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Ulster County New York, and Surrounding Communities
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May 2, 2014 - Caring Connections of Ulster County Family Caregiver Conference in Kingston, NY
Friday, May 2, 2014 - Annual Family Caregiver Conference
Sponsored by Caring Connections of Ulster County and RCAL
8am - 4pm - Garden Plaza Hotel - Kingston, New York

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

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May 3, 2014 - Women's Health & Fitness Expo

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine, NY

www.womenshealthexpo.com

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2014 EVENTS CALENDAR

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January 2014
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March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
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ON-GOING EVENTS:
For additional on-going happenings, visit our Community News Page, Recreation Page, Lessons & Enrichment Activities Page, Area Information Page, Township Pages, Local Libraries, Farmers' Markets, and peruse through our website pages for additional resources.

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

Belleayre Music Festival. July 5, 2014 – August 30, 2014. World class performers in Catskill Mountain setting. Check online for schedule. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center,181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; 254-5600, Ext. 1344; 800-942-6904; belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com  www.belleayremusic.org

15th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble.   September Weekends 2014. www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY
Maverick Concerts.  June 21, 2014 – September 7, 2014. America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org

2014 Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival.  July 11, 2014 – August 23, 2014. Contemporary artists working in dance, theater, poetry, music, and conceptual and visual art will share adventurous new works developed through intensive residencies.  Mount Tremper Arts, 647 South Plank Rd., Mount Tremper; 688-9893; Check website for the entire summer schedule  www.mounttremperarts.org

"Shine on Saugerties".   June 2014 – September 7, 2014.
This year's public art event is the 35 solar-powered lighthouses decorated by local artists and sponsored by local businesses are installed throughout the village business district.  A "Shine on Saugerties Gala and Auction" will take place on Saturday, September 20, at SPAF (Saugerties Performing Arts Factory), 169 Ulster Ave, Saugerties; 5pm; www.discoversaugerties.com

The D & H Canal Historical Society's Sunday Flea Market.   Mid-April – November 2014 (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; 810-0471 or email info@canalmuseum.org or Jonicollyn@aol.com www.canalmuseum.org/Sunday%20market.html

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  www.ihgallery.com

First Fridays - Saugerties Sunset Concerts Series.   June 6, 2014 – September 5, 2014
. A summer series of 4 sunset concerts . . . "where the mountain meets the river". Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park, Saugerties June-August, SPAF (Saugerties Performing Arts Factory), 169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties September; 246-5306; www.facebook.com/pages/Saugerties-Sunset-Concert-Series-2013/112348005515498

3rd Fridays - Kingston Night Market.   April - October 2014.
The shops and galleries on Lower Broadway will host a mix of fun, art, music, food, and wine in the form of a Parisian style antique market.  So come down to the Historic Kingston Waterfront and look for the bright lights and tents.  Lower Broadway between McEntee Street & the Strand, Kingston; 6-10pm; For more info, contact Rebekah Milne 331-3902, Nancy Donskoj 338-8473 or B.C. Gee 339-6925

Ongoing on Saturdays - Pallet Puppet Theatre Story Time. An interactive puppet theatre show where kids interact with their puppets learning a variety of interesting things.   Children ages 3-11 years learn how to make puppets out of cardboard boxes and recycled materials then put on an educational puppet show using the Spanish language. They are encourage to learn the language and are engaged  in speaking Spanish with their puppets. Free. The Green Palette, 215 Main St. (inside the Medusa Antique Center Bldg.), New Paltz;1-3pm; 594-8476. www.the-green-palette.com

First Saturdays - 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walk Tour.   May – October 2014.  Departs Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, Corner of  Main and Wall Streets.1pm; $10 adult; $5 child under 16. For information call 339-0720;  www.fohk.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

First Saturday - 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour.   May – October 2014.
  Guided tour of the largest intact early Dutch Settlement in New York State. $10, $5 under 16. Friends of Historic Kingston, Wall & Main St., Kingston; 2pm; 339-0720; www.fohk.org

Second Fridays - Woodstock Nights.   July – October.  
Stroll through Woodstock, visit shops, enjoy the food, listen to the music and view the art. Woodstock businesses will stay open late and offer special night time deals and promotions. Restaurants will create “small bites” for visitors to sample at reasonable prices, artists will be creating “pop up” art shows and musicians will perform at various spots. 6pm-10pm. www.artalongthehudson.com/woodstock

3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings.
Bring a dish, it's a pot-luck affair.  Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; info@artsupstairs.com

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

Last Saturdays -  Rondout National Historic Walking Tour in Kingston.   May - October 2014. A narrated  tour of a thriving Hudson River port during the heyday of the Delaware & Hudson Canal. Departs Heritage Area Visitor Center, 20 Broadway, Rondout, Kingston. 1pm; $5 adult; $2 child under 16. For information call 339-0720;  www.fohk.org



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JANUARY 2014


1    New Year’s Day Snowshoe Waterfall Outing.  Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately two and a half mile snowshoe hike along the scenic Awosting Falls carriage road. $5 snowshoe reservation. Minnewaska State Preserve Park, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson; 1-4:30pm; 255-0752; www.lakeminnewaska.org

1    6th Annual New Year's Day Musical Ritual Event.  Join Amy McTear and over 25 musicians on a musical journey through a soundscape of drums, flute, didgeridoo, symphonic gong, crystal singing bowls and more. Meditations for healing grief, aligning with inner guidance, envisioning and empowering collective change. $25/$20 in advance.  Epworth Center, 8 Epworth Lane, High Falls; 3pm; Call Amy at 388-0632 or amymctear@yahoo.com ; 687-0215; www.epworthcenter.com

11    Winter Wings.
Birding for children ages 5 & up. Free. Reservations required. Mohonk Preserve, Rt. 44/55, Gardiner\; 10-11:30am; For info & reservations 255-0919; www.mohonkpreserve.org/events/winter-wings-birding-children

12    Scout Day at Belleayre Mountain
. For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, rentals $23, group lessons $15. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; 9am-4pm; 254-5600; www.belleayre.com/company/calendar.htm

15-February 15    Early Registration YMCA Indoor Triathlon.  $20 early registration ends, $50 late registration after February 15. Event date: March 2. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 minute bike, 20 minute track run. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810. www.ymcaulster.org

17-20    Frost Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Family Weekend.
A winter wonderland of fun: skiing, skating, tubing, and hot cocoa by the fire. 2 or 3 night packages. Frost Valley YMCA. 2000 Frost Valley Rd. Claryville; 985-2291;  www.frostvalley.org/group-and-family-retreats/family-weekends/

18    3rd Annual Brook's Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.  
Have the winter blues? Come up and join us for 1/2 chicken or rib dinners. Eat in and visit with your neighbors or take to go, the choice is up to you. $12. Woodstock Fire Co.1, 242 Tinker St., Woodstock; 3-6pm; call 679-2927 to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure dinner availability.

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

23 (Snow date February 6)    1st Annual Kingston Health Summit.  Activities Include: State of Kingston’s Health address from Mayor Shayne Gallo, Words from the leadership of the Kingston City School District, a  performance  by POOK and Energy, a Healthy Taste of Kingston Reception where local restaurants will offer healthy appetizers,  free physical activities, healthy eating demos,kids activities, and a health fair where local health-focused organizations will be exhibitors.  Childcare will be provided. Kingston High School, 403 Broadway, Kingston; 5:30-8:30pm; For schedule and more details visit www.livewellkingston.org/1st-annual-kingston-health-summit.html

24    Annual Winter Benefit Concert for The Food Bank of The Hudson Valley.
 A tradition since 2009. Hosted by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix - Miss Marie, Gary Burke, Frank Campbell,Josh Colow and special guests. Come out and have a good time and help others in the Hudson Valley neighborhood.  Admission $15. Please bring non-perishable food items. All food will go to The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Portion of proceeds will go to The Food Bank Of The Hudson Valley.  BSP Lounge, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; 9pm; For info call 481-5158; www.bspkingston.com

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

25    “Wining for a New Library”.  Grab a friend, come out and have a great time and support your local Highland library. Please join us for a fundraising event to benefit the Highland Library Capital Campaign for a new Library building.  $20 per ticket gets you a tasting of 5 of Robibero’s Vineyard’s fantastic wines, as well as light refreshments.  There will also be raffle tickets to win some fabulous donated prizes.  Additional wine will be available to purchase.  Robibero Family Vineyards, 714 Albany Post Rd., New Paltz; 5-8pm; To purchase tickets, please contact Melissa Burdash at 242-6912 or burdash@optonline.net.  You can also call or stop by the Highland Library.

January 25 (Snow date January 26)    Pot Roast Dinner. Come join us for a delicious pot roast supper.  Menu includes pot roast, real mashed potatoes and gravy, red cabbage, sourdough bread and homemade apple desserts.  Reservations are highly suggested.  Adults  $12, Children  $5, Kids under 5 free.  It’s a great deal:  awesome food, no clean-up and no tip.  Snow date: Proceeds from the sale will help the Woodstock Reformed Church continue to fund its ministries, including partnership with the following Greater Woodstock Community:  Daily Meals on Wheels, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Overeaters Anonymous, The Woodstock Good Neighbor Food Pantry and other organizations.  The Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker Street, Woodstock; Dinner seating starts at 5:30pm and Takeout will be available at 6pm; Call 246-6777 or 679-6610 for reservations. 

28    Leisurely Hike or Snowshoe. Take a walk with Ginny Fauci on the newly opened section of the Rosendale Rail Trail over the trestle bridge. Call or email for time and meeting place. 399-2170 or gefauci@gmail.com

29     Happy Hour On The Rondout.  To benefit The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.  Open Bar, Appetizers, and Raffle. Bring your friends and make it a party. Mariner's Harbor, 1 Broadway, Rondout, Kingston; 6-8pm; Advance tickets: $30/person, $50/couple; Walk-ins welcome $30/per person at the door. Call 338-8131, or online at www.rehercenter.org

29    Shiva Arms.  The award-winning one-person play by Doug Motel takes audience members on a journey into the lives of 11 dysfunctional, yet compelling tenants living in a run-down apartment building in Hollywood CA.  Proceeds from Shiva Arms benefit the Nusbaum Family of Rosendale.  Tickets are $20. The Rosendale Theatre, 330 Main Street, Rosendale; 7pm; For more information contact Real Time Productions 418-6472; Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.RosendaleTheatre.org


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FEBRUARY 2014


1    Subzero Heroes III – Polar Bear Plunge.  An icy jump into a frozen lake to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. 10:30am – check in and set up tents. Coffee/snacks served under tents with patio heaters to keep non-jumpers toasty while watching. 12:15pm – jump starts. After, all heroes, sidekicks, and onlookers are welcome to the AFTERGLOW PARTY which will be held at the covered picnic area beside the lake. This will also be heated and food will be served and music provided by our friends at WBPM radio. Berean Park, Reservoir Rd., Highland; 10:00am-1:30pm; To register and for more info  www.alzhudsonvalley.weebly.com/

1    2nd KMOCA  Annual Fundraiser. 
Friends of Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (KMOCA), this is your yearly chance to help support your favorite art space, party with your friends, and go home with an original piece of artwork. As you know, part of KMOCA's ongoing mission is to show art that needs to be seen, whether or not every show turns a profit. Our yearly fundraiser is the event that helps us meet basic operating expenses, so we can keep the space going and the artwork flowing. Here's how it works: come to the event, contribute $25 or $50, and walk away with an original piece of artwork. It's that simple. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, 103 Abeel Street, Kingston; 2-7pm; kmocagallery@gmail.com    www.kmoca.com/home.php

1    Register for Ashokan Mid-Winter Break Kids Day Camp February 17-21.
  Ages 7-16. Deadline for registration and full payment is February 7th; 657-8333;

1 - 23  Pine Hill Arts & Crafts. 
Featuring local artists & artisans’ works for sale.  Also pre-owned treasures, refreshments, games, arts & crafts, and social time.  Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill; Saturdays 11am-7pm; Sundays 12:30-3:30pm; 254-5469;  www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org

2    11th Annual Life Drawing Exhibit.
  Opening reception . If you would like an excuse to feel old, consider this: Unison’s popular Life Drawing Exhibit is now in its 11th Year. The show will be on display until February 23rd.  Where has the time gone?  Unison 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; 4-6pm; 255-1559; www.unisonarts.org/news/2014/01/know/

February 7, 8, 9    2014 Winter Hoot. 
Registration is open and tickets are going fast. Dust off those dancing shoes because and Mike and Ruthy have rounded up an amazing lineup of musicians that will keep you in musical bliss all weekend long. In addition to three days of fantastic music, you'll find delicious local food and beer, a community farmer's market, guided hikes and blacksmith classes (provided by Ashokan Center Environmental Educators), an Environmental Fair, crafts, and much more. Here is just a sample of the musicians you'll see and hear: Deep Chatham, Sweetback Sisters, Connor Kennedy, Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends and much more. The HOOT is quickly becoming one of the most popular festivals around and one you won't want to miss. It is also a fundraiser for the Ashokan Center's Environmental Education programs for regional schools. Your support helps kids attend our life-changing programs in nature, history, music, and art. It is a win-win situation.  Kids 12 and under and volunteers get in free. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org   More information and registration at www.homeofthehoot.com

7, 8, 9, 10    16th Annual Catskill Ice Festival. 
Multiple clinics on all skills and techniques for ice climbing, basic skills, slide shows, demo gear, and more in the New Paltz area.  Reservations required.  658-3094; www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2014

8    Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest 2014. 
A fun family event featuring the Chili Tasting Contest that brings out the unique food tastes of our culinary region of New York State. The contest features area food establishments competing for the coveted “Best of Fest” award for the best tasting chili. The event also features a children’s tent, wagon rides, wood carving demonstration, toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts.  Hot drinks and food for sale at the Rail Trail Grille. Rain/snow or shine. $3/person; 6 and under free.  Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; 11am-2pm; 691-2066 info@hudsonvalleyrailtrail.com or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

8     UC SPCA Spayghetti Dinner.
 $30.00 Dinner/Desert/Small Silent Auction/Games/Cash Bar.  Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Ave, Kingston; 6-9pm; For more info contact Robin Akus at 331-5377 ext 215 rakus@ucspca.org ; For online sign up www.facebook.com/events/567067096707918

9     3rd Annual Chocolate Lovers' Brunch.   Enjoy a decadent chocolate inspired brunch hosted by the exquisite Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, an exciting live auction and an opportunity to support the youth in our community. The live auction this year will be hosted by James Cox of James Cox Gallery. Listen to the music of John Medeski while sipping Mimosas and Bloody Marys. This year you have the chance to preview and bid on our live auction items before the event.  For those of you who will not be able to attend you can now place your bids at www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock  - just give your highest bid to the items of your desire and at the close of the event if you have not been out bid the items are yours.  And, of course, there will be a decadent chocolate-inspired brunch by Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli. Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; Noon-3pm Tickets - $60/person - are available at www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=6879 or by calling Nicole at 331-7080 ext.155. 

9    Celebrate Pete Seeger: Community Sing-along & Potluck.  Celebrate his legacy. Bring songbooks (we'll have some copies of "Rise Up Singing" to loan and for sale), instruments, food to share. Bring elders.  Bring kids.  The Rec Center only holds 200, so please RSVP -"join" the event - on Facebook at "Celebrate Pete Seeger's legacy”.  (If more than 160 sign up, we'll need more folding chairs.) Also, try to bring your own silverware & place setting. And, if you bring a dish, please list the ingredients, to accommodate folks with special diets.  Free, but we'll pass the hat to cover expenses; any extra raised will go to Clearwater.Rosendale Rec Center, Route 32, Rosendale; 3:30-6:30pm; Contact Miriam, 399-2473 (texting OK), or through the Facebook page.

9    Clearwater Winter Open Boats. Come visit the sloop and celebrate the winter months with friends! Bring a potluck dish to share, enjoy local music,  meet the captains and learn about the sloop restoration. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 2-6pm; 265-8080;  
www.clearwater.org/events/join-clearwater-2014-winter-open-boats/


12    91st Sojourners Benefit Concert
.  Local singer/songwriter Rebecca Martin will return to her adopted hometown of Kingston to perform with Larry Grenadier in a fundraiser concert benefiting the co-ed scouting group, 91st Sojourners. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40. Outdated Café, 314 Wall Street, Kingston; 6:45-8:15pm; 331-0030; For more information contact 91stsojourners@gmail.com

14    Valentine Party. Rochester Community Center, 50 Scenic Rd., Accord; 3pm; 626-2115; www.townofrochester.net

14    The O+ Festival Kick-Off for 2014 Submissions. Join the O+ folks and musicians Simi Stone, And the Kids, and Old Double E, for a night of music, games, fun, and a silent auction to herald the call for artists and musicians to be part of the 2014 O+ Festival. The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music, arts and wellness. O+ supports and unites local businesses, residents, artists, musicians, doctors and other care providers, to strengthen the fabric of a community to make it stronger, more sustainable, and more vibrant. The Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston, 8pm; For more info please visit www.opositivefestival.org

14-17    Frost Valley Family Weekend.  A winter wonderland of fun: skiing, skating, tubing, and hot cocoa by the fire. 2 or 3 night packages. Frost Valley YMCA,. 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville; 985-2291; info@frostvalley.org   www.frostvalley.org

15    Early Registration Ends for YMCA Indoor Triathlon.  $20 early registration ends, $50 late registration begins. Event date: March 2. You can do this! 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810; www.ymcaulster.org/indoor-triathlon-annual-event-feb-2014/

15    'A Venetian Valentine's Masquerade'.  What could be more romantic than a masked ball in an historic mansion with opera, excellent wine, great food and dancing. Black tie- Masks required.  An extraordinary gala/ Masked Ball in support of the Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice. Spillian Mansion, 50 Todd Mountain Road, Fleischmanns; 7pm; For more information call 800-811-3351 or visit www.Spillian.com

16    West Point Concert.  Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students free.  Sponsored by Saugerties Pro Musica.  Saugerties United Methodist Church, Washington Ave. & Post St., Saugerties; 3pm; 679-5733, 246-5021; www.saugertiespromusica.org

22    17th Annual Women's Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fiesta. Free chili from area restaurants with purchase of handmade bowls and tumblers.  $5, free after 4pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rt. 32., Rosendale; 2-7pm; 658-9133; www.wsworkshop.org

22    Family Fundraiser Tavern Scene.  A benefit for the Hero Fund. Join us for a night of mystery, fun, and surprise at the Tavern Off the Spirit Road. Take part in the adventurous events unfolding around you, or sit back and talk to the mysterious man in the corner while drinking hot cider. Your involvement is up to you. This is an in character, role-playing family event featuring a Tavern Scene Adventure Game written by the wonderful Michael Grant. More information about the fantasy world we will be playing in to come (stay tuned to the website); based on that information you can make up your own character (or get some help from our experts at the door). Admission: $10 per person, or $25 for family of 3 or more. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Rd., Kingston; 6-10pm; For info call 481-0776.

28    Premiere of the Documentary Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence in honor of One Billion Rising 2014.  Rescheduled from February 14. Join Natalie Merchant in viewing the film followed by a panel discussion on the positive changes that have occurred as a result of One Billion Rising Ulster County which was held last year.  Admission is free but space is limited. The Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston; 9:30am; For more information please contact Beth at Hale Advisors at: 383-1361 or visit the event page on Facebook at: One Billion Rising 2014.



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MARCH 2014


1    Maple Fest.  Join us for an all-day pancake breakfast, tap a tree and watch syrup being made, try blacksmithing, tinsmithing, or broommaking, or walk inviting woodland trails across Ashokan’s historic 1885 Covered Bridge to the falls of Cathedral Gorge. Day Activities Entry - $10 for adults, $5 for teens, 12 and under free, Pancake Breakfast (and more): $5 per person,Crafts (blacksmithing and broommaking): $5 per craft.  Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 11am-4pm; 657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org

1    Ashokan Center’s Maple Gras – A Cajun Style Dinner and Dance Party.
  The temperature heats up in the evening for Maple Gras, with Cajun themed jam session, food, music, and dancing. You won’t want to miss Chef Jill’s take on Cajun food, and the Cajun dance lessons will have you moving all night to the grooves of Krewe de la Rue. Dinner and Dance: $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Teens are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids under 5 are free.Dance only: $15 for adults, $10 for teens (tickets only available at the door), kids under 5 are free. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; Jam session starts at 4:30pm, Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7:30pm; 657-8333; www.ashokancenter.org

1    Maple Sugaring Demonstration Program. Come and visit our demonstration sap house to learn the maple sugaring process from start to finish.  Free and open to all.  Weather permitting and completely outdoors.  Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston; For more info and to register call 481-7336; www.kingstonparksandrec.org 

1    22nd Annual DanceFest.  Featuring 10 dance schools from the Hudson Valley.  Hosted by Vanaver Caravan.  $15 Adults, $10 Children under 12.  McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Rd., New Paltz; 3:30pm and 7:30pm; For tickets and info call 256-9300. 

1    Winter Wine Tasting.  Music by the Mustangs, wine tasting, cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres.  Fundraiser to benefit Gardiner Day 2014. Robibero Winery, Albany Post Road, New Paltz/Gardiner; 7pm; For info call 706-0625.

1    Rockin’ Pins For Pets.  5 Bands FOR $5 Fundraiser for UC SPCA. Prizes, Raffle, Dancing, and Bowling. Mid City Lanes Bowling Alley, 20 Cedar St, Kingston; 7-11:45pm; For more info contact Janis Jackman at 392-3265.

2    YMCA Indoor Triathlon.  You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810;
www.ymcaulster.org/indoor-triathlon-annual-event-feb-2014/


8    Byrdcliffe Annual Members Show Reception: RUCKUS.
  Annual eclectic exhibition, showcasing the inspring work of our artist members, in all media and methods.  Byrdcliff Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 4-6pm; 679.2079; www.woodstockguild.org

9 (Snow date March 16)     Kid’s Day in the Sugarbush.  Short hike & sweet treat as you join in the fun of maple sugaring. Be ready to tromp through the snow or mud, help out in the sugarbush, and learn how to make syrup just like generations of families have done.  Learn about maple sugaring during an easy 1 mile hike.  Children ages 4 & up.  Reservations required. $5 per person at time of registration.  Mohonk  Preserve, 3197 Rt. 44/55, Gardiner; 1-3pm; please call 255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. www.mohonkpreserve.org/events

10-23    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  Great dining and great deals at participating Ulster County restaurants. Lunch $20.95, dinner $29.95. No tickets or passes are required,  reservations are strongly encouraged.  See website for restaurants. 561-2022;  www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com

12    Deadline for reservations for the 15th Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser for the Ulster County SPCA on March 22nd.  Tickets $85/person. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; 5:30pm; For info or reservations please call 331-5377 ext 215; www.ucspca.org

14    Catskill Mountain Acoustic Slow Jam.  Play music, have fun with other acoustic musicians playing Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, and Catskills fiddle tunes in a low-key atmosphere.  Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill; 6-9pm; 254-5469; www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org

15    Deacons’ Meatloaf Dinner. The dinner consists of meatloaf, baked potatoes, green beans, beverages, and homemade desserts. Takeouts will be available.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for ages 6 to 12. Under six are free.  Half of the proceeds will go to support the deacons’ fund which provides emergency cash for those in need. The Community Church of High Falls,  corner of Mohonk and Firehouse Rds., High Falls; 4-7pm; For more info contact Lorna Schimmrich at 687-7091 or e-mail to lornaschimmrich@gmail.com

15    Food Heals Healing and Psychic Fair. Skilled healers and psychics are participating in a benefit being organized to help the Good Neighbor Food Pantry of Woodstock. Admission $20. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock; 4-8pm; For info call 417-5535.

15    Family Fun at Unison: The Amazing Meldini.  Melody “The Amazing Meldini” Newcombe shows us that women (and little girls) don’t have to get sawed in half to be in a magic show. Comedy, magic and ventriloquism all add up to Family Fun.  Price: $12 Advance, $8 Member Advance, $5 Child Advance (12 and under). $14 Door, $10 Member Door, $7 Child Door (12 and under).  Unison Arts, 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; 255-1559; 255-1559 or info@unisonarts.org   www.unisonarts.org

15    Clearwater Winter Open Boats. Come visit the sloop and celebrate the winter months with friends! Bring a potluck dish to share, enjoy local music, meet the captains and learn about the sloop restoration. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 4-8pm; 265-8080; 
www.clearwater.org/events/join-clearwater-2014-winter-open-boats/


16   26th Annual Shamrock Run.  A 2 mile run to benefit The Peoples Place.  Parade and Post-race party at the Rondout Neighborhood Center following run.  From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway.  Check in across from Academy Green at Gov. Clinton Apartments, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston; Registration 10:30am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info contact 340-0001 or www.shamrockrunners.org

16    Kingston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Parade kicks off from the Kingston Plaza and proceeds down Broadway to the Rondout Creek waterfront district in Kingston. Numerous bands, floats and community organizations celebrate the "wearing of the green" at this annual fun-filled Irish celebration. Sponsored by Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Con.  338-6622; 1-4pm;  events@ulsteraoh.com  www.ulsteraoh.com

16    Music of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement.  Pat Lamanna and Lydia Adams Davis.  Sponsored by Heritage Folk Music.  Kiersted House, 119 Main St., Saugerties; 3-5pm; 452-20113.

22    15th Annual Fur Ball.  Please join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner and auctions (silent and live) to celebrate our Fur-Ever Friends.  Fundraiser for the Ulster County SPCA.   Please make reservations  by March 12th.  Tickets $85/person. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; 5:30pm; For info or reservations please call 331-5377 ext 215; www.ucspca.org

22, 23, 29, 30   Maple Weekend. See first-hand how real maple syrup is made & get a tour of our creek-side maple farm. Platte Creek Maple Farm, 808 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties; 9am-3pm; 853-4240; www.mapleweekend.com

23    3rd Annual Hudson Valley Beer & Cheese Festival.   Aroma Thyme's chef/owner Marcus Guilano has teamed up with Tommy Keegan to throw a big beer and cheese party in the Keegan brewery. Last year Tommy had a bunch of local brewers join the party. And they will all be back this year. Chef Marcus is making several dishes that feature local Hudson Valley farmstead cheeses. And what goes great with cheese? How about local beer. If you like Great Cheese & Great Beer then this is your event.  Tickets are only $40 pre-sale, $45 at the door, which includes the beer and food.  Keegan Ales, 20 St. James Street, Kingston; 1-4pm; RSVP at  647-3000 or  331-2739.  

23     HITS Endurance Health & Fitness Expo. Join HITS Endurance for an action-packed afternoon of specialty vendors and service providers from the health, fitness and wellness world, including: Educational information from healthcare & fitness gurus, Upcoming endurance events, interactive displays, healthy snacks from the culinary team at Diamond Mills, on-site registration for the Kiwanis Kingston Classic & free training tee’s, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Free & open to the public. Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties;Noon-4pm; Skip the line at the door by re-registering for at  www.hitsrunning.com/health-and-fitness-expo/    For info 247-7275 or Info@hitsendurance.com

23    St. Patrick's Day Concert.  All-time Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley & friends perform traditional Irish music and more. 2 pm. Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center Street, Ellenville; 2pm; 647-5530.

23    Kingston Model Train & Railroad Hobby Show.  Largest model train & hobby show in Ulster County. Train layouts, dealer tables, operating toy trains, food, raffles, Thomas the Tank trains, more. Handicap accessible. $6/Adults, $1/Kids under 12. Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; 481-4198; www.kingstontrainshow.com

29    Sustainable Living Fest 2014.  A day of healthy, insightful workshops, demos, food, products and family fun. High Meadow School, 3643 Main Street Route 209 Stone Ridge; 1-7pm; 687-4855; www.highmeadowschool.org

29    Crazy Hat Bingo.  Grab a wild hat – or better yet, make one -- and rush on over to High Falls Civic Association’s Crazy Hat Bingo party, 2014 edition, an annual explosion of art, creativity and small-town fun.  A lavish buffet meal plus fresh homemade desserts, coffee and tea, will be furnished for all attendees. Please note, this is a BYOB event, so attendees must be 21 or older.  Wonderful Bingo prizes for the evening’s games will be provided by local merchants. Prizes will be awarded for the following superlative hat-egories: Most Environmentally Friendly, Most Humorous, Most Seasonal, Most Stylish, Best Couple, and Best High Falls Theme. Admission for this jam-packed evening of food, fun and prizes is $15, $12 for seniors. Tables fill up quickly for this well-loved annual event, so neighbors are strongly urged to reserve in advance. Benefit for the High Falls Civic Association.  Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 7-10pm; For info and reservations send email to Edward Schoelwer at eschoelwer6@gmail.com or call 687-3473. 

29, 30   Maple Weekend. See first-hand how real maple syrup is made & get a tour of our creek-side maple farm. Platte Creek Maple Farm, 808 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties; 9am-3pm; 853-4240; www.mapleweekend.com




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APRIL 2014


3, 4, 5, 6    Woodstock Writers Festival.  
This is one of the gems of spring here in Woodstock.  You can take workshops, attend lectures and meet some of the finest writers in the country.  For the complete schedule and to purchase individual tickets or full festival passes visit www.woodstockwritersfest.com

5     Sugaring Off: 18th C. Style.
Join the staff of Senate House State Historic Site to celebrate the maple season.  Activities include boiling maple sap to syrup, making jack wax candy, baking molasses cornbread and waffles over an open fire, hewing a log into a trough and making wooden buckets and spiles which were used to collect the sap.  The First Ulster Militia will re-enact a raid on the sugar bush.  Rural Felicity will perform traditional 18th century music.  The event is free and open to the public.  All are invited to attend.  Guided tours of the Senate House will be available at the usual rate of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, ages 12 and under are free.  The site is located on Fair St. in uptown Kingston; 11am-3pm; 338-2786.

6    23rd Annual John A. Coleman High School Wine & Cheese Party and Raffle.
19 Chances to win from $100 to $10,000. Tickets $50/two people. John A Coleman Catholic High School, 430 Hurey Avenue, Hurley; 3pm; 338-2750; www.colemancatholic.org

8    10th Annual Taste of Rhinebeck.
Event guests enjoy strolling along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck, stopping and sampling food and beverages provided by more than twenty restaurants, spirit shops, caterers and gourmet food stores. One price includes tasting at every stop along the route. Hosted by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital. Cost is $75 per person until April 1st and $100 from April 2-8. Downtown Rhinebeck; 6-9pm; Registration is required by calling 871-3505 or register on-line at www.health-quest.org/taste

10    Deadline to purchase or reserve tickets for the Catskills Humane Society Annual Spring Dance & Auction
on April 26 in Margaretville. You can purchase tickets at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, Now & Then Video in Margaretville or call Dale Trethaway to reserve tickets: 518-238-3592. Tickets are $60 per person. www.heartofthecatskills.org/current/events.htm

11   11th Annual Empty Bowls 2014.
Purchase ceramic bowls that were made by a number of local artists and students. They can then have their bowls filled with a variety of donated soups and/or ice cream.   All proceeds will be given to the Rochester Food Pantry, the Rosendale Food Pantry, the Rondout Valley Food Pantry, and the HVCS Food Pantry. $15 or there is the option to purchase a disposable bowls for five dollars for those who would like to help this worthy cause but might not want  a ceramic bowl.  Rondout Valley High School 122 Kyserike Road, Stone Ridge; 5-7:30pm; For more info 443-1433 or EmptyBowlsNY@gmail.com

11    Jeepers Peepers Spring Moon Walk.
  A unique event that features a nighttime walk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. HVRT Depot, 101 New Paltz Rd., Highland; 7:30-9pm; 691-2066, www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

12    15th Annual Garden Day
. This year’s keynote, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights", features Fredda Merzon, metal sculptor. This full day event also includes a mini-trade show featuring local nurseries and garden products, door prizes, and 16 different classes to choose from, each related to this year’s theme, “Edibles & Ornamentals”. $35 Pre-register/$40 at the door.  Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension.  Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardener Program. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottrekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30am-4:15pm; 340-3990; www.cceulster.org

12     Easter Egg Hunt. 
Ages 1-12 years, please sign up at Gardiner Town Hall.  Majestic Park, Gardiner; Noon; For info call 255-9675 x100.

12    Easter Magic in the Hamlet of Highland.
Gather at the Methodist Church and coax Hamlet the Rabbit out for a story. Easter parade to the village field for an egg hunt. Peter Rabbit’s Potting Shed will be open for treats and hot chocolate. Village of Highland; 10am; 691-8011, www./townoflloyd.com

12, 13    Pasta Primo Vino.
Taste wines and pasta dishes at each of the 14 wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. See website for details and to order tickets. 10am-6pm; 256-8456. www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/events.html

13    Dancin’ on the Rondout Barn Dance. Send the Clearwater off into the spring sailing season. Music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, called by Peter Blue. RSVP to www.surveymonkey.com/s/BarnDancin2014 and save $5. RSVP price until 5PM, April 11 is $20. Walk-in price: $25.  Kids 12 and under get in free. Pay at door for both R.S.V.P. and Walk-in.  Kingston Home Port. 50 Rondout Landing. Kingston; 5:30-8:30pm; www.clearwater.org


New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, April 17, 2014
17    2nd Annual Business Showcase. 
Celebrate the Hudson’s Valley’s diverse businesses while providing professionals with new networking opportunities. Guest speakers and workshops. Free admission to the public. The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase will be held at Novella's New Paltz, 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz; 1pm-6pm;
www.newpaltzchamber.org/news_events/pot-o-gold_business_showcase.aspx

18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4   Hudson Valley Fair.
 Family-friendly fair will include free live entertainment and shows including the Banana Derby, the High Flying Pages Circus, illusionist Lance Gifford, exotic animals, fireworks, a full petting zoo and more. Admission to the fair is as low as $3.50 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online.  Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount through the website before the start of the fair for $20 each.  No fair would be complete without delicious fair food. The Hudson Valley Fair has all fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn, pizza and more.  Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls; Fair gates open at 5pm Fridays, and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyfair.com

19    The Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase.
The Showcase is a family-friendly fiber festival right on the Hudson River.  Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations, exhibition of various breeds of sheep and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music & food. $8 per vehicle parking fee. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown; 11am-4pm; Call (518) 537-4240 or visit www.friendsofclermont.org or call (518) 537-4240 for more information or for a vendor application.

19    Easter/Spring Plant Sale. Proceeds to benefit Gardiner Day Events. Gardiner Firehouse, Route 44-55, Gardiner; 9am-2pm; For info call 706-0625.

25    Women Helping Women Dance. To benefit the Women’s Shelter in Kingston. VFW Hall, Route 208, New Paltz; 6:30-10:30pm; For info call 706-0625.

26    SUNY Ulster Spring Open House.  This is our largest one-stop-shop opportunity to learn everything you want to know about SUNY Ulster. Visit our Information Fair, attend academic program and college preparation workshops, and tour the Stone Ridge campus.  SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottrekill Road, Stone Ridge; 10am; 687-5262; Email: admissions@sunyulster.edu  www.sunyulster.edu

26    Loaves & Fishes Quilt Show. 
In memory of Beth Lewis, benefiting the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Over 70 quilts will be displayed. Demonstrations, Raffle baskets and a Quilt Raffle.  Afternoon tea. Tickets: $6/$5 for seniors. Afternoon tea $5. Raffle basket: $5 for 25 tickets. Quilt raffle: $5 for 6 tickets. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 3021 Route 213 East, Stone Ridge; 10am-5pm; For information about entering a quilt call Mary Beilman at 687-7867. www.rvfoodpantry.org

26    Community Friends' Yard Sale & Antiques' Appraisal Service.
A Benefit for the Local Alzheimer's Association Trash-to-Treasures, collectibles, manufacturers' new goods,  unique handcrafted merchandise, Experts' Professional Price Opinions $5, Culinary Breakfast & Lunch @ Cool Bus Café. Vendors & Volunteers welcome. Donations accepted & Receipts given. Free Parking & Admission. New Hamburg Firehouse; 15 Channingville Road, Wappingers Falls; 9am-4pm; For info call 797-9887 or email erctiptop2@yahoo.com

26    Spring Family Fest.  
Come celebrate the arrival of Spring.  Featuring the music of two great Hudson Valley family bands, Ratboy Jr. and Grenadilla and will also feature some delicious food and drink as well as a raffle. The suggested donation is $10 per family. All funds raised will go toward creating a shade cover for the Family Stage at the Rosendale Street Fest. In the event of cold or rain the event will be inside The Rosendale Theatre. Willow Kiln Park, 408 Main St. (behind the Rosendale Theatre), Rosendale; 11am-1pm.

26    Woodstock Film Festival Spirit of Woodstock Awards.
The Spirit of Woodstock Award celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley, its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation and the river that flows through and connects it. The 2014 celebration will honor Mark Braunstein, Founder and CEO of Markertek and in Memoriam, Levon Helm, Presented to his daughter, Amy Helm; to his widow, Sandra Helm; and to Barbara O’Brien, who runs Levon’s Midnight Ramble. Special Award presenter: Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter Robbie Dupree. Emerson Resort and Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mt. Tremper; 7pm; For info 688-2828 or buy tickets www.wff.pointinspace.com/fundraising/spirit2014.php 

26    “The Big Thaw” Dance Party. 
Chronogram is throwing “The Big Thaw” as a fun way for the Hudson Valley to warm up after the harsh winter. Here’s what is lined up: DJ sets by Dave Leonard and Carlos the Sun, Beer and wine by Chatham Brewing and Benmarl Winery, a Light show by Evolving Media Network, local Hudson Valley food trucks including Yum Yum on Wheels, Funky photo booth photo ops with props, curated art installations from Hudson Valley artists, and much more. Sponsored by DragonSearch, Chatham Brewing, Benmarl Winery, Evolving Media Network, Milne At Home Antiques, Boitson’s Restaurant, and Broadway Photo booth. Admission $10. Advanced ticket purchasers will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Boitson's Restaurant. 8 North Front Street, Kingston; 8pm;  Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/chronogram-dance-party-tickets-11004778589

26     Catskills Humane Society Annual Spring Dance & Auction.
  Enjoy a great evening of fine dining, live music and dancing to DJ Tito. Exciting live & silent auction items. You can purchase tickets at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, Now & Then Video in Margaretville or call Dale Trethaway to reserve tickets: 518-238-3592. Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased by April 10th. No tickets will be sold at the door. Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, West Hubbell Hill Road, Margaretville, 6-10pm; www.heartofthecatskills.org/current/events.htm

26    Spring Food Festival.
 Sprouts & Shoots, Cut & Come-Again-Greens, Sour Dough Rye  bread & local honey with Amy Eggers, Hilda Lego, Amy Trompetter.  Rosendale Food Pantry, 45 James St. Rosendale; 10am-3pm; For information contact Sarah Lipari 527-7726.

26 (Rain Date April 27)    7th Annual Saugerties High School "Winter Dust Off Auto Show".
 There will be cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. New, classic, or custom, we take them all! There will be food and raffles too. It will be fun for everyone. The first 50 entrants receive a magnetic dash plaques sponsored by Don Roe Trophies. Vehicle registration fee is $10 per auto; entry fee for spectators is $2. Proceeds benefit the PTSA Senior Post Prom. Car show is located on the side parking lot of the school. Saugerties High School, 310 Washington Ave., Saugerties; 10am-2:30pm, registration begins at 9am; For info contact Sue at 246-0705; Facebook

26, 27    TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival.
TAP New York Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival.  2-day long craft beer and fine food festival featuring over 50 breweries and well over 200 individual beers. Highly qualified judges choose the best craft brewery in the Hudson Valley and New York State, as well as the best individual beers in both the Hudson Valley and the entire state.  Hunter Mountain Resort, 64 Kein Avenue, Hunter; Sat 1-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. 518-263-4223; Get tickets early. www.tap-ny.com/about.html www.huntermtn.com

27    12th Annual Complementary Medicine Conference:  A Holistic Approach Health. 
A one-day educational conference  focusing on treating the whole person, addressing the value of mind-body & spirit, food as medicine, herbal & nutritional supplements, complementary therapies, and much more in recovery from illness. Co-sponsored by PROS: Professional Radiation Oncology Services, Genomic Health, MHFCU, Health Quest, Diane & Gary Kvistad: Woodstock Chimes, American Biosciences, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital,  Sunflower Natural Foods, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, Sawyer Savings Bank, American Printing & Office Supply, and Joan Schuman Associates. Admission, which includes lunch, $35, students/seniors $25. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center; 8am-4pm; 339-4673  Register online at www.BreastCancerOptions.org

27    New Paltz Earth Day Fair 2014
. A community wide gathering and celebration of sustainability and earth wise practices. Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot Street New Paltz; 11am-3pm; 255-6340; www.reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org

27    Kiwanis Kingston Classic.
 Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis youth funds including scholarships. Awards and food. Presented by HITS Endurance. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; For more info contact info@kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  For early registration go to www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com



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MAY 2014


May 2, 2014 - Caring Connections of Ulster County Family Caregiver Conference in Kingston, NY
2    Annual Family Caregiver Conference: Caring for the Caregiver, Get Connected~Become Empowered. Keynote Speaker Maria Blon, SPARKS! Life Coach and Energy Healer. Topics include: Medication Safety, Managing Stress through Preplanning, Nursing Home Transition & Diversion, Keys to Staying Connected to your Inner Spiritual Side, Local Vendor Showcase Community Resources. Cost: $25 includes breakfast and lunch – Scholarships available. Hosted by Caring Connections of Ulster County and RCAL. Garden Plaza Hotel, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston; 8am-4pm; For further information, contact Evelyn Flynn at 331-6563 or ef12401@aol.com To register, visit our website www.caringconnectionsofuc.com

2, 3, 4    Crafts At Lyndhurst: A Spring Festival of Fine Craft, Food & Fun.  With Mother's Day, wedding season and graduation just around the corner, Crafts At Lyndhurst, a festival of fine craft, food and fun, offers shoppers the chance to find unique gifts for the  bride-to-be, the graduating senior or to show mom just how special she is. More than 275 craftspeople will be displaying and selling their contemporary works. Visitors will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet visionary artists and purchase their latest one-of-a-kind items.  The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry; fashion and accessories; furniture, and home décor pieces; as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Crafts At Lyndhurst offers more than just crafts. Visitors can also enjoy interactive experiences throughout the weekend: dance to live music all weekend long by Tribes Hill; watch and participate in craft demonstrations; learn how to play an instrument in a special interactive musical experience; eat in the expanded food court (now including delicious vegan and vegetarian options); wander around our sculpture garden, taste and bring home yummy specialty foods and entertain the kids with a variety of children’s activities including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers and more. General admission is $10, Seniors $9, Children 6-16 $4; Children under 6 free. No dogs allowed. Lyndhurst, Rte 9, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For info & travel directions: 331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com

2, 3, 4   Hudson Valley Fair.  Family-friendly fair will include free live entertainment and shows including the Banana Derby, the High Flying Pages Circus, illusionist Lance Gifford, exotic animals, fireworks, a full petting zoo and more. Admission to the fair is as low as $3.50 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online.  Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount through the website before the start of the fair for $20 each.  No fair would be complete without delicious fair food. The Hudson Valley Fair has all fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn, pizza and more.  Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls; Fair gates open at 5pm Fridays, and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyfair.com
May 3, 2014 - Women's Health & Fitness Expo
3    14th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo. Featuring: Over 100 booths and exhibits; Over 20 free health screenings; Seminars and workshops; Healthy Food Court with cooking demos and samples from area chefs; Ongoing exercise and fitness demonstrations; "The Doctor is In" booth featuring private consultations with specialists; Book signings by noted authors; Spa treatments; Complementary disciplines (aromatherapy, stress reduction techniques, etc.), and more. $7 admission online or $8 at door. Miller Middle School,  65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine; 8:30am-4pm; Contact us at getfit@womenshealthexpo.com www.womenshealthexpo.com

3    VFW Flea Market.
  Refreshments and raffles will be available. Please support your veterans. Indoor/Outdoor. Rain or shine. VFW, 708 E. Chester St., Kingston;  10am-3pm; For info, contact Wayne Sickler at 331-2636 or fleamarket@vfwpost1386.org www.vfwpost1386.org/fleamarket

3    Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix.  
A women’s only bicycle event held on courses that include some of the most challenging as well as scenic roads in the Northeast. Three separate races: Pro/1/2, Category 3, Cat 2 and 3 Masters, and Category 4.  This event is also to raise funds and awareness for HOPE’s Fund.  Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 8am; 679-7420; www.facebook.com/WWCGP2013

10    TrailFest 2014. Join us as we kick off the summer camping season. This is our Demo Day of hiking backpacking and family camping. Meet local and national organizations who promote conservancy and outdoor mountain sports. Also outdoor community's top clothing and gear manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their products. Free Admission, Kenco, 1000 Hurley Mountain Rd., Kingston; 10am-4pm; 338-5045; www.atkenco.com/events.asp

17    3rd Annual SpringFest. There are two races:  A Bed Race and a Waiters Race.   The Bed Race race involves teams rolling beds down the hamlet streets of Lloyd and The Waiters Race involves waiters carrying trays of water glasses through the hamlet streets of Lloyd while our local community, sponsors, restaurants, and spectators cheer them on.  Highland; 11am to 7pm; For registration visit www.townoflloyd.com/Pages/LloydNY_Bcomm/Events/index

3    VFW Flea Market.  Refreshments and raffles will be available. Please support your veterans. Indoor/Outdoor. Rain or shine. VFW, 708 E. Chester St., Kingston;  10am-3pm; For info, contact Wayne Sickler at 331-2636 or fleamarket@vfwpost1386.org or www.vfwpost1386.org/fleamarket

31    Preschool Expo.  The Expo will showcase the wide variety of resources available in Ulster County to families with children ages 3 - 5. The event will provide ideas and referrals for educational, social, and recreational activities as well as information on health issues and nutrition. There will be activities, games and giveaways for families. Hosted by The YWCA Ulster County.  YWCA, 209 Clinton Ave., Kingston; 10am-2pm; For more info call 338-6844, x110; www.ywcaulstercounty.org




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JUNE 2014


1    Walkway’s 3rd Annual World Record Event: “Handshake Across the Hudson.”
In our ongoing mission to bring only the biggest, best, and happiest events to the Hudson Valley, Walkway Over the Hudson plans to gather 3,000 friends on the world's longest elevated pedestrian park to attempt another World Record. Let’s break the record for longest handshake relay. This event takes place on the Walkway with entrance from both East and West approaches. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years old, and FREE for children 5 and younger. All participants receive a souvenir. Poughkeepsie/Highland; Check-in from 9:30-10:30am. Event begins promptly at 11am. Register at www.walkway.org

6    A Panel Discussion on Elder Abuse.  
Continental Breakfast served. Hosted by the Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. Wiltwyck Golf Club,404 Steward Lane, Kingston; 8:301m-Noon; For more information and registration please call 338-2980.

15    5th Annual New Paltz Challenge: A Father's Day Half-Marathon and Family 5K. For registration visit www.newpaltzchallenge.com

21    9th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day: “Ready, Set, Go
! Making a Difference Starts Today!” A day where family, friends, and neighbors come together to celebrate our community and connect with resources and information provided by local community organizations, health professionals, and educational opportunities. There will be service projects for event attendees, music, dancing, food, fitness workshops, and much more. Brought to you by the Everette Hodge Community Center, the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation, Kingston Library, Rose Women Care Service, Ulster BOCES, UlsterCorps and Kingston Cares. Franklin Street will be blocked from Broadway to Prospect Street (adjacent to the Kingston Library) as we enjoy the day’s activities; 11am-3pm; For further information contact Megan Weiss at 331-1110 or mweiss@fowinc.org



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JULY 2014


11, 12, 13   The Hudson Project Festival.
A three-day music and arts festival on a farm set against the backdrop of the magical Catskill Mountains, just a short distance from New York City and all other major metropolitan areas across the Northeast. You can expect an interactive experience from the moment you arrive on-site, featuring: the ultimate fusion of over 85 genre-defying musical acts on four stages; a fifth interactive performance area; large scale art installations; an art village; a selection of gourmet foods, wine, craft beers, and specialty cocktails from the Hudson Valley area; a wide range of camping options from pre-set up “glamping” tents to DIY choices; and more. At least 18 years of age.  Winston Farm, 119 Augusta Savage Road, Saugerties; www.facebook.com/TheHudsonProject

26    83rd Annual Woodstock Library Fair.
  The party of the summer where all of Woodstock celebrates since 1931.  Sponsored by The Friends of The Woodstock Library.  Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock; 10am-5pm; 679-2213;  www.Woodstock.org



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AUGUST 2014

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SEPTEMBER 2014


4    The 18th Annual “Fall for Art”.
A fundraising art show, sale and cocktail reception, showcasing the work of Hudson Valley artists and benefiting the Jewish Federation of Ulster County and community programs it supports. The Jewish Federation of Ulster County is proud to announce that a portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the “Emerging Artists of the Hudson Valley” high school art competition.  The competition will be open to Hudson Valley high school juniors.  A panel of judges from the local arts community will select the 3 “best” submissions.  The winning students will each receive a cash award and their works will be on display at the event. $40/person in advance, $45 per person at the door. Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston; 6-9pm; For more information call 338-8131 or info@fallforart.org  www.fallforart.org

20, 21    3rd Annual Hudson Valley Harvest Festival
. Celebrate the Hudson Valley's rich agricultural bounty and so much more.  This family-friendly event features a huge farmers market featuring local farms as well as a broad array of arts and crafts and food vendors including the 4-H Snack bar and famous milkshakes, great live entertainment, lots of family and children's activities, Bessie Bingo, 4-H livestock exhibits, educational demos including food canning, a flea market, an antique car show (Saturday only) and a "Touch-a-Truck" children's event (Sunday only) and so much more. Daily general admission tickets are $5 each day, ages 5 and under are Free.  Rain or shine.  The proceeds from this event benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County and Family of Woodstock, Inc., two of the county's leading agencies providing services and education to the Ulster County community. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz; 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday;  www.hudsonvalleyharvestfestival.com

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