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ANNUAL EVENTS CALENDAR
In & Around Ulster County New York
(unless otherwise noted, all phone #s are in 845 area code)

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February 8, 2015 - Family of Woodstock's Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Auction at Diamond Mills, Saugerties, NY

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2015 EVENTS CALENDAR:

ON-GOING EVENTS

January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015

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

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

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; pprod@mindspring.com   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; info@artsupstairs.com

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

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

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COMING SOON...

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 2014
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 in Woodstock, NY

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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JANUARY 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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FEBRUARY 2015


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

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

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

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

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



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MARCH 2015


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



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APRIL 2015

Coming Soon!




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MAY 2015


HITS-on-the-Hudson 2014
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



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