Community County Events

County Events

May 08, 2017 CWN

Ulster County:

Natural Pet Care.

Come join Dr. Michele Yasson and learn how to avoid up to 90% of common illnesses and add years of healthful living to your pets’ lives with three simple rules. Bring your questions for Q&A, or send them in advance to Sponsored by Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. Thursday, May 4. 7-830pm. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge.

Films About The Resistance

A screening of three short films by the Jenin Freedom Theatre—“Journey of a Freedom Fighter,” “Maybe,” and “The Racer”—that detail the long term occupation and resistance of the Palestinian people. Cosponsored by the Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS and Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace. Friday, May 5. 7pm. Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock.

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. May 6. 9am.  Mohonk Preserve. 3197 US-44, Gardiner. Call  845-255-0919 for more information.

Galumpha At The McKenna!

Unison Arts presents the famed movement/acrobatic, dance group Galumpha in a special performance of their unique blend of choreography, acrobatics and humor. A thrill for all ages. Saturday, May 6. 7:30pm. McKenna Theater at SUNY New Paltz.


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.  May 7. 12-6pm. Rosendale Recreation Center. 1055 Route 32, Rosendale.

New Paltz Bike Swap.

The New Paltz Bike swap is a community event where anyone can buy or sell used bikes or bike equipment, parts, accessories, and gear. Sellers bring their items to the swap where volunteers help sellers tag and price each item. A portion (20%) of the sale price is taken as a fundraiser for Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club. Saturday, May 13.10am-2pm. New Paltz High School. South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz.

Tulip Festival & Mother’s Day Celebration.

Known for its spectacular collection of vendors, all-day entertainment, and highly anticipated Mother’s Day lunch buffet with live piano music, this one-day festival and Mother’s Day celebration allows you (and Mom!) to browse an exciting array of gifts, keepsakes, and must-haves including natural soaps, homemade craft items, skincare products, novelties, paintings and much more. May 14. 11am-4pm. Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa. 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville.

Dividing and Propagating Garden Plants

A special discussion on the dividing and propagating of garden plants and creation of planting containers will be presented by the venerable New Paltz Garden Club for free. Monday, May 15. 7 pm. Dutch Reform Church,  92 Huguenot Street, New Paltz (enter the side door of the church to the Social Hall on the lower level).

Wildflower Festival in Kerhonkson.  

The festival is a full weekend for both 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. May 20 and 21. Catskill Native Nursery. 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson.

Run Like the Wind 5K & 10K and 5K Walk

One of the oldest road races in the Hudson Valley, going since 1983 with an awesome after party including a pasta buffet, BBQ, craft beer and wine garden. There’s even a popular series of kids races for all ages.  Race packet pickup and day of race registration from 8-9:15am. May 21. Liberty Square, Ellenville.

Discussing The Future of Public Education

A conversation on public education as it pertains to President Trump’s proposed initiatives with experts in the field including The Benjamin Center’s  Robin Jacobowitz. James F. Shaughnessy, Jr., City of Kingston Board of Education. Sunday, May 21. 1-4pm. Church Des Artistes, 79 Wurts Street, Kingston.

Ending Jim Crow Attitudes

Meeting of ENJAN (End The New Jim Crow Action Network), a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration (the “New Jim Crow”). Monday, May 22, 6-8pm. New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone Street, Kingston.

Master Gardeners “Great Plant Swap & Sale”

Here’s how this swap works: plants are dropped off Saturday morning between 9am and 10am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the value of the plants they drop off, and then return at 11am to swap vouchers for plants!  At 11:30 am the swap will open to the public for the plant sale. Make sure to bring healthy plants in labeled containers. Saturday, June 3. Forsyth Park Pavilion. 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston.

Writers Resist In Rosendale

Join the resistance with an amazing constellation of writers, musicians, and performers organized by Hudson Valley Writers Resist, with  raised funds going to benefit the ACLU, Citizen Action NY, and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. First organized as one of 90 simultaneous events around the country celebrating free speech and democracy, Writers Resist has now become a fixture of the national resistance movement. May 20. 2-5pm. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale.

A Kids Fest In Midtown Kingston

MyKingstonKids Fest 2017 is a free indoor/outdoor event created to provide children with an eclectic experience enjoying themselves via exciting activities, interactive educational tools, engaging, fun-loving events and appropriate entertainment. The event will host a variety of activities including a children’s art show, music, performances, kids yoga, arts & crafts, candy workshop, games, and more. Register in advance at May 20, 11am-4pm, Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston.

Fifth Annual Taste Of Woodstock

A celebration of the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer, with proceeds from the event going to benefit the capital campaign for The Film Center, which serves as a hub for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. Wednesday, May 24. 6-9pm. Woodstock and environs (walking/driving maps available). 679-4265 or  


Dutchess County:

Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet.

This event is hosted by the the Dutchess County Agricultural Society with highlights to include  countless hot rods, lots of great antique and classic cars, even vintage autos for sale in the “Car Corral” with loads of free parking.  Spectators come from all over the Northeast! Friday, May 5  12-5pm. Saturday, May 6 8am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Ave, Route 9. Rhinebeck.

Bannerman Island Guided Tour & Hike to the Summit.

This tour consists of a 30-minute boat ride to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward during which you will learn all about the island and it’s history. A guided walking tour of the island will then visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins, as well as the little-seen north side of the island. Friday, May 5. 6pm. Long Dock Road, Beacon.

Vanderbilt Canna Sale Day.

Meet Vanderbilt Garden Volunteers, learn about the fabulous garden, and for a small donation, pick up some canna rhizomes so you can grow your own splash of Gilded Age glory at home. Each bulb comes ready to plant and includes instructions; event helps support the FW Vanderbilt Garden Association. Saturday, May 6. 9am-12pm. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.

Riverkeeper Sweep at Kaal Rock Park.

Join the Cary Institute at Kaal Rock Park, and help clean your river. RiverKeeper is a an individual organization aimed at cleaning our waters clean and swimmable and stand for keeping out water drinkable. Register online at for the event. Saturday, May 6. 930am-130pm. Hendryk Drive, Poughkeepsie.

Cheese and Wine Tasting.

Celebrating great women cheese makers for Mother’s Day. This class is similar to Cheese 101 in its focus on the fundamentals of the various styles of cheese and how they are made, with the feminine focus as an added touch. All cheeses will be paired with wine. Friday, May 12. 7pm. $45. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. 199 Dennings Ave, Beacon.

Photography Conference.

The Hudson Valley Photography Network is hosting an event featuring acclaimed photographer Eddie Tapp, a prominent figure in digital imaging. The conference will include an “Eye to Eye Creative Challenge” and a question and answer session. Registration is $25 and includes a light snack, plus a day pass to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Saturday, May 13. 8:30am- 1pm. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.

Family Fest & Pet Expo.

This family expo provides parents and future parents up-to-date information on activities and services throughout the Hudson Valley. 2017 Family Fest & Pet Expo is a free community event thanks to our friends at Full Circle Veterinary Hospital, Access Physical Therapy & Wellness and WRWD. Saturday, May 13. 11am-3pm. Dutchess Stadium. 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls.

Benefiting The Sloop Woody Guthrie

Women performers in concert to benefit the Woody Guthrie Sloop restoration. Sunday, May 14. 3-5 p.m. The Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon.

Millbrook Literary Festival.

For a celebration of books and writers in the village of Millbrook. Event include author readings and discussions, teen writing workshop, Native American spotlight, picture book readings, essay writing workshops, young writers showcase, and Hudson Valley history. Saturday, May 20. 10am-5pm. Millbrook Library. 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook.

Blessing Our Sacred Places

Celebrate the season with a joyful interfaith celebration rooted in ancient rites of spring at Millbrook’s Inisfree Gardens. Readings, music and conversation will range throughout the garden with participants including Rabbi Daniel Victor of Temple Beth El, Dr. Umar M Ahmad of the Mid-Hudson Islamic Center, Donna Coane (Ohstonha Ohskennonoton) of Schaghticoke First Nation, and the Rev. Dr. Matthew Calkins of Millbrook’s Grace Church. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from a food truck. Sunday, May 21. 10:30am–12pm. Innisfree Garden, Route 44, Millbrook.

Ending Jim Crow Attitudes

Meeting of ENJAN (End The New Jim Crow Action Network), a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration (the “New Jim Crow”). Wednesday, May 24, 6:30-8:30pm. Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie.

“The Beatles Experience”

The Castaway Concert Series continues with The Beatles Experience, a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring all the hits you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics! May 26-28. 8pm Friday and Saturday. 3pm on Sunday. $25. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck.

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang leading his trio, featuring Anders Nilsson on guitar and Michael T.A. Thompson on drums.

Elysium Furnace Works seeks to present the live work of vanguard artists in settings as dedicated and uncompromising as the art itself, in and around Beacon. Jason Kao Hwang has created works ranging from jazz, world and “new” music; recently he released the CD Voice with his group Burning Bridge.  Friday, May 26. 8pm. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon.

Beacon Peace Awards Honors Us

Beacon’s annual Peace Awards come with a joyous event that should have extra activist joie de vivre this year. Among their honorees this year will be Country Wisdom News and Hudson Valley Current! There’ll be plenty of refreshments. Sunday, May 28,  3-5pm. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon. 845-728-1363.

Dia:Beacon Community Free Day

Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days to the region’s renowned bastion of contemporary art offers engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, gallery talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. May 13. 11am-6pm. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon. Pine Plains Memorial Hall

Breaking Ground For Pine Plains’ Memorial Hall

The village of Pine Plains is holding a Groundbreaking Community Day for the renovation of its historic Memorial Hall and everyone’s invited to a “bring your own shovel” event with food, music, vendors, games, a flea market and more. May 20. 11am-5pm on. Stissing House Lawn, Pine Plains.

Wilderstein’s Annual Sculpture Exhibit

The Wilderstein Historic Site is hosting its 4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial Exhibition featuring 18 new works and installations from a diverse group of Hudson Valley and regional artists as curated by Franc Palaia, all gracing the breathtaking Calvin Vaux landscaped grounds of the renowned estate overlooking the Hudson River. June through October. Opening reception June 3. 5-7pm. Wilderstein, 330 Morton Road,