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Winter Freestyle Frolic.
January 16, 2016 – April 16, 2016. Monthly on third Saturdays.  The Frolic is an all-ages dance party for dance lovers: a not-for-profit all-volunteer freestyle dance event in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Frolic dances are alcohol free, smoke free, and drug free which keeps the focus on dancing. Dancers of all kinds attend.  Adult $5 - $10 Sliding Scale, Teens & Seniors $2 - $7 Sliding Scale, Children under 12  Free, Volunteers for Doorshift, Setup, & Takedown – Free. The Jungle, 881 Route 28, Kingston; 7:30-11:45pm; 845-658-8319 or

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.

The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley
. Please check 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;

First Saturdays - Kingston Art Receptions.
 Held throughout Kingston in various galleries.  Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.); 5pm-8pm; 338-0331;

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;

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;

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 or 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;

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4    34th Annual Woodstock Holiday Open House.
This year’s event will include face painting by Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa, live performances on the Village Green, Victorian Carolers and the Kingston Catholic School Chorus throughout the village, ice sculpting, Santa’s Raffle with donations from area businesses, and refreshments and activities in many stores and businesses. Sponsored by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts, Woodstock; 5-9pm. 

4    Holiday Bazaar.
Reasonably priced and handmade items will be on sale. Cards, ornaments, ceramics and books. Town of Esopus Library,128 Canal Street, Port Ewen; 2-7pm; 845-338-5580;

4    “Festival of Lights”.
 The Loughran House & Senate House grounds will be decked out in their holiday finest as we celebrate Kingston's Annual "Snowflake Festival." Come visit with Santa and sing classic holiday songs with our Carolers as we ring in the season. Enjoy free horse & buggy rides and roasted chestnuts while warming up with our hot apple cider. Free. Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair St., Kingston; 5-8pm; For more information call 845-338-2786 or visit

4    The Snowflake Festival: “KUBA’s Gift to our Community.
Instead of a parade this year, the event will take place on multiple stages and places on Wall and North Front Streets, bounded by Crown, Fair (south of the barn – where Santa will end up) and John.  There will be a Bike Raffle, and music will be provided by groups from Kingston High, Coleman, and the Center for Creative Education. There will also be a 2-hour ice sculpture performance and a personality from WPBM 92.9 will be hosting the event throughout. Be sure to join us this year at the intersection of Wall and North Front Streets for a spectacular evening full of music, fun, and holiday splendor.  Sponsored by the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA). Uptown Stockade District, Kingston; 5-8pm.

4    2nd Annual Community Tree Lighting.
Carolers from the Reformed Church of New Paltz choir and the New Paltz High School chorus will launch the event with a medley of traditional Victorian holiday songs. Before and after the tree lighting, guests are invited to the DuBois Fort Visitor Center and Museum Shop for holiday shopping and sweets, including a Lagusta’s Luscious Pop-Up Shop with fine handmade vegan chocolates and confections. Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; 6:45-7:30pm; 845-255-1660;

4    The Town of Gardiner’s Annual Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting.
This event is sponsored by The Gardiner Day Committee. Gathering will be at Gardiner Gables, Route 44/55, Gardiner; 7pm; For more information, please call 845-255-9675 Ext. 103.

4, 5    Christkindlmarkt.
Enjoy a festive German holiday marketplace with vendors’ specialties, home baked treats and German & American foods and refreshments in our Café. Free. Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor, 37 Greenkill Ave., Kingston; Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 11am-5pm; For more information call 338-3763 or please visit

4, 5    A Holiday on Huguenot Street.  Celebrate the season with Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz, including holiday tours, a Christmas Fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ crafts, and more.  Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm; 845-255-1660 or 845-255-1889; For details visit

4, 5, 6    The Warwarsing Wassail. Three days of holiday family fun.  Events held by businesses and organizations in Ellenville, Napanoch, and Warwarsing.  Make cookies and crafts, kids’ party, live music, electric fire truck parade, tree lighting and caroling. Local “Toys for Kids” and hat, scarf and glove drives.  For more information, please call 845-647-4620.
December 4,5,6, 2015 - CraftBrooklyn by Artrider Productions
4, 5, 6    CRAFT|BROOKLYN: The "Art of Craft”.
Exceptional indie artists will exhibit and sell their visionary works to design savvy shoppers who will have the opportunity to find extraordinary one of a kind gifts and inspiring modern works. The exhibitors, coming from 17 different states, embody the diversity of the American contemporary craft and maker movement by combining time-honored traditions with cutting edge design.  Some are masters in their fields, bringing a modern tilt to a lifetime of exploration, and some are emerging artists bringing new creative visions to object making. Their commonality is a commitment to excellence, independence and adventure.  There will be limited edition creations of contemporary ceramics, wood furniture, wearable-art fashions and objects, steel sculpture, blown glass, mixed media home furnishings and more. Visitors should also plan to explore the gourmet food and specialties section to fully experience hand-crafted delights. A weekend pass is $10, seniors (62+) are $9, children under 16 are free. The Brooklyn Expo, 72 Noble St, Brooklyn Center; Friday Preview 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; For more information, discount coupons and travel directions call 845-331-7900 or visit

December 4-6 - Ulster Ballet’s Community Events to Benefit “A Christmas Carol” presented by Ulster Ballet and held at UPAC
4, 5, 6    Ulster Ballet Company’s 2015 “A Christmas Carol”. Ticket prices are $22 for adults; $18 for Seniors and UPAC/Bardavon members, and $15 for children 12 and under, and groups of 10 or more. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 4pm, and Sunday 2pm; For additional details visit; For tickets visit or Ticketmaster

5    Lego Santa's Workshop.  Enjoy the magic of the holidays with Lego Santa's Workshop! Come build a Lego Christmas city. Each child will build their own Lego holiday ornament to take home. $45. Highland Cultural Arts Studio, 437 New Paltz Road, Highland;  9:30am-12:30pm; 845-255-1318, 845-706-5748;

5    Folk, Chili & Craft.
We are combining few of our favorite things into one whopper of a day.  The long awaited revival of the Pine Hill Folk Festival, our annual chili cook-off & fundraiser and craft/holiday vendors. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill; 10am; 845-254-5469; For more information, please visit

5    Gifted Handmade Market.
The Festive Destination for One-Stop Holiday Shopping! Gifted Handmade Market is a cozy, beautifully curated holiday market featuring 25+ Hudson Valley artisans, a Sweet & Savory Pop-Up Café, Secret Gift Making Workshop for kids only, Cookie Contest, a Holiday Photo Booth, Hot cocoa by the fire and more. Free admission. High Meadow School, 3643 Route 209, Stone Ridge; 10am-5pm; 845-687-4855;

5    St. Peter’s Parish Holiday Craft Fair.
Handmade Holiday Crafts for Sale: Jewelry, Wreaths, Candles, Hair Accessories, Soap products, and more. Many different vendors will be present for Avon, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, 31 Gifts, Origami Owl, Perfectly Posh and more. Light lunch and refreshments. Free Admission. St. Peter’s Church, Mulry Hall,1017 Keator Avenue & Route 213, Rosendale;10am-4pm; For more information, contact: Fran Lyman at 914-466-5130 or

5    High Falls Holiday Tree Lighting.
Caroling, hot soup & visit from Santa. Annual Fire Department’s Toy Drive. Meet at The Green, Rt. 213, High Falls. Refreshments after event at Community Church of High Falls, 4 Firehouse Rd., High Falls; 5:30pm;

5    9th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair. Craft vendors and refreshments. $1 admission. Marbletown Elementary School, 12 Pine Bush Rd., Stone Ridge; 10am-4pm; For more information call 687-0284.

5    15th Annual Holly Berry Trail. Tour private Ulster County homes decorated in holiday splendor inside & out. Refreshments provided by local restaurants. $30/pp. Sponsored by the Junior League of Kingston. Map pick-up at The Fred J. Johnston Museum, 63 Main St., Kingston; Tours start at 10am & noon.  To purchase tickets, contact a Junior League member or email

5, 6    25th Annual Craft Fair 2015.
Master crafts people and fine artists display and sell their work. You can buy gallery quality handcrafted gift items, ceramics, jewelry, leather work, woodwork, children’s clothing, wreaths, blown glass and more at affordable prices. Presented by Unison Arts and sponsored by Bailey Ceramic Supply & Pottery Equipment, My Market, and Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop $4 Adult, $3 Adult Member,12 years old and under are free. New Paltz Middle School, 2 South Manheim Boulevard,New Paltz; 10am-5pm; For more info please visit

5, 6    Kingston Model Railroad Club’s 78th Anniversary Open House.
Complete “O” Scale Railroad system in action. Villages & scenery, railroad museum, trolleys, circus trains, Thomas the Tank Engine and more. $6/Adults, $2/Children. Kingston Model Railroad Club, Susan St. Kingston; Noon-5pm; For more information call 334-8233 or visit

5, 12    Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread Exhibition. Come see the creative gingerbread houses and structures built to represent many of our treasured historical sites here in Ulster County. $10/ general public; $5/UCHS members; $7/ seniors & children under 12; Free to children 4 & under; $25 for families. Ulster County Historical Society, 2682 US-209, Kingston;11am-4pm; For more information please call 845-338-5614 or

5, 6, 12, 13    Wreath Fineries at the Wineries. Wreath Fineries at the Wineries: Special holiday food & wine tastings, souvenir wine glass, handmade grapevine wreath and ornaments. Tickets: 1 or 2 days, designated driver and couples. 10am–6pm.  A Shawangunk Wine Trail event.  Reservations recommended.  Details, tickets: 256-8456; For more information, please call 256-8456 or visit

6    32nd Annual Reindeer Ramble.
A 5K Holiday Road Race and Competitive Walk. Benefit for the the YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Fund. Snow or shine event. YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, Broadway, Kingston; 1pm; 845-338-3810 ext 107;
Click Here for more info and registration details.

6    Saugerties Holiday in the Village
.  Holiday market, usic, toy raffles, live mannequins, free horse and carriage rides, kids crafts, entertainment and surprises. Visit Sanat and enjoy the petting zoo in the front yard at the Kiersted House, 119 Main St.  Firemen’s Parade of Lights to Seamon Park for the Village Tree Lighting Market, Main & Partition Streets, Saugerties;  Noon-6pm; For more info call 845-246-1337 or visit

6    Christmas in the Hamlet of Milton
. Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting, live nativity, crafts, storytelling, refreshments and visit with Santa. Main St., Milton; 2-4pm; For more information call 845-616-7824 or please visit

6    Into the Light!. Ellenville Public Library & Museum proudly presents The Vanaver Caravan, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater and special guest singers Barely Lace in the holiday pageant Into the Light! $5 donation at the door. Ellenville High School Auditorium, 28 Maple Ave., Ellenville; 2pm; For more information call 845-647-5530 or please visit

December 10    3rd Annual Made in Kingston.
Eclectic mix of art and artisanal goods made in Kingston. The ultimate “shop local” holiday experience. Lace Mill Factory, 165 Cornell St., Kingston; 5-8pm; For more information call 331-2238 or please visit

11    Light up the Hamlet of Highland.
Santa’s Workshop will be open for a visit with Santa. Special performances, hot chocolate, candy, toasted marshmallows, games, giveaways, caroling with tree lighting at 6:20pm. Toy Drive for Lloyd PBA Toys for Tots. Vineyard Avenue & Main Street, Highland; 6–8:30pm. For more information, please call 845-691-2144 x100.

11, 12, 13    Artrider's Holiday CraftMorristown.
 Offering creative holiday shoppers and handmade design lovers the opportunity to shop from 150 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country at this curated event. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Their outstanding craftsmanship of handmade masterpieces make extraordinary gifts loved ones will never forget. Collectors, art enthusiasts and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest works. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition: jewelry; apparel and accessories; furniture and home decor pieces; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and mixed media; fine art painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. Visitors should make sure to bring their sweet tooth and plan to visit the gourmet specialty food section to fully experience hand-crafted delights. General admission is $9 (includes unlimited re-entry); seniors are $8; children are free. The Morristown Armory, 430 Western Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey; Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm; For more info call 845-331-7900 or visit

12    Frozendale Festival.
 Frozendale is a community generated festival, with   participating shops showcasing the best of local food, art, music and crafts. The winter gift sale is bigger than ever with vendors located at The Creative CoOp and The TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center. Early birds can start with The Rosendale Library's 'holiday stories for children', read by Ann Van Damm at 10am. Their Holiday Booktique goes until 3pm and includes inexpensive gifts, decorations, and books for sale. The Rosendale Theatre features a free matinee at 2pm, with the screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Redwing Blackbird Theatre presents a Lenape tale adapted from a book called "Rainbow Crow." Visit with Santa Claus and his elves at Bill Brook's Barber Shop, offering free hay rides, departing every half an hour, from noon-2pm.  This amazing day culminates when the Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club parades us to the Big Cheese at 5pm for the Mac and Cheese Bake-Off.  Anyone who can melt cheese can compete in this annual competition to win prizes.  Rosendale; 10am-6pm. Visit Facebook page for details.

12    Olive Free Library Holiday Craft Fair.  
Shop for handmade local crafts and enjoy a hot lunch. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan; 10am-4pm; For more information please call 657-2482 or email or visit our web

12    Sloop Clearwater's Open Boat.  
Join Clearwater at our first open boat event of the season. Come and see the progress made on the historic sloop Clearwater, enjoy music, boat tour

12    Sloop Clearwater's Open Boat.  
Join Clearwater at our first open boat event of the season. Come and see the progress made on the historic sloop Clearwater, enjoy music, boat tours, children's activities and more. Bring your instrument and a potluck dish. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 4-8pm; For info please call 845-265-8080 or email

12    Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread Exhibition. Come see the creative gingerbread houses and structures built to represent many of our treasured historical sites here in Ulster County. $10/ general public; $5/UCHS members; $7/ seniors & children under 12; Free to children 4 & under; $25 for families. Ulster County Historical Society, 2682 US-209, Kingston;11am-4pm; For more information please call 845-338-5614 or

12    Winter Wonderland Parade.
Festivities, singing, refreshments and tree lighting at the Gazebo and MHVF Credit Union. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo after the parade. Old Rt. 9W, West Stout Street & along Broadway, Esopus; 5:30pm; For more information, please call 845-331-3549.

12, 13    Welcome Yule: Sing Joy! 
Ars Choralis’ annual musical celebration of the season.  $18 advance, $20 door, children and students 18 & under half price.  Tickets at or area merchants Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Kingston; DIG, Saugerties; Golden Notebook & Catskill Art & Office Supply, Woodstock. Saturday  Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St.,  Kingston; 7pm.  Sunday Woodstock Overlook United Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St., Woodstock; 7pm; For more info call 845-679-8172 or visit

12, 13    Wreath Fineries at the Wineries. Wreath Fineries at the Wineries: Special holiday food & wine tastings, souvenir wine glass, handmade grapevine wreath and ornaments. Tickets: 1 or 2 days, designated driver and couples. 10am–6pm.  A Shawangunk Wine Trail event.  Reservations recommended.  Details, tickets: 256-8456; For more information, please call 256-8456 or visit

13    Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive.
Have your picture taken with Santa. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and fresh baked cookies. Donate new unwrapped toys, food items, personal health and beauty items or monetary donations.Noon-4pm. High Falls Fire House, 1 Firehouse Rd., High Falls; noon-4pm; For more information, please call 845-687-8712.

December 19    Winter Solstice 2015.
  Byrdcliffe’s wonderful Winter Solstice tradition continues this holiday season with a performance by Happy Traum & Friends. Proceeds of the event support the ongoing work of Byrdcliffe as a center for the arts and a community for artists in the Hudson Valley. Tickets: $67, $47,  $27. For more information call 845-679-6900 or visit

20, 21    66th Annual Living Nativity:
A wonderful holiday tradition with the re-enactment of the Christmas story with animals and local parishioners outside at the Old Dutch’s churchyard. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., Kingston; 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm. For more information call 845-338-6759 or please visit

24    Santa Arrives In Woodstock.  
Festivities in Woodstock begin around 5pm and Santa arrives shortly after to hand out stockings filled with candy and other goodies. Woodstock Green, Woodstock.

25    Woodstock Christmas Day Party. 
Woodstock likes a good party. Woodstockers love a free party. It's the biggest party of the year to celebrate the Holidays. The best food. Great music. Santa. FUN!! And it's free. Whatever you celebrate, rejoice with your friends and family, and meet your neighbors; we want you and yours to be there for Woodstock's Most Joyous Celebration. Volunteers needed. Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock; noon-5pm; Please contact or 845-679-6290 or Toni Weidenbacher or 845-679-7281 if you would like to volunteer either your time or food, or to perform.

December 31    Uptown Kingston’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.
A prohibition style event happening throughout the neighborhood, featuring jazz, swing, prohibition-style drinks, burlesque and more. The evening culminates with an old fashion ball-drop at the corner of Wall and North Front Streets in Kingston at midnight. Wall Street, Kingston; For more details visit

31    2nd Annual Saugerties New Year’s Eve in the Village.
“Stay local, stay safe.” Stage on Main St. with performances, DJ, refreshments and boy scouts will be handing out hot chocolate. Specials at many restaurants & bars. Midnight countdown and ball drop with Mayor & Police Chief on Main & Partition Streets. Some streets will be closed. Village of Saugerties; Performances 10:30pm-1am; For info call 246-2321 or
click here for details on facebook page

31   Family of Woodstock New Year's Eve Gala.
It's that time again. Family of Woodstock, Inc. is ready to celebrate the New Year with you. This year we have New Paltz's very own DJ Joey Garcia! We will have dinner prepared by chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. Not only are we doing a silent auction again but we will have a live one too. What a great way to start the New Year. Helping out Family of Woodstock, Inc, fine dining, an amazing venue and a fantastic DJ. $150 per person. Novella's, 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz; 7:30pm-1am; Nicole Conte 845-255-7957.

31    2nd Annual New Paltz Eve.
  The Greater New Paltz Community Partnership (GNPCP) is proud to be joining together with community members of all ages, local businesses, faith communities, and community organizations to host a number of fun, alcohol-free/drug-free community activities for all ages. New Paltz Eve is a great way to be together with friends, family and neighbors, or make new friends. All activities are free. For a schedule of activities please visit

31, January 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;

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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.

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;

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;

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;

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;

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  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;

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:

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 or 845-265-8080 ext. 7113; Tickets to the tribute concert can be purchased online at

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

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

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 For tickets visit

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;

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;

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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

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

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.

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

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; Info and reservations at

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; or

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;

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:

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;

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

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  Tickets can also be purchased at

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,

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;

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 Click Here for Tickets

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

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MARCH 2016

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;

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;

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

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;

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;

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;

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APRIL 2016

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  To request a printed brochure/registration call Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email

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