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

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; pprod@mindspring.com   www.woodstockpoetry.com

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

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

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



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JANUARY 2018



1    First Day Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Mossy Glen. 
Approximately 3.5-mile snowshoe outing. Limited number of snowshoes available to borrow from the education department, located at Peter’s Kill area (5080 Route 44/55, Gardiner), arrive early. If there is insufficient snow cover, it will be a hike. Call to preregister. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Meet at Awosting Parking Area, 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson; 1pm-4:30pm;  845-255-0752;  www.parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx

1    First Day Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Sam’s Point.
This will be an approximately three-mile trek through the scenic park. Snowshoe rentals may be reserved for $5 per person for this program, arrive early. If there is insufficient snow cover, it will be a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Call to preregister. 400 Sam’s Point Road, Cragsmoor; 9:30am-noon; 2pm-4:30pm; 845-647-7989.

1    First Day Hike at Walkway Over the Hudson. 
Enjoy fresh air, a fun raffle and a little donkey therapy with the Little Brays of Sunshine. Walkway Over the Hudson, 87 Haviland Road, Highland; 2pm-3pm; 845-454-9649;  www.walkway.org

6 (Rain date January 7)    13th Annual All-Day Winter Bird Count.
Record the winter bird community inhabiting the 160-acre preserve to help provide future guidance for land management/stewardship decisions. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, 4 Shady Lane, Saugerties; Meet at the Shady Lane entrance parking lot at 5:30am for pre-dawn owling or at 7am for the diurnal part of the survey; Please contact Steve Chorvas schorvas@gmail.com  or 845-246-5900 to register, or for additional information, no later than noon, Friday, January 5th. www.esopuscreekconservancy.org

12-15    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend.
Enjoy our cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, ice skating rink on Lake Cole, ice fishing and snow tube run. Warm up indoors at our indoor floor hockey arena, climbing gym, archery range and arts and crafts studio. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291; www.frostvalley.org

13    Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest
. Come out and enjoy the day. Chili cook-off, bonfire, roasted chestnuts, hayrides, games and more. Admission $2, children eight and under free. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; 11am-2pm; 845-691-6313; www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

14    21st Annual Shandaken Primitive Biathlon
. Annual winter sporting event with competition in four age groups. Prizes. Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road (off County Route 47), Oliverea; 9am-noon; For more information or to register, contact Paul 845-246-3954, Vince 845-688-5560 or Ed 845-339-3440; www.shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net

20    Ice Harvesting in the Hudson Valley.
  Part of the monthly Museum Mates program, this program provides learning about a historical topic, story time with snacks and a fun interactive activity. This session will explore ice harvesting history and techniques, where participants will conduct their own ice experiment. This event is geared toward children ages 5 to 12 years old. Call to register. Free for HRMM members, $5 general public. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 1pm-3pm; 845-338-0071; Click here for more information.

26-29    20th Annual Catskill Ice Festival:
Choose from multiple clinics on the skills and techniques needed out on ice. Slide show at Rock & Snow on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8pm.  Demo gear also at Rock & Snow.  $150/person per event. Slide shows are free. Includes excursions to locations near Mount Tremper and Phoenicia.  Alpine Endeavors is an AMGA-accredited guide service based in the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. Alpine Endeavors at Rock & Snow, 44 Main St., New Paltz. 877-486-5769; For additional info and to register visit
www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2018




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FEBRUARY 2018


2, 3, 4    Sixth Annual Winter Hoot.
Three-day benefit for The Ashokan Center featuring local food, beer, wine, music, dancing, blacksmithing, film, art and nature activities for all ages. Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend - tickets are "give what you can" at the door. Purchase in advance for guaranteed parking and entry. You can also check out our volunteer opportunities. Lodging available. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; www.homeofthehoot.com

3, 4    USA Luge Challenge.
  Using easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds, patrons get a chance to experience this exciting Olympic sport throughthe USA Luge Challenge. Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend this weekend event can experience the “Fastest Sport on Ice” in a safe slope-side setting with help from USA Luge Olympians. Participation is free and no experience or lift tickets are required. Ages 10 and up. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; Registration begins at 9am each day; 845-254-5600;
www.belleayre.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/639/151

9, 10, 11    2018 Winter Folk Weekend.
  Join us for a weekend filled with informal music. You can also join us for a day. Honors Haven, 1195 Arrowhead Rd.,  Ellenville; 718-672-6399; nypinewood@aol.com  Info and reservations at www.folkmusicny.org/weekends.html

10 (Snow date Sunday February 11)    DanceFest.
  Experience a world of dance with works presented by nine of the Hudson Valley’s finest dance studios. DanceFest is a collaborative project presented by The Vanaver Caravan to connect and expose our local community to myriad dance styles including world dance, ballet, modern, and more. $18 adults, $12 children under 12 & seniors at the door. Rondout Valley High School Auditorium, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord; 3pm and 7pm; For more information call 845-256-9300 or email vcoffice@vanaverccaravan.org

10    Subzero Heroes.
An icy dive to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee & snacks in heated tents during the event for observers. Berean Park, 1000 Reservoir Rd., Highland; Setup starts at 9:30am, check-in from 10:30-11:30am. Jump starts at noon. For more info contact: Lauren Voorhees 845-763-4697 or 914-391-4161; To register visit www.subzeroheroes.org

11    7th Annual Chocolate Lover's Social. 
Including a silent auction, sumptuous foods, specialty chocolate cocktails & mimosas at the one hour open bar, chocolate fountain flowing the entire event, decadent chocolate desserts and an enormous wine pull.  And most importantly, a chance to make a difference in the life of a young person. Individual tickets are $55, Table of 10 for $500. Hosted by Family of Woodstock. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 Partition Street, Saugerties, noon-3pm; Tickets can be purchased at www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10324  To sponsor the event, please contact Nicole at 845-331-7080 ext.155 or nmartin@fowinc.org

11    Fundraiser for Arts 360.
Afternoon Concert with Three Time Grammy Nominee Marty Rotella.  Marty joins us for an afternoon that promises to be absolutely wonderful. Bring the whole family and friends. Don't miss this special performance.  Free will offering. The Parish Hall, 109 Main Street, Phoenicia; 2-4pm; 914-821-7226; anneshea50@gmail.com  www.facebook.com/events/390146264741734/ www.facebook.com/groups/323152081508685/

17    President’s Style Torchlight Bash.
  An evening of family fun on the mountain. Food and beverages will continue after the lifts stop spinning in Groomers Pub & Lounge. Live music will be playing from 5-7pm in the great room, the torchlight parade will begin at dark with a night-time jam. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; 845-254-5600; www.belleayre.com

18    "Raise The Roof":  A Community Friendraiser For Ulster Habitat.
Music by I Got A Rock,  Prizes, and Raffles and a chance to win a tour with the BrewMaster. Suggested donation $20 at the door. Keegan Ales, 20 St James St., Kingston; 2-6pm; For more info or to RSVP 340-0907 X106.

24    21st Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta.
Nearly 1,000 bowls and tumblers handmade in the Women’s Studio Workshop’s ceramic studio will be on sale.Fill with chili donated by favorite local chefs. Ulster County Community College, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; Early admission 2-4pm $5. Free admission 4-6pm; 845-658-9133; www.wsworkshop.org/chili-bowl18/

25    Olive Fire Departments Brooks BBQ Drive Thru.
Help support your local volunteer Fire Department and to restore their 1936 original Fire truck. Dinner includes 1/2 chicken or rack of ribs, coleslaw, baked potato, dinner roll, dessert cookie, and a bottle of water. Rib dinner $14; chicken dinner $12; $1 discount for senior citizens; $1 discount if ordered before Feb. 12. Shokan Fire House, 3064 Rt. 28, Shokan. 3-6pm; To order call: 845-657-2261. For more information please visit our website www.oliveusarestoration.org




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MARCH 2018

1    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration.
  The 36th annual race will be a 2.1-mile walk/run and 10K both along the scenic Rondout Creek in Kingston. Race is Sunday, April 22. 845-247-7275. Register online at www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

1    Deadline to register for Skate and Paint on March 10.
Join the Skating Club of Saugerties for a fun night of skating and painting.  This event will be fun for all ages from children to adults. The painting session will be lead by Wendi Piper, a local artist.   Register by 3/1/18 at www.skatingclubofsaugerties.com/skate-and-paint

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11    Annual Lawn & Garden Show.
  Each year the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours; www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston

3    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. First Wave starts at 8am. Racers will be notified of their start time on Friday 3/3 or Saturdy 3/4. Late Registration Fee increases to $40 for members and $50 for non-members after 2/9/18. Registration Fee benefits The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. No day-of registration. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810; www.ymcaulster.org Online registration only at www.zippyreg.com/online_reg/index.php?e=1025

10    Museum Mates - St. Patrick’s Day Parade Workshop
. Create sea monster masks, tricorn hats and a water banner for the Kingston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Families who participate in this Museum Mates can ride on the float (limited seating) and march in the parade. This event is geared toward children ages 5 to 14 years old. Free for Household members and above who DO NOT want to participate in the parade but wish to attend the Saturday program. $5 for non-members who do not want to participate in the parade but wish to attend the Saturday program. ​​ $5 for Household Members and above who do want to participate in the parade and the Saturday program. $10 for non-members who do want to participate in the parade and the Saturday program. ​These prices include museum admission. ​*These prices are per child / Adults are free - limit of two adults per child. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 1-2pm; For info call 845-338-0071; www.hrmm.org

10    Skate and Paint.  Join the Skating Club of Saugerties for a fun night of skating and painting.  This event will be fun for all ages from children to adults. The painting session will be lead by Wendi Piper, a local artist.  The focus of the session will not only be on creating an awesome painting, but also to learn the techniques so that you can go away on your own and create another. So whether you've never painted before, or you're an accomplished artist, you will still have a great time and create a unique piece of art. Skate rentals and all art supplies will be provided and light snacks and drinks will be served. $30 for Skate and Paint, or $25 for Paint only. Kiwanis Ice Arena, 6 Small World Drive, Saugerties; 4:30-8pm; For more information contact Lynda at aknelw@gmail.com  Register by 3/1/18 at www.skatingclubofsaugerties.com/skate-and-paint

11    20th Annual Shamrock Run.
 From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway. Followed by St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check in across from Academy Green at Gov. Clinton Apartments, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston; Registration 10am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info www.shamrockrunners.org

11    31st Annual Kingston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Parade kicks off from 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. Kingston Plaza, Plaza Road, Kingston; Step off 1pm sharp; 845-338-6622; events@ulsteraoh.com  www.ulsteraoh.com

12-25    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
Great dining at great deals at participating Ulster County restaurants. No tickets or passes required. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Lunch $22.95, dinner $32.95. Beverages, tax and tip are additional. Presented by The Valley Table. 845-765-2600; www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com

17, 18, 24, 25    New York State Maple Weekend.
Maple Weekend  presents a chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugar making processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms - right from the source. This event is organized by and sponsored the New York State Maple Producers Association. The event takes place at various locations throughout New York State. Below are Ulster County's participating locations:
New Beginnings Farmstead, 2585 Route 209, Kingston
Corey's Fall Harvest Farm, 105 Hawleys Corners Road, Highland
Beechford Maple, 10 Beechford Drive, Boiceville
Marty's Maple Products Farm, 52 Bell Lane, West Shokan
Frost Valley YMCA, 1920 Frost Valley Road, Claryville
www.nysmaple.com/nys-maple-weekend

18    Shamrock Scramble 5K.
Reporting time 8-9am. Starting time walkers 8:30am., runners 9:30am., Kids Run 10:30am. Entry fee $20 preregistered, $25 after March 10, $1 Kid’s Run. Wallkill Firehouse, Central Avenue, Wallkill; Reproting time 8-9am; 845-926-8055; Register online at www.wallkillshamrockscramble.com

18    Ashokan Maple Fest.
Fun, hands-on activities, music and pancake breakfast all day. Pancake breakfast with Ashokan maple syrup and sweet Jack Wax maple candy. Entry $5. Additional charge for crafts and pancakes. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 10am-4pm; 845- 657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org

18    Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show.
Largest model train and hobby show in Ulster County. Train layouts, dealer tables, operated toy trains, food, raffles, Thomas the Tank trains and more. Accessible. Admission $7, children 12 and under $2. Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; 845-481-4198; www.kingstontrainshow.com

22, 23, 24, 25     Annual Woodstock Bookfest.
Outstanding panel and speakers, fabulous parties, life-changing workshops and the kind of merriment only found in Woodstock. See website for details. Various locations around  Woodstock; info@woodstockbookfest.com   www.woodstockbookfest.com

24    35th Annual Festival of Dance.
An exciting celebration of dance, with performances featuring various styles of dance, top-notch dance companies, showcasing choreographers and dancers. Produced by the Ulster Ballet Company. Adults $25, seniors and members $22, children 12 and under $18. 8 p.m. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston; 8pm; For tickets call the box office 845-339-6088 or visit www.ulsterballet.org  www.bardavon.org/?fwp_paged=4  www.ticketmaster.com

24   Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
  Egg Hunt starts at 1 pm. Ages 1-12. Featuring a bouncy house, a visit from the Easter Bunny, prizes, and 5,000 eggs. Free and open to the public. Presented by the New Paltz Youth Program. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz; noon-3pm; Click here for more details

24    Easter Magic in the Hamlet. St. Augustine’s Gym, 55 Main St., Highland; 11am; www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index

24, 25    New York State Maple Weekend. Maple Weekend  presents a chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugar making processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms - right from the source. This event is organized by and sponsored the New York State Maple Producers Association. The event takes place at various locations throughout New York State. Below are Ulster County's participating locations:
New Beginnings Farmstead, 2585 Route 209, Kingston
Corey's Fall Harvest Farm, 105 Hawleys Corners Road, Highland
Beechford Maple, 10 Beechford Drive, Boiceville
Marty's Maple Products Farm, 52 Bell Lane, West Shokan
Frost Valley YMCA, 1920 Frost Valley Road, Claryville
www.nysmaple.com/nys-maple-weekend

24    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt.
  Free fun for the entire family. Enjoy a themed breakfast buffet with visits from the Easter Bunny himself, 8am-noon, $20 per person / $10 kids 5-14 / kids under 5 free. Settle in with Mother Goose for story time, Mini Manis for little ones, Face Painting, Games and more. Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mt Tremper; 8am-2pm; For more information contact us at 845- 688-2828 or visit www.emersonresort.com/eventsattheemerson-2/

24, 31    Easter Bunny Express
. Shake off that winter chill and celebrate spring with a visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt. Climb aboard the vintage trains at the Kingston Plaza station for a ride across the Hurley Flats to Hurley Mountain and return. Westbrook Lane Station, 149 Aaron Court, Kingston. 845-688-7400; For times and tickets www.catskillmtrailroad.com

31    Kingston Sailing Club Riverport Women's Sailing Conference
. Women teaching women, experienced sailors offer classroom and hands-on workshop instruction in sailing strategy, diesel mechanics, sail care and repair, electrical systems, spring boat prep, line management, navigation/maritime safety, maritime history, teen sailing and more. Registration limited to 90 participants. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 9am-5pm; For more information call Deborah Medenbach, 845-706-7716. To register visit www.hrmm.org



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APRIL 2018


6, 7    Escape Room and Scavenger Hunt Room.
Escape Room features a clue- and puzzle-based mystery for groups of up to six people to solve in just 50 minutes. Scavenger Hunt is geared toward younger children and families given 30 minutes to follow clues and find all the pieces of their vanished ticket to the Mary Powell. Reservations highly recommended. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 845-338-007; www.hrmm.org

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

13, 14, 15    Northeast Blacksmiths Spring Hammer-In.
Blacksmithing demonstration, hands-on teaching program and tool flea market. Varying Admission fees. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-687-7130; www.northeastblacksmiths.org

14    Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Garden Day 2018:
“Trowel to Table ”.  Join in the fun of learning how to grow your best garden ever.  “Garden Day”, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) Master Gardeners, welcomes all gardeners from beginners to experts to take part in this day-long gardening experience.  This year’s theme is “Trowel to Table” featuring 16 classes and a keynote address by Fredda Merzon, Metal Sculptor and Gardener, who creates botanically inspired sculptures from found metal objects.Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as classes fill up fast. The cost is $45 for pre-registration or $50 at the door. A catered lunch is available and must be purchased in advance, or you can bring your own. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30am-4:15pm; To obtain a list of all the classes and a registration form go to www.tinyurl.com/2018-Garden-Day  For more information, or to have a brochure and registration form sent to you, contact Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email dm282@cornell.edu

14    A Chocolate & White Affair.
A fantastic evening for the adult supporters of the MyKingstonKids organization to connect, dance and enjoy while also assisting in raising funds for the Kids Fest event.The evening will include a live DJ, casual food, drink, surprise performances, chocolate treats and more. We encourage all guests to wear either all white or mainly white for the event. Feel free to dress casual and comfortable as the energy of motion will take control of you. Tickets $20-$25. Presented by 1209 Arts. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston; 7-11pm; 845-282-0182; For tickets and to learn more about MyKingstonKids Fest visit and view photos from last year, visit: www.MyKingstonKids.com

14    O+ Spring Gala Auction.
 Bid on art, tickets to performances, guided mural tours, gift certificates to restaurants, stores, and health and wellness experiences. Also includes savory hors d’oeuvres, select wine and beer, and exclusive entrance to live bidding on artworks and experiences not available in the online auction. The Beverly, 224 Foxhall Avenue, Kingston; 7-11pm; More info and tickets at www.501auctions.com/opositivespringgalaauction  www.opositivefestival.org

20    A Taste of Sicily Food and Wine Pairing.
 A Spectrum Services Autism Awareness Month Fundraising Event.  Join us for a celebration of Sicilian wine and food, as we take you on an exciting tour of Sicily, with select vintage and cuisine pairings that are sure to make you feel you're walking the streets of Palermo. We'll start the tour with a wonderful cocktail hour with stunning hors d'oeuvres, and then off to dinner. We'll also have a live auction teeming with items you'll want to bid on. Come and celebrate A Taste of Sicily, all while supporting life-changing programs and services for children with autism. Organized by Scott Herrington of SavOn Party Rental, and Produced by Tim & Laurel Sweeney of Stone Ridge Wines and Spirits.The Château, 240 Route 32, Kingston; 7-11pm;  For reservations or to make a donation click here

21    6th Annual Kingston Earth Fair and Expo.
This event features a variety of sustainable “green” initiatives along with resources for the community. This event is free and will include live music, demonstrations, food, book readings, an exchange store and more. Forsyth Park Nature Center, 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston; 10am-3pm; If you are interested in more information or being a vendor visit our
https://kingston-ny.gov/EarthExpo

21    Family Fishing Day at Ashokan Reservoir. 
Hosted by DEP and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, experts will teach kids and adults how to fish. Bait and fishing poles will be provided. Bring your own if you have them. The requirement to have a state fishing license is waived for this event. GPS Coordinates: 41°56'35.9"N 74°10'48.4"W. Ashokan Reservoir, Frying Pan area off of Route 28A; 9am-2pm; To register click here
www.facebook.com/nycwatershed

21    Saugerties Spring Barn Bash. Come enjoy a musical fundraiser for the Saugerties Historical Society. It will be an  evening of live local bands, food, wine and beer. Bring your spare change for the 50/50 raffle. Kid-friendly. Rain or shine. Community accessibility is important to us. Tickets $10 Adults, suggested $3 for kids. Just remember your picnic blankets, lawn chairs and sweaters. An evening not to be missed, with incredible entertainment including the Paul Luke Band, Ian Flanigan and The North & South Dakotas.  Dutch Barn at Kiersted House, 119 Main St., Saugerties; 6:30-9:30pm; For tickets visit http://bit.ly/SpringBarnBash

21    Something Fishy on Main.  
Businesses throughout the village will be featuring fishing themed activities and specials throughout the day. Among the events will be fish cookie decorating at Home Goods of Margaretville, creating fishy kites for kids at the Catskill Artisans’ Guild, fish-shaped chocolates at Catskill Candies and Confections and fish-themed wines will be highlighted at the Margaretville Liquor Store. Professional guide and expert fisherman Lenny Millen will offer fly-tying demonstrations at Catskill Seasons Ltd. Personnel from the state DEC will present a fishing clinic in the Binnekill stream.  The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop will feature fishing themed apparel and the Fairview library will host fishing related activities and feature books focused on fishing. Fishing licenses will be for sale at Catskill Seasons Ltd. and Northhill Outdoors. Presented by The Business  Association of Margaretville. Village of Margaretville; 10am-4pm; For additional information call 845 586-4177 or visit: www.Margaretvilleny.org

21     Annual Earth Day Fair.
  A wide variety of local environmentally friendly individuals and groups will be on hand to share sustainable ways of caring for our Earth and its inhabitants. Children’s activities are planned throughout the day. Delicious healthy food will be available for purchase. Free. Sponsored by Interfaith Earth Action, the Caring for Creation Committee of the Reformed Church of New Paltz and the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition.  Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz; 11am-4pm; For more information, contact Mara at 845-750-8292 or Set at 845-399-7068; www.reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org

21    Food Truck Rally.
Come celebrate opening weekend with our first-ever Food Truck Rally. Enjoy an afternoon of music, free activities and loads of great food. Along with free activities, $5 cash per parking gives you free access to park amenities. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Lazy River, 50 Bevier Road, Gardiner; noon-4pm; 845-255-5193; www.facebook.com/lazyriverny

21 (Rain/Wind Date April 28)    3rd Annual Leap for Autism
. Our Leap for Autism is an annual event to raise awareness and funds to provide life-enriching programs to children, adults and families with Autism and other developmental disabilities. A skydive from 13,500 ft., hosted by Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner. The event has fun, festivities and freefall – something for everyone – in the air or on the ground. Leap for Autism is a “tandem” skydive – you will be harnessed to an experienced professional. Professional skydivers welcome, too. To get involved individuals can register with us and raise funds, donate, share our event with friends and family, and come join us on the day of the Leap and show your support. Sponsored by Greystone Programs. Skydive the Ranch, 55 Sand Hill Rd., Gardiner; 10am-5pm; www.gvgb.co/leapforautism2018

22    36th Kiwanis Kingston Classic. 
A 2.1-mile walk/run and 10K both along the scenic Rondout Creek in Kingston.  Join fellow runners for fun, camaraderie, a great course and a great post-race party which will be held at the TR Gallo Park on the creek complete with food, beer and music. Kingston Starting Line: T.R. Gallo Park, 91 West Strand,Lower Broadway, Kingston; 1-3pm; info@kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

28    Annual Home & Garden Show.
Held rain or shine, the Home and Garden show is a destination for inspiration, motivation and community connection. Learn how to prepare your home for the upcoming summer months, treat your plants, prepare your garden, and more. We will have demonstrations from local home and garden professionals throughout the day. We will have speakers from Wallkill View Farms, Masseo Landscape, Kalleco Nursery, and more. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Wallkill View Farm, 15 Rt 299 New Paltz; 9am-5pm; For more info visit www.newpaltzchamber.org/homeandgardenshow.html

28    Spring Open House at the Catskill Interpretive Center.
Come out to to learn about all the opportunities for getting out and exploring the Catskills this spring. Guides from the New York State Outdoor Guides Association and Catskill Center staff will be on hand leading short guided walks, outdoor skill demos and lots more. We will also be celebrating the launch of our new Fishing Rod Loaner Program in partnership with I Fish NY - learn casting basics from local experts or try your luck at our fishing access spot on the Esopus Creek. All ages welcome. Free. Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper; 10am-2pm; 845-688-3369; www.catskillinterpretivecenter.org/cic-events

28    Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow.
We will feature horses/mules/oxen plowing the field.  Also, present will be donkeys, pony rides, kids activities, music, good food and much more. Donations accepted at the entrance. Hudson Valledy Draft Horse Association at Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Route 209,Accord; 10am-4pm; 845-294-9016; www.saunderskill.com/cgi-bin/cal/calendar.pl

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

28, 29    TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival. 
2-day long craft beer and fine food festival featuring over 120 breweries and well over 400 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.  You must be 21 years of age or older to attend TAP® New York. Valid ID must be carried at all times and produced upon request. No infants or children will be permitted to enter the event. Hunter Mountain Resort,  64 Kein Avenue, Hunter; Saturday 2-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm; 518-263-4223; Get tickets early. www.tap-ny.com/welcome.html   www.huntermtn.com


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MAY 2018


4, 5    Escape Room and Scavenger Hunt Room
. Escape Room features a clue- and puzzle-based mystery for groups of up to six people to solve in just 50 minutes. Scavenger Hunt is geared toward younger children and families given 30 minutes to follow clues and find all the pieces of their vanished ticket to the Mary Powell. Reservations highly recommended. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 845-338-007; www.hrmm.org

5    Annual Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix. 
Professional women riders and non-pro alike will tackle this challenging, mountainous course, riding either a world class 62.1-mile course or a 34-mile course that includes ascending and descending Overlook Mountain. The race begins and ends in Woodstock and encompasses the best roads in the townships of Woodstock, Phoenicia, Hurley and Saugerties. The course includes the ever-challenging Meads Mountain Road which scales Overlook Mountain for two miles. The awards ceremony and community BBQ will take place after races end, approximately 11:30am. Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock: 8am; www.womenswoodstockcycling.com

5    Ninth Annual Kingston Clean Sweep
. Volunteers help pick up litter throughout Kingston. Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, corner of Wall and Main Streets, Kingston; 845-339-0720; 9am-noon; www.fohk.org

5    I Love My Park Day. Exciting statewide event to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites. Participating sites include Catskill Interpretive Center, Woodland Valley Campground, Minnewaska State Park Preserve (Lake Minnewaska Area and Sam’s Point Area) and Walkway Over the Hudson. Register online www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

5    Catskills Great Outdoors Expo.
Showcasing the Catskills' variety of exhibitors including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, birding, camping, skiing, guiding services, boating and more. Best Western PLUS Kingston Hotel and Conference Center, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston;10am-4pm;  www.catskillcenter.org/outdoorexpo

5    Walkin' the Dog.
  A Benefit for Elting Memorial Library & For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park.   Love books? Love dogs? Join us. An easy 1.3 mile walk for dogs and their humans. Entry Fee per dog is $15 or get sponsors for your dog’s walk and raise even more to support Elting Memorial Llibrary & Paws of Ulster County Dog Park. Entry fee is waived with sponsorships of $35 or more. Doggie treats for all (courtesy of Paws of Distinction, New Paltz). Prizes for the three top-sponsored dogs. Rain or shine. Gilded Otter parking lot (Intersection of Main St. and Huguenot St,, New Paltz); 8:30am-10:30am; For more information and registration forms visit  www.eltinglibrary.org  or call 845-255-5030.

5    Psychic & Healing Music Festival.
An enlightening day of spiritual and psychic healing featuring Psychic Readings by acclaimed psychics Lois T. Martin, Lorry Saluzzi, George Koury, Joanna McNally, and Jennifer Zara Starchild, Reiki Masters, Electric Acupuncture demonstrations, Origami for Healing, the music of Catskill Gamelan, vendor booths and more. $10 entry fee, $25 per psychic reading-cash only. At the Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper; 11am-5pm; For more information, call 845-688-2828.

6    New Paltz Regatta.
Parade of crazy water crafts, rubber duck race and boat race on the Wallkill River. Come enjoy the music, food, kids’ activities and fun. Music kicks off on the Otter Lawn + boats register at Village Hall at noon, Parade leaves Village Hall at 1pm, and the Race starts at 2pm from the Boat Launch on Plains Road. To register online visit www.newpaltzregatta.com

12    High Falls Pet Show.  Pet Show Contest featuring prizes in 10 categories, plus food, vendors, and kids’ events. Free admission. Contest entry $5 per furry friend. All pets must be on a leash, in a carrier or otherwise restrained by the owner.  Owners are responsible for their pets. Sponsored by The High Falls Civic Association. High Falls Community Church yard, 2nd St, High Falls;  Registration and sign-up for the special category contests start 10am; Show starts at 11am; 687-4566; To register for vendor space: Yvette at ylee2k1@aol.com or Sue at woofdogbd@aol.com For more info visit  www.highfallscivic.org

12    Spring Plant Sale. Plants, baked goods, used books, raffles.
Proceeds benefit the Library Friends Group. West Hurley Public Library, 42 Clover St., West Hurley; 10am-2pm; 845-679-6405; www.whplib.org

12    Eleventh Annual New Paltz Bike Swap. Buy and sell new and used bikes, bike parts and apparel. Many vendors. Free admission.  New Paltz High School, 130 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz; 10am-2pm; 917-655-5123; www.newpaltzbikeswap.com

13    Mother’s Day Brunch.
Treat mom to a special farm to table brunch. Reservations required. Barn at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, 220 North Road, Milton; 10:30am-7pm; 845-795-1500; www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/henrys

13    Mimosas and Mother’s Day; Family-friendly, pet-friendly, live music, wine tastings and mimosas, of course.  Robibero Winery, 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz; 11am-6pm; 845-255-9463; www.rnewyorkwine.com

13    Eighth Annual Tulip Festival and Mother’s Day Celebration; Known for its spectacular collection of vendors, entertainment throughout the day and highly-anticipated Mother’s Day lunch buffet with live piano music, this one-day festival and Mother’s Day celebration welcomes you to remember Mom in a special way. Call or email to make reservations. Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville; 11am-4pm; 845-210-1600; reservations@honorshaven.com www.honorshaven.com

19    Volunteer Restoration Workday – Espous Meadows Preserve.  A semi-monthly session which offers a great way to learn aboutnative flora while removing invasive plants that hinder their growth. This workday will be focused on pulling knotweed at Esopus Meadows Preserve. Please wear clothes you won't mind getting dirty, including long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and a hat. Also plan to bring gardening gloves, water and a lunch. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Espous Meadows Preserve, 269 River Road, Esopus; 10am-2pm; 845-473-4440, ext. 273;  Read more

19    MyKingston Kids Fest;
 A free indoor/outdoor event created to provide children of Kingston and the surrounding areas an eclectic experience to enjoy themselves through exciting activities, interactive educational tools, engaging, fun-loving events and appropriate entertainment. This year’s theme is Land of Chocolate. The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., Kingston; 11am-4:30pm; 845-282-0182;
www.mykingstonkids.com/kingstonevents/kidsfest-event/kids-fest-2018

19    Tenth Annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival and 5k Cupcake Classic;  A day full of live music, local food, shopping, art and craft vendors, raffles, kids’ activities, cupcake contests and, of course, lots of yummy cupcakes. Wright’s Farm, 699 Route 208, Gardiner; Festival noon-5pm. 5k Cupcake Classic registration 9:15-10:45am, race 11am; www.gardinercupcakefestival.com

19    Rock The Ridge. A 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running or any combination thereof. Registration required. MohonkPreserve, 3197 Route 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919; www.mohonkpreserve.org/rock-the-ridge

19    Saugerties Historic House Bus Tour
. Knowledgeable historians guide you on a captivating route through history with stops at three houses where you can stretch your legs and tour inside. Refreshments at the last house.  Tickets $20. Saugerties High School, Washington Avenue, Saugerties; Offering two trips at 9am and 1pm; Tickets available at   www.housetour.brownpapertickets.com

19    Square Dance and Potluck Dinner.  Annual square dance with live music and caller, potluck dinner.  Admission is a dish to share and $10 per adult, kids under 12 free, reservations required for potluck dinner.  Sponsored by Mid-Hudson Driving Association and  Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; 6-9pm; 845-294-9016; dmjure33@frontiernet.net

19    Huguenot Co-Op School 5K and Family Fun Run; Run or walk the scenic rail trail and Historic Huguenot Street. Festivities also include raffles, food, entertainment, face painting and more. Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz; Registration 8:30am, Family Fun Run 9:30am, 5K 10am;
www.facebook.com/huguenotnurseryschool

19, 20    Wildflower Festival and Heirloom Seedling Sale.  A full weekend for both the novice and experienced gardeners with a special focus on home gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by successfully growing a multitude of delicious and nutritious edibles to put on their tables and in their pantries. The Hudson Valley Seed Library returns with an extensive selection of organic heirloom vegetables, herb and flower seedlings. Free and open to public. Rain or shine. Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson; 9am-5pm; 845-626-2758; www.catskillnativenursery.com

23    Sixth Annual Taste of Woodstock
. Celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. Twenty participating restaurants and hosts. Guests receive a walking map and a voting card to pick their favorite dishes. Tickets $50 are available online over the phone, and at the box office - 13 Rock City Road. Woodstock Film Festival Center, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 6-9pm; 845-679-4265; www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

25-28    Sixth Annual Ukulele Fest and Concert.
Enjoy a family-friendly weekend retreat of music and friends in a gorgeous natural setting for ukulele players of all ages and skills. Workshops, concerts, dancing and jam sessions. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-657-8333; www.ashokan.org/uke-fest/

26     All-Star Uke Concert. An amazing amount of talent takes the stage to offer Swing, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, Folk, Rock and lots of laughs. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-657-8333; 8pm; Tickets online at www.ashokan.org/uke-fest-concert/

26    Step Into History. A Scavenger Hunt in Uptown Kingston: Explore the local area and participate in a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt that takes you to five different historic sites in Uptown Kingston’s Historic Stockade District. Pick up your guide at any of the participating locations: Senate House State Historic Site, Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum, Old Dutch Church, Friends of Historic Kingston or Matthewis Persen House Museum; 11am-2:30pm; 845-340-3040;
www.ulstercountyny.gov/countyclerk/persenhouse.html

26, 27, 28    Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair.
Now celebrating the 37th anniversary year, featuring high-quality juried creations of over 200 artists and craftspeople from across America. Features include furniture, architectural crafts, demonstrations, handcrafted specialty foods, healthcare products and live performances by the Hudson Valley’s best musical talent. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Saturday and Sunday 10am-5:30pm, Monday 10am–4pm; 845-679-8087 or 845-246-3414; www.quailhollow.com

27    Tenth Anniversary Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration. Hosted by Happy Traum, celebrating the songs of Bob Dylan interpreted by some of the best musicians in the Hudson Valley. Tickets $25-$100. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Doors 7pm, show 8pm; 845-679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com

27    Family Day at Catskill Interpretive Center. Free nature-themed outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day of hands-on activities, forest adventures and lots more - featuring a special afternoon performance by Arm of of the Sea Theater. Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper 10am-3pm; 845-688-3369; www.catskillinterpretivecenter.org



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JUNE 2018


2    Craft Market Walk.
This free event is inspired by the artisans, farmers, and craftsmanship in and around Gardiner.  Peruse through a one mile Craft Market Walk stretching from the Gardiner Library, to the Farmer's Market Grounds, across the Gardiner Rail Trail and on to the Yard Owl Craft Brewery.  Enjoy handmade jewelry, vintage furniture, all-natural skincare, herbal remedies, farmhouse pottery, up-cycled clothing, small batch spirits, craft beer, local wine and food, and all-day music, raffles and activities all along the way. This community event raises funds for: Gardiner Library, Gardiner Fire Department, Gardiner Association of Businesses, and St. Jude Children's Hospital.  Brought to you by LACE Photo Media. Village of Gardiner; 11am-7pm; For more info visitgardiner@gmail.com  www.visitgardinerny.com/event

17    Ninth Annual New Paltz Challenge Run. 
  Participants choose from Half Marathon, Family 5k or Kid’s 1-mile run. Proceeds go to NewPaltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and its community projects. Gilded Otter, 3 Main St., New Paltz; 7:30am; For more info and to register www.newpaltzchallenge.com



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