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January 2018
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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    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

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, 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, 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


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    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

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



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JUNE 2018


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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