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ON-GOING EVENTS:
For additional on-going happenings, visit our Art, Theater & Peforming Arts section, Community News Page, Recreation Page, Lessons & Enrichment Activities Page, Area Information Page, Township Pages, Local Libraries, Farmers' Markets, and peruse through our website pages for additional resources.

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; www.upstate.smorgasburg.com/info

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. www.discoversaugerties.com

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; www.maverickconcerts.org

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 www.mhrfoundation.org and www.walkway.org

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. www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley.
Please check www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz for the next scheduled Repair Café. We can mend everything but broken hearts. Bring your broken but beloved things - small appliances, chairs, lamps, jewelry, books, china, clothes, toys, bikes and more. Watch how we mend them for free. Learn how to mend them yourself. Held in various locations in New Paltz, Kingston, Stone Ridge, Poughkeepsie, and other towns.  For more info visit www.repaircafehv.org

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; www.woodstocksanctuary.org

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 info@canalmuseum.org  or Jonicollyn@aol.com  www.canalmuseum.org/Sunday%20market.html

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

First Saturday - 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour.
May – October.     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; www.fohk.org

Second Saturdays    Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival.
  A Woodstock Second Saturday event featuring guest poets. The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street Road, Woodstock; 2pm; For info contact Phillip Levine at 246-8565; pprod@mindspring.com   www.woodstockpoetry.com

3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings.
Bring a beverage or snack, it's a pot-luck affair.  Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; 688-2142; info@artsupstairs.com   www.artsupstairs.com/

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

3rd Tuesdays - Community Holistic Healthcare Days.
The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community (RVHHC, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic healthcare for all. Holistic practitioners and community members volunteer their services.  Visit our website for the kinds of services available, depending on which practitioners are available on a particular day. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Community service may be given by family and friends on behalf of the patient. We recognize that some patients will be unable to make donations or give volunteer hours. No one will be turned away. Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 4-8pm; www.rvhhc.org/

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;  www.fohk.org


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JANUARY 2017


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 www.diamondmillshotel.com

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; www.belleayre.com

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 info@frostvalley.org 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 www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net  and visit us at www.facebook.com/hudsonvalley.railtrail 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 volunteer@ulstercorps.org or call 845-481-0331; www.ulstercorps.org/events/mlk-day-celebration-of-service-2/

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  www.shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net

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
www.alpineendeavors.com/reference/catskill-ice-festival-2017

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; www.facebook.com/events/805827892897777/#

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
visit www.midhudsonciviccenter.org/event-listing.php#.WGFzIqJ_cfK

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; ercrosbypto@yahoo.com


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FEBRUARY 2017


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 www.homeofthehoot.com

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; nypinewood@aol.com Info and reservations at
www.folkmusicny.org/weekends.html

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; kingstonsloopclub@gmail.com  www.clearwater.org

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;
www.belleayre.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/456/151

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 education@hrmm.org 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; www.hrmm.org/family-programs.html

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; info@frostvalley.org   www.frostvalley.org/event/presidents-weekend/

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; www.uptownboogaloo.com

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: www.mainstreetmargaretville.com 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 lvoorhees@alz.org or Venesa Samuda at  vsamuda@alz.org  or 845-471-2655; To register visit www.subzeroheroes.org

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;
www.belleayre.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/460/151?npage=2

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;
http://www.wsworkshop.org/chili-bowl-fiesta/

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;
www.newpaltz.edu/museum/programs/public_programs.html

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
www.hrmm.org/news/feb-26-show-the-museum-some-love



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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; www.ucspca.org

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 www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

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;
www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston

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 lnalepa@ymcaulster.org

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 www.valleytable.com/hvrw

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;
www.catskillinterpretivecenter.org/cic-events/2017/3/11/hikesafe

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; www.ucspca.org

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 info@ashokancenter.org  www.ashokancenter.org

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 www.shamrockrunners.org

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; events@ulsteraoh.com
www.ulsteraoh.com

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; vcoffice@vanavercaravan.org  www.Vanavercaravan.org/events

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; www.coreysfarm.com

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; www.frostvalley.org   
www.nysmaple.com/nys-maple-weekend


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 nmartin@fowinc.org  Tickets can also be purchased online at
www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=9524


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; www.kingstontrainshow.com

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; www.wallkillshamrockscramble.com

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; aharrod@mohonkpreserve.org;
 www.mohonkpreserve.org/events

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 http://ulsterballet.org/festival.html or call 845-246-4316; To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088 or visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com

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;
www.mohonkpreserve.org/events/signs-spring-walk

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 www.reservoirumc.com 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; www.artbargallery.com

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; www.facebook.com/HFDAuxiliary/

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; www.facebook.com/saugertiesknights.columbus

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 About.com.  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 www.tinyurl.com/2017-Garden-Day For more information, or to have a brochure and registration form sent to you, contact Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email dm282@cornell.edu

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 jimmy@jimmylyles.com  www.coast2coastdance.org/tricky-tray-2

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 www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/pasta-primo-vino/

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 www.ymcaulster.org ; for a paper registration form print it here
www.ymcaulster.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Registration-Form-Kids-Classic.pdf

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; info@kiwaniskingstonclassic.com 
www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

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 info@woodstockart.org Tickets are available at www.woodstockart.org/beauxartsgala/

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 www.foundationupdate.org/events/tulipball




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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 www.artrider.com

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 
www.crowdrise.com/dance4theend1/fundraiser/rainbirdfoundationin
www.facebook.com/rainbirdhudsonvalley

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 reservations@honorshaven.com 
www.honorshaven.com/calendar-events/tulip-festival-mothers-day-celebration-2017/

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 www.ulsterunitedway.org



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JUNE 2017


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; mdrillinger@catskillcenter.org 
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