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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
The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley. Please check www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz for the next scheduled Repair Café. 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.
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org www.woodstockpoetry.com
3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings. Bring a dish, it's a pot-luck affair. Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; email@example.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
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First Fridays - Village of Saugerties. March-December. 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
HITS-on-the-Hudson. May 20, 2015 - September 6, 2015. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday Free; Sunday Adults $5, 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
Maverick Concerts. June – September. America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org
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1 New Year’s Day Snowshoe Waterfall Outing. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately two and a half mile snowshoe hike along the scenic Awosting Falls carriage road. $5 snowshoe reservation. Minnewaska State Preserve Park, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson; 1-4:30pm; 255-0752; www.lakeminnewaska.org
1 6th Annual New Year's Day Musical Ritual Event. Join Amy McTear and over 25 musicians on a musical journey through a soundscape of drums, flute, didgeridoo, symphonic gong, crystal singing bowls and more. Meditations for healing grief, aligning with inner guidance, envisioning and empowering collective change. $25/$20 in advance. Epworth Center, 8 Epworth Lane, High Falls; 3pm; Call Amy at 388-0632 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; 687-0215; www.epworthcenter.com
11 Winter Wings. Birding for children ages 5 & up. Free. Reservations required. Mohonk Preserve, Rt. 44/55, Gardiner\; 10-11:30am; For info & reservations 255-0919; www.mohonkpreserve.org/events/winter-wings-birding-children
12 Scout Day at Belleayre Mountain. For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, rentals $23, 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
15-February 15 Early Registration YMCA Indoor Triathlon. $20 early registration ends, $50 late registration after February 15. Event date: March 2. 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. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810. www.ymcaulster.org
17-20 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/
18 3rd Annual Brook's Chicken BBQ Fundraiser. Have the winter blues? Come up 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. $12. Woodstock Fire Co.1, 242 Tinker St., Woodstock; 3-6pm; call 679-2927 to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure dinner availability.
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. The Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea; 9am-Noon; For more info and to register: www.shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net
23 (Snow date February 6) 1st Annual Kingston Health Summit. Activities Include: State of Kingston’s Health address from Mayor Shayne Gallo, Words from the leadership of the Kingston City School District, a performance by POOK and Energy, a Healthy Taste of Kingston Reception where local restaurants will offer healthy appetizers, free physical activities, healthy eating demos,kids activities, and a health fair where local health-focused organizations will be exhibitors. Childcare will be provided. Kingston High School, 403 Broadway, Kingston; 5:30-8:30pm; For schedule and more details visit www.livewellkingston.org/1st-annual-kingston-health-summit.html
24 Annual Winter Benefit Concert for The Food Bank of The Hudson Valley. A tradition since 2009. Hosted by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix - Miss Marie, Gary Burke, Frank Campbell,Josh Colow and special guests. Come out and have a good time and help others in the Hudson Valley neighborhood. Admission $15. Please bring non-perishable food items. All food will go to The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Portion of proceeds will go to The Food Bank Of The Hudson Valley. BSP Lounge, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; 9pm; For info call 481-5158; www.bspkingston.com
25 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 email@example.com www.waterstreetmarket.com
25 “Wining for a New Library”. Grab a friend, come out and have a great time and support your local Highland library. Please join us for a fundraising event to benefit the Highland Library Capital Campaign for a new Library building. $20 per ticket gets you a tasting of 5 of Robibero’s Vineyard’s fantastic wines, as well as light refreshments. There will also be raffle tickets to win some fabulous donated prizes. Additional wine will be available to purchase. Robibero Family Vineyards, 714 Albany Post Rd., New Paltz; 5-8pm; To purchase tickets, please contact Melissa Burdash at 242-6912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call or stop by the Highland Library.
January 25 (Snow date January 26) Pot Roast Dinner. Come join us for a delicious pot roast supper. Menu includes pot roast, real mashed potatoes and gravy, red cabbage, sourdough bread and homemade apple desserts. Reservations are highly suggested. Adults $12, Children $5, Kids under 5 free. It’s a great deal: awesome food, no clean-up and no tip. Snow date: Proceeds from the sale will help the Woodstock Reformed Church continue to fund its ministries, including partnership with the following Greater Woodstock Community: Daily Meals on Wheels, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Overeaters Anonymous, The Woodstock Good Neighbor Food Pantry and other organizations. The Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker Street, Woodstock; Dinner seating starts at 5:30pm and Takeout will be available at 6pm; Call 246-6777 or 679-6610 for reservations.
28 Leisurely Hike or Snowshoe. Take a walk with Ginny Fauci on the newly opened section of the Rosendale Rail Trail over the trestle bridge. Call or email for time and meeting place. 399-2170 or email@example.com
29 Happy Hour On The Rondout. To benefit The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. Open Bar, Appetizers, and Raffle. Bring your friends and make it a party. Mariner's Harbor, 1 Broadway, Rondout, Kingston; 6-8pm; Advance tickets: $30/person, $50/couple; Walk-ins welcome $30/per person at the door. Call 338-8131, or online at www.rehercenter.org
29 Shiva Arms. The award-winning one-person play by Doug Motel takes audience members on a journey into the lives of 11 dysfunctional, yet compelling tenants living in a run-down apartment building in Hollywood CA. Proceeds from Shiva Arms benefit the Nusbaum Family of Rosendale. Tickets are $20. The Rosendale Theatre, 330 Main Street, Rosendale; 7pm; For more information contact Real Time Productions 418-6472; Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.RosendaleTheatre.org
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1 Subzero Heroes III – Polar Bear Plunge. An icy jump into a frozen lake to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. 10:30am – check in and set up tents. Coffee/snacks served under tents with patio heaters to keep non-jumpers toasty while watching. 12:15pm – jump starts. After, all heroes, sidekicks, and onlookers are welcome to the AFTERGLOW PARTY which will be held at the covered picnic area beside the lake. This will also be heated and food will be served and music provided by our friends at WBPM radio. Berean Park, Reservoir Rd., Highland; 10:00am-1:30pm; To register and for more info www.alzhudsonvalley.weebly.com/
1 2nd KMOCA Annual Fundraiser. Friends of Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (KMOCA), this is your yearly chance to help support your favorite art space, party with your friends, and go home with an original piece of artwork. As you know, part of KMOCA's ongoing mission is to show art that needs to be seen, whether or not every show turns a profit. Our yearly fundraiser is the event that helps us meet basic operating expenses, so we can keep the space going and the artwork flowing. Here's how it works: come to the event, contribute $25 or $50, and walk away with an original piece of artwork. It's that simple. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, 103 Abeel Street, Kingston; 2-7pm; firstname.lastname@example.org www.kmoca.com/home.php
1 Register for Ashokan Mid-Winter Break Kids Day Camp February 17-21. Ages 7-16. Deadline for registration and full payment is February 7th; 657-8333;
1 - 23 Pine Hill Arts & Crafts. Featuring local artists & artisans’ works for sale. Also pre-owned treasures, refreshments, games, arts & crafts, and social time. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill; Saturdays 11am-7pm; Sundays 12:30-3:30pm; 254-5469; www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org
2 11th Annual Life Drawing Exhibit. Opening reception . If you would like an excuse to feel old, consider this: Unison’s popular Life Drawing Exhibit is now in its 11th Year. The show will be on display until February 23rd. Where has the time gone? Unison 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; 4-6pm; 255-1559; www.unisonarts.org/news/2014/01/know/
February 7, 8, 9 2014 Winter Hoot. Registration is open and tickets are going fast. Dust off those dancing shoes because and Mike and Ruthy have rounded up an amazing lineup of musicians that will keep you in musical bliss all weekend long. In addition to three days of fantastic music, you'll find delicious local food and beer, a community farmer's market, guided hikes and blacksmith classes (provided by Ashokan Center Environmental Educators), an Environmental Fair, crafts, and much more. Here is just a sample of the musicians you'll see and hear: Deep Chatham, Sweetback Sisters, Connor Kennedy, Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends and much more. The HOOT is quickly becoming one of the most popular festivals around and one you won't want to miss. It is also a fundraiser for the Ashokan Center's Environmental Education programs for regional schools. Your support helps kids attend our life-changing programs in nature, history, music, and art. It is a win-win situation. Kids 12 and under and volunteers get in free. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 657-8333; email@example.com More information and registration at www.homeofthehoot.com
7, 8, 9, 10 16th Annual Catskill Ice Festival. Multiple clinics on all skills and techniques for ice climbing, basic skills, slide shows, demo gear, and more in the New Paltz area. Reservations required. 658-3094; www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2014
8 Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest 2014. A fun family event featuring the Chili Tasting Contest that brings out the unique food tastes of our culinary region of New York State. The contest features area food establishments competing for the coveted “Best of Fest” award for the best tasting chili. The event also features a children’s tent, wagon rides, wood carving demonstration, toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts. Hot drinks and food for sale at the Rail Trail Grille. Rain/snow or shine. $3/person; 6 and under free. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; 11am-2pm; 691-2066 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net
8 UC SPCA Spayghetti Dinner. $30.00 Dinner/Desert/Small Silent Auction/Games/Cash Bar. Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Ave, Kingston; 6-9pm; For more info contact Robin Akus at 331-5377 ext 215 email@example.com ; For online sign up www.facebook.com/events/567067096707918
9 3rd Annual Chocolate Lovers' Brunch. 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. The live auction this year will be hosted by James Cox of James Cox Gallery. Listen to the music of John Medeski while sipping Mimosas and Bloody Marys. This year you have the chance to preview and bid on our live auction items before the event. For those of you who will not be able to attend you can now place your bids at www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock - just give your highest bid to the items of your desire and at the close of the event if you have not been out bid the items are yours. And, of course, there will be a decadent chocolate-inspired brunch by Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli. Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; Noon-3pm Tickets - $60/person - are available at www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=6879 or by calling Nicole at 331-7080 ext.155.
9 Celebrate Pete Seeger: Community Sing-along & Potluck. Celebrate his legacy. Bring songbooks (we'll have some copies of "Rise Up Singing" to loan and for sale), instruments, food to share. Bring elders. Bring kids. The Rec Center only holds 200, so please RSVP -"join" the event - on Facebook at "Celebrate Pete Seeger's legacy”. (If more than 160 sign up, we'll need more folding chairs.) Also, try to bring your own silverware & place setting. And, if you bring a dish, please list the ingredients, to accommodate folks with special diets. Free, but we'll pass the hat to cover expenses; any extra raised will go to Clearwater.Rosendale Rec Center, Route 32, Rosendale; 3:30-6:30pm; Contact Miriam, 399-2473 (texting OK), or through the Facebook page.
9 Clearwater Winter Open Boats. Come visit the sloop and celebrate the winter months with friends! Bring a potluck dish to share, enjoy local music, meet the captains and learn about the sloop restoration. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 2-6pm; 265-8080;
12 91st Sojourners Benefit Concert. Local singer/songwriter Rebecca Martin will return to her adopted hometown of Kingston to perform with Larry Grenadier in a fundraiser concert benefiting the co-ed scouting group, 91st Sojourners. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40. Outdated Café, 314 Wall Street, Kingston; 6:45-8:15pm; 331-0030; For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Valentine Party. Rochester Community Center, 50 Scenic Rd., Accord; 3pm; 626-2115; www.townofrochester.net
14 The O+ Festival Kick-Off for 2014 Submissions. Join the O+ folks and musicians Simi Stone, And the Kids, and Old Double E, for a night of music, games, fun, and a silent auction to herald the call for artists and musicians to be part of the 2014 O+ Festival. The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music, arts and wellness. O+ supports and unites local businesses, residents, artists, musicians, doctors and other care providers, to strengthen the fabric of a community to make it stronger, more sustainable, and more vibrant. The Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston, 8pm; For more info please visit www.opositivefestival.org
14-17 Frost Valley 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; email@example.com www.frostvalley.org
15 Early Registration Ends for YMCA Indoor Triathlon. $20 early registration ends, $50 late registration begins. Event date: March 2. You can do this! 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810; www.ymcaulster.org/indoor-triathlon-annual-event-feb-2014/
15 'A Venetian Valentine's Masquerade'. What could be more romantic than a masked ball in an historic mansion with opera, excellent wine, great food and dancing. Black tie- Masks required. An extraordinary gala/ Masked Ball in support of the Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice. Spillian Mansion, 50 Todd Mountain Road, Fleischmanns; 7pm; For more information call 800-811-3351 or visit www.Spillian.com
16 West Point Concert. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students free. Sponsored by Saugerties Pro Musica. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Washington Ave. & Post St., Saugerties; 3pm; 679-5733, 246-5021; www.saugertiespromusica.org
22 17th Annual Women's Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fiesta. Free chili from area restaurants with purchase of handmade bowls and tumblers. $5, free after 4pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rt. 32., Rosendale; 2-7pm; 658-9133; www.wsworkshop.org
22 Family Fundraiser Tavern Scene. A benefit for the Hero Fund. Join us for a night of mystery, fun, and surprise at the Tavern Off the Spirit Road. Take part in the adventurous events unfolding around you, or sit back and talk to the mysterious man in the corner while drinking hot cider. Your involvement is up to you. This is an in character, role-playing family event featuring a Tavern Scene Adventure Game written by the wonderful Michael Grant. More information about the fantasy world we will be playing in to come (stay tuned to the website); based on that information you can make up your own character (or get some help from our experts at the door). Admission: $10 per person, or $25 for family of 3 or more. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Rd., Kingston; 6-10pm; For info call 481-0776.
28 Premiere of the Documentary Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence in honor of One Billion Rising 2014. Rescheduled from February 14. Join Natalie Merchant in viewing the film followed by a panel discussion on the positive changes that have occurred as a result of One Billion Rising Ulster County which was held last year. Admission is free but space is limited. The Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston; 9:30am; For more information please contact Beth at Hale Advisors at: 383-1361 or visit the event page on Facebook at: One Billion Rising 2014.
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1 Maple Fest. Join us for an all-day pancake breakfast, tap a tree and watch syrup being made, try blacksmithing, tinsmithing, or broommaking, or walk inviting woodland trails across Ashokan’s historic 1885 Covered Bridge to the falls of Cathedral Gorge. Day Activities Entry - $10 for adults, $5 for teens, 12 and under free, Pancake Breakfast (and more): $5 per person,Crafts (blacksmithing and broommaking): $5 per craft. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 11am-4pm; 657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org
1 Ashokan Center’s Maple Gras – A Cajun Style Dinner and Dance Party. The temperature heats up in the evening for Maple Gras, with Cajun themed jam session, food, music, and dancing. You won’t want to miss Chef Jill’s take on Cajun food, and the Cajun dance lessons will have you moving all night to the grooves of Krewe de la Rue. Dinner and Dance: $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Teens are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids under 5 are free.Dance only: $15 for adults, $10 for teens (tickets only available at the door), kids under 5 are free. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; Jam session starts at 4:30pm, Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7:30pm; 657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org
1 Maple Sugaring Demonstration Program. Come and visit our demonstration sap house to learn the maple sugaring process from start to finish. Free and open to all. Weather permitting and completely outdoors. Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston; For more info and to register call 481-7336; www.kingstonparksandrec.org
1 22nd Annual DanceFest. Featuring 10 dance schools from the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Vanaver Caravan. $15 Adults, $10 Children under 12. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Rd., New Paltz; 3:30pm and 7:30pm; For tickets and info call 256-9300.
1 Winter Wine Tasting. Music by the Mustangs, wine tasting, cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres. Fundraiser to benefit Gardiner Day 2014. Robibero Winery, Albany Post Road, New Paltz/Gardiner; 7pm; For info call 706-0625.
1 Rockin’ Pins For Pets. 5 Bands FOR $5 Fundraiser for UC SPCA. Prizes, Raffle, Dancing, and Bowling. Mid City Lanes Bowling Alley, 20 Cedar St, Kingston; 7-11:45pm; For more info contact Janis Jackman at 392-3265.
2 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; 338-3810;
8 Byrdcliffe Annual Members Show Reception: RUCKUS. Annual eclectic exhibition, showcasing the inspring work of our artist members, in all media and methods. Byrdcliff Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 4-6pm; 679.2079; www.woodstockguild.org
9 (Snow date March 16) Kid’s Day in the Sugarbush. Short hike & sweet treat as you join in the fun of maple sugaring. Be ready to tromp through the snow or mud, help out in the sugarbush, and learn how to make syrup just like generations of families have done. Learn about maple sugaring during an easy 1 mile hike. Children ages 4 & up. Reservations required. $5 per person at time of registration. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rt. 44/55, Gardiner; 1-3pm; please call 255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. www.mohonkpreserve.org/events
10-23 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Great dining and great deals at participating Ulster County restaurants. Lunch $20.95, dinner $29.95. No tickets or passes are required, reservations are strongly encouraged. See website for restaurants. 561-2022; www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com
12 Deadline for reservations for the 15th Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser for the Ulster County SPCA on March 22nd. Tickets $85/person. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; 5:30pm; For info or reservations please call 331-5377 ext 215; www.ucspca.org
14 Catskill Mountain Acoustic Slow Jam. Play music, have fun with other acoustic musicians playing Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, and Catskills fiddle tunes in a low-key atmosphere. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill; 6-9pm; 254-5469; www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org
15 Deacons’ Meatloaf Dinner. The dinner consists of meatloaf, baked potatoes, green beans, beverages, and homemade desserts. Takeouts will be available. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for ages 6 to 12. Under six are free. Half of the proceeds will go to support the deacons’ fund which provides emergency cash for those in need. The Community Church of High Falls, corner of Mohonk and Firehouse Rds., High Falls; 4-7pm; For more info contact Lorna Schimmrich at 687-7091 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Food Heals Healing and Psychic Fair. Skilled healers and psychics are participating in a benefit being organized to help the Good Neighbor Food Pantry of Woodstock. Admission $20. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock; 4-8pm; For info call 417-5535.
15 Family Fun at Unison: The Amazing Meldini. Melody “The Amazing Meldini” Newcombe shows us that women (and little girls) don’t have to get sawed in half to be in a magic show. Comedy, magic and ventriloquism all add up to Family Fun. Price: $12 Advance, $8 Member Advance, $5 Child Advance (12 and under). $14 Door, $10 Member Door, $7 Child Door (12 and under). Unison Arts, 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; 255-1559; 255-1559 or email@example.com www.unisonarts.org
15 Clearwater Winter Open Boats. Come visit the sloop and celebrate the winter months with friends! Bring a potluck dish to share, enjoy local music, meet the captains and learn about the sloop restoration. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 4-8pm; 265-8080;
16 26th Annual Shamrock Run. A 2 mile run to benefit The Peoples Place. Parade and Post-race party at the Rondout Neighborhood Center following run. From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway. 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 contact 340-0001 or www.shamrockrunners.org
16 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; firstname.lastname@example.org www.ulsteraoh.com
16 Music of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. Pat Lamanna and Lydia Adams Davis. Sponsored by Heritage Folk Music. Kiersted House, 119 Main St., Saugerties; 3-5pm; 452-20113.
22 15th Annual Fur Ball. Please join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner and auctions (silent and live) to celebrate our Fur-Ever Friends. Fundraiser for the Ulster County SPCA. Please make reservations by March 12th. Tickets $85/person. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; 5:30pm; For info or reservations please call 331-5377 ext 215; www.ucspca.org
22, 23, 29, 30 Maple Weekend. See first-hand how real maple syrup is made & get a tour of our creek-side maple farm. Platte Creek Maple Farm, 808 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties; 9am-3pm; 853-4240; www.mapleweekend.com
23 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Beer & Cheese Festival. Aroma Thyme's chef/owner Marcus Guilano has teamed up with Tommy Keegan to throw a big beer and cheese party in the Keegan brewery. Last year Tommy had a bunch of local brewers join the party. And they will all be back this year. Chef Marcus is making several dishes that feature local Hudson Valley farmstead cheeses. And what goes great with cheese? How about local beer. If you like Great Cheese & Great Beer then this is your event. Tickets are only $40 pre-sale, $45 at the door, which includes the beer and food. Keegan Ales, 20 St. James Street, Kingston; 1-4pm; RSVP at 647-3000 or 331-2739.
23 HITS Endurance Health & Fitness Expo. Join HITS Endurance for an action-packed afternoon of specialty vendors and service providers from the health, fitness and wellness world, including: Educational information from healthcare & fitness gurus, Upcoming endurance events, interactive displays, healthy snacks from the culinary team at Diamond Mills, on-site registration for the Kiwanis Kingston Classic & free training tee’s, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Free & open to the public. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties;Noon-4pm; Skip the line at the door by re-registering for at www.hitsrunning.com/health-and-fitness-expo/ For info 247-7275 or Info@hitsendurance.com
23 St. Patrick's Day Concert. All-time Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley & friends perform traditional Irish music and more. 2 pm. Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center Street, Ellenville; 2pm; 647-5530.
23 Kingston Model Train & Railroad Hobby Show. Largest model train & hobby show in Ulster County. Train layouts, dealer tables, operating toy trains, food, raffles, Thomas the Tank trains, more. Handicap accessible. $6/Adults, $1/Kids under 12. Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; 481-4198; www.kingstontrainshow.com
29 Sustainable Living Fest 2014. A day of healthy, insightful workshops, demos, food, products and family fun. High Meadow School, 3643 Main Street Route 209 Stone Ridge; 1-7pm; 687-4855; www.highmeadowschool.org
29 Crazy Hat Bingo. Grab a wild hat – or better yet, make one -- and rush on over to High Falls Civic Association’s Crazy Hat Bingo party, 2014 edition, an annual explosion of art, creativity and small-town fun. A lavish buffet meal plus fresh homemade desserts, coffee and tea, will be furnished for all attendees. Please note, this is a BYOB event, so attendees must be 21 or older. Wonderful Bingo prizes for the evening’s games will be provided by local merchants. Prizes will be awarded for the following superlative hat-egories: Most Environmentally Friendly, Most Humorous, Most Seasonal, Most Stylish, Best Couple, and Best High Falls Theme. Admission for this jam-packed evening of food, fun and prizes is $15, $12 for seniors. Tables fill up quickly for this well-loved annual event, so neighbors are strongly urged to reserve in advance. Benefit for the High Falls Civic Association. Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 7-10pm; For info and reservations send email to Edward Schoelwer at email@example.com or call 687-3473.
29, 30 Maple Weekend. See first-hand how real maple syrup is made & get a tour of our creek-side maple farm. Platte Creek Maple Farm, 808 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties; 9am-3pm; 853-4240; www.mapleweekend.com
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3, 4, 5, 6 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.woodstockwritersfest.com
5 Sugaring Off: 18th C. Style. Join the staff of Senate House State Historic Site to celebrate the maple season. Activities include boiling maple sap to syrup, making jack wax candy, baking molasses cornbread and waffles over an open fire, hewing a log into a trough and making wooden buckets and spiles which were used to collect the sap. The First Ulster Militia will re-enact a raid on the sugar bush. Rural Felicity will perform traditional 18th century music. The event is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend. Guided tours of the Senate House will be available at the usual rate of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, ages 12 and under are free. The site is located on Fair St. in uptown Kingston; 11am-3pm; 338-2786.
6 23rd Annual John A. Coleman High School Wine & Cheese Party and Raffle. 19 Chances to win from $100 to $10,000. Tickets $50/two people. John A Coleman Catholic High School, 430 Hurey Avenue, Hurley; 3pm; 338-2750; www.colemancatholic.org
8 10th Annual Taste of Rhinebeck. Event guests enjoy strolling along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck, stopping and sampling food and beverages provided by more than twenty restaurants, spirit shops, caterers and gourmet food stores. One price includes tasting at every stop along the route. Hosted by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital. Cost is $75 per person until April 1st and $100 from April 2-8. Downtown Rhinebeck; 6-9pm; Registration is required by calling 871-3505 or register on-line at www.health-quest.org/taste
10 Ulster County Human Services Networking Fair. This is a great opportunity for members of the community to have one-on-one time with representatives from various local human services agencies. The event is free and open to the public. Andy Murphy Recreation Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-2pm.
10 Deadline to purchase or reserve tickets for the Catskills Humane Society Annual Spring Dance & Auction on April 26 in Margaretville. 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/current/events.htm
11 11th Annual Empty Bowls 2014. Purchase ceramic bowls that were made by a number of local artists and students. They can then have their bowls filled with a variety of donated soups and/or ice cream. All proceeds will be given to the Rochester Food Pantry, the Rosendale Food Pantry, the Rondout Valley Food Pantry, and the HVCS Food Pantry. $15 or there is the option to purchase a disposable bowls for five dollars for those who would like to help this worthy cause but might not want a ceramic bowl. Rondout Valley High School 122 Kyserike Road, Stone Ridge; 5-7:30pm; For more info 443-1433 or EmptyBowlsNY@gmail.com
11 Jeepers Peepers Spring Moon Walk. A unique event that features a nighttime walk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. HVRT Depot, 101 New Paltz Rd., Highland; 7:30-9pm; 691-2066, www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net
12 15th Annual Garden Day. This year’s keynote, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights", features Fredda Merzon, metal sculptor. This full day event also includes a mini-trade show featuring local nurseries and garden products, door prizes, and 16 different classes to choose from, each related to this year’s theme, “Edibles & Ornamentals”. $35 Pre-register/$40 at the door. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardener Program. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottrekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30am-4:15pm; 340-3990; www.cceulster.org
12 Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 1-12 years, please sign up at Gardiner Town Hall. Majestic Park, Gardiner; Noon; For info call 255-9675 x100.
12 Easter Magic in the Hamlet of Highland. Gather at the Methodist Church and coax Hamlet the Rabbit out for a story. Easter parade to the village field for an egg hunt. Peter Rabbit’s Potting Shed will be open for treats and hot chocolate. Village of Highland; 10am; 691-8011, www./townoflloyd.com
12, 13 Pasta Primo Vino. Taste wines and pasta dishes at each of the 14 wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. See website for details and to order tickets. 10am-6pm; 256-8456. www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/events.html
13 Dancin’ on the Rondout Barn Dance. Send the Clearwater off into the spring sailing season. Music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, called by Peter Blue. RSVP to www.surveymonkey.com/s/BarnDancin2014 and save $5. RSVP price until 5PM, April 11 is $20. Walk-in price: $25. Kids 12 and under get in free. Pay at door for both R.S.V.P. and Walk-in. Kingston Home Port. 50 Rondout Landing. Kingston; 5:30-8:30pm; www.clearwater.org
17 2nd Annual Business Showcase. Celebrate the Hudson’s Valley’s diverse businesses while providing professionals with new networking opportunities. Guest speakers and workshops. Free admission to the public. The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase will be held at Novella's New Paltz, 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz; 1pm-6pm;
18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4 Hudson Valley Fair. Family-friendly fair will include free live entertainment and shows including the Banana Derby, the High Flying Pages Circus, illusionist Lance Gifford, exotic animals, fireworks, a full petting zoo and more. 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. No fair would be complete without delicious fair food. The Hudson Valley Fair has all fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn, pizza and more. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls; Fair gates open at 5pm Fridays, and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyfair.com
19 The Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase. The Showcase is a family-friendly fiber festival right on the Hudson River. Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations, exhibition of various breeds of sheep and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music & food. $8 per vehicle parking fee. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown; 11am-4pm; Call (518) 537-4240 or visit www.friendsofclermont.org or call (518) 537-4240 for more information or for a vendor application.
19 Easter/Spring Plant Sale. Proceeds to benefit Gardiner Day Events. Gardiner Firehouse, Route 44-55, Gardiner; 9am-2pm; For info call 706-0625.
25 Women Helping Women Dance. To benefit the Women’s Shelter in Kingston. VFW Hall, Route 208, New Paltz; 6:30-10:30pm; For info call 706-0625.
26 Relay For Life. In the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need. Relay For Life of SUNY New Paltz is a great place to take action and make noise. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating is a great way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever. SUNY New Paltz; 10am-10pm; www.main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=56663
26 SUNY Ulster Spring Open House. This is our largest one-stop-shop opportunity to learn everything you want to know about SUNY Ulster. Visit our Information Fair, attend academic program and college preparation workshops, and tour the Stone Ridge campus. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottrekill Road, Stone Ridge; 10am; 687-5262; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sunyulster.edu
26 Loaves & Fishes Quilt Show. In memory of Beth Lewis, benefiting the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Over 70 quilts will be displayed. Demonstrations, Raffle baskets and a Quilt Raffle. Afternoon tea. Tickets: $6/$5 for seniors. Afternoon tea $5. Raffle basket: $5 for 25 tickets. Quilt raffle: $5 for 6 tickets. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 3021 Route 213 East, Stone Ridge; 10am-5pm; For information about entering a quilt call Mary Beilman at 687-7867. www.rvfoodpantry.org
26 Community Friends' Yard Sale & Antiques' Appraisal Service. A Benefit for the Local Alzheimer's Association Trash-to-Treasures, collectibles, manufacturers' new goods, unique handcrafted merchandise, Experts' Professional Price Opinions $5, Culinary Breakfast & Lunch @ Cool Bus Café. Vendors & Volunteers welcome. Donations accepted & Receipts given. Free Parking & Admission. New Hamburg Firehouse; 15 Channingville Road, Wappingers Falls; 9am-4pm; For info call 797-9887 or email email@example.com
26 Spring Family Fest. Come celebrate the arrival of Spring. Featuring the music of two great Hudson Valley family bands, Ratboy Jr. and Grenadilla and will also feature some delicious food and drink as well as a raffle. The suggested donation is $10 per family. All funds raised will go toward creating a shade cover for the Family Stage at the Rosendale Street Fest. In the event of cold or rain the event will be inside The Rosendale Theatre. Willow Kiln Park, 408 Main St. (behind the Rosendale Theatre), Rosendale; 11am-1pm.
26 Woodstock Film Festival Spirit of Woodstock Awards. The Spirit of Woodstock Award celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley, its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation and the river that flows through and connects it. The 2014 celebration will honor Mark Braunstein, Founder and CEO of Markertek and in Memoriam, Levon Helm, Presented to his daughter, Amy Helm; to his widow, Sandra Helm; and to Barbara O’Brien, who runs Levon’s Midnight Ramble. Special Award presenter: Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter Robbie Dupree. Emerson Resort and Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mt. Tremper; 7pm; For info 688-2828 or buy tickets www.wff.pointinspace.com/fundraising/spirit2014.php
26 “The Big Thaw” Dance Party. Chronogram is throwing “The Big Thaw” as a fun way for the Hudson Valley to warm up after the harsh winter. Here’s what is lined up: DJ sets by Dave Leonard and Carlos the Sun, Beer and wine by Chatham Brewing and Benmarl Winery, a Light show by Evolving Media Network, local Hudson Valley food trucks including Yum Yum on Wheels, Funky photo booth photo ops with props, curated art installations from Hudson Valley artists, and much more. Sponsored by DragonSearch, Chatham Brewing, Benmarl Winery, Evolving Media Network, Milne At Home Antiques, Boitson’s Restaurant, and Broadway Photo booth. Admission $10. Advanced ticket purchasers will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Boitson's Restaurant. 8 North Front Street, Kingston; 8pm; Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/chronogram-dance-party-tickets-11004778589
26 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 10th. No tickets will be sold at the door. Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, West Hubbell Hill Road, Margaretville, 6-10pm; www.heartofthecatskills.org/current/events.htm
26 Spring Food Festival. Sprouts & Shoots, Cut & Come-Again-Greens, Sour Dough Rye bread & local honey with Amy Eggers, Hilda Lego, Amy Trompetter. Rosendale Food Pantry, 45 James St. Rosendale; 10am-3pm; For information contact Sarah Lipari 527-7726.
26 (Rain Date April 27) 7th Annual Saugerties High School "Winter Dust Off Auto Show". There will be cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. New, classic, or custom, we take them all! There will be food and raffles too. It will be fun for everyone. The first 50 entrants receive a magnetic dash plaques sponsored by Don Roe Trophies. Vehicle registration fee is $10 per auto; entry fee for spectators is $2. Proceeds benefit the PTSA Senior Post Prom. Car show is located on the side parking lot of the school. Saugerties High School, 310 Washington Ave., Saugerties; 10am-2:30pm, registration begins at 9am; For info contact Sue at 246-0705; Facebook
26, 27 TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival. TAP New York Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival. 2-day long craft beer and fine food festival featuring over 50 breweries and well over 200 individual beers. Highly qualified judges choose the best craft brewery in the Hudson Valley and New York State, as well as the best individual beers in both the Hudson Valley and the entire state. Hunter Mountain Resort, 64 Kein Avenue, Hunter; Sat 1-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. 518-263-4223; Get tickets early. www.tap-ny.com/about.html www.huntermtn.com
27 12th Annual Complementary Medicine Conference: A Holistic Approach Health. A one-day educational conference focusing on treating the whole person, addressing the value of mind-body & spirit, food as medicine, herbal & nutritional supplements, complementary therapies, and much more in recovery from illness. Co-sponsored by PROS: Professional Radiation Oncology Services, Genomic Health, MHFCU, Health Quest, Diane & Gary Kvistad: Woodstock Chimes, American Biosciences, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Sunflower Natural Foods, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, Sawyer Savings Bank, American Printing & Office Supply, and Joan Schuman Associates. Admission, which includes lunch, $35, students/seniors $25. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center; 8am-4pm; 339-4673 Register online at www.BreastCancerOptions.org
27 New Paltz Earth Day Fair 2014. A community wide gathering and celebration of sustainability and earth wise practices. Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot Street New Paltz; 11am-3pm; 255-6340; www.reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org
27 Kiwanis Kingston Classic. Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis youth funds including scholarships. Awards and food. Presented by HITS Endurance. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org For early registration go to www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com
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1 May Day Foraged Feast & Potluck. The feast begins with a plant identification and gathering walk led by Dina Falconi, Author of Foraging & Feasting. Other local farmers/edible wild plant experts will provide offerings. May Day Festivities and planting led by farmer, Creek Iversen, at the new, Whirligig Farm, 1375 Hurley Mountain Road, West Hurley; 4:30-8:30pm; For More Information Contact Stacy Lipari 527-5672.
2 Annual Family Caregiver Conference: Caring for the Caregiver, Get Connected~Become Empowered. Keynote Speaker Maria Blon, SPARKS! Life Coach and Energy Healer. Topics include: Medication Safety, Managing Stress through Preplanning, Nursing Home Transition & Diversion, Keys to Staying Connected to your Inner Spiritual Side, Local Vendor Showcase Community Resources. Cost: $25 includes breakfast and lunch – Scholarships available. Hosted by Caring Connections of Ulster County and RCAL. Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston; 8am-4pm; For further information, contact Evelyn Flynn at 331-6563 or email@example.com To register, visit our website www.caringconnectionsofuc.com
2, 3, 4 Crafts At Lyndhurst: A Spring Festival of Fine Craft, Food & Fun. With Mother's Day, wedding season and graduation just around the corner, Crafts At Lyndhurst, a festival of fine craft, food and fun, offers shoppers the chance to find unique gifts for the bride-to-be, the graduating senior or to show mom just how special she is. More than 275 craftspeople will be displaying and selling their contemporary works. Visitors will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet visionary artists and purchase their latest one-of-a-kind items. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry; fashion and accessories; furniture, and home décor pieces; as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Crafts At Lyndhurst offers more than just crafts. Visitors can also enjoy interactive experiences throughout the weekend: dance to live music all weekend long by Tribes Hill; watch and participate in craft demonstrations; learn how to play an instrument in a special interactive musical experience; eat in the expanded food court (now including delicious vegan and vegetarian options); wander around our sculpture garden, taste and bring home yummy specialty foods and entertain the kids with a variety of children’s activities including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers and more. General admission is $10, Seniors $9, Children 6-16 $4; Children under 6 free. No dogs allowed. Lyndhurst, Rte 9, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For info & travel directions: 331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com
2, 3, 4 Hudson Valley Fair. Family-friendly fair will include free live entertainment and shows including the Banana Derby, the High Flying Pages Circus, illusionist Lance Gifford, exotic animals, fireworks, a full petting zoo and more. 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. No fair would be complete without delicious fair food. The Hudson Valley Fair has all fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn, pizza and more. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls; Fair gates open at 5pm Fridays, and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyfair.com
3 14th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo. Featuring: Over 100 booths and exhibits; Over 20 free health screenings; Seminars and workshops; Healthy Food Court with cooking demos and samples from area chefs; Ongoing exercise and fitness demonstrations; "The Doctor is In" booth featuring private consultations with specialists; Book signings by noted authors; Spa treatments; Complementary disciplines (aromatherapy, stress reduction techniques, etc.), and more. $7 admission online or $8 at door. Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine; 8:30am-4pm; Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org www.womenshealthexpo.com
3 VFW Flea Market. Refreshments and raffles will be available. Please support your veterans. Indoor/Outdoor. Rain or shine. VFW, 708 E. Chester St., Kingston; 10am-3pm; For info, contact Wayne Sickler at 331-2636 or email@example.com www.vfwpost1386.org/fleamarket
3 2014 Celtic Beltane Festival. At the Center for Symbolic Studies at Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz, come dressed in your fanciful best to sing, dance, and welcome the Renaissance in the deep woods. Horses, crafts, and jongleurs thrill the day with music, magic, and fire dancing by night. $10 Adults/$5 seniors and children under 10. Center For Symbolic Studies, 475 River Road Ext., Rosendale; Gates open at noon, music begins at 1pm, May Pageant at 4pm, Gates close at 10pm; 658-8540; www.symbolicstudies.org
3 Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow Day. Please join us at Saunderskill Farm for the annual Spring Plow. Featuring horses, mules and oxen. Food, music, kids games, vendors, demonstrations and lots more. Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Route 209, Accord; 10am-4pm; 626-2676; www.Saunderskill.com
3 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. Live Mexican Band, Mariachi Band, Folklorico Dancers. Mexican food. Crafts & novelties. Casa Villa Restaurant, 395 Albany Ave., Kingston; noon-9pm; 331-7646; firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix. A women’s only bicycle event held on courses that include some of the most challenging as well as scenic roads in the Northeast. Three separate races: Pro/1/2, Category 3, Cat 2 and 3 Masters, and Category 4. This event is also to raise funds and awareness for HOPE’s Fund. Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 8am; 679-7420; www.facebook.com/WWCGP2013
3, 4 Gardiner Open Studio Tour Spring 2014. Come join us for some Spring beauty. Meet the artists in their natural habitat on a drive through forests, fields and cliffs around the small town of Gardiner. Free. Tour starts at DM Weil Gallery, 208 Bruynswick Rd. (County Road 7), New Paltz; Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm; 255-3336; info@GOSTartists.org www.GOSTartists.org www.dmweil.com
4 Annual New Paltz Regatta. A homemade boat rally on the Wallkill River. Get creative. Will it sink or float? Everyone is welcome. Lots of prizes, lots of fun. All canoes, kayaks & homemade crafts meet at Village Hall for 1pm parade down Main St., 1:30pm kayak race, 2pm Family of New Paltz Duck Race (reserve your duck numbers at Family, 51 N. Chestnut St.; 255-7957), 2:30pm Homemade watercraft race. $10 early registration, $20 after. Call for info 532-8376, 255-3631 www.newpaltzregatta.com
5,6,7,8,9,10 "Stamp Out Hunger" In Ulster County. In conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, the United Way of Ulster County, UlsterCorps, and the Kingston Post Office are coordinating a countywide food drive to collect food for local food pantries. Last year's record-breaking food drive brought in 16,500 pounds of food that was distributed to 20 food pantries throughout Ulster County. This year's goal is to collect 20,000 pounds of food. You can help "Stamp Out Hunger" by leaving non-perishable food items such as pasta, dry milk, peanut butter cereal, and canned fruit - meat - vegetables (please no glass), for your letter carrier. All donations stay in Ulster County.
10 TrailFest 2014. Join us as we kick off the summer camping season. This is our Demo Day of hiking backpacking and family camping. Meet local and national organizations who promote conservancy and outdoor mountain sports. Also outdoor community's top clothing and gear manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their products. Free Admission, Kenco, 1000 Hurley Mountain Rd., Kingston; 10am-4pm; 338-5045; www.atkenco.com/events.asp
10 YWCA Mother’s Day 5K. Register now. Uptown Kingston Race starting at Academy Green Park across from the YWCA. Open to all ages and there will be a Kid’s Run around Academy Green. After the race, there will fun events and prizes. What a healthy way to spend Mother's Day weekend. Academy Green, 209 Clinton Avenue, Kingston; 9:30am-3pm; For more info and to register: www.ywcaulstercounty.org/event/ywca-mothers-day-5k/
10 7th Annual New Paltz Bike Swap. Amazing deals on new and used bikes, parts, apparel, bags & vintage bike items. Free admission. The swap has dozens of vendors and hundreds of participants. New Paltz Middle School. 2 S. Manheim, New Paltz; 10am-2pm; For info 917-655-5123 www.newpaltzbikeswap.com
10 Annual Spring Wassail: Balkan Music and Dance. Join us for music, dance, and food, along with delicious cider tastings and the launch of a New Spring Cider Blend specially aged in bourbon barrels. Renowned Balkan musical groups will fill your ears while folk dancers heat up the dance floor. Dance teacher Steve Kotansky will lead an afternoon dance workshop. Price: $70/$60 in advance/$15 under 18 years/Free under 6 years. Breezy Hill Orchard, 838 Centre Road, Staatsburg; 2-11:45pm; 266-3979; email@example.com www.hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com
16 First Annual Wellness and Caregiving Conference: Education, Wellness Tips and Resources for Caregivers & Individuals. This event gives people in the community an opportunity to discover what resources are available to them in the field of caregiving and wellness. Attendees can hear presentations by Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, Jewish Family Services, Hudson Valley Hospice, and the Ulster County Department of Health. Some of the businesses in attendance will include Alzheimer’s Association, Byron’s Hearing, Home Health Care & Companion Agency, Ulster Savings Bank, and much more. Full breakfast and lunch is being generously donated by several local businesses. This event is free admission and open to seniors, and care providers in the community whether they be professional or family members. Hosted by the AM/PM Homecare & Companion Agency. JC Penney Wing of Hudson Valley Mall,1600 Ulster Ave., Kingston; 9am-3pm; For more information, or to RSVP, please call 443-4373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
16, 17, 18 Spring Sidewalk Sale & Rhinebeck Historic Days. The event will honor the 150th anniversary of the Great Fire in Rhinebeck that destroyed the south side of East Market Street, the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Rhinebeck Post Office, and the 75th anniversary of the Rhinebeck Town Hall building. A variety of activities are planned. Sponsored by the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce. A map and schedule of events will be available at retail locations throughout the Village. The activities will take place rain or shine. Route 9, Rhinebeck; Website
17 3rd Annual SpringFest. There are two races: A Bed Race and a Waiters Race. The Bed Race race involves teams rolling beds down the hamlet streets of Lloyd and The Waiters Race involves waiters carrying trays of water glasses through the hamlet streets of Lloyd while our local community, sponsors, restaurants, and spectators cheer them on. Highland; 11am to 7pm; For registration visit www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index
17 WAAM Benefit Splash! Food, wine, art, music & more. Join us for fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, a silent auction of goods and services, a special sale of Little Gems (small works of art for $100 each), and live music. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 6-8pm; 679-2940; www.woodstockart.org
17 Fun Raiser. Celebrate with your neighbors and community and get to know the health care practitioners and volunteers of Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. Help support RVHHC while honoring its third year of providing free holistic healthcare services to the community. It will be an event for the entire family, featuring an all organic lunch of Mexican food and homemade desserts. There will be special activities for children including hula hoop tutorials and a clown. There will be music and dancing. There will be three raffles, a 50-50 Raffle, a raffle of exciting prizes, and a raffle of holistic healthcare sessions with RVHHC practitioners. The entrance fee (which includes lunch and all activities) will be $15-$25 for individuals (sliding scale donation), $40 for families, and free for children under 5. Marbletown Park, The Pavilion, Tongore Road, Stone Ridge; noon to 4pm; www.rvhhc.org
17 New Paltz Garden Club's 10th Annual Community-Wide Plant Sale,Swap, & Garden Yard Sale. 8-9am Drop off plants & sale items. 9am Sale & Swap begins. Bring identified plants, bulbs, seeds, books, tools, pots, vases, and all garden-related items for swap or sale. Deyo Hall, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz; 8am-Noon;Contact Shelly at 255-8856; www.newpaltzgardenclub.org/calendar.php
17 Gardiner Cupcake Festival. The festival 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. Wright's Farm, 699 Route 208, Gardiner; Noon-6pm; 255-5300; www.gardinercupcakefestival.com.
17 St. Peter's Annual Spring Flea Market, Bake & Plant Sale. Held in the school's Mulry Hall, indoors and out. There will be lots of different vendors with new to vintage items. New Herb plants, household and garden plants, baked goods and more. Plus: a $5 Bag. Sale at 2pm at the St. Peter's Tables of Treasures. Free admission. St. Peter’s School, 1021 Keator Avenue (off Rte 213, near junction of Rte 32), Rosendale; 9am-4pm; For more info, call Carol at 687-7735.
17 Square Dance. Live music and caller. Potluck dinner starts at 6pm and the dancing starts at 7pm. $5 donation fee. Sponsored by the The Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association, the Kid-Hudson Driving Association and the Ulster County Horse Council. Ulster County Fair Grounds, Youth Building, 249 Libertyvilla Road, New Paltz; 6pm; For reservations or more info call 294-9016 or email@example.com
17, 18 Woodstock's Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale. Two days of great buys. Tinker Street Woodstock. Sponsored by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts.
17, 18 Wildflower Festival & Heirloom Seedling Sale 2014. Come celebrate native wildflowers, herbs, fruits, and local biodiversity. Heirloom seedlings for sale from the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s greenhouses. Experts on hand to answer questions. Free. Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Rd., Kerhonkson; 10am-5pm; 626-2758; www.catskillnativenursery.com
18 Armed Forces Weekend Run 4 Our Warriors. A four mile race and a two mile walk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 100 pre-registered entrants. There will be age group awards, trophy to school with the most entrants, water stops, runners’ clock timed, post race refreshments and door prizes. Sorry, no dogs or strollers during race. The cost to participate 12 years and under is $20 and 13 years of age and older is $25. Register at www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net/meetinginfo.php or www.active.com Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association. Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association. Hudson Valley Rail Trail, 75 Haviland Road, Highland;Registration begins at 8am. The race starts at 9am and the walk starts at 9:15am; For additional information, please contact HVRailTrail@gmail.com
May 21,22,23,24,25 HITS-on-the-Hudson I. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
24, 25, 26 Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair. Juried artists and craftspeople from all over the United States. At the Fair you can experience one of America's largest variety of art & craft demonstrations, be entertained by the best regionally based musicians, as well as experience the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both New York State wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods. $8, $7 seniors, 12 & under free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm, Monday 10am-4pm; www.quailhollow.com
25 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Auction and Dinner Dance. Live/Silent Auction to benefit the Belleayre Music Festival items including Catskills arts, crafts, sports & recreation. Bid on 4 & 5 Star hotels & destinations, fine dining, entertainment & wearables, and much more. Adults $65, Children 14 and under $40. Reservations required. Belleayre Mountain Overlook Lodge, Belleayre Mountain Road, Pine Hill; 5pm; 254-5600, ext. 1344.
25 Memorial Day Eve Illumination at Walkway Over the Hudson. Ceremony at flagpole in center of Walkway with Pleasant Valley American Legion, Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars, and New York State Park Police. Bring flashlight or glowstick for sunset illumination vigil. 87 Haviland Road, Highland, 7:45pm; 486-2060.
26 Annual Esopus American Legion Memorial Day Parade. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 1298. Assembly will be at the Dollar General Store parking lot on Rt. 9W. Parade will proceed south to the Esopus Town Hall where the ceremony will be held. Parade participants should begin arriving at 9:30am. Parade will kick off at 10am; 331-3709.
26 Town of Marbletown Memorial Day Parade & Services. Hosted by the American Legion Post 1512. The parade lineup will begin at 9:30am at Marbletown Elementary School on State Route 213, and the parade will begin at 10am. It will proceed to U.S. Route 209, then head north to the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge. The memorial service is to begin at 10:00am; 687-7601, ext. 6.
26 Town of Lloyd Memorial Day Service and Parade. Interfaith service at the Methodist Church of Highland, 57 Vineyard Ave., Highland at 8am. Parade at 9am from St. Augustine school to New Paltz Road to Main Street to Route 9W and Veterans Park near firehouse, then back to Vineyard Avenue to the Methodist Church of Highland; 691-2144.
26 Town of Rochester Memorial Day Ceremony. With Special Honors for fallen hero Sgt. Shawn Farrell. Veteran's Park, 50 Scenic Road, Accord; 11am; 626-7384.
26 Town of Hurley Memorial Day Parade. Join us for our traditional Memorial Day Parade & Celebration. Line-up is at St. Joseph's Mission Church proceed along Zandhoek Road, Main Street and old Route 209, ending at the Town Hall on Wamsley Place; 10am; 331-7474, ext 2.
26 Town of Rosendale Memorial Day Parade. The American Legion Post 1219 of Rosendale/Tillson Parade from Tillson Road onto Springtown to Main Street, ending at Veterans' Memorial near Route 32; 10am; 658-3159.
26 Annual Woodstock American Legion Memorial Day Parade. Parade participants will assemble at the Woodstock Playhouse parking grounds at 11am, with the parade kicking off at approximately noon. It will proceed up Mill Hill Road to Rock City Road and stop at the Woodstock cemetery for a brief ceremony. The parade will then reform and head back along Rock City Road to Tinker Street, continuing through the village to its Nether Street end. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Post 1026 after the parade is over. For more information or to participate, call Kevn Verpent 532-2775.
26 Kingston Memorial Day Parade. Parade will step off at 4:45pm on Andrews St. next to Kingston High School, proceeds up Broadway, through the Uptown business district, ending at Dietz Memorial Stadium.
26 Town of Olive Memorial Day Parade & Services. Assemble at at 9:30am at the West Shokan Post Office to march up Route 28A and proceed to the Veterans Memorial in front of the town building on Watson Hollow Road, where memorial services will be held. Refreshments will be served after the service at the town park.
26 Town of Shandaken Memorial Day Parade. Step off from Main St. in Phoenicia at 10am and parade to the Eagle Statue by Route 28. Hosted by The American Legion Post 950. 688-5004.
26 Deadline to RSVP for the Garden Tour to benefit the Stone Ridge Library Foundation on May 31. $50 per guest. Payment may be made directly to Stone Ridge Library Foundation, PO Box 188, Stone Ridge, NY 12484. For more information, please contact the Foundation at 845-687-7147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 28,29,30,31,June 1 HITS-on-the-Hudson II. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
May 29 RSVP To Attend HOPE's Fund June 5th Event: Raising HOPE: A Celebration of Women Mentors . RSVP by May 29th to Cathy Cooper (email@example.com), 845-331-4199, x3. Held at
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 5:30pm- 7:30pm; http://hopesfund.org
30 Town of New Paltz Memorial Day Parade. Organized by the VFW #8645, the parade will step off at 6pm at the New Paltz Middle School, proceed west down Main St and end at the New Paltz Fire Department. 255-0100.
31 2nd Annual "Morse Course." Morse Course is a kid-friendly obstacle course in which children and adults are invited to come out for a fun day and test their balance and agility. In addition to the course, there will be food trucks, live music, and raffles prizes from local merchants. This event is a fundraiser for the Grant D. Morse PTA. The cost to participate is $10 per person or $35 for a family of four or more. Families are encouraged, but not required, to participate. Grant D. Morse Elementary School, 70 Harry Wells Road, Saugerties; 1-4pm; For additional details, contact Christine Dolan at 917-673-1038.
31 Preschool Expo. The Expo will showcase the wide variety of resources available in Ulster County to families with children ages 3 - 5. The event will provide ideas and referrals for educational, social, and recreational activities as well as information on health issues and nutrition. There will be activities, games and giveaways for families. Hosted by The YWCA Ulster County. YWCA, 209 Clinton Ave., Kingston; 10am-2pm; For more info call 338-6844, x110; www.ywcaulstercounty.org
31 Mental Health Expo. The Expo will feature: exhibits by Mental Health Service Providers, Depression Screenings, Music Therapy, Art Table for Children, Art Exhibit, Stress Management Techniques, and light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Additionally there will be two guest speakers. Fran Wishnick will speak about her personal experience with suicide, and Kimberly Addesso, LMSW, Clinical Coordinator for the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at HealthAlliance, will provide an introduction to dialectical behavioral therapy. This event is sponsored by the Benedictine Health Foundation. HealthAlliance Hospital, Mary’s Avenue Campus, Administrative Building Auditorium, Kingston; 10am-2pm; For more info contact Laura Robinson at 845-334-3117.
31 Garden Tour Benefit for the Stone Ridge Library Foundation. Brian and Judith Drabkin’s woodland garden is within an understory of mature trees fronting the Rondout Creek. The property surrounds a large rock escarpment (known as “Steep Rocks”) with a walking path below along the creek. Available to discuss the gardens and answer questions will be Debra Tobin-Gray. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds, bring a picnic or use the waterfront to photograph, bird watch the resident eagle or even drop a fishing line as early as noontime. Refreshments will be served and the program with Ms. Gray begins at 1:30pm. As there is limited space, prior reservation is requested by May 26, 2014 with payment of $50 per guest. Payment may be made directly to Stone Ridge Library Foundation, PO Box 188, Stone Ridge, NY 12484. 711 Berme Road, High Falls; 1-3pm; For more information, please contact the Foundation at 845-687-7147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
31 Music & Merriment. A benefit for the Family of Woodstock. The fun includes a community Maypole Dance, musical performances by singer/songwriters Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak, Square Dancing, with a puppet show of the African folktale, TALK, to close the festivities. Mountaintop School, 68 Band Camp Road, Saugerties; 1-5pm; 389-7322; www.mountaintopschool.com
31, June 1 2014 Maritime Cup Regatta. View beautiful sailing vessels at Hudson River Yacht Racing Association’s annual regatta. First signals 11am Saturday & 10:30am Sunday. Two or more races Saturday & one or more race Sunday. All proceeds benefit the HRMM. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 338-0051, x15; email@example.com www.hrmm.org
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1 HITS-on-the-Hudson II. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
1 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 celebrate a decade of change. 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/pride
1 Walkway’s 3rd Annual World Record Event: “Handshake Across the Hudson.” In our ongoing mission to bring only the biggest, best, and happiest events to the Hudson Valley, Walkway Over the Hudson plans to gather 3,000 friends on the world's longest elevated pedestrian park to attempt another World Record. Let’s break the record for longest handshake relay. This event takes place on the Walkwaywith entrance from both East and West approaches. Tickets are $10 for adults, Children 16 and under are free. Check-in from 9:30-10:30am. Event begins promptly at 11am. All participants receive a souvenir. Register at www.walkway.org
1 25th Old Fashioned Day. A family day of fun with old time atmosphere. Free admission. Kid’s games, crafters, memorabilia, music, demonstrations, food, and vintage cars. There will be numerous exhibitors to demonstrate their crafts or explain their antiques or artifacts, ranging from the 1800s to the present to show the progress over the last century or so. Walker Valley Firehouse, 3679 Route 52, Walker Valley; 11am-5pm rain or shine. Facebook
1 8th Annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge. A benefit ride to raise funds for the new High Meadow Performing Arts Center and named by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best cycling events in the month of June. The Challenge invites riders of all ages to participate in one of four road rides: 50-mile Shawangunk Ridge Ride; 30-mile Countryside Ride; 11-mile Bud Clark Memorial Ride; and 5-mile Family Ride. Begins and ends at High Meadow Performing Arts Center, 3643 Main St.(Rt. 209), Stone Ridge; 8:30am-3pm; More details and online registration at www.ridetheridge.org
1 2014 Maritime Cup Regatta. View beautiful sailing vessels at Hudson River Yacht Racing Association’s annual regatta. First signals 11am Saturday & 10:30am Sunday. Two or more races Saturday & one or more race Sunday. All proceeds benefit the HRMM. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 338-0051, x15; firstname.lastname@example.org www.hrmm.org
4,5,6,7,8 HITS-on-the-Hudson III. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
June 5 Raising HOPE: A Celebration of Women Mentors.
2014 Raising HOPE Honorees:
Darlene Pfeiffer. $50 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Cash bar. Featuring a
"Power of the Purse" Silent Auction!
Bid on your favorite designer bag and help us Raise HOPE for women in Ulster County! Held at
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 5:30pm- 7:30pm; For more information, contact Cathy Cooper at email@example.com, 845-331-4199, x3; http://hopesfund.org
5, 6, 7, 8 10th Annual Mountain Jam. One of the top music festivals in the country featuring 40 bands on 3 stages. Lineup includes Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & RatDog, Gov’t Mule, and more. Presented by Radio Woodstock & Warren Haynes. Hunter Mountain, 84 Klein Ave., Hunter; For info and tickets visit www.mountainjam.com
6 15th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration: “Songs of Your Heart”. Light supper, Candle Lighting Ceremony, Guest Speaker Barbara Sarah, and music. Health Alliance Hospital Mary’s Ave. Campus, Administrative Services Building Auditorium, 75 Mary’s Ave., Kingston; 6-8pm; 845-339-2071, ext 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 A Panel Discussion on Elder Abuse. Continental Breakfast served. Hosted by the Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. Wiltwyck Golf Club,404 Steward Lane, Kingston; 8:301m-Noon; For more information and registration please call 338-2980.
6, 7 St. Mary’s Benevolent Society 103rd Annual Bazaar. Food, music, and games. Shuttle parking at Kingston Point Beach, Delaware Ave. St. Mary’s Benevolent Society, 188 North St., Kingston; Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 4-11pm; 845-338-9810; www.stmarysbenevolentsociety.org/?page_id=29
6, 7, 8 The Country Living Fair. The pages of Country Living Magazine come to life. Rain or Shine. Antiques, Artisans, Art, Furniture, Home Decor & More. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine. Plus Seminars & How-to's, Artisan Demonstrations, & More. Cooking demos all 3 days. All exhibits are under cover. Tickets can be purchased online now and at the fair box office all the days of the fair. One day $16; Weekend Pass $20; Children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; 10am-5pm; 876-4000; www.stellashows.com/shows/countryliving-rhinebeck
7 Annual Summer Fair, Chicken and Rib BBQ, and Silent Auction. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Avenue, Kingston; 9am-6:30pm, Silent Auction Noon-5pm, BBQ, 3-6:30pm; 331-2252; www.stjohnskingston.org
7 Barn Sale/Auction. Includes silent auction and bake sale. Hurley Heritage Museum, 52 Main St., Hurley; 9am-2pm; For information or to donate items call: 845.338.6263 or 845.338.8756 www.hurleyheritagesociety.org
7 Saugerties Public Library Fair. Plants, books, authors, music, refreshments, vendors, and children’s activities. Adults $1. Kiwanis Ice Arena, 6 Small World Ave., Saugerties, 8am-2pm; 845-246-4317; www.saugertiespubliclibrary.org
7 16th 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; Swap only 11am, Swap & Sale 11:30am until all plants are gone. For guidelines on plants call Dona Crawford 340-3990 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1403776369873510/?ref=5
7 (Rain Date Saturday June 21st) 3rd Annual Retro Rally Car & Motorcycle Show. Come dressed in your best retro outfit. Prizes, food, and fun. Cornell Street Studio, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston; noon-5pm; 331-0191 or 679-8348; www.cornellstreetstudios.com
8 HITS-on-the-Hudson Purina Animal Nutrition Kids Day. The day of family fun will provide a host of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Free Pony Rides by Vertical Limit Stables;
Face Painting presented by Family of Woodstock;
Coloring Books and Drawstring Bags courtesy of Purina Animal Nutrition;
Kids Games and a Horseless Horse Show;
Horse Shoe decorating. Festivities start at about Noon. 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833; www.hitsshows.com
8 Kingston Community Block Party Multicultural Festival. Live ethnic music, dance, comedy, handicrafts, children’s activities, food and drinks. More than a dozen cultures represented. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. T.R. Gallo West Strand Park, off Broadway at Kingston Rondout Creek waterfront; Noon-4pm; 338-8131; www.facebook.com/ReherBakery
8 Celebrating the Wisdom of our Elders in Song. SageArts, brings songwriters and elders in the community together to collaboratively write a song about the elder’s life. The initiative kicks off with a benefit dinner and concert. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street (Rt. 209), Stone Ridge; $25 donation. Dinner & Silent Auction 7pm; Concert 7-9pm; (845) 688-1546; www.sagearts.org
June 9 Tour de Kingston. 9th Annual road and rail trail event with rides of 50 and 25 miles, as well as a 5 mile family ride with stops at the Firemen’s Museum and more. Free cookout sponsored by Bike Brothers. Rain or Shine. Starts & finishes at Dietz Stadium Dietz Stadium. 170 N Front St. Kingston, Start Times: Registration/ Arrivals 8am, 50 mile and 25 mile leave at 9am, Family Fun ride leaves at 11am; Presented by the YMCA of Ulster County, The Kingston Hospital Foundation-Cycle Therapy and Bike Brothers. www.tourdeulster.com
June 9 16th Annual SUNY New Paltz Doug Sheppard Classic. The SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament, “The Shep”, supports scholarships for New Paltz students. Day includes: Breakfast, 18 holes with cart, cocktail reception/lunch, prizes and fun! Registration and breakfast begins at 8:00 am. Held at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. For further information and to register, call 845-257-3972 or 845-257-3986 or visit www.newpaltz.edu/golf
June 12, 13, 14, 15 22nd Annual Hot Rod Weekend. A celebration of great cars, people and your favorite 50s & 60s music and fun. “Mustang Car Corral” – vehicles 1989 and older. Prizes. Vendors inside & out. Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, 400 Granite Rd., Kerhonkson. 845-626-8888; www.hudsonvalleyresort.com www.famous50s.com
13 Women, Wine & Wow: Annual Champagne Reception. The Board of Directors of the YWCA invite you to attend the event, where for a $40 admission (all profits to benefit programming at the YWCA) you get a bottomless champagne glass, delicious local and homemade food treats, a chance to mingle with our 2014 Tribute to Women honorees, socialize and network, and view the beautiful historic home and garden of this year's hosts. Partial proceeds to benefit YWCA Ulster County Youth Leadership Program. Home of John McKinney & Frank Futral, 88 Maiden Lane, Kingston; 6-9pm; RSVP for tickets, contact Meghan at 845-338-6844, ext 102 or email@example.com
13, 14, 15 Taste of Country Music Festival. On site camping available. Hunter Mountain. Tickets | (888) 512-SHOW (7469); www.tasteofcountryfestival.com
14 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. Try out the latest craze- Stand Up Paddleboards. $10 donation benefits Forsyth Nature Center. Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave., Kingston; 10am-4pm; 338-5021; www.kingstonkayakfestival.info
14 68th Annual Stone Ridge Library’s Annual Fair. Books, music by local musicians, plants, food, crafts, and children’s activities. Shuttle Bus Service will be provided by Arthur Mulligan Bus Company on Saturday, available from SUNY Ulster (Lots C & E) and the Marbletown Elementary School. Library Lawn, 3700 Main St. (Rt. 209), Stone Ridge; 10am-3pm; For info contact Diane DeChillo at 687-8726 or the Library at 687-7023; www.stoneridgelibrary.org
14 6th Annual Kids Run Wild. A free event open to children of all ages with activities and educational resources that the entire family can enjoy. There will be a 1/2 mile Fun Run at 12 noon (Please note that this is a change of time from previous years). There will also be plenty of other activities throughout the day. These include various games, crafts, physical fitness instruction, bouncy house and educational resources that focus on health and nutrition. Free refreshments and other treats and surprises while supplies last. Parking at Forsyth Park & Nature Center will be limited, so please use Dietz Stadium parking lot as an alternative. Event sponsored by The Junior League of Kingston. Forsyth Park & Nature Center, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston; 10am-2pm; For more information 481-3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.juniorleaguekingston.org
14 The 33rd Asbury Shorts Concert. New York City’s longest running short film exhibition. The Rosendale Theatre and Ulster County Tourism are co-presenting this special “concert” of award-winning short films. Radio personality and actress Kimberly Kay will be serving as the show’s Guest Host. General admission tickets cost $12 and $10 for Rosendale Theatre members. Tickets can be purchased at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/676297 Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale; 7:30pm; 845-658-8989; www.RosendaleTheatre.org www.asburyshortsnyc.com
14 Appraisal Day at Deyo Hall. Historic Huguenot Street and the Ulster County Historical Society are co-hosting their second appraisal fundraiser event. There will be several appraisers donating their time and expertise - from antiques dealers to history professors - offering casual appraisals on collectibles, coins and silver, artwork, military items, and music-related treasures. To have your item(s) appraised, fees are $5 per item or $12 for 3 items. Appointments are not necessary. Funds raised will directly support the continued preservation efforts of both Historic Huguenot Street and the Ulster County Historical Society. Both organizations will be offering discounted site admissions to Appraisal Day attendees. Deyo Hall, Historic Huguenot St., New Paltz; 11am-3pm; For more information, please contact Suzanne Hauspurg, Director of the Ulster County Historical Society, at email@example.com www.huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events/2014/6/14/appraisal-day
14 Rosendale Rocks the River Music Festival. An annual live music festival, located in the heart of Rosendale along the Rondout River. There will be nine local bands. 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. There is a $10 admission. 375 Main Street, Rosendale; 2-10pm; Visit the website for sound bites, photos and videos of the bands. www.rosendalerockstheriver.wordpress.com
15 5th Annual New Paltz Challenge, a Father's Day Half Marathon & Family 5K. A fun and healthy way to spend precious time with family and friends. The only true trail half marathon in the area, the out-and-back course leads runners along the scenic Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and through the bucolic New Paltz landscape. There are special discounts and prizes for parent/child teams. Runners may register online at www.active.com/new-paltz-ny/running/races/new-paltz-challenge-2014 , or download the Registration Form and return with payment to: New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, 257 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561. The Half Marathon starts at 7:30am and the 5K begins at 8am. Runners who have pre-registered may pick up their race packets the day before the event, Saturday, June 14 at the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce offices located at 257 Main Street, New Paltz from 10am-3pm. Proceeds benefit the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce community projects. www.newpaltzchallenge.com
15 Family Day: Free Admissions on Father's Day. The public is invited to enjoy free admissions to Historic Huguenot Street on Father's Day, June 15. This includes admissions into the historic house tours and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded the town of New Paltz. Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 10am-8pm; 845.255.1660; Click here for more details.
19 Ulster County Community Action Committee Inc.’s 3rd Annual Chicken BBQ. Help us to raise funds for the Backpack/Snackpack Program. $12 includes 1/2 Chicken, Baked Potato, Coleslaw, Roll & Butter, and Brownie. For tickets call 338-8750. Orders must be placed by June 16th. Walk-ins are welcome. Make checks payable to: UCCAC, Inc. Academy Green Park, Kingston; 4-6pm; (845) 338-8750 Ext 105.
June 19,20,21,22,26,27,28,29 "Monty Python's SPAMALOT" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900; http://woodstockplayhouse.org/woodstock_playhouse_024.htm
20 Hudson Valley SUPER BRAWL 2. Don't be the sad sack who has to tell their grand-dogs they missed this. Come early for the carnival. Stay late for the post-BRAWL dance party with DJ Jordan Matthews. He's going to have you partying like it's your birthday...because it's his! Donations of $1-$1,000 accepted at the door. Free t-shirt with a donation of $50 or more. Once you get through the door, plan on betting on your favorite wrestler to win. All donations & bets go Queens Galley Cooking Matters Program. Bring fists full of cash. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Doors & Carnival 7pm, Wrestling 8pm; 679-4406; www.hudsonvalleybrawl.com www.queensgalley.org/cooking_matters.html
June 21 2014 Rondout Valley Garden Tour. An annual, self-guided exploration of some of the area's most lovely private gardens and horticultural attractions. Proceeds benefit the RVBA and the Ulster Garden Club. Advanced Tickets are $20. Day-of tickets are $25 and may be purchased between 8:30 am - noon at any of the tour's three starting locations: Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord; or at Victoria Gardens, Rosendale. Attendees will receive a free donut and cup of coffee with the purchase of their ticket and tour brochure. The ticket price also includes a complimentary glass of wine, courtesy of Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits. Tours are open 10am-4pm. For further information, contact Vickie Coyne at 658-9007, firstname.lastname@example.org or
21 The Hudson Valley Craft Brew Fest Presents: Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon. Live music, craft and food vendors. For a limited time, you can purchase ticket to the event at an exclusive discount. These advanced discount tickets will offer you a discount prior to paying at the gate. No one under 21 will be admitted. This event is rain or shine. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Gates will open at 2pm; For info and tickets www.beerbourbonbacon.com/index.php/tickets-on-sale-now
21 9th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day: “Ready, Set, Go! Making a Difference Starts Today!” A day where family, friends, and neighbors come together to celebrate our community and connect with resources and information provided by local community organizations, health professionals, and educational opportunities. There will be service projects for event attendees, music, dancing, food, fitness workshops, and much more. Brought to you by the Everette Hodge Community Center, the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation, Kingston Library, Rose Women Care Service, Ulster BOCES, UlsterCorps and Kingston Cares. Franklin Street will be blocked from Broadway to Prospect Street (adjacent to the Kingston Library) as we enjoy the day’s activities;11am-3pm; For further information contact Megan Weiss at 331-1110 or email@example.com
21 Annual Strawberry Festival. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads, Fresh Strawberry Desserts. Klyne Esopus Museum, 764 Broadway, Ulster Park; Noon-3pm; 388-8109; firstname.lastname@example.org www.klyneesopusmuseum.org
21 WIOX A-Go-Go - Groovy Rock & Roll Dance Party. There will be fabulous prizes, boffo raffles, libations, dancing and more. Admission tickets are on sale at the station. $10 admission supports WIOX– your community radio station. WIOX 91.3 FM Radio building, Bridge Street (2335 County Road 41), Roxbury; 7-10pm; For more information please telephone 607-326-3900 or email to email@example.com www.wioxradio.org
21,22 Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus.
Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9AM. www.clearwaterfestival.org
22 YMCA/Health Alliance 9th Annual Tour De Kingston and Ulster. Bike rides for all abilities and interests from a flat and free 5-mile Family Ride to a challenging 50-miler for experienced cyclists. A free educational “Bicycle Rodeo” for younger children is held in conjunction with the Tour. Post-ride BBQ provided. Advance registration for the 12, 16, 25 and 50 mile rides is $25 for individuals and $40 for families. The 5-Mile Family Ride is free. All proceeds benefit Tour de Kingston Community Scholarships, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and the Health Alliance Foundation. Rides begin and end at Forsyth Park, Kingston NY; Register online at www.bikereg.com or contact Bike Brothers Bicycle Shop, 845-336-5581; firstname.lastname@example.org www.tourdekingston.com
22 7th Annual Milton Engine Co. # 1 Cocktail Party. Live entertainment under the tent. Silent Auction; Hor d'oeuvres, beer, & wine. Tickets $30 per person. Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, 220 North Road, Milton; 5-8pm; To purchase a ticket please call 845-795-5660 or 845-416-7898.
22 3rd Annual CIRCA Uptown Kingston Historic House Tour. A tour of historically significant homes and other buildings in Uptown Kingston to raise funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care. Tour will conclude with a reception at the Kirkland Hotel building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. Check-in at CASA office, 209 Clinton Avenue, Kingston; Check-in 11am-12:30pm; tour begins at 11:30am; post-tour reception begins at 3pm. For more information, call 339-7543, email Richard@CASAulster.org or visit www.casaulster.org
22, 23 WJC Annual Mega–Yard Sale. Yard Sale fans rejoice. It’s time again for the Woodstock Jewish Congregation’s Annual Mega-Yard Sale that many consider the best in Ulster County. Bargain hunters will have a once-a-year opportunity to shop and buy from an enormous selection of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, children’s clothing/books/toys, housewares, jewelry, art, collectibles, lighting, linens, hardware and much more. All proceeds benefit the WJC General Fund. The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock; Sunday, 9am-4pm; Monday, 9am-2pm; 679-2218; www.wjcshul.org
June 26,27,28,29 "Monty Python's SPAMALOT" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900; http://woodstockplayhouse.org/woodstock_playhouse_024.htm
28 Woodstock House Tour. A self-guided tour of seven remarkably unique homes in the Woodstock area followed by a benefit cocktail party from 5-7pm. The Tour will feature an eclectic mix of distinct homes representing the historic significance and unique character of the Woodstock community. One of the houses on the Tour, White Pines, was designed and built in 1903 by Ralph Whitehead and Bolton Brown as the home of the Whitehead family. White Pines is the quintessential example of the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Style based on the value of hand craftsmanship living in harmony with nature.Other homes on this year’s House Tour are a combination of contemporary homes with gorgeous views as well as historic Woodstock artists homes updated and lived in by today’s special Woodstockers that often include amazing personal collections of local art.. $50/$40 WAAM members. Pick up map at the Byrdcliffe Shop, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 11am-8pm; (845) 679-2079; Tickets available online at www.woodstockguild.org/byrdcliffe-events/house-tour
28 Senate House State Historic Site Independence Day Celebration. At 1pm, guests can participate in a stirring Patriotic Ceremony featuring dramatic patriotic readings and music, and at 12pm and 2pm, a performance of authentic 18th century magic learned from magic books of the period. There will be music and free hot dogs and beverages will be served while they last. In addition, the Third Ulster County Militia will be encamped on the grounds demonstrating 18th century camp life, including hearthside cooking, washing laundry and demonstrating the practice of medicine in the colonial era. Free. Guided tours of Senate House are also available at $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, children 12 and under are free. Fair St., Kingston; 11am-3pm; For more info (845) 338-2786.
28, 29 Hudson River Exchange - Summer Market. Showcasing more than 80 contemporary regional makers, designers, collectors, food trucks, and community organizations, HRE brings together vendors and consumers of high quality goods to partake in a weekend of exchange. This season’s sponsors include Chronogram, Columbia Tent, Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Hudson Wellness Collective, Sorted Creative, and Wunderbar. Henry HudsonRiverfront Park, Hudson; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm; For more info visit www.hudsonriverexchange.com
29 "Shandaken in Bloom!" Garden Tour of six glorious gardens in the heart of the Catskills: formal landscapes, country cottage gardens, organic vegetable beds, ornamental trees, prize winning shrubs, and islands of perennial blossoms. Gardeners in Shandaken are very creative. Challenging gardeners are deer, woodchucks, pest insects; odd micro-climates, or deep woodland shade. Nevertheless, every year enthusiasts surprise us with abundant beauty and diverse gardens in these ancient mountains. Rain or shine. Tickets: $25/ Advanced Ticket $20. Proceeds benefit the Phoenicia Library. Advance ticket available at Tenderland Home, Main Street, Phoenicia or Phoenicia Library, 9 Ava Marie Drive, Phoenicia; Buy tickets the day of the tour at the gazebo at Route 214 and Main Street, Phoenicia; 10am-4pm; Further Info call Susan Robertson at 688-7493, email@example.com www.phoenicialibrary.org
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4 Ellenville’s Independence Day Celebration. The 4th of July celebration will include a parade at noon and arts & crafts vendors will set up in Liberty Square from 9am-3pm. Fireworks at will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30pm) at the airport. Joseph Y. Resnick Airport, Ellenville; 845-647-6560.
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 it’s eclectic shopping and dining experience, waterfront park and historic atmosphere. Most restaurants will be offering outdoor dining for the evening. Parking and shuttles will be available to make it easy to access the area which traditionally draws huge crowds. Live music at 4pm kicks off the celebration, followed by a video tribute to veterans at 9pm. Then, sit back and enjoy a great fireworks display sponsored by the law firm, Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor. Shuttle buses will be located at the Kingston Point Beach and Kingston Plaza, as well as on Cornell Street across from Frank Guido’s Little Italy from 3-11pm; T.R. Gallo Park, West Strand, Kingston; 4-11pm; www.kingstonhappenings.org/events/4th-of-july-fireworks-and-celebration-in-kingston-ny/
4 Saugerties Traditional July 4th Celebration & Parade. Parade kicks off at 11am. Cole Brother’s Circus at Cantine Field 2pm and 5pm. Fireworks at Cantine Field at dusk. Sponsored by the Saugerties Fire Departments and Saugerties Kiwanis; www.discoversaugerties.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 $10 each (Children 5 & under are free, but should be registered for the event). Tickets can also be purchased at Adams Fairacre Farms (Poughkeepsie & Wappingers Falls locations), Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steakhouse, 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
4, 5, 6 Balloon Festival 2014. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Balloon Festival, an annual summer tradition in the Hudson Valley, will take place various sites around the area. In total, over 75 balloon take-offs are scheduled during the weekend. All launches are open to the public and complimentary to attend, and many feature community gatherings, food and drink and much more. For a fee, attendees can take their festival experience to new heights by actually riding alongside a trained and certified professional pilot in one of the hot air balloons. Anyone wishing to make arrangements for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should contact Bill Hughes of Blue Sky Balloons at 888-999-2461 for more information. The complete list of launch sites and times can be found at www.dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival
4, 5, 6 Celebrate Independence Day at Historic Huguenot Street. What did the signing of the Declaration of Independence mean for the families of Huguenot Street? Witness history being made, interpreted in vignettes performed on the DuBois Fort porch. During your visit, take part in our Stars & Stripes Scavenger Hunt. Tour the settlement and the historic houses, interact with interpreters, and search for Revolutionary War period artifacts and weaponry sourced from our own historic collections. Scavenger Hunt checklists will be available in the Visitor Center Friday through Sunday. Return your completed checklist to the Visitor Center to receive your own American flag. Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street (between N. Front Street and Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz;10am-5pm; History Vignettes are at 12pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm, Friday and Saturday; For more info call 845-255-1660 or visit www.huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events/
5 Highland’s Celebration/Fireworks. Old-fashioned fun and fireworks. Live music by Touch of Rhythm, DJ Tony Flash 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 or www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index
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.
5 July Jamboree 2014. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary invites you to come celebrate the joys of summer and the work of WFAS this weekend. Fabulous food, live music, kids’ activities… and 250 rescued animals to hang out with! This year is going to be a blast! Get ready to frolic with goats, give a belly rub to our pigs, cuddle some chickens and nuzzle with some very friendly sheep, all the while supporting our vital and necessary work, as we offer shelter to abused, neglected and abandoned animals. $10 adults, $5 kids, WFAS members & kids under 3 free. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, 35 Van Wagner Road, Willow; 11am-4pm; 679-5955; www.woodstocksanctuary.org
6 11th 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
July 10,11,12,13,17,18,19,20 "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900;
11 45th Annual Children’s Day Parade. The parade route will begin on Broadway at Kingston High School and culminate in Kingston Plaza. Coleman Brothers Carnival and fireworks will await for spectators. Kick off at 6pm; Information may be obtained by contacting 481-7332 or 481-7333; www.kingston-ny.gov
11, 12, 13 2014 Ukrainian Cultural Festival. The largest Ukrainian festival in the USA. Music & Dance, Art & Craft, Delicious Ethnic Foods, Concerts, Beer Garden & Zabavas. Soyuzivka Heritage Center, 216 Foordmore Rd., Kerhonkson; 626-5641; www.soyuzivka.com
11, 12, 13 The Hudson Project Festival. A three-day music and arts festival on a farm set against the backdrop of the magical Catskill Mountains, just a short distance from New York City and all other major metropolitan areas across the Northeast. You can expect an interactive experience from the moment you arrive on-site, featuring: the ultimate fusion of over 85 genre-defying musical acts on four stages; a fifth interactive performance area; large scale art installations; an art village; a selection of gourmet foods, wine, craft beers, and specialty cocktails from the Hudson Valley area; a wide range of camping options from pre-set up “glamping” tents to DIY choices; and more. At least 18 years of age. Winston Farm, 119 Augusta Savage Road, Saugerties; www.facebook.com/TheHudsonProject
July 12 Hurley Stone House Day. Explore Americas oldest private homes (1690-1790) in a National Historic Landmark Dutch village. Walking and bus tours, costumed guides, militia re-enactors, first person presenters, Sojourner Truth, crafts, games, music and cafeteria. Rain or shine. $20 adults/ $15 seniors&students/$2 children ages 6-12/ children 5 and under, free. $ 2 discount coupon for the cafeteria with adult, senior and student admission. Main Street, Hurley; 10am-4pm; 331-4121; www.stonehouseday.org
12 2nd Annual Arkville Fair. There will be a parade featuring floats, vintage cars and tractors, fire departments and more at 11am. There are more than 30 vendors coming with everything from pickles to homemade handbags as well as a band, a DJ, face painting and a bounce house. There is no admission for the Fair, so bring the family and enjoy the day. Fire Hall, 43355 State Hwy. 28., Arkville; 10am-3pm; For info call 845- 667-0306 or e-mail Arkvilleday@gmail.com
12 High Falls Fair Day. The entire hamlet will be buzzing from morning to evening. There will be a pie-eating contest, art & crafts, kid's games, flea market, live music, antique appraisal event, and more. Activities that reflect the creative character of High Falls will beckon every age group and palate: interactive games for kids and adults, a relay race, talent show, music, antiques, flea market, arts and crafts vendors, green market, barbequed chicken dinners, and the Taste of High Falls (offering samples of High Falls’restaurants and food purveyors). The D & H Canal Museum will be open and offering guided tours of the Five Locks. Rt. 213, High Falls; noon-8pm; www.highfallscivic.org
12 Annual Chicken Barbeque. Servings by the piece will be sold from noon-4pm. Dinners will be from 4-7pm with the prices at adults $14, seniors and kids 6 to 12 at $12. Children under 6 are free. The food consists of chicken, corn on the cob, salads, and watermelon. Hosted by the Community Church of High Falls as part of High Falls Day. Corner of Mohonk and Firehouse Rds., one block South of Rt. 23, High Falls; For more info, contact Lorna Schimmrich at 845-687-7091 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
12 32nd Annual DeLisio Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics of New York, Hudson Valley Region and is hosted by the Woodstock Golf Club. The entry fee includes: golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, music and prizes and most importantly a donation to Special Olympics. The first 50 people to sign up receive a free round of golf at the Woodstock Golf Club. Participation is limited to 100 (25 groups of 4). Woodstock Golf Club, Route 375 & 212, Woodstock; For further info or registration call (845)339-4600 or www.woodstockgolf.com
12 Christmas in July Toy Trot. The People's Place will hold its 2nd Annual "Christmas in July Toy Trot", a 2.5 mile fun run with Christmas themed obstacles throughout the route. The sole purpose of this event is to raise funds for our Holiday Gift Program for Ulster County children, ages infant to twelve years old. Last year we provided gift packages to 928 local children. Kingston Point Beach/Park, Delaware Avenue, Kingston; Registration 8am, Race 9am race; For more info call 338-4030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.peoplesplacekingston.org/fundraisers/christmas-in-july-toy-trot
12 "The Lego Movie." Come see the movie and also enjoy a free lunch. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Washington Ave., Saugerties; 11am-1pm; For info call Rita Ford at 845-594-6089.
12 (Torrential Rain Date July 13) Tenth Annual Secret Gardens Tour. The tour will visit six wonderful gardens. 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 10th 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 5th) to: Secret Gardens Tour, P. O. Box 32, Malden, NY 12453. 10:30am-4:30pm; For more information call 246-0710.
12 (Rain date July 13) 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.
July 16,17,18,19,20 HITS-on-the-Hudson IV. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
17, 18, 19 Saint Joseph’s 38th Annual Festa. Have a fun evening as you enjoy good food, try yours skills at games, treat your children to rides, and cool off in the air-conditioned hall while you have Italian pastries and espresso and peruse the craft tables. St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut St., New Paltz; 6-11pm; 255-5635; www.stjosephnewpaltz.org
18, 19, 20 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Chalk Art Festival. 20 of the best chalk artists in the United States will participate along with local artists. We will also have a section for you to participate and demonstrate your creativity. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free event and watch the artwork unfold throughout the weekend. Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz; 10am-6pm; Hudsonvalleychalkfestival@gmail.com www.hudsonvalleychalkfestival.com
18, 19, 20 Shandaken Arts Festival and Studio Tour. Explore working artists' studios clustered in tiny hamlets and up country roads. Maps, artists, and schedule online. Belleayre to Mt. Tremper; 10am-5pm; info@ShandakenArt.com www.ShandakenArt.com
July 19 Hudson River Day. Family-friendly event, focusing on the history
and ecology of the Hudson River Valley, its indigenous industries
and local products. Interactive children's activities, music, food,
demonstrations, river-related vendors and visiting vessels will round
out the event. Tours to the Rondout Lighthouse will be a feature;
reservations required. Hosted by Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 11am-5pm; 338-0071; www.hrmm.org/events
19 3rd Annual Children’s Home of Kingston 4K Run. There will be awards for top 3 finishers in 7 age groups. Benefits The Children’s Home of Kingston. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 day of race. Starts at Children’s Home of Kingston campus at 26 Grove St. and ends there. Race-day registration begins at 8:30am; free kids 1k run (12 and under) at 9:30am; Race starts 10am, For info call 331-1448; Print race registration at www.childrenshomeofkingston.org/images/CHK_4K_2014.pdf
19 A Mid-Summer Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper. Please join us as we celebrate the seasonal bounty of the Catskills at Neversink Farm. You are welcome to tour the farm while enjoying delicious, fresh, locally-sourced foods creatively prepared. Bring the whole family and relax while enjoying a leisurely summer afternoon exploring the lush fields and rolling riverside pastures of Neversink Farm. Experience a multi-course tasting of fine foods served family style while listening to the old-timey sounds of the Poison Love string trio. Purchase your tickets by July 11th and take advantage of early admission prices. Adults $50, 6-12 years $15 and Children under 5 Free. Beginning July 12th, tickets will be $60/adult and $20/6-12 years. All proceeds will support the work of Catskill Mountainkeeper. To respect the local ordinance of the Town of Neversink, no alcohol will be served at this event. Neversink Farm, 635 Claryville Road, Claryville; 3-7pm; To purchase your tickets call 845-439-1230 or click here
19, 20 Rosendale Street Festival. 1 Street, 2 days, 6 stages, 74 bands, donation driven! Family friendly festival featuring the best bands of the Hudson Valley. The Music Festival of Rosendale, Inc. is a not-for-profit, grassroots citizen organization that comes together for the purpose of continuing the legendary Rosendale Street Festival for the multiple benefits it offers to our community and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a whole. Handicapped Accessible. $5/pp suggested donation. Main Street, Rosendale; noon-9pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday; 845-943-6497; For music and performances schedules and additional details visit www.rosendalestreetfestival.ning.com
19, 20 9th Hudson Valley July Sangria Festival. Admission $20 includes souvenir wine glass, vineyard and cellar tours, live music, flamenco dancers, samples of fresh sangria and award-winning wines. Free admission for Wine Club members. Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Ave., Highland; 236-4265; Noon-7pm; www.benmarl.com
20 Boice Bros. Dairy 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash. The party features live music, ice cream, food, prizes and entertainment. Boice Bros. will attempt to create the longest ice-cream sundae. The current record is a 1250-foot sundae. Some of the proceeds for the event will go toward the charity Hudson River Stewards Program which teaches kids the importance of the Hudson River to our region. T.R. Gallo Park, Rondout, Kingston; noon-4pm; 845-340-2018; www.facebook.com/pages/Boice-Bros-Dairy/111447001167
20 Bearsville Picnic #2: “Reggae By Nature.” After 35 years, the Bearsville Picnic is back. Join us for a full afternoon/evening of live streamside outdoor music, dancing, food, and fun for the whole family! The show is rain or shine, with the Bearsville Theater as a backup if it should happen to rain, the show must go on. $20 suggested donation -general admission (A share of the proceeds goes to Family Of Woodstock). Located at the garden outside Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Noon-8pm; Click here for details.
July 23,24,25,26,27 HITS-on-the-Hudson V. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
July 24,25,26 "The Three Musketeers'" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900;
25-August 1, 2, 3 1st Annual Christmas in July. Gift for each child. Come see what’s new. Corn maze, Farm Scene Investigation Mystery game/Earn Inspector’s Badge, Big Apple Bounce jumping pillow, Grandpa’s Gem Mining Camp, Pedal cart track with tunnels, friendly animals, and your favorite Cow Train ride. HYO salad garden veggies, Heritage tomatoes, and “How Sweet it is corn”. Clean picnic areas and more. Admission $7.50/per person. Some activity fees. Children under 3 are free. Sponsors for this year's Celebration Maze: Mohonk Mountain House, Sky Dive the Ranch, Apple Greens Golf Course, Dedrick's Pharmacy & Gifts, Masseo Landscape, Inc, VISIT Vortex Hudson Valley, Rocking Horse Ranch. Hurd’s Family Farm, 2187 Route 32, Modena; 9am-5pm; For info call 845-883-7825; www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com
July 26 Ulster County Volunteer Firemens Association Parade. Parade steps off promptly at 1:00 pm from the High School bus circle, and will end at the Cantine's Field complex. All after parade activities will be held at the large pavilion. Village of Saugerties. Facebook page
26 Catskill Mountain Archery Festival. Join us for our fourth ever Archery Festival. New to archery? Come and demo new products from the leading archery brands, learn skills and get great deals. Already an archer? Come for the same reason and some friendly competition. Free entry. $10 raffle tickes win a new bow. At Kenco, 1000 Hurley Mountain Rd., Kingston; 11am-3pm; Call for details 845-338-5045; www.atkenco.com/events.asp
26 83nd Annual Woodstock Library Fair. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock 10am-5pm; 679-4693, 679-2213; www.woodstock.org
26 Marbletown Founders' Day. Celebrating the 311th anniversary of Marbletown's original land patent grant. Marbletown Art Festival featuring over 30 local artists with work on display and for sale. Art competition & auction: email email@example.com for info. Live music throughout the day, 3pm interactive dance with the Vanaver Caravan. Live birds of prey demonstration presented by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commisssion. Historic grave stone etchings presented by the Marbletown Historical Preservation Committee. Siversmithing presentation by SUNY New Paltz faculty & students. Sponsored by the Town of Marbletown to benefit the Stone Ridge Library. 10am-6pm. Free admission. Lucas & Fairview Ave, High Falls; (845) 687-9673; Click here for more details.
26 2nd Annual Field Day Festival. Perseverance Organization, started by a young Gardiner resident, seeks to raise awareness and support families of foster children. Enjoy live music provided by New Paltz Rock and DJ Johnny. Come see Jim Perry Magic's last performance in New York! Play field day games and enjoy Southwest Sandart's Inflatable bounce house! Spacey Tracey, Lemon Love, and Nino's Big Bite & Catering Co. will be there. There will be DodgeBall Tournaments and much more. All proceeds purchase items for Foster Families in our community. Lunch tickets $10. Hosted by Perseverance Organization. Hasbrouck Park, Mohonk Avenue, New Paltz; 11am-8pm; (845) 527-7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/events/688229567898937
26 (Rain date July 27) 8th Annual Tannersville Crazy Race Festival. Vendors will line both sides of Main Street with all-day live DJing and races. Racers can build the cars of their wildest imagination, using anything from flower pots to Santa sleighs to garbage cans. Main Street, Tannersville; 11am-4pm, Races begin at 2pm; (518) 628-4424, email@example.com
26, 27 Wine and Food Festival: Bounty of the Hudson. The Shawangunk Wine Trail’s annual wine and food festival is held at Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery. All of the wineries on the Trail will be there, plus others from around the Hudson Valley. With your $28 ticket, you can sample delights from the best of Hudson Valley wineries and food producers, shop local cuisine and enjoy live music throughout the day. With this year’s host celebrating their 175th anniversary, plans are underway for additional activities and demonstrations to make this Bounty of the Hudson extra special. Ticket is good for one day and includes a wine glass & wine tasting at all the wineries at the festival. Advance tickets including taxes and fees are $28, Day of $38. Rain or shine. Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville; Noon-5pm; www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/wine-food-festival-bounty-hudson
27 “Family Fun and Fish Day”. Learn to fish, properly identify them and learn about aquatic ecology. All fishing supplies will be provided. Participants may bring their own equipment if they prefer. Other family activities will include a barbeque and crafts for youth under the pavilion at noon. Free.This event is sponsored by the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program in partnership with NYS DEC Fisheries Staff and Kenneth Wilson State Park. Kenneth Wilson State Park, 859 Wittenberg Road, Mount Tremper; 11am-1:30pm; To enter the State Park for free, you will need to register by July 24 at www.ashokanstreams.org For more information on the event contact Brent Gotsch at 845-688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 29,30,31, August 1,2,3 Ulster County Fair. Celebrating over 150 years of country life. Pay One Price: $15 includes all mid-way rides, shows & entertainment, children 36″ and taller will require a wrist band. Free parking. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Opens at 10am each day, except Tuesday when gates open at 4pm. Gates close at 10pm on Tuesday through Thursday, Midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8pm on Sunday; 255-1380, 255-1701; www.ulstercountyfair.com
July 30,31, August 1,2,3 NY Horse & Pony Show (VI). World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
July 30,31, August 1,2,3 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. From opera to flamenco, world music to Broadway, 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; email@example.com www.phoeniciavoicefest.com
July 31, August 1,2,3,7,8,9,10 "West Side Story" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900;
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1 For a $5 donation to United Way of Ulster County or Raising HOPE - formerly HOPE's Fund - your choice, you can receive a 25% discount savings pass* to shop all day at any Macy's store on August 23 and raise money to benefit programs & services in Ulster County. Each charity will keep 100% of the proceeds. All Savings Passes include a chance to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card, no purchase necessary. (With a Savings Pass, you will received 25% off on regular, sale and clearance items, and, 10%* on electrics, electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings. Some exclusions apply). United Way of Ulster County, 450 Albany Avenue, Kingston; Contact us at 845-331-4199, ext. 2 or stop by the office pick up your savings pass today.
1,2,3 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. From opera to flamenco, world music to Broadway, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org www.phoeniciavoicefest.com
1,2,3 Ulster County Fair. Celebrating over 150 years of country life. Pay One Price: $15 includes all mid-way rides, shows & entertainment, children 36″ and taller will require a wrist band. Free parking. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Opens at 10am each day, except Tuesday when gates open at 4pm. Gates close at 10pm on Tuesday through Thursday, Midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8pm on Sunday; 255-1380, 255-1701; www.ulstercountyfair.com
1,2,3 NY Horse & Pony Show (VI). World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
August 1, 2, 3 1st Annual Christmas in July. Gift for each child. Come see what’s new. Corn maze, Farm Scene Investigation Mystery game/Earn Inspector’s Badge, Big Apple Bounce jumping pillow, Grandpa’s Gem Mining Camp, Pedal cart track with tunnels, friendly animals, and your favorite Cow Train ride. HYO salad garden veggies, Heritage tomatoes, and “How Sweet it is corn”. Clean picnic areas and more. Admission $7.50/per person. Some activity fees. Children under 3 are free. Sponsors for this year's Celebration Maze: Mohonk Mountain House, Sky Dive the Ranch, Apple Greens Golf Course, Dedrick's Pharmacy & Gifts, Masseo Landscape, Inc, VISIT Vortex Hudson Valley, Rocking Horse Ranch. Hurd’s Family Farm, 2187 Route 32, Modena; 9am-5pm; For info call 845-883-7825; www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com
August 1,2,3,7,8,9,10 "West Side Story" at the Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498; 845-679-6900;
2 20th Annual March of Champions Drum & Bugle Competition. Benefits The Children’s Home of Kingston. Admission $20. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; 7pm; For more info please call 331-1448 Ext: 1115.
2 45th Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Antique and Flea Market. Vendors offer an assortment of goods ranging from unusual antiques and fine handcrafted pieces to random hidden treasures. A hospital-sponsored Health Fair will be held during the market offering free blood pressure testing and blood sugar screening. Admission will be $2 for adults and children over 12. The event is a fund-raiser for Margaretville Hospital, a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. Village park, Margaretville; 9am-4pm; For information please e-mail: email@example.com www.HAHV.org firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Ride on the Water: Classic Motorbike Show Swap Meet. Benefit for the Autism Society of Hudson Valley. Features live music, comedy and DJ'd music. $10. Rondout Bay Marina, 1000 Route 213, Kingston; 1pm; (845) 339-3917.
3 Old Timers Day and 3rd Annual Bed Race. A full day of events. There will be music, dancing, children’s activities, contests, antique cars, merchant specials, vendors. Free. Partition St., Saugerties; 1-5pm; Sponsors, vendors, and bed race teams are needed. For info contact Marjorie Block at 246-0784.
3 Emerson Fifth Annual Car Show. An amazing collection of cars, great food and music. Come join us for a day of fun Benefit for the Belleayre Music Festival. Emerson Inn, 5340 Rt. 28, Mt. Tremper; 9am-3pm; For more information, contact Perry Orshan at (201)-254-5600 ext 1344 or www.belleayremusic.org
August 8 5th Annual Community Appreciation Day. Free activities and refreshments for the whole family to enjoy. Face painting, tie dye (bring your own shirt), free VIN etching and minor crack windshield repairs courtesy of Glass America (11am-3pm), and live radio remote by Radio Woodstock. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and snow cones. Ulster Savings Bank, 226 Main St, New Paltz; 10am-4pm; For more information, please contact Rocco Pucino at 845-255-5470, ext. 4202 or email email@example.com
8 Putt Fore Paws. Join us for golf & a fun benefit for Ulster County SPCA. Captain & crew format. Cost $125 per golfer. Continental breakfast, lunch and awards with an auction following tournament. Apple Greens Golf Course, 161 South Street, Highland: 8am Registration / Continental Breakfast, 9am Shotgun Start ; For info, Contact Dan at 255-1399, or firstname.lastname@example.org www.ucspca.org
8, 9, 10 Saugerties Artist Studio Tour. Opening Reception at the Gallery, Opus 40, 50 Fite Rd. Friday, 5-7pm; Open Studios Days Saturday and Sunday. 10am-6pm; Map & info: www.saugertiesarttour.com email@example.com
August 9 The Blueberry Festival Street Fair, Canal St. & Liberty Square, Ellenville. Rain or Shine. No entry fee. The day starts with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Fire Company Fundraiser 7:30am -11am hosted by Pioneer Engine Co. No. 1 at Norbury Hall, Center St. Live Music in Liberty Square. 175+ Vendors of all kinds. Huge Variety of Delicious Foods from one end of the festival to the other…. including our local eateries! Blueberry Pies/Bake Sale, Blueberry Goodies Galore! Children’s Entertainment: Interactive Inflatables, Sand Art, Face Painting; Games, More. Sponsored by The Ellenville/Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce and the 2014 Co-Sponsors: Catskill Hudson Bank; Craft Chiropractic Associates, PC; Dan Couse Agency-State Farm; Nevele Casino, Resort & Spa; The Roscoe Beer Company. The Blueberry Festival Street Fair, 9am-4pm, Canal St. and Liberty Square, Ellenville. For information: 845-647-4620; firstname.lastname@example.org;
9 The Annual Piecemakers of Cairo Quilt Show. Featuring beautiful quilts, boutique items for sale made by our members, demonstrations, raffles, vendors and door prizes. You choose the winner of the Viewer’s Choice quilt, Viewer’s Choice wall hanging and the member block challenge. The theme for this year’s block challenge is “Movies”. Proceeds from our show help support our many charity projects and member education. Admission donation is $2. Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo; 10am-4pm; For more information please call Debra Steup at 518-622-2270.
9 2nd Annual Artists On The Street. A Plein Air Event showcasing the talents of over 15 renowned Hudson Valley artists. Throughout the day, engage with artists as they create paintings and watercolors inspired by our historic site and landscape. At 4pm, artists will bring their work to the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) to be displayed during an hour-long reception. Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 11am-5pm; 845-255-1660; www.huguenotstreet.org
9, 10 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. Group rates available to groups of 15 or more. Hunter Mountain. For more information visit www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/festivals/summer-festivals-gaf.aspx
August 14, 15, 16, 17 Kingston Film Festival 2014. The Kingston Film Festival celebrates the art and entertainment of film in all its forms. Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking – feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental, big budget, micro-budget, trailers and so on. The festival will offer film professionals and the interested public quality films expanding their knowledge of cinema and enhancing their appreciation of the filmmaking process. All screenings will be held at BSP, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; For a detailed list of screenings, performances & other information please visit: www.kingstonfilmfestival.org (914)-417-9114 email@example.com
15, 16, 17 Hudson Valley Ribfest and Country Concert. The region’s largest, most unique barbecue festival and contest. The Ribfest isn't just about ribs. Tickets for the concert are $20 Advance online, $30 Day of, Kids 12 and under are free. 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 $5, under 12 free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; 306-4381; Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; For more info and Ribfest and separate concert tickets visit www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org
16 Hurley Corn Festival. The Festival will include quality handmade crafts, specialty foods, fresh local farm products, antique vendors, live music children’s activities, craft demonstrations, flowers, quilt raffle, and our famous Corn Chowder. $3, under 12 free. Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley; 10am-4pm; 514-2785, 338-1661; www.hurleyheritagesociety.org/Pages/Content.htm
16 Chronogram Block Party. We’re bringing back the ultimate block party with live local musical entertainment until 11pm (DJ dance party to be held after hours at BSP), beer and wine garden, Hudson Valley food trucks, Tarot Fair hosted by Eric Francis, street entertainers and vendors, dunking booth to benefi t a local Hudson Valley charity, the ever popular Chronogram cover cut outs, and much more. Free admission. Appropriate for all ages. The Block Party will take place on Wall Street in Kingston between John and North Front Streets in the historic Stockade district; 4-11pm; 334-8600; www.facebook.com/events/433826353381715/?fref=ts
16 Rhythm ‘n Greens Inaugural Concert Series. Get down with the best Boogie-Woogie and Ragtime music in town. Post-concert Fireworks in the church’s backyard. Tickets $15 at the door, Krause’s Chocolates, and The Golden Notebook. Sponsored and held at the Woodstock Reformed Church on the Woodstock Village Green, 16 Tinker St., Woodstock; Doors open at 6pm, Concert starts at 7pm; Fireworks at 9pm.
16 WAiV - Woodstock Appreciates its Volunteers. The 10th Annual Volunteer's Day is a day in which there is an opportunity to help us all remember what is good about our community. While we are reminded everyday of the considerable acts of kindness and personal generosity that our volunteers offer us on a daily basis, never asking to be thanked, on Volunteers' Day, the volunteers are the "Guests of Honor." This is our community's expression of gratitude. A community should never take its volunteers for granted. Our Town Picnic is organized in their honor, a music festival is performed, volunteers are treated to lunch, their children and grandchildren are provided playful activities. All welcome, free admission to the music concert. Andy Lee Field, Rock City Rd., Woodstock; 1-6pm; Check us out on Facebook, twitter and our website, www.volunteersday.com
16 Holy Cross Church Fundraiser. New and used items, bake sale, food, refreshments, and more. Rain or Shine. Free admission. Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave., Kingston; 9am-3pm; 331-6796; firstname.lastname@example.org www.holycrosskingston.org
16, 17 20th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show. Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum & The Hudson River Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boats Society. Historic and restored boats arrive on Friday, with the main portion of the show on Saturday. Participants depart Sunday. View antique & classic boats, meet their owners. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; Museum hours are 11am-5pm; 338-0071; www.hrmm.org
16, 17 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/huntermtn/festivals/summer-festivals-celtic.aspx
17 Between the Tides Festival. The festival is scheduled “between the tides” so the half-mile trail to the Lighthouse is passable throughout the event. Look forward to a family-friendly, all-ages event including live music, local food, and drinks. The interior is open for tours during the festival instead of the usual tour schedule on this day. No pets allowed during festival. Proceeds from the music festival support the continued preservation of the Saugerties Lighthouse. Advanced tickets & seniors: $25/person. Day of event: $30. Children under 12 are free. Saugerties Lighthouse, 168 Lighthouse Dr., Saugerties; 2-7pm; 247-0656; www.saugertieslighthouse.com/visiting/music-festival
17 Saugerties Antique Auto Club 57th Annual Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show. Awards to Top 30 plus Best Model T/Model A, Best Unrestored Pre-War and Post-War, Special Interest, Longest Distance Driven, and Best of Show. Breakfast & lunch will be available, along with drinks. Flea Market and 50/50 drawing. Free admission to public. Vehicle Registration $15, Pre-1942 free. Vehicle cutoff is 1989. Show held rain or shine. Cantine Field, Washington Ave., Saugerties; Registration 10am-noon, Judging starts at 12:30; For more information, contact Rich Flaherty at 834-2934 or Irene DeGraff 679-6810.
August 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 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: 12 rides for $20. Route 9, Rhinebeck; 10am-10pm; 876-4000; www.dutchessfair.com/dutchess-fair
August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Kingston Festival of the Arts. Taking place in multiple locations throughout the city of Kingston. For info 331-3261; Tickets, schedule of events and information at www.KingstonFestival.org www.facebook.com/KingstonFestival
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 Taste of Kingston. A city wide culinary extravaganza, offering tantalizing tastings from a rich array of restaurants, cafes, food and drink enterprises throughout the city of Kingston, and runs simultaneously with the Festival of the Arts. A portion of the proceeds go to City of Kingston for city services. Taste of Kingston takes place 11am-10pm. Tasting passes $25/$45(double), $5 Kids. www.KingstonFestival.org
22 UlsterCorps Wine Tasting. Please join us for a Wine Tasting Fundraiser to benefit UlsterCorps. Tickets $20. Purchase tickets at the door or online. Raffle tickets also available at the event to win a case of wine. Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, 3853 Main St, Stone Ridge; 5-8pm; For more information contact UlsterCorps at email@example.com or 845-481-0331; www.ulstercorps.org/?event=ulstercorps-wine-tasting
22, 23, 24 Summer Hoot at Ashokan Center. A three day festival of music with local good, beer, crafts, nature activities and more. Kids (under 12) and volunteers (just two 4-hour shifts) get in free. Weekend passes, camping passes and indoor, on-site lodging options are available for purchase. Single Day Passes will be available at the Gate only: Fri: $30, Sat: $40, Sun: $35. Earlybird Weekend Passes are only $50, after July 16th $60, At the Gate $70. The Hoot helps support The Ashokan Center and it's outdoor environmental learning programs that connect children with nature, and each other. Please help Ashokan to continue nurturing future stewards of our earth, water and sky. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; For more info call 845-657-8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ; For the full line-up, tickets, and schedule visit www.ashokancenter.org www.homeofthehoot.com
22, 23, 24 3rd Annual Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival. A full weekend of recreational events and activities that will celebrate the natural assets and cultural history abundant in the Central Catskills. Kick-off Friday with historical exhibits, films, food & NightSky – guided star viewing opportunities through high powered telescopes, Saturday will feature a festival of activities: fishing, boating, outdoor vendors, food, music and demos in Margaretville, on Sunday get out and boat the East Branch and Pepacton Reservoir, hike the Catskill Park, bicycle along country roads and walk or explore our hometown communities. Maps, brochures, displays and activity schedules will be available. For schedule and additional info www.centralcatskillsgreatoutdoors.com/about/ 586-3300.
22, 23, 24 2014 Esopus Creek Puppet Suite. This year’s Suite will be based on early 20th century Saugerties, and include scenes about the local paper mills, the rise and fall of the Saugerties Steamboat Line, how area residents survived the Great Depression, and the arrival of Augusta Savage, a Harlem Renaissance artist who lived the last twenty years of her life in Saugerties. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children and $25 for a family of four. Tickets are available at the park entrance. Bring picnics and lawn seating. In the event of rain performance may be postponed or cancelled. The event is made possible, in part, by support from Macy’s, Sawyer Savings Bank, and Catskill Watershed Corp. Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park, 81 East Bridge Street, Saugerties; 8pm. For further information call 246-7873 or www.armofthesea.org/current-offerings/esopus-creek-puppet-suite
23 Shandaken Day. A daylong celebration of all the activities and organizations that come together to make Shandaken, a jewel of a Town located here in the Heart of the Catskill Park. Food, Crafts, Music, Kids Games, Activities, and more. Big Indian Park, Rt. 28, Big Indian; 10am-6pm; Call Town Hall for more info 688-5004; www.shandaken.us/recreation/shandaken-day
23 The 10th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster & Open House. Antique trucks, food, fun, and a parade. Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum, 265 Fair Street, Kingston; 10am-3pm; For more information please contact: Bill Knowles at 331-4481 or email@example.com
23 Cragsmoor Free Library Day. Book sale, art exhibit and sale, homemade goods and dishes, kids games and rides, lunch and refreshments, and music. Cragsmoor Free Library and Cragsmoor Historical Society, 355 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor; 9am-4pm; 845-647-4611; firstname.lastname@example.org www.cragsmoorfreelibrary.org
23 Macy's 9th Annual Shop for a Cause. Benefiting charities nationwide. For a $5 donation to United Way of Ulster County or Raising HOPE - formerly HOPE's Fund - your choice, you can receive a 25% discount savings pass* to shop all day at any Macy's store and raise money to benefit programs & services in Ulster County. Each charity will keep 100% of the proceeds. All Savings Passes include a chance to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card, no purchase necessary. (With a Savings Pass, you will received 25% off on regular, sale and clearance items, and, 10%* on electrics, electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings. Some exclusions apply). United Way of Ulster County, 450 Albany Avenue, Kingston; Contact us at 845-331-4199, ext. 2 or stop by the office pick up your savings pass today.
24 Kingston Artist Soap Box Derby. Lower Broadway at Spring Street, Rondout, Kingston; First entry rolls at 1pm; For KASBC box derby specifications and entry form visit www.kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com/# For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kitty at 845-380-1887 or email email@example.com Or George Donskoj at 845-339-2996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24 "Youth in Music Festival". All day "family friendly "music event featuring talented musicians & bands all under the age of 21. Hudson Valley Food Trucks will be on site selling various kinds of "food truck fare" to feed the masses. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; noon-6pm.
August 25 National Parks Free Entrance Day. August 25th marks the 96th birthday of the National Park Service - a day we can all say thank you to those who protect America’s most unique and significant sites, lakeshores, and preserves. Congress established the National Park Service in 1916. www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Kingston Festival of the Arts. Taking place in multiple locations throughout the city of Kingston. For info 331-3261; Tickets, schedule of events and information at www.KingstonFestival.org www.facebook.com/KingstonFestival
25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 Taste of Kingston. A city wide culinary extravaganza, offering tantalizing tastings from a rich array of restaurants, cafes, food and drink enterprises throughout the city of Kingston, and runs simultaneously with the Festival of the Arts. A portion of the proceeds go to City of Kingston for city services. Taste of Kingston takes place 11am-10pm. Tasting passes $25/$45(double), $5 Kids. www.KingstonFestival.org
27,28,29,30,31 HITS-on-the-Hudson VII. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
29, 30 11th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival. The festival will be Friday at the Old Dutch Church and Saturday there will a free outdoor concert, but in case of rain, it will be held indoors at Backstage Productions. Historic Stockade District of Uptown Kingston; Music starts at 6pm; For the lineup and more information on this musical destination please visit www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com
30 Overlook United Methodist Church Annual Yard Sales.
Don't miss Woodstock's largest outdoor Yard Sale! FREE and open to the public. 40+ vendors selling an assortment of treasures. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, home-baked goods, and an array of plants for sale. Something for everyone in one prime location. 9am-2pm; 233 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY.
To register as a vendor or for more information call 845-679-6800.
30 51st Annual Chicken BBQ & Bazaar. Brooks House of Bar-B-Q from Oneonta. Vendors, books, clothes, baked goods, furniture, white elephant, kids’ activities, music. Chicken dinners $13/Adults, $8/under age 12. Ascension Holy Trinity Church, 1585 Route 9W, West Park, 384-6723; email@example.com
30, 31, September 1 Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair. Juried crafts fair. Over 300 juried artists and crafts people, live musical entertainment, supervised children's area, health care products, massage therapy, and more make it a fair to remember. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 12 & under free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm; Friday 10am-4pm; 679-8087; 246-3414; www.quailhollow.com
31 Hooley on the Hudson. Family event featuring live music, food & craft vendors, children’s activities and exhibits, and pipe and drum band. Free. T. R. Gallo Park, Rondout, Kingston; 11:30am-9pm; 338-6622; www.ulsteraoh.com
31 The 12th Annual Woodstock Fine Art Auction. Featuring art from private collections and estates of historic and national/international interest. The auction features 19th- and 20th-Century Contemporary American, European, and worldwide art in the $500-$20,000 range. There is live, phone, and online bidding. Previews begin August 23. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 1pm sharp; 679-2940; www.woodstockart.org
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1 Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair. Juried crafts fair. Over 300 juried artists and crafts people, live musical entertainment, supervised children's area, health care products, massage therapy, and more make it a fair to remember. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 12 & under free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm; Friday 10am-4pm; 679-8087; 246-3414; www.quailhollow.com
3,4,5,6,7 HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday: Free, Sunday: Adults $5, 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
The 18th Annual “Fall for Art”. A fundraising art show, sale and cocktail reception, showcasing the work of Hudson Valley artists and benefiting the Jewish Federation of Ulster County and community programs it supports. The Jewish Federation of Ulster County is proud to announce that a portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the “Emerging Artists of the Hudson Valley” high school art competition. The winning students will each receive a cash award and their works will be on display at the event. $40/person in advance, $45 per person at the door. Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston; 6-9pm; For more information call 338-8131 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.fallforart.org
6 Olive Day. Old-fashioned family day – frog jumping contest, crafts, live music, food, children’s activities, Penny Social, and more. Davis Park, Watson Hollow Rd., West Shokan; 9am-6pm; 657-8674.
September 6, 7 13th Annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. A celebration of the gourmet lifestyle in the Hudson Valley. The event features wine and beer tasting from some of the best wineries and craft breweries from all across New York State. It’s a NY registered Farm Market, so you can purchase by the bottle to take home. Feed your soul with a vast variety of gourmet specialty foods from all over the East Coast. Sample from regional restaurants, have lunch from our food truck corral, catch cooking demos from celebrity chefs and take home gourmet ingredients you won’t find just anywhere. A Tasting Ticket includes admission, tasting glass and all the wine you care to taste. Regular Tickets include admission, free water/soda and a souvenir glass upon exit of the event. Restaurant sampling, beer sampling and food concessions are not included in admission. One Day Tasting is $40/ Weekend Tasting is $75. One Day Regular Admission is $22/ Weekend Regular Admission is $37. Order online before September 1 and save $5 off the gate price (processing fees may apply). Children age 12 and under free. Restaurant sampling tickets are sold separately. Each ticket is $1 and restaurant samples are priced between 1 and 5 tickets. Food Trucks do not accept Restaurant Sampling Tickets. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Sat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 11am-5pm; 658-7181; www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com
6, 7 The Second Annual Balkan and East European Music Extravaganza. The two day festival will feature performances and workshops by Bulgarika, Karinya Ukranian Folk Band, Zlatne Uste, Steve Kotansky, and Bosilek Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble, among others to be announced. Local food and Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, the hard cider we produce, will be served. Camping will be available. This is a family friendly event. 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 2-7pm; 687-2587; www.stoneridgeorchard.com
September 7 Three Remarkable Events, One Price:
HITS Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, Harvest Food Fest and Charlie Daniels Concert.
Join HITS-on-the-Hudson for the richest event in show jumping. A Benefit for FAMILY of Woodstock, Inc. Spectators are invited to watch the coveted final jewel of HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping, the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix - and cheer on equestrian stars as they battle it out for a piece of the richest purse in the world.
HITS Harvest Food Fest: The HITS Championship will also play host to the inaugural HITS Harvest Food Fest highlighting the region’s top culinary purveyors in a celebratory outdoor setting. From crudités to cupcakes, attendees will have the opportunity to taste free samples from vendors, purchase menu specialties and support local Hudson Valley businesses.
Charlie Daniels Band Concert: the HITS Championship concludes with a concert by legendary country group Charlie Daniels Band. From his celebrated gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape.
HITS Harvest Food Fest begins 11 am Sunday, September 7. All events will be held, rain or shine. Festival-style concert seating opens at 4:30 pm. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 845 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 845 246-8833; For ticket rates and additional information, visit
6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 The 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble. An event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. The Ramble will take place over four weekends in September. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley’s most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone. For a list of events visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com
7 Lost Wheels Motorcycle Club Poker Run. Ride the route and then join us for great food, live music, games, vendors, door prizes & 50/50. Cash prize for “Best Poker Hand”. Trophy for “Best Rep Club”; Trophies for bike show: “Best in Show” & “People’s Choice”. Riders-$25; Passengers-$15; Children Under 15-$10. Beneficiaries of the run are Montrose VA Hospital, Castle Point Food for Vets, Vassar Hospital Children’s Ward, and The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Sign In at new start site at McDonald’s, Rt. 9, Fishkill (Dutchess Mall) 9-10:30am. The run ends at Canopus Lake Beach, Fahnestock St. Park, 1498, Rt. 301, Carmel; For more information call Pat at 845-800-0041; email@example.com www.lostwheels.com
September 11 6th Annual Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing! Single golfer $145; Foursome $550; TEAM PACKAGE $650. Sponsorship opportunities available. Held at Apple Greens Golf Course, 161 South St., Highland. For details, contact Patricia at the SUCCC,
845-522-4718, firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for brochure.
September 12 Journey of Aging. Free Conference. Understanding the process on the yellow Brick Road. Topics include Psychological & Physiological Changes, and Caring for the Caregiver. Guest speakers include Dr. Lawrence T. Force (Gerontologist), Susan Condon (Midwife), and Linda Mockler. New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veteran’s Drive, New Paltz; 1-4pm; For info contact Lindaraemock@aol.com
September 12 Always There's An Evening In Madrid. Welcome to Madrid ... a city of antiquity and revolution, beauty, bullfighting & wine. Let us show you some of that exotic flavor. Watch Flamenco dancing ~ Hear the Spanish operatic song. Our wonderful menu and array of tapas are straight from the regions of Spain. Listen to Crossroads and Breakfast for the Boys play for your entertainment ~ visit our market, our silent auction and just for fun, imprison a friend in the jail. The 2014 Always There Making A Difference Awards will also be presented. This year (2014) we are honoring the following: Alex Stier ~ Home Plate Deli ~ The 2014 Individual Award; People's Place ~ The 2014 Agency Award; Clinton Alliance Church & Rhinebeck United Methodist Church ~ The 2014 Special Mention Award; and Eunice Poorman ~ The 2014 Special Star Award.Champagne Sponsors include: Birchez Associates LLC., Jaffer Electric, Inc., Diamond Mills, Ryan & Ryan Insurance and Deegan/Sanglyn Commercial Real Estate, Chronogram. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 Partition Street, Saugerties; 6-10pm; For registration forms, sponsorship or more information, call 845-339-6683 ext. 3213 or email: email@example.com
12 21st Annual Card and Game Night. Play cards, raise money. This fun-filled social event features card and board games, door prizes and an auction, and serves to raise money for the hospital. Bring your card playing group. The cost is $8 per person, which covers finger foods, desserts and beverages. Sponsored by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary. Pre-registration is required. Send a check made out to “Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary” to: Muriel Karagianis, 213 Sandalwood Lane, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. The cafeteria conference room, Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck; 5pm; For information, call 845-876-4997.
12, 13, 14 Crafts At Lyndhurst: A Festival of Fine Craft, Art, Food & Fun. More than 275 artists will be displaying and selling their contemporary works. Visitors will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet visionary artists and purchase their latest one-of-a-kind work. Visitors can also enjoy live music; watch craft demonstrations; participate in children's activities; eat in the expanded food court and purchase specialty foods. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry; fashion and accessories; furniture, and home décor pieces; as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. 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 visit www.artrider.com/lyndf2014.html
September 13 Cruise the Hudson Aboard “The Teal”. Enjoy the beauty of Autumn, a delicious dinner catered by Mariner’s Harbor and dance to music by “Just Us” while raising funds to support women in the community diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. All proceeds to benefit The Linda Young Ovarian Support Program at HealthAlliance. Reservations are limited to 75 guests and are $80 per person. Rondout Waterfront, 1 Broadway, Kingston; 5:30-8:30pm; To make reservations or for more information about the event call 845-339-2071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Gardiner Day. Fruit Pie Bakeoff, craft vendors, pony rides, entertainment, games and food. The Fruit Pie Bakeoff is sponsored by King Arthur Flour. Do you love to bake? Bake your favorite fruit pie and enter it in our Pie Bakeoff. Open to all amateur and home bakers 16 years and up. Click Here for Entry Form. George Majestic Memorial Park, Murphy Lane, Gardiner; 11am-4:30pm; 845-255-9675.
13 Milton’s "Movies Under The Stars”. Family friendly movie being shown on an outdoor screen. This event is being co-sponsored by the Marlboro Middle School PTA. Popcorn and other "goodies" will be sold out of the kitchen in the Michael J. Canosa Pavilion. ( Movie title TBA.) Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; 7:30-9:30pm.
13 (Raindate September 14) Tugfest Auction. Tugboats painted by local artists are on display through August along Route 9W in Port Ewen. Wander the gardens where the 25 model tugs will be displayed. Enjoy the music of Murali Coryell. Help choose the winner of the 2014 Meatball rivalry cook-off by tasting and voting. Purchase autumn desserts, food, gifts. Then bid on a tug. Headless Horseman, Route 9W, Ulster Park; Noon; 845-338-6486 or 845-338-3639; email@example.com
13-14, 20-21, 27-28 The 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble. An event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. The Ramble will take place over four weekends in September. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley’s most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone. For a list of events visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com
13-21 The 2014 Annual Ulster County Creek Week. Building awareness of and encouraging the enjoyment of water and watersheds in Ulster County. Hosted by the Ulster County Department of Environment and the Environmental Management Council to better connect people to our fantastic environment – particularly our watersheds and water resources. Enjoy these events to learn more about what is just outside your door, learn something about how to protect or improve the environment, enjoy time outside with friends and family, and to have fun. View all of the wonderful events online at www.ucenvironment.org/ulster-county-creek-week
September 14 Taste of New Paltz. Sample generously portioned tastes of the best mouth-watering fare from the region's finest restaurants, caterers, farm markets and wineries, all in a single day. $10 day of; $7 in advance. Admission does not include the cost of the tastings. 11am-5pm; For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 255-0243 or visit www.newpaltzchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=448
14 Mexico and Central America Independence Day Block Party. Featuring ethnic food vendors, crafts, petting zoo, face painting, live music, dancers, singers, car show and more. Broadway between Henry and Cedar Streets, Kingston; 9am-8pm; For information 845-242-9772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Family Fun Day & Country BBQ. Benefit for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Full day of family activities & dinner. $50 per person Advance Admission Includes: Pony Rides, Big Banana Boat Rides, Big Splash Indoor Water Park – water slides, geysers, fountains; Outdoor Heated Pool – with kid’s swim pool, water slides, cabanas & poolside bar; Fun Barn – with climbing wall, foam factory, bounce-y structure & Nerf Cannons; Super Bungee Jumpers, Hiking, Mini-Golf, Tennis, Shuffleboard & Bocce, Archery & Shooting Gallery, Video Arcade & Wii, Kayaking & Paddle Boats, Exotic Wildlife Exhibit, and Softball & Beach Volleyball. This is a great chance to check out Rocking Horse ranch and all their family-friendly fun – while benefitting a great cause. The Food Bank provides more than 10 million pounds of food to over 360 member agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, medical rehab, senior and day care) in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, and Putnam counties. We are proud that for every $1 we receive, the Food Bank is able to provide 4 meals! Rocking Horse Ranch, 600 State Route 44/55, Highland; 1-6pm; Call to reserve 800-647-2624; www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org
17 Buy Local Expo. Plan on attending the 18th Annual Buy Local Expo hosted by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. This is our largest and most successful networking event of the year! Visit representatives of some of the best businesses and organizations in Ulster County! Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Diamond Mills Conference Center, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 12 Noon - 5:00 PM.
September 19, 20, 21 The Woodstock Comedy Festival: Comedy for a Cause. Each year our net profits will be donated to our charity partners Polaris Project and Family of Woodstock for the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence. This year’s festival is a three-day weekend event in the little town with a lot to laugh at, with everything from stand-up comedy to sketch comedy, improv to panels, films and more. Various venues around Woodstock; For more info, tickets, and schedule and locations of shows visit www.Woodstockcomedyfestival.org
20 2014 Fall Family Fun Day & BBQ. Free Admission. Arts & crafts, Touch-A-Truck, field games, fishing, music, vendors & exhibitors, and more. Chicken BBQ meals $12 (Noon-3pm). Hosted by The Rotary Club of Kingston. Rotary Park, Kingston; Noon-4pm; www.kingstonnyrotary.org
20 ‘Shine on Saugerties’ Gala & Auction Gala & Auction. This is an elegant & fun evening of food by local restaurants, wine, live music and an opportunity to bid on your favorite one-of-a-kind artists lighthouses that were displayed on the streets of Saugerties this summer. Tickets are $25. Saugerties Performing Arts Center, 169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties; Delicious appetizers and preview 5-6pm; Live Auction 6:30pm; Click Here For Tickets or for more info call 1-800-957-0124 www.discoversaugerties.com
20 Little Ones Learning Center Truck Day. Trucks will be in LOLC parking lot and related programs and activities will take place inside across the street at the Rochester Reformed Church. Come and see, climb on and talk about trucks of all kinds. There will be tow trucks, a fire truck, boom and bucket trucks, ambulance and much more. Free. Little Ones Learning Center, 5142 Route 209, Accord; 10am-Noon; www.littleoneslearningcenter.org/calendar.html
20 (Rain date September 27). St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Annual Yard Sale. Shoppers will find a varied selection of furniture, household items, glassware, dishes, pictures and frames, as well as books, toys, and games. Also for sale will be Christmas decorations, jewelry and collectibles. Hot and cold beverages and delicious home baked goods will be offered for sale throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds of the Yard Sale will be donated to local charities, including, as always, Family of New Paltz. Donations will be accepted September 14, 11:30am-1pm; September 16, 17 & 18, from 1am-3pm; September 18, 6-8pm; and September 19 from 9-Noon. Please ring the bell at the back door of the church (entrance off North Oakwood Terrace). No linens, clothing or televisions, please. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main Street, New Paltz; 9am-3pm; For more information please call the church office at 255-5098.
September 20, 21 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Harvest Festival (HVHF). Celebrate the Hudson Valley's rich agricultural bounty and so much more. This family-fun event will feature a huge Farmers’ Market highlighting local farms, a kids play area, and a broad array of arts and crafts and food vendors, including the 4-H Snack Bar and their famous milkshakes, fall themed treats and brick oven pizza, live music, animal exhibits, home and garden demos, a quality tag sale, and more! And don’t forget our contests! Compete for “Best in the Hudson Valley” and receive a prize at various contests, including a photo contest and exhibit, cupcake and pie baking, and pickle and jam canning contests. Ages 10 and up can participate in the Farm Olympic Games on Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and we will host a Classic Car Show on Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Touch-A-Truck will be held on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Daily general admission tickets are $5 each day, and ages 5 and under are FREE. Tickets are available at the gate. The proceeds from this event benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County and Family of Woodstock, Inc., two of the county's leading agencies providing services and education to the Ulster County community. There’s something for everyone at the Hudson Valley Harvest Festival! Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; Gates open daily at 10:00am and close at 6:00pm on Saturday and 5:00pm on Sunday; www.hudsonvalleyharvestfestival.com
20, 21 Woodstock Sidewalk Sale. The Woodstock sidewalk sales have been going strong for over twenty years! We hold them every May and September because it is a great time to get a bargain and see the new summer and fall lines of merchandise. So come on out and enjoy the town of Woodstock. Make a day of it: shop, lunch and maybe drop into a gallery or two. For more information on Woodstock events, visit www.WoodstockChamber.com
20,21, 27,28 The 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble. An event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. The Ramble will take place over four weekends in September. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley’s most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone. For a list of events visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com
21 Bike for Cancer Care. Benefit for The Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund. 50-Mile Ride, 25-Mile Ride, 12-Mile Ride, Round Robin Ride, and a Youth Bike Rodeo (ages 5-10). Free T-Shirt to first 300 Registered Riders and to all Rodeo Riders. Lunch and live entertainment - awards & prizes for top fundraisers. Sponsored by the Benedictine Health Foundation. All rides start and finish at Dietz Stadium, Kingston; Registration 7:45-11am, Races start 8:30-11am, Lunch and entertainment Noon-1:30pm; For additional information, contact: Barbara Klassen or Bernadette Rexford at the Benedictine Health Foundation (845) 334-3186 or 334-3017; Sign up to Volunteer or Register online www.bikeforcancer.org
21 Screening Of The Film “Peacemakers: Jeremy Gilley In Conversation With Prem Rawat”. In celebration of International Peace Day. This remarkable conversation was broadcast to 25 million people globally on International Peace Day 2013. A profound, moving yet humorous exchange that will both engage and challenge the viewer. Music by Tom Pacheco and special guests. Wopg.org Free. Colony Café, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 2-4pm; www.Wopg.org
21 Hurley’s Legends and Lore Walking Tour. Rain or shine. Adults $5, children under 12 free. Meet at Hurley Heritage Museum, 52 Main St., Hurley; 2pm; 331-8852; www.hurleyheitagesociety.org
September 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Sawyers Savings Stuff The Truck Event. Collections benefit Saugerties Area Council of Churches Food Pantry, Highland Community Action, and St. Augustine’s Pantry. Bring in your non-perishable food itemsand help our local friends in need. Then we’ll Stuff The Truck at a closing event on Friday Sept. 26th. Collections will take place at our Saugerties, Highland & Marlboro Branches. Branch locations: 87 Market St., Saugerties; Rt. 9W/2 Riverview Dr., Marlboro; 3515 Rt. 9W, Highland; 9am-4pm.
26 Starry Starry Night: An Annual Benefit Celebration for Walkway Over the Hudson. Live and silent auction. Evening casual attire. $150 per person. Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park West Entrance, 87 Haviland Road, Highland; 6-10pm; For reservations, tickets, and to view auction items visit www.walkway.org/walkway-events
September 26, 27, 28 Rhinebeck Arts Festival. A celebration of artistic expression in its many forms with a main focus on craft and visual art. In addition to exciting shopping with over 200 outstanding artists and craftspeople, there will be exceptional musicians, interactive experiences, book signings, craft and art demonstrations, children's activities, gourmet food purveyors and more. There will be a special showcase of the Hudson Valley Furniture Makers featuring ten of the most celebrated furniture makers in the country who also happen to live in the Hudson Valley. Rain or Shine. Admission $10, Seniors (65 and up) $9, Kids 6-16 $4, under 6 free. No pets allowed on site. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck; For info & directions call 331-7900 or visit www.rhinebeckartsfestival.com
September 26, 27, 28 W.O.W.: Weekend Of Wallkill. Family-friendly events in various downtown locations. Friday check out the Original Art and Photo Contest in the Town Hall behind the Wallkill Public Library from 4-7pm. Saturday there will be the Annual Harvest Faire on the Wallkill Public Library lawn from 9am-3pm. And join us for an outdoor movie in Garrison Park at dusk. Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks. Sunday enjoy a BBQ & Music Concert at the River Front Pavilion from noon-6pm. Enjoy family, friends, and community. Stroll along new river walk or bike the Wallkill Rail Trail. Vendors interested in participating at the Harvest Faire only, please contact Donna at email@example.com for info. For updates on the Harvest Faire and W.O.W. please visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WallkillPublicLibraryHarvestFaire
27 Apple Festival and Craft Fair. Featuring famous homemade apple pies (advance orders are accepted), baked goods, apple pancakes, lunch, cider, handmade crafts and books. Town of Esopus United Methodist Church, West Main and Green streets, Port Ewen; 8am-4pm; 845-338-0356.
27 Annual Town of Esopus Fall Festival. Town-wide yard sales, car show, children’s activities at Ross Park, flea market at Esopus Town Hall 284 Broadway Ulster Park, book fair, more. Rt. 9W, Esopus; Alll day; 845-331-3709; www.esopus.com
27 12th Annual Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue. Local food barbecue, live music & dancing; farm displays, animals, much more. Join us for the harvest event of the season. $25 adults ($30 day of), $5 children 6-12 ($10 day of), kids under 6 free. Purchase tickets at various farm stands and online. Duchess Farm Equestrian Center, Route 213, High Falls; 4-10pm; For more information call the Rondout Valley Grower's at 845-626-1532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/rondout_valley_growers_barndance.cfm
27 Pilot Club Gala. Join us for our annual Pilot Club Gala fundraising dinner for the Hudson River Maritime Museum. This year we will be honoring Jay Ungar and Molly Mason for their contributions to the museum and the region. This year’s theme is the Hudson River Day Line with 1940s dress, black tie optional. Tickets are $135/person or $1,250/table of 10. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 845-338-0071; To buy tickets call Lana Chassman at 845-338-0071 ext. 15 or online www.hrmm.org/support/pilot-club
27 (Rain date October 4) Ulster County Latino Resource Fair. The Fair provides a forum where people can meet and enjoy a day of community building, fun, and learning for the entire family. All events will be accessible for Spanish speakers. Light and healthy refreshments, music with DJ Vikingo, children’s activities, including a piñata making workshop, and raffle prizes will also be offered to all attendees. Presented by the Mano-a-Mano Coalition. Everette Hodge Community Center, Franklin Street, Kingston; Noon-4pm; www.kingston-ny.gov/everettehodgecenter
27, 28 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. Celebrate garlic, tons of garlic, food, crafts, music, puppets, chef & farmer lectures. Sorry, no pets, no smoking. Free parking, shuttle service. Handicapped accessible. Advance tickets $7 online. Gate $10 each day, Senior $5, children under 12 free. Schedule, map, more online. Cantine Field, Saugerties; Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm; 246-3090; www.hvgf.org
27, 28 Kingston Plaza Extravaganza. A 2-day Car Show featuring 400+ entries with entertainment, vendors, raffles, trophies. Featuring music by The Cagney’s and Joe Elvis Borelli, and others. Plaza Rd, Kingston; 8am-4pm; 845-389-1888 or 845-706-6258.
27,28 The 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble. An event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. The Ramble will take place over four weekends in September. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley’s most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone. For a list of events visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com
September 27, 28, October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 Oktoberfest. Hunter Mountain. Our Oktoberfest, now 4 weekends long, features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Free Admission makes it an affordable, fun time for all ages. Rain or shine. Hunter Mountain, Hunter; 11am-6:15pm; For more information and concurrent events visit www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/oktoberfest
28 Pet Care Carnival. Educational event for pet owners to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. Pet Fashion Show, pet photos, pet kissing booth, pet training ideas, pet related information vendors, balloon animals, and Blanket Drive for pet shelter. Bring your small pet (leashed or caged please.). Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 60042. Thomas Felten Memorial Park, Rte 32 & Patura Road, Modena; 1-3pm; For info contact email@example.com
28 Towpath Run/Walk for Literacy. A 3.7 mile (6K) fundraiser for the Little Ones Learning Center. Runners and walkers will meet at the Accord Community Center and be bused to the starting line in Alligerville, then race back to the finish line in Accord. Accord Community Center, 50 Scenic Rd, Accord; Same Day Registration 7:30-8:30am - $20. Walkers start at 9am, Runners start at 9:15am; Contact Bond Brungard with any questions at (845) 626-5670; For more information about the Little Ones Learning Center in Accord, check their website at www.littleoneslearningcenter.org/
28 2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck. Offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore various types of vehicles including construction trucks and equipment, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, farm tractors, race cars, garbage trucks, and more. Children will learn about the equipment from the professionals who use the trucks in their day-to-day lives. There will be other activities for the kids to enjoy as well as a bouncy house, food vendors and raffles. Face painting a special guest the Roaming Railroad will be on hand as well for an additional fee. The cost is $5 per person – admission for children aged 2 and under is complimentary with a paying adult. All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Junior League’s major project to rebuild Kingston Kinderland II. Parking is at Dietz Stadium lot. Forsyth Nature Center, 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston; 11am-4pm; (845) 339-3053
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4 18th Century Autumn Festival. Experience the activities that were commonly performed in the fall during the 18th century. Demonstrations include meat smoking, blacksmithing, hearthside cooking, and pressing apples into cider. Hands-on activities include making cornhusk dolls and action figures, dried apple wreaths and dipping candles. Mingle with 18th century re-enactors, and enjoy live entertainment. The event is free and fun for the whole family. Guided tours of the Senate House will be provided by costumed interpreters at the usual rate of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors; children 12 and under are free. Senate House and Museum, 296 Fair Street, Kingston; 11am-3pm; For info call (845) 338-2786.
4 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Show. Displays of fine woodworking items, Demonstrations of woodworking techniques, WoodMizer, gifts for the children, cars and planes, raffle, and make your own pen. Admission $3. Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley; 10am-5pm; firstname.lastname@example.org www.show.midhudsonwoodworkers.org
4 RITE NIGHT: A Halloween Celebration. Music, performance art, mischief and merriment. Many of the finest musicians and performers from the Hudson Valley and beyond will join together to celebrate the Halloween season. We begin promptly at eight 'o clock and end as the clock strikes twelve. Admission $5. Stone Mountain Farm, 475 River Road Extension, New Paltz; (845) 658-8540; For more info email email@example.com www.facebook.com/events/260713540786102
4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 Oktoberfest. Hunter Mountain. Our Oktoberfest, now 4 weekends long, features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Free Admission makes it an affordable, fun time for all ages. Rain or shine. Hunter Mountain, Hunter; 11am-6:15pm; For more information and concurrent events visit www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/oktoberfest
5 6th Annual Woodstock British Car Show. On the Great Lawn of the Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock at the intersection of Routes 212 & 375; 9am-3pm.
5 8th Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty Festival. A Multi-Benefit Event helping to bring awareness & support to many local Hudson Valley causes. A daylong event showcasing Farm to Table Restaurant Agri-Cuisine, farmers market, crafts, arts, live music, kids activities, pet section, recreation, demonstrations, talent contest, car show and lots of fun. Special sections of the event will help raise money for many Not for Profit Causes within the Hudson Valley. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; 10am-4pm; 616-7824 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.hvbountyfestival.com
5 (Rain Date October 12th) 2014 Annual Mum Festival. See thousands of mums in bloom. Live music, arts and crafts booths, martial arts demonstrations, face painting, art contest, Mum Queen, and refreshments. Seamon’s Park, Saugerties; noon-5pm; For info email email@example.com or Click Here
October 10, 11, 12 Fifth O+ Festival. Music, art and wellness festival; more than 40 bands, 20 visual and performing artists & classes in yoga, sound healing, meditation, dance, QiGong. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid lines and enjoy the flexibility of mobile check-in at any of this year's venues. Day of tickets will be available at only two ticketing locations. Early Bird ticket buyers through September 24 save $5 off our suggested donation of $35 for this year's weekend wristband which provides you access to all festival activities. Uptown Kingston, Wall Street, Kingston; For more info, schedule, and to buy tickets visit kingston.opositivefestival.org/
11 Holiday Basket Bingo. Ulster County Community Action is hosting this benefit for the Kids of Ulster County. Door Ticket $10 includes 15 Game Cards (1Pack) & Door Prize ticket. Additional game cards $5. Refreshments and food will be available.VFW, 708 East Chester Street, Kingston; Doors open at Noon, Bingo begins at 1pm; For more information call 845-338-8750.
11 Catskill Animal Sanctuary's 13th Annual Shindig: A Festival of Vegan Living. It’s a day to celebrate compassionate living and we’ve got live music, lots of delicious food from a variety of vegan vendors, entertainment, hay rides and tours to meet the animals. Shindig is a fun and inspiring day for the whole family, and now, if you think you’ve got what it takes you can join in the fun by entering the first-ever Catskill Animal Sanctuary Vegan Pie Contest. Tickets: Members Advance $8, Door, $10; Non-Members Advance $12, Door $15; Children Ages 6-12: $5, 5 and under free For the safety of our rescued animals and all guests, all parking is off site at Tech City Commerce Park, 300 Enterprise Drive, Kingston; Free shuttle buses will be available throughout the day. More than twice as many as last year!! Catskill Animal Sanctuary, 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties; 11am-5pm; 336-8447; For tickets and more info visit www.casanctuary.org/getinvolved/programs/events-list/shindig-a-festival-of-vegan-living
11 12th Annual ‘Walk to Fight Hunger’. Benefit for The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Why? Every $1 raised = 4 meals. 85 cents of every $1 goes for food. The Food Bank distributes 10 million pounds of food every year and benefits 6 New York counties (Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland & Sullivan). Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Emergency Shelters, Medical Rehab + Senior and Day Care get quality, donated food for only a handling charge Schools, Free. Refreshments for walkers, Tee shirt for each walker with $25 in contributions. Beautiful Fall foliage & scenic views. Business and Club Teams welcomed. Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland; Registration at 10:30am and Walk at 11am; For more information please contact Jessica Fetonti at (845) 534-5344 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org/
11 The Marlboro Fire Dept. Family Safety Day. What started out as a Firehouse Open House idea has transformed into Public Safety Day in general. Some of the topics that will be covered include DARE, Car seat installation/checks, storm and electrical safety, water/boating safety, Spill Control, Jaws of life demo, tours of fire station, fire truck rides, fire safety trailer, EDITH, and more. Free. Marlboro Fire House, 14 Grand St., Marlboro; 9am-4pm; For more information contact Mark Ciaglia, Safety Day Coordinator, at 914-424-3569.
11 Town of Rochester Heritage Day and Fun Fall Festival. Games and activities for all. Heritage crafts. antique appraising, artists & authors, old time tractors and cars, genealogy, food and live music all day. 2 Main St., Accord; 10am-3pm; (845) 626-7384.
11 (Rain Date Sunday October 12th) 1st Annual Italian Festival. All day "family friendly event" featuring great Italian delicacies & food, kids spaghetti eating contest, adults meatball eating contest, music & entertainment, specialty vendors and...food. Preregistration is required to participate in the food eating contest. Forms available after September 1st, at the Town of Marlborough: Town Hall 21 Milton Turnpike, Suite 200, Milton. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park 1801-1805 Route 9W, Milton; noon-6pm.
11, 12 The Belleayre Fall Festival & Craft Fair. Join us for a fun filled fall weekend. Admission is free on both days. There will be live music, sky ride to the summit of Belleayre, discount ski equipment and apparel sale, vendors, German fare food & beverages and more. Smokey Bear is even scheduled to make an appearance. In addition to the arts and crafts vendors, this year the festival will feature a garage sale section. If you have garage sale items we encourage you to come up and sell your items. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to sell all that stuff you have laying around the house. For more information about becoming a vendor, please fill out a vendor application or pass along an application to someone who you think might be interested. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Highmount; 10an-5pm; 845-254-5600; www.belleayre.com
11, 12, 13 Gardiner Open Studio Tour. Autumn is upon us, and it's a great time for a drive in our beautiful countryside. While you are out, be sure to visit the studios of 18 wonderful local artists with exciting art for sale! Brochures with information have been distributed all around the region in area shops and restaurants, as well as in the artist studios, so please pick one up or visit www.gostartists.org/ for more information. Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm, Monday 10am-4pm; or call 845-255-3336 (DM Weil Gallery).
11, 12, 18, 19 Oktoberfest. Hunter Mountain. Our Oktoberfest, now 4 weekends long, features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Free Admission makes it an affordable, fun time for all ages. Rain or shine. Hunter Mountain, Hunter; 11am-6:15pm; For more information and concurrent events visit www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/oktoberfest
12 Taste of Italy. Join us for our 7th Annual Italian Festival hosted by Kingston’s Waterfront Business Association. Spend the afternoon in the Kingston’s Historic Waterfront district and enjoy the best Italian food in the Hudson Valley. Live music, local vendors, wine tastings and entertainment. Free. T.R. Gallo Park, 1 Broadway, Rondout, Kingston; 1pm-6pm.
12 4th Annual Fall Foliage Half Marathon & 5K. Be a part of this beautiful day as participants run through historic downtown Rhinebeck and journey to the shores of the Hudson River in neighboring Rhinecliff. With the New York City Marathon just three weeks away, this is the perfect opportunity to do a final training run or spend a weekend in the country running in this gorgeous setting. Registration will be available on race weekend provided that the race does not exceed 1200 participants. Packet pickup will be held on Saturday October 11 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds from Noon-5pm. Charity partners include regionally the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation and national partner the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Presented by Meltzer & Hill. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; The Half Marathon will start at 10am and the 5K will take place shortly thereafter; For info email email@example.com or call 561-470-7966 Race Registration is ongoing at www.fallfoliagehalf.com
12 Annual Highland HudsonFest. Join the festivities as we showcase local and Valley merchants, farms, vineyards, restaurant, artists and everything that makes our community so special. HudsonFest is your opportunity to walk, bike or drive to the entrance of our trail to experience this magnificent trail and celebrate the contributors of taste, sound, vision and artistry of the Hudson Valley. Vendors will line the trail offering you the opportunity to cool off with a fresh squeezed lemonade, satisfy your taste buds with a pulled pork sandwich, pick up a gift of local jewelry for yourself or a friend and even enjoy an October brew. East end of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail near the entrance to Walkway Over the Hudson at 75 Haviland Road; 10am-5pm; www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net
12 12th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival. Free Admission. Some of the exciting attractions this year are: Hayride through Forsyth Park, Corn Maze, Face Painting, Home-baked Goods, Live Music on our Main Stage, and Children’s Programs at the Reading Nook. Great food from a variety of local vendors. Hosted by The Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. Forsyth Nature Center, 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston; 10am-4pm; (845) 339-3053; www.forsythnaturecenter.org
October 13,14,15 Retreat for Women 50 (or so) & Up. Anne Perry, internationally acclaimed mystery writer and winner of several New York Times bestsellers will keynote along with popular anthologist Victoria Zackheim on the opening night of Women At Woodstock http://womenatwoodstock.com, a 2-day, 3-night retreat at the Emerson Resort in Mount Tremper. Both authors will teach writing workshops; other workshops & activities include: a Business Incubator; a workshop on how to nail a media interview with Linda Lowen, co-host of the NPR show “Take Care”; social media marketing workshops for business owners and novices alike; an art-and-reflection SoulCollage workshop; a “Shark Tank” evening; an open mic night for writers to share their work & more. Monday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 pm through Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9 pm. Register for individual workshops $72; half-days $144; dinners/evening events $179 at http://womenatwoodstock.com/register-by-day; or for all workshops, activities & dinners $579 (use code LOCALALLDAYDEAL) or for everything plus 3 nights at Emerson Lodge & 2 free breakfasts $879 (use code LOCALSLEEPOVERDEAL) at http://womenatwoodstock.com/register.
14 Green Materials and Services Expo. The Green Materials Expo (GMSE) is the premier event in the region to meet leading national, regional and local manufacturers of green products and green service providers. The GMSE will showcase over 40 exhibitors with a projected attendance of over 250 from green trades, designers, builders, businesses, homeowners and students. The exciting GMSE program includes educational programming, tours of LEED projects and three keynote speakers. Light food and a cash bar will be provided. Hosted by The Hudson Valley Branch of the US Green Building Council NY Upstate Chapter in partnership with SUNY New Paltz and our sponsors. SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Building, New Paltz; Noon-8pm; To register to attend or exhibit, visit www.greenupstateny.org/event-885312
14 The 2014 Wo(Men) Of Grace Awards. Honoring Natalie Merchant, Kathy Welby-Moretti, and Robert W. Finn. Please help us to continue to provide an open door for victims and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres, Dessert. The Grandview, Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie; 5:30-8pm; For tickets visit www.gracesmithhouse.org For info contact Kathy Moretti at 845-331-7080 ext 327 or email KMoretti@familyofwoodstockinc.org
15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Woodstock Film Festival. Celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary with a line-up of innovative films, celebrity-led panels, first-class concerts, workshops, and special events. Set in 5 Hudson Valley towns including Woodstock, Saugerties, Rosendale, Kingston, and Rhinebeck. Woodstock Film Festival, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 845-679-4265; firstname.lastname@example.org For showtimes, tickets, and more visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
18 Fall Family Fun Festival. Music performances by Story Laurie & Debbie Lan, Uncle Rock, and Emily Schaad & Debra Clifford. Activities include Geological Gorge Hike with Bob Titus, Face Painting, Ice Age Slideshow and Talk with Bob & Johanna Titus. And storytelling, apple cidering, hayrides, pumpkin painting, broommaking, blacksmithing, covered bridge walk, gorge hike, food and more. Admission only $5, under 5 Free. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; 11am-4pm; 845-657-8333; email@example.com www.ashokancenter.org/events/fall-family-fun-festival/
18 Harvest Moon Ball. The Harvest Moon Ball is an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. The theme for this year’s ball is “Walk The Red Carpet” and participants are encouraged to dress in their finest Hollywood style. Tickets for the Harvest Moon Ball are $85 with all net proceeds benefitting the auxiliary’s fund-raising efforts. Guest of honor this year will be the Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, who will be presented with Margaretville Hospital’s Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award. Hosted by The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Margaretville Hospital. Hanah Country Resort, 576 West Hubbell Hill Road, Margaretville; 6pm; For ticket information, please contact Karen Kolar at 845-676-4844 or Rita Herbt at 845-586-1439. For more info call 845-586-2631.
18 Annual Childrens Safety Day and Fall Festival. There will be several trucks for the Touch a Truck event, fire, police, EMS and demonstrations with K-9 dogs, dive tank, heilcopter, free hot dogs and hamburgers, and shows going on in the mall food court as well. Hudson Valley Mall, Ulster; 11am-4pm; For info contact Ulster County Sheriff's Office at 845-334-5740.
18, 19 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival. Your day will include 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheepherding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, hay maze, and other children’s activities, plus the ever-popular Punkin’ Chuckin’ competition on Sunday. By the time you add in great food and music (even a fiddler or two), it will be time to go home and you’ll start counting the days until the 2015 Festival. Rain or shine. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Avenue (Route 9), Rhinebeck; Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; www.sheepandwool.com
18, 19 Oktoberfest. Hunter Mountain. Our Oktoberfest, now 4 weekends long, features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. Experience live entertainment and great food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Our modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, free crafts for the kids, and much more. Free Admission makes it an affordable, fun time for all ages. Rain or shine. Hunter Mountain, Hunter; 11am-6:15pm; For more information and concurrent events visit www.huntermtn.com/summer/festivals/oktoberfest
18, 19, 25, 26, November 1, 2 The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. A special train ride to visit the “Sincere Pumpkin Patch” where visitors will enjoy meeting their favorite PEANUTS™ characters, live music, story- telling, tractor rides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and other family-oriented activities. Enjoy a reading of the Charles Schultz classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” At the end of the trip, each child will receive a certificate for participating in the train ride. The entire train ride and Pumpkin Patch experience is about 2 hours in length. All trains depart from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza, and run round trip. 688-7400; For schedule and to buy tickets visit www.cmrrevents.com/wordpress/peanuts
19 The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show. The largest Model Train and R.R. Hobby show in Ulster County. A great Family Fun Day Event. The show will again feature the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale. Adults $6, children under 12 $1. Andy Murphy Rec Center, 67 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; For more information please call (845) 481-4198, or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.kingstontrainshow.com
20 Deadline to RSVP for the Ulster County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Annual Fall Banquet on October 23 at Hillside Manor. The cost is $40 per person. Visit www.cceulster.org and click on Registration Forms. For more information contact Dona Crawford 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or email email@example.com
October 23 Annual Fall Banquet. The Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble will perform as you enjoy scrumptious appetizers, a dinner buffet, dessert, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar and chances to enter to win Gift Baskets. The evening will commence with CCEUC’s “Friend of Extension” Awards Ceremony. All proceeds from this event will go to help educational programs provided in Ulster County by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The cost is $40 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, October 20, 2014. Hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and the Ulster County Farm Bureau. Hillside Manor, 240 Boulevard (Rt. 32 South), Kingston; 6:30pm; Visit www.cceulster.org and click on Registration Forms. For more information contact Dona Crawford 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24 Hurley Ghost Walk. Tour Main Street and Cemetary in historic Olde Hurley. $10 Adults, $7 Students (age 12-16), not recommended under age 12. Reservations recommended Hurley Heritage Society, 52 Main St., Hurley; 7pm; Information and reservations 331-8673; www.hurleyheritagesociety.org
24, 25, 26 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, Friday, October 25 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 24, and included in the price of admission Saturday and Sunday October 25 & 26. Bearsville Theater & Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker St., Woodstock; 2014 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
25 Miller Craft Fair. Crafters including: photography, knitwear, jewelry, specialty foods, art, ceramics, floral, giftware, bath and body and direct sales vendors. $3 and all proceeds benefit our students. M.C. Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine; 9am-5pm; 845- 943-3941, 845-802-7025.
25 The Fifth Annual Rosendale Zombie Festival & Parade. Join us to raise funds for The Rosendale Food Pantry. Admission: donation of $5. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for The Rosendale Food Pantry. 2pm, Meet-up at Willow Kiln Park (behind the Rosendale theatre). Lineup for parade. 2:30pm, Zombie Parade down Main Street, then back up to Willow Kiln Park. Led by Fre Atlast and her community drum ensemble. 3-6pm, Live music and costume contest in Willow Kiln Park. Rain or Shine. Presented by the Red Hope Productions & Elena Brandhofer, with the town of Rosendale. The Willow Kiln Park (behind Rosendale Theater), parade down Main Street, Rosendale. For info contact Lara Hope at 516-749-2233 or email Redhopeproductions@yahoo.com or Elena Brandhofer at 845-443-3365 or email Cenforce@gmail.com ; www.facebook.com/events/1549493985278570/
25 3rd Annual Scarecrows at Frog Alley. See stylish scarecrows on display created by local artists and designers, and enter your own scarecrow to be judged to win prizes! A pie contest will also take place. Historic Frog Alley Park, Uptown Kingston. Sponsored by the Friends of Historic Kingston and the Junior League of Kingston. Historic Frog Alley Park, Uptown Kingston; 10am-2pm; For contest entry deadlines and further details please contact 845-339-0720 or email email@example.com
25 Village of Marlboro Trick or Treat: Kids & Adults. Meet, Greet & Get A Treat from 3-5:30pm just follow the logo balloons to participating locations. There will be a StoryWalk at the Marlboro Free Library until 5pm. A Mini Touch A Truck with Marlboro Hose Co. # 1 giving out candy, and letting the visitors check out the trucks & station, take pictures, ect. Several of our members will be wearing costumes, but nothing scary. And stop by for a Make Your Own Sundaes at the American Legion Hall. Village of Marlboro; 3-5:30pm. Hosted by www.MeetMeinMarlborough.com for directions or call 845-616-7824.
25 Parent's Night Out Halloween Party. Parent’s here’s your opportunity to spend a Saturday night alone. Go out and have fun and we’ll take care of the kids. Big screen video games, dance party, contests, movement games. Pizza and refreshments. Arts, crafts, movies, Costume Parade/Contest. Hosted by www.MeetMeinMarlborough.com Madeline's Dance Center, 1041 Rte 9w, Marlboro; 5:30-9pm; 845-236-7989.
25, 26, November 1, 2 The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. A special train ride to visit the “Sincere Pumpkin Patch” where visitors will enjoy meeting their favorite PEANUTS™ characters, live music, story- telling, tractor rides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and other family-oriented activities. Enjoy a reading of the Charles Schultz classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” At the end of the trip, each child will receive a certificate for participating in the train ride. The entire train ride and Pumpkin Patch experience is about 2 hours in length. All trains depart from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza, and run round trip. 688-7400; For schedule and to buy tickets visit www.cmrrevents.com/wordpress/peanuts
25, 26 Halloween Trolley. Wear a costume and get free admission; $6 Adults, $4 Seniors, $4 Children 6-12, Free ages 5 and under. Trolley Museum of New York, 89 East Strand, Kingston; Noon-5pm; 331-3399; www.tmny.org
26 The 2014 Common Ground Harvest Celebration. The CGC is about bringing people together, recognizing our common ground, and celebrating our shared vision for the Rondout Valley as a healthy, creative, regenerative and sustainable community now and for years to come in an inclusive, fun, and collaborative atmosphere. Be inspired by your community – take part and experience “Collective Genius” in action. “Zero-Waste”. What does that mean, and is it really possible? We use a lot of disposable stuff these days that just ends up in landfills. Our goal with this celebration is to minimize garbage and maximize fun and community. Food, pie eating contest, music, Reskilling Demos, Repair Café, games and more. Admission is $10 or 10 Currents. Stone Ridge Orchard, 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge; 11am-6pm; www.rvcgc.org
26 Town of Rochester’s Annual Haunted Barn. Scary trip in old barn behind train station off Main St., Over 8 please. $5 suggested donation. 16 Tobacco Rd., Accord; 6:30-10pm; Please make reservations by calling the Recreation Dept. at 626-2115; http://townofrochester.ny.gov/2014/10/03/haunted-barn-one-scary-night-only-oct-25/
26 Ellenville Cooperative Nursery School Halloween Harvest Festival. Age Group Halloween Costume Contest with prizes, Apple Pie & Chili Contest, Free Halloween Crafts, Goody Bags,Haunted House, Storytelling, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting and more. $10/child, Adults free with child. All proceeds to benefit the Ellenville Cooperative Nursery School. 23 Washington Avenue, Ellenville; noon-4pm; Contact: Meagan Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
October 30 Kingston Library Pumpkin Blaze. Come and carve pumpkins to help decorate the library grounds for the season. All carvers welcome. The event made possible by our Fiends of the Kingston Library and Adams Fairacre Farms and Davenport Farms. Pumpkins and snacks are free. Parental supervision required. Don't forget to spook on by when all are a-blaze the 31st. 55 Franklin St., Kingston; 5-8pm; For more information please call (845) 331-0507 or visit www.kingstonlibrary.org
30 Pumpkin Carving Party and Jack-o-Lantern Contest. Get ready for Halloween night by carving your pumpkin the night before. We will have pumpkin carving books on hand for inspiration. Please BYOP (bring your own pumpkin), we will have carving tools, snacks, and lots of prizes. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28-A, West Shokan; 6pm; For more information please call 845-657-2482.
31 Halloween Trick/Treat Open House & Costume Parade. Come trick or treat at the Milton Engine Co. Station on Main Street at 4pm. Then join the parade starting at the Sarah Hull Hallock Library. Everyone is invited to join us. We will be gathering between 5pm and 5:20pm, then we will parade down to the Milton Firehouse, led by the fantastic Freddie the Firetruck, where they will be hosting a Halloween Party for the children. You don't have to stay for the party but everyone is welcome to join our small parade; we are sure to have lots of fun. Main Street, Milton; www.MeetMeinMarlborough.com
31 Ghoulish Halloween Entertainment. There will be treats from roaming vampires, as the NYCA Troupe & students cap off a Halloween evening at the Woodstock Playhouse with a ghoulish outdoor performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 6-6:30pm; 845-679-6900; firstname.lastname@example.org www.woodstockplayhouse.org
31 Haunted Huguenot Street Trick-or-Treating. Children and families are welcome to walk Haunted Huguenot Street, trick-or-treating at our historic houses (the houses will be otherwise closed during this time). Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 4-6pm; (845) 255-1660; email@example.com Click Here for additional details
31 New Paltz Halloween Parade. The parade kicks off on Main Street and Manheim Boulevard and ends at the fire house, where the Lion's Club is distributing apples and candy. New Paltz; 6pm.
31 24th Annual Night of 100 Pumpkins. Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come to The Bakery and see all the pumpkins lit. Enjoy free hot cider, cocoa and pumpkin bread. To enter just bring your pumpkin to The Bakery on October 30th. Local artists will judge the pumpkins and lots of prizes, all donated by local businesses, will be awarded. Adults and children are judged separately so everyone can participate. All entrants receive a free Jack O’ Lantern Cookie.The Bakery, 13A North Front Street, New Paltz; 6-10pm; For more information 255-8840 and to see pictures of last year’s pumpkins go to www.ilovethebakery.com
31 The Monster Mash Halloween Teen Dance. Why spend Halloween handing out candy or Trick-Or-Treating, when you can come hang out with a bunch of friends and dance the night away? There's going to be great music that everyone will love; from Beyonce to Zedd (who doesn't love Beyonce?). With our amazing DJ Jason Stryker, you could also request any song you would like. If you like dressing up on Halloween, there will be a costume contest, have your Halloween creativity rewarded. Tell a friend about it, It's going to be a night you will never forget. Don't miss this opportunity to come out and have a fun time with great people on the scariest night of the year. Ages 14-18, ID required. Guardian pick-up and drop-off. Sponsored by The Safe Schools Round Table of the Hduson Valley. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall Street, Kingston; 7-10pm; Contact Corinne at 845-331-5300 or Corinne@lgbtqcenter.org
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1 Holiday Shopping Bazaar. Free to the public. Come shop for the holidays where all types of vendors will be at one place. Including origami owl, Mary Kay, pampered chef, tastefully simple, homemade crafts., and many more. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hudson Valley Hospice. Still accepting vendors for $20 a table. VFW, 708 E Chester St., Kingston; 1pm-4pm; Contact Amanda Forest at 845-633-0922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Day of the Dead Dance Party. A benefit event to help raise money for Circle of Friends for the Dying, a non-profit organization chartered to bring compassionate, competent end-of-life care to the dying and their families. Tickets: $10 with costume/ $20 without. Featuring DJs: DJ Ali (Rosendale) & DJ Lemar Soulflower (NYC). Other entertainment: Day of the Dead Traditional Opening Ceremony, Day of the Dead Parade, Day of the Dead Altar, Raffle, Silent Auction, and more. BSP Lounge, Wall St., Kingston; 8pm–1am; For info call Gai Galitzine at 914-263-7368 or email@example.com
1 The 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. Bring a donation for the food pantry. The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Avenue, Kingston; 11am-4pm; For more information call (914)-263-7368 or visit www.facebook.com/KingstonNYTransition
1 (Raindate November 2) Fifth Annual UlsterCorps Service Sprint + Zombie Escape. Be spirited away on a trail winding through spooky woods, tunnels and caves. Zombie Escape runners wear a flag belt (like flag football) – avoid the zombies and get through the woods with at least one flag and all your brains intact and you win. Top finishers receive certificates in gender and age group categories. Special awards given to Best Individual Costume and Best Group Costume. Pre-Registration: $20; Register by 10/15 and receive a free t-shirt; Day-Of Registration: $25 (no t-shirt); Team Discount: $15 per person, a team must have at least three members. All funds raised from registration fees will benefit UlsterCorps. Volunteer zombies and other helpers very welcome. At Williams Lake, 434 Williams Lake Rd, Rosendale; 10am-1pm;
More info call 845-481-0331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or
1, 2 Crafts at Purchase. A benefit for the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and proceeds from ticket sales go to this world-class performing arts venue. This beautiful, small show includes many new artists never before seen at the Center. Exhibitors are traveling from across the country to exhibit and sell their one-of-a-kind work. Admission $10, Seniors (65 and up) $9, SUNY Purchase Students $, Children 15 and under free. Produced by Artrider Productions in collaboration with the "Prompters", The Performing Art Center's volunteer corps. Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm; For info & directions call 331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com/PUR14.html
1, 2 The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. A special train ride to visit the “Sincere Pumpkin Patch” where visitors will enjoy meeting their favorite PEANUTS™ characters, live music, story- telling, tractor rides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and other family-oriented activities. Enjoy a reading of the Charles Schultz classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” At the end of the trip, each child will receive a certificate for participating in the train ride. The entire train ride and Pumpkin Patch experience is about 2 hours in length. All trains depart from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza, and run round trip. 688-7400; For schedule and to buy tickets visit www.cmrrevents.com/wordpress/peanuts
1-30 The Annual Mitten Tree Project. Please donate new “warm & fuzzy” child-sized mittens, gloves, winter scarves and hats for children. Items will be delivered to local schools and domestic violence shelters. Thru December 15. Please bring donated items to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; For info contact Lana at 338-0071, ext. 15; www.hrmm.org
3-16 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. This fall’s lineup of nearly 200 participating restaurants is as exciting and diverse as ever. Restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many chefs focus on our local products on their prix fixe 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
6 Caring Connections Free Fall Seminar for Family Caregivers. This seminar will educate and empower the Family Caregiver by addressing important issues faced by them and provide an opportunity for the Caregivers to interact with other Family Caregivers. Now more than ever, Family Caregivers need to be equipped with the sound tools and support they need to take care of their loved ones. Through education and empowerment, the Family Caregiver will experience fewer incidences of burnout, depression, isolation and frustration. The cost is free, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Benedictine Health Foundation and presented by RCAL. HAHV Mary’s Ave Campus Auditorium, Kingston; 6-8:30pm; For more information on the conference, or to register for this event call Caring Connections at 845-901-5744.
7 The 7th Annual Circles of Caring Conference Healthy Aging and Caregiving: Positivity & Mindfulness. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, discounted rate of $12 for students, with ID. This includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Presented by Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. The Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston; 8am-4pm; Contact Nora Strano at email@example.com or 845-338-2980. For more information and to register visit www.jfsulster.org/events
8, 9 John A. Coleman Arts & Crafts Show and Sale. Admission Adults $3, Senior Citizens & Students $2, Children Under 12 Free. John A. Coleman School, 430 Hurley Ave., Hurley; Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm; 845-338-2750.
8. 9 39th Annual CraftWestport Presented By Westport Young Woman’s League. Find unique, handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday and gift list. More than 175 fine contemporary artists and craftspeople from the region and across the country will be exhibited at Connecticut’s largest indoor fine craft festival. Visitors will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest work as well as help to raise money for local charities. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry; fashion and accessories; furniture, and home décor pieces; as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. There will also be a pop-up marketplace of local artists. Tasty local treats will also be available. General admission is $10, seniors $9 and children under 12 are free. Admission is good for all weekend. Net proceeds from admission fees will be distributed to local charities by the Westport Young Woman’s League. Staples High School, North Avenue, Westport, Connecticut; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For more information call 845-331-7900 or visit www.craftwestport.com
11 Deadline for reserving tickets for the “14th Annual Floral Magic” a fundraiser for Hudson Valley Hospice on November 20 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $35 per person. For tickets call Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation at 845-473-2273, ext. 1109.
November 14, 15 Fair Street Reformed Church Christmas Bazaar. Come shop for handmade gifts, crafts and baked goods and eat at the Elves’ Café. Don’t forget our Children’s Buying Room with specially priced toys and games for the kids. They love to shop there. And Santa will be at the bazaar. Be sure to create a special memory by having your child’s picture taken with Santa. Santa will be available on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Fair Street Reformed Church, 209 Fair Street, Kingston; Friday 4:30-7pm, Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm; 845-481-4171;
15 Port Ewen Fire Department Safety Day. Fire Engine Tours, Winter Safety Tips, Mobile Command Post Tour, Distracted Driving Handouts, NYS Police Seat Belt Convincer, Fire Safety Program at12pm, Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program preK-3rd grade at 1pm. Town of Esopus Library, Canal Street, Port Ewen; 11am-2pm; 845-338-5580 or 845-331-3259; firstname.lastname@example.org www.esopuslibrary.org
16 Annual Hootenanny - "A Tribute to Pete Seeger." In keeping with Pete's generous spirit and his legacy of environmental advocacy, the proceeds from this concert will be shared with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization. Suggested donation $5. Presented by Heritage Folk Music. Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main Street, Hurley; 3-6pm; Anyone interested in performing is invited to sign up by contacting Scott Berwick at email@example.com Facebook
20 “14th Annual Floral Magic”. This event features floral demonstrations by a number of local, award-winning designers, as well as a live auction of floral arrangements. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hudson Valley Hospice and the programs and services it provides to patients and families throughout Dutchess and Ulster counties. Hosted by Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservation deadline is November 11. Major sponsorship support is provided by Alders Wholesale Florist, Bonura Hospitality Group, M&O Sanitation and Trufleet, Ltd. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Dinner begins at 6pm, followed by floral demonstrations and live auction at 7pm. For tickets call Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation at 845-473-2273, ext. 1109.
20, 21 Holiday Arts & Crafts Show and Sale for the Ulster County Mental Health Association. Unique, reasonably priced handmade ornaments, gifts, paintings, sculpture, and jewelry. Admission is free. Located the Ulster County Mental Health Association, 300 Aaron Court (adjacent to Hannaford parking lot, look for sign on tree by entrance), Kingston; Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday 11am-4pm; For more information please contact via telephone: 845-339-9090.
20, 21 65th Annual Living Nativity. A wonderful holiday tradition with the re-enactment of the Christmas story with animals & local parishioners outside at the Old Dutch's churchyard. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., Kingston; Performances are 6:30pm, 7pm & 7:30pm each night. 338-6759; www.olddutchchurch.org/living_nativity.php
21 Sinterklaas Kickoff: Wreaths, Sweets & Dutch Treats, Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction. Fabulous food with a Dutch theme, beer, wine and signature cocktails will be served while attendees will have the opportunity to bid on decorated wreaths, trees, and gift baskets getting a jump start on the holiday season. Old Dutch Church at the corner of Wall and Main Streets in Uptown Kingston; 6pm; For more information or to volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, call 845-339-4280 or visit www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com
21, 22 Holiday A-Fair. Items for sale include handmade crafts, baked goods, specialty pecans, and gifts. There is also a tag sale which includes toys, jewelry, books, children’s clothing and household items, with a $2 bag sale for used items on Saturday noon-2pm. From the Church kitchen there will be hot dogs, chili, & salad on Friday, and homemade vegetable beef soup and sandwiches on Saturday. A Children’s Activity Room provides entertainment for the kids both days. There is no admission charge. The Saugerties United Methodist Church, 67 Washington Ave., Saugerties. Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. For more info contact Diane McDowell at 845-246-4888 or the Saugerties United Methodist Church at 845-246-7802; www.soundoflife.org/event/holiday-a-fair/all/
21, 22, 23 Annual Greek Festival. Traditional homemade Greek food and pastries, holiday boutique with needlework, crafts, gifts, and more. St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 294 Greenkill Ave., Kingston; Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 11am-8pm; 845-331-3522.
22 JK's 6th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting. With over 65 wines to taste. FREE! Kings Mall, Kingston. Come join us from 12 noon till 4 PM! Facebook.
22, 23 St. Joseph's Church 30th Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Over 30 craft vendors, raffles, food and more. Free admission. St. Joseph's Church Hall, 34 S. Chestnut St, New Paltz; Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 8:30am-1pm; Interested vendors should contact Kate at 845-883-9552.
22, 23 Second Annual Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a handmade shopping event where arty meets party. Free admission. Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm; For more information: www.HVHullabaloo.com
23 28th Annual Auction & Fundraiser To Benefit The Ellenville Cooperative Nursery School. Please join us for a live and silent auction, plus Appetizers, dinner, entertainment, cash bar. Tickets $25, sold at door, but strongly recommended advance purchase. The Eagles Nest, 58 Eagles Nest Road, Bloomingburg; 3pm; For info contact Meagan Frederick at 845-647-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ; For tickets visit www.ellenvillecooperativenurseryschool.com/Partners.html
23 17th Annual Pickle Festival. If you like pickles, this is the place to be. Contests, prizes, pickled foods, and plenty of pickles. Various vendors, with many countries represented, with food and cultural music, and crafts. Admission:$3/Person or $5/Family. Rosendale Recreation Community Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale; 10am-5pm; For info please call 845-658-9649; www.facebook.com/RosendalePickleFestival
23 Holiday Craft and Book Fair. Hand crafted gifts from more than 20 Hudson Valley artists, pop-up cafe, cookie contest, secret gift contest, making cottages for kids, and silent auction. High Meadow School, 3643 Main Street (Route 209), Stone Ridge; 10am-5pm; 845-687-4855; firstname.lastname@example.org www.highmeadowschool.org
23, 28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
27 The Annual Family of New Paltz 5k Turkey Trot. Mashed Potatoes Fun Run for kids 10 years and under is free. Register early to avoid long lines. Our mission is to raise money for Family's food pantry and crisis programs and to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in Ulster County. Water Street Market, New Paltz; Day of registration starts at 8am; For info email email@example.com Registration forms and info online www.newpaltzturkeytrot.com
27 Highland Community Thanksgiving Luncheon. Our Thanksgiving Luncheon is made possible by our local businesses, churches, and generous individuals who gladly offer their time to prepare a Thanksgiving Meal for families & individuals in need. St. Augustine School, 35 Phillips Ave. Highland; 1-3pm; If you wish to donate food items or volunteer, please contact Richard Gorres at 845-901-9094.
27 Family of Woodstock’s 39th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is open to everyone. The Mescal Hornbeck Community Center in Woodstock will be closed for renovations. The Overlook Methodist Church is generously opening its doors to the community for this wonderful day. The church hall only seats 110 people at a time so we will be having two seatings and doing more take out/delivery. The Overlook Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St, Woodstock; Two seatings, Noon and 2pm; Please call 679-2485. Leave your name and phone number and what you would like to help with.
27 New Paltz UMC Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Thanksgiving Community Dinner for all. All are welcome. New Paltz United Methodist Church, 1 Grove St, New Paltz; 1:30pm; Anyone who wants to volunteer should call the church office at 845-255-5210.
28 CANCELLED - (Rescheduled for December, stay tuned for date) - Annual Kingston Tree Lighting Ceremony. Tree lighting, refreshments, local entertainment and Santa and Friends will be present for photo opportunities with children. Hosted by Kingston Professional Firefighters Association. Academy Green at Clinton and Albany Avenues, Kingston; 6-8:30 pm, tree lights up at 7pm; 845-331-1216.
28 Second Annual Green Friday Event. This green alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year will allow community members to learn about a variety of environmentally conscious lifestyle choices and products that will be sure to inspire and inform, most of which can be purchased locally. Pre-Registration is welcomed. Sponsored by the The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. Parking is available at the Nature Center's Dietz Stadium Entrance and/or the Lucas Avenue Entrance to Forsyth Park. Forsyth Nature Center, 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston; 11am-2pm; Call 845-481-7336 or https://apm.activecommunities.com/kingstonparksandrec
28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
29 Shop Small Saturday. Invest in the local businesses that are there for you year-round by choosing to make your holiday gift purchases from your neighborhood stores.
29 Phoenicia Turkey Trot. 2014 proceeds will benefit the STS Playhouse. The STS Playhouse will sponsor and judge a costume contest this year ... so be sure to come in a costume. 2.4 mile run, ramble, trot, walk or wobble. Free Tot Trot (under 5) at 9:30am. Registration and sign in from 8-9:45am at the Parish Hall. (across from the St Francis de Sales church, Main St, Phoenicia). Race starts at 10am. For more information www.phoeniciaturkeytrot.com
29 Sinterklaas Kingston. For the fourth year, Kingston will celebrate a little bit of its Dutch heritage and reprise its starring role as Spain in the story of Sinterklaas' arrival in the Hudson Valley. A festive procession of giant puppets, stars, fish, flags, this year’s honored animal (the Hummingbird) and the great Hudson River itself will travel down Broadway to bring the beloved holiday story to life. Come to the historic Rondout District in Kingston to discover why this enchanting blend of tradition and modern day merriment was selected by I LOVE NY as one of the “Top 20 Reasons to live in NY State.” For more information or to volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, call 339-4280 or visit www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com
November 29,30-December 5,6,7 Babes In Toyland Performed At The Woodstock Playhouse. Just in time for the holidays, the Woodstock Playhouse will be presenting, "Babes in Toyland", a charming Holiday Classic, set in the worlds of Mother Goose Land and Toyland to delight your entire family.
This quirky classic holiday tale, complete with small town carnival setting, will come to life with beloved emerging professional actors and actresses from the Playhouse Summer Stock season, some new faces, and familiar local faces of rising talent from the New York Conservatory for the Arts.. It's sure to be a family treat for all ages! Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sunday matinee at 2pm; Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY; 845-679-6900; http://woodstockplayhouse.org/woodstock_playhouse_009.htm
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1-14 The Mitten Tree Project. Please donate new “warm & fuzzy” child-sized mittens, gloves, winter scarves and hats for children who wish to play outdoors at recess time and during after-school programs. HRMM’s Annual Mitten Tree is displayed in the museum’s shop window and will help keep area children warm and dry. Donation deadline is Sunday, December 14th. Don’t have time to shop, knit, or crochet? Donate via cash or check to the Hudson River Maritime Museum and we will do the shopping for you. Donations may be mailed or dropped off during regular business hours to Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; If the front door is locked, please ring bell for help. For info please call Lana at 3318-0071, ext 15; www.hrmm.org/event/mitten-tree-drive/
5 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair of Vintage and Handmade Items. Beautiful vintage & handmade items along with one of a kind gifts will be available at this event, including jewelry, handbags, ornaments, art, ceramics, paper goods, hair accessories, clothing, baked goods, and more. Live music. Kid’s Hour 5:30-7pm. Cornell Street Studio, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston; 5-10pm; 845-679-8348;
5 Downtown New Paltz Unwrapped. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a village stroll at 6pm starts at Water Street Market and then come to Church Street and enjoy holiday treats under our holiday tent from 7 - 8pm. New Paltz; 6-8pm;
5 “Festival of Lights”. Impressive nightly light display, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Christmas music. Santa at the Museum. Horse & carriage rides through Uptown Kingston sponsored by Friends of Senate House. The Loughran House is elegantly decorated for viewing. 5-8pm. Free event. Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair St., Kingston; 5-8pm; For more information please call 338-2786.
5 The Snowflake Festival: A Gift to Our Community. The Festival will feature special performance events, quality time with Santa and his Elves, horse and buggy rides, a Holiday Treasure Map for children with stocking stuffers along the way, Holiday treats, shopping in Uptown stores and more! All the while, Uptown restaurants will be spreading Holiday cheer by serving heart-warming and belly-filling meals - make your reservations early. The Holiday Parade begins at 5pm at Dietz Stadium, and includes Santa Claus himself, great musical acts, and numerous surprises. The Parade will continue up North Front Street, right onto Wall St., then left on Main, left on Fair, then right past the Senate House then to Clinton- dropping off Santa, and concluding with a Holiday Tree Lighting led by Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo at the Senate House. Sponsored by the The Kingston Uptown Business Association. Deitz Stadium, N. Front St., Senate House, Kingston; 5- 8pm; www.kingstonuptown.org/special_events
5 33rd Annual Woodstock Holiday Open House and Customer Appreciation Night! Stroll. Sing. Shop. Mr. & Mrs Claus, Brass Quintet, Jazz Trio, Youth Choir, Victorian Carolers, Ice Sculpting, Free Giveaways, Complimentary Refreshments, Free Demonstrations, and more.
5 Christmas Music Festival and Craft Fair. Come join us for music, shopping and refreshments during the annual Woodstock Holiday Walk. Drop in to listen to some music, for 10 minutes or an hour. Bring the little ones at 6:15pm for the musical story of Babar The Little Elephant. Join us later on to hear some of the areas own emerging vocalists, as well as three of our local choral groups. Admission is free. Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 5-9pm; www.woodstockreformedchurch.org
5,6,7 Ulster Ballet's production of “A Christmas Carol”. Join us for Ulster Ballet’s upcoming production of “A Christmas Carol”. Tickets are $22 for adults; and $18 for senior citizens, and UPAC/Bardavon members. For groups of ten or more, and children 12 and under, tickets are $15. to be held on Friday and Saturday, December 5-6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 7th, at 2 p.m., at UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, New York. To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088, or call 800-745-3000, or visit Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com
5,6,7 Babes In Toyland Performed At The Woodstock Playhouse. Just in time for the holidays, the Woodstock Playhouse will be presenting, "Babes in Toyland", a charming Holiday Classic, set in the worlds of Mother Goose Land and Toyland to delight your entire family.
This quirky classic holiday tale, complete with small town carnival setting, will come to life with beloved emerging professional actors and actresses from the Playhouse Summer Stock season, some new faces, and familiar local faces of rising talent from the New York Conservatory for the Arts.. It's sure to be a family treat for all ages! Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sunday matinee at 2pm; Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY; 845-679-6900; http://woodstockplayhouse.org/woodstock_playhouse_009.htm
5, 6, 7 15th Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration. Juried sale of fiber art by local artisans. Various fiber technique demos. Free admission. Woodstock Firehouse, 443 Zena Rd., Woodstock; Fri, 3-7pm; Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 10am–5pm; For more information please call 246-2203.
5, 7, 12, 19, 26, 27, 28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
6 Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic. Protect your pet, your family and your community from the deadly rabies virus. No appointment necessary. Please bring your animal’s last rabies history certificate. Dogs must be on a leash. Cats and ferrets must be in a carrier. Sponsored by the Ulster County Department of Health. Kingston Animal Hospital, 456 Albany Avenue, Kingston; 8:30am-10:30am; 845-340-3010.
6 Sinterklaas Festival Day. A day-long, colorful celebration of dance, theatre and music all over the village. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at 6:30pm. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art and the light of the winter season. Check the website for a schedule of the many and varied events all day around town. Village of Rhinebeck; 10am-midnight; www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/sinterklaas-festival-day-in-rhinebeck/
6 Annual Craft Fair and Chili Festival. There will be a selection of great chilies and all the fixin's ( including the famous chilies of Jaimie DeForest) and the best of regional crafts. Music, mingling, and fun. This is a perfect day to celebrate with great chili and to make your last minute holiday gift selections. Vendor inquiries welcome. The Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill; 10am-4pm; For more information please call 845-254-5469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org
6 8th Annual Marbletown Elementary PTA Holiday Craft Fair. Join us for many handmade crafts. Marbletown Elementary School, 12 Pinebush Road, Stone Ridge; 10am-4pm; For information please call 845-687-0284.
6 Olive Free Library Holiday Craft Fair & Museum Exhibit Opening. Handmade local crafts, hot lunch, ukulele sing-along, children’s book author reading & new local history museum exhibit opening at 11am. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan; 10am-4pm; For more information please call 657-2482 or email or visit www.olivefreelibrary.org/calendar
6 Highland High School PTSA Holiday Craft Fair. Offering over 50 vendors, including handcrafted, jewelry and home goods, food, raffles, entertainment with Gina Marie'z Academy of Performing Arts, musical talents of Highland students and a visit from Santa. $2 admission/ $1 for seniors and students. Highland High School, 320 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland; 10am-4pm.
6 14th Annual Holly Berry Trail Tour of Homes. The Holly Berry Trail features extended previews of private homes in Ulster County that are fully decorated in holiday splendor. The location of each home is a closely guarded secret until the day of the tour, when ticket holders receive a map to the homes and a booklet with detailed descriptions of the residences, many of which are historically significant to the Hudson Valley. This year, the League has selected the Lang Syne Estate in Stone Ridge as its featured home. In addition, there will be bonus stops at local businesses and many of the homes will feature special attractions that are scheduled throughout the day. Each home features an arrangement donated by a local florist and sample tastes from wonderful restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $30. Presented by the Junior League of Kingston. Throughout Kingston and Ulster County; In order to accommodate the growing interest in the event, there will be a morning tour from 10am-1pm and an afternoon tour from noon-3pm; For more info www.facebook.com/events/885066144839580
6 High Falls Holiday Tree Lighting. Gather at the tall evergreen tree in the center of town, adjacent to the Depuy Canal House for this free family annual holiday event that officially ushers in the holidays. Bring a flashlight and join in the Christmas carols sung by Rondout Valley Intermediate Carolers, directed by Julianna McCarthy —MC’d by High Falls unpredictable John Cox. Complimentary hot soup will be provided by Kitchenette. The highlight of the event is the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire engine courtesy of The High Falls Volunteer Fire Department. After the festivities all are invited to the Community Church of High Falls for hot chocolate and cookies. Please be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program to help less-fortunate children this season. If you’ve got some extra dollars to spare, Santa’s elves will be collecting for the Help A Friend Fund. The Green, Rt. 213, High Falls; 5:30pm; www.highfallscivic.org
6 Cold Spring by Candlelight – Holiday Festival & House Tours. Benefit for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Historic homes and sites will be open to the public during this 12th annual tour to benefit Partners with PARC. There are five new homes on this year’s tour plus seven historic sites and buildings. And don’t miss the holiday caroling, discounts at local stores and restaurants, holiday music, visits with Old St. Nick and Much More. It’s Currier & Ives meets It’s a Wonderful Life. Advance tickets: $25 adults, $20 for seniors, $15 children age 12 and under (age 4 and under free of charge). Tours from noon- 5pm. For information and reservations, call 845-278-7272, ext. 2287 or log onto www.PartnerswithPARC.org
6 Tuba Christmas at SUNY Ulster. Traditional Christmas music from around the world with tuba & euphonium players of all ages. Ulster Savings Bank Community Conference Center, Clinton Hall, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge; Participants register noon; rehearse 1pm. Free concert at 3pm. For more information please call 800-724-0833 or visit http://apps.sunyulster.edu/events/2420
6, 7 The Wawarsing Wassail. 2 days of holiday family fun. Events held by businesses & organizations in Ellenville, Napanoch & Wawarsing. Make cookies, cards & crafts. Kids' party, live music, tree lighting, caroling. Local “Toys for Kids” & hat, scarf & glove drives. For more information please contact the Ellenville/Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce at 647-4620 or visit www.ewcoc.com/Pages/EllenvilleWawarsingChamberofCommerceLocalEvents.aspx
7 Christmas in the Hamlet of Milton. Memorial Christmas Tree lighting, live nativity, crafts, storytelling, food/ beverage and a visit with Santa. Sarah Hull Hallock Library, 56-58 Main Street, Milton; 4pm; For more information: 845-616-7894 or www.meetmeinmarlborough.com
7 Saugerties Holiday in the Village. Holiday market, music, toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse & carriage rides, kids’ crafts, entertainment & surprises. Visit Santa noon–5pm & enjoy the petting zoo in front yard at Kiersted House, 119 Main St. Firemen’s Parade of Lights & Village Tree lighting 5-5:30pm, Seamon Park Tree Lighting 6-6:30pm. Firemen’s Parade Prizes awarded 6:30pm at Seamon Park. For more information click here.
7 Winter Fair & Outdoor Marketplace. A delightful day of crafts, food, song, dance, artisan wares, Waldorf Gift Shop, and indoor & outdoor activities. Make beautiful gifts from simple and natural materials, such as translucent window stars, wreath decorating, pomanders and more. Sip hot apple cider as you browse local artisan wares. Savor the outdoor barbecue while enjoying live music. Puppetry, children’s games, and more. Rain or Shine. Free Admission. Vendor space available. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz; 11am-4pm; Call 845-255-0033 for further information; www.mountainlaurel.org
7 (Snow Date December 8th at 7:30pm) Mid Hudson Women’s Chorus Winter Concert: “Warm Winter Wishes." With special guests The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale. Adults: $10 Students-Seniors: $8. St. James United Methodist Church, corner of Fair and Pearl Streets, Kingston; 3pm; For more information please call 845- 382-2499 or visit www.midhudsonwomenschorus.org
10 Made In Kingston. Please join us for a celebration of the makers who are revitalizing Kingston as a dynamic place to work and live. Browse the eclectic range of products made in Kingston--just in time for holiday gift giving. Our hosts, Seven 21 Media Center, will showcase their ever-evolving space, which now houses more than a dozen arts businesses. A free event. Seven 21 Media Center, 721 Broadway, Kingston; 4:30-7:30pm; To register or for more info call (845)-331-2238 or email email@example.com or click here.
12 Light up the Hamlet: Highland Tree Lighting. Santa’s workshop will be open for a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Special performances, hot chocolate, candy, toasted marshmallows, games, giveaways, caroling with tree lighting at 6:20pm. Toy Drive for Lloyd PBA Toys for Tots.. Vineyard & Main Streets, Highland; 5:30-8:30pm; For info Kate at 845-691-2144 x100; www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index
12,13,14 Holiday CraftMorristown. Shoppers and collectors will find great gifts for the home, family and friends including one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Admission is $9,Seniors (62 and up) are $8, Children under 16 are free. Parking is free. Friday, December 12 from 4pm to 8pm; Saturday, December 13 from 10am to 6pm; Sunday, December 14 from 11am to 5pm ;Holiday CraftMorristown takes place at the Morristown Armory on Western Avenue in Morris County, NJ and features abundant free parking and full handicap access; www.artrider.com/mtownH14.html
12, 19, 26, 27, 28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
13 UCSPCA Holiday Party. Santa Paws. Come celebrate the season with us. Refreshments, prizes, and raffles. Pet pictures with Santa. Pet accessories for sale. Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston; Noon-3pm; For more information please call 845-3315377 ext 215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.ucspca.org
13 Frozendale Daze. A community generated festival that takes place inside & around our Rosendale shops – showcasing the best of our local arts, music & businesses. Bringing together the spirit of our area in a fun-filled, colorful & sweet day of shared expression & enjoyment. Oliver will be the movie. There will be music at the cafe, hayrides, winter gift sale, ornament making, our local marching band playing, and many other fun things. Frozendale ends at The Big Cheese, with the 5 pm Mac & Cheese Bake-Off. The actual Town of Rosendale’s court justices, the Honorable Bob Vosper & the Honorable William Pape, are the Mac & Cheese guest judges each year. Held along Main Street, Rosendale; noon-6pm; For info contact Jesse Scherer 914-466-1517 or Jessejasper@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at frozendaledaze
13 Cleo's Boutique-Chic & Unique Holiday Trunk Show. This popular annual event features fashions, accessories, jewelry & gifts from local business owners. Informal modeling presentation, complimentary appetizers, desserts & refreshments. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston; 5-9pm; For more information please call 338-0331 or visit www.askforarts.org/calendar.html
13 A Winter Wonderland Parade. Festivities, singing, refreshments & tree lighting at the Gazebo & MHVF Credit Union. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo after the parade. Advance donations of hats/mittens for local schools accepted at local businesses - call Katherine for locations. Sponsored by the Town of Esopus Rec. Commission. To ride a float, register BY Dec. 9. Old Rt. 9W, West Stout Street & along Broadway; 5:30; Please contact Katherine Robinson at 331-3549 for more information or visit www.esopus.com/calendar.html
13 Sudbury Winter Gift Sale. Over 30 local artisans, baked goods, lunch and craft raffle. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Road, Kingston;10am-5pm; For info Contact: Vanessa VanBurek at 845-679-1002; www.sudburyschool.com
13 Annual Winter Solstice with Happy Traum & Friends. Benefit For Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Doors open 7pm; Show 8pm. $65/ $45/$25. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Doors open 7pm; Show 8pm; For Advance Tickets call 845- 679-2079 or www.woodstockguild.org/
13, 14 Welcome Winter, Welcome Yule. Ars Choralis’ 19th annual musical celebration of the season with Artistic Director Barbara Pickhardt. $15/ Advance; $20/Door; children & students 18 & under half price. Tickets at www.arschoralis.org or area merchants: Mother Earth’s Storehouse & Barcone’s Music, Kingston; DIG, Saugerties; Golden Notebook & Catskill Art & Office Supply, Woodstock. Sat., 7pm, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston; Saurday 7pm, Sunday 4pm; Woodstock Overlook United Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St., Woodstock; For more information visit www.arschoralis.org or call 679-8172.
13, 14 Ulster County Historical Society: Gingerbread House Bake-Off. A unique exhibition of gingerbread houses, created to resemble Ulster County landmark buildings. The tasty structures were created by numerous local groups, including Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts Troop 16, Depuy Canal House, Empire State Railway Museum, Girl Scouts Troop 175, The Inn at Stone Ridge and Wallkill Valley Land Trust. The event also features gingerbread cookie decorating, a model train exhibit and a holiday gift raffle. Admission: $10, $7, $5. This old-fashioned holiday celebration is sponsored by The Ulster County Historical Society. Bevier House Museum, on Route 209 in Marbletown; 9am-4pm; For more details, visit www.ulstercountyhs.org or call 845-702-9206.
14 A Victorian Candlelight Christmas & Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Join us as we celebrate the season at Historic Huguenot Street Special Victorian Christmas. We will gather in the Crispell Memorial French Church at 3pm for a Victorian Christmas Concert with beloved historical musician Linda Russell, celebrating 19th century Christmas in America. At 4:30pm, join us and our festive carolers in front of the Deyo House for our first annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting, followed by a reception of holiday treats and refreshments in the DuBois Fort. The Community Christmas Tree Lighting is free and open to the public. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz; Tours will be available 1-2pm and 5-7pm; For tickets to the tours and concert visit www.huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events/
December 19 SantaCon Kingston 2014. Eat Local, Drink Local, Be Merry Local. Dress up as Santa and hit the town for a night of revelry, fun, cheer and to light up our community. Columbia Beauty Supply offering 10% off Santa Costumes rentals and purchases to anyone mentioning "SantaCon Kingston". Shops will stay open late for last minute shopping. Bars & Restaurants will be offering drink specials and hosting food drive for People's Place of Kingston. Naughty Christmas Caroling - lyrics, caroling spots, directory and map will be available. A generous portion of the proceeds from the door are going to Family of Woodstock, Inc. Uptown Kingston; 4pm - ???; For more info: www.facebook.com/SantaConKingston email@example.com
19, 26, 27, 28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
20, 21 A Christmas Celebration in Phoenicia. Join us and reconnect with the wonderful caroling tradition Saturday the 20th in Phoenicia, and Sunday the 21fst at Spillian Estate in Fleischmanns. On Saturday, come sing carols with us in the streets of Phoenicia, candle in hand rejoice around a bonfire at Mama's Boys coffee shop while drinking hot cider and savoring fresh cookies. Then come and be uplifted with a free choral concert at the Wesleyan Church, 24 Main Street. Also discover the other amazing events happening in Phoenicia that day: 11am - STS Playhouse’s Annual Christmas Show (free with skits songs and lots of fun for all). 1pm - Empire State Railroad Museum Party. Starts with Santa’s arrival, and model trains, mini-train rides, live music and munchies; 5:30pm - Bonfire with free cookies and hot cider at Mama’s boy, with Caroling in the streets of Phoenicia .Bring your candles, join the choir and sing along as the carolers visit various venues along Main Street; 6:30pm - “Gaudete” a free concert of unusual Christmas Carols at the Wesleyan Church, Main Street, Phoenicia with members of the Phoenicia and Woodstock community choir; 8pm SantaLand Diaries at STS ( not suitable for young audiences). Admission reduced $15; and from noon-9pm Explore the Christmas Shopping and eateries of the greater Phoenicia area. Sponsored and produced by The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Foundation, Mama’s boys Coffee Shop, STS Playhouse, The Empire State Railroad Museum and the Town of Shandaken.
24 Santa Arrives In Woodstock. Festivities in Woodstock begin around 5pm and Santa arrives shortly after to hand out stockings filled with candy and other goodies. Woodstock Green, Woodstock.
26, 27, 28 The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Hudson Valley children and their families will discover the magic of Christmas when it arrives in Kingston. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film. Passengers will also enjoy a sing along and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Presented by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston; For schedules and tickets visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com
31 Kingston's 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Celebration. 2015 is on its way and preparations have begun for a neighborhood-wide celebration complete with an old fashioned ball-drop at midnight at Wall & N. Front Streets. Drinks, food, music, entertainment, swing bands, burlesque & circus performers. Special menus at many Uptown dining establishments. Our theme this year is "Old Time Circus". 9pm. Free admission. BSP, 323 Wall St., offers entertainment with admission. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
31 Village of Saugerties New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. “Stay local, stay safe". Boy Scouts will have hot cocoa, coffee, donuts for a donation. Majority of restaurants and bars will be open with specials. Mirabella's having drink specials. Main St. Restaurant is having a Black & White Party with kitchen open ‘til midnight. Miss Lucy's 5 course dinner $60. Exchange and Dutch will be open. There will be a show at the SebSi theatre. Ending with a ball drop in the streets. Sponsored by The Village of Saugerties. 10pm; For more information email email@example.com or http://village.saugerties.ny.us/content
31 New Paltz Eve: New Year’s Eve Fun for Everyone. The Greater New Paltz Community Partnership is joining together with community members of all ages, local businesses, faith communities and community organizations to host a number of fun, alcohol-free and drug-free community activities for all ages. Festivities include: Special Holiday Story & Craft Hour for “Little Ones” (ages 3-5) at Elting Memorial Library from 3:30-4:30pm; an “Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunt” for youth & families at the New Paltz Youth Program from 4:30-6:30; Community Dinner with continuous serving at the New Paltz United Methodist Church from 6-8pm; Open-Mic for Teens at The Cafeteria Coffee House from 8:30-10:30; and a Community Dance with DJ Michelle Taylor at St. Joseph’s Church Hall from 8:30-11:30pm. It all wraps up at a Community Bonfire Celebration at Hasbrouck Park 11-12:30pm. Register for your free tickets at www.newpaltzchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=508
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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.
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