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Smorgasburg.  May 20 – October 22, 2017.  Monthly Third Weekends. Situated on ten acres on the Hudson River waterfront, the monthly market features some of the Hudson Valley and upstate region’s most exciting chefs, food purveyors, and craft brewers alongside a curated selection of handmade design, vintage clothing and antiques. There are also a few of our favorite Brooklyn vendors as well activities for children and family-friendly musical fare. Dogs are allowed on leashes. 200 Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston. 11am-6pm;

Rockin’ Around Saugerties. June – September, 2017.
This year's public art event are horses designed and created by local artists and sponsored by local businesses are throughout the village business district.

Maverick Concerts.  June 17, 2017 - September 10, 2017.
America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 845-679-8217;

Free Movie Nights Under the Walkway. June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, 2017.  A series of free, family-friendly movie nights.  Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment and local vendors will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. These community events are free and the public is invited to attend.  The Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park and New York Parks Department are the presenting non-profit partners for the film series. Walkway Over the Hudson, Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. Musical entertainment will begin at 7pm., followed by the feature film at dusk. Further details and information about parking and scheduling can be found at and

18th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. September Weekends 2017.
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region.

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.  For more info visit

Weekend Tours at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. April 1, 2017 – October 29, 2017. 
Weekends only. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is a 150-acre nonprofit providing life-long sanctuary to rescued farm animals and to educate the public about compassionate vegan living. We have a new visitors center and café. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls; 11am-4pm;

The D & H Canal Historical Society's Sunday Flea Market.  May – November (weather permitting). Sundays. This always-changing, eclectic flea market offers antiques and collectibles, local crafts, food and junque for the discriminating collector and the inveterate browsers. 9am-4pm; Grady Park, Rte. 213, High Falls; 9am-4pm; 845-810-0471 or email  or

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

First Saturday - 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour.
May – October.     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; 1pm; 339-0720;

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;

Last Saturdays -  Rondout National Historic Walking Tour in Kingston. May - October. 
  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;

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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

28 (snow date 1/29)    Winter Carnival.  
Play carnival games, enjoy fun carnival food and take a chance on some raffle items. Open to all. ER Crosby Elementary School, 767 Neighborhood Rd., Lake Katrine; noon-3pm;

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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    Clearwater Open Boat.
There will be a Round Robin and potluck dinner. Bring your instrument, voice, story, poem and some food, all to share. Come visit the Sloop Clearwater, in Kingston for the winter. Hosted by the reconstituted Kingston Sloop Club.     Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 3-7pm; 845-706-0969, 845-265-8080;

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;

12    Making Sailors' Valentines. 
Kids can create their own sailor's valentine out of real sea shells.  Sailors' valentines were originally popular crafts in the 19th century, made with intricate designs created out of sea shells and housed in wooden boxes.  Snacks and hot cocoa will be served.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance RSVP is requested via email to or telephone. Day-of drop-in participants will also be welcome, space and materials permitting. Free program for members of the Hudson River Maritime Museum at the "Household Level" and above.  Members of the general public can attend the program with the purchase of a regular price museum admission. Riverport Wooden Boat School, Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 1-3pm; 845-338-0071, ex 11;

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    Margaretville Hosts Sweet on Main Events.  Featuring a variety of fun (and tasty) attractions. Catskill Candies and Confections will host a chocolate tasting; Home Goods of Margaretville will welcome local authors Kevin VanBlarcum and Eddie Davis who wrote, The Grilled Cheese and Beer Cookbook. They will offer free samples from some of their recipes; the Margaretville Liquor Store will hold a wine tasting. In addition, the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will sponsor a bake sale and history exhibit in the former Miller’s Drug Store space; Stick in the Mud will be serving up sticky sweet waffle bites with Catskill Mountain maple syrup. The Happy Giraffe will be open for business in the Granary Building on Bridge Street.  Selfie stations will be set up at the MTC Cable office, the Cheese Barrel and other locations throughout the village, providing photo ops for couples. Hosted by the Business Association of Margaretville.  10am-3pm; For additional information, please visit: or call 845 586-4177.

18   UCSPCA Fill the Van + Adoption Drive. Come out and support the animals at the Ulster County SPCA. We'll have our van to fill with donated goods, our UCSPCA booth with information and merchandise for sale (magnets, 2017 Calendars, apparel, and handmade cat nip pouches). We will also have adoptable dogs, kittens, cats, rabbits, and small animals! If you are thinking about adopting, please bring any medical records for your current animals at home. If you rent, please bring a copy of your lease. PetSmart, 501 Frank Sottile Boulevard, Ulster; 11am-4pm; 845-336-0485.

18    Tannersville Ice Sculpture Festival.
 Sponsored by the local businesses. Bring your tools and carve a sculpture or come and watch the transformation of blocks of ice carved into great creations. Main Street, Tannersville; 10am-3pm; 518-858-9094.

18    Subzero Heroes.
An icy dive to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee & snacks in heated tents during the event for observers. Berean Park, 1000 Reservoir Rd., Highland; Setup starts at 9:30am, check-in from 10:30-11:30am. Jump starts at noon. For more info contact Lauren Voorhees at or Venesa Samuda at  or 845-471-2655; To register visit

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    Shokan Fire Dept. Brooks BBQ Fundraiser.
Chicken Dinners $12,  Rib Dinners $14.  Dinners include: ½ Chicken or Rack of Ribs, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert cookie and a bottle of water. Senior discounts of $1 per dinner.  Shokan Fire House, Rt.28, Shokan; 3-6pm; For more information or tickets call Ralph 845-464-4240 or 845-657-2261.

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;

26    Show the Museum Some Love Benefit Evening.  
Join us at Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar for a unique evening of music, special buffet dinner and dancing with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Tickets are $35 and include a free membership to Hudson River Maritime Museum for yourself or to give as a gift. From 3-5pm take an informal tour of the workshop at HRMM's Riverport Wooden Boat School and meet our shipwrights and boat school volunteers. At 4pm guests may transition to Ole Savannah for the benefit evening, special buffet dinner and dancing. Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar / Riverport Wooden Boat School, HRMM, 50 Rondout Landing; Kingston; 3-7pm; 845-338-0071 ex19; Info and tickets available at

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MARCH 2017

1    RSVP date for the Ulster County SPCA's 19th annual Fur Ball on March 11. Evening consists of a silent auction and cash bar with hors d'oeuvres at 5:30pm. Sit down dinner, program and live auction begin at 7pm. Tickets are $85 per person. The Chateau, 240 Boulevard, Kingston; 5:30pm; For tickets call the shelter at 845-331-5377, ext 210;

1-31    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration.
The 35th annual race will be a 2.1-mile walk/run and 10K both along the scenic Rondout Creek in Kingston. Race is Sunday, April 23. Starting Line: T.R. Gallo Park, Lower Broadway, Kingston; Register online at

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12    Annual Lawn & Garden Show. 
Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours;

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

4 (Snow Date March 25)   Ulster County Music Educators All County Choral Music Festival. 
Attend performances of young musicians from Ulster County’s elementary, junior, and senior high school choruses at this annual concert. Tickets: $6 adults, $3 students/seniors. Senate Gymnasium, SUNY Ulster's Stone Ridge Campus, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge; 4pm; 845-687-5261.

March 6-19    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
 Be sure to make reservations early to snag a table. The two-week celebration of dining is an opportunity for chefs to flaunt their best fare, for diners to check out new restaurants and visit old favorites. Over 200 participating restaurants offer special three-course dinner menus for $32.95. Many also offer 3-course lunches for $22.95. (Plus beverage, tax and tip). No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Reservations are highly recommended. For more details visit

11    HikeSafe at Catskill Interpretive Center.
Review the 10 essential items you should have on any outing and the hiker responsibility code, which should be followed to ensure the safest possible outcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their packs and essential items to share with the group. Presented by Will Soter. Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper; 1-3pm; 845-688-3369;

11    Ulster County SPCA's 19th annual Fur Ball.
Evening consists of a silent auction and cash bar with hors d'oeuvres at 5:30pm. Sit down dinner, program and live auction begin at 7pm. Tickets are $85 per person. Please RSVP by March 1, 2017. The Chateau, 240 Boulevard, Kingston; 5:30pm; For tickets call the shelter at 845-331-5377, ext 210;

12    Annual Maple Fest.
This year's festival features an array of family-friendly activities including tree tapping, blacksmithing, guided hikes to the Ashokan Sugar Shack, Cathedral Gorge, and the historic Turnwood Covered Bridge. Other highlights include performances by Wind & Stone, American Roots music by George Wilson & Peter Davis and songs, stories and puppetry by Grian MacGregor and the Ivy Vine Players. Hot pancakes with Ashokan maple syrup will be served and and visitors will have the opportunity to try some sweet Jack Wax maple candy. Admission is $5 per person with an additional charge for pancakes and crafts. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 10am-4pm; For more information call 845-657-8333 or email

12    Annual Shamrock Run.
  This year's run in memory of Joyce Ellen Carey. From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway. Followed by St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check in across from Academy Green at Gov. Clinton Apartments, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston; Registration 10:00am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info

12   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;

18 (Snow date March 19th)     Annual DanceFest!
Experience a world of dance with works presented by nine of the Hudson Valley’s finest dance studios. DanceFest! is a collaborative project presented by The Vanaver Caravan to connect and expose our local community to myriad dance styles including world dance, ballet, modern, and more  Tickets: adults $18, seniors & children under 12 $12, at the door. Rondout Valley High School, 122 Kyserike Rd, Accord; Matinee 3pm, Evening 6:30pm; For info please call 845-256-9300;

18, 19, 25, 26    New York State Maple Weekend at Sugar Shack. See firsthand how real maple syrup is made and to get a tour of our maple farm. Corey’s Fall Harvest Farm, Sugar Shack, 105 Hawley’s Corners Road, Highland; 10am-4pm; 845-943-8013;

18, 19, 25, 26    New York State Maple Weekends at Frost Valley YMCA.
Open house at the sugar house.  Enjoy tours and education on the maple sugaring operation.  Free samples will be available and syrup will be available to purchase at the sugarhouse by cash or check only.  Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 10am-4pm; 845-985-2291;

March 19, 2017 - Family of Woostock's Chocolate Lover's Social
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

19    The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show.
 The show will showcase 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.  Kids of all ages will want to enter the toy train raffle, then meet folks from the working historic railroads and rail museums in the area. Bring the whole family for an entire day’s experience of model railroad and hobby fun.  Take the little ones to the Childrens’ Fun Corner featuring balloons and kid-friendly activities, including Thomas® the Tank Engine displays.  And don’t worry about lunch, as the show kitchen will be open selling tasty refreshments including hot dogs, fruit, cold beverages and other snack items.  Admission price is $6 for adults, and just $1 for kids under 12. Andy Murphy Midtown Rec Center, 467 Broadway at Hoffman Street, next to Rite-Aid, Kingston; 10am-4pm; 845-616-0931;

19    Shamrock Scramble 5K.
Reporting time: 8-9am, Starting time: walkers 8:30am., runners 9:30am, Kids Run 10:30am. Entry fee$20 preregistered, $25 after March 10, $1 Kid’s Run. Register online. Wallkill Firehouse, Central Avenue, Wallkill; 845-926-8055;

19 (Rain date: March 26)    Kids’ Day in the Sugarbush.
 Join the Longbotham family and 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 four and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Register online $5. Spring Farm trailhead, Upper 27 Knolls Road, High Falls; 1-3pm; 845-255-0919;;

March 25, 2017 - Ulster Ballet's Festival of Dance at UPAC
March 25    Ulster Ballet Company’s 34th Annual Festival of Dance.  The festival is an electrifying, explosive, and dynamic coming together of dance companies and dance styles from around the metropolitan area and around the region. There will be newcomers as well as returning favorites including Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.  Tickets are $25/adults; $22/seniors and Bardavon/UPAC members; $18/children 12 and under; and groups of 10 or more. Also, employees of HealthQuest, Health Alliance, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, Marist, Bard, Vassar colleges, City of Kingston, County of Ulster, members of the YMCA, Kingston and NYC Police and Firefighters receive the group rate of $18. Just present your employee ID or membership card to the box office when purchasing your tickets. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; 8pm; For further information, visit or call 845-246-4316; To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088 or visit Ticketmaster at

25    29th Annual Signs of Spring Walk. 
Ann Guenther, Naturalist and former Mohonk Preserve Educator, 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 mile hike. Dress for the weather. Free.  Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead, Upper 27 Knolls Road, High Falls; 2-4pm;

25    Riverport Women's Sailing Conference at Hudson River Maritime Museum.   Women teaching women sailing techniques, navigation and boat maintenance. Organized by the Kingston Sailing Club. $65,  $60 HRMM members. Limited enrollment. Riverport Wooden Boat School at Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 8:30am-5pm; For more info and to register call 845-338-0071or visit click here

25    Belleayre Cardboard Classic.
Kids and adults make sleds with just cardboard and duct tape. This is your chance to sled down the slopes of Belleayre. Everyone is welcome to make their own sled. Everyone is welcome to make their own sled.  Make your sled at home or be here between 9am-noon to make your sled in the Longhouse lodge. Prizes for fastest, best crash, most creative, most ridiculous, best overall and more. Free entry. Belleayre Mountain, Longhouse Lodge, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; All day; 845-254-5600;

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APRIL 2017

1    Ashokan Reservoir History Presentation.
 Ashokan Reservoir expert, Frank Almquist, tells the story of how the reservoir was constructed.  Discussion time will follow the program. Free admission. Reservoir United Methodist Church, 3056 Route 28, Shokan; Doors open1:30pm, talk starts at 2pm; Please register at or call Eleanor at 845-338-6690.

1    Opening Reception Square Box Cube Exhibit and Three-Year Anniversary at ARTBAR Gallery.  The exhibit will feature 30-40 local artists from the Hudson Valley, and Allison Constant (owner of ARTBAR) is jurying the exhibit.  Everything in the exhibit is open to interpretation of square-like, box-like and cube-like forms.  ARTBAR Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston; 5-9pm; 845-338-2789;

1    Spring Penny Social.
Special raffles,  door prizes, refreshments and more. Hosted by Highland Hose Co. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary, Inc. Highland Fire District Headquarters - Highland Hose St. #1, 25 Milton Ave., Highland; Doors will open at 5:30pm and calling will begin at 6:30pm;

2    Penny Social. 
Special table, 50/50 raffle, food basket raffle, door prizes, lunch and light refreshments. Sponsored by the Saugerties Columbiettes. The Knights of Columbus Hall, 19 Barclay St., Saugerties; Doors open at 11:30am, calling starts at  1pm; 845-679-7205;

8    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt.
 Enjoy a breakfast buffet while visiting with the Easter Bunny. Take a selfie with the Easter Bunny and stroll into the Great Room and listen to nursery rhymes from Mother Goose at 11am.  Browse the Emerson stores and enter our Jelly Bean contest. Guess the correct number of jelly beans and winner receives a $25 gift certificate to Emerson’s Toy Chest. Don’t forget your Easter basket for our Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt begins promptly at noon. Enjoy a day of fun and games for the family. Be sure to drop by the Emerson Egg recycling station after the hunt. Breakfast  $15 per person, Kids 12 and under $7.50.  Other activities free. Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mt Tremper; 8am-2pm; For more information contact us at 845- 688-2828 or visit

8    Easter Magic in the Hamlet. 
Listen to a story with the Penelope Rabbit, the Easter Bunny’s granddaughter at 11am, Join in on a Springtime Frolic and games, and Peter Rabbit’s Potting Shed at 11:30am, Egg Hunt  at Noon.  Look inside your eggs for a special note from the Easter Bunny.  St. Augustine’s Gym, 55 Main St.,  Highland;

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

8    Sugaring Off: 18 th Century Style. 
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. Mark Rust will perform traditional 18th century music on a variety of musical instruments including banjo, violin, guitar and spoons. He will even let you try your hands at playing one of the instruments.  Adults $4, seniors $3, children free. Senate House and Museum, 396 Fair Street, Kingston; 11am-3:30pm; 845-338-2786;

8    Coast 2 Coast Dance Annual Tricky Tray.
  If you haven't heard of a Tricky Tray before, it's very similar to a traditional 'Penny Social, but we raffle off only brand new themed baskets, tickets, and gift cards. If you're a sports memorabilia fan, a jewelry lover, a theme park thrill seeker, and even a food connoisseur-- we have it all. Not to mention there will be dance performances from VP Dance Academy, Kelly-Oster School of Irish Dance, Street Beatz Dance Studio, and more. We even have over 200 of the best raffle items around, so come try your luck and support a great cause. For $5 at the door, you get 25 first-tier raffle tickets, a door prize ticket, and admission to theater to see our dance performances. There will also be some food and drinks for purchase. After entry, additional tickets for raffles are available in $5 increments. All money we raise goes right back to children right here in the Hudson Valley and across the United States! This event helps to fund our motivational dance program, providing free dance classes to give children “a chance to dance” and to teach them “More Than Just Great Dancing.” Roy C Ketcham High School, 99 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls; 2pm; For more info contact Jimmy Lyles at 845-240-5447 or

8 (Rain date April 15)    Saugerties Lions Easter Egg Hunt.
Grab your baskets for an egg hunt.  Prizes for returned eggs. Glasco Firehouse, 139 Liberty Street Ext.,​Glasco, Saugerties; Ages 5 and under at 10:30am, and 6+ at 11am;

8 (Rain date April 9)    30th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
  Egg Hunt starts at 1 pm. Ages 1-12. Featuring a bouncy house, a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, arts & crafts, prizes, and 5,000 eggs. Free and open to the public. Presented by the New Paltz Youth Program.     Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz; noon-3pm;

8, 9   19th Annual  Pasta Primo Vino.
 Celebrate spring along the beautiful Shawangunk Wine Trail.  Experience the Hudson Valley's fine wines, one delicious sip at a time paired with a delicious pasta dish sample at all 15 wineries along the Trail. Two day tickets are $40 (plus tax and fee), Sunday-only tickets are $25 (plus tax and fee), and designated driver tickets are $15 per day (plus tax and fee). Participants will receive a souvenir wine glass at the starting winery of their choice and continue on a self-guided tour of the trail at their own pace. Enjoy a delicious pasta dish sample at each of the wineries you visit. The winemakers have chosen four wines for you to sample paired with each pasta sampling.  Shawangunk Wine Trail (All 15 Wineries); 10am-5pm; For more information and tickets call (845) 256-8456 or visit

20    Annual Human Services Expo.
 Over 120 local service providers in attendance to answer your questions and discuss their services for children, adults and seniors. Get connected, free of charge. Hosted by Ulster County Department of Social Services & Office for the Aging/NY Connects.  Hudson Valley Mall, 1300 Ulster Ave., Town of Ulster; 10am-2pm; 845-334-5581.

April 22    Kids Classic 2017.
  First race kicks off at 8am and runs occur throughout the morning by grade. Must be Pre-K to 6th grade to participate. Shirt Sizes Available: YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL. Must be registered and paid in full by 3/31 to receive a shirt.  Presented by the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.  Dietz Stadium, 170 N Front St., Kingston; For the schedule of events and to register online visit ; for a paper registration form print it here

22    Home & Garden Show.
 Dynamic business showcase with demonstrations, giveaways and seminars. Rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Wallkill View Farm, 15 Route 299, New Paltz; 9am-4pm; 845-255-8050;

22    Kingston Earth Fair and Expo 2017.
The event will include a staff-led green infrastructure tour highlighting some of the Nature Center's most impressive sustainable features. The event will also feature great local businesses and organizations showcasing their commitment to sustainability. Additionally, there will be music featuring local artists such as Vince Fisher, Deb Martin, Annie DiRusso and Ami Madeleine along with live demonstrations from Innate Parkour Movement and Energy Dance Company. Come sit in the Mayor's electric vehicle, learn about how to go solar, peruse used books, participate in a Yoga class or just come to be inspired. There will be a Repair Café where repairers will teach you how to repair your broken items and an Earth Day Exchange where attendees can swap used clothes, toys, books, or household goods. There will be lots of fun for the kids, including an interactive reading of The Lorax, and a great family sing-along as well as tons of games and activities for children.  Hosted by The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and supported by the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.  Forsyth Park, 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston; 10am-3pm; For more information call 845-481-7339 or

22    Earth Day Volunteering and Celebration.
 Earth Day is the perfect reason to get involved at The Ashokan Center, where we've been offering environmental and outdoors education for 50 years. Come and join your community, get outside, and learm a little more about nature. There are two ways to participate or join us for both. Volunteer outdoors 10am-4pm. Earth Day volunteers receive free lunch. Please bring your own work gloves, work boots, and gardening tools. Tasks will include garden preparation, trail and path maintenance, invasives removal. Please register to volunteer. Celebrate indoors: 4-9pm. John Burroughs reading and talk by scholar Jeff Walker, dinner by Chef Bill Warnes, mini concert by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and square dance with the Walker Family Band. Cost for the dinner/dance is $30 for adults, $15 for kids, Free to Earth Day volunteers. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 10am-9pm; 845-657-8333;

22    16th Annual Earth Day Fair.
 In addition to the fun, interactive and educational aspects usually associated with our Earth Day Fair, this year’s event will have a very special happening in the afternoon. Leaders from several faith communities will gather together on the church steps in the early afternoon. During this interfaith celebration, each leader will share a prayer or blessing from their faith community on the importance of caring for creation. A wide variety of local environmentally friendly individuals and groups will be on hand to share sustainable ways of caring for our Earth and its inhabitants. Children’s activities are planned throughout the day. Delicious healthy food will be available for purchase. Free. Sponsored by Interfaith Earth Action, the Caring for Creation Committee of the Reformed Church of New Paltz and the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition.  Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz; 11am-4pm;

22, 29 (Rain dates April 23 and 30)    Early Spring Wildflowers.  
Join Michael Rider, Preserve volunteer, for a walk in the woods and learn to identify coltsfoot, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauties and more. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, three-mile hike. Dogs must always be kept on a leash. Space is limited. Registration is required. Meet at Mohonk Preserve Visitors’ Center, 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner; 10am-1pm; 845-255-0919;

23    35th Kiwanis Kingston Classic.
  A 2.1-mile walk/run and 10K both along the scenic Rondout Creek in Kingston.  Join fellow runners for fun, camaraderie, a great course and a great post-race party which will be held at the TR Gallo Park on the creek complete with food, beer and music.Kingston Starting Line: T.R. Gallo Park, 91 West Strand,Lower Broadway, Kingston; 1-3pm;

23    “Stand Up Against Intolerance and Hatred in Our Community”:
  A Solidarity Celebration.  This event is hosted by a new local coalition of artists, musicians and community members featuring live music, speakers and networking. The event aims to convey solidarity with communities at risk and make a stand against racism, bias, misogyny and xenophobia. Performers: Ceramic Dog (Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismailly); Nfamara Badjie; The Paul Green Rock Academy; Bill Brovold and Friends; and the Jamie Saft Trio with Brad Jones & Ben Perowsky plus special guests. Free to the public. Contributions will be donated to local organizations working on these issues in the Hudson Valley.  BSP, 323 Wall St., Kingston; 2-4pm; For further information visit

27, 28, 29, 30    Eight Annual Woodstock Bookfest.
Up until last year, you knew us as the Woodstock Writers Festival. Outstanding panel and speakers, fabulous parties, life-changing workshops and the kind of merriment only found in Woodstock. See website for details. Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock;

28    Dancing with the Stars Ulster Style.  Come dance with us. There will be a DJ keeping everyone on the dance floor between performances.  Hors D’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Tickets $60 Advance, $70 Door.  Benefit for the United Way of Ulster County.  Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 7-10pm; For info and tickets call 845-331-4199 or visit

28, 29, 30    Spring Hammer-In
. Learn the art of forging iron into beautiful and useful items using traditional blacksmithing tools and skills.  This is a multi-level workshop for beginners and experienced craftsmen alike, with both forging demonstrations by world-renowned craftsmen and hands-on projects. Equipment, iron and coal will be provided and available to use under the supervision of an instructor and for sale to begin your own home workshop. Presented by the Northeast Blacksmiths Association. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverskill Road, Olivebridge; 845-246-2121; See website for details and to register

29    The Second Annual Bright Ideas Festival.
The festival is centered around the theme of “invention, creativity, and problem solving for all ages,” and focuses on STEM-themed learning experiences. We invite families from across the Hudson Valley to participate in a wide variety of activities. High Meadow School, 3643 Main Street Route 209, Stone Ridge Stone Ridge; 11am-5pm; 845-687-4855; For more details visit

29    Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow.  
Featured will be field plowing with horses, mules and oxen. Wagon rides, crafts and miscellaneous vendors, live music, good food, kid’s games and much more.  Among the highlights will be Kaleigh Hammel, 18, with her team of oxen, Oliver and Simon, and her mini horse. She will demonstrate riding the oxen Roman-style, with one foot on each ox. Also taking part will be Lain Peck, 13, who will bring her ox, Purple. Free, but donations welcome.  Hosted by Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association and Saunderskill  Farm.  Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Route 209, Accord; 10am-4pm; For more information contact Robin, 845-294-9016 or

29    27th Annual Beltane Festival.
Gentlepersons, Neighbours & Friends. Come dressed in your fanciful best to celebrate with our merry band of Musicians, Singers & Dancers, Jongleurs & Players, Fine Artisans & Vendors of Foods, Apparel & Sundrie Items, Giant Puppets, Dancing Dragons & Prancing Horses, all manner of Clowns, Masquers, Magical Beings, Birds & Beasties. Let us bid farewell to Winter and welcome Spring. Gates open at noon and the music begins at 1pm; Procession and May Pageant will take place at 4pm; Admission $15-$35. Center For Symbolic Studies, 475 River Road Ext., New Paltz; noon-7pm; 845-658-8540; 
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29    Community Celebration Day.
 The City of Kingston, UPAC and Bruderhof invite you to come together for this free event to enjoy non-stop entertainment. Paris the Hip Hop Juggler, stilt walkers, mariachis, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Two by Two Petting Zoo, Pook & Crew with Energy, DJ Andre, Donny Mapes plus delicious food from Pakt, Peace Nation, Chilly Willy and more. Plenty of free parking in the municipal lot next to Frank Guido’s Little Italy. Rain or shine.  Broadway Commons, 615 Broadway, Kingston (next to UPAC); 11am-3pm;

29    Inaugural Spring Celebration to Honor the Munsee.
This year's event will honor the Munsee Native Americans whose homeland was the Hudson Valley when the Huguenot refugees arrived to establish New Paltz. Guests will be able to visit the wigwam being built to mark the 340th anniversary of the land agreement made between the Munsee people and the Huguenot settlers. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, catered by Duo Bistro of Kingston. DuBois Fort, 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz; 5-7pm; 845-255-1889;

29    WAAM Beaux Arts Gala.  
WAAM's biggest night of the year. Featuring dinner, live music by Perry Beekman and Soul Purpose, Little Gems: Original art by regional artists, silent auction, raffles and more.  Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, 169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties; 5:30-10pm; For more info call 845-679-2940 or Tickets are available at

29    HealthAlliance Foundation Tulip Ball.
The HealthAlliance Foundation’s annual gala will honor Frank and Beverly Finnegan.  The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Sandra A. Horan, while the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will receive the Community Service Award.  The event also features dinner, dancing, raffle, a silent auction and fireworks. Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club Village, 1754 Old Kings Highway, Saugerties; 6-11pm; For details and reservations call (845) 334-2760 or visit

29, 30    TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival. 
2-day long craft beer and fine food festival featuring over 120 breweries and well over 400 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.  You must be 21 years of age or older to attend TAP® New York. Valid ID must be carried at all times and produced upon request. No infants or children will be permitted to enter the event. Hunter Mountain Resort,  64 Kein Avenue, Hunter; Saturday 2-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm; 518-263-4223; Get tickets early.

30    High Falls Fire Company’s Spring Breakfast Buffet.
Featuring our favorite omelets, pancakes, French toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, sausage gravy, jam, jelly, blueberry topping, coffee, tea, juice, milk and “Skip’s delicious, fresh-baked biscuits.” Adults $9, children ages 5-12 $7, children under 5 free. High Falls Firehouse, 7-11 Firehouse Road, High Falls; Serving 8-11am;  845-399-5004;

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MAY 2017

5, 6, 7    Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst.  Join us for a celebration of all things handmade just in time for Mother’s Day shopping.  Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople, it is Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite shopping experience at one of its most popular landmarks. It is a perfect day for the entire family.  Find earrings made of stingray; handbags made from antique books; flowers made of glass; pens made of money; necklaces made of meteorites; even bowls that look like cantaloupes; alongside contemporary wood furniture, handwoven fashions, craft pottery, steel indoor and outdoor sculpture, blown glass vases and more. Visitors should also plan to visit the gourmet specialties section to fully experience scrumptious hand-crafted delights.  A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions call 845-331-7900 or visit

6    Rock The Ridge.
Fifty-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running or any combination thereof.  Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz; 845-255-0919; For details and to register visit

6    Fifth Annual Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix.
  The only women’s out-and-back race course in the United States. Professional women riders and non-pro alike will tackle this challenging, mountainous course, riding either a world class 62.1-mile course or a 34-mile course that includes ascending and descending Overlook Mountain. The race begins and ends in Woodstock and encompasses the best roads in the townships of Woodstock, Phoenicia, Hurley and Saugerties. The course includes the ever-challenging Meads Mountain Road which scales Overlook Mountain for two miles, The Pro riders get the added bonus of traversing the infamous Ohayo Mountain, Seven Sisters, and a visit through Phoenicia.  The awards ceremony and community BBQ will take place after races end, approximately 11am. Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock: 8am;

7    2nd Annual Dance4TheEnd.
 Benefit for the Rainbird Foundation. This event is for dance lovers, professional dancers, wannabe dancers, playful dancers, and anyone who loves listening to music and watching people dance. There will be live Contra, Swing, and Rock & Roll bands. Dance4TheEnd will provide a variety of live music, dance demonstrations, dance lessons, fresh food, jewelry vendors, raffle prizes, and a silent auction! This event is child-friendly. There will be art supplies for children (parent supervision required).  Rainbird is the first non-profit to commit to the end of child abuse. Their work ends abuse by generating public demand. Rosendale Recreation Center (1055 Route 32, Rosendale; noon-6pm; Tickets are available at

14    The 7th Annual Tulip Festival & Mother’s Day Celebration. 
Known for its spectacular collection of vendors, entertainment throughout the day, and highly anticipated Mother’s Day lunch buffet with live piano music, this one-day festival and Mother’s Day celebration welcomes you to remember Mom in a special way. Browse an exciting array of gifts, keepsakes, and must-haves including natural soaps, homemade craft items, skincare products, novelties, paintings and much more. Take a break from shopping and enjoy our newly added recreation and family activities including bouncy houses, face painting, boating, fishing, corn hole and more! Or relax a bit and enjoy our live music and entertainment. From solo artists, bands, and an illusionist, there is something for every in the family.  Entry to the festival is free. Luncheon prices are $29.95 Per Adult / $9.00 Per Child (Ages 3-12) / Children 2 and under free. Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, 1195 Arrowhead Rd, Ellenville; 11am-4pm; Luncheon seatings are 11:30am-1pm and 2-3:30pm; For lunch reservations call 845-210-1600 or email

19    2017 United Way Golf Tournament. 
Join us for an 18-hole, 4-person scramble, best ball format.  Continental breakfast, boxed lunch on the turn, and an after golf celebration with barbecue and awards is included.  There will be great raffle prizes, a silent auction, fabulous food, and all on this scenic course!  And most important – all proceeds from the tournament will benefit local program services helping your friends, family, and neighbors in Ulster County. The Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club, 1754 Old Kings Hwy., Saugerties; Registration begins at 8am, Shotgun start at 9am; 2017 Golf and Sponsorship Registration Forms are online at

20, 21    Wildflower Festival in Kerhonkson.
  The festival is a full weekend for both the novice and experienced gardeners with a special focus on home gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by successfully growing a multitude of delicious and nutritious edibles to put on their tables and in their pantries.  Gardening experts will be on hand to answer your questions. The Hudson Valley Seed Library returns with an extensive selection of organic heirloom vegetables, herb and flower seedlings. Free and open to public. Rain or shine. Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson; 9am-5pm; 845-626-2758;

21    Run Like the Wind 5K & 10K and 5K Walk
. One of the oldest road races in the Hudson Valley, since 1983. Join is for a great race and awesome after party. Includes a pasta buffet, BBQ, Craft Beer & Wine Garden.  We have kids races for all ages.  Kids actives like face painting and a bouncey house. All 5K and 10K race applications include our pasta buffet provided by the Hudson Valley's premier Green Certified© Restaurant, Aroma Thyme Bistro. For the adults we have a Craft Beer & Wine Garden. Plus trophies for the top three finishers of each age group and lots of prizes and raffles. Liberty Square, Ellenville; Race packet pickup and day of race registration from 8-9:15am; For more info please visit

21    Run Like the Breeze Kid’s Races.
 Come join us in the heart of Ellenville for a fun-filled day of kid’s activities, vendors, food and age group racing. All runners will earn a medal and the top three finishers will be awarded trophies. Registration will begin as early as 9 a.m. and close at 11:30 a.m. The cost of registering to race is $10 per child. The races will begin promptly at noon, starting with the youngest group. The Run Like the Breeze portion of the race is a fundraiser benefiting the Ellenville Nursery School. ​The Run Like the Wind 5k and 10k will take place on the same day. We ask that all 5K and 10K racers keep us in mind and write in on their registration forms the code RLTB2017 to donate a portion of their registration fee to the Ellenville Nursery School. Liberty Square, Ellenville; 9am-1pm, Registration will begin at 9am and close at 11:30am; 845-647-6405;

24    Fifth Annual Taste of Woodstock.
Celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. Guests receive a walking map of the region's world-class restaurants and a voting card to pick their favorite dishes. With the Film Center as home base, guests are free to walk around the center of town at their leisure and delight their palates with an incredible variety of food and drink. Tickets $50.  Woodstock Film Festival Center, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 6-9pm;

26, 27, 28- 29    Fifth Annual Uke Fest
. Enjoy a family-friendly weekend retreat of music and friends in a gorgeous natural setting for uke players of all ages and skill levels. Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions and lots of fun. Can’t make it for the whole weekend? Don’t miss out on this chance to see two amazing performers on stage.  Join us for the May 27th concert featuring James Hill and Anne Janelle. Tickets are available online. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 845-657-8333;

27, 28, 29    Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair.
The fair features high quality juried creations of over 200 artists and craftspeople from across America.  Features include furniture, architectural crafts, demonstrations, handcrafted specialty foods, healthcare products and live performances by the Hudson Valley’s best musical talent. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; Saturday and Sunday 10am–5:30pm, Monday 10am-4pm; 845-679-8087 or 845-246-3414;

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JUNE 2017

3    19th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale. 
Bring only healthy, well cared for plants. Sponsored by the  Master Gardener Cornell Cooperative Extension.  Forsyth Park Pavilion, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston; Drop off plants 9-10am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off. Swap only 11am, Swap & Sale 11:30am until all plants are gone. For guidelines on plants call Dona Crawford 340-3990 ext 335 or email or visit our website at

3, 4    Gardiner Open Studio Tour. 
Gardiner artists open their studio doors so visitors can get a rare look ‘behind the scenes.’ On this free, self-guided tour you can meet these talented artists in their workspaces, experience demonstrations of their art or craft, share their philosophies and observe their techniques.  Over 20 Artists Studios in Gardiner; 10am-6pm; 845-419-5219; For more information and a map of tour at

16, 17, 18     13th Annual Mountain Jam.
One of the top music festivals in the country featuring 40 bands on 3 stages.  Headliners and performers for the 2017 lineup are Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame acts Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the Steve Miller Band.  Joining Petty and Miller on the Mountain in ’17 will be Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters, White Denim, Elephant Revival, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and River Whyless and others. 3-Day and VIP tickets are available with or without camping, along with Single-Day tickets. Presented by Radio Woodstock & Townsquare Media Group and Chet-5 Festivals. Hunter Mountain, 84 Klein Ave., Hunter; For info and tickets visit

24    Second Annual Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair 2017.
 Come with friends, family and your picnic baskets to listen to the finest Catskill authors discuss the glories of the Hudson River Valley.  The Fair is a working collaboration between the Catskill Center, Writers in the Mountain and Poetry Barn. An exhibitors’ tent will feature books from such regional publishers as Black Dome Press, Bushwhack Books, Calling All Poets, Hope Farm Press, McPherson & Co., Post Traumatic Press, Purple Mountain Press and WoodstockArts.  Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper; 10am-4pm; 845-688-3369;

24, 25    The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival.  Two-hundred of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople are coming together in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley.  This diverse experience is a celebration of all things handmade which includes: unique contemporary craft and art, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, interactive craft demonstrations and exciting family activities.The two-day event draws passionate, arts conscious visitors from the Hudson Valley as well as tourists from the Tri-State area and beyond to partake in adventurous shopping and meet jury-selected, modern American makers.  Rain or Shine. Admission $10, Seniors (65 and up) $9, Kids 6-16 $4, under 6 free. No pets allowed on site. Dutchess County Fairgrounds,  6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; Dutchess County Fairgrounds,  6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck; For info & directions call 845-331-1337 or or visit

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JULY 2017

15    35th Annual DeLisio Memorial Golf Tournament. 
The tournament is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics of New York, Hudson Valley Region and is hosted by the Woodstock Golf Club.  The entry fee includes: golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, music and prizes and most importantly a donation to Special Olympics.  Woodstock Golf Club, Route 375 & 212, Woodstock; For further info or registration call 845-339-4600 or email or visit

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