pm; 338-5021; www.kingstonkayakfestival.info

13     Summer Fair and BBQ.  Join us for a full day of family fun, and end the night with a fresh chicken or baby back rib dinner from Stone Pony Deli and Catering. There will be a petting zoo, craft booth, face painting, music, and more. Tickets for dinner are $12/chicken $14/baby back rib. All dinners include baked potato OR potato salad, a side of coleslaw, roll with butter and home- made brownie with beverage. Shop the silent auction for items and merchandise donated by local businesses. Proceeds from BBQ dinner and the silent auction help fund our support for Angel Food East, Caring Hands, People's Place, Family of Woodstock and Ulster Literacy (and more). Admission to the fair, children's activities and live music are free. St. John's Episcopal Church,  207 Albany Avenue, Kingston; 9am-6:30pm; 845-331-2252.

13     Walkway Marathon.
  Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, this 26.2-mile trek across beautiful landscapes and over a 19th century bridge offers a scenic and exciting way to spend a summer day.  Walkway State Park. http://walkwaymarathon.org

14    11th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show.  
Many awards will be given. Food, refreshments, and fire department apparel will be available. All firetrucks are welcome also. Cost is $10 to register your vehicle. Visitors are free. To pre-register send a check to Woodstock Company #1 Car Show, PO Box 452, Woodstock NY, 12498. Please include your name, type of vehicle, year of vehicle, make, telephone number, and email address.  Woodstock Fire Department Company 1, 242 Tinker St., Woodstock;  Registration starts 10am, show from noon-4pm; For more information call John Greener at 845-679-7363 and at the day of the event 845-679-9955;
www.facebook.com/pages/Woodstock-Fire-Department/175575151107

14   Strawberry Festival.
Fresh made strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, chocolate strawberries.  Special free samples,  smoking & planking of local rainbow trout. Many free kids crafts and activities. Two solar powered stages with live music. Free Admission.  Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY 12508; Noon - 5:00pm; 845-463-4660, 845-831-6962;  www.beaconsloopclub.org

17    4th Annual CHK 4K. 
One of the Onteora Runners Club Grand Prix Series. Free Kids 1K run (12 and under) at 6pm. Race sponsored by Children’s Home of Kingston (CHK).  Registration required, sign up at www.onteorarunners.org/race-info .  Race route starts and finishes at CHK.  All proceeds benefit programs at the CHK.  Children’s Home of Kingston Campus, 26 Grove Street, Kingston; 6pm; For more info call 331-1448; www.facebook.com/cihldrenshomekingston

18, 19, 20, 21    Famous 50’s 23rd Annual Hot Rod Weekend.
  The  show is based on the 50’s and 60’s era with concerts, bands, show cars and trucks coming from areas 500-600 miles away. Contests for the adults and kids along with many other things to do and see. Vendors for the ladies, great contests like Redneck Horseshoes and Golf Cart Driving Course. A Flame Thrower show by “Flames R Us”.  Open to the public, $5 per adult, kids under 16 free.  Tickets can be bought at show desk for concerts, bands & dances.  Open to show cars 1990 and older. Parking on the grass is allowed if not raining.  Hudson Valley Resort, 400 Granite Rd.,   Kerhonkson; Gates open at 8am.  For info contact John Stage at 518-588-0814 or email imcarshowguy1@yahoo.com 
www.hudsonvalleyresort.com/events/famous-50s-hot-rod-weekend_1#.VWS3DEbtNVc

June 18,19,20,21,25,26,27,28 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Spring Awakening"
18,19,20,21,25,26,27,28     Woodstock Playhouse presents "Spring Awakening", the rock musical which caused a sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 2006, explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will carry away with you. Gala Opening Performance and Reception Fundraiser is June 18 performance. Details for the Gala and performance at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!gala-opening-night-2015/c13z3
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!spring-awakening-summer-2015/c1i8o

19    5th Annual Let’s Move! Ulster.
 Kicks off with Kingston’s First Diverse Day Parade, gathering  on Broadway in front of City Hall and ending at Kingston Plaza where Let’s Move! Ulster will be held.  Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston; 5pm; 845-338-7664; www.facebook.com/LetsMoveUlster

19    A Night of Music at Levon Helm Studios.
A concert to support "RCAL" (Resource Center for Accessible Living).  Performances by Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones, The Carl Mateo Group, the Lindsey Webster Band, and Gilles Malkine.  BBQ to benefit the Levon Helm Studio.  Tickets $35 per seat, $25 standing room.  Levon Helm Studio, 160 Plochman Lane, Woodstock; Gates open at 6pm, Doors open at 6:30pm; For tickets visit the box office or www.levonhelm.com/midnight_ramble.htm

20    10th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day: “Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future.”  Join us for a celebration.  Make a Difference Day is 10 years old & we want all our friends and neighbors to join us for a birthday party.  Outdoors on Franklin St. and at the Everette Hodge Community Center, 15-21 Franklin Street, Kingston; 11am-3pm; For registration information please contact: Linda at 845-338-2057;  For further event information contact: Megan Weiss-Rowe at 845- 331-1110.

20    46th Annual Strawberry Festival
. Refreshments will be served under canopies in the lovely setting of the museum side yard. A white elephant sale will take place in the rear yard. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, old fashioned potato salad, beverages and fresh strawberry desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 4-10, and children 3 and under are free. Dessert only including beverage is $7. The museum will be open during the Festival and guests are encouraged to see the ongoing exhibit  “The First People of Esopus,” featuring Native American artifacts from the Bohan/Datum Collection. Klyne Esopus Museum, 764 Broadway (9W), Ulster Park; noon-3pm; For further information, call 845- 331-8109.

20    2nd  Annual Basket Bingo.  Benefit for the kids in Ulster County. $10 includes 15 game cards (1 pack ) & door prize ticket, additional game cards $5 each.  Refreshments & food will be available. Hosted by Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. VFW, 708 East Chester St., Kingston; Doors open at noon, Bingo begins at 1pm;  For more information call 845-338-8750.

20    The Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival - Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon.
  The festival will feature well over 50 breweries, keeping in mind quality over quantity, Bourbon Sampling from local distilleries, plus bacon, bacon, and more bacon. There will be live music all day. This event is 21 and over only.  Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck; 2-6pm; Advanced sale general admission $45. Further details about breweries, distilleries, tickets, and other event information can be found at  www.beerbourbonbacon.com

20, 21    Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival.
 The Clearwater Festival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism. Founded by Pete Seeger. Tickets $48/$72, Kids 12 and under free.  Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton; Tickets and information at 877-435-9849 or  www.clearwaterfestival.org

21     6th Annual New Paltz Challenge.  A Father's Day Half Marathon & Family 5K.  Both the Half Marathon & the 5K feature: chip timing, water stops, age group prizes, post-race refreshments, and flat courses (ideal for personal bests). The Half Marathon also features finisher medals. Special discounts and prizes for father/child teams.  Presented  by The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce.  6-7am is registration, Half Marathon starts at 7:30am, 5K starts at 8am.  Online registration for this event available at  www.active.com/new-paltz-ny/running/races/new-paltz-challenge-2015?int
For more information, visit www.newpaltzchallenge.com

21    18th Annual Cruisin' on the Mountaintop Father's Day Car Show.  Rescheduled to June 27
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21    Family Day at Historic Huguenot Street.
Free admission to all historic house tours and exhibits on Father’s Day for New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and lunch and enjoy a picnic on the historic grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families that founded New Paltz. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 10am-5pm; 845-255-1889;  www.huguenotstreet.org

25    Deadline  to Register for the 2nd Annual Family Fun & Fish Day at Kenneth Wilson State Park, Mount Tremper  on June 27.  For more information on the event or to register, please contact Brent Gotsch at 688-3047 ext. 3 or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu or at www.ashokanstreams.org

June 26    BBQ and Open House. 
RCAL (Resource Center for Accessible Living) invites you to join us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) with food, music, and raffles. RCAL, 727 Ulster Avenue, Kingston; 11:30am-2:30pm; RSVP at 331-0541, ext 32; www.rcal.org

26, 27    Friends of the Marlboro Library Book Sale.
There will be tons of kid’s books for sale, and adult fiction, non-fiction & biographies.  Mark your calendars and get to the sale early for the best selections. Book prices are: Kid’s Books: $1 per book, $10 per bag (shopping bag to be supplied). YA/Adult Books: $2 per book, $8 per 5 books. Marlboro Library, 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro; Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-2pm; For more information, visit the www.marlborolibrary.org

Stick to Local Farms Cookbook
June 27    2015 Stick to Local Farms--Rondout Valley Sticker Adventure and Cookbook Launch.
 The Kingston Farmer's Market will host the launch with tastings of recipes, raffles for cookbooks, and sticker games for kids. Stick to Local Farms is a free map distributed throughout Ulster and Dutchess counties that makes it fun to visit and learn about beautiful Rondout Valley farms. Local artist, author and food activist Maria Reidelbach created colorful, fun-shaped stickers for two dozen farms, farmstands and farmers markets to give to visitors. Free folding maps have spots for each sticker and they become more and more colorful as you collect each sticker and add it to the map. Rewards are bestowed on those who collect 10 or more stickers. The Stick to Local Farms Cookbook: Hudson Valley is a natural companion to the farm tour and is filled with easy, delicious, healthy recipes for locally grown fruit and vegetables in all seasons. Kingston Farmers’ Market, Wall Street between Main and John Streets, Uptown Kingston; 9am-2pm; Find out more at www.stick2local.com  or on www.facebook.com/stick2local

27    2nd Annual Family Fun & Fish Day
. Pack up the family and get ready for some serious outdoor fun. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  All fishing supplies will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. The event is free of charge and no fishing license is required. Other family friendly activities include a barbeque, and arts and crafts under the pavilion starting at noon.  Please let us know in advance if you have special needs related to the day’s activities. To enter the Kenneth Wilson State Park for free you will need to register by June 25, 2015.  A list of registered attendees will be at the main gate before you enter the park.  Kenneth Wilson State Park, 859 Wittenberg Road, Mount Tremper; 11am-1:30pm; For more information on the event or to register, please contact Brent Gotsch at 688-3047 ext. 3 or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu  or at www.ashokanstreams.org

27    Annual Hudson River Day.
Celebrate the history and bounty of the Hudson River Valley. Learn about historical industries, visit heritage vessels, entertainment, vendors and children’s activities. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 10am-5pm; 845-338-0071; www.hrmm.org/events.html

27    18th Annual Cruisin' on the Mountaintop Father's Day Car Show.
All cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome.  Vendor space and swap meet space available.  Free T-shirt for first 50 registrants for each show.  Free goody bags to all.  Registration Fees: Pre-Registration $10, Day of Show $15. Live Music.  At least 17 trophy classes including Mayor's pick, Best in Show,  and Favorite 16.  Main Street, Tannersville; 10am-4pm; For more info contact Robin at 518-589-5850 ext. 1 or tannersvillecarshow@gmail.com

27      6th Annual Hudson Valley Stroll for Epilepsy.
  The Stroll features silent auction items, raffles, lunch and a safe walk around the track in front of the grandstand.  All funds raised at this event will stay local and be used to support the programs and services we offer at no cost to an estimated 11,000 people with epilepsy who live in Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York and sponsored by 96.1 KISS FM, Fidelis Care, Lundbeck LLC, Taconic Biosciences, The Poughkeepsie Journal, New York Life, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, Cyberonics, and Upsher-Smith Laboratories. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6650 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck; Check-in/Registration 11am, Stroll begins at noon; Registration for adults up to June 20 is $25/person.  From June 21  to June 27 the fee is $30/person, with students 13 and older for $10/student and children 12 or younger are free.  On-line registration can be made at http://bit.ly/HVStroll2015  For info contact Bob Bain at 845-883-6320 or Rbain@epilepsyneny.org

27    Rosendale Rocks the River.  An annual live music festival.  Eight to ten local bands from the area play 30 - 45 minute sets. Bring a blanket, lay in the grass, have a picnic and enjoy the summer day.  This is a family friendly event and will happen rain or shine.  $10 admission.  Municipal parking is behind the Rosendale Theatre but ride share if you can. The top of the berm along the Rondout River, 375 Main Street, Rosendale; 2-10pm; Visit the website for sound bites, photos and videos of the bands. www.rosendalerockstheriver.wordpress.com

27    Independence Day Celebration.
 There will be a Patriotic Ceremony with dramatic readings and stirring songs. The Third Ulster Militia will be encamped on the grounds demonstrating 18th century camp life including hearthside cooking and colonial medicine. George Washington will be here with his horse to chat with everyone celebrating this special occasion. A concert by the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Choir will perform as well. Try your hand at an 18th century game or toy. Free hot dogs, lemonade and ice tea will be available while they last. Free. Guided tours of Senate House will be provided by costumed interpreters, $4/$3 seniors and children. Senate House and Museum, 396 Fair Street, Kingston; 11am-3pm; 845-338-2786.

28    10th Annual Tour De Kingston.
 The Tour De Kingston offers bike rides for all abilities and interests, including a flat and FREE 5-mile Family Ride, plus longer Road & Rail Trail Rides.  All rides begin and end at Forsyth Park, Kingston NY.  Free Parking at the adjacent Dietz Stadium.  All riders receive a Tour De Kingston Tire Patch Kit and lunch at the post-ride BBQ.  Advance registration is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples/families for all rides except the 5-Mile Family Ride, which is FREE.  Day-of registration is $40 for individuals and $60 for couples/families.  All proceeds benefit Tour de Kingston Community Scholarships, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and the HealthAlliance Foundation.  Register online at www.tourdekingston.com or pick up a registration form at your local bike shop.  tpolk@ymcaulster.org  

28    The 30th Annual Big Indian Car Show. There will be trophies for the top 40 vehicles up to 1995 as well as trophies for 1996 and newer will have their own class with the top 5 receiving a trophy. Some special awards will be for Longest Distance, Fireman's Choice, Presidents choice, and Best of Show. Dash plaques for the first 150 vehicles as well as a goody bag. Refreshments by the Big Indian Oliverea Fire Department,  music by DJ Brian, and vendors. Registration is $15. Big Indian Park, 8293 Rt. 28, Big Indian; 8am-4pm; For more information contact Frank at 845-254-4238.

28    First Annual Rosendale Mermaid Parade.  Mermaids of all ages and both genders will be gathering community, raising funds for the Rosendale Town Pool, and celebrating children and the arts. The Rosendale Farmer's Market will be hosting children's water based activities from 10-1pm and everyone can socialize and snack at the Farmer's market while we get organized to march. Rosendale, Main Street, Rosendale; 1-2pm; www.rosendalevictorian.wix.com/mermaid-parade

29, 30, July 1, 2, 5    Drop Off Donations For The Woodstock Jewish Congregation's Annual Yard Sale Held On July 12 and 13.
  The Congregation is currently looking for donations for the sale. Please do not bring books (except children's books and cookbooks), cameras, cribs & car seats, electronics, luggage, mattresses, skis, stuffed toys, video and audio cassettes. Everything else will be welcomed and donations forms are available.  All proceeds from the sale of these items goes to the WJC education fund. The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock; Drop off days are Monday and Tuesday June 29 & 30; Wednesday & Thurday July 1 & 2; and Sunday, July 5 from 10am-4pm.  For info call 246-5170.

30, July 1, 2, 3, 4     Annual Margaretville Firemen’s Carnival.   The Carnival is back in town with lots of exciting rides, food, games for people of all ages. Spectacular fireworks and live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Village Park and Pavilion, 982 Main, Margaretville; Tuesday-Thursday rides open at 6pm, Friday and Saturday rides open 1pm. For more info 845-586-4419;
http://co.centralcatskills.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=182741




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JULY 2015


1    Hurds Family Farm 2015 Summer Season Kick-Off.
Come celebrate the opening ceremony with New Paltz Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & complimentary refreshments featuring Hurds products, Susan’s home-made treats and other local offerings.  Enjoy free entry to our popular outdoor activities. 2187 Route 32 Modena; 9am-5pm; 845-883-7825; www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com

1, 2, 3, 4     Annual Margaretville Firemen’s Carnival.  
The Carnival is back in town with lots of exciting rides, food, games for people of all ages. Spectacular fireworks and live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Village Park and Pavilion, 982 Main, Margaretville; Tuesday-Thursday rides open at 6pm, Friday and Saturday rides open 1pm. For more info 845-586-4419;
http://co.centralcatskills.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=182741

2 (Rain date July 5)   New Paltz Independence Day Celebration.
Music, food and festivities, and fireworks at dusk, Music starts at 6:30pm, and at 9:30pm the singing of the National Anthem and fireworks. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; 5-10pm; 845-255-0100; www.townofnewpaltz.org

3    Highland’s Celebration/Fireworks.
  Old-fashioned fun and fireworks.  Live music Live music by Touch of Rhythm and DJ Rick Knight.  Local food vendors, games, bounce castle and fireworks at dark. Co-sponsored by the Highland Business Association and the Town of Lloyd Events Committee. Town Field (behind the Methodist Church), Vineyard and Main Streets., Highland; 5-10pm; For info contact Kate at 691-2144 ext or www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index

4    Saugerties Traditional July 4th Parade. 
Parade kicks off at 11am.  Fireworks at Cantine Field at dusk.  Sponsored by the Saugerties Fire Departments and Saugerties Kiwanis.  Click here for more details.

4    Ellenville Independence Day.
  The celebration lasts all day. The day starts at 9am, with food and local arts and crafts on the square. The day keeps rolling with a parade at noon, and the fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm at the Resnick Airport, 199 Airport Road, Ellenville.  

4    4th of July Fireworks and Celebration in Kingston
. This year celebrate the 4th on the Downtown Kingston Rondout Waterfront. Discover what the Waterfront has to offer with its eclectic shopping and dining experience, waterfront park and historic atmosphere. Parking and shuttles will be available to make it easy to access the area which traditionally draws huge crowds. Live music at 6pm kicks off the celebration. Then, sit back and enjoy a great fireworks display.  T.R. Gallo Park, West Strand, Kingston; 6-11pm; www.kingstonhappenings.org/?s=July+4th

4    Tannersville 4th of July Celebration.  Live music on Main Street with craft and food vendors. Parade at 3pm.  All groups and organizations encouraged to join the parade. Main Street Tannersville; noon-4pm; 518-858-9094.

4     Saugerties 4th of July Parade.
The Kiwanis Club of Saugerties and the Saugerties Fire Department will team up for yet another great Saugerties 4th of July celebration. The parade starts at 11am at the High School, winds through the Village, and finishes at Cantine Field.  At dusk, the always-amazing fireworks display will take place. For info call 845-246-9701 or email Dave Mason at tamr5310@aol.com

4    Walkway Over the Hudson: Firework Spectacular.
The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park will be open to ticket holders to watch the 4th of July Firework Spectacular. The Walkway will close at 5:30pm to the general public and reopen for the "Walkway Fireworks Spectacular" at 6:30pm. Fireworks are scheduled to begin approximately between 9:00-9:30pm. The Walkway gates will close approximately 45 minutes after the firework show ends. Tickets are $12.50 each (Children 5 & under are free). Tickets can also be purchased at Adams Fairacre Farms (Poughkeepsie & Wappingers Falls locations), Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Caffe Aurora, and Walkway Cafe. Walkway over the Hudson, Highland/Poughkeepsie; 6:30-10pm; To find out more information regarding this and more events, or how to purchase tickets, please call us at 845-454-9649 or visit www.walkway.org

5-9    Ashokan Family Camp.  
An all ages hands-on experience in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, nature, crafts & pure play.  Activate your fun button with music, dance, singing, storytelling, puppet making, nature trails, crafts, swimming and family play time.  Superb music and creative staff is ready to teach all levels from beginner on up. Community dances, group sings, jam sessions, storytelling, spontaneous creativity and quality time in the great outdoors, are age old ways enhance well being and bring people together.  Olivebridge;  845-657-8333; For more information and to register please visit www.ashokan.org/camps/ashokan-family-camp

8, 25, August 8, October 3.    Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway.  A series of free, family-friendly movie nights. Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. The October 3rd showing will be on the western Highland approach of the Walkway. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. These movie nights have been coordinated with the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival, and the Upper Landing Park Community Day. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org

July 9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19     Woodstock Playhouse presents "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
, details the fantastic adventures of the out-of-the-ordinary car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!chitty-chitty-bang-bang-summer-2015/cgb5

10   46th Annual Children’s Day Parade.
The parade route will begin on Broadway at Kingston High School and culminate in Kingston Plaza.  The theme this year will be “Frozen”.  Kick off at 6pm; Information may be obtained by contacting 845-481-7333;
www.kingstonhappenings.org/events/annual-childrens-day-parade

10, 11, 12    2015 Ukrainian Cultural Festival. 
The largest Ukrainian festival in the USA with music & dance, art & craft, delicious ethnic foods, concerts, Beer Garden and Zabavas Soyuzivka Heritage Center, 216 Foordmore Rd., Kerhonkson; 626-5641; www.soyuzivka.com/cultural-festival.html

11    A Fair Day in High Falls.
  D & H Canal Society Flea Market, Field & Barn Antique Market, local merchants and food vendors, Modern Day Scavenger Hunt, children's games, Old Fashioned Pie Eating Contest, Dunk Tank, and live local music. The Community Church will also be hosting their annual Chicken BBQ from 11am-7pm. Rt.  213, High Falls; noon-8pm; www.highfallscivic.org

11 (Rain date July 12)    Plattekill’s Red, White & Blue Fireworks Spectacular.
  Music, food, glowsticks & of course fireworks, what more could you ask for on a beautiful summer evening? Come out with family & friends and experience the sights and sounds this wonderful community event has to offer. Thomas Felton Memorial Park, Route 32 and Patura Road, Modena; 5-10pm; 883-7331; Click here for more details.

11 (Torrential Rain Date July 12)    Eleventh Annual Secret Gardens Tour.
The tour will visit six wonderful gardens in Saugerties.  These are truly unique secret spots, hiding right in our area.  Spend a day viewing nature’s beauty, while getting ideas for your own garden.  Proceeds from the tour benefit the Boys & Girls Club with a portion going to the Ulster County SPCA. Tickets are limited and are only $20, through July 9th at Smith Hardware, 227 Main Street, Saugerties and Herzog’s Supply, Kingston Plaza, Schwenk Drive, Kingston. Or send name, address and email address with a check payable to Boys & Girls Club (must be received by July 3rd) to: Secret Gardens Tour, P. O. Box 32, Malden, NY 12453. 10:30am-4:30pm; For more information call 845-246-0710.

July 12    12th Annual Sawyer Motors Car Show
. The Best Little Car Show in the Northeast.  Our village streets of Main & Partition are shut down to traffic and filled with over 500 cars that sure do bring back the memories.  Non-stop live entertainment and a cause that hit home for all of us.  Every year we choose a non-for-profit group and all of our registrations and proceeds of this event go directly to that organization. Fifty trophies are awarded to the best of the best. It's a fun day for kids of all ages. Spectator admission is always free to the public. All of the village shops and restaurants are open for business. A huge thank you goes to our Sponsors. Registration details can be found at: www.sawyermotorscarshow.com/pages/Registration-p5267.html  Main & Partition Streets, Saugerties; 1-6pm; 845-246-4560; www.sawyermotorscarshow.com

12, 13    The Woodstock Jewish Congregation's 2015 Annual Yard Sale.
Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock; Sunday 9am-4pm and Monday 9am-3pm; For info call 246-5170.

15, 16, 17, 18, 19    HITS-on-the-Hudson IV:
$50,000 HORZE Equestrian Grand Prix.  World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old; children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.  HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833; www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

16    13th Annual Gardiner 5K Classic Run/Walk & Barbecue.
5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run to benefit the Gardiner Fire Dept. & Rail Trail. Barbecue is free for all competitors. George Majestic Memorial Park, Murphy’s Lane, Gardiner; Run 6:30pm, Kids Fun Run, 7:30pm; Donna 255-5887 or Barbara 255-0662; For applications and more info visit www.gardinerfireandrescue.org

17, 18, 19    Phoenicia/Shandaken Arts Studio Tour.
Explore working artists' studios clustered in tiny hamlets and up country roads. Maps, artists, and schedule online. Belleayre to Mt. Tremper; 11am-5pm; info@ShandakenArt.com   www.ShandakenArt.com

22, 23, 24, 25, 26    HITS-on-the-Hudson V:
$75,000 AIG Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old; children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.  HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

July 23,24,25 Woodstock Playhouse presents "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940".
23,24,25     Woodstock Playhouse presents "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"
. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slashe. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!the-musical-comedy-murders-of-1940-summe/c1i69

25, August 8, October 3.    Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway.  A series of free, family-friendly movie nights. Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. The October 3rd showing will be on the western Highland approach of the Walkway. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. These movie nights have been coordinated with the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival, and the Upper Landing Park Community Day. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org

29, 30, 31, August 1, 2    HITS-on-the-Hudson NY Horse & Pony Show (VI): $100,000 Ulcergard Grand Prix.  World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.  HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

29, 30, 31, August 1, 2    Phoenicia International 2015 Festival of the Voice: America!
  We salute Broadway as well as American pop, folk, and beloved standards. The Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory. Times and ticket prices vary. At multiple venues, all within walking distance of each other in Phoenicia; For info and tickets call 586-3588; info@phoeniciavoicefest.com   www.phoeniciavoicefest.com

30    The Third annual Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash
.  The Bash brings together all the greatest elements of summer: juicy burgers, cold beer, live music and competition.  Local restaurants whose specialty includes burgers will be grilling. The beer will be flowing, the grills will be hot, and guests will enjoy it all along with live music, great views of the river, and good company.  Shadows on the Hudson Marina, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie; 6-10pm; Hudson Valley Magazine is now accepting applications to become the beneficiary of the Burger & Beer Bash. Please email pr@hvmag.com  or call 845-463-0542 ext.126 for more information; www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/Burger-and-Beer-Bash/Homepage/

July 30,31,August 1,2,6,7,8,9 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oklahomar!"
July 30,31,August 1,2,6,7,8,9    Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oklahomar!"
, the classic American musical and first Rodgers & Hammerstein collaboration, having set the standards and rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma amidst the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys, ‘Oklahoma!’ is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!oklahoma-summer-2015/c1xl2



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AUGUST 2015


1    The 5K Insane Inflatable Run. 
Not your birthday party Bounce House. The Insane Inflatable 5K -- a new dynamic and extreme obstacle race, made up solely of inflatable obstacles -- will challenge you, surprise you, and leave you bouncing back for more. We didn’t just throw together a couple slides and bounce houses – we took imagination, creativity, and a collection of notes on bar napkins, and went to the leading manufacturer of custom inflatables. We told them to throw out the rulebook; we want to go extreme and insane. Dutchess County Fairground, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Arrive one hour prior to your wave time to ensure you have enough time to park, check in at the Registration Tent, get your bib and wave time wristband, check your bag at our complimentary Bag Check Tent and head to the Start Line. For information and registration visit
www.insaneinflatable5k.com/poughkeepsie-ny/

1, 2    Phoenicia International 2015 Festival of the Voice: America!  We salute Broadway as well as American pop, folk, and beloved standards. The Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory. Times and ticket prices vary. At multiple venues, all within walking distance of each other in Phoenicia; For info and tickets call 586-3588; info@phoeniciavoicefest.com   www.phoeniciavoicefest.com

July 30,31,August 1,2,6,7,8,9 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oklahomar!"
1,2,6,7,8,9    Woodstock Playhouse presents "Oklahoma!"
, the classic American musical and first Rodgers & Hammerstein collaboration, having set the standards and rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma amidst the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys, ‘Oklahoma!’ is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!oklahoma-summer-2015/c1xl2

8    The Blueberry Festival. 
Rain or shine. 175+ vendors, live music all day, blueberry pie judging contest, face painting, and more.  A huge variety of delicious foods will be available to be enjoyed from one end of the festival to the other.  No dogs are allowed. Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, a Fire Company Fundraiser by Pioneer Engine Company No.1,  Norbury Hall, Center St., Ellenville; 7:30-11am. Sponsored by The Ellenville/Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Festival. Canal St. & Liberty Square, Ellenville; 9am-4pm; For information call  647-4620 or visit www.ewcoc.com/Pages/default.aspx

8    Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway
.  Ffree, family-friendly movie night. Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. The October 3rd showing will be on the western Highland approach of the Walkway. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. These movie nights have been coordinated with the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival, and the Upper Landing Park Community Day. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org

8, 9    The German Alps Festival. 
The Festival always brings smiles to the faces of German-Americans and everyone else who attends. The good-time music is sure to get you up on your feet... or at the very least tapping your feet. Traditional German-American foods, Schuhplattler Dancers, plus some new entertainers, plenty of vendors, plus fun activities for the kids. Fireworks Display Saturday Night.  Please note that pets are not permitted on the festival grounds. Adults: $12; Kids 12 and under are Free. For more information visit  www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/german-alps-festival/

9    Corn Festival.
Fresh hot sweet corn ready to eat.  Many free activities for children.  Environmental displays. Food  and craft vendors.  Two solar powered stages with live music. Free Admission.  Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY 12508; Noon - 5:00pm; 845-463-4660, 845-831-6962; www.beaconsloopclub.org

August 13,14,15,16,20,21,22,23 Woodstock Playhouse presents "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!"
13,14,15,16,20,21,22,23     Woodstock Playhouse presents "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!"
. Sweeney Todd, a barber unjustly exiled from his home and family, returns to London seeking retribution against the unscrupulous judge who framed him. The road to vengeance leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, the ingeniously enterprising proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new practice and proceeds to slice his way through London’s upper crust. Details at:
www.woodstockplayhouse.org/#!sweeney-todd-2015/chfo

14, 15, 16    Hudson Valley Ribfest. 
The region’s largest, most unique barbecue festival and contest. The Ribfest isn't just about ribs. The Hudson Valley RibFest is part of the Empire State BBQ Championship challenge. A number of  barbeque events in New York State are working together to promote great barbeque in New York.  For additional details see visit  www.empirestatebbqchampionship.com  Highland Rotary Club presents the Ribfest and it’s main sponsor is Hannaford Supermarkets. Ticket for Ribfest are $7, under 12 free.  One day advance tickets are available at all area Hannaford Supermarkets for $5. One day tickets and three day advance tickets are also available on line.  The one day advance ticket is $5 and the three day advance ticket is $10. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; 306-4381; 5-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. For more info and Ribfest tickets visit www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org

15, 16    International Celtic Festival.
  Featuring fantastic entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages.  Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison. After the Mass March, the entire procession will play as one at the base of the mountain - it's a spine-tingling sight that is not to be missed. Please note that pets are not permitted on the festival grounds. Fireworks Display Saturday Night.  Admission $16, kids 12 and under free.  Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl, 64 Klein Ave., Hunter; For info and schedule call 800-486-8376 or www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/international-celtic-festival/

25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30    Dutchess County Fair.  Second largest county fair in New York State. The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave.   $15 Adults, Children under 12: free at all times, Seniors (65+) & Military w/ID: $10; Everyday Ride Tickets: 22 rides for $20. Dutchess County Fairground, Route 9, Rhinebeck; 10am-10pm; 876-4000; www.dutchessfair.com/dutchess-fair

26, 27, 28, 29, 30    HITS-on-the-Hudson VII
: $50,000 HITS Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.    HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
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SEPTEMBER 2015


2, 3, 4, 5, 6    HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII: Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix.
World-class equestrian show jumping.   Horse show competitions are held Wednesday through Sunday 8am-5pm and Grand Prix are held every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Wednesday - Saturday: Free; Sunday: $5 per person over 12 years old, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County.    HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833;
www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

12 (Rain Date September 13)    Drum Boogie Festival 2015.
The Festival is a free, one-day music festival which is family-oriented and multi-cultural, celebrating the diverse styles of music, dance and voice from around the world. This year’s festival will bring together world-class performers and introduce the audience to an assortment of musical styles that feature percussion including: Jazz, Rock, Classical, African, Balinese, Reggae, Steel Pan and more. With a variety of music that will appeal to people of all ages, Drum Boogie is the perfect opportunity for a family outing.    Bring your family, a chair/blanket & relax for the day.  Fabulous food vendors on site and fun children’s activities. This year’s Drum Boogie Festival supports Family of Woodstock’s Domestic Violence Program and will be staffed by Family volunteers.   Andy Lee Field, Rock City Road, Woodstock; 11am–8pm; For schedule details and more info www.drumboogiefestival.com

12, 13    Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest.
  A celebration of the gourmet lifestyle in the Hudson Valley. The Fest features hundreds of wines from all over New York and the world, more than 100 gourmet specialty food, fine art, & lifestyle vendors, food sampling from some of the region’s best restaurants and live entertainment. Visitors can learn about wine and food from our many cooking demonstrations and Food & Wine seminars throughout the weekend and enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and speak to the wine makers from some of New York’s best wineries. One day regular admission  $25. See website for additional ticket configurations.  Children age 12 and under free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Sat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 11am-5pm; 845-658-7181;  www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com

18, 19, 20    Crafts At Lyndhurst: A Festival of Fine Craft, Art, Food & Fun.
  More than 300 artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition creations in every material imaginable. Find earrings made of sterling silver and python; handbags made from antique books; scarves made of bamboo; pears made of bronze; necklaces made of meteorites; pens made of real flowers; and bowls made of granite, alongside contemporary craft pottery, wood furniture, handwoven fashions, bronze sculpture,  blown glass objects and more. Visitors should also plan to visit the gourmet food and specialties section to fully experience hand-crafted delights. Weekend pass $12, Seniors, $11, Children 6-16 years $4; Children under 6 years admitted free. Held rain or shine. No dogs allowed. Lynhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. For info & directions call 331-7900 or crafts@artrider.com or visit www.artrider.com

26    3rd Annual Cruisin’ on the Mountaintop Fall Car Show.
 All cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome.  Vendor space and swap meet space available.  Free T-shirt for first 50 registrants for each show.  Free goody bags to all.  Registration Fees: Pre-Registration $10, Day of Show $15. There will be at least 17 Trophy categories.  Main Street, Tannersville; 10am-4pm;  For more info contact Robin Dumont at 518-589-5850 ext. 1 or tannersvillecarshow@gmail.com

30, October 1, 2, 3, 4    16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
 The five day festival features unique films, great concerts, informative workshops, and celebrity-led panels. Theaters in Woodstock, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Rhinebeck. For more information call us at 845-679-4265 or go to www.woodstockfilmfestival.com



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OCTOBER 2015


1, 2, 3, 4    16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.  
The five day festival features unique films, great concerts, informative workshops, and celebrity-led panels. Theaters in Woodstock, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Rhinebeck. For more information call us at 845-679-4265 or go to www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

3    Children of the World Festival 2015.  Musical performances by Derek A. Dempsey, Mello Morales, Jimmy Q, Richard Shultis, Brown Sugar Band, more to be announced. This is a family fun filled day, with bounce houses and a play area for all the children, and all children seven (7) years and under is free to enter.  Our food truck vendors have every kind of food you crave for, from Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken, Yum Yum Noodles, Pizza and more. Ice Cream and other desserts. Craft vendors from all around the east coast will attend so it's not just a concert; it's a one day festival.  His Word Reveal Church Grounds, 205 State Route 28, Kingston; 9:30am-8pm; Tickets on sale now at, click here:   For more info visit www.aidingtheworldschildren.com/home.html

3    Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway.  Free, family-friendly movie nights. Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. The October 3rd showing will be on the western Highland approach of the Walkway. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. These movie nights have been coordinated with the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival, and the Upper Landing Park Community Day. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org

23, 24, 25 The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.
The Invitational is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their makers. There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances throughout Friday and Saturday, by some of the nation’s finest musicians, in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, included in the price of admission. There is a series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. Plus our annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic music featuring internationally known artists, by separate admission, Saturday, October 24 at the Woodstock Playhouse. Pre- Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Friday October 23, and included in the price of admission Saturday and Sunday October 24 & 25. Bearsville Theater & Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker St., Woodstock; 2015 Exhibitors are listed on our website as they are confirmed. For more information, hours, tickets, schedules, history, links, updates, directions, lodging, etc., please visit www.woodstockinvitational.com



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