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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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7    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. Noon-3pm. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 S. Partition St., Saugerties; Noon-3pm; For more information please contact us at 845-247-0700; To register please visit

8    Belleayre Scout Day
. Attention all scouts - Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Pathfinders, Venturing, Frontier Girls, SpiralScouts International or any other type of scouting organizations.  For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, group lessons $15 and $Discounted rentals. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; For group reservations call 845-254-5600;

13-16    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. Snow tubes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis are provided. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville; 845-985-2291 ext. 450 or Click here for additional details

14    Annual Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.  Providing wonderful entertainment for the entire family.  Twenty plus regional restaurants bring their best batches of chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award in both the meat and vegetarian categories.  The chili entries vary widely from mild to spicy. Children love the great number of free activities and games designed with them in mind.  In addition, there is a wagon drawn hayride along the trail, marshmallows for toasting and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy.  On sale are hot dogs, hot beverages and more. Come on out and enjoy the day.  Admission $2, children 6 and under free.  Taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road,  Highland; 11am-2pm; For more info call 1-781-640-0881 or register at  and visit us at for updates.

14 (Snow date January 16)    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. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale; 2-5pm; To register for this free event please email or call 845-481-0331;

15    Shandaken Primitive Biathlon. 
The event will consist of a 1.25 mile course and 4 shooting stations with 2 shots per station.   The course will be a timed event where the number of scored targets will subtract time from a competitor's overall time.  An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s era attire. Competitors will be divided into 4 age groups: 1) 12-16 years old, 2) 17-40 years old, 3) 41-59 years old, 4) 60 years old & over. There will be prizes awarded for the first place in each age group, and a special prize will be awarded to the youth group winner. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to just snowshoe and shoot the course. Tomahawk and Sharpshooter competitions will be included as separate events. Registration Fees: Advance  $15, Day of event $18, Woodswalk  $12. Early registrations must be postmarked by January 7th, 2017. The Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea; 9am-Noon; For more info and to register

15    Woodstock’s 27th Annual Birthday Tribute to MLK.
Through reflection, celebration, education and song, let us remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Reverend G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa, International Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; the amazing songstress Journey Blue Heaven with her band The Woodstockers, Experience; A representative from the Town of Woodstock; and Debra Burger, Folk Singer. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 2pm; 845-679-7320.  

27 28, 29, 30   19th 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

28    Winterfest.  A great opportunity to get outside and celebrate winter during these cold months. Participants can attend snowshoe instructional classes and a hike. The hike will include a lesson on the history of snowshoeing, animal tracking and winter safety. Classes will begin at 11am, Noon and 1pm. Snowshoes will be provided to those interested in participating.  In the event there is no snow or poor snow conditions, a regular winter hike will be held instead. Warm up and enjoy the fun inside the Hasbrouck Park Stone Building. Indoor activities will include a variety of children's arts and crafts, games, warm beverages and food. There will also be a roaring campfire to use to make delicious s'mores. Additionally at Kingston Point Beach there will be guided bird watching, with scopes, natural history, behaviors, identification techniques and habitat information at 10:15am and 12:15pm. Hosted by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.  Hasbrouck Park, Delaware Avenue, Kingston; 10am-2pm; For further information about this event, contact Julie Noble at 845-481-7339;

28    Hudson Valley Wingfest 10.  
The original Wingfest is back..This year we will celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary and we are planning the biggest and  most delicious wing event ever. At this year's event you can expect more Wing restaurants, and more amazing and unique flavors as the best wing places battle it out to see who will be the Kings of the Wings? We also have some amazing bands to provide some of the best music ever as well as games, prizes and a great night of fun. So take a look at the ticket options and remember HV Wingfest has sold out 6 years straight now. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie; 5-9pm; For tickets and info

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3, 4, 5    Winter Hoot at The Ashokan Center. 
Come re-connect with your Hudson Valley community & hear beautiful folk, pop, and Americana music by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason + more. Plus local food, beer and wine, kids activities, a documentary film screening, blacksmithing, winter hikes, and a square dance.  Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend - tickets are "pay what you want" at the door or purchase in advance for guaranteed parking and entry. Indoor lodging is available on site. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; For more info and schedule visit

10, 11, 12    2017 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

11, 12    USA Luge Challenge.  Using easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds, patrons get a chance to experience this exciting Olympic sport through the USA Luge Challenge. Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend this weekend event can experience the “Fastest Sport on Ice” in a safe slope-side setting. After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age 10 and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment. In addition, fans can enjoy music and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win valuable fun prizes from USA Luge, its sponsors and Belleayre Mountain. Participation is free and no experience or lift tickets are required. Registration begins at 9am each day. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; 845-254-5600;

17-20    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    Second Annual Uptown Boogaloo.
Craft beer festival featuring over 75 craft brews, more than 40 regional and national breweries, Hudson Valley food vendors, music curated by Radio Woodstock, games, live performances and more. Order tickets by phone or online. Tickets $49-$60. BSP Kingston, 323 Wall St., Kingston; 877-987-6487; Two sessions from noon-4:30pm and 5:30-10pm;

18    President’s Style Torchlight Bash.
Enjoy an evening of family fun on the mountain. Food and beverages will continue after the lifts stop spinning in Groomers Pub & Lounge. The Giant Flying Turtles will be playing from 6-8pm in the great room. The torchlight parade will begin at dark with a night time jam. Outdoor music and great prizes are to follow in front of the Overlook Lodge. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; 845-254-5600;

25     20th Annual Women’s Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fiesta
. There’s no better cure for the winter blues than a plentiful scoop of chili in a brand new handmade bowl. With nearly 1000 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. In 20 years, we’ve also outgrown a few spaces, and this year the event will be hosted in the cafeteria at Ulster County Community College, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; Early admission 2-4pm $5, free admission 4-7pm; 845-658-9133;

26   Last Sunday Family Day.
  Presented by the museum’s educator Zachary Bowman. Exhibition-inspired hands-on activities for children and their families.  Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz; 2pm; 845-257-3844;

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MARCH 2017

4   2nd Annual Bow Tie & Blue Jeans Dinner.
 Dinner and Live Auction. Hosted by The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County. The cost is $70 per person, you may also reserve a table for eight for $700. Best Western, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston; 6-11pm; For reservations, call Linda Nalepa at 845-338-3810, ext 104 or

19    Family of Woodstock’s 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Social and Benefit Auction.
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; noon-3pm; For tickets, more information, to sponsor the event or donate to the auction, please contact Nicole Martin at (845) 331-7080 ext.155 or  Tickets can also be purchased online at

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APRIL 2017

8    Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Garden Day 2017
: “Style and Practical Matters”.  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, “Style and Practical Matters” features 16 classes and a keynote address by Marie Iannotti, author of 4 gardening books including “A Gardener’s Tour of the Hudson Valley” and resident gardening expert at  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; To obtain a list of all the classes and a registration form go to For more information, or to have a brochure and registration form sent to you, contact Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email

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