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Woodstock Playhouse 2016 Theatre

June 25,26, 2016 - Rhinebeck Arts Festival, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Maverick Concerts, Woodstock

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ON-GOING EVENTS:
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Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, NY
Maverick Concerts.  June 25, 2016 - September 11, 2016.
America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 845-679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org

Concerts on the Green.  May, 2016 – September, 2016
. Concerts are scheduled from 1-5pm on 5/28, 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20 and 9/3 and feature some of the Hudson Valley’s best talent. Share the music of local musicians and enjoy a free family oriented event on Saturdays. “The Green”, corner of Rt. 212 and Rock City Rd., Woodstock; 1-5pm; Check the website for any changes to the schedule www.woodstockchamber.com/concerts-on-the-green 
www.facebook.com/woodstockconcertsonthegreen/events?key=events

Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway.  June 24, July 9, July  23, August 6, August 20, 2016. A series of free, family-friendly movie nights.  Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend.  The Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park and New York Parks Department are the presenting non-profit partners for the film series. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org  

2016 Belleayre Music Festival.  July 2 & 9, August 13, 20, & 27, September 3, 2016. 
The Belleayre Music Festival returns in 2016 to host the 24th season of concerts at Belleayre.  This year, the not-for-profit Belleayre Conservatory, will present 6 concerts inside the Discovery Lodge at the base of Belleayre Mountain. This season will feature Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, a 2016 Grammy winner, top names in jazz, up-and-coming Nashville stars, and the brightest young, local talent. Dinner, drinks, and stellar mountain atmosphere make for a great night of music in the Catskills. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount;  845-254-5600 or 800-942-6904;  To purchase tickets or to view more information visit www.belleayremusic.org

Bird-On-A-Cliff's Woodstock Shakespeare Festival at Comeau Park.   July 15, 2016- August 7, 2016 The Comedy of Errors. August 12, 2016- September 4, 2016 Severely Fractured Fairy Tales.  
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. FREE, professional artistic entertainment for the entire family on the outdoor Elizabethan Stage.  Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a picnic. Comeau Property, 95 Comeau Drive, Woodstock; 845-247-4007; www.birdonacliff.org/index.html

The D & H Canal Historical Society's Sunday Flea Market.  Mid April – November (weather permitting). This always-changing, eclectic flea market offers antiques and collectibles, local crafts, food and junque for the discriminating collector and the inveterate browsers. 9am-4pm; Grady Park, Rte. 213, High Falls; 9am-4pm; 845-810-0471 or email info@canalmuseum.org  or Jonicollyn@aol.com
 www.canalmuseum.org/Sunday%20market.html

Weekend Tours at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
April 2, 2016 – October 30, 2016.  Weekends only. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is a 150-acre nonprofit providing life-long sanctuary to rescued farm animals and to educate the public about compassionate vegan living. We have a new visitors center and café. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls; 11am-4pm; www.woodstocksanctuary.org

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival. 
May 19, 2016 – October 20, 2016. Monthly on the third Thursdays. In what could only be the greatest congregation of meals on wheels in all of history, the Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival joins food trucks from around the region to deliver their delicious dishes. Noodles, German-style pizza, hot dogs, and BBQ make up just some of the available fare. Guests enjoy music, entertainment, and a beer and wine garden, too. Cantine Field, Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties; 4pm-9:30pm;
www.facebook.com/hvfoodtrucks?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

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. 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.

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

First 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

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 2016


1     "First Steps FREE Dance Party" to Benefit Family of Woodstock's Food Pantry.
The Bearsville Theater is proud to present The Marc Black Band… for FREE! PLEASE bring a bag of non-perishable food for FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK'S FOOD PANTRY. Thank You to MARC AND SUSAN BLACK and ALL OF THE PERFORMERS for sharing with FAMILY'S WALK IN CENTER. Marc, who was recently inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, will be accompanied by the great Warren Bernhardt, chanteuse Amy Fradon, endlessly creative Don Davis, monstrous Eric Parker, and big wheel Mike Esposito. There’s also sure to be plenty coolio guests!  No cover. No minimum. Starts at 6PM at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-of-Woodstock-Hotline/131256160243135

1, 2, 3 New Year's at Ashokan. Three days of music and dance classes, singing, jamming and evening dances, plus a festive New Year's Eve dinner. Fabulous music, great food, good times, and comfy lodging with heated floors. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org

2    Diamond Mills Wedding Expo.
 Join us for a fabulous afternoon of specialty vendors, property tours, lite-bite samplings from Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli, cash bar, prizes and more. Free admission for pre-registered couples. Noon-3pm. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 S. Partition St., Saugerties; Noon-3pm; 247-0700; www.diamondmillshotel.com

2    Paul Green Presents a Tribute to Elton John, A Benefit for the Woodstock Day School. Gates, 6:30pm; Doors, 7:30pm; Show, 8pm. Seating, $65; Standing Room, $30. Levon Helm Studios, 160 Plochmann Lane, Woodstock; 6:30pm Gate, 7:30pm Doors, 8pm Show;  679-2744; www.levonhelm.com

10    Belleayre Scout Day. 
For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, group lessons $15 and $26 rentals. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; For group reservations call 845-254-6116. 845-254-5600; www.belleayre.com

15-18    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend.
Enjoy our cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, ice skating rink on Lake Cole, ice fishing and a 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 Rd., Claryville; 845-985-2291 ext. 450 or info@frostvalley.org  Click Here for more details.

16    Winter Wonderland.
Celebrate the winter with crafts, activities and snacks. Roast marshmallows weather permitting. Special appearance by the Onteora School Band. West Hurley Firehouse, 24 Wall St., West Hurley; 11am-2pm; 845-679-6405.

16 (Snow date January 18)    UlsterCorps’ 7th Annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Celebration of Service
. Please join volunteers from UlsterCorps and many other Ulster-County based service agencies to come together and celebrate the volunteers who give so much to make our community such a special place. The event will include free refreshments, music, and presentations honoring our community’s volunteers. Existing volunteers will be celebrated as Guests of Honor; those who are interested in learning about ways they can get more involved volunteering in our community are also very welcome to attend. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Route 209, Stone Ridge; 2-5pm; www.ulstercorps.org/events/mlk-national-day-of-service-3/

17    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

17    Woodstock’s 26th Annual Birthday Tribute to MLK
. Through reflection, celebration, education and song, let us remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and use them to inspire us to continue the struggle against the new Jim Crow with ever greater vision, solidarity, and intensity. Featuring Reverend G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa, International Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Diane Harrell, wife of Samuel Harrell; Paula Watson, wife of Shane Watson; the amazing songstress Journey Blue Heaven with her band The Woodstockers, Experience; Jeremy Wilber, Supervisor Town of Woodstock; and Debra Burger, Folk Singer. Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 2pm; 845-679-7420.

24 (snow date February 7)    Tribute to Pete Seeger. 
A night of music to benefit the restoration of the Hudson River’s iconic sloop Clearwater.  In addition to performances by numerous musicians, the event will feature a silent auction, including a week-long stay at an Italian villa, beautiful artwork and many other wonderful items and services. the event will include a potluck and the sharing of “stone soup” - a soup made on the spot with ingredients brought by participants. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a dish to share and a vegetable for the soup. Ticket prices range from $20 for children (12 and under), $30 or $50 for adults and $100, $250, or $500 for premium tickets. Hosted by the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale; 2pm; For more information contact mannajo@clearwater.org or 845-265-8080 ext. 7113; Tickets to the tribute concert can be purchased online at www.clearwater.org/petetribute

29, 30, 31    Fourth Annual Winter Hoot.
Three-day benefit for The Ashokan Center featuring local food, beer, wine, music, dancing, film, art, and nature activities for all ages. Come for a day or the whole weekend. Tickets: pay what you can. Lodging available.  Ashokan Center. 477 Beaverkill Rd.  Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; For schedule and more information visit www.homeofthehoot.com

29, 30, 31, February 1    18th Annual Catskill Ice Festival.
Multiple clinics on all skills & techniques for ice climbing, basic skills, slide shows, demo gear and more. Slide show on Saturday evening held at Rock and Snow at 8pm and is free. Reservations required. In the New Paltz area; 877-486-5769; Event schedule, rates, and registration at www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2016

30    Uptown Boogaloo. 
A brand new beer festival in Uptown Kingston: 60+ beers from 30+ breweries, Hudson Valley food vendors, local craft artisans, live music + more. This is a 21+ event. Capacity limited to 800 tickets. VIP Spiegeltent limited to 100 tickets. Presented by Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST.  BSP, 323 Wall St., Kingston; VIP Entry 1pm, GA Entry 2pm; For more information, visit www.UptownBoogaloo.com For tickets visit www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1013567

30    Byrdcliffe’s Second Annual Open Mic Night
. Singers, poets, comedians, storytellers, actors, pontificators, and more are invited to take the mic. Anyone interested is welcome to participate in the Open Mic; there will be a sign-up list at the door. Admission is free and open to the public.  Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 8pm; 845-679-2079; www.byrdcliffe.org

31    WinterFest at Lippman Park. 
Bring your whole family to the table and participate in hands-on activities for the kids and get information about the year-round activities available at Minnewaska and Sam’s Point from Minnewaska State Park Preserve educators.  At 10:30am and also 1pm, you and your family can join an interpretive hike in the woods nearby. On this hike, we’ll look for signs of animal activity such as bird calls, animal tracks, scat and homes.  Activities may be modified due to weather conditions. If there is an abundance of snow on the ground, participants may want to bring snowshoes for these programs. Sponsored by Ellenville Wawarsing Youth Commission. Lippman Park, Route 209, Warwarsing; 11am-3pm; 845-647-7800 ext 129; www.ewyouthcommission.org/


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FEBRUARY 2016


1    18th Annual Catskill Ice Festival. Multiple clinics on all skills & techniques for ice climbing, basic skills, slide shows, demo gear and more. Slide show on Saturday evening held at Rock and Snow at 8pm and is free. Reservations required. In the New Paltz area; 877-486-5769; Event schedule, rates, and registration at www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2016

1    Deadline for submission of work for WAAM’s The Potluck Slideshow on February 18.
An evening of community, food and art open to all. The images of visual artists, performance, conceptual and multi-media artists, photographers, video artists and more are presented in an egalitarian environment of community, where the creative efforts of all are shared in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. For details on submitting your work, visit www.woodstockart.org

1-29    Phoenicia Business Association February Food Drive. 
Please help us fill boxes with canned food, jarred food, dry food, boxed mixes, and pet food for the Phoenicia Food Pantry at these participating businesses and non-profits: Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room in Big Indian, Blue Barn Marketplace in Shandaken, Catskill Rose Lodging & Dining in Mt. Tremper, The Nest Egg, Tender Land Home, Phoenicia Pharmacy, Phoenicia Library, Melange in Phoenicia, and Amy’s Take-Away in Lanesville. Monetary donations also welcome. www.phoeniciany.com

5    Woodstock Music Lab’s Best of Season Show.
  Please join the team of the Woodstock Music Lab for a special sneak peek at this soon-to-launch professional training program, artist development venture, and state-of-the-art media content factory and a special concert for the Rock Academy.  There will be a silent auction for scholarship, fun carnival games for the kids, delicious food and drink from Miss Lucy’s Kitchen and the tours and meet-and-greet with WMLab principles. $10.  Rock Academy (former Zena Elementary School), Sawkill Rd., Woodstock; Doors open at 6pm, concert at 7pm; For info email abbe@abbedoesit.com

5, 6, 7    2016 Winter Folk Weekend.
 Join us for a weekend filled with informal music. You can also join us for a day. Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, 400 Granite Rd., Kerhonkson; 718-672-6399; nypinewood@aol.com Info and reservations at www.folkmusicny.org/weekends.html

6    Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest 2016. 
Now in its 19th year, the WinterFest continues to provide 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.  A great taste for everyone. Children love WinterFest with a great number of free activities and games designed with them in mind. The main attraction is the heated Lowe’s Project Tent where kids can make simple craft projects under the supervision of Lowe’s employees. All of the materials and tools needed for the activity are donated by Lowe’s of Highland.  In addition, there are a number of games designed for the children’s participation. Hot drinks and food for sale at the Rail Trail Grille. Rain/snow or shine. $2/person; 6 and under free. Taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; 11am-2pm; 781-640-0881; info@hudsonvalleyrailtrail.com or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

6    A Mardi Gras Second Line Down Tinker Street.
Sound Out Collective and Soul Brass Band are shooting a video, and they want you to join in on the fun! Soul Brass Band is coming in from New Orleans, and they will be waiting for you on the Woodstock Village Green. Bring your masks, umbrellas, beads, costumes...whatever puts you in the Mardi Gras mood. After we get down to the sounds of Soul Brass Band, we will all “Second Line” down to Catskill Mountain Pizza, and start Woodstock’s Mardi Gras Weekend off right. Village Green, Woodstock; 4pm;
www.facebook.com/events/1062233510484750/

6    CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW - New Paltz Challenge XC Ski Race 2016.
Join the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce for a 10K and 5K XC Ski Race plus a special 2K for all ages. The race will have two divisions – a classic ski and a skate ski.  Classic skiers move by striding forward whereas skate skiers move side-to-side in a skating motion. Three courses will make up the race. The 2k, approximately 1.3 miles, fun ski will be an out and back course. There will also be a 5k, 3.1 miles, and a 10k or 6.2 mile ski for more advanced or competitive skiers. Prizes for the top three men and women in each division will be gift baskets of products from local businesses. The Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association (SNSA) is sponsoring the race and is working to create the best course. Minnewaska State Park, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson; 11am; For registration  and additional information visit:
www.newpaltzchamber.org/events/New-Paltz-Challenge-XC-Ski-Race-2016-772/details

9    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
The meal provides a traditional “Fat Tuesday” start to the Lenten Season and includes sausage and applesauce as well as pancakes. Supper is free, although we gratefully accept donations. St. Andrew’s will, as always, contribute proceeds after expenses to Family of New Paltz, a local emergency-services agency and walk-in crisis center. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,163 Main Street, New Paltz; 5-7pm; 845-255-5098.

12-15    Presidents’ Day Family Weekend.
Cross-country ski trails, ice skating rink, snow tube run and snowshoe trails. Ice fishing on Lake Cole, broomball on Reflection Pond and guided nature hikes. Try our climbing gym, archery range, arts and crafts programs. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville. 845-985-2291; www.frostvalley.org

18    WAAM’s The Potluck Slideshow.
An evening of community, food and art open to all. The images of visual artists, performance, conceptual and multi-media artists, photographers, video artists and more are presented in an egalitarian environment of community, where the creative efforts of all are shared in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. The slideshow will be shown on loop throughout the evening as backdrop to casual creative conversation among artists and friends and will be accompanied by a potluck dinner. Admission to the event is a food dish to serve four or $2 at the door. WAAM, 28 Tinker St., Woodstock; 6:30pm; Submission deadline is February 1. For details on submitting your work, visit www.woodstockart.org

20    2nd Annual Healthy Highland Day
. A health and wellness fair and an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Presented by Highland Rotary to provide our local community with information about a wide variety of services and programs to promote healthy living.  Highland Middle School, 71 Main St, Highland; 11am-4pm; To participate, sign up for blood donation or for more information please contact Kate Jonietz at katejonietz@gmail.com  www.highlandrotaryclub.com

20    Bill Robinson's Birds of Prey. 
Four live birds of prey are presented in this program. They include a hawk, (usually a red-tailed hawk or Harris hawk), a turkey vulture, a large owl, and a falcon. Each one of these birds has its own unique adaptations for survival. We discuss the importance if these birds in the balance of nature, and how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl. We show the audience how an owl swallows a rodent in one whole piece, which leads to a discussion of owl pellets. We walk through the audience with the birds so that everyone can get a close look and feel the wind from their wings. West Hurley Firehouse, 24 Wall St., West Hurley; 1-2pm; To register  call 845-679-6405 or visit
http://evanced.info/westhurley/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1906

20    A Benefit Concert for the Hudson River Maritime Museum & the Riverport Wooden Boat School.
  Betty and the Baby Boomers will be performing. Light refreshments and Boat School tours. Tickets $25 and include free membership for new members. Seating limited. Riverport Wooden Boat School, Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; Doors open 6pm, music begins at 7pm; For tickets click here

February 21, 2016 - Family of Woodstock's Chocolate Lover's Brunch
21    Family of Woodstock’s 5th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch.
The Brunch has become a wonderful way to escape winter’s doldrums. Guests will enjoy listening to accomplished pianist Andrea Shaut while sipping Mimosas and Bloody Marys and bidding on the fabulous silent auction items.  A chocolate inspired brunch will be served and the event will conclude with a spirited live auction hosted by James Cox of James Cox Gallery along with an array of decadent chocolate desserts.  Some of the fabulous auction items include: a one-week stay in one of two private Cape Cod vacation homes; 2 private lessons with award-winning piano & organ player Bruce Katz; tickets to The Midnight Ramble, and so much more. Funds raised will go towards programs that serve at-risk youth as well as beginning Family’s solar/energy efficiency campaign.  Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; Noon-3pm; For reservations and for information, please contact Nicole Villani at 845-331-7080 ext.155 or nvillani@fowinc.org  www.fowinc.org  Tickets can also be purchased at www.familyofwoodstockinc.org

25    A Winter of Cyclists: A Chill Ride, Show & Tell and Film.
Bike-Friendly Kingston, a bicycle club and advocacy group is hosting a film, A Winter of Cyclists, show & tell and an easy group ride. Seven21 Media Center, 721 Broadway, Kingston; 6-9pm; 914-646-0763, bikefriendlykingston@gmail.com 
www.bikefriendlykingston.org/events/2016/1/28/a-winter-of-cyclists

27     19th Annual Women’s Studio Workshop Chilibowl Fiesta.
There’s no better cure for the winter blues than a plentiful scoop of chili in a brand new handmade bowl. With 900 bowls of different shapes and sizes, live entertainment, and over twenty different types of chili, it’s no wonder Chili Bowl has become one of WSW’s most popular events. Music by Dog on Fleas. Accessible. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Rt. 32, Rosendale; Early admission 2-4pm $5, free admission 4-7pm; 845-658-9133; www.wsworkshop.org

27    Fashion Show Fundraiser.
The show supports students with autism at Center for Spectrum Services. See local celebrities, autism community members, Spectrum Services staff and families, and more modeling the latest and coolest new merchandise. The night includes complimentary food, door prizes, and beverages, raffles, and more. Tickets $10/$25 VIP Pre-Show. Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 949 St. Rt. 28, Kingston; 6-8:30pm; For info 845-366-2616 or djuhren@centerforspectrumservices.org Click Here for Tickets

27 (Snow Date February 28th)    24th  Annual DanceFest.
Experience a world of dance with works presented by twelve of the Hudson Valley’s finest dance studios. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors/children 12 and under, and are available through the individual schools and at the door. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge; 7-9pm; For info please call 845-256-9300; www.Vanavercaravan.org/events

28    Olive Fire Dept. Brooks BBQ Drive-Thru Chicken or Rib Dinners.
Chicken Dinners $12, Rib Dinners $14.  Dinners include: ½ Chicken or Rack of Ribs, potato, Cole slaw, roll, dessert and a drink. Early purchase discounts of $1 if ordered before Feb.19.  Senior discounts of $1 per dinner.  Olive Co#2 Fire House, Rt.28, Shokan; 3-6pm; For more information or tickets call Ralph 845-464-4240; Visit us at www.oliveusarestoration.org



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MARCH 2016


1-April 22    Kiwanis Kingston Classic On-line Pre-registration
.  Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. Race is in Kingston  Sunday, April 24.  For more info contact info@hitsendurance.com 
www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com/registration/

5    Sudbury Book Carnival. $1 Carnival Games: Pick a Book as a Prize, Recycled Children's Book Sale: Baby through Early Elementary ages, Face Painting,Photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Food and Bake Sale, and Barefoot Book Table. Sponsored by Half Moon Books. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Road, Kingston;10am–1pm; 845-679-1002.

March 6 Meet The Little Mermaid Characters Pancake Breakfast
6     Meet The Little Mermaid Characters Pancake Breakfast.
  Benefit for the Coleman Musical Theatre who will be presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid in April.  Adults $8, children under 12 $5.  Coleman High School, 430 Hurley Ave, Hurley; 8:30am-Noon; For reservations call 338-2750. 

6    Kids’ Day in the Sugarbush.
Join the Longbotham Family, Mohonk Preserve Volunteers, and come along for a short hike and a 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. Children ages 4 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Price: $5.  Mohonk Preserve, Multiple parking areas, New Paltz; 1-3pm; Space is limited; please call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location; aharrod@mohonkpreserve.org 
www.mohonkpreserve.org/events/kids%E2%80%99-day-sugarbush


7-20    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
. Nearly 200 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many chefs use New York product on their Restaurant Week menus. Whether it’s trying a new place or returning to a true favorite — wherever you choose to dine — Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal. www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/home.php

12    Ashokan Maple Fest.
Join us for an all-day pancake breakfast hot off the grill topped with Ashokan Maple Syrup. Tap a tree, watch syrup being made, try your hand at Blacksmithing or go on an invigorating hike to see our historic covered bridge and the Cathedral Gorge. Live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Story Laurie & Ira McIntosh. Entry: $5 (Kids under 5 free), Pancake Breakfast: $6, Blacksmithing Experience: $5. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 10am-4pm; 845-657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org 
www.ashokancenter.org/events/ashokan-maple-fest


12    Corned Beef Dinner Fundraiser
. Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bread, Dessert, and Drink Included. Drive-thru/Pick-Up. $15/person. Woodstock Fire Department Co. 4, Zena & Sawkill Road, Woodstock;4-7pm; 845-679-2068.

13   28th Annual Shamrock Run.
  We are trying to break the record for runners in a kilt. Benefiting Semper Fi Fund and this year's run is in honor of Steve Schallenkamp. 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; Check in/Registration 10:30am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info www.shamrockrunners.org

13    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; Step off 1pm sharp; events@ulsteraoh.com  www.ulsteraoh.com

14    SUNY TEAM Ulster County Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair.
  You will have the opportunity to speak with dozens of manufacturing companies currently hiring in the Mid-Hudson region.  Bring your resume.  Registration is free at the door.  Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston; noon-3pm; For more information call Barbara at 845-802-7171 or Carla at 845-802-7185 or visit  
www.manufacturingminds.com/ulster-career-fair/


15     Kingston YMCA Farm Project Spring Fundraiser.
The “all-ages” event will celebrate the start of spring and the 2016 season at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Attendees will enjoy food and drink specials, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and plenty of kids activities. The Anchor will donate 10% of their earnings to the Farm Project.  Suggested donation is $10/adult and kids are free; no one will be turned away. The Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston; 4:30-8:30pm; Advance tickets available at www.kingstonymcafarmproject.org

March 18-20  Volunteer Work Week at Frost Valley YMCA
.  Spend the weekend giving back to the camp you love. Arrive Friday night for a campfire briefing, volunteer on Saturday, and Sunday is yours to enjoy morning programs and lunch. Meals and camp-style lodging provided. $25 per volunteer, $129 for additional guests participating in regular programs.  Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; For more info: 845-985-2291 ext. 450; info@frostvalley.org  
www.frostvalley.org/event/volunteer-work-weekend-2/


Easter Egg Hunt Links:

http://www.familyfriendlyhudsonvalley.com/2016/03/easter-egg-hunts-events-2016/
http://hvparent.com/easter-egg-hunts
http://www.easteregghuntsandevents.org/nyse.php
http://www.newpaltzchamber.org/news_events
http://emersonresort.com/breakfast-with-the-easter-bunny/
http://ulstercountyalive.com/landing/where-is-ulster-county?any_value=1&searching=egg+hunt&search.x=4&search.y=14

March 19, 2016 - Festival of Dance at UPAC, Kingston, NY
March 19    The Ulster Ballet Company proudly presents The 33rd Annual Festival of Dance. The 33rd Annual Festival of Dance. The festival showcases both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Each year, its stunning, original programs captivate dance enthusiasts of all ages. Highlighted will be performances by returning favorites:  Silver Screen Ballroom, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Energy Dance Company, and our own Ulster Ballet Company. Also performing in this high quality, original program will be newcomer, NEVILLE Dance Theatre.  Presented by The Ulster Ballet Company. $22 adults, $18 seniors and UPAC/Bardavon members, and $15 children under 12. Discounted tickets are available to groups of 10 or more.  Discounted $15 tickets are available to employees of HealthQuest, Health Alliance, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, Marist, Bard and Vassar Colleges, City of Kingston and County of Ulster employees, members of the YMCA, and Kingston and New York City Police and Firefighters. Present your employee/student ID, or membership card to the UPAC box office when purchasing tickets. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston; 8pm; To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088; visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000; .www.ulsterballet.org/festival.html

19    Maple Festival.
The day's activities include pancake brunch with local maple syrup, learn to identify the sugar maple tree, sugar maple tapping demonstration, maple sap cook-off, maple syrup making, maple and pine wild crafted tea making, maple candy making, children's story time, and a fiber arts demo. $20/family, $7/individual, $5/student & LLI member. Phillies Bridge Farm Project, 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz; 11am-2pm; For info call 845-256-9108; www.philliesbridge.org

19    Twenty-Sixth Annual Signs of Spring Walk.
Ann Guenther will lead this search for signs of spring such as new green shoots, a bug, or sap dripping from a Maple tree. Enjoy a leisurely stroll during the season of the warming earth. All ages are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 2.5-mile hike. Free. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead; 2-4pm; 845-255-0919; aharrod@mohonkpreserve.org 
www.mohonkpreserve.org/events/signs-spring-walk


19, 20    Maple Sugar Open House.
Learn about how pure maple syrup is made. See the tap to table process, identify a sugar maple tree, see our evaporator, & try a sample of fresh syrup. Free admission. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville;  10am-4pm; 985-2291 ex 217; www.frostvalley.org/events/2016-03/

20    The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show.
This show will again feature the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale. Admire the detailing on 11,000 square feet of operating train layouts, then browse the extensive dealer and vendor tables and model train exhibits. Marvel at unique modular operations, Lego© cities and a large garden-scale railroad train display. Adults $6, children under 12 $1. Andy Murphy Rec Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; 845-616-0931; www.kingstontrainshow.com/


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APRIL 2016


1    Live Well Kingston Masquerade FUNdraiser – No Foolin’!.
The evening will offer tasty, light fare and music by Alana Wyld, Scott Steyer and Bacco the Bassman performing a powerful mix of smoky texas-style blues, funky R&B, classic rock and original compositions. There’s a photo booth, a mystery photo shoot, and a planned bike ride winding through uptown Kingston. The $25 price of admission to the event earns a $50 membership in the Live Well Kingston Coalition. Live Well Kingston is a City of Kingston-endorsed coalition of individuals and partnerships working together to build a better Kingston to walk, bike, eat and play. Outdated Café, Wall Street, Kingston; 6:30-9pm; For further info., contact Fern Suess at kcs94@cornell.edu  or call 845-340-3990 x328; To purchase tickets, go to www.livewellkingston.org

1, 2, 3    Women's Wellness Weekend.
Treat your spirit, mind, and body to better overall wellness. Enjoy comfortable lodging and gourmet meals, plus Zumba, dance, hikes, yoga, pottery, aromatherapy, meditation, vision boards, natural beauty tips, and so much more, led by inspiring instructors and teachers. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291; for more info and registration Click Here

April 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10     Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid".
 Presented by the Coleman Musical Theatre.  Tickets available at the door. Adults $16, children under 12 $11. Coleman High School, 430 Hurley Ave, Hurley; April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30pm; April 3 & 10 at 3pm; and a Saturday matinee April 9 at 1:30pm; Call 338-2750 for reservations. 

1- 22    Kiwanis Kingston Classic On-line Pre-registration. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. Race is in Kingston  Sunday, April 24.  For more info contact info@hitsendurance.com 
www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com/registration/

6    2016 Young Adult Job Fair. This year's fair will host businesses & young adults from all around Ulster County. To participate young adults must  be between 16 and 24 years of age, bring a resume, be interview ready and dressed appropriately to meet with employers. There is no income eligibility requirement for this fair. SUNY-Ulster's Kingston Campus, 94 Mary's Ave., Kingston; 11am-3pm; For more information visit
www.ulsterworks.com/youth-and-young-adults#YAJF

April 7. 8, 9, 10    The Woodstock  Writers Festival.
The four-day, three-night Festival draws over 1,000 people to the Hudson Valley, who say this is one of the most dynamic, intimate interactions that participants can have with some of the biggest and best names in the writing world. Launched in 2010 by a group of writers including Frankel, the Festival begat Woodstock Writers Radio, the wildly successful weekly companion show that airs Sundays from 6 to 7 a.m. on Radio Woodstock 100.1, also available online. Kleinert/James Center, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock; For more information, schedule and tickets visit www.woodstockwriters.com

8, 9, 10     Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid".
 Presented by the Coleman Musical Theatre.  Tickets available at the door. Adults $16, children under 12 $11. Coleman High School, 430 Hurley Ave, Hurley; April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30pm; April 3 & 10 at 3pm; and a Saturday matinee April 9 at 1:30pm; Call 338-2750 for reservations. 

9    Crazy Hat Bingo.
 Hudson Valley’s Bingo masters and Mad Hatters get ready to craft your millinery creations. Crazy Hat Bingo features a buffet meal with desserts, coffee and tea, provided by local restaurants, food artisans and caterers. BYOB (adult beverages allowed). The centerpiece of the evening will be the Crazy Hat Bingo contest. Eye-popping prizes for all Bingo game winners will be awarded. Hat categories are: Green Machine (Most Environmental), LOL (Most Humorous), Glam Slam (Most Glamorous), Spring Awakening (Most Seasonal), Masterpiece (Most Artistic), Nutty Professor (Most Inventive), Brangelina (Best Couple), Headliner (Current Events) Local Pride (High Falls-Themed) and Judges’ Choice. $20/adults and $15/Seniors. No one under 21 admitted. Presented by The High Falls Civic Association. Marbletown Community Center, located on 3564 Route 209 (Main Street), Stone Ridge; 7-10pm;  Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Call 845-687-3473 or email your name and number in your party to eschoelwer6@gmail.com www.highfallscivic.org

15    13th Annual Empty Bowls Benefit Dinner.
Empty Bowls raises money for our local food pantries. At Empty Bowls, the public can 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 soups and/or ice cream that were donated by local restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and markets. Following their meals, those who purchased bowls will be able to take them home and keep them. Each bowl costs fifteen dollars, and there is also 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. Pantries supported are the Rochester Food Pantry, the Rosendale Food Pantry, the Rondout Valley Food Pantry, and the HVCS Food Pantry. Rondout Valley High School, Kyserike Road, Accord; 5-7:30pm; For more information emptybowlsny@gmail.com  www.emptybowls.webs.com

15    Dancing with The Stars Ulster Style!
Put on Your Dancing Shoes and DANCE with us! There will be a DJ keeping everyone on the dance floor between performances! Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  Performance starts at 7:45 p.m.  Diamond Mills, Saugerties.  For more information call us at 845-331-4199 or visit  www.UlsterUnitedWay.org

April 16    Kingston Antique Show and Flea Market. 
The show will feature a fascinating and desirable mix of antiques, uniques, collectibles, crafts, plus new and used items of all types from dozens of vendors.  In addition to the excellent shopping opportunities, this great family fun day will include free children’s activities.   And don’t worry about lunch, as the show’s kitchen will be open all day serving up tasty refreshments.  Each paid attendee will receive a free chance at a raffle prize, and donating a non-perishable food item provides $1 off the entry fee (limit 1 per person.)   All collected food items will benefit the food pantry at People’s Place. Admission is just $5 per adult and accompanied children under 12 may attend for free.  Andy Murphy Rec Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; For more info call 845-657-8563 or email NorthCountryColl@hvc.rr.com

16    Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Garden Day 2016
: “Botanicals & Banquets”.  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, “Botanicals & Banquets” features 16 classes and a keynote address by Westchester Community College professor and native plant expert, Carolyn Summers, author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East”.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as classes fill up fast. The cost is $40 for pre-registration or $45 at the door. A catered lunch is available and must be purchased in advance, or you can bring your own. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottrekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30am-4:15pm; You can see all the details about Garden Day’s program and print out a registration form by visiting  www.tinyurl.com/2016-Garden-Day  To request a printed brochure/registration call Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email dm282@cornell.edu

16    Household Hazardous Waste and Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event.
  Free collection event providing a safe disposal alternative for hazardous pesticides, chemicals, medications. Appointment is required. Bring your acceptable food items and clothing to donate to local charities. Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, 999 Flatbush Road, Kingston, 8am-2pm; To make an appointment and for a detailed list of acceptable materials visit www.ucrra.org or call 336-0600.

16, 17    Pasta Primo Vino 2016. 
Experience the Hudson Valley's finest wines selected by the winemakers, one delicious sip at a time paired with a sampling of a delectable pasta dish at each of our 15 wineries. Winemakers will introduce both old vintages and new releases just as the buds in the vineyards are beginning to burst with the promise of a new season. Shawangunk Wine Trail; Reservations, tickets, and information call 845-256-8456 or visit www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/pasta-primo-vino

17    15th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference. 
Spend one day with us and learn what you can do to stay healthy and reduce your cancer risk. Tickets: $25 Admission (includes lunch). $35 at the door (lunch is not be available unless you pre-register).   Presented by Breast Cancer Options. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, New Paltz; 8:30am-4pm; For program and schedule visit
www.breastcanceroptions.org/complementary_medicine_conference0.aspx  
To register and purchase tickets visit
www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8898

April 20- New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Showcase @ SUNY New Paltz
20    New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 4th Annual Business Showcase @ SUNY New Paltz.
This year's expo will celebrate the Hudson Valley's diversity in business while providing professionals with new networking opportunities. This showcase is ideal for businesses who are looking for increased community visibility. New this year! Businesses who purchase a booth will have the opportunity to have a student from the School of Business make a presentation on your business. SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz; 1-4:30pm; 845-257-7869;
www.newpaltzchamber.org/events/4th-Annual-Business-Showcase-2016-773/details

22    NAACP Community Health & Wellness Fair
. The purpose of this free event is to promote the health and wellness of the residents of Ulster County  and surrounding counties.  Health Screenings provided are Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI) Evaluation, and Body Fat Analysis. Hosted by the local chapter of the NAACP in collaboration with Bruen Medical Partners LLC, Programs Division.  Ellenville Public Library, 40 Center St., Ellenville; 11am-3pm. For more info please call 845-853-0676​.

22,23,24     Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz.
Hosted by Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; ror event schedule and ticketing visit: www.internationalwinemasters.com or call (646) 527-9500, www.mohonk.com

23    Plattekill Fire Department Recruit NY 2016
Open House. Activities will include Live Auto Extrication at 1pm, CPR Training every hour, fire extinguisher training, fire engine displays, free pulse/o2 check, firefighter challenge course, and kid's firefighter experience. There will be a limited supply of free food from Noon-1:30pm. 50 Old Fire House Rd., Plattekill; 10am-4pm; 845-616-8218; For a list of other local fire departments participating in Recruit NY 2016 visit www.recruitny.org/participation-area/

24   CANCELED - Annual Family Fun Bowl-a-Rama. 
There will be prizes and other fun stuff. All ages welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be homemade lunch food and drink available to purchase. Bring your friends. $10 admission includes 2 games and shoe rental. This event benefits the Hudson Valley Sudbury School, a not-for-profit, K-12 democratic school. Saugerties Bowler's Club, Simmons Plz, Saugerties; noon-2pm; For more information call us at 845-679-1002, email office@sudburyschool.com or visit www.sudburyschool.com

24    The 15th Annual Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley.
The eventwill raise money for local programs, as well as raise awareness and connect families to local services available to people living with autism. The event will feature a 1- to 2-mile walk on the track, and individual and team walkers are encouraged to obtain sponsorships. The first 500 registrants will receive a free gift. Additionally, more than 40 organizations representing the local autism care community will be available to provide information and answer questions. Refreshments and varied activities will also be offered. Rain or shine. Adults $10, 11-17 years of age $5, 10 and under free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck; 9am-1pm; For more information or to register for the event, call Ellen Cordaro at 845-331-2626 or go to www.autismwalkhv.org

24    High Falls Fire Company’s Spring Breakfast Buffet. 
Featuring our famous omelets, pancakes, french toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, sausage gravy jam, jelly, blueberry topping, coffee, tea, juice, milk, and “Skip’s delicious, fresh baked biscuits.” $9/Adults, $8/Seniors, $7/Children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. High Falls Fire Company,1 Firehouse Road, High Falls; Serving 8-11am; 687-0222.

24    Kiwanis Kingston Classic. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis youth funds including scholarships. Awards and food. Online registration closes Friday, April 22 at noon. Presented by HITS Endurance. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; For more info contact info@hitsendurance.com    For early registration go to www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com/registration/

29, 30, May 1    Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst.  Showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite out-of-the-box shopping experience.  A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Lyndhurst, Rte 9, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions call 845-331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com

30    Rock The Ridge.
Fifty-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.  Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz; 845-255-0919; For details and to register visit www.mohonkpreserve.org/rock-the-ridge

30    Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow.
 Featured will be field plowing with horses, mules and oxen. Wagon rides, crafts and miscellanous vendors, live music, good food, kids games and much more.  We will have several oxen teamsters with kids from 8-80. Fee, but donations welcome.  Hosted by Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association and Saunderskill  Farm.  Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Route 209, Accord; 10am-4pm; For more information contact Robin, 845-294-9016 or info@saunderskill.com

30    Beltane Festival.
Celebrate the return of spring at Celtic Beltane. Gentlepersons, neighbors and friends, come dressed in your fanciful best, picnic, dance the May Pole and enjoy the antics of a merry band of musicians, dancers, jongleurs, giant puppets and prancing horses. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for seniors and Teens, children 10 and under free. Parking at Stone Mountain Farm is $15. Please carpool to save our grass. This is a non-alcoholic event. Volunteer for free admission.   The Center for Symbolic Studies, Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz: 1-7pm; Volunteers@symbolicstudies.org   www.symbolicstudies.org

30    16th Annual Cinco de Mayo. 
Live Mexican band, Mariachi Band, Folklorico dancers, Mexican Food, crafts, and novelties. Casa Villa Mexican Restaurant, 395 Albany Ave, Kingston; Noon-9pm; 845- 331-7646.

30    International Jazz Day for Families.
The concert will weave a musical tale telling the story of Jazz.  From its birthplace in New Orleans to its adolescence in New York, from the swing feel of the great Duke Ellington and Count Basie to the Latin feel of Tito Puente. The concert will be co-directed by Dan Shaut and Bob Shaut and will feature clinicians and students of the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Presented by Youth Arts @ The Rosendale Theatre and The Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Adults $5, Kids $3.  Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale; 11am; 845-658-8989; www.rosendaletheatre.org

30,  May 1    2016 GOST - Gardiner Open Studio Tour.
 Visit 22 artists where they live and work. The diverse work of this juried group of photographers, painters, pastelists, and ceramicists is a wonder! Here’s your chance to peer behind the studio doors of this hidden art mecca. Many studios offer refreshments, and some have live demonstrations. Visit any studio between 10am-11am for three chances to win up to $100 off your art purchase. Gardiner;10am-6pm; For info call 845-255-3336 or info@GOSTartists.org  To print a tour map or get info on where to pick one up visit www.GOSTartists.org


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MAY 2016


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

1    61st New Paltz Regatta.
Parade of crazy water crafts, rubber duck race and boat race. Music, food, kids’ activities, and fun.  Enjoy great family activities and music by Ratboy Jr. on the Gilded Otter Brewing Company lawn Registration forms online. Please bring both the Registration and Waiver Forms to Village Hall at 12pm on the day of the race. The fee is $25 per water craft. Please make checks out to "The New Paltz Community Foundation." We highly encourage arriving early for registration. Race starts at  New Paltz boat launch on Plains Road, New Paltz; the parade kicks off from Village of New Paltz Village Hall at 1:00 pm and proceeds to the Sojourner Truth boat landing. Family of New Paltz duck race is at 1:30 and the homemade water craft race kicks off between 2:00 and 2:30. www.newpaltzregatta.com

1    2016 GOST - Gardiner Open Studio Tour.
 Visit 22 artists where they live and work. The diverse work of this juried group of photographers, painters, pastelists, and ceramicists is a wonder! Here’s your chance to peer behind the studio doors of this hidden art mecca. Many studios offer refreshments, and some have live demonstrations. Visit any studio between 10am-11am for three chances to win up to $100 off your art purchase. Gardiner;10am-6pm; For info call 845-255-3336 or info@GOSTartists.org  To print a tour map or get info on where to pick one up visit www.GOSTartists.org

1    Mid Hudson Women’s Chorus Spring Concert 2016  “Life Cycles." 
Adults: $10 Students-Seniors: $8.   St. James United Methodist Church, corner of Fair and Pearl Streets, Kingston; 3pm; 845-382-2499.

5    Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Traditional dances, followed by a parade to Gaby’s Mexican Café for an outdoor festival. Starts at Ellenville Public Library, 40 Center St., Ellenville; 4:30pm; 845-647-5530; https://eplm.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx

May 6    Mother's Day Race of New Paltz.
The Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School 5k race/walk is a long standing tradition held on the streets of historic Huguenot Village in New Paltz, NY.  This annual event is a fantastic start to your family's weekend with fun activities for adults and kids such as, a kids fun run, raffles, food, and music. 92 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; Race start 6pm, Kids race 5:30pm;
race@huguenotnurseryschool.com
www.huguenotnurseryschool.com/community-5k


6, 7, 8    Mother's Day Weekend.
Treat mom to a relaxing mini family vacation. Enjoy natural facials, stretch and meditation classes, guided nature hikes, arts and crafts, delicious meals, and much more. Plenty of activities for the whole family. Special Rate: Moms stay at no charge with at least one full-paying guest. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville;  845-985-2291;
www.frostvalley.org/event/mothers-day-weekend-2

May 7, 2016 - 7 16th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo
7    16th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo.
Our programs and demonstrations will teach you how keeping active and eating healthy can prevent disease, improve mood, and get you fit. Join thousands of women to learn, unwind, ask questions and get all the tools you need for healthier living. This is a day for women and their families. Over 100 booths and exhibits'; over 20 free health screenings (osteoporosis, blood pressure, glucose, depression, body fat, and others); informative seminars, workshops & fitness demos; private mini-consultations with specialists at "The Doctor is In" booth; a healthy cooking food court; spa area and more. $8 door, or $7 online. Volunteers needed. Volunteer for 1 shift and get in free.  Email us at volunteer@womenshealthexpo.com Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Rd., Lake Katrine; 8:30am-4pm; For more info or to purchase tickets visit www.womenshealthexpo.com

7    Spring Plant Sale.
Plants, baked goods, used books, raffle. All are welcome. Benefit for Library Friends Group. West Hurley Public Library, 42 Clover St., West Hurley;10am-3pm; 845-679-6405; www.whplib.org

7     7th Annual Hudson Valley Stroll for Epilepsy. 
All funds raised at this event will stay local and be used to support the programs and services we offer at no cost to an estimated 11,000 people with epilepsy who live in Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Lunch will be available immediately following the walk for registered walkers thanks to our lunch sponsors Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group and Center for Disability Services. $25/person pre-registration, $30/per person after May 1, students 13 and older $10, and children 12 or younger are free. Presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.  Dutchess County Wilcox Memorial Park, Route 199, Stanfordville; Check-in/Registration 11am, Stroll begins at noon; For info contact Bob Bain at 518-456-7501 or Rbain@epilepsyneny.org On-line registration can be made at http://bit.ly/HVStroll2016

7    The Shawangunk Garden Club’s Annual Mother’s Day Sale.
  The Club is offering for sale a variety of locally grown hanging and bedding plants.  Club members will be on hand to help assist customers in choosing the proper plants for their loved ones, and to gift wrap. Corner of Rt. 209 & Canal Streets, Ellenville; 9am-2pm; 845-434-2665.

7    Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix.  
One-day competitive cycling event consisting of three women’s only bicycle races on a national caliber course. Community oriented, the goal of WWCGP is to provide a safe and challenging experience for the fastest growing section of the sport of bicycle racing. Block Party after the race. Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at noon. Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 6:30-11:00am; To register visit www.womenswoodstockcycling.com

7    First Saturday Opening Reception: “Gifts to America”.
A month-long art exhibit with presentations featuring the work of Joseph Garlock (1884-1980) and living immigrant artists. Presented in collaboration with the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History (a program of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County), the Arts Society of Kingston and James Cox Gallery of Woodstock. Opening reception refreshments provided by JK's Wine & Liquor and Ship to Shore. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston; 5-9pm; 845-338-0333; www.facebook.com/events/1600267026958591

7 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 14)    Big Truck Day.
Check out big trucks and meet the people who drive them. Construction trucks, dump trucks, emergency vehicles and more will be on site. Hurley’s Big Truck Day will be fun for the whole family. Also available will be a bouncy house, crafts, and activities. Siren free zone (no horns or sirens). West Hurley Firehouse, 24 Wall St., West Hurley; 11am-Noon; For More Information call the West Hurley Library at 845-679-6405.

7, 8    Steam Locomotive Viscose No. 6  Coming to Kingston.
Steam locomotives were the technology that helped build America’s railroads. Viscose No. 6 will be pulling our Kingston City Limited train departing from Westbrook Lane. This will be the first time a steam locomotive has operated on these rails since the New York Central Railroad converted the Catskill Mountain Branch to diesel operation in 1949.  Catskill Mountain Railroad, Westbrook Station, 149 Aaron Ct, Kingston; 10:30am, Noon, 1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm; 845-688-7400; www.cmrrevents.com/wordpress/steam-train-2016/

8    The 6th Annual Tulip Festival & 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. Browse an exciting array of gifts, keepsakes, and must-haves including homemade natural soaps, forest inspired furniture, scented soy candles, massage oils, clay work, decorative paintings, sporting and hunting knives, handcrafted butcher blocks and more. Entry to the festival is free. Luncheon prices are $29.95 Per Adult / $9.00 Per Child (Ages 2-12) / Children Under 2 free. Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, 1195 Arrowhead Rd, Ellenville; 11am-4pm; Luncheon seatings are 11:30am-1pm and 2-3:30pm; For lunch reservations call 845-210-1600 or email reservations@honorshaven.com
www.honorshaven.com/offers/events/tulip-festival-mothers-day-celebration/

12, 13, 14, 15    Woodstock Chimes Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale.
Woodstock Chimes opens its doors to the public for this four-day shopping event. Huge selection of chimes, gongs, drums, garden bells, fountains, kid’s instruments, and more. Dollar bamboo chimes too. Woodstock Chimes, off Route 28 at 167 Dubois Road, Shokan 9am-5pm; 845- 657-0445; www.chimes.com/sale

13    Annual Family Caregiver Conference.
The goal of the conference is to educate and empower the family caregiver by addressing important and timely issues that they deal with on a daily basis. The Keynote address, by William Colagrande, M.S., will be "The Caregivers Sixty Minute Guide To A Healthy Ego".  Additional workshops will include "How to Remain at Home: Nursing Home Diversion and Transition Program"; "Pooled Trust for Medicaid Spendown"; "NYS Legislation that supports the Family Caregiver"; and, "The Spiritual Aspects of Caregiving".  A continental breakfast, luncheon and afternoon snack will be provided. There is no charge to attend but registration is required.  Presented byThe Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL) and Caring Connections of Ulster County.  The Chateau (formerly Hillside Manor),Route 32, Kingston; 8am-4pm; For more information, sponsorship opportunities, place an ad in our program, or to make a reservation for this event, please contact Evelyn Flynn at Caring Connections at 845-901-5744.


May 13    Hollywood Ruby Jubilee Celebration and Fundraiser for Center for Spectrum Services
. 40th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser to support Center for Spectrum Services - providers of educational services for children with autism. Slated to take place at Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, SPAF which will be decked out like a Hollywood film set, with actor impersonators mingling and mugging with guests, photo opportunities galore, costumes, dinner, dancing, awards ceremony, and a fabulous silent auction.  SPAF, 169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties, NY. CLICK HERE for additional details.

14    Eighth Annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival.
Live music, local food, shopping, art and craft vendors, kids’ activities, cupcake contests, and cupcakes. Rain or shine. Wright’s Farm, 699 Route 208, Gardiner; Noon-6pm; 845-255-5300; www.gardinercupcakefestival.com

14    Ashokan Community Work and Play Day.
Please join the team at the Ashokan Center and get involved with trail maintenance, creating and planting native species flower beds and other tasks that will help Ashokan to continue to provide high quality programming and events. Food, music & great people. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; 9am-4pm; 845-657-8333; For more info and to register visit www.ashokancenter.org/events/ashokan-community-work-play-day

14    An 18th Century Spring and Garden Fair.
To the colonial farmer, spring marked the start of a new year and a time of new beginnings.  Spring is the time when fields are plowed and gardens are planted, their bounties enjoyed throughout the year.  It was a time to repair fences, shear the sheep, clean the house, wash the clothes, and get the farm in order for the upcoming new year.  Enjoy free hot dogs and beverages while they last.  Get into the spirit of the season and make a kite to fly on a windy day and sample switchel, a thirst-quenching drink brought into the fields while planting.  The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.  Guided tours of the Senate House will be provided by costumed interpreters at the usual rate of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, ages 12 and under are free.  Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair St, Kingston; 11am-3pm; 845-338-2786; www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/18/amenities-activities.aspx

14    Kenco’s Sixth Annual Outdoor + Railfest Festival:
The Hudson Valley’s only single day playground of outdoor gear. Backpacks, sleeping bags and tents will all be on display. Kenco, 1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston; 4pm; 845-340-0552; www.atkenco.com/info/2016-outdoor-festival

14    Ninth Annual New Paltz Bike Swap.
Buy and sell new and used bikes, bike parts and apparel. Many vendors. Free admission. New Paltz Middle School, 2 South Manheim Blvd., New Paltz; 10am-2pm; 917-655-5123; www.newpaltzbikeswap.com

14    Margaretville Spring on Main Festival.  Admission is free and the street will be filled with music from Ben Rounds, tempting aromas from food vendors selling everything from pizza to ice cream, and a festive atmosphere. There will be fly-casting demonstrations from local guide Lenny Millen and pony rides for the kids. There will also be a karate demonstration and many wonderful vendors selling their handcrafted goods. Main Street, Margaretville; 10am-3pm; For more info please contact Jessica Olenych at 845-586-4177.

May 20    Second Annual Art Auction to Benefit O+ Festival.
Enjoy an evening of bidding on art, art objects and vintage art donated by collectors and the artists themselves (including O+ Festival alumni). All proceeds from this second annual auction will benefit the Kingston-based non-profit, which strengthens communities across the country through the exchange of the art of medicine for the medicine of art. Outdated Café, 314 Wall St., Kingston; 6:30pm;
www.facebook.com/events/175113182875387/
www.opositivefestival.org

21, 22    The Woodstock Sidewalk Sale.
Look for the bright flowers to find your favorite shops to see what they are offering on the sidewalk. Go inside to see all the new goodies, too. Have some lunch and check out a gallery. Woodstock; www.WoodstockChamber.com

21    Apples, Grapes & Barley.
A tasting tour of bubbly, experience the amazing variety of artisanal craft drink bubbling up in the Hudson Valley. The tasting at each stop will include 4 tastes and snacks. Tastings at 5 stops within 15 miles of each other at: Bad Seed Cider, Gardiner Liquid Mercantile, Kettleborough Cider House, Whitecliff Vineyard, and Yard Owl Brewery. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of. Each location will offer purchasing discounts to ticket holders. Multiple Locations in Ulster County; Noon-5pm; 845-242-5085; Tickets available online at
www.whitecliffwine.com/shop/apples-grapes-and-barley-tickets


21    2nd Annual Ride for Paws and Claws.
Join the Blue Knights on the Ulster County SPCA Benefit Ride starting at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and ending at the Hurley Mountain Inn. Monetary and food donations will be accepted.. Breakfast and BBQ at WHD before and after the ride. Music, fun, food and of course a beautiful RIDE! Vendors welcome. Food Trucks welcome.  $20 per bike or car. $10 per passenger. Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 949 State Route 28, Kingston; Registration 9–10am, kickstands up at 10:30am; 845-338-2800; 845-399-1881;
www.woodstockharley.com/whats-going-on--xcalendar


21    2016 Wassail - Annual Spring Balkan Dance and Cider Party.
Sing to the apple trees in an ancient Celtic Ritual for a bountiful harvest. Partake in a sumptuous feast of local and artisanal food to honor the farms. Taste hard cider from the barrel! Join the circle for traditional, folk-style dancing to live Balkan music, as we celebrate Djurdjevdan/Herdelezi (St. Georges Day).  A truly eclectic spring celebration featuring: Zlatne Uste Rich Sounds Of Driving Balkan Brass),  Romski Boji (Macedonian Romani Music With Seido Salifoski), Young Bulgarian Voices, Sto Gaidi, Caprice Rouge (Local acoustic balkan dance band), The Vanaver Youth Caravan with Bill and Livia Vanaver, Bard Georgian choir Bosilek (Bulgarian Dance Group), Choban Elektrik, and  Special Guests. Hard Cider Tastings, Lamb Roast, and other Balkan food. Admission Adults $70/advance, $80/at door, Under 18/$15, Under 6/Free, Evening after 8pm/$25 (Does not include dinner), Camping/$10 extra. (flexible pricing, no one turned away). Breezy Hill Orchard, 828 Centre Road, Staatsburg; 2pm until the wee hours; For info and RSVP call 845-266-3979 breezyhilloffice@aol.com  www.Hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com  Tickets are on sale at www.hudsonvalleyciderwassail2016.brownpapertickets.com

21   Annual Square Dance and Potluck Dinner.
 Live music and caller and Potluck dinner. $9 donation. Hosted by the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association The Ulster County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, Libertyville Road, New Paltz; 6pm-10:30pm; 845-294-9016; dmjure33@frontiernet.net

21 (Rain date May 22)    Craft Brew Boogaloo & Hudson Valley Hullabaloo.  
Enjoy 150+ Craft Beers and 75+ Breweries. Gourmet food, craft vendors and live music featuring: Fife & Drom, The Sweet Clementines, Yard Sale, and The Bryan Brundige Trio.  Presented by Radio Woodstock. Cantine Field, Pavilion St & Robert Moser Drive, Saugerties; Hullabaloo opens at 11am (10am with premier pass), Boogaloo 2-6pm; For info and tickets visit www.craftbrewboogaloo.com www.hvhullabaloo.com

21 (Raindate May 22)    Wings and Wheels for Warriors Car Show.
 Join us for this event benefiting disabled American Veterans.  This event will include food, beverages, music by DJ Brian, face painting, and plenty of family fun. Trophies are awarded to the top 30 vehicles and dash plaques are awarded to the first 100 entries. Spectators are free.  Pre-Registration $10. Day of show $15. Plane Rides are $30/person Pre-Registration, $35/person Day of Event. Joseph Y. Resnick Airport, 199 Airport Rd., Ellenville; 9am-3pm; 845-647-9100; For more info and to register your vehicle  visit www.wingsnwheelsforwarriors.com/

21, 22    Wildflower Festival & Heirloom Seedling Sale.
Native wildflowers, herbs, organic vegetables, gardening and local biodiversity. Free admission.  Our insurance company says: "Pets are not invited. Sorry." Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson; 10am-5pm; 845-626-2758;
www.catskillnativenursery.com/special-events.html


25    4th Annual Taste of Woodstock:
Come and delight your palate with the many different tastes that Woodstock has to offer. Sample wine and food from some of the best restaurants that the Hudson Valley has to offer. When you check in, you will be served a glass of wine (or another beverage), then handed your map of the participating eateries around town. $50 admission. Proceeds from the event benefit the capital campaign of The Film Center, which serves as a hub for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. The Film Center, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 6-9pm; 679-4265; www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/tasteofwoodstock2016.php

27, 28, 29, 30    4th Annual Uke Fest and Concert. 
A family-friendly retreat for uke players of all ages and skill levels. Jamming, workshops and concerts featuring Del Rey, Ben Hassenger, Stuart Fuchs, Rachel Manke, Paul Hemmings and Gerald Ross. Concert ticket prices are $15 Adult, $10 Youth in advance (purchase online). Prices higher on the day of the concert. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; Saturday concert at 8pm; 845-246-2121,
www.ashokancenter.org/events/ukefest-2016-concert/


28    Marlborough Flea Market and Fireworks Fundraiser.
Good Finds, Food, & Fun.   Proceeds to go towards the Friday Night Concerts in the Park "Fireworks Fund".  Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, 1801-1805 Route 9W Milton; 10am-4pm; meetmeinmarlborough@earthlink.net or call 845- 616-7824.

28, 29, 30    Woodstock/New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair:
Featuring the 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. No pets please. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm; Monday 10am-4pm; 845-679-8087; 845-246-3414; www.quailhollow.com

29    Vegan Vitality at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
A celebration of vegan wellness and community.  Drop-in yoga classes, fun demos on fermentation, vegan cheese-making, and one dozen food vendors. Free shuttle to public transit available. There will be a free sanctuary shuttle for this event departing hourly from the New Paltz Trailways bus station. Tickets are $15/advance, $20/door (tickets will be limited). Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, 2 Rescue Road (formerly Epworth Lane) High Falls; 11am-4pm; 845-247-5700; For info and tickets visit www.woodstocksanctuary.org/events/vegan-vitality

29    Rosendale Car Show 2016. Hot Rods, classics, trucks, food, vendors, trophies, 50-50 raffle, door prizes, music, motorcycles, antiques, import, and newer vehicle models. People’s Choice Voting. Ft. DJ Brian. Pre-Registration by May 27th $8, Day of $10.  Free for spectators.  Free Parking. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rt. 32 Rosendale; 10am-4pm;  For info 845-658-8982.

30    Olive Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.
 In honor of the men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend the honor and principles of the United States. The parade will begin 9:30am at the West Shokan Post Office on state Route 28A and proceed to the Veterans Memorial in front of the Olive Town Hall building on Watson Hollow Road. A ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial. Music will be provided by the Onteora High School marching band. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held under the pavilion at Davis Park, which is adjacent to the Town Hall.

30    Woodstock American Legion Memorial Day Parade.
Assembly will be at the Woodstock Playhouse parking grounds on State Route 212. Units participating in the parade should begin arriving at 11am. The parade will kick off at noon and proceed up Mill Hill Road to Rock City Road, stopping at the Woodstock Cemetery. After a brief ceremony, the parade will re-form down Rock City Road to Tinker Street, continuing through the village to its end on Neher Street. Parade participants are invited to the American Legion Post for refreshments after the parade. For information, call parade coordinator Kevin Verpent at 845-532-2775.

30    Kingston Memorial Day Service and Parade. 
Memorial Day service in front of City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston at 1pm. The parade will step off at 1:45pm on Andrews Street, next to Kingston High School, then proceed up Broadway and through the city’s Uptown business district before ending at Dietz Memorial Stadium, Kingston. For further information please contact Charles Manfro at 845-338-8785.

30    New Paltz Memorial Day Parade and Service
. The parade kicks off at 6pm from the intersection of Main St and N. Manheim, proceeds down Main St., and ends by Peace Park and our Veterans Memorial with a memorial service. For more info: New Paltz VFW 845-633-8494 or vfwinfo@vfw8645.org



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JUNE 2016


1    Deadline  to Register for the Annual Family Fun & Fish Day at Kenneth Wilson State Park
, Mount Tremper on June 5. DEC charges a $6 fee per car for admission to the campground -- all other activities at Family Fun and Fish Day are free. For more information on the event or to register, please contact Brent Gotsch at 688-3047 ext. 3 or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu or at www.ashokanstreams.org

1-30    TRASH FEST: Marbletown 2016.  
A month-long series of free art and education events all centered on waste.  TRASH FEST will engage the public in art projects created out of trash by artists of all disciplines.  It will also offer education to the public on reduce/reuse strategies for dealing with trash.  The goal is to generate a conversation about our trash in the Marbletown area and how we can better deal with it.  For details and info on events CLICK HERE or email MargotRBecker@hotmail.com

2, 3, 4, 5    12th Annual Mountain Jam
. One of the top music festivals in the country featuring 40 bands on 3 stages.  Beck, Wilco, Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, and Umphrey's McGee headline. The 4-day camping festival also features Train performing Led Zeppelin II, Thievery Corporation, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti, Courtney Barnett, Chris Robinson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lettuce, Houndmouth and many more. 4-Day, 3-Day and VIP tickets are available with or without camping, along with Single-Day tickets. Presented by Radio Woodstock & Warren Haynes. Hunter Mountain, 84 Klein Ave., Hunter; For info and tickets visit www.mountainjam.com

3, 4, 5    The Country Living Fair.
We promise great shopping, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet our editors. The pages of Country Living Magazine come to life. Rain or Shine. Antiques, artisans, art, furniture, home decor & more. 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; For info 1-800-866-500-FAIR (3247) or info@stellashows.com
www.countryliving.com/fair/a4255/country-living-fair-rhinebeck/


4    18th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale. 
Bring only healthy, well cared for plants. A Master Gardener Cornell Cooperative Extension event. Forsyth Park Pavilion, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston; Drop off plants 9-10am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off. Swap only 11am, Swap & Sale 11:30am until all plants are gone. For guidelines on plants call Dona Crawford 340-3990 ext 335 or email dm282@cornell.edu or visit our website at
http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events/2016/06/04/great-plant-swap-sale

5    Annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge. 
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 Scenic Ride; and 5-mile Family Ride - a ride for all ages to enjoy through the scenic back roads and neighborhoods of Stone Ridge. Begins and ends at High Meadow School,  3643 Main St.(Rt. 209), Stone Ridge; 8am-3pm, times vary depending on selected ride. 845-658-4855; More details and online registration at www.ridetheridge.org

5     Annual Family Fun & Fish Day.
Pack up the family and get ready for some serious outdoor fun. All fishing supplies will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. The event is free of charge and no fishing license is required. Other family friendly activities include a barbeque, and arts and crafts under the pavilion starting at noon. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs related to the day’s activities. To enter the Kenneth Wilson State Park for free you will need to register by June 1, 2016.  A list of registered attendees will be at the main gate before you enter the park. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.   Kenneth Wilson State Park, 859 Wittenberg Road, Mount Tremper; noon-2:30pm; For more information on the event or to register, please contact Brent Gotsch at 688-3047 ext. 3 or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu or at www.ashokanstreams.org

11    70th Annual Stone Ridge Library’s Annual Fair.
Books, music by local musicians, plants, food, crafts, and children’s activities. There will be no shuttle bus service this year, but parking will be available at the High Meadow School, Key Bank, Express Tech Printing, George Moylan’s Funeral Home and the Marbletown Community Center and the Marbletown Elementary School. Traffic control will be provided by the NYS Troopers, Kingston Barracks.  Library Lawn, 3700 Main St. (Rt. 209), Stone Ridge; 10am-3pm; For info 845-687-7023; For more information visit www.stoneridgelibrary.org

11    St. John’s Summer Fair & BBQ. 
St. John's is teaming up with Stone Pony catering to bring you a delicious summer event. Spend the morning shopping local vendors, enjoy free kids activities and petting zoo, and watch live entertainment (POOK is back!). Grab homemade eats at the lunch wagon and bid on silent auction items. At 3pm grab a seat inside for the free concert with gospel sensations John Thorpe & Truth, all the way from Rougemont, NC. Purchase dinner tickets in advance and join us after the concert. Dine in or take out 3-6pm.  Chicken dinners $12, Rib dinners $14. All dinners include choice of baked potato or potato salad, coleslaw, fresh roll with butter & a homemade brownie. St. John's Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Avenue, Kingston; 11am-6pm; For info contact Cindy 845-331-2252 or stjohnskingston@aol.com www.stjohnskingston.org

18    11th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day.  
Community information will be provided by local agencies and music, food, and lots of fun will be had throughout the day.  All food and activities are free for everyone. Learn more about what resources our community agencies have to offer and enjoy a day out with your neighbors- celebrating all of the wonderful people and places that make up beautiful Midtown Kingston. This event is brought to you in partnership by the Everette Hodge Community Center; Kingston Library; Rose Women’s Care Service; UlsterCorps; Kingston Cares; Family of Woodstock Inc; Center for Creative Education; Kingston Parks Recreation; Midtown Rising; and Ulster BOCES. Everette Hodge Community Center, 15-21 Franklin St., Kingston;11am-3pm; For more information, contact Megan at 845-331-1110 or mweiss@fowinc.org To volunteer contact Beth at 845-331-7080×157 or email volunteers@fowinc.org

18    3rd  Annual Basket Bingo.
  Benefit for the kids in Ulster County. $15 includes 15 game cards (1 pack ) & door prize ticket, additional game cards $5 each.  Refreshments & food will be available. Hosted by Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. VFW, 708 East Chester St., Kingston; Doors open at noon, Bingo begins at 1pm;  For more information call 845-338-8750.

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  
www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyBrewFestival/


June 25,26, 2016 - Rhinebeck Arts Festival
25, 26    The Rhinebeck Arts Festival.
 Two-hundred of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople are coming together in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley.  This diverse experience includes unique art, live music from the award winning Lindsey Webster Band, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, craft demonstrations, interactive experiences and family activities. The two-day festival draws passionate, arts conscious visitors from the Hudson Valley as well as tourists from the Tri-State area and beyond to partake in adventurous shopping and meet jury-selected, modern American makers from 25 states. 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; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; Dutchess County Fairgrounds,  6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck; For info & directions call 845-331-1337 or crafts@artrider.com or visit www.artrider.com/#!rhinebeck-arts-festival-2016/cdf3


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JULY 2016

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AUGUST 2016


11    Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash. 
The fourth annual Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash brings together all the greatest elements of summer: juicy burgers, cold beer, live music and competition. The Beer and Burger Bash will host local restaurants whose specialty includes burgers. The beer will be flowing, the grills will be hot, and guests will enjoy it all along with live music, great views of the river, and good company. Single tickets: $50, day of tickets: $55, party pack of 10 single tickets $450. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls; 6-10pm; Tickets and more information at
www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/Burger-and-Beer-Bash/Homepage




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SEPTEMBER 2016


September Weekends 2016 17th    Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual 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. www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com




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